The Big Three

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See also: The Big 3 Manga, The Big Four
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The Big Three is shorthand for what some fans consider the three main characters in a movie, television show, book, or other source.

It originated in the Star Trek: The Original Series fandom where it referred to the characters Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. It was almost always used in a gen, friendship way, not in a slash context.

Less common was its use in Star Wars to refer to Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, and Han Solo.

a art example by Ruth Kurz for the story Intruder in Naked Times #3

It may be a term that has fallen out of use.

Examples of Use

From an issue of The Halkan Council: "Star Trek is science fiction, not interstellar soap opera, and the Big Three are merely characters in a far larger setting of time and space...."

From a story summary in Orion Archives: 2266-2270 The First Mission: "Kirk and Spock must solve the mystery behind a forcefield which has immobilized the Enterprise. A fine look at the Big Three."

From a letter in Treklink #8 in 1986: "... a hard fact that I've just learned: stories that do not include the Big Three don't sell. I've just written a T'Pring story that is looking for a good home because there just isn't a market for the background characters."

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