Sarah Marshall had a secret, year-long affair in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Sarah Marshall had a secret, year-long affair in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."
Some characters are notorious cheaters. AMC/HBO/Universal Pictures
Movies and television often use cheating as a source of conflict between characters, which should come as no surprise given how often it occurs in real life. According to Psychology Today, about 20-25% of people who identify as men and 10-15% of people who identify as women admit to having cheated on their significant others for a slew of surprising reasons. It makes sense that people on the other side of that betrayal may find a lot of catharsis in seeing affairs, revenge, and retribution on-screen.
It can make the viewer feel conflicted as well. Sometimes you totally understand the affair and feel like the person they're cheating with is clearly a better choice, as in the case of Jack Dawson versus an abusive Cal Hockley in "Titanic." Other times, you want to scream at the screen that they're making a huge mistake, like when Emma Thompson's character in "Love Actually" falls apart at the news that her husband has feelings for a random co-worker.
Now that you've gotten attached to these characters, and now you have to reconcile the affection you feel for them with the fact that they've been established as a cheater. But just like in real life, this goes to prove that there are many facets to each person's personality.
These are 19 of the most notorious cheaters in TV shows and movies.
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