-->Break up to make up\\
That's all we do\\
First you love me\\
Then you hate me\\
That's a game for fools.\\
-- The Stylistics, ''Break up to make up''

There are probably only so many things a story can examine about a romantic relationship. This is one of the big ones.

WillTheyOrWontThey has gone by.

TheyDo.

Now, something -- infidelity, voting for the wrong political party, or even ''[[MinorFlawMajorBreakup slurping soup]]'' in a really irritating way -- has happened and one party has to decide if they can bear it for all time.

The cause of the breach is presented here as both serious and silly (''Because, brother, that soup thing is just '''nasty!'''''), to highlight that the instigation is not the thing. The story will examine how the offended party comes to grips with it. Sometimes the decision will come down on the Make Up side, and sometimes it will not.

Also see FeudEpisode. Frequently used to reassert StatusQuoIsGod, or as a way to {{Retcon}} a relationship (in that case, they will not only break up, but the relationship will quickly be forgotten as if it never happened.) Compare ToiletSeatDivorce.

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!!Examples

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' is fond of this trope, with Dr. Cox and Jordan, as well as Turk and Carla, and [[strike:possibly]] JD and Elliot as examples.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' had fun with Elaine and David Puddy, as well as George with Susan.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Lily and Marshall at the end of season 1.
** Happens to Ted and his paramours as well.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Angela and Hodgins during season 4. Back to WillTheyOrWontThey for a bit, before getting married and having a kid.
** With the longstanding UST between Booth and Bones ''finally'' resolved (also with a kid, from their first time together no less), they have shifted to this trope when they need some conflict between the main pair.
*** It's even invoked by the recurring villain intentionally in the season 8 finale. [[spoiler: After Bones proposes to Booth, the villain (who can't stand not being the focus of their attention, forces Booth to turn her down by threatening to murder random civilians if he doesn't (and he can't tell anyone why either). The two are still together, but after finally letting down her last wall and getting rejected, Bones is obviously crushed]]
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Ross and Rachel.
* Cody and Bailey of ''[[Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody The Suite Life on Deck]]'' didn't so much end their relationship as [[TheMasochismTango put it out of its misery]].
* Naomily's story for 75% of the fourth season of ''Series/{{Skins}}''.
* On ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', every couple in the show, except for HappilyMarried Alan and Amy, go through this arc, often more than once.
* Most couples on ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' end up in a situation like this but it happened between Drew and Kate the most.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Examined in several Music/{{ABBA}} songs. ''One man, one woman'' ends in makeup, while ''When all is said and done'' is on the breakup side.

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* In ''Literature/TalesOfMU'', four of the main characters are in a polyamourous relationship, with the lead character Mack and the lone man, Ian, considering themselves a couple. However, the various shenanigans Mack finds herself getting into (both of a carnal nature and not) take an increasing toll on Ian, and it comes to a head after Mack and the elven "queen" Glory sleep together, a situation no one else in their group was pleased about possibly happening. [[spoiler:They don't completely break up, but Ian does give Mack the "I need some space so I can figure things out" decision.]]

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* This happens more or less once per season between Marge and Homer on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.


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