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->''"I think that, because of this lack of a central hero, "El Eternauta" is one of my greatest works. The real hero of "El Eternauta" is a collective hero, a human group. Thus it reflects, even if it wasn't the original idea, my greatest belief: the only legitimate hero is the hero 'in a group', never the individual hero, the lone hero."''
-->-- '''Creator/HectorGermanOesterheld''', about ''ComicBook/ElEternauta''
%% One quote on the main page, please. Additional quotes can go to the quote sub-page.

A BadassFamily, even if they're not related. This will turn up a lot when discussing the {{Superhero}} [[SuperTeam Team]], TheSquad, and the FiveManBand. And a fair number of Sci-fi shows set aboard a ship, since normally, even the baddest hero can't run a whole CoolShip on their own. This isn't a requirement though.

Some general conventions that apply to almost all Badass Crews are:
* They must include at least three people for obvious reasons. Two badasses might be BackToBackBadasses.
* A Crew typically has [[TheMainCharactersDoEverything a recurring and more-or-less permanent roster]]; you can reasonably expect to see the same members over and over. Which is why this {{trope}} is a fixture of TV shows, comics, and other media which is made of recurring installments. You see this less in movie series, since they're often built around a central character who may have different supporters in each movie, e.g. ''Franchise/DieHard'' or ''Film/JamesBond''. This is probably because it's easier to sign one actor for a film rather than three or five.
* Most heroes have some sort of support or backup, but in a Badass Crew, ''everyone'' must be capable of a MomentOfAwesome. In fact a given episode may involve the [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass least]] badass character doing something so awesome the jaws of the others drop in unison.
* There's usually one person who acts as TheLeader of the bunch.
* In actual combat, on the battlefield, their combined badassery is indispensable. Not so much in their day-to-day applications on the home front; in fact, since they may also deal with lower-level antagonists that don't directly affect the other crew members, it can be downright messy and embarrassing. [[DisproportionateRetribution This]] is why, when not on the battlefield, they have to really watch what they tell each other.
* Most important: the crew must have a certain loyalty toward one another. Like a family. If one of them is hurt/kidnapped/killed the others will bring holy hell on those responsible, even (and ''especially'') if it means violating orders. For this reason, all Badass Crews are a form of TrueCompanions.

Since, unlike a BadassFamily, none of the members were born into the Crew (though some of them might be blood relatives), some writers will use the story of the Badass Crew's formation as an interesting [[{{backstory}} origin story]]. In most Action/Adventures and Sci-Fi/Fantasy stories, the team members came together to foil a BigBad and/or save the world.

The members of the Crew may not have even liked each other at first or even been outright enemies, but they come together and [[EnemyMine join forces]] because a) none of them can defeat the BigBad and his plot without total cooperation, b) they worked out their differences, c) they see the good in each other and recognize a kindred spirit, or d) all the above.

The Badass Crew may be or have been a RagtagBunchOfMisfits. AmazonBrigade is an all-female variation of this. The logical extension of this is the BadassArmy where they are essentially a gigantic Badass Crew. Almost invariably a CaperCrew doubles as a Badass Crew.

Also see MisfitMobilizationMoment, which is often an origin for the Badass Crew.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': Applies to Levi's quad, as both Eld and Gunther have high titan kills, both in teams and solo. Petra, despite being smallest and one of the younger members, has 48 kills as a team, meaning she has taken part in the most titan killings in the squad, barring Levi. Oluo may act obnoxious and arrogant but he has the highest solo kills (39) out of the squad. And this is not mentioning [[WorldsStrongestMan Levi himself]].
** The [[{{ChildSoldier}} 104th trainee corps]] is gradually being set up as the heroic crew that will ultimately save the day. However to get there they must [[{{AnyoneCanDie}} 1:Survive]] and [[{{BreakTheCutie}} 2:Overcome horrific trauma, loss and betrayal.]]
* Jacuzzi and Nice's gang from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' is a group of {{Street Urchin}}s, who still manage to fend off TheMafia.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': The Band of the Hawk was a mercenary company of unrelated individuals as tightly knit as a family, united by their admiration of their charismatic leader Griffith. Everyone gets their turn to have a moment of awesome, and they are loyal to each other. Eventually, Guts' new party grows to the same level of membership, capability, and closeness, except for a few hangers-on like Magnifico.
* ''Manga/TheBigO'': Roger Smith has the distinction of being Paradigm City's top negotiator and the chosen pilot of the titular Megaduex. Joining him are R. Dorothy, who's a combat capable android (and Roger's live-in robo-maid), and [[BattleButler his butler]], Norman. Apparently, the three of them are all the protection the city needs from Alex Rosewater and [[spoiler: "The Union"]].
* The Lagoon Company of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', oh ho ho, borrowing the charisma of Cowboy Bebop with a bickering crew of badasses who start off as rather typical, but unleash wave after wave of terror on their opponents with each episode. And Balalaika's ''Vysotniki''. As described by Benny in their first announced appearance: "They have enough talent to fight and win World War III."
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': The Gotei 13 is an entire military of elite guards, captains, and lieutenants. Entry into their organization manadates that they be highly trained in various forms of Zanjtsu (sword fighting), Kidou (the ''Bleach'' equivalent of spellcasting), Hakudo (unarmed combat), and Hoho ([[FlashStep flash stepping]]).
%%* ''Anime/CowboyBebop''. That show is guided by the RuleOfCool, and that includes the Badass Crew on the Bebop.
* The Z-Senshi of ''Manga/DragonBall''. By the end of the Manga, each and every one of them is strong enough to blow up entire planets with their fingers! With the highest-tier ones (The Super Saiyans) reaching stellar-busting levels and beyond.
* Nearly every guild in ''Manga/FairyTail''. Taken UpToEleven for Team Fairy Tail on the final day of [[TournamentArc Grand Magic Games]]! [[spoiler: Even cowering Sting into submission by simply giving him the DeathGlare!]]
* All versions of the [[Manga/GetterRobo Getter Team]] are like this, but special mention goes to the Go team. Go, Sho/Kei and Gai get along MUCH better than Ryoma, Hayato and Musashi/Benkei.
* Colonel Mustang's crew from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. They're so badass that [[spoiler:when they made their move on the Promised Day, a platoon of five soldiers engaged with Central's forces without killing anybody; 60 injuries, no deaths.]]
%%* Section Nine from ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''.
* The Yorozuya from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' is this and a ComicTrio. The Shinsengumi also count.
* ''Anime/{{Gravion}}'' has the Gran Knights, who are formidable (in their own ways) in an out of titular mecha. The sequel bring us the Gran Troopers, who are the same, so much so that the leader of the first Badass Crew congratulates the second Badass Crew at one point.
%%* The Anime/{{Hellsing}} Organization. 'nuff said.
* There are certain groups in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' that would fit this trope like the Occult Research Club, the StudentCouncil, and Vali's group to name a few.
* ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead'' quickly establishes that Takashi's group of survivors are more than ready to deal with [[ZombieApocalypse the outbreak]] that overan their school, along with the rest of the world.
** Takashi is the leader, Rei is [[ActionGirlfriend his spear wielding girlfriend]], Saeko was captain of the school's Kendo Club, and prior to the outbreak, Hirano spent a month training at a Black Water firing range with the American military.
** Saya and Ms. Shizuka are non-combatants, but Saya's [[TheSmartGuy analytical ability and planning]] has saved their skins on several occasions. So has Shizuka's driving skills, which made it possible for them to escape the school. And they found a place to rest and arm themselves [[TheTeamBenefactor thanks to her continued contributions.]]
* The [[TrueCompanions Games Club]] of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' become this during the final two arcs - their [[CharacterDevelopment development into one]] was essential for beating [[spoiler:[[BigBad Takano]]]].
* Several Familia in ''LightNovel/IsItWrongToTryToPickUpGirlsInADungeon'':
** Members of the Loki Familia currently listed in the character sheet are all badasses. Take an example: why did Aiz happened to pass by a Mind Down-affected Bell in Book 3/Episode 5? Turns out she, Riveria, Tiona, Tione, and Fynn finished a 46-hour crawl at the 37th floor. ''For fun''. They are at least Level 3 (Lefiya), average at Level 5, and maxes at Level 6. To note, due to the universe's AntiGrinding system, most adventurers are Level 1.
** While we were only told the strength of the Freya Familia is on par with Loki's, we know that Ottar, the single adventurer with the highest CharacterLevel, is in this familia.
* Tsuna and his guardians, Xanxus and the Varia Squad from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''.
* The Elite Four from ''Anime/KillLaKill'', each member being hand picked by [[VisionaryVillain Satsuki]] to join her inner circle to [[spoiler: plan her coup d'état against her Mother, [[EvilOverlord Ragyo]]]]. Now extended to the entirety of the [[spoiler: Nudist Beach and Honnouiji Academy Alliance and [[SaveTheWorldClimax their quest to save the world]]]].
* The four Frenchmen from ''Anime/LeChevalierDEon'', three of whom are among the best swordsmen alive.
* [[TheSquad Riot Force 6]] of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''. Even the WhiteMage of the group is [[ActionGirl someone]] [[TheBeastmaster you]] [[SummonMagic don't]] [[OurDragonsAreDifferent want]] [[BerserkButton to]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes mess]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction with]].
** The Wolkenritter (all of whom are members of Riot Force 6) were originally a BadassCrew in their backstory. But by the time of their introduction in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs A's]]'', they've graduated to being a full-on BadassFamily.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Ala Rubra, which had at least two members who are essentially ''invincible'' and a number of other members who aren't quite invincible, but still incredibly badass.
** Negi's group, Ala Alba, is well on it's way to this, as almost all the girls are drifting in an ActionGirl direction. If one chooses to focus on the primary combatants (Negi, Kotaro, Setsuna, Kaede, and Asuna) it essentially ''is'' a Badass Crew with a bunch of people working the backup support positions.
* The crew of the [[TankGoodness Murakumo]] in ''Manga/MaidenRose'' is composed of a MilitaryMaverick ColonelBadass, his three closest childhood friends, and a CoolOldGuy medic who is also the [[CombatMedic gunner]] of said tank.
* From the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' series, we get the following: [core members of the following]
** Original Series: (The White Base pilots\crew)
** Gundam0083 (The Albion pilots/crew)
** Zeta Gundam (The AEUG)
** Chars Counterattack (Londo Bell)
** Victory Gundam (The League Militare)
** G Gundam (The Shuffle Alliance)
** Gundam Wing (The Gundam Pilots)
** After War Gundam X (The crew/pilots of the Freeden)
** Gundam SEED (The Archangel crew/pilots, later the Three Ships Alliance)
** SEED Destiny (The TSA again, and the crew/pilots of the Minerva)
** Gundam 00 (Celestial Being, Choubou, Overflags, A-LAWS, Innovades)
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s Akatsuki consists of elite and pure badass-to-the-bone characters like Itachi Uchiha, Kisame, Orochimaru, Pein, Kakuzu, Sasori etc, all having BadassLongcoat. Also Team 8, Team Gai, and especially Team 10 all remain a close-knit family. Asuma even mentions this, in a flashback, when he gives all the members of his team earrings as a symbol of sticking together. And ''every single member'' of the Konoha 11 has their awesome moments (however short lived and/or superfluous it may be), even Ino, and especially Sakura, Shikamaru, and [[AllLovingHero Naruto]] himself.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' is a series about maritime {{pirate}}s, so every pirate ship in the series is usually staffed with a colorful, closely-knit, and, of course, badass crew. In fact, the manga on the whole is [[WorldOfBadass FILLED with badass crews]] and is pretty much entirely about them. Some particular examples include:
** The Straw Hat Pirates, a.k.a. the Protagonist Crew. One ImageSong even mentions that even though they aren't related, they are still [[TrueCompanions like a family]].
*** The end of the Dressrosa arc exemplifies this when upon the defeat of the Donquixote Family, [[spoiler:seven representatives from the Tontatta Kingdom, Happo Navy, and various other crews and countries come together to form the Straw Hat Grand Fleet]].
** The Whitebeard Pirates (pictured above) fit the criteria, even if they don't get as much focus as the Straw Hat Pirates.
** Shanks' crew.
** ...and lots and lots of others. In fact, the Straw Hats usually fight another Badass Crew at least once an arc.
** In fact, of the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, there are only two who avert the close-knit nature of the series crews. Gecko Moria, who used to have one, but after losing them to Kaido (in what was implied to be an extremely traumatic fashion), his insanity and heartbreak lead him to declare he needed nobody's strength but his own before using his devil fruit power to create an army of expendable zombies. The only other people he has are the three people he absolutely needs to even ''have'' that army (while he can make zombies by himself, he can't do so at the same pace and power after Hogback, Absalom and Perona leave, becoming a non-issue every time he appears after). The other one is Hawkeye Mihawk, no reason is given for his lack of a crew aside from an inherit nature as a loner, but unlike Moria who's crippled with no crew, [[OneManArmy Mihawk doesn't need one]].
** Despite being comprised of two individual crews, the Straw Hat and Heart Pirate Alliance is quickly becoming this after [[spoiler:dethroning Doflamingo and destroying his entire black market trade]]. The respective captains of both crews have had their bounties dramatically increased to a whopping '''500,000,000 beli''', with their feat reaching the ears of their next target: [[spoiler: 'Hundred Beast' Kaidou, '''one of the Four Emperors''']].
* ''Manga/OutlawStar'' had the Badass FiveManBand consisting of BadassLongcoat wearing Gene Starwind, his partner Jim Hawking, RobotGirl Melfina, CatGirl Aisha [=ClanClan=], and [[EverythingsBetterWithSamurai assassin]] Twilight Suzuka.
* The Newspaper Club in ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' has been moving toward becoming this, especially recently. As club president, [[ChivalrousPervert Gin]] is technically their leader, but more often than not the de-facto role goes to [[TheHero Tsukune]]. Even [[TagalongKid Yukari]] has had her moments of badass. It's also implied that the club's previous generation was one of these, and a helluva good one if [[LightningBruiser Gin]] and {{Su|perpowerLottery}}n are any indication.
* ''[[LightNovel/YoujoSenki Saga of Tanya The Evil]]'' has the 203rd mage "Pixie" battalion, the titular character's personnel troops who in their ''first'' mission, route an army of about '''fifty thousand''' men so easily, their commander refers to it as a simple live fire exercise, despite being made of only forty eight mages and pretty much defeating an entire country in the same night.
* The Inner Sailor Senshi (the main characters who have defeated several powerful enemies on their own) of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' and the Outer Senshi (who are considered more powerful than the Inners and defended the Solar System in their previous lifetimes) count as separate examples, but all ten of them can be considered one collective Badass Crew when they set aside their differences and work together, like in the [=SuperS=] movie.
%%* The Sanzo-ikkou from ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}''.
%%* Onime no Kyo and his Shiseiten in ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo''.
* The Kurogane House from ''Anime/ShinMazinger'', a group of former Yakuza members who were saved from the verge of death by their current leader, Tsubasa.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has several, with the meisters paired with their weapons. There's [[MusicalAssassin Soul]] and [[BadassBookworm Maka]], [[BoisterousBruiser Black Star]] and [[TeamMom Tsubaki]], and [[ShiniGami Death the Kid]] with the [[BewareTheNiceOnes Thompson]] [[OnlySaneMan sisters]]. And when all three teams join together to beat the BigBad...well, [[CatchPhrase they're a freakin' lethal team]]. The manga pairs up Maka's group with Ox's to form young elite unit, Spartoi. They get natty new uniforms and everything.
* Team Dai-Gurren from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. There's nothing else that needs to be said. If [[RuleOfCool a ground-based airship carrier doing a double roundhouse kick to an]] AirborneAircraftCarrier doesn't tickle your fancy, then maybe brawling out in a galaxy-sized mech against a similar enemy mech will...
* ''Manga/UQHolder'' has the titular organisation comprised of immortal humans, vampires, robots, demons and various other immortal monsters.
* Askeladd's Crew in ''Manga/VinlandSaga'', composed of TheBerserker, a GeniusBruiser MagnificentBastard, a teenage {{Determinator}}, a ScarilyCompetentTracker and ThoseTwoGuys. There's close to a hundred men in his crew, the number fluctuates, but those are the ones that stand out.
* The Darkness Dragon and the Happy Hungry Bunch from ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn'' are as badass as their name is silly.
* The Team Urameshi from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Most, if not all, {{Super Team}}s are badass crews at some level. Any lone superhero is usually capable of holding his own in a fight, so a group with several of them fighting together is serious stuff.
* In ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' [[Franchise/GreenLantern Guy Gardner]] leads a group formed of ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' and three Red Lanterns. All of them are badass fighters armed with the most powerful weapon of Franchise/TheDCU. And her Kryptonian member is one of the most triumphant examples of FlyingBrick.
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'': Asterix and the Gauls of his village are all super-powerful thanks to the magic potion of the druid Getafix. A single Gaul can take down a whole Roman military base by himself, so if they are angry enough to go ''all at once'', then the Romans are really boned.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The Department of Hotness from [[http://alaxr274.deviantart.com/gallery/37280372 Hottie 3: The Best Fan Fic in the World]].
* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'', there ''was'' a team of mercenaries/hitmen named the "Six Rifles" consisting of a professional group of six killers. Then they met a young Jayne Cobb, and they're not around anymore....
* Shows up in the [[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/kalash93 Kalash93 stories,]] [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/90939/1/shell-shock/the-tower Shell Shock,]] and [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/81159/1/racer-and-the-geek/predawn Racer And The Geek]]. Implied in [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/88520/1/welcome-to-the-brothel/das-laufhaus Welcome To The Brothel.]]
* Supetastic 6 Unlimited from [[http://alaxr274.deviantart.com/gallery/33810717 Super Milestone Wars]] and it's sequel, [[http://alaxr274.deviantart.com/gallery/36864527 Super Milestone Wars 2]].
* ''Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar'' has [[AmazonBrigade the Mirage squadron]].
* Similarly, [[Fanfic/AKingdomDivided A Kingdom Divided]] has Rainbow Dash's squadron.
* ''Fanfic/WarriorsOfTheWorld: Soldiers of Fortune'' has the Raulus mercenary party. Despite their quirks they turn out to be extremely capable at what they do best.
* ''FanFic/TheWorldOfTheCreatures'': The company, which contains characters such as Buffy Summers, Batman, and the Doctor among its more normal members. Together, they're a potent force.
* The ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'' has [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Team Phantom]] growing into one of these.
* In ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]'' [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]] and its sequel ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', we have:
** Samantha Shepard's squad (Garrus, Tali, Legion, Samara, Zaeed, Thane, Vega, Williams, [[ItMakesSenseInContext Alenko]], Wrex, Grunt, and [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters more]])
** The Vault Hunters (Maya, [[ItMakesSenseInContext Maya]], Axton, Lilith, Alt!Roland, Gaige, zer0)
** Aria's hired guns (a mix of ex-Alliance soldiers and other species)
** Sarah and her [[AerithAndBob oddly-named]] acolytes (Zera Zelit, Urthula Shurken, Drythlyn Narb, Venera Sola)
** When not part of Shepard's squad, Jack and Brick are generally leading their own students in battle
** [[spoiler:The Master Chief and Cortana]]
* The protagonists of ''FanFic/PanopticonQuest'' turn from a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits ragtag bunch of misfits]] into this, becoming [[FireForgedFriends fire-forged friends]] and a wacky family after running several missions together.
* It's usually a given for Franchise/PowerRangers teams to be this, and the crew of ''FanFic/PowerRangersGPX'' are no exception. However, taking down [[AlienInvasion aliens]], [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] and [[AlchemyIsMagic alchemists]] is [[ButForMeItWasTuesday just another Monday for these guys.]]
* Kaiju example from ''FanFic/TheBridge'' with the various factions walking the line between this and BadassArmy. Special mention goes to Gigan, Megalon, and Irys, who manage to tag team against, sufficiently fight off, and wound the nearly unstoppable Grand King Ghidorah.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Andy's toys from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''. Kidnap or threaten one of them, they'll show you just how incorrect you are. In the first ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', [[MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold the Mutant Toys]] are the Badass Crew. Andy's toys don't play this {{trope}} until ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2''.
-->'''[[ButtMonkey Mr. Potato Head]]:''' Prepare to meet... ''Mr. Angry Eyes!''
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'''s Furious Five -- Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Crane and Viper -- are China's top kung fu masters, and both films show you exactly ''why''. By the second film, their Badass Crew is the Furious Five plus Po, who earns his way in after enduring the TrainingFromHell.
* The Forty Thieves from ''WesternAnimation/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves''. To quote Fasan:
-->'''Fasan:''' They fight like demons!

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/XMen1'': The X-Men consists of Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm. They all view Professor X as their father figure, who trained, educated and cared for them when they were younger, and this has reinforced the team's familial-like connection over the years.
** ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'': The line-up has changed from the first two movies, so now the team members are Storm, Wolverine, Beast, Iceman, Kitty Pryde and Colossus.
--->'''Bobby Drake''': There's only six of us, Logan.\\
'''Logan''': Yeah. We're outnumbered. I'm not gonna lie to you. [[spoiler:But we lost Scott. We lost the Professor.]] If we don't fight now, everything they stood for will die with them. I'm not gonna let that happen. Are you? \\
''(Bobby shakes his head)''
--->'''Logan''': Then we stand together... X-Men, all of us.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':
*** In the BadFuture, the remaining X-Men are Professor X, Magneto, Wolverine, Storm, Kitty Pryde, Iceman, and Colossus. In TheSeventies, it's just Charles Xavier, Hank [=McCoy=] and Logan.
*** According to ViralMarketing, Bishop founded the resistance group Free Mutants in 2018, and by 2023, the only survivors besides himself are Warpath, Blink and Sunspot.
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Beast, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Nightcrawler, Mystique, Quicksilver and Moira (as the TokenHuman teammate) comprise the X-Men. [[spoiler:Storm [[http://s24.postimg.org/43av3q139/New_Costumes.jpg joins them]] later.]]
* The Massachusetts 54th Regiment as shown in ''Film/{{Glory}}''.
* ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Fellowship Of The Ring]]''. Even those hobbits will bust your ass should you trifle with them or their pals. One of their greatest moments of collective badassitude is in the Mines of Moria when the company find themselves completely surrounded by thousands of Orcs - and are completely ready to take them on.
* Similarly, [[Film/TheHobbit Thorin's Company]], [[AdaptationalBadass even more than in]] [[Literature/TheHobbit the book]].
* '' Film/OceansEleven'': Daniel Ocean's crew. The precision point schemes they pull off make them badass, but what makes them family is made clear when Reuben is hurt; they put on a heist not to make a fortune, but just to spite the guy who hurt him.
* The members of the 1960 ''Film/{{Oceans 11}}''.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': The crew of the Black Pearl.
* ''Film/AnimalHouse'': The members of Delta Team.
* The main characters of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' original trilogy.
* The titular seven gunslingers from ''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 The Magnificent Seven''.
* The ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}''.
* ''Film/MasterAndCommander'': Captain Jack Aubrey's crew. When even the doctor and a [[HandicappedBadass one-armed]] 13-year-old grab swords and kick ass, you know your crew is badass!
* The impromptu PowerTrio and their back-ups in ''Film/IndependenceDay''.
* The VIPER assassination squad in ''Film/KillBill'' before their dissolution.
* The movie version of ''Film/TheUntouchables''. Even the nerdy tax accountant (tax accountant for crying out loud!) achieves [=CMoAs=]. Even more badass in real life, considering that unlike the film, [[spoiler:they all lived]].
* The crew of ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' In the movie alone, each member shows just how badass he/she can be... although Book's moment of awesome badassery happens off screen.
* The crew of the Enterprise in ''Film/StarTrek'' most definitely qualifies. Even [[spoiler: 150 year old Spock Prime]] and TeamDad Captain Pike get cool moments. The movie was essentially an OriginStory of how the original Trek Badass Crew came to be.
* Even though it's mostly about Sharpe and his [[TheLancer Lancer]]-sidekick Sergeant Harper, the riflemen of the 95th (and to some extent, the entire South Essex Regiment) definitely qualifies. Memorable scenes include Hagman dual wielding a pair of rifles, private Perkins saving Sharpe's life and anything including Captain Frederickson ("A musket ball broke my jaw. I have false teeth. The sawbone stuck on the smile for free, sir. He also stuck on my hair. Hair belongs to a horse, sir.")
* The team of Allied commandos assigned to blow up the Nazi cannons on the Greek island of Navarone in ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone''.
* ''Film/TheLosers'', in both the movie and the comics, though the loyalty is particularly pronounced in the movie.
* The combined Special Forces/Autobots team from ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen''.
* Dom Cobb's crew in ''Film/{{Inception}}''.
* The Wolverines in ''Film/RedDawn1984''
* Subverted in ''Film/MacGruber'' when the clueless titular hero rejects the appointment of (the qualified) Piper in favor of assembling his own team. He spends the next five minutes recruiting enormous burly dudes played by Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestlers to accompany him on his mission. [[spoiler: He then promptly kills them when the van they were in explodes due to his negligence.]]
* ''Film/TheExpendables'': Not just Stallone's team, everybody in the whole friggin' movie.
* The eponymous ''Film/MysteryTeam'' by the final scene.
* ''Film/TheWarriors'': a small, obscure gang from Coney Island, yet pound-for-pound the toughest gang in New York.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Captain America]] and the Howling Commandos.
** The original six members of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' consists of [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica a Super Soldier from World War II with an indestructible shield and well-honed tactical instincts]], [[ComicBook/IronMan a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist in a high-powered suit of armor]], [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor a Physical God with a mighty hammer who can control lightning]], [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk one of the smartest scientists in the world who can turn into an "enormous green rage monster" in battle]], and two master assassins and spies, [[ComicBook/BlackWidow one with unmatched martial arts skills]] and [[ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} one whose primary weapon is a bow and arrow that can fire Trick Arrows]]. Once they finally figure out how to work together, the mere six of them are able to protect the entire city of New York from an AlienInvasion.
** In ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', the team expands beyond the original membership, incorporating both new and old members with each hero bringing something special to the crew. The new members are Iron Man's [[ComicBook/WarMachine best friend, who wears a similarly high-powered and well-armed suit of armor]], Captain America's [[ComicBook/TheFalcon close friend, a former Air Force paratrooper with a literal winged harness, specializing in rescue missions]], [[ComicBook/{{Vision}} an artificial human created by Thor's lightning and one of Iron Man's AI programs, with an Infinity Stone embedded in his head]], and a pair of twins, [[ComicBook/ScarletWitch one of whom has a wide array of mental abilities such as mind control, telepathy, and telekinesis]], and [[Comicbook/{{Quicksilver}} one with super-speed and reflexes]] [[spoiler:(though sadly, the latter only gets to be part of the team for the final battle before he dies)]].
** The ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' count as well, consisting of a thief and outlaw who's also a GuileHero and skilled with a blaster (Star-Lord), an assassin who's the adopted daughter of Thanos himself and known as the "deadliest woman in the galaxy" (Gamora), a mechanically altered talking raccoon and GadgeteerGenius (Rocket), a OneManArmy tree-creature (Groot), and maniacal, bloodthirsty KnifeNut (Drax the Destroyer). They've taken out armies who are feared throughout the rest of the galaxy and saved numerous planets from destruction, emerging (mostly) intact each time.

* In the WWI novel of the ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' series, ''Literature/TheBloodyRedBaron'', the Baron himself leads a squad of German fliers who are all vampires and aces, much like the real life Jagdgeschwader 1 the Baron led. Except not only are they vampires (making them excellent night pilots) to match up to the Allies' slightly better squad of aces (which includes Expies of The Shadow, Biggles, and Captain Midnight, along with real life British ace Albert Ball) the squad is modified by science and elder vampire blood into giant bat fliers wearing machine-gun rigs.
* In ''LightNovel/GatheringTheEnchanted'' it would be our main crew. You've got fire hot enough to melt bullets mid-shot, deadly poison breathing, and magical leg armor just to name a few.
* The Literature/JackRyan novel ''Literature/RainbowSix'' gives us Rainbow, headed by John Clark ([[TitleDrop Rainbow Six)]] which happens to be a multinational force of some of the baddest asses from the world's most deadly special forces units, albeit presented in a very realistic and very mortal fashion.
* Force Recon Team Sidewinder in the ''Literature/CutAndRun'' series. They later unofficially adopt [[SixthRanger Special Agent Zane Garrett]] into their crew as well. The last book has an even larger crew when Zane and Ty's FBI coworkers and Sidewinder join forces (plus a couple of ex-military hitmen).
* In ''Literature/LordOfTheNightSky'' Colonel Crane has one on call. They're all extremely skilled heavily armed specialists, and they've spent years working together in dangerous missions.
* To a man, the crew of the ''Blue Jay'' in ''Literature/StarshipsMage'' come to rescue Damien from prison (after he breaks the laws of magic to save them all from pirates), even though they'll be fugitives from then on.
* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse:
** Any [[Comicbook/XWingSeries X-Wing squadron]] led by Wedge Antilles. Rogue Squadron boasts twelve of the absolute best pilots in the New Republic, who capture the enemy capital planet as part of one mission, then take a break to wage a guerrilla campaign to liberate another world. Wraith Squadron is [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits a bunch of oddballs and misfits]] who can get the bridge of their support vessel blown off, smash a capital ship in half with a sucker-punch, and continue [[TheInfiltration infiltrating the enemy]] [[CrazyAwesome without breaking cover]]. And Red Flight is nothing but four comrades with the combined skill and experience of a starfighter ''wing''.
** The four stormtroopers in ''[[Literature/OutboundFlight Survivor's Quest]]'', Unit Aurek-Seven of the 501st. Cloud, Grappler, Watchman, and Shadow. They are ''unspeakably'' badass.
** Delta Squad probably takes the cake for the most Badass Crew from the Galaxy far, far away.
** The "Hand of Judgment", a quintet of stormtroopers who deserted from the Empire and used a stolen [[StateSec Imperial Security Bureau]] undercover transport to become highly effective vigilantes, exposing and dealing with corrupt Imperial officials across the galaxy and then eluding capture. Eventually [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy future Grand Admiral]] [[MagnificentBastard Thrawn]] recruits them to help found and train the incarnation of the 501st Legion that Unit Aurek-Seven belongs to.
* The [[Literature/MichaelVey Electroclan]] is definitely this. With the sole exception of Jack, they are all [[ImprobableAge 15-year-olds]] who have destroyed billions in [[EvilInc Elgen]] buildings, research facilities, and transportation. They are all implied to have [[PriceOnTheirHead prices on their heads]] ranging into the millions and they are considered a legitimate threat to the aforementioned corporation which has entire countries under its control.
* The Literature/{{Animorphs}} from the series of the same name, a crew of shapeshifters.
* [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings The Fellowship Of The Ring]] is made up of some of the greatest warriors of Middle-Earth, and even the passive Hobbits manage to survive against the full might of the Dark Lord and his vast armies.
* From the Literature/{{Discworld}}:
** Vimes, Carrot, Angua and Detritus, and the rest of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch form one of these.
** The Silver Horde. Seven very old men. Six of them are Barbarian Heroes, the most dangerous occupation on the whole Discworld (and considering what some people do for a living, that's saying something). Their primary skill is NOT DYING. They've made quite a habit out of it, and don't plan on breaking that habit.
** The Wizards of Unseen University are NOT the sort of people you want to find yourself squaring off against, either. It doesn't matter how you might try, either.
--->'''Ridcully:''' Please try to sue the University! [[BalefulPolymorph We have a POND full of people who've tried to sue the University!]]
* The Dendarii Mercenaries of Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''. From HandicappedBadass Miles Vorkosigan, to [[ActionGirl Action Girls]] Elli Quinn and Taura, to {{Hermaphrodite}} DeadpanSnarker Bel Thorne, the Dendarii are awesome.
* ''Literature/MysticAndRider'' has this--the TrueCompanions formed around Senneth is made up of two elite fighters, two shapeshifters, a mind-reader and Senneth herself, who is not only the most powerful mystic ever, full stop, but is so good at sword-fighting that she can beat the Lirren boys. All of them can hold their own in a fight, ''and then some''.
* In a way, the SOS Brigade, led by LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya.
** The leader can bend reality to her will, and once gave the time traveler the ability to fire lasers from her eye while filming a movie. The next character is a data-manipulating android that can't be killed, even with 6 spikes and 2 energy tentacles the size of a ship's mast through her body. After that, we have an [=ESPer=], who can move into alternate dimensions created by the leader, usually to fight her inner demons. Following that, we have a time traveler, who grows up to become TheChessmaster that jump-started the events that implanted the ideas of aliens, time travelers and [=ESPers=] into Haruhi's mind. The last character is completely normal, as verified by 2 factions. However, said character managed to blackmail one of the factions into not terminating his friend.
** The condensed version: You piss off any one of them, and chances are, someone will come in and kick your ass. Or head, as the Computer Club President realized.
* Burke's TrueCompanions from the books of Creator/AndrewVachss.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** Dumbledore's Army
** The first and second Order of the Phoenix. They are the ''best''. Veteran aurors, the youngest ever auror (before Harry Potter), some of the most powerful wizards of their generation (Sirius Black, James and Lily Potter, Remus Lupin) and '''Albus Dumbledore'''--the only wizard [[BigBad Voldemort]] ever feared.
* ''Literature/ShakeHandsWithTheDevil'' Dallaire's entire team, save the Bangladeshis.
* ''Literature/{{Orcs}}'' by Stan Nichols. After defecting from Jennesta's army, they decide to wreak holy hell on everyone that gets in their way, invading underground cities, defeating crime bosses, launching a raid into an UNDERWATER city, laying down the smack on a church militant army and sending demons screaming back to hell. The sequel novels get even better, with them annihilating an army using...cows. Styrke and his Wolverines = Badass Crew.
* Bridge Four in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' started out as the unluckiest of a ''very'' unlucky group of slaves and disgraced soldiers. Then [[TheHero Kaladin]] got a hold of them...
* Franchise/DocSavage and the Fabulous Five.
* The guardsmen of the [[Literature/GauntsGhosts Tanith First-And-Only]]. When you're the last 2,000 survivors of a planet destroyed by Chaos, you have to be badass.
* ''Literature/TimeScout'': The residents of time terminal eighty-six. You can find an expert in every little thing, and even the food vendors know how to survive if a random TimePortal opens into the middle of the Battle of Orléans.
* Magpie, Talon, and the crows from ''Literature/FaeriesOfDreamdark''. They kill demons. Lots and lots of demons.
* Sasha and "her team" in ''Literature/GreekNinja''.
* ''The Literature/NancyDrew Files'' and ''Literature/TheHardyBoys Casefiles'' were a DarkerAndEdgier version of the stories that took both series UpToEleven, making both of their respective casts a BadassCrew. They also had a crossover Spinoff, the ''Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Supermysteries,'' in which Frank, Nancy, Joe, and various combinations of Bess, Chet, George, Biff, Tony, etc., taking down everybody from corrupt [=CEOs=] to terrorist cells.
* The titular [[TheOathsworn Oathsworn]] in Robert Low's viking series.
%% * Alec and Isabelle Lightwood, Jace [[spoiler: Herondale]], Simon Lewis, Clary Fray and Magnus Bane in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments''.
* Special X in the novels of Creator/MichaelSlade.
* The crew of the Dame Fortuna in ''Literature/DawnOfSteam'' which contains England's foremost heroes of the Napoleonic war as well as assorted other badasses and {{action girl}}s.
* ''Literature/ZeroSight'' has Lambda Squad, a group of mages and a vampire who are resistant to mind manipulation, can cast death ray, invisibility and teleportation spells and cut down trolls and werewolves using a box cutter
* ''Literature/BrotherBand''
** 'The Herons' - a pretty decent example of RagtagBunchOfMisfits turned awesome.
* ''Literature/TheCrush'' revolves around Dragon Saffron, a paramilitary squad of soldiers with ElementalPowers who are regarded as some of the best in their business. They're also willing to risk their lives and careers just to make good on promises to each other.

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* Every version of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' features a version of this:
** The brave, loyal, and hypercompetent crew of the USS ''Enterprise'' on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Always ready, willing, and able to do whatever their Captain requires of them to complete their mission, no matter how crippled their ship or desperate their circumstances. The senior staff become TrueCompanions and remain this throughout their careers, and even the hapless RedShirt crew members never waver in their duty.
** The crew of the ''Enterprise''-D on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Even decidedly non-action types like Wesley and Troi got their moments to take the spotlight.
** On ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', thanks to the phenomenal CharacterDevelopment, even supposedly minor characters wind up kicking ass at some point. In "The Way of The Warrior", for example, the station has to fight off a small fleet of Klingons. A montage shows minor recurring characters engaging in one-on-one fights with the Klingons, Garak (the freakin' tailor) picking them off with a phaser, and even their otherwise sworn archnemesis, AxCrazy Gul Dukat beating them up with a bat'leth.
** And on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', the ship repeatedly shows up to new alien worlds in the Delta Quadrant only to find that their reputation for whooping the ass of everything standing between them and the Alpha Quadrant ''already precedes them''. This is without any backup from the Federation and with the ship repeatedly running out of supplies and energy. And yes, even [[TheHeart sweet, gentle]] [[BizarreAlienBiology two-year-old]] young woman Kes is capable of ripping you apart with her mind.
* The appropriately named ''Series/TheATeam''. Despite being four dissimilar soldiers thrown together by circumstances, they are a very closely knit group, to the point where the mother of one actually characterizes the others as being her son's family. All of them are awesome in their own way.
* Rick Grimes' group in ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' don't initially count as one, since only half the group show any combat prowess let alone willingness to fight. During the second season, more members of the group begin to take up arms, but the majority remain ActionSurvivor's (especially the women and children who actively avoid combat). However, in the second season finale, Rick decides that enough is enough and over the next several months turns his group into a force to be reckoned with. ''Everyone'' now pulls their weight in the group, and Rick has also ended all conflict and petty cliques [[spoiler: largely due to the end of his conflict with Shane since he killed him in self-defense.]] They only become more badass as the series goes on, and in the fifth season, they number at least fifteen strong and all but one of them qualify as a badass solely because she's an ''infant''! They've come a long way from that group of people huddled around a fire eating fish like it was an extended camping trip.
* The Impossible Missions Force of ''Series/MissionImpossible''.
* ''Franchise/StargateVerse'':
** ''Series/StargateSG1'': The titular SG-1. Entire alien races have attacked Earth just to kill O'Neill, Carter, Jackson, and Teal'c. The four of them have probably saved the planet more times than even ''they'' can count.
** The primary team from ''Series/StargateAtlantis''.
* Dr. Series/{{House}}'s team. All extremely competent doctors, all competitive, all willing to bend rules to save a patient. And though it sometimes seemed they hated each other, their loyalty has actually lasted even though they've all gone their separate ways.
* The new ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' team. Moreso than than the original squad.
* The ''Series/BurnNotice'' TrueCompanions, made up of ex-spy Michael Weston, [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles ex-IRA]] TriggerHappy {{Tsundere}} Fiona Glennane, [[RetiredBadass retired Navy SEAL]] Sam Ax, and CoolOldLady Maddie Weston. Michael's brother Nate occasionally gets a look-in, but his badassness isn't as pronounced (he usually ends up being TheChick or the DamselInDistress). As of Season 4, we get SixthRanger Jesse, a recently burned counter-intelligence agent, which causes a ''lot'' of problems.
* The literal crew of ''Serenity'' in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.
* The Scooby Gang of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' became this eventually. They are a handful of humans and vampires that keep all the nasties in the Hellmouth from overrunning the world.
* The Angel Investigations staff in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' are the best example of this trope in any Whedon show. Anyone who joins is guaranteed to develop into a badass within one season. And Gunn's crew.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', when a bunch of them work together in the new series.
* The good people of Torchwood Three from ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''..
* The Bannerman Road from ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''. Think three (sometimes two; once four) kids, an older lady, a sentient computer, and occasionally a robot dog can't turn you into alien slime? Think again.
* The Operation Bartowski team from ''Series/{{Chuck}}''.
* ''Series/TheUnit''.
* Also, UNIT from ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* God help you if you mess with certain officers, officials, and crewmen of the ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. Yes, they're an exceedingly ''dysfunctional'' crew, and are [literally] at each others' throats repeatedly, but mess with them, and the only question is which one of them is going to destroy you and how flashy that destruction will be. Certain Cylon models exhibit this quality. But that situation is....''complicated''......
* Team [=DenLiner=] from ''Series/KamenRiderDenO''.
* The Gibbs' Team in ''Series/{{NCIS}}''
** Goes for the main teams on ''Series/{{JAG}}'', ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' and ''Series/NCISNewOrleans'' as well.
* The Grissom team from ''Series/{{CSI}}''. The teams of Series/{{CSINY}} and Series/CSIMiami in as well.
* The Metro-Dade Vice Squad of ''Series/MiamiVice''. Believe it or not, Crockett and Tubbs were not the only great cops working in Miami.
* The entire crew of ''Series/{{Leverage}}''. Each with their own specialties, each one the best at that particular art. And also an awesome example of TrueCompanions.
* The ''Series/ColdCase'' crew.
* The crew of Moya from ''Series/{{Farscape}}''.
* The BAU team from ''Series/CriminalMinds'', from [[NoSell no-selling]] TeamMom Hotch to BadassBookworm Reid, you don't ever mess with them.
%%* The outlaws from ''Series/RobinOfSherwood''. [[TheLoad Except Much]]...
%%* The outlaws from ''Series/RobinHood''. Except Kate...
* MagnificentBastard Mario Santos and his crew from the Argentine TV show ''Series/LosSimuladores''. They even made The FBI their {{Unwitting Pawn}}s. Yes ''that'' FBI.
* The team from "Soldier of Fortune", essentially the A-Team for grown-ups done by Jerry Bruckheimer. The team was headed up by ex-Delta Force major Matt Shepherd and contained ex-Marine Scout/Sniper Benny Ray Riddle (played by former Ranger Tim Abell), ex-CIA officer Margo Vincent, fomer SAS Staff Sargeant and electronics/EOD specialist CJ Yates with Jason "Chance" Walker (ex-USAF SOAR)as the pilot. The team was run by a spooky government-type called Xavier Trout, himself an ex-military type, when he/the US government needed deniable ops done.
* The Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica in ''Series/{{Smallville}}''. You've got [[Franchise/TheFlash The Fastest Man Alive]], [[Comicbook/{{Cyborg}} Victor Stone]], a {{Cyborg}} with both SuperStrength and HollywoodHacking abilities (GeniusBruiser much?), Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}, who manages to hold his own despite the whole WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway situation, and Comicbook/BlackCanary an ActionGirl with MakeMeWannaShout abilities. All headed up by Comicbook/GreenArrow, the biggest BadassNormal in the whole show. And that's when Franchise/{{Superman}} and the ComicBook/MartianManhunter aren't helping them.
* The study group as a whole in ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS1E23ModernWarfare Modern Warfare]]," for surviving as long as they did in such hellish conditions.
* The ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', doubly appropriate because they're SpacePirates. Also Marvelous' previous team with Akared and Basco Ta Jolokia, the Red Pirates. When you're just three people and is considered to be the greatest threat the Zangyack ever face and having a bounty bigger than the Gokaigers, you have to be one. Not too mention they just started collecting the Ranger Keys when they started their adventure, meaning they face off against the Zangyack without the key's powers.
** Any Sentai team would count.
* ''Franchise/UltraSeries'':
** How badass the human defense team varies from series to series, but all of them have their moments. The ''most'' badass crews would have to be GUYS from ''Series/UltramanMebius'', the Night Raiders from ''Series/UltramanNexus'', XIG from ''Series/UltramanGaia'', Xio from ''Series/UltramanX'', and the Ultra Garrison from ''Series/UltraSeven''.
** The Ultras themselves have their examples. The original Series/{{Ultraman}}, Zoffy, Ultraseven, [[Series/ReturnOfUltraman Ultraman Jack]], Series/UltramanAce, and Series/UltramanTaro form one called the Ultra Brothers; and Franchise/UltramanZero leads the multiverse protection crew known as the Ultimate Force Zero.
* The core team of Knights of the Round Table in ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. Sirs Gwaine, Lancelot, Elyan, Leon and Percival took on an army of immortal soldiers...''and won''. Or at least, survived long enough for Merlin to save them all...
* Series/{{Bones}}, Booth, and all the squints—increasingly so as more and more of them get out of the lab and into the field.
* The Series/{{Fringe}} team has faced impossible things together, up to and including fractures in the fabric of the universe itself. They meet every obstacle with good humor, solidarity, and (fairly) calm acceptance. So the world's falling apart again--what's new?
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has Team Freewill: Sam, Dean, and Castiel.
* In the 2014 BBC version of ''Series/TheMusketeers'', [[TheLeader Athos]] is ''The'' MasterSwordsman amongst a whole regiment of Master Swordsmen, [[FriendlySniper Aramis]] is the standout marksman, [[BoisterousBruiser Porthos]] is near unbeatable at hand to hand combat, [[NewMeat D'Artagnan]] starts out as a promising recruit (and it is predicted that he will one day surpass them all) and they all report to the [[DaChief revered veteran]] [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Captain Treville]].

* ''Pinball/BlackRose'' has [[PirateGirl Captain Rose]] and her pirate crew, who are shown boarding an enemy ship ''en masse'' with cannons firing.

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* The Captains in ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons'', to an extent (more so in fanon).

* The 1972 Miami Dolphins; who won '''''every''''' game that season, up to and including the Super Bowl.
* The Patriots of the 2000s. You had the head coach Bill Belichick, Tom Brady leading the offense, and Tedi Bruschi leading the defense. They won the Super Bowl in three out of four years and are the only team to go 16-0 in the regular season. They still prove to be this to this day as a playoff birth is all but guranteed every year, and they won the Super Bowl again 10 years after their last.
** If we're talking football, then look no further than the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders of the 70s. Not only did they win consistently, they faced off each other for AFC supremacy every year and had legitimate bad blood, leading to extremely physical, emotional, dirty games. The Steelers typically were the [[DesignatedHero designated good guys]], due to their classy owner, blue collar roots, and disciplined team ethic. The Raiders were always the [[DesignatedVillain bad guys]], in part because of their JerkAss owner, rowdy fans, and perhaps, even rowdier players. Also note the Raiders were made up of a bunch of guys with NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, guys like Jack "The Assassin" Tatum, Ken "The Snake" Stabler, and Skip "Dr. Death" Thomas. Incidentally, both the Steelers and Raiders only achieved full-blown Badass Crew status because they first had to take that mantle from the waning Dolphins, who not only had that undefeated season, but repeated the next year with a team some experts believe might have actually been better than the '72 Dolphins.
* The University of Miami Hurricanes football team, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s. The Canes, which won five national championships and appeared at several more title games, developed a "Thug U" reputation due to its "Catholics vs. Convicts" rivalry with Notre Dame, the players appearing at a national championship pregame banquet in combat fatigues (and losing to underdogs Penn State the next night at the 1987 Fiesta Bowl), the on-field taunting by the team (which led to the NCAA adding "the Miami Rule" addressing excessive celebration), the team's alleged payments from Two Live Crew's Luke Campbell, and many of the recruited players being from urban areas (unprecedented at the time, now somewhat the norm).
* The 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers, whom, after years of winning the league pennant and always coming up short in the World Series, succeeded in winning the World Series against the New York Yankees. The '55 Dodgers, which included Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese and Gil Hodges, solidified their legend in baseball. After the 1955 World Series, the Brooklyn Dodgers won one more pennant (but losing in seven games to the Yankees in the World Series) before moving to Los Angeles.
* The 1990 UNLV basketball team, led by Jerry "Tark the Shark" Tarkanian. They dominated basketball, beating Duke to win the championship, while their coach defied the NCAA (he was notorious for saying "The NCAA got so mad at Kentucky they decided to give Cleveland State two more years of probation."). The next year, the UNLV team almost had an undefeated season, but lost to Duke in the Final Four.
* The Michigan "Fab Five" teams of the 1990s. They popularized baggy shorts and brought swagger to college basketball, despite being the NCAA runner-up twice. Unfortunately, Ed Martin, a booster for the Michigan team, was found to have provided benefits to the team in violation of NCAA guidelines, and as a result, Chris Webber was found ineligible and the Fab Five title appearances were vacated.
* The mid-70s Philadelphia Flyers, aka "The Broad Street Bullies." Were the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup (winning it twice in a row), became beloved in Philadelphia and loathed by traditional hockey fans for their success through intimidation and violence. They were also known for their skirmishes against the Soviet "Red Army" teams.
* The early-90s Pittsburgh Penguins, led by Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr. The Penguins won the Stanley Cup for the first time in 1991, led by coach "Badger Bob" Johnson. Sadly, "Badger Bob" died of cancer shortly after winning the Cup, and he was replaced by the season by legendary Blues/Canadiens/Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman, who, in his first of two seasons as their coach, led the Penguins to their second consecutive Cup.
* The Pittsburgh Pirates, in spite of their current state of mediocrity, fielded a few of these in their heyday.
** The 1960 Pirates that upset the Yankees in the World Series after Bill Mazeroski's walk-off home run in Game 7.
** The 1971 Pirates, who defeated the Phillies in September using an all-black starting lineup, before winning the World Series a month later. [[Music/PublicEnemy Chuck D]] claimed that this was the reason he fell in love with the team and started the trend of wearing a Pirates cap. The team included Roberto Clemente, one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, as well as Dock Ellis, [[NeverLiveItDown more well-known for his LSD no-hitter the previous year]].
** The 1979 Pirates, who won the World Series between the Pittsburgh Steelers winning two Super Bowls.
* Other 1970s Badass Crews in baseball included
** The 1972-1974 "Swingin'" Oakland A's, which included Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, and Rollie Fingers, winning three consecutive World Series
** The 1970s Cincinnati Reds, aka "The Big Red Machine," including Johnny Bench and Ken Griffey Sr., led by Pete Rose. They appeared in four World Series (losing one to the aforementioned A's), winning two in a row (beating the Red Sox and Yankees)
** The "Bronx Zoo" Yankees of the late 1970s, known for conflicts between players, then-new owner George Steinbrenner, and manager Billy Martin (repeatedly fired and rehired by Steinbrenner). The team not only consisted of Reggie Jackson and Catfish Hunter, who both played in the Swingin A's, but also pitcher Thurmon Munson and Bucky [[NeverLiveItDown "insert Boston-appropriate language here"]] Dent. Narratives of the team including ''The Bronx Is Burning'' depict the Yankees lifting the morale of a city crippled by an economic shutdown, the Son of Sam killings, and crime lingering in the city then. The Bronx Zoo era, which included the Yankees winning two consecutive World Series (beating the Dodgers twice), ended in 1979 after Munson was killed crashing his private plane.
* The New York Islanders ice hockey team, which won four '''straight''' Stanley Cup titles between 1980 and 1983.
** Several Montreal Canadiens teams accomplished similar feats in several decades.
*** The Canadiens won five straight from 1956-1960, and four straight from 1976-1979. However, the Islanders played in an expanded league (the Canadiens of the 50s played in a six-team league; by 1980, when the Islanders finally won, the NHL had 21 teams) and had to win more games to get to the finals, which is why those Islander teams hold the record for most consecutive playoff victories (19). Also in the Islanders' favor is the fact that no team since in any of the four major North American professional sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) has won four consecutive championships. (They reached a fifth straight final)
*** The Islanders dynasty itself was ended by another badass crew, the Edmonton Oilers, led by Wayne Gretzky. The Oilers won the Cup four times with "The Great One" and won a fifth time after Gretzky was traded (Gretzky himself never won the Cup again after the trade).
* The 1996 Chicago Bulls, with their 72-10 winning streak and fourth NBA championship, would qualify. Notable players, led by Phil Jackson, included all stars Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen and Tony Kukoc, as well as a certain guard from North Carolina.
* Shaq and Kobe's Lakers, particularly the 2001 team. The Lakers were Badass with 3 straight titles, but the personality clashes between Kobe and Shaq didn't exactly make for a good working environment.
* Magic Johnson's Lakers.
* Isiah's Pistons. Like the Broad Street Bullies that terrorized the NHL in the 1970s, the "Bad Boys," which also included Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman, and Joe Dumars and coached by "Dream Team" coach Chuck Daly, were beloved in Detroit and despised by traditional basketball fans by winning two consecutive championships through violence, intimidation, and lack of sportsmanship (when the Pistons lost to the Bulls in the 1991 playoffs, the Pistons players refused to shake hands after the game).
* 2006 Miami Heat.
* Tim Duncan's Spurs.
* The 2008 Boston Celtics.
* The 1983 Philadelphia 76ers who only lost 1 game on the road to the championship.
* The 1986 Boston Celtics championship team, featuring 5 future hall of famers (Larry Bird, Robert Parish, Bill Walton, Dennis Johnson and Kevin [=McHale=]).
* Ahem. The Dream Team. Forget any city's team, forget the All Star game, this is the crew sent to compete at the highest level in the Olympics. The first one especially, consisting of Magic, [[TheRival Bird]], [[ShowyInvincibleHero Jordan]], [[LightningBruiser Robinson]], [[ScaryBlackMan Ewing, Malone, Barkley]], [[PintsizedPowerhouse Stockton]] [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and others]], is considered the greatest team in basketball, maybe even in any team sport.
* The Geelong Cats, an Australian football team, from round five 2007 to the 2009 grand final, which is seventy three matches by the way, they lost seven games in total and became the only team to win eighteen or more games in three consecutive seasons. Some commentators have called them the greatest team of all.
* The [=SANFL=] team the Central Bulldogs, they've won all but two grand finals since 2000 and came second in the years where they lost.
* The English Rugby Union team of 2003. Wilkinson, Dawson, Johnson...
* The Liverpool football team of the late 70's/80's. Ian Rush, Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish, Mark Lawrenson, Alan Hansen etc.
* Brazil's national football team that won the 1958, 1962, and 1970 World Cups. Not only had the best player ever (Pelé), but also a full roster of talented players: Garrincha, Zagallo, Tostão, Gerson, and more. The 1982 team is also considered to be one of the best teams in Brazil's history, even if they didn't win the WC that year (contrast with the teams that won in 1994 and 2002, both considered very inferior to the others).
* In the 2006 World Cup, Italy was this. Won the Cup, without ever losing a match. In the 2012 European Cup, they even managed to tame the ultimate Badass Crew of this generation of association football, Spain, with a draw.
** ...However, in the final of the tournament, they got crushed by Spain, with a 4-0 as result.
* Right now regarding association football national teams, Spain takes this trope UpToEleven. Current winner of the European and World Cups, beaten the former Badass Crew Italy for an incredible 4-0 in the 2012 European Cup finals held in Kiev, Ukraine, and the under-21 national is currently the European champion, beating Italy for a second time. ''Ouch.''
** Not scared enough? Their nickname is '''The Red Fury'''. Very fitting nickname for a Badass Crew like that.
* 2010-2012 FC Barcelona. They trampled everyone in the Champions League; they made their biggest rival Real Madrid their bitches in several occasions; and the match against Santos in the FIFA World Championship is considered to be one of the most one-sided games in the history of the tournament (even counting games against African, Asian, North/Central American and Oceanian teams, usually weaker than South American/Europeans ones). When you take the best South American team and keep the ball under your control for 72% of the game time, you're being some badass indeed.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Most ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' adventuring parties. Groups of (traditionally four) people who depends their lives on each other, [[AnAdventurerIsYou fill specific roles]], fight violent monsters, and generally perform superhuman feats of heroics (or villainy, as the case may be). Upon reaching a certain level of power, dying doesn't become so much a worry for these people as an ''inconvenience''.
* By the same token, any group of soldiers in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' must be a Badass Crew if they are to have any hope of survival in the grim darkness of the far future. More specific examples would be the gangs from the [[WretchedHive decaying underhive]] of TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}, who scavenge and battle in conditions that would give Batman trouble; a TabletopGame/RogueTrader's crew, who [[BoldExplorer explore]] and [[IntrepidMerchant exploit]] strange new worlds, frequently through GunboatDiplomacy; an TabletopGame/{{Inquisitor}}'s [[TabletopGame/DarkHeresy retinue]], who wages a shadow war for humanity's survival; a TabletopGame/DeathWatch kill-team, recruited from {{Space Marine}}s with a particular aptitude for annihilating aliens; and even the power-mad [[TabletopGame/BlackCrusade cultists and Chaos Space Marines]] willing to undertake any challenge for a chance at godhood.
* The ''Weatherlight'' in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' is crewed by some of Dominaria's greatest badasses. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And]] [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Squee]].
* By necessity, any crew of 'Runners in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' will usually end up becoming this once they survive their first few 'runs together.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' perfect circles tend to fall under both this trope and FiveManBand at the same time. Which character is occupying which role in the latter tends to vary with the situation.
* ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'':
** It has a badass crew in the form of the heroic Sentinels. Unlike most heroes, the Sentinels have one hero deck and four hero character cards. Many of thier cards help protect and support the entire team.
** The villainous La Capitan has also has a BadassCrew, one she assembled from people whom hail from different time periods, due to her time traveling pirate ship. As per any Badass Crew, they work well together.
** On a lesser note, The Crackjaw Crew also are a Badass crew, though not as badass as the Sentinels or La Capitan.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'':
** Every ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' game stars a band of superpowered misfits who become FireForgedFriends, with the [[SchoolClubFront S.E.E.S.]] from ''VideoGame/Persona3'', [[AmateurSleuth Investigation Team]] from ''VideoGame/Persona4'' and [[PhantomThief Phantom Thieves]] from ''VideoGame/Persona5'' being notable examples.
** The Demon Tamers led by the heroes of ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' and ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'' are also worthy of mention, especially in the routes where the protagonist is able to prevent them from falling out with each other.
* In ''VideoGame/PlanetAlcatraz'', the Vampire reconnaissance and sabotage team. To elaborate, they are 4 guys who are dropped into a [[PenalColony planet inhabited by prisoners]] with no equipment and support, then kill everything in their way to complete their mission. Also, they are only ''cadets'' fresh out of the academy. Successful completion the mission will make them eligible for consideration to promotion to Private.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Utawarerumono}}'', every single retainer of [[TheProtagonist Hakuoro]] is an utter badass. So much so that [[spoiler: when he returns to his original form as a stupidly powerful PhysicalGod and begs them to destroy his insane side forever, they proceed to punch out the equivalent of Cthulhu meets Godzilla to honor his final commands as their commander.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** The [[SuperSoldier Spartan-IIs]]. Members see their fellow Spartans as their only family (they were recruited at the age of 6 and trained together ever since). There's a possible slight subversion in that they were slightly more numerous than the norm - there were over thirty of them at the program's height, but they become a more typical Badass Crew after most of them die towards the end of the Human-Covenant War.
** The player's [[TheSquad squads]] in ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' and ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' are also exemplary Badass Crews.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', the Master Chief, Cortana, Sgt. Johnson, and the Arbiter also count as a Badass Crew, as the Chief is the muscles, Cortana is the brains, Johnson is the sniper, and the Arbiter is the stealth-specialist.
** This concept also figures into gameplay with the franchise's various co-op modes, with particularly tight [[SlidingScaleOfGameplayAndStoryIntegration Gameplay and Story Intergration]] with regards to ''Halo 3'' (where each player is a different character; the Chief, the Arbiter, and two special forces [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Elites]]), ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''[='s=] ''Spartan Ops'' campaign (where up to four people play as the Spartan-[=IVs=] of Fireteam Crimson), and ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' (where each player is a different member of Fireteam Osiris / Blue Team).
* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar''.
** Delta Squad are often split up into pairs, but when the four of them get together, they're practically unstoppable.
** The 26th Royal Tyran Infantry, or "Two-Six RTI", which is the regiment that many of the main characters were part of, including [[PlayerCharacter Marcus and Dom]]. Known as "The Unvanquished", they have yet to prove that name wrong.
* In ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'', the crew of the Grandcypher recruits people from all over the Phantagrande Skydom who all have their own kinds of power (warriors, wizards, ninjas, assassins, shamans) and talent (ace pilots, marksmans, and even fighting dress-makers, children, and blacksmiths) to contribute to their adventures. There is also the group of "The Eternals" - ten feared warriors who are known for mastering their chosen weapon proficiencies (i.e. Swords for Siete and Axes for Threo)
* That's the way most [=RPGs=] work: if at first the heroes are a RagtagBunchOfMisfits at first, by the end of the game and after taking ''several dozens'' [[TookALevelInBadass levels in badass]] they usually end up at being roughly 50% of the world military power by themselves.
* In most {{First Person Shooter}}s, the online cooperation mode has the players become this. Special mention goes to ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' and ''VideoGame/SeriousSam''.
* The [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Alpha Numbers]]. You'd think a crew with ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji Ikari]]'' in it would lose serious badass points. You'd be ''wrong''.
** In the Original Generation canon, we have smaller versions of this. The SRX/ATX Teams, The Aggressors, and they smash themselves together into a mega Badass Crew/Coterie when they join forces.
** [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ ZEUTH]] is very badass as well, as is [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW Warter]].
** [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ ZEXIS]] in Z2 has [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]], [[Manga/GetterRobo Batshit Insane Ryouma from Getter Robo Armageddon]], [[Anime/CodeGeass Zero]], [[Anime/ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS Chirico]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Celestial Being]] and the list goes on and on.
* The Embryon from ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' are so badass they [[spoiler:reunite in the afterlife to ''defeat God'']].
* The Third Street Saints, from ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'', more than qualifies. By the end of the series, its members have come to include (among others) a [[SociopathicHero man who enjoys killing and starting fights for laughs]], a HardDrinkingPartyGirl - turned - DarkActionGirl, a MaskedLuchador, a pimp with vocoder that uses AutoTune, an MI6 agent, Creator/KeithDavid, and the President of the United States.
* In the ''[[Franchise/MassEffect Mass Effect]]'' games, it's explicitly mentioned that the real potential of [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard]] lies not in his/her potential as a fighter, [[WorldsBestWarrior however awesome it may be]], but rather in his/her ability to take a RagtagBunchOfMisfits and, through both individual approach and leading by example, mold them into TrueCompanions capable of doing the impossible on a regular basis, up to and not limited to killing ancient mechanical gods.
** The [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Asari]] have "quality over quantity" as their standard approach to warfare. They lack the numbers to field a true BadassArmy (like turians, krogan and humans), but their individual special operation commando units are repeatedly stated to be the most lethal bunch of fighters in the entire ''galaxy'' that don't include anyone named 'Shepard'.
** One of Shepard's dialogue options during the climactic final battle in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''? [[BadassCreed "No one gets left behind."]]
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' in particular has assembling one of these as a primary goal rather than a matter of due course. It pays off: you're repeatedly shown that every single person who you recruit for your mission is extremely good at what they do - as long as you've earned their loyalty.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'' introduces a new starship crew of explorers venturing into the deadly, unknown frontiers of the Andromeda galaxy.
* ''VideoGame/AceCombat'':
** The Wardog Squadron, a.k.a. the Four Wings of Sand Island, in ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar''. They started out as rookie flight cadets that were forced to fight as frontline units in the beginning of the war. By the middle of the war, you all become known as the ''Demons of Razgriz'', and your very presence on the battlefield [[OhCrap scares the enemy shitless]]. [[spoiler: The enemy gets a short respite when your unit is forced to play dead, but upon your comeback, the enemy absolutely ''freaks out'', and your unit not only becomes dubbed the ''Ghosts of Razgriz'', but you all fly in a wicked awesome black color scheme. Yes, the Razgriz are a flying unit of badass.]]
** Two words - Galm Team. Your squadron in ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'' is exactly two man strong: a team thrown together by chance in the last ditch attempt at BackFromTheBrink. [[WeDoTheImpossible You succeed.]] Soon enough, the PlayerCharacter becomes known as the [[RedBaron Demon Lord]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast of the Round Table]] and his {{wingman}} is the same guy who had his right wing shot off from the hull and still landed his plane safely ''during an intense battle''.
* The Resistance Group from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. Unlike most of the other games in the series, this one actually gives Hyrule some citizenry who are willing to do something to help themselves instead of relying solely on the efforts of the green-clad [[TheChosenOne Chosen One]]. They even help him break into the castle toward the end.
* In the {{Updated Rerelease}}s of ''VideoGame/TheGodfather: The Game'', you can pick up a crew of mobsters to help you. In the game of ''Godfather II'' you can raise a properly customised bunch to help you out.
* Your crew in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights: Hordes of the Underdark'' isn't very large, but among the four (possibly five) people on the team are a part-dragon kobold, a [[TheAtoner former drow assassin]], a slightly insane [[TheLegionsOfHell tiefling]], and potentially the ghost of an elf paladin. Led by whatever you feel like making the player character. And the player and two of your compatriots get to [[spoiler:beat up Mephistopheles]] in the end.
* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'', you have a BoisterousBruiser (Khelgar), a KleptomaniacHero (Neeshka), a WhiteMage (Elanee), your TokenEvilTeammate (Bishop), a KnightInShiningArmor as contrast (Casavir), an insane pyromaniac (Quara), a BadassBookworm (Sand), a BadassNormal (Shandra), Zhjaeve, [[TheAtoner Ammon Jerro]], Grobnar, and potentially a giant metal automaton with swords for arms. Your crew in Mask of the Betrayer is smaller, but no less badass. You have a new BadassBookworm (Safiya), [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow whatever One Of Many is]], a fallen angel (Kaelyn), and a Hagspawn TheCasanova (Gann). Who go on to thwart the works of the god of the dead.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': Look at the first crew: {{Badass Normal}}s Carth and Canderous, LittleMissBadAss Mission, TheBigGuy Zaalbar, BadassGrandpa Jedi Jolee Bindo, BoisterousBruiser assassin droid HK-47, Jedi CatGirl Juhani and Jedi ActionGirl Bastila, and [=T3-M4=] with hidden pistols.
** And ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'': Canderous and HK-47 (still badass), T3-M4 (who [[TookALevelInBadass took a few levels in Bad Ass]] between the games), EvilMentor Kreia, SociopathicHero {{Determinator}} and Atton Rand, {{Badass Bookworm}}s Bao-Dur and Mical (the latter for Female Exiles only), {{Action Girl}}s Brianna (Male Exiles only), Visas, and Mira (Light Side only), Goto, and TheBigGuy Hanharr (Dark Side only). And all of them (besides the droids and Hanharr) can become Jedi if they aren't already.
* Every party line-up in a ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' game, but ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' is the best example, being an IntercontinuityCrossover that brings the main heroes and villains from the rest of the series together to fight, and each and every one of them is just as Badass as they were in their original games. And if, like [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Garland]] or [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Laguna]], you weren't particularly badass in your original game, don't worry, you get to be an AdaptationalBadass.
* The final chapter of ''VideoGame/LiveALive'' allows you to make a Badass Crew out of the each of the earlier chapter's heroes [[spoiler:minus Oersted, who is the villain]]. A Badass Crew that can include a caveman, a Chinese monk, a demon-slaying ninja, a cowboy, a streetfighter, a psychic delinquent, and a robot.
* There is at least one of these in every single ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' game, but possibly the most standout example would have to be at the beginning of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance]]'' [[spoiler:and after part 2 of ''Radiant Dawn'']]: the Greil Mercenaries, and their eventual growth under badass into a BadassArmy. Eventually the band of six or seven mercenaries grows into a ''50-character strong army'' led by a more mature, wiser and altogether completely awesome FourStarBadass Ike, complete with Ragnell, his WaveMotionSword.
* The cast of pilots in ''VideoGame/AirForceDelta Strike'' are this.
* Subspace Emissary has multiple examples in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', since all the characters for most of the game are separated into groups. Marth, Meta Knight, and Ike were arguably the most bad ass group, though, and the only ones to stop a detonator from going off.
* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games revolve around creating a six-strong crew of badasses. And at the end you use them to fight against the [[FourIsDeath Elite Four]] and [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Champion]], the trainers with the strongest crews in the region.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsRepublicCommando'', normal clones are badass, Delta Squad turn badass Up to Eleven, they were born and bred for badassery. Taking out a droid production facility, retaking an acclamator-class ship from a group of trandoshan slavers and then defending said ship against an army of droids, each one of this four man team is crazy awesome, but together they are one badass crew.
* The eponymous ''VideoGame/{{killer7}}'' of the Smith Syndicate count.
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'' has the 12th Unit of the Harmonian Southern Frontier Defense Force. Consisting of [[TheCaptain Geddoe]], [[GeniusBruiser Ace]], [[BareFistedMonk Joker]], [[LadyOfWar Queen]], [[AutomaticCrossbow Jacques]] and [[MySignificanceSenseIsTingling Aila]], even if the last one is a trainee. None of them are related, and a good number of them [[TeethClenchedTeamwork argue frequently]] when they [[TheAlcoholic aren't drunk]], or even when they are. But, they are all extreme badasses, having fought and won in several wars.
* [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 RED and BLU]]. The mercs get even more badass when the two [[spoiler: join forces to fight Gray Mann's [[RobotWar robot army]] and preventing him from wiping out Mann Co.]]
* The game ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' is all about this, giving you the opportunity to play with three characters at a time.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOvwdVp8Fvo This commercial]] for ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' has a badass crew of musicians.
* The four Genohunters from ''VideoGame/{{Evolva}}'' are able to fight an entire army of aliens by themselves.
* ''VideoGame/BurningRangers'' is about a team of elite futuristic firefighters who work together in order to rescue civilians during [[HeroicFireRescue raging fire outbreaks]], no matter the odds.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' and [[VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}} its sequel]] feature the Vault Hunters, a collective band of thieves and mercenaries, as well as their allies.
* One literally called The Crew in ''Videogame/{{Evolve}}''. Originally a group of twelve, and eventually a group of twenty, every member of the group is both willing to put their life on the line to stop the Monsters and capable enough to survive doing it. Though they have their differences, especially with their newer recruits, they function like a surrogate family to one another.
** Prior to the game, Bucket and Cabot were in anther one called The Leading Edge. They helped newly colonized planets by decreasing the numbers of [[EverythingTryingToKillYou deadly wildlife]], though Cabot didn't think much of the name.
** Parnell, Abe, and Sunny were in another one as crew members of the ''Sword'', with Parnell as TheCaptain. They worked as a group of [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules morally good mercenaries]] until its destruction.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfZestiria'' has The Scattered Bones, an assassins guild comprised of various people that all treat each other like family. Unlike most examples of assassins they're actually the good guys and specifically target anybody that tries to instigate wars or kill innocents for profit. While they themselves are assassins they never go after innocent people regardless of the profit, and will work for relatively cheap if they deem the job nessecary. Furthermore, if you're stupid enough to try to trick them into killing an innocent they'll turn around and come after you instead.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* By the end of ''VisualNovel/PrincessWaltz'', BadassNormal Arata Fukamori is leading a Badass Crew consisting of the titular princesses. And yes, they do smite ungodly amounts of ass.
* Though she never actually does go through with her plan, Tohsaka in the True End of Heavens Feel in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has a plan like this. It goes like this: Wait a few years until all necessary materials and abilities are gathered. Then, take her with Zelretch's sword, Shirou's Reality Marble, Sakura with the power of the Grail and Rider with... being Medusa and having an infinite mana supply. Then they'll go and enter tournaments for huge cash prizes because jewel sorcery is ''not'' for the poor. And roflstomp everyone because that combination is essentially all powerful. And yes, they are all most definitely capable of stand alone. It's too bad the story ends before she can go through with it and the sequel eats continuity for breakfast.
* ''VisualNovel/YoJinBo'' has your team of six bodyguards. The starting team of wanderers Yo, Jin, Bo, and Mon-Mon could also count.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** The Reds and Blues, when they're not standing around and talking, each eventually [[TookALevelInBadass take a level in badass]] and come together to defeat enemies stronger and more skilled than they are on multiple occasions.
** There's also the Freelancers, who were an extremely badass group of super soldiers in the prequel arcs.
** Even the group of Insurrectionists the Freelancers were fighting would count (or at least the ones that aren't {{Mooks}})
* On top of the titular team, pretty much any team of hunters and huntresses (in-training or otherwise) ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' count, if not ''every'' [[WorldOfBadass group of characters in general.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Da Boyz from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' are a group of three "wild" Jägermonsters who fight very effectively together and whose long term separation from the rest of the Jägerkin on their SuicideMission has left them more sharp than most of their brothers, take into consideration that they, like their brothers are BloodKnight [[SuperSoldier Super Soldiers]] who are each [[Really700YearsOld over 200 years old]]. They also complete that thought to be hopeless mission.
* As of chapter 180, in ''Webcomic/{{Noblesse}}'' there is RK-4,[[note]]Raizel Knights[[/note]] made of [[spoiler: [[PlayfulHacker Tao]], [[ColdSniper T]][[ImprobableAimingSkills a]][[{{BFG}} k]][[OneManArmy e]][[SamuraiPonytail o]], [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent M-21]], and [[PintSizedPowerhouse Re]][[LightningBruiser gi]][[OneManArmy s]]]]. They ''easily'' takes out hordes of Knights, a group made of elite vampires.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has the titular order. Even without their most powerful member, with one of their warriors half-dead, and with their remaining spell casters out of spells, they pose a serious threat to an entire army that has them surrounded.
* The main cast of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' has gradually morphed into this over the years. At first Torg and Riff were the only real close friends, and [[KillerRabbit Bun-Bun]] was the sole badass, but as time went by the bonds between them grew stronger, as did their individual [[TookALevelInBadass badass levels]]. Gwynn [[EmpoweredBadassNormal acquired some freaky magical powers]], Riff showed everyone what a MadScientist with too much time on his hands can do, Torg's become a master swordsman, and [[UnfazedEveryman Zoe]] has done pretty well against zombies, vampires, and psychotic assassins. The only character without a sheer moment of awesome at this point is [[TeamPet Kiki]], unless you count her CaffeineBulletTime being used to fuel a ferret bazooka. Bub-Bun wielding the Ferret Bazooka would be of a "Moment of CrazyAwesome" for ''both'' of them.
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' has a few.
** Ship Leesoo's team after the first timeskip. They've gained fame for their strength (having two powerful [[ActionGirl Princesses]] does help). They're so famous that Cassano defeating [[spoiler:"that [[{{Ronin}} Hatsu]] guy", one of their members,]] seems to be a major accomplishment.
** Team FUG during the Workshop Battle. With [[EmpoweredBadassNormal Jyu Viole Grace]], [[HumanoidAbomination Reflejo]], Yuto, [[MissionControl Xia Xia]], [[OneWingedAngel Beniamino Cassano]], [[PintsizedPowerhouse Koon Ran]] and [[BloodKnight Novick]], they were a force to reckon with and only the team above could match them.
** With the recent Hell Train timeskip, Team Tangsooyook are slowly becoming one thanks to all of their members [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]].
** Rachel's Hell Train group is made up of formidable Regulars from FUG, even moreso now that [[TheDreaded Hoaqin]] has joined them.
* ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'': A nigh unstoppable warlock, an extremely skilled archer/swordsman, a cleric capable of reviving the dead as long as she has MOST of the ashes, an axe wielding dwarf, and a guy who tackled/wrestled a dragon and is actually smarter than he is strong.
* The Midnight Crew from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is this, even clownish Club Deuce has killed his fair share of adversaries. The main characters are quickly becoming this, as well.
* Master Payne's Circus of Adventure in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has shades of this. Mainly because they're able to survive in the countryside populated by giant robots, monsters, and God knows what else. By themselves. And the occasional glitchy Death Ray.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' also has a badass crew who are a very tightly knit group of teens... and they became so in about 2 or so months.
* ''Webcomic/MushroomGo'': The crew of the [[CoolShip Chainless]] includes a [[GeniusBruiser teenage prodigy]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine Pianta]], a six-foot-something chain smoking [[VideoGame/YoshisIsland raven]] and apparent master of martial arts, a [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 Shyguy]] with a knack for chainsaws and a militant [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Koopa]] captain. They're pirates. In a [[SandIsWater desert]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The main cast of of ''Literature/EverybodyLovesLargeChests''. Starts with Boxxy, a mimic who went From Nobody to Nightmare, through a trio of centuries old demons that are masters of fire magic, melee combat and assassination, ending in an Ax-Crazy metal golem who is so strong it was nicknamed "The Rustblood Juggernaut"
* The original Grand Lake Heroes League in the ''Literature/LegionOfNothing''. The current team is working it's way there, but it's a little difficult when the badasses in training are also precocious teens.
* Team Kimba of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. They may just be teenagers at Whateley Academy, but they've already taken out The Necromancer. And his Children of the Night. And the mercenaries he hired just in case Team Kimba showed up again.
* Theatre/TheLeagueOfSTEAM take on ghosts, zombies, werewolves, vampires and all manner of supernatural creatures; each member of the team specializes in a particular supernatural entity but all are competent as part of the team.
* In "Literature/CaelumLex", the crew of the Dionysian each has their own specialty and each member can kick ass in their own right. They're all loyal to each other and act more as a family than a pirate crew.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the Undersiders gain this status somewhere between when [[spoiler:they pull off a successful attack on the headquarters of the local superhero teams]] and when [[spoiler:they track down and attack the Siberian -- a legendarily invincible supervillain]]. They eventually become FamedInStory for their power and skill.
* The Castle Crew of ''Roleplay/{{AJCO}}'' grow into one of these. Their leader Nights is a highly skilled scientist proficient in both medical and mechanical fields, her second-in-command Will is a GeniusBruiser with an instinct for machinery, there are no less than four mages -- Krauzer, Curls, Blue and Ranger -- wielding various types of magic and their youngest member Egg came close to single-handedly taking down AJCO [[BadassPacifist without ever laying a finger on them]]. The moment that Nights cracks after a [[spoiler: trip into the Friendship Chamber of the Silo]] they start to break up, however: Egg has finally [[spoiler: left for good]] despite being one of the Crew's founding members and Will and Krauzer are at odds to decide who should be the new leader.
* ''RolePlay/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers'':
** The main group, aka the J-Team, regularly coming up on top versus a number of dangerous opponents and containing some of the most skilled trainers in the RP's universe.
** The PEFE Founders, particularly during their takedown of Pokefutures Inc.
** The Extras of Orre, a group of vigilantes fighting off Cipher with minimal resources.
* The ''Literature/ReconstructionSeries'' has Team Benjamin, who form into this almost immediately upon meeting each other.
* ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'': Mess with anyone in Vox Machina and you are in for a world of hurt. ''Everyone'' is a certified badass [[BadassAdorable of]] [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass some]] [[CulturedBadass variety]] in their own right, and they do not take kindly to anyone they care about getting hurt. Even the [[SpoonyBard party]] [[QuirkyBard bard]] you ask? ''[[EspeciallyZoidberg Especially]]'' the bard.

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* ''Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** The main cast of the original ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' eventually attains this status; by the end of the show, we have a superpowered {{Kid|Hero}} MessianicArchetype (Aang), a powerful waterbender (Katara), the world's best earthbender and [[spoiler:first metalbender]] (Toph), [[spoiler:a powerful firebender and highly skilled swordsman (Zuko)]], and two BadassNormal warriors (Sokka and [[spoiler:Suki]]). The Order of the White Lotus probably also qualifies, being a group of [[spoiler: [[BadassGrandpa epic old men that retake Ba Sing Se]], while the Fire Nation has the advantage of Sozin's Comet backing up their entire army]].
** In the ''Last Airbender'' sequel series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', there are two examples:
*** New Team Avatar, while more a RagtagBunchOfMisfits than the main cast of the prequel show [[note]]in part because the unique skills possessed by the Gaang are not as unique by Korra's time[[/note]], definitely qualify. Korra is the Avatar and had learned how to bend three elements by the age of ''four'', later learning to metalbend and being the first Avatar to do so. Asami is a BadassNormal and CombatPragmatist, while also being an incredible driver and skilled pilot. Mako is a skilled firebender that managed to get the better of Amon and is the only member of the team to outright ''kill'' onscreen. Bolin eventually learns [[spoiler:lavabending]] and becomes incredibly devastating when he learns to use it.
*** The Red Lotus, although they are a villainous version of the trope. Their leader is recently turned airbender Zaheer [[spoiler: who uses airbending to asphyxiate his victims]] and was previously [[BadassNormal a threat equal to his peers without any bending]], the [[MagmaMan lavabender]] Ghazan, [[StuffBlowingUp combustion bender]] P'Li, and psychopathic waterbender Ming-Hua, [[HandicappedBadass who is armless and uses waterbending to create lethal limbs]].
* Dethklok from ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}''. They may be dumb as a box of particularly dim hammers and they may fight and bitch at each other all the time, but when it really counts, they're thick as thieves (even if they don't admit it). Many of the awesome moments in ''Metalocalypse'' double as heartwarmth because they're all at their most badass when they're looking out for each other.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': The Crystal Gems, formerly a BadassArmy, now only consist of 4 members,[[spoiler:(recently revealed to be five, than six.)]] but still have managed to save humanity from corrupted gems for millennia.
* ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'': The Autobots. All of them can, when it counts, crack open a can of whup-ass. Especially Optimus Prime. Four words: "[[SuperRobot Optimus Prime,]] SuperMode!"
** The original Maximal crew from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''. Their scientist/medic guy ''[[GatlingGood dual wields chainguns]]''.
** The Dinobots are this in every continuity they appear in. Sometimes even before becoming the Dinobots.
** [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Team Prime]].
** Hell, too many groups of Transformers to count, really.
* Team Venture from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', the original version at least.
* The Penguin Team from ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar''
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': Sector V... on occasion
* The [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]. The colony worlds love 'em, the core worlds barely tolerate 'em, and they're always just this close to going rogue...but no one's going to argue the fact that Foxx and his Badass Crew are the best weapon the League's got against the Queen of the Crown's superior numbers.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' and crew certainly belong here. We have Darkwing as BadassNormal, Morgana as BlackMagicianGirl, Gosalyn as FutureBadass, Launchpad as {{Gadgeteer|Genius}} GeniusDitz, and Honker as [[TagalongKid Tagalong]] ChildProdigy.
* T.J. and his gang in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' are a BadassAdorable Crew
* The Mane Six from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' are all about this, as well as BadassAdorable. These six have repeatedly taken down enemies even Princess Celestia herself was only able to [[SealedEvilInACan temporarily seal away]], and the Season Five Finale showed that every possible alternate future where they never became friends is a [[BadFuture war-torn post-apocalyptic nightmare]].
* The Fireside Girls from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. Some of their exploits include building a time machine, and ''moving a mountain''.
* The WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}.
* The Skysurfers from ''WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce''.
* The entire first season of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' was about how you could take a RagtagBunchOfMisfits and turn them into a hypercompetent fighting team worthy of their mentors' Justice League. By the [[spoiler:five-year TimeSkip]], the team has grown into this full time.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheOctonauts''

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* Journalists and their crews control their emotions to bring us news in times of tragedy and disaster, periodically risking their lives in the process.
* Any military Special Forces unit with a roster that isn't quite large enough to qualify as a BadassArmy.
* [[Series/BandOfBrothers 101st Airborne, 506th PIR, E Company.]] Applies to most units of WWII, really.
* The crew of the ''USS Enterprise'' CV(N)-6, the most decorated ship of World War II and the seventh vessel in the history of the US Navy to bear the name. She saw combat in every major campaign of the war in the Pacific and survived the war (though she had to be put in dry dock thanks to a kamikaze strike in the Battle of Okinawa). In fact, she was the ''only'' aircraft carrier available to the US Navy for some time after the ''USS Yorktown'' and the ''USS Hornet'' were sunk at Midway and Guadalcanal, respectively, which meant that she would bear the brunt of the Imperial Japanese Navy. She and her crew held on.
* The crew of the naval unit Taffy 3 especially the crews of the USS Johnston and USS Samuel B Roberts. This tiny collection of tin can ships took on a huge fleet of Japanese Battleships and made the Battleships Cry uncle. Particularly of note, is the crew of the destroyer USS Johnston as under the leadership of Ernest E. Evans they took on the Japanese Fleet by themselves TWICE without orders. The second time while heavily damaged!
* The crew of ''Apollo 13''. Complete with TheCaptain, Mission Commander James A. Lovell, NumberTwo Fred Haise, AcePilot Jack Swigert, and featuring the ''two'' {{Cool Ship}}s the Aquarius and the Odyssey. Definitely TrueCompanions, as training to be an astronaut will force you to see the man next to you as family. The crew was so badass, they were able to get back home even after their CoolShip got busted in mid-flight.
** Though a lot of the credit also should go to their VoiceWithAnInternetConnection, the Mission controllers who diagnosed the problem from the telemetry, figured out the rocket burns required to get the crew on a trajectory to return to Earth (using just the Aquarius' engine, since the integrity of Odyssey's could not be determined), developed kludged-together procedures to keep the crew alive, and then worked out how to power the Odyssey back up and bring the crew through re-entry on less power than was thought possible. Badass the crew was, but they were not alone in being badass.
* The Zeezura Club devoted to the exploration of the Egyptian and Libyan desert in 1930. Contained many a badass such as Bagnold, Almasy, and Wingate.
* The VF-84 and VF-103 ''Jolly Rogers'' fighter squadrons. They are one of the most recognized squadrons in the world, with their sinister skull & crossbones emblem and bold paint schemes. They made the [[CoolPlane F-14 Tomcat]] famous, and was the inspiration for the iconic fighter in ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross''/season one of ''Anime/{{Robotech}}''.
* [[http://www.chinahush.com/2010/05/19/chinese-cargo-ship-fights-off-pirates-with-beer-bottles/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChinaHush+%28ChinaHush%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher The crew of a Chinese cargo ship fights off pirates]] using ''beer bottles''.
* During the Aleutian Islands Campaign of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the quaintly named ''1st Alaskan Combat Intelligence Platoon (Provisional)'' (aka ''Castner's Cutthroats'') was a unit of just sixty-five men selected to perform reconnaissance missions in the Aleutian Islands during the war. The men--Aleuts, Eskimos, sourdough prospectors, miners, hunters, trappers and fishermen--were chosen for their hardiness and ability to thrive in the harsh cold of the Aleutians. The fact that they survived both the War and the Aleutians (1481 Americans and 4350 Japanese didn't) is testament enough to their baddassery.
* During the German campaign to take Norway, a Norwegian army unit managed to hold the German army at bay for ''eleven days'' at a certain point alongside the lake of Mjøsa in eastern Norway. ''The Wehrmacht!'' Consider that the Germans had airborne support.
* Any and all pack-hunting predatory animals. Be it hyenas, Harris Hawks, Deinonychuses...they're all awesome.
* Anyone who says the Poles went down without a fight has never heard of the Battle of Wizna. Anywhere from 350 to 720 Poles vs [[foldercontrol]]

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Germans. And they held out for [[YouShallNotPass three days]] until they ran out of ammo! There's a reason the {{Music/Sabaton}} song based on the battle was called 40:1. And that's a vast {{understatement}}.
** [[BadassBoast Love, we ''never'' go down without a fight.]]