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14th Jun '16 7:01:17 AM Shadowgazer
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* ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''. Rose cheats on her fiance but he is evil

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* ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''. Rose cheats on her fiance but he is evilevil and she was engaged to him against her will, making her objectively sympathetic.
22nd May '16 4:48:44 PM saffronpanther
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* ''Literature/TheObituaryWriter'' features two examples with its leads Claire Fontaine and Vivien Lowe, who become the mistresses of two married men, partially by impulse and partially by a desire to feel something with their lives (especially the former, given her loveless marriage). Of course what makes them sympathetic is the guilt, grief, and sad life experiences that follow their liaisons.
14th May '16 11:27:57 PM nombretomado
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* The pairing of [[SexySecretary Joan Holloway]] and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Roger Sterling]] in ''MadMen'' is a fan-favorite because it combines two versions of this. On Joan's end, it's "Pay Cheating Unto Evil", as her husband Greg is [[spoiler:a rapist]], and on Roger's end, it's "Pay Cheating Unto Boring", as he isn't truly happy with either his first wife [[GrandeDame Mona]] or his second wife, [[GoldDigger Jane]]. Roger and Joan make each other crazy, but happier than anyone else makes them.

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* The pairing of [[SexySecretary Joan Holloway]] and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Roger Sterling]] in ''MadMen'' ''Series/MadMen'' is a fan-favorite because it combines two versions of this. On Joan's end, it's "Pay Cheating Unto Evil", as her husband Greg is [[spoiler:a rapist]], and on Roger's end, it's "Pay Cheating Unto Boring", as he isn't truly happy with either his first wife [[GrandeDame Mona]] or his second wife, [[GoldDigger Jane]]. Roger and Joan make each other crazy, but happier than anyone else makes them.
7th May '16 5:29:16 PM nombretomado
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* Janet Weiss from the ''RockyHorrorPictureShow'' decides to cheat on Brad by sleeping with Rocky after discovering Brad slept with Frank. Though, Frank did seduce Janet before going to Brad...

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* Janet Weiss from the ''RockyHorrorPictureShow'' ''Film/RockyHorrorPictureShow'' decides to cheat on Brad by sleeping with Rocky after discovering Brad slept with Frank. Though, Frank did seduce Janet before going to Brad...



* Derek aka "Dr. [=McDreamy=]" from ''GreysAnatomy'' cheated on his wife Addison with Meredith, but only because she cheated on him with his best friend (although she isn't without her sympathetic traits), and the audience is expected to root for Derek and Meredith to end up together.

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* Derek aka "Dr. [=McDreamy=]" from ''GreysAnatomy'' ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' cheated on his wife Addison with Meredith, but only because she cheated on him with his best friend (although she isn't without her sympathetic traits), and the audience is expected to root for Derek and Meredith to end up together.
7th Apr '16 12:02:00 AM lalaTKG
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* In ''Literature/{{Deathless}}, Koschei the Deathless claims to be fine with Marya having affairs with other men, [[BerserkButton as long as they aren't named Ivan]]. She can tell he's lying about it not bothering him, but he's also incredibly controlling, neglects her, keeps his previous wives as slaves in a factory to make paper soldiers, and isn't exactly a faithful husband himself. Marya eventually runs away with a soldier named Ivan because he's a NiceGuy and she wants a healthy relationship. She genuinely loves both Koschei and Ivan, which leads to [[spoiler:her tying Koschei up and locking him in the basement for her pleasure (he [[LoveMartyr consents to this]]) while living in the house as Ivan's wife]]. When she ends up [[spoiler:trapped in a dream world, it being a utopia means that the Koschei she's married to is a CompositeCharacter of the real Koschei and Ivan]]. Much of the book is about power struggles between husbands and wives in marriage, and Koschei and Marya's fidelity to one another reflects this.

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* In ''Literature/{{Deathless}}, ''Literature/{{Deathless}}'', Koschei the Deathless claims to be fine with Marya having affairs with other men, [[BerserkButton as long as they aren't named Ivan]]. She can tell he's lying about it not bothering him, but he's also incredibly controlling, neglects her, keeps his previous wives as slaves in a factory to make paper soldiers, and isn't exactly a faithful husband himself. Marya eventually runs away with a soldier named Ivan because he's a NiceGuy and she wants a healthy relationship. She genuinely loves both Koschei and Ivan, which leads to [[spoiler:her tying Koschei up and locking him in the basement for her pleasure (he [[LoveMartyr consents to this]]) while living in the house as Ivan's wife]]. When she ends up [[spoiler:trapped in a dream world, it being a utopia means that the Koschei she's married to is a CompositeCharacter of the real Koschei and Ivan]]. Much of the book is about power struggles between husbands and wives in marriage, and Koschei and Marya's fidelity to one another reflects this.



* In the historical fantasy [[Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm The Granite Shield]], a woman plans to [[StalkerWithATestTube seduce]] an enemy monarch in order to [[RescueYourDeity free her god]], since It is [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan trapped in the body of an unbeliever]] and can only be released into his heir. She convinces her fiancee that this is a good idea and he joins her in the scheme, helping her to [[DoubleEntendre consummate]] it.

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* In the historical fantasy [[Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm The Granite Shield]], a woman plans to [[StalkerWithATestTube seduce]] an enemy monarch in order to [[RescueYourDeity [[SaveYourDeity free her god]], since It is [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan trapped in the body of an unbeliever]] and can only be released into his heir. She convinces her fiancee that this is a good idea and he joins her in the scheme, helping her to [[DoubleEntendre consummate]] it.
31st Mar '16 10:33:28 PM DrOO7
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* In ''Film/ItCouldHappenToYou'', wife Muriel is a greedy, selfish, materialistic shrew, leaving not only the viewers, but the entire city of New York to fall in love with the film's love story of Charlie (her husband) and Yvonne. To their credit, they don't consummate their relationship until after Muriel kicks him out, but they're still legally married, and until that point, it has certainly been an emotional affair at the very least.
5th Mar '16 10:32:03 AM jamespolk
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* Jerry and Cassie provide an unusually early example of this trope in 1932 film ''Film/ThreeWiseGirls''. Jerry and Cassie are TrueLove. Jerry and his wife might never have loved each other but definitely aren't in love anymore in the movie; they've agreed to divorce but have right of veto on their partner's new partner. Jerry's wife is the antagonist for refusing to grant a divorce and it's a HappyEnding when she finally does and Jerry and Cassie get together. Gladys is sympathetic as well, the wronged partner in her Love Triangle. This kind of sympathetic view of adultery would become almost unheard of a few years later when The Hays Code went into effect.

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* Jerry and Cassie provide an unusually early example of this trope in 1932 film ''Film/ThreeWiseGirls''. Jerry and Cassie are TrueLove.OneTrueLove. Jerry and his wife might never have loved each other but definitely aren't in love anymore in the movie; they've agreed to divorce but have right of veto on their partner's new partner. Jerry's wife is the antagonist for refusing to grant a divorce and it's a HappyEnding when she finally does and Jerry and Cassie get together. Gladys is sympathetic as well, the wronged partner in her Love Triangle. This kind of sympathetic view of adultery would become almost unheard of a few years later when The Hays Code went into effect.
5th Mar '16 10:31:33 AM jamespolk
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* Jerry and Cassie provide an unusually early example of this trope in 1932 film ''Film/ThreeWiseGirls''. Jerry and Cassie are TrueLove. Jerry and his wife might never have loved each other but definitely aren't in love anymore in the movie; they've agreed to divorce but have right of veto on their partner's new partner. Jerry's wife is the antagonist for refusing to grant a divorce and it's a HappyEnding when she finally does and Jerry and Cassie get together. Gladys is sympathetic as well, the wronged partner in her Love Triangle. This kind of sympathetic view of adultery would become almost unheard of a few years later when The Hays Code went into effect.
26th Feb '16 6:05:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'': The film portrays William Wallace having an affair with Princess Isabelle of France, wife of the heir apparent Edward II.[[note]]Impossible in real life, where Isabelle was still a child when Wallace died.[[/note]] Wallace is a CrusadingWidower whose wife was murdered by an English lord. It's portrayed sympathetically in a twofold manner for Isabelle, first because she's in a loveless ArrangedMarriage with her husband, strongly implied to be homosexual. She also uses the fact that it was Wallace, not her husband, who impregnated her with the future King of England to taunt the evil Edward Longshanks, who arranged her marriage to his son in the first place.
26th Feb '16 4:51:42 AM Morgenthaler
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** One episode had a near example of Pay Cheating Unto Cheating, when Dale worked with an attractive female exterminator who was obviously into him. Nancy even admitted that as much as it hurt her, she had no right whatsoever to complain after everything she'd done. However, Dale ended up rebuffing the other woman out of loyalty to Nancy.

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** One episode had a near example subversion of Pay Cheating Unto Cheating, when Dale worked with an attractive female exterminator who was obviously into him. Nancy even admitted that as much as it hurt her, she had no right whatsoever to complain after everything she'd done. However, Dale ended up rebuffing the other woman out of loyalty to Nancy.
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