Not so long ago, Adriana and I bonded after an episode of Critical Hit about how great it was to finally have the traditional Five-Man Band character set in play. We spent about an hour just analyzing the form and function of various fictional characters, and had a great time because we are enormous nerds. The Five-Man Band, per traditional definitions, is a group of characters whose members fall into archetypical roles which all complement one another. The five character archetypes, as defined by TVtropes.org, are:
- The Leader, embodied by Orem: The leader of the group. Can be a mastermind, charismatic, levelheaded, headstrong, or some combination of the four.
- The Lancer, embodied by Ket: The second-in-command, usually a contrast to The Leader.
- The Smart Guy, embodied by Randus: The physically weak, but intelligent or clever member. Often nerdy and awkward and played for comic relief.
- The Big Guy, embodied by Torq: The strongman of the team. May be dumb, or mute.
- The Chick, embodied by Trelle: A peacekeeping role to balance out the other members’ aggression, bringing them to a nice or at least manageable medium. The Chick is often considered the heart of the group.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has probably never been so unnecessarily complex, asking: If you could pick from all the fictions in all the worlds, who would make up your Five-Man Band?