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21st Feb '18 10:02:23 PM TitoMosquito
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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=] 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; Selma (or rather ''has'' to have a baby [[ItMakesSenseInContext in order to co-star on Rainer Wolfcastle's latest movie]]); 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.
23rd Jan '18 7:00:35 AM Cryoclaste
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* ''WorldOfWarcraft'' has many of these, since every single character in this online world is treated like TheChosenOne and the player is supposed to pretend that all other players (as well as his own alternate characters) are The HeroOfAnotherStory in spite of doing the exact same quests.

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* ''WorldOfWarcraft'' ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has many of these, since every single character in this online world is treated like TheChosenOne and the player is supposed to pretend that all other players (as well as his own alternate characters) are The HeroOfAnotherStory in spite of doing the exact same quests.
22nd Dec '17 2:07:34 PM margdean56
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Not restricted to political power, this trope include any case when a ceremony or ritual ''in itself'' gives power, privilege or recognition in society while the true power dynamic is obfuscated. Not limited to successful attempts, this trope includes exposed and failed attempts to gain or maintain the status from a ShamCeremony.

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Not restricted to political power, this trope include includes any case when a ceremony or ritual ''in itself'' gives power, privilege or recognition in society while the true power dynamic is obfuscated. Not limited to successful attempts, this trope includes exposed and failed attempts to gain or maintain the status from a 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.
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