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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.
7th Apr '17 7:35:05 PM allboyband
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* ''Series/ThisIsUs'': After his ex-girlfriend and former co-star Olivia comes back, Kevin gets in the middle of a love triangle between her and Sloane, the writer of the play they were to perform in and Olivia's replacement as lead actress. Kevin still has feelings for Olivia, but he wants to do the "right thing" and continue dating Sloane. He has a LoveEpiphany later on in the episode, realizing he's still in love with his ex-wife Sophie.
24th Feb '17 1:44:23 PM GlitteringFlowers
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*** Out of Chrom's potential girlfriends, Olivia is set up as this since she's recruited in Chapter 11, aka ''right before Chrom must get married''. Even more, under certain circumstances she can potentially become the girl with the highest marriage priority, ''beating out even [[ImpliedLoveInterest Sumia and the Female Avatar]]''.
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.
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