So you've got yourself a girlfriend and life is looking pretty sweet. I mean, it's just a matter of time until the relationship progresses naturally, right?

[[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle Not so much.]]

Here come the Love-Obstructing Parents, friends and family of the girlfriend whose job from the writers is to ensure that for the progression of your relationship, FailureIsTheOnlyOption. They will, of course, insist on moving in with the both of you. Being the MomentKiller is their job title.

There are two kinds of Love-Obstructing Parents.
* [[ObnoxiousInLaws The ones who absolutely hate your guts and will sabotage you at any chance they get; in some series this includes assassination attempts]]. Usually {{Overprotective Dad}}s and adoring little sisters who think you're a loser.
* The ones who supposedly are trying to help push your relationship along in the tackiest, tawdriest way possible. Usually a subset of HardDrinkingPartyGirl, They make any feelings of desire you have towards your girlfriend feel dirty and rushed, which is just as effective in halting any relationship progression. These are usually older sisters or occasionally even mothers (who may be more low-key about it)

If you're lucky, you will eventually gain their respect, and maybe even count them as TrueCompanions. Unfortunately, this does not aid in relationship building as their friendship means you will ''never'' be alone with the girlfriend.

Naturally, the [[NaiveEverygirl girlfriend]] ''never'' sees this, to the point of ComedicSociopathy. It's just so nice that everyone she likes is under one roof. One wonders if she even [[AllWomenArePrudes has a sex drive]] or possesses any plans for the future. It's technically ''her job'' to address Love-Obstructing Parents about this since it would not be proper for the main character to do so. She will have SelectiveObliviousness towards this duty. You'd better hope you are a ChasteHero or else be prepared to take cold showers for a ''long'' time.

Sometimes, the In-Laws include a sensible 'neutral' party, like an aunt or grandmother. Unfortunately, they rarely ever get involved in any useful way. See HaremNanny.

See also ObnoxiousInLaws, MeetTheInLaws, ParentalMarriageVeto.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Skuld and Urd from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' would be ur-examples of the first and second types respectively. The first manga was written in 1988; Keiichi and Belldandy still haven't consummated their relationship, although Keiichi did get as far as actually admitting he loved Belldandy in ''2006''... That said, remember that 20 years of RealLife time is approximately less than a year of in-story time.
** As of 2014, the series has ended, and nothing progressed. Mission accomplished.
* The two fathers in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' are a good example of the second type. They keep pushing Ranma and Akane together, and their spectacular failures end up making the "happy couple" yell at each other.
* Mizuho's sister Maho and mother Hatsuho in ''Anime/PleaseTeacher'' fill roles one and two respectively. The latter mostly only really does so in the {{OVA}}, though, which is bizarre because Kei and Mizuho had consummated their relationship in the first TV series.
** It was probably to add a little spice to their life AND get a video of them of their night life. Which still doesn't make sense, since Maho ''already'' had videos of them, unless Maho was keeping ''those'' a secret from her mother.
*** Well, would you tell your mother that you had videos of your sister having sex?
* Ten, from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' hates Ataru and implores Lum to dump him and return home. He even moves in with the Moroboshis, just to mess things up.
** Ironically, none of Lum's ''other'' relations have any problems with her marriage to him, and generally support the idea- though her father does throw a matchmaking party (without her knowledge) in the anime's 22nd episode, he starts accepting him again at the episode's end. The only "old friend" who is opposed to it is [[BigEater Rei]], her former fiance who she dumped when she decided that his [[ChickMagnet massive good looks]] didn't balance out his stupidity and InvoluntaryShapeshifting.
* Nagasumi from ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'' has to deal with {{Yakuza}} ''mermaids'' related to San, his self-declared wife-to-be. Her father and her servant actively try to kill him without getting San upset. She'll stop them if they're too obvious, but thinking about that is unpleasant so she usually doesn't. San's mother is in the "perv" category.
* Miyabi (Aoi's guardian and surrogate older sister) of ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' fulfills the first type with regards to Kaoru, who she initially can't stand. Slightly subverted one way, in that Aoi is perfectly aware of her disapproval, and rebels as much as she can. Subverted completely when not only does Miyabi comes to respect Kaoru, but she proves to be understanding and genuinely ''helpful'' (often arranging for them to have their rare moments of alone-time).
** A rare example of a DefrostingIceQueen-esque character who is not a love interest. A lot of her attitude is sisterly IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer, until she fully realizes that Kaoru would sooner hurt ''himself'' than Aoi.
* ''Anime/SummerWars'' gives us a perfect non-fantasy example with the Jinnouchi household, effectively mixing both kinds of in-laws to the very end. And, effectively enough, the grandmother serves as both the sane person AND a whole other kind of in-law, by pushing Kenji into actually considering establishing himself with Natsuki. [[spoiler:And indeed, once the plotline kicks in, Love Machine starts rampaging through OZ and the grandmother dies because of it, they indeed become Nakama. (The fact that Kenji reveals he's an awesome badass inside helps A TON.)]]
* You could look at Hayate's relationship with Nagi in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' as playing with this. The only real relative of Nagi's is her grandfather Mikado, who seems to harbor a definite dislike of Hayate, and whom Nagi is ''terrified'' of.
** It could be a complete inversion though, with all of [[MagnificentBastard Mikado's]] [[TheChessmaster plans]] serving to push the two of them closer.
* Played with in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. [[BruiserWithASoftCenter Kuwabara]] is [[RedStringOfFate in love]] with [[KnightTemplarBigBrother Hiei's]] sister [[TheIngenue Yukina]]. [[BloodKnight Hiei]] and [[HonorBeforeReason Kuwabara]] won't stop sniping at each other. However, neither [[DoggedNiceGuy Kuwabara]] nor [[DamselInDistress Yukina]] [[SeparatedAtBirth know]] that she's [[AloofBigBrother Hiei's]] sister and [[ThePromise he can't tell]] ([[spoiler:since said promise involved [[CombatMedic Shigure]] and was made right before the latter implanted Hiei's Evil Eye on him]]), limiting how much he can interfere.


[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In Fanfic/LillyEpilogueFamilyMatters, Lilly's father is a JerkAss who disapproves of Hisao for, among other things, being a "cripple" and a "middle class bumpkin", and also is quite cruel to Hisao and Lilly's mutual friend Hanako. [[spoiler:He does, havever, warm up to Hisao in the end]]. Lilly's mother, however, likes Hisao and is glad that [[spoiler:he survived his heart attack at the end of Lilly's route]].
* [[ Tammy Billings]] ' ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' arc "Return" "Eye of the Beholder" and "Christmas in Lame Deer" begin this way. Dani's parents try to forbid her seeing Johnny because he is only half Native American, not full blood. (Also HalfBreedDiscrimination). But later on, they warm up to him and fully accept him as family.
* Played with in ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust''. Misato had no problem with the idea of Shinji and Asuka being in a relationship (in fact the fic was originally a oneshot of her giving Shinji advice) but after she finds out that they had a SecretRelationship she puts her foot down on them sleeping in the same bed ([[LivingEmotionalCrutch which is the one thing that they]] ''[[LivingEmotionalCrutch really]]'' [[LivingEmotionalCrutch need]]). And she's hates the fact that it makes her the bad guy.
* ''Fanfic/ExtremelyNaughty'': Chloe uses her father's connections with Gabriel Agreste to force his son to date her. When he breaks it off an openly dates Marinette, Gabriel disapproves, thinking that she is below their class, while Marinette's parents disapprove due to Gabriel's attitude (and the evidence that their relationship is [[HormoneAddledTeenager more than emotional]]). [[OpenMindedParent They all eventually get over it though]].

[[folder: Film ]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', General Posada detests Manolo and wants Maria to marry Joaquin instead. [[spoiler:In the end, he finally relents.]]
* [=C-3PO=] in ''Film/StarWars''. "Sir, might I suggest that you?it can wait."
** Which was of course taken further in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''; Dot Matrix is equipped with a virgin alarm set to "go off before you do".
* In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', Odin tries to discourage Thor's feelings for Jane out of both practicality (Thor will outlive her by [[MayflyDecemberRomance centuries]]) and a certain elitism. He eventually respects Thor's decision in a CouldSayItBut way...[[spoiler: except that's Loki in disguise talking.]]

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* UrExample: ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''. All of Samantha's family (except for Aunt Clara, and ''maybe'' Uncle Arthur) hate, or at least immensely dislike Darrin, especially Endora, the EvilMatriarch. In fact most of the Witch and Warlock community take a low view of Darrin, resulting in him being transformed and having curses put on him all the time. He isn't even safe from the ones who like him, as Aunt Clara is a bit of a senile version of TheDitz who can't cast a spell right and whose backfired ones usually hit Darrin, and while Uncle Arthur ''might'' like Darrin a bit, he's a [[ScrewySquirrel prankster]] who likes to play tricks on him.


[[folder: Music]]
* Music/HomerAndJethro sing a song about a man who never gets Maggie alone. Every verse ends with a punch line:
---> There was her father, her mother, her sister and her brother, oh I never see Maggie alone!
* {{Inverted|Trope}} in ''Music/SchweigtStillePlaudertNicht''. Schlendrian actively offers to find Lieschen a husband if she will give up [[MustHaveCaffeine coffee]].

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* Played straight and subverted in ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' with Dominic's parents... and grandparents. Miranda Deegan's parents did NOT approve of her betrothal to a bard, expressing it with magical pranks possibly reaching the level of felonious criminal assault. The first time Miranda Deegan realizes she's behaving like her parents in regards to her child's beloved, she breaks down into effusive apologies. It doesn't hurt that Luna is as intelligent as she is sweet - hard to find fault with a girl after you've offered her a position as magical researcher.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Klaus Wulfenbach was betrayed by his [[DatingCatwoman villainous ex-girlfriend]], Lucrezia, and is absolutely determined to ensure his son doesn't repeat that mistake with her daughter, Agatha. Agatha herself is innocent, but Klaus refuses to see any difference between them due to fearing that the evil on both sides of Agatha's family may well be InTheBlood. Towards this end, he has even gone so far as to resort to [[spoiler:using MindControl whenever Gil gets close to her]].