Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
aka: Rag Tag Band Of Misfits

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"Steal from everyone."

"Wait, wait. You ARE a rag-tag group of adventurers with unclear goals and good hearts, right? …yeah, you people are my LARGEST threat."
Galgarion, RPG World

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 jerkasses who are trying to off their commander when they aren't going at each other? Yeah, them.

This is usually justified in one of several ways:

Of course, the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits will eventually have a Misfit Mobilization Moment 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 Convicted Innocent, or the Officer and a Gentleman who's been stodgy and uptight just before making a Heroic Sacrifice.

If the characters were not forced on the team—Condemned Contestant, Boxed Crook—they often join to be Lonely Together. To contrast their diversity, their enemies will likely be all homogenous in one way, typically by being highly collaborative professionals.

Compare with Character-Magnetic Team and Hitchhiker Heroes.

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 farm animals, with Improvised Training, who are almost guaranteed to pull out 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 The Team. Similarly, Ragtag Bunches Of Misfits come in any size, the Power Trio, Five-Man Band, Magnificent Seven Samurai and even Army of Thieves and Whores for when this trope is magnified to the size of an army. Recruit Teenagers with Attitude is a frequent subtrope.


Examples:

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

    Eastern Animation 
  • Dreamkix is about a group of Funny Animals 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 adorkably determined Dachshund, a surly Scottish sheep, and a chicken who often forgets he's playing soccer in the first place.

    Fan Works 
  • The main group from the Calvinverse: a Book Dumb Gadgeteer Genius, a Cowardly Lion, a prankster Cloudcuckoolander, a Jerkass Bungling Inventor, and finally a nerd who's also the Only Sane Man.
  • The heroes in Horseshoes and Hand Grenades (or rather, one of it's side-stories A Month of Sundays): A sweet Camera Fiend who loves people's smiles, a Glee Club (with one being a Ninja and the other a Samurai), a Huge Schoolgirl who wields a vaulting pole, a cheerleader with a huge Sweet Tooth, and a Japanese Delinquent who was once a former monster called a Zodiarts.
  • The protagonists in Warriors of the World: Soldiers of Fortune: a Knight in Sour Armor with a Dark and Troubled Past reluctantly teams up with a Chick Magnet Squishy Wizard, an Insufferable Genius Sexy Priest, a Knife Nut Nice Guy, a quiet Big Guy, an Innocently Insensitive Wide-Eyed Idealist and his Hot Scientist half-sister and an Only Sane Woman Church Militant. They start getting on well with each other once they determine exactly what they're meant to be doing.
  • In the Sonic the Hedgehog story Prison Island Break, this is what The Lancer Sonic ends up with by having a psychopath for his cellmate.
  • The protagonists in Ronman the Barbarian (a Conan the Barbarian-esque Kim Possible 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 "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 Shadowchasers Series is set around a team, they fit. The most ragtag group is in Shadowchasers: Backwater; 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 
  • In Sonic X: Dark Chaos, Eric and the crew of the Dreadnought take this Up to Eleven - featuring Alice the Cat (a rescued orphan girl), Sonya the Hedgehog (a foul-mouthed Japanese Delinquent Wrench Wench who happens to be a former princess), Shadow the Hedgehog, Fang the Sniper, Mighty the Armadillo, and of course Eric the Hedgehog himself. They end up holding their own against Demon forces many times their size, and indirectly help Sonic and friends save the galaxy.
  • In 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) 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 power-hungry Raiden's desire to unleash Armageddon on all realms.
  • In Mortal Kombat Vs Marvel Universe, 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 Ragnarok: Ragna Guardian, The Chosen Many are Shiro, an Idiot Hero and The Slacker, Saya, a Shrinking Violet Tsundere, Roku, an Insufferable Genius with a Hair-Trigger Temper, and Reiko, a Know-Nothing Know-It-All with No Indoor Voice. Naturally, they are hyper competent fighters.
  • The Differentverse: This series' Mane Six consists of:
    • Twilight Sparkle, the personal student of a Physical Goddess.
    • Moondancer, her roommate who's just as good at research but has a tendency to be rather 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 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 Fallout: Equestria, an apocalyptic mix of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and 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 Chronic Hero Syndrome, a kindly unicorn who escaped aforementioned bunker to become a Combat Medic and is obsessed with Fluttershy, a Defector from Decadence pegasus who really likes hoarding things, a gruff undead soldier bound to his Power Armor, and an enslaved zebra who hates being touched.
    • The spinoff Fallout: Equestria - Project Horizons 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 Lovable Sex Maniac. And that's even before she 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 Soul Jar, and an alicorn who is part of a larger Hive Mind, serving as a physical dumping ground for any and all unwanted emotions and thoughts.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: 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 (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.

    Music 
  • Mötley Crüe got its name from this trope. Mick Mars recalled playing in another band in which a fellow member had described the group as "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 Studio Chatter 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 halberds and 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 Ensign Newbie to lead the "army" to conquer France. Miraculously, they succeed. The song is based on historical events.
  • K Pop idol group Super Junior 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.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Blood Bowl 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 Dungeons & Dragons party ever, with few exceptions. See also the Video Games section and how they talk about the various RPGs; 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 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 Twilight: 2000 is. By the year 2000 US Army units included lots and lots of personnel who were hardly regular army: other NATO military personnel from defunct units, deserters from the other side, and even local recruits. The 1st edition rulebook recommends that at least half of the group be American, but anything else goes.
  • Taken to an extreme, as is everything in the Warhammer 40,000 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 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 von Remus, sidekick Corris, big guy Wodan and their resident tech-priest Oktavian, all kept under close watch by more straight-laced PDF sergeant Adeodatus and his sidekick 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 Commander Brightsword note , Commander Bravestorm note , Commander Arra'kon note , Commander Sha'vastos note , Sub-commander Torchstar note , Broadside Shas'vre Ob'lotai 9-0 note , and Honour-Shas'vre O'vesa 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 Blood Knight, a Combat Sadomasochist 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 Pirates 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 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 Elvis Presley, butterflies, and 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 Lawyers in the process.
  • While familias in 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 The Fair Folk and animated suits of clothes without human occupants, all of them effectively 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 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 Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine are an Amnesiac God, 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 Rinley, who defies rational explanation. Major characters in planned future campaigns include the spirit of the Amnesiac God's marvelous wish-granting engine (who manifests as either a steampunk Miss Frizzle or a huge luchador who is the best friend's Ambiguously Gay older brother), a nine-year-old elf and would-be noir detective with a magical cloak, a Large Ham 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.

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    Visual Novels 
  • The team in 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.

    Web Comics 
  • A Girl and Her Fed 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.
  • Crimson Dark also has the Ragtag Bunch Of Misfits IN SPACE!
  • The second season of Tower of God features Team Tangsooyook (Sweet and Sour Pork Bowl in Korean). It is comprised of the Boisterous Weakling Ja Wangnan, who wants to become King of the Tower, The Proud Elite Yeon Yihwa who has insecurities because of her Power Incontinence, a young school girl, a slightly older school girl, a Papa Wolf who has a rather strained relationship with his charge, the son of a Loan Shark and mob boss who just realized that he was relatively useless, a Gentle Giant whose power is so deadly that he has to always hold back and finally, a wanted criminal who gained recent notoriety. This is going to be one smooth ride.
  • Last Res0rt sees this and raises you a Reality Show. Of course, they don't really DO anything of worldly importance (yet), but still, there they are.
  • Lampshaded and subverted in 8-Bit Theater, 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 RPG World consists of an Idiot Hero, a thief chick who's the sarcastic Only Sane Man, two "cute fuzzy things", a prostitute mage, an extremely perverted White Hair, Black Heart, an engineer pirate with two (not so helpful) robot assistants, and a punk breakdancer.
  • The Last Days of FOXHOUND portrays FOXHOUND (the Quirky Miniboss Squad of Metal Gear Solid) 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.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • 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 General Tarquin aka, Elan and Nale's father, despite being initially unaware of the composition or existence of the Order of the Stick, deduces that it is a team almost immediately upon meeting all the individual members, largely because he recognizes that when a bunch of weirdly competent but oddly diverse individuals show up out of nowhere, he can assume they're a team until it's proven otherwise.
    • 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 No Rest for the Wicked, November acquires anthropomorphic cat Perrault (intentionally), the Ax-Crazy Red by accident, and Claire after they happen to rescue her from being burnt at the stake.
  • The main cast of Sluggy Freelance consists of a kinda dim freelance web designer, a Mad Scientist obsessed with guns and explosives, a witch who's occasionally possessed by her Tome of Eldritch Lore, an occasional camel, a shapeshifting alien, a hyperactive ferret, and the most dangerous and evil rabbit on the face of the Earth. Despite not making it a mission to fight evil, they've actually saved the world a number of times, mostly because apocalyptic matters seem to 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.
  • Teh Gladiators features as its protagonists not the seasoned World of Warcraft 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 Only Sane Man; his companions include Vallant, the human (sort of) hunter who's a ditz with Accidental Aiming Skills; and Spin, a Tauren hippie who has no combat skills whatsoever. They are joined at various times by a pair of lecherous murloc Mad Scientists and Leeroy Jenkins, the Trope Namer of World of Warcraft fame. Yet somehow they manage to win.
  • In Electric Wonderland, a Fiery Redhead Intrepid Reporter decides to end corruption through a hard-hitting, independently published newspaper. Who does she hire to help write? An unemployed Highly Visible Ninja, a Stepford Smiler with a mushroom costume, an outcasted Magical Girl, a talking bull who's Too Dumb to Live, and a Bratty Half-Pint 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 Nami Warriors, the main characters are definitively this, to the point that at least one of them directly acknowledges that this is the case.
  • Bob and George: 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 Meta Guy 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, at least one version of a villain from another dimension, multiple sets of time-travellers from alternate dimensions, and Bob, the eventual Big Bad, who for the trifecta is a time-travelling villain from another dimension.
  • Curse Quest: 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.
  • Pibgorn: A love-struck idiot, a homicidal digital maiden, and a omnipotent clueless succubus
  • Mindflayed even 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 Sinfest, Tangerine looks to be ready to form one.
  • CK's crew from Commander Kitty includes Fluffy, a Cute Kitten and Cloudcuckoolander Mittens, CK's Bumbling Sidekick who's also a total slacker, and Socks, a genius ferret engineer with a serious language barrier.
  • Contra Farce features one competent mercenary and three incompetent goofballs. They were the best Deputy Mayor Simmons could afford.
  • In Hivebent, who gets to play Sgrub and create a new universe (Because Destiny Says So)? 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 Eldritch Abomination, a bloodthirsty nobleman mourning his recent breakup, a perpetually angry mutant who's the descendant of Troll Jesus, a 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 their section of the plot goes to hell.
  • The protagonists of Stand Still, Stay Silent 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 stupid, desperate, incredibly bored with their lives or hate their current employers or co-workers with a burning passion.
    • To wit, we have:
      • Sigrun, a Blood Knight and Genki Girl 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 Pretty Boy 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 Devils Dust, the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits include an impatient Kid Hero and a Big Guy 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 Nebula, because it takes place in a Small, Secluded World, 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 Leader Wannabe with more ambition than brains
    • Uranus, a moon-thiefnote  and borderline con-artist
    • Saturn, a recluse who would really just rather not interact with people in general
    • Mars, a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who speaks Cassandra Truth 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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     Western Animation  
  • Played with in Transformers: Beast Wars. 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 Defector from Decadence, but the Predacon antagonists fit the trope even better, backstabbing, scheming, and jockeying for position constantly.
    • Similarly invoked in Transformers Animated, 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 South Park episode "Conjoined Fetus Lady", who make it all the way to the finals much to their own shock and dismay.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • The responsibility of defeating the Fire Nation and saving the world rests entirely with a 12-year-old goofball of a Messiah and the various other children he picks up along the way. These include a fourteen year old untrained water-bender, a fifteen year old wannabe warrior, a twelve year old spoiled runaway earth-bender and the angsty banished prince of the enemy. And don't forget Suki, the face-painted Kyoshi Warrior Action Girl.
    • 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 dour Knife Nut and a Cloudcuckoolander acrobat, 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 band of Merry Men also qualify.
    • The Legend of Korra gets in on the action too. The core team starts with a hyper-aggressive teenager who happens to be the next Messiah, a Spoiled Sweet and extremely beautiful Badass Normal, a pair of dirt-poor orphans who are involved in professional bending, an enormous polar bear dog, and 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 Opening Narration of The Pirates of Dark Water: "At his side is an unlikely but loyal crew of misfits."
  • 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 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 Robot Chicken sketch parodying Armageddon, where the leader was chosen by call-in votes. The winner was Harrison Ford, who protests "I'm just an actor! I'm 62 years old!" but everyone expects him to act like a movie hero. 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.
  • G.I. Joe: Renegades 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 the original series and 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 Action Girl, a scientist (original series)/arrogant prince (reboot), two Tagalong Kids, and the Team Pet.
  • Ben 10: Alien Force focused (or was supposed to be focused at least) on Ben assembling a team from various Half-Human Hybrids to stop an Alien Invasion. In the finale, he assembles said team, which ends up made of himself, his Magical Girl cousin Gwen, his former Nemesis Kevin Levin, Time Travelling scientist Paradox, his Love Interest Julie and her alien pet Ship, Half-Pyronite Alan Albright, Technopath Cooper and 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 Family Guy episode "Spies Reminiscent of Us" Vladimir Putin notes the reactivation of a Cold War sleeper spy would be an embarrassment equal to, "our 1981 failed Czechoslovakian occupation outpost which was penetrated by Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and their ragtag band of misfit soldiers who didn't even graduate."
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The "Mane Six". They're a graduate student taught by a Physical Goddess, 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 Nightmare Moon and Discord (due to the 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 "To Where and Back Again": an amoral Reality Warper and reformed tyrant only helping out to save a personal friend, an itinerant illusionist and former Evil Overlord with an ego problem, and a former mook and deserter from the Big Bad'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.
  • In The Simpsons:
    • 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.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • 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 Wonka, his Inexplicably Awesome stepbrother, the local bully, the nerd said bully picks on, a bunch of Inexplicably Awesome Girl Scouts, a weirdo who stalks The Wonka and his stepbrother and a bunch of random people who walk in and out.
  • The Animated Teen Titans, were specifically stated to have been formed because they don't fit in anywhere else. They include the former sidekick of a violent vigilante, a half-man/half-machine hybrid, a half-demon Lady of Black Magic, a green skinned animal shapeshifter, and an alien princess.
  • In the Adventure Time 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. Sonic Sat Am is onto it too.
  • In Steven Universe, Jasper isn't exactly impressed by what's left of the Crystal Gem rebel forces. To quote her, Pearl is "defective", Garnet's a "shameful display", Amethyst is an "over-cooked runt", and Steven is just "sick". In her opinion they're far cry from the formidable rebel army led by Rose Quartz that Jasper fought against thousands of years ago.
  • 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 Delta House, The Dirty Dozen, The Rebel Alliance. The Commitments. We're the Bad News Frickin' Bears, and our Lupus is an openly gay cyborg dying of sepsis in a wheelbarrow!
  • The Trio from The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin consists of an adventurous Farm Boy with Chronic Hero Syndrome, a brutally-honest Cowardly Lion Big Eater and an Absent-Minded Professor inventor with a Speech Impediment.
  • The main group in Boo Boom! The Long Way Home consists of; a Cute Mute young boy, a snarky cat, a Lovable Coward klutzy talkative rooster, a Sapient Steed, a military dog, and a bee who serves as said dog’s partner and scout.
  • The crew of the Ghost in Star Wars Rebels 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.

Alternative Title(s): Rag Tag Band Of Misfits

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