The 10 Best Love Triangles In Comic Books | ScreenRant – Screen Rant

Famous Marvel, DC & other comic book characters like Batman, Wolverine, & Archie have all been involved in dramatic love triangles over the years.
Comic books are famous for their fantastic and action-packed adventures. Indeed, Batman and Superman’s professional adventures often overshadow the drama in their personal lives, but every comic book fan knows that their private affairs are just as complicated.
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Love triangles are one of the most overused tropes, but they can be a compelling narrative plot when appropriately used. These comic book triangles became iconic because of the characters involved and the drama they injected into the story, to the point where they ended up being as relevant to the heroes’ lives as their superhuman deeds.
Whenever someone thinks of Sin City, a love triangle isn’t exactly what comes to mind. Written by one of Batman’s best writers Frank MillerSin City is a series of neo-noir comics that follow the lives of several individuals living in the crime-ridden Basin City.
The story’s central love triangle concerns Dwight McCarthy, a PI who undergoes facial reconstruction after suffering horrendous wounds and two very different women: Gail, a prostitute and authority figure in Sin City’s Old Town, and Shellie, a sweet waitress. Dwight is more attracted to Gail than Shellie, but he knows his relationship with the former would never work as their temperaments are too volatile.
MCU fans might be ride or die about Scarlet Witch and Vision’s relationship, but the couple had their fair share of disagreements in the comics. Indeed, Wanda and Vision have a chaotic storyline in the comics; they constantly separate, and Wanda spends as much time with her other significant lover, Wonder Man.
The love triangle between these three is the stuff of fanfic dreams. Wanda goes back and forth between the two men, who are utterly devoted to her. There’s an extra layer of complexity because Ultron used Wonder Man as a template to create Vision. And considering Wanda fell in love with Vision’s more humane side that was based on Wonder Man’s brain patterns, it’s safe to say this love story is anything but boring.
Superman and Lois Lane are arguably the most iconic couple in comic books. So much of Superman’s story depends on Lois that the two have become dependent on each other in more ways than one. He is willing to risk everything for her, so it’s no wonder that most evil Superman storylines begin with Lois dying.
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However, there used to be another competitor for the Man of Steel’s heart, particularly during the Silver Age. Lana Lang was Clark Kent’s teenage love who became his friend in adulthood. Still, remnants of their old love remained, and some writers enjoyed exploring them, creating conflict in Clark and Lois’ relationship. The hit show Smallville boosted the Clark/Lana ship more than ever before, even if it still can’t measure up to Clark and Lois.
Spider-Man has had several love interests in the comics. In fact, Peter Parker is a bit of a ladies’ man, dating everyone from Silk to Kitty Pride. However, his most meaningful relationships have been with Gwen Stacy, Mary Jane Watson, and Felicia Hardy, AKA the Black Cat.
The last two formed a love triangle with the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Mary Jane has always been Peter’s true love, but his chemistry with the Black Cat was undeniable. They also made a great couple, and it was the first time he didn’t need to hide his secret identity. The only problem was Black Cat’s dislike for the nerdy Peter Parker when she much preferred the more heroic Spider-Man.
By far the most tortured superhero ever, Batman has no time for love or romance in his life, or at least that’s what he likes to think. In reality, he’s had two crucial and significant relationships that left a permanent mark on his life. Bruce’s romances with Catwoman and Talia al Ghul introduced more complexity to his already entangled life, and they have both proven they are a suitable match for the Caped Crusader.
Both Talia and Catwoman fall firmly on the anti-hero camp, although the former tends to be more ruthless and at times outright cruel about her pursuits. Batman has enough trouble accepting happiness in his life, so it perhaps makes sense that his most meaningful romances are with such dangerous women.
The Fantastic Four debuted during the Silver Age of comic books and quickly became one of Marvel’s landmark titles. For their adventures, they resurrected a long-dormant Golden Age character, Namor the Sub-Mariner, who was a foe, became a trusted ally, and then turned into a romantic rival for Mr. Fantastic.
Susan and Reed might be one of Marvel’s most stable couples, but even they’re not immune to marital issues. During one of their separations, she sought comfort in Namor’s arms, and the King of Atlantis happily complied. It wasn’t long before Susan returned to Reed, and the couple recovered their idealized married status. Even so, she still has a soft spot for Namor to this day, and the egotistical Atlantean loves it.
Alan Moore’s legendary graphic novel Watchmen juggles thought-provoking themes with classic superhero action, creating one of the most enduring pieces of entertainment of the 20th century. It also introduces a slew of intriguing characters, each navigating an increasingly chaotic world while trying to maintain some semblance of normality in their personal lives.
The novel even finds time to introduce a romantic conflict between the main female character, Silk Spectre II, and the two men in her life, the God-like Doctor Manhattan and the Batman doppelganger, Nite Owl II. Despite the plot’s severity, Watchmen stills finds time to explore the romantic sub-plot, creating one of the most iconic love triangles in DC.
The X-Men movies took an already famous love triangle and elevated it to the apex of infamy. Scott Summers and Jean Grey’s romance was a cornerstone of X-Men comics and fueled many memorable events such as The Dark Phoenix Saga and Inferno. Jean was the object of many mutants’ affections, and while she enjoyed the attention, her commitment was always to Scott.
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However, Wolverine’s arrival in the picture complicated things for the couple. He shared a latent and blatant attraction to Jean, which she reciprocated. The two stopped themselves from acting on it at first, primarily out of respect for Scott. However, they have indulged their desires over the years, even if their connection remains primarily platonic.
If there was ever a love triangle that should become a “throuple,” it’s that of Nightwing, Starfire, and Batgirl. Dick Grayson has on-again-off-again relationships with Barbara Gordon in the Batman comics and “Kori” Koridand’r in the Teen Titans comics. Both women are incredibly gifted and intelligent, and he loves them both, which is why he always goes back to them.
Writers have often tried to turn him into a lothario through his juggling his relationship with both heroines, but it never works out; Nightwing is too wholesome to pull that off. While some fans think a polyamorous relationship where all three can openly love each other is the ideal arrangement, DC prefers to alternate Dick between Barbara and Kori every few years to preserve the melodrama.
Every comic book fan knows that the most famous love triangle isn’t from DC or Marvel. For eighty years, Archie Andrews has had an ongoing love affair with Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge. Whenever the redheaded boy thinks he finally made up his mind, something happens that makes him doubt his feelings, and so the triangle continues.
Throughout the years, there have been times when Archie finally seems to choose one of the girls. The iconic Archie Marries Veronica/Archie Marries Betty issues showed fans how things would be if he married each girl. Alas, fans can’t make up their minds of who Archie should be with, and they probably never will.
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David is a twenty-eight-year-old Mexican writer and reader. Having studied Marketing in school, he spent three years working a nine-to-five desk job before deciding to pursue a writing career. He now works as a Senior Writer in ScreenRant and does some more freelancing job, talking about the entertainment business he so loves. Currently, he’s also writing his second novel while actively working to get his first one published.


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