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17th Mar '17 9:14:44 AM BeerBaron
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'':
** In the ''Bloodmoon'' expansion, you have to kill spriggans three times before they stay dead. Thankfully they don't retain this HealingFactor in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' or ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. Instead, in ''Oblivion'' they ''[[BearsAreBadNews summon bears]]'', and in ''Skyrim'', they can heal themselves three times (falling back into the trope).
** Morrowind also uses the FighterMageThief division with three of its categories of factions: there are three vampire clans in Vvardenfell (the Quarra as the physical-focusing, the Aundae as the magic-focusing and the Berne as the stealth-focusing), three Imperial Guilds (the Fighters', the Mages' and the Thieves') and three Great Houses with a significant presence in Vvardenfell (Redoran as the warriors, Telvanni as the sorcerers, Hlaalu as the sneaky merchants). And then there is the fact that the local religion centres around three gods (with a corresponding set of three 'Good Daedra'), who outright are referred to as the Three in some dialogues... suffice to say that three recurs a lot in ''Morrowind''.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' every dragon shout is comprised of three words of power. Ditto for the names of dragons.

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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'':
''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** In the ''Bloodmoon'' expansion, you have to kill spriggans ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':
*** Sets of
three times before they stay dead. Thankfully they don't retain this HealingFactor exist in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' or ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. Instead, in ''Oblivion'' they ''[[BearsAreBadNews summon bears]]'', and in ''Skyrim'', they can heal themselves three times (falling back into numerous places within the trope).
** Morrowind also uses
game, all following the FighterMageThief division with three of its categories of factions: there breakdown. There are three vampire clans in Vvardenfell (the Quarra as the physical-focusing, the Aundae as the magic-focusing and the Berne as the stealth-focusing), three Imperial Guilds (the Fighters', the Mages' and the Thieves') and three Great Houses with a significant presence in Vvardenfell (Redoran as the warriors, Telvanni as the sorcerers, Hlaalu as the sneaky merchants). And then there is the fact that the local religion centres centers around three gods (with a corresponding set of three 'Good Daedra'), who outright are referred to as the Three "The Three" in some dialogues... suffice to say that three recurs a lot in ''Morrowind''.
* *** In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' the ''Bloodmoon'' expansion, you have to kill spriggans three times before they stay dead.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''
every dragon shout is comprised of three words of power. Ditto for the names of dragons.
14th Mar '17 6:38:45 AM Rhodes7
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* In ''Literature/TheGoldMountain'' the hero must endure three nights of escalating beatings to break the curse. Later, he finds three giants arguing over three magic items, which he steals and uses to get his kingdom and his family back.
11th Mar '17 8:15:52 AM nombretomado
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* All versions of ''FamilyFeud'' allow a family three misses on the board before forfeiting control of it to the competing family.

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* All versions of ''FamilyFeud'' ''Series/FamilyFeud'' allow a family three misses on the board before forfeiting control of it to the competing family.
6th Mar '17 7:18:36 AM Hopefully
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* There's also troll counting, which appears to go by threes:

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* ** There's also troll counting, which appears to go by threes:
2nd Mar '17 1:11:20 PM Spirend
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*''{{VideoGame/Fairune}}'' has this in both games.. Three Red Gems to enter the Lava Zone, three Green Gems to return from the Lava Zone, three Logs to build a raft in the water ruins of the Underworld and Hope Girl needs to bring three Sacred Icons to the monolith on the Grasslands in Fairune 1. In Fairune 2, every door leading to the fairy requires three orbs of a color and three logs are again cut down and used, this time to complete a bridge across a river. [[spoiler:You'll also need three Dimensional Stones to access another part of Sky Land, and three different swords to open the last door before the final boss.]]
23rd Feb '17 6:49:01 PM DustSnitch
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* ''Art/TheLastSupper'': The painting contains several notable appearances of the number three, perhaps reflecting the Christian doctrine of the Holy Trinity.
** The apostles are grouped into four groups of three.
** There are three windows in the room.
** Christ is depicted in a triangle shape, with his hands and his head as the corners of the triangle.
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21st Feb '17 11:05:10 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Daenerys is one of three children, hatches three dragons, and conquers three cities, settling in the third.
** Ramsay casually shoots two arrows at Rickon, missing both times. Then he draws a third arrow and takes careful, deadly aim. It misses as well, subverting the trope. A fourth arrow that we didn't see him draw hits and kills Rickon.
6th Feb '17 11:36:46 AM weirdfantasy
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* In ''Film/StrokerAce'', Stroker finds out that Pembrook is passed-out drunk on his bed. He goes to leave three separate times only to pop back into the frame and justify undressing her. After the third time, he comments to her that [[BlackComedyRape he could have his way with her, and she would never know]] and follows it by giving [[AsideGlance the audience]] a suggestive look.
4th Feb '17 5:24:31 PM MajinAkuma
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** There are three marine admirals: Akainu, Akojiki, and Kizaru.

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** There are three marine admirals: Akainu, Akojiki, Aojiki, and Kizaru.
3rd Feb '17 4:39:56 PM MyFinalEdits
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** The Summer and Winter factions of the fae are each ruled by a Queen, a Lady, and a Crone.
*** Also there are Three factions of Fae: Winter, Summer, and the Wyld Fae.

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** The Summer and Winter factions of the fae are each ruled by a Queen, a Lady, and a Crone.
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Crone. Also there are Three factions of Fae: Winter, Summer, and the Wyld Fae.



*** Not necessarily. [[spoiler:Cowl claims ''not'' to be a disciple of Kemmler, only to want the power available from the Darkhallow, instructions for which are in the Kemmler book that everyone is seeking. That ''only he and his assistant Kumori,'' of all the wizards seeking the Word of Kemmler are ''never accompanied by undead of any sort'' gives serious weight to that claim.]]



* The three doors in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' book ''Literature/TheDrawingOfTheThree''.
** Also, the three [[spoiler: [[SplitPersonality personalities]] within the body of Odetta: Odetta Holmes herself, Detta Walker, and, finally, Susannah Dean.]]

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* The three doors in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' book ''Literature/TheDrawingOfTheThree''.
** Also,
''Literature/TheDrawingOfTheThree'', plus the three [[spoiler: [[SplitPersonality personalities]] within the body of Odetta: Odetta Holmes herself, Detta Walker, and, finally, Susannah Dean.]]
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