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Ragtag Bunch Of Misfits: Video Games
This trope shows up a lot in video games (particularly RPGs), because it makes things much more interesting. Interestingly, this can also be true when it comes to the players behind the screen in a MMORPG. No matter what everyone does for a living in Real Life, together you still managed to bring down that big dragon.
  • BioWare and Obsidian Entertainment seem to be fond of this:
    • Played with in Baldur's Gate and its sequel; yes, you can include deranged rangers, badass paladins, angsty or depressed elves, psychotic dwarves, insane necromancers and even a former Big Bad in your party. But they do all have their own goals and agendas, and if you violate their beliefs or make them work with people they detest, they will eventually leave your party or worse.
    • Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark qualifies, as your possible companions include a gentleman tiefling with a frenzied demon side; a reformed drow assassin; an either vengeful or reformed ghost of a fallen paladin; and a kobold bard turned Red Dragon Disciple. And all of you are Epic-level. Even the kobold.
      • Especially the kobold. The Big Bad tries to persuade your allies to turn on you. Most of them will stay if you're nice to them at various points, or discovered certain things about them. Deekin will stay no matter what.
    • While the team in Neverwinter Nights 2 is a walking bunch of racial stereotypes, the expansion, Mask of the Betrayer, has you spend the game travelling with a wizard who is a product of some other person dividing their soul; a hagspawn Casanova; an exiled half-angel crusader with plans to tear down a major feature of the foundation of the universe; and, depending on the choices you make, either an undead construct of countless souls of thugs and criminals or a giant fuzzy spirit bear god. It's worth mentioning that the hero him/herself is the manifestation/victim of a spirit-destroying curse with the potential to devour gods.
    • As cliché as the original party was, they still fit under here. You have a Blood Knight dwarf who wants to become a monk, a Loveable Rogue tiefling whose entire life has sucked, an elf who's stalked you since birth, a gnomish bard, a pyromaniac sociopath who thinks she's the center of the universe, a cold elven mage who used to work for your enemies, a paladin having a moral crisis, an angry and bitter ranger with a Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, a Farm Girl who is killed halfway through the storyline, the Well-Intentioned Extremist who killed her, a Stripperiffic Obi-Wan figure from another dimension, and the Team Pet golem.
    • Mass Effect:
      • In Mass Effect 1 the fate of the entire galaxy rests in the hands of a war hero/ruthless commander/Shell-Shocked Veteran, who is backed up by a telekinetic tech put through brutal training as a child, a Catholic Marine with an infamous family history she's desperate to redeem, an angry cop with an estranged dad, a Proud Warrior Race Guy mercenary with species issues who killed his own father, an alien mechanic desperate for her father's approval, and a blue-skinned Hot Scientist recruited to fight her own evil mother. Big, happy family, right? Even Shepard isn't immune. Depending on which past you choose, s/he either grew up without a family and was raised by gangs and violence (Earthborn) or is the sole survivor of a pirate raid on his/her home planet (Colonist) and either watched his/her whole platoon except for him/her being annihilated by an alien monster (Sole Survivor) or sent the 3/4 of his/her platoon to death to capture a bunker from slavers (Ruthless).
      • Mass Effect 2 brings this trope to even Darker and Edgier territory. Shepard's suicide mission team appears to consist of nothing but thugs, sociopaths, and ne'er-do-wells. Specifically, the party includes: a quirky scientific genius/ruthless spec ops soldier with deep regrets, a homicidal test subject with psychic powers tortured from babyhood, a vigilante with a pile of Survivor Guilt and an intense need for revenge, a berserk vat-grown alien supersoldier with existential issues, a cynical ex-Marine with daddy issues (and the Only Sane Man, mind you), a human-supremacist test tube baby femme fatale with daddy issues, a quasi-hive-minded robot motivated by religious zeal (with no issues!), an alien warrior driven by a rigid code of honour to hunt down her own family, the same alien mechanic accused of betraying her own race, a deeply spiritual alien assassin estranged from his son, and, in downloadable content, a sociopathic mercenary out for revenge and a galactic-class cat burglar with a dead boyfriend. You can get a total party kill - yes, including Shepard - if you don't do any of these characters' side missions, all of which solve at least some of their many personal issues. (And yes, that many characters have family issues in Mass Effect.)
      • Both games take some effort to justify such choices in crew. In Mass Effect 1, Shepard is a Spectre, a self-sufficient field agent flying a ship that is technically on loan from the Alliance. The situation with Saren isn't seen as that much of a threat, and Shepard simply picks anyone who offers to tag along; the six party members are the best Shepard could gather on short notice. In Mass Effect 2, the authorities outright ignore the problem and don't provide any help, and Shepard is forced to seek out criminals and social outcasts who are nevertheless insanely talented in their fields.
      • Basically, this trope is what you'll see just from browsing through the War Assets list of Mass Effect 3. Even by the franchise's previous standard, there are groups that you'd never imagine on the same side before Mass Effect 3 hit shelf.
    • Dragon Age: Origins. It's a BioWare RPG, so you've got: Two Grey Wardens (they're a whole order of ragtag bunch of misfits. One is a prince and a former Templar apprentice. The other is you (of course). The rest of the bunch consist of a deadpan-snarking shape-shifting witch from the forest, a redheaded fantasy French bard who was a priest but joined you after a vision, a stoic Qunari warrior, a female golem with an intense hatred of pigeons, an alcoholic dwarven berserker, an elven assassin with very few sexual inhibitions, an elderly Dead All Along mage, a villainous noble champion. Oh and their pet dog. Said prince was actually a bastard shipped off to a convent to keep him away from the throne, the witch had a rough and isolated childhood and so has No Social Skills, bard in this context means spy and assassin who sings, the qunari you free from prison after he killed eight innocent people, the dwarf joins you after you help him find his wife who abandoned him searching for an Artifact of Doom, and the elven assassin was hired to kill you and makes no secret of it at all.
      • And the reason saving the world is up to you is because everyone ahead of you and Alistair in the order, including The Mentor and dozens of veteran Grey Wardens, has just been wiped out. And despite being the Senior Warden by default, Alistair refuses to lead due to confidence issues and suffering a brief Heroic BSOD after the death of Duncan, his mentor and surrogate father-figure.
      • Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening continues this. The alcoholic dwarven berserker returns plus a failed marriage, and the new members are a snarky rogue mage with an obsessive Templar out for his blood, a murderous elven hippie, a bitter rogue whose father is the noble who killed the Human Noble's family in the first game, a member of the Dwarven Legion of the Dead who failed to die when she should have, a Fade spirit of justice trapped in the body of a dead man, and a very nice Grey Warden recruit who dies the second she takes her Joining.
    • Dragon Age II continues the tradition with your younger sibling who is either a warrior jealous of you or a rogue mage who wants a normal life, the widowed daughter of an exiled chevalier, a dwarven merchant from an exiled noble family with a fondness for storytelling and a crossbow named Bianca, a Cloudcuckoolander elf exiled from her clan for practicing Blood Magic, the snarky rogue mage from Awakening who is now much less snarky and possessed by the spirit of Justice who has become a demon of Vengeance, a promiscuous pirate captain with a very large number of enemies, an escaped elven slave with Identity Amnesia, a bad case of the broods and Power Tattoos, a prince/priest whose entire family has been murdered, and your pet dog.
      • A DLC gives you a temporary companion who isn't much better than the others - a female Qunari elf with a penchant to either kill or flirt with any man (especially human) that she sees.
    • Dragon Age: Inquisition has an ex-Seeker (Templar Internal Affairs) who begins the game with the intention of executing the player character, the same dwarven tale-spinner as above with some added trauma, an elven apostate unusually knowledgeable about the magical Rifts opening all over the place, an elven archer/criminal with a perverse sense of both humor and justice, a Qunari spy who immediately tells you he's a spy and runs a mercenary company of similarly weird people, an affably vain Tevinter mage who fled his homeland seeking a way to improve it, a weird spirit (or possibly demon) who looks like a young man desperate to help people, a fashionable and ruthless Orlesian First Enchanter, and a Grey Warden with almost excessively high moral standards. Then you have the three advisers, who round off the Inner Circle: the aforementioned fantasy French bard who is now The Spymaster with a lot of added trauma, an ex-Templar who watched two Circles collapse around him, and a cheerful Antivan noblewoman who serves as The Face of the entire Inquisition. And they're all are led by the Inquisitor, who's been marked by the Fade and is worshiped as the Herald of Andraste whether they want to be or not.
    • Jade Empire features, as the last hope for a fantasy world based on East Asian mythology, a martial artist who is secretly the last of a group of monks who served the goddess of rebirth; his/her childhood friend who is troubled by vague prophetic visions; a former assassin; a hobo seeking revenge for his dead daughter; a loud, outgoing, sociopathic mercenary; a Mad Scientist with a fondness for explosives and flying machines who happens to be an amnesiac god; a little girl possessed by a benevolent demon and his Evil Twin; a henpecked Drunken Master; and a Rebellious Princess who dresses like a cross between a ninja and a belly dancer.
    • How about Knights of the Old Republic? With one game developed each by Bioware and Obsidian, this series is absolutely overflowing. Common to both games are a Mandalorian Blood Knight, a bloodthirsty assassin droid who suggests murder as the solution to any problem, and an astromech droid that controls the ship and is quite capable of lying by the second game. Each one comes back Darker and Edgier the second time around.
      • Characters specific to the first game include an ex-pilot with major trust issues due to a past betrayal, a Jedi trying too hard to be perfect and scared to death of failing, an exiled Wookee, a smartmouthed teenaged Twi'lek, a redeemed Jedi with a powerful temper and a sad history, a Jedi who's either verging on senility or pretending to be specifically to annoy you, and leading them all is an amnesiac Sith Lord.
      • In the second game, you get an old woman whose near-sociopathic dedication to self-reliance has led her to attempt to destroy the Force, a maniacally-depressed and heavily mutilated (mental and physical) former Sith, a former wisecracking Jedi-killer with a lot of blood on his hands, another psychotic droid (but this one has such an intense control complex it's out to rule the galaxy), a Zabarak mechanic trying to make up for all the deaths caused by the superweapon he designed, depending on your choices either an insane evil Wookee bounty hunter or an overconfident and rigidly honorable female human bounty hunter, and depending on your gender either a Badass Bookworm with a few secrets or a soldier whose culture interprets duelling as flirting; and all of these are led by a hole in the Force that feeds off their living spirits.
  • Planescape: Torment has an iconically bizarre assortment of characters to make up the party. Of course, considering most of the game takes place mostly in Sigil, it would have been weird if the group wasn't a bunch of randomly selected and mismatched people and other creatures. It's that sort of city. Indeed, Nordom and Annah are both perfectly mundane for the setting, Fall-From-Grace is odd mostly for the fact she's both an agnostic cleric (there's an entire faction full of these) and an Ascended Demon (spiced by her being a Succubus who's taken a vow of chastity), as the latter is rare but far from unheard of. Dak'kon is mostly unusual for his zerth blade (and, in fact, the githzerai as a whole were redesigned to be more like Dak'kon). Morte, Ignus, Vhailor and the Nameless One are all on the weird side even for Planescape, though.
    • The Nameless One: An amnesiac immortal trying to find out who he is and how to die while he still can.
    • Morte: a flying talking skull with the libido and vocabulary of a frisky teenager and a distinct lack of honesty, able to curse so profanely that he can make a millennia-old demon-witch or a Fallen Angel forget about their magic to instead try and smash him to pieces with their bare hands.
    • Dak'kon: a githzerai (sort of scaly, yellow elves with a serious grudge against slavery) and the last warrior of an ancient order who wield blades attuned to their minds capable of destroying anything, but who was long ago broken in spirit.
    • Annah-of-the-Shadows: a tiefling (fiendblooded mortal) thief and corpse-collector.
    • Fall-From-Grace: a chaste agnostic cleric succubus who has given up on being Chaotic Evil.
    • Ignus: a pyromaniac mage who's perpetually burning and loves it.
    • Nordom: a being embodying geometric order cut off from the Hive Mind of its brethren, accompanied by a pair of semi-sentient spirits who have shaped themselves into its crossbows.
    • Vhailor: a haunted suit of armor kept together by its refusal to abandon its duty to Justice.
    • Justified in that the Mark of Torment etched into the Nameless One's flesh draws troubled souls to him. Furthermore, sometimes past incarnations of the Nameless One helped make them the way they are.
  • Just about any group of strangers that meets up in an online game as a team can be considered this to some degree.
  • Because Destiny Says So, the hero of the various Suikoden games must battle The Empire and optimally gather together a force led by 108 very, very diverse individuals. A minority of them are seasoned troops. Most are crossdressing tea fanciers, elevator operators, cape-wearing squirrels... it just gets weirder after that.
  • The defenders of Kosigan in the Bastard of Kosigan can consist of a bastard half-orc trying to reclaim his heritage, an elf taking revenge for her abuse at the hands of the heir to the county, a prepubescent boy appointed second-in-command of the Grey Guard for no good reason, and an extremely loyal career soldier in charge of the army, all led by whatever you decide the player character is. You even get to lampshade this if you side with Mordred and Alex at the end of the second module, wondering if "two bastards and a little elf" stand a chance against the might of Burgundy.
  • The full party in A Dance with Rogues definitely qualifies. You have a deposed princess leading a group that (depending on your choices and your persuasiveness) consists of (at various points) a sweet, innocent female bard; a chivalrous ranger; a psychotic mercenary/assassin; a pair of barbarians out to hunt down the guy who killed their entire tribe; an exiled Drow; a heavily-stereotyped alcoholic dwarf; and a gender-flipped dead paladin.
  • The vast majority of Computer Role Playing Games, for that matter. In Chrono Trigger, for example, who's going to defeat the world destroying monster? Why, a teenage boy with Anime Hair, his childhood Mad Scientist friend, a sheltered Rebellious Princess, a cursed knight, a robot, and a prehistoric cavewoman (and possibly a misanthropic sorcerer). They needn't bother recruiting any trained soldiers or acquire any heavy artillery.
  • In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, your party consists of a mute everyman plumber with superhuman jumping ability, the monster king who is typically his worst enemy, the princess he has to save just about every other week, a talking cloud that can control the weather, and a possessed doll.
  • Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn's Dawn Brigade, justified as they are a group of resistance fighters, rather then a formal military group, but that justification goes straight out the window when they become the core of a full blown rebel army.
  • Like Fire Emblem, the recruitable casts found in all Shining Force games (and many sidegames) have a large degree of variation in occupation, nationality, class, motive, and even race. It is not uncommon to wound up with an army full of Humans, Halflings, Centaurs, Elves, the token Joke Character, beastmen, and many other fictional races towards the end of the game. Hell, some games even have Ninjas and Samurais joining the force seemingly at random.
  • Subverted in the first Saints Row, but brought in full force when the series took a turn for the Denser and Wackier in Saints Row 2, where you, a gangbanger who survived being blown up on a yacht, lead a gang alongside the plucky young gangster who helped you bust out of prison, a Sociopathic Hero who considers mass murder a weekend hobby, a lieutenant who is smart but constantly ignored and who can't sing to save his life, and a girl who does every kind of drug you can imagine, along with half of the men in the city.
  • Rogue Galaxy could also qualify. By the middle of the game the super-elite pirate ship's crew consists in: a legendary pirate, a Second-in-command cat with a bad attitude, a bad-tempered jungle girl, a clueless young boy mistaken for a skillful hunter, an actual skillful hunter, a cheerful girl, an extremely polite fighting-machine robot with the spirit of a dead child inside, a depressed Ex-soldier, a police-wanted, fired-from-his-job computer genius, and a... something that can fire missiles from his back and speaks with a weird accent, plus a couple of normal human pirates and a talking frog who eats weapons. Insanity ensues.
  • Delta Squad in Gears of War fit the trope perfectly - though everyone on the team is a soldier, they argue amongst each other constantly, are generally a collection of jerkasses, and the (newly promoted) squad leader is an actual ex-convict freed literally minutes before the mission began.
    • It is stated by several of the characters however, that Marcus's trial was a sham and before it he was an extremely skilled soldier.
  • This is pretty much the entire point of Battlefield: Bad Company. B Company is apparently a dumping ground for anyone the Army deems a troublemaker, making them expendable. Plus, the squad featured pretty much qualifies in and of itself: a demolitions man who blew up the wrong latrine and loves to go in depth on his philosophical non-sequiturs, a cowardly comm specialist who looked up porn and wound up giving the Department of Defense network a nasty virus, a chopper pilot whose boredom and subsequent recreational drug use led to an accident that then led to his reassignment, and a weary sergeant who just wants to get out as soon as possible and is willing to take a transfer to the highest mortality rate company in the Army to get it.
  • Depending on whom you recruit in your pack, Spore has elements of this trope. It's possible to end up with someone with his cilia from the Tidepool, and yet he can last longer than the others.
  • Nippon Ichi loves this trope. Disgaea certainly qualifies, even if the 'heroes' aren't very heroic. You have the orphaned son of the demon king, his sidekick of debatable loyalty, an assassin angel (don't ask), Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth and his two sidekicks, the gorgeous scientist and the funky robot, various defeated enemies, and the souls sewn into demonic penguin bodies in the Prinny Squad. You can recruit a ton more weird characters via the post-game, as well as create your own squad of wacky generics. The same goes for all of the sequels, in which you can also recruit previous game characters and cameos from other Nippon Ichi cameos, usually in the form of DLC.
  • Valkyria Chronicles:
    • The Gallian Militia from Valkyria Chronicles are like this, Squad 7 even more so. Notable in that they're not as ragtag-y as most other examples.
    • And then we have the 'Edy Attachment' in the DLC, which is the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits of a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits.
    • Valkyria Chronicles II gives you a group of misfits more ragtag than the militia: Class G of the Lanseal Academy, filled with the laziest, worst-performing rejects the crop has to offer, and Darcsens.
    • And then Valkyria Chronicles III outdoes them both with the Nameless, a literal Army of Thieves and Whores thrown together and forced to fight as cannon fodder as punishment for past crimes.
  • Hiro and the gang from Lunar: Eternal Blue qualify as they, strangely except for the main character Hiro, have some problems hidden from others. In fact, Big Bad Zophar explicitly refers to them as "the ragtag party of misfits."
  • Xenoblade' party consists of a small-town guy with a legendary BFS, his Large Ham best friend, his Back from the Dead Robot Girl-turned love interest, a Big Brother Mentor with a crippled arm, a Lad-ette who's a big Mama Bear toward her little brother, a Rebellious Princess who wishes to avenge her father, and a Ridiculously Cute Critter who cares about food more than fighting.
  • Boots and his buddies from Anachronox certainly qualify: a stripper, a toy robot, two scientists, an alcoholic ex-superhero, and an entire planet, which you at several points were exploring.
  • The Wasteland crew in Tony Hawk's American Wasteland. Unofficial leader Iggy van Zandt is explicitly called "the king of the misfits" for a reason. And with friends like the player character (a clueless farmboy who just got off the bus), Boone (a violent screw-up who couldn't even cut it as a gang member), Murphy (every slimy agent ever minus the money), Useless Dave (whose endless knowledge of pointless minutiae never fails to bore)... yeah, that's ragtag.
  • Lampshaded by Agatio in Golden Sun: The Lost Age: "Well, this is an unlikely bunch of ragamuffins."
  • Every team in City of Heroes (and many other MMORPGs, really) except particularly coordinated ones, given the Fantasy Kitchen Sink nature of the superhero genre, and also the casual-friendly nature of the game where it's not uncommon for the fate of the world to be in the hands of a team that may include one or more of the following: A 13-year-old, a 60-year-old, a drunk, a furry, a hopeless powerlevelled newbie, and maybe a Munchkin if you're lucky.
  • While Raze's group in Mana-Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy is more-or-less a well-oiled group, Ulrika's group fits this precisely, consisting of a fairy(?) larger than Ulrika and far more timid, a guy in an animal suit/ball which said suit carries who can switch at will, a young boy with a machine obsession (and an abusive sister, but that's on Raze's side), a girl who believes curses are "incantations", and finally, Ulrika herself. In-battle, Ulrika's side is a bit more powerful than Raze's, due to tactical considerations and better overall abilities.
  • In Mercenaries 2, a five-person team composed of a revenge-driven merc, a snarky computer geek, a lecherous helicopter pilot, a perpetually drunken jet pilot, and a snarky mechanic, destroys the Venezuelan government, and defeats a superpower-backed army as nothing more than a means to that end.
  • Skies of Arcadia fits this trope to a tee. You've got a Lovable Rogue, a Fiery Redhead, and a mysterious Woman in White as your main party members. You pick up lots more along the way to join your crew. Not to mention all the 3rd party characters that come when Gondor Calls for Aid near the end.
  • Team Fortress 2: A drawling More Dakka engineer. A big, somewhat dimwitted-sounding Russian. A psychotic delusional soldier. A mouthy, trash-talking speedster. A German Mad Doctor. A smooth-talking French spy. A laid back Australian professional killer. A drunk, manic-depressive Black Scottish Cycloptic nutcase. A demented pyromaniac of Ambiguous Gender. They Fight Their Other-Coloured Clones (and more recently, robots)!
  • Invoked in the original Starcraft and its sequel. The original Terran campaign has Jim Raynor shepherding anyone who will follow him across the sector. In the expansion, UED Commander Stukov calls Raynor's forces in the ongoing civil war in the sector a "Rag tag peasant militia," and isn't really wrong (especially with Arcturus Mengsk having taken the title of "Emperor" over the "Terran Dominion."). The sequel plays this aspect up, with Raynor recruiting a nerdy young scientist, an ex-con who's been welded into his Powered Armor, a portly cyborg mechanic, a surprisingly normal First Officer, and the occasional omen from a cold, alien Psychic ascetic.
  • The survivors from either Left 4 Dead game count. In the first, a Vietnam vet, a Badass Biker who hates everything, an office worker who had no clue what's going on, and a Gamer Chick who's flunking out of college. In the second, an overweight, middle-aged Team Dad, a ditzy Butt Monkey with an accent thicker than pea soup, a snarky conman in a white suit, and an Intrepid Reporter and token chick.
  • Your group in Drakengard is led by an Ax-Crazy "hero", a useless bard friend deeply in the friend zone with the hero's sister, a conflicted paedophile, a batshit crazy child eating elf, and an old man making ominous prophecies. Not to mention most have pact partners, which include a snarky dragon that hates humans and a hilariously sociopathic fairy.
    • But it has been noted that since this party contains a child killer, a child eater and a child molester, they are the perfect team for taking on the Watchers, which resemble gigantic winged infants.
  • Zero's party in Drakengard 3 consists of a boyish sadist, a burly masochist, an ageing pansexual, a dashing young man who loves to make up random trivia, and a child dragon. Their leader is a breathtakingly vicious woman with the physical and magical power to crush armies and the blossoming seed of those same Watchers lodged in her eye, patiently waiting to consume her so they can drown the world in blood.
  • Infinite Space starts out rather normally: a boy who seeks to unravel the mystery of the Epitaphs, his little sister, a "launcher", and an ex-thug. As the game progresses, you can hire mercenaries and have some normal citizens on board, which don't seem too bad, but later on, you can also have military officers (who join you for various reasons), ex-pirates, and even princesses.
  • The Fallout 3 DLC Mothership Zeta plays this trope straight. You have to take over the alien mothership with the help of the somewhat unprincipled mechanic Somah, the pre-War combat medic Lt. Elliot Tercorien, the cowboy Paulson whose family was killed by the aliens and the little girl Sally whose repeated escape attempts net her solitary confinement and fairly good knowledge of the ship's systems. Oh, and Toshiro Kago, a Japanese samurai (in full armor complete with a katana) who can't understand a thing the others say (and vice versa).
  • Fallout: New Vegas, includes a Cold Sniper with trust issues, a wandering Eyebot, a cyborg dog in need of a brain transplant, a Super Mutant formerly in the employ of The Master from Fallout 1, an Enclave scientist who has left the organization to try and support a medical clinic, a Brotherhood of Steel scavenger, an always-drunk caravan owner being muscled out of her own business, and a 2 centuries old Mexican ghoul mechanic.
    • The quest "Flags of our Foul-Ups" consists of the player trying to make such a squad (called The Misfits!) actually combat effective. They consist of a small team of NCR troops with a severe attitude and discipline problems; an ambitious young woman who washed out of the Rangers but is still desperate for glory, a bloodthirsty former raider who'll recommend the squad dose up with the in-universe equivalent of PCP, a lazy and immoral snob, and a huge but soft-spoken and pacifistic hick. They can be properly mobilised with the right choices and skills, demonstrated during the final attack by the Legion on the Dam, when your Misfits defeat a Legion assault.
    • The First Recon Sniper Team also qualifies. Professional leader, Shell-Shocked Veteran, Naïve Newcomer, Butch Lesbian and a traumatized tribal. They are also the best snipers and scouts in the whole NCR army.
    • Taken Up to Eleven based on the ending you take. You could easily wind up leading an army consisting of NCR, Khan, BoS, and Enclave forces, while a reclusive group of tribals bombs out the Legion camp.
  • Fallout 2 demonstrates the ensemble dynamic more clearly by letting the player travel with many of them at once (instead of leaving them on display in a hotel, never to interact with each other). These include a one-eyed old man with a metal plate in his head, the son of a slaughterhouse operator who is your potential husband (regardless of your gender), his sister who is your potential wife (again, regardless of your gender), four dogs (two of which are cyborgs), a super-intelligent deathclaw, a ghoul former doctor, a super mutant, an obnoxious racist sexist teen drug genius, a military AI called SkyNet traveling in a robot body of the "Danger, Will Robinson" variety, a tribal warrior with a Jamaican accent and multiple body piercings who talks to the bone in his nose, and a trader of dubiously valuable goods with a missing daughter and a habit of calling you "Boss".
  • Starcraft II — Raynor's Raiders: An ex-marshall turned into a freedom fighter, an idealist, an ex-lifetime convict (who's actually a mole) a mechanic with a modified arm, a nerd, a colony doctor (who doesn't hang around at some point) and a psychotic assassin with mystic tendencies. Phew...
    • Raynor actually refers to them as a ragtag bunch of misfits at one point.
  • Subverted in Pathologic. The first scene in the game shows the three healers meeting up, arguing with each other, then deciding to strike out separately to fight the plague. Throughout the game, they never really team up, and occasionally work against each other.
  • In Breath of Fire I, we have The Hero destined to Save The World, a Badass Princess with wings, a half-wolf hunter, the world's best thief who can somehow fuse with other people, a greedy fish-man, a literally bull-headed strong man, the world's most powerful sorceress and a mole-man.
    • Really, most of the games are like this. Breath of Fire II has said Hero and winged princess, a dog-man with a crossbow, a giant armadillo-man, a near-naked tiger girl, a flower man and a monkey. Breath of Fire III has The Hero once again, the two orphans he ends up living with (one of whom is a tiger-person with Lightning Magic and is a weretiger, the winged princess once again, an inventor/librarian dog person with a bazooka, a mutated ONION and what essentially looks like some kind of Gargoyle. IV is slightly more organised as we start out with a Princess and her (tiger-man) bodyguard who encounter the Hero, but they are soon joined by a Cloudcuckoolander in a robot suit that turns out to be empty and "possessed" by Deis, a stuttering (or in Japan, alcoholic) dog-samurai and a gun-toting soldier woman.
  • Air Force Delta Strike: Delta Squadron is where all the EDAF losers are assigned.
  • Pretty much describes everyone part of S.E.E.S. in Persona 3 or the Investigation Team in Persona 4, but it's what allows them to summon Personas.
  • Most parties in Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura seem to end up like this. In addition to the hero, a poor schmuck who just happened to survive a blimp crash, you can have a monk who doesn't know the first thing about his religion, an overly proud dwarf with no idea what dwarves are really like, a half-drunk half-ogre, the world's smartest "orc", an elven princess, a necromantic fop, and even the guy you set out to kill in the first place. Oh, and a dog who kicks more ass than the rest of the party combined.
  • Eien no Filena. The party that saves the world consists of a transvestite, a prostitute, a dog, and a writer.
  • The main cast of Resident Evil Outbreak consists of eight people at the same diner when the outbreak happened, not highly trained police officers as in the others.
  • By the end of Freelancer, the Order includes a rogue captain guilty of Grand Theft Cruiser, a former security officer wanted for murder, an odd-jobs pilot wanted for murder and artifact smuggling (you), two archaeologists, and two noblemen disillusioned with their respective governments. Additionally, your alliances include a by-the-book destroyer captain, your character's father figure (an eccentric mechanic), and a gang leader.
  • Freedom Force, being a typical superhero team, consist of unlikely people brought together by extraordinary circumstances... and Energy X. These include an alien fugitive with Psychic Powers, a nuclear physicist obsessed with patriotic ideas, a hot-headed Latino from the barrio, a playboy atoner forever trapped in a metal suit, a Southern Belle/witch, a "Shcottish" fisherman with scales, two teens, a reprogrammed evil robot from an alternate future, a high-school nerd with an insect obsession, a former Air Force pilot now a Speedster, a rookie cop and a blind witness joined into a single being, a strange plant lady with a bikini made of leaves, a washed-up British boxer, an ex-thief, and one who is either an alien or an experiment.
    • The sequel adds a half-dead widower, a guy who really loves his Shakespeare, the daughter of a powerful sheikh, an Aztec god in a teenage body, a British inventor with a penchant for poisonous cards, a French fencing champion, and an actor with a jetpack.
  • Every single party throughout the Tales Series.
    • With the partial exception of Tales of the Abyss. While still a bit ragtag in that they stem from different parts of the world and came together somewhat randomly, every party member is either a professional soldier or a member of the nobility with a significant degree of political influence, which makes them well-suited to dealing with the situations which arise within the plot.
  • Operation Darkness: the Wolf Pack combines this with Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot. By the end of the game, the Pack consists of three werewolves, including the protagonist and the squad commander; a female pyrokinetic; The Big Guy, who is eventually revealed to be Frankenstein's Monster, a top heavy female sniper; the world's most transparent Expy of Herbert West; Jack the Ripper; Abraham van Helsing's professor sword wielding granddaughter and finally, if you follow a bunch of unclear steps, a Nazi zombie cyborg.
  • Many Dragon Quest games are like this - in Dragon Quest V in particular, depending on how you recruit your monsters, can very quickly become this when you have your Hero accompanied by a one-eyed, fanged apple, a shroom wielding a hammer and a long-tongued cat... and that's just when you first learn to recruit monsters, it gets weirder from there.
    • Dragon Quest VI is also a fairly notable example. the entire team consists of an amnesiac Crown Prince, a carpenter turned Martial Artist, a young girl implied to have previously been a sex slave, the spirit of a teenaged sorceress, a monk, a village hero who can transform into a dragon, the first girl's brother who decided he had to become the greatest fighter in the world after being unable to protect his sister, a dragon and 8 different slimes.
  • The Cooper Gang in the Sly Cooper series. In the first two games it just consists of Sly, Bently, and Murray; but by the third game its ranks include the Guru, a mystical koala dreamtime master, Penelope, a mousy RC expert note , and two old enemies; the Panda King, a stoic with a hidden love of theatrics and explosives, and Dimitre, a literal lounge lizard who talks like a Jive Turkey. Sly actually refers to this trope while thinking about them.
    "Gang… more like a pack of misfits…"
  • WildStar ups the anti by having an entire FACTION of misfits. The individual personalities are just as varied as the races that compose the Exiles.
  • The Commandos consist of a Fighting Irish Blood Knight with a propensity for Good Old Fisticuffs and knife play who was convicted of striking an officer, an aristocratic Cold Sniper, an alcoholic who swam the English channel on a bet, a Mad Bomber, an American criminal who joined the British army to escape the US authorities, a Master of Disguise, a thief and Russian seductress.
  • In MOTHER series, where most adults are useless, the fate of the world against evil aliens lies upon a group of preteen kids, who would be perfectly normal (if a bit colorful) children if not for their Psychic Powers and/or unusually high intelligence.
    • Special mention goes to the third game: The only people fighting to prevent the world's destruction are a cowardly preteenage shepherd boy who can't quite get over his troubled past, his loyal dog, a teen girl raised by freaky cross-dressing fairy things who has been locked away in a castle all her life, and a smelly, ridiculed thief in his 20s with a crippled leg. Yet somehow, we're not doomed.
  • In Silent Storm, the composition of the Special Operations-SE 2 (Allies) or Abwehr Section 2 (Axis) squad is entirely up to you. You are presented with an array of colorful dossiers on different specialists from various countries. The stand-alone expansion Silent Storm Sentinels has the titular organization composed of former members of both the SE 2 and Abwehr Section 2. This is even more a case in Hammer & Sickle taking place during the Cold War where the Player Character is a Soviet spy infiltrating Western Europe and gathering a team that perfectly fits this trope.
  • Pokemon community Showderp is built on forming one of these as a party and defeating cookie cutter teams in competitive play.
  • BlazBlue: The legendary Six Heroes who saved the world from the Black Beast consisted of a cybernetic white knight piloted by the soul of an asshole, a talking bipedal cat samurai, a sophisticated werewolf butler, an evil ghost-like Humanoid Abomination, a sexy pink-haired witch, and a Magical Girl with split personality disorder. The whole playable cast would also count.
  • Inazuma Eleven series' protagonists are middle-school soccer players who are either overwhiemingly optimistic and determined, angsty pretty boys with Anime Hair, midgets, or giants. Given the game's availability to recruit Loads and Loads of Characters, the list of crew expands toward even more bizzare characters like kids who think they are gods, senior citizens, cavemen, ninjas, samurais, Arthurian knights, Chinese warlords, or even aliens. Again, this is a soccer genre.
  • In LEGO Minifigures Online, you can assemble a team of a chicken suit guy, a fortune teller, a mermaid, a bumblebee girl, a plumber, an Aztec warrior, and a cyclops—and that's just the beginning.
  • Star Ocean The Last Hope: By the end of the game, the crew of the Calnus consists of a Wide-Eyed Idealist, his bow-slinging Action Girl girlfriend, a Space Elf technician, a creepy demon-summoning vaguely-autistic girl, a sophisticated intellectual combat cyborg, a cheery Cat Girl, an enigmatic scantily-clad sorceress, a scatter-brained girl with wings, and a Badass Super Soldier with a laser scythe.
  • The various teams that congregate in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Special mentions go to Team Dark and Team Chaotix.
  • Child of Light has a child princess, a firefly fairy, a coward dwarf mage, a money-minded mouse merchant, a monster guard who's banished from his clan, an orphaned fish folk child, a Golem, and two jesters—one who's permanently depressed and the other can't even rhyme properly.
  • The central characters of Three the Hard Way consist of a selfish and greedy bartender-turned-bounty-hunter protagonist, his more noble Martial-Arts loving best friend, a strong-willed but sheltered Duchess who always bicker with the protagonist, a wandering monk/martial artist/pit fighter/whatever who knows more about the ongoing conflict than he initially lets on and a Really 700 Years Old alchemist with a suspicious agenda and knows the Big Bad quite well. Other playable characters include another bounty hunter who hates the protagonist (and the feeling is mutual), a Lovable Rogue thief who happens to be his niece, a bandit queen, and a former captain of the Big Bad's army. Duke Salem and (especially) Duke Winston appear to trust them more than their own soldiers.
  • Vault Hunters, step up and take a bow. Set as the series is on Pandora, a hellish planet no sane person would visit of their own free will, the people who make their way there are distinctive, combat-ready, and extremely morally dubious - but they get along, generally speaking.
    • Borderlands: A stern ex-soldier once employed by the villains who's generally the Only Sane Man, an alcoholic and colorblind sniper who talks to his pet attack-bird, an egotistical woman with quasi-mystical powers and moderate-to-severe pyromania, and a gigantic berserker whose solution to all problems is punching them to death.
    • Borderlands 2: Another ex-soldier with way too much self-regard (and really nice hair), another woman with quasi-mystical powers who's really very sane and only somewhat bitter, a gratuitously mysterious assassin who might be a robot or an alien or something and talks using haiku and emoticons, a guy who dosed himself on steroids until he was about three feet tall so he could wield two guns at once, a teenaged prodigy in robotics and her attack-bot on the run from the law, and a completely insane escaped lab experiment (and the slightly more sane voice in his head) who reacts to everything by screaming nonsense or going on a bloodthirsty rampage.
    • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!: A sword-wielding assassin trained from childhood who was forced to murder her whole family (she's the sane one), a cyborg mercenary whose goal in life in to turn himself into a robot, a viciously sadomasochistic cowgirl out purely to kill stuff, a goofy helper robot hastily made combat-capable but hopelessly pathetic nonetheless, a surgically-altered body-double of the boss who's really just a scared guy with student debts, and an elegant fashionista and Egomaniac Hunter who may literally be an Ice Queen. Notably, two out of these six become enemies of the previous Hunters and the man they're working for becomes the Big Bad.
  • X Com Enemy Unknown started off completely averting it by having all the recruits come from the combat branches of various armed forces...then shrugged and decided to go for it anyway bit in the first DLC by having your named and distinctive recruit joining up to keep ahead of the various groups out for his blood. Add to that the expansion, where Annette and the Furies are recruited solely so none of XCom's enemies can make use of their psychic abilities before they do.

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