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20th Mar '18 9:59:32 PM thecarolinabull01
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* ''Film/ProblemChild'' has Ben Healy Jr. and Flo. The former is a NiceGuy who honestly wants a son while the other is a bitchy shrew who only wants a kid so that she can socialize with other mothers. There's no reason why they got married in the first place considering that she immediately leaps onto a murderous criminal and he's completely indifferent to the fact that she's not coming back. Oddly enough, [[YouLookFamiliar his love interest in the second film is played by the same woman]], [[RomanceOnTheSet who latter became Ritter's real-life wife]].

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* ''Film/ProblemChild'' has Ben Healy Jr. and Flo. The former is a NiceGuy who honestly wants a son while the other is a bitchy shrew who only wants a kid so that she can socialize with other mothers. There's no reason why they got married in the first place considering that she immediately leaps onto a murderous criminal and he's completely indifferent to the fact that she's not coming back. Oddly enough, [[YouLookFamiliar his love interest in the second film is played by the same woman]], [[RomanceOnTheSet who latter later became Ritter's real-life wife]].
9th Feb '18 4:05:44 PM BlueCaper
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Often overlaps with UglyGuyHotWife, which - depending on your point of view - either further makes a couple with this look ill-matched, or this trope make an UglyGuyHotWife pairing all the more inexplicable.

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Often overlaps with UglyGuyHotWife, which - depending on your point of view - either further makes a couple with this look ill-matched, or this trope make makes an UglyGuyHotWife pairing all the more inexplicable.
inexplicable with this trope.
19th Jan '18 2:15:50 PM Derkhan
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* In Steven Erikson's ''Literature/{{Malazan Book of the Fallen}}'', Iskaral Pust and his wife Mogora seem to hate each other with great passion.

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* In Steven Erikson's ''Literature/{{Malazan Book of the Fallen}}'', Creator/StevenErikson's ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has Iskaral Pust and his wife Mogora Mogora, who seem to hate each other with great passion.passion. They bicker back and forth constantly. Mogora thinks Iskaral is a mad leach, while Iskaral calls her a "month-old cream puff". He also madly hates spiders and Mogora is a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting D'ivers]] who can turn into hundreds of spiders at once. Neither can fathom how ''anyone'' would willingly stay with the other but keep coming back to each other. Eventually, Mogora asserts that the two of them are the reason that ugly people don't just die out.
24th Nov '17 4:59:08 PM LadyNorbert
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It takes more than the good intentions of the LoveMartyr or the delusions of MadLove to make a [[HappilyMarried relationship work]]. When a relationship gets rocky or outright implodes, the resulting mess just goes to prove LoveHurts, and that's when everyone involved was trying their best to make it work. Then of course there's No Accounting for Taste; this happens when two insufferable people choose to suffer each other and stay married, or when one ostensibly [[NiceGuy nice person]] marries an unrepentant {{jerkass}}.

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It takes more than the good intentions of the LoveMartyr or the delusions of MadLove to make a [[HappilyMarried relationship work]]. When a relationship gets rocky or outright implodes, the resulting mess just goes to prove LoveHurts, and that's when everyone involved was trying their best to make it work. Then Then, of course course, there's No Accounting for Taste; this happens when two insufferable people choose to suffer each other and stay married, or when one ostensibly [[NiceGuy nice person]] marries an unrepentant {{jerkass}}.



Often overlaps with UglyGuyHotWife, which depending on your point of view either further makes a couple with this look ill-matched, or this trope make an UglyGuyHotWife pairing all the more inexplicable.

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Often overlaps with UglyGuyHotWife, which - depending on your point of view - either further makes a couple with this look ill-matched, or this trope make an UglyGuyHotWife pairing all the more inexplicable.



* While they do actually love each other, this is about where the Morrigan and Baphomet's relationship ''starts'' in ''Comicbook/TheWickedAndTheDivine''. Between his cheating and her constant violent rages, it...deteriorates quite a bit from there over the course of the series.

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* While they do actually love each other, this is about where the Morrigan and Baphomet's relationship ''starts'' in ''Comicbook/TheWickedAndTheDivine''. Between his cheating and her constant violent rages, it... deteriorates quite a bit from there over the course of the series.



* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': [[PeggySue In the previous timeline]] Shinji had wondered why his nice, loving mother would fall for his jerkass father. But after considering his mother got absorbed into Unit 01 on purpose to become an eternal reminder of humankindís existence and she actually ''wanted'' him to watch how she seemingly died, Shinji wonders why his father would marry her and decides there is no accounting for taste.

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* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': [[PeggySue In the previous timeline]] Shinji had wondered why his nice, loving mother would fall for his jerkass JerkAss father. But after considering his mother got absorbed into Unit 01 on purpose to become an eternal reminder of humankindís existence and she actually ''wanted'' him to watch how she seemingly died, Shinji wonders why his father would marry her and decides there is no accounting for taste.



'''Asuka''': ''"Oh,"''\\

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'''Asuka''': ''"Oh,"''\\''"Oh."''\\



'''Asuka''': ''"Guess not,"''

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'''Asuka''': ''"Guess not,"''not."''



** Mr. and Mrs. Bennet in ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice''. The author and the characters acknowledge how unfitted these two are, so they serve as a warning to the reader to marry wisely. Miss Austen noted that a young Mr. Bennet misstook youth and beauty for a winning personality. Also Mrs Bennet married for security and Mr Bennet not only can't provide it; he actively sabotages her attempts to warn her daughters that they face a choice between financial security and marriage or being poor but independent.
** A young couple from ''Pride and Prejudice'': Elizabeth is horrified when her best friend Charlotte Lucas decides to marry the insufferable Mr. Collins in cold blood for the sake of a home and a secure future. When we see her again after her marriage, however, she is coping very nicely with her spouse, having carefully arranged their lives so they spend as little time together as possible. Unlike the Bennets, the Collinses are quite happily content in their loveless marriage, mostly thanks to the fact that Charlotte knew exactly what she was getting into and Collins is too much of an idiot to know better.
** Mr and Mrs Allen of ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey''. Here is the narrator's smirking commentary:

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** Mr. and Mrs. Bennet in ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice''. The author and the characters acknowledge how unfitted these two are, so they serve as a warning to the reader to marry wisely. Miss Austen noted that a young Mr. Bennet misstook youth and beauty for a winning personality. Also Mrs Meanwhile, Mrs. Bennet married for security and Mr Mr. Bennet not only can't provide it; it, but he actively sabotages her attempts to warn her daughters that they face a choice between financial security and marriage or being poor but independent.
** A young younger couple from ''Pride and Prejudice'': Elizabeth is horrified when her best friend Charlotte Lucas decides to marry the insufferable Mr. Collins in cold blood for the sake of a home and a secure future. When we see her again after her marriage, however, she is coping very nicely with her spouse, having carefully arranged their lives so they spend as little time together as possible. Unlike the Bennets, the Collinses are quite happily content in their loveless marriage, mostly thanks to the fact that Charlotte knew exactly what she was getting into and Collins is too much of an idiot to know better.
** Mr Mr. and Mrs Mrs. Allen of ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey''. Here is the narrator's smirking commentary:



** Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram from ''Literature/MansfieldPark''. He's a very intelligent and capable man, but he married an insipid, lazy and fairly stupid woman. At least she's affectionate and kind, and lets herself be guided by Sir Thomas in important issues.
** It was the case of Anne's parents Sir Walter and Lady Elliot of ''Literature/{{Persuasion}}''. Lady Elliot was the sensible and amiable spouse who married an empty-headed snob who only thinks about his baronetcy and extremely good looks. The narrator says she was not the happiest of women, but she still managed to cope and found enough pleasures in her duties and she loved her daughters.

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** Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram from ''Literature/MansfieldPark''. He's a very intelligent and capable man, but he married an insipid, lazy and fairly stupid woman. At least she's affectionate and kind, and lets herself be guided by Sir Thomas in important issues.
issues; they do seem to be rather fond of each other sometimes.
** It was the case of Anne's parents Sir Walter and Lady Elliot of ''Literature/{{Persuasion}}''. Lady Elliot was the sensible and amiable spouse who married an empty-headed snob who only thinks about his own baronetcy and extremely good looks. The narrator says she was not the happiest of women, but she still managed to cope and found enough pleasures in her duties and she loved her daughters.



* Maniac's aunt and uncle are this in ''Literature/ManiacMagee''. They despise each other, but as "good Christians" they refuse to get a divorce. Maniac lives with them after his parents died, and he finally runs away because of their mutual hatred.

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* Maniac's aunt and uncle are this in ''Literature/ManiacMagee''. They despise each other, but as "good Christians" they refuse to get a divorce. Maniac lives with them after his parents died, die, and he finally runs away because of their mutual hatred.



* Buttercup's parents (who are not [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrom in the movie]]) fall into this in the first few chapters of ''Literature/ThePrincessBride''. They snipe continuously, ''keeping score as they do''. Oddly, however, they really do love each other underneath it all; when he dies, she doesn't outlive him by very long, and the narrative notes that everyone who knew them decided that it must have been "the sudden lack of opposition" which caused her death.



* Richard and Hyacinth in ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances''. Hyacinth's actress once defended her character against the question "why does Richard put up with Hyacinth" with the answer that she kept a good house, and dinner was always on time. Also partly explained in one episode where Elizabeth and Emmett conclude that Richard's living in his own little world most of the time has gone a long way to keeping his marriage together.

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* Richard and Hyacinth in ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances''. Hyacinth's actress once defended her character against the question "why does Richard put up with Hyacinth" with the answer that she kept a good house, and dinner was always on time. Also partly explained in one episode where Elizabeth and Emmett conclude that Richard's living in his own little world most of the time has gone a long way to toward keeping his marriage together.



* Will and Terri Shuester on ''Series/{{Glee}}''. They are former HighSchoolSweethearts and are completely incompatible. Terri is an insufferable JerkAss but Will's such a NiceGuy he puts up with her garbage...despite that he's in love with his co-worker Emma who also almost gets into a NoAccountingForTaste marriage with Ken before he came to his senses and dumped her. It's little wonder [[spoiler: the marriage fell apart about halfway through season one]]

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* Will and Terri Shuester on ''Series/{{Glee}}''. They are former HighSchoolSweethearts and are completely incompatible. Terri is an insufferable JerkAss JerkAss, but Will's such a NiceGuy he puts up with her garbage...garbage... despite the fact that he's in love with his co-worker Emma Emma, who also almost gets into a NoAccountingForTaste marriage with Ken before he came comes to his senses and dumped dumps her. It's little wonder [[spoiler: the marriage fell apart about halfway through season one]]



* Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan in ''Series/{{MASH}}'' is a text-book case. She's a disciplined, organized, tough-yet-vulnerable, loving, passionate, caring, strict, intelligent, sensual woman - a real spitfire, even though she tries to bury it under her need to be professional. And yet, her taste in men is recurringly awful.
** For most of the series, she is dating Major Frank Burns, a married man who also happens to be the ''biggest'' DrJerk in the entire series; a petty, wheedling, small-minded, GungHolierThanThou PsychopathicManchild ControlFreak who she knows, and he knows she knows, is just stringing her along until he goes home to his coldl, frigid wife. Zigzagged in that she admits to herself that she knows he's a pretty awful catch, but she just can't seem to find anyone else who measures up to her standards of being high ranking and military-admiring.

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* Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan in ''Series/{{MASH}}'' is a text-book case. She's a disciplined, organized, tough-yet-vulnerable, loving, passionate, caring, strict, intelligent, sensual woman - a real spitfire, even though she tries to bury it under her need to be professional. And yet, her taste in men is recurringly repeatedly awful.
** For most of the series, she is dating Major Frank Burns, a married man who also happens to be the ''biggest'' DrJerk in the entire series; series. He's a petty, wheedling, small-minded, GungHolierThanThou PsychopathicManchild ControlFreak who whom she knows, and he knows she knows, is just stringing her along until he goes home to his coldl, cold, frigid wife. Zigzagged in that she admits to herself that she knows he's a pretty awful catch, but she just can't seem to find anyone else who measures up to her standards of being high ranking high-ranking and military-admiring.



* ''ComicStrip/TheLockhorns''. Every one panel strip is Loretta complaining about Leroy's laziness, or Leroy complaining about Loretta's cooking, or Loretta complaining about Leroy flirting with another woman, or just one of them explaining how unattractive they find the other.

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* ''ComicStrip/TheLockhorns''. Every one panel one-panel strip is Loretta complaining about Leroy's laziness, or Leroy complaining about Loretta's cooking, or Loretta complaining about Leroy flirting with another woman, or just one of them explaining how unattractive they find the other.



** Ms. Buxley has had every very male in Camp Swampy drooling over her for years, yet for some reason, she tends to date Beetle in modern strips, despite the fact he's the same lazy goof-off he's always been.

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** Ms. Buxley has had every very male in Camp Swampy drooling over her for years, years; yet for some reason, she tends to date Beetle in modern strips, despite the fact he's the same lazy goof-off he's always been.



*** Actually, all of the rival couples in VidoeGame/HarvestMoonDS and [[DistaffCounterpart Cute]] end up questioning the marriage and being unhappy in it, except for one: Nami and Gustafa, who seem perfectly happy in their marriage, finding someone who enjoyes travel and their alone time, but both loving the valley enough to stay.

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*** Actually, all of the rival couples in VidoeGame/HarvestMoonDS ''VidoeGame/HarvestMoonDS'' and [[DistaffCounterpart Cute]] end up questioning the marriage and being unhappy in it, except for one: Nami and Gustafa, who seem perfectly happy in their marriage, finding someone who enjoyes enjoys travel and their alone time, but both loving the valley enough to stay.



* Jun Kazama from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' is one of the nicest characters in the franchise, though keep in mind that GoodIsNotNice or [[GoodIsNotSoft Soft]]. She has a fling with Kazuya Mishima, who is...not [[{{Jerkass}} very nice]]. [[AbusiveParents At all]]. As of the second Tag game, she ''still'' seems to have feelings for him despite everything. Feelings which he just blows off.

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* Jun Kazama from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' is one of the nicest characters in the franchise, though keep in mind that GoodIsNotNice or [[GoodIsNotSoft Soft]]. She has a fling with Kazuya Mishima, who is... not [[{{Jerkass}} very nice]]. [[AbusiveParents At all]]. As of the second Tag game, she ''still'' seems to have feelings for him despite everything. Feelings which he just blows off.



** Not anymore. Sam thinks Liberty only married for money. After hearing this, She packs her suitcase and leaves. [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2014-12-02 (Start of arc.)]]

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** Not anymore. Sam thinks Liberty only married for money. After hearing this, She she packs her suitcase and leaves. [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2014-12-02 (Start of arc.)]]



* Eustace and Muriel in ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' seem an extreme version, as they at best get along, and Eustace is at best complacent when he gets what he wants. You have to wonder why they were married or if they liked each other. There's almost never even a case of AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther. One episode has aliens who extract Muriels' love as a liquid, during which time she is just as if not ''meaner'' than Eustace. Though she gets her good nature back, just the dregs of her liquid completely changed the aliens into really nice guys. So yeah, she's a saint with NoAccountingForTaste. What is also truly weird is that when she was mean and spent most of the time abusing Courage, Eustace is actually ''genuinely happy'' that he has someone to be mean with. Though she was also a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7KCDxDDcuc&NR=1 hyperactive demanding brat]] when she was [[FountainOfYouth deaged]] in one episode.

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* Eustace and Muriel in ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' seem an extreme version, as they at best get along, and Eustace is at best complacent when he gets what he wants. You have to wonder why they were married or if they liked each other. There's almost never even a case of AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther. One episode has aliens who extract Muriels' love as a liquid, during which time she is just as if not ''meaner'' than Eustace. Though she gets her good nature back, just the dregs of her liquid completely changed the aliens into really nice guys. So yeah, she's a saint with NoAccountingForTaste. What is also truly weird is that when she was mean and spent most of the time abusing Courage, Eustace is actually ''genuinely happy'' that he has someone to be mean with. Though she was also a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7KCDxDDcuc&NR=1 hyperactive demanding brat]] when she was [[FountainOfYouth deaged]] de-aged]] in one episode.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer and Marge have always, ''always'' been in a weird flux between wondering why are they still together and HappilyMarried: They're facing constant troubles, but it's always made a big deal instead of just "a fact of life". It's not until TheMovie that she walks out on him for real, even if only temporarily.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer and Marge have always, ''always'' been in a weird flux between wondering why are they still together and being HappilyMarried: They're facing constant troubles, but it's always made a big deal instead of just "a fact of life". It's not until TheMovie that she walks out on him for real, even if only temporarily.



** A better example would be Bob and Miriam Pataki. Bob is selfish and self-centered and Miriam is a depressed, moping alcoholic. Both are still married to this day, even though they aren't happy.

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** A better example would be Bob and Miriam Pataki. Bob is selfish and self-centered and Miriam is a depressed, moping alcoholic. Both But they are still married to this day, even though they aren't happy.
30th Oct '17 8:15:03 AM Unregistered
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* Frank and Estelle Costanza from ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' couldn't speak to one another without shouting and seemed to genuinely hate each other. It's not really explained why they stay together at all, and when they seperate, nobody is the least bit surprised.

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* Frank and Estelle Costanza from ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' couldn't speak to one another without shouting and seemed to genuinely hate each other. It's not really explained why they stay together at all, and when they seperate, separate, nobody is the least bit surprised.surprised. Like Bob and Midge above, they could also be seen as a Deconstruction of this trope as Jerry theorized that if they had divorced when George was a kid, he "could have been normal" instead of the neurotic, self loathing, slow-witted, brain-damaged, impulsive and insecure little man he is on the show. George himself seems to agree with Jerry's theory, saying that he's the product of his parents staying together.
2nd Oct '17 10:51:17 PM rwe1138
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* People have been saying this about [[Franchise/TheMuppets Kermit and Miss Piggy]] for decades. Their relationship was always portrayed as strained; she twice attempted to ''trick'' Kermit into marrying her, and once after she intentionally spread a number of false rumors about their relationship Kermit actually had her fired. This may be why they broke up in ''Series/TheMuppets''.However, Kermit is also seen dating a new pig named Denise on that show and admits he HasAType for pigs, which might explain why it took so long for them to go through with it.

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* People have been saying this about [[Franchise/TheMuppets Kermit and Miss Piggy]] for decades. Their relationship was always portrayed as strained; she twice attempted to ''trick'' Kermit into marrying her, and once after she intentionally spread a number of false rumors about their relationship Kermit actually had her fired. This may be why they broke up in ''Series/TheMuppets''. However, Kermit is also seen dating a new pig named Denise on that show and admits he HasAType for pigs, which might explain why it took so long for them to go through with it.
20th Sep '17 11:53:31 PM PaulA
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-->-- '''Music/TomLehrer'''

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-->-- '''Music/TomLehrer'''
'''Music/TomLehrer''', introducing the song "She's My Girl", ''Music/AnEveningWastedWithTomLehrer''
27th Aug '17 9:02:54 PM WillBGood
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** ''ComicStrip/TomTheDancingBug'' also parodies this with "Marital Mirth". Unlike other examples the thin veneer of jocularity is removed, with every strip featuring the husband and wife talking amongst themselves or with their friends about how much they openly hate each other.
-->'''Husband's Friend:''' My wife is such a bad cook, last night she burned the gazpacho.\\
'''Husband:''' ''(deadly serious)'' My wife is a hell-spawned demon send to Earth to torture me until I die.
11th Aug '17 8:56:00 AM SeptimusHeap
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* [[GenreSavvy Konata Izumi]] from ''Manga/LuckyStar'' had a problem understanding why her [[PosthumousCharacter late]] mom Kanata married her ''[[DirtyOldMan Dirty Old]] {{Otaku}} with a [[{{lolicon}} Lolita Complex]][[note]] Kanata, like Konata, looked as if she stopped growing in the early teens,[[/note]]'' dad Soujirou. It turned out to be a subversion of this trope, though, as Kanata genuinely felt Soujirou's love to her.
-->'''Konata''': Why do you think Mom chose to marry you, anyway? [[BrutalHonesty I mean, you're a]] [[DirtyOldMan pervy old]] [[{{otaku}} geek]] with a [[{{lolicon}} lolita complex]]. [[LampshadeHanging Why would anyone pick you?]]\\

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* [[GenreSavvy Konata Izumi]] from ''Manga/LuckyStar'' had a problem understanding why her [[PosthumousCharacter late]] mom Kanata married her ''[[DirtyOldMan Dirty Old]] {{Otaku}} with a [[{{lolicon}} [[LoliconAndShotacon Lolita Complex]][[note]] Kanata, like Konata, looked as if she stopped growing in the early teens,[[/note]]'' dad Soujirou. It turned out to be a subversion of this trope, though, as Kanata genuinely felt Soujirou's love to her.
-->'''Konata''': Why do you think Mom chose to marry you, anyway? [[BrutalHonesty I mean, you're a]] [[DirtyOldMan pervy old]] [[{{otaku}} geek]] with a [[{{lolicon}} [[LoliconAndShotacon lolita complex]]. [[LampshadeHanging Why would anyone pick you?]]\\
11th Jul '17 4:33:56 PM thecarolinabull01
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* ''Film/ProblemChild'' has Ben Healy Jr. and Flo. The former is a NiceGuy who honestly wants a son while the other is a bitchy shrew who only wants a kid so that she can socialize with other mothers. There's no reason why they got married in the first place considering that she immediately leaps onto a murderous criminal and he's completely indifferent to the fact that she's not coming back. Oddly enough, [[YouLookFamiliar his love interest in the second film is played by the same woman]].

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* ''Film/ProblemChild'' has Ben Healy Jr. and Flo. The former is a NiceGuy who honestly wants a son while the other is a bitchy shrew who only wants a kid so that she can socialize with other mothers. There's no reason why they got married in the first place considering that she immediately leaps onto a murderous criminal and he's completely indifferent to the fact that she's not coming back. Oddly enough, [[YouLookFamiliar his love interest in the second film is played by the same woman]].woman]], [[RomanceOnTheSet who latter became Ritter's real-life wife]].
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