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Tony: We're the Avengers. We can bust arms dealers all day long, but that up there? That's the endgame. How are you guys planning on beating that?
Steve: Together.
Tony: We'll lose.
Steve: Then we'll do that together, too.

A group of people who work together, whose members are split along particular roles based on complementary skills and personality traits that contribute to group dynamics in their own unique way. Many of the most common team roles are listed under The Index Team. The Team may or may not have an actual name of its own.


Most importantly, the Team has to have teamwork as its basic modus operandi; that is, they would seek to tackle any problems that any of their group encounters together, unless circumstances dictate otherwise (e.g. one of them has been ambushed while away from the others, or the problem involves participating in an official competition of one-on-one matches).

They can sometimes be a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits. They may eventually become True Companions, if they are not in the first place.

The roles may loosely be seen through the lens of the Five-Man Band (lead, foil lieutenant, powerful, technical, emotional) but without strict numerical or gender restrictions. Other non standard Party Members are also fair game as long as they are actually a group that works together, and the roles relate directly to group dynamics-not just a listing of a series' cast members.


Further there may be two or more characters holding the same "archetype", though often in different ways; a team may have both a scientific tech-savvy Smart Guy and tactical manipulation-savvy Smart Guy. Likewise, you may have two Big Guys, one being a long-range heavy-weapons specialist, and the other being a Big Freaking Sword-wielding close-quarters bruiser.

This is the Super-Trope to Power Trio, Five-Man Band and The Magnificent Seven Samurai. If it's a military group, it's either The Squad or a Command Roster. If enough members are legitimately badass, it may also be a Badass Crew. For professional wrestling examples, see Power Stable. They can also be a Dream Team. Compare and contrast Band of Brothers and True Companions. See also Cast Calculus for typical breakdowns.

See Establishing Team Shot for when the team is introduced together.



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  • The Z Fighters/The Earth's Special Forces of Dragon Ball Z - the team that kept on growing. Almost all of them started out as enemies and settled into a different role. After the Android Saga almost everyone retired except for the Saiyans (mostly due to Can't Catch Up), and even Gohan, Goten, and Trunks left the front lines after the Buu Saga (the former lost interest and the other two were unofficially kicked off due to their immaturity and inexperience). As of the Universal Survival Arc in Super most of them unlocked more true potential and were re-recruited by Goku.
    • The Leader - Goku, he techinically founded the team when he partnered with Piccolo to fight Raditz. The others look to him for leadership, not only because he's almost always the strongest and has the best battle instincts, but because he's a genuinely lovable guy who they trust will want to do the right thing.
    • The Lancer - Piccolo, co founded the group with Goku and stepped up as The Leader whenever Goku was dead/hospitalized/traveling the universe. Initially threatening where Goku was approachable he became wise where Goku was simpleminded, especially after fusing with Kami. When he falls behind in power he still gives counsel.
    • The Team Benefactor and The Smart Girl - Bulma, as the head of Capsule Corp, not only has enough money to fund the team, but she's also an inventor and scientist who can build armor, time machines, and spaceships with training rooms in them.
    • Sidekick - Krillin plays second banana to Goku, Piccolo, Bulma and even Vegeta on occasion. While he's not that useful in a fight, he's never far from the action, and he'll faithfully back up whoever is currently holding down the fort.
    • Child Soldier - Gohan, Goku's son is a prodigy as a fighter, and Piccolo made sure to bring that potential out when he forcibly recruited the kid to fight the sayians. Unlike both of his father figures, he is a Reluctant Warrior who would rather focus on academics. Despite having the greatest hidden potential and being able to easily surpass Goku or Vegeta when he applies himself, he retires from fighting early on becoming a school teacher and family man.
    • Lovable Rogue: Yamcha, moreso in Dragonball when he was the Desert Bandit. Back then his bandit skills were useful in hunting the Dragon Balls. In Z he drops this trait and instead fights For Great Justice against threats to the Earth.
    • Genius Bruiser: Tien is a strong martial artist who has reached enlightenment. His Solar Flare technique can work on anyone, regardless of how strong they are and his Kikohou is the only technique to work on the Cast From Life Span principle which means he can invoke You Shall Not Pass! successfully on much stronger creatures.
    • Sidekick Chiaotzu is Tien's sidekick and follows his lead.
    • The Medic- Yajirobe's usual contribution to the Z Fighters is delivering Senzu beans from Corin, because otherwise he is a Lazy Bum who complains from the sidelines.
    • The Rival - Vegeta is Goku's cunning and ruthless Evil Counterpart. It takes several years for the team to warm up to him being around, but when he finally mellows out he becomes a second Lancer as Goku's only equal on the battlefield, and his training buddy on Beerus' planet.
    • Shell-Shocked Veteran - Future Trunks, polite, humble and extremely paranoid about evil threats after being ravaged by both the Future Androids and Goku Black.
    • The Dividual - Goten and Trunks, young kids who antics are mostly innocent, and harmless. They become Bratty Half-Pint Gotenks when they Fusion Dance, who's an arrogant showboat.
    • The Stoic - Android 18, joins late, rarely joins the fight, and even more rarely speaks. When she does its usually snark. She is basically the team's mercenary since nothing motivates her more than money (and family, after she marries Krillin).
    • Shorttank - Videl, a tomboyish go-getter that wanted to be on the front lines. So she demanded that Gohan teach her how to fly.
    • The Face - Mr. Satan is the only one the public trusts and having a celebrity on the team comes with advantages.
    • Big Fun - Mr. Buu, usually docile, always hungry, but extremely powerful and dangerous when angered. Recruiting him was one of the advantages that Mr. Satan brought to the team.
    • Genki Girl - Pan, just a baby but has the same zest for fighting as a full blooded Saiyan, unlike the other hybrids.
    • Token Evil Teammate: Freeza, finally recruited (conditional and temporary) to join the Tournament of Power Team after Buu dropped out. The first antagonist to fight alongside the Z fighters without actually being on a path towards redemption. Still solidly a bad guy.
  • The Riot Force 6 of the TSAB from the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S:
    • The Leader/Big Good: Hayate Yagami, the Commander of Riot Force 6. She's not a good fighter, that's why she usually commands the team. If she does enter the battlefield, she nukes her enemies with her overpowered magic.
    • The Lancer/Number Two: Reinforce Zwei, whose Hayate's assistant, but unlike Hayate, Reinforce Zwei is actually quiet competent on the battlefield. She also serves as a Unison Device for Hayate, Vita and Signum to fuse with them.
    • Sergeant Rock/The Ace: Nanoha Takamachi, a Captain who trains the Forward Team and is the leader of the Forward StarS. She and Fate are the best fighters of Riot Force 6.
    • Fair Cop/Fragile Speedster/The Ace: Fate T. Harlaown, a Captain and Enforcer who is equal to Nanoha. The leader of the Forward Lightning and she leads the investigation of the JS Incident under the command of Hayate.
    • Multi-Melee Master: Signum, a skilled and powerful swordswoman who masters sword and bow. A Vice-Captain and Fate's Number Two of the Forward Lightning. She is a mostly a fighter than anything else, who can teach others only how to take down the enemies.
    • Glacier Waif: Vita, who is Nanoha's Number Two of the Forward StarS and is the co-trainer of the Forward Team. Is very protective to others, icluding her subordinates.
    • Combat Medic: Shamal, a medic who also has abilities to observe the field provides the Wolkenritter with information. She has also combat abilities to back-up.
    • Team Pet: Zafira and Friedrich; the former being a wolf who stays in his wolf form and the other being a little dragon who can turn into a big dragon. Zafira is one of the Wolkenritter and Friedrich is Caro's Animal Companion. Both are quiet powerful.
    • Cute Bruiser: Subaru Nakajima, an Ascended Fangirl who admires Nanoha and serves her in the Forward StarS. A frontline fighter who is also a Cyborg.
    • The Smart Girl: Teana Lanster, also The Leader of the Forward Team. She is The Strategist who uses her brains in combat. Also a member of the Forward StarS.
    • Dragon Knight: Erio Mondial, the only guy who actually fights on the frontlines and often on Carol's dragons. He is also a member of the Forward Team and the Forward Lightning. He forms a sub-team with Caro via Sword and Sorcerer.
    • The Beastmaster: Caro Ru Lushe, a member of the Forward Team and Forward Lightning who has the ability to summon dragons. She is also the White Magician Girl and forms a sub-team with Erio via Sword and Sorcerer.
    • The Sixth Ranger: Ginga Nakajima, an extra member of the Forward Team who is actually from the 108th Division. Like her younger sister Subaru, Ginga is a Cyborg.
    • Right-Hand Hottie/Number Two: Griffith Lowran, Hayate's secretary who commands the Long Arch when she is not there.
    • Bridge Bunnies: Shario Finienno, Alto Krauetta and Lucino Lilie, all three of them working on the bridge. Each of them has her own speciality. Shario is a mechanic who works on the Devices and observes the training results, Alto is a helicopter pilot who replaces Vice, and Lucino is a spaceship pilot.
    • Friendly Sniper: Vice Granscenic, the helicopter pilot who retired from sniping due to a failed mission. After being injured, he's replaced by Alto, but Vice comes back as a sniper while flying another helicopter.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi starts it off in the Kyoto Arc by combining the original Battle Couple-and-mentor of Negi (The Leader), Asuna (The Lancer) and Chamo (The Mentor) with Setsuna (The Big Gal) and Nodoka (The Smart Gal). The group evolves over the Mahora Festival to include several others. By the time the Magic World Arc begins, the Team has reached over 10 people in membership.
  • In Soul Eater, there is a complicated example. Maka's Resonance Link team consists of herself (The Leader), Black Star (The Big Guy), and Death the Kid (The Smart Guy). However, there are also their weapons, that all have their own roles. Soul is Maka's scythe, and is The Lancer. Tsubaki is Black Star's sword, and is The Heart. Liz and Patty are Kid's guns, and are The Chick and the Cute and Psycho one, respectively.
  • The Sasuke Retrieval Team in Naruto truly fits the Rag Tag Bunch of Misfits type; it was cobbled together from four different three man teams to make one five man team. Shikamaru leads the team because he was the only Chunin and The Strategist and brought along four people with unique fighting styles: Choji's meat tank, Kiba's combos with Akamaru, Neji's Gentle Fist and Naruto's shadow clones. The Plan was to work as a team but the Sound Four said You Shall Not Pass! one by one until they were all fighting alone.
  • In One Piece, the team roles for the protagonist pirate crew, the Straw Hat Pirates, have changed a bit as new members have joined, but here's where the current roster of nine falls:
    • The Leader: Monkey D. Luffy, The Captain of the crew.
    • Number Two: Roronoa Zoro is Luffy's first mate and first recruit who serves as a Big Brother Mentor. He's also a Master Swordsman.
    • Supreme Chef: Sanji joined as the crew's cook, and in battle he is a Chef of Iron who is also The Strategist.
    • Gadgeteer Genius Usopp (the sharpshooter) can make lots of useful items, like Nami's Climate Tact and was also responsible for maintaining their ship, the Going Merry, until an actual carpenter (Franky) joined.
    • The Medic: Tony Tony Chopper is the crew's doctor. He is a Talking Animal who is very good with medicine, which enabled him to create his "rumble ball" and be a Combat Medic.
    • The Engineer: Franky is an actual carpenter and ship builder so he maintains the Thousand Sunny. As a Cybrorg, he is also really handy in a fight, and so he can also be The Big Guy.
    • Skeletal Musician: Brook is a musician, who plays music that is delightful to the ears (if he had any ears, hohoho!) Like Zoro, he is also really good with a sword and even hums while chopping up enemies.
    • The Navigator: Nami has also been the one using maps and the Grand Log to steer the crew towards the next island and their next adventure and her next chance at fabulous wealth. Interestingly, the Climate Tact she uses means she can change weather conditions in her immediate area.
    • Adventure Archaeologist: Nico Robin is the most knowledgeable about history and historical ruins. She and Nami often serve as Ms. Exposition.
  • Girls und Panzer: Tankery teams are a double layered version. Each school has a group of tanks that work together on the field and each tank requires five people (commander, radio operator, driver, gunner, and loader) to operate at maximum effectiveness.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team:
  • Highschool of the Dead: this is how Takashi's group is built to take on the raging Zombie Apocalypse.
    • The Leader: Takashi Komuro, a Jack-of-All-Stats with great leadership skills to boot.
    • The Lancer: Rei Miyamoto, Takashi's childhood friend, main love interest, who helps him fight the zombies
    • The Big Girl: Saeko Busujima, by far the best fighter in the group, and is also Takashi's secondary love interest.
    • The Smart Girl: Saya Takagi, the most intelligent of the group, although that is also what causes her to be quite arrogant at times.
    • Friendly Sniper: Kohta Hirano, an excellent sniper and gun enthusiast, takes this role due to his chubby appearance which might hinder him in close combat.
    • The Medic: Shizuka Marikawa, the school medic, who takes this role... At least, when not driving.
    • Tagalong Kid: Alice/Arisu Maresato is with the others, although she can't do much because of her incredibly young age.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya: The SOS Brigade. Interestingly, the Brigade actually counts twice: The roles Haruhi thinks everyone plays, and their real roles. The musical part of the trope is played with in the drama CD, Sound Around, when Haruhi makes the Brigade into a band and gives them the proper (from her point of view) instruments, though Yuki and Kyon's guitars are switched.
    • Haruhi's Version:
      • The Leader: Haruhi calls herself the brigade 'super commander' and has a unstoppable Type III personality.
      • The Lancer: Itsuki is Haruhi's offical Number Two/Yes-Man and is far calmer than her.
      • The Big Guy: Kyon is assigned all the miscellaneous heavy lifting and grunt work.
      • The Smart Guy: Yuki wears glasses and reads books all the time.
      • The Chick: Mikuru is dragged into the brigade to be the 'moe mascot' because she's "Cute, tiny and exceptionally well endowed".
      • Sixth Ranger: Tsuruya isn't officially in the Brigade, but still frequently involved.
    • Real Version:
      • The Lancer: Haruhi to Kyon, because the others actually put Kyon's orders above hers. She also contrasts his snarking 'do not care' attitude with her boundless energy.
      • The Smart Guy: Itsuki is the go-to guy for explanations (even if that explanation is just "explain Yuki's explanation") and spends most of his time contemplating or scheming.
      • The Leader: Kyon is snarky and apathetic, but when things get out of hand he takes control to guide everything back on track. Even Haruhi listens to him on occasion.
      • The Big Guy: Yuki is a super-human alien bio-robot who can alter reality, so she tends to be a catch-all solution to most problems. Not to mention she's Nigh-Invulnerable with Super Strength.
      • The Chick: Mikuru is still The Chick. Itsuki theorizes she was chosen for her mission specifically to appeal to Kyon's protectiveness, which would also make the standard The Leader/The Chick romance an Invoked Trope.
      • Sixth Ranger: Tsuruya doesn't count as Sixth Ranger quite as much as Haruhi thinks (since the main Brigade keeps her out of the supernatural stuff), but she still has some elements. Not to mention that she might be a humanoid interface like Yuki, though there's not enough evidence to be sure.
  • Bakusou Kyoudai Lets And Go!! WGP has this as the main theme: five Mini 4WD racers build up a team to go heads-to-heads with other teams in an international competition.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's has Team 5D's, which consists of seven members. It has also the team with highest number of named members, as most teams have only three.
    • The Leader/Gadgeteer Genius: Yusei, who is the leader of the team and the Last Wheeler who brings the victories thanks to his skills and strategies and The Power of Friendship. He and Bruno also work on the D-Wheels.
    • The Lancer: Jack, who is the First Wheeler and uses brute force to overpower the opponents.
    • The Big Guy/The Smart Guy: Crow, the Second Wheeler of the the team. The Trickster who relies on several combos to balance his lack of having a Signer Dragon with a Super Mode like Yusei and Jack.
    • Support Party Member: Aki, the Benchwarmer. If one of the guys above cannot duel for whatever reason, she would duel in their place.
    • Tag Team Twins: Luca and Lua, the Pitcrew Twins who are together for most of the time and mostly support the team at the pit. They duel mostly together. Unlike Luca, Lua is not a Signer until the last arc of the series, but he gets more screentime than her.
    • Sixth Ranger/Gadgeteer Genius: Bruno, the mechanic who works in the pitcrew and improves the D-Wheels together with Yusei. He later turns out to be the Mysterious D-Wheeler dubbed Dark Glass who then turns out to be a friend and agent of the Big Bad Z-One. However, Bruno stays loyal to the team and invokes Mentor Occupational Hazard.
  • In Beyblade Burst, there are a good amount of teams but the main one is the Beigoma Academy Bey Club.
    • The Leader: Volt Aoi who was appointed as team leader by his friends. Despite being the team leader, Volt isn't the strongest blader on the team. That honor goes to Shu.
    • The Lancer: Shu Kurenai. Shu is The Ace of the team and often wins battles without many effort. As stated above, Shu is actually the strongest member on the team since he rarely loses battles unlike with Valt.
    • The Big Guy: Rantaro Kiyama. He is the tallest member of the team and his bey relies on stamina instead of offensive power. He also serves as The Heart of the team and always side with Valt whenever his leadership is questioned by others (mainly by Wakiya).
    • The Smart Guy: Daigo Kurogami. He is often well informed of other bladers and always try to warn his teammates of their abilities. He is also usually the most level headed of the group and often tries not to let others get to him.
    • Token Evil Teammate: Wakiya Murasaki. Although he is not evil, he is the the most rude and aggressive of the team and constantly calls out Valt for being a poor leader. He is also frequently disobeys Valt's orders despite Valt being the leader (though Wakiya does get overruled all the time). However, he is actually the team's second strongest blader behind Shu himself as Wakiya often wins his battles with a single attack. However, he does eventually warm up to the rest of the team.
    • In Beyblade Burst Turbo, a new generation of the Beigoma Academy Bey Club arises.
      • The Leader: Fubuki Sumiye is the leader and initially the strongest member of the team. Due to his Determinator, mentorship from Shu Kurenai and Training from Hell mentality, he's a stern but fair leader that the rest of the club looks up to, even Suoh.
      • The Lancer: Suoh Genji is Fubuki's best friend and most loyal comrade. Together, they led the Beigoma Academy Bey Club to victory in the Team Tournament. However, Suoh's use of Heat Salamander drives him to harbor resentment against Fubuki for his hard work vs. his natural talent and eventually breaks off their friendship, leaving the team until Fubuki defeats him in a rematch.
      • The Big Guy: Koji Konda, Hoji's younger brother, is physically the most gifted of the four strongest bladers on par with Hae-jin, and has an aggressive passion whenever motivated.
      • The Smart Guy: Toko Aoi, Valt's younger brother isn't as talented as his younger brother, but uses strategy and his skills as a information gatherer from when he was younger to analyze and plan to defeat his opponents whether for himself or for the team.
      • The Chick: Nika Aoi, is the team's Bey Trainer, ensuring the well being and safety for her brother and fellow team members, while supporting the needs and resources for the 100s of bladers in the Bey Club.
  • In Ronin Warriors the team falls neatly into this:
    • The Leader: While they make decisions as a team, Ryo is the most prominent and gets the mid-season All Your Powers Combined power-up.
    • The Lancer: Seiji/Sage, the calmest and most clear-headed - a natural counter to Ryo's fiery impulsiveness.
    • The Big Guy: Shuu/Kento, the strongest by a wide margin and a Boisterous Bruiser.
    • The Smart Guy: Touma/Rowen, the intellectual (Captain Obvious moments aside).
    • The Heart: Shin/Cye, the gentle and sensitive one who dislikes fighting.
    • The Chick and Team Mom: Nasté/Mia, who lacks any powers of her own but is a few years older than the boys and provides support, housing, and transportation.
    • Tagalong Kid: Jun/Yuli, the powerless child tagging along after his parents vanished.
    • The Sixth Ranger: Shuten Doji/Anubis, freed from the Big Bad's influence and acting alongside the team in season 2.

    Fan Works 
  • Fallout: Equestria: Littlepip has a dorky charisma and is talented at bringing out the best, and worst, in people. Calamity is forthright and honourable. Velvet Remedy is a mare who prefers not to use violence, and looks for the best in all beings, while SteelHooves is the most capable fighter and wearing Power Armor on a (necessarily) consistent basis. The Balefire Phoenix, Pyrelight, is incredibly dangerous in the right circumstances, but otherwise just pretty and radioactive. Xenith joins late, but still fits well with the team, filling in skill areas like stealth and close quarters combat.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Avengers (2012): Nick Fury had an idea to build a team of extraordinary individuals who could fight the battles humanity couldn't face on its own.
    • The Big Guy: Thor is a Proud Warrior Race Guy and the god of lightning so he can handle the biggest monsters and bottleneck numerous smaller ones.
    • The Chick: Black Widow's role outside of combat is to ferret information Decoy Damsel style and to manage the Hulk with friendship and a lullaby.
    • The Leader: Captain America is selected to lead the Avengers because he successfully led the Howling Commandos in WWII and is highly charismatic
    • Target Spotter: Hawkeye finds a vantage point and calls out targets to the others while using his own Improbable Aiming Skills to strike strategic targets.
    • The Smart Guy: Bruce Banner is one of the most scientifically intelligent people on the planet. He has helped Tony design solutions to problems (and unintentional problems like Ultron). He becomes a back-up Big Guy by turning into the Hulk. This is called "Code Green".
    • The Team Benefactor: In his own words, Iron Man "pays for everything, designs everything and makes everyone look cool".
  • The Fellowship of the Ring in The Lord of the Rings, which was formed for the purpose of destroying the One Ring by going into the deepest parts of Mordor and casting it into the volcanic fires of Mount Doom, where it was originally forged.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: With two Big Guys and at least two if not three foils in contention for The Lancer.
  • Inception: Extractions have to be done by a team because there are different roles involved.
    • The Extractor: Dom leads the operation and does the talking. He is the one pulling out information. In this case, the one planting it.
    • The Point Man: Arthur is in charge of doing the research and he's smart enough to figure out how to simulate falling in zero gravity. Dom's longtime partner and foil. The Lancer.
    • The Architect: Ariadne was recruited to construct the dreamworld that The Team would use. A newcomer to the extraction business, and an emotional sounding board for Dom's personal problems. The Chick.
    • The Chemist: Yusuf mixes the phlebotium that allows The Team to reach the third level. The One True Smart Guy by way of Hollywood Science and never getting to shine in a fight scene.
    • The Forger: Eames has the ability to copy someone's appearance in a dream world. He also has a grenade launcher because he knows he importance of dreaming big.
    • The Tourist: Saito; yes even he counts because he's a CEO that twisted Cobb's arm into doing this in the first place. The Sixth Ranger, who under normal circumstances wouldn't be there, but he is and plays a significant role.
  • Mystery Men: Part of the plot is building a team that can infiltrate Casanova's mansion and rescue Captain Amazing. They hold try-outs and everything.
    • The Big Guy: The Mystery Men have a number of heavy hitters
      • Spleen's gas attack is 'silent but deadly'.
      • Dr.Heller has an arsenal of non-lethal weaponry
      • Bowler's bowling ball is like a guided missle and returns when she throws it.
      • When Mr.Furious is truly angry, he's a good fighter.
    • The Face and The Heart: Invisible Boy's biggest contribution to the team is his networking and idealism. "I know lots of super heroes."
    • The Leader — The Shoveler gives the Rousing Speech. Interestingly, when he says "Leadership, it's what we've been missing." He looks at Mr.Furious as if disappointed that he didn't live up to this role.
    • The Smart Guy
      • The Blue Raja with his vast array of specialized forks and well-researched back story.
      • Dr. Heller made their gear and their transport.
    • Mentor Archetype — The Sphinx trained them all.
  • Star Trek (2009): The crew of the Enterprise
  • Star Wars: The team here is basically the crew of the Millenium Falcon.
  • X-Men: First Class: The titular first class forms a team in the second half of the film.
    • The Leader: Charles Xavier, who brought the group together and serves as The Heart.
    • The Lancer: Erik Lehnsherr, the hardened, vengeful foil who believes in mutant superiority.
    • The Smart Guy: Hank McCoy, the Genius Bruiser who designed the Cool Plane and uniforms.
    • The Big Guy: Alex Summers, who has the most destructive powers and clashes with the more docile Hank.
    • The Sneaky Guy: Raven Darkholme, a shapeshifter who can fool enemies.
    • Sensor Character: Sean Cassidy, whose sonic powers allow him to serve as sonar underwater.
    • Token Human: Non-mutant Agent Moira MacTaggert is the liason between the mutants and the American Federal Government.

  • Log Horizon: Teamwork is crucial in Elder Tales. Shiroe, a enchanter, has abilites that weaken enemies and support allies but even at his high level his attack power is weak. Naotsugu is a guardian and so his abilities are based on defending allies. Both of them can only turly shine when they work in a team.
  • Journey to Chaos: Dragon's Lair mercenary teams are composed of four members: A tank fighter to draw attention, a battle mage for artilery support, a healer for buffs and health, and a Magic Knight as a back up for all roles.
  • Alicia L. Wright's Miss Prince contains, in essence, the genderflip of the Five-Man Band in the form of Rent-A-Legend. There are 5 females, 1 male and all of the former are Action Girls with the exception of The Protagonist, Lucinda:
    • The Face: Lucinda is much better as a actor and talker but she has action moments too, such as where she defends Erlina, the fairy princess, from a town mob.
    • The Chick: Erlina is a princess who has shown more than enough battle skill in the form of magic. She also provides emotional support to Lucinda and attempts to teach her magic.
    • The Leader: Sara. Rent-A-Legend is her company and she runs the desk more as a businesswoman than as a fighter. Occasionally she does go out in the field when the situation mandates.
    • There are two Big Guys although in two very different disciplines:
    • The Lightning Bruiser, Freya, is a Yuki-onna with a lot of skill in hand-to-hand martial arts.
    • The Boisterous Bruiser valkyrie Gerda, on the other hand, has a large collection of swords in the form of the Rent-A-Legend armory and fights dangerous monsters. She also teaches Lucinda sword-fighting.
    • The Hero: Charming. The dirigible fansquee from the original family. Sara's go-to hero, who fulfilled that role before he went missing, he's really good at the task as a whole.
      Add two supporting characters and you get:
    • The Smart Guy: Rosie. This witch scientist has been researching vampirism, the cause and cure of it. She soon employs Erlina and teaches Lucinda about potions and how to brew them.
    • Token Religious Teammate: Johann. He provides help, advice and god's advocacy to Rent-A-Legend whilst trying to live a very non-vampirific lifestyle with girlfriend Rosie.
  • Kings of the Wyld centers around the exploits of Saga, a mercenary band. Not only do the characters work more or less like classic RPG archetypes (warrior, rogue, mage), but each character is also assigned a role in a metaphorical rock band. They all rely on each other for both physical and moral support.
  • Five Dunbar brothers from The Bridge of Clay. Growing up on their own, they solve their problems together and on their own.
    • The Leader: Matthew, the oldest, looking after the rest of his brothers and earning money to support them.
    • The Lancer: Henry, smart, sarcastic, from a very young age involved in money-making schemes.
    • The Big Guy: Rory. Although physically not bigger than his brothers, he loves brawling, is suspended several times and finally drops out of school at the earliest possible moment.
    • The Smart Guy: Clay. Intelligent, masters bridge-building just by reading several books, loves stories.
    • The Heart: Tommy. The youngest of the brothers, loves animals (and later becomes a social worker).

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • The Scoobies are the town's defense against supernatural nasties. This is the initial team. Buffy is The Leader because she is the Slayer. Giles is The Mentor as her Watcher and advises the group on their actions. Willow starts out as a geeky computer savvy Smart Girl who then gains magic power and doubles as The Big Girl. Xander...tries to be helpful; eventully he becomes The Heart for all the Potentials.
    • The First Evil assembles one (consisting of characters from its Wishverse-inspired "pet" universe) in the game Chaos Bleeds. Members include Adam, Kakistos, Ripper (Evil Giles), Anyanka and Vampire Tara.
  • Leverage, being a caper series, naturally has the main characters as a team with well-defined roles, although, as seasons progress, many try their hand in different roles.
    • Nate Ford is The Leader. He's the one who typically plans out and coordinates the week's caper. He's also frequently plays a role in convincing the mark.
    • Sophie Devereaux is The Chick and Con Artist. She's usually at the front, working the mark.
    • Eliot Spencer is The Big Guy. No equal to him in battle... or in the kitchen.
    • Parker is the Classy Cat-Burglar. Surprisingly, despite her lack of social skills, she is occasionally sent into to work the mark and actually does well (when she's not stabbing a guy with a fork for touching her).
    • Alec Hardison is The Smart Guy, providing all the team's equipment, hacking, and doing the research. He also absolutely loves to act the part of a Con Man (he can also paint and do a mean violin solo).
  • Dexter's Miami Metro Homicide is obviously people who work together.
    • The Leader is, surprisingly, not Da Chief. It's Lt. Maria LaGuerta. Yes, she's incredibly manipulative, but we can all agree that the department would fall apart without her.
    • Debra is a downplayed of The Lancer, having the 'opposite of the leader' part but not the 'second in command' part. In fact, Maria hates her, but she's smart and has excellent detective skills, so that's why she's still around, and she's still an incredibly important team member.
  • In Legends of Tomorrow
    • Season 1
      • The Leader: Rip Hunter, the one who assembles the team.
      • The Lancers: Ray Palmer, Leonard Snart, and Sara Lance take turns. If Rip has to appoint anyone in charge in times he has to leave the three, it's either of those three. They are also the ones who consistently challenge Rip's leadership. Once Mick returns to the team after being Bainwashed And Crazy as Chronos, he also joins the "Rip leadership questioning club".
      • The Big Guys: Firestorm, Mick Rory, Sara Lance, and Carter Hall are the group's go-to guys when it comes to fighting.
      • The Smart Guys: Gideon is the team's information specialist, being an AI and all. Ray Palmer and Martin Stein are premiere scientists. Jefferson Jackson is the team's resident mechanic. For history specialists, Carter Hall is the group's expert regarding the past while Rip is the expert regarding the future.
  • Ghostwriter: The Ghostwriter Team.
    • Big Good: Ghostwriter: He's the whole reason the team exists.
    • The Hero / The Leader: Jamal. First person to see Ghostwriter and the de facto leader of the Ghostwriter Team. Often the Only Sane Man who makes decisions for the group.
    • The Lancer: Lenni. The second person to see Ghostwriter and Jamal's implied Number Two. She's headstrong and outspoken, while he's more grounded and practical.
    • The Big Guy: Alex. A jock who puts himself at risk the most, as shown in "Ghost Story" and "Over a Barrel". After his growth spurt, he towers over the others.
    • The Heart: Gaby. She seems to be the emotional center of the group, especially when she saves Ghostwriter with The Power of Love.
    • The Smart Guy: All the team members are smart, but mainly Jamal (the best with science and computers), Alex (the expert on all things related to detective work), and Tina (she thinks outside the box the most).
    • Sixth Ranger: Tina, Rob, Hector, and Casey. They all join the team later, in episodes 8, 17, 50, and 58 respectively.
    • Tagalong Kid: Casey, the youngest team member. Gaby was this at first but grows out of it.
    • Guest-Star Party Member: Craig in "Who Burned Mr. Brinker's Store?", Frank, Catherine, and Lucy in "Just in Time", Becky and Sam in "A Crime of Two Cities". They're all technically members because they can see Ghostwriter and have helped solve cases, but they all only appear for one mystery arc.
  • Squid Game: Gi-hun and several other players in the Deadly Games eventually form one.
    • The Leader: Seong Gi-hun. While the team has no official leader, he's the one who gathered them and acts as their face, best emphasized when he's chosen to stand at the front during the tug-of-war contest.
    • The Lancer: Kang Sae-byeok, who has an aloof personality and starts off hostile to the rest only to warm up over time.
    • The Smart Guy: Cho Sang-woo, a clever businessman who comes up with most of the team's strategies.
    • The Big Guy: Ali Abdul, a tough but kind factory worker with a tremendous amount of physical strength.
    • The Chick: Ji-yeong, a strange but compassionate girl who helps Sae-byeok to open up.
    • The Mentor: Oh Il-nam, whose age and experience helps the team through several challenges.
    • The Sixth Ranger: Han Mi-nyeo and players 196, 244 and 276. The former inserted herself into the group after Deok-su kicked her out of his team for the tug-of-war game, and the latter three were just around to fill up the missing space.

    Tabletop Games 
  • All but the most dysfunctional adventure parties in every Tabletop RPGs have to find some means of working together. Everyone has their skills which they pool together to accomplish goals. Dungeons and Dragons, for instance, will likely have combat-classes to handle melee and protect their squishier teammates, one caster class for healing and support, another caster for magic damage, a utility party member for sneaking around and spotting traps, and a party face for NPC interaction.

    Video Games 
  • Final Fantasy XII is basically what Star Warsnote  would be like if Luke was just a random kid instead of The Chosen One.
    • The Leader: Ashe, Basch, and Balthier all take turns in this role, but it seems to fall to Ashe most often as she's the princess of the kingdom and a leader in the rebellion.
    • The Lancer: Again, Ashe, Basch, and Balthier all take turns but Basch fits the role the best as he's the most experienced of the party and his cool demeanor contrasts Ashe's hotheaded-ness.
    • The Big Guy: Fran is the tallest character, and while she's not quite as strong as Basch she's still a formidable fighter. She's also the only one who canonically has magic.
    • The Smart Guy: Balthier is the most clever party member, and also an Ace Pilot.
    • The Chick: Penelo helps hold the team together as The Heart. The only reason she comes along at all is to support Vaan.
    • Tagalong Kid: Vaan starts off using his thieving skills, but that quickly fades. At one point, Balthier snarks about him being a tourist because he doesn't have a purpose on this journey. He is literally tagging along with the adults.
  • Final Fantasy XIV being a MMO, it uses the cooperation of various Data Center (DC) players to form the team, sometimes some from other Data worlds may join in your fight too. Whether it's Black Mage, Healer or DPS and Tank.
    • The Leader: Anyone with the "L" attached to their name.
    • The Lancer: Anyone without the "L" attached to their name who can fill in gaps in the party leader's knowledge.
    • The Big Guy: Tanks who are not the leader. Powerful physical damage dealers like Dragoons and Samurai qualify too.
    • The Smart Guy: Classes that rely heavily on mechanics prediction and encounter knowledge. Key examples include Black Mage and Scholar.
    • Combat Medic: Healers.
    • The Sneaky Guy: Ninjas, who can use Trick Attack to open up vulnerabilities for the whole party to exploit.
    • Utility Party Member: Bards, Dancers and Red Mages. The former two have the most raid-wide buffs out of all the damage dealers while the latter is great at resurrecting fallen allies in a pinch.
  • Heroes Must Die has Lord Murder's Dark Council
  • Every one of the Suikoden games has it. 100% Completion requires having 108 characters on your team, a significant number of which are fighters, and using all their abilities to succeed in certain areas. Go ahead and try to divide them all up into classic character rolls.
  • Team Fortress 2. It's right there in the title—teams that do not cooperate suffer crushing, embarrassing defeats against teams that actually use teamwork. RED and BLU teams are identical in composition, broken down into three sub-teams (offense, defense, and support) of three members each. The nine classes act as The Squad and started as parodies of classic team compositions and character archetypes, but have become more nuanced by expanded game content and supplemental material. Their sheer diversity, colorfulness, and parodic nature makes it hard to pin down a precise team breakdown.
  • Wild ARMs 3: There's four of them and they travel together across the wasteland. The Chick is also The Leader, The Lancer is the actual emotional center, that The Big Guy is the best mage in the party with the worst melee attacks, and The Smart Guy is a Mighty Glacier with a sniper rifle. It gets to where one suspects the party's design is an intentional instance of playing with the usual personality-to-party-role stereotypes in your average RPG.
  • World of Warcraft: The Horde is an organization composed of races that fufill different roles for the sake of The Horde's goals. Since Vol'jin is the new Warchief, it is unclear if Trolls and Orcs will switch roles, with Trolls being The Leader and Orcs being The Lancer. Time will tell.
  • In Ghost Trick, there is the team that is fighting against the blue-faced people and the one known as The Manipulator.
    • The Leader: Sissel. He was technically forced into this role as he originally wanted to find answers to his own identity. However, he became genuine in helping out other people when they need help. He also has the most useful Ghost Trick ability in the game allowing saving everyone possible because of it. He also counts as a Team Pet when it was revealed that Sissel is a cat.
    • The Lancer: Lynne. She is the first one who is aware of Sissel's present and is always rushing out to find out the answer to her own problems. Mainly trying to save her hero Detective Jowd from an upcoming execution. Lynne also serves as The Chick of the group and is often seen with Sissel.
    • The Big Guy: Detective Jowd. He is the largest member of the group and is a well known detective. He was, at first, a Death Seeker and was awaiting his upcoming execution. However, once he was told that his own daughter was kidnapped, he decides to get back into the force and teams up with Sissel and Lynne. He also personally knows the Big Bad, Yomiel, who is The Manipulator.
    • Team Pet: Missile. Missile is one of the most hyperactive members of the team and is extremely loyal to Kamila going as far as to die for her twice to save her. Missile definitely becomes this more once he dies a second time but gains very useful Ghost Tricks like with Sissel. Missile shares the Team Pet role alongside Sissel who is later revealed to be a cat.
    • The Team Benefactor: Inspector Cabanela. Although he didn't seem like this at first with many others believing he is only in the detective business for his own gain, Cananela only climbed his way to the top in order to monitor The Manipulator case that lower-ranked officers cannot gain access to. Because of this Cabanela (along with Pigeon Man) were able to figure out Yomiel's true identity and existence of the ghost powers. Cabanela was also secretly trying to get Jowd out of execution.
    • The Smart Guy: Pigeon Man. He was the one that figured out that the Tesmik meteorite gave off radiation that was the source of Yomiel's powers. He was also actively going after the Big Bad Yomiel alongside Cabanela.
    • The Sixth Ranger: Yomiel himself. Once he was betrayed by Commander Sith and was left to be forever left at the bottom of a sinking submarine, Yomiel joins the heroes after preforming a Heel–Face Turn.
    • Big Good: Ray. He is the one who teaches Sissel everything about the powers of the dead mainly how to use Ghost Tricks, how to go back into time, and how to travel around on the phone lines. At the end of the game, he is revealed to be Missile-Prime who exists from a different timeline where Sissel refused to help him leading to a Bad Future. He tells a lie about the spirits disappearing for good at dawn in order to get Sissel to save those trapped in the submarine in time.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild:
    • The hierarchy and Hyrule sees Princess Zelda as the Big Good and official group leader with her father King Rhoam giving instructions from behind the scenes. Link is her dedicated Hero as the wielder of the Master Sword and the Champions serve as the Elite Four piloting the Divine Beasts and serving as extra firepower against Ganon.
    • In the group's dynamics, Zelda is The Smart Guy who is more focused on researching the Magitech, as well as cooking and chemistry, despite being the "commander" of the Champions. Link is her bodyguard and The Big Guy / The Sixth Ranger, having the most powerful weapon and being the last member to join. Revali is the rude Lancer and Long-Range Fighter with his bow. Daruk is the headstrong but friendly unofficial Leader of the Champions, with elements of The Big Guy. Urbosa is the Cool Big Sis and Lady of Black Magic. Mipha is The Chick and resident healer of the team.

  • El Goonish Shive: The eight main characters form one when they work together but aren't always seen together and are normally seen in two different groups according to what school they go to.
    • Moperville North:
      • Elliot is the most traditionally heroic of the bunch and the closest thing the comic has to a main character.
      • Tedd is Elliot's best friend and the resident Mad Scientist who acts as The Smart Guy for the whole group.
      • Sarah is Elliot's former girlfriend, The Team Normal who acts as The Chick for the group.
      • Susan is Sarah's friend and the group's resident Deadpan Snarker who is much more serious compared to the others.
    • Moperville South:
      • Ellen is Elliot's Opposite-Sex Clone who, despite being similar to Elliot, is more Hot-Blooded and impulsive.
      • Nanase is Ellen's girlfriend, Elliot's former girlfriend, Tedd's cousin and The Ace of the group who acts as The Straight Man to the group alongside Justin.
      • Justin is Nanase's friend who is very friendly and is The Straight Man alongside Nanase.
      • Grace is Tedd's girlfriend who is the most innocent and bubbly member of the group and possibly the most powerful.
  • Girl Genius: Due to Agatha being a Magnetic Hero she has an ever evolving group of followers due to new ones showing up and others being Put on a Bus at different times.
  • The Order of the Stick was formed by Roy to hunt down and kill a lich. It is a group of six adventurers and eventually two Team Pets. Some of the roles are distributed among several characters, notably by having two or three major damage-dealers and two people capable of outsmarting the leader. Whether or not they work well together is...a crapshot.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY:
    • The Huntsman Academies use different methods to organise their students into four-man teams during initiation. Team leaders and names are chosen by the headmaster, with the team name being created from members' initials, starting with the leader's. Although they sleep, work, fight and learn together for their entire school experience, not all teams survive graduation. When designing the schools, the King of Vale was inspired by his favourite fairy tale, where a Grimm Hunter's four children realise that team-work is the best way to fight and survive Remnant's monsters. The King of Vale is Professor Ozpin's previous incarnation; the tale is heavily implied to be based on a true story about the four children of an even older incarnation.
      • The protagonist Team RWBY (pronounced "Ruby") consists of Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, Yang Xiao Long.
      • The deuteragonist Team JNPR (pronounced "Juniper") consists of Jaune Arc, Nora Valkyrie, Pyrrha Nikos, Lie Ren.
    • Salem plots in the shadows with a team of agents carrying out her will, whose number depends on what's useful to her at any given moment. Cinder is collecting the Maiden powers and Relics for Salem; she has her own subordinates, including Emerald, Mercury, Roman and Neo. Dr. Watts provides the technical expetise and hacking, Hazel shares with Salem a personal vendetta against Ozpin, and Tyrian is a true believer who worships Salem's destructive goals. The team structure changes across the series as various characters either die or change allegiances.
    • The Ace-Ops is an elite five-man team of military Huntsmen who are personally loyal to General Ironwood. Due to General Ironwood's preference for putting work before life, the Ace-Ops consist of a leader and two pairs who complement each other's abilities. They must be professional at all times, are discouraged from befriending even each other, and are expected to be unquestioningly loyal to General Ironwood. Not being allowed to embrace inter-personal relationships damages their ability to function properly as a team, leaving them dysfunctional in situations where they feel betrayed, have to cope with death, or struggle with problematic orders. Their learning curve costs them dearly.

    Web Original 
  • Noob:
    • By Season 3 / the third novel / the eighth comic, the Noob guild has six permanent members.
      • Arthéon is The Leader. Moves to Sparadrap in Season 5.
      • Omega Zell is The Lancer to Arthéon. Ivy seems to naturally slip in the role in Season 5, both as the only other member consistently showing up and having a personality complementary to Sparadrap's.
      • The Big Guy (and usually tank) role has Arthéon, Nazetrîme during her brief tenure, then Fantöm gets hired due to his capacity to fill the role (according to the webseries and novels) despite the opportunity to show it never coming up afterwards. Sparadrap's warrior (Spärädräp) and Couette's earth build seem to be taking turns at the role in Season 5.
      • The Smart Guy (and usually the one who nukes), is shared by Gaea (mostly self-serving planning), Ivy (Gadgeteer Genius), Arthéon due to his background knowledge and Fantöm on select occasions. Only Ivy remains in Season 5 and Gaea gets replaced by her archer reroll.
      • The Heart / The Chick role is shared by Sparadrap and Couette, who are also both (sort of) The Medic. This is the only position that remains unchanged in Season 5.
      • The Sixth Ranger is naturally Golgotha (who's technically more of a Honorary True Companion), the closest thing the team has to a second permanent big guy. Couette, qualifies also with her sporadic presence and Ystos is somewhere between this and Big Brother Mentor.

  • In Dream's "Minecraft Manhunt" videos, the hunters form one.
    • Bad is The Leader of the group, usually being the one to rally the hunters together and being the mastermind behind many of their attempts on Dream's life.
    • Sapnap is The Lancer, being one of the core leaders of the group (but not quite on Bad's level) as well as being a direct contrast to Bad in tactics (Sapnap will rush Dream without a second thought while Bad will usually stay back and come up with a plan first). He's also The Big Guy, being the group's muscle and the largest threat to Dream in direct combat.
    • George is The Heart of the group. Although he's the most overshadowed and overlooked in terms of skills, having no major niche to fill on the team (compared to Bad and Ant's cunning and Sapnap's brute force) and being the most prone to falling for Dream's traps, he still plays the much-needed support role for the team and they wouldn't be much without him.
    • Ant proves himself to be The Smart Guy, typically avoiding direct combat but coming up with plans to kill Dream like blowing up his Nether maze or igniting the TNT under the desert temple. He also proves himself willing to play the long game, splitting off from the hunters for twenty minutes of the "4 Hunters Finale" video in order to provide the hunters diamond armor and an enchanting table, sacrificing the ability to kill Dream early for providing a much tougher fight later on. Considering his newer status in the group, he's also the Sixth Ranger.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Team Avatar starts out with three kids and two animals traveling to the South Pole. The roster expands and the immediate goal changes but the roles are consistent and so is the overall goal. Aang the Avatar is the one destined to save the world, because that's his job as the Avatar, and the others help him achieve his goal of ending the war. Katara is one of three bending teachers for Aang but her teaching methods and general personality emphasize friendship, group solidarity and kindness, so she is also The Heart or The Chick of the team. In the words of Aang, Sokka is "the idea guy"; he comes up with plans and clever use of tools. Appa, Aang's sky bison, carries everyone around and can act as Gunship Rescue. Momo is just Aang's pet. Toph, joining in the second season, is the Boisterous Bruiser Pint-Sized Powerhouse earthbending girl, and one of Aang's three bending mentors and her teaching methods underscore her Big Guy mentality. Joining in the third season is Prince Zuko who is Aang's clearest foil and contrast and one of his three bending mentors. Also joining in the third season is Suki, a kyoshi warrior with stealth training.

    Real Life 
  • The book In Search Of Excellence tells how some companies, such as W. L. Gore, General Electric and 3M, often don't have regular assignments for some functions or projects. Instead, either people volunteer to be on a team, and the team members decide if they want to admit the person, or some projects are done by management selecting the necessary members, a manager, then creating an ad hoc team for the project, such as development of a new product, then once the project is finished,the team is dissolved and its members go on to other teams.

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