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Triumvirates - moonspinner — LiveJournal

Still on Buffy, somewhat but not entirely.

The Triumvirate hero concept seems to be a trend in the sci-fi/fantasy genre, doesn't it? I've figured out 3: Luke/Leia/Han; Harry/Hermione/Ron; and Buffy/Willow/Xander.

And they have one thing in common in that, while there may or may not be relationship between the 2 sidekicks [Leia/Han; Hermione/Ron; Willow/Xander], there never is between the hero and any of the sidekicks.


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garnettrees From: garnettrees Date: October 31st, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interesting, indeed. I think some of it stems from the fact the two "side-kicks" are on equal footing, while the hero needs someone who will stand-up to him/her, be a partner and equal, and never compromise. It's interesting that the three heroes from the examples you chose don't really have romantic opposits that last (or haven't yet, anyway, in Harry's case).

You've made an excellent point. I'll have to think more on this. But then, three has always been an important number, particularly in older mystical traditions...
vanimy From: vanimy Date: January 2nd, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, just saw this. What's funny is that in the three stories you mentioned no matter what, it always comes down to the original trio. BtVS may have had other characters most of the time we were always coming back to the Scooby gang and more precisely the trio. Same with SW where the whole trio survives and they're even closer than before with Han and Leia together and Luke being Leia's brother. As for HP, the end of HBP seemed to show that the most important relationship is the trio.

But something occurred to me. What about the trio in the PT? Obi-Wan/Padmé/Anakin? There are no sidekicks here and certainly no romance between Padmé and Obi-Wan. :P
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