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

''[[http://threepanelsoul.com/ Three Panel Soul]]'' was created by Ian [=Mc=]Conville, 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://www.threepanelsoul.com/comic/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://www.threepanelsoul.com/comic/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. SuperDeformed remains often used.
* ArtShift: The first two panels of "[[http://www.threepanelsoul.com/comic/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.
%%* BadassLongcoat: [[http://threepanelsoul.com/comic/on-accessories/ This.]]
%%* BatmanGambit: "[[http://threepanelsoul.com/comic/on-manipulation/ On Manipulation]]"
* CallBack: Before getting married, Jess would be asked if she was engaged [[http://www.threepanelsoul.com/comic/on-inspiration when buying magazines for cake designs.]] [[http://www.threepanelsoul.com/comic/on-advancement-2 After the proposal, however...]]
* CharacterOverlap: Occasionally a fellow named 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://www.threepanelsoul.com/comic/on-companionship On Companionship]].
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Everyone.
%%* DepravedHomosexual: Matt's ''[[CityOfHeroes City of Villains]]'' character, The Homosexual Agenda (later [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonewall_riots Stonewall Riots]])
%%* DealWithTheDevil: [[http://threepanelsoul.com/comic/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.
* DontFearTheReaper: Despite his habit of {{Rage Quit}}ting lost card games, Death is presented as fairly benign.
%%* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: [[http://threepanelsoul.com/comic/on-skills/ How every job interview should go.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Titular three panels that contain every comic.
%%* FlameBait: [[http://threepanelsoul.com/comic/on-corruption/ Literally.]]
* {{Filler}}: Occasionally a set of doodles or a single sketch.
%%* FriendVersusLover
%%* GeniusBonus: [[http://threepanelsoul.com/comic/on-the-city-of-villains/ Invoked.]]
%%* GeniusDitz: [[http://threepanelsoul.com/comic/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/comic/on-close-quarters/ On Close Quarters]]" and "[[http://threepanelsoul.com/comic/on-pink-slips/ On Pink Slips]]".
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Lampshaded in regards to [[NebulousEvilOrganisation 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/comic/on-brewing/ Homebrew beer certainly can...]]
%%* JigglePhysics: Parodied with [[http://threepanelsoul.com/comic/on-soft-bodies/ On Soft Bodies]].
%%* LevelGrinding: [[http://threepanelsoul.com/comic/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/comic/on-recreation/ Jo the mage goes skiing.]]
%%* MythologyGag: ''[[http://threepanelsoul.com/comic/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/comic/on-wild-animals/ They aren't evil at all.]] Just monogamous and very sociable.
%%* PyroManiac / KillItWithFire: Jess, [[http://threepanelsoul.com/comic/on-minecraft/ On]] VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}
%%* TheRant
* ShoutOut: Potentially - [[http://threepanelsoul.com/comic/on-afterlives/ these two]] look somewhat like [[VideoGame/Persona4 an odd pair of detectives, one of whom loves cabbage.]]
** In an earlier strip, Hilary Clinton's Secret Service agents are the VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents.
** [[http://threepanelsoul.com/comic/on-alchemy-and-pastries/ This]] strip borrows from a [[Manga/FullMetalAlchemist certain alchemist's]] transumtation style.
%%** Does the gentleman in [[http://threepanelsoul.com/comic/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.
** [[http://www.threepanelsoul.com/comic/interpretations Interpretations]] depicts God the way he was in Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail.
* SliceOfLife: Ian and Matt make observations of the absurdities of life occasionally.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "On Poppy", a tribute to Jess's grandfather. It's the only strip to date to break the three-panel rule, and it is most definitely a break from the generally light-hearted style of the comic as a whole.
* 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/comic/on-fandom/ Is this for your daughter?"]]
%%* SurprisePregnancy: Aptly, [[http://threepanelsoul.com/comic/on-surprises-2/ "On Surprises".]]
* ToBeContinued: Some comics continue into the next installment; such as the "On Rabbits" arc.
%%* TooMuchInformation: In "[[http://threepanelsoul.com/comic/on-the-direct-question-reflex/ On the Direct Question Reflex]]".
* TwentyFourHourArmor: The character 'tank' is [[http://www.threepanelsoul.com/comic/search/tank never seen outside of his armor]]
* UnsoundEffect:
** ''[[http://threepanelsoul.com/comic/on-gym-visits/ MUSTACHE MUSTACHE MUSTACHE...]]''
** [[http://threepanelsoul.com/comic/on-male-cats/ BROFACE!]]
** [[http://www.threepanelsoul.com/comic/whew-now-im-done Study Study Study...]]
** [[http://www.threepanelsoul.com/comic/sometimes-you-know SHRUUUUUG]]
%%* WackyMarriageProposal: Ian's [[http://www.threepanelsoul.com/images/rants/20080620_screen1.png proposal]] to Jess.
* WalkingTechbane: Apparently Matt's dad is this [[http://www.threepanelsoul.com/comic/touch-interfaces to smartphones.]]