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30th Apr '17 9:11:09 AM nombretomado
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* ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' with TomCruise has this set up, and plays it to a T except for the reunited parents.

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* ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' with TomCruise Creator/TomCruise has this set up, and plays it to a T except for the reunited parents.
16th Mar '17 11:54:02 AM FF32
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* This trope serves as the basis for the 2015 comedy ''Daddy's Home'': when [[Creator/MarkWahlberg Dusty]] discovers how much his children have bonded with their new stepfather [[Creator/WillFerrell Brad]], he determines to win them back and force Brad out. [[spoiler:Averted at the end, when the two dads come to a mutual understanding... then [[HereWeGoAgain Dusty gets married and becomes a stepdad himself, upsetting his stepkid's father]], [[Wrestling/JohnCena Roger]].]]
2nd Mar '17 5:21:08 AM Majextic
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* Shows up in {{Series/Justified}}. Protagonist Raylan is divorced due to his temper and his ex-wife's fear that he'll die in the line of duty. Before the series begins, she's remarried to a boring, "safe" realtor. A few seasons in [[spoiler: he's killed off by the local mob in an attempt to frame Raylan. The protagonist eventually gets back together with his ex-wife, but they're shown to be separated again in the epilogue.]]
*Also shows up in {{Series/Banshee}}. [[spoiler: "Sheriff Hood" is Deva's real father]], but his ex, Carrie, has long-since married Gordon, a former marine, current lawyer, and genuinely nice guy. [[spoiler: Gordon is killed when he helps Hood and co. rescue Carrie from an unhinged military man, but Lucas and Carrie go their separate ways afterwards, though Deva does learn who her real father is.]]
1st Jul '16 7:56:43 AM Someoneman
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See also TheParentTrap.

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See also TheParentTrap.ParentTrapPlot.
16th Apr '16 5:52:47 AM Zephyr7
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* In ''Film/AntMan'', while Cassie loves her stepfather Paxton, it's clear that she prefers and favours her biological father, Scott.
26th Nov '15 3:11:27 PM Morgenthaler
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* The father in ''Series/UnhappilyEverAfter'' reluctantly does this. After they divorce in the first scene of the first episode he moves into a bachelor apartment; then eventually moves into the basement of his former home; and finally back upstairs with his wife. Then his wife is killed off so they could give more screen time to TheHotChick.

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* The father in ''Series/UnhappilyEverAfter'' reluctantly does this. After they divorce in the first scene of the first episode he moves into a bachelor apartment; then eventually moves into the basement of his former home; and finally back upstairs with his wife. Then his wife is killed off so they could give more screen time to TheHotChick.Film/TheHotChick.
14th Nov '15 12:43:58 AM nombretomado
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* ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' has the example of RobinWilliams's character cross-dressing as a nanny to spend time with his kids, while meanwhile Pierce Brosnan's character romances the ex. It leads to his ex-wife gaining full custody and forbidding him any contact with his kids without supervision. DoubleSubverted when the ex-wife allows the dad to visit the kids anyway and their dad takes the cross-dressing professional with a motivational childrens' show.

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* ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' has the example of RobinWilliams's Creator/RobinWilliams's character cross-dressing as a nanny to spend time with his kids, while meanwhile Pierce Brosnan's character romances the ex. It leads to his ex-wife gaining full custody and forbidding him any contact with his kids without supervision. DoubleSubverted when the ex-wife allows the dad to visit the kids anyway and their dad takes the cross-dressing professional with a motivational childrens' show.
30th Jul '15 1:44:12 PM ChaoticNovelist
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For whatever reason, it's always implied it's the dad whose flaw(s) led to the divorce; While the ex may be snarky, resentful or exasperated in their interactions, neither the lead nor usually the children will act as if she was the problem (she's the LoveInterest after all). Still, just as often this makes us sympathise with the father more, if she comes off as seriously insensitive or unforgiving in the course of this.

Of course, she will have either remarried, gotten a fiancé or is seriously dating someone else. Since she has custody of the kids, the First Dad will be worried the Step Dad will win them over because he has more time with them ''and'' he's handsomer, more successful, more empathetic and an all around better dad (though a painfully dull and "safe" rebound guy is also possible). The kids, usually boy and girl pair, will have one of four relationships with the First Dad and Step Dad: passive aggressiveness, wary distance, civil cohabitation, or a loving and respectful rapport. For variety and contrast, they usually each have a different relationship with the dad and step dad.

As the plot progresses, he'll win back his ex wife, the Step Dad [[DerailingLoveInterests will be revealed]] to be a JerkAss and [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds get killed off]] or sent packing, he'll completely patch up his relationship with his kids and they'll all reunite and live HappilyEverAfter. TheEnd.

Except, of course, when it's [[SubvertedTrope subverted.]] The First Dad might not get back together with the ex and only patch up his relationship with the kids, or the family may decide the First Dad not only hasn't changed but is a jerk for manipulating them into getting back together.

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For whatever reason, it's always implied it's the dad whose flaw(s) led to the divorce; While the ex may be snarky, resentful or exasperated in their interactions, neither the lead nor usually the children will act as if she was the problem (she's the LoveInterest after all).problem. Still, just as often this makes us sympathise with the father more, if she comes off as seriously insensitive or unforgiving in the course of this.

Of course, she She will have either remarried, gotten a fiancé or is seriously dating someone else. Since she has custody of the kids, the First Dad will be worried the Step Dad will win them over because he has more time with them ''and'' he's handsomer, more successful, more empathetic and an all around better dad (though a painfully dull and "safe" rebound guy is also possible). The kids, usually boy and girl pair, will have one of four relationships with the First Dad and Step Dad: passive aggressiveness, wary distance, civil cohabitation, or a loving and respectful rapport. For variety and contrast, they usually each have a different relationship with the dad and step dad.

As the plot progresses, he'll win back his ex wife, the Step Dad [[DerailingLoveInterests will be revealed]] to be a JerkAss and [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds get killed off]] or sent packing, he'll completely patch up his relationship with his kids and they'll all reunite and live HappilyEverAfter. TheEnd.

Except, of course, when it's [[SubvertedTrope subverted.]] The First Dad might not get back together with the ex and only patch up his relationship with the kids, or the family may decide the First Dad not only hasn't changed but is a jerk for manipulating them into getting back together.
HappilyEverAfter.
1st Apr '15 11:41:07 AM nighttrainfm
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* Parodied, along with RomanticFalseLead, in [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1974 this]] ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' strip (with specific reference to Creator/JamesMarsden).
25th Jan '15 7:17:13 AM sareforholdingthings
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* ''Webcomic/BiterComics'': A father attempts to win his son's love... by sabotaging his relationship with his new stepdad through [[http://www.bitercomics.com/comic/claus-effect/ detailed lies of his evildoing]].
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