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* ''Film/UltramanCosmosTheFirstContact'': The movie prequel to the [[Series/UltramanCosmos television series]] have this dynamic between protagonist Musashi Haruno, then an 11-year-old boy, and his stepfather Yujiro Haruno, who is a replacement after Musashi's biological father died in an astronaut mission years ago. For most of the movie Musashi pins after his deceased father, while Yujiro tries his best to show his stepson how much he cared for the boy, but by the end of the film Musashi finally learnt to embrace Yujiro as a father.


For whatever reason, it's always implied it's the dad whose flaw(s) led to the divorce; While the ex may be snarky, resentful or exasperated in their interactions, neither the lead nor usually the children will act as if she was the problem. Still, just as often this makes us sympathise with the father more, if she comes off as seriously insensitive or unforgiving in the course of this.

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For whatever reason, it's always implied it's the dad whose flaw(s) led to the divorce; While while the ex may be snarky, resentful or exasperated in their interactions, neither the lead nor usually the children will act as if she was the problem. Still, just as often this makes us sympathise with the father more, if she comes off as seriously insensitive or unforgiving in the course of this.


* ''Film/AntMan'' has Paul Rudd playing the other half of the second variant. Although Scott is more concerned with getting to be in his daughter's life than her affections. While Cassie loves her stepfather Paxton, it's clear that she prefers and favors her biological father.

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* ''Film/AntMan'' ''Film/AntMan1'' has Paul Rudd playing the other half of the second variant. Although Scott is more concerned with getting to be in his daughter's life than her affections. While Cassie loves her stepfather Paxton, it's clear that she prefers and favors her biological father.

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* ComicBook/CassieLang: Cassie greatly adores her father Scott Lang and wants to follow in his footsteps in being a superhero. However, she has a strained relationship with her stepfather Blake Burdick, a police officer who cannot stand the world of superheroes the young girl loves, and he unsuccessfully tries to keep Cassie and Scott apart. In the events of "Avengers Disassembled", when Scott is killed due to the actions of an insane Scarlet Witch, Cassie retreats into herself, blaming Blake for being unable to understand her as her father always did. Though Blake does try unsuccessfully to be a caring stepfather, despite sometimes being distant toward her and seeing her as a "less than brilliant" girl, it is clear that Cassie favors her father over him.
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* Played painfully straight in ''Literature/TheStrain'' with Matt, who is a cowardly, passive aggressive milquetoast department store manager described as a safe rebound guy. He tries to sabotage Eph's relationship and credibility with ex-wife Kelly, and tries to take Eph's place with son Zack. This in the middle of a [[strike:Zombie]] [[ZombieApocalypse Vampire Apocalypse]], which leads to [[spoiler:his convincing Kelly that Eph's warnings are a desperate cry for attention, which leads to both being turned into vampires.]] The trope is played so straight he seems to have a total lack of redeeming features, and when [[spoiler:Eph beheads his vampire form, it's a toss up as to whether the feeling is cathartic or not.]]


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* Played painfully straight in ''Literature/TheStrain'' with Matt, who is a cowardly, passive aggressive milquetoast department store manager described as a safe rebound guy. He tries to sabotage Eph's relationship and credibility with ex-wife Kelly, and tries to take Eph's place with son Zack. This in the middle of a [[strike:Zombie]] [[ZombieApocalypse Vampire Apocalypse]], which leads to [[spoiler:his convincing Kelly that Eph's warnings are a desperate cry for attention, which leads to both being turned into vampires.]] The trope is played so straight he seems to have a total lack of redeeming features, and when [[spoiler:Eph beheads his vampire form, it's a toss up as to whether the feeling is cathartic or not.]]
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* ''Film/AntMan'' has Paul Rudd playing the other half of the second variant. Although Scott is more concerned with getting to be in his daughter's life than her affections. While Cassie loves her stepfather Paxton, it's clear that she prefers and favors her biological father.
* In ''Film/BringingDownTheHouse'', the mother's new boyfriend is perfectly nice, but he's a lot younger than her (and her ex-husband.) Presumably the age difference helps her decide to go back to her ex once he becomes less of a workaholic.
* This trope serves as the basis for ''Film/DaddysHome'': when [[Creator/MarkWahlberg Dusty]] discovers how much his children have bonded with their new stepfather [[Creator/WillFerrell Brad]], he determines to win them back and force Brad out. [[spoiler:Averted at the end, when the two dads come to a mutual understanding... then [[HereWeGoAgain Dusty gets married and becomes a stepdad himself, upsetting his stepkid's father]], [[Wrestling/JohnCena Roger]].]]
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* Gender swapped and subverted in ''Film/DefinitelyMaybe''. A closer look at the movie may suggest that daughter Maya asks her father about how he met her mother to encourage him to rekindle old feelings. But when he tells her about the three major women in his life [[spoiler: he realizes that the woman he loves isn't Maya's mother, and Maya then encourages him to follow his heart, even if it doesn't lead her parents to remarry.]]
* ''Film/DomesticDisturbance'' is good example of this trope. The stepfather seems to be a successful businessman, but the son soon discovers that he is actually [[spoiler: a killer]]. [[spoiler: In the end, the first father (John Travolta) wins.]]



* ''Film/TheFullMonty'' has Gaz trying to raise the money so that he can keep seeing his son on weekends. He goes about this by... unconventional means, which backfires [[spoiler: when the police see him and his friends practicing their strip tease in front of the kid and arrest him]].
* ''Film/LiarLiar'' is a fairly straight example of the child-focus variation, with a reliable but boring new father figure who winds up getting the shaft just as she and the ex-wife were about to move away together. Fletcher and Audrey show no real {{UST}} both being much more focused on Max's well-being. It zigs back into the family-focus variant during the stinger, which takes place a year after the climax of the movie.



* ''Film/RunFatboyRun'' is [[spoiler: quite literally this trope. The real dad does indeed beat the stepdad in the London Marathon, thus winning back the mum]].



* ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou'' has the wife of the protagonist (a convicted felon) attempt to marry a man with an honest living, whose worst fault appears to be that of being boring. Interestingly, the step dad [[spoiler: is in the Ku Klux Klan, and gets swept out of the way because of it. The protagonist and wife eventually get sort of back together.]]



* ''Film/RunFatboyRun'' is [[spoiler: quite literally this trope. The real dad does indeed beat the stepdad in the London Marathon, thus winning back the mum]].
* PlayedWith in ''Film/TheSantaClause:'' it begins with Charlie clearly preferring his stepdad, Neil, to his workaholic father Scott, but Scott becoming SantaClaus helps to bring the two together. This leads to a rift between Charlie and Neil in the latter half of the movie--Neil is convinced Scott is delusional--but ultimately Charlie's relationship with both father figures is repaired. There's never really any hint that Scott and his ex-wife, Laura, might get back together.
* ''Film/{{Sharknado}}'' is particularly blatant with the JerkAss new boyfriend, but he gets all of two minutes on screen before getting eaten. Makes you wonder why they bothered, [[WildMassGuessing unless it was meant]] to be [[PoesLaw a subtle parody]]. Naturally the protagonist and his ex get back together at the end, despite another woman also interested in him. (Who [[ShipTease may hook up]] with [[spoiler:[[SquaringTheLoveTriangle the protagonist's son]]]] instead.)
* In ''Film/{{Taken}}'', Bryan's wife divorced him because of his time-consuming job as a special forces commander. She has remarried a millionaire and has custody of his daughter, Kimmy. Their relationship is summed up at Kimmy's birthday party, when Bryan gives her a karaoke machine, but her stepdad gives her a horse. The trope is ultimately subverted in that even though he regains the respect of his daughter and ex-wife after rescuing his daughter from kidnappers, they don't reunite as a family. [[spoiler:Until the sequel.]]



* ''Film/TheFullMonty'' has Gaz trying to raise the money so that he can keep seeing his son on weekends. He goes about this by... unconventional means, which backfires [[spoiler: when the police see him and his friends practicing their strip tease in front of the kid and arrest him]].
* ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou'' has the wife of the protagonist (a convicted felon) attempt to marry a man with an honest living, whose worst fault appears to be that of being boring. Interestingly, the step dad [[spoiler: is in the Ku Klux Klan, and gets swept out of the way because of it. The protagonist and wife eventually get sort of back together.]]
* PlayedWith in ''Film/TheSantaClause:'' it begins with Charlie clearly preferring his stepdad, Neil, to his workaholic father Scott, but Scott becoming SantaClaus helps to bring the two together. This leads to a rift between Charlie and Neil in the latter half of the movie--Neil is convinced Scott is delusional--but ultimately Charlie's relationship with both father figures is repaired. There's never really any hint that Scott and his ex-wife, Laura, might get back together.
* Gender swapped and subverted in ''Film/DefinitelyMaybe''. A closer look at the movie may suggest that daughter Maya asks her father about how he met her mother to encourage him to rekindle old feelings. But when he tells her about the three major women in his life [[spoiler: he realizes that the woman he loves isn't Maya's mother, and Maya then encourages him to follow his heart, even if it doesn't lead her parents to remarry.]]
* In ''Film/{{Taken}}'', Bryan's wife divorced him because of his time-consuming job as a special forces commander. She has remarried a millionaire and has custody of his daughter, Kimmy. Their relationship is summed up at Kimmy's birthday party, when Bryan gives her a karaoke machine, but her stepdad gives her a horse. The trope is ultimately subverted in that even though he regains the respect of his daughter and ex-wife after rescuing his daughter from kidnappers, they don't reunite as a family. [[spoiler:Until the sequel.]]
* In ''Film/BringingDownTheHouse'', the mother's new boyfriend is perfectly nice, but he's a lot younger than her (and her ex-husband.) Presumably the age difference helps her decide to go back to her ex once he becomes less of a workaholic.
* ''Film/LiarLiar'' is a fairly straight example of the child-focus variation, with a reliable but boring new father figure who winds up getting the shaft just as she and the ex-wife were about to move away together. Fletcher and Audrey show no real {{UST}} both being much more focused on Max's well-being. It zigs back into the family-focus variant during the stinger, which takes place a year after the climax of the movie.
* ''Film/{{Sharknado}}'' is particularly blatant with the JerkAss new boyfriend, but he gets all of two minutes on screen before getting eaten. Makes you wonder why they bothered, [[WildMassGuessing unless it was meant]] to be [[PoesLaw a subtle parody]]. Naturally the protagonist and his ex get back together at the end, despite another woman also interested in him. (Who [[ShipTease may hook up]] with [[spoiler:[[SquaringTheLoveTriangle the protagonist's son]]]] instead.)
* ''Film/DomesticDisturbance'' is good example of this trope. The stepfather seems to be a successful businessman, but the son soon discovers that he is actually [[spoiler: a killer]]. [[spoiler: In the end, the first father (John Travolta) wins.]]
* ''Film/AntMan'' has Paul Rudd playing the other half of the second variant. Although Scott is more concerned with getting to be in his daughter's life than her affections. While Cassie loves her stepfather Paxton, it's clear that she prefers and favors her biological father.
* This trope serves as the basis for ''Film/DaddysHome'': when [[Creator/MarkWahlberg Dusty]] discovers how much his children have bonded with their new stepfather [[Creator/WillFerrell Brad]], he determines to win them back and force Brad out. [[spoiler:Averted at the end, when the two dads come to a mutual understanding... then [[HereWeGoAgain Dusty gets married and becomes a stepdad himself, upsetting his stepkid's father]], [[Wrestling/JohnCena Roger]].]]
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* ''Film/TheFullMonty'' has Gaz trying to raise the money so that he can keep seeing his son on weekends. He goes about this by... unconventional means, which backfires [[spoiler: when the police see him and his friends practicing their strip tease in front of the kid and arrest him]].
* ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou'' has the wife of the protagonist (a convicted felon) attempt to marry a man with an honest living, whose worst fault appears to be that of being boring. Interestingly, the step dad [[spoiler: is in the Ku Klux Klan, and gets swept out of the way because of it. The protagonist and wife eventually get sort of back together.]]
* PlayedWith in ''Film/TheSantaClause:'' it begins with Charlie clearly preferring his stepdad, Neil, to his workaholic father Scott, but Scott becoming SantaClaus helps to bring the two together. This leads to a rift between Charlie and Neil in the latter half of the movie--Neil is convinced Scott is delusional--but ultimately Charlie's relationship with both father figures is repaired. There's never really any hint that Scott and his ex-wife, Laura, might get back together.
* Gender swapped and subverted in ''Film/DefinitelyMaybe''. A closer look at the movie may suggest that daughter Maya asks her father about how he met her mother to encourage him to rekindle old feelings. But when he tells her about the three major women in his life [[spoiler: he realizes that the woman he loves isn't Maya's mother, and Maya then encourages him to follow his heart, even if it doesn't lead her parents to remarry.]]
* In ''Film/{{Taken}}'', Bryan's wife divorced him because of his time-consuming job as a special forces commander. She has remarried a millionaire and has custody of his daughter, Kimmy. Their relationship is summed up at Kimmy's birthday party, when Bryan gives her a karaoke machine, but her stepdad gives her a horse. The trope is ultimately subverted in that even though he regains the respect of his daughter and ex-wife after rescuing his daughter from kidnappers, they don't reunite as a family. [[spoiler:Until the sequel.]]
* In ''Film/BringingDownTheHouse'', the mother's new boyfriend is perfectly nice, but he's a lot younger than her (and her ex-husband.) Presumably the age difference helps her decide to go back to her ex once he becomes less of a workaholic.
* ''Film/LiarLiar'' is a fairly straight example of the child-focus variation, with a reliable but boring new father figure who winds up getting the shaft just as she and the ex-wife were about to move away together. Fletcher and Audrey show no real {{UST}} both being much more focused on Max's well-being. It zigs back into the family-focus variant during the stinger, which takes place a year after the climax of the movie.
* ''Film/{{Sharknado}}'' is particularly blatant with the JerkAss new boyfriend, but he gets all of two minutes on screen before getting eaten. Makes you wonder why they bothered, [[WildMassGuessing unless it was meant]] to be [[PoesLaw a subtle parody]]. Naturally the protagonist and his ex get back together at the end, despite another woman also interested in him. (Who [[ShipTease may hook up]] with [[spoiler:[[SquaringTheLoveTriangle the protagonist's son]]]] instead.)
* ''Film/DomesticDisturbance'' is good example of this trope. The stepfather seems to be a successful businessman, but the son soon discovers that he is actually [[spoiler: a killer]]. [[spoiler: In the end, the first father (John Travolta) wins.]]
* ''Film/AntMan'' has Paul Rudd playing the other half of the second variant. Although Scott is more concerned with getting to be in his daughter's life than her affections. While Cassie loves her stepfather Paxton, it's clear that she prefers and favors her biological father.
* This trope serves as the basis for ''Film/DaddysHome'': when [[Creator/MarkWahlberg Dusty]] discovers how much his children have bonded with their new stepfather [[Creator/WillFerrell Brad]], he determines to win them back and force Brad out. [[spoiler:Averted at the end, when the two dads come to a mutual understanding... then [[HereWeGoAgain Dusty gets married and becomes a stepdad himself, upsetting his stepkid's father]], [[Wrestling/JohnCena Roger]].]]
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* ''{{Series/Banshee}}'': [[spoiler: "Sheriff Hood" is Deva's real father]], but his ex, Carrie, has long-since married Gordon, a former marine, current lawyer, and genuinely nice guy. [[spoiler: Gordon is killed when he helps Hood and co. rescue Carrie from an unhinged military man, but Lucas and Carrie go their separate ways afterwards, though Deva does learn who her real father is.]]
* Danny "Danno" Williams and his ex-wife Rachel play this trope to the hilt in the ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' reimagining; however, [[spoiler: as of the season one finale, Danno stays in Hawaii while Rachel (pregnant with their child) and their daughter go back to Jersey and she begins to divorce her second husband.]] Time will tell what happens to their relationship from there.



* ''Series/{{Innocent}}'': To the delight of his daughter Elif, Yusuf and his ex-wife Feride grow close again after her new boyfriend Tunç is revealed as a cheating bastard.
* Shows up in ''{{Series/Justified}}''. Protagonist Raylan is divorced due to his temper and his ex-wife's fear that he'll die in the line of duty. Before the series begins, she's remarried to a boring, "safe" realtor. A few seasons in [[spoiler: he's killed off by the local mob in an attempt to frame Raylan. The protagonist eventually gets back together with his ex-wife, but they're shown to be separated again in the epilogue.]]
* Earl Hickey of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' is a divorced father (his first wife left him for a mutual friend while he was doped up on morphine at the hospital). His children, however, are still young enough not to resent him for leaving, and even refer to him as "old daddy," and he finds out that [[spoiler: Dodge actually is his biological child.]]



* Danny "Danno" Williams and his ex-wife Rachel play this trope to the hilt in the ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' reimagining; however, [[spoiler: as of the season one finale, Danno stays in Hawaii while Rachel (pregnant with their child) and their daughter go back to Jersey and she begins to divorce her second husband.]] Time will tell what happens to their relationship from there.
* Earl Hickey of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' is a divorced father (his first wife left him for a mutual friend while he was doped up on morphine at the hospital). His children, however, are still young enough not to resent him for leaving, and even refer to him as "old daddy," and he finds out that [[spoiler: Dodge actually is his biological child.]]



* Shows up in {{Series/Justified}}. Protagonist Raylan is divorced due to his temper and his ex-wife's fear that he'll die in the line of duty. Before the series begins, she's remarried to a boring, "safe" realtor. A few seasons in [[spoiler: he's killed off by the local mob in an attempt to frame Raylan. The protagonist eventually gets back together with his ex-wife, but they're shown to be separated again in the epilogue.]]
* Also shows up in {{Series/Banshee}}. [[spoiler: "Sheriff Hood" is Deva's real father]], but his ex, Carrie, has long-since married Gordon, a former marine, current lawyer, and genuinely nice guy. [[spoiler: Gordon is killed when he helps Hood and co. rescue Carrie from an unhinged military man, but Lucas and Carrie go their separate ways afterwards, though Deva does learn who her real father is.]]


1) The lead thinks they should get back together, which his ex wife will rebuff because "You haven't changed" the underlying character flaws that led to the divorce. As the plot progresses, he'll win back his ex wife, the Step Dad [[DerailingLoveInterests will be revealed]] to be a JerkAss and [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds get killed off]] or sent packing, he'll completely patch up his relationship with his kids and they'll all reunite and live HappilyEverAfter.

2) The second variant focuses on the child (and in this case, it's almost always a single child) over the family as a group. The lead and his ex-wife will be relatively civil, with surprisingly little {{UST}} (although he'll still needle her over her new significant other, and she may throw some snark his way). In this case the ex wife usually wants to be supportive of the lead, but is seeing the way his character flaw leads the child. Expect the lead to be given "one last chance" often with the threat of a new job that will take the child to a different city. Of course, the lead blows it, leading his child to think he doesn't love them, before he makes it up to them in some over-the-top fashion and convinces his ex-wife to stay. Either he and the step-father will learn to respect each other and share their role in the child's life, or the step-father will bow out of the way for the good of the child (often leaving for the aforementioned new job.

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The lead thinks they should get back together, which his ex wife will rebuff because "You haven't changed" the underlying character flaws that led to the divorce. As the plot progresses, he'll win back his ex wife, the Step Dad [[DerailingLoveInterests will be revealed]] to be a JerkAss and [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds get killed off]] or sent packing, he'll completely patch up his relationship with his kids and they'll all reunite and live HappilyEverAfter.

2) The second Child-focus variant: This variant focuses on the child (and in this case, it's almost always a single child) over the family as a group. The lead and his ex-wife will be relatively civil, with surprisingly little {{UST}} (although he'll still needle her over her new significant other, and she may throw some snark his way). In this case the ex wife usually wants to be supportive of the lead, but is seeing the way his character flaw leads hurts the child. Expect the lead to be given "one last chance" often with the threat of a new job that will take the child to a different city. Of course, the lead blows it, leading his child to think he doesn't love them, before he makes it up to them in some over-the-top fashion and convinces his ex-wife to stay. Either he and the step-father will learn to respect each other and share their role in the child's life, or the step-father will bow out of the way for the good of the child (often leaving for the aforementioned new job.
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* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'' is the second case. Ben Stiller's character main motivation is proving himself a worthy father to his son, and to himself, but he and his ex-wife have an almost sibling like relationship, with absolutely no UST and Paul Rudd, the step-dad, is shown as goofy but dedicated and never actively tries to get between Stiller and his son. Which makes him all the bigger threat.

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* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'' is the second case.family-focus variant. Ben Stiller's character main motivation is proving himself a worthy father to his son, and to himself, but he and his ex-wife have an almost sibling like relationship, with absolutely no UST and Paul Rudd, the step-dad, is shown as goofy but dedicated and never actively tries to get between Stiller and his son. Which makes him all the bigger threat.



* ''Film/LiarLiar'' is a fairly straight example of the second variation, with a reliable but boring new father figure who winds up getting the shaft just as she and the ex-wife were about to move away together. Fletcher and Audrey show no real {{UST}} both being much more focused on Max's well-being. It zigs back into the first variant during the stinger, which takes place a year after the climax of the movie.

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* ''Film/LiarLiar'' is a fairly straight example of the second child-focus variation, with a reliable but boring new father figure who winds up getting the shaft just as she and the ex-wife were about to move away together. Fletcher and Audrey show no real {{UST}} both being much more focused on Max's well-being. It zigs back into the first family-focus variant during the stinger, which takes place a year after the climax of the movie.


One quick way to establish conflict for a male lead (and it is almost always a guy used in this trope) is to make them a divorced father. The story will usually open with a first act divorce or some time after it has taken place, with the children old enough to start resenting their dad for "leaving them". For whatever reason things didn't work out with his LoveInterest and they separated, with her usually keeping near complete custody. Their relationship will never be completely civil or free of {{UST}}, because the lead thinks they should get back together which his ex wife will rebuff because "You haven't changed" the underlying character flaws that led to the divorce.

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One quick way to establish conflict for a male lead (and it is almost always a guy used in this trope) is to make them a divorced father. The story will usually open with a first act divorce or some time after it has taken place, with the children old enough to start resenting their dad for "leaving them". For whatever reason things didn't work out with his LoveInterest and they separated, with her usually keeping near complete custody. Their relationship will never be completely civil or free of {{UST}}, because the lead thinks they should get back together which his ex wife will rebuff because "You haven't changed" the underlying character flaws that led to the divorce.
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As the plot progresses, he'll win back his ex wife, the Step Dad [[DerailingLoveInterests will be revealed]] to be a JerkAss and [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds get killed off]] or sent packing, he'll completely patch up his relationship with his kids and they'll all reunite and live HappilyEverAfter.

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There are two variants:
1) The lead thinks they should get back together, which his ex wife will rebuff because "You haven't changed" the underlying character flaws that led to the divorce.
As the plot progresses, he'll win back his ex wife, the Step Dad [[DerailingLoveInterests will be revealed]] to be a JerkAss and [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds get killed off]] or sent packing, he'll completely patch up his relationship with his kids and they'll all reunite and live HappilyEverAfter.
HappilyEverAfter.

2) The second variant focuses on the child (and in this case, it's almost always a single child) over the family as a group. The lead and his ex-wife will be relatively civil, with surprisingly little {{UST}} (although he'll still needle her over her new significant other, and she may throw some snark his way). In this case the ex wife usually wants to be supportive of the lead, but is seeing the way his character flaw leads the child. Expect the lead to be given "one last chance" often with the threat of a new job that will take the child to a different city. Of course, the lead blows it, leading his child to think he doesn't love them, before he makes it up to them in some over-the-top fashion and convinces his ex-wife to stay. Either he and the step-father will learn to respect each other and share their role in the child's life, or the step-father will bow out of the way for the good of the child (often leaving for the aforementioned new job.



* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'' has something similar. Ben Stiller's character main motivation is proving himself a worthy father to his son, and to himself, but he and his ex-wife have an almost sibling like relationship, with absolutely no UST and Paul Rudd, the step-dad, is shown as goofy but dedicated and never actively tries to get between Stiller and his son. Which makes him all the bigger threat.

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* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'' has something similar.is the second case. Ben Stiller's character main motivation is proving himself a worthy father to his son, and to himself, but he and his ex-wife have an almost sibling like relationship, with absolutely no UST and Paul Rudd, the step-dad, is shown as goofy but dedicated and never actively tries to get between Stiller and his son. Which makes him all the bigger threat.



* ''Film/LiarLiar'' plays this dead straight, with a reliable but boring new father figure who winds up getting the shaft just as she and the ex-wife were about to move away together. Interestingly, it still takes the couple a year to get back together.

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* ''Film/LiarLiar'' plays this dead straight, is a fairly straight example of the second variation, with a reliable but boring new father figure who winds up getting the shaft just as she and the ex-wife were about to move away together. Interestingly, it still Fletcher and Audrey show no real {{UST}} both being much more focused on Max's well-being. It zigs back into the first variant during the stinger, which takes the couple place a year to get back together.after the climax of the movie.



* In ''Film/AntMan'', while Cassie loves her stepfather Paxton, it's clear that she prefers and favours her biological father, Scott.

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* In ''Film/AntMan'', while ''Film/AntMan'' has Paul Rudd playing the other half of the second variant. Although Scott is more concerned with getting to be in his daughter's life than her affections. While Cassie loves her stepfather Paxton, it's clear that she prefers and favours favors her biological father, Scott.father.


See also ParentTrapPlot.

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If the KidsPlayMatchmaker, they may [[InvokedTrope Invoke]] this trope to pair their mother back up with their father.


* This trope serves as the basis for the 2015 comedy ''Daddy's Home'': when [[Creator/MarkWahlberg Dusty]] discovers how much his children have bonded with their new stepfather [[Creator/WillFerrell Brad]], he determines to win them back and force Brad out. [[spoiler:Averted at the end, when the two dads come to a mutual understanding... then [[HereWeGoAgain Dusty gets married and becomes a stepdad himself, upsetting his stepkid's father]], [[Wrestling/JohnCena Roger]].]]

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* This trope serves as the basis for the 2015 comedy ''Daddy's Home'': ''Film/DaddysHome'': when [[Creator/MarkWahlberg Dusty]] discovers how much his children have bonded with their new stepfather [[Creator/WillFerrell Brad]], he determines to win them back and force Brad out. [[spoiler:Averted at the end, when the two dads come to a mutual understanding... then [[HereWeGoAgain Dusty gets married and becomes a stepdad himself, upsetting his stepkid's father]], [[Wrestling/JohnCena Roger]].]]


* ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' with TomCruise has this set up, and plays it to a T except for the reunited parents.

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* ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' with TomCruise Creator/TomCruise has this set up, and plays it to a T except for the reunited parents.

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* Shows up in {{Series/Justified}}. Protagonist Raylan is divorced due to his temper and his ex-wife's fear that he'll die in the line of duty. Before the series begins, she's remarried to a boring, "safe" realtor. A few seasons in [[spoiler: he's killed off by the local mob in an attempt to frame Raylan. The protagonist eventually gets back together with his ex-wife, but they're shown to be separated again in the epilogue.]]
*Also shows up in {{Series/Banshee}}. [[spoiler: "Sheriff Hood" is Deva's real father]], but his ex, Carrie, has long-since married Gordon, a former marine, current lawyer, and genuinely nice guy. [[spoiler: Gordon is killed when he helps Hood and co. rescue Carrie from an unhinged military man, but Lucas and Carrie go their separate ways afterwards, though Deva does learn who her real father is.]]


See also TheParentTrap.

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See also TheParentTrap.ParentTrapPlot.

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* In ''Film/AntMan'', while Cassie loves her stepfather Paxton, it's clear that she prefers and favours her biological father, Scott.

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