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Playing With: Perpetual Poverty
Basic Trope: Characters always seem to be hungry but don't run out of food. They always need supplies too. They get by without actually having anything.
  • Straight: The Five-Man Band lives poorly without much for supplies or food.
  • Exaggerated: Each member of the Five-Man Band rarely eat well and live in a place that is falling apart.
  • Downplayed: ???
  • Justified:
    • The Five-Man Band doesn't earn very much money when their real job is Saving the World.
    • The Five-Man Band earns plenty of money - but they have to spend a lot of it on necessities.
    • They're really bad with finances and spend foolishly.
  • Inverted: The Five-Man Band has Infinite Supplies.
  • Subverted: The leader of them actually has quite a lot of money, but are saving it for important matters.
  • Double Subverted: The leader only claims to be squirreling the money away from them. They actually have close to nothing as they first thought.
  • Parodied: The crew lives on one frozen waffle a day and their living space is duct taped together.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes the band has Infinite Supplies, but other times the supplies just disappear and they're trying to scrape together bit by bit to survive.
  • Averted: The characters have sufficient supplies and money at all times.
  • Enforced: The audience can relate better to characters barely scraping by, some of the audience itself is probably barely scraping by.
  • Lampshaded: "We're trying to save the world but we live like college students!"
  • Invoked: The leader of the band thinks that the band of heroes should get used to living with little, so they ration their supplies.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The Five-Man Band starts charging for Saving the World.
  • Discussed: "Those guys are always broke!"
  • Conversed: "Maybe we should stop looking for handouts and get real jobs?"
  • Deconstructed: The stress trying to survive and of being close to completely broke all the time is too much on the heroes and they end up homeless.
  • Reconstructed: Once they are homeless, they work all the harder to earn money. Their hard work pays off and each of them find work and get more money little by little.

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