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24th Jan '18 5:08:59 AM Derkhan
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* Deconstructed together with ArrangedMarriage in Steven Erikson's ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' prequel ''Literature/TheKharkanasTrilogy''. Upon receiving the news that she is to marry a considerably older war hero in order to enable him to rise to nobility as thanks for his deeds in the past war, Faror Hend, daughter of a decimated noble house, bolts to a military posting as far away from the capital as possible, where she proceeds to oggle over her younger cousin. When she hears that her betrothed is [[OhCRap on his way to her]], she jumps to conclusions and bolts ''again'', never stopping to consider why he'd bother to travel that far. Turns out [[ShellShockedVeteran Kagamandra Tulas]] is about as happy to ruin a young woman's life over political matters as she is to be saddled with an unwanted marriage, but since neither can get out of the arrangement gracefully, he was just trying to tell her that he does not care what she does as long as she's happy and safe. [[TheSnarkKnight Sharenas Ankhadu]] points out that neither behaviour is going to help matters.

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* Deconstructed together with ArrangedMarriage in Steven Erikson's Creator/StevenErikson's ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' prequel ''Literature/TheKharkanasTrilogy''. Upon receiving the news that she is to marry a considerably older war hero in order to enable him to rise to nobility as thanks for his deeds in the past war, Faror Hend, daughter of a decimated noble house, bolts to a military posting as far away from the capital as possible, where she proceeds to oggle over her younger cousin. When she hears that her betrothed is [[OhCRap on his way to her]], she jumps to conclusions and bolts ''again'', never stopping to consider why he'd bother to travel that far. Turns out [[ShellShockedVeteran Kagamandra Tulas]] is about as happy to ruin a young woman's life over political matters as she is to be saddled with an unwanted marriage, but since neither can get out of the arrangement gracefully, he was just trying to tell her that he does not care what she does as long as she's happy and safe. [[TheSnarkKnight Sharenas Ankhadu]] points out that neither behaviour is going to help matters.
8th Oct '17 9:34:33 AM DoctorCooper
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* ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresIII'': Elisabet Ramsey's backstory is that she became a pirate to escape from an arranged marriage and achieve freedom.
27th Aug '17 7:49:02 AM Andrzej
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* In ''Anime/RuneSoldierLouie'', [[RebelliousPrincess Melissa]] ran away from arranged marriage and even became a priestess to Mylee, the God of War to make sure her parents couldn't force her back.

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* In ''Anime/RuneSoldierLouie'', [[RebelliousPrincess Melissa]] ran away from an arranged marriage and even became a priestess to Mylee, the God of War War, to make sure her parents couldn't force her back.back. Although Melissa found her calling in serving Mylee as a WhiteMagicianGirl[=/=]CombatMedic who's supposed to partner with a [[BecauseDestinySaysSo divinely chosen]] Adventurer Hero, her bad luck with men still screwed her over and she got stuck in an ArrangedMarriage-like situation with an IdiotHero she can neither stand nor walk away from. This is made worse by the fact that, while there's no rule that says a Priestess of Mylee must hook up with her Champion, it happens so often that she's afraid that people will assume she and Louie are an item just from that, a misconception that Melissa vocally denies at every turn to the point it becomes her CatchPhrase.
19th Jul '17 10:06:19 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Aravis in Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/{{The Horse and His Boy}}'' does this to avoid being a child bride to an evil man.

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* Aravis in Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/{{The Horse and His Boy}}'' ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'' does this to avoid being becoming a child bride to an evil a cruel, repulsive old man.
22nd Apr '17 5:16:45 PM nombretomado
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* Millay of ''SuikodenIV'' fled Middleport when Schtoltenheim Reinbach II planned to make her marry his [[UpperClassTwit son]]. Her parents approved the marriage; ''she'' didn't, so she made a break for it. [[HeroicMime Your hero]] happens to meet her just as Reinbach II's goons track her down -- ironically enough, this is also the first time [[TheFightingNarcissist Schtoltenheim Reinbach]] ''[[TheFightingNarcissist III]]'' meets her, and he's blissfully unaware of the situation until ''after'' they've [[BigDamnHeroes helped her out]]. Then he's completely ''horrified'' at his father's terrible deeds, and apologizes profusely.

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* Millay of ''SuikodenIV'' ''VideoGame/SuikodenIV'' fled Middleport when Schtoltenheim Reinbach II planned to make her marry his [[UpperClassTwit son]]. Her parents approved the marriage; ''she'' didn't, so she made a break for it. [[HeroicMime Your hero]] happens to meet her just as Reinbach II's goons track her down -- ironically enough, this is also the first time [[TheFightingNarcissist Schtoltenheim Reinbach]] ''[[TheFightingNarcissist III]]'' meets her, and he's blissfully unaware of the situation until ''after'' they've [[BigDamnHeroes helped her out]]. Then he's completely ''horrified'' at his father's terrible deeds, and apologizes profusely.
10th Apr '17 7:23:54 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** By the end of the manga, Ryoga Hibiki is something of an unwilling version of this trope- he wants to be around his newfound (and borderline RelationshipSue) love interest and [[AccidentalMarriage accidental]] fiancee Akari, but his lack of direction means he can rarely even find her.
* In ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'' Romeo is arranged to marry Hermionine, he falls for Juliet and they run away together. Unfortunately for them, they get caught.

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** By the end of the manga, Ryoga Hibiki is something of an unwilling version of this trope- he wants to be around his newfound (and borderline RelationshipSue) newfound love interest and [[AccidentalMarriage accidental]] fiancee Akari, Akari Unryuu, but his lack of direction means he can rarely even find her.
* In ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'' Romeo is arranged to marry Hermionine, Hermione, he falls for Juliet and they run away together. Unfortunately for them, they get caught.




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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', it turns out that [[spoiler: Lola]] is actually this. [[spoiler: She's one of Big Mom's daughters and she ran away from an ArrangedMarriage to a Giant Prince, causing her to be estranged from her family save for her twin sister Chiffon.]]
22nd Mar '17 12:05:26 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'': Astrid ran away from home rather than be forced into a marriage. Since the man her parents wanted her to marry is Senator Lekain, who is eventually revealed as a genocidal monster, this is entirely understandable on her part.

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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'': ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia'', Prince Michalis of Macedon tried to arrange a marriage between himself and the WhiteMagicianGirl Lena, a young woman whose foster father is of a ''very'' noble house. Lena greatly disliked the power-hungry EvilPrince, however; she turned Michalis' proposal down and ran the HELL away from him.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'',
Astrid ran away from home rather than be forced into a marriage. Since the man her parents wanted her to marry is Senator Lekain, who is eventually revealed as a genocidal monster, this is entirely understandable on her part.
5th Mar '17 10:13:32 AM nombretomado
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* In the [[MarvelComics Marvel comic]] ''ComicBook/{{Marvel 1602}}'', [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Susan Storm]] went aboard Captain Benjamin Grimm's ship, the Fantastick, to escape such a marriage.

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* In the [[MarvelComics [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel comic]] ''ComicBook/{{Marvel 1602}}'', [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Susan Storm]] went aboard Captain Benjamin Grimm's ship, the Fantastick, to escape such a marriage.
28th Oct '16 3:10:56 PM Morgenthaler
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* Talia, the main character of the original ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' trilogy, does this, although she left before being assigned a specific bridegroom. She was thirteen at the time.

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* Talia, the main character of the original ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' trilogy, does this, although she left before being assigned a specific bridegroom. She was thirteen at the time.



* Aravis in Creator/CSLewis's ''{{The Horse and His Boy}}'' does this to avoid being a child bride to an evil man.

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* Aravis in Creator/CSLewis's ''{{The ''Literature/{{The Horse and His Boy}}'' does this to avoid being a child bride to an evil man.



* In ''Animation/TheFrogPrincess'' by Creator/EDBaker, Emma runs to the swamp when she finds out she's to be engaged to an empty-headed and vain prince. She didn't intend to stay for long, but she ended up turning into a frog. Yeah, another fairy-tale universe.
* Subverted in ''{{Shabanu}}'', where the title character tries to run away from an arranged marriage to someone old enough to be her ''[[{{Squick}} grandfather]]''. [[spoiler: She gets ([[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown severely]]?) beaten up by her parents, and marries the guy anyway.]]

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* In ''Animation/TheFrogPrincess'' ''Literature/TheFrogPrincess'' by Creator/EDBaker, Emma runs to the swamp when she finds out she's to be engaged to an empty-headed and vain prince. She didn't intend to stay for long, but she ended up turning into a frog. Yeah, another fairy-tale universe.
* Subverted in ''{{Shabanu}}'', ''Literature/{{Shabanu}}'', where the title character tries to run away from an arranged marriage to someone old enough to be her ''[[{{Squick}} grandfather]]''. [[spoiler: She gets ([[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown severely]]?) beaten up by her parents, and marries the guy anyway.]]



* The ''FTroop'' episode "From Karate With Love", which focused on a runaway Japanese bride and the {{Samurai}} sent to fetch her.

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* The ''FTroop'' ''Series/FTroop'' episode "From Karate With Love", which focused on a runaway Japanese bride and the {{Samurai}} sent to fetch her.
28th Oct '16 3:09:55 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the 1991 film version of ''Film/RobinHood1991'', Maid Marion (Uma Thurman) runs away to Sherwood Forest to escape her arranged marriage to Sir Miles Flaconet (Jürgen Prochnow).

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* Inverted in the classic comedy ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight'', where the fiancée escapes her [[ParentalMarriageVeto father's custody]] in order to get to her soon-to-be husband.

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** ''Literature/BathTangle'' actually has a subversion, of sorts: the hero's unwanted fiancée runs away from ''him''...and then is persuaded to go back by the heroine, who argues that a loveless but comfortable marriage to the hero (who isn't nearly as horrible as he seems) is much better than a hasty elopement with the hero's poorer nephew.

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* "The Big Bopper Wedding" by Music/TheBigBopper, in which he gets cold feet on his wedding day.
* "A Legal Matter" by Music/TheWho, from ''Music/MyGeneration'' where the protagonist doesn't want to get married, despite everything already being taken care of.

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* "The Big Bopper Wedding" by Music/TheBigBopper, in which he gets cold feet on his wedding day.
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* "A Legal Matter" by Music/TheWho, from ''Music/MyGeneration'' where the protagonist doesn't want to get married, despite everything already being taken care of.



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