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[[caption-width-right:182:Famous parties in Nintendo platform history.[[note]]From top to bottom: ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'', ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''[[/note]]]]

[[TabletopGames Tabletop]] and VideoGame {{RPG}}s, as well as certain other games, feature not one but several {{Player Character}}s, banded together in {{Ensembles}} of 3 or more, fighting evil together. Such an ensemble is known as a "party". Unless the player wants to beat the game using a [[FakeDifficulty handicapped group]], most selections comprise most if not all of the available choices inside the entire party.

In tabletop [=RPGs=], {{MMORPG}}s, and other multiplayer games, each PC is usually controlled by a human. In single-player games, the player usually controls [[ManualLeaderAIParty a leader PC while the computer steers the rest of the party]]. Additionally, the player is often given the option to micromanage each party member, particularly in combat.

In {{Role Playing Game}}s where the characters are pre-plotted (in comparison to, say, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI''), the Party is usually a specific variety of Ensemble, such as the PowerTrio, FourTemperamentEnsemble or FiveManBand. Furthermore, the party members' tendencies to stick together for the length of the game (temporary members notwithstanding) mean that they are usually written as TrueCompanions.

The concept of [[AnAdventurerIsYou Character Classes]] is usually dependant on characters being in parties. The SquishyWizard and the MightyGlacier tend to counter each others' weaknesses perfectly, so it's expected that one assists the other throughout the game.

In a group of Tabletop Roleplaying, the chances of all group members picking the same class are extremely low. This is partly because everyone wants to play a unique character and also partly because people like to help and complement other people naturally as part of a functional cooperative unit. If a member voices his desire to play a MightyGlacier, the chances someone else will play one are almost zero.

If averted, see OneManArmy.
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!!Tropes:
[[index]]
* AllInARow \\
The party follows behind the leader like a lot of little ducklings.
* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit\\
The maximum party size is capped for no apparent in-universe reason.
* CantCatchUp \\
Characters who fall behind in level-gaining often stay behind.
* DamagerHealerTank \\
The party is split between the aforementioned three roles.
* GuestStarPartyMember \\
Someone who joins your party temporarily as a "guest".
* ManualLeaderAIParty \\
You control one character and the rest are controlled by AI.
* MutuallyExclusivePartyMembers \\
Several party members who, for whatever reason, cannot all be in the same party at the same time.
* OptionalPartyMember \\
Someone who may not join your party, if you don't fulfill the requirements to get them.
* PartyInMyPocket \\
Only the main character is shown walking around; other party members will appear when needed, or even walk out of his body.
* PartyOfRepresentatives \\
Characters in your party represent different factions/nationalities/races within their world.
* PlayerCharacterCalculus \\
How many characters can the player have in their party?
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits \\
Who's going to save the world? Not a well-oiled team of professionals, no. A bunch of rejects with attitude.
* RedemptionDemotion \\
When a villain switches sides, he suddenly becomes much less awesome.
* RedemptionPromotion \\
When a villain switches sides, he suddenly becomes much more awesome.
* RequiredPartyMember \\
The plot demands that you bring a particular party member along for a certain segment of it.
* RomanceSidequest \\
A sidequest which has the player character enter a romantic relationship with one of their party members.
* SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear \\
Annoying effect of having potentially great equipment stolen from you because the character wearing them is rendered inaccessible for some part of the game.
* TotalPartyKill \\
Where the players' idiocy results in them all dying ignominiously.
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