Today I'm doing something different and discussing one of my favourite literary tropes, the five-man band. Its existence is a fairly recent discovery for me but it's quickly become one of my favourite tropes in storytelling. Since I don't normally discuss tropes and stereotypes, I figured I have to be a bit more imaginative than just telling you what it is. So today I'm going to be talking about how you can use the five-man band trope as a tool to balance your team of protagonists and antagonists.
What Is The 5 Man Band?
The five-man band is five distinct archetypes individuals from a group of characters can fall into. TV Tropes defines it as 'a group of characters whose members fall into archetypes which all complement one another.' Each member of the five-man band has a distinctive set of skills or attributes which fills a specific niche in the team. The idea is the five-man band is stronger together because their skill sets combine to m