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5th Dec '17 6:54:11 AM HighCrate
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* In the Russian series ''Ekaterina: The Rise of Catherine the Great'', [[UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat Catherine]] remains faithful to her husband for over 7 years, despite him never touching her once (it's later revealed that he has an affliction that affects his libido, but even after it's cured, he still prefers to go after palace girls). Eventually, his aunt Empress Elizabeth gets tired of waiting for an heir and threatens to annul Peter and Catherine's marriage, if they don't produce a child. She's shocked to learn that Catherine is still a virgin, which is confirmed by the royal physician. Eventually, Elizabeth very strongly hints to Catherine that she really doesn't care if Peter is the biological father of the child and then does the same to Peter's chamberlain Sergei Saltykov. Catherine and Saltykov sleep several times, but then Elizabeth forces Peter to spend several nights with his wife in order to leave no doubt in anyone's mind that Catherine's future child is a true Romanov (then again, Saltykov also has Romanov blood), while sending Saltykov away. Catherine later ends up having a number of other dalliances, such as with a Polish prince named Stanisław August Poniatowski (producing her daughter Anna) and an officer named Grigory Orlov (producing her second son Alexei). On the other hand, Peter, after his surgery, starts sleeping around with palace girls, ignoring his wife. He eventually falls for Elizaveta Vorontsova and even considers divorcing Catherine in order to marry Elizaveta.

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* %%* In the Russian series ''Ekaterina: The Rise of Catherine the Great'', [[UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat Catherine]] remains faithful to her husband for over 7 years, despite him never touching her once (it's later revealed that he has an affliction that affects his libido, but even after it's cured, he still prefers to go after palace girls). Eventually, his aunt Empress Elizabeth gets tired of waiting for an heir and threatens to annul Peter and Catherine's marriage, if they don't produce a child. She's shocked to learn that Catherine is still a virgin, which is confirmed by the royal physician. Eventually, Elizabeth very strongly hints to Catherine that she really doesn't care if Peter is the biological father of the child and then does the same to Peter's chamberlain Sergei Saltykov. Catherine and Saltykov sleep several times, but then Elizabeth forces Peter to spend several nights with his wife in order to leave no doubt in anyone's mind that Catherine's future child is a true Romanov (then again, Saltykov also has Romanov blood), while sending Saltykov away. Catherine later ends up having a number of other dalliances, such as with a Polish prince named Stanisław August Poniatowski (producing her daughter Anna) and an officer named Grigory Orlov (producing her second son Alexei). On the other hand, Peter, after his surgery, starts sleeping around with palace girls, ignoring his wife. He eventually falls for Elizaveta Vorontsova and even considers divorcing Catherine in order to marry Elizaveta.
5th Dec '17 5:58:55 AM ChronoLegion
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* In the Russian series ''Ekaterina: The Rise of Catherine the Great'', [[UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat Catherine]] remains faithful to her husband for over 7 years, despite him never touching her once (it's later revealed that he has an affliction that affects his libido, but even after it's cured, he still prefers to go after palace girls). Eventually, his aunt Empress Elizabeth gets tired of waiting for an heir and threatens to annul Peter and Catherine's marriage, if they don't produce a child. She's shocked to learn that Catherine is still a virgin, which is confirmed by the royal physician. Eventually, Elizabeth very strongly hints to Catherine that she really doesn't care if Peter is the biological father of the child and then does the same to Peter's chamberlain Sergei Saltykov. Catherine and Saltykov sleep several times, but then Elizabeth forces Peter to spend several nights with his wife in order to leave no doubt in anyone's mind that Catherine's future child is a true Romanov (then again, Saltykov also has Romanov blood), while sending Saltykov away. Catherine later ends up having a number of other dalliances, such as with a Polish prince named Stanisław August Poniatowski (producing her daughter Anna) and an officer named Grigory Orlov (producing her second son Alexei). On the other hand, Peter, after his surgery, starts sleeping around with palace girls, ignoring his wife. He eventually falls for Elizaveta Vorontsova and even considers divorcing Catherine in order to marry Elizaveta.
6th Nov '17 12:15:49 PM Kickisund
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* ''Literature/TheForsyteSaga:

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** Monty's infidelity to Winifred is never seen as sympathetic though, because he turns out to be a {{Jerkass}} and Winifred is a much better wife than he deserves.

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** Monty's infidelity to Winifred is never seen as sympathetic though, because since he turns out to be a {{Jerkass}} and Winifred is a much better wife than he deserves.
6th Nov '17 12:05:06 PM Kickisund
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* ''Literature/TheForsyteSaga:
** Young Jolyon had an affair with her daughter's governess and ran away with her, and they later married. Mostly leaning to Good Adultery, since Jolyon is the hero and his first wife was a [[{{SexIsEvil}} shrew]]. Sadly, he wasn't that happy with his second wife Hélène because her temper wasn't very steady and she was said to be jealous even of her own daughter Holly.
** Irene has an affair with Philip Bosinney. She tried to escape a loveless marriage and she's described as a beautiful and utterly good woman, but the story also shows her devastated husband and Bosinney's fiancée June, who was Irene's friend.
** Monty's infidelity to Winifred is never seen as sympathetic though, because he turns out to be a {{Jerkass}} and Winifred is a much better wife than he deserves.
2nd Nov '17 2:24:11 PM WillBGood
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* In Creator/IanDouglas's ''Literature/TheHeritageTrilogy'', Dr. David Alexander keeps having extramarital affairs with his female colleagues. On the other hand, it's stated that social mores have changed to the point where marriage isn't treated as something monolithic. In fact, there are many different kinds of marriages, such as whole groups of people being married to one another. Even walking around naked isn't that much of a taboo anymore, as long as it's in the company of close friends. Still, there are many holdouts from the more strict religions, who cling to the old marital traditions. Unfortunately for Alexander, his wife is one of them. He doesn't want to stay married to her and has brought up divorce multiple times, but she manages to change topics every time, refusing to even contemplate it due to her very religious upbringing. In her mind, marriage is eternal. He would rather part on good terms, knowing that his disgust with his wife's membership in an AncientAstronaut cult is likely to grow into outright hatred. In turn, his wife knows he's cheating on her (his own fault for using an [[ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish easily-guessable password]]) and even figures that, if she shows proof in court, she'd get half of their assets (she's get the same if he simply left her). She doesn't partly because of her believes in marriage and partly because David is her source of knowledge about the alien artifacts on Mars and Luna, which her cultist friends use to justify their beliefs.

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* In Creator/IanDouglas's ''Literature/TheHeritageTrilogy'', Dr. David Alexander keeps having extramarital affairs with his female colleagues. On the other hand, it's stated that social mores have changed to the point where marriage isn't treated as something monolithic. In fact, there are many different kinds of marriages, such as whole groups of people being married to one another. Even walking around naked isn't that much of a taboo anymore, as long as it's in the company of close friends. Still, there are many holdouts from the more strict religions, who cling to the old marital traditions. Unfortunately for Alexander, his wife is one of them. He doesn't want to stay married to her and has brought up divorce multiple times, but she manages to change topics every time, refusing to even contemplate it due to her very religious upbringing. In her mind, marriage is eternal. He would rather part on good terms, knowing that his disgust with his wife's membership in an AncientAstronaut {{Ancient Astronaut|s}} cult is likely to grow into outright hatred. In turn, his wife knows he's cheating on her (his own fault for using an [[ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish easily-guessable password]]) and even figures that, if she shows proof in court, she'd get half of their assets (she's get the same if he simply left her). She doesn't partly because of her believes in marriage and partly because David is her source of knowledge about the alien artifacts on Mars and Luna, which her cultist friends use to justify their beliefs.
2nd Nov '17 8:58:11 AM angie710
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** In an earlier episode, Earl takes a job at [[BurgerFool a burger place]], as a substitute for one of the employees whose honeymoon money he stole. Mr. Patrick, the BadBoss is [[WhiteCollarCrime embezzling funds from the restaurant]], and also cheating on his wife. When Earl punches him in the face, his wife and his mistress both come to the hospital and find out about one another. When Mrs. Patrick is giving her soon-to-be-ex-husband a DefenestrateAndBerate routine, she finds the money he stole (which he was spending on his girlfriend), and reported him to the police. (Presumably, TheMistress leaves him as well.) He winds up in {{Prison}}, and apparently [[KarmicRape becomes his cellmate's prison bitch]]. Meanwhile, Mrs. Patrick acquires her ex-husband's business in the divorce settlement, and promotes the employee that Earl was subbing for to manager, and gives everyone there raises and health insurance.
24th Sep '17 7:27:12 PM nombretomado
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* The most notable example in ''BetterDays'' was towards the end when Elizabeth caught her husband screwing the head of their homeowner's association, and she responded by having an affair with Fisk before confronting her unfaithful husband and demanding a divorce. For worse, they had been attempting to have a baby at the time which made he angrily rant to a friend about how he'd been wasting it all on the other woman.

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* The most notable example in ''BetterDays'' ''Webcomic/BetterDays'' was towards the end when Elizabeth caught her husband screwing the head of their homeowner's association, and she responded by having an affair with Fisk before confronting her unfaithful husband and demanding a divorce. For worse, they had been attempting to have a baby at the time which made he angrily rant to a friend about how he'd been wasting it all on the other woman.
6th Sep '17 2:09:37 AM RobTan
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** For over a decade prior to the start of the series, Jack was technically married, although he and his wife had been separated for years. His wife had no problems with him dating a successive string of bimbos, but attacked Liz in a jealous rage when she claimed Jack had proposed to her, since Liz could satisfy Jack emotionally as well as physically. They eventually finalise their divorce a few episodes later, despite them still having feelings for each other.
6th Sep '17 1:55:23 AM RobTan
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** It is also revealed that Jack's [spoiler:biological father]] was [[spoiler:a college student his mother had an affair with]]. Again, the show makes no moral judgement on way or another.

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** It is also revealed that Jack's [spoiler:biological [[spoiler:biological father]] was [[spoiler:a college student his mother had an affair with]]. Again, the show makes no moral judgement on way or another.
30th Aug '17 3:48:32 AM RobTan
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* Played with in ''Series/ThirtyRock'', while Jack's wife Avery is being held in North Korea, he kisses and comes very close to cheating on her with his mother-in-law, who is [[MayDecemberRomance closer to his age]] and with whom he shares an intense mutual attraction. Meanwhile, Avery falls in love with and has an emotional affair with a fellow prisoner. After Avery returns home she and Jack struggle to hold their marriage together, but they eventually admit that they don't love each other anymore and were just staying married out of stubbornness, and amicably agree to divorce and evenly split custody of their daughter.
** Jack's [[spoiler:step-]]father was a serial philanderer who would frequently disappear for years on end and have strings of affairs. When Jack learns that his mother's new boyfriend at her retirement community is also married, he assumes that history is repeating itself and gives the guy the CallingTheOldManOut speech he had always wanted to give his dad. However, his mom shuts him down and reveals that she knows he's married and orders him to stay out of her personal life. The two of them are not depicted as either good or bad for this, it's just depicted as something that has happened and which Jack needs to accept.
** It is also revealed that Jack's [spoiler:biological father]] was [[spoiler:a college student his mother had an affair with]]. Again, the show makes no moral judgement on way or another.
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