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This is a form of ElementalRockPaperScissors, in which the three elements of [[DishingOutDirt Earth]], [[MakingASplash Water]] and [[BlowYouAway Air]] are made a [[RuleOfThree trinity]].

Land is usually depicted as steady and stable, Sea as unpredictable, and Sky as free spirited. Land may also involve death because of burials, and sky will often be the "king," especially in works created before human flight, since no matter where you are, you're always under the sky.

Sea is usually depicted as the most hostile of the three; considering most of the time humans are at sea, they're on a pretty small (relatively speaking) ship, and at the mercy of the extremely unpredictable sea, which could decide to throw storms, whirlpools, tsunamis and other unpleasant things at you at any moment, this is hardly surprising.

In an ElementalRockPaperScissors setting, expect Sea to overcome Land [[note]]The seas will wear away even the toughest landscapes[[/note]], Land to overpower Sky [[note]]Land blocks the wind and can withstand whatever the sky throws at it[[/note]], and Sky to defeat Sea [[note]]The waters of the sea are easily tossed around by the sky's winds and storms[[/note]].

These are considered to be the three classic Theatres of War, each with its own branch of the military (Army, Navy, and Air Force respectively) specialized to fighting in it.

See also FourElementEnsemble (where [[PlayingWithFire Fire]] comes out to play along with this trope) and FireIceLightning, another common elemental trio. SubTrope of PowerTrio.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Magmatron from ''Anime/BeastWarsNeo'' is made of three units: Landsaur, Skysaur and Seasaur.
* The Bigs from ''Anime/TheBigO'' fit the common characterizations of their spheres ó [[TheHero Big O (land)]] [[WildCard Big Duo (sky)]] [[BigBad Big Fau (sea)]]
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', there's a subtle name theming referred to these three elements in the Shiba siblings: Kaien (Kai = Sea)[[note]] Bonus points for Kaien's Shikai controlling water.[[/note]], Ganju (Gan = Rock, hence earth)[[note]] He has a earth manipulating technique.[[/note]] and Kukaku (Ku = Sky)[[note]] Whose main skills involves shooting people in the sky with her special cannon and cannonballs.[[/note]].
* ''Anime/CaptainEarth'': the Manatsu family is composed of Daichi (earth), his father Taiyou (sun) and his mother Umi (sea).
* ''Anime/DairuggerXV''|''{{Voltron}}'' there are three teams with vehicles which combine into the titular mecha, they are Kurugger (Air Team), Kairugger (Sea Team), and Rikurugger (Land Team).
* The 2005 ''Gaiking'' series has Gaiking become Sea to Vulking (Land) and Raiking (Sky). It's rarely obvious due to Gaiking being TheMario and using fire-based powers, but in the fight where the two are captured, the Daiku Maryu drags the other two dragons under the ocean to take advantage of the fact that each of them suffer from CripplingOverspecialization and the Daiku Maryu doesn't. Both the original series and the remake also fit the theme with Gaiking's support machines (Bazolar and Kill Jaguar are Land, Skylar and Stinger are Sky, Nesser and Crab Bunker are Sea.)
* The three forms of ''Manga/GetterRobo'' are [[TheMario sky]], [[FragileSpeedster land]], and [[MightyGlacier sea]]. Especially obvious for the G Getter.
* ''Anime/GoLion'' had Kogane and Suzuishi for sky (Black Lion powered by Thunder, Green Lion powered by Wind), Kurogane and Saidou for land (Red Lion powered by Magma, Yellow Lion powered by Sand), and Shirogane and Fala for sea (the Water powered Blue Lion Was owned by Shirogane, then Fala after the formerís death).
* First half of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' featured with Earth Alliance's [[TransformingMecha transformable]] [[SuperPrototype Gundam]] [[PowerTrio trio]]: ground combat Gaia (transform into dog-like mode), aquatic combat Abyss (transform into stingray-like mode), and aerial/space combat Chaos (transform into bird-like mode) representing [[CaptainObvious land, sea, and sky respectively]]. The first two even bearing MeaningfulName.
* In the ''[[Franchise/DotHack .Hack//]]'' first series, the great heroes of The World MMORPG are Balmung of the Azure Sky and Orca of the Azure Sea. Eventually, Kite joins them, although his title is "Azure Flame" rather than earth.
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', Nanoha is a Tactical Instructor for the Air Force, Fate is an Enforcer who is also part of the Dimensional Navy, and Hayate is part of the Ground Forces. However, after the GrandFinale, Hayate eventually joins the Dimensional Navy as well. Chrono, Lindy, Reinforce Zwei, Teana, Shario, Griffith, Lucino, Cinque, Dieci and Wendi are part of the Dimensional Navy. Vita, Signum and Agito are part of the Air Force. Shamal, Zafira, Erio, Caro, Vice, Alto, Genya, Ginga, and Subaru are part of the Ground Forces.
* The main characters and their Mashin in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'': Hikaru/Rayearth (Land), Umi/Selece (Sea), Fuu/Windam (Sky). Note that Hikaru's attacks use fire, but since her Mashin lived in a volcano, it's earth heat.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** One can see the three Admiral's elements in such a light: Akainu (MagmaMan) is Land, Aokiji (AnIcePerson) is Sea and Kizaru (HardLight) is Sky. Is also reflected in their fighting styles, with Aokiji freezing the sea to fight and Kizaru attacking from above. Their personalities fit too, Akainu is a hardline enforcer of absolute justice, Kizaru often seems blisfully ignorant of his actions and Aokiji treats most matters with cold disdain and indifference.
** The fighting style of the Monster Trio of the Straw Hats (Luffy, Zoro, and Sanji): Luffy's style is fluid and unpredictable like the sea, Zoro is strong and unmoving like the land, and Sanji is fast and strikes hard like the sky (even moreso now he possesses an ability called [[DoubleJump Sky Walk]]).
* The Amazon Trio from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'': Tiger's Eye (land), Hawk's Eye (sky) and Fisheye (sea).
* The Gundam Tryon-3 in ''Anime/GundamBuildFightersTry'' is spitted in Riku Tryon (Land), Umi Tryon (Sea) and Sora Tryon (Sky).
* The first three cures in ''Anime/GoPrincessPrettyCure'' are Cure Flora (Land), Cure Mermaid (Sea) and Cure Twinkle (Sky/Star). In a variant of this trope, the sky character's powers are [[HardLight based more on star shaped projectiles]] instead of [[BlowYouAway wind]]. [[spoiler:Later they're joined by [[PlayingWithFire Cure Scarlett]], creating a FourElementEnsemble instead, though the [[LegacyCharacter previous generation of cures in this setting]] still fits the bill- there was no previous Cure Scarlett]].
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' has this motif in three of the giant Daigan mecha piloted by the Heavenly Kings: the Daigankai (Sea) is a huge centipede-like submarine, Daiganten (Sky) is a colossal airbase-like mecha and finally the Daigando (Land) is a massive, nearly invincible land-based tank.
* The three new Digi-Destined from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' have quadruped Armor Digivolutions to travel faster over the vast Digital World: Davis' Raidramon (Land), Yolei's Halsemon (Sky) and Cody's Submarimon (Sea). Even the opening features a scene of them running to the distance.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Terrible Trio, a group of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' villains introduced in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, were criminals wearing masks of animals: Fox (Land), Shark (Sea) and Vulture (Sky).
* The big three Marvel (or rather, their predecessor Timely) heroes of World War II: ComicBook/CaptainAmerica is Land, [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]] is Sea, and Human Torch (Jim Hammond, not [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Johnny Storm]]) is Sky.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/WhatTheWaterGaveMe'': Astrid, Hiccup and Toothless respectively.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'': Arthur's three {{Animorphism}}s and the adventures involved, first as a fish (water), then as a squirrel (land), then as a bird (sky).

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}''
** From ''Film/GhidorahTheThreeHeadedMonster'', the three kaiju who defeat the titular villain are Godzilla (sea) a larval Mothra (Land) and Rodan (Sky).
** The "[[{{Kaiju}} Guardian Monsters]]", who come to defend Japan from Godzilla in ''Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack''. There's Baragon (Land), Mothra (Sea) and King Ghidorah (Sky).
** The three monsters in ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' fit this trope. The amphibious Godzilla represents Sea, to the point where his initial BigEntrance involves a GiantWallOfWateryDoom and a FireWaterJuxtaposition in the form of soldiers shooting flares past his drenched hide. The male M.U.T.O. represents Sky, being a GiantFlyer whose {{EMP}} is the one that takes down the most aircraft and whose second major scene sees him directly attacking an airport. The female M.U.T.O. represents Land, being (as far as we know) entirely land-bound and the monster that is seen furthest inland (namely, the Nevada desert).
* ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'': Abe Sapien is a sea creature and can breed under water, Hellboy is mostly land-based and Liz has fire powers with flames that generally expand in the air.

* In Julian May's continuity of the ''Literature/BlackTrillium'' series, there are three Archwizards: of the land, sea, and sky. Binah, the only non-evil sorceress in the original book, is retconned as the Archmage of the Land.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', the three tasks of the Triwizard Tournament can be categorized as this: the first task is sky, and involves Harry using his broomstick to win it, the second task is water, where the competitors have to dive under the lake, and the third task is land, and takes place in a labyrinth.
* Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''
** In the end of ''[[Literature/TheSilmarillion Quenta Silmarillion]]'', all three of the eponymous Silmarils are distributed equally across the sky (Eärendil's Silmaril), earth (Maedhros'), and sea (Maglor's).
** The Three Rings, which followed an "Air, Water, Fire" motif instead, essentially swapping Earth for Fire. In [[Literature/TheHistoryOfMiddleEarth the first draft]], the Ring rhyme goes "Three rings for the Elven-kings of earth, sea and sky".
* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', during the '''Triple Restore''', Septimus, Jenna and Aunt Zelda take the roles of the Air, Water and Land during the spell.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Very common in ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' series, such as ''Series/TaiyouSentaiSunVulcan'' (Vul Eagle = air, Vul Shark = sea, Vul Panther = land). The most important position, that of the [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority Red Ranger]], is usually the one with sky.
** ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'' we have in the main trio: Red Hawk (Sky), Yellow Lion (Land) and Blue Dolphin (Sea), the same in their mechas.
** ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger''/''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' has the three Evilmagic Mecha/Divazords used by the villains, resembling a yellow lion (land), a blue shark (sea) and a red bird (sky) respectively. Since ''Carranger'' is a parody series of its own franchise, the Evilmagic Mecha parody the heroes of ''Sun Vulcan'' and ''Liveman''.
** ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman''/''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' has the Steel Starbeast [=GigaRhinos=] / Centaurus Megazord (land), Giant Steel Starbeast [=GigaBitus=] / Zenith Carrierzord (sea), and Steel Starbeast [=GigaPhoenix=] / Stratoforce Megazord (sky).
** The Hayate/Wind Ninja Academy in ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger''/''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' teaches these three disciplines, and the three core Rangers each wield one. Interestingly enough, the Rangers that join the team later use different abilities altogether (the next two, from a rival academy, use Thunder; and the sixth is NonElemental). The ''Ninja Storm'' Rangers also have corresponding extreme sport hobbies: Tori surfs, Shane skateboards (and, consequently, spends a lot of time grabbing air), and Dustin's motocross racing has him driving on earthy tracks.
** ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger''/''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'' actually gives this to the villains rather than the heroes in the three Fist Demons/Overlords; giving you Kata/Carnisoar (Hawk/Air) Rageku/Jellica (Jellyfish/Sea) and Maku/Grizzaka (Bear/Land). The heroes do have their own version, though, as their secondary mentors (and therefore secondary weapons and mecha) are based on the Elephant, Bat, and Shark.
** ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger''/''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' has a team of ''two'' Rangers of each, except for sea, which only has one (''Goseiger'' explains it as the second sea Ranger being killed off in the backstory; ''Megaforce'' downplays the motif and ignores the imbalance entirely). Gosei Knight/Robo Knight [[AllYourPowersCombined uses all three]], as does the series BigBad, a FallenAngel. There's also one MechaExpansionPack for each category, and the three villain factions qualify as Warstar has a SpaceBase (representing sky), the [=UMA=] Beasts have an ElaborateUndergroundBase, and the Matrintis have an UnderwaterBase.
** ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger''/''Sentai/PowerRangersNinjaSteel'' has this for the {{Mecha Expansion Pack}}s. [=OtomoNin=] Paonmaru/Rumble Tusk Zord is an elephant (land), [=OtomoNin=] Surfermaru/Sub Surfer Zord is a shark-themed submarine (sea) and [=OtomoNin=] [=UFOmaru=]/Astro Zord is a flying saucer (sky).
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** As of the Season 6 finale, Daenerys' forces use this motif. In addition to having an army of Dothraki and Unsullied at her command, the core of Dany's faction is an alliance between the dragon-riding Targaryens (Sky), the desert-dwelling Martells of Dorne (Land), and the sea-faring Greyjoys of the Iron Islands (Sea).
** In the series' backstory, the alliance of Great Houses who made up the core of [[GreatOffscreenWar Robert's Rebellion]] used the motif, as emphasized by their [[AnimalMotifs animal sigils]]. The Starks of the North (direwolf) and the Baratheons of the Stormlands (stag) were Land, the Tullys of the Riverlands (fish) were Sea, and the Arryns of the Vale (eagle) were Sky.

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%% * A common referent in Myth/CelticMythology.
* The Three Great Beasts, Behemoth (Land), Leviathan (Sea), and Ziz (Sky).
* Myth/ClassicalMythology
** Zeus got sky, Poseidon got the ocean, and Hades drew the short straw for the Underworld but he also gained control of everything found underground, including gold and precious gems, making him the richest of the gods. Land was left for humanity.
** There are the primordial gods Gaia (the earth), Oranos (the sky), and Pontus (the sea). Gaia, the first and born out of Chaos, conceived Oranus and Pontus via parthenogenesis, and [[IncestIsRelative then mated with them]]. Most notably, the Titans and Greek pantheon were the byproduct of her union with Oranos. Additionally, Tartarus (the hell-pit) was sometimes perceived as a primordial deity/force of nature

* The three monsters that attack our heroes in the video for Music/OfMonstersAndMen's "Little Talks" are a giant two-headed crow, a shambling beast, and an octopus-shark.

* The heroic trio in the modern version of BattleBeasts is Vorin the ram, Gruntos the walrus, and Merk the falcon.

* In a way, this trope and FireIceLightning could be seen as two sides of the same coin--Land/Earth coincides with Fire (due to the Earth's molten core and the fact that fire can't travel in water or air), Sea/Water coincides with Ice (water becomes ice when frozen) and Sky/Air coincides with Lightning (lightning drops from the sky during a storm).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars 2: Black Hole Rising'', the three Green Earth commanders fit: Eagle has stronger air units and is the proud leader of the trio, Jess has strong ground vehicles and tends to be very practical (her resupply power actually makes her pretty handy with air and sea units despite the attack power penalty she suffers with them), and Drake specializes in naval warfare and has very damaging CO powers.
* The three games in the "Dusk" subseries of ''VideoGame/{{Atelier}}'' series are ''VideoGame/AtelierAyeshaTheAlchemistOfDusk'' ("of the Land of Dusk" in the Japanese title), ''VideoGame/AtelierEschaAndLogyAlchemistsOfTheDuskSky'', and ''VideoGame/AtelierShallieAlchemistsOfTheDuskSea''.
* In the ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' series, the three objects used to seal Malpercio are the Earth Sphere, the Ocean Mirror and the Sword of the Heavens, when the sealing is shown in the 2nd game the line "[[spoiler: Marno Ar HelloInsertNameHere]], accursed one, for the sake of the earth, the sky and the ocean, thy life must end!" is used. Of note is that during the games [[spoiler:until the ending]], the earth "polluted and barren", the ocean is sealed away ("and the Lost Ocean") and the lower part of the sky filled with the poisonous "taintclouds".
* Used in one of the riddles in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''. Although the wording suggests the classic military interpretation [[spoiler:the actual answer is a shipping company]].
* In ''VideoGame/ClockTower3'' at one point Alyssa must solve a riddle involving the three rooder's stones of Earth, Sky and Sea. To be specific, she must put them in the right order to free some ghosts.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' the 3 factions units emphasize on their armies strength. The Soviets are Land for their tough tanks, the Empire are Sea as their navy's excel in taking on enemy ships, and many of their units are amphibious, and the Allies are Sky because they have the most advanced air units that are fast and hit hard.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' uses this for ThemeNaming:
** Although the three elements are not the main source of their power, Sora means 'sky' in Japanese, Riku can be translated into 'land', and 'Kai' in Kairi can be translated into 'ocean'. Sora and Riku pick up some specific wind and earth attacks in ''3D'' - we'll see if Kairi does the same.
** Also applies in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'': Ventus, Terra, and Aqua means 'wind', 'earth', and 'water' respectively in Latin. Their ElementalPowers are more emphasised than the other trio (so far).
** To a lesser extent, Roxas (An anagram of "Sora" with an X added, while also meaning "red" itself, so could be interpreted to be "twilit Sky"), Axel/Lea (Meadow), and a split between Naminé (''nami'' = wave) and Xion (''shio'' = tide).
* In VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV the Conjurer and WhiteMage class use the life giving elements of Earth, Wind and Water as part of their attack moveset in comparison to the Thaumaturge and BlackMage classes focus on the destructive FireIceLightning elements.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** The first three transformations in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]''; Deku is air (flower helicopter), Goron is land (stone rolling), Zora is Sea (dolphin swimming).
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'', the first three {{MacGuffin}}s (namely the Goddess Pearls) are collected from the sky spirit Valoo, the earth spirit the Great Deku Tree, and the sea spirit Jabun respectively. Also, the Master Sword is powered up in the ''Earth'' and ''Wind'' Temples, while the Triforce of Courage is obtained after assembling its fragments in the Great ''Sea''.
** This extends to the Golden Goddesses themselves. Farore is associated with wind, Naryu is water and while Din is mostly linked to fire, she also formed the terrain of Hyrule itself.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', the Sea is represented by the [[FishPeople Zora]], their watery Domain, and their Divine Beast Vah Ruta, an elephant that sprays massive amounts of water from its trunk. Sky is represented by the [[BirdPeople Rito]], their windy and mountainous realm, and their Divine Beast Vah Medoh, a bird that flies high above their village. Land is split in two: there are the [[SiliconBasedLife Gorons]], their [[LethalLavaLand fiery]] and [[DeathMountain mountainous]] realm, and their Divine Beast Vah Rudania, a lizard that crawls around Death Mountain's caldera shooting fiery cannonballs on lower elevation places; and there is the [[OneGenderRace Gerudo]], their [[ShiftingSandLand desert]] realm, and their Divine Beast Vah Naboris, a camel that stomps around the desert producing sandstorms.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', the three largest armies can be seen to represent this in their favoured forms of warfare. The Krogans utilise a ground-based Army and Tanks (Land), the Humans use a Space-Navy with many Carriers to quickly deploy Marine forces (Sea), while the Turians provide aerial-support and bombing runs (Sky).
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'' has three of Repliforce's high ranking members of the Army ([[KingOfBeasts Slash Beast]]), Navy ([[FlyingSeafoodSpecial Jet Stingray]]) and Air Force ([[OminousOwl Storm Owl]]).
* Three of the Four Guardians of Neo Arcadia in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' fit this mold. Each functions as the military general of their own unit: [[BlowYouAway Sage]] [[ShockAndAwe Harpuia]] commands the Rekku Army (the air force), [[AnIcePerson Fairy]] [[MakingASplash Leviathan]] is leader of the Meikai Army (the navy), and [[PlayingWithFire Fighting Fefnir]] controls the Jin'en Army (the army). This is off-set partially by the fourth Guardian ([[NonElemental Hidden Phantom]]) and his Zan'ei Army, which was Neo Arcadia's stealth force and anti-[[LaResistance Resistance]] intelligence unit.
* ''VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight R: Daibouken Hen'' has the Slates of Earth, Sea and Sky. Scattered throughout the world, you need to gather them and put them all in a machine inside [[spoiler:the Pyramid]] in order to activate the WarpWhistle system.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'':
** Groudon (land), Kyogre (sea), and Rayquaza (sky), all of which were based on the aforementioned Three Great Beasts. It has another one in the form of Berries, surprisingly enough. Three especially rare Berries: Liechi, Ganlon, and Salac, are described to [[PowerUpFood contain the power]] of the sea, land, and sky respectively.
** With the addition of Trubbish/Garbodor, it completes a Poison-based parody of this trope begun in ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'', where it forms a "Pollution Trinity" alongside Grimer/Muk, and Koffing/Weezing. Trubbish/Garbodor is the Trash (Land Pollution) Pokemon, Grimer/Muk is the Sludge (Water Pollution) Pokemon, and Koffing/Wheezing is the Smog (Air Pollution) Pokemon.
** The fully-evolved forms of the original starter Pokemon. The Grass/Poison-type Venusaur is the land, the Water-type Blastoise is the sea, and the Fire/Flying-type Charizard is the sky.
** A relatively subtle example with the [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Creation Trio]] -- Dialga is part Steel-type (Land), Palkia is part Water-type (Sea), and Giratina is part Ghost-type (Sky). Since they're the Creation Trio, this is probably meant to represent the three states of matter.
** The seventh-generation games continue playing this with "Ride Pokémon": Tauros, Stoutland, Mudsdale, and Machamp on land; Lapras, Sharpedo, and Mantine in the sea; and Charizard in the air.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'': the Earth, Sea, and Sky Emblems used to open a gate in one level.
* The party members of ''VideoGame/ShirenTheWanderer 2'' are Riku, Himakichi, and Asuka. Riku means land, Himakichi is a {{Kappa}}, and Asuka is the name of the ancient capital of Japan associated with flying birds. Oh, and the SixthRanger can [[BreathWeapon breathe]] [[PlayingWithFire fire]], making them a FourElementEnsemble.
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', an achievement named "The Cycle" requires a Scout to kill three enemies in a single life: one while he is airborne (sky), one while he is on the ground (land) and one while he is underwater (sea).

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': In the episode "The Terrible Trio" features the eponymous trio from the comics. They all are bored, rich men who inherited family fortunes from oil (land), a shipping magnate (sea), and an aerodynamics firm (air). Their disguises as criminals are, respectively, Fox, Shark, and Vulture.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}'' features Max Ray ("brilliant sea operations commander"), Jake Rockwell ("rugged land operations specialist") and Ace [=McCloud=] ("daring air operations expert").
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'' has Scrooge [=McDuck=] a treasure hunter (land), Donald Duck a sailor (sea) and Della Duck an aviator (sky).

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Modern militaries are devided up into an Army, Navy and Air Force.
* The mascots for the Sydney 2000 Olympics were an echidna (Land), Platypus (water, although not sea since platypi are fresh-water animals) and kookaburra (sky).
* The reptile groups that ruled the world during the Mesozoic Era could be seen as this: the dinosaurs dominated the Land, the marine reptiles patrolled the Sea and the pterosaurs soared through the Sky.
** More directly is the Archosaur PowerTrio that all evolved together at roughly the same time in the Triassic period in the aftermath of the Permian mass extinction that kicked off the period; dinosaurs (land), crocodilians (sea), and pterosaurs (sky).
* Our fossil fuels consist of coal, petroleum oil, and natural gas. There are also the renewable energy sources of geothermal energy (land), hydroelectric and tidal energy (sea), and wind energy (sky).
* The primary states of matter- solid, liquid, and gas.
* Creator/TomHanks has starred in three different "survival thriller" films about {{everyman}} protagonists forced to use their wits to survive dangerous situations: ''Film/CastAway'', ''Film/CaptainPhillips'' and ''Film/{{Sully}}''. ''Cast Away'' is about a [=FedEx=] employee stranded on a deserted island (Land), ''Captain Phillips'' is about a merchant ship captain taken hostage by pirates (Sea), and ''Sully'' is about an airline pilot whose plane suffers complete engine failure (Sky). As a bonus: he also starred in ''Film/Apollo13'', which is the same thing set in '''Space''', where he plays an astronaut; it's even BasedOnATrueStory, just like ''Captain Phillips'' and ''Sully''.