The PowerTrio's answer to the FiveTokenBand. Usually includes-

* a white male
* a [[BlackBestFriend black male]], or other visible minority
* a [[TheChick white female]] (rarely a [[TwoferTokenMinority female of yet another minority]])

The end result manages to combine TokenMinority and TheSmurfettePrinciple: the TokenTrio. Implicit in most cases is that the white male is the ''de facto'' [[WhiteMaleLead head]] of the ThreeAmigos--at the least, he'll play a more prominent visual or verbal role in the commercial. Only on rare occasion will the girl be recognizably a third race, such as Asian. And the black one naturally will be [[ButNotTooBlack not very black]].

This trope is common in kids' advertising. If you want to sell a product like, say, [[ThePowerpuffGirls Lucky Captain Rabbit King Nuggets]] to kids, you put kids in the commercials. That's basic [[{{demographics}} demographic]] appeal. But you can't cast just ''any'' kids-- you want [[ThreeAmigos three]], all implied to be friends, and for a mix of reasons-- political correctness, as well as representing the largest target demographics in the Western world with a minimum of actual effort

Even outside of advertising, this is an incredibly frequent attribute of the ThreeAmigos, where the white guy's status as TheHero is essentially [[MightyWhitey guaranteed]]. Larger variety is FiveTokenBand.

The ScottWesterfeld novel ''Literature/SoYesterday'' termed this phenomenon the [[http://scottwesterfeld.com/blog/?p=380 'Missing Black Woman Formation,']] or MBWF.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Advertising ]]

* Pick any kids' food commercial from North America, particularly Lunchables. However, breakfast foods are the real offenders here.
* Older Uniroyal tire commercials had three racers, a woman named "Uni" and two men named "Roy" and "Al."
* The Three Musketeers, named after the chocolate, were respectively white, black and AmbiguouslyBrown
* There's an advertisement for a particular doll out there that comes in three versions. They are, shot for shot, identical; the only difference is that the child and the doll the child is playing with are, respectively, white, black, and [[ButNotTooBlack light-skinned Hispanic]].
* In his book "From Those Wonderful Folks Who Brought You Pearl Harbor" Jerry Della Femina describes an ad that had three people on a triple bike - a white man, a white woman and a black woman. Their question was, where to put the black woman? Last seemed racist. First seemed a bit obvious. In the middle just looked weird, like a sandwich.

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[[folder: Anime ]]

* The anime ''TransformersArmada'' has the incredibly stereotypically named humans Bradley "Rad" White, Carlos Lopez, and Alexis. No points for guessing who fits which demographic.
** Alexis was actually supposed to be Vietnamese. However...[[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/transformers/images/thumb/1/1c/Alexis.jpg/180px-Alexis.jpg Well, maybe she was adopted.]]
* ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold'': Esteban, Zia and Tao.
* The HumongousMecha show ''Metal Armor Dragonar'' gave Japanese protagonist Kain Wakaba a pair of wingmen, one black, one white whose mechs had paintjobs to match.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'''s ''Black And White'' season's party stays true to the trope-- Ash fills the male TokenMinority slot, Iris is AmbiguouslyBrown and Cilan rounds the trio out. Conversely, the group dynamic part of the trope is [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], since Ash is the hero/leader.
* ''Anime/SonicX'' had Chris Thorndike's (presumably a white male) two friends be a black male and a white female [[TwoferTokenMinority in a wheelchair]].

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ArchieComics'' sometimes grouped Archie, Chuck and Betty this way in the 1970s.
* ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' has Jesse, Tulip and the Irish vampire Cassidy.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The main trio of the movie ''Film/{{Stealth}}'' included a white guy, a black guy and a white girl. Before the movie was half over, [[BlackDudeDiesFirst the black guy had died]], and the white girl ejected over enemy territory, leaving the white guy to [[DistressedDamsel heroically rescue her]].
* The three stars of ''Film/{{Clockstoppers}}''. White teen star with the AppliedPhlebotinum, token BlackBestFriend, white LoveInterest... [[StrictlyFormula completely by the book]], really.
* The three main protagonists in ''Film/TheMatrix'': Neo (white [[TheChosenOne messiah guy]]), Morpheus (black mentor guy), and Trinity (white love interest).
** Interestingly, the Wachowskis originally envisioned ValKilmer in the role of Morpheus, and WillSmith in the role of Neo.
%%* Film/BloodDiamond.
* ''Film/{{Pandorum}}'' has a variation with a French woman and an Asian man along with the white man. There are other characters but these three are the main ones.
* ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow'' has Sam (white guy), Laura (white girl love interest) and Brian (black guy). Though they get joined by another white guy (a downplayed RomanticFalseLead).
* In ''Film/DrNo'', Film/JamesBond, Honey Ryder and Quarrel.
* An interesting, non-racial variation exists in ''Film/KissKissBangBang'': the trio contains Harry (white guy), Harmony (white girl), and Perry (''gay'' guy).
* ''{{Film/Rainbow}}'' gives us the trio of Mike, who is white. His best friend Peter is Asian (with a black mother too). And they have a girl Tissy who is also a nerd.
* The [[FilmOfTheBook film adaptation]] of RickRiordan's ''Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', which includes WhiteMaleLead Percy, white female Annabeth, and Gordon the satyr, who is [[RaceLift black in the movie]].
* The MarvelCinematicUniverse
** In the ''Film/IronMan'' films, the three most prominent characters are Tony (white male), Pepper (white female), and Rhodey (black male).
** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', the leads are Captain America (white male), Falcon (black male), and Black Widow (white female).

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* RickRiordan's ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' series:
** Jason as the quest leader, Piper as the Native-American love interest and Leo as the Latino Best Friend.
** Also in "The Son of Neptune" with Percy (white), Frank (Asian), and Hazel (black).
* Discussed in Scott Westerfeld's ''Literature/SoYesterday'', where Jen goes to an advertisement screening and comments on what she called the "Missing Black Woman Formation" in the shoe commercial.
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' field guide ''Cats of the Clans,'' the three kits Rock tells his stories to are Mosskit, who is half [=ThunderClan=] and half [=RiverClan=], Adderkit, who is from [=WindClan=], and Blossomkit, who is from [=ShadowClan=].
* ''Literature/InfernalDevices'' has Will being the lead "white guy", Tessa being the lead "white girl", and Jem being the lead [[{{ButNotTooForeign}} "ethnic guy"]], although he's half-British.
* Alexander Key's Literature/FlightToTheLonesomePlace has Ronnie Cleveland, a white boy, Luis Black, a black boy, and Anna Maria Rosalita, an Hispanic. Takes place mostly in Puerto Rico, where both latter characters were born and lived for a lot of their lives. It doesn't feel token.
* ''Literature/MoreThanThis'' has Seth the white male protagonist, Tomasz the Polish boy, and Regine the black girl.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Perhaps the prototypical Token Trio was TV's ''Series/TheModSquad'', first aired in 1968. The titular cops were famously billed as "one white, one black, one blonde." Which actually counts as two whites.
* ''NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' would be an example (Ned, Cookie, and Moze fit the demographic sampling perfectly), except they are the main characters and genuinely fleshed out (i.e. not at all Token)
* ''Series/VRTroopers'' featured a TokenTrio as its main protagonists. (Through no fault of the actors involved: Brad Hawkins {white guy} and Sarah Brown {the white girl} have both gone on to bigger and better things, though Michael Bacon {black guy} seems to have vanished)
* Also present in ''BigBadBeetleborgs'', yet ''another'' contemporary ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' clone.
* Even the actual ''PowerRangers'' did this when it lacked a FiveManBand. Seasons [[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm 11]], [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder 12]], [[Series/PowerRangersJungleFury 16]] started with these setups (before the arrival of any {{Sixth Ranger}}s), while 11 and 17 mixed it up just slightly by having the minority male be the leader.
** Ninja Storm had the New Zealand version: Maori guy, white girl, Latino guy. Then they added another white guy and an Asian guy, and finished it up with one last Asian guy.
** Dino Thunder: White guy, white girl, black guy. Then they added a Native American guy and finished it up with an Asian (Filipino).
** Jungle Fury: White guy, white girl, Asian guy. Then two more white guys.
** RPM: Black guy (leader), white guy, white girl. Then two more white guys and finished up with an Asian guy and girl.
* ''{{Smallville}}'', back when Clark, Chloe and [[BlackBestFriend Pete]] were the ThreeAmigos. Pete had even undergone a RaceLift for the series!
* Sort of a gender reversed version in ''LizzieMcguire'': White Girl (leader), Mexican Girl, White/Jewish guy.
* Another gender flip and inversion with ''ThatsSoRaven'' with a black girl, black guy and white girl.
* The three main kids in ''{{Wishbone}}'' are Joe (main guy), Sam (Samantha), and David.
* The original three ducklings on ''Series/{{House}}'': White Girl (Cameron), Black Guy (Foreman) and White Foreign Guy (Chase). Later we also get the White Bisexual Girl (Thirteen), Jewish Guy (Taub) and Adopted Indian Guy (Kutner)
* ''TheSarahJaneAdventures'' has Luke (the white guy), Maria (the white girl) and Clyde (the black guy). When Maria leaves, we get Rani Chandra (the Indian girl).
* Inverted example in ''TheFamousJettJackson'', where the leader of the trio is a black male, with white male and mixed race female sidekicks.
* Lampshaded by the Master in the third season of ''Series/DoctorWho''. You have the Doctor (white male), Martha [[TwoferTokenMinority (black female)]], and Jack (bisexual male).
* Played with on the {{Nickelodeon}} series ''SupahNinjas'', which features an Asian male lead, BlackBestFriend sidekick, and white female LoveInterest.
* The original judge trio on ''Series/AmericanIdol'': Simon (white male; bonus points for being a MeanBrit), Paula (white female), and Randy (black male).

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Massive Attack's three members, all male, came from different ethnic backgrounds. Inapplicable since Andrew Vowles left, however.
* The [[IronicName Thompson Twins]] - from 1982 to 1986, anyway. Tom Bailey was the white redhead guy, Alannah Currie the blonde chick, and Joe Leeway the dreadlocked black man.

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[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* Gender flipped with LayCool and Kaval (Lay-Kav-Ool) since there's Michelle (white girl), Layla (mixed race) and Kaval (half-Hispanic half-white guy).
* At the start of 2010 there was the random team of Matt Hardy (white guy), Maria Kanellis (white girl) and the Great Khali (Indian) for a few weeks.
* The APA had Bradshaw (white guy), Farooq (black guy) and sometimes Jacqueline (black woman).
* The Dudley Boyz (white guy and black guy) added Stacy Keibler (white girl) to their stable from 2001-2002
* MNM had a variation with two white guys and a Hispanic woman

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* The three human characters in ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' are Brian (white Jewish male), Gary Coleman (black male), and Christmas Eve (Asian female).

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The first ''StreetsOfRage'' video game had Adam (black), Axel (white), and Blaze (white female) as your choices of player character.
** Its contemporary game, ''Golden Axe'' didn't have the stereotypical black guy. Instead, the fantasy setting used an axe-wielding dwarf.
** ''Alien Storm'', which basically was ''Golden Axe'' [[RecycledINSPACE in a sci-fi setting]], had Gordon (male), Karla (female) and Scooter (robot).
* The poster party in all three games in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' universe tends to be male Shepard, female human party member, and male alien party member.
* ''VideoGame/UndercoverCops'' has Zan (Japanese man), Rosa (white woman), and Matt (white guy).

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In ''TheFourth,'' we have Derk as the white male, Lorelei as the white female, and Lord Skärva as the male minority: in his case, of shark-man descent.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Not intentionally evoked, but the hosting crew of video game music podcast NitroGameInjection has a white guy (Kyle), a black guy (Larry), and an Asian girl (Suraida).
* VideoGame/{{Pico}} is the white boy alongside Asian girl Nene and black boy Darnell.
* The peer review panel in [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/fifthgrade-science-paper-doesnt-stand-up-to-peer-r,1320/ this]] article from TheOnion.
* The post-reboot episodes of WebVideo/NostalgiaCritic star a WhiteMaleLead (Nostalgia Critic), a black male (Malcolm), and a white female (Rachel, who is later [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replaced]] by Tamara).

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''
** Technically speaking, Valerie Grey could be counted as the Missing Black Woman.
* ''AmericanDragonJakeLong'' has the somewhat refreshing variation of having the main character of the all-TotallyRadical ThreeAmigos be half-Chinese, with a [[SassyBlackWoman sassy]] female BlackBestFriend and a GeniusDitz [[AcceptableTargets faux-stoner white guy]].
* Another variation takes place in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}}'', with its trio of two girls and one boy.
* In the first season finale of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', three heroes are thrown back in time. The three? Franchise/{{Batman}}, Franchise/WonderWoman, and Franchise/GreenLantern (John Stewart).
** Granted, things get messed up in part two, when timeline changes make Wonder Woman disappear and at one point make Green Lantern a non-minority ([[MythologyGag Hal Jordan]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' had this, with the gender ratio switched to accommodate the main character being female: Pepper as the lead, Nicky as her white best girlfriend, and Milo, whose ethnicity is never explicitly mentioned, but whose skin is noticeably darker than that of anyone else in the cast (AmbiguouslyBrown).
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceSentinels'' was one of the earliest in WesternAnimation. One team member was Asian and the woman was African-American.
* Any time ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'' has a group of three, it's either Zeta, Ro and Bucky (a robot, a tomboyish girl and a mixed race boy) or Lee, Rush and West (Chinese woman, black man and white man, with the white man being lowest ranking in their group). When not doing that, it's Lee, Bennett and West (Chinese woman, white man, white idiot man who makes them look awesome by comparison).
* The latest incarnation of the {{Voltron}} franchise, VoltronForce does this: Daniel is Asian, Vince is black, and Princess Larmina is white.
* Subverted by ''HomeMovies''. The main trio consists of two white boys (Brendon and Jason) and a black girl (Melissa)
* In ''IronManArmoredAdventures'', most of the time this is in place with Tony (white male lead), Rhodey (black best friend), and Pepper (white female friend). This is subverted however in several parts of season one, where the trio is Tony, Rhodey, and Gene Khan (Mongolian-Chinese American) and ''Gene'' is actually given the main character role. In the episode Pepper, Interrupted the trio is actually Gene, Pepper and Rhodey, in direct order of plot importance.

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