Love triangles are a fixture of film and television. You pretty much can't have a movie or show that doesn't have some sort of love triangle ~drama~. But in some instances, the "right choice" is insanely easy to determine and the constant back-and-forth is almost unbearable. Sometimes, it's like, a stupidly easy decision. But the hero or heroine will still spend the entirety of the show or movie trying to pick who here true love really is. All the while we're screaming at the screen that they can't possibly pick the obviously wrong choice! Or can they? They often do, to be honest, but that doesn't make the clear "right choice" less right!
Some love triangle outcomes are depressingly wrong. Some make you so happy you want to burst. And some are fodder for internet debates for years to come because #OTP's never die y'all. But no matter what, there will always be undeniable "right choices" in some of the biggest love triangles in entertainment. It's just common sense! No matter who the protagonist chooses as their ~one and only~ we know that in these love triangles the "right choice" was insanely easy!
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The right choice: Lon
This may get some hate, but hear me out! Lon (James Marsden) was undeniable the right choice for Allie (Rachel McAdams). Let's look at the evidence: he has a steady job, loves the hell out of her, and even allows her to explore her feelings for Noah (Ryan Gosling). Noah, on the other hand, spends his life obsessed with a girl he knew for a summer and then didn't speak to again for about a decade. Who knows if these two would even be compatible now! They've lived entire, full lives apart but think ~love~ is the biggest thing determining they're meant to be? In movie-land, maybe, but thinking practically about it, it would never work out in the long run between these two. She definitely should have stuck with stable Lon!
The right choice: Jack
When you're lost on an island trying to survive, your romantic options may be limited. But not for Kate (Evangeline Lilly)! She had both hunky, doctor Jack (Matthew Fox) and adorable, rebellious Sawyer (Josh Holloway) to keep her company. But it was clear from the very first episode who the right choice in this triangle was: Jack. He was a born leader, much like Kate, and had a past almost as tragic as hers was. While Sawyer clearly had love for Kate, he only ever cared about himself and her. Kate, on the other hand, was much more in tune with Jack when it came to caring about everyone and bringing a selfless energy to the island. In the end, they all ended up with the right people (Sawyer found a much better fit later on!) and one of TV's love triangles actually ended in a right choice!
The right choice: Jess
While she doesn't necessarily end up with either, we know who the right choice has always been here: Jess (Milo Ventimiglia)! Jess, the sweet, book-loving, misunderstood kid who parlays his teen rebellion into a writing career. Jess, the cute boy from the wrong side of the tracks. What's not to love? Because when compared to Jess, Dean (Jared Padalecki) is straight-up garbage. He can't handle Rory (Alexis Bledel) being friends with other guys, is threatened by her "fancy education," and, oh yeah, takes her virginity when he's married to someone else. What kind of jerk does that! One of the biggest moments in her life will always be tarred by the fact that Dean got married knowing he loved another woman and continued to toy with the two until he was exposed. Jess 4EVER.
The right choice: Pacey
Duh, of course it's Pacey (Joshua Jackson)! For one, he never cried like a psycho the way Dawson (James Van Der Beek) did. And for another, he truly took the time to get to know every inch of Joey's personality before pursuing her. Dawson knew her well through childhood, sure, but Pacey saw her evolving into a woman and took it all in. He didn't try to chase her down or guilt her into anything the way Dawson often did. Pacey let her be her, and if she ended up with him then all the better. Joey (Katie Holmes) is a girl that needed the freedom to be herself and Pacey gave it to her. And that's why he'll always and forever be the right choice. End of story.
The right choice: Brian
Jordan couldn't read. Sure he was played by Jared Leto, but even the dreamiest '90s heartthrob couldn't make us forget that. Brian (Devon Gummersall) was smart, good-natured, and on the right path in life. He for sure wasn't hanging out with weirdos and stringing Angela (Claire Danes) along like Jordan was. There's a reason Jordan called Brian "Brain" — because he was a wise-beyond-his-years high schooler. While the series was cut short before we found out if Angela got together with her actual true love Brian, we're pretty sure she grew up and wised up to the idea that smarter and more mature is always better.
The right choice: Jacob
This is a contentious love triangle. People are still fighting over who Bella (Kristen Stewart) should be with. And we're here to tell you that the obvious choice here was not Edward (Robert Pattinson). Jacob (Taylor Lautner) was the man for Bella for so many reasons. For one, he did not stalk her or obsess over her. He played it totally cool despite how much he liked her. He also didn't leave her all alone in the woods while he "broke up with her for her own good" so that gives him the complete upper hand. He's also ripped, age-appropriate, and she didn't have to die to be with him. There was really never any competition!
The right choice: Duckie
There are plenty of lessons '80s movies taught us. But one of the worst ones was that you have to choose the popular guy who is into you over your loyal BFF who is in love with you. Andie (Molly Ringwald) was a poor highschooler who suddenly finds herself being asked out by Blane (Andrew McCarthy), one of the most popular kids in school. And they seem so awkward together through every encounter! They never seem like they vibe in the way Andie does with her BFF Duckie (Jon Cryer). Duckie is always there for her giving her advice and making her laugh, while Blane demonstrates how embarrassed he is of her throughout the movie. Love triangles in '80s movie usually end with the wrong pick, tbh, and so did this one. But we're still imagining a world beyond high school where Andie finally chose Duckie.
The right choice: Piz
This is going to totally rattle "LoVe" shippers, but Piz (Chris Lowell) was by far the better choice in this love triangle. While Logan (Jason Dohring) is sexy, exciting, and passionate, he's also reckless, dangerous, and gets himself in a fair share of trouble. Veronica (Kristen Bell) gets into enough trouble herself. She definitely doesn't need his problems in her life. Piz was a nerdy dude who loved music and Veronica and just liked hanging out and being happy. Sure, they didn't have the magnetism that she and Logan had, but they had stability and a true respect for each other. Something that Logan couldn't manage over the course of the whole series.
The right choice: Brooke
Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) bopped between these two so many times in high school it makes our head spin. It's one of the defining love triangles of TV for a reason! But let's be real — the right choice was absolute QUEEN Brooke Davis (Sophia Bush). Peyton (Hilarie Burton) is great and all but she also helped Lucas cheat on Brooke who was her best friend at the time. So, yeah, maybe don't choose the girl who's loose with her idea of fidelity. TBH, the only reason these two weren't endgame is because Sophia and Chad broke up IRL. Brooke matures into such an amazing, strong woman that it's hard to believe anyone wouldn't choose her! Luckily she got her happy ending far, far from loser Lucas.
The right choice: Gale
Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) risked her life again and again for Peeta (Josh Hutchinson), who only half-heartedly returned the favor and was eventually brainwashed into hating her. But you know who she had safe and sound at home the entire time?! Gale (Liam Hemsworth)! He was her ride-or-die long before she was "The Mockingjay" and some symbol of hope. He protected her in their home district and stayed at her side when war broke out. Gale was loyal to a fault. He was by far the right choice for Katniss. Besides, Peeta was too short for her anyway!
The right choice: Eric
Sookie (Anna Paquin) had her fair share of supernatural suitors. But one of the most prominent love triangles on the show was between her, Eric (Alexander Skarsgård), and Bill (Stephen Moyer). And in the end, she should have ended up with sweet, misunderstood bad boy Eric. While usually, the "bad boy" in the triangle is the least obvious choice, in this case, he was actually an improvement on the supposed "good guy" Bill. Eric made Sookie feel like his equal, not like he had some power of her as Bill had always done. He also didn't try to murder TF out her several times like Bill (ahem, Billith) did. In the end, Sookie found a totally random guy to spend her life with away from these crazy vampires and maybe that's for the best. But we still liked her best when she was going toe-to-toe with Eric.
The right choice: Luke
It's easy to want Christopher (David Sutcliffe) to be the victor in another one of this shows love triangles. He was Rory's father, he was well-off, and he clearly loved Lorelai (Lauren Graham). But he was also flaky and insincere and flaunted his wealth in a way that was the polar opposite of Lorelai's personality. Luke, on the other hand, knew Lorelai backward and forwards. From her coffee order to how she raised her daughter, he knew more than Chris could ever hope to. And that's why in the end she ended up with the right choice and chose Luke. This is one of the rare love triangles where it works out for the couple that should actually be together!
The right choice: Joey
This may be a super unpopular choice, but let's be real, Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and Ross (David Schwimmer) were a highly toxic couple. He cheated on her (spare me with that "we were on a break" BS), whined about everything, and never felt secure when he was with her. If a guy accuses you of cheating constantly because you happen to work with another man, GTFO of that relationship. Joey (Matt LeBlanc), on the other hand, was never anything but an amazing friend to Rachel. Sure, he mad inappropriate jokes on the reg, but he respected her boundaries and even stopped pursuing her at one point because he didn't want to ruin things between them. She would have had a fun life with Joey instead of living it out with that wet-blanket Ross.
The right choice: Angel
There are plenty of arguments you can make for either end of this love triangle. But, like many supernatural love triangles, there is one clear winner: Angel (David Borneaz). Spike (James Marsters) may have reformed, but who can forget that he once wanted to destroy the world and kill Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar)? And yeah, we know, Angel's been in the "kill Buffy mode" too but that was because she made him so happy he lost his damn soul! Angel did his best to try and be the kind of man that Buffy would want to be with, while it took Spike a long while and a rape attempt to get there. And when he did, he was, frankly, a bit pathetic. Nothing on par with the strong slayer who needed an equal — not a sniveling admirer kissing her boots!
The right choice: Aidan
We will scream this from the rooftops forever and ever: Aidan (John Corbett) was always and will forever be the right choice for Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker). He was stable (just like the furniture he made!), adorable, and would never, ever, ever hurt her. Big (Chris Noth), on the other hand, did nothing but hurt her. He lied and cheated and stole her love, giving nothing in return. He helped her cheat on amazing Aidan. And, oh yeah, skipped out on their wedding and then went radio silent for months until he was ready to actually commit to Carrie. And she fell for it! We're going to be honest, in one of the biggest love triangles of all time, we know Aidan is the true obvious choice but we aren't sure if Carrie deserves him!
The right choice: Stefan
The Vampire Diaries is rife with 'ships and OTP couples. There are those who will fight to the grave that Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) were meant to be. Others will argue into infinity that Elena and Stefan (Paul Wesley) are the true love story of the show. Obviously the #Stelena shippers are right! Stefan, while he has a tendency to go on killing rampages once in a while, is actually ridiculously respectful and caring towards the ones he loves. Damon, on the other hand, has murdered or been responsible for the murders of multiple members of Elena's family. So yeah, that's pretty much a giant dealbreaker right there. Or so you'd think... She ends up with the tempestuous, spontaneous Damon against all odds. Girl, you would have been so better off with sweet, responsible Stefan!