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The Frat Pack is a colloquial fan term for a group of actor[=/=]writer[=/=]director[=/=]all-round-movie-guys who specialise in comedy.

The name "Frat Pack" originates from one of their early defining works, ''Old School''; not as a phrase dropped in-show but as a reference to their [[ManChild post-teen]] [[RefugeInAudacity juvenile]] brand of comedy, while alluding to names like "RatPack" or "Creator/BratPack" given to other known groups of actors.

The Frat Pack comprises Creator/BenStiller, Creator/JackBlack, Creator/WillFerrell, Luke Wilson, Creator/VinceVaughn, Owen Wilson and Creator/SteveCarell.
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!!Known FratPack collaborations include:

* ''Series/HeatVisionAndJack'' (un-picked-up pilot, has since become a cult favourite, stars Black and the voice of Owen Wilson, featuring Christine Taylor, Stiller and Ron Silver, also written and directed by Stiller)
* ''Film/MeetTheParents'' (stars Stiller and Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson has a supporting role)
** Followed by ''Meet the Fockers'' (adds Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand to the cast) and ''Little Fockers''
* ''Film/TheRoyalTenenbaums'' (starring Stiller and the Wilsons)
* ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'' (starring Stiller, Owen Wilson, Ferrell and Christine Taylor)
* ''Film/OldSchool'' (the defining work, stars Luke Wilson, Vaughn and Ferrell)
* ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'' (stars Vaughn, Stiller and Christine Taylor)
* ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'' (The one where people really started to notice how clique-y this particular batch of stars were, stars Ferrell and Carell, has cameos by all the others save Owen Wilson)
* ''Film/StarskyAndHutch'' (stars Stiller and Owen Wilson, baddies played by Vaughn and Jason Bateman, Will Ferrel cameos)
* ''Film/WeddingCrashers'' (stars Owen Wilson and Vaughn, with a cameo by Ferrell)
* ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny'' (stars Black and Kyle Gass, has cameos by Stiller, Tim Robbins, Amy Poehler and Amy Adams)
* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'' (stars Stiller and Owen Wilson, supporting cast includes Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais and RobinWilliams)
** The sequel adds Hank Azaria, Bill Hader and Amy Adams to the cast.
* ''Film/BladesOfGlory'' (stars Ferrell and Jon Heder, produced by Stiller, has Will Arnett and Amy Poehler in supporting roles)
* ''Film/TropicThunder'' (Crowning Work of Awesome, stars Stiller, Black and Robert Downey Jr, with Steve Coogan [[spoiler:and Tom Cruise]])
** Owen Wilson was slated to be in it but dropped out after his suicide attempt

!!Notable non-collaborations (only one member) that embody the Frat Pack spirit include:

* ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary'' (stars Stiller)
* ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' (stars Luke Wilson)
* ''Film/TalladegaNightsTheBalladOfRickyBobby'' (stars Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen, has Amy Adams and John C Reilly in supporting roles)
* ''Film/YouMeAndDupree'' (stars Owen Wilson and Matt Dillon)
* ''Film/TheFortyYearOldVirgin'' (stars Carell)
* ''Film/SemiPro'' (stars Ferrell)
* ''Film/StepBrothers'' (stars Ferrell and John C Reilly)
* ''Film/CouplesRetreat'' (stars Vaughn)
* ''Film/DateNight'' (stars Carell and Creator/TinaFey)
* ''Film/TheOtherGuys'' (stars Ferrell and Creator/MarkWahlberg)

In addition to the above, there's several movies involving ''none'' of the core members, but retain their flavor thanks to the work of their collaborators - ''Knocked Up'', ''{{Superbad}}'' and ''Hot Rod'' among them.

!!Associated Tropes:

* BadassGrandpa: "You're my boy, Blue!", Patches in ''Dodgeball''.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: A recurring theme.
* BreakTheHaughty: A recurring Will Ferrell theme.
* TheCameo Dozens.
** RetroactiveRecognition: Seth Rogen is a cameraman in ''Anchorman''. Justin Long aka "Mac" was in ''Dodgeball''. Luke Wilson spent the night with [[Series/TwentyFour Kim Bauer.]] Just to name a few.
* CastingGag
* CatchPhrase: Parodied in ''Anchorman''.
* FollowTheLeader: You know you've made it when Seltzer and Frieberg rip off your ideas.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Will Ferrell running around in tightey-whities is probably a trope unto itself.
* ProductionPosse The modern TropeCodifier.
** ''Zoolander'' in particular features Ben Stiller's wife ''and'' father in prominent roles.
** Will Arnett and Amy Poehler play brother and sister in ''Blades of Glory'' - [[spoiler:their final scene involves sharing a passionate liplock before being sent to jail.]]
* RefugeInAudacity
* SeriousBusiness: Rock music in ''Pick of Destiny'', anything starring Will Ferrell.
* ShoutOut: dozens OF dozens

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The Frat Pack is a colloquial fan term for a group of actor[=/=]writer[=/=]director[=/=]all-round-movie-guys who specialise in comedy.

The name "Frat Pack" originates from one of their early defining works, ''Old School''; not as a phrase dropped in-show but as a reference to their [[ManChild post-teen]] [[RefugeInAudacity juvenile]] brand of comedy, while alluding to names like "RatPack" or "Creator/BratPack" given to other known groups of actors.

The Frat Pack comprises Creator/BenStiller, Creator/JackBlack, Creator/WillFerrell, Luke Wilson, Creator/VinceVaughn, Owen Wilson and Creator/SteveCarell.
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!!Known FratPack collaborations include:

* ''Series/HeatVisionAndJack'' (un-picked-up pilot, has since become a cult favourite, stars Black and the voice of Owen Wilson, featuring Christine Taylor, Stiller and Ron Silver, also written and directed by Stiller)
* ''Film/MeetTheParents'' (stars Stiller and Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson has a supporting role)
** Followed by ''Meet the Fockers'' (adds Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand to the cast) and ''Little Fockers''
* ''Film/TheRoyalTenenbaums'' (starring Stiller and the Wilsons)
* ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'' (starring Stiller, Owen Wilson, Ferrell and Christine Taylor)
* ''Film/OldSchool'' (the defining work, stars Luke Wilson, Vaughn and Ferrell)
* ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'' (stars Vaughn, Stiller and Christine Taylor)
* ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'' (The one where people really started to notice how clique-y this particular batch of stars were, stars Ferrell and Carell, has cameos by all the others save Owen Wilson)
* ''Film/StarskyAndHutch'' (stars Stiller and Owen Wilson, baddies played by Vaughn and Jason Bateman, Will Ferrel cameos)
* ''Film/WeddingCrashers'' (stars Owen Wilson and Vaughn, with a cameo by Ferrell)
* ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny'' (stars Black and Kyle Gass, has cameos by Stiller, Tim Robbins, Amy Poehler and Amy Adams)
* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'' (stars Stiller and Owen Wilson, supporting cast includes Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais and RobinWilliams)
** The sequel adds Hank Azaria, Bill Hader and Amy Adams to the cast.
* ''Film/BladesOfGlory'' (stars Ferrell and Jon Heder, produced by Stiller, has Will Arnett and Amy Poehler in supporting roles)
* ''Film/TropicThunder'' (Crowning Work of Awesome, stars Stiller, Black and Robert Downey Jr, with Steve Coogan [[spoiler:and Tom Cruise]])
** Owen Wilson was slated to be in it but dropped out after his suicide attempt

!!Notable non-collaborations (only one member) that embody the Frat Pack spirit include:

* ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary'' (stars Stiller)
* ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' (stars Luke Wilson)
* ''Film/TalladegaNightsTheBalladOfRickyBobby'' (stars Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen, has Amy Adams and John C Reilly in supporting roles)
* ''Film/YouMeAndDupree'' (stars Owen Wilson and Matt Dillon)
* ''Film/TheFortyYearOldVirgin'' (stars Carell)
* ''Film/SemiPro'' (stars Ferrell)
* ''Film/StepBrothers'' (stars Ferrell and John C Reilly)
* ''Film/CouplesRetreat'' (stars Vaughn)
* ''Film/DateNight'' (stars Carell and Creator/TinaFey)
* ''Film/TheOtherGuys'' (stars Ferrell and Creator/MarkWahlberg)

In addition to the above, there's several movies involving ''none'' of the core members, but retain their flavor thanks to the work of their collaborators - ''Knocked Up'', ''{{Superbad}}'' and ''Hot Rod'' among them.

!!Associated Tropes:

* BadassGrandpa: "You're my boy, Blue!", Patches in ''Dodgeball''.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: A recurring theme.
* BreakTheHaughty: A recurring Will Ferrell theme.
* TheCameo Dozens.
** RetroactiveRecognition: Seth Rogen is a cameraman in ''Anchorman''. Justin Long aka "Mac" was in ''Dodgeball''. Luke Wilson spent the night with [[Series/TwentyFour Kim Bauer.]] Just to name a few.
* CastingGag
* CatchPhrase: Parodied in ''Anchorman''.
* FollowTheLeader: You know you've made it when Seltzer and Frieberg rip off your ideas.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Will Ferrell running around in tightey-whities is probably a trope unto itself.
* ProductionPosse The modern TropeCodifier.
** ''Zoolander'' in particular features Ben Stiller's wife ''and'' father in prominent roles.
** Will Arnett and Amy Poehler play brother and sister in ''Blades of Glory'' - [[spoiler:their final scene involves sharing a passionate liplock before being sent to jail.]]
* RefugeInAudacity
* SeriousBusiness: Rock music in ''Pick of Destiny'', anything starring Will Ferrell.
* ShoutOut: dozens OF dozens
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21st Nov '14 6:47:34 PM RisefromYourGrave
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* TheCameo (Dozens.)

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* TheCameo (Dozens.)Dozens.
21st Nov '14 6:47:18 PM RisefromYourGrave
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* ''TheresSomethingAboutMary'' (stars Stiller)

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* ''TheresSomethingAboutMary'' ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary'' (stars Stiller)



* ''YouMeAndDupree'' (stars Owen Wilson and Matt Dillon)

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* ''YouMeAndDupree'' ''Film/YouMeAndDupree'' (stars Owen Wilson and Matt Dillon)



* ''StepBrothers'' (stars Ferrell and John C Reilly)
* ''CouplesRetreat'' (stars Vaughn)
* ''DateNight'' (stars Carell and TinaFey)
* ''TheOtherGuys'' (stars Ferrell and MarkWahlberg)

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* ''StepBrothers'' ''Film/StepBrothers'' (stars Ferrell and John C Reilly)
* ''CouplesRetreat'' ''Film/CouplesRetreat'' (stars Vaughn)
* ''DateNight'' ''Film/DateNight'' (stars Carell and TinaFey)
Creator/TinaFey)
* ''TheOtherGuys'' ''Film/TheOtherGuys'' (stars Ferrell and MarkWahlberg)
Creator/MarkWahlberg)



* BadassGrandpa ("You're my boy, Blue!", Patches in ''Dodgeball'')
* BewareTheNiceOnes (a recurring theme)
* BreakTheHaughty (a recurring Will Ferrell theme)

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* BadassGrandpa ("You're BadassGrandpa: "You're my boy, Blue!", Patches in ''Dodgeball'')
''Dodgeball''.
* BewareTheNiceOnes (a BewareTheNiceOnes: A recurring theme)
theme.
* BreakTheHaughty (a BreakTheHaughty: A recurring Will Ferrell theme)theme.



** RetroactiveRecognition (Seth Rogen is a cameraman in ''Anchorman''. Justin Long aka "Mac" was in ''Dodgeball''. Luke Wilson spent the night with [[Series/TwentyFour Kim Bauer.]] Just to name a few.)

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** RetroactiveRecognition (Seth RetroactiveRecognition: Seth Rogen is a cameraman in ''Anchorman''. Justin Long aka "Mac" was in ''Dodgeball''. Luke Wilson spent the night with [[Series/TwentyFour Kim Bauer.]] Just to name a few.)



* CatchPhrase (parodied in ''Anchorman'')
* FollowTheLeader (You know you've made it when Seltzer and Frieberg rip off your ideas)
* NakedPeopleAreFunny (Will Ferrel running around in tightey-whities is probably a trope unto itself)
* ProductionPosse (The modern TropeCodifier.)

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* CatchPhrase (parodied CatchPhrase: Parodied in ''Anchorman'')
''Anchorman''.
* FollowTheLeader (You FollowTheLeader: You know you've made it when Seltzer and Frieberg rip off your ideas)
ideas.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny (Will Ferrel NakedPeopleAreFunny: Will Ferrell running around in tightey-whities is probably a trope unto itself)
itself.
* ProductionPosse (The The modern TropeCodifier.)



* SeriousBusiness (rock music in Pick of Destiny, anything starring Will Ferrell)
* ShoutOut (dozens OF dozens)

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* SeriousBusiness (rock SeriousBusiness: Rock music in Pick ''Pick of Destiny, Destiny'', anything starring Will Ferrell)
Ferrell.
* ShoutOut (dozens ShoutOut: dozens OF dozens)dozens
3rd Jul '14 12:07:21 PM JohnnyLurg
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* ''Semi-Pro'' (stars Ferrell)

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* ''Semi-Pro'' ''Film/SemiPro'' (stars Ferrell)
14th Jan '14 8:02:32 AM Prfnoff
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The Frat Pack comprises Creator/BenStiller, Creator/JackBlack, Creator/WillFerrell, Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and Creator/SteveCarell.

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The Frat Pack comprises Creator/BenStiller, Creator/JackBlack, Creator/WillFerrell, Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Creator/VinceVaughn, Owen Wilson and Creator/SteveCarell.
10th Jan '14 5:18:30 AM LongLiveHumour
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The Frat Pack comprises Creator/BenStiller, JackBlack, WillFerrell, Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and SteveCarell.

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The Frat Pack comprises Creator/BenStiller, JackBlack, WillFerrell, Creator/JackBlack, Creator/WillFerrell, Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and SteveCarell.Creator/SteveCarell.
27th Sep '13 5:31:22 AM erforce
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* ''TheRoyalTenenbaums'' (starring Stiller and the Wilsons)
* ''{{Zoolander}}'' (starring Stiller, Owen Wilson, Ferrell and Christine Taylor)
* ''Old School'' (the defining work, stars Luke Wilson, Vaughn and Ferrell)
* ''[[{{Dodgeball}} Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story]]'' (stars Vaughn, Stiller and Christine Taylor)
* ''[[{{Anchorman}} Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy]]'' (The one where people really started to notice how clique-y this particular batch of stars were, stars Ferrell and Carell, has cameos by all the others save Owen Wilson)

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* ''TheRoyalTenenbaums'' ''Film/TheRoyalTenenbaums'' (starring Stiller and the Wilsons)
* ''{{Zoolander}}'' ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'' (starring Stiller, Owen Wilson, Ferrell and Christine Taylor)
* ''Old School'' ''Film/OldSchool'' (the defining work, stars Luke Wilson, Vaughn and Ferrell)
* ''[[{{Dodgeball}} Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story]]'' ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'' (stars Vaughn, Stiller and Christine Taylor)
* ''[[{{Anchorman}} Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy]]'' ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'' (The one where people really started to notice how clique-y this particular batch of stars were, stars Ferrell and Carell, has cameos by all the others save Owen Wilson)



* ''NightAtTheMuseum'' (stars Stiller and Owen Wilson, supporting cast includes Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais and RobinWilliams)

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* ''NightAtTheMuseum'' ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'' (stars Stiller and Owen Wilson, supporting cast includes Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais and RobinWilliams)



* ''BladesOfGlory'' (stars Ferrell and Jon Heder, produced by Stiller, has Will Arnett and Amy Poehler in supporting roles)
* ''TropicThunder'' (Crowning Work of Awesome, stars Stiller, Black and Robert Downey Jr, with Steve Coogan [[spoiler:and Tom Cruise]])

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* ''BladesOfGlory'' ''Film/BladesOfGlory'' (stars Ferrell and Jon Heder, produced by Stiller, has Will Arnett and Amy Poehler in supporting roles)
* ''TropicThunder'' ''Film/TropicThunder'' (Crowning Work of Awesome, stars Stiller, Black and Robert Downey Jr, with Steve Coogan [[spoiler:and Tom Cruise]])
29th Aug '13 10:02:10 AM drizzo
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The Frat Pack comprises (to date) Creator/BenStiller, JackBlack, WillFerrell, Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and SteveCarell.

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The Frat Pack comprises (to date) Creator/BenStiller, JackBlack, WillFerrell, Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and SteveCarell.
28th Aug '13 3:39:02 PM drizzo
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The Frat Pack comprises (to date) Creator/BenStiller, JackBlack, WillFerrell, Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and SteveCarell, while boasting a plethora of Pledges (rising talents), Sorority Sisters (female friends), fellow ''SaturdayNightLive'' alumni and other friends including Christine Taylor, Justin Long, Creator/JuddApatow, Creator/AmyPoehler, Will Arnett, Bill Hader, Creator/SethRogen, Jonah Hill, AmyAdams, John C Reilly and many more.

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The Frat Pack comprises (to date) Creator/BenStiller, JackBlack, WillFerrell, Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and SteveCarell, while boasting a plethora of Pledges (rising talents), Sorority Sisters (female friends), fellow ''SaturdayNightLive'' alumni and other friends including Christine Taylor, Justin Long, Creator/JuddApatow, Creator/AmyPoehler, Will Arnett, Bill Hader, Creator/SethRogen, Jonah Hill, AmyAdams, John C Reilly and many more.
SteveCarell.
23rd Aug '13 9:19:47 AM Viira
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The Frat Pack comprises (to date) Creator/BenStiller, JackBlack, WillFerrell, Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and SteveCarell, while boasting a plethora of Pledges (rising talents), Sorority Sisters (female friends), fellow ''SaturdayNightLive'' alumni and other friends including Christine Taylor, Justin Long, Creator/JuddApatow, Creator/AmyPoehler, Will Arnett, Bill Hader, SethRogen, Jonah Hill, AmyAdams, John C Reilly and many more.

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The Frat Pack comprises (to date) Creator/BenStiller, JackBlack, WillFerrell, Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and SteveCarell, while boasting a plethora of Pledges (rising talents), Sorority Sisters (female friends), fellow ''SaturdayNightLive'' alumni and other friends including Christine Taylor, Justin Long, Creator/JuddApatow, Creator/AmyPoehler, Will Arnett, Bill Hader, SethRogen, Creator/SethRogen, Jonah Hill, AmyAdams, John C Reilly and many more.
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