So! Fun fact, this is actually one of my favorite tropes, because I'm a big ol' dork and I pretty much consume media exclusively for good character dynamics. Five-man bands are one way to make that happen, but any sufficiently large pile of characters can be written to interact in a suitably entertaining/heartwarming/squee-inducing way as to appeal to my Very Refined Tastes In Media (hurriedly shoves Thundercats 2011 under the carpet). Today we break down the structure of a five-man band, examine a few of its more convenient story uses, and overall have a grand ol' time, no Comment Kaiju required!
On a related note, I have to hijack my own video description to recommend My Hero Academia to all of you, as it manages to create the kind of beautifully realistic banter and interwoven character dynamics I typically expect from five-man bands, but on the scale of a class of twenty people plus all their teachers plus some students from the other classes too. It's beyond impressive. If you've already seen or read it, tell me who your favorite characters are! Mine are Tsuyu and Kirishima but I'm open to suggestions!
(Also, tell Blue to start watching it too.)
UNNAMED EXAMPLES USED, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER: Legion of Superheroes, Guardians of the Galaxy, Storm Hawks, Teen Titans, Yu Yu Hakusho, Sailor Moon, W.I.T.C.H, Gargoyles, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Star Wars, Thundercats (2011), Voltron: Legendary Defender, Fairy Tail, Yugioh, Justice League, Firefly, Inuyasha, Order Of The Stick, Wolverine And The X-Men, Ghostbusters, TMNT, Young Justice, Fullmetal Alchemist, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Cowboy Bebop, Legend of Korra, Rurouni Kenshin, Golion
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