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19th May '17 10:43:29 AM mouschilight
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* Sakura and Sasuke in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. In Part I, Sakura had a crush on Sasuke despite the fact that he spent most of his time being a moody asshole. While it was initially portrayed as a shallow crush, Sakura develops genuine feelings for him once she understands him better. [[FaceHeelTurn Sasuke eventually abandons his friends for the sake of revenge]]. At one point, [[KillTheOnesYouLove Sakura tries to take him down herself]] to spare Naruto the pain of doing it. She can't bring herself to kill him, and Sasuke stabs her. Despite this, [[SingleTargetSexuality she's still in love with him]] and convinces herself that Naruto can bring him back. [[HazyHeelTurn When Sasuke finally does rejoin the ninja]], Sakura seems conflicted about it. The story begins to portray her obsession with him as being unhealthy, and how no matter what he does, she'll still love him. When Sasuke goes crazy again, Sakura tries to talk him down again, saying that if he ever cared about her he'll stop. Sasuke responds by knocking her out with an illusion that he's stabbing her again. Sasuke directly tells [[ShipperOnDeck Kakashi]] that he has no interest in Sakura, and can't understand why she has feelings for him in the first place, sentiments that most of the fans agreed with. [[spoiler:Despite all that, after a permanent HeelFaceTurn, Sasuke and Sakura end up marrying and having a daughter together (who bizarrely enough looks more like a daughter of Sakura and ''Karin'', if not for that being biologically impossible). For bonus points, Sasuke apparently skipped out on them sometime after she was born]].

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* Sakura and Sasuke in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. In Part I, Sakura had a crush on Sasuke despite the fact that he spent most of his time being a moody asshole. While it was initially portrayed as a shallow crush, Sakura develops genuine feelings for him once she understands him better. [[FaceHeelTurn Sasuke eventually abandons his friends for the sake of revenge]]. At one point, [[KillTheOnesYouLove Sakura tries to take him down herself]] to spare Naruto the pain of doing it. She can't bring herself to kill him, and Sasuke stabs her. Despite this, [[SingleTargetSexuality she's still in love with him]] and convinces herself that Naruto can bring him back. [[HazyHeelTurn [[HazyFeelTurn When Sasuke finally does rejoin the ninja]], Sakura seems conflicted about it. The story begins to portray her obsession with him as being unhealthy, and how no matter what he does, she'll still love him. When Sasuke goes crazy again, Sakura tries to talk him down again, saying that if he ever cared about her he'll stop. Sasuke responds by knocking her out with an illusion that he's stabbing her again. Sasuke directly tells [[ShipperOnDeck Kakashi]] that he has no interest in Sakura, and can't understand why she has feelings for him in the first place, sentiments that most of the fans agreed with. [[spoiler:Despite all that, after a permanent HeelFaceTurn, Sasuke and Sakura end up marrying and having a daughter together (who bizarrely enough looks more like a daughter of Sakura and ''Karin'', if not for that being biologically impossible). For bonus points, Sasuke apparently skipped out on them sometime after she was born]].
19th May '17 10:42:55 AM mouschilight
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* Sakura and Sasuke in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. In the first part of the series, Sakura had a crush on Sasuke despite the fact that he spent most of his time being a moody asshole. While it was initially portrayed as a shallow crush, Sakura develops genuine feelings for him once she understands him better. Sasuke eventually abandons his friends for the sake of revenge. At one point, Sakura tries to take him down herself to spare Naruto the pain of doing it. She can't bring herself to kill him, and Sasuke stabs her. Despite this, she's still in love with him and convinces herself that Naruto can bring him back. When Sasuke finally does rejoin the ninja, Sakura seems conflicted about it. The story begins to portray her obsession with him as being unhealthy, and how no matter what he does, she'll still love him. When Sasuke goes crazy again, Sakura tries to talk him down, saying that if he ever cared about her he'll stop. Sasuke responds by knocking her out with an illusion that he's stabbing her again. Sasuke directly says that he has no interest in Sakura, and can't understand why she has feelings for him in the first place, sentiments most of the fans agreed with. [[spoiler:Despite all that, after a HeelFaceTurn, Sasuke and Sakura end up having a daughter together (who bizarrely enough looks more like a daughter of Sakura and ''Karin'', if not for that being biologically impossible). For bonus points, Sasuke apparently skipped out on them sometime after she was born.]]

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* Sakura and Sasuke in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. In the first part of the series, Part I, Sakura had a crush on Sasuke despite the fact that he spent most of his time being a moody asshole. While it was initially portrayed as a shallow crush, Sakura develops genuine feelings for him once she understands him better. [[FaceHeelTurn Sasuke eventually abandons his friends for the sake of revenge. revenge]]. At one point, [[KillTheOnesYouLove Sakura tries to take him down herself herself]] to spare Naruto the pain of doing it. She can't bring herself to kill him, and Sasuke stabs her. Despite this, [[SingleTargetSexuality she's still in love with him him]] and convinces herself that Naruto can bring him back. [[HazyHeelTurn When Sasuke finally does rejoin the ninja, ninja]], Sakura seems conflicted about it. The story begins to portray her obsession with him as being unhealthy, and how no matter what he does, she'll still love him. When Sasuke goes crazy again, Sakura tries to talk him down, down again, saying that if he ever cared about her he'll stop. Sasuke responds by knocking her out with an illusion that he's stabbing her again. Sasuke directly says tells [[ShipperOnDeck Kakashi]] that he has no interest in Sakura, and can't understand why she has feelings for him in the first place, sentiments that most of the fans agreed with. [[spoiler:Despite all that, after a permanent HeelFaceTurn, Sasuke and Sakura end up marrying and having a daughter together (who bizarrely enough looks more like a daughter of Sakura and ''Karin'', if not for that being biologically impossible). For bonus points, Sasuke apparently skipped out on them sometime after she was born.]]born]].
21st Apr '17 6:03:59 PM Blazer
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* In ''Film/{{Avalanche}}'', David Shelby spends most of the movie not only belittling his ex-wife Caroline, but also being a complete jerk to everyone else. After the titular avalanche destroys the ski resort he fought tooth and nail to build and kills many innocent lives [[KarmaHoudini except for him]], the movie implies that Caroline ''might'' get back together with him. When it was shown in the Netflix reboot of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', Crow T. Robot specifically states that if they got back together [[DrivenToSuicide he'd kill himself]].
10th Apr '17 11:45:53 AM merotoker
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* In ''Film/{{COPS}}'', when the girl refuses him at the end [[spoiler: he commits suicide. At least it's implied because the "The End" card has a tombstone.]]

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* In ''Film/{{COPS}}'', when the girl refuses him at the end [[spoiler: he commits suicide. At least it's implied because the "The End" card has a tombstone.]]tombstone]].



* In ''Film/WallStreetMoneyNeverSleeps'', the protagonist is in a relationship with Gordon Gecko's daughter Winnie. When he meets Gecko, she refuses to have a relationship with her father, and warns the protagonist about him. The protagonist then starts to see him behind Winnie's back, and the pair plot to win her over. The protagonist then finds out that Winnie has a fortune on a foreign bank account and persuades her into giving ''all'' of it to his pet project. They're then double crossed by Gordon, the truth is discovered, and Winnie promptly dumps the protagonist. So far so good, but here's the kicker: [[spoiler:the protagonist hunts down Gordon and literally trades access to his and Winnie's unborn child in return for him giving the money back - money that Winnie doesn't care about, mind you. The movie ends with Gordon hunting the crazy kids down and giving a speech asking Winnie to take the protagonist back. In that speech he also lets slip that he not only knows the child's gender, but that the protagonist is its father too, effectively telling Winnie that her ex betrayed not only her yet again, but their son as well. What happens next? Happily ever after of course!]]

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* In ''Film/WallStreetMoneyNeverSleeps'', the protagonist is in a relationship with Gordon Gecko's daughter Winnie. When he meets Gecko, she refuses to have a relationship with her father, and warns the protagonist about him. The protagonist then starts to see him behind Winnie's back, and the pair plot to win her over. The protagonist then finds out that Winnie has a fortune on a foreign bank account and persuades her into giving ''all'' of it to his pet project. They're then double crossed by Gordon, the truth is discovered, and Winnie promptly dumps the protagonist. So far so good, but here's the kicker: [[spoiler:the protagonist hunts down Gordon and literally trades access to his and Winnie's unborn child in return for him giving the money back - money that Winnie doesn't care about, mind you. The movie ends with Gordon hunting the crazy kids down and giving a speech asking Winnie to take the protagonist back. In that speech he also lets slip that he not only knows the child's gender, but that the protagonist is its father too, effectively telling Winnie that her ex betrayed not only her yet again, but their son as well. What happens next? Happily ever after of course!]]course]]!



* The end of ''Film/HighlanderEndgame'' has [[spoiler: Duncan reunite with his Immortal PsychoEx, Kate. Kate, who hated him and tried to kill him repeatedly throughout the TV series. Kate, whom he will inevitably have to fight to claim The Prize, anyway. Kate, who was actively helping the BigBad of the film mostly to spite him.]] Note that this only happens in the extended DVD version. In the theatrical release, [[spoiler: she's]] DeaderThanDead.

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* The end of ''Film/HighlanderEndgame'' has [[spoiler: Duncan reunite with his Immortal PsychoEx, Kate. Kate, who hated him and tried to kill him repeatedly throughout the TV series. Kate, whom he will inevitably have to fight to claim The Prize, anyway. Kate, who was actively helping the BigBad of the film mostly to spite him.]] him]]. Note that this only happens in the extended DVD version. In the theatrical release, [[spoiler: she's]] DeaderThanDead.



* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises,'' Selina Kyle betrays Bruce/Batman repeatedly, and pretty much ruins his life. Because of her deliberate actions, [[spoiler:his fortune is gone, he is captured and given a crippling NoHoldsBarredBeatdown by Bane, and spends months in a prison so horrible it's called ''Hell On Earth.'' Once he returns to Gotham and meets her again, he immediately offers her free deletion of her criminal record in exchange for her doing him a favor, though he still has no good reason to trust her! She does kill Bane before he can kill Batman, but this is ''after'' all of the previously-mentioned items. In the epilogue, they're in a relationship, and both left their lives in Gotham behind.]]

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* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises,'' Selina Kyle betrays Bruce/Batman repeatedly, and pretty much ruins his life. Because of her deliberate actions, [[spoiler:his fortune is gone, he is captured and given a crippling NoHoldsBarredBeatdown by Bane, and spends months in a prison so horrible it's called ''Hell On Earth.'' Once he returns to Gotham and meets her again, he immediately offers her free deletion of her criminal record in exchange for her doing him a favor, though he still has no good reason to trust her! She does kill Bane before he can kill Batman, but this is ''after'' all of the previously-mentioned items. In the epilogue, they're in a relationship, and both left their lives in Gotham behind.]]behind]].



** Would you date a guy who made a sexbot version of you, tried to kill you multiple times, and attempted to rape you? If the answer is yes, you should be a Slayer! And as a GenderFlip: would you remain hopelessly in love with a woman who constantly belittled and beat the crap out of you while leading you on with routine rough sex play? If the answer is yes, you should ''date'' a Slayer! Different than most of these examples, in that the characters in universe call them out on this, and it is ultimately a very destructive, unhealthy relationship, mostly coming out of Buffy's inability to cope with [[spoiler:being pulled out of heaven by her friends.]] Also worth noting that most of the destructive parts of their relationship occurred when Spike was literally a soulless monster, and therefore was incapable of moral reasoning. He later [[spoiler: gets his soul back, and their interactions become much healthier.]]
** And lets not forget that Buffy's souled boyfriends weren't much better. Angel lost his soul, went on to try and kill Buffy and her friends, and yet when he got his soul back Buffy decided to get back together with him (despite the risk of him losing his soul again and when he was ''saying to her face'' that he wants to sleep with her and doesn't care if it'll cost him his soul). And even when he was souled he wasn't a saint (stalking, spying on her when she was fifteen...). Riley seemed nice to begin with but when he went to the vampire equivalent of a brothel in order to get bitten because he felt Buffy wasn't paying enough attention to him (when she was protecting her sister from a Hellgod and thought her mother was dying), Buffy dumps him. Only to be convinced by Xander five minutes later that she should go after him because he's a "once in a lifetime guy" (when by this point he's done pretty much everything to prove that he's the total opposite). Buffy's taste in men just kind of sucks in general.
* Lily dumps Marshall shortly before their wedding and runs off to UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco at the end of season 1 of Series/HowIMetYourMother. She returns, begging forgiveness at the beginning of Season II. To the show's credit, the damage she caused Marshall isn't [[HandWave Hand Waved]], and she spends much of the beginning of season 2 getting back into Marshall's and Ted's good graces. But since the show is told in flashback, we already know Marsh and Lily end up together.

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** Would you date a guy who made a sexbot version of you, tried to kill you multiple times, and attempted to rape you? If the answer is yes, you should be a Slayer! And as a GenderFlip: would you remain hopelessly in love with a woman who constantly belittled and beat the crap out of you while leading you on with routine rough sex play? If the answer is yes, you should ''date'' a Slayer! Different than most of these examples, in that the characters in universe call them out on this, and it is ultimately a very destructive, unhealthy relationship, mostly coming out of Buffy's inability to cope with [[spoiler:being pulled out of heaven by her friends.]] friends]]. Also worth noting that most of the destructive parts of their relationship occurred when Spike was literally a soulless monster, and therefore was incapable of moral reasoning. He later [[spoiler: gets his soul back, and their interactions become much healthier.]]
healthier]].
** And lets not forget that Buffy's souled boyfriends weren't much better. Angel lost his soul, went on to try and kill Buffy and her friends, and yet when he got his soul back Buffy decided to get back together with him (despite the risk of him losing his soul again and when he was ''saying to her face'' that he wants to sleep with her and doesn't care if it'll cost him his soul). And even when he was souled he wasn't a saint (stalking, spying on her when she was fifteen...). Riley seemed nice to begin with but when he went to the vampire equivalent of a brothel in order to get bitten because he felt Buffy wasn't paying enough attention to him (when she was protecting her sister from a Hellgod and thought her mother was dying), Buffy dumps him. Only to be convinced by Xander five minutes later that she should go after him because he's a "once in a lifetime guy" (when by this point he's done pretty much everything to prove that he's the total opposite). Buffy's taste in men just kind of sucks in general.
* Lily dumps Marshall shortly before their wedding and runs off to UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco at the end of season 1 of Series/HowIMetYourMother.''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. She returns, begging forgiveness at the beginning of Season II. To the show's credit, the damage she caused Marshall isn't [[HandWave Hand Waved]], and she spends much of the beginning of season 2 getting back into Marshall's and Ted's good graces. But since the show is told in flashback, we already know Marsh and Lily end up together.



** The rest of the group asks this of Ted when he considers getting back together with Zoey at the end of season 6 of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. You know, the woman who tried to destroy your career, manipulated you, lied to you, and secretly taped your conversations so that she could screw you over? Why ''wouldn't'' you take her back?

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** The rest of the group asks this of Ted when he considers getting back together with Zoey at the end of season 6 of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''.6. You know, the woman who tried to destroy your career, manipulated you, lied to you, and secretly taped your conversations so that she could screw you over? Why ''wouldn't'' you take her back?



* ''Series/VeronicaMars'' reunited with her ex, Duncan Kane, despite the fact that he dumped her without an explanation, ignored her every time she asked him why and sat idly by as their peer group turned on her. She later finds out why Duncan broke it off: [[spoiler:He thought she was his half-sister. [[KissingUnderTheInfluence But he slept with her anyway.]] But Veronica had been accidentally roofied as well, so she didn't remember consenting and spent an entire year thinking she'd been raped ([[RetCon Turns out she had been]]. But that's a whole different issue).]] Granted, it doesn't last. Mostly because she fell for Duncan's best friend, Logan Echols - the son of [[spoiler:the man who murdered Lily Kane, Veronica's best friend]] and one of the ringleaders of the "Treat Veronica Like Trash" brigade, and the same guy who had been starting to sexually assault her with a bunch of other guys before Duncan saved her. This is a non-issue to her for some reason.

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* ''Series/VeronicaMars'' reunited with her ex, Duncan Kane, despite the fact that he dumped her without an explanation, ignored her every time she asked him why and sat idly by as their peer group turned on her. She later finds out why Duncan broke it off: [[spoiler:He thought she was his half-sister. [[KissingUnderTheInfluence But he slept with her anyway.]] But Veronica had been accidentally roofied as well, so she didn't remember consenting and spent an entire year thinking she'd been raped ([[RetCon Turns out she had been]]. But that's a whole different issue).]] issue)]]. Granted, it doesn't last. Mostly because she fell for Duncan's best friend, Logan Echols - the son of [[spoiler:the man who murdered Lily Kane, Veronica's best friend]] and one of the ringleaders of the "Treat Veronica Like Trash" brigade, and the same guy who had been starting to sexually assault her with a bunch of other guys before Duncan saved her. This is a non-issue to her for some reason.



* In Series/{{Lost}} during a flash-forward Jack, while engaged to and living with Kate, has a bad day. He then goes home, sends the nanny home early and proceeds to get drunk and high while home alone with her adopted three year old son. When she gets home he demands to know where she's been. She tells him she's been doing something for Sawyer, his former romantic rival, but won't tell him what it is out of loyalty to him. Jack yells at her, telling her that Sawyer "chose" to stay on the island and it was Jack who saved her. In a later episode we learn that is patently untrue. Sawyer jumped out of the chopper because it was too heavy and swam back to the island. He had no reason to believe that they would not be able to come back for him. And then, to cap off the argument, when Kate tells him quite reasonably that if he has a drug problem he needs to leave and get help because she can't have him like that around her son, he yells at her, telling her that he's not really her son, she's not even related to him, with the implied meaning that because he is Aaron's biological uncle, he has more of a right to raise him than her, even though she's been mothering him since he was a few months old and clearly loves him and only wants what's best for him. In the show's end she tells him she loves him and they get back together in the afterlife.

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* In Series/{{Lost}} ''Series/{{Lost}}'' during a flash-forward Jack, while engaged to and living with Kate, has a bad day. He then goes home, sends the nanny home early and proceeds to get drunk and high while home alone with her adopted three year old son. When she gets home he demands to know where she's been. She tells him she's been doing something for Sawyer, his former romantic rival, but won't tell him what it is out of loyalty to him. Jack yells at her, telling her that Sawyer "chose" to stay on the island and it was Jack who saved her. In a later episode we learn that is patently untrue. Sawyer jumped out of the chopper because it was too heavy and swam back to the island. He had no reason to believe that they would not be able to come back for him. And then, to cap off the argument, when Kate tells him quite reasonably that if he has a drug problem he needs to leave and get help because she can't have him like that around her son, he yells at her, telling her that he's not really her son, she's not even related to him, with the implied meaning that because he is Aaron's biological uncle, he has more of a right to raise him than her, even though she's been mothering him since he was a few months old and clearly loves him and only wants what's best for him. In the show's end she tells him she loves him and they get back together in the afterlife.



* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', Amy Pond skips out on fiancee, [[ChildhoodFriendRomance childhood friend]], and all-around DoggedNiceGuy Rory to gallivant around the universe with a dashing young ([[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld looking]]) Gallifreyan. Granted, it's a time machine, so she should have no trouble making it [[{{Pun}} back in time]] for the wedding, so that's not TOO bad... until she kisses and attempts to seduce the Doctor. Even this alone wouldn't be quite enough to qualify for this trope-- relationships can survive infidelity-- but Rory has to hear about it from the Doctor, not Amy, and she never apologizes or takes ''any'' responsibility for her attempted dalliance. When confronted, her response is along the lines of, "Well, we never really ''did'' anything." Right...only that's because the Doctor rejected her, not for lack of trying on her part. In fact the Doctor made Rory a companion specifically because it was making him extremely uncomfortable. Rory expresses understandable concern about the lack of loyalty his prospective wife displays, but being the ExtremeDoormat that he is, nothing ever comes of it, and the whole incident is [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness seldom mentioned again]].

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', Amy Pond skips out on fiancee, [[ChildhoodFriendRomance childhood friend]], {{childhood friend|Romance}}, and all-around DoggedNiceGuy Rory to gallivant around the universe with a dashing young ([[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld looking]]) Gallifreyan. Granted, it's a time machine, so she should have no trouble making it [[{{Pun}} back in time]] for the wedding, so that's not TOO bad... until she kisses and attempts to seduce the Doctor. Even this alone wouldn't be quite enough to qualify for this trope-- relationships can survive infidelity-- but Rory has to hear about it from the Doctor, not Amy, and she never apologizes or takes ''any'' responsibility for her attempted dalliance. When confronted, her response is along the lines of, "Well, we never really ''did'' anything." Right...only that's because the Doctor rejected her, not for lack of trying on her part. In fact the Doctor made Rory a companion specifically because it was making him extremely uncomfortable. Rory expresses understandable concern about the lack of loyalty his prospective wife displays, but being the ExtremeDoormat that he is, nothing ever comes of it, and the whole incident is [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness seldom mentioned again]].



* ''{{Series/Wonderfalls}}'': Eric towards his wife Heidi, who he catches performing oral sex on a bellhop on their wedding night, in their bridal suite. Later on, she fakes EasyAmnesia of the whole thing. Eric ''still'' agrees to remarry her, and stays with her after she secretly drugs him with male potency pills she bought from some guy in a parking lot. Why on Earth would anyone tolerate such a potent combination of deceptiveness and stupidity? Ultimately [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when they mutually split up in the series finale.

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* ''{{Series/Wonderfalls}}'': Eric towards his wife Heidi, who he catches performing oral sex on a bellhop on their wedding night, in their bridal suite. Later on, she fakes EasyAmnesia of the whole thing. Eric ''still'' agrees to remarry her, and stays with her after she secretly drugs him with male potency pills she bought from some guy in a parking lot. Why on Earth would anyone tolerate such a potent combination of deceptiveness and stupidity? Ultimately [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] {{subverted|Trope}} when they mutually split up in the series finale.



In "Escape", aka "The Pina Colada Song", the protagonist is checking out personal ads in the middle of the night while his girlfriend is sleeping because he was "tired of my lady". He answers the ad, only to find out it was placed by his girlfriend. Not only were the two completely willing to cheat on each other with complete strangers, they apparently had never even bothered to discuss things they like to do with each other.

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* In "Escape", aka "The Pina Colada Song", the protagonist is checking out personal ads in the middle of the night while his girlfriend is sleeping because he was "tired of my lady". He answers the ad, only to find out it was placed by his girlfriend. Not only were the two completely willing to cheat on each other with complete strangers, they apparently had never even bothered to discuss things they like to do with each other.



* Believe it or not, this trope is tangentially responsible for naming the XPacHeat trope. After [=DeGeneration X=] had broken up, X-Pac had feuded with the members of the stable who had turned heel (Triple H, Chyna, Billy Gunn) and started a tag team with Kane. There was absolutely no reason for him to go back to working for Triple H when he'd been getting standing ovations for kicking Trips in the face. But X-Pac rejoined D-X and backstabbed Kane for no damn reason. His career never really recovered from this ill-timed heel turn.
* Another Non-Romantic example is with Wrestling/CMPunk and the [[Wrestling/TheNexus New Nexus]]. On the ''Raw'' before Wrestlemania 27, he buried them, saying that they were just pawns for him to use and to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness dispose once their usefulness ends]]. Two weeks later, the New Nexus is still under Punk's leadership.

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* Believe it or not, this trope is tangentially responsible for naming the XPacHeat trope. After [=DeGeneration X=] Wrestling/DGenerationX had broken up, X-Pac had feuded with the members of the stable who had turned heel (Triple H, Chyna, Billy Gunn) (Wrestling/TripleH, Wrestling/{{Chyna}}, Wrestling/BillyGunn) and started a tag team with Kane.Wrestling/{{Kane}}. There was absolutely no reason for him to go back to working for Triple H when he'd been getting standing ovations for kicking Trips in the face. But X-Pac rejoined D-X and backstabbed Kane for no damn reason. His career never really recovered from this ill-timed heel turn.
* Another Non-Romantic example is with Wrestling/CMPunk and the [[Wrestling/TheNexus New Nexus]]. On the ''Raw'' before Wrestlemania Wrestling/WrestleMania 27, he buried them, saying that they were just pawns for him to use and to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness dispose once their usefulness ends]]. Two weeks later, the New Nexus is still under Punk's leadership.



* In ''Threatre/AStreetCarNamedDesire'', Stella runs off from Stanley after he beats her up, however, seconds after ''[[SignatureScene that]]'' scene, she runs back to him. Blanche calls her out for it and even asks her [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim what she sees in him]]. It's been implied that this happened several times. The Film subverts it as in the end, she runs off from Stanley after what he did to Blanche.

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* In ''Threatre/AStreetCarNamedDesire'', ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'', Stella runs off from Stanley after he beats her up, however, seconds after ''[[SignatureScene that]]'' scene, she runs back to him. Blanche calls her out for it and even asks her [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim what she sees in him]]. It's been implied that this happened several times. The Film subverts it as in the end, she runs off from Stanley after what he did to Blanche.



* Late in the game, Katherine will break up with Vincent because he is cheating on her with the eponymous character ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}''. [[MultipleEndings In Katherine's Good and True endings]] the two ultimately get back together, even getting married in her True ending. The reason for ''why'' he is being taken back is that [[spoiler: since Catherine was a succubus and only an ''illusion'' in their world, Vincent ''didn't actually cheat'' on Katherine. He merely attempted to cheat on her.]] Possibly. It's unclear [[spoiler: how much control he has over his encounters with Catherine considering that he's always drunk and can never remember his encounters with her]] and the player can choose to send her messages that try to discourage her.
* Throughout the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series protagonist [[LovableNerd Guybrush Threepwood]] has a rather rocky relationship with his eventual wife [[IronLady Elaine]]. Although she has affection for him it is clear that she also doesn't respect him very much, and she makes it clear that she has an important job and that Guybrush can barely be trusted with even basic errands. This comes to a head in the episodic ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', where she grows increasingly frustrated with her useless husband and prefers to spend her time helping the resurrected and apparently reformed [[BigBad [=LeChuck=]]], forgiving him for past abduction attempts and clearly taking a shine to him [[spoiler: though it is possible that there is some sort of voodoo hypnosis involved in her behavior]]. Meanwhile Guybrush encounters potential alternative love interest [[ActionGirlfriend Morgan]] who is younger, more attractive and considerably less abrasive. In the end [[spoiler: Elaine, apparently willingly, allows [=LeChuck=] to transform her into his evil undead queen and she assists in his attempts to destroy Guybrush's soul forever. Only with the aid of a [[HeroicSacrifice heroic sacrifice]] from Morgan is Guybrush able to ward off [=LeChuck=] and restore Elaine to her original form. At this point Guybrush apparently forgets all about Morgan and meekly accepts his wife back despite her, supposedly brainwashed, attempts to destroy him]]. WHY?
** Note that despite Morgan's crush, Guybrush shows no romantic interest in her - he's pretty loyal to his wife, and some dialogue hints that she's actually a good deal younger than he is. And [[spoiler: it's heavily implied Elaine agreed to the undead-ness knowing it's required to kill [=LeChuck=], she just didn't expect the brainwashing that came with it]]

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* Late in the game, Katherine will break up with Vincent because he is cheating on her with the eponymous character ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}''. [[MultipleEndings In Katherine's Good and True endings]] the two ultimately get back together, even getting married in her True ending. The reason for ''why'' he is being taken back is that [[spoiler: since Catherine was a succubus and only an ''illusion'' in their world, Vincent ''didn't actually cheat'' on Katherine. He merely attempted to cheat on her.]] her]]. Possibly. It's unclear [[spoiler: how much control he has over his encounters with Catherine considering that he's always drunk and can never remember his encounters with her]] and the player can choose to send her messages that try to discourage her.
* Throughout the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series protagonist [[LovableNerd Guybrush Threepwood]] has a rather rocky relationship with his eventual wife [[IronLady Elaine]]. Although she has affection for him it is clear that she also doesn't respect him very much, and she makes it clear that she has an important job and that Guybrush can barely be trusted with even basic errands. This comes to a head in the episodic ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', where she grows increasingly frustrated with her useless husband and prefers to spend her time helping the resurrected and apparently reformed [[BigBad [=LeChuck=]]], LeChuck]], forgiving him for past abduction attempts and clearly taking a shine to him [[spoiler: though it is possible that there is some sort of voodoo hypnosis involved in her behavior]]. Meanwhile Guybrush encounters potential alternative love interest [[ActionGirlfriend Morgan]] who is younger, more attractive and considerably less abrasive. In the end [[spoiler: Elaine, apparently willingly, allows [=LeChuck=] to transform her into his evil undead queen and she assists in his attempts to destroy Guybrush's soul forever. Only with the aid of a [[HeroicSacrifice heroic sacrifice]] from Morgan is Guybrush able to ward off [=LeChuck=] and restore Elaine to her original form. At this point Guybrush apparently forgets all about Morgan and meekly accepts his wife back despite her, supposedly brainwashed, attempts to destroy him]]. WHY?
** Note that despite Morgan's crush, Guybrush shows no romantic interest in her - he's pretty loyal to his wife, and some dialogue hints that she's actually a good deal younger than he is. And [[spoiler: it's heavily implied Elaine agreed to the undead-ness knowing it's required to kill [=LeChuck=], she just didn't expect the brainwashing that came with it]]it]].



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Any episode where Marge considers leaving Homer only to take him back. A memorable incident is is "The War of the Simpsons" when they go to a marriage retreat and Marge has a LongList of her husband's faults and even Rev. Lovejoy agrees with her. Homer throws back the fish he caught and that is enough to make up for everything else, as the two happily head home. This was ''seasons'' before he became a {{Jerkass}}. While the fish was meant to be a symbol that he actually ''did'' love her more than anything else, the example still holds up. It also goes both ways. Marge has repeatedly done things to Homer that show her to be petty and vindictive, and with a bit of a wandering heart/eye.

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Any episode where Marge considers leaving Homer only to take him back. A memorable incident is is "The War of the Simpsons" when they go to a marriage retreat and Marge has a LongList of her husband's faults and even Rev. Lovejoy agrees with her. Homer throws back the fish he caught and that is enough to make up for everything else, as the two happily head home. This was ''seasons'' before he became a {{Jerkass}}. While the fish was meant to be a symbol that he actually ''did'' love her more than anything else, the example still holds up. It also goes both ways. Marge has repeatedly done things to Homer that show her to be petty and vindictive, and with a bit of a wandering heart/eye.



** As the main entry states, [[GenderFlip Marge isn't safe from this either]]. In a newer episode, Bart and Milhouse try to get Milhouse's parents to split up again by placing one of Marge's bras in Kirk's bed, which Luanne finds and shows Homer who, understandably upset, confronts Marge, who then kicks ''him'' out of his own home. There's also the fact that, any time Homer is involved in a plot where it looks like he may cheat, he's incredibly upset at the prospect, whereas Marge was actually ''contemplating'' cheating on Homer with Jacques. To be fair, that was in the first season, when the characters that everyone knows today clearly hadn't been fully decided yet.
* Duncan to Courtney in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Action'', and then vice versa in ''World Tour''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': Harley Quinn to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. She is head over her heels in love, goes mad, gives up her life as a psychiatrist for a life of crime all for her "Mr. J" and he can't take a few moments out of his day to "rev up his Harley". He abandons her, rats her out, abuses her, tries to kill her, and yet she always ends up by his side again sooner or later. However, she's actively called out on this by pretty much the whole rest of the cast, especially {{Franchise/Batman}} and Poison Ivy, but is too far into MadLove to really understand why he's bad for her.

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** As the main entry states, [[GenderFlip Marge isn't safe from this either]]. In a newer episode, the episode "Milhouse of Sand and Fog", Bart and Milhouse try to get Milhouse's parents to split up again by placing one of Marge's bras in Kirk's bed, which Luanne finds and shows Homer who, understandably upset, confronts Marge, who then kicks ''him'' out of his own home. There's also the fact that, any time Homer is involved in a plot where it looks like he may cheat, he's incredibly upset at the prospect, whereas Marge was actually ''contemplating'' cheating on Homer with Jacques. To be fair, that was in the first season, [[CharacterizationMarchesOn when the characters that everyone knows today clearly hadn't been fully decided yet.
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Duncan to Courtney in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Action'', and then vice versa in ''World Tour''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': Harley Quinn to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.ComicBook/TheJoker. She is head over her heels in love, goes mad, gives up her life as a psychiatrist for a life of crime all for her "Mr. J" and he can't take a few moments out of his day to "rev up his Harley". He abandons her, rats her out, abuses her, tries to kill her, and yet she always ends up by his side again sooner or later. However, she's actively called out on this by pretty much the whole rest of the cast, especially {{Franchise/Batman}} and Poison Ivy, ComicBook/PoisonIvy, but is too far into MadLove to really understand why he's bad for her.
2nd Apr '17 2:12:23 PM Prometheus117
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* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises,'' Selina Kyle betrays Bruce/Batman repeatedly, and pretty much ruins his life. Because of her deliberate actions, [[spoiler:his fortune is gone, he is captured and given a crippling NoHoldsBarredBeatdown by Bane, and spends months in a prison so horrible it's called ''Hell On Earth.'' Once he returns to Gotham and meets her again, he immediately offers her free deletion of her criminal record in exchange for her doing him a favor, though he still has no good reason to trust her! In the epilogue, they're in a relationship, and both left their lives in Gotham behind.]]

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* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises,'' Selina Kyle betrays Bruce/Batman repeatedly, and pretty much ruins his life. Because of her deliberate actions, [[spoiler:his fortune is gone, he is captured and given a crippling NoHoldsBarredBeatdown by Bane, and spends months in a prison so horrible it's called ''Hell On Earth.'' Once he returns to Gotham and meets her again, he immediately offers her free deletion of her criminal record in exchange for her doing him a favor, though he still has no good reason to trust her! She does kill Bane before he can kill Batman, but this is ''after'' all of the previously-mentioned items. In the epilogue, they're in a relationship, and both left their lives in Gotham behind.]]
19th Mar '17 12:12:25 PM nombretomado
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* Another Non-Romantic example is with CMPunk and the [[TheNexus New Nexus]]. On the ''Raw'' before Wrestlemania 27, he buried them, saying that they were just pawns for him to use and to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness dispose once their usefulness ends]]. Two weeks later, the New Nexus is still under Punk's leadership.

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* Another Non-Romantic example is with CMPunk Wrestling/CMPunk and the [[TheNexus [[Wrestling/TheNexus New Nexus]]. On the ''Raw'' before Wrestlemania 27, he buried them, saying that they were just pawns for him to use and to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness dispose once their usefulness ends]]. Two weeks later, the New Nexus is still under Punk's leadership.
5th Mar '17 10:29:40 AM kquinn0830
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* ''Series/LastManStanding'': Ryan got Kristin pregnant during their senior year of high school and promised her that he would support her. When she decided to keep the baby, he ditched her to go to college and earn ADegreeInUseless. Meanwhile, she had to give up her future to raise Boyd by working as a waitress in a run-down diner while continuing to live with her parents because she couldn't afford to move out. He eventually decides to take responsibility and return after graduating, but leans on Kristin to do most of the disciplining.

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* ''Series/LastManStanding'': Ryan got Kristin pregnant during their senior year of high school and promised her that he would support her. When she decided to keep the baby, he ditched her to go to college and earn ADegreeInUseless. Meanwhile, she had to give up her future to raise Boyd by working as a waitress in a run-down diner while continuing to live with her parents because she couldn't afford to move out. He eventually decides to take responsibility and return after graduating, but leans on Kristin to do most of the disciplining.disciplining and be the breadwinner so he can go on social crusades and protests when not trying to indoctrinate Boyd with his ultra-left wing ideals.
26th Feb '17 9:53:42 PM Odacon_Spy
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* Note despite Morgan's crush, Guybrush shows no romantic interest in her - he's pretty loyal to his wife, and some dialogue hints that she's actually a good deal younger than he is. And [[spoiler: it's heavily implied Elaine agreed to the undead-ness knowing it's required to kill [=LeChuck=], she just didn't expect the brainwashing that came with it]]

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* ** Note that despite Morgan's crush, Guybrush shows no romantic interest in her - he's pretty loyal to his wife, and some dialogue hints that she's actually a good deal younger than he is. And [[spoiler: it's heavily implied Elaine agreed to the undead-ness knowing it's required to kill [=LeChuck=], she just didn't expect the brainwashing that came with it]]
14th Jan '17 2:20:37 PM NubianSatyress
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* ''Series/LastManStanding'': Ryan got Kristin pregnant during their senior year of high school and promised her that he would support her. When she decided to keep the baby, he ditched her to go to college and earn ADegreeInUseless. Meanwhile, she had to give up her future to raise Boyd by working as a waitress in a run-down diner while continuing to live with her parents because she couldn't afford to move out. He eventually decides to take responsibility and return after graduating, but leans on Kristin to do most of the disciplining and be the breadwinner so he can go on social crusades and protests when not trying to indoctrinate Boyd with his ultra-left wing ideals.

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* ''Series/LastManStanding'': Ryan got Kristin pregnant during their senior year of high school and promised her that he would support her. When she decided to keep the baby, he ditched her to go to college and earn ADegreeInUseless. Meanwhile, she had to give up her future to raise Boyd by working as a waitress in a run-down diner while continuing to live with her parents because she couldn't afford to move out. He eventually decides to take responsibility and return after graduating, but leans on Kristin to do most of the disciplining and be the breadwinner so he can go on social crusades and protests when not trying to indoctrinate Boyd with his ultra-left wing ideals.disciplining.
10th Jan '17 8:59:21 AM MichaelKatsuro
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* In ''Film/NottingHill'', Anna is the one that constantly assumes the worst of William and ditches him without explanation. Yet it is ''William'' who has to scour London and basically beg her to come back to him at the end of the film.
** That does ignore the preceding scene where she came crawling to his shop to beg him to take her back and he turned her down quite resoundingly (he kept the Chagall original she brought him, though).
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