Three is a magic number, especially when it applies to groups. Given the magic of the trio, I wanted to consider some of the most iconic groups of three to me. Below are some famous trios that are my favorites, spanning shows, movies, stories, and more! I think these 30 trios prove that three is a number of strengths and potency!
Best Trios Characters
The Three Musketeers
Porthos, Aramis, and Athos, from Alexander Dumas’s book The Three Musketeers, are the classic trio. They have been featured in many film adaptations, but I’m also a bit beholden to their candy bar as well!
Alvin & The Chipmunks
Although Alvin’s name is first, this trio takes its strength from numbers. Simon, Theodore, and Alvin maintain many hit songs and movies to this day!
Shrek, Donkey, and Puss In Boots
The trio that stunned theaters with the release of Shrek 2 that still inspires! Puss In Boots just had another film release, showing this trio’s footing in films is not leaving any time soon.
Bella, Jacob, and Edward
A pivotal three of the mid 2000s, these Twilight characters caused many riffs, inspiring #TeamJacob and #TeamEdward rivalries even among the closest friends. I guess this shows that trios as love triangles can be divisive in their power!
The Powerpuff Girls
Bubbles, Blossom, and Buttercup, the daughters of Professor Utonium, are a trio of sugar, spice, and everything nice. Always together and demonstrating collective power in numbers, these three have been doing their best to protect Townsville from evil Mojo Jojo since the 1990s.
For Greek mythology buffs, this is a no-brainer. The Fates, or Moirai, consisting of Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos, decided the future and ends of many Greek heroes. Their Roman counterpart is the Parcae.
Percy, Annabeth, and Grover
From Rick Riordan’s famous Percy Jackson series, these three go on plenty of adventures involving gods, calamity, and heroism. This trio is one to trust with your celestial endeavors!
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May
These three make up the current hosts of The Grand Tour, though they got their start at Top Gear on the BBC. If you love cars, this is definitely the trio for you!
Harry, Hermione, and Ron
This trio of wizards have had a hold on the world for multiple decades, first with their books, then films, amusement rides, and worlds extending beyond their realm of Hogwarts. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson star as these titular characters in the films!
Huey, Dewey, and Louie
These three ducks are famously Donald Duck’s nephews as well as constant troublemakers. They currently helm the show Duck Tales, making lots of mischief!
Sakura, Sasuke, and Naruto
These Naruto favorites have a long history, their anime spanning over 500 episodes in just one series alone. Much beloved for their tumultuous connection, Sakura, Sasuke, and Naruto are the definition of a famous trio!
Leif, Barda, and Jasmine
These popular three makeup the main characters of Deltora Quest by author Emily Rodda. Despite encountering many additional friends and foes in their adventures, these three are often in the habit of sticking together.
The Jonas Brothers
These brothers have five studio albums and were the heartthrobs of many in their teens. After a significant hiatus as a band, Joe, Nick, and Kevin are back in action as the show-stopping trio the world loves!
Alex, Justin, and Max Russo
These wizards spent four seasons at the top of Disney Channel’s show list, including crossover movie events for other shows. Though they had their moments, these three siblings definitely qualify as a tremendous trio.
Kim Possible, Ron Stoppable, and Rufus
Two humans and a molerat, these three made up the childhood of many in the early 2000s. Kim, Ron, and Rufus are constantly fighting against evil Dr. Drakken and Shego to ensure the world’s safety!
Billie Joe Armstrong sings the main vocal alongside bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool. Though some members have changed over time, these three have been named a band power trio for their strength as a band.
King, Queen, and Jack
The standard three face cards in a deck of 52 with four suits! Depending on the hand, they’re can be a mighty addition to the hand.
Snap, Crackle, and Pop
These three characters are the mascots of Rice Krispies cereal. Their names originate from a promotional from the 1930s, and are all onomatopoeias!
Luke, Leia, and Han Solo
This classic trio takes us on a journey throughout the Star Wars universe from the original trilogy. The world that they first created has since expanded into multiple movies, park rides, and animated series that people still enjoy today!
Red, Yellow, Blue
These three colors make up the primary color palette used by artists of all ages. They’re the foundation for the secondary colors (Orange, Green, and Purple) and can make all the difference in types of shading.
These three women make up the elite team of agents run by an over-the-phone boss Charlie. Though the 2000’s movie version might be more known by younger people today, the original angels were Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith, and Farrah Fawcett-Majors.
Right, Obtuse, and Acute Angles
These three are the possible angles contained inside a triangle. Though these are named for their angles, there’s also Scalene, Isosceles, and Equilateral, which make a trio based on the sides!
Brothers Barry, Maurice, and Robin make up this famous trio that built the soundtrack to many people during the 1960s and 70s. They keep “Staying Alive” with their hit songs and strength as a trio!
Ed, Edd, and Eddy
A staple on Cartoon Network in the early 2000s, this trio of friends wreaked havoc in their neighborhood with their friends. A classic combo, because who doesn’t love a matching name group of pals?
Mötorhead, whose members are Larry Wallis, Lemmy Kilmister, and Lucas Fox, are sometimes considered the ‘godfathers’ of heavy metal music. Their strength as a trio lasted 40 years and made 23 studio albums!
Rock, Paper, and Scissors
While some might say it’s for kids, the hand game Rock, Paper, Scissors is a great way to decide who wins the front seat in a car. The game is always portable and pocket sized!
The Three Little Pigs
Despite having houses made of different substances, they still rely on each other to avoid their common enemy: the Big Bad Wolf. These three pigs are celebrities in nursery rhymes and tales told to young children.
Ear, Nose, and Throat
These three share a similar area of the human body, but also a specific specialist. You can get your head and neck checked by an otorhinolaryngologist, which is a formal title for the Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor.
Spongebob Squarepants, Patrick Star, and Sandy Cheeks
These three cartoon characters are stars alone, but together they make a magnificent trio. Their adventures in Bikini Bottom have spanned almost 300 episodes across two decades!
Timon, Pumbaa, and Simba
This Disney classic team might be most famous for their song Hakuna Matata, but their longevity as friends plays on in The Lion King and its multiple installments. Who doesn’t love a group of pals who sing about maintaining no worries!
And there you have it! 30 groups that show how powerful the number three can be. Can you think of your own trios to add?