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  1. motley crew(Noun)

    A group of people of mixed background, especially one with a common goal.


  1. Motley crew

    A motley crew is a cliché for a roughly organized assembly of characters. Typical examples of motley crews are pirates, Western posses, rag-tag mercenary bands and freedom fighters. They may align with, be, or include either the protagonist or the antagonist of the story. Dictionary.com defines a motley crew as a gathered group of people of various backgrounds, appearance, character, etc. Motley crews are, by definition, non-uniform and undisciplined as a group. They are characterised by containing characters of conflicting personality, varying backgrounds, and, usually to the benefit of the group, a wide array of methods for overcoming adversity. Traditionally, a motley crew who in the course of a story comes into conflict with an organised, uniform group of characters, will prevail. This is generally achieved through the narrative utilising the various specialties, traits and other personal advantages of each member to counterbalance the speciality of a formal group of adversaries. Archetypical examples of the "motley crew" overcoming adversity are commonly found in fantasy and science fiction. Examples include parties of the Rebel Alliance defeating many identical battle droids or stormtroopers in the Star Wars universe. A motley crew is also the archetype for most sports stories. Examples include The Mighty Ducks, The Sandlot, in which the opposing and antagonistical team that is ultimately defeated is also much more organized and coherent.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of motley crew in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of motley crew in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of motley crew in a Sentence

  1. Ian Graham:

    She's a shining light, hardworking and with an integrity that the rest of the motley crew in British politics just doesn't have.

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