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Left alone, I am very agreeable

Three of us is bad news

With two of my next door neighbors I become a hero

I also can take off with same two neighbors

Some other neighbors really like me. I can make them bigger and powerful

Who am I? And who are these neighbors?

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Left alone, I am very agreeable

k - agreeable as a clipping of OK as 'kay.

Three of us is bad news

KKK - the racist group.

With two of my next door neighbors I become a hero

MLK - Martin Luther King, who advanced civil rights.

I also can take off with same two neighbors

KLM - Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (Royal Aviation Company), the Dutch airline.

Some other neighbors really like me. I can make them bigger and powerful

k turns unit letters a thousand times larger as the prefix kilo, such as J(oule) to kJ.

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  • $\begingroup$ Yes I was thinking Kg and Kw $\endgroup$ – DEEM Dec 23 '19 at 13:01
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    $\begingroup$ The same two next door neighbors also work, as does the one Tom mentioned :) $\endgroup$ – Rubio Dec 23 '19 at 13:48
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Am I

Oxygen?

By myself I have many meanings

Oxygen can mean either the atom, ion, or molecule

Left alone, I am very agreeable

Oxygen ions and molecules are rarely bad

Three of us is bad news

O3, Ozone, is quite toxic and a harmful byproduct of chemical plants

With two of my next door neighbors I become a hero

H20 and either Nx0 or SxO, water and useful chemicals

I also can take off with same two neighbors

any of these come in gaseous forms in normal earthen temperatures

Some other neighbors really like me. I can make them bigger and powerful

Many other elements can oxidize, metals can make strong alloys in the right ratios

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Left alone, I am very agreeable

6 is a Perfect Number

Three of us is bad news

666 is the Number of the Beast

With two of my next door neighbors I become a hero

Hero 767 is “a very well-established Chinese brand of fountain pens” according to inksandpens.com.

I also can take off with same two neighbors

The Boeing 767 is a plane

Some other neighbors really like me. I can make them bigger and powerful

I guessed this is a reference to the 777 and 787 planes, but on reflection, perhaps this is about Friendly Numbers? 6 is the smallest of those, after all, and 42 (6 × 7), 56, 66, and 96 are also "friendly”. In addition, 36 (6²) is a Powerful Number.

Who am I? And who are these neighbors?

The digit 6, and its near neighbours (especially 7).

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