A Power Trio
of best friends
, high school or middle school age, usually consisting of:
The two sidekicks will usually be opposites in other ways, too — one will be a straight-A student
, one will be a jock
; or one will be rich, one will be poor; or one will be black, one will be white (or Asian or Latino)
. If The Hero
balances or mediates between the sidekicks, the group may double up as another form of Power Trio
be explored. A Last Minute Hookup
could almost always be expected between The Hero and a sidekick. More recently writers are pairing the sidekicks together. It probably won't turn into a Love Triangle
because they are primarily friends. Any romance is secondary.
The two sidekicks are almost always the Secret Keepers
in a Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World
setting. This is an attractive setup for many writers, because it gives the main character a person of each gender to interact with easily.
Most prevalent within American shows directed at children and tweens, where writers conspicuously try to keep their cast as limited as possible. Anime
tends to add a fourth member, closer to one of the sidekicks than The Hero. They might also get a team expansion later, but the trio will always be front and centre and be treated like the "real" heroes.
Quite often the With a Friend and a Stranger
dynamic will be present.
Is often Super Trope
to Two Guys and a Girl
, Two Girls and a Guy
. Compare Token Trio
. Contrast with the all-female Sister Trope
, Beauty, Brains and Brawn
is the villainous equivalent: The leader will be more bossy, and the sidekicks dumber and interchangeable.
Not to be confused with the comedy film
. Or that one Disney film some people remember
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Anime & Manga
- Samurai Pizza Cats: Speedy, Guido and Polly.
- Angelic Layer: Misaki, Kotaro, and Tamayo.
- Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo: Bo-bobo, Don Patch, and Tokoro Tennosuke (Jelly Jiggler in the dub) are known as the Hajike Trio.
- Cardcaptor Sakura: Sakura, Tomoyo, and Syaoran + Mei-ling, Syaoran's Clingy Jealous Girl.
- Even moreso in the manga, since Mei-ling is Anime-only.
- Samurai Champloo: Mugen, Jin, and Fuu, eventually.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: Yugi, Anzu/Tea, and Jyonouchi/Joey + Honda/Tristan, Jyonouchi's other best friend.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Judai, Asuka, and Sho + Hayato/ Kenzan, Judai's and Sho's other roommate.
- Pokémon: Ash, Brock/Tracey/Cilan/Clemont, and Misty/May/Dawn/Iris/Serena. Advanced Generation and XY both add a Tagalong Kid- Max and Bonnie, respectively.
- Pokémon Special does this by the end of each region:
- Kanto: Red, Green, Blue. Yellow takes over hero roles in her own arc, but doesn't offset the original dynamic during the Fire Red Leaf Green story.
- Johto: Gold, Silver, and Crystal. Crystal was a late comer, but not as late as Emerald.
- Hoenn: Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. However, Emerald didn't come in and complete the trio until after Ruby and Sapphire had done an entire arc.
- Sinnoh: Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.
- Transformers Armada: Alexis, Rad and Carlos — Billy and Fred were added later, but aren't really part of the trio dynamic.
- Transformers Cybertron: Colby, Bud and Lori.
- Digimon Adventure: Taichi, Yamato, Sora.
- Sidekick romance becomes canonically in 02, they are married by the grand finale time skip.
- Digimon Adventure 02 has the initial newcombers, Daisuke, Miyako, and Iori.
- Digimon Tamers: Takato, Li Jiangliang (Henry Wong) and Ruki (Rika Nonoka).
- Eyeshield 21: Sena, Monta, and Suzuna. The hero, his best friend, and his love interest, with the latter two serving as secret keepers for part of the series.
- Also Akaba, Kotaro, and Juri.
- Air: During Minagi's arc, there's Yukito, Minagi and Michiru.
- Amatsuki: Toki, Kon and Kuchiha.
- Amagami: Miya, Sae, and Ai.
- From Ikki Tousen: Teifu (Cheng Pu), Ryoumou (Lu Meng) and Saji (Zuo Ci) or better said, Ouin Shishi (Wang Yun) from Nanyou. But their friendship is horribly crashed when Teifu becomes an Ill Boy.
- Naruto, originally. (Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura)
- All the Rookie Nine trios get this (Shino, Kiba, and Hinata; and Choji, Shikamaru, and Ino). Then you have the older group (Neji, Lee, and Tenten), and Gaara's group (Gaara, Kankuro, and Temari)
- Ranma ˝: Ranma (Hero); Ryoga (Best friend/Rival); Akane (love interest of both). Also, Akane loves Ranma but fights with him constantly; she is not in love with Ryoga and only sees him as her best male friend, and never fights with him. Ryoga loves Akane and Ryoga (until he moves on) and Ranma border on Vitriolic Best Buds. And that is the simplest, least psychotic romantic situation in all of the Ranmaverse.
- Both Ryoga and Akane are heavily implied to be Ranma's best friends, completing the essence of this trope even more. It kind of makes sense seeing as how they're the ones he talks to the most about his problems or thoughts. At least it explains why fans ship Ranma with Ryoga and Akane so much.
- A similar situation is seen with Ranma, Ukyo, and Akane. Ukyo is Ranma's Unlucky Childhood Friend who he thought was a boy way back when. He is shown to still see her as one of his closest friends and often visits her restaurant just to talk or hang out, and they are close enough where Akane feels jealous over the bond of their shared childhood. Akane and Ukyo also get along MUCH better than the rest of Ranma's finances/love interests and can even spend time together without Ranma. As some fans have noted, Ukyo is basically the Ryoga of Akane's life. It's really no wonder that Ukyo and Ryoga also form the most popular OT 3's (Ranma/Akane/Ryoga and Akane/Ranma/Ukyo), especially in the West where Ukyo is much more popular.
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Keiichi, Rena, and Mion are looked at as a trio. Satoko, Rika and Hanyuu may count as well.
- Pandora Hearts: Oz, Gil, and Alice.
- Code Geass has Lelouch, Suzaku, and Nunnally. Lulu is Nunna's brother, and Nunnally was hinted to have had feelings for Suzaku. Then it all went horribly, horribly wrong.
- Soul Eater: Maka, Black☆Star, and Death The Kid.
- Though Soul, Tsubaki, Liz and Patti are always there also so I'm not sure it counts. If it does than Ox (with Havar), Kilik (with Fire and Thunder) and Kim (with Jaqueline) would be this as well.
- Durarara!! has Mikado, Kida and Anri establishing this dynamic very quickly. But the fact that that they're as much ordinary high school students as Shiki Tohno means something's going to happen.
- To elaborate: Mikado is the founder of the Dollars, Kida is the shogun of the Yellow Scarves, and Anri is the original Saika and the leader of Saika's Children. This makes the trio the leaders of the three rival factions in Ikebukuro. Suffice to say, things deteriorate from there.
- Xam'd: Lost Memories has Akiyuki, Haru and Furuichi.
- Star Driver has Takuto, Sugata, and Wako.
- Luffy, Zoro and Nami from One Piece. At the start of the series, they are surely this, being the only members that make up the Straw Hat crew, and even in the later chapters they have shades of this - Luffy is the absolute protagonist, Zoro stills seems to be the most important character in the series after Luffy (being his Number Two and all) and Nami is probably also the most important female character on the show.
- Baccano!! has Huey, Elmer and Monica in the early 1700s - three teenagers brought together through a shared identity of being thoroughly screwed up.
- Eren, Armin and Mikasa from Attack on Titan.
- In Axis Powers Hetalia we have, well, the Axis, though it's a strange example in that they're all dudes, they still have a hookup, and nobody's the hero.
- In Steins;Gate, it's Okarin, Daru, and Tutturuu. But the merry Amigos quickly grow to include wildly colorful characters.
- The Mysterious Cities of Gold: Esteban, Zia and Tao.
- Trinity: Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman (lampshaded in the first series arc, during which Wonder Woman even mentions her brief flirtations with both Superman — the archetypal ideal husband — and Batman — the archetypal intriguing bad boy.)
- Blue Beetle: Jaime, Paco and Brenda.
- Legion of Super-Heroes: Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, and Lightning Lad.
- Shazam has Billy, Mary and Freddy as the main members of the Marvel Family. Billy and Mary are literally family (siblings, twins in most continuities), so naturally she and Freddy are the ones who tend to be paired together.
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off: Especially if you consider Cameron the protagonist, in which case it's Cameron, Ferris and, Ferris's girlfriend (also Cameron's friend) Sloane.
- Sky High ends with this trope, with the main character Will, his girlfriend Layla, who used to be his best friend, and best friend Warren, who used to be his archnemesis.
- Starship Troopers: Johnny, Carl, Carmen; Johnny, Ace and Dizzy
- H.I.V.E. Series has this, with Otto as The Hero, Wing as his Asian Best Friend, Laura as the Smart Girl and Shelby as the fourth, doubling as The Big Guy alongside Wing as well as The Chick. It follows a pattern similar to anime in most aspects, including this one.
- The Trio, sometimes known as the Golden Trio, is a popular name for the three main characters of the Harry Potter series. Harry stood up for Ron against Malfoy and Harry told Ron that they need to go warn Hermione about the troll early in their first year. The three were friends ever since.
- Feliks, Net & Nika. They met on their first day in new school and stayed together ever since.
- The Pendragon Adventure: Bobby, Mark and Courtney
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Percy, Grover, and Annabeth
- And in the sequel series, Jason, Piper and Leo
- ...and also in the sequel series, Percy, Frank, and Hazel.
- The third book in the series mixes things up a bit, switching Leo with Percy in their respective trios for much of the story.
- Towards the end of the first Warrior Cats series, Firestar, Graystripe, and Sandstorm essentially become this.
- To Kill a Mockingbird: Jem, Dill and Scout
- The Princess Series: Danielle, Talia and Snow.
- The Mystery Kids: Holly (Ego - the most normal one, uses reasoning to solve mysteries), Miranda (Id - prides herself on her ability to crack terrible jokes, most likely to be inspired to a solution), Peter (Superego - collects car registration numbers, loves technology and most likely to use a gadget to find a solution).
- Green-Sky Trilogy: Raamo (All-Loving Hero), Neric (Deadpan Snarker), and Genaa (The smart girl)
- A to Z Mysteries: Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose.
- Wonder 2012: August, Summer, and Jack.
- For a few chapters in Why We Took The Car: Maik, Tschick and Isa.
- Textbook example in the Ahriman Trilogy with hero Simon, unrequited love interest Erin, and best friend Fausto.
- Disney Channel is fond of this trope, and at least one show will have it.
- Lizzie McGuire: Lizzie, Gordo and Miranda.
- Naturally Sadie: Sadie, Margaret and Rain
- Hannah Montana: Miley, Lilly and Oliver.
- A.N.T. Farm: Chyna, Olive and Fletcher. Subverted when Angus joins the main cast in Season 3.
- That's So Raven: Raven, Chelsea and Eddie.
- Even Stevens: Louis, Tawny and Twitty.
- Cory in the House: Cory, Meena and Newt.
- The Famous Jett Jackson: Jett, JB and Kayla.
- Sonny With A Chance: Sonny, Tawni, and Chad fit this dynamic well, but Nico, Grady, and Zora throw it off balance.
- Austin & Ally: Kind of: you have the two titular protagonists, but the "Amigos" part is played straight with Dez and Trish.
- Wizards of Waverly Place: Another subversion; Alex, Justin, and Harper kinda have this dynamic; but Justin is Alex's brother, and if you count him, you'll have to count Max as well.
- Zeke and Luther is another twist to this. The title characters double the Hero role, Kojo and Ginger fit the sidekick roles but are commonly portrayed as antagonists, plus Ginger is Zeke's sister, and her actress Ryan Newman left after Season 2.
- Lab Rats: Adam, Bree, and Chase.
- Super Sentai has done this several times.
- iCarly has Carly and her female friend Sam and male friend Freddie. This relationship is very important to iCarly. It is usually the main focus of the show. When two of them fight the other one usually tries to break it up. But then came Gibby...
- Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide: Ned, Moze and Cookie
- Unfabulous: Addie, Gina and Zack.
- Supah Ninjas: Mike, Owen, and Amanda
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer has Buffy and her best friends Willow and Xander. When Buffy moved in to town the three of them quickly became friends, with Willow and Xander helping Buffy fight the forces of darkness. Buffy is the superpowered Slayer around whose duties the show revolves, with Willow being the smart, shy hacker girl and Xander being the outgoing but not too smart Butt Monkey. The early seasons explored a love triangle between the three, with Willow having a crush on Xander and Xander having a crush on Buffy; the three ultimately remained only friends.
- Flashbacks on How I Met Your Mother show us that Ted, Lily, and Marshall were this in college. Their dynamic changed when they met Barney a year after college, and Robin a few years after that, eventually transitioning them into a Five-Man Band.
- The first three seasons of Smallville have Clark and his best friends Chloe and Pete. They're Clark's oldest friends and the three of them have been friends for years before the series started. They work on the school newspaper together.
- What I Like About You: Holly, Tina and Gary.
- Angel: As the name of the show implies, Angel is the main character, who founded the agency which works to combat evil. Early on, he was joined by Cordelia, the ex-spoiled rich girl who still loves clothing and aspires to acting stardom, and Doyle, a half-demon who would just like to fit in somewhere and whose visions of people in trouble let the team know where they are most needed. After Doyle's death halfway through season 1, Wesley joins the team, taking Doyle's place as the male friend. Wesley's thoughtful, caring, bookish nature contrasts sharply with Cordelia's ditzy, rather mercenary personality, but they all manage to get along.
- An increasingly popular Power Rangers format:
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers had Rocky, Aisha, and Adam before they were absorbed into the Five-Man Band.
- Power Rangers Ninja Storm: Shane, Dustin and Tori
- Power Rangers Dino Thunder: Conner, Ethan and Kira
- Power Rangers S.P.D. does a fake-out with this trope: The ranger team starts out as Sky, Bridge and Syd, who fit the trope closely, but after Jack and "Z" arrive, they get rounded out to a Five-Man Band by the end of the two-part premiere.
- Power Rangers Jungle Fury: Casey, Theo and Lily
- Power Rangers RPM: Scott, Flynn and Summer; though they begin recruiting in episode 2 and oddly the new recruits, Dillon and Ziggy, get more focus than the trio does.
- Everwood: Bright, Colin and Amy in season one, mostly shown in flashbacks and the finale
- True Jackson, VP: True, Lulu, and Ryan
- The West Wing: Josh, Toby, and CJ; after Sam left. Before he left, the whole ensemble was too tightly-knit to be separated into Amigos.
- Early Edition: Gary, Chuck and Marissa.
- Wishbone: Joe, Sam and David.
- Unnatural History: Henry, Jasper, and Maggie
- Doctor Who does it about half the time: The Doctor, a female companion to serve as The Heart and a male companion to serve as the Plucky Comic Relief or The Big Guy, depending.
- Merlin has one of these, despite the setting. Arthur, Merlin and Guinevere don't attend high school, but they make up the aspects of the trope perfectly.
- Greek has Evan, Cappie and Casey before the series began but it ended in it's logical conclusion, later they try several times to come back to this but they fail.
- The Wonder Years: Kevin, Paul, and Winnie
- Violet Vinther, Mr. Scwann and Miss Jřrgensen from the danish Matador is this until Mr. Scwann dies
- Battlestar Galactica: Apollo, Starbuck and Sheba; subverted in which all three of them are Viper pilots.
- Starsky, Hutch and Huggy Bear; also subverted.
- Graduados, Andy, Tuca and Vero
- Boy Meets World: Cory, Shawn and Topanga. Jack, Rachel and Eric are this to a lesser extent when their Love Triangle isn't as present.
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Sabrina, Harvey and Jenny (season 1), Sabrina, Harvey and Valerie (season 2 and 3).
- The Worst Year of My Life, Again: Alex, Simon and Maddy.
- Lunar: The Silver Star: Alex, Ramus and Luna
- The Tales Series is pretty fond of this:
- Streets of Rage: Axel, Adam and Blaze
- La Pucelle: Tactics: Prier, Alouette and Culotte
- Disgaea: Hour of Darkness: Laharl, Etna and Flonne
- Sonic Adventure 2: Before Knuckles joins, the Hero side of the story focuses primarily on Sonic, Tails, and Amy.
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Phoenix, Maya, and Pearly.
- Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth: Edgeworth, Gumshoe and Kay.
- Professor Layton: Layton, Luke and Flora. (In the fourth game, which is a prequel to the three currently available in the United States, it's Layton, Luke, and Remi.)
- Enchanted Arms: Makoto is the girl. Broken up rather quickly.
- OgreBattle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber: Magnus, Dio and Leia.
- Persona 3: The main character, Junpei and Yukari, at least early in the game before the whole team pulls together into a group of genuine True Companions. Mitsuru, Akihiko, and Shinjiro were ˇThree Amigos! in the early days of SEES, but fractured prior to the events of the game.
- Persona 4: Main character, Yosuke, and Chie have this dynamic at first, but it fades away as the team roster grows.
- The lowerclassmen (Rise, Kanji and Naoto) may fit too.
- Devil Survivor: Main character, Atsuro, and Yuzu
- Devil Survivor 2: Main character, Daichi, and Io in the beginning.
- Fire Emblem is fond of this one:
- Genealogy of the Holy War: Azel, Lex and Tiltyu; Sigurd, Cuan and Eltosian
- Sword of Seals: Rei, Chad and Lugh
- Blazing Sword: Lyn, Sain, Kent (Even though The Chick is also The Hero in this set up); Eliwood, Hector, Lyn; Wil, Rebecca, Dart
- The Sacred Stones: Ephraim, Eirika and Lyon; Tethys, Gerik and Marisa; Ross, Ewan, and Amelia
- Path of Radiance: Ike, Titania, Soren
- Radiant Dawn: Elincia, Lucia, Geoffry
- Both Jet Set Radio games have this: Beat, Gum and Tab in Jet Set Radio, and Yoyo, Gum and Corn (formerly Tab) in Jet Set Radio Future.
- Kingdom Hearts: Sora, Riku and Kairi and Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy. There's also Hayner, Pence and Olette and Terra, Ven, and Aqua and Roxas, Axel, and Xion, and Mickey, Donald and Goofy. Something tells me Tetsuya Nomura is fond of this trope.
- Elite Beat Agents: Agent J, Agent Morris and Agent Derek. On other difficulties, J is replaced by Agents Spin or Chieftain, and on the hardest difficulty, they are all replaced by cheerleaders (the "Elite Beat Divas").
- Chrono Trigger: Chrono, Lucca and Marle of the 2 girls and a guy variant.
- Final Fantasy VIII:: Laguna, Kiros, and Ward; Rinoa, Zone, and Watts; Seifer, Raijin, and Fujin for a villanous version.
- Pokémon games after Generation II: protagonist, rival, and love interest/friend.
- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots gives us Snake, Otacon, and Sunny.
- Planescape: Torment: Although you can recruit other characters, the core trio are The Nameless One, Morte and Annah.
- Xenoblade: Shulk, Reyn and Fiora. Unlike other examples, they don't get the usual focus on them as the central trio of heroes thanks to Fiora dying fairly early into the game..
- Legend of Legaia: Vahn, Noa, and Gala are the only three party members in this RPG.
- The King of Fighters: Among the slew of teams, one such example is the Japan Team Kyo, Benimaru, and Goro Daimon; or in the case of the "Three Sacred Treasures" Team: Kyo, Iori, and Chizuru.
- Rival Schools: Every team in the original game is of this format, with the Pacific team being the closest match to the description. Even when one team consists entirely of adults. Even when one team has a Samus is a Girl situation.
- Project0 : Owen, Aatu, and Bea
- Damian, Addison and Sahara of Zoophobia.
- Almost every video gaming webcomic ever seems to revolve around two male gamers and one female, who is usually the girlfriend of whichever male lead is the hero. The typical character dynamic seems to be 'wacky' (read: obnoxious Jerk Ass) guy [The Hero], straight man [second guy] and girlfriend [the woman]. Oddly, the dean of video game webcomics, Penny Arcade, is actually the exception (no girlfriend), so Ctrl+Alt+Del is probably the Trope Maker here.
- El Goonish Shive started out this way, with Elliot, Tedd, and Sarah, before the cast expanded.
- Slightly Damned has Kieri (an angel), Buwaro (a demon) and Rhea (arguably the main character). Buwaro and Kieri are dancing around a romance.
- Woods For The Trees has Jess (Male Border Collie), Reuben (Male Fennec Fox) and Isabel (Female Red Fox).
- Mulberry from Platypus Comix has Mulberry (Non-Idle Rich heiress), Jack (The One Guy), and Taffy (Dumb Blonde housekeeper).
- Doodle diaries features a guy, his best/boy friend of the same gender, and his female Unlucky Childhood Friend
- Something Positive: Davan, PeeJee, and Aubrey. Oddly Word of God has Jossed any romance between them despite the popularity and Ship Tease of Davan/PeeJee.
- Samurai Princess has Princess Raeka, Jacquline and Lyonel.
- In Rescuing Dara Chivai is the hero and a girl, Dara is the female friend, and Zilch is the male friend. No romance yet, though.
- American Dragon Jake Long: Jake, Spud and Trixie.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 1: Aang, Sokka and Katara. Slightly unusually in that Sokka and Katara are siblings (and therefore have really similar experiences). Rather typical still in that they have very different personalities and capabilities.
- Ben 10: Alien Force: Ben, Gwen, and Kevin
- Danny Phantom: Danny, Samantha and Tucker
- Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats: Hector, Wordsworth and Mungo.
- Daria: Daria, Jane and Trent. In the fourth and fifth seasons and the movies, Trent is somewhat displaced by Tom.
- Growing Up Creepie: Creepie, Chris-Alice, and Budge.
- The school goth kids: Raven, Misery, and Morpheus, Creepie's other best friends of course.
- The Emperor's New School: Kuzco, Kronk, and Malina
- Although the three of them can be seen hanging out, they have a weird dynamic. Kuzco sees Malina only as a love interest, but she is generally repulsed by his personality; meanwhile, Kronk is Yzma's assistant and helps her try to kill Kuzco every week.
- Futurama: Fry, Leela, and Bender
- Libertys Kids: James, Sarah and Henri
- Magi-Nation: Tony, Edyn and Strag.
- Megas XLR: Coop, Kiva and Jamie
- ˇMucha Lucha!: Rikochet, The Flea and Buena Girl
- Kim Possible:
- Kim, Ron and Monique. Although the trio dynamic is only really in play during the High School part of Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World, they have occasionally been involved in fights as a team.
- But for the "same gender friend", the same dynamic works on the Save The World part, with Kim, Ron and Wade.
- Pepper Ann: Pepper Ann, Nicky and Milo
- Phineas and Ferb: While Phineas and Ferb generally have a lot of friends, Isabella is the real best-friend/girl-next-door character of the group
- Pretty much the whole point of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.
- Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles: Johnnie Rico, "Dizzy" Flores and Carl Jenkins.
- Teamo Supremo: Crandall, Brenda, and Hector
- The Wonder Pets has Linny, a gender-ambiguous female guinea pig that is supposed to be equivalent to a 5-year-old human child; a male turtle named Tuck, equivalent to a 4-year-old, and a female duck, equivalent to a 3-year-old, with a speech problem.
- Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Wubbzy, Widget, and Walden.
- Hercules The Animated Series: Hercules is The Hero, always having to save the day. His closest friends are Icarus, the outgoing, enthusiastic, and not entirely sane son of the local genius inventor, and Cassandra, the quiet, contemplative goth girl who gets visions of disasters.
- Jimmy Two-Shoes: Jimmy, Beezy, and Heloise.
- Time Warp Trio in the groups of Joe Sam and Fred/Jodie Samantha and Freddi.
- Ultimate Book of Spells: Verne, Gus and Cassie.
- Zevo-3: The pink-haired super hero Ellie Martin, Aka Elastika has 2 best friends, The gossip-girl Cotilla Vasquez and the goth-girl Angel Jones.
- Aaahh!!! Real Monsters: Ickis, Krumm & Oblina.
- Braceface had Sharon, Maria, and Connor
- Home Movies: Brendan Small, Jason, and Melissa.
- The Simpsons: Bart Simpson, Milhouse Van Houten, and Samantha Stankey in one episode called "Bart's Friends Falls in Love". Lisa would fill Samantha's role on an occasional basis.
- King of the Hill: Bobby, Connie, and Joseph.
- Matt, Jackie and Inez of Cyberchase
- Geo, Milli, and Bot of Team Umizoomi. Like the ATLA example, Milli and Geo are Sibilings.
- In Transformers Prime, we have Jack Darby, Raf Esquivel, and Miko Nakadai.
- She Zow: Guy Hamdon/SheZow, Kelly Hamdon, and Maz Kepler. Like the ATLA example, Guy and Kelly are siblings.
- ChalkZone: Rudy, Penny, and Snap.
- Total Drama: Jasmine (hero), Sammy (best friend of the same gender), and Shawn (potential love interest) for the Pahkitew Island cast.
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Who else? Grim, Billy and Mandy (although "amigos" would be stretching it a little).