Power Trio

The power of the three.note 

Three is a common number in ensembles.

The most common pattern for this is for two members of the group to be each other's Foils, frequently coming into conflict with each other, with the third member of the group acting as the mediator, keeping The Team together and balancing their respective personalities. This is the dynamic that makes the ensemble powerful. In fact on almost any metric of personality, appearance, or skill, you could break the trio down to two extremes and a medium.

Note the word 'ensemble'. These characters interact directly with each other. You can have three characters in a story that serve as foils of one another without it being a Power Trio.

Power Trios can be embedded in larger ensembles. Three Plus Two is a Power Trio within a Five-Man Band. The Five Temperament version of the Four-Temperament Ensemble sometimes manifests as two Power Trios with the same central member. A Six Student Clique is often broken into two Power Trios and Magnificent Seven Samurai often have one, and sometimes two, Power Trios of their own.

Below, we list the many variations of a Power Trio. Freudian Trio is one of the more frequently found versions and is often the basis of the other trios. They can overlap.

Alternative Title(s): Trio Of Power