Created By: MousaThe14 on April 26, 2011 Last Edited By: MousaThe14 on August 25, 2011
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Power Trio Plus Two

Power Trio + 1 set of Foils

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A type of Team Of Five where the setup is a Power Trio and a pair of foils.

Basically a sort of five man band without resorting to the specified roles. It's a sort of expansion of the power trio where you generally have The Ego, The Super Ego, and The Id supplemented by a semi-independent set of foils who are still part of the group. They tend to be at odds with one another and generally they are either taking sides in the previous power trio or being their own problems.

Examples:
  • Harry Potter: The Golden Trio of Harry, Hermione and Ron...plus Luna and Ginny as foils. That's a Type I
  • Wheel of Time: Mostly in the first book, another Type One. The Three Ta'veren: Rand, Perrin and Mat, plus the female foils Egwene and Nynaeve.
  • Cowboy Bebop another type I, Spike-Jet-Faye is the Power Trio, and Ein and Ed are foils.
  • Hellsing might be a type I: Alucard and Walter as one group, Seras and Pip in the other group, and Integra is the fifth member, often a mediator.

  • Sucker Punch: Rocket, Sweat Pea and Babydoll being the obvious power trio, and the remaining two as a set of foils.

  • Avatar the Last Airbender, becomes an example of this. The original three stay in their roles but Toph and Zuko become just as important to the group. They're the foils: Calm/angry, solid stone/empheral fire, short/tall. They both have eye issues and contrasting relations with Iroh.

  • Final Fantasy X, the original five people that leave Besaid are an example. Wakka is the talkative optimist, Lulu is the less talkative cynist, Yuna mediates and holds them together, Tidus and Kilmarhi are the foils. cheerful/stoic. human/Ronso, sword/spear. All of them are equally important, though the foils tend to have private problems.

  • Tsubasa Resevor Chronicle: Kurogane and Fai are the foils. They contrast each other and interact with each other far more often then the trio: Sakura Syaoran and Mokona. Sakura is happy and helps people, Syaoran is focused on his goal largely to the exclusion of other things, Mokona directs the group.

Tied to this YKTTW: Team Of Five
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • April 29, 2011
    MC42
  • May 2, 2011
    MousaThe14
    I'm not an Idiot, i know abut Thee Plus Two, maybe if you actually read this you would understand why this isn't Three Plus Two specifically. It's more of a sub-trope of that, more specific and designed for the aforementioned Team of Five super Trope. Use your eyes.
  • May 2, 2011
    MC42
  • May 3, 2011
    ChaoticNovelist
    This is a valid trope. Three Plus Two, judging from its description, is based more on history. The Core Trio having pre-story relations and the other two coming in at the start, or the other two coming in at a later date within the story itself. This trope is about personalities. Its Power Trio Red Oni Blue Oni while Three Plus Two is more like Golden Trio Those Two Guys. All five members are equally important in this trope. The last sentence says they can take sides in the Power Trio, possibly to shift the balance of power.

    Avatar the Last Airbender, becomes an example of this. The original three stay in their roles but Toph and Zuko become just as important to the group. They're the foils: Calm/angry, solid stone/empheral fire, short/tall. They both have eye issues and contrasting relations with Iroh.

    In Final Fantasy X, the original five people that leave Besaid are an example. Wakka is the talkative optimist Lulu is the less talkative cynist Yuna mediates and holds them together Tidus and Kilmarhi are the foils. cheerful/stoic. human/Ronso, sword/spear. All of them are equally important, though the foils tend to have private problems.

    A third in Tsubasa Resevor Chronicle.

    Kurogane and Fai are the foils. They contrast each other and interact with each other far more often then the trio: Sakura Syaoran and Mokona. Sakura is happy and helps people, Syaoran is focused on his goal largely to the exclusion of other things, Mokona directs the group.
  • May 23, 2011
    cathstuart
    Far out. People are busy trying to simplify all the Five Man Band stuff into Team Of Five, not create more sub-variant-related-sister-cousin tropes. Don't be a splitter! Add it to the above Team Of Five YKTTW, which many tropers have been relieved to see is actually trying to stop this kind of proliferation, and make it all more coherent and unified in some way.

    We read your trope suggestion, and it's unnecessary. Add it to Team Of Five if you want...
  • May 23, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    ^This trope was made from a decision on the Team Of Five discussion that the Team Of Five has 3 different variants, this being one of them. The Team Of Five discussion actually isn't trying to 'stop this proliferation'. I believe I was the one who actually suggested a split, and I'm not saying it absolutely has to be that way or that a soft split, the three subtypes on one page, would be wrong, but I'm saying that what you just said plain isn't true.

    Also Team of Five isn't necessarily trying to 'simplify' team of Five Man Band, per se, just trying to work out a trope where those examples that were being shoe-horned into the trope, simply because they had five members, will actually fit. Team Of Five is an alternative to Five Man Band, not a replacement.
  • May 24, 2011
    cathstuart
    so why do we need this one as well?

  • May 24, 2011
    cathstuart
    especially when you have one example?
  • May 25, 2011
    MousaThe14
    One? Only one? where?
  • August 24, 2011
    ChaoticNovelist
    Bumb.
  • August 24, 2011
    jaytee
    What's with the zombie bumps? We don't need this.
  • August 25, 2011
    benstarwolf
    I feel like the Harry Potter example is wrong because you are leaving out Neville.
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