Playing With / One Extra Member

Basic Trope: A group of people with a collective title has a number in the name that's actually lower than the number of members on the team's current roster.
  • Straight: The superhero team known as The Troping Trio actually has four members.
  • Exaggerated: The Troping Trio has 42 members and 19 honorary members.
  • Downplayed: The Troping Trio have a Team Pet that is considered part of the team, but not in a serious Way.
  • Justified:
    • The Troping Trio was named before gaining a fourth member.
    • "Trio" is actually the last names of the group members.
    • Bilocal Bob, a member of The Troping Trio, has the power to duplicate himself into two people who don't get along, so they are often separated although still on the team.
  • Inverted: The Troping Trio has two members.
  • Subverted: The Troping Trio has four members, but one dies.
  • Double Subverted: The fourth member's ghost joins the team.
  • Parodied: The Troping Trio is composed of two members, but it's named like that because Troping Trio sounds better than The Troping Duo. Everyone comments on this.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • The Troping Trio has three members.
    • The Troping Trio changes their name when a fourth member is added.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "You guys should change your name to The Can't-Count Quartet.'
  • Invoked: The captured heroes intentionally tell the villain that they're known as The Troping Trio so that their extra members can come as a surprise when they do a rescue.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The Department of Superheroic Registry refuses the four members to license themselves under The Troping Trio title.
  • Discussed: "Everyone will think of us as idiots if we name ourselves The Troping Trio with five members!"
  • Conversed: "Wait... The Troping Trio has eight members? I guess Writers Cannot Do Math."

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