Two Girls and a Guy

Three friends from childhood. A girl, her best friend and her best male friend.

The main girl is The Hero, and is usually an Audience Surrogate. Whether or not she's an Action Girl, or a Cute Clumsy Girl, or the Girl Next Door, she'll be easy to relate with. The other girl will usually be the opposite from her in some way in personality or looks. She isn't The Rival, usually. That's usually saved for another girl who's the main villain, maybe the Alpha Bitch or a Dark Action Girl. Tomboy and Girly Girl or Red Oni, Blue Oni combinations are common with this pairing.

The guy in the equation is usually friends with both of the two girls or knows them. He is often a childhood friend of both of them and has different interactions with the both of them. He may be just a friend.

This type of trio is very present in female-targeted works, for maximum relatablity. Very much susceptible to the Love Triangle, if romance is in the equation. Whether or not the guy is in love with The Hero or The Lancer is usually up to the particular show. There may be a Cat Fight that might ensue, but usually there's more tension amongst the trio than anything. Expect a lot of Ship-to-Ship Combat and Die for Our Ship in regards to which girl ends up with the guy.

Compare ˇThree Amigos!, where the protagonist is usually male; see also Two Guys and a Girl.

Not to be confused with the 1997 film of the same name (which is an example).


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     Comic Books  

     Film - Animated  

  • Blu and Jewel's children, Bia (female), Carla (female), and Tiago (male) in Rio 2


     Live Action TV  

  • Andi Mack: Andi, Buffy and Cyrus.
  • A.N.T. Farm: Chyna, Olive and Fletcher. Later on though, Angus joins them.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy, Willow and Xander.
  • Doctor Who:
    • When the Doctor has three companions, they generally consist of one male and two females.
    • The Fifth Doctor travelled with two female companions (Tegan and Nyssa) for part of his run.
    • Recurring characters the Paternoster Gang consist of Vastra, Jenny Flint and Strax.
  • Hannah Montana: Miley, Lilly and Oliver. Disney was pretty into this trope.
  • Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger: Like the Macross Frontier example above, Nobuo, Mizuki and Yumeria.
  • House of Anubis: As part of the Three Plus Two dynamic of Sibuna, the main trio is Nina, Amber, and Fabian. While there was some shiptease between Fabian and Amber, it was Fabina that became the main pairing of the show.
  • iCarly: Carly, Sam and Freddie (pictured), until Gibby joins them.
    • After Carly left for Italy and Freddie stays in Seattle, Sam & Cat has Sam, Cat and Dice.
  • Lizzie McGuire: Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo.
  • Naturally, Sadie: Sadie, Margaret and Rain.
  • That's So Raven: Raven, Chelsea and Eddie. Only once (for each girl) was there ever so much as a Ship Tease; in one of said instances, Raven points out the Unfortunate Implications of what would happen.
  • True Jackson, VP: True, Lulu and Ryan.

  • Disacode, from 2013 onwards with female vocalist Akira and drummer Marcy and male bassist Shun.
  • Gossip, comprised of Lipstick Lesbian Beth Ditto, Butch Lesbian Hannah Blilie and The One Guy Brace Paine.
  • Alcazar, comprised of Andreas Lundstedt, Therese Merkel and Lina Hedlund, from 2007 onwards. It was this from 1998 to 2002, when Magnus Carlsson joined.

     Video Games  

  • Disgaea: Hour of Darkness has Laharl the prince and two girls, Flonne and Etna.
  • In Katawa Shoujo, main character Hisao can date one of five girls, each of whom has a best friend who often shows up during her route. The possible "two girls" are Lilly and Hanako, Rin and Emi, and Shizune and Misha (who does not have a route). Though there's a certain and infamous option in Shizune's route that includes her...
  • Mitsumete Knight R: Daibouken Hen: while the party is always composed of one guy (MacLeod) and two girls, you can choose which two girls, among a pool of five, will follow MacLeod in the quest. Choosing wisely the two girls is crucial, as they have different battle strengths, and have different relationships between each other (some, like Hanna and Linda, hate each other's guts, leading to crippling Jealousy Events).
  • If you choose the female character in Pokémon Black and White, you have Hilda, Bianca and Cheren.
  • Skies of Arcadia gives us the famous trio, the Air Pirates Vyse and Aika, and the Silvite Fina. This is played with; Vyse is the leader of the group, and though there is a visible Love Triangle, it is not the main focus of the story, and it strays away from it, leaving it unresolved - given the circumstances, it was handled quite well.
    • More than unresolved, numerous fans found the handling of the Love Triangle to suggest a canon OT3.

     Visual Novels  

  • The Good End of the Unlimited Blade Works route of Fate/stay night has Shirou, Rin, and Saber end up as this with the added bonus of being in a menage-a-trois.
  • In Mahou Tsukai No Yoru, you have the main character Aoko, her foil and best friend Alice, and her schoolmate Soujuurou, who claims to like her. Played with in that while Soujuurou has ship tease moments with both of them, only Alice is implied to have feelings for him while Aoko and Soujuurou only become very intimate friends with little to no romantic interest in each other.


  • Sparrow, Bianca, and Patrick from But I'm a Cat Person. (Except for those few times when Patrick isn't presenting as a guy.)
  • Mulberry, Taffy, and Jack from Mulberry.

     Western Animation  

  • Braceface: Sharon, Maria and Connor.
    • Though in the episode "The Pickford Project", Connor was bitter about not having any guy friends and was paired with Alden and Brock. By the end of the episode, Connor's happy with the friends he's got.
  • Cyberchase: Matt, Jackie and Inez.
  • Kim Possible, Ron Stoppable and Monique (even though she isn't a main character).
  • Mona the Vampire: Mona (female), Lilly (female) and Charley (male)
  • Pepper Ann plays this pretty straight, Pepper Ann (star), Nicky Little (female opposite), Milo (male just friend).
  • Cupcake (female), Rebound (female), and Patches (male) the puppies in the Hub's Pound Puppies (2010).
  • Sofia the First plays this straight with Sofia and Polar Opposite Twins Amber and James.
  • Thomas And Friends: Annie (female), Clarabel (female) and Thomas (male). Also in the books, there's Alice (female), Mirabel (female) and Duck (male); Isabel (female) Dulcie (female) and Oliver (male) (Dulcie teamed up with Oliver and Isabel later); Henrietta (female), Victoria (female) and Toby (male) (as of 'Thomas and Victoria'). Victoria also had Helena (female) and Albert (male) prior to Toby and Henrietta.
  • What About Mimi? had Mimi, Elaine and Russell.
  • Wonder Pets has Tuck (a male turtle), Linny (a female guinea pig) and Ming Ming (a female duckling).