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->''"Threesomes solve everything. '''Everything'''."''
-->-- '''{{Fandom}} maxim'''

In any given fandom, if there is any {{Shipping}} going on at all, there will usually be a particular couple substantially supported by both the {{Canon}} events of the series or story, and the general consensus of the fandom regarding {{Fanon}}; even if some parts of the fandom aren't thrilled about the nature of the relationship, it's generally agreed upon that the relationship does exist and cannot be easily ignored. These unbreakable couples are usually (but not always) comprised of TheProtagonist and their {{Love Interest|s}}, though they're often seen among villain groups as well. What makes this unique relationship can really only be decided by the individual viewer, and they are called OTP: OneTruePairing.

In some cases, there may be a case of [[UnwantedHarem love rivals competing for a single love interest]], and the fandom is wholly divided over which one most deserves to get the girl or guy, with larger fandoms developing into factions devoted to one relationship over another. Or it may just be a matter of a standard LoveTriangle, or a particular corner of a LoveDodecahedron where, because romantic relationships usually consist of exactly two people, one of the competing parties is eventually going to be disappointed. And sometimes, because of FanDumb, this can go overboard and cause ShipToShipCombat.

In a display of TakeAThirdOption, some fans adopt the concept of the [=OT3=]: the One True Threesome. It's just like One True Pairing, except there's three characters involved; most often this means the Hero, the Love Interest, and one of their best friends with whom they've had [[HoYay homoerotic subtext]] at some point. That way everybody's happy, the sex is kinkier, and no matter who's involved, there's always a little homoeroticism happening. It's like Give Peace a Chance, [[{{Dissimile}} only instead of Peace]], it's ThreeWaySex. While these groupings are most often the result of combining two other disputed couples, there are some examples of characters who simply group together in this way without the fandom splitting them into pairs; {{Power Trio}}s are especially ripe for [=OT3=]ing.

See also Type 8 in TriangRelations; while other relationships modeled by that trope may include three characters, the distinction of the [=OT3=] is that all three characters are involved and in some degree of love with each other. On rare occasions it's been proposed as a solution to Type 7, Type 9, or even Type 2 TriangRelations.

{{Polyamory}}, naturally, ties in with this (though it can go beyond three). Note that, while not necessarily covered by this exact trope, sometimes fans will go even further and have an [=OT4=], [=OT5=], etc. In-universe subtext goes under ThreesomeSubtext.

Not under any circumstances to be confused with the most notorious part of the ChurchOfHappyology.

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** The mildly popular Negi/Nodoka/Yue threesome. Notable in that [[CovertPervert Nodoka originated the idea herself.]]
** There's occasionally support for bringing Negi into the hugely popular Konoka/Setsuna couple.
** Konoka/Setsuna/Asuna has popped up on occasion.
* ''NeonGenesisEvangelion'' fanfiction writers occasionally resolve the [[RedOniBlueOni Rei and Asuka]] situation this way. Considering how screwed up the lead character is, this can be both played straight, comical, or ''horrifying''.
* There is a healthy fandom for Mugen/Fuu/Jin of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon''
** Considering that two of the three are canonically lesbians and the three of them [[HasTwoMommies raise little Hotaru together]], Haruka, Michiru and Setsuna are often shipped as a threesome.
** With Rei pursuing Mamoru in the [[Anime/SailorMoon first anime]], alongside the [[TheLeader leader]][=/=][[TheLancer lancer]] LesYay between her and Usagi, the three of them are also shipped together.
** Any PowerTrio of Sailor Senshi.
* Every possible threesome has been tried by the fandom of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', but the most common ones are Ranma/Ryōga/Akane and Ranma/Akane/Ukyō. Ranma being a GenderBender increases the possibilities.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]''
** The flagship [=OT3=] is Heero/Duo/Relena, somewhat rare due to Relena's [[DieForOurShip unpopularity]] among the rabid {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s.
** Don't forget Treize/Zechs/Wufei.
** And Treize/Zechs/Une. Or Heero/Trowa/Quatre. Or my favorite: Heero/Duo/Hilde. Duo/Trowa/Quatre gets little to no love, sadly.
** ''Gundam'' [[YuriFan yuri fans]] seem to like Relena/Dorothy/Hilde.
* ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' is a kind of silly example. Canon declared Rain and Domon to be the OTP, but the fans much preferred Domon with [[CuteBruiser Allenby]]. This trope was the result.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** Sakura/Naruto/Sasuke was around almost since chapter 1.
** Ino/Shikamaru/Choji, Kiba/Hinata/Shino, etc. All the teams could be seen as ready made threesomes. There are also people who avoid the pairing wars and ship Sakura/Naruto/Hinata or Ino/Shikamaru/Temari.
** Let's not forget [[BlondeBrunetteRedhead Naruto/Sasuke/Gaara]].
** And for the yuri shippers, Ino/Sakura/Hinata.
** Obito/Rin/Kakashi was mildly popular after the team's history was given focus in ''Kakashi Gaiden''. More recent revelations such as [[spoiler:Tobi's true identity as Obito]] and [[spoiler:the [[LotusEaterMachine Moon's Eye Plan]] largely stemming from Obito seeing Rin die at Kakashi's hands ([[HeroicSacrifice long story there]], but it was actually Rin ''[[SuicideByCop impaling herself]]'' on Kakashi's Lightning Cutter)]] only seem to have bolstered the threesome's standing among the fandom (assuming the fans aren't going for [[spoiler:Obito/Rin]] alone, which is also on an upturn).
* The ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' fandom has the Three Hah Brothers and (to a much lesser extent) Hiruma/Musashi/Kurita on Deimon, with occasional other threesomes popping up on the other teams, in particular Shin/Sakuraba/Takami of the Ojo White Knights.
* Kazuki/Juubei/Toshiki from ''Manga/GetBackers'' (all guys, by the way--yes, even [[UnsettlingGenderReveal Ka]][[ViewerGenderConfusion zu]][[ShesAManInJapan ki]]) fit both the "grouped as three anyway" and "ship compromise" aspects.
* In the Rikkai-centered ''PrinceOfTennis'' circles, there's Yanagi/Yukimura/Sanada, a popular dōjinshi threesome.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** The most popular are Soifon/Yoruichi/Urahara, Rukia/Ichigo/Orihime, Renji/Rukia/Ichigo and/or Ichigo/Orihime/Ishida. Chad/Ichigo/Orihime has started to rise ever since the X-Cution arc in some corners as well.
** And those are only the ''saner'' one, others dwelling in the realm of {{Crack Pairing}}s. Gems such as Ichigo/Orihime/Grimmjow, Hitsugaya/Matsumoto/Hinamori or Ishida/Nemu/[[FoeYay Ma]][[ParentalIncest yu]][[ScrewYourself ri]] (shudders) are probably not even the weirdest one out there.
** Also Ichigo/Kenpachi/Yachiru, Ichigo/Ulquiorra/Grimmjow, Aizen/Ulquiorra/Grimmjow, Aizen/Ulquiorra/Ichigo, Shinji/Ichigo/Grimmjow, Hitsugaya/Gin/Aizen, and [[NoYay many, many more.]]
** Kyoraku/Nanao/Ukitake. You know you love it.
* ''KeroroGunsou'': Keroro/Tamama/Mois. There are many other possibilities but those haven't been frequently seen on the internet. Like Natsumi/Koyuki/Giroro could work.
* ''kissxsis''; the main characters. [[spoiler:Also the teacher/Keita/the classmate]] Or [[spoiler:The teacher/her younger sister/Keita]]
* ''GakuenAlice'' has quite a handful of Natsume/Mikan/Ruka fans.
* ''AxisPowersHetalia''
** Germany/Italy/Japan (the eponymous Axis Powers), Prussia/Austria/Hungary (the [[FanNickname "Frying Pangle"]]; the middle member can be Austria or Hungary), France/Spain/Prussia ([[FanNickname "The Bad Company/Touch Trio"]]), Prussia/Germany/Italy ([[FanNickname the German Potato Sandwich]]) England/America/Japan ([[FanNickname "The Outcast Trio"]], Greece/Egypt/Turkey, Estonia/Finland/Sweden, Greece/Japan/Turkey, and Belarus/Russia/Lithuania.
** Pick ''any'' three members of the [[FanNickname F/A/C/E]] group (France, America, Canada, England), and it's guaranteed that you'll have a threesome that's gotten its share of fanworks. Some people even just go ahead with making them an [=OT4=].
** Yuri shippers have Ukraine/Hungary/Liechtenstein, the three girls with the most familiar and friendly interaction between them.
** America/England/Japan, Japan/China/South Korea, Spain/South Italy/Belgium, Spain/Austria/Hungary, Finland/Sweden/Denmark, Sweden/Denmark/Norway, Japan/Taiwan/Hong Kong, Russia/America/England, Russia/Lithuania/Poland, [[BrotherSisterIncest Belarus/Russia/Ukraine,]] Russia/China/South Korea... y'know what? Just pick ''any'' three characters and odds are more than likely that there willll be at least one work or shipper out there for them all together.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''
** Kyon/Haruhi/Mikuru and Haruhi/Kyon/Itsuki. It helps that Haruhi is canonically [[BiTheWay bisexual]] and Itsuki is...[[AmbiguouslyGay something]].
** Show some Yuki love -- Haruhi/Kyon/Yuki! Giving up and just making it a five-way communal relationship [[MemeticMutation is fine, too.]]
** While it's debatable if it is really three people or two, Kyon/Mikuru/Adult!Mikuru gets shipped occasionally.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket''
** Akito/Kureno/Shigure would be an amusing [=OT3=]. But Kyo/Yuki/Tohru could also be made a case for.
** The true [=OT3=] of ''Fruits Basket'' is the [[ThreeAmigos Mabudachi Trio]] - Shigure, Hatori, and Ayame. While this grouping has died down due to a loss of focus in the later volumes, this was one of the strongest threesomes in the fandom and was very obviously helped by Shigure and Ayame playing up the HoYay.
** There's also a slight amount of LesYay between an [=OT3=] hinted at within the first half or so of the manga between Tohru, Arisa, and Saki. There are several official art pieces of the three, some dialogue within flashback chapters don't exactly dispell it, and they're not at all shy about all sleeping in the same bed.
** There's a lot of shipping fanfics with [[FoeYay Kyo/Yuki]]/[[BiTheWay Haru.]]
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' fandom has been a suspicious rise in [[FoeYayShipping Noah/Kid/Gopher]]... and of course, Soul/Maka/Chrona (or Maka/Soul/Chrona) is amazingly popular, though not to the point of Liz/Kid/Patti. Also, although there isn't as much fanfiction and fan work done on them, Spirit/Stein/Marie is a rather popular little bit of crack in the fandom.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' fans who reject the WordOfGod about the large harem are sometimes more willing to accept Tenchi/Ryoko/Aeka as a simple [=OT3=]. Probably because Ryoko and Aeka get way more screen time and more focus on their feelings for Tenchi than any of the others.
* ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'': Himawari/Watanuki/Doumeki, a PowerTrio enforced InUniverse because while Watanuki adores Himawari, Himawari brings bad luck to anyone around her and Doumeki is pretty much the only person who can negate that "ability".
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** Fate/Nanoha/Hayate, [[PowerTrio of course]], which only got more popular after the second movie gave more focus to the relationship between the three of them.
** [=OT7=]: Hayate, the Volkenritter, Reinforce and Agito. This may be canon, but as usual, the Yagami Family dynamics aren't shown onscreen.
** Fate/Nanoha/Yuuno is rare, and usually only proposed to end the eternal ShipToShipCombat between Nanoha/Fate and Nanoha/Yuuno, but it's there.
* Ichino Yanagida/Akari Kanzaki/Kris Kristopher from ''BattleAthletesVictory'' is one of the earliest entirely [[SchoolgirlLesbians yuri]] bit of [=OT3=] shipping.
* ''MagicKnightRayearth'' has Hikaru/Umi/Fuu of the PowerTrio variety, and then Hikaru/Lantis/Eagle later on, with a bonus of the latter implied to be canon.
* ''KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'': Tomari/Hazumu/Yasuna, although the show itself did some ShipSinking for that one. And the manga went for "Choose or die!".
* Some notable ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' examples include Yami/Anzu/Yugi from ''[[Anime/YuGiOh DM]]'', Jack/Yusei/Crow from ''[[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds 5Ds]]'', Kaito/Yuma/Ryoga from ''[[Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL Zexal]]'', and the strange love triangle of Yubel/Judai/Johan, which gained popularity in the second half of Season 3 of ''[[Anime/YuGiOhGX GX]]''.
* ''SchoolRumble'': [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/WouldYouLikeFriesWithThat_7524.jpg Eri/Harima/Yakumo]], anyone? Shippers in favor are known as the Kids Meal Faction.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'':
** Or Hayate/[[{{Meido}} Maria]] / [[{{Lolicon}} Nagi]], or Hayate/Hinagiku/Nagi. Because Hayate needs someone else to keep Nagi in line.
** Except for Hayate's 'Not-a-{{lolicon}}' comments, Hayate/Nagi/Isumi could also follow that, given that Nagi and Isumi made a ChildhoodMarriagePromise.
** Given some comments and a flashback or two from the Greece Arc, [[spoiler: Hinagiku/Hayate/Athena]] could be shipped if one felt so inclined. This is made easier due to [[spoiler: Hinagiku and Athena both liking Hayate, Athena being his ex-girlfriend (with some feelings left on both sides) and Hinagiku having a mutual crush with him that [[EveryoneCanSeeIt the entire cast can see]], and both girls having a close friendship with some LesYay tones to it]]. Still not likely to happen in {{Canon}} but pretty well set up for any fans who wanted to ship them together.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Thanks to its infamous shipping community, has Ash/Misty/Brock, Ash/Gary/Misty, Ash/Pikachu/Misty, Ash/May/Misty, Ash/May/Brock, Ash/May/Drew, Ash/May/Dawn, Ash/Dawn/Brock...
** Lucy/Brock/Holly. They all deserve to be happy.
** A good portion of the fanbase basically [[DieForOurShip forgets Pikachu exists altogether]] if he's not actively being shipped (because he gets in the way of the ''OMG passion''). The better writers realize that any OTP involving Ash is inherently an [=OT3=] with Pikachu to at least some degree since he's sort of a permanent fixture in Ash's life. They will [[RuleOfFunny play this]] [[HoYay up for]] [[InterspeciesRomance all it's worth]].
** In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' any region's PowerTrio (or quartet in RGBY's case) will inevitably be [=OT3'd=] but special mention goes to the DPP crew (Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum) who are basically a ''canon'' [=OT3=], being inseparable for most of their adventure and discovering just how hard it is to be separated in a powerful {{Tearjerker}}. Their story ends with all three of them basically being parents for two baby Pokemon.
* ''DGrayMan'' fans and their Allen/Kanda/Lavi, their Lenalee/Allen/Lavi, their Kanda/Lenalee/Lavi, their Lavi/Allen/Kanda, or their Tyki/Allen/Lavi, or Tyki/Allen/Kanda, or their Lenalee/Allen/Miranda. Heck, there's even a very popular [=OT4=] pairing of Kanda/Lavi/Allen/Lenalee... which is actually kind of supported in the ''[[http://xmikanx.livejournal.com/1714.html Kuro no Bansankai]]'' Drama CD. It pretty much consists of Allen, Kanda, and Lavi being tricked into getting absolutely drunk and answering questions about their true feelings about Lenalee (with them whining about what troubles them about her, and what they like about her), which ends with them summarizing that they all like her. And with the way that they all seemed very amiable and non-possessive about it, a foursome doesn't seem ''entirely'' out of the question...
* Schneider/Wakabayashi/Kaltz, Hyuga/Tsubasa/Sanae and Misaki/Tsubasa/Sanae are shipped once in a while in the ''CaptainTsubasa'' fandom.
* ''Manga/LoveHina'': Despite Keitarou/Naru/Mutsumi being all but canon (see ThreesomeSubtext), Naru/Keitarou/Motoko is ''very'' popular among the [=OT3=] shippers.
* ''{{Mai-HiME}}'' fandom tends to gravitate heavily toward Shizuru/Natsuki/Nao, but there are also a good deal of supporters of the main PowerTrio of Natsuki/Mai/Mikoto. Those who are less fixated on the GirlsLove and DieForOurShip have been known to upgrade Mai/Mikoto/Yuuichi into a full-fledged threesome as well. The [[AlternateContinuity manga]] seemed to suggest Natsuki/Mai/Yuichi, with Mikoto and Shizuru both OutOfFocus.
* ''Manga/{{X1999}}''
** Fuuma/Kamui/Kotori, what with Kamui constantly reiterating that Fuuma and Kotori are/were his most important people and Subaru and Sorata outright stating Kamui loved them both equally, the three characters' obvious devotion to each-other (on Fuuma's part at least before [[spoiler:his supernaturally induced FaceHeelTurn]] and Fuuma and Kotori's obvious romantic/sexual feelings for Kamui. There's the small issue of Fuuma and Kotori being [[BrotherSisterIncest full-blood siblings]]... not that this has ever stops anybody. (And some try to bypass it via making Kamui the vortex and not going beyond that)
** There's a small following for Kamui/Sorata/Arashi, what with Sorata being genuinely devoted to Arashi but also getting kinda flirty with Kamui early on...
* ''Anime/{{Canaan}}'': Alphard/Maria/Canaan. Admit it, it has crossed your mind.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass''
** Lelouch/Suzaku/CC and/or Lelouch/CC/Kallen. There's also some Suzaku/Euphemia/Lelouch, which makes sense given that was almost a LoveTriangle and that Suzaku and Lelouch have had FoeYay ever since the start.
** You're behind the times. The addition of Kaguya gives us a character who ''approves'' of a Lelouch orgy, starting with C.C./Lelouch/Kallen/Kaguya, and doesn't exceed that only because she hasn't met Shirley or the bicurious Milly.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''
** There's a rather lot of Gokudera/Tsuna/Yamamoto and a lot of Hibari/Tsuna/Mukuro, too.
** Also noteworthy: Mukuro/Dino/Hibari, Byakuran/Mukuro/Tsuna, Hibari/Squalo/Yamamoto, Yamamoto/Dino/Hibari, Yamamoto/Gokudera/Hibari.
* [[TwinThreesomeFantasy Keiichi/Mion/Shion]] are a favorite [=OT3=] of the ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' fandom. Or Keiichi/Rena/Mion. Or even Keiichi/Rika/Satoko for that matter. Without Keiichi, there is Mion/Shion/X or Mion/Rena/X. On the ToyShip front, there's Rika/Satoko/Hanyuu.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''
** Kaname/Sousuke/Tessa are a rather popular [=OT3=], as well as Kaname/Sousuke/Nami. And yes, even an [=OT4=] of Gauron/Sousuke/[[TwinThreesomeFantasy Xia Yu Fan/Xia Yu Lan]].
** There ''are'' fans of Kurz/Mao/Sousuke. It probably doesn't help that ''both'' Kurz and Mao have flirted with Sousuke on more than one occasion. Or that Mao has been shown to [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/full_metal_panic_sigma/v04/c015/13.html play]] [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/full_metal_panic_sigma/v04/c015/26.html between]] the two of them (with ''both'' Kurz and Sousuke separately blushing at her "heartfelt" words).
** Mao has quite a bit of LesYay with Tessa; as the resident LovableSexManiac, it's hard to imagine Kurz objecting to a threeway, especially with his adorable captain.
* ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}''
** Koyomi/Senjougahara/Kanbaru is teased a little, and actually makes sense if you think about it. Yes, Senjougahara is in the middle (oddly, she might be the only one against it).
** As of episode 14, you can probably add Hanekawa to the mix, this time with Koyomi as the vortex.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''
** There are a few fanfics with an ''[=OT7=]!!'' featuring all 7 main characters. More common than the [=OT7=] is an [=OT5=], excluding Mori and Hunny. The rationale is usually {{Shotacon}}-related {{Squick}} that leads to not wanting to ship Hunny with anybody... and Mori would never involve himself in anything without Hunny.
** Haruhi/Hitachiin Twins is a quite fairly popular [=OT3=] ship.
** Twins/anybody is are fairly popular [=OT3=] ships. It's not uncommon to find Kyouya or Tamaki in the third slot.
** Kyouya/Tamaki/Haruhi, and at least based on the show, this one is perhaps the closest to being supported.
* The ''VideoGame/DinosaurKing'' anime's PowerTrio of Max, Rex, and Zoe seem to be a ready-made [=OT3=]. It helps that Zoe tried to kiss Max in episode 58 and kissed Rex in episode 79.
* Tomo/Kagura/Osaka from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' has gained some popularity.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon''
** Rock and Revy are obviously in love, even though they don't want to admit it. Revy and Eda are extremely close friends, and probably the only person that the other truely trusts. Eda has also been known to flirt with Rock. Rock/Revy/Eda was inevitable.
** Rotton/Sawyer/Shenhua, who canonly cohabitate and spend all their time together.
* Rare in ''Manga/DeathNote'' fic, mainly because most conceivable combinations would involve a female somewhere (and [[HetIsEw Het is VERY MUCH Ew]] in this fandom). Nonetheless, among the less het-averse sections of the fandom can be found Mello-Near-Halle, Light-L-Misa, Light-Misa-Takada, Light-Mikami-Misa and Light-Mikami-Takada advocates, L-Light-Matsuda, and you'll occasionally see Ryuk-Light-L, and some Misa-Sayu-Matsuda (considering older!Sayu's fangirling of Misa as well as Matsuda's crush on her) while some rare Melloshippers throw Mello-Matt-Near together. There's also Beyond-L-Naomi, [[http://2yarik-aka-gingi.deviantart.com/art/Meet-BBxLxLight-126924658 Beyond-L-Light]], and [[http://bret13.deviantart.com/art/A-bite-for-the-sake-of-Mikami-199207526 L-Light-Mikami]]. [[BrotherSisterIncest Light-Misa-Sayu]] has been shipped as well, but [[LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami not seriously]].
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}''
** The PowerTrio Kida/Anri/Mikado is a big [=OT3=]. Especially because of [[spoiler:each of them is some sort of "gang" leader, which also kinda makes them enemies, ergo, unintended FoeYay.]]
** Walker/Erika/Kadota. It helps that Walker and Erika both explicitly ship it, though they seem to disagree of which of them would be the vortex.
** Erika declares Shizuo/Kadota/Izaya to be her [=OT3=] [[AllThereInTheManual in a side story]].
** Celty/Shinra/Shizuo seems to have a presence in the fandom as well.
** Izaya/All Of Humanity/Saika.
** From the novels, we have [[spoiler:Mairu/Aoba/Kururi]].
** Izaya/Mikado/Shizuo is also surprisingly very popular given the little interaction Mikado and Shizuo have.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''
** Integra/Alucard/Seras is thought by some to be an excellent way of avoiding ShipToShipCombat... though only in the TV series.
** OTOH, in the Manga Seras has Pip Bernadotte... but considering how it went, [[spoiler: both of them are in a symbiotic relationship after his HeroicSacrifice for her]], so turns any pairing with Seras (or Pip) in an [=OT3=] automatically.
** Anderson/Integra/Alucard was a popular one a few years ago.
* ''{{Working}}'': Kyoko/Yachiyo/Jun makes for much less angsty fics.
* ''Alice/Oz/Gilbert in ''Manga/PandoraHearts''. Alternatively [[StepfordSmiler Oz]]/[[{{Tsundere}} Elliot]]/[[{{Yandere}} Leo]].
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''
** The niche ship Greed/Ling/Lan Fan, though this is less because Ling/Lan Fan shippers and Greed/Lan Fan shippers can't settle their disputes any other way and more because it actually ''works''. The fact that [[spoiler:Ling and Greed share a body]] also helps.
** Ed/Winry/Al, despite the possible incest squick. This is mostly because when [[spoiler:Ed and Winry become an official couple]] many feel bad for Al or get the sense that he's 'left out'; another reason is because Ed and Al argued over who would marry Winry when they were kids.
* ''PeachGirl'' has had several of these pop up, the most common being Kairi/Momo/Toji. Kairi/Ryo/Sae is less common, but not as obscure as you'd think.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'' has spawned several different combinations including Manga/InuYasha/Kagome/Kouga, Manga/InuYasha/Kagome/Sesshomaru, and Manga/InuYasha/Kagome/Kikyo as well as various others (the latter to resolve one of the most bizarre {{Love Triangle}}s in manga history, given that two of the participants are [[ReincarnationRomance technically the same person]]).
* ''Manga/PeacemakerKurogane''
** Tetsu/Saya/Suzu is set up as a ToyShip example.
** Nagakura/Harada/Todo appears quite often as well. They're refereed to as the Three Jokers and are usually seen together.
* Being based on a dating game, ''VisualNovel/{{Hakuouki}}'' sees a lot of this. Okita/Chizuru/Heisuke has extensive official artwork of the three together. The most popular threesome is probably Okita/Chizuru/Saitou. Though... anyone up for some Okita/Saitou/Hijikata?
* Dr. Kenzo Tenma, Johan Liebert and Nina Fortner in ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', despite (or maybe ''because'') of the {{Twincest}} [[TwinThreesomeFantasy angle]]. Or alternatively, Kenzo with Eva Heinemann and Roberto. Or Kenzo/Roberto/Heinrich Runge.
* In ''[[Manga/AhMyGoddess Oh My Goddess!]]''' fandom, [=OT3=]s are usually [[NiceGuy Keiichi]] and [[MagicalGirlfriend Belldandy]] finally solidifying their love, and looking to share. Common thirds are [[CoolBigSis Urd]] ([[ShipperOnDeck who helped bring the two together]]), [[LoveGoddess Peorth]], and [[IceQueen Sayoko]] (who have [[ShipTease Ship Teased]] with Keii). More common, though, is [[IncestSubtext Bell/Urd/Skuld]].
* ''InfiniteStratos'' has the mildly popular Ichika/Charlotte/Laura threesome. Notable since there are a few hints that it could be possible in canon; Charlotte and Laura are good friends, and Charlotte has been [[ShipperOnDeck pushing Laura to get closer to Ichika]].
* ''Manga/DragonBall''
** An [=OT3=] that's become a bit more popular is Android 17/Krillin/Android 18.
** Goten/Trunks/Marron is slowly gaining followers among those who can't imagine the two men not being in a relationship but can see them with women as well. Marron is sometimes paired up in an [=OT3=] with Pan and Bra as well, though it doesn't seem as common as pairing her with Goten and Trunks.
** Lately I've been seeing a lot of Future Trunks/Goten/Present-timeline Trunks.
** The [[http://dragonkink.livejournal.com DBZ Kink meme]] has quite a bit of Bulma/Vegeta/Yamcha.
** Gohan/Videl/Future Trunks is starting to emerge as well.
* Despite the [[BrotherSisterIncest incest-y]] {{squick}}, a small part of the ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' fandom is starting to get behind the idea of Shouma/Kanba/Himari. Two or three more throw Ringo in as well.
* Fans of the Mazinger trilogy (''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'', ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'') consider Kouji/Sayaka/Maria is a solution to the most important LoveTriangle in the series (nobody seems considering Kouji/Sayaka/Boss or Tetsuya/Jun/Boss, nevertheless. [[ButtMonkey Poor Boss]]). It is lampshaded [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/tsurugi07.jpg in this]] ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' {{Yonkoma}}.
* The fandom of ''Manga/VampireKnight'' is mostly divided between Kaname fans, who ship Kaname and Yuuki, and Zero fans, who ship Zero and Yuuki. Then there are the ones who say this whole problem could be conceivably solved with a large enough bed...
* It's not hard to imagine a Ryuuji/Taiga/Kushieda relationship in ''{{LightNovel/Toradora}}'', since both male/female pairs in the trio have unambiguous mutual attractions, and Taiga/Kushieda are about as close to SchoolgirlLesbians as you can get without it actually being canonical.
* ''Manga/HidamariSketch'': Hiro/Sae/Natsume. Miyako/Yuno/Arisawa.
* ''YuruYuri'': Yui/Kyouko/Ayano.
* ''Manga/{{Yuyushiki}}'': Yuzuki/Yui/Yukari. It's an event horizon between canon and fanon.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Take your pick: Mami/Madoka/Homura, Mami/Kyouko/Sayaka, or Sayaka/Madoka/Homura. [[http://mangafox.me/manga/mahou_shoujo_madoka_magica_the_different_story/v03/c012/49.html The end of]] ''The Different Story'' outright [[ShipTease teases]] Mami/Kyouko/Sayaka (at the very least they would make a nice {{Ship Mate|s}} to Madoka/Homura).
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'': [[DistressedDude Brief]]/[[LovableSexManiac Panty]]/[[ElegantGothicLolita Stocking]]. There are a few fanarts where Panty and Stocking sensually tease or even flirt with Brief.
* Being a harem and all, ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'' does have a popular OT3 in the form of [[ChivalrousPervert Issei]]/[[TeamMom Rias]]/[[NumberTwo Akeno]].
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' boasts several examples, consisting mainly of each season's Power Trio: [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Tai/Sora/Matt, Mimi/Izzy/Joe]], [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Davis/Ken/Yolei, Davis/Kari/TK]], [[Anime/DigimonTamers Rika/Takato/Henry]], [[Anime/DigimonFrontier Takuya/Koji/Zoe]], [[Anime/DigimonSavers Marcus/Yoshino/Thomas]], [[Anime/DigimonXrosWars Taiki/Nene/Kiriha]]... The list goes on.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has Eren/Mikasa/Armin (the main trio), Bertolt/Reiner/Annie ([[spoiler:the Titan trio]]), and Erwen/Levi/Eren (for those who couldn't decide between [[ActionHero Eren]]/[[TheStoic Levi]] or [[ColonelBadass Erwen]]/[[NumberTwo Levi]]).
* Some ''Anime/{{Free}}'' fans [[ShipToShipCombat fight bitterly]] over whether Haruka should be paired with [[ChildhoodFriend Makoto]] or [[TheRival Rin]]. Others opt for the [[AnimalMotif dolphin sandwich]]. Still more stack Nagisa and Rei on the pile to make an [=OT5=].
* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'' two of the primary ships since episode one have been [[LesYay Ryuko/Mako]] and [[FoeYay Ryuko/]][[LesYay Satsuki]], so naturally some people starting shipping all three together. The few interactions Satsuki had with Mako has her treated considerably better than the other no-star students or even one-star students, and episode 22 has plenty of fuel. The finale ups the ante and has the three go on a date after everything is over.
* ''Anime/StarDriver'' has Takuto/Wako/Sugata, with the added bonus of being more or less canon by the end of the series.
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* Harpie Lady Sisters, Queen's/King's/Jack's Knight, Dark Magician/Dark Magician Girl/Dark Magician of Chaos (feel free to substitute with other magicians), pretty much anything remotely human in ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' that comes in threes.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* {{Archie}}/Betty/Veronica, of course, seeing as it would be the ultimate happy ending to [[BettyAndVeronica one of the longest-running dilemmas in comic book history.]]
* [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Danny Rand]]/Misty Knight/[[LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]]. They're [[http://community.livejournal.com/scans_daily/4216592.html very close]], Danny/Misty is canon, and when Luke had a baby, he named her after Daniel. Aww.
** Danny Rand/Jessica Jones/Luke Cage seems to be pretty popular as well.
** Some people have all four together, Sometimes with Colleen Wing coming for a visit.
* There are three potential Threesomes that revolve around the Barbara Gordon/Richard Grayson relationship. [[Comicbook/TeenTitans Starfire]]-ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}-[[ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey Oracle]] covers the Love Triangle that revolves around Grayson, Oracle-ComicBook/BlackCanary-Nightwing covers the Triangle that revolves around Gordon, and there are several possibilites that involve Nightwing and Batman that veer off into bizarre fan theories.
** Barbara gets a couple more in from fans who enjoy her brief flirtations with the second Blue Beetle, Ted Kord-- Black Canary-Oracle-Blue Beetle and Oracle- [[HoYay Blue Beetle - Booster Gold]].
* ''Comicbook/TeenTitans''
** Tim/Bart/Kon. A very popular ship, especially given ''Comicbook/YoungJustice''. (Id + Ego + Superego = they belong together!)
** When the world was a better place, Steph/Tim/Cass was a fan favorite. The memory lives on in old fanfiction.
* Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}[=/=]Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}[=/=]MJ turns up every once in a while. On rarer occasions [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]] / [[Comicbook/CaptainAmerica Steve Rogers]] / [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]] or Tony/Steve/Pepper Potts or the "Cold Irony" ship (Tony/Steve/Tony's Sentient Armor, because Iron + Tony = "Irony" and Steve was frozen). Or just really Tony/Steve/? (there have been Spider-Man, War Machine or Jan Van Dyne in the "?" place).
** And of course, there's the fandom of Spidey/MJ/Black Cat or Spidey/MJ/Gwen... and sometimes MJ/Gwen/Black Cat
** Weirdly enough, [[Comicbook/{{UltimateMarvel}} Ultimate Spider-Man]] implies that [[BuryYourGays Gwen]] was trying to initiate this, since in a [[BiTheWay line,]] she mentions that she crushes more on MJ than on Peter.
** Steve/Bucky/Black Widow, Steve/Bucky/Hawkeye, Bucky/Falcon/Black Widow, Bucky/Steve/[[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]]...
* Cosmic Boy/Lightning Lad/Saturn Girl from ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'', given the closeness of the trio in canon. Ultra Boy/Apparition/Timber Wolf from the post-Zero Hour Legion isn't too beyond the pale, either.
** From [[WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes the cartoon]], we have Superman/Brainiac 5/Kell-El.
* Really weirdly, the ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' {{fandom}} has taken a liking to Laurie/Dan/Rorschach. It would only be possible in an [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]]. Fandom has happily provided the [=AUs=]. Fits the "canon couple (Dan/Laurie) + subtexty partnership (Dan/Rorschach)" type.
* ''ComicBook/StrangersInParadise'' has the wildly popular fan pairing Katchoo-Francine-David, though canon is a lot more complicated; see {{Polyamory}}.
* [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine]] is a popular {{Fanon}} resolution to that particular FlameBait of a triangle. Of course, Cyclops/[[BettyAndVeronica Jean Grey/Emma Frost]] is popular too. Magneto/Rogue/Gambit is almost official from Rogue's side.
* There's considerable love for [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce]]/[[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark/Lois]] in fanfic as a way to resolve the opposing pulls of a popular OfficialCouple and a popular HoYay target, sometimes expanded to an [=OT4=] of Bruce/[[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} Selina]]/Clark/Lois.
** The crackier Clark/Lois/[[CargoShip Metropolis.]] (Which is sort of canon, as Lois once commented that she's much more jealous of the city than of the scantily-clad superheroines Supes hangs out with.)
** The Big Three, Clark/Bruce/[[ComicBook/WonderWoman Diana]]. In Mark Waid's "ComicBook/TheKingdom" miniseries, the Kingdom Come versions of Clark and Diana have a son with Bruce as the godfather - and the grown-up kid refers to them as his ''three'' parents. An AU featured in ''Trinity'' just had the three of them get married, basically.
** Catwoman/Ivy/Harley (see especially ''ComicBook/GothamCitySirens''), Catwoman/Ivy/Batgirl, Ivy/Harley/Batgirl, and Joker/Harley/Ivy (which is, at the very least, a canonical LoveTriangle).
* In the ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'' fandom, Patriot/Hawkeye/Speed turns up with some regularity.
* In ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'', the HoYay between the titular characters is rounded out by Seccotine's semi-canon relationship with Spirou and her FoeYay with Fantasio.
* Jason/Roy/Kori was part of what was the first wave of fanart for ''ComicBook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws''. After the title had ONLY been announced. And after issue one, in which Starfire has sex with Roy, and Jason states he'd "been with" her. In what might be a conscious rejection of the trope (and/or a {{retcon}}), issue six reveals this to have been spending the entire night talking with her. Which hasn't stopped the fanart at all.
* Some ''{{Runaways}}'' fans like Nico/Karolina/Xavin. The possibility was even brought up in the comic, when Xavin impersonated Nico and tried to seduce Karolina, but Karolina was too weirded out for anything to come of it.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* ''FanFic/MisfiledDreams'' seems to be leaning towards Ash/Emily/Jenny Jr. It says something when even the characters themselves have taken notice of this.
* ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'' has Ebony/Vampire/Draco. And they actually ''do'' have a threesome in Chapter 43. [[AndZoidberg Plus Voldemort's past self.]]
* Confirmed with an [[ImportantHaircut Important]] [[http://addventure.bast-enterprises.de/245370.html Haircut]] Kaname/Sousuke/Eija of ''FanFic/DivineBlood'' are a One True Threesome with Kaname and Eija being HeterosexualLifePartners rather than LesYay as confirmed by a [[http://addventure.bast-enterprises.de/245541.html question from Mizuki]].
* ''Blog/{{Moonstuck}}'' fandom has a small following for Sunshine/Woona/Frolicsome. [[http://egophiliac.tumblr.com/post/49166028545/ The author herself]] [[http://egophiliac.tumblr.com/post/68045744752/ likes to tease]] the fans with it.
-->luna no you can’t take them both to prom…OR CAN YOU???
* A ''Literature/WingsOfFire'' fanartist, in response to the [[DieForOurShip hate]] between Starflight/Fatespeaker fans and Starflight/Sunny fans, drew [[http://2ndlightningstrike.deviantart.com/art/Story-Time-445158717 this picture]] of all three dragons cuddling together. The subtext is obvious.
* Neo/Dean/Smith in ''Film/TheMatrix'' and ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' {{Crossover}} ''Fanfic/HuntingSeries''
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[[folder:Films - Animated]]
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' fans who ship [[FanPreferredCouple Anna/Elsa]] but don't want to break up [[OfficialCouple Anna/Kristoff]] go for Kristoff/Anna/Elsa, so everyone's happy (especially Anna).
* In ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'', Victor ends up learning to love Emily enough to want to join her in the Afterlife after believing his chances with Victoria are over. And Emily loves Victor enough to step aside and push him back to Victoria (who dearly loved Victor to begin with). ...Oh well, there's always the Afterlife.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' after [[spoiler:Bo Peep got PutOnABus]], Woody/Buzz/Jessie became quite popular. [[spoiler:It was implied to be '''canon''' in [[LatinLover "Spanish Mode"]]]]. Woody/Bo/Buzz/Jessie has also picked up in popularity.
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[[folder:Films - Live Action]]
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''
** Jack Sparrow/Will Turner/Elizabeth Swann. It helped that the HoYay was... only ''just'' subtext.
** Between the first and second movie, James Norrington was often thrown in to make it an [=OT4=].
* ''Film/StarTrek''
** Kirk/Spock/Uhura. [=McCoy=] often becomes a part of this arrangment too.
** Supported by Paul Gadzikowky [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/3faces/aalr.htm starting here]].
** ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' adds more fuel, marketing them as the main PowerTrio. In the 2009 movie, Kirk's interaction with Uhura consisted of her clearly rebuffing his attempts to hit on her. Now they're on decent enough terms to discuss her relationship with Spock, and one scene is described elsewhere on this wiki as "a three-way lover's spat".
** The sequel resulted in a lot of threesomes involving John Harrison [[spoiler:aka Khan]], mostly John/Kirk/Spock.
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** Obi-Wan/Anakin/Padme, totally. The {{Novelization}} of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' almost makes it canon, with [[ManipulativeBastard Palpatine]] ''explicitly stating'' that Anakin's choice isn't between the Jedi and the Sith, but whether or not he loves Padme more than Obi-Wan.
** Luke/Han/Leia, before... [[TheReveal you]] [[TwinCest know]]. Though that hasn't stopped a lot of fans from continuing to ship that particular [=OT3=].
* Since the Holmes/Watson/Mary love triangle is [[HoYay pretty much canon]] in ''Film/SherlockHolmes'', it's no surprise some fans have taken to [=OT3=]ing them. The three of them do seem quite cozily domestic with each other in that last scene... Irene is sometimes added to the mix as well.
* ''Film/{{Inception}}''
** Arthur/Ariadne/Eames is quite popular. As is Arthur/Ariadne/Cobb.
** Cobb/Mal/anyone isn't the most popular combination, but it makes a lot of sense, metaphorically speaking, as [[spoiler:Mal exists only inside Cobb's head at this point.]]
* ''Film/TheAvengers''
** Having unexpectedly copious amounts of Tony Stark/Bruce Banner HoYay, along with expectedly copious amounts of Steve Rogers/Tony Stark HoYay, some fans have resolved this with an [=OT3=] that's worth it for the PortmanteauCoupleName alone: [[ComicBook/IronMan Stark]] [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Spangled]] [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Banner]].
** Similarly, those wanting to run with the Steve/Tony HoYay but not wanting to break up Tony/Pepper go with Pepper/Steve/Tony and those who want Tony/Bruce go with Tony/Bruce/Pepper.
** With the release of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', this expanded to include any combination of the foursome Steve/Bucky/Sam/Natasha, and any variant combinations with the pairings above.
** Others solve the problem by the simple expedient of letting the entire cast of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse have a wild orgy.
* Flynn/Lora/Alan is a RunningGag in ''Film/{{Tron}}'' fandom, backed up by the fact Lora dated Flynn before marrying Alan. However, few are actually brave enough to write it.
* ''Film/SkyHigh'' has a [[http://archiveofourown.org/works?utf8=%E2%9C%93&work_search%5Bsort_column%5D=revised_at&work_search%5Brelationship_ids%5D%5B%5D=121459&work_search%5Bother_tag_names%5D=&work_search%5Bquery%5D=&work_search%5Blanguage_id%5D=&work_search%5Bcomplete%5D=0&commit=Sort+and+Filter&tag_id=Sky+High+%282005%29 surprising]] amount of [[TheHero Will]]/[[SilkHidingSteel Layla]]/[[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Warren]] fics, given the amount of DieForOurShip going on in the fandom.
* In ''{{Skyfall}}'' James Bond seduces Severine, the villain's kept woman. The villain Silva, who is obviously a fan of FoeYay, caresses Bond while he has him tied to a chair. Later, when Severine enters the picture again, Silva greets her by saying, "Darling, your lover''s'' are here." This has led to not a few fics positing a ''ménage à trois'' in the event of Bond joining or being forced to stay with Silva.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** [[PowerTrio Harry/Ron/Hermione]], obviously.
** Harry/Ginny/Luna seems popular in fanfic.
** As does Harry/Ginny/Hermione.
** Or [[GirlOnGirlIsHot Hermione/Ginny/Luna]].
** James and Lily, being kind of important as a couple, are often paired with Lupin, Severus, or Sirius depending on the author's favorite Seventies era student. James/Sirius/Lupin gets some love.
** Remus/Sirius/Tonks, with the added bonus that Sirius and Tonks are [[KissingCousins cousins]].
** Lunar Harmony (Harry/Hermione/Luna) has a relatively small but dedicated fanbase.
** Hermione/Draco/Blaise has become mildly popular in smutfics.
** Hermione/Snape/Lucius seems to become more popular by the day for those who like older men. As have Bellatrix/Lucius/Narcissa and Katie/Alicia/Angelina.
** Harry/Hermionie/Draco combines three of the most popular ships (Harry/Hermionie, Drarry, Dramionie)
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''
** There's Arwen/Aragorn/Boromir.
** Or Arwen/Aragorn/Éowyn. Throw Faramir in the mess for extra points.
** Don't forget Éomer/Aragorn/Faramir!
** Or Legolas/Aragorn/Arwen, or even Aragorn/Arwen/Frodo.
** Legolas/Aragorn/Éomer, Aragorn/Faramir/Boromir and [=OT4=] Sam/Frodo/Merry/Pippin.
** Rosie/Sam/Frodo isn't as popular, probably because Rosie barely appears in either the books or movies, but it's out there. Considering that [[spoiler:Rosie and Sam kept taking care of Frodo after they got married]], this one works ''really'' nicely.
* For ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', Peter/Susan/Caspian and Edmund/Lucy/Caspian are fairly popular, particularly because of [[TheFilmOfTheBook the movies.]] There is also Susan/Caspian/Lucy, although it's rarer.
* Guenevere/Arthur/Lancelot in ''Literature/TheFionavarTapestry'' and probably plenty of others.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' just ''asks'' for these with its LoveDodecahedron nature. Firestar/Sandstorm/Spottedleaf, Crowfeather/Feathertail/Leafpool, Squirrelflight/Ashfur/Brambleclaw, and Graystripe/Silverstream all solve a lot of problems. This is made even better when you take into account that some cats have had three love interests, thus creating the [=OT4s=] Firestar/Spottedleaf/Cinderpelt/Sandstorm, Squirrelflight/Ashfur/Brambleclaw/Stormfur, and Crowfeather/Feathertail/Leafpool/Nightcloud.
* Laurence/Granby/Tharkay in the ''{{Temeraire}}'' series is becoming quite popular.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
** Theon/Jon/Robb (abbrev: THEJOBB) seems to be popular.
** Jon/Tyrion/Dany has its followers, and is not too unlikely, considering that as a Targaryen Queen, Dany would likely be allowed to take multiple husbands.
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''
** Percy/Nico/Annabeth is gaining speed in the fandom.
** Depending how it's viewed, the end solution to the [[spoiler:Anubis/Sadie/Walt]] triangle could be considered a canon version of this.
* ''Literature/WaterForElephants'': August/Marlena/Jacob definitely has some appeal. This will really take off once the movie comes out, since it stars RobertPattinson, [[Film/InglouriousBasterds Christoph Waltz]] and Reese Witherspoon. Curiously similar to ''Sophie's Choice'', since both [[spoiler:older males have volatile tempers due to mental health problems, both younger men are sort of 'adopted' into an established marriage and both younger men end up sleeping with the woman.]]
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''
** [[LoveTriangle Obviously enough]], Edward/Jacob/Bella. Even in the first book, there's HoYay between Edward and Jacob. Then ''Breaking Dawn'' gave us Edward telling Bella [[MyGirlIsASlut she could have as many kids as she wanted with Jacob.]]
** The relatively popular Alice/Bella/Edward, Alice/Edward/Jasper and Edward/Bella/Carlisle.
** It’s weird that there isn’t more Edward/Bella/Rosalie, given that Carlisle and Esme initially hoped to set Edward up with her, and the way Rosalie and Bella get [[LesYay quite close]] in Breaking Dawn.
** From the wolves the most popular ones are Jacob/Embry/Quil and Jacob/Seth/Leah.
* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse gives us Jaina/Zekk/Jag, which almost became canon in the Literature/DarkNestTrilogy. Ben/Taryn/Trista (hinted at), Zekk/Taryn/Trista (also hinted at), [[KissingCousins Ben/Jac]][[MentorShip en/Tahiri]] (we could ship...on Ship!), Luke/Corran/Mirax (Luke even hinted as such in ''I, Jedi''.), Luke/Corran/Mara (more Stackpole subtext, which is not very subtextual unless it's HoYay but a lot more subtextual than his spiritual heir Troy Denning), Ahsoka/a clone/another clone.
* In ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'' there’s Lief/Barda/Jasmine
* Very nearly canon in ''Literature/TheLionsOfAlRassan'' with Ammar/Jehane/Rodrigo.
* It might well have solved some fairly major problems if the setting of ''GoneWithTheWind'' had been one in which an Ashley/Melanie/Scarlett OneTrueThreesome had been a possible option.
* The ''Literature/{{GONE}}'' series has the [[FanNickname ''Devils trinity'']] which consists of [[TheDragon Drake]]/[[BigBad Caine]]/[[DarkChick Diana]]. This ship is popular, mainly because these three characters have many conflicting (and popular) ships, like [[HoYay ''Cake'']] (Drake/Caine), [[BetaCouple ''Caina'']] (Caine/Diana, actually canon) and [[FoeYay ''Driana'']] (Drake/Diana).
* In ''Literature/LesMiserables'' fandom, there is the technically canon threesome of Joly/Musichetta/Bossuet, and in some fanfics the main love triangle is solved by shipping Cosette/Marius/Eponine.
* In ''Further TalesOfTheCity'', Anna Madrigal jokes that Mary Ann, Brian, and Michael are her favorite couple. The trio really don't mind this notion at all.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Audrey/Duke/Nathan in ''Series/{{Haven}}''.
* Zoe/Mal/Wash in ''{{Firefly}}''.
** Simon/Kaylee/Jayne, and occasionally Simon/River/Kaylee or Simon/Inara/Kaylee.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Doctor (usually 9)/Rose/Jack Harkness. This came as close to canon as possible for a kids' show: Jack and Rose are both in love with the Doctor, Jack and Rose also fancy each other, the Doctor loves Rose (but CannotSpitItOut and never states whether it's romantic love or something else) and merrily flirts with Jack, and all three pairings get romantic and sweet kissing scenes. Jack in particular just flat-out ships himself with the other two.
** Doctor/Master/Rani got some FoeYay in "Mark of the Rani", though they don't get much support in comparison to the ever-popular Doctor/Master.
** Two/Jamie/Zoe, [[http://i40.tinypic.com/2rxz8nm.png as seen here]]; three characters, one hairdo. There's an RL platonic element to this one. The three actors were quite close and, according to Frazer Hines, even made some of the other actors jealous on the set of "The Five Doctors". Hines also stated that none of the constant hugging was scripted -- it just came natural.
** Eleven/Amy/Rory (as pictured above) is a bit of a variation. Rory is [[SingleTargetSexuality completely Amy-sexual]], Amy is in love with Rory but obsessed with the Doctor and wants to fit them both into her love life somehow, and the Doctor consciously represses his attraction to Amy (cf. "Amy's Choice"), but quickly grows to really like Rory with ''heaps and heaps'' of HoYay. Fandom seems to have embraced it big time. their idea of a honeymoon is to run off with the Doctor in the [=TARDIS=], [[http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee81/Maki_P/wedding_09.jpg And they look gorgeous]]. Though after Amy and Rory were revealed to be [[spoiler:the Doctor's mother- and father-in-law]], this was largely abandoned... until Eleven ([[CloudCuckooLander being Eleven]]) decided that this was in no way a reason to stop randomly snogging Rory.
** Five/Tegan/Turlough and Five/Tegan/Nyssa. Five/Adric/Nyssa/Tegan could almost be an [=OT4=] (as well as picking any three of them to make an [=OT3=]).
** Ten/Rose/Handy (Handy here being the fan nickname for 10.5, the duplicate Doctor that grew from the Doctor's severed hand. Long story. ''Really'' long story.) Some people don't think it's quite fair that Rose should have to choose one of them and leave the other pining for her until the end of his days. Or something equally dramatic.
** Quite a few people seem to like Barbara/lan/Susan.
** It's pretty much a grab bag with ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', as EveryoneIsBi.
* ''Series/{{House}}''
** While it might be slightly abusive, fucked up and Wilson/Cuddy tend to also act like House's parents, House/Wilson/Cuddy is still a firm favourite in the fandom.
** Until [[spoiler:Amber's death]], more than a few fans were getting into Amber/Wilson/House as well.
** There is no shortage of House/Wilson/Stacy, Chase/Cameron/Thirteen, and Chase/Foreman/Thirteen.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** In ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', we had Tommy/Kim/Kat, and Jason/Tommy/Kim. [[LauncherOfaThousandShips Just Tommy in general.]]
** Despite more than a few common non-romantic trios throughout the years, [=OT3=] shipping really didn't hit its stride in ''PR'' until ''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Dino Thunder]]'', in which some fans started trying to pair Conner/Kira/Ethan. Though before tat, [[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce Wes/Jen/Eric]] was pretty popular.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''
** Matt/Ted/Bennet, until [[spoiler:Ted's death.]]
** [[FoeYay Sylar/Peter/Elle]]. [[FixFic (Even after Elle's death.)]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQZ96DnE3qk&feature=related Some throw Adam]] and Mohinder into the above mix as well.
** Season four has given us the carny [=OT3=] of Samuel/Lydia/Edgar.
* Bernard/Fran/Manny in ''BlackBooks''. Three co-dependent friends, both of the guys being quite confused about their sexuality but usually too drunk to care, and most of the plot revolving around extreme boredom. The fanfic writes itself.
* Series/{{Chuck}}/Sarah/Casey.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has Uhura/Sulu/Chekov. And [[TheKirk Kirk]] / [[TheSpock Spock]] / [[TheMcCoy McCoy]]!
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''
** Paris/Kim/Torres.
** Seven/Janeway/Chakotay takes the sexual tension established between Janeway and Chakotay throughout the series, takes the mentor/student (or mother/daughter) dynamic between Seven and Janeway to the next level, and reluctantly lets in the out-of-left-field pairing of Seven and Chakotay we had tacked on to the last episode of the series.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' gives us Bashir/O'Brien/Keiko, Bashir/O'Brien/Garak and Jadzia/Kira/Sisko.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' Canon included O'Brien/Keiko/Kira, when Kira ''literally'' bore Kieko & O'Brien's baby.
** The most popular ones in Series/StarTrekEnterprise are Archer/Trip/T’Pol and Archer/Trip/Malcolm.
** For Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration, there’s probably some Worf/Riker/Deanna and Tasha/Geordi/Data out there.
* In ''Series/{{MASH}}'' fanfics, Hawkeye/BJ/Peg is the most popular [=OT3=] with Trapper/Hawkeye/Margaret a close second.
* ''Series/ICarly'' has Carly/Sam/Freddie aka Creddiam. Freddie/Sam/Spencer is another pretty popular one.
* {{Victorious}} has Cat/Tori/Jade, aka Catorade as it's most popular [=OT3=].
* Michael/Fiona/Sam, ''Series/BurnNotice''.
* Will Scarlett, Djaq and Allan-a-Dale from the 2006 version of ''Series/RobinHood''.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** Marshall/Lily/Barney: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQDZegZo-Cc This is a blooper. Don't worry, you didn't miss an episode.]] And Ted/Lily/Marshall, Ted/Barney/Marshall, and Ted/Robin/Barney seem to have their followers as well.
** Marshall/Lily/Robin is popular, especially given Lily's admission that she's had sexual dreams about Robin and [[ItMakesSenseInContext their pretty enthusiastic kiss]].
** Barney with all the girls, because he's Barney.
** All five of them have such unbelievable chemistry with each other that some people outright ship the group as an [=OT5=].
* The ''TopGear'' fandom has a lot of [=OT3=] fic. Sometimes the third party is a ''[[CargoShip car]]''.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** Despite the massive ShipToShipCombat, some fans are followers of Angel/Buffy/Spike. This is acknowledged in one Joss Whedon-written issue of the canonical ''Buffy'' Season 8 comic book, where it is revealed that [[spoiler:Buffy's sexual fantasy is a threesome between her, Angel and Spike. Even more kinky, she wears a nurse uniform. And they're chained to her.]]
** Throw Dru in for super awesome PTB points.
** Buffy\Angel\Faith is another big one, what with Buffy and Faith having Les Yay out the wazoo and Angel and Faith having enough chemistry to get a spin-off comic series out of it.
** Oz/Willow/Tara could solve plenty of problems.
** Buffy/Willow/Xander had quite a number of supporters in the early seasons.
** Or take a look at "I Am What I Am", on the FanFicRecommendations page to find Buffy/Xander/Faith in a Type 8 triangle. ItMakesSenseInContext.
** Warren / [[AmbiguouslyGay Andrew]] / [[MauveShirt Jonathan]] isn't that uncommon, you know...
** Buffy/Willow/Tara has quite a few supporters too, especially when you consider that Willow & Tara moved in to the Summers' house and were already essentially honorary big sisters to Dawn anyway.
** Given Dru's happiness at the three of them being together again and Angelus' implied past relationship with both Dru and Spike, Angelus/Drusilla/Spike is the obvious conclusion. Darla is sometimes included. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' when Angel and Spike each admitted to having tried for (and failed to get) a threesome with Darla and Drusilla.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''
** The unexpected family-like closeness among the original cast (Angel, Cordy, and Doyle) won many fans, some of whom 'shipped the whole threesome. This went double for Angel, Cordy, and Wes -- after fans forgave the latter for [[ReplacementScrappy replacing Doyle]], that is.
** Gunn/Fred/Wes, to reconcile the [[ShipToShipCombat shipwars]]. BigBad Jasmine even hinted to Gunn and Wes that they should do this in order to stop fighting over Fred.
* In ''Series/DueSouth'' fandom, the fact that Fraser Has Two Rays has caused both the Ray Wars and the occasional threesome.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Monica/Chandler/Joey. Monica/Chandler being HappilyMarried, Chandler and Joey being HeterosexualLifePartners and Monica single-handidly feeding Joey for years. When Monica and Chandler buy a house they include a 'Joey Room' and both of them talk about him growing old with them. For their one year anniversary Monica books them a romantic trip away...''to see Joey in Vegas''. (Notably they're annoyed when the rest of the gang come along, but had no issues when it was just them and Joey).
* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'': Due to huge amounts of subtext between everyone involved, there is a small subset of the fandom that ships Jack Carter/Nathan Stark/Allison Blake. Allison and Nathan used to be married, Jack and Allison have had UnresolvedSexualTension since the very first episode and were married in an alternate universe, and Jack and Nathan have epic FoeYay. [[spoiler:[[KilledOffForReal Nathan's death]] seems to have merely spawned a host of resurrection fics, rather than stop the shipping]]. Nathan spent twelve hours in-canon [[WillTheyOrWontThey analyzing Allison and Jack's relationship]], tormenting Jack with his and Allison's romantic past, [[EstrogenBrigadeBait walking around without a shirt on]], and implying the [[DoubleEntendre size of the...]] ''shoes'' that Jack must fill. In turn, Jack had quite a few [[YoureJustJealous jealous]] and StupidSexyFlanders moments, but slipped in there, "Still. It's really great seeing you again", implying that they're not all 'Foe' on the [[HoYay 'Yay']]. [[spoiler:This is all in Jack's mental projection of how he remembers Nathan, and Nathan was crucial in resolving Jack's issues and getting him together with Allison.]]
* In the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' fandom, the solution to the Parker/Hardison vs. Eliot/Hardison seems to have mostly resolved itself in this fashion.
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'' Fans of the Ho Yay in the show don't seem to have a problem including Peter's wife Elizabeth in the fun (probably because she is so awesome, and because she and Peter are so adorably HappilyMarried). It also helps that Elizabeth, while being fiercely devoted to Peter, isn't shy about being a fan of Neal's blue eyes and charm (in an "I'll stick to my diet, but still enjoy looking at the menu" way.) To be fair, it seems like [[http://dvrlife.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/29103633.jpg the promo monkeys]] are shipping Neal/Peter/Elizabeth. (The promo picture shows Peter kissing El while handcuffed to Neal and all three actors' unbelievable chemistry.)
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** Some people ship Sam/Dean (Wincest), some people ship Dean/Castiel (Destiel), a rare few ship Sam/Castiel (Sastiel/Sassy), and some people say "Forget it" and ship Sam/Dean/Castiel (Wincestiel/Team Free Will).
** Every male character has been shipped in a threesome. [[{{Rule 34}} No exceptions]]. And given the fanbase,foursomes and fivesomes aren't that uncommon. Put the characters' names in a hat, grab a few, and odds are there's a fic somewhere.
** Rising in popularity, maybe worth it for the ship name: Destiny, or Dean/Castiel/Benny.
** [[http://youtu.be/kDaelSmeVdQ?t=1m2s Dean/Cas]]/[[TrademarkFavoriteFood Pie]].
* ''Series/PushingDaisies'' Ned and Chuck are the Official Couple however Olive/Ned/Chuck is not out of the question.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}''
** [[PortmanteauCoupleName Puckleberry Finn]] (Puck/Rachel/Finn) is the most popular threesome.
** Puckleberry Quinn, for those more fond of Les Yay than Ho Yay.
** KevinMcHale, Naya Rivera, and Heather Morris have all said that they would love to see Artie, Santana, and Brittany get together.
** Sebklaine (Sebastian/Blaine/Kurt) and Klaineofsky (Dave/Kurt/Blaine) are known to occur in fanfics.
** The most popular and lampshaded in the series however, is [[FanNickname The Unholy Trinity]], comprised of Quinn, Santana and Britnney. They both used to hang out almost exclusively as a three and were considered best friends in the first 8 episodes (Before shit ensued). What makes this so awesome is that it's plausible. Santana is a lesbian, Brittney is Bisexual, and Quinn has had a fair bit of LesYay in the past, what with her drawing pornographic pictures of girls on the bathroom walls and drawing pictures of girls with hearts around them.
* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}''/''Series/AshesToAshes''
** Oh, so many. Sam/Gene/Annie has been around nearly from the beginning, and ''[=A2A=]'' has really been '''pushing''' the Ray/Chris/Shaz and, let's face it, [[FoeYay Gene/Alex/Keats]] lately.
** 3.07 has Keats {{lampshading}} the Gene/Alex/Keats overtones:
--->''"Do you think this is a game, Alex? A silly, flirty little game being played out by you, me, and Hunt?"''
** However with the American version [[spoiler: in reality Annie is Sam's stepmother, and Gene Hunt is his father]] making this pairing a double-sided [[spoiler: OedipusComplex]]
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''
** Xena/Gabrielle/Ares.
** Xena/Gabrielle/Hercules/Iolaus too.
** And even Xena/Gabrielle/Joxer.
* ''Series/BigTimeRush'', most popular all four of the main boys, James/Logan/Kendall/Carlos, but you'll find pretty much any threesome combination if you look hard enough, sometimes even with one of the girls thrown in.
** James/Logan/Camille is incredibly popular right now, especially considering how Logan orchestrated [[SexyShirtSwitch James and Camille's dress/tux trade]] in the recent prom episode.
* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}''
** In season 2, there was Craig/Ash/Sean. They even play PowerTrio in the season finale. ExecutiveMeddling made Sean leave the group, though.
** [[IncestSubtext Tracker/Sean]]/any girl.
** In season 3, Marco/Ellie/Sean.
** In season 4, Jay/Alex/Sean. And Jay/Emma/Sean.
** In season 5, Jay/Alex/Paige. And Paige/Alex/Hazel.
** In season 6, Jimmy/Spinner/Ash. And Sean/Emma/Peter. And Sean/Emma/Manny. Just...[[EstrogenBrigadeBait Sean in general]].
** In Season 8-9, Spinner/Holly J/Jay. Or Spinner/Jane/Holly J. Or Declan/Jane/Holly J. And Peter/Riley/Anya has some following (Peter/Riley/Anyone has some fan following).
** In Season 10, Eli/Clare/Fitz or [[ThreeAmigos Eli/Clare/Adam]]... or Eli/Clare/Anyone really. Eclare has a lot of following. While Peter is out of the series, Riley/Anya/Zane and Riley/Anya/Dr. Chris have some fans making eyes.
** In Season 10, we have Holly J/[[IncestSubtext Declan/Fiona]].
** The whole time Sean and Ellie are together, Craig and Ash either hate each other or are "best friends", and Craig/Ellie attracts a huge {{Hatedom}}, but the FunWithAcronyms of '''A'''shley/'''C'''raig/'''E'''llie/'''S'''ean is worth it.
* ''Series/TinMan'' has been known to take this route with the three human party members.
* Henry/Jasper/Maggie in ''Series/UnnaturalHistory''.
* ''Series/{{Covert Affairs}}'': It's early days, but Jai/Annie/Auggie is just too hot and snarky to pass up.
* ''LegendOfTheSeeker'''s Kahlan/Richard/Cara.
* ''Series/StargateSG1''
** To resolve ShipToShipCombat we have Jack/Daniel/Sam. (Or Jack/Sam/Janet.)
** Similarly, ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' has Sheppard/Teyla/Weir.
** [=McKay=]/Beckett/Sheppard, Sheppard/Ronon/Teyla, [=McKay=]/Ronon/Keller, Cadman/[=McKay=]/Katie Brown...
* ''Series/{{Lost}}''
** The most popular [=OT3=] is Jack/Kate/Sawyer.
** There's some Charlie/Kate/Claire and Jack/Juliet/Sawyer out there.
** An [=OT4=] with Jack/Kate/Juliet/Sawyer.
* ''Literature/TheVampireDiaries'': Damon/Elena/Stefan. The primary proponent of this ship appears to be whoever does the show's promo pictures, which frequently portray the situation as less "I'm dating a vampire, and have a certain amount of sexual tension with his brother, which makes things a bit awkward" and more "Yeah, I'm totally doing them both, probably at the same time." [[http://www.aceshowbiz.com/images/news/00026467.jpg This?]] Not happening. It's further complicated by the part where Elena is the [[IdenticalGrandson identical descendant]] of the vampire Katherine, who ''was'' - though not actually at ''exactly'' the same time, since she was playing them against each other. It was a popular fan theory that Katherine's goal was to do this... though Katherine later claimed that she was only ''really'' ever interested in Stefan. She may have been lying.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}''
** With Merlin, Arthur and Gwen destined to rule Camelot together there is an ''outrageous'' amount of shipping going on, fuelled entirely by the show itself. A dream sequence showed Arthur crowning Guinevere Queen of Camelot whilst Merlin watches with a look of abject adoration on his face. Most of their scenes together involve them staring at each other lovingly, and oh look, Gwen and Arthur have gone on a private outing to celebrate their anniversary. Wait, is that ...? Yes, they brought Merlin along on their anniversary date. Clearly, he's also married to them both.
** The popular [=OT4=] (Merlin/Arthur/Gwen/Morgana), sometimes expanded to [=OT5=] by adding Lancelot.
** Merlin/Arthur/Gwaine.
** The Knights of the Round Table [=OT7=], consisting of Arthur, Merlin, Gwaine, Lancelot, Leon, Percival, Elyan and possibly Gwen.
** Gwaine/Percival/Leon and their actors seem to become popular due to interviews and twitter.
* JD/Turk/Carla in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. It's almost adressed in the show itself by Carla. When Turk is about to ask JD to be his best man at their wedding, JD somehow gets the idea they're about to suggest a threesome. His InnerMonologue doesn't sound too averse to the idea...
--> "Oh my god, ''would'' I have a threesome with Turk and Carla? Well, it's certainly flattering and I don't think they'd tell anyone..."
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' has Horatio/Archie/Bush in "Mutiny" and "Retribution". Archie Kennedy having been Horatio's best friend for the first series, and Mr Bush being his canonical best friend who actually appears in the books. While the Hornblower fandom is not known for a lot of animosity between ships (pun intended) any conflict between Archie/Horatio and Bush/Horatio can be solved with this.
* Sheridan, Delenn and Lennier looked sort of like this in ''Series/BabylonFive'' for a long time but in the end it didn't ''quite'' work out. Some FanFic writers disliked this.
* Seems to be a fair amount of interest in Abby/Becker/Connor in the latest ''{{Primeval}}'' series. Helped along by the fact that these are the only remaining team members from the previous series (aside from Lester.) Oh, and they shared a rather emotional three-way hug in the opening episode of series 4. Plus, they're all awfully pretty...
* ''Series/BeingHuman''
** Mitchell/Annie/George on the UK version, particularly in the early days. Occasionally made into an [=OT4=] with the inclusion of Nina.
** Tom, Hal and Alex have this vibe going on in series 5. There's some romantic tension between Hal and Alex as well as lots of {{Ho Yay}} between Hal and Tom.
* Sookie/Eric/Bill in ''Series/TrueBlood'' was shipped way before it became canon. There was even a dream sequence in which Sookie lays down the law and puts an end to the fighting between them with a threesome.
* Troy/Abed/Annie seems pretty popular in ''Series/{{Community}}'' fandom. This may be because shipping Annie with either of the two guys singularly is itself a very popular option while in canon Troy and Abed have a very intensely close HoYay-laden bromance with each other (which, naturally, has led to shipping in and of itself), and this is a nice [[TakeAThirdOption third option]] where everyone wins.
* ''Series/LostGirl''
** [[HornyDevils Bo]], [[WolfMan Dyson]] and [[HospitalHottie Lauren]], which Bo acknowledges the possibility of.
-->'''Bo''': We've never done this before, huh? Just the three of us. Like a threesome. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Not that I've thought about it that way or anything]].
** And now with the addition of [[FoeRomanceSubtext Tamsin]] there might actually be a Lauren/Bo/Tamsin one coming.
* Mitch/Alice/Richie from the accurately named ''Threesome''. The show plays up the relationship between all three characters with each other as romantic, so it is near impossible not to ship them as an [=OT3=]. Plus, the whole point of the show is that the group have a threesome in the pilot.
* Donna/Harvey/Mike on ''{{Suits}}'', while not as popular as Harvey/Mike, gained a lot of popularity in season 2, with Hardman's arc. Donna and Mike both have UndyingLoyalty to Harvey; Donna is Mike and Harvey's SecretKeeper, and when Harvey's position is at risk, Mike and Donna work together to get help him win. When Donna gets fired, Mike and Harvey pull together to get her back.
* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' has has a couple of [=OT3=]'s but Spaily has very recently grown in popularity. Combining the canon Emily/Paige (Paily) with the fanon Emily/Spencer (Spemily) and working off of the tension in Spencer/Paige interactions. Other [=OT3=]'s include Lucas/Hanna/Caleb and Wren/Hanna/Spencer.
* Lassie/Shawn/Jules seems to be pretty popular amongst ''{{Psych}}'' fans, sometimes with Gus thrown in. It helps that this particular arrangement would very much not be out of character for Shawn to support.
** The Shawn/Gus/Juliet version pretty much becomes canon in the series finale when Shawn asks Juliet "Will you marry us?" since Gus will always be a part of their lives.
* ''{{Skins}}'' has Freddie/Effy/Cook - sometimes even outright ''implied'' in the show.
* In ''{{Series/Arrow}}'' Laurel/Oliver/Tommy, Shado/Oliver/Slade, Felicity/Oliver/Diggle and Felicity/Oliver/Tommy have all appeared in fandom. But then the show is really good at giving opportunities for [=OT3=] to flourish.
* In ''Series/{{Vikings}}'' Season 1, Ragnar Lodbrok is HappilyMarried to [[ActionGirl Lagertha]] but also shares some {{UST}} with [[MadeASlave his]] [[HoYay priest]] Athelstan. Ragnar and Lagertha even explicitly offered to share their bed with Athelstan (who declined since he was a [[CelibateHero monk]]).
* ''Series/OnceUponATime''
** Aurora/Philip/Mulan, which solves the fact Aurora and Philip are canon even though Mulan [[spoiler:had unrequited love for BOTH of them.]]
** Some people who ship Emma/Regina as their OTP are also big fans of Ruby and like to include her in the fun (Red Swan Queen).
** Emma/Regina/Hook is another one.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' fanfic resolves several issues with Howard/Bernadette/Raj.
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', has a variety of polygonic shipping. A popular ones include Echo/Alpha/Paul, Paul/Echo/Mellie, and Echo/Alpha/Whiskey.
* After their adorable interactions in Series 3, some ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' fans have started shipping Sherlock/John/Mary. It helps that this is invoked in-universe as well. Mary is the only woman that has been shown to ''like'' Sherlock, pushing John to reconcile with Sherlock and genuinely supporting their bromance and not becoming jealous of it. Sherlock, in turn, has been shown to genuinely like Mary for her own sake, as well. He's been actively accommodating John's relationship with her rather than his typical reaction of merely tolerating or actively sabotaging it. [[http://www.radiotimes.com/uploads/images/original/44201.jpg Here's another three-way wedding photo.]]
* Before Shawn fell in love with Angela on ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', he, Cory and Topanga functioned as a trio. Heck, even post-hookup with Angela there's still plenty of support for Cory/Topanga/Shawn, especially after the former two get married. Jack/Rachel/Eric also has some strong subtext.
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* WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows ships Ke$ha with the two members of 3Oh!3. He just hopes their union never produces any children.
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* Some fans of ''{{Peanuts}}'' have suggested this as a way to reseove the Marcie/Charlie Brown/Peppermint Patty triangle.
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* ''Literature/TheBible''
** David/[[BrotherSisterIncest Jonathan/Michal]].
** Some churches will outright state that God is a third party in any sanctified marriage. Whilst this is not intended to imply anything sexual, some are quick to point out the UnfortunateImplications, for example:
-->[[Film/ForgettingSarahMarshall Jesus is between our thighs!]]
* ClassicalMythology
** Hercules/Iolaus/Alcmene and Zeus/Hera/Ganymede.
** Persephone/Adonis/Aphrodite. Hades (Persephone's husband) can also be thrown into that equation.
* ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'': Gilgamesh/Enkidu/Shamhat.
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* ''Theatre/ThePhantomOftheOpera''
** Amid the massive shipping wars are those who wish TheIngenue could have chosen both her VictoriousChildhoodFriend and her StalkerWithACrush. (Hell, the Phantom probably would've taken anything he could get...)
** Additionally, Phantom/Christine/Meg in the fanfic/fandom zone. Two girls? Joys of the flesh indeed. I don't hear the Phantom protesting too hard...
* In ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', a great deal of the tragedy that unfolded could have been avoided if Elphaba/Fiyero/G(a)linda had become a threesome. It's even possible to scrounge up enough [[ThreesomeSubtext evidence in-story]] to make a case for it.
* The basic idea behind the "Two Ladies" number in ''Theater/{{Cabaret}}''.

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* ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors''
** Yukimura/Mitsunari/Kanetsugu in ''2'', to the point that KOEI even released an image song featuring the three.
** Yukimura/Kunoichi/Kai was introduced in ''[=SW3=]''. Yukimura/Kunoichi/Ina as well. Hell, pretty much every woman Yukimura meets falls for him and every guy admires him. It's a shame there won't be any canon relationships (threesome or otherwise) due to Yukimura's historical status as a ChasteHero.
** Muneshige/Ginchiyo/Yoshihiro and Hideyoshi/Nene/Oichi (this being [[LovableSexManiac Hideyoshi's]] ideal outcome). Given the series' LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters there are a lot of these.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' gave us the archetypal ''Final Fantasy'' example in Cecil/Rosa/Kain. It's always had a small but loyal fandom, but the DS remake and official sequel has made it skyrocket in popularity of late.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' gave us Bartz/Lenna/Faris.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' gave us Terra/Celes/any human male (most commonly Locke). And Locke/Edgar/Terra; the two even swoon over her when they find out she can use magic. And, as an artifact from the ''StarWars'' ShoutOut, Biggs/Wedge/Terra. And Locke/Celes/Setzer.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''
** There's a certain amount of fandom for Aerith/Tifa/Cloud, Zack/Sephiroth/Cloud (referred to as [[JustForPun Omnislash]]), and Cid/Vincent/Shera.
** Zack/Aerith/Cloud, to a certain extent. For greater fun, there's always Zack/Aerith/Sephiroth/Cloud.
** [=RedXIII=]/Tifa/Yuffie. [[{{Squick}} Yes, it exists.]]
** ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' provided yet another [=OT3=] consisting of Sephiroth/Genesis/Angeal, which in turn spawned Sephiroth/Genesis/Angeal/Zack/Cloud. Yes, an '''[=OT5=]'''.
* Though it doesn't enjoy the popularity of some other [=OT3s=] due to the vocal {{Hatedom}} that Rinoa has [[AmericansHateTingle in the West]], ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' gives us Squall/Rinoa/Seifer.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''
** Quite big slice of the fanbase supports [[BoisterousBruiser Jecht]]/[[BadAss Auron]]/Braska. Three ''[[FetishFuel very]]'' [[EstrogenBrigadeBait handsome]] men, who would've given their lives for each other. [[spoiler:And, in fact, they ''did'' - Jecht and Braska gave their lives so Auron (and others) could be saved and Auron [[HeroicBSOD got so messed up]] from losing them so he tried to avenge them in mad rage, getting himself killed]].
** Erm, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 Yuna/]][[LesYay Rikku/Paine]] anyone?
** Nooj/Gippal/Baralai is the SpearCounterpart.
** Yuna/Rikku/Tidus is quite possible. Technically Yuna and Rikku are [[KissingCousins cousins]], but since Rikku's brother Brother has a crush on Yuna apparently this doesn't really matter.
* In the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' fandom there's an [=OT3=] called [[FanNickname "Neapolitan"]] with the dark-haired and dark-skinned Fang (chocolate), the pink-haired Lightning (strawberry), and Vanille ([[CaptainObvious guess]]), which has reached explosive levels of popularity.
* ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Bartz]]/[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall]]/[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Zidane]], generally called [[FanNickname "589"]] for short.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Exdeath]]/[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII Cloud of Darkness]]/'''[[PowerOfTheVoid VO]][[MemeticMutation ID]]''', notable in that the first member is [[WhenTreesAttack an armored tree]] [[SealedEvilInACan brought to life by evil spirits]], the second is a [[NoBiologicalSex sexless entity]] that ''chooses'' to take on the form of a [[{{Stripperiffic}} nearly-naked woman]], and the last is an ''[[CargoShip inanimate force of destruction]]''.
* ''Franchise/WildArms''
** Anyone who didn't see this in ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 5}}'' with Dean/Avril/Rebecca needs to have their eyes checked.
** Not so unavoidable, but for [[VideoGame/WildArms1 the original]], both Jane/Rudy/Cecilia and Rudy/Jack/Cecilia are fairly workable and turn up in fic.
** The main ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 3}}'' cast, Virginia, Jet, and Gallows, all had too much charisma together (and too much time spent alone... in the wilderness...) to not have SOMETHING going on. (Clive would be in there too, but he's too loyal to his wife.)
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'': Vyse/Aika/Fina, with the added bonus that the game seems to lean towards this being canon. Both Aika and Fina seem to be aware that the other likes Vyse, but neither seem to mind.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''
** Many of the characters fit a general combination of three major virtues represented by the Sword, Staff, and Shield. Though it's treated as utterly non-sexual, pretty much every major character belongs to a trinity: Sora/Donald/Goofy (though it takes a very special type of fan to ship them), Sora/Riku/Kairi (in their case, a {{Het}}-versus-[[SlashFic slash]] [[ShipToShipCombat shipwar]] resolution), Roxas/Xion/Axel (fans ''love'' the AccidentalInnuendo of the expression "to have ice cream"), and (presumably) Ven/Aqua/Terra... the list goes on.
** Roxas/Axel/Namine by association. Roxas and Axel spend a a lot of time together in the games (and manga), Axel and Namine spend a lot of time together in the manga (stemming from one scene from ''[=KH2FM+=]'' ), and then Namine and Roxas spend some time together in the beginning and ending of the games (and the manga).
** Sora/Axel/Roxas, especially thanks to the reveal that both Sora and Roxas made Axel feel like he had a heart. Ignore the fact that [[spoiler: Roxas and Sora are essentially the same being]].
** Tidus/Waka/Selphie exists in the purely ''Kingdom Hearts'' Universe, and they're so minor that only one of them has a speaking part in five games.
** Marluxia/Larxene/Axel: a threesome enjoyed because only one is likely to be left standing by the end of it given the treacherous natures of all three characters.
** There's a small following of Xemnas/Saïx/[[CargoShip Kingdom Hearts]]. Make of that what you will.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'''s [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater Big Boss/Ocelot/EVA]] ship has quite a few followers, [[spoiler:and Big Boss also proves to be the main motivating factors behind both EVA and Ocelot's actions in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'']].
* Even though it hasn't had an active fandom in years, ''PhantasyStarIV'' has (in depressingly small amounts) Chaz/Rika/Rune.
* ''Franchise/SilentHill''
** ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' fandom has its share of Maria/James/Pyramid Head, and it is [[NoYay even more disturbing]] than one might think.
** In a similar vein, Eileen/Henry/Walter from ''SilentHill4''
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''
** While [[CuteWitch Marisa]] seems to get [[LauncherOfAThousandShips paired up with just about everyone]], her pairings with [[MarionetteMaster Alice]] and [[BadassBookworm Patchouli]] are the only ones that appear to have made their way into [=OT3=] territory.
** The Scarlet Mansion CastHerd are paired together in all sorts of combinations, but Remilia/Sakuya/Flandre is the only [=OT3=] with any staying power, especially when considering the popularity of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=af8ysEresQ8 this]] FanVid.
** The Moriya trio (Kanako/Sanae/Suwako) has its followers as an [=OT3=], as does the Tengu trio (Aya/Momiji/Hatate).
** The most popular ship involving the Three Mischievous Fairies is with each other. Same thing with [[IncestIsRelative the Prismriver sisters]].
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem''
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'' has Lyndis/Eliwood/Hector and Lyndis/Hector/[[ShrinkingViolet Florina]]. In the secon case, Florina's supports with Hector are much loved, and she already has...[[LesYay loyalty]] towards Lyn. It even works in the post game if Hector marries Lyn, since she would join his house and Florina would follow to be her...[[BodyguardCrush personal guard.]]
** In FireEmblemTheSacredStones, there is Innes/Eirika/Ephraim. In his romantic supports with Eirika, Innes seems to be jealous of her [[IncestSubtext extremely close relationship with Ephraim]], to the point of actually telling her that he'll first defeat him in a duel before officially asking her out... Therefore, [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation it's not that hard]] to see this as [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Innes loving Eirika and being loved back]], while also dealing with [[FoeYay some conflicted...]] [[StupidSexyFlanders thoughts]] on [[EvenTheGuysWantHim Ephraim]] himself.\\
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You could make a case for Innes's sister Tana as well. On one hand, she's kind of a {{Tsundere}} for the mostly oblivious Ephraim. On the other, her and Eirika are a ''textbook'' case of RomanticTwoGirlFriendship.\\
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Ephraim/Eirika/L'Arachel has some followers, too. L'Arachel and Ephraim have an hilarious case of BelligerentSexualTension, while L'Arachel and Eirika ''also'' get a sweet RomanticTwoGirlFriendship.\\
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ButWaitTheresMore... A case can be made for Eirika/L'Arachel/Innes, even! Mix L'Arachel/Innes's own BelligerentSexualTension with L'Arachel/Eirika's RomanticTwoGirlFriendship ''and'' Innes/Eirika's ChildhoodFriendRomance...
** Tibarn/Reyson/Naesala is common among the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Tellius]] fandom, as is [[TwinThreesomeFantasy Lucia/Elincia/Geoffrey]].
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', some [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship Lissa/Maribelle]] fans who want to bypass the lack of same-sex endings and [[spoiler:the need to have both girls married to not lose out on their [[KidFromTheFuture sons]] Owain and Brady]]... tend to ship the girls together ''and'' add one of the guys they can both marry to the mix [[spoiler:as both a close friend/lover and a father for both boys]]. The common candidates seem to be [[BoisterousBruiser Vaike]] (who, as Chrom's self-proclaimed rival, has known both of them pretty well since years ago) and [[MasterSwordsman Lon'qu]] (who fills BodyguardCrush with Lissa and BelligerentSexualTension with Maribelle, yet has a bad case of CannotTalkToWomen that the girls could potentially "defeat" in a joint effort).\\
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Girl!Avatar/Chrom/Sumia has been suggested more than once as a solution to the ShipToShipCombat between Chrom/Girl!Avatar and Chrom/Sumia shippers. It helps that, [[DieForOurShip despite what fandom insists]], Sumia and the Girl!Avatar have a rather sweet friendship in their supports. \\
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Similarly, the support for Gaius/Sumia/Chrom has been growing steadily in some fandom fringes. Gaius and Chrom's "NobleMaleRoguishMale" friendship is easy to see as HoYay, and both men are among the most popular options for Sumia, so it's rather easy to see the threesome potential between them.
*** Among fans of [[spoiler: the Second Generation characters]], there seems to be a small but very loyal following for Gerome/Lucina/Inigo.
* The ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' fandom has the Asbel/Sophie/Richard 'ship as well as the [=OT4=] of Asbel/Sophie/Richard/[[spoiler:Lambda]].
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' has an [=OT4=] with Sheena/Lloyd/Colette/Zelos. Combining any two of those four will result in a highly popular pairing, so squishing them all together just averts any ShipToShipCombat. The [=OT4=] became ''especially'' popular when TheAnimeOfTheGame aired. In the game, whoever has the highest RelationshipValues with Lloyd shows up at his house in the epilogue. In the anime, guess who it is? Colette, Sheena, ''and'' Zelos.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' has an [=OT3=] in Flynn, Yuri and Estelle. It's not as common as the other Tales [=OT3s=], but at least the name Fluristelle rolls off the tongue nicely.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'': Crono/Marle/Lucca.
** ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'': Serge/Kid/Leena.
* Pick a ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' with TwoGuysAndAGirl and there are shippers for it. Most frequently found with the {{Metroidvania}} installments of the series, since that trope is most common in the IGA penned games, but it cropped up as early as ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse'', with Trevor Belmont and his various companions. Richter/Alucard/Maria is easily the most popular one, though Alucard/Isaac/Hector has a small but loyal following in the Japanese fandom.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' has a bit where you get to pick up all of Peach's gear. You get a kiss either way. Pick up it all, and you'll get the ''only'' heterosexual option. [[HoYay Bowser and Booster, on the other hand...]] You can also get Mario/Bowser and Booster/Peach or Mario/Booster and Bowser/Peach. Finally, the only one relevant here you can get Mario/Bowser/Booster, and Peach... presumably she's a YaoiFangirl.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''
** Main character/Aigis/Elizabeth, as the only known multi-Persona-users within the timeframe of that game, and given that Aigis arguably becomes Elizabeth's only other significant social contact from Earth aside from their mutual romantic interest. Mitsuru/Akihiko/Shinjiro is also popular given their shared history.
** The introduction of a female protagonist option in ''Persona 3 Portable'' resulted in Shinjiro/[[FanNickname FeMC]]/Akihiko, given Shinjiro and Akihiko's close relationship and the fact that both of them are possible love interests for the protagonist at different points in the game. This is sometimes expanded to include Mitsuru as well.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' fandom at the other hand seems to have a small but livid sect that ships Naoto/Kanji/Rise, with Naoto/Kanji already a FanPreferredCouple.
* This has been done a lot in the ''VideoGame/StarFox'' fandom, and since most of the regular characters are male, most combinations are [[LGBTFanbase gay]]. Fox/Falco/Peppy has been done, as have Wolf/Leon/Panther and James/Peppy/Wolf.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer: Red Alert 2'' and ''3'': Eva or Tanya, and the Allied Commander. At the end of either game (especially ''3''), the Allied cutscene shows them making their mutual plays for him. So, given that the endings are left open-ended, guess what a lot of fans say he should do? (Especially if you're a female Commander. LesYay for all!)
* One fairly obvious [=OT3=] in ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' is [[BrotherSisterIncest Frey/Lymsleia]][=/=][[NotBloodSiblings Lyon]], due to the blatant subtext heaped on the former two and the text about Lyon's feelings for Frey. This is sometimes expanded to include [[BodyguardCrush Miakis]] as well, since she and Lymsleia have their own helping of LesYay.
* Since ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', pairings have ranged from [[RoboShip ChellxWheatleyxGLaDOS]] to Cores being interchangeable pairings, to [[AnythingThatMoves ChellxAnythingxAnything]]. No, seriously. And it doesn't stay in the realms of ''Portal'' either, since ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' [[SharedUniverse takes place in the same universe...]] Thus, seeing Chellx[[Videogame/HalfLife2 GordonxAlyx]] is pretty common.
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' has Altair/Malik/Kadar and Altair/Malik/Maria as the most common ones (the latter mainly because it neatly combines the most popular fan pairing and the canon pairing), with some Desmond/Lucy/Shaun/Rebecca and Ezio/Leonardo/(character of your choice) on occasion. And a suprising number of Ezio/Federico/Vieri fics.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry''. Dante/Trish/Lady anyone?
* Creator/BioWare fandom loves these, considering the prevalence of ThreesomeSubtext and PairTheSpares.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', it's usually Isabela as the lynchpin, since ThreeWaySex is canonically possible with her in both games she appears in. Hawke (of either gender)/Fenris/Isabela has a sizable shipping fanbase. Hawke/Anders/Justice seems to be rather popular among ''Franchise/DragonAge'' fans. This makes for an interesting situation with three people and only two bodies involved. It's also held up as a LighterAndSofter option for that SadisticChoice Morrigan throws a female Grey Warden dating Alistair.
** Slightly less common in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' fandom, but there's shippers for a few, Shepard/Garrus/Tali and Shepard/Garrus/Thane being two of the more notable ones. The former has experienced an uptick in popularity since the third game made Garrus/Tali canon [[PairTheSpares if neither are romanced]], and in the ''Citadel'' DLC a ''very'' drunk Tali [[http://youtu.be/YIq437kcVp4 claims that a romanced Garrus actually tried to convince her]] of the possibility. [[ThreesomeSubtext She actually seems to consider it.]]
*** Team Milkyway, consisting of Shepard/Kaidan/Ashley. It saw a particular spike in popularity when Kaidan's bisexuality was revealed, since that meant the only thing theoretically preventing it is the fact that there's no way for all three of them to live through the series.
** ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' is notable in that the [=OT3=] (male PC/Silk Fox/Dawn Star) can actually become ''canon''.
** Before those, it was possible in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights: Hordes of the Underdark'' with male PC/Nathyrra/Aribeth, which could also become canon (with enough points in Persuade).
** In ''KnightsOftheOldRepublic'' fanfic, it's not uncommon to see Female!Exile/Atton/Mical, or M!Exile/Handmaiden/Visas for the second game or F!Revan/Carth/Canderous, or [[LesYay F!Revan]]/[[GayOption Juhani]]/Bastila on the first game.
* ''GoldenSunDarkDawn'' gives us [[HeroicMime Matthew]], [[TheSmartGuy Karis]] and [[CuteMonsterGirl Sveta]]. Early on in the game hints of LesYay are applied by the line "Karis, you are a good person. I like you very much.", which she later corrects to claim she means in the TrueCompanions way. The end of the game features Matthew actually [[SharingABody merging souls]] with Sveta to help [[HeroicSacrifice save the world.]] Add in that Matthew and Karis have [[ChildhoodFriends been friends since they were kids]], and the fandom found the best way out.
* ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheMiracleMask'' has Angela/Randall/Henry. Angela/Randall is canon, Angela and Henry are married for over a decade, and Henry shows [[UndyingLoyalty astounding devotion]] towards Randall even after his death. On the less plausible side, there is Layton/[[spoiler:Claire/Dimitri]] from [[{{VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture}} Unwound Future]]
* Borderline {{canon}} in ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition,'' with York/Zach/Emily. Canonically, both York and [[ImaginaryFriend Zach]] have feelings for Emily, and she in turn seems to like both of them as well. [[spoiler: Although she [[LovesMyAlterEgo favors York]] and [[OfficialCouple ends up with him]] because they both AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence together, she still, in the twin boys' words, "''really'' likes [Zach]", and tells him as her physical body dies that she "Wanted to be with [him]."]] Naturally, in the fandom, this is often expanded into a full-on threesome, often with York and Zach [[HoYay shipped together]] as well. [[spoiler: Whether or not it's [[ScrewYourself selfcest]] depends on whether or not you see York as a SplitPersonality that gained a life of his own or as a GuardianAngel.]]
* In ''VideoGame/PokemomBlackAndWhite'', N is a popular match for either player character so some fans take it further, having both PCs exist and shipping them and N all together.
** In ''Heart Gold/Soul Silver'', Ethan/Silver/Lyra is pretty popular.

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* ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney''
** The kink meme has [[http://meme.sea-lily.net/tags.php?tag=kink:%20polyamory a polyamory tag]] for just this purpose. Edgeworth/Phoenix/Maya is the most common, but then again they're also the most popular characters in the fandom anyway.
** As of ''[[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth Investigations]]'' Yew/Faraday/Badd seems to have picked up some support.
* Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}
** ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'': Shiki/Arcueid/Ciel and [[TwinThreesomeFantasy Shiki/Hisui/Kohaku]] are the most common. Both somehow supported even canonically. First in Ciel ''Good End'' where Arcueid and Ciel effectively and [[ClingyJealousGirl begrudgingly]] "share" Shiki. There is much teased at, but unconfirmed [[FoeYay attraction]] [[LesYay between]] [[VitriolicBestBuds them]]. Second is the main theme of Kagetsu Tohya's sidestory ''Flower of Thanatos'' in which Shiki together with humble serving Hisui and Kohaku live in the isolated Tohno Mansion, where Shiki practically can do with both maids whatever he wants, and Kohaku is very [[{{Twincest}} enthusiastic]] when they both [[ThreeWaySex serve him]] at the same time [[spoiler: (including [[SexSlave sexual desires, or periodic rapes]]) although [[GroundhogDayLoop it's not so simple as it seems]] and [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Shiki begins to have regrets]]]].
*** With ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood'' there is also Shiki/Akiha/Sion, notable as Sion is probably only girl interested in Shiki Akiha gets along with. Or Satsuki/Sion/Riesbyfe as the Back Alley Alliance.
** ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': Shirou/Saber/Rin is nearly official triad. It's played significantly in ''Unlimited Blade Works'' route, [[spoiler:where it's fulfilled in Good End, where Shirou, Rin and Saber live together in Shirou's household as a real [[EverybodyHasLotsOfSex Ménage à trois]]]]. They also have [[spoiler:the infamous [[ThreeWaySex threesome scene]]]] in the Fate route and various hints in derived works. They enjoy great popularity of this triad in fandom.
*** Another favorite triad is Shirou/Sakura/Rider, which is also a sort of opposite for the previous. It's most evident in ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia'' Eclipse story's ''The backside of Kibisis'', [[spoiler:in which they have hot [[ThreeWaySex threesome scene]] and although this turns out to be actually just Rider's illusion, it's clear how things are]]. There are many hints in ''Heaven's Feel'' route and other works.
* Strongly implied canon for one of the endings of ''DateWarp'' with Janet/Linds/Rafael.
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''
** [[ShrinkingViolet Chihiro]]/[[TheAce Ishimaru]]/[[JapaneseDelinquents Mondo]], charmingly called [[PortmanteauCoupleName Chishimondo]]. There is also a canon example in the case of [[spoiler:Naegi/Aoi/Hagakure/possibly Togami]], in the bad ending at least, but it's rare to see that in fandom.
** ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', has a love triangle between [[TheOjou Sonia Nevermind]], [[MrFixit Kazuichi Souda]], and [[FriendToAllLivingThings Gundam Tanaka]]. So, of course, some fans like to ship all three together.

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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* While Gilgamesh Wulfenbach actually proposed to Agatha at one point (more politically than romantically) and is in the position usually held by the DesignatedLoveInterest, the ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' fandom seems to support Agatha×Gil×Tarvek. The Cinderella parody done in one of the interludes [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090109 ending]] with Agatha-as-Cinderella marrying ''both'' Gil and Tarvek indicates that the writers don't think it's in the realm of the impossible either, and since then has been acknowledged in the canon storyline many times.
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'': Davan/Vanessa/[=PeeJee=], anyone? Vanessa has even stated that she would not be averse to such a set up... the author, on the other hand, [[ShipSinking is]]. Davan and Peejee will never be a canon item.
* ''Webcomic/CityOfReality'' is a literal, and [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] MarySueTopia, to the point where, when a person catches their spouse cheating, the natural and normal reaction is to ''join in''.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''
** Marten/Dora/Tai has been raised in-comic. Unfortunately, it's also been [[ShipSinking shot down]] - Dora may be [[BiTheWay bisexual]], but she's still monogamous.
** [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1915 Much to Tai's disappointment, Faye/Dora/Tai probably isn't happening.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'' gives us the canon couple of Sixx/Laura/Ginger. Made possible as all the girls were already into polyamory beforehand.
* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'': When Faith tells Tiffany that she loves her, Tiffany counters by bringing up Faith's [[ReallyGetsAround habit of sleeping around.]] So Faith said she'd agree to stop seeing other girls, if Tiffany asked her to. Tiffany considers it for a moment, then asks about Faith's boyfriend, Ash, which is where Faith drew the line and [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/take_things_slow proposed they form a threesome instead.]]
* Jack/Zimmy/Gamma has popped up among certain fans of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' after a revelation or two in the comic. Mostly for laughs, but a few not so much.
* ''Webcomic/TheLawOfPurple'''s Lette/Blue/Synn is pretty much canon.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has a couple of popular [=OT4s=] with people pairing up the groups of kids together. More traditionally, it's pretty common to see some love triangles resolved this way, creating pairings like Dave/Terezi/Karkat or Eridan/Feferi/Sollux. More unusually, because trolls in Homestuck canonically have four different kinds of romance and usually desire to have one partner fulfilling each, it's common for [=OT3s=] to involve multiple different relationship types. Using the earlier example, it's not unusual to see people shipping Eridan, Feferi, and Sollux all in red relationship (that is, a normal human romantic one), but it's arguably even more common for people to ship Eridan and Sollux both in a red relationship with Feferi but in a [[TheMasochismTango black]] relationship with each other. Needless to say, fics with lots of different pairings and multiple quadrants for each character can get very... complicated.
* There appears to be a number of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' fans that ship Sarah with one of the {{Official Couple}}s of the comic, Tedd / Grace. She has received some ShipTease with both of them, but she is [[spoiler: or rather, '''was''']] currently part of another OfficialCouple. [[spoiler:However, given certain developments in the comic, she is now free to fulfill the wishes of the fans.]]
* ''WebComic/DumbingOfAge'' fans wasted no time in shipping Amber / Danny / Ethan once Danny was confirmed to be bisexual and attracted to them both (although he hasn't quite come to terms with this in-universe).
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* {{Vocaloid}} shippers like to choose three of the female Japanese Vocaloids (At first mostly Vocaloids 00, 01, and one half of the reflection of 02 before Megurine Luka.), but another common OT 3 came shortly. With a third male Japanese Vocaloid, an obvious conclusion: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2SgPM9ayAg Gakupo Kamui was tacked on to KAITO/Kagamine Len when he came onto the scene]].
* Literature/WhateleyUniverse fandom has the triangles of Thunderbird/Chaka/Riptide and Stalwart/Fey/Bugs and Molly/Chou/Dorjee resolved this way (the latter was resolved by canon {Polyamory}}).
* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses
** The CrackPairing of WebVideo/MarzGurl/[[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]]/[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Insano]] is pretty popular, and really quite sweet most of the time. [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick Chick]]/[[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Critic]]/[[WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses ATG]] is popular too, although that's usually saved for kinky DarkFic, naturally.
** [[WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows Todd]]/WebVideo/PushingUpRoses/[[WebVideo/PawDugan Paw]] has its own fanfic series. (Although Paw ''was'' in a relationship with Rose, they have since broken up. [[BetterAsFriends Still good friends though.]])
** Donnie/Tacoma/Rebecca in WebVideo/DemoReel had plenty of ThreesomeSubtext, but people started shipping them from just the trailer.
* In ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' there was clearly some sort of romance between ChildhoodFriends [[TheNarrator Cecil]] and Scoutmaster Earl, even if it was only [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend one-sided]]. Earl apparently died in the episode he was introduced, but it wouldn't be too much of a stretch for him to come back and for their relationship to blossom. Except, Cecil's now in a committed and frankly adorable relationship with Carlos the scientist. This was the only logical conclusion for many.
* In the ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' fandom, the ship 'Bee's Schnees' (Yang/Blake/Weiss) is popular because it involves as many protagonists as possible without resorting to incest.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''
** The shipping base was mostly divided over [[TheHero Finn]] x [[VampireMonarch Marceline]], Finn x [[BadassPrincess Bubblegum]], and [[LesYay Marceline x Bubblegum.]] Naturally, some fans have asked the question "Why Choose?". With the introduction of [[SecondLove Flame Princess]], there's new pairings with all of them.
** Shipping Bubblegum and Marceline with ''[[GenderFlip Fionna]]'' has more than a few supporters.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** Suki/Sokka/Toph, for those who already shipped Toph/Sokka but also accepted Sokka/Suki.
** Likewise Suki/Sokka/Ty Lee.
** Katara/Zuko/Jet, aka Jetkotara
** Despite the [[ShipToShipCombat longstanding bad feelings]] that generally exist between the Zutara and Kataang camps, there are Zuko/Katara/Aang fanworks.
** [[LesYay Azula/Ty Lee/Mai]] isn't uncommon.
** Jet/Longshot/Smellerbee increased in fandom after Longshot/Smellerbee was declared canon.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''
** Much of the fandom declared their support for Korra/Mako/Bolin. No, the fact that the two boys are siblings didn't even slow them down. In light of the secondary LoveTriangle of Asami/Mako/Korra, and the ensuing ShipToShipCombat with the Mako/Korra/Bolin shippers, some have simply decided to ship them all as a [[TakeAThirdOption beautiful love]] ''[[UpToEleven quadrangle,]]'' [=MaKorraSamiLin=].
** [[TwinThreesomeFantasy Desna/Bolin/Eska]] popped up almost the ''instant'' the twins were introduced. Poor Bolin.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''
** Starfire/Robin/Raven.
** Or you could go with [[GirlOnGirlIsHot Rae/Star/Terra]].
** Cyborg/Jinx/Bumblebee seems rather common.
** Raven/Terra/Beast Boy, once fans acknowledge that Raven was actually just as upset as Beast Boy, if not ''more'' upset, at Terra's betrayal.
** Robin/Raven/ Beast Boy.
* Occasionally seen in the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' fandom, taking advantage of the fact that Transformers don't exactly have to deal with reproduction. Sentinel/Optimus/Elita-1 is the most common in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', while pairings including the twins Sideswipe and Sunstreaker (Ratchet, Bluestreak, and Prowl seeming to be three of the top contenders as the Third) in ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' manages to hit the [=OT3=], {{Twincest}} and TwinThreesomeFantasy buttons. Blitzwing in ''Animated'' is his own ''personal'' [=OT3=].
* Jack/Maddie/Vlad in the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' community.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** Depending on where you stand in the fanbase (mostly being a YaoiFangirl or a SlashFic writer), the main characters are usually put into an [=OT3=] (the most relevent being [[HeterosexualLifePartners Stan/Ky]][[FoeYay le/Cartman]] and [[HoYay Stan/Ky]][[CrackPairing le/Kenny]].
** Tweek/Craig/Thomas and Kyle/Stan/Wendy are pretty common.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''
** Ed/Edd/Eddy. It's out there, and popular.
** Marie/Edd/Eddy, Kevin/Edd/Eddy, or Kevin/Nazz/Eddy.
* ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}''
** Ben/Gwen/Kevin solves [[StrangledByTheRedString a few]] [[RomanticPlotTumor tangled problems]]. If people are sympathetic to Julie, they might add her in as well.
** Also more twisted ones like Gwen/Kevin/Charmcaster or Ben/Julie/Elena.
*** Omniverse adds Esther and Rook as possibilities.
* From ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'', Chel/Tulio/Miguel. Considering the ending, it's almost-sorta-kinda canon!
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''
** [[HoYay Noah/Co]][[FanPreferredCouple dy/Gwen]] is fairly popular for fans who can't decide which to pick. Sometimes [[GenkiGirl Izzy]] is thrown in as well for a neat little foursome.
** With the growing popularity of [[FanPreferredCouple Noah/Izzy]] and the continuing presence of the [[HoYay Noah/Cody]] fanbase, several fans enjoy using Izzy/Noah/Cody instead, because, lets face it, [[TooKinkyToTorture Izzy]] would be ''happy'' to share.
** After Gwen and Courtney became friends in Season 3, at least before I See London, there was some fan possibility of Courtney/Duncan/Gwen as a threesome. [[spoiler: It's becoming a possibility again in ''All-Stars''.]]
* It may be doubtful if they would've had a good relationship, but {{Daria}}/Tom/Jane would've averted a lot of headaches from everyone involved...
* ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'' has [[BadassAdorable Kick]] / [[LovableAlphaBitch Kendall]] / [[NerdsAreSexy Ronaldo]]. Even though is half-canon that [[ShipTease Kick is gonna end up with Kendall]].
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' has [[{{Yandere}} Heloise]] / [[NiceGuy Jimmy]] / [[TheSlacker Beezy]].
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has [[LesYay Stacy/Cand]][[OfficialCouple ace/Jeremy]] and Phineas/Isabella/Ferb out there. And the former had some ([[AccidentalInnuendo most likely unintended]]) hints that it ''might'' be canon.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'''s Fry/Leela/Bender would solve everything instantly. Fry would have Leela, Bender would have Fry, Fry and Bender would still be their awesome duo, and Leela and Bender would start getting along because they'd have to share Fry. Everyone would finally be happy. [[DownerEnding Which, unfortunately, never happens in Futurama.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''
** Kim/Ron/Shego would solve a lot of fighting between the [[OneTruePairing K/R]] and [[FanPreferredCouple Kigo]] shippers in the Kim Possible fandom.
** Kim/Bonnie/Shego has supporters.
* Rogue/Scott/Jean has been seen in at least a few different ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' fanfics.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** Spitfire/Soarin/Rainbow Dash has a growing number of supporters .
** Apple Bloom/Sweetie Belle/Scootaloo. [[CatchPhrase Cutie Mark Crusaders OT3, YAY!]]
** Related to the CMC, Spike/Sweetie Belle/Apple Bloom, for those who can't decide between Spike/Apple Bloom and Spike/Sweetie Belle.
** Three of the most common competing ships are Dash/Fluttershy, Dash/Pinkie, and Pinkie/Fluttershy. The solution is obvious.
** Discord/Queen Chrysalis is already a semi-popular UnholyMatrimony pairing, and some add Nightmare Moon to the mix as well.
** Plus, there's [[BadassPrincess Princess Cadence]]/[[MagicKnight Shining Armor]]/[[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Chrysalis]].
** If one is into IncestYayShipping, then Princess Cadence/Shining Armor/Twilight might count too.
** While both Applejack/Rarity and Applejack/Rainbow Dash are some of the most common ships, the predictable [=OT3=] must deal with the infeasibility of Rarity/Rainbow Dash. Few succeed.
** Celestia/Twilight/Luna, if you can handle the [[IncestIsRelative princest]].
** Twilight/Spike/Rarity seems to be fairly popular as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''
** The very popular Robin/Artemis/Kid Flash relationship, despite ShipToShipCombat between Robin/Artemis and Artemis/Wally. The three wind up being close friends by the beginning of season two with Wally/Artemis as the OfficialCouple, but Robin and Artemis' interaction came off as [[RelationshipWritingFumble unintentionally flirty]] to some viewers. The trio is often called "[[IdiosyncraticShipNaming Museum Heist]]" (because you [[{{Pun}} Rob/Wall/Art]]).
** Season 2 saw a lot of [=OT3=] involving [[ReallyGetsAround Dick Grayson]] (especially in the tie-in comic), such as Barbara/Nightwing/Zatanna or Rocket/Nightwing/Zatanna. It helps that the series makes clear that is Dick not only still [[AmicableExes friends with all of his exes]], but his exes are still friends with each other.
** Note that the YJ fandom does not stop at [=OT3=]s; they can go as high as [=OT7=], and nothing is really stopping it from going higher. Examples can be found all over the [[http://yj-anon-meme.livejournal.com/689.html YJ Anon Meme]].
* With ''WesternAnimation/ChipAndDaleRescueRangers'' Chip/Gadget/Dale is sometimes put forth as a solution to their love triangle.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' fandom naturally has some Garnet/Pearl/Amethyst, aka [[HasTwoMommies Steven's three mothers]].
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