The '''Four Man Band''' is a primarily comedic group, designed for a sitcom or domcom. The four distinct personalities are specifically designed to play off each other so that whatever happens that day, HilarityEnsues.

Please note that the FourManBand does ''not'' include TheHero. The focus is evenly spread between them. If there is a MainCharacter (rare) they can easily be any one of the Band, or it can just be switched between episodes to give focus to different characters. Even the four roles can be shuffled around a little.

Compare and contrast FourTemperamentEnsemble. The band most commonly includes:

* OnlySaneMan - Or maybe just the guy who comes the ''closest'' to being sane most often. Every zany gang must have a StraightMan, and the other three leads have to share one. While his (or her, although the role is usually male) friends act out, the Normal Guy's role is to Lampshade and be embarassed by their behaviour. He will be more successful with the opposite sex than his friends, notably The Pervert.
* TheSmartGuy - More intelligent than his friends. This variant is primarily geared towards Lampshading the relative stupidity for the others and being [[BreakTheHaughty humiliated for his arrogance]]. Alternatively he may be a MadScientist type, with insane inventions.
* The Pervert - This guy has a perverted mind. He usually takes one of two common forms - the LoveableSexManiac whose high sex drive is his most memorable trait, or the ComedicSociopath, who has bursts of hilarious violence. In lighter examples, [[ADateWithRosiePalms certain concepts]] may be PlayedForLaughs, whereas in darker examples the character may draw on BlackComedyRape.
* The ButtMonkey - A character who serves as a target for the others' jokes. There are a few tropes that could make the Band's ButtMonkey; TheDitz, the ExtremeDoormat or others. This member has remarkably less charisma than his friends or is a better target for jokes. The others will pick on him frequently and make him the target of practical jokes. Sometimes, however, this character may [[WhosLaughingNow get one over]] on his bandmates, and this will thoroughly humiliate the others.

Compare ComicTrio (where The Pervert leads, The ButtMonkey goes along with him, and The OnlySaneMan complains but is ignored).
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime/Manga]]
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''LuckyStar''
||OnlySaneMan||Kagami Hiiragi||
||TheSmartGuy||Miyuki Takahara||
||The Pervert||Konata Izumi||
||The ButtMonkey||Tsukasa Hiiragi||

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''Characters/LupinIII'' reminds us that situational comedy humour can be found in many genres.
||OnlySaneMan||Jigen||Keeps the most level head, gets to snark instead of gasp at the other characters.||
||TheSmartGuy||Goemon||Head in the clouds, but not obsessed with his intelligence. Still gets into humiliating situations.||
||The Pervert||Lupin||Depending on the story, his actions may be more or less explicit.||
||The ButtMonkey||Inspector Zenigata||Especially in ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'', his role is to be humiliated by Lupin.||

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"ShamanKing" Yoh and co. group searching for Dobi village
||OnlySaneMan||Yoh Asakura||
||TheSmartGuy||LenTao||
||The Pervert||Ryu||
||The ButtMonkey||Trey/Horohoro||

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''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt''
||OnlySaneMan||Garterbelt||
||TheSmartGuy||Stocking||
||The Pervert||Panty||
||The ButtMonkey||Brief||

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''Anime/{{Doraemon}}''
||OnlySaneMan||Shizuka||
||TheSmartGuy||Suneo||
||The Pervert||Gian||
||The ButtMonkey||Nobita||
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
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''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''
||OnlySaneMan||Hobbes||
||TheSmartGuy||Andy||
||The Pervert||Socrates, ComedicSociopathy||
||The ButtMonkey||Calvin||
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[[folder:Film]]
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''MarxBrothers''
||OnlySaneMan||Zeppo||
||TheSmartGuy||Chico||
||The Pervert||Groucho||
||The ButtMonkey||Harpo||

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''AmericanPie''
||OnlySaneMan||Kevin/Oz||
||TheSmartGuy||Oz/Kevin||
||The Pervert||Finch||
||The ButtMonkey||Jim||

The third ''AmericanPie'' instead goes:
||OnlySaneMan||Kevin||
||TheSmartGuy||Finch||
||The Pervert||Stifler||
||The ButtMonkey||Jim||

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''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''
||OnlySaneMan||Winston Zeddmore||
||TheSmartGuy||Dr. Egon Spengler||
||The Pervert||Dr. Peter Venkman||
||The ButtMonkey||Dr. Raymond Stantz||

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Music/TheBeatles in ''AHardDaysNight'' and ''{{Help}}''
||OnlySaneMan||PaulMcCartney||
||TheSmartGuy||GeorgeHarrison||
||The Pervert||JohnLennon||
||The ButtMonkey||RingoStarr||

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''Film/TheGoonies''
||OnlySaneMan||Mikey Walsh||
||TheSmartGuy||Data||
||The Pervert||Mouth||
||The ButtMonkey||Chunk||

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''Film/StandByMe''
||OnlySaneMan||Chris Chambers||
||TheSmartGuy||Gordie [=LaChance=]||
||The Pervert||Teddy Duchamp||
||The ButtMonkey||Vern Tessio||

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''TheHangover''
||OnlySaneMan||Doug Billings (to the point the plot always ditches him to turn it into a ComicTrio)||
||TheSmartGuy||Dr. Stu Price||
||The Pervert||Phil Wenneck||
||The ButtMonkey||Alan Garner||

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''WreckItRalph''
||OnlySaneMan||Sgt. Calhoun||
||TheSmartGuy||Vanellope||
||The Pervert||Fix-It Felix||
||The ButtMonkey||Ralph||
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[[folder:Literature]]
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''Literature/HarryPotter''

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The Marauders:
||OnlySaneMan||Remus Lupin||
||TheSmartGuy||James Potter||
||The Pervert||Sirius Black||
||The ButtMonkey||Peter Pettigrew||

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The main characters themselves:
||OnlySaneMan||Harry Potter||
||TheSmartGuy||Hermione Granger||
||The Pervert||Ron Weasley||
||The ButtMonkey||Neville Longbottom, before he TookALevelInBadass||
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
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''TheBigBangTheory''
||OnlySaneMan||Leonard Hofstadter||
||TheSmartGuy||Sheldon Cooper, ''[[InsufferableGenius and how]]''.||
||The Pervert||Howard Wolowitz, LoveableSexManiac [[CharacterDevelopment until he met Bernadette]]||
||The ButtMonkey||Raj Koothrappali. He's shy to the point he can't even speak to women unless drunk, and is generally awkward.||

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''Series/{{Fringe}}''
||OnlySaneMan||Olivia Dunham. Peter sometimes takes a crack at this, especially when Olivia shows up at his apartment at ungodly hours.||
||TheSmartGuy||Peter Bishop: IQ 190.||
||The Pervert||Walter Bishop. He would be the smart guy, but he's just too darn insane to function.||
||The ButtMonkey||Astrid. Walter can't even remember her name.||

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''TheInbetweeners''
||OnlySaneMan||Simon Cooper. Not, however, the MainCharacter.||
||TheSmartGuy||Will Mackenzie, who speaks French and is something of a high flyer||
||The Pervert||Jay Cartwright, who has been singularly attributed with bringing the word ''clunge'' back into the popular lexicon||
||The ButtMonkey||Neil Sutherland. While he is more successful with the opposite sex than the others, he takes TheDitz to extreme levels and is the target of the others' jokes||

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''Series/RedDwarf''
||OnlySaneMan||David Lister||
||TheSmartGuy||Kryten. ||
||The Pervert||The Cat. LoveableSexManiac||
||The ButtMonkey||Arnold Rimmer||

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''Series/LosSimuladores''
||OnlySaneMan||Medina||
||TheSmartGuy||Santos||
||The Pervert||Ravenna||
||The ButtMonkey||Lamponne||

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''TheNanny''
||OnlySaneMan||Fran Fine||
||TheSmartGuy||Maxwell Sheffield||
||The Pervert||Niles||
||The ButtMonkey||C.C. Babcock||

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''{{Seinfeld}}''
||OnlySaneMan||[[TheDanza Jerry Seinfeld]]||
||TheSmartGuy||Elaine Benes||
||The Pervert||Cosmo Kramer||
||The ButtMonkey||George Costanza||

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''Series/ImpracticalJokers''
||OnlySaneMan||Q||
||TheSmartGuy||Sal ||
||The Pervert||Joe||
||The ButtMonkey||Murr||

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''Series/TheYoungOnes''
||OnlySaneMan||Mike by default||
||TheSmartGuy||Vyvyan, by mad scientist standards anyway. ||
||The Pervert||Rick||
||The ButtMonkey||[[TheWoobie Neil, oh]] [[TheEeyore Neil.]]||

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''TheYoungOnes'' (AlternateCharacterInterpretation)
||OnlySaneMan||Neil by default||
||TheSmartGuy||Vyvyan, by mad scientist standards anyway. ||
||The Pervert||Mike, CasanovaWannabe||
||The ButtMonkey||Rick, who gets beat up and tormented even more than Neil.||

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''TheYoungOnes'' (AlternateCharacterInterpretation)
||OnlySaneMan||Mike by default||
||TheSmartGuy||Neil, a GeniusDitz who got the highest test scores||
||The Pervert|| Vyvyan, the poster child for ComedicSociopath||
||The ButtMonkey||Rick, who gets beat up and tormented even more than Neil||

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{{Shameless}}
''Maguire boys''
||OnlySaneMan||Paddy Maguire. Frustrated at the failed initiatives and incompetence of his sons||
||TheSmartGuy||Jamie Maguire. Generally speaking, the most independent and able of the sons||
||The Pervert||Mickey Maguire. Mainly his obsessive love for gay porn||
||The ButtMonkey||Shane Maguire. Pretty much identified for his lack of common sense or intelligence, early on.||

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''HappyDays''
||OnlySaneMan||Fonzie
||TheSmartGuy||Richie
||The Pervert||Ralph
||The ButtMonkey||Potsie

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''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' [[note]][[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness First Season only]][[/note]]
||OnlySaneMan||Dee
||TheSmartGuy||Dennis
||The Pervert||Mac
||The ButtMonkey||Charlie

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''Package Deal''
||OnlySaneMan||Kim||
||TheSmartGuy||Danny||
||The Pervert||Sheldon||
||The ButtMonkey||Ryan||

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''That70sShow''
||OnlySaneMan||Eric||
||TheSmartGuy||Hyde||
||The Pervert||Kelso||
||The ButtMonkey||Fez||

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''TheATeam''
||OnlySaneMan||Face||
||TheSmartGuy||Hannibal||
||The Pervert||B.A.||
||The ButtMonkey||Murdock||

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''WillAndGrace''
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||OnlySaneMan||Grace||
||TheSmartGuy||Will||
||The Pervert||Karen||
||The ButtMonkey||Jack||

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''DawsonsCreek''
||OnlySaneMan||Dawson||
||TheSmartGuy||Joey||
||The Pervert||Jen||
||The ButtMonkey||Pacey||
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[[folder:Video Games]]
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''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' has Octopus Squad.
||OnlySaneMan||Russel Bergman, TheGenericGuy in a cast full of weirdos and often the one who tries to break up fights.||
||TheSmartGuy||Leona Garstein, a cool-headed AcePilot.||
||The Pervert||Katina Tarask, a HotBlooded LeeroyJenkins prone to over the top threats of violence.||
||The ButtMonkey||Tasuku Shinguji, a tactless {{ditz}} who earns his punishment by saying the wrong things.||

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''VideoGame/StarFox''
||OnlySaneMan||Fox McCloud||
||TheSmartGuy||Peppy Hare||
||The Pervert||Falco Lambordi||
||The ButtMonkey||Slippy Toad||

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[[folder:Web Comic]]
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''Exterminatus Now''
||OnlySaneMan||Rogue||
||TheSmartGuy||Virus, he's the most book smart at least||
||The Pervert||Eastwood||
||The ButtMonkey||Lothar||

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''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', Light Warriors
||OnlySaneMan||Thief||
||TheSmartGuy||Red Mage, or so he thinks||
||The Pervert||Black Mage (mostly of the Sociopathic type, except when White Mage is featured)||
||The ButtMonkey||Fighter||

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''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', Teen Girl Squad
||OnlySaneMan||Cheerleader||
||TheSmartGuy||So and So||
||The Pervert||The Ugly One||
||The ButtMonkey||What's Her Face||
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
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''FourSwordsMisadventures''
||OnlySaneMan||Green Link||
||TheSmartGuy||Blue Link||
||The Pervert||Red Link||
||The ButtMonkey||Purple Link||


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''DragonBallZAbridged'' (Of the four main human fighters)
||OnlySaneMan||Krillin||
||TheSmartGuy||Tien||
||The Pervert||Master Roshi||
||The ButtMonkey||Yamcha||
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
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''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
||OnlySaneMan||Peter Griffin||
||TheSmartGuy||Joe||
||The Pervert||Quagmire, who brings this character to its most outrageous (and darkest) levels||
||The ButtMonkey||Cleveland Brown. He personifies ExtremeDoormat in his pre-spinoff appearances||

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''TheClevelandShow''
||OnlySaneMan||Ex ButtMonkey Cleveland Brown||
||TheSmartGuy||Tim the Bear||
||The Pervert||Holt Richter||
||The ButtMonkey||Lester||

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''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
||OnlySaneMan||Stan||
||TheSmartGuy||Kyle||
||The Pervert||Cartman (ComedicSociopath)||
||The ButtMonkey||Kenny||

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''ThePenguinsOfMadagascar''
||OnlySaneMan||Skipper||
||TheSmartGuy||Kowalski||
||The Pervert||Rico, ComedicSociopath||
||The ButtMonkey||Private||

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''KingOfTheHill''
||OnlySaneMan||Hank Hill||
||TheSmartGuy||Dale Gribble||
||The Pervert||Boomhauer||
||The ButtMonkey||Bill Dauterive||

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''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow''
||OnlySaneMan||Bugs||
||TheSmartGuy||Tina||
||The Pervert||Lola||
||The ButtMonkey||Daffy||

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''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioBrosSuperShow''
||OnlySaneMan||Mario||
||TheSmartGuy||Luigi||
||The Pervert||Toad||
||The ButtMonkey||Toadstool||

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''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012''
||OnlySaneMan||Leonardo||
||TheSmartGuy||Donatello||
||The Pervert||Raphael||
||The ButtMonkey||Michelangelo||

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''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': The Simpson family
||OnlySaneMan||Marge||
||TheSmartGuy||Lisa||
||The Pervert||Bart||
||The ButtMonkey||Homer||

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Moe's Tavern Regulars
||OnlySaneMan||Moe||
||TheSmartGuy||Carl||
||The Pervert||Barney||
||The ButtMonkey||Lenny||

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''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'': The main pups from the TV series
||OnlySaneMan||Spot||
||TheSmartGuy||Lucky||
||The Pervert||Cadpig||
||The ButtMonkey||Rolly||

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''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''
||OnlySaneMan||Chip||
||TheSmartGuy||Gadget||
||The Pervert||Monterey Jack||
||The ButtMonkey||Dale||
[[/folder]]