This is an organization, and we use the term loosely, that enrolls adventurers and gives them access to jobs. Jobs generally range from "[[FetchQuest find my cat]]" to "destroy [[BonusBoss Omega Volcano Satan]]", and are posted by random locals who can't, [[HoldingOutForAHero apparently, do anything for themselves.]]

Jobs generally are posted on a bulletin board (which may be an encrypted dataserver or a cork slab, depending on the setting), where certified adventurers sign up for them. "Certified Adventurers" is basically a euphemism for [[AnimeHair spiky haired]] [[{{Wangst}} obsessives]], [[ActionGirl teen girls]] who will almost certainly [[RebelliousPrincess turn out to be princesses]], and other protagonist types.

If Craigslist had a section labelled "Jobs wanted: Medieval Commando Squads", it would be one of these.

Mainly a video game trope, but also shows up in Anime, especially when the setting is a RolePlayingGameVerse. Mainly shows up in Japanese works, because the Japanese seem to feel that even killing people and taking their stuff should be done in a structured, social context.

A subtrope of WeHelpTheHelpless, but there's something more specific here. It has to do with the concept of a medieval guild adapted to serve the needs of a video game.

Competition or open war between rival guilds is a common plot point.

One more thing: Although the main characters are described as a guild, they usually don't have a common skill set. [[FighterMageThief Fighters, mages, and thieves]] (and others) can all work for the same guild, but won't learn skills from each other. After all, that would make them similar, and WhatMeasureIsANonUnique (There are occasionally organizations that cater to these types, but then we get into politics.)

See also WeirdTradeUnion, MurderInc, ThievesGuild. Compare TheOrder, which has a more rigid structure and better-defined purpose. Also compare HeroAcademy, which focuses more on primarily teaching students in successfully dealing with quests like those mentioned above (especially if such quests are strictly heroic) though may have some elements of Adventure Guild.
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!!Examples:

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* These turn up several times in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance''
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter''
* ''VideoGame/ResonanceOfFate''
* ''VideoGame/ArcTheLad''
* The latter ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' games have bulletin boards full of {{Side Quest}}s to do. Which ones can be done is typically limited by a ranking system.
* ''VideoGame/{{Avernum}}'' has a bulletin board in every town that supplies you with jobs and quests.
* The old ''VideoGame/{{Eamon}}'' computer game had the Guild of Free Adventurers, the place where you always started your adventures and where you returned when you finished. It had a number of functions you could access while there. May be the TropeMaker
* Your party in the ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey'' games is one of these.
* This is the primary mechanism to get missions in ''VideoGame/WingCommanderPrivateer''.
* Generic missions in ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity''.
* ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky]]'' is all over this - they take 90% of your pay though.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'': Various Guilds and Factions are joinable in each game starting with ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]''. They tend to be more function-specific and function more like actual medieval guilds than the odd job clearinghouses that epitomize this trope. The Fighters Guild comes closest to the standard definition of the trope, along with the Companions in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''.
* The Adventurer's guild in the ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series, although they typically only granted you the low level stuff, big things had to be done by convincing people you were the one to do them.
* The Trouble Center in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor''
* The PSP game ''Legend of Heroes'' features one of these.
* ''VideoGame/AgarestSenki2''
* Quest Cards in the first ''Videogame/{{Fable}}'' game.
* The eponymous ''VideoGame/StarWolves'' are a freelance starfighter squadron who make their living this way.
* ''VideoGame/RuneFactory2'' and ''VideoGame/RuneFactory3'' have a bulletin board where townspeople post quests
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' had a Hunter's Guild starting from ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'' and onward. In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarUniverse'' they were renamed Guardians but essentially do the same killing of monsters and handling of odd jobs. In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'', they are rebranded as ARKS, with their duties expanded to combating [[EldritchAbomination Darkers]] and investigating planets to determine their viability for colonization.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'', the adventurers are called Hunters, but there are many guilds, the largest of which are the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Kuvasz]].
* The Bracer's Guild from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky''
* ''VideoGame/VectorThrust'' boasts organisations of dubious legality like Bastille and Heron, which will get mercenaries an airbase to call home and a steady stream of contracts in conflicts around the world. Most of them specialise in the lawless territories of the [[WretchedHive Kingdom]]
* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'' has BLADE, the military force of New Los Angeles. BLADE, itself, is divided into eight "Divisions" which specialize in different tasks and provide their own unique benefits to their members:
** Pathfinders specialize in exploration and installing data probes. They have improved HP recovery.
** Interceptors specialize in combating indigens and completing missions. They receive a buff to ranged damage.
** Harriers are combat specialists tasked with fighting indigens and tyrants. They receive a buff to melee damage.
** Reclaimers specialize in treasure box acquisition and data probe installation. They have improved drop rates.
** Curators specialize in combating tyrants and collecting items. They have improved critical hit rates.
** Prospectors specialize in collecting resources and exploration. They receive a buff to their defenses.
** Outfitters specialize in aiding in Arms Manufacturer R&D and collecting Miranium. Their earnings from mining probes are increased.
** Mediators specialize in quest completion and aiding other [=BLADEs=]. They receive TP from using Arts in addition to normal attacks.

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!!Non-Video Game Examples

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* Wizard guilds in ''Manga/FairyTail'' are this, rather than a MagicalSociety you might expect. This is because magic in this setting is informal and unique to the individual, and its practitioners are basically superpowered heroes for hire rather than RobeAndWizardHat types.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has a very videogame-esque job board at the school, complete with estimated number of souls the students will receive on completion of the mission.
* High Level Familia such as Loki Familia operate as this in ''LightNovel/IsItWrongToTryToPickUpGirlsInADungeon''. In addition to slaying monsters in the titular dungeon they very frequently take on quests to retrieve drop items or rare materials from the dungeon, especially the lower levels, or act as escorts for members of the Familia more focused on crafting to gather the materials themselves. The Guild (which is not this, despite the name) can also issue quests directly, such as commanding Familia to participate in the defence of the city against would be invaders.
* These exist in the various cities of E-Rantel in ''{{LightNovel/Overlord}}'', both taking requests for various missions to fight against the monsters of the world as well as setting prices and overseeing the ranking system that governs individual adventurers.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Pathfinder Society fits the trope for pcs and rpg players
* Occurs in some ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]]'' settings:
** Adventurer's Guilds are common in ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}''. The city of Sharn has two competing ones, the Clifftop and Deathsgate guild.
* [[TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} Shadowrunners]] and [[MrSmith Mister Johnson]] in ''Shadowrun''. In the Genesis and SNES games, your entire party except you was hired temporarily, and random missions were handed out by Johnsons to make money.

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* Webcomic/AdventurersGuild, unsurprisingly.
* ''Webcomic/KirbyAdventure'' has Franchise/{{Kirby}} forming one of these, the Kirby Adventure Squad.

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