[[quoteright:300:[[Manga/InuYasha http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Magic_Muggle_Love_Triangle_copy_6395.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:300:Popular boy or half-demon dog boy?]]

Alice is an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent. Bob is the SchoolIdol who has started to show interest in Alice. Aerithus is a WarriorPrince from another dimension who has somehow ended up in Alice's life and is turning her world and her emotions upside-down. Which will she choose?

This trope is for any situation where a character (usually but not always TheProtagonist) is placed in a LoveTriangle situation where he or she must choose between rival suitors where one of the suitors has MagicAndPowers, is [[InterspeciesRomance non-human]], or has some other property that places them firmly in the category of SpeculativeFiction, and the other suitor is an [[{{Muggles}} ordinary person]]. Of course, the "magic" option need not use something called magic. In a ScienceFiction setting, aliens, time travelers, visitors from another dimension or planet, or similar such characters qualify. In a SuperHero setting, anyone with superpowers would qualify.

When the character making the choices is a {{Muggle}}, such cases generally represent more than just a choice between persons, but often a RedPillBluePill kind of choice between living a normal life and living one that is exciting and exotic, but unfamiliar and often dangerous. Generally speaking, you can expect the character to go with the exotic [[LoveInterests Love Interest]], because that is what allows for a more interesting storyline. However, sometimes it will be treated much the same way as a RichSuitorPoorSuitor plot, with the {{muggle}} picking an ordinary life of simple love over all the exotic things the non-muggle can offer them.

Sometimes the Magical option will have distinct disadvantages. We all know power comes at a price, and certain limitations may make it difficult for the protagonist to honestly desire a life with them. Maybe they can't be away from water. Maybe they have no physical presence, or have debilitating effects on those around them. Maybe the protagonist just finds the fact that they're not quite human unsettling. Whatever the issue, it makes the expression of love and lasting commitment a problem. The Muggle, on the other hand, is presumably a lovely person but with no such paranormal limitations. Suddenly they look a lot more enticing.

If the character making the choice is a non-{{muggle}}, one can almost invariably expect them to marry the {{Muggle}}, often in the face of resistance, prejudice and even taboos and prohibitions from their community of fellow fantastic beings.

By default, it involves MuggleMageRomance.

Compare to BettyAndVeronica and RichSuitorPoorSuitor. Sometimes overlaps with LovesMyAlterEgo and TwoPersonLoveTriangle; themselves subtropes of the SecretIdentity.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/InuYasha'' - Kagome has the most desired boy in school fall in love with her, but even when she goes on dates with him she finds herself thinking about Inu Yasha, a half-dog demon from the mythic past.
* ''Manga/MeruPuri''
** Airi Hoshina finds herself with conflicting feelings for Aram, a magical prince from another world, and Nakaoji, a boy that loves her and that she thinks could fit her idea of a perfect husband
** Likewise, Aram must choose between the muggle Airi and the noble magical girl from his own magical world that his father wants him to marry.
* ''Manga/DNAngel'' - Risa rejects Daisuke's advances, regarding him as too ordinary. Instead she falls for Dark, an exotic magical PhantomThief. Little does she realize that Dark is Daisuke's SuperPoweredAlterEgo. Meanwhile, Dark is attracted to Risa's sister, Riku, who is repulsed by him and prefers . . . Daisuke. [[LoveDodecahedron Yeah, it's that kind of series.]]
* Rinko in ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'' is a Muggle in the protagonist's [[HaremSeries harem.]]
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' has Yuuji in this scenario with Shana (magical) and Kazumi (normal).
* Allen, Hitomi, and Van in ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne''. While Allen may be a MasterSwordsman, he is a muggle to the bone, while Van is a HalfHumanHybrid, descendant of the cursed and now-extinct [[spoiler:Atlantean]] race. Also, Allen appears to be the Gaean counterpart of Amano, Hitomi's high school running coach and first crush, making him a muggle times two.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Sayaka, a MagicalGirl, and [[spoiler:Hitomi]], a {{Muggle}}, are both in love with Kyosuke. However, it's played with in that Kyosuke doesn't know that Sayaka is a MagicalGirl in the first place. [[spoiler:Ultimately, Kyosuke picks the latter, which is one of the catalysts in Sayaka's fall to despair and ultimate [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie witch-hood]]]].


[[folder: Comics ]]

* It is a not infrequent situation in superhero comics, usually with a superhero having to choose between a fellow superhero and a non-powered civilian.
* Some examples from ComicBook/SpiderMan:
** Subverted in the case of Spider-Man's first love Betty Brant, who did not know she was inside one when she was wooed both by cub photographer Peter Parker and reporter Ned Leeds. She eventually married Ned, who later got killed.
** During the mid-1980s Spider-Man found himself between the Black Cat and "civilian" Mary Jane Watson. He eventually chose Mary Jane, whom he married in 1987.
** In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', Peter Parker dated the X-Men's Kitty Pryde for a time, but eventually found himself drawn back to Mary Jane.
* For a time in the 1980s ComicBook/DoctorStrange found himself in a dilemma between his magical disciple Clea (a native of the Dark Dimension) and Earth-bound journalist and writer Morgana Blessing.
* When Creator/ChrisClaremont decided in the mid-1980s to break up the X-Man Nightcrawler and his longtime lover, the sorceress Amanda Sefton aka Jimaine Szardos, he had him become attracted to a {{Ruritania}}n princess.
* Crystal of the Inhumans cheated on her husband Quicksilver with a nondescript, non-powered suburbanite.
* After Jean Grey (formerly Marvel Girl) returned from the bottom of Jamaica Bay, Cyclops found himself inexorably drawn to her despite being married. To make matters worse, his wife Madelyne looked just like Jean! (She was later revealed to be Jean's clone and killed off).
** Cyclops' teammate the Angel lived with his girlfriend Candy Southern throughout most of the 1970s and early 1980s, but that did not stop him from feeling attracted to the superheroine Dazzler or Jean Grey (after her return).
* Marlo Chandler, the wife of ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk'' supporting character Rick Jones, unexpectedly found herself drawn to the telepathic and telekinetic Moondragon and lived with her for a while before returning to her husband. (Before she first met Rick, Marlo had also been the Hulk's lover for a while).
* Jenny's having to choose between Zot and Woody in ''ComicBook/{{Zot}}''
* ComicBook/{{Thor}} fell in love with human Jane Foster, but his father shipped him with his fellow Asgardian Sif.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', Clary Fray has her childhood friend Simon Lewis, a normal boy [[spoiler:(until halfway through ''City of Ashes'')]] who is in love with her and she herself has a crush on demon-slaying Shadowhunter, Jace Wayland.
* ''Webcomic/TheDreamer'' has Bea caught between Alan, the dashing revolutionary war soldier she meets in her dreams, and Ben, the football captain at her high school and her long time crush.
* The protagonist of ''Literature/BloodAndChocolate'', a werewolf named Vivian, has this when she is forced to choose between the werewolf Gabriel and the human Aiden. It doesn't really seem like a choice at first; she loves Aiden and despises Gabriel. In the film adaptation, she manages to break free of her pack and run away with Aiden! ...But in the original novel, we get the considerably less clichéd ending, wherein she realizes that a human could never understand her and goes back to Gabriel.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' set up Bella/Jacob as this in ''New Moon'' before revealing Jacob as a werewolf and shifting into a VampireWerewolfLoveTriangle.
** Of course, in the first book Bella had three {{Muggle}} guys after her not ''even'' counting Edward and Jacob, both of whom were also already interested.
* Supernatural DarkActionGirl assassin Yuki and {{Ojou}} Kaede play this to Takeo in ''Literature/TalesOfTheOtori''.
* In ''[[Literature/BrasAndBroomsticks Parties and Potions]]'' by Sarah Mlynowski, Rachel (a witch) has to choose between her muggle boyfriend Raf and a witch boy who likes her and who she feels she can relate to better. [[spoiler: She chooses Raf.]]
* Sort of happens in ''[[Literature/GemmaDoyle Rebel Angels]]''. Gemma, who has magical abilities, has to choose between Simon Middleton, a rich heir, or Kartik. While Kartik isn't magical, he does know about her magic and is involved in TheMasquerade. She chooses [[spoiler: Kartik, though he dies near the end of the last book in the trilogy.]]
* In the original ''[[Creator/HansChristianAndersen The Little Mermaid]]'' (i.e., not the Disney version), the mermaid was a heroic young maiden with an intoxicating voice but forever bound to the sea. The land-princess is a little more housewifely and dutiful but has legs.
** It should be noted though that the prince didn't know he was in one of these. He had no idea the mermaid wasn't just a regular woman, so this didn't factor into his choice.
* In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', Percy's two major love interests are Annabeth, the demigodess daughter of Athena, and Rachel, a mortal girl (albeit one who can see through [[WeirdnessCensor the Mist]]). [[spoiler:It's somewhat subverted by the end, however, since Rachel becomes the new Oracle of Delphi at Camp Half-Blood, but only after a ShipSinking moment with Percy]].
* Vin in ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'' must choose between half-brothers Elend (the Muggle) and Zane (the Magical).
* In ''Discworld/{{Wintersmith}}'', the young witch Tiffany has attracted a supernatural StalkerWithACrush in the form of the titular Wintersmith, and everyone ''knows'' that she's got an arrangement with the Baron's son, who's very much a Muggle. [[spoiler: She chooses neither. She rejects the Wintersmith and he returns to his discorporate form, and she and Roland are just friends]].
* A version in the ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'', when Sadie is forced to choose between Anubis (yes, [[Myth/EgyptianMythology that Anubis]]) and Walt, who is ''merely'' a magician. [[spoiler:In the end, Anubis and Walt become fused, so she doesn't really have to choose.]]
* ''Literature/OksaPollock'' has Oksa, who has to choose between her childhood-friend Gut (who doesn't have the magical abilities of the people from Edefia) and Tugdual, who has those abilities.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The final season of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' had the sisters [[CosmicDeadline quickly finding and securing love and marriage.]] The secondary plot of one episode had [[HalfHumanHybrids half]]-[[OurAngelsAreDifferent whitelighter]] Paige meeting a British half-whitelighter who basically demands she marries and produce superpowerful offspring with him because it was destined to be. This doesn't sit well with her {{Muggle}} fiance Henry who spends the rest of the episode explaining why he and Paige were meant to be while the British half-whitelighter tries to show Paige that her life is too dangerous to have a human husband plus he doesn't think Henry is worthy a mate for her. The episode ends with the two men actually sparring in an alleyway.
** Earlier in season 2, Piper was torn between Dan, the {{Muggle}} love interest and Leo, who is a [[OurAngelsAreDifferent whitelighter]].
* The new series of ''Series/DoctorWho'' had Rose caught between the Doctor (magical) and Mickey (muggle). [[spoiler:She chooses the Doctor.]]
** The Season 4 finale has Rose forced to choose between the Doctor (magical) and [[spoiler: a human Doctor]] (muggle). The Doctor chooses for her, by [[spoiler:stranding her with the latter.]]
** Moving on to the Eleventh Doctor, Amy has to choose between the Doctor and Rory. [[spoiler:She ends up marrying Rory, and their daughter marries the Doctor.]]
** Done again with Clara and the Doctor (magical) and Danny (muggle), though it's implied that she would not have been happy with anything other than a life of adventure wether the Doctor was there or not.
* Continuing the theme in the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}}, Gwen Cooper of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has an UnderstandingBoyfriend Rhys, but shares {{UST}} with her boss Jack Harkness, an immortal human from the future. Resolved when [[spoiler:she marries Rhys and has a child with him, although there are still some hints of feelings between her and Jack.]]
* ''Series/BloodTies'' has Vicki's love triangle with her police officer ex, Mike, and a 500-year-old sexy vampire, Henry.
* ''Series/{{Moonlight}}'' has a very similar set-up of Beth being torn between her boyfriend Josh and TheHero Mick, a VampireDetective.
* The second season of ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' has Caroline choosing between her muggle on-and-off boyfriend Matt and werewolf Tyler. However, Caroline herself [[spoiler:is a vampire, making it a sort-of VampireWerewolfLoveTriangle (until Tyler becomes a vampire as well. ItMakesSenseInContext. She eventually hooks up with Tyler, after Matt tells her he can't handle her being a vampire.]]
** [[HotWitch Bonnie]] was briefly interested in both Jeremy, her best friend's younger brother, and newcomer Luka, a warlock. [[spoiler:Luka soon proves to be untrustworthy and she gets together with Jeremy.]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' somewhat subverts the trope - while the Angel (Vampire)/Buffy (MagicalSlayer)/Riley (human) triangle fits, by the point Riley shows up in Buffy's life she and Angel had already decided they should move on. Kind of.
* [[Series/TrueBlood Sookie]] ''thinks'' she is in one, with her boss Sam seemingly a normal guy smitten with her, while she lusts/pines for vampire Bill. [[spoiler:However, Sam isn't really human, and neither is Sookie herself.]]
* ''TheNineLivesOfChloeKing'' had Chloe, a [[{{catgirl}} Mai]], in love with her enemy's son Brian (a muggle), while being the focus of her friend Alec's (also a Mai) affections.
* This was the case in the first few episodes of ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie''; however, Tony's relationship with his {{Muggle}} fiancee didn't last long.
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' briefly dated a witchy guy named Dash while her relationship with the non-witch Harvey was going through a bit of a cooling off phase.
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Season 2 has a bit of a love triangle where the Chaste-trained Matt Murdock is busy trying to form a romantic bond with the normal Karen Page while also fighting the Hand with his old college flame, the also Chaste-trained Elektra Natchios.

[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': The Male Warden's two female romance options are Leliana and Morrigan, a BadassNormal [[TheBard bard]] and a HotWitch, respectively. (Or [[GayOption Zevran]], an elven assassin.)
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'': Since EveryoneIsBi, straight male / lesbian female Hawkes can choose between BadassNormal Isabela and CuteWitch Merrill, straight female / gay male Hawkes can choose between Mage Anders and Muggle Fenris, and bi character can enter invoke the above or a love triangle between Isabela v. Anders or Merrill v. Fenris.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'': Having introduced eight romance options(!!), this trope is in play for some Inquisitors but not others. Gay (or Bi) Male Inquisitors can choose between the {{Necromancer}} [[BadPowersGoodPeople Dorian]] and BoisterousBruiser [[HornedHumanoid Iron Bull]]. Female Elven Inquisitors can choose between one of several muggle companions (or advisers!) or the [[RealityWarper Mage]] [[EnlightenmentSuperpowers Solas]]. This trope does not apply to non-elven female Inquisitors because [[SorryImGay Dorian is gay]], [[LikeGoesWithLike Solas can only be romanced by a female elf]][[note]]Due to time and budget constraints[[/note]], and all the other love interests are muggles. This trope also doesn't apply to straight male or lesbian female Inquisitors because none of the potential female love interests are mages this time around.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect'': Male Shepard's [[LoveInterest romance options]] are the normal human soldier Ashley and the powerful telepathic [[MindOverMatter biotic]] [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe blue skinned asari]] Liara[[labelnote:*]]Female Shepard's possible love interests don't count as Liara and Kaidan are ''both'' biotic. Garrus and Tali aren't open options until later, and Wrex has bigger issues to worry about to even ''think'' of a romantic life with Sheprd[[/labelnote]].
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': Female Shepard this time, having either just Garrus the CowboyCop with ImprobableAimingSkills, or either Jacob or Thane, both of whom are biotics[[labelnote:*]]. Male Shepard's options this time are Miranda and Jack, who are ''both'' biotics. Grunt is too young, Mordin has no sex drive (standard for all salarians), Legion is a ''geth'' and has zero experience/interest on the matter, [[NonStandardGameOver you lose]] if you even ''try'' Morinth, and Kasumi and Zaeed are DLC. While you can ''try'' to advance on Samara (only attempt-able for Male Shepard), she'll turn you down[[/labelnote]].
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'': For straight female Shepard, it's Garrus or RedMage Kaidan]][[labelnote:*]]New party member James doesn't hold any romantic interest.[[/labelnote]]. For gay male Shepard, it's the biotic Kaidan or normal human shuttle pilot Cortez. For gay female Shepard, the choice could be between the biotic Liara and the normal human Intel analyst Samantha Traynor. For straight male Shepard, it could be either Liara ([[ExtremeOmnisexual gender isn't a concern for her]]) or Ashley or Tali, both of whom are just normal members of their species.
* ''VideoGame/Persona3'': The protagonist has the option of dating persona-users like [[PluckyGirl Yukari]], [[DefrostingIceQueen Mitsuru]], and [[TheCutie Fuuka]], as well as more normal high school students like [[TomboyWithAGirlyStreak Yuko]] and [[ShrinkingViolet Chihiro]]. This trope gets taken to another level with romance options for [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Aigis]] and [[DemiHuman Elizabeth]], who make the Persona-users look like {{muggles}} in comparison. The later games also allow the protagonist to date both persona-users and normal muggles.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'': Piro's current girlfriend is Kimiko, who works as a waitress and is attempting to launch a career as a voice actress; his previous girlfriend (for whom he has a lot of unresolved feelings -- [[FoeYay not all of them positive]]) is Miho, a DarkMagicalGirl.
* Bob, Jean, and Princess Voluptua in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'': Ben Tennyson has to choose between Ester, who is a half-Kraaho hybrid, and Kai, who is a regular human girl. [[spoiler: He ends up with Kai]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Corpse Bride}}'': Victor's LoveTriangle consists of him, [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage the Muggle Victoria]], and the ManicPixieDreamGirl [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot zombie]] Emily. [[spoiler:When Victoria is forced to marry someone else, he plans to die and be with Emily, but she pulls an IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': In Book 1, Mako, though being a [[ElementalPowers bender]] [[PlayingWithFire himself]], has to choose between {{Muggle}} [[UptownGirl Asami]] and [[AmazonianBeauty Korra]], who's the [[PhysicalGod Avatar]], bender of all 4 elements. He starts with Asami, breaks up with her due to [[YourCheatingHeart various]] [[LoveEpiphany reasons]] and ends up with Korra at the end of book 1.
** In Book 2, he and Korra [[FamilyVersusCareer break up]]. He and Asami kiss in the heat of the moment, but Korra comes back with EasyAmnesia and he [[WhatTheHellHero pretends the breakup didn't happen]]. She eventually gets her memories back and breaks up with him a ''second'' time.
** For the book 4 {{Grand Finale}} [[spoiler: Korra and Asami [[BiTheWay end up together]], meaning that she was the one with the choice between magic and {{muggle}} all along. ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': BadassNormal Marco Diaz's LoveTriangle consists of him, the Muggle ChildhoodFriendRomance Jackie-Lynn Thomas, and the MagicalGirlWarrior Star Butterfly, though he [[JustFriends doesn't even see Star as an option]] until she begrudgingly admits to having a crush on him after [[spoiler: he had already started a relationship with Jackie-Lynn. They have a happy relationship until she realizes that he's become unhappy on Earth following Star returning to her home dimension and that he may have developed feelings for the princess as well. She proceeds to dump him so [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy he can go live in said dimension and have a chance to be with her]]. But by that point, Star has rekindled her old relationship with JerkWithAHeartOfGold Tom.]]