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26th Apr '16 1:08:22 PM gallium
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* In ''Film/TheVagabond'', Creator/CharlieChaplin's [[TheTramp Tramp]] is mixing it up by attempting to make a living via wandering around and playing a violin.
9th Apr '16 9:34:58 PM Untrustedlife
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* ''[[VideoGame/DwarfFortress]]'' In DF these people can visit your fortress and they can even petition you to work at your fortress you can even play as one in adventure mode, you can even become a jester for a lord if you can prove to them that you are skilled enough!

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* ''[[VideoGame/DwarfFortress]]'' ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' In DF these wonderful people can visit your fortress and they can even petition you to work at your fortress you fortress! You can even also play as one in adventure mode, you can even become a jester for a lord if you can prove to them that you are skilled enough!
9th Apr '16 9:33:14 PM Untrustedlife
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* ''[[VideoGame/DwarfFortress]]'' In DF these people can visit your fortress, or you can even play as one in adventure mode.

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* ''[[VideoGame/DwarfFortress]]'' In DF these people can visit your fortress, or fortress and they can even petition you to work at your fortress you can even play as one in adventure mode.
mode, you can even become a jester for a lord if you can prove to them that you are skilled enough!
9th Apr '16 9:31:13 PM Untrustedlife
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* ''[[VideoGame/DwarfFortress]]'' In DF these people can visit your fortress, or you can even play as one in adventure mode.
26th Feb '16 1:24:48 AM NothingProductive
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* ''{{Literature/Windhaven}}'': A number of side characters are of this profession. Among other things, the story explores the subtle type of power that otherwise powerless bards can have in a world without writing.
22nd Feb '16 3:56:19 PM Jeduthun
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If a WanderingMinstrel is very lucky and very good, he can get a settled job as a court bard in a StandardRoyalCourt (see also TheJester). If unlucky, stuck as a StreetMusician. If exceptionally unlucky, one step above [[EveryoneHatesMimes street mime]] (with a similar level of hate from people in general). A particularly adventurous minstrel may join up with a HeroicArchetype as their personal TagalongChronicler.

Not to be confused with QuirkyBard or [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare The Bard]]; and ''especially'' not with a [[OnceAcceptableTargets Minstrel Show]].

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If a WanderingMinstrel Wandering Minstrel is very lucky and very good, he can get a settled job as a court bard in a StandardRoyalCourt (see also TheJester). If unlucky, stuck as a StreetMusician. If exceptionally unlucky, one step above [[EveryoneHatesMimes street mime]] (with a similar level of hate from people in general). A particularly adventurous minstrel may join up with a HeroicArchetype as their personal TagalongChronicler.

Not to be confused with QuirkyBard or [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare The Bard]]; and ''especially'' not with a [[OnceAcceptableTargets Minstrel Show]].
MinstrelShows.
8th Jan '16 1:00:41 PM nombretomado
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* Jon Tom from ''{{Spellsinger}}'' is this plus MagicMusic.

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* Jon Tom from ''{{Spellsinger}}'' ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' is this plus MagicMusic.
8th Jan '16 8:27:34 AM Ifreann
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* ''[[VideoGame/EuropaUniversalis Europa Universalis IV]]'' has a random event in which you're informed of the growing fame of a wandering minstrel. You have the choice of bringing them to your court and hiring them as an adviser, or letting them go where their heart desires, which increases the stability of your nation. The latter is almost always the better choice. Wander on, you crazy minstrel.
29th Oct '15 7:44:12 PM TheHeroHartmut
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* Brave, brave Sir Robin of Camelot from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', and again in the Broadway theatrical adaptation ''{{Spamalot}}'', has an entire band of minstrels follow him wherever he goes [[spoiler: until the rest of the party [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty eats them during the winter]]]].

--> '''And there was much rejoicing....'''

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* Brave, brave Sir Robin of Camelot from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', and again in the Broadway theatrical adaptation ''{{Spamalot}}'', has an entire band of minstrels follow him wherever he goes [[spoiler: until [[spoiler:until the rest of the party [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty eats them during the winter]]]].

--> '''And
winter]]]].
-->''And
there was much rejoicing....'''
rejoicing...''



* Gabrielle from ''{{Xena}}'' becomes a wandering Bard for a while, before becoming ActionGirl Jr.

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* Gabrielle from ''{{Xena}}'' ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' becomes a wandering Bard for a while, before becoming ActionGirl Jr.



* The main character of ''TheBardsTale'' spoofs this character type.

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* The main character of ''TheBardsTale'' ''VideoGame/TheBardsTale'' spoofs this character type.type. The eponymous bard starts out the game by summoning and dismissing his rat familiar to scam rewards out of tavern wenches, and, per the game's tagline, is only really motivated by 'coin and cleavage'.



* Toyed with in ''FireEmblemJugdral''. Levin ''pretends'' to be one of these in the first part of ''Seisen'' when in reality he's a KingIncognito, whereas Homeros from ''Thracia 776'' is more of the real deal. Both of them are also [[BlowYouAway Wind Magic users.]]
** Played somewhat straighter in ''FireEmblemElibe'', with Elphin and Nils. [[spoiler: The first is ''another'' KingIncognito, hiding after an assassination attempt; the second is a ReallySevenHundredYearsOld half-dragon boy.]]
* In ''RomancingSaga'' and its UpdatedRerelease ''Romancing Saga: Minstrel Song'', The Minstrel hangs out in the local pub and serves as MrExposition, and can be recruited if you talk to him enough times. However, he leaves whenever you visit the next bar, and depending on the player's actions, may become completely unrecruitable late in the game, depending on whether or not you [[spoiler: complete the Trials of Elore and discover his identity]].
* ''{{Okami}}'' introduces [[MrExposition Issun]] as "Wandering Minstrel Issun".

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* Toyed with in ''FireEmblemJugdral''.''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral''. Levin ''pretends'' to be one of these in the first part of ''Seisen'' when in reality he's a KingIncognito, whereas Homeros from ''Thracia 776'' is more of the real deal. Both of them are also [[BlowYouAway Wind Magic users.]]
** Played somewhat straighter in ''FireEmblemElibe'', ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'', with Elphin and Nils. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The first is ''another'' KingIncognito, hiding after an assassination attempt; the second is a ReallySevenHundredYearsOld half-dragon boy.]]
* In ''RomancingSaga'' ''VideoGame/RomancingSaga'' and its UpdatedRerelease ''Romancing Saga: Minstrel Song'', The Minstrel hangs out in the local pub and serves as MrExposition, and can be recruited if you talk to him enough times. However, he leaves whenever you visit the next bar, and depending on the player's actions, may become completely unrecruitable late in the game, depending on whether or not you [[spoiler: complete the Trials of Elore and discover his identity]].
* ''{{Okami}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' introduces [[MrExposition Issun]] as "Wandering Minstrel Issun".



-->''I am a tactless minstrel
--> [[MostAnnoyingSound I sing off-key for coins]]
--> If you see me in the street
-->[[GroinAttack please kick me in the loins]].''

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-->''I am a tactless minstrel
-->
minstrel,\\
[[MostAnnoyingSound I sing off-key for coins]]
-->
coins.]]\\
If you see me in the street
-->[[GroinAttack please
street,\\
[[GroinAttack Please
kick me in the loins]].''




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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has Talsgar the Wanderer, an NPC bard who you may encounter out on the road or in taverns. Pay him a bit of coin and he'll sing you a song.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' episode "Tank", Music/WeirdAlYankovic [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBi46T1BnJo voiced a singing minstrel]] who follows the duo around narrating their triumphs and woes (eventually leading to Stitch just smashing the minstrel's guitar to get him to stop.)
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' episode "Tank", Music/WeirdAlYankovic [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBi46T1BnJo voiced a singing minstrel]] who follows the duo around narrating their triumphs and woes (eventually leading to Stitch just smashing the minstrel's guitar to get him to stop.)
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stop).
10th Oct '15 12:28:09 PM Euodiachloris
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has several, oft portrayed as handsome lads of dubious morals where ladies are concerned, and it seems almost a RunningGag for them to come to sticky ends. A nameless singer is mutilated on the orders of King Joffrey for a subversive song about Queen Cersei and the late King Robert, [[spoiler:Marillion is tortured into falsely confessing to Lysa Arryn's murder, Symon Silvertongue ends up in a pot of stew after trying to blackmail Tyrion, Dareon is murdered by Arya Stark after he deserts from the Nights Watch. Tom of Sevens is still alive, but his life expectancy as a spy for a gang of notorious outlaws isn't long either.]]

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has several, oft portrayed as handsome lads of dubious morals where ladies are concerned, and it seems almost a RunningGag for them to come to sticky ends. A nameless singer is mutilated on the orders of King Joffrey for a subversive song about Queen Cersei and the late King Robert, [[spoiler:Marillion is tortured into falsely confessing to Lysa Arryn's murder, Symon Silvertongue ends up in a pot of stew after trying to blackmail Tyrion, Dareon is murdered by Arya Stark after he deserts from the Nights Watch. Tom of Sevens is still alive, but his life expectancy as a spy for a gang of notorious outlaws isn't long either.]]]] In short: you're rather better off being a mime, mummer or fool than a bard; wandering or not.
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