History Main / AccidentalMarriage

16th Jul '16 12:12:13 PM Doug86
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* ''Manga/DragonBall,'' of course. Though it was actually accidental engagement, the relationship between Chi Chi and Goku was largely based on his assumption that "married" [[IsItSomethingYouEat was a kind of food]] and, in her joy to have a fiance, Chi Chi never really explained what it actually meant. When the misunderstanding is cleared years later and [[SheIsAllGrownUp the now teenaged Chi Chi]] gets depressed about it, though, Goku [[CrowningmomentOfHeartwarming agrees to go through it anyway]] [[IGaveMyword since he gave his word to her.]] They eventually have two children together.

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* ''Manga/DragonBall,'' ''Manga/DragonBall'', of course. Though it was actually accidental engagement, the relationship between Chi Chi and Goku was largely based on his assumption that "married" [[IsItSomethingYouEat was a kind of food]] and, in her joy to have a fiance, Chi Chi never really explained what it actually meant. When the misunderstanding is cleared years later and [[SheIsAllGrownUp the now teenaged Chi Chi]] gets depressed about it, though, Goku [[CrowningmomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments agrees to go through it anyway]] [[IGaveMyword since he gave his word to her.]] They eventually have two children together.
22nd Jun '16 7:22:37 PM Goldfritha
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* In medieval Christian canon law, getting married was a matter of saying "I take you as my wife" and "I take you as my husband" -- or words to that effect. (Witnesses were ''highly recommended'' but optional.) And when the couple had had intercourse, the courts were very lenient about what were words to that effect. Several cases turned on not what one had said, but what was meant by the words that were admitted. You see a promise of future intent "I will take you as my wife" was a legal betrothal and binding unless formally dissolved. If you followed that up with sex you were married. The opportunities for 'He said, She said' are obvious. Church courts were kept busy for centuries sorting out all the permutations. This was notably an improvement for women of many Germanic tribes, as the Church protected existing marriages. Therefore, if a woman had a sweetheart and was clever about it, she could choose her husband herself. Of course she'd then have to seek the Church's protection against her angry father ...

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* In medieval Christian canon law, getting married was a matter of saying "I take you as my wife" and "I take you as my husband" -- or words to that effect. (Witnesses were ''highly recommended'' but optional.) And when the couple had had intercourse, the courts were very lenient about what were words to that effect. Several cases turned on not what one had said, but what was meant by the words that were admitted. You see a promise of future intent "I will take you as my wife" was a legal betrothal and binding unless formally dissolved. If you followed that up with sex you were married. The opportunities for 'He said, She said' are obvious. Church courts were kept busy for centuries sorting out all the permutations. This was notably an improvement for women of many Germanic tribes, as the Church protected existing marriages. Therefore, if a woman had a sweetheart and was clever about it, she could choose her husband herself. Of course she'd then have to seek the Church's protection against her angry father ...\\
The Council of Trent cleared this up for Catholics by requiring witnesses, one of whom had to be a priest unless it was impractical.


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* Colonial Connecticut required marriage ceremonies by a government official. A couple resident in New Haven insisted they were married without it and refused to have the ceremony; probably Quakers, who were still going by the medieval rules. One official caught them in the street and reproachfully demanded first of him and then of her whether they really took each other as wife/husband. He then pronounced them married, making them married by the law. The bridegroom conceded that it was a good one.
15th Jun '16 10:04:41 PM Doug86
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* Du Chaillu from Terry Goodkind's ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'' books. Richard [[spoiler:Rahl, at that point known as Cypher, saves her life, and proceeds to kill thirty warriors from her tribe, including her 5 husbands, proving through their prophesy that he's their savior, and she's now his wife.]] He, being Richard, tries to talk her out of it via pure logic and a desire to make people just ''think''! We then proceed to write this whole incident off until [[spoiler: ''The Temple of the Winds,'' when we realize, "Oh shit, Kahlan ''is'' Richard's third wife."]]

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* Du Chaillu from Terry Goodkind's ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' books. Richard [[spoiler:Rahl, at that point known as Cypher, saves her life, and proceeds to kill thirty warriors from her tribe, including her 5 husbands, proving through their prophesy that he's their savior, and she's now his wife.]] He, being Richard, tries to talk her out of it via pure logic and a desire to make people just ''think''! We then proceed to write this whole incident off until [[spoiler: ''The Temple of the Winds,'' when we realize, "Oh shit, Kahlan ''is'' Richard's third wife."]]
11th Jun '16 1:29:57 PM nombretomado
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* Du Chaillu from Terry Goodkind's ''SwordOfTruth'' books. Richard [[spoiler:Rahl, at that point known as Cypher, saves her life, and proceeds to kill thirty warriors from her tribe, including her 5 husbands, proving through their prophesy that he's their savior, and she's now his wife.]] He, being Richard, tries to talk her out of it via pure logic and a desire to make people just ''think''! We then proceed to write this whole incident off until [[spoiler: ''The Temple of the Winds,'' when we realize, "Oh shit, Kahlan ''is'' Richard's third wife."]]

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* Du Chaillu from Terry Goodkind's ''SwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'' books. Richard [[spoiler:Rahl, at that point known as Cypher, saves her life, and proceeds to kill thirty warriors from her tribe, including her 5 husbands, proving through their prophesy that he's their savior, and she's now his wife.]] He, being Richard, tries to talk her out of it via pure logic and a desire to make people just ''think''! We then proceed to write this whole incident off until [[spoiler: ''The Temple of the Winds,'' when we realize, "Oh shit, Kahlan ''is'' Richard's third wife."]]
14th May '16 9:54:24 AM nombretomado
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* ''JustShootMe'': Maya and Elliot go to a mass wedding thinking that Dennis went there to marry a model and end up unwittingly married.

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* ''JustShootMe'': ''Series/JustShootMe'': Maya and Elliot go to a mass wedding thinking that Dennis went there to marry a model and end up unwittingly married.
7th May '16 8:11:15 PM nombretomado
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* One episode of ''HeyDude!'' had a subplot where a group of [[{{Ruritania}} generically Eastern European]] guests were visiting the ranch, and one character accidentally proposed marriage to a young girl.
* In ''HappyDays'', Fonzie and Jenny go as bride and groom to a costume party on a yacht and, after an incident involving a performance with a [[MarriedAtSea minister played by the ship's captain]], think they've accidentally gotten married, to Jenny's delight and Fonzie's horror.

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* One episode of ''HeyDude!'' ''Series/HeyDude!'' had a subplot where a group of [[{{Ruritania}} generically Eastern European]] guests were visiting the ranch, and one character accidentally proposed marriage to a young girl.
* In ''HappyDays'', ''Series/HappyDays'', Fonzie and Jenny go as bride and groom to a costume party on a yacht and, after an incident involving a performance with a [[MarriedAtSea minister played by the ship's captain]], think they've accidentally gotten married, to Jenny's delight and Fonzie's horror.



* On ''WhosTheBoss'', after a trip to South Carolina in which they signed in to a motel as "Mr. and Mrs.", Tony and Angela somehow ended up as Common Law spouses under S.C. law. The ensuing effort to annul the marriage was less about ending the marriage than about Tony and Angela awkwardly dodging their own feelings on the subject.

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* On ''WhosTheBoss'', ''Series/WhosTheBoss'', after a trip to South Carolina in which they signed in to a motel as "Mr. and Mrs.", Tony and Angela somehow ended up as Common Law spouses under S.C. law. The ensuing effort to annul the marriage was less about ending the marriage than about Tony and Angela awkwardly dodging their own feelings on the subject.



* Ross and Rachel in ''{{Friends}}'' engage in the drunk-in-Vegas variant of the trope.

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* Ross and Rachel in ''{{Friends}}'' ''Series/{{Friends}}'' engage in the drunk-in-Vegas variant of the trope.



* ThatsSoRaven once got accidentally engaged to a visiting foreign prince. She though a series of gifts (something like a rock, a feather, a bracelet, and a dress) was just flirting, when it was actually a proposal, and the party she was attending was intended to be their wedding. When she explains the situation to the prince, he understands and releases her, no hurt feelings.
* In Series/{{Castle}}'s season 6 finale, Beckett and Castle discover (much to their shock and disgust, since they are getting married in a few days) that she drunk-married the boyfriend she had at university during a trip to Las Vegas. Most of the episode deals with Kate trying to get him to sign the annulment papers. It turns out the 'husband', a small time con artist, knew what happened all along but instead of contacting Kate and getting a divorce, he has been telling people that she had an accident and has been in a coma for the last fifteen years. This way he could maintain a 'semi-married' state where he would be free to date other women but his girlfriends would not pressure him to divorce his wife and marry them. Kate is definitely not amused when she finds out about that.

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* ThatsSoRaven ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' once got accidentally engaged to a visiting foreign prince. She though a series of gifts (something like a rock, a feather, a bracelet, and a dress) was just flirting, when it was actually a proposal, and the party she was attending was intended to be their wedding. When she explains the situation to the prince, he understands and releases her, no hurt feelings.
* In Series/{{Castle}}'s ''Series/{{Castle}}'''s season 6 finale, Beckett and Castle discover (much to their shock and disgust, since they are getting married in a few days) that she drunk-married the boyfriend she had at university during a trip to Las Vegas. Most of the episode deals with Kate trying to get him to sign the annulment papers. It turns out the 'husband', a small time con artist, knew what happened all along but instead of contacting Kate and getting a divorce, he has been telling people that she had an accident and has been in a coma for the last fifteen years. This way he could maintain a 'semi-married' state where he would be free to date other women but his girlfriends would not pressure him to divorce his wife and marry them. Kate is definitely not amused when she finds out about that.
5th May '16 7:23:31 PM PaulA
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* The displaced Earthwoman in Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''{{Restoree}}'' is similarly clueless about the significance of the hero's use of the possessive 'my lady' in addressing her. However on his planet marriage really is just that simple - though equally easy to get out of - not that she wants to.

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* The displaced Earthwoman in Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''{{Restoree}}'' ''Literature/{{Restoree}}'' is similarly clueless about the significance of the hero's use of the possessive 'my lady' in addressing her. However on his planet marriage really is just that simple - though equally easy to get out of - not that she wants to.
10th Apr '16 7:09:56 PM ShiroAkuma
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** Also in both the TV series and Manga, there was a story where a little earth girl with a crush on Jariten gave him some chocolate on valentines day, then telling him that by accepting it he'd promised to marry her. Everyone but Jariten found the whole thing cute and funny.

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** Also in both the TV series and Manga, manga, there was a story where a little earth girl with a crush on Jariten gave him some chocolate on valentines Valentine's day, then telling him that by accepting it he'd promised to marry her. Everyone but Jariten found the whole thing cute and funny.
4th Apr '16 1:49:12 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Literature/{{Gate}}'', 33 year old Itami cares for the 15 year old Lelei and innocently sleeps in the same room with her. Little does he know that she has a crush on him and in her people's culture, a man and woman sleeping in the same room together for three or more nights in a row is a marriage. The other girls in his life are not pleased, while he is freaked out.
28th Mar '16 12:04:10 PM GrammarNavi
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* On ''DrakeAndJosh'', Josh's foreign internet pal comes to visit and through a supposed friendship ceremony, Drake becomes married to the girl.

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* On ''DrakeAndJosh'', ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', Josh's foreign internet pal comes to visit and through a supposed friendship ceremony, Drake becomes married to the girl.
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