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Holy shit, /a/ is the best place for this! I came up with this thing called the Rule of Four. The idea is that, in any group of four, there is:

1) a Leader
2) a Smart One
3) a Badass
4) a Waste of Life

The Waste of Life doesn't necessarily suck, they're just the comic relief.

So, in pic, Dyne is Leader, Lemia's the Smart One, Ghaleon's the Bad Ass, and Mel is the waste of life.

Can you think of more examples of the Rule of Four?
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Spike-Leader
Ed/Ein-Smart One
Jet-Bad Ass
Faye-Waste of Life
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MAGICAL. EMPEROR. GHALEON!!!
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>>10248243
All four have badass moments, waste of life moments, etc.
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>>10248257
I meant this:

Ed - Smart one
Jet - Leader
Spike - Badass
FAye - waste of life.
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>>10248245
Don't be hating.
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Shinji-Leader
Rei-Smart One
Asuka-Bad Ass
Toji-Waste of Life
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>>10248243
Wrong. Jet was the leader. Spike the waste of life.
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Your "rule" is just a particularly ill-thought out subcase of the normal 5 man band trope. Better luck next time!
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It's called the A-Team structure dipshit, and it's an old theory.

Hannibal: The leader
BA: The muscled bad ass
Murdock: Comic relief demolitionist
Face: Smart charming spy
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>>10248272

Wrong.
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>>10248278
More like "Six Person Posse"
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>>10248272
Shinji- Waste of Life
Rei- Smart One
Asuka- Leader
Toji- Badass
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Leonardo: The Leader
Michalangelo: The Comic relief
Donatello: The Brain
Rafael: The Bad Ass
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>>10248291

It's only really stable through 5 though. Once you add a 6th guy, the last member is usually a more specialized form of one of the previous types.
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OP here. The idea is that the "Leader" is the unifying force, typically the main character.

The "Smart One" is the tech guy or just insightful, depending.

The "Badass" is the one with the dark history/clashes with the Leader.

The "Waste of Life" is just kind of there. They're fun and all, but...

Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines, Raphael is cool, but rude, Michaelangelo is a party dude.
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>>10248296
>Shinji- Waste of Life
Yes.
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>>10248278
I'm not familiar with this. Illuminate me.
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>>10248314
>>10248308
hivemind
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>>10248332

Indeed, ot/a/ku.
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OP needs to read:

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FiveManBand

And then go to bed. He's either up WAY past his bedtime or woke up really early on a weekend, which is just disturbing.
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Yusuke-Leader
Kurama-Smart One
Hiei-Badass
Kuwabara-Waste of Life
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>>10248360

...You left off at least 2 important characters.
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Ignore Rufus.

Tseng-Leader
Reno-Smart One
Rude-Badass
Elena-Waste of Life
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>>10248401
??
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>>10248405

Better idea: Don't ignore rufus, and realize that there are models of this trope for larger groups.
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Vash-Leader
Millie-Smart One
Wolfwood-Badass
Meryl-Waste of Life
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The Hero - Kamina
The Lancer - Rossiu
The Big Guy - Dayakka
The Smart Guy - Leeron
The Chick - uh

How about the prologue?

The Hero - Garlock
The Lancer - Bootaide
The Big Guy - Garlock
The Smart Guy - Garlock
The Chick - uh

Let's try things with the GL timeskip.
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Kakashi-leader
Sakura-smart one
Sasuke-badass
Naruto-waste of life
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Syaoran-Leader
Fye-Smart One
Kurogane-Badass
Sakura-Waste of Life
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>>10248437

If there aren't 5 main characters, you obviously drop one. (Also note that the chick doesn't HAVE to be female...) Don't play dumb.
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Leader: Kaoru
Smart one: Kenshin
Bad ass: Sanosuke
Waste of life: Yahiko
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>>10248278
>>10248281
>>10248291
>>10248311
>>10248345
>>10248530
So you have examples for five and six, but the idea of four is unheard of!
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Dutch - Leader
Benny - Smart One
Revy - Badass
Rock - Waste of Life
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Leader: Ichigo
Smart one: Ishida
Bad ass: Chad
Waste of life: Orihime

And then Bleach sucked
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Leader - Ueki.
Smart Ones - Ueki, Mori, Sano, Rinko, Hideyoshi.
Badass - Sano.
Waste of Life - Hideyoshi.

Eh...
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Konata- Leader
Miyuki- Smart one
Kagami- Badass
Tsukasa- Waste of life
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Leader: Simon
Smart One: Yoko
Badass: Boota
Waste of Life: Kamina
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Leader: Allen
Smart one: Lenalee
Bad ass: Lavi and Kanda
Waste of life: Krory, Miranda
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I don't know if this counts, since they aren't in a team, but...

Light-leader
L-smart one
Ryuk-badass
Misa-waste of life
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>Tsukasa- Waste of life
FUCK YOU GTFO
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I think it goes without saying
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>>10248589
Word. Fuck Bleach.
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>>10248609

Leader: Soichiro
Smart one: Mogi
Bad ass: Aizawa
Waste of Life: Matsuda
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>>10248622
And one for Kira

Leader: Ryuk
Smart one: Light
Bad ass: FUCKING MIKAMI
Waste of life: Misa
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Fox-leader
Peppy-smart one
Falco-badass
Slippy-waste of life
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What will you do now /a/? Can you quell your hatred to make it right?
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Fry-leader
Leela-smart one
Bender-badass
Zoidberg-waste of life
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Leader: Setsuna
Smart one: Tieria
Bad ass: Stupid sexy Lockon
Waste of life: Alleluja
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>>10248659
SEED:
Kira - Leader
Athrun - Smart One
Cagalli - Bad Ass
Lacus - Waste of Life

However in Destiny,

Kira - Bad Ass
Athrun - Leader
Cagalli - Waste of Life
Lacus - Smart One
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Leader: Zero
Smart one: Diethard
Badass: Toudou
Waste of life: Tamaki

Leader: Emperor
Smart one: Schneizel
Badass: Cornelia
Waste of life: Euphemia
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Most of this seems to be hating against the girls
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Takashi-Leader
Shinjiro-Smart One
Akira-Bad Ass
Mechazawa-Waste of Life... except he's not alive.
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Leader: Gene
Smart One: Jim
Badass: Suzuka
Waste of Life: Aisha
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>>10248725
>>Pocket Monster: Suzaku
>>Uncle Fucker: Suzaku
>>Eleven: Suzaku
>>Faggot: Suzaku
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>>10248734
girls are dumb whores, scientifically proven
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>>10248599
>Tsukasa- Waste of life
Even though it fits the pattern, DIE, YOU SON OF A BITCH!

Leader - Griffith
Smart One - Judeau
Badass - Guts
Waste of Life - Rest of the Band of the Hawks
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God, it works with everyone in Naruto.

Gai/Asuma/Kurenai: Leader

Tenten/Shikamaru/Shino: Smart One

Neji/Ino/Kiba: Badass

Lee/Choji/Hinata: Waste of Life
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Haruhi-leader
Yuki-smart one
Kyon-badass
Mikuru-waste of life
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>>10248860
>>png-(225 KB, 450x284
>>450x284
lol
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>>10248817
One discrepancy:

Leader - Neji
Smart One - Neji
Badass - Neji
Waste of Life - Neji

There's only one other person I know of who could fit every description so perfectly.
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Mike-leader
Tom Servo-smart one
Crow-badass
Gypsy-waste of life
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>>10248860
lol this actually fits perfectly
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on to CLANNAD then

Leader: Fujibayashi Kyou
Badass: Sakagami Tomoyo
Smart one: Ichinose Kotomi
Waste of life: Furukawa Nagisa

...alas :\
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Leader - Mithos
Smart One - Yuan
Badass - Kratos
Waste of Life - ... ;_;
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>>10248906
Moar liek:

Leader: Nagisa
Badass: Tomoyo
Smart one: Kotomi
Waste of life: Kyou
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>>10248754

I don't follow Code Geass at all, but what's this called and where can I get it?
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Lupin-leader
Jigen-smart one
Goemon-badass
Fujiko-waste of Life
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>>10248935

>>Waste of life: Kyou

wat
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So it ain't Morgan, and I don't recall Krieg ever having such a wild accent. It's not Arlong because he's confirmed to be imprisoned. It ain't T-Bone because the dude's holding a gun, which I'm guessing is his primary weapon. And I don't think any of them were wounded on their backs.

..So who the hell is it?
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Watanuki-leader
Yuko-smart one
Domeki-badass
Himawari-waste of life
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>>10248990

Kyou is an underling, she's basically a waste of life.
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>>10248296
Leader:Misato
Smart One:Rei
Badass:Kaworu
Wastes of Life:Shinji and Asuka
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KUREAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
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>>10248748
>Waste of Life: Aisha

You best be joking nigger.
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Leader: Makoto
Smart One: Sekai
Badass: Kotonoha
Waste of Life: Setsuna
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>>10249264
That's just how it ends up.
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Leader: Yuno
Badass: Miyako
Smart One: Sae
Waste of Life: Hiro

am i doin'it rite?
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What about three?
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To the chagrin of most of you, this is actually the correct setup.

Shinji- Waste of life
Rei- Waste of life
Asuka- Waste of life
Toji- Waste of life
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>>10250862
Bastard.
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Leader: Mao
Smart One: Tessa
Badass: Kurz
Waste of Life: Sousuke



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