Playing With: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder

Basic Trope: A couple that is apart from one another ends up breaking up. Infidelity is often (though not always) involved.
  • Straight:
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob returns to find that Alice has actually married Charles.
    • Alice has affairs with several men...and maybe 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, 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.
    • Alice and Bob have agreed that during their separation, their relationship will be an open one.
    • Alice and Bob 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.
    • Alice was lying so Charles wouldn't feel guilty about sleeping with her.
    • After their frequent contact leads to them becoming disenchanted with each other, their willpower fails. Alice and Bob 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:
  • Enforced: Rule of Drama
  • 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: ???
  • Defied: Alice wants to remain faithful to Bob, so she resists Charles' sexual advances.
  • 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."

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