The Frank James


(permanent link) added: 2009-10-03 18:20:06 sponsor: Eddie Valiant, Jr. (last reply: 2009-11-13 20:20:50)

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The Frank James is a character that's part of a group or ensemble, but even though he or she is no less important than the most "prominent" character from said ensemble, they're somehow considered "secondary" by the culture surrounding the work of fiction wherein they're featured. Named after Frank James, Jesse James's brother, who's become relatively obscure in modern culture and exists largely in Jesse's shadow, even though the two were equally infamous in the old west and committed their criminal acts as a pair.

I already tried to launch this as The Diddy Kong, but for some reason some of you found this legitimate trope massively offensive and cutlisted it without rhyme, reason, or chance for debate.

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