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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''; one of Michael's first missions starts with him finding his wife with their tennis coach. However, it's mentioned multiple times that Michael cheated on her first and that they have an open relationship - he's okay with her sleeping around, but [[EverybodyHasStandards using their bed for it was too much]]. The mission then instead showcases Michael's HairTriggerTemper, [[ATragedyOfImpulsiveness impulsiveness]] and fondness for DisproportionateRetribution, and implies that his shitty life is caused by his barely-contained instability, narcissim and selfishness instead of his family.

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* Subverted in ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}''. Wesley Gibson is cuckolded by his girlfriend and best friend, but he's too much of a push-over to confront either of them about it. It takes a CallToAdventure from the Fraternity before he jumps into action, and Wesley's revenge on them (a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech for the former and off-screen dismemberment for the latter) is treated as an afterthought.
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* ''Film/TheRoom'': Johnny has everything at the start of the film: wealth, a large group of friends, and his engagement to Lisa. If not for her infidelity with Johnny's friend Mark, there wouldn't be a plot to speak of.

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* In ''Literature/TheBoneClocks'', teenage Holly Sykes catches her boyfriend in bed with her best friend at the beginning of the book. In response, she leaves town to wander aimlessly in the countryside. In her wanderings, she is exposed to a major conflict between the Horlogists and Anchorites (the conflict at the heart of the book's plot) and inadvertently makes a choice that proves crucial to the outcome of the conflict. She also meets several characters that become life-long friends and recurring characters throughout the rest of the book.
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* ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin'': Slevin is staying at Nick's place because he walked in on his wife cheating on him. This leads him to being mistaken for Nick and asked to WorkOffTheDebt that Nick had with a mob boss. [[spoiler:[[PlayingWithATrope Subverted]] by the fact that it turns out Slevin was lying about this story.]]

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* ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin'': Slevin is staying at Nick's place because he walked in on his wife cheating on him. This leads him to being mistaken for Nick and asked to WorkOffTheDebt that Nick had with a mob boss. [[spoiler:[[PlayingWithATrope Subverted]] by the fact that it turns out Slevin was lying about this story.]]story, but still an in-universe example since it's part of the story Slevin tells to endear himself to Lindsey]]

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* Delia arrives home early in the fourth chapter of ''Fanfic/{{Mended}}'''s prequel ''Torn'' to find her new husband Will [[BedroomAdulteryScene in bed with his ex-girlfriend]]. Her boss Samuel finds Delia crying in the gardens and comforts her, which is when he realizes that he's attracted to her. When Delia arrives back home, she finds a note from Will saying he's left her for his exe. This situation allows Delia to enter a LoveTriangle with her co-worker Spencer and her boss Samuel.


Works that use this trope rarely focus on the ex or the causes of the affair (if they do, the ex is rarely portrayed as a SympatheticAdulterer, since the audience needs to root for the protagonist, and may become a villain with this trope as an EstablishingCharacterMoment), and generally do not try to salvage the previous relationship after it has served its purpose.

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Works that use this trope rarely focus on the ex or the causes of the affair (if they do, the ex is rarely portrayed as a SympatheticAdulterer, since the audience needs to root for the protagonist, and may become a villain with this trope as an EstablishingCharacterMoment), and generally do not try to salvage the previous relationship after it has served its purpose.
purpose. On the scale of GoodAdulteryBadAdultery, it usually falls on the bad side.

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* ''Film/LasVegasBloodbath'' is kicked off by a man coming home to find his wife in bed with another man, causing him to snap and proceed to go on a mass-murdering rampage, targeting mainly women in particular.

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* ''Fanfic/CabinFeverPartingShot'' recreates the affair that takes between Paul and Marcy in Film/CabinFever. The difficulty with this being that Paul is hopelessly infatuated with his friendzone crush, Karen, at the start of the story. [[SexIsLiberation His journey of decadent, meaningless sex]] with [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl Karen's hot friend]], and [[IntimatePsychotherapy self-discovery]] begins when he inadvertently catches Karen having [[ButLiquorIsQuicker a drunken, impulsive fling]] with their friend, Bert.
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* ''Series/{{Crashing}}'': Semi-autobiographical, this series stars Creator/PeteHolmes AsHimself. After walking in on his wife (played by Creator/LaurenLapkus) cheating on him, Pete decides to try his hand at Stand Up comedy and must ''[[PunBasedTitle crash]]'' on the couch of his comedian friends as he no longer has anywhere to live.

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* ''Series/{{Crashing}}'': ''Series/{{Crashing|US}}'': Semi-autobiographical, this series stars Creator/PeteHolmes AsHimself. After walking in on his wife (played by Creator/LaurenLapkus) cheating on him, Pete decides to try his hand at Stand Up comedy and must ''[[PunBasedTitle crash]]'' on the couch of his comedian friends as he no longer has anywhere to live.

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* Vincent's affair with ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}'' is what kicks off both his relationship issues and [[spoiler: pulls him into a deadly nightmare where he must climb a tower, or die by falling or occasionally his various fears personified as monsters.]]

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* The SoapOpera ''Series/SunsetBeach'' kicks off with the heroine Meg pulling a RunawayBride on her fiance after finding out that he's been sleeping with her maid of honor. . .to flee to the titular town to meet the man that ''she's'' been having an online affair with.

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* Already disillusioned with her [[HospitalParadiso glitzy plastic surgery practice]] in Los Angeles, Dr. Sydney Hansen decides to return to her family in ''Series/{{Providence}}'' after walking in on her boyfriend in the shower with another man.


* ''Series/TheOrville'': The series opens with [[TheKirk Ed]] walking in on his wife [[TheLancer Kelly]] having sex with an alien. The subsequent breakdown is why his career is so far off track for the rest of the pilot. [[spoiler:It is revealed at the end of the pilot that the entire series can be traced to this event, as it is Kelly's guilt that led her to pull the strings to get Ed his post as Captain of the Orville.]] Unlike a typical example of the trope, Kelly does, in a way, appear as a SympatheticAdulterer, and even Ed admits later that him working too hard and ignoring her probably played a part in it, although he doesn't absolve Kelly of the responsibility (and neither does she). He even thanks her at one point (albeit in a slightly sarcastic manner) for cheating on him, thus sparing them both a marriage that was clearly not working. A woman Ed hooks up with does ask him why his wife didn't simply file for divorce, if she wasn't happy with him.

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* ''Series/TheOrville'': The series opens with [[TheKirk Ed]] walking in on his wife [[TheLancer Kelly]] having sex with an alien. The subsequent breakdown is why his career is so far off track for the rest of the pilot. [[spoiler:It is revealed at the end of the pilot that the entire series can be traced to this event, as it is Kelly's guilt that led her to pull the strings to get Ed his post as Captain of the Orville.]] Unlike a typical example of the trope, Kelly does, in a way, appear as a SympatheticAdulterer, and even Ed admits later that him working too hard and ignoring her probably played a part in it, although he doesn't absolve Kelly of the responsibility (and neither does she). He even thanks her at one point (albeit in a slightly sarcastic manner) for cheating on him, thus sparing them both a marriage that was clearly not working. A woman Ed hooks up with does ask him why his wife didn't simply file for divorce, if she wasn't happy with him. Later on, the alien Kelly slept with shows up aboard the ship, and it's eventually revealed that his species secretes pheromones once a year, with effects very similar to a date rape drug. Both Kelly and Ed end up sleeping with him because of that (not at the same time), while Dr. Finn ends up doing... [[{{Squick}} something]] with Yaphit, whom she normally wouldn't even date. The ending leaves it ambiguous whether the original infidelity was willful on Kelly's part or under the influence of the pheromones.

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* In ''Film/BadMoms'', Amy walks in on her husband having videochat sex with a woman from halfway across the country. She kicks him out of the house. This is just one in the long line of straws that finally cause her to snap. They do try counseling at one point, but even the therapist admits that they're probably better off on their own. This frees her up for a very attractive widowed dad at her kids' school.


* ''Series/TheOrville'': The series opens with [[TheKirk Ed]] walking in on his wife [[TheLancer Kelly]] having sex with an alien. The subsequent breakdown is why his career is so far off track for the rest of the pilot. [[spoiler:It is revealed at the end of the pilot that the entire series can be traced to this event, as it is Kelly's guilt that led her to pull the strings to get Ed his post as Captain of the Orville.]]

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* ''Series/TheOrville'': The series opens with [[TheKirk Ed]] walking in on his wife [[TheLancer Kelly]] having sex with an alien. The subsequent breakdown is why his career is so far off track for the rest of the pilot. [[spoiler:It is revealed at the end of the pilot that the entire series can be traced to this event, as it is Kelly's guilt that led her to pull the strings to get Ed his post as Captain of the Orville.]]]] Unlike a typical example of the trope, Kelly does, in a way, appear as a SympatheticAdulterer, and even Ed admits later that him working too hard and ignoring her probably played a part in it, although he doesn't absolve Kelly of the responsibility (and neither does she). He even thanks her at one point (albeit in a slightly sarcastic manner) for cheating on him, thus sparing them both a marriage that was clearly not working. A woman Ed hooks up with does ask him why his wife didn't simply file for divorce, if she wasn't happy with him.

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