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15th Jun '17 10:13:46 AM JoeMerl
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* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion,'' Kaworu is arguably one for the tangled [[HotBlooded Asuka]]/[[SociallyAwkwardHero Shinji]]/[[EmotionlessGirl Rei]] dynamic, with the twist that [[IncompatibleOrientation he's a guy]] and Shinji is [[AmbiguouslyBi ostensibly heterosexual]]. The LighterAndSofter adaptation, ''Manga/ShinjiIkariRaisingProject,'' plays this whole thing much straighter: the relationship between Shinji and the girls is explicitly a LoveTriangle, and they're willing to team up against Kaworu. (There are a few other girls who temporarily hold this role for Shinji, but none are as threatening as him.)

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* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion,'' Kaworu is arguably one for the tangled [[HotBlooded Asuka]]/[[SociallyAwkwardHero Shinji]]/[[EmotionlessGirl Rei]] dynamic, with the twist that [[IncompatibleOrientation he's a guy]] and Shinji is [[AmbiguouslyBi ostensibly heterosexual]]. (''How'' ostensibly depends on the adaptation.) The LighterAndSofter adaptation, ''Manga/ShinjiIkariRaisingProject,'' plays this whole thing much straighter: the relationship between Shinji and the girls is explicitly a LoveTriangle, and they're willing to team up against Kaworu. (There are a few other girls who temporarily hold this role for Shinji, but none are as threatening as him.)
15th Jun '17 10:03:22 AM JoeMerl
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbStarWars''--during the DancePartyEnding, Leia is dancing with [[EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi Perry]] as Luke and Han both glower on the sidelines.
9th Jun '17 12:06:00 AM bfunc
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Sansa Stark is initially infatuated with both her betrothed Prince Joffrey Baratheon and pretty boy Loras Tyrell. It's later revealed that the former is a sadistic psychopath and abuses her terribly, and the latter is gay for Renly Baratheon, but in the meantime she's developed an odd chemistry with the much older and more violent Sandor Clegane.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Sansa Stark is initially infatuated with both her betrothed Prince Joffrey Baratheon and pretty boy Loras Tyrell. It's later revealed that the former is a sadistic psychopath and abuses her terribly, and the latter is gay for Renly Baratheon, but in the meantime she's developed an odd chemistry with the much older and more [[labelnote:obviously]]Joffrey, at least, isn't exactly NON-violent (see "sadistic psychopath"), but Sandor is more honest about it[[/labelnote]] violent Sandor Clegane.
20th May '17 9:25:37 PM Nyame
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* ''Series/{{Revenge}}'': Season One introduced Emily/Amanda's two major love interests: HoneyTrap victim Daniel Grayson and ChildhoodFriend Jack Porter, resulting in a LoveTriangle. Emily had strong feelings for Jack, but had to stay with Daniel for her plan and is implied to have some feeling for him as well. Season Two introduced the third option: Aiden Mathis, who met Emily at "revenge school" and is the only one of the three that knows all sides of her. While her feelings for Jack were strong, there is no doubt she was in love with Aiden. [[spoiler:Any chance Daniel had with Emily died by Season Three, and between Jack and Aiden, Aiden would've won (if only because Jack stepped aside), but he was KilledOffForReal in the Season Three finale. After that, it became obvious that Jack was going to be the winner, though Season Four did try to throw in some red herrings by introducing a ''fourth'' love interest in Ben Hunter, Jack's police partner, and redeeming Daniel. ''Both'' were promptly KilledOffForReal, and the series ended with Jack and Emily marrying and sailing off into the sunset]].
10th May '17 3:22:10 AM rafi
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* Satsuki Kitaouji in ''Manga/StrawberryOneHundredPercent''. She is introduced as the third love interest of Junpei Manaka, the main character, after Aya Tojo and Tsukasa Nishino. Howewer she is reduced to an HopelessSuitor in the second half of the story, when Junpei is clearly between Aya and Tsukasa only.

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* Satsuki Kitaouji in ''Manga/StrawberryOneHundredPercent''. She is introduced as the third love interest of Junpei Manaka, the main character, after Aya Tojo and Tsukasa Nishino. Howewer However she is reduced to an HopelessSuitor in the second half of the story, when Junpei is clearly between Aya and Tsukasa only.
10th May '17 3:19:49 AM rafi
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* Fumina Konoe in ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana''.

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* Satsuki Kitaouji in ''Manga/StrawberryOneHundredPercent''. She is introduced as the third love interest of Junpei Manaka, the main character, after Aya Tojo and Tsukasa Nishino. Howewer she is reduced to an HopelessSuitor in the second half of the story, when Junpei is clearly between Aya and Tsukasa only.
9th May '17 9:46:56 AM rafi
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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. We had a LoveTriangle in the form of Ferb's PrecociousCrush on Vanessa while she was dating Johnny. Then she breaks up with Johnny and, [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter true to trope]], begins dating Monty Monogram.
** PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbStarWars''--during the DancePartyEnding, Leia is dancing with [[EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi Perry]] as Luke and Han both glower on the sidelines.
9th May '17 9:42:03 AM rafi
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* ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'': Liz Allen is set up to be Peter's LoveInterest (or at least his crush) instead of Mary Jane Watson and/or Gwen Stacy.
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9th May '17 8:38:05 AM VoxAquila
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* ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'': Liz Allen is set up to be Peter's LoveInterest (or at least his crush) instead of Mary Jane Watson and/or Gwen Stacy.
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17th Apr '17 6:07:34 PM Pichu-kun
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* In ''Manga/AirGear'', the love interests Ringo (the Betty), and Simca (the Veronica), (and [[GayOption Akito]]) for Ikki were shaken up by the arrival of Kururu. [[spoiler: Ultimately averted: Ikki chooses his Betty -- Ringo]].
** There's also [[GayOption Kazu]]. When all three girls (Simca, Ringo & Kururu) find out a way how Kogarasumaru can still participate in the Glam Scale tournament they all hasten to tell Ikki about it thinking 'whoever manages to tell him first will secure their future at Ikki's side'. So, who's the one who gets to tell Ikki first? Kazu, of course! It's played for laughs but it does make one wonder...
*** He's a speed freak, so it only makes sense that he would beat the girls.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'': [[PsychopathicManchild Russia]]'s part of a canon PsychoticLoveTriangle, harboring MadLove for [[TheWoobie Lithuania]] and being chased by his [[BrotherSisterIncest sister]] [[{{Yandere}} Belarus]], but he also seems to display some interest in his southern neighbor China in a couple of strips (if "putting on a panda suit and stalking him" or "inviting him to live at his house in a very creepy way" can be considered ShipTease, which it probably can given [[PsychopathicManchild Russia's]] [[StalkerWithACrush nature]]). Many fans happily take this third option, especially given the two countries' extensive real-life history together, to the point where Russia/China is actually more popular than Russia/Lithuania and Belarus/Russia combined. Russia gets plenty of other love interests in fanworks, [[LauncherOfAThousandShips of course]], but China is the one who has the most canon support after Lithuania and Belarus (even if he probably isn't very happy about it in canon).

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* In ''Manga/AirGear'', the ''Manga/AirGear'':
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love interests Ringo (the Betty), and Simca (the Veronica), (and [[GayOption Akito]]) for Ikki were shaken up by the arrival of Kururu. [[spoiler: Ultimately averted: Ikki chooses his Betty -- Ringo]].
** There's also [[GayOption Kazu]]. When all three girls (Simca, Ringo & Kururu) find out a way how Kogarasumaru can still participate in the Glam Scale tournament they all hasten to tell Ikki about it thinking 'whoever manages to tell him first will secure their future at Ikki's side'. So, who's the one who gets to tell Ikki first? Kazu, of course! It's played for laughs but it does make one wonder...
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wonder... He's a speed freak, so it only makes sense that he would beat the girls.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'': ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
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[[PsychopathicManchild Russia]]'s part of a canon PsychoticLoveTriangle, harboring MadLove for [[TheWoobie Lithuania]] and being chased by his [[BrotherSisterIncest sister]] [[{{Yandere}} Belarus]], but he also seems to display some interest in his southern neighbor China in a couple of strips (if "putting on a panda suit and stalking him" or "inviting him to live at his house in a very creepy way" can be considered ShipTease, which it probably can given [[PsychopathicManchild Russia's]] [[StalkerWithACrush nature]]). Many fans happily take this third option, especially given the two countries' extensive real-life history together, to the point where Russia/China is actually more popular than Russia/Lithuania and Belarus/Russia combined. Russia gets plenty of other love interests in fanworks, [[LauncherOfAThousandShips of course]], but China is the one who has the most canon support after Lithuania and Belarus (even if he probably isn't very happy about it in canon).



* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has [[GenkiGirl Senna]] from ''[[Anime/BleachMemoriesOfNobody 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 ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
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[[GenkiGirl Senna]] from ''[[Anime/BleachMemoriesOfNobody Memories of Nobody]]''. By the end though, Ichigo/Rukia shippers and Ichigo/Orihime shippers can [[DoomedByCanon rest easy]].



* Sasuke Uchiha from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has two girls that have a crush on him pre-time skip, Ino and Sakura. Post-time skip he gets another admirer in [[StalkerWithACrush Karin]]. At best, [[DumpThemAll Sasuke never shows romantic interest in any of the girls.]] At worst, [[AxCrazy he stabs through them]] to further [[RevengeBeforeReason his revenge]]. [[spoiler:He ends up with Sakura in the end.]]

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* Sasuke Uchiha from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has two girls that have a crush on him pre-time skip, Ino and Sakura. Post-time skip he gets another admirer in [[StalkerWithACrush Karin]].Karin]], while Ino stops crushing on Sasuke and moves onto Sai [[spoiler:who she marries]]. At best, [[DumpThemAll Sasuke never shows romantic interest in any of the girls.]] At worst, [[AxCrazy he stabs through them]] to further [[RevengeBeforeReason his revenge]]. [[spoiler:He ends up with Sakura in the end.]]



* In ''Anime/ParallelTroubleAdventureDual'', Yayoi, Mitsuki Sanada, and D's chances with Katsuki are ''apparently'' ruined when he meets Mitsuki Rara. The girls themselves (apparently) come to an unspoken mutual agreement to all [[MarryThemAll share him by living together]], even in the newly created combined world.
** For his part though, Kazuki only really shows any reciprocated feelings for Mitsuki Rara.

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* In ''Anime/ParallelTroubleAdventureDual'', Yayoi, Mitsuki Sanada, and D's chances with Katsuki are ''apparently'' ruined when he meets Mitsuki Rara. The girls themselves (apparently) come to an unspoken mutual agreement to all [[MarryThemAll share him by living together]], even in the newly created combined world.
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world. For his part though, Kazuki only really shows any reciprocated feelings for Mitsuki Rara.



** Cheryl Blossom, the character in the page picture and the former Trope Namer. She was a bombshell redhead introduced in the '80s who saw the original BettyAndVeronica going after Archie and decided it would be fun to show them up. She makes her big return in the 90s in the Love Showdown storyline, where Betty and Veronica escalate their competition for Archie, which ends in Archie choosing Cheryl Blossom instead (although the Status Quo is restored in a follow-up special). Since then, however, she has apparently started going out with the nerd of the cast after getting to know him on the internet, in a ThrowTheDogABone moment.

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** Cheryl Blossom, the character in the page picture and the former Trope Namer. She was a bombshell redhead introduced in the '80s who saw the original BettyAndVeronica going after Archie and decided it would be fun to show them up. She makes her big return in the 90s in the Love Showdown storyline, where Betty and Veronica escalate their competition for Archie, which ends in Archie choosing Cheryl Blossom instead (although the Status Quo is restored in a follow-up special). ''Archie'''s tried to retcon Cheryl in the early 2000s due to her being too provocative, to the point where Ginger Lopez was created in order to replace her in reprints, but that was quickly forgotten and Cheryl is back to being a staple ''Archie'' character. Since then, however, she has apparently started going out with the nerd of the cast after getting to know him on the internet, in a ThrowTheDogABone moment.
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