'''Basic Trope''': A short-lived first marriage.
* '''Straight''': AliceAndBob get married. Three years later, they get divorced.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** AliceAndBob get married. Three ''days'' later, they get divorced.
** AliceAndBob get married. Three ''hours'' later, they get divorced.
* '''Downplayed''': Alice and Bob just shack up together for three years as their first real romantic relationship. Then they break up.
* '''Justified''':
** Alice and Bob married when they were too young and/or emotionally immature.
** Alice and Bob married for the wrong reasons and/or [[FourthDateMarriage rushed into marriage]].
** The marriage was an AccidentalMarriage; neither of them ''really'' wanted to get married.
** One or both of them is InLoveWithLove, and simply doesn't have what it takes to make a relationship last [[TrueLoveIsBoring beyond the initial "schmoopy" phase]].
** Bob cheated on Alice and/or vice versa.
** Issues that Alice and Bob overlooked [[SexChangesEverything just can't be ignored any longer]].
* '''Inverted''': Alice and Bob get married, have BabiesEverAfter, and [[GrowOldWithMe grow old together.]]
* '''Subverted''':
** Alice and Bob decide to [[TakeAThirdOption see if they can work through their problems]] before getting divorced.
** For whatever reason(s), Alice and Bob neither really work through their problems nor end their trainwreck of a marriage, even though [[JustEatGilligan it would be much better and/or easier to do so]]. They lead an AwfulWeddedLife.
** The marriage is a second [[SerialSpouse (or third...or hundredth)]] marriage for one or both of them.
** After the divorce, [[DivorceIsTemporary they get back together]] and have a ComedyOfRemarriage.
** The divorce happens, but it happens more than five years down the road.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** Eventually, they do wind up getting divorced; whatever they tried before (couples' therapy, a trial separation, what have you) simply was not working.
** But it still is short-lived, and just because it's not a first marriage for one half of the couple doesn't mean it's not a first marriage for the other half.
** After remarrying each other, they get divorced again.
* '''Parodied''':
** Alice and Bob go through the motions of the wedding ceremony and a reception, only to have the marriage [[ThatDidntHappen annulled]] immediately afterwards, using the wedding only to obtain attention and accolades from friends and family, and/or gifts.
** Alice and Bob go to get the marriage license, which reads "practice marriage" on it.
* '''Zig Zagged''': ???
* '''Averted''': Alice and Bob don't get married.
* '''Enforced''':
** RuleOfDrama; TrueLoveIsBoring, and we want to make this DarkerAndEdgier.
** RelationshipWritingFumble.
** We need to prevent ShippingBedDeath.
** A TakeThat at a FanPreferredCouple the writers don't like.
** DerailingLoveInterests.
** SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism.
* '''Lampshaded''':
** "My first marriage was just a practice round."
** "I promise to love you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, for better or for worse, until death do us part, or until I get sick of you in five years, whichever comes first."
* '''Invoked''': Bob proposes to Alice, his {{high school|Sweethearts}} girlfriend, right after graduation.
* '''Exploited''': ???
* '''Defied''':
** Alice turns down the proposal, (or accepts it but insists on having a longer engagement) because she doesn't feel that they are ready for marriage.
** Alice and Bob quickly begin to have difficulties in their marriage, but are committed enough to not give up and make it work.
* '''Discussed''': "I thought marriage was supposed to be [[HappilyEverAfter forever]]."
* '''Conversed''': "It is, but some people just don't have what it takes. They'd rather just hit the ResetButton than accept the challenges of marriage."
* '''Played For Laughs''': AliceAndBob go through a ToiletSeatDivorce.
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