[[caption-width-right:300: The Three Ages of Man]]

A male counterpart to TheHecateSisters with influence from TheThreeFacesOfEve. Basically, a PowerTrio 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 DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife. 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 [[TheAce 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 [[MentorArchetype 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 FreudianTrio, The Hunter is the Id, The Prophet is the Superego, and The Lord is the ego. Usually, The Hunter is TheHero with The Prophet as his [[MentorArchetype Mentor]], while The Lord is the BigBad, although there are variations.

Very closely related to NobleMaleRoguishMale; 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 ThreeSuccessfulGenerations, MentorsNewHope, and RiddleOfTheSphinx (about childhood, adulthood, and old age).


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Creator/GoNagai's series:
** ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Shiro (a kid who whises growing up like his brother and is constantly trying learning and experimenting with new stuff) is the hunter, TheHero Kouji is naturally the lord and Prof. Yumi (who is TheProfessor and the mentor of and ParentalSubstitute of Kouji)is the prophet.
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': Prof. Kabuto is the prophet (reinforced in he [[spoiler:pretended being a prophet in a feature]]), Tetsuya is the lord and Shiro is still the hunter, encouraged by Jun to become a lord.
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': TheHero Duke is the lord (crowned prince of a whole planet, in fact), Dr. Umon is the prophet (serves like ParentalSubstitute, mentor and guide to TheHero), 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.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'': 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 NotSoAboveitAll in the end, who may have some touches of Prophet in more mordern times), and China (Prophet - he's the eldest of the group [[ReallySevenHundredYearsold 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 {{Keet}}ish Hunter), Germany (PerpetualFrowner Lord), and Japan ("YamatoNadeshiko" Lord/Prophet)
** The Germanics: Prussia (BloodKnight Hunter), Germany (again, PerpetualFrowner Lord), and Austria (TeamDad Prophet).
** The Allies: America (energetic Hunter), England (grumpy Lord who in the end is NotSoAboveItAll), France (LovableSexManiac Prophet with HiddenDepths). Or alternatively: America (still energetic Hunter), France (lecherous but not fully shallow Lord who's after AnythingThatMoves), England (still grumpy Prophet)
** The Mediterraneans: Greece (sleepy and philosophical Hunter), Turkey (masked and HotBlooded 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 (DeadpanSnarker Hunter), Denmark (BoisterousBruiser 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".
* ''Manga/CandyCandy'': 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 [[spoiler: but dies before he can do so]]; Terry Grandchester is the Lord (TroubledButCute, rebellious, good-hearted but immature); and Albert is the Prophet (BigBrotherMentor kind, world-weary, wise [[spoiler: and the secret leader of the Andree Clan]]).
* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': 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)
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'': the three Hokuto brothers are as follows: [[TheHero Kenshiro]] (GoodIsNotSoft Hunter), [[BigBad Raoh]] (WellIntentionedExtremist Lord), and [[BigBrotherMentor Toki]] (MessianicArchetype Prophet).
* From ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': 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 [[spoiler: 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)
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'': Tomite (Hunter), Uruki (Lord), Hikitsu (Prophet).
* It could also be said that ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s [[CharacterDevelopment growth]] is this trope as the seasons pass.
** ''Naruto'': Child Naruto as The Hunter.
** ''Naruto Shippuden'': Teen Naruto as The Lord.
** Naruto, after his [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Sage training]], becomes a bit of a Prophet, but after his VisionQuest and BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind, 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 CharacterDevelopment. He started as an AxCrazy 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 [[spoiler:fearuring the Shinobi War]] he's showing ''strong'' Prophet vibes. [[spoiler:Specially after defeating his Edo-Tensei-revived!father and sealing him away.]]
** Also: Chouji Akimichi (GentleGiant, BigEater Hunter), Shikamaru Nara (BrilliantButLazy Hunter > BadassBookworm Lord) and Asuma Sarutobi (FormerTeenRebel Lord -> TeamDad Prophet)
*** And Neji Hyuga (TroubledButCute Hunter), Rock Lee (TheAce Lord) and Might Guy (Prophet who looks goofy [[ObfuscatingStupidity but shows HUGE power when he gets serious]]).
*** The Uchiha: Sasuke Uchiha (RevengeBeforeReason Hunter), Itachi Uchiha (KnightTemplarBigBrother Lord) and Tobi/Obito Uchiha & Madara Uchiha (BigBadDuumvirate Prophets).
* Anime/MawaruPenguindrum: Shouma Takakura (Hunter), Kanba Takakura and Keiju Tabuki (Lord), [[spoiler:Sanetoshi Watase and Kenzan Takakura]] (Prophet)
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'': Domon Kasshu (Hunter), Prime Minister Wong (Lord), Master Asia (Prophet)
* This particular trope is played with in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' 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.
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'': 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 TrueCompanions with iron fists ([[YamatoNadeshiko 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 PowerLimiter armbands and he actually refuses). The only first year, Urayama, is a wide-eyed and pint-sized Hunter.
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'': Kyouichi Saionji, Mitsuru Tsuwabuki, Tatsuya Kazami and Miki Kaoru (Hunters); Touga Kiryuu, Souji Mikage and [[spoiler: Ruka Tsuchiya]] (Lords); Akio Ohtori (evil version of the Prophet [[spoiler: who, as Prince Dios, used to be the Lord]])
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' also has several of these trios:
** Yahiko ''and'' Sanosuke (Hunters), Kenshin and/or Aoshi (Lord), Hiko and Okina (Prophet)
** Sanosuke (Hunter: young, HotBlooded, BoisterousBruiser), Kenshin and Saitou (Lords who have SeenItAll and try to deal), Shishio (''Prophet'', via being a badass BigBad who seeks to make Japan a WarriorHeaven)
** Juppongatana version: Cho, Kamatari and Usui (Hunters), Soujiro and Anji (Lord), Shishio ("Prophet")
* This is played around with in regards to the main three male protagonists in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': [[IdiotHero Gourry]], a wandering swordsman, is the Hunter, [[HotBlooded Luke]], a mercenary, is the Lord, and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold 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 ([[AllLoveIsUnrequited 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 [[InsufferableGenius 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 [[ToBecomeHuman 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.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' plays with this. Simon and Kamina start out as The Hunter, while Lord Genome is (obviously) The Lord. [[spoiler:Simon at the end of the series]] has elements of The Prophet.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': Jounouchi is the hunter, Kaiba is the lord and Atem is the prophet.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* In [[TarotMotifs 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 TheHerosJourney: Chariot, Justice, and Hermit are the three final cards of the masculine half of the Journey.
* Italian and Spanish playing cards use Kings, Knights, and Knaves (i.e., a commoner, probably someone who would have served as a foot soldier in war) as the face cards, though some versions add a Queen in there as well.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', Rorschach and Nite Owl II are the Hunters, Ozymandias is the Lord, and the Comedian and Dr. Manhattan are the Prophets.
* During Jason Aaron's run in ''Comicbook/TheMightyThor'', Young Thor of the distant past is the Hunter, present Thor is the Lord, and Old King Thor is the Prophet.
* Within Comicbook/{{the Avengers}}, Thor is the Hunter to Iron Man's Lord and Captain America's Prophet.
* In ''Comicbook/RedRobin'' Tim ends up the Hunter to [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce]] and Comicbook/RasAlGhul’s Prophet & Lord.

* In ''Film/RealGenius'', Mitch (Hunter), Chris (Lord), and Laszlo (Prophet).
* In ''Film/StarTrek'', 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.
* ''StarWars'' has The Hunter, The Lord, and The Prophet of the force being Luke, [[TheDarkLord Darth Vader]] and Obi-Wan.
** The prequel trilogy has Anakin as the hunter, Obi-Wan as the lord and Qui-Gon as the prophet.
** The Star Wars universe also has a twist on the three faces with the Sith; there is no Prophet. Since the Sith philosophy emphasizes one's power to change the universe around you and pursuit of it, it means that it's better to kill a Lord after he's overthrown rather than let him waste away and stagnate. There are always only two Sith, a Hunter Apprentice who learns and studies under the Lord Master. When the apprentice overthrows his master he becomes the new Lord and accepts a new Hunter to learn under him. Through the series Darth Sidious (Emperor Palpatine) is the Lord in this equation, with the Hunter role being filled over time by Darth Maul, Count Dooku, and finally Darth Vader.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'': Buzz or tomboy Jessie is the Hunter (Buzz is a [[WrongGenreSavvy 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 FriendToAllLivingThings), 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).
** ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'': Ken is the Hunter (''constantly'' needing to prove himself in spite of his lot in life as [[CampStraight a male toy designed for girls]]), and Lotso is The Lord/Prophet (eldest toy in the place, [[spoiler:maintains stability through fear and intimidation of newer toys]]).
* ''Film/TronLegacy'': 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 [[Film/{{Tron}} original]], Flynn (Hunter), Dillinger (Lord), and Walter (Prophet).

* In ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', Charlie Bucket is the Hunter (a sweet boy whose dreams are crippled by his family's poverty), Willy Wonka is the Lord (fabulously successful businessman concerned with maintaining/expanding upon his successes to the point of SkewedPriorities), and Grandpa Joe is the Prophet (no longer has goals for himself but is TheStoryteller to Charlie and protective of him), though Mr. Wonka turns out to also be a Prophet secretly seeking a child he can train to be his heir. [[AdaptationOverdosed Adaptations]] sometimes jigger with these relationships:
** In [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory the 1971 film]], Charlie and the other Golden Ticket finders are approached by another Lord figure: [[TheRival Mr. Wonka's candymaking rival]] Mr. Slugworth, with an offer of greater riches if they will betray Mr. Wonka's trust. And Grandpa Joe's guidance of Charlie isn't always ''good'' -- he's the one who suggest they sample the Fizzy Lifting drinks.
** In [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory the 2005 film]], AdaptationExpansion reveals that when Willy Wonka was in the Hunter stage as a child, his dentist father Wilbur was in the Lord stage and a FantasyForbiddingFather. The boy ran away from him to pursue his dreams of candymaking, becoming a Lord himself -- but a socially maladjusted one. In the NotHisSled climax/denouement, [[spoiler: Charlie encourages Willy to reconcile with his father, who has matured into the Prophet stage and dearly misses the son he was overprotective of, and whom he is so proud of now for his success]].
** In [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory the 2013 stage musical]], Willy Wonka's dual nature as both Lord and Prophet is more pronounced, to the point that [[spoiler: he actually takes on the persona of an elderly, world-weary tramp to venture beyond his factory, and it's in this guise that he first meets Charlie and, seeing the boy's potential, becomes his Anonymous Benefactor]].
* The Brotherhood of the King in ''Literature/ChroniclesOfMagravandias'': the warrior (hunter), the magus (lord), and the bard (prophet).
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has multiple examples:
** [[spoiler: The [[TheMcCoy 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 ''Franchise/{{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.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', 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 ''Literature/TheIliad'' 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.
* ''[[Literature/{{Dragons}} 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 ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
* Aragorn is The Hunter, seeking a place for himself in this world and to prove himself worthy to get what he wants, Elrond is The Lord, well-established, striving to maintain a balance and preserve what he has, Gandalf is The Prophet, the guide who tries to impress his wisdom on the young ones
** 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: [[AllThereInTheManual he saved Elrond's father Eärendil in the sack of Gondolin when Eärendil was still a child]].)
* In one of the ''{{Literature/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).
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'': Among those who live at Caer Dallben, there is Taran (Hunter), Coll (Lord), Dallben (Prophet). There are doubtless other examples throughout the series.
* The pantheon of the Faith of the Seven in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has TheHecateSisters, [[GrimReaper The Stranger]], and a variation of TheThreeFacesOfAdam 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.
** Alternatively, you can still have the Warrior as the Hunter, the Smith as the Lord (minds his tasks, monitors and regulates himself/ his workstation in a world that is anything but regular, creates items and tools that will become legacies for the future -- has apprentices) and the Father as the Prophet (directs the others as to where they should go, has an eye to interpreting/ upholding the legacy of the past, is more cerebral and manipulative than the other two). Even the Westerosi, however, mistake the Father for the Lord (heck, a lot of High Lords venerate him and petty lords, captains and commanders will refuse to see themselves as governmental "Smiths"), often enough. However, the number of messed-up father-figures in the story, not to mention the distain most of the nobility have for the relatively humble Smith, and you can get why they misunderstand their own pantheon. The Faith is skewed against seeing the Smith as being a vital dynamo. As Septon Meribald makes clear:-
-->''"Without his labour, what would the Warrior defend? Every town has a smith, and every castle. They make the plows we need to plant our crops, the nails we use to build our ships, iron shoes to save the hooves of our faithful horses, the bright swords of our lords. No one could doubt the value of a smith, and so we name one of the Seven in his honour, but we might as easily have called him the Farmer or the Fisherman, the Carpenter or the Cobbler. What he works at makes no matter. What matters is, he works. The Father rules, the Warrior fights, the Smith labours, and together they perform all that is rightful for a man. Just as the Smith is one aspect of the godhead, the Cobbler is one aspect of the Smith.''
** Additionally, the Night's Watch has Jon Snow as the Hunter, Lord Commander Mormont as the Lord, Maester Aemon as the Prophet. [[spoiler: Until the latter two die and Jon graduates to the Lord, anyway.]]
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', irresponsible, roguish Mat is the Hunter, solid, dependable Perrin is the Lord [[spoiler: 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 [[CharacterizationMarchesOn he grows into the role]].
* Creator/AlexeiPanshin [[http://www.panshin.com/critics/Dimension/hd05-2.html pointed out]] that Creator/RobertAHeinlein'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."

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''{{Series/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.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Tyrion is the hunter, Jamie is the lord and Tywin is the prophet.
* One could argue that in ''{{Series/Glee}}'' this shows up with Puck (The Hunter), Finn (The Lord), and Will (The Prophet).
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Petraer (The Hunter), Nathan (The Lord) and Daniel Linderman (The Prophet).
* ''Series/MadMen'': 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.
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'': Harvey is the hunter, Mr. Kraft/Josh are the lords and Salem is the prophet.
* ''{{Series/Seinfeld}}'': Kramer is the Hunter, Jerry is the Lord, George is the Prophet.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', while the latter two don't really get that much screen time, there is Clark (The Hunter), ComicBook/MartianManhunter (The Lord) and Jor-El (The Prophet).
* ''Series/{{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).
* ''Series/TheWire'':
** Within the Baltimore drug trade, Marlo Stanfield is the Hunter (young, building his empire, making lots of mistakes, making big moves), Avon Barksdale is the Lord (well-established, fighting for what he's got, trying to keep things stable), and Proposition Joe is the Prophet (older than Avon by a good ten years at least, concerned about the future of the drug trade, tries to impart wisdom on Marlo).
** Among the detectives, Jimmy [=McNulty=] is the Hunter, being comparatively young and making bold moves to make big cases because he feels he has little to lose. Bunk Moreland is the Lord, a somewhat older man who has secured his place in Homicide and although interested in good police work is also not about to risk his place to do so. Lester Freamon is the Prophet--although he's just as eager as [=McNulty=] to bring in the big cases, he does so in the context of mentoring younger detectives in the hope that they will embrace his model of thorough and meticulous investigation, and he worries deeply about the future of the BPD.
* ''Series/BreakingBad:''
** Jesse is the Hunter of the series; desiring wealth and greatness but lacking the direction needed until he falls in with Walt. Gus, the ruthless criminal Kingpin is the Lord, controlling a vast empire that seemingly no one can topple. Mike, the hitman detective working for Gus is the Prophet, not concerned if he lives or dies, and only trying to make a better life for his granddaughter (and later, to a lesser extent, Jesse).
** In the Mexican cartel this is shown in the Salamanca family. Tuco, the AxCrazy crime boss is the current Lord, greatly respected and feared by his organization and seeking only to keep his power by controlling Walt and killing anyone who disrespects him. The Hunters are his cousins, two murdering identical twins who seem unstoppable in their goals but are useless without the guidance of Tuco or Hector. Finally Hector Salamanca is the Prophet; formerly a deeply revered crime lord who's now been paralyzed by a stroke and confined to a wheelchair, only able to look on as his legacy is carried out by Tuco and the cousins. Gus's idea of torturing Hector is to slowly murder his family one by one, depriving him of his legacy.
** Walt is an odd case; he starts the series as the Prophet, mostly accepting his terminal cancer and only being concerned with leaving behind a positive legacy in his two children (and later, again, in Jesse). But then as he rises through the criminal underworld and gains more notoriety, Walt's greed and arrogance actually causes him to ''regress'' back to being the Lord, now largely concerned with his new criminal empire and how to keep it. [[spoiler:In the final season, he loses his empire and everyone he once cared about in a brutal HumiliationConga, leaving him as the Hunter, seeking some last-ditch way to make it all worthwhile before [[YourDaysAreNumbered his cancer catches up to him again]].]]
In ''{{Vikings}}'', Ragnar progresses through all three stages, starting out as a simple but ambitious farmer at the beginning, then becoming a literal lord, and finally losing all his power and becoming a DeathSeeker. In the last half of Season 4, Ragnar is the Prophet, Bjorn is the Lord, and the younger sons are the Hunters (especially Ivar).

* "We Will Rock You" by Music/{{Queen}}. All together now ("stomp-stomp-clap" optional):
-->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

[[folder:Mythology & Religion]]
* Greek Pantheon: Poseidon (The Hunter), Zeus (The Lord), and Hades (The Prophet). Oddly, this has little to do with their (admittedly more or less irrelevant) relative ages; Zeus is traditionally the youngest son of Kronos and Rhea, Poseidon the second, and Hades oldest.
* Literature/TheBible:
** In Genesis, we have Joseph (Hunter), Jacob (Lord), and Isaac (Prophet). For bonus points, they're literally three generations of the same family.
** [[Literature/BooksOfSamuel 1 Samuel]]: David (Hunter), Saul (Lord), and Samuel (Prophet)
** [[Literature/BooksOfSamuel 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), ArchangelMichael and Jesus (Lords), {{God}} (Prophet)
** And in a meta sense, the books of Psalms, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes represent the life and corresponding outlook of the author (presumably King Solomon) at these three respective stages.
* Various Christians see Christ's roles as Priest, Prophet, and King, his "threefold office" as Wiki/TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Threefold_Office 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).
* Myth/EgyptianMythology: Osiris -- who's dead, or at least, alive in some sense but in the underworld -- is the Prophet. His son Horus, out to avenge him by defeating EvilUncle Set, is the Hunter. The Lord would probably be Ra, or maybe Amun (or [[CompositeCharacter Amun-Ra]]), who represents the power of the ruling pharaoh.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' 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 ''TabletopGame/{{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.
* The [[SpaceMarine Space Marines]] of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' consist of the [[Literature/SpaceWolf Space Wolves]] and Raven Guard (Hunter), the Literature/{{Ultramarines}} and Imperial Fists (Lord), and the [[MysteryCult Dark Angels]] (Prophet). In the meantime, [[EvilCounterpart Chaos Space Marines]] include the [[TheBerserker World Eaters]] and Literature/{{Night Lords}} (Hunter), the [[BigBad Black Legion]] (Lord), and the [[ReligionOfEvil Word Bearers]] and [[EvilSorcerer Thousand Sons]] (Prophet).
** The Xeno races in turn comprise of the [[BloodKnight belligerent]] [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]] (Hunter), the cruel [[TheFairFolk Dark Eldar]] of [[WretchedHive Commorragh]] (Lord) , and the [[TheChessmaster manipulative]] [[OurElvesAreBetter Craftworld Eldar]] (Prophet). In the meanwhile the voracious [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] serve as the Hunter, the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Tau]] as the Lord, and the ancient and omnicidal [[KillerRobot Necrons]] as the Prophet.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI Ezio Auditore]] takes on a different one of these with of his games. ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' has him as the Hunter (racing across Italy for revenge), ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' has him as the Lord (raising a group of Assassins and bringing the Renaissance to Rome) and ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'' definitely has him showing heavy shades of the Prophet (embarking on a spiritual pilgrimage to Masyaf).
* ''{{Bastion}}'': The Kid (Hunter), Zulf (Lord), and Rucks (Prophet)
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'': Carver (Hunter), Varric (Lord), and Anders (Prophet). Male!Hawke also transitions through each stage across the three acts: in Act 1, he is an upstart refugee looking to make a name and fortune for himself; in Act 2, he is a powerful noble engaging in power plays in Kirkwall to secure his estate and his friends' well-being; and in Act 3, he is the Champion of Kirkwall whose voice carries an enormous weight and whose final decision makes his name a banner for either the Templars or the mages all across Thedas.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'': Bull and a male Inquisitor (Hunter), Dorian and Blackwall (Lord), Solas (Prophet). Arguably, Varric may have evolved from Lord into Prophet.
* ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'': Allegretto (Hunter), Jazz (Lord), and Frederick Chopin (Prophet).
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' shows the progression of protagonist Emiya Shirou through each of these roles over the course of its three routes.
** ''Fate'' route: Hunter
*** Also [[spoiler:Archer is a Shirou]] who remained a Hunter until his death, when he became a Prophet due to his experiences as a [[spoiler:Counter-Guardian]]. He is bitter about his fate, but while alive never regretted remaining an idealist.
** ''Unlimited Blade Works'' route: Lord
** ''Heaven's Feel'' route: Prophet
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'': Cecil and Pallom (Lord), Kain and Edge (Hunter), Yang and Tellah (Prophet)
* Just like the three female l'Cie in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' fit into TheThreeFacesOfEve 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 [[LaResistance NORA]] early on and then serving as the [[{{Determinator}} pillar of motivation]] for other l'Cie (his SignatureMove is even called "Sovereign Fist"); and Sazh is the Prophet, a [[OnlySaneMan lone voice of reason]] who only wants to save his son and live out his life in peace. Their ages also all fit.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe 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 TheLancer to Hector) and Uther (Prophet)
*** The Knights of Pherae: Lowen (Hunter), [[spoiler: Harken]] and Eliwood (Lord), and both Marcus and Elbert (Prophet)
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral 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, [[spoiler:Travant]] (first generation); Shannan, [[spoiler:Julius]], Burian, Fin, Scorpio, Ced/Hawk, Areone (second generation).
*** Prophets: Vylon, [[spoiler:Manfroy]], Reptor, Ring, Langobalt (first generation); [[spoiler:Emperor]] Arvis, Danan, [[spoiler:Lewyn]], Hannibal, Trabant (second generation).
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'': Chrom and the guys in the Shepherds BadassCrew (Hunter); King Gangrel and Emperor Walhart (evil versions of the Lord [[spoiler: though they can be brought into the group]]), opposite a male Avatar and [[spoiler: the brand new Exalt]] Chrom who have gone from Hunter to Lord [[spoiler: upon the TimeSkip]]; [[spoiler: Validar]] ("Prophet")
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', due to its [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters 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 SpinOff ''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); [[spoiler: Orochi]] (Prophet)
** The NESTS Saga: K' (Hunter), Maxima (Lord), Igniz (Prophet)
** The Tales of Ash Saga: [[spoiler: 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 gone}}d.]]
*** Alternatively: Shen Woo (Hunter), Ash Crimson (mix of Hunter and Lord [[spoiler: but see above]]), Duo Lon (mix of Lord and Prophet)
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', 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.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' has James (cocky showoff Marine and newcomer to the squad) as Hunter, Garrus (longtime companion and well-established badass) as Lord, and Javik ([[spoiler: 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 DistaffCounterpart. 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.
* ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' has the "brother" robots Blues/Proto Man and Rock/Mega Man (Lords), newcomers Forte/Bass and Duo (Hunters), and Dr. Light (Prophet).
** The [[VideoGame/MegaManX X series]] first has holographic Dr. Light and later Signas (Prophet), X and Zero (Lords), and Axl (Hunter). Zero seems, at first, to have some Prophet tendencies.
** In the [[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero series]], Zero retains his position as a Lord, with LeResistance soldiers as Hunters and [[spoiler:Cyber-Elf X]] as Prophet.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft|I}}'', the Protoss have Tassadar (Hunter), Aldaris (Lord) and Zeratul (Prophet). Interestingly, later, in ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'', Zeratul plays the role of Hunter ([[spoiler:while Tassadar and Aldaris die]]).
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' the former eredar Triumvirate can be seen as this. Archimonde is the Hunter who seeks power and dominance; Kil'jaeden is the Lord who puts fulfilling his mission before his other desires; and Velen is the Prophet who tried to convince them of their folly and has dedicated his life since then to guiding the draenei.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'': Karol (Hunter), Yuri (Lord), and Raven (Prophet).

%%* It hasn't been elaborated on yet, but in ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'', [[TroubledButCute Veser]], [[TheKirk Hanna]] and [[TheUndead {...}]] seem to have this dynamic, with Ves as the Hunter, Hanna as the Lord and {...} as the Prophet. [[ButtMonkey Conrad]] also seems to have Lord tendencies, trying to adjust to [[OurVampiresAreDifferent "unlife"]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Although ''LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonCrystal'' has a full party of six Pokemon, the current story arc is focused around these three:
** [[Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian Brian]] the Pidgeot as the Hunter, trying to emerge from the shadow of [[TwitchPlaysPokemonRed 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 ''TwitchPlaysPokemonRed''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Zuko (Hunter), Ozai (Lord) and Iroh (Prophet).
** Alternatively, there is Ozai (Hunter), Zuko (Lord), and Iroh (Prophet) [[spoiler:especially after Zuko leaves his father and joins the Gaang.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' There's Brooklyn (hunter) Goliath (Lord) and Hudson (Prophet)
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'': Dewey (Hunter), Donald (Lord), Scrooge (Prophet)

[[folder:Real Life]]
* 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: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Titian_-_Allegorie_der_Zeit.jpg]]