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* Lampshaded in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2114791/30/Ghost-of-a-Memory Ghost of a Memory]]'':
-->'''James:''' My first captain called me a natural. By the way, when Harry's older, I'd like to buy him his first broom. As his godfather it's my responsibility to encourage such dangerous sports as Quidditch, duelling and dragon hunting.\\
'''Draco:''' Dragon hunting? I assure you Evans, my son is not going anywhere near a dragon until he's at least seventeen.\\
'''James:''' I needed a third activity. Replace it with pranking, if you want. That can be dangerous, especially if he tries to prank us or Severus.

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* Lampshaded in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2114791/30/Ghost-of-a-Memory Ghost of a Memory]]'':
-->'''James:''' My first captain called me a natural. By the way, when Harry's older, I'd like to buy him his first broom. As his godfather it's my responsibility to encourage such dangerous sports as Quidditch, duelling and dragon hunting.\\
'''Draco:''' Dragon hunting? I assure you Evans, my son is not going anywhere near a dragon until he's at least seventeen.\\
'''James:''' I needed a third activity. Replace it with pranking, if you want. That can be dangerous, especially if he tries to prank us or Severus.

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* ''Series/DeadRingers'': Any time Andrew Neil (brought to you by Jim Henson's Children's Television Workshop) introduces his show, he lists two incredibly bizarre guests which usually aren't even human ("a jellyfish with an arts degree; Davros, creator of the Daleks"). The third is inevitably DIANE ABBOTT.

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* In the ''Series/HannahMontana'' fic "[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4592988/1/The-Long-Way The Long Way]]"- when circumstances lead to Lily joining Miley in the world where Miley was originally Hannah all the time- Lily expresses concern that Miley's recent declaration of love for her was only because Lily initially wished to be with Miley forever. However, Angel assures Lily that love is one of three things nobody can wish for, the other two being killing people or bringing them back to life.


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* The ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fic "[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3571753/1/The-World-As-We-Knew-It The World As We Knew It]]" sees Harry become part of an ancient magic known as an 'Aperio', where three different people independently make the same wish at the same time and are thus transferred into a new world where their wish has come true. In this case, Harry, Remus Lupin [[spoiler:and Severus Snape]] all wished that the prophecy had never been made and James and Lily were still alive, taking them to a world where the Potters were never killed but Voldemort never fell.


That's a [[https://youtu.be/-SHWm1qkJYk pizza place!]]"''

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That's a [[https://youtu.be/-SHWm1qkJYk be/-SHWm1qkJYk?t=581 pizza place!]]"''


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->''"That's a [[Creator/GavinFree tree!]]\\
That's a [[Creator/AchievementHunter house!]]\\
That's a [[https://youtu.be/-SHWm1qkJYk pizza place!]]"''

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* A commercial for [[Advertising/EnergizerBunny Energizer batteries]] has [[RogerRabbitEffect a live-action animator drawing three cartoon rabbits that come to life]]; [[TastesLikeDiabetes an overly-cutesy baby rabbit]], a goofy-looking clumsy rabbit that trips over his own ears, and the Energizer Bunny himself. The animator doesn't like any of the three rabbits, and while the first two get erased by a mechanical eraser, the Energizer Bunny doesn't, as the Supervolt battery in the mechanical eraser runs out of power at that point.


See also [[{{Conflict}} Basic Conflicts]] and other plot devices which often come in [[NumerologicalMotif 3s or 7s]], and Administrivia/ThreeRulesOfThree, a wiki guideline. Not to be confused with [[FourIsDeath 4]], unless you're counting [[FourElementEnsemble elements]], [[FourTemperamentEnsemble bodily fluids]], and other dimensions.[[note]][[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail 5 is right out,]] and so is [[RuleOfTwo two.]][[/note]]

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See also [[{{Conflict}} Basic Conflicts]] and other plot devices which often come in [[NumerologicalMotif 3s or 7s]], and Administrivia/ThreeRulesOfThree, a wiki guideline. Not to be confused with [[FourIsDeath 4]], unless you're counting [[FourElementEnsemble elements]], [[FourTemperamentEnsemble bodily fluids]], [[EliteFour elite badasses]], and other dimensions.[[note]][[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail 5 is right out,]] and so is [[RuleOfTwo two.]][[/note]]

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* ThreeApproachSystem


[[caption-width-right:300: ''[[WesternAnimation/SchoolHouseRock ♫ When it's threeeee you can seeeee]][softreturn][[WesternAnimation/SchoolHouseRock it's a magic number... ♫]]'']]

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[[caption-width-right:300: ''[[WesternAnimation/SchoolHouseRock ♫ When it's threeeee you can seeeee]][softreturn][[WesternAnimation/SchoolHouseRock seeeee [softreturn] it's a magic number... ♫]]'']]


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* An {{invoked|Trope}} [[BadLuckCharm negative]] example from the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' fanfic ''Fanfic/HalfPastAdventure'': If Macy has three [[ImagineSpot Imagine Spots]], then she thinks she'll lose something important.

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