When two friends or {{sibling|Triangle}}s fall in love with the same person, one of two things will happen.

If the show is an Series/AfterSchoolSpecial or comedy, the friends will fight for a bit and then realize that what they are doing is stupid because "[[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship is more important]] than some guy/girl". The guy/girl turning out to be a HandsomeLech or TheVamp is what usually makes the friends realize this.

If the show is aimed at an older audience, this LoveTriangle will break when one [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy steps aside and allows the other]] to [[IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer have a chance at love]]. This preserves their friendship.


[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'': Ami steps aside for Minori (even though she thinks the relationship wouldn't work) apart from little hints. Minori has been stepping aside for Taiga, who wasn't interested. Taiga steps aside for Minori when she ''does'' get interested. Taiga for Sumire, Yuusaku for Sumire's career. [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy Everyone is just ''so'' generous, aren't they?]]
* ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'': Kyou's route is about this trope for her and Ryou, first with Tomoya starting to date Ryou basically to be a nice guy, not because of any interest. Then he realizes he doesn't really love her, and instead likes Kyou. But he could be happy with Ryou as well. Both of them realize this as well, and it just gets awkward. [[spoiler:Tomoya eventually tries breaking up with Ryou, who runs away before hearing it. Then, she tells Kyou to cut her hair to look like hers and calls Tomoya to school, where he successfully breaks up with 'her' and admits he likes Kyou. To Kyou]].

[[folder: Literature]]
* Subverted in ''Literature/TheAlienSeries''. Jeff and Christopher, cousins, both fall for the same woman. But neither steps aside for the other and the LoveTriangle is resolved when the woman chooses one.

[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Chloe and Lana are like sisters and they both want Clark Kent. Chloe steps aside hoping that one day Clark will come back to her. [[spoiler:Which he never did.]]
* This happened five times in ''Series/SisterSister''.
* ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'': In the episode "Believe Me, Brother", Drake's girlfriend Susan falls for Josh.
* On ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Wesley and Gunn both fell for Fred pretty much simultaniously. Fred chooses Gunn, which Wesley is none to happy about but grudgingly tolerates...until [[spoiler: he's ejected from the group for taking Angel's infant son (though in Wes' defense, he was saving him from a rather gruesome prophecy that turned out to be false).]] One complicated reunion, breakup between Fred and Gunn, and half season of sexual tension later, Wesley finally gets his girl. [[spoiler: That is, until she's possessed by a blue-haired demon and killed.]] Ah, [[CrapsackWorld the bliss]] of ''Creator/JossWhedon''.
* In several episodes of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' this is a central conflict theme between the characters. For example, in "The One with Mrs. Bing", Monica and Phoebe both happen to fall for the same guy... who happens to be in a coma... however, all true-conflict between the two is overcome when coma-guy resurfaces and ends up being a jerk (or just completely sane depending on your point of view).
* In ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'', Emma and Manny both have a crush on Craig in season two. But when he shows signs of liking Manny more, Emma stops being interested in him because she doesn't want to compete with her friend.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'': the Barin-Aura-Flash-Dale [[LoveDodecahedron Love Quadrilateral]] finally breaks when Aura realizes she loves Barin after all (much to the relief of Flash, who had been loyal to Dale the whole time).

[[folder: Opera]]
* In ''The Pearl Fishers'', neither guy gets the girl, and they patch up their friendship at the end.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'': All ThreeAmigos had a crush on David for two seasons. They spent his première episode bickering about it, and afterwards, [[SnapBack without explanation]], only one would pursue him an episode with either indifference or support from the others. They probably had an offscreen agreement to take turns.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': In "Exchange" (2x12), Kim and [[SassyBlackWoman Monique]] fought for the love of some Japanese exchange student, until they eventually got over it for ThePowerOfFriendship. Just to see him being hocked with [[AlphaBitch Bonnie]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'': Both Trent and Cody are attracted to Gwen. When Cody finds out that Trent's the one Gwen likes, however, he not only steps aside, he actually ''helps'' them get together (with limited success, since RuleOfDrama insists their romance be bumpy until the finale, but still). And then they break up the next season, giving Cody another chance. Which he loses. To [[{{Jerkass}} Duncan]]. Unlike with Trent, this time Cody just [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome punches him in the face]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' has a cross over with ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' where Lois Lane starts dating Bruce Wayne. [[LovesMyAlterEgo She likes Bruce and Superman]], but she thinks Batman is creepy and Clark Kent is boring. At the end, Bruce Wayne steps aside and returns to Gotham, warning Clark that he better take good care of Lois because Bruce knows where he lives...