History Main / ShamCeremony

13th Sep '17 7:05:36 PM Zyffyr
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* Single-party "elections".
** Elections where all parties or candidates except [[UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin one]] are suspiciously unambitious and underadvertised is the more modern version.

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* Single-party "elections".
** Elections where all parties or candidates except [[UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin one]] are suspiciously unambitious and underadvertised is the more modern version.

13th Sep '17 5:18:25 PM Malady
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* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', quite possibly the little religious display that the four watch when they attend dinner with the Idri'en Tagen for the first time. After all, the very first person they met in the world told them that the Ketafan religion was fake and was imposed on the populace as a way to establish the Idris' legitimacy, and while a number of the Idris take the display seriously, the Idri-Head Grynun clearly does not.

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* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', quite possibly the little religious display that the four watch when they attend dinner with the Idri'en Tagen for the first time. After all, the very first person they met in the world told them that the Ketafan religion was fake and was imposed on the populace as a way to establish the Idris' legitimacy, and while a number of the Idris take the display seriously, the Idri-Head Grynun clearly does not.

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* ''Literature/BrotherCadfael'': In "The Hermit of Luton Forest", Richard and his fiancée-to-be go along with their ArrangedMarriage (he's ten) once he learns from Hyacinth that it won't be legally binding [[spoiler:since the titular hermit isn't a priest but a traitor in hiding]].

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* ''Literature/BrotherCadfael'': In "The Hermit of Luton Forest", Richard and his fiancée-to-be go along with their ArrangedMarriage (he's ten) once he learns from Hyacinth that it won't be legally binding [[spoiler:since the titular hermit isn't a priest but a traitor in hiding]].



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30th May '17 9:34:31 PM Kotomikun
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* Inverted in the first installment of ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''. Count Olaf "marries" Violet in a half-baked theater production; but he orchestrates this such that it would legally qualify as a ''real'' marriage, so he can claim her deceased parents' fortune. [[spoiler:She outwits him by [[LoopholeAbuse signing the contract with her left hand, making it invalid]].]]
24th Feb '17 10:44:02 PM Chabal2
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* ''Literature/BrotherCadfael'': In "The Hermit of Luton Forest", Richard and his fiancée-to-be go along with their ArrangedMarriage (he's ten) once he learns from Hyacinth that it won't be legally binding [[spoiler:since the titular hermit isn't a priest but a traitor in hiding]].



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* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'': At the beginning of the game, the player is put on trial after Marle's disappearance and will likely be surprised to learn of the subversion of WelcomeToCorneria (several witnesses come forth, people you did or didn't do favors for or saw the typical KleptomaniacHero behavior). However, in the end Crono is thrown into prison anyway as the Chancellor is [[spoiler:secretly a fiend descended from the one you're going to defeat a while later and thus is]] dead set against you. Much later, the situation is repeated with the King on trial and the same Chancellor, but this time [[spoiler: the Chancellor is revealed and defeated.]]
30th Dec '16 7:55:10 PM MiddleEighth
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*In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', quite possibly the little religious display that the four watch when they attend dinner with the Idri'en Tagen for the first time. After all, the very first person they met in the world told them that the Ketafan religion was fake and was imposed on the populace as a way to establish the Idris' legitimacy, and while a number of the Idris take the display seriously, the Idri-Head Grynun clearly does not.
14th Aug '16 7:30:21 PM Odacon_Spy
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* On ''TheSimpsons'', Troy McClure marries Selma to dispel rumors that [[BestialityIsDepraved he had been doing inappropriate things with fish]] and jumpstart his [[IncrediblyLamePun floundering]] career. Selma soon finds out that the marriage is a sham, but she's married and living "the good life," so she doesn't mind. Until Troy wants to have a baby with Selma; she reasons that while "they're not hurting anybody" living a sham marriage, she can't bring a baby into a loveless marriage, and divorces him.

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* On ''TheSimpsons'', Troy McClure [=McClure=] marries Selma to dispel rumors that [[BestialityIsDepraved he had been doing inappropriate things with fish]] and jumpstart his [[IncrediblyLamePun floundering]] career. Selma soon finds out that the marriage is a sham, but she's married and living "the good life," so she doesn't mind. Until Troy wants to have a baby with Selma; she reasons that while "they're not hurting anybody" living a sham marriage, she can't bring a baby into a loveless marriage, and divorces him.
13th Aug '16 12:34:05 PM nombretomado
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* [[DichterUndDenker German philosopher]] Oswald Spengler claimed in ''Literature/TheDeclineOfTheWest'' that Monarchy is this (necessarily) in the age of democracy - and parliamentarianism in the age of TheEmpire, like the late Roman republic.

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* [[DichterUndDenker [[UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker German philosopher]] Oswald Spengler claimed in ''Literature/TheDeclineOfTheWest'' that Monarchy is this (necessarily) in the age of democracy - and parliamentarianism in the age of TheEmpire, like the late Roman republic.
13th Jun '16 5:01:40 PM R1ck
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Sometimes called a FarcicalAquaticCeremony, in reference to the scene quoted in the page quote.



* In ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', a [[ShotgunWedding Forced Wedding]] turns into a FarcicalAquaticCeremony when the villain, stressed out by the arrival of the BigDamnHeroes, rushes the priest to finish the ceremony without wasting time on pesky details such as the "I do" part.

* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' starts and ends with a marriage ceremony that [[ZigZaggingTrope ZigZags]] between pure FarcicalAquaticCeremony, the real thing and an in-between in the form of an ArrangedMarriage bordering on forced marriage. It was all PlayedForLaughs, but the part that makes it fit this trope is when the princess is trying to escape the forced marriage and this escape is presented as if it was an official part of the ceremony.

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* In ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', a [[ShotgunWedding Forced Wedding]] turns into a FarcicalAquaticCeremony this when the villain, stressed out by the arrival of the BigDamnHeroes, rushes the priest to finish the ceremony without wasting time on pesky details such as the "I do" part.

* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' starts and ends with a marriage ceremony that [[ZigZaggingTrope ZigZags]] between a pure FarcicalAquaticCeremony, sham, the real thing and an in-between in the form of an ArrangedMarriage bordering on forced marriage. It was all PlayedForLaughs, but the part that makes it fit this trope is when the princess is trying to escape the forced marriage and this escape is presented as if it was an official part of the ceremony.



** His law degree was actually obtained legitimally even though he never took the required pre-law courses. Jeff is really [[BrilliantButLazy smart but lazy]].

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** His law degree was actually obtained legitimally legitimately even though he never took the required pre-law courses. Jeff is really [[BrilliantButLazy smart but lazy]].



* When UsefulNotes/BarackObama was sworn in as U.S. president, the [[IdiotBall Chief Justice of the Supreme Court read the oath incorrectly]]. Obama [[WhatAnIdiot hinted to him it was wrong, but when the Chief Justice continued to ask him to recite it incorrectly]], Obama [[ThrowItIn just went]] [[TheShowMustGoOn with it]]. Later on that day, they had the Chief Justice re-administer the oath, this time correctly, to forestall any attempts by people to claim that the incorrect oath made his swearing-in a sham ceremony and therefore he wasn't really president. While there was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_office_of_the_President_of_the_United_States#The_requirement_to_take_the_oath debate]] as to whether he would have become President, it wasn't necessary. In practice, the oath is largely ceremonial, since the swearing-in customarily takes place the minute the new term begins. Whether or not the President-elect takes the Oath on the prescribed day, his term begins on that day. See "http://www.snopes.com/history/american/atchison.asp" for the case of David Atchison, credited by some to be "President for a day" since Zachary Taylor refused to take the oath on a Sunday.
** Not that it actually ''did'' stop [[ConspiracyTheorist certain people]] from claiming the incorrect oath made his swearing-in a sham ceremony and therefore he wasn't really president. The "proper" swearing in, you see, couldn't be done [[InsaneTrollLogic because the first one had already invalidated his presidency--no take-backs]]!
15th Jan '16 7:51:12 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheStainlessSteelRat for President''. A planetary dictator has regular rigged elections to maintain the facade that he's a democratically elected President-for-Life. The protagonist decides to use this system against him by rigging the election in his own favour.

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* ''TheStainlessSteelRat ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat for President''. A planetary dictator has regular rigged elections to maintain the facade that he's a democratically elected President-for-Life. The protagonist decides to use this system against him by rigging the election in his own favour.
2nd Jan '16 5:14:40 AM hellomoto
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Ceremonies can be very significant. Swearing in of a president or crowning a king decides who is going to rule a country. A marriage ceremony declares that two people belong together, and an academic degree gives the recipient the right to be officially recognized for his competence.

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Ceremonies can be very significant. Swearing in of a president or crowning a king decides who is going to rule a country. A marriage ceremony declares that two people belong together, and an academic degree gives the recipient the right to be officially recognized for his their academic competence.
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