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* Pretty much any [[RomanticComedy romantic comedy]] ever made. '''EVERY. FREAKING. ONE.''' * ''Extremely'' common in sequels where the lead couple had their RelationshipUpgrade at the end of the first movie. ''[[Literature/BridgetJones Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason]]'' is a good example of one where it happens even though the breakup is completely pointless and has no effect on the plot.
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[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]] * Pretty much any [[RomanticComedy romantic comedy]] ever made. '''EVERY. FREAKING. ONE.''' * ''Extremely'' common in sequels where the lead couple had their RelationshipUpgrade at the end of the first movie. ''[[Literature/BridgetJones Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason]]'' is a good example of ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' pulls out one where it happens even though the breakup is completely pointless and has no effect on the plot.of these every ten episodes. At least. In a 52-episode series.

* In ''I Love You, Man'' the bromance and main storyline feature this. The main character separates from his fiancee for a day or so, but the main Second Act Breakup is between the main character and his new friend. * ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' pulls out one of these every ten episodes. At least. In a 52-episode series. * The book of ''About A Boy'' subverts this by having Rachel react with amused tolerance when Will reveals that Marcus is not really his son. The movie plays this trope straight while using most of the same lines spoken in a different tone. * Edward leaves Bella in the second book of the ''Literature/{{Twilight}} Saga'' [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies for her safety]] and she [[LivingEmotionalCrutch zombies out]] for ten pages that are literally blank. * The ''Literature/NightHuntress'' books have two; midway through the first book, Bones leaves Cat until she can figure out how she feels about vampires. At the end of the first, leading into the second, Cat writes Bones a Dear John letter.
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[[AC:{{Film}}]] * Happens in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'' between Doc Brown and old west schoolteacher Clara Clayton. Notable as its part of a science-fiction comedy movie trilogy that doesn't normally dwell on such things, and that despite the breakup happening over a misunderstanding, no one was really at fault -- it's just really hard for someone living in the old west to believe someone who tells them he's a time-traveller from a hundred years in the future. %%* ''The Bride Came C.O.D.'': "Mustard!" * ''Extremely'' common in sequels where the lead couple had their RelationshipUpgrade at the end of the first movie. ''[[Literature/BridgetJones Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason]]'' is a good example of one where it happens even though the breakup is completely pointless and has no effect on the plot. * Bromantic example: in ''Film/FiftyFifty'', protagonist Adam breaks up with best bud/comic relief Kyle because it looks like Kyle is just using Adam's cancer as a chick magnet/ganja pass. [[spoiler: Luckily, Adam stumbles upon Kyle's collection of well read books on how to help a loved one with cancer, complete with copious margin notes, and they make up.]] * In ''I Love You, Man'' ''Film/ILoveYouMan'' the bromance and main storyline feature this. The main character separates from his fiancee for a day or so, but the main Second Act Breakup is between the main character and his new friend. * ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' pulls out one of these every ten episodes. At least. In a 52-episode series. * The book of ''About A Boy'' subverts this by having Rachel react ''Film/KnockedUp'', Allison breaks up with amused tolerance when Will reveals that Marcus is not really his son. The movie plays this trope straight while using most of the same lines spoken in a different tone. * Edward leaves Bella in the second book of the ''Literature/{{Twilight}} Saga'' [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies for her safety]] and she [[LivingEmotionalCrutch zombies out]] for ten pages that are literally blank. * The ''Literature/NightHuntress'' books have two; midway Ben half-way through the first book, Bones leaves Cat until movie as she can figure out how she feels about vampires. At thinks they are not made for another. Needless to say, they reunite at the end of the first, leading into the second, Cat writes Bones a Dear John letter. end.

* Happens in the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "The Beach." At the end of the second act (the party), Zuko pisses Mai off so much that she breaks up with him. They make up at the end of the third act (the campfire), and refreshingly, there is no groveling. * The Fenris romance in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has one literally in Act 2, right after Fenris and Hawke consummate the relationship, when he freaks as this causes him to quickly regain and then lose his memories of his life before his scars, leading him to walk out on Hawke. Depending on the player's actions toward Fenris after said incident, it can actually be ''permanent''. * Bromantic example: in ''Film/FiftyFifty'', protagonist Adam breaks up with best bud/comic relief Kyle because it looks like Kyle is just using Adam's cancer as a chick magnet/ganja pass. [[spoiler: Luckily, Adam stumbles upon Kyle's collection of well read books on how to help a loved one with cancer, complete with copious margin notes, and they make up.]] * ''The Bride Came C.O.D.'': "Mustard!"
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* Happens [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "The Beach." At the end of the second act (the party), Zuko pisses Mai off so much that she breaks up with him. They make up at the end of the third act (the campfire), and refreshingly, there is no groveling. * The Fenris romance in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has one literally in Act 2, right after Fenris and Hawke consummate the relationship, when he freaks as this causes him to quickly regain and then lose his memories of his life before his scars, leading him to walk out on Hawke. Depending on the player's actions toward Fenris after said incident, it can actually be ''permanent''. * Bromantic example: in ''Film/FiftyFifty'', protagonist Adam breaks up with best bud/comic relief Kyle because it looks like Kyle is just using Adam's cancer as a chick magnet/ganja pass. ''[[Film/{{Neighbors2014}} Neighbors]]''; [[spoiler: Luckily, Adam stumbles upon Kyle's collection of well read books on how to help a loved one Mac and Kelly have the stereotypical argument where Kelly ends up leaving him with cancer, complete with copious margin notes, and they their daughter. The very next scene the two quickly make up.]] * ''The Bride Came C.O.D.'': "Mustard!"''Film/RoleModels'' has Creator/PaulRudd's character break up with his girlfriend in Act I, but both of the lead's are "dumped" by their Little Brothers in Act II.

* Happens in ''[[LaBoheme La Bohème]]'' because Rodolfo knows he cannot care for his girlfriend, the [[SoapOperaDisease fatally ill]] Mimi. He accuses her of cheating on him or wanting to cheat on him, justifying this idea by saying he caught her [[TheUnfairSex looking at]] other men, [[BreakHerHeartToSaveHer so they will break up and she will not feel obligated to live with him in squalor and the cold]], which is exacerbating her condition. * Happens in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'' between Doc Brown and old west schoolteacher Clara Clayton. Notable as its part of a science-fiction comedy movie trilogy that doesn't normally dwell on such things, and that despite the breakup happening over a misunderstanding, no one was really at fault -- it's just really hard for someone living in the old west to believe someone who tells them he's a time-traveller from a hundred years in the future.
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[[AC:{{Literature}}]] * Happens in ''[[LaBoheme La Bohème]]'' because Rodolfo knows he cannot care for his girlfriend, the [[SoapOperaDisease fatally ill]] Mimi. He accuses her The book of cheating on him or wanting to cheat on him, justifying ''Literature/AboutABoy'' subverts this idea by saying he caught having Rachel react with amused tolerance when Will reveals that Marcus is not really his son. The movie plays this trope straight while using most of the same lines spoken in a different tone. * Edward leaves Bella in the second book of the ''Literature/{{Twilight}} Saga'' [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies for her [[TheUnfairSex looking at]] other men, [[BreakHerHeartToSaveHer so they will break up safety]] and she will not feel obligated to live with him in squalor and the cold]], which is exacerbating her condition. * Happens in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'' between Doc Brown and old west schoolteacher Clara Clayton. Notable as its part of a science-fiction comedy movie trilogy [[LivingEmotionalCrutch zombies out]] for ten pages that doesn't normally dwell on such things, and that despite are literally blank. * The ''Literature/NightHuntress'' books have two; midway through the breakup happening over a misunderstanding, no one was really at fault -- it's just really hard for someone living in first book, Bones leaves Cat until she can figure out how she feels about vampires. At the old west to believe someone who tells them he's a time-traveller from a hundred years in end of the future.first, leading into the second, Cat writes Bones a Dear John letter.

* ''Film/RoleModels'' has Creator/PaulRudd's character break up with his girlfriend in Act I, but both of the lead's are "dumped" by their Little Brothers in Act II. * In Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG, shortly before the mission which led to the discovery of the [[MadScientistLaboratory Dino Island Laboratory]], Amanda and Rex broke up. Not due to any misunderstandings or anger between them... but because they both accepted that their relationship couldn't go much farther [[ItMakesSenseInContext when they were completely different species]]. Luckily, this was resolved by the end of the mission, since a freak accident in the lab caused Rex and Dr. Rex to switch bodies, so now Rex and Amanda are both the same species and free to continue their relationship. * [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''[[Film/{{Neighbors2014}} Neighbors]]''; [[spoiler: Mac and Kelly have the stereotypical argument where Kelly ends up leaving him with their daughter. The very next scene the two quickly make up.]] * In the RomCom ''Film/KnockedUp'', Allison breaks up with Ben half-way through the movie as she thinks they are not made for another. Needless to say, they reunite at the end.
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* ''Film/RoleModels'' has Creator/PaulRudd's character break up with his girlfriend in Act I, but both of the lead's are "dumped" by their Little Brothers in Act II. * In Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG, shortly before the mission which led to the discovery of the [[MadScientistLaboratory Dino Island Laboratory]], Amanda and Rex broke up. Not due to any misunderstandings or anger between them... but because they both accepted that their relationship couldn't go much farther [[ItMakesSenseInContext when they were completely different species]]. Luckily, this was resolved by the end of the mission, since a freak accident in the lab caused Rex and Dr. Rex to switch bodies, so now Rex and Amanda are both the same species and free to continue their relationship. * [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''[[Film/{{Neighbors2014}} Neighbors]]''; [[spoiler: Mac and Kelly have the stereotypical argument where Kelly ends up leaving him with their daughter. The very next scene the two quickly make up.]] * In the RomCom ''Film/KnockedUp'', Allison breaks up with Ben half-way through the movie as she thinks they are not made for another. Needless to say, they reunite at the end. [[AC:LiveActionTV]]

[[AC:{{Theatre}}]] * ''Film/RoleModels'' has Creator/PaulRudd's character Happens in ''Theatre/LaBoheme'' because Rodolfo knows he cannot care for his girlfriend, the [[SoapOperaDisease fatally ill]] Mimi. He accuses her of cheating on him or wanting to cheat on him, justifying this idea by saying he caught her [[TheUnfairSex looking at]] other men, [[BreakHerHeartToSaveHer so they will break up and she will not feel obligated to live with his girlfriend him in squalor and the cold]], which is exacerbating her condition. [[AC:VideoGames]] * The Fenris romance in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has one literally in Act I, but both of 2, right after Fenris and Hawke consummate the lead's are "dumped" by their Little Brothers in Act II. relationship, when he freaks as this causes him to quickly regain and then lose his memories of his life before his scars, leading him to walk out on Hawke. Depending on the player's actions toward Fenris after said incident, it can actually be ''permanent''. [[AC:WebOriginal]] * In Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG, shortly before the mission which led to the discovery of the [[MadScientistLaboratory Dino Island Laboratory]], Amanda and Rex broke up. Not due to any misunderstandings or anger between them... but because they both accepted that their relationship couldn't go much farther [[ItMakesSenseInContext when they were completely different species]]. Luckily, this was resolved by the end of the mission, since a freak accident in the lab caused Rex and Dr. Rex to switch bodies, so now Rex and Amanda are both the same species and free to continue their relationship. relationship. [[AC:WesternAnimation]] * [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] Happens in ''[[Film/{{Neighbors2014}} Neighbors]]''; [[spoiler: Mac and Kelly have the stereotypical argument where Kelly ends up leaving him with their daughter. The very next scene ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "The Beach." At the two quickly make up.]] * In end of the RomCom ''Film/KnockedUp'', Allison second act (the party), Zuko pisses Mai off so much that she breaks up with Ben half-way through the movie as she thinks they are not made for another. Needless to say, they reunite him. They make up at the end.end of the third act (the campfire), and refreshingly, there is no groveling.

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12th Oct '15 5:26:28 AM Prfnoff
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* Happens in the prime minister David and household staff member Natalie in ''LoveActually''. He saw the American president kissing her on the cheek, thinking Natalie was never interested in him. It wasn't until he saw the Christmas card from her, saying that she was his that he realized that she returned his feelings. Cue him trying to find her house to apologize and her happily accepting it and them making up by kissing at the back of the school's stage. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Only for the curtains to rise.]]
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* Happens in the prime minister David and household staff member Natalie in ''LoveActually''.''Film/LoveActually''. He saw the American president kissing her on the cheek, thinking Natalie was never interested in him. It wasn't until he saw the Christmas card from her, saying that she was his that he realized that she returned his feelings. Cue him trying to find her house to apologize and her happily accepting it and them making up by kissing at the back of the school's stage. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Only for the curtains to rise.]]

* In ''TheValleyOfHorses'', Ayla and Jondolar undergo a temporary break-up when Jondolar finds out about Ayla's past and shows his prejudice against the Clan. In ''TheMammothHunters'', Ayla and Jondolar have problems for most of the book which come to a head in the middle when Ayla agrees to meet someone else. If it weren't for the fact that Ayla and Jondolar go through most of ''ThePlainsOfPassage'' until they have their fight, making it more of a ThirdActMisunderstanding, the series would have used the exact same plot point three times in a row.
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* In ''TheValleyOfHorses'', ''[[Literature/EarthsChildren The Valley of Horses]]'', Ayla and Jondolar undergo a temporary break-up when Jondolar finds out about Ayla's past and shows his prejudice against the Clan. In ''TheMammothHunters'', ''The Mammoth Hunters'', Ayla and Jondolar have problems for most of the book which come to a head in the middle when Ayla agrees to meet someone else. If it weren't for the fact that Ayla and Jondolar go through most of ''ThePlainsOfPassage'' ''The Plains of Passage'' until they have their fight, making it more of a ThirdActMisunderstanding, the series would have used the exact same plot point three times in a row.

* Taking a leaf out of the ''Anime/SailorMoon'' playbook, ''LiveActionTvShow/Roswell'' ALSO had a contrived, time-travelling break-up in its second season to keep Max and Liz apart. Hooray for romance in the 90s!
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* Taking a leaf out of the ''Anime/SailorMoon'' playbook, ''LiveActionTvShow/Roswell'' ''Series/{{Roswell}}'' ALSO had a contrived, time-travelling break-up in its second season to keep Max and Liz apart. Hooray for romance in the 90s!
19th Sep '15 4:16:38 PM eroock
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Then, about 60 minutes into the 90-minute movie, there's a [[PoorCommunicationKills sudden wacky misunderstanding]] where one of them is MistakenForCheating. Or Alice realizes her enemies will come after Bob to get to her, and she has to BreakHisHeartToSaveHim. Or TheBet Bob had made that he was using Alice to fulfill is revealed to her. Or maybe they just have a sudden [[MinorFlawMajorBreakup disagreement in their taste in music]] and both storm off in a huff.
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Then, about 60 minutes into the 90-minute movie, there's a [[PoorCommunicationKills sudden wacky misunderstanding]] where one of them is MistakenForCheating. Or Alice realizes her enemies will come after Bob to get to her, and she has to BreakHisHeartToSaveHim. Or TheBet Bob had made that he was using Alice to fulfill is revealed to her. Or maybe they just have a sudden [[MinorFlawMajorBreakup disagreement in their taste in of music]] and both storm off in a huff.
19th Sep '15 4:16:16 PM eroock
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Then, about 60 minutes into the 90-minute movie, there's a [[PoorCommunicationKills sudden wacky misunderstanding]] where one of them is MistakenForCheating. Or Alice realizes her enemies will come after Bob to get to her, and she has to BreakHisHeartToSaveHim. Or TheBet Bob had made that he was using Alice to fulfill is revealed to her. Or maybe they just have an [[MinorFlawMajorBreakup argument about taste in music]] and both storm off in a huff.
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Then, about 60 minutes into the 90-minute movie, there's a [[PoorCommunicationKills sudden wacky misunderstanding]] where one of them is MistakenForCheating. Or Alice realizes her enemies will come after Bob to get to her, and she has to BreakHisHeartToSaveHim. Or TheBet Bob had made that he was using Alice to fulfill is revealed to her. Or maybe they just have an a sudden [[MinorFlawMajorBreakup argument about disagreement in their taste in music]] and both storm off in a huff.
19th Sep '15 4:15:24 PM eroock
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Then, about 60 minutes into the 90-minute movie, there's a [[PoorCommunicationKills sudden wacky misunderstanding]] where one of them is MistakenForCheating. Or Alice realizes her enemies will come after Bob to get to her, and she has to BreakHisHeartToSaveHim. Or TheBet Bob had made that he was using Alice to fulfill is revealed to her. Or maybe they just have a colossal argument and both storm off in a huff.
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Then, about 60 minutes into the 90-minute movie, there's a [[PoorCommunicationKills sudden wacky misunderstanding]] where one of them is MistakenForCheating. Or Alice realizes her enemies will come after Bob to get to her, and she has to BreakHisHeartToSaveHim. Or TheBet Bob had made that he was using Alice to fulfill is revealed to her. Or maybe they just have a colossal an [[MinorFlawMajorBreakup argument about taste in music]] and both storm off in a huff.
8th Sep '15 10:32:22 AM Willbyr
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* ''FushigiYugi'' pulls out one of these every ten episodes. At least. In a 52-episode series.
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* ''FushigiYugi'' ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' pulls out one of these every ten episodes. At least. In a 52-episode series.
7th Sep '15 10:12:31 PM nombretomado
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* The ''NightHuntress'' books have two; midway through the first book, Bones leaves Cat until she can figure out how she feels about vampires. At the end of the first, leading into the second, Cat writes Bones a Dear John letter.
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* The ''NightHuntress'' ''Literature/NightHuntress'' books have two; midway through the first book, Bones leaves Cat until she can figure out how she feels about vampires. At the end of the first, leading into the second, Cat writes Bones a Dear John letter.
10th Apr '15 7:21:59 PM CamisadoBlack
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* Taking a leaf out of the ''Anime/SailorMoon'' playbook, ''LiveActionTvShow/Roswell'' ALSO had a contrived, time-travelling break-up in its second season to keep Max and Liz apart. Hooray for romance in the 90s!
8th Apr '15 3:28:58 PM Morgenthaler
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* Happens in ''Film/BackToTheFuture Part III'' between Doc Brown and old west schoolteacher Clara Clayton. Notable as its part of a science-fiction comedy movie trilogy that doesn't normally dwell on such things, and that despite the breakup happening over a misunderstanding, no one was really at fault -- it's just really hard for someone living in the old west to believe someone who tells them he's a time-traveller from a hundred years in the future.
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* Happens in ''Film/BackToTheFuture Part III'' ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'' between Doc Brown and old west schoolteacher Clara Clayton. Notable as its part of a science-fiction comedy movie trilogy that doesn't normally dwell on such things, and that despite the breakup happening over a misunderstanding, no one was really at fault -- it's just really hard for someone living in the old west to believe someone who tells them he's a time-traveller from a hundred years in the future.
5th Jan '15 11:55:30 AM nombretomado
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* RoleModels has PaulRudd's Character break up with his gf in Act I, but both of the lead's are "dumped" by their Little Brothers in Act II
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* RoleModels ''Film/RoleModels'' has PaulRudd's Character Creator/PaulRudd's character break up with his gf girlfriend in Act I, but both of the lead's are "dumped" by their Little Brothers in Act IIII.
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