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One True Threesome
aka: OT 3

"Threesomes solve everything. Everything."
Fandom maxim

In any given fandom, if there is any Shipping going on at all, there will usually be a particular couple substantially supported by both the Canon events of the series or story, and the general consensus of the fandom regarding Fanon; even if some parts of the fandom aren't thrilled about the nature of the relationship, it's generally agreed upon that the relationship does exist and cannot be easily ignored. These unbreakable couples are usually (but not always) comprised of The Protagonist and their Love Interest, though they're often seen among villain groups as well. What makes this unique relationship can really only be decided by the individual viewer, and they are called OTP: One True Pairing.

In some cases, there may be a case of love rivals competing for a single love interest, and the fandom is wholly divided over which one most deserves to get the girl or guy, with larger fandoms developing into factions devoted to one relationship over another. Or it may just be a matter of a standard Love Triangle, or a particular corner of a Love Dodecahedron where, because romantic relationships usually consist of exactly two people, one of the competing parties is eventually going to be disappointed. And sometimes, because of Fan Dumb, this can go overboard and cause Ship-to-Ship Combat.

In a display of Take a Third Option, some fans adopt the concept of the OT3: the One True Threesome. It's just like One True Pairing, except there's three characters involved; most often this means the Hero, the Love Interest, and one of their best friends with whom they've had homoerotic subtext at some point. That way everybody's happy, the sex is kinkier, and no matter who's involved, there's always a little homoeroticism happening. It's like Give Peace a Chance, only instead of Peace, it's Three-Way Sex. While these groupings are most often the result of combining two other disputed couples, there are some examples of characters who simply group together in this way without the fandom splitting them into pairs; Power Trios are especially ripe for OT3ing.

See also Type 8 in Triang Relations; while other relationships modeled by that trope may include three characters, the distinction of the OT3 is that all three characters are involved and in some degree of love with each other. On rare occasions it's been proposed as a solution to Type 7, Type 9, or even Type 2 Triang Relations.

Polyamory, naturally, ties in with this (though it can go beyond three). Note that, while not necessarily covered by this exact trope, sometimes fans will go even further and have an OT4, OT5, etc. In-universe subtext goes under Threesome Subtext.

Not under any circumstances to be confused with the most notorious part of the Church of Happyology.


Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!
    • The mildly popular Negi/Nodoka/Yue threesome. Notable in that Nodoka originated the idea herself.
    • There's occasionally support for bringing Negi into the hugely popular Konoka/Setsuna couple.
    • Konoka/Setsuna/Asuna has popped up on occasion.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion fanfiction writers occasionally resolve the Rei and Asuka situation this way. Considering how screwed up the lead character is, this can be both played straight, comical, or horrifying.
  • There is a healthy fandom for Mugen/Fuu/Jin of Samurai Champloo.
  • Sailor Moon
    • Considering that two of the three are canonically lesbians and the three of them raise little Hotaru together, Haruka, Michiru and Setsuna are often shipped as a threesome.
    • With Rei pursuing Mamoru in the first anime, alongside the leader/lancer Les Yay between her and Usagi, the three of them are also shipped together.
    • Any Power Trio of Sailor Senshi.
  • Every possible threesome has been tried by the fandom of Ranma ½, but the most common ones are Ranma/Ryōga/Akane and Ranma/Akane/Ukyō. Ranma being a Gender Bender increases the possibilities.
  • Gundam Wing
    • The flagship OT3 is Heero/Duo/Relena, somewhat rare due to Relena's unpopularity among the rabid Yaoi Fangirls.
    • Don't forget Treize/Zechs/Wufei.
    • And Treize/Zechs/Une. Or Heero/Trowa/Quatre. Or my favorite: Heero/Duo/Hilde. Duo/Trowa/Quatre gets little to no love, sadly.
    • Gundam yuri fans seem to like Relena/Dorothy/Hilde.
  • G Gundam is a kind of silly example. Canon declared Rain and Domon to be the OTP, but the fans much preferred Domon with Allenby. This trope was the result.
  • Naruto
    • Sakura/Naruto/Sasuke was around almost since chapter 1.
    • Ino/Shikamaru/Choji, Kiba/Hinata/Shino, etc. All the teams could be seen as ready made threesomes. There are also people who avoid the pairing wars and ship Sakura/Naruto/Hinata or Ino/Shikamaru/Temari.
    • Let's not forget Naruto/Sasuke/Gaara.
    • And for the yuri shippers, Ino/Sakura/Hinata.
    • Obito/Rin/Kakashi was mildly popular after the team's history was given focus in Kakashi Gaiden. More recent revelations such as Tobi's true identity as Obito and the Moon's Eye Plan largely stemming from Obito seeing Rin die at Kakashi's hands (long story there, but it was actually Rin impaling herself on Kakashi's Lightning Cutter) only seem to have bolstered the threesome's standing among the fandom (assuming the fans aren't going for Obito/Rin alone, which is also on an upturn).
  • The Eyeshield 21 fandom has the Three Hah Brothers and (to a much lesser extent) Hiruma/Musashi/Kurita on Deimon, with occasional other threesomes popping up on the other teams, in particular Shin/Sakuraba/Takami of the Ojo White Knights.
  • Kazuki/Juubei/Toshiki from Get Backers (all guys, by the way—yes, even Kazuki) fit both the "grouped as three anyway" and "ship compromise" aspects.
  • In the Rikkai-centered Prince of Tennis circles, there's Yanagi/Yukimura/Sanada, a popular dōjinshi threesome.
  • Bleach
    • The most popular are Soifon/Yoruichi/Urahara, Rukia/Ichigo/Orihime, Renji/Rukia/Ichigo and/or Ichigo/Orihime/Ishida. Chad/Ichigo/Orihime has started to rise ever since the X-Cution arc in some corners as well.
    • And those are only the saner one, others dwelling in the realm of Crack Pairings. Gems such as Ichigo/Orihime/Grimmjow, Hitsugaya/Matsumoto/Hinamori or Ishida/Nemu/Mayuri (shudders) are probably not even the weirdest one out there.
    • Also Ichigo/Kenpachi/Yachiru, Ichigo/Ulquiorra/Grimmjow, Aizen/Ulquiorra/Grimmjow, Aizen/Ulquiorra/Ichigo, Shinji/Ichigo/Grimmjow, Hitsugaya/Gin/Aizen, and many, many more.
    • Kyoraku/Nanao/Ukitake. You know you love it.
  • Keroro Gunsou: Keroro/Tamama/Mois. There are many other possibilities but those haven't been frequently seen on the internet. Like Natsumi/Koyuki/Giroro could work.
  • kissxsis; the main characters. Also the teacher/Keita/the classmate Or The teacher/her younger sister/Keita
  • Gakuen Alice has quite a handful of Natsume/Mikan/Ruka fans.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia
    • Germany/Italy/Japan (the eponymous Axis Powers), Prussia/Austria/Hungary (the "Frying Pangle"; the middle member can be Austria or Hungary), France/Spain/Prussia ("The Bad Company/Touch Trio"), Prussia/Germany/Italy (the German Potato Sandwich) England/America/Japan ("The Outcast Trio", Greece/Egypt/Turkey, Estonia/Finland/Sweden, Greece/Japan/Turkey, and Belarus/Russia/Lithuania.
    • Pick any three members of the F/A/C/E group (France, America, Canada, England), and it's guaranteed that you'll have a threesome that's gotten its share of fanworks. Some people even just go ahead with making them an OT4.
    • Yuri shippers have Ukraine/Hungary/Liechtenstein, the three girls with the most familiar and friendly interaction between them.
    • America/England/Japan, Japan/China/South Korea, Spain/South Italy/Belgium, Spain/Austria/Hungary, Finland/Sweden/Denmark, Sweden/Denmark/Norway, Japan/Taiwan/Hong Kong, Russia/America/England, Russia/Lithuania/Poland, Belarus/Russia/Ukraine, Russia/China/South Korea... y'know what? Just pick any three characters and odds are more than likely that there willll be at least one work or shipper out there for them all together.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya
    • Kyon/Haruhi/Mikuru and Haruhi/Kyon/Itsuki. It helps that Haruhi is canonically bisexual and Itsuki is...something.
    • Show some Yuki love — Haruhi/Kyon/Yuki! Giving up and just making it a five-way communal relationship is fine, too.
    • While it's debatable if it is really three people or two, Kyon/Mikuru/Adult!Mikuru gets shipped occasionally.
  • Fruits Basket
    • Akito/Kureno/Shigure would be an amusing OT3. But Kyo/Yuki/Tohru could also be made a case for.
    • The true OT3 of Fruits Basket is the Mabudachi Trio - Shigure, Hatori, and Ayame. While this grouping has died down due to a loss of focus in the later volumes, this was one of the strongest threesomes in the fandom and was very obviously helped by Shigure and Ayame playing up the Ho Yay.
    • There's also a slight amount of Les Yay between an OT3 hinted at within the first half or so of the manga between Tohru, Arisa, and Saki. There are several official art pieces of the three, some dialogue within flashback chapters don't exactly dispell it, and they're not at all shy about all sleeping in the same bed.
    • There's a lot of shipping fanfics with Kyo/Yuki/Haru.
  • Soul Eater fandom has been a suspicious rise in Noah/Kid/Gopher... and of course, Soul/Maka/Chrona (or Maka/Soul/Chrona) is amazingly popular, though not to the point of Liz/Kid/Patti. Also, although there isn't as much fanfiction and fan work done on them, Spirit/Stein/Marie is a rather popular little bit of crack in the fandom.
  • Tenchi Muyo! fans who reject the Word of God about the large harem are sometimes more willing to accept Tenchi/Ryoko/Aeka as a simple OT3. Probably because Ryoko and Aeka get way more screen time and more focus on their feelings for Tenchi than any of the others.
  • Xxx HO Li C: Himawari/Watanuki/Doumeki, a Power Trio enforced In-Universe because while Watanuki adores Himawari, Himawari brings bad luck to anyone around her and Doumeki is pretty much the only person who can negate that "ability".
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • Fate/Nanoha/Hayate, of course, which only got more popular after the second movie gave more focus to the relationship between the three of them.
    • OT7: Hayate, the Volkenritter, Reinforce and Agito. This may be canon, but as usual, the Yagami Family dynamics aren't shown onscreen.
    • Fate/Nanoha/Yuuno is rare, and usually only proposed to end the eternal Ship-to-Ship Combat between Nanoha/Fate and Nanoha/Yuuno, but it's there.
  • Ichino Yanagida/Akari Kanzaki/Kris Kristopher from Battle Athletes Victory is one of the earliest entirely yuri bit of OT3 shipping.
  • Magic Knight Rayearth has Hikaru/Umi/Fuu of the Power Trio variety, and then Hikaru/Lantis/Eagle later on, with a bonus of the latter implied to be canon.
  • Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl: Tomari/Hazumu/Yasuna, although the show itself did some Ship Sinking for that one. And the manga went for "Choose or die!".
  • Some notable Yu-Gi-Oh! examples include Yami/Anzu/Yugi from DM, Jack/Yusei/Crow from 5Ds, Kaito/Yuma/Ryoga from Zexal, and the strange love triangle of Yubel/Judai/Johan, which gained popularity in the second half of Season 3 of GX.
  • School Rumble: Eri/Harima/Yakumo, anyone? Shippers in favor are known as the Kids Meal Faction.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler:
    • Or Hayate/Maria / Nagi, or Hayate/Hinagiku/Nagi. Because Hayate needs someone else to keep Nagi in line.
    • Except for Hayate's 'Not-a-lolicon' comments, Hayate/Nagi/Isumi could also follow that, given that Nagi and Isumi made a Childhood Marriage Promise.
    • Given some comments and a flashback or two from the Greece Arc, Hinagiku/Hayate/Athena could be shipped if one felt so inclined. This is made easier due to Hinagiku and Athena both liking Hayate, Athena being his ex-girlfriend (with some feelings left on both sides) and Hinagiku having a mutual crush with him that the entire cast can see, and both girls having a close friendship with some Les Yay tones to it. Still not likely to happen in Canon but pretty well set up for any fans who wanted to ship them together.
  • Pokémon:
    • Thanks to its infamous shipping community, has Ash/Misty/Brock, Ash/Gary/Misty, Ash/Pikachu/Misty, Ash/May/Misty, Ash/May/Brock, Ash/May/Drew, Ash/May/Dawn, Ash/Dawn/Brock...
    • Lucy/Brock/Holly. They all deserve to be happy.
    • A good portion of the fanbase basically forgets Pikachu exists altogether if he's not actively being shipped (because he gets in the way of the OMG passion). The better writers realize that any OTP involving Ash is inherently an OT3 with Pikachu to at least some degree since he's sort of a permanent fixture in Ash's life. They will play this up for all it's worth.
    • In Pokémon Special any region's Power Trio (or quartet in RGBY's case) will inevitably be OT3'd but special mention goes to the DPP crew (Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum) who are basically a canon OT3, being inseparable for most of their adventure and discovering just how hard it is to be separated in a powerful Tearjerker. Their story ends with all three of them basically being parents for two baby Pokemon.
  • D.Gray-Man fans and their Allen/Kanda/Lavi, their Lenalee/Allen/Lavi, their Kanda/Lenalee/Lavi, their Lavi/Allen/Kanda, or their Tyki/Allen/Lavi, or Tyki/Allen/Kanda, or their Lenalee/Allen/Miranda. Heck, there's even a very popular OT4 pairing of Kanda/Lavi/Allen/Lenalee... which is actually kind of supported in the Kuro no Bansankai Drama CD. It pretty much consists of Allen, Kanda, and Lavi being tricked into getting absolutely drunk and answering questions about their true feelings about Lenalee (with them whining about what troubles them about her, and what they like about her), which ends with them summarizing that they all like her. And with the way that they all seemed very amiable and non-possessive about it, a foursome doesn't seem entirely out of the question...
  • Schneider/Wakabayashi/Kaltz, Hyuga/Tsubasa/Sanae and Misaki/Tsubasa/Sanae are shipped once in a while in the Captain Tsubasa fandom.
  • Love Hina: Despite Keitarou/Naru/Mutsumi being all but canon (see Threesome Subtext), Naru/Keitarou/Motoko is very popular among the OT3 shippers.
  • Mai-HiME fandom tends to gravitate heavily toward Shizuru/Natsuki/Nao, but there are also a good deal of supporters of the main Power Trio of Natsuki/Mai/Mikoto. Those who are less fixated on the Girls Love and Die for Our Ship have been known to upgrade Mai/Mikoto/Yuuichi into a full-fledged threesome as well. The manga seemed to suggest Natsuki/Mai/Yuichi, with Mikoto and Shizuru both Out of Focus.
  • X1999
    • Fuuma/Kamui/Kotori, what with Kamui constantly reiterating that Fuuma and Kotori are/were his most important people and Subaru and Sorata outright stating Kamui loved them both equally, the three characters' obvious devotion to each-other (on Fuuma's part at least before his supernaturally induced Face-Heel Turn and Fuuma and Kotori's obvious romantic/sexual feelings for Kamui. There's the small issue of Fuuma and Kotori being full-blood siblings... not that this has ever stops anybody. (And some try to bypass it via making Kamui the vortex and not going beyond that)
    • There's a small following for Kamui/Sorata/Arashi, what with Sorata being genuinely devoted to Arashi but also getting kinda flirty with Kamui early on...
  • Canaan: Alphard/Maria/Canaan. Admit it, it has crossed your mind.
  • Code Geass
    • Lelouch/Suzaku/CC and/or Lelouch/CC/Kallen. There's also some Suzaku/Euphemia/Lelouch, which makes sense given that was almost a Love Triangle and that Suzaku and Lelouch have had Foe Yay ever since the start.
    • You're behind the times. The addition of Kaguya gives us a character who approves of a Lelouch orgy, starting with C.C./Lelouch/Kallen/Kaguya, and doesn't exceed that only because she hasn't met Shirley or the bicurious Milly.
  • Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
    • There's a rather lot of Gokudera/Tsuna/Yamamoto and a lot of Hibari/Tsuna/Mukuro, too.
    • Also noteworthy: Mukuro/Dino/Hibari, Byakuran/Mukuro/Tsuna, Hibari/Squalo/Yamamoto, Yamamoto/Dino/Hibari, Yamamoto/Gokudera/Hibari.
  • Keiichi/Mion/Shion are a favorite OT3 of the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni fandom. Or Keiichi/Rena/Mion. Or even Keiichi/Rika/Satoko for that matter. Without Keiichi, there is Mion/Shion/X or Mion/Rena/X. On the Toy Ship front, there's Rika/Satoko/Hanyuu.
  • Full Metal Panic!
    • Kaname/Sousuke/Tessa are a rather popular OT3, as well as Kaname/Sousuke/Nami. And yes, even an OT4 of Gauron/Sousuke/Xia Yu Fan/Xia Yu Lan.
    • There are fans of Kurz/Mao/Sousuke. It probably doesn't help that both Kurz and Mao have flirted with Sousuke on more than one occasion. Or that Mao has been shown to play between the two of them (with both Kurz and Sousuke separately blushing at her "heartfelt" words).
    • Mao has quite a bit of Les Yay with Tessa; as the resident Lovable Sex Maniac, it's hard to imagine Kurz objecting to a threeway, especially with his adorable captain.
  • Bakemonogatari
    • Koyomi/Senjougahara/Kanbaru is teased a little, and actually makes sense if you think about it. Yes, Senjougahara is in the middle (oddly, she might be the only one against it).
    • As of episode 14, you can probably add Hanekawa to the mix, this time with Koyomi as the vortex.
  • Ouran High School Host Club
    • There are a few fanfics with an OT7!! featuring all 7 main characters. More common than the OT7 is an OT5, excluding Mori and Hunny. The rationale is usually Shotacon-related Squick that leads to not wanting to ship Hunny with anybody... and Mori would never involve himself in anything without Hunny.
    • Haruhi/Hitachiin Twins is a quite fairly popular OT3 ship.
    • Twins/anybody is are fairly popular OT3 ships. It's not uncommon to find Kyouya or Tamaki in the third slot.
    • Kyouya/Tamaki/Haruhi, and at least based on the show, this one is perhaps the closest to being supported.
  • The Dinosaur King anime's Power Trio of Max, Rex, and Zoe seem to be a ready-made OT3. It helps that Zoe tried to kiss Max in episode 58 and kissed Rex in episode 79.
  • Tomo/Kagura/Osaka from Azumanga Daioh has gained some popularity.
  • Black Lagoon
    • Rock and Revy are obviously in love, even though they don't want to admit it. Revy and Eda are extremely close friends, and probably the only person that the other truely trusts. Eda has also been known to flirt with Rock. Rock/Revy/Eda was inevitable.
    • Rotton/Sawyer/Shenhua, who canonly cohabitate and spend all their time together.
  • Rare in Death Note fic, mainly because most conceivable combinations would involve a female somewhere (and Het is VERY MUCH Ew in this fandom). Nonetheless, among the less het-averse sections of the fandom can be found Mello-Near-Halle, Light-L-Misa, Light-Misa-Takada, Light-Mikami-Misa and Light-Mikami-Takada advocates, L-Light-Matsuda, and you'll occasionally see Ryuk-Light-L, and some Misa-Sayu-Matsuda (considering older!Sayu's fangirling of Misa as well as Matsuda's crush on her) while some rare Melloshippers throw Mello-Matt-Near together. There's also Beyond-L-Naomi, Beyond-L-Light, and L-Light-Mikami. Light-Misa-Sayu has been shipped as well, but not seriously.
  • Durarara!!
    • The Power Trio Kida/Anri/Mikado is a big OT3. Especially because of each of them is some sort of "gang" leader, which also kinda makes them enemies, ergo, unintended Foe Yay.
    • Walker/Erika/Kadota. It helps that Walker and Erika both explicitly ship it, though they seem to disagree of which of them would be the vortex.
    • Erika declares Shizuo/Kadota/Izaya to be her OT3 in a side story.
    • Celty/Shinra/Shizuo seems to have a presence in the fandom as well.
    • Izaya/All Of Humanity/Saika.
    • From the novels, we have Mairu/Aoba/Kururi.
    • Izaya/Mikado/Shizuo is also surprisingly very popular given the little interaction Mikado and Shizuo have.
  • Hellsing
    • Integra/Alucard/Seras is thought by some to be an excellent way of avoiding Ship-to-Ship Combat... though only in the TV series.
    • OTOH, in the Manga Seras has Pip Bernadotte... but considering how it went, both of them are in a symbiotic relationship after his Heroic Sacrifice for her, so turns any pairing with Seras (or Pip) in an OT3 automatically.
    • Anderson/Integra/Alucard was a popular one a few years ago.
  • WORKING!!: Kyoko/Yachiyo/Jun makes for much less angsty fics.
  • Alice/Oz/Gilbert in Pandora Hearts''. Alternatively Oz/Elliot/Leo.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
    • The niche ship Greed/Ling/Lan Fan, though this is less because Ling/Lan Fan shippers and Greed/Lan Fan shippers can't settle their disputes any other way and more because it actually works. The fact that Ling and Greed share a body also helps.
    • Ed/Winry/Al, despite the possible incest squick. This is mostly because when Ed and Winry become an official couple many feel bad for Al or get the sense that he's 'left out'; another reason is because Ed and Al argued over who would marry Winry when they were kids.
  • Peach Girl has had several of these pop up, the most common being Kairi/Momo/Toji. Kairi/Ryo/Sae is less common, but not as obscure as you'd think.
  • InuYasha has spawned several different combinations including InuYasha/Kagome/Kouga, InuYasha/Kagome/Sesshomaru, and InuYasha/Kagome/Kikyo as well as various others (the latter to resolve one of the most bizarre Love Triangles in manga history, given that two of the participants are technically the same person).
  • Peacemaker Kurogane
    • Tetsu/Saya/Suzu is set up as a Toy Ship example.
    • Nagakura/Harada/Todo appears quite often as well. They're refereed to as the Three Jokers and are usually seen together.
  • Being based on a dating game, Hakuōki sees a lot of this. Okita/Chizuru/Heisuke has extensive official artwork of the three together. The most popular threesome is probably Okita/Chizuru/Saitou. Though... anyone up for some Okita/Saitou/Hijikata?
  • Dr. Kenzo Tenma, Johan Liebert and Nina Fortner in Monster, despite (or maybe because) of the Twincest angle. Or alternatively, Kenzo with Eva Heinemann and Roberto. Or Kenzo/Roberto/Heinrich Runge.
  • In Oh My Goddess!' fandom, OT3s are usually Keiichi and Belldandy finally solidifying their love, and looking to share. Common thirds are Urd (who helped bring the two together), Peorth, and Sayoko (who have Ship Teased with Keii). More common, though, is Bell/Urd/Skuld.
  • Infinite Stratos has the mildly popular Ichika/Charlotte/Laura threesome. Notable since there are a few hints that it could be possible in canon; Charlotte and Laura are good friends, and Charlotte has been pushing Laura to get closer to Ichika.
  • Dragon Ball
    • An OT3 that's become a bit more popular is Android 17/Krillin/Android 18.
    • Goten/Trunks/Marron is slowly gaining followers among those who can't imagine the two men not being together but can see them with women as well. Marron is sometimes paired up in an OT3 with Pan and Bra as well, though it doesn't seem as common as pairing her with Goten and Trunks.
    • Lately I've been seeing a lot of Future Trunks/Goten/Present-timeline Trunks.
    • The DBZ Kink meme has quite a bit of Bulma/Vegeta/Yamcha.
  • Despite the incest-y squick, a small part of the Mawaru-Penguindrum fandom is starting to get behind the idea of Shouma/Kanba/Himari. Two or three more throw Ringo in as well.
  • Fans of the Mazinger trilogy (Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger, UFO Robo Grendizer) consider Kouji/Sayaka/Maria is a solution to the most important Love Triangle in the series (nobody seems considering Kouji/Sayaka/Boss or Tetsuya/Jun/Boss, nevertheless. Poor Boss). It is lampshaded in this Super Robot Wars Yonkoma.
  • The fandom of Vampire Knight is mostly divided between Kaname fans, who ship Kaname and Yuuki, and Zero fans, who ship Zero and Yuuki. Then there are the ones who say this whole problem could be conceivably solved with a large enough bed...
  • It's not hard to imagine a Ryuuji/Taiga/Kushieda relationship in Toradora!, since both male/female pairs in the trio have unambiguous mutual attractions, and Taiga/Kushieda are about as close to Schoolgirl Lesbians as you can get without it actually being canonical.
  • Hidamari Sketch: Hiro/Sae/Natsume. Miyako/Yuno/Arisawa.
  • Yuru-Yuri: Yui/Kyouko/Ayano.
  • Yuyushiki: Yuzuki/Yui/Yukari. It's an event horizon between canon and fanon.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Take your pick: Mami/Madoka/Homura, Mami/Kyouko/Sayaka, or Sayaka/Madoka/Homura. The end of The Different Story outright teases Mami/Kyouko/Sayaka (at the very least they would make a nice Ship Mate to Madoka/Homura).
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt: Brief/Panty/Stocking. There are a few fanarts where Panty and Stocking sensually tease or even flirt with Brief.
  • Being a harem and all, High School Dx D does have a popular OT 3 in the form of Issei/Rias/Akeno.
  • Digimon boasts several examples, consisting mainly of each season's Power Trio: Tai/Sora/Matt, Mimi/Izzy/Joe, Davis/Ken/Yolei, Davis/Kari/TK, Rika/Takato/Henry, Takuya/Koji/Zoe, Marcus/Yoshino/Thomas, Taiki/Nene/Kiriha... The list goes on.
  • Attack on Titan has Eren/Mikasa/Armin (the main trio), Bertolt/Reiner/Annie (the Titan trio), and Erwen/Levi/Eren (for those who couldn't decide between Eren/Levi or Erwen/Levi).
  • Some Free! fans fight bitterly over whether Haruka should be paired with Makoto or Rin. Others opt for the dolphin sandwich. Still more stack Nagisa and Rei on the pile to make an OT5.
  • In Kill la Kill two of the primary ships since episode one have been Ryuko/Mako and Ryuko/Satsuki, so naturally some people starting shipping all three together. The few interactions Satsuki had with Mako has her treated considerably better than the other no-star students or even one-star students, and episode 22 has plenty of fuel. The finale ups the ante and has the three go on a date after everything is over.

    Card Games 
  • Harpie Lady Sisters, Queen's/King's/Jack's Knight, Dark Magician/Dark Magician Girl/Dark Magician of Chaos (feel free to substitute with other magicians), pretty much anything remotely human in Yu-Gi-Oh! that comes in threes.

    Comics 
  • Archie/Betty/Veronica, of course, seeing as it would be the ultimate happy ending to one of the longest-running dilemmas in comic book history.
  • Danny Rand/Misty Knight/Luke Cage. They're very close, Danny/Misty is canon, and when Luke had a baby, he named her after Daniel. Aww.
    • Danny Rand/Jessica Jones/Luke Cage seems to be pretty popular as well.
    • Some people have all four together, Sometimes with Colleen Wing coming for a visit.
  • There are three potential Threesomes that revolve around the Barbara Gordon/Richard Grayson relationship. Starfire-Nightwing-Oracle covers the Love Triangle that revolves around Grayson, Oracle-Black Canary-Nightwing covers the Triangle that revolves around Gordon, and there are several possibilites that involve Nightwing and Batman that veer off into bizarre fan theories.
    • Barbara gets a couple more in from fans who enjoy her brief flirtations with the second Blue Beetle, Ted Kord— Black Canary-Oracle-Blue Beetle and Oracle- Blue Beetle - Booster Gold.
  • Teen Titans
    • Tim/Bart/Kon. A very popular ship, especially given Young Justice. (Id + Ego + Superego = they belong together!)
    • When the world was a better place, Steph/Tim/Cass was a fan favorite. The memory lives on in old fanfiction.
  • Daredevil/Spider-Man/MJ turns up every once in a while. On rarer occasions Tony Stark / Steve Rogers / Thor or Tony/Steve/Pepper Potts or the "Cold Irony" ship (Tony/Steve/Tony's Sentient Armor, because Iron + Tony = "Irony" and Steve was frozen). Or just really Tony/Steve/? (there have been Spider-Man, War Machine or Jan Van Dyne in the "?" place).
    • And of course, there's the fandom of Spidey/MJ/Black Cat or Spidey/MJ/Gwen... and sometimes MJ/Gwen/Black Cat
    • Weirdly enough, Ultimate Spider-Man implies that Gwen was trying to initiate this, since in a line, she mentions that she crushes more on MJ than on Peter.
    • Steve/Bucky/Black Widow, Steve/Bucky/Hawkeye, Bucky/Falcon/Black Widow, Bucky/Steve/Namor...
  • Cosmic Boy/Lightning Lad/Saturn Girl from Legion of Super-Heroes, given the closeness of the trio in canon. Ultra Boy/Apparition/Timber Wolf from the post-Zero Hour Legion isn't too beyond the pale, either.
    • From the cartoon, we have Superman/Brainiac 5/Kell-El.
  • Really weirdly, the Watchmen fandom has taken a liking to Laurie/Dan/Rorschach. It would only be possible in an AU. Fandom has happily provided the AUs. Fits the "canon couple (Dan/Laurie) + subtexty partnership (Dan/Rorschach)" type.
  • Strangers in Paradise has the wildly popular fan pairing Katchoo-Francine-David, though canon is a lot more complicated; see Polyamory.
  • Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine is a popular Fanon resolution to that particular Flame Bait of a triangle. Of course, Cyclops/Jean Grey/Emma Frost is popular too. Magneto/Rogue/Gambit is almost official from Rogue's side.
  • There's considerable love for Bruce/Clark/Lois in fanfic as a way to resolve the opposing pulls of a popular Official Couple and a popular Ho Yay target, sometimes expanded to an OT4 of Bruce/Selina/Clark/Lois.
    • The crackier Clark/Lois/Metropolis. (Which is sort of canon, as Lois once commented that she's much more jealous of the city than of the scantily-clad superheroines Supes hangs out with.)
    • The Big Three, Clark/Bruce/Diana. In Mark Waid's "The Kingdom" miniseries, the Kingdom Come versions of Clark and Diana have a son with Bruce as the godfather - and the grown-up kid refers to them as his three parents. An AU featured in Trinity just had the three of them get married, basically.
    • Catwoman/Ivy/Harley (see especially Gotham City Sirens), Catwoman/Ivy/Batgirl, Ivy/Harley/Batgirl, and Joker/Harley/Ivy (which is, at the very least, a canonical Love Triangle).
  • In the Young Avengers fandom, Patriot/Hawkeye/Speed turns up with some regularity.
  • In Spirou and Fantasio, the Ho Yay between the titular characters is rounded out by Seccotine's semi-canon relationship with Spirou and her Foe Yay with Fantasio.
  • Jason/Roy/Kori was part of what was the first wave of fanart for Red Hood and the Outlaws. After the title had ONLY been announced. And after issue one, in which Starfire has sex with Roy, and Jason states he'd "been with" her. In what might be a conscious rejection of the trope (and/or a retcon), issue six reveals this to have been spending the entire night talking with her. Which hasn't stopped the fanart at all.
  • Some Runaways fans like Nico/Karolina/Xavin. The possibility was even brought up in the comic, when Xavin impersonated Nico and tried to seduce Karolina, but Karolina was too weirded out for anything to come of it.

    Fan Fic 

    Films - Animated 
  • Frozen fans who ship Anna/Elsa but don't want to break up Anna/Kristoff go for Kristoff/Anna/Elsa, so everyone's happy (especially Anna).
  • In Corpse Bride, Victor ends up learning to love Emily enough to want to join her in the Afterlife after believing his chances with Victoria are over. And Emily loves Victor enough to step aside and push him back to Victoria (who dearly loved Victor to begin with). ...Oh well, there's always the Afterlife.
  • In Toy Story 3 after Bo Peep got Put on a Bus, Woody/Buzz/Jessie became quite popular. It was implied to be canon in "Spanish Mode". Woody/Bo/Buzz/Jessie has also picked up in popularity.

    Films - Live Action 
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
    • Jack Sparrow/Will Turner/Elizabeth Swann. It helped that the Ho Yay was... only just subtext.
    • Between the first and second movie, James Norrington was often thrown in to make it an OT4.
  • Star Trek
    • Kirk/Spock/Uhura. McCoy often becomes a part of this arrangment too.
    • Supported by Paul Gadzikowky starting here.
    • Star Trek Into Darkness adds more fuel, marketing them as the main Power Trio. In the 2009 movie, Kirk's interaction with Uhura consisted of her clearly rebuffing his attempts to hit on her. Now they're on decent enough terms to discuss her relationship with Spock, and one scene is described elsewhere on this wiki as "a three-way lover's spat".
    • The sequel resulted in a lot of threesomes involving John Harrison aka Khan, mostly John/Kirk/Spock.
  • Star Wars
    • Obi-Wan/Anakin/Padme, totally. The Novelization of Revenge of the Sith almost makes it canon, with Palpatine explicitly stating that Anakin's choice isn't between the Jedi and the Sith, but whether or not he loves Padme more than Obi-Wan.
    • Luke/Han/Leia, before... you know. Though that hasn't stopped a lot of fans from continuing to ship that particular OT3.
  • Since the Holmes/Watson/Mary love triangle is pretty much canon in Sherlock Holmes, it's no surprise some fans have taken to OT3ing them. The three of them do seem quite cozily domestic with each other in that last scene... Irene is sometimes added to the mix as well.
  • Inception
    • Arthur/Ariadne/Eames is quite popular. As is Arthur/Ariadne/Cobb.
    • Cobb/Mal/anyone isn't the most popular combination, but it makes a lot of sense, metaphorically speaking, as Mal exists only inside Cobb's head at this point.
  • The Avengers
    • Having unexpectedly copious amounts of Tony Stark/Bruce Banner Ho Yay, along with expectedly copious amounts of Steve Rogers/Tony Stark Ho Yay, some fans have resolved this with an OT3 that's worth it for the Portmanteau Couple Name alone: Stark Spangled Banner.
    • Similarly, those wanting to run with the Steve/Tony Ho Yay but not wanting to break up Tony/Pepper go with Pepper/Steve/Tony and those who want Tony/Bruce go with Tony/Bruce/Pepper.
    • With the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, this expanded to include any combination of the foursome Steve/Bucky/Sam/Natasha, and any variant combinations with the pairings above.
    • Others solve the problem by the simple expedient of letting the entire cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have a wild orgy.
  • Flynn/Lora/Alan is a Running Gag in TRON fandom, backed up by the fact Lora dated Flynn before marrying Alan. However, few are actually brave enough to write it.
  • Sky High has a surprising amount of Will/Layla/Warren fics, given the amount of Die for Our Ship going on in the fandom.
  • In Skyfall James Bond seduces Severine, the villain's kept woman. The villain Silva, who is obviously a fan of Foe Yay, caresses Bond while he has him tied to a chair. Later, when Severine enters the picture again, Silva greets her by saying, "Darling, your lovers are here." This has led to not a few fics positing a ménage à trois in the event of Bond joining or being forced to stay with Silva.

    Literature 
  • Harry Potter
    • Harry/Ron/Hermione, obviously.
    • Harry/Ginny/Luna seems popular in fanfic.
    • As does Harry/Ginny/Hermione.
    • Or Hermione/Ginny/Luna.
    • James and Lily, being kind of important as a couple, are often paired with Lupin, Severus, or Sirius depending on the author's favorite Seventies era student. James/Sirius/Lupin gets some love.
    • Remus/Sirius/Tonks, with the added bonus that Sirius and Tonks are cousins.
    • Lunar Harmony (Harry/Hermione/Luna) has a relatively small but dedicated fanbase.
    • Hermione/Draco/Blaise has become mildly popular in smutfics.
    • Hermione/Snape/Lucius seems to become more popular by the day for those who like older men. As have Bellatrix/Lucius/Narcissa and Katie/Alicia/Angelina.
    • Harry/Hermionie/Draco combines three of the most popular ships (Harry/Hermionie, Drarry, Dramionie)
  • The Lord of the Rings
    • There's Arwen/Aragorn/Boromir.
    • Or Arwen/Aragorn/Éowyn. Throw Faramir in the mess for extra points.
    • Don't forget Éomer/Aragorn/Faramir!
    • Or Legolas/Aragorn/Arwen, or even Aragorn/Arwen/Frodo.
    • Legolas/Aragorn/Éomer, Aragorn/Faramir/Boromir and OT4 Sam/Frodo/Merry/Pippin.
    • Rosie/Sam/Frodo isn't as popular, probably because Rosie barely appears in either the books or movies, but it's out there. Considering that Rosie and Sam kept taking care of Frodo after they got married, this one works really nicely.
  • For The Chronicles of Narnia, Peter/Susan/Caspian and Edmund/Lucy/Caspian are fairly popular, particularly because of the movies. There is also Susan/Caspian/Lucy, although it's rarer.
  • Guenevere/Arthur/Lancelot in The Fionavar Tapestry and probably plenty of others.
  • Warrior Cats just asks for these with its Love Dodecahedron nature. Firestar/Sandstorm/Spottedleaf, Crowfeather/Feathertail/Leafpool, Squirrelflight/Ashfur/Brambleclaw, and Graystripe/Silverstream all solve a lot of problems. This is made even better when you take into account that some cats have had three love interests, thus creating the OT4s Firestar/Spottedleaf/Cinderpelt/Sandstorm, Squirrelflight/Ashfur/Brambleclaw/Stormfur, and Crowfeather/Feathertail/Leafpool/Nightcloud.
  • Laurence/Granby/Tharkay in the Temeraire series is becoming quite popular.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire
    • Theon/Jon/Robb (abbrev: THEJOBB) seems to be popular.
    • Jon/Tyrion/Dany has its followers, and is not too unlikely, considering that as a Targaryen Queen, Dany would likely be allowed to take multiple husbands.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians
    • Percy/Nico/Annabeth is gaining speed in the fandom.
    • Depending how it's viewed, the end solution to the Anubis/Sadie/Walt triangle could be considered a canon version of this.
  • Water for Elephants: August/Marlena/Jacob definitely has some appeal. This will really take off once the movie comes out, since it stars Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz and Reese Witherspoon. Curiously similar to Sophie's Choice, since both older males have volatile tempers due to mental health problems, both younger men are sort of 'adopted' into an established marriage and both younger men end up sleeping with the woman.
  • Twilight
    • Obviously enough, Edward/Jacob/Bella. Even in the first book, there's Ho Yay between Edward and Jacob. Then Breaking Dawn gave us Edward telling Bella she could have as many kids as she wanted with Jacob.
    • The relatively popular Alice/Bella/Edward, Alice/Edward/Jasper and Edward/Bella/Carlisle.
    • It’s weird that there isn’t more Edward/Bella/Rosalie, given that Carlisle and Esme initially hoped to set Edward up with her, and the way Rosalie and Bella get quite close in Breaking Dawn.
    • From the wolves the most popular ones are Jacob/Embry/Quil and Jacob/Seth/Leah.
  • The Star Wars Expanded Universe gives us Jaina/Zekk/Jag, which almost became canon in the Dark Nest Trilogy. Ben/Taryn/Trista (hinted at), Zekk/Taryn/Trista (also hinted at), Ben/Jacen/Tahiri (we could ship...on Ship!), Luke/Corran/Mirax (Luke even hinted as such in I, Jedi.), Luke/Corran/Mara (more Stackpole subtext, which is not very subtextual unless it's Ho Yay but a lot more subtextual than his spiritual heir Troy Denning), Ahsoka/a clone/another clone.
  • In Deltora Quest there’s Lief/Barda/Jasmine
  • Very nearly canon in The Lions of Al-Rassan with Ammar/Jehane/Rodrigo.
  • It might well have solved some fairly major problems if the setting of Gone with the Wind had been one in which an Ashley/Melanie/Scarlett One True Threesome had been a possible option.
  • The GONE series has the ''Devils trinity'' which consists of Drake/Caine/Diana. This ship is popular, mainly because these three characters have many conflicting (and popular) ships, like ''Cake'' (Drake/Caine), ''Caina'' (Caine/Diana, actually canon) and ''Driana'' (Drake/Diana).
  • In Les Misérables fandom, there is the technically canon threesome of Joly/Musichetta/Bossuet, and in some fanfics the main love triangle is solved by shipping Cosette/Marius/Eponine.
  • In Further Tales of the City, Anna Madrigal jokes that Mary Ann, Brian, and Michael are her favorite couple. The trio really don't mind this notion at all.

    Live Action TV 
  • Audrey/Duke/Nathan in Haven.
  • Zoe/Mal/Wash in Firefly.
    • Simon/Kaylee/Jayne, and occasionally Simon/River/Kaylee or Simon/Inara/Kaylee.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Doctor (usually 9)/Rose/Jack Harkness. This came as close to canon as possible for a kids' show: Jack and Rose are both in love with the Doctor, Jack and Rose also fancy each other, the Doctor loves Rose (but Cannot Spit It Out and never states whether it's romantic love or something else) and merrily flirts with Jack, and all three pairings get romantic and sweet kissing scenes. Jack in particular just flat-out ships himself with the other two.
    • Doctor/Master/Rani got some Foe Yay in "Mark of the Rani", though they don't get much support in comparison to the ever-popular Doctor/Master.
    • Two/Jamie/Zoe, as seen here; three characters, one hairdo. There's an RL platonic element to this one. The three actors were quite close and, according to Frazer Hines, even made some of the other actors jealous on the set of "The Five Doctors". Hines also stated that none of the constant hugging was scripted — it just came natural.
    • Eleven/Amy/Rory (as pictured above) is a bit of a variation. Rory is completely Amy-sexual, Amy is in love with Rory but obsessed with the Doctor and wants to fit them both into her love life somehow, and the Doctor consciously represses his attraction to Amy (cf. "Amy's Choice"), but quickly grows to really like Rory with heaps and heaps of Ho Yay. Fandom seems to have embraced it big time. their idea of a honeymoon is to run off with the Doctor in the TARDIS, And they look gorgeous. Though after Amy and Rory were revealed to be the Doctor's mother- and father-in-law, this was largely abandoned... until Eleven (being Eleven) decided that this was in no way a reason to stop randomly snogging Rory.
    • Five/Tegan/Turlough and Five/Tegan/Nyssa. Five/Adric/Nyssa/Tegan could almost be an OT4 (as well as picking any three of them to make an OT3).
    • Ten/Rose/Handy (Handy here being the fan nickname for 10.5, the duplicate Doctor that grew from the Doctor's severed hand. Long story. Really long story.) Some people don't think it's quite fair that Rose should have to choose one of them and leave the other pining for her until the end of his days. Or something equally dramatic.
    • Quite a few people seem to like Barbara/lan/Susan.
    • It's pretty much a grab bag with Torchwood, as Everyone Is Bi.
  • House
    • While it might be slightly abusive, fucked up and Wilson/Cuddy tend to also act like House's parents, House/Wilson/Cuddy is still a firm favourite in the fandom.
    • Until Amber's death, more than a few fans were getting into Amber/Wilson/House as well.
    • There is no shortage of House/Wilson/Stacy, Chase/Cameron/Thirteen, and Chase/Foreman/Thirteen.
  • Despite more than a few common non-romantic trios throughout the years, OT3 shipping really didn't hit its stride in Power Rangers until Dino Thunder, in which some fans started trying to pair Conner/Kira/Ethan. Though before tat, Wes/Jen/Eric was pretty popular.
  • In Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, we had Tommy/Kim/Kat, and Jason/Tommy/Kim. Just Tommy in general.
  • Heroes
  • Bernard/Fran/Manny in Black Books. Three co-dependent friends, both of the guys being quite confused about their sexuality but usually too drunk to care, and most of the plot revolving around extreme boredom. The fanfic writes itself.
  • Chuck/Sarah/Casey.
  • Star Trek has Uhura/Sulu/Chekov. And Kirk / Spock / McCoy!
  • Star Trek: Voyager
    • Paris/Kim/Torres.
    • Seven/Janeway/Chakotay takes the sexual tension established between Janeway and Chakotay throughout the series, takes the mentor/student (or mother/daughter) dynamic between Seven and Janeway to the next level, and reluctantly lets in the out-of-left-field pairing of Seven and Chakotay we had tacked on to the last episode of the series.
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine gives us Bashir/O'Brien/Keiko, Bashir/O'Brien/Garak and Jadzia/Kira/Sisko.
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Canon included O'Brien/Keiko/Kira, when Kira literally bore Kieko & O'Brien's baby.
    • The most popular ones in Star Trek: Enterprise are Archer/Trip/T’Pol and Archer/Trip/Malcolm.
    • For Star Trek: The Next Generation, there’s probably some Worf/Riker/Deanna and Tasha/Geordi/Data out there.
  • In M*A*S*H fanfics, Hawkeye/BJ/Peg is the most popular OT3 with Trapper/Hawkeye/Margaret a close second.
  • iCarly has Carly/Sam/Freddie aka Creddiam. Freddie/Sam/Spencer is another pretty popular one.
  • Victorious has Cat/Tori/Jade, aka Catorade as it's most popular OT3.
  • Michael/Fiona/Sam, Burn Notice.
  • Will Scarlett, Djaq and Allan-a-Dale from the 2006 version of Robin Hood.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • Marshall/Lily/Barney: This is a blooper. Don't worry, you didn't miss an episode. And Ted/Lily/Marshall, Ted/Barney/Marshall, and Ted/Robin/Barney seem to have their followers as well.
    • Marshall/Lily/Robin is popular, especially given Lily's admission that she's had sexual dreams about Robin and their pretty enthusiastic kiss.
    • Barney with all the girls, because he's Barney.
    • All five of them have such unbelievable chemistry with each other that some people outright ship the group as an OT5.
  • The Top Gear fandom has a lot of OT3 fic. Sometimes the third party is a car.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • Despite the massive Ship-to-Ship Combat, some fans are followers of Angel/Buffy/Spike. This is acknowledged in one Joss Whedon-written issue of the canonical Buffy Season 8 comic book, where it is revealed that Buffy's sexual fantasy is a threesome between her, Angel and Spike. Even more kinky, she wears a nurse uniform. And they're chained to her.
    • Throw Dru in for super awesome PTB points.
    • Buffy\Angel\Faith is another big one, what with Buffy and Faith having Les Yay out the wazoo and Angel and Faith having enough chemistry to get a spin-off comic series out of it.
    • Oz/Willow/Tara could solve plenty of problems.
    • Buffy/Willow/Xander had quite a number of supporters in the early seasons.
    • Or take a look at "I Am What I Am", on the Fan Fic Recommendations page to find Buffy/Xander/Faith in a Type 8 triangle. It Makes Sense in Context.
    • Warren / Andrew / Jonathan isn't that uncommon, you know...
    • Buffy/Willow/Tara has quite a few supporters too, especially when you consider that Willow & Tara moved in to the Summers' house and were already essentially honorary big sisters to Dawn anyway.
    • Given Dru's happiness at the three of them being together again and Angelus' implied past relationship with both Dru and Spike, Angelus/Drusilla/Spike is the obvious conclusion. Darla is sometimes included. Lampshaded in Angel when Angel and Spike each admitted to having tried for (and failed to get) a threesome with Darla and Drusilla.
  • Angel
    • The unexpected family-like closeness among the original cast (Angel, Cordy, and Doyle) won many fans, some of whom 'shipped the whole threesome. This went double for Angel, Cordy, and Wes — after fans forgave the latter for replacing Doyle, that is.
    • Gunn/Fred/Wes, to reconcile the shipwars. Big Bad Jasmine even hinted to Gunn and Wes that they should do this in order to stop fighting over Fred.
  • In Due South fandom, the fact that Fraser Has Two Rays has caused both the Ray Wars and the occasional threesome.
  • Friends: Monica/Chandler/Joey. Monica/Chandler being Happily Married, Chandler and Joey being Heterosexual Life-Partners and Monica single-handidly feeding Joey for years. When Monica and Chandler buy a house they include a 'Joey Room' and both of them talk about him growing old with them. For their one year anniversary Monica books them a romantic trip away...to see Joey in Vegas. (Notably they're annoyed when the rest of the gang come along, but had no issues when it was just them and Joey).
  • Eureka: Due to huge amounts of subtext between everyone involved, there is a small subset of the fandom that ships Jack Carter/Nathan Stark/Allison Blake. Allison and Nathan used to be married, Jack and Allison have had Unresolved Sexual Tension since the very first episode and were married in an alternate universe, and Jack and Nathan have epic Foe Yay. Nathan's death seems to have merely spawned a host of resurrection fics, rather than stop the shipping. Nathan spent twelve hours in-canon analyzing Allison and Jack's relationship, tormenting Jack with his and Allison's romantic past, walking around without a shirt on, and implying the size of the... shoes that Jack must fill. In turn, Jack had quite a few jealous and Stupid Sexy Flanders moments, but slipped in there, "Still. It's really great seeing you again", implying that they're not all 'Foe' on the 'Yay'. This is all in Jack's mental projection of how he remembers Nathan, and Nathan was crucial in resolving Jack's issues and getting him together with Allison.
  • In the Leverage fandom, the solution to the Parker/Hardison vs. Eliot/Hardison seems to have mostly resolved itself in this fashion.
  • White Collar Fans of the Ho Yay in the show don't seem to have a problem including Peter's wife Elizabeth in the fun (probably because she is so awesome, and because she and Peter are so adorably Happily Married). It also helps that Elizabeth, while being fiercely devoted to Peter, isn't shy about being a fan of Neal's blue eyes and charm (in an "I'll stick to my diet, but still enjoy looking at the menu" way.) To be fair, it seems like the promo monkeys are shipping Neal/Peter/Elizabeth. (The promo picture shows Peter kissing El while handcuffed to Neal and all three actors' unbelievable chemistry.)
  • Supernatural
    • Some people ship Sam/Dean (Wincest), some people ship Dean/Castiel (Destiel), a rare few ship Sam/Castiel (Sastiel/Sassy), and some people say "Forget it" and ship Sam/Dean/Castiel (Wincestiel/Team Free Will).
    • Every male character has been shipped in a threesome. No exceptions. And given the fanbase,foursomes and fivesomes aren't that uncommon. Put the characters' names in a hat, grab a few, and odds are there's a fic somewhere.
    • Rising in popularity, maybe worth it for the ship name: Destiny, or Dean/Castiel/Benny.
    • Dean/Cas/Pie.
  • Pushing Daisies Ned and Chuck are the Official Couple however Olive/Ned/Chuck is not out of the question.
  • Glee
    • Puckleberry Finn (Puck/Rachel/Finn) is the most popular threesome.
    • Puckleberry Quinn, for those more fond of Les Yay than Ho Yay.
    • Kevin McHale, Naya Rivera, and Heather Morris have all said that they would love to see Artie, Santana, and Brittany get together.
    • Sebklaine (Sebastian/Blaine/Kurt) and Klaineofsky (Dave/Kurt/Blaine) are known to occur in fanfics.
    • The most popular and lampshaded in the series however, is The Unholy Trinity, comprised of Quinn, Santana and Britnney. They both used to hang out almost exclusively as a three and were considered best friends in the first 8 episodes (Before shit ensued). What makes this so awesome is that it's plausible. Santana is a lesbian, Brittney is Bisexual, and Quinn has had a fair bit of Les Yay in the past, what with her drawing pornographic pictures of girls on the bathroom walls and drawing pictures of girls with hearts around them.
  • Life On Mars/Ashes to Ashes
    • Oh, so many. Sam/Gene/Annie has been around nearly from the beginning, and A2A has really been pushing the Ray/Chris/Shaz and, let's face it, Gene/Alex/Keats lately.
    • 3.07 has Keats lampshading the Gene/Alex/Keats overtones:
      "Do you think this is a game, Alex? A silly, flirty little game being played out by you, me, and Hunt?"
    • However with the American version in reality Annie is Sam's stepmother, and Gene Hunt is his father making this pairing a double-sided Oedipus Complex
  • Xena: Warrior Princess
    • Xena/Gabrielle/Ares.
    • Xena/Gabrielle/Hercules/Iolaus too.
    • And even Xena/Gabrielle/Joxer.
  • Big Time Rush, most popular all four of the main boys, James/Logan/Kendall/Carlos, but you'll find pretty much any threesome combination if you look hard enough, sometimes even with one of the girls thrown in.
  • Degrassi
    • In season 2, there was Craig/Ash/Sean. They even play Power Trio in the season finale. Executive Meddling made Sean leave the group, though.
    • Tracker/Sean/any girl.
    • In season 3, Marco/Ellie/Sean.
    • In season 4, Jay/Alex/Sean. And Jay/Emma/Sean.
    • In season 5, Jay/Alex/Paige. And Paige/Alex/Hazel.
    • In season 6, Jimmy/Spinner/Ash. And Sean/Emma/Peter. And Sean/Emma/Manny. Just...Sean in general.
    • In Season 8-9, Spinner/Holly J/Jay. Or Spinner/Jane/Holly J. Or Declan/Jane/Holly J. And Peter/Riley/Anya has some following (Peter/Riley/Anyone has some fan following).
    • In Season 10, Eli/Clare/Fitz or Eli/Clare/Adam... or Eli/Clare/Anyone really. Eclare has a lot of following. While Peter is out of the series, Riley/Anya/Zane and Riley/Anya/Dr. Chris have some fans making eyes.
    • In Season 10, we have Holly J/Declan/Fiona.
    • The whole time Sean and Ellie are together, Craig and Ash either hate each other or are "best friends", and Craig/Ellie attracts a huge Hatedom, but the Fun with Acronyms of Ashley/Craig/Ellie/Sean is worth it.
  • Tin Man has been known to take this route with the three human party members.
  • Henry/Jasper/Maggie in Unnatural History.
  • Covert Affairs: It's early days, but Jai/Annie/Auggie is just too hot and snarky to pass up.
  • Legend of the Seeker's Kahlan/Richard/Cara.
  • Stargate SG-1
    • To resolve Ship-to-Ship Combat we have Jack/Daniel/Sam. (Or Jack/Sam/Janet.)
    • Similarly, Stargate Atlantis has Sheppard/Teyla/Weir.
    • McKay/Beckett/Sheppard, Sheppard/Ronon/Teyla, McKay/Ronon/Keller, Cadman/McKay/Katie Brown...
  • LOST
    • The most popular OT3 is Jack/Kate/Sawyer.
    • There's some Charlie/Kate/Claire and Jack/Juliet/Sawyer out there.
    • An OT4 with Jack/Kate/Juliet/Sawyer.
  • The Vampire Diaries: Damon/Elena/Stefan. The primary proponent of this ship appears to be whoever does the show's promo pictures, which frequently portray the situation as less "I'm dating a vampire, and have a certain amount of sexual tension with his brother, which makes things a bit awkward" and more "Yeah, I'm totally doing them both, probably at the same time." This? Not happening. It's further complicated by the part where Elena is the identical descendant of the vampire Katherine, who was - though not actually at exactly the same time, since she was playing them against each other. It was a popular fan theory that Katherine's goal was to do this... though Katherine later claimed that she was only really ever interested in Stefan. She may have been lying.
  • Merlin
    • With Merlin, Arthur and Gwen destined to rule Camelot together there is an outrageous amount of shipping going on, fuelled entirely by the show itself. A dream sequence showed Arthur crowning Guinevere Queen of Camelot whilst Merlin watches with a look of abject adoration on his face. Most of their scenes together involve them staring at each other lovingly, and oh look, Gwen and Arthur have gone on a private outing to celebrate their anniversary. Wait, is that ...? Yes, they brought Merlin along on their anniversary date. Clearly, he's also married to them both.
    • The popular OT4 (Merlin/Arthur/Gwen/Morgana), sometimes expanded to OT5 by adding Lancelot.
    • Merlin/Arthur/Gwaine.
    • The Knights of the Round Table OT7, consisting of Arthur, Merlin, Gwaine, Lancelot, Leon, Percival, Elyan and possibly Gwen.
    • Gwaine/Percival/Leon and their actors seem to become popular due to interviews and twitter.
  • JD/Turk/Carla in Scrubs. It's almost adressed in the show itself by Carla. When Turk is about to ask JD to be his best man at their wedding, JD somehow gets the idea they're about to suggest a threesome. His Inner Monologue doesn't sound too averse to the idea...
    "Oh my god, would I have a threesome with Turk and Carla? Well, it's certainly flattering and I don't think they'd tell anyone..."
  • Horatio Hornblower has Horatio/Archie/Bush in "Mutiny" and "Retribution". Archie Kennedy having been Horatio's best friend for the first series, and Mr Bush being his canonical best friend who actually appears in the books. While the Hornblower fandom is not known for a lot of animosity between ships (pun intended) any conflict between Archie/Horatio and Bush/Horatio can be solved with this.
  • Sheridan, Delenn and Lennier looked sort of like this in Babylon 5 for a long time but in the end it didn't quite work out. Some Fan Fic writers disliked this.
  • Seems to be a fair amount of interest in Abby/Becker/Connor in the latest Primeval series. Helped along by the fact that these are the only remaining team members from the previous series (aside from Lester.) Oh, and they shared a rather emotional three-way hug in the opening episode of series 4. Plus, they're all awfully pretty...
  • Being Human
    • Mitchell/Annie/George on the UK version, particularly in the early days. Occasionally made into an OT4 with the inclusion of Nina.
    • Tom, Hal and Alex have this vibe going on in series 5. There's some romantic tension between Hal and Alex as well as lots of Ho Yay between Hal and Tom.
  • Sookie/Eric/Bill in True Blood was shipped way before it became canon. There was even a dream sequence in which Sookie lays down the law and puts an end to the fighting between them with a threesome.
  • Troy/Abed/Annie seems pretty popular in Community fandom. This may be because shipping Annie with either of the two guys singularly is itself a very popular option while in canon Troy and Abed have a very intensely close Ho Yay-laden bromance with each other (which, naturally, has led to shipping in and of itself), and this is a nice third option where everyone wins.
  • Lost Girl
    • Bo, Dyson and Lauren, which Bo acknowledges the possibility of.
    Bo: We've never done this before, huh? Just the three of us. Like a threesome. Not that I've thought about it that way or anything.
    • And now with the addition of Tamsin there might actually be a Lauren/Bo/Tamsin one coming.
  • Mitch/Alice/Richie from the accurately named Threesome. The show plays up the relationship between all three characters with each other as romantic, so it is near impossible not to ship them as an OT3. Plus, the whole point of the show is that the group have a threesome in the pilot.
  • Donna/Harvey/Mike on Suits, while not as popular as Harvey/Mike, gained a lot of popularity in season 2, with Hardman's arc. Donna and Mike both have Undying Loyalty to Harvey; Donna is Mike and Harvey's Secret Keeper, and when Harvey's position is at risk, Mike and Donna work together to get help him win. When Donna gets fired, Mike and Harvey pull together to get her back.
  • Pretty Little Liars has has a couple of OT3's but Spaily has very recently grown in popularity. Combining the canon Emily/Paige (Paily) with the fanon Emily/Spencer (Spemily) and working off of the tension in Spencer/Paige interactions. Other OT3's include Lucas/Hanna/Caleb and Wren/Hanna/Spencer.
  • Lassie/Shawn/Jules seems to be pretty popular amongst Psych fans, sometimes with Gus thrown in. It helps that this particular arrangement would very much not be out of character for Shawn to support.
    • The Shawn/Gus/Juliet version pretty much becomes canon in the series finale when Shawn asks Juliet "Will you marry us?" since Gus will always be a part of their lives.
  • Skins has Freddie/Effy/Cook - sometimes even outright implied in the show.
  • In Arrow Laurel/Oliver/Tommy, Shado/Oliver/Slade, Felicity/Oliver/Diggle and Felicity/Oliver/Tommy have all appeared in fandom. But then the show is really good at giving opportunities for OT3 to flourish.
  • In Vikings Season 1, Ragnar Lodbrok is Happily Married to Lagertha but also shares some UST with his priest Athelstan. Ragnar and Lagertha even explicitly offered to share their bed with Athelstan (who declined since he was a monk).
  • Once Upon a Time
    • Aurora/Philip/Mulan, which solves the fact Aurora and Philip are canon even though Mulan had unrequited love for BOTH of them.
    • Some people who ship Emma/Regina as their OTP are also big fans of Ruby and like to include her in the fun (Red Swan Queen).
    • Emma/Regina/Hook is another one.
  • The Big Bang Theory fanfic resolves several issues with Howard/Bernadette/Raj.
  • Dollhouse, has a variety of polygonic shipping. A popular ones include Echo/Alpha/Paul, Paul/Echo/Mellie, and Echo/Alpha/Whiskey.
  • After their adorable interactions in Series 3, some Sherlock fans have started shipping Sherlock/John/Mary. It helps that this is invoked in-universe as well. Mary is the only woman that has been shown to like Sherlock, pushing John to reconcile with Sherlock and genuinely supporting their bromance and not becoming jealous of it. Sherlock, in turn, has been shown to genuinely like Mary for her own sake, as well. He's been actively accommodating John's relationship with her rather than his typical reaction of merely tolerating or actively sabotaging it. Here's another three-way wedding photo.

    Music 
  • Todd in the Shadows ships Ke$ha with the two members of 3Oh!3. He just hopes their union never produces any children.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Some fans of Peanuts have suggested this as a way to reseove the Marcie/Charlie Brown/Peppermint Patty triangle.

    Religion and Mythology 

    Theater 
  • The Phantom Ofthe Opera
    • Amid the massive shipping wars are those who wish The Ingenue could have chosen both her Victorious Childhood Friend and her Stalker with a Crush. (Hell, the Phantom probably would've taken anything he could get...)
    • Additionally, Phantom/Christine/Meg in the fanfic/fandom zone. Two girls? Joys of the flesh indeed. I don't hear the Phantom protesting too hard...
  • In Wicked, a great deal of the tragedy that unfolded could have been avoided if Elphaba/Fiyero/G(a)linda had become a threesome. It's even possible to scrounge up enough evidence in-story to make a case for it.
  • The basic idea behind the "Two Ladies" number in Cabaret.

    Video Games 
  • Samurai Warriors
    • Yukimura/Mitsunari/Kanetsugu in 2, to the point that KOEI even released an image song featuring the three.
    • Yukimura/Kunoichi/Kai was introduced in SW3. Yukimura/Kunoichi/Ina as well. Hell, pretty much every woman Yukimura meets falls for him and every guy admires him. It's a shame there won't be any canon relationships (threesome or otherwise) due to Yukimura's historical status as a Chaste Hero.
    • Muneshige/Ginchiyo/Yoshihiro and Hideyoshi/Nene/Oichi (this being Hideyoshi's ideal outcome). Given the series' Loads and Loads of Characters there are a lot of these.
  • Final Fantasy IV gave us the archetypal Final Fantasy example in Cecil/Rosa/Kain. It's always had a small but loyal fandom, but the DS remake and official sequel has made it skyrocket in popularity of late.
  • Final Fantasy V gave us Bartz/Lenna/Faris.
  • Final Fantasy VI gave us Terra/Celes/any human male (most commonly Locke). And Locke/Edgar/Terra; the two even swoon over her when they find out she can use magic. And, as an artifact from the Star Wars Shout-Out, Biggs/Wedge/Terra. And Locke/Celes/Setzer.
  • Final Fantasy VII
    • There's a certain amount of fandom for Aerith/Tifa/Cloud, Zack/Sephiroth/Cloud (referred to as Omnislash), and Cid/Vincent/Shera.
    • Zack/Aerith/Cloud, to a certain extent. For greater fun, there's always Zack/Aerith/Sephiroth/Cloud.
    • RedXIII/Tifa/Yuffie. Yes, it exists.
    • Crisis Core provided yet another OT3 consisting of Sephiroth/Genesis/Angeal, which in turn spawned Sephiroth/Genesis/Angeal/Zack/Cloud. Yes, an OT5.
  • Though it doesn't enjoy the popularity of some other OT3s due to the vocal Hatedom that Rinoa has in the West, Final Fantasy VIII gives us Squall/Rinoa/Seifer.
  • Final Fantasy X
    • Quite big slice of the fanbase supports Jecht/Auron/Braska. Three very handsome men, who would've given their lives for each other. And, in fact, they did - Jecht and Braska gave their lives so Auron (and others) could be saved and Auron got so messed up from losing them so he tried to avenge them in mad rage, getting himself killed.
    • Erm, Yuna/Rikku/Paine anyone?
    • Nooj/Gippal/Baralai is the Spear Counterpart.
    • Yuna/Rikku/Tidus is quite possible. Technically Yuna and Rikku are cousins, but since Rikku's brother Brother has a crush on Yuna apparently this doesn't really matter.
  • In the Final Fantasy XIII fandom there's an OT3 called "Neapolitan" with the dark-haired and dark-skinned Fang (chocolate), the pink-haired Lightning (strawberry), and Vanille (guess), which has reached explosive levels of popularity.
  • Dissidia: Final Fantasy
  • Wild Arms
    • Anyone who didn't see this in Wild ARMs 5 with Dean/Avril/Rebecca needs to have their eyes checked.
    • Not so unavoidable, but for the original, both Jane/Rudy/Cecilia and Rudy/Jack/Cecilia are fairly workable and turn up in fic.
    • The main Wild ARMs 3 cast, Virginia, Jet, and Gallows, all had too much charisma together (and too much time spent alone... in the wilderness...) to not have SOMETHING going on. (Clive would be in there too, but he's too loyal to his wife.)
  • Skies of Arcadia: Vyse/Aika/Fina, with the added bonus that the game seems to lean towards this being canon. Both Aika and Fina seem to be aware that the other likes Vyse, but neither seem to mind.
  • Kingdom Hearts
    • Many of the characters fit a general combination of three major virtues represented by the Sword, Staff, and Shield. Though it's treated as utterly non-sexual, pretty much every major character belongs to a trinity: Sora/Donald/Goofy (though it takes a very special type of fan to ship them), Sora/Riku/Kairi (in their case, a Het-versus-slash shipwar resolution), Roxas/Xion/Axel (fans love the Accidental Innuendo of the expression "to have ice cream"), and (presumably) Ven/Aqua/Terra... the list goes on.
    • Roxas/Axel/Namine by association. Roxas and Axel spend a a lot of time together in the games (and manga), Axel and Namine spend a lot of time together in the manga (stemming from one scene from KH2FM+ ), and then Namine and Roxas spend some time together in the beginning and ending of the games (and the manga).
    • Sora/Axel/Roxas, especially thanks to the reveal that both Sora and Roxas made Axel feel like he had a heart. Ignore the fact that Roxas and Sora are essentially the same being.
    • Tidus/Waka/Selphie exists in the purely Kingdom Hearts Universe, and they're so minor that only one of them has a speaking part in five games.
    • Marluxia/Larxene/Axel: a threesome enjoyed because only one is likely to be left standing by the end of it given the treacherous natures of all three characters.
    • There's a small following of Xemnas/Saïx/Kingdom Hearts. Make of that what you will.
  • Metal Gear's Big Boss/Ocelot/EVA ship has quite a few followers, and Big Boss also proves to be the main motivating factors behind both EVA and Ocelot's actions in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.
  • Even though it hasn't had an active fandom in years, Phantasy Star IV has (in depressingly small amounts) Chaz/Rika/Rune.
  • Silent Hill
  • Touhou
    • While Marisa seems to get paired up with just about everyone, her pairings with Alice and Patchouli are the only ones that appear to have made their way into OT3 territory.
    • The Scarlet Mansion Cast Herd are paired together in all sorts of combinations, but Remilia/Sakuya/Flandre is the only OT3 with any staying power, especially when considering the popularity of this Fan Vid.
    • The Moriya trio (Kanako/Sanae/Suwako) has its followers as an OT3, as does the Tengu trio (Aya/Momiji/Hatate).
    • The most popular ship involving the Three Mischievous Fairies is with each other. Same thing with the Prismriver sisters.
  • Fire Emblem
  • The Tales of Graces fandom has the Asbel/Sophie/Richard 'ship as well as the OT4 of Asbel/Sophie/Richard/Lambda.
  • Tales of Symphonia has an OT4 with Sheena/Lloyd/Colette/Zelos. Combining any two of those four will result in a highly popular pairing, so squishing them all together just averts any Ship-to-Ship Combat. The OT4 became especially popular when The Anime of the Game aired. In the game, whoever has the highest Relationship Values with Lloyd shows up at his house in the epilogue. In the anime, guess who it is? Colette, Sheena, and Zelos.
  • Tales of Vesperia has an OT3 in Flynn, Yuri and Estelle. It's not as common as the other Tales OT3s, but at least the name Fluristelle rolls off the tongue nicely.
  • Chrono Trigger: Crono/Marle/Lucca.
  • Pick a Castlevania with Two Guys and a Girl and there are shippers for it. Most frequently found with the Metroidvania installments of the series, since that trope is most common in the IGA penned games, but it cropped up as early as Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, with Trevor Belmont and his various companions. Richter/Alucard/Maria is easily the most popular one, though Alucard/Isaac/Hector has a small but loyal following in the Japanese fandom.
  • Super Mario RPG has a bit where you get to pick up all of Peach's gear. You get a kiss either way. Pick up it all, and you'll get the only heterosexual option. Bowser and Booster, on the other hand... You can also get Mario/Bowser and Booster/Peach or Mario/Booster and Bowser/Peach. Finally, the only one relevant here you can get Mario/Bowser/Booster, and Peach... presumably she's a Yaoi Fangirl.
  • Persona 3
    • Main character/Aigis/Elizabeth, as the only known multi-Persona-users within the timeframe of that game, and given that Aigis arguably becomes Elizabeth's only other significant social contact from Earth aside from their mutual romantic interest. Mitsuru/Akihiko/Shinjiro is also popular given their shared history.
    • The introduction of a female protagonist option in Persona 3 Portable resulted in Shinjiro/FeMC/Akihiko, given Shinjiro and Akihiko's close relationship and the fact that both of them are possible love interests for the protagonist at different points in the game. This is sometimes expanded to include Mitsuru as well.
  • Persona 4 fandom at the other hand seems to have a small but livid sect that ships Naoto/Kanji/Rise, with Naoto/Kanji already a Fan-Preferred Couple.
  • This has been done a lot in the Star Fox fandom, and since most of the regular characters are male, most combinations are gay. Fox/Falco/Peppy has been done, as have Wolf/Leon/Panther and James/Peppy/Wolf.
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and 3: Eva or Tanya, and the Allied Commander. At the end of either game (especially 3), the Allied cutscene shows them making their mutual plays for him. So, given that the endings are left open-ended, guess what a lot of fans say he should do? (Especially if you're a female Commander. Les Yay for all!)
  • One fairly obvious OT3 in Suikoden V is Frey/Lymsleia/Lyon, due to the blatant subtext heaped on the former two and the text about Lyon's feelings for Frey. This is sometimes expanded to include Miakis as well, since she and Lymsleia have their own helping of Les Yay.
  • Since Portal 2, pairings have ranged from ChellxWheatleyxGLaDOS to Cores being interchangeable pairings, to ChellxAnythingxAnything. No, seriously. And it doesn't stay in the realms of Portal either, since Half-Life takes place in the same universe... Thus, seeing ChellxGordonxAlyx is pretty common.
  • Assassin's Creed has Altair/Malik/Kadar and Altair/Malik/Maria as the most common ones (the latter mainly because it neatly combines the most popular fan pairing and the canon pairing), with some Desmond/Lucy/Shaun/Rebecca and Ezio/Leonardo/(character of your choice) on occasion. And a suprising number of Ezio/Federico/Vieri fics.
  • Devil May Cry. Dante/Trish/Lady anyone?
  • BioWare fandom loves these, considering the prevalence of Threesome Subtext and Pair the Spares.
    • In Dragon Age: Origins, it's usually Isabela as the lynchpin, since Three-Way Sex is canonically possible with her in both games she appears in. Hawke (of either gender)/Fenris/Isabela has a sizable shipping fanbase. Hawke/Anders/Justice seems to be rather popular among Dragon Age fans. This makes for an interesting situation with three people and only two bodies involved. It's also held up as a Lighter and Softer option for that Sadistic Choice Morrigan throws a female Grey Warden dating Alistair.
    • Slightly less common in Mass Effect fandom, but there's shippers for a few, Shepard/Garrus/Tali and Shepard/Garrus/Thane being two of the more notable ones. The former has experienced an uptick in popularity since the third game made Garrus/Tali canon if neither are romanced, and in the Citadel DLC a very drunk Tali claims that a romanced Garrus actually tried to convince her of the possibility. She actually seems to consider it.
      • Team Milkyway, consisting of Shepard/Kaidan/Ashley. It saw a particular spike in popularity when Kaidan's bisexuality was revealed, since that meant the only thing theoretically preventing it is the fact that there's no way for all three of them to live through the series.
    • Jade Empire is notable in that the OT3 (male PC/Silk Fox/Dawn Star) can actually become canon.
    • Before those, it was possible in Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark with male PC/Nathyrra/Aribeth, which could also become canon (with enough points in Persuade).
    • In Knights Ofthe Old Republic fanfic, it's not uncommon to see Female!Exile/Atton/Mical, or M!Exile/Handmaiden/Visas for the second game or F!Revan/Carth/Canderous, or F!Revan/Juhani/Bastila on the first game.
  • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn gives us Matthew, Karis and Sveta. Early on in the game hints of Les Yay are applied by the line "Karis, you are a good person. I like you very much.", which she later corrects to claim she means in the True Companions way. The end of the game features Matthew actually merging souls with Sveta to help save the world. Add in that Matthew and Karis have been friends since they were kids, and the fandom found the best way out.
  • Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask has Angela/Randall/Henry. Angela/Randall is canon, Angela and Henry are married for over a decade, and Henry shows astounding devotion towards Randall even after his death. On the less plausible side, there is Layton/Claire/Dimitri from Unwound Future
  • Borderline canon in Deadly Premonition, with York/Zach/Emily. Canonically, both York and Zach have feelings for Emily, and she in turn seems to like both of them as well. Although she favors York and ends up with him because they both Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence together, she still, in the twin boys' words, "really likes [Zach]", and tells him as her physical body dies that she "Wanted to be with [him]." Naturally, in the fandom, this is often expanded into a full-on threesome, often with York and Zach shipped together as well. Whether or not it's selfcest depends on whether or not you see York as a Split Personality that gained a life of his own or as a Guardian Angel.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney
    • The kink meme has a polyamory tag for just this purpose. Edgeworth/Phoenix/Maya is the most common, but then again they're also the most popular characters in the fandom anyway.
    • As of Investigations Yew/Faraday/Badd seems to have picked up some support.
  • Nasuverse
    • Tsukihime: Shiki/Arcueid/Ciel and Shiki/Hisui/Kohaku are the most common. Both somehow supported even canonically. First in Ciel Good End where Arcueid and Ciel effectively and begrudgingly "share" Shiki. There is much teased at, but unconfirmed attraction between them. Second is the main theme of Kagetsu Tohya's sidestory Flower of Thanatos in which Shiki together with humble serving Hisui and Kohaku live in the isolated Tohno Mansion, where Shiki practically can do with both maids whatever he wants, and Kohaku is very enthusiastic when they both serve him at the same time (including sexual desires, or periodic rapes) although it's not so simple as it seems and Shiki begins to have regrets.
      • With Melty Blood there is also Shiki/Akiha/Sion, notable as Sion is probably only girl interested in Shiki Akiha gets along with. Or Satsuki/Sion/Riesbyfe as the Back Alley Alliance.
    • Fate/stay night: Shirou/Saber/Rin is nearly official triad. It's played significantly in Unlimited Blade Works route, where it's fulfilled in Good End, where Shirou, Rin and Saber live together in Shirou's household as a real Ménage à trois. They also have the infamous threesome scene in the Fate route and various hints in derived works. They enjoy great popularity of this triad in fandom.
      • Another favorite triad is Shirou/Sakura/Rider, which is also a sort of opposite for the previous. It's most evident in Fate/hollow ataraxia Eclipse story's The backside of Kibisis, in which they have hot threesome scene and although this turns out to be actually just Rider's illusion, it's clear how things are. There are many hints in Heaven's Feel route and other works.
  • Strongly implied canon for one of the endings of Date Warp with Janet/Linds/Rafael.
  • Dangan Ronpa

    Web Comics 
  • While Gilgamesh Wulfenbach actually proposed to Agatha at one point (more politically than romantically) and is in the position usually held by the Designated Love Interest, the Girl Genius fandom seems to support Agatha×Gil×Tarvek. The Cinderella parody done in one of the interludes ending with Agatha-as-Cinderella marrying both Gil and Tarvek indicates that the writers don't think it's in the realm of the impossible either, and since then has been acknowledged in the canon storyline many times.
  • Something Positive: Davan/Vanessa/PeeJee, anyone? Vanessa has even stated that she would not be averse to such a set up... the author, on the other hand, is. Davan and Peejee will never be a canon item.
  • City of Reality is a literal, and deconstructed Mary Sue Topia, to the point where, when a person catches their spouse cheating, the natural and normal reaction is to join in.
  • Questionable Content
  • Collar 6 gives us the canon couple of Sixx/Laura/Ginger. Made possible as all the girls were already into polyamory beforehand.
  • Magick Chicks: When Faith tells Tiffany that she loves her, Tiffany counters by bringing up Faith's habit of sleeping around. So Faith said she'd agree to stop seeing other girls, if Tiffany asked her to. Tiffany considers it for a moment, then asks about Faith's boyfriend, Ash, which is where Faith drew the line and proposed they form a threesome instead.
  • Jack/Zimmy/Gamma has popped up among certain fans of Gunnerkrigg Court after a revelation or two in the comic. Mostly for laughs, but a few not so much.
  • The Law of Purple's Lette/Blue/Synn is pretty much canon.
  • Homestuck has a couple of popular OT4s with people pairing up the groups of kids together. More traditionally, it's pretty common to see some love triangles resolved this way, creating pairings like Dave/Terezi/Karkat or Eridan/Feferi/Sollux. More unusually, because trolls in Homestuck canonically have four different kinds of romance and usually desire to have one partner fulfilling each, it's common for OT3s to involve multiple different relationship types. Using the earlier example, it's not unusual to see people shipping Eridan, Feferi, and Sollux all in red relationship (that is, a normal human romantic one), but it's arguably even more common for people to ship Eridan and Sollux both in a red relationship with Feferi but in a black relationship with each other. Needless to say, fics with lots of different pairings and multiple quadrants for each character can get very... complicated.
  • There appears to be a number of El Goonish Shive fans that ship Sarah with one of the Official Couples of the comic, Tedd / Grace. She has received some Ship Tease with both of them, but she is or rather, was currently part of another Official Couple. However, given certain developments in the comic, she is now free to fulfill the wishes of the fans.

    Web Original 
  • Vocaloid shippers like to choose three of the female Japanese Vocaloids (At first mostly Vocaloids 00, 01, and one half of the reflection of 02 before Megurine Luka.), but another common OT 3 came shortly. With a third male Japanese Vocaloid, an obvious conclusion: Gakupo Kamui was tacked on to KAITO/Kagamine Len when he came onto the scene.
  • Whateley Universe fandom has the triangles of Thunderbird/Chaka/Riptide and Stalwart/Fey/Bugs and Molly/Chou/Dorjee resolved this way (the latter was resolved by canon {Polyamory}}).
  • That Guy with the Glasses
  • In Welcome to Night Vale there was clearly some sort of romance between Childhood Friends Cecil and Scoutmaster Earl, even if it was only one-sided. Earl apparently died in the episode he was introduced, but it wouldn't be too much of a stretch for him to come back and for their relationship to blossom. Except, Cecil's now in a committed and frankly adorable relationship with Carlos the scientist. This was the only logical conclusion for many.
  • In the RWBY fandom, the ship 'Bee's Schnees' (Yang/Blake/Weiss) is popular because it involves as many protagonists as possible without resorting to incest.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time
    • The shipping base was mostly divided over Finn x Marceline, Finn x Bubblegum, and Marceline x Bubblegum. Naturally, some fans have asked the question "Why Choose?". With the introduction of Flame Princess, there's new pairings with all of them.
    • Shipping Bubblegum and Marceline with Fionna has more than a few supporters.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
    • Suki/Sokka/Toph, for those who already shipped Toph/Sokka but also accepted Sokka/Suki.
    • Likewise Suki/Sokka/Ty Lee.
    • Katara/Zuko/Jet, aka Jetkotara
    • Despite the longstanding bad feelings that generally exist between the Zutara and Kataang camps, there are Zuko/Katara/Aang fanworks.
    • Azula/Ty Lee/Mai isn't uncommon.
    • Jet/Longshot/Smellerbee increased in fandom after Longshot/Smellerbee was declared canon.
  • The Legend of Korra
    • Much of the fandom declared their support for Korra/Mako/Bolin. No, the fact that the two boys are siblings didn't even slow them down. In light of the secondary Love Triangle of Asami/Mako/Korra, and the ensuing Ship-to-Ship Combat with the Mako/Korra/Bolin shippers, some have simply decided to ship them all as a beautiful love quadrangle, MaKorraSamiLin.
    • Desna/Bolin/Eska popped up almost the instant the twins were introduced. Poor Bolin.
  • Teen Titans
    • Star/Robin/Raven.
    • Or you could go with Rae/Star/Terra.
    • Cyborg/Jinx/Bumblebee seems rather common.
    • Raven/Terra/Beast Boy, once fans acknowledge that Raven was actually just as upset as Beast Boy, if not more upset, at Terra's betrayal.
    • Robin/Raven/beast boy
  • Occasionally seen in the Transformers fandom, taking advantage of the fact that Transformers don't exactly have to deal with reproduction. Sentinel/Optimus/Elita-1 is the most common in Transformers Animated, while pairings including the twins Sideswipe and Sunstreaker (Ratchet, Bluestreak, and Prowl seeming to be three of the top contenders as the Third) in Transformers Generation 1 manages to hit the OT3, Twincest and Twin Threesome Fantasy buttons. Blitzwing in Animated is his own personal OT3.
  • Jack/Maddie/Vlad in the Danny Phantom community.
  • South Park
    • Depending on where you stand in the fanbase (mostly being a Yaoi Fangirl or a Slash Fic writer), the main characters are usually put into an OT3 (the most relevent being Stan/Kyle/Cartman and Stan/Kyle/Kenny.
    • Tweek/Craig/Thomas and Kyle/Stan/Wendy are pretty common.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy
    • Ed/Edd/Eddy. It's out there, and popular.
    • Marie/Edd/Eddy, Kevin/Edd/Eddy, or Kevin/Nazz/Eddy.
  • Ben 10
    • Ben/Gwen/Kevin solves a few tangled problems. If people are sympathetic to Julie, they might add her in as well.
    • Also more twisted ones like Gwen/Kevin/Charmcaster or Ben/Julie/Elena.
      • Omniverse adds Esther and Rook as possibilities.
  • From The Road to El Dorado, Chel/Tulio/Miguel. Considering the ending, it's almost-sorta-kinda canon!
  • Total Drama
    • Noah/Cody/Gwen is fairly popular for fans who can't decide which to pick. Sometimes Izzy is thrown in as well for a neat little foursome.
    • With the growing popularity of Noah/Izzy and the continuing presence of the Noah/Cody fanbase, several fans enjoy using Izzy/Noah/Cody instead, because, lets face it, Izzy would be happy to share.
    • After Gwen and Courtney became friends in Season 3, at least before I See London, there was some fan possibility of Courtney/Duncan/Gwen as a threesome. It's becoming a possibility again in All-Stars.
  • It may be doubtful if they would've had a good relationship, but Daria/Tom/Jane would've averted a lot of headaches from everyone involved...
  • Kick Buttowski has Kick / Kendall / Ronaldo. Even though is half-canon that Kick is gonna end up with Kendall.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes has Heloise / Jimmy / Beezy.
  • Phineas and Ferb has Stacy/Candace/Jeremy and Phineas/Isabella/Ferb out there. And the former had some (most likely unintended) hints that it might be canon.
  • Futurama's Fry/Leela/Bender would solve everything instantly. Fry would have Leela, Bender would have Fry, Fry and Bender would still be their awesome duo, and Leela and Bender would start getting along because they'd have to share Fry. Everyone would finally be happy. Which, unfortunately, never happens in Futurama.
  • Kim Possible
    • Kim/Ron/Shego would solve a lot of fighting between the K/R and Kigo shippers in the Kim Possible fandom.
    • Kim/Bonnie/Shego has supporters.
  • Rogue/Scott/Jean has been seen in at least a few different X-Men: Evolution fanfics.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    • Spitfire/Soarin/Rainbow Dash has a growing number of supporters .
    • Apple Bloom/Sweetie Belle/Scootaloo. Cutie Mark Crusaders OT3, YAY!
    • Related to the CMC, Spike/Sweetie Belle/Apple Bloom, for those who can't decide between Spike/Apple Bloom and Spike/Sweetie Belle.
    • Three of the most common competing ships are Dash/Fluttershy, Dash/Pinkie, and Pinkie/Fluttershy. The solution is obvious.
    • Discord/Queen Chrysalis is already a semi-popular Unholy Matrimony pairing, and some add Nightmare Moon to the mix as well.
    • Plus, there's Princess Cadence/Shining Armor/Queen Chrysalis.
    • If one is into Incest Yay Shipping, then Princess Cadence/Shining Armor/Twilight might count too.
    • While both Applejack/Rarity and Applejack/Rainbow Dash are some of the most common ships, the predictable OT3 must deal with the infeasibility of Rarity/Rainbow Dash. Few succeed.
    • Celestia/Twilight/Luna, if you can handle the princest.
    • Twilight/Spike/Rarity seems to be fairly popular as well.
  • Young Justice
    • The very popular Robin/Artemis/Kid Flash relationship, despite Ship-to-Ship Combat between Robin/Artemis and Artemis/Wally. The three wind up being close friends by the beginning of season two with Wally/Artemis as the Official Couple, but Robin and Artemis' interaction came off as unintentionally flirty to some viewers. The trio is often called "Museum Heist" (because you Rob/Wall/Art).
    • Season 2 saw a lot of OT3 involving Dick Grayson (especially in the tie-in comic), such as Barbara/Nightwing/Zatanna or Rocket/Nightwing/Zatanna. It helps that the series makes clear that is Dick not only still friends with all of his exes, but his exes are still friends with each other.
    • Note that the YJ fandom does not stop at OT3s; they can go as high as OT7, and nothing is really stopping it from going higher. Examples can be found all over the YJ Anon Meme.
  • With Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Chip/Gadget/Dale is sometimes put forth as a solution to their love triangle.
  • Steven Universe fandom naturally has some Garnet/Pearl/Amethyst, aka Steven's three mothers.


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