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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.
12th Nov '15 5:54:47 PM nombretomado
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* ''ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}'': Dick Grayson and either [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Starfire]] or [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} Barbara Gordon]]. And [[Comicbook/{{Huntress}} Helena Bertinelli]], kind of. Not to mention the ''other'' Robin/Batgirl ex-relationship, [[{{Robin}} Tim Drake]] and [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2009}} Stephanie Brown]].

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* ''ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}'': Dick Grayson and either [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Starfire]] or [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} Barbara Gordon]]. And [[Comicbook/{{Huntress}} Helena Bertinelli]], kind of. Not to mention the ''other'' Robin/Batgirl ex-relationship, [[{{Robin}} [[ComicBook/{{Robin}} Tim Drake]] and [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2009}} Stephanie Brown]].
9th Nov '15 11:51:39 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'', Buck and Dare are a former couple, which leads to tension between them when she takes command of Buck's squad for a secret mission (especially since she broke it off when he proposed, something he still resents her for). By the end of the game, though, it looks like they're getting back together again.

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* In ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'', Buck and Dare are a former couple, which leads to tension between them when she takes command of Buck's squad for a secret mission (especially since she broke it off when he proposed, something he still resents her for). By the end of the game, game though, it looks like they're getting they've basically gotten back together again.again, which is confirmed in later media.
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