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25th Aug '17 8:16:53 PM DrY9K
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Quagmire gets drunk and accidentally marries an elderly hooker. He can't divorce her, because legally he could lose his home to her. [[StatusQuoIsGod Of course]], in the end, the hooker consents to divorce when she realizes that Quagmire isn't happy with her.
24th Apr '17 4:24:50 PM Katsuhagi
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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'', Victor of Velthomer and Cigyun of Velthomer were this to each other, since Victor was by all accounts a nasty piece of work and cheated on her repeatedly, not to mention how he raped her favorite maid in a drunken stupor, so it's no wonder that Sigyun ended up having an affair with [[spoiler:Prince Kurth]] which produced [[spoiler:Deirdre]].

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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'', Victor of Velthomer and Cigyun of Velthomer were this to each other, since Victor was by all accounts a nasty piece of work and cheated on her repeatedly, not to mention how he raped raping her favorite maid in a drunken stupor, so it's no wonder that Sigyun ended up having an affair with [[spoiler:Prince Kurth]] which produced [[spoiler:Deirdre]].
18th Apr '17 7:43:02 PM Katsuhagi
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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'', Victor of Velthomer and Cigyun of Velthomer were this to each other, since Victor was by all accounts a nasty piece of work and cheated on her repeatedly, not to mention how he raped her favorite maid in a drunken stupor, so it's no wonder that Sigyun ended up having an affair with [[spoiler:Prince Kurth]] which produced [[spoiler:Deirdre]].
18th Apr '17 6:58:33 PM 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 per Valyrian custom, but he 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.

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** Visenya Targaryen was said to be this to her brother/husband Aegon I, who was in an ArrangedMarriage with her per Valyrian custom, but he later chose to voluntarily wed their other sister Rhaenys. It Rhaenys and was said that Aegon to have spent ten nights with Rhaenys for every one with Visenya, and making it obvious to anyone who his favorite was. It was even rumored that she Visenya was appointed to supervise the Red Keep's construction so Aegon wouldn't have to suffer her presence.
18th Apr '17 6:56:12 PM 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.

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** Visenya Targaryen was said to be this to her brother/husband Aegon I, who was in an ArrangedMarriage with her per Valyrian custom, but he 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.
17th Apr '17 7:21:02 PM Katsuhagi
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* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul[=:Re=]'', Matsuri Washuu is unhappily married to a woman that he describes as "dull" and completely uninteresting. It was an ArrangedMarriage that he actively tried to avoid, spending a decade living in Germany and only writing to his fiancee when forced to do so. The lack of interest seems to be mutual, since she admits she doesn't really understand what he does for a living and doesn't really care to learn. Their marriage was purely a political matter, solidifying ties between the [[TheClan Washuu Clan]] and another influential family.

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* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul[=:Re=]'', Matsuri Washuu is unhappily married to a woman that he describes as "dull" and completely uninteresting. It was an ArrangedMarriage that he actively tried to avoid, spending a decade living in Germany and only writing to his fiancee when forced to do so. The lack of interest seems to be mutual, since she admits she doesn't really understand what he does for a living and doesn't really care to learn. Their marriage was purely a political matter, solidifying ties between the [[TheClan Washuu Clan]] and another influential family. The fact that he's [[spoiler:[[IncompatibleOrientation only interested in men]]]] probably has a large amount to do with it as well.
8th Apr '17 9:26:11 PM eowynjedi
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** And of course we have UsefulNotes/HenryVIII of England, who is infamous for the extremes he would go to in order to dispose of one unwanted spouse after another -- so far as splitting with the Roman Catholic Church for refusing to grant a divorce and [[StartMyOwn starting his own denomination]] in one case, and having the unlucky woman executed in two others.
*** Ironically enough, the only wife who was unwanted from the beginning, Anne of Cleeves, was the only one who didn't suffer much under his disposal of her - she agreed to a divorce/annulment of the marriage and had, allegedly, a quite cozy life in his household after that and remained friendly with him, even swapping their cooks at one point.

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** And of course we have UsefulNotes/HenryVIII of England, who is infamous for the extremes he would go to in order to dispose of one unwanted spouse after another -- so far as splitting with the Roman Catholic Church for refusing to grant a divorce and [[StartMyOwn starting his own denomination]] in one case, and having the unlucky woman executed in two others.
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others. Ironically enough, the only wife who was unwanted from the beginning, Anne of Cleeves, Cleves, was the only one who didn't suffer much under his disposal of her - she agreed to a divorce/annulment of the marriage right away and had, allegedly, a quite cozy life in his her own household after that and remained friendly with him, even swapping their cooks at one point.
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}}''.
** Bob
''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.
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