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Playing With: Poly Amory
Basic Trope: More than one relationship at a time
  • Straight: Alice and Bob have an open relationship, where they are primary partners to one another, but have other boyfriends and girlfriends and Friends with Benefits too.
  • Exaggerated: Alice and Bob are married to all or most of these other people. They have a ridiculously large number of these marriages.
  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob are described as being in or agreeing to an open relationship, but none of their other lovers are ever seen.
  • Justified:
    • Alice and Bob live in a time or place where (for largely pragmatic reasons) this is the norm.
    • Neither Alice nor Bob get jealous easily, playing on the more positive end of I Want My Beloved to Be Happy mentally, and so don't mind if the other has another relationship. This allows them to have an expanded circle without causing tension between the two.
    • Alice and Bob have a Long Distance Relationship and see each other only sporadically; this helps to keep tension down.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice and Bob are in a relationship/marriage with each other...and only each other.
    • Alternatively, Alice and Bob are involved with other people as well as each other, but without any prior agreement. Someone is cheating, in other words.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice and Bob try this, but there's too much jealous and they end up agreeing to be exclusive.
    • Alice and Bob have rules about what they can and cannot do with other people.
    • Alice and Bob go to singles bars and flirt but never pick up anyone, and go home to be with each other.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Until they try it again after fixing the issues in their own relationships.
    • They can still see, date, flirt with, and maybe even do some sexual things with other people.
  • Parodied: Alice and Bob have a mass marriage to all their partners. They even end up getting married with a bunch of people they didn't even know, yet they roll along with it just fine!
  • Zig Zagged: Bob and Alice decide at various points in their lives that they no longer like this system, based heavily on which of them end up better off because of it.
  • Averted:
    • Alice and Bob agree to be exclusive
    • Alice and Bob are not in any kind of relationship
  • Enforced:
    • The author is from a time or place where this was/is common
    • The author doesn't believe that one should "limit oneself" to just one person, and he wants us to agree with him.
  • Lampshaded: "S-so, the three of them are-" "Dating each-other? Yep." "That's... Unorthodox..."
  • Invoked: Alice and Bob agree to have an open relationship
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice and Bob agree to be romantically and sexually involved with only each other.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: While there are advantages to multi-partner relationships, there are also disadvantages. The primary ones being the Green-Eyed Monster and favoritism. Not to mention the issue of a culture that regards this setup as "wrong" or "deviant." There may also be an increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Reconstructed: Everyone agrees to take the appropriate precautions, and also agrees to share equally, and give equal attention and affection to all their partners, so no one feels slighted. If someone does get jealous, he/she will step back, realize that they are loved, and channel that jealousy into something constructive. Those naysayers that tell Alice and Bob that this can't/doesn't/shouldn't work are proven wrong.
  • Played For Laughs: Unwanted Harem
  • Played For Drama: Jealousy ensues, and things start getting REALLY ugly, REALLY fast.

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