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15th Oct '17 2:45:56 PM ArgonianLorekeeper
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* Their relationship is never called love, though otherwise is handled with the subtlety of a gorilla wielding a sledgehammer, but in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', there's Reyn, Sharla, and Gadolt, wherein it initially appears that Reyn is a ReplacementGoldfish to Sharla, but then [[spoiler: it's revealed that humans harvested by the Mechon are made into Metal-face units. Gadolt was one, and so Sharla's fiance is back from the dead, complicating the nascent romance between Reyn and Sharla the story has been teasing to this point, but almost as quickly as he enters the plot, Gadolt pulls a HeroicSacrifice and is out of the picture again.]]

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* Their relationship is never called love, though otherwise is handled with the subtlety of a gorilla wielding a sledgehammer, but in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', there's Reyn, Sharla, and Gadolt, wherein it initially appears that Reyn is a ReplacementGoldfish to Sharla, but then [[spoiler: it's revealed that humans harvested by the Mechon are made into Metal-face units.Face Units. Gadolt was one, and so Sharla's fiance is back from the dead, complicating the nascent romance between Reyn and Sharla the story has been teasing to this point, but almost as quickly as he enters the plot, Gadolt pulls a HeroicSacrifice and is out of the picture again.]]
5th Oct '17 8:04:25 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* It happens midway in ''Literature/FromTheNewWorld'', the hypotenuse who dies [[spoiler: Shun]] is the member of the LoveTriangle, that the other two[[spoiler: Saki and Satoru]] are interested in.
** Saki's girlfriend, Maria, is forced to run off with Mamoru [[spoiler: leading to both their deaths]].

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* ''Literature/FromTheNewWorld'':
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It happens midway the ones involved in ''Literature/FromTheNewWorld'', the [[spoiler: Saki/Shun/Satoru]] LoveTriangle. It has the twist that the hypotenuse who dies [[spoiler: Shun]] is the member of the LoveTriangle, that the ''the other two[[spoiler: Saki and Satoru]] two are interested in.in'', aka [[spoiler: Shun]].
** Saki's girlfriend, Maria, is forced to run off with Mamoru her ''other'' potential LoveInterest Mamoru, [[spoiler: leading to both their deaths]].



* ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' [[SubvertedTrope subverts this]]. Near the end [[spoiler: Sheryl, close to death from her illness pleads Alto to save Ranka, so the two can be together after she dies (emphasized more in the novels, but still present in the series). Then [[LaserGuidedKarma Ranka heals Sheryl]], so the threesome persists, and remains unresolved in the show itself]].

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* ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' [[SubvertedTrope subverts this]]. Near the end [[spoiler: Sheryl, close to death from her illness pleads Alto to save Ranka, so the two can be together after she dies (emphasized more in the novels, but still present in the series). Then [[LaserGuidedKarma Ranka heals uses her powers to ''heal'' her CoolBigSis Sheryl]], so the threesome persists, and remains unresolved in the show itself]].



* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': The main love triangle between Shinji, Asuka and Rei ceases to exist when [[spoiler: Rei]] pulls a HeroicSacrifice to save Shinji, shortly after arriving at the realization that she "wants to be one with him". As a sort-of deconstruction, [[spoiler: Asuka]] ends up doubting the sincerity of Shinji's feelings, accusing him of comming to her because she's basically the only one left, since [[spoiler: everyone else (including [[CameBackWrong the clone replacing the Rei we used to know]]) either scares Shinji or has kicked the bucket]] at this point.
* Many ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' [=HitsugayaxMatsumoto=] fans see [[spoiler: Gin's death]] as this.
* More than one ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' case has a person killed for being one of the corners of a LoveTriangle or getting in between a potential couple. Much more common if there's an ArrangedMarriage (like [[spoiler: a DrJerk killing his ex-girlfriend so she won't stand in between him and the daughter of his boss whom he's marrying for the prestige]] or {{blackmail}} (like [[spoiler: a policeman shooting his ex girlfriend dead when she attempts to go the HoneyTrap way when he's actually about to move on and marry another girl]]) involved.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': The main love triangle between Shinji, Asuka and Rei ceases to exist when [[spoiler: Rei]] pulls a HeroicSacrifice to save Shinji, shortly after arriving at the realization that she "wants to be one with him". As a sort-of deconstruction, [[spoiler: Asuka]] ends up doubting the sincerity of Shinji's feelings, accusing him of comming to her because she's basically the only one left, since [[spoiler: everyone else (including [[CameBackWrong the clone replacing the Rei we everyone used to know]]) either scares Shinji or has kicked the bucket]] at this point.
* Many ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' [=HitsugayaxMatsumoto=] fans see [[spoiler: Gin's death]] as this.
this. [[spoiler: Even when Hitsugaya and Matsumoto ''don't'' end together either.]]
* More than one ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' case has a person killed for being one of the corners of a LoveTriangle or getting in between a potential couple. Much more common if there's an ArrangedMarriage (like [[spoiler: a DrJerk killing his ex-girlfriend so she won't stand in between him and the daughter of his boss whom he's marrying for the prestige]] or {{blackmail}} (like [[spoiler: a policeman shooting his ex girlfriend dead when she attempts to go the HoneyTrap way when right as he's actually about to move on and marry with another girl]]) woman]]) involved.
1st Oct '17 8:51:48 AM nombretomado
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* In the final book of the SequelSeries of ''{{The 39 Clues}}'', [[spoiler: Evan, Amy's boyfriend, is killed off for the sole purpose of letting Amy and Jake be together--although she was already cheating on Evan with Jake, anyway. (The entire book was out-of-character for Amy.)]] The fandom was enraged.

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* In the final book of the SequelSeries of ''{{The 39 Clues}}'', ''Literature/The39Clues'', [[spoiler: Evan, Amy's boyfriend, is killed off for the sole purpose of letting Amy and Jake be together--although she was already cheating on Evan with Jake, anyway. (The entire book was out-of-character for Amy.)]] The fandom was enraged.
30th Sep '17 5:04:26 AM TheNerevarine
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* Throughout the ''[[Franchise/PrinceOfPersia Prince of Persia: Sands of Time]]'' trilogy, the titular hero has two love interests: the Indian princess Farah from the first game and the Empress of Time Kaileena from the second one. He leaves the former after saving her life, and hooks up with the latter in ''Warrior Within'''s canonical ending. However, in ''Two Thrones'', Kaileena is murdered by the BigBad early into the game and the Prince is reunited with Farah, making a case of FirstGirlWins.
28th Sep '17 4:27:28 AM Owlorange1995
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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'' has a LoveTriangle between Barry, Eddie, and Iris. Eddie planned to propose to Iris, but he [[spoiler:commits suicide to RetGone his future descendant, the [[BigBad Reverse-Flash]].]] Given that Barry and Iris have always been each other's OneTrueLove, however, it's unclear whether the latter's marriage to Eddie would have lasted anyway.
24th Sep '17 11:22:32 AM nombretomado
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* Mandorallen, The Baroness of Vo Ebor and The Baron of Vo Ebor in David Eddings' ''{{Belgariad}}''. In the fifth book, the Baron is seriously wounded. In one of the first books of the second pentology, the ''Malloreon'', the Baron dies as a result of his injuries, but Mandorallen and the Baroness don't get together until a new hypotenuse shows up - a crony of the Baron's heir. Finally sick of the moping, and the incipient civil war looming between Mandorallen's family and the Baron's, Belgarion storms in and orders Mandorallen and the Baroness to marry and get it over with, paying off the Baron's heir just to make sure everything ''stays'' settled.

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* Mandorallen, The Baroness of Vo Ebor and The Baron of Vo Ebor in David Eddings' ''{{Belgariad}}''.''Literature/{{Belgariad}}''. In the fifth book, the Baron is seriously wounded. In one of the first books of the second pentology, the ''Malloreon'', the Baron dies as a result of his injuries, but Mandorallen and the Baroness don't get together until a new hypotenuse shows up - a crony of the Baron's heir. Finally sick of the moping, and the incipient civil war looming between Mandorallen's family and the Baron's, Belgarion storms in and orders Mandorallen and the Baroness to marry and get it over with, paying off the Baron's heir just to make sure everything ''stays'' settled.
21st Sep '17 9:43:26 AM Neige
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* ''Series/JaneTheVirgin'' technically ended the Michael/Jane/Rafael triangle halfway through season 2 by having Jane choose and marry Michael, but with Rafael still in the picture, lurking in the background and dropping subtle hints here and there, it was only a matter of time before the triangle resurfaced again. Eventually it was resolved for good with Michael's death, clearing the path for a possible Jane/Rafael reconciliation.

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* ''Series/JaneTheVirgin'' technically ended the Michael/Jane/Rafael triangle halfway through season 2 by having Jane choose and marry Michael, but with Rafael still in the picture, lurking in the background and dropping subtle hints here and there, viewers speculated that it was only a matter of time before the triangle resurfaced again. Eventually it was resolved for good with Michael's death, clearing the path for a possible Jane/Rafael reconciliation. reunion.
21st Sep '17 9:42:37 AM Neige
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* ''Series/JaneTheVirgin'' technically ended the Michael/Jane/Rafael triangle halfway through season 2 by having Jane choose and marry Michael, but with Rafael still in the picture, lurking in the background and dropping subtle hints here and there, it was only a matter of time before the triangle resurfaced again. Eventually it was resolved for good with Michael's death, clearing the path for a possible Jane/Rafael reconciliation.
17th Sep '17 10:59:34 PM PaulA
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Note that not everybody uses "hypotenuse" in the way it appears here, as a triangle only has one hypotenuse, but two other sides (unless it is equilateral), so it would be logical to call Alice the hypotenuse in the above example. See for instance Music/TomLehrer's ''Lobachevsky'', which mentions Metro-Goldwyn-Moskva's production of ''The Eternal Triangle'', "starring Ingrid Bergman as the hypotenuse."

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Note that not everybody uses "hypotenuse" in the way it appears here, as a triangle only has one hypotenuse, but two other sides (unless it is equilateral), so it would be logical to call Alice the hypotenuse in the above example. See for instance Music/TomLehrer's ''Lobachevsky'', "[[Music/SongsByTomLehrer Lobachevsky]]", which mentions Metro-Goldwyn-Moskva's production of ''The Eternal Triangle'', "starring Ingrid Bergman as the hypotenuse."
5th Jun '17 1:04:57 PM nighttrainfm
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* {{Deconstructed}} in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books. In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', Harry is in a love triangle with Cedric Diggory and Cho Chang. At the end of the book, Cedric dies, leaving Cho free. In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix the next book]], Harry and Cho do hook up, but it's portrayed almost as a SexForSolace (but without actual sex) kind of relationship brought on by their mutual grieving. Ultimately, Harry's attempts to repress his SurvivorsGuilt despite Cho's need to talk about Cedric leads them to break up (along with Cho's [[ImaginaryLoveTriangle confusion]] about [[LikeBrotherAndSister the nature of Harry and Hermione's relationship]]). Ultimately they wind up married to different people.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
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{{Deconstructed}} in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books.books four and five. In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', Harry is in a love triangle with Cedric Diggory and Cho Chang. At the end of the book, Cedric dies, leaving Cho free. In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix the next book]], Harry and Cho do hook up, but it's portrayed almost as a SexForSolace (but without actual sex) kind of relationship brought on by their mutual grieving. Ultimately, Harry's attempts to repress his SurvivorsGuilt despite Cho's need to talk about Cedric leads them to break up (along with Cho's [[ImaginaryLoveTriangle confusion]] about [[LikeBrotherAndSister the nature of Harry and Hermione's relationship]]). Ultimately they wind up married to different people.
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