"So here we are. A thief, two thugs, an assassin, and a maniac."An Anti Hero Team is Exactly What It Says on the Tin, a group of people consisting of Anti Heroes. Sometimes, there will be an Anti-Villain on the team or even a Hero. In that case, it will be a mixed team. Both Token Good Teammates and Token Evil Teammates can show up on these teams. The mix of exact moral alignments makes these types ripe for internal conflict, but when push comes to shove, they stick by each other more often than not. Often leads to Black and Gray Morality or Grey and Gray Morality. Overlaps often with Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits.
— Peter Quill, Guardians of the Galaxy
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- The Straw Hat Pirates, the main characters from One Piece, don't really care about politics, and as a rule have a "live and let live" attitude when it comes to the oppressive customs of countries they visit. Barbaric cruelty towards the helpless and/or innocent WILL rouse their anger, but in general they only fight tyrants when It's Personal. That being said, due their friendliness and generally good nature, they tend to make friends wherever they go. As a result, they almost always inevitably come in conflict with oppressive regimes harming their new allies. When they topple said regime to save them, they earn the friendship of all the inhabitants of islands they liberated.
- The five Magical Girls in Puella Magi Madoka Magica are mostly anti-heroic: Madoka herself is a Classical Anti Hero, Mami looks like a heroic character but is ultimately a Knight in Sour Armor, while Sayaka is a truly heroic character but veers right into the Knight Templar and eventually Tragic Hero territory. Meanwhile, Kyouko and Homura are Unscrupulous Heroes, with a key difference that Kyouko only cares about herself, while Homura's motivations revolve around another person, specifically, Madoka.
- YuYu Hakusho: Team Urameshi is one of these consisting of individuals like the Honor-bound Delinquent Kuwabara, Jerk with a Heart of Gold Yusuke Urameshi, Strategist Supreme Kurama, and Token Evil Teammate Hiei. In addition, Cynical Mentor Genkai, who sometimes gets involved in the team's conflicts, also qualifies.
- The protagonists of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. The titular duo are a pair of Jerkass Nominal Heroes who really don't want to their job, though Stocking evolves into a Pragmatic Hero, only to be revealed to be The Mole the whole time. Garterbelt is a generally good person, but he'll rape little boys for the sake of keeping the power of Hell's Gate out of the wrong hands, and he even enjoys what he does. Chuck is too stupid and is too unlucky to be a valuable teammate. Finally, there's Brief, the only truly white character in the series, but he's a useless Classical Anti Hero and Dogged Nice Guy towards Panty who has the power to unleash Hell on Earth.
- Marvel Comics also has Daimon Hellstrom: The Son of Satan. The Badass Crew he joins in Marvel Zombies 3 is a team of antiheroes, including Morbius the Living Vampire and Werewolf by Night.
- The late 1980s and early 1990s had the Teen Titans' sister team, the "Team Titans," who were this to the point that one of them took to calling himself Deathwing.
- The Outsiders, Batman created them to be superhero black-ops team to take on missions the Justice League wouldn't normally do out in the open.
- While the Thunderbolts are more of a villain team, the Marvel NOW! team is an anti-hero team, consisting of killers led by General Ross, the Red Hulk. It consists of the Punisher, Elektra, Deadpool, the Leader and Agent Venom. Of everyone on the team, Agent Venom is the only straight-up hero.
- The Guardians of the Galaxy, like their film counterparts below, feature the half Spartax Starlord, the deadliest woman in the galaxy Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and Drax the Destroyer. They also feature members such as Angela, Iron Man, Mantis, and Kitty Pryde
- Suicide Squad, verging very close to a straight up Villain Team, they're still forced to carry out heroics by their boss, Amanda Waller.
- In Brave New World, we have Team Quantum's Aeon. The rest of Team Quantum still count, but Aeon takes it further when he sucks Team Ebony in his stomach-mouth and puts them through Training from Hell. As a reward, they are now fearless and can use time-themed attacks, but are severely traumatized as a result. Even the rest of Team Quantum didn't like what he did.
- In Mage: The Ascension, the protagonist faction is usually the Traditions as they fight against the "evil, soulless" Technocracy, making the protagonists of Panopticon Quest an Anti Hero Team. The Technocracy obviously has a different view as to who the heroes really are, but given the nature of the setting, most experienced mages or Enlightened Scientists would count as anti heroes.
Films — Live-Action
- Marvel Cinematic Universe:
- In The Avengers, the eponymous team is comprised of one hero, four anti-heroes, and one anti-heroine. Moreover, the anti-heroic characters exemplify different shades of anti-heroism: Bruce is a Classical Anti Hero (Hulk is a Nominal Hero), Tony and Thor are Disney Anti-Heroes, while Hawkeye and Black Widow are Unscrupulous Heroes. Captain America is the only proper hero on this superhero team.
- Guardians of the Galaxy: The eponymous Guardians are a straight-up bunch of anti-heroes, with the team being made up of thieves, career criminals, and assassins.
- The quest in Below qualifies. Gareth runs a small criminal empire; although most of his henchmen are decent guys, they know what he does. Brenish and his friends are highwaymen. The only true innocent is Cirawyn, who's there as a hostage.
- The Blood Order in ''Theriomorph Chronicles qualifies because Warren Hiedler is a Social Darwinistic messiah and salvator to the Theriomorphs, Meredith Young is a Unscrupulous Hero and a seductress, Dalton Francis a mad brute and Rory Kennedy is a idealistic spokesperson and a knight
- The Strike Team from The Shield
- The military team from The Unit. They are a representation of real world US special operations soldiers like Delta Force, Seal Team Six, etc. They are highly trained, efficient, and ruthless. They will do anything needed to complete their missions. Although they operate by some rules and moral codes, they are trained to do things for which the average person would not have the stomach.
- Team Leverage: Running down the list, we have an alcoholic ex-insurance agent who plans and runs cons, a grifter, a hitter with a very dark past, a computer hacker, and a world-class cat burglar. They Fight Crime! and are heroes to many people, but their methods are less than legal, and have involved hurting some innocent folks, as well.
- Team Free Will in Supernatural is composed of a brother who drank demon blood and released Lucifer, another brother who sold his soul to a demon and tortured others in hell, a fallen angel, and an old hunter in a wheelchair. All of them drink too much and can't forgive themselves for past mistakes. They must hide from the law as well as the forces of heaven and hell and support themselves through credit card fraud and hustling pool.
- Person of Interest: Team Machine consists of a softspoken Non-Idle Rich backer for vigilantism who created God, an ex-hitman who likes to shoot people in the knees, a former Dirty Cop, a Sociopathic Hero who just likes to shoot people, and a ruthless hacker/mercenary. And Carter, though she does start to edge towards Anti-Hero before her death.
- The Defenders: Comprised of a jaded private detective who wants nothing to do with the word "hero", a lawyer-slash-vigilante who has to keep his violent tendencies in check, an orphaned rich kid with a lot to prove, and a wrongfully convicted ex-prisoner who's the most straightforwardly heroic of the bunch.
- The playable characters of Tales of Berseria are a demon who eats other demons, a slave who has broken free of his binds, a traitor to the holy faction of the world, a Blood Knight samurai who only cares about beating one opponent, the first mate of the world's most infamous pirate crew, and a cynical witch who loves to push people's buttons, and that's not counting the people they kidnapped and forced to join them. They're outright called "a group of villains" at one point.
- The Star Wolf team in Star Fox started as a generic "evil Star Fox" group, but in sequels, the team becomes more anti-heroic. The removal of the two "scum" characters Pigma (a traitor) and Andrew (nephew of the main villain in Star Fox 64) and the addition of a ladies' man named Panther (who falls in love with a character on the heroes team) gave them an opportunity to work with Star Fox.
- Sonic the Hedgehog:
- Team Chaotix. They'll do good, but they expect to be paid-handsomely. Vector at least has his better moments, such as finding a kid's lost toy for free.
- Team Dark, consisting of Shadow, Rouge, and E-123 Omega, have been this ever since Sonic Heroes. They may help save the world, but mainly for their different reasons. Shadow only fights whoever gets in the way of his goals, Rouge is only interested in jewels, and Omega attacks whatever the former two point him at.
- King of Fighters XI introduces the Anti-Kyokugen Team, consisting of Kasumi Todo, Eiji Kisaragi, and Malin; each of whom has a personal grudge against Ryo Sakazaki, Robert Garcia, and Yuri Sakazaki respectively. Sadly for them, they end up as a comedic group of punch clock villains.
- Shepard and his/her squadmates from the Mass Effect series, especially if Shepard is being played as a Renegade. The squad from Mass Effect 2 is the most clear cut example, as Shepard is joined by two members of a paramilitary terrorist organization, a vigilante, a Deadly Doctor, an assassin, a biotic convict, an asari Knight Templar, a Bounty Hunter, a Blood Knight, a professional sneak thief, and... Tali and Legion.
- The Phantom Thieves of Hearts from Persona 5 are made up of delinquents and social outcasts who feel repressed in their daily lives and use their powers to correct the injustices of the world around them, regardless of the legality of their actions.
- The Homura Crimson Squad of Senran Kagura fame become this after the events of the first game, when they abandon Hebijo Clandestine Girls' Academy and become renegades. While they're technically no longer evil shinobi (though that moniker really didn't mean much even then), they're not as morally upright as the Hanzo elites and are more dedicated to their own personal business than being heroes. That said, they have a strong habit of getting involved against the forces of evil and fighting alongside their rivals regardless.
- Critical Role: Vox Machina is this, which is pretty standard for a D&D adventuring party, best emphasized in Episode 26. Keyleth means well, but is a Classical Antihero with her self-doubt and awkwardness; Tiberius is a classist loner without remorse for buzz-sawing an old woman to death; Vax and Vex are prideful (nearly to the point of self-destruction in Episodes 24/25) and money-obsessed, respectively; Percy seemed level-headed, but is hiding a survivor complex among other psychological issues that are only getting worse with time; Grog doesn't even bother with a pretense of Good, being a Blood Knight hedonist with a Chaotic Neutral alignment and only his alignment sets him apart from Scanlan. Even Pike slit an unconscious guard's throat once (and paid for it). The Whitestone arc also has a lot of the team getting darker and darker, with enemies who are running away being executed, being tortured, and instigating a violent, bloody revolution.