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In RealLife many cultures have tended to go easy on the husband's killing either a cheating wife and/or the man she was cheating with. Not so much in the modern Western world, though, and stories produced from that perspective don't usually treat it as justified in anything more than a passing reference/joke, which is why most examples here come from songs. A full story involving someone killing their straying lover usually has to admit that this is a ''bad'' thing to do.

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In RealLife RealLife, many cultures have tended to go easy on the husband's killing either a cheating wife and/or the man she was cheating with. Not so much in the modern Western world, though, and stories produced from that perspective don't usually treat it as justified in anything more than a passing reference/joke, which is why most examples here come from songs. A full story involving someone killing their straying lover usually has to admit that this is a ''bad'' thing to do.



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* This trope is the entirety of the Oxygen Channels's ''{{Series/Snapped}}''. Most episodes covers a RealLife case of an abused and/or cheated-on woman who killed her husband (sometimes father). They try not to paint the women in a sympathetic light, but the show still has a "You go girl" kind of feel.

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* This trope is the entirety of the Oxygen Channels's ''{{Series/Snapped}}''. Most episodes covers cover a RealLife case of an abused and/or cheated-on woman who killed her husband (sometimes father). They try not to paint the women in a sympathetic light, but the show still has a "You go girl" kind of feel.



## Annie found out her boyfriend was not only married, but was a Mormon with six wives. She poured arsenic in his drink that night.

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## Annie found out her boyfriend was not only married, married but was a Mormon with six wives. She poured arsenic in his drink that night.



* The ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' media series of games, anime and manga have this going on in some of the bad endings, when it's not MurderTheHypotenuse. The most infamous examples involve Makoto being stabbed by Sekai (in both the anime and one of the original game's bad endings), but it also includes Yuuki being beaten to death by ''Kotonoha'' in Cross Days.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' when entering the Silver Rush for the first time you see Gloria Van Graff negotiating with an unsatisfied client. She then has one of her {{Mook}}s disintegrate a bound and gagged man [[BlofeldPloy to prove a point]], and cut dialogue reveals he was an ex-lover who cheated on her.

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* The ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' media series of games, anime and manga have this going on in some of the bad endings, endings when it's not MurderTheHypotenuse. The most infamous examples involve Makoto being stabbed by Sekai (in both the anime and one of the original game's bad endings), but it also includes Yuuki being beaten to death by ''Kotonoha'' in Cross Days.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' when entering the Silver Rush for the first time you see Gloria Van Graff negotiating with an unsatisfied client. She then has one of her {{Mook}}s disintegrate a bound and gagged man [[BlofeldPloy to prove a point]], point]] and cut dialogue reveals he was an ex-lover who cheated on her.



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* The end of the video for "Down Low" from Music/RKelly featuring [[Music/TheIsleyBrothers Ron Isley]] as Mr. Biggs. After the latter walks in on his wife cheating on him with the former, who was told to keep her company in Biggs' absence but not touch her, he has the former beaten by his bodyguards and left in the desert. Biggs' wife is found in intensive care, having also been beaten for her infidelity, by a wheelchair bound R. Kelly, who witnesses her succumb to her injuries.

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* The end of the video for "Down Low" from Music/RKelly featuring [[Music/TheIsleyBrothers Ron Isley]] as Mr. Biggs. After the latter walks in on his wife cheating on him with the former, who was told to keep her company in Biggs' absence but not touch her, he has the former beaten by his bodyguards and left in the desert. Biggs' wife is found in intensive care, having also been beaten for her infidelity, by a wheelchair bound wheelchair-bound R. Kelly, who witnesses her succumb to her injuries.



* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', [[spoiler: Bastilla]] tries to get a man killed simply for rejecting her and then being vaguely interested in some other woman. [[spoiler: More precisely, she puts a spell on Penrod, so that he stabs Ward in the back, after Ward ''dared'' to reject her and smile at Tisala. Penrod is then killed by Tosten, in order to save Ward. Maybe she had planned for Penrod's death, as she still needs Ward, and killing Penrod in this way causes him severe emotional pain.]] She's a villain, and not exactly well-adjusted, mentally.

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* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', [[spoiler: Bastilla]] tries to get a man killed simply for rejecting her and then being vaguely interested in some other woman. [[spoiler: More precisely, she puts a spell on Penrod, so that he stabs Ward in the back, back after Ward ''dared'' to reject her and smile at Tisala. Penrod is then killed by Tosten, in order to save Ward. Maybe she had planned for Penrod's death, as she still needs Ward, and killing Penrod in this way causes him severe emotional pain.]] She's a villain, and not exactly well-adjusted, mentally.



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* In the ''Elementary'' episode "Fit to be Tied," the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Villainess of the Week]] is a prominent judge who strangles her husband's mistress to death after finding out about their affair. She commits the copycat murder to frame Michael Cohen, a serial killer who uses strangulation as his method.


* One episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' revolved around trying to find out who placed [[ExternalCombustion a bomb in a rental car that killed an Air Marshal]]. While it was originally presumed to be some kind of terrorist act, it turns out that it was placed by a science teacher who got murderously pissed that her husband had a second secret family complete with children. Her attempt got screwed because [[SpannerInTheWorks the rental car's clock was badly wired, which made the bomb go off several hours later than planned]].


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* One episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' revolved around trying to find out who placed [[ExternalCombustion a bomb in a rental car that killed an Air Marshal]]. While it was originally presumed to be some kind of terrorist act, it turns out that it was placed by a science teacher who got murderously pissed that her husband had a second secret family complete with children. Her attempt got screwed because [[SpannerInTheWorks the rental car's clock was badly wired, which made the bomb go off several hours later than planned]].

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* One episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' revolved around trying to find out who placed [[ExternalCombustion a bomb in a rental car that killed an Air Marshal]]. While it was originally presumed to be some kind of terrorist act, it turns out that it was placed by a science teacher who got murderously pissed that her husband had a second secret family complete with children. Her attempt got screwed because [[SpannerInTheWorks the rental car's clock was badly wired, which made the bomb go off several hours later than planned]].


* ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}''
** Three of the "Six Merry Murderesses of the Cook County Jail" from "CellBlock Tango" fall under this trope.
## Annie found out her boyfriend was not only married, but was a Mormon with six wives. She poured arsenic in his drink that night.
## Velma walked in on her husband doing the "spread eagle" with her sister Veronica. She killed them both.
## Mona found out her boyfriend's long walks at night were really an excuse to visit his other girlfriends [[BiTheWay and a boyfriend.]] He didn't live much longer after that.
** A later scene had an heiress shoot her husband when he was in bed with two women. His ImplausibleDeniability just adds WhatAnIdiot to this.


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* ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}''
** Three of the "Six Merry Murderesses of the Cook County Jail" from "Cell Block Tango" fall under this trope.
## Annie found out her boyfriend was not only married, but was a Mormon with six wives. She poured arsenic in his drink that night.
## Velma walked in on her husband doing the "spread eagle" with her sister Veronica. She killed them both.
## Mona found out her boyfriend's long walks at night were really an excuse to visit his other girlfriends [[BiTheWay and a boyfriend.]] He didn't live much longer after that.
** A later scene had an heiress shoot her husband when he was in bed with two women. His ImplausibleDeniability just adds WhatAnIdiot to this.
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* This is the setup for the Creator/RoaldDahl short story "[[Series/TalesOfTheUnexpected Lamb to the Slaughter]]", infamous for its extremely clever TwistEnding. Admittedly, it's stepped up a notch as the husband explains to his wife -- who's ''pregnant with their first child'' -- that he's going to leave her for reasons implied to be this trope, ending with "And I know it's kind of a bad time to be telling you, but there simply wasn't any other way. Of course I'll give you money and see you're looked after. But there needn't really be any fuss. I hope not, anyway. It wouldn't be very good for my job." [[AssholeVictim You might be tempted to konk him too.]]

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* This is the setup for the Creator/RoaldDahl short story "[[Series/TalesOfTheUnexpected Lamb to the Slaughter]]", infamous for its extremely clever TwistEnding. Admittedly, it's stepped up a notch as the husband explains to his wife -- who's ''pregnant with their first child'' -- that he's going to leave her for reasons implied to be this trope, unmentioned, ending with "And I know it's kind of a bad time to be telling you, but there simply wasn't any other way. Of course I'll give you money and see you're looked after. But there needn't really be any fuss. I hope not, anyway. It wouldn't be very good for my job." [[AssholeVictim You might be tempted to konk him too.]]


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* In the ''Elementary'' episode "Fit to be Tied," the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Villainess of the Week]] is a prominent judge who strangles her husband's mistress to death after finding out about their affair. She commits the copycat murder to frame Michael Cohen, a serial killer who uses strangulation as his method.


* In Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Literature/FiveLittlePigs'', married artist Amyas Crale's [[YourCheatingHeart philandering]] gets him murdered. [[But the woman who kills him is not the one whom everyone first suspects.]]

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* In Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Literature/FiveLittlePigs'', married artist Amyas Crale's [[YourCheatingHeart philandering]] gets him murdered. [[But [[spoiler:But the woman who kills him is not the one whom everyone first suspects.]]

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* In Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Literature/FiveLittlePigs'', married artist Amyas Crale's [[YourCheatingHeart philandering]] gets him murdered. [[But the woman who kills him is not the one whom everyone first suspects.]]

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* In ''Film/Star80'', a man murders his wife after finding out she's having an affair and trying to leave him. Sadly based on a true story, and not played as a positive trope.


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* In ''Film/UnfaithfullyYours'' a man becomes convinced his wife is cheating on him, so he invents schemes to murder her in revenge. Things don't work out as expected.

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* In ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' after Rose jumps out of the last lifeboat onto the ship to be with Jack, Cal is shown looking extremely jealous as they embrace, so much so that he takes a gun and shoots at them, intending to kill them both.


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* Myth/GreekMythology: A subversion occurred when it happened by accident to Heracles - Deianara thought the clothing dipped in Nessus's blood would win her back his love, but it ended up killing him instead.
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* In ''Film/NightmareCastle'' a man finds his wife having sex with the gardener and tortures them both to death.
* ''Film/ThePrivateLifeOfHenryVIII'' includes the fates of Anne and Catherine Howard.



* ''Film/ThePrivateLifeOfHenryVIII'' includes the fates of Anne and Catherine Howard.


* One of the stories in ''Film/Creepshow'' is about a man who murders his cheating wife and her lover by burying them on the beach at low tide and leaving them to drown.
* ''Film/Fracture'' begins with the protagonist shooting his wife for cheating on him with a policeman.

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* One of the stories in ''Film/Creepshow'' ''Film/{{Creepshow}}'' is about a man who murders his cheating wife and her lover by burying them on the beach at low tide and leaving them to drown.
* ''Film/Fracture'' ''Film/{{Fracture}}'' begins with the protagonist shooting his wife for cheating on him with a policeman.



* In ''Film/TheMailman'' the protagonist's father killed his wife and her lover, then himself.

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* In ''Film/TheMailman'' ''TheMailman'' the protagonist's father killed his wife and her lover, then himself.


* Subverted in ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'': Andy's wife was cheating on him, and he goes to jail for her murder. He's innocent, though.

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* Subverted One of the stories in ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'': Andy's ''Film/Creepshow'' is about a man who murders his cheating wife was and her lover by burying them on the beach at low tide and leaving them to drown.
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cheating on him, and he goes to jail for her murder. He's innocent, though.him with a policeman.


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* ''Film/HideAndSeek'' appears to start with a woman's suicide, but it is eventually revealed that her husband murdered her after seeing her kiss another man.
* In ''Film/TheMailman'' the protagonist's father killed his wife and her lover, then himself.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'': Andy's wife was cheating on him, and he goes to jail for her murder. He's innocent, though.


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* ''The Moonlit Road'' by Ambrose Bierce is a ghost story about the murder of a woman, and one of the perspectives suggests that her husband strangled her in a jealous rage after seeing a man outside and assuming she was being unfaithful.
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