Created By: Kohdok on October 18, 2011 Last Edited By: StarSword on September 13, 2014
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Seduction-Proof Marriage

Being married makes a character immune to seduction.

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Sabrina: That was your wife I saw the other day, wasn't it?
Det. Danny Reagan: Yeah, why?
Sabrina: Let me ask you something. What does she got that I don't have?
Danny: Me.
— "After Hours", Blue Bloods

This trope is when a character who is married becomes immune to seduction because their marriage is a happy one and/or they have a strong sense of honor/propriety. It is often a sign of maturity as well as a show of being a good spouse. Many people are envious of their faithful and happy relationship. Sometimes paired with a lech to show the dichotomy. Count on this guy to be the one who keeps a cool head when the lech would fall apart.

Even the lowliest of Mooks can be shown to be honorable if they have a happy marriage. Often after the seduction, they will burn out the libido with their legal spouse.

Truth in Television: Even in this era of more relaxed sexual morals, a lot of people still take marriage vows seriously and will rebuff any attempts by third parties to seduce them. That said, No Real Life Examples, Please! This is kind of a gossip magnet.

Similar to Celibate Hero, as the character certainly recognizes the hints, but simply feels no urge to reciprocate due to being in a relationship. Sister Trope to Sorry, I'm Gay. Often overlaps with One True Love. Contrast I'm a Man, I Can't Help It, All Men Are Perverts, and Your Cheating Heart.

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    Comedy 
  • Old joke: A man wakes up with a killer hangover. Fearing his wife's reaction, he crawls into the kitchen where he finds an enormous hand-made breakfast waiting on the table, with his wife gone to work and his son waiting for him. When he asks his son what this is for, the son replies "Well last night, you puked all over the doorstep, you crapped yourself and you tripped into Mom's favorite vase." "But why's she being so nice to me?" "Well, when she was trying to get you out of your dirty pants you punched her screaming 'Fuck off, bitch, I'm married!'"

    Comic Books 
  • There's a Spider-Man where Spidey is kidnapped. He's being looked after by a sultry villainess that offers him "anything he wants". He request a solid cage thingy so she'll leave him alone as he was Happily Married to MJ at the time.
  • In the Luna brothers comic series Girls, a small town is overrun by aliens who happen to look like beautiful young women, and promptly seduce any man they can so they can give birth to a cosmic horror. When one wife realizes that her husband is alone in his house with one of the alien girls, she and some other women storm the house intending on preventing him from impregnating the alien. But the man's wife is relieved to see that he has absolutely no interest in a sexual encounter, and instead he has killed the alien and is dissecting her on the coffee table.

  • Dark Victory plays with this, regarding Two-Face. Harvey Dent still regards himself as married to Gilda, but his Two-Face identity isn't, so he invokes and ignores this trope whenever it's convenient. For example, he fights off Poison Ivy's pheromones by remembering his love for Gilda. He also has an affair with another woman, the new DA, Janice Porter, but when he decides he no longer needs her:
    Porter: Tell them, Harvey! Tell them that I love you and you love—]]
    [gunshot]
    Two-Face: Harvey Dent is a married man, Porter. Don't ever forget that.

    Film 
  • Bull Durham has Ethical Slut Milly trying to pick up various members of the Durham Bulls at batting practice. One Deadpan Snarker responds to her "I'm Milly," with "I'm married."
  • In Die Hard 2, the airport clerk who helps John early on suggests they could go out later on. John shows off his wedding ring, and says "Just the fax, ma'am".
  • In The Red Baron, one of the pilots at a burlesque bar has one of the girls hanging off his shoulders and he protests, "I'm married, you know!"
  • In the 2007 version of Hairspray, Alpha Bitch Velma tries to seduce Wilbur simply so she can cause strife between Wilbur and his wife. Wilbur is so faithful to his wife that he seems completely oblivious to her advances, but Velma's plan works anyway because she just throws herself at Wilbur as his wife comes in the door to "catch" them in the "act".

    Literature 
  • In the World War novel Aftershocks, Johannes Drucker has been in space by himself for over a month, and is then caught by aliens. He is presented with a female human who has been raised by them (these are aliens who don't wear clothes), and when she asks if he would mate with her if given the chance, one of the reasons he gives for not wanting to is that he is married. Since the aliens also don't practice marriage, this doesn't really explain much to her.
  • Invoked by John of Rhodes in the Belisarius Series when he says he is not really such a Casanova as rumored because he looks carefully to see who is seduceable and Antonia is completely unseducable, being Happily Married to Belisarius.
  • Played with in Against the Tide of Years, when Marian Alston and Swindapa, a married lesbian couple, visit a war chief and are offered a woman as part of the Sacred Hospitality. Alston, who takes marriage very seriously, has absolutely no interest in the girl, but Swindapa, who comes from a culture in which polygamy is the norm, is intrigued, even though she doesn't take advantage. This is somewhat par for the course in their relationship; throughout the book, Swindapa is rather shameless about her wandering eye, even though she never does anything more than look and occasionally enthuse.
    "I promised to be monogamous, not blind."
  • The Wheel of Time:
    • Mat Cauthorn is a ladies man bordering on Pornomancer territory. Late in the series, he becomes married to the Seanchan empress Because Destiny Says So. Even though it's effectively an Arranged Marriage that looks like it will be completely sexless, he is scrupulous about honoring his vows, turning down several opportunities to get some on the side. (Fortunately for him, They Do eventually, though with hilarious Do You Want to Copulate? overtones on her part.)
    • Perrin is able to shrug off powerful mind control that should make him utterly loyal to a particular villainess, by remembering that he loves his wife.
  • In I, Jedi, crime boss Leonia Tavira tries to seduce Corran Horn, who's gone undercover in her Space Pirate gang to find his wife Mirax. He is massively tempted, briefly tries to rationalize it, then decides it's the Dark Side of the Force talking. But Tavira's made it clear she wants him as her boytoy and won't take "no" for an answer long-term (despite his cover story including a committed relationship), so Corran accelerates his plans to break up her pirate alliance.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Firefly: In "Our Mrs. Reynolds", Wash resists Saffron's advances due to this. Saffron just loses her temper and clocks him on the head. His wife is suitably impressed and pleased.
    Wash: Wuh duh ma huh tah duh fong kwong duh wai shung,trans.  do I wish I was somebody else right now. Somebody not... married, not madly in love with a beautiful woman who can kill me with her pinkie!
  • Hank Moody from Californication cites this at times to girls that come on to him/coworkers who set him up while he's trying to repair his relationship with his long-term domestic partner (his wife in everything but name).
  • Star Trek:
    • In an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, Kirk is infected by alien tears that cause men to be madly in love with the woman who shed them. Doctor McCoy looks for a cure, but in the end notes that the Captain had his own cure; he was in essence already married to the Enterprise.
    • When O'Brien goes undercover in the Orion Syndicate in DS 9: "Honor Among Thieves" the local boss offers him a prostitute as a gesture of Sacred Hospitality. However the boss is satisfied with this explanation for refusal.
  • Frequently used by Marshall in How I Met Your Mother whenever the gang gets into strip clubs or gay bars. He is still flattered by the attention of gays, though.
  • One episode of Lois and Clark had a beautiful blonde Femme Fatale working with a bomber who's Happily Married. She makes several advances on him, but, despite being an unrepentant murderer, he declines them all. She doesn't take it very well, and when their plan unravels, she arranges for all the blame to fall on him.
  • Danny on CSI: NY at least once. His old partner ribs him about the pretty nurse in the hospital when Danny visits him and this is Danny's reply.
  • Early in The Mentalist Patrick Jane is faithful to his wife, declines all offers of seduction, and constantly wears his wedding ring - but he's technically not married, since his wife was murdered years before the series started. Later in the series he starts dating occasionally again, and even briefly takes a TV psychic for a girlfriend.
  • In the Golden Girls episode "Ladies of the Evening", the girls are arrested on charges of prostitution. Dorothy offers (sincerely) to explain things to the officer in private, but he takes it for a come on and says he's happily married.
  • M*A*S*H
    • Played straight by BJ Hunnicutt, who is (almost) completely faithful to his wife because of this. The one or two times he does get seduced he feels awful about it afterwards.
    • Played With with Frank Burns and Margaret Houlihan. The former is married but is having an ongoing relationship with Margaret. When Margaret gets engaged he thinks they can still fool around but she shoots him down.
  • Invoked in an episode of Leverage which recounts the hijacking by D.B. Cooper and the stewardess he spoke to. She had gotten so many love notes from smitten passengers that she'd taken to wearing a fake wedding band to ward some of them off.
  • The Friends episode "The One with Christmas in Tulsa" shows Chandler as completely untempted when a co-worker attempts to seduce him.
  • Everybody Loves Raymond: This causes Ray Barone serious angst. first when he loses his wedding ring and a woman comes onto him at the airport; second when he (mistakenly) thinks Peggy the Cookie Nazi has made a pass at him. Both times he stays faithful to Debra.
  • The Blue Bloods episode "After Hours" has a key witness in Danny Reagan's Case of the Week, a hot nightclub owner named Sabrina, get the hots for Danny. He indulges her a little bit (one dance) to get her to open up, but firmly rejects her trying to take it further because he's Happily Married.
  • In Married... with Children, even though Al is very unhappy in his marriage and leers at every attractive woman, when he gets an actual chance to cheat on his wife, he always stays faithful.
  • In the Russian remake of Married... with Children, Happy Together (Schastlivy vmeste), Al Bundy's expy Gena Bukin is just as faithful to his wife, but in one episode he comes close to cheating on her, resolving the situation by having his wife wear a blonde wig to make her look like the new crush.

    Tabletop Games 
  • An Old World of Darkness supplement covering Japan featured animal spirit shapeshifters who like to seduce humans For the Evulz. It's specifically stated that their seduction powers don't work on anyone who is serious about being faithful to their spouse, or a vow of celibacy.

    Theatre 
  • In Damn Yankees, Joe manages to resist Lola's best efforts at vamping him and stays as close as he can to the wife who no longer recognizes him after his transformation into a young baseball hero. His fidelity infuriates Applegate, to whom wives are "more trouble than the Methodist Church."

    Video Games 
  • In Wild ARMs 3, Clive give this as his reason for turning down the seduction attempts of one of the villains. She does not take it well, and in the ensuing boss fight, will only attack the other party members if Clive is dead
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, if you choose to arrange a political marriage between Alistair and Queen Anora, he will usually break off a romance with the Warden. Taking a particular dialogue option in his companion quest gives you the option to become his mistress, however.

    Webcomics 
  • In Order Of The Stick, Elan tries to escape from prison by creating an illusion of a beautiful woman; unfortunately, one of his guards is gay and the other one is married.

    Western Animation 

Indexes: Love Tropes, Loyalty Tropes, Marriage Tropes, Sex Tropes

Community Feedback Replies: 108
  • October 18, 2011
    sliz225
    Wash, from Firefly, resists Saffron's evil advances due to this. Subverted, in that Saffron just loses her temper and clocks him on the head. His wife is suitably impressed and pleased.
  • October 18, 2011
    Micah
    You will need to change the name to something pronoun-less, lest a mod come by and helpfully discard this for you.

    • In Order Of The Stick, Elan tries to escape from prison by creating an illusion of a beautiful woman; unfortunately, one of his guards is gay and the other one is married.
  • October 18, 2011
    CrimsonZephyr
    "Can't Seduce the Happily Married"?

    A real life subversion in the Beatles: Early advertisements in the United States would caption "sorry, he's married!" whenever John Lennon came on camera. That never stopped any of them from having dalliances on the side. In fact, George Martin feared that the Beatles' popularity would decline if any of the fangirls found out he had a wife, as the general assumption was that this trope was in effect.
  • October 18, 2011
    CharacterInWhite
    Hank Moody from Californication cites this at times to girls that come on to him/coworkers who set him up while he's trying to repair his relationship with his long-term domestic partner (his wife in everything but name).
  • October 18, 2011
    nman
    • In the World War novel, Aftershocks, Johannes Drucker has been in space by himself for over a month, and is then caught by aliens. He is presented with a female human who has been raised by them (these are aliens who don't wear clothes), and when she asks if he would mate with her if given the chance, one of the reasons he gives is that he is married.
  • October 19, 2011
    bulmabriefs144
    I dunno about the pronoun comment. It sounds like a quote trope.
  • October 19, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Subverted by the Hall and Oates song, "Family Man"
      He said "leave me alone, I'm a family man, and my bark is much worse than my bite"
      He said "leave me alone, I'm a family man, and if you push me too far, I just might"
  • October 19, 2011
    jatay3
    When O'Brian goes undercover in the Orion Syndicate in Deep Space Nine the local boss offers him a prostitute as a gesture of Sacred Hospitality. However the boss is satisfied with this explanation for refusal.
  • October 19, 2011
    bulmabriefs144
    We have a Crowning Moment Of Awesome version of this in Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana. The big jerk Beggur fends off an actual succubus who paralyzes everyone else with her pheromones, his reason being because he's married.
  • October 19, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^^^^All new Trope names which "sound like dialog" are verboten, as are new Stock Phrases. Don't bother to point to X trope which has a name that sounds like dialog. It's going to be renamed eventually and/or it falls under the Grandfather Clause.

    Does This Count?
    • In The Dick Van Dyke Show Rob is frequently the subject of some Girl Of The Week's lust, but he remains faithful to his wife. His objection is often a stuttered, "I-I-I'm muh-muh-married and I love my wife."
  • October 20, 2011
    MorganWick
    The second paragraph sounds off-point - like it's describing a Happily Married character who's a regular of the series, not a situation where being married makes you immune to seduction.
  • October 21, 2011
    Valjean
    Does Happily Married need to be there? What if he hates his wife but refuses because of I Gave My Word ?
    • I agree with this. Sometimes, when a married person is in an unhappy marriage, fidelity to the spouse can be a source of the U in UST with a potential love interest: for example, Niles Crane on Frasier.
  • October 24, 2011
    Antigone3
    This showed up in one of the Doctor Who expanded universe novels -- unfortunately I'm at work and can't give you a title. I remember it was Seven with Ace and Bernice, set in Haiti right around WWI. Ace is attracted to the Haitian policeman who's in as the honorary companion, but he's faithful to his wife.
  • October 24, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Apart from the "no titles that sound like dialog" edict, this needs a better name because "sorry, I'm married" can very easily be confused for "sorry [that] I'm married."
  • October 24, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    • There is also a comedic variation where being married makes a character immune to fear and/or torture.
    • And what's with all the restrictions suddenly? What has happened to "We are not the other wiki, we are a buttload more informal?"
  • October 24, 2011
    Psychobabble6
    ^ Eh, it's not really sudden. It's been this way for as long as I've been on the site, which was since the beginning of this past summer. You can be more informal and still have rules. In fact, because of the informal nature of the site, it has a tendency to bring in editors who just do not care about sounding professional, so, well, it's important to clamp down on the rules to make things run smoothly.
  • October 24, 2011
    DRCEQ
    Would this count for an aversion or inversion? If not, then disregard and/or point out whatever trope it actually goes to.

    • In Ghost In The Shell Stand Alone Complex, Chief Aramaki meets up with an old friend in London, and notices she has a wedding ring on. He assumes that she is married, but she points out that she only wears it to keep the men at bay.
  • October 24, 2011
    PaulA
    ^^^^^ The Doctor Who novel set in Haiti is White Darkness, one of the Virgin New Adventures.
  • October 24, 2011
    Falco
    ^ Similar to that example, Carrie Mathison from Homeland wears a ring to keep away the men who would want an actual relationship.
  • October 24, 2011
    PaulA
    I think "wearing a ring to deflect offers" is a trope (I know of a novel with a nice subversion), but I don't think it's this trope.
  • October 25, 2011
    LoopyChew
  • October 25, 2011
    jatay3
    Invoked by John of Rhodes in Belisarius Series when he says he is not really such a Casanova as rumored because he looks carefully to see who is seduceable and Antonia is completely unseducable, being Happily Married to Belisarius.
  • October 25, 2011
    Waterlily
    Oops, I just saw that it was already here. I must have missed it!
  • December 9, 2011
    Oreochan
    Bump
  • December 23, 2013
    XFllo
    Another bump.
  • December 23, 2013
    KarjamP
    Bumping a 2 year old thread, eh XFllo?

    Anyway, may as well add the tags "Better Name" and "Up For Grabs".
  • December 23, 2013
    Abodos
    The Doctor Who episode "Closing Time" sees the Doctor making a sudden declaration of love for Craig to distract him from the fact that they've been teleported to a Cyberman ship. Craig is understandably taken aback by this at first, but he replies that he is taken before turning to see what he wasn't supposed to see and reacting accordingly.
  • December 23, 2013
    StarSword
    Needs a better title due to No New Stock Phrases.

    Page quote:
    Milly: Hi. I'm Milly.
    Player: (shakes her hand) I'm married.

    Film:
  • December 23, 2013
    DAN004
  • December 23, 2013
    KarjamP
    ^ Great!
  • December 24, 2013
    Chabal2
    Old joke: A man wakes up with a killer hangover. Fearing his wife's reaction, he crawls into the kitchen where he finds an enormous hand-made breakfast waiting on the table, with his wife gone to work and his son waiting for him. When he asks his son what this is for, the son replies "Well last night, you puked all over the doorstep, you crapped yourself and you tripped into Mom's favorite vase." "But why's she being so nice to me?" "Well, when she was trying to get you out of your dirty pants you punched her screaming "Fuck off, bitch, I'm married!""
  • December 24, 2013
    KarjamP
    @StarSword: The fact that it violates No New Stockphrases was already brought up in the comments that was here before the bump.
  • December 24, 2013
    Exxolon
    Truth In Television: Even nowadays with more relaxed social mores many married people still take their vows seriously and will decline when seduction is attempted. For some it can even be a Beserk Button especially if they know the would would be seducer knows they are married.
  • December 24, 2013
    Earnest
  • December 25, 2013
    Synchronicity
  • December 25, 2013
    TheHandle
  • December 25, 2013
    Earnest
  • December 25, 2013
    Himbeergeist
    • Frequently used by Marshall in How I Met Your Mother whenever the gang gets into strip clubs or gay bars. He is still flattered by the attention of gays, though.
  • December 25, 2013
    Tallens

    I think that first paragraph strikes of Example As Thesis.
  • December 25, 2013
    StarSword
  • December 25, 2013
    DAN004
    I'm rather not sure "unseductible" is a word.
  • December 28, 2013
    peccantis
    Wedding Band Of Chastity?

    Anyways, I'd go as far as saying as "wedding rings used to ward off unwanted attention" is invoking/exploiting this trope because the reason it works at all is this trope being widely-spread. Another possible ingredient might be Slut Shaming (dallying with the guys/gals is fine if you're single, but if you're cheating your spouse, you're a slut and no one wants you). But I digress.
  • December 31, 2013
    robbulldog
    Film
    • In Die Hard 2, the airport clerk who helps John early on suggests they could go out later on. John shows off his wedding ring, and says "Just the fax, ma'am".
  • December 31, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Isn't this covered by Single Target Sexuality?
  • December 31, 2013
    Synchronicity
    ^ Could be a subtrope. STS is way broader than what this trope would imply, and it's specifically tied to marriage.
  • December 31, 2013
    chicagomel
    Danny on CSI NY at least once. His old partner ribs him about the pretty nurse in the hospital when Danny visits him and this is Danny's reply.
  • December 31, 2013
    DAN004
    Marital Status Protection plz. The pun/meaning is twofold: You're protecting your marital status (indirectly at least) and the marital status protects you.
  • January 1, 2014
    xanderiskander
    ^The double meaning actually just makes it unclear in my opinion. It's not really witty either.

    I like Cant Seduce The Married. But I was also going to suggest Marriage Is Seduction Proof.
  • January 1, 2014
    randomsurfer
    • On The Mentalist Patrick Jane is faithful to his wife, declines all offers of seduction, and constantly wears his wedding ring - but he's technically not married, since his wife was murdered years before the series started.
    • MASH:
      • BJ Hunnicutt is (almost) completely faithful to his wife because of this. The one or two times he does get seduced he feels awful about it afterwards.
      • Frank Burns is married but is having an ongoing relationship with Margaret. When Margaret gets engaged he thinks they can still fool around but she shoots him down.
      • In one episode Hawkeye starts to come on to a nurse but backs off when he sees her wedding ring. It turns out though that it's her grandmother's, she isn't married, it's just a beard.
        Hawkeye: (ending kiss with Erika) What am I doing? What am I doing? What am I - what am I doing?!
        Erika: Whatever it is, I approve.
        Hawkeye: You're married, madam. You're a married madam! Why don't I go away?
        Erika: Hawkeye, I am not married!
        Hawkeye: What, do you mean your finger's just turning gold?
        Erika: It's my grandmother's. It cuts down on wrestling matches.
        Hawkeye: You're not married?
        Erika: Never have been.
  • January 1, 2014
    Tallens
  • January 1, 2014
    Antigone3
  • January 2, 2014
    DAN004
    Title crowner plz?
  • January 2, 2014
    Koveras
    • Played For Laughs in Hot Shots 2: When a Quracian Torture Technician finds himself unable to get an American officer to talk, the latter reveals that he has been married twice, making him "no stranger to pain". So, apparently, marriage makes a man immune to torture, too.
  • June 23, 2014
    MasamiPhoenix
    Spanglish gives us an "unhappy but I gave my word" variant. Although John has feelings for Flor, they refuse to act on these feelings to try to salvage his failing marriage.
  • June 23, 2014
    Dalillama
    ^What medium is that?
  • June 23, 2014
    Indalecio
    • In Wildarms3, Clive give this as his reason for turning down the seduction attempts of one of the villains.
  • June 23, 2014
    paycheckgurl
    • There's a Spider Man where Spidey is kidnapped. He's being looked after by a sultry villainess that offers him "anything he wants". He request a solid cage thingy so she'll leave him alone as he was Happily Married to MJ at the time.
  • June 23, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    In the Hercules / Aladdin crossover, Phil begins flirting with Princess Jasmine. She cuts him off with a curt "I'm married", and he apologizes.
  • June 23, 2014
    Tallens
    ^Should note that's actually an episode of Hercules The Animated Series.
  • June 23, 2014
    lexicon
    The subversions listed don't sound like subversions. The title Faithfully Married sounds good.
  • June 23, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    ^^ However, it may also have had something to do with the fact that Phil is a satyr.

    ^ I like Faithfully Married.
  • June 23, 2014
    DAN004
    The first paragraph needs to go away cuz it's Example As A Thesis.
  • July 2, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Bump.
  • July 2, 2014
    DAN004
    I've heard before a trope about someone who sees/is teased by the opposite sex, endures it, and then goes to their couple/mate to snuggle with each other (Iykwim). What was it, I wonder?
  • July 2, 2014
    FerrousFaucet
    In the Luna brothers comic series Girls, a small town is overrun by aliens who happen to look like beautiful young women, and promptly seduce any man they can so they can give birth to a cosmic horror. When one wife realizes that her husband is alone in his house with one of the alien girls, she and some other women storm the house intending on preventing him from impregnating the alien. But the man's wife is relieved to see that he has absolutely no interest in a sexual encounter, and instead he has killed the alien and is dissecting her on the coffee table.
  • July 23, 2014
    Tallens
    • In The Red Baron, one of the pilots at a burlesque bar has one of the girls hanging off his shoulders and he protests, "I'm married, you know!"
  • July 23, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    Literature
    • Played with in Against the Tide of Years, when Marian Alston and Swindapa, a married lesbian couple, visit a war chief and are offered a woman as part of the Sacred Hospitality. Alston, who takes marriage very seriously, has absolutely no interest in the girl, but Swindapa, who comes from a culture in which polygamy is the norm, is intrigued, even though she doesn't take advantage. This is somewhat par for the course in their relationship; throughout the book, Swindapa is rather shameless about her wandering eye, even though she never does anything more than look and occasionally enthuse.
      "I promised to be monogamous, not blind."
  • July 24, 2014
    Arivne
    • Corrected spelling (dicotomy, unnrepentant).
    • Added blank line(s) for readability.
    • Examples section formatting
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples sections.
      • Blue Linked media section title(s).
      • Namespaced and italicized work name(s).
  • July 24, 2014
    DaibhidC
    • The Friends episode "The One with Christmas in Tulsa" shows Chandler as completely untempted when a co-worker attempts to seduce him.
  • July 24, 2014
    JonnyB
    • In an episode of Star Trek The Original Series, Kirk is infected by alien tears that cause men to be madly in love with the woman who shed them. Doctor McCoy looks for a cure, but in the end notes that the Captain had his own cure; he was in essence already married to the Enterprise.
  • July 24, 2014
    FerrousFaucet
    Live-action Film example:

    • In the 2007 version of Hairspray, Alpha Bitch Velma tries to seduce Wilbur simply so she can cause strife between Wilbur and his wife. Wilbur is so faithful to his wife that he seems completely oblivious to her advances, but Velma's plan works anyway because she just throws herself at Wilbur as his wife comes in the door to "catch" them in the "act".
  • July 25, 2014
    Antigone3
    A separate YKTTW has been set up for the situation of wearing a wedding ring to deflect unwanted propositions — here it is.
  • July 25, 2014
    SKJAM
    Role-playing Games:

    • A World of Darkness supplement covering Japan featured animal spirit shapeshifters who like to seduce humans For The Evulz. It's specifically stated that their seduction powers don't work on anyone who is serious about being faithful to their spouse, or a vow of celibacy.
  • August 15, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Bump.
  • August 15, 2014
    Prfnoff
    Theatre
    • In Damn Yankees, Joe manages to resist Lola's best efforts at vamping him and stays as close as he can to the wife who no longer recognizes him after his transformation into a young baseball hero. His fidelity infuriates Applegate, to whom wives are "more trouble than the Methodist Church."
  • August 15, 2014
    AgProv
    live action television;
    • Everybody Loves Raymond: this causes Ray Barone serious angst. first when he loses his wedding ring and a woman comes onto him at the airport; second when he (mistakenly) thinks Peggy the Cookie Nazi has made a pass at him. Both times he stays faithful to Debra.
  • August 15, 2014
    DAN004
    Often after the seduction, they will burn out the libido with their legal spouse.
  • August 25, 2014
    Exxolon
    Truth In Television: Even in this era of more relaxed sexual morals, a lot of people still take marriage vows seriously and will rebuff any attempts by third parties to seduce them.
  • August 25, 2014
    DAN004
    Update description plz.
  • August 25, 2014
    aradia22
    Well, to just rework the laconic version... how about Matrimony Induced Seduction Immunity? Too clunky?
  • August 25, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ maybe you'd like that as redirect.
  • August 26, 2014
    DracMonster
  • August 30, 2014
    StarSword
    Page quote:
    Sabrina: That was your wife I saw the other day, wasn't it?
    Det. Danny Reagan: Yeah, why?
    Sabrina: Let me ask you something. What does she got that I don't have?
    Danny: Me.
    — "After Hours", Blue Bloods

    TV:
    • The Blue Bloods episode "After Hours" has a key witness in Danny Reagan's Case of the Week, a hot nightclub owner named Sabrina, get the hots for Danny. He indulges her a little bit (one dance) to get her to open up, but firmly rejects her trying to take it further because he's Happily Married.
  • August 30, 2014
    DracMonster
    This thing is almost 3 years old. I think it's officially Up For Grabs if someone wants to shepherd it.
  • August 30, 2014
    Generality
    Also from Wheel of Time:

    • Perrin is able to shrug off powerful mind control that should make him utterly loyal to a particular villainess, by remembering that he loves his wife.
  • August 30, 2014
    DAN004
    I wish I don't have to grab this cuz it ain't my thing - but it looks solid already, and it just needs to add examples.
  • August 30, 2014
    Doryna
    This trope would also go hand in hand with One True Love, correct?
  • August 31, 2014
    StarSword
    ^^I can take it.
  • August 31, 2014
    StarSword
    All right, I rolled in all the examples. Thoughts on the name? I'm still liking Cant Seduce The Married.
  • August 31, 2014
    DAN004
  • September 1, 2014
    Aquila89
    • In Married With Children, even though Al is very unhappy in his marriage and leers at every attractive woman, when he gets an actual chance to cheat on his wife, he always stays faithful.
  • September 2, 2014
    MetaFour
    Comicbook:
    • Dark Victory plays with this, regarding Two-Face. Harvey Dent still regards himself as married to Gilda, but his Two-Face identity isn't, so he invokes and ignores this trope whenever it's convenient. For example, he fights off Poison Ivy's pheromones by remembering his love for Gilda. He also has an affair with another woman, the new DA, Janice Porter, but when he decides he no longer needs her:
      Porter: Tell them, Harvey! Tell them that I love you and you love—
      [gunshot]
      Two-Face: Harvey Dent is a married man, Porter. Don't ever forget that.
  • September 3, 2014
    hbi2k
  • September 3, 2014
    DAN004
    At this rate we need a crowner.
  • September 3, 2014
    Waterlily
    I wonder if it would be worth mentioning that this is Always Male because women are expected to be faithful to their spouses while men often aren't.
  • September 4, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Aren't men expected to be faithful too? You probably meant that men tends to cheat more than women.
  • September 4, 2014
    StarSword
  • September 4, 2014
    hbi2k
    ^^^ As written, this trope is NOT Always Male, nor should it be so.

    ^^ It's a myth that men are known to be more likely to cheat than women. The variance between male and female cheating is within the margin of error for study, meaning that as far as we know, there is little or no difference. Key phrase being "as far as we know", because for obvious reasons, infidelity rates are incredibly difficult to measure accurately. It's entirely possible that one gender or the other cheats less but gets caught more (or is more willing to admit cheating to a researcher).

    There are certainly tropes that arise from or are related to the widespread belief that men are more likely to cheat (such as Im A Man I Cant Help It and All Men Are Perverts), but it's enough that they're noted as contrasts in the final paragraph.
  • September 4, 2014
    Waterlily
    " Aren't men expected to be faithful too? You probably meant that men tends to cheat more than women."

    In a way but men are seen as more likely to sucumb to cheating and if they do, it's seen as them "just being a guy." If a woman cheats, she's seen as going against her natural female inclinations. As hbi2k says, this is not actually true. However, it's often seen as such by the media and in fiction.
  • September 6, 2014
    StarSword
    Bump for votes.
  • September 10, 2014
    hbi2k
    "Seduction-Proof Marriage" seems to have won the crowner.
  • September 11, 2014
    StarSword
    ^Yeah, calling it.

    Also, we had five hats at one point but we inexplicably lost one.
  • September 11, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ given you mine.
  • September 11, 2014
    K.Kloga
    • In Russian remake of Married...With Children, Happy Together (Schastlivy vmeste), Al Bundy's expy Gena Bukin is just as faithful to his wife, but in one episode he's goes a few inches from cheating her, resloving the situation with blonde wig on his real wife Dasha representing the new crush.
  • September 11, 2014
    K.Kloga
    Also, in some religions and mythologies wedding ring is believed to block sexual impulses, harmonizing them.
  • September 11, 2014
    StarSword
  • September 11, 2014
    K.Kloga
    Star Sword, considering how many times I've heard about it and from whom, it's probably theorized by Orthodox Christian church theologists. I may be wrong though. I'll google something about it after I finally sleep for some time...
  • September 13, 2014
    StarSword
    Sorry about the delay; had a crazy couple of days. Launching.
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