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5th Dec '16 3:14:44 AM Gaby007
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* Mariella Zabini from ''Fanfic/BlackSky'' is purely motivated by her desire to escape her life as a prostitute when she engages herself into an affair with the Prince of Sabina, whom she ''knows'' is without a male heir to succeed her. Unusually for this trope, the baby's birth would have been a boon for every party involved: Sabina gets a Heir and Mariella as the mother gets to spend her life in comfort and safety. Unfortunately, the Prince wasn't keen on acknowledging he fathered a bastard, [[spoiler: so he brutally mind-wiped Mariella and abandonned her to die in a slum, with her son who later grows up to become Xanxus of the Vongola.]]
31st Oct '16 2:04:03 PM my_username
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* ''Series/{{SantaBarbara}}'': Kirk Cranston really wanted to get his wife knocked up, so, he tampered with her birth control pills. He believed that if his wife got knocked up, she would never leave him.

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* ''Series/{{SantaBarbara}}'': ''Series/SantaBarbara'': Kirk Cranston really wanted to get his wife knocked up, so, he tampered with her birth control pills. He believed that if his wife got knocked up, she would never leave him.
31st Oct '16 2:02:03 PM my_username
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* ''Series/SantaBarbara'': Kirk Cranston really wanted to get his wife knocked up, so, he tampered with her birth control pills. He believed that if his wife got knocked up, she would never leave him.

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* ''Series/SantaBarbara'': ''Series/{{SantaBarbara}}'': Kirk Cranston really wanted to get his wife knocked up, so, he tampered with her birth control pills. He believed that if his wife got knocked up, she would never leave him.
31st Oct '16 2:00:10 PM my_username
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* On the daytime soap ''Series/SantaBarbara'', Kirk Cranston really wanted to get his wife knocked up, so, he tampered with her birth control pills. He believed that if his wife got knocked up, she would never leave him.

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* On the daytime soap ''Series/SantaBarbara'', ''Series/SantaBarbara'': Kirk Cranston really wanted to get his wife knocked up, so, he tampered with her birth control pills. He believed that if his wife got knocked up, she would never leave him.
31st Oct '16 1:58:08 PM my_username
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* On the daytime soap ''Series/Santa Barbara'', Kirk Cranston really wanted to get his wife knocked up, so, he tampered with her birth control pills. He believed that if his wife got knocked up, she would never leave him.

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* On the daytime soap ''Series/Santa Barbara'', ''Series/SantaBarbara'', Kirk Cranston really wanted to get his wife knocked up, so, he tampered with her birth control pills. He believed that if his wife got knocked up, she would never leave him.
31st Oct '16 1:56:06 PM my_username
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* On the daytime soap ''Series/Santa Barbara'', Kirk Cranston really wanted to get his wife knocked up, so, he tampered with her birth control pills. He believed that if his wife got knocked up, she would never leave him.
24th Oct '16 10:17:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheOnion'' had one of my favorite evocations of this trope [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/plan-to-trap-boyfriend-aborted,24722/ Here.]]

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* ''TheOnion'' ''Website/TheOnion'' had one of my favorite evocations of this trope [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/plan-to-trap-boyfriend-aborted,24722/ Here.]]
20th Oct '16 6:03:33 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/JenniferCrusie's ''Welcome to Temptation'', this happens TWICE. The main male character (many years before the book starts) marries his girlfriend at the time who becomes pregnant after lying to him about using birth control. A minor main character also marries a girlfriend who claims she's pregnant (also many years earlier), despite being in love with someone else. As the book puts it, "Eleven months later, sure enough, she had a baby."
** Also used in ''What a Lady Wants''. Armand first gets [[spoiler: June pregnant, then when that child dies he brings home his orphaned niece so she wouldn't leave.]] Then there's Stormy, who [[spoiler: poked holes in the condoms so Armand would marry her, who didn't know he had a secret vasectomy years before.]]

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''Welcome to Temptation'', this happens TWICE.twice. The main male character (many years before the book starts) marries his girlfriend at the time who becomes pregnant after lying to him about using birth control. A minor main character also marries a girlfriend who claims she's pregnant (also many years earlier), despite being in love with someone else. As the book puts it, "Eleven months later, sure enough, she had a baby."
** Also used in In ''What a the Lady Wants''. Wants'', Armand first gets [[spoiler: June [[spoiler:June pregnant, then when that child dies he brings home his orphaned niece so she wouldn't leave.]] Then there's Stormy, who [[spoiler: poked [[spoiler:poked holes in the condoms so Armand would marry her, who didn't know not knowing he had a secret vasectomy years before.]]
19th Oct '16 12:52:22 PM Taskmaster123
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* A common theme among many stories of professional athletes going broke, despite making tens of millions of dollars in salaries/bonuses/endorsements, is fathering multiple children with multiple women, many of whom seek to get pregnant in order to be able to extract child support payments. One former NFL player has ''ten'' children. By ''ten'' different women. This often leads to declaring bankruptcy or being arrested for failure to pay child support.
14th Oct '16 12:02:55 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''GoneWithTheWind'', the novel at least, Scarlett kicks herself for not thinking of this as a means of marrying Ashley after someone tells her about Rhett refusing to marry a girl he "ruined". The sequel "Scarlett" refers to this when Rhett gets into a similar situation, leading him to hastily divorce Scarlett and marry the other woman, not wanting a repeat of the scandal that drove him out of town years before.

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* In ''GoneWithTheWind'', ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'', the novel at least, Scarlett kicks herself for not thinking of this as a means of marrying Ashley after someone tells her about Rhett refusing to marry a girl he "ruined". The sequel "Scarlett" refers to this when Rhett gets into a similar situation, leading him to hastily divorce Scarlett and marry the other woman, not wanting a repeat of the scandal that drove him out of town years before.



* In ''BraveStory'' we eventually learn that [[spoiler: Wataru's mom]] faked a pregnancy to get her ex (who was already in a relationship with another woman) to marry her. He does, but it doesn't end well.
* Invoked in a supernatural way in ''InterviewWithTheVampire'': Lestat changes Claudia [[UndeadChild into a vampire]] so Louis will not leave him--if Louis leaves, Lestat will starve her to madness.
* In the second book of TheSisterhoodOfTheTravelingPants series, [[spoiler: a girl that Kostos slept with does this in order to guilt him into marrying her.]] In the fourth book, it's revealed that [[spoiler: she faked the pregnancy.]]

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* In ''BraveStory'' ''Literature/BraveStory'' we eventually learn that [[spoiler: Wataru's mom]] faked a pregnancy to get her ex (who was already in a relationship with another woman) to marry her. He does, but it doesn't end well.
* Invoked in a supernatural way in ''InterviewWithTheVampire'': ''Literature/InterviewWithTheVampire'': Lestat changes Claudia [[UndeadChild into a vampire]] so Louis will not leave him--if Louis leaves, Lestat will starve her to madness.
* In the second book of TheSisterhoodOfTheTravelingPants ''Literature/TheSisterhoodOfTheTravelingPants'' series, [[spoiler: a girl that Kostos slept with does this in order to guilt him into marrying her.]] In the fourth book, it's revealed that [[spoiler: she faked the pregnancy.]]
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