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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]] ''TwoGuysAGirlAndAPizzaPlace,'' then uh... click that link.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* 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.
* ''[[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.
* 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]].
* ''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.]]
* 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 ''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 ''XamdLostMemories''.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', we have Ed, Al and Winry. Granted, they're not together ''all'' the time, but anyway...
* 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. Because of this, many shippers see them as an excellent example of OT3.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' usually has Ash traveling with another guy and girl, though the usual romance aspects of the trope [[NoHuggingNoKissing are never touched on]].
** Jessie, James and Meowth of Team Rocket.
* 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.

[[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 the {{DCU}}'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.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''Animation/TheReturnOfHanuman'', Minku only had two friend: Munni and Daddu, until Maruti joins in...
* 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.

[[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 [[GenerationXerox fill exactly the same roles]]. 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''.
* The titular Film/SophieScholl, 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.

* 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.
* Harry, Ron, and Hermione in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. 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.
* Both trios for both books 1 and 2 of ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' series.
* Edward, Bella and Jacob in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. Although Edward and Jacob become friends only at the end of the books.
* Scathatch and [[spoiler:her twin sister Aoife]] are this over an Irish guy in ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'' series.
* The novel ''Soon I Will Be Invincible'' by Austin Grossman uses a slight veriation: 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.
* 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.
* OlderThanPrint: The central relationship of the [[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Icelandic saga]] ''Laxdaela Saga'' is one, with foster-brothers Kjartan and Bolli eventually 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 Hassachai in a 19th century Thai epic ''Literature/PrahAphaiManee[[/folder]]

[[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.
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' has a perfect example of this, with [[TheHero Rick]], [[TheLancer Shane]], and [[TheChick Lori]].
* Later ''{{Smallville}}'' seasons with Clark, Lana, and Lex.
** Early seasons had Clark, Pete, & Chloe.
* Cory, Shawn and Topanga in 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.
* Done with extreme subtley 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 ''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 [[SavedByTheBell Tiffany Thiesen]], and Traylor with [[{{Series/Firefly}} Nathan]] [[Series/{{Castle}} Fillion]]). Very...interesting to say the least.
* On the Nickelodeon series ''TheTroop'', with Jake, Felix, and Hayley.
* Henrik, Glenn and Mira from ''{{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 ''DawsonsCreek''.
* In the third season of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' 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 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 TheWonderYears.
* Some seasons of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' / ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' use this trope for the core team. 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 this trope.]]
* The second half of series 5 and almost all of series 6 (except for River Song episodes) of ''Series/DoctorWho'' featured the Doctor, Amy and Rory. Naturally, this trope gets even more complicated when time travel is involved: the Doctor first met Amy when she was a kid, then went straight to meeting Amy and Rory as adults thanks to landing twelve years off his 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.
** This happened during the 2nd Doctor, 4th Doctor, and 5th Doctor's eras as well but without the romance elements.
** Also Ninth/Tenth, Rose and Mickey. ''With'' the romance elements.
* 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/{{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.
* Oenimus, Gannicus and Melitta in ''[[SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus Gods Of The Arena]]''. 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 TeenWolf, a triangle is haping up between Allison, Scott and Isaac. Scott and Allison are still in love. Isaac is very close to Scott, and while a romance with Allison has been rumoured, there's a good chance if his being romantically linked to Scott as well/instead.

* Music/JayZ's song "Run This Town". Jigga himself is the [[TheHero hero]], Music/KanyeWest is the [[TheLancer lancer]] and the [[TheChick chick]] is {{Rihanna}}.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The Megapowers: Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan and Elizabeth.
* D-Generation X early on with Shawn Michaels, Triple H and Chyna.
* Team Extreme: Matt & Jeff Hardy and Lita, Matt's real-life girlfriend. WWE tried to do an angle with the brothers fighting over Lita, but it quickly got canned.
* Played for laughs with Rico, Charlie Haas and Jackie Gayda (Rico's manager and Charlie's real-life girlfriend/future wife).

* 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 recent years, BioWare has taken 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.
* The ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' franchise is built around this, with almost all the OriginalGeneration protagonists falling into these groups. The original, franchise-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.
** Ven, Terra, and Aqua in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth by Sleep]]'' are a parallel to the above trio, they even have the exact 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.
** 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.
** The two groups from Twilight Town with Hayner, Olette and Pence against Seifer, Fuu and Rai.
* Maxi, Kilik, and Xianghua from the ''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 ''SuikodenII''. Literally BecauseDestinySaysSo.
** ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'' has Melville, Alanis and Elliot. ''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 ''{{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 spoileriffic event, it becomes ''three'' girls and the token guy.
* Caim, Inuart, and Furiae in ''{{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 [[StrangeBedfellows work together to save her]].
* Some depictions of Mario, Luigi and Peach from ''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 post-Generation II main ''{{Pokemon}}'' games, no matter how you look at it there will always be the protagonist, their rival and their...[[LoveInterest Friend]]/psuedo-rival. One female and two males.
** Except in the Gen V games, where if you play as a girl, it's TwoGirlsAndAGuy.
* Matthew, Tyrell, and Karis from VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn.
* Stocke, Marco and Raynie from 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]].
* 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.

[[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.]]

* ''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 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 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]]
* ''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" ''TransformersHeadmasters'', but only in the role of wife & mother.
** In the ''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.
** ''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 ''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 ''TransformersPrime'', we have Jack, Miko and Raf
* Vlad, Jack, and Maddie in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''.
** And in a non love triangle way, the main chracters, Danny, Sam and Tucker.
* 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 ''[[TMNT2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' 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 VoltronForce.
* 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.