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16th Jul '16 10:36:16 AM nombretomado
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* A hefty portion of the issues between Lana and {{Archer}} stem from the fact that they used to date. There's a lot of antagonism between them.

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* A hefty portion of the issues between Lana and {{Archer}} WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} stem from the fact that they used to date. There's a lot of antagonism between them.
5th Jul '16 2:14:45 PM nielas
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* ''Series/RookieBlue'' season 2 has Luke [[spoiler: cheat on Andy]] with Jo, his ex who transfers to the 15th Division in the first episode.

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* ''Series/RookieBlue'' season the main characters tend to date other cops. If the relationship breaks up, they are usually professional enough to keep working with each other without any tension. When the break up is bad enough, the other person will sometimes transfer to another division (ie off the show).
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2 has Luke [[spoiler: cheat on Andy]] with Jo, his ex who transfers to the 15th Division in the first episode.episode.
** In season 3 Nick, the new rookie turns out to be an ex-fiance of Gail. After she broke off their engagement, he enlisted in the army and after serving in Afghanistan he became a cop. There is a lot of baggage left over from the relationship and it takes them a lot of time to work it all out.
** Dov finds out that his girlfriend is still married (they never got to signing the divorce papers) and breaks up with her over it. She works in the same division and it creates a lot of tension between them before they reconcile.
20th May '16 5:11:22 PM Eievie
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->'''Bina''': Okay, listen, boys. We're all aware of the awkwardness of the situation here. It would be awkward enough if we just used to squad together, but the fact is that one of you used to be my husband, and the other one my, uh...cousin. Well, shit. Know what I'm saying?\\

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->'''Bina''': Okay, listen, boys. We're all aware of the awkwardness of the situation here. It would be awkward enough if we just used to squad together, but the fact is that one of you used to be my husband, and the other one my, uh...uh… cousin. Well, shit. Know what I'm saying?\\



If the relationship ended badly, this situation can lead to endless [[VolleyingInsults arguments and insults]] between the co-workers as barely repressed resentment bubbles to the surface. Their constant squabbling can lead onlookers to jokingly question whether or not [[BelligerentSexualTension they're still together]], which will elicit [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend horrified denials]] from the former lovers. When one of the characters reaches their emotional breaking point a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech is not uncommon... and both sides have plenty of ammunition to use against the other. Things can be made [[FromBadToWorse even worse]] when one character receives a promotion and becomes the other's boss, putting them in a position where they can [[TyrantTakesTheHelm torment their Ex with impunity]].

If instead there are still romantic feelings between the characters, their history can be a prime source of {{unresolved sexual tension}}. After all, they did have chemistry at some point in the past, and being forced to work in close proximity together can cause [[LoveEpiphany old feelings to be re-ignited]]... leading to the inevitable question of [[WillTheyOrWontThey whether they'll get back together]]. This situation can be especially troublesome if one or both of the ex-lovers are [[YourCheatingHeart currently in another relationship]]. If the current significant other finds out a character is WorkingWithTheEx, jealousy and suspicion are almost certain to follow.

In some cases, a character is shown to work alongside their Ex with little or no issues, possibly even using their familiarity to perform better together than they would otherwise. This is often the result of their previous relationship ending with a realization that they were BetterAsFriends, and a common trait of AmicableExes. In situations like this, light-hearted teasing about their past from the Ex is to be expected.

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If the relationship ended badly, this situation can lead to endless [[VolleyingInsults arguments and insults]] between the co-workers as barely repressed resentment bubbles to the surface. Their constant squabbling can lead onlookers to jokingly question whether or not [[BelligerentSexualTension they're still together]], which will elicit [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend horrified denials]] from the former lovers. When one of the characters reaches their emotional breaking point a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech is not uncommon... uncommon… and both sides have plenty of ammunition to use against the other. Things can be made [[FromBadToWorse even worse]] when one character receives a promotion and becomes the other's boss, putting them in a position where they can [[TyrantTakesTheHelm torment their Ex with impunity]].

If instead there are still romantic feelings between the characters, their history can be a prime source of {{unresolved sexual tension}}. After all, they did have chemistry at some point in the past, and being forced to work in close proximity together can cause [[LoveEpiphany old feelings to be re-ignited]]... re-ignited]]… leading to the inevitable question of [[WillTheyOrWontThey whether they'll get back together]]. This situation can be especially troublesome if one or both of the ex-lovers are [[YourCheatingHeart currently in another relationship]]. If the current significant other finds out a character is WorkingWithTheEx, working with an ex, jealousy and suspicion are almost certain to follow.

In some cases, a character is shown to work alongside their Ex ex with little or no issues, possibly even using their familiarity to perform better together than they would otherwise. This is often the result of their previous relationship ending with a realization that they were BetterAsFriends, and a common trait of AmicableExes. In situations like this, light-hearted teasing about their past from the Ex is to be expected.
9th May '16 11:02:20 AM Winters15
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* During a brief breakup, Cornelia and Caleb in ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' have a teen-version of this. The stress causes Cornelia's powers to go haywire for a while.
9th May '16 10:59:52 AM Winters15
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* This is the reason why many adults in the work force, or high school students in small schools, don't date even if they want to. Despite liking each other, the potential awkwardness following a break-up is enough to make them avoid the situation entirely.
2nd Mar '16 9:35:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Series/TheAffair'', Alison and Oscar, the obnoxious owner of the diner where she works, had sex once when they were teenagers, as he is prone to recall.

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* In ''Series/TheAffair'', Alison and Oscar, the obnoxious owner of the diner where she works, had sex once when they were teenagers, as he is prone to recall. After Cole finds out about her affair with Noah, she has a one-night stand with Oscar to get her mind off things.
21st Feb '16 1:57:36 PM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/ShamanBlues'', Konstancja is forced to go to her ex, Witkacy, for help, so they end up cooperating. Witkacy is not very happy about it.
18th Jan '16 5:27:43 PM Dravencour
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27th Nov '15 1:59:00 AM MoPete
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* One ''NewspaperComics/{{Dilbert}}'' [[http://dilbert.com/strip/2002-12-28 strip]] has Catbert monitoring employee e-mail so he can find a pair of estranged lovers so he can promote one over the other, making it a case of "Working ''For'' The Ex."
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13th Nov '15 10:27:18 PM Vios
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* In ''Literature/ApparatusInfernum'', one of Mikani's numerous ex-girlfriends has a minor role in the first book and a major one in the second — mostly because Mikani needs to ask (and then repay) favours. Their relationship is [[AmicableExes generally pretty amicable]], so the fact that they have to work together doesn't pose too much of a problem to them, but it does cause some anxiety for Ritsuko, with whom Mikani has a lot of UnresolvedSexualTension.
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