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Ragtag Bunch Of Misfits: Anime & Manga
  • Bleach: The team Urahara puts together to go and rescue Rukia in the Soul Society arc is one these: Ichigo may be The Hero, but he's only had ten days of training. Sado may be a powerhouse, but he's only possessed power for barely a month. Orihime has possessed power for barely any longer, but at least she can heal everyone, and Ishida is the archer whose got a score to settle with shinigami in general. None of them are experienced with either the power level they'll be facing or with real battle, but they go anyway. Because Ichigo's their friend, and Ichigo owes Rukia his family's life.
  • The Dollars gang in Durarara!! is surprisingly this, in spite of their sinister reputation.
  • Martian Successor Nadesico has the corporation Nergal throw together an entire crew of Bunny Ears Lawyers in order to get the best of the best in every field. The character Prospector lampshades this trope.
  • And then there's Irresponsible Captain Tylor, whose crew is mostly composed of the kind of people you don't want near pencils for fear of what they might do to each other with them, much less a destroyer-class military space ship.
    • In the Soyokaze's case, the reason it qualifies is because the aging, broken-down destroyer has been assigned as the official dumping ground for all the lunatics, incompetents and misfits of the UPSF. In other words, every trouble-maker or disruptive element that accidentally manages to get into the military is invariably assigned here, so they'll be out of the way. The doctor is an alcoholic who's been drinking since he was three years old, the marines are all violent slobs, The Ace is arrogant and full of himself, as is the navigator, and the captain is, as far as the military higher-ups are concerned, either an absurdly lucky moron or possessed of genuine great insight but limited common sense. The only outright military and competent crewmembers are Lieutenants Yamamoto (who was assigned as the First Officer in the hopes he could somehow cover for Tylor) and Yuriko (who volunteered to join the Soyokaze in the hopes that she could somehow reform the crew).
  • The crew of White Base in the original Mobile Suit Gundam was comprised mostly of civilian refugees and a handful of junior officers who survived the attack on Side 7 in the first episode. They still manage to score a number of improbable victories against the elite forces of the Principality of Zeon, thanks to the Super Prototype principle and some of the cast developing into Newtypes. And more importantly to Federation command, they made really good decoys.
  • Slayers has a team of regulars that involves an overzealous justice freak who often does Sailor Moon-style poses and failed acrobatics, an overly short Pettanko motivated primarily by greed/gluttony/revenge, a Big Eater Dumb Blonde Badass Normal, and a Cursed with Awesome golem-demon-human hybrid. The extra characters in the party include an ex-princess who worships a monster she made up, a demon with a penchant for secret-keeping (who is also willing to sell out the entire party), and a shrine maiden with an absurd lack of skill in black magic (to the point where she casts carrot-sized fire spells that tickle people) who somehow learned the strongest black magic spell.
  • Both justified and subverted in 20th Century Boys. When Kenji starts up La Résistance, it's made up of guys he knew back in middle school, as they would be the only ones who were remotely familiar with who they're fighting against. After all, it's not very easy to recruit somebody off the street to fight against a cult based on your own twenty-year-old fanfiction. This ends up blowing up in his face for several reasons, the first of which would be that one of those Ragtag Misfits is the cult-leading Big Bad...
  • Eyeshield 21's Deimon Devil Bats. Other teams have full rosters, deep benches and long traditions. The Devil Bats only have 11 full-time team members (eight of whom were only just scraped up for this year, three by blackmail), and they all are weird in their own way.
    • The three helpers are also quirky. The two basketball players lent to the team and the miniature sumo wrestler. Though it feels like I'm forgetting someone...
  • Quite literally in Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei where the depressed-to-the-point-of-attempting-melodramatic-suicide-on-a-daily-basis teacher Itoshiki Nozomu's entire class, the very same people who are supposed to take care of the world of tomorrow, are a bunch of social misfits, mental cases, borderline psychopaths and WORSE... In the end, Nozomu himself comes across as a perfectly sane and socially functional man by comparison.
  • Team Dai-Gurren fits pretty well here. Kamina and Simon, two idiots who had never seen combat before were able to put up a fight against a powerful commander of the enemy forces (through use of stolen mechs they had no idea how to pilot), steal their mobile base, summarily defeat every major general they came across, along with the Big Bad. Their unit consisted roughly of around 30 or so (grew exponentially by the end) people who barely managed to survive on the surface, who were all fighting for a cause they believed in. The Rule of Cool was in full effect here, as well.
  • Division 2, the main cast of Patlabor, is made up mostly of police officers who were either Kicked Upstairs by their superiors or deemed too wimpy or too wild for the rest of the force.
  • The Yang Fleet from Legend of Galactic Heroes certainly gave this impression. It was first formed as the 13th Alliance Fleet, composed of new recruits and the remnant survivors of another fleet. Their first mission was occupying an invincible space fortress, which they succeeded at with ease. Ultimately, the Yang Fleet gathers up a colorful array of characters: an elite combat division of expatriate Imperials, a venerable, old Imperial officer in exile, a womanizing fighter jock, a bureaucratic family man, an ingenious orphan, rogue merchants from Phezzan - all of them led by a Bunny-Ears Lawyer who would much rather read history books than wage war, but who just happens to be one of the most brilliant tacticians in centuries. Dusty Attenborough and Poplan coin the phrase "foppery and whim" to describe the Yang Fleet's motivations in the face of incredible odds stacked against them.
    • One reason why Yang is such a frighteningly good commander is that he has a very keen eye for talent and will disregard virtually everything else, which explains why the Yang team is so lax when it comes to military protocol: Yang handpicked his subordinates because they know how to fight and how to lead, the rest is irrelevant.
  • In Fushigi Yuugi, the antagonist Seiryuu warriors are mostly battle-hardened, ruthless killing machines, a few of whom could conceivably take over Big Bad duties in their own right. The good guys? An Ordinary High-School Student, a peasant farmer, a Wholesome Crossdresser, a permanently smiling monk, a rageaholic bandit, a burned-out country doctor, and a young boy who initially refused the call because he was afraid. Oh, and the Emperor. Subverted in that five out of seven of them get killed, and they actually fail to prevent the god Seiryuu from being summoned. Good only triumphs at the end because of a Heel-Face Turn by the Seiryuu priestess.
  • One Piece. Just One Piece. Though they are pirates (more or less), it's pretty much par for the course.
  • Gintama has two: The Yorozuya and the Shinsengumi. Although frequently in opposition, when they are...pointed in the same direction, they can do a lot of damage.
  • YuYu Hakusho. Somewhat justified in that three of the four are forcibly recruited—the main character has to work for the Celestial Bureaucracy since they resurrected him, and the other two are working for it to avoid imprisonment. They're more or less thrust together with no choice.
  • The Muto Extermination Squad in Busou Renkin. Put together because the only leader who could keep them in line is a General Ripper, and they are on their important task because everyone else is dealing with a bigger threat. Especially notable because they are the antagonists.
  • The Varia in Katekyo Hitman Reborn!. The future arc shows Bel and Levi apparently wanting to kill Fran. This of course is followed by Bel sticking knives in Fran's back.
  • Captain Harlock commands a spaceship full of 'em.
  • D.Gray-Man has this when you consider the people that the Innocence chooses for their users. The current Exorcists consist of: a former circus brat, a teenage girl, a swordsmen who is actually a test tube baby, a teenage historian with an eye-patch, his 80 year old mentor, a manic depressive woman who has lost 100+ jobs in her life, a bipolar man who spent his whole life in a castle, a blind guy to be fair he lost his eyesight on the job, a man raised by a brothel owner, an ex-con, a sentimental artist, a circus animal trainer, a perverted nine year old delinquent with the arguably most powerful/competent being the womanizing alcoholic who can't seem to go anywhere without piling up debts and carts around a dead woman. Not exactly the sort of Apostles of God you'd take comfort in having the task of saving humanity.
  • Sanzo's team and Kougaiji's team in Saiyuki both fit. "Ragtag team" is even used to describe the Sanzo-ikkou at one point.
  • In High School D×D, the members of the Occult Research Club include: the club leader who's also the younger sister of one of the four lords of hell who apparently loves anything Japanese related, the vice-club leader who's a half-human half-fallen angel turned devil who's also a Miko and a sadist, three very ditzy believers of God (the first being a former nun turned devil who's also the ditziest of the three, the second being a former exorcist turned devil who has No Social Skills, and the third being a reborn angel who has her priorities mixed up), a quiet Cat Girl turned devil and the resident Little Miss Snarker, a cross dressing half vampire-half human, the most handsome guy on the school campus and is The Ace of the group, a former Valkyrie turned devil who has a lot of Money Fetish, a Mad Scientist leader of the fallen angel faction, a phoenix who can bake cakes, and last, the Chivalrous Pervert Lovable Sex Maniac protagonist who's a human turned dragon-devil. Not exactly the group who can keep the peace between the three factions, but they're the most elite group of the three factions.
  • Class 3-E in Ansatsu Kyoushitsu. The teachers includes: a super-sonic humanoid octopus, a military's agent (and some of his subordinates), an assassin. For the student who are assassins-in-training to kill their own teacher, we have all kinds of characters that ran from The Casanova to bullies to athlete-in-training to Otaku, but to list a few more notable examples, there are: a Brilliant, but Lazy bully hunter, a Shrinking Violet Mad Scientist, an AI, an Artificial Human who is the brother of the homeroom teacher, some Fille fatales, and a Dissonant Serenity, Child Prodigy in assassination who is so dangerous, he could scare even trained, adult soldiers.
  • Ojamajo Doremi has Doremi (a Born Unlucky Cute Clumsy Girl), Hazuki (a brainy yet shy Meganekko), Aiko (a Tomboy with some Genre Savviness), Pop (A Wise Beyond Their Years Tagalong Kid), Onpu (an ex-Dark Magical Girl Idol Singer), Momoko (a Funny Foreigner who is a bake chef in training), and Hana (the heir-apparent to the throne of Majo Kai). If this doesn't fit, then what does?
  • Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince has Team Rabbits. They are the best in what they do, but it takes long for them to overcome their eccentricities and lack of teamwork. The fact that they are mankind's last hope against a vicious alien invasion does not help.
  • Justified by the Survey Corps in Attack on Titan because only the most brave, determined or insane join this branch that suffers the most and heaviest losses against the Titans. Nearly every elite officer has at least one quirk but because they are so good at their job, those quirks are mostly tolerated. Levi, the in-universe World's Strongest Man, is a Super OCD clean freak. Mike Zacharius has a habit of smelling people as a greeting, which can be used to detect Titans and he is the second strongest after Levi. Hange Zoe has an unhealthy interest in Titans, but there is a good reason she is a squad leader.
  • The Sasuke Retrieval Team of Naruto can be considered this, especially since 4 of the 5 members were considered dead-lasts in the Ninja Academy
  • The Mekakushi Dan in Kagerou Project is built of of 9 members: A moody invisible girl, a nature and animal loving empath, a chronic liar shapeshifter, a 1/4 gorgon fujoshi , a ditzy idol, a mischevious computer virus, a Hiki NEET, a 12 year old stalker and an Android with amnesia. The only thing keeping them together being their shared societal abandonment and goal to save their loved ones from the Kagerou Daze.
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