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A Power Trio of best friends, high school or middle school age, consisting of:

The two sidekicks will usually be opposites in other ways, too -- one will be a straight-A student, one will be a jock; or one will be rich, one will be poor; or one will be black, one will be white (or Asian). To that end, they may double as a Power Trio.

Romance will be explored. A Last-Minute Hookup could almost always be expected between The Hero and a sidekick, until J. K. Rowling popularized the sidekick romance (although Lucas did it first with Han and Leia). One should hope that it won't turn into a Love Triangle.

The two sidekicks are almost always the Secret Keepers in a Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World setting. This is an attractive setup for many writers, because it gives the main character a person of each gender to interact with easily.

Most prevalent within American shows directed at children and tweens, where writers conspicuously try to keep their cast as limited as possible. Anime tends to add a fourth member, closer to one of the sidekicks than The Hero. They might also get a team expansion later, but the trio will always be front and centre and be treated like the "real" heroes.

Quite often the With a Friend and a Stranger dynamic will be present.

Is often Super-Trope to Two Guys and a Girl, Two Girls and a Guy. Compare Token Trio. Contrast with the all-female Sister Trope, Beauty, Brains, and Brawn.

Terrible Trio is the villainous equivalent: The leader will be more bossy, and the sidekicks dumber and interchangeable.

Not to be confused with the comedy film. Or that one Disney film barely anybody remembers.

Examples of Three Amigos include:


Anime Edit

  • Samurai Pizza Cats: Speedy, Guido and Polly.
  • Angelic Layer: Misaki, Kotaro, and Tamayo.
  • Bobobobo Bobobo: Bo-bobo, Don Patch, and Tokoro Tennosuke (Jelly Jiggler in the dub) are known as the Hajike Trio.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Sakura, Tomoyo, and Syaoran + Mei-ling, Syaoran's Clingy Jealous Girl.
    • Even moreso in the manga, since Mei-ling is Anime-only.
  • Samurai Champloo: Mugen, Jin, and Fuu.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Yugi, Anzu/Tea, and Jyonouchi/Joey + Honda/Tristan, Jyonouchi's other best friend.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Judai, Asuka, and Sho + Hayato/ Kenzan, Judai's and Sho's other roommate.
  • Pokémon: Ash, Brock/Tracey/Cilan, and Misty/May + Max/Dawn/Iris.
    • Like the games, the main manga does this by the end of each region.
      • Kanto: Red, Green, Blue. Yellow takes over hero roles in her own arc, but doesn't offset the original dynamic during the Fire Red Leaf Green story.
      • Johto: Gold, Silver, and Crystal. Crystal was a late comer, but not as late as Emerald.
      • Hoenn: Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. However, Emerald didn't come in and complete the trio until after Ruby and Sapphire had done an entire arc.
      • Sinnoh: Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.
  • Transformers Armada: Alexis, Rad and Carlos -- Billy and Fred were added later, but aren't really part of the trio dynamic.
  • Transformers Cybertron: Colby, Bud and Lori.
  • Digimon Adventure : Tai, Matt, Sora.
    • Sidekick romance becomes canonically in 02, they are married by the grand finale time skip.
  • Digimon Tamers: Takato Matsuki, Jianliang (Henry Wong) and Ruki (Rika Nonoka).
  • Eyeshield 21: Sena, Monta, and Suzuna. The hero, his best friend, and his love interest, with the latter two serving as secret keepers for part of the series.
    • Also Akaba, Kotaro, and Juri.
  • AIR: During Minagi's arc, there's Yukito, Minagi and Michiru.
  • Amatsuki: Toki, Kon and Kuchiha.
  • Amagami: Miya, Sae, and Ai
  • From Ikki Tousen: Teifu (Cheng Pu), Ryoumou (Lu Meng) and Saji (Zuo Ci) or better said, Ouin Shishi (Wang Yun) from Nanyou. But their friendship is horribly crashed when Teifu becomes an Ill Boy.
  • Naruto, originally. (Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura)
    • All the Rookie Nine trios get this; as well as the older group (Neji, Lee, and Tenten).
  • Ranma ½: Ranma (Hero); Ryoga (Best friend/Rival); Akane (love interest of both). Also, Akane loves Ranma but fights with him constantly; she is not in love with Ryoga and only sees him as her best male friend, and never fights with him. Ryoga loves Akane and Ryoga (until he moves on) and Ranma border on Vitriolic Best Buds. And that is the simplest, least psychotic romantic situation in all of the Ranmaverse.
    • Both Ryoga and Akane are heavily implied to be Ranma's best friends, completing the essence of this trope even more. It kind of makes sense seeing as how they're the ones he talks to the most about his problems or thoughts. At least it explains why fans ship Ranma with Ryoga and Akane so much.
  • Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Keiichi, Rena, and Mion are looked at as a trio. Satoko, Rika and Hanyuu may count as well.
  • Pandora Hearts: Oz, Gil, and Alice.
  • Code Geass has Lelouch, Suzaku, and Nunnally. Lulu is Nunna's brother, and Nunnally was hinted to have had feelings for Suzaku. Then it all went horribly, horribly wrong.
  • Soul Eater: Maka, Black* Star, and Death The Kid.
    • Though Soul, Tsubaki, Liz and Patti are always there also so I'm not sure it counts. If it does than Ox (with Havar), Kilik (with Fire and Thunder) and Kim (with Jaqueline) would be this as well.
  • Durarara has Mikado, Kida and Anri establishing this dynamic very quickly. But the fact that that they're as much ordinary high school students as Shiki Tohno means something's going to happen.
    • To elaborate: Mikado is the founder of the Dollars, Kida is the shogun of the Yellow Scarves, and Anri is the original Saika and the leader of Saika's Children. This makes the trio the leaders of the three rival factions in Ikebukuro. Suffice to say, It Got Worse.
  • Shigure from Fruits Basket said that himself, Hatori and Ayame were this during their school years.
  • Ouran High School Host Club has Tamaki and the twins, Hikaru and Kaoru. Or Tamaki, Kyouya, and the twins. Or Tamaki, Haruhi, and the twins... there are quite a few combinations, but the twins are closest to Tamaki and Haruhi (another reason why they tease and harass them, as opposed to the other club members).
  • Xam'd: Lost Memories has Akiyuki, Haru and Furuichi.
  • Star Driver has Takuto, Sugata, and Wako.
  • Sailor Moon during the first half of the first season, with Usagi, Ami, and Rei, before Makoto awoke as a Senshi and Minako revealed herself as Sailor Venus.
  • Arguably, Luffy, Zoro and Nami from One Piece. At the start of the series, they are surely this, being the only members that make up the Straw Hat crew, and even in the later chapters they have shades of this - Luffy is the absolute protagonist, and even though Your Mileage May Vary on this, Zoro stills seems to be the most important character in the series after Luffy (being his Number Two and all) and Nami is probably also the most important female character on the show. Their romance hasn't been explored in the series, though, but it is heavily discussed in the fandom, and some fans will insist that there are plenty of hints.
    • Except those fans are wrong, because Eiichiro Oda himself has stated that there will never be any romance among the main characters in One Piece, because he thinks it distracts readers from the main story. The only member of the crew who has a love interest is Usopp, who has Kaya waiting for him back at his home island. And even then, Kaya's not officially stated to be his girlfriend, but every time she's mentioned it's heavily implied that she's supposed to be.
  • Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G has Haru, Kenta and Rina.

Comic Books Edit

  • Trinity: Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman (Lampshaded in the first series arc, during which Wonder Woman even mentions her brief flirtations with both Superman -- the archetypal ideal husband -- and Batman -- the archetypal intriguing bad boy.)
  • Blue Beetle: Jaime, Paco and Brenda.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes: Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, and Lightning Lad.

Film Edit

  • All Dogs Go To Heaven has Charlie, Itchy and Flo.
  • Starship Troopers: Johnny, Carl, Carmen; Johnny, Ace and Dizzy
  • Star Wars - Luke, Leia and Han Solo.
  • Spider-Man (2002)- Peter, Harry and MJ.

Literature Edit

  • Harry Potter: Harry, Ron and Hermione.
  • The Pendragon Adventure: Bobby, Mark and Courtney
  • Percy Jackson and The Olympians: Percy, Grover, and Annabeth
    • And in the sequel series, Jason, Piper and Leo
    • ...and also in the sequel series, Percy, Frank, and Hazel.
  • Towards the end of the first Warrior Cats series, Firestar, Graystripe, and Sandstorm essentially become this.
  • The Dragonriders of Pern: F'lar, F'nor, and Lessa in the weyr; Sebell, Menolly and Piemur at Harper Hall.
  • Jem, Dill and Scout
  • The Princess Series: Danielle, Talia and Snow.
  • The Mystery Kids: Holly (Ego - the most normal one, uses reasoning to solve mysteries), Miranda (Id - prides herself on her ability to crack terrible jokes, most likely to be inspired to a solution), Peter (Superego - collects car registration numbers, loves technology and most likely to use a gadget to find a solution).
  • Green-Sky Trilogy: Raamo (The Messiah), Neric (Deadpan Snarker), and Genaa (The smart girl)
  • The Three Musketeers (obviously): Athos, Porthos, and Aramis.
  • A to Z Mysteries: Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose.

Live Action TV Edit

Theatre Edit

Video Games Edit

  • Lunar: The Silver Star: Alex, Ramus and Luna
  • The Tales (series) is pretty fond of this:
  • Streets of Rage: Axel, Adam and Blaze
  • La Pucelle: Tactics: Prier, Alouette and Culotte
  • Disgaea: Laharl, Etna and Flonne
  • Sonic Riders (Babylon Rogues): Jet, Wave and Storm.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorny: Phoenix, Maya, and Pearly.
  • Miles Edgeworth: Ace Attorney Investigations: Edgeworth, Gumshoe and Kay.
  • Professor Layton: Layton, Luke and Flora. (In the fourth game, which is a prequel to the three currently available in the United States, it's Layton, Luke, and Remi.)
  • Enchanted Arms: Makoto is the girl.
    • Broken up rather quickly.
  • Ogre Battle 64: Magnus, Dio and Leia.
  • Persona 3: The main character, Junpei and Yukari, at least early in the game before the whole team pulls together into a group of genuine True Companions. Mitsuru, Akihiko, and Shinjiro were Three Amigos in the early days of SEES, but fractured prior to the events of the game.
  • Persona 4: Main character, Yosuke, and Chie at first.
    • The lowerclassmen (Rise, Kanji and Naoto) may fit too.
  • Devil Survivor: Main character, Atsuro, and Yuzu
  • Fire Emblem is fond of this one:
    • FE4: Azel, Lex and Tiltyu; Sigurd, Cuan and Eltosian
    • FE6: Rei, Chad and Lugh
    • FE7: Lyn, Sain, Kent (Even though The Chick is also The Hero in this set up); Eliwood, Hector, Lyn; Wil, Rebecca, Dart
    • FE8: Ephraim, Eirika and Lyon; Tethys, Gerik and Marisa; Ross, Ewan, and Amelia
    • FE9: Ike, Titania, Soren
    • FE10: Elincia, Lucia, Geoffry
  • Both Jet Set Radio games have this: Beat, Gum and Tab in Jet Set Radio, and Yoyo, Gum and Corn (formerly Tab) in Jet Set Radio Future.
  • Kingdom Hearts: Sora, Riku and Kairi and Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy and Riku, DiZ and Mickey... sorta. There's also Hayner, Pence and Olette and Terra, Ven, and Aqua and Roxas, Axel, and Xion. Something tells me Tetsuya Nomura is fond of this trope.
  • Elite Beat Agents: Agent J, Agent Morris and Agent Derek. On other difficulties, J is replaced by Agents Spin or Chieftain, and on the hardest difficulty, they are all replaced by cheerleaders (the "Elite Beat Divas").
  • Chrono Trigger: Chrono, Lucca and Marle of the 2 girls and a guy variant.
  • Final Fantasy VIII:: Laguna, Kiros, and Ward; Rinoa, Zone, and Watts; Seifer, Raijin, and Fujin for a villanous version.
  • Pokémon games after Generation II: protagonist, rival, and love interest/friend.
  • Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriots gives us Snake, Otacon, and Sunny.
  • Planescape: Torment: Although you can recruit other characters, the core trio are The Nameless One, Morte and Annah.

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