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  • 101 Dalmatians has Cruella, followed around by Horace and Jasper.
  • In Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, there's Dale, Mark, and Nick, the three bullies who pick on Ricky. Although Mark and Nick are killed much sooner than Dale.
  • Peter, Crusty, and Maggot in August Underground's Mordum.
  • In The Avengers, there's Loki, The Other, and Thanos. With Thanos as the leader, The Other as his servant, and Loki as a reluctant ally. The Other serves as communication between the other two, who are each considered antagonists of the film in their own way.
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  • In Babes in Toyland, there's Barnaby, Gonzorgo, and Rodrigo. Barnaby hired Gonzorgo and Rodrigo to help him kill Tom, but the two mercenaries do a Heel–Face Turn, before Barnaby is presumably killed in a swordfight with Tom.
  • Batman & Robin has Mr. Freeze (brains), Poison Ivy (beauty), and Bane (muscle).
  • The Three Storms from Big Trouble in Little China, Rain, Thunder, and Lightning. If anything, Thunder's definitely the leader.
  • Rich, Gene, and Joe from Cannibal Campout. They come off as an evil version of The Three Stooges.
  • Deep Blue Sea: The genetically enhanced sharks are three in total and are angry, brutal and murderous.
  • Chief Of Secret Police Citizen Camembert (Kenneth Williams), Citizen Bidet (Peter Butterworth) and Desiree (Joan Sims) in the Carry On film Don't Lose Your Head, at least until Desiree's High-Heel–Face Turn at the end.
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  • Dogma's Stygian Triplets; three damned souls who work for Azrael, killing people by beating them to death with hockey sticks.
  • In Ghost Rider, there's the demon trio who serve Blackheart: Gressil, Abigor, and Wallow.
  • Ghidorah in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) is a rare case of a single character who can form this trope due to having three heads, each with its own personality.
    • The middle head is clearly the leader, as it is the one calling the shots when it comes to coordinating attacks between the heads during battle. It also disciplines the left head more than once to stay on target.
    • The left head is the Butt-Monkey, suffering the most abuse, whether from Godzilla, human forces or from the other heads. It acts as a Psychopathic Manchild being dimwitted and curious and often does things out of focus.
    • The right head appears to the brains, as it is most observant, being the first to notice Godzilla's appearance in Antarctica, as the one stalking Madison and destroying the speakers in Fenway Park. It was also the one to find and utilize a nearby power station to give itself a power boost that allowed it to gain the upper head over Godzilla.
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  • Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle in Harry Potter (based off the books). Although in the final film, Crabbe is replaced by Zabini.
  • In It (1990), there's Henry Bowers, Patrick Hocksetter, and Belch, the secondary antagonists of the film, although by the present day, only the leader, Henry, remains to cause trouble for the Losers.
  • The villains of The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, with the skeleton as the boss and Dr Fleming and Animala as the mismatched henchpeople.
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  • Red, Jacques, and Spivey in The Mummy Returns.
  • In Napoléon, the leaders of the revolution are introduced as "the three gods" (Danton, Marat, and Robespierre), and they are all portrayed as bad guys.
  • In Raiders of the Lost Ark, the main antagonists are Rene Belloq, Major Toht, and Colonel Dietrich. They get a pretty elaborate and iconic death scene when the open the Ark, each having his head destroyed in a different way.
  • In Spaceballs, you've got President Skroob, Dark Helmet, and Colonel Sandurz, who are similar to the above mentioned Terrible Trio in the Empire.
  • The three witches from Stardust: Lamia, Mormo, and Empusa.
  • Star Wars:
    • In the Prequel Trilogy, there's the three most prominent figures in the Trade Federation, Nute Gunray (leader), Rune Haako, and Daultay Dofine. Subverted in that Nute and Rune go to Naboo while Dofine stays aboard the Control Ship and is killed two movies before Nute and Rune).
    • In the Original Trilogy, you've got the three most prominent figures in the Empire itself, Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader, and Governor Tarkin. Again, Tarkin is killed two movies before Palpatine and Darth Vader (and the latter's Heel–Face Turn), except it's Palpatine who is separated from the others in A New Hope).
    • In the Sequel Trilogy, there's General Hux (strategist), Kylo Ren (enforcer), and Captain Phasma (soldier).
  • Superman: The Movie has Lex (brains), Eve (beauty) and Otis (ummm...)
    • Superman II has General Zod (brains), Ursa (beauty), and Non (muscle).
  • In The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, there's Leatherface, Chop Top, and Drayton (and Grandpa, but he doesn't do much). Like the boys from Cannibal Campout, they give off a definite Three Stooges vibe.
  • The Three Stooges, in all their incarnations. Though most notably in "You Natzy spy" in which they played antagonists.
  • Universal made a Terrible Trio of Monsters, considered by some the first crossovers in cinematic history, in their movies House of Dracula, House of Frankenstein and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein with Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man. The monsters mostly act independently though and even in some movies they are enemies. Nevertheless the basic trio for the Monster Mash become this; a Vampire, a Werewolf and a Frankenstein's Monster-like creature in homage media after that. Whether as villains or as heroes, depends on the writer.
  • The inbred cannibal brothers One Eye, Saw Tooth, and Three Finger in Wrong Turn, Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings and Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines.
  • Magneto's minions in X-Men: Mystique, Toad, and Sabretooth.
  • Likewise, their counterparts from the other side of the Iron Curtain. The Soviet comedic trio Nikulin, Vitsin & Morgunov play the Terrible Trio everywhere they appear. Notable in that the leader, Morgunov, has brains, brawn and assertiveness; one other guy is a brash hot-headed idiot and the other is smart but cowardly.


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