Variations on this trope include uses of 5, 7, 12, and convenient multiples of 5 afterwards (i.e., 25 or 50, but not 35 or 70).Sub Tropes include Three Wishes, These Questions Three, Third Time's the Charm, Trilogy Creep, On Three, Counting to Three, The Three Certainties in Life, Two out of Three Ain't Bad, and Three-Stat System.
When the three elements increase in length, it's a Tricolon Crescens.This is why there are Power Trios and Terrible Trios.See also Basic Conflicts and other plot devices which often come in 3s or 7s, and Three Rules of Three, a wiki guideline.Not to be confused with 4, unless you're counting elements, bodily fluids, and other dimensions. Benson: I soaked them in bleach and then pounded them with a mallet!This makes the story easier to remember than non-repeating tales of the same length, both for professionals who collect as many stories as possible, and for people that pass a story on pretty much because they happened to remember it.
In art, there's a rule of where putting items in the intersections between thirds-lines draws more attention and is more visually appealing than plonking them right in the center, which is considered boring.In persuasive or educational speaking, it also is a foundational concept: "Tell 'em what you're going to tell 'em; Tell 'em; Tell 'em what you told 'em" The Rule of Three is also used widely in comedy.Many popular jokes are based on three Stock Characters (e.g. The first two react normally, the third does something ridiculous (but stereotypically in character).Freddie: "My mom thinks I'll choke on pills so she pounds them with a mallet and puts them in my fruit sauce. Freddie: My mom thinks I'll choke on fruit so she pounds it with a mallet— Spencer: Okay yeah, we get it. Overview: You have to wait three days from receiving a number to call the person. " and they'd be all, "Uh, you look pretty alive to me, dude..." and then Jesus would have to explain how he was resurrected, and how it was a miracle, and the dude'd be like "Uhh okay, whatever you say, bro..."Validity Score: [10/10] This theory draws from the fundamental age old question: WWJD (What would Jesus do?In design, particularly three-dimensional design such as shop displays, groups of three objects, or objects arranged to form a triangle, are considered most attractive to the eye.