'''Basic Trope''': A couple that is apart from one another ends up breaking up. Infidelity is often (though not always) involved.
* '''Straight''':
** AliceAndBob are together, and Bob is in the military. He gets deployed, and some time during his deployment, [[YourCheatingHeart Alice decides he's not worth waiting for and finds herself in bed with Charles]].
** During his deployment, Bob has a one-night stand with another woman.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** Bob returns to find that Alice has actually married Charles.
** Alice has affairs with several men...and maybe [[BiTheWay some women]].
** When Bob is on a business trip, Alice sleeps with every single man in town.
** All Bob does is to leave Alice and Charlie alone in the living room together, and instantly they start making out the moment his back was turned. But then, [[MyGirlIsASlut this wasn't the first time Alice had done this]], so Bob knew he was taking a risk.
* '''Downplayed''': Alice shares a kiss with Charles while Bob is gone, but feels guilty and remains faithful until Bob returns.
* '''Justified''':
** Alice has heard that Bob was K.I.A.
** Alice has some time to think things over, and she believes it won't work (or Bob believes this, or both), and she sends him a breakup letter or email.
* '''Inverted''': The longer Bob is away from Alice, the more she wants him and no one else.
* '''Subverted''':
** It's a struggle, but Alice waits patiently and faithfully for Bob to return home.
** AliceAndBob have agreed that during their separation, their relationship will be [[{{Polyamory}} an open one]].
** AliceAndBob contact each other as much as they can and strengthen their bond any way they can. They also exercise enough willpower to not be led into the temptation to cheat.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** Alice misses companionship so much that she sleeps with Charles. She tells herself that it means nothing because she was lonely, but deep down, she knows that this isn't true.
** [[BlatantLies Alice was lying]] so Charles [[CruelToBeKind wouldn't feel guilty]] about sleeping with her.
** After their frequent contact leads to them becoming disenchanted with each other, their willpower fails. AliceAndBob suffer a string of arguments, and agree to break up and move on to happier relationships.
* '''Parodied''': Alice excuses herself to the bathroom. When she comes back, Bob is married to another woman.
* '''Zig Zagged''': ???
* '''Averted''':
** AliceAndBob are faithful to one another.
** AliceAndBob are not in a LongDistanceRelationship.
** AliceAndBob are not in ''any'' kind of relationship.
* '''Enforced''': RuleOfDrama.
* '''Lampshaded''': "You cheated on me while I was gone?!"
* '''Invoked''':
** Bob is away, and Alice is feeling lonely (and horny) one night. She meets up with Charles, and he ends up sleeping with her.
** Charles sees this as the opportunity to ''finally'' have Alice.
* '''Exploited''': Bob wants to break up with Alice but can't, so he arranges to be away for several months and has a few friends take her clubbing in the hopes that she meets someone else and dumps him.
* '''Defied''':
** Alice wants to remain faithful to Bob, so she resists Charles' sexual advances.
** The law in the country takes all parental rights away from an adulterer, as lawmakers want to protect children from what they see as bad influences. Alice won't risk never seeing her children again just for some sexual gratification.
* '''Discussed''': "No, I didn't cheat on you! Isn't adultery a crime anyway?"
* '''Conversed''': "Do long-distance relationships ''always'' end with one or both partners cheating?" "Some couples can manage it, others can't."
* '''Played For Laughs''': When Bob returns to find Alice having unprotected sex with Charlie, he simply tells Alice "remember to take your AIDS medication" while [[DidntThinkThisThrough Charlie]] [[OhCrap panics]].
* '''Played For Drama''':
** When Bob returns home to find that Alice married Charlie and bore his son, Bob snaps and [[ThisIsUnforgivable murders both Charlie and Alice]].
** When Bob discovers that Alice didn't wait for him, he [[DrivenToSuicide commits suicide]]. His note specifically asks that neither Alice nor her new lover go to his funeral.
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