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6th Jul '16 10:17:49 PM lavendermintrose
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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Emperor Charles zi Brittania has OneHundredAndEight wives. This appears to be unique to him, at least of all the canon characters we see.

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Emperor Charles zi Brittania has OneHundredAndEight wives. This appears to be is unique to him, at least of all the canon characters we see.role of emperor, in order for him to have as many [[WarriorPrince warrior heirs]] as possible so that they can fight for the throne, in line with Britannia's social-Darwinist philosophy.
29th Jun '16 2:16:32 PM Morgenthaler
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* In NnediOkorafor's ''Literature/TheShadowSpeaker'', BadassPrincess Sarauniya Jaa has two husbands.

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* In NnediOkorafor's Creator/NnediOkorafor's ''Literature/TheShadowSpeaker'', BadassPrincess Sarauniya Jaa has two husbands.
16th Jun '16 3:57:33 PM nombretomado
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* In the canon ''TenchiMuyo'' OVA, Juraian royalty practices just about every kind of old fashioned marriage trope out there: the Emperor has multiple wives, children are encouraged to marry their half-siblings, marrying partners several thousand years your senior (or junior) barely registers the bat of an eye, etc. These practices add some legitimacy to Tenchi's harem situation, leaving open the possibility that he could just MarryThemAll.

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* In the canon ''TenchiMuyo'' ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' OVA, Juraian royalty practices just about every kind of old fashioned marriage trope out there: the Emperor has multiple wives, children are encouraged to marry their half-siblings, marrying partners several thousand years your senior (or junior) barely registers the bat of an eye, etc. These practices add some legitimacy to Tenchi's harem situation, leaving open the possibility that he could just MarryThemAll.
20th May '16 12:00:13 AM PaulA
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* Creator/RudyardKipling's Woman of Shamlegh already lives in a polyandrous marriage--which was then and still is TruthInTelevision for a number of cultures in the Himalayas--when she indicates to Literature/{{Kim}} that she would like him to become her husband too.

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* In Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/{{Kim}}'', the Woman of Shamlegh already lives in a polyandrous marriage--which was then and still is TruthInTelevision for a number of cultures in the Himalayas--when she indicates to Literature/{{Kim}} Kim that she would like him to become her husband too.too.
* In Creator/CherryWilder's Literature/{{Torin}} stories, the traditional Moruian family structure is built around a group of five adults, which includes at least one woman and two men in the roles we'd think of as wife and husbands. (Other roles are possible; the five adults can include grandparents as well as parents, for instance.) Biologically, each child has one mother and one father, the same as humans, but all husbands share equally in the raising of each of the family's children, and it's considered impolite to suggest that any of a child's fathers are more or less "really" its father than any other.
19th Apr '16 5:43:38 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': In Avalon -an Empire than spans a chunk of TheMultiverse, led by a couple of {{God Emperor}}s-, getting married to multiple partners is completely legal and endorsed by Avaloni's divine rulers.
16th Apr '16 7:19:27 AM Eievie
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Subtrope of {{Polyamory}}. The existence of this trope is often a necessity for a MarryThemAll scenario. See the Useful Notes page, UsefulNotes/ForTheLoveOfMany, for a broader discussion of the general topic.

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Subtrope of {{Polyamory}}. This ''isn't just'' any multi-partner scenario--see {{Polyamory}} for that. This is when a species's or culture's non-monogamousness is used to show that they're different than us.

The existence of this trope is often a necessity for a MarryThemAll scenario. See the Useful Notes page, UsefulNotes/ForTheLoveOfMany, for a broader discussion of the general topic.



* In ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' Fremen commonly take multiple wives as a way of pinpointing male sterility. Imperial nobles are allowed only one wife but may take bound-concubines whose children by him are considered legitimate (a bit like how things worked in the Ottoman Empire and Qing Dynasty China), but lower in the line of succession than children from a wife. Paul is the son of a duke and his beloved concubine (who in a bit of a subversion of the usual course was his ''only'' mate;[[note]]At the time at least; the "[[FanonDiscontinuity prequels]]" hold [[Literature/PreludeToDune he had taken another bound-concubine before]], the daughter of the deposed and disgraced Earl of Ix.[[/note]] Duke Leto liked to play [[UsefulNotes/ElizabethI Elizabeth I]]'s game and pretend to court various noble women for political advantage), and it causes Paul no small bit of angst that he has to relegate his Fremen love Chani to a concubine and marry the emperor's daughter in a SexlessMarriage in order to legitimize his coup.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Polygamy was common in the Valyrian Freehold, and Aegon the Conqueror himself had two wives, Rhaenys and Visenya, who both [[BrotherSisterIncest also happened to be his sisters]]. The Targareyans basically gave up polygamy after Maegor the Cruel, but it's still practiced in certain places in Essos
** A [[WildMassGuessing popular fan theory]] is that [[spoiler:Rhaegar Targaryen married Lyanna Stark after abducting her, possibly consensually, while still being married to Elia Martell as an attempted recreation of Aegon's situation. This is an extension of the even more popular theory that Jon Snow is Rhaegar and Lyanna's son, and is used to remove his bastard status and allow him to claim the throne.]]

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* In ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' Fremen commonly take multiple wives as a way of pinpointing male sterility. Imperial nobles are allowed only one wife but may take bound-concubines whose children by him are considered legitimate (a bit like how things worked in the Ottoman Empire and Qing Dynasty China), but lower in the line of succession than children from a wife. Paul is the son of a duke and his beloved concubine (who in a bit of a subversion of the usual course was his ''only'' mate;[[note]]At the time at least; the "[[FanonDiscontinuity prequels]]" [[FanonDiscontinuity "prequels"]] hold [[Literature/PreludeToDune he had taken another bound-concubine before]], the daughter of the deposed and disgraced Earl of Ix.[[/note]] Duke Leto liked to play [[UsefulNotes/ElizabethI Elizabeth I]]'s game and pretend to court various noble women for political advantage), and it causes Paul no small bit of angst that he has to relegate his Fremen love Chani to a concubine and marry the emperor's daughter in a SexlessMarriage in order to legitimize his coup.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Polygamy was common in the Valyrian Freehold, and in contrast with monogamous Westeros. Aegon the Conqueror himself had two wives, Rhaenys and Visenya, who both [[BrotherSisterIncest also happened to be his sisters]]. The Targareyans basically gave up polygamy after Maegor the Cruel, but it's still practiced in certain places in Essos
** A [[WildMassGuessing popular fan theory]] is that [[spoiler:Rhaegar Targaryen married Lyanna Stark after abducting her, possibly consensually, while her--possibly consensually--while still being married to Elia Martell as an attempted recreation of Aegon's situation. This is an extension of the even more popular theory that Jon Snow is Rhaegar and Lyanna's son, and is used to remove his bastard status and allow him to claim the throne.]]



** ''Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress'' features extended marriage as a common part of life on the moon, in large part because of a shortage of women. The protagonist, Mannie, is part of what he calls a "line marriage". [[note]]The most common type of marriage is two men with one women, reflecting the relative proportions of the sexes. But Mannie's line marriage has an even balance of sexes - they started with a man and woman who added another husband, then another wife, then another husband, then another wife... Interestingly, the wives make all the decisions (though they let the husbands vote on whether to add another spouse to the marriage, which is ''not'' standard practice in their society) but the family is named after the founding ''husband.''[[/note]]

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** ''Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress'' features extended marriage as a common part of life on the moon, in large part because of a shortage of women. The protagonist, Mannie, is part of what he calls a "line marriage". [[note]]The most common type of marriage is two men with one women, reflecting the relative proportions of the sexes. But Mannie's line marriage has an even balance of sexes - they sexes--they started with a man and woman who added another husband, then another wife, then another husband, then another wife... wife… Interestingly, the wives make all the decisions (though they let the husbands vote on whether to add another spouse to the marriage, which is ''not'' standard practice in their society) but the family is named after the founding ''husband.''[[/note]]
16th Apr '16 7:12:31 AM Eievie
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Historically, the most common form of extended marriage was one man with multiple wives. The technical term for this is "polygyny",[[note]][[YouKeepUsingThatWord/LessPedantic "Polygamy" is a much more general term while "polygyny" is specific to one man and several wives]][[/note]] and it has appeared in a wide variety of cultures. For this reason, adventure stories set in an exotic corner of the Earth are most likely to feature polygny. To some extent, this can be TruthInTelevision, although ''mere'' polygamy/polygyny is not, of course, an example of this trope.
Polyandry [[note]]A woman marries several men[[/note]] is more likely to actually be this trope.

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Historically, the most common form of extended marriage was one man with multiple wives. The technical term for this is "polygyny",[[note]][[YouKeepUsingThatWord/LessPedantic "Polygamy" is a much more general term any multi-spouse setup, while "polygyny" is specific to one man and several wives]][[/note]] and it has appeared in a wide variety of cultures. For this reason, adventure stories set in an exotic corner of the Earth are most likely to feature polygny. To some extent, this can be TruthInTelevision, although ''mere'' polygamy/polygyny polygyny is not, of course, an example of this trope.
trope. Polyandry [[note]]A woman marries several men[[/note]] is more likely to actually be this trope.



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** On Manticore (Honor's other homeworld), a devoted and lifelong bond between two people is considered at least somewhat unusual and entirely voluntary - and even that marriage can be modified to include others if both spouses agree.

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** On Manticore (Honor's other homeworld), a devoted and lifelong bond between two people is considered at least somewhat unusual and entirely voluntary - and voluntary--and even that marriage can be modified to include others if both spouses agree.



* Creator/RudyardKipling's Woman of Shamlegh already lives in a polyandrous marriage -- which was then and still is TruthInTelevision for a number of cultures in the Himalayas -- when she indicates to Literature/{{Kim}} that she would like him to become her husband too.

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* Creator/RudyardKipling's Woman of Shamlegh already lives in a polyandrous marriage -- which marriage--which was then and still is TruthInTelevision for a number of cultures in the Himalayas -- when Himalayas--when she indicates to Literature/{{Kim}} that she would like him to become her husband too.



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18th Mar '16 12:00:23 PM 20person
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** A [[EpilepticTrees popular fan theory]] is that [[spoiler:Rhaegar Targareyan married Lyanna Stark after abducting her, possibly consensually, while still being married to Elia Martell as an attempted recreation of Aegon's situation]]

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** A [[EpilepticTrees [[WildMassGuessing popular fan theory]] is that [[spoiler:Rhaegar Targareyan Targaryen married Lyanna Stark after abducting her, possibly consensually, while still being married to Elia Martell as an attempted recreation of Aegon's situation]]situation. This is an extension of the even more popular theory that Jon Snow is Rhaegar and Lyanna's son, and is used to remove his bastard status and allow him to claim the throne.]]
5th Jan '16 9:49:56 PM NOYB
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* The Nietzscheans of ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', a genetically engineered HumanSubspecies who believe in SocialDarwinism, practice polygyny. A male can marry as many females as his displays of genetic fitness attract; alpha males often have ten or more (despite this, it is actually the females who are in control).

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* The Nietzscheans of ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', a genetically engineered HumanSubspecies who believe in SocialDarwinism, practice polygyny. A male can marry as many females as his displays of genetic fitness attract; alpha males often have ten or more (despite this, it is actually the females who are in control).control and matriarchs preside over the approval of genetic matches in their pride).
5th Jan '16 9:48:46 PM NOYB
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* The Nietzscheans of ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', a genetically engineered HumanSubspecies who believe in SocialDarwinism, practice polygyny. A male can marry as many females as his displays of genetic fitness attract; alpha males often have ten or more.

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* The Nietzscheans of ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', a genetically engineered HumanSubspecies who believe in SocialDarwinism, practice polygyny. A male can marry as many females as his displays of genetic fitness attract; alpha males often have ten or more.more (despite this, it is actually the females who are in control).
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