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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  1. CaptainZorbak
    March 18, 2013 at 11:54 am — Reply

    Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May

  2. Frank
    March 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm — Reply

    The Three Stooges with Moe, Larry and Curly.

  3. Dino
    March 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm — Reply

    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.

  4. joe
    March 18, 2013 at 12:51 pm — Reply

    Mickey, Donald and Goofy.

  5. dante_marx
    March 18, 2013 at 1:10 pm — Reply

    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!

  6. Rob
    March 18, 2013 at 1:49 pm — Reply

    Ranger, wizard, cleric.

  7. Arbor Day
    March 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm — Reply

    Buffy, Willow, and Xander

  8. Dave
    March 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm — Reply

    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

  9. March 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm — Reply

    Legolas, Gimli, and Aragorn.
    The Doctor, K-9, random companion.
    Ben, Gwen, and Kevin

    • March 18, 2013 at 5:12 pm — Reply

      I’m still fussy that they sent Gwen to college and Kevin tagged along. Sure, they come back every once in a while, but it just isn’t the same.

      • March 18, 2013 at 7:01 pm — Reply

        I agree–I would like to see the new character designs for Kevin and Gwen used more often–Derrick Wyatt really nailed them…

  10. SmarkingOut Adam
    March 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm — Reply

    Space Ghost, Zorak, and Brak come to mind.

  11. B.V.K.
    March 18, 2013 at 5:03 pm — Reply

    Cap, Thor and Iron Man.

  12. March 18, 2013 at 5:58 pm — Reply

    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.

  13. Frank
    March 18, 2013 at 8:40 pm — Reply

    Larry, Daryl and Daryl *chuckle*

  14. Christopher
    March 18, 2013 at 9:50 pm — Reply

    Fry, Lela, Bender

  15. bradashworth
    March 18, 2013 at 11:59 pm — Reply

    Clarkson, Hammond, May….
    Also Seinfeld, George, Kramer

  16. March 19, 2013 at 5:19 am — Reply

    Kirk, McCoy & Spock.
    End discussion except for honorable mentions.

  17. Hirimno
    March 21, 2013 at 1:42 am — Reply

    Boris, Natasha, and their fearless leader, Fearless Leader.

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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!

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