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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.
24th Apr '16 10:52:54 PM Pichu-kun
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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.
24th Apr '16 10:42:56 PM Pichu-kun
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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.
7th Mar '16 5:21:20 PM Pichu-kun
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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.
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.
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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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* 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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* ''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).
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.
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