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28th Apr '16 8:28:45 AM erforce
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* The Connors encounter the T-1000 three times over the course of ''[[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Terminator 2]]'' (shopping mall, hospital, foundry) but only defeat him the third time.

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* The Connors encounter the T-1000 three times over the course of ''[[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Terminator 2]]'' ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' (shopping mall, hospital, foundry) but only defeat him the third time.



* Combining ''[[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back]]'' and ''[[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi]]'', Luke Skywalker directly encounters Darth Vader three times: the first time in Cloud City, the second time on Endor (where Luke fails to redeem Vader and is instead taken to the Emperor), and the third in the Emperor's throne room. The two never get close enough in ''A New Hope'' for it to count.

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* Combining ''[[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back]]'' and ''[[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi]]'', Luke Skywalker directly encounters Darth Vader three times: the first time in Cloud City, the second time on Endor (where Luke fails to redeem Vader and is instead taken to the Emperor), and the third in the Emperor's throne room. The two never get close enough in ''A New Hope'' ''Film/ANewHope'' for it to count.
9th Feb '16 1:18:28 PM bt8257
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A {{Subtrope}} of the RuleOfThree, this trope extends to confrontations in a particular work. When invoking this trope, a protagonist will, over the course of the story, confront a particular villain or antagonist roughly three times in succession. The first two times the protagonist makes an attempt at defeating him however, [[YouCantThwartStageOne he will lose]], or at the very least have severe implications that had the battle gone on longer, he would have lost.

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A {{Subtrope}} SubTrope of the RuleOfThree, this trope extends to confrontations in a particular work. When invoking this trope, a protagonist will, over the course of the story, confront a particular villain or antagonist roughly three times in succession. The first two times the protagonist makes an attempt at defeating him however, [[YouCantThwartStageOne he will lose]], or at the very least have severe implications that had the battle gone on longer, he would have lost.
22nd Aug '15 6:21:54 PM nombretomado
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* Shinn Asuka's initial confrontations against Kira in ''GundamSeedDestiny'' play out like this. The first time Kira effortlessly disables him in one slash, the second Shinn freaks him out by dodging a few of his attacks (Kira had up until that point flawlessly one shotted everyone who crossed his path thus far) before Athrun takes over, although it was clear Shinn would have still lost, and finally in their third battle Shinn has prepared extensively and exploiting a flaw in Kira's fighting style, takes him down although Kira survives. They actually fight a few more times after this but always to a draw as Shinn's new machine is unable to exploit the earlier flaw but he's still grown in skill to the point where Kira can't get a hit on him.

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* Shinn Asuka's initial confrontations against Kira in ''GundamSeedDestiny'' ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny'' play out like this. The first time Kira effortlessly disables him in one slash, the second Shinn freaks him out by dodging a few of his attacks (Kira had up until that point flawlessly one shotted everyone who crossed his path thus far) before Athrun takes over, although it was clear Shinn would have still lost, and finally in their third battle Shinn has prepared extensively and exploiting a flaw in Kira's fighting style, takes him down although Kira survives. They actually fight a few more times after this but always to a draw as Shinn's new machine is unable to exploit the earlier flaw but he's still grown in skill to the point where Kira can't get a hit on him.
11th Jul '15 3:55:27 PM nombretomado
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* Between ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs As]]'', and ''StrikerS'', it took Fate three tries to pass her Enforcer exam. It is implied that some of her difficulty came from taking the test during the period in which Nanoha was recovering from her wounds (thus causing Fate emotional distress), and it is pointed out that as the pass rate is 15%, and Chrono also failed the test once, this is still fairly good, especially considering Fate passed "with flying colors" the third time.

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* Between ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs As]]'', and ''StrikerS'', ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', it took Fate three tries to pass her Enforcer exam. It is implied that some of her difficulty came from taking the test during the period in which Nanoha was recovering from her wounds (thus causing Fate emotional distress), and it is pointed out that as the pass rate is 15%, and Chrono also failed the test once, this is still fairly good, especially considering Fate passed "with flying colors" the third time.
10th Jul '15 5:42:58 PM nombretomado
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* Between [[LyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]] [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs As]] and StrikerS, it took Fate three tries to pass her Enforcer exam. It is implied that some of her difficulty came from taking the test during the period in which Nanoha was recovering from her wounds (thus causing Fate emotional distress), and it is pointed out that as the pass rate is 15%, and Chrono also failed the test once, this is still fairly good, especially considering Fate passed "with flying colors" the third time.

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* Between [[LyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]] [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs As]] ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs As]]'', and StrikerS, ''StrikerS'', it took Fate three tries to pass her Enforcer exam. It is implied that some of her difficulty came from taking the test during the period in which Nanoha was recovering from her wounds (thus causing Fate emotional distress), and it is pointed out that as the pass rate is 15%, and Chrono also failed the test once, this is still fairly good, especially considering Fate passed "with flying colors" the third time.
27th May '15 2:32:35 PM StFan
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* Creator/TaitenKusunoki had to attend three separate auditions to join the PrinceOfTennis voice cast, and each time he tried pretty different characters. First he apped to play [[TeamDad Kippei]] [[TragicHero Tachibana]] but lost to Creator/YoshihisaKawahara, later lost the role of [[SternTeacher Taro]] [[BunnyEarsLawyer Sakaki]] to Creator/JurotaKosugi, and finally got in as [[KendoTeamCaptain Genichirou]] [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Sanada]].

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* Creator/TaitenKusunoki had to attend three separate auditions to join the PrinceOfTennis ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' voice cast, and each time he tried pretty different characters. First he apped to play [[TeamDad Kippei]] [[TragicHero Tachibana]] but lost to Creator/YoshihisaKawahara, later lost the role of [[SternTeacher Taro]] [[BunnyEarsLawyer Sakaki]] to Creator/JurotaKosugi, and finally got in as [[KendoTeamCaptain Genichirou]] [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Sanada]].
3rd May '15 4:39:51 PM Smurfton
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* It is common for bosses in video games to take three hits to kill. (e.g. Big Boo from ''SuperMarioWorld'', many ''TheLegendOfZelda'' bosses etc.)

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* It is common for bosses in video games to take three hits to kill. (e.g. Big Boo from ''SuperMarioWorld'', ''Franchise/SuperMarioWorld'', many ''TheLegendOfZelda'' ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' bosses etc.)
28th Apr '15 9:23:08 AM nombretomado
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* Pointed out in ''BobAndGeorge'' in the comments when it was invoked in one of the early confrontations over its entire run.

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* Pointed out in ''BobAndGeorge'' ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' in the comments when it was invoked in one of the early confrontations over its entire run.
11th Apr '15 7:16:49 PM nombretomado
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* Dante has this with his twin brother Vergil in ''DevilMayCry 3''. Dante [[HeadsIWinTailsYouLose loses the first fight]]. The BigBad reveal interrupts the second fight. After they take care of the BigBad, they have one more fight to the finish, with Dante defeating Vergil.

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* Dante has this with his twin brother Vergil in ''DevilMayCry ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 3''. Dante [[HeadsIWinTailsYouLose loses the first fight]]. The BigBad reveal interrupts the second fight. After they take care of the BigBad, they have one more fight to the finish, with Dante defeating Vergil.
18th Nov '14 7:13:53 AM Patachou
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* TaitenKusunoki had to attend three separate auditions to join the PrinceOfTennis voice cast, and each time he tried pretty different characters. First he apped to play [[TeamDad Kippei]] [[TragicHero Tachibana]] but lost to Creator/YoshihisaKawahara, later lost the role of [[SternTeacher Taro]] [[BunnyEarsLawyer Sakaki]] to Creator/JurotaKosugi, and finally got in as [[KendoTeamCaptain Genichirou]] [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Sanada]].
* King HenryVIII of England did not sire his coveted son, for whose birth he completely changed the social and religious landscape of England, until he met his third wife, Jane Seymour.

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* TaitenKusunoki Creator/TaitenKusunoki had to attend three separate auditions to join the PrinceOfTennis voice cast, and each time he tried pretty different characters. First he apped to play [[TeamDad Kippei]] [[TragicHero Tachibana]] but lost to Creator/YoshihisaKawahara, later lost the role of [[SternTeacher Taro]] [[BunnyEarsLawyer Sakaki]] to Creator/JurotaKosugi, and finally got in as [[KendoTeamCaptain Genichirou]] [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Sanada]].
* King HenryVIII UsefulNotes/HenryVIII of England did not sire his coveted son, for whose birth he completely changed the social and religious landscape of England, until he met his third wife, Jane Seymour.
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