Created By: neobullseye on November 17, 2011 Last Edited By: morenohijazo on January 18, 2013
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Cheating Equals Pregnancy

If you cheat on your husband/wife even once, you\\\\\\\'re getting a child.

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A subtrope of Can't Get Away with Nuthin' , this trope is used to teach people that it's very bad to cheat on your husband/wife. Apparently there's a Omniscient fertility god out there who just loves to make bastard children. And no, that does not mean that the child is a Jerkass, it just means that the parents are not married.

Bonus awkwardness points if
  • The wife cheats and her husband is sterile.
  • The wife cheats with a lover whose physical characteristics differ markedly from those of her husband (i.e. race, ethnicity, hair or eye colour)
  • the husband cheats and sires a child when his wife is infertile.

Seen It a Million Times.

Examples:

Literature
  • Oceans Apart by Karen Kingsbury uses this. The husband (Will add the name later when I remember/find it) cheated on his wife during a single weekend, causing his lover to get a child. He never had sex with said lover before even once, but when he did, instant babies. The wife finds out about this when the lover dies and the kid pretty much shows up on their door, which results in major relationship problems.
  • In the King's Service should count as some variety of twisting this. Lady Jessamy and Donal produce a child, but their sexual encounter was specifically timed to her fertile period because they wanted a child (and one sired by her husband wouldn't be good enough).

LiveActionTelevision

Is this worthy of a split? Personally, I'd say yes, due to the ridiculous commonness of the trope when compared to other parts of Can't Get Away with Nuthin'
Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • November 17, 2011
    PaulA
    This is Law Of Inverse Fertility: People who don't want a baby will get one the first time they have sex.
  • November 18, 2011
    Shnakepup
    Seems like it's a much more specific version of that trope, though. I'd say this is legit, at least as a subtrope of Law Of Inverse Fertility.
  • November 18, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    ^ I concur. The added complication of the pregnancy being evidence of the infidelity sets it apart. Bonus awkwardness points if a) the wife cheats and her husband is sterile, b) the wife cheats with a lover whose physical characteristics differ markedly from those of her husband (i.e. race, ethnicity, hair or eye colour) or c) the husband cheats and sires a child when his wife is infertile.
  • November 19, 2011
    Prfnoff
    This looks like it could be a good trope if it had a different focus. The situation of the wife who finds out that another woman has had a child by her husband is quite different from that of the husband who realizes when his wife becomes pregnant that it wasn't by him.
  • November 20, 2011
    somerandomdude
    See also Chocolate Baby
  • November 20, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In Fences Troy's never seen mistress gets pregnant, then dies in childbirth. Troy's wife takes in the baby, but "you're a womanless man."
  • November 20, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • It hasn't been proven one way or the other yet in The Walking Dead but Lori was sleeping with Shane for a good while before Rick woke from his coma and began sleeping with his wife again. And this is an odd example because Lori genuinely believed Rick dead at the time she was with Shane, and tossed Shane out of her life on his ear for lying to her when Rick showed up again.

  • November 20, 2011
    condottiera
    This is a separate sub trope of the Law of Inverse Fertility. There is a specific reason why they would not want a child and enough examples to justify it.
  • November 20, 2011
    condottiera
    In Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, spunky heroine Lyra was conceived in an extramarital affair between a married woman and a nobleman.
  • November 20, 2011
    Falco
    ^ This trope should be about a single instance of infidelity, not an ongoing affair.
  • November 23, 2011
    Synchronicity
  • November 23, 2011
    peccantis
    ^ careful with that "irony" word there pal
  • November 23, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In Fatal Attraction Alex claims that she's pregnant after her one night stand with Dan.
  • November 26, 2011
    Antigone3
    In The King's Service should count as some variety of twisting this. Lady Jessamy and Donal produce a child, but their sexual encounter was specifically timed to her fertile period because they wanted a child (and one sired by her husband wouldn't be good enough).
  • November 26, 2011
    morenohijazo
    While she was with Earl, Joy and Darnell's son in My Name Is Earl.
  • November 29, 2011
    neobullseye
    Okay, first things first, I need some clarifications of some of your examples before I can add them

    Randomsurfer: I... don't think your first example fits. It seems to be the result of a more long-term affair. I can split the examples to long-term and short-term affair pregnancies, but I don't want to dillude the trope too much either. About your second example: Did Alex actually GET pregnant? If not, it's not this trope.

    Paradisca Corbasi, Morenohijazo: Same as with Randomsurfer's first example; Those seem to be long-term affairs, frmo what I'm getting from the information you gave me.
  • December 7, 2011
    blueflame724
    The Scarlet letter?
  • December 7, 2011
    Earnest
    In the The Walking Dead TV series, Lori is sleeping with Shane while both assume her husband is dead. However, when he finds them, she breaks it off with Shane and gets pregnant the second afterwards. Since she had sex with Rick (her husband) as soon as he got back, it's ambiguous whose child it is.
  • December 8, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    @ Antigone3 In re In the King's Service: Donal wanted a boy of his blood (aside from his other legitimate sons) to trigger his heir's Haldane powers after he (Donal) died. Evidently, Donal didn't think it safe enough to simply write cryptic instructions for the ritual (and he may have had a point, in that any such document could be found and destroyed or decrypted). Similar plans were made for Alyce deCorwyn before she married Kenneth Morgan.
  • January 7, 2012
    Synchronicity
    ...bump?
  • November 30, 2012
    morenohijazo
    This happened in The Discovery Of Heaven. Do we have a section for that somewhere here, so I can look for more info? Maybe in its author's page?
  • November 30, 2012
    JusticeReaper
    Happens in The Bible, after King David sleeps with Bathsheba, the wife of his loyal soldier Uriah, for one night. After that one incident, she sends word to him that she's expecting his child. It all goes downhill from there, culminating in Uriah's murder in an attempt to cover it up.
  • November 30, 2012
    elwoz
    In Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle, Eliza is at one point married to a nobleman with a family history of insanity, so she deliberately gets herself pregnant by another man so the child will not inherit the trait. Might qualify as an inversion.
  • November 30, 2012
    zarpaulus
    No mention of ASOIF yet?

    • Almost every instance of infidelity in A Song Of Ice And Fire seems to produce at least one bastard. Eddard Stark cheated on Catelyn once, producing Jon. King Robert had at least five bastards who were mentioned in the books. And Cersei had three children by her brother Jaime and none by her husband, intentionally. She states that Robert knocked her up once and she had it aborted.
  • November 30, 2012
    morenohijazo
    Detailing a bit the example I mentioned earlier from the novel The Discovery Of Heaven, from Harry Mulisch. From Wikipedia:

    At the beach, Max is unable to suppress his libido and makes love to Ada in the Cuban sea. Directly after this event, Onno and Ada meet each other in their hotel room, and sleep with each other.

    Back in the Netherlands, Ada finds out she is pregnant. The child was conceived in Cuba. She tells this to Onno, who then proposes to marry her, assuming the child is his. Max realizes the child is equally likely to be his and decides to leave Ada and Onno, filled with feelings of guilt.

    After meeting an elderly woman who speaks Dutch, with very blue eyes and numbers tattooed on her arm, Onno realizes that she might be Max's mother and Quinten's grandmother.
  • December 1, 2012
    elwoz
    @blueflame724 If I remember correctly, the affair in The Scarlet Letter was an extended one, not a one-time thing.
  • January 18, 2013
    elwoz
    I'm going to discard this as an unnecessary split from Law Of Inverse Fertility.
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