The Power Trio in pop culture is a force to be reckoned with, from the trinity of Ricky, Lucky and Ethel (Fred was a Sixth Ranger) to Kirk, Spock, McCoy and beyond.  The Widget’s recent fascination with Super Sentai has reminded me how many different variations on the theme there can be, from the Blonde/Brunette/Redhead combination to the Land/Sea/Sky to the Two Guys And A Girl combination (pizza place optional.)  When you look around the worlds of TV, comics and film, you see the interpersonal triangles everywhere, and I especially relish those shows (like ‘How I Met Your Mother’) where there are actually multiple triads with a central character in common.  Sadly, none of our podcasts fit the trope any longer, thanks to Young Zach being all, “I’m Zach and this is how I taaaalk!”  He does, however, make a great Michelangelo for our upcoming Ninja Turtles cosplay.  (Nobody is allowed to ask why Raph’s shell is so much bigger around than the others!)

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) can’t decide whether Mother, Maiden & Crone beats Rock, Paper & Scissors, asking: What’s the greatest three-character-combination in pop culture history?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. I can think of jillions of these combinations, but from recent memory: The Doctor, Amy Pond, and Rory Williams. Two companions helped shake up the formula from the previous few seasons of New Who.

  2. Huey, Dewey and Louie.

    They got to do all kinds of cool things.

    I would have gone with the chipmunks, but they were ruined by the new movies. Ruined, I say!

  3. The Greatest? This is hard. In the tradition of the MSP, how about I give you my Top Five (in no particular order):

    -Jack, Janet, and Chrissy
    -Han, Luke, and Leia
    -Snap, Krackle, and Pop
    -Rick, Ilsa, and Lazlo
    -Pizza, Wings, and Beer

  4. As a Robotech fan, I should say “The Robotech Masters” triumvirate from Robotech Generation 2 AKA Southern Cross.

    But my favorite trio right now is Leonard, Sheldon, and Penny from Big Bang Theory.

    Another favorite three-character-combo is Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles.

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