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15th Dec '17 10:48:21 AM Arcana4th
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* ''WesternAnimation/BigMouth'': Deconstrcuted. [[spoiler:Jessi's parents romance died years ago, they are stuck with each other now, constantly fighting because Greg is a lazy stoner while Shannon is constantly working to keep the house afloat as he can't give any help at all; Jessi herself is implied to side with her mom most of the time because she sees her dad as useless. As a result of the bad marriage, Shannon starts an affair with their Cantor. This is deconstructed because, when this is revealed, nobody is actually capable of giving Shannon any sympathy: her daughter is heartbroken over watching the fallout of her parent's marriage and sides with her father and Greg heard how Shannon can't honestly say she is still in love with him, leading to what's implied to be a very turbulent and emotionally damaging divorce to all involved. No matter how many excuses Shannon has, or how valid they are, she still cheated on her husband and still destroyed her own family]].
10th Oct '17 10:38:18 AM ChronoLegion
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* This is Kelly's justification for cheating on Ed at the beginning of ''Series/TheOrville''. He claims that he spent too much time at work, ignoring her. His rebuttal is that he was working hard for both of them. At the same time, Kelly is clearly feeling guilty about her affair and the devastating effect it had on Ed (he used to be the fleet's golden boy, then his career went sharply downhill). Eventually, both admit that they made mistakes, and the marriage was likely doomed anyway.

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* This is Kelly's justification for cheating on Ed at the beginning of ''Series/TheOrville''. He She claims that he spent too much time at work, ignoring her. His rebuttal is that he was working hard for both of them. At the same time, Kelly is clearly feeling guilty about her affair and the devastating effect it had on Ed (he used to be the fleet's golden boy, then his career went sharply downhill). Eventually, both admit that they made mistakes, and the marriage was likely doomed anyway.
10th Oct '17 10:37:57 AM ChronoLegion
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* This is Kelly's justification for cheating on Ed at the beginning of ''Series/TheOrville''. He claims that he spent too much time at work, ignoring her. His rebuttal is that he was working hard for both of them. At the same time, Kelly is clearly feeling guilty about her affair and the devastating effect it had on Ed (he used to be the fleet's golden boy, then his career went sharply downhill). Eventually, both admit that they made mistakes, and the marriage was likely doomed anyway.
30th Sep '17 5:42:33 PM AndreaTx
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* In ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', Rory and Dean sleep together even though Dean is married to Lindsay. Dean does it because Rory is his first love and he married Lindsay even though he wasn't over Rory yet. Rory does it because she likes the adoration Dean gives her, which feels safe and dependable in comparison to her experience with more worldly college boys who don't think she hung the moon.

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* In ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', Rory and Dean sleep together even though Dean is married to Lindsay. Dean does it because Rory is his first love and he married Lindsay even though he wasn't over Rory yet. Rory does it because she likes the adoration Dean gives her, which feels safe and dependable in comparison to her experience with more worldly college boys who don't think she hung the moon. The town scapegoats Dean, but is very sympathetic towards Rory. For the audience, it led to a BrokenBase, with some feeling like it was a one-time mistake for a naive Rory and others feeling like it was the first sign that Rory was would do extremely selfish things, not caring who got hurt, as long as she got what she wanted.
30th Sep '17 5:39:10 PM AndreaTx
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* In ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', Rory and Dean sleep together even though Dean is married to Lindsay. Dean does it because Rory is his first love and he married Lindsay even though he wasn't over Rory yet. Rory does it because she likes the adoration Dean gives her, which feels safe and dependable in comparison to her experience with more worldly college boys who don't think she hung the moon.
30th Sep '17 2:53:59 AM foxley
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* ''Series/QueenOfSwords'': Tessa's closest "society" friend Vera shamelessly sleeps around whenever her husband's not looking - usually with [[TheDragon Captain Grisham]]. The show rarely comes close to condemning any of this.
26th Aug '17 11:20:53 AM LadyNorbert
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* '''Pay Cheating Unto Bad Sex''': Their partner is {{asexual|ity}}, impotent or just bad at sex.

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* '''Pay Cheating Unto Bad Sex''': Their partner is {{asexual|ity}}, impotent impotent, or just bad at sex.



Compare MyGirlIsASlut. In a straight relationship, Alice is more likely to be portrayed sympathetically than Bob--TheUnfairSex is a {{Subtrope}} dealing with a DoubleStandard to do with this.

Contrast EthicalSlut, where cheating usually isn't considered okay or sympathetic at all--but affairs are not considered cheating as long as the communication/relationship is open.

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Compare MyGirlIsASlut. In a straight relationship, Alice is more likely to be portrayed sympathetically than Bob--TheUnfairSex Bob; TheUnfairSex is a {{Subtrope}} dealing with a DoubleStandard to do with this.

Contrast EthicalSlut, where cheating usually isn't considered okay or sympathetic at all--but all, but affairs are not considered cheating as long as the communication/relationship is open.



* A commercial advertising an internet service that connects lovers... who happen to be married to other people. The commercial shows a woman on a horrible date (with her husband, we're clearly meant to assume). After acting like a {{Jerkass}}, the husband excuses himself and the wife makes eyes with a handsome man across the restaurant.
* In Jill Paton Walsh's ''A Piece of Justice'', "Giddy"'s wife ironically stifled him in her attempts to try to force him into achieving professional fame. He valued his long-time mistress more as an old friend who wouldn't nag him about his work than anything else.

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* A commercial advertising advertises an internet service that connects lovers... who happen to be married to other people. The commercial shows a woman on a horrible date (with her husband, we're clearly meant to assume). After acting like a {{Jerkass}}, the husband excuses himself and the wife makes eyes with a handsome man across the restaurant.
* In Jill Paton Walsh's ''A Piece of Justice'', "Giddy"'s wife ironically stifled him in her attempts to try to force him into achieving professional fame. He valued his long-time longtime mistress more as an old friend who wouldn't nag him about his work than anything else.



* In the movie ''Film/{{Waitress}}'', the main character cheats on her husband and is portrayed with sympathy, mainly because the husband is an abusive jerk. Her lover, whose likability shouldn't be condoned as his adultery, however, who is also married, is given less sympathy in the end when we finally meet his wife, who seems to be a very nice person who has no idea that her husband is cheating. [[spoiler: Rightfully, the protagonist gently breaks up with him, telling him his wife has "so much trust"]].

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* In the movie ''Film/{{Waitress}}'', the main character cheats on her husband and is portrayed with sympathy, mainly because the husband is an abusive jerk. Her lover, whose likability shouldn't be condoned as his adultery, however, who is also married, is given less sympathy in the end when we finally meet his wife, who seems to be a very nice person who has no idea that her husband is cheating. [[spoiler: Rightfully, the protagonist gently breaks up with him, telling him his wife has "so much trust"]].trust."]]



* ''Film/TheWholeNineYards'': Matthew Perry's character cheats on his wife but she and her mother are freeloading off of him, its a loveless relationship, and she goads him into trying to bring a notorious hitman to justice [[spoiler: And thats just what he knows about her. She also calls in a hit on him as her real goal is to get his life insurance money.]] Naturally, the audience has no sympathy for her.
* ''Film/AmoresPerros''. The affair between Octavio and his brothers wife Susanna is portrayed very sympathetically because his brother is a {{Jerkass}} of the highest order who abuses his wife
* ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''. Rose cheats on her fiance but he is evil and she was engaged to him against her will, making her objectively sympathetic.

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* ''Film/TheWholeNineYards'': Matthew Perry's character cheats on his wife wife, but she and her mother are freeloading off of him, its it's a loveless relationship, and she goads him into trying to bring a notorious hitman to justice justice. [[spoiler: And thats that's just what he knows about her. She also calls in a hit on him as her real goal is to get his life insurance money.]] Naturally, the audience has no sympathy for her.
* ''Film/AmoresPerros''. The affair between Octavio and his brothers brother's wife Susanna is portrayed very sympathetically because his brother is a {{Jerkass}} of the highest order who abuses his wife
* ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''. Rose cheats on her fiance fiancé, but he is evil and she was engaged to him against her will, making her objectively sympathetic.



* Subverted in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': Niles' ''attraction'' to Daphne is sympathetic because his wife Maris is a frigid, manipulative, emotionally abusive control freak -- but he still never cheats on her even though no one would condemn him that badly for it.
* In ''Naruto Veangance Revelations'', this can be considered to apply to Sakura cheating on Ronan with {{Naruto}}, although she [[LoveMartyr doesn't see Ronan as evil and defends him to Naruto]].
* On the ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' {{Prequel}} ''RockAndChips'', Reg is neglectful, crude, abusive, and all too happy to sit at home, watch Joan bring home the bacon and then waste her meagre wages down the pub. Is it any wonder she jumps into bed with Freddie Robdal - debonair and attentive, if somewhat unreliable and immoral - the first chance she gets?

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* Subverted in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': Niles' ''attraction'' Niles being ''attracted'' to Daphne is sympathetic because his wife Maris is a frigid, manipulative, emotionally abusive control freak -- but he still never cheats on her her, even though no one would condemn him that badly very much for it.
* In ''Naruto Veangance Vengeance Revelations'', this can be considered to apply to Sakura cheating on Ronan with {{Naruto}}, although she [[LoveMartyr doesn't see Ronan as evil and defends him to Naruto]].
* On In the ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' {{Prequel}} {{prequel}} ''RockAndChips'', Reg is neglectful, crude, abusive, and all too happy to sit at home, watch Joan bring home the bacon and then waste her meagre meager wages down at the pub. Is it any wonder she jumps into bed with Freddie Robdal - debonair and attentive, if somewhat unreliable and immoral - the first chance she gets?



* ''{{ComicBook/Blacksad}}'' has a complex case in the second album. Jezebel Karup is sleeping with Huk, the NumberTwo of the local KKK knockoff while refusing her husband Hans sex. Then it turns out that she was doing it to manipulate Huk into lynching Hans for suspected pedophilia. Then Dinah is found murdered, and Huk soon after. [[spoiler:Hans was in fact Jezebel and Dinah's ''father'', who'd abandoned them and their black mother when the racism went to his head. Killing him was Jezebel's revenge, and she murdered Huk when he killed Dinah when she might go to the cops about Hans' murder.]]

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* ''{{ComicBook/Blacksad}}'' has a complex case in the second album. Jezebel Karup is sleeping with Huk, the NumberTwo of the local KKK knockoff knockoff, while refusing her husband Hans sex. Then it turns out that she was doing it to manipulate Huk into lynching Hans for suspected pedophilia. Then Dinah is found murdered, and Huk soon after. [[spoiler:Hans was in fact Jezebel and Dinah's ''father'', who'd abandoned them and their black mother when the racism went to his head. Killing him was Jezebel's revenge, and she murdered Huk when because he killed Dinah when she might go to the cops about Hans' murder.]]



'''Beverly''': He claimed I was cold, emasculating and hadn't shown him any physical affection for years.\\

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'''Beverly''': He claimed I was cold, emasculating emasculating, and hadn't shown him any physical affection for years.\\



* Janet Weiss from the ''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...
* In the Korean film ''April Snow'', the lead male and female found out their wife/husband was cheating on them, with the other. Early in the movie, when the two leads were sitting together and discussing the relationship between their spouses, one of them joked wouldn't it be funny if ''they'' cheated on said spouses for cheating on them. Guess what happens?
* Derek aka "Dr. [=McDreamy=]" from ''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.
* The Countess in ''Il Muto'' (ThePhantomOfTheOpera's pastiche of opera buffa) is cheating on her husband with a mute male servant. The Phantom comments that the role of the Countess must be played with charm and appeal, while the husband is not only a bore but a lech who takes a shine to the 'maid' (the Countess' lover in disguise).

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* Janet Weiss from the ''Film/RockyHorrorPictureShow'' decides to cheat on Brad by sleeping with Rocky after discovering Brad slept with Frank. Though, Then again, Frank did seduce Janet before ''before'' going to Brad...
* In the Korean film ''April Snow'', the lead male and female found out discovered that their wife/husband was spouses were cheating on them, them with the each other. Early in the movie, when the two leads were sitting together and discussing the relationship between their spouses, one of them joked wouldn't it be funny if ''they'' cheated on said spouses for cheating on them. Guess what happens?
* Derek Derek, aka "Dr. [=McDreamy=]" from ''Series/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.
* The Countess in ''Il Muto'' (ThePhantomOfTheOpera's pastiche of opera buffa) is cheating on her husband with a mute male servant. The Phantom comments that the role of the Countess must be played with charm and appeal, while the husband is not only a bore but a lech who takes a shine to the 'maid' (the Countess' Countess's lover in disguise).



* [[SoapOpera Soaps]] trot this one out quite frequently, but ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'' ends up subverting it when Nick sleeps with Grace to get back at wife Sharon for her cheating on him with Diego. Problem is, the marriage was already rocky as they were struggling to deal with their grief over the death of their infant daughter and Sharon ran to Diego when she found Nick canoodling with Grace, whom he'd ''already'' had an affair with several years prior, ultimately making Sharon the example of this trope.

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* [[SoapOpera Soaps]] trot this one out quite frequently, but ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'' ends up subverting it when Nick sleeps with Grace to get back at wife Sharon for her cheating on him with Diego. Problem is, the marriage was already rocky as they were struggling to deal with their grief over the death of their infant daughter and Sharon ran to Diego when she found Nick canoodling with Grace, with whom he'd ''already'' had an affair with several years prior, ultimately making Sharon the example of this trope.



* PlayedWith in ''Film/TrueLies'', super-spy Harry Tasker thinks his wife is having an affair in part because she thinks he is only a boring computer salesman, a cover ironically he actively cultivates even at home- he might even take ''pride'' in how boring it is. Turns out the truth is a bit more complicated- she ''does'' find him boring, but the guy Harry thinks she is having an "affair" with is a used car salesman who is trying to get in her panties by ''posing'' as a super-spy who wants her to be his fake-wife. In the end, she actually refuses to have sex with him precisely because she is married and loyal to her husband...which comes to bite Harry in the ass when ''he'' recruits her for a fake mission to seduce a French arms dealer (really Harry himself, hidden in the shadows) and she she beats up ''him'' as well not knowing it is her husband. Needless to say, she is not remotely amused when she finds all this out (and even Harry kind of realises that what he is doing is really messed up), but eventually they sort out their differences and she eventually even becomes his partner in the field.

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* PlayedWith in ''Film/TrueLies'', ''Film/TrueLies''; super-spy Harry Tasker thinks his wife is having an affair in part because she thinks he is only a boring computer salesman, a cover ironically he actively cultivates even at home- home - he might even take ''pride'' in how boring it is. Turns out the truth is a bit more complicated- complicated; she ''does'' find him boring, but the guy Harry thinks she is having an "affair" with is a used car salesman who is trying to get in her panties by ''posing'' as a super-spy who wants her to be his fake-wife. In the end, she actually refuses to have sex with him precisely because she is married and loyal to her husband... which comes to bite Harry in the ass when ''he'' recruits her for a fake mission to seduce a French arms dealer (really Harry himself, hidden in the shadows) and she she beats up ''him'' as well well, not knowing it is her husband. Needless to say, she is not remotely amused when she finds all this out (and even Harry kind of realises that what he is doing is really messed up), but eventually they sort out their differences and she eventually even becomes his partner in the field.



* Connie Chatterley's characterization in ''Literature/LadyChatterleysLover''. His husband was paralyzed from the waist down in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, thus he's impotent.

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* Connie Chatterley's characterization in ''Literature/LadyChatterleysLover''. His Her husband was paralyzed from the waist down in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, thus he's impotent.



* Embarassingly common in various {{Fanfiction}} set after the series in question but centered upon the FanPreferredCouple. Starting with DieForOurShip is far from unknown, but there are quite a few writers who do not even bother with an excuse beyond "My True Love Is X", whereupon the partner gets ticked and we are supposed to hate the poor Cuckold for it.

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* Embarassingly Embarrassingly common in various {{Fanfiction}} {{fanfiction}} stories set after the series in question but centered upon the FanPreferredCouple. Starting with DieForOurShip is far from unknown, but there are quite a few writers who do not even bother with an excuse beyond "My True Love Is X", whereupon the partner gets ticked and we are supposed to hate the poor Cuckold for it.



* In ''Film/TheNotebook'', novel and movie, Noah and Allie [[spoiler: cheat on their partners]], one of whom is even [[spoiler: engaged]]. But we're supposed to root for them because they're {{Star Crossed Lovers}}. Not to mention that [[spoiler: Allie's fiance treats and loves her well]].

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* In ''Film/TheNotebook'', novel and movie, movie both, Noah and Allie [[spoiler: cheat on their partners]], one of whom partners; Allie is even [[spoiler: engaged]].in fact engaged, and her fiancé loves her and treats her well]]. But we're supposed to root for them because they're {{Star Crossed Lovers}}. Not to mention that [[spoiler: Allie's fiance treats and loves her well]].



* Daisy in ''Film/TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton'' cheats on her husband with Benjamin after he reappears after several years, because Benjamin is her One True Love and her husband is just a nice guy with no development. Also, it was explicitly a one night stand that they both knew would probably be the last time they had sex, since Benjamin had aged down so far its not even clear he was legal at the time.
* UsefulNotes/AmeliaEarhart in ''Film/{{Amelia}}''. In this case the reason she is "sympathetic" was because she is obviously remorseful and goes back to her husband who is willing to forgive.

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* Daisy in ''Film/TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton'' cheats on her husband with Benjamin after he reappears after several years, because Benjamin is her One True Love OneTrueLove and her husband is just a nice guy with no development. Also, it was explicitly a one night stand that they both knew would probably be the last time they had sex, since Benjamin had aged down so far its that it's not even clear he was legal at the time.
* UsefulNotes/AmeliaEarhart in ''Film/{{Amelia}}''. In this case case, the reason she is "sympathetic" was is because she is obviously remorseful and goes back to her husband husband, who is willing to forgive.



* Jerry and Cassie provide an unusually early example of this trope in 1932 film ''Film/ThreeWiseGirls''. Jerry and Cassie are 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.
* Not really fitting with any of the above, but Yuri in ''Film/DoctorZhivago'' is a deeply sympathetic character who maintains his relationships with his loving and beloved wife, and the [[BreakTheCutie lonely and sad]] Lara.
* The protagonists of ''Film/BrokebackMountain'' are gay, thus, they're not in love with their wives, and they were more or less forced to marry due to the circumstances.
* The pairing of [[SexySecretary Joan Holloway]] and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Roger Sterling]] in ''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.

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* Jerry and Cassie provide an unusually early example of this trope in 1932 film ''Film/ThreeWiseGirls''. Jerry and Cassie are one another's OneTrueLove. Jerry and his wife might never have loved each other 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 each other'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.
* Not really fitting with any of the above, but Yuri in ''Film/DoctorZhivago'' is a deeply sympathetic character who maintains his relationships with both his loving and beloved wife, wife and the [[BreakTheCutie lonely and sad]] Lara.
* The protagonists of ''Film/BrokebackMountain'' are gay, gay; thus, they're not in love with their wives, and they were more or less forced to marry due to the circumstances.
* The pairing of [[SexySecretary Joan Holloway]] and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Roger Sterling]] in ''Series/MadMen'' is a fan-favorite fan favorite because it combines two versions of this. On Joan's end, it's "Pay Cheating Unto Evil", Evil," as her husband Greg is [[spoiler:a rapist]], and on Roger's end, it's "Pay Cheating Unto Boring", 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.



* An UnintentionallySympathetic example is Therese from ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'', who according to a pair of GossipyHens was seeing someone before divorcing her husband [[CreatorsPet Anthony]]. However, this gossip is the ''only'' time her having an affair is ever alluded to. Even if one accepts it as truth, it can still be viewed as Pay Cheating Unto Cheating, as Anthony spent most of his marriage lusting after Liz, and the most obvious effort he ever put into making things work with Therese was pressuring her to have a child before she was ready, because BabiesMakeEverythingBetter.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of Holy War]]'' has Cigyun, who cheated on her husband Duke of Velthomer Victor with Prince Kurt of Grandbell, because Victor was a violent drunk who had many mistresses and mistreated her. The guy even has raped under the influence of alcohol Cigyun's personal maid (who has a result gets pregnant with what who'll be Azel, one of the main playable characters). Kurt was at first sympathetic with Cigyun's situation and was supporting her, but along the way they fell in love with each other.

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* An UnintentionallySympathetic example is Therese from ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'', who according to a pair of GossipyHens was seeing someone before divorcing her husband [[CreatorsPet Anthony]]. However, this gossip is the ''only'' time her having an affair is ever alluded to.mentioned. Even if one accepts it as truth, it can still be viewed as Pay Cheating Unto Cheating, as Anthony spent most of his marriage lusting after Liz, and the most obvious effort he ever put into making things work with Therese was pressuring her to have a child before she was ready, because BabiesMakeEverythingBetter.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of Holy War]]'' has Cigyun, who cheated on her husband Duke of Velthomer Victor with Prince Kurt of Grandbell, because Victor was a violent drunk who had many mistresses and mistreated her. The guy even has raped raped, under the influence of alcohol alcohol, Cigyun's personal maid (who has a result gets pregnant with what who'll be the future Azel, one of the main playable characters). Kurt was at first sympathetic with Cigyun's situation and was supporting her, but along the way they fell in love with each other.



** One episode had a 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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** One episode had a 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 would 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.



* In ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' fanfic ''FanFic/DirtySympathy'', Klavier cheats on Daryan with Apollo, but Daryan is a vicious DomesticAbuser who uses his connections as a DirtyCop to trap him and constantly makes death threats. Although unusually, Daryan is perfectly ok with Klavier sleeping with female groupies (Daryan also does that himself), but [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident is ready to]] [[IfICantHaveYou kill]] Klavier when he finds out he's having a romantic and sexual affair with a man.

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* In ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' fanfic ''FanFic/DirtySympathy'', Klavier cheats on Daryan with Apollo, but Daryan is a vicious DomesticAbuser who uses his connections as a DirtyCop to trap him and constantly makes death threats. Although unusually, Daryan is perfectly ok okay with Klavier sleeping with female groupies (Daryan also does that himself), but [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident is ready to]] [[IfICantHaveYou kill]] Klavier when he finds out he's having a romantic and sexual affair with a man.



* In [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Myth]], unless you read the version of the myth where Zeus decided whom she would marry, you would see [[LoveGoddess Aphrodite]] as an unsympathetic cheater for poor Hephaestus, but in ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'', the circumstances can make her sympathetic instead. The thing is, Hephaestus, here known in his Roman name, Vulcan, became so consumed with his bitterness of Hera/Juno's treatment when he's an infant (getting tossed from Olympus to sea because he's ugly) that after his marriage to Aphrodite/Venus, he ended up abandoning her in his forge to quench his bitterness (in vain). This has a side-effect of Aphrodite [[BrokenBird thinking that she's unworthy of being a wife and a very lonely individual]] that she started cheating to compensate.

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* In [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Myth]], unless you read the version of the myth where Zeus decided whom she would marry, you would see [[LoveGoddess Aphrodite]] as an unsympathetic cheater for poor Hephaestus, Hephaestus; but in ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'', the circumstances can make her sympathetic instead. The thing is, Hephaestus, here Hephaestus (here known in by his Roman name, Vulcan, Vulcan) became so consumed with his bitterness of Hera/Juno's treatment when he's an infant (getting tossed from Olympus to sea because he's ugly) that after his marriage to Aphrodite/Venus, he ended up abandoning her in his forge to quench his bitterness (in vain). This has a side-effect side effect of Aphrodite [[BrokenBird thinking that she's unworthy of being a wife and a very lonely individual]] that she started cheating to compensate.



* ''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.

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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 life; 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 in part because she's in a loveless ArrangedMarriage with her husband, a man who is 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.



* A quirky subversion in ''[[Literature/TheWindsOfWarAndWarAndRemembrance War and Remembrance]]''. Natalie offers herself to a Nazi camp guard in order to protect her child, but the guard refuses. In this case, her husband Byron, would certainly not have been "fine with it" as such, but he never held it against her, presumably because he understood the desperate circumstances.
* In the historical fantasy [[Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm The Granite Shield]], a woman plans to [[StalkerWithATestTube seduce]] an enemy monarch in order to [[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.

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* A quirky subversion in ''[[Literature/TheWindsOfWarAndWarAndRemembrance War and Remembrance]]''. Natalie offers herself to a Nazi camp guard in order to protect her child, but the guard refuses. In this case, her husband Byron, Byron would certainly not have been "fine with it" as such, but he never held it against her, presumably because he understood the desperate circumstances.
* In the historical fantasy [[Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm The Granite Shield]], Shield]]'', a woman plans to [[StalkerWithATestTube seduce]] an enemy monarch in order to [[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.



** Later [[ByronicHero Tyrion]] marries [[TheIngenue Sansa]], but maintains the relationship with his lover/whore Shae. The marriage is arranged (or rather forced onto both of them) and Sansa, absolutely horrified of the prospect of having an intercourse with Tyrion, is quite glad that he's taking his business elsewhere, though she doesn't know the specifics, only that her husband "has whores."

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** Later [[ByronicHero Tyrion]] marries [[TheIngenue Sansa]], but maintains the relationship with his lover/whore Shae. The marriage is arranged (or rather forced onto both of them) and Sansa, absolutely horrified of the prospect of having an intercourse with Tyrion, is quite glad that he's taking his business elsewhere, though she doesn't know the specifics, only that her husband "has whores."" For his part, Tyrion absolutely refuses to so much as touch Sansa without her explicit permission, not least because she's only fourteen years old, and in largest part they have a friendly relationship.
26th Aug '17 10:53:30 AM LadyNorbert
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AliceAndBob are a married couple, but Alice is growing dissatisfied with the relationship. Maybe Bob isn't as attractive now as in the past. Maybe Bob doesn't appreciate Alice's friends and hobbies. Maybe the passion's just gone from the marriage. Either way, Alice meets Charlie, who's everything Bob isn't, and starts an affair. Now we all know cheating is [[AndThatsTerrible A Bad Thing]], so it follows that we aren't supposed to side with Bob, right? Wrong.

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AliceAndBob are a married couple, but Alice is growing dissatisfied with the relationship. Maybe Bob isn't as attractive now as in the past. Maybe Bob doesn't appreciate Alice's friends and hobbies. Maybe the passion's just gone from the marriage. Either way, Alice meets Charlie, who's everything Bob isn't, and starts an affair. Now we all know cheating is [[AndThatsTerrible A Bad Thing]], so it follows that we aren't supposed to side with Bob, Alice, right? Wrong.
18th Aug '17 1:42:49 PM chinosarah
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* In ''Series/BlackSails'', Thomas and Miranda are happily married and are both sleeping with James and both are okay with it, Miranda's only reservation being about Thomas and James's safety.
26th Jun '17 10:08:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* In one ''ComicBook/RedEars'' strip, a European guy living with his wife in some African city is introduced having sex with one of the locals who teaches him a particular technique they use (pulling the woman's hair for a more intense orgasm). He then goes home to have sex with his wife, but when he tries it out it he's perturbed to find out that she's already familiar with it.
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