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->''"All we got here is whatever sparks our souls at the moment, three panels at a time."''
-->-- '''Ian [=McConville=]'''

''[[http://threepanelsoul.com/ Three Panel Soul]]'' was created by Ian [=McConville=], the artist, and Matt Boyd, the writer, after ending ''Webcomic/MacHall''. The comics, which began on September 5th, 2006, generally focus on musing of life. The comics are often done in black and white with comics set inside games done in colour. Every comic consists of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly three panels]], but some [[ToBeContinued continue into a part two]].

!!This webcomic provides examples of:

* AdultFear: [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2014/06/30/night-terrors/ "Now that I have a child my nightmares are about a door I can't open. On the other side I hear crying. I think I miss the spiders."]]
* AlternateUniverse: A one-shot character managed to leap into a parallel universe that was... [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2011/06/12/on-sliding/ a little more parallel than most.]]
* ArtEvolution: The black and white comics begin as slightly realistic before becoming [[SuperDeformed chibi-fied]] in later comics. Realistic detail appears in some comics. Early on Ian stated in a newspost that his goal with 3PS was to freely experiment with any style. {{Chibi}} remains often used.
* ArtShift: The first two panels of "[[http://threepanelsoul.com/2011/05/04/back-to-school/ Back to School]]" are a flashback to ten years ago, [[PaintingTheMedium and are done in the]] ''Mac Hall'' style[[note]]Though Ian didn't start using that particular style until 2004, not 2001.[[/note]]. Specifically, [[http://www.machall.com/view.php?date=2006-01-08 this comic]].
%%* AuthorAvatar: Ian and Matt
%%* BaconAddiction: [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2008/06/17/on-surprises/ "Is this bacon ice cream?"]]
%%* BadassLongcoat: [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2008/08/26/on-accessories/ This]]
%%* BatmanGambit: [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2007/10/05/on-manipulation/ "On Manipulation"]]
* CallBack: Before getting married, Jess would be asked if she was [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2007/11/09/on-inspiration/ when buying magazines for cake designs.]] [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2008/06/25/on-advancement-2/ After the proposal, however...]]
* CharacterOverlap: Occasionally a fellow named [[http://threepanelsoul.com/tag/dom/ Dom]] will appear in the strip. In addition to being Ian, Jes and Matt's IRL roommate, he is also the creator of the famed "[[{{Filler}} Shirt Guy Dom]]" strips from ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo''.
%%* CloudCuckooLander: Ian and Jess, to an extent. Dom also qualifies for this at points.
%%* ContinuityNod: Micah's reappearance with his new girlfriend in [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2007/09/25/on-companionship/ On Companionship]]
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Everyone.
%%* DepravedHomosexual: Matt's ''[[CityOfHeroes City of Villains]]'' character, The Homosexual Agenda (later [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonewall_riots Stonewall Riots]])
%%* DealWithTheDevil: [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2009/02/02/on-angels-p1/ On Angels]]
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Almost all the comics set in 'reality'. To elaborate: If it takes place in a video game world, the comic is in color.
%%* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2011/05/23/on-skills/ How every job interview should go]].
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Titular three panels that contain every comic.
%%* FlameBait: [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2007/08/13/on-corruption/ Literally.]]
* {{Filler}}: Occasionally a set of doodles or a single sketch.
%%* FriendVersusLover
%%* GeniusBonus: [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2006/11/15/on-the-city-of-villains/ Invoked]].
%%* GeniusDitz: [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2011/07/11/on-competition/ Matt has shades of this]].
%%--> "I'm second overall. There's some guy on the list named '''Max''' who has perfect scores on everything."
%%* GoingPostal: Averted, in [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2007/04/24/on-close-quarters/ "On Close Quarters"]] and [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2007/04/30/on-pink-slips/ "On Pink Slips"]]
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Lampshaded in regards to [[NebulousEvilOrganization Cerberus]] of ''Franchise/MassEffect'', with Shepard stating that they can't run a taco cart without it somehow backfiring horribly and murdering the entire team.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: On [Topic].
%%* ItTastesLikeFeet: [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2011/11/14/on-brewing/ Homebrew beer certainly can...]]
%%* JigglePhysics: Parodied with [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2008/03/24/on-soft-bodies/ On Soft Bodies]].
%%* LevelGrinding: [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2007/10/01/on-advancement/ Referenced]]
* LifeEmbellished: The majority of the strips are based on Ian's real life with his fiancee/wife, Jess, and Matt's subsequent moving in with them.
%%* MundaneUtility: [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2012/11/27/on-recreation/ Jo the mage goes skiing.]]
%%* MythologyGag: ''[[http://threepanelsoul.com/2008/05/19/on-quebecois-tourists/ JE SUIS UN BEAR]]'' is a reference to [[http://www.machall.com/view.php?date=2003-08-18 this Mac Hall strip.]]
%%* OnlySaneMan: Matt.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2011/02/08/on-wild-animals/ They aren't evil at all.]] Just monogamous and very sociable.
%%* PyroManiac[=/=]KillItWithFire: Jess, [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2011/01/25/on-minecraft/ On]] {{Minecraft}}
%%* TheRant
* ShoutOut: Potentially - [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2010/06/07/on-afterlives/ these two]] look somewhat like [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} an odd pair of detectives, one of whom loves cabbage.]]
** In an earlier strip, Hilary Clinton's Secret Service agents are the EliteBeatAgents.
** [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2007/05/04/on-alchemy-and-pastries/ This]] strip borrows from a [[Manga/FullMetalAlchemist certain alchemist's]] transumtation style.
%%** Does the gentleman in [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2010/10/25/on-inspiration-2/ the third panel]] [[Webcomic/AxeCop look familiar?]] That one even has a unique archive tag, "[[http://threepanelsoul.com/tag/looks-a-lot-like-axecop/ Looks a Lot Like Axecop]]" so it might also have been a ThrowItIn.
* SliceOfLife: Ian and Matt make observations of the absurdities of life occasionally.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Of ''Webcomic/MacHall''.
* StickFigureComic: [[Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}} Dom]]'s guest strips. (Dom, Ian and Matt [[CharacterizationMarchesOn are / were]] housemates in real life.)
* SureLetsGoWithThat: When a cashier asks a [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Brony]], "[[http://threepanelsoul.com/2011/06/21/on-fandom/ Is this for your daughter?"]]
%%* SurprisePregnancy: Aptly, [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2012/12/17/on-surprises-2/ "On Surprises".]]
* ToBeContinued: Some comics continue into the next installment; such as the "On Rabbits" arc.
%%* TooMuchInformation: In "[[http://threepanelsoul.com/2010/06/14/on-the-direct-question-reflex/ On the Direct Question Reflex]]".
* UnsoundEffect:
** "''[[http://threepanelsoul.com/2009/11/30/on-gym-visits/ MUSTACHE MUSTACHE MUSTACHE...]]''"
** [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2011/05/15/on-male-cats/ BROFACE!]]
%%* WackyMarriageProposal: Ian's [[http://www.threepanelsoul.com/images/rants/20080620_screen1.png proposal]] to Jess.