Dump Them All
There are many ways for a romance arc to end. Sometimes there is a normal hookup, one or both die, or the situation is left ambiguous. There are more options involved when in a love triangle, however. For example, apart from the previous scenarios the character may pick several of their options at once. But sometimes they go the opposite direction and reject all of their options. As such, they Dump Them All. A specific variation of Take a Third Option. Contrast Marry Them All and No Romantic Resolution. Beware, this is an ending trope. Unmarked spoilers ahead.
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Anime and Manga
- In a twist of irony, the Scheris/Mimori/Ryuhou love triangle in S Cryed ends with Scheris dead and Ryuhou rejecting Mimori despite his implied attraction to her because he feels it wouldn't be right. Although he displayed no attraction to Scheris either, she died for him, and he feels Mimori might very well meet the same end if she was to get together with him now.
- In the last episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Jack Atlas tells Carly, Mikage and Stephanie that no woman will be in his way and then he drives away with his D-Wheel to become the King of Riding Duels again.
- By the end of The Green Hornet, Lenore is only interested in a working relationship with Britt and Kato, though both of them have been pursuing her romantically.
- The heroine of Catch That Kid rejects both of her male friends as love interests at the end of the movie.
- The 1943 version of Phantom of the Opera (1943) ends with Christine choosing neither of her love interests, Raoul and Anatole, and suggesting that the two of them become friends instead.
- Legally Blonde: Inverted for Warner, where both Elle and Vivian dump him.
- Shes Gotta Have It ends with the protagonist dumping all three of the men she's sleeping with and deciding to be "celibate" for a while.
- Valley of the Dolls has Anne in this situation. Already dumping her previous suitor, Kevin, while going back and forth with her other romantic suitor, the faithless Lyon, she decides to dump him as well, despite his claims that he loves her and wants to be with her. The movie ends with her walking down a snow-covered road, content with her decision.
Live Action TV
- One episode of Frasier ends with Niles getting a divorce from his wife, and Frasier and Martin both having broke up with their respective girlfriends. The three Cranes take this as an opportunity to drink, bond, and start batting again the next day.
- In the backwards episode of Seinfeld, one woman chooses this solution.
- In the original Beverly Hills 90210, this is how Kelly resolves the Dylan/Brandon love triangle. "I choose me!"
- In Full House, DJ takes this option when asked to choose between Nelson and Viper, reasoning that if she were really into either of them then she wouldn't have any trouble deciding who to be with.
- In the finale to the first season of Community, Jeff is torn between Brita and Prof. Slater. He essentially chooses this option when he decides to leave as opposed to making any decisions. He briefly dates to Brita in the premiere of season two but only so that people would stop hounding him about it. The "relationship" is over quickly, though.
- The finale of True Blood season four is a good example: Sookie turns down all three of her love interests. In the case of Bill and Eric, it's a classic "I'm not picking either of you" ending to a Love Triangle. Alcide gets a gentler "sorry, but I don't feel that way about you" rejection.
- At least one season of The Bachelor has ended with the bachelor rejecting both of the final two women.
- Inverted in one episode of Friends. Phoebe is dating two guys, be she can't decide which one she likes more. In the end they both dump her. One of the guys learns she slept with the other and not him. The other, being a fireman, is upset she made candle light diner for the other as this is an open flame in a wooden area.
- George Bernard Shaw's play Mrs. Warren's Profession ends with Vivie turning down proposals from both her suitors. She chooses to devote her life to her career rather than marry.
- In Catherine should you decide to go the Freedom route, that is answering questions and texts which keep your Karma Meter neutral as well as providing certain responses to some of the final questions can have the game end with different variations on this. Interestingly enough, it is one of the three Golden Endings which the game possesses.
- Implied by necessity to start Chitose's route in Galaxy Angel: Moonlit Lovers. Much like the beginning of the first game, the story picks up where Tact was chilling with Lester. While this is treated innocently enough with no presumptions, the only way to get there in the first game is to horrifically screw the Last-Second Ending Choice with the chosen girl, leaving you with a painful breakup after spending the entire game trusting each other. As it is treated as a Bad End, this is only a partial example.
- In Beyond: Two Souls among your final options if you choose to return to the living world is to select one of your surviving love interests. There is however the option to choose no love interest and live in solitude.
- On South Park, this is the way Satan resolves the Love Triangle between him, his ex-lover Saddam Hussein, and his current boyfriend Chris. It was based on advice from God, who noted how lame and overly-dependent Satan had grown over the centuries.
- The Simpsons has Jacqueline Bouvier, Marge's mother, doing this. As Abe Simpson interrupts her wedding to Mr. Burns, he asks her if she's rather be Mrs. Abraham Simpson than Mrs Charles Montgomery Burns. She says no; she doesn't want to be either. This is good enough for Abe, who then runs out of the church with her and the two of them run onto the back of a bus a la The Graduate.