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15th Apr '17 12:41:33 PM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/KuboAndTheTwoStrings''
** The legendary armor Kubo seeks is made up of three separate pieces; the Sword Unbreakable, the Breastplate Impenetrable, and the Helmet Invulnerable.
** The main protagonists are Kubo, Monkey, and Beetle.
** Kubo's shamisen, a traditional Japanese instrument with three strings. [[spoiler:During his final confrontation with the Moon King, Kubo re-strings his shamisen with the strand of his mother's hair he carried with him, his father's discarded bowstring, and a strand of his own hair]].



* ''WesternAnimation/KuboAndTheTwoStrings''
** The legendary armor Kubo seeks is made up of three separate pieces; the Sword Unbreakable, the Breastplate Impenetrable, and the Helmet Invulnerable.
** The main protagonists are Kubo, Monkey, and Beetle.
** Kubo's shamisen, a traditional Japanese instrument with three strings. [[spoiler:During his final confrontation with the Moon King, Kubo re-strings his shamisen with the strand of his mother's hair he carried with him, his father's discarded bowstring, and a strand of his own hair]].
8th Apr '17 10:28:06 AM narm00
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* The game TabletopGame/TheDarkEye -- especially in its ''third''(!) edition (it's now into its fifth) was fond of using the (more or less completely alliterative) triad for titles. Most famous examples probably are ''Tempel, Türme und Tavernen'' (temples, towers and taverns) and ''Kirchen, Kulte, Ordenskrieger'' (churches, cults, templars). Over time, it grated on the editors' nerves, and they promised to stop using them for the fourth edition. They maintained it for a while but ultimately succumbed to temptation, though, as titles such as ''Söldner, Skalden, Steppenelfen'' (soldiers, skalds, prairie elves), ''Granden, Gaukler und Gelehrte'' (nobles, buskers and sc holars) or Krieger, Krämer und Kultisten (warriors, mechants and cultists) prove

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* The game TabletopGame/TheDarkEye -- especially in its ''third''(!) edition (it's now into its fifth) was fond of using the (more or less completely alliterative) triad for titles. Most famous examples probably are ''Tempel, Türme und Tavernen'' (temples, towers and taverns) and ''Kirchen, Kulte, Ordenskrieger'' (churches, cults, templars). Over time, it grated on the editors' nerves, and they promised to stop using them for the fourth edition. They maintained it for a while but ultimately succumbed to temptation, though, as titles such as ''Söldner, Skalden, Steppenelfen'' (soldiers, skalds, prairie elves), ''Granden, Gaukler und Gelehrte'' (nobles, buskers and sc holars) scholars) or Krieger, ''Krieger, Krämer und Kultisten Kultisten'' (warriors, mechants merchants and cultists) proveprove.



* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': This trope is combined with and DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The gratuitous repetition of a question or a gesture for three or more times are shown in the play:
** PlayedForLaughs: At Act I Montfleury tries to say his lines four times, Cyrano orders him to disappear when Cyrano clap his hands the third time, the bore asks Cyrano three times if he has a protector. Lampshaded by Cyrano when he does not answer a three time:

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* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': This trope is combined with and DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The gratuitous repetition of a question or a gesture for three or more times are shown in the play:
** PlayedForLaughs: At Act I Montfleury tries to say his lines four times, Cyrano orders him to disappear when Cyrano clap claps his hands the third time, the bore asks Cyrano three times if he has a protector. Lampshaded by Cyrano when he does not answer a three third time:



** PlayedForDrama: At Act II, Cyrano asks three times Roxana what she would do if Christian is not as eloquent as fair, she answers two times that being fair, he has to be eloquent, and the third time she invokes DrivenToSuicide. At Act IV, Cyrano asks Roxane if she would love Christian, even if he would be ugly, three times. She answered yes every time.

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** PlayedForDrama: At Act II, Cyrano asks Roxane three times Roxana what she would do if Christian is not as eloquent as fair, he is fair; she answers two times that being fair, he has to be eloquent, and the third time she invokes DrivenToSuicide. At Act IV, Cyrano asks Roxane if she would love Christian, even if he would be ugly, three times. She answered answers yes every time.
2nd Apr '17 11:32:32 AM MyFinalEdits
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* Lampshaded AND subverted in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', the Creator/DCComics special. Comicbook/{{Bane}} repeatedly turns up suddenly and breaks Batman's back, followed by a hilarious music sting. (Dumdedum dum dee THAT'S BANE!) He does this the expected three times... then a fourth, to which Batman screams "RULE OF THREE, ASSHOLE, NOT RULE OF FOUR!"

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* Lampshaded AND subverted in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'':
** The
Creator/DCComics special. Comicbook/{{Bane}} repeatedly turns up suddenly and breaks Batman's back, followed by a hilarious music sting. (Dumdedum dum dee THAT'S BANE!) He does this the expected three times... then a fourth, to which Batman screams "RULE OF THREE, ASSHOLE, NOT RULE OF FOUR!"
1st Apr '17 9:07:17 PM DustSnitch
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*** Also, although the only reference to this event in the Gospels states that {{Jesus}} was placed "in a manger, because there was no room for them at the inn", Nativity plays tend to show two innkeepers telling Mary and Joseph to go elsewhere because all the rooms are taken -- before a third also says that there are no rooms, but that Mary and Joseph may use the stable, since Mary is pregnant.

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*** Also, although the only reference to this event in the Gospels states that {{Jesus}} UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} was placed "in a manger, because there was no room for them at the inn", Nativity plays tend to show two innkeepers telling Mary and Joseph to go elsewhere because all the rooms are taken -- before a third also says that there are no rooms, but that Mary and Joseph may use the stable, since Mary is pregnant.
28th Mar '17 9:15:38 PM Vir
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* Mentioned by name in ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' episode "Mayor Knuckles".

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** In one sketch, a boy is hospitalized three times whenever he goes onto a road to retrieve a soccer ball and gets hit by a car each time. The first time he's left mute, then he becomes deaf, then he just gets brain damage.
* Mentioned by name in the ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' episode "Mayor Knuckles".
26th Mar '17 12:45:08 AM XDiakos
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** The maximum number of evolutionary stages for a single Pokémon is three (unless it branches, such as Eevee, who started out with three evolved forms; it now has eight).

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** The maximum number of evolutionary stages for a single Pokémon is three (unless it branches, such as Eevee, who started out with three evolved forms; it now has eight). Apart from Eevee, the only other Pokémon who has more than two branches in its evolution, Tyrogue, has three evolved forms.
26th Mar '17 12:41:47 AM XDiakos
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** The same goes for quite a few regular cards. There were originally three Harpie Lady Sisters, three monsters that made up the Gate Guardian, three Machines that make up the XYZ Dragon Cannon (originally) and of course, one of the biggest rules in the game is that you can have a maximum of three copies of a card in your deck. (In most cases.)

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** ''[[Anime/YuGiOhArcV ARC-V]]'' portrays the three Extra Deck summoning methods (Fusion, Synchro, and Xyz) with this dynamic, with each having its own dimension and specializing duelists. In-story, Pendulum Summon (which focuses on quickly amassing materials for the aforementioned methods) and the Standard Dimension (where all three co-exist without any of them being dominant over the others) act as bridges between them.
** The same goes for quite a few regular cards. There were originally three Harpie Lady Sisters, three monsters that made up the Gate Guardian, three Machines that make up the XYZ Dragon XYZ-Dragon Cannon (originally) and of course, one of the biggest rules in the game is that you can have a maximum of three copies of a card in your deck. (In deck (at least in most cases.)cases).
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.
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