This trope shows up '''''a lot''''' in video games (particularly [=RPG=]s), because it makes things [[RuleOfFun much more interesting]]. Interestingly, this can also be true when it comes to the players behind the screen in a MMORPG. No matter what everyone does for a living in RealLife, together you still managed to bring down that big dragon.
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* Creator/BioWare and Creator/ObsidianEntertainment seem to be fond of this:
** Played with in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' and its sequel; yes, you can include deranged rangers, badass paladins, angsty or depressed elves, psychotic dwarves, insane necromancers and even [[spoiler:a former BigBad]] in your party. But they do all have their own goals and agendas, and if you violate their beliefs or make them work with people they detest, they will eventually leave your party or worse.
** ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights: Hordes of the Underdark'' qualifies, as your possible companions include a gentleman tiefling with a frenzied demon side; a reformed drow assassin; an either vengeful or reformed ghost of a fallen paladin; and a kobold bard turned Red Dragon Disciple. And all of you are Epic-level. Even the kobold.
*** ''Especially'' the kobold. The BigBad tries to persuade your allies to turn on you. Most of them will stay if you're nice to them at various points, or discovered certain things about them. Deekin will stay [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming no matter what]].
** While the team in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' is a walking bunch of racial stereotypes, the expansion, ''Mask of the Betrayer'', has you spend the game travelling with a wizard who is a [[spoiler:product of some other person dividing their soul]]; a hagspawn [[TheCasanova Casanova]]; an exiled half-angel crusader with plans to tear down [[CosmicKeystone a major feature of the foundation of the universe]]; and, depending on the choices you make, [[IAmLegion either an undead construct of countless souls of thugs and criminals]] or a giant fuzzy spirit bear god. It's worth mentioning that the hero him/herself is the manifestation/victim of a spirit-destroying curse with the potential to devour ''gods''.
** As cliché as the original party was, they still fit under here. You have a BloodKnight dwarf who wants to become a monk, a LoveableRogue tiefling whose entire life has sucked, an elf who's stalked you since birth, a gnomish bard, a pyromaniac sociopath [[SmallNameBigEgo who thinks she's the center of the universe]], a cold elven mage who used to work for your enemies, a paladin having a moral crisis, an angry and bitter ranger with a ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, a [[FarmBoy Farm Girl]] who [[spoiler:is killed halfway through the storyline]], [[spoiler:the WellIntentionedExtremist who killed her]], a {{Stripperiffic}} [[TheObiWan Obi-Wan figure]] from another dimension, and the TeamPet golem.
** ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' has an iconically bizarre assortment of characters to make up the party. Of course, considering most of the game takes place mostly in [[TabletopGame/{{Planescape}} Sigil]], it would have been weird if the group ''wasn't'' a bunch of randomly selected and mismatched people and other creatures. It's [[CityOfAdventure that sort of city]]. Indeed, Nordom and Annah are both perfectly ''mundane'' for the setting, Fall-From-Grace is odd mostly for the fact she's both an agnostic cleric (there's an entire faction ''full'' of these) ''and'' an AscendedDemon (spiced by her being a [[HornyDevils Succubus]] who's taken a vow of chastity), as the latter is rare but far from unheard of. Dak'kon is mostly unusual for his ''zerth'' blade (and, in fact, the githzerai as a whole were redesigned to be more like Dak'kon). Morte, Ignus, Vhailor and the Nameless One are all on the weird side even for Planescape, though.
*** The Nameless One: An amnesiac [[ResurrectiveImmortality immortal]] trying to find out who he is and [[DeathSeeker how to die]] [[FateWorseThanDeath while he still can]].
*** Morte: a flying talking skull with the libido and vocabulary of a frisky teenager and a distinct lack of honesty, able to curse so profanely that he can make a millennia-old demon-witch or a FallenAngel forget about their magic to instead try and smash him to pieces with their bare hands.
*** Dak'kon: a githzerai (sort of scaly, yellow elves with a ''serious'' grudge against slavery) and the last warrior of an ancient order who wield blades attuned to their minds capable of destroying anything, but who was long ago broken in spirit.
*** Annah-of-the-Shadows: a tiefling (fiendblooded mortal) thief and corpse-collector.
*** Fall-From-Grace: a chaste agnostic cleric [[HornyDevils succubus]] who has [[AscendedDemon given up]] on being ChaoticEvil.
*** Ignus: a pyromaniac mage who's perpetually burning and loves it.
*** Nordom: a being embodying geometric order cut off from the HiveMind of its brethren, accompanied by a pair of semi-sentient spirits who have shaped themselves into its crossbows.
*** Vhailor: a haunted suit of armor kept together by its refusal to abandon its duty to Justice.
*** Justified in that [[spoiler:the Mark of Torment etched into the Nameless One's flesh draws troubled souls to him]]. Furthermore, [[spoiler:sometimes past incarnations of the Nameless One helped make them the way they are.]]
** ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
*** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' the fate of the entire galaxy rests in the hands of a war hero/ruthless commander/ShellShockedVeteran, who is backed up by a telekinetic tech put through brutal training as a child, a Catholic Marine with an infamous family history she's desperate to redeem, an [[CowboyCop angry cop]] with an estranged dad, a ProudWarriorRaceGuy [[HiredGuns mercenary]] with [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch species]] issues who killed his own father, an alien [[WrenchWench mechanic]] desperate for her father's approval, and a blue-skinned HotScientist recruited to fight her own evil mother. [[DysfunctionJunction Big, happy family, right?]] Even Shepard isn't immune. Depending on which past you choose, s/he either grew up without a family and was raised by gangs and violence (Earthborn) or is the sole survivor of a pirate raid on his/her home planet (Colonist) and either watched his/her whole platoon except for him/her being annihilated by an alien monster (Sole Survivor) or sent the 3/4 of his/her platoon to death to capture a bunker from slavers (Ruthless).
*** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' brings this trope to even DarkerAndEdgier territory. Shepard's suicide mission team appears to consist of nothing but thugs, sociopaths, and ne'er-do-wells. Specifically, the party includes: a quirky scientific genius/ruthless spec ops soldier with deep regrets, a homicidal test subject with psychic powers tortured from babyhood, a vigilante with a pile of SurvivorGuilt and an intense need for revenge, a berserk vat-grown alien supersoldier with existential issues, a cynical ex-Marine with daddy issues (and the OnlySaneMan, mind you), a human-supremacist test tube baby ''femme fatale'' with daddy issues, a quasi-hive-minded robot motivated by religious zeal (with no issues!), an alien warrior driven by a rigid code of honour to hunt down her own family, the same alien mechanic accused of betraying her own race, a deeply spiritual alien assassin estranged from his son, and, in downloadable content, a sociopathic mercenary out for revenge and a galactic-class cat burglar with a dead boyfriend. You can get a total party kill - yes, ''[[TheHeroDies including Shepard]]'' - if you don't do any of these characters' side missions, [[PlayingWithSyringes all of]] [[DeceptiveDisciple which]] [[ComingOfAgeStory solve]] [[WellDoneSonGuy at least]] ''[[EnemyCivilWar some]]'' [[WellDoneSonGuy of their many]] personal issues. (And yes, '''''that''' [[DysfunctionJunction many characters have family issues]]'' in ''Franchise/MassEffect''.)
*** Both games take some effort to justify such choices in crew. In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', Shepard is a Spectre, a self-sufficient field agent flying a ship that is technically on loan from the Alliance. The situation with Saren isn't seen as that much of a threat, and Shepard simply picks anyone who offers to tag along; the six party members are the best Shepard could gather on short notice. In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', the authorities outright ignore the problem and don't provide any help, and Shepard is forced to seek out criminals and social outcasts who are nevertheless insanely talented in their fields.
*** Basically, this trope is what you'll see just from browsing through the War Assets list of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. Even by the franchise's previous standard, there are groups that you'd never imagine on the same side before ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' hit shelf.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. It's a Creator/BioWare RPG, so you've got: Two Grey Wardens (they're a whole order of ragtag bunch of misfits. One is a prince and a former [[TheKnightsTemplar Templar apprentice]]. The other is you (of course). The rest of the bunch consist of a [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan-snarking]] shape-shifting witch from the forest, a [[HeroesWantRedheads redheaded]] [[FantasyCounterpartCulture fantasy French]] bard who was a priest but joined you after a vision, a [[TheStoic stoic]] [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Qunari]] warrior, a female golem with an intense hatred of pigeons, an alcoholic dwarven berserker, an elven assassin with very few sexual inhibitions, an elderly [[spoiler:DeadAllAlong]] mage, [[spoiler:a villainous noble champion]]. Oh and their [[TeamPet pet dog]]. Said prince was actually a bastard shipped off to a convent to keep him away from the throne, the witch had a rough and isolated childhood and so has NoSocialSkills, bard in this context means spy and assassin who sings, the qunari you free from prison after he killed eight innocent people, the dwarf joins you after you help him find his [[spoiler:wife who abandoned him searching for an ArtifactOfDoom]], and the elven assassin was hired to kill ''you'' and makes no secret of it at all.
*** And the reason saving the world is up to you is because everyone ahead of you and Alistair in the order, including TheMentor and dozens of veteran Grey Wardens, has just been wiped out. And despite being the Senior Warden by default, Alistair refuses to lead due to confidence issues and suffering a brief HeroicBSOD after the death of Duncan, his mentor and surrogate father-figure.
*** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' continues this. The alcoholic dwarven berserker returns plus a failed marriage, and the new members are a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] rogue mage with an obsessive Templar out for his blood, a murderous elven hippie, a bitter rogue whose father is the noble who killed the Human Noble's family in the first game, [[PerkyGoth a member of the Dwarven Legion of the Dead]] who failed to die when she should have, a Fade spirit of justice trapped in the body of a dead man, and a very nice Grey Warden recruit [[spoiler:who dies the second she takes her Joining]].
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' continues the tradition with your younger sibling who is either a warrior jealous of you or a rogue mage who [[IJustWantToBeNormal wants a normal life]], the widowed daughter of an exiled chevalier, a dwarven merchant from an exiled noble family with a fondness for storytelling and [[ICallItVera a crossbow named Bianca]], a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} elf exiled from her clan for practicing BloodMagic, the snarky rogue mage from Awakening who is [[NotAsYouKnowThem now much less snarky]] and [[DemonicPossession possessed by the spirit of Justice who has become a demon of Vengeance]], a promiscuous pirate captain with a very large number of enemies, an escaped elven slave with IdentityAmnesia, a bad case of the broods and {{Power Tattoo}}s, a [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething prince]][=/=][[BadassPreacher priest]] whose entire family has been murdered, and your pet dog.
*** A DLC gives you a temporary companion who isn't much better than the others - a female Qunari elf with a penchant to either kill or flirt with any man (especially human) that she sees.
** ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' features, as the last hope for a fantasy world based on East Asian mythology, a martial artist who is secretly [[LastOfHisKind the last of a group of monks]] who served the goddess of rebirth; his/her childhood friend who is troubled by vague prophetic visions; a [[DefectorFromDecadence former assassin]]; a hobo seeking revenge for his dead daughter; a [[BoisterousBruiser loud, outgoing,]] {{sociopathic|Hero}} mercenary; a MadScientist with a fondness for explosives and flying machines who happens to be [[spoiler:[[GodWasMyCoPilot an amnesiac god]]]]; a little girl [[SharingABody possessed by a benevolent demon and his]] EvilTwin; a henpecked DrunkenMaster; and a RebelliousPrincess who dresses like a cross between a ninja and a belly dancer.
** How about ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''? With one game developed each by Bioware ''and'' Obsidian, this series is absolutely overflowing. Common to both games are a Mandalorian BloodKnight, a bloodthirsty assassin droid who suggests murder as the solution to any problem, and an astromech droid that controls the ship and is quite capable of lying by the second game. Each one comes back DarkerAndEdgier the second time around.
*** Characters specific to the first game include an ex-pilot with ''major'' trust issues due to a past betrayal, a Jedi trying too hard to be perfect and scared to death of failing, an exiled Wookee, a smartmouthed teenaged Twi'lek, a redeemed Jedi with a powerful temper and a sad history, a Jedi who's either verging on senility or pretending to be specifically to annoy you, and leading them all is [[spoiler:an amnesiac Sith Lord]].
*** In the second game, you get an old woman whose near-sociopathic dedication to self-reliance has led her to attempt to destroy the Force, a maniacally-depressed and heavily mutilated (mental and physical) former Sith, a former [[DeadpanSnarker wisecracking]] Jedi-killer with a lot of blood on his hands, another psychotic droid (but this one has such an intense control complex it's out to rule the galaxy), a Zabarak mechanic trying to make up for all the deaths caused by the superweapon he designed, depending on your choices either an insane evil Wookee bounty hunter or an overconfident and rigidly honorable female human bounty hunter, and depending on your gender either a BadassBookworm with a few secrets or a soldier whose culture interprets dueling as flirting; and all of these are led by [[spoiler:a hole in the Force that feeds off their living spirits]].
* Just about any group of strangers that meets up in an online game as a team can be considered this to some degree.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo, the hero of the various ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' games must battle TheEmpire and [[GottaCatchThemAll optimally]] gather together a force led by OneHundredAndEight very, very diverse individuals. A minority of them are seasoned troops. Most are crossdressing tea fanciers, elevator operators, cape-wearing squirrels... it just gets weirder after that.
** Lampshaded in the GaidenGame ''VideoGame/SuikodenTierkreis''. After recruiting a certain character, [[HelloInsertNameHere Sieg]] comments on how people he meets from time to time gets weirder.
* The defenders of Kosigan in the Bastard of Kosigan can consist of a bastard half-orc trying to reclaim his heritage, an elf taking revenge for her abuse at the hands of the heir to the county, a prepubescent boy appointed second-in-command of the Grey Guard for no good reason, and an extremely loyal career soldier in charge of the army, all led by whatever you decide the player character is. You even get to {{lampshade|Hanging}} this if you side with Mordred and Alex at the end of the second module, wondering if "two bastards and a little elf" stand a chance against the might of Burgundy.
* -- The full party in ''VideoGame/ADanceWithRogues'' definitely qualifies. You have a deposed princess leading a group that (depending on your choices and your persuasiveness) consists of (at various points) a [[ThePollyanna sweet, innocent female bard]]; a [[LawfulGood chivalrous ranger]]; a [[TokenEvilTeammate psychotic mercenary/assassin]]; a pair of barbarians out to hunt down the guy who killed their entire tribe; an [[DefectorFromDecadence exiled Drow]]; a heavily-stereotyped alcoholic dwarf; and a [[GenderBender gender-flipped dead paladin]].
* The vast majority of Computer {{Role Playing Game}}s, for that matter. In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', for example, who's going to defeat the [[EldritchAbomination world destroying monster]]? Why, a teenage boy with AnimeHair, his childhood MadScientist friend, a sheltered RebelliousPrincess, a [[BalefulPolymorph cursed]] knight, a robot, and a prehistoric cavewoman [[spoiler:(and possibly a misanthropic sorcerer)]]. They needn't bother recruiting any trained soldiers or acquire any heavy artillery.
** Lampshaded early in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' when, upon hearing the party introduce itself one member at a time, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Rufus Shinra]] shrugs and replies, "What a crew."
** Also invoked in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' according to WordOfGod, who wanted to invoke a feeling similar to ''FinalFantasyVII'': Your party consists of a soldier, an airline pilot trying to save his son, a leader of a group of anarchist do-nothings turned freedom-fighters, some kid on vacation, and two girls whose reasons for being in the party are too spoilerific and complicated to post here. In fact, ''FFXIII'' can be regarded as a {{Deconstruction}} of this trope, seeing how the party members quite naturally spend over a half of the game hating each other's guts and blatantly violating the NeverSplitTheParty principle because of that.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' takes the cake with this one. The group who set out to stop the WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds and his big machina are a {{Stripperiffic}} sphere huntress, her two goons, a DeathSeeker with a fake arm and leg, a wiz kid in a gas mask, a LargeHam with a crush on his cousin, his buddy, an Al Bhed with a {{BFG}} and their go-to girls are Spira's answer to the Charmed Ones.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has one of the biggest ragtag bunch of misfits. It consists of the EasyAmnesia, [[spoiler: HalfHumanHybrid]], MagicKnight and ActionGirl Terra Branford, the LoveableRogue Locke Cole, the ChivalrousPervert King Edgar Roni Figaro, the BareFistedMonk and BoisterousBruiser Sabin Rene Figaro, TheAtoner and ActionGirl Celes Chere, the Badass Ninja, BloodKnight and [[spoiler: DisappearedDad]] Shadow, the BadassGrandpa, FailureKnight and Samurai Cyan Garamonde, the RaisedByWolves, WildChild, {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and BadassAdorable Gau, the WhiteHairBlackHeart BadassLongcoat Setzer Gabbiani, the SquishyWizard BadassGrandpa [[PowerCopying Mega Manner]] Strago Magus, [[SquishyWizard the other Squishy Wizard]], GlassCannon (she's got the highest magic stat), ArtAttacker, KidAppealCharacter, TagalongKid, GenkiGirl Relm Arrowny, the BadassAdorable, CuteBruiser, DanceBattler, PintSizedPowerhouse and KillerRabbit (he's got the highest defenses in the game and has enough attack to make him the best tank, being both resistant and strong as a dragoon) Mog, the Berserker, BigfootSasquatchAndYeti, DumbMuscle and TeamPet Umaro and, last but not least, the SecretCharacter, literal HeroicMime, JackOfAllStats and AmbiguousGender Gogo. There you go, 12 people and 2 animals, most of which had absolutely nothing to do with each other before the beginning of the game and only half are actually trained fighters.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'': Being branded as a heretic early on in the story results in Team Ramza collecting all sorts of unusual characters, not including the mercenary generics he can pick up at the bar or monsters.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG: Legend of the Seven Stars'', your party consists of a [[HeroicMime mute]] [[TheEveryman everyman]] [[AlmightyJanitor plumber]] with [[InASingleBound superhuman jumping ability]], the monster king who is [[EnemyMine typically his worst enemy]], the princess he has to [[DamselInDistress save just about every other week]], a talking cloud that can control the weather, and a possessed doll.
** The ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' games make that lot look organized. ''[[VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor Thousand Year Door]]'' in particular has the abovementioned plumber, a ValleyGirl archeology student, a timid breakdancing turtle, a WhiteDwarfStarlet wind spirit, an [[CuteBruiser aggressive infant]] dinosaur, [[spoiler: a [[HeelFaceTurn redeemed]] living shadow [[ShesAManInJapan who's a man in Japan]]]], and an old sailor who blows himself up.
*** And [[spoiler:a flirty mouse thief in high heels.]]
**** In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' Count Bleck plays this straight by calling your crew this in the opening scene.
** ''VideoGame/PaperMario64'' has a Mario Fanboy, a wannabe archaeologist, a ValleyGirl pink bomb, a bumbling postman, a bratty female ghost, an infant light bulb, an overbearing fish who somehow breathes and walks (okay, flops) on land, and a punk Lakitu with an EmbarrassingFirstName.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fire Emblem|Tellius}}: Radiant Dawn'''s Dawn Brigade, justified as they are a group of resistance fighters, rather then a formal military group, but that justification goes straight out the window when they become the core of a full blown rebel army.
** Or any ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' game, for that matter. The recruitable casts usually do include a fair number of experienced, professional knights and soldiers, but they're rounded out with an assortment of [[NewMeat new recruits]], peasant militia fighters, inquisitive scholar-mages, wandering {{Warrior Poet}}s, {{Blood Knight}}s, bored mercenaries, thieves, {{pirate}}s, assassins, {{defector|FromDecadence}}s, and often a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]] [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]] [[CuteMonsterGirl girl]]. Not to mention a whole bunch of [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething nobles]] and their retainers.
** Even [[DirtyOldMan Old Hubba]] {{lampshade|dTrope}}s this trope word per word in [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]].
* Like ''Franchise/FireEmblem'', the recruitable casts found in all ''VideoGame/ShiningForce'' games (and many sidegames) have a large degree of variation in occupation, nationality, class, motive, and even ''race''. It is not uncommon to wound up with an army full of Humans, Halflings, Centaurs, Elves, the token JokeCharacter, [[FurryFandom beastmen]], and many other fictional races towards the end of the game. Hell, some games even have Ninjas and Samurais joining the force seemingly at random.
* Subverted in the first ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'', but brought in full force when the series took a turn for the DenserAndWackier in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'', where you, a gangbanger who [[MadeOfIron survived being blown up on a yacht]], lead a gang alongside the plucky young gangster who helped you bust out of prison, a HeroicSociopath who considers mass murder a weekend hobby, [[ButtMonkey a lieutenant who is smart but constantly ignored]] [[HollywoodToneDeaf and who can't sing to save his life]], and a girl who does every kind of drug you can imagine, [[ReallyGetsAround along with half of the men in the city]].
* ''VideoGame/RogueGalaxy'' could also qualify. By the middle of the game the super-elite [[{{Pirate}} pirate ship's]] crew consists in: a legendary {{pirate}}, a Second-in-command ''cat'' with a bad attitude, [[{{Tsundere}} a bad-tempered]] jungle girl, [[TheHero a clueless young boy mistaken for a skillful hunter]], an ''actual'' skillful hunter, [[TheChick a cheerful girl]], an extremely polite fighting-machine robot with [[spoiler: the spirit of a dead child inside]], a depressed Ex-soldier, a police-wanted, fired-from-his-job [[{{Nerd}} computer genius]], and a... ''something'' that can fire missiles from his back and speaks with a weird accent, plus a couple of normal human pirates and a talking frog who eats weapons. Insanity ensues.
* Delta Squad in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' fit the trope perfectly - though everyone on the team is a soldier, they argue amongst each other constantly, are generally a collection of {{jerkass}}es, and the ([[FieldPromotion newly promoted]]) squad leader is an actual ex-convict freed literally minutes before the mission began.
** It is stated by several of the characters however, that Marcus's trial was a sham and before it he was an extremely skilled soldier.
* This is pretty much the entire point of ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany''. B Company is apparently a dumping ground for anyone the Army deems a troublemaker, making them expendable. Plus, the squad featured pretty much qualifies in and of itself: a demolitions man who blew up the wrong latrine and loves to go in depth on his philosophical non-sequiturs, a cowardly comm specialist who looked up porn and wound up giving the Department of Defense network a nasty virus, a chopper pilot whose boredom and subsequent recreational drug use led to an accident that then led to his reassignment, and a weary sergeant who just wants to get out as soon as possible and is willing to take a transfer to the highest mortality rate company in the Army to get it.
* Depending on whom you recruit in your pack, ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'' has elements of this trope. It's possible to end up with someone with his cilia from the Tidepool, and yet he can last longer than the others.
* Creator/NipponIchi loves this trope. ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' certainly qualifies, even if the 'heroes' aren't very heroic. You have the orphaned son of the demon king, his sidekick of debatable loyalty, an assassin angel (don't ask), '''Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth''' and his two sidekicks, the gorgeous scientist and the funky robot, various defeated enemies, and the souls sewn into demonic penguin bodies in the Prinny Squad. You can recruit a ton more weird characters via the post-game, as well as create your own squad of wacky generics. The same goes for all of the sequels, in which you can also recruit previous game characters and cameos from other Nippon Ichi cameos, usually in the form of DLC.
** The same goes for the pretty much all of the other Nippon Ichi games (''VideoGame/LaPucelle'', ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'', ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'', etc.). Even the shockingly [[DarkerAndEdgier dark and edgy]] ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'' [[spoiler: gives you ''two'' sets. The traditional version in the normal route and a completely AxCrazy set in the Demon route]].
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'':
** The Gallian Militia from ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' are like this, [[TheSquad Squad 7]] even more so. Notable in that they're not as ragtag-y as most other examples.
** And then we have the 'Edy Attachment' in the DLC, which is the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits ''of'' a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits.
** ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII'' gives you a group of misfits more ragtag than the militia: Class G of the Lanseal Academy, filled with the laziest, worst-performing rejects the crop has to offer, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] [[FantasticRacism Darcsens]].
** And then ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'' outdoes them both with the Nameless, a literal ArmyOfThievesAndWhores thrown together and forced to fight as cannon fodder as punishment for past crimes.
* Hiro and the gang from ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue'' qualify as they, strangely except for the main character Hiro, have some problems hidden from others. In fact, BigBad Zophar explicitly refers to them as [[LampshadeHanging "the ragtag party of misfits."]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}''' party consists of a small-town guy with a legendary {{BFS}}, his LargeHam best friend, [[spoiler:his BackFromTheDead RobotGirl-turned love interest]], a BigBrotherMentor with a crippled arm, a [[TheLadette Lad-ette]] who's a big MamaBear toward her little brother, a RebelliousPrincess who [[spoiler:[[YouKilledMyFather wishes to avenge her father]]]], and a RidiculouslyCuteCritter [[BigEater who cares about food more than fighting]].
* Boots and his buddies from ''VideoGame/{{Anachronox}}'' certainly qualify: a stripper, a toy robot, TWO scientists, an alcoholic ex-superhero, and [[spoiler: an entire planet, which you at several points were exploring.]]
* The Wasteland crew in ''[[VideoGame/TonyHawksProSkater Tony Hawk's American Wasteland]]''. Unofficial leader Iggy van Zandt is explicitly called "the king of the misfits" for a reason. And with friends like the player character (a clueless farmboy who just got off the bus), Boone (a violent screw-up who couldn't even cut it as a gang member), Murphy (every slimy agent ever minus the money), Useless Dave (whose endless knowledge of pointless minutiae never fails to bore)... yeah, that's ragtag.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Agatio in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'': "Well, this is an unlikely bunch of ragamuffins."
* Every team in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' (and many other {{M|assiveluMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame}}MORPGs, really) except particularly coordinated ones, given the FantasyKitchenSink nature of the superhero genre, and also the casual-friendly nature of the game where it's not uncommon for the fate of the world to be in the hands of a team that may include one or more of the following: A 13-year-old, a 60-year-old, a drunk, a {{furry|Fandom}}, a [[HowDoIShotWeb hopeless powerlevelled newbie]], and ''maybe'' a {{Munchkin}} if you're lucky.
* While Raze's group in ''VideoGame/ManaKhemia2FallOfAlchemy'' is more-or-less a well-oiled group, Ulrika's group fits this precisely, consisting of a fairy(?) larger than Ulrika and far more timid, a guy in an animal suit/ball which said suit carries who can switch at will, a young boy with a machine obsession (and an abusive sister, but that's on Raze's side), a girl who believes curses are "incantations", and finally, Ulrika herself. In-battle, Ulrika's side is a bit more powerful than Raze's, due to tactical considerations and better overall abilities.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}} 2'', a five-person team composed of a revenge-driven merc, a snarky computer geek, a lecherous helicopter pilot, a perpetually drunken jet pilot, and a snarky mechanic, destroys the Venezuelan government, and defeats a ''superpower''-backed army as nothing more than a means to that end.
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' fits this trope to a tee. You've got a LovableRogue, a FieryRedhead, and a mysterious WomanInWhite as your main party members. You pick up lots more along the way to join your crew. Not to mention all the 3rd party characters that come when GondorCallsForAid near the end.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': A drawling MoreDakka engineer. A big, somewhat dimwitted Russian. A psychotic delusional soldier. A mouthy, trash-talking speedster. A German MadDoctor. A smooth-talking French spy. A laid back Australian professional killer. A drunk, manic-depressive Black Scottish [[EyepatchOfPower Cycloptic]] nutcase. A demented pyromaniac of AmbiguousGender. They Fight Their Other-Coloured Clones (and more recently, robots)!
* Invoked in the original ''Starcraft'' and its sequel. The original Terran campaign has Jim Raynor shepherding anyone who will follow him across the sector. In the expansion, UED Commander Stukov calls Raynor's forces in the ongoing civil war in the sector a "Rag tag peasant militia," and isn't really wrong (especially with [[FaceHeelTurn Arcturus Mengsk]] having [[FeudalFuture taken the title of "Emperor" over the "Terran Dominion."]]. The sequel plays this aspect up, with Raynor recruiting a nerdy young scientist, an ex-con who's been welded into his PoweredArmor, a portly cyborg mechanic, a surprisingly normal First Officer, and the occasional omen from a cold, alien Psychic ascetic.
* The survivors from either ''Left 4 Dead'' game count. In [[VideoGame/Left4Dead the first]], a [[ShellShockedSenior Vietnam vet]], a BadassBiker who hates [[RunningGag everything]], an [[ActionSurvivor office worker]] who had no clue what's going on, and a GamerChick who's [[BookDumb flunking out of college.]] In [[VideoGame/Left4Dead2 the second]], an overweight, middle-aged TeamDad, a [[GeniusDitz ditzy]] ButtMonkey with an accent thicker than pea soup, a [[LoveableRogue snarky conman]] in a white suit, and an IntrepidReporter and [[TheSmurfettePrinciple token chick.]]
* Your group in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' is led by an AxCrazy "[[SociopathicHero hero]]", a useless bard friend deeply in the friend zone with the hero's sister, a conflicted pedophile, a batshit crazy [[EatsBabies child eating]] [[OurElvesAreBetter elf]], and an old man [[MadOracle making ominous prophecies]]. Not to mention most have [[BondCreatures pact partners]], which include a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]] and a [[TheFairFolk hilariously sociopathic fairy]].
** …But it has been noted that since this party contains a child killer, a child eater and a child molester, they are ''the perfect team'' for taking on [[spoiler: [[HumanoidAbomination the Watchers]].]]
* ''VideoGame/InfiniteSpace'' starts out rather normally: a boy who seeks to unravel the mystery of the [[MacGuffin Epitaphs]], his little sister, a "launcher", and an ex-thug. As the game progresses, you can hire mercenaries and have some normal citizens on board, which don't seem too bad, but later on, you can also have military officers (who join you for various reasons), ex-[[SpacePirates pirates]], and even ''[[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princesses]]''.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' DLC ''Mothership Zeta'' plays this trope straight. You have to take over the alien mothership with the help of the somewhat unprincipled mechanic Somah, the pre-War combat medic Lt. Elliot Tercorien, the cowboy Paulson whose family was killed by [[spoiler:the aliens]] and the little girl Sally whose repeated escape attempts net her solitary confinement and fairly good knowledge of the ship's systems. Oh, and Toshiro Kago, a Japanese samurai (in full armor complete with a katana) who can't understand a thing the others say (and vice versa).
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', includes a ColdSniper with trust issues, a wandering Eyebot, a cyborg dog in need of a brain transplant, a Super Mutant formerly in the employ of The Master from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'', an Enclave scientist who has left the organization to try and support a medical clinic, a Brotherhood of Steel scavenger, an always-drunk caravan owner being muscled out of her own business, and a [[Really700YearsOld 2 centuries old]] Mexican ghoul mechanic.
** The quest "Flags of our Foul-Ups" consists of the player trying to make such a squad (called The Misfits!) actually combat effective. They consist of a small team of NCR troops with a severe attitude and discipline problems; an ambitious young woman who washed out of the Rangers but is still desperate for glory, a bloodthirsty former raider who'll recommend the squad dose up with the in-universe equivalent of PCP, a lazy and immoral snob, and a huge but soft-spoken and pacifistic hick. They can be properly mobilised with the right choices and skills, demonstrated during [[spoiler:the final attack by the Legion on the Dam, when your Misfits ''defeat a Legion assault.'']]
** The First Recon Sniper Team also qualifies. Professional leader, ShellShockedVeteran, NaiveNewcomer, ButchLesbian and a traumatized tribal. They are also the best snipers and scouts in the whole NCR army.
** Taken UpToEleven based on the ending you take. You could easily wind up leading an army consisting of NCR, Khan, [=BoS=], and Enclave forces, while a reclusive group of tribals bombs out the Legion camp.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' demonstrates the ensemble dynamic more clearly by letting the player travel with many of them at once (instead of leaving them on display in a hotel, never to interact with each other). ''These'' include a one-eyed old man with a metal plate in his head, the son of a slaughterhouse operator who is your potential husband (regardless of your gender), his sister who is your potential wife (again, regardless of your gender), four [[TeamPet dogs]] (two of which are cyborgs), a super-intelligent deathclaw, a ghoul former doctor, a super mutant, an obnoxious racist sexist teen drug genius, a military AI called [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} SkyNet]] traveling in a robot body of the "[[Series/LostInSpace Danger, Will Robinson]]" variety, a tribal warrior with a Jamaican accent and multiple body piercings who talks to the bone in his nose, and a trader of dubiously valuable goods with a missing daughter and a habit of calling you "Boss".
* ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' -- Raynor's Raiders: [[TheHero An ex-marshall turned into a freedom fighter]], [[TheLancer an idealist]], [[TheBigGuy an ex-lifetime convict]] ([[spoiler:who's actually a mole]]) [[TheSmartGuy a mechanic with a modified arm, a nerd]], [[TheChick a colony doctor]] ([[spoiler:who doesn't hang around at some point]]) [[SixthRanger and a psychotic assassin with mystic tendencies]]. Phew…
** Raynor actually refers to them as a ragtag bunch of misfits at one point.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Pathologic}}''. The first scene in the game shows the three healers meeting up, arguing with each other, then deciding to strike out separately to fight the plague. Throughout the game, they never really team up, and occasionally work against each other.
* In ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireI'', we have TheHero destined to SaveTheWorld, a BadassPrincess [[WingedHumanoid with wings]], a [[HalfHumanHybrid half-wolf]] hunter, the world's best thief who can somehow [[FusionDance fuse with other people]], a greedy fish-man, a literally bull-headed [[TheBigGuy strong man]], the world's most powerful sorceress and a mole-man.
** Really, most of the games are like this. ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'' has said Hero and winged princess, a dog-man with a crossbow, a giant armadillo-man, a near-naked tiger girl, a flower man and a monkey. ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'' has The Hero once again, the two orphans he ends up living with (one of whom is a tiger-person with Lightning Magic and [[spoiler: is a weretiger]], the winged princess once again, an inventor/librarian dog person with a bazooka, a mutated ONION and what essentially looks like some kind of Gargoyle. IV is slightly more organised as we start out with a Princess and her (tiger-man) bodyguard who encounter the Hero, but they are soon joined by a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} in a robot suit [[spoiler: that turns out to be ''empty'' and "possessed" by Deis]], a stuttering (or in Japan, alcoholic) dog-samurai and a gun-toting soldier woman.
* ''VideoGame/AirForceDelta Strike'': Delta Squadron is where all the EDAF losers are assigned.
* Pretty much describes everyone part of S.E.E.S. in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' or the Investigation Team in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', but it's what allows them to summon Personas.
* Most parties in ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' seem to end up like this. In addition to the hero, a poor schmuck who just happened to survive a blimp crash, you can have a monk who doesn't know the first thing about his religion, an overly proud dwarf with no idea what dwarves are really like, a half-drunk half-ogre, the world's smartest "orc", an elven princess, a necromantic fop, and even [[spoiler:the guy you set out to kill in the first place]]. Oh, and a dog who kicks more ass than the rest of the party combined.
* ''LightNovel/EienNoFilena''. The party that saves the world consists of a transvestite, a prostitute, a dog, and a writer.
* The main cast of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilOutbreak'' consists of eight people at the same diner when the outbreak happened, not highly trained police officers as in the others.
* By the end of ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'', the Order includes a rogue captain guilty of Grand Theft Cruiser, a former security officer wanted for murder, an odd-jobs pilot wanted for murder and artifact smuggling (you), two archaeologists, and two noblemen disillusioned with their respective governments. Additionally, your alliances include a by-the-book destroyer captain, your character's father figure (an eccentric mechanic), and a gang leader.
* VideoGame/FreedomForce, being a typical superhero team, consist of unlikely people brought together by extraordinary circumstances... and [[SuperSerum Energy X]]. These include an alien fugitive with PsychicPowers, a nuclear physicist obsessed with patriotic ideas, a hot-headed Latino from the barrio, a playboy [[TheAtoner atoner]] forever trapped in a metal suit, a SouthernBelle/witch, a "Shcottish" fisherman with scales, two teens, a reprogrammed [[AIIsACrapshoot evil robot]] from an alternate future, a high-school nerd with an insect obsession, a former Air Force pilot now a [[SuperSpeed Speedster]], a rookie cop and a blind witness joined into a single being, a strange plant lady with a bikini made of leaves, a washed-up British boxer, an ex-thief, and one who is either an alien or an experiment.
** The sequel adds a half-dead widower, a guy who ''really'' loves his [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]], the daughter of a powerful sheikh, an Aztec god in a teenage body, a British inventor with a penchant for poisonous cards, a French fencing champion, and an actor with a jetpack.
* Every single party throughout the ''Franchise/TalesSeries''.
** With the partial exception of ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. While still a bit ragtag in that they stem from different parts of the world and came together somewhat randomly, every party member is either a professional soldier or a member of the nobility with a significant degree of political influence, which makes them well-suited to dealing with the situations which arise within the plot.
* ''VideoGame/OperationDarkness'': the Wolf Pack combines this with NinjaPirateZombieRobot. By the end of the game, the Pack consists of three werewolves, including the protagonist and the squad commander; a female pyrokinetic; TheBigGuy, who is eventually revealed to be FrankensteinsMonster, a top heavy female sniper; the world's most transparent {{Expy}} of [[ReAnimator Herbert West]]; JackTheRipper; [[{{Dracula}} Abraham van Helsing's]] professor sword wielding granddaughter and finally, [[GuideDangIt if you follow a bunch of unclear steps]], a Nazi zombie cyborg.
* Many ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' games are like this - in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' in particular, depending on how you recruit your monsters, can very quickly become this when you have your Hero accompanied by a one-eyed, fanged apple, a shroom wielding a hammer and a long-tongued cat... and that's just when you first learn to recruit monsters, it gets weirder from there.
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI'' is also a fairly notable example. the entire team consists of an amnesiac Crown Prince, a carpenter turned Martial Artist, a young girl implied to have previously been a sex slave, the spirit of a teenaged sorceress, a monk, a village hero who can transform into a dragon, the first girl's brother who decided he had to become the greatest fighter in the world after being unable to protect his sister, a dragon and 8 different slimes.
* The Cooper Gang in the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' series. In the [[VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus first]] [[VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves two]] games it just consists of [[TheAce Sly]], [[TheSmartGuy Bently]], and [[TheBigGuy Murray]]; but by [[VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves the third game]] its ranks include the Guru, a [[MagicalNativeAmerican mystical koala dreamtime master]], Penelope, a [[{{Pun}} mousy]] [[WrenchWench RC expert]] [[spoiler: [[note]]Who turns against the team in [[VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime the forth game]][[/note]]]], and two old enemies; the Panda King, a stoic with a hidden love of [[LargeHam theatrics]] and [[IncendiaryExponent explosives]], and Dimitre, a literal lounge lizard who talks like a JiveTurkey. Sly actually refers to this trope while thinking about them.
-->"Gang… more like a pack of misfits…"
* ''Videogame/WildStar'' ups the anti by having an entire FACTION of misfits. The individual personalities are just as varied as the races that compose the Exiles.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Commandos}}'' consist of a FightingIrish BloodKnight with a propensity for GoodOldFisticuffs and [[KnifeNut knife play]] who was convicted of striking an officer, an aristocratic ColdSniper, an [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] who swam the English channel ''on a bet'', a MadBomber, an American criminal who joined the British army to escape the US authorities, a MasterOfDisguise, a thief and [[SensualSlavs Russian seductress]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' series, [[AdultsAreUseless where most adults are useless]], the fate of the world against evil aliens lies upon [[KidHero a group of preteen kids]], who would be perfectly normal (if a bit colorful) children if not for their PsychicPowers and/or unusually high intelligence.
** Special mention goes to [[MOTHERThree the third game]]: The only people fighting to prevent the world's destruction are a cowardly preteenage shepherd boy who can't quite get over his troubled past, his loyal dog, a teen girl raised by freaky cross-dressing fairy things who has been locked away in a castle all her life, and a smelly, ridiculed thief in his 20s with a crippled leg. Yet somehow, we're not doomed.
* In ''VideoGame/SilentStorm'', the composition of the Special Operations-SE2 (Allies) or Abwehr Section 2 (Axis) squad is entirely up to you. You are presented with an array of colorful dossiers on different specialists from various countries. The stand-alone expansion ''Silent Storm Sentinels'' has the titular organization composed of former members of both the SE2 and Abwehr Section 2. This is even more a case in ''Hammer & Sickle'' taking place during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar where the PlayerCharacter is a Soviet spy infiltrating Western Europe and gathering a team that perfectly fits this trope.
* Pokemon community Website/{{Showderp}} is built on forming one of these as a party and defeating cookie cutter teams in competitive play.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': The legendary Six Heroes who saved the world from [[EldritchAbomination the Black Beast]] consisted of a cybernetic white knight piloted by the soul of [[{{Jerkass}} an asshole]], a talking bipedal cat samurai, a sophisticated werewolf butler, an evil ghost-like HumanoidAbomination, a sexy pink-haired witch, and a MagicalGirl with split personality disorder. The whole playable cast would also count.
* ''InazumaEleven'' series' protagonists are middle-school ''soccer players'' who are either overwhiemingly optimistic and determined, angsty pretty boys with AnimeHair, midgets, or giants. Given the game's availability to recruit LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, the list of crew expands toward even more bizzare characters like kids who think they are gods, senior citizens, cavemen, ninjas, samurais, Arthurian knights, Chinese warlords, or even aliens. Again, this is a ''soccer'' genre.
* In ''VideoGame/LEGOMinifiguresOnline'', you can assemble a team of a chicken suit guy, a fortune teller, a mermaid, a bumblebee girl, a plumber, an Aztec warrior, and a cyclops—and that's just the beginning.
* ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope'': By the end of the game, the crew of the Calnus consists of a WideEyedIdealist, his bow-slinging ActionGirl girlfriend, a {{Space El|ves}}f technician, a [[CreepyChild creepy demon-summoning vaguely-autistic girl]], a [[GeniusBruiser sophisticated intellectual combat cyborg]], a cheery CatGirl, an enigmatic [[MsFanservice scantily-clad sorceress]], a [[TheDitz scatter-brained]] girl with wings, and a {{Badass}} SuperSoldier with a laser scythe.
* The various teams that congregate in the SonicTheHedgehog series. Special mentions go to Team Dark and Team Chaotix.
** Team Dark consists of a [[LonersAreFreaks brooding loner]] who also happens to be the series's UltimateLifeForm, [[ClassyCatBurglar a gorgeous]], [[OpportunisticBastard opportunistic thief]] who really has a thing for jewels, and a [[RoboticPsychopath psychotic robot]], who, motivated by revenge, seeks to destroy all of his creator's other robots. The only reason said robot doesn't blow up everything is because he's kept in check by the other two.
** Team Chaotix is allegedly a troop of detectives who consists of a loud-mouthed [[LoveableRogue rough-and-tumble]] leader who's [[HiddenDepths secretly brilliant]] but [[InformedPoverty always having money troubles anyways]], a [[TheComicallySerious super-serious and stoic]] [[StealthExpert master of stealth]] who acts as though he should be in a [[HardboiledDetective different genre]], and an annoying BrattyHalfPint [[TheScrappy who is on the team for no real reason]].
* ''VideoGame/ChildOfLight'' has a child princess, a firefly fairy, a coward dwarf mage, a money-minded mouse merchant, a monster guard who's banished from his clan, an orphaned [[FishPeople fish folk]] child, a {{Golem}}, and two jesters—one who's [[TheEeyore permanently depressed]] and the other [[SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion can't even rhyme properly]].
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