Anime Tenchou: If you're a man, score all the heroines at once!In Love Triangles and more complicated situations, selecting just one suitor can prove to be a toughie. After all, the situation is there because he usually likes every girl to a degree and doesn't want to break anyone's heart or make them leave his company. Even if he likes one particular girl, there's little guarantee that the rest will be willing to accept his choice, especially in long-running harem series. This often happens when the love polygon devolves into True Companions and infatuations become close friendships instead. So if First Girl Wins, Last Girl Wins, and/or Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends clearly aren't where the plot is going, there's another way to resolve the situation: Instead of choosing one girl, the protagonist simply marries them all and they all live as one large family. The happiness of those involved depends on where on the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism the series is; the only way (excluding large amounts of Shadow Clone abuse) this kind of ending will not end in a perpetual warzone of a Dysfunctional Family with an emotionally-dead Henpecked Husband (Tenchi Muyo! GXP) or a bloodbath within the year (School Days) is if the wives are also close friends who love each other like sisters (or something else). May require Exotic Extended Marriage if the marriage is literal. In Real Life, such a thing is called polygamy. See also One True Threesome and Polyamory. Contrast Dump Them All, where none of the girls get him and/or chooses someone outside the circle and No Romantic Resolution where there is no conclusion between the love interest and the circle and he remains a (usually) Celibate Hero.
Hayate: Please hold on. "Score all the heroines at once"? Am I a rapist?
Maria: You don't like it?
Hayate: Please hold on. "Score all the heroines at once"? Am I a rapist?
Maria: You don't like it?
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- This Lynx/Axe commercial depicts an average every guy who becomes the sole object of attraction to a literal tribe of Stone Age warrior women, thanks to the titular product. He doesn't seem too bothered by it.
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- In Ai Kora, Hachibei explicitly says he plans to do this. Though this becomes especially implausible after Tsubame-sensei gets a new boyfriend, and Kirino moves away after becoming an idol singer. He seems to have abandoned it completely in the final volume after realizing how much he loves Sakurako.
- In Cat Planet Cuties, this is how Eris suggests resolving the Love Dodecahedron with herself, Aoi, and Manami over Kio. Since Catian Earth doesn't have a law against mistresses, it's ok to share Kio. The other girls are ok with it.
- Orihime suggests something close to this effect. Though her feelings for Ichigo are obvious from the beginning of the manga, she eventually asks Rukia point-blank if she has feelings for Ichigo. Rukia denies this, and Orihime is actually disappointed because she feels that if they both loved Ichigo, they could gang up on him and the "girls would win".
- In the 23rd anime ending, Shunsui is shown having a date with two girls: his lieutenant Nanao Ise and his ex-lieutenant Lisa Yadomaru from the Vaizards. Given the latter's taste in "reading materials", this is entirely plausible. How they convinced Nanao to go along with however...
- Code Geass teases at this one in the second season. Kaguya, devoted fangirl and would-be wife of Zero/Lelouch, is perfectly okay with his supposedly eyeing other women like his bodyguard Kallen or his partner C.C., because as Kaguya puts it, "Heroes are known for loving many women", and comments that the three of them are united in their devotion to Zero. Not that he's been eyeing any woman at all, really, but Kaguya does like to play The Ditz now and then... Her claim of them being "The Three Court Ladies" is so popular with the fandom that it's
practicallya meme. And then if you add in the fact that his father had 108 wives (being Emperor) and that Lelouch eventually becomes emperor as well the possibility of this multiplies. Extremely quickly. Except, of course, that dear Lulu dies.
- In Daily Life with Monster Girl, it almost happens when Mia (lamia), Centorea (centaur), and Papi (harpy) go into heat during the full moon and they mutually offer to Kimihito to become his harem [he hides from them until the full moon is over as he is afraid that in their unthinking state, their sheer raw physical power will literally kill him], and it is actually suggested directly to him by Suu (slime) when the mothers of the aforementioned first 3 girls come to visit (one at a time) to appraise their prospective future son-in-law.
- Happens in DearS by default, as Takeya ends up the only guy on a spaceship full of horny alien slavegirls in heat, which is going on a tour of the galaxy (two of them — Ren and Miu — were explicitly in love with him while still on Earth and two others — Nia and China — had previously expressed attraction).
- In Nagasarete Airantou, Ikuto is the only male on Airantou Island with an all-female tribe of sexy amazon gals, whose other half mysteriously vanished after getting caught in a storm at sea while fishing. It is revealed in the last episode of the anime that his sister Misaki is experiencing the exact same situation, only gender-flipped, on the other Airantou Island, this time as the only female with all the missing (also-sexy) amazon guys.
- Also occurs in Shina Dark.
- Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure: At the end of episode 14, Kazuki is made to go alone into space, with both Mizukis, Yayoi, and D (all the girls in love with him) as his official staff, at the actual instigation of the all the major parental authority figures (the Sanada and Rara parents) in the series. No big surprise, since it's from the same company that made Tenchi Muyo!, and is in fact canonically considered to be connected to Tenchi Muyo by The Multiverse concept.
- In Fujimura-kun Mates, much to Fujimura's dismay he ends up living together with all the girls. Himuro even goes as far as becoming the President of Japan just to change the law to allow polygamy!
- In Gintama, Gintoki ended up in one of these situations after a particularly spectacular bender. He ended up trying to set up households with almost the entire main female cast including Ototse and shockingly, even Hasegawa who is a married heterosexual male, and nearly went nuts in the process. The whole thing was set up by the women in an attempt to get him to stop drinking so much. Except Hasegawa, who was not part of the set up.
- In Happy Lesson, all 5 of the hero's "mothers" decide that he's outgrown the need for a parental figure, so obviously what he needs next is wives.
- In High School D×D, Word of God states that "Every heroine will get a happy ending." The normal day-to-day life of the main cast falls into Polyamory. An "EX Novel" set in one possible future of the series shows that Issei is indeed married to multiple women and has had at least one child with each heroine.
- Iono the Fanatics. Queen Iono loves every single girl in her harem and they love her back. All 50,000+ of them.
- Kanokon has an odd variation in which the guy in question doesn't even make the call; the last episode has Chizuru and Nozomu agreeing to share Kouta. Also, whenever he tries to pick and just go for it, he is interrupted.
- Hazumu from Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl tried this one, but it ended up completely collapsing into a quantum romance singularity.
- In the Maburaho anime, Kazuki uses his magic to create ten clones of himself, just so there's enough of him for the girls to share. This solves nothing whatsoever, as the Clingy Jealous Girl wants them ALL for herself.
- Implied in Magician's Academy, as Takuto loves all three of them equally.
- The manga version of Magic Knight Rayearth, with Hikaru declaring she's going to marry both of her love interests. Though what Hikaru actually says is that she wants to be with the ones she loves forever (Which is how Eagle describes marriage), and then defines the ones she loves to be virtually entire cast.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!:
- The manga gives us "The Saishoudoukin/Polygamy Imagine Spot incident", courtesy of Nodokanote . Initially, she began to worry about her best friend's crush on Negi, but gets even more embarrassed when the first thing her magic book (which she uses to read her own mind) subconsciously suggests is a Saishoudoukin, where a man has his wife and mistress in the same house. Or, taken literally, in the same bed. What makes it even funnier is the fact that the mind reading is accompanied by a little doodle of her, Negi, and Yue sharing a bed. Ye gods, girl.
- This is also the resolution to the Final Movie; put on the spot to pick one girl for a full contract, he goes ahead and forms full contracts with all thirty-one students. Even though you can't do that. Somewhere over the door of the Springfield family ranch (which will need expansion) is a sign saying "The Laws Of Magic Can Get Bent."
- Ultimately inverted in UQ Holder!, Negi rejects Nodoka and Yue when they confess to him again on the graduation day, and goes to confess to Chisame.
- In the Mega Man Star Force anime, Luna and Harp Note at one point try to make MegaMan choose between them. We don't see exactly what Geo says, but he goes for this solution. In the original Japanese anime at least, Subaru (Geo) says "We're all just friends, right?" with which the girls are seemingly satisfied.
- Can happen in the third game of the series as well, if the player wants. The player can either have Geo save Luna's things (and have an extra scene with her), Sonia's (and have an extra scene with her), or... Bud's, in which case there is no extra scene with the girls.
- At the end of the Photon OVA, our heroes have dispatched the Big Bad, and two of the three girls in Photon's Harem start bickering over who gets him. Photon promptly draws on each of their foreheads the same kana for baka that's on his forehead (it's an in-universe cultural thing, apparently), and proudly declares "I'll protect all of you!"
- This idea was actually raised in a manga chapter of Rosario + Vampire. Pretty much all of Tsukune's harem except Moka were almost immediately in favor of the idea.
- In Saber Marionette J, Otaru is shown to end up with all three of the girls — Lime, Cherry, and Bloodberry.
- Subverted in the second season, Saber Marionette J to X, in that Lime, Cherry, and Bloodberry end up getting turned into babies, and Otaru raises them as his daughters. However, Cherry's still in love — and lust! — with Otaru anyway, regardless of their new situation, implying possible future Parental Incest ala Wife Husbandry.
- Often averted/subverted in Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, as every single one of his harem are Yanderes (ironically, except for the First Girl, who's actually the driving force for the harem), in addition to being psychologically "toxic" in some way. Even when they do agree to share him, their consensus concept of sharing is more often than not, literal physical division of the object of their affections. Until the penultimate chapter that is, when the 12 main girls marry him all at once. It's a bit complicated, however. The crux of the matter is that the First Girl, Fuura Kafuka, had been Dead All Along. Her organs had gone to said twelve girls. What ends up happening is that Nozomu (the titular sensei) sees Kafuka in each of the girls, one at a time (how his sister Rin puts it, he's in love with her eyes, then her lungs, then her vocal cords, etc.) On paper, it's an endless cycle of marriage and divorce between Nozomu and the girls. In Nozomu's eyes, he's always been married to Kafuka and Kafuka alone; in the eyes of outsiders, it certainly looks like this trope, especially since all the girls have children by him... and the kids eerily look like Kafuka). It's also implied that by all the girls donating their blood (metaphorically Kafuka's blood) to her, the journalist that was investigating Nozomu and the girls will join the cycle. It's also been implied that there's one guy in the harem as well, who had gotten a blood transfusion from Kafuka's blood. It's more specifically implied that Kafuka was possessing him when Nozomu first married her.
- Averted in the School Days anime: Things do not work out between the Love Triangle and it ends with Makoto being stabbed to death by Sekai, who just can't take it anymore. Kotonoha later kills Sekai with a cleaver, cuts her open to confirm she wasn't pregnant, and, apparently completely insane, leaves with Makoto's severed head in a gym bag. Though it should be noticed that, in the Visual Novel, this can be played straight. Not only there's the possibility of having Makoto, Kotonoha and Sekai engage in a three-way sex scene (with bonus Les Yay snowballing between the girls), but there is at least one ending in which Kotonoha and Sekai DO reach an agreement and decide to "share" Makoto's affections. (It IS rather hard to get, however.)
- The standard trope of having to choose one girl is actually part of the Big Bad's plan. Minato considers this to be a cruel choice, and declares his intention to be with all six of his Sekirei forever.
- Seo and the twins Hikari and Hibiki seem to have gone with this option, as have Sanada and his Power Trio. At the end of the series, Seo and the twinshave managed to make two sets of twins, all boys born on the same day, who share their mothers' electric powers.
- Sorcerer Hunters:
- In a later episode of the anime, Tira and Chocolat have a heartfelt sisterly talk about their feelings for Carrot, and it's strongly hinted that not only don't they mind sharing, but Carrot wouldn't mind being shared (OT3 for the win!).
- The manga version handles the triangle differently; Carrot and Tira become the Official Couple at the end, and Chocolat decides to wish them well... as long as she's the first to have "Darling"'s child. The revival manga shows that she's accomplished her mission, with her as the mother of two children that she swears she can't remember the father of...
- Non-romantic example (well, probably): In Soul Eater Not!, Tsugumi, a weapon, has two meister friends vying to wield her in a situation that plays out very much like a love triangle. Eventually, she realizes they're capable of three-person soul resonance and decides to partner with both of them. It becomes especially jarring when you consider that this means that at any given time, one of the meisters will be without a weapon to defend themselves. Also, remember that shy weapon that Anya had to pair up with? Yep, he is going to be without a meister until another free one appears.
- In the hentai manga Tayu-Tayu by Yamatogawa, this option is forced on the Official Couple by, basically, all the other girls in the harem.
One of the girls: "Hey, Midori! We're stealing your man!"
Midori: (after being screwed into exhaustion) "Aw, hell... Do whatever you want..." (slides to the floor out-of-panel)
- Tenchi Muyo!:
- The discovery in the OVA that Juraians practice polygamy implies that Tenchi could do this. In the original series, he tends towards No Romantic Resolution by remaining friendly with all of the girls but not favoring any of them, but in the core continuity's tie-in doujinshi, it is clearly stated that he did eventually marry them all, though Washu is the first one to bear him a child. This trope was originally called the "Tenchi Solution".
- Both the OVA and GXP justify this by stating that the marriages are political: Ayeka and Sasami are granddaughters to Seto, the most powerful noble in Jurai who bosses the King and Sasami herself is gradually merging with Tsunami, the patron goddess of Jurai and one of three known 11-dimensional entities named the Choushin (literally "super-deity"), into a singular being; Noike is the adopted daughter of Seto and the female half of Kagato, which also means that she is a Naja Akara clone and as result has the same genetic makeup as Seto-no-onihime; Mihoshi is a member of the Kuramitsu family, one of the most powerful families in the universe; Washu is a Choushin and sister to the aforementioned patron deity of the Juraians as well as Mihoshi's ancestor; Tokimi eventually decides to live in Tenchi's house with her sisters, though she apparently doesn't have a romantic relation with him; Ryoko is technically Washu's daughter and therefore technically half-choushin; and Ryo-ohki is Ryoko's ship. As the third OVA and GXP quickly point out, Tenchi's household is the single highest concentration of power, Physical, Political, and Supernatural in the universe.
- In the canon spinoff Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar, Tenchi's brother Kenshi mentions all of Tenchi's girls as his "elder sisters", implying that 15 years after the OVA end, they are still around him.
- As seen in the page picture, in Tenchi Muyo! GXP Tenchi's friend Seina, in a similar predicament with nine women (five main, four minor), has his problem solved for him by simply being ordered to "politically" marry his main five love interests. (The other four kidnap him just before the wedding and ravish him to get in on it; it apparently works out somehow.) Tenchi even attended the wedding.
- As seen in chapter 162 of To Love-Ru, Lala not only does not mind the possibility of both her and Haruna marrying Rito but is actively enthusiastic about it. Later, he accidentally says "I love you" to several of the other girls (even thought it was meant for Haruna), and Lala does not mind sharing him with them too. And it's implied that, by Deviluke law, he could take even more wives once he becomes king after officially marrying Lala. Hooray for the harem?
- In the sequel To Love-Ru Darkness, Momo explicitly wants this outcome (with her in the harem of course) and knows that the biggest hurdle is Rito himself.
- Trinity Seven has established this as one of the likely eventual outcomes of the story, since at least three of the titular seven have explicitly said they'd be open to it and one is both without jealousy and sometimes just as perverted as Arata towards the other girls, and that's not even getting into the other female characters. Furthermore, due to the Vicious Cycle time loop of Arata eventually becoming the Magic King, taking the Trinity Seven as his soldier-concubines, then destroying the universe so it can promptly be remade again and repeat the cycle, technically this has already happened at least once.
- Umi no Misaki, by the author of Ai Yori Aoshi. A Tokyo teen moves to the southern island his late mother grew up on, and finds out that not only is he the prophesied reincarnated Dragon God of the local religious offshoot, the three hot girls that have been treating him badly are shrine maidens dedicated to serving him with their minds and bodies. Oh, and the Dragon God is supposed to give one (at least, it has not been clearly stated) his "favor". Of course, now the three maidens have fallen in love with him and trying their (non-violent) best to get the Dragon God to pick them, while the guy is attracted to and likes the three maidens as well . The story works itself into a OT4 ending, since this is really not a dark series, and having the guy pick only one girl would probably tear the other two to pieces. At the end, despite first the Rising Dragon Festival and then Shizukus attempted suicide trying to railroad him into a choice, Nagi refuses to lose anyone and essentially forces the island and the Dragon God to accept that he will be with all three of them forever. The epilogue chapters show that the four of them are getting along perfectly well despite the oddity of their relationship.
- In The Vision of Escaflowne, Hitomi jokingly suggests this when Milerna comes to her with an I Have This Friend... Love Triangle dilemma regarding Dryden and Allen. Milerna rejects the idea out of hand ("But that's so immoral!"), much to the dismay of fanfic writers everywhere.
- Yomeiro Choice ends this way when the male lead gets over his indecisiveness and realizes that he loves his daughters from the future too much to allow any of them to vanish from the timestream. The series ends with the daughters now arguing about which one should be conceived first. It's even implied that his harem expands to include, not only all of his incestuously-lustful daughters, but even their various grandmothers/his mothers-in-law in one giant aphrodisiac-fuelled orgy.
- In Secret Six, when it was being brought to a (premature) end due to the Continuity Reboot, Gail Simone had its lead, Scandal Savage, marry both her love interests: an exotic dancer named Liana, and a New God named Knockout. Yes, you read that right, it ended with a polygamous lesbian marriage.
- In a variation of this, a Silver Age Superman story that saw Superman be split into red and blue versions of himself allowed one of them to marry Lois and the other to marry Lana.
- A more disturbing version comes in another Silver Age Superman comic where Lois and Lana find that Superman had been changed into a child and both decide to condition the kid into proposing to them when he's older. It turns out that it was actually a version of Superman from another dimension where polygamy is legal, so he wound up marrying both of them. Shown in this Cracked article.
- The concept of the OT3 (or OT4, OT5, etc.) in fanfiction is much like an OTP, but with three or more characters together rather than two. It's quite handy for reconciling opposing ships.
- A Crown of Stars: In chapter 8 the main characters meet an alternate Shinji with a very convoluted past: for short, he thought Asuka died, after spending several years mourning he fell in love with other girl and they were about to get married when she got murdered, he met Asuka again, he got killed... and right then a bunch of Avaloni imperial troopers showed up in that dimension. Shinji and his fiancée were brought back to life and the two of them together with Asuka were transported to Avalon to get rest and healing. When Daniel saw Shinji was conflicted over being reunited with the two women he loved, he mentioned that his country's laws allow for someone having several spouses in case that they agree to "share".
- Played with Shinji And Warhammer 40 K in-universe. Shinji's fan clubs are averse to the idea ("The four points star was not a valid option, dammit."), the Farseer in his head wants this and Rei is practically shoving the idea down his throat.
- Thousand Shinji: Subverted. For most of the story Shinji clearly considers Asuka his girlfriend, Rei his surrogate sister and Misato her surrogate mother. However, Rei's crush on Shinji (and her willingness to talk Asuka into a threesome) and Misato's proclivity to tease him complicate matters. Shinji did not plan getting married to anyone other than Asuka, but when the four of them ascend to godhood, Shinji takes the three of them as his wives out of a desire to make them happy.
- Played for comedy in DC Nation's Heaven or Las Vegas. The Zamaraons attempt to figure out what makes the Green Lanterns of Earth tick and refine the process behind the Star Sapphire rings. To do this, they take the Earth-based lanterns, and put them in a theme-park version of Las Vegas. While most of the Lanterns wake up in the surreal "test environment" with the woman they're currently dating, Hal wakes up in bed with Carol Ferris, Arisia, "Cowgirl Jill," and Zinda "Lady Blackhawk" Blake — ALL AT ONCE.
- Possibly the only option for Rachel Summers in Marvel Nextgen. Current roster of young men courting her include a Shi'ar Imperial Prince, a Logan, and a non-mutant catboy. Franklin Richards is a recurring joke.
- Honestly, this resolution would not make the Tangled Family Tree noticeably more complicated.
- The Harry Potter Fan Fic "The Issue Of Mine Enemy" ends with Bellatrix, Marietta Edgecombe, Hermione, Ginny and Gabrielle Delacour all marrying Harry. Yes, it's on adultfanfiction.net.
- This occurs in a large number of Harry Potter fanfics, due to so-called "Pureblood marriage contracts", and almost always to Harry. It even has a ship name: Harem!Harry.
- The Lyrical Nanoha one-shot "Nanoha's Problem" takes this trope to its logical extreme.
- In Kyon: Big Damn Hero, the odd situation in Hinamizawa was resolved this way. This inspired Haruhi to start aiming for it herself, between all the girls in the SOS Brigade and Kyon.
- This is actually deconstructed and then reconstructed in the same chapter. According to Rika, the romantic situation at the end of the Higurashi series turned into a No Romantic Resolution situation for several years until Rika was physically old enough to make her move on Keiichi, but the way she tried to catch Keiichi's notice nearly destroyed her and Keiichi's relationship with Mion and the rest of their friends (and considering that this is Higurashi, it's not hard to imagine how that might've played out). Disaster was only averted at the last moment when a Marry Them All solution was proposed by Rena and Satoko and accepted by the rest of the group. Even then, it's not an easy relationship to have; it only works because the whole group were iron-clad True Companions before they were a harem, and each of the girls has enough self-esteem and love for their partners to not worry about him ever abandoning them.
- In Naruto fanon there's something called the The Clan Restoration Act which forces the last member of a important family to marry many women just to increase the clan population. This is mainly done if Kekkei Genkai or special techniques are present in the clan. This is normally applied to Naruto, but occasionally with Sasuke or Uzumaki OC's
- On occasion, they mention that females just have to have a ton of kids over a short period of time. Who has the best deal?
- The Total Drama Island fanfic Total Drama Luxury Tour is a Egregious example. It's a continuation of the third season, centered on Cody. It had many and many moments of Ship Tease with the other female contestants, and the author even created a poll about which contestant you'd like to see Cody with. Then in the end he gets all five girls anyways: Gwen, Bridgette, Heather, Sierra, and Courtney. And Blaineley also likes him. Even more, the author planned doing the same thing with Noah or Ezekiel as a sequel, although problems with the harem settup in Cody, the author not wanting to break up two of the (three) Beta Couples, and what the remaining girls are like mostly prevent it.
- Discussed in Rosario To Kiva — as Wataru is Fangire royalty, he can legally, by the laws of his people marry all the haremettes.
- Done in BeastBoy's Catgirl, where in the end, BB has four girls who love him (Raven and three Furries). First, the guy has a date with each girl to decide whom he likes more, then he decides to make no decision at all. When he announces that, one of the girls announces she is pregnant. Skip a few years, all of the girls are moms. None are officially married, though.
- Crossoverpairinglover's fanfiction does this, a lot. Out of all his main stories, only one of them lacks Polygyny (It instead points out one character has Polyandry and gets lampshaded in his comments). It's to a point that the characters aware of the Multiverse actively ask why it happens. Though the writer goes out of his way to explain why it happens and give it logic, as opposed to having the characters blindly accept it like most writers.
- Ouran High School Host Club fanfic does this a fair amount, for people who can't decide between the numerous pairing choices offered or just can't see a way for everyone to be happy otherwise. Ranges from Tamaki/Haruhi/Kyoya OT3 all the way up to OT7 fare which includes everyone.
- In the Frozen fanfic Sorry About The Mess, this is how the love triangle between Kristoff, Anna and Elsa is resolved, as the Trolls who raised Kristoff believe in Polyamory.
- It sort of shows up in The Familiar of Zero fan fiction Jus Primae Noctis, but is downplayed. He doesn't appear to have anything with Kirche or Tiffania, but he officially married Henrietta, magically married Louise using the Albionese flowers, and married Tabitha in his home world. He also discusses marrying Siesta, and whether he does or not it doesn't stop them from being together.
- Most Hurog fanfics are about the OT3 of the fandom, Tisala, Oreg and Ward. Strictly speaking, it is Ward who gets to "marry" them both, but Tisala is often portrayed as Yaoi Fangirl, so everyone is happy.
- The 1926 comedy Hands Up! features Raymond Griffith falling in love with both daughters of a Nevada gold miner. Each sister offers to step aside for the other. Griffith is puzzling about how to resolve the Love Triangle when a stagecoach arrives. A bearded man exits the stagecoach and introduces the sisters to his wife, who exits the stagecoach behind him. Then a second wife emerges, then a third. Five wives come out of the coach before the man is revealed to be Brigham Young. The film ends with Griffith leaving with both sisters in the stagecoach, which has a sign on the back reading "To Salt Lake City".
- In the final scene of Horse Feathers the College Widow marries Groucho, Chico and Harpo's characters simultaneously. (Zeppo is left out as his character was Groucho's son, and that would be squicky.)
- The film version of Paint Your Wagon has the female lead attempt this during the middle of the movie, living with both of her love interests in a polyandrous marriage. It works for a while, but at the end of the story, she's only living with one of them.
- Since men are very rare in the world of A Brother's Price, each man not sold to the cribs will marry every sister in a family. This turns out happily for Jerin, since Odelia, Ren, and later and much to his surprise "Cira" are sisters, and he falls in love with their other grown sisters Trini and Lylia after the engagement, too. He also gets along well with and nurtures their younger sisters. This is a world where sisters are raised to be one unit, sort of; for example the country is ruled by the Queens. Jealousy is brought up in the context of the man having "favorites" but doesn't seem to be as big an issue as it would be in our world.
- In Courtship Rite: Sure, six is supposed to be the maximum size for a marriage, but the maran-Kaiel aren't exactly sticklers for tradition. By the end of the book, they have enough power and influence to make their own traditions and add both the girl they've always loved and the new girl they've come to love to their five-marriage.
- In the Honor Harrington novels, Hamish Alexander chooses this when faced with his love for both Honor Harrington and his own wife, Emily. Initially, he and Honor were having an affair with Emily's knowledge and permission (she's very ill and physically frail, to the point where marital sex ain't happening). When Honor became pregnant, they went open. It helped that Honor was also a Grayson citizen, where polygamy is the norm.
- Judge Dee is pressured into marrying his Third Lady by First Lady, (it's not that he doesn't like the girl it's that he's worried about taking advantage of her). In a latter book the Judge buys out two prostitutes to help him resolve a case. After a rocky start his three wives warm to the girls and indicate they are willing to accept them as permanent members of the menage. This time the Judge does not assent.
- In still another book a young lady the Judge has taken on as a temporary assistant makes a sincere effort to seduce him. She apologizes afterward but adds forlornly; "I like you." The Judge assures her that he likes her too, and because he likes her he thinks she deserves better than being the fourth wife of a District Magistrate.
- Older Than Feudalism: In the Mahabharata, our hero Arjuna marries Princess Draupadi and takes her home to his mother, who (not knowing about the wedding) tells him to share whatever he's brought with him equally amongst his four brothers. They go through with it, resulting in one of the few gender-inverted examples in ancient history.
- Sword Art Online has a special sidestory entitled There is but One Ultimate Way where Asuna and all of Kirito's female friends basically pull him into the Underworld VR realm to share him, so that they all can tell him how they really felt about him and get married.
- At the end of Diane Duane's The Door Into Sunset Herewiss, Freelorn, Segnbora, Sunspark (a fire elemental), Hasai (a dragon), Eftgan, and Eftgan's husband Wyn all enter into a group marriage. Some of them have previously been lovers in either the physical or the metaphysical sense. One of them snarks that it will be a wedding where the partcipants outnumber the spectators.
- The Kane Chronicles has a variation. Sadie Kane has the hots for two guys - Walt and Anubis. At the end of the series, Walt becomes Anubis' host, and Walt/Anubis enters a relationship with Sadie. This also saves Walt from dying of a curse.
- In Aaron Lee Yeager's Kharmic Rebound we end with Gerald being forced to marry all six dangerous and violent girls in order to preserve galactic peace. However, since he has fallen in love with them and they with him by this point, and since most of the girls come from cultures where polyamory is commonplace, only Cha'Rolette voices any serious opposition to this arrangement.
- Happens at the end of M.A.R. Barker's The Man of Gold with Hársan, Eyil, and Tlayesha.
- In Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series, Rand al'Thor is bonded as a warder (i.e. more than married...) to all three of his love interests: Min, Elayne and Avienda. This makes for some awkward sexy times, as all three women can telepathically sense one another. Of course, of all the important male characters (and all the important female characters as well except the three love interests), in the end Rand is the only one who doesn't technically get married by the end of the series.
- Xanth — Variant: The Magician Humphrey was a serial monogamist, but all of his wives meet up with each other in death and strike up an agreement to come Back from the Dead, one each month, in order to spend time with him. They are okay with this because each woman genuinely loves Humphrey in her own way and he's the type of person who's only tolerable in small doses.
- A Song of Ice and Fire:
- While Daenerys hasn't actually used this as a resolution, she has thought about using it.
- Her ancestor Aegon the First did however, although it was a bigamous arrangement with his two sister-queens.
Live Action TV
- In Plain Sight: When a witness is caught out as a bigamist, he seems to want both of his families to merge into one big happy one. The wives and kids do not agree. Pretty much everyone agrees that they don't want to see the dad very much, if at all, but the end of the episode shows the moms letting the kids play together.
- Parodied in a Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch, where due to a series of Accidental Proposals all the men end up marrying the Registrar of Marriages.
Narrator (Terry Jones): (over a black and white picture of the five British Pythons, arm-in-arm-in-arm-in-etc.) Well, things turned out all right in the end. You mustn't ask how, 'cause it's naughty.
- The Scottish folk song "Willie's Gone Awa'" is about Willie saying goodbye to all the ladies at Melville castle before going away. When they start to fight over who he likes best and who will get to marry him when he comes home, he solves the problem by promising to marry everyone.
Mythology and Religion
- According to the Book of Genesis, Jacob works for Laban seven years to marry his beloved Rachel. When the ceremony rolls around, he finds he's married to Leah, her older sister, instead. Laban's solution: you have to work another seven years to get the other girl, too. Not only that, but both women bring their handmaids into it, too: Rachel because she's barren (for a while), and Leah because, well, she's the less favored wife and has to keep up. So Jacob winds up having four "wives" and a total of 13 children.
- Islam allows men to have up to four wives, provided he can afford to care for all of them.
- In Animal Crackers, Spaulding proposes marriage to both Mrs. Rittenhouse and Mrs. Whitehead at once:
Spaulding: What do you say girls? Are we all going to get married?
Mrs. Whitehead: All of us?
Spaulding: All of us.
Mrs. Whitehead: But that's bigamy.
Spaulding: Yes, and it's big o' me too. It's big of all of us. Let's be big for a change. I'm sick of these conventional marriages.
- In Mark Twain's play version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom can't choose between Amy Lawrence and Becky Thatcher and proposes to both of them at once.
- The stage play Up Against It (originally written as a screenplay with The Beatles in mind as the leads) ends with three of the male characters married to the same woman.
- In Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial By Jury, the philandering defendant proposes that it would solve their dilemma if "I marry this lady today / And I'll marry the other tomorrow!" Unfortunately, this is determined to be the crime of "Burglaree."
- In Mass Effect, a renegade Shepard can suggest this as a solution to the Ashley/Liara (if male) or Kaidan/Liara (if female) Love Triangle. The human is not amused, and the game treats it like you chose Liara.
- In the final route of Duel Savior Destiny, which is focused on Creanote , in the epilogue just before Taiga returns from beating up God Crea describes all the other heroines to her son as being Taiga's lovers, much to their surprise. Nobody ever said Avatar exclusively practiced monogamy, did they?
- In Jade Empire, a male player character can successfully complete the romance plots with both Dawn Star and Silk Fox, but the end-of-game texts subvert it; in this situation the character ends up as consort to Silk Fox and Dawn Star apparently goes her own way.
- Parodied in Namco High; while Davesprite keeps teasing the existence of such an ending, it doesn't appear to actually be there.
Davesprite: just means i wont tell you any of the locations of the ten secret easter eggs that when gathered all together unlock the route to the perfect harem ending
the characters all have special outfits for that one
if you know what i mean
Davesprite: haha that oughta keep those suckers busy for a while
- Fire Emblem Fates:
- Brutally Deconstructed in the backstory of the Kingdom of Nohr, showing what would probably be a far more logical (if highly grim) conclusion to this. King Garon was incapable severing ties with a woman he'd once liked, and he ended up with a vast extended family of children from many different women. However, the infighting for his favor didn't result in a very happy home life, and while he once tried to be a good father to all of his children, many of his mistresses murdered one another's kids for political gain. The whole situation more-or-less only sorted itself out once most of his women were dead, and the surviving kids banded together and bonded while arranging matters amongst themselves. It ultimately left him the bitter, paranoid tyrant he is at the start of the story. Or, rather, it provided a convenient cover for Anankos-using-the-already-dead-Garon's-body to neglect and abuse the princes and princesses for its own ends.
- It may (emphasis on may) have been played considerably straighter in the backstory as well, but between King Sumeragi, his first wife Queen Ikona, and his second wife Mikoto. According to Hinoka's supports with the Avatar, Mikoto showed up one day with "a newborn baby"—the Avatar—and married Sumeragi. Problem is, Takumi and Sakura are younger than the Avatar—they couldn't have been born yet, meaning their real mother (Queen Ikona) was still alive at the time. Since Hoshido is modeled after Medieval Japan, where Emperors and highranked noblemen were allowed to have wives and mistresses (plus many capable noblewomen made careers for themselves out of being lovers to powerful men), it's likely that Sumeragi had Ikona as his official consort and Mikoto as a mix of advisor and concubine, and was savvy enough to sire children only with Ikona (plus adopting Mikoto's child) so no in-fighting would be had. As a result, when Ikona died Mikoto married Sumeragi without lots of opposition from the court, and became the official Queen after his murder.
- The sidegame Senran Kagura: Bon Appetit has Katsuragi try and pull this with the nearly-all-female cast. Ikargua's goal is to try and stop her.
- In Nameless the Omega Ending has all five (male) love interests of Eri from all five different Good End timelines appear after Nameless is defeated. Also, the Big Bad may or may not be part of your new reverse harem. It's not entirely clear.
- One pathway in Shojokyuu Kurige No Shiofuki Shoujotachi involves Schoolgirl Lesbian Haruna, getting together will all the girls who've crushed on her plus some others totalling a harem of eight.
- As mentioned above, while the School Days anime does NOT go this route, if the player works for it he or she can potentially get Makoto to score and stay with both Kotonoha and Sekai.
- In Sharin No Kuni if you refuse to enter Sachi or Touka's routes, fail to get enough points with Hinata and finally choose not to reform society with Ririko the girls team up and decide that since none of them could make Kenichi enter a relationship with them, they should just make him follow the path of his father and have multiple lovers. Despite being that sort of game, though, there is no sex scene for this.
- In SHUFFLE!, particularly the original H-Game/Visual Novel, no matter who Rin ends up with, Shin-ou reminds everyone that polygamy is legal in Shinkai.
- In the sequel/expansion Shuffle! Essence+ this is explicitly the basis fot Kareha's ending (Rin agrees to marry both her and her sister Tsubomi) and more specifically Tsubomi's (she refuses to have a relationship with Rin unless he agrees to marry ALL the girls who are in love with him as well).
- Many of the hentai variety will reward the player for getting a happy ending with every girl by making it possible to get an ending where they get all the girls.
- The Yoru route for If My Heart Had Wings actually involves Aoi realising that he can't choose between Asa and Yoru... only for the two of them, being extremely close twin sisters who were both prepared to do an I Want My Beloved to Be Happy, to suggest that he just date them both. Aoi is skeptical at first, let alone everyone else, but the situation goes forward with extremely minimal drama or jealousy.
- Under the Moon features an ending on the secret path in which the heroine ends up with most of the love interests as her Reverse Harem. Many of these boys have intensely jealous personalities, so some narrative contrivance is required to make this happen: namely, the heroine spontaneously masters her tremendous latent magical powers and realizes that all the boys are in love with her… at the same time.
- In Fans!, after much teasing regarding the Veronica, Alisin, and Rumy, the Betty, our Archie, Rikk chooses them both, helped along in no small part by the sexual tension between the two romantic rivals themselves.
- A version of this is the solution for Guenevere's affair with Lancelot in the Space Arc of Arthur, King of Time and Space, and seems to be leading to that in the Modern Arc, especially as it seems Guenevere's second child (named Galahad) is Lancelot's. Confirmed in this The Hero of Three Faces.
- Mob Ties, it is suggested here.
- During the later acts of Homestuck, Jane and Jake go insane as a result of Jane engaging Trickster Mode through Caliborn and Calliope's combined Juju. The two of them are very ecstatic about the idea of a polyamorous relationship with Roxy. For her part, Roxy goes so far as to ask Her Imperious Condescension to put her back in jail to get her away from the two, only to fall to it as well.
- Girl Genius: The Castle repeatedly suggests this as an alternative to Agatha choosing between Gil and Tarvek. And the castle includes harem quarters. It's implied that this might be the default solution to things for the old Heterodynes: the castle also casually mentions that the Master's bedroom "only sleeps six."
- Not a marriage, but in Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs Fry falls for Colleen and moves in with her only to discover that she has four other boyfriends who all live together as one big, happy(ish) family. Fry tries to accept the situation but can't take it for long.
- And of course, the same movie has Yivo marry the entire universe (or at least, its biological inhabitants).
- Parodied and reversed in the Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episode "Trio's Company" which ends with Gigi marrying Harvey, Peanut, Phil, her friends Vince and Terry, and a bear. Of course, Gigi has a habit of flirting/sleeping with every man she comes across… except Harvey.
- Parodied in The Simpsons episode "The Front": An Imagine Spot shows Grandpa Simpson as a Western showgirl, preventing a gunfight between two cowboys by proclaiming, "You can both marry me!"
- In the Tiny Toon Adventures movie "How I Spent My Summer Vacation," Buster and Babs encounter a family of alligators living on a Louisiana plantation. The rotund father explains that all 3 of his (equally corpulent) daughters wish to marry Buster.
Buster: I can't marry all of them! That's bigamy!
Daddy Gator: Naw, son, that's big of ME!