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->''"In fact, I think I'll arrange a marriage. Come over often, Nick, and I'll sort of--oh--fling you together. You know--lock you up accidentally in linen closets and push you out to sea in a boat, and all that sort of thing--"''
-->-- '''Daisy''' to '''Nick''' about him and '''Jordan''', ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby''

You all know AliceAndBob. Alice has a crush on Bob. Bob [[TwiceShy may]] or [[AllLoveIsUnrequited may not]] have a crush on Alice. Then there's Jane. Jane is a close friend of Alice who has nothing but Alice's best interest in mind. So she encourages Alice to go for it with Bob. Over and over again. Jane is a matchmaker.

More advanced cases will introduce Alice and Bob when they are strangers, because the matchmakers deems them perfect for each other.

This person is notable for several things. One, they can't seem to grasp the concept of personal space. Two, they seem to have a pathological obsession with hooking up their friends. If the subject is a single pair, the revelation that [[MatchmakerCrush this person has feelings for one or both of them]] is entirely possible. Otherwise, this is something of a LoveTriangle with only one romantic connection.

Take note that in older or period works, it is not uncommon to find an older figure who is rather skilled at this. Keep an eye out for professionals and relatives.

A serial Matchmaker is often ObliviousToLove. Expect several attempts to make a match for the character madly in love with the Matchmaker, and resolution only to come at the very end. They may take cues from {{Astrolog|er}}y or PersonalityBloodTypes when making their matches.

See also YaoiFangirl, YuriFan and PerverseSexualLust, for variants. Compare {{Shipping}} for more meta examples. ShipperOnDeck is a subtrope. See also MatchMakerQuest, where the player can take on this role.



[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]
* Koiwai does this in ''Anime/NetojuuNoSusume'' when the main characters need a kick in the butt.
* ''Manga/AoNoFlag'' deconstructs this trope, as well as MatchmakerCrush. Ichinose is playing this to get NaiveEverygirl Kuze with his ChildhoodFriend Mita. He however, gets berated when [[AloofDarkHairedGirl Itachi]], Kuze's friend, realizes what he is doing. Playing this can end up with the feelings of the people he is trying to get together hurt and it's something he can't possibly understand because he is in a position that his feelings cannot be directly hurt.
* Judeau fits this role for Guts and Casca in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. While he was secretly in love with Casca, he was also good friends with Guts, and being the only one of the Hawks who [[EveryoneCanSeeIt actually paid attention]] to the complicated LoveTriangle between Guts, Griffith, and Casca, Judeau decided to at least resolve the non-conflicting triangle between he, Guts and Casca by trying to [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy push Guts and Casca together]], since he [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan correctly]] predicted that things would not work out between Griffith and Casca but that she was more suited to be with Guts. [[TheyDo It eventually pays off]], after a hunk load of shit happened over a time span of a year, and it then took a tragic turn when [[spoiler: the Eclipse happened, and Judeau sacrifices his own life to save Casca's, but one the last things he does is reassure Casca that Guts loved her, even though he [[CannotSpitItOut never got to tell her how he felt himself]]]]. [[TearJerker Oh sadness!]]
* In later volumes of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', it's implied that Azmaria is silently trying to matchmake [[WillTheyOrWontThey Chrono and Rosette]], including purposefully having her and Satella separated from the two of them so they can be alone.
** There's a brief scene in the epilogue of the manga that seems to imply that Rosette is trying to set up Joshua and Azmaria, too. [[spoiler: If so, it works--they get married not long before she dies.]]
* Matsuda from ''Manga/DeathNote'' seems to fit. He always seemed to want Light and Misa together, when really there was nothing there.
* In ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'', Albert becomes this for Valentine and Maximilien, after [[LoveFreak becoming convinced that people should only marry for love]].
* Tsuruya from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''. At times, she talks to Kyon about his relationship to Haruhi and Mikuru. Well, this quote probably says it best: ''"Well, Mikuru will always follow you! But, don't be mischievous. That's the one thing that's not allowed. If you wish to be mischievous, do it to Haru-nyan. Just my intuition. Mhm, I'm sure she'll always forgive you!"'' Oh, and she also likes to [[TheTease tease]] him, but that's just for fun.
* Kagome from ''Anime/InuYasha'' puts considerable effort into bringing Miroku and Sango together, effort that ultimately pays off. Still, things probably would have worked out sooner if she just sat Miroku down and explained to him that gropping a woman whenever you feel like isn't the best way to build a relationship.
* Mikage from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' is a Shinto God that specializes in matchmaking and marriages. Nanami is an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent who ends up becoming his replacement and takes to this divine duty with extreme enthusiasm. She especially seems to like pairing up ordinary humans with ''demons.''
* Ayuki in ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'' has an interest in resolving Hazumu's LoveTriangle, and does have the pathological obsession with seeing people other than herself getting into relationships.
%%* Akane in the ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'' mangas.
* Mutsumi Otohime from the ''Manga/LoveHina'' manga and anime tries more than anybody to help Keitaro and Naru be together. Mutsumi wants Keitaro to be happy (with an massive case of "IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy"). Even though Mutsumi has loved Keitaro since childhood.
* Haruna Saotome from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', who has taken a personal interest in seeing her friend Nodoka advancing her relationship with their teacher Negi. The best way to summarize her mentality is that when Nodoka builds up the nerve to ask Negi to go with her group on the trip, Haruna berates her for settling for just that, ''dares her'' to confess to him, and starts talking about actual romantic dating.
** Of course, [[WeaselMascot Chamo]] isn't much better. While he's been shown to have his own reasons for his actions, he ''has'' encouraged Negi to kiss girls on multiple occasions and even setting him up with several, most notably with the "Kiss Negi" competition. He's also been shown to encourage the girls themselves on a few occasions.
* Tachibana Juuta from ''Manga/{{Otomen}}'' goes to great lengths to help Asuka and Ryo hook up. Then again, the plot of his manga depends on it.
* In the second season of ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', [[ThoseTwoGuys Pique and Lilie]] decide that Ahiru has a thing for Fakir and attempt to match make them, even [[LoveLetterLunacy writing a love letter from Ahiru to Fakir]] in an attempt for them to get together. Pique [[MatchmakerCrush even has a crush on Fakir]], but sets it aside in hopes that Ahiru could have a relationship with him. [[spoiler:What they don't realize is that it's the other way around--Ahiru is still enamored with Mytho and is spending time with Fakir to try to save Mytho. ''Fakir'', on the other hand, [[LoveTriangle is developing feelings for Ahiru...]]]]
* Usagi in ''Anime/SailorMoon'' dresses up as an actual matchmaker to get Rei and Yuuichirou together. It doesn't work.
** Then, in S, she persuades Naru and Umino to enter a love contest.
** Finally, fandom ratchets up her "love for all" mentality until she's trying to pair up everyone who has ever talked to her. Minako is also put into the matchmaker role because her realm of influence is love.
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' has Ike, who tries to help Kazumi get together with Yuji, but he doesn't really have a pathological obsession with watching other people get into relationships, and [[spoiler:the ending heavily implies that he ends up paired with Kazumi.]]
* Hatsune Arisaka from ''Manga/TonaGura'' tries early and often to play this for her uptight younger sister Kazuki and her Coyote-like affectionate-but-dense pursuer, Yuuji Kagura. Kazuki's pleas that she stop this, needless to say, fall on broadly smiling deaf ears.
* Seto from ''Anime/{{Tenchi Muyo GXP}}'' takes this to [[TheChessmaster extraordinary heights]].
** She does this for both strategic use and [[ForTheEvulz to screw with other people for the hell of it]] (as pictured expression should explain).
*** One doesn't get called ''[[MagnificentBastard Jurai no Onihime]]'' ("''Devil Princess'' of Jurai") for nothing. It's all good-natured, really, but still Seto is a force of nature that tends to completely steamroll everything and everybody in her vicinity. Her {{Fanon}} status of [[spoiler: [[EasyAmnesia amnesiac]] Naja Akara]] notwithstanding.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan''
** May Parker had to work hard and persistently to set up a date her nephew Peter and her good friend Anna Watson's niece Mary Jane. After the Gwen Stacy clone appeared, Aunt May encouraged MJ to fight for Peter's love. And after Mary Jane returned from a long absence in the 1980s, Aunts May and Anna once again set up a date between her and and Peter.
** In a time-travel story in ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl'', Peter and MJ's daughter Spider-Girl visits Aunt May before Peter and MJ's first date. Aunt May is at that point just about to throw in the towel because Peter keeps avoiding a meeting with the Watson girl, but "May Day" encourages her not to give up.
* Mr Mxyzptlk, of all beings, when Clark and Lois had split up in the ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comics.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}: In ''Action Comics #289'', Kara vows find a wife for her cousin. She tries to hook Superman up with Helen of Troy, ''[[Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes Saturn Girl's adult self]]'', an alien superwoman... However all of her attempts end up in failure, and she vows never play match-maker again.
* In ''ComicBook/MikiFalls'', this is part of the job description of the Deliverers, super-natural beings charged with protecting love.
* Brigitta [=McBridge=] from the ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'' is a ''professional'' one. Her most frequent enterprise is a dating agency, and a rather successful one.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In [[https://www.wattpad.com/67839484-date-mpgis-my-girl/page/2 this]] ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'' fanfiction, Trisha is this to Brittnay and Mackenzie.
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': Misato is very driven to see Shinji and Asuka getting together and she devises many plans to make them getting closer to each other.
* In the sequel to the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' fanfic ''FanFic/TilTheSunGrowsCold'', Rusl plays matchmaker in order to PairTheSpares among his old Resistance buddies.
* In ''FanFic/RedDeadVirgo'', Blue!Karkat was one of these before he got into SGRUB. Kanaya calls him out on deliberately pairing off poorly matched blackroms so that more trolls would kill each other to provide food for his troll eating lusus. Karkat doesn't deny it, but he still boasts that despite that he is the best relationship consultant Alternia has ever known. Appropriately enough, his title in the game is "Thief of Heart".
* {{Deconstructed}} in the ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' fanadventure ''Webcomic/BeTheSeaDwellerLowblood'' with [[ShipperOnDeck Nepeta]], whose obsession with shipping her friends causes her to ignore their true feelings. For example, Eridan has outright stated that he and Feferi are [[BetterAsFriends moirails and happy that way]]. However, she continues to see them as flushed and unwilling to admit it, and goes incredible lengths to try and get them together. This includes her breaking his heart, and at the same time trying (and failing) to replace Feferi as his moirail, enraging her. She gets called out on it, and accused of trying to manipulate others' quadrants after being explicitly told not to.
-->Oh, God, how do you explain?
-->How do you make her understand that you weren't trying to take her red lover away from her? You just wanted to help them become the other kind of red lovers. You never wanted to break them up, never meant for any of this to happen--you had a plan and it was going to work out so perfectly, you were going to help Eridan realize that Feferi was a perfect flushed match for him and then you were going to help him win her, and then you would have proved what a perfect moirail match you could be for him, but--
-->But, tonight messed all of that up. Tonight he said something you never expected him to say, and tonight you had to say something you had never planned to say this early, and tonight you watched Eridan break and break and break again, and tonight you learned that when Eridan breaks you have no idea how to put the pieces back together, and--
-->And the one thing you know for sure is that you never wanted to hurt anybody. You never wanted to steal Eridan away from Feferi. You wanted them to be in the perfect quadrant, you wanted them to be happy, YOU wanted to be happy. You have to make her understand that, but, God, talking about all your plans and your ideas and your matches and your ships, you have no idea how to explain this without sounding like a lunatic, like a, like a control freak, like a...
-->A highblood playing around with a couple of sea dwellers. Like a cat batting at two fish in a bowl.
-->Oh, God. Eridan was right about you.
** There is also DoubleSubverted with [[spoiler: Equius and Gamzee]]. The former tells her time and time again that he hates the other ''platonically,'' but she doesn't listen. She keeps trying to get him to admit his "true" feelings, and even [[spoiler: (temporarily) breaks up their moirailleigance]] over it. After the previously mentioned mess up with Eridan, she starts beating herself up over that and convincing herself she was wrong and shouldn't have done that. Turns out she was right about [[spoiler: Equius]] and the two ''do'' end up getting together.
* In ''FanFic/TheTranslationInBlood'', [[spoiler:Commander Shepard]] eventually does this to her mother and [[spoiler:Councilor Sparatus]].
* Web from ''Super Saiyan Kirby Adventures'' is an Appledash and Twinkie shipper. Keep in mind that Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle are people he works with.
** Super Saiyan Kirby, the main character, seems to be a Wendon shipper. But even Web [[ShipTease jokingly brings it up]], so it's not all too surprising.
* In the ''The Hobbit'' Fanfic ''Fanfic/ANotQuiteSmoothWooing'', Dís subtly sets up her son Fíli with a woman from Laketown, whom she likes, by telling him to go and buy something for her which this woman sells on the market. After that plan works flawlessly and the two want to meet again, she provides an opportunity for a second meeting.
* Naruto and Sakura took a hobby of hooking up their friends in ''FanFic/IAmNOTGoingThroughPubertyAgain'', being responsible for Choji/Karui and Kiba/Tamaki. It's mentioned that they don't have a very good success rate (one happy couple for every twelve disasters), Shino/Hana being one such failure that resulted in millions of ryo in property damage on the first date.
* In ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'', Shinji and Asuka try to help Rei find someone good enough for her.
* Shinji in ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'' played matchmaker for Touji and Hikari and managed to hook them up with each other.
* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'' gives the next examples:
** Shinji and Asuka act as this for Hikari and Toji.
** Hikari thinks she's acting as this for Asuka and Shinji, which they (and the audience) find hilariously ironic because [[SecretRelationship they got together]] [[PeggySue several years ago from their perspective]].
--->'''Asuka:''' ...with the way she's acting I'm not even sure if she really understands that it's not just some teenage crush.\\
'''Shinji:''' Well, she still is a rather normal teenager after all.
* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'':
** Shinji -helped by Toji's little sister- played matchmaker for Touji and Hikari, and tried to set Rei up with Kensuke.
--->Hikari's campaign against Toji had continued; the two slowly but steadily becoming increasingly at ease in each others company though surprisingly, it had been Toji's younger sister Kana who was doing most of the work.\\
Clearly she was able to see where things were going, approved of it and had decided to step in and carefully nudge the two along with a skill and ease that stunned Shinji. Well either that or she was sick to death of nearly starving every day at lunchtime.\\
And she was good. He had seen Kana manipulate Hikari into walking 'her' home, before stealthily moving off ahead and leaving Hikari to walk Toji home together instead. She had once had both of them mysteriously take her to the shops to buy things she never actually brought under the justification of taking Hikari for fashion advice and her brother to 'escort' her, then again just vanished to leave them both standing around together with only each other for company, the two slowly opening upů
** Kaji gave Shinji tips to interact with Asuka and win her over. Thanks to his help, Shinji managed to take her to the school dance.
* In the start of ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy'', ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} goes on about all the times she tried to get her cousin and Lois together:
-->'''Fred Danvers:''' Irregardless, I'm glad your cousin, uh, Clark finally came to his senses. Edna's wanted to sit him down and talk sense into him for a long time. Now there's just barely time for Lois to have a baby.\\
'''Linda:''' Yeah. But I think ol' Clark will do all right in that department. And if me trying to play matchmaker all those times with him didn't work, I don't think Mom's would, either. But I finally told Lois about how I'd tried to get her and him together once, without showing my hand, and she cracked up. She said, 'That's just like what he'd do! You're a real member of the family, all right.'
* ''Fanfic/TheReactsverse'':
** The [[ShipperOnDeck Antic Order]] in general in [[Fanfic/WeissReacts all]] [[Fanfic/LucinaReacts four]] [[Fanfic/HomuraReacts Reactsverse]] [[Fanfic/CorrinReacts stories]] aim to pair everyone up. Of course, they also pair it up with [[{{Troll}} acting like absolute trolls]], causing their tricks to backfire.
** For specific examples, Cordelia in ''Fanfic/LucinaReacts'', Yang in ''Fanfic/WeissReacts'' and Corrin in ''Fanfic/CorrinReacts'', who try to pair up Lucina and Robin, Jaune and Pyrrha and Flora and Jakob respectively.
* Willow attempts to be this in ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-28404-129/DianeCastle%2bXendra.htm Xendra]]'' but has notable problems. First, she gets people to reveal they like each other with a Truth-Revelation Spell aka the blabbing spell, which causes people to say much more than they intend to. Second, the pair she's currently trying to set up are Wesley, who's deeply uncomfortable when he's a woman, and Tara, who's a lesbian. Both parties involved, along with Xander, point this out. Just because they're both intelligent, magic loving introverts does not mean they'll make a good couple.
* [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Varric]] decides to do his best to nudge [[AllLovingHero Victoria]] and [[CommandingCoolness Cullen]] together in ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]''. He knows Victoria has a crush on Cullen and thinks (correctly) that it might be mutual, but his major motivation is simply that "these stories are no good for heroes" and maybe they can actually be something good for each other. Dorian later joins him.
* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11186093/1/Rules-of-the-Kadic-Dormitory Rules of the Kadic Dormitory]] features assorted characters filling this role but the most entertaining one is [[NotSoStoic Ulrich Stern]], who is so happy in his relationship with Yumi (the result of Odd [[TenMinutesInTheCloset locking them in a closet]]) that he just wants everyone else to be that happy. Yumi is amused at first but quickly gets annoyed and screams at him to stop; the parties he was attempting to pair up have reactions varying from "Wait; really? You think we go together?" to "Dear god; why?!".

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Rafiki plays this role in ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' for Kiara and Kovu.
* The first twenty minutes or so of ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' focuses on Mulan's appointment with the town matchmaker, which has disastrous results.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'':
** In "Weekend At Crystal Lake", Mrs. Conklin tries to play matchmaker for Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton. [[spoiler: It backfires horribly.]]
** Many times throughout the series, teenager Walter Denton lends his "skills", usually with little positive effect. [[spoiler: "Trying to Pick A Fight" and "Life Can Be Bones" are just two of his more flatfooted attempts.]]
** It is, however, Mrs. Davis who eventually emerges as the champ. [[spoiler: Mrs. Davis' advice in "Tears for Mr. Boynton", nearly gets Miss Brooks a proposal of marriage. However, in the TheMovie GrandFinale, it is Mrs. Davis' matchmaking that finally gets Miss Brooks married to Mr. Boynton and achieving her HappilyEverAfter.]]
* A rather subtle case in the ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' film with John Myers. Hellboy thinks John is taking Liz out on a date, but the whole time, John is trying to convince Liz to accept Hellboy. Hellboy follows and HilarityEnsues.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', everyone from Lucius Fox to Alfred seems to be trying to [[ShipperOnDeck set Bruce up with someone]], first with Ms. Tate, then with [[DatingCatwoman Ms. Kyle]]. Alfred especially would like to see Bruce hang up the cowl and settle down.
* The plot of the first ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' revolves around Marty trying to get his parents to date so he can exist in the future.
* In ''Film/MenInBlackII'', J neuralizes his partner in a diner after the latter's HeroicWannabe tendencies nearly screwed up a mission. After wiping the guy's memory, J tells him to get married and have a bunch of kids. Before leaving the diner, J tells their waitress that his friend thinks she's hot. She grins at his ex-partner, and his ex-partner grins back.
* The [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Captain America]] movies have made a RunningGag out of Cap's friends deciding he [[YouNeedToGetLaid needs to get laid]]. The beginning of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' has Bucky using his ChickMagnet skills to set up a double date, and it's clear this is far from the first time he's done so. It's taken UpToEleven in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' when ComicBook/BlackWidow picks up the ball, talking with Steve about which ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} women he might want to date. [[CasualDangerDialog Even during their missions]]. Overlaps with ShipperOnDeck as she repeatedly tries to convince him to ask out [[spoiler:Agent 13/Sharon, aka Kate the nurse]]. In ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', when [[spoiler:Steve and Sharon do get together, Sam gives him the grin of approval and Bucky looks like a proud parent]].
* ''Film/{{Clueless}}'s'' Cher Horowitz, which is hardly a surprise since it's essentially a HighSchoolAU of Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/{{Emma}}''.
* In ''Film/{{Disraeli}}'', UsefulNotes/BenjaminDisraeli might be busy with stuff like being the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and running both that nation and the vast British Empire, but that doesn't mean that he doesn't have time to fix things after a young lady admirer of his rejects her boyfriends clumsy, hamhanded marriage proposal. His wife even calls him a matchmaker.
* In ''Film/AboutElly'', Sepideh does her best to pair Elly and Ahmad. It seems to be working at first, but [[DeconstructedTrope doesn't end well.]]

* In Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', Mrs. Bennet fills this role for her daughters. Or ''tries'' to, anyway; her attempts are usually a bit inept and unsubtle, she doesn't always have the best match for her daughters in mind, and her unfortunate tendency to gloat to others as if the match is a done deal long before it actually is can give her the unfortunate impression of being a GoldDigger-by-proxy.
** And in ''{{Literature/Emma}}'', the titular character tries to match up various members of her circle of friends. It doesn't always go so well, and the trope is rather deconstructed.
* Anne from ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' seemed to make a habit of this. She finally gave it up when she threw a party intended to bring a couple together... except the party was a complete disaster and it turns out the couple were already engaged.
* ''Literature/WashingtonSquare'' has a GenreSavvy variant of this trope in the main character's ditzy aunt Lavinia Penniman; played with in that [[spoiler: the man she is trying to match her niece with is an obvious GoldDigger, but she is so enamored with living out a romance novel that she doesn't care.]]
* In the XV century Spanish novel ''Literature/LaCelestina'', the titular character is both the TropeNamer and TropeCodifier for the Spanish language. So much that it's even [[MemeticMutation used in real life]] for naming people who matchmake their friends.
* Plenty of Creator/PGWodehouse's characters indulge in this. [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Jeeves]], in particular, spends a good deal of time and [[ZanyScheme scheming]] in not only setting up couples, but breaking up the ones he doesn't approve of. (Bertie does a lot of this, too, but usually because [[ExtremeDoormat he gets talked into it]]. On one of the few occasions when he ''did'' instigate matchmaking--between Bingo Little and Honoria Glossop--his scheme failed so disastrously that [[spoiler:he ended up unwillingly engaged to Honoria]].)
* In an Creator/LMMontgomery story "The Education of Betty" (set in the same world as ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables''), a man, having been the best man while his best friend marries his true love, then did his best for the widow and orphan. When the girl is grown up, he tries to pair her with a man his own age, and demands to know why she refused -- whereupon she declares her love. Prior to that, his awareness had been limited to realizing that her mother was not so perfect after all, lacking her daughter's spirit.
* In the ''Literature/AuntDimity'' novels, Dimity is a highly skilled one. She introduced Lori's parents, she presciently told a then-twelve year old Bill Willis that he and Lori would wed, and has a hand in pairing Emma and Derek (then a widower with two children).
* A few professional matchmakers show up in ''Literature/JudgeDee''. The judge himself accidentally becomes this when he hears several confessions of love (from a girl who thinks she has a case of LesYay and a crossdresser) and brings them into contact. All well and good, but he still has a murderer to catch.
** A particularly hilarious example is [[TheBrute Cheng Pa]], who has a massive crush (hinted to be reciprocated) on a Miss [[NonIndicativeName Violet]] Liang, [[AmazonChaser a Mongolian wrestling champion]]. He gets Sergeant Hong to put in a good word to her for him, which he does (but until he makes a proposal through the proper channels, won't make up her mind).
* In Creator/ErinMorgenstern's ''Literature/TheNightCircus'', when Mr. A. H-- speaks of how Marco and Celia are clearly besotted, Hector Bowen tells him he should have been a matchmaker.
* Queen Tatiana from ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', attempts to set up a match between Lissa Dragomir and her great-nephew Adrian. It doesn't work.
* In addition to solving various murders, thefts and assorted misdoings, Literature/HerculePoirot also has a surprising number of happy marriages and romances arranged to the satisfaction of all to his credit as well.
* In ''Literature/TheInitiateBrother'', two cousins each teasingly threaten to play this role for the other while indignantly denying any need for it themselves. One of Nishima's attendants argues for striking first as a means of self-defense, since Nishima's cousin "will be searching for a consort for you even as we speak".
* Razz in ''Literature/DontCallMeIshmael''. He often tries to help [[DoggedNiceGuy Ishmael]] get together with Kelly or go on dates with other girls.
* [[Literature/JessicaDarling Jessica Darling's]] mother is forever dropping unsubtle hints about how Jessica should really take more interest in one guy or another, he's really quite a catch and I think he likes you, and anyway you can't be too choosy or else you'll be alone forever. Jess, needless to say, is not appreciative of her efforts.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'':
** In "Weekend At Crystal Lake", Mrs. Conklin tries to play matchmaker for Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton. [[spoiler: It backfires horribly.]]
** Many times throughout the series, teenager Walter Denton lends his "skills", usually with little positive effect. [[spoiler: "Trying to Pick A Fight" and "Life Can Be Bones" are just two of his more flatfooted attempts.]]
** It is, however, Mrs. Davis who eventually emerges as the champ. [[spoiler: Mrs. Davis' advice in "Tears for Mr. Boynton", nearly gets Miss Brooks a proposal of marriage. However, in the TheMovie GrandFinale, it is Mrs. Davis' matchmaking that finally gets Miss Brooks married to Mr. Boynton and achieving her HappilyEverAfter.]]
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' has this for one episode where Phoebe, Chandler and Monica go to great lengths to get Rachel a date for a business dinner, and start shilling their respective dates right in front of them. She at one point finds a date on her own, and they end up scaring him off in an almost DieForOurShip manner. Naturally, the whole thing eventually blows up and Rachel ditches both guys.
* Charlie simply loves to do this on ''Series/TheWestWing''. "She's a fine-looking woman." "''Stop saying that!!''"
* [[Series/DoctorWho The Eleventh Doctor]]. [[ShipperOnDeck Particularly for his companions Amy and Rory]], but he also helps his landlord-for-a-week with his unspoken crush on a friend. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Amy.
* A variation is shown by Dr. Phlox in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. "I do believe that they are about to mate. Do you think that they would let me watch?"
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'':
** Shawn takes up this role for a while when Corey and Topanga broke up, with a lot of people commenting he took the breakup harder than they did, and being the number one champion of the get-back-together cause.
** Reversed later in the show, where Corey becomes obsessed with getting Shawn and Angela back together. Doubly so at the end of the show when [[spoiler: Corey completely IGNORES Topanga's interview with New York until the very end of the episode, where he is caught off guard that she wants to move to New York.]]
* ''Series/ICarly'': Carly does this for Sam on multiple occasions. Once during ''iMake Sam Girlier'', another time during ''iSpeed Date'', and again in 'iOMG' although in that case she might not be correct as to who Sam likes.
* The title character in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' is always doing this, mostly as a way to vicariously live through the other couples while he himself is consistently lonely or having relationship troubles. These attempts almost always either fail hilariously or leave him bitter and miserable if they're successful, but [[spoiler: his machinations regarding Niles and Daphne (which began with painkiller-stoned ramblings) ended with HappilyEverAfter.]]
* In ''Series/GilligansIsland'', Mrs. Howell was a matchmaker in one episode.
* In ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', Finch and his fiance, Grace, were matched up by [[spoiler:the Machine. Yes, that's right: the sapient government surveillance supercomputer took time out of its busy schedule of fighting terror and [[SinisterSurveillance spying on everyone in New York]] to find daddy a girlfriend.]]
* ''Series/ShakeItUp'': in one episode [=CeCe=] tried to match her friend Deuce to [[RomanticFalseLead Sava]][[GoldDigger nnah]] and after that pair fell apart, [[OfficialCouple Dina]].
* ''Series/{{Smash}}'': In one of his moments of genuine friendliness, [[JerkassWithAHeartOfGold Jimmy]] plays matchmaker when he sees his best friend Kyle gazing at lighting designer Blake, then proceeds to [[ShipperOnDeck ship them]] for the next several episodes.
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'', Annie at one points notices the hints of a blooming romance between Troy and Britta and schemes to get them to hook up by manipulating them into a lunch date -- much to the displeasure of Abed, Troy's [[HeterosexualLifePartners Heterosexual Life Partner]], who started to worry that a relationship between Troy and Britta would gradually see him excluded. Over the episode, Abed also points out that Annie's motives aren't entirely selfless or based in the belief that Troy and Britta go well together, since Britta had also had romantic tension with Jeff, whom Annie had a crush on, and if Britta was otherwise attached this would leave Jeff free for Annie to approach.

* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'':
** In "Weekend At Crystal Lake", Mrs. Conklin tries to play matchmaker for Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton. [[spoiler: It backfires horribly.]]
** Many times throughout the series, teenager Walter Denton lends his "skills", usually with little positive effect. [[spoiler: "Trying to Pick A Fight" and "Life Can Be Bones" are just two of his more flatfooted attempts.]]
** It is, however, Mrs. Davis who eventually emerges as the champ. [[spoiler: Mrs. Davis' advice in "Tears for Mr. Boynton", nearly gets Miss Brooks a proposal of marriage. However, in the TheMovie GrandFinale, it is Mrs. Davis' matchmaking that finally gets Miss Brooks married to Mr. Boynton and achieving her HappilyEverAfter.]]

* In the apocryphal Literature/BookOfTobit, the ArchangelRaphael plays this role in the story, hooking up Tobit's son Tobias with Sarah while defeating the demon that has been plaguing her.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* TabletopGame/TwilightSparklesSecretShipficFolder has a few cards that depict matchmakers... but the gameplay is more {{Shipping}} than anything.

* Creator/ThorntonWilder's ''The Matchmaker'' and its musical sister ''Theatre/HelloDolly'' focus around a professional matchmaker at the turn of the twentieth century. Both works are farcical in nature.
* In ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof'' there is Yente, the (professional) matchmaker, who fails to make any successful matches in the story.
* In ''Theatre/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying,'' Smitty's ''raison d'étre'', particularly evident in the songs "Been a Long Day" and "Cinderella Darling".
* ''Theatre/TheMiser'' has Frosine, a professional matchmaker who's determined to get the old, greedy Harpagon and young fair Marianne together. However, she later sides with Marianne and her lover Cléante (Harpagon's son) and supports their romantic plans, not having "a heart of flint" to get in the way of "young people loving each other in all earnestness and honesty".

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', you can summon a gypsy woman who will provide a matchmaking service for your active Sim. The more Simoleons you're willing to shell out, the more compatible a match she will provide.
** Furthermore, the expansion packs bring the ability for the player Sim to influence other Sims into doing stuff, including talking or even flirting with other Sims. This means that you yourself can now try being the matchmaker.
* ''VideoGame/TalesofLegendia'' has Norma, who spends the first half of the game trying to get uptight and shy Chloe to interact with main lead [[ChasteHero Senel]]. When Shirley, the female lead, joins the party though, Norma also seems to be helping her with her relationship with Senel. Really, it seems like Norma doesn't actually ''care'' that deeply about relationships and is just messing with everyone for fun.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', there's an undocumented quest in Chorrol that allows YOU to be the matchmaker between the Captain of the Guard, Bittneld and the owner of the Grey Mare, Emfrid. There's no failure condition, just some running back and forth between the two, but eventually it's implied that they start dating. This fact is even lampshaded by Casta Scribonia, who was the gossip who originally told you that they looked good together.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'' has examples in each installment:
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', the Warden can meet a pair of young elves in the Dalish camp who are being kept apart by circumstances. If the player is so inclined, the Warden can meddle in those circumstances and enable them to make plans to marry. (Alternately, the Warden can sleep with one of the elves him/herself, and totally drive them apart.)
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', there is a quest to help Aveline get together with one of her colleagues. [[spoiler: Though it goes disastrously due to misunderstandings and Aveline being unable to spit it out, she will hook up with him at the end, even if Hawke has been trying to pursue Aveline him/herself by using the romance dialogue options. It is entirely possible to confess your feelings to her during the quest, though there is no further romance possible and she will let you down gently.]]
** Cole will do this for Maryden the bard in the ''Trespasser'' DLC for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', although exactly who he matches with her depends on circumstances. [[spoiler:If he's been made more human, he matches her with ''himself''. If he's been made more spirit, he matches her with Krem or, if the Chargers didn't survive the main game, with ZITHER! from the multiplayer.]]

* Sachi and Megumi from ''VisualNovel/KindredSpiritsOnTheRoof'' are an interesting example: they do work to set up couples together, but Sachi makes it clear that her main goal is simply to give girls the opportunity to express their love for one another. If it doesn't work out, that's disappointing, but they won't force anything. And in fact, when Miyu and Matsuri start fighting and competing over Hina, they muse about whether it would be better to let them break up and set one of them up with Hina instead.

* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Sarah talks Grace out of "playing Cupid" for Nananse and Ellen, then does so herself.
* [[TheStoic Jones]] of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', of all people, nudges (literally) Smitty and Parley into admitting their feelings to each other, apparently in an effort to make Parley's latent powers manifest.
** Surma also did a little of this for Anja and Donald, as seen in the page image.
* ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'': Meighan secretly hired Julia to the staff of Station 13, a company she co-founded with Tim and Guthrie, largely to get Tim and Julia together.
-->'''Guthrie''': I am not very sexual, Meighan, but I am not blind. I know that Julia has been unfortunate in love. I know Tim makes a terrible first impression, so simply "fixing him up on a date" would be counter-productive. And you know better than I how his compassion shines under conditions of shared stress."
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3055 God promises to]], but [[spoiler: warns that match-making is inexact]].
* Roxy Lalonde in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' constantly goads both Jake and Jane to try to make them go to "SEX LAND". Meanwhile, Dirk's own AI double tries to play matchmaker between him and Jake.
** [[spoiler: Nepeta's ancestor, Meulin,]] is obsessed with [[ShipperOnDeck shipping]] to the point of hooking up her friends together. After all, she's a [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] version of [[spoiler: Nepeta]] in general.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sunstone}}'', this is Cassie's ''other'' hobby. There's not been a scene between her and Alan or Anne where she's not trying to get the two of them to meet. She's not very good at it either. Neither of them were ready for a relationship at that moment, and when, after some time, they do meet Cassie has got nothing to do with it. (Though she must have felt pretty smug when they got married)
* In ''{{Rhapsodies}}'', Tara, the older Fitzpatrick sister, enjoys hooking her three younger siblings up with... '''anybody''' to deal with the boredom of maternity leave.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''The Adventures of Theatre/TheLeagueOfSTEAM'' episode "Hairy Hijinks", Mrs. Potts tries to play this with Jay Are and The Russian.
* In ''[[WebOriginal/{{KeitAi}} Keit-Ai]]'', the boy and the girl from another universe work together as each other's matchmakers so that they'd end up with their other selves. However, they fall in love with each other instead.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Of a non-romantic type. One of the few things that will elicit an enthusiastic and energetic response from Fluttershy is suggesting you might be interested in getting a pet. When Rainbow Dash suggested she might eventually want a pet, Fluttershy proceeded to drag Dash off to her cottage so she could introduce her around to the various and sundry animals she's caring for at the moment.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Pound Puppies|2010}}'': In the same vein as above, what the Pound Puppies basically do is match each person to their "perfect pup" and vice versa.
* WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls set up a date between the Professor and their kindergarten teacher in "Keen On Keane."
* Cupid the cherub plays this role in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''.

->''Matchmaker, matchmaker, plan me no plans!\\
I'm in no rush! [[AnAesop Maybe I've learned]]...\\
Playing with matches, a girl can get '''[[{{Pun}} burned!]]'''''
-->--"Matchmaker, Matchmaker," '''''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof'''''