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->'''Ice King''': ''You said you'd marry me, if I was the last person in Ooo.''
->'''Princess Bubblegum''': ''I'm pretty sure I never said that.''
-->--''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''

The villain's EvilPlan isn't just to take over the world, or to kill the hero. His goal is far more personal and sinister – he's going to force the heroine to marry him.

This is often a [[{{Bowdlerize}} G-rated version]] of RapeAsDrama -- in fact, the whole concept usually carries at least [[MaritalRapeLicense an implicit threat of rape]] [[FridgeHorror when you think about it]]. (This can be a common source of FridgeHorror for adults looking back on the many, many beloved works aimed at children that use the trope.) It's an intensely personal threat to the heroine, one that plays up her femininity and vulnerability, especially since the marriage is assumed to be permanent and irreversible. If the heroine has a heroic male LoveInterest, as she usually does, it serves as a [[PostRapeTaunt threat to his masculinity]] as well. It also provides a convenient excuse for scenes where the villain puts the heroine in [[FanService compromising positions]]. And it can lead into all sorts of [[WeddingAndEngagementTropes Wedding Tropes]] -- SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace is almost mandatory.

Often, the villain is motivated by [[VillainousCrush twisted affection or at least lust]], but it can also just be about [[GoldDigger getting legal access to her money, property, or title]]. On the other hand, he might just be the kind of sick bastard who [[ForTheEvulz enjoys the idea]] of keeping someone trapped in a legally binding relationship that they find repulsive for the rest of their life. Or maybe [[DisposableWoman the heroine herself is pretty much irrelevant]], and it's really just about [[StuffedInTheFridge claiming ultimate victory over the hero by stealing his woman]].

If the villain does this by kidnapping his desired bride, it's a subtrope of IHaveYouNowMyPretty; when combined with VillainousCrush, it's also AbductionIsLove. If he threatens someone else and offers to relent if the heroine agrees to marry him, that's the G-rated variant of the ScarpiaUltimatum. In cultures with ArrangedMarriage he might convince the heroine's parents or guardians to force her into marriage. {{Evil Sorcerer}}s will use their powers to HypnotizeThePrincess. The villain might even attempt to trick the heroine into [[AccidentalMarriage unwittingly doing something that counts as a legally binding wedding]]. (The ShotgunWedding, where a third party forces the couple to marry, is only an example of this trope if one of them [[TheChessmaster planned the whole thing]].)

Female antagonists who use this trope are much less common than male examples, and are usually portrayed a bit differently. They're almost always [[LoveMakesYouCrazy motivated]] by a VillainousCrush (since VillainessesWantHeroes), and may even verge on being a really unstable AbhorrentAdmirer [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale rather than an outright villain]]; for some reason, female {{Gold Digger}}s are more likely to rely on seduction rather than coercion. Their male victims are also much more likely to foil the villainess' plan on their own, while female victims almost always [[DamselInDistress have to be rescued]] [[RescueRomance by their male love interests]].

There is even a trope for the special BigDamnHeroes moment when it prevents this kind of marriage: SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace.

Not to be confused with ShotgunWedding or TheBabyTrap.

Related tropes: VillainousCrush; IHaveYouNowMyPretty; DisposableWoman; DamselInDistress; HypnotizeThePrincess; MadLove; AbhorrentAdmirer; AbductionIsLove; SaveThePrincess. Often TruthInTelevision -- in fact this one's a very old real-world practice -- but it's way more depressing in RealLife.

For in-depth information on the subject, see the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_marriage article]] on ThatOtherWiki.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', Queen Beryl's obsession with Endymion/Mamoru is her motivation for almost everything she does, though by the end of the Dark Kingdom arc she's rather expanded her villain goals. This is most evident in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], where her unrequited love for Endymion and jealousy of Princess Serenity is what drew Metallia to her in the first place.
* In ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'', Kagura is forced to marry Suitengu [[spoiler:after her mother dies, giving him control of the family fortune]].
* The rare gender-flipped variant can be found in Manga/CrimeZone, in which the demonic pure-blood vampires seek to make the main character Shiro their groom for some sort of sinister purpose. Vampires are both commonplace and well-known mass killers in this setting, so Shiro is understandably terrified and it's played dead seriously.
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'':
** PlayedForLaughs when the ballet instructor threatens his students that they will have to marry him if they fail their task.
** And then weirdly played straight (albeit GenderFlipped) when [[DarkMagicalGirl Princess Kraehe]] threatens to marry [[PrinceCharming Mytho]]. Although it's more "Oh no, [[DistressedDude Mytho]] [[LawfulStupid got into]] [[OnceAnEpisode another scrape]]" than anything else.
* Prince Lotor's main goal in ''Anime/GoLion'', the Americanized ''Voltron'', and all the sequel series, aside from taking over the galaxy, is to get Princess Allura to marry him.
* In ''Anime/{{Shinzo}}'', the Reptile King Ryuma (one of the seven Enterran generals) decides to do this to Yakumo to prove his superiority over her.
* In ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos'', Ichika saves Laura's life. [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Being Ichika]], he doesn't think much of it. She, however, [[DefrostingIceQueen doesn't so much melt as go up like a torch]], saves ''his'' life, then [[ForcefulKiss sticks her tongue down his throat]] [[WackyMarriageProposal and declares him her wife]].
* In ''SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' after revealing that saving "Mankind" was just saving himself Ver tells Maria they should talk later about repopulating the human race.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In an early appearance, Namor defeated the ComicBook/FantasticFour, then [[ScarpiaUltimatum offered to spare them]] if Sue would agree to marry him and [[WeCanRuleTogether become Queen of Atlantis]]. She agreed, but when he saw that she wasn't thrilled about the whole thing, he threw a fit and stormed off.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''
** Sometime in [[TheFifties the 1950]]'s, LoisLane inexplicably [[{{Chickification}} transformed]] from an ambitious, independent career woman to someone whose [[AcceptableFeminineGoalsAndTraits primary goal in life was discovering Superman's secret identity and using it to blackmail him into marrying her]]. This was especially bad in her own comic, ''Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane''. The [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] was a strange time.
** Lois Lane was also hit with a few of these herself.
*** [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Intangible.jpg The Intangible Man]]
*** [[http://superdickery.com/images/stories/other/1296_4_027.jpg Bizarro]]
*** [[http://superdickery.com/images/stories/other/1296_4_018.jpg A disguised villain]]
*** [[http://superdickery.com/images/stories/other/1296_4_054.jpg Herko the dimensional monster]]???
*** [[http://superdickery.com/images/stories/other/1296_4_103.jpg Satan]]
*** [[http://superdickery.com/images/stories/dick/1296_4_079.jpg Titanman]]
* In the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' comic book, Bowser tries to do this to Peach several times. The top image comes from a scene in ''ComicBook/SuperMarioAdventures'' where Bowser tells Peach he ''must'' marry him, accompanied with a threat of what he'll do if she doesn't.
* In ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'', the mutant Caliban tries to make Kitty Pryde marry him. [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy He relented when he realized she didn't love him.]]
* [[spoiler:Arkady/Dmitry]] does this to Jena towards the end of ''ComicBook/NikolaiDante'' to cement his claim to the throne. [[CruelMercy And to punish Nikolai.]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', Xavin tries to pull this on Karolina during the "Star Crossed" arc, because he's desperate to stop the war between the Skrulls and the Majesdanians.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Happens all the time in various versions of ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'', with Ming the Merciless trying to make Dale Arden marry him.
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'', Hila plans to force Nala into marriage after beating Simba in ''The Royal Challenge''.
* In the Walt Disney Zorro flick ''The Eagle's Gaze'', the antagonist pulls one of these during the climax by threatening to torture a character's friend in front of her if she doesn't comply...
* ''FanFic/AFutureOfFriendshipAHistoryOfHate'': Megalos Tyrant (one of [[BigBad Ruinate]]'s [[CoDragons heralds]]) seduces Rarity in his [[VillainWithGoodPublicity public persona]] of [[PrinceCharming Regal Rule]], lavishing her with all the trappings of a royal lifestyle, and then proposes to her. She initially accepts, but when she realizes everything she'd be giving up to run away to his kingdom with him, she turns him down... at which point he attempts to kidnap her and ''force'' her to marry him. He nearly gets away with it, if not for the [[BigDamnHeroes timely arrival]] of the other Elements of Harmony.
* Given a downright ''bizarre'' spin on the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[AlternateUniverseFic fanfic]] ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/74622/king-of-chaos King of Chaos]]'', where the [[EvilOverlord current ruler of Equestria]], [[TheCaligula Discord]], basically forces his CourtMage [[TrappedInVillainy Twilight]] [[OnlySaneMan Sparkle]] to marry him. Why? Because he wants to attend Shining Armor's and Princess Cadence's wedding--[[ThePrankster only to sabotage it, of course]]--and he isn't related to either, whereas [[LoopholeAbuse Twilight is Shining's younger sister]]. He ''also'' probably did it [[ManipulativeBastard just to mess with Twilight as well]]. Somewhat subverted in that Discord's not really interested in...consummating the relationship, instead opting to just [[InnocentCohabitation share a bed]].
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' fanfiction that features the sorceror Vaati, like in his appearance in Four Swords (See Video Games), seeking to make Zelda his bride. In some stories, though, he actually succeeds and becomes King of Hyrule.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Jafar tries to force Jasmine to marry him in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' by hypnotizing her father so that he'll set up an ArrangedMarriage. It's not entirely clear why he doesn't just HypnotizeThePrincess; her father's rather WeakWilled, and Jasmine is [[RebelliousPrincess definitely not]], so this way might have just been easier. (Even the Sultan does manage to snap out of Jafar's hypnosis on his own at least once.) This example is somewhat unique in that Jafar harbors no attractions to Jasmine, and is simply using the marriage as a way to become Sultan. In fact, Jafar's original plan was to simply kill both Jasmine and the Sultan once the marriage had been carried out.
* In ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Gaston uses the ScarpiaUltimatum version on Belle when her father is going to be committed to an insane asylum. It didn't work.
* In ''The Adventures of Tom Thumb And Thumbelina'' the Mole King tries to marry Thumbelina and fails.
* Didn't make it into the final version of the film, but this trope was ''very'' heavy in one scene that was cut from ''Disney/TheLionKing''. Scar was going to attempt to force Nala to marry him [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0WATOVmLtQ]]. Later, a similar scene found its way into the Broadway version.
* The evil penguin Drake from ''WesternAnimation/ThePebbleAndThePenguin'' demands that Marina choose him as a husband during the mating ritual, or go to a watery grave ("Right this way to the Drake estate / or write your epitaph!")
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* [[TheEvilPrince Humperdinck]] tries to do this to Buttercup in ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', because he needs a popular queen to murder so that he can pin the crime on a neighboring country and use it as a {{pretext for war}}. She was initially willing, but only because she believed her LoveInterest was dead; when he returned, Humperdinck turned it into a ScarpiaUltimatum.
* The Sheriff of Nottingham tries to do this to Maid Marian in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', and even tries to rape her during the ceremony as Robin and crew are beating down the door.
* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''. [[EvilSorcerer David]] [[YellowPeril Lo Pan]] originally wants to marry and sacrifice Miao Yin so he can become solid again. Eventually he decides to marry both Miao Yin and Gracie Law, sacrifice Gracie instead and live out his Earthly pleasures with Miao Yin.
* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}''. The title ghost's ultimate goal is to marry teenaged Lydia (a move that has {{Squick}} written all over it), because this will apparently allow him to stay in the world of the living indefinitely.
* ''The Spanish Main'' involves a Dutch captain turned pirate king who discovers that the ship they're... procuring... has the bride-to-be of the Spanish governor. He marries her to get back at the governor for putting him in prison.
* ''Film/FlashGordon''. Emperor Ming forces Dale Arden to agree to marry him [[ScarpiaUltimatum by promising to spare the lives of Prince Barin and Hans Zarkov if she does]].
* Matai Shang's plan to help Sab Than take over Barsoom in the ''Film/JohnCarter'' film adaptation involves having Sab force Dejah Thoris to marry him.
* ''Film/TheLostSkeletonOfCadavra''. The Skeleton declares that he will marry the alien woman Lattis and tries to have a wedding ceremony.
* ''Film/TheLoneRanger'': [[spoiler:Cole]] wants to marry Rebecca [[spoiler:so that her son can become his heir, since he's implied to be a eunuch and can therefore not produce a son of his own.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Many, many versions of the RobinHood legend have the Sheriff or some other villain trying to do this to Marian.
* This happens in the first ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' book (as well as the FilmOfTheBook), in which Count Olaf tries to marry Violet. Bizarrely, [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids even though the series is aimed at kids]], even though Olaf is clearly a GoldDigger, and even though Violet is underage and Olaf is ''her [[OldManMarryingAChild much older]] [[WifeHusbandry legal guardian]]'', the possibility of rape is actually ''more'' explicit than usual, with Violet imagining what it would be like to sleep beside Olaf and Olaf at one point declaring that they were “off to have our wedding night.”
* In the ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' book ''Being a Green Mother'', [[GenderBenderName Natasha]] rescues Orb from a forced marriage to Satan, where he is using a magic song to destroy her will, embodying this trope. Then, Natasha courts Orb through several RescueRomance scenes. She falls in love with him for this, his handsome appearance, gentle demeanor and his lovely singing, and agrees to marry him. Then comes TheReveal...
* The ScarpiaUltimatum is used for this in ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera''. It's an unusually sympathetic version, though -- it's pretty explicit that Erik has no intention of raping Christine (the man seems to think of wives as pets or accessories that one takes on walks and buys pretty things for, rather than as sexual partners), and he actually [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy calls the whole thing off himself]].
* In J.R.R. Tolkien's "Tale of Beren and Lúthien" (from ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''), Celegorm imprisons the heroine with the intent of marrying her, wanting to advance his political power in Beleriand. Fortunately, Lúthien manages to escape with some assistance from [[HeroesLoveDogs his dog]].
* In the ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' novel ''1634: The Baltic War'', [[spoiler:Eddie Cantrell]] has fallen totally in love with Anne Cathrine, the 15-year-old [[InsistentTerminology daughter of the King]] of Denmark, but fears his love to be hopeless due to her jailbait age (he is 20) and social standing. When escaping a destroyed prison, he and Anne Cathrine do a great deal of ThisAndThat for two days, leading the person to believe he is going to be executed, as the King reads a huge scroll of serious charges against him. But, when he realizes this trope is being offered, he is ecstatic. (So is Anne Cathrine.)
* It is part of Celimus' plan to take over the world in Fiona [=McIntosh=]'s Quickening Trilogy. He first sends the hero to ask the princess of the neighboring country's hand in marriage, but also sends mercenaries to kill the king so she has no choice but to marry him, since her country is too weak and she's too young for a war. Of course, the main character falls in love with her, but he only manages to save her in the nick of time between her marriage and the wedding night, due to a rather annoying curse.
* ''ASongOfIceAndFire''
** Sansa is at first ''thrilled'' about her betrothal to [[EnfantTerrible Prince Joffrey]], but it quickly turns into this trope when it becomes clear the Lannisters intend to hold her to the bargain even after [[spoiler:Joffrey has her father executed in front of her]]. WideEyedIdealist though she is, Sansa is ''very'' much aware of the MaritalRapeLicense and what it means for her situation. [[spoiler:She gets out of marrying Joffrey once they realize Margaery Tyrell is a better political match... so they marry her off to Joffrey's uglier uncle Tyrion instead. Fortunately, Tyrion is a much nicer guy than his nephew, and refrains from raping her on their wedding night.]]
** [[TheWoobie It seems like Sansa might fall victim to this trope yet ''again'']], [[spoiler:this time with Littlefinger]]. In the most recent book, ''A Dance with Dragons'', [[spoiler:it's mentioned that Littlefinger's first attempt to do this happened when Sansa was ''eleven''.]]
** Also done to [[spoiler: Jeyne Poole, who was forced to masquerade as Arya Stark and marry Ramsay Snow, so as to more firmly establish the Bolton claim to the North]].
*** And Ramsay did the same thing to Lady Hornwood before that.
* Literature/BrotherCadfael:
** In ''The Virgin in the Ice'', a young heiress fights off the BigBad, knowing that if he succeeds in raping her she will be forced to marry him and her life and fortune will be in his hands.
** It shows up again in ''The Rose Rent''. When the wealthy widow Judith Perle disappears, it's feared that she faces "marriage by rape".
* The ''heroes'' ([[GrayAndGrayMorality sort of]]) of the {{Deryni}} novels pull this one -- in ''The Bishop's Heir'', the rebel princess is kidnapped, held captive, and then told she must marry protagonist King Kelson (so that her claim to lands will be once again joined to his royal line). He tells her he wants her to agree "willingly", but it's made clear to the user that he will apply MindRape if necessary. [[spoiler: She's killed instants after saying her vows, so the issue of sex is never dealt with.]] It's presented as the only way to end a protracted and bloody civil war, [[spoiler:which continues in the following book until all possible rival heirs are dead.]]
* In ''The Innocent'', the lead Elinor fights off a rapist with the help of a serf. The creep was the cousin and lover of the wife of Elinor's dying brother; if he had succeeded, he could have claimed Elinor as his wife, giving him access to her lands. [[spoiler:The cousin and the sister-in-law had further plans that would have ended with them married and in control of the lands.]]
* Near the end of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', [[spoiler: Kij Porter and her sisters]] kidnap Jerin Whistler for this purpose. With his RoyalBlood, they'd have a shot at the throne if the women already on it were all killed. He [[BlatantLies promises]] that if they don't kill his companion, a thorn in their side for ages, that he will marry them willingly, please them in bed, never run away or tell the sordid tale to anyone, and care for their children.
* In the Old Icelandic ''Literature/SagaOfHrolfKraki'', King Helgi of Denmark takes Queen Olof of Saxony hostage and tries to force her to marry him. It doesn't work.
* Prince Kai in the ''Literature/LunarChronicles'' is a rare male example. Queen Levana is determined to get a legitimate claim over Earth via marriage to an Earthen leader. First she tries to withhold the antidote for [[ThePlague the Letumosis virus]] from him, then threaten his LoveInterest Cinder's life to force him to marry her. [[spoiler: At the end of ''Scarlett'', she succeeded but in ''Cress'', Cinder stopped the wedding by kidnapping Kai.]]
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The 1960's ''Series/{{Batman}}''
** "Marsha Queen of Diamonds/Marsha Scheme of Diamonds": Marsha blackmails Batman into marrying her or Robin will be her prisoner forever. The marriage would be a case of LoopholeAbuse. Marsha's original plan was blackmailing him into letting her into the Batcave so she'd gain access to the bat-diamond but even for Robin he wouldn't break his vow (never revealing the Batcave's location to any strangers) so she demanded the marriage to make herself no longer a stranger.
** "King Tut’s Coup/Batman’s Waterloo": King Tut kidnaps socialite Lisa Carson to make her Queen of the Nile.
** Green Ice/Deep Freeze": Mr. Freeze kidnaps beauty queen Miss Iceland with this purpose in mind.
** "Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin": The Penguin does the same to Barbara Gordon with the belief that his new father-in-law Commissioner Gordon will grant him immunity to arrest.
* In the musical episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', a demon threatens to kill everyone in Sunnydale and make Dawn his “queen”. He relents when it's revealed the terms of his summoning would actually make [[spoiler:Xander]] his bride.
-->'''Anya:''' I've seen some of these Underworld child bride deals, and they never end well. Well, maybe once.
* A strange version occurs in ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. John is, unfortunately, the only male able to give a princess healthy children and she must marry in order to become Empress. John is fully prepared to let her down gently, but the current Empress gives him a choice: marry her daughter, or let Scorpius play with his brain.
* Lord Zedd suddenly decided he wanted to marry Kimberly in one episode of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', leading to a completely failed attempt to [[HypnotizeThePrincess hypnotize]] her. And by failed, we mean that Kimberly uses her acting lessons to give a truly Rita-worthy performance that scares the hell out of the bad guys, buying the others time to rescue her.
* ''Series/RobinHood'' starts with Marian leading Guy of Gisbourne on for information, but Guy ends up developing this for her [[spoiler:which actually culminates in her death]].
* An episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' called "The House of Quark" has the Klingon Grilka kidnap Quark and force him to marry her at knifepoint. This is a relatively sympathetic version, as Grilka's only doing it to maneuver her family out of a political crisis that was partly Quark's fault in the first place. It quickly turns into a more equal partnership, with Quark using his cunning and financial skills to help her resolve the situation, and afterward she gladly divorces him and they part on good terms.
* In ''{{Tinsel}}'', Kwame Mensah gets Telema Duke to marry him by holding his testimony -- the only chance for her on-again/off-again lover, Soji Bankole, to escape a Murder One conviction -- to ransom.
* In ''Series/{{Newhart}}'', Larry once revealed that his dad was very persistent in courting his mom until she said the words he longed to hear, "Okay, untie me and I'll marry you." This worried the rest of the cast as he began courting Stephanie. Fortunately, when asked about it, Larry admits that what his dad did was "just weird".
* ''Series/LazyTown had the "evil dude" creates a love potion for his "usual damsel in distress", to make her fall in love with him & get married.
* In ''Series/TheTribe'', Ram takes an interest in Ebony when he finds out that she is his lieutenants Java and Siva's younger sister, both of whom he has already married. He tries to persuade her nicely at first by presenting her with gifts and noting how much power she would gain by it, but eventually gets fed up with her reluctance and pretty much gives Ebony an ultimatum to make up her mind. [[spoiler:She ultimately chooses Ram's good-hearted Dragon Jay instead.]]
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[[folder:Myths & Legend]]
* ClassicalMythology: As the ancient Mediterranean is one of the places where marriage by abduction was a perfectly acceptable real-world practice, it's referenced all over the place in Greek and Roman mythology.
** Hades, the Greek god of the underworld, kidnapped Persephone to be his wife, persuading her to bind herself to the underworld by eating the food of the dead. However, AlternateCharacterInterpretation applies.
** The traditional account of the founding of Rome has Romulus kidnap the women of a neighboring tribe, the Sabines, so that his followers could have brides. As Romulus explains to the kidnapped women, this is [[ValuesDissonance perfectly justified]] and really all their fathers' fault, because the Romans had come as respectable suitors and the Sabine men had rejected them for no good reason.
*** Virgil has the Roman men excusing themselves on the grounds of their desperate desire for wives and the Sabine women's beauty and virtue. They follow this up by making much of their captives and not laying a finger on them til they freely consent. By the time the Sabine Dads finally show up their daughters are happily married and many of them mothers. All this suggests that even the Romans felt the original story needed softening.
** TheTrojanWar supposedly started this way, with Paris' abduction of Helen, although the ancient accounts differ on whether Helen was actually kidnapped or went along willingly.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker tried to force [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon Stephanie [=McMahon=]]] to marry him when he was leader of the Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness, after capturing her. [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "Stone Cold" Steve Austin]] rescued her though.
* Wrestling/{{Kane}} [[ScarpiaUltimatum forced]] Wrestling/{{Lita}} to marry him after Wrestling/MattHardy, her then-boyfriend both [[{{Kayfabe}} on-screen]] and [[ProWrestlingIsReal off]], lost his match with Kane. Lita marrying Kane was the stipulation if Hardy lost. Unlike his {{Kayfabe}} brother, he actually succeeded in forcing Lita to marry him, though she dumped him for Wrestling/{{Edge}} a few months later, and the storyline was retconned after Matt Hardy came back.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', an [[EnforcedTrope actual game mechanic]] called "Exquisite Bride Obsession" encourages certain villains to do this. The [[DarkIsEvil Ebon]] [[TheDevilIsALoser Dragon]] is a demon who has [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty kidnapped]] the [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Scarlet Empress]] for these purposes, and the Dragon's [[DealWithTheDevil Infernal Exalts]] can abstain punishment for disobedience by mimicking that behaviour - concocting and executing plans to marry somebody.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Creator/{{Shakespeare}} does it more than once:
** In ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'', Petruchio forces Katherine into an arranged marriage by telling her father that she had agreed to marry him but ''they had made a bargain that she would pretend to hate him around other people.'' Her father buys it, taking the idea that characters in comedies are always gullible UpToEleven.
** In ''Theatre/AllsWellThatEndsWell'', Helena, a lovestruck commoner woman, saves the king's life and is granted a boon. She asks to marry the snobby nobleman Bertram, and the king orders him to go along with it against his will. In this case Helena isn't actually a villain at all, as (a) ArrangedMarriage was pretty normal at the time the play was written, and (b) Bertram manages to be such a [[JerkAss massive tool]] that it's pretty much impossible to feel sorry for him; if anything most people pity Helena for having such bad taste.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/CastleCrashers'', the leader of the Coneheads is attempting to marry the Green Princess against her will when you show up.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'' plays with this in Verdham, where this creates a LoveDodecahedron: Linda agrees to an ArrangedMarriage with [[UpperClassTwit Iwan]], the son of the richest man in town, in order to clear her late parents' debt to him. However, while Iwan loves Linda, Linda loves Pepe, who works as one of Borlock's gardeners. Interestingly, Borlock is shown to be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who is completely unaware of the Dodecahedron, and it's outright stated that if made aware of the situation, he would probably cancel the marriage and find some other way of dealing with the debt. Unfortunately, that's not what happens.
* ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVI''
** Celes has to agree to marry Setzer to get the party access to an airship. Or rather, she makes a wager on a coin toss: Heads they get his ship, tails she marries him. When he loses and realizes she's using ''a coin with two heads'' he's so impressed he joins the party.
** A more straight example is in the opera in the game, where the princess Maria is being forced to marry the prince of the conquering kingdom for the sake of unification despite her beloved Draco still leading an insurrection to free them.
* Seymour forces Yuna to marry him in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyX'', though the implications of it are ignored (partially since [[spoiler:he's dead. But then again, he was alive when he proposed to her in the first place]]). It gets worse when you consider that his reason for doing so is [[spoiler:to be used as the basis for her Final Aeon, thereby becoming the next Sin and destroying the world.]]
* ''VideoGame/KingsQuest''
** A "proxy" version in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIVThePerilsOfRosella'', where the BigBad going to force Rosella into a marriage to her "son" in a Deconstruction of StandardHeroReward. It ends up being her undoing as Edgar really is GoodAllAlong and pulls a HeelFaceTurn to free Rosella.
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'' has the [[EvilChancellor evil vizier]] trying to force Princess Cassima to marry him. He almost pulls it off by [[spoiler:getting the shapeshifting genie to impersonate Cassima at the ceremony, while the real Cassima is tied up elsewhere]].
** In the ExtendedUniverse novel ''[[Literature/KingsQuestTheFloatingCastle The Floating Castle]]'', Alexander ends up incidentally rescuing a princess who's being held captive against her will by an EvilSorceror in a JailBaitWait until she's old enough for him to marry.
* In the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwords'', Vaati's plan to take over Hyrule starts with him kidnapping Zelda to make her his bride.
* [=LeChuck=] is always trying to do this to Elaine Marley in the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' games.
* In the ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Super Mario]]'' series, Bowser's schemes, more often than not, were made to forcibly marry Princess Peach, both to consummate his control over the Mushroom Kingdom and to be with his VillainousCrush.
** This [[GoneHorriblyRight goes horribly right]] in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario''.
** The [[{{Squick}} squicky]] [[UnfortunateImplications implications]] of this are [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'', in which Peach is suggested to be Bowser Jr.'s mother and she ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny has to stop and think about it.]]''
* In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Genealogy Of The Holy War]]'', this happens several times. The first time trips off the plot of the game, when a thuggish prince kidnaps a childhood friend of TheHero with the intent of forcing her to marry.
* In ''Sly3HonorAmongThieves'', General Tsao captures the Panda King's daughter and forces her to marry him against her will. [[spoiler: She escapes thanks to the Cooper Gang, and Tsao ends up almost married to [[{{BrideAndSwitch}} Carmelita]].]]
* Almost all of the boss monsters in {{VideoGame/Gingiva}} will try to pull this on the ''player'' (and immediately turn hostile when you refuse).
* [[BigBad Maximilian]] seeks to marry Princess Cordelia in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' as part of his takeover of her kingdom. Unfortunately for her, even after revealing [[spoiler:her family bloodline is a lie]] he's still bent on taking her as a bride.
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* Episode 6 of ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' has such a scene [[spoiler:when Battler has his mind trapped in a logic error and Erika also wants to enslave his body.]] Between Erika's, err, words of love, and her forcing the "wedding ring" on Battler's finger, [[DoubleEntendre you won't be blamed if you think you're reading a rape scene.]] [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And then, Beatrice happened.]]]]
* Gilgamesh to Saber in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', though his true intents towards her are considerably more perverse.[[note]]He intends to force the contents of the Grail down her throat and "make her pregnant with it", just to see the "violated look" in her eyes.[[/note]] Naturally, this doesn't sit well with Saber.
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%%* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', this is the standard operating procedure of [[MagnificentBastard Tarquin]].
%%* The marriage of Portai and ''Webcomic/{{Glorianna}}''.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' it was suggested that Agatha's grandmother married one of the old Heterodynes, to protect her family from harm. It apparently later backfired, when she tought their sons how to use their Sparky powers for good not for evil and at the end poisoned her husband.
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* As you might expect, the EvilOverlordList has some advice in this area.
-->''After I kidnap the beautiful princess, we will be married immediately in a quiet civil ceremony, not a lavish spectacle in three weeks' time during which the final phase of my plan will be carried out.\\
If the beautiful princess that I capture says "I'll never marry you! Never, do you hear me, NEVER!!!", I will say "Oh well" and kill her.''
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* Gorgeous Gal in the Woody Woodpecker cartoon ''A Fine Feathered Frenzy''. She places a newspaper ad saying she's looking for a husband. Woody calls her and instantly gets turned on by her lovely voice, but when he meets her it turns out she's a featherless crow five times his size and three times his age. Woody's no longer interested but for Gorgeous Gal it's love at first sight. HilarityEnsues. After a long chase, she manages to trap him on a submarine with a priest who actually succeeds in marrying them despite Woody's protests. Gorgeous sails off with Woody for their honeymoon.
* In another Woody Woodpecker cartoon "Red Riding Hoodlum" a tall elderly decaying woodpecker called Granny spots an intruder in her house. Once she notices it's a Wolf she rushes to her powder room. Granny loses her glasses, curls her eyelashes, puts on a red wig and a red shade of lipstick. Now looking much younger and prettier she grabs the Wolf, leans him back and plants a giant kiss on his lips. The Wolf is stunned to be embraced in her arms and smooched but Granny is smitten as indicated by the little hearts floating around her and beating. We are not sure how much time passes but in the next scene she is wearing a blonde wig and a wedding dress happily getting married to the Wolf. The Wolf doesn't seem too thrilled about it though.
* In the Daffy Duck cartoon "The Super Snooper" a beautiful red headed duck took an immediate interest in the detective Daffy was portraying. Reffered to as 'The Body,' she spent most of her time in the cartoon flirting and forcibly kissing Daffy. Eventually Daffy noticed that she literally had balls with chains in her eyes, indicating she wanted to get married even though they just met. Wishing to remain a bachelor, Daffy ran through a closed door and The Body ran after him. The holes their bodies left on the door where that of a bride and groom, implying that she does manage to seduce and marry him.
* In the ''{{Quack Pack}}'' episode "Gator Aid" a gigantic non anthropomorphic alligator named Antionette fell in love with Donald Duck. She chased after him puckering her lips while Donald did his best to try to get away from her. Eventually Daisy, Donald and his nepews get captured and tied up by others. Antionette stops by and Daisy says she can do whatever she wants with Donald if she frees them. So Antionette puts on a wedding veil! Later she gives Donald a wedding ring too. They don't actually get married and it's never made clear how Donald managed to get out of it. While sitting on top of him she gave him a big smootch on top of his head and that's about as far as they go on camera.
* The Ice King in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' is a rather bizarrely [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain sympathetic]] character despite having this trope as pretty much his entire motivation. It's not like he's [[LoveMakesYouEvil in love]] with his target -- in fact he doesn't seem to really care ''which'' princess he marries as long as he can marry one. He seems to just genuinely want to be HappilyMarried, and he's apparently ''completely unable to comprehend'' that kidnapping or hypnotizing a random princess and marrying her against her will is not a way to achieve that.
* Ganon once tried using a [[MindControlDevice mind control necklace]] to marry Zelda in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda'' cartoon.
%%* King Koopa tried to do this to Princess Toadstool on ''TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' once. It didn't work out too well.
* In the first ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' series finale, "The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings," after the Robot Devil is forced to swap hands with Fry, he pulls off a complex GambitRoulette in order to obtain Leela's hand...in marriage. Fry, out of concern for Leela, agrees to return the Robot Devil's hands -- and since that was his real goal all along, the Robot Devil calls off the marriage.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'', Bella Donna forces Gambit to agree to marry her by threatening his family in the Thieves' Guild. With the X-Men's help, the threat gets annulled, so Gambit is able to walk away.
* In the very first ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'' cartoon, Bluto demands this from Olive when he kidnaps her.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Lady Maxima, alien ruler of Alermac, selects Superman as her mate after he defeats her in a fight. Superman tells her point blank that she can't just force someone into marriage; her response is to use her alien tech to knock him out and drag him back to her home planet. Fortunately, a citizen uprising derails her marriage plans.
* In two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' King Sandy tries to force Numbuh Three to marry him.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'': Then there's one-shot villain Little Acorn in the episode "Puppet Bride", who falls in love with Jenny at first sight and tries to force her to become his bride.
* There's a rare [[GenderInvertedTrope gender-reversal]] in ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'' when a WickedWitch tries to force Alfred to marry her. The witch actually succeeds, [[spoiler:but it thankfully [[AllJustADream turns out to a nightmare]] Alfred was having.]]
* Occurs in the pilot episode of ''GravityFalls'', when [[spoiler: a bunch of gnomes]] want Mabel to become their queen.
* In ''TheFairlyOddparents'', the first of appearance of the singer Chip Skylark has him being captured by Vicky, one of his [[FanGirl fangirls]], who chains him up and, of course, tries to marry him. Timmy helps him escape and he ends up writing a hit song about how horrible she is.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Smurfette's Dancing Shoes", the nameless treasure-hunting imp who is after the Treasure Of The Ancient Trolls forces Smurfette to marry him in exchange for giving her the titular shoes that she can never remove. When the Smurfs confront the imp and demand him to release Smurfette, he gives them the challenge of collecting three items from Dreadful Hollow before the sun rises. Although the Smurfs succeed in the challenge, the imp refuses to let Smurfette go, requiring Papa Smurf to use a magic spell to cast the magic dancing shoes on the imp instead.
* In the middle [[TheEighties 1980s]] SuperFriends version, one of the goals of '''Darkseid''' was to marry ''Franchise/WonderWoman''!
* Season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''; Bolin is stuck in a PitbullDatesPuppy relationship with Korra's cousin Eska, so he goes to her to try and break things off. She notes that they have become somewhat distant... which she plans to rectify by marrying him that night. Bolin's only response is to sob as she drags him off, although he does make a break for it at the first opportunity (Eska [[{{Yandere}} doesn't take this very well]]).
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%% No real life examples on rape tropes. Seriously.
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