->''Can I have your daughter for the rest of my life?''
->''Say yes, say yes, 'cause I need to know.''
->''You say I'll never get your blessing till the day I die.''
->''"Tough luck my friend, but the answer is no!"''
-->-- "Rude", '''MAGIC!'''

You are a grown adult. You've found your true love, and he or she loves you back. You want to get married. Everything's great, right? Wrong! Your parents are convinced that you've picked the wrong person, and will do almost anything to prevent the marriage.

This is different from an ArrangedMarriage. Your parents don't want the right to pick your spouse. They just want to veto your choice. In some societies, your parents may have a legal right to such a veto.

Maybe your true love is penniless (or UnableToSupportAWife), or is in a lower social class. Maybe your true love is of the "wrong" race, religion, ethnicity, or gender. Or maybe his or her family is somehow disreputable. Or maybe your parents just don't like your true love. ([[BettyAndVeronica Especially if they have a Betty they prefer to your chosen Veronica.]])

But all is not lost. If you and your true love can stay true to each other, and be persistent, your parents will eventually notice your true love's good qualities, and will change their minds. Alternatively, you may hear the words "IHaveNoSon" (or daughter, depending) addressed to you in no uncertain terms.

Sometimes, it will turn out that your parents are attempting to see whether or not your feelings are genuine. If you cannot overcome the obstacles put up by your parents, then they were wise to delay things. If you and your true love find a way around the obstacles, then that's becomes proof that it really is true love.

In rare cases, your parents are right. You really have picked the wrong person to marry.

If you are in a FairyTale or a {{fantasy}} story, your parents may give your true love an EngagementChallenge.

In extreme cases, your parents will be not be above OffingTheOffspring. In appropriate settings, they may instead take the slightly less drastic step of packing you off for TakingTheVeil. You may have to fight in order to be together.

Even though most people in the western world choose their own spouses, this ''isn't'' a DeadHorseTrope. It can still appear in historical fiction, fantasy, in stories not set in the western world, or in any story where parents believe that they have a right to meddle in their grown children's lives. Contrast ChildMarriageVeto. See also DatingWhatDaddyHates.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* An episode of ''Anime/{{Planetes}}'' inverted this when it turned out that Edel had to stay away from her husband for five years to prevent her parents from vetoing their divorce.
* Happens more than once on ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku''. One is in the {{backstory}}, where Kyoko's parents objected to her marriage to [[HotForTeacher her former teacher Soichiro]], another is at the end, where Kyoko's father again objects [[spoiler: to Godai's impending proposal. He gets over it in the end]]. A minor one is Godai's cousin, who ends up deciding to elope. [[spoiler:Her father catches on and decides that if she and her boyfriend are willing to elope, then he'll give his blessing.]]
* In the original Franchise/{{Gundam}} series, Garma Zabi believes that his father will try and pull this trope on him and becomes desperate to find a way to force him to accept. Possibly subverted, as Garma was Degwin's favored son and it's doubtful the old man could have refused him anything.
** It's then played straight in the case of Iserina Eschenbach, Garma's sweetheart. ''Her'' father was a rabid Zeon hater, after all.
* ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' has Aoi and Kaoru's [[ChildhoodMarriagePromise childhood]] ArrangedMarriage being canceled, due to him leaving the abusive Hanabishi clan. As a young adult, [[PluckyGirl Aoi]] sets off to find him, leading to their reacquaintance and later decision to [[ScrewDestiny override the veto]]. [[spoiler: They get their happy ending and ultimately marry.]]
* In ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', [[CuteClumsyGirl Nadeshiko]] falls [[HotForTeacher in love with her teacher]], and her parents and ''specially'' her grandfather disown her when she marries him after graduation. They disapproved of him partly because of [[MayDecemberRomance their age difference]] and mostly because he wasn't rich like them, thus either feared he was a GoldDigger or disliked his lower social class. Years later, Sonomi still hates Fujitaka. (although in Sonomi's case, it's less that he's older and poorer and more that he took her beloved cousin away from her.)
** [[spoiler: A whole episode of the anime is dedicated to actually fixing this, with Nadeshiko's grandfather Masaaki apologizing to Fujitaka for the Amamiya family's shabby treatment of him. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming And Fujitaka forgives him]].]]
* In ''Manga/AiShiteNight'', [[spoiler: OverprotectiveDad Shige forbids his daughter Yakko from marrying her rock-star boyfriend Go when they ponder getting married as soon as he returns from the USA. When they persevere, Shige finally gives in.]]
* Brutally used in a Manga/DetectiveConan case in which the JerkAss father of a rich girl not only forbids his daughter from marrying her pianist boyfriend, but [[spoiler: he [[FinGore stomps on the pianist's hand and breaks it]], [[CareerEndingInjury which ruins his career.]] The poor piano man commits suicide and the BrokenBird daughter runs away. [[TheButlerDidIt And the new family butler, who was the pianist's dad, kills the old man]].]]
** Used earlier when a diplomat with a shady past has a FreakOut over seeing a photo of his son's girlfriend, [[spoiler: the daughter of the old rival he sent to jail on false testimony... and of his second wife, the poor guy's stepmom.]] Even better/worse/whatever: [[spoiler: said second wife/the girl's estranged mom had ''no'' idea of her second hubby's [[TheUriahGambit Uriah Gambit]] up until then - and once she found out, she killed said husband as punishment.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/FinalApproach'' Ryo learns late in the show that this is why his fiance was given to him at the start of the story. His grandmother and her grandfather were once in love but were torn apart by her grandfather's family for being from a poor family. He relented to his family's wish and married another woman. It turns out the entire setup for the series is her grandfather using his tremendous wealth to create a situation where his granddaughter can marry the grandson of the woman he lost to Parental Marriage Veto.
* When Anasui asks Jotaro for permission to marry Jolyne near the end of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean'', Jotaro asks him if he's insane and completely refuses to justify the request with an answer. Then Anasui asks again, and he responds by snatching his daughter away from him. Perhaps Anasui would have had more luck if he popped the question when [[spoiler:the world wasn't about to end]] -- and if he wasn't a bit AxCrazy.
* Two in ''Manga/SandChronicles'':
** Ann's maternal grandma Misayo didn't approve of the marriage of Ann's parents Miwako and Masahiro as it also meant moving from Miwako's home village to Tokyo, but she couldn't stop them. She still doesn't like Masahiro when he sees her again post-Miwako-death.
** Fuji's mother is against his intention to marry [[spoiler:his cousin Mariko]] due to their prestige as well as unfortunate implications she thinks it'll bring, which is why she wants to get him into an ArrangedMarriage with someone more appropriate. [[spoiler:Volume 10 shows that his parents finally gave in and the final chapter gives a glimpse of their wedding.]]

* In the Literature/{{Child Ballad|s}} ''Literature/WilliesLady'', Willie's mother is trying to do this retroactively by cursing his wife to die in childbirth.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* This was one of the early plots in ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}''. Before they were married, Dagwood's wealthy parents disapproved of Blondie feeling she was a GoldDigger (and initially, she was), and tried to get him to marry a woman of their social class. They finally gave in and allowed Dagwood to marry Blondie after he went on a 30-day hunger strike, but warned him that if he married her, they would [[PassedOverInheritance disown him.]] They went ahead with the wedding, and the rest is comic strip history.
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/{{Persepolis}}''. While Marjane's mother doesn't approve of her engagement, her father overrules any vetos on the conditions that her husband-to-be lives outside of Iran with her and agrees to let her divorce, should it come to that. He agrees, and the two are married. Eventually the two become unhappy and get divorced, at which point Marjane's father reveals that he suspected as much, but also knew that flat-out forbidding the marriage would only make the couple more determined to defy him. To keep things as smooth as possible, he just made sure Marjane had an easy out when things inevitably went badly. (Her mother, upon hearing this, is annoyed he didn't just let her in on the plan so she wouldn't have worried so much.)


[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In ''Literature/TheOneHandedGirl'', the king's son begs his parents to let him marry the heroine, and they are unable to bring themselves to do this.
* In ''[[http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/lfb/li/lifb04.htm The False Prince and the True]]'' (included by Creator/AndrewLang in ''The Lilac Fairy Book'', the true prince saves his life by learning that he really is the prince, and the purported one is not, which requires him to promise to marry a very old woman. When he recounts this to his father, he tries to get his father to invoke this: he would rather marry a bride of his father's choosing, he says. His father has none of it -- he will keep his promise.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The first words [[spoiler:Megatron ever says to Sarah]] in ''Fanfic/ShadowsOfThePast'' are along the lines of "Break up with Will or die."
* ''FanFic/AGrowingAffection'': Hinata's grandfather rejects her relationship with Naruto and tries to force her into an ArrangedMarriage. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]] Shino's parents are able to prevent him from marrying [[spoiler: Sasame, but not from fathering her children.]]
* ''Fanfic/RedFireRedPlanet'': Was apparently attempted by Ba'woV's great uncle Chel'toK, the head of the House, when she went to marry Brokosh, a Lethean mercenary. Fortunately for the happy couple, in Klingon tradition the right to Marriage Veto belongs to the ''lady'' of the House, and Lady K'Ronu didn't have a problem with it. Chel'toK resorted to trying to kill Brokosh. Twice.
* Parodied in the remake of ''FanFic/BattleFantasiaProject'', where [[Anime/{{Beyblade}} Mariam]]'s father initially opposes her relationship with Kai because he's terrified by the possible results of the love between his daughter (whose personality is often compared unfavourably to a ''[[ThreateningShark shark]]'') and Kai (who has more than one similarity with her). [[JerkassHasAPoint He kinda had a point]]...
* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': [[spoiler: Chantico, the dowager empress of the Cuanmiztl Kingdom and mother of its prince-king Tizoc, had no legal right to veto her son's marriage... so she instead just convinced his intended bride - Xvital - to run away just hours before the wedding.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'', Fiona has already married Shrek, and the king tries to get rid of him, partly because he doesn't approve on his own and partly because Fairy Godmother is manipulating him to put her own son Prince Charming on the throne.
* ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'': Implied by the lyrics of ''Remains of the Day'', which says Emily fell hard and fast for a man, "but her daddy said no". [[spoiler: Said man turns out to be the villain of the film, meaning Emily's father was absolutely right to reject him, even if it led to tragic results.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' movies, Elrond tries to keep his daughter Arwen from marrying Aragorn, since this would require her to give up her elven {{immortality}}. Unlike most examples of this trope, he makes a very sound and very logical argument against it, and has no quarrel with Aragorn himself. (Quite the contrary! He thinks "He's LikeASonToMe.") Emotionally, Elrond wants his daughter to be happy, but he understands the the ''very'' serious consequences (his brother gave up immortality), and he wakes her up to reality. Arwen marries Aragorn anyway, and accepts the consequences.
* ''Film/BendItLikeBeckham'' is set in present-day England. The groom's Sikh parents try to break his engagement because the bride's younger sister has joined a women's football team and has been seen hugging a 'boy' in public (the 'boy' is Creator/KeiraKnightley).
* ''Film/MeetTheParents'' centers around this. Although technically they are not yet engaged and Creator/BenStiller is just trying to preemptively win their approval so this trope won't come up when he proposes/asks for permission to propose.
** In both sequels, her father keeps trying to tear them apart, believing Greg to be an inadequate husband. Both times, his conclusions turn out to be totally wrong (Greg is [[spoiler:not the father of his parents' maid's son]], and Greg [[spoiler:is not cheating on his wife]]). In the second sequel, Greg and Pam already have kids, yet Pam's father suggests that she seriously consider leaving Greg for her OldFlame.
* In ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight'', Ellen's father is trying to annul her marriage to King Westley. Of course, this turns out to be moot after Ellen meets Peter, who is played by Creator/ClarkGable.
* In the UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}} film ''Bollywood/KabhiKushiKabhieGham'', adopted son Rahul marries Anjali against his father's wishes and is disowned. The father's main objection against Anjali - implied, rather than specifically stated - is that she is [[UptownGirl from a lower class]]. Also an example of ''IHaveNoSon''.
* ''Film/LettersToJuliet'': this was the reason the romance stopped in 1957.
* This is essentially what ''Film/GuessWhosComingToDinner'' is all about.
* ''Film/SomethingNew'': Its made pretty clear that Kenya's mother would disapprove of a relationship with Brian. Her father gives his support to her unconditionally, however, giving her the strength to pursue their relationship.
* ''Film/PsychoIVTheBeginning'' has shown Norman Bates disapproved his mother of being engaged to Chet Rudolph. This results him murdering the both of them.
* In ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'', Manny and Gina are married behind her brother Tony's back. When he finds that out ''right after he kills Manny'', he finds regret for it.
* ''Film/TheGodfatherPartIII'': Although Vincent/Vinnie and Mary [[KissingCousins are cousins]] and don't get married, Michael shows disapproval of their relationship because it would endanger his daughter. When Vincent becomes the new head of the family, Michael tells him the price: give up his relationship with Mary. [[spoiler: It doesn't matter later, since Mary gets shot to death.]]
* In ''Film/SpyKids 2: Island of Lost Dreams'', Ingrid's parents are this. After Gregorio saves them, they come around; they claim that no man on Earth is good enough for Ingrid, though Gregorio comes "pretty close".
* In ''Film/{{Dodsworth}}'', Kurt's mother is an IceQueen who flat out disapproves of the marriage between her son and Fran for concerns about Fran's reproductive capabilities.
* In ''Film/CrimsonPeak'', Edith's father puts a halt to Thomas's plans to propose to her, on the grounds that he suspects Thomas of [[GoldDigger only wanting her for her money]]. He pays off Thomas to not only call off the proposal, but also to disabuse Edith of any notion that he loves her. [[spoiler:Lucille gets around the issue by killing Edith's father.]] As it turns out, [[spoiler:not only was her father right about Thomas and Lucille's motives, but he had another reason to oppose the marriage - he'd learned that Thomas was already legally married to at least three other women.]]
* In ''Film/EquinoxFlower'' Hirayama tries hard to exercise this, not even for any specific reason, but just because he wasn't asked ahead of time. He eventually finds out that the veto is no longer in effect in Japan.
* ''Film/PeachBlossomWeepsTearsOfBlood'' has an UptownGirl plot in which a poor tenant farmer's daughter falls in love with the rich son of the rich woman that owns the land. When the rich lady categorically refuses to let her son marry a lowborn peasant girl, tragedy ensues.

* There's an old joke based on this:
-->One Sunday morning William burst into the living room and said, "Dad! Mom! I have some great news for you! I am getting married to the most beautiful girl in town. She lives a block away and her name is Susan."
-->After dinner, William's dad took him aside. "Son, I have to talk with you. Your mother and I have been married 30 years. She's a wonderful wife but she has never offered much excitement in the bedroom, so I used to fool around with women a lot. Susan is actually your half-sister, and I'm afraid you can't marry her."
-->William was heart-broken. After eight months he eventually started dating girls again. A year later he came home and very proudly announced, "Dianne said yes! We're getting married in June."
-->Again his father insisted on another private conversation and broke the sad news. "Dianne is your half-sister too, William. I'm awfully sorry about this."
-->William was furious! He finally decided to go to his mother with the news.
-->"Dad has done so much harm. I guess I'm never going to get married," he complained. "Every time I fall in love, Dad tells me the girl is my half-sister."
-->His mother just shook her head. "Don't pay any attention to what he says, dear. He's not really your father."
** There are a couple songs based on this joke, see the Music section.

* Many of Creator/AnthonyTrollope's novels contain this trope.
** In ''Doctor Thorne'', Frank Gresham's parents don't want him to wed Mary Thorne, who is illegitimate and poor. However, [[spoiler:illegitimate and rich is fine]].
** In ''Framley Parsonage'', Lady Lufton doesn't want her son to marry Lucy Robarts, whose brother has become involved in someone else's financial scandal. But mainly because she doesn't think Lucy's is 'significant' enough (character-wise) to be the wife of such an important man.
** In ''The Last Chronicle of Barset'', Major Grantly wants to marry Grace Crawley. The Major's father is appalled at this, because Grace's father has been accused of forgery and theft.
** In ''The Duke's Children'', the last of the ''Literature/{{Palliser}}'' novels, the Duke of Omnium is trying to stop two marriages. His daughter wants to marry a poor man. His eldest son wants to marry an American.
** In ''Literature/TheWayWeLiveNow'', Lady Carbury is trying to prevent her daughter from marrying Paul Montague, who is apparently already engaged to an American widow.
* Creator/JRRTolkien's Middle-Earth:
** In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', Thingol doesn't want his daughter Lúthien to marry the mortal Beren. While he doesn't know at the time that that would eventually result in her choosing to become mortal, he had premonitions of Doom around the whole matter. So he set Beren an [[EngagementChallenge impossible task]] to get rid of him (breaking into [[{{Hell}} Angband]] and stealing a Silmaril), no doubt hoping he'd give up or die, which of course completely backfired in horrible ways for generations to come. (Don't mess with the Silmarils. Seriously.)
** In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', when Elrond (Beren and Lúthien's immortal great-grandson) finds out that his daughter Arwen and his mortal adopted/foster son Aragorn are in love, he sets down what seems to be a impossible set of restrictions on their marriage: Sauron must be vanquished, Aragorn must unite the ancient kingdoms of Gondor and Arnor ''and'' become High King over them. This puts a great deal of stress on Elrond and Aragorn's relationship, but when Aragorn helps fulfill every single one of these conditions, Elrond allows the marriage to happen and Love Conquers All. Those nearly {{impossible task}}s had the bonus effect of ensuring Middle-Earth would at least theoretically be habitable for them and their descendants.
* In ''Literature/TheOtherBoleynGirl'':
** Anne Boleyn furiously [[spoiler: banishes her sister Mary from court when Mary admits that she has secretly married William Stafford and is carrying his child.]] Although not technically her mother, since Anne was Queen at the time, she could be considered a de facto guardian.
** A more straightforward example comes earlier in the book, when Anne [[spoiler: secretly marries Henry Percy]]. The marriage is annulled by Cardinal Wolsey, and Anne is [[spoiler: banished from court by her family as punishment]], while Henry Percy is [[spoiler: forced into marriage to a woman closer to his social standing]]. It is implied that this early loss is what drives Anne to be as cold and ambitious as she is for the remainder of the book, and that she never is quite over it.
* Creator/PGWodehouse used this trope quite a bit:
** The A-plot of ''every'' ''Literature/BlandingsCastle'' book by Creator/PGWodehouse, to the point where Wodehouse himself had his own names for all the character tropes involved. The "parent" was always one of his governess sisters, and the resolution almost invariably ended with the Hon. Galahad Threepwood (or sometimes Uncle Fred) blackmailing said sister into letting the marriage through, generally using an element of the B-plot.
** The trope tended to turn up regularly in Wodehouse's Literature/JeevesAndWooster stories. There was a LampshadeHanging in at least one book where a writer character said something like, "He forbids the marriage? I couldn't use that in a story nowadays!"
** ''A Damsel in Distress'' starts off this way, with Maud Marsh, the daughter of the Earl of Marshmorton, in love with a thoroughly unsuitable (American and not rich) young man she met on a ship voyage. The family has absolutely put their foot down, and forbidden her to even leave the house until she "comes to her senses" and chooses a more suitable mate. It turns out that this technique was actually successful with her father, back in the day.
* In ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', the Dowager Marchioness (basically "queen mother") of the Sun family subverts this trope by blessing the marriage of her daughter to Liu Bei, then upbraiding her son Sun Quan and his right-hand man Zhou Yu (son-in-law of the State Patriarch who also supports the marriage) for plotting to ''kill'' the groom, since after word got out it would make her daughter unweddable (in a "what man would want her now?" kind of way).
* Anne Brontë's ''Literature/AgnesGrey'' uses this as the {{backstory}} and a running plot thread: when Agnes's mother chose to marry a poor parson, she was disowned by her father (despite annual visits with her daughters to her childhood home, they never even ''saw'' him); after Mr. Grey's death, she receives a letter from her father telling her she can come back and her daughters will be heiresses if she will just say that she regrets marrying. All three Grey women (she would have done it had her daughters wanted the money) tell him to go to hell.
* In ''Literature/LittleWomen'', Aunt March tries to do this to Meg when she wants to marry John Brooke, a poor Englishman and Laurie's tutor, mistakenly believing that he's a GoldDigger who wants to use her to get Aunt March's riches. It backfires, rousing Meg's anger and turning her reluctant 'no' into a defiant 'yes.'
** In ''Jo's Boys'', Meg won't let her daughter Daisy marry Nat because -- besides his being an ex-homeless nobody -- Meg (a WidowWoman by this point) doesn't think the sensitive, very young and inexpert musician will be able to man up and provide for Daisy. However, when he returns to the States after two years' European study [[RagsToRiches as an established violinist with a steady income and excellent future prospects]], Meg relents. (The beard he grows in the meanwhile helps.)
* Creator/JaneAusten really loved this trope. Of course, it was the law of the land in her day, unless you escaped to Scotland.
** In ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', Mr. Darcy's aunt Catherine attempts to veto the marriage... which ends up [[NiceJobFixingItVillain helping to bring it about]], since at the time that Lady Catherine declares her veto, Elizabeth and Darcy are each separately convinced that the other no longer wants anything to do with them. Hearing that Elizabeth has refused to promise not to marry him is what gives Mr. Darcy enough hope to try proposing to her again, with rather better results than his first attempt.
** The lovers of ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'', and ''Literature/{{Persuasion}}'' also face this.
* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Literature/{{Freckles}}'', [=McLean=] tells Angel she can't confess her love to Freckles for fear of her father's disapproval. She assures him afterwards that Freckles would not take her even with her father's consent, owing to his fear of disgracing her.
* Somewhat subverted in Anne Fine's ''Fly in the Ointment''. The parents disapprove of the match and upset/insult their daughter by not coming to the wedding. The father is a petty tyrant who the daughter is glad to ignore. However, she soon concludes that they were right to dislike her husband and if they had not upset her so much by missing the wedding she soon would have run home to them.
* In the second ''Literature/ApprenticeAdept'' trilogy: Stile and Lady Blue object to Bane (or rather [[FreakyFridayFlip his Photon doppelgänger, Mach in Bane's body]]) marrying Fleta the unicorn. Not for any species hangups but because Fleta wouldn't be able to provide an heir to the title of Blue Adept. Since this was a case of [[ShootTheDog Reason Before Honor]] in a Creator/PiersAnthony work, this bites the good guys hard in the ass later. Conversely, Stile and Lady Blue's Proton counterparts, Blue and Sheen, had no problem with Bane-in-Mach's-body being an item with the alien Agape. Since Mach was a RidiculouslyHumanRobot, producing heirs were never an issue.
* Sorta used in Andersen's ''The Shepherdess and the Chimney-Sweep''. The Chinaman isn't the Shepherdess's father for obvious reasons (they're porcelain figurines), but he still wants her to "marry" the mahogany satyr instead of the chimneysweep she fancies.
* A fact of life in ''Literature/FunnyBoy''. One character was completely cut off from her family for marrying outside her ethnic group. Radha's parents and siblings definitely act as though this power is a given, and although Radha is willing to defy them, this is a very serious decision.
* Elsie Dinsmore's father vetoes ''two'' proposals. The first is from a sickly childhood friend; Horace is afraid he won't reach twenty-one (and he doesn't). The second is from a con man after her inheritance. Elsie honors her father's wishes both times and ends up marrying the man who exposed the second candidate as a drunk and gambler.
* In the Creator/AgathaChristie novel ''The Murder on the Links'', Paul Renauld forbids his son Jack from marrying Marthe Dubriel, and cuts him out of his will. [[spoiler: It transpires that Marthe is [[InTheBlood the murderous daughter of a blackmailing murderess]], so he had a point.]]
** Another Creator/AgathaChristie example comes from the Literature/MissMarple novel ''A Pocket Full of Rye.'' Rex Fortescue threatens to cut off his daughter Elaine without a cent if she marries the Communist Gerald Wright. Elaine would have married him anyway, but Gerald was only interested in Elaine for her money and promptly dumped her. At least until Rex died, leaving Elaine a large amount of money... Interestingly Miss Marple is convinced the marriage will turn out well as she sees the gold-hunting groom as a man who will respect and be kind to the woman who made his dreams (a school) come true where he's resent a poor girl married for love for ruining his life.
* The ''Literature/LordDarcy'' story "A Matter of Gravity" by Randell Garrett. Count de la Vexin forbids his son from marrying the daughter of his chief guardsman. The Count's daughter believes that because he is a "psychically blind" rationalist, he is incapable of recognising or understanding True Love. [[spoiler: As in ''Murder on the Links'', which may have inspired this, he actually recognises the woman is a nasty piece of work, and gets murdered by her]].
* In Creator/GeorgeEliot's essay on trope, "Literature/SillyNovelsByLadyNovelists", one novel has a mother ready to {{curse}} her son because her marriage plans are not obeyed until his true love tells her that she will not, in fact, marry him without her blessing.
* In ''Literature/DavidCopperfield'', David's boss [[OverprotectiveDad Mr. Spenlow]] isn't thrilled when he shows interest in his daughter [[DaddysGirl Dora.]] (It's not helped by the intervention of [[KnightTemplar Jane Murdstone]] either.) [[spoiler: And in the same chapter, Spenlow [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dies in an accident]].]]
* Part of the backstory in Kathryn Hulme's ''The Nun's Story.'' Gabrielle/Sister Luke's [[DaddysGirl much-adored father]] refuses to let her marry her longtime boyfriend, Jean, because he fears that insanity runs in Jean's family. It's one of the reasons, although not the only one, that she takes vows.
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''[[Literature/ProsperosDaughter Prospero Regained]]'', Prospero explains that he forbade Ferdinand to Miranda in hopes of getting her to defy him.
* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''Literature/TheMonsterMen'', though he and Virginia can marry without it, von Horn knows he must either get Professor Maxon's consent, or have him murdered to prevent his changing his will.
* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''A Daughter of the Land'', the Bates sons were too intimidated to marry against this, except Adam. The father's technique was to give them farms, but keep the title himself.
-->''Adam was the one son of the seven who had ignored his father's law that all of his boys were to marry strong, healthy young women, poor women, working women. Each of the others at coming of age had contracted this prescribed marriage as speedily as possible, first asking father Bates, the girl afterward. If father Bates disapproved, the girl was never asked at all.''
* In Creator/LMMontgomery's ''Literature/TheBlueCastle'', Olive's romance with the town Bad Boy was broken off because of familial disapproval. Not, whatever those outside the family say, because the Bad Boy was losing interest.
* Twisted around in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''. Males in this world are rare, so a family lucky enough to have a son will either trade him for another family's son - men marry every sister in a family - or sell him. Jerin is approaching the age of marriage and is anxious, because he might be traded for the son of the huge, [[ParentChildIncest possibly-incestuous]] Brindle family. He reflects that if it were up to his mothers, they wouldn't want him to be unhappy, but in these cases the decision is up to the sisters who are looking to marry someone, and some of his sisters are interested in the Brindle son. His sisters ''don't'' approve of his falling in love with Princess Ren, since in their eyes she tried to [[QuestionableConsent rape]] Jerin.
** That said, while mothers have little to do with the decision-making process on Jerin's side, Ren still has to get permission from her Mother Eldest to marry Jerin, because she ''is'' a princess and the Prince Consort must have good genes and a good history for the sake of the realm.
* Gleefully invoked in ''[[Literature/AnneOfGreenGables Anne of Windy Poplars]]'': Anne helps a timid young lady elope with the young man she loves and takes on the responsibility of breaking the news to the girl's intimidating father, who sternly forbade the couple from having anything to do with each other. When Anne informs the father of the elopement, he takes the news with deep relief and satisfaction - he'd wanted the two to marry all along and issued his veto on the accurate assumption that the boy would be much more interested in ForbiddenFruit than in having a girl pushed at him, but had feared that his daughter would end up being too spineless to go through with it. With the matter finally settled, he promises to "grudgingly come around" in a suitable period of time.
* There are ''three'' plot lines in Michelle Magorian's ''A Little Love Song'' (which is set in [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII 1943]]), and they all deconstruct this trope in one way or another:
** The first one happens in the book's present day, where seventeen-year-old Dot has been kicked out by her parents for getting [[TeenPregnancy pregnant out of wedlock]] and is facing the stigma of becoming an unwed mother. Dot states that if her stubborn father had just let her marry her childhood sweetheart Jack when they had asked for his permission, this never would've happened.
** The second one happens about 26 years earlier and is told through a diary that the main character Rose finds. The diary belongs to a woman named Hilda, and tells the story of how she was a volunteer nurse during [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI the First World War]] and fell in love with one of her patients, Matthew. Hilda's family refused to let them get married, partly because Matthew was six years younger than her and worked at a publishing company while Hilda herself was firmly upper-class, but mostly because her parents and brothers had decided that as the only daughter, she would remain unmarried and stay at home and take care of her parents until they died.
** The third one is just a short conversation during which Rose expresses concern that their mother might not let Rose's sister Diana marry Robert because he's from a lower class. Diana just states that if their mother won't give her permission, she will just marry him anyway, and that she's pretty happy that he's from a different class because if she married someone from their own class she would just end up being a decoration at a dinner table, while Robert actually treats her like a person.
* In Creator/StephanieBurgis's ''[[Literature/KatIncorrigible A Tangle of Magicks ]]'', Mrs. Carlyle [[SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace breaks into the opening wedding to declare her son is underage and can not marry without her permission]]. Revealing that he is not the bridegroom but the best man does not slow her down at all in her tirade.
* A more or less [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] example kicks off the climax of A.L. Phillips's Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned. While King Kethel vetoes Crown Prince Alaric's desire to marry Laeshana, this is because Laeshana is a mage of fire, and the law requires that the Crown Prince marry an elementally unaligned mage.
** A few pages later, we have a completely Unjustified example. [[spoiler: After Alaric uses the secret powers of the Prince's Crown to change the nature of Laeshana's magic, rendering her unaligned]] Queen Tathilya tries to veto the marriage on the grounds that Laeshana is a peasant, which on top of being irrelevant isn't even true. (Laeshana belongs to the Order of the Open Book, and members of that order are the social equals of the nobility, no matter their birth.)
* ''Literature/KindlingAshes'': Tilda's father was fine with Corran courting her because Corran was his favorite pupil. It was Lord Dunslade who issued the veto because he disapproved of his son marrying down.
* In Jorge Isaacs's ''María'', while Efrain's father/María's uncle and adoptive father does ''not'' hate María (in fact, [[LikeASonToMe she's pretty much]] [[HappilyAdopted another daughter]]), he'd rather have Efraín focus only on his future university studies than romancing [[KissingCousins his cousin]]. [[spoiler: It ends tragically when IllGirl María dies from her illness while Efraín is studying abroads on the patriarch's instructions; the dad [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone blames himself heavily]] and even calls himself her murderer, and he ends up tearfully apologizing to Efraín for having separated them.]]
* Inverted by the Creator/ThomasHardy short story ''Literature/TheSonsVeto'' (published in the collection ''Literature/LifesLittleIronies''). The protagonist is a widow, who's first husband was a wealthy parson whom she married because she [[UnequalPairing didn't dare turn down his proposal]]; their son was raised as a member of the upper class, but she still thinks of herself as being beneath them both. As a result, her son is able to forbid her from marrying her UnluckyChildhoodFriend (it's made clear he's not against her remarrying; he just doesn't want a commoner for a stepfather).
* A variation in ''Literature/SingTheFourQuarters'' by Creator/TanyaHuff. Annice, the younger sister of the King of Shkoder, is barred by royal decree from Joining or having children ([[EternalSexualFreedom which don't necessarily go hand-in-hand in this series]]) on pain of death, lest it imperil the succession. This was King Theron's revenge for her joining the bards rather than be [[ArrangedMarriage married off to the heir of Cemandia]]. In the present day Annice decides to carry her SurprisePregnancy to term pretty much to spite Theron and force the issue. [[spoiler:Except that after he'd grown up a little more, Theron came to really regret doing this to her and wanted to lift the ban, but [[PoorCommunicationKills they hadn't been able to speak civilly ever since]]. Once he manages to get in contact with her after chasing her halfway across Shkoder on an unrelated matter, he forgives her and tells her he could never have his own sister executed, regardless of what he said way back when.]]
* In the backstory to ''Literature/PanTadeusz'', mr. Horeszko did this in the [[BreakTheHaughty most cruel way]] possible - simply ''ignoring'' his daughter's beloved feelings for her. Then asking his advice on an ArrangedMarriage for her.
* In the backstory to ''Literature/DinnerAtDeviantsPalace'', Irwin Barrows exiled Greg Rivas from the Barrows lands because he felt Rivas wasn't good enough for his daughter Urania. [[spoiler:In the present, though he depends on Rivas to rescue Urania, he's prepared to have Rivas killed if there's any sign they're going to get back together.]]
* Dr. Sloper in ''Literature/WashingtonSquare'' tries to pull this on Catherine during the entirety of their relationship, even threatening to disinherit her. (Though he likely considers her an InadequateInheritor anyway.)
* This trope appears in ''Literature/WayOfChoices'' where Xu Yourong's grandfather engages her as a child to the disciple of the Taoist who saved his life, her immediate parents are horrified and do everything in their power to dissuade her fiance, Chen Changsheng, so she can pursue a proper marriage with a young man of their choosing. Ironically, Chen who has since learned he is fated to die as a young man, first came to them in order to break off the marriage contract but their snobbery, insults, bribes and threats convince him otherwise. The parents then become his enemies and do everything in their power to sabotage him. Meanwhile, [[DoorStopper 500 chapters in]] Chen and Youroung have met only a few times and he is unaware (though she is) of her identity, as they largely communicate through writing.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* One plotline of ''Series/That70sShow'' had Eric and Donna planning to get married just after high school. Eric's very stern father Red is completely opposed to the idea and does everything in his power to dissuade Eric from going through with it, including threatening to not pay for Eric's college education and convincing others of not hiring Eric in part-time jobs. Eric persists and says that he's going to marry Donna no matter what Red does. [[spoiler: Eventually Red gives his blessing and reveals that his obstruction was actually a SecretTestOfCharacter for Eric, as he wanted to see if he was serious enough about all of this.]]
* In ''Series/WaterlooRoad'', Tom is unhappy that Chlo wants to marry Donte. When she goes off to a registry office in secret to do it, he arrives, does the IObject thing (at the right time) then discovers he can't stop the marriage. He is not her legal guardian, her absent father has agreed to it (she's under 18, so he has to under UK law) and her mother is too dead to object, by virtue of having been murdered at the end of the previous season. Tom has now accepted the whole thing and the couple (having gone through a brief break-up) now intend to do the proper WhiteWedding thing.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{House}}'', a married couple had assumed the parental veto was because of the father's apparently racist tendencies, and eloped anyway. It's much [[IncestIsRelative squickier]] than that.
* The same plot was used on an episode of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''.
* In ''Series/MorkAndMindy'', Mindy's father is dead set against Mindy marrying Mork from Ork, citing practical considerations such as how Orkans age backwards. Eventually, he comes around and gives his blessing.
* ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'' used this all the time. Sometimes they had to get past this, at others they were accidentally or reluctantly engaged and went to some lengths to ensure that the parents vetoed the marriage. There's also the time [[EvilMatriarch Aunt Agatha]] forbade her ''brother'' to marry someone, though they got around it by running away from her.
* More or less every KoreanDrama ever:
** ''Series/WinterSonata'': Sanghyuk's mother objects to Yuujin. Yuujin's mother objects to Joonsang.
** ''Series/BoysBeforeFlowers'': Goo Jun Pyo's mother towards Guem Jan Di, to the extent of forcing an ArrangedMarriage with a suitable bride. Comes from the original Manga/HanayoriDango, where Tsukasa's mother Kaede does exactly the same to him and Tsukushi.
* One episode of ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' dealt with this. Robert tried to propose to his girlfriend, but asked for her parents permission first just out of respect. Given he's just doing this as a formality, he's shocked when they say "No." ("But thanks for asking!") When he goes ahead with the proposal anyway, which is very romantic and gets an enthusiastic "yes" from the bride-to-be, he's slightly distraught when she asks, "I know it's just a formality, but could you go to my father and ask for his blessing?"
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'':
** In the 6th season opener, Cory and Topanga want to get married after she proposed to him at their high school graduation. Everyone thinks they have eloped, though they didn't actually go through with it. Their families tries to fake being happy for them until Cory's mother reveals that she's completely against it ("This is a mistake, and I do not support it. Why couldn't you [Topanga] have just gone to Yale?") This leads to awkwardness when they reveal they hadn't gone through with it, and wish to know why exactly it would have been a mistake.
** Parodied when Erik tries to use the same speech (complete with telling Topanga she should have just gone to Yale at the end) to stop Mr. Feeney from retiring and moving away. It doesn't work. [[StatusQuoIsGod But he's still back the next season anyway, now teaching at the same college the main cast is all attending.]]
* On ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', one of Kelly's "loves" asks Al for "his hand in daughter-marriage". Al responds with a one-punch veto.
* In ''Series/{{Lost}},'' Desmond gets harshly, brutally put down when he asks Mr. Widmore for his permission to marry Penny.
* A bit of a retroactive one in Series/{{CSI}}, with Betty Grissom upset because Gil didn't marry Julia and did marry Sara and because of their LongDistanceRelationship.
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'': A young Regina saved the life of Snow White, and [[StandardHeroReward her father proposed to her over it]]. Regina had no desire to marry him, as she was in love with her stable boy Daniel. Her mother decides that marrying the king is the best thing for Regina, or more accurately for ''her'', and to decides to force the issue [[spoiler: by murdering Daniel. Right in front of Regina]].
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Teal'c tries to prevent his son Rya'c from marrying too young. This is resolved by the end of the episode with Teal'c realizing how much Rya'c and Kar'yn love each other
* In ''Series/{{Empire}}'', Lucious disapproves of all three of his sons' relationships: Andre is married to a [[MalignedMixedMarriage white woman]], Jamal is gay, and Hakeem is dating a woman [[LikesOlderWomen twice his age]]. Lucious didn't stop Andre from marrying Rhonda, but he isn't shy about his opinion of her. However, he did force Jamal at 18 to marry a woman, and when that didn't last, threatened to cut him off if he came out, and he attempted to bribe Hakeem's girlfriend Camilla to leave him, since he (incorrectly) thinks she's a con artist. The boys' estranged mother, Cookie, takes a more moderate stance once she re-enters their lives. She has her own opinions about her sons' lovers that she makes known, but she respects them enough not to interfere with their lives.
* More of a Fraternal Marriage Veto, but one episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'' has Charles (an uptight [=WASP=]) shocked to learn that his sister Honouria is planning to marry an Italian. He spends the rest of the episode furiously trying to contact her back home to stop her. Eventually he learns that the wedding was called off... but only because the ''groom's'' family vetoed ''Honouria'' for not being a Catholic.
* In the ''Series/QuantumLeap'' episode "The Americanization of Machiko," Sam's mission is to convince his leapee's mother Lanore to accept the leapee's Japanese wife Machiko whom he met and married during a tour of duty overseas. In the original timeline he married his former sweetheart Naomi instead, and it was a miserable marriage. Lanore remains hostile throughout the episode despite Machiko and Sam's best efforts. [[spoiler:Ultimately the problem isn't Machiko so much as it is Lanore still hurting from her daughter Eileen's (the leapee's sister) suicide and having trouble accepting another daughter into the household.]] Near the end of the episode, Sam and Machiko are about to be re-married in a church. Sam is worried that he may actually have to exchange wedding vows with Machiko before leaping, since Lanore hasn't accepted her yet. [[spoiler:Fortunately, Lanore bursts into the church right when the ceremony begins, wearing a kimono to show her acceptance of Machiko. As Lanore and Machiko bow to each other in respect, Sam leaps...]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': As Delenn's relationship with Sheridan progresses, her clan calls her back to Minbar to explain herself. Neither of her parents are present, but the clan patriarch Callenn threatens to put a stop to it if she can't explain it to his satisfaction. [[spoiler:After she finds out that as a descendant of Valen, who was actually Jeffrey Sinclair, she's always been partially human, Callenn allows her to go forward just to keep her quiet about it.]]
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': Joe West refused to give Eddie Thawne his blessing to ask his daughter Iris to marry him. It's not that there was anything wrong or untoward about Eddie (the man was Joe's ''partner'') -- it's because Joe knew their relationship was a case of WrongGuyFirst, and believed that no matter how much Iris loved Eddie, she loved her best friend Barry Allen more, even if she didn't realize yet. Joe also believed that once she did, she and Eddie would realize the marriage was a mistake and get hurt because of it. Considering an earlier episode in the season all but confirmed this to be the case, complete with a BigDamnKiss between Barry and Iris (and the only reason why no one except Barry remembers the events of that episode is due to TimeTravel shenanigans), Joe may have had a point. While Eddie and Iris got engaged anyway, Eddie died before the marriage could happen, so we'll never really know if Joe was right.

* The song "Rude" by MAGIC! is sung from the point of view of a man who is distraught over the fact that his girlfriend's father refuses to give his blessing to their marriage. The young couple in the song eventually defy the girl's father and decide to get married anyway.
* The narrator of Music/TheWho's "The Kids Are Alright" says he "had things planned but her folks wouldn't let her".
* The popular Renaissance Faire song [[http://www.cathieryan.com/lyrics/johnny-be-fair/ 'Johnny Be Fair']], based on an old joke (see the Jokes section):
--> And I would marry Johnny but my father up and said:
--> I hate to tell you, daughter, what your mother never knew,
--> But Johnny, he's a son of mine, and therefore kin to you.
->(repeat with at least two other names)
--> The lads in town are all my kin and my father is the cause.
--> If things should thus continue, I shall die a single miss
--> I think I'll go to mother and complain to her of this.

--> Oh daughter didn't I teach you to forgive and to forget.
--> Your father sowed his wild oats, on that you needn't fret.
--> Your father may be father to all the lads but still....
--> He's not the one who sired you so marry who you will!
** This joke is also the basis of the song "Shame and Scandal".
* The narrator of Music/JustinBieber's "Love Yourself" has come to understand why his mother didn't approve of his lover.
-->''Maybe you should know that\\
My mama don't like you and she likes everyone.''

* OlderThanDirt: The [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Egyptian]] air god Shu tried to prevent his son and daughter, Geb and Nut (earth and sky), from marrying each other and having kids. In another version, the sun god Re tried to prevent their marriage. Either way, it didn't work, and Geb and Nut became the parents of Wesiri/Osiris, Aset/Isis, Sutakh/Set, Nebet-hut/Nephthys, and maybe Haruw/Horus the Elder. Nonetheless, Shu still holds them apart.
* Myth/JapaneseMythology:
** the God of Storms Susano-o [[OverprotectiveDad wasn't thrilled]] when the minor god Okukinushi fell in love with his daughter Suseri-hime and she came to like him back. He tried at least ''thrice'' to kill the guy (by sending him to sleep in a room full of snakes, then having him clean his hair of which is full of either [[BeeAfraid wasps and bees]] or CreepyCentipedes, and later setting a fatal archery challenge involving [[KillItWithFire a field in fire]]), but Okunikinushi lived through each attempt on his life. Then he [[OutGambitted outsmarted]] Susano-oh by tying his long hair to his rafter when he was asleep so he and Suseri-hime could elope, also taking Susano-oh's treasures (his bow and arrow and his beloved ''koto'') with him. When Susano-oh woke up and caught up with them, he relented and gave the lovers his blessings.
** The legend of [[https://justanimeforum.net/threads/japanese-culture-princess-hachikatsugi.5389/ Hachikatsugi-hime]] has the youngest son of a nobleman falling for [[UptownGirl a young maid]] named Hachikazuki, who always hides herself [[NiceHat behind a huge wooden bowl doubling as a hat]]. The guy's parents, logically, oppose to this romance. [[spoiler: They talks to Hachikatsugi and stage a "wife contest" to make her "give up"; the girl has an HeroicBSOD right befoe it, but when her boyfriend reassures her... the hat, which until then was stuck to her head, suddenly falls off and reveals a small wooden box, containing a mix of BagOfHolding and MementoMacGuffin that reveals [[FallenPrincess the girl's noble heritage]] ''and'' has the riches and clothing she needs for the contest. Her confidence restored, Hachikatsugi passes the "contest" with flying colors, so the parents revoke the veto and let her marry her son.]]

* [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespearean]] examples:
** ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' by Creator/WilliamShakespeare -- Egeus wants his daughter Hermia to marry Demetrius rather than Lysander, the man she loves.
** Subverted in ''Theatre/TheTempest'': [[TheChessmaster Prospero]] seems to vehemently disapprove of [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter his daughter]] Miranda's budding romance with Prince Ferdinand, only to reveal that [[StealthMentor he had them pegged for each other all along]] and that his disapproval was a SecretTestOfCharacter mixed with GenreSavvy.
** Possibly subverted in ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''. Both the Capulets and the Montagues seem to be a lot more comfortable with the idea of marrying across the feud lines than either Romeo or Juliet give them credit for. Of course, they didn't need the Montagues' permission, because Romeo was both an adult and male, so his parents had no grounds at all to mess with his marriage anyway even if they didn't like it. The one who did have a problem with it, however, was Tybalt, who hated the Montagues anyway and was pissed about Romeo entering the party despite the prohibition. Not to mention Paris, to whom Juliet was [[ArrangedMarriage arranged to be married]].
** In ''Theatre/TwoGentlemenOfVerona'', Sylvia's father goes so far as to banish Valentine when he learns that they're in love. Admittedly they're trying to elope at the time...
** A variation in ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew:'' Bianca's father will not allow her to get married, not due to any objections with her suitors, but because he swore not to let her marry until her older sister Katherina is married.
* ''Theatre/TheFantasticks'' is the story of two neighboring families trying to [[ArrangedMarriage arrange a marriage]] between their children by building a wall between them and faking this trope. Their BatmanGambit works.
* ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest''. Gwendolyns mother said that 'to lose one parent is unfortunate, to lose two is careless' and refused to allow Gwendolyn to marry Jack until he had found his parents again.
* In ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof'', Tevye finds himself increasingly tested by his daughters' choices of husbands. For each daughter, he debates the positive and negative qualities of each husband, contrasting their poverty and low caste with the love each feels for his daughters. Although he eventually agrees to Motel (a tailor) and Perchik (a wandering teacher/vagabond/communist), he can't condone Chava's marriage to Fyedka, a non-Jew, and disowns her.
-->"But on the other hand... No! There is no other hand!"
* In ''Theatre/{{Zemsta}}'', Rejent Milczek really does not think his son should choose his own wife. The boy may love Klara, but how is this basis for anything?
* In the backstory of ''Theatre/TheMerryWidow'', Hanna and Danilo were in love, but Danilo's uncle put an end to it because Hanna had no money. Residual feeling from this causes complications when Hanna reappears in Danilo's life as a widow with a large inheritance.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In John Woo's ''Stranglehold'', the major contributor to the game's emotional drama is the fact that [[BigBad Mr. Wong's]] daughter Billie is in love with maverick cop Tequila. Wong despises Tequila both because he is a cop and because back in the movie ''Hard-Boiled'', [[spoiler: Tequila killed Johnny Wong, whom it turns out is Mr. Wong's son]]. Eighteen years ago, Wong intimidated Billie, who was pregnant with Tequila's daughter Teko, into breaking up with Tequila so that Wong wouldn't kill them all, and when Wong had to entrust Tequila with the task of rescuing Billie and Teko from the Zakarovs, Wong [[spoiler: [[OffingTheOffspring had Billie killed]] by Tequila's own partner Jerry, both to protect his syndicate (Zakarov had threatened to make her reveal everyone connected to Dragon Claw in a court of law to protect Teko's life) and to deny her to Tequila forever in a nasty KickTheDog moment]].
* In ''RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure'', the King of the Frogs doesn't approve of Princess Caroline's relationship with Michael, a commoner. After catching Michael inside the castle, he almost has him executed on the spot, but then claims that Michael can only earn his respect if he helps Cornet retrieve the Earthstone. [[spoiler: After they succeed, he then promptly declares that now Michael must be executed for breaking into the castle ''and'' defeating the guardian, and has him killed on the spot. This solves nothing, leading to Caroline and Michael being TogetherInDeath.]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' has Lighting object to Snow and Serah's engagement until a good ways into the game. As her and Serah's parents are dead and she cares for Serah, it's very much this trope despite them being sisters.
* ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' had Blumiere's father banishing Timpani to [[AndIMustScream wander all dimensions forever]] because she was of a different race and he didn't want Blumiere associating with her. [[ApocalypseHow Didn't]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt work]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero out]] [[OmnicidalManiac for]] [[LoveMakesYouEvil him]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 6'' has [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Miguel Caballero Rojo]] planning on killing his sister's boyfriend, but eventually declines [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy to make her happy]]. [[spoiler: And then the wedding is ''brutally'' crashed and smashed by the Mishima Zaibatsu, and the poor girl becomes a ''dead little sister''.]]
* In the DatingSim ''Videogame/AlwaysRememberMe'', the protagonist can't seem to get approval from her [[HighSchoolSweethearts high school sweetheart's]] father; instead, his father seems to think that the NewOldFlame[=/=]BitchInSheepsClothing would be a better fit.
* In ''Videogame/SecretOfMana'', this is the reason Purim's father has the king of Pandora send her soldier boyfriend Dyluck on a SuicideMission to the witch's castle.
* In ''[[{{VideoGame/Shiver}} Shiver: Poltergeist]]'', Henry Kangale disapproves of his son and heir Richard's wish to marry Brenda, a household servant. He eventually permits it, though, much to the chagrin of [[spoiler:James the butler]], who will stop at nothing to preserve the "purity" of the Kangale bloodline.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', the backstory reveals [[spoiler: Shion and Mion's mother Akane]] faced one coming from her mom, [[spoiler: [[EvilMatriarch "Demon Granny" Oryuu]].]]
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', Eva is very vociferous about her rejection of her son, George's, love for Shannon, a {{Meido}} who works for the Ushiromiya family's main house.
** This comes to a head in the 6th Arc. [[spoiler:The argument gets so intense that [[SuperPoweredEvilSide EVA]] [[LiteralSplitPersonality Beatrice]] comes out and they fight. [[SelfMadeOrphan George kills her]]. [[UnreliableNarrator Maybe.]] ]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/RedString'' it's been recently revealed [[spoiler:Miharu and Kazuo's ArrangedMarriage, which has developed into love anyway, was all his mother's idea in order to give him a chance not to be married to be a snotty society girl. This is against his father's wishes, who wants it called off. When he tells Kazuo to do so (Kazuo having overheard the details already a day before) it doesn't go down well.]]
* In ''Webcomic/PvP'', Brent and Jade's wedding reservation was canceled by Jade's mother due to them arranging the wedding in a way she didn't like, fortunately Robbie allowed them to have it at his mansion.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Erstwhile}}'', [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/maidmaleen-01/#.T29v29m6SuI Maid Maleen's father rejected her love.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* One of the laws of the Pantheon in ''Literature/ThaliasMusings'', even for the Twelve Olympians. Apollo tries to invoke this as Governor of the Muses, but is quickly shot down by [[TeamMom Calliope]]. It's strongly implied that Artemis, as her twin brother Apollo's legal guardian, can invoke this to him.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Mr. Pewterschmidt of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' hates Peter. When Peter brought up the idea of marrying Lois, Mr. Pewterschmidt tried to bribe Peter with a check for one million dollars to leave Lois alone forever. Peter, in his own awkward way, refused, tearing up the check.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Mama Cosma hates Wanda and Big Daddy hates Cosmo. The two parents end up as a couple of their own for their mutual hate for their kid's husband/wife.
* ''WesternAnimation/PrincessSissi'' is all about the trials and tribulations Sissi goes through to try to marry the unapproved-of Franz, being loosely based on the life of Elizabeth of Bavaria. In real life, it didn't end up as happily as the cartoon says.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Many gay and bisexual people risk getting disowned by getting married, if they can even legally get married. Also, if they belong to an organized religion that is against same-sex marriage, they may end up being excommunicated and excluded from certain aspects of involvement with church activities if they dare to marry someone of the same gender as themselves, which can be just as depressing as having one's parents reject them for their marriage.
* Beatrix Potter got engaged to the publisher of her storybooks. Her parents objected because he was a tradesman but eventually relented, if she would wait out the summer to make sure her love for him was real. Unfortunately, he died before summer's end and the wedding never happened. You can [[TearsOfRemorse imagine]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero her parents']] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone reactions]]...
* Peculiar example because it's based partially around an ArrangedMarriage: a Jewish rabbi has set up a system in which Jewish children (on a voluntary basis) are tested to see if they're carriers of the Tay-Sachs disease allele. For background, Tay-Sachs is a Mendelian recessive trait (more or less...) and the disease that can kill by age two (life expectancy for the condition in general is about four) should a child receive two copies of the gene, but a child who receives only one copy will be healthy; thus a child of two carriers has an alarmingly high 25% chance of having the disease. This trait is particularly prominent among Ashkenazi Jews. Understandably concerned about the health issue but also cultural sensitivities (among them a desire to see Jews continue to marry Jews), the rabbi started this project; the children are not told the results of the test, but are given a number. In later life, should their families be contemplating a match between two people who have been tested, they just send the numbers in and are advised to drop the match if both of them are carriers... a rare ''genetic'' ParentalMarriageVeto.
* Then there is of course the royal families:
** King George III vetoed quite a few of his sons' potential marriages, mostly because they wanted to marry either commoners or Catholics, which led to a succession crisis after the death of Princess Charlotte (the daughter and heir of George IV) in childbirth. George IV was succeeded by his younger brother, William IV, who was then succeeded by his niece Victoria, the daughter of his brother Prince Edward.
** King George VI initially vetoed then-Princess Elizabeth's marriage to Philip Mountbatten, mostly because she was underage and he was still largely seen by the public as a Greek and Danish prince, even though he had given up those titles. After World War II, when Philip was a British war hero and Elizabeth had turned 21, her father finally consented to the marriage.
** Elizabeth herself vetoed Prince Charles's potential marriage to Camilla Shand because of her somewhat scandalous dating history and the belief that Charles needed to marry a young English virgin. Camilla married Andrew Parker Bowles, Charles married Lady Diana Spencer, and the rest, as they say, is history.
** King Olav V of Norway initially vetoed Crown Prince Harald's engagement to Sonja Haraldsen because she was a Norwegian commoner. Harald responded to this by informing his father that if he couldn't marry Sonja he wouldn't marry at all. Since Harald was the sole heir to the throne, and his not marrying would have meant the end of the Norwegian monarchy, Olav relented.
** King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden was notorious in his belief that royalty should only marry other royalty, which led many of his sons to marry without his approval and lose their titles and succession rights in the process just to get out of hearing the parental marriage vetoes. Gustaf VI Adolf's son, Prince Bertil, and his grandson, Carl XVI Gustaf, had to wait until after his death and Carl XVI Gustaf's accession to the throne before they could marry their commoner brides. Carl XVI Gustaf and his bride, Silvia Sommerlath, had to wait for four years. Bertil and his love, Lillian Craig, had waited for forty-three.
* A rather extreme version of this trope - the bride-to-be's parents ''kidnapped'' her on her wedding day to keep her from marrying her husband. She got married anyway a few days late, and they got charged with a felony.
* In the Baha'i faith, a couple cannot get married unless they both get the consent of their parents. If one of them vetoes it, they'll just have to wait until the grouch keels over (or just become [[SelfMadeOrphan self made orphans]]).
* [[NouveauRiche Consuelo Vanderbilt]] had hoped to marry Winthrop Rutherfurd. Her mother refused, because she set up her marriage to [[ImpoverishedPatrician the Duke of Marlborough]]. To this end, she first begged, ordered, and even faked a fatal illness to force her daughter to marry the Duke. Her daughter finally relented, after which her mother's fatal illness miraculously got cured. It would not be an understatement to call the marriage "unhappy" (famously, the married couple always dined with a gigantic centerpiece placed on the table between them so that they do not have to see each other even when etiquette dictate that they must be in the same room at the same time).
* Creator/JRRTolkien's own romance, which became the basis for the story of Beren and Lúthien. Tolkien met Edith Bratt at 16 and 19 respectively and fell in love, but his guardian Father Morgan later forbade contact between them until Tolkien became a legal adult at 21. He wrote her on the evening his twenty-first birthday and found out she was engaged to another man. She broke it off, though, when she learned he hadn't forgotten, her and accepted Tolkien's marriage proposal. Tolkien described their troubled courtship in considerable detail in a letter to their son, acknowledging that his guardian had a point as 'Falling in love, even a true and lasting love' is not really a Good Thing for a young man who should be concentrating on his education. Tolkien also emphasized that Edith had made him no promises and was completely free. Had she chosen to go through with her fist engagement he, Tolkien, would have had no grounds for complaint
* When Marie Curie was working as a governess to put her sister through university, she fell in love with the son of her employer, but they rejected on the grounds that she was too poor. This was actually a good thing for the world as she and the man she did marry, Pierre Curie, were a fantastic scientific team.
* Dorothy Osborne and Sir William Temple were a famous 17th Century English couple, who finally managed to marry after her father died (and she suffered smallpox, to the ruin of her looks and the loss of any other marriage prospects.)
* [[TropesAreTools This isn't always a bad trope.]] For all the times parents/family object on unreasonable grounds, there are times when loved ones have the ability to realise two people shouldn't take such a big step and, if said step is taken, are eventually proven right.
* UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte, who had a thing for arranging marriages around him, pulled this on his youngest brother Jérôme when he married an American heiress in 1803 ; when he became Emperor, Napoleon annulled the marriage with a decree in 1805 on the grounds that Jérôme was a minor when he married. Napoleon also objected to the second marriage his brother Lucien made out of love, but could not convince him to divorce and Lucien preferred to go into exile rather than renouncing his beloved wife.
* Dieudonné Thiébault, father of General Paul Thiébault, attempted to prevent his son's remarriage to Elisabeth Chenais, citing her expensive tastes and unsavoury reputation as arguments against the match, but more importantly reminding Paul [[YourCheatingHeart that he was still legally married to another woman when he proposed to Elisabeth]]. Paul ignored his father's objections, rushed through the divorce and married Elisabeth anyway... and despite his pledges of absolute truthfulness, he makes absolutely no mention of this in the Memoirs he wrote long after both his father and Elisabeth were dead.
* The Greek businessman Alexander Onassis Livanos had a SecretRelationship with Fiona Thyssen, a divorcée [[MayDecemberRomance who was 16 years his senior]] ''and'' whom he had a crush [[PrecociousCrush since he was a pre-teen]]. Alexander's parents, the powerful and rich entrepreneur Aristotle Onassis and his first wife Athina "Tina" Livanos, ''really'' disliked this and tried to sabotage their bonds: i.e, Thyssen [[BerserkButton hated]] the idea of being seen as a GoldDigger so when Onassis Sr. purchased Alexander a huge villa outside Athens ''despite knowing this'', she took it as an insult from them.
* In TheFifties, a Japanese man named Toshimichi Ōkubo met a Chinese-Japanese girl named Aisin-Gioro Huisheng, and they fell in love. However, Huisheng's Japanese mother Hiro Saga refused to let them stay together: her daughter was a candidate to get into an ArrangedMarriage to then-Crown Prince Akihito. [[StarCrossedLovers Huisheng and Ōkubo]] ultimately [[TogetherInDeath commited suicide together.]]
* Ancient Catholic traditions had a way to get around this and other vetoes: the priest being considered a mere witness, a couple could get around the veto by going to a priest with two other witnesses and declaring themselves husband and wife. Due the practice being much abused, the practice was eventually banned in the Council of Trento with the ''Tametsi'' decree... That also specifically banned the parental marriage veto.