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17th Jan '16 11:32:12 AM nombretomado
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* ''LawAndOrderSVU'' had a case along these lines in the episode "Charisma", with a cult leader in his fifties or so being married to a girl who's maybe twelve. The marriage was not legally binding, but it was treated as a real marriage by the cultists. It also produced a pregnancy, which is what kickstarted the whole episode, when the child was checked into a hospital. Even more disturbing, having been raised in the cult and basically "programmed" to trust the leader at all times, the girl thinks this is entirely normal and is [[DissonantSerenity worryingly blase]] about the whole matter. [[spoiler:Which is part of what makes it ''so'' satisfying when, at the episode's climax, she finally gets sick of his [[AGodAmI delusions of godhood]] and manipulations, and ''[[LittleMissBadass shoots the bastard in the skull]]''.]]
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* ''LawAndOrderSVU'' ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' had a case along these lines in the episode "Charisma", with a cult leader in his fifties or so being married to a girl who's maybe twelve. The marriage was not legally binding, but it was treated as a real marriage by the cultists. It also produced a pregnancy, which is what kickstarted the whole episode, when the child was checked into a hospital. Even more disturbing, having been raised in the cult and basically "programmed" to trust the leader at all times, the girl thinks this is entirely normal and is [[DissonantSerenity worryingly blase]] about the whole matter. [[spoiler:Which is part of what makes it ''so'' satisfying when, at the episode's climax, she finally gets sick of his [[AGodAmI delusions of godhood]] and manipulations, and ''[[LittleMissBadass shoots the bastard in the skull]]''.]]
31st Dec '15 6:35:03 PM Seanette
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* ''Series/GameOfTheThrones'': While in the book series Tyrion was in his early twenties, here he is [[AgeLift a good twenty years older]] than the fourteen years old Sansa. Unusually for this trope, he is as much forced into this marriage as she is, and is moral enough not to exercise his MaritalRapeLicense (especially after learning Sansa's age).
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* ''Series/GameOfTheThrones'': ''Series/GameOfThrones'': While in the book series Tyrion was in his early twenties, here he is [[AgeLift a good twenty years older]] than the fourteen years year old Sansa. Unusually for this trope, he is as much forced into this marriage as she is, and is moral enough not to exercise his MaritalRapeLicense (especially after learning Sansa's age).
31st Dec '15 5:37:04 PM Randallw201238
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* In "I, Claudius", the empress is apalled that young men are not bothering to get married and orders that there better be some marriages soon. She then warns them that there better not be any engagements to children just so they can put of marrying them for a decade.
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* In "I, Claudius", the empress is apalled that young men are not bothering to get married and orders that there better be some marriages soon. She then warns them that there better not be any engagements to children just so they can put of off marrying them for a decade.
20th Nov '15 7:46:02 AM AdelePotter
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* ''LawAndOrderSVU'' had a case along these lines. The marriage was not legally binding, but it was treated as a real marriage by the cultists. ** It also produced a pregnancy, which is what kickstarted the whole episode, when the child was checked into a hospital.
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* ''LawAndOrderSVU'' had a case along these lines. lines in the episode "Charisma", with a cult leader in his fifties or so being married to a girl who's maybe twelve. The marriage was not legally binding, but it was treated as a real marriage by the cultists. ** cultists. It also produced a pregnancy, which is what kickstarted the whole episode, when the child was checked into a hospital. Even more disturbing, having been raised in the cult and basically "programmed" to trust the leader at all times, the girl thinks this is entirely normal and is [[DissonantSerenity worryingly blase]] about the whole matter. [[spoiler:Which is part of what makes it ''so'' satisfying when, at the episode's climax, she finally gets sick of his [[AGodAmI delusions of godhood]] and manipulations, and ''[[LittleMissBadass shoots the bastard in the skull]]''.]]
19th Nov '15 8:56:55 AM Tianzi
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* In ''Literature/TheLastWish'', Princess Pavetta has to chose her husband on her 16th birthday and ends up picking a man who is at least twice her age [[spoiler:and [[Main/AllGirlsWantBadBoys cursed to turn into a monster at night]]]]. She already had a secret relationship with him and [[spoiler: and was already pregnant]].
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* In ''Literature/TheLastWish'', Princess Pavetta has to chose her husband on her 16th birthday and ends up picking a man who is at least twice her age [[spoiler:and [[Main/AllGirlsWantBadBoys cursed to turn into a monster at night]]]]. She already had a secret relationship with him and [[spoiler: and was already pregnant]]. And sixteen years later [[spoiler:the same man (under a different identity) tries to arrange a marriage between himself and their ''daughter'']].

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* In ''Literature/TheLastWish'', Princess Pavetta has A common thing in ''Literature/TheMistsOfAvalon''. One example is Igraine's marriage to chose Gorlois; he is in his late forties and she isn't even twenty. They married several years ago and Igraine reminiscences how scared she was as a fifteen years old girl when [[MaritalRapeLicense he ignored her husband on during days and visited her 16th birthday and ends up picking a man who is at least twice her age [[spoiler:and [[Main/AllGirlsWantBadBoys cursed nights to turn into a monster at night]]]]. She already had a secret relationship with him and [[spoiler: and was already pregnant]].do his husbandly deeds to her]].

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* In ''Literature/TheLastWish'', Princess Pavetta has to chose her husband on her 16th birthday and ends up picking a man who ''Series/GameOfTheThrones'': While in the book series Tyrion was in his early twenties, here he is at least twice her age [[spoiler:and [[Main/AllGirlsWantBadBoys cursed to turn [[AgeLift a good twenty years older]] than the fourteen years old Sansa. Unusually for this trope, he is as much forced into a monster at night]]]]. She already had a secret relationship with him this marriage as she is, and [[spoiler: and was already pregnant]].is moral enough not to exercise his MaritalRapeLicense (especially after learning Sansa's age).
13th Nov '15 9:03:04 AM FF32
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* Not "old" per se, but in season one of ''{{Blackadder}}'', Prince Edmund marries the 8-year old Princess Leia of Hungary, much to his own dismay. Subverted somewhat as the marriage is purely political and completely platonic, with Leia even serving as something of a MoralityPet for Edmund. They spend their wedding night with Edmund reading her a bedtime story.
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* Not "old" per se, but in season one of ''{{Blackadder}}'', ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'', Prince Edmund marries the 8-year old Princess Leia of Hungary, much to his own dismay. Subverted somewhat as the marriage is purely political and completely platonic, with Leia even serving as something of a MoralityPet for Edmund. They spend their wedding night with Edmund reading her a bedtime story.
21st Oct '15 12:29:45 PM FF32
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* The Wife of Bath from ''Literature/CanterburyTales'' was first married to an old man when she was twelve years old. Notably she is so pleased with the arrangement - indulgent, manipulable old man, short marriage, and wealthy widowhood - that she goes on to willingly marry three other 'good old men'.
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* The Wife of Bath from ''Literature/CanterburyTales'' ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'' was first married to an old man when she was twelve years old. Notably she is so pleased with the arrangement - indulgent, manipulable old man, short marriage, and wealthy widowhood - that she goes on to willingly marry three other 'good old men'.
17th Oct '15 4:26:52 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''PoliceSquad'' episode "Testimony of Evil" (a.k.a. "Dead Men Don't Laugh"), Ed Hocken describes a man as "Married, one child. That didn't work out so he married a grown woman."
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* In the ''PoliceSquad'' ''Series/PoliceSquad'' episode "Testimony of Evil" (a.k.a. "Dead Men Don't Laugh"), Ed Hocken describes a man as "Married, one child. That didn't work out so he married a grown woman."

* In ''{{Resurrection}},'' Margaret mentions that she married her husband when she was seventeen and he was in his thirties; it was largely an ArrangedMarriage, since he was the heir to the town's major factory. She admits that she never really loved him, but that he was a nice man in general (despite being an alcoholic who needed her to run the business for him).
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* In ''{{Resurrection}},'' ''Series/{{Resurrection}},'' Margaret mentions that she married her husband when she was seventeen and he was in his thirties; it was largely an ArrangedMarriage, since he was the heir to the town's major factory. She admits that she never really loved him, but that he was a nice man in general (despite being an alcoholic who needed her to run the business for him).
6th Oct '15 2:29:24 PM Vox
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', which is happy to portray [[Deliberate ValuesDissonance just how weird medieval times were]], does a bit of this.
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', which is happy to portray [[Deliberate ValuesDissonance [[DeliberateValuesDissonance just how weird medieval times were]], does a bit of this.
6th Oct '15 2:26:52 PM Vox
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', which is happy to portray [[ValuesDissonance just how weird medieval times were]], does a bit of this.
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', which is happy to portray [[ValuesDissonance [[Deliberate ValuesDissonance just how weird medieval times were]], does a bit of this.
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