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A motley crew is a cliché for a roughly organized assembly of characters. Typical examples of motley crews are pirates and freedom fighters. They are, by definition, non-uniform and undisciplined as a group. They are characterized by containing characters of conflicting personality, varying backgrounds, and, usually to the benefit of the group, a wide array of methods for overcoming adversity.
Behind the scenes
- The term "motley crew" is actually used in fictional material, such as books or films. They may align with, be (as a group), 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.
- Because members of Jack Sparrow's crew aboard the Black Pearl in the films were referred to as the "Motley Crew", fans assume that was the name of their group. The crew of the Barnacle and the crew of the Queen Anne's Revenge were also referred to as a "motley crew" by definition.
- Jack Sparrow: The Coming Storm
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Visual Guide
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Complete Visual Guide
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (junior novelization)