->''"I want you,''
->''I need you,''
->''But there ain't no way I'm ever gonna love you.''
->''Now don't be sad,''
->'''Cause two out of three ain't bad."''
-->-- '''Music/MeatLoaf''', ''Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad''

->''During World War III, we were able to save Russia and China, but we couldn't save the United States. Oh well, two out of three ain't bad!''

There are [[RuleOfThree three things]] you should know about this page:
# This is a StockPhrase often used in comedy.
# It is used for when there are three things that a character wanted and one or two of them didn't turn out the way they expected.
# This is TVTropes Millionth Trope! Congratulations! You've won [[EleventyZillion one gazillion]] dollars!

[[VisibleSilence ...]]

Okay, well, [[SelfDemonstratingArticle two out of three ain't bad.]]

Also, usually the one that went wrong was the most important one, e.g. "Well, he's got SuperToughness all right, and he [[{{Determinator}} doesn't give up]], but the [[AxeCrazy controllable part...]] well, Two Out Of Three Aint Bad."

!!Two Out of Three Examples Ain't Bad


[[folder: Advertising ]]

* A community college course list once had an English course called "Writing For Fun And Profit ... Or One Out Of Two Isn't Bad".


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Played with in the English dub of ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'', when Ryoko reports that two members of her [[AmazonBrigade three-woman squad]] are accounted for, and even says the line. She is immediately countered by the missing Izumi (who ended up in the giant toolbox Ryoko was towing), who chimes in: "It is if you're the ''third!''"


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': In "America", the rebellious America Jara points out during a college lecture she's attending that the Judges of Mega-City One have taken away almost all the principles that the old America was founded on: "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" has become a dark joke. The teacher sheepishly says that at least they're still alive, and 1 out of 3 isn't bad. And after the "Day of Chaos" arc, even that concession has become a bit questionable...
* ''Comicbook/LaffALympics'': The cover for the first comic describes the teams as "two teams of funtastic heroes and one team of these guys! (well, two out of three isn't bad)"

[[folder: Fan Works ]]
* Played for drama in ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji''. When Asuka fights the nine [[EldritchAbomination MP-Evas]] she kills eight. While [[spoiler:she dies at the hands of the ninth,]] she thinks that "eight out of nine isn't so bad."
-->Eight out of nine... that's not bad...

[[folder: Film ]]
* ''Film/MarsAttacks'': Shortly after Congress is blown up, the President (played by Creator/JackNicholson) reminds the American people that "we still got two outta three branches of the government workin' for us, and that ain't bad."
* The {{tagline}} for the movie ''Film/MadeInAmerica'':
--> She wanted a sperm donor who was tall, black, and handsome. One out of three ain't bad. (She got Ted Danson.)

[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'': the main female character finds out that the man she was fated to fall in love with, whom she hoped would be the proverbial "tall, dark and handsome" guy, is in fact only tall and dark. She tells herself, "Two out of three isn't bad."
* ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' had the gag about Sex, Drugs and Music with Rocks In. "I haven't had sex." "My dad would kill me if I did drugs." "Well, one out of three ain't bad."
** [[RunningGag Actually, it's only 33 percent]]....
* In ''Literature/SpocksWorld'', a Vulcan asks if Kirk is ready for the referendum about secession. Kirk responds, "Ready, willing and able." [[DeadpanSnarker McCoy]] comments, "At least two out of three ain't bad."


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'', this is used when George finds out that Benny lied to him, and his dad is actually alive.
-->'''George''' "I just want a muffin, some coffee, to know why you never told me my dad was alive."\\
'''Benny''' [tosses him a muffin] "Here. One outta three ain't bad."
* In the ''Series/GilligansIsland'' episode "The Hunter", the Castaways are trying to reassure themselves that Gilligan will escape from the [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame eponymous character]].
-->'''Skipper''': He'll never catch him. My little buddy is too fast.
-->'''Mr. Howell''': And cunning.
-->'''Professor''': And shifty.
-->'''Skipper''': And smart!
-->'''[[GentlemanSnarker Mr. Howell]]''': Three out of four, that's not bad.
* Darren Stevens from ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' once said this after noting that while his mother-in-law hates him, his wife and daughter love him very much.
* Subverted in ''Series/QueerAsFolk'', when Lindsay tells the others that her childhood dream was to fall in love, get married and have a baby. When Michael says that two out of three isn't bad, Lindsay says that three out of three is even better, since she and Melanie have decided to get married.
* In the ''Series/{{Voyagers}}'' episode "[[Recap/VoyagersS1E10AnArrowPointingEast An Arrow Pointing East]]", when Bogg leaves to get the gasoline so Lindbergh can fly the Atlantic, he's warned there's a guard dog on the premises. When Jeff tries to tell him to be careful, Bogg declares that he has a way with women, children, and animals. Jeff concedes to two out of the three.
* ''Series/TheWire'': When Carcetti becomes mayor, he's told that if he wants to run for governor in a few years, his administration's policy goals should be to 1) authorize a major construction project he can put his name on; 2) lower Baltimore's crime rate; and 3) not interfere in the city's schools. He fails to keep all his campaign promises, but adds that he also wanted to keep his "boyish good looks". His aide snarks that one out of four isn't bad.


[[folder: Music ]]

* The [[TropeNamer Trope Naming]] song by Music/MeatLoaf.
* This phrase is used in the [[Music/FallOutBoy Fall Out Boy]] song, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGRMA0T4hpM I'm Like A Lawyer with the Way I'm Always Trying to Get You Off (Me and You):]]''
-->The best way to make it through / With hearts and wrists intact / Is to realize two out of three ain't bad / Ain't bad!


[[folder: Radio ]]

* NPR's ''Radio/ThisAmericanLife'' once followed a Jewish advertiser who was working with a Muslim client. The client, in idle political conversation with the ad-man, quoted a prophecy that said "there will never be peace within Islam until Islam rules over the three holy cities of Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem". The advertiser responded "Two out of three ain't bad".


[[folder: Sport ]]

* In 2003, UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball team the Brisbane Lions were going for their third consecutive premiership. At the Grand Final Breakfast, when Lions coach Leigh Matthews was introduced, they played Meat Loaf's "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad". [[spoiler: The Lions won.]]
* In 2011, [[UsefulNotes/EuroFooty FC Barcelona]] lost the Copa del Rey to arch-rival Real Madrid, but then they won both the Spanish League and the UsefulNotes/UEFAChampionsLeague, defeating Real in both competitions. Needless to say, Barcelona's fans were very satisfied by these results.


[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'': "Rocks, Clocks, and Two Stupid Ponies":
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Aw dammit! I really wish my wings weren't broken right now. ''[Her wings magically heal.]'' Like, omigosh! My wish came true! [[RetroactiveWish I really wish]] someone out there [[ButtMonkey loved me!]] ''[ChirpingCrickets]'' Eh. One out of two ain't bad.


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%%* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' has Helix saying [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00137.htm this]].


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'': A witch tried to turn Scooby Doo, Scrappy and Shaggy into frogs. Shaggy was the only one she hit and the witch invoked the trope to show how satisfied she was for having at least one frog.
* A ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' episode had Jon complaining about food prices. Garfield stated Jon would rant about how life at farm used to be cheaper because his family cultivated their own food there. Jon proved him right. Garfield then said Jon would suggest growing their own food in their yard and Jon (again) proved him right. Garfield stated Jon would then forget it all. One GilliganCut later revealed them working at the yard and Garfield stating two out of three wasn't bad.
* One ''WesternAnimation/{{Gumby}}'' short had Prickle and Goo getting the names of the presidents on Mt. Rushmore.
-->'''Goo:''' George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Bear.
-->'''Prickle:''' Well, three out of four's not bad.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Bolin guesses that his captor, Ghazan, was raised by an older sister, started growing his BadassMustache at ten, and has an [[MinionShipping unspoken attraction to his partner-in-crime Ming-Hua]]. Ghazan replies with this trope, though he doesn't state ''which'' two are correct.


[[folder: Other ]]

* "Good. Fast. Cheap. -- Pick any two."
* "Good grades. Enough sleep. A social life." Although for most students, it's more like one out of two.
* On jobs: "Fun. Well-paying. Legal. Pick two."
* Rule of thumb for warship and tank design: "Speed, Armor, Firepower". Notwithstanding GameBreaker tech advancements that screw up the play balancing, such as torpedoes.
* An old joke (generally seen on t-shirts and bumper stickers) plays with this: "Filthy Stinking Rich? Well, Two Out of Three Ain't Bad."
* This quote:
-->"Life's not fair. When you're a kid, you have time and energy, but no money. When you're an adult, you have money and energy, but no time. And when you're old, you have time and money but no energy."