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|See Also:||Threesome, OT3|
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A Love Triangle is a common writing trope, as defined by Urban Dictionary:
When two people both love a third person, and that third often loves them both. The object of their love may be conflicted as to whom he/she wants
Love triangles differ from polyamory, as it usually involved two people competing for the affection of one, and being at odds with each other. A love triangle is a "V," with two relationships intersecting at one point.
In fandom, love triangle can lead to Ship Wars between supporters of two potential pairs. Both sides show their support for and belief that their ship will be endgame. The supporters of the relationship that is not endgame usually feel aggrieved, while the fans of the endgame ship are considered to have "won" the ship war. As an alternate, the three character may be shipped together in a 3TP.
Canonical Love Triangles
- Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, and Gale Hawthorne (The Hunger Games): Katniss/Peeta is endgame over Katniss/Gale.
- Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, and Jacob Black (Twilight): Edward/Bella was endgame over Jacob/Bella
- Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, and Veronica Lodge (Archie Comics)
- Guinevere, King Arthur, and Lancelot - Arthurian Legend, and works based on it such as Gwen (Merlin), Arthur Pendragon, and Lancelot in Merlin and other works based
- Lori Grimes, Rick Grimes, and Shane Walsh (The Walking Dead)
- Elena Gilbert, Stefan Salvatore, and Damon Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries) - Damon/Elena was endgame over Elena/Stefan
- Finn Collins, Clarke Griffin, and Raven Reyes (The 100)
- Angels Would Fall by Morgan, in which a family friend has secret relationships with both Taylor and Zac.
- Oklahoma Living by Miss Dodger Blue, in which Taylor's girlfriend begins seeing Zac behind his back.
- You Irritate Me by Nat, in which Zac's best friend begins hooking up with Taylor, creating in rift in their friendship.