History Main / TrophyWife

24th Jul '17 6:10:23 AM angie710
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She is often seen as a contrast to the first wife. If the first wife is the sympathetic character, she sacrificed her own career prospects and youth to support her husband's advancement during the long hard early years only to be summarily dumped for the younger, prettier trophy wife. If the second wife is meant to be sympathetic, then the first wife is a nagging, emasculating harridan who only ever cared about the social status and wealth she'd eventually pushed her husband into, while the second wife truly cares about him as a person and understands his inner creative urges.

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[[GoodAdulteryBadAdultery She is often seen as a contrast to the first wife.wife]]. If the first wife is the sympathetic character, she sacrificed her own career prospects and youth to support her husband's advancement during the long hard early years only to be summarily dumped for the younger, prettier trophy wife. If the second wife is meant to be sympathetic, then the first wife is a nagging, emasculating harridan who only ever cared about the social status and wealth she'd eventually pushed her husband into, while the second wife truly cares about him as a person and understands his inner creative urges.
27th Jun '17 6:53:57 AM nightkiller
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* ''Film/MonaLisaSmile'' is about the art professor teaching all the girls at Wellesley to actually apply themselves and learn. In the 1950s and earlier, the whole point of a woman going to college was to find a husband to whom they could become a well-converse, good little trophy wife.

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* ''Film/MonaLisaSmile'' is about the art professor teaching all the girls at Wellesley to actually apply themselves and learn. In the 1950s and earlier, the whole point of a woman going to college for many women was to find a husband to whom they could become a well-converse, good little trophy wife.
24th Jun '17 9:32:42 AM DrOO7
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* All versions of ''Series/LawAndOrder'' have featured varying types of these. Unsurprisingly, they often turn out to be unfaithful and involved in the murder. Occasionally, viewers are thrown for a loop when the woman turns out to be innocent and genuinely upset by her husband's death. An even loopier one had the woman being completely indifferent, but innocent all the same.
16th Apr '17 2:15:58 PM JoeMerl
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* Played with on ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}''. [[spoiler: Echo is implanted with the mind of a rich woman who has been murdered to sniff out her killer. All the clues suggest that its her hunky trophy husband in it for the money. In fact, they were {{Red Herring}}s as the husband actually loved her dearly, and the son was the killer because of his jealousy over the husband.]]

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* Played with on ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}''. [[spoiler: Echo is implanted with the mind of a rich woman who has been murdered murdered, and now wants to sniff out [[WhodunnitToMe discover her killer. All own killer]]. The woman had a young, attractive husband whom she truly loved, but who is now one of the suspects, along with her two adult children. [[spoiler:[[RedHerring Though most of the clues suggest that its point to him]], it was actually her hunky trophy husband son, in it for the money. In fact, they were {{Red Herring}}s as part because he was jealous of how much she lavished on the husband actually loved her dearly, and the son was the killer because instead of his jealousy over the husband.]]him]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', when Marge became a successful businesswoman, Homer met up with other Trophy Husbands [[spoiler:(whose wifes had dumped their Homer-like first husbands - well, for the most part)]] who try to teach him about their way of life. They make him fear Marge would dump him for a man better suited for trophy husband role. [[spoiler:One of the "trophy husbands" was actually a first husband who had completely made himself over; Homer tries to follow his footsteps.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', when Marge became a successful businesswoman, Homer met up with other Trophy Husbands [[spoiler:(whose wifes had dumped discovers that most of her peers have divorced their Homer-like Homer-esque first husbands - well, for the most part)]] who try younger, attractive men, and he begins to teach him about their way of life. They make him fear that Marge would dump him for a man better suited for trophy husband role. [[spoiler:One will do the same. One of the "trophy husbands" was actually a first husband who had completely made himself over; Homer tries to follow his footsteps.]]
1st Feb '17 12:59:16 AM ectostar
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* Occasional SpiderMan villain [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain (the term should be used loosely)]] the White Rabbit claims she was once this to an elderly millionaire named Lewis Dogson, and the reason she can even get any Mooks to work for her is because she can pay them better than they could get anywhere else, seeing as she inherited his fortune. (She claimed that she [[BlackWidow "cleverly bumped Dogson off"]] and that [[OutWithABang "he died happy"]], but very little of what she says [[CloudCuckooLander should be taken at face value.]])

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* Occasional SpiderMan villain [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain (the term should be used loosely)]] the White Rabbit claims she was once this to an elderly millionaire named Lewis Dogson, and the reason she can even get any Mooks to work for her is because she can pay them better than they could get anywhere else, seeing as she inherited his fortune. (She claimed that she [[BlackWidow "cleverly bumped Dogson off"]] and that [[OutWithABang "he died happy"]], but very little of what she says [[CloudCuckooLander should be taken at face value.]]) value]].)



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* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', the protagonist's father reveals on his deathbed that he thinks he should have married Stala (the illegitimate daughter of a nobleman) instead of Muellen (her legitimate half-sister), and regrets his decision to marry Muellen because he was too proud to marry a commoner. [[{{Jerkass}} He says all this while Muellen and her children are present.]] Even worse, he abused Muellen and the kids, so he's adding insult to injury.

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* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', the protagonist's father reveals on his deathbed that he thinks he should have married Stala (the illegitimate daughter of a nobleman) instead of Muellen (her legitimate half-sister), and regrets his decision to marry Muellen because he was too proud to marry a commoner. [[{{Jerkass}} He says all this while Muellen and her children are present.]] present]]. Even worse, he abused Muellen and the kids, so he's adding insult to injury.






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29th Jan '17 8:36:18 AM DarkMask
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* ''WesternAnimation/AllenGregory'' features pretentious jerk Richard being married to a handsome heterosexual trophy husband, Jeremy, whom he stalked and harassed into hooking up with him. Jeremy is forced to stay at home and take care of the house (and accept Richard's sexual advances against his will) in exchange for being taken care of, as well as have Richard finally leave Jeremy's real wife and family alone.
27th Nov '16 3:10:58 PM nombretomado
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* In ''OfMiceAndMen'', Curly's wife is this. He tries to keep her shut up in their house, threatening anyone who shows any attention to her, and generally leaves her feeling isolated and miserable. This leads to her trying to find workers who don't run for the hills when she flirts with them, and [[spoiler:sadly leads to her letting Lennie stroke her hair, in turn causing her to die when he begins shaking her violently.]]
* In ''TheHorseAndHisBoy,'' Aravis Tharkeena [[RunawayBride ran away from home]] to ''avert'' the trope. Not helped by how her "fiancè" is [[OldManMarryingAChild a much older]] SmugSnake, or by how the marriage was arranged by her [[ParentWithNewParamour much loathed]] WickedStepmother.

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* In ''OfMiceAndMen'', ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'', Curly's wife is this. He tries to keep her shut up in their house, threatening anyone who shows any attention to her, and generally leaves her feeling isolated and miserable. This leads to her trying to find workers who don't run for the hills when she flirts with them, and [[spoiler:sadly leads to her letting Lennie stroke her hair, in turn causing her to die when he begins shaking her violently.]]
* In ''TheHorseAndHisBoy,'' ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy,'' Aravis Tharkeena [[RunawayBride ran away from home]] to ''avert'' the trope. Not helped by how her "fiancè" is [[OldManMarryingAChild a much older]] SmugSnake, or by how the marriage was arranged by her [[ParentWithNewParamour much loathed]] WickedStepmother.
20th Oct '16 5:31:52 PM thatmadork
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', Chief Burguk of Dushnikh Yal's latest wife, Shel, is dressed in tavern wench clothing and does nothing but walk around. His other two wives, Arob and Gharol, are respectively manning the stronghold's walls and working the forge. Being [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]], you'd think that being able to either forge steel or use it would be the ultimate trophy wife trait, but apparently Burguk thinks differently.
17th Sep '16 2:10:39 AM Furienna
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* In Literature/TheBible, Esther is chosen to be King Ahasuerus' queen, to replace Vashti, whom he had executed. An atypical example both because Esther was basically forced into it, and, though chosen largely for her looks, she actually turns out to be a {{Guile Hero}}ine who uses her position to save her people from genocide.

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* In Literature/TheBible, Esther is chosen to be King Ahasuerus' queen, queen to replace Vashti, whom he had executed.the banished Vashti. An atypical example both because Esther was basically forced into it, and, though chosen largely for her looks, she actually turns out to be a {{Guile Hero}}ine who uses her position to save her people from genocide.
14th Sep '16 9:13:41 AM jamespolk
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* In ''[[Film/TheMerryWidow1925 The Merry Widow]]'' this is the explicit deal, as creepy Baron Sadoja offers Sally the show girl not only money and power, but status and the chance to embarrass the royal family, as Sally was engaged to marry Prince Danilo before the King and Queen vetoed the wedding.

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* In ''[[Film/TheMerryWidow1925 The Merry Widow]]'' this is the explicit deal, as creepy Baron Sadoja offers Sally the show girl showgirl not only money and power, but status and the chance to embarrass the royal family, as Sally was engaged to marry Prince Danilo before the King and Queen vetoed the wedding.


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* ''Film/ThePowerAndTheGlory'': After Tom executes a hostile takeover of another railroad, the railroad's former owner basically throws his sexy daughter Eve at Tom out of desperation. It works, as Tom dumps his age-appropriate first wife Sally and marries Eve, who is young enough to be his daughter. Terrible tragedy ensues.
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