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24th Jul '17 1:06:03 AM cantabrigian
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**** Not really - he died on Friday afternoon/evening and was seen alive on Sunday morning (though the story varies considerably between the gospels). When he is described as 'rising again on the third day', Good Friday is counted as day 1.
13th Jul '17 7:07:13 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* In a somewhat similar vein, Creator/AlanMoore repeatedly employs a 9-panel grid - three wide, three high - in most of his comics. While the format in itself obviously predates Moore, Moore was (one of) the first to combine it with the {{Beat}} panel, lending a certain rhythm and gravitas to even the most rote conversations in his stories.
8th Jul '17 4:00:38 PM Madrugada
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* Any "Knock, knock" joke ever relies on this.
8th Jul '17 3:47:16 PM Madrugada
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Following on from the oral tradition, speech-writers have learnt the 'Rule of Three' -- listen to a political speech -- the points come in threes, from 'Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer' to Tony Blair declaring 'Education, education, education'.

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Following on from the oral tradition, speech-writers have learnt the 'Rule of Three' -- listen to a political speech -- the points come in threes, from 'Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer' to Tony Blair declaring 'Education, education, education'.
education'. In persuasive or educational speaking, it also is a foundational concept: "Tell 'em what you're going to tell 'em; Tell 'em; Tell 'em what you told 'em" [[note]]Formally: An Introduction and Precis; the Body of the speech, the Summary.[[/note]]
25th Jun '17 5:22:51 AM Vir
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', Harvey keeps waking up to find the heads of Creator/HannaBarbera characters at the foot of his bed a la ''Film/TheGodfather'': first it's WesternAnimation/QuickDrawMcGraw, then an apparently still alive WesternAnimation/{{Jabberjaw}}, then [[WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids what is either Gleep or Gloop]].
22nd Jun '17 1:28:23 AM Kadorhal
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* Lampshaded on an episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': [=McGee=] is saying reasons for something
-->'''Director Vance:'''...And the third?
-->'''[=McGee=]''' How did you know there was a third?
-->'''Director Vance:''' There is always a third.
* {{Discussed|Trope}} on ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', when Deeks makes the requisite "Gesundheit" joke after someone says a weird-sounding German name...twice, and the others all just stare at him. [[spoiler:Sure enough, it came up a third time, and Callen seemed to think it ''was'' good.]]

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* Lampshaded on an episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': [=McGee=] is saying reasons for something
''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
-->'''Director Vance:'''...And the third?
-->'''[=McGee=]'''
third?\\
'''[=McGee=]'''
How did you know there was a third?
-->'''Director
third?\\
'''Director
Vance:''' There is always a third.
* {{Discussed|Trope}} on ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', when Deeks makes the requisite "Gesundheit" joke after someone says a weird-sounding German name... twice, and the others all just stare at him. [[spoiler:Sure enough, it came up a third time, and Callen seemed to think it ''was'' good.]]



* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by [[Series/Sherlock Sherlock]]. He lampshades the fact that people expect things to happen in threes, so [[spoiler:he hid a fourth listening device in his hospital room]].

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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by [[Series/Sherlock Sherlock]].Series/{{Sherlock}}. He lampshades the fact that people expect things to happen in threes, so [[spoiler:he hid a fourth listening device in his hospital room]].



---> '''Vaughn:''' Hey. What's up, man? Hi, Bro.

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---> '''Vaughn:''' --->'''Vaughn:''' Hey. What's up, man? Hi, Bro.



--> '''Freddie''': "My mom thinks I'll choke on pills so she pounds them with a mallet and puts them in my fruit sauce."
--> '''Spencer''': "Fruit sauce?"
--> '''Freddie''': "My mom thinks I'll choke on fruit so she pounds it with a mallet--"
--> '''Spencer''': "Okay yeah, we get it."
--> '''Spencer''': "What happened to those flowers?"
--> '''Mrs. Benson''': "I soaked them in bleach and then pounded them with a mallet!"

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--> '''Freddie''': -->'''Freddie''': "My mom thinks I'll choke on pills so she pounds them with a mallet and puts them in my fruit sauce."
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'''Spencer''': "Fruit sauce?"
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Fruit sauce?\\
'''Freddie''': "My My mom thinks I'll choke on fruit so she pounds it with a mallet--"
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mallet--\\
'''Spencer''': "Okay Okay yeah, we get it."
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'''Spencer''': "What What happened to those flowers?"
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flowers?\\
'''Mrs. Benson''': "I I soaked them in bleach and then pounded them with a mallet!"mallet!



* ''WizardOfEarthsea'': the wizard Ged knows the Dragon's true name and has Power over him.
--> Dragon: Very well, little mortal, ask your two questions.
--> Ged; Hey! Don't I get to ask '''three''' questions?
--> Dragon: Yes, you do. Now you have two questions left.

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* ''WizardOfEarthsea'': ''Wizard of Earthsea'': the wizard Ged knows the Dragon's true name and has Power over him.
--> Dragon: -->'''Dragon:''' Very well, little mortal, ask your two questions.
--> Ged;
questions.\\
'''Ged:'''
Hey! Don't I get to ask '''three''' questions?
--> Dragon:
questions?\\
'''Dragon:'''
Yes, you do. Now you have two questions left.



* This was actually very prominent in ''Series/TheSopranos''. Junior superstitiously believes that it applies to real life, going so far as to hope that his old friend dies of cancer because . . . two of his friends have died of cancer already, and if a third meets the same fate, he'll be off the hook. Obviously cancer only targets three people of a given generation, right? It also plays into fan theories regarding the finale. Virtually every detail of the final scene evokes the number 3: there are 3 Sopranos at the table, there are 3 pictures on the wall, Meadow is able to successfully parallel park on her 3rd attempt. This brings Junior's "these things happen in 3s" theory to mind, suggesting that Tony really does die at the end to complete the trio that started with Bobby and Sil.

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* This was actually very prominent in ''Series/TheSopranos''. Junior superstitiously believes that it applies to real life, going so far as to hope that his old friend dies of cancer because . . .because... two of his friends have died of cancer already, and if a third meets the same fate, he'll be off the hook. Obviously cancer only targets three people of a given generation, right? It also plays into fan theories regarding the finale. Virtually every detail of the final scene evokes the number 3: there are 3 Sopranos at the table, there are 3 pictures on the wall, Meadow is able to successfully parallel park on her 3rd attempt. This brings Junior's "these things happen in 3s" theory to mind, suggesting that Tony really does die at the end to complete the trio that started with Bobby and Sil.



* 1)Faster than a speeding bullet. 2)More powerful than a locomotive. 3)Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Look, up in the sky. 1)It's a bird. 2)It's a Plane. 3)It's ''Franchise/{{SUPERMAN}}''! Superman - 1) Who can change the course of mighty rivers. 2) Bend steel in his bare hands and who 3)disguised and Clark Kent, 1)mild 2)mannered 3)reporter for a 1)great 2)metropolitan 3)newspaper, fights a 1)never 2)ending 3)battle for 1)truth, 2)justice, and 3)the American way.

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* 1)Faster 1) Faster than a speeding bullet. 2)More 2) More powerful than a locomotive. 3)Able 3) Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Look, up in the sky. 1)It's 1) It's a bird. 2)It's 2) It's a Plane. 3)It's ''Franchise/{{SUPERMAN}}''! Superman - 1) Who can change the course of mighty rivers. 2) Bend steel in his bare hands and who 3)disguised and Clark Kent, 1)mild 2)mannered 3)reporter for a 1)great 2)metropolitan 3)newspaper, fights a 1)never 2)ending 3)battle for 1)truth, 2)justice, and 3)the American way.3) It's ''Franchise/{{SUPERMAN}}''!
21st Jun '17 7:54:08 PM Kadorhal
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* Background material for the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' notes that standard mobile suit tactics for the Principality of Zeon involved squads of three Zakus. The Federation fudged this a bit for space battles, mimicking that with three [=GMs=] per squad, but with the addition of two Balls as support. This also comes up in many of the Universal Century series, where while the number of leading protagonists who pilot them will vary, it often ends up that there are three mobile suits among them (for instance from the original series, Amuro's Gundam, Kai's Guncannon, and Ryu and Hayato's Guntank).



** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': Whoever summons the Genie can ask for ThreeWishes. But there are also three things the genie can't do: kill, force love, or raise the dead (though that's excluding his earlier statement that wishing for more wishes is not allowed). Also, it's three days (according to the Sultan) 'till Jasmine's birthday.

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** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': Whoever summons the Genie can ask for ThreeWishes. But there are also three things the genie can't do: kill, force love, or raise the dead (though that's excluding his earlier statement that wishing for more wishes is not allowed).allowed either). Also, it's three days (according to the Sultan) 'till Jasmine's birthday.



** "Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see....". The trope is subverted four times; the first time, the three questions are all easy, so the knight easily crosses. The second knight unexpectedly receives a third, difficult question which results in his death, while the third knight unexpectedly gets an easy question again but fails to answer it correctly and dies. On the final set of questions, King Arthur subverts it again by asking a question back to the bridge keeper, resulting in the ''bridge keeper's'' death. Additionally "...then thou shalt count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out."
** The first castle sank into the swamp. The second castle sank into the swamp. The third castle...burned down, fell over, and then sank into the swamp..

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** "Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see....see...". The trope is subverted four times; the first time, the three questions are all easy, so the knight easily crosses. The second knight unexpectedly receives a third, difficult question which results in his death, while the third knight unexpectedly gets an easy question again but fails to answer it correctly and dies. On the final set of questions, King Arthur subverts it again by asking a question back to the bridge keeper, resulting in the ''bridge keeper's'' death. Additionally "...then thou shalt count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out."
** The first castle sank into the swamp. The second castle sank into the swamp. The third castle... burned down, fell over, and then sank into the swamp..swamp.



* Film/TheThreeStooges. (Well, there were actually 6 of them, but never more than 3 in any one production.)

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* Film/TheThreeStooges. (Well, there There were actually 6 of them, but never more than 3 in any one production.)



* The [[FinalBattle Trench Attack]] from ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope''. First attack run, easily blown to pieces by [[RedBaron Darth Vader]]. Second run "[[AccidentalInnuendo Negative, it didn't go in.]]" Third run, Luke's all clear; he blows that thing and goes home!
* ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' features three uses of this:
** Darth Vader [[YouHaveFailedMe Force-choking his subordinates]]. First, he chokes the incompetent Admiral Ozzel via video monitor and promoting Captain Piett to his place. Later, Vader kills Captain Needa for not capturing the Falcon. Then at the end, when the Falcon jumps into hyperspace and escapes, Piett expects certain death but Vader just walks off the bridge.
*** Unlike the other two, Piett didn't actually screw up. He ''did'' disable the hyperdrive, the rebels just fixed it faster than expected, and there wasn't much he could do about that. This may be why Vader spared him.
*** Director Irvin Kershner, in the DVD commentary, says that he thinks Vader is too upset that the Falcon escapes, despite the Imperials sabotaging the hyperdrive, that he merely forgets to kill a minion. According to him, Piett and the other officers were right to be afraid as he stormed off the bridge.
** The Millennium Falcon trying to jump into hyperspace. First they're being pursued by a Star Destroyer away from Hoth; Han attempts to jump into hyperspace but nothing happens. Then, after leaving the asteroid field and having supposedly repaired the hyperdrive, they try again and again it fails. Later, with Lando now at the controls, and with the hyperdrive supposedly fixed by Lando's mechanics, they try for the THIRD time and it still fails to go into light speed because the Empire had deactivated it! The twist is that R2-D2 fixes it in time for their escape.
** C-3PO spelling out [[MillionToOneChance the ridiculous odds]] against whatever they trying to do. First he says that the odds of Han and Luke surviving a Hoth blizzard are 725 to 1. Then he says the odds of successfully navigating an [[AsteroidThicket asteroid field]] are 3720 to 1. (Prompting Han to reply "NeverTellMeTheOdds!") Finally, he tries to tell Han the odds of surviving a direct assault on a Star Destroyer, but Leia interrupts and shuts him down.
* The climactic battle in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' cuts between three different sets of action and location: the forest battle, the space battle and the duel between Luke and Vader in the Emperor's throne room. Also, just before his confrontation with Vader, Luke tells Leia, "The Force is strong in my family. My father has it, I have it...[[TheReveal and my sister has it.]]"
* In ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' Obi-Wan, Anakin and Padme are held captive in the Geonosian arena and separately has to fight three different beasts, an Acklay, a Reek and a Nexu.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'' examples:
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The [[FinalBattle Trench Death Star Attack]] from ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope''. ''Film/ANewHope''. First attack run, easily blown to pieces in seconds by [[RedBaron Darth Vader]]. Second run "[[AccidentalInnuendo Negative, it didn't go in.]]" run, someone makes the full run, but misses the actual shot. Third run, Luke's all clear; he blows that thing and goes home!
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home.
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''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' features three uses of this:
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this, though some are actually subversions:
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Darth Vader [[YouHaveFailedMe Force-choking his subordinates]]. First, he chokes the incompetent Admiral Ozzel via video monitor from an entirely different ship and [[YouAreInCommandNow promoting Captain Piett to his place. place]]. Later, Vader kills Captain Needa for not capturing the Falcon. ''Millennium Falcon''. Then at the end, when the Falcon ''Falcon'' jumps into hyperspace and escapes, escapes despite the Imperials sabotaging its hyperdrive, Piett expects certain death this - but Vader just walks off the bridge.
*** Unlike the other two, Piett didn't actually screw up. He ''did'' disable the hyperdrive, the rebels just fixed it faster than expected, and there wasn't much he could do about that. This may be why Vader spared him.
*** Director
bridge.[[note]]Director Irvin Kershner, in the DVD commentary, says that he thinks Vader is too upset that the Falcon escapes, despite the Imperials sabotaging the hyperdrive, that he merely forgets to kill a minion. According to him, Piett and the other officers were right to be afraid as he stormed off the bridge.
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bridge, especially considering we did see him kill two other officers for their screwups across the film.[[/note]]
***
The Millennium Falcon trying to jump into hyperspace. First they're being pursued by a Star Destroyer away from Hoth; Han attempts to jump into hyperspace but nothing happens. Then, after leaving the asteroid field and having supposedly repaired the hyperdrive, they try again and again it fails. Later, with Lando now at the controls, and with the hyperdrive supposedly fixed by Lando's mechanics, they try for the THIRD ''third'' time and it still fails to go into light speed because the Empire had deactivated it! The twist is that R2-D2 fixes it in time for their escape.
** *** C-3PO spelling out [[MillionToOneChance the ridiculous odds]] against whatever they trying to do. First he says that the odds of Han and Luke surviving a Hoth blizzard are 725 to 1. Then he says the odds of successfully navigating an [[AsteroidThicket asteroid field]] are 3720 to 1. (Prompting 1 (prompting Han to reply "NeverTellMeTheOdds!") "NeverTellMeTheOdds!"). Finally, he tries to tell Han the odds of surviving a direct assault on a Star Destroyer, but Leia interrupts and shuts him down.
* ** The climactic battle in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' cuts between three different sets of action and location: the forest battle, the space battle and the duel between Luke and Vader in the Emperor's throne room. Also, just before his confrontation with Vader, Luke tells Leia, "The Force is strong in my family. My father has it, I have it... [[TheReveal and my sister has it.]]"
* ** In ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' Obi-Wan, Anakin and Padme are held captive in the Geonosian arena and separately has to fight three different beasts, an Acklay, a Reek and a Nexu.Nexu.
** In a more meta example, ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is the beginning of a third trilogy of ''Star Wars'' films.



-->'''Joker:''' You know how I got these scars?
-->'''Batman:''' No, but I know how you got ''these''! ''(shoots his forearm blades into the Joker's face)''

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-->'''Joker:''' You know how I got these scars?
-->'''Batman:'''
scars?\\
'''Batman:'''
No, but I know how you got ''these''! ''(shoots his forearm blades into the Joker's face)''



* "What's that noise?" is the question asked three times at [[spoiler:Bergdorf's funeral]] by ''[[Film/{{Oceans 11}} Ocean's 11]]''. [[spoiler:They do ''not'' want to know the answer.]]

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* "What's that noise?" is the question asked three times at [[spoiler:Bergdorf's funeral]] by ''[[Film/{{Oceans 11}} Ocean's 11]]''.''Film/Oceans11''. [[spoiler:They do ''not'' want to know the answer.]]
13th Jun '17 10:13:38 PM Nulono
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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by [[Series/Sherlock Sherlock]]. He lampshades the fact that people expect things to happen in threes, so [[spoiler:he hid a fourth listening device in his hospital room]].
10th Jun '17 5:56:05 PM Robotech_Master
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** When the character is trying to get a recording machine to work in "real life," as he fiddles with the controls, the machine's arm twice lifts the disc off and drops it to the side of the machine. The third time, when Alfred reaches out his hand to catch the disc, the machine instead ''flips it over and puts it back on the spindle.''
28th May '17 6:12:29 PM Vir
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' episode "Crunch Time", Jimmy prepares three batches of his homemade candy before he perfects it. The first batch Carl and Sheen like for a few seconds before it goes bad and they spit it into the garbage, the second batch causes them to spontaneously grow facial hair, and the third batch [[MadeOfExplodium explodes]].
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