Betty And Veronica: Literature

  • This is a common theme throughout the novels of Jane Austen, of the heroine being torn between a dependable, caring man and a libertinish cad. She will always choose the former, but Austen will keep you guessing as to who it is. (The exception is Lady Susan, as she is an anti-heroine who is herself a Veronica.)
    • Sense and Sensibility: With Marianne as the Archie, Brandon is the Betty and Willoughby is the Veronica.
    • Pride and Prejudice: With Elizabeth, Darcy is the Betty and Wickham is the Veronica.
    • Mansfield Park: With Fanny, Edmund is the Betty and Henry is the Veronica; with Edmund, Fanny is the Betty and Mary is the Veronica; with Henry Crawford, Fanny is the Betty and Maria is the Veronica; with Maria Bertram, Rushworth is the Betty and Henry is the Veronica.
    • Emma: With Emma, George Knightley is the Betty and Frank Churchill is the Veronica.
  • Harry Potter has a number of examples:
    • The first is Hermione choosing between the famous, popular, mysterious and intense Viktor Krum (Veronica) and her good friend Ron (Betty). (Though personality-wise, Krum was a niceGuy who would have been a nice Betty if given the chance)
    • This trope is played with canonically on the Lily/Snape/James triangle. Snape's Pensieved memories show that Snape (who was in love with Lily all along) was originally Lily's best friend, while she wanted nothing to do with arrogant bully James. This changes and Lily eventually marries James, but interestingly it seems that this only happens once Snape switches to the Veronica (by insulting Lily and calling her "mudblood") while James becomes the Betty (by acting less arrogant and more mature once he left school). It's like a Betty and Veronica love triangle where Archie has no interest in the Veronica... whoever it may be at a given time. J. K. Rowling has expressed her dismay with the fact that All Girls Want Bad Boys in interviews, so this may simply be Lily defying that trope in combination with an Hourglass Plot.
    • Ron caught between his long time friend Hermione and the "fangirl" Lavender Brown.
    • Harry goes from Cho Chang, the "very pretty" popular girl with long dark hair, to his team-mate and best friend's little sister Ginny.
  • In Charles Dickens' David Copperfield, the titular character initially marries the charmingly ditzy Dora Spenlow (Veronica), and only later discovers and returns the love of the gentle, supportive Agnes Wickfield (Betty).
  • Rick Riordan's The Heroes of Olympus:
    • This is the case about the triangle between Piper, Reyna, and Jason; however, it is unclear as to who is considered who, since both girls could be justified as either the Betty or the Veronica. Piper could be the Betty, since she is nicer, more outgoing, and less confident than the stoic Reyna (she believes that Reyna is more beautiful that her) and she just wants Jason to be happy no matter who he is with; she could also be the Veronica, since she is considered more beautiful than Reyna by Jason and she unintentionally interferes in what might have became a romance between the amnesiac Jason and Reyna. In the same way, Reyna could be the Betty, since she and Jason have known each other longer because she and Jason were best friends when he was at Camp Jupiter and she held romantic feelings for him (which were unrequited by Jason, he admits so himself), or she could be the Veronica, since she is meaner, more confident, and more aggressive (more "Roman") than the homely Piper and hides any feelings she has for Jason but wants him for herself. Ultimately, Jason chooses Piper, since he loves her for being who she is, and he never had any feelings for Reyna.
    • Subverted with Leo, Frank, and Hazel, since Leo doesn't act on any feelings he has for Hazel, and Hazel isn't in love with Leo but rather with Frank. However, who is the Betty and who is the Veronica is more clear cut in this case. Frank is the Betty, since he and Hazel are best friends, he houses feelings for her, and he lacks self-confidence, while Leo is the Veronica, since he interferes in and complicates Hazel and Frank's relationship and is far more assured of himself than Frank is. By The House of Hades, this triangle is effectively over, since Leo has fallen in love with Calypso.. All three of the characters comment on this new development.
  • Piers Anthony's Isle of View (say it out loud) in the Xanth series resolves the Betty and Veronica love triangle between Prince Dolph and his two fiancees: Electra (sweet, willing, but unexciting) and Nada Naga (exotic, beautiful, but uninterested). By the time it's resolved a few books later, all three characters have been sufficiently Flanderized that there's no reason to care anymore.
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov has oldest brother Dmitri caught in a Love Triangle between the aristocratic Betty, Katerina Ivanovna, and the less-than-reputable Veronica, Grushenka.
  • In R. Scott Bakker's Second Apocalypse the blonde, brainless, surprisingly-innocent Serwe is Betty and the dark-haired, intelligent prostitute Esmenet is Veronica.
  • Victor Hugo's Les Misérables and all of its kajillion adaptations do this. The rebellious student Marius (Archie), the cultured and mysterious orphan Cosette (Betty), and the spunky, determined, and quite possibly not-right-in-the-head street urchin Eponine (Veronica), the winner being Cosette. However, this was inevitable due to Values Dissonance. Eponine was intended as a living critique of 19th century France's rigid class system: she never could get in a relationship with the (broke, but still) aristocratic Marius, because they just weren't considered equals.
  • And then there's Hugo's other classic, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, with Phoebus engaged to undeniably good-looking and marriageable fiance, Fleur-de-Lys (Betty) (a "white-skinned beauty"), but lusting after the disturbingly beautiful golden-skinned, black-haired gypsy Esmeralda (Veronica), who he would never marry, let alone be seen with. Fleur-de-Lys and Esmeralda fit the traditional physical descriptions and relationship standings of Betty and Veronica, respectively, but Esmeralda is a much nicer person and destined to lose, diverting from the Veronica's usual icy behavior and unattainability.
  • The Man Who Laughs, where Gwynplaine is torn between the extremely sweet Dea and the rather perverted Duchess Josiana.
  • Stardust: Tristran has to make a Red Pill, Blue Pill choice between the magical shooting star Yvaine (Betty) and his former crush Victoria (Veronica). Yvaine wins.
    • Although you can argue that Victoria is actually the Betty (being the one Tristran was originally in love with and a normal human) and Yvaine the Veronica (being the magical, more 'exotic' choice and a bit of a Defrosting Ice Queen). It's a bait and switch of this trope, really.
  • In Stephanie Meyer's Twilight saga, gender roles are switched—the protagonist, Bella Swan, has to choose between Edward and Jacob. Interestingly, which is the "Betty" and which is the "Veronica" depends on the reader: "Team Edward" readers see Edward as the Romantic Vampire Boy who's a Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold while Jacob is a Manipulative Bastard who forces himself on her, once even emotionally blackmailing her into kissing him. "Team Jacob" readers, on the other hand, see Jacob as the Dogged Nice Guy who's always been there for her as her Childhood Friend, while Edward is a Stalker with a Crush turned Crazy Jealous Guy, even going so far as to remove part of her car's engine to keep her from visiting Jacob. Technically, Edward and Jacob are both Veronicas in terms of danger, since it's demonstrated many times throughout the series that both vampires and werewolves are always in danger of harming their human significant others. The only true Betty in the series is Mike Newton, and he was never really in the running anyway.
  • In LJ Smith's The Vampire Diaries:
    • The main triangle between Elena (Archie), Stefan (Betty) and Damon (Veronica). Also a case of The Gentleman or the Scoundrel (with Stefan as the Gentleman and Damon as the Scoundrel). Elena, who is The Heroine, an Alpha Bitch turned Lovable Alpha Bitch, an Action Girl, The Chosen One, an Ice Queen, The Chick, the World's Most Beautiful Woman, the Proud Beauty, and the Hero Protagonist or The Protagonist, has to choose between her true soulmate Stefan (who is originally a Veronica but eventually becomes a Betty), who is The Hero, The Leader, an All-Loving Hero, the Tragic Hero, the Knight In Shining Armour, The Idealist, the Big Good, a Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold, The Atoner, the Chick Magnet, The Ace, the Big Man on Campus, and a Romantic Vampire Boy and her wild, rebellious, unpredictable and dangerous companion Damon, who is The Antagonist, the Anti-Villain turned Anti-Hero, The Cynic, the Black Knight, the Noble Demon, the Knight In Sour Armour the Jerk with a Heart of Jerk turned Jerk with a Heart of Gold, the Byronic Hero, a Blood Knight, The Casanova, the Dark Messiah and the Entitled Bastard. Since Stefan and Damon are also brothers, this is also a Sibling Triangle and has therefore, increased the Sibling Rivalry between the Salvatore brothers. Interestingly enough, the love triangle between Elena, Stefan and Damon mirrors the love triangle that took place between Katherine, Stefan and Damon back in the fourteenth century when Stefan and Damon were human. In LJ Smith's version of the story, Stefan and Elena are established as One True Love due to sharing the Red String of Fate. They are also the main romance of the story overall and the story generally centres on them since the story is from their point of view. Elena and Stefan fall in Love at First Sight and both share a deep, profound bond and love with each other. Elena is strongly in love with Stefan throughout the series although she does harbour a sexual attraction to Damon, though not strong or powerful enough to override or overpower the deep and powerful love she has for Stefan. Damon sets out on a mission to try and steal or win Elena from Stefan in order to get revenge against Stefan. Damon trying to get Elena to be with him against her will and has even made threats against her if she does not oblige to his wishes. Damon has repeatedly made advances towards Elena butte has consistently rejected him, saying that she strongly dislikes him and will always love and choose Stefan no matter what without hesitation. In the second trilogy of the series, "The Return" trilogy, although Elena is still deeply in love with Stefan and acknowledges Stefan as her one true soulmate, her feelings for Damon do become stronger in this trilogy, as it is this trilogy in which Stefan goes missing when he ends up being trapped in a horrible prison in the Dark Dimension. Elena intensely misses Stefan and therefore, turns to Damon for emotional comfort to replace Stefan and his absence. It was then that she realizes that she has very strong feelings for Damon, but again, still not strong enough to override the love she has for Stefan. As of Evensong trilogy, Elena is currently in a relationship with Damon due to Stefan using a special virus to wipe Elena's memories of him (Stefan), his love for her and her love for him, and his existence. As of now, Elena does not know Stefan exists and she thinks that she is in love with Damon. Although Stefan still strongly loves Elena, he has entrusted Elena's life into Damon's hands due to feeling like he poses a danger or constant threat to Elena's life and well being. Shall the love triangle between Elena, Stefan, and Damon come back some time in the future of the story (in which it will eventually), there will be somewhat of a Betty and Veronica Switch in the dynamic of the main trio due to Damon currently being the one in the relationship with Elena. This would mean that it would become: Elena (Archie), Damon (Betty) and Stefan (Veronica), since shall Elena see Stefan and fall in love with him again while she is in a relationship with Damon, Elena and Stefan would fall somewhat into forbidden love territory. This triangle seems to be turning more into a rhombus or a square with the inclusion of Bonnie. Bonnie has deep and strong feelings for Damon and Damon also reciprocates Bonnie's affections deep down (although he has a hard time admitting it and he consistently tries to deny his feelings for her). There is also the fact that Damon is in a relationship with Elena, yet he is still secretly sharing special moments with Bonnie on the side. In some ways, it could look like Damon is somewhat cheating or being unfaithful to Elena, and that Damon is denying what he feels for Bonnie due to the circumstances that Stefan had put him in. Things are going to get even more complicated between Damon, Elena and Bonnie when the arrival of a new character named Bastian is supposed to pose as a new possible love interest for Bonnie. It could be assumed that Damon is going to get very jealous over Bonnie's possible new flame, adding onto the complexities of the triangle.
    • Katherine (Archie), Stefan (Betty), and Damon (Veronica). This was the original triangle of the series. Also could be case of The Gentleman or the Scoundrel (with Stefan as the Gentleman and Damon as the Scoundrel). Katherine had fallen in love with both brothers and because she refused to choose between the two brothers so that they could all be happy together for eternity, it caused the rivalry between the two brothers to heat up intensely and lead up to the both of them becoming vampires. Originally, Stefan was the brother that had met and courted Katherine first. Katherine was Stefan's First Love and the two fell deeply in love. The two loved each other so much that their fathers had talked about marriage plans and prospects between Stefan and Katherine. Stefan and Katherine were very happy together but that all changed when Damon came home from university. Damon, out of jealousy, had made it his mission to try to seduce Katherine and come between Stefan and Katherine, causing tension in their relationship. Although Katherine loved Stefan, she also had a strong attraction to Damon and his dark and seductive charms. Eventually, Katherine became torn between choosing which brother she loved the most. The brothers fought over Katherine, debating why they would be better for Katherine. Stefan argued that Damon is selfish, unloving, is not noble and does not understand the concept of responsibility and duty. Damon argued that Stefan is much too attached to humanity, to his home, to his family and friends and his responsibilities and duties to his home to be with Katherine. Katherine begged both brothers to stop fighting and therefore, she had fed both of them her vampire blood with intentions of forcing the brothers to reconcile their differences and Sibling Rivalry so all of them can be happy together forever. When the brothers refused Katherine's wishes, Katherine committed "suicide" (which turned out to be Katherine faking her death), only managing to increase the hatred and rivalry between the two brothers to the point where they blamed each other for her death. The brothers fought each other to the death and they transformed into vampires. Damon eventually moved on from the loss of Katherine, but Stefan spent centuries upon centuries in darkness and in the shadows grieving the loss of Katherine and he never got over her death. Later on, it was discovered that Katherine was not dead and she revealed to Elena, Stefan and Damon that she had faked her death because she could not take the brothers fighting over her. She turned to Klaus and Katherine ended up taking a Face-Heel Turn. She admitted then that although she loved both brothers, it was Stefan that was the brother she loved the most and had grown to obsess over the centuries (hence her intense hatred and jealousy towards Elena).
    • Stefan (Archie), Elena (Betty), Katherine (Veronica). This was a minor triangle in the original trilogy and somewhat of a complex triangle. Katherine was the First Love of Stefan and after she had tragically "died", Stefan spent many years (centuries to be exact) harbouring extreme guilt, sadness and grief and deeming himself to blame for her death. After Katherine died, Stefan believed that he would never love anyone else ever again in his entire immortal life. until he fatefully encountered Elena, his true love and soulmate. Ironically, Elena and Katherine have a very strong physical resemblance with each other and in the beginning, Elena strongly reminded Stefan of Katherine due to the almost uncanny physical resemblance. This caused Stefan to feel much pain due to the painful memories of his past linked to his intense rivalry with Damon and Katherine's suicide. Stefan therefore made it his mission to avoid Elena at all costs due to Elena being a reminder of the tragic loss of Katherine. Not only this, but because Stefan did not want Elena to know his Dark Secret of being a centuries old vampire. Despite Stefan avoiding Elena, it did not stop Stefan from feeling strong love and passions for Elena yet he still did his best to resist her. However, Elena made it difficult because she was determined to be with him and get to know him. Eventually, Stefan lets his walls crumble and falls intensely and passionately in love with Elena, loving Elena even more so than he ever did Katherine, whom he loved very much during his human life. When Katherine comes back to life, she encounters Stefan and Elena (and Damon) and lets them all know that she was intensely jealous of Elena because Stefan had fallen in love with Elena and had replaced her in his heart. Katherine made it her mission to destroy Elena's life and she tormented Elena, Stefan and Damon. Elena ended up winning the war between herself and Katherine when she killed Katherine by taking off her lapis lazuli jewelry so that she would burn to death in the sunlight. Before Katherine had died for real, Katherine confessed that although she loved both Salvatore brothers, it was Stefan that she loved best. Stefan also acknowledged that although he had loved Katherine back when he was a human, Elena was his true love and that he would always choose her above all else.
    • Stefan (Archie), Elena (Betty), Caroline (Veronica). When Stefan first arrived at Robert E. Lee High School, all of the girls within the high school populous had fallen under Stefan's charms. This included Elena, who fell in Love at First Sight with Stefan and Caroline, who was strongly attracted to Stefan and wanted him for status and popularity. Both Elena and Caroline are considered to be Alpha Bitch's who are competitive with each other for title of Queen of the school. Elena is a beautiful blonde haired and blue eyed beauty while Caroline is a tall, green-eyed redhead. Elena and Caroline used to be best friends since childhood, but during their Senior Year, Caroline became The Rival for Elena mostly due to competition in regards to boys, beauty, popularity, status, etc. The addition of Stefan heated up the rivalry even more between the two former best friends. Both wanted Stefan to be their boyfriend. Elena became a Clingy Jealous Girl when Stefan seemed to pay more attention to Caroline than her. Eventually, Stefan gave into his love for Elena and chose Elena over Caroline, although Caroline did not take this well. So much, that she ended up harbouring a huge resentment and anger towards both Stefan and Elena and she ended up scheming and plotting against Stefan and Elena with Tyler.
    • Elena (Archie), Matt (Betty), Stefan (Veronica). Before the story had started, Elena was dating or in a relationship with Matt. Matt is Elena's Childhood Friend and First Love. However, Elena realizes that she is yearning for something more than what she has with Matt. She comes to realize that the love that she has for Matt is more along the lines of a love for a cousin, a best friend or a brother. At the same time that she realizes what she feels for Matt, Elena fatefully meets Stefan, who manages to turn her entire world upside down. She falls in Love at First Sight with Stefan and has a deep, powerful, strong and magnetic connection and attraction towards him. When she realizes just how strong her feelings for Stefan are, Elena decides to amicably break up with Matt. It is then when Elena realizes that she and Matt are Better as Friends. Although Elena had broken up with Matt for Stefan, Matt still continues to be the Dogged Nice Guy who still had feelings for Elena, even though Elena had made it obvious that she has strong feelings and passions for Stefan. Matt eventually becomes a bit jealous and envious of Stefan in the beginning mostly due to the attention that Elena gave Stefan. However, despite the situation, Matt manages to put his jealousy aside and he becomes Heterosexual Life-Partners with Stefan. The triangle is resolved when Matt comes to accept that Elena and Stefan belong together and he even openly supports them being together.
    • Damon (Archie), Elena (Betty), Bonnie (Veronica). This is a very interesting and slightly complex triangle. Damon is a five century year old immortal or vampire who is a Jerkass, Jerk Jock, Jerk with a Heart of Jerk turned into Jerk with a Heart of Gold, The Antagonist, the Anti-Villain turned Anti-Hero, Affably Evil, the Noble Demon, the Crazy Jealous Guy, an Entitled Bastard, and a Byronic Hero, Elena is an eighteen year old Half-Human Hybrid who is half angel and half human, an Alpha Bitch, an Aloof Blonde Haired Girl, an Action Girl, a Spoiled Brat/Spoiled Sweet, an Emotionless Girl, an Angelic Beauty, an Ice Queen, The Heroine and The Chick, and Bonnie is an eighteen year old powerful human witch who is the Girl Next Door, the Fiery Redhead, a Red-Headed Heroine, the Girly Girl, the Nice Girl, The Cutie, a Genki Girl, The Pollyanna, the Plucky Girl, a Cute Witch, a Cute Clumsy Girl, the Hypercompetent Sidekick, an All-Loving Heroine, and The Heart (meaning that in terms of personality, Bonnie seems to be the opposite of both Damon and Elena). In terms of personalities, there is a bit of a Betty and Veronica Switch; Bonnie is actually more of a Betty (kind, caring, empathetic, selfless, Girl Next Door) while Elena is actually more of a Veronica (vain, strong willed, passionate, selfish, Alpha Bitch). But in terms of the dynamics of this particular triangle, Elena is the Betty since Damon has been in love with her since the start and is currently in a romantic relationship with her (due to circumstances) and Bonnie is the best friend of Elena, who has always had strong feelings for Damon and has pretty much been in love with Damon from the beginning although her feelings for Damon were somewhat unrequited for the majority of the series. This triangle is even more complicated because Elena and Bonnie are Heterosexual Life-Partners who have been best friends since childhood. Elena has always had a strong attraction to Damon although she was always deeply in love with Stefan. At first, Elena has a strong dislike for Damon and even declares that she hates him to his face on a few occasions. But this is mostly because Damon has repeatedly threatened her and her loved ones that if Elena does not oblige to Damon's wishes, then he would resort to harming people she cares about. However, despite this, there was evidenced Belligerent Sexual Tension between the two, especially with the fact that Damon and Elena have a love/hate relationship. Elena's feelings for Damon do become stronger in The Return trilogy, mostly because in this trilogy, Stefan goes missing and ends up in the Dark Dimension, trapped in a terrible prison where he ends up on the verge of death. Elena ends up missing Stefan to extreme levels to the point where she even contemplates suicide. However, the promise made from Damon that he would help her get Stefan back is enough to want to fight and get Stefan back from the prison. Bonnie's feelings for Damon, on the other hand, were more evident in the original trilogy (specifically in Dark Reunion). Interestingly enough, Bonnie had actually met Damon before Elena fatefully and unexpectedly (in After Hours) when Damon had saved her life from a pack of dangerous werewolves. Damon also kissed Bonnie but he also had compelled Bonnie to forget that he had saved her life, that they had fatefully met and that they had shared a kiss. Damon has spent the majority of the series obsessed with possessing Elena and trying to win her from Stefan so that he can offer the gift of immortality to Elena and live in the darkness for eternity alongside him as his "Princess of Darkness". Damon has shown that his pursuit of Elena is very selfish and egotistical and that it is more to do with his ego and his intense desire and need to win over his brother. However, despite Damon's obsession with Elena, Damon has repeatedly shown throughout the course of the series that he has a very strong, profound and powerful bond and connection with Bonnie, one that he cannot ignore. While Damon's connection with Elena is primarily sexual, lust based, selfish and even toxic, Damon's connection with Bonnie has been shown to be the opposite being more selfless, deep, tender and loving. Damon has kissed Bonnie plenty of times (he has even kissed Bonnie before Elena) and he has shared many secret special moments with her throughout the series, much unknown to everyone else except the two of them (although often Damon compels Bonnie to forget their secret meetings). Damon's feelings for Bonnie become even more evident in The Return trilogy when Bonnie ends up being the one to burst his soul and crack open the stone encasing his soul (a strong indication of deep, strong and powerful yet buried love inside for Bonnie). This occurs after Damon saves her life with the use of his vampire blood when she was fatally poisoned. So far, Bonnie is the only one in the entire series to be able to crack the stone around Damon's soul naturally and it is very evident that Damon has a very strong bond with Bonnie. It has also been seen that Bonnie is Damon's Achilles' Heel (his weak spot) and his Berserk Button, as Damon goes very vulnerable for Bonnie and will get extremely enraged or angered whenever someone threatens, hurts or harms Bonnie in any way. In Midnight, Damon makes the ultimate selfless Heroic Sacrifice for Bonnie when he dies for her while trying to save Bonnie's life. Bonnie (and Stefan and Elena) are devastated by his death, but he comes Back from the Dead with the help of Mrs. Flowers, Bonnie, Elena and Stefan. In the Evensong trilogy, Damon ends up being put in the circumstance where he ends up being the boyfriend of Elena when Stefan creates a special virus that would wipe the memory of his existence from Elena, her friends (including Bonnie, Meredith, Matt, Caroline, etc) and everyone in Fells Church's memory. Because of this, Elena doesn't know Stefan (her actual true love) exists and believes that she is actually in love with Damon. Damon adheres to the circumstances and continues to make Elena and everyone else believe that he is Elena's boyfriend since they have no memory of Stefan and his existence. Although Damon has currently gotten what he has wanted (Elena being with him and Stefan out of the way), Damon is still feeling a very strong and powerful connection with Bonnie and his deep feelings for her are becoming even more obvious and evident, so obvious that basically all of the characters in the story, even Stefan, can see Damon and Bonnie's strong connection with each other. Bonnie, although she has no memories of Stefan and his existence, is strongly drawn to Damon and cannot ignore the connection she has to him, but realizes that she cannot act upon it due to Damon being Elena's boyfriend. Damon and Bonnie are also indicated to be soulmates, which makes things so much more complicated. There's also the fact that Damon and Bonnie cannot act upon their attraction towards each other due to the circumstances (with Damon being forced into being Elena's boyfriend and Bonnie being Elena's best friend and therefore, fighting her strong connection and growing attraction to Damon for Elena's sake). This means that Damon and Bonnie are currently veering into Will They or Won't They? Territory and are showing shades of being Starcrossed Lovers, since they also veer into forbidden love territory. Out of love for Elena, Bonnie refuses to act upon her love for Damon and has decided that for her and Damon's own good, that they should stay away from each other. This triangle is currently still in action and has yet to be resolved.
    • Bonnie (Archie), Matt (Betty), Damon (Veronica). This triangle was a minor one in the book Dark Reunion. Bonnie was "dating" Matt at the time and the two had become close. Matt has always been very protective of Bonnie and he always looks out former and makes sure that she is safe. Matt and Bonnie are Childhood Friend's and Platonic Life Partners, although in this book, she develops some feelings for him. Damon, who had left Fells Church after Elena had died, comes back to the town and discovers that Bonnie and Matt have gotten closer. Damon becomes slightly jealous and starts to question the status of Matt and Bonnie's relationship. Although Damon is not trying to show any feeling towards Bonnie and Matt's closeness, it is very obvious that he feels jealous about the situation. Damon even goes so far as to mock Matt and sarcastically ask Matt if Bonnie is now his. When Bonnie is alone, Damon tries to kiss Bonnie, indicating that he has feelings for her. The two end up kissing, but Matt catches them in the act. Matt gets extremely angered and goes into over protective mode, so much that Matt ends up threatening Damon and tells Bonnie to get away from Damon and to stay away from him, even though he is only a regular human and Damon is a strong vampire. Damon is enraged and angered when Matt interrupts he and Bonnie's secret moment and their kiss, but he makes an excuse that he just wanted to bite Bonnie and get some of her blood (although this was just Damon using that excuse as a cover up for wanting to kiss Bonnie). This triangle is resolved when Matt and Bonnie realize that they are Better as Friends and when Damon, although acknowledging that he has feelings for Bonnie, leaves Fells Church. Bonnie, however, still has feelings for Damon, but the triangle between Bonnie, Matt and Damon is resolved.
    • Bonnie (Archie), Bastian (Betty), Damon (Veronica). Could also possibly be a case of The Gentleman or the Scoundrel, with Bastian as the possible Gentleman and Damon as the possible Scoundrel. This love triangle has not yet taken place. It is supposed to occur during the Evensong trilogy. This is an impending love triangle between Bonnie, who is an eighteen year old human witch who is The Pollyanna, the Plucky Girl, the Girl Next Door and the Nice Girl; Bastian, who is presumed to be a werewolf, who is the Nice Guy, the Mysterious Protector, and the Boy Next Door, and Damon, who is a five century year old vampire who is the Anti-Hero, the Byronic Hero, The Casanova and a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. This makes this particular triangle a Vampire-Werewolf Love Triangle, which poses major trouble, chaos, and destruction for all the characters involved in this triangle, considering that vampires and werewolves are known to be natural enemies and have been known to be natural enemies for centuries in the supernatural world. This makes the love triangle all the more complex and complicated for all the characters involved. It could be assumed that Damon and Bastian are going to have a very intense hatred for each other as well as an intense rivalry, not only because they are natural enemies but because they are both in competition for Bonnie's affections and love. Bastian is already not fond of Damon at all and has even growled at him while he was in his wolf form, indicating that either he doesn't like Damon because of his obvious love and affections for Bonnie or because he can sense that Damon is a vampire with his werewolf abilities or sense. As of right now, Bonnie has met Bastian in his "wolf form" and she takes an immediate liking to him, finding an instant companion in him. Bonnie is rather fond of Bastian that she even goes so far as to wanting to keep him for a pet at school. However, Bonnie does not know that Bastian is actually a werewolf who is a shapeshifter as of yet. Bastian is eventually going to be Matt's shy new roommate in human form but his secret of being a werewolf will be kept from Bonnie and from everyone. Damon, on the other hand, did not take a liking to the wolf at all and in fact, was already very jealous over Bonnie's affection for the big dog. Damon even goes so far as to tell Bonnie that she can not keep the big dog that she has grown affections for because she would end up getting expelled, although it is very obvious that Damon feels jealous and threatened by the big dog's presence and by Bonnie's affections for him. The triangle has not yet happened, but it could be assumed that this triangle will cause Damon to show extreme jealousy over Bonnie and Bastian possible bonding and dating each other. It's even more complicated considering that Damon is jealous of Bonnie's affections for Bastian, yet he is supposed to be in a relationship with Elena!
  • Honor Harrington gives an interesting example in which not the hero, but a supporting character, Hamish Alexander, gets torn between his beautiful, loving and brilliant, but invalid wife, Emily (the Betty), and lively, athletic and no less beautiful protege and subordinate, titular Honor Harrington. Being an Officer and a Gentleman, Hamish decided to simply suffer nobly in silence, which brought a truly monumental number of problems for at least three books until he was whacked on the head by none other than his own wife. He then went on to marry both, neatly solving the issue.
    • Honor was aware of Hamish's feelings, and returned them, but he didn't know that she knew, and she had also chosen to suffer nobly in silence. Yes, the two best, brightest admirals in the entire Royal Manticoran Navy have the combined IQ of a carrot when it comes to personal relationships. Emily's cluebat had to work a lot of overtime that week.
  • Bridget Jones's Diary plays this fairly straight between Mark Darcy (Betty) and Daniel Cleaver (Veronica). The film version even describes them as "too good to be true" and "so wrong he might just be right", respectively. By the end of the first two books, Mark has won, although when Helen Fielding continued the column, apparently Bridget was still torn between them and ends up having Daniel's baby. Sigh.
  • Kushiels Legacy has Imriel torn between his dutiful love for gentle brunette wife Dorelei, and his socially inappropriate and fairly kinky attachment to glamorous, feisty blonde heiress Sidonie, a Defrosting Ice Queen.
  • In the Russian version of the tale The Shadow, written by E. Shwartz, the scientist Christian Theodore, after defeating his shadow, chooses to marry the faithful Annunciata, rather than the shallow (as it turns out) princess, his previous love interest.
  • Very early example: the eponymous hero of Daniel Deronda has to choose between sweet, emotionally fragile Jewish musician Mirah and shallow, socialite-fallen-on-hard-times Gwendolen. In a very unpopular move for the times, he chooses Mirah. It was so unpopular, in fact, that an American novelist actually wrote a "sequel," Gwendolen, in which Deronda reconverts to Christianity and marries Gwendolen!
  • Tipping the Velvet: In a rare lesbian example, Nan has to decide between her beautiful, faithless, music hall artiste ex Kitty and her feisty socialist girlfriend Florence. She chooses Flo. Partly ruined by the TV adaptation, which insists on turning the savvy Flo into an innocent wet weakling. It might be this change in focus that led many fans to complain she should have picked Kitty.
  • In Lian Hearn's Tales of the Otori series, protagonist Takeo must choose between relatively normal Kaede and Ninja Maid Dark Action Girl Yuki.
  • In Gottfried Keller's Green Henry (1854/55) the protagonist is torn between the sweet Anna and the passionate Judith.
  • In the novel as well as the film Starter For 10, Brian Jackson is faced with a similar dilemma - he is heavily attracted to his sexy University Challenge teammate Alice (the somewhat 'slutty' Veronica) but somewhat attracted to intuitive activist Rebecca (a more forceful Betty who isn't the 'girl-next-door'), whom he doesn't realize he's better off with. He does realize he's better off with Rebecca and 'breaks up' with Alice (after she slept with his best friend).
  • In the Stephanie Plum series, the protagonist of the same name is caught in a love triangle between her childhood friend Joe Morelli and the more mysterious Ranger. However, Joe Morelli isn't exactly your run-of-the-mill goody-two-shoes Betty.
  • In the Dragonlance novels, red headed Tanis Half-Elven has to choose between Laurana, a sweet, innocent blonde elven princess, and Kitiara, a sultry brunette human warlord. After a great deal of indecision and whining about how horrible it is to have two gorgeous women in love with him, Tanis finally chooses Laurana, mainly because he feels responsible when Kitiara tries to resolve the triangle by kidnapping Laurana and attempting to have her killed.
  • In The Age of Innocence, Newland Archer is engaged to the blond, blue-eyed, "perfect" - and completely superficial and ordinary - May Welland (the Betty), but falls in love with her dark-haired cousin Ellen, the family reprobate (the Veronica). Interestingly, the trope is somewhat inverted, as in this case, it's The Veronica who is more suited to him in terms of personality and interests.
  • In Everwild, Allie finds herself in a love triangle with Mikey (Betty) and Milos (Veronica).
    • Though at the time, Allie might have seen Mikey as the Veronica and Milos as the Betty, based on their attitudes.
  • In The Night Angel Trilogy, Kylar finds that he has feelings for the pure and well-meaning Elene (Betty), but also finds himself drawn to the violent and fiery Vi (Veronica) as well. In the end Elene sacrifices herself, leaving Vi and Kylar for each other...
  • Played straight in Stephen Donaldson's The Mirror of Her Dreams, with Terisa, who has to choose between Geraden (Betty) and Eremis (Veronica). Geraden wins, since Eremis is evil and has been trying to kill Terisa and Geraden for most of the book. For added Squick, his intentions seemed to be to sleep with her, and then kill her.
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracey Chevalier has a gender-flipped example: Pieter the son as Betty and Vermeer as Veronica, with Griet as the Archie.
  • Moonlight - which can be fairly described as "Twilight with werewolves" - plays this straight, but with a twist. Kayla, the heroine, identifies Lucas as the Bad Boy, and Mason as the "safe" guy. The twist is, even before Mason's Face-Heel Turn, reading between the lines reveals that she's got it backwards. Lucas is gruff, aloof, and has an animal magnetism that terrifies her, but he also protects her, trusts her, and never forces her to do anything she's unable to cope with. Mason, while charming and intelligent, comes on to her rather insistently, acts possessive, demonstrates overt disrespect for Lucas (who more or less ignores him in return), and - most tellingly - uses beer smuggled on the trip to get Kayla buzzed before a night of stargazing.
  • In Barefoot Boy with Cheek by Max Shulman, Asa Hearthrug spends a chapter unable to decide between the patrician Noblesse Oblige and campus communist Yetta Samovar.
  • Subverted somewhat disturbingly in The Lover by AB Yehoshua, with the quiet day-in-day-out Adam intentionally fixing up his wife with young artist Gabriel as a lover, and later doing it with his daughter’s friend Tali.
  • In Robert E. Howard's "The Slithering Shadow", Conan the Barbarian tosses off The Vamp at the realization that his slave girl is watching.
  • In Dostoevsky's The Idiot, Prince Myshkin is forced to choose between Aglaia, a girl with a good reputation from a respectable household, and the scandalous, self-destructive Nastassya Filippovna. He chooses...poorly. Somewhat subverted in that Aglaia is very much a Tsundere which makes her pretty far from the typical Betty prototype.
  • Some V. C. Andrews books gender-flip this trope: the Casteel series has Boy Next Door Logan as the Betty and Troubled, but Cute uncle Troy as the Veronica for Heaven, the Cutler series has devoted stepbrother Jimmy as the Betty and creepily obsessed blood brother Philip as the Veronica for Dawn, and the Landry series has half-brother Paul as the Betty and bad boy Beau as the Veronica for Ruby. And yes, one of the suitors will turn out to be blood-related to the heroine. No exceptions.
  • Played straight in The Wheel of Time with Lews Therin Telamon's two love interests: the ambitious, dark-haired, dark-eyed channeler Mierin Eronaile, and the red-gold-haired Ilyena Moerelle Dalisar, who has no powers to speak of. He chooses Ilyena, then goes mad and kills her. Mierin's jealousy of Ilyena might have played a role in her decision to become Lanfear, the first of the Forsaken.
  • In Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, the hero Steven must choose between Annette Watson (Betty) and Renee Albert (Veronica). He chooses Annette.
  • In Boris Vian's ''L'écume des jours'', the two women in the hero's life, bold sexy Alise and delicate Chloé, are reasonable matches for Veronica and Betty respectively. However, there's no real competition between them because Alise chooses someone else early on in the story.
  • Matched by Ally Condie is about a dystopian society where everything you do, including your future spouse, is determined by statistics on you and your age group. Cassia has her "matching" ceremony where she is matched with her close childhood friend, Xander. However, the next day she sees that she is matched with Ky. She now must choose between Xander, the person society chose for her, and Ky, a rebellious "Aberration" who should not have beeen matched in the first place.
  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami has this as its central plot as Watanabe (Archie) is torn between Naoko (Veronica) and Midori (Betty).
  • Discussed in Faking It by Jennifer Crusie about choosing between the muffin (Betty) and the doughnut (Veronica). The doughnut is exciting and fun and gorgeous, whereas the muffin just kinds of sit there, "lumpy, looking alike, no chocolate frosting." But while the doughnut is good for a one night stand, its sticky and no longer crispy the next morning. Muffins, however, taste better the next day, and are there for the long haul.
    Davy: What's Simon?
    Nadine: Doughnut. With sprinkles.
  • In Rafael Sabatini's Scaramouche, Aline and Climene.
  • Played with in Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok. Curt is the Betty, because he is probably the safest option for her especially after she gets pregnant. Curt is very wealthy and has a high status in her school. Matt could be either Betty or Veronica, depending on your point of view. Matt could be Betty because he is the one she's always wanted, her mother knows him, and he is also Chinese. He could be the Veronica because he is poor and for some parts of the book already has another girlfriend. In the end, Kimberly chooses neither. Matt marries his girlfriend, but Kimberly and him do share a kiss.
  • Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: Deconstructed in the book Sweet Revenge! The book has Bobby Harcourt (Archie), Isabelle Flanders (Betty), and Rosemary Hershey (Veronica). Bobby and Isabelle were going to be married. However, Rosemary hated Isabelle's guts and had her framed for drunk driving that resulted in the deaths of three people. Isabelle ends up being ruined and loses everything. Bobby, in a Moment of Weakness (and lust) ends up having sex with Rosemary and marries her instead. By the book Sweet Revenge, however, things change. Bobby ends up realizing that Rosemary is a Jerkass with an It's All About Me attitude and decides to divorce her. Isabelle ends up back in a position of prominence and works hard to ruin Rosemary. Rosemary goes Ax-Crazy, ends up losing everything, gets ruined, and is last seen placed in a mental institution, possibly to never become lucid again. Isabelle and Bobby did have a short dialogue, but it is painfully clear that it is too late for both of them to have the sort of relationship they once had. So Bobby, thanks to his foolishness, ends up with nothing in a sense, and is forced to realize that he wasted years of his life with the wrong woman.
  • In The Hunger Games, Gale is the Betty with Peeta as the Veronica as Katniss's Archie. However, it is possible to see Peeta as the Betty - blond, meek, kind and had a crush on Katniss since they were young - with Gale as the Veronica - dark-haired, handsome and more "dangerous".
  • Ivanhoe was fought over between Rowena (aristocratic, moody Betty) and Rebecca (kind yet exotic Veronica). Ivanhoe was already in love with Rowena from before Rebecca came into the picture, so yeah.
  • In The 39 Clues second series, Cahills vs. Vespers, Evan - Amy Cahill's boyfriend - is the geeky, kindhearted, concerned Betty, while Ian - who had a brief relationship with her in the previous series - is the Veronica, a snarky, handsome Jerk with a Heart of Gold. Newcomer Jake Rosenbloom is a Third-Option Love Interest.
  • Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights:
    • Rich, blond Edgar being the Betty; dark, poor, dangerous Heathcliff playing the Veronica; and selfish Catherine as the Archie. She "picks" Edgar by marrying him, but her heart always belongs to Heathcliff.
    • It happens in the second generation; Linton is the meek, sickly Betty, and the childhood friend of the energetic Cathy, while Hareton is the gruff, sour, and moody Veronica. Though funnily enough they're both Boys Next Door. She picks Hareton, but after it turns out that Linton has a Veronica streak himself—namely being a cowardly Control Freak who guilt-trips her into an abusive marriage with him. And then it turns out that Hareton is pretty nice, he just has No Social Skills.
  • The narrator of Richard Powell's Don Quixote, U.S.A. intended to remain true to his blonde girlfriend Sally (Betty), a photographer for Life, only to be increasingly attracted to the fiery brunette Conchita (Veronica), member of a South American rebel group and well-practiced user of a "burp gun."
  • In Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, and the film it inspired, Kathy is Betty and Ruth is Veronica to Tommy.
  • In I Can Get It for You Wholesale by Jerome Weidman, Harry Bogen's love interests are his childhood neighbor's daughter Ruthie Rivkin (whose friends call her "Betty", though the name doesn't stick with him) and hard-to-get actress Martha Mills. In the book he clearly prefers the Shiksa Goddess to Ruthie, whom he considers too Jewish-looking for his ambitions even if his mother approves of her; in the musical version he does ultimately end up with Ruthie.
  • In Vikram Seth's novel An Equal Music, Julia has the calm grounded James, and the moody Anti-Hero (and narrator) Michael.
  • Although mostly not in direct competition thanks to a case of That Man Is Dead, in The Fallen Moon Flell and Skade are in a type of Betty and Veronica relationship with Arren/Arenadd. Flell (Betty) is a nice, gentle, wellborn griffiner who loves Arren despite her society's prejudice against Northerners. Skade (Veronica) is an exiled and shapechanged griffin with her species more aggressive traits, but becomes loyal to and dependent on Arenadd.
  • Subverted in The Host. Ian and Jared fit the bill all right, the subversion being that the Archie is actually two people in the same body with Ian only interested in Wanda and Jared interested in Melanie. Honestly, it could be viewed as a metaphor for a guy loving you for you for your mind/personality vs. a guy loving you for your body.
  • In Looking for Alaska, Miles Halter (a.k.a. "Pudge")has to choose between Lara Buterskaya - a relatively "normal" Romanian immigrant and his girlfriend, and the titular Alaska Young - a "wild, self-destructive, moody, unpredictable, beautiful and enigmatic girl who captures Pudge's attention and heart."
  • In Poul Anderson's "Flight to Forever", Eva, sweet and gentle, is Betty and Taury, the rightful Galactic Empress is Veronica. However, they are not in direct conflict; Martin is traveling through time, only able to go forward, and it is the memory of Eva, to whom he can never return, that he has to wrestle with before he accepts she's gone. At the end, when he's forced to leave Taury, god-like beings direct him to the end of the universe so that he cycles back to Eva, and then destroy the machine; he reminds himself that while Eva is not Taury, she has her own charms.
  • In Wolf Captured of Jane Lindskold's Firekeeper series, Firekeeper finds herself in a particularly exotic variant. Not only is she pursued by two males, but both her Betty AND her Veronica are a pair of exceptionally large and sapient wolves. And this is after she finds herself the Betty to a female wolf for the attentions of her own Betty. The happy secondary ending comes for both Veronicas when the female wolf claims the male challenger for herself, while accepting Firekeeper as the pack's One Female, or alpha female.
  • Great Expectations has Biddy (Betty) and Estella (Veronica).
  • In-universe example in "Author! Author!" by Isaac Asimov. In the protagonist's latest unpublished book, his series detective Reginald De Meister has two love interests: Letitia Reynolds is the Betty, Sancha Rodriguez is the Veronica who dies in Chapter Six. At least, that's the state of play when the story opens.
  • In Tolstoi’s Resurrection, Prince Dmitri is sort of engaged to respectable fellow noble Missy but guilt leads him back to the servant he seduced, Katyusha, now a prostitute on trial for murdering a client.
  • The Last Dragon Chronicles has David (The Archie), Sophie (The Betty) and Zanna (The Veronica).
  • Hattie Ever After (sequel to Hattie Big Sky) Hattie is the Archie, her friend Charlie the pilot is the Betty, and her new colleague Ned the reporter is the Veronica.
  • Frequently shows up in Warrior Cats:
    • Bluefur had Thrushpelt as her Betty and Oakheart as her Veronica; to further emphasize this, everyone in her Clan ships her with Thrushpelt (which actually bothers her a bit, since she doesn't want to feel forced into a relationship), while Oakheart is from a different Clan. In an unusual twist, she chose Oakheart, but had to cover up the kits from their affair by "choosing" Thrushpelt.
    • Fireheart has the sweet, compassionate Spottedleaf as his Betty and the sarcastic and blunt Sandstorm as his Veronica. Seeing as Spottedleaf dies in the first book, there's no question as to who gets him.
    • His daughter, Squirrelflight, has the popular and hard-working Ashfur as her Betty and the ambitious and loner-ish Brambleclaw as her Veronica, helped by the fact that Brambleclaw is the son of her father's mortal enemy. It turns out, however, that Ashfur is much more Veronica than Brambleclaw could ever be—when Squirrelflight picks Brambleclaw over him, he tries to murder her father and kits in revenge.
    • Brambleclaw (or rather, Bramblestar) himself later gets to choose between Squirrelflight, acting as Betty since she's matured into a reliable, level-headed warrior, and Jessy, acting as Veronica since she's an abrasive kittypet he rescued from drowning. He chooses Squirrelflight, though according to Word of God there was never really a triangle, because he would always choose her.
    • Dovewing's got the eager-to-please, kind-hearted Bumblestripe as her Betty and the more mysterious Tigerheart as her Veronica. She picked Bumblestripe, but later broke up with Bumblestripe because she still had feelings for Tigerheart. Thus, in a way, she chose neither.
  • Deltora Quest has the genderflipped version with the straightlaced, dependable Lief (Betty) and the exotic-but-beautiful Dain (Veronica) for Jasmine's Archie.
  • In "De skandalösa" by Simona Ahrnstedt, Magdalena Swärd is torn between two men. She sees Peter Cronstedt as the boring but safe choice (the Betty), and even though he once betrayed her, she wonders if she shouldn't forgive him. By contrast, she sees Gabriel Gripklo as the exciting but dangerous choice (the Veronica), but since he's a high-ranked aristrocrat, she could never have an equal relationship with him. But it turns out that Peter really is a jerk, and Gabriel is willing to marry her after all.
  • Poul Anderson plays it Up to Eleven in Sargasso of Lost Starships. Helena is an attractive woman and an efficient and disciplined military officer, whose dreams of romance include marrying Basil and working with him to help his planet integrate with the empire; Basil's Old Retainer approves because she will give him good sons. Velduma is an alien of enormous powers, who appears to Basil as one of The Beautiful Elite, and is also sadistic and completely mad.
  • Subverted in Gone Girl:
    • Young and inexperienced Andie may seem like the Betty to Nick's Archie, while sexy cunning Amy may seem like the Veronica. But the truth is, Amy is Nick's wife, while Andie is his 20 year old mistress. That, and the film version makes Andie seem even more forward in her initiating sex with Nick.
    • Clean-cut millionaire Desi who comes to Amy's rescue may seem like a Betty at first, but one needs to remember that he stalked Amy in the past- not to mention does not treat her all that well when she stays at the lake house. Nick may seem like a Veronica in that he was a sociopath who eventually cheated- but he also was nowhere near as rich and alluring as Desi.
  • For Fausto Mirra in the Ahriman Trilogy, exciting, tattooed badass Zoe Durant is the Veronica, while normal, boring Ashley is the Betty. Zoe is also Simon's Veronica, but kind, bespectacled Erin is his Betty.
  • Vampire Academy:
    • Rose between Mason (Betty) and Dimitri (Veronica). Mason is a close childhood friend, who adores her, and offers her a safe relationship. Dimitri is her older mentor and their relationship is forbidden. Later it's Rose between Dimitri and Adrian, though which one is the Betty or Veronica depends on the situation (usually Dimitri is the Betty but when he's a Strigoi he is definitely a Veronica). Dimitri is more down-to-earth while Adrian is wealthy, glamorous, and likes to show-off. During Dimitri's Strigoi face, Adrian offers a safer relationship to Rose and proves devoted. While Dimitri is dangerous and is willing to completely dominate his lover.
    • Lissa between Aaron (Betty) and Christian (Veronica) in the first book. Aaron is her former boyfriend, first love, and is still crazy about her. But he is boring. While Christian is a fascinating bad boy with an edge.
  • Poul Anderson's Corridors of Time. Storm, at first a mysterious and wealthy woman who pays for Lockridge's lawyer and for private detectives to find the evidence to clear him, soon reveals that she is a time-traveler and a leader of her society; always a stunning beauty. A rather nasty society, he later learns. Auri is a simple and good-hearted girl from Neolithic Scandanavia.

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