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22nd Apr '17 5:23:19 PM nombretomado
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* Sialeeds in ''SuikodenV'' is this to the [[TheHero Prince]]. Very understandable considering what she, Arshtat, and Haswar had gone through. Come to think of it, Haswar does count for this trope as well.

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* Sialeeds in ''SuikodenV'' ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' is this to the [[TheHero Prince]]. Very understandable considering what she, Arshtat, and Haswar had gone through. Come to think of it, Haswar does count for this trope as well.
13th Apr '17 6:29:54 AM erforce
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* {{Invoked|Trope}} in an episode of ''Series/ThirtyRock''. After one too many romantic failures, Liz gave up on dating and decided to start her "graceful transition into spinsterhood". This included buying a cat and naming it "Emily Dickinson" as well as joining a book club reading ''MurderOnTheOrientExpress''. Of course, she [[StatusQuoIsGod reverted to her normal self by the end of the episode]].

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* {{Invoked|Trope}} in an episode of ''Series/ThirtyRock''. After one too many romantic failures, Liz gave up on dating and decided to start her "graceful transition into spinsterhood". This included buying a cat and naming it "Emily Dickinson" as well as joining a book club reading ''MurderOnTheOrientExpress''.''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress''. Of course, she [[StatusQuoIsGod reverted to her normal self by the end of the episode]].
28th Jan '17 9:00:32 PM LadyNorbert
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* Aunta Peace and Plenty in Louisa May Alcott's ''Literature/EightCousins'' and ''Rose in Bloom'' are this. It's never explained why Plenty didn't marry, but it's explained that Peace was WidowedAtTheWedding and [[TheMourningAfter she never recovered from ther shock.]]

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* Aunta Rose's great-aunts Peace and Plenty in Louisa May Alcott's ''Literature/EightCousins'' and ''Rose in Bloom'' are this. It's never explained No reason is ever given for why Plenty didn't marry, but it's explained that Peace was WidowedAtTheWedding and [[TheMourningAfter she never recovered from ther the shock.]]]]
** The trope is actually mentioned in the narrative, pointing out that sometimes, nieces and nephews get excellent surrogate parents in "bachelor uncles and maiden aunts." This makes sense, since protagonist Rose is now being raised by her bachelor uncle with the help of his own maiden aunts.



* In ''Literature/{{Emma}}'', Miss Bates is a resident spinster who never married and there isn't any mention of romantic past. She's popular with people, takes care of her old widowed mother and adores her niece Jane Fairfax who is an orphan, but was adopted by her late father's friend.
* In ''Literature/TheFrenchLieutenantsWoman'', Aunt Tranter is an old maid, though she's referred to as Mrs Tranter, is a kindly woman and satisfied with her lot in life. She adores her niece Ernestina and she's a very good mistress to her servants. She's particularly fond of and even motherly to Mary (her servant girl).

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* In ''Literature/{{Emma}}'', Miss Bates is a resident spinster who never married and there isn't any mention of a romantic past. She's popular with people, takes care of her old widowed mother mother, and adores her niece Jane Fairfax who is an orphan, but was adopted by her late father's friend.
* In ''Literature/TheFrenchLieutenantsWoman'', Aunt Tranter is an old maid, though she's referred to as Mrs Mrs. Tranter, who is a kindly woman and satisfied with her lot in life. She adores her niece Ernestina and she's a very good mistress to her servants. She's particularly fond of and even motherly to Mary (her servant girl).



* In the SweetValleyHigh novel ''The Wakefields of Sweet Valley'', Ted Wakefield thinks he's being raised by one of these because his parents died in a train crash, but the reader knows that she actually ''is'' his mother and concocted the story to hide the fact that he's illegitimate.

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* In the SweetValleyHigh Literature/SweetValleyHigh novel ''The Wakefields of Sweet Valley'', Ted Wakefield thinks he's being raised by one of these because his parents died in a train crash, but the reader knows that she actually ''is'' his mother and concocted the story to hide the fact that he's illegitimate.



* Hilda and Zelda of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' come off this way, despite not being as old as this trope usually implies (or at least, not ''[[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld looking]]'' as old). Zelda was briefly married back in the Middle Ages while Hilda [[PutOnABus leaves the show]] after getting hitched in the later seasons.

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* Hilda and Zelda of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' come off this way, despite not being as old as this trope usually implies (or at least, not ''[[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld looking]]'' as old). Zelda was briefly married back in the Middle Ages Ages, while Hilda [[PutOnABus leaves the show]] after getting hitched in the later seasons.



* Alluded to in an episode of ''Series/FullerHouse''. Stephanie, seeing both DJ and Kimmy sporting a post-kiss goofy grin while herself sorting socks, comments with this trope almost verbatim. Although she being 35 is in no way or shape being old, and [[ReallyGetsAround she is definitely not a maiden]], just haven't been married yet.

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* Alluded to in an episode of ''Series/FullerHouse''. Stephanie, seeing both DJ and Kimmy sporting a post-kiss goofy grin grins while herself sorting socks, comments with this trope almost verbatim. Although she being 35 is in no way or shape being old, and [[ReallyGetsAround she is definitely not a maiden]], just haven't been married yet.



* ''Theatre/CharleysAunt'' gets a lot of mileage from this trope. Donna Lucia (although a widow, rather than never having married) is presumed by all five of the youngsters to be one, although that's because they've never met her. (She isn't, by a long shot.) Babbs plays her as one while masquerading as her. Mr Spettigue expected her to be one, so he never even considers that there might be an imposture going on. The real Donna Lucia takes full advantage of it.

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* ''Theatre/CharleysAunt'' gets a lot of mileage from this trope. Donna Lucia (although a widow, rather than never having married) is presumed by all five of the youngsters to be one, although that's because they've never met her. (She isn't, by a long shot.) Babbs plays her as one while masquerading as her. Mr Mr. Spettigue expected her to be one, so he never even considers that there might be an imposture going on. The real Donna Lucia takes full advantage of it.




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* If the PlayerCharacter is the female Human Noble, the origin portion of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' lightly alludes to this trope. The PC's mother is lamenting how difficult it is to find her a husband, implying that she worries her daughter will end up as the maiden aunt of her little nephew Oren.



* On ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' [[BlackBossLady Amanda Waller]] introduces herself to the Belle Reve prisoners by noting that "I am not your mother, your maiden aunt ''or'' your friend." When introducing the [[TheMole apparently]] more sympathetic [[TheShrink Dr. Hugo Strange]], she adds "he ''is'' your maiden aunt."

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* On ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' [[BlackBossLady Amanda Waller]] introduces herself to the Belle Reve prisoners by noting that "I am not your mother, your maiden aunt ''or'' your friend." When introducing the [[TheMole apparently]] more sympathetic [[TheShrink Dr. Hugo Strange]], she adds "he adds, "He ''is'' your maiden aunt."
3rd Dec '16 8:34:22 PM MsChibi
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Although unmarried elderly women have always existed, the Maiden Aunt as a trope first arose in the 1880s. Historically, women had shorter lifespans than men because of the dangers of childbirth; many men married more than once, meaning that any woman who didn't marry at a young age had a good chance of marrying later on. But in the mid-Victorian era women's life expectancies increased due to advances in modern medicine while men's lifespans decreased, partly due to civilian conscription during wartime and--as we know now--partly due to increasing use of tobacco. Suddenly there were myriads, even millions of women who had no chance of marrying and, unlike unmarried men, had little chance of immigrating to a place where they could find a spouse. Decades later, these women reached old age and became known as maiden aunts.

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Although unmarried elderly women have always existed, the Maiden Aunt as a trope first arose in the 1880s. Historically, women had shorter lifespans than men because of [[DeathByChildbirth the dangers of childbirth; childbirth]]; many men married more than once, meaning that any woman who didn't marry at a young age had a good chance of marrying later on. But in the mid-Victorian era women's life expectancies increased due to advances in modern medicine while men's lifespans decreased, partly due to civilian conscription during wartime and--as we know now--partly due to increasing use of tobacco.[[TheSmokingSection tobacco]]. Suddenly there were myriads, even millions of women who had no chance of marrying and, unlike unmarried men, had little chance of immigrating to a place where they could find a spouse. Decades later, these women reached old age and became known as maiden aunts.
28th Nov '16 6:12:40 PM N1KF
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Of course, many real-life women remained unmarried for reasons other than the one stated above. Some were lesbians, some were asexual, some preferred a career to marriage, some gave up the chance of marriage to look after aging parents, and some simply didn't want the bother of a husband and family. In fiction, though, they tend to be prudish, sexless conservatives who have never worked for a living. Some are kindly and sweet, some are bitter and angry, some are in a {{Cloudcuckooland}}. Often played straight in mysteries and for laughs in comedies. There aren't many subversions out there--younger audiences are usually {{squick}}ed by any hint of sexuality in an older woman. A few characters fit this trope even though they aren't strictly speaking maidens.

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Of course, many real-life women remained unmarried for reasons other than the one stated above. Some were lesbians, some were asexual, {{asexual}}, some preferred a career to marriage, some gave up the chance of marriage to look after aging parents, and some simply didn't want the bother of a husband and family. In fiction, though, they tend to be prudish, sexless conservatives who have never worked for a living. Some are kindly and sweet, some are bitter and angry, some are in a {{Cloudcuckooland}}. Often played straight in mysteries and for laughs in comedies. There aren't many subversions out there--younger audiences are usually {{squick}}ed by any hint of sexuality in an older woman. A few characters fit this trope even though they aren't strictly speaking maidens.



* ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'': Aunt May fits parts of this trope, though she's a widow and went back to dating after Uncle Ben died. She was with [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Edwin Jarvis]] for a while, but then [[ComicBook/SecretInvasion it turns out]] that ''that'' Jarvis ''[[TheMole ain't]]'' Jarvis. You're a Parker, May--your love life's gonna be chaos, it's the law! She's more of a Maiden Aunt in the newspaper comics than in the comic books.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'': ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'': Aunt May fits parts of this trope, though she's a widow and went back to dating after Uncle Ben died. She was with [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Edwin Jarvis]] for a while, but then [[ComicBook/SecretInvasion it turns out]] that ''that'' Jarvis ''[[TheMole ain't]]'' Jarvis. You're a Parker, May--your love life's gonna be chaos, it's the law! She's more of a Maiden Aunt in the newspaper comics than in the comic books.
6th Nov '16 11:47:24 AM nombretomado
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* When [[ItsaWonderfulLife George Bailey]] gets the chance to find out how the world would have turned out if he'd never been born, he finds that his wife Mary had become a bitter, unhappy Maiden Aunt.

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* When [[ItsaWonderfulLife [[Film/ItsAWonderfulLife George Bailey]] gets the chance to find out how the world would have turned out if he'd never been born, he finds that his wife Mary had become a bitter, unhappy Maiden Aunt.
30th Oct '16 11:54:07 AM Anddrix
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* Tim Burton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' had Aunt Imogen. She wasn't so much "single" as "engaged to a prince who doesn't exist".

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* Tim Burton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'' had Aunt Imogen. She wasn't so much "single" as "engaged to a prince who doesn't exist".
2nd Sep '16 9:06:11 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* Aunt Peace and Aunt Plenty in Louisa May Alcott's ''Literature/EightCousins'' and ''Rose in Bloom''.

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* Aunt Aunta Peace and Aunt Plenty in Louisa May Alcott's ''Literature/EightCousins'' and ''Rose in Bloom''.Bloom'' are this. It's never explained why Plenty didn't marry, but it's explained that Peace was WidowedAtTheWedding and [[TheMourningAfter she never recovered from ther shock.]]
6th Jul '16 1:50:56 PM technix
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* Alluded to in an episode of ''Series/FullerHouse''. Stephanie, seeing both DJ and Kimmy sporting a post-kiss goofy grin while herself sorting socks, comments with this trope almost verbatim.

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* Alluded to in an episode of ''Series/FullerHouse''. Stephanie, seeing both DJ and Kimmy sporting a post-kiss goofy grin while herself sorting socks, comments with this trope almost verbatim. Although she being 35 is in no way or shape being old, and [[ReallyGetsAround she is definitely not a maiden]], just haven't been married yet.
6th Jul '16 1:47:57 PM technix
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* Alluded to in an episode of ''Series/FullerHouse''. Stephanie, seeing both DJ and Kimmy sporting a post-kiss goofy grin while herself sorting socks, comments with this trope almost verbatim.
--> '''Stephanie Tanner:''' Oh no, I am becoming the spinster aunt.
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