Created By: Perihelion on April 22, 2011 Last Edited By: animeg3282 on June 5, 2012

Forbidden Love

When taboo gets in the way of a relationship.

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As long as people have been falling in love, social norms have prevented some lovers from being together. The norms vary from society to society, although the incest taboo is almost universal. Forbidden Love applies whenever taboo prevents two individuals from (openly) being in a relationship. This can result in a Secret Relationship , a Suicide Pact , Courtly Love or even Happily Ever After. Compare Star-Crossed Lovers, which is about specific circumstances separating lovers rather than social norms, although there may be overlap.

This is a Super Trope, although because it depends on the cultural values presented in the work, no Sub-Trope will be universal. However, the following almost always qualify:

The following may qualify, although they're not as universal as the above:

Please add examples to the subtrope pages unless they don't fit anywhere but here.
Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • April 22, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Tip: Exactly What It Says On The Tin never makes a good laconic.
  • April 22, 2011
    Perihelion
    Okay, I changed it. This is the first trope I've submitted, so I didn't quite realize what laconics were for, but I think I've figured it out now.
  • April 22, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    Mayfly December Romance and May December Romance have elements of forbidden love because of the great age disparities.
  • April 22, 2011
    randomsurfer
  • April 23, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    ^Uptown Girl is possibly going to be combined with the inverse, in Inter Class Romance so might want to hold off on that one.
  • April 23, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    If you are married but love someone else, especially in an Arranged Marriage. Dunno if we have a trope for that specifically. Good Adultery Bad Adultery maybe?
  • April 23, 2011
    Perihelion
    Okay, I can hold off on Uptown Girl for now. I don't think Arranged Marriage is really forbidden love-specific enough, but I'll add Good Adultery Bad Adultery too. Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! I've been adding them.
  • April 23, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    It might be a good idea to make this an index.
  • April 23, 2011
    Perihelion
    I thought about that, but not all of the tropes apply all the time, and it's more of a supertrope than a group of related tropes imo. But I'm still pretty new at this, so I'm not really sure. What do other people think?
  • April 24, 2011
    ArchiveDigger
    I don't know. Everyone's Seen It A Million Times. So much it is almost a cliche(YMMV). Which is why it probably has not become a YKTTW yet, until now, that is.

    Overall. it's a bad idea for a trope, but I agree it should be an index.
  • April 24, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    Eh? How is it YMMV? If something is 'forbidden love' it's treated that way in-universe, no subjectivity about it.
  • April 24, 2011
    bluepenguin
    I think they're not saying that the trope itself is YMMV, but that it being cliche is.
  • April 24, 2011
    Perihelion
    I don't see what Seen It A Million Times has to do with it being a trope. Besides, whether or not it's cliche depends on the handling; it's not like there are no fresh twists on the subject anymore.

    I can definitely see it being an index, but I think it's a little more specific than most indexes are. Like if you look at the other love indexes, there's stuff about dating, exes, homosexuality, etc. They have subject matter in common rather than being specific examples of a general idea. On this other hand, forbidden love is a broad idea, and the subtropes are specific types of it. But it could kinda go either way. What do other people think?
  • April 24, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    It's a trope/index. We have such things for other SuperTropes.
  • April 26, 2011
    arromdee
    Wife Husbandry can probably be added to the second part.
  • April 26, 2011
    Perihelion
    While wife husbandry is certainly creepy, I wouldn't call it forbidden love per se since there's tons of historical precedent for it.

    And yeah, it can probably be a trope/index thing, but where should I put it in that case? List it as a trope or an index in the love index?
  • May 31, 2012
    animeg3282
    should this be revived?
  • June 2, 2012
    DracMonster
    Ignore this, was already there. (Sheesh, there should be a way to delete replies!)
  • June 2, 2012
    animeg3282
    I wonder if the person who made this would mind me talking about how it's popular in some genres( shoujo anime and manga LOVE forbidden love)
  • June 2, 2012
    randomsurfer
  • June 2, 2012
    DracMonster
    @animeg3282: This is over a year old. Its Up For Grabs by any reasonable standard. Go for it.
  • June 4, 2012
    Desertopa
    Natsumi's affection for Kenichi in Sharin No Kuni is an example which does not fall under any of the existing subtropes, as the setting has existing laws which can impose a literal prohibition of falling in love, to which she is subject.
  • June 4, 2012
    Kiefen
    Starcrossed Lovers Sorry but i think this already covers this (though granted this is a better name imo)
  • June 4, 2012
    Desertopa
    At least if the two are not broadened inappropriately, I would say these are separate tropes, albeit with a significant degree of overlap. Starcrossed Lovers specifies lovers who, for some reason, cannot end up happily together. Forbidden Love specifies lovers who have some social taboo working against their relationship, but they may ultimately find a way to be happy together.

    Will and Lyra would be Starcrossed Lovers who are not forbidden loves, since they cannot inhabit the same world in the long term or be allowed to regularly visit each other. Kevin And Kell are forbidden loves who are not starcrossed (they're quite happy together despite societal disapproval, and eventually the strength of their relationship even begins to turn popular opinion.) Romeo And Juliet are lovers who are both forbidden and starcrossed.
  • June 5, 2012
    Kiefen
    So maybe we should specify Starcrossed Lovers and Transplant social taboo examples to this?
  • June 5, 2012
    animeg3282
    nod.

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