History Main / ThirdOptionLoveInterest

18th Feb '17 7:26:42 PM DoctorCooper
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Bob is in a LoveTriangle with two girls, Alice and Carol, who often have a BettyAndVeronica dynamic. He likes both of them, and both of them like him, [[StatusQuoIsGod and he can never, ever choose between them]]. While this dynamic has plenty of dramatic potential, on occasion the writers will want to shake it up a bit. To avoid showing favoritism to either of Bob's existing love interests, they may have him fall for a third girl: the ThirdOptionLoveInterest, Donna, whose job is to shake up the status quo of the relationship and breathe new life into it by tempting the vertex of a love triangle to TakeAThirdOption. From the perspective of fan reaction, this can be very risky. Alice and Carol are likely to both have [[{{Shipping}} established fanbases]], and as such pairing Bob with some new girl who lacks this built-in support runs the risk of alienating ''everybody''.

The ThirdOptionLoveInterest can be of either gender depending on the initial triangle. They can sometimes even overlap with the GayOption.

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Bob is in a LoveTriangle with two girls, Alice and Carol, who often have a BettyAndVeronica dynamic. He likes both of them, and both of them like him, [[StatusQuoIsGod and he can never, ever choose between them]]. While this dynamic has plenty of dramatic potential, on occasion the writers will want to shake it up a bit. To avoid showing favoritism to either of Bob's existing love interests, they may have him fall for a third girl: the ThirdOptionLoveInterest, Third-Option Love Interest, Donna, whose job is to shake up the status quo of the relationship and breathe new life into it by tempting the vertex of a love triangle to TakeAThirdOption. From the perspective of fan reaction, this can be very risky. Alice and Carol are likely to both have [[{{Shipping}} established fanbases]], and as such pairing Bob with some new girl who lacks this built-in support runs the risk of alienating ''everybody''.

The ThirdOptionLoveInterest Third-Option Love Interest can be of either gender depending on the initial triangle. They can sometimes even overlap with the GayOption.



** However, the two biggest contenders for ThirdOptionLoveInterest by far are Hinagiku and Athena. Athena was mentioned by Hayate as his "ex-girlfriend" (they were 6 at the time) in an early chapter, and it's clear there are still some feelings on both sides by the time they reunite. Hinagiku was initially more of a supporting character that turned up periodically, but she was a huge target for Nagi's jealousy and insecurity due to how easily Hinagiku and Hayate got along (and how easily he started flirting with her and doing things to impress her...). Due to Hinagiku's [[BreakoutCharacter all-eclipsing popularity]] and both her and Athena being [[FanPreferredCouple the two most popular ships for Hayate]] (although leaning pretty heavily in Hina's favor), the "third options" have actually become pretty much the main LoveTriangle by the later parts of the manga. Humorously, Athena and Hinagiku both pre-date Nagi as Athena was set up to be the main heroine originally and Hinagiku was the main heroine, along with her sister, of Hata's even earlier pilot that was turned into backstory for the manga.

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** However, the two biggest contenders for ThirdOptionLoveInterest Third-Option Love Interest by far are Hinagiku and Athena. Athena was mentioned by Hayate as his "ex-girlfriend" (they were 6 at the time) in an early chapter, and it's clear there are still some feelings on both sides by the time they reunite. Hinagiku was initially more of a supporting character that turned up periodically, but she was a huge target for Nagi's jealousy and insecurity due to how easily Hinagiku and Hayate got along (and how easily he started flirting with her and doing things to impress her...). Due to Hinagiku's [[BreakoutCharacter all-eclipsing popularity]] and both her and Athena being [[FanPreferredCouple the two most popular ships for Hayate]] (although leaning pretty heavily in Hina's favor), the "third options" have actually become pretty much the main LoveTriangle by the later parts of the manga. Humorously, Athena and Hinagiku both pre-date Nagi as Athena was set up to be the main heroine originally and Hinagiku was the main heroine, along with her sister, of Hata's even earlier pilot that was turned into backstory for the manga.



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has Aerith and Tifa being the main BettyAndVeronica for Cloud, although the date scenario has Yuffie as a ThirdOptionLoveInterest, although you can go for the gay option with Barret.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has Aerith and Tifa being the main BettyAndVeronica for Cloud, although the date scenario has Yuffie as a ThirdOptionLoveInterest, Third-Option Love Interest, although you can go for the gay option with Barret.
18th Feb '17 7:25:26 PM DoctorCooper
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In FanFic, the ThirdOptionLoveInterest is a frequent target of DieForOurShip, since both Alice/Bob and Carol/Bob shippers will descend on her with the fury of Hell. Also, expect accusations of the character being a Canon RelationshipSue (which may or may not be true). May also be ThirdOptionAdaptation.

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In FanFic, the ThirdOptionLoveInterest Third-Option Love Interest is a frequent target of DieForOurShip, since both Alice/Bob and Carol/Bob shippers will descend on her with the fury of Hell. Also, expect accusations of the character being a Canon RelationshipSue (which may or may not be true). May also be ThirdOptionAdaptation.
11th Feb '17 5:31:05 PM jormis29
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has [[GenkiGirl Senna]] from Memories of Nobody. By the end though, Ichigo/Rukia shippers and Ichigo/Orihime shippers can [[DoomedByCanon rest easy]].

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has [[GenkiGirl Senna]] from ''[[Anime/BleachMemoriesOfNobody Memories of Nobody.Nobody]]''. By the end though, Ichigo/Rukia shippers and Ichigo/Orihime shippers can [[DoomedByCanon rest easy]].
2nd Feb '17 8:26:35 AM Morgenthaler
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** PlayedForLaughs in ''PhineasAndFerbStarWars''--during the DancePartyEnding, Leia is dancing with [[EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi Perry]] as Luke and Han both glower on the sidelines.

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** PlayedForLaughs in ''PhineasAndFerbStarWars''--during ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbStarWars''--during the DancePartyEnding, Leia is dancing with [[EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi Perry]] as Luke and Han both glower on the sidelines.



* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Island'' originally featured a LoveTriangle between [[PerkyGoth Gwen]], [[ChickMagnet Trent]] and Trent's friend [[ExtravertedNerd Cody]], who [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy stepped aside]] when it became clear Trent was the one she actually liked. By ''TotalDramaWorldTour'', Gwen and Trent have broken up, but Gwen passes up Cody [[FanPreferredCouple for Duncan]] instead. [[DoggedNiceGuy Cody just can't win]], even moreso when Sierra's involved.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Island'' originally featured a LoveTriangle between [[PerkyGoth Gwen]], [[ChickMagnet Trent]] and Trent's friend [[ExtravertedNerd Cody]], who [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy stepped aside]] when it became clear Trent was the one she actually liked. By ''TotalDramaWorldTour'', ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaWorldTour'', Gwen and Trent have broken up, but Gwen passes up Cody [[FanPreferredCouple for Duncan]] instead. [[DoggedNiceGuy Cody just can't win]], even moreso when Sierra's involved.
24th Jan '17 6:29:11 PM Eievie
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* ''Series/LostGirl'': Bo has been in a long running love triangle with Lauren and Dyson. And then she picks… Rainer, who no one's even met. '''All''' the other characters are annoyed by this. [[spoiler:He gets killed off before too long, and then it's back to the love triangle.]]

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* ''Series/LostGirl'': *''Series/LostGirl'': Bo has been in a long running love triangle with Lauren and Dyson. And then she picks… Rainer, who no one's even met. '''All''' She calls him "her destiny;" not a single person in the other characters are annoyed by this.main cast was pleased with that announcement. [[spoiler:He gets killed off before too long, and then it's back to the love triangle.]]
24th Jan '17 6:27:37 PM Eievie
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* ''Series/JaneTheVirgin'': Jane is in a love triangle with Michael and Rafael, who are each both Betty ''and'' Veronica in some ways. Jane--briefly--sets them both aside to pursue HotTeacher Jonathan Chavez. She returns to the love triangle soon enough though, and makes a serious decision, picking one of them for real.

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* ''Series/JaneTheVirgin'': Jane is in a love triangle with Michael and Rafael, who are each both Betty ''and'' Veronica in some ways. Jane--briefly--sets them both aside to pursue HotTeacher Jonathan Chavez. She returns to the love triangle soon enough though, though and makes a serious decision, picking one of them for real.real.
*''Series/LostGirl'': Bo has been in a long running love triangle with Lauren and Dyson. And then she picks… Rainer, who no one's even met. '''All''' the other characters are annoyed by this. [[spoiler:He gets killed off before too long, and then it's back to the love triangle.]]
17th Jan '17 12:10:19 PM FF32
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* In ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', Mordecai spends much of the series pining after Margaret, then later Cloudy J. In the DistantFinale, he is shown to have married and had children with an unnamed bat woman.
13th Jan '17 10:47:17 PM Chabal2
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* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'': Zii tries to set up Gary with Yuki or Sonya, but due to a combination of events out of his control, he ends up sleeping with Kiley (Yuki's therapist). [[LoveDodecahedron It doesn't last very long]], but at least Gary got over one of his psychological issues.
7th Nov '16 11:04:04 PM JoeMerl
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** PlayedForLaughs in ''PhineasAndFerbStarWars''--during the DancePartyEnding, Leia is dancing with [[EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi Perry]] as Luke and Han both glower on the sidelines.
4th Aug '16 11:14:50 PM IniuriaTalis
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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', after Elliot's breakup with Sarah, Susan and Diane both slowly develop feelings for him...only to get beaten to the punch by Ashley, a new girl he starts going out with right after he first meets her.
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