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 cherrypicking. This includes:
- Picking one character for a role over an equally eligible character.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- Alice And Bob Show:
The sandbox for sorting examples is here.
Still needs work
Wicks (Related To page):
I will keep this post updated with the progress made, and any other needed information.
Edited by SeptimusHeap on Jan 28th 2021 at 10:19:39 AM