Created By: YKTTWedMay 8, 2011 Last Edited By: peccantisMay 13, 2011

Plot Concluding Marriage

Characters marry, plot solved.

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Alice is Ax Crazy after Fred, who's into Claire who's avoiding Bob who's a secret agent in hiding. Somehow Claire also managed to piss Alice off by stealing her bike and now Fred is blackmailing Bob for -- oops, we're out of showtime. Quick, something!

Claire and Fred get married. Everything is settled. The end.

Nuptione Exmachina (or Marriage From The Machine for the non Latinophone) is basically a specific type of Ass Pull occurring at the end of a comedic work. Whatever was going on in the plot previously, a marriage or two will make it all better.

Compare and contrast with Weddings For Everyone, which covers examples where characters get married after the other aspects of the plot have been concluded.

Up For Grabs, Needs More Examples (Shakespearean examples anyone?), Needs A Better Description (although the Laconic is pretty much everything there is to say about this).

Indexes: Marriage Tropes, Ending Tropes, Comedy Tropes
Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • May 8, 2011
    Rolf
    You can always make it Up For Grabs, so other people can edit it. Otherwise it will just stay way it is.
  • May 8, 2011
    YKTTWed
    Bad Snowclone.

    [OP "Changed."]
  • May 9, 2011
    NESBoy
  • May 9, 2011
    HumanaUox
    The snowclone sucks. Make it Deus Ex Nuptione, or something...
  • May 9, 2011
    jaytee
    Wouldn't it be Nuptione Ex Machina, to preserve the meaning?

    In any case, this is pretty much what the word "comedy" meant when applied to Shakespeare-era theatre.
  • May 10, 2011
    Arivne
    ^ ^^ I have no idea what "nuptione" means (and a quick check on Google and The Other Wiki turned up nothing).

    Did you mean Nuptials Ex Machina?
  • May 10, 2011
    jaytee
    ^I just assumed it was latin for marriage.
  • May 10, 2011
    YKTTWed
    Can someone who knows Latin give us a little hint here? Or a better name?
  • May 12, 2011
    Merlock
    In The Princess And The Frog, Tiana becomes a princess when she marries Naveen, meaning that their wedding kiss is what actually ends the curse and resolves the plot of the movie.
  • May 12, 2011
    Frank75
    AFAIK it's matrimonium, but that doesn't make a good title either.
  • May 12, 2011
    peccantis
    AFAIK matrimonium means marriage as in wedlock. Wedding would be (in basic form) nuptiae.
  • May 12, 2011
    Earnest
    Krull has this as an actual plot point. Lyssa and Colwyn's marriage at the opening includes Lyssa grabbing a flame from water, and would conclude when she handed it to her intended husband. However, the ceremony is interrupted while she still has the flame (it's magic, so it doesn't harm her at all and can be summoned up at will). At the conclusion Colwyn deafeats The Beast but can't get his cool spiked boomerang from the corpse, and of course the Beast turns out to be Not Quite Dead. To beat it, they conclude the ceremony, and having received the fire from Lyssa he basically incinerates The Beast.
  • May 12, 2011
    jaytee
    For Shakespearean examples, literally every comedy he wrote, as far as I can remember.

    Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, The Taming Of The Shrew, A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Tempest (I think...)

    That's all I think of... I'm sure there are more, but I think those are all the ones I've read.
  • May 12, 2011
    peccantis
    Please elaborate? I'm not sure I remember Dream, only Shrew is fresh in my mind.
  • May 12, 2011
    whereismytea
    Weddings For Everyone might cover some of those.
  • May 13, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^^The rule of thumb in Elizabethan theatre was, if it's a comedy it ends in a wedding; if it's a tragedy it ends in a funeral. So a bloodbath that ends in a wedding would be a comedy.

    Note though that due to what was considered proper at the time, the wedding was never shown on stage. It was more like "the plot is over, now lets all go to the wedding of Alice And Bob!" The End.

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