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Playing With / Remarried to the Mistress

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Basic Trope: A man who's either divorced or widowed (usually the latter) marries his mistress.

  • Straight: Bob was married to Alice, but secretly having an affair with Carol. When Alice dies, he marries Carol a few months later.
  • Exaggerated: The moment Alice is buried, Bob and Carol head to Vegas.
  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob get divorced and he then moves in with Carol.
  • Justified:
    • Bob wanted to be with Carol, but if he divorced Alice he'd lose out on her life insurance, which would set him and Carol up nicely after she passed on.
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    • Bob and Alice had an Arranged Marriage neither of them wanted. Alice knew about Carol and gave Bob her blessing to marry Carol once she passed on.
  • Gender-Inverted: After her husband, Bob, dies, Alice marries her secret boyfriend Carlos.
  • Subverted: Carol expects Bob will marry her once Alice is dead, but he then makes it clear he has no interest in doing so.
  • Double Subverted: Bob ends up marrying Jessica, his other mistress, eventually.
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  • Averted:
    • Bob and Alice were Happily Married and there was no cheating.
    • Bob and Carol don't get married after Alice died, preferring to keep their relationship casual.
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  • Defied: Carol refuses to marry Bob after Alice died when he asks, feeling it's disrespectful and fearing she'd end up the same if they married.
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  • Deconstructed: Bob soon gets bored again in his marriage and starts cheating on Carol, who finds herself stuck as an unwanted Trophy Wife.
  • Played For Drama: Bob murdered Alice to marry Carol.

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