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24th Sep '17 10:48:09 AM nombretomado
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* Occurs somewhat frequently in various ''Transformers'' cartoons, where the might of the Decepticon and Autobot forces are represented by only a handful of characters, as seen in [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers the original cartoon]], [[Main/TransformersBeastWars Beast Wars]] and [[Anime/TransformersArmada Armada]], among others.

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* Occurs somewhat frequently in various ''Transformers'' cartoons, where the might of the Decepticon and Autobot forces are represented by only a handful of characters, as seen in [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers the original cartoon]], [[Main/TransformersBeastWars Beast Wars]] ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' and [[Anime/TransformersArmada Armada]], ''[[Anime/TransformersArmada Armada]]'', among others.
1st Sep '17 7:48:43 PM scootermark
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* PlayedForLaughs as an initially accidental RunningGag in ''Series/GilmoreGirls'': Kirk dies ''all'' the odd jobs around town.
1st Sep '17 7:43:04 PM scootermark
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** There is a practical reason to keeping the TARDIS Team down to 2-3 members, as well. Creator/PeterDavison's tenure was scripted like an ensemble show, with up to four companions (Turlough, Tegan, Adric and Nyssa) crammed into the console room at once. It was difficult to give everybody an equal share. It's also one of the reasons why Susan, the Doctor's granddaughter, was jettisoned in the second season of ''Doctor Who''.

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** There is a practical reason to keeping the TARDIS Team down to 2-3 members, as well. Creator/PeterDavison's tenure was scripted like an ensemble show, with up to four three companions (Turlough, (originally Tegan, Adric and Nyssa, with Turlough replacing Adric and Kamelion sort of replacing Nyssa) plus the Doctor crammed into the console room at once. It was difficult to give everybody an equal share.share, and it went on for two whole series. It's also one of the reasons why Susan, the Doctor's granddaughter, was jettisoned in the second season of ''Doctor Who''.
30th Jul '17 10:30:54 AM Gosicrystal
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{{Economy Cast}}s are contributing factors in [[TheUnwantedHarem Unwanted Harems]] too, as the pretty girls invariably focus on the LoserProtagonist, for lack of any other option. Any time the story calls for a male to do something, it's him -- so he ends up as the only male character the girls get a chance to pay attention to on-camera. Similarly, if the boyfriend of the lead is the only man with an important role, the secondary characters may complain about being unable to attract men who don't seem to ''exist''.

One danger of this is the marketing and executive branch of creating stories installs the [[StatusQuoIsGod Status Quo]] on the EconomyCast, and [[SquarePegRoundTrope characters aren't allowed to develop too far]] out of their roles.

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{{Economy Cast}}s Economy Casts are contributing factors in [[TheUnwantedHarem Unwanted Harems]] too, as the pretty girls invariably focus on the LoserProtagonist, for lack of any other option. Any time the story calls for a male to do something, it's him -- so he ends up as the only male character the girls get a chance to pay attention to on-camera. Similarly, if the boyfriend of the lead is the only man with an important role, the secondary characters may complain about being unable to attract men who don't seem to ''exist''.

One danger of this is the marketing and executive branch of creating stories installs the [[StatusQuoIsGod Status Quo]] on the EconomyCast, Economy Cast, and [[SquarePegRoundTrope characters aren't allowed to develop too far]] out of their roles.



The trope is '''not''' about a character who fills more than one ''narrative'' role. An EconomyCast defies real-world logic, not just storytelling guidelines. Nor is this [[InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals many characters that look the same]].

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The trope is '''not''' about a character who fills more than one ''narrative'' role. An EconomyCast Economy Cast defies real-world logic, not just storytelling guidelines. Nor is this [[InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals many characters that look the same]].



** Characters occasionally refer to contemporaries-Gumshoe to other detectives, Edgeworth to a superior organization of prosecutors, and Maya to other residents of Kurain Village all come to mind-but the cast we actually see and interact with is the EconomyCast we know and love. Strangely, in the fifth case of the first game, you must talk to the Chief of Detectives at his desk to get a piece of evidence, but we don't actually get to see a sprite of the police chief-possibly because this single line of dialog is the only time we encounter the chief in the entire game. This case also introduces a couple other detectives or former officers, but two of them never show up again and the third one only gets a few minor appearances through the rest of the series.

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** Characters occasionally refer to contemporaries-Gumshoe to other detectives, Edgeworth to a superior organization of prosecutors, and Maya to other residents of Kurain Village all come to mind-but the cast we actually see and interact with is the EconomyCast Economy Cast we know and love. Strangely, in the fifth case of the first game, you must talk to the Chief of Detectives at his desk to get a piece of evidence, but we don't actually get to see a sprite of the police chief-possibly because this single line of dialog is the only time we encounter the chief in the entire game. This case also introduces a couple other detectives or former officers, but two of them never show up again and the third one only gets a few minor appearances through the rest of the series.
30th Jul '17 8:07:19 AM Gosicrystal
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* The original ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Ace Attorney Trilogy]]'' takes this to an extreme; except for one-shot characters who turn up in single cases as suspects or victims, it has only one detective, Detective Gumshoe, who is the detective in virtually every case, as well as one judge (except in situations where a second judge is absolutely necessary, when his almost identical brother is introduced.) The game engages in frequent lampshade hanging over this, with Gumshoe often expressing disbelief at how often he ends up investigating a murder where Phoenix is involved. It should be noted despite the extremes in which it goes to, the series still has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters.
** It's not just Gumshoe and the Judge. Larry Butz, Lotta Hart, and Wendy Oldbag show up multiple times, seemingly just to save the time designing and introducing new characters. Oldbag is particularly {{egregious}}, since Larry and Lotta at least get along with Phoenix and company; Oldbag has even less reason to be showing up everywhere that they do.
** After Phoenix stops being a lawyer in ''Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney'', Gumshoe ''finally'' gets a break... only for Ema Skye, a former one-shot character who replaced Maya Fey as Phoenix's sidekick in a past case, to take up Gumshoe's exact position, except relating to Apollo instead. It takes her much less time to lampshade hang on this phenomena. (At least she manages to avoid being the victim of a pay cut during every case.)
** Characters occasionally refer to contemporaries-Gumshoe to other detectives, Edgeworth to a superior organization of prosecutors, and Maya to other residents of Kurain Village all come to mind-but the cast we actually see and interact with is the EconomyCast we know and love. Strangely, in the fifth case of the first game, you must talk to the Chief of Detectives at his desk to get a piece of evidence, but we don't actually get to see a sprite of the police chief-possibly because this single line of dialog is the only time we encounter the chief in the entire game.
*** The fifth case of the first game actually introduces a couple other detectives or former officers... a grand total of three, anyway (Mike Meekins, Jake Marshall, and Angel Starr). However, Marshall and Starr never show up again and Meekins only gets a few minor appearances through the rest of the series.
** Phoenix, in his just over 3 year career, had all his cases run by the same detective and faced 6 prosecutors, all under the same judge. At least two of the prosecutors arranged to take charge of the trials Phoenix was running though.
* Every sporting event in ''VideoGame/CriminalCase'' is hosted by the same ([[NoNameGive unnamed]]) announcer, whose line of work ranges from the local district's Roller Derby event to an international Road Racing rally.

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The original ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Ace Attorney Trilogy]]'' trilogy]]'' takes this to an extreme; except for one-shot characters who turn up in single cases as suspects or victims, it has only one detective, Detective Gumshoe, who is the detective in virtually every case, as well as one judge (except in situations where a second judge is absolutely necessary, when his almost identical brother is introduced.) introduced). The game engages in frequent lampshade hanging LampshadeHanging over this, with Gumshoe often expressing disbelief at how often he ends up investigating a murder where Phoenix is involved. It should be noted despite the extremes in which it goes to, the series still has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters.
** It's not just Gumshoe and the Judge. Larry Butz, Lotta Hart, and Wendy Oldbag show up multiple times, seemingly just to save the time designing and introducing new characters. Oldbag is particularly {{egregious}}, since Larry and Lotta at least get along with Phoenix and company; Oldbag has even less reason to be showing up everywhere that they do.
** After Phoenix stops being a lawyer in ''Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney'', Gumshoe ''finally'' gets a break... only for Ema Skye, a former one-shot character who replaced Maya Fey as Phoenix's sidekick in a past case, to take up Gumshoe's exact position, except relating to Apollo instead. It takes her much less time to lampshade hang on this phenomena. (At least she manages to avoid being the victim of a pay cut during every case.)
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** Characters occasionally refer to contemporaries-Gumshoe to other detectives, Edgeworth to a superior organization of prosecutors, and Maya to other residents of Kurain Village all come to mind-but the cast we actually see and interact with is the EconomyCast we know and love. Strangely, in the fifth case of the first game, you must talk to the Chief of Detectives at his desk to get a piece of evidence, but we don't actually get to see a sprite of the police chief-possibly because this single line of dialog is the only time we encounter the chief in the entire game.
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game. This case of the first game actually also introduces a couple other detectives or former officers... a grand total officers, but two of three, anyway (Mike Meekins, Jake Marshall, and Angel Starr). However, Marshall and Starr them never show up again and Meekins the third one only gets a few minor appearances through the rest of the series.
** Phoenix, in his just over 3 year career, had all his cases run by the same detective and faced 6 prosecutors, all under the same judge. At least two of the prosecutors arranged to take charge of the trials Phoenix was running though.
* Every sporting event in ''VideoGame/CriminalCase'' is hosted by the same ([[NoNameGive ([[NoNameGiven unnamed]]) announcer, whose line of work ranges from the local district's Roller Derby event to an international Road Racing rally.
22nd Jul '17 12:34:45 AM JackG
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* In the BMovie ''Mars Needs Women'' (1967), a single journalist turns up to be briefed on the Martian menace to our women. This is promptly handwaved as this guy drawing the short-straw because the collective news agencies thought the whole thing was a hoax, so they picked one guy to go on their behalf.
12th Jul '17 9:44:30 PM KBABZ
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* Occurs somewhat frequently in various ''Transformers'' cartoons, where the might of the Decepticon and Autobot forces are represented by only a handful of characters, as seen in [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers the original cartoon]], [[Main/TransformersBeastWars Beast Wars]] and [[Anime/TransformersArmada Armada]], among others.
12th Jun '17 11:57:05 AM tropower
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* Zig-zagged by ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' with the creation of the Nurse Joys and Officer Jennys, a large number of characters who are all essentially identical in appearance, role and personality, which saved the writers having to create a new character every time the travelling heroes went to a Pokemon center or got involved in a crime.

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* Zig-zagged by ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' with the creation of the Nurse Joys and Officer Jennys, Jennys[[note]]In Japan, they are simply called "jōi" (a pun on "josei issha"[female doctor], or "joi" for short), and "junsaa", which is another name for a police officer.[[/note]], a large number of characters who are all essentially identical in appearance, role and personality, which saved the writers having to create a new character every time the travelling heroes went to a Pokemon center or got involved in a crime.
23rd Mar '17 4:53:10 AM Silverblade2
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* Movies BasedOnATrueStory tend to lump together a number of people who all had a role in the story into one or two [[CompositeCharacter "composite characters"]] for [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail Conservation of Detail]] reasons: ten people who each had a minor role in the story, or six different detectives looking at a case over several years, would be more confusing in a 90-minute story than one character representing them all.



* ZombieApocalypse films tend to do this as well. It's easier to identify with a small group of survivors rather than a large group who may not get much screentime.



* This sometimes happens in historical novels, particularly when they occur in eras (most noticeably Tudor times) where every other person was named after the current King and Queen. To have an accurate number of characters with those names would be plain confusing.
** And in BasedOnATrueStory it can be to big up someone's part in events even if they weren't there. The film ''Cromwell'' is perhaps the most infamous example. Quite perplexingly so given the actual truth has him as extremely important in any number of events, but they felt the need to insert him into other events all the same.



* Mystery novels set in times or locales where it'd be normal to have loads of servants about the place will very often take place on the servants' day off, to spare the writer from having to account for a bunch of extraneous potential suspects.



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* This is one of the reasons why it's so rare to see live bands with more than six performers - even if they have a whole symphony orchestra and an army of guest stars playing on their album.

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17th Nov '16 1:40:25 PM Morgenthaler
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{{Economy Cast}}s are contributing factors in [[TheUnwantedHarem Unwanted Harems]] too, as the pretty girls invariably focus on the LoserProtagonist, for lack of any other option. Any time the story calls for a male to do something, itís him ó so he ends up as the only male character the girls get a chance to pay attention to on-camera. Similarly, if the boyfriend of the lead is the only man with an important role, the secondary characters may complain about being unable to attract men who don't seem to ''exist''.

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{{Economy Cast}}s are contributing factors in [[TheUnwantedHarem Unwanted Harems]] too, as the pretty girls invariably focus on the LoserProtagonist, for lack of any other option. Any time the story calls for a male to do something, itís it's him ó -- so he ends up as the only male character the girls get a chance to pay attention to on-camera. Similarly, if the boyfriend of the lead is the only man with an important role, the secondary characters may complain about being unable to attract men who don't seem to ''exist''.



Take this trope to its logical extreme and you get a MinimalistCast. For obvious reasons, itís rare to find this co-existing with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters.

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Take this trope to its logical extreme and you get a MinimalistCast. For obvious reasons, itís it's rare to find this co-existing with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters.



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** Whatís more, in the novels, Perry would use a different investigator from the Paul Drake Detective Agency each book. In the TV series, Paul Drake would do all the investigation.

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* Parodied in "Dumb Bobeö", one of the plays of Jára Cimrman Theatre in Prague. The whole play is a "reconstruction" of the fragments left from the mostly lost original and alternates scenes from the play with the "scientific" explanations of what happens. At one point they explain that their actors play multiple roles in the play because otherwise the wages of so many actors would make the tickets overly expensive.

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