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  • The Thug Dolls from the The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh episode, "How Much is That Rabbit in the Window?".
  • Joey, Marky, and Dee-Dee in Oggy and the Cockroaches. They eventually get Lady K as The Man Behind the Man, well Woman Behind, but she still counts, in later seasons.
  • Darrell, Shannon, and Raymond from OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes.
  • Popy, Buck and Harchi from Oscar's Oasis.
  • The Meanos from Paw Paw Bears.
  • The Hooded Claw and the Bully Brothers on The Perils of Penelope Pitstop.
  • The Powerpuff Girls
  • The Gross Sisters from The Proud Family.
  • Cyril Sneer, the Big Bad of The Raccoons, has the Pigs, three porcine henchmen. Although they look identical as they are triplets.
  • In the Rainbow Magic movie, Leonardo, Newton, and Edison are this.
  • The Capicola Gang from Regular Show and a possible Expy to the Greaser Dogs.
  • Lars and his two friends Pi and Sputz from Rocket least until the second season, where another member named Animal was included.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle has Fearless Leader, Boris and Natasha (the higher-up was Mr. Big).
  • Catra, Scorpia, and Entrapta in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. Scorpia even decides to give them a Squad Nickname when Entrapta joins ("Super Pal Trio"). Only the latter two are Affably Evil though, while the former holds a more ambitious role as The Dragon.
  • Professor Pamplemoose, Vana Glama and Alan Amazing in Sidekick.
  • The Simpsons has the bully trio of Jimbo, Kearney, and Dolph. Sometimes Neslon joins them or substitutes for a member.
    • In his earliest appearances, Nelson also was part of a trio with two younger, unnamed bullies.
  • (Stop) the Smoggies has the title characters: Emma, Clarence and Polluto.
  • Dr. Robotnik, Sleet, and Dingo in Sonic Underground.
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man:
    • Chameleon, Beck, and Mason start out as one, with the somewhat unusual detail that all three are the Evil Genius type of villain.
    • The Enforcerers: Fancy Dan, Montana and The Ox, with Tombstone as their superior. (They later get Powered Armor, becoming Richochet, Shocker and... Still Ox.)
  • Voyd, Blokk and Lamprey in Shadow Raiders, the leaders of the Beast Planet. Voyd outranks the other two and has the "final word" (metaphorically as he's also The Voiceless).
  • In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode, "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV", Barnacle Boy (ahem... Barnacle Man) forms one with Man Ray and The Dirty Bubble when he temporarily becomes a villain.
  • Stripperella. El Cheapo and his two hoods, who due to the stinginess of their boss have to share the same gun.
  • Bowser, Mouser, Tryclyde, and an unnamed Koopa Troopa in The The Super Mario Bros. Super Show.
  • Texas Pete's gang in Superted is perhaps the ultimate example of physically contrasting henchman: Bulk is a big fat guy, and Skeleton is... well, have a guess.
  • TaleSpin:
    • Gibber, Mad Dog, and Dump Truck, with Don Karnage as the higher up. Occasionally, Don Karnage joins Mad Dog and Dump Truck and leads them from the front.
    • Trader Moe and his nameless Gorilla and Rhino henchmen are a more straight example.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has Shredder, Bebop, and Rocksteady, with Krang as the higher-up.
  • From Teen Titans, the HIVE kids. Jinx is the leader, with Gizmo and Mammoth working with her. They're pretty dangerous on their own if they put their minds to it, but generally need a higher-up to scare them into that level of competence — Slade in their first appearance and Brother Blood later. Ultimately they strike out on their own (and add a few more to their team), but without someone to direct them, they're basically just super-powered delinquents. And then Jinx finally gets fed up with that and does a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine:
    • Diesel sometimes forms one with 'Arry and Bert in later episodes of the show.
    • The Lorry brothers from the episode, "Horrid Lorry" are another example.
    • Diesel 10, Splatter, and Dodge are this as well in the Thomas and the Magic Railroad movie, although the latter two have a Heel–Face Turn towards the end.
    • James, Gordon, and Henry were a lighter example of this in the earlier seasons, being more just arrogant peers than actual villains.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • Silas Wonder and his two nameless henchmen in "Sawdust and Toonsil".
    • Montana Max, Dizzy Devil, and Calamity Coyote form one in "Hero Hamton" during the boxing match.
    • Arthur Jabba, George, and Leonard in "Take Elmyra Please".
    • Boss Tick, Flick, and Flit in "Flea For Your Life".
    • Nasty, Slim, and Lardo, Concord Condor's older brothers in the "Concord the Kindly Condor" segment of the episode, "Toons From the Crypt".
  • Joy Peters' three sons from Tom Goes to the Mayor.
  • Starscream, Skywarp, and Thundercracker in The Transformers. Later on, Thrust, Ramjet, and Dirge.
  • Megatron has Lugnut and Blitzwing for this in Transformers Animated until he picked up the Constructicons later down the line.
  • Los Trotamúsicos: In this Spanish adaptation of The Bremen Town Musicians the robbers are comprised of a maffiosi boss named Chef and his two stupid henchmen Bestia and Tapón.
  • Verminious Snaptrap, The Chameleon, and Bird Brain, the three primary antagonists of T.U.F.F. Puppy have formed one in certain episodes of the show.
  • Captain Minus, Zero and Splash from Turtle Island.
  • The Scallions on VeggieTales.
  • The Venture Bros. has several examples:
    • The Monarch, Henchman 21, and Henchman 24, all of whom are bumbling and ineffective. Higher Up is The Sovereign, also known as David Bowie. Except for more recently, when the Monarch is showing increasing levels of competence and 21 and 24 have some lucky moments. Well, in the last minutes of the season three finale, 24's luck ultimately runs out....
    • Doctor Girlfriend, with Tim-Tom and Kevin, the Murderous Moppets. She's coolly competent; the boys tend to get a little over the top and beyond mission scope... Higher Up is also The Sovereign.
    • A heroic version is The Order of the Triad, led by Doctor Orpheus, with Jefferson Twilight and The Alchemist. Higher Up is The Master.
  • Icy, Darcy and Stormy from Winx Club become this after Season One.
  • Dr. Two-Brains and his two henchmen on WordGirl.
  • The Brotherhood in X-Men: Evolution is briefly reduced to three members: Avalanche, Toad, and Blob. They even do a Power Walk together in the finale.


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