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Counting to Three
"One! ...Two! ...FIVE!"
"Three, sir."
"THREE!"

"Troper, I'll give you to three to stop reading this description."

"One..."

"Don't try do defy me! This technique is very effective. Parents, especially Sitcom parents, use this technique to keep their kids in line all the time! And it's most definitely based on a very effective real-life technique! Sure, the kids always defy their parents at one, but then we get to..."

"Two..."

"Sometimes, fighters subvert this trope by launching into action here. Of course, in our case, this is when the kids bolt to their rooms for fear of punishment. What's the punishment, you ask? Eh heh... Um... The other option here is that the kids realize that the parent doesn't want to punish them, and so they continue to be defiant instead. In that case, you might notice that the pace of the numbers becomes comparable to a Magic Countdown."

"Two and a half..."

"Come on now... Wouldn't you much rather read up on Rule of Three, Timed Mission, Just in Time, Race Against the Clock, Exact Time to Failure, or Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique, which are all somewhat related to this trope? Or maybe you'd like to look through Insufferable Genius or Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist - the kinds of people who are often on the recieving end of this trope. And the Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy also gets this a lot, but he actually lets the counter get to three before demonstrating that he knows kung fu. At least have a look at Knight Templar Parent, which is one type of character who often employs this trope."

"Two and three quarters..."


Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • From the Metroid Manga:
    Samus: Ridley! I'll defeat you on the count of three. If you're capable, let's count together.
    • With each number she fires a different weapon, and Ridley's down after "Three."

Comic Books
  • Wolverine counts to 3 with his fist under another person's chin as added incentive for the person not to defy him.
    "One." Left claw *SNIKTs* out.
    "Two." Right claw *SNIKTs* out.
    The victim usually begins singing before he gets to three.

Film

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus, uses a count-down version of this trope as a warning of death by bazooka:
    Brian: Right, you've got five seconds...Where are the fillings? [slowly] Five, four, three, two, one, Zero! Zero! Oh! Hah! Forgot to fire it!
  • This fits perfectly with the Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique, as seen in 24
    Jack Bauer: I am going to ask you one last time. Who are your co-conspirators? You have until the count of three, or I will kill you.
    • That particular instance is a subversion, though. Jack Bauer needed President Logan alive so that he could plant a recording device on him. He never actually intended to follow through with his threats.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Faith naturally charges in on "One". When she claims that it's impossible to plan these things, Buffy gripes that counting to three isn't a plan, it's Sesame Street.
    Angel: I knew you were going to do that.

Oral Tradition
  • A few jokes are based around this trope:
    • There's a joke about a newlywed settler couple. Every time the horse trips, the husband says "that's [insert number under 3]. Once he gets to three, smack-dab in the middle of death valley, he shoots it. the wife gives him a talking-to, and his reply is "That's once."
    • "You have untill I count to ten. I'm counting by fives/ in binary".
    • *bang* One. Two. Three.

Professional Wrestling
  • Referees will count certain things besides pinfalls, which they generally never get to the end of or it takes a long time.
    • Illegal holds are to be let go of by the time the ref counts to 5 or the holder will lose by disqualification, but it's more likely that the ref will count, "1, 2, aw come on, get offa him!, 3, seriously, I mean it this time, 4, all right that's it break it up..."
    • If a wrestler leaves the ring they have a 10 count to get back in or lose by countout. Different refs have different cadences but it's always at least 5-10 seconds between counts. Plus it's in the actual rules that if they get interrupted for any reason they have to start over at 1.

Theatre
  • When Cyrano de Bergerac first appears, he gives Montfleury (an actor he dislikes) to the count of three to leave the stage.

Video Games
  • William does this to his brother Ray in the end of the 'Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood''. It doesn't end well.
  • Calo Nord in Knights of the Old Republic does this to some thugs who were harassing him in a Lower City bar on Taris, killing them after they foolishly kept bothering him. If the player character tries to talk to him, his only reply is tell them to go away before he starts counting down.
  • Deus Ex: JC Denton does this to a punk for harassing a lady.

Western Animation
  • South Park episode "Trapped in the Closet"
    I'm gonna give you a count to three to open this closet door. One - I'm gonna shoot you both; Two - I'm gonna cap some bitch. Three...

  • A favorite of the team in Extreme Ghostbusters, compared to their predecessors:
    One of them: On the count of three!
    Altogether: THREE!
  • In the Futurama episode "The Problem with Popplers", Nd-Nd, (an alien from the planet Omicron Persei 8) does something like this:
    Nd-Nd: Little one, get out of there. I'm going to count to blorx!
    Little Omicronian: But, elder one—
    (Nd-Nd starts counting off her fingers)
    Nd-Nd: Flingle ... glorg ... glorg and a gloob...
  • In one Looney Tunes sketch, Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam were about to duel. Bugs counted off to 10, but stretched the count between 9 and 10 with crazy fractions just long enough to get Sam into the street to be hit by a bus.
    Bugs: (checks his watch) Eeeeeyep, she's right on time!
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, Cowboy Stackhouse gives Jimmy to the count of three to get out of the house with Sandy. Luckily, Jimmy gets out right on three.
  • The "Two and three quarters" variation shows up in a Prometheus and Bob sketch.
  • Happened once on Jungle Cubs. Louie said "two and a half" twice, the cheater.
  • In The Lion King 1, when Simba is jumping around in a tree.
    Timon: Young lion, get down from there!
    Simba: Yahoo! All right! Hey, you guys look like ants down there!
    Timon: I'm counting to three!
    (Simba jumps onto a weak branch, it breaks)
    Pumbaa: Uh oh!
    (Simba continues to fall)
    Timon: One! Two!
    (Pumbaa jumps onto Timon, making a pillow for Simba to land on)
    Timon: (Gasping for air) Threeeeee.

Webcomics
  • Subverted and lampshaded in Schlock Mercenary, here.
    Tagon: One. Two. Ten.
    (opens fire)
    Tagon: I'm sorry. I think I skipped seven.
    Kevyn: My mother would argue that you also skipped nine-and-a-half.


"THREE!" *bang*
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