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* Zix, Travoltron, and Tee, the Alien Bikers from ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius''.
* Scratch and Grounder in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' with Robotnik as the higher up. Sometimes Robotnik himself joined them, and led from the front. Semi recurrer Coconuts also joined the team on occasion.
* The pet store employees in the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "The Full Cognitive Redaction of Avery Bullock by the Coward Stan Smith".
* While hardly ineffectual until the main characters get the hang of them, [[FanNickname Ozai's Angels]] (Azula, Mai and Ty-Lee), from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' count. Azula is almost the BigBad herself (as the actual BigBad, her father Ozai, rarely appears in person until the GrandFinale), and then she's accompanied by a pair of {{Badass Normal}}s. Really, only the main characters are capable of beating them by the [[PlotArmour Power of Plot]]. And unlike most {{Heel Face Turn}}s, Mai and Ty-Lee do not lose their badassery. This is only shown for about 5 minutes in one episode, after which they're locked up. But it nicely leads to Azula's VillainousBreakdown.
* The (literal) Terrible Trio on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', three wealthy young men who commit crimes for the thrill and excitement.
* The (literal) Terrible Trio on ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman''.
* The (literal) Terrible Trio on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.
* The Circus Freaks in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' has King Hippo, the Eggplant Wizard and Mother Brain.
* The second season of ''[[Franchise/CareBears Adventures in Care-a-Lot]]'' plays this up more by giving Grizzle two recurring hench-bots, [[BrainsAndBrawn UR-2 and Sergeant Rocketbottom]].
* A classic example of this exists in ''WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost'' with the Ghostly Trio, who consist of Stretch, the tall one and leader; Stinkie, the short one, and Fatso, the fat one.
* The Greaser Dogs from ''WesternAnimation/{{CatDog}}''.
* Though not villains, [[AlphaBitch Sissi]], [[ThoseTwoGuys Hervé, and Nicolas]] from ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' qualify at their most antagonist (or when possessed by [[BigBad XANA]]). The rest of the time, they're either comic relief or unexpected sources of help.
* Buzz, Delete and The Hacker from the childrens show ''WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' has Baron Silas Greenback, his pet caterpillar Nero, and his henchman Stiletto Mafioso.
* ''WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry'' has Klump and Krusha, with King K. Rool as the higher-up. Also, Captain Skurvy, Kutlass and Green Kroc.
* The Urpneys ([[DrillSergeantNasty Sgt. Blob]], [[LovableCoward Frizz]] and [[TheDitz Nug]]) in ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'' are very Team Rocket-ish; being rather sympathetic, doomed to failure from the start, and tending to get an unnecessarily hard time from the good guys ''after'' they've been clearly beaten already (bar a [[BewareTheSillyOnes few occasions]]). In later episodes, Urpgor sometimes joins them, albeit in an often rivalistic manner.
* Disney's ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' has the Beagle Boys, often as not with archnemesis Flintheart Glomgold as TheManBehindTheMan. Sometimes their mother, Ma Beagle, tends to be in charge.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'':
** The Eds, in the eyes of the cul-de-sac kids, they definitely are.
** The Kanker Sisters, especially when they destroy the cul-de-sac trying to find their heirloom, the Ship-Inna-Bottle.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ewoks}}''
** Morag the Tulgah witch, King Gorneesh and Umwak ''or''
** King Gorneesh, Umwak and Lady Urgah Gorneesh
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
** Donbot and his two goons, Clamps and Joey Mousepad, are the ''entire'' Robot Mafia.
** Mom's three sons, Walt, Larry and Igner, are another Terrible Trio. Though they're not completely incompetant, Mom treats them as if they are. Their original plan to get Fry's [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment PIN number]] only worked because Fry was being... [[IdiotHero well, Fry]].
* ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'':
** The U.S. Acres segments have Gort, Wart, and Mort, the older brothers of Orson Pig.
** The Buddy Bears are seen as one to Garfield and Roy.
* To Mr. Eustace P. Peevly, TheHairBearBunch could be considered this.
* Hector, Wordsworth and Mungo in ''WesternAnimation/HeathcliffAndTheCatillacCats''.
* Edgar Allan Poe, Sappho and Basho in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}!'' episode "The Legion of Super Writers".
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' has the Enforcers: Finn, Ratso and Chow.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', Eric Raymond was the higher-up to the Misfits and has various henchpeople as well.
* Lucius, Samy and Molotov from ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''.
* Portia, Gwen and Penny from ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB''.
* Toralei, Purrsephone, and Meowledy on the Monster High webisodes form a Terrible Trio.
* Margret Rhino's group, the pretties from ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey''.
* The Diamond Dogs from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E19ADogAndPonyShow "A Dog and Pony Show"]] are led by such a trio. WordOfGod says their names are Fido (the hulking one), Rover (the tall, skinny one) and Spot (the short one).
** Diamond Tiara, Silver Spoon, and Babs Seed are this for the majority of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E4OneBadApple "One Bad Apple"]]. Later subverted when Babs has a HeelFaceTurn.
** In the second spin-off movie, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', the [[spoiler:Sirens]] as the main antagonists form one: Adagio is the ''Main/EvilerThanThou'' leader, Aria is the smart one [[spoiler:with a hint of ''Main/TheStarscream'']], and Sonata is... [[Main/AttentionDeficitOohShiny having a thing]] for [[Main/MemeticMutation tacos]]? (When not [[Main/MrExposition spouting out exposition]] she [[Main/CannotKeepASecret really isn't supposed to]].)
* The Thug Dolls from the ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' episode, "How Much is That Rabbit in the Window?".
* Joey, Marky and Dee-Dee in ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches''.
* Popy, Buck and Harchi from ''OscarsOasis''.
* The Meanos from ''WesternAnimation/PawPawBears''.
* The Hooded Claw and the Bully Brothers on ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop''.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''
** The Amoeba Boys. [[HarmlessVillain Even if they aren't that terrible...]]
** Also the Ministry of Pain, consisting of Mastermind, Counterpart and Cohort.
** And the Rowdyruff Boys.
* The Gross Sisters from ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily''.
* In the ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' movie, Leonardo, Newton, and Edison are this.
* The Capicola Gang from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' and a possible {{Expy}} to the Greaser Dogs.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' has Fearless Leader, Boris and Natasha (the higher-up was Mr. Big).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmoggies'' has the title characters: Emma, Clarence and Polluto.
* Dr. Robotnik, Sleet, and Dingo in ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'':
** Chameleon, Beck, and Mason start out as one, with the somewhat unusual detail that all three are the EvilGenius type of villain.
** The Enforcerers: Fancy Dan, Montana and The Ox, with Tombstone as their superior. (They later get PoweredArmor, becoming Richochet, Shocker and... Still Ox.)
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode, "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV", Barnacle Boy ([[DoNotCallMePaul ahem... Barnacle Man]]) forms one with Man Ray and The Dirty Bubble when he [[TemporarilyAVillain temporarily becomes a villain]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Stripperella}}''. El Cheapo and his two hoods, who due to the stinginess of their boss have to share the same gun.
* Bowser, Mouser, Tryclyde, and an unnamed Koopa Troopa in ''The WesternAnimation/SuperMarioBrosSuperShow''.
** Duke, Rockman and Lulu, the Dino Riders, in ''SuperMarioWorld''
* Texas Pete's gang in ''WesternAnimation/{{Superted}}'' is perhaps the ultimate example of physically contrasting henchman: Bulk is a big fat guy, and Skeleton is... well, [[DemBones have a guess]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Talespin}}'':
** Gibber, Mad Dog, and Dump Truck, with Don Karnage as the higher up. Occasionally, Don Karnage joins Mad Dog and Dump Truck and leads them from the front.
** Trader Moe and his nameless Gorilla and Rhino henchmen are a more straight example.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' has Shredder, Bebop, and Rocksteady, with Krang as the higher-up.
* From ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', the HIVE kids. [[DarkActionGirl Jinx]] is the leader, with [[GadgeteerGenius Gizmo]] and [[DumbMuscle Mammoth]] working with her. They're pretty dangerous on their own if they put their minds to it, but generally need a higher-up to scare them into that level of competence -- [[BigBad Slade]] in their first appearance and [[PsychicPowers Brother]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Blood]] later. Ultimately they strike out on their own, but without a ManBehindTheMan they become joke villains. [[spoiler:And then Jinx finally gets fed up with that and does a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'':
** Diesel sometimes forms one with [[ThoseTwoBadGuys 'Arry and Bert]] in later episodes of the show.
** The Lorry brothers from the episode, "[[Recap/ThomasTheTankEngineS5E2HorridLorry Horrid Lorry]]" are another example.
** Diesel 10, Splatter, and Dodge are this as well in the ''WesternAnimation/ThomasAndTheMagicRailroad'' movie, although the latter two have a Main/HeelFaceTurn towards the end.
** James, Gordon, and Henry were a lighter example of this in the earlier seasons, being more just arrogant peers than actual villains.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'':
** Silas Wonder and his two nameless henchmen in "Sawdust and Toonsil".
** Montana Max, Dizzy Devil, and Calamity Coyote form one in "Hero Hamton" during the boxing match.
** Arthur Jabba, George, and Leonard in "Take Elmyra Please".
** Boss Tick, Flick, and Flit in "Flea For Your Life".
** Nasty, Slim, and Lardo, Concord Condor's older brothers in the "Concord the Kindly Condor" segment of the episode, "Toons From the Crypt".
* Joy Peters' three sons from ''WesternAnimation/TomGoesToTheMayor''.
* [[TheStarscream Starscream]], Skywarp, and Thundercracker in WesternAnimation/TheTransformers. Later on, Thrust, Ramjet, and Dirge.
* Megatron has Lugnut and Blitzwing for this in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' until he picked up the Constructicons later down the line.
* Verminious Snaptrap, The Chameleon, and Bird Brain, the three primary antagonists of ''WesternAnimation/TuffPuppy'' have formed one in certain episodes of the show.
* The Scallions on ''WesternAnimation/{{Veggietales}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' has several examples:
** The Monarch, Henchman 21, and Henchman 24, all of whom are bumbling and ineffective. Higher Up is The Sovereign, [[spoiler:also known as David Bowie.]] Except for more recently, when the Monarch is showing increasing levels of competence and 21 and 24 have some lucky moments. Well, in the last minutes of the season three finale, [[spoiler: 24]]'s luck ultimately runs out....
** Doctor Girlfriend, with Tim-Tom and Kevin, the Murderous Moppets. She's coolly competent; the boys tend to get a little over the top and beyond mission scope... Higher Up is also The Sovereign.
** The Order of the Triad, lead by Doctor Orpheum, with Jefferson Twilight and The Alchemist. Higher Up is The Master.
* Icy, Darcy and Stormy from ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' become this after Season One.
* Dr. Two-Brains and his two henchmen on ''WesternAnimation/{{Wordgirl}}''.
* The Brotherhood in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' is briefly reduced to three members: Avalanche, Toad, and Blob. They even do a PowerWalk together in the finale.
* ''WesternAnimation/LosTrotaMusicos'': In this Spanish adaptation of ''Literature/TheBremenTownMusicians'' the robbers are comprised of a maffiosi boss named Chef and his two stupid henchmen Bestia and Tapón.
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