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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?\\
'''Meyer (to Berko)''': You were the cousin, right?
-->-- ''Literature/TheYiddishPolicemensUnion''

An easy way to introduce tension in the day-to-day life of a fictional character is to have them work with someone they were previously in a relationship with. While dealing with an ex-boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse can often be awkward enough as it is, such encounters are normally uncommon and short-lived. When two characters with a romantic history end up working together, however, the tension is magnified by the fact that they have to see each other on a daily basis, with no easy means of escape.

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 working with an ex, 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.
!! Examples:


[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* This applies to Kaji and Misato in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Misato was none-too-pleased when she found out that Kaji would be staying with Nerv after delivering Asuka and Unit 02, and lashed out at him at nearly every chance she got afterwards. The bickering led Ritsuko to comment that they sounded LikeAnOldMarriedCouple.
* In the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' manga, Julie Henson is assistant for Sparkle Land's production team, in which her ex-boyfriend Flip Chambers plays Twinklestar. There's some unspoken tension between the two because he left her for another girl, and when he gets killed, she is suspected because it is thought that she hated him and she was the only member of the cast who could use her hands.
* In ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'', Max and Millia Jenius are the military and civilian commanders of the Macross 7 Fleet, respectively. Their marriage has crumbled and they have thus separated, but have chosen to not actually go through a divorce to keep the citizens' morale up. Whenever they meet to discuss business, there's always a large amount of tension between them.
* Chapter 89 of ''Manga/{{Bambino}}'' reveals that manager Miyuki and head waiter Yonamine used to be married, and got divorced at some point. Despite this, they work incredibly well together in managing the restaurant, and [[AmicableExes gets along nicely enough]] that Ban (who knew nothing of their past together) thought they look good together.
* In ''Anime/YuriOnIce'', Yakov Feltsman and his ex-wife Lilia Baranovskaya work together to train young figure skater Yuri Plisetsky. Lilia makes clear that she has no interest in getting back together with Yakov, though there's still some UnresolvedSexualTension between them.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/AntMan'': Hank Pym and ComicBook/TheWasp, to the point where this is almost what the two are most famous for.
* ''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, [[Comicbook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]] and [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2009}} Stephanie Brown]].
* ''ComicBook/NewWarriors'': Justice and Firestar previously had a relationship.
* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' : Nico Minoru and Victor Mancha, though it's rarely remarked upon.
* ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'': The Scarlet Witch and Vision are going through this. After Wanda got her memories and sanity back and Vision has properly self-repaired, they are both unwilling/unable to reconcile but more often than not have to fight on the same side. The series Issue 0 actually opens with a rather painful [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech rejection scene]] between the Vision and the Scarlet Witch at the Avenger's mansion. Later the two have to cooperate against the Phoenix Five, during which they trade bitter battle quips. [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther This is shortly followed by a panel showing Wanda yelling in distress when Vision is shot down in battle.]]

* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': Kaworu and Saburo work together and used to be a couple before the start of the fic. There is still tension between them due to the fact that Kaworu moved on but Saburo did not (even though Saburo was the one broke off their relationship). It does not that [[BattleCouple the two of them are needed to pilot their war plane]] -it is a two-seater-, so that they have to sit together during trainings, tests, missions, battles...
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Variant. Kurumi was after Shinji for years and [[spoiler:she even managed to have sex with him,]] but he was in love with Asuka and she was unable to win him over. The story starts out when she begins working in Shinji’s workplace.
* In the ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/JustAChild'' the doctor Yamato Senjou and the detective Hina Yamazaki are implied to be former lovers and the two of them work together sometimes on cases involving rape.

[[folder: Film]]
* In ''Film/TheAlphabetKiller'', when former detective Megan Paige is allowed back into the force on desk duty after receiving treatment for the mental breakdown she had during a SerialKiller investigation years ago, she finds that her ex-boyfriend/ex-partner is now Chief of Police, and thus her boss. This puts him in an extremely awkward position when the killer resurfaces, as no one knew more about the case than Paige did.
* ''[[Film/DeadAir2009 Dead Air]]'': Radio talk show host Logan Burnhardt works with his ex-wife, who is his producer. Very little romantic tension is shown between the two of them, as their relationship seems to have evolved to JustFriends status.
* In both the Japanese ''Film/{{Ringu}}'' and US ''Film/TheRing'', Reiko Asakawa/Rachel Keller works with her ex-husband/ex-boyfriend Ryuji Takayama/Noah Clay to solve the mystery of the cursed videotape to save their lives and the life of their son. At the end of the movie Ryuji/Noah [[spoiler:is horrifically killed by StringyHairedGhostGirl Sadako Yamamura/Samara Morgan]].
* In ''Film/RunawayBride'', Richard Gere's character (columnist) works for his ex-wife (editor). She has to fire him for not checking facts, and producing a totally overblown, inaccurate column about the titular character.
* In the film ''Film/{{Outbreak}}'', the protagonist Colonel Sam Daniels works with his ex-wife Robby in an immunology department. [[spoiler: Naturally, they get back together at the end of the movie.]]
* Kind of the whole point of ''Film/HisGirlFriday''. [[spoiler:[[ComedyOfRemarriage They get back together at the end anyway.]]]]
* ''Film/ChangingLanes'': Lawyers Gavin and Michelle are shown to have had a fling in the past, despite the fact that Gavin is married to their senior partner's daughter.
* ''Film/TheAbyss'': Dr. Lindsey Brigman visits the Deep Core underwater drilling rig on which Virgil "Bud" Brigman, her ex-husband, is the foreman.
* In ''Film/{{Twister}}'', the entire reason Bill comes to Jo's storm team is to get her to sign the divorce papers so he can marry his new fiancee. One tornado-riddled day later, the new fiancee is gone and they're back together again.
* Niobe and Morpheus in ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'', as they apparently broke up due to Morpheus believing in the Oracle. However, they gradually reconcile over the course of the film, as Morpheus learns that there's more to the Oracle's predictions than he thought, and Niobe starts to believe in Neo.
* In ''Film/FantasticFour2005'', Reed runs into his ex-girlfriend Sue when he asks his old friend Victor, who Sue works for and is currently dating, for a favour. This causes some tension and old feelings to resurface and continues to grow when they get their powers. Eventually, Reed and Sue would reconcile and become engaged at the end of the film.
* In ''Film/TheFly1986'', Veronica has an antagonistic relationship with the editor of the newsmagazine she reports for, motivating her to investigate Seth more personally.
* In ''Film/JurassicParkIII'', Paul and Amanda Kirby are a divorced couple who work with Dr. Grant to rescue their son from a dinosaur infested island. It's implied by the end of the film that they will [[RelationshipSalvagingDisaster get back together]].

[[folder: Literature]]
* In ''Bitten'', the first book in Kelley Armstrong's ''Literature/TheOtherworld'' series, when Elena has to work with the werewolf pack she used to be part of, this happens with her and Clay. [[spoiler: After a lot of BelligerentSexualTension they get back together.]]
* In ''[[Literature/MassEffectRetribution Mass Effect: Retribution]]'', David Anderson is called upon by Kahlee Sanders to help her against the terrorist cell Cerberus. The two have barely seen or spoken to each other in more than twenty years, although it's obvious that some mutual feelings remain, despite not officially ever becoming a couple. The book ends with [[spoiler:them rekindling their old relationship.]]
* ''Literature/TheYiddishPolicemensUnion''. The CowboyCop protagonist's ex-wife is DaChief! It doesn't help that he's still in love with her.
* ''Literature/TheLincolnLawyer'': The main character has two ex-wives and one of them works as his secretary. [[LampshadeHanging It's lampshaded]] how unusual it is for a man with two ex-wives to be on amicable terms with both of them.
* In the ''Literature/TheOtherKindOfRoommate'', Terry is both {{The Mean Brit}} director of Beth's home base art gallery and her ex from a year ago. They get along well professionally, with plenty of {{Snark Ball}} passes between each other and even some {{Big Brother Instinct}}, but there are clear reasons for why the two broke up when the topic turns to Beth's new interests.
* Lady Serena Carlow of ''[[Creator/GeorgetteHeyer Bath Tangle]]'' doesn't have a job, exactly, but she has to deal with her ex-fiancé on business matters when her father's will names him as her guardian.
* 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.
* 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.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', a mild version in which after [[FanPreferredCouple Chloe and Clark]] broke up, they still work together fine for the newspaper. Mostly because Chloe is mature about it and Clark...[[ObliviousToLove doesn't really understand how deeply she is in love with him]].
* ''The New Series/WKRPInCincinnati'': Morning drive time [=DJs=] Burns & Allen are exes who still work together professionally.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Will Riker & Deanna Troi are ex-lovers. It takes seven seasons, three and a half movies, and a source of strange radiation that rejuvenates the crew to the point where they behave like teenagers before they get back together, though.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is not shy about using this trope.
** Series/{{Angel}} and Buffy during season 3 of her show, although how 'ex' they were varied from episode to episode. Angel eventually decided to leave town so she could move on (and he could get his own show).
** It definitely showed up more on ''Series/{{Angel}}'', with Fred and Gunn in season 4 primarily.
** Buffy ended up working briefly with Riley and [[spoiler: his wife]] in the sixth season in the episode "As You Were".
** Buffy and Xander had this vibe when working with Spike and Anya in Season 7.
** And of course, [[spoiler: Angel is BackForTheFinale]], saving Buffy from TheDragon and delivering a MacGuffin. [[spoiler: They talk about their relationship, such as it is, and part ways again before the final battle.]]
* In the short-lived sitcom Ink, Ted Danson played a star newspaper reporter with his real-life wife Mary Steenburgen playing his ex-wife and editor/boss.
* In the first season of ''Series/LieToMe'', Cal Lightman has to work with his ex-wife on several occasions, and ends up in bed with her a couple of times.
* This is a primary source of drama and romantic tension on ''Series/FairlyLegal''. The main character is a mediator and her ex-husband works for the DA, so naturally they butt heads.
* The short lived WorkCom ''Series/{{FM}}'' was about an Creator/{{NPR}} station in Washington DC where program director Ted had to work with his ex-wife Lee-Ann when she was hired (not by him) to be a political commentator.
* Happens quite a bit in ''Series/TwentyFour''. Tony and Michelle find themselves working together at CTU in the 4th season. Also, David Palmer ends up having to work with Sherry quite a bit, even asking for her help one time.
* ''Series/HumanTarget'' has an episode where Chance had to work with his ex girlfriend.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' has two examples, both of which serve as [[RomanticFalseLead Romantic False Leads]]
** In the second season the eponymous character is forced to work with his ex-girlfriend Jill.
** Sarah has Bryce Larkin in the first and second seasons.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}''
** Richard Castle's second ex-wife is also his publisher and editor.
** Beckett also has an ex-boyfriend in the FBI, and has to work with him on a case.
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', Sheridan deliberately hires his ex-wife, Elizabeth Lochley, to command the station when he has to resign by reason of [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning becoming a president]], choosing her because the side she served on during Earth's then-recent civil war. They didn't work out romantically, but he still trusts her. Of course, this causes some minor drama when he fails to mention this previous relationship to his paranoid chief of intelligence or his ''current'' wife.
** It also rounded out Sheridan's "set." Like the Minbari, his three wives were Anna (worker), Elizabeth (warrior) and Delenn (religious).
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}''
** Seasons three through five had Director Jenny Shepard and Special Agent Gibbs, who had formerly been lovers.
** [=McGee=] and Abby dated briefly, early on; this occasionally still provides tension when one or the other of them gets involved with someone.
** One episode had Gibbs and FBI Agent Fornell having to work together to find the current husband of their mutual ex-wife
*** A later had the same ex-wife turned [=IRS=] investigator team up with both Gibbs and Fornell to lead an investigation that eventually involved all three agencies.
* One of Michael's ex-girlfriends once showed up on ''Series/BurnNotice'' to ask for his help, and ended up working closely with the team throughout the episode.
** Also, Fiona, referred to in the OpeningNarration as Michael's "trigger-happy ex-girlfriend".
*** In the sixth season, the "ex" part was dropped.
* Happened once on ''Series/{{Covert Affairs}}'' with Auggie's Russian ex-girlfriend.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Mulder winds up having to do this at times during season 5 with Diana Fowley. Things really get awkward, though, when [[OfficialCouple Scully]] [[CatFight has to work with her too]].
* On ''Series/NewsRadio'' co-anchors Bill [=McNeal=] and Catherine Duke have a sometimes tense relationship because of a fling they had in the past. Dave and Lisa also have to continue working together after they break up.
* Used repeatedly in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' between JD and Elliot in the first three seasons, which included them sharing an office too small for separate desks. Dr Cox and Jordan also had this set up for the first two seasons before reuniting.
* In the final seasons of ''Series/SilkStalkings'', the original cops were replaced by the characters of Tom Ryan and Cassie St. John, who have been through a somewhat angry divorce, but who also (it rapidly becomes ''very'' clear) are far from over each other. It's shown over time that Tom would die for Cassie, if necessary, and Cassie is definitely still hung up on him, to the damage of her other relationships.
** It rapidly becomes clear from their comments and other indications that the biggest problem between them was mostly immaturity on both their parts, the only thing standing in their way as a couple was/is the need for them both to grown up a bit.
* ''Series/RookieBlue'' 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).
** Season 2 has Luke [[spoiler: cheat on Andy]] with Jo, his ex who transfers to the 15th Division in the first 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.
* The first season of ''Series/TheWestWing'' had PR specialist Mandy Hampton, who had apparently had an ''extremely'' non-amicable breakup with Josh. Their work relationship was not exactly smooth.
** Also Toby's sporadic interactions with his ex-wife, Congresswoman Andi Wyatt.
* ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' did this for a few episodes. Danny and Lindsay got together, then seemed to seperate after the shooting death of a boy Danny was looking after-he ended up having sex with the boy's mom-and there was the 'working with the ex' tension for a few eps. Then the two got back together, and it was all over.
** More obvious when Jo worked with her ex in a couple episodes, though they're at least amicable.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': Nate Ford's ex-wife has worked with the team on several occasions.
* ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' starts a new job in the first episode only to find her college sweetheart Billy is already working there.
* Due to the LoveDodecahedron nature of ''Series/LosHombresDePaco'', almost all of the cops in the San Antonio Predicate are working with an ex or two. Everyone {{really gets around}}.
* In one episode of ''Series/KitchenNightmares'', Ramsay helps out a Cuban restaurant whose owners are divorced. The episode seems to be building up them getting back together, but they only just get as far as being friends again.
* Brenda and Chief Pope had a romantic affair before the events in ''Series/TheCloser''. It was revealed to everyone in Season Two.
* Sam and Jules in ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' during the time they had broken up in season 2. Eventually, they get back together in season 4.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'' had a veritable cornucopia of these. Examples include Elizabeth and Peter, Luka and Abby, Luka and Sam, Abby and Carter, Carter and Susan, Doug and Carol, Mark and Chuny...the list goes on.
* In ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', at one point, Franchise/SherlockHolmes worked with an ex-lover FBI [[TheProfiler profiler]] on a case, much to his annoyance.
* ''Series/SurgicalSpirit'' has Sheila (surgeon) working with [[spoiler: Jonathan (anaesthetist)]] after they break off their engagement. It ''mostly'' goes well. Mostly.
* In ''Series/{{Helix}}'', Dr. Alan Farragut must work alongside his fellow CDC scientist and ex-wife Dr. Julia "Jules" Walker, during a viral outbreak at a remote arctic research base. In spite of their interpersonal tensions, she has recommended him to head the mission as a personal favor due to the fact his brother Peter is among the infected research scientists.
* An episode of ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'', "Tribunal", featured the son of a Holocaust concentration camp survivor attempting to bring a suspected camp guard to justice, with his ex-wife offering somewhat reluctant assistance in the matter.
* As of the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode "A Hen In The Wolf House", Lance Hunter and his ex [[Comicbook/{{Mockingbird}} Bobbi Morse]] are both members of Team Coulson. Lance thinks Bobbi is a "demonic hellbeast", while Bobbi doesn't seem to bear any ill will about their separation (she even vouched for him when Coulson was considering whether to hire him), but doesn't like that Lance is copping an attitude about her joining up.
* 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.
* In the German police series ''Series/{{Tatort}}'' the Leipzig team of Hauptkommissare Eva Saalfeld (Simone Thomalla) and Andreas Keppler (Martin Wuttke) used to be married to each other, but got divorced a few years before their first episode.
* In the backstory of ''Series/{{SeaquestDSV}}'' it's revealed that Katie Hitchcock and Ben Krieg married right out of the Academy, then divorced a year later due to incompatible personalities. They wind up assigned to the same ship, but Katie's now Ben's superior officer. Their relationship is best described as friendly/wary (within the bounds of military protocol), but various episodes have shown that either will go out of their way to help/protect the other.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' with Juliet, who is shown working for her ex-husband in flashbacks.
** In the flash-sideways universe, she works with Jack and was previously married to him.
* ''Series/{{NTSFSDSUV}}'': Agent Trent Hauser was once married to his boss Kove, but they both still work with each other at NTSF. They even have two sons together, whom he only sees about once a year.
* In ''Series/TheOrville'', Captain Ed Mercer is unhappy to discover that his ex-wife has been assigned to the titular ship as his XO. The crew listens in on their argument.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* 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."

[[folder: Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Namco x Capcom}}'', Taizo Hori of ''VideoGame/DigDug'' fame fights alongside the heroes, and his ex-wife [[GenderBlenderName Toby]] [[DubNameChange "Kissy"]] [[SamusIsAGirl Masuyo]] (from ''Baraduke'') also joins their ranks. Although they divorced long ago, Toby still holds a grudge against Taizo. Toby also makes a few cameos alongside her ex-hubby and son in the ''VideoGame/MrDriller'' series, with her personality more or less intact.
* Implied between Jacob and Miranda, two of the squad-members in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. In Jacob's words, their previous work together "got a little close - then it got real far apart." In spite of this, they seem to still be on good terms.
** All three [=ME1=] LoveInterests treat working with Shepard in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' this way. The awkwardness of the situation manages to make a second RomanceSidequest with the same character work remarkably well.
* Adam Jensen and Megan Reed have dated and broken up by the time ''[[VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution Deus Ex: Human Revolution]]'' gets rolling (not too long before the game starts, as a matter of fact). However, they certainly don't act like most people expect exes to, especially since they work together quite closely. In fact, most people assume that they're still together unless they look around for clues.
* 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, they've basically gotten back together again, which is confirmed in later ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' media.
* According to [[spoiler: The Cage Family trailer, [[VideoGame/MortalKombatX Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade are divorced, but still work together]]]].

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* For a short time in ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'', Kevin's first business venture Flea-Bay was owned by his ex-wife Angelique. After Fiona bought her out, she later became a senior executive (and at one point ran) the company Kevin's ''current'' wife worked at. And if we're going that route Ralph works for the company his wife's ex owns. And by technicality, through Kell Angelique hired another one of her exes, the one she cheated on Kevin with in fact, [[spoiler: Kevin's father.]]
* The relationship between [[MrFanservice Domenico]] and [[StatuesqueStunner Zoé]] in ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'' takes this to a comedy extreme, with lashings of BelligerentSexualTension and some SlapSlapKiss; in fact, they occasionally have sex -- to settle arguments.
* In the webcomic ''Webcomic/WaywardSons'' the captain's ex-wife is also the head medical officer.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Occasionally on ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'', other [[TimePolice Time Squad units]] join in to help the trio. [[TheChosenMany One of these squads]] consists of Buck Tuddrussel's more accomplished ex-wife Sheila Sternwell. The two are on good terms, though Buck's ego takes a hit when she comes in to save his butt and his unit's mission.
* By ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', Green Lantern and Hawkgirl.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', Bruce Wayne and Barbara Gordon had a romantic history, and now she leads the GPD.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Macbeth's two mooks [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Banquo and Fleance]] are said to be exes by Greg Weisman.
* 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.
* After the TimeSkip in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', [[spoiler: Miss Martian and Lagoon Boy]] are now dating but [[spoiler: Conner]] decided to stay on the same team as [[spoiler: M'Gann]] even though they had the option of joining the Justice League, but he is visibly uncomfortable with their relationship.
** The tie-in comic contrasts this with a scene of Nightwing's AmicableExes, Zatanna and Rocket, stopping by to give him birthday kisses on their way to a League briefing. As soon as they leave, Nightwing turns to a stiff-postured Conner and M'gann, asking if they're still okay working together. They claim professionalism.
* A hefty portion of the issues between Lana and WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} stem from the fact that they used to date. There's a lot of antagonism between them.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', this is Tenzin's relationship with [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Lin Beifong]], which was ended partly because the former is a RacialRemnant that needed to continue his lineage and the latter was (and still is) MarriedToTheJob. This aspect of their relationship gets little mention after the first season, with most of it being addressed in "[[Recap/TheLegendOfKorraS1E6AndTheWinnerIs And the Winner Is...]]"
** This was the situation between Asami and Mako after their breakup at the end of Book 1. By Book 3, [[spoiler:Mako is working with ''two'' ex-girlfriends on the same team, following his breakup with Korra at the end of Book 2. Korra and Asami handle it pretty well. Mako...''not'' so much, at least at first.]]

[[folder: Real Life]]
* Music/JustinTimberlake and Creator/CameronDiaz in ''Film/BadTeacher''. The two had previously dated for several years. There is even a fake sex scene between the two.
* AlternativeRock duo Music/TheWhiteStripes consist of Jack and Meg White, who divorced shortly after hitting it big, but remained together musically. The divorce was actually [[SlaveToPR for image reasons]], and they have [[LikeBrotherAndSister pretended to be siblings]], so this is a slightly skewed example.
* Music/FleetwoodMac, around the time of the ''Rumours'' album, consisted of two broken relationships and a drummer (who had a fling with the singer).
* Music/{{ABBA}} consisted of two men and two women, who became two married couples. Both couples divorced and they continued to make music for a while, but ultimately broke up in 1983.
* Sonny and Cher during the 2nd version of their VarietyShow.
* George Hamilton and his ex-wife Alana had a daytime TalkShow in TheNineties.
* Michael C. Hall and Creator/JenniferCarpenter, who play [[CastIncest brother and sister]] on the TV series ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', met on set and got married very quickly, only to get divorced after a while. They both continued portraying their characters.
* Creator/JohnCleese and Connie Booth created ''Series/FawltyTowers'' and they wrote every episode together. They were married when the first series was made, but divorced before the second one started.
* George and Robin Lakoff (divorced) both work as linguistics professors at the University of California, Berkeley, and get along well as professionals.
* Simone Simons was Mark Jansen's girlfriend when she joined Music/{{Epica}} and remains in the band despite the two of them breaking up not long afterwards.
* Joyce Nettles, first casting director for ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' is star John Nettles's ex.
* Linkara and Iron Liz of WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall were dating when Liz made her debut on the show; while her character [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome disappeared]] around the time they broke up, she has since appeared in Vlogs and Behind The Scenes roles on crossovers with Linkara and they have planned to re-introduce Iron Liz.
* This is what broke up the Music/CocteauTwins, as vocalist Liz Fraser and guitarist Robin Guthrie had a messy breakup and Fraser didn't want to continue the band.
* CountryMusic singer Music/LeeAnnWomack divorced singer Jason Sellers before both began their solo careers in 1997, although Womack was the only one of the two to have hits. She recorded songs written by him on her first three albums, and had him sing backing vocals on several of her albums (most humorously on the cheating song "I May Hate Myself in the Morning").
* Music/MerleHaggard continued to tour with his ex-wife Bonnie Owens after the two divorced.
* Music/RichardThompson and Linda Thompson's last duet album, ''Shoot Out The Lights'', was made during the acrimonious dissolution of their marriage, [[CreatorBreakdown reflected in the lyrics]] of some of the songs. The supporting tour had Linda tripping him as he went onstage, and guitarist and fellow Fairport Convention alum Simon Nicol, who was a member of their backing band, said that the first thing he would do was look for the exits. These concerts, which were apparently incredible and featured some the best performances in either Richard or Linda's career, are [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes commercially unavailable]] because the acrimony behind the scenes brings back bad memories for both of them. In the 2000's, their relationship as friends had been repaired enough that Richard appeared on Linda's 2002 album ''Fashionably Late''. In 2010, the two performed their first show together since 1982 at a tribute to their recently deceased mutual friend, folk singer Kate [=McGarrigle=], at the Meltdown Festival. They've continued to work with each other into the 2010s. "Love's for Babies and Fools", a song from Linda's 2013 album ''Won't Be Long Now'', features only the two of them — it's effectively the only Richard & Linda Thompson recording since ''Shoot Out the Lights''. The whole Thompson family — Richard, Linda, all three of their children (all of whom are musicians themselves), Richard's stepson, their nephew and their children's spouses — recorded an album, ''Family'', together in 2014 under the name Thompson.
* 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.
* On ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Lena Headey (Cersei) and Jerome Flynn (Bronn) dated some time before 2014; reportedly it ended on very bad terms. However, there is some debate as to how badly it ended, with there being rumors that they had to use a body double for Flynn in a scene where he was just in the same room as Cersei and not speaking to her. Additionally, there is at least one example of Bronn conveniently leaving the room just as Cersei's about to enter the scene.