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Basic Trope: The two Love Interests in a Love Triangle are the ones that end up together.

  • Straight: Alice is in a Love Triangle with Bob and Charles. Bob and Charles develop feelings for each other and break up with Alice.
  • Exaggerated: Alice's entire Unwanted Harem finally get sick of her (or vice versa) and marry each other.
  • Downplayed: Bob and Charles develop hints of feelings towards one another; whether they ever consummate their affections remains uncertain.
  • Justified:
    • Bob and Charles are gay men, they both liked each other from the start. Alice was just The Beard.
    • All three were mutually affectionate (type 8 of Triang Relations) and were about to enter a three-way marriage... until Alice jilted both suitors at the altar. But hey, Why Waste a Wedding? (This of course requiring both polygamous/polyamorous and same-sex marriages to be legal in the setting.)
  • Inverted: The two men both end up in separate but open relationships with Alice, whilst remaining apart or Just Friends.
  • Subverted: Alice dumps both men. Bob and Charles, despite the Ho Yay, remain nothing more than Platonic Life-Partners.
  • Double Subverted: Until they finally realise they like each other in "that way" after all.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: Plenty of Ho Yay and Will They or Won't They? between Bob and Charles whilst they're both still vying for Alice's affections... or sometimes not. Ultimately They Do.
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  • Averted: Either Bob or Charles ends up with Alice, or not at all.
  • Enforced:
    • The series was originally a standard (well, probably straight) romantic comedy/drama aimed at a general audience, but attracted a huge gay Periphery Demographic due to the Ho Yay between Bob and Charles, which came to dominate the fan base. The ending aimed to please those fans.
    • It was originally a gay romance or Yaoi Genre work to begin with: the Love Triangle was just to add drama, almost certainly involving a Coming-Out Story.
  • Lampshaded: "How did we end up from wanting to date Alice to dating each other?" "I have no clue."
  • Invoked: Diane is a Shipper on Deck for Bob and Charles. She asks Bob, "Why are you both trying to woo Alice if she can't even decide what she wants? You should get with someone better than that. Hell, you should get with Charles."
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  • Exploited: Bob and Charles get together for no reason other than because they're simply into each other. However, they're both a little bitter about how Alice lead them both on, and so they flaunt their relationship in front of her to prove the point, "You were wishy-washy and hurt us both. Now we're happily in love and you're alone."
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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