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A stereotype for every continent. Except Oceania. And Antarctica.

Soldier: We're all Americans here!
Miss Pauling: Well, not all of us, obviously. Medic's German and Heavy's from Russ— Ow! What? Oh.
Heavy: [nervously] Ha ha! Germany! Russia! Is big joke! Big American joke on Soldier! Ooh, America. It is the place I am from. All the time.

A Multinational Team is a group of characters with different, emphasized nationalities with an In-Universe justification for this diversity. They are almost invariably the good guys, although the bad guys might have their own version of a multinational team. The trope can occur in works of fiction that do not take place in the present or even on Earth: in The Lord of the Rings, for example, many diverse people from all over Middle-Earth band together.

The Multinational Team differs from the Five-Token Band in that:

  • The characters are explicitly from different nations, not merely different ethnicities. If the diverse characters all grew up in the same suburban town, they are the Five-Token Band, not the Multinational Team.
  • The team has been assembled for a specific purpose, usually by an independent party. If the diverse characters have no specific reason to be hanging out, again they are the Five-Token Band.

In other words, the Multinational Team explains why the team is diverse, whereas the Five-Token Band simply is diverse, often with no explanation. This is not to say that such teams are incapable of tokenism or stereotypes. They're simply different breeds of trope.

Note that "emphasized" does not necessarily mean "thrown in your face every five seconds." If the series makes enough references to the characters' nationalities for the viewer to be aware of it, then the nationalities have been emphasized. Compare the villainous counterpart, Equal-Opportunity Evil. If it's people with power, it's likely a Cosmopolitan Council. Compare/contrast Five-Token Band.

This trope puts the heroes on the "heterogeneous" side of Alike and Antithetical Adversaries.


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    Fan Works 
  • In the Deva Series, the students at Hayate's academy are deliberately chosen from nations the world over. The Circles also have members from lots of nations.
  • In Discworld fic The Price of Flight, Captain Olga Romanoff muses on the multi-national nature of the Air Watch. The biggest single nationality and ethnicity is her own Rodinian. there are also Überwaldean, Borogravian; one Agatean; a Swommi; one each from Fourecks, the Foggy Islands, the Untied States of Aceria, and Rimwards Howondaland.note 
  • In the Total Drama fanfic Keepers of the Elements, each Keeper is usually from a different country.
  • The three evil ninjas from the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Flutterspy. Red Adder is from Stalliongrad, Blue Cobra is from Trottingham, and Yellow Viper is from Okineighwa.
  • Although none of them are of Earth, the Heralds of Dawn from the Kingdom Hearts fic Re:Flection Scenario, are based on a Phenotype Stereotype associated with the compass point they are named after: Norius has Northern/English/Norse long blond hair and blueish-grey eyes. Weselo has Western/Latin American olive skin and wavy dark hair. Easen has Eastern green hair styled similar to a Hime Cut and his uniform takes inspiration from Chinese hanfu. Souzi has Southern/African dark brown skin and red hair in a buzz cut.
  • Being a multinational corporation, The Company™'s mission in Event Horizon: Storm of Magic to the star system features characters from all over Earth, including Fred Kovacs (Canadian/American), Daniel Zimmerman (American), Angela Cheong (Korean), James Lombardi (Italian-American), Akane Saito (Japanese), Silke Mertesacker (German), Katherine Chakwas (Afro-British), Cristina Di Stefano (Italian-Argentine), James Wong (Chinese), Robin Van der Merwe (South African), and so on.
  • The author of Chrysalis Visits The Hague seems to have made a point out of hardly any two characters being from the same country, with exception of the Equestrian ponies and some Dutch natives.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: Three of the Bearers were born (and grew up) in the Equestrian continent; Night Blade in Canterlot, Rex in the Under before moving to Middle Canterlot as an adult, and Page Turner in an unknown location before going to Canterlot when very young, while Xvital is an Ahuizotl visiting from the Cuanmiztl Kingdom, Vix-Lei is a minotaur visiting from the Minos Islands, and the griffon Wind Breaker grew up in Canterlot (but, as revealed in the sequel Picking Up the Pieces, was born in and kidnapped from the Griffish Isles and taken back to Canterlot when he was too young to remember).
  • The Ragged Edges focuses on the Imperial equivalent; a Guard regiment assembled from last-surviving members of other regiments from across the galaxy.
  • DNMC has the titular team comprised of one member from each of the four kingdoms of Remnant.
  • While Ash's Battle Harem isn't quite this yet in Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, it'll eventually include two Kantonian girls (Misty and Anabel), one Unovan (Iris), one Hoennian (May), one Sinnohan (Dawn), and one Kalosian (Serena). So far only the first three have joined, with Serena strongly hinted to be the next one.

  • GogolBordello were formed in America by the Ukrainian Eugene Hutz and have featured several Russians, Romanians, Israelis, Americans, English, Scottish and even a Scottish-Chinese member amongst their ranks. Russians will insist that they're an American band, however on account of being formed there.
  • Ladytron consists of a Scot, Bulgarian and two British members (one of them of Chinese descent).
  • Hows this for a multinational team?
  • No Devotion is a Welsh rock band (though one of them is English) fronted by an American.
  • Pop group Now United has this as its main marketing point. Each member is from a different country: Any is Brazilian, Bailey is Filipino, Heyoon is South Korean, Hina is Japanese, Joalin is Finnish, Josh is Canadian, Krystian is Chinese, Lamar is British, Noah is American, Nour is Lebanese, Sabina is Mexican, Savannah is Australian, Shivani is Indian, Sina is German and Sofya is Russian.
  • Girl Group G.R.L. consisted of three Americans, one Brit, and one Canadian.
  • Arcade Fire consists of five Canadians and two Americans (Though as of 2019 Win Butler holds dual US-Canadian citizenship).
  • The Rolling Stones are this nowadays, with its primary lineup consisting of Brits and its touring lineup consisting of Americans.
  • Ozzy Osbourne and his touring band consists of two Brits (including himself), two Americans, and a Greek.
  • Foreigner was formed with Britons Mick Jones, Ian McDonald, and Dennis Elliot along with Americans Lou Gramm, Al Greenwood, and Ed Gagliardi. In fact, the band was named such because the band members were from different countries.
  • Garbage consists of Americans Steve Marker, Duke Erikson, and Butch Vig and Scottish lead singer Shirley Manson.
  • DragonForce is made up of English Marc Hudson on vocals, American Alicia Vigil on bass, Hong-Konger Herman "Shred" Li on guitars, English-born New Zealander Sam Totman on guitars, and Italian Gee Anzalone on drums. Former members include South African vocalist ZP Theart, English bassist Adrian Lambert, French bassist Frederic Leclercq, Ukrainian keyboardist Vadim Pruzhanov and Scottish drummer Dave "Compact Dynamo" Mackintosh.
  • The current lineup for the London-based power metal band Neonfly consists of Irish vocalist Willy Norton, Mexican-French guitarist Frederick Thunder, English guitarist Andy Midgley, French drummer Boris le Gal, and Channel Islander bassist Paul Miller. Midgley's predecessor as rhythm guitarist was the Irish-Filipino Patrick Harrington.
  • Jazz unit Hiromi Uehara Trio Project consists of its namesake Hiromi Uehara (Japanese), Anthony Jackson (American), and Simon Phillips (British).
  • Conquer Divide: All members are Americans, except for guitarist Izzy, who is British.
  • Boy Band CNCO, born of a Latin American talent show, has five countries represented in its lineup: Ecuador (Christopher), Cuba (Erick), Mexico (Joel), Dominican Republic (Richard) and Puerto Rico (Zabdiel).
  • Dschinghis Khan began with two Germans, two Hungarians, a South African, and a Dutchwoman.
  • Equinox, a supergroup (or "common framework") specifically formed to represent Bulgaria at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, featured three Bulgarians and two Americans.
  • Indie band Superorganism are a London-based group consisting of eight different members: Orono Noguchi (Japanese), Harry (English), Emily (Australian), Robert Strange, Tucan, Ruby, B (New Zealanders), and Soul (South Korean). It gets even trickier when you learn that Orono was based in Maine, while Harry and Emily were based in New Zealand, while Soul currently resides in Australia due to an expired work visa.
  • Sunn O))) intially just consisted of Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson, both Americans. However, over the years the band has expanded to include the Hungarian Attila Csihar, the Australian Oren Ambarchi, and the Dutch Tos Nieuwenhuizen. They have also collaborated with artists from Britain, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Japan.
  • Deathspell Omega is an Anonymous Band to the extreme, however the most commonly accepted theory regarding their membership posits that they have a French guitarist and drummer, a Finnish vocalist, and a Japanese bassist. They apparently used to be entirely French until their first vocalist Shaxul left.
  • Transatlantic is a progressive rock supergroup, so named because their members are from both sides of The Pond; Keyboardist Neal Morse and drummer Mike Portnoy are American, guitarist Roine Stolt is Swedish and bassist Pete Trewavas is British.
  • Nervosa's current lineup qualifies; guitarist and mainwoman Prika Amaral is from Brazil (which is still the band's base of operations), while the rest of the lineup is from Spain (Diva Satanica), Italy (Mia Wallace), and Greece (Eleni Nota).
  • Arch-Enemy current line up Guitarist Michael Amott Bassist Sharlee D'Angelo and Drummer Daniel Elardsson from Sweden. Vocalist Alissa White-Gluz from Canada and Guitarist Jeff Loomis from USA. Former line up Vocalist Angela Gossow from Germany and Guitarist Nick Cordle from USA.
  • Megadeth current line up Vocalist/Guitarist Dave Mustaine from USA, Guitarist Kiko Loureiro from Brazil and Drummer Dirk Verbeuren from Sweden.
  • Obscura current line up Vocalist/Guitarist Steffen Kummerer and Guitarist Christian Munzner from Germany, Bassist Jerome Paul Thesseling from Netherlands and Drummer David Diepold from Austria.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • WWE's short-lived League of Nations stable featured Irishman Sheamus, Bulgarian Rusev, Englishman King Barrett and Mexican Alberto Del Rio.
  • In fact, Barrett's previous stables, The Nexus and The Corre, also were multinational teams.
    • All Nexus members were Americans except for Barrett (English) and Justin Gabriel (South African). Later, during CM Punk's stint as the Nexus frontman, it also boasted Welshman Mason Ryan.
    • The Corre featured Barrett (English) and Gabriel (South African) alongside Heath Slater (American) and Ezekiel Jackson (Guyanese).

  • Journey into Space: The crew is British (Jet Morgan and Lemmy Barnet), Canadian (Doc Matthews) and Australian (Stephen "Mitch" Mitchell).

    Visual Novels 
  • Minotaur Hotel: The various guests that you will meet and may be able to recruit come from different countries and their respective country's myth. For example, Luke is of mixed heritage but was born and raised in the United States, Kota is from Japan, and Asterion himself is from Crete.
  • Queen of Thieves: The Gilded Poppy are a team of thieves who come from a variety of national backgrounds. Nikolai is Russian, Remy is French, Vivienne grew up all over, Zoe and the heroine are American, Jett is British, and Leon is from Hong Kong.

    Web Animation 
  • Eddie at The LMV: The LMV have a line-up of three black, two white, one Eastern-Asian, and an Ambiguously Brown.
  • hololive's EN team is this as, from their accents and other information given by the girls themselves, Calli, Gura and Ame are American, Kiara is Austrian and Ina is Korean.


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  • The Vindicators of the Whateley Universe. Their current line-up includes a Swede, a Dane, a Belgian, a Canadian, and two Americans. For that matter, Pan-Asia, which is made up of Whateley Academy students from all over Asia, including Japan, China, and Vietnam.


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Alternative Title(s): Multicultural Team, Multinational Cast Herd


International Legation Siege

In 1900, the nationalist Chinese Boxer rebellion laid siege to the embassies of the European colonial nations in Peking.

This resulted in soldiers and diplomats from Britain, the US, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and other nations to struggle together against a common foe.

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