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2nd Jul '17 4:40:39 AM waters20
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** And last up is the Babylon Rogues. Jet is the impulsive schemer, Storm is the blind idiot, and Wave is the powerless one who usually complains about Jet's reckless behavior.

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** And last up is the Babylon Rogues.Rogues in ''VideoGame/SonicRiders''. Jet is the impulsive schemer, Storm is the blind idiot, and Wave is the powerless one who usually complains about Jet's reckless behavior.
18th Jun '17 4:53:50 PM waters20
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** And last up is the Babylon Rogues. Jet is the impulsive schemer, Storm is the blind idiot, and Wave is the powerless one who usually complains about Jet's reckless behavior.
12th May '17 9:43:32 AM MagnusForce
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In clowning, these positions are referred to as Whiteface, Auguste, and Tramp.

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In clowning, these positions are respectively referred to as Whiteface, Auguste, and Tramp.
8th May '17 2:20:49 AM Dravencour
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** Some shades of this come from the Main Trio, Guts, Casca and Griffith themselves. Especially on this [[https://68.media.tumblr.com/e8b522cd4a144c7a84c1be3774fa587d/tumblr_ofplooFeBa1r3ndd9o1_500.jpg Christmas poster]] which in retrospective is waay to happy when thinking about what [[RapeAsDrama happens]] to this three later.
** In Guts new traveling party, two comedy trios are set up, both with [[SideKick Isidro]] in them. The kid trio with Isidro and the two girls Shchierke and Isma the [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Mermaid]] is very silly and even goes into LoveTriangle territory. The second trio is Puck. Isidro and Manifico (Farnese's younger brother) who goof around relentlessly during Falcon of the Millennium Empire Arc which goes from funny to annoying very fast especially when dealing with the more important matters of curing Casca in Fantasia Arc.

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** Some shades of this come from the Main Trio, Guts, Casca and Griffith themselves. Especially on this [[https://68.media.tumblr.com/e8b522cd4a144c7a84c1be3774fa587d/tumblr_ofplooFeBa1r3ndd9o1_500.jpg Christmas poster]] which in retrospective is waay to happy when thinking about what [[RapeAsDrama [[FromBadToWorse happens]] to this these three later.
** In Guts new traveling party, two comedy trios are set up, both with [[SideKick Isidro]] in them. The kid trio with Isidro and the two girls Shchierke Schierke and Isma the [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Mermaid]] is very silly and even goes into LoveTriangle territory. The second trio is Puck. Isidro and Manifico Magnifico (Farnese's younger brother) who goof around relentlessly during Falcon the Hawk of the Millennium Empire Arc which goes from funny to annoying very fast especially when dealing with the more important matters of curing Casca in the Fantasia Arc. Arc.



* The four senior ''Manga/KOn'' girls come very close to this. Yui and Ritsu are dual leaders, bouncing their energy off each other and running wild. Mio is the ever-suffering sane man, and Mugi will happily go along with pretty much anything. Alternately, Yui is TheFool.

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* The four senior ''Manga/KOn'' girls come very close to this. Yui and Ritsu are dual leaders, bouncing their energy off each other and running wild. Mio is the ever-suffering sane man, girl, and Mugi will happily go along with pretty much anything. Alternately, Yui is TheFool.
25th Apr '17 2:45:59 AM EarsplittingLepidopteran
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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Corkus, Rickert and Pippin were this to Band of Hawk. With Corkus being the loudmouth jerk, Rickert being the over emotional kid and Pippin the gentle giant. Guts also got into comic situations earlier on with being knocked into a moat when Rickert comes to congratulate him and when he is being pulled up by the boy, Pippin comes up from behind causing Guts to fall back and pull Rickert back in to water. All while Casca watches on.

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Corkus, Rickert and Pippin were this to Band of Hawk. With Corkus being the loudmouth jerk, Rickert being the over emotional kid and Pippin the gentle giant. Guts also got pulled into comic situations earlier on with on, being knocked into a moat when Rickert comes to congratulate him and when he is being pulled up by the boy, up, Pippin comes up from behind causing Guts to fall back and pull pulling Rickert back in to water. All while Casca watches on.



** In Guts new traveling party, two comedy trios are set up, both with [[SideKick Isidro]] in them. The kid trio with Isidro and the two girls Shchierke and Isma [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Mermaid]] which goes into LoveTriangle territory. The second trio is Puck. Isidro and Manifico (Farnese's younger brother) who good around relentlessly, which goes from funny to annoying very fast especially when dealing with the more important matters of curing Casca in Elfhelm.

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** In Guts new traveling party, two comedy trios are set up, both with [[SideKick Isidro]] in them. The kid trio with Isidro and the two girls Shchierke and Isma the [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Mermaid]] which is very silly and even goes into LoveTriangle territory. The second trio is Puck. Isidro and Manifico (Farnese's younger brother) who good goof around relentlessly, relentlessly during Falcon of the Millennium Empire Arc which goes from funny to annoying very fast especially when dealing with the more important matters of curing Casca in Elfhelm. Fantasia Arc.
25th Apr '17 2:38:39 AM EarsplittingLepidopteran
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* [[Manga/CrayonShinChan Shin-chan]] thinks Ryuko, Ogin and Mary (the Crimson Scorpions of Saitama) are this. HilarityEnsues!

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* [[Manga/CrayonShinChan Shin-chan]] thinks Ryuko, Ogin and Mary (the Crimson Scorpions of Saitama) are this. HilarityEnsues!HilarityEnsures!
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Corkus, Rickert and Pippin were this to Band of Hawk. With Corkus being the loudmouth jerk, Rickert being the over emotional kid and Pippin the gentle giant. Guts also got into comic situations earlier on with being knocked into a moat when Rickert comes to congratulate him and when he is being pulled up by the boy, Pippin comes up from behind causing Guts to fall back and pull Rickert back in to water. All while Casca watches on.
** Some shades of this come from the Main Trio, Guts, Casca and Griffith themselves. Especially on this [[https://68.media.tumblr.com/e8b522cd4a144c7a84c1be3774fa587d/tumblr_ofplooFeBa1r3ndd9o1_500.jpg Christmas poster]] which in retrospective is waay to happy when thinking about what [[RapeAsDrama happens]] to this three later.
** In Guts new traveling party, two comedy trios are set up, both with [[SideKick Isidro]] in them. The kid trio with Isidro and the two girls Shchierke and Isma [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Mermaid]] which goes into LoveTriangle territory. The second trio is Puck. Isidro and Manifico (Farnese's younger brother) who good around relentlessly, which goes from funny to annoying very fast especially when dealing with the more important matters of curing Casca in Elfhelm.
22nd Apr '17 4:35:09 PM rikalous
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** The second example of this could be the fandoms interpretation (and sometimes cannon) of the Bad Touch/Friends Trio. Usually with Prussia as the 'leader', Francis and Spain swap between the other two roles. Although there are fics and strips with each of them playing each role.

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** The second example of this could be the fandoms interpretation (and sometimes cannon) canon) of the Bad Touch/Friends Trio. Usually with Prussia as the 'leader', Francis and Spain swap between the other two roles. Although there are fics and strips with each of them playing each role.
7th Mar '17 4:44:06 PM LloydNebulon
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' is a strange example as Jimmy is the schemer, Sheen goes along but the role of the voice of reason depends on the episode. If it's just Carl with them, then he's the powerless sense of reason. If Cindy and Libby come along though then those two (especially Cindy) are the voice of reason while Carl becomes just another follower.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' is a strange example as Jimmy is the schemer, Sheen goes along but the role of the voice of reason depends on the episode. If it's just Carl with them, then he's the powerless sense of reason. If
** Their female counterparts also count.
Cindy is the schemer, Brittany is the ditz and Libby come along though then those two (especially Cindy) are is the voice of reason while Carl becomes just another follower.who is never listened to.
28th Jan '17 5:58:07 AM StFan
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'''Sylvester McCoy:''' I'd like to go home now.

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'''Sylvester McCoy:''' [=McCoy=]:''' I'd like to go home now.
28th Jan '17 5:22:28 AM StFan
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* Film/TheThreeStooges may have been the original ComicTrio - certainly they're the guys we're most likely to think of. Moe comes up with dumb schemes, Curly carries them out (while making them even dumber), and Larry is just too spineless to avoid being dragged along. (Sometimes, but only sometimes, Larry's aware of the stupidity of a plan; he's got a less crippling case of CloudCuckoolander than Curly does.)
* The MarxBrothers (Groucho, Chico and Harpo) became this as well a bit later in the 1930s when Zeppo left the group.
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* Film/TheThreeStooges may have been the original ComicTrio - certainly they're the guys we're most likely to think of. Moe comes up with dumb schemes, Curly carries them out (while making them even dumber), and Larry is just too spineless to avoid being dragged along. (Sometimes, but only sometimes, Larry's aware of the stupidity of a plan; he's got a less crippling case of CloudCuckoolander than Curly does.)
* The MarxBrothers (Groucho, Chico and Harpo) became this as well a bit later in the 1930s when Zeppo left the group.
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* The pirate crew in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' - Redbeard is the leader, the crow's nest pirate is the follower, and Pegleg is the OnlySaneMan. Lampshaded in ''Obelix All At Sea'', when a centurion describes them as "those stupid [Redbeard], impudent [crow's-nest] and pretentious [Pegleg] pirates".

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* The pirate crew in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' - -- Redbeard is the leader, the Baba (the crow's nest pirate pirate) is the follower, and Pegleg is the OnlySaneMan. Lampshaded in ''Obelix All At at Sea'', when a centurion describes them as "those stupid [Redbeard], impudent [crow's-nest] [Baba] and pretentious [Pegleg] pirates".



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* This is a common interpretation of The Hitchhiking Ghosts from ''Ride/TheHauntedMansion'' at Ride/DisneyThemeParks. Ezra as the schemer, Gus as the follower, and Phineas as the powerless one. Seeing as how much of the Haunted Mansion's fanon becomes [[AscendedFanon ascended]], this might become official someday.

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* This In ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'', Rat is a common interpretation of The Hitchhiking Ghosts from ''Ride/TheHauntedMansion'' at Ride/DisneyThemeParks. Ezra as the schemer, Gus as {{Schemer}}, Pig is the dumb follower, and Phineas as Goat is the powerless one. Seeing as how much of the Haunted Mansion's fanon becomes [[AscendedFanon ascended]], this might become official someday.OnlySaneMan.



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* This is a common interpretation of The Hitchhiking Ghosts from ''Ride/TheHauntedMansion'' at Ride/DisneyThemeParks. Ezra as the schemer, Gus as the follower, and Phineas as the powerless one. Seeing as how much of the Haunted Mansion's fanon becomes [[AscendedFanon ascended]], this might become official someday.
* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', the three androids take this role. In the original series, all three got along fairly well without real roles. Here, they all fit in fairly easily. Android 17 is the de facto leader and schemer. Android 18 goes along with things and usually complains. Android 16, who doesn't have any programmed personality, simply does anything he is told would help him to kill Son Goku (when he isn't bird-watching).
* Many a story-driven WebAnimation/YouTubePoop featuring Zelda CD-i will have this with King Harkinian (crazy), Link (doofus), and Zelda (serious).
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', the Dazzlings fit this to a T, combining with FreudianTrio to great effect. Adagio, the leader, also serves as [[TheSpock the brains]] of the group. Sonata, the dingbat, serves as [[TheMcCoy the emotive one]]. Aria, the complainer, [[TheKirk balances the two out]].



* As mentioned in the Trope Maker folder, ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' must have been the original inspiration for this trope: Moe was the leader, Curly was the idiot blindly doing whatever he's told (as was Shemp, who continued the trend), and Larry was the OnlySaneMan.

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* As mentioned in the Trope Maker folder, ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' must Film/TheThreeStooges may have been the original inspiration for this trope: ComicTrio -- certainly they're the guys we're most likely to think of. Moe was the leader, comes up with dumb schemes, Curly was carries them out (while making them even dumber), and Larry is just too spineless to avoid being dragged along. (Sometimes, but only sometimes, Larry's aware of the idiot blindly doing whatever stupidity of a plan; he's told (as was Shemp, who continued got a less crippling case of CloudCuckoolander than Curly does.)
* The Creator/MarxBrothers (Groucho, Chico and Harpo) became this as well a bit later in
the trend), and Larry was 1930s when Zeppo left the OnlySaneMan.group.



* The three main characters of ''Film/TheHangover'': Phil leads the charge in finding Doug, Stu complains ineffectually throughout the film and Alan goes along with it all.

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* The three main characters of ''Film/TheHangover'': ''Film/TheHangover'':
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Phil leads the charge in finding Doug, Stu complains ineffectually throughout the film and Alan goes along with it all.



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* The Trio from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Warren is the schemer, Jonathan is powerless even though his conscience might otherwise lead him to speak up against Warren; and Andrew may not be stupider than the others, but he's by far the most out of touch with reality.
** Andrew's also the one most likely to do whatever Warren tells him to, no matter how stupid or evil, due to his idol crush on him (or just plain crush, depending on how you interpret Andrew's character).

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* The Trio from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Warren is the schemer, Jonathan is powerless even though his conscience might otherwise lead him to speak up against Warren; and Andrew may not be stupider than the others, but he's by far the most out of touch out-of-touch with reality.
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reality. Andrew's also the one most likely to do whatever Warren tells him to, no matter how stupid or evil, due to his idol crush on him (or just plain crush, depending on how you interpret Andrew's character).



* ''TopGear'' has a lot of shuffling with this, although Jeremy's usually the schemer, with Richard and James trading off on the stupid/going along with it and the helpless.

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* ''TopGear'' ''Series/TopGear'' has a lot of shuffling with this, although Jeremy's usually the schemer, with Richard and James trading off on the stupid/going along with it and the helpless.



* ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'' loves this. See:

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* ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'' ''Series/ThirtyRock'' loves this. See:



-->'''Liz''':I don't know who's worse, you or Tracy.
-->'''Jenna''': Oh, definitely me. I'm more aware of what I'm doing.

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-->'''Liz''':I --->'''Liz:''' I don't know who's worse, you or Tracy.
-->'''Jenna''':
Tracy.\\
'''Jenna:'''
Oh, definitely me. I'm more aware of what I'm doing.



* A truly bizarre example is the three Daleks in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "The Chase" - there's a permanently frustrated PointyHairedBoss Dalek, a [[TheDitz stupid Dalek who gets confused easily, stumbles over his words and falls over]] and a Dalek who is better at exterminating but is powerless to resist orders from his superiors. "The Chase" is a [[OutOfGenreExperience pretty weird Dalek story]].

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* A truly bizarre example is the three Daleks in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "The Chase" - -- there's a permanently frustrated PointyHairedBoss Dalek, a [[TheDitz stupid Dalek who gets confused easily, stumbles over his words and falls over]] and a Dalek who is better at exterminating but is powerless to resist orders from his superiors. "The Chase" is a [[OutOfGenreExperience pretty weird Dalek story]].



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* In ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'', Rat is the {{Schemer}}, Pig is the dumb follower, and Goat is the OnlySaneMan.

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* In ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'', Rat is Music/{{Gorillaz}} had this during the {{Schemer}}, Pig Plastic Beach/ Phase 3 story arc. [[CrazyAwesome Murdoc]] is an amoral, insane mastermind, Cyborg Noodle follows (in all fairness she's a robot and most likely has no sense or what's right and wrong), and [[ExtremeDoormat 2D]] -who's become surprisingly more intelligent since being kidnapped- constantly snarks at and criticizes Murdoc but can't really do anything without getting [[CurbStompBattle the dumb follower, and Goat is crap beaten out of him]]. The example at the OnlySaneMan.top of the page is used almost exactly during the video for Stylo (only the leader is driving instead of the follower), in which Murdoc actually ''does'' drive like a madman whilst 2D slumps back in his seat, [[FacePalm running his hands over his face]].



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* The Music/DougAnthonyAllStars. Tim as the ignorant narcissist, Paul as the angry jerk and Richard as the ButtMonkey.
* British sketch troupe [[Podcast/PappysFlatshareSlamdown Pappy's]] fit into this. Generally speaking, Tom comes up with the crazy ideas, Matthew is the OnlySaneMan (with hints of TheNapoleon about him), and Ben just [[CharacterTic smiles]].
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* The Chaotix of ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''. Vector is the schemer, Charmy is the follower, and Espio is usually powerless, but pretty badass.

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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
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The Chaotix of ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''.Chaotix. Vector is the schemer, Charmy is the follower, and Espio is usually powerless, but pretty badass.



* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', the [[FanNickname Academy Trio]] - Noel, Tsubaki and Makoto - fit. [[TheDitz Makoto]] is the assertive one who comes up with all the zany and often stupid plans, [[TheChick Noel]] [[ExtremeDoormat just goes along with what Makoto says]], and [[OnlySaneMan poor]] [[TheSmartGuy Tsubaki]] sits there [[DeadpanSnarker snarking]], knowing full well that she can't stop them. This is most apparent in the ''Teach Me, Miss Litchi'' segments.

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* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', the ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'':
** The
[[FanNickname Academy Trio]] - -- Noel, Tsubaki and Makoto - -- fit. [[TheDitz Makoto]] is the assertive one who comes up with all the zany and often stupid plans, [[TheChick Noel]] [[ExtremeDoormat just goes along with what Makoto says]], and [[OnlySaneMan poor]] [[TheSmartGuy Tsubaki]] sits there [[DeadpanSnarker snarking]], knowing full well that she can't stop them. This is most apparent in the ''Teach Me, Miss Litchi'' segments.



--->''(Tao starts glowing from the eyes as the room ominously darkens)''\\
'''Litchi''': Yes, Tao! That's amazing! Yes!!\\
'''Makoto''': ''HOW CAN YOU CALL THIS "AMAZING" WITH A STRAIGHT FACE?! Turn it off right now, before the NOL Animal Welfare division comes down on us!''

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--->''(Tao --->''[Tao starts glowing from the eyes as the room ominously darkens)''\\
'''Litchi''':
darkens]''\\
'''Litchi:'''
Yes, Tao! That's amazing! Yes!!\\
'''Makoto''': '''Makoto:''' ''HOW CAN YOU CALL THIS "AMAZING" WITH A STRAIGHT FACE?! Turn it off right now, before the NOL Animal Welfare division comes down on us!''



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* On ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', in some cartoons Strong Bad is the schemer, Strong Mad is stupid, and the smart one who's powerless will either be The Cheat or Strong Sad (usually the former, since the latter doubles as Strong Bad's favorite target). Just as often, though, Homestar will be the stupid one, and Strong Bad will be smart and powerless.
* Sort of subverted in ''WebAnimation/ParkBench'', since there's no real straight man, but the three take turns powering the plot (although it's barely ever Tully, and sometimes isn't anyone).
* The Red Team in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' are often examples of this, with Sarge being the navigator, Simmons going along with it through thoughts of promotion and glory, and Grif being too lazy to stop them.
* The LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}} have had some examples over the years:
** During the ''[[Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries Jaffa]] [[LetsPlay/JaffaFactory Factory]]'' videos, Honeydew Inc. was run this way, with the dynamic firmly set for later series such as "Hole Diggers". The basic format was LetsPlay/LewisBrindley coming up with the plans, LetsPlay/DuncanJones being smart enough to make them work but never questioning orders, and LetsPlay/SimonLane doing all the heavy lifting and just sort of fooling around in the meantime. Or, as one commenter put it:
-->DUNCAN: The smart one.\\
LEWIS: Has a plan!\\
SIMON: DIGGY DIGGY HOLE!
** ''Machinima/TheBlackrockChronicle'' team has a similar dynamic: LetsPlay/{{Rythian}} comes up with the plans, Teep is blindly obedient, and LetsPlay/ZoeyProasheck is too busy goofing around to help.
** A similar thing happens during "Monster Hunters". LetsPlay/HannahRutherford leads, LetsPlay/KimRichards obeys, and LetsPlay/SimonLane screws up a lot.
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has a couple of different trios, but Dimo, Maxim and Oggie are the best example. Dimo is the StraightMan of the group, but Maxim and Oggie tend to switch roles every so often. Generally Maxim is the one who thinks he knows best, and Oggie just goes along with it. But don't be fooled by the goofing around - they're all 300-year-old [[SuperSoldier Super Soldiers]] and can very quickly become a PowerTrio if called for.

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has a couple of different trios, but Dimo, Maxim and Oggie are the best example. Dimo is the StraightMan of the group, but Maxim and Oggie tend to switch roles every so often. Generally Maxim is the one who thinks he knows best, and Oggie just goes along with it. But don't be fooled by the goofing around - -- they're all 300-year-old [[SuperSoldier Super Soldiers]] {{Super Soldier}}s and can very quickly become a PowerTrio if called for.



* ''Homestuck'': The Midnight Crew. Their leader is Spades Slick, a vile backstabber who forms all the plans, and there are Clubs Deuce, who more resembles a TagAlongKid than a member of the crew, and Hearts Boxcars, [[TheBigGuy a big guy]] who just tags along with their plans, and Diamonds Droog, the OnlySaneMan.
* Creator/YamatoDamashi's series of ''{{VideoGame/Touhou}}'' fan comics has Reimu portrayed as an over-the-top [[HairTriggerTemper hot headed]] schemer, Marisa as her blind and equally wacky follower, and [[OurVampiresAreDifferent resident vampire]] Flandre portrayed as a [[TheSilentBob completely silent]] girl with a permanent CatSmile who happens to be the ''[[OnlySaneMan least]]'' [[OnlySaneMan ridiculous of the three]], and is [[https://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/1183910 obviously]] [[https://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/1756096 fed]] [[https://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/1969800 up]] with the antics.

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* ''Homestuck'': ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': The Midnight Crew. Their leader is Spades Slick, a vile backstabber who forms all the plans, and there are Clubs Deuce, who more resembles a TagAlongKid than a member of the crew, and Hearts Boxcars, [[TheBigGuy a big guy]] who just tags along with their plans, and Diamonds Droog, the OnlySaneMan.
* Creator/YamatoDamashi's series of ''{{VideoGame/Touhou}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fan comics has Reimu portrayed as an over-the-top [[HairTriggerTemper hot headed]] schemer, Marisa as her blind and equally wacky follower, and [[OurVampiresAreDifferent resident vampire]] Flandre portrayed as a [[TheSilentBob completely silent]] girl with a permanent CatSmile who happens to be the ''[[OnlySaneMan least]]'' [[OnlySaneMan ridiculous of the three]], and is [[https://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/1183910 obviously]] [[https://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/1756096 fed]] [[https://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/1969800 up]] with the antics.



* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', the three androids take this role. In the original series, all three got along fairly well without real roles. Here, they all fit in fairly easily. Android 17 is the de facto leader and schemer. Android 18 goes along with things and usually complains. Android 16, who doesn't have any programmed personality, simply does anything he is told would help him to kill Son Goku (when he isn't bird-watching).
* On ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', in some cartoons Strong Bad is the schemer, Strong Mad is stupid, and the smart one who's powerless will either be The Cheat or Strong Sad (usually the former, since the latter doubles as Strong Bad's favorite target). Just as often, though, Homestar will be the stupid one, and Strong Bad will be smart and powerless.
* The side characters "The Unstoppable Three!" at SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy in the WhateleyUniverse. Captain Bravo (flying brick with energy beams from his eyes) is the schemer (well, the leader), Hyper (speedster) is the follower, and Long John (stretchy 'Mister Fantastic' type) is powerless. Even the people they attack mock them.
--> Phase: "Long John? You named yourself after ''underwear''? What, 'Fruit of the Loom' was taken?"
* Sort of subverted in ''ParkBench'', since there's no real straight man, but the three take turns powering the plot (although it's barely ever Tully, and sometimes isn't anyone).
* The Balloon Shop are a three piece comedy troupe, formed by Creator/OlanRogers (The loud and jovial one), Thomas Gore(The closest any of them can get to being a straight man), and Joshua Pursley(The butt of nearly every joke). The three made videos after meeting each other in High School. There are no solid roles for any of the characters, because the roles change depending on each video. Their videos range from fairly realistic (BBQ Fiesta) to insanely unrealistic and kooky (Birds, and The Sargentos)
-->'''Josh''': Chris, couldja calm down? We TOLDJA what we do wit double crossers.\\
'''Thomas''': You people, just shot me, in the chest!\\
'''Josh''': Wait a second Chris, what seems to be the problem here?\\
(It should be noted that before this scene, Olan gets offended and shoots "Chris", however, he seems to be perfectly fine.)
* The Red Team in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' are often examples of this, with Sarge being the navigator, Simmons going along with it through thoughts of promotion and glory, and Grif being too lazy to stop them.
* The LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}} have had some examples over the years:
** During the ''[[Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries Jaffa]] [[LetsPlay/JaffaFactory Factory]]'' videos, Honeydew Inc. was run this way, with the dynamic firmly set for later series such as "Hole Diggers". The basic format was LetsPlay/LewisBrindley coming up with the plans, LetsPlay/DuncanJones being smart enough to make them work but never questioning orders, and LetsPlay/SimonLane doing all the heavy lifting and just sort of fooling around in the meantime. Or, as one commenter put it:
-->DUNCAN: The smart one.
-->LEWIS: Has a plan!
-->SIMON: DIGGY DIGGY HOLE!
** ''Machinima/TheBlackrockChronicle'' team has a similar dynamic: LetsPlay/{{Rythian}} comes up with the plans, Teep is blindly obedient, and LetsPlay/ZoeyProasheck is too busy goofing around to help.
** A similar thing happens during "Monster Hunters". LetsPlay/HannahRutherford leads, LetsPlay/KimRichards obeys, and LetsPlay/SimonLane screws up a lot.
* Most story-driven [[YouTubePoop YTP's]] featuring Zelda CD-i will have this with King Harkinian (crazy), Link (doofus), and Zelda (serious).

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* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', the three androids take this role. In the original series, all three got along fairly well without real roles. Here, they all fit in fairly easily. Android 17 is the de facto leader and schemer. Android 18 goes along with things and usually complains. Android 16, who doesn't have any programmed personality, simply does anything he is told would help him to kill Son Goku (when he isn't bird-watching).
* On ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', in some cartoons Strong Bad is the schemer, Strong Mad is stupid, and the smart one who's powerless will either be The Cheat or Strong Sad (usually the former, since the latter doubles as Strong Bad's favorite target). Just as often, though, Homestar will be the stupid one, and Strong Bad will be smart and powerless.
* The side characters "The Unstoppable Three!" at SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy in the WhateleyUniverse. ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. Captain Bravo (flying brick with energy beams from his eyes) is the schemer (well, the leader), Hyper (speedster) is the follower, and Long John (stretchy 'Mister Fantastic' "Mister Fantastic" type) is powerless. Even the people they attack mock them.
--> Phase: "Long -->'''Phase:''' Long John? You named yourself after ''underwear''? What, 'Fruit "Fruit of the Loom' Loom" was taken?"
* Sort of subverted in ''ParkBench'', since there's no real straight man, but the three take turns powering the plot (although it's barely ever Tully, and sometimes isn't anyone).
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* The Balloon Shop are a three piece comedy troupe, formed by Creator/OlanRogers (The (the loud and jovial one), Thomas Gore(The Gore (the closest any of them can get to being a straight man), and Joshua Pursley(The butt of nearly every joke). The three made videos after meeting each other in High School. There are no solid roles for any of the characters, because the roles change depending on each video. Their videos range from fairly realistic (BBQ Fiesta) to insanely unrealistic and kooky (Birds, and The Sargentos)
-->'''Josh''': -->'''Josh:''' Chris, couldja calm down? We TOLDJA what we do wit double crossers.\\
'''Thomas''': '''Thomas:''' You people, just shot me, in the chest!\\
'''Josh''': '''Josh:''' Wait a second Chris, what seems to be the problem here?\\
(It :: It should be noted that before this scene, Olan gets offended and shoots "Chris", however, he seems to be perfectly fine.)
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* The Red Team in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' In ''Recap/TheFiveishDoctorsReboot'', Creator/PeterDavison is the leader, Creator/SylvesterMcCoy is mostly content to follow along, and Creator/ColinBaker is the skeptic.
-->'''Colin Baker:''' You really
are often examples of this, with Sarge being from another planet, you know that?\\
'''Peter Davison:''' This is not
the navigator, Simmons going along with it through thoughts of promotion and glory, and Grif being too lazy real TARDIS.\\
'''Colin Baker:''' REALLY?\\
'''Sylvester McCoy:''' I'd like
to stop them.
* The LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}} have had some examples over the years:
** During the ''[[Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries Jaffa]] [[LetsPlay/JaffaFactory Factory]]'' videos, Honeydew Inc. was run this way, with the dynamic firmly set for later series such as "Hole Diggers". The basic format was LetsPlay/LewisBrindley coming up with the plans, LetsPlay/DuncanJones being smart enough to make them work but never questioning orders, and LetsPlay/SimonLane doing all the heavy lifting and just sort of fooling around in the meantime. Or, as one commenter put it:
-->DUNCAN: The smart one.
-->LEWIS: Has a plan!
-->SIMON: DIGGY DIGGY HOLE!
** ''Machinima/TheBlackrockChronicle'' team has a similar dynamic: LetsPlay/{{Rythian}} comes up with the plans, Teep is blindly obedient, and LetsPlay/ZoeyProasheck is too busy goofing around to help.
** A similar thing happens during "Monster Hunters". LetsPlay/HannahRutherford leads, LetsPlay/KimRichards obeys, and LetsPlay/SimonLane screws up a lot.
* Most story-driven [[YouTubePoop YTP's]] featuring Zelda CD-i will have this with King Harkinian (crazy), Link (doofus), and Zelda (serious).
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* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'': Shake is insane, Meatwad is stupid, Frylock is powerless (Well, it's more like he just has a lot of self-restraint).
** This is a possible DoubleSubversion, insofar as, ''as a superhero'', Frylock is easily the most powerful of the three, with a great deal of inherent destructive potential ''plus'' gadgeteering. He's just completely ineffectual when it comes to stopping Shake's antics.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has the mildly ditzy Sweetie Belle, the gung-ho Scootaloo, and the practical, sane Apple Bloom. Generally, Scootaloo will suggest something crazy, Apple Bloom (who isn't stupid by any means; she's just game for anything) will go along with it and Sweetie Belle (who despite being a bit ditzy actually has the most common sense of the three) won't complain loud enough to avoid getting dragged along.
** In the episode "Green Isn't Your Color" Rarity forces Fluttershy to live out her dream, Fluttershy is too nice to say no, and Twilight is powerless to solve the problem due to her Pinkie promises.
** In the ''[[WesterAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls Equestria Girls]]'' spinoff ''[[WesterAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks Rainbow Rocks]]''. the Dazzlings fit this to a T, combining with FreudianTrio to great effect. Adagio, the leader, also serves as [[TheSpock the brains]] of the group. Sonata, the dingbat, serves as [[TheMcCoy the emotive one]]. Aria, the complainer, [[TheKirk balances the two out]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'': Shake is insane, Meatwad is stupid, Frylock is powerless (Well, it's more like he just has a lot of self-restraint).
**
self-restraint). This is a possible DoubleSubversion, insofar as, ''as a superhero'', Frylock is easily the most powerful of the three, with a great deal of inherent destructive potential ''plus'' gadgeteering. He's just completely ineffectual when it comes to stopping Shake's antics.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The
mildly ditzy Sweetie Belle, the gung-ho Scootaloo, and the practical, sane Apple Bloom. Generally, Scootaloo will suggest something crazy, Apple Bloom (who isn't stupid by any means; she's just game for anything) will go along with it and Sweetie Belle (who despite being a bit ditzy actually has the most common sense of the three) won't complain loud enough to avoid getting dragged along.
** In the episode "Green Isn't Your Color" Color", Rarity forces Fluttershy to live out her dream, Fluttershy is too nice to say no, and Twilight is powerless to solve the problem due to her Pinkie promises.
** In the ''[[WesterAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls Equestria Girls]]'' spinoff ''[[WesterAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks Rainbow Rocks]]''. the Dazzlings fit this to a T, combining with FreudianTrio to great effect. Adagio, the leader, also serves as [[TheSpock the brains]] of the group. Sonata, the dingbat, serves as [[TheMcCoy the emotive one]]. Aria, the complainer, [[TheKirk balances the two out]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Mom's sons, Walt, Larry and Igner. It's subverted in that the leader, Walt, is actually the most intelligent of the three. However, he still comes up with some pretty awful plans, usually revolving around ridiculous disguises, while Igner is retarded and Larry even more spineless than most comic trios to compensate. The main reason they succeed at all is because [[IdiotHero Fry]] is the frequent target of their plans.
--> '''Mom:''' "Be careful. You'll need all your stoogely cunning..."
--> ''(GilliganCut to scene where the trio screeches to a halt outside Planet Express in a van labeled 'Smother Brothers'. This time Walt's latest ridiculous scheme involves owl exterminators)''

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
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Mom's sons, Walt, Larry and Igner. It's subverted in that the leader, Walt, is actually the most intelligent of the three. However, he still comes up with some pretty awful plans, usually revolving around ridiculous disguises, while Igner is retarded and Larry even more spineless than most comic trios to compensate. The main reason they succeed at all is because [[IdiotHero Fry]] is the frequent target of their plans.
--> '''Mom:''' "Be --->'''Mom:''' Be careful. You'll need all your stoogely cunning..."
--> ''(GilliganCut
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''[GilliganCut
to scene where the trio screeches to a halt outside Planet Express in a van labeled 'Smother Brothers'. This "Smother Brothers"; this time Walt's latest ridiculous scheme involves owl exterminators)''exterminators]''



* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': Eddy is the schemer, Ed is stupid, Edd is powerless. Currently provide the Trope Image.
** TheMovie actually has them in a car, with Ed moving it Flintstones style, Eddy uselessly trying to steer, and Edd trying not to throw up in the passenger seat.

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* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': Eddy is the schemer, Ed is stupid, Edd is powerless. Currently provide the Trope Image.
**
Image. TheMovie actually has them in a car, with Ed moving it Flintstones style, Eddy uselessly trying to steer, and Edd trying not to throw up in the passenger seat.



* Variant: ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''. [=SpongeBob=] is demented, Patrick is stupid, Squidward is powerless. The difference is that Squidward is the bossy, unsympathetic one. So the audience roots for [=SpongeBob=] instead, even as he leads the trio off the cliff.
** Alternately, the Krusty Krab trio can be considered this, with Mr. Krabs as the scheming leader, Spongebob as the idiot that goes along with everything, and Squidward as the straight man who's largely ignored by the other two.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''.:
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Variant: ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''. [=SpongeBob=] is demented, Patrick is stupid, Squidward is powerless. The difference is that Squidward is the bossy, unsympathetic one. So the audience roots for [=SpongeBob=] instead, even as he leads the trio off the cliff.
** Alternately, the Krusty Krab trio can be considered this, with Mr. Krabs as the scheming leader, Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] as the idiot that goes along with everything, and Squidward as the straight man who's largely ignored by the other two.



* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts would sometimes combine Bugs, Daffy and Elmer this way. Daffy is the pushy and loud one, Elmer is the stupid one who'll do anything, and Bugs is the smart one. In a bit of subversion, since he's the "hero" of the story, he doesn't end up going off the cliff as much as Daffy does in his place.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** The
shorts would sometimes combine Bugs, Daffy and Elmer this way. Daffy is the pushy and loud one, Elmer is the stupid one who'll do anything, and Bugs is the smart one. In a bit of subversion, since he's the "hero" of the story, he doesn't end up going off the cliff as much as Daffy does in his place.



* [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts Mickey, Donald and Goofy]] arguably fit, but their roles don't play out the same. DonaldDuck could be the loudmouthed jerk and {{Goofy}} could be the submissive idiot (MickeyMouse is more or less the sensible but ineffectual straight man, anyway), but a lot of the time Donald is actually right; Goofy is the one to cause the trouble while Donald [[ChewToy ends up suffering for it]].
* [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory The Justice Friends]]: Major Glory is the schemer, Krunk is stupid, and Valhallen is powerless.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' - Timmy tries to navigate them to the destination (he wishes for stuff), Cosmo is the driver (he grants the wishes without thinking about the results because he's TheDitz) and Wanda's the powerless smart person. She tries to stop Timmy from making the dumb wishes but he never listens.

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* [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts: Mickey, Donald and Goofy]] Goofy arguably fit, but their roles don't play out the same. DonaldDuck WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck could be the loudmouthed jerk and {{Goofy}} WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} could be the submissive idiot (MickeyMouse (WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse is more or less the sensible but ineffectual straight man, anyway), but a lot of the time Donald is actually right; Goofy is the one to cause the trouble while Donald [[ChewToy ends up suffering for it]].
* [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'': The Justice Friends]]: Friends. Major Glory is the schemer, Krunk is stupid, and Valhallen is powerless.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' - ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': Timmy tries to navigate them to the destination (he wishes for stuff), Cosmo is the driver (he grants the wishes without thinking about the results because he's TheDitz) and Wanda's the powerless smart person. She tries to stop Timmy from making the dumb wishes but he never listens.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' is a strange example as Jimmy is the schemer, Sheen goes along but the role of the voice of reason depends on the episode. If it's just Carl with them, then he's the powerless sense of reason. If Cindy and Libby come along though then those two (especially Cindy) are the voice of reason while Carl becomes just another follower.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' is a strange example as Jimmy is the schemer, Sheen goes along but the role of the voice of reason depends on the episode. If it's just Carl with them, then he's the powerless sense of reason. If Cindy and Libby come along though then those two (especially Cindy) are the voice of reason while Carl becomes just another follower.



* Music/{{Gorillaz}} had this during the Plastic Beach/ Phase 3 story arc. [[CrazyAwesome Murdoc]] is an amoral, insane mastermind, Cyborg Noodle follows (in all fairness she's a robot and most likely has no sense or what's right and wrong), and [[ExtremeDoormat 2D]] -who's become surprisingly more intelligent since being kidnapped- constantly snarks at and criticizes Murdoc but can't really do anything without getting [[CurbStompBattle the crap beaten out of him]]. The example at the top of the page is used almost exactly during the video for Stylo (only the leader is driving instead of the follower), in which Murdoc actually ''does'' drive like a madman whilst 2D slumps back in his seat, [[FacePalm running his hands over his face]].



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* The Music/DougAnthonyAllStars. Tim as the ignorant narcissist, Paul as the angry jerk and Richard as the ButtMonkey.
* British sketch trouple [[Podcast/PappysFlatshareSlamdown Pappy's]] fit into this. Generally speaking, Tom comes up with the crazy ideas, Matthew is the OnlySaneMan (with hints of TheNapoleon about him), and Ben just [[CharacterTic smiles]].
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* The Music/DougAnthonyAllStars. Tim as the ignorant narcissist, Paul as the angry jerk and Richard as the ButtMonkey.
* British sketch trouple [[Podcast/PappysFlatshareSlamdown Pappy's]] fit into this. Generally speaking, Tom comes up with the crazy ideas, Matthew is the OnlySaneMan (with hints of TheNapoleon about him), and Ben just [[CharacterTic smiles]].
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