The Three Ages of Man
A male counterpart to The Hecate Sisters
with influence from The Three Faces of Eve
. Basically, a Power Trio
for the phases of man's life and the things that drive that man boiled down to their simplest parts, and represented by three often closely related characters.
The three faces are:
- The Hunter: The man who thirsts to find himself by striking out into the world; is usually the youngest of the three. May be afraid of what the future has in store for him and be Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life. Or, he might be ambitious with dreams that he lacks the skills and resources to fulfill. Because he has so few things he values, he will tend to take risks to get what he wants.
- The Lord: The man who struggles to maintain stability against the ebb and flow of the world. In the place of naivete there is now knowledge of the world, both of its dangers and of its wonders. He has an established place in the world and a reputation to maintain, and possesses the skills and resources to keep them. He must strive to achieve a balance between fulfilling further goals without risking his losing what he already has or becoming too obsessed with what he possesses to progress forward.
- The Prophet: The man who looks back on his life; usually the oldest of the three. His knowledge and experience has grown into wisdom and he seeks to impress that wisdom on younger generations. Has either fulfilled or given up on his aspirations; if he does have any goals, they will either be fulfilled through a proxy or be a gift to the younger generation. His fears center on what will happen after he is gone, both to his legacy and to the world itself.
In the terms of a Freudian Trio
, The Hunter is the Id, The Prophet is the Superego, and The Lord is the ego. Usually, The Hunter is The Hero
with The Prophet as his Mentor
, while The Lord is the Big Bad
, although there are variations.
Very closely related to Noble Male, Roguish Male
; here the Hunter is the roguish male and the Lord is the noble male. Alternate names for this bunch abound, such as "soldier, father, and sage."
Compare Three Successful Generations
, Mentor's New Hope
, and Riddle of the Sphinx
(about childhood, adulthood, and old age).
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Anime & Manga
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann plays with this. Simon and Kamina start out as The Hunter, while Lord Genome is (obviously) The Lord. Simon at the end of the series has elements of The Prophet.
- This is played around with in regards to the main three male protagonists in Slayers: Gourry, a wandering swordsman, is the Hunter, Luke, a mercenary, is the Lord, and Zelgadis, a chimera, is the Prophet. Wanting to forget his bad past, Gourry keeps feigning for a future, while Luke has moved away from his roots as an assassin and lives day-to-day as a treasure hunter, possibly seeking a relationship with his partner Milina (which is shown to be nigh impossible). Zelgadis subverts his status as the Prophet, in that the intelligence and skills that he has, he does not bother to pass on, nor does he care; in fact, he holds a sense of superiority because of it. Also, while his desire to cure his body is a trait of the Hunter, it's because he wants to start over and obtain strength from the ground up. Another unusual fact is that ages are in reverse; Hunter Gourry is the oldest, Luke's in the middle, and Zelgadis is the youngest
- Go Nagai's series:
- Mazinger Z: Shiro (a kid who whises growing up like his brother and is constantly trying learning and experimenting with new stuff) is the hunter, The Hero Kouji is naturally the lord and Prof. Yumi (who is The Professor and the mentor of and Parental Substitute of Kouji)is the prophet.
- Great Mazinger: Prof. Kabuto is the prophet (reinforced in he pretended being a prophet in a feature), Tetsuya is the lord and Shiro is still the hunter, encouraged by Jun to become a lord.
- UFO Robo Grendizer: The Hero Duke is the lord (crowned prince of a whole planet, in fact), Dr. Umon is the prophet (serves like Parental Substitute, mentor and guide to The Hero), and Goro is the hunter.
- And if you look to the three male leads of the trilogy, Duke (the older, more mature and more world-worn) is the prophet, Tetsuya (the most skilful and grimmest of them) is the lord and Kouji (the only one not raised as a fighter/pilot, who's seen learning stuff that Tetsuya and Duke already know when they appear) is the hunter.
- It could also be said that Naruto's growth is this trope as the seasons pass.
- Naruto: Child Naruto as The Hunter.
- Naruto Shippuden: Teen Naruto as The Lord.
- Naruto, after his Sage training, becomes a bit of a Prophet, but after his Vision Quest and Battle At The Center Of The Mind, discovering the truth about his past and mastering the Ninetails, becomes a full-fledged Prophet. Even more so since his constant use of Ninetails powers burns up his lifespan like nobody's business.
- This could be seen more clearly with Gaara's Character Development. He started as an Ax-Crazy Hunter, when befriended by Naruto he switched to a young Lord who seeked for his place in the Hidden Sand Village, and by the most recent chapters fearuring the Shinobi War he's showing strong Prophet vibes. Specially after defeating his Edo-Tensei-revived!father and sealing him away.
- Also: Chouji Akimichi (Gentle Giant, Big Eater Hunter), Shikamaru Nara (Brilliant, but Lazy Hunter > Badass Bookworm Lord) and Asuma Sarutobi (Former Teen Rebel Lord -> Team Dad Prophet and The Obi-Wan)
- Axis Powers Hetalia: There are several possible combinations, and some of the most popular ones are:
- The Asians: South Korea (young, excitable, child-like Hunter), Japan (skilled fighter, mysterious Lord who's Not So Aboveit All in the end, who may have some touches of Prophet in more mordern times), and China (Prophet - he's the eldest of the group BY FAR, tries to "mother/"father" the group but fails).
- Thailand, Hong Kong and Macau offer a trio of their own: Hong Kong is the youngest and a Trickster so he can be seen as a Hunter, Macau is softspoken and gets caught in between China and Hong Kong so he mixes Lord and Prophet, and Thailand seems to be a full-blown Phophet since he's the calmest and the only one of this trio who's a full-fledged country.
- The Axis: North Italy (clumsy and Keetish Hunter), Germany (Perpetual Frowner Lord), and Japan ("Yamato Nadeshiko" Lord/Prophet)
- The Germanics: Prussia (Blood Knight Hunter), Germany (again, Perpetual Frowner Lord), and Austria (Team Dad Prophet).
- The Allies: America (energetic Hunter), England (grumpy Lord who in the end is Not so Above It All), France (Lovable Sex Maniac Prophet with Hidden Depths). Or alternatively: America (still energetic Hunter), France (lecherous but not fully shallow Lord who's after Anything That Moves), England (still grumpy Prophet)
- The Mediterraneans: Greece (sleepy and philosophical Hunter), Turkey (masked and Hot-Blooded Lord), Egypt (serious, quiet, deadpan Prophet)
- The former Spanish Empire: South Italy (Tsundere Hunter as both Chibimano and Romano), Netherlands (Lord who was already seeking independence by the "Boss Spain" days), Spain (Lord -> Prophet as "Boss Spain").
- The Nordics: Iceland (Deadpan Snarker Hunter), Denmark (Boisterous Bruiser Lord), and Norway (Tsundere Prophet who keeps Denmark in line). Sweden and Finland have traits of the three and thus aren't as easy to "box".
- Rurouni Kenshin also has several of these trios:
- Yahiko and Sanosuke (Hunters), Kenshin and/or Aoshi (Lord), Hiko and Okina (Prophet)
- Sanosuke (Hunter: young, Hot-Blooded, Boisterous Bruiser), Kenshin and Saitou (Lords who have Seen It All and try to deal), Shishio (Prophet, via being a Bad Ass Big Bad who seeks to make Japan a Warrior Heaven)
- Juppongatana version: Cho, Kamatari and Usui (Hunters), Soujiro and Anji (Lord), Shishio ("Prophet")
- The Prince of Tennis: Each team is a mix and match of the three archetypes. Captains and subcaptains tend to be Prophets, the youngest members (first and second years) are Hunters, and the other second-years and third years are Lords.
- As an example, we have the Rikkaidai team. The "Three Demons" (captain Yukimura, subcaptain Sanada and data specialist Yanagi) are all Prophets in their own ways, guiding and ruling their teammates and True Companions with iron fists (in silk/velvet glove, in Yukimura's case). Kirihara is definitely a Hunter, as the youngest and more child-like of the regulars, and openly seeking to prove his worth via defeating the "three demons". The others (Marui, Jackal, Niou and Yagyuu) are all Lords, with Niou also having strong Hunter traits (specially when he Sanada orders him to take his Power Limiter armbands and he actually refuses). The only first year, Urayama, is a wide-eyed and pint-sized Hunter.
- This particular trope is played with in Neon Genesis Evangelion with Kaji (Hunter), Gendo (Lord) and Fuyutsuki (Prophet). As with the female archetypes, EVA turns these on its head by the end of the series, showing the unattached, truth-seeking spy Kaji to have a thoughtful paternal side, Gendo showing himself to be a very steely, sterile king of character and later being revealed as very devoted and submissive to his late wife, on which Fuyutsuki had a rather pathetic crush that makes him look anything but older and wiser.
- Mawaru-Penguindrum: Shouma Takakura (Hunter), Kanba Takakura and Keiju Tabuki (Lord), Sanetoshi Watase and Kenzan Takakura (Prophet)
- Fate/Zero: Kotomine Kirei (Hunter), Tohsaka Tokiomi (Lord), and Kotomine Risei (Prophet)
- Other Masters - Waver Velvet, Uryu Ryuunosuke, Matou Kariya (Hunter); Kayneth Archibald (Lord); Emiya Kiritsugu (Prophet)
- Other Servants - Saber, Lancer, Berserker (Hunter); Rider (Lord); Archer, Caster (Prophet)
- From Fullmetal Alchemist: Ed is the Hunter, Mustang is the Lord, and Hohenheim is the Prophet.
- Alternatively, Ling as the Hunter (eager to prove himself to become the emperor), Roy as the Lord (experienced, high ranked, and has to balance his goal of overthrowing the government with investigating Hughes's murder), and Ed as Prophet (the most reflective of the three, he advises Ling not to search for the philosopher's stone, has given up on reviving his mother, his new goal is to correct his wrongs)
- Mobile Fighter G Gundam: Domon Kasshu (Hunter), Prime Minister Wong (Lord), Master Asia (Prophet)
- Revolutionary Girl Utena: Kyouichi Saionji, Mitsuru Tsuwabuki, Tatsuya Kazami and Miki Kaoru (Hunters); Touga Kiryuu, Souji Mikage and Ruka Tsuchiya (Lords); Akio Ohtori (evil version of the Prophet who, as Prince Dios, used to be the Lord)
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: Jounouchi is the hunter, Kaiba is the lord and Atem is the prophet.
- Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden: Tomite (Hunter), Uruki (Lord), Hikitsu (Prophet).
- Candy Candy: The three men more influential in Candy's life fit fairly well. Anthony Brown is the Hunter (sheltered and kind, loves Candy for being free-spirited, secretly wants to see the world but dies before he can do so; Terry Grandchester is the Lord (Troubled, but Cute, rebellious, good-hearted but immature); and Albert is the Prophet (Big Brother Mentor kind, world-weary, wise and the secret leader of the Andree Clan).
- In The Tarot Chariot corresponds to Hunter, Justice corresponds to Lord, and Hermit corresponds to Prophet. It even still fits when you interpret the Major Arcana as a version of The Hero's Journey: Chariot, Justice, and Hermit are the three final cards of the masculine half of the Journey.
- In Watchmen, Rorschach and Nite Owl II are the Hunters, Ozymandias is the Lord, and the Comedian and Dr. Manhattan are the Prophets.
- Star Wars has The Hunter, The Lord, and The Prophet of the force being Luke, Darth Vader and Obi-Wan.
- The prequel trilogy has Anakin as the hunter, Obi-Wan as the lord and Qui-Gon as the prophet.
- In Star Trek, Kirk is the Hunter, determined to prove himself. Spock's the Lord, being buffeted between his human and Vulcan nature. And McCoy is the Prophet, as the oldest of the three.
- Toy Story 2: Buzz or tomboy Jessie is the Hunter (Buzz is a confused hunter who doesn't think he needs to prove anything; Jessie's self-worth was pretty much shattered by being abandoned; ironically she's a Friend to All Living Things), Woody is the Lord (in all three films he's worried about his status as Andy's favorite and leader of Andy's toys), and Stinky Pete is the Prophet (physically the oldest and very, very concerned about his legacy, or lack thereof, which gave him value).
- Toy Story 3: Ken is the Hunter (constantly needing to prove himself in spite of his lot in life as a male toy designed for girls), and Lotso is The Lord/Prophet (eldest toy in the place, maintains stability through fear and intimidation of newer toys).
- TRON: Legacy: Sam (Hunter), Clu (Lord), Flynn (Prophet). It's a bit tricky since Clu is Flynn, frozen in time when he was still full of himself and obsessed with perfection.
- In the original, Flynn (Hunter), Dillinger (Lord), and Walter (Prophet).
- The Dresden Files has multiple examples:
- The McCoy-Dresden Family Thomas (Hunter), Harry (Lord), Ebenezar (Prophet).
- The three Knights of the Cross: Sanya (Hunter), Michael (Lord), and Shiro (Prophet).
- The Senior Council has Ebenezar (Hunter), Arthur Langtree (Lord), and Rashid the Gatekeeper (Prophet).
- Paul Atreides of Dune goes through all three phases as his character develops throughout the series.
- Apparently he goes at the rate of at least one face per novel, in terms of books 1-3, of course.
- The pantheon of the Faith of the Seven in A Song of Ice and Fire has The Hecate Sisters, The Stranger, and a variation of The Three Faces of Adam as the seven faces of God. The Warrior is the Hunter and the Father is the Lord. The Smith shares some traits with the Prophet if you squint— the concern with leaving a legacy, etc.— but the emphasis on knowledge and wisdom is attributed to the Crone, leaving the Smith as something of the odd deity out.
- Additionally, the Night's Watch has Jon Snow as the Hunter, Lord Commander Mormont as the Lord, Maester Aemon as the Prophet. Until the latter two die and Jon graduates to the Lord, anyway.
- In Harry Potter, Harry is the Hunter, Dumbledore is the Prophet, and Snape is the Lord. The Ministers of Magic seen in the series are Hunter Fudge, Lord Scrimgour and Prophet Thicknesse.
- In The Lord of the Rings, Boromir is The Hunter, Aragorn is The Lord and Gandalf is The Prophet.
- Among the hobbits, Merry and Pippin are both hunters, with a love for adventure, being knights of Rohan and Gondor and taking major part in the battles and always too adventurous for hobbits. Sam is the lord, fighting when the battles come but in the end going back to his family and his garden. Frodo is the prophet, a noncombatant, thinking deeply about things, not wanting to kill his enemies when at all possible, and eventually sailing over the sea with the elves.
- Additionally, among the secondary characters Glorfindel and Elrond are described in these terms with Gandalf in the house of Elrond: Glorfindel the Prince on errantry, Elrond as the Lord and Gandalf as the prophet. (Though ironically, Glorfindel is older than Elrond: he saved Elrond's father Eärendil in the sack of Gondolin when Eärendil was still a child.)
- In The Iliad and The Odyssey there are three sets: Achilles (Hunter), Agamemnon (Lord), and Nestor (Prophet) for the Greeks; Paris (Hunter), Hector (Lord), and Priam (Prophet) for the Trojans; Telemachos (Hunter), Odysseus (Lord), and Laertes (Prophet) in Ithaca.
- Prydain Chronicles: Among those who live at Caer Dallben, there is Taran (Hunter), Coll (Lord), Dallben (Prophet). There are doubtless other examples throughout the series.
- The Brotherhood of the King in The Chronicles of Magravandias: the warrior (hunter), the magus (lord), and the bard (prophet).
- In one of the Nightside novels, a middle-aged family man is hounded by manifestations of his earlier selves: a youthful political activist out to change society (hunter) and a hard-charging professional who glories in his career success (lord). The family man defends his life-choices against their accusations with the wisdom that experience and fatherhood have taught him (prophet).
- The Last Dragon Chronicles features David as The Lord from The Fire Eternal onward, Arthur Merriman as the Prophet and Tam as the Hunter type, most notably in Fire World.
- In The Wheel of Time, irresponsible, roguish Mat is the Hunter, solid, dependable Perrin is the Lord literally, later on and Rand, destined for death and obsessed with the kind of world he'll leave behind, is the Prophet. Not a particularly wise one to start, but he grows into the role.
- Alexei Panshin pointed out that Robert A. Heinlein's most memorable character (at least as of 1967) was "the Heinlein Individual ... a single personality that appears in three different stages". The first of these is "the competent but naive youngster", the second "the competent man in full glory, the man who knows how things work", and the third "the wise old man who not only knows how things work, but why they work, too."
- In Smallville, while the latter two don't really get that much screen time, there is Clark (The Hunter), Martian Manhunter (The Lord) and Jor-El (The Prophet).
- Heroes: Petraer (The Hunter), Nathan (The Lord) and Daniel Linderman (The Prophet).
- Supernatural: Sam (The Hunter), Dean (The Lord), Bobby (the Prophet)
- In later seasons, it's now Sam (The Hunter), Dean (The Lord), and Castiel (The Prophet).
- One could argue that in Glee this shows up with Puck (The Hunter), Finn (The Lord), and Will (The Prophet).
- Seinfeld: Kramer is the Hunter, Jerry is the Lord, George is the Prophet.
- Firefly: Jayne is the Hunter, Mal is the Lord, Book is the Prophet. Wash and Simon are somewhat muddier, with Simon switching between Hunter and Lord and Wash switching between Lord and Prophet, depending on the situation.
- Game of Thrones: Tyrion is the hunter, Jamie is the lord and Tywin is the prophet.
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Harvey is the hunter, Mr. Kraft/Josh are the lords and Salem is the prophet.
- Mad Men: Pete Campbell is the Hunter: hungry, ambitious, seeking more wealth and more power, advocating risky business moves that have a high potential payoff. (In Season 6, he starts to approach Lord territory, and is increasingly unhappy). Don Draper is the Lord: he makes partner in Season 1, and is officially at the top of his field; he wants to be great, but he now has so much to lose (and he loses a lot). Bert Cooper is the Prophet, satisfied with his life (except for that operation), wanting only to secure his legacy in the form of leaving a healthy firm. Roger Sterling is in the middle of transitioning from Lord to Prophet: at first uncomfortable with his increasing irrelevance, he gradually settles in to a role as "Professor Emeritus of Accounts" and leaves the heavy lifting to Pete and Ken.
- "We Will Rock You" by Queen.
Buddy you're a boy, make a big noise
Playin' in the street, gonna be a big man some day
You got mud on your face, you big disgrace
Kickin' your can all over the place
Buddy you're a young man, hard man
Shoutin' in the street, gonna take on the world some day
You got blood on your face, you big disgrace
Wavin' your banner all over the place
Buddy you're an old man, poor man
Pleadin' with your eyes, gonna make you some peace some day
You got mud on your face, you big disgrace
Somebody better put you back in your place
Mythology & Religion
- Greek Pantheon: Poseidon (The Hunter), Zeus (The Lord), and Hades (The Prophet).
- The Bible:
- In Genesis, we have Joseph (Hunter), Jacob (Lord), and Isaac (Prophet). For bonus points, they're literally three generations of the same family.
- 1 Samuel: David (Hunter), Saul (Lord), and Samuel (Prophet)
- 2 Samuel: Absolom (Hunter), David (Lord), Ahithophel (Prophet)
- The Gospels: the Apostles, especially Peter (Hunter), Jesus (Lord), John the Baptist (Prophet); actually, Jesus has shades of all three.
- Revelation: Satan (Hunter), Archangel Michael / Jesus (Lord), God (Prophet)
- Various Christians see Christ's roles as Priest, Prophet, and King, his "threefold office" as The Other Wiki explains. And believe that through baptism they (of both sexes) share those offices, in prayer, witness, and service (among other variations) respectively.
- The Ur Example of this Trope for Christianity is the Holy Trinity: Father (Lord), Son (Hunter) and Holy Spirit (Prophet).
- Vampire: The Requiem has the Circle of the Crone, a covenant of pagan vampires who believe that the Kindred stem from a mother figure who has reflections in all mythologies. As a result, the Covenant has certain "roles", broken down by gender boundaries. Men have the Hero (Hunter), who quests to further the goals of the Circle, the Father (Lord), who passes judgment and sets laws, and the Hermit (Prophet), who bestows knowledge on those willing to pay the price. In addition, there's the Fool, who is given permission to sow chaos when the Circle cannot act directly.
- The Elven pantheon of gods in Tabletop Game/Warhammer has, among its ranks, examples of these three archetypes - Kurnous the Wild Hunter, Asuryan the Creator and Hoeth, Lord of Wisdom. Interestingly enough their dark counterparts are all female - Anath Raema, Ereth Khial and Hekarti.
- Tales of Vesperia: Karol (Hunter), Yuri (Lord), and Raven (Prophet).
- Eternal Sonata: Allegretto (Hunter), Jazz (Lord), and Frederick Chopin (Prophet).
- Fate/stay night shows the progression of protagonist Emiya Shirou through each of these roles over the course of its three routes.
- Fate route: Hunter
- Unlimited Blade Works route: Lord
- Heaven's Feel route: Prophet
- Also, Archer also represents Shirou who followed the Fate route (or something very close to it) until he reached the face of Prophet. He's... Somewhat bitter about it.
- Final Fantasy IV: Cecil and Pallom (Lord), Kain and Edge (Hunter), Yang and Tellah (Prophet)
- Dragon Age II: Carver (Hunter), Varric (Lord), and Anders (Prophet)
- Fire Emblem:
- Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword:
- Hector is the Hunter, Eliwood is the Lord (literally), and both Athos and Lord Uther are the Prophets.
- The Ostian group has Hector and Matthew (Hunter), Oswin (Lord... despite being The Lancer to Hector) and Uther (Prophet)
- The Knights of Pherae: Lowen (Hunter), Harken and Eliwood (Lord), and both Marcus and Elbert (Prophet)
- Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, both generations:
- Hunters: Lex, Azel, Holyn, Beowulf, Midayle, Lewyn, Fin (first generation); Seliph, Leif, Ares, Corple/Sharlow, Lester/Dimna, Ulster/Roddlevan, Delmud/Tristan, Faval/Asaello, Arthur/Amid, Johan, Johalva (second generation).
- Lords: Sigurd, Jamke, Arvis, Andorey, Shagall, Quan, Travant (first generation); Shannan, Julius, Burian, Fin, Scorpio, Ced/Hawk, Areone (second generation).
- Prophets: Vylon, Manfroy, Reptor, Ring, Langobalt (first generation); Emperor Arvis, Danan, Lewyn, Hannibal, Trabant (second generation).
- Fire Emblem Awakening: Chrom and the guys in the Shepherds Badass Crew (Hunter); King Gangrel and Emperor Walhart (evil versions of the Lord though they can be brought into the group), opposite a male Avatar and the brand new Exalt Chrom who have gone from Hunter to Lord upon the Time Skip; Validar ("Prophet")
- Ezio Auditore takes on a different one of these with of his games. Assassin's Creed II has him as the Hunter (racing across Italy for revenge), Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood has him as the Lord (raising a group of Assassins and bringing the Renaissance to Rome) and Assassin's Creed: Revelations definitely has him showing heavy shades of the Prophet (embarking on a spiritual pilgrimage to Masyaf).
- Just like the three female l'Cie in Final Fantasy XIII fit into The Three Faces of Eve pattern, the three males fit here: Hope is the Hunter, doggedly pursuing Snow to exact revenge throughout half the game; Snow is the Lord, commanding NORA early on and then serving as the pillar of motivation for other l'Cie (his Signature Move is even called "Sovereign Fist"); and Sazh is the Prophet, a lone voice of reason who only wants to save his son and live out his life in peace. Their ages also all fit.
- In Starcraft, the Protoss have Tassadar (Hunter), Aldaris (Lord) and Zeratul (Prophet). Interestingly, later, in Starcraft II, Zeratul plays the role of Hunter (while Tassadar and Aldaris die).
- In Mass Effect 1, Garrus is the Hunter, being a former cop looking to make a bigger difference in the galaxy; Kaidan is the Lord, a decorated Marine who is torn between his loyalty to the Alliance and supporting Shepard; and Wrex is the Prophet, being the oldest and most experienced member of the party, whose biggest concerns are for his people's future rather than himself.
- Mass Effect 3 has James (cocky showoff Marine and newcomer to the squad) as Hunter, Garrus (longtime companion and well-established badass) as Lord, and Javik ( 50,000-year-old Prothean revived from stasis to find his entire species dead and the same Reapers who killed them destroying their successors, pessimistic but determined to wreak revenge) as Prophet.
- Despite being female (or feminine), the three stages of the asari lifespan are closer to this trope than the Distaff Counterpart. Maidens (Hunter) seek adventure and new experiences, with many asari often dances in exotic places or joins a mercenary guild. Matrons (Lord) settle down, seek out mates, and rear children. Matriarchs (Prophet) assume positions of power, often in diplomacy or politics.
- The King of Fighters, due to its HUGE cast, has MANY of these. Listing them all would be suicidal, so here are the most blatant examples:
- The Japan Team: Kyo Kusanagi (Hunter), Benimaru Nikaido (mixes Hunter and Lord), Goro Daimon (Prophet). Later, Shingo Yabuki becomes a secondary Hunter.
- The men of the Kusanagi clan, as seen in semi-canon Spin-Off KOF: KYO: Kyo (Hunter), Souji (Lord), Saisyu (Prophet)
- The Ikari Warriors Team: Ralf Jones (Hunter), Clark Still (Lord), Heidern (Prophet).
- The Psycho Soldiers team: Bao (Hunter), Kensou (mix of Hunter and Lord), Chin Gentsai (Prophet)
- The Korean Team: Chang Koehan and Choi Bounge (Hunters); Jhun Hoon (Lord), Kim Kaphwan (Prophet)
- The Orochi saga: Kyo Kusanagi, Iori Yagami, Chris, Yashiro Nanakase (Hunters); Leopold Goenitz (Lord); Orochi (Prophet)
- The NESTS Saga: K' (Hunter), Maxima (Lord), Igniz (Prophet)
- The Tales of Ash Saga: Ash Crimson has shades of the three. He presents himself as an apparenty naive and cocky Hunter, then behaves like a Lord who only wants power and steals Chizuru's and Iori's Treasures for it, and the ending gives him huge Prophet vibes before he's ret goned.
- Alternatively: Shen Woo (Hunter), Ash Crimson (mix of Hunter and Lord but see above), Duo Lon (mix of Lord and Prophet)
- Although Twitch Plays Pokémon Crystal has a full party of six Pokemon, the current story arc is focused around these three:
- Brian the Pidgeot as the Hunter, trying to emerge from the shadow of Bird Jesus.
- Lazorgator the Feraligatr as the Lord, trying to hold his team together and lead them to victory against all odds.
- Espeon as the Prophet, redeeming his predecessor Flareon's role as the False Prophet of Twitch Plays Pokémon Red.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender : Zuko (Hunter), Ozai (Lord) and Iroh (Prophet).
- Alternatively, there is Ozai (Hunter), Zuko (Lord), and Iroh (Prophet) especially after Zuko leaves his father and joins the Gaang.
- In Gargoyles There's Brooklyn (hunter) Goliath (Lord) and Hudson (Prophet)
- The Chicago Bulls: Dennis Rodman (the Hunter, ironic as he was the elder of the three), Scottie Pippen (The Lord) and Michael Jordan (The Prophet).
- The painting known as 'The Allegory of Time Governed by Prudence' (which now serves as the Trope Image), thought to be of the artist Titian, his son, and his young nephew, provides a good visual example of the trope: ◊