Swallows Rest B&B and Martleaves Farm Campsite Motley Crew! Our new team tee shirts and caps arrived today from Dorset Embroidery & Printwear. We’re so pleased with the quality of the products and the service we received. Highly recommended! A few more of our Motley Crew still to appear in their finery.
Typical examples of motley crews are pirates, college fraternities, Western posses, rag-tag mercenary bands, freedom fighters, and IT support teams.
Motley crews are, by definition, non-uniform and undisciplined as a whole. They are typified by containing characters of conflicting personality, varied 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 organized, uniform group of characters, will possibly/probably not prevail. This is generally achieved through the narrative using the various specialties, traits, and other personal advantages of each member to counterbalance the (often sole) specialty of a formal group of adversaries.
Archetypical instances of the “motley crew” overcoming adversity are commonly found in fantasy and science fiction. A motley crew is also the model for most sports stories, in which the opposing and antagonistic team that is ultimately defeated is also much more organized and coherent.