Allow Us To Explain
To simply say that The Power of Three is a popular trope would be to vastly understate its importance in creative works. The Trio pops up all over film, television, literature, and assorted other mediums. The concept of three plays with and unseats our natural preference for the more stolid (or boring!) number two and creates something more unstable, and with inherently more possibilities. You won’t be surprised to see a lot of our picks have got some…issues to work out. Consider the typical love triangle. George Harrison, Patti Boyd, and Eric Clapton could tell you what’s so exciting and dangerous about this bound-for-unhappiness combination. Or the psychology of the phrases “third wheel” and “odd man out”, a set-up that implies someone’s awkwardness or unwanted intrusion – perfect for drama. Of course, there’s always the triple set that completes each other, as well, representing the id, ego, and superego, or the knight, the knave, and the squire – but we’ll get to that. In fact, let’s get to it now, with some of the best threesomes (er, but not like that) around.
Natasha Simons is a freelance writer who does not write fanfiction about any of these trios. She blogs here.