One true threesome
I can't picture Jean, Cyclops, and Wolverine as my OT3. But I can picture Jean, Cyclops, Wolverine, and Emma as my OT4.
|Shipping||Hoping for two people to get into a relationship|
|OTP||One true pairing|
|OTL||One true love|
|Throuple||A romantic relationship between three people|
|Stan||An obsessed fan of someone or something|
|Headcanon||A fan's unverified beliefs about a story|
|Situationship||A relationship that is more than friendship but not yet romantic|
|DTR||Define the relationship|
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:
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."