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[[caption-width-right:225:[[ShipTease "Sae (left) said it while sober"]]]]
->'''Gabrielle:''' Breakfast is served. Get em' (while) they're hot!
->'''Victor Lang:''' [[ThroughHisStomach Marry me]]?
->'''Gabrielle:''' They're only toaster waffles.
-->-- ''DesperateHousewives'', "God, That's Good"

So you meet a member of your preferred gender for the first time and initiate a conversation. They might be a coworker, a friend of a friend, or even a stranger you're meeting in a trendy juice bar: in any case, it's a casual, low-key meeting. Things are going along smoothly when suddenly, in describing oneself, your new acquaintance says "I spend six hours a day editing TVTropes."

You can hardly believe your ears: ''you'' spend ''seven'' hours a day on TVTropes! After being told by your friends ([[ThoseTwoGuys both of them]]) that [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife you have a problem]], at last you've found a kindred spirit! How do you express your glee at your mutual interests?

You ask them to marry you, right then and there.

Of course, you don't ''mean'' it. It's exaggeration for comedic effect. In other words, you're only joking. In fact, if you feel compelled to say this right away upon meeting someone, you both are much more likely to become PlatonicLifePartners: tossing love and sex into the mix would overcomplicate what would otherwise be a close ([[{{UST}} and maybe occasionally sexy]]) friendship.

Or you ''do'' mean it and you're even more pathetic than either of your friends realized.

For this trope without the commitment, see GeekyTurnOn.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' [[{{Yonkoma}} 4koma]] above. Hiro offers to make some soup for Miyako, who is feeling nauseous from [[IntoxicationEnsues the alcohol she accidentally drank]]. Miyako and Sae respond with dual VisibleSilence followed by dual "Will you marry me?" The title of that 4koma is "[[ShipTease Sae said it while sober]]".
* Raichou of ''KyouranKazokuNikki'' does this to Pierre after tasting one of his desserts.
* In ''S.S. Astro'' Izumi said this to her fellow teacher after the food, much to the chagrin of Kaname, who really has a crush on her.
* In the ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' manga, Minamo-sensei does this to ''ten-year-old Chiyo''. Of course, it was entirely related to Chiyo's household abilities, especially cooking.
* In ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', a young Nagi says this to Isumi when she compliments her manga (a big thing for Nagi).
** Ayumu also does this to Hinagiku...sort of.
** Machina also does this to Maria when she makes him a hamburger.
* Mashiro of ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'' accidentally asks his crush Mizuki to marry him while they are talking about their goals. She actually accepts, but only on the condition that they won't see each other until their goals are reached.
* Claire Stanfield from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'' is known to do this all the time. The difference is that, unlike anyone else here, he's ''completely and absolutely serious about it''. And perhaps even more incredibly, [[spoiler:eventually ''it actually works.'']]
* Yuuichi from ''{{Kanon}}'' uses a variant on this line towards Sayuri after tasting her boxed lunch.
* In AngelicLayer, Misaki's aunt and best friend, Tamayo, demand she marry them after she cooks for them.
* In the ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' manga, Iwata's first words to Ropponmatsu 1 are "Will you marry me?". Being a robot, she thinks he's serious.
* In ''{{K-On}}'', Ritsu tells Yui she'll [[LesYay marry Ui]] when she realizes how good of a housewife she is.
* In the manga version of ''ChronoCrusade'', [[CatGirl Shader]] says this to [[EmotionlessGirl Fiore]] after Fiore serves everyone a (delicious) breakfast. She ''seems'' to be joking, but considering [[LesYay the two's relationship...]]
* ''[[{{Yotsubato}} Yotsuba]]'' does this to Fuuka, after finding out that she knows how to make a cake.
* In the ''{{Spiral}}'' manga, upon tasting the delicious meal Ayumu cooked them (while calculating calories and nutritional value), Rio and Hiyono don't say out loud but simultaneously think, with sparkles and LoveBubbles, "I want to be his bride" (or, in the Yen Press version, "[[{{Woolseyism}} I want to make him my bride]].")
* This happens in a {{flashback}} in ''FutureDiary'', when Yuno, after a bit of dialogue with Yuki, states that she wants to become his bride. He brushes it off and jokingly accepts, believing she was only kidding. [[{{Yandere}} She wasn't]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''YTheLastMan''. Upon learning that that a captain named her ship after the one in ''Sirens of Titans'', Yorick instantly proposes to her.
* [[IncredibleHercules Hercules]] proposes to Namora when she impresses him by employing a GroinAttack on a giant. He means it a little more seriously than he should have.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/{{Batman}}'', when reporter Alexander Knox meets Vicki Vale, who's the only other person who believes Batman exists and wants to help him:
-->'''Knox:''' ''Vale, will you marry me?''
-->'''Vicki:''' ''No.''
-->'''Knox:''' ''Will you buy me lunch?''
-->'''Vicki:''' ''...Maybe.''
-->'''Knox:''' ''I eat light!''
** To be fair, that might have less to do with GeekyTurnOn, and more to do with the fact that Vicki Vale is played by [[HelloNurse Kim Basinger]].
* In ''Film/AmazingGrace'', a historical movie about ending the slave trade in England, abolitionist William Wilberforce is introduced to future wife Barbara Spooner by his cousin. Turns out she has long supported abolition and gets him to talk about his (failed) attempt at getting slavery outlawed. He later tells his cousin that they're both "prone to making rash decisions," and they marry a week later, and she convinces him to pick up the fight once more. [[note]]Most of this is probably artistic license, since the real Barbara Spooner was said to have no interest in her husband's political career.[[/note]]
* In ''Film/TheVillage'', Lucius and Ivy become engaged via a conversation where she asks if he will dance with her at their wedding.
* ''Film/MarryMe'' plays it straight with Luke asking Rae to marry him on their second date.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Non-[[GeekyTurnOn geeky]], SuperDickery example: In ''TheTimeTravelersWife'', Henry says a variation on this after tasting the cooking of Clare's family's cook. Which is very weird, considering Clare's his fiancee at that point. Furthermore, he prefaces the statement by dramatically announcing "I have seen my future," which makes Clare worry he's about to tell her family about the time traveling.
* In KerryGreenwood's ''Murder in the Dark'', Mr. Butler compliments the Templars' housekeeper by saying, "If I weren't already married..." (She's both cool in a crisis and a very good pastry cook.)
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''The NumberOfTheBeast'', Zeb asks Deety to marry him the first time they meet. They get married. (The GeekyTurnOn here is that his full name is Zebediah ''John Carter'' and hers is ''Dejah Thoris'' Burroughs. Well, that and that they're both very much Heinlein Heroes.)
* DorothyLSayers' LordPeterWimsey sometimes used this gambit to flatter older women. In "The Queen's Square", he says to his dance partner that if he'd only had the luck to have been born earlier, he'd have married her. (She is ''much'' older than he is and is not offended.)
** However, when he actually ''means'' it, ie proposing a FourthDateMarriage to Harriet Vane, she at first doesn't believe him. (It takes several years and books before she finally realizes all those spontaneous proposals are deadly serious. [[spoiler: Then she says yes.]])
* In Creator/RobertLudlum's hilarious ''The Road to Omaha'', main viewpoint character Sam Devereaux meets a beautiful fellow lawyer and [[LoveAtFirstSight more-or-less instantly falls in love]], proposing immediately -- as I recall, they hadn't even exchanged names yet. She's naturally appalled, but then ''just a few minutes later'', something he says strikes her as so inspiring that ''she'' proposes to ''him''.
* In the Literature/BelisariusSeries, when John of Rhodes learns how extensive Irene Macrembolitissa's personal library is (and the ''quality'' of the contents), "Marry me" is the first thing out of his mouth. She replies, "Not a chance, John. I know your type. You're just lusting after my books."
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* A RunningGag on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', used as a deflection whenever someone comments on Maeby's being too young to be a film executive.
* The ''{{Friends}}'' episode "The One With The Worst Best Man Ever":
--->'''Stripper:''' Look, I don't need to steal some stupid ring, all right? I make $1,600 a week doing what I do. Any of you guys make that?
--->'''Chandler:''' Marry me?
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** From "Chinga":
--> '''Mulder''': Maybe you don't know what you're looking for.\\
'''Scully''': [[GeekyTurnOn Like evidence of conjury or the black arts or shamanism, divination, Wicca or any kind of pagan or neo-pagan practice? Charms, cards, familiars, bloodstones, or hex signs or any of the ritual tableaux associated with the occult, Santeria, Voudoun, Macumba, or any high or low magic?]]\\
'''Mulder''': Scully?\\
'''Scully''': Yes?\\
'''Mulder''': Marry me.\\
'''Scully''': I was hoping for something a little more helpful.
** From "Small Potatoes":
--> '''Mulder''': I have a theory. Do you want to hear it?\\
'''Scully''': Van Blundht somehow physically transformed into his captor then walked out the door leaving no one the wiser?\\
'''Mulder''': Hey Scully, should we be picking out china patterns or what?
* The more pathetic variety occurs in PeepShow, where Mark, desperate not to go through with it on his wedding day, asks a shop assistant he sees reading his favourite history book. She [[spoiler: says no, of course, and he gets married as planned. It doesn't last.]]
* Britta and Jeff have one of these in the first episode of ''Series/{{Community}}''.
* River Phoenix guest-starred on an episode of ''FamilyTies'' as a student who was tutoring Alex (Michael J. Fox). Alex's younger sister Jennifer (Tina Yothers) came into the kitchen and spoke to them briefly before leaving, with Phoenix's character staring after her and declaring, "I've just met the mother of my children!" Alex was understandably freaked out.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In the final scene of the StephenSondheim musical ''MerrilyWeRollAlong'', Mary compliments upstart composer Frank on his music, to which he replies "I've just met the girl I'm going to marry." This, in classic Sondheimian fashion, has a [[FunnyAneurysmMoment dark edge]], since we've [[BackToFront already seen]] that Mary will fall in love with Frank, who will remain oblivious to her feelings through two disastrous marriages to other women.
* A version of this occurs in Thornton Wilder's classic OurTown, George and Emily begin a conversation with how George has become all stuck-up, and are engaged by the end of it. Unlike most of these, the question is never directly asked or answered, but everyone knows what's happened. George ends it by saying "Well. I guess this is a pretty important conversation we've been having."
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank 3'', Ratchet says this to Sasha on realising he'll be provided with the latest game console set-up.
* In ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'' 2, when Natalya tells Crypto about how she snuck out of an East German soccer match with a West German jersey on, Crypto pulls this on her. She replies, "No, but thanks for asking."
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Project: Story of Eastern Wonderland'', as the "proposal" is actually a challenge.
-->'''Meira:''' I am Meira. I have come to take the Hakurei (powers).
-->'''Reimu:''' Boy, [[LampshadeHanging that was quick]]... [[HilarityEnsues but okay]]!
** In crossover fangame ''VideoGame/TouhouMother'', Satori Komeji of all people has this reaction to discovering that [[spoiler: she can't read Mima's mind]].
* Virion is ''introduced'' while doing this to Sully in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. It really [[EstablishingCharacterMoment sets up]] his [[HandsomeLech personality]]. Sully's initial response is to threaten to kick him in the face, but it is possible for them to get married.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* [[http://www.geeksworld.org/strip_631.html This]] ''geek's world'' strip.
* [[http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20030225 This]] ''CtrlAltDel'' strip.
* ''DominicDeegan'''s [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-07-01 done it too]].
** Bonus points for both of them being female.
* [[http://www.applegeeks.com/comics/viewcomic.php?issue=240 Here's an]] ''{{Applegeeks}}'' comic featuring this.
* Fuzzy from ''SamAndFuzzy'' used "Bear my children!" as a variant towards Andrea.
* [[http://marryme.keenspot.com/ Marry Me]]. Sort of. A fan of a pop star holds up a sign reading "marry me." [[spoiler: Her reluctant friend holds it for her while she goes to the bathroom and his accidental proposal is accepted.]]
* Sandra from ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' is "probably" [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2010/10/14/0208-pizza-ii/ serious]] about her proposal:
-->'''Sandra :''' Cloud, will you marry me?
-->'''Cloud:''' Probably.
** Another example comes [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2011/12/22/0336-the-poem-iv later on]], complete with [[TheGlomp a flying tackle]].
* In ''DumbingOfAge,'' [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2011/comic/book-1/06-yesterday-was-thursday/devil/#comment here]]. Which is sort of a dark version of this trope, since Joyce doesn't realize that [[spoiler:he slipped something into that drink]].
* In ''{{Homestuck}}'', the AuthorAvatar says this to [[spoiler: Vriska]] after she finds him in the wreckage of an attack by the BiggerBad.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://notalwaysright.com/helping-the-needy/4597 This]] Website/NotAlwaysRight entry.
* In the ''{{Rad}}'' review, the RaisedCatholic [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Nostalgia Critic]] was given the "apology" of "What would Jesus do?", and so immediately wanted to jump the other person's bones. "Do me!"
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Something related: Fans of ''Anime/LuckyStar'' have reportedly flocked to the shrine that was the model for the one seen in the anime and left plaques with wishes like "Konata is my wife" on them.
* Tom Welling, who plays [[{{Superman}} Clark]] on ''{{Smallville}}'', apparently was asked this in all seriousness by a fan he'd never met before. He was a bit disturbed.
* Approximately half of the Website/YouTube comments for Sarah Haskins's snarky segment "Target Women" are from men (or women) posting "Marry Me" or a variation.
* [[http://www.overheardinnewyork.com/archives/022835.html This]] post from "Overheard in New York".
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