Five-Man Band cleanup:

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Seeking for Light
Five-Man Band has been receiving a lot of misuse. As was concluded in this TRS thread, it needs a massive cleanup. There are over 30 subpages and almost 3500 wicks to be gone through. This thread is for organizing the cleanup effort and discussing any and all examples to be added and cut.

What is correct use of the trope?
  • All five character types/roles (The Leader, The Lancer, The Smart Guy, The Big Guy, The Chick) must be present.
  • The characters must be part of a team, that is, a team dynamic must exist between members of the band.
  • There must be exactly 5 team members
  • The Chick must be female, and there must be no more than one other girl (i.e. four guys and a girl, or two girls and three guys).note 
  • None of the characters can "cover" more than one role.
  • No shoehorning. This includes:
    • Assigning a character to a role just because the other characters on the team fit Five-Man Band roles. The character must actually fit the role; four out of five isn't good enough.
    • Needing to write an essay to justify why a character counts as one of the roles. The fit should be fairly straightforward and easy to explain, not forced.
    • Assigning "extra" members of the team to non-Five-Man Band roles. Everyone in the team must fit one of the Five-Man Band roles, or it's not this trope. Note that Sixth Ranger is not one of the Five-Man Band roles.
    • Ignoring members of the team to list "just the ones that fit". If the team is larger than five, then it's not a Five-Man Band. Period.

Please note, the gender restrictions have been decided by Fast Eddie. If you think they should be changed, take it up (politely) with him. Arguing over it in this thread is pointless and only wastes all of our time.

Also note, The Hero has been replaced by The Leader (to more accurately reflect the team role). When cleaning wicks, remember to switch to The Hero to The Leader in trope listings.

Format for examples

In an effort to cut down on misuse as well as get rid of all the Zero Context Examples, we are trying to shift all examples to the following format. If you are familiar with a current work and can do a writeup for it, please do so and post it here. If you are proposing an example, please present it in this format.

The sandbox for sorting examples is here.


  • Other (Moved and redirected to a Just for Fun page, as that is what is was acting as.)

Still needs work


Wicks (Related To page):
  • A-Z

I will keep this post updated with the progress made, and any other needed information.

edited 11th Jan '13 2:32:10 PM by Nocturna

2 Lightflame19th Jun 2012 03:40:21 PM from where you can't find me , Relationship Status: Drowning in your pond, hoping you'll notice me
Stick of the Fallen
let me go through the Video Games subpage for you.
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3 Lightflame19th Jun 2012 03:45:58 PM from where you can't find me , Relationship Status: Drowning in your pond, hoping you'll notice me
Stick of the Fallen
Ugh sorry, it's too much. I don't have time to work through this mess.
"Oh great! Let's pile up all the useless cats and hope a tree falls on them!"
4 DoKnowButchie19th Jun 2012 11:42:08 PM from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Going through the Western Animation: A - M examples I'm familiar with, you can safely eliminate:

Adventure Time: Not a team.

Aladdin: Shoehorning: Abu is not the Lancer, Carpet is not the smart one.

The Amazing World of Gumball: Not a team.

The Angry Beavers: Not a team.

Avatar: The Last Airbender: If Zukko is the Sixth Ranger (and he is), then the core cast consists of at most four people + team pets.

Ben 10: Alien Force: Main team is composed of only three people; the other two are recurring characters.

The Boondocks: Not a team.

Darkwing Duck — "Darkwing's Normal Troop": The actual team consists only of Darkwing and Launchpad—Gosalyn and Honker are occasional hanger-ons, and Morgana is an infrequently recurring character.

Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Not a team.

Jackie Chan Adventures: The core unit consists of three members, Jackie, Jade, and Uncle.

Jem: More than six characters

Kim Possible: The core unit consists of three people + Team Pet Rufus.

The Magic School Bus: More than six people.

Muppet Babies: More than six people.

edited 19th Jun '12 11:42:19 PM by DoKnowButchie

I'm not familiar with most, so I can't deal with all shoehorning or loose team dynamics, but what I can spot:


And does the edit history usually get so... elaborate from just deletions?

edited 20th Jun '12 7:52:32 AM by Feather7603

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I think we should go in order, starting from the top. Thus, first up is FiveManBand.AnimeA-D.

I took a chainsaw to the Bleach examples and I'll probably nuke more. Those aren't even close.

edited 20th Jun '12 7:57:25 AM by lu127

7 DoKnowButchie20th Jun 2012 08:27:06 AM from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Both examples in Berserk are shoehorned. When it comes to the original Band of the Hawk, there's the fact that the core group already consisted of six characters by the time Guts came around, meaning that it consists of seven people throughout most of its existence. Not only that, Casca, at this point in the story, is not the Chick, as she does not hold the group together to any particular degree.

As for Guts' second group of companions, that begins with Guts (The Leader), Puck (Lancer), and Casca (The Chick) before adding Serpico (The Smart Guy if he weren't much better suited as The Lancer, especially since Puck and Guts are on much better terms at this point), Farnese (The Chick only insofar as she keeps Serpico tied to the group), and Isidro (N/A). Not long after, the six are joined by Schierke and Ivallera, forming a group of eight. The group never consists of five people, arguably isn't fully formed until it has all eight characters, and in no moment is The Big Guy position filled, unless you count Guts himself, which would violate the "no characters cover more than one role" guideline.

Also, Battle Royale is also a case of shoehorning, as the characters are not a concrete unit prior to the game, (nor during the game, for that matter),and Yutaka is by no means The Chick, as he does not hold the team together or serve as the heart.

edited 20th Jun '12 8:27:33 AM by DoKnowButchie

Did some cherry-picking cleaning on Anime I-M where I'm familiar with the examples. While not really relevant, I'm kind of more biased to keeping them than deleting them.

Edit: [up]I took care of Berkserk, but feel free to edit yourself.

Edit 2: Their work pages are also cleaned.

edited 21st Jun '12 3:25:35 PM by Feather7603

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9 Lightflame20th Jun 2012 09:13:24 AM from where you can't find me , Relationship Status: Drowning in your pond, hoping you'll notice me
Stick of the Fallen
I took an axe to FiveManBand.Anime E-H.

edited 20th Jun '12 9:13:50 AM by Lightflame

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The Digimon examples are hit-and-miss. Let's take a look.

  • Digimon Adventure: Shoehorn. Only three roles fit exactly, and it's a party of eight working together.
  • Digimon Adventure 02: Eh, not really sure. Cody/Iori isn't actually The Big Guy.
  • Tamers: I haven't seen it, but I think it's too many.
  • Frontier: It's alright, but The Smart Guy is wrong. Keep or delete?
  • DATS: Definitely shoehorn—it's normally a group of three.
Honestly, if in doubt, delete. That is, if you're familiar with it to begin with. If you are, you should be able to pick the positions rather cleanly. If one member is shoehorned, the example is. Unless possibly if it's a six-member team, where the shoehorned bit is covered.
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I deleted two of those, will see about the rest.

Now, to fellow Bleachers: I'm tempted to remove the remaining examples because they share too many roles and because the Bleach cast almost never functions as a team.
Seeking for Light
[up][up] Agreed. If a character doesn't fit, they don't fit, and it's not a Five-Man Band.

[up] I'm not sure. I think the latter two should definitely go. As for the general one, I do think there is a team dynamic between them. Even if they're not always together, per se, they still have each other's backs and go out to fight as a group (even if they split up later). However, I think the roles are a bit too fluid for them to fully fit the trope, with too much multiple-characters-inhabiting-multiple-roles for it to fly.

And on a slightly unrelated note, does anyone else think that the links for the Professional Wrestling, Tabletop Games, and Web Original pages should be moved out of "Other" and onto the main trope page?

edited 20th Jun '12 12:29:53 PM by Nocturna

If they have their own pages, they should be on the main index. There's no reason to have them on Other unless they're actually on that page, examples and all.

edited 20th Jun '12 12:34:41 PM by Feather7603

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I dunno, Rukia never struck me as The Smart Guy, so that's one role gone. Plus, it's never consistent.
Seeking for Light
[up] Rukia would be more The Lancer, with Ishida as The Smart Guy. But I agree, it's not really clear cut.

Given that both of us are equivocating so much over whether they belong, I think it's clear that they don't really fit. I'll go cut them now.

edited 20th Jun '12 12:47:30 PM by Nocturna

17 Xtifr20th Jun 2012 05:03:53 PM , Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
World's Toughest Milkman
Re: Axis Powers Hetalia. I'm a fan, and all those are nonsense with the possible exception of the Allies, which is a debatable case. I actually expected to say that none of the examples work, but the allies not only fit the roles reasonably well, but they're also the only group that comes close to approximating a team.

Note that I can't quite bring myself to claim that they are a team. It's...debatable. But the rest can go.
Speaking words of fandom: let it squee, let it squee.
[up]Yeah, I thought as much. I found the Nordic one kinda funny, though, being Nordic myself.

Edit: Cleaned.

edited 20th Jun '12 5:41:00 PM by Feather7603

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Seeking for Light
I just realized that we need to change all instances of The Hero on all the subpages to The Leader, as the TRS thread determined that the first character role is The Leader rather than The Hero per se.

Also, I deleted the Death Note example because, while they are a team, there's more than six people on that team. Plus Soichiro Yagami isn't The Leader; L is.
20 nrjxll20th Jun 2012 07:06:24 PM , Relationship Status: Not war
I can't believe this is finally happening.

I'll help if I can, but I'm not sure where to start.
Seeking for Light
We're working on clearing Anime A-D right now. If you're familiar with any of the series on the page (they're also listed in the first post), it would be a help to check whether or not they actually fit the guidelines.

You could also check the pages for genres you're more familiar with, or start plowing through some of the wicks.
All those Dragon Ball Z shoehorns (which they are) can totally be scrapped.

It's more of a squad of a dozen or so, with certain characters shoehorned into roles.

edited 20th Jun '12 7:32:00 PM by DarkConfidant

23 nrjxll20th Jun 2012 07:34:52 PM , Relationship Status: Not war
I know next to nothing about anime, so I'll start in on the wicks.
Seeking for Light
[up][up] Just to clarify, you're referring to all four bands which were listed under Dragon Ball Z, right?
All the Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z Five-Man Band listings are shoehorns.

The Dragon Ball five man band really isn't. Master Roshi is The Obi-Wan, not The Smart Guy.

Bulma's The Smart Guy, but also The Chick, and neither Krillin nor Yamcha is really either the Big Guy or The Lancer.

All that's really true is that Goku is The Hero, but he's not The Leader, so that's wrong too. He doesn't really 'lead' anything.

edited 20th Jun '12 7:50:30 PM by DarkConfidant

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