Created By: Otakukun on September 24, 2011 Last Edited By: morenohijazo on August 2, 2013

Quirky Ally Squad (Working Title)

Heroic Equivalent of Quirky Miniboss Squad

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A Sub-Trope of A Day in the Limelight

A group of recurring allies who are less serious then the main cast.

The Hero is on a quest to defeat the Big Bad but is hampered by that lovable group of idiots, no Iím not talking about the Quirky Miniboss Squad, no these are the heroes allies.

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Anime and Manga
  • Saint Seiya: the Steel Saints, a trio of younger (than our early teens main cast) fellows in technological Cloth, pretty much filler for the anime.

  • Bleach has episodes revolving around the posse of Ichigo's friend and sister.

  • Team Ebisu On Naruto, they are younguer than the main cast, and on the first part they were mostly just wandering around, and Konohamaru trying to catch Naruto Off-guard, as he declared him to be his friendly rival

  • Odaiba Cop fans Sayo and Masato in Super Gals.

ComicBook
  • This was a popular trope in The Golden Age Of Comic Books, with several heroes getting goofy cliques of "allies" or sidekicks who were mostly Played for Laughs.
    • The Golden Age Flash had the Three Dimwits, [[Expy Expies]] of The Three Stooges who helped him fight crime on occasion. Later in the 1940s, the Flash sometimes had adventures that involved the Liars' Club of Keystone City.
    • The Golden Age Daredevil, not to be confused with the Marvel Comics character, has the L'il Wiseguys. Evnually they got popular enough to take over his comic entirely.
    • The gimmick of the Newsboy Legion was an inversion: the goofy kids were the protagonists, but most of the battles were won by their ally-turned superhero adult friend, Jim Harper, in his role as the Guardian. In the Bronze Age Of Comic Books this trope was played straight as youthful sons/clones of the original Newsboys were treated as much less important to the plots than the Guardian. Once The Modern Age of Comic Books rolled around, the Guardian simply began appearing without them.
  • In The Adventures of Tintin, Tintin and Captain Haddock have a group of quirky allies including Professor Calculus and the Defective Detective pair of Thomson and Thompson.
  • This is how Keith Giffen usually portrays the Legion of Substitute Heroes, who are otherwise treated as underpowered but basically "straight" superheroes.
  • As befits its Retraux aesthetic, Tom Strong features this. While Tom's wife Dahlua and daughter Tesla are played straight, the Strongmen of America, the robot Pneuman, and talking gorilla Solomon are generally Played for Laughs with only occasional moments of seriousness.

LiveAction

  • X Files has the Lone Gunmen They're not exactly comic relief, but they're certainly Crazier Than Mulder, which pretty much counts

Video Games

  • Suikoden V has Isabel and Mathias, of the Maximillion Knights, and Wilhelm and Mueller of the Lindwurm Mercenary Brigade serve this function.
    • Mathias and Isabel are frequently seen searching for "evil underfoot" to be vanquished (until they're recruited) with Mathias decreeing to dispose of all loathsome corpses in different bodies of water.
    • Wilhelm and Mueller act as the funny man/straight man pair, which has Mueller abiding Wilhelm's antics while bemoaning them at the same time out of concern that his womanizing could effect the brigade's reputation.

  • The Toad Brigade from Super Mario Galaxy

  • Earthbound has the Runaway Five. The sequel, Mother3, has Expy versions in the DCMC.

WesternAnimation

Community Feedback Replies: 33
  • September 24, 2011
    Otakukun
    I want to gauge the Tropeabilety of this before I go into any real depth with it
  • September 24, 2011
    surgoshan
    ^ You mean gauge? I agree. Is this a sort of band of Plucky Comic Relief s who show up from time to time?
  • September 24, 2011
    Otakukun
    Yes and yes. Tomorrow I'll write up a proper draft
  • September 25, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    So, a group version of The Bumblebee perhaps? You could probably add that they tend to disappear during serious storylines.
  • September 25, 2011
    nitrokitty
    I like the idea, but the trope name is going to get crushed the minute Fast Eddie notices it. We don't really do Trope Namers anymore.
  • September 25, 2011
    Ghilz
    Not counting that the Trope Namer doesn't fit your definition. They aren't minibosses.
  • September 25, 2011
    Otakukun
    I know I need a better name, I just cant think of one
  • September 25, 2011
    Otakukun
    So, basic features would be:
    • Lighthearted story arcs, generally independent of the main cast, although they two groups will occasionally interact.
    • At least three members? (Otherwise they could be Those Two Guys
    • Usually younger/more naive/ sillier than the main cast.
    • Possibly designed to appeal to a younger demographic?
  • September 25, 2011
    SKJAM
    • Saint Seiya: the Steel Saints, a trio of younger (than our early teens main cast) fellows in technological Cloth, pretty much filler for the anime.
  • September 25, 2011
    VincentGaribaldi
    South Park has had episodes or plots centering around Ike and his kindergarten friends. Bleach has episodes revolving around the posse of Ichigo's friend and sister. The X Files had episodes revolving around The Lone Gunmen. Samurai Pizza Cats has an episode revolving around "The Rescue Squad" taking over for the main characters, though I'm not sure if that counts. They aren't younger than the main casts, they're just the B-Team.

    I'm pretty sure sure this would be a subtrope of A Day In The Limelight.
  • September 25, 2011
    Damr1990
    • Team Ebisu On Naruto, they are younguer than the main cast, and on the first part they were mostly just wandering around, and Konohamaru trying to catch Naruto Off-guard, as he declared him to be his friendly rival
  • September 25, 2011
    Bisected8
  • September 25, 2011
    surgoshan
  • September 25, 2011
    Shota
    Will usually be featured in a Lower Deck Episode or a few.
  • September 26, 2011
    CommanderPanda
  • September 26, 2011
    zerky
    It might be good to remove the whole comparison to Quirky Miniboss Squad in general, since one of the main purposes of the Squad is to fight. In general zerky believes that they have more in common with the Goldfish Poop Gang than the Quirky Miniboss Squad.

    Team Comic Relief or Comic Relief Crew seem like good names. Those Idiots Again sounds like it might attract flamebait and The B Team would probably cause confusion when being used in works that have several distinct groups. This trope could very well involve the C cast or D cast or whatever. The Silly Squad dunno... it might just be zerky but that brings to mind a literal squad of clowns, frightening makeup and all. D:
  • September 27, 2011
    kyun
    From the MLP:FIM Shoutout page: The Cutie Mark Crusaders are suspiciously similar to the "Pre-Teen Sensations" from Are You There God Its Me Margaret, even to the point that they are waiting for a physical transformation and are trying all kinds of irrational stuff to make it happen. The entire scene where they are deciding on a name is almost exactly how it happens in the book.
  • September 27, 2011
    BOFH
    Anime
  • September 27, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    I would feel a lot better about this trope if it had a good description. Right now I'm not even sure what it is trying to be.
  • September 27, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ This.
  • September 27, 2011
    Otakukun
    Sorry about that, I've been busy with RL
  • September 27, 2011
    GinaInTheKingsRoad
    That should be Ally, not Allie. And I don't know what you mean by On the hero's side, though the hero might not protest. Should that be "On the hero's side, though the hero might protest otherwise"?
  • September 28, 2011
    Otakukun
    Spelling and grammar are week points
  • September 28, 2011
    Koveras
    Please differentiate this proposal from the regular Ragtag Bunch Of Misfits.
  • September 28, 2011
    Otakukun
    I don't know how to phrase it but there not "The assorted group of ex-con lowlife inexperienced jerkasses who are trying to off their commander when they aren't trying to kill each other? Yeah, them."

    The hero's can have more allys They have quirks, but that doesn't mean there BunnyEarsLawers.

    Oh and Ragtag Bunch Of Misfits implies effectiveness
  • September 28, 2011
    acrobox
    The Toad Brigade from Super Mario Galaxy
  • September 29, 2011
    MiinU

    Video games

    • Suikoden V has Isabel and Mathias, of the Maximillion Knights, and Wilhelm and Mueller of the Lindwurm Mercenary Brigade serve this function.
      • Mathias and Isabel are frequently seen searching for "evil underfoot" to be vanquished (until they're recruited) with Mathias decreeing to dispose of all loathsome corpses in different bodies of water.
      • Wilhelm and Mueller act as the funny man/straight man pair, which has Mueller abiding Wilhelm's antics while bemoaning them at the same time out of concern that his womanizing could effect the brigade's reputation.
  • September 30, 2011
    BraveHoratio
    Do the Lone Gunmen (when they appear on the X-Files) count as an example? They're not exactly comic relief, but they're certainly Crazier Than Mulder, which pretty much counts.
  • October 1, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
  • October 1, 2011
    OmarKarindu
    Comic Books
    • This was a popular trope in The Golden Age Of Comic Books, with several heroes getting goofy cliques of "allies" or sidekicks who were mostly Played For Laughs.
      • The Golden Age Flash had the Three Dimwits, [[Expy Expies]] of The Three Stooges who helped him fight crime on occasion. Later in the 1940s, the Flash sometimes had adventures that involved the Liars' Club of Keystone City.
      • The Golden Age Daredevil, not to be confused with the Marvel Comics character, has the L'il Wiseguys. Evnually they got popular enough to take over his comic entirely.
      • The gimmick of the Newsboy Legion was an inversion: the goofy kids were the protagonists, but most of the battles were won by their ally-turned superhero adult friend, Jim Harper, in his role as the Guardian. In the Bronze Age Of Comic Books this trope was played straight as youthful sons/clones of the original Newsboys were treated as much less important to the plots than the Guardian. Once The Modern Age Of Comic Books rolled around, the Guardian simply began appearing without them.
    • In The Adventures Of Tintin, Tintin and Captain Haddock have a group of quirky allies including Professor Calculus and the Defective Detective pair of Thomson and Thompson.
    • This is how Keith Giffen usually portrays the Legion of Substitute Heroes, who are otherwise treated as underpowered but basically "straight" superheroes.
    • As befits its Retraux aesthetic, Tom Strong features this. While Tom's wife Dahlua and daughter Tesla are played straight, the Strongmen of America, the robot Pneuman, and talking gorilla Solomon are generally Played For Laughs with only occasional moments of seriousness.

    Video Games
    • Earthbound has the Runaway Five. The sequel, Mother3, has Expy versions in the DCMC.
  • December 18, 2011
    Octagon8
    bump
  • December 19, 2011
    morenohijazo
  • August 2, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Same here
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