What does OT3 stand for?

One true threesome

Shippers and superfans use the acronym OT3 to discuss their "one true threesome" - which is a throuple that a fan really wants to see get or stay together. Many OT3s exist only in fans' headcanon, though some exist in-story.

Where did OT3 originate?

OT3 is a variant of the more-popular OTP ("one true pairing") acronym. It began being used in the early 2000s, by those who are okay with polyamory and would prefer that their favorite love triangles resolve their issues and choose to become a 3sum.

What are some example OT3s?

The following groups of characters are often depicted as OT3s:

  • X-Men's Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Wolverine
  • Pirates of the Carribean's Jack, Will and Elizabeth
  • The Witcher's Geralt, Jaskier, and Yennefer
  • Harry Potter's Harry, Ron, and Hermione
  • Stranger Things' Nancy, Jonathan, and Steve

Other variants of OT3

Fans have created OT# variants for foursomes, fivesomes, sixsomes, and beyond. These variants use the associated number in place of 3. For example, OT4 means "one true foursome."


I can't picture Jean, Cyclops, and Wolverine as my OT3. But I can picture Jean, Cyclops, Wolverine, and Emma as my OT4
OT3 means "one true threesome"
OT3 means "one true threesome"

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Updated April 26, 2021

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