Quotes: Ragtag Bunch of Misfits

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    Anime and Manga 

With a reluctant assistant cook as a pilot, a ditsy general's daughter in command, and the largest contingent of geeks, misfits and anime fans ever sent into orbit, the poor enemy Jovians won't stand a chance!
— Right Stuf's summary of Martian Successor Nadesico

    Comic Books 

Back in the '60s, when DC super-heroes still sported right-angled jawlines and Boy Scout principles, the Doom Patrol slouched into town like a pack of junkyard dogs with a grudge against mankind.
Grant Morrison from his Afterword to Doom Patrol #20

Niles: Okay. We've got an engineer who locks himself in the engine room on bad days. We've got a gunner who won't fire her guns unless she wants to. Probably the most brilliant man in the navy, can't operate e-station unless he's all fucked up on drugs. And a pilot who humps procedure books at night.
Ryder: We're doomed. But we got a nice boat.

    Fan Fiction 

And the five sort-of friends went upstairs.
It's a weird friendship they all have.
But they have it.
Calvin and Hobbes: The Series, "Two Loons and a Kid"

They're all milling around the car in the gas station forecourt, stretching their legs while Snake pumps the gas, Clover hovering at his elbow. It's empty, which Junpei is thankful for, because as a group they look bizarre. A schoolgirl in kneesocks, an exotic dancer in a sarong, a hulking policeman, an aristocratic young man wearing a monk's robe, and some college kid, all filthy, all exhausted.

    Film - Live-Action 

We spend 250 billion dollars a year on defense. And here we are: The fate of the planet in the hands of bunch of retards I wouldn't trust with a potato gun!
General Kimsey, Armageddon

We're not a team, we're a time bomb!

Ella: I'm coming with you, if you don't mind.
Meacham: Be our guest. We've got a kid and a dog tagging along, why not a woman?

There's no use waiting for the cavalry, because as of this moment, the cavalry is us. This is our fight, whether we like it or not. Just we few. We're not your classic superheroes. We're not the favorites. We're the other guys. We're the guys nobody ever bets on.
The Shoveler Mystery Men


Shelena: Just great! I found myself in a fascinating company! A banished wizard, who can't conjure anything without fainting immediately...
Veres: It's temporary!
Shelena: ...a dragon who runs away from overgrown wolves...
Darkness: Yeah, I barely managed to catch up with you!
Shelena: ...an adolescent with tuberculosis...
(Rest tries to protest, but has an attack of coughing)
Shelena: ...and... a child!
(Virra's the only one to cheer up)
Darkness: And a werewolf with nasty character.
Veres: It's not your usual werewolf... She's a woman. And there's no elixir that'd help you with that.

    Live-Action TV 

This is the crack team that foils my every plan? I am deeply shamed.

Well, it's a Jerry Springer kind of family... but for what it's worth, Zhaan, you're family.
John Crichton, Farscape

Talk about blatant tokenism. That whole ragtag bunch of misfits thing is so 2009.
Olivia Newton-John, Glee

You've each been selected for this mission because you're unknown to the enemy and you each have a special skill. Professor Hawking, John Leslie, Phil Neville, the Wu-Tang Clan, Usher, the Sugar Puffs Monster, and Daniel Day-Lewis; Welcome to Operation Mind-Fuck!

You're telling me the fate of the world is in the hands of a pastry chef, a Harlem Globetrotter, an alien real estate sign-spinner, a dude dressed as Grimace, and an office chair?

Garak: Damar expressed concern when I told him that Colonel Kira would be leading this mission.
Kira: Well if he wants to defeat the Dominion he's going to have to put his personal feelings aside.
Garak: He's certainly willing to do that. He knows the value of your skills. Damar is concerned that his men will see your uniform as an affront. We Cardassians are a proud people. Losing Bajor to a ragtag band of terrorists, no offence, was a humiliation.

It is clear to me that none of you are worthy of my blood or my life, but I will stand for you. And together we will bring honor to this ship and glory to the Empire.
Worf to the crew of the Rotarran, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Soldiers of the Empire"

You wouldn't be the first wayward soul we've folded into our ranks.
Captain Janeway, Star Trek: Voyager

Dean: This is it.
Sam: This is what?
Dean: Team Free Will. One ex-blood junkie, one dropout with six bucks to his name, and Mr. Comatose over there.
Supernatural, "The Song Remains the Same"

What can we do? We're just a ragtag bunch of misfits.

"The thing we're up against, it has virtually unlimited resources — governments working unwittingly at its behest, operatives around the globe protecting it. You know how many we have? Five. Six if you count the dog."
Root, Person of Interest, "Panopticon"


One's father was filthy rich, two was middle class, and one was homeless,
Add in the paralyzed girl in the wheelchair who just liked to watch, and that was the whole clique.
Lupe Fiasco, "Kick, Push II"

And the cynics were outraged
Screaming, "This is absurd!"
Cause for a moment a band of thieves in ripped up jeans got to rule the world.
Taylor Swift, "Long Live"

    Video Games 

The Warden: Don't I have enough armed lunatics following me around?
Oghren: Perfect! What's one more?
Dragon Age: Origins, when Oghren wants to join the party.

Tallis: You think I would fit into your merry entourage?
Isabela: Let's see... Are you possessed? Consorting with demons? A pathological liar?
Tallis: I have six toes on my left foot.
Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin

Have you met my friends? All of them are crazy, and most of them are killers.
Hawke, Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin

Rufus: Who are you guys?
Cloud: I'm Cloud, former SOLDIER First Class!
Barret: I'm from AVALANCHE!
Tifa: Same here!
Aerith: ...a flower girl from the slums.
Red XIII: ...a research specimen.
Rufus: What a crew.

An unlikely Band of Brothers.
The Illusive Man, Mass Effect 2 cinematic trailer

Sometimes, I'm not sure if the Normandy's a warship or a traveling freak-show.
Wrex learning Shepard has a Prothean on the team, Mass Effect 3

Two air pirates, a Silvite, two crazy old men, a snot-nosed brat, and an airsick prince! Valua doesn't stand a chance against us.
Vyse, Skies of Arcadia

Gig: You keep some damn strange company, kid.
Dio: Ah! But that must be the secret to your success!

We're a sorry bunch of losers!
The Demoman, Team Fortress 2


Thief: Our usual strategies aren't working here, RM.
Red Mage: You mean bungle around and let White Mage sort it out later?

Red Mage: What happened to us? Sidequests used to fall into our laps. Now everyone mistakes us for clowns or perverts.
Black Mage: Well, to be fair, that's not so much incorrect as imprecise.

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.

Is it true what they say about ragtag bands of misfits? Because if it is, we're pretty much invincible.
Matt, Murphys Law

Xykon: So, does the warranty on this cover being destroyed when your dungeon is accidentally blown up by a ragtag band of dysfunctional heroes?
Salesman: How rag-tag are we talking here?

Wait, wait. You ARE a rag-tag group of adventurers with unclear goals and good hearts, right? ...Yeah, you people are my LARGEST threat.

    Web Original 

So... we got carrot head, talking deer and the pervert chef. Must be one hell of a crew once we get them all together, huh?

[A] career supervillain, a killer robot AI with tits, and a crazy teenage mutant girl who had her soul gang-banged in Limbo...
Jack Fisher describing Cyclops's activist group.

    Western Animation 

Fry: Why would you want to be normal? You're better than normal. You're abnormal, and that's what makes you great! Like Dr. Zoidberg. He's a weird monster who smells like he eats garbage, and does.
Dr. Zoidberg: Damn right!
Fry: The Professor's a senile, amoral crackpot...
Farnsworth: (cackles)
Fry: Amy's a klutz from Mars...
Amy: (crash) Floops!
Fry: Hermes is a Rastafarian accountant...
Hermes: Tally me banana!
Professor: And Fry, you've got that brain thing.
Fry: I already did!

Raven: I don't exactly... fit in.
Cyborg: He's green, half of me is metal, and she's from space. You fit in fine.

Ugh! What's so special about your friends?! How can a group of ponies that are so different be so important?!
Starlight Glimmer describing the Mane Six, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic