Playing With / Four Is Death

Basic Trope: The number four is bad somehow.
  • Straight: The fourth member of the Five-Man Band is the Token Evil Teammate who ends up being the psycho ranger defector.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Almost everyone dies when four people are together - the heroes refuse to operate with one member missing.
    • A number four itself is deadly. Anyone who counts to four, writes 4 or does anything related to this number drops dead instantly.
  • Downplayed: A character gets sick after eating food that was expired since 4 days.
  • Justified: The villains are The Psycho Rangers to the Five-Man Band, so Emperor Evulz chose four executives.
  • Inverted: There are four gods of life that Carol, Dave, Bob and Alice speak to.
  • Subverted: You hear about a group called the "Shitenno" who everyone fears, and their "Leader". It turns out that Edgar is the Leader, and Carol, Dave, Bob and Alice are the Shitenno.
  • Double Subverted: Edgar is not actually involved in field operations. For all intents and purposes, the Shitenno are a four-man team with an Voice with an Internet Connection.
  • Parodied:
    • A lot of characters die - the digital root of their ages is 4.
    • Death is four.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: There's no special significance attributed to the number 4 in this story.
  • Enforced: Thirteen is a common numerical motif in the series, and the producers want to appeal to the superstitions of other cultures.
  • Lampshaded: "The bad guys are in a group of four, huh? Of course they're in a group of four."
  • Invoked: The villains stylize themselves around the number four in order to induce unease in Wutai by exploiting cultural beliefs.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The heroes say Screw Destiny and proceed with four members in Wutai. No one dies, suggesting that the cultural connotation was bupkis.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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