A team of characters build something that will pull everyone's bacon out of the fire. A montage is used to show each person exercising their speciality (usually without lines) in the pursuit of this goal.

Named after the 80's series ''Series/TheATeam'', which had such montage OncePerEpisode. The true "A Team Montage" will often include large quantities of StockFootage. This can lead to humorous mistakes, such as an obvious set of black hands building the superweapon, even though Creator/MrT's character had been captured by bad guys.

The A-Team was also famous for the [[Series/MacGyver apparent genius-level skills they employed]] during the montage; in a matter of a few minutes, the A-Team could turn six feet of PVC piping, a golf-cart, and several kilograms of semi-volatile chemicals into a heavily-armored tank. That their captors were routinely stupid enough to [[LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard lock them in a warehouse]] ''full'' of PVC piping, golf carts and semi-volatile chemicals is not relevant to the trope, though it is an example of extreme GenreBlindness.

Special case of the HardWorkMontage, and similar to the LockAndLoadMontage. Commonly used in TheCaper or TheCon, especially if it's an ImpossibleMission.

See also CreationSequence, the SuperTrope. Compare AvengersAssemble and PlotTailoredToTheParty.


[[folder: Film - Animated ]]

* This is used in a way in the animated film ''WesternAnimation/OnceUponAForest'', when the three furlings come together and use teamwork to build a flying machine using BambooTechnology.
* ''Disney/BigHero6'' has a montage showing each of the six team members exercising their new skills.


[[folder: Film - Live Action ]]

* Film example: in the Creator/RobertRodriguez[=/=]Creator/QuentinTarantino cult classic ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' the remaining protagonists (Seth Gecko and Jacob, Scott, and Kate Fuller) perform an ATeamMontage as they jury rig a number of weapons against the vampires besieging them as they are hiding in a storage room of a biker bar.
* The remake of ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' features one of these as the heroes retrofit some parking shuttles, preparing to break through the [[ZombieApocalypse zombie army]] that has besieged their shopping mall.
* Every one of the new ''Film/OceansEleven'' trilogy. Interestingly, we usually end up seeing that what they were building was merely a cover for the real con.
* ''Film/Tremors3BackToPerfection'' features one, with characters building weapons off what they find in a junkyard.
* ''Franchise/EvilDead'':
** Ash has a one-man version in ''Film/EvilDead2'', single-handedly refitting a chainsaw to replace his severed appendage.
** ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'' plays it straight, as the blacksmith and various other medieval screw-heads assist with the construction of a replacement gauntlet/hand [[spoiler: and conversion of his beat-up Oldsmobile into a crazy war machine]].


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* A contemporary of ''Series/TheATeam,'' ''Series/MacGyver1985'' also featured a similar montage towards the end of each show.
* The ''Series/{{CSI}}'' shows employ this idiom frequently, as the various forensic specialists build a case.
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'' often featured sequences where characters worked on a project without dialogue, but this was never done as montage.
* Seen often in ''Series/TopGearUK'', although the presenters being [[VitriolicBestBuds what they are to each other]], it seldom goes smoothly.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the Vietnam special, where James May actually hums the theme to ''Series/TheATeam'' during the A-Team Montage of the presenters modifying their motorbikes into watercraft.
** In the Reliant Robin review, Clarkson "cues the music", only for it to stop suddenly when he drives the front wheel straight into the inspection pit of the garage.
** Played with when building a car for the elderly. The montage is there as usual, but it gets a much more sedate and classical version of the music to match.
* ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' frequently has these, due to the show being only an hour long and some of the builds taking many man-hours to complete. Occasionally, the A-Team may even be referenced.
* In the working script for the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Heart of Gold," the scene where Mal and his crew prepare their ''literal'' ArmyOfThievesAndWhores is described with "A-Team-style 'getting shit done' music plays under this."
* The pilot episode of ''Series/TheITCrowd'' uses this - with the A-Team music included as a BrickJoke since Denholm had mentioned the A-Team earlier when telling the IT Department how much he loved teams.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' features something like this in its finale. [[spoiler: First each of the 3 main ship upgrades are shown doing their job in various ways to protect the crew getting to the enemy base, if you missed one then it won't fulfill its role. Then throughout the final mission you're given the chance to pick different people to perform different jobs and treated to a cutscene of them either performing it perfectly or messing up and letting someone die. The best ending is a picture perfect montage interspersed with gameplay, showing each of the chosen teammembers doing what they do best to keep everyone alive.]]


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and ''Merrie Melodies'': "Tired and Feathered," a WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadrunner cartoon from 1965 whose major gag a phony bird sanctuary with a rigged pay telephone begins with the Coyote building said structure; a montage of the Coyote at work is shown before cutting to a scene of the Coyote admiring his completed work ... until he hears the phone ring for real! You know what happens next.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' a group of brilliant inventors from different eras (and Mona Lisa), who were all kidnapped and imprisoned by a villain, managed to do this with what they had in their cell, turning it into mobile vehlice armed with several kinds of weapons.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "One Bad Apple" features the Cutie Mark Crusaders putting together a parade float as part of a BatmanGambit to deal with a bully. The sequence even features a SuspiciouslySimilarSong to the A-Team theme.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' has two, first when they're modifying Foxxy's van for an assault ([[EpicFail then they immediately crash it into a tree]]), then when they're making a completely unnecessary ad-hoc escape vehicle to get out of their van when they're trapped in a parking lot.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': "Night of the Living Homeless" had one of these depicting the boys modifying a bus so they could use it to deal with the homeless epidemic. [[spoiler: By singing a song telling them that California is the best state for homeless people, just like what all the other states did.]]