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13th Feb '16 3:47:42 PM Paranoia
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** Michael begins dating a woman for a few episodes before he discovers that she is married. At first he's confused, but being Michael, he quickly thinks its awesome and exciting and romantic, assuming that it's Good Adultery (because he's obviously a protagonist, so her husband must be a bad person that he's rescuing her from). Most of the employees are disgusted when they find out, Andy in particular, due to his experience with Angela. He forces Michael to go meet the husband, who turns out to be a really nice, friendly, upstanding guy. Michael fights the revelation, but eventually accepts that he is part of Bad Adultery and breaks it off.
8th Feb '16 5:48:28 AM Freshmeat
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* Creator/NicholasSparks will pair this with ProtagonistCenteredMorality. In his novel ''Nights in Rodanthe'', the lead character takes a vacation to dwell on the state of her marriage--her husband wants to reconcile following his affair. This is "bad", but when ''she'' begins a relationship with a man she meets while on her trip, it's not just "good", it's the novel's topical love story. Similarly, in ''The Best Of Me'', one of the reunited lovers is cheating on her husband, but this is okay as the marriage is all but dead, and even Allie from his MagnumOpus ''Film/TheNotebook'' is cheating on her fiance when she reconciles with Noah, even though her fiance is a wonderful man who even ''she'' admits that she loves dearly.
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* Creator/NicholasSparks will pair this with ProtagonistCenteredMorality. In his novel ''Nights in Rodanthe'', the lead character takes a vacation to dwell on the state of her marriage--her husband wants to reconcile following his affair. This is "bad", but when ''she'' begins a relationship with a man she meets while on her trip, it's not just "good", it's the novel's topical love story. Similarly, in ''The Best Of Me'', one of the reunited lovers is cheating on her husband, but this is okay as the marriage is all but dead, and even Allie from his MagnumOpus ''Film/TheNotebook'' is cheating on her fiance when she reconciles with Noah, even though her fiance is a wonderful man who even ''she'' admits that she loves dearly.
6th Feb '16 8:30:55 PM nombretomado
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** Frasier himself is a victim of adultery, his wife Lilith having had an affair in ''{{Cheers}}'' -- he even comments on learning the truth that the shared experience of being cuckolds has given Frasier and Martin a rare something that they have in common. Lilith, for her part, is not well treated by the other characters, although her adultery is [[DefrostingIceQueen just one of the reasons]] why Frasier's family doesn't like her.
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** Frasier himself is a victim of adultery, his wife Lilith having had an affair in ''{{Cheers}}'' ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' -- he even comments on learning the truth that the shared experience of being cuckolds has given Frasier and Martin a rare something that they have in common. Lilith, for her part, is not well treated by the other characters, although her adultery is [[DefrostingIceQueen just one of the reasons]] why Frasier's family doesn't like her.
7th Jan '16 1:50:06 PM kazokuhouou
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* Played with on ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', in which both Clay and Bloberta are unfaithful, but neither is show at all sympathetically, because they're shown to be at the root of their own unhappiness.
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* Played with on ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', in which both Clay and Bloberta are unfaithful, but neither is show at all sympathetically, because they're shown to be at the root of their own unhappiness. Had the series continued Bloberta might have become more sympathetic as she found a man that treated her with kindness in Officer Papermouth, but thanks to the series being canceled this falls under WhatCouldHaveBeen.
7th Jan '16 1:40:50 PM kazokuhouou
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** Later, she marries a politician, who turns out to be an in the closet homosexual, and cheats on her with Oscar. It's hard not to see it as Angela's just desserts, and she ends up cheating on him with Dwight again [[spoiler: leading to her son's conception]]. Eventually her husband comes out of the closet and divorces Angela, leading to a HumiliationConga that ends with Angela becoming more sympathetic [[spoiler: and finally marrying Dwight in the finale.]]
25th Nov '15 1:54:23 PM DrOO7
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* Creator/NicholasSparks will pair this with ProtagonistCenteredMorality. In his novel ''Nights in Rodanthe'', the lead character takes a vacation to dwell on the state of her marriage--her husband wants to reconcile following his affair. This is "bad", but when ''she'' begins a relationship with a man she meets while on her trip, it's not just "good", it's the novel's topical love story. Similarly, in ''The Best Of Me'', one of the reunited lovers is cheating on her husband, but this is okay as the marriage is all but dead, and even Allie from his MagnumOpus ''Film/TheNotebook'' is cheating on her fiance when she reconciles with Noah, even though her fiance is a wonderful man who even ''she'' admits that she loves dearly.
21st Nov '15 10:55:27 PM nombretomado
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* ForBetterOrForWorse uses the trope, giving us Anthony constantly pursuing his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth... while married to Therese. While Anthony is clearly ''meant to be the one we sympathize with'', it didn't work too well for many readers.
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* ForBetterOrForWorse ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' uses the trope, giving us Anthony constantly pursuing his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth... while married to Therese. While Anthony is clearly ''meant to be the one we sympathize with'', it didn't work too well for many readers.
21st Nov '15 4:53:13 PM nombretomado
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** The print comic ''{{Doonesbury}}'' mocks this movie, by having JJ leave Mike for Zeke under similar circumstances... except Zeke is depicted as a buffoon and JJ a flighty fool who made a stupid, spur-of-the-moment decision without thinking.
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** The print comic ''{{Doonesbury}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' mocks this movie, by having JJ leave Mike for Zeke under similar circumstances... except Zeke is depicted as a buffoon and JJ a flighty fool who made a stupid, spur-of-the-moment decision without thinking.
6th Nov '15 11:08:18 PM nombretomado
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* JonathanCoulton's song "Betty and Me" is about a man whose wife is cheating on him with a doctor under the excuse of making DesignerBabies. The only thing that makes the song funny instead of disturbing is that the man's wife isn't even ''trying'' to hide her affair; the husband is just that oblivious. That being said, it's hilarious and is meant to be so.
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* JonathanCoulton's Music/JonathanCoulton's song "Betty and Me" is about a man whose wife is cheating on him with a doctor under the excuse of making DesignerBabies. The only thing that makes the song funny instead of disturbing is that the man's wife isn't even ''trying'' to hide her affair; the husband is just that oblivious. That being said, it's hilarious and is meant to be so.

* [[RebaMcEntire Reba]] hits all sides of the scale:
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* [[RebaMcEntire [[Music/RebaMcEntire Reba]] hits all sides of the scale:
19th Oct '15 8:14:17 AM Temmere
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* In ''Series/{{Rome}}'' most of the characters experience adultery for various reasons: [[spoiler: Lucius Vorenus's wife Niobe begins an affair with her brother-in-law while thinking her long-absent husband (he's been campaigning with Caesar for eight years)is dead. Still, the guy's wife is her sister, and very much alive. Caesar]] has numerous powerful mistresses, notably [[spoiler:Cleopatra and Servilia. Titus Pullo]] also cheats on his wife with a slave. [[spoiler:Mark Antony also has ongoing affairs with Cleopatra and Atia,]] despite [[spoiler: being married to the former's daughter.]] Worth noting that most of these are arranged marriages.
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* In ''Series/{{Rome}}'' most of the characters experience adultery for various reasons: [[spoiler: Lucius Vorenus's wife Niobe begins an affair with her brother-in-law while thinking her long-absent husband (he's been campaigning with Caesar for eight years)is dead. Still, the guy's wife is her sister, and very much alive. Caesar]] has numerous powerful mistresses, notably [[spoiler:Cleopatra and Servilia. Titus Pullo]] also cheats on his wife with a slave. [[spoiler:Mark Antony also has ongoing affairs with Cleopatra and Atia,]] despite [[spoiler: being married to the former's latter's daughter.]] Worth noting that most of these are arranged marriages.
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