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->''"Wait, wait. You ARE a rag-tag group of adventurers with unclear goals and good hearts, right? …Yeah, you people are my LARGEST threat."''
-->-- '''Galgarion''', ''Webcomic/RPGWorld''

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This mission is important. The fate of the battle, nay, the war, nay, the ''entire world'' rests on the outcome. Who has the capability to stick it out, to īgive the good guys the victory they desperately need? This calls for a special team. The group of experienced, highly skilled, professional, team-oriented experts? Not them. The assorted group of ex-con lowlife inexperienced {{jerkass}}es who are trying to off their [[OfficerAndAGentleman commander]] [[TeethClenchedTeamwork when they aren't trying to kill each other?]] Yeah, them.

'''This is usually {{justified|Trope}} in one of several ways:'''
* Despite their flaws, they're still the best at what they do. See BunnyEarsLawyer.
** They have talent but not much tolerance for traditional procedure, and/or they're the only ones who can stand to work with each other.
** Or, they are really good and not at all flawed, but really want everyone else to see them that way: making sure that the BigBad does not realize that the MildlyMilitary goofballs are a BadassCrew is [[ObfuscatingStupidity part of the plan]].
* They're the best team [[ClosestThingWeGot that could be put together at short notice and/or budget]].
** There simply ''isn't'' [[ItsUpToYou anyone else]].
** If trouble blew up at a remote outpost, and there isn't time to get help, those characters who were ReassignedToAntarctica have to deal with it. Since they all did something to get themselves ReassignedToAntarctica, they tend to be a miscellaneous bunch.
** The villains, no fools, took out everyone that looked like they could stop their EvilPlan; this is what's left.
* In case the mission fails, they're [[WeHaveReserves expendable]].
** Alternately, they are ''[[SpringtimeForHitler expected]]'' to fail, so their commander will be free to take NukeEm like he wanted to in the first place.
** A mix of all the above, they may be sent in [[SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder with people knowing they are the best, but not caring if they get killed either due to jealousy or just not liking them that much.]]
* Sending in more experienced/skilled/powerful teams would have drawn too much attention. Indeed, the better-suited teams may be deliberately deployed elsewhere to distract from them.
* More powerful teams would not [[DividedWeFall put up with the person ordering them about]].
** This can be that the OnlySaneMan [[DividedWeFall does not have authority to get the best]].
** Conversely, the man in the know can be such an annoying bully that no one would work with him, and such a control freak that he [[DividedWeFall can not give his knowledge]] to a ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
* The authorities haven't actually noticed (or ''[[MoleInCharge are]]'') the problem, and the heroes have to gather whoever they can.
* There was a better first choice that DID get sent, but [[TheWorldsExpertOnGettingKilled they screwed up badly.]] These guys were the backup plan nobody wanted to be forced to use.
* They need them to do something untoward or outright illegal, and they know these folks will keep quiet about it.
* They're the only ones [[CrazyEnoughToWork crazy enough to even try]].
** [[BoxedCrook The authorities offered them pardon for some offense.]]
* They're random survivors of some apocalyptic event who more or less stumble across each other.
* The MagneticHero tends to pick up whoever is willing to join him, regardless of their quirks. In fact it's often implied the MagneticHero is the only one that can keep the team's assorted oddities under control and them all working towards a goal.
* [[YouCantFightFate Fate]] has determined that these misfits are {{The Chosen One}}s, and they are destined to save the world no matter what.

Your basic Ragtag Bunch Of Misfits consists of a [[TheHero Hero]], a [[TheLancer Sidekick]], a [[TheBigGuy Big Guy]], a [[TheSmartGuy Smart Guy]], an [[TheObiWan Old Guy]], a [[NaiveNewcomer Young Guy]], and a [[PluckyComicRelief Funny Guy]] - But you can call them TheMagnificentSevenSamurai. Only distinctly less magnificent.

Of course, the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits will eventually have a MisfitMobilizationMoment to get their act together and win the day. Most often it produces casualties: typically, the guy forced to go on the mission despite being the [[ClearMyName Convicted Innocent]], or the OfficerAndAGentleman who's been stodgy and uptight just before making a HeroicSacrifice.

If the characters were not forced on the team -- CondemnedContestant, BoxedCrook -- they often join to be LonelyTogether. [[{{Foil}} To contrast]] their diversity, their enemies will likely be [[AlikeAndAntitheticalAdversaries all homogenous in one way,]] typically by being highly collaborative professionals.

Compare with CharacterMagneticTeam and HitchhikerHeroes.

In the world of sports, this trope counts double. Last year's Super Bowl champions don't stand a chance against a random group of ex-cons, couch potatoes, and [[AnimalAthleteLoophole farm animals]], with ImprovisedTraining, who are almost guaranteed to pull out [[DownToTheLastPlay a last-minute win]].

Also where the trope is shown in the context of sports, you will typically find a three-game arc of progress. In the first game, it's Murphy's Law. The game is a comedy of errors for our ragtag gang of misfits, and they lose. Bad. Ridiculously bad. In the second game, the team sees notable improvement; usually they'll play well enough, only to lose at the last minute. Occasionally, they might even win on a freak play. By the third game, however, everyone has clicked and is playing at the top of their game. From that point on, it's all smooth sailing until The Big Game. (Often times, their opponent in The Big Game will be the same team that blew them out in the first game, just as a ways to show how far they've come.)

See also ArmyOfThievesAndWhores for when this trope is magnified to the size of an army.

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!!Examples:

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[[index]]
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits/AnimeAndManga
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits/ComicBooks
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits/{{Film}}
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits/{{Literature}}
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits/LiveActionTV
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits/VideoGames
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits/RealLife
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* The Charlestown Cougars, a fake women's high school basketball team assembled for the purpose of Nike commercials.
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[[folder:Asian Animation]]
* ''Animation/{{Dreamkix}}'' is about a group of {{Funny Animal}}s working to overcome their physical disadvantages and personality clashes in order to become a champion soccer team. Pretty notable when your team members include an {{adorkabl|e}}y determined Dachshund, a surly Scottish sheep, and a chicken who often forgets he's playing soccer in the first place.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* The main group from Fanfic/{{the Calvinverse}}: a BookDumb GadgeteerGenius, a CowardlyLion, a [[ThePrankster prankster]] {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, a {{Jerkass}} BunglingInventor, and finally a {{nerd}} who's also the OnlySaneMan.
* The heroes in ''FanFic/{{Horseshoes and Hand Grenades}}'' (or rather, one of it's side-stories ''A Month of Sundays''): A sweet CameraFiend who loves people's smiles, a Glee Club (with one being a {{Ninja}} and the other a {{Samurai}}), a HugeSchoolgirl who wields [[ImprobableWeapon a vaulting pole]], a cheerleader with a huge SweetTooth, and a JapaneseDelinquent who was once a former monster called a Zodiarts.
* The protagonists in ''Fanfic/WarriorsOfTheWorldSoldiersofFortune'': a KnightInSourArmor with a DarkAndTroubledPast reluctantly teams up with a ChickMagnet SquishyWizard, an InsufferableGenius SexyPriest, a KnifeNut NiceGuy, a quiet BigGuy, an InnocentlyInsensitive WideEyedIdealist and his HotScientist half-sister and an [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]] ChurchMilitant. They start getting on well with each other once they determine exactly what they're meant to be doing.
* In ''SonicTheHedgehog'' story ''PrisonIslandBreak'', this is what TheLancer Sonic ends up with for having a psychopath for his cellmate.
* The protagonists in ''Fanfic/{{Ronman the Barbarian}}'' (a Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian-esque ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' fanfic) are called the Breeches Bandit Gang (BBG for short). They include Ronman (a young barbarian), Ruthless (his former pet Saber Tooth Naked Mole Rat), Wadelin (a young alchemist), Moniquity (the Queen of Thieves and Royal Best Friend of Kimila), and Kimila (the warrior princess, also known as the "[[Comicbook/RedSonja Red Kim]]").
* The {{Heroes}} story 'Fearless' is basically a group of a soccer players, a cheerleader/former federal agent and 12-year-old veruss the Company. Made worse by the fact that only one of them has a power that could be considered offensive.
* Any time a fanfic in the ''Franchise/{{Shadowchasers}}'' franchise is set around a team, they fit. Probably the ''most'' ragtag group is in ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersBackwater''; Tsubasa and Rave are the only ones that are truly human, and all of them are unusual even when compared to Shadowkind either races that are incredibly rare on Earth (at least in this sort of situation) or unique beings entirely. [[note]]We have a vampire, a reformed succubus, a martial artist golem, a fox spirit, an odd spirit generated from an old NES, and a practitioner of the dark arts who comes from a race of wizards.[[/note]]
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[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* The titular guild in ''Franchise/{{Noob}}''. OnlySaneMan leader with a fear of Game Masters? Check. Self-centered [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero misogynist]]? Check. A ManipulativeBastard and DirtyCoward package deal? Check. StupidGood ManChild? Got that too. May I suggest adding a [[SleepyHead narcoleptic]] MadBomber or a LeeroyJenkins PsychoForHire to your order?
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[[folder: Music ]]
* Music/MotleyCrue got its name from this trope. Mick Mars recalled playing in another band in which a fellow member had described the group as "[[AGoodNameForARockBand a motley looking crew]]".
* Christian singer/songwriter Rich Mullins recorded with a group known as the "Ragamuffin Band", who continued to perform together after his death. The opening track of ''A Liturgy, a Legacy, and a Ragamuffin Band'' features a bit of StudioChatter in which one of the band members admits he's barely ready to do this, which gets a laugh out of Rich and gives the listener the impression that the recording sessions were impromptu and fairly laid-back.
* The Savoyard march ''Gironfla'', where the Duke of Savoy musters an army of eighty peasants armed with [[BladeOnAStick halberds]] and [[WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter wooden swords]], gives them four cast iron cannons for artillery and twenty donkeys laden with turnips as baggage train, and nominates a 21-year old EnsignNewbie to lead the "army" to conquer France. Miraculously, they succeed. [[spoiler:The song is based on historical events.]]
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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* ''TabletopGame/BloodBowl'' gives us the Motley Horde, a Blood Bowl team that fits this description to a tee. Not even the coach knows what kind of lineup he will see each game.
* '''Every''' ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' party ever, with few exceptions. See also the VideoGames section and how they talk about the various {{RPG}}s; this is where they got the idea. It's possible to coordinate a non-ragtag adventuring party with some pre-game work, but a Ragtag Bunch of Level 1 Misfits spontaneously joining up for mutual adventure and profit is the default assumption.
* A lot of Solar, Abyssal and Infernal circles in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' would qualify. For Solars, if you're a reborn god-king with about half the world gunning for him, you tend to associate with others who can help you punch that half the world in the face. Infernals and Abyssals tend to end up in these through a mix of that desperation and the details of the assignments they receive from their bosses.
* What any player group in ''TabletopGame/{{Twilight 2000}}'' is. By the year 2000 US Army units included lots and lots of personnel who were hardly regular army: other NATO military personnel from defunct units, deserters from the other side, and even local recruits. The 1st edition rulebook recommends that at least half of the group be American, but anything else goes.
* Taken to an extreme, as is everything in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe with entire penal legions, where the worst of the worst of the Imperium's convicted felons are sent on literal suicide missions in return for a general pardon in the unlikely event they survive. Think Dirty Dozen in battalion size. This trope is best exemplified in the novel ''Kill Team''.
** Hell, the entire 597th could be considered a ragtag bunch of misfits. Of course, given the 40k universe's casually lethal nature, it's a good thing that they get constant reinforcements from Valhalla...
** Colonel Schaeffer's Last Chancers. Recruited from penal planets and given the opportunity to redeem themselves by dying for the Emperor.
** The 40k fanfilm ''Fanfic/{{Damnatus}}'' follows the same idea, centering around a squad of mercenaries conscripted by the Inquisition to root out a suspected Chaos cult. There's the leader [[BadassNormal von Remus]], sidekick [[KnightInSourArmor Corris]], big guy [[HotBlooded Wodan]] and their resident [[MachineWorship tech-priest Oktavian]], all kept under close watch by more straight-laced PDF sergeant [[TheFundamentalist Adeodatus]] and ''his'' sidekick [[PsychicPowers Nira]].
** A lot of Inquisitors' retinues tend to end up as this as well since Inquisitors frequently recruit people that they meet during their work with the only criteria being competence and loyalty.
*** It should also be noted that the people they recruit can be of any social status or have any kind of occupation, too. For instance, one member of Amberley Vail's retinue used to be a fast food seller.
**** Mordechai Horst ends up temporarily recruiting a prostitute desperate to escape from the societal role she was forced into as a guide. And his boss inducted a pair of Guardsmen simply because they were eyewitnesses to a major breach of security, and the pilot whose shuttle they were shot down in just because.
** Commander Farsight's personal retinue, The Eight. Listing them off, there's [[TheBigGuy Commander Brightsword]] [[note]]some lunatic who took up a battlesuit and named himself after a famous Tau general who was assassinated by the [[Literature/TheLastChancers 13th Penal Legion]][[/note]], [[HandicappedBadass Commander Bravestorm]] [[note]]a Tau who suffers from severe burn injuries and so requires his battlesuit to stay alive[[/note]], [[TheLancer Commander Arra'kon]] [[note]]Farsight's second in command and successor should he fall[[/note]], [[PhlebotinumBreakdown Commander Sha'vastos]] [[note]]a poor schmuck who had a Puretide Engram chip forcibly inserted into his brain, where it malfunctioned and caused him to go a bit off his rocker, but he's better now[[/note]], [[TheChick Sub-commander Torchstar]] [[note]]a young female Tau whose body is covered in flame tattoos, she pilots a battlesuit with dual flamers[[/note]], [[CoolOldGuy Broadside Shas'vre Ob'lotai 9-0]] [[note]]a Broadside artillery battlesuit piloted by an AI that's based on Farsight's dead old mentor, [[MacrossMissileMassacre loves missiles]][[/note]], and [[TheSmartGuy Honour-Shas'vre O'vesa]] [[note]]an Earth caste scientist defector who pilots a custom Riptide battlesuit[[/note]].
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[[folder:Theater]]
* The employees at Maraczek's Parfumerie in ''SheLovesMe'' could qualify.
* Comedy musical ''Theatre/{{Starship}}'' features a crew including a robot that wants to kill all humans but can't, a battle-scarred emotionally unstable Commander with a mortal fear of robots, his [[ActionGirl violent]] and [[NoSympathy unsympathetic]] second-in-command, a NonActionGuy [[HollywoodNerd nerd]], a hyperactive [[ButtMonkey idiotic]] recruit, a recruit from {{Farm|Boy}} [[SouthernFriedPrivate Planet]], a science officer whose [[TheDitz relevant skills]] don't even extend to the [[DumbBlonde ability to pronounce 'science']], and the bratty son of the company boss. At first it seems to just be PlayedForLaughs in a parody of the sci-fi genre, but it is revealed later that [[spoiler: Junior is evil and he needed the crew to be dysfunctional enough that they wouldn't notice his evil plan]].
* The musical ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'' portrays the signers of the Declaration this way: a mismatched and forever-squabbling bunch of ordinary people [[WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants inventing a new country by the seat of their pants]]. The approach was lambasted by Creator/RogerEbert and others, who didn't realize [[RealityIsUnrealistic how close to the truth it actually was]].
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[[folder:Toys]]
* In one of the 2008 Franchise/{{Bionicle}} web serials, Federation of Fear, the [[TheKnightsTemplar Order of Mata Nui]] send out a BoxedCrook [[WeHaveReserves suicide team]] to bring back a SealedEvilInACan with a grudge to fight the [[BigBad Makuta]]. The team consists of two mutated ex-warlords/ex-prisoners, a disgraced scientist/ruler whose name has become a byword for "failure," a {{Manipulative B|astard}}itch whose name has become a byword of "treachery," a KnifeNut BountyHunter, a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who is actually half of another being, and an Order member stuck in a HeelFaceRevolvingDoor.
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[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* Webcomic/AGirlAndHerFed has a main cast consisting of a hyperactive martial artist (the Girl) a 6'5 cyborg secret agent (her Fed), the ghost of Benjamin Franklin, and a talking koala.
* ''Webcomic/CrimsonDark'' also has the Ragtag Bunch Of Misfits IN SPACE!
* The second season of ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' features Team Tangsooyook (Sweet and Sour Pork Bowl in Korean). It is comprised of the BoisterousWeakling Ja Wangnan, who wants to become King of the Tower, TheProudElite [[PlayingWithFIre Yeon Yihwa]] who has insecurities because of her PowerIncontinence, a young school girl, a slightly older school girl, a PapaWolf who has a rather strained relationship with his charge, the son of a LoanShark and mob boss who just realized that he was relatively useless, a GentleGiant whose power is so deadly that he has to always hold back and finally, a wanted criminal who gained recent notoriety. [[SarcasmMode This is going to be one smooth ride.]]
* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' sees this and raises you a RealityShow. Of course, they don't really DO anything of worldly importance (yet), but still, there they are.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d and subverted in ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'', especially with the second party of worthy warriors always arriving too late to do any good or be hired for the quest.
** And again in Episode 1163 'Semantics' when they face Sarda. Red Mage confronts him and The Wizard Who Did It says "You and what ragtag band of adventurers with humorously conflicting personalities who learn the true meaning of friendship?" RM points behind him. They ran off.
* The Main Party in ''Webcomic/RPGWorld'' consists of an IdiotHero, a thief chick who's the sarcastic OnlySaneMan, two "[[FunnyAnimal cute fuzzy things]]", a [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold prostitute mage]], an extremely perverted WhiteHairBlackHeart, an [[WrenchWench engineer pirate]] with two (not so helpful) robot assistants, and a [[TagalongKid punk breakdancer]].
* ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' portrays FOXHOUND (the QuirkyMinibossSquad of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'') this way. It ''is'' played with a bit, as everyone, including the misfits themselves, readily acknowledge how unstable and insane the team is, but also recognize that they are able to accomplish feats that would be impossible for any other group.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' crew certainly qualifies. Roy is pretty competent in his own right, but his band consists of a dwarf who is convinced that trees are evil, a childish bard who is completely useless in battle until he [[TookALevelInBadass takes a prestige class]] that depends on ''puns'' to be effective, a greedy rogue who constantly steals from the rest of the party, a megalomaniac elf wizard with an [[AmbiguousGender unknown gender]], and a bloodthirsty halfling who defines HeroicComedicSociopath. Their {{evil counterpart}}s aren't any better, either...
** And for that matter, pretty much all of the comics in the fan comic section of the forum do this too.
** Roy at one point refers to his team as trained professionals before adding "Well, semi-trained, quasi-professionals."
** At one point [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy General Tarquin]] [[spoiler:aka, Elan and Nale's father]], despite being initially unaware of the composition or existence of the Order of the Stick, deduces that it is a team almost immediately upon meeting all the individual members, largely because he recognizes that when a bunch of weirdly competent but oddly diverse individuals show up out of nowhere "it's safe to assume they're an adventuring party until this assumption is disproven".
** BigBad Xykon never directly addresses the Order as such, but when he's off buying some new magic items he asks if he can get insurance that will cover the loss if his lair is destroyed by a ragtag team of heroes.
--->'''Clerk:''' How ragtag are we talking, here?
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', November acquires anthropomorphic cat Perrault (intentionally), the AxCrazy Red by accident, and Claire after they happen to rescue her from being burnt at the stake.
* The main cast of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' consists of a [[IdiotHero kinda dim]] freelance web designer, a MadScientist obsessed with [[MoreDakka guns and explosives]], a witch who's occasionally [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by her TomeOfEldritchLore, an [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting occasional camel]], a {{shapeshifting}} alien, a [[GenkiGirl hyperactive]] [[TalkingAnimal ferret]], and [[KillerRabbit the most dangerous and evil rabbit on the face of the Earth]]. Despite not [[TheyFightCrime making it a mission to fight evil]], they've actually saved the world a number of times, mostly because apocalyptic matters seem to [[WeirdnessMagnet turn up wherever they go]].
** And if something doesn't turn up to endanger the world, one of them will usually end up endangering it themselves.
* ''Webcomic/TehGladiators'' features as its protagonists not the seasoned ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' veterans that one might expect, but the most improbable and possibly the least competent Arena team ever formed. Gorrok, the orc warrior, is the only actual veteran present and the OnlySaneMan; his companions include Vallant, the human (sort of) hunter who's a [[TheDitz ditz]] with AccidentalAimingSkills; and Spin, a Tauren [[NewAgeRetroHippie hippie]] who has no combat skills whatsoever. They are joined at various times by a pair of lecherous murloc {{Mad Scientist}}s and LeeroyJenkins, the {{Trope Namer|s}} of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' fame. Yet somehow they manage to win.
* In ''Webcomic/ElectricWonderland'', a FieryRedhead IntrepidReporter decides to end corruption through a hard-hitting, independently published newspaper. Who does she hire to help write? An unemployed HighlyVisibleNinja, a StepfordSmiler with a mushroom costume, an outcasted MagicalGirl, a talking bull who's TooDumbToLive, and a BrattyHalfPint mermaid. At the inquiry of the ninja, the redhead reporter admitted at the end of the first issue that she doesn't have any hiring standards.
* In ''Webcomic/NamiWarriors'', the main characters are definitively this, to the point that at least one of them directly acknowledges that this is the case.
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/050916 Lampshaded]]
* Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}}: [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2008/04/16/ A love-struck idiot, a homicidal digital maiden, and a omnipotent clueless succubus]]
* ''Mindflayed'' even [[http://mindflayed.0nyx.com/comic037.jpg had it discussed]]:
-->'''Mindflayer''': Adventurers? I thought we were a bunch of outcasts banded together in hopes of increasing our odds of surviving to the next day.\\
''' Lomylith''': That would be the definition of the word "adventurers", flayer.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-05-24 Tangerine looks to be ready to form one.]]
* CK's crew from ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' includes Fluffy, a CuteKitten and {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Mittens, CK's BumblingSidekick who's also a [[TheSlacker total slacker]], and Socks, a [[BunnyEarsLawyer genius ferret engineer]] with a serious [[TheUnintelligible language barrier]].
--> "[[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2010/05/09/freaky-things/ That's not a crew roster, it's a laundry list!]]"
* ''Webcomic/ContraFarce'' features one competent mercenary and three incompetent goofballs. They were the best Deputy Mayor Simmons could afford.
* In ''[[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} Hivebent]]'', who gets to play Sgrub and create a new universe (BecauseDestinySaysSo)? A matchmaking huntress obsessed with cats, a ghost obsessed with death, a bipolar oracle obsessed with computers, a serial killer obsessed with imitating her past incarnation, a budding lawmaker obsessed with tasting things, a fish princess raised by an EldritchAbomination, a bloodthirsty nobleman mourning his recent breakup, a perpetually angry mutant who's the reincarnation of Troll Jesus, a [[FurryFandom furry]] bigot who builds robots, a drug addict clown...and Kanaya and Tavros, though the last two are actually kind of normal. It should come as no surprise that [[HeroOfAnotherStory their section]] of the plot goes to hell.
* The protagonists of Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent are shaping up to be this. They're part of an underfunded research mission into the monster-infested Silent world, so the group hiring them specifically picks people who are [[{{toodumbtolive}} stupid]], [[{{onlyinitforthemoney}} desperate]], [[{{jumpedatthecall}} incredibly bored with their lives]]or hate their current emloyers or co-workers with a burning passion.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]
* The five protagonists from the web fiction serial ''Literature/DimensionHeroes'', despite their increase in power and skill over the course of the series, have yet to fully separate themselves from this trope.
* The main characters of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. They are all fully armed soldiers who were hand pick for being one lowest scoring grunts in the military, they are also the least qualified people to be handling the various {{omnicidal maniac}}s that cross their path.
** With the exception of [[BadAss Tex]], who is pretty much confirmed to be the single best fighter in the series.
*** Not that she's without her own very special issues, however, as season 8 reveals. [[spoiler:She's essentially cursed to ultimately fail at everything she tries to do.]] The most normal person they meet (Wash) ''still'' has issues, what with [[spoiler:Epsilon's memories being beamed directly into his mind]] and all.
*** Though in later seasons they start to [[TookALevelInBadass pick up several levels in BadAss]], and have managed to pull off some pretty impressive feats in recent years. [[spoiler: As of season 11, they're rumored considered to some of the greatest warriors in the galaxy]].... Yeah, [[SelfDeprecation they couldn't believe it either]].
* ''Creator/RoosterTeeth'' seem to really like this trope. The entire cast of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** Team RWBY is made up of a scythe-wielding, [[CompanionCube weapon-loving]] GenkiGirl, a [[UpperClassWit stuck-upper-class]] {{Jerkass}} MagicKnight, a cute {{Ninja}} girl who is a loner as well as [[spoiler:a catgirl and a former terrorist]], and the GenkiGirl's sexy CoolBigSis who [[BerserkButton really doesn't like people touching her hair]].
** Team JNPR is made up of a [[ButtMonkey loveable loser]], a [[BloodKnight fight-happy]] [[CuteButPsycho batshit insane cutie]] with a giant grenade launcher/warhammer hybrid, a {{Badass}} Greek Hoplite AmazonianBeauty, and a [[DudeLooksLikeALady really effeminate]] Chinese guy who's pretty much [[CloudcuckoolandersMinder there to make sure the cute crazy girl doesn't get into too much trouble]].
* Say, does WebAnimation/HomestarRunner count?
* Team Kimba of the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. A former rich kid who is now the FallenPrincess. An Army brat chased out of his own home by anti-mutant fireteams. A nerd turned into a PersonOfMassDestruction. A loner who turned into TheChosenOne. A motherless victim of child abuse who has spent time as a foster child. A UsefulNotes/{{transgender}} black kid from Baltimore. A loner turned into one of TheFairFolk. And they're not the weirdest kids at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]].
* The characters in ''Roleplay/AGameOfGods'' come off as this. Justified in that they were taking from their home worlds by [[PowersThatBe the Nomads]].
* The Fellowship of ''Literature/TheQuestportChronicles'' starts out as this: one amnesiac WingedHumanoid, two elves (one of whom is an assassin), a VegetarianVampire, a fairy, a human trapped in a dragon's body, a VoluntaryShapeshifting demon, and an easily-confused pixie.
* The heroes of [[Podcast/NerdyShow The Nerdy Show's]] pen and paper adventure podcast, ''Dungeons & Doritos'', hurt each other and their allies or employers about as much as they hurt their enemies. However, over the course of the adventure, they learn to care for their teammates and become increasingly competent at working together. Except when they aren't, and then HilarityEnsues.
* ''AudioPlay/RefletsDAcide'' starts with Wrandrall, a {{Half|HumanHybrid}}-[[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demon]] warrior, trying to assemble comrades for a quest. He ends up with a group including a [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarf]], an [[OurElvesAreDifferent Elven]] [[MagicMusic Bard]], a [[PlayingWithFire Fire Elemental]] and a female BarbarianHero (the latter being soon replaced by a DirtyOldMonk).
* The members of "Team Templar" from ''ShadowOfTheTemplar'' are the first type of this, all the way. Extremely talented [[BunnyEarsLawyer but mostly crazy]], their general rule of thumb seems to be that "standard procedure" is a good Plan B. All the same, they have a reputation for getting things done.
* RollToDodgePrincessCelestia may have The Party count as this.
* The whole bunch of convicts living in the Paracelsus' Sword in the world of Roleplay/EinsteinianRoulette count as this, ranging from mercenaries, petty criminals and discarded experience subjects to farm boys, spoiled brats and crazy doctors.
* The entire cast of WebVideo/HitlerRants. Hitler's staff includes an AxCrazy alcoholic, a [[ItMakesSenseInContext a professional map pointer]], a bald man who specializes in objecting to his plans, and a guy who specializes in providing useless information. His enemies include ruthless dictators, U-Boat sailors, a [[Film/DuckYouSucker psychotic demolitions expert who is determined to blow him up]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] [[AmericanGirl a number of little girls]].
* The Undersiders in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' were created when a handful of isolated no-name teenage supervillains were recruited via a blend of bribery and coercion by a MysteriousEmployer to act as professional thieves. At various times, the members include a [[TheSociopath textbook sociopath]], a {{Manipulative B|astard}}itch, a JustifiedCriminal doing it for the sake of his kid sister, said DramaQueen kid sister, a ReverseMole, and [[NoSocialSkills Bitch]]. They manage to get the job done well enough most of the time, though, and that's all their employer asks of them.
* Then there's The Deviant Universere's premeir SuperTeam The Thunder Force. The first incarnation consists of a government agent with a dark past and robotic enhancements to his body, an invisible gun toting ex-news anchor, a rich treasure hunter with a magic bone necklace and a tiger striped costume, a female super speeder, a strange girl in a school girl outfit, Canada's only hero who is powered by the internet, a living beat'em up video game chick, a symbiote who is similar to both [[Comicbook/XMen Nightcrawler]] and Comicbook/{{Venom}} only with no angst about his situation, and a chibi computer program who is programmed to destroy the world himself. The second incarnation consists of a {{jerkass}} archer secret agent, an animal shapeshifter teen boy, a male Comicbook/CaptainAmerica {{expy}} who uses guns and is kept alive through cloning, a female Captain America and Franchise/WonderWoman combined expy, a hero with thunder powers combined with FlyingBrick abilities, and a mermaid heroine with legs joined up with the aforementioned treasure hunter in tiger print and the symbiote guy.
* The main cast of [[http://www.fictionpress.com/s/3083396/1/Psychronicles Psychronicles]] takes this pretty far. For one we have the GenkiGirl who's also an otaku and constantly ShoutOut to other works. Next up is the overly playful {{Cloudcuckoolander}} then the LawfulStupid LeeroyJenkins. Finally there's the [[TheSmartGuy ridiculously brilliant]] TeenGenius StrawNihilist. Clara and Ian even lampshades it in [[http://www.fictionpress.com/s/3083396/14/Psychronicles chapter 14.]]
** Hell the Occult Society can pretty much be a Ragtag Organization of Misfits. The latest arc had just introduced an overly conceited [[TheFightingNarcissist Fighting Narcissist]] and a Anthromorph with multiple personalities of the WesternZodiac in the secondary cast.
* All of the Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses anniversary specials where they team up against an enemy have them out of their depth, and even their themed costumes hardly unify them, such as when Brad Jones roleplays as Indiana Jones because "it's quest based, it counts". Lampshaded in WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee, where one of the villains brags that only a ragtag group of Z-List internet reviewers[[note]]and 8-bit Mickey[[/note]] could stop them now.
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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars''. The oft-bickering good-guy Maximals are somewhat of a ragtag group, the crew of an exploration vessel forced into battle and joined by a DefectorFromDecadence, but the Predacon antagonists fit the trope even better, [[EnemyCivilWar backstabbing, scheming, and jockeying for position constantly]].
** Similarly invoked in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', in which the job of saving the day lands on a repair crew with barely any real weapons who've mostly never been in combat before, while the Decepticons also spend a large time disorganized and spread apart. Of course, when the team of experts does show up, they're not a lot of help...
* Parodied with the elementary school dodgeball team in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Conjoined Fetus Lady", who make it all the way to the finals much to their own shock and dismay.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the responsibility of defeating the Fire Nation and saving the world rests entirely with a 12-year-old goofball of a [[MessianicArchetype Messiah]] and the various other children he picks up along the way. These include a fourteen year old untrained [[MakingASplash water-bender]], a fifteen year old wannabe warrior, a twelve year old spoiled runaway [[DishingOutDirt earth-bender]] and [[spoiler: the angsty banished prince of the enemy]]. Three attempts were made by various characters to have actual armed forces involved, but the first two times were stopped before they started (the second when a fourteen year old princess and her two handmaidens, a [[EmotionlessGirl dour]] KnifeNut and a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} [[SheFu acrobat]], [[spoiler:managed to pull off a coup in a hostile city) and the third time resulted in a crushing, ruinous defeat]]
** And don't forget [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Suki]], the face painted Kyoshi Warrior ActionGirl.
** Jet and his [[JustLikeRobinHood band of Merry Men]] also qualify.
* Stated outright in the OpeningNarration of ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater'': "At his side is an unlikely but loyal crew of misfits."
* Referenced and Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', when Fry attempts to destroy a giant brain with a [[AppliedPhlebotinum Quantum Interface Bomb]]. He's found by a squad of smaller brains that try to destroy him. When their brain rays fail, one of the brains say, "But we're an ambitious young squad, with everything to prove!"
** The Planet Express crew in general; the main delivery crew is a goofball from the 20th century (Now known as 'The Stupid Ages'), a selfish robot who spends his time drinking booze and making wisecracks, and a social outcast cyclops who tries to be professional, maybe a little too much. The rest of the company is a century-and-a-half-old mad scientist, a Jamaican paper-pusher who likes to limbo and fill out forms, a ditzy Chinese girl from Mars, and a lobster alien who has neither social graces nor an accurate idea of human anatomy, despite being the company doctor for humans.
** Also Scruffy, the janitor.
* The ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch parodying ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', where the leader was chosen by call-in votes. The winner was Creator/HarrisonFord, who protests "I'm just an actor! I'm 62 years old!" but everyone expects him to act like a movie hero. Music/{{Aerosmith}} fill the remaining slots on the team because the mission needs a cool theme song. They die trying to land.
-->'''Reporter''': Don't we have highly trained astronauts?
-->'''Senator''': Oh, that's something of a myth.
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'' invokes this hard in the first episodes, with the team only ''tolerating'' each-other for the mission, and getting much worse for a bit until the end of the second episode when they're able to come together to stop a threat. They're still at odds for the next few episodes, but gradually seem to come together as everyone gets to know each other.
* The [=ThunderCats=], both [[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats the original series]] and [[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011 the 2011 reboot]], were survivors of a great catastrophe (in the original series, it was the destruction of their home planet Thundera while in the reboot, it was the destruction of the kingdom Thundera). The original group consists of a young inexperienced prince with a great destiny, an old soldier, an ActionGirl, a scientist (original series)/arrogant prince (reboot), two {{Tagalong Kid}}s, and the TeamPet.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' focused (or was supposed to be focused at least) on Ben assembling a team from various [[HalfHumanHybrid Half-Human Hybrids]] to stop an AlienInvasion. In the finale, he assembles said team, which ends up made of himself, his MagicalGirl cousin Gwen, [[TheAtoner his former Nemesis Kevin Levin]], {{Time Travel}}ling scientist Paradox, his {{Love Interest|s}} Julie and her alien pet [[BigDamnGunship Ship]], Half-[[MagmaMan Pyronite]] Alan Albright, [[TheSmartGuy Technopath Cooper]] and [[TokenEvilTeammate temporary allied supervillain Darkstar]]. And that's just those who are in the battle from the beginning.
-->'''Gwen Tennyson:''' We're too late!\\
'''Ben Tennyson:''' It's never too late. New plan!... Working on it.\\
'''Kevin Levin:''' That's reassuring.\\
'''Ben Tennyson:''' Got it! We break into the Highbreed Control Room and force the captain to make his ships retreat.\\
'''Darkstar:''' That's your big plan?\\
'''Ben Tennyson:''' Hey, how many times have I beaten you?\\
'''Darkstar:''' Twice. But just at this moment, I don't see how.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Spies Reminiscent of Us" UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin notes the reactivation of a Cold War sleeper spy would be an embarrassment equal to, "[[Film/{{Stripes}} our 1981 failed Czechoslovakian occupation outpost which was penetrated by]] Creator/BillMurray, [[Film/{{Stripes}} Harold Ramis, and their ragtag band of misfit soldiers who didn't even graduate.]]"
* The [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicTheManeCast "Mane Six"]] of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. They're a graduate student taught by a {{Physical God}}dess, a stubborn apple farmer, a hyperactive baker, a brash sound barrier-breaking flyer, a prim and proper fashion designer, and an overly shy animal caretaker. Princess Celestia, said Physical Goddess, seems to consider them to be the best team to deal with powerful threats to Equestria like [[VileVillainSaccharineShow Nightmare Moon and Discord]] (due to the [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield Elements of Harmony]]) and a stubborn dragon whose smoke threatens the well-being of their country (which they must deal with without the Elements of Harmony). Nightmare Moon was defeated by the Mane Six after they had known each other for less than a day.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Moneybart", Lisa tries to apply this trope to Bart's baseball team, ala the Oakland A's, but it doesn't quite work.
-->'''Bart:''' We're not losers! Last year we finished six and five.
-->'''Nelson:''' And we're not lovable. We had a tall freckle-faced kid on the team that we picked on 'til he quit. Hey, Splatterface, how's the weather up there? It's too bad, cause he's a great hitter, but it's worth it.
* ''PhineasAndFerb'': At the beginning of the second Meap episode, the animators who made the trailers to it were described as a "ragtag group".
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