is more of a Useful Note, particularly since each mathematical variation can apply to both romantic and platonic relationships, and even a mixture of both, thereby stopping each of the 13 types from being a trope itself. It doesn't help that a lot of the examples make some rather questionable judgements about what does and doesn't "count" for a significant relation, often contradicting themselves. For example, in the King Arthur, Lancelot, Queen Guinevere love triangle, apparently Lancelot is torn between his (unplotted) feelings for Guinevere and his (plotted)devotion to Arthur, thereby making it a Type 12 instead of the Type 11 that the example description would imply.
I do think specific variations can be tropes (and often subtropes of Love Triangle
). A few example cases I think might have more going to them than "and this is another mathematical way to have a triang relation":
- The tragic All Love Is Unrequited gay man—straight man—straight (or bi) woman (or gender-flipped version) variant of Type 2, where no one has a viable love interest. I'm told this is a common variation in gay cinema. This either goes to Type 8 if they come to a friendly understanding, stays as 2 for the tragedy, or results in a Type 4 because the straight pair has to get together in the end. (Generous writers will Pair the Spares or pull another gay guy/gal out of their ass to get a happier ending.)
- The very Shakespearean "Alice has a wanted (but not always requited) love interest as herself (or himself) and an unwanted (usually sexuality-incompatible) one while crossdressing", which includes variations of 2, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13note depending on the point in the arc, and has an Unsettling Gender-Reveal for the unwanted love interest. You know, Twelfth Night (and thus She's The Man) plus a boat-load of crossdressing anime aimed at the Shoujo Demographic. May or may not involve Sweet on Polly Oliver on the part of the desired love interest.
- The "Alice can't act on her mutual attraction with Bob because her good friend Claire also likes Bob"note romance/friendship variants on 11 and 12 (or 8 and 11 if Claire is equally devoted to Alice, with corresponding changes to the types below).
- If Alice succeeds, she suffers nobly in a Type 6 (or 11, if the writer really wants to twist the knife). Alternatively, in the "Claire is devoted to Alice" variant, Claire figures out how Alice feels and decides to get out of the way without getting over Bob. This is the bittersweet ending.
- If Alice fails, Claire finds out, and Claire isn't willing to let go, things turn tragic. The Arthurian love triangle is a good example of this. This is the bad ending.
- Finally, if Claire turns out to be a total bitch/bastard, Alice gets over her devotion and lives happily ever after with Bob in a Type 4. Alternatively, if Claire is devoted to Alice after all, Claire realizes she's getting in the way of Alice/Bob and quickly gets over her feelings for Bob into Type 7. Either way, this is the happy ending.
Mind you, these are just some examples, and do need refining (and maybe even splitting), but the core idea here is that there are tropes—the tropes often follow a progression through particular types and often fall into one of many types depending on minor (i.e. not distinct enough to split off) variations. A split by type would by focusing on mathematical
structure, not story
As for Spin-Off
, I think that would make a good index, with each type being its own trope.
edited 15th Jan '13 10:49:25 PM by Ironeye
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