Two Girls and a Guy

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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.


Examples

Anime

Comic Books

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

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • Lizzie McGuire: Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo.
  • 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.
  • Hannah Montana: Miley, Lilly and Oliver. Disney was pretty into this trope.
  • iCarly: Carly, Sam and Freddie (pictured), until Gibby joins them.
    • Now that Carly left, Sam & Cat has Sam, Cat and Dice.
  • A.N.T. Farm: Chyna, Olive and Fletcher. Later on though, Angus joins them.
  • Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger: Like the Macross Frontier example above, Nobuo, Mizuki and Yumeria.
  • Naturally Sadie: Sadie, Margaret and Rain.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy, Willow and Xander.
  • True Jackson, VP: True, Lulu and Ryan.
  • Although they're not the show's main characters, Doctor Who's Paternoster Gang has Jenny, Vastra, and Strax.
    • When the Doctor has three companions travelling with him, they generally consist of one male and two females. Also, the Doctor travelled with two female companions (Tegan and Nyssa) for part of his fifth incarnation.
  • 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.

Video Games
  • 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 OT 3.
  • 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...
  • Disgaea: Hour of Darkness has Laharl the prince and two girls, Flonne and Etna.
  • 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).

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

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.
  • Kim Possible, Ron Stoppable and Monique (even though she isn't a main character).
  • Cyberchase: Matt, Jackie and Inez.
  • Wonder Pets has Tuck (a male turtle), Linny (a female guinea pig) and Ming Ming (a female duckling).
  • Pepper Ann plays this pretty straight, Pepper Ann (star), Nicky Little (female opposite), Milo (male just friend).
  • Sofia the First plays this straight with Sofia and Polar Opposite Twins Amber and James.
  • Cupcake (female), Rebound (female), and Patches (male) the puppies in the Hub's Pound Puppies (2010)
  • What About Mimi? had Mimi, Elaine and Russell.
  • Mona the Vampire: Mona (female), Lilly (female) and Charley (male)
  • 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.

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