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The 20 Most Memorable Anime Love Triangles

Updated December 7, 2020 20.3k votes 4.4k voters 86.2k views20 items

The romance between two characters can be complicated enough, but when you add a third person to the mix, things get infinitely more difficult - and for some fans, more interesting. Love triangles usually involve two characters who are both in love with the same person. They might get competitive with each other, or one person might step gracefully to the side, but either way, there's definitely going to be some hurt feelings. 

One popular example is the love triangle between Tohru, Kyo, and Yuki from Fruits Basket, in which both boys slowly come to terms with their feelings for their new friend. If you're looking for something significantly less wholesome, there's Makoto, Sekai, and Kotonoha from School Days, in which two very dangerous girls are pushed to their limits by a philandering jerk.

Whether you're looking for something adorable or something disturbing, there's probably an anime love triangle on this list that will spark your interest. Which ones are your OT3(s)?

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    Kyo, Yuki, & Tohru - 'Fruits Basket'

    At the beginning of Fruits Basket, both Kyo and Yuki seem romantically inclined toward their deeply empathetic new housemate Tohru. Eventually, Yuki realizes that he only ever saw Tohru as a mother figure, and ends up falling in love with a girl named Machi instead. Meanwhile, Kyo and Tohru are basically engaged by the end of the series. 

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  • 2

    Kikyo, Inuyasha & Kagome - 'Inuyasha'

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    Kagome is technically Kikyo's reincarnation, so it stands to reason that both of them find Inuyasha appealing. The problem is that while Kikyo and Inuyasha were once so close that they were literally bound together for eternity, Kikyo actually sacrificed her life to keep the Shikon jewel sealed, leading Inuyasha to move on and find happiness with Kagome. When Kikyo is reincarnated, she loves Inuyasha, and gracefully stepping aside isn't easy. 

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  • 3

    Kousei, Kaori, & Tsubaki - 'Your Lie In April'

    Kousei Arima is a depressed and creatively blocked pianist whose childhood friend Tsubaki harbors a huge crush on him. Unfortunately for her, Kousei doesn't reciprocate those feelings. Instead, he develops them for Kaori Miyazono, a violinist with an effervescent personality and a potentially fatal disease. Kaori loves Kousei, but because she knows that she might never be able to be with him due to her illness, she doesn't tell him how she feels until it's too late.

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  • 4

    Suwa, Kakeru, & Naho - 'Orange'

    Orange's love triangle is an interesting one because viewers actually get to see Naho's life if she ends up with Suwa - but that isn't her ultimate destiny. When she first meets Kakeru, she develops a crush on him, but quickly gets distracted when she starts getting letters from her future self that warn her of Kakeru's impending suicide. That future self has married Suwa and even had a child with him, but her past self is trying to build a relationship with Kakeru. It's confusing, especially with a future baby in the mix, but it really does tug at the heartstrings. 

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