->Borderers were not the kind to ask leave for anything, and especially not to go courting. They married across the line with a fine disregard for the laws.
-->-- '''Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser''', ''Literature/TheSteelBonnets''

The last resort of a couple that wants to get around a troublesome ArrangedMarriage or are DatingWhatDaddyHates. Run away and get married!

Contrast RunawayBride, although if the eloping occurs close enough to an ArrangedMarriage, the two can overlap. Sister trope to MyOwnPrivateIDo, where a couple about to be married with fanfare runs off to be married quietly. Compare and contrast ShotgunWedding, which takes place similarly on the fly, but almost always has one of the parties unwilling to go through with it. Sometimes overlaps with FourthDateMarriage, but this is not required, nor are all early-in-the-relationship-marriages elopements.
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!!Examples:

[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' has Shinra and his cram school teacher eloping because her husband has rejected her for a computer android they purchased.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': Nagi suggested to do this with [[spoiler:Princess Arika]] when he realized she had developed feelings for him, getting a blast of magic in response. Ironically, [[spoiler:they end up eloping after he rescues her from her execution]].
* ''Manga/{{Mushishi}}'' has Hana and Zen, a pair of young lovers, who decided to escape, when Hana was to be forced into an ArrangedMarriage. They probably would have succeeded, if Hana [[spoiler:hadnt hesitated and fallen from a bridge, changing in the process into a Mushi-possessed zombie.]]

[[AC: {{Film}}]]
* Niki and Marlene go to do this in ''[[Film/{{Rush2013}} Rush]]'', in direct contrast to his rival James's very public and showy wedding that quickly ended in divorce. Niki regrets it, less because he's now married and more because now he has something to lose if he dies in a race. [[spoiler: The very next race nearly kills him.]]

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* In ''TheKingkillerChronicles'', Kvothe's mother is a noblewoman who ran away to marry his father, an itinerant performer.
* Heathcliff and Isabella run away together in ''Literature/WutheringHeights'', likely to Gretna Green.
* Subverted in ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' where everyone thinks, even hopes that Wickham and Lydia have eloped. It turns out they're in London, and very much not married.
* In Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/LoveAndFreindship'', Janetta, at Sophia and Laura's persuasion.
* Bear and Lena in ''[[HeraldsOfValdemar Redoubt]]'' get married to keep Bear's family from forcing their preferred ArrangedMarriage. However, they've been in love for the entire Collegium Chronicles. (Which is part of Bear's problem with an arranged marriage to someone he doesn't even know.)
* Mentioned in one of the ''Literature/LettersToHisSon'' by Lord Chesterfield: "Here is a report, but I believe a very groundless one, that your old acquaintance, the fair Madame [[SpellMyNameWithABlank Ce]], is run away from her husband, with a jeweler, that [[GratuitousFrench 'etrennes']] her, and is come over here; but I dare say it is some mistake, or perhaps a lie." (letter 238)
* In Sir Walter Scott's poem ''Lochinvar'', Lochinvar and Ellen elope from her wedding to someone else.

[[AC:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'': [[spoiler:Sybil and Branson]] [[RunForTheBorder make a run for Gretna Green]] (see below) in Series 2; [[spoiler:Edith, Mary, and Anna interdict them (thank God [[ChekhovsSkill Edith can drive]].)]]

[[AC:{{Music}}]]
* In the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pD4azjx6mbE Project "Ma"]], Adam Moonlit (played by [[{{vocaloid}} KAITO]]) runs away with Eve (played by [[{{vocaloid}} Hatsune Miku]]) to Eldoh Forest after said project failed.
* Sara Evans's hit ''Suds in the Bucket''.

[[AC: NewspaperComics]]
* Jenny and Luis do this almost by accident in ''ComicStrip/SafeHavens'', when they accidentally pull into a drive thru chapel in UsefulNotes/LasVegas instead of a fast food joint. They didn't get it annulled since they did love each other, but were too embarrassed to tell their friends until Jenny ended up pregnant. It ''does'' show how much Jenny loves Luis though: the normally greedy Jenny gave up thousands in wedding presents to elope with him.
** Later, Rupert and Rosalind do this, mainly cause they still had student loans to pay off and didn't want to go further in debt to stage a fancy wedding.

[[AC:{{Theater}}]]
* Anne and Henrik elope near the end of ''Theatre/ALittleNightMusic''. Since Anne is already married to Henrik's father this is really the only option.
* ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' run away to Friar Lawrence to get married.
* In ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' Hermia and Lysander run off to do this, since Hermia is going to be forced into an ArrangedMarriage to Demetrius (or put into a convent). However, events work out so that Demetrius cancels the wedding and the two are able to get married in Athens after all.
* In ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'', Lucentio wants to do this.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* This trope is the story of Lyndis' parentage in ''VideoGame/FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]''. Her mother, Lady Madelyn, was the daughter of the Marquis of Caelin. Her father, Hassar, was the leader of the Lorca Tribe, one of the three tribes of Sacae, a group of nomadic people. In order to stay together, Madelyn left Caelin to live with her lover on the Sacaen plains.
* Hawke's parents from the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' BackStory: he was a runaway apostate mage, she was a noble with an ArrangedMarriage looming.
* One of the subplots of ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' involves the daughter of a Pianta mafia don eloping with one of his underlings. The first time you meet, he agrees to secure you a ride to the place where the next PlotCoupon is if you bring them back. On finding them, they return of their own accord and he tells them to get lost but gives them his blessing in a roundabout way. They settle on a tropical island a few chapters later. [[spoiler: In the next chapter you need a ride once again, so you return and find him sick (literally) with worry about them. One subquest later and you have [[NotRareOverThere your ticket]], the couple and the Don reconcile and everyone's happy.]]
* Elwyn and Nancy's sidequest from ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', Elwyn's father is a rich business man who rejects Nancy being a poor girl. Keith suggests Elwyn to elope with her, to which he complies. The rest of the quest is a chain of fetch quests to fix the father and son's conflict and finally get the lovers married properly.

[[AC:WebOriginal]]
* In ''ThaliasMusings'', Hades' "abduction" of Persephone is actually this. They staged it so they could run away together in spite of [[MyBelovedSmother Demeter's]] ParentalMarriageVeto.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'', Dimitri and Anastasia elope.
* Attempted in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Fusion Cuisine" by Steven and Connie, when they thought they might never hang out again, got on a bus to live somewhere else, however an angry Alexandrite catches up with them.

[[AC:RealLife]]
* The Scottish village of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gretna_Green Gretna Green]] is the place where English teenagers used to traditionally run to to get hitched when they wished to defy their parents (because Scottish law was more easy going about such things, and it was the first Scottish village on the main London-Edinburgh road). It's still possible to go there for a traditional "wedding of the anvil", although this is no longer recognised in law.
* In the United States, UsefulNotes/LasVegas is popular for this since the marriage offices are open until midnight ''every'' day, and in Nevada you don't have to wait between getting the marriage license and getting married. Convenient! Before Vegas became big, Reno had this reputation.

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