Very few people would want to be part of an ArrangedMarriage, but it's not all bad. After all, usually your parents are the ones selecting your spouse, and they know you and love you and want you to be happy. Or at the very least, they don't want you [[SpannerInTheWorks throwing a tantrum at the altar]] and destroying the [[AltarDiplomacy alliance they've been planning for years]]. They may have other, higher priorities than your happiness, but your happiness does usually matter. Therefore, there is at least some prayer that your spouse will be [[MarriageBeforeRomance someone you could grow to love]].

Not in these types of marriages. The people arranging this marriage don't care about your feelings. In fact, they probably don't even know you. To them you're just an ID number that needs to be paired up with another ID number, and you're going to be, whether you want to or not.

Maybe the government needs you to marry someone in order to secure an important alliance. Maybe you're the next link in the super-soldier breeding program. Whatever the reason, the powers that be have declared that this marriage has to happen.

A subtrope of ArrangedMarriage. Note that whether or not an arranged marriage qualifies for this subtrope depends on who is arranging the marriage and the relationship between the arranger and the people getting married. The person arranging the marriage needs to be an impersonal force, not a close relative. If the King is ordering the marriage of two of his subjects, that may be this trope; if he's ordering the marriage of his daughter the Princess, it isn't. Also note that this can overlap with PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: sometimes, the bureaucracy's computer is pretty good at pairing compatible people. And if not, there's always plain luck. Often a part of AltarDiplomacy, where the match is made for political reasons.



[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* In ''LightNovel/DemonKingDaimao'', the government gives one of their agents the duty of arranging a marriage between Junko and Akuto.
* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', it seems that NationsAsPeople [[TheChewToy Lithuania]] and [[AgentPeacock Poland]] were married via this, as a result of being the {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of two countries in a close alliance. Though at least they seem to ''sorta'' get along, and at the same time, Lithuania's boss Duke Wladislaw Jagello and Poland's boss Queen Jadwiga are going through their own BSM as well.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has a scene where, after rescuing Empress Tianzi from an unwanted ArrangedMarriage ''and'' preventing a political alliance between Britannians and Chinese that would've ruined Lelouch/Zero's plans, Diethard floats the idea of marrying Tianzi and a high-ranked Black Knight. Lelouch is mentally considering that this isn't a bad idea before it's hilariously shot down by ''every'' woman in the Black Knights group before he can say anything.
* The entire point of ''Manga/KoiToUso''. The protagonist is assigned a marriage partner right after confessing to the girl he likes.
* Most of the plot of ''Manga/TwinStarExorcists'' revolves around the ArrangedMarriage between Rokuro and Benio. The reason is that an oracle predicted their child would be The Miko, [[SecondComing the reincarnation of Abe No Seimei that would wipe out the impurities once and for all]]. [[spoiler: The fact that all attempts during the previous thousand years ended up killed by said Impurities before they could have children shows pretty well that whoever decided it, they didn't really care for their safety.]]
* In the ''Anime/PsychoPassTheMovie'' movie, Akane discovers her old friend Kaori is getting married to a man that the Sibyl System has decided is a good match for her because its database indicates they have a high "Romantic Compatibility" score. And it is correct: she falls for him after their first few meetings.
* ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' has a friendship variant. Flashbacks show that after [[spoiler:Togo]]'s first tour of duty as a [[MagicalGirlWarrior Hero]] ended and she was released from the hospital, the Taisha deliberately arranged to have her family move next door to [[spoiler:Yuna]]'s family, because they knew [[spoiler:Yuna]] had extremely high potential as another Hero and wanted the two girls to become friends.


[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

* There is an entire genre of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfiction called the Marriage Law fic which centers around the Ministry forcing people to get married to a partner of the government's choosing in an effort to rebuild the population after the losses in the Voldemort war(s). This provides a way of forcing the start of a relationship between two parties who would not plausibly seek to be with each other. There is also a subgenre in which one or more characters is horrified by either the law in general or their chosen partner in particular, and try to do something to get out of the marriage, usually either by marrying someone else before the law comes into effect, fleeing the country, or starting an outright rebellion.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' fanfic series ''[[ Five Loaves of Bread]]''[[note]]Link requires joining the comm to read.[[/note]] includes this. The Capitol arranges everything about its subjects' laws -- where they live, where they work, and if and who they marry. It's technically possible to indicate a preference either way, but the the government is entirely free to ignore it when it suits them.


[[folder: Film ]]

* In the movie version of ''Film/HarrisonBergeron'', the government chooses spouses for people in order to increase the odds breeding average children.
* In the Creator/DonKnotts movie ''Film/TheReluctantAstronaut'', the titular character has a hastily arranged marriage so he and his bride can become the first married couple on the Moon.
* Implied in ''Film/THX1138'' with the arranged "roommate".
* The plot of the 1930's sci-fi musical ''Film/JustImagine'' (well, that and a Swedish comedian who's a FishOutOfTemporalWater). The hero goes on an InterplanetaryVoyage to Mars to prove himself worthy of his LoveInterest whom the courts are going to marry off to his rival, judged as being more socially valuable.
* In the 1984 comedy ''Film/{{Protocol}}'', Goldie Hawn's character is offered as a wife to the emir of a [[{{Qurac}} small Middle Eastern nation]] of strategic importance to the United States. She's not aware of this, thinking only that she's going on a diplomatic visit, until she arrives and sees a mural of herself with the emir in wedding attire.
* ''Film/CarryOnLoving'' has a couple who match up people that either hate each other or have no chemistry whatsoever.


[[folder: Folklore ]]

* In a rabbinic ''midrash'', a Roman matron asks Rabbi Yose bar Halafta what God's been up to since He created the world in six days. He tells her that God's been making matches between people. The matron scornfully claims she can easily do the same thing, and lines up a thousand of her manservants facing a thousand of her maidservants, telling each pair they're to get married. The next day, all her servants come before her with serious injuries, each complaining about the one she matched them with. The matron admits to Rabbi Yose that arranging marriages on such a wide scale is indeed a job for God, not human beings.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* The Bene Gesserit from ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' arrange marriages for the members of their sisterhood, either to gain influence, cement political alliances, or aid in the breeding of the [[{{Ubermensch}} Kwisatz Haderach]]. Some of these marriages do turn out well. This is partly due to design: Bene Gesserit bred for this role are trained in the arts of seduction, so that the male partner is guaranteed to fall in love. It's just that sometimes, the Bene Gesserit falls in love, too.
** The most potent example would be the arranging of Paul and Irulan at the end of ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', which drives a lot of the conflict of ''Literature/DuneMessiah'' since Irulan is somewhat in love, while Paul is in love with Chani. Irulan is also under a lot of pressure to produce an heir and prevent one being born through Chani.
* In Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/TheWarGods'' series, the King of the Sothoii has the power to force marriages in cases of nobles who don't have a male heir. It's seen as a last resort, admittedly hard on only-daughters, but worth it in order to insure that the Kingdom isn't destabilized by having important lands and titles fall into dispute.
* In ''Literature/TheGiver'', all couples are arranged this way, although, in this case, some mention is made of how couples are arranged so that the people involved complement each other and work well together, though it's still loveless and sexless.
* All marriages in the ''Literature/DeliriumSeries'' are arranged by the government, because all people over the age of 18 have been "cured" of the ability to love.
* In ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', all marriages have to be approved by a committee, and approval will not be given if the man and woman show any signs of being sexually attracted to each other because [[NoSexAllowed sex for pleasure is not allowed]].
* In Creator/{{Plato}}'s ''Laws'', this is what happens when they have a fatherless heiress. They even admit:
-->And if a man dying by some unexpected fate leaves daughters behind him, let him pardon the legislator if he gives them in marriage, he have a regard only to two out of three conditions--nearness of kin and the preservation of the lot, and omits the third condition, which a father would naturally consider, for he would choose out of all the citizens a son for himself, and a husband for his daughter, with a view to his character and disposition - the father, say, shall forgive the legislator if he disregards this, which to him is an impossible consideration.
* Similarly, in Plato's ''[[Literature/TheRepublic Republic]]'', all "marriages" among members of the ruling "guardian" class are arranged by the state. We say "marriages" in quotes, because it appears that these are one-time things rather than permanent relationships. Also, although the selection of pairings is officially either random or the work of the gods, it's actually the philosopher-kings who make the decisions, breeding citizens according to the needs of the state.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations novel]] ''Doctor Who and the Doomsday Weapon'', many people on Overindustrialised Future Earth work for faceless megacorporations that "take care" of their employees, arranging their accommodation, education, and, if the Company considers it necessary, marriages. They do try to arrange compatible matches, but probably only because unhappy employees are bad for productivity, and the matching process involves a stack of employee profiles and a computer in the personnel department, as opposed to, say, people getting to meet people (the marriage ceremony involves their files being stapled together). One character recalls agreeing to be married as a condition of his next promotion, and then hearing no more about it until he returned from a business trip to find his new wife waiting for him in the kitchen. At first he's much more interested in his new apartment ect. but as she cheerfully chatters away, informing him that they are likely to be in debt to the Company for the rest of their lives, he notices she's very pretty....Resulting in a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage.
* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/FallingFree'', the company is trying to breed the newly created quaddies. When a young couple, with a baby, is told whom they are assigned to have their next children, they revolt.
* ''Literature/{{Matched}}'': The government controls every aspect of your life, including who you will marry based on compatibility measures.
* This is one of the life-in-the-future tropes played with in "Literature/TomorrowTown" by Creator/KimNewman. The apparent motive for the murder of AssholeVictim Varno Zhoule is that he had been matched with one of the women of the town by the master computer, even though she was already happily married to someone else, and it's suspected that Zhoule arranged to have the result come out in his own favor.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov had the whole Solarian way of marriage (for a given definition of "[[SuperBreedingProgram marriage]]") in his Robot books - which impacted in later Empire ones. People were assigned their spouses by a board. And, presumably, a lot of AI. This is a major plot-point in ''Literature/TheNakedSun''.
* In the Literature/{{Deryni}} novel ''In The King's Service'', King Donal Haldane chooses his loyal human courtier Sir Kenneth Morgan for his ward Lady Alyce deCorwyn. Alyce's parents and brother are dead, and she is a royal ward as the heiress to a wealthy duchy, so she knows that politics is involved and accepts that Donal will decide who she marries. She is in fact more than fine with it as Kenneth is the father of her best friend, she's known him for years and has a bit of a crush on him. Better still he is rather embarrassedly in love with her.
* In the second book of ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', the Capitol plans to do this to [[spoiler:Peeta and Katniss]]. This is later subverted in the end of the third book, where they [[spoiler: voluntarily decide to marry]].
* Subverted in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series. The Mesan Alignment practices this as part of its breeding program, but compatibility is a major factor in their decisions - partly because the Mesan Alignment cares about its own people, and partly because spousal murder can really mess up their plans. At minimum, they try to ensure that their couples can at least tolerate each other enough to produce children.
* In the ''Franchise/StarTrekNovelverse'', in order to stave off the extinction of the Andorian species the Andorian Empire resorts to arranging bondgroups based on genetic analysis to maximize fertility.[[labelnote:longer explanation]]On top of their complex [[BizarreAlienSexes quadrisexual reproduction]] which already resulted in a low birthrate, they suffered genomic damage in the ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' timeframe. And all this was ''before'' the [[Literature/StarTrekDestiny Borg invaded and killed a huge chunk of the remaining population]]. (This plotline was apparently meant to explain why Andorians were barely ever mentioned in the 24th century shows.)[[/labelnote]] Some of the ''Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch'' books deal with an Andorian member of Deep Space 9's crew resisting calls by his bondgroup, whom he hates, to return home to help them conceive. [[spoiler:Andoria eventually secedes from the Federation for a brief period to get out from under the Federation's NoTranshumanismAllowed laws so they can use genetic engineering to permanently fix the problem.]]
* ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series: The reasons and political maneuvering behind the various forms of ArrangedMarriage among the nobility are a theme of ''Closer to Home''. In an attempt to resolve a [[FeudingFamilies feud between two noble houses]], the Prince commands that House Raeylen marry their only son to House Chendlar's oldest daughter. This backfires badly when it turns out Chendlar's ''youngest'' daughter has fallen hard for the son, and he manipulates her in a scheme to kill off both families and inherit their lands.
* In ''Literature/TheHaremGames'' constestants are married by an 'Omiai' treated as a market where the teenage males pick 6-15 brides to help them in the upcoming battle royale fight to the death. The brides have no say in the matter. Alex is unusual because during the selection ceremony, he was bedridden as a result of a horrific, unprovoked beating, where he couldn't retaliate, and his brides were not only chosen for him, but most of them ''actively petitioned'' for the role.


[[folder: Live Action TV]]

* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', the Psi Corps arranges marriages between powerful telepaths in order to facilitate the breeding of even more powerful telepaths. If the people involved try to refuse, the Corps is perfectly willing to arrange rapes instead - apparently having never heard of artificial insemination or in-vitro fertilization.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Heaven of all things arranges these. Angels use Cupids to make people fall in love but it comes across as more of a breeding program with the goals of [[InTheBlood preserving vessel bloodlines]] or [[TheChosenOne needing certain children to be born]].
* In the ''Series/BlackMirror'' episode "Hang the DJ", relationships are all arranged by "the system", which is some sort of computer that matches people for predetermined amounts of time (which could be 12 hours or 3 years), until it gathers enough information to find your OneTrueLove.
* ''Series/PhilipKDicksElectricDreams'': In "[[Recap/PhilipKDicksElectricDreamsS1E6HumanIs Human Is]]" the State apparently pairs people as couples due to a "procreation mandate", which is how Vera and Silas were put together, and this explains why their marriage was quite cold.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* Halruaa of ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'', as described in ''Literature/CounselorsAndKings''. And they for most part really did believe eugenics applied to wizards will improve the situation.
* In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', the Tau Empire has a system of arranged breeding. Couples are selected on the basis of genetic advantage and sent a summons from a "Procreation Committee" to spend a day together trying to conceive. After conception, both partners will go their separate ways, and any children from the union will be raised communally by trainers of their caste (though parents may take an interest in and visit the children).
* In ''TabletopGame/ArsMagica'', heiresses whose fathers die become wards of their father's lord, and they (and more importantly their lands) will be married off to the lord's benefit. It's technically illegal to simply sell her for money, but in practice, this is often laughed at.


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* Arguably, Hermia's situation in ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream''. The original arrangement with Demitrius doesn't qualify, since that was arranged by her father and Theseus was just enforcing the existing law allowing an ArrangedMarriage. However, once Theseus expanded his ruling to allow Hermia the option of joining a convent instead, it could be considered this trope.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/{{Super Robot Wars Z}}2: Saisei-hen'', [[Anime/CodeGeass Diethard]] attempts to marry off Tianzi again like in the series, except this time, [[ EVERY SINGLE ZEXIS woman gets on his case about it.]] His expression is just awesome. Oh and one guy gets in on it too.
--> '''[[spoiler: Chirico]] ''': Are you even human?
--> '''Diethard ''': [[spoiler: C-Chirico Cuvie!]]


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* PlayedForLaughs in ''[[WebComic/PhD Piled Higher and Deeper]]'', Professor Smith tells [[NoNameGiven The Nameless Hero]] that studies show married [=PhD=] students graduate faster, then immediately segues into asking him how his love life is going.
-->'''Smith:''' If you like, I can speak to one of my colleagues in the department. I'm sure we can find a suitable match for you within a close geographic area.\\
'''Nameless:''' Uh... This is awkward.\\
'''Smith:''' It's awkward that you haven't graduated.


[[folder: Web Video ]]

* In one episode of ''WebVideo/AskLovecraft'', the horror writer is asked how one might make a Lovecraftian wedding. He suggests that ''all'' weddings are inherently Lovecraftian, simply because the practice of marriage has traditionally originated with this trope and is, thus, spiritually and emotionally hollow. But you can still add an extra tentacle or two if you want it for aesthetic reasons...


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In the episode where the family joins the Movementarians, there's a group wedding.
-->'''Marge:''' This is ridiculous, we're already married!
-->'''Homer:''' But Marge, we're not '''mass''' married!
-->''Barney and Otto appear''
-->'''Barney:''' At least you got to choose your mate, we got matched up on the printout!
-->'''Otto:''' Remember our agreement. I'm the man!
** And Comic Book Guy is seen awkwardly asking a beautiful redhead (who seems creeped out by him) " you like comic books?"
** This exchange between [[ParentalIncest Seymore and Agnes Skinner:]]
-->'''Seymore:''' Well, we could've done worse mother.
-->'''Agnes:''' Speak for yourself!


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Sun Myung Moon matched up many of the couples who took part in his mass weddings.
* Alexander the Great attempted to do this, in order to get a unified empire, ordering his men to marry local women. The marriages, for the most part, did not last his reign. His successors instead simply gave Greek settlers land to build new cities, from Turkey to Pakistan, and let nature take it's course.
* The Romans were more successful, although they did not attempt to do this on such a large scale. Rome's wars often resulted in prisoners being obtained from amongst the upper class and elites of the recently conquered. Those that Rome did not simply kill were often married off to client rulers (Cleopatra's children were married off to Libyan royalty), given to influential men as concubines (which wasn't that different from marriage) or were married amongst similar captives from other nations- essentially making them someone else's problem.
* The Incas also did this.
* North Korea practices this in its massive system of prison camps: male and female prisoners are [[RapeByProxy "matched"]] by camp guards to produce children who will spend their entire lives in the prison camp, guaranteeing the government's supply of prison labor.
* This is essentially the point of online matchmaking services, though with the distinction that the two people so paired up aren't strictly ''obligated'' to marry.