A Dream Team
is needed for The Con
, The Caper
, or to Save The World
. Each teammember is contacted
in a short scene revealing their specialty. This sequence culminates with all the members being in the same room together.
For the animated TV series that uses this phrase a lot, see Avengers Assemble
. For the film known by this name in the UK and Ireland, see The Avengers
Compare with A-Team Montage
, Everyone Meets Everyone
, Intro Dump
, Lock and Load Montage
, Misfit Mobilization Moment
, The Order
, & Putting the Band Back Together
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Anime and Manga
- The manga based on the Galaxy Angel gameverse begins with one of these, but (since there are almost no battles) the montage is more about the girls' individual quirks.
- Spoofed in the final episode of Irresponsible Captain Tylor when Yamamoto calls back the Soyokaze's crew from their absolutely ridiculous journeys to find themselves (such as Lt. Andressen's stint as a nude life-drawing model).
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, Roy's group has a scene where each of them is shown displaying what their specialty is, culminating in everyone being on board with the long hard slog that is being the rebel group in a corrupt military.
- Voltron, (and, obviously, its original incarnation, Go Lion) both Lions and Vehicle Force versions, practically defines this trope, particularly Lion which showed each Lion emerging from its specific hiding place to enter battle. The hiding places reflected the powers and abilities of their respective Lions (Red emerging from a Volcano, Blue from a lake etc.) While it is true that the Voltron team members themselves are usually in the same place when this happens, they must immediately separate to get to their Lion or Vehicle before coming together again. It's a little different in Vehicle Voltron as the main team is separated into smaller teams that are always together in getting to their vehicles.
- The first episode of Transformers: Robots in Disguise has the Autobots issue a battle protocol, and Optimus Prime requests that the Autobot Brothers be sent in to stop the Predacons. T-AI goes over the Autobot Brothers' abilities and personalities.
- Named for the rallying cry of Marvel's most prominent superhero team. On those occasions where the roster changes, The Avengers tend to assemble in a more haphazard fashion.
- In Fantastic Four #1, Reed Richards first summons the group together by creating a huge cloud above Manhattan that bears the words "Fantastic Four" before morphing into a "4." The other three show off their abilities because it's symbolic or something: The Invisible Girl vanishes in public, and being quite a ways away has to take a cab while invisible. (This actually works, though it scares the pants off the driver.) The Thing ditches his disguise, causing traffic accidents and drawing fire from the NYPD before he opts for the sewers. The Human Torch flames inside the car he was fixing, melting it, and while in flight is intercepted by jet fighters and ultimately a nuclear missile — still over Manhattan — requiring Reed to use his stretchiness to save the day.
- It's been joked that thanks to the Human Torch's ... er ... hotheadedness, the actual rallying cry for the Fantastic Four is more like "Johnny, wait!"
- This occurs after the team has been assembled in the first issue of the next-to-most-recent Suicide Squad, where the Terrible Trio Injustice League is put to work doing dangerous missions for the government. As they land on the island their mission is to take place on, it becomes clear what everyone's role is quickly: Big Sir hauls a gigantic watercraft on his back with ease, Clock King calculates the exact amount of time the task will take, Major Disaster barks orders and coordinates the team, Multi-Man frets about what his ever-changing powers are right now, and Cluemaster proves to be astonishingly perceptive.
- The Teen Titans in the comic book had an Avengers Assemble (or rather, Titans Together) gathering. When the Justice League refused to help Raven with her demon father, thinking it a trap, she appeared in the dreams of various teen heroes and rallied them to help her fight Trigon. Starfire just so happened to be escaping to Earth from her captors in time to help them.
- Marvel: Contest of Champions does this with pretty much every living hero who existed at the time in the Marvel Universe, plus a few new ones they spotted on the way. Though instead of a call, they were teleported (without choice) by a weird red light.
- Showed up in a few issues of G.I. Joe, like issue #2.
- Appeared in Issue #28 of The Brave and the Bold, the debut of the Justice League of America, where Aquaman learns of a monster called Starro and uses his belt to signal the rest of the League for an emergency meeting. Most of the remaining Big Seven responds, as is typical of the trope (Wonder Woman breaks a date with Steve Trevor, Green Lantern sets his test plane on autopilot, The Flash takes care of a tornado, and the Martian Manhunter had just received vacation time for his human guise when he got the call), though Superman and Batman had commitments too important for them to abandon (Superman is fighting off a meteor storm about to enter the planet's atmosphere, and Batman is overwhelmed by a crime wave in Gotham City).
- The Defenders in most incarnations are loners, so many a Defenders story begins with someone, often Doctor Strange, visiting each potential member on his or her home turf and issuing the Call to Adventure.
- The four original Defenders — Strange, the Silver Surfer, Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner and the Incredible Hulk — were afflicted temporarily with a plot device in form of a curse that would "assemble" them for every major threat, whether they wanted to be there or not. They were freed at last when it proved to be the work of an enemy who was feeding on their anger and resentment.
- Played with in The Three Musketeers. Losing his companions en route of a dangerous mission, D'Artagnan must spend three chapters collecting them back up and extricating them from the situations their particular personality quirks have gotten them into.
- In William Gibson's Neuromancer, Armitage gathers a team of specialists for his mission: to unite the artificial-intelligence entities Wintermute and Neuromancer.
- Mission: Impossible had an interesting take on this, at least in the earlier seasons: The Captain would take out a dossier full of potential team members, many of them shown engaging in activities relevant to their particular skills, and we would watch him picking out the team he wanted — usually the same core members, but with an occasional addition.
- The premiere of Hustle spent about ten minutes doing this for the four team members, and was narrated by a policeman explaining their enemy to a colleague. The footage from this sequence was used in quite a few TV spots.
- Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, and Power Rangers Samurai open this way.
- A great example begins the second episode of Hoolywood East TV's New Kids on the Rock.
- Leverage does this twice. Once, in the second episode, it showed the team members in the midst of various solo jobs, dropping what they were doing (Eliot had a gun pointed at him and took the guy out, Parker was hanging from a ceiling during a heist, Sophie is attempting to get a job on a soap commerical) to answer their phones.
- The failed pilot for a parody of Mission: Impossible, Inside O.U.T. had a such a sequence for members of the Office of Unusual Tasks. The most memorable was the agent whose cover was as a civilian flying instructor. When he got the call, he told his student something along the lines of, "You're going to solo a bit ahead of schedule," and bailed out of the plane.
- The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Magnificent Ferengi", complete with holding up fingers as each new member joins the team (referencing The Magnificent Seven).
- The Doctor Who episode "A Good Man Goes to War" has a sequence of the Doctor rounding up his allies for a mission. There are quick scenes of them all going about their business (nursing soldiers on a battlefield, KILLING JACK THE RIPPER, etc.), only to come home and discover a big blue box on their doorstep. The second episode of the same season begins with 3 of the main characters being killed one-by-one by another character. Only afterwards do we find out this was all an elaborate plan to gather the team together.
- "The Stolen Earth" and the first section of "Journey's End" function as this too, as Rose, Martha, Jack, Gwen, Ianto, Sarah Jane and Luke, Mickey, and Jackie come together into the Doctor's "secret army"
- Blackadder: The episode "The Black Seal" parodies the sequence from The Magnificent Seven when Prince Edmund rounds up the most evil men in the kingdom.
- The West Wing does this in the very first episode. Toby, C.J., Josh and Sam each appears in a short character-establishing scene, receiving a text message at the end that says, "POTUS in a bicycle accident." The final scene reveals that POTUS stands for "President of the United States," and that the characters we've just seen all work for him.
- Parodied in Scrubs with Ted's band the Worthless Peons. Whenever he yells "Peons assemble!" the other members of the band sprint in from all directions and stand with him. Ted notes that they have to perpetually be within earshot so that they can assemble at the drop of a hat.
- Season 2 of Angel begins with the Power Trio at Angel Investigations dropping their various off-duty activities to stop a Human Sacrifice. A sign of Character Development is Cordelia walking out of an acting class to do so, just after she's been paid a compliment (in the first season her desperation to get into Horrible Hollywood despite her Bad Bad Acting is a Running Gag).
- In an analysis of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, the BBC's USA political editor Mark Mardell compared the DNC to one of these, with Obama as The Hero, gathering the old gang (i.e, the Democrat's core vote) and the swing states together for one last hurrah.
- That Guy with the Glasses annual specials seem to be fueled by this trope:
- The Brawl began with the reviewers converging on a conference room in a Chicago hotel.
- Kickassia has The Nostalgia Critic summoning each member via telephone and telling them to rendezvous in Nevada for the takeover of Molossia.
Nostalgia Critic: It's time.
The Spoony One: Yeah, it's 3:22 PM.
Nostalgia Critic: What?
The Spoony One: I thought you were asking what time it was.
Nostalgia Critic: No, I'm telling you it is time.
The Spoony One: Yeah, and that time is 3:22 PM.
Linkara: I got 3:24 here, but I think Spoony's watch is more accurate.
- The Animated Series M.A.S.K. did this. Once an Episode, Matt Trakker (and once, Alex Sector when Trakker was MIA) would contact M.A.S.K.'s computer to review the specifics of the upcoming mission and select the appropriate operatives for the job based on their helmets (Masks) which gave them their powers, their natural skill sets, and their vehicles.
- In the Teen Titans episode "Calling All Titans," Robin contacts every single member — and there are about thirty! — to let them know to stand by for further instructions.
- The teaser for The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes shows the trope used along with the Trope Namer: When Iron Man calls "Avengers Assemble!" and activates a signal, each Avenger is doing something until hearing the signal; Captain America is training, Thor is meditating on the sky, and Giant-Man and the Wasp are making a son (they are building Ultron, you dirty-minded!)
- In the eighth episode of the show, we learn that the Avengers order each other to gather with communicators that double as ID cards.
- Lampshaded in "Living Legend".
Iron Man: Avengers, Assemble!
Ant Man: We're all right here.
Iron Man: ...
- And Inverted in "This Hostage Earth" when they split up to investigate the different anomalies.
Iron Man: Avengers Assemble! ...Well, actually, Avengers Disassemble!
- "THUNDERCATS, HO!" and a beacon in the sky would bring all of the ThunderCats running to Lion-o, whatever they were doing at the time.
- A villainous example appears in the first episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983), when Skeletor magically summons his henchmen.
- The short The Justice Friends in Dexter's Laboratory does this every time in the intro, and when Major Glory calls on his teammates. Justice Friends, Assssssembllllllle!
- Jackie Chan Adventures does this whenever Jade calls together the J-Team, but it's only a two person montage since Viper and El Toro are the only ones not in Uncle's shop/Section 13 at the time. And of course, when they arrive Jackie tells them that Jade wasn't supposed to have called them and they should just go home.
- Rise of the Guardians has an epic scene at the beginning in which Santa calls the other Guardians, consisting of the Easter Bunny, the Sandman and the Tooth Fairy, in order to fight the Boogeyman.
- Darkwing Duck has a reference to this, in the "Just Us Justice Ducks" two parter, Darkwing rallies his newly formed team for the final battle against the Fearsome Five with "Justice Ducks! ASSEMBLE!" Evil Counterpart Nega Duck just yells "Fearsome Five, get over here!"
- The Simpsons There is a funny one in the episode "The Book Job" where Homie and Bart get their writing team together.
- One episode of "Young Justice" has Klarion the Witchboy summoning various evil magicians for a scheme. Extra style points for bringing them in on the corners of a big pentagram.
- The Mighty Heroes: In each cartoon "the call goes out to the Mighty Heroes" — a kind of fireworks display, which each member sees while at his secret-identity job.