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Misery loves company.

A gang of misfits whom no one likes and/or don't like themselves get together or an elder, often a ZenSurvivor, brings them together. A circle of TrueCompanions forms out of everyone's lives sucking so much they ended up stuck with each other. If they actually want to stick together because otherwise they would be alone, they are LonelyTogether.

Very common in superhero teams who, while, fighting evil, tend not to have flashy headquarters or get a lot of public support or respect. Also could be used for villains, when they're not qualified to be a QuirkyMinibossSquad. The villain version is usually led by a StrawNihilist.

A concise way of saying it: most, if not all of the cast, in the group count as TheWoobie (or at least have a lot of {{Angst}}) in their own individual way, even if it may not seem so at first.

Named after the classic teen film ''Film/TheBreakfastClub''.

Compare RagtagBunchOfMisfits.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Villainous example: The Seven from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. They're all pretty troubled people...
** The main characters themselves. Yusuke and Kuwabara are two juvenile delinquents who aren't liked or trusted all that much by authority figures or their fellow classmates, and Hiei and Kurama are a pair of demon criminals forced to work for the spirit world as punishment for their crimes.
* The Sinners from ''Manga/ChronoCrusade''. [[spoiler:Disowned by their people, and dwindled down to frighteningly small numbers,]] this group of demons formed together around Aion to carry out his plans, while becoming an [[TrueCompanions odd sort of family]].
* The Creator/KyotoAnimation adaptation of ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', thanks to its refusal to just toss the haremettes after their story arcs were over, seems to have the harem grow into something like this in the end.
* ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai'' is a comical take on the trope, featuring seven [[DysfunctionJunction friendless, attractive-looking teens with not-so-attractive quirks and personalities]] LonelyTogether under the banner of the "Neighbors Club", whose ostensible goal is to help its members make friends: Kodaka -- a boy who happens to be [[OnlySaneMan the sanest of the lot]], whose solitude stems mostly from [[FaceOfAThug his intimidating appearance]]; Yozora -- an [[ByronicHero abrasive loner]] with a hobby of talking to {{Imaginary Friend}}s; Sena -- the [[MsFanservice ridiculously hot]] daughter of their school's chairman with a [[RichBitch snobby attitude]]; Yukimura -- a highly-effeminate, gullible WholesomeCrossdresser[[spoiler:/[[RecursiveCrossdressing Recursive Crossdresser]]]]; Rika -- a TeenGenius with an [[LovableSexManiac incredibly dirty mind]]; Kobato -- Kodaka's little sister under a constant self-delusion of being a [[ElegantGothicLolita vampire-loli]]; and Maria -- a ten-year-old [[HollywoodNuns Hollywood Nun]] with severe [[CloudCuckoolander reality-testing issues]].
* The Culture Club from ''LightNovel/KokoroConnect'' is a group of five students who, for various reasons, didn't fit in with Yamahoshi Academy's available clubs. Taichi, Aoki, and Yui wanted to join clubs that didn't exist, Inaba left the Computer Club because she didn't like the president, and Iori let her homeroom teacher choose for her.
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', the Braves are a bunch of lonely [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits misfits]] with [[DarkAndTroubledPast Dark and Troubled Pasts]] slowly recruited by [[MysteriousEmployer Yukimura]] who end up forming a FamilyOfChoice.


[[folder: Audio Play ]]

* ''AudioPlay/TheElysiumProject'' has the group of escaped test subjects that the story centers around. They've all been lied to and experimented on for years and now they're constantly running for their lives, but their shared trauma has brought them together.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Creator/DCComics' ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' and ''ComicBook/MetalMen''.
** The ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'', both the original team (through ret-cons and CharacterDevelopment) and especially the ''New Teen Titans''.
* Creator/MarvelComics' ''ComicBook/TheDefenders'', especially the Steve Gerber era.
* The ''Comicbook/XMen'' started out like this, but it's softened tremendously in recent years.
* ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'', to the power of ten.
* Most of Franchise/TheFlash's RoguesGallery have formed a tight little group (actually referred to as "the Rogues") and they come off as this.


[[folder: Film ]]

* Film/TheBreakfastClub is the TropeNamer and are seen in the above image.
* Creator/JohnFord's acclaimed Western film ''Film/{{Stagecoach}}'' did this trope way back in 1939, making the trope OlderThanTelevision. The seven passengers on the stage to Lordsburg, New Mexico, include [[Creator/JohnWayne an outlaw]], a prostitute, an alcoholic, and [[StillFightingTheCivilWar an ex-Confederate who isn't shy about expressing his political views]]. [[note]] The "alienation from society" theme, while not overt, is certainly there: the alcoholic refers to himself and the prostitute as "victims of social prejudice" - and they are, although the prostitute has a little more self-respect. [[/note]] In the end, however, they have all developed respect for each other, largely as a result of [[FireForgedFriends cooperating to fight off a war party of Apaches]] - [[spoiler: except for the ex-Confederate, who is killed by the Apaches]].
* ''Film/TheFaculty'' is basically ''The Breakfast Club'' as a sci-fi horror movie with [[PuppeteerParasite parasitic aliens]], with the protagonists' personalities and roles mapping fairly closely to their counterparts in that film. (Stan --> Andy, Delilah --> Claire, Casey --> Brian, Zeke --> Bender, and Stokely --> Allison.) [[spoiler:The fact that [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Marybeth doesn't have an obvious counterpart]] from ''The Breakfast Club'' is, in fact, a pretty early clue that she's actually the BigBad.]]
* The characters in ''Film/TheBoysInTheBand'' are a Breakfast Club of [[DysfunctionJunction dysfunctional]] [[CastFullOfGay gay men]].
* Michael Mann's early action flick ''Film/BandOfTheHand'' is about turning the [[TookALevelInBadass Breakfast Club into a bunch of badasses]].
* The characters in ''Unaccompanied Minors'' are young versions of this.
* The main characters who become a herd in the Original WesternAnimation/IceAge are a form of this.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/TheSunAlsoRises'' is about a Breakfast Club of American expatriates living in France in TheRoaringTwenties. The group consists of a UsefulNotes/WorldWarI veteran (who is impotent due to an injury sustained during the war), a jaded ChristmasCake [[LadyDrunk party girl]], and a shy guy who just wants everyone to get along. However, the book [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructs]] the trope, showing how each person's problems actually annoys and alienates the others to where many of them [[TheFriendNobodyLikes can't stand each other]]. If anything, everybody (save [[OnlySaneMan Bill]]) ends up more miserable than they started out.
* The book ''Clean'' even lampshades this, with Chris saying, "We're kind of like a fucked-up version of that movie ''The Breakfast Club''."
* The victors in ''Literature/{{The Hunger Games}}'' lean towards this. At least, the ones who aren't trying to kill each other. [[spoiler: Katniss, Peeta, Finnick and sort of Johanna, for the most part, and also Wiress and Beetee at first and Annie later.]]
** They're implied to have been more like this before the twist of the Quarter Quell (i.e., that they'd be competing to kill ''each other'' now) was announced. Katniss notes they (both competing victors and the victors mentoring them) are much more social than the usual pack of brand-new scared kids are every year. Haymitch in particular is seriously bothered by the whole thing, at one point telling Katniss and Peeta that he didn't want to be responsible for them getting his friends killed off.


[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/BillyJoel's "Piano Man". The bar is full of lonely, sad people [[DrowningMySorrows drowning their sorrows]] "sharing a drink they call Loneliness, but it's better than drinking alone".


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/DeadLikeMe''. The main cast regularly eat breakfast together at a GreasySpoon, as well, making them a ''literal'' example of the trope name.
%%* ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' (separate groups)
%%* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''
%%* ''Series/{{Firefly}}''
* Most definitely the cast of ''{{Series/Lexx}}'', though the robot head guy would not qualify as TheWoobie.
* The members of the [[Series/{{MASH}} 4077th M* A* S* H]]. It's not so much that no one liked them at home (except maybe for [[{{Jerkass}} Frank]] [[ButtMonkey Burns]]) and more like they all happen to be stuck in a war zone together (they hate it).
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' . Even the theme song is about this.
* ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', ''oh'' so much. Five criminal teens find themselves united by social alienation, superpowers, and the accidental murder of their rampaging AxCrazy zombie probation worker.
* ''Series/{{Community}}''. Lampshaded mercilessly in the pilot.
* Deconstructed on ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun''. Harry goes to night classes to get his GED. He takes advice from Tommy on how to act like the BigManOnCampus, but eventually comes to realize everyone there is from disparate age groups and backgrounds and that trying to act cool is completely pointless. Eventually, he finds a study group like this.
* The four mains of ''Series/GossipGirl'', Nate, Chuck, Blair and Serena, call themselves the Non-Judging Breakfast Club. The foursome grew close as kids when none of them had reliable parents and it's been mentioned that they more or less raised each other.
* ''Series/TheInbetweeners'': The four friends at times seem like they have little reason to be friends due to their contrasting personalities. At the same time, their misfit status in school means that they're the only people who can stand each other.
* ''{{Chickens}}'': Cecil, George, and Bert. The only similarity they have is that they're the only men left in their after WWI has started. As a result, they end up being forced to bond.
* ''RedBandSociety'': A group of kids who have nothing in common except for being in hospital together? Big tick.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': Five self-proclaimed loners discover that their whole is more than the sum of their parts, at first professionally, but increasingly emotionally as the series progresses.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The companions of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' could be called the Breakfast Club of [=RPGs=] without being much of a stretch. Suffice it to say they ''all'' have massive issues, shaky self-worth, questionable social skills at best, and no-one looking out for them but each other. The glue holding this motley crew together is a FightMagnet refugee who can be anything from diplomat to SadClown to highwayman. They stay together for ''six years'' (although a lot of that's covered by time-jumps), and meet up for drinks and card games when they're not out killing people. Unlike the average RagtagBunchOfMisfits, there's no overriding mission that keeps them all together - they all have their personal ambitions, and stick together out of choice.
* Hell, ''any'' Creator/BioWare game is going to end up with a crew like this.
** [[Franchise/MassEffect Shepard's]] crew includes a thousand year old mercenary, an archaeologist, a CowboyCop, a WrenchWench, a gruff soldier with a spiritual side and a gentle soldier who went through a special kind of TrainingFromHell... and that's just the ''first'' game.
** The [[VideoGame/JadeEmpire Spirit Monk]] ends up with a childhood friend [[spoiler: and long-lost princess]], a former Lotus Assassin, a thief, a CreepyChild possessed by ''two'' demons, a RebelliousPrincess, a former arena fighter who's willing to do ''anything'' to avoid his wife, a nutcase mercenary, and ''at least two minor deities.''
** [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic The Ebon Hawk]]? Star Padawan of the Jedi Order, ProperlyParanoid (and possibly Force Sensitive) Republic soldier, a Mandalorian mercenary fallen on hard times, Twi'lek street kid and her ''big'' Wookiee BFF, Cathar Jedi with anger management issues, Cranky ex-Jedi who was slumming it in the Kashyyyk shadowlands, troublemaking astromech droid, gleefully homicidal assassin droid with a ''long'' string of dead masters...Oh, and [[spoiler: you - the mind-wiped, ex-Sith Lord]].
* Of all the protagonist ensembles in the series, the cast of ''VideoGame/Persona3'' fits this trope best.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt''. What else did you expect to happen when you throw a bunch of condemned criminals into a RealityShow together?
* A lot of the main group in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' come from {{Friendless Background}}s or [[StepfordSmiler deep-seated emotional issues]] before fitting in with each other. It happens often enough that Marten [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2298 jokes]] about "adopting another one".
-->'''Marten:''' [[BrokenBird You]] [[SuperOCD two]] befriended me via bullying and stalking, respectively. If we extrapolate from there, Marigold is going to stab me in the face.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Team Kimba in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. They get together because they are put together on their first day since they all have a secret that makes them outsiders. [[ItWasHisSled They are all transgender, most of them against their will.]] Subversion: they rapidly become well-liked and considered heroic, after they happen to defeat a band of superpowered ninjas before the first day of school.
** Outcast Corner takes this UpToEleven: It's as though the only reason they haven't demolished the school yet is because they have each other. Everyone on the team is either a rager, a devisor, insane or ''all of the above'', and even Diamondback and Jericho, the most sane of the bunch, have some major issues.
* The Crimebusters of the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Unappreciated, possessing superpowers that fall squarely into the WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway territory (one of their members is a dog that talks... that's his power; he's a dog, and he talks). But they're not disheartened, and somehow save the day anyway.