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Five Girl Band
The all-female version of the Five Man Band.


(permanent link) added: 2012-11-18 10:32:38 sponsor: DouglasFir edited by: Nocturna (last reply: 2012-11-23 23:27:55)

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For the moment, it's pretty much been decided that a Five-Man Band has more male members than female members. That trope is undergoing a lot of cleanup and the various all-female teams will eventually be cut, despite how well they otherwise fit. While there are many all-female Ensembles, there is as of yet no trope to cover groups of five girls.


The Five-Man Band dynamic of The Leader, The Lancer, The Smart Guy, The Big Guy and The Chick works very well in every medium or genre. Likewise, Ensembles consisting entirely of female characters are very common. It may be due to an Improbably Female Cast, it may be an Amazon Brigade, or it may just be a group of girls who happen to be working together.

In a Five-Man Band, The Chick is traditionally an example of The Smurfette Principle or else one of Two Girls to a Team, so it is still a male-dominated group. However, when everyone on the team is a girl, you get a Five Girl Band. The key roles are still pretty much the same, though:

  • The Leader is still the team leader and usually The Hero, who may be a mastermind, charismatic, levelheaded, headstrong or a combination thereof. She may also have qualities of any of the other roles, but as The Leader by default, she cannot be classified as anything else.
  • The Lancer is still The Leader's counterpart. She is still usually Number Two and the most likely to cause tension in the group. May have shades of Defrosting Ice Queen or Lovable Alpha Bitch. She and The Leader are Foils to each other. They have either a very close friendship or some conflict between them. Or both.
  • The Smart Girl is still the brains of the group. She is usually a female Nerd with a lot of book smarts, and is often somewhat shy and withdrawn, but may just be wiser, saner or more mature than the others.
  • The Big Girl is still the muscle of the group. Although there are exceptions, The Big Girl is usually not so much "big" as physical. Most of the time, she's an athletic Tomboy. Sometimes more of a Genki Girl, who is "big" in terms of presence. If the team does actual fighting, though, expect her to be very good at it.
  • The Chick is still a caring, emotional or mediating girl. On an all-girl team, she might be less of a representation of the "feminine" than usual, depending on how feminine the others are. She typically has aspects of The Heart, The Cutie or The Ditz.

A Five Girl Band also has the same basic rules as a Five-Man Band. It must have all five key roles, there must not be too many people in the group, and no character can cover more than one role. It is called a Five Girl Band for a reason.

They must work as a team. Just because a work happens to have five female main characters doesn't mean it's an example. Their status as a team can be unofficial, but at the very least, they all have know each other, and they all have work together at some point without extra people involved.

Finally, the characters must not be shoehorned into their roles. A short explanation as to why they fit their roles may be necessary, but keep it brief and relevant. The more you have to justify why they fit their roles, the less likely they are to be a Five Girl Band.

Compare Four Girl Ensemble. Contrast Five-Bad Band.

Examples

Anime and Manga

Sailor Moon
The LeaderUsagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon (leader of the Sailor Senshi)
The LancerRei Hino/Sailor Mars (she and Usagi are either complete opposites or Vitriolic Best Buds, depending on the version)
The Smart GirlAmi Mizuno/Sailor Mercury (the most intelligent)
The Big GirlMakoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter (the strongest)
The ChickMinako Aino/Sailor Venus (the Soldier of Love)
Sixth RangerMamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask (The One Guy)

Tokyo Mew Mew
The LeaderIchigo Momomiya/Mew Ichigo (the leader of the Mew Mews)
The LancerMint Aizawa/Mew Mint (spoiled, selfish, but close to Ichigo and the first to join her)
The Smart GirlZakuro Fujiwara/Mew Zakuro (most mature)
The Big GirlPudding Fong/Mew Pudding (athletic Genki Girl)
The ChickLettuce Midorikawa/Mew Lettuce (The Heart)
Sixth RangerMasaya Aoyama/Blue Knight (The One Guy, in theoriginal), Berry Shirayuki/Mew Berry (in the sequel)

Film

Sucker Punch
The LeaderBabydoll (the leader and protagonist)
The LancerSweet Pea (the voice of caution and dissent)
The Smart GirlAmber (shy and in charge of transport)
The Big GirlBlondie (tough, ruthless, ferocious, carries the biggest weapons)
The ChickRocket (emotional personality-type, determined to hold the girls together)

Music

Spice Girls
The LeaderGeri "Ginger Spice" Halliwell (regarded this way by fans)
The LancerMelanie "Scary Spice" Brown (regarded as a secondary leader; allegedly, there was some conflict between her and Geri)
The Smart GirlVictora "Posh Spice" Beckham (fashion/society smart image)
The Big GirlMelanie "Sporty Spice" Chisholm (tough and athletic image)
The ChickEmma "Baby Spice" Bunton (cute, sweet and innocent image)

Western Animation

Winx Club
The LeaderBloom (leader of the Winx Club)
The LancerStella (Bloom's best friend, supports her the most)
The Smart GirlTecna (very smart technology expert)
The Big GirlMusa (her powers are very destructive and hard hitting)
The ChickFlora (the conscience, usually the one to stop the others from doing something bad)
Sixth RangerAisha (Season 2 addition)

W.I.T.C.H.
The LeaderWill Vandom (leader of the Guardians)
The LancerCornelia Hale (close to Will, but somewhat selfish and arrogant)
The Smart GirlTaranee Cook (the most intelligent)
The Big GirlIrma Lair (Genki Girl)
The ChickHay Lin (creative, emotional, ditzy but insightful regarding people)
Sixth RangerCaleb (The One Guy)


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