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8th Nov '16 12:37:37 PM ectostar
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The Unwanted Spouse is a character, usually in an AccidentalMarriage, ArrangedMarriage, or ShotgunWedding, who is completely unwanted by his/her spouse, so much so that it becomes a plot point.

This character can be heroic--unhappily married to a villain, and made so miserable by the marriage that he/she turns around and betrays him/her, joining the heroes--or villains (often the case if she's the woman standing between the story's two main lovers).

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The Unwanted Spouse is a character, usually in an AccidentalMarriage, ArrangedMarriage, or ShotgunWedding, who is completely unwanted by his/her their spouse, so much so that it becomes a plot point.

This character can be heroic--unhappily married to a villain, and made so miserable by the marriage that he/she turns they turn around and betrays him/her, betray them, joining the heroes--or villains (often the case if she's the woman standing between the story's two main lovers).
19th Sep '16 10:47:05 PM PaulA
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* In ''[[Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality With a Tangled Skein]]'', we have a male example. Niobe has an ArrangedMarriage to Cedric, a handsome, strong and highly intelligent man who is a few years younger than she is. Due to his youth, she is not at all happy. [[spoiler:Later, she completely changes her mind about him.]]

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* In ''[[Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality With a Tangled Skein]]'', we have a male example. ''Literature/WithATangledSkein'', Niobe has an ArrangedMarriage to Cedric, a handsome, strong and highly intelligent man who is a few years younger than she is. Due to his youth, she is not at all happy. [[spoiler:Later, she completely changes her mind about him.]]
10th Sep '16 9:39:09 AM Katsuhagi
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* ''Literature/IClaudius'' presents Claudius' marriage to his first wife Urgulanilla as this, with neither being thrilled when they're paired off as a favor to Urgulanilla's grandmother, who's a friend of Claudius' grandmother [[EvilMatriarch Livia]], and the two women mock them both for their unusual appearances (Claudius is crippled while Urgulanilla is a notably mannish looking woman). They stay together just long enough to have a child and then pretty much go on to live separate lives. Claudius actually says that there's so little emotion between them that he can't even say they were unhappy, and when he divorces her out of suspicion she was part of a murder plot and because she had a child with a slave she doesn't contest the charges. Ironically of all of Claudius' wives she's the only one who's never openly cruel or manipulative to him, and writes in her will after they're divorced that she knows he's not the idiot everyone thinks he is.

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* ''Literature/IClaudius'' presents Claudius' marriage to his first wife Urgulanilla as this, with neither being thrilled when they're paired off as a favor to Urgulanilla's grandmother, who's a friend of Claudius' grandmother [[EvilMatriarch Livia]], and the two women mock them both for their unusual appearances (Claudius is crippled while Urgulanilla is a notably mannish looking woman). They stay together just long enough to have a child and then pretty much go on to live separate lives. Claudius actually says that there's so little emotion between them that he can't even say they were unhappy, and when he divorces her out of suspicion she was part of a murder plot and because she had a child with a slave she doesn't contest the charges.charge. Claudius in turn goes out of his way to spare the baby by swapping it out with a stillborn child instead of exposing it as is his right as a cuckolded husband, showing he doesn't feel any ill will towards her either. Ironically of all of Claudius' wives she's the only one who's never openly cruel or manipulative to him, and writes in her will after they're divorced that she knows he's not the idiot everyone thinks he is.
9th Sep '16 12:13:20 PM Katsuhagi
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* ''Literature/IClaudius'' presents Claudius' marriage to his first wife Urgulanilla as this, with neither being thrilled when they're paired off as a favor to Urgulanilla's grandmother, who's a friend of Claudius' grandmother [[EvilMatriarch Livia]], and the two women mock them both for their unusual appearances (Claudius is crippled while Urgulanilla is a notably mannish looking woman). Claudius actually says that there's so little emotion between them that he can't even say they were unhappy, and when he divorces her out of suspicion she was part of a murder plot and because she had a child with a slave she doesn't contest the charges. Ironically of all of Claudius' wives she's the only one who's never openly cruel or manipulative to him, and writes in her will after they're divorced that she knows he's not the idiot everyone thinks.

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* ''Literature/IClaudius'' presents Claudius' marriage to his first wife Urgulanilla as this, with neither being thrilled when they're paired off as a favor to Urgulanilla's grandmother, who's a friend of Claudius' grandmother [[EvilMatriarch Livia]], and the two women mock them both for their unusual appearances (Claudius is crippled while Urgulanilla is a notably mannish looking woman). They stay together just long enough to have a child and then pretty much go on to live separate lives. Claudius actually says that there's so little emotion between them that he can't even say they were unhappy, and when he divorces her out of suspicion she was part of a murder plot and because she had a child with a slave she doesn't contest the charges. Ironically of all of Claudius' wives she's the only one who's never openly cruel or manipulative to him, and writes in her will after they're divorced that she knows he's not the idiot everyone thinks.thinks he is.
9th Sep '16 12:11:32 PM Katsuhagi
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* ''Literature/IClaudius'' presents Claudius' marriage to his first wife Urgulanilla as this, with neither being thrilled when they're paired off as a favor to Urgulanilla's grandmother, who's a friend of Claudius' grandmother [[EvilMatriarch Livia]], and the two women mock them both for their unusual appearances (Claudius is crippled while Urgulanilla is a notably mannish looking woman). Claudius actually says that there's so little emotion between them that he can't even say they were unhappy, and when he divorces her out of suspicion she was part of a murder plot and because she had a child with a slave she doesn't contest the charges and graciously accepts them. Ironically of all of Claudius' wives she's the only one who's never openly cruel or manipulative to him, and writes in her will after they're divorced that she knows he's not the idiot everyone thinks.

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* ''Literature/IClaudius'' presents Claudius' marriage to his first wife Urgulanilla as this, with neither being thrilled when they're paired off as a favor to Urgulanilla's grandmother, who's a friend of Claudius' grandmother [[EvilMatriarch Livia]], and the two women mock them both for their unusual appearances (Claudius is crippled while Urgulanilla is a notably mannish looking woman). Claudius actually says that there's so little emotion between them that he can't even say they were unhappy, and when he divorces her out of suspicion she was part of a murder plot and because she had a child with a slave she doesn't contest the charges and graciously accepts them.charges. Ironically of all of Claudius' wives she's the only one who's never openly cruel or manipulative to him, and writes in her will after they're divorced that she knows he's not the idiot everyone thinks.
30th Jul '16 7:35:05 AM shonengirl
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This character can be heroic--unhappily married to a villain, and made so miserable by the marriage that she turns around and betrays him, joining the heroes--or villainous (often the case if she's the woman standing between the story's two main lovers).

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This character can be heroic--unhappily married to a villain, and made so miserable by the marriage that she he/she turns around and betrays him, him/her, joining the heroes--or villainous villains (often the case if she's the woman standing between the story's two main lovers).
15th Jul '16 6:13:47 PM WanderingTedium
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Note that when an action hero's wife is like this, she usually ends up [[DieForOurShip Dying for the Ship]].

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Note that when an action hero's wife is like this, she usually ends up [[DieForOurShip Dying for the Ship]].
Ship]]. Not to be confused with TheMasochismTango, which describes a couple who hate each other but ultimately choose to remain married.
15th Apr '16 4:06:29 AM MajinAkuma
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2nd Apr '16 4:33:20 PM Jacob175
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-->-- ''TheOffspring'', "Why Don't You Get A Job?''

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-->-- ''TheOffspring'', ''Music/TheOffspring'', "Why Don't You Get A Job?''






* Hunding in [[Music/RichardWagner Wagner's]] ''Ring'' cycle (''Die Walküre''), whom Sieglinde had to marry against her will. She drugs him to facilitate her [[BrotherSisterIncest incestuous love]] for her brother Siegmund.



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* In samurai RPG ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'', this is a disadvantage that characters can take. Considering that wives are in charge of the man's finances, this can be especially painful for male [=PCs=], while the male domination of most marriages makes it physically painful for many wives. It's [[CrapsackWorld not a nice setting sometimes.]]
* From ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' there's Kayla who became Urza's wife after he won her hand in marriage by winning a contest of strength with an automaton he built. He was more interested in the relics in her father's vault than her.
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* In a NonstandardGameOver of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIV'', Rosella ends up marrying the hunchbacked son of the game's antagonist.
** Subverted later [[spoiler: Edgar was transmogrified into a hunchback, and had been kidnapped by Lolotte as a baby. Genesta transforms him into his ''true'' form, a handsome Fae Prince. In the seventh game, he's kidnapped and transmogrified ''again.'' After Rosella saves him, the pair wisely agree to a proper courtship before rushing into anything.]]

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* In a NonstandardGameOver of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIV'', ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIVThePerilsOfRosella'', Rosella ends up marrying the hunchbacked son of the game's antagonist.
** Subverted later [[spoiler: Edgar was transmogrified into a hunchback, and had been kidnapped by Lolotte as a baby. Genesta transforms him into his ''true'' form, a handsome Fae Prince. In the [[VideoGame/KingsQuestVIIThePrincelessBride seventh game, game]], he's kidnapped and transmogrified ''again.'' After Rosella saves him, the pair wisely agree to a proper courtship before rushing into anything.]]



* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', Seymour asks Yuna to marry him. She agrees to it, but [[spoiler:only to get close enough to confront him about murdering his father]]. Later in the game, he forces her to marry him while the rest of the party are held at gun point watching. Even stranger and {{squick}}ier is the fact that said wedding and Seymour's planting of a ForcefulKiss takes place while [[spoiler:he is technically ''dead'']]; Yuna's reaction is to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome angrily wiping her mouth with her sleeve]].

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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', Seymour asks Yuna to marry him. She agrees to it, but [[spoiler:only to get close enough to confront him about murdering his father]]. Later in the game, he forces her to marry him while the rest of the party are held at gun point watching. Even stranger and {{squick}}ier is the fact that said wedding and Seymour's planting of a ForcefulKiss takes place while [[spoiler:he is technically ''dead'']]; Yuna's reaction is to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome angrily wiping her mouth with her sleeve]].



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* In samurai RPG ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'', this is a disadvantage that characters can take. Considering that wives are in charge of the man's finances, this can be especially painful for male [=PCs=], while the male domination of most marriages makes it physically painful for many wives. It's [[CrapsackWorld not a nice setting sometimes.]]
* From ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' there's Kayla who became Urza's wife after he won her hand in marriage by winning a contest of strength with an automaton he built. He was more interested in the relics in her father's vault than her.

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* In samurai RPG ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'', this is a disadvantage ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=1508 Slick argues that characters can take. Considering that all wives are in charge of the man's finances, "ball and chain" and this can be especially painful for male [=PCs=], while the male domination of most marriages makes it physically painful for many wives. It's [[CrapsackWorld not a nice setting sometimes.]]
* From ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' there's Kayla who became Urza's wife after he won her hand in marriage by winning a contest of strength with an automaton he built. He was more interested in the relics in her father's vault than her.
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* Hunding in [[Music/RichardWagner Wagner's]] ''Ring'' cycle (''Die Walküre''), whom Sieglinde had to marry against her will. She drugs him to facilitate her [[BrotherSisterIncest incestuous love]] for her brother Siegmund.
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=1508 Slick argues that all wives are the "ball and chain" and this trope.]]
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1st Apr '16 11:22:23 PM HeroGal2347
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* In ''Series/TheATeam'' episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS1E12TillDeathDoUsPart Till Death Do Us Part]]", to keep an heiress' crooked fiance from getting his hands on her money (the reason he wanted to marry her), Hannibal has Face marry her instead. Face drags his feet the whole way. However, it's not so much objection to Jackie in particular (he does give hints of wanting to date her) as it is the fact that he has major {{commitment issues}}.
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