TV's Most Divisive Love Triangles: Which Pairings Get Your Vote?

When it comes to TV love triangles, there is no such thing as “in between.” You are either Team Ben or Team Noel. Team Stefan or Team Damon. Team Brandon or Team Dylan. Period.

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If you doubt it, check any TVLine comments section that veers toward a discussion of Gossip Girl‘s Chuck/Blair and Dan/Blair, and you’ll get all the proof you need. Couch potatoes are as passionate about which couple should be/stick together as Republicans and Democrats are about who should be the next president.

In honor of this phenomenon, we’ve compiled an exhaustive list of TV’s Most Divisive Love Triangles, from classic Gilmore Girls and Friends threesomes to current obsessions from The Vampire Diaries and Revenge. We won’t bother to remind you to hit the comments afterward to let us know where your allegiances lie and to chime in with any trios that we snubbed. That would be as silly as Frasier ending up with [insert the name of Diane or Lilith, whichever you didn't favor].

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690 Comments
  1. Kalee says:

    26:6 is the ratio this list has of one girl and two guys love triangle to one guy and two girls love triangle not counting the Lost crew.

    Jesus christ, a lot of these shows just need to add in another female to equalize these things.

  2. Joanna says:

    Can I start by saying that there’s nothing worse for a show than to resort to a love triangle just because the writers have run out of ideas? I don’t believe in triangles and I hate them with passion not to mention it makes the characters look awful. Especially if a triangle includes Elena who I desperately want Damon and Stefan to reject so they can ride into the sunset together like the amazing brothers they are. Anyways…

    Pacey/Joey – Dawson’s Creek
    Big/Carrie – SATC
    Chuck/Blair- Gossip Girl
    Barney/Robin -HIMYM
    Jeff/Annie – Community
    Emily/Daniel – Revenge

  3. mcgrathmag says:

    Um, how can you not love LoVe (Logan/Veronica)???! They’re “epic,” after all! ;-)
    As for other pairings…
    –Jess over Dean a million times over (Gilmore Girls)
    –Team Luke/Lorelai all the way (GG)
    –Lucas + Peyton (OTH)
    –Zoe + Wade (HOD)
    –Will + Alicia (TGW)
    –Jack + Emily (Revenge)

  4. tani nawaz says:

    leyton-OTH
    delena and klaroline (as awesome as forwood is…)-TVD
    jacey-DC
    Fresley-Angel
    spuffy-BtVS
    brelly and brylan-BH, 90210
    jeffannie-Community
    foel-felicity
    tyla-FNL
    joey and rachel-Friends
    jory and luke & lorelai-GG
    tina and mike-Glee
    nerena and Dair-Gossip Girl
    lexie and mark-GA
    barney and robin-HIMYM
    gio and betty-UB
    logan and veronica-VM
    eric and sookie-True Blood

  5. qeee says:

    CHUCK/BLAIR
    Fred/Gunn
    Brenda/Dylan
    Brandon/Kelly
    Buffy/Angel
    Pacey/Joey
    Tim/Lyla
    Joey/Rachel
    Jax/Brenda
    Jess/Rory
    Lorelei/Christopher
    Peter/Alicia
    Nate/Serena
    Casey/Cappie
    Lexie/Mark
    Wade/Zoe
    Barney/Robin
    Kate/Sawyer
    Jack/Juliet
    Seth/Summer
    Lucas/Brooke
    Emily/Jack
    Big/Carrie
    Eric/Sookie
    Stefan/Elena
    Caroline/Tyler

    FYI: You forgot Veronica Mars, The Secret Circle & Smallville

  6. isabel says:

    It’s funny how the majority of these triangles are one girl and two guys!

    ross/rachel
    jeff/annie
    ted/robin
    carrie/aidan
    dan/blair
    elena and MATT ;)

  7. Jaime says:

    Favorite love triangle ever!!!!!!! Noel/Felicity/Ben. In 1998, I was sure that Ben was the one. I re-watched the series ten years later as a more mature adult with life experience and I see the error of my ways…Noel and Felicity were perfect together.
    I might also give a shout out to Duncan/Veronica/Logan. The Duncan/Veronica story was super sweet, but Jason Dohring was just so fabulous as Logan that it didn’t take me long to forget Duncan either.

  8. BonesFringeFan says:

    Peter/Olivia/Fauxlivia
    Booth/Brennan/Hannah

    How could you not have these?!

    • Alice says:

      But does it count as a triangle when the man doesn’t know that there’s another woman? Questions you only have to ask on Fringe. I love it.

  9. Sarah says:

    Jack/Kate
    Sawyer/Juliet
    Apollo/Starbuck
    Dan/Blair
    Dylan/Brenda
    Brandon/Kelly
    Pacey/Joey
    Ben/Felicity
    Jason/Lyla
    Ross/Rachel
    Sonny/Brenda
    Jess/Rory
    Luke/Lorelai
    Will/Alicia
    Dan/Serena
    Jackson/Lexie
    Wade/Zoe
    Seth/Summer
    Jack/Emily
    Aidan/Carrie
    Eric/Sookie
    Stefan/Elena (today, I go back and forth)
    Matt/Caroline
    Logan/Veronica

  10. Leslie says:

    Wesley and Fred
    Spike and Buffy
    Pacey and Joey
    Ross and Rachel
    Rory and Jess
    Luke and Lorelai
    Dan and Blair
    Casey and Cappie
    Lexie and Mark
    Zoe and Wade
    Barney and Robin
    Eric and Sookie
    Elena and Damon
    Caroline and Klaus
    Logan and Veronica

  11. Elena Petrova says:

    Elena and Damon-TVD

  12. Karen says:

    Team Annie (Community), Luke (GG), Jess (GG), Ben (Felicity), Pacey (DC), Will (GW), Dan (Blair), Cappie (Greek), Jackson (GA), Wade (Dixie), Peyton (OTH), Aidan (SATC), Eric (TB), Logan (VM)… Boy do I have a lot of opinions on these subjects. Though Pacey, Annie, Logan and Wade seem like the most important to me

  13. Amy says:

    Woe, I think the number of Dair fans has really grown… I prefer Chuck/Blair, but I guess I enjoy both pairings. But Serena HAS to be with Nate! :)

  14. Halena says:

    Ben and Felicity
    Pacey and Joey
    Ross and Rachel
    Luke and Lorelai
    Jess and Rory
    Buffy and Angel
    Lexie and Mark
    Damon and Elena
    Zoe and Wade
    Carrie and Aidan
    Henry and Betty
    Caroline and Klaus
    Logan and Veronica

  15. Marie says:

    Barney and robin forever!!=-)

  16. Lola says:

    Rory/Jess
    Pacey/Joey
    Lexie/Mark
    Ben/Felicity
    Ross/Rachel
    all the way!

  17. maf23 says:

    was there anyone rooting for evan and casey? team cappie all the way!!

  18. Tara says:

    Dan and Blair
    Jack and Kate
    Apollo and Starbuck
    Pacey and Joey
    Seth and Summer
    Logan and Veronica
    Sonny and Brenda
    Dylan and Brenda
    Brandon and Kelly
    Ross and Rachel

  19. Ella says:

    Okey, here we go!

    Damon/Elena (If it doesn’t happen soon, and I’m talking about a real commitment, I will go all Yellowstone supervolcano!)
    Wesley/Fred
    Dylan/Brenda
    Ridge/Taylor
    Spike/Buffy (In my heart they were always the endgame.)
    Dawson/Joey (Actually mistyped it as Hoey at first…oops!)
    Ben/Felicity
    Rachel/Ross
    Rory/Dean (then Logan came along and I was like “Dean and Jess who?”).
    Luke/Lorelai
    Tina/Mike
    Nate/Serena
    Chuck/Blair
    Casey/Evan? (I know, right! But I can’t help it! I already had a crush on Jake McDorman since before Greek started and so I was blinded by that. Also, I kind of liked Cappie and Rebecca together…)
    Lexie/Mark
    Barney/Robin
    Kate/Sawyer
    Seth/Summer
    Brooke/Lucas
    Carrie/Aidan
    Eric/Sookie (Gotta support the hot viking!)
    Betty/Gio (They were so cute together!)
    Klaus/Caroline

    Just realized that I may need to get a life…haha :)

  20. Meg says:

    Kate and Jack- Lost
    Chuck and Blair- GG
    Angel and Buffy- Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  21. K says:

    Buffy/Angel, Wesley/Fred, JAX/Brenda, Felicity/Ben, Brandon/Kelly, Dylan/Brenda, Joey/Pacey

  22. Sue says:

    Wowza! This is an awesome list.

    Luke/Lorelai
    Rory and Jess
    Felicity and Noel
    Kate and Jack
    Juliet and Sawyer
    Elena and Damon
    Caroline and Klaus ( I know this is not the popular vote, I just like those two together.)
    Eric and Sookie
    Buffy and Spike
    Emily and Jack
    Big and Carrie
    Zoe and Wade
    Lexie and Mark

  23. Alice says:

    Awww, I love that Betty and Gio are on here. I miss Gio. Thought he was way better for Betty than Henry or Daniel. And I am sad CHAOS did not get picked up for a second season because Freddy Rodriguez actor is adorable. As was the Scottish guy on that show.

  24. Alicia L. says:

    Rory/Dean
    Luke/ Lorelei
    Veronica/Logan
    Lucas/ Peyton (All the way)
    Angel/Buffy
    Mark/Lexie
    Ross/Rachel
    Tina/Mike
    Alicia/Will
    Dan/Serena
    Chuck/Blair
    Summer/ Seth (That isn’t even the main one my mind goes too, Alex/Marissa/Ryan or Marissa/Ryan/Taylor)

    Ones that you forgot!

    Addison/Derek/Meredith
    Denny/Izzie/Alex
    Izzie/George/Callie
    Sheldon/Violet/Pete
    Lex/Clark/Lana
    Chloe/Clark/Lana
    Hanna/Booth/Brennan
    Quinn/Finn/Rachel (obvious choice is Quinn/Rachel)
    Dean/Rory/Logan

  25. bad kevin says:

    Friday Night Lights: Team Tim or Team Jason.

  26. Zara says:

    Chuck and Blair
    Spike and Buffy
    Ross and Rachel
    Damon and Elena
    Joey and Pacey
    Brooke and Lucas
    Barney and Robin
    Rory and Jess
    Betty and Gio
    Eric and Sookie
    Nate and Serena
    Dylan and Brenda
    Seth and Summer
    Wesley and Fred

  27. EvvieJo says:

    Elena&Damon
    Tyler/Caroline/Klaus (I could never choose!)
    Veronica&Logan
    Sookie&Eric

  28. Andrea says:

    CHUCK/BLAIR
    Dan/Serena
    Dwight/Angela
    Lucas/Peyton
    Big/Carrie
    Bill/Sookie
    Ross/Rachel

  29. sarah says:

    Ben/Felicity
    Elena/Stefan
    Kelly/Brandon
    Brenda/Dylan
    Spike/Buffy
    Joey/Pacey
    Tim/Lyla
    Ross/Rachel
    Sonny/Brenda
    Rory/Jess…what now Jess/Rory/Logan?
    Luke/Lorelei ALL THE WAY
    Mark/Lexie
    Zoe/Wade if he can get his act together
    Robin/Barney
    Kate/Sawyer
    Juliet/Jack
    Summer/Seth
    Angela/Dwight
    Peyton/Lucas
    Big/Carrie
    Sookie/Bill
    Henry/Betty
    Tyler/Caroline BUT Matt/Caroline

  30. Tony says:

    Shows on list I’ve seen:
    Kelly/Brandon over Dylan…who was better with Brenda – Bev 90210
    Spike/Buffy over Angle…just liked him better – Buffy
    Jeff/Annie —Its just better chemistry – Community
    Jess/Rory over Dean (He’s better as Sam anyways) -Gilmore Girls
    Luke/Lorelai – Chris stunk from S1 and never got better – Gilmore Girls
    Casey/Cappie- Greek
    Summer/Seth – Liked Anna, but come on, they were the couple in the series -.O.C.
    Logan/Veronica -Duncan was ok, no where near as interesting as Logan – Veronica Mars

    Others not on list:
    Chloe/Clark/Lana and later Lois on Smallville – Can I just say I got to the point of actively rooting for Lana to die as I was that annoyed with her character

    Can you count Shippers vs nonromance then I’ll go Tiva/no romance – NCIS – BTW if done correct I’m team Tiva

    Olivia/Peter/FauxOlivia -Fringe -is it weird I liked over there Oliva better?

    • Anna says:

      nope, i like Faulivia better, too! and i loved her with alt-lincoln :(. agreed with your entire list, and i’ll barney/robin and dan/blair.

  31. Chuck/Blair, Ross/Rachel, Pacey/Joey, Dylan/Brenda, Big/Carrie

  32. Kim says:

    Ben/Felicity
    Brenda/Dylan
    Brandon/Kelly
    Buffy/Angel
    Jack/Kate
    Ross/Rachel
    Jax/Brenda
    Henry/Betty

  33. Jeniffer says:

    Chuck/Blair
    Damon/Elena
    Barney/Robin
    Jeff/Annie
    Dan/Serena
    Tayler/Caroline
    Juliet/Sawyer

  34. Claire says:

    Bill and Sookie
    Sonny and Brenda
    The Professor and Mary Anne :-)

  35. Chloé says:

    Chuck and Blair (Gossip Girl)
    Riggins and Lyla (Friday night lights)
    Jack and Kate (Lost)
    Damon and Elena (The Vampire Diaries)
    Robin and Barney (HIMYM)

  36. Zari says:

    - spike & Buffy
    – Annie & Jeff
    – Pacey & Joey
    – Tim & Lyla
    – Rory & Jess
    – Luke & Lorelai
    – Serena & Nate
    – Chuck & Blair
    – Tyler & Caroline

  37. C.C. says:

    Buffy/Angel – I couldn’t stand Angel with Cordelia or Buffy with Spike
    Dylan/Brenda – I stopped watching when Brenda left
    Sonny/Brenda – Although currently, I’d say Sam and Jason!!
    Mark/Lexie
    Brooke/Lucas – Peyton was probably my least favorite character
    Big/Carrie – No one else ever came close
    Stefan/Elena
    Eric/Sookie – Bill is boring!!

  38. Star says:

    DAN AND BLAIR!!!!!!! Best think on GG, just so sweet!!!

    Brenda/Dylan
    Pacey/Joey

  39. Leslie says:

    I like the idea of capitalizing my choices, so here goes…

    BRITTA/JEFF/annie
    PACEY/JOEY/dawson

    TIM/LYLA/jason
    ROSS/RACHEL/joey

    JESS/RORY/dean
    LUKE/LORELAI/christopher

    WILL/ALICIA/peter
    NATE/SERENA/dan

    CHUCK/BLAIR/dan
    BARNEY/ROBIN/ted

    JACK/KATE/sawyer
    JULIET/SAWYER/kate

    SUMMER/SETH/anna
    DWIGHT/ANGELA/andy

    JACK/EMILY/daniel
    BIG/CARRIE/aiden

    ERIC/SOOKIE/bill
    STEFAN/ELENA/damon

    TYLER/CAROLINE/klaus
    LOGAN/VERONICA/duncan

  40. Mel says:

    Klaus and Caroline.
    Peyton and Lucas
    Chuck and Blair
    Damon and Elena
    Cappie and Casey
    :)

  41. lonestarjrs says:

    1. Wesley &Fred (Angel)
    2. Buffy &Angel (difficult one) (Buffy)
    3. Jeff & Annie (community) best show on earth
    4. Joey & Pacey (Dawson’s Creek)
    5. Felicity & Ben (difficult one) Felicity
    6. Lyla & Jason (FNL)
    7. Rachel & Ross (ridiculously easy)
    8. Rory & Jess (Gilmore Girls)
    9. Lorelai & Christopher (Gilmore Girls)
    10. Tina & Mike (Glee) I hate this show though
    11. Alicia & Will (The Good Wife)
    12. Nate & Serena (because she is bad for Dan) GG
    13. Blair &Dan &Chuck (GG) I can’t decide I love her with both but I guess Dan is better for her and he is the more mature durable relationship. (toughest one yet)
    14. Casey & Evan (Greek)
    15. Jackson & Lexi (Grey’s Anatomy)
    16. Zoe & Wade (Hart of Dixie)
    17. Robin & Barney (HIMYM)
    18. Kate & Sawyer, Jack & Juliet (Lost)
    19. Summer & Seth (The O.C)
    20. Dwight & Angela (the office)
    21. Lucas & Brooke (OTH)
    22. Emily & Jack (revenge)
    23. Betty & Gio (ugly betty)
    24. Elena & Damon TVD
    25. Caroline & Klaus (I know he is evil but I don’t care) TVD
    26. Veronica & Logan (easy as pie)

  42. Anna says:

    How about Sookie with ALCIDE? That’s my preference.

    Stefan/Elena, Jeff/Annie, and Dan/Blair right now!!

  43. Gwin says:

    WOW, just realized I’ve invested more time in TV relationships than real ones :) Here’s my list!!

    -Starbuck & Anders (Apollo was too complicated)
    -Ben & Felicity (I know he was a dick, but still)
    -Rachel & Ross (before it got annoying)
    -RORY & JESS (I’m still mad about this one!!)
    -Lorelai & Luke (she just really wasn’t into Chris)
    -Tina & Mike (I guess, was never aware there was much of a triangle there)
    -Nate & Serena (at this point)
    -Blair & Dan (Don’t crucify me please; I just love how cute and smart they are together)
    -Robin (just Robin, she’s too independent to be with either Barney or Ted)
    -Sawyer & Kate/ Jack & Juliet (In true unconventional fashion, Lost needed to have a love square! Lol)
    -LUCAS & BROOKE!! (still mad about this one too!)
    -Daniel/Emily/Jack (i’m still not sure, I change my mind every week)
    -Betty & Gio (I always loved them together, but what about Daniel??)
    -VERONICA & LOGAN (best couple ever!! seriously who even cared about Duncan??)

    • lola says:

      aww, you won’t be crucified, a lot of people LOVE dan and blair. just as much fans for them as for chuck and blair, really.

      also i agree about revenge…i always switch sides on the triangle! guess i like both!

    • Anna says:

      But Robin actually WANTS a relationship! Why is being an independent woman and having a life partner necessarily mutually exclusive?

      (Sorry, I’m a bit of an evangelical BrOTP shipper. Carry on.)

  44. Tyler/Caroline (Klaus who?)
    Penny/Leonard
    John/Aeryn (Farscape)
    Jack/Allison (Eureka)
    Buffy/Angel

  45. CF says:

    CHUCK AND BLAIR FOREVAA!! THEY ARE THE ONLY TRUE LOVE ON GG. YOU BAN FANS BETTER PREPARE TO CRY. HAHAHA NO ONE LIKES BLAIR WITH THE MUPPET. EVEN THO BLAIR SUX RIGHT NOW, CHUCK IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN FIX HER. ANYONE WHO DISAGREES, THE CHAIR FACTORY WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU

    • Maria says:

      Christ, give it a rest, Dair fans. No one’s buying that garbage.

    • Katie says:

      Soooo this comments’ section was relatively peaceful/respectful until this happened. Ughh, leave it to Gossip Girl to have the most annoying fans. And what the heck is chair factory?

      • Maria says:

        A pretend pro-Chair organization that basically describes itself like a terrorist sleeper cell. It was invented in an attempt to smear the opposing fanbase, by a middle-aged man who lives in his mother’s basement and spends his time posting disturbingly in-depth analyses of Penn Badgley’s chest hair on the internet. Sadly, not a single word of that is exaggerated. God, this fandom gives me serious second-hand embarrassment sometimes…

  46. Jeniffer says:

    Chuck/Blair
    Damon/Elena
    Jeff/Annie
    Barney/Robin
    Ross/Rachel
    Tyler/Caroline

  47. Chuck and Blair
    Damon and Elena
    Ross and Rachel
    Big and Carrie

  48. Annie says:

    Damon and Elena because they’re one of the most complex and powerful couples I’ve ever witnessed. Every other couple pales in comparison to those two.
    Also, there’s nothing quite as beautiful as the way Damon loves Elena. Damon, in being flawed, is one of the best characters I’ve ever watched. All the awards for Damon Salvatore – and the man who plays him.

  49. April says:

    Ok, here’s mine.
    Dylan/Brenda-90210
    Ridge/Brooke-B and B
    Pacey/Joey-Dawson’s Creek
    Spike/Buffy-Buffy
    Rory/Jess-Gilmore Girls
    Luke/Lorelai-Gilmore Girls
    Big/Carrie-Sex and the City
    Dan/Blair-Gossip Girl
    Nate/Serena-Gossip Girl
    Joey & Rachel-friends
    Lucas/Peyton-One Tree Hill
    Peter/Alicia-The Good Wife
    Jeff/Annie-Community
    Barney/Robin-How I met your Mother
    Eric/Sookie-True Blood
    And (the most Important) Damon and Elena-The Vampire Diaries

  50. tacos22 says:

    Spike/Buffy
    Angel/Buffy
    Logan/Veronica
    Damon/Elena
    Pacey/Joey
    Dan/Blair
    Dan/Serena
    Wesley/Fred
    Jeff/Annie
    Ross/Rachel
    Jess/Rory
    Luke/Lorelai
    Cappie/Casey
    Barney/Robin
    Seth/Summer
    Lucas/Brooke
    Tyler/Caroline
    Big/Carrie

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