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24th Mar '17 2:11:47 AM M84
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': In "The Plan," Gumball, Anais, and Darwin discover an apparent love letter from "Daniel Lennard" to Nicole reading "Your beauty and happiness is important to me," spend most of the rest of the episode drawing up an elaborate plan to stop "him," and find out only in the end that "he"'s [[spoiler: just a cosmetic brand]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': In "The Plan," Gumball, Anais, and Darwin discover an apparent love letter from "Daniel Lennard" to Nicole reading "Your beauty and happiness is important to me," spend most of the rest of the episode drawing up an elaborate plan to stop "him," and find out only in the end that "he"'s [[spoiler: just a cosmetic brand]]. Notably, the children think that Daniel Lennard wants Nicole to be his mom, and the issue of Nicole's fidelity to Richard is never brought up.
4th Mar '17 5:53:45 AM MinisterOfSinister
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** When Cir-El, a new AntiHeroSubstitute ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, makes her first public appearance and introduces herself as "Superman's daughter", she leaves out some vital details to her story (that Lois Lane is her mother and she [[KidFromTheFuture comes from the future]]) that cause Lois to mistake her for a lovechild born from Superman having a tryst with ComicBook/WonderWoman.



** In ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1972}} Supergirl Vol 1]]'' #2, Linda -the eponymous heroine- is doing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a drowned man. One of her classmates who flirts with her earlier meets them and thinks she is cheating on him... even though she is dating nobody.
** In the sixth issue Supergirl is hugging gang leader Ricky in gratitude for listening to her when Loretta -Ricky's girlfriend- walks in on them and thinks her boyfriend is cheating on her with Supergirl. However it was a totally innocent act.

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** In ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1972}} Supergirl Vol 1]]'' #2, Linda -the -- the eponymous heroine- heroine -- is doing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a drowned man. One of her classmates who flirts with her earlier meets them and thinks she is cheating on him... even though she is dating nobody.
** In the sixth issue Supergirl is hugging gang leader Ricky in gratitude for listening to her when Loretta -Ricky's girlfriend- -- Ricky's girlfriend -- walks in on them and thinks her boyfriend is cheating on her with Supergirl. However it was a totally innocent act.
10th Feb '17 6:20:31 AM Chabal2
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* A man is taking some time to get home, so his wife calls her mother. "He's cheating on me, I just know it!" "Now, dear, why do you always assume the worst? Maybe he had an accident!"
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24th Jan '17 2:32:08 AM ClatoLawa
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-->'''Nino''': No. What Adrien was saying is that hes been cheating on Marinette with himself.

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-->'''Nino''': No. What Not with each other. Adrien was saying is that did say hes been cheating on Marinette with himself.
23rd Jan '17 7:04:02 PM MiddleEighth
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*Done very bleakly in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'' when Paul finally confesses to the others that after he came home from C'hou in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', he had a tough time adjusting to being normal again, and for a while was terrified to even touch Linda and his kids. She decided he'd disappeared for those four days with another woman and now hated her. Given that the truth was, as Paul put it, so fucking insane, it took him quite a while to both get over the sense that he would kill her if he hugged her and to convince her of the truth.
22nd Jan '17 1:18:30 AM I_love_dragons
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See also MistakenForIndex. Often part of an IdiotPlot; and can result in PoorCommunicationKills, at least figuratively. May be resolved with TheGrovel.

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See also MistakenForIndex. Supertrope of SpysSuspiciousSpouse. Often part of an IdiotPlot; and can result in PoorCommunicationKills, at least figuratively. May be resolved with TheGrovel.
16th Jan '17 8:14:24 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Anime/DragonballSuper'': A jealous action star tries this on Gohan and Videl, managing to get a picture of a pop idol kissing Gohan. [[spoiler:Videl [[DefiedTrope sees through it instantly]] though, saying that [[ThePowerOfTrust she knows Gohan would never cheat on her, there must be some circumstances behind the photo]], and how [[ReasonYouSuckSpeech pathetic is the guy that he thought such a trick]] would break up her marriage?]]
12th Dec '16 7:14:02 PM wootzits
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* ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'':
** Happens between Jeremy and Vivi in the earlier chapters. Jeremy is forced into having sex with Greg so that he will marry his mother Sandra, and eventually Vivi notices the subtle differences in Jeremy's reactions to her affection, his kissing, reactions to being touched, suspicious reactions to being asked, etc. Although Jeremy does actually cheat on Vivi, it falls into this troupe because it is against his will and it affects him very negatively, eventually ending in [[spoiler: Jeremy killing Greg by {{Make It Look Like An Accident}} and {{Vehicular Sabotage}} ]]. Jeremy tries both {{I Can Explain}} and {{Not What It Looks Like}} to try to keep Vivi as his girlfriend.
** Also happens with [[spoiler: Lilia. Greg suspected that she cheated on him while the two were in Boston and that Matt is an illegitimate child.]]



* Happens in ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'' when a series of events results in Lunar's father walking in on Nagasumi rubbing Lunar's ass. Everyone immediately assumes that he was cheating on San, including San herself. Despite the fact that this exact circumstance (mermaid gets wet, reverts to mermaid form, forcing Nagasumi to dry them off, only for them to turn human at [[NotWhatItLooksLike the worst possible time]]) has happened to her.

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* ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'':
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Happens between Jeremy and Vivi in ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'' when a series of events results in Lunar's father walking in on Nagasumi rubbing Lunar's ass. Everyone immediately assumes the earlier chapters. Jeremy is forced into having sex with Greg so that he was cheating on San, including San herself. Despite will marry his mother Sandra, and eventually Vivi notices the fact subtle differences in Jeremy's reactions to her affection, his kissing, reactions to being touched, suspicious reactions to being asked, etc. Although Jeremy does actually cheat on Vivi, it falls into this troupe because it is against his will and it affects him very negatively, eventually ending in [[spoiler:Jeremy killing Greg by {{Make It Look Like An Accident}} and {{Vehicular Sabotage}} ]]. Jeremy tries both ICanExplain and NotWhatItLooksLike to try to keep Vivi as his girlfriend.
** Also happens with [[spoiler:Lilia. Greg suspected
that she cheated on him while the two were in Boston and that Matt is an illegitimate child.]]
* The first episode of ''Anime/DeathParade'' has an... extremely complicated example of
this exact circumstance (mermaid trope. The series takes place in what is essentially purgatory and the premise revolves around an ArtificialHuman who must decide whether people get sent to an endless void or allowed to be reincarnated. The episode revolves around a newly wed husband and wife who died on their honeymoon. At first we're led to believe Machiko is a GoldDigger however a few moments later she explains to Takashi that he misunderstood everything. However [[spoiler:it turns out she really did cheat on him, however only once and she regretted it.]] ''Then'' it's revealed [[spoiler:that too was a lie. She never loved him and their unborn baby wasn't his.]] [[spoiler:Machiko]] gets wet, reverts sent to mermaid form, forcing Nagasumi to dry them off, only the Void for them to turn human at [[NotWhatItLooksLike their actions [[spoiler:however the worst possible time]]) has happened end of the episode implies she was actually lying ''about lying''. She hated seeing her husband blame himself for killing their child so she pretended it wasn't his in order to her.have him rest in peace.]] Decim recognizes his mistake however it's too late to fix, and [[spoiler:Machiko]] is cursed to [[AndIMustScream all of eternity falling in an endless abyss.]]



** Used in one of the OAV's, ''Message in Rouge'' (And the manga story it was based on.) [[spoiler: Madoka has an HeroicBSOD and runs away from home when she believes her beloved dad is cheating on her also beloved mom, staying in the Kasuga apartment when Kyousuke is home alone. It turns out Mr. Ayukawa was checking on the well-being of a co-worker who had a bad eye, and Mrs. Ayukawa knew it all the time.]]

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** Used in one of the OAV's, ''Message in Rouge'' (And the manga story it was based on.) [[spoiler: Madoka [[spoiler:Madoka has an HeroicBSOD and runs away from home when she believes her beloved dad is cheating on her also beloved mom, staying in the Kasuga apartment when Kyousuke is home alone. It turns out Mr. Ayukawa was checking on the well-being of a co-worker who had a bad eye, and Mrs. Ayukawa knew it all the time.]]



* The first episode of ''Anime/DeathParade'' has an... extremely complicated example of this trope. The series takes place in what is essentially purgatory and the premise revolves around an ArtificialHuman who must decide whether people get sent to an endless void or allowed to be reincarnated. The episode revolves around a newly wed husband and wife who died on their honeymoon. At first we're led to believe Machiko is a GoldDigger however a few moments later she explains to Takashi that he misunderstood everything. However [[spoiler:it turns out she really did cheat on him, however only once and she regretted it.]] ''Then'' it's revealed [[spoiler:that too was a lie. She never loved him and their unborn baby wasn't his.]] [[spoiler:Machiko]] gets sent to the Void for their actions [[spoiler:however the end of the episode implies she was actually lying ''about lying''. She hated seeing her husband blame himself for killing their child so she pretended it wasn't his in order to have him rest in peace.]] Decim recognizes his mistake however it's too late to fix, and [[spoiler:Machiko]] is cursed to [[AndIMustScream all of eternity falling in an endless abyss.]]



* Happens in ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'' when a series of events results in Lunar's father walking in on Nagasumi rubbing Lunar's ass. Everyone immediately assumes that he was cheating on San, including San herself. Despite the fact that this exact circumstance (mermaid gets wet, reverts to mermaid form, forcing Nagasumi to dry them off, only for them to turn human at [[NotWhatItLooksLike the worst possible time]]) has happened to her.



* In ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', Elsie passes herself off as an illegitimate daughter of Keima's father (who is constantly away on business), which leads to his mother angrily calling her husband up. Later on, Haqua does the exact same thing, which leads to another angry call to a now very confused husband.



* In ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', Elsie passes herself off as an illegitimate daughter of Keima's father (who is constantly away on business), which leads to his mother angrily calling her husband up. Later on, Haqua does the exact same thing, which leads to another angry call to a now very confused husband.



* ''Film/MabelsBlunder'' (1914) involves Mabel getting jealous after seeing her fiance hugging an attractive woman. The woman turns out to be his sister.

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* ''Film/MabelsBlunder'' (1914) involves Mabel ''[[Film/BridgetJonesDiary Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason]]'' was made up of this from {{poor communication|Kills}}. Bridget becomes paranoid that her boyfriend Mark Darcy and his younger, thinner, and composed BrainyBrunette assistant [[LipstickLesbian Rebecca]] were having an affair, and during Bridget's stint in a [[ItMakesSenseInContext Thai prison]] he is revealed to think she got back together with his ex-friend Daniel. The couple gets back together in the end.
* In the Soviet comedy ''Film/TheDiamondArm'', a man named Semyon accidentally gets an orthopedic cast full of diamonds placed on his arm during a trip to Istanbul by smugglers working with TheMafiya, assuming him to be a courier. Upon arrival back home, he immediately goes to the police, only for them to use him as bait for the larger organization. His wife starts [[SpysSuspiciousWife
getting jealous after suspicious about strange absences and a gun she finds in his things]], but he tells her he is on a "special mission". It gets worse, when their apartment building superintendent tells her that her husband's behavior is shameful, pointing out that she wouldn't be surprised if he's seeing her fiance hugging another woman on the side (in the original script, she suggested that he might be secretly Jewish, but the line was overdubbed in post-production due to the CensorshipBureau). The bad guys hire an attractive woman. The blonde to seduce Semyon and put a sleeping pill in his drink. Just then, Semyon's wife (who has found the woman's note with her address) and superintendent burst in and see Semyon seemingly drunk (he's actually suffering the effects of the pill) with a half-naked woman turns out to be dancing for him. The blonde shifts blame onto Semyon with a line that has since become famous, "It's not my fault, he came himself!" The next morning, Semyon wakes up in his sister.apartment to find his wife and kids gone, with a note telling him that, now that she knows what his "special mission" is all about, she is moving back in with her mother and taking their kids with her. Fortunately, by the end of the film, the cops explain the truth to her, and she comes back.
* In the film ''Film/EasyLiving'', everyone thinks Mary Smith is J. B. Ball's mistress, because he gave her a sable coat and bought her a hat to match it.



* In ''Film/FindingNeverland'', James's wife and several others believe that James and Sylvia are having an affair when he spends more hours with her and her sons than at home. In reality, he only saw her as a platonic friend.
* In ''Film/TheFWord'', Chantry surprises her boyfriend, Ben, by taking him up on his open ticket to Dublin where he's doing work for the United Nations. When he shows up, he's drunk and stumbling arm-and-arm with an attractive Brazilian co-worker. He maintains that it's entirely innocent, that they just drank a bit too much and were both headed back to their respective rooms in the shared housing. Nothing in the film contradicts his narrative.
* In ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'', Scarlett pines over Ashley Wilkes, who married his cousin Melanie but courted her before then. Scarlett frequently urges him in private to run off with her, and Ashley is tempted but refuses. Then when Melanie is dying, she appears to tell Scarlett that it's alright to date Ashley after she's gone. Scarlett, however, is too upset to even think about that and falls crying into Ashley's arms... which several visitors spot and think Scarlett is {{Romancing the Widow}}er.
* In ''Film/TheHandThatRocksTheCradle'', the nanny gets the husband to plan a surprise party for his wife with their friend, who is the only one around the husband who smokes. When the wife finds her friend's lighter in her husband's suit jacket, she thinks he's having an affair, which she calls him out on with the next room full of party guests.
* Used as MindScrew in ''Film/InternalAffairs'' (1990). DirtyCop Dennis Peck knows the protagonist, InternalAffairs officer Raymond Avila, is following him, so he arranges to meet Avila's wife in a cafe where he discusses some innocuous business. He then assaults Avila in an elevator, taunting him about having sex with his wife and throwing a pair of panties in his face (which don't even belong to her).
* PlayedForDrama in ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', where one of the many, many things that causes George Bailey to hit RockBottom is his co-workers starting rumors about him and his friend Violet Byck after they witness him lending a large amount of money to her ''pro bono''. In reality, of course, he did it because [[NiceGuy he's just that danged nice]].
* ''Film/JackStrong'' comes home late, if at all, generally neglects his family, so his wife starts suspecting an affair.
* In ''Film/KnockedUp'', Pete is making up lies about work and sneaking out of the house so that he can go see his [[spoiler:fantasy baseball league]].
* ''Film/MabelsBlunder'' (1914) involves Mabel getting jealous after seeing her fiance hugging an attractive woman. The woman turns out to be his sister.



* At the end of ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', [[spoiler: Elizabeth passionately kisses Jack, not knowing that her fiance Will is watching. She was actually distracting Jack so she could handcuff him to the ship.]]

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* At the end of ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', [[spoiler: Elizabeth passionately kisses Jack, not knowing In ''Film/MysticPizza'', Daisy (a poor Portuguese Catholic girl) sees her love interest Charles (a wealthy WASP guy) talking to a very attractive woman at a party. Consumed with jealousy, she persuades a lobsterman to dump his entire day's catch into Charles's expensive convertible sports car. Daisy then discovers that her fiance Will is watching. She the woman Charles was actually distracting Jack so she could handcuff him talking to the ship.]]was in fact his cousin, leading to a memorable exchange:
-->'''Daisy:''' I fucked up.\\
'''Charles:''' Yeah... but you gave it a 100% effort!



* In ''Film/KnockedUp'', Pete is making up lies about work and sneaking out of the house so that he can go see his [[spoiler:fantasy baseball league]].
* ''[[Film/BridgetJonesDiary Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason]]'' was made up of this from {{poor communication|Kills}}. Bridget becomes paranoid that her boyfriend Mark Darcy and his younger, thinner, and composed BrainyBrunette assistant [[LipstickLesbian Rebecca]] were having an affair, and during Bridget's stint in a [[ItMakesSenseInContext Thai prison]] he is revealed to think she got back together with his ex-friend Daniel. The couple gets back together in the end.
* In ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', Mikaela walks in on Sam apparently sharing a passionate moment with an attractive co-ed, and storms off in a huff as Sam desperately protests that it's NotWhatItLooksLike. [[spoiler:Said co-ed is actually a sexually aggressive Decepticon Pretender trying to get at the data embedded in Sam's head; the instant Mikaela leaves, the Pretender gives up on the FakeOutMakeOut and starts attacking Sam properly.]]

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* In ''Film/KnockedUp'', Pete The main plot of ''Film/NothingToLose'' is making up lies about work and sneaking out of kicked off when the house so that he can go see protagonist thinks his [[spoiler:fantasy baseball league]].
* ''[[Film/BridgetJonesDiary Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason]]'' was made up of this from {{poor communication|Kills}}. Bridget becomes paranoid that her boyfriend Mark Darcy and his younger, thinner, and composed BrainyBrunette assistant [[LipstickLesbian Rebecca]] were
wife is having an affair, and during Bridget's stint in a [[ItMakesSenseInContext Thai prison]] he is revealed to think she got back together affair with his ex-friend Daniel. boss and decides to rob the company in revenge. The couple gets back together evidence is seemingly incontrovertible (the boss' cufflinks are on the table, and they are ''going at it in the end.
* In ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', Mikaela walks in on Sam apparently sharing a passionate moment with an attractive co-ed, and storms off in a huff as Sam desperately protests that it's NotWhatItLooksLike. [[spoiler:Said co-ed is
bedroom''), but if he'd actually tried confronting them, he'd have found out they were relatives he wasn't told were visiting (and had a sexually aggressive Decepticon Pretender trying to get at sudden case of the data embedded in Sam's head; randiness). And the instant Mikaela leaves, cufflinks had been there for months ever since the Pretender gives up on guy lost them during a party.
* At
the FakeOutMakeOut end of ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', [[spoiler:Elizabeth passionately kisses Jack, not knowing that her fiance Will is watching. She was actually distracting Jack so she could handcuff him to the ship.]]
* In the film ''Film/ShallWeDance'', a woman becomes suspicious of her husband when she realizes that he's displayed the same traits that a friend's cheating husband is--late nights, distraction, etc. As it turns out, while the husband ''is'' bored with his life
and starts attacking Sam properly.]]having a mid-life crisis, he isn't cheating on her, he's taking dance lessons. However, the wife is still concerned about the possibility of him having an affair with one of the dance instructors.



* Occurs in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', when Jessica Rabbit visits Eddie Valiant to ask for his help with her case. On the line "I'm desperate Mr. Valiant, can't you see how much I need you," Valiant's girlfriend walks in. It doesn't help that his pants are down as well.

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* Occurs in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', when Jessica Rabbit visits Eddie Valiant to ask for his help ''Film/ShortCuts'' zigzags the trope with extramarital lovers Gene Shepard and Betty Weathers. Betty has another boyfriend, Wally, with whom she is planning to spend the weekend, and has roused Gene's suspicions with a flimsy cover story. He tries to call her, but her case. On soon-to-be ex-husband Stormy answers the line "I'm desperate Mr. Valiant, can't you phone instead and engages in a bit of RelationshipSabotage by shouting at Betty to put her panties on. That evening, Gene shows up at the house to see how much I need you," Valiant's girlfriend walks in. It doesn't help Stormy's car parked in the driveway and Stormy himself in silhouette through the bedroom curtains (unbeknownst to Gene, Stormy is instead destroying the contents of the house as an act of revenge against Betty while she is away with Wally). The enraged Gene throws a rock through the bedroom window and goes back to his wife.
* In the film ''Film/StarsAndStripesForever'' two members of Sousa's band (female singer and male Sousaphonist) are secretly married. When the Spanish-American War breaks out he reenlists, and they spend his last night before shipping out holding each other in an Italian restaurant. The restaurateur suggests
that they should get married so they'll have a place to be together. "Oh we are married. That's why nobody can see us." After they leave, the restaurateur tells his pants are down as well.wife that the couple should divorce their respective spouses and marry each other since they obviously love each other so much.



* In ''Film/TheHandThatRocksTheCradle'', the nanny gets the husband to plan a surprise party for his wife with their friend, who is the only one around the husband who smokes. When the wife finds her friend's lighter in her husband's suit jacket, she thinks he's having an affair, which she calls him out on with the next room full of party guests.
* The main plot of ''Film/NothingToLose'' is kicked off when the protagonist thinks his wife is having an affair with his boss and decides to rob the company in revenge. The evidence is seemingly incontrovertible (the boss' cufflinks are on the table, and they are ''going at it in the bedroom''), but if he'd actually tried confronting them, he'd have found out they were relatives he wasn't told were visiting (and had a sudden case of the randiness). And the cufflinks had been there for months ever since the guy lost them during a party.
* In the film ''Film/EasyLiving'', everyone thinks Mary Smith is J. B. Ball's mistress, because he gave her a sable coat and bought her a hat to match it.
* In ''Film/MysticPizza'', Daisy (a poor Portuguese Catholic girl) sees her love interest Charles (a wealthy WASP guy) talking to a very attractive woman at a party. Consumed with jealousy, she persuades a lobsterman to dump his entire day's catch into Charles's expensive convertible sports car. Daisy then discovers that the woman Charles was talking to was in fact his cousin, leading to a memorable exchange:
-->'''Daisy:''' I fucked up.\\
'''Charles:''' Yeah... but you gave it a 100% effort!
* PlayedForDrama in ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', where one of the many, many things that causes George Bailey to hit RockBottom is his co-workers starting rumors about him and his friend Violet Byck after they witness him lending a large amount of money to her ''pro bono''. In reality, of course, he did it because [[NiceGuy he's just that danged nice]].
* In the film ''Film/ShallWeDance'', a woman becomes suspicious of her husband when she realizes that he's displayed the same traits that a friend's cheating husband is--late nights, distraction, etc. As it turns out, while the husband ''is'' bored with his life and having a mid-life crisis, he isn't cheating on her, he's taking dance lessons. However, the wife is still concerned about the possibility of him having an affair with one of the dance instructors.
* Used as MindScrew in ''Film/InternalAffairs'' (1990). DirtyCop Dennis Peck knows the protagonist, InternalAffairs officer Raymond Avila, is following him, so he arranges to meet Avila's wife in a cafe where he discusses some innocuous business. He then assaults Avila in an elevator, taunting him about having sex with his wife and throwing a pair of panties in his face (which don't even belong to her).
* In ''Film/FindingNeverland'', James's wife and several others believe that James and Sylvia are having an affair when he spends more hours with her and her sons than at home. In reality, he only saw her as a platonic friend.
* In ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'', Scarlett pines over Ashley Wilkes, who married his cousin Melanie but courted her before then. Scarlett frequently urges him in private to run off with her, and Ashley is tempted but refuses. Then when Melanie is dying, she appears to tell Scarlett that it's alright to date Ashley after she's gone. Scarlett, however, is too upset to even think about that and falls crying into Ashley's arms... which several visitors spot and think Scarlett is {{Romancing the Widow}}er.
* In the film ''Film/StarsAndStripesForever'' two members of Sousa's band (female singer and male Sousaphonist) are secretly married. When the Spanish-American War breaks out he reenlists, and they spend his last night before shipping out holding each other in an Italian restaurant. The restaurateur suggests that they should get married so they'll have a place to be together. "Oh we are married. That's why nobody can see us." After they leave, the restaurateur tells his wife that the couple should divorce their respective spouses and marry each other since they obviously love each other so much.
* ''Film/ShortCuts'' zigzags the trope with extramarital lovers Gene Shepard and Betty Weathers. Betty has another boyfriend, Wally, with whom she is planning to spend the weekend, and has roused Gene's suspicions with a flimsy cover story. He tries to call her, but her soon-to-be ex-husband Stormy answers the phone instead and engages in a bit of RelationshipSabotage by shouting at Betty to put her panties on. That evening, Gene shows up at the house to see Stormy's car parked in the driveway and Stormy himself in silhouette through the bedroom curtains (unbeknownst to Gene, Stormy is instead destroying the contents of the house as an act of revenge against Betty while she is away with Wally). The enraged Gene throws a rock through the bedroom window and goes back to his wife.
* ''Film/JackStrong'' comes home late, if at all, generally neglects his family, so his wife starts suspecting an affair.
* In ''Film/TheFWord'', Chantry surprises her boyfriend, Ben, by taking him up on his open ticket to Dublin where he's doing work for the United Nations. When he shows up, he's drunk and stumbling arm-and-arm with an attractive Brazilian co-worker. He maintains that it's entirely innocent, that they just drank a bit too much and were both headed back to their respective rooms in the shared housing. Nothing in the film contradicts his narrative.
* In the Soviet comedy ''Film/TheDiamondArm'', a man named Semyon accidentally gets an orthopedic cast full of diamonds placed on his arm during a trip to Istanbul by smugglers working with TheMafiya, assuming him to be a courier. Upon arrival back home, he immediately goes to the police, only for them to use him as bait for the larger organization. His wife starts [[SpysSuspiciousWife getting suspicious about strange absences and a gun she finds in his things]], but he tells her he is on a "special mission". It gets worse, when their apartment building superintendent tells her that her husband's behavior is shameful, pointing out that she wouldn't be surprised if he's seeing another woman on the side (in the original script, she suggested that he might be secretly Jewish, but the line was overdubbed in post-production due to the CensorshipBureau). The bad guys hire an attractive blonde to seduce Semyon and put a sleeping pill in his drink. Just then, Semyon's wife (who has found the woman's note with her address) and superintendent burst in and see Semyon seemingly drunk (he's actually suffering the effects of the pill) with a half-naked woman dancing for him. The blonde shifts blame onto Semyon with a line that has since become famous, "It's not my fault, he came himself!" The next morning, Semyon wakes up in his apartment to find his wife and kids gone, with a note telling him that, now that she knows what his "special mission" is all about, she is moving back in with her mother and taking their kids with her. Fortunately, by the end of the film, the cops explain the truth to her, and she comes back.

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* In ''Film/TheHandThatRocksTheCradle'', the nanny gets the husband to plan a surprise party for his wife with their friend, who is the only one around the husband who smokes. When the wife finds her friend's lighter ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', Mikaela walks in her husband's suit jacket, she thinks he's having an affair, which she calls him out on with the next room full of party guests.
* The main plot of ''Film/NothingToLose'' is kicked off when the protagonist thinks his wife is having an affair with his boss and decides to rob the company in revenge. The evidence is seemingly incontrovertible (the boss' cufflinks are on the table, and they are ''going at it in the bedroom''), but if he'd actually tried confronting them, he'd have found out they were relatives he wasn't told were visiting (and had
Sam apparently sharing a sudden case of the randiness). And the cufflinks had been there for months ever since the guy lost them during a party.
* In the film ''Film/EasyLiving'', everyone thinks Mary Smith is J. B. Ball's mistress, because he gave her a sable coat and bought her a hat to match it.
* In ''Film/MysticPizza'', Daisy (a poor Portuguese Catholic girl) sees her love interest Charles (a wealthy WASP guy) talking to a very attractive woman at a party. Consumed with jealousy, she persuades a lobsterman to dump his entire day's catch into Charles's expensive convertible sports car. Daisy then discovers that the woman Charles was talking to was in fact his cousin, leading to a memorable exchange:
-->'''Daisy:''' I fucked up.\\
'''Charles:''' Yeah... but you gave it a 100% effort!
* PlayedForDrama in ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', where one of the many, many things that causes George Bailey to hit RockBottom is his co-workers starting rumors about him and his friend Violet Byck after they witness him lending a large amount of money to her ''pro bono''. In reality, of course, he did it because [[NiceGuy he's just that danged nice]].
* In the film ''Film/ShallWeDance'', a woman becomes suspicious of her husband when she realizes that he's displayed the same traits that a friend's cheating husband is--late nights, distraction, etc. As it turns out, while the husband ''is'' bored with his life and having a mid-life crisis, he isn't cheating on her, he's taking dance lessons. However, the wife is still concerned about the possibility of him having an affair with one of the dance instructors.
* Used as MindScrew in ''Film/InternalAffairs'' (1990). DirtyCop Dennis Peck knows the protagonist, InternalAffairs officer Raymond Avila, is following him, so he arranges to meet Avila's wife in a cafe where he discusses some innocuous business. He then assaults Avila in an elevator, taunting him about having sex with his wife and throwing a pair of panties in his face (which don't even belong to her).
* In ''Film/FindingNeverland'', James's wife and several others believe that James and Sylvia are having an affair when he spends more hours with her and her sons than at home. In reality, he only saw her as a platonic friend.
* In ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'', Scarlett pines over Ashley Wilkes, who married his cousin Melanie but courted her before then. Scarlett frequently urges him in private to run off with her, and Ashley is tempted but refuses. Then when Melanie is dying, she appears to tell Scarlett that it's alright to date Ashley after she's gone. Scarlett, however, is too upset to even think about that and falls crying into Ashley's arms... which several visitors spot and think Scarlett is {{Romancing the Widow}}er.
* In the film ''Film/StarsAndStripesForever'' two members of Sousa's band (female singer and male Sousaphonist) are secretly married. When the Spanish-American War breaks out he reenlists, and they spend his last night before shipping out holding each other in an Italian restaurant. The restaurateur suggests that they should get married so they'll have a place to be together. "Oh we are married. That's why nobody can see us." After they leave, the restaurateur tells his wife that the couple should divorce their respective spouses and marry each other since they obviously love each other so much.
* ''Film/ShortCuts'' zigzags the trope with extramarital lovers Gene Shepard and Betty Weathers. Betty has another boyfriend, Wally, with whom she is planning to spend the weekend, and has roused Gene's suspicions with a flimsy cover story. He tries to call her, but her soon-to-be ex-husband Stormy answers the phone instead and engages in a bit of RelationshipSabotage by shouting at Betty to put her panties on. That evening, Gene shows up at the house to see Stormy's car parked in the driveway and Stormy himself in silhouette through the bedroom curtains (unbeknownst to Gene, Stormy is instead destroying the contents of the house as an act of revenge against Betty while she is away with Wally). The enraged Gene throws a rock through the bedroom window and goes back to his wife.
* ''Film/JackStrong'' comes home late, if at all, generally neglects his family, so his wife starts suspecting an affair.
* In ''Film/TheFWord'', Chantry surprises her boyfriend, Ben, by taking him up on his open ticket to Dublin where he's doing work for the United Nations. When he shows up, he's drunk and stumbling arm-and-arm
passionate moment with an attractive Brazilian co-worker. He maintains co-ed, and storms off in a huff as Sam desperately protests that it's entirely innocent, that they just drank NotWhatItLooksLike. [[spoiler:Said co-ed is actually a bit too much sexually aggressive Decepticon Pretender trying to get at the data embedded in Sam's head; the instant Mikaela leaves, the Pretender gives up on the FakeOutMakeOut and were both headed back to their respective rooms in the shared housing. Nothing in the film contradicts his narrative.
* In the Soviet comedy ''Film/TheDiamondArm'', a man named Semyon accidentally gets an orthopedic cast full of diamonds placed on his arm during a trip to Istanbul by smugglers working with TheMafiya, assuming him to be a courier. Upon arrival back home, he immediately goes to the police, only for them to use him as bait for the larger organization. His wife
starts [[SpysSuspiciousWife getting suspicious about strange absences and a gun she finds attacking Sam properly.]]
* Occurs
in his things]], but he tells her he is on a "special mission". It gets worse, ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', when their apartment building superintendent tells Jessica Rabbit visits Eddie Valiant to ask for his help with her that her husband's behavior is shameful, pointing out that she wouldn't be surprised if he's seeing another woman on the side (in the original script, she suggested that he might be secretly Jewish, but case. On the line was overdubbed in post-production due to the CensorshipBureau). The bad guys hire an attractive blonde to seduce Semyon and put a sleeping pill in his drink. Just then, Semyon's wife (who has found the woman's note with her address) and superintendent burst in and "I'm desperate Mr. Valiant, can't you see Semyon seemingly drunk (he's actually suffering the effects of the pill) with a half-naked woman dancing for him. The blonde shifts blame onto Semyon with a line how much I need you," Valiant's girlfriend walks in. It doesn't help that has since become famous, "It's not my fault, he came himself!" The next morning, Semyon wakes up in his apartment to find his wife and kids gone, with a note telling him that, now that she knows what his "special mission" is all about, she is moving back in with her mother and taking their kids with her. Fortunately, by the end of the film, the cops explain the truth to her, and she comes back.pants are down as well.



* Subverted in Reginald Hill's Literature/DalzielAndPascoe novel ''Death's Jest Book'', in which Sgt. Wield gets into a paternal relationship with a rent boy that sure makes it look like he's cheating on his partner--even Dalziel thinks so--except that he isn't. Ironically, Wield's partner is the one who [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on the situation by pointing out that he has complete faith in Wield's motives.

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* Subverted in Reginald Hill's Literature/DalzielAndPascoe ''Literature/DalzielAndPascoe'' novel ''Death's Jest Book'', in which Sgt. Wield gets into a paternal relationship with a rent boy that sure makes it look like he's cheating on his partner--even Dalziel thinks so--except that he isn't. Ironically, Wield's partner is the one who [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on the situation by pointing out that he has complete faith in Wield's motives.



* Happens with [[spoiler:Denise and Spade]] in the Literature/NightHuntress books when she's told that "the vampire" is in a bedroom with another woman. Becomes a CrowningMomentOfFunny when she furiously pounds on the door only to find she's got the wrong vampire.

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* Happens with [[spoiler:Denise and Spade]] in the Literature/NightHuntress ''Literature/NightHuntress'' books when she's told that "the vampire" is in a bedroom with another woman. Becomes a CrowningMomentOfFunny when she furiously pounds on the door only to find she's got the wrong vampire.



* A few episodes of ''Series/{{Family Matters}}'' fit this trope. The first was "The Stake-Out" when Estelle and Rachel fear Carl is cheating on Harriet with his female police partner, Vanessa. They come into the stateout, and from what they see, they suspect that he was doing it. They realize they were wrong, and that it was a stakeout indeed. "Tender Kisses" involves Carl having Urkel reading diaries of Harriet, fearing she's cheating on him, only to find out that Harriet wrote a fake diary, to elicit a response from Carl, and to test his trust for Harriet.

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* A few episodes of ''Series/{{Family Matters}}'' ''Series/FamilyMatters'' fit this trope. The first was "The Stake-Out" when Estelle and Rachel fear Carl is cheating on Harriet with his female police partner, Vanessa. They come into the stateout, and from what they see, they suspect that he was doing it. They realize they were wrong, and that it was a stakeout indeed. "Tender Kisses" involves Carl having Urkel reading diaries of Harriet, fearing she's cheating on him, only to find out that Harriet wrote a fake diary, to elicit a response from Carl, and to test his trust for Harriet.



* In ''[[VideoGame/GalaxyAngel Galaxy Angel Moonlit Lovers]]'', Ranpha suspects Tact of cheating on her with Chitose because she walked in on their hands touching while picking up papers. He spends much of the rest of the [[MultipleEndings story path]] trying to win her back, eventually dressing up in a ridiculous pink "I love Ranpha" outfit.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/GalaxyAngel Galaxy Angel Moonlit Lovers]]'', Ranpha suspects Tact ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' this befalls [[spoiler:the BigBad and DarkMessiah Father Comstock. Over-exposing himself to machinery that let him see the future have rendered him sterile, meaning he stole "his" daughter from an alternate-reality version of cheating on her himself who never became Father Comstock. He told his wife it was a miracle child that God had made from whole-cloth, which she understandably finds hard to believe and accused Rosalind Lutece of sleeping with Chitose because him. Rosalind responds by telling her what really happened, which she walked in on their hands touching while picking up papers. He spends much of the rest of the [[MultipleEndings story path]] trying finds even ''harder'' to win her back, believe, eventually dressing up in a ridiculous pink "I love Ranpha" outfit.leading Comstock to murder her to keep her from spreading doubt.]]



* In ''VideoGame/FantasyLife'', part of the prologue for novice Miners involves helping out Master Duglas, who hugged a strange woman in a case of MistakenIdentity and, in the process, lost his anniversary gift for his wife Ruby.



* In ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel Moonlit Lovers'', Ranpha suspects Tact of cheating on her with Chitose because she walked in on their hands touching while picking up papers. He spends much of the rest of the [[MultipleEndings story path]] trying to win her back, eventually dressing up in a ridiculous pink "I love Ranpha" outfit.



* In ''VideoGame/FantasyLife'', part of the prologue for novice Miners involves helping out Master Duglas, who hugged a strange woman in a case of MistakenIdentity and, in the process, lost his anniversary gift for his wife Ruby.
* In ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' this befalls [[spoiler: the BigBad and DarkMessiah Father Comstock. Over-exposing himself to machinery that let him see the future have rendered him sterile, meaning he stole "his" daughter from an alternate-reality version of himself who never became Father Comstock. He told his wife it was a miracle child that God had made from whole-cloth, which she understandably finds hard to believe and accused Rosalind Lutece of sleeping with him. Rosalind responds by telling her what really happened, which she finds even ''harder'' to believe, eventually leading Comstock to murder her to keep her from spreading doubt.]]
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* ''LightNovel/KyouKaraMaou'': Wolfram is always accusing Yuuri of cheating and Yuuri never is.

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* ''LightNovel/KyouKaraMaou'': ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'': Wolfram is always accusing Yuuri of cheating and Yuuri never is.



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* A series of ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' strips has Andy convinced that Roger is cheating on her when he's actually at work. ("Listen -- hear that squeaking? You know how my chair squeaks." "Sounds like bedsprings." "Fred, get in here and talk to my wife.") In the last strip, she apologizes for being paranoid and they hug...at which point she [[AffairHair plucks a hair from his jacket and asks whose it is]]. (No, Roger wasn't cheating; he's just balding.)
** Fred's response to being called over is "[[HereWeGoAgain Not again...]]", implying that Andy does this with some degree of regularity.
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4267279/1/Hero_High_Sphinx_Academy Hero High: Sphinx Academy]], Ren suspects this of Ben when she has noticed him hanging out with Julie several times, though more often than not he is getting help from Julie to get a gift for Ren for their upcoming anniversary. It doesn't help that Susan, one of the BigBad's lackeys and instructed to cause tension between the couple to slow them down, is the one encouraging the idea.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'' [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4267279/1/Hero_High_Sphinx_Academy Hero High: Sphinx Academy]], Ren suspects this of Ben when she has noticed him hanging out with Julie several times, though more often than not he is getting help from Julie to get a gift for Ren for their upcoming anniversary. It doesn't help that Susan, one of the BigBad's lackeys and instructed to cause tension between the couple to slow them down, is the one encouraging the idea.



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* ''StrangeMagic'' plays with this - one of the first scenes is of a fairy princess catching man she was about to marry kissing another woman (''on their wedding day''), but another character later describes the situation as a "misunderstanding" - her charismatic ex convinced everyone, including her father, that either he didn't really cheat or it was a minor lapse in judgement and won't be repeated.

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* ''StrangeMagic'' ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' plays with this - one of the first scenes is of a fairy princess catching man she was about to marry kissing another woman (''on their wedding day''), but another character later describes the situation as a "misunderstanding" - her charismatic ex convinced everyone, including her father, that either he didn't really cheat or it was a minor lapse in judgement and won't be repeated.



* James Wilson on ''Series/{{House}}'' gets accused of this by House every time he so much looks at a woman (to be fair, he ''did'' cheat on two of his wives and told them about it later). This trope is actually the entire B-plot of "Fools for Love", in which it's subverted - it's not Wilson that Nurse Wendy is dating, it's Foreman.

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* James Wilson on ''Series/{{House}}'' gets accused of this by House every time he so much looks at a woman (to be fair, he ''did'' cheat on two of his wives and told them about it later). This trope is actually the entire B-plot of "Fools for Love", in which it's subverted - -- it's not Wilson that Nurse Wendy is dating, it's Foreman.



* On ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' the titular character begins dating his college sweetheart, Jill, who walks in on him and Sarah showering (they were trying to get a "poisonous" powder off of their bodies. It turned out to be Hi-C mix). He explains the situation and she is all-too-willing to believe him. This might have had some thing to do with the fact that [[spoiler: Jill was evil and using Chuck]].

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** The title
character begins dating his college sweetheart, Jill, who walks in on him and Sarah showering (they were trying to get a "poisonous" powder off of their bodies. It turned out to be Hi-C mix). He explains the situation and she is all-too-willing to believe him. This might have had some thing to do with the fact that [[spoiler: Jill was evil and using Chuck]].



-->'''Harper''': I had my mom's [[PrivateDetective private investigator]] track her down.\\
'''Alex''': Oh, how's the case going?\\
'''Harper''': Oh, everything's fine. Turns out my dad was just sleeping in the car.

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-->'''Harper''': -->'''Harper:''' I had my mom's [[PrivateDetective private investigator]] track her down.\\
'''Alex''': '''Alex:''' Oh, how's the case going?\\
'''Harper''': '''Harper:''' Oh, everything's fine. Turns out my dad was just sleeping in the car.



-->'''Kelly''': Don't make excuses, Woody. Now I see what's going on. You're busy every night and you won't tell me why. I walk in here and find you two kissing in the back room of a bar. It all adds up. You're in a play and you didn't even tell me.
-->'''Woody''': Wait, maybe I was just cheating on you!

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-->'''Kelly''': -->'''Kelly:''' Don't make excuses, Woody. Now I see what's going on. You're busy every night and you won't tell me why. I walk in here and find you two kissing in the back room of a bar. It all adds up. You're in a play and you didn't even tell me.
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me.\\
'''Woody:'''
Wait, maybe I was just cheating on you!



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* A series of ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' strips has Andy convinced that Roger is cheating on her when he's actually at work. ("Listen -- hear that squeaking? You know how my chair squeaks." "Sounds like bedsprings." "Fred, get in here and talk to my wife.") In the last strip, she apologizes for being paranoid and they hug...at which point she [[AffairHair plucks a hair from his jacket and asks whose it is]]. (No, Roger wasn't cheating; he's just balding.)
** Fred's response to being called over is "[[HereWeGoAgain Not again...]]", implying that Andy does this with some degree of regularity.
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