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Fiddly Bard, spitballing some ideas:
The Fiddly Bard is a type of fantasy game character based on the archetype of the storyteller or songster. Bards are distinct in that they are not a particuarly martial or mystical archetype, although song is often revered as a divine power. Rather than appending a bard characterization to an existing character type, the Fiddly Bard is designed to have a unique set of abilities related to their gifts. Sometimes the Fiddly Bard is a type of Warrior Poet or Cultured Badass, but they could as easily be a gimmick character. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn't. To qualify as a Fiddly Bard, the character should have all three of the following four key characteristics:
edited 14th Apr '12 5:09:40 PM by pawsplay
PIKA! ^_^For what it's worth, a long time ago this trope had to be given an examplectomy as it was decided to repair the thread to focus specifically just on Bards alone. Before, it used to be any example from any type of video game that fit the description of the trope (such as the Pipe Runners from Advance Wars) but was used to basically just list Joke Character types or characters that had extremely limited and quirky uses. I guess what I'm getting at is, the trope is now about bards, but now it's time to clean up the definition as to just exactly what kind of bard fits the bill for this trope.
edited 14th Apr '12 5:54:18 PM by DRCEQ
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Gentleman Troper!I made a definition crowner here: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/PageAction/SpoonyBard
Special trousers. Very heroic.
Ravenous SophovoreBumping for votes.
Ravenous SophovoreCalling crowner in favor of splitting trope into "quirky tagalong bard" and "mechanically useless class".
The 11th GroverI take it that Spoony Bard will be the one to cover actual bards, then?
Fight It Out!It seems like the good idea.
edited 18th Jun '12 1:46:07 PM by Ghilz
Fight It Out!YKTTW'd a draft for the "Class with a gimmick often called Bard" split off trope
Ravenous SophovoreWaiting on the YKTTW, it seems.
YKTTW is dead. Clocking it.
Ours is the Fury!Is the YKTTW dead for long enough that it's Up for Grabs? I can keep it moving if needed.
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SF-81A Black KnightI'm gonna launch Mechanically Unusual Class when I get home in an hour. EDIT: And done.
edited 5th Feb '13 5:41:01 PM by StarSword
SF-81A Black KnightWhat else needs to happen to finish Spoony Bard?
A Wizard boyThe other trope mentioned in the crowner.
SF-81A Black KnightI mean, what do we do with it? Are we keeping the Spoony Bard name for the character type and splitting off the Mechanically Unusual Class examples, or what?
A Wizard boyKeep Spoony Bard for the character type.
Sharknado WarningI'd avoid keeping the name. A) The crowner doesn't mention what fate should befall the name so saying we must keep it is kinda jumping the gun. and B) the name seems responsible for alot of the issues. It's bound to attract more "Character X is a Bard" examples. Spoony Character would at least avoid any needless association with bards. Hell, the Trope Namer isn't even an example of a Quirky Tagalong Character - besides being a romantic, he's not particularly more quirky than the rest of the party.
edited 7th Feb '13 7:40:40 AM by CobraPrime
A Wizard boyYeah. Shall we get a Single Proposition crowner going to get this renamed?
SF-81A Black KnightSomebody made one already here. I suggest we just retool it, come up with some names that aren't Mechanically Unusual Class, and paste it. I've already added Bards Are Weirdos as a possible name.
edited 10th Feb '13 2:42:57 PM by StarSword
A Wizard boyThat crowner is more than two years old. And we still need the rename crowner before.
SF-81A Black KnightSorry, this is my first time doing any kind of serious work in the TRS. Starting the rename crowner. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/SingleProposition/SpoonyBard
edited 10th Feb '13 2:46:47 PM by StarSword
A Wizard boyTo wiz, the rename procedure is on When To Rename A Trope.
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