* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' offers perhaps the best example of how subjective this trope can be. In Japan, [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Rei]] is seen as the Betty because of her [[NiceGirl gentle disposition]], [[ShrinkingViolet reserved nature]], and tendency to get [[BandageBabe horribly injured]], whereas the [[FieryRedhead Fiery Redheaded]] [[ForeignFanservice foreigner]] Asuka is the cultural Veronica because her forceful and aggressive personality is just so strange to the [[JapanesePoliteness generally reserved]] Japanese public. Contrast this with more demonstrative Western audiences, who see the more outgoing, [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman more human]], more [[BadassAdorable badass]], and more [[CannotSpitItOut overtly in love]] Asuka as the familiar Betty, and the [[CreepyChild bizarre]], [[EmotionlessGirl cold]], and [[UncannyValley strangely unsettling]] Rei as the exotic Veronica. Then add in [[WhiteHairBlackHeart Kaworu]], a [[GayOption Gay]] ThirdOptionLoveInterest so popular in [[HoYay fandom]] that he was made ''canon'' in almost all the alternate continuities.
** It's played straight, however, in the LighterAndFluffier spinnoff series, such as ''[[Manga/NeonGenesisEvangelionAngelicDays Angelic Days]]'' and ''Manga/ShinjiIkariRaisingProject''.
** The ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' continuity comes down firmly on Rei's side, to the point that the love triangle is nuked. Asuka the Veronica never gets so much as a hint out to Shinji that she likes him, and once she realizes that Rei the Betty liked him first, she gives up her feelings without any fuss. There's also the fact that Asuka's bitch slap to Rei in the original gets blocked, and that Rei becomes the BarrierMaiden[=/=]ApocalypseMaiden in the film's climax. [[spoiler: And then the whole deal gets much, MUCH worse]].
* ''Manga/HaouAiren'': Kaafai (Betty) and Hakuron (Veronica), for Kurumi. [[spoiler: Until Kaafai goes {{Yandere}} too.. and kills Hakuron]]. There's also Kurumi (Betty) and Reilan (Veronica), for Hakuron. [[spoiler: Until Reilan deploys a ThanatosGambit.]]
* ''Macross'' in all its incarnations is actually ''built around'' this:
** ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' had Lynn Minmay as the Veronica and Misa Hayase as the Betty. Minmay herself had a similar case, with Hikaru as the Betty and Lynn Kaifunn as the Veronica.
** ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'' had a gender-reversed version of the trope, with Gamlin as the Betty and Basara as the Veronica.
** As does ''Anime/MacrossPlus'', where brash and rebellious Isamu is the Veronica, and serious and caring Guld seems to be a Betty. And then it puts everything on its head in TheReveal, because [[spoiler:Guld, a psychotic [[AttemptedRape would-be rapist]], is TheAtoner who got RedemptionEqualsDeath moment in the end]]; while [[spoiler:Isamu [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy wanted Myung to be happy]], and thus removed himself from the picture, becoming something of a DeathSeeker, but after Guld's RedemptionEqualsDeath he and Myung stay together.]].
** ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' has Ranka as the Betty and Sheryl as the Veronica. In the second movie, The Wings of Goodbye: The End of the Triangle, it's resolved. [[spoiler: Alto apologizies to Ranka for being unable to return her feelings and declares his love to Sheryl before going Missing In Action. WordOfGod confirmes Alto comes back, Sheryl wakes up and relationship ensues]]
* Subverted in ''Manga/DoubleArts''. When "Betty" (Ellie) tentatively inquires about Kiri's feelings for the obvious "Veronica" candidate (Sui), he practically goes into a HeroicBSOD. Turns out they already tried dating. And she dumped him. Three times. So much for ''that'' LoveTriangle...
* ''Manga/AirGear'' has Ikki as the Archie, his [[PatientChildhoodLoveInterest childhood friend]] Ringo as the Betty, the [[FemmeFatale beautiful and slightly manipulative]] Simca as the Veronica, and the new girl Kururu as the ThirdOptionLoveInterest. [[spoiler: He chooses Ringo.]]
* In ''Manga/MaidSama'', Misaki is the Archie, with her childhood friend Hinata as the Betty and her mysterious, popular, wealthy love interest Takumi Usui as the Veronica. Interestingly Hinata is a brunette while Takumi is a blond.
* ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}'' has a genderswapped example with Pashmina (Archie) as the love interest of both Dexter (Betty) and Howdy (Veronica).
* In ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'', Kazumi Yoshida is the Betty and Shana the Veronica.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' inverts this: Chidori is the Veronica despite being the OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent, while Tessa, who is a captain in a covert paramilitary organization and has command of a submarine and several hundred troops, Sousuke included, is the Betty personality-wise.
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' subverts this. [[MagicalGirlfriend Lala]] is the [[InnocentFanServiceGirl obvious]] Veronica, while Haruna is the obvious Betty, the twist being that Haruna is the one Rito chases (their [[StarCrossedLovers inability to confess to each other]] is a RunningGag after while). Although Lala does end up bringing the two closer together (Rito goes from hyperventilating in Haruna's vicinity to being able hang out with her in a large group of [[TrueCompanions friends]]). The series also seems to be leaning toward a MarryThemAll, which includes Lala ([[spoiler:a galactic princess, so if Rito marries her, the harem option comes into play. Lala actually suggests this, say, if she marries Rito, "the rules of Earth don't apply" ]]. If you assume Lala is a [[FirstGirlWins given]], this would make [[LoveableSexManiac Momo]] the obvious Veronica, although she really does most of the chasing. It's that type of [[HaremSeries series]].
* ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'' does this, with noblewoman [[{{Tsundere}} Louise]] facing off against peasant girl [[{{Meido}} Siesta]].
* In ''Manga/{{Nana}}'', rock star Takumi would probably count as a male version of Veronica for Hachiko while Nobu serves as a male Betty.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', you get this trope [[LoveDodecahedron in spades]] with Naruto. There's Sakura who seems to be choosing between Naruto (Betty) and [[EvilFormerFriend Sasuke]] (Veronica). With Sasuke as Archie, you really have Sakura as Betty, Ino as Veronica and Karin as the ThirdOptionLoveInterest. And with Naruto as Archie, you get [[ShrinkingViolet Hinata]] as Betty and Sakura as Veronica.
* In ''Manga/NanatsuNoTaizai'' to Meliodas, Elizabeth's a royal Betty due to being a generally calm regular human while Diane's a common Veronica due to being a clingy easily jealous exotic giantess.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Kagome is the Betty and DarkMagicalGirl Kikyo the Veronica (who once was more Betty-ish). [[spoiler: Solved when Kikyo dies for a second time but now is able to go in peace, so Inuyasha finally lets go of his regrets and stays with Kagome.]]
** Almost every guy Kagome gets shipped with will be the Betty to Manga/InuYasha the Veronica, with the sole exception being Kouga.
** Kouga has Kagome as the Betty and Ayame as a mix of Betty (she was his childhood friend as well as very cute) and Veronica (she's somewhat of a ClingyJealousGirl, and a pretty efficient CuteBruiser). [[spoiler: The anime states that Ayame is the winner.]]
** In an anime episode, Sango has Kuranosuke Takeda as the Betty and Miroku as the Veronica. Since Kuranosuke didn't appear again, Miroku remains alongside her for a HappilyMarried family.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': The kind and pacifist GirlNextDoor Orihime Inoue looks like a good Betty and the {{Tsundere}} Rukia seems to be a nice Veronica. Ichigo and Rukia are considered more than friends but less than lovers; on the other hand, Orihime already confessed her love for Ichigo but he wasn't conscious at the time to hear. Ichigo is more than willing to scale both Soul Society and Hueco Mundo in order to rescue both of them (in separate arcs) and has the 'other' help participate in the rescue: Orihime is the BarrierWarrior and healer in Soul Society who actually came up with the idea of rescuing Rukia, while Rukia recovers her ActionGirl credentials by the time the Hueco Mundo arc kicks in and joins Ichigo's quest for Orihime heartily.
** Other candidates for a Veronica or Betty includes Karate champ Arisawa Tatsuki, childhood friend of Ichigo, and [[LoveFreak Riruka Dokugamine]] from the latest arc.
** On the other hand, the {{Fanon}} that has Orihime as a female Archie switches the deal around. Ichigo is a HotBlooded potential Veronica who fights for his friends without hesitation while Uryuu Ishida is a booksmart potential Betty who methodically snipes the enemies with his bow and arrow... and maybe, ''maybe'', there'd be a CherylBlossom in Ulquiorra's ManInWhite NietzscheWannabe. [[spoiler: Except for the fact that, well, Ulquiorra is dead]].
*** ...And if we go the {{Yuri}} shipping way for [[LauncherOfathousandShips Orihime]]: Tatsuki is the Betty (childhood friend, devoted protector, RomanticTwoGirlFriendship), Chizuru is the Veronica (LovableSexManiac, VERY fond of [[SkinshipGrope groping Orihime]], is thwarted by [[{{Tsundere}} Tatsuki]] [[RunningGag whenever she tries it]]) and Riruka would be the CherylBlossom (appeared the last, has red hair, was kinda antagonistic but then defrosted)
** If we see Rukia as the Archie instead, a possible LoveTriangle would have Ichigo as the Veronica with Renji Abarai as the Betty. Yes, Renji is as HotBlooded and passionate as Ichigo, but on the other hand he has known and cared for Rukia ever since they were children (which happens more often than not with Betties) ''and'' became a Shinigami as well as a Vice-Captain for her sake. And, on Ichigo's side, there's the fact that he resembles an orange-haired Kaien Shiba, who was Rukia's juvenile crush when she was his lieutenant.
* ''Manga/LoveHina'' has a pretty basic version of this: {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Mutsumi versus {{Tsundere}} Naru. Keitaro, however, makes his preference the latter quite transparent halfway into the series, no matter if she's the little girl of the promise or not.
* In ''Manga/HanaYoriDango'', the heroine Tsukushi Makino is the object of both Rui's (the calm, supportive Betty) and Domyoji's (the violent, passionate Veronica) affections. Subverted in that Makino initially has unrequited feelings for Rui, while it is Domyoji who has (initially) one-sided feelings for her, and in that the Veronica triumphs while the Betty moves on to someone else.
* In ''Manga/{{MAR}}'', Snow and Dorothy are the Betty and Veronica respectively towards Ginta. In the manga, [[spoiler:nothing is really resolved and both stay behind in MÄR Heaven, although Ginta eventually hooking up with Snow's real-world counterpart Koyuki isn't out of the question]]. In the anime, [[spoiler:Ginta resolves things with Dorothy by explicitly not choosing her. Snow merges with Koyuki to become one whole person to be with him on Earth, and the ending heavily implies a mutual relationship occurs, so in this case, the Betty wins.]]
* ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad''. Kyosuke is torn between Hikaru (the ever-doting Betty) and Madoka (the WildChild Veronica).
* In ''Psychic Academy'', this is played quite obviously through the Betty-esque Orina (AKA Sara), Ai's childhood friend, and the Veronica-esque Mew.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'' (particularly [[Manga/YuGiOh the manga]]), Anzu Mazaki is shown being torn over her feelings between shy CovertPervert Yugi Mutoh (Betty) and his darker alter ego Yami (Veronica).
* Melfina from ''Manga/OutlawStar'' gets an inverted version of this with Gene and Harry. When the "safe" choice is a foul-mouthed BadassLongcoat, you just ''know'' the "bad boy" is [[PsychoForHire going to]] [[StalkerWithACrush have some]] [[{{Yandere}} serious issues]].
* In the ''Anime/SailorMoon'' anime, Usagi's torn between sweet boy-next-door Motoki and snarky SlapSlapKiss partner Mamoru.
* Possibly lampshaded in ''Anime/CowboyBebop''. To Spike there isn't much choice between Julia, (his long lost LoveInterest), and Faye, (MsFanservice) as he's madly in love with Julia and things with Faye never go beyond a proto-{{UST}} stage. However it's somewhat telling that when Jet asks BrokenBird Faye what Julia was like, Faye responds with "[[FemmeFatale Ordinary. A beautiful, dangerous ordinary that you can't leave alone]]", which perhaps defines the roles of the two.
* The Kuno/Akane/Pig-Tailed Girl triangle of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' is an interesting case. You could say Akane is the Veronica trying to be the Betty and Ranma is the other way around, but we're talking about the warped mind of Tatewaki Kuno here.
** Akane's somewhat sheltered and naive due to being the youngest child in a middle-to-high-class and very traditional family. Well, at the same time, she's rather popular at school, shuns the boys who chase after her (specially Kuno), has a quick temper towards Ranma and despite her tries has very few traditionally feminine traits. These are all Veronica-ish qualities/flaws, so Kuno is somewhat right with this one.
** Shampoo a SupremeChef, works full-time in her grandma's restaurant, and can be almost kittenish when she's happy (pun intended). Also added is that she came from a lower-class setting than Akane, is a lot [[SmarterThanYouLook smarter than she looks]], and is also multi-talented. She also pines after Ranma. That's quite a dosage of Betty-ness.
** [[PlayingwithaTrope You can argue it both ways though.]] Akane is very [[NiceGirl kind-hearted and nice]] when not being upset, and often [[BullyHunter stands up for others]] even if it brings her problems. And while Shampoo can cook and can be very demure around Ranma, but most of the time she's {{Tsundere}} bordering on {{Yandere}} and can be very manipulative and cruel, like with Mousse ''and'' sometimes to Ranma himself. Shampoo also has an exotic quality, and her sexiness is sometimes played up too, especially compared to Akane who is a {{tomboy}} who [[TomboyWithAGirlyStreak desperately attempts to be more feminine]]. So in this sense Akane may be the Betty instead.
** This becomes transparent when she's placed in contrast with Kodachi, whose upperclass lifestyle makes her a full-on Veronica, what with the MadLove she feels towards Ranma pushing her to the point of being an active would-be [[MurderTheHypotenuse hypothenuse murderer]].
** Although this being an UnwantedHarem situation, it's not so much about Ranma being torn about which one to choose (though he is attracted to both girls, he feels much more attracted to [[NoGuyWantsToBeChased Akane]]), but torn because he's engaged against his will to both women (Akane being an ArrangedMarriage, Shampoo an AccidentalMarriage) and rejecting one in favor of the other [[PillarsOfMoralCharacter would bring lots of trouble for the THREE of them]]. This triangle also includes a ThirdOptionLoveInterest, in the form of UnluckyChildhoodFriend and {{Bokukko}}, [[ChildhoodMarriagePromise Ukyo Kuonji]].
** With Akane as the center figure, the bumbling GentleGiant Ryoga can be considered the Betty to JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ranma's Veronica. And with Ranma as the snarky yet ultimately well-intentioned Betty to Kuno's delirious, hammy Veronica.
* In ''Manga/DGrayMan'', Allen has two main love interests in the story thus far: [[ActionGirl Lenalee Lee]] (Betty) and [[LittleMissBadass Road Kamelot]] (Veronica). Given that Lenalee is one of his closest friends and Road is a sadistic killer, not really much choice there. [[CelibateHero Allen also doesn't seem all that romantically interested in them, either.]]
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', Tsuna's main two canon love interests are Kyoko (Betty) and Haru (Veronica).
* In ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'' we have Ikuno as the Veronica and Ryoko as the [[strike: slightly less scary and AxCrazy Veronica]] Betty.
* In ''Manga/SchoolRumble'', Harima initially has his sights set on [[TheDitz Tenma]] alone but it's clear from the start that he has no chance of winning her heart as she's already in love with [[TheQuietOne Karasuma]]. The two girls who do express interest in him are Tenma's sister [[YamatoNadeshiko Yakumo]] and local {{Ojou}} [[{{Tsundere}} Eri]] who fit the Betty and Veronica dynamic well.
* In ''Manga/SkipBeat'', Kyoko has Ren (Betty) and Shou (Veronica). Also played with in that while personality-wise they ''are'' that way with Ren as the DoggedNiceGuy and Shou as the {{Jerkass}} who breaks Kyoko's heart, appearance and background-wise, Shou is the Betty and Ren the Veronica: Shou is the childhood friend and guy next door, whereas Ren is TroubledButCute, TallDarkAndHandsome and has a MysteriousPast.
** Later on, Kyoko acquires an even more extreme Veronica with [[StalkerWithACrush Reino]].
* Kallen and C.C. of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' fill these roles towards Lelouch, although which one takes what role is subject to change over the course of the story.
** Shirley is a much more straight Betty, although then there's still the question of who between Kallen and C.C. is the Veronica.
** Euphemia would have Suzaku as Betty and [[BrotherSisterIncest Lelouch]] as Veronica.
* In ''Manga/GokinjoMonogatari'', one of the main characters, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Yuusuke]], is involved in a LoveTriangle with wild and [[HelloNurse sexy]] MsFanservice Mariko and his 'GirlNextDoor'-ish ExtremeDoormat classmate, Ayumi. Since this is a [[Manga/{{Nana}} Yazawa]] [[Manga/ParadiseKiss Ai]] manga, things [[{{Deconstruction}} don't quite look as stereotypical as they can be described]]...
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' has [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Shinobu]] as Betty and [[ClingyJealousGirl Lum]] as Veronica [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs (LSD version)]].
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', with its LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, gets ''lots'' of LoveTriangle [[TriangRelations combinations]] set up in fanworks that deliberately invoke this dynamic. Even the most canon-supported ones have been played with by fans to ''extensive'' degrees:
** For the potential Austria-Hungary-Prussia triangle, fanworks will either depict it as Hungary having to choose between the [[NeatFreak straightlaced]], gentlemanly Austria and the [[WildChild free-spirited]], HotBlooded Prussia or Austria having to choose between the [[CuteBruiser tough-as-nails]] but ultimately [[BadassAdorable sweet and dependable]] Hungary and [[BloodKnight the much wilder and less predictable]] Prussia. In both cases, fanworks are about evenly split on whether the Betty or Veronica wins. [[OT3 And sometimes, they]] TakeAThirdOption.
*** And now that [[BlackMagic Romania]] has appeared, fandom is shaping him up as a potential ThirdOptionLoveInterest du to being TheRival to Hungary.
** Canon-wise, Japan has a choice between [[{{Sleepyhead}} sleepy]], [[NiceGuy laidback]] KindheartedCatLover Greece and [[MaskOfPower masked]], [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold rough-talking]] BoisterousBruiser Turkey. However, unlike with the Austria-Hungary-Prussia triangle, virtually all fanworks featuring this triangle agree that the Veronica [[HopelessSuitor has no chance against the Betty]] - and, in fact, actually has a better chance of ''[[FoeYay ending up with the Betty]]'' than with the Archie! All of which leads to the ''real'' Betty and Veronica dynamic at work in fandom being whether Greece should be paired with [[{{Moe}} cute]], [[InscrutableOriental emotionally reserved]], and [[HeIsNotMyBoyfriend romantically shy]] Japan who's already [[BirdsOfAFeather good friends with him]] or [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan manly]], [[IShallTauntYou openly critical]], and [[SitcomArchnemesis aggressive]] Turkey who [[FoeYay passionately hates him]].
** And then there's the ComedicSociopathy-filled Baltic-Slav [[AllLoveIsUnrequited Unrequited]] LoveTriangle, where Russia plays a [[TheFakeCutie rather]] [[PsychopathicManchild psychotic]] Archie who has the [[YamatoNadeshiko kind and gentle]] [[TheWoobie Lithuania]] as his Betty, whereas [[BrotherSisterIncest his sister]] [[ElegantGothicLolita Belarus]] is a {{Yandere}} Veronica, with [[{{Bishonen}} China]] ''and'' [[TeamMom Ukraine]] as potential {{Third Option Love Interest}}s (Russia ''has'' stalked him a couple of times, and Ukraine is the one Russia shows his [[PetTheDog dere]] side more often to...).
** And just in case your head isn't spinning enough yet, there are ''numerous'' {{fanon}} combinations of other characters with many of them bouncing back and forth between the Betty and Veronica roles depending on who their designated romantic rival is. To list all of them would take up half of this page, especially since this fandom is ''way'' more prone to {{OT3}}s than most other fandoms.
* ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic'' has two of these SchoolgirlLesbians triangles: Nagisa with [[FanOfUnderdog Tamao]] as the Betty and [[OneeSama Shizuma]] as the Veronica, and Hikari with [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Yaya]] as the Betty and [[{{Bifauxnen}} Amane]] as the Veronica.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'' has Misa as Betty and Takada as Veronica when it comes to Light. A genderswapped version in the ''Manga/DeathNote'' spin off novel ''Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases'' is Beyond Birthday as the Veronica and Raye Penber as the Betty to Naomi Misora's Archie.
* If Setsuna of ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'' is Archie, then Demon Princess Kurai is Veronica and sweet, kind-hearted Sara is Betty.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'' gives Kouta (Archie) the conflicting and very different love interests Lucy (Veronica) and Yuka (Betty).
* In ''Manga/MekakushiNoKuni'', Arou (Betty) and Namiki (Veronica) are rivals for Kanade's affections, even though Arou wins from Volume 2 onwards.
* Takemoto (Betty) and Morita (Veronica) both fall in love with Hagu in ''Manga/HoneyAndClover''. [[spoiler:Even though Morita wins Hagu's affections, neither of the guys end up with her.]]
* ''Anime/EdenOfTheEast'': Saki has Oshugi (Betty) and Akira (Veronica).
* ''Manga/GakuenAlice'': Mikan has Ruka (The Prince) and Natsume (The Bad Boy).
* ''Manga/ShugoChara'': Amu has Tadase (the Prince) and Ikuto (the Bad Boy).
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'': Tohru has Yuki (the Prince) and Kyo (the Bad Boy).
* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'': Sakura has Yukito (the Prince) and Syaoran (the Bad Boy). Played with in the end: [[spoiler: Yukito ended up with Sakura's ''brother'', and by the time Sakura fell for Syaoran, he was ''far'' more of The Prince than the Bad Boy.]]
** In the anime, Syaoran has Sakura (Betty) and Meiling (Veronica). [[spoiler: Again, Sakura and Syaoran get together, and shortly before that Meiling says "IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy!".]]
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'': Ichigo has Masaya (the Prince), Ryou (the Bad Boy), and Quiche (the Bad-er Boy).
* ''Manga/KitchenPrincess'': Najika has Sora (the Prince) and Daichi (the Bad Boy).
* ''Manga/VampireKnight'': Yuuki has Kaname (the Prince) and [[MyHeroZero Zero]] (the Bad Boy).
** However, the roles could potentially be switched. Zero is her [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend "safe, comfortable friend"]], while Kaname is the exotic one that she believes she can't have.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': Tsukune has [[spoiler:Outer]] Moka (Betty) and [[HornyDevils Kurumu]] (Veronica).
** Complicating matters are other potential Veronicas or Cheryls: [[AnIcePerson Mizore]], [[ChildProdigy Yukari]] and [[spoiler:inner Moka]].
* In ''Anime/PeachGirl'', Momo spent years with a crush on the chivalrous and polite Toji, until she finally gets him. They guy helping her out on the way is [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy Kairi]], a [[ChivalrousPervert lecherous]], school-skipping bad boy she discovers she now has feelings for. Throughout the series she bounces back and forth between them, until finally [[spoiler:she ends up with Kairi]].
* ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'' seems to set this up between Himeno, Sasame and Hayate, especially in the manga. The anime is more... [[LoveDodecahedron complicated]].
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' plays with this trope in a way that approaches CyclicalTrope levels. First, we have Fakir (the {{Tsundere}} Bad Boy) and Mytho (the Prince) for Ahiru. However ,[[spoiler: their roles are subverted in the second season with Fakir as the the Betty to the Raven Prince Mytho's Veronica]]. On the other hand, while Ahiru seems The Betty to Rue's Veronica... Rue's certainly The Betty to Princess Tutu's Veronica for Mytho. And if we bring Princess Kraehe in this, this starts all over again. Plus, Autor could be the Betty for Rue while Mytho is The Veronica.
* An odd instance of this happens in ''Manga/SakendeYaruze'', where the Betty is a [[{{Seme}} disillusioned, embittered 35 year old man]] and the Veronica is a younger male [[TheVamp Vamp]].
* The ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' anime has a twisted, 'sort of' affection triangle between Alucard, Integra Hellsing, and Seras Victoria that creates an animosity between the women. While Seras looks as the Veronica (being the one with sultry clothes and the newest addition to the Hellsing group) to Integra's Betty (long-standing bond with Alucard and with more tomboyish traits), personality and role wise could be switched: Integra's the Rich Veronica that has Alucard's affection while Reliable Betty Seras longs for it. [[WordOfGod Studio Gonzo]] claims that in the Anime, Alucard actually [[ReplacementGoldfish turned Seras because her eyes reminded him to Integra during her youth]], but he was mistaken. The manga averts this situation with an emphasis on a platonic bond between Alucard and Seras, but curiously adding LesYay subtext between Seras and Integra, and having Pip Bernadotte as Seras' LoveInterest.
* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', there are two different triangles that could be seen as this. The easier one is between Rena and Mion, with [[GenkiGirl Rena]] as Betty and [[{{Tomboy}} Mion]] as Veronica. Earlier, the twins Mion and Shion are set up as another one of these, but it's a little harder there to say who'd be Betty and who'd be Veronica. The best assumption would be Mion as Betty and Shion, who is introduced as a bit of an outsider and certainly has a bit more danger to her, as Veronica.
* Gender-flipped in ''Manga/KimiWaPetto''. Sumire, the tall, smart and successful businesswoman, made a rule that she would only date her equal. One day, she finds a down-on-his-luck dancer sleeping in a box and... takes him on as a pet. She names him Momo and they form a relaxed, if unusual relationship. Soon after this, Hasumi (Betty), her tall, dark and intelligent ''sempai'' from university appears. He's everything she's been hoping for, but when they start going out, she feels that she has to present her best side at all times, instead of the unconditional, doglike affection offered by Momo (Veronica). The dramatic tension between "I can be myself around him" and "He's everything I ever wanted" drives the plot.
* In ''Anime/TenshiNiNarumon'' Noelle is Betty and Natsumi is Veronica for Yuusuke. Also, Muse is Betty and Silky is Veronica for Eros
* ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' has a male version where Kyoko has to choose between the awkward, indecisive, but fundamentally kind-hearted Godai (Betty) and the suave, flashy Mitaka (Veronica). Godai himself encounters an interesting variation on this trope: although he has romantic options that play the Betty and Veronica options straight (his good-natured fellow student Kozue and his outspoken, sexually aggressive pupil Ibuki respectively), his true romantic interest, Kyoko, is a blend of the two types, as she is both a responsible, supportive, somewhat traditional young lady AND an independently minded woman with a temper who is unafraid to criticize Godai or defy her parents when necessary.
* ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'' has two that overlaps, Sawako is Betty and Kurumi is Veronica for Kazehaya, who is the Betty and [[spoiler:Kento]] is Veronica for Sawako. Color inverted since Sawako and Kazehaya are dark-haired.
* ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' has a male version. Boy Scout Keith (Betty) and Evil Prince Lotor (Veronica) both love Princess Allura. But Allura only loves Keith- so this may actually be a subversion. Some fans try to pair up Allura with the rebellious Lance (Veronica)- but in the canon anime and other series they show absolutely no interest whatsoever in each other.
* Male example in ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'': Andre is Betty and Fersen is Veronica. But Oscar realizes that her feelings for Fersen were just infatuation and that she truly loves Andre. And every woman in the kingdom has a crush on Fersen. And Fersen does not return Oscar's love.
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' has a few possible instances of this trope, both male and female. Hikaru likes both Eagle Vision (Betty) and Lantis (Veronica). Umi is loved by Ascot (Betty), but she likes Clef as well (Veronica). And both Emeraude (Betty) and Alcyone (Veronica) are in love with Zagato- but he only loves Emeraude and dislikes Alcyone very much.
* ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'' includes a male example: [[ChildhoodFriends Yuuhi]], the BadassNormal, is Betty, while [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Touya]] is Veronica, what with his dark and MysteriousPast.
* ''Manga/WanderingSon'' had this early on, between siblings. It was between a BrattyTeenageDaughter, her gentle ''{{trans sexual}} younger brother'', and the boy who the former was attracted to who had accidentally fallen for her brother when he was dressed as a girl.
* ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' ''could'' have had this, with [[NiceGuy Kaoru]] between the sweet, innocent YamatoNadeshiko Aoi (Betty), and the wilder, worldly BlitheSpirit Tina (Veronica). This would have also reversed the usual [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience color coding]], as the former is brunette ([[YouGottaHaveBlueHair sorta]]), while the latter is blond. However, the Veronica [[ChildhoodMarriagePromise never]] [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage really]] [[OfficialCouple had]] [[FirstGirlWins a]] [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend chance]], in this case.[[note]] Tina is still "innocent" in one way (ie, still a virgin).[[/note]]
* ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'' has a LesYay variation. Tomari is a tomboyish {{Tsundere}}, while Yasuna is a YamatoNadeshiko.
* ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'':
** Hermione is Betty while Juliet is Veronica (though Juliet herself can be kinda Betty-ish too).
** Subverted with Romeo and Tybalt, as the latter ''seemed'' to be a potential Veronica but it didn't happen.
* Winry Rockbell and Rose Thomas in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]] of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' play this to Edward Elric. [[spoiler:Though both of them fail in the end.]]
* ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'''s Kanba Takakura is kind of an an Archie, with [[BrotherSisterIncest his little sister]] [[TheCutie Himari]] as the Betty and [[spoiler:Masako Natsume]] as the Veronica.
** Alternatively, Kanba can be seen as the Betty to Himari's Archie and [[spoiler:Sanetoshi Watase]]'s Veronica.
*** Aaaaand later [[spoiler:Shouma becomes the Betty to the {{Face Heel Turn}}ed Kanba's Veronica. Averted in the end -- Shouma declared his love to ''Ringo'' instead of Himari, [[DyingDeclarationOfLove before being gone forever]].)]]
* ''Manga/GEGoodEnding'' has Shou and Yuki for Seiji, the protagonist. One is bubbly, the other one is more serious. One comes from a mid-class family background, the other one from a high class family. One is blond, one is black-haired.
* In ''Manga/{{Ratman}}'', Shuto's female admirers are both a mix of Betty And Veronica traits while still in stark contrast to one another. On one hand is Mirea Mizushima, his exotically gorgeous YamatoNadeshiko classmate whom he's known for some time, however her family are the ones who turned him into the AntiVillain [[VillainProtagonist Protagonist]], Ratman. On the other hand is Rio Kizaki, who better fits the "cute and spunky" type, but is also the wealthy and [[{{Tomboy}} tomboyish]] daughter of the Hero Association's president, and the two of them bond over their shared dream of being heroes.
* ''Manga/NanaToKaoru'' tries its best to steer clear of this. Kaoru is the Archie, but A) Tachi, the supposed Betty, is the SecretKeeper of Nana & Kaoru's [[BoundAndGagged 'breathers']] and acts more like a little sister, continually trying to push them together; B) Kaoru has ZERO interest in Tachi; C) the titular couple are afflicted with [[ObliviousToLove oblivious to each other's love]] on a Charlton-Heston-epic scale and D) the whole thing is skewed by the fact both get tied up by him.
* In ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', [[TheOjou Ayeka]] is clearly the Betty (traditional, reserved) to [[TheVamp Ryoko's]] Veronica (sultry, unreserved). And then it's subverted because [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyLvAp70eLI some side materials]] reveal that [[CovertPervert Ayeka]], who's seen as kinda prudish in canon, actually has more knowledge of S&M than most Betties have...
* ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'' has calm, reserved normal Tae as Betty to Reika's Veronica, [[spoiler: which it averts by Reika's cloning of Kei.]]
%%* ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' has Aoi to Hilda.
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'' has childhood friend Rei (Betty) vs. Saeko (Veronica)
* ''Manga/HekikaiNoAiON'' first has Yoshiyuki as UnluckyChildhoodFriend Betty and Seine as ActionGirl Veronica.
** Then played with; ShrinkingViolet but exotic mermaid and human but BrokenBird witch. Though Tatsuya shows more attraction to Seine, he still can leave [[spoiler:Sheila]] alone when she's in trouble.
* In ''LightNovel/ChuunibyouDemoKoiGaShitai'', there's Yuuta towards Rikka (Betty), and [[spoiler:the light novel-only Satone]] (Veronica).
* The one-episode LoveTriangle from ''Anime/KaleidoStar'' had Sarah as Archie, Kalos as Betty, and Andy as Veronica. [[spoiler:Sarah chooses Kalos -- in fact, ''she had chosen him quite a while before'' and that's why she had stayed in the Stage in the first place. Andy never really stood a chance, [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy and he immediately acknowledges it]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters: KYO'' manga (a Spinoff from the ''KOF'' games), there are several prospect love triangles like this:
** At first, Kyo Kusanagi is the Archie to Yuki's Betty and Athena Asamiya's Veronica. Since Yuki is already Kyo's girlfriend when Athena comes into Kyo's school to be closer to him and see how his powers are like, she "wins" this round.
** If we have Athena as Archie, then Kyo switches to the Veronica while Sie Kensou is the Betty. As said above Kyo stays with Yuki, but Athena never really "switches" to Kensou anyway.
** Later, due to a series of meddling and misunderstandings, ''Yuki'' becomes the Archie with Kyo as Veronica and Takaya Maeta as Betty. [[spoiler: Maeta ''does'' get a serious chance to get closer to Yuki and Kyo [[BroughtDownToNormal has]] [[HeroicBSOD other]] [[MoreThanMindControl matters]] to attend... but ultimately he gets better, Yuki stays by his side, and Maeta [[IWantmyBelovedtoBeHappy relents]].]]
* The ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' meta-series, being TropeOverdosed, has more than one of these:
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'': Mirai (Archie), Bright Noah (Betty), Liutenant Sleggar (Veronica) and Cameron Bloom (ThirdOptionLoveInterest). [[spoiler: Sleggar dies few after he and Mirai share a kiss, Cameron is soon out of the picture until the ''Char's Counterattack'' movie, Mirai marries Bright.]]. Also Lalah Sune (a very... strange Archie), Amuro Ray (Betty) and Char Aznable (Veronica) [[spoiler: And then ''Lalah dies protecting Char from Amuro''.]]
** ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'': Garrod Ran (Archie), Tiffa Addil (Betty) and Ennil El (Veronica). [[spoiler: Tiffa already had the first round won since Garrod had a huge crush on her from the start, so she wins in the end too.]]
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'': Louise Halevy (Archie), Saji Crossroads (Betty) and Andrei Smirnov (Veronica). [[spoiler: Louise and Saji are StarCrossedLovers and Andrei goes MurderTheHypotenuse almost at the end but is stopped by Saji's partner Setsuna, and in TheMovie he goes the HeroicSacrifice way.]]
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge Gundam AGE]]'': Flit Asuno (Archie), Yurin L'Ciel (Betty), Emily Amonde (odd mix of Veronica and Betty, as she's the Childhood Friend like most Betties but Yurin is ''that'' sweet and gentle) [[spoiler: Yurin dies horribly, so Emily "wins" by default. While [[GenreSavvy being aware]] that Yurin is TheLostLenore, though.]]
*** And later there's Romary (Archie), Asemu (Betty) and Zeheart (Veronica). Bonus for the HoYay between Asemu and Zeheart. [[spoiler: Romary is... very confused but ultimately chooses Asemu, since Zeheart is an AntiVillain.]]
* ''[[Manga/AkuNoHana The Flowers of Evil]]'' gives us Saeki (Betty) and Nakamura (Veronica), this being a very dark take on both.
* Official parodies for ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' portray Eren as the [[ChasteHero clueless]] Archie to Mikasa (Betty) and Annie (Veronica). In the main canon, there are [[ShipTease implications]] of such a dynamic, but it's left ambiguous due to the series' avoidance of romance.