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16th Feb '17 10:14:04 AM Katsuhagi
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** Visenya Targaryen was said to be this to her brother/husband Aegon I, who was in an ArrangedMarriage with her but later chose to voluntarily wed their other sister Rhaenys. It was said that Aegon spent ten nights with Rhaenys for every one with Visenya, and it was even rumored that she was appointed to supervise the Red Keep's construction so Aegon wouldn't have to suffer her presence.
2nd Feb '17 6:01:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* MeatLoaf's song "Paradise by the Dashboard Light". Long story short, he swears to a girl that he'll love her till the end of time so he can get some. Fast forward, and now he's praying for the end of time to hurry up and get here, because he can't stand her but he won't break his word.

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* MeatLoaf's Music/MeatLoaf's song "Paradise by the Dashboard Light". Long story short, he swears to a girl that he'll love her till the end of time so he can get some. Fast forward, and now he's praying for the end of time to hurry up and get here, because he can't stand her but he won't break his word.



* There's also a Newfoundland song called "The Scolding Wife", covered by GreatBigSea, whose refrain goes:

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* There's also a Newfoundland song called "The Scolding Wife", covered by GreatBigSea, Music/GreatBigSea, whose refrain goes:



* "Why Don't You Get a Job" by ''TheOffspring'', quoted at the top of the page. The final verse tells about another, female, friend who has the same problem with her boyfriend.

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* "Why Don't You Get a Job" by ''TheOffspring'', ''Music/TheOffspring'', quoted at the top of the page. The final verse tells about another, female, friend who has the same problem with her boyfriend.
23rd Jan '17 5:55:15 PM Eievie
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* Isabella of France falls (somewhat) into the heroic category in ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' when her awful marriage and clear unwanted status leads her into the arms of William Wallace...and into literally bitching Longshanks to death at the end of the film.

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* Isabella of France falls (somewhat) into the heroic category in ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' when her awful marriage and clear unwanted status leads her into the arms of William Wallace... and into literally bitching Longshanks to death at the end of the film.



* Sita in Deepa Mehta's film ''Fire''. The movie opens with her on the honeymoon of her arranged marriage to Jatin, who remains involved with his girlfriend Julie. The trope also manifests, albeit with a twist, in the character of Radha - [[spoiler: her husband loves her but because she's infertile and he's deeply religious, refuses to have sex with her and pretty much keeps her around to test his devotion. He doesn't want to get rid of her, but she's deeply unhappy that he doesn't want her as a wife.]]

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* Sita in Deepa Mehta's film ''Fire''. The movie opens with her on the honeymoon of her arranged marriage to Jatin, who remains involved with his girlfriend Julie. The trope also manifests, albeit with a twist, in the character of Radha - [[spoiler: Radha--[[spoiler: her husband loves her but because she's infertile and he's deeply religious, refuses to have sex with her and pretty much keeps her around to test his devotion. He doesn't want to get rid of her, but she's deeply unhappy that he doesn't want her as a wife.]]



** Cersei and Robert, who would have both preferred to marry people who were by that point dead (Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, respectively) but Cersei at least tried to make it work until [[WrongNameOutburst Robert mistakenly called her Lyanna on their wedding night]], to the point that later she [[spoiler:conceived her children via her twin brother instead of him and had a hand in his death]].

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** Cersei and Robert, who would have both preferred to marry people who were by that point dead (Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, respectively) but Cersei at least tried to make it work until [[WrongNameOutburst Robert mistakenly called her Lyanna on their wedding night]], to the point that later she [[spoiler:conceived her night]]. They both cheated on each other a lot, had their children via her twin brother instead of him with someone else, and [[spoiler:Cersei had a hand in his Robert's death]].



* Sarima in ''Literatre/{{Wicked}}: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West''.
** This one works both ways. They were promised to each other as children without even meeting each other, so she doesn't really want Fiyero either.

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* Sarima and Fiyero in ''Literatre/{{Wicked}}: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West''.
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West''. This one works both ways. They were promised to each other as children without even meeting each other, so she doesn't really want Fiyero either.



* Literature/TheBible: How's this for an example? You get a guy named Jacob who is working for his uncle Laban. ([[Literature/TheBible You probably see where this is going, don't you?]]) He notices his daughter Rachel, who is quite beautiful...enough so for Jacob to offer to work seven years for Laban in order to marry Rachel (ItMakesSenseInContext). He does the work, gets married and learns (after the fact) that he just got hitched to [[spoiler:Rachel's decidedly less attractive sister, Leah]]. And then he works seven ''more'' years to get Rachel.

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* Literature/TheBible: How's this for an example? You get a guy named Jacob who is working for his uncle Laban. ([[Literature/TheBible You probably see where this is going, don't you?]]) He notices his daughter Rachel, who is quite beautiful... enough so for Jacob to offer to work seven years for Laban in order to marry Rachel (ItMakesSenseInContext). He does the work, gets married and learns (after the fact) that he just got hitched to [[spoiler:Rachel's decidedly less attractive sister, Leah]]. And then he works seven ''more'' years to get Rachel.



* ''Literature/CyberJolyDrim'' starts with the protagonist avoiding sex with her husband. Odd in that they [[MarryForLove married for love]] - she simply never expected him to become such a bore afterwards.

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* ''Literature/CyberJolyDrim'' starts with the protagonist avoiding sex with her husband. Odd in that they [[MarryForLove married for love]] - she love]]--she simply never expected him to become such a bore afterwards.



* 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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* In ''Series/TheATeam'' episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS1E12TillDeathDoUsPart Till [[Recap/TheATeamS1E12TillDeathDoUsPart "Till Death Do Us Part]]", 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}}.



* Dr Robert Kelso's marriage to his (unseen) wife in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.
** Bob Kelso even seems to do the same thing with his mistresses, or maybe that's a subversion.
** Though to be fair, it appears he ''did'' love her at first, even writing a song about her when he was younger.

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* Dr Robert Kelso's marriage to his (unseen) wife in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.
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''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. Kelso even seems to do the same thing with his mistresses, or maybe that's a subversion.
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subversion. Though to be fair, it appears he ''did'' love her at first, even writing a song about her when he was younger.



* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]", Spock and T'Pring are essentially this for each other, due to an ArrangedMarriage. Spock is only going through with the marriage because [[MateOrDie he'll die if he doesn't]], and T'Pring is involved with another man and would much rather marry ''him'' instead. Her efforts to avoid marrying Spock very nearly lead to Kirk's death.

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* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]", [[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime "Amok Time"]], Spock and T'Pring are essentially this for each other, due to an ArrangedMarriage. Spock is only going through with the marriage because [[MateOrDie he'll die if he doesn't]], and T'Pring is involved with another man and would much rather marry ''him'' instead. Her efforts to avoid marrying Spock very nearly lead to Kirk's death.
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.
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