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