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Player Party
Famous parties in Nintendo platform history.note 

Tabletop and Video Game RPGs, as well as certain other games, feature not one but several Player Characters, 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 handicapped group, most selections comprise most if not all of the available choices inside the entire party.

In tabletop RPGs, MMORPGs, and other multiplayer games, each PC is usually controlled by a human. In single-player games, the player usually controls 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 Games where the characters are pre-plotted (in comparison to, say, Final Fantasy I), the Party is usually a specific variety of Ensemble, such as the Power Trio, Four-Temperament Ensemble or Five-Man Band. Furthermore, the party members' tendencies to stick together for the length of the game (temporary members notwithstanding) mean that they are usually written as True Companions.

The concept of Character Classes is usually dependant on characters being in parties. The Squishy Wizard and the MeatShield 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 MeatShield, the chances someone else will play one are almost zero.

If averted, see One-Man Army.

Tropes:

  • All in a Row
    The party follows behind the leader like a lot of little ducklings.
  • Arbitrary Headcount Limit
    The maximum party size is capped for no apparent in-universe reason.
  • Can't Catch Up
    Characters who fall behind in level-gaining often stay behind.
  • Guest Star Party Member
    Someone who joins your party temporarily as a "guest".
  • Manual Leader, AI Party
    You control one character and the rest are controlled by AI.
  • Mutually Exclusive Party Members
    Several party members who, for whatever reason, cannot all be in the same party at the same time.
  • Optional Party Member
    Someone who may not join your party, if you don't fulfill the requirements to get them.
  • Party in My Pocket
    Only the main character is shown walking around; other party members will appear when needed, or even walk out of his body.
  • Party of Representatives
    Characters in your party represent different factions/nationalities/races within their world.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
    Who's going to save the world? Not a well-oiled team of professionals, no. A bunch of rejects with attitude.
  • Redemption Demotion
    When a villain switches sides, he suddenly becomes much less awesome.
  • Redemption Promotion
    When a villain switches sides, he suddenly becomes much more awesome.
  • Required Party Member
    The plot demands that you bring a particular party member along for a certain segment of it.
  • Romance Sidequest
    A sidequest which has the player character enter a romantic relationship with one of their party members.
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Gear
    Annoying effect of having potentially great equipment stolen from you because the character wearing them is rendered inaccessible for some part of the game.
  • Total Party Kill
    Where the players' idiocy results in them all dying ignominiously.

Player CharacterTabletop RPGPoint Build System
Platonic Life PartnersEnsemblesPower Stable
Perpetually StaticRole-Playing GamePlayer Personality Quiz
    Videogame CharactersBoss Battle
Overworld Not to ScaleImageSource/Video GamesSmart People Build Robots

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