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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, the audience finds it easy to relate to her. 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 or have no romantic feelings of any sort.

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This type of trio is very present in female-targeted works, for maximum audience connection. Very much susceptible to the Love Triangle, if romance is in the equation, whether 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, or, in the case of strong Les Yay, if the guy ends up with neither of them.

Compare ¡Three 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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Examples

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     Anime and Manga 

     Comic Books  

  • The Trope Codifier and possibly the Ur-Example in comics is Archie Comics, which has revolved around the same Love Triangle between Archie, Betty, and Veronica since 1941.
  • Scott Pilgrim: Scott, Kim Pine, and Ramona Flowers.
  • Strangers in Paradise starts out like this, but it gets... complicated.
  • Transmetropolitan: Spider, Channon, and Yelena
  • Y: The Last Man, being a Gendercide world, has this setup with Yorick, 355, and Allison.
  • Robin/Red Robin Tim Drake tends to hang out with his girlfriend/friend Spoiler/Batgirl Stephanie Brown and her best friend Batgirl/Blackbat Cassandra Cain, who also becomes Tim's sister through adoption. They're all members of the Batfamily who are the same age and they trained together, with Tim and Cass helping to train Steph and Convergence implies they're all living together in an apartment in Gotham.

    Fan Works 

     Film - Animated  

  • Blu and Jewel's children, Bia (female), Carla (female), and Tiago (male) in Rio 2.
  • Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island has Simone Lena and Jacques, although Jacques has a bit of a minor role from the first acts the final act has them work together reveal themselves to be the villains of the film.

     Literature  

     Live Action TV  

  • Andi Mack: Andi, Buffy, and Cyrus. Andi, the creative and artsy main character with her athletic best friend Buffy and male friend Cyrus. No romance in the equation at all, as Cyrus is gay.
  • A.N.T. Farm: Chyna, Olive and Fletcher. Later on though, Angus joins them.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy, Willow, and Xander. Buffy is strong and snarky contrasted with her best friend Willow is nerdy and earnest. Xander is the male friend and has had Ship Tease with both girls but ultimately their dynamic is platonic.
  • Doctor Who:
    • When the Doctor has three companions, they generally consist of one male and two females.
    • The Fifth Doctor traveled 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. Miley being the talented and stylish main character contrasting with her friend Lilly who was (initally) more of a Tomboy and their male friend Oliver who ends up dating Lilly with no drama between the group.
  • Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger: Like the Macross Frontier example above, Nobuo, Mitsuki (for season 1) or Luna (for season 2), 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 ship tease 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. Carly is the epitome of a Girly Girl and Sam is a Tomboy, with her attitude and demeanor. Freddie is their nerdy male friend and crushed on Carly hard but later ended up dating Sam for a bit. At the end of the series however, it appears Carly returns Freddie's feelings but she ends up leaving for Europe and it remains a question on which girl Freddie is in love with.
    • 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. True is the responsible and driven main character, Lulu is Asian Airhead through and through and Ryan is their male friend. Unlike many examples however, each of their characters have their own love interests.
  • Man About the House (remade in the USA as Three's Company) centred on two girls and a guy.

     Music  
  • Disacode, from 2013 onward 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 onward. 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.
  • Mitsumete Knight R: Daibouken Hen: while the party is always composed of one guy (MacLeod) and two girls. You choose which two girls, from among a pool of five, will follow MacLeod in the quest. Choosing the two girls wisely 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's handled quite well.
    • Not only is it unresolved, but numerous fans found the handling of the Love Triangle to suggest a canon OT3.
  • Dragon Age:
    • If Hawke is female, this is the dynamic between her and her younger twin siblings in Dragon Age II. If female Hawke is not a mage, she and sister Bethany can have a dynamic like this with Varric during the first act, especially when they are the only party members (before Aveline joins them).
    • The advisors in Dragon Age: Inquisition fall into this. Josephine and Leliana have known each other for years and are close friends. Cullen is newer in their acquaintance, but they work well together; ambient dialogue in the game indicates that the girls seem to treat him almost like a younger brother.

     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 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...
  • 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.

     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.)
  • 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 (lead), Nicky Little (female opposite) and Milo (male just friend).
  • Cupcake (female), Rebound (female), and Patches (male), the puppies in Discovery Family's Pound Puppies (2010).
  • The short-lived Rugrats spin-off, Pre-School Daze, as well as the episode of the same name that inspired it has this dynamic with Angelica (female), Susie (female), and Harold (male).
  • Sofia the First plays this straight with Sofia and Polar Opposite Twins Amber and James.
  • Thomas & 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.
    • "Hasty Hannah" has Hannah (female), Henrietta (female), and Toby (male).
  • 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).
  • Hilda: Has titular protagonist and her two friends Frida and David.
  • The trio of younger kids featured in Ready Jet Go!: Mindy (female), Lillian (female), and Mitchell (male).
  • In Carmen Sandiego, there's Carmen and her gang (if one does not count the Player): Carmen (female), Ivy (female), and Zack (male).
  • The Best Friends Squad from She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Adora/She-Ra (female), Glimmer (female), and Bow (male).


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