My Favourite Trope: Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
The ‘Ragtag Bunch of Misfits’ trope is one I have become increasingly fond of over the years. I have generally favoured ‘Enemies to Lovers’ and ‘Fake Relationship’ tropes (who doesn’t love them?!) but this little trope has been gaining traction with me for a while and now it’s probably the one I love the most!
Here are some of my favourite books/series that (IMHO) include this trope:
1. The Lynburn Legacy series by Sarah Rees Brennan
To be fair, most of Sarah Rees Brennan books include some form of ragtag group but this was the first series of hers I read so I’m giving it to the Lynburn Legacy peeps!
2. The Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes
There are so many characters in this series who end up coming together (and breaking apart, then coming together again) that it quite clearly found a way onto this list.
3. The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
Again, I realised when I was writing this that the majority of Klune’s books have groups of misfits but I decided to go with this one because it’s so squishy!
4. Warchild series by Karin Lowachee
So much so! This series is one of my absolute favourites and though it focuses on different MC’s for each book, the same core group appear in each. I love them all so!
5. Selfish Myths series by Natalia Jaster
This series again has a different protagonist for each book but they are all part of a core group despite their many differences. They all end up relying on each other so they are family as well as misfits! 😉
6. Master of One by Dani Bennett and Jaida Jones
This book collects POV characters as it goes along and they all end up together (mostly) by the end of the novel. I’m hoping for more books because the story is just so good.
7. The Cadeleonian series by Ginn Hale
This series has a core group of characters but adds more to the roster as it goes along and they are all wonderfully flawed and the very definition of ‘ragtag’ haha!
8. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The old school choice but it is no wonder I love this trope when in many ways this book could be argued as one of the originators of a special team needed to save the world!
9. All For the Game series by Nora Sakavic
The Foxes! My favourite group of misfits. They stole my heart when I first read these books several years ago. They are my comfort characters – each and every single one of these delinquent owns my heart and soul…
10. Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
A group of characters on a dangerous (and highly illegal!) heist? And these characters are chock full of problems? Sign me up right now!!