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"A ménage-à-trois, baby! Two's company, three's a ménage!"
Michael, The Boys in the Band

Also known as a "ménage-à-trois"note  or a "threesome."

The most common forms of sex involve two people. Supposedly, it feels pretty good. So what's the most obvious way to take this steamy dynamic and ramp it up? Add another person — preferably a sexy one.

This trope is most commonly used as a form of basic Fanservice, and — due to Male Gaze and Most Writers Are Male reasons — the third person in this scenario is usually a woman, and the important in-focus character is usually a man. Who these women are or why they're willing to get into a threesome is rarely considered important information. Oftentimes, both women won't even have Nominal Importance and will exist entirely to show off how manly the guy is for having a threesome. This aspect of the trope is shown in one recurring aspect of the sex act — it will sometimes start out with the two women making out for an extended period of time before eventually "inviting" the man to join in, conveniently shortly before we Fade to Black. Naturally, this form is very common in pornography.note 

As a narrative tool, most dramatic tension is built in the lead-up to the act, with characters discussing how or why they want to do it. It can also be used to develop sexual tension during the act by having the male character do it with his girlfriend and a third party, only to discover that he kind of likes the third party more. Some audience members will be annoyed that his getting too much sex is supposed to count as a "problem." One common variation that turns the trope into a joke involves a man's girlfriend suggesting to him that they do a three-way, and he quickly and eagerly accepts, only to discover at the last minute that the third party is a dude. This puts him in the hilarious situation of either having a Gay Moment or admitting that he was being hypocritical in only wanting three-way-sex when it fulfilled his fantasy.

Like any sex-related trope, Double Standards apply. If a woman acknowledges to have partaken or to desire the 2 males/1 female variation of this trope, expect people around her to view her with disgust or at least with suspicion because My Girl Is Not a Slut. In real life, the 2M/1F ménage-à-trois is just as common a fantasy among women as the 2F/1M is among men. And of course, there are also one-gender variants (FFF and MMM) to play around with, but they're mostly consigned to the Minority Show Ghetto.

The Super-Trope to Twin Threesome Fantasy. For specific examples of MFF, MFM and MMF variants, see A Threesome Is Hot.note  This is an easy way of raising the stakes in an Everybody Has Lots of Sex setting. Compare Mile-High Club in terms of sexual rubicons that all men are supposed to aspire to. If one member of the threesome is not participating, but just watching, that'll usually involve Sex in a Shared Room (although it often doesn't apply in threesomes due to consent issues).

If the sex is just one part of a three-way relationship, it's Polyamory. See One True Threesome for Shipping examples, and Threesome Subtext for implied examples.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Don't Meddle with My Daughter!: Played for drama and fanservice in "Uncanny Eighth Wonder no.2", in which Athena gets brainwashed by Blowjob. Clara and her girlfriend, Mei, double-team her with a pair of strap-ons until she finally climaxes hard enough to return to her senses.
  • When the group visits the lamia village in Monster Musume, multiple lamias proposition Kimihito for threesomes, foursomes, basically any level of group he wants, since lamias are All Women Are Lustful personified and there's only one other man in the whole town and his age means his stamina isn't what it used to be. Kimihito being Kimihito, he of course isn't interested.
  • In Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Nodoka fantasizes about Three Way Sex (Saishoudoukin) between Negi, Yue, and herself. There's a Censor Box involved, but it doesn't obscure the fact that in the fantasy, all three are naked and Yue appears to be sitting on top of Negi. Much to the amusement of Chamo and Haruna.
    Chamo: "Saishoudoukin." Well... you sure know some hard words, young lady. I guess they don't call you a book lover for nothing."
    Haruna: "To have such an immoral and lewd plan coming out from you, what a surprise."
  • Rosario + Vampire: 11-year-old Cute Witch Yukari seems perfectly fine with having one of these with Moka and Tsukune. In fact, it's one of her main ambitions in life.
  • Sailor Moon: In the Makaiju Arc of the anime, Usagi fantasizes about Mamoru in both his guises (Tuxedo Kamen and Moonlight Knight), making this also Screw Yourself. Usagi didn't learn that Moonlight Knight was Mamoru's guise or better said — sort-of other self until the end of the Makaiju arc itself.
  • Sekirei: Matsu, after waking up one morning attempting to kiss Minato, accidently kisses Musubi instead, which neither were that bothered by. While Musubi did believe she kissed Minato at first Matsu told Minato she'd be very interested at the thought of having a threesome with the two.
  • Played for Laughs in Servant × Service. Though she was most likely joking, Kaoru mentions she wouldn't mind having a threesome with her brother Yutaka and his coworker Yamagami when Yutaka brings a drunk Yamagami in her apartment.

    Comic Books 
  • Circles: At one point in the '70s, Paulie + Arthur + John lived together and they were all in a close relationship.
  • Elves in ElfQuest are bisexual and tend to open relationships. Stable trios include Pike/Skot/Krim, Scouter/Dewshine/Tyleet, Cutter/Leetah/Skywise, and temporarily Cutter/Nightfall/Redlance. Then there's Skywise/Vurdah/Ruffel/Maleen, particularly in The Heart's Way. The pre-battle orgy in Book 4 shows Skywise with at least 2 unnamed Go-Backs, and Nightfall and Redlance mixing it with another unnamed couple. In the Futurequest storyline it's suggested that Kullyn, Jink, and Tamia will enjoy a threesome at the end of the story, all having previously had twosomes with each other.
  • Fine Print: Lauren is shown having an explicit threesome with a man and woman during one of her many hookups.
  • Omaha the Cat Dancer has two major incidents. The first was with Joanne initiating it partially to keep Chuck and Omaha entertained while she is hiding them from a murderous businessman's minions. The second was when Omaha and Chuck celebrate their first New Year's Eve party after reuniting after an extended break up. Specifically, Chuck had invited Omaha's boyfriend whom she met during that separation to the event and to show his appreciation for that guy's support of Omaha during that tough time, Chuck invites him to participate in a threesome and a fun time is had by all.
  • Raptors: After the Molina twins have captured Vicky, there's a threeway scene between Drago, Camilla, and Vicky, made rather uncomfortable because of the Twincest and Questionable Consent involved.
  • Watchmen features one. Sort of. Briefly. The three involved are Silk Spectre II, Dr Manhattan, and ... Dr Manhattan, who has duplicated himself because he thought Laurie would enjoy it. There are additional duplicates working in his lab at the same time, which really pisses her off because she thinks he's treating her like "something that needs to be done".
  • Colossus of X-Men apparently had a threesome the first time he was in the Savage Land (chronicled in X-Men: Vignettes). During a later visit, one of the girls strongly hints that her son is his son, but he's oblivious.
  • A recurring event in the XXXenophile comics written by Phil Foglio:
    • Four-way sex between a man and three dryads appears in the volume 2 story "Tree's A Crowd".
    • Volume 3's "The Big One" has a two-man-one-woman threeway as its "plot".
    • Volume 4's "Now Museum, Now You Don't" has a lesbian five-way.
    • Volume 5 has "Family Reunion", which features a threesome between black space salvager Otis and Judiths 16 and 17, the last surviving clones of a lost ancient female white astronaut.
    • Volume 6's "Wish Fulfillment" features the male genie dividing into a Mind Hive of three clones in order to better please his female human lover.
    • Volume 7 has "Rule of Three", in which a Love Triangle between male human spacefarer Omar, his long-lost female human lover Trillby, and his alien lover Snixor is resolved courtesy of Snixor being a hermaphrodite and the three deciding that this makes a threeway relationship quite viable.
    • Volume 8 opens with "Overly Familiar", in which a female witch, her male familiar (a cat turned human) and the witch's patron spirit Cernunnos have a threesome to cure her of the miscast Love Potion spell she applied to herself. The next story, "I Swing The Body Electric", has a cute Robot Girl getting it on with the six male members of her crew. Finally, "The Monster Under The Bed" has incestuous lesbian twins being sexually ravished — much to their pleasure — by an unseen male monster under their bedsheets.

    Fan Works 
  • Advice and Trust:
    • Discussed, after Rei has been ordered to spend some more time with Shinji and Asuka (who, unbeknownst to anyone else at that point, are now an item). Asuka firmly vetoes the idea while Shinji protests that it genuinely hadn't occurred to him. Then we find out that Rei wouldn't say no if they offered either… Asuka's Unusual Euphemism for it, "The Israfael Special", went on to become a minor meme on the forums where A&T is posted.
    • It's also implied during Asuka's birthday party that Kensuke had a threesome with his two girlfriends while on a camping trip.
  • Lelouch and his girlfriend Milly have "played with" other girls in The Black Emperor, sometimes together.
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home fic Bruises Fade Like Memories has the three Spider-Men trying this out for the first time before the two older variants have to leave. Since this arrangement is Peter 1's first time, the former two make sure their younger counterpart is as comfortable as possible.
  • In Code Geass: The Prepared Rebellion, Lelouch has a threesome with C.C. and Sayoko after the Battle of Saitama Ghetto.
  • A Crown of Stars: Discussed. During a sex ed talk, Rayana mentions Shinji and Asuka that in some alternate timelines they had a very happy three-ways relationship with Rei. However, Asuka declares she does not intend to share.
    Rayana: You’ve got a true innocent here, Asuka. Careful breaking him in. Hmm, would you like some of my helpful pamphlets?
    Asuka: Wait, there are way too many legs in that picture…
    Rayana: Just the right number for three people.
    Asuka: …three?
    Rayana: I wanted to be prepared for any questions you might have. After all, there was that one worldline where you, Shinji, and Rei-chan were in a very enthusiastic threesome, […] You spent most nights together playing "who can wear out Shinji first?" Shinji never got much sleep, but never seemed to complain.
  • In the Discworld of A.A. Pessimal, Miss Alice Band wakes up with two very close friends following an evening spent drinking strong liquor and losing inhibitions. Alice, Dolores and Steffi have their night of drunken abandon in Clowning Is A Serious Business''.
  • In the Lost Girl/Castle fic "Fae in Heat", when Bo travels to New York to find a Wereling, she suffers serious injuries in front of Castle and Beckett before she and Kenzi can kill it. After compelling the couple to take her to Castle's apartment, Bo takes it a step further and engages in a threesome with Castle and Beckett for Intimate Healing.
  • From Bajor to the Black, Part II: Eleya states that her roommate Jazz once brought home a girl and a guy (which led Eleya to Need a Freaking Drink), and she refers to a Noodle Incident where she woke up with a hangover next to two Klingons with a cracked rib and "several bruises in embarrassing places".
  • Germany, Italy, and Japan undertook this towards the end of Hetalia: Axis Powers fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità. Let's just say Prussia, Spain, and France definitely enjoyed the sight.
  • Most Hurog fanfics: Laying Foundations ends with an implied threesome, Human Magic has a more explicit one, all with Tisala, Ward, and Oreg, the fandoms OT3
  • One of Marisa's many sex jokes in Imperfect Metamorphosis involves inviting Reisen to have a threesome with her and Reimu. Reimu is unamused.
    "We haven't even gotten the strap-on out yet. You're welcome to join in if you want, ze. Make it a party."
  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Tempest Rewrite: The final chapter (not counting the epilogues) details the wedding night of Mina, Emma and Orlando; for the fic in general, sex scenes with exactly two people are in the minority.
  • Linked in Life and Love: One of the first things to happen is an (offscreen) lesbian fourway between the members of Team RWBY. Except two of the girls are sisters, so they definitely were not doing anything to each other. All four end up in a relationship together. It's lampshaded repeatedly throughout the story that even by the already strange standards of the world and culture, starting a long-term relationship this way is just plain bizarre.
  • In The Logia Brothers, Luffy's first time was with both Nami and Nojiko, though it was downplayed as Nami and Nojiko didn't interact with each other for obvious reasons and instead take turns. When Mikita joins the crew, it becomes a more standard threeway.
  • My Immortal has Ebony, Vampire and Draco have a threesome in Chapter 43. Plus Voldemort's past self.
  • A New Hope (Danganronpa), being Hotter and Sexier than its canon material, includes some detailed sex scenes. This includes two three-ways: one with Makoto, Mukuro, and Hina, and later with Hajime, Chiaki, and Mikan.
  • New Tamaran:
    • Supergirl's favorite way of satisfying her sex addiction is with Wonder Girl and whoever happens to be available.
    • Bumblebee, Aqualad, and Speedy fully embrace being Friends with Benefits.
    • On the villain side, Cheshire and Blackfire engage in threesomes with Scarecrow (who consents) and Red X (who doesn't).
    • In the second chapter of the sequel Justice Returns, Raven awakens Robin/Nightwing, whose naked body is entangled with those of Starfire and Barbara Gordon.
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: In chapter 13's Omake Misato and Asuka are fighting over Shinji. When it is evident Asuka has the upper hand, Misato talks her into "sharing" him, hinting she knows "things" and she can teach them both. Asuka agrees, and she is about to kiss Shinji… when Pen Pen wakes him up from his dream. Shinji was not amused.
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe fic "Tingle" features at least two major scenes involving a threesome with Peter Parker, Yelena Belova and Kate Bishop (Peter also observes that Polyamory has been on the rise since the Blip meant that people came back after a five-year gap to reunite with spouses who had married other people). While Peter is the least experienced, the women are always patient with him, to the extent that even when Yelena declares an interest in pegging Peter she affirms that she'll let him decide when he's ready for that.
  • In To Undo it All, Yoruichi manages to get Ichigo to admit that in the previous timeline, Ichigo's first time was a threesome. Unohana later deduces that Ichigo's partners were herself and Yoruichi, simply by noticing exactly how Ichigo would avoid the subject.
  • Total Drama:
    • The Legend of Total Drama Island: Several PG-rated references:
      • Downplayed when Cody meets Katie and Sadie and sizes them up as "threesome material".
      • Cody occasionally discussed the trope with Noah. These discussions typically take the form of Cody invoking the trope in reference to Katie and Sadie, and Noah defying it. Noah disdains threesomes because, as he puts it, “any bird worth making out with in the first place would be worth my undivided attention”; so if offered two girls, he would rather make out with them one at a time.
    • Second Chance at Love: While not full sexual intercourse, the tenth chapter ends with basically this, with it made crystal clear this will be happening more in the future.
    • Unbreakable Red Silken Thread
      • Ever since Heather fully embraced her bisexuality, she and Cody have been having threesomes with other ladies. These apparently started late in high school and continued into college. They are common enough to have made the couple minor celebrities on campus, with most characters knowing about them. They even have a series of rules in place. Cody doesn’t ask for threesomes or pick the girls. In exchange, Heather doesn’t go off on her own after girls, talks with Cody about her choices beforehand, and doesn’t try to manipulate girls into their bed.
      • Lindsay and Tyler partake in this as well, although only on special occasions such as hollidays and birthdays.
  • Vow of Nudity: Fairly common thanks to the prevalence of sex scenes. Every protagonist has participated in at least one (even Haara's mom, who only appears in the prequel.)
  • White Sheep (RWBY): Since Salem really wants grandchildren, she tries to convince Cinder and Pyrrha to double-team her son Jaune. Except Cinder is basically Jaune's sister, and Pyrrha refuses to be a homewrecker because Jaune already has a girlfriend. Also, Jaune isn't there.
    Pyrrha took a deep breath and steadied herself. She cast out the images of herself, Cinder and Jaune entangled in white sheets, and then cast them out again when it didn't work the first time.
  • In With This Ring, Karon and Holly offer Paul the chance for a three-way in the Spring in Blume arc. He ultimately turns the offer down since there were too many unpredictable emotional variables and it could mess with her rehabilitation.
  • Xtremly Scray has the Ebony Expy, Harry Potter, and Draco have a threesome in limbo after they slit their wrists and die.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 1900 features a bizarre two male, one woman variation where protagonists Olmo and Alfredo visit a prostitute who gives them simultaneous hand jobs, then suffers an epileptic seizure while in bed with them. Unlike most examples, this scene's used more to emphasize the difference in their characters (Olmo, the Working-Class Hero, expresses compassion towards the young woman while Alfredo, the Upper-Class Twit, belittles her, triggers her seizure by forcing her to drink alcohol, then leaves while she's recovering) than to provide titillation.
  • À l'aventure:
    • Sophie has sex with both a man and woman whom she's seeing in a BDSM relationship.
    • Sandrine, Mina and Sophie later have a threesome when hypnotized by Greg (with their consent) to experience the most intense sexual pleasure of their lives as well.
  • In American Psycho, Patrick has threesomes with call girls several times. Then, he usually tortures them to death.
  • Black Mama, White Mama: Ruben, a drug lord, has sex with two sisters (without any explicit stuff).
  • The most important Three-Way Sex scene in history came in 1966 film Blowup. Thomas the hip London fashion photographer has sex with two would-be models. Even though the film used a Sexy Discretion Shot cutaway after the clothes came off, the nudity cost the film any chance at approval under The Hays Code. In response, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer released the film anyway, and the Hays Code became a thing of the past, soon replaced by the MPAA rating system.
  • Blue My Mind: At least four men at a club get Mia to give them fellatio as she's clearly intoxicates. She fellates two before Gianna comes into the room and gets her away.
  • Burying the Ex: Travis is introduced having fallen asleep right on the floor of his half-brother Max's apartment, having had sex with two women the night before there.
  • In Chasing Amy, Holden feels insecure that he has less sexual experience than his girlfriend Alyssa (Alyssa participated in a three-way with two men in High School, which saddled her with the unfortunate nickname "Fingercuffs" and convinced her to swear off men for a while), and things are awkward with his best friend Banky because of Banky's repressed feelings for Holden. To solve both problems at once, Holden proposes that the three of them all have sex together. Banky tentatively accepts, but Alyssa is insulted, and both relationships end.
  • Featured in A Clockwork Orange where Alex brings home two girls he meets at the local record store. The entire scene is sped up and set to a synth rendition of the "William Tell Overture". The scene in the original book is decidedly less hot, seeing as the girls are nine years old.
  • Not actually seen in Darling, which came out one year before Blowup. What we do see is Diana and her lover Miles in the apartment, as Diana's former lover Robert comes by, only to leave in embarrassment. That's followed by shots that reveal an Asian woman in the bedroom of the apartment, in front of the mirror, dressed only in her underwear.
  • Duck Butter: Fourway, actually. Nima suggests Fay and Kathy, a couple Sergio knows, have group sex with them. Sergio is not happy with the idea, but goes along. When the four start kissing though, Nima starts getting uncomfortable, so she calls it off.
  • Entre Nous (2021): Discussed when Simon asks if Elodie and Laetitia ever have threesomes. She's contemptuous, saying that's every straight man's fantasy, obviously suspecting he wants one with the two. Laetitia says they don't engage in them. Simon says he'd like one with Laetitia and some women other than Elodie (whom he dislikes). Laetitia shows no interest in this, but does end up having sex with him alone.
  • The Girl From Monday: Nobody wakes up to find Jack and Cecile having sex. Later the three of them are lying in bed together under the covers of his bed.
  • The Guard: Gerry has offscreen sex with two prostitutes who are both dressed as Gardai officers.
  • In Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle it is explicitly offered by Freakshow and his wife. While they debate whether or not to accept, Freakshow offers to make it a Four Way, which causes them to flee in terror.
  • Holly Slept Over: Noel proposes this between Audra, Holly and himself after Pete suggests the idea. They agree, having sex offscreen with him and each other. He gets jealous though after they start kissing when he's not involved. Holly's been in them already more than once and says they did great when it's over.
  • I Love You, Beth Cooper: Beth's friends Cammy and Treece sleep with Rich near the end, leading him to decide he's possibly bisexual, not gay (they're disappointed as it was too fast).
  • In Ken Park, Peaches has a threesome with Shawn and Claude.
  • Kiss of the Damned: Maia has sex with a man and woman in the house.
  • Love (2015): There's a very lengthy, explicit threesome as Marcus, Omi and Electra all have sex together.
  • In Magic Mike, Mike and his girlfriend Joanna have a three-way with a woman that they don't know. Later on in the movie, Joanna approaches him about a three-way with Brooke (it doesn't happen).
  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women: William, Elizabeth and Olive, as a polyamorous trio, all have sex together multiple times.
  • The Rapture: Sharon, a swinger, has a threeway early on with a man and woman.
  • Room in Rome: Subverted. Poor Max comes up, completely misunderstanding Alba's (very literal) request for toys, and thinks the girls want this. He's bitterly disappointed, though he manages to leave with some dignity.
  • Rough Night: Blair reluctantly sleeps with Pietro and Lea, the horny neighbors, since she's very worried that their security cameras caught the homicide. Although she seems to enjoy it at the time, she's quite unhappy to learn it was All for Nothing afterward, because their cameras don't work.
  • Safer at Home: The double standard is played up when during a game of Never Have I Ever, Jen reveals to the rest of the group meeting online that she has had a threesome of the one girl, two guys variety. Her boyfriend is disturbed despite the fact that it was over ten years ago and as she points out, he has a past too. They get into a bad argument.
  • Sex and Death 101: Roderick has sex with Bambi and Thumper, a (supposedly lesbian) couple.
  • In The Sex Monster, Marty convinces his wife to have a threesome with another woman. Then she wants to have another one, except really more of a twosome.
  • A Simple Favor: Emily claims she and Sean engaged had this with his T.A. Beth, although he denies it later.
  • Spring Breakers:
    • The Twins always have threesomes with girls together.
    • Brit, Candy, and Alien all have sex together near the end of the film.
    • Shortly after this, Big Arch is shown having sex with two women as well.
  • In Star Trek Into Darkness, Kirk gets a call from Starfleet while he's in the middle of a Twin Threesome Fantasy with a pair of Caitians. They're less than pleased.
  • Sweetwater: Josiah is seen about to engage in it with his wives.
  • Undercover Heat: Dirty Harriet police officer Cindy Hannen (Athena Massey) goes undercover in a high-class whorehouse to catch a murderer. She discovers the fake clients set up for her cannot be relied upon and when faced with real tricks decides to sew her "Wild oats" and enjoy a sexual adventure as a real prostitute, transforming from tomboy into Fair Cop via a Girliness Upgrade, essentially Becoming the Mask. Also played with when she does a roleplay as a (dominatrix-y) cop for one of her unwitting clients and indulges in a threesome with an attractive married couple.
  • Virgin Territory: Lorenzo is bathing when two nuns get in the tub with him and they have sex. Later on another pair come into his room for this too.
  • The Voyeurs: At one point, Sebastian's shown getting up from bed after having had sex with two models.
  • Where the Truth Lies: The catalyst for the film's plot is a threesome gone wrong. Vince and Maureen had sex, after which she did it with Lanny too. When the two were in the middle, Vince came on to Lanny, who rejected him. Maureen saw and realized Vince is really bisexual. She demanded money not to out him as a result, which would be a social death sentence since this was in the 50's. Their valet Reuben killed her later to prevent this as her demand was too high to be satisfied.
  • One of the selling points of Wild Things was a threesome between Neve Campbell, Denise Richards, and Matt Dillon. (The others were Girl on Girl Is Hot and a surprisingly complex plot.)
  • The climax (heh) of the Mexican film Y tu mamá también features such a scene between the female lead Luisa and the two male leads, Julio and Tenoch. It's actually important for the film's story, as it exposes the underlying attraction between both boys. At first, Julio and Tenoch focus their attention on the incredibly lovely Luisa, but as she kneels to the ground to pleasure them both, the camera focuses on Julio and Tennoch as they begin to passionately kiss. Notably, the threesome ends the friendship between both boys, as they can only manage an awkward silence after waking up next to each other and never speak to each other again, except for a chance meeting months later.
  • Young & Wild: Daniela fantasizes about having a threesome with her boyfriend Tomás and Antonia, a woman she also likes.

  • In Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day, Lake Traverse becomes involved with both Deuce Kindred and Sloat Fresno—which is particularly squicky because the two men murdered her father...
  • Comes up a couple of times in the Anita Blake novels. Generally the Everybody Has Lots of Sex moments are what broke the fanbase.
  • Black Iris has an instance that manages to be plot-relevant. When Blythe, Laney, and Armin give in to their mutual Unresolved Sexual Tension, someone gets a picture of them and uses it for blackmail. It's the typical MFF/FMF variant, but slightly different here in that both girls are bisexual anyway, and have plenty of sex without Armin.
  • The Change Room: Shar often engages in these as part of her sex work, usually women with their boyfriends seeing her together. While part of them, Shar enjoys most introducing women to sexual pleasure with another woman, especially when it provides a self-realization that they like this through doing so.
  • In The Dinosaur Lords, Melodía gets in a threesome with Bernardius and Violette.
  • In The Dresden Files short story Backup, Thomas Raith is talking with his sister Lara over the phone, and it turns out she's apparently calling him while in the middle of a three-way. Being White Court vampires, neither of them are perturbed by this.
  • Ecotopia: At one point the main character has sex with two women.
  • This is how Rolf Carlé from Isabel Allende's Eva Luna loses his virginity. To his two cute cousins, even. This evolves into a steady Secret Relationship until Rolf leaves his uncle and aunt's household and goes to college, and later the cousins marry other guys; still, the three consider this a very happy period of their shared lives.
  • A Fox Tail includes a foursome between Vulpie and Polar and another gay couple.
  • In The Girls, Evie and Suzanne are sent to Mitch as a sexual bribe to help get Russell a record deal. Evie is deflowered by Mitch but doesn't enjoy the experience at all, holding him in contempt, being far more attracted to Suzanne.
  • In The Godfather, Freddie is described to engage in threesomes while in Las Vegas, something his father finds very degenerate, his employer find bothersome because of making girls find sex too fade afterwards and his doctor jokes about by saying he will have to explain things to him about pregnancy and veneral diseases.
  • Kingsley Amis' The Green Man has the philandering protagonist convince his wife and girlfriend to experiment. It backfires instantly - the two lock into a tight embrace and refuse to engage with him. He walks away to deal with the climax of the novel, and few hours later both women announce that they're leaving him.
  • Hybrid × Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia:
    • Before the battle with Gravel, Kizuna has a threeway Climax Hybrid session with Yurishia and Scarlett to power them all up.
    • In volume 8, Kizuna has a threeway connect Climax Hybrid session with his big sister, Reiri, and their mom in order to install his upgraded "Eros" core.
  • In I Will Fear No Evil the protagonist (currently in a female body) praises the joy of an MMF threesome (or an MFM threesome with no worries about balls touching).
  • In The Mists of Avalon Guenevere, Arthur and Lancelot try a threesome once. It doesn't work out.
  • In Portnoy's Complaint, the sex-obsessed protagonist has a threesome with his girlfriend and an Italian prostitute in Rome, but he finds it more strenuous than sexy.
    I can best describe the state I subsequently entered as one of unrelieved busy-ness. Boy, was I busy! I mean there was just so much to do. You go here and I'll go there- okay, now you go here and I'll go there- all right, now she goes down that way, while I head up this way, and you sort of half turn around on this...
  • German writer Kurt Tucholsky had this in Schloss Gripsholm and claimed it was based on Real Life. His girlfriends would later claim this was NOT the case.
  • In Sergey Lukyanenko's Seekers of the Sky duology, Helena is a glider (wood-and-cloth plane) pilot. She retells a few stories from her flying days, many of which end in pilots having sex after (crash-)landing. One story ends in a foursome with her as the only woman. Apparently, this is quite common among pilots, even though most are male.
  • The Shadowhunter Chronicles has a triangular, bisexual example in Cristina Rosales, Mark Blackthorn, and Kieran. By the end of The Dark Artifices, all three love each other, in all directions, and can't bear the thought of being separated from one another.
  • Smoke and Ashes ends with a threesome to save the world, because the gay protagonist needs a man involved to become aroused enough to activate Leah's sex-based powers.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Either it's just a kinky Dornish thing, or an interest in threesomes runs in the Martell family.
    • Oberyn Martell and Ellaria Sand — a couple — like to share. They're both bisexual. Once they get a whore for the third party, and another time Ellaria expresses interest in Oberyn marrying Cersei so the three of them could have threesomes.
    • Lady Nym (Oberyn's daughter) had a Twin Threesome Fantasy with the Fowler twins, Jennelyn and Jeyne.
    • Tyene Sand (also Oberyn's daughter) and Arianne Martell (Oberyn's niece) had — or at least tried to have — a threesome with Drey Dalt when they were young.
  • The Star Wars Expanded Universe subverts this. In the Dark Nest Trilogy, Zekk and Jaina become part of a Hive Mind and have a lot of sex. Zekk realizes that adding Jaina's other Love Interest, Jag would be… nice. Jag, upon finding that his romantic rival now had the same feelings for him as did his romantic interest, refused to comment.
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil: After several volumes of flirting and foreplay between Basara and his aunt, Chisato, volume 7 culminates in a threeway where he finally takes her virginity. In which, Basara uses his power to create a copy of himself mid-coitus. An additional note mentions it was also Chisato's first experience with double penetration.
  • When the cops come for Mob hoodlum and strip club manager Luke Goshen in Trunk Music, he's in bed with two of his strippers.

    Live-Action TV 
  • An early episode of The 100 has Bellamy waking up in bed with two girls. Part of a general pattern of Bellamy getting laid a lot in Season 1, thanks to Power is Sexy and looking like Bob Morley.
  • Angel:
    • In "Carpe Noctem", an old man has been trying to reclaim his youth by taking over the bodies of young, fit men from the gym across the street from his retirement home. The first of the men we see the old guy possess has apparently just been engaged in a threesome with two women, just before his body melts from the inside when the old man's spell wears off. It's later sort of subverted, however, when it's revealed that the women were actually prostitutes.
    • In "The Girl in Question", in addition to reportedly having a herculean physique, the Immortal has the stamina of a racehorse, as Darla and Drusilla can attest. (To Spike and Angel's vast annoyance, as Darla and Dru never let them do it 'concurrently'.)
    • Perhaps they asked the wrong girl—in the comics it's revealed that Buffy's favourite sexual fantasy involves a bondage threesome with Angel and Spike (while dressed in a Naughty Nurse Outfit), and in a later comic issue she reveals another sexual fantasy involving two different film characters played by Christian Bale.
  • Avocado Toast: Discussed when Elle jokingly suggests she, Jake and Molly have a threesome when she's learned Molly's parents an open marriage, saying this runs in the family. "Way too soon", replies Molly.
  • Babylon 5: Centauri are polygamous, and their *ahem* Exotic Equipment kind of makes it easier to have them all at once. In one episode where Londo gained the right to divorce two of his three wives, but was having trouble deciding which ones, two of them tried to persuade him with a threesome, but the third refused to participate. Later in the series finale, Emperor Cotto is introduced in bed with two women, responding to a messenger with an aggravated "Whaaattt?!"
  • Baltar is shown to have done it with a Number Three and a Number Six in Battlestar Galactica. Quite an achievement since he's basically their captive at that point. Oh, and both women, being Ridiculously Human Robots, are strong enough to effortlessly snap his spine if they wished to.
  • In The Boys (2019), the superhero Queen Maeve deals with her girlfriend leaving her by grabbing two buff guys for a threesome (she's bisexual, but her corporate overlords at Vought are marketing her as a lesbian because it's "easier"). When her handler Ashley finds her in bed with them, she chastises Maeve for endangering her public image. Maeve is too upset to care.
  • Brave New World: Along with public orgies, threesomes appear to be common in New London (we see many happening). Lenina turns down an offer for one after she's grown discontented with her society's ways.
  • A season one episode of Californication has Hank and Charlie having a rather messy one with a woman. The episode is titled, appropriately enough, The Devil's Threesome.
  • In Coupling, Patrick proposes a threesome to his girlfriend, and she's very eager, but he doesn't realise until he's already waiting naked for her that the third party she invited was, in fact, Jeff.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Captain Jack Harkness mentioned waking up with his erstwhile executioners the morning after they were supposed to well, execute him, and says they're a nice couple and they've stayed in touch. In Torchwood, he mentions having once been involved with a pair of twin acrobats.
    • Also in Torchwood, one of the team Owen picks up a woman in a bar with an alien lust spray. Then her angry boyfriend shows up. Since this is Torchwood, Owen just sprays the boyfriend too and is implied to have had sex with both of them at once. (Technically, he sprays himself with the stuff. Whether this makes it less rapey depends on whether it just makes him smell really good, or actually impairs their judgment.)
  • An episode of Dream On featured Martin dating a woman who wanted a threesome with him and his best friend Eddie. At the end of the episode, they decide to go through with it.
  • Subverted in The Drew Carey Show, when Drew and a lesbian both get the same woman's phone number at a wedding and both start dating her. Since the two got rather competitive over who got to have sex with her first, she proposes a threesome. Drew ends up accidentally falling asleep on the couch while the two women go upstairs to start without him. By the time he wakes up, they've both already left, having fallen in love and decided to take a trip across the country together. Neither of them is ever seen on the show again.
  • Elite features a rare MFM threeway relationship between Carla, Christian, and Polo. They get multiple scenes of each of them making out with each other and getting down and dirty.
  • Entourage:
    • Eric's girlfriend's best friend suggests they all do it. Her motivations are treated as suspect and are the first thing Eric brings up with his (male) friends. They conclude that what she really wants is to have sex with Eric's girlfriend, and Eric being around is just a plausible excuse for her to suggest it. Though not considering this in itself to be a dealbreaker, Eric ultimately decides against the proposal. But when he offhandedly mentions to his girlfriend that he "didn't think you'd be into it", she insists that they do do it, apparently interpreting Eric's statement as some sort of remark on her not being adventurous enough.
    • When Turtle and Drama, after spending days trying to impress the same girl asks her to make a choice, she simply takes them both by the hand and leads them upstairs. Cue uncomfortable silence the next morning due to accidental "crossing of swords".
  • Fellow Travelers: Subverted. Hawk tries to draw Tim into a threesome with him and Craig, Hawk's boyfriend. Tim goes along reluctantly at first, but Hawk stops before Tim can fully join in.
  • Friends:
    • In the episode "The One Where Ross and Rachel Take A Break", Chandler and Joey once thought they might end up having sex with the same woman. When Joey asked who would go where, Chandler suggested flipping a coin:
      Joey: Yeah, I guess, but what's like heads and what's tails?
      Chandler: Well, if you don't know that I'm not sure I want to do this with you!
    • Hilariously subverted in a hypothetical What Could Have Been episode, where Ross and Carol—still married—agree to have a threesome with Susan, who was then only a... friend of Carol's. Ross, tossed aside during most of the act, finds out the hard way about his wife's homosexuality. He made and ate a sandwich halfway through. They didn't mind.
      Ross: You ever go to a party and think, "Would anyone miss me if I weren't here?"
    • In the episode "The One with the Jellyfish", it was revealed that Phoebe was conceived from a threeway between her parents and the girl who ended up being her adoptive mother.
  • Pete and Dawn from Gavin & Stacey attempt one with a guy they met off the internet to try and spice their relationship up. It doesn't work out.
  • Gossip Girl:
    • In the third season an upcoming threesome was announced and created a lot of publicity. Reactions among the fans quickly went from excitement to boredom when it turned out that the threesome was between Dan, Vanessa and Olivia (guest star Hilary Duff). Two of the show's least popular characters together with a guest character few people cared about. The whole thing is generally considered one of the least hot moments on the show.
    • Chuck seems to have more than his fair share, and both Nate and Blair lecture Dan about the unwritten rules for the activity.
    Nate: Look man, I know things. I've been to Europe. Chuck Bass is my best friend. The third person is supposed to be a stranger.
  • Hemlock Grove: Roman and Peter have a spontaneous threesome with Miranda in season 2. They both feel weird about it the next morning, while she's just like "it's the 21st century, guys!".
  • In the final season of House Wilson had a threesome on his bucket list. House helps him get one by playing up the "dying of cancer" angle, the girls steal his wallet and keys.
  • House of Cards (US): Frank, Claire and their secret service agent Meechum have a threesome together, and, surprisingly, it's triangular: Frank and Meechum are clearly having sex with each other (Frank's bisexuality had been set up in the previous season).
  • A major goal for Barney in How I Met Your Mother; he bought a wrestling-championship-style belt to be awarded in such an occasion. In one episode, he quotes the Bro Code's guidance on the matter: "No eye contact during a Devil's Threeway." (A Devil's Threeway being two men and one woman, implied to have happened between George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.) He also claims in another episode to "almost" have had a 4-way. In addition, Ted may or may not have scored one. He refuses to say, but it's strongly implied. Yes, this is a story he's telling to his kids.
  • In From the Cold: Anya tempts Su-Yin using a promise that she would have a threesome with him and Faina, which gets him to do lots of favors for her.
  • In the Dark: In Season 3, Murphy has one with Felix and another woman they meet while on the run, to cover up who they are partly but also as Sex for Solace on Murphy's part.
  • Interview with the Vampire (2022): A MMF variant occurs briefly with Louis, Lestat and Lily in the series premiere. Both men are nude while she's topless and is sandwiched between them, but their foreplay doesn't get very far because Lestat activates his vampire skills to make Lily fall asleep. After she dozes off, Louis and Lestat continue having sex on their own.
  • Just Shoot Me!:
    • In "Two Girls for Every Boy", Maya and a lesbian model get revenge on Finch, who tried to hook them up, by pretending they're willing to have a threesome with him but only if he completes an insane list of impossible tasks before sundown. Throughout the day, Finch is able to get anything he wants from fellow men simply by mentioning that it will help him in this goal (a mounted policeman even gives him a ride on his horse). After he fails miserably, the crowd of men waiting to know if he had succeeded (where they all failed apparently) is disappointed when he shrugs and says no… cue a Slow Clap moment for his effort.
    • In "The Two Faces of Finch, Part 2", Betsy seduces Finch by promising him a threesome. He becomes squicked out when he realizes that Elliott is the intended third person rather than another female.
    • In "The Goodbye Girl" Finch manages to set Elliot up with two women.
  • The Little Drummer Girl: Helga invites Charlie for a threesome with her boyfriend the night before the mission, but Charlie declines.
  • Lost Girl:
    • In "Faetal Attraction" Bo has a very enjoyable threesome with a Fae couple at Kenzi's suggestion after they hit on her to get over the fact that Dyson won't be exclusive and sees other women.
    • At the end of "Table for Fae", Ryan gives Bo a "present"-the beautiful hostess. The pair make out and take off their bras quickly, then Bo invites Ryan to join in, with the episode ending just as he agrees.
  • In Season 7 of Mad Men, Don has one of these with Megan and one of her acting friends in California. It was Megan's idea.
  • The Magicians: Quentin, Margo, and Eliot have a threesome while "high" on emotion magic.
  • In The Mists of Avalon, Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot get into bed together so as to help her conceive. Both have sex with her, thinking perhaps Arthur is the one who's infertile, while he would be happy to have a child whom Lancelot fathered.
  • Mohawk Girls: Zoe has sex with two guys together for stress relief.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus featured a fake-documentary sketch about village idiots, centering on one Arthur Figgis (John Cleese). When the narrator asks "What about his relationships with women?" the scene cuts to Figgis in bed with two gorgeous and apparently naked women, saying, "I may be an idiot, but I'm not a fool."
  • In Mr. Show after Lyle unsuccessfully asks out 2 of the female scientists living in the Biosphere with him (both of who have dates with other scientists), he asks the only female scientist left, who also has a date. He says there should be no one leftnote . She reveals she's going to spend the night with the scientist who another woman had plans with.
    Lyle: …he's sleeping with Dr. Shaddock.
    Dr. Laura Balance: I know. I'm joining them later for a threesome thing.
    Lyle: But what about me?!
    Dr. Laura Balance: It's a threesome.
  • As per its Everybody Has Lots of Sex notoriety, Nip/Tuck seems to engage in this trope with a fair amount of regularity. Most of the time it's just Christian doing it because, you know, he's Christian (in fact, he did this so regularly that he's participated in both the twin variant and the mother-daughter variant on separate occasions), but a couple of plot-focused examples stand out:
    • Matt agrees to engage in these with his ex-girlfriend lesbian cheerleader and her also-a-cheerleader lover, who feels that her new girlfriend is getting turned off the relationship because she's "not getting enough cock". After a few weeks, the other girl ends up dumping her for Matt.
    • Sean and Christian engage in one with a high-class call-girl. Notable for sounding like a subversion of the "one guy two girls" dynamic while actually being completely unlike most examples of the trope. It's not really a "threesome" so much as it is "they take turns mounting her".
  • On The Office (US), Michael brags that Todd Packer had a three-way with two saleswomen they met in a bar. Considering how repulsive Todd Packer is onscreen, however, it could just be Michael telling tales. Or considering how naive Michael can be, the women might have been prostitutes.
  • Pandora: Atria exits the showers with a man, then a woman to Tom's dismay. Later, he's seen lying in bed with two women as well. It's only implied in both cases.
  • On Passions, Charity had a threesome with the two shirtless hunks she was dancing with at the ski lodge club.
  • In Peep Show Jez had been planning to dump his scary girlfriend until she suggests doing a threesome. Though the third person is a stranger, it is someone who detests the whole idea and the event is implied to be pretty horrible.
  • The Power (2023): Roxy has sex with Gabriel in "Just a Girl" and it turns out she'd also been with Becca, who's disappointed that they finished without her.
  • Happens a few times in Queer as Folk (UK). The show being what it is, all of the participants were men.
  • The Double Standard attached to the trope is discussed in an episode of Quincy, M.E., as an analogy to the one attached to alcoholism (one of Quincy's female coworkers is alcoholic). (If a guy wakes up in bed with two women, he's awesome. If a woman wakes up in bed with two men, she's a slut.)
  • Roswell, New Mexico: Has an MMF variant with the love triangle of Michael/Alex/Maria having one after a traumatic incident. Instead of adding more drama to the fire it provides Alex and Michael with enough closure to move on from each other (at least for a short while), Maria and Alex with the assurance that nothing will come between their platonic love for each other and Michael and Maria with a fresh slate to build their relationship on.
  • Scrubs:
    • Todd, when pressed, admits he's had a threesome. Normally he would flaunt information like this, but it wasn't the "cool kind." This was before his sexuality was revealed as "The Todd". In later seasons, he became involved with a pair of swingers.
    • Elliot's old friend Melody claimed to have been in a threesome. When J.D. asks if it was 2 girls and a guy or a "Devil's Threesome", she answers "all girl". This causes every man in the room to slap a nearby table in a fit of horniness.
    • When Turk and Carla told JD they had something to ask him (and it would mean a lot to them if he said yes), he got the mistaken impression they were suggesting a threesome.
      JD: [thinking] 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...
      Turk: Will you be my best man?
      JD: [disappointed] Oh...
  • Seinfeld:
    • In "The Switch", George comes up with an idea on how to successfully pull off the titular switch: the act of breaking up with a girl in order to date her roommate instead, an Impossible Task if there ever was one. The man proposes a "ménage-à-trois" with the roommate to his girlfriend, who becomes disgusted and breaks up with him. She later complains to the roommate, who outwardly expresses sympathy but is secretly flattered she was included. The man then calls their home during a time he knows the roommate will be there but his now ex-girlfriend won't, flirts with the roommate, and asks her out. The original girlfriend is still disgusted and wants nothing to do with the man, so she tells the roommate that if she wants to date that sick pervert so badly she can have him. Problem is, when Jerry tries it, both women are into the idea, which freaks Jerry out enough for him to end the relationship.
      Jerry: I can't! I'm not an orgy guy!
      George: Are you crazy?! This is like discovering plutonium by accident!!
      Jerry: Don't you know what it means to become an orgy guy? It changes everything! I'd have to dress different, I'd have to act different! I'd have to grow a moustache and get all kinds of robes and lotions. I'd need a new bedspread, new curtains. I'd have to get thick carpeting and weirdo lighting. I'd have to get new friends; I'd have to get orgy friends. No, I'm not ready for it.
    • In another episode, George discovers that his girlfriend has a male roommate, which makes him uncomfortable (especially since he looks a lot like George). He convinces his girlfriend to make the roommate move out but then discovers that the velvet furniture he loved belonged to the roommate and would be leaving with him. He then tries to weasel out of the relationship entirely by proposing a "ménage-à-trois", hoping to disgust the girl and get her to break up with him. However, it turns out that the girl had already been discussing such a thing with the roommate beforehand and they're both delighted to find out George is into it too. Cue Big "NO!" from George.
  • Sex and the City:
    • Charlotte's boyfriend expresses interest in a threesome and she goes for it, even though Samantha advises her that the only way a threesome is good is if you're the third party they bring in for it. It ends badly; her boyfriend is more interested in the other woman than with her.
    • Samantha has been dating a guy for some time, and he asks for a threesome as a birthday present. Samantha is quite jealous, but he kicks the other girl out of bed when she calls him "Daddy" mid-sex.
    • Samantha has been listening to her neighbours having sex Right Through the Wall and starts to join in from afar. They invite her to join in in person, but they're too unattractive for her.
    • Samantha (noticing a trend here) is propositioned by two Gay Best Friends of hers since they want to find out what it's like to be with a woman. It doesn't end well, because they can't bring themselves to do anything.
    • One time, Miranda contacts a couple online who are looking for a woman to join in a threesome. Miranda actually has no intention of going through with it, though; she's just looking for validation that she could have one if she wanted to.
  • Siren (2018): Ben, Maddie and Ryn have sex together in "Leverage" before going on the sabotage mission later.
  • In an episode of Special Unit 2, a pair of Medusa sisters pick up men in clubs with the promise of a threesome and, when they're alone, they show their real "hair," petrifying the poor saps. O'Malley goes in undercover and is immediately approached by a pair of sisters offering the same proposition, followed by the Medusae doing the same. He is torn between the two pairs of sisters until one mentions that she's not wearing any panties, tipping the scales in her favor. Incidentally, she is a Medusa. He's been hunting Links for a long time now, so they don't catch him off-guard, although he probably would've rather gone with the other sisters, who actually meant what they said.
  • The whole point of Threesome is that Mitch, Alice, and Richie have a threesome in the pilot.
  • Trigonometry: Episode 5 reveals that Gemma, Kieran and Ray had one, as they all wake up naked in bed together. This was spontaneous after a long buildup of desire between them all.
  • Two and a Half Men:
    • After Alan and Charlie meet several members of a women's volleyball team in a bar:
    Charlie: Come on Alan! Get your priorities straight!
    Alan: I do have my priorities straight! I've had a wife for eleven years, but I've never had group sex!
    Charlie: Don't bother; it's an overrated male fantasy.
    Alan: Really?
    Charlie: No, are you kidding?!
    • Jake is implied to have a pair of girlfriends for this purpose in at least one episode.
    • Alan later breaks up with a girl because their sex life was boring, just moments before she could reveal that she agreed and had invited her hot friend over to help spice it up.
  • The Vampire Diaries:
    • Rebekah/Damon/Sage in season 3; as part of Damon and Sage's plan to read Rebekah's mind, they invite her over in a situation that looks very three-somey, though Sage is ultimately sidelined.
    • In 5x01, a flashback to their time in Europe reveals that Matt and Rebekah had a threesome with a European girl named Nadia (aka the girl who steals the Gilbert ring from Matt).
  • In Vikings, Ragnar and Lagertha offered to share their bed with Athelstan (who declined since he was a monk).
  • Why Women Kill: Taylor, Eli and Jade have a threesome together. Later, they meet another couple who Jade had sex with in a bar.
  • In The Wire, Jimmy McNulty has a threesome with two prostitutes while he is undercover during a bust. He ends up justifying it as, "I was outnumbered." and has to write a report on why he did it, as obviously he wasn't meant to "close the deal" before the raid. Bunk warns him that his report will make him a Baltimore PD legend. Sure enough, in season 5, Dozerman brings it up and McNulty only partially denies it.
  • You Me Her: Jack, Emma and Izzy decide to have a threesome, though first they do some research on just how it works (they watch some porn but find it unrealistic). They all manage to improvise and have an enjoyable time (before they're interrupted anyway), but they resume it soon. After this they continue having threesomes together, with their relationship growing into polyamory.

  • The Britney Spears song "3" is about threesomes.
  • Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)":
    Last Friday night
    We went streaking in the park
    Skinny dipping in the dark
    Then had a ménage à trois
  • Beck's song "Debra" is about a man trying to woo a girl named Jenny, where he says:
    I wanna get with you
    Girl, and your sister
    I think her name's Debra
  • "Triad" by David Crosby.
  • Marilyn Manson's "(s)AINT" video cuts right to the chase, with Manson engaging in an all-male threesome with two cross-dressing male hookers — portrayed by his ex-bandmate, Gidget Gein, and Eric Szmanda of CSI.
  • Two-thirds of "Surf City" by Jan and Dean are all about this trope. The Go-Gos replaced the line "Two girls for every boy" with "Two boys for every girl" in their cover version of the song.
  • "Wild Streak" by Hank Williams Jr.:
    Wild Streak
    I want to jump in the sea
    With two hot mamas and
    Get it on
  • "Two For The Price Of One" by ABBA
  • "The French Song" by Joan Jett.
  • "I Got It From Agnes" by Tom Lehrer:
    Pierre gave it to Sheila
    Who must have brought it there
    He got it from Francois and Jacques
    Haha, Lucky Pierre
  • A rare 2M/1F version in "Ménage" by Black Sheep featuring Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest. By the end of the song, it turns into a 3M/1F four-way.
  • Starting at the 1:52 mark in her video for "Hangin' In", Tanya Tucker hooks up with 3 muscular, bare-chested hunks for a 3M/1F four-way.
  • "3-Way (The Golden Rule)" by The Lonely Island is about this. The eponymous golden rule is: It's not gay when it's in a threeway. But being a comedy song, it doesn't really mean that.
    It's okay when it's in a 3-way
    It's not gay when it's in a 3-way
    With a honey in the middle, there's some leeway
    The area's grey in a 1-2-3-way
    Normally, I don't get down with dudes
    But tonight is a special exception
    See, you're my best friend through thick and thin
    Now it's time to make a triple connection
    (Lights off)
    Here in the dark
    (Here in the dark)
    It's hard to tell
    (So hard to tell)
    Where her body ends
    (La lala)
    And my homie's begins…
  • "Culture Shock" by Olivia Newton-John.

  • In the musical Cabaret, one of the musical numbers presented in the cabaret was "Two Ladies" including the master of ceremonies and two ladies in bed.
  • In A Slenderman Musical, there are multiple instances where two people in the same body do sexual acts with another individual or discuss the logistics of doing so. Add that to Samuel and Jordan's three-way with the Slenderman, and this trope becomes an important plot point.

    Video Games 
  • In the opening cutscene of Dm C Devil May Cry, Dante brings two strippers from a club in his trailer. This is a departure from his original iteration who's a Celibate Hero.
  • Dragon Age:
    • In Dragon Age: Origins it is possible to have a threesome (or foursome) with pirate queen Isabela under a few circumstances: if a female warden is romancing a hardened (that is, more cynical and selfish) Alistair, she can proposition Isabela for sex and invite Alistair along. If a male or female warden is romancing a hardened Leliana and propositions Isabela for sex, Leliana will insist on joining you to "keep an eye on things". If a male or female warden propositions Isabela for sex under any situation and Zevran is present, Isabela will invite him to join you; this can result in a warden + Isabela + Zevran threesome, or a warden + Isabela + Leliana +Zevran foursome (but not a foursome with Alistair—he will refuse).
    • In the dwarf noble starter area, it is possible for a male dwarf noble to sleep with two "noble-hunters". They insist on taking turns instead of any "three-to-a-bed", though.
    • In Dragon Age II, there is a possible threesome, also involving Isabela: at the resolution of Zevran's sidequest, Isabela will proposition him for sex. If Hawke protests, she will tell him or her, "You can come too."
  • In The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, the Dunmeri Tribunal (a trio of Physical Gods) engage in this with each other, according to Vivec's 36 Lessons series. (Though sex amongst gods likely isn't as we mortals understand it.)
  • In Fire Emblem Fates, if Niles is called up to an Avatar of either gender's room for "bonding" and said Avatar's spouse is there, he can imply that he'd be up for this:
    "If you two don't have anything planned for tonight, I can think of a few suggestions."
  • In the God of War games, Kratos can have a threesome in each. In addition, Aphrodite in God of War III is busy with two slave girls when Kratos arrives, and invites him to join (but then a foursome is averted when the other two ladies are relegated to the sidelines, providing commentary on the player's skill with Aphrodite in the following Quicktime event).
  • Difficult but possible: In Jade Empire, it is possible to have sex with Silk Fox and Dawn Star at the same time if you have high enough persuasion skills and are male, or Silk Fox and Sky for either gender.
  • Subverted in Mass Effect. If you flirt with both Liara and the human squad mate they will eventually confront you. Shepard can suggest a three-way, however Kaidan and Ashley won't agree and will break off the relationship.
    Shepard: "I love it when women fight over me."
  • One of the endings of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is a home movie of Harry Mason's affair with Lisa Garland and Michelle Valdez (though pre-coitus).
  • Summertime Saga: A few of the sexual scenarios involve three-ways, including Odette and Grace, and Debbie and Diane. There's even a four-way with Roxxy, Becca, and Missy.

    Visual Novels 
  • Double Homework: The MC ends up in a polyamorous relationship with his twin sisters, including threesomes.
  • The Nasuverse uses Deus Sex Machina and Intimate Healing more than once, so this trope tends to take place sometimes:
    • In Tsukihime fan-disk Kagetsu Tohya is the unlockable side story 'Flower of Thanatos', where Shiki can have a passionate threesome with maid twin sisters Hisui and Kohaku.
    • In Fate/stay night, the first erotic scene in the Fate route is between Shirou + Arthuria/Saber + Rin. (With Saber in the middle, even.)
    • Fan-disk Fate/hollow ataraxia has a gorgeous hot dream scene between Shirou, Sakura, and Medusa/Rider.
  • Played for absolutely horrifying Fan Disservice in Saya no Uta, where Fuminori and Saya rape Yoh.
  • The School Days franchise has its share of this tope too:
    • The player can make Makoto score a threesome with both Kotonoha and Sekai either in on the rooftop of the school or in Sekai's own bedroom. If they do well enough in the game, the three stay together in a Polyamory relationship.
    • Summer Days adds threesomes with twin sisters (Kazuha and Futaba), two regular sisters (Otome and Karen), and mother and daughter (Youko and Sekai).
    • Subverted in Cross Days, where Makoto can convince Hikari, Nanami and Roka to gather for sex, but they don't engage in actual three-or-four-way action. First Makoto does Hikari while Roka talks to Nanami and then fingers her to orgasm, then Makoto fucks Nanami while Hikari and Roka chat and watch over them.
    • Played "straight" in the route with Makoto, Taisuke and Yuu/ki.
  • Shale Hill Secrets: In Episode 7, the MC can end up in a threesome with Maggie and Halley, who are revealed to be bisexual and had been on the verge of becoming lovers when they were teenagers.

  • Kimchi Cuddles: Baxter, Soliloquy, and Lilly try to have one, but Baxter drops the ball. He's not good at multitasking.
  • Least I Could Do:
    • Rayne ends up sleeping with another guy in addition to the girl he tried to pick up. He's not too happy about the dude, but they're a "package deal" and he's apparently just heteroflexible enough to handle it.
    • A small storyline centers around him trying to get a threesome with two girls going. It would have succeeded, but he pushed his luck in trying to make it a fivesome. Impersonating a police officer probably didn't help much either.
  • Shows up often in Ménage à 3, though maybe not quite as often as the title makes some people expect, with most gender permutations. Some examples:
    • Flashbacks shows Zii's foursome with (male) triplets (exhausting) and her threesome with two male former band-mates (abortive due to male-male hang-ups). Another flashback shows Zii's abortive attempt to organize a surprise six-way orgy for Yuki, which ran into the problem of the latter's phobias.
    • Zii gets a threesome with Sonya and Jake. The night ends badly, but no one is objecting at the start—and Jake subsequently develops an excessive taste for (mostly off-screen) group sex.
    • Matt manages to bag two cast members (one male, one female) from Dillon's play, simultaneously.
    • Nathan organises an encounter between himself, Amber, and Dillon (in drag), though he mainly just watches.
    • Zii gets Erik and Adrien into bed simultaneously, the first night that they all meet.
    • Amber offers Gary a threesome, and he fantasises about her and Chanelle. Unfortunately, she means with her and Dillon, which isn't to Gary's tastes, so that fantasy quickly ends. He does get his fantasy realized and expanded later, though.
    • Yuki and Sonya's "sex contest" for Gary's favours culminates in a (pre-arranged) three-way encounter, which ends in disaster (unless you count Gary having sex with Kiley as an indirect consequence), as Gary for one should have expected, when Yuki's issues kick in, again.
    • Zii, Sonya, DiDi, and Peggy wind up in what has to be called a lesbian orgy, though that's mostly about two pairs at any given moment.
    • Matt arranges a foursome with Gary, Kiley, and Peggy, for complex reasons of his own which he doesn't fully disclose to the others. As a result, when Kiley discovers what's going on, she storms out. However, the others all stick around, so it reduces to a threesome.
    • Kiley offers Sonya and Yuki therapeutic assistance with their mutual problems. Given how Kiley is approaching this, and the nature of those problems, these sessions may end up looking a lot like lesbian threesomes.
    • In one of the last story arcs of the comic, Peggy proposes a threesome with two of her co-workers, Jane and Vince, who are both extremely attracted to her. However, the two are such Platonic Life-Partners that they are both Squicked by the idea of merely seeing each other naked, much less doing anything sexual with each other. Peggy says it's either that or nothing, so they down sufficent Liquid Courage to make the experience bearable and reluctantly agree to it, since they both really want to sleep with her. When they get back to Peggy's house, she leaves to go get some "equipment" and leaves the two soused paramedics in her bedroom alone together. She's gone less than a minute, but by the time she comes back, the two of them have skipped from Platonic Life-Partners straight to passionate lovemaking and declaring their desire to move in with each other and have babies, and completely ignore Peggy, whose metaphorical boner is killed on the spot watching the spectacle.
  • Dora from Questionable Content gives her opinion on the subject.
  • The Rock Cocks:
    • Redd has a threesome with minor characters Rei and Meg in Track 5.
    • When Steg and Suria get stranded in the desert in Track 6, one of the ways they pass the time is taking turns suggesting potentials thirds for a threesome, bringing up characters like Redd, Blue, Elizabeth, and even Billy. This turns out to be foreshadowing for Track 8, where they invite Dakota to join the two of them. Dakota is ultimately too shy and self-conscious to get intimate with Steg and Suria, but the three end up in a compromise where Dakota watches the two of them and brings himself to climax.
  • In Schlock Mercenary, the husband of a woman who was "gate-cloned" suggests this. The two women are of one mind in their disagreement with the idea.
  • Sexy Losers discusses the above-mentioned situation with two men and one woman in strip #164 (NSFW).
  • Skin Horse: Tip's "superpower" is apparently so strong that he can get two women to have sex with him at once even when he's barely paying attention. He doesn't realize until the next day that he never even got their names.
  • Ally, Lisa, and Anne have a period in Sunstone where the three are in a threesome arrangement. This drops off when Ally and Lisa confess their love to each other and Anne gets involved with Ally's friend and ex, Alan.
  • Super Rivals:
    • Latex Scorpion walks in on Awesome Girl during a bout of "thank you" sex with two rescued hostages when she tries to tell her the villain behind the situation is escaping. Unfased by this Awesome Girl just extends the offer to Latex to join in, but only get's a single digit reply.
    • Awesome Girl and Thunder Bunny have sex with Astonishing Man while trying to figure out how Madam Mischief might have faked her death. Though Thunder Bunny is a bit too enamored with his Gag Penis to really contribute to the discussion.
  • Unsounded: Bastion has had sex with his friends the married couple Rahm and Iori, fractured memories of which Sessine uses to manipulate him.

    Web Original 
  • Tremontaine has an F/F/M threesome Kaab, Tess, and Vincent and an F/F/F threesome in Season 2.

    Web Videos 
  • In Spooning with Spoony 2, Spoony mentions pulling a man-sandwich with The Nostalgia Critic. It's safe to say that Critic really didn't want to be the filling, as it were.
  • In Where the Bears Are, this happens in Season Two with Wood and Detectives Winters and Martinez, who are partners in both senses of the term. They briefly break up with him to save their marriage, but neither can stay away.

    Western Animation 
  • In Castlevania (2017), a squicky one with rapey undercurrents happens when Sumi and Taka have Alucard tied up with a magic weapon and the two of them have sex with Alucard, including Alucard being the sub to Taka's dom.
  • Clerks: The Animated Series: the Clip Show features some discussion of Caitlin Bree, Dante's constantly cheating ex. After Randall recalls a few flashbacks of her making out with a painter (during a home renovation project, Dante's birthday party, the painter's birthday party), Jay recalls him and Silent Bob once running from the cops and spotting Caitlin in an apartment with two painters.
    Dante: She was with two painters?
    Jay: At the same time!
    Dante: I understand.
    Jay: Dude, it was a three-way!
    Dante: What do you say we talk about—?
    Jay: An all-painter three-way, man!
  • Family Guy: "Boy, this is more awkward than that threesome where the girl didn't show up!"
    "So, you definitely left her a voicemail?"
    "Yeah, home and cell."
    "Oh, good, you got the cell too, I was wondering..."
  • Rick and Morty:
    • In "Mort Dinner Rick Andre", Rick's nemesis Mr. Nimbus notices Beth's and Jerry's "sex-positive" vibes and invites them to have a threesome with him. They're cautiously interested, especially when they each think the other really wants to give it a go, but admit to each other in The Stinger after they arrive for it that they were really doing it more for each other than themselves, and decide to head home... only for Mr. Nimbus to let them in and reveal that he's quite well-endowed, at which point Jerry and Beth are quite happy to partake.
    • In "Bethic Twinstinct", Earth Beth and Space Beth start an affair behind Jerry's back. When he finds out and later confronts them about it at the end of the episode, he tells them that his biggest issue was really just them keeping it a secret from him (which Earth Beth admits was wrong) and he's okay with it if it makes her happy, which quickly leads to the Beths getting it on right in front of him while he encourages it. This ends up being a big turn-on for all three of them, and while the audience (and Rick, Summer and Morty) can only hear and not see what happens next, it's heavily implied to turn into a threesome soon after.
  • The Simpsons: One segment of "Treehouse of Horror XXIII" ends with Homer having a threesome with two demons (although they abort it almost immediately with a Safe Word).
  • In the "Flashback" of the South Park episode "Cartman's Mom Is a Dirty Slut", Liane Cartman discusses with Chef if he and Mr. Garrison could do the "manage-o-three"note  with her.


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Jerry's Threesome

As Rick, Morty, and Summer uncomfortably listen from the dining room table, Jerry, Home Beth and Space Beth have an increasingly sexual conversation from their bedroom above the dining room that culminates in all three of them hooking up. Rick makes a futile attempt to calm Morty and Summer down as they break down into tears over the situation.

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