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9th Jun '16 12:59:44 AM PaulA
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* In ''Series/EnemyAtTheDoor'':
** Any time the plot of an episode requires a single member of the Committee, it will be Dr Martel, even if the issue at hand is outside his area of expertise. Occasionally there will be a handwave that this happens to be the day he's covering for the colleague whose job it ought to be.
** Any plot involving resistance against the Germans will likely have Clare Martel and/or her friend Peter Porteous involved somewhere, even if the plot would work just as well with entirely new characters. ("V for Victory" is a case in point: it could be told just as well without any Martels and Porteouses at all -- but then there would be nothing for the main characters to do.)
25th Apr '16 12:27:58 PM Upgrader
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* ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' 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.
** And when Gumshoe ''finally'' gets a break after Phoenix stops being a lawyer for ''Apollo Justice, Ace Attorney''? Ema Skye, a former one-shot character who replaced Maya Fey as Phoenix's sidekick in a past case, pretty much takes up Gumshoe's exact position, except relating to Apollo Justice 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 fourth case of the second game, while in the police station Phoenix comments on the little Blue Badger statue and the police chief says the character was his idea, 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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* ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' 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.
** And when 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 after Phoenix stops being a lawyer break... only for ''Apollo Justice, Ace Attorney''? Ema Skye, a former one-shot character who replaced Maya Fey as Phoenix's sidekick in a past case, pretty much takes to take up Gumshoe's exact position, except relating to Apollo Justice 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 fourth fifth case of the second first game, while in you must talk to the police station Phoenix comments on the little Blue Badger statue and the police chief says the character was Chief of Detectives at his idea, 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.



** Larry Butz and Wendy Oldbag show up all the time, seemingly just to save the time designing and introducing a new character. Oldbag is particularly {{egregious}}, since Larry is at least friends with Phoenix and Edgeworth; Oldbag has even less reason to be showing up everywhere that they do.
8th Apr '16 10:33:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* The morgue in ''PushingDaisies'' seems to have only one coroner, although the pilot seems to indicate that though Ned had been working as consultant to a PrivateDetective for a while, that coroner had never met him before, so perhaps there is/was another one.

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* The morgue in ''PushingDaisies'' ''Series/PushingDaisies'' seems to have only one coroner, although the pilot seems to indicate that though Ned had been working as consultant to a PrivateDetective for a while, that coroner had never met him before, so perhaps there is/was another one.



* The police characters in ''ThirdWatch'' would always meet the same paramedics and/or firefighters at the rescue scene.

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* The police characters in ''ThirdWatch'' ''Series/ThirdWatch'' would always meet the same paramedics and/or firefighters at the rescue scene.



* The rebel slaves in ''SpartacusBloodAndSand'' use this to their advantage. No matter how many men the Roman have, they can only attack with as many as can fit on a small set at one time.

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* The rebel slaves in ''SpartacusBloodAndSand'' ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' use this to their advantage. No matter how many men the Roman have, they can only attack with as many as can fit on a small set at one time.
29th Jan '16 2:29:06 PM LentilSandEater
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* In the Telltale series of ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'', this is somehow both subverted and played straight, with a few new characters being added every episode... but having most of them show up in different roles further down the line. This becomes especially ''egregious'' with [[NewJobAsThePlotDemands Sybil Pandemik]], who adopts over 8 different jobs in the course of the series, all of which help further the plot in some way.

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* In the Telltale series of ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'', this is somehow both subverted and played straight, downplayed with a few new characters being added every episode... but having most of them show up in different roles further down the line. This becomes especially ''egregious'' with [[NewJobAsThePlotDemands Sybil Pandemik]], who adopts over 8 different jobs in the course of the series, all of which help further the plot in some way.
26th Jan '16 4:22:25 PM hamonrye
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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 almost as a n 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 almost as a n 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''.
26th Jan '16 4:22:03 PM hamonrye
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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 almost as a n 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''.
--->'''[[http://docohosreviews.blogspot.co.uk/2009/07/lance-parkin-q-part-one.html Lance Parkin]]''': Their characteristics all overlap, like some Venn Diagram. Adric, Nyssa and the Doctor can all do science stuff; the Doctor, Adric and Tegan can all get petulant; Adric, Nyssa and the Doctor offer the non-human perspective. And so on. On TV, the three companions tended to smoosh together rather than get distinct personalities.
17th Jan '16 10:26:57 AM Fulgur
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* Parodied in "Dumb Bobeš", 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.
2nd Jan '16 6:10:34 PM nombretomado
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* The SAMCRO chapter of the ''SonsOfAnarchy'' consists of only eight members and a 'prospect'. This is small compared to the various other gangs they are allied or in conflict with including the other chapters of the motorcycle club. Also one of the members is mostly retired and sick enough to carry an oxygen tank with him. They are all extremely BadAss but if 2-3 of them are put out of commission, the gang becomes extremely vulnerable and they have to pull in people from other chapters to survive.

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* The SAMCRO chapter of the ''SonsOfAnarchy'' ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' consists of only eight members and a 'prospect'. This is small compared to the various other gangs they are allied or in conflict with including the other chapters of the motorcycle club. Also one of the members is mostly retired and sick enough to carry an oxygen tank with him. They are all extremely BadAss but if 2-3 of them are put out of commission, the gang becomes extremely vulnerable and they have to pull in people from other chapters to survive.
26th Nov '15 9:43:42 AM FordPrefect
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A LampshadeHanging in "Terror of the Zygons" that was very similar to the page quote but actually on screen; the Zygons declare their plan to TakeOverTheWorld and the Doctor replies "Isn't is a bit large for just the six of you?"

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A LampshadeHanging in "Terror of the Zygons" that was very similar to the page quote but actually on screen; the Zygons declare their plan to TakeOverTheWorld and the Doctor replies "Isn't is it a bit large for just the six of you?"
26th Nov '15 9:42:32 AM FordPrefect
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* Supplementary material and adaptations of ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'' have to go to some lengths to explain why only one man lives in a BigFancyHouse, why there's only one maid (Ms. White) for the whole thing (especially common in period adaptations when domestic help was much more common,) why there's only six suspects, etc. They usually work through it like this: Boddy was the last surviving member of a rich family, most of the help had the weekend off, he invited his closest friends to his estate for a private dinner party, and were cut off from the outside world by a thunderstorm, blizzard, etc.

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* Supplementary material and adaptations of ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'' have to go to some lengths to explain why only one man lives in a BigFancyHouse, why there's only one maid (Ms. White) for the whole thing (especially common in period adaptations when domestic help was much more common,) common), why there's only six suspects, etc. They usually work through it like this: Boddy was the last surviving member of a rich family, most of the help had the weekend off, he invited his closest friends to his estate for a private dinner party, and were cut off from the outside world by a thunderstorm, blizzard, etc.
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