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That's not even counting the robot, the rest of the frogs, and that Tyrannosaurus Rex they recently adopted.

"That was this family's speciality: strange conversations."

Now remember, as far as anyone knows, we're a perfectly normal family...

An ensemble of bizarre characters who are related, or might as well be. Unlike the Dysfunctional Family, we as the audience plainly see the family is extremely well adjusted, supportive and loving — more so than some "real" families. They are also easily able to absorb friends, acquaintances, and distant relatives into their structure.

This is coupled with a range of quirks easily labeled "bizarre" by any of their peers.

It's also very convenient for heroes to have these, as they're not bound by the Masquerade, weirdness is normal.

May overlap with Creepy Family or Super Family Team. Likely part of the natural growth of a Pretty Freeloaders group. For a larger grouping, see Quirky Town, or Wacky Homeroom.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Black Butler: the Phantomhive Manor's residents each have something strange about them, save perhaps Tanaka.
  • Yuu and Miki's parents in Marmalade Boy met, liked each other so much that they divorced and remarried each others' spouses, and then all moved in together into one big house.
  • Both the household of the Takamachis and the Harlaowns of Lyrical Nanoha.
    • For that matter, the Yagami household. It consists of a crippled girl and her humanoid program Guardian Knights, the Wolkenritter.
    • The Nakajima clan ain't no slouch in this regard, either.
  • Yuan's family in Samurai Deeper Kyo. Also, the Shiseiten, if you look at them as a family and not True Companions.
  • The Hiiragizawa household in Cardcaptor Sakura. The "dad" looks like a ten-year-old kid, and his "children" are a genderless magical being posing as a teenage schoolgirl and a winged cat that looks like a toy most of the time.
    • Not only that, his girlfriend appears to be way too old for him and used to date the older brother of the girl he antagonized on a regular basis (and is now dating his maternal family's descendant), who went on to date his previous incarnation's angelic moon spirit. And their father is his half-reincarnation!
  • The Polaris Dorm in Food Wars! are full of weird people. Soma is a Cordon Bleugh Chef who enjoys deliberately cooking horrible dishes for the lulz, Isshiki is a weirdo who likes walking around in the buildings in very minimal clothing, Yuuki raises her own animals in the backyard, Ryoko brews wine during her free time, Ibusaki smokes food in his room, Marui is a hopeless Butt-Monkey, while Those Two Guys frequently bicker with each other for any reason. Really, the only "normal" person in the household is Megumi.
  • The Higashikata household from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: JoJolion is this. While the family patriarch, Norisuke IV, is relatively normal (or at least, as normal as you can get in a series like JoJo), the family also consist of his children, Beetle Maniac Jobin, Brainless Beauty Hato, Jerkass Butt-Monkey Joshu, blind Yandere Daiya, Jobin's wife, Beauty Obsessed Mitsuba, their son, Creepy Child Tsurugi, and Ninja Maid Kei Nijimura. Over the course of the Part, they gain new members in the form of the Part's protagonist, Amnesiac Hero Josuke, a Rock Animal and the Token Heroic Orc of the Rock Creatures, Iwasuke, and Norisuke's ex-wife and resident Black Sheep Kaato.
  • The Forger family in Spy X Family is an interesting take on this trope. Each member of the family has a Secret Identity (Loid is a spy, Yor is an assassin, Anya is a telepath, and Bond can see the future), but each of them except Anya thinks the others are perfectly normal. Yor thinks that Loid is a mild-mannered psychiatrist, and Anya is actually his daughter from a previous marriage. Loid thinks Anya is simply the smartest kid at the Orphanage of Fear he found her at, and Yor is just an Office Lady who needed a male partner to get the Secret Police off her back. It's unclear how much Bond knows about the humans, but since he's a dog, it's not like he could tell anyone. Anya knows everyone's secrets, but she's not telling anyone.
    • Yor's brother Yuri has no idea about any of the family's secret identities, though Loid knows he's a member of the Secret Police.

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    Fan Works 
  • Child of the Storm:
    • The Avengers household is very much one of these. They're a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits, each with quite a few psychological issues, and a Family of Choice, kept more or less in order by Team Mom Pepper Potts. It gets to the point where explosions, Tony running around screaming and half-naked, or the Warriors Three performing an impromptu rendition of Mambo Number Five is just another day in the life.
    • The Royal Household of Asgard, though it's less obviously quirky, is also this trope - Loki mentions that his parents didn't care what he and Thor kept in their rooms as long as nothing ate the servants, and all unusual smells and explosions were kept within the room.
      • Likewise Algrim has developed two separate routines. In the same way that animals can predict upcoming thunderstorms, he can predict Royal Family arguments and explosions with incredible accuracy. When Harry is about to explode at Odin for not getting him out of the Dursleys, Algrim is noted to select a particularly heavy desk. Likewise, whenever he leaves a room where Loki (or latterly, Tony and Bruce) are experimenting, he steps outside, counts to eight, then ducks into the nearest alcove. Cue explosion.
  • The Queen household in the Legacy Series is also this trope-everyone in the family is or used to be part of Team Arrow, it's full of usually-affectionate snark, and once Jon gets going as the second Arrow, they get sucked back into the wild world of vilgilantism.
  • The tenants of Hôtel Camélia from The Legend of Royal Blue and La Sylphide is a "found family" example of this trope. Alphonse Agreste is the landlord, his grandson Gabriel is a Scholarship Student by day and a superhero by night, Frau Tannenbaum is a doddering Granny Classic who treats her houseplants like pets, Christine and Quentin Pons balance work and raising their kindergarten-age daughter Paulette, Giselle Marion is a nursing intern made all but nocturnal by her shift schedule, Davy Blaise is an anxiety-ridden law student, and M. Lévêque lives in the Creepy Basement and does most of the mansion's upkeep despite Gabriel never actually seeing him.
  • The Date-Sanada household in SlifofinaDragon's Sengoku Basara fanfics (set both during the Warring States period and modern times (Heisei era-Reiwa era). Despite being unmarried, Date Masamune and Sanada Yukimura are living it quite well, with Masamune being the current head of the Date Yakuza syndicate and them having two kids Yuki (daughter) and Masa (son), and eventually their young grandson Tsukitora, who Masa gives birth to, courtesy of the obviously doomed Oyamada Nobushige, but Katakura Kojuro fills in being stepdad and Masa's second boyfriend.

    Films — Animated 
  • The Parr family from The Incredibles films appear to be a nice suburban family. Little do their neighbors know that they are actually superheroes who have to keep their superpowers a secret to avoid lawsuits.
  • In Meet the Robinsons, the Robinson family includes a patriarch with a smiley face drawn on the back of his head who always wears his clothes backwards (but claims his head is backwards) and his wife, a retired Ditzy Genius who loves dancing (called "baking cookies"). He has two brothers, one of whom is big and fat and needs to be fed lest disaster strike and married to a train enthusiast with very large model trains, the other of whom is a Henpecked Husband married to a ventriloquist dummy with two adult children who act like fighting kids: a sister who wears a giant skyscraper hat and a brother who flies around painting on everything. Their son invented almost everything anyone uses and his wife spent most of her life teaching frogs to dance, sing, and play instruments. She has two brothers, one of whom is a cannon enthusiast (both using and being shot out of, actually racing at one point with his train enthusiast in-law) and one of whom delivers pizza dressed as a superhero in a UFO. Their grandson is fairly ordinary in comparison but still managed to leave the garage door open so that one of the two family time machines got stolen. There's also a robot, a butler who is a giant squid, and two random twins (apparently unrelated to everyone else) who live in the flower pots on the stoop and compete for doorbell rings. They frequently have food fights at the dinner table, cheer and toast when people fail, and have a very difficult to navigate their own house. Still, they are one of the most functional loving families ever.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Unstrung Heroes: young Steven Lidz' home, to a lesser extent. Especially quirky, however: the labyrinthine apartment (filled with hoarded junk) in which he lives with his eccentric uncles for awhile, after his mother's illness exacerbates the awkwardness of Steven's relationship with his father. Franz—actually Steven, now rechristened by his uncles; It Makes Sense in Context—undergoes an disorienting yet often enjoyable identity crisis. Then, as it turns out, at least one of his uncles is a bit more than merely eccentric. Franz must navigate between his uncles' pride in their heritage (complicated by imagined anti-Semitism lurking everywhere), and his inventor father's 100% materialist (i.e. anti-spiritual) worldview.
  • Beetle Juice: The Maitland/Deitz family household is a quirky blend of a benevolent ghost couple mixed with a perky goth chick, her father and very artsy stepmother.


    Live-Action TV 
  • Subverted by The Young Ones, in which none of the characters in the house can actually stand one another for any significant length of time. This doesn't count as an instance of Dysfunctional Family, as the characters in a Dysfunctional Family show are permitted to get along with one another despite their differences.
  • The Coneheads from Saturday Night Live.
  • The Addams Family and The Munsters are classic examples.
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun: Tom, Dick, Harry and Sally. On Earth.
  • The characters of Firefly sound a lot like a "walks into a bar" joke if you list them all. Two veterans, a pilot, a doctor, a crazy girl, a mercenary, a priest, a whore, and a mechanic walk into a spaceship...
  • Million Yen Women: Shin's household consists of himself (a stuggling novelist), a cat and five women who were invited to move in with him by an unknown person. The women are a high-schooler, a rude Shameless Fanservice Girl, a Bookworm, a socially awkward woman, and a Nice Girl.
  • Stephen Poliakoff's BBC miniseries Shooting the Past has the massive Fallon Photo Collection stored in a Big Fancy House and cared for by five eccentric curators. None of them are related, but they've all been doing this for so long that they regard each other this way. Chief curator Oswald Bates (Timothy Spall) says they're liable to be regarded as "pathetic dusty people who just stepped out of an Ealing comedy with Margaret Rutherford."
  • Pataclaun is basically if the Flintstones met Casper. It stars a ditzy housewife for a mother, an abrasive father, three quirky ghosts, and a baby with the intelligence and foresight of a college student. And they're all clowns, also.




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