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[[caption-width-right:350:"Friends" is ''generous''. It gets a bit more... complicated when the plot gets underway.]]

->''"Jessie is a friend, you know he's always been a good friend of mine\\
But lately something's changed, it ain't hard to define, \\
Jessie's got himself a girl and I want to make her mine"''
-->-- '''Rick Springfield''', "Jessie's Girl"

They grew up together, they've always been best friends, they're going to be happy forever, right?

Suuuure. Then the plot happens.

Inevitably, the main character, often an AllLovingHero, gets pitted against the other guy, who is the RivalTurnedEvil. Usually BecauseDestinySaysSo. The girl, who usually owns [[MacGuffin the Amulet of Extreme Plot Significance]], gets [[DamselInDistress kidnapped a lot]] or is probably fought over by the two guys, usually via their own clashing ideas on how to protect her or just romantically (especially if they're [[SheIsAllGrownUp hitting puberty]]). TheHero, TheLancer, and TheChick with the other stuff pruned off.

Whether [[TriangRelations romance is in the equation]] varies; sometimes the girl is the sister of one of the guys, though usually [[NotBloodSiblings not by blood]]. Expect a lot of SlashFic based on tenuous HoYay[=/=]FoeRomanceSubtext between the two males, most of which applies DieForOurShip to the girl.

Highly prone to feature a CockFight, especially if the girl is not related to either of the boys. Also prone to the WithAFriendAndAStranger dynamic.

The setup of TwoGirlsAndAGuy isn't unheard of, but is less common, probably due to a tendency to make the MainCharacter of a story male.

Compare to ThreeAmigos. A kind of LoveTriangle. See also CastCalculus. Contrast FriendVersusLover.

If a FiveManBand gets formed see ThreePlusTwo. It'll often be a spare LoveInterest and a fifth wheel, especially if there's emphasis on the romance.

Oh... if you're looking for the show [[OfficiallyShortenedTitle originally called]] ''Series/TwoGuysAGirlAndAPizzaPlace,'' then uh... click that link.



* The Lunchables Brigade are two boys (Oscar and Abel) and a girl (Maya).
* Meijer's M-Perks rewards program always features the same three examples: Tim, Sarah, and Bill.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Kurokawa, Harada, and Mikura of ''Anime/{{MezzoForte}}''.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'':
** Shin's jealousy towards Kenshiro (his best friend) for marrying Yuria (the love of both their lives) resulted in a bloodbath that shattered their friendships and kicked off the post-apocalyptic tragedy that is ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''.
** The trio of Kenshiro, Mamiya, and Rei. Rei is in love with Mamiya but she nurses a soft spot to Ken.
* Because they were hired around the same time, the three servants Finnian, Bardroy, and Mey-Rin of ''Manga/BlackButler'' fit this once they begin to adjust to normal life and each other at the Phantomhive Manor. Tanaka arguably doesn't change anything because he doesn't interact or do much in general compared to these three and was already working for the Phantomhives before the three were hired. [[spoiler: Snake]] was hired by Ciel in the current storyline, but he prefers to be in the company of [[spoiler: his pet snakes]], thus still leaving the dynamic of the original three Phantomhive servants unchanged.
* Ranma, Ryoga, and Akane from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.
* Guts, Griffith and Casca from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. Things got ugly between the three of them. [[RapeAsDrama Very,]] [[FaceHeelTurn very]] [[WhamEpisode ugly.]]
* Kamui, Fuuma and Kotori from ''Manga/{{X1999}}''.
* Watanuki, Doumeki, and Himawari from ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'' qualify.
* Naruto, Sakura and Sasuke from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. In fact, all the genin teams in Naruto [[GeodesicCast follow the same gender configuration]], though only Team 7 really follows this trope's thematic elements to T.
* Shinn, Lunamaria and Rey from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''. Towards the end of the series, as Shinn and Lunamaria grow closer [[spoiler:(there seems to be some romantic interest, as they ''do'' share a kiss, but they don't actively pursue a relationship – understandable, since they're in the middle of a war)]], Rey is visibly displeased, although he too is friends with Lunamaria. He does his best to not only keep Shinn from spending time with Lunamaria, but also effectively shuts her out of any major decision making. [[spoiler:His reaction may partially be possessiveness over Shinn, but is actually largely because Rey is [[ManipulativeBastard manipulating]] Shinn on behalf of Chairman Durandal into becoming a loyal puppet soldier, and Lunamaria, who has doubts about the Chairman and whose opinion Shinn seems to value, could potentially hinder his plans.]]
* ''[[VisualNovel/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever Triangle Heart 3]]'' plays with it: the brooding, angsty one is the hero, and the cheery, determined one is another girl. (Probably for the sake of [[ImprobablyFemaleCast filling the cast with cute girls despite logic]]; it is a BishoujoGame, after all.) Interesting in that, taking WordOfGod and the OVA over MultipleEndings, the guy ends up with a ''third'' girl, making both of them {{Unlucky Childhood Friend}}s.
* Tatsuya, Kazuya, and Minami in ''Manga/{{Touch}}'', twin brothers and the girl next door who played together since they were born, until "we noticed one of us was a girl" (as Tatsuya puts it). Except only one of the boys is competing against the other, the stakes are the high school baseball championship of Japan, and Minami is a strong athlete in her own right.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'':
** Spike, Vicious and Julia from ''Anime/CowboyBebop''.
** And, in the show proper, Spike, Jet and Faye form the core trio of the Bebop's crew.
* Tohru, Kyo, and Yuki from ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. If you're confused by the names, Tohru is the girl.
* Haji, Saya, and Solomon from ''Anime/BloodPlus'' fit this one well, even though only two of them grew up together. They pack the vast majority of the romantic tension this creates into one episode, which actually seems to work out pretty well.
* Momo Hinamori, Renji Abarai and Izuru Kira in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', though without the romance elements. Unusually for this trope, [[spoiler: the ''girl'' is the one pitted against the guys, when she's under the manipulations coming of her love interest and boss, BigBad Aizen]].
* ''Manga/PenguinRevolution'' gleefully monkeywrenches the trope around after [[SweetPollyOliver Yukari]] moves in with [[WholesomeCrossdresser Ryo]] and his adoptive brother [[TheMinnesotaFats Ayaori]]. The three of them quickly become close and develop a standard TwoGuysAndAGirl dynamic... but thanks to the combination of Yukari's RecursiveCrossdressing and his own SelectiveObliviousness, Ayaori spends most of the series believing that Yukari is a boy.
* Isamu, Myung and Guld from ''Anime/MacrossPlus'': we learn during the flashbacks that [[spoiler:they grew up together and were good friends... until Guld became jealous of Isamu's relationship with Myung and tried to rape her]].
* This was the case for the first half of ''Manga/DeathNote'' with L, Misa, and Light. [[spoiler:And then L died.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'':
** Mashiro, Takagi and Miyoshi have this dynamic since Takagi starts dating the latter. Mashiro and Takagi being the mangaka Muto Ashirogi, and Miyoshi being a supporter and semi-assistant and is constantly with them for most of the time.
** Mashiro, Takagi and Azuki have this dynamic when it comes to their promise. Mashiro and Azuki promised to marry each other once their dream comes true, and Takagi being the one who brought them to together. And the promise also includes Mashiro ''and'' Takagi's collaborated work. This is reflected in the pen name "Muto Ashirogi", with "Ashirogi" being composed of '''A'''zuki, Ma'''shiro''' and Taka'''gi''''s names.
*** The main characters in Muto Ashirogi's ''[[ShowWithinAShow PCP]]'' are three elementary school kids, who are roughly based on Mashiro, Takagi and Azuki. Those characters are Makoto, Minoru and Mai.
*** Muto Ashirogi's other successful work has also a set of three main characters. The VillainProtagonist Satoru/Schwarz, the HeroAntagonist Weiß and the LoveInterest Naho.
* ''Manga/PlatinumEnd'': Kakehashi, Saki and Mukaido form a trio to fight and defend themselves against Metropoli Man. What differs them from other examples is that Mukaido is a middle-aged man paired with two first-year high school students.
* Chiaki, Kousuke, and Makoto from ''Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughTime''. Both boys show interest in Makoto, Makoto tries to understand what she feels for both boys especially when other girls start making their move, and things become even more complicated due to Makoto's time-leaping habits.
* Several scenes in ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'' hint that Edmond, Mercedes and Fernand had this kind of relationship before [[spoiler: Fernand decided Edmond needed to [[DieForOurShip disappear]] quickly]].
** Albert, Franz, and Eugenie have a similar relationship, though with slightly different dynamics. Since all three parties are basically good, forgiving people, it's much less destructive than the above.
* Cordelia, Curio and Francisco in ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet''.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' have four versions; An adult version (Hank Hercules, Sergei Smirnov and Sergei's wife Holly), a familial one (the Trinity siblings), {{The Ace}}s of the three world powers (Graham Aker, Patrick Colasour and Soma Peries), and a more traditional one (Setsuna F. Seiei, Saji Crossroad and Saji's girlfriend Louise Halevy).
* Used sorta at the beginning of ''Manga/ProjectARMS'', when it's Ryo, Hayato, and Katsumi. Except that [[spoiler:Hayato kidnaps Katsumi before he becomes Ryo's friend and has no romantic interest in her - he just wanted her as bait and politely lets her leave when Ryo shows up]]. And then not too long after, [[spoiler:Katsumi is taken out of the picture and another guy and girl (Takeshi and Kei) enter]].
* Mikado Ryugamine, Masaomi Kida, and Anri Sonohara in ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' of course. [[spoiler:Of course, said trio turn out to be the leaders of Dollars, leader of the Yellow Scarves, and holder of the original Saika (which also has a HiveMind with its [[TheVirus children]]) respectively, also known as the gangs who are at each others throats.]]
* Akiyuki, Furuichi, and Haru in ''Anime/XamdLostMemories''.
* ''Franchise/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** We have Edward, Alphonse, and Winry. Granted, they're not together ''all'' the time, but anyway... They subvert the romantic aspect as Al has no interest in Winry, besides when he and Ed were very young.
** In the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime]], the Elric brothers and Winry are still {{Childhood Friend}}s however Winry was DemotedToExtra. In contrast, Rose was made into an AscendedExtra. Rose likes Edward however Al has no interest in Rose (and Ed himself is ambiguous), subverting the typical romantic elements.
** In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa'', the main trio in Germany consists of Edward, Alfons, and Noah. In development they were going to have a love triangle, but that was scrapped and the trio are platonic friends.
* Mugen, Jin, and Fuu from ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''. Mugen and Jin are always at each other's throats, and Fuu is pretty much at the center of the whole plot. She frequently gets kidnapped, and one of the guys always saves her. Becausdeve e of this, many shippers see them as an excellent example of OT3.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Ash usually travels with another guy and girl with the occasional Main/TagalongKid in the Advanced Generation and XY series. The usual romance aspects of the trope [[NoHuggingNoKissing are never touched on]] except for in Kalos.
** Jessie, James and Meowth of Team Rocket.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonRescueTeam'', the protagonist can be either male obviously female while their teammate has an {{Ambiguous Gender}}. In the anime adaptation ''Recap/PokemonSS19PokemonMysteryDungeonTeamGoGettersOutOfTheGate'', the team consists of Squirtle (male), Charmander (male) and Chikorita (female).
* Daisule/Davis, Miyako/Yolei, and Iori/Cody from [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Digimon season 2]] are a subversion. They're part of a FiveManBand that included Takeru/T.K. and Hikari/Kari [[Anime/DigimonAdventure from the first season]].
** In the relationships of the characters, Daisuke/Davis, Takeru/T.K. and Hikari/Kari fit even more.
** In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' Takato, Jianliang/Henry and Ruki/Rika are better examples. Note that [[SixthRanger Kazu, Kenta and Juri/Jeri were first just Takato's friends and Ryo doesn't appear until later]].
* The main power trio of Franchise/GhostInTheShell consists of Togusa, Batou and the Major(a woman). Though there is chemistry between the Major and Batou, Togusa is a married man.
* Chihaya, Taichi and Arata from ''Manga/ChihayaFuru''. Actually Arata gets shipped off to another district early in the story, but it doesn't stop Chihaya from thinking of themselves as ThreeAmigos forever and reminiscing Arata constantly (much to [[CrazyJealousGuy Taichi's]] chargin).
* Moto, Midou, and Hiroki of ''Manga/BokuraNoKiseki'' qualify as this during middle school, and maintain a close friendship even during high school. Moto has an obvious crush on Hiroki, and Midou is a ShipperOnDeck for the two of them. [[spoiler: However, when Moto confesses to Hiroki, she turns him down.]]
* Looking only at the main masters in ''Manga/SoulEater'' we have Maka, Black☆Star and Kidd.
* ''Anime/GundamBuildFightersTry'': The protagonist three man team consists of two boys: Yuuma Kousaka and Sekai Kamiki, and one girl: their leader, Fumina Hoshino.
* Oz, Gil, and Alice in ''Manga/PandoraHearts''. Except, instead of the two male characters fighting over the female, Oz is the frequently the one that gets fought over.
* ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold'' has Esteban (male), Tao (male) and Zia (female).
* In an extremely rare example of the ''protagonist'' actually being the girl, ''Manga/AkatsukiNoYona'' has the relationship between Princess Yona, Hak and Su-won. The life-long relationship crumbles within the first chapter of the manga, however, when [[spoiler: Su-Won kills Yona's father]] and usurps her throne.
* Several of the ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' Pokedex Holders count, such as the Sinnoh and Hoenn trios. The Kanto group originally counted until CanonForeigner Yellow was created.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the ''Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad/Live Wire, and Saturn Girl often fit the trope, depending on who's writing them. Particularly evident in the post-Zero Hour reboot continuity, with Cosmic Boy as the StandardizedLeader, Live Wire as TheLancer, and Saturn Girl as, naturally, TheChick.
* James Howlett/[[spoiler: Wolverine/Logan]], Dog Logan, and Rose from the comic book miniseries ''Origin''.
* In the regular ComicBook/XMen canon: Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Wolverine.
* In Franchise/TheDCU's Big Three, we have Franchise/{{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Batman}}, and ComicBook/WonderWoman. [[ShadowArchetype Bats]] and [[MessianicArchetype Supes]] often disagree on the proper course of action during crises, especially if hostages are involved. [[ActionGirl Wonder Woman]], meanwhile, has spent time in love with both of them (first Superman, recently Batman). While the rivalry between Batman and Superman has only ever boiled over when one of them is mind-controlled into evil-ness (as in ''ComicBook/BatmanHush'', when Superman [[spoiler:is controlled by [[TheVamp Poison Ivy]] and Batman [[strike:gets to]] has to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kick his ass]]]]), they rarely spend much time actively plotting against one another, and are stable enough to form the cornerstone of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica.
* The classic Comicbook/DoomPatrol: Robotman, Negative Man, and Elasti-Girl.
* Hellboy, Abe Sapien and Liz in ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'': Jesse, Cassidy and Tulip.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11772125/1/Metroid-Kamen-Rider-Generations-Full-Series Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations]]'' [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]] is joined with [[Series/KamenRiderGaim Mitsuzane Kureshima/Kamen Rider Ryugen]] and [[Series/KamenRiderDrive Gou Shijima/Kamen Rider Mach]]. It is also implied that Gou have been [[ShipperOnDeck insinuating]] a ShipTease between Samus and Micchy and enforces it throughout the story, the results were [[LoveRedeems all according to plan.]]
* In ''FanFic/TheBridge'' we get a few examples.
** [[CoolTeacher Key Ring]], a professor working in the Crystal Empire, [[ActionGirl Blade Dancer]], a royal guardsmare, and [[PragmaticVillain Xenilla]], a crystal manipulating kaiju-turned-unicorn; are the trio behind discovering King Sombra has returned.
** [[DarkActionGirl Irys]], [[StraightMan Gigan]], and [[TheDitz Megalon]] are often deployed on missions by their master and are a case of VillainousFriendship.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''Animation/TheReturnOfHanuman'', Minku only had two friends: Munni and Daddu, until Maruti joins in...
* Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed from ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
* Manolo, Joaquin and Maria in ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife''.
* The furlings from ''WesternAnimation/OnceUponAForest'' comprise of this. Interestingly romance never gets between the trio, but that may be because they're children and they're separate species. Abigail, the girl of the group, develops feelings for a field mouse who isn't part of the trio.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'' starts with [[HeterosexualLifePartners Miguel and Tulio]] until Chel joins them later and flirts with them both. They agree that Chell is "off limits" but Tulio ends up making out with her anyway
* The TerribleTrio from ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' are Cruella and her dumbass sidekicks, Horace and Jasper.
* Lock, Shock and Barrel from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' are a trio of trouble making trick-or-treaters who act as henchmen for Oogie Boogie.
* DJ, Jenny, and Chowder from ''WesternAnimation/MonsterHouse''. At first it seems like they're going for a LoveTriangle when [[LoveAtFirstSight both boys see Jenny at the same time]], but DJ and Jenny are the ones who share a kiss and she and Chowder remain friends.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Carny}}'', a member of the road crew of a circus or amusement park (which is what the term Carny refers to) strikes up a romance with one of the customers. She decides she also likes his brother, and has sex with him, too. Apparently this doesn't bother or affect any of them, it's as if they have no jealousy at all, and have simply decided that both of them are going to share her with each other.
* Reversed in ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater''. The surviving trio are a woman, a girl and... uh... Creator/CillianMurphy. The initial group of survivors is more conventional- chilly ActionGirl Selena, a male survivor and Cillian as Jim, but, well... let's just say it doesn't work out.
* ''Film/AcrossTheUniverse'' has a two-guys-and-a-girl layout at times, but it helps that two of them are siblings. Among certain fen, though... If it's not Max hating Jude for laying a hand on his virginal little sister, Jude pining after Max and settling for the nearest female to hand, Max harboring some very un-brotherly affections, or a really Squick-y threesome... it's got a resident Mary Sue taking up the space in the middle.
* ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'' is made out of this trope (well, this and Flashbacks). Salim and Jamal are brothers. Otherwise, this trope is played dead straight, with Latika in the remaining role.
* In the original ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy, Luke, Han and Leia. In the prequels, Anakin, Obi-Wan and Padmé are also a trio. Most pre-release info about ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' indicates that Finn, Rey and Poe Dameron [[RuleOfThree follow the same dynamic in the sequel trilogy]].
* [[IrishmanAndAJew Brian, Jacob,]] and [[SheIsAllGrownUp Anna]] in ''Film/KeepingTheFaith''.
* ''Film/TheGreenHornet'' sets up Britt Reid, Kato and Lenore Case as this instead of the PowerTrio you'd expect in most hero movies. Not only do the HoYay and CockFight take place, but Lenore has been unwittingly ''planning the Green Hornet's every move'' by handing Britt her analyses of his ''modus operandi''.
* ''Film/SophieSchollTheFinalDays'': Sophie, her brother Hans, and Christoph Probst from the German film, though in this case it is the girl who is the principal character.
* The Australian movie ''Film/BMXBandits'' with a 15 year old Nicole Kidman as the girl.
* Between Gary, Steven and Sam in ''Film/TheWorldsEnd''. Steven has carried a torch for Sam since they were all in school together, and even years later resents Gary for sleeping with her. [[spoiler:Steven and Sam end up together at the end.]]
* In ''Film/TheGiver'', Jonas, Asher, and Fiona's dynamic is like this before things go down. The disruption of their friendship brought about by their conflicting responsibilities is even {{lampshaded}} by Fiona, when she snidely throws a "Friends forever, right?" at Asher when the latter reports Jonas's attempted escape. [[spoiler: Eventually, Asher aids in his escape as well]].
* Played for comedy in ''Film/TooManyHusbands,'' which is InspiredBy ''Literature/EnochArden.'' Bill and Henry are best friends and business partners; when Bill is believed dead in a boating accident, his wife Vicky marries Henry six months later. This leads to awkwardness when Bill returns.
* As the comic counterpart; Hellboy, Abe Sapien and Liz in ''Film/{{Hellboy}}''.
* Kirk, Spock and Uhura in the soft reboot ''Film/StarTrek'' and its sequel ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''. The writers upgraded Uhura as the third main character and downplayed [=McCoy=] a little bit. [[http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/File:ST09_UK_theatrical_poster.jpg The marketing clearly shows this tendency]].
* The remake ''Film/HomewardBoundTheIncredibleJourney'' uses two male dogs and a female cat as protagonists. The [[Literature/TheIncredibleJourney original book]] and the first movie based on it have three male animals.
* ''Film/GleahanAndTheKnavesOfIndustry:'' Mark, Gleahan, and Madison end up forming a pretty strong trio all on their own.

* The original example of this trope is probably Creator/CharlesDickens' ''A Tale of Two Cities''.
** Or [[KingArthur Arthur, Lancelot and Guinevere]]...
** Goethe's ''The Sorrows of Young Werther'' is another influential work based on this trope. Werther grows up with Charlotte and is a close friend of Albert. Albert marries Charlotte; Werther {{Wangst}}s himself into suicide.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Harry, Ron and Hermione, naturally. Although [[spoiler:Harry actually has no romantic interest in Hermione, though that doesn't stop Ron from fulfilling his part of the trope.]]
** Also works with Harry, Ron, and Ginny. In this case, Harry's afraid of MySisterIsOffLimits, missing the hints that he's the only guy Ron ''would'' be happy seeing Ginny with.
** James, Lily, and [[spoiler:Snape]] play the trope a bit more straight, although the two men were never friends.
** Scorpius, Albus and Delphi
* Luke, Resus and Cleo in scream street.
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' always feature a core trio of two guys and a girl as the main protagonists in every book. It's usually Percy, Annabeth, and Grover, though Tyson and Thalia replace Grover and Annabeth in the second and third books, respectively, due to their kidnappings. However, Percy and Annabeth serve as the TokenRomance of the five; Grover and Tyson help Percy because they're his friends, while Thalia is like an older sister to Percy (which becomes HarsherInHindsight when we learn in the second series that [[spoiler: Thalia did, or rather, ''does'', have a younger brother.]]) The third book provides a good reason why ''not'' adhering to this trope (or rather, the trio part) is a bad thing: anything more than three is undesirable to fate, so when two girls (Zoë and Bianca) join the group in the third, [[spoiler: both of them die.]]
** Percy, Luke, and Annabeth qualify this trope even more straight, though in their case, TheLancer is a childhood friend of TheChick, while TheHero is a newcomer.
* ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' follows its predecessor's rule by featuring two guys and a girl in the first two books: Jason, Piper, and Leo (''The Lost Hero''), and Percy, Frank, and Hazel (''The Son of Neptune''). However, it is defied in the third book and beyond by featuring all six plus Annabeth. Apparently, [[LuckySeven seven is lucky enough]] to trump three.
** however, it's noted that three Romans and four Greeks make up the Seven, and [[spoiler: Leo, the extra Greek dies in the last book]]. So by following camps the Seven stick to this rule of three.
** The last book of the series also features a side trio in the form of Reyna, Nico, and Coach Hedge. However, it defies many expectations of this trope because: 1. The girl ''is'' TheHero, and 2. Their relationships to each other are strictly professional.
* Edward, Bella and Jacob in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. Although Edward and Jacob become friends only at the end of the books.
* The novel ''Soon I Will Be Invincible'' by Austin Grossman uses a slight variation: evil villain Dr Impossible had a crush on Erica Lowenstein, before accidentally creating the superhero Core Fire whom she fell in love with. Dr Impossible's frequent kidnappings of Erica in his early career result from this (although "they grew apart" later and he stopped). [[spoiler:In the end Erica resolves the plot of the novel, defeating both Dr Impossible and Core Fire.]]
* ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' has Jace Wayland, Clary Fray, and Simon Lewis.
* ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices'' has Will Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Jem Carstairs.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' series has Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, and Gale Hawthorne.
* ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'' series features Tris, Four, and Caleb. Must be noted that the romance is uncontested, because Tris and Caleb are siblings.
* Lampshaded in ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', as the-guy-who-is-not-the-hero assumes this will happen the moment the hero returns to his village. The hero, for his part, is not even remotely interested.
** He ''was'' interested when he left, and the girl is still kind of (actually, probably even more) interested than she was at the time. But in the meantime, the hero has seen what's available in the outside world, and "prettiest girl of a certain age in a small village" is not necessarily the same thing as "actually pretty." On top of this, she's terribly naive and kind of shallow, so while the "rival" is worried the hero is going to take her away, but the hero is mainly worried he won't be able to ''give'' her away.
* Danny, Joe, and Irene from the Danny Dunn novels. No romance however, as the books were written a few decades ago for kids. There ''has'' to be fanfic where someone gets Irene, though. She's too awesome.
* The 1967 book "The Owl Service" is all about this trope, as three present day teens find themselves re-enacting an old Welsh legend.
* The central relationship of ''Literature/LaxdaelaSaga'' is one, with foster-brothers Kjartan and Bolli becoming competitors for the hand of Gudrun. [[DownerEnding It doesn't end well]]: in the final chapter, she eventually tells her grandson "He I loved most, I treated the worst."
* Edmond, Fernand, and Mercedes in ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo''
* Edmund, Eustace, and Lucy in ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader''
* Biff, Joshua and Maggie in ''Literature/LambTheGospelAccordingToBiff''.
* Alfred Lord Tennyson's narrative poem "Literature/EnochArden" has the more traditionally masculine of the two guys (the eponymous Enoch Arden) marrying the girl (Annie), getting lost at sea after a shipwreck, and returning home ten years later to find that she remarried his friend and romantic rival, the more intellectual and sensitive of the two (Philip), and that his children now call him father as they do not remember their own. Annie believed him dead and Philip offered to take care of her, and she fell in love with him (though he had always loved her, while respecting Enoch). Enoch never reveals to his wife and children that he is alive, for he loves them too much to intrude on their happiness, and dies alone.
* Alexander Key's Literature/FlightToTheLonesomePlace has Ronnie "Blue Boy" Cleveland, Luis Black, and Anna Maria Rosalita. They qualify as a TokenTrio with Ronnie as white while Luis and Anna Maria Rosalita both Puerto Rican with Luis also very dark skinned.
* Sudsakorn, Sawakon and her brother Hassachai in a 19th century Thai epic ''{{Literature}}/PrahAphaiManee'' with the three of them going through many adventures together. Sawakon gradually fell for Sudsakorn but they didn't get together until adult after he fell for Sulaleewan. However, the story ends on happy note with both of them as his queens.
* The original trio of MichaelVey consisted of [[TheHero Michael]], [[FatBestFriend Ostin]], and [[TheChick Taylor]]. The three never really become a LoveTriangle, even after Jack and Wade [[ThreePlusTwo joined]] [[FiveManBand the crew]], although the five of them weren't together for very long before everyone ''else'' came into the equation. In the end, [[spoiler: Michael and Taylor start dating and Ostin and [=McKenna=] hold hands and flirt.]]
* Eric, Julie, and Neil from the SecretsOfDroon series. Absolutely [[NoHuggingNoKissing NO romance]] is ever considered, but that's just because the series is a kid's series.
* Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose from the A-Z Mysteries series. Being a kid's series, the same no-romance rule as above also applies.
* In the original Literature/HowToTrainYourDragon books, the main trio was [[TheHero Hiccup]], [[ActionGirl Camicazi]], and [[ButtMonkey Fishlegs]]. After the books were adapted into the [[WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon movie]] and later the [[WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk TV show]], which still retained some of this, the four guys and two girls were often split up into two groups: the original, Hiccup, Astrid (who was based off Camicazi), and Fishlegs; and Snotlout and the inseparable twins Ruffnut and Tuffnut.
** [[HowToTrainYourDragon2 The second movie]] also has Fishlegs and Snotlout fighting and beating each other up over Ruffnut. Hiccup, Toothless, and Astrid also count as this.
* In 'And I Darken', Lada, a Walachian princess, and her little brother Radu make friends with Mehmet, the prince (and later sultan) of the Ottoman Empire, and they grow up together. Even though Radu is Lada's brother there is still romantic tension in the group—between Lada and Radu as they are each in love with the sultan, and he loves Lada back.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' had LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, but the station's main command staff for the first three seasons consisted of Commander Sinclair (later Captain Sheridan), Commander Ivanova ([[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replacing Commander Takashima after the pilot]]), and Chief Garibaldi. In the last few seasons, Garibaldi went into private business and was replaced by Zack, Ivanova [[PutOnABus was given her own command]] and replaced by Captain Lochley (who took Sheridan's job after [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning he went into politics]]), and Lt. Corwin took Ivanova's old job (if you're keeping score at home, by the end of the show it's still two guys and a girl, with the girl now TheCaptain rather than TheLancer. Simple, no?)
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' forms a rather twisted example with Spike, Angelus and Drusilla in Season 2. Buffy, Willow, and Xander also fit the trope.
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' has a perfect example of this, with [[TheHero Rick]], [[TheLancer Shane]], and [[TheChick Lori]].
* Later ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' seasons with Clark, Lana, and Lex. Early seasons had Clark, Pete, & Chloe.
* Cory, Shawn and Topanga in ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''. However Shawn not only had no romantic interest in Topanga, [[HoYay but at times seemed to be more romantically interested in Cory than her]], though the latter was played for laughs.
* Chase, Cameron and Foreman from ''Series/{{House}}''. Chase and Foreman often butt heads on differences of opinion and a drugged up Cameron sleeps with Chase. Later in the series they become more intimate, but it's only for fun. Later ''later'' in the series they get married. Later later '''later''' in the series they get divorced. However, through all of this, Cameron never really has any romantic interest in Foreman ... fair enough, given that Foreman is an ''enormous'' jerk to her ... in one episode he steals her paper (not literally, he just writes a paper on the same case and beats her to print with it because he asked House to sign off on it instead of actually reading it, while Cameron was waiting for feedback) and deliberately tries to infect her with a disease he's picked up from a patient, despite the fact that it might be fatal, feeling that that will make her work harder to find a cure.
* ''Series/TheModSquad'', though Pete, Linc and Julie were all just friends with no romance or friction between them.
* Done with extreme subtlety in ''Series/RobinHood'' between Allan-a-Dale, Will Scarlett and Djaq; in which both men use their feelings for Djaq as a way to galvanise Robin into action after she's been captured, and which afterwards was barely ever dwelt on again except in body language and passing comments.
** Used again, far less successfully in Season Three between Much, Allan and Kate. Failed because Much and Allan had to suddenly become [=BFF=] after spending the first two seasons all but hating each other, Much completely forget about his previous LoveInterest, the actors had more chemistry with each other than either of them did with the actress, and Kate was a rather pathetic SatelliteLoveInterest anyway. And then she hooked up with Robin, and the entire LoveTriangle [[AbortedArc was forgotten entirely]].
* In ''Series/TwoGuysAGirlAndAPizzaPlace'', this is...well...very oddly averted when ALL THREE ([[{{Deadpool}} Ryan Reynolds]], Richard Ruccolo, and [[Series/{{Monk}} Traylor Howard]]) end up being paired off with OTHER people (Ryan with co-worker, Richard with [[Series/SavedByTheBell Tiffani Thiessen]], and Traylor with [[{{Series/Firefly}} Nathan]] [[Series/{{Castle}} Fillion]]). Very...interesting to say the least.
* On the Nickelodeon series ''Series/TheTroop'', with Jake, Felix, and Hayley.
* Henrik, Glenn and Mira from ''Series/{{Vintergatan}}''. Henrik and Glenn always thought the other was the object of Mira's affections, and thus tried harder themselves -- she just didn't care.
* Dawson, Joey and Pacey in ''Series/DawsonsCreek''.
* In the third season of ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' a lot more emphasis is placed on Gwen joining what was previously the [[HeterosexualLifePartner Heterosexual Life Partnership]] of Arthur and Merlin to form a PowerTrio destined to rule Camelot together as King, Queen and Advisor.
* In ''{{Series/Torchwood}}'', especially the third season, [[TheCaptain Jack]] forms this with [[BattleCouple partner]] Ianto and [[ActionGirl Gwen]]. This comes after the LoveTriangle with Jack as the center is resolved in the previous season.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Community}}'', when best friends Abed and Troy find themselves both pining over the same librarian. Rather than risk their friendship over rivalry, their TropeSavvy response is to approach the girl at the same time, politely explain the situation to her, and then ask her out on a mutual date so that she can decide.
* Kevin, Paul and Winnie in ''Series/TheWonderYears''.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' / ''Franchise/SuperSentai'':
** If a season uses the ThreePlusTwo format, the core team is invariably this trope. However, there's hardly ever any romantic tension involved (especially in PR due to NoHuggingNoKissing).
** Subverted in ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'': Theo was a little wary of his [=BFF=] Lily spending time with RookieRedRanger Casey - until Lily came in and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DmN0tDhEOwLily outright stomped on any possible love triangle.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** There have been several [=TARDIS=] crews with this gender ratio, but only a few with the romance elements (the classic series in particular had a NoHuggingNoKissing rule). The Second, Fourth and Fifth Doctors' eras all had examples.
** Nine / Ten, Rose and Mickey: Rose and Mickey were a couple pre-series, but Rose ultimately chooses the Doctor.
** The second half of series 5 and almost all of series 6 (except for River Song episodes) featured the Doctor, Amy and Rory. Naturally, this trope gets even more complicated when time travel is involved: the Doctor first meets Amy when she's a kid, then goes straight to meeting Amy and Rory as adults thanks to landing twelve years off-target. He doesn't find out they're engaged until after Amy has already had a few adventures with him ''and'' tried to have GladToBeAliveSex, at which point he basically abducts Rory and starts [[ShipperOnDeck shipping]] them. It works, and they form a fairly stable team from then on. And then he [[spoiler: marries their grown-up daughter from the future.]]
* Ted, Marshall and Lily in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' have known each other way back in their college years before meeting [[ThreePlusTwo Barney and Robin]], the latter whom they met at the pilot episode. The romantic element is averted in that Ted only feels friendly love toward Lily and actively encourages Marshall to pursue her.
** Played more straight with Ted, Barney and Robin, especially after Barney's feelings for Robin become evident in Season 4.
* ''Series/{{Arrowverse}}''
** ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': The crime-fighting 'Team Arrow' has vigilante Oliver, ex-veteran Diggle and tech genius Felicity. Oliver and Diggle are quickly established as HeterosexualLifePartners and Oliver and Felicity are JustFriends with bucketloads of UnresolvedSexualTension. There's definitely nothing romantic with Felicity and Diggle though as they're LikeBrotherAndSister.
** ''Series/TheFlash2014'' has the [=S.T.A.R.=] Labs team of Barry, Caitlin and Cisco. There doesn't seem to be any romantic tension, as all their dating prospects thus far have been outside the core group.
* Oenimus, Gannicus and Melitta in ''Series/SpartacusGodsOfTheArena''. It doesn't end well.
* The reverse variant (Two Girls and a Guy) happens in at least one ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode. In "Mr. Monk Goes to a Rock Concert," Monk investigates the murder with assistance from Natalie and from the murder victim's girlfriend.
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'', "Starring Pete, Pete's brother Pete, and me - Ellen..."
* On Series/TeenWolf, a triangle is shaping up between Allison, Scott and Isaac. Scott and Allison are still in love. Isaac is very close to Scott, and a romance with Allison later developed.
* ''Series/HoudiniAndDoyle'': Houdini & Doyle with Constable Adelaide Stratton.
* Creator/{{Chespirito}}'s shows:
** El Chavo, Kiko and La Chilindrina in ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho''.
** Chómpiras, Botija and Chimoltrufia in ''[[Series/{{Chespirito}} Los Caquitos]]''.
** Chaparrón, Lucas and La Vecina in ''[[Series/{{Chespirito}} Los Chifladitos]]'' (albeit La Vecina is not crazy).
* ''Series/{{Preacher|2016}}'': Jesse, Cassidy and Tulip.
* Two series about TimeTravel: The Spanish ''Series/TheMinistryOfTime'' and the American ''Series/{{Timeless}}'' have two guys and a girl traveling in time on government-endorsed missions to avoid damage on history from rogue time travelers. And yes, the similarities caused a copyright infringement sue from the Spanish producers.
* ''Series/BeingHumanUK'' has John, George and Annie.
** The current inhabitants are Thomas, Hal and Alex, who live in the same place John, George and Annie live in.
* ''Series/BeingHumanUS'' has Aidan, Josh and Sally.
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': The plot revolves around Matt Murdock, Karen Page and Foggy Nelson.
* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': Jessica Jones' inner circle is made up of Trish Walker and Malcolm Ducasse, making her a gender inversion of the trope.
* Rooney, Moe, and Deedee in ''Series/TheDoodlebops''.

* Music/JayZ's song "Run This Town". Jigga himself is the [[TheHero hero]], Music/KanyeWest is the [[TheLancer lancer]] and the [[TheChick chick]] is {{Music/Rihanna}}.
* As the quote at the top of the page suggests, "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield is about the speaker's desire to be with the girlfriend of a close friend of his.
* Music/SickPuppies

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The Megapowers: Wrestling/RandySavage, Wrestling/HulkHogan and Elizabeth.
* Wrestling/DGenerationX early on with Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Wrestling/TripleH and Wrestling/{{Chyna}}.
* Team Xtreme: [[Wrestling/HardyBoyz Matt & Jeff Hardy]] and Wrestling/{{Lita}}, Matt's real-life girlfriend. WWE tried to do an angle with the brothers fighting over Lita, but it quickly got canned.
** Before Lita, the Hardys had Wrestling/TerriRunnels with them.
** Lita had another when she was in ECW, as Miss Congenialty, managing Danny Doring and Amish Roadkill.
* Played for laughs with Rico, Charlie Haas and Jackie Gayda (Rico's manager and Charlie's real-life girlfriend/future wife).
* Enzo Amore, Colin Cassady and Wrestling/{{Carmella}}.
* The Wrestling/DudleyBoyz and Wrestling/StacyKeibler - until they fired her by [[WouldHitAGirl putting her through a table]].
* Possibly the original incarnation of this in AWA, when tag team champions Wrestling/PlayboyBuddyRose and Doug "Pretty Boy" Somers were managed by the women's champion, Wrestling/SherriMartel.
* The Holly Cousins: Hardcore, Crash and Molly.

* Mickey, Eddie, and Linda from BloodBrothers, the DramaticIrony being that it's actually a SiblingTriangle but none of them know it.
* In The Star-Spangled Girl by NeilSimon, Norman becomes obsessed with Sophie, who can't stand him. Norman's roommate and best friend Andy resents Sophie for her politics and the fact that Norman is letting himself fall apart over her. Sophie hates Andy just as much for his politics and for being Norman's enabler. They hate each other. Yup. Sure do. Oh, [[SlapSlapKiss you know where this is going.]]
* ''Theatre/MerrilyWeRollAlong'' has Frank, Charley, and Mary.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In later years, Creator/BioWare took to giving you two starting party members, both human, one man, one woman. So, with a male player character...
** Though the social dynamic in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is rather different, as Alistair and Morrigan hate each other. ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' fits best, as that is the only one in which there is an explicit attraction between your two starting squadmates (though it's in the past, and neither has any problem with [[RomanceSidequest Shepard dating the other]]).
** Also in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', one of the starting companions is your sibling, the other becomes a widow within minutes of meeting her, and is not a romance option.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** The franchise is built around this, with almost all the OriginalGeneration protagonists falling into these groups.
** The original, series-long examples are Sora, Riku and Kairi, who even have ThemeNaming all to themselves. Played 100% straight - Riku is the RivalTurnedEvil because he wants to be the one to save Kairi, and doesn't want the rival who's always been one step behind one-upping him as TheChosenOne. He gets over it in the sequels.
** Ven, Terra, and Aqua in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth by Sleep]]'' are a parallel to the above trio, complete with the same ThemeNaming. There's less implied romance, with Terra and Aqua taking a more "parental" role to Ven, who's only a few years younger but has no memories besides training with them. While nobody turns evil this time, all three of them ''do'' up in conflict for most of the game's plot due to some really poor communication and misunderstandings between them.
** Roxas, Axel and Xion in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 358/2 Days]]''. In this case, Axel is a KnightTemplarBigBrother who enters PoisonousFriend territory once things get ''really'' tragic. Like Riku and Sora, he and Roxas also end up fighting each other after being separated from Xion's influence (albeit for much different reasons than the latter two boys).
** The two groups from Twilight Town with Hayner, Olette and Pence against Seifer, Fuu and Rai. However, both of these trios are decidedly less unstable and/or toxic than the main characters' trios.
* Maxi, Kilik, and Xianghua from the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries''. They're companions for the most part, but in the fourth game, Maxi diverges from Kilik and Xianghua for his own story. Kilik and Xianghua, meanwhile, are StarCrossedLovers...
** [[spoiler:. Xianghua has a daughter, and she's wearing Kilik's pendant, which probably means that he's the father, but it also seems that Kilik is forced to become the new weapons master, meaning he is not allowed to stay with her.]]
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', where [[TheHero Lloyd]], [[TheChick Colette]] and [[TheLancer Genis]] are all childhood friends, but Genis prefers Presea. Mostly because they're around the same age [[spoiler:[[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld or so he thinks]].]]
* ''VideoGame/ArcRiseFantasia'' has L'Arc, Alf and Adele falling pretty neatly into this trope.
* Cecil, Kain, and Rosa from ''Videogame/FinalFantasyIV''.
* Squall, Rinoa, and Seifer from ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVIII'' effectively play out the trope in spite of the fact that Rinoa doesn't enter the picture until all of them are teenagers and Seifer is already on his way from TheRival to RivalTurnedEvil.
** Although, to be fair, there was Selphie, and Quistis, and... you know what, I think it was a case of everybody wanting everybody else.
** Quistis subverts it since although she's known Squall the longest, by the time Rinoa shows up she's long given up on being his lover and instead tries to be a replacement big sister. Fanfic writers are apt to ignore this character trait and play the trope straight.
* Hero (Ryou), Jowy, and Nanami from ''VideoGame/SuikodenII''. Literally BecauseDestinySaysSo.
** ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'' has Melville, Alanis and Elliot. ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' has Roy, Faylen, and Faylon.
* Denim, Vice, and Kachua from ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre''. In a way, Vice is two people. Depending on whether the player as Denim chooses to do an evil act or not at the end of the first chapter, Vice chooses to do the opposite and opposes Denim. Villain Vice and Hero Vice do not resemble each other in the slightest.
* ''VideoGame/ChaosLegion'' had Sieg Warheit (Victory of Honesty), Victor Delacroix (Victory of the Cross), and Seila Riviere - but the big split happened before the game started.
* Shiki's backstory fits this perfectly in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', with [[spoiler:a "[[NotBloodSiblings sister]]" Akiha and her real brother SHIKI]] as the other guy and BigBad.
* ''Videogame/FinalFantasyV'' messes with this trope a bit. When the team first comes together, it's two guys and a girl. But then Faris joins, and it's three guys and a girl. But then it turns out that Faris is a [[ReverseTrap girl]], and it's two guys and two girls. And then, after a spoilerific event, it becomes ''three'' girls and the token guy.
* Caim, Inuart, and Furiae in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''. The tension is initially over the fact that Caim is much better at protecting Furiae than Inuart, her betrothed, is, but it evolves as the game progresses into a {{squick}}y LoveTriangle long after Inuart becomes the RivalTurnedEvil.
* In the ''VideoGame/WarCraft'' backstory, the [[SiblingYinYang brothers]] [[CainAndAbel Malfurion and Illidan]] Stormrage and [[LadyOfWar Tyrande]]. Played more or less straight, even to the point where Tyrande is kidnapped and the feuding brothers have to [[EnemyMine work together to save her]].
* Some depictions of Mario, Luigi and Peach from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' put them like this.
* Marche, Mewt, and Ritz from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' (not including Doned nor Montblanc, since they don't meet each other at the same time).
* ''VideoGame/GrandiaII'' fits this trope to a T with Ryudo, Melfice and Reena. Ryudo and Melfice are brothers, Reena is Melfice's fiancée. [[spoiler: He ends up being possessed and killing her, after which he and Ryudo become enemies.]]
* Asbel, Sophie and Richard in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces''. When they were children, the three carved their names in a tree as a vow of friendship.
** Also [[spoiler:Malik, Kurtz and Lobelia]].
* In the [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Generation III]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl IV]] main ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, as well as the remakes of ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' (and ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' if the player selects Hilbert), there is always the protagonist, their rival and their opposite-gender player character/pseudo-rival; though how much they actually interact tends to vary. One female and two males. It's also extremely popular to depict the two player characters and rival this way in fanworks of games that use the traditional two playable character options and one rival, whether the two player characters actually can meet in-game or not.
* Matthew, Tyrell, and Karis from VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn.
* Stocke, Marco and Raynie from ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'' could be this, except Marco seems more brotherly to Raynie than anything.
** Alternately, Stocke, Rosch and Sonja. In one SideQuest, [[spoiler: when Stocke confronts Rosch about his feelings, Sonja overhears and runs off. If Stocke goes to comfort her, it's a BadEnd. If Stocke pushes Rosch to chase after her, though, the two hook up.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/ShadowHearts Koudelka]]'' starts with the title character, who then encounters the two guys, Edward and James, during her mission.
* Even though it's actually ''three'' guys and a girl, for a long part of ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' this is the basic formation. It even goes back to Two Guys and a Girl later in the game, as Poo leaves temporarily in order to learn PK Starstorm and rejoins them later.
** ''{{VideoGame/MOTHER 3}}'' has a party of two guys, a girl and a dog (for the most part) so it is an example of this trope, kind of.
** The first ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'' is the only game in the series with a party of only three members, which ''is'' a party of two guys and a girl, even when Teddy replaces Lloyd.
* Among the whole slew of teams in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series, the canonical team would be the "Three Sacred Treasures" Team, made of [[TheHero Kyo Kusanagi]], [[TheRival Iori Yagami]], and [[TeamMom Chizuru Kagura]]. Team K Maxima,Kula and K himself, Team Mexico Ramon,Angel and King Of Dinosaurs, Team South America Nelson,Zarina and Bandeiras Hattori, Team Kim Luong,Gang-il and Kim himself, Team Ikari Warriors Ralf,Clark and Leona, Team Psycho Soldier Athena,Kensou and Chin, Team Art Of Fighting Ryo,Robert and Yuri.
* The three holders of the triforce from any VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda game, consists of Link, Ganon(dorf) and Zelda.
* The main trio of VideoGame/ProfessorLayton 's VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheDiabolicalBox and VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture features Layton, Luke and Flora.
* The initial trio of ''VideoGame/BlueDragon'' is made up of the {{hot blooded}} Shu, his bookworm friend Jiro, and the orphan girl (and subject of Jiro's crush) Kluke. This later becomes ThreePlusTwo once Marumaru and Zola join the party.
* Toy Freddy, Toy Bonnie and Toy Chica from VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2 could count as this, as well as their counterparts from [[FiveNightsAtFreddys the first game]].
* The three main puppets from OneTwoThreeSlaughterMeStreet are the Follower, the Greeter, and the Waiter, although not many people are actually aware that the Greeter is a girl.
* [[VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfWillyBeamish Willy Beamish]]'s treehouse gang fills this with his BlackBestFriend Perry and neighborhood girl Dana.
* ''VideoGame/Persona3'':, Let's see the groups of three introduced in the plot (though for the second and third points, the protagonist is a wild card case for ''Portable'', thus, this trope only applies if the player chose the male protagonist's route):
** The initial members of S.E.E.S. (the third-years) - Akihiko, Shinjiro, and Mitsuru
** The initial playable party members (the second-years) - The male protagonist, Junpei, and Yukari
** The people present at the [[spoiler:flashback scene at Moonlight Bridge]] - The male protagonist, Ryoji, and Aigis
** The members of Strega - Takaya, Jin, Chidori
* ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}''[='=]s boy duo, Cuphead and Mugman, becomes a trio with the addition of Ms. Chalice in the ''[[DownloadableContent Delicious Last Course]]'' expansion.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' saga gets one in the fifth game VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies with Phoenix Wright, Apollo Justice and newcomer Athena Cykes being the protagonists of the story. While there are no romantic subplots between them, there's something that can resemble a rivalry near the end of the game [[spoiler:when Apollo gets into a fight with Phoenix over Athena's innocence.]]
** There's also the Themis Legal Academy kids: Hugh O'Conner, Robin Newman and Juniper Woods. They play this trope straight with both Robin and Hugh being rivals and fighting over Juniper's affection. [[spoiler:That is until the big reveal, when the situation turns into a TwoGirlsAndAGuy setup.]]
* In ''Franchise/{{Danganronpa}}'', the PowerTrio of the main games, dubbed Trial Point Getters by the devs, are like this. In the first game, there are Makoto, Kyoko, and Byakuya, though the interaction between them only fits if you put Makoto in the 'girl' role. The second game has Hajime, Chiaki, and Nagito, which is played slightly straighter though not without some weird twist because of Nagito's BlueAndOrangeMorality.

* ''Webcomic/{{Project 0}}'' seems to be starting off this way
* Ben Winchester, Jodie Beretta and Eric Remington in ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}'', though there is no attraction between them.
* Webcomic/{{Juathuur}} has at least three examples of this trope. However, it is somewhat unusual as one of the girls is the main character, and there is no rivalry at all between her squad-mates.
* The formula of [[http://doodlediaries.comicgenesis.com/ this webcomic]] only with added HoYay
* In ''Webcomic/ProphecyOfTheCircle'' it's a part of the backstory of Jacind, Yaren and Calterra, a first thing out of many that would over time erode the three's friendship.
* 'Two guys and a girl' appears to be the fundamental adventuring unit of the RPG-influenced setting of Webcomic/DominicDeegan; apparently a sort of unofficial custom or cosmic thing. Greg, Dominic, and Luna did it at the very beginning, but there are three plot-significant triads whose LoveTriangle problems cause big drama.
** In the backstory, Donovan, Miranda, and [[spoiler: Karnak]] were an adventuring party of a dual-classed bard and swordsman, an outrageously powerful female wizard, and a barbarian warrior. Miranda and Donovan were a couple. [[spoiler: Karnak]] liked Miranda. [[spoiler: Karnak]] chose a very bad time and method to declare for her, then thought better of it and sacrificed himself to save Miranda and the world with little actual harm done, but it appears to have been a significant factor in his damnation anyway. [[spoiler:The Demon Lord Karnak]] has recurred as various types of antagonist and problem for the entire run of the comic.
** During the second major storyline, 'Visions of Doom,' we are introduced to the trio of [[BloodKnight Siegfried]], Jayden, and [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Milov]]; Siegfried was the third recurring character to appear in the strip, but here he got friends and a more fleshed-out character, including his first real moral victory at the end. They reappear regularly and their story eventually becomes very tragic.
** And at the end of the 'Battle For Barthis' sotryline, Mookie introduced Grench, [[AllLovingHero Stonewater]], and [[BlackMagic Bulgak]]. As in the other two cases, the group is split up when the un-chosen man winds up [[spoiler: going to hell]], but it happens earlier and a little less tragically this time. Both parties reappear during 'The March Across Maltak' and 'The Court of Karnak,' although Grench becomes much less significant after the LoveTriangle is resolved, not having a prophesied destiny or an exposition-heavy RedemptionArc.
*** Miranda escapes this post-triangle sidelining only because she's the main character's mother and one of the most powerful magic-users in the kingdom. Also she and Donovan are possibly the most prominent BetaCouple, and definitely the one with the least issues.
* Webcomic/TwoGuysAndGuy, which [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the trope by naming the girl [[TomboyishName "Guy"]]. Frank has zero interest in Guy (or anything except MadScience, really), while [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Wayne]]'s occasional efforts towards Guy [[ComedicSociopathy invariably end in pain]].
* Elliot, Tedd ([[{{Bishonen}} despite what he looks like and his tendency to transform into a female]]), and Sarah in the beginning of Webcomic/ElGoonishShive before the plot kicks off.
* And of course, Agatha/Gil/Tarvek in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', with the variant that she's the protagonist, not either of the guys.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses has three main music reviewers that frequently collaborate with each other: WebVideo/PawDugan, WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows and WebVideo/PushingUpRoses. These three frequently collaborate with each other and did a collaborative review of Music/TheMonkees' ''Film/{{Head}}''. Naturally, no LoveTriangle has formed (if you don't count the fact that Paw and Roses used to date but are now PlatonicLifePartners).
* Video game music podcast ''Podcast/NitroGameInjection'' has a hosting crew made up of two guys and a girl.
* The three main characters of ''Literature/TheGraystoneSaga'' - Lady Gray, Sabastian, and Tobiah - have a bit of an odd dynamic, but not a LoveTriangle.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' examples:
** Averted in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' with Spike, Carly and Chip. Spike shared episodes with either of his two friends, but there notably never was an episode in which both of them appeared. The only exception of sorts is the Japanese ''ScrambleCity'' OVA, in which there was one screen featuring them both with their backs turned towards each other. Starting season 3, Spike was the only human to keep the regular spot. Carly got three appearances, but the plan to feature Chip in one episode got cancelled. Carly appeared more regularly in the Japanese "season 4" ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'', but only in the role of wife & mother.
** In the ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' Marvel comics, the human trio consisted of Buster, Jessie and "O". It all lasted until the seventh issue, wherein "O" was written out of the series.
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGeneration1'' Dion, Orion Pax and Ariel. Ariel and Orion were in a relationship at the time of a Decepticon attack that left all three "dead". Orion was rebuilt into Optimus Prime and Ariel into Elita One, the two continuing their relationship. Dion's fate has been murky since: popular fanon suggested he had been rebuilt into Ultra Magnus or otherwise Ironhide, which later canon implied to be true for Ultra Magnus. Then an interview revealed Dion was supposed to be dead (which also was Ariel's original fate - she wasn't originally conceived to be Elita One). Then another comic stated Dion had survived and went on by that identity. Then Hasbro stated Dion was dead. Either way, the old friendship seems gone.
** In the IDW comics, it's Jimmy Pink, Hunter O'Nion and Verity Carlo.
** Alexis, Carlos and Rad in ''Anime/TransformersArmada''. In the comics, Rad and Alexis were heading for a relationship when it got cancelled.
** Sentinel, Optimus and Elita-1 used to be one of these in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. Then Elita [[spoiler:got [[TransformationTrauma turned into a techno-organic spider]], took on a FemmeFatale persona and joined the Decepticons]], Optimus became an Elite Guard washout and was put on a space bridge repair crew, and Sentinel became a JerkAss. Well, bigger JerkAss.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', we have Jack, Miko and Raf. It subverts the "the girl has to be the reasonable one" expectation by having Miko be the adrenaline-lover (as the fan wiki put it, the "anti-Alexis").
* Vlad, Jack, and Maddie in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''.
** And in a non love triangle way, the main characters, Danny, Sam and Tucker.
** [[JerkJock Dash]], [[AlphaBitch Paulina]], and Kwan are usually seen hanging out together, although Paulina only has eyes for the "Ghost Boy" (A.K.A. Danny Phantom, Danny's superhero alter ego) and gets extremely annoyed when Dash flirts with her.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' it would be Goliath, Broadway and Elisa Maza.
* Verne, Gus and Cassie from ''WesternAnimation/UltimateBookOfSpells'' are this to a T.
* This is present, to some degree, in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'': Peter, Gwen, and Harry have apparently been best buddies since at least the seventh grade. However, this trope goes into effect when Harry and Gwen begin dating, despite Gwen's greater interest in Peter, who at the time was dating Liz Allan.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends'', with Spidey (Peter Parker), Iceman (Bobby Drake) and Firestar (Angelica Jones).
* [[HollywoodNerd Willy]], [[BlackBestFriend Quincy]], and [[SoapboxSadie Alyssa]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyDadTheRockStar''. While Quincy did not have any feelings for Alyssa, his fears of becoming an unwanted third wheel when Alyssa and Willy hooked-up lead him to attempting to sabotage their relationship. The three all work it out within the span of the episode, though.
* Ben, Gwen and Kevin in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce''; the romantic element is missing from part of the triangle, in that Ben and Gwen are first cousins and grew up almost like brother and sister. Still, Ben and Kevin have something of a rivalry, since Kevin was formerly an enemy of theirs, and Kevin and Gwen's mutual attraction factors into the boys' antagonism.
** It is usually played straight in fanfiction, however.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' episode "The Tale of Master Yoshi", we discover that Splinter's owner/father figure, Hamato Yoshi, grew up forming part of this configuration, with the other guy being Yukio Mashimi (his best friend/adoptive brother) and with the girl being Tang Shen, (their adoptive sister/mutual love interest). While things were initially fine, everything goes south once Tang Shen chooses Yoshi, resulting in a quick and tragic end to the friendship.
* Jimmy, Beezy, and Heloise on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', though the LoveTriangle is replaced by a FriendVersusLover plot instead..
* Daniel, Vince and Larmina on ''WesternAnimation/VoltronForce''.
* Grim, Billy, and Mandy in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''.
* Ky, Boomer, and Maya in ''WesternAnimation/{{Redakai}}''.
* Ickis, Krumm, and Oblina in ''WesternAnimation/AaahhRealMonsters''.
* Lance, Ilana and Octus/Newton in ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Steel Wheels", Ron Stoppable, Kim Possible and Felix Renton (even though he isn't a main character).
* Aang, Katara, and Sokka in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Aang and Sokka being the guys and Katara being the girl. But this trope gets averted when Toph, Suki, and [[spoiler:Zuko]] join Team Avatar.
* Korra, Mako, and Bolin in the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' until Asami Sato joins them.
* WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb and [[GirlNextDoor Isabella]] form a trio distinct from the FiveManBand of Phineas, Ferb, Isabella, Buford, and Baljeet, particularly in the earlier episodes where the others hadn't become regulars yet. Though Ferb is completely supportive of Isabella's crush on Phineas and appears to have no designs on her himself.
* The SpiritualSuccessor to Phineas and Ferb, MiloMurphysLaw, gives us Milo, Zack, and Melissa.
* ComicBook/PlasticMan, Penny and Hula Hula in ''The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show''.
* Although the show has many characters, the basic trio is represented by Fry, Leela and Bender in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
* [[TheStoic K]], [[TheWoobie J]] and [[TheBrain L]] in most episodes of ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'', albeit L is technically not a field agent, she's often taking part on field operations.
* Baloo, Kit and Rebecca in most episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SheZow'' has Guy Hamdon, his sister Kelly and his best friend Maz. There's no romance between any of them, though the show still manages to include plenty of HoYay between Guy and Maz as a result of Guy's [[WholesomeCrossdresser situation]].
* Ansi, Olly, and Saraline from ''WesternAnimation/WelcomeToTheWayne''.
* Jet, Sean, and Sydney from ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo''
* ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' has Rick, LJ and Jedda. Also, "The Lost Jewels of Tibet" sees Mandrake and Lothar teamed up with a female explorer.
* ''WesternAnimation/PJMasks'' has Connor, Greg and Amaya.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': Yakko, Wakko, and Dot.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': Gumball, Darwin and Anais.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Oswald}}'' has the titular Oswald, Henry, and Sunny as being the main trio of friends,
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wishfart}}'' has Dez, Puffin and Akiko.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{StarWarsTheCloneWars}}'' has Anakin, Ahsoka and Obi Wan, following the same dynamic as the trios in the ''Franchise/{{StarWars}}'' films.