“…because a triangle is not a geometrical figure but a romance prerequisite! ”
So this man X is pining for girl Y, who is the sister of man R, who is the brother of a friend of X….and he also wants girl Y, while his sister wants man X! Oh wait there is also girl F, who is the sister of a friend of R…the big question is who does Y want?!?
Many of theses love triangle romances feature a lovely- or not so lovely- nice guy, Mr Second, often a friend, who will never get the girl but is there to provide some conflict and tensions or otherwise make the main lead realise how stupid he is. The second lead syndrome may take the form of the Meddling Exes who are now Friends but Still Hope to Be More Again. Other variation includes a quadruple and going back and forth between partners. Where she will practically always chose the leading jerk, if the lead happens to be a jerk..even if you ship the other guy/girl with the lead, you just know what’s going to happen in the end. There are also variants featuring meddling people who are eyeing the leads wanting each of them for themselves.
- City Hall
There is a girlfriend who doesn’t want to be left behind.
- Prosecutor Princess
The other guy is so nice.
- Sweet Relationship (Taiwanese)
He’d do anything to make her seem him THAT way. But she needs to help the main lead guy.
- It started with a kiss (Taiwanese, but also other versions)
There is this very nice buy right under her nose. He’s pining for her and pining…And she..she is pining for the lead jerk!
- Boys before flowers and hana yori dango
a classic examples of where the sippers may ship the secondary with the main, because he is more likeable.
- Which Star Are You From
- Wild Romance
She likes him, but there is the ex he broke up with in the past.
- Buzzer Beat
The Coach is interested in the Girl you Just Briefended, Yamapi!
- Cain and Abel
A truly melodramatic tale in which a woman comes between two brothers, trinagle ensues in dramatic circumstances leading to jealousy.
This other guy is, like, really persistent!
- Great Inheritance
- Hotaru no Hikari
She doesn’t even REALISE she is a part of a triangle!
- Hotaru no hikari 2
The problem is, there can be only one number 1.
- last Christmas
- Miss no good (Taianese)
Hard choice..for one of them you are a Christmas Tree and for the other one too! But who is the nicer one, huh? Huh?
- My lucky Star
Cactus man and chef girl gently try to draw the attention of the lead girl an the lead guy.
- The Vinyard Man
A nice country bumpkin who is nonetheless very kind and very smart helps her, but she has eyes for another attractive Cookie.
- Operation Proposal
In this case: the lead tries and tries but the girl keeps choosing the other guy!
- Bratty Princess (Chinese)
a light cross-dressing themed Chinese period piece drama, in which the second lead keeps trying, but the girl keeps denying, or rather he is courtng her pretending to be her friend, while she wants the lead.
- Drunken to Love you (Taiwanese)
The leads are captured between their exes.
- Princess Lulu
- Last scandal
The Older Brother Likes her Too.
An older drama which explores marriage, where the two leads are caught up in their past and past lovers.
- With Love
A much older and lovely Japanese drama, featuring Takenouchi Yutaka as the brooding lead. It’s a “You’ve got mail” kind of story, where the guy is lost in the past and his past girlfriend, and the lead girl is chased around by another guy. They develop feelings over internet.
A korean movie where fate really brings the triangle to some destined endings but also beginnings.
- Bad Guy
Triangle theme is used as mechanics here for a very specific reason.
- Delightful Girl, Choon Hyang
- Endless Love (Taiwanese)
There sure is a lot of meddling here!
- The greatest Love
- Surgeon Bong dal Hee
- Stars falling from the Sky
The second lead has stars in his eyes when he seas the lead girl. The brother of the lead guy develops an affection for her in his own peculiar way. There is also the girl who really wants to be with he lead guy.
- My Girl
- Exhibition of Fireworks
silly girl becoming obsessed with guy, guy in love with other girl, then guy later hiding his true feelings for the silly girl
- How to keep my love (K movie)
the girl has a guy, but the guy meets a celebrity, celebrity woman falls for him, girl is disoriented.
- Do re Mi fa so la ti do
- Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
Chinese romcom may be seen as something of an exception.
- Love Shuffle
a pretty unique drama which technically writes itself into this schema: several people play a game of dating and shuffle partners until final pairings emerge.
- Jade Palace
Chinese period piece comical drama aking to Hana Yori Dango. Two princes, a girl from the future in the midle.