Imagine your typical multi-POV story, with an urban setting and within the action genre, boasting a lot of not-so-upstanding citizens for characters. These characters are spread about, some with plotlines that are obviously related, and others not. Their motivations and stakes are often made clear, and a lot of the tension is built around the conflicts between the POV characters, and not between them and some non-POV character(s). In addition, one of the POVs is usually a kind of shared one, covering a possé.
And then, the intertwined plotlines all coalesce at the climax of the story, in a violent and chaotic way, that is often humorous and ironic. Usually, there's a fair share of misunderstandings involved.
I feel like I know of a lot of examples, but unless I remember them, I'll just have to list two (my best example and my most recent one):
- This is the best example I know of; it is my personal epitome of this sub-genre/trope: Locked, Stocked and Two Smoking Barrels
- This is a pretty bad example, and it may instead just possess a small semblance of this sub-genre/trope, but here it goes: The Gentlemen. It has the multi-POV structure, it has the possé and it has the violent ending that offs a lot of the characters. In my opinion though, it may not kill off enough characters to be seen as a proper example of this sub-genre, nor
Now, some may argue that this is a trope found within the action genre, and not a sub-genre of action. I'm leaning more towards the latter. This kind of story isn't just made by having a finale of the nature I explained above. No, to pull this off properly, one must also lay the seeds all throughout the story and have lots of POVs; this format has narrative-wide effects and is thus best characterized as a sub-genre, in my opinion. I am not sure about this, however.
So, on that note, what is this sub-genre/trope called?