When there is a Type of Guy

In some games, there is a Type of Guy. This is one of those trends or tropes or conventions that is in a lot of things and in a lot of places, but I felt I noticed it quite viscerally while watching a bit of a Longplay of Mischief Makers:

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In _Mischief Makers,_ the Guy that there is a Type of is so omnipresent that the guy is even a part of the level design.

Perhaps this kind of expression fits well with the Treasure sense of humor, or I've just got Treasure on the brain, but there's a bit of this in the Empire Soldier guys running around in _Gunstar Heroes._ They're omnipresent throughout the game, and are found in all sorts of little weird situations doing weird funny things. I also like the itty bitty one who acts as a mini-boss in the Dice Palace (controversial opinion but the Dice Palace is funny).

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Note that guys like the Servbots from the _Megaman Legends_ spinoff series are perhaps not _quite_ a _type_ of guy, as there are not enough individual permutations. Prinnies _might_ be...

Arguably as well that the _Sonic_ pantheon of characters are too _different_ to be a type of guy, despite having a lot of standardization of character design.

A minimum of replication but also differentiation might be something like the _Dragon Quest_ slimes, as there are a few pretty discernably different but definitely stylistically replicated kinds of the guy, such as the Bubble Slime, Metal Slimes, King Slimes, She-slimes, Liquid Metal Slimes, Metal King Slimes...

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Cynics might say that when there is a Type of Guy, it is a way to reuse and recycle one good character design or reuse a sprite or model or whatever, but at this point, there being a Type of Guy has become trope in of itself.

What is the origin of this trope? What are some great examples? Do you like when there is a Type of Guy, or loathe it?


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This made me think of Kingdom Hearts heartless and nobodies, but I think that falls into the Sonic camp of “too different” even tho those groups are easily differentiable from each other.

I'd reckon that Shy Guys are a Type of Guy:
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But that can be said of a lot of the Mario baddies.

A classic example of ToG in gaming has to be the beat-em-up, right? It's essentially a rule that if a recolor of an enemy I saw on a previous stage shows up, it's going to have more health/hit harder/have a new move or something like that.

Like imagine if all these guys:
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were the exact same. I'd need institutionalized.

Edit: I like type of guys. I think they help with world building, in so far as these NPCs exist and have roles past being a roadblock for the player. They have specialties and abilities independent of each other.

The Do Re Mi elves

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@“KingTubb”#p88166 I’d reckon that Shy Guys are a Type of Guy:


But that can be said of a lot of the Mario baddies.

Yes, and I think I love that for them. _Paper Mario_ basically makes multiple rosters of party member buddies for Mario through even further Guy Typification of already existing Types of Guys. For instance, Lady Bow asks the age-old question: what if this type of guy was a _sexy lady?_

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A very rich vein of Guy Typing.


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@“Gaagaagiins”#p88172 heck, even yoshi is a Type of Guy, even though green is the yoshi.

The ants in Earth Defense Force are definitely That Type of Guy. They may not be larking about like the Metal Slug soldiers but they are almost omni present and come in different colours.

Grey are standard but there are red, yellow, brown, green, large, orange, hairy and probably more.

They rule.


I'm not 100% sure they count given the body diversity, but I do love the consistent visual cues of the Reaverbots from Mega Man Legends. They all share a similar visual language (summed up here by a Capcom employee when asking fans to design a new one)

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They all, more or less, share these traits (minus the Rooster's Crest, which was just for this design contest).
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They have such a wonderful vibe to them. The "teeth" motif makes them all a little bit skeletal, the single red eye makes them a little bit alien, the mysterious markings makes them a little bit pottery/circuit board. What cool stuff!

Though the closest Mega Man gets to a true Type Of Guy is a Met, which are *numerous*
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shade-y guys from nier




I love guys. I know exactly what you mean in the OP. I think the key is that they seem to be ubiquitous in the world they inhabit. Like all the guys in oddworld. Shy Guys are a great example. My avatar is another… definitely a type of guy, by definition, in every sense of the word.

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Shinjuku’s seemingly endless chimpira population. I wouldn’t be surprised if most of them are cameos from the dev team.

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@“Syzygy”#p88249 chao informational charts have come a long way since 2001

really interested to hear from anyone who might loathe when there is a Type of Guy, and hear the reasons why. can't fathom harbouring that kind of hate in my heart.

would the canonical first Type of Guy be those ghosts from Pac-Man? they don't feel quite various enough to be considered Guys though. hmm. interested in hearing takes on this as well.

some types of guys i have enjoyed:

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    the guys from Astro Boy on the GBA. Treasure really went wild with the re-colouring and re-sizing of those guys.

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  • @“Gaagaagiins”#p88172


    the age-old question: what if this type of guy was a sexy lady?

    i think about this question _all the damn time_ in my everyday real life, in various situations. also, its inverse! "what if this sexy lady was a type of guy?"

    fun things to think about, no matter how you slice it.


    @“whatsarobot”#p88256 they don’t feel quite various enough to be considered Guys though.

    They give off airs of being a type of guy with that brilliant punchline centric name lineup. It suggests a wider universe of guy...


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    well, okay, here is a type of guy that is perfectly loathsome:


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    are the eeveelutions a type of guy???!

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    @“穴”#p88269 oh! that's interesting.

    From Pokemon I was thinking probably Unknown.
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    @“whatsarobot”#p88256 would the canonical first Type of Guy be those ghosts from Pac-Man?

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