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23rd Jan '17 9:56:49 PM Eievie
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* In ''The Jewel Of Medina'', the ArrangedMarriage between the prophet Muhammed (who was in his fifties) and the 9-year-old girl Aisha is portrayed as the coolest thing ever. The story practically casts her as a young superheroine on team righteous, under the benevolent leadership of her husband. The book subscribes to the theory that they waited a few more years before starting having sex, reducing the {{squick}} although not removing it completely. [[note]]Which is historically completely wrong, because at the time marriage ''law'' dictated a couple to consumate their marriage on the first night.[[/note]]

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* In ''The Jewel Of Medina'', the ArrangedMarriage between the prophet Muhammed (who was in his fifties) 50s) and the 9-year-old girl Aisha is portrayed as the coolest thing ever. The story practically casts her as a young superheroine on team righteous, under the benevolent leadership of her husband. The book subscribes to the theory that they waited a few more years before starting having sex, reducing the {{squick}} although not removing it completely. [[note]]Which is historically completely wrong, because at the time marriage ''law'' dictated a couple to consumate their marriage on the first night.[[/note]]



* ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'' takes this to the LogicalExtreme with [[spoiler:Gerridon]] (who's [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld immortal and 3,000 years old, but doesn't look it]]) and [[spoiler:Tieri]], who's only a year old. (Although to be fair, no one is raping babies. The whole point of their union was to have a child. They wait to consummate it, and if you do the math, [[spoiler:their son was conceived]] when she was about 22.)

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* ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'' takes this to the LogicalExtreme with [[spoiler:Gerridon]] (who's [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld immortal and 3,000 years old, but doesn't look it]]) and [[spoiler:Tieri]], who's only a year old. (Although to be fair, no one is raping babies. The whole point of their union was to have a child. They wait to consummate it, and if you do the math, [[spoiler:their son was conceived]] when she was about 22.23.)
23rd Jan '17 5:34:44 PM Mullon
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26th Dec '16 2:08:15 PM Eievie
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* The film ''Film/ChildBride'' is about an idealistic teacher campaigning to stop child marriage in her home in the Ozarks. Most of us remember the film more for its infamous skinny-dipping scene involving then twelve-year-old Shirley Mills, who played an eleven-year-old girl who is targeted for this trope by one of the locals.
* Deepa Mehta's ''Water'' features an eight-year-old girl who was married so young she barely remembers it, has not seen her husband in years, and is now a widow sent to live in an ashram for the rest of her life. Some of the other characters are implied to have been married at least as young, if not widowed quite so early.

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* The film ''Film/ChildBride'' is about an idealistic teacher campaigning to stop child marriage in her home in the Ozarks. Most of us remember the film more for its infamous skinny-dipping scene involving then twelve-year-old 12-year-old Shirley Mills, who played an eleven-year-old 11-year-old girl who is targeted for this trope by one of the locals.
* Deepa Mehta's ''Water'' features an eight-year-old 8-year-old girl who was married so young she barely remembers it, has not seen her husband in years, and is now a widow sent to live in an ashram for the rest of her life. Some of the other characters are implied to have been married at least as young, if not widowed quite so early.



* Referenced in ''Literature/EllaEnchanted'', wherein 15 year old Ella’s father wishes to marry her off to a rich man to regain his former wealth. Ella’s suitor turns out to be considerably older than her father is. The marriage doesn’t go through, however, and to the suitor’s credit, he didn’t actually know how old Ella was and is rather turned off at first when he realises she's that young.
* Nearly happens to poor Violet as part of Count Olaf's first plot to steal her fortune in Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents.
* In ''The Jewel Of Medina'', the ArrangedMarriage between the prophet Muhammed (who was in his fifties) and the nine-year-old girl Aisha is portrayed as the coolest thing ever. The story practically casts her as a young superheroine on team righteous, under the benevolent leadership of her husband. The book subscribes to the theory that they waited a few more years before starting having sex, reducing the {{squick}} although not removing it completely. [[note]]Which is historically completely wrong, because at the time marriage LAW dictated a couple to consumate their marriage on the first night.[[/note]]
** But in 7th century Arabia, such marriages obviously weren't unheard of. Sunni Muslims also still say that Aisha, despite the age difference, really was Muhammed's favorite wife (Shia Muslims tend to look at her in a less positive light though).

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* Referenced in ''Literature/EllaEnchanted'', wherein 15 year old 15-year-old Ella’s father wishes to marry her off to a rich man to regain his former wealth. Ella’s suitor turns out to be considerably older than her father is. The marriage doesn’t go through, however, and to the suitor’s credit, he didn’t actually know how old Ella was and is rather turned off at first when he realises she's that young.
* Nearly happens to poor Violet as part of Count Olaf's first plot to steal her fortune in Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents.
''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''.
* In ''The Jewel Of Medina'', the ArrangedMarriage between the prophet Muhammed (who was in his fifties) and the nine-year-old 9-year-old girl Aisha is portrayed as the coolest thing ever. The story practically casts her as a young superheroine on team righteous, under the benevolent leadership of her husband. The book subscribes to the theory that they waited a few more years before starting having sex, reducing the {{squick}} although not removing it completely. [[note]]Which is historically completely wrong, because at the time marriage LAW ''law'' dictated a couple to consumate their marriage on the first night.[[/note]]
** But in 7th century Arabia, such marriages obviously weren't unheard of. Sunni Muslims also still say that Aisha, despite the age difference, really was Muhammed's favorite wife wife. (Shia Muslims tend to look at her in a less positive light though). though.)



** At the start of the series Lord Walder Frey recently married his eighth wife, on his ninetieth birthday. For the record, she's younger than some of his great grandchildren, ''and'' pregnant.
** Played with in the case of Arianne Martell, who while still unmarried at the time we meet her, has been proposed as a potential bride for a number of men, all of whom are old enough to be her grandfather. She's informed her father that [[ChildMarriageVeto if he wants her to actually marry]], he's going to have to find her a husband young enough to still have his own teeth. [[spoiler: As it happens, he doesn't want her to marry just yet -- but can't tell her why -- and is suggesting old men precisely because he knows she'll refuse them.]]

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** At the start of the series Lord Walder Frey recently married his eighth wife, on his ninetieth 90th birthday. For the record, she's younger than some of his great grandchildren, ''and'' pregnant.
** Played with in the case of Arianne Martell, who while still unmarried at the time we meet her, has been proposed as a potential bride for a number of men, all of whom are old enough to be her grandfather. She's informed her father that [[ChildMarriageVeto if he wants her to actually marry]], he's going to have to find her a husband young enough to still have his own teeth. [[spoiler: As it happens, he doesn't want her to marry just yet -- but yet--but can't tell her why -- and why--and is suggesting old men precisely because he knows she'll refuse them.]]



* Gender-flipped in ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'', where regents attempt a political match between the [[AChildShallLeadThem six-year-old king]] and a fifteen-year-old girl, and later her twelve-year-old sister when the elder [[spoiler: elopes with a noble from a neighboring country]]. The marriage never happens, though.

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* Gender-flipped in ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'', where regents attempt a political match between the [[AChildShallLeadThem six-year-old 6-year-old king]] and a fifteen-year-old 15-year-old girl, and later her twelve-year-old 12-year-old sister when the elder [[spoiler: elopes with a noble from a neighboring country]]. The marriage never happens, though.



** Aravis's best friend Lasaraleen, on the other hand, goes through with her ArrangedMarriage and doesn't seem to understand why Aravis wouldn't want to. However, she's sort of a LovableAlphaBitch more concerned with her husband's money and position. And we actually don't know ''how'' old her husband is; he could be either a super old dude or a man in his twenties. We do know he talks to her - she's always quoting him - and by all indications they are both happy with their match.
* In ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', Svidrigrailov, a man in his 60s, gets engaged to a 14-year-old girl. Although it wasn't too unusual for people to get married that young back then, such a huge age difference definitely was, and the whole thing is very much played as {{Squick}}y. Even Svidrigrailov himself seems to realise it, as afterwards he has a dream in which a five-year-old girl [[FilleFatale attempts to seduce him]], which ''thoroughly'' creeps him out, and soon after he [[spoiler:commits suicide]].
* The Wife of Bath from ''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'.

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** Aravis's best friend Lasaraleen, on the other hand, goes through with her ArrangedMarriage and doesn't seem to understand why Aravis wouldn't want to. However, she's sort of a LovableAlphaBitch more concerned with her husband's money and position. And we actually don't know ''how'' old her husband is; he could be either a super old dude or a man in his twenties. We do know he talks to her - she's her--she's always quoting him - and him--and by all indications they are both happy with their match.
* In ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', Svidrigrailov, a man in his 60s, gets engaged to a 14-year-old girl. Although it wasn't too unusual for people to get married that young back then, such a huge age difference definitely was, and the whole thing is very much played as {{Squick}}y. Even Svidrigrailov himself seems to realise it, as afterwards he has a dream in which a five-year-old 5-year-old girl [[FilleFatale attempts to seduce him]], which ''thoroughly'' creeps him out, and soon after he [[spoiler:commits suicide]].
* The Wife of Bath from ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'' was first married to an old man when she was twelve 12 years old. Notably she is so pleased with the arrangement - indulgent, arrangement--indulgent, manipulable old man, short marriage, and wealthy widowhood - that widowhood--that she goes on to willingly marry three other 'good "good old men'. men."



* ''Literature/TheEyesOfTheDragon'' has a rare positive example: the old and somewhat sex-phobic King Roland has a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage with seventeen-year-old Sasha, and the two seem quite happy before her DeathByChildbirth. (The fact that she knew nothing about sex before their wedding night actually helped matters.)

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* ''Literature/TheEyesOfTheDragon'' has a rare positive example: the old and somewhat sex-phobic King Roland has a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage with seventeen-year-old 17-year-old Sasha, and the two seem quite happy before her DeathByChildbirth. (The fact that she knew nothing about sex before their wedding night actually helped matters.)



* Gender-flipped and downplayed in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', where the boys are married at sixteen to whole families of sisters, the oldest of them tend to be his senior. Of course, the brides aren't really ''old'' (the have to get married before they hit menopause, after all); they tend to be in their twenties and the boy is a teen. It's an age difference, with the genders swapped, at which no one reading, say, Creator/JaneAusten's novels would bat an eye. But all of the implications of this trope still follow: a young groom is put at mercy of his adult spouses, he's considered their ''property'' and there's a need for offspring, so MaritalRapeLicense is at play. Or even Marital ''Gang'' Rape License, if you will. The trope is played straight (age-wise) when Kij Porter - presumably in her late thirties, old enough to be his mother - takes an interest in the not-quite sixteen years old Jerin and wants to 'sample' her potential husband. Jerin is understandably horrified.

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* Gender-flipped and downplayed in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', where the boys are married at sixteen 16 to whole families of sisters, the oldest of them tend to be his senior. Of course, the brides aren't really ''old'' (the have to get married before they hit menopause, after all); they tend to be in their twenties and the boy is a teen. It's an age difference, with the genders swapped, at which no one reading, say, Creator/JaneAusten's novels would bat an eye. But all of the implications of this trope still follow: a young groom is put at mercy of his adult spouses, he's considered their ''property'' and there's a need for offspring, so MaritalRapeLicense is at play. Or even Marital ''Gang'' Rape License, if you will. The trope is played straight (age-wise) when Kij Porter - presumably Porter--presumably in her late thirties, old enough to be his mother - takes mother--takes an interest in the not-quite sixteen years old Jerin and wants to 'sample' "sample" her potential husband. Jerin is understandably horrified.



* This is standard in ''Literature/TheChemicalGardenTrilogy'' -- all the {{Arranged Marriage}}s are to older, rich men. In particular, one of Linden's wives is 13.
* In ''{{Literature/Holes}},'' Elya Yelnats, the protagonist's ancestor, wanted to marry a BrainlessBeauty his own age, but she was also being courted by a (relatively) richer man in his fifties. Thanks to Madame Zeroni, Elya is able to bring a bride-price just as valuable as his, and the girl's father lets her pick which man she wants. The fact that the girl ''didn't'' immediately pick Elya, but kept going back and forth between them, left him so dejected that he gave up, and she married the older man instead.
* A common thing in ''Literature/TheMistsOfAvalon''. One example is Igraine's marriage to Gorlois; he is in his late forties and she isn't even twenty. They married several years ago and Igraine reminisces how scared she was as a fifteen-year-old girl when [[MaritalRapeLicense he ignored her by day but visited her at night to do his husbandly deeds to her]].

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* This is standard in ''Literature/TheChemicalGardenTrilogy'' -- all ''Literature/TheChemicalGardenTrilogy''--all the {{Arranged Marriage}}s are to older, rich men. In particular, one of Linden's wives is 13.
* In ''{{Literature/Holes}},'' ''{{Literature/Holes}}'': Myra Menke is 14, almost 15, and her father decides she should get married when she turns 15. Elya Yelnats, the protagonist's ancestor, wanted Yelnats (15) and Igor Barkov (57) both want to marry a BrainlessBeauty his own age, but she was also being courted by a (relatively) richer man in his fifties. her. Thanks to Madame Zeroni, Elya is able to bring a bride-price just as valuable as his, Igor's, and the girl's Myra's father lets her pick which man she wants. The fact that the girl ''didn't'' Myra is a BrainlessBeauty and ''doesn't'' immediately pick Elya, but kept going back and forth between them, left him so dejected that he gave up, them. So Elya realizes she's a fool, and she married the older man instead.he decides he doesn't want to marry her and leaves. Myra marries Igor.
* A common thing in ''Literature/TheMistsOfAvalon''. One example is Igraine's marriage to Gorlois; he is in his late forties and she isn't even twenty. They married several years ago and Igraine reminisces how scared she was as a fifteen-year-old 15-year-old girl when [[MaritalRapeLicense he ignored her by day but visited her at night to do his husbandly deeds to her]].



*''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'' takes this to the LogicalExtreme with [[spoiler:Gerridon]] (who's [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld immortal and 3,000 years old, but doesn't look it]]) and [[spoiler:Tieri]], who's only a year old. (Although to be fair, no one is raping babies. The whole point of their union was to have a child. They wait to consummate it, and if you do the math, [[spoiler:their son was conceived]] when she was about 22.)



* Not "old" per se, but in season one of ''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.

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* Not "old" per se, but in season one of ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'', Prince Edmund marries the 8-year old 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.



* Series 1 of ''Series/BigLove'' introduces us to Rhonda, the sixteen-year-old girl promised to fundamentalist Mormon prophet Roman Grant; the marriage doesn't go ahead, but such marriages are presented as common on the Juniper Creek compound. Later in series 3, Nicki manages to prevent her fourteen-year-old daughter Cara Lynn from being married off to a much older man.
* In ''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).

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* Series 1 of ''Series/BigLove'' introduces us to Rhonda, the sixteen-year-old 16-year-old girl promised to fundamentalist Mormon prophet Roman Grant; the marriage doesn't go ahead, but such marriages are presented as common on the Juniper Creek compound. Later in series 3, Nicki manages to prevent her fourteen-year-old 14-year-old daughter Cara Lynn from being married off to a much older man.
* In ''Series/{{Resurrection}},'' Margaret mentions that she married her husband when she was seventeen 17 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).



* RodStewart's "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)" has also been interpreted as an older man coming on to a teenage girl ... and wanting to consummate something more than just a sexual relationship.

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* RodStewart's "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)" has also been interpreted as an older man coming on to a teenage girl ... girl… and wanting to consummate something more than just a sexual relationship.



* The backstory of Captain Lorimette, in ''VideoGame/QueenAtArms'', is only learned if Marcus really befriends her. She eventually reveals that when she was fourteen, she was married off to a lord who was old enough to be her grandfather - and widowed two years later. She does note that he said he married her for more than just her considerable beauty, but he never elaborated on what he meant.

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* The backstory of Captain Lorimette, in ''VideoGame/QueenAtArms'', is only learned if Marcus really befriends her. She eventually reveals that when she was fourteen, 14, she was married off to a lord who was old enough to be her grandfather - and grandfather--and widowed two years later. She does note that he said he married her for more than just her considerable beauty, but he never elaborated on what he meant.
31st Oct '16 8:13:54 AM CaptEquinox
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* Creator/{{Ouida}} had these in several books, most notoriously ''Moths'', where a woman [[ArrangedMarriage arranges her daughter's marriage]] to a rich old coot so ''she'' can live well and pay off ''her own'' debts. There's another one in ''Signa'', where a young musician finds the girl of his childhood dreams living as a courtesan with his own father.
19th Sep '16 11:48:04 PM zequeins
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* [=McGillis=] Fareed from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' is engaged to the 9-year old Almiria Bauduin. To be fair, the marriage itself is [[TheJailBaitWait not supposed to take place until she's of age,]] and there's a ''lot'' of political baggage on the situation.[[note]]Not wanting him to gain even more influence, they arranged his marriage with the child of the mistress of a major political family. But by the time the first season ends, the heir apparent of said family is dead, and this marriage is becoming more advantageous for him.[[/note]]

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* [=McGillis=] Fareed from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' is engaged to the 9-year old Almiria Bauduin. To be fair, the marriage itself is [[TheJailBaitWait not supposed to take place until she's of age,]] and there's a ''lot'' of political baggage on the situation.[[note]]Not wanting him the child of a mistress to gain even more influence, they arranged the engagement to stop his marriage with the child of the mistress of a major political family. advancement. But by the time the first season ends, the heir apparent of said family is dead, and this marriage the engagement to said heir's sister is becoming more advantageous for him.[[/note]]
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* [=McGillis=] Fareed from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' is engaged to the 9-year old Almiria Bauduin. To be fair, the marriage itself is [[TheJailBaitWait not supposed to take place until she's of age,]] and there's a ''lot'' of political baggage on the situation.[[note]]Not wanting him to gain even more influence, they arranged his marriage with the child of the mistress of a major political family. But by the time the first season ends, the heir apparent of said family is dead, and this marriage is becoming more advantageous for him.[[/note]]
18th Jun '16 10:09:11 AM LadyNorbert
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* In ''LightNovel/TheBrideOfAdarshan'', Prince Alexid, in his 20s, weds Princess Justinia, age 10, in a political marriage. It's less squicky than it sounds, because he's self imposing a JailBaitWait and it is implied that as she grows up he will genuinely fall in love with her. For the most part, their relationship is platonic in nature.

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* In ''LightNovel/TheBrideOfAdarshan'', Prince Alexid, in his 20s, weds Princess Justinia, age 10, in a political marriage. It's less squicky than it sounds, because he's self imposing self-imposing a JailBaitWait and it is implied that as she grows up he will genuinely fall in love with her. For the most part, their relationship is platonic in nature.



* While it doesn't appear on-screen, the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' novelization ''LightNovel/PocketMonstersTheAnimation'' mentions that ten year olds are legally adults who must pay taxes and can get married. While this does explain early episodes where the cast gets arrested, the anime itself ignores the idea and presents them as children.
* Gender-inverted and portrayed positively in ''Manga/ABridesStory''. In the late-19th century a woman named Amir is married to a boy eight years her junior. Amir herself is only twenty but [[DeliberateValuesDissonance in the setting]] is considered a ChristmasCake already.

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* While it doesn't appear on-screen, the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' novelization ''LightNovel/PocketMonstersTheAnimation'' mentions that ten year olds ten-year-olds are legally adults who must pay taxes and can get married. While this does explain early episodes where the cast gets arrested, the anime itself ignores the idea and presents them as children.
* Gender-inverted and portrayed positively in ''Manga/ABridesStory''. In the late-19th century late 19th century, a woman named Amir is married to a boy eight years her junior. Amir herself is only twenty twenty, but [[DeliberateValuesDissonance in the setting]] is considered a ChristmasCake already.



* The movie ''Film/{{Osama}}'' ends with the main character, a female child, getting married off to a man old enough to be her grandfather or even her grandfather's father. The scene right before the last scene is on the wedding day, focusing on how terrified the girl is and how much the other wives hate their husband. The very last scene is at night, showing the old man happy and content, performing the holy cleansing ritual that he had earlier in the movie taught a class of young boys that every good man is supposed to do after he has screwed his wife.

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* The movie ''Film/{{Osama}}'' ends with the main character, a female child, getting married off to a man old enough to be her grandfather or even her grandfather's father.great-grandfather. The scene right before the last scene is on the wedding day, focusing on how terrified the girl is and how much the other wives hate their husband. The very last scene is at night, showing the old man happy and content, performing the holy cleansing ritual that he had earlier in the movie taught a class of young boys that every good man is supposed to do after he has screwed his wife.



* In ''The Jewel Of Medina'', the ArrangedMarriage between the prophet Muhammed (who was in his fifties) and the nine years old girl Aisha is portrayed as the coolest thing ever. The story practically casts her as a young superheroine on team righteous, under the benevolent leadership of her husband. The book subscribes to the theory that they waited a few more years before starting having sex, reducing the {{squick}} although not removing it completely. [[note]]Which is historically completely wrong, because at the time marriage LAW dictated a couple to consumate their marriage on the first night.[[/note]]

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* In ''The Jewel Of Medina'', the ArrangedMarriage between the prophet Muhammed (who was in his fifties) and the nine years old nine-year-old girl Aisha is portrayed as the coolest thing ever. The story practically casts her as a young superheroine on team righteous, under the benevolent leadership of her husband. The book subscribes to the theory that they waited a few more years before starting having sex, reducing the {{squick}} although not removing it completely. [[note]]Which is historically completely wrong, because at the time marriage LAW dictated a couple to consumate their marriage on the first night.[[/note]]



* Subverted in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', where TomboyPrincess Aravis Tarkheena is betrothed to an older man...but she escapes on time, and eventually marries someone her age that she comes to truly love. Aravis's case wasn't helped by how a) her prospect older husband Ahoshta is the local SmugSnake as well as a {{Gonk}}; b) the marriage was arranged upon suggestion of Aravis's much hated WickedStepmother.
** Aravis's best friend Lasaraleen, however, goes through with her ArrangedMarriage and doesn't seem to understand why Aravis wouldn't want to. However, she's sort of a LovableAlphaBitch more concerned with her husband's money and position. And we actually don't know ''how'' old her husband is; for all we care he could be either a super old dude or a man as much in his twenties. We do know he talks to her - she's always quoting him - and indications are they are both happy with their match.

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* Subverted in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', where TomboyPrincess Aravis Tarkheena is betrothed to an older man... but she escapes on in time, and eventually marries someone her age that she comes to truly love. Aravis's case wasn't helped by how the facts that a) her prospect prospective older husband Ahoshta is the local SmugSnake as well as a {{Gonk}}; and b) the marriage was arranged upon the suggestion of Aravis's much hated WickedStepmother.
** Aravis's best friend Lasaraleen, however, on the other hand, goes through with her ArrangedMarriage and doesn't seem to understand why Aravis wouldn't want to. However, she's sort of a LovableAlphaBitch more concerned with her husband's money and position. And we actually don't know ''how'' old her husband is; for all we care he could be either a super old dude or a man as much in his twenties. We do know he talks to her - she's always quoting him - and by all indications are they are both happy with their match.



* In ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'', teenaged Siri is sent off to marry the God King Susebron, who is over half a century older, even though his godhood makes him look like a young man in his twenties. Fortunately for her, [[spoiler:he turns out to have no idea how sex works, so they don't end up consummating the marriage until after she's grown to love him.]]

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* In ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'', teenaged teenage Siri is sent off to marry the God King Susebron, who is over half a century older, even though his godhood makes him look like a young man in his twenties. Fortunately for her, [[spoiler:he turns out to have no idea how sex works, so they don't end up consummating the marriage until after she's grown to love him.]]



* Gender-flipped and downplayed in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', where the boys are married at sixteen to whole families of sisters, the oldest of them tend to be his senior. Of course, the brides aren't really ''old'' (the have to get married before they hit menopause, after all); they tend to be in they twenties and the boy is a teen - an age difference, with the genders swapped, no-one reading, say, Creator/JaneAusten's novel would bat an eye for. But all of the implications of this trope still follow: a young groom is put at mercy of his adult spouses, he's considered their ''property'' and there's a need for offspring, so MaritalRapeLicense is at play. Or even Marital ''Gang'' Rape License, if you will. The trope is played straight (age-wise) when Kij Porter - presumably in her late-thirties, old enough to be his mother - takes an interest in the not-quite sixteen years old Jerin and wants to 'sample' her potential husband. Jerin is understandably horrified.

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* Gender-flipped and downplayed in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', where the boys are married at sixteen to whole families of sisters, the oldest of them tend to be his senior. Of course, the brides aren't really ''old'' (the have to get married before they hit menopause, after all); they tend to be in they their twenties and the boy is a teen - teen. It's an age difference, with the genders swapped, no-one at which no one reading, say, Creator/JaneAusten's novel novels would bat an eye for.eye. But all of the implications of this trope still follow: a young groom is put at mercy of his adult spouses, he's considered their ''property'' and there's a need for offspring, so MaritalRapeLicense is at play. Or even Marital ''Gang'' Rape License, if you will. The trope is played straight (age-wise) when Kij Porter - presumably in her late-thirties, late thirties, old enough to be his mother - takes an interest in the not-quite sixteen years old Jerin and wants to 'sample' her potential husband. Jerin is understandably horrified.



* A common thing in ''Literature/TheMistsOfAvalon''. One example is Igraine's marriage to 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 during days and visited her at nights to do his husbandly deeds to her]].

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* A common thing in ''Literature/TheMistsOfAvalon''. One example is Igraine's marriage to Gorlois; he is in his late forties and she isn't even twenty. They married several years ago and Igraine reminiscences reminisces how scared she was as a fifteen years old fifteen-year-old girl when [[MaritalRapeLicense he ignored her during days and by day but visited her at nights night to do his husbandly deeds to her]].



* Series 1 of ''Series/BigLove'' introduces us to Rhonda, the 16 year-old girl promised to fundamentalist Mormon prophet Roman Grant; the marriage doesn't go ahead, but such marriages are presented as common on the Juniper Creek compound. Later in series 3, Nicki manages to prevent her 14 year-old daughter Cara Lynn from being married off to a much older man.

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* Series 1 of ''Series/BigLove'' introduces us to Rhonda, the 16 year-old sixteen-year-old girl promised to fundamentalist Mormon prophet Roman Grant; the marriage doesn't go ahead, but such marriages are presented as common on the Juniper Creek compound. Later in series 3, Nicki manages to prevent her 14 year-old fourteen-year-old daughter Cara Lynn from being married off to a much older man.



* 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 off marrying them for a decade.

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* In "I, Claudius", the empress is apalled appalled 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 off marrying them for a decade.



* RodStewart's "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)" has also been interpreted as an older man coming on to a teen-aged girl ... and wanting to consumate something more than just a sexual relationship.

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* RodStewart's "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)" has also been interpreted as an older man coming on to a teen-aged teenage girl ... and wanting to consumate consummate something more than just a sexual relationship.



* Toys/LittleAppleDolls: Animula was bethrothed to a warlord prior to her birth, who pillaged her parents village and threatened to take her mother. He came back for her when she turned seven.

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* Toys/LittleAppleDolls: Animula was bethrothed betrothed to a warlord prior to her birth, who pillaged her parents village and threatened to take her mother. He came back for her when she turned seven.



* Mitsuru Kirijou's Social Link in ''{{Persona 3}}'' involves the board of directors arranging for her to marry a much older man (She's about to graduate from high school, he's at least in his thirties) to stabilize the Kirijo Group after [[spoiler:her father's death]].
* In ''{{Suikoden}}'' the vampire Neclord makes a habit of abducting young women to make them his bride. After building his castle near the Warriors Village he visits said location and demands a new bride every year.

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* Mitsuru Kirijou's Social Link in ''{{Persona 3}}'' involves the board of directors arranging for her to marry a much older man (She's (she's about to graduate from high school, he's at least in his thirties) to stabilize the Kirijo Group after [[spoiler:her father's death]].
* In ''{{Suikoden}}'' the vampire Neclord makes a habit of abducting young women to make them his bride. After building his castle near the Warriors Village Village, he visits said location and demands a new bride every year.year.
* The backstory of Captain Lorimette, in ''VideoGame/QueenAtArms'', is only learned if Marcus really befriends her. She eventually reveals that when she was fourteen, she was married off to a lord who was old enough to be her grandfather - and widowed two years later. She does note that he said he married her for more than just her considerable beauty, but he never elaborated on what he meant.



* Weg from ''Webcomic/FairyDust'' has no tastes for children, but bought two eight and six years old wives for political gain.

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* Weg from ''Webcomic/FairyDust'' has no tastes taste for children, but bought two eight eight- and six years old six-year-old wives for political gain.
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* Gender-inverted and portrayed positively in ''Manga/ABridesStory''. In the late-19th century a woman named Amir is married to a boy eight years her junior. Amir herself is only twenty but [[DeliberateValuesDissonance in the setting]] is considered a ChristmasCake already.



* Toys/LittleAppleDolls:
** Animula was bethrothed to a warlord prior to her birth, who pillaged her parents village and threatened to take her mother. He came back for her when she turned seven.

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Toys/LittleAppleDolls: Animula was bethrothed to a warlord prior to her birth, who pillaged her parents village and threatened to take her mother. He came back for her when she turned seven.



* Averted by Doctor Irie (late twenties/early thirties) from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''; he expresses his wish to marry Satoko ([[VagueAge between nine and thirteen years old]]), but quickly follows up by saying he'd wait until she's of age. It's also heavily implied that his wish to marry her is a joke.

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* Averted Subverted by Doctor Irie (late twenties/early thirties) from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''; he expresses his wish to marry Satoko ([[VagueAge between nine and thirteen years old]]), but quickly follows up by saying he'd wait until she's of age. It's also heavily implied that his wish to marry her is a joke.
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* While it doesn't appear on-screen, the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' novelization ''LightNovel/PocketMonstersTheAnimation'' mentions that ten year olds are legally adults who must pay taxes and can get married. While this does explain early episodes where the cast gets arrested, the anime itself ignores the idea and presents them as children.
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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Schneizel and the Chinese eunuchs set up an ArrangedMarriage between Crown Prince Odysseus (around 30), and Empress Tianzi (13).

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Schneizel and the Chinese eunuchs set up an ArrangedMarriage between Crown Prince Odysseus (around 30), and Empress Tianzi (13).



* Averted by Doctor Irie (late twenties/early thirties) from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''; he expresses his wish to marry Satoko ([[VagueAge between nine and thirteen years old]]), but quickly follows up by saying he'd wait until she's of age. It's also implied that his wish to marry her is a joke.


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* Toys/LittleAppleDolls:
** Animula was bethrothed to a warlord prior to her birth, who pillaged her parents village and threatened to take her mother. He came back for her when she turned seven.
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* Averted by Doctor Irie (late twenties/early thirties) from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''; he expresses his wish to marry Satoko ([[VagueAge between nine and thirteen years old]]), but quickly follows up by saying he'd wait until she's of age. It's also heavily implied that his wish to marry her is a joke.
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