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->''"Wait, wait. You ARE a rag-tag group of adventurers with unclear goals and good hearts, right? …yeah, [[GenreSavvy 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 give 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 going at each other?]] Yeah, them.

'''This is usually {{justified|Trope}} in one of several ways:'''
* Despite their flaws, they're still [[TheBestWeGot 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]] [[TheOnlyOne 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.
** The only ''essential'' trait is that they are not suspected of being TheMole or otherwise treacherous, and all the rest are under a cloud.
* In case the mission fails, they're [[WeHaveReserves expendable]].
** Alternately, they are ''[[SpringtimeForHitler expected]]'' to fail, so their commander will be free to 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 because 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 saving the world is their ultimate destiny.

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.)

Subtrope to TheTeam. Similarly, Ragtag Bunches Of Misfits come in any size, the PowerTrio, FiveManBand, MagnificentSevenSamurai and even ArmyOfThievesAndWhores for when this trope is magnified to the size of an army. RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude is a frequent subtrope.



* RagtagBunchOfMisfits/AnimeAndManga
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits/ComicBooks
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits/{{Film}}
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits/{{Literature}}
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits/LiveActionTV
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits/VideoGames
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits/RealLife

* The Charlestown Cougars, a fake women's high school basketball team assembled for the purpose of Nike commercials.

[[folder:Eastern 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.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* 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 the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' story ''PrisonIslandBreak'', this is what TheLancer Sonic ends up with by 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 ''FanFic/ShadowchasersSeries'' is set around a team, they fit. 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]]
* In ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', Eric and the crew of the Dreadnought take this UpToEleven - featuring Alice the Cat (a rescued orphan girl), Sonya the Hedgehog (a [[SirSwearsALot foul-mouthed]] JapaneseDelinquent WrenchWench [[spoiler: who happens to be a former princess]]), Shadow the Hedgehog, Fang the Sniper, Mighty the Armadillo, and of course [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Eric]] [[IdiotSavant the]] [[GeniusDitz Hedgehog]] himself. They end up holding their own against Demon forces many times their size, and [[HeroOfAnotherStory indirectly]] help Sonic and friends save the galaxy.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/11590578/1/Mortal-Kombat-Desperation Mortal Kombat: Desperation,]]'' Kotal Kahn and his team of champions (an outlaw, a humanoid reptile, an eccentric trainer of martial arts, a duo consisting of a big guy and a little girl AND a collection of souls) [[EnemyMine reluctantly team up]] with several revenants from the Netherrealm (including two demonesses, two former Shaolin monks, a former Lin Kuei ninja, a police officer, a shaman, an Edenian princess and her mother) and with Earthrealmers (another physical god, a former actor and his wife, an ex-military specialist and his daughter, a telepathic swordsman and his son, and a Shaolin archer) in order to stop a [[AxCrazy power-hungry]] [[BigBad Raiden's]] desire to [[OmnicidalManiac unleash Armageddon on all realms.]]
* In ''Fanfic/MortalKombatVsMarvelUniverse'', you have The Exiled Kombatants, consisting of a former actor-turned-industrialist (Johnny Cage), his military wife (Sonya Blade), their two daughters (Cassie and Ravenna Cage), and the former rulers of the Netherrealm-turned-assassins (Liu Kang and Kitana) joining forces against their former boss (Raiden), corrupted from purifying the Jinsei, now seeking to kill the Elder champions and to bring back both Cassie and Ravenna back to Earthrealm by force. And that's not taking into consideration the Avengers and the X-Men.
* In ''Fanfic/RagnarokRagnaGuardian'', TheChosenMany are Shiro, an IdiotHero and TheSlacker, Saya, a ShrinkingViolet {{Tsundere}}, Roku, an InsufferableGenius with a HairTriggerTemper, and Reiko, a KnowNothingKnowItAll with NoIndoorVoice. Naturally, they are hyper competent fighters.
* ''FanFic/TheDifferentverse'': This series' Mane Six consists of:
** Twilight Sparkle, the personal student of a PhysicalGoddess.
** Moondancer, her roommate who's just as good at research but has a tendency to be rather [[BrutalHonesty blunt]].
** Derpy Hooves, the faithful mailmare of Ponyville with lazy eye syndrome, who is raising a daughter and niece effectively on her own.
** Scootaloo, Derpy's goofy little niece with a talent for speed on her scooter and who loves keeping her friends and family happy.
** Marble Pie, a [[ShrinkingViolet shy]] little Earth Pony who does nice things for others even when they don't realize it was her.
** Coco Pommel Apple, who was adopted into the Apple family as a child and is willing to risk her life to save their livelihood.
* The ''FanFic/FalloutEquestria'', an apocalyptic mix of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'', it makes sense to have a group of ponies who are a bit on the weird side, trying to survive in the Wasteland that is Equestria. Our line up of heroes includes a naive unicorn named Littlepip fresh out of a war bunker, guided by an insatiable curiosity and ChronicHeroSyndrome, a kindly unicorn who escaped aforementioned bunker to become a CombatMedic and is obsessed with Fluttershy, a DefectorFromDecadence pegasus who really likes hoarding things, a gruff undead soldier bound to his PowerArmor, and an enslaved zebra who hates being touched.
** The spinoff ''FanFic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons'' ups the ante, based in the hellhole of Hoofington, and has an even more broken bag of heroes. Our hero Blackjack is a bisexual, trigger happy security guard who has an even bigger need to help others than Littlepip, emotionally and mentally unstable, an alcoholic, gambler, and a LovableSexManiac. And that's even before she [[spoiler: becomes a {{Cyborg}}.]] Not to mention the amount of times she has boats dropped on her head. Her companions include an escapee gay sex slave addicted to painkillers, and later joined by his estranged daughter who aims to become a plumber, a pegasus medic who becomes the victim of forced exile, a particularly violent mercenary who is both immortal and a SoulJar, and an [[WingedUnicorn alicorn]] who is part of a larger HiveMind, serving as a physical dumping ground for any and all unwanted emotions and thoughts.
* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': The new generation of Element-Bearers, which consists of a female Ahuizotl (the same species as the Daring Do villain), a batpony noble, a unicorn and librarian with a handful of secrets [[spoiler:(including the fact that she's actually a unicorn/changeling hybrid)]], a griffon with a massive debt and a drinking problem, a jovial female minotaur, and a Diamond Dog with a talent for alchemy.
* The main characters of ''Fanfic/AnonymoosesMonsterGirlSaga'' are an amnesiac guy from modern-day Earth, a roaming BloodKnight mercenary, a priestess of the setting's {{Expy}} of Ancient Egypt, a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who thinks she's a sentai hero (despite being in a fantasy medieval setting), a former assassin for the Order who was originally sent to kill the previous three, and a centuries-old demon who acts like a little girl.

* 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.]]
* KPop idol group Music/SuperJunior started out as this. Originally a group made up of all the "reject" trainees who weren't selected for labelmate group DBSK, even their company didn't expect them to do well. Now they're one of the top idol groups in all of Asia with a huge base of loyal fans.

[[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 you, 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/Twilight2000'' 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 fan film ''Film/{{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]].
** For a while, Warsmith Honsou - an oddity himself, because his gene-seed is a mixture of the Iron Warriors and their worst enemies - went around with a personal retinue consisting of a thuggish BloodKnight, a CombatSadomasochist who Honsou recruited by driving bone shards through his lungs, a renegade Raven Guard, and a horrific abomination produced from welding science and black magic together (up until he got all of them bar himself killed, anyway). That was just his immediate circle of what probably passes for friends among the Iron Warriors; his army consisted of basically everyone he could either convince or force to come with him, ranging from {{Space Pirate}}s to cyborg war engines.
** The last faction of the 40k setting you'd suspect to have these kinds of teams would be the Space Marines, but even they have them, in the form of the Deathwatch and their kill teams. Officially an elite fighting force of the Inquisition dedicated to combatting xenos in all their forms, the Deathwatch recruits experienced Marines from loyal chapters. In reality, many Marines forwarded to the Deathwatch are misfits and relatively undiciplined for Space Marines, and so are sent away from the Chapter. When a Kill Team of Deathwatch Marines is formed, the team often grow a longlasting brotherhood of misfits, who learn how to deal with their differences to perform a single goal.
* You get these every so often in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', but for the longest time the premier group of quirky but remarkably influential mercenaries was Snord's Irregulars. As the name suggests, Cranston Snord picked some rather strange warriors to form his unit in the early 3000s, with a shared common quirk of collecting--Snord himself collected valuable antiques of the Star League era. Other collections belonging to members of his unit include antique art, weapons, sports memorabilia, the records of Music/ElvisPresley, butterflies, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick harvested/preserved human body parts]]. There's also a bit of a joke that Snord collects weirdos as well. Snord likes to claim he collects skilled Mechwarriors, and while his troops are indeed quite skilled, Snord somehow managed to gather together serious {{Bunny Ears Lawyer}}s in the process.
* While familias in ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' are rarely ''ragtag'' - it would absolutely ''ruin'' their social standing - they can be a pretty weird bunch, because their bosses, the Imperators, are driven by stranger drives than "making teamwork easy" (these are, after all, people who find the purpose of sneezing incredibly confusing). Various editions have included or strongly hinted at characters who are living strains of music, dragons, sea captains, ten-year-old girls who can beat up the US Marine Corps, descendants of TheFairFolk and animated suits of clothes without human occupants, all of them effectively [[RealityWarper reality-warping demigods]], and there's nothing that prevents all of these from being on the same team. That's ''without'' counting the possible inclusion of [[HumanoidAbomination un-people]] from the void outside the universe who have turned their back on destroying everything, who, in third edition, are ''also'' playable.
* The main playable character options in the Glass-Maker's Dragon campaign for ''TabletopGame/ChuubosMarvelousWishGrantingEngine'' are an AmnesiacGod, his best friend who was wished into existence, an angsty mad scientist who may be an unwilling enemy of existence, a near-emotionless teenage Russian super-soldier, the daughter of the goddess of the Sun, the well-intentioned successor to the king of evil, the amnesiac remnants of a witch who sought to end reality, and [[TricksterArchetype Rinley]], who defies rational explanation. Major characters in planned future campaigns include the spirit of the AmnesiacGod's marvelous wish-granting engine (who manifests as either a steampunk [[Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus Miss Frizzle]] or a huge luchador who is the best friend's AmbiguouslyGay older brother), a nine-year-old elf and would-be noir detective with a magical cloak, a LargeHam who wishes to unmake reality for its own good, and the most popular kid in School, who has serious trouble with the concept of not being the most important person in the world.

* 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]].

* In one of the 2008 Toys/{{Bionicle}} web serials, Federation of Fear, the 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 led by an Order member stuck in a HeelFaceRevolvingDoor who makes it clear at multiple points [[YouHaveFailedMe he won't hesitate to kill all of them if they cross him]].

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The team in ''VisualNovel/{{SC2VN}}'' starts off with an amateur foreigner, a high school kid who may or may not be a dropout, and a shut-in who only plays in online cups.

[[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.
* Master Payne's Circus of Adventure from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is made up of an eclectic group of performers traveling the dangerous Wastelands from town to town. Many of the circus folk are actually [[spoiler:Sparks]] who are hiding in plain sight from the Baron and people who might try to kill or capture them otherwise and the rest seem to be various runaways and oddballs.
* ''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 PersonOfMassDestruction and GodSlayer in training who's really a NiceGuy but who's being forced to work for the Tower's most feared criminal and rebellious organisation and whose bosses kind of want to kill everyone else in the team to get him a better one. [[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'':
** The eponymous crew certainly qualifies. Roy is pretty competent in his own right, but his band consists of an ambitious and greedy rogue, a completely psychopathic ranger, a trigger-happy wizard that never stops talking, a dwarven cleric that is stuck in his role as a healer instead of being the nightmare that ''D&D'' clerics are known for and a bard that's as dumb as a box of moldy carrots. Roy at one point refers to his team as trained professionals before adding "Well, semi-trained, quasi-professionals."
** And for that matter, pretty much all of the comics in the fan comic section of the forum do this too.
** At one point [[GenreSavvy General Tarquin]], 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, he can assume they're a team until it's proven otherwise.
** [[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?
** This is also Xykon's justification for having a 'back-up lair'; "You never know, you could be just relaxing in your den on a lazy Sunday afternoon, reading the paper, when suddenly BAM! A band of unlikely heroes put aside their personal differences and evicts you from your own house."
* 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 team in ''Webcomic/RezzAndCoBountyHunters''. The two founders are an eccentric human with power armor and a lay-back attitude, and an AI tryinc to bring in logic and be the voice of reason. Joining them is an alien mercenary with a big gun and an alien biology that allows him to [[HealingFactor regenerate]] his [[TheyKilledKennyAgain many mortal wounds.]] Then there's a wannabe musician who mistook the team for a band and a lizard janitor recruited at the last minute because they needed to fill a medic quota.
* 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]]. The heroic lineup outside that scenario is impressively odd. The core team has Mega Man (who is an idiot), Proto Man (who is the resident MetaGuy and has a bit of a weapon obsession), Roll (who has some fairly impressive anger issues), George (a superhero from another dimension), Bass (who is technically supposed to be a bad guy, but is too stupid to remember this), Nate (a reprogrammed Yellow Demon goo-bot enemy who communicates through signs), Chadling (another Demon, this time from another dimension, who bonded with the main characters over a shared ice cream addiction), Mike (a former villainous minion and very incompetent cyborg ninja), Rush (a sarcastic robot dog with self-esteem issues), Dr Light (a scientific genius and a short-tempered, arrogant drunk), the author of the comic (when he can be bothered to show up), and Ran (a Communist robot who, after his introduction, dies at least a dozen times in nearly every storyline). The list of temporary members is even weirder and includes several villains (reformed and otherwise), more than a few characters from other dimensions, time travellers, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs at least one version of a villain from another dimension, multiple sets of time-travellers from alternate dimensions]], and Bob, the eventual BigBad, who for the trifecta is a time-travelling villain from another dimension.
* ''Webcomic/CurseQuest'': Not much is known for how the main group met, but it is clear that their goals are quite different. Walrus clearly just wants to get his curse removed, and Avalon seems to have ulterior motives selecting his curse quest for unclear reasons. Mogarth seemingly joins the group because he was looking for a job and his personality is drastically different from Walrus and Avalon. The original version of the comic had all six of the adventurers constantly bickering as they progressed in the dungeon. One can only assume what it will be like in the reboot.
* 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 distant ancestor, 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 descendant of Troll Jesus, a [[UsefulNotes/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 employers or co-workers with a burning passion.
** To wit, we have:
*** Sigrun, a BloodKnight and GenkiGirl who considers this expedition was a nice vacation.
*** Mikkel, an omni-competent and stoic Danish farmer, who also is unemployable, mostly due to his tendency to troll his surroundings mercilessly.
*** Tuuri, a sheltered mechanic who desperately wants to see the world outside the fort where she grew up.
*** Lalli, Tuuri's possibly autistic, strangely cat-like and mostly weird cousin. Who also happens to be a skilled night scout and a mage of frightening power.
*** Emil, an arrogant PrettyBoy who is looking for a quick path to the fame and glory he considers rightfully his.
*** Reynir, an Icelandic sheep farmer who ran away from home to find adventure, and got a ''little'' more than he bargained for.
* In ''WebComic/DevilsDust'', the RagtagBunchOfMisfits include an impatient KidHero and a BigGuy who has to work more than he would like to. It seems clear that these characters aren't of best of terms with each other, but they have to work together for survival.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'', because it takes place in a SmallSecludedWorld, the cast is stuck with working with each other despite their oddities. They are:
** Earth, a planet who is almost physically unable to keep her nose out of everyone else's business
** Venus, her more mature younger sister
** Mercury, an office worker who can barely start a conversation without insulting everyone else in the room
** Jupiter, a melodramatic LeaderWannabe with more ambition than brains
** Uranus, a moon-thief[[note]]as in, they steal moons[[/note]] and borderline con-artist
** Saturn, a recluse who would really just rather not interact with people in general
** Mars, a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who speaks CassandraTruth like a second language
** Neptune, an often spoken-over voice of reason (Neptune)
** And Sun, a member of a completely different species who's barely suppressing the urge to murder all of them.

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* ''Podcast/CriticalHit'' is an actual play ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 4 edition campaign that follows the adventuring party which consists of some rather unusual individuals, as per proud TabletopGames tradition. A [[DumbMuscle big]] and fierce-looking 3/4 orc with a giant axe who is [[HiddenDepths more cunning]] than his obsession with [[BigEater funnelcakes]] would lead one to believe. An [[{{Adorkable}} socially awkward]] GadgeteerGenius with a robotic arm who, due to his player's [[BornUnlucky abysmal luck]] with dice rolls, tend to be disaster-prone. A haughty and [[NobleBigot respectfully racist]] young [[OurElvesAreBetter Eladrin]] [[SquishyWizard wizard]] [[AgentPeacock obsessed over his hair]]. An [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan unassuming young man]] prone to the bursts of wild magic and [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent growing hair and claws]] during combat who has [[MysteriousPast no idea]] what you are talking about. And that's before some even more odd characters joined in the later seasons. The party is regarded as a RagtagBunchOfMisfits InUniverse as well, with various people the party meets commenting on such an "eclectic group".
* 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 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. As of season 11, [[spoiler: they're rumored considered to some of the greatest warriors in the galaxy]]... Yeah, [[SelfDeprecation they couldn't believe it either]].
*** Turns out they aren't the only ones. In season 12, episode 10, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Felix was lying about that.]]
* ''Creator/RoosterTeeth'' seem to really like this trope. The entire cast of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', though their CharacterDevelopment has helped them shape up a bit in recent volumes:
** 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]].
** By the end of Volume 5, the two teams have more or less melded into one unit, and they've picked up a few more misfits along the way, including an alcoholic with a [[WindsOfDestinyChange power]] [[PowerIncontinence just as harmful]] to his allies as his enemies, a former thief who doesn't take much seriously, with a crush on the ninja girl, an untrained farm boy who [[spoiler: [[SharingABody shares a body]] with the team's dead mentor]] and [[spoiler: an [[TheAtoner atoning ex-terrorist]]]].
* 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 ''Literature/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.
* Roleplay/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, [[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]] [[Literature/AmericanGirlsCollection a number of little girls]].
* Falling Rain's retinue in ''Literature/{{SavageDivinity}}'' is made up of crippled soldiers, former bandits, slaves, and an elite turtle guard. Said giant turtle also refuses to leave his side so can be considered a member as well.
* 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.
* The web series ''WebVideo/StarTrekRenegades'', per its title, centers on a pirate crew captained by the outcast daughter of Khan Noonien Singh and including a disgraced scientist, a rogue former drone, a genetically-defective Betazoid, a Pah-Wraith-worshiping Bajoran, and more.
* 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.
* The Dragon Maulers Incorporated from WebOriginal/FalloutIsDragons certainly qualify, blundering their way through situations that would daunt most skilled adventurers.
* 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?
* ''[[WebVideo/CriticalRole Critical Role's]]'' Vox Machina certainly fits the bill. Their self-styled group of intrepid adventurers contains an exiled [[BloodKnight goliath barbarian]] and his [[HugeGuyTinyGirl best friend]], an {{Adorkable}} gnomish war-cleric; a [[DarkAndTroubledPast vengeful noble gunslinger]] in a medieval setting; a socially awkward druid princess; a gnomish CasanovaWannabe; and a brother-sister duo consisting of a FearlessFool rogue and a flirtatious gold-hungry ranger with a [[TeamPet pet bear]]. [[AntiHeroTeam Somehow]], [[FamilyOfChoice they]] [[TrueCompanions make]] [[BadassCrew it]] [[HopeBringer work]].
* The Final Hazard from ''Podcast/RollToBreathe'' is a superhero team consisting of a walking superhero database, an overworked intern, an unintentionally destructive rich kid, a girl with no powers or training, a bullied Japanese delinquent, and a sweet eldritch boy. Also, they're all teenagers. Together, they defeat villains several times their size with many years more experience.
* The eponymous TimePolice team in Podcast/PastDivision consists of a fire-throwing dwarven cleric who loves to [[GroinAttack go for the family jewels]], an [[PettingZooPeople anthropomorphic]] [[PandaingToTheAudience panda bear]] with elite ninja skills and [[DropTheHammer a very big hammer]], a diminutive TeamPrimadonna PlantPerson who fights with CardsOfPower, and a [[TheBabyOfTheBunch teenage]] HornedHumanoid whose [[TimeMaster abilities]] clash a bit with her job.
* Tres Horny Boys from ''Podcast/TheAdventureZoneBalance'' are an [[LeeroyJenkins impulsive]] human carpenter-turned-fighter who really loves [[KindHeartedAnimalLover dogs and other animals of all sorts]], a middle-aged hippie dwarf cleric with a plant fetish trying to spread the good word of the nature god Pan to teens, and a vain LovableCoward elf wizard who's arguably more famous for his [[AnachronismStew cooking show on TV]] than his magic. Their compatriots in the Bureau of Balance aren't much better, including among their number a stoner potion expert who loves [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Pringles]] to the point that everyone calls him that instead of his real name, an InsufferableGenius MadScientist that even the AllLovingHero can't stand, a KidDetective, a [[TheEeyore depressed bard]], a gnome [[spoiler:illusionist]] who [[PokemonSpeak mostly only says his own name]], and a giant jellyfish that can cause LaserGuidedAmnesia.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Oh so much. The craziness and interactions between the members of the cast is what gives it the [='InsaniT'=] label after all.
* ''WebVideo/TFSAtTheTable'': The Natural One-ders crew is lead by a rogue whose real ambition is to create a performance troupe. Other members are a merman monk, a donkey-centaur who is dumb as a nail and doesn't believe in his own magic (at first), the world's angriest goblin, a kobold of faith [[spoiler: who's working on becoming a god]], an AmbiguouslyHuman naval officer, a basically-insane sea hag ([[CordonBleughChef who does all the cooking]]), a spy, a dwarf with a tendency to cheat at card games, a ''very'' fat alligator-man who hunts things with a huge blunderbuss, a naga warlock and a nine-foot-tall barbarian who isn't interested in anything she can't fight with. They get up to shenanigans together.

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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]]. And don't forget [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Suki]], the face-painted Kyoshi Warrior ActionGirl.
** 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]]
*** The group leading the aforementioned third attempt is referred to as a "ragtag team" by Sokka, due to it being made up of various allies that Team Avatar had met previously rather than a proper army.
** Jet and his [[JustLikeRobinHood band of Merry Men]] also qualify.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' gets in on the action too. The core team starts with a hyper-aggressive teenager who happens to be [[MessianicArchetype the next Messiah]], a SpoiledSweet and extremely beautiful BadassNormal, a pair of dirt-poor orphans who are involved in professional bending, [[MixAndMatchCritters an enormous]] [[BearsAreBadNews polar bear dog]], and [[TeamPet an adorable red panda ferret creature]]. Counting their more reliable allies (who vary from potent authority figures, to street thieves), you get something of a mess, which only gets messier as the stakes get higher in the later seasons and even former enemies start putting their weight behind the Avatar.
* Stated outright in the OpeningNarration of ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater'': "At his side is an unlikely but loyal crew of misfits."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** The Planet Express crew in general; the main delivery crew is a good hearted yet goofball kid from the 20th century, 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 nutjob century-and-a-half-old mad scientist, a Jamaican paper-pusher who likes to limbo and fill out forms, a ditzy clumsy 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.
** Referenced and Parodied 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 ''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.]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicTheManeCast "Mane Six"]]. 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.
** The team Starlight leads to save the day in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E25ToWhereAndBackAgainPart1 To Where and Back Again]]": an amoral RealityWarper and reformed tyrant only helping out to save a personal friend, an itinerant illusionist and former EvilOverlord with an ego problem, and a former [[{{mooks}} mook]] and deserter from the BigBad's forces who's terrified at the thought of meeting his old boss again, all led by a former cult leader terrified at the idea of being in charge of anything again.
** This even happens in the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017 2017 movie]], where the friends the Mane 6 make on their journey to retake Equestria include a fast-talking conman, a group of formerly RetiredBadass pirates and a bubbly hippogriff princess who knows she's [[YouAreGrounded going to get grounded after this]]. Despite all their differences, the one thing they have in common is they were all helped by the Mane 6 in some way and want to help them too, and they managed to fight back against The Storm King's army.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In episode "Homer at the Bat", Mr Burns calls his remaining players this after the professional ones are all made unavailable in ridiculous ways.
** In "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.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** At the beginning of the second Meap episode, the animators who made the trailers to it were described as a "ragtag group".
** Technically the titular characters' core group counts too. There's a miniature [[TheWonka Wonka]], his InexplicablyAwesome stepbrother, the local bully, the nerd said bully picks on, a bunch of InexplicablyAwesome Girl Scouts, a weirdo who stalks TheWonka and his stepbrother and a bunch of random people who walk in and out.
* The Animated ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', were specifically stated to have been formed because they don't fit in anywhere else. They include the former sidekick of a [[AntiHero violent vigilante]], a [[{{Cyborg}} half-man/half-machine hybrid]], a [[HalfHumanHybrid half-demon]] LadyOfBlackMagic, a green skinned [[{{Animorphism}} animal]] [[{{Shapeshifting}} shapeshifter]], and an alien princess.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Mystery Dungeon" we have Lemongrab, Shelby the worm, Treetrunks, NEPTR, and Ice King. They were all brought together by Ice King to help him traverse the dungeon.
* Let's see. A super fast hedgehog, an innocent two tailed fox, tomboyish princess squirrel/chipmunk hybrid, a sweet half robotized rabbit, a cowardly coyote, a walrus who's good with tools, a clumsy but good natured dragon and robotized hedgehog? Yep. ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAm'' is onto it too.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''
** The Crystal Gems consist of a HalfHumanHybrid teenager living with three aliens: a love-based [[FusionDance fusion]] of an elite gem and her bodyguard, a CoolBigSis with self-esteem issues who should have been twice her size, and an anxious TeamMom who broke free from slavery and was in love with Steven's MissingMom. Later additions are a snarky, skeptical terraformer who's got some serious baggage about being trapped in a mirror for millenia, and a nerdy technician who pulled a dramatic HeelFaceTurn as she started to develop affection for Earth. These two live in a barn and enjoy watching crappy TV and making art (or "[[CallARabbitASmeerp meep-morps]]") together.
*** The original Crystal Gems were a much bigger bunch, but they consisted of every kind of gem that Homeworld considered inferior (fusions, defective gems, gems who wouldn't carry out their assigned tasks), led by a gem that had come to love Earth so much, she was willing to sacrifice everything for it.
** [[spoiler: The Off Colors are another bunch of misfits, hiding from Homeworld's judgement. They consist of a {{Seer}} who can only "predict" events that have literally just happened, an [[NervousWreck anxious]] fusion of two, a serene fusion of [[{{Polyamory}} six]], a pair of ConjoinedTwins and an undead human teenager.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': ISIS/The CIA Freelancers/The Figgis Agency. Subverted in that they fail as often as succeed.
-->'''Sterling Archer:''' Why would you wanna work for those Ivy League white-shoe D.C. pricks? That's not who we are! We're the outsiders, the scrappy underdogs! We're [[{{Film/Animal House}} Delta House]], {{Film/The Dirty Dozen}}, [[StarWars The Rebel Alliance.]] {{Film/The Commitments}}. We're the [[{{Film/TheBadNewsBears}} Bad News Frickin' Bears]], and our Lupus is an [[ItMakesSenseInContext openly gay cyborg dying of sepsis in a wheelbarrow!]]
* The Trio from ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin'' consists of an adventurous FarmBoy with ChronicHeroSyndrome, a [[BrutalHonesty brutally-honest]] CowardlyLion BigEater and an AbsentMindedProfessor inventor with a SpeechImpediment.
* The main group in ''WesternAnimation/BooBoomTheLongWayHome'' consists of; a CuteMute [[TagalongKid young boy]], a [[CatsAreSnarkers snarky cat]], a LovableCoward [[TheKlutz klutzy]] talkative rooster, a SapientSteed, a military dog, and a bee who serves as said dog’s partner and scout.
* The crew of the Ghost in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' is a rebel pilot with family issues, an ex-padawan whose Master died before she could finish his training, a former bounty hunter, a Lasat with a bad case of survivor's guilt, an orphaned 15-year-old they picked up when he tried stealing from them and a droid which likes to electrocute friend and foe all the same.