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18th Apr '18 9:48:34 AM Pichu-kun
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* In the ''Frozen'' fic ''Fanfic/TheAlphabetStory'', Elsa's girlfriend Kyra [[TheBeard starts courting and later gets engaged to a man]] in order to deflect rumors and suspicion. Elsa finds this unfair to Kyra's future-husband and breaks up with her... however Elsa's sister Anna persuades Elsa to [[MakeUpBreakUp get back with Kyra]] anyway. It's implied that Ludvig knows about the affair, however it's never discussed how he feels about it.

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* In the ''Frozen'' fic ''Fanfic/TheAlphabetStory'', Elsa's girlfriend Kyra [[TheBeard starts courting and later gets engaged to a man]] in order to deflect rumors and suspicion. Elsa finds this unfair to Kyra's future-husband and breaks up with her... however Elsa's sister Anna persuades Elsa to [[MakeUpBreakUp [[BreakUpMakeUpScenario get back with Kyra]] anyway. It's implied that Ludvig knows about the affair, however it's never discussed how he feels about it.
18th Apr '18 9:47:40 AM Pichu-kun
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* In the ''Frozen'' fic ''Fanfic/TheAlphabetStory'', Elsa's girlfriend Kyra [[TheBeard starts courting and later gets engaged to a man]] in order to deflect rumors and suspicion. Elsa finds this unfair to Kyra's future-husband and breaks up with her... however Elsa's sister Anna persuades Elsa to [[MakeUpBreakUp get back with Kyra]] anyway. It's implied that Ludvig knows about the affair, however it's never discussed how he feels about it.
29th Mar '18 11:53:23 AM TheSinful
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* Buffy in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11181910/10/Yet-Again-Still-Even-More-Fragments A Long Walk]]'' describes Xander and Willow cheating on Cordelia and Oz (respectively) with each other as Xander cheating on Cordelia and Willow "following her heart". Though this is shown to be because of Buffy's own relationships always being with older men who prey upon her emotions, which colors her beliefs.
24th Mar '18 11:35:52 AM HighCrate
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* ''Film/IrreconcilableDifferences'': Lucy sleeping with Albert while engaged to Bink is portrayed positively, while Albert sleeping with Blake while married to Lucy is not.

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* %%* ''Film/IrreconcilableDifferences'': Lucy sleeping with Albert while engaged to Bink is portrayed positively, while Albert sleeping with Blake while married to Lucy is not.
24th Mar '18 10:37:56 AM Madison14
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* ''Film/IrreconcilableDifferences'': Lucy sleeping with Albert while engaged to Bink is portrayed positively, while Albert sleeping with Blake while married to Lucy is not.
16th Feb '18 11:09:22 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 ''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. Similarly, in ''The Choice'', the heroine cheats on her fiance with the hero even though there's nothing wrong with him or the relationship.

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* Creator/NicholasSparks will pair this with ProtagonistCenteredMorality.
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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. story.
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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 dead.
** Even
Allie from ''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. Similarly, in dearly.
** In
''The Choice'', the heroine cheats on her fiance with the hero even though there's nothing wrong with him or the relationship.


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* The SoapOpera ''Series/SunsetBeach'' kicks off with the heroine Meg pulling a RunawayBride after finding her fiance in bed with her maid of honor. This is "bad". The fact that she herself has been having an online relationship with another man is "good", as they're intended to be the show's SuperCouple.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'''s Jeannie Boulet gets the "good" part of this along with SympatheticAdulterer during her affair with Peter Benton, as her husband has been cheating on her left and right for years, culminating in him contracting HIV and giving it to her.
15th Feb '18 7:42:20 PM HighCrate
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* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', as is [[GrayAndGreyMorality appropriate to its name]], plays the sympathy of adultery off of both ends. The first season cliffhanger involves Meredith abruptly discovering that her boyfriend Derek (better known as [[FanNickname Doctor McDreamy]]) is actually married when his wife Addison flies in. The second season opener works under the assumption that he's done something horrible by getting involved with Meredith- until the very end, when a patient asks Addison how she can stand to be in the same room as Meredith when she slept with her husband. Addison is incredulous, and tells the patient that she cheated on Derek first and that was why he came to this hospital in the first place- to get away from her. She then sternly tells the patient that she owes Meredith an apology. As the season progresses, we also see that she holds Derek no ill will for the affair, and is perfectly willing to accept a divorce if he wants to continue seeing Meredith.
** What makes this interesting is that it's clear from Addison's reaction that she thought Meredith and the other interns already knew all this- Addison knew there was gossip going around about her and she confronts some interns earlier in the episode. Apparently all the characters besides the doctors were LockedOutOfTheLoop.
** Also interesting is the fact that Addison and Mark (the guy she cheated with) are presented as being as much the OneTruePairing as Derek and Meredith (at least up until Addison left the show), and this, more than anything else, is the reason why they slept together. Derek was upset not because Addison cheated on him sexually, but because she fell in love with someone else.
*** Well, and the fact that Mark is [[TheBroCode his best friend]]. (Having said that, Mark is still a regular on the show, as opposed to following Addison to [[Series/PrivatePractice her spin-off]], and everyone's more-or-less buried the hatchet.)
** More straightforward later in the show. They're being subtle, but it's pretty clear that [[spoiler:Owen's]] adultery is bad-flavored, with [[spoiler:Cristina]] as the wronged party.

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* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', as ''Series/GreysAnatomy'':
** As
is [[GrayAndGreyMorality appropriate to its name]], plays the sympathy of adultery off of both ends. The first season cliffhanger involves Meredith abruptly discovering that her boyfriend Derek (better known as [[FanNickname Doctor McDreamy]]) is actually married when his wife Addison flies in. The second season opener works under the assumption that he's done something horrible by getting involved with Meredith- until the very end, when a patient asks Addison how she can stand to be in the same room as Meredith when she slept with her husband. Addison is incredulous, and tells the patient that she cheated on Derek first and that was why he came to this hospital in the first place- to get away from her. She then sternly tells the patient that she owes Meredith an apology. As the season progresses, we also see that she holds Derek no ill will for the affair, and is perfectly willing to accept a divorce if he wants to continue seeing Meredith.
** What makes this interesting is that it's clear from Addison's reaction that she thought Meredith and the other interns already knew all this- Addison knew there was gossip going around about her and she confronts some interns earlier in the episode. Apparently all the characters besides the doctors were LockedOutOfTheLoop.
** Also interesting is the fact that Addison and Mark (the guy she cheated with) are presented as being as much the OneTruePairing as Derek and Meredith (at least up until Addison left the show), and this, more than anything else, is the reason why they slept together. Derek was upset not because Addison cheated on him sexually, but because she fell in love with someone else.
*** Well, and the fact that Mark is [[TheBroCode his best friend]]. (Having said that, Mark is still a regular on the show, as opposed to following Addison to [[Series/PrivatePractice her spin-off]], and everyone's more-or-less buried the hatchet.)
** More straightforward later in the show. They're being subtle, but it's pretty clear that [[spoiler:Owen's]] adultery is bad-flavored, with [[spoiler:Cristina]] as the wronged party.
Meredith.
15th Feb '18 9:07:58 AM SeptimusHeap
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*** Well, and the fact that Mark is [[TheBroCode his best friend]]. (Having said that, Mark is still a regular on the show, as opposed to following Addison to [[PrivatePractice her spin-off]], and everyone's more-or-less buried the hatchet.)

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*** Well, and the fact that Mark is [[TheBroCode his best friend]]. (Having said that, Mark is still a regular on the show, as opposed to following Addison to [[PrivatePractice [[Series/PrivatePractice her spin-off]], and everyone's more-or-less buried the hatchet.)
12th Feb '18 7:16:41 AM HighCrate
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* A staple of ''Franchise/StarWars'' fanfiction. Usually it's Han cheating on Leia with Luke or Anakin cheating on Padmé with Obi-Wan (or, vice versa: Padmé doing the cheating.) Any pairing involving Bail Organa is bound to have this, as he's married, but his wife isn't a major character, so fans have a tendency to ship him with people more central to the main plot (usually Obi-Wan.)
11th Feb '18 7:15:28 PM toastwithoutbutter
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*A staple of ''Franchise/StarWars'' fanfiction. Usually it's Han cheating on Leia with Luke or Anakin cheating on Padmé with Obi-Wan (or, vice versa: Padmé doing the cheating.) Any pairing involving Bail Organa is bound to have this, as he's married, but his wife isn't a major character, so fans have a tendency to ship him with people more central to the main plot (usually Obi-Wan.)
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