There are millions of tropes in our favorite fictions, and all of them can be awesome, but for my money, you can’t beat the traditional ragtag bunch of misfits, fighting with unearned confidence against impossible odds.  Star-Lord and his makeshift Guardians?  Excellent!  Princess Leia, her idiot brother and feckless boyfriend leading a buncha jerks?  Awesome!  Nerdy elf, jerk warlock, cyborg artificer and idiot with a heartagold and a massive axe?  Heck yeah, I want some Cheezy Poofs Critical Hit Void Saga!  It’s hard to do this particular storytelling tool badly, meaning there are tons of candidates, leading to today’s ensemble query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) will probably never find a group of hostile jerks that I love more than the scrappy Coney Island Warriors, who are real good, asking: Which fictional assemblage is your favorite ragtag bunch of misfits?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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  1. The Ghost crew from “Star Wars Rebels”. They are all from different walks of life, and under other circumstances might not have become such a tight-knit team (let alone a “family”), but despite a little friction, their differences are just as much an asset as their similarities.

  2. The full squad from videogame Mass Effect 2. Over ten fleshed out characters, from a psychic punk rocker to an alien monk to a month-old test tube soldier to Space Batman, many of these characters have never met before and have no business on a ship with each other. But when push comes to shove, they’re all here because each is the best at what they do.

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