|A Pace Odyssey||
one of the more popular trends in television shows, especially ones for more intelligent audiences, is to have a group of people that all get together for whatever reason and travel together through the plot, having some motivation to all stick together. This trend is actually from literature, and is a trope called the five man band.
the five man band is usually made up of, as you might expect, five people, though you can have either more or less, we will get to later. these fire people fill the roles of; Leader, Lancer, Heart (sometimes called the girl, I will get to why in a moment), Big guy, and Smart guy. Additional roles include the Sixth ranger, the Tag-along kid, and the Mentor. The leader is just that, the leader. they are usually the one that makes the hard call, and are often the most bland character, both in characterization and abilities. The lancer is a counterbalance to the leader, and is often more characterized, but again is occasionally bland in terms of skills and abilities. The heart, or the girl, is often just that; a girl. However the heart is the moral and emotional center of the team, and will hold the whole band together and stop them from doing stupid things. The big guy is just that, big, and is some combination of the most powerful fighter, a walking armory, and the meat wall for the team. Finally the smart guy is the smartest guy on the team. they are often a tinkerer or hacker in sci-fi, and always a spellcaster in fantasy, and almost always useless in a fight. The final three roles are the sixth ranger (the sixth person that is with the group far whatever reason, sometimes to shore up a collective weakness), the tag along kid (as you would assume, a kid that is around for whatever reason) and the mentor (which is exactly what you might think it is).
Now the group doesn't need five people, or even all five roles, and often it will take some time before the group is assembled, in some anime the entire first season. Having explained this, I would like to challenge the class to each think of, and then explain, an example of a film, book, story, whatever, that uses this writing trope. I am going to be using Dark Matter as it is a less popular show that uses this trope almost perfectly.
the main cast in the first season of Dark Matter are characters that wake up from cryosleep with no memory of who they are, and so they name themselves according to the order they woke up in: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, and Android. Two takes the role of leader, with One as her lancer. Six is the heart, and points out why heart is a better name than girl by being male. Three is the big guy, and the most abrasive member of the team. Five is the youngest member of the team, but is regardless the smart guy as she is the ships mechanic and tinkers almost nonstop. Four and Android are both sixth rangers, with Android stepping in as the lancer when One is murdered mid court case.
So what examples does everyone else have for five man bands? it is a fun trope, that I think is underused in modern literature.