History RagtagBunchOfMisfits / VideoGames

16th Aug '16 11:14:09 AM kome360
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* ''Videogame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' started off completely averting it by having all the recruits come from the combat branches of various armed forces...then shrugged and decided to go for it anyway bit in the first DLC by having your named and distinctive recruit joining up to keep ahead of the various groups out for his blood. Add to that the expansion, where Annette and the Furies are recruited solely so none of XCOM's enemies can make use of their psychic abilities before they do.

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* ''Videogame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' started off completely averting it by having all the recruits come from the combat branches of various armed forces...then shrugged and decided to go for it anyway bit in the first DLC by having your named and distinctive recruit joining up to keep ahead of the various groups out for his blood. Add to that the expansion, where Annette and the Furies are recruited solely so none of XCOM's enemies can make use of their psychic abilities before they do.do.
** ''VideoGame/XCOM2'' Plays it straight from the top. Because of the Ethereals' World Domination, you are forced to lower your hiring standards... ''a lot''.
16th Aug '16 11:03:03 AM kome360
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*** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' brings this trope to even DarkerAndEdgier territory. Shepard's suicide mission team appears to consist of nothing but thugs, sociopaths, and ne'er-do-wells. Specifically, the party includes: a quirky scientific genius/ruthless spec ops soldier with deep regrets, a homicidal test subject with psychic powers tortured from babyhood, the cop from the last game turned into a vigilante with a pile of SurvivorGuilt and an intense need for revenge, a berserk vat-grown alien supersoldier with existential issues, a cynical ex-Marine with daddy issues (and the OnlySaneMan, mind you), a human-supremacist test tube baby ''femme fatale'' with daddy issues, a quasi-hive-minded robot motivated by religious zeal (with no issues!), an alien warrior driven by a rigid code of honour to hunt down her own family, the same alien mechanic accused of betraying her own race, a deeply spiritual alien assassin estranged from his son, and, in downloadable content, a sociopathic mercenary out for revenge and a galactic-class cat burglar with a dead boyfriend. You can get a total party kill - yes, ''[[TheHeroDies including Shepard]]'' - if you don't do any of these characters' side missions, [[PlayingWithSyringes all of]] [[DeceptiveDisciple which]] [[ComingOfAgeStory solve]] [[WellDoneSonGuy at least]] ''[[EnemyCivilWar some]]'' [[WellDoneSonGuy of their many]] personal issues. (And yes, '''''that''' [[DysfunctionJunction many characters have family issues]]'' in ''Franchise/MassEffect''.)

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*** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' brings this trope to even DarkerAndEdgier territory. Shepard's suicide mission team appears to consist of nothing but thugs, sociopaths, and ne'er-do-wells. Specifically, the party includes: a quirky scientific genius/ruthless spec ops soldier with deep regrets, a homicidal test subject with psychic powers tortured from babyhood, the cop from the last game turned into a vigilante with a pile of SurvivorGuilt and an intense need for revenge, a berserk vat-grown alien supersoldier with existential issues, a cynical ex-Marine with daddy issues (and the OnlySaneMan, mind you), a human-supremacist test tube baby ''femme fatale'' with daddy issues, an alien mechanic from the last game now accused of betraying her race to a robot horde, a quasi-hive-minded robot from said robot horde motivated by religious zeal (with no issues!), an alien warrior driven by a rigid code of honour to hunt down her own family, the same alien mechanic accused of betraying who you can replace with her own race, homicidally-insane sex-crazed daughter, a deeply spiritual alien assassin estranged from his son, and, in downloadable content, a sociopathic mercenary out for revenge and a galactic-class cat burglar with a dead boyfriend. You can get a total party kill - yes, ''[[TheHeroDies including Shepard]]'' - if you don't do any of these characters' side missions, [[PlayingWithSyringes all of]] [[DeceptiveDisciple which]] [[ComingOfAgeStory solve]] [[WellDoneSonGuy at least]] ''[[EnemyCivilWar some]]'' [[WellDoneSonGuy of their many]] personal issues. (And yes, '''''that''' [[DysfunctionJunction many characters have family issues]]'' in ''Franchise/MassEffect''.)
14th Aug '16 12:02:03 AM ewanern
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** ''Videogame/PillarsOfEternity'' gloriously continues [[Creator/ObsidianEntertainment Obsidian's]] love for this trope, the SoleSurvivor of a disaster being driven insane by visions of a past life and the spirits of dead people as its protagonist and the story companions they can encounter are just as screwed up, if not worse. It's so bad that the BigBad right before the final battle will accuse them of only following the Watcher because they were a bunch of failures in need of direction in their lives. Considering how quickly and how easily they latch on to the Watcher, the BigBad arguably has a point. To elaborate your party members (besides the aforementioned SoleSurvivor) are:
*** Edér: An {{Adorkable}}, pet-loving, slightly airheaded war veteran not welcome in his hometown because of his religion and worship of a dead god.
*** Aloth Corfiser: An elven wizard aristocrat [[spoiler: that has a ViolentGlaswegian ''[[SamusIsAGirl female]]'' split personality, and turns out to be a former lackey of the BigBad]].
*** Durance: A priest of the setting's war goddess with a tendency to criticize everything nonstop [[spoiler: and one of the people who ''killed aforementioned dead god'']].
*** [[NoNameGiven The Grieving Mother]]: A [[PsychicPowers cipher]]-former midwife with a DarkAndTroubledPast that forced her to run, and constantly hides behind her PerceptionFilter.
*** Hiravias: An orlan druid with weird habits (you can get him to eat raw deer when you first meet) and a rude mouth that got exiled due to his primary druid form being a bad omen.
*** Kana: An aumaua(semi-aquatic giant humanoids with colored skin and shark teeth) chanter-scholar NaiveNewcomer seeking a tablet lost by his people. The resident NiceGuy, who's probably the OnlySaneMan.
*** Pallegina: ThePaladin of the group, who happens to be an [[TouchedByVorlons avian godlike]], who was sold by her father into her order (godlike are sterile). If you bring her to meet the goddess that touched her, she will ''verbally rip them a new one''.
*** Sagani: A boreal dwarf ranger that pretty much [[DefiedTrope defies]] OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame with a vengeance, who's searching for the reincarnation of their dead village elder. What makes her so weird? In Naasitaq, not only do ''the women'' do all the hunting, the diet is primarily raw meat.
*** [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Devil of Caroc]]: A rogue ex-serial killer that went on a rampage for revenge after her village got razed to the ground. To make her even more of a misfit, [[{{Golem}} her soul now inhabits a bronze construct]] (the alternative was a noose).
*** Zahua: A Ixamitlian philosopher-monk who's [[TheStoner near constantly high as a kite]]; this is pretty much standard procedure of the monks of Ixamitl. Well, that and enjoying the suffering in life as part of its beauty. [[spoiler: He's also a former chieftain that escaped.]]
*** Maneha: Another aumaua, this one a surprising amiable [[BarbarianHero barbarian]]. [[spoiler: Turns out, she's Awakened too, like Aloth and the Watcher, and her memories of her past life are haunting her conscience.]]



* ''Videogame/PillarsOfEternity'' has the SoleSurvivor of a disaster being driven insane by visions of a past life and the spirits of dead people as its protagonist and the story companions they can encounter are just as screwed up if not worse. It's so bad that the BigBad right before the final battle will accuse them of only following the Watcher because they were a bunch of failures in need of direction in their lives. Considering how quickly and how easily they latch on to the Watcher, the BigBad arguably has a point.
20th Jul '16 3:09:59 PM TheCuza
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* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', includes a ColdSniper with trust issues, a wandering Eyebot, a cyborg dog in need of a brain transplant, a Super Mutant formerly in the employ of The Master from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'', an Enclave scientist who has left the organization to try and support a medical clinic, a Brotherhood of Steel scavenger, an always-drunk caravan owner being muscled out of her own business, and a [[Really700YearsOld 2 centuries old]] Mexican ghoul mechanic.
** The quest "Flags of our Foul-Ups" consists of the player trying to make such a squad (called The Misfits!) actually combat effective. They consist of a small team of NCR troops with a severe attitude and discipline problems; an ambitious young woman who washed out of the Rangers but is still desperate for glory, a bloodthirsty former raider who'll recommend the squad dose up with the in-universe equivalent of PCP, a lazy and immoral snob, and a huge but soft-spoken and pacifistic hick. They can be properly mobilised with the right choices and skills, demonstrated during [[spoiler:the final attack by the Legion on the Dam, when your Misfits ''defeat a Legion assault.'']]

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* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', includes a ColdSniper with trust issues, a wandering Eyebot, a cyborg dog in need of a brain transplant, a grandmotherly Super Mutant formerly in the employ of The Master from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'', an Enclave scientist who has left the organization to try and support a medical clinic, a Brotherhood of Steel scavenger, scavenger with a thing for pretty dresses, an always-drunk caravan owner being muscled out of her own business, and a [[Really700YearsOld 2 centuries old]] 200 year old Mexican ghoul mechanic.
VigilanteMan-turned-mechanic suffering from depression due to feeling useless in his old age.
** The quest "Flags of our Foul-Ups" consists of the player trying to make such a squad (called The Misfits!) actually combat effective. They consist of a small team of NCR troops with a severe attitude and discipline problems; an ambitious young woman who washed out of the Rangers but is still desperate for glory, a bloodthirsty former raider who'll recommend the squad dose up with the in-universe equivalent of PCP, a lazy and immoral snob, snob who is only holding out until they can move him to a cushy desk job, and a huge but soft-spoken and pacifistic hick. They can be properly mobilised with the right choices and skills, demonstrated during [[spoiler:the final attack by the Legion on the Dam, when your Misfits ''defeat a Legion assault.'']]



** In the Dead Money DLC, your character is forced to work together with a Super Mutant with two personalities: an animalistic brute and a vicious schemer, a mute Brotherhood of Steel assassin hell-bent on vengeance and a narcissistic Ghoul with a fragile ego. Once you get into the Casino, your actions determine whether or not the group survives or you kill one another.

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** In the Dead Money DLC, your character is forced to work together with a Super Mutant with two personalities: an animalistic brute DumbMuscle and a vicious schemer, ControlFreak, a mute Brotherhood of Steel assassin hell-bent on vengeance and a narcissistic Ghoul with a ''very'' fragile ego. Once you get into the Casino, your actions determine whether or not the group survives or you kill one another.
20th Jul '16 2:36:51 PM TheCuza
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** ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'': A stern ex-soldier once employed by the villains who's generally the OnlySaneMan, an alcoholic and colorblind sniper who talks to his pet attack-bird, an egotistical woman with quasi-mystical powers and moderate-to-severe pyromania, and a gigantic berserker whose solution to all problems is punching them to death.
** ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'': Another ex-soldier with way too much self-regard (and really nice hair), another woman with quasi-mystical powers who's really very sane and only somewhat bitter, a gratuitously mysterious assassin who might be a robot or an alien or something and talks using haiku and emoticons, a guy who dosed himself on steroids until he was about three feet tall so he could wield two guns at once, a teenaged prodigy in robotics and her attack-bot on the run from the law, and a completely insane escaped lab experiment (and the slightly more sane voice in his head) who reacts to everything by screaming nonsense or going on a bloodthirsty rampage.
** ''VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'': A sword-wielding assassin trained from childhood who was forced to murder her whole family (she's the ''sane'' one), a cyborg mercenary whose goal in life in to turn himself into a robot, a viciously sadomasochistic cowgirl out purely to kill stuff, a goofy helper robot hastily made combat-capable but hopelessly pathetic nonetheless, a surgically-altered body-double of the boss who's really just a scared guy with student debts, and a wealthy heiress and EgomaniacHunter who treats the whole thing as a personal safari. Notably, two out of these six become enemies of the previous Hunters and the man they're working for becomes the BigBad.
** ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'': A corporate middle-manager and his nerdy accountant buddy, a con-artist and her gun-obsessed sister, [[spoiler: the holographic ghost of the above-mentioned BigBad]] and their adorable and sarcastic robots. Taken up to ludicrous levels in the finale, when they can team up with any combination of the above mentioned assassins, a MadScientist, a MamasBoy of a gangster, a childrens book-writing mechanic, a GadgeteerGenius grifter and [[spoiler: an irritating helper robot]].

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** ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'': A stern ex-soldier once employed by the villains who's generally the OnlySaneMan, an alcoholic and colorblind sniper who talks to his with a pet attack-bird, alien bird that changes gender from male to female as it gets older, an egotistical woman with quasi-mystical powers and moderate-to-severe pyromania, and a gigantic berserker whose solution to all problems is punching them to death.
** ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'': Another ex-soldier with way too much self-regard (and really nice hair), and [[CargoShip a romantic attachment to his sentry gun]], another woman with quasi-mystical powers who's really very sane and only somewhat bitter, a gratuitously mysterious assassin who might be a robot or an alien or something and talks using haiku {{haiku}} and emoticons, a guy who dosed himself on steroids until he was about three feet tall so he could wield can [[DualWielding use two guns at once, once]] and has a history of steroid abuse that left him capped at three feet tall, a teenaged prodigy in robotics and her attack-bot on the run from the law, and a completely insane escaped lab experiment (and the slightly more sane voice in his head) who reacts to everything by screaming nonsense or going on a bloodthirsty rampage.
** ''VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'': A sword-wielding assassin trained from childhood who was forced to murder her whole family (she's the ''sane'' one), a cyborg mercenary whose goal in life in who [[OnlyInItForTheMoney just wants to turn himself into a robot, get paid]] and is addicted to getting cybernetic implants, a viciously sadomasochistic cowgirl out purely to hurt and kill stuff, a goofy an irritating helper robot hastily made combat-capable but hopelessly pathetic nonetheless, a surgically-altered body-double BodyDouble of the boss who's really just a scared guy with student debts, and a wealthy heiress and EgomaniacHunter who treats the whole thing as a personal safari. Notably, two out of these six become enemies of the previous Hunters and the man they're working for becomes the BigBad.
** ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'': A corporate middle-manager and his nerdy accountant buddy, a con-artist and her gun-obsessed sister, [[spoiler: the holographic ghost of the above-mentioned BigBad]] BigBad]], and their two {{Robot Budd|y}}ies: one adorable and sarcastic robots. childlike and the other [[DeadpanSnarker dry and sarcastic]] (with an optional third robot that does nothing but scream like the damned). Taken up to ludicrous levels in the finale, when they can team up with any combination of of: the above two assassins mentioned assassins, above, a MadScientist, MadScientist who doesn't like it when you talk shit about his cat, a MamasBoy of a gangster, gangster (whose mom was also his crime boss), a childrens book-writing mechanic, mechanic with a passion for writing children's books but no talent for it (she's also dating one of the assassins), a GadgeteerGenius grifter who was a father figure to the con artist and [[spoiler: an her sister, and [[spoiler:an irritating helper robot]].robot who is no longer combat-capable but still just as hopelessly pathetic]].
4th Jul '16 2:09:43 AM Morgenthaler
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** As cliché as the original party was, they still fit under here. You have a BloodKnight dwarf who wants to become a monk, a LoveableRogue tiefling whose entire life has sucked, an elf who's stalked you since birth, a gnomish bard, a pyromaniac sociopath [[SmallNameBigEgo who thinks she's the center of the universe]], a cold elven mage who used to work for your enemies, a paladin having a moral crisis, an angry and bitter ranger with a ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, a [[FarmBoy Farm Girl]] who [[spoiler:is killed halfway through the storyline]], [[spoiler:the WellIntentionedExtremist who killed her]], a {{Stripperiffic}} [[TheObiWan Obi-Wan figure]] from another dimension, and the TeamPet golem.

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** As cliché as the original party was, they still fit under here. You have a BloodKnight dwarf who wants to become a monk, a LoveableRogue tiefling whose entire life has sucked, an elf who's stalked you since birth, a gnomish bard, a pyromaniac sociopath [[SmallNameBigEgo who thinks she's the center of the universe]], a cold elven mage who used to work for your enemies, a paladin having a moral crisis, an angry and bitter ranger with a ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, a [[FarmBoy Farm Girl]] who [[spoiler:is killed halfway through the storyline]], [[spoiler:the WellIntentionedExtremist who killed her]], a {{Stripperiffic}} [[TheObiWan Obi-Wan figure]] figure from another dimension, and the TeamPet golem.
28th Jun '16 6:55:23 PM Dravencour
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** All your companions qualify. In no particular order: a wasteland dog, your British robotic butler, a soldier with a laser musket dressed like an American revolutionary, a snarky reporter, a [[spoiler:200 year old Synth]] detective, a Synth-hating Brotherhood Knight [[spoiler:who turns out to be a Synth himself]], a breezy Railroad operative, an Irish pit fighter and drug addict, a robotic scientist's assistant with a cute French accent, a stoner who turned into a ghoul after a bad trip and modelled his new identity on John Hancock, a flirty but surprisingly kind-hearted mercenary, a psychotic barely-restrained Super Mutant, and [[spoiler:an Institute Courser]]. They have absolutely nothing in common besides their loyalty to the player character. Because of their different backgrounds and outlooks, some of them only barely tolerate each other.

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** All your companions qualify. In no particular order: a wasteland dog, your British robotic butler, a soldier with a laser musket dressed like an American revolutionary, a snarky and outspoken reporter, a [[spoiler:200 year old Synth]] detective, a Synth-hating Brotherhood Knight [[spoiler:who turns out to be a Synth himself]], a breezy compulsive liar and Railroad operative, an Irish pit fighter and drug addict, a robotic scientist's assistant with a cute French accent, a stoner who turned into a ghoul after a bad trip and modelled his new identity on John Hancock, a flirty but surprisingly kind-hearted mercenary, a psychotic barely-restrained Super Mutant, and [[spoiler:an Institute Courser]]. They have absolutely nothing in common besides their loyalty to the player character. Because of their different backgrounds and outlooks, some of them only barely tolerate each other.
28th Jun '16 6:53:07 PM Dravencour
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*** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' brings this trope to even DarkerAndEdgier territory. Shepard's suicide mission team appears to consist of nothing but thugs, sociopaths, and ne'er-do-wells. Specifically, the party includes: a quirky scientific genius/ruthless spec ops soldier with deep regrets, a homicidal test subject with psychic powers tortured from babyhood, a vigilante with a pile of SurvivorGuilt and an intense need for revenge, a berserk vat-grown alien supersoldier with existential issues, a cynical ex-Marine with daddy issues (and the OnlySaneMan, mind you), a human-supremacist test tube baby ''femme fatale'' with daddy issues, a quasi-hive-minded robot motivated by religious zeal (with no issues!), an alien warrior driven by a rigid code of honour to hunt down her own family, the same alien mechanic accused of betraying her own race, a deeply spiritual alien assassin estranged from his son, and, in downloadable content, a sociopathic mercenary out for revenge and a galactic-class cat burglar with a dead boyfriend. You can get a total party kill - yes, ''[[TheHeroDies including Shepard]]'' - if you don't do any of these characters' side missions, [[PlayingWithSyringes all of]] [[DeceptiveDisciple which]] [[ComingOfAgeStory solve]] [[WellDoneSonGuy at least]] ''[[EnemyCivilWar some]]'' [[WellDoneSonGuy of their many]] personal issues. (And yes, '''''that''' [[DysfunctionJunction many characters have family issues]]'' in ''Franchise/MassEffect''.)

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*** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' brings this trope to even DarkerAndEdgier territory. Shepard's suicide mission team appears to consist of nothing but thugs, sociopaths, and ne'er-do-wells. Specifically, the party includes: a quirky scientific genius/ruthless spec ops soldier with deep regrets, a homicidal test subject with psychic powers tortured from babyhood, the cop from the last game turned into a vigilante with a pile of SurvivorGuilt and an intense need for revenge, a berserk vat-grown alien supersoldier with existential issues, a cynical ex-Marine with daddy issues (and the OnlySaneMan, mind you), a human-supremacist test tube baby ''femme fatale'' with daddy issues, a quasi-hive-minded robot motivated by religious zeal (with no issues!), an alien warrior driven by a rigid code of honour to hunt down her own family, the same alien mechanic accused of betraying her own race, a deeply spiritual alien assassin estranged from his son, and, in downloadable content, a sociopathic mercenary out for revenge and a galactic-class cat burglar with a dead boyfriend. You can get a total party kill - yes, ''[[TheHeroDies including Shepard]]'' - if you don't do any of these characters' side missions, [[PlayingWithSyringes all of]] [[DeceptiveDisciple which]] [[ComingOfAgeStory solve]] [[WellDoneSonGuy at least]] ''[[EnemyCivilWar some]]'' [[WellDoneSonGuy of their many]] personal issues. (And yes, '''''that''' [[DysfunctionJunction many characters have family issues]]'' in ''Franchise/MassEffect''.)
28th Jun '16 6:51:26 PM Dravencour
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** All your companions qualify. In no particular order: a wasteland dog, your British robotic butler, a soldier dressed like an American revolutionary, a snarky reporter, a [[spoiler:200 year old Synth]] detective, a Synth-hating Brotherhood Knight, a breezy Railroad operative, an Irish pit fighter and drug addict, a robotic scientist's assistant with a cute French accent, a stoner who turned into a ghoul after a bad trip and modelled his new identity on John Hancock, a flirty but surprisingly kind-hearted mercenary, a psychotic barely-restrained Super mutant, and [[spoiler:an Institute Courser]]. They have absolutely nothing in common besides their loyalty to the player character. Because of their different backgrounds and outlooks, some of them only barely tolerate each other.

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** All your companions qualify. In no particular order: a wasteland dog, your British robotic butler, a soldier with a laser musket dressed like an American revolutionary, a snarky reporter, a [[spoiler:200 year old Synth]] detective, a Synth-hating Brotherhood Knight, Knight [[spoiler:who turns out to be a Synth himself]], a breezy Railroad operative, an Irish pit fighter and drug addict, a robotic scientist's assistant with a cute French accent, a stoner who turned into a ghoul after a bad trip and modelled his new identity on John Hancock, a flirty but surprisingly kind-hearted mercenary, a psychotic barely-restrained Super mutant, Mutant, and [[spoiler:an Institute Courser]]. They have absolutely nothing in common besides their loyalty to the player character. Because of their different backgrounds and outlooks, some of them only barely tolerate each other.
25th Jun '16 9:36:18 AM Stealth
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* Oh boy, we could go on about ''VideoGame/KillingFloor'''s teams for ages. A sampling of the various playable characters who have to work together: a poster boy for PoliceBrutality, a poster boy for the SociopathicSoldier, a weird and psychotic day trader in a gas mask, a half-mutated security guard, a neo-anarchist punk rocker, a thinly disguised parody of aggressive footballer Duncan Ferguson, a chav, one of Her Majesty's Royal Guards (NiceHat and all), a BadassPreacher, a wannabe Youtube-star urban ninja, at least two crazy people in chicken suits, two Franchise/IndianaJones {{Expy}}s, a BadSanta, four World War II reenactors, and [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 the Pyros]].
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