Benderbrau wrote:What's a "lancer type character" mean?
Well done, my apprentice (and my Lancer)!!
Rockman wrote:Every group of characters usually has a lancer. It's a character that isn't the leader, but always gives the leader crap. Like Raphael in the Ninja Turtles, FaceMan in the A-team, or Jane from Firefly.
It comes from the character Lancelot, who was always challenging King Arthur.
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Notable highlights:[The Lancer is] the right-hand man and the Foil for The Hero.
This is the member of the Five-Man Band who is most likely to not be a team player. He's the one who sneaks off on his own to advance the team's goals independently. He might be jealous of the leader, with an attitude of "Why can't I be the leader?" When he does finally get his chance though, to his chagrin he may well find himself asking himself, "Now what would The Hero do?"
If The Complainer Is Always Wrong and there's a chronic complainer to act as the show's Butt Monkey, it's likely this guy. He's also the one most likely on the team to go turncoat, and the last one the hero will suspect. Conversely, if the rest of the Band members turn their backs on The Hero for some reason, the Lancer may be the only one who sticks by his side.
Powers and skills common to the lancer include:
* Just as Heroes Prefer Swords, The Lancer is often The Archer or The Gunslinger, relying on firepower and distance. If everyone is a ranged fighter then expect The Lancer to explicitly be the best shot, or an Ace Pilot.
* If The Hero and The Lancer have Elemental Powers, they will be complementary. If The Hero uses flames, The Lancer will probably use ice, electricity or water.
* Since he's the hero's counterpoint, he may be the one who is willing to do dirty tricks or enter moral gray areas. If there's only one Con Man on a team full of strait-laced heroes, it's this guy.
* Has a very high likelihood to become the Ensemble Darkhorse, or if badass enough, a Draco in Leather Pants, especially when the hero is the clean-cut type.
This trope is named for the man-at-arms of The Middle Ages, the term for a professional soldier.