Created By: Discar on May 2, 2011 Last Edited By: Discar on August 4, 2011
Nuked

Official Threesome

A canon threesome.

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Needs a Better Description, Rolling Updates, Needs More Examples

People like threesomes. Most of the times, authors ignore this. But sometimes they realize that the easiest way to keep everyone happy is to group the Love Triangle together. On the rare occasion the author does this, it usually makes sense, and fits everyone's personalities. Other times...not so much.

Differs from a type 2 Tenchi Solution in that there are only three participants, although an Official Threesome can evolve into (or devolve from) that trope.

See also Three-Way Sex. Compare Tenchi Solution and Polyamory.

Canon examples only. The fandom version goes under One True Threesome, and subtext goes under Three Yay.


Examples:

Anime & Manga

Film

Literature
  • Multiple in Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, somewhat justified in that a vampire can bind a human servant and an animal (wereanimal) servant and often has relationships with both and the two have to work together and are stuck with each other for all eternity. So, you know it's not like don't have ample opportunity for romance with each other. Some official menage a' trois are Anita-Nathaniel-Micah, Anita-Asher-Jean Claude, Belle Morte-Jean Claude-Asher, Jean Claude-Asher-Julianna and as of Bullet, Anita-Jean Claude-Richard.

Web Comics
  • Mistress Sixx, Laura, and Ginger in Collar 6.
  • ElfQuest has Dewshine, Scouter and Tyleet (Scouter and Dewshine are a long-established couple when Scouter Recognizes Tyleet). Also, Jink, Kullyn and Tamia (Kullyn and Tamia are an established couple, and then Jink seduces both of them separately).
Community Feedback Replies: 39
  • May 2, 2011
    FastEddie
    test reply
  • May 2, 2011
    FastEddie
    another test
  • May 2, 2011
    FastEddie
    third test
  • May 2, 2011
    elwoz
    "Usually" this makes sense? Perhaps it usually makes sense in the rare cases where the author goes for it, but that's not what it reads like.
  • May 2, 2011
    Discar
    An excellent point that I'm going to fix the moment YKTTW stops being glitchy.
  • May 2, 2011
    randomsurfer
    The film Threesome.
  • May 3, 2011
    Koveras
    Mistress Sixx, Laura, and Ginger in Collar 6.
  • May 3, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    We already have Three Way Sex.
  • May 3, 2011
    Ekuran
    Well, that's just sex. I think that's just a Sub Trope of a 3-way romantic relationship, which this trope is.
  • May 3, 2011
    bluepenguin
    I dunno, we have Polyamory already and I think that covers it.
  • May 3, 2011
    Discar
    Polyamory is a great deal more broad, and would be a supertrope. It covers both Tenchi Solution and Official Threesome. It's basically a lifestyle choice; someone who's polyamorous (I think I spelled that wrong) is always going to be polyamorous, even if he's only dating one person--like how someone who's straight is still straight even if he's a Celibate Hero.
  • May 3, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    • Multiple in Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, somewhat justified in that a vampire can bind a human servant and an animal (wereanimal) servant and often has relationships with both and the two have to work together and are stuck with each other for all eternity. So, you know it's not like don't have ample opportunity for romance with each other. Some official menage a' trois are Anita-Nathaniel-Micah, Anita-Asher-Jean Claude, Belle Morte-Jean Claude-Asher, Jean Claude-Asher-Julianna and as of Bullet, Anita-Jean Claude-Richard.
  • May 4, 2011
    TwinBird
    I'd say Polyamory covers it.
  • May 4, 2011
    Elihu
    Tenchi Solution and Polyamory definitely cover this and in a better way because it prevents The Same But More Specific.
  • May 4, 2011
    Discar
    The reason this one is getting written up was because of the TRS thread for One True Threesome. The idea is that OT 3 is far too narrow, which is why someone else is doing the Three Yay trope, and why this one was coming up. My first thought was that Tenchi Solution covers this. But Tenchi Solution is used for when the protagonist gets an entire harem, rather than just two.
  • May 5, 2011
    LeeM
    Elf Quest has Dewshine (F), Scouter (M) and Tyleet (F) (Scouter and Dewshine are a long-established couple when Scouter Recognizes Tyleet). Also, Jink (F), Kullyn (M) and Tamia (F) (Kullyn and Tamia are an established couple, and then Jink seduces both of them separately).

    [edit] Not to mention Pike (M), Skot (M) and Krim (F). (Skot and Krim were apparently together before inviting Pike to join them in their tribe's pre-battle orgy).
  • May 10, 2011
    Chabal2
    I can't remember the name, but there was an Agatha Christie novel in which it's revealed at the end that of the twin sisters, (one living with her sister and her husband), the guy never decided which one he was truly in love with. Or rather, he loved them both, neither more than the other.
  • May 11, 2011
    FastEddie
    Nobody will have any idea what that title means. Howsabout Canon Triangle, for the clarity and brevity?
  • May 11, 2011
    SilverFalcon
    Would "Intersecting Isosceles" work?
  • May 11, 2011
    FastEddie
    See what he did there, with making the obscure utterly opaque?

    Both math majors reading the wiki today fainted from the sheer humor of it all. :~)
  • May 11, 2011
    peccantis
    I'm pretty sure Elf Quest also refers to Cutter (M) and Skywise (M) having had a good few triangles-for-fun between themselves and some random elven maidens. Later on when Cutter and Leetah (F) are an established item, Cutter offers the recently widowed Clearbrook the chance to be conforted between their furs.
  • May 12, 2011
    jaytee
  • May 12, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    What was wrong with Canon Threesome? or how about Menage A Trois?
  • May 12, 2011
    Rolf
    ^ yeah seems clear enough yeah
  • May 13, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    ^^^ Some idiot changed the title. It used to be Canon Threesome.

    Discar seems to have abandoned this.
  • May 13, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    So it's a relationship between three people? If so, the title should not have "threesome", or people will confuse it for Three Way Sex.
  • May 13, 2011
    Discar
    ^^ Hey, I left it alone for two days. That's hardly abandoning it.

    And is the agreement to change it to Canon Threesome? I changed it back to Official Threesome, but I wasn't clear whether it was that title or Titillating Threesome (or whatever it was) that was declared obscure.
  • May 13, 2011
    Speedball
    Definitely the way for the protagonists of Fans. They're even all married to each other.
  • May 13, 2011
    Rolf
    I like canon one a little better. current'll work too.
  • May 15, 2011
    LeeM
    Oh, yeah, another Elf Quest example I forgot: when Cutter is separated from Leetah, Redlance (M) and Nightfall (F) invite him to den with them. Pretty sure It's implied that he's been with both of them before, singly or together.
  • May 16, 2011
    peccantis
    Webcomic
    • Girl Genius: Agatha/Gil/Tarvek is about as official as it can be short of actually occurring. They are threed up both by readers and in-universe: it's suggested by Moloch, Zeetha, Lucrezia, Agatha's sentinent Castle, an Animated Actor playing her in a side story, and even the trio themselves had the idea on an pheromone high.
  • May 16, 2011
    Otakukun
    Compare OT 3
  • May 17, 2011
    Discar
    ^^ That's Three Yay.
  • May 18, 2011
    FastEddie
    This is just about a threesome. Which could use a writeup. 'Canon' can be implied. The writer put in a threesome. We wouldn't want Canon Thief, Canon Priest, Canon Red Herring, etc.

    One True Threesome is all we need about the fan tendency to invent them.
  • May 24, 2011
    MarqFJA
    ^ I'm not sure whether you're saying "this trope needs a better title and a better description" or "this is not a trope"/"it's already covered by One True Threesome".

    That said, what's wrong with Menage A Trois?
  • August 3, 2011
    Discar
    Super uber bump.
  • August 3, 2011
    Falco
    Belongs in polyamory imo.
  • August 3, 2011
    kjnoren
    Lois Mc Master Bujold uses this trope in both critical background in the The Curse of Chalion and with some minor characters in The Sharing Knife.
  • August 4, 2011
    lukebn
    We have Polyamory, One True Threesome, Three Yay, Three Way Sex, do we really need every single conceivable variation on three people bumping uglies? Write this into one of those articles.
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