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Misery loves company.

A gang of misfits whom no one likes and/or don't like themselves (and perhaps each other by extension) get together or an elder, often a Zen Survivor, brings them together. A circle of True Companions forms out of everyone's lives sucking so much they ended up stuck with each other. If they actually want to stick together because otherwise they would be alone, they are Lonely Together.

Very common in superhero teams who, while, fighting evil, tend not to have flashy headquarters or get a lot of public support or respect. Also could be used for villains, when they're not qualified to be a Quirky Miniboss Squad. The villain version is usually led by a Straw Nihilist.

A concise way of saying it: most, if not all of the cast, in the group count as The Woobie (or at least have a lot of Angst) in their own individual way, even if it may not seem so at first.


Named after the classic teen film The Breakfast Club.

Compare Ragtag Bunch of Misfits.


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    Audio Play 
  • The Elysium Project has the group of escaped test subjects that the story centers around. They've all been lied to and experimented on for years and now they're constantly running for their lives, but their shared trauma has brought them together.

    Comic Books 
  • The Teen Titans, both the original team (through ret-cons and Character Development) and especially the New Teen Titans.
  • For a villainous version — most of The Flash's Rogues Gallery have formed a tight little group (actually referred to as "the Rogues"), and they come off this way.


  • The Sun Also Rises is about a Breakfast Club of American expatriates living in France in The Roaring '20s. The group consists of a World War I veteran (who is impotent due to an injury sustained during the war), a jaded Christmas Cake party girl, and a shy guy who just wants everyone to get along. However, the book deconstructs the trope, showing how each person's problems actually annoys and alienates the others to where many of them can't stand each other. If anything, everybody (save Bill) ends up more miserable than they started out.
  • The book Clean even lampshades this, with Chris saying, "We're kind of like a fucked-up version of that movie The Breakfast Club."
  • The victors in The Hunger Games lean towards this. At least, the ones who aren't trying to kill each other. Katniss, Peeta, Finnick and sort of Johanna, for the most part, and also Wiress and Beetee at first and Annie later. They're implied to have been more like this before the twist of the Quarter Quell (i.e., that they'd be competing to kill each other now) was announced. Katniss notes they (both competing victors and the victors mentoring them) are much more social than the usual pack of brand-new scared kids are every year. Haymitch in particular is seriously bothered by the whole thing, at one point telling Katniss and Peeta that he didn't want to be responsible for them getting his friends killed off.
  • The Losers Club in It are a particularly messed up version of this, as they are a group of youths (later adults) who are brought together by an omnipresent being known as the other to battle shapeshifting Monster Clown Pennywise. For two brief periods of time, they rely on each other, only to move away and forget about each other. The casting of a girl who looks a little like Molly Ringwald in It (2017) only makes it more obvious.

    Live Action TV 
  • Dead Like Me. The main cast regularly eat breakfast together at a Greasy Spoon, as well, making them a literal example of the trope name.
  • Most definitely the cast of Lexx, though the robot head guy would not qualify as The Woobie.
  • The members of the 4077th M* A* S* H. It's not so much that no one liked them at home (except maybe for Frank Burns) and more like they all happen to be stuck in a war zone together (they hate it). In one episode Hawkeye compares it to people who crowd under building overhangs during a rain storm.
  • Cheers . Even the theme song is about this.
  • Misfits, oh so much. Five low-grade criminal teens find themselves united by social alienation, superpowers, and the accidental murder of their rampaging Ax-Crazy zombie probation worker.
  • Community. Lampshaded mercilessly in the pilot.
  • Deconstructed on 3rd Rock from the Sun. Harry goes to night classes to get his GED. He takes advice from Tommy on how to act like the Big Man on Campus, but eventually comes to realize everyone there is from disparate age groups and backgrounds and that trying to act cool is completely pointless. Eventually, he finds a study group like this.
  • The four mains of Gossip Girl, Nate, Chuck, Blair and Serena, call themselves the Non-Judging Breakfast Club. The foursome grew close as kids when none of them had reliable parents and it's been mentioned that they more or less raised each other.
  • The Inbetweeners: The four friends at times seem like they have little reason to be friends due to their contrasting personalities. At the same time, their misfit status in school means that they're the only people who can stand each other.
  • Chickens: Cecil, George, and Bert. The only similarity they have is that they're the only men left in their after WWI has started. As a result, they end up being forced to bond.
  • Red Band Society: A group of kids who have nothing in common except for being in hospital together? Big tick.
  • Leverage: Five self-proclaimed loners discover that their whole is more than the sum of their parts, at first professionally, but increasingly emotionally as the series progresses.

  • Billy Joel's "Piano Man". The bar is full of lonely, sad people drowning their sorrows "sharing a drink they call Loneliness, but it's better than drinking alone".

  • This is how Daigo created his gang of delinquents in Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues, by gathering together fellow teenagers who were ostracized or bullied by their peers. While they were originally eager to follow Daigo in his rebellion against those who put them down, some of the members grew increasingly wary as Daigo experienced a huge uptick in violence after gaining superpowers, to the point that a couple of them broke ties with the gang completely.

    Video Games 
  • The companions of Dragon Age II could be called the Breakfast Club of RPGs without being much of a stretch. Suffice it to say they all have massive issues, shaky self-worth, questionable social skills at best, and no-one looking out for them but each other. The glue holding this motley crew together is a Fight Magnet refugee who can be anything from diplomat to Sad Clown to highwayman. They stay together for six years (although a lot of that's covered by time-jumps), and meet up for drinks and card games when they're not out killing people. Unlike the average Ragtag Bunch of Misfits, there's no overriding mission that keeps them all together - they all have their personal ambitions, and stick together out of choice.
  • Hell, any BioWare game is going to end up with a crew like this.
    • Shepard's crew includes a thousand year old mercenary, an archaeologist, a Cowboy Cop, a Wrench Wench, a gruff soldier with a spiritual side and a gentle soldier who went through a special kind of Training from Hell... and that's just the first game.
    • The Spirit Monk ends up with a childhood friend and long-lost princess, a former Lotus Assassin, a thief, a Creepy Child possessed by two demons, a Rebellious Princess, a former arena fighter who's willing to do anything to avoid his wife, a nutcase mercenary, and at least two minor deities.
    • The Ebon Hawk? Star Padawan of the Jedi Order, Properly Paranoid (and possibly Force Sensitive) Republic soldier, a Mandalorian mercenary fallen on hard times, Twi'lek street kid and her big Wookiee BFF, Cathar Jedi with anger management issues, Cranky ex-Jedi who was slumming it in the Kashyyyk shadowlands, troublemaking astromech droid, gleefully homicidal assassin droid with a long string of dead masters...Oh, and you - the mind-wiped, ex-Sith Lord.
  • Of all the protagonist ensembles in the series, the cast of Persona 3 fits this trope best.
  • The protagonists of ObsCure are all conspicuously modeled on those of The Breakfast Club, as part of its homage to '90s teen horror movies. Like in The Faculty, one of its main inspirations, the main characters are high school students — after the athlete Kenny (the game's analogue to Andy) disappears following basketball practice, Kenny's cheerleader girlfriend Ashley (Claire), the nerdy photographer Josh (Brian), the pot-smoking slacker Stan (Bender), and Kenny's Girl Next Door sister Shannon (an imperfect analogue to Allison, though in the sequel she gets a full-blown goth makeover) come together to search the school grounds after hours to find out what happened to him.


    Web Original 
  • Team Kimba in the Whateley Universe. They get together because they are put together on their first day since they all have a secret that makes them outsiders. They are all transgender, most of them against their will. Subversion: they rapidly become well-liked and considered heroic, after they happen to defeat a band of superpowered ninjas before the first day of school.
    • Outcast Corner takes this Up to Eleven: It's as though the only reason they haven't demolished the school yet is because they have each other. Everyone on the team is either a rager, a devisor, insane or all of the above, and even Diamondback and Jericho, the most sane of the bunch, have some major issues.
    • Faction Three, the support group which Thuban created for the students who have GSD (mutations which cause Body Horror transformations) is meant to be something along these lines, or at least give them a way to share their pain, but it doesn't always work out as intended. Still, while it was mentioned that similar groups had always broken up in the past, Faction Three has managed to survive into the Gen 2 series, so Stephen must have done something right.

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