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"We're three caballeros
Three brave caballeros
They say we are birds of a feather
We're happy amigos
No matter where he goes
The one, two, and three goes
We're always together!"

A Power Trio of best friends, usually high school or middle school age, 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 slacker; 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 Freudian Trio.


Romance will 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.

Terrible Trio is the villainous equivalent: The leader will be more bossy, and the sidekicks dumber and interchangeable.

Not to be confused with the comedy film, which, by the way, is the Trope Namer. Or that one Disney film some people remember.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Samurai Pizza Cats: Speedy Cerviche, Polly Ester, and Guido Anchovy.
  • 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. However, the anime added Meiling as a fourth member of the main group.
  • Dinosaur King: Max, Rex, and Zoe in The Anime of the Game.
  • Samurai Champloo: Mugen, Jin, and Fuu, eventually.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Yugi, Anzu/Tea, and Jonouchi/Joey + Honda/Tristan, Jonouchi's other best friend.
  • 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 Adventures does this by the end of each region:
    • Kanto: Red, Blue, Green. Yellow takes over hero roles in her own arc, but doesn't offset the original dynamic during the FireRed/LeafGreen 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.
    • Averted in Unova, which featured two separate duos; and Kalos, which had a Five-Man Band.
  • Sword Art Online: Alicization: Kirito, Eugeo, and Alice.
  • 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)
    • And the new generation on Boruto (Boruto, Mitsuki, and Sarada) and the new InoShikaCho trio (Shikadai, Inojin, and Chocho).
  • Ranma ½: 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.
    • 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 OT3's (Ranma/Akane/Ryoga and Akane/Ranma/Ukyo), especially in the West where Ukyo is much more popular.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry: Keiichi, Rena, and Mion are looked at as a trio. Satoko, Rika and Hanyuu may count as well.
  • PandoraHearts: 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.
    • Fifteen years prior to the events of the anime, Tokio, Ryousuke and Sora were such a trio too. Since Tokio and Sora are Takuto's parents, this trio has deliberate parallels to anime's main trio. Word of God states that they're supposed to show the same kind of dynamics, and then Tokio fucks everything up thoroughly, manipulating everyone around him, impregnating Sora and driving her off the island, which initiates the plot of the anime proper.
    • Then there's also Filament's members Benio, George and Tetsuya.
  • 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 Hetalia: Axis Powers 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.
  • Kirby: Right Back at Ya!: Kirby, Fumu/Tiff, and Bun/Tuff.
  • Bakuman。: Muto Ashirogi (a mangaka composed of two people) and Miyoshi. Mashiro is the artist, and the main goal of the story is to fulfilling his promise of marrying his fiancé Azuki. Takagi is the author, Takagi's Heterosexual Life-Partner, manga partner and their collaborated manga are essential in fulfilling Mashiro's promise. Miyoshi is Takagi's girlfriend (and later his wife) and is constantly hanging around with Muto Ashirogi and supports them in different ways.
    • Muto Ashirogi's PCP has also main characters based on this trope: Makoto and his sidekicks Minoru and Mai.
  • My Hero Academia: Uraraka and Iida are the first friends Midoriya makes in UA and they have remained part of his closest circle ever since.
  • Aladdin, Alibaba, and Morgiana in Magi: Labyrinth of Magic.
  • Noragami has Hiyori, Yato and Yukine, though the former two tend to act as parents to Yukine.
  • Doraemon: Nobita's best friends are his Robot Buddy Doraemon and Girl Next Door Shizuka, and they're usually his first choice of people to hang out with. Although Gian and Suneo are ostensibly also his friends, they tend to spend more of their time bullying him than actually being friendly.

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    Comic Books 
  • Fantastic Four:
    • Young genius Reed Richards and blue-collar jock Ben Grimm were college roommates and later became partners in Richards' plan to fly to the Moon. Both became close and romantically attracted to Sue Storm. In the end Sue married Reed, but Ben is so close he is essentially part of the family; he is also godfather to Reed and Sue's son and a surrogate sibling to Sue's bratty kid brother. And in at least one alternate reality Sue wound up marrying Ben.
    • A situation emerged during John Byrne's run between Ben Grimm, his long-suffering girlfriend Alicia Masters and Johnny Storm, resulting in Johnny marrying Alicia with Ben as the Best Man. Later it emerged that Alicia was actually the shape-shifting Skrull Lyja and they divorced. However in the MC-2 universe John and Lyja (now an active member of the Fantastic Five as Ms. Fantastic) are still married and have a Three Amigos dynamic with Ben.
  • Trinity (2008): 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.
  • Hellboy has Hellboy, Abe Sapien and Liz.
  • Kid detective gadgeteer genius Tim Drake/Robin III, Hot-Blooded kid-anova Kon-el/Superboy, and cloudcuckoolander Kid from the Future Bart Allen/Impulse had a close friendship even before founding Young Justice together. Eventually they added Cassie Sandsmark/Wondergirl to their group of true companions which is often called the "Core Four" and Superboy died leaving them with this dynamic (until he got better).
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1 & Vol 5: Diana's closest friends and most constant allies are her significant other Steve Trevor and gal pal Etta Candy.

    Eastern European Animation 
  • Qumi-Qumi: Juga is The Hero, Shumadan is the Fat Best Friend, and Yusi is the lone girl.

    Fan Works 
  • The Bolt Chronicles: The trope applies to Bolt, Mittens, and Rhino in all the stories where they appear together. Once Bolt and Mittens make up after "The Blood Brother," the three pets remain inseparable friends, and in Bolt and Mittens's case, lovers.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Blackbird (1986) has Randy, Efrem, and Crystal.
  • 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.
  • Les Misérables has one in the June Rebellion part: Enjolras, Combeferre, and Courfeyrac.
  • 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
  • Rick Riordan loves this trope.
    • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Percy, Grover, and Annabeth.
      • Also, before the series started: Annabeth, Thalia, and Luke.
    • The Heroes of Olympus:
      • The Lost Hero — Jason, Piper and Leo.
      • The Son of Neptune — Percy, Frank, and Hazel.
      • The Mark of Athena mixes things up a bit, switching Leo with Percy in their respective trios for much of the story.
      • The Blood of OlympusNico, Reyna, and Coach Hedge.
    • The Trials of Apollo:
      • The Dark Prophecy — Apollo, Leo and Calypso.
      • The Burning Maze — Apollo, Meg and Grover for the first part, but after that the book splits into dozens of groups of main characters for each scene.
    • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Magnus, Hearthstone and Blitzen most likely count, since they've stuck together for all of Magnus's homeless years (even if he never knew that they were from other dimensions and definitely not human).
  • 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.
  • Halo: The Fall of Reach has John-117 (The Master Chief) and his childhood friends Samuel-034 and Kelly-087, whom he bonded with closely with during the early days of the Spartan-II program. The three basically became surrogate siblings. Sam pulled a Heroic Sacrifice for John and was the very first Spartan-II killed in combat against the Covenant. While John and Kelly remain close to both each other and the other Spartans, not even John's Number Two Frederic-104 is really able to fill in Sam's spot in the original trio.
  • The Witchlands plays this trope with the trio of Hell-Bards that capture Iseult and Vaness, with intelligent Caden as the leader, brutish Zander as his Lancer and sneaky Lev as The Chick.
  • In The Salamanders, the main trio is made up of three best friends, Ryan, Lisa, and Micah (with an at times rocky relationship).

    Live-Action TV 
  • Our Miss Brooks: Walter Denton, his girlfriend Harriet Conklin, and his best friend Stretch Snodgrass.
  • Done in a few Kamen Rider series:
  • Disney Channel is fond of this trope, and at least one show will have it.
    • Andi Mack: Andi, Buffy and Cyrus.
    • Lizzie McGuire: Lizzie, Gordo and Miranda.
    • 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.
    • Naturally, Sadie: Sadie, Margaret and Rain.
    • 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; although Leo throws it off balance. Plus they’re all siblings.
    • Mighty Med: Kaz, Oliver, and Skylar.
  • Super Sentai has done this several times.
  • An increasingly popular Power Rangers format:
  • Nickelodeon is no slouch at this trope either with its own set of trios:
  • 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. Girl Meets World has a group of four instead, with Riley, Maya, Lucas, and Farkle.
  • 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.
  • Daredevil (2015): Matt, Foggy, and Karen.
  • 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.
  • Everwood: Bright, Colin and Amy in season one, mostly shown in flashbacks and the finale
  • 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 (2008) 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.
  • Mr. Robot: Elliot, Angela and his sister Darlene.
  • Ms. Marvel: Kamala, Nakia, and Bruno.
  • 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 Jørgensen 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
  • 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.
  • Deadwood: Wild Bill Hickok, Charlie Utter, and Calamity Jane
  • El Chavo del ocho: Chavo, Quico and Chilindrina.
  • The Muppet Show, although it has a large cast, Kermit, Fozzie and Gonzo have an especial friendship among themselves.
  • Much of the action in Hank Zipzer centres around Loser Protagonist Hank and his two best friends: the cool in a “doesn’t try too hard” kind of way Frankie, and the Asian and Nerdy girl Ashley.
  • Schitt's Creek has the trio of David, Patrick and Stevie. Stevie and David are best friends and Amicable Exes. She takes an immediately liking to Patrick and encourages David and Patrick's romance, and the three are often seen hanging out together.

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  • Evan, Patrice,and Archie in 13.
  • Blood Brothers: Mickey, Eddie, and Linda in the first act.
  • Fans of Les Misérables will treat Marius, Eponine, and Cosette as this (especially fan-fiction writers), but in the show itself, they only appear together in three scenes ("The Robbery", "A Heart Full of Love", and the tail end of "Attack on Rue Plumet" which leads into "One Day More", as well as the appearance of Eponine's ghost in the finale, although Marius and Cosette cannot see her) and a single interaction occurs between the three of them, when Marius briefly introduces Cosette to Eponine before he and Eponine flee Rue Plumet. A better, all-male example could be Marius, Enjolras, and Grantaire, as they are the three primary students, but their relationship and friendship is never really fleshed out beyond what's shown in "ABC Cafe" and "Drink With Me".
  • Of course, Harry, Ron, and Hermione of A Very Potter Musical. See the above Harry Potter entry.

    Video Games 
  • 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 the Hedgehog:
  • Professor Layton: Layton, Luke and Flora. (In the fourth game, which is a prequel to the first three games, it's Layton, Luke, and Remi.)
  • Enchanted Arms: Makoto is the girl. Broken up rather quickly.
  • Ogre Battle 64: Magnus, Dio and Leia.
  • Persona:
    • 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 ¡Three Amigos! in the early days of SEES, but fractured prior to the events of the game.
    • Persona 4: Yu, Yosuke, and Chie have this dynamic at first, but it fades away as the team roster grows, especially given that Chie's best friend Yukiko joins in not long after. The lowerclassmen (Rise, Kanji and Naoto) also form groups like this, hanging out together during school-related events and having their own character dynamics.
    • Persona 5: Joker, Ryuji and Ann start as a three-man team that constantly hang out together, before recruiting the rest of the party. This relation continues afterward due to the three being the only 2nd year students from Shujin High School on your team.
      • During the third term semester in Royal, Joker, Akechi and Kasumi become this during the initial investigation of Maruki's Palace before the rest of the party came.
  • Devil Survivor: Main character, Atsuro, and Yuzu.
  • Fire Emblem is fond of this one:
  • 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.
  • Tetsuya Nomura is quite fond of this trope, as any Kingdom Hearts fan can tell you. So far, there's the Destiny Islands trio (consisting of Sora, Riku, and Kairi), the Clock Tower trio (consisting of Roxas, Axel/Lea, and Xion), the Wayfinder trio (consisting of Aqua, Ventus, and Terra), and the Twilight Town gang (consisting of Hayner, Pence, and Olette). Kingdom Hearts III reveals that, back in the day, Lea was part of another such trio with Saïx/Isa and Subject X.
  • 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 villainous version.
  • Pokémon games after Generation II: the 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 Chronicles: 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.
  • Minecraft: Story Mode: Jesse, Olivia, Axel.
  • Cuphead: The first bosses in that game are a trio of oversized veggies named the Root Pack which include Moe Tato the oversized potato, Weepy the female crying Onion and Psycarrot
  • Street Fighter: Sakura, Blanka, and Dan.
  • Halo: John, Kelly and Sam throughout their childhood training together. Unfortunately, Sam becomes the first Spartan casualty of the Human-Covenant War.
  • Soul Series: Kilik, Xianghua and Maxi.
  • Henry Stickmin Series: Henry, Charles, and Ellie.
  • Tsuki Adventure: Tsuki and his two best friends, Chi and Moca. Tsuki and Moca are male, and Chi is female.

    Visual Novels 

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Whateley Universe: Bladedancer and her teammate's Chain Lightning and Gateway, who is now her (respectively) boyfriend and girlfriend.

    Web Videos 
  • Channel Awesome: Spoony, Linkara and MarzGurl.
  • Android 17 explicitly describes the dynamic between himself and Androids 16 and 18 as such in Dragonball Z Abridged. After he's absorbed by Cell, however, 18 changes it to "Dos Compadres".
  • Out With Dad: The three main characters start out this way, best friends since childhood. The pilot episode begins introducing cracks in the foundation and it starts crumbling from there.

    Western Animation 

Alternative Title(s): One Hero Two Sidekicks