->''"Yesterday, my mom and dad told me I was getting engaged to the grandson of my grandfather's best friend. We're Japanese-American so it wasn't that unusual. So today I met my new fiancee and realized that it was the same guy that I spent 3 hours with on Facebook, debating whether ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' was better than ''Anime/YuGiOh.'' I think it's fate."''
-->-- [[http://mylifeisaverage.com/story.php?id=988897 My Life is Average]]

No one likes an ArrangedMarriage, especially those so betrothed. They'll rip their clothes, gnash their teeth and swear to... [[SlapSlapKiss was that them necking in the atrium?]]

Despite their initial opposition, the couple who have been betrothed discover they not only like each other, but ''love'' each other, and make it perfectly clear that even if they weren't in an arranged marriage they'd still choose to marry or at least start dating. Drama being what it is, you can expect their earlier attempts to undo the arranged marriage will mature and succeed, and their parents set them up with a new fiancée or fiancé that they ''do'' hate. Expect one or the other to have to swallow their pride and [[WillTheyOrWontThey come out and say]] they do love the other.

A variant is that both meet outside of the home environment (before or after the declaration) [[TwoPersonLoveTriangle without immediately recognizing each other]]. Maybe they ran away from home entirely, only to happily embrace "a fellow in misery" -- and ''later'' commiserate about their bossy parents. Eventually, once they recognize one another, their shared common ground helps them fall in love.

Sometimes this perfectly arranged marriage doesn't come about randomly, but intentionally by parents, like a BatmanGambit scenario. One or more of the parents involved who knows both well enough has arranged the marriage since both are highly compatible and could naturally fall in love. In fact, this is the ''purpose'' of an 'arranged marriage' in the first place. It is akin to a matchmaking service, and the couple will generally have some sort of courtship before tying the knot, and it's very rare for someone to be forced to marry a person they despise. Even a GoldDigger would want a decent relationship if for no other reason than to help in securing the knot.

In other cultures however, especially feudal societies, marriages would be struck between noble houses to secure alliances, build power, get closer to the throne, etc. In cases like this, the couple's individual romantic tastes are a very low priority, as they see the marriage as a duty to their families. But then it turns out they love each other after all.

This trope is frequently used as a justification for the use of the ArrangedMarriage and AltarDiplomacy tropes to audiences with Western sensibilities, who are often uncomfortable with the concept of forced marriage. It's not a violation of free will if both ''want'' to get married, after all.

Compare MarriageBeforeRomance for when a couple has gone through with a [[ArrangedMarriage marriage]] [[BureaucraticallyArrangedMarriage for]] [[AccidentalMarriage other]] [[MarriageOfConvenience reasons]] [[CitizenshipMarriage than]] [[MailOrderBride love]] and only then starts to develop feelings for one another. Expect a lot of arguing and bickering to contrast with the more idealised love story of the unwed protagonists, ending in a big AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moment, to the surprise of everyone, most of all themselves.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]

* ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' is this without the SlapSlapKiss start. The difference occurs because the families had ''annulled'' the arranged marriage before the plot even began, and they felt otherwise. SlapSlapKiss wouldn't [[DudeNotFunny really be funny]] in the guy's case due to the [[AbusiveParents Abusive Grandfather.]]
* In ''Manga/BlackButler'', 10 year old Ciel has an ArrangedMarriage with [[KissingCousins his cousin Elizabeth]]. Interestingly enough, even from the beginning there's no objections or SlapSlapKiss from either side, and both of them take it as being natural and are rather fond of each other. Of course, [[ToyShip they are only kids...]]
** It ought to be noted as well that three years later in the manga, despite [[BreakTheCutie all the awful things that happened to Ciel that left him orphaned, abused, atheist, and a little too grown up for his age]], Ciel's love for Elizabeth is even stronger. [[spoiler:And she [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend does her best to protect him]], now what she has [[TookALevelInBadass taken a level in badass]].]]
* ''Manga/ShamanKing'', between Yoh and Anna. She, at least, is definitely in love with him (she comes right out and admits it at least once, although not to Yoh's face). Yoh's feelings, while a little more ambiguous, definitely include affection for Anna (albeit mixed in with a healthy dose of [[DrillSergeantNasty fear]]). [[spoiler:During the Osorezan Revoir Arc -where we see Anna and Yoh's first meeting- it's explicitly shown that it was ''Yoh'' who was the first to fall in love.]] By the second half of the manga we see just how much Yoh cares for Anna; he puts her above everyone else he knows. [[spoiler: For example, when the X-Laws tell him to quit the Shaman Fight in exchange for bringing Ren back to life, he starts off by thanking everyone else for helping him get that far, then apologises to Anna and Anna alone, even though there were others who would have been disappointed, because one of his reasons to become Shaman King was a promise made to her.]]
%%* Yomi and Noriyuki in ''GaReiZero''.
* In ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'', Shun Mitaka is introduced to [[{{Ojou}} Asuna Kujou]] by way of an ''omiai'' arranged by his uncle. She is head over heels in love with him. He, on the other hand, objects strongly to the union at first, partially because he is in love with Kyouko, but also because of [[WhydidItHaveToBeSnakes her large number of dogs]], of which he is ''deathly'' afraid. However, after [[spoiler: accidentally proposing to her due to a [[MistakenForPregnant misunderstanding]]]], he warms up to the idea a bit more, and eventually falls in love and marries her.
* Yura Kawada and Makoto Onoda, the main couple in ''Manga/FutariEcchi''. In a variation, the relationship is arranged via a matchmaking service.
* In ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'', Gennosuke Koga and Iga-no-Oboro's betrothal is arranged in order to put an end to the long-standing war between their respective families. Conveniently, they both fall in LoveAtFirstSight ([[ToyShip as kids]], in the anime; as adults, in the manga). Later, things go straight to hell [[spoiler: [[DownerEnding And they end up]] TogetherInDeath.]]
** In a sort-of variation, it's mentioned in the manga that Gennosuke actually was ''not'' the first option for Oboro. Her grandmother Ogen had thought at first of engaging Oboro to [[NumberTwo her second-in-command]], Tenzen Yakushiji, but decided against it since she didn't fully trust him. [[spoiler: Considering that Tenzen turned out to be a ninja version of the EvilChancellor ''and'' the series' specially cruel and sadistic BigBad, she was right. Obviously, that didn't stop him from trying to [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty get Oboro as his puppet bride]] after Ogen's death]].
* ''Anime/MaiOtome'' goes through the setup for this with Mashiro and Takumi - both escape from an arranged meeting that Mashiro's staff hopes will lead to better things and meet incognito in the poor side of town. Mashiro is definitely crushing big-time on Takumi by the end - [[spoiler:and then he gives a scathing critique of her performance as queen, and his aides announce that the purpose of the visit was to announce the complete isolation of Takumi's kingdom.]]
* Played with in ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'', with Princess Millerna Sarah Aston and Prince Dryden Fassa. She and Dryden are a mild version of BelligerentSexualTension as Millerna's put off by his RichIdiotWithNoDayJob facade and Dryden is a snarky GuileHero. (Not to mention Milly has a huge crush on Allen). [[spoiler: They grow fond of each other as the series advances, and then they get married - and then the trouble starts. And when it's all solved, Dryden calls off the engagement: he cares for Millerna, and might be in love with her at that point, but he feels he still has to work hard to become truly worthy of marrying a girl like her.]]
* Used in 70s shoujo manga ''Manga/HaikarasanGaTooru'', where the Hanamura and Ijyuin clans arrange a marriage between [[TheLadette Benio Hanamura]] and Shinobu Iijyuin before they were even born. PluckyGirl Benio refuses the idea at first, but when she sees that Shinobu is a genuinely NiceGuy who ''does'' care for her, she starts falling for him. [[spoiler: And ''then'', they become StarCrossedLovers. Until the BittersweetEnding, that is.]]
** There's also a variant in this: [[spoiler: Benio and Shinobu's engagement was arranged as a sort-of compensation [[StarCrossedLovers for a love match that couldn't be consummated]], between Benio's now-deceased grandfather and Shinobu's beloved grandmother [[RaisedByGrandparents that raised him instead of his parents]]. Therefore, Shinobu initially accepted the arrangement more calmly than Benio because he wanted to fulfill a promise to his grandma that was made decades ago, and ''then'' he met Benio and fell for her genuinely.]]
* Teharu Kosukegawa in ''Manga/{{Change 123}}'' finds out that his father has engaged him to marry the daughter of the man who saved him from a bear. Kosukegawa, who is already in a close relationship with Motoko (MultiplePersonalities notwithstanding (they're even ''helping'')), and naturally goes up to the country to politely turn her down. Until the girl in question turns out to ''be'' Motoko.
* The premise of the series ''Sore wa Totsuzen, Unmei no Aite ga'' or ''Suddenly, the Marriage Partner Showed Up''. In the near-future, a Japanese government organization called the Coupling Center [[SuperBreedingProgram proposes matches based on genetic compatibility]]. A person has the right to turn down a coupling, but no protagonist has done so yet. The {{Pilot}} chapter was about a [[BrotherSisterIncest sibling pair]] [[ArtisticLicenseBiology determined to have superior genetic compatibility]], and the series seemed determined to address the very real issues of such a system making matches that violated existing social mores and personal psychology, but after that it slipped into more conventional romance fare with other couples, using the Coupling Center as a plot device to shortcut past CannotSpitItOut territory and other romantic obstacles. (The brother/sister pair are shown still struggling with so much as a kiss in their DistantFinale epilogue of volume 1, at least, making it clear they haven't been able to overcome the Westermarck Effect yet.)
* [[spoiler: Juda and Alexandra]] in ''Manga/AnatoliaStory''... sorta. When Ilbani sees [[BirdsOfAFeather how well the two are getting along]], he checks that [[spoiler: Juda]]'s legal spouse died in the plague and then decides to arrange for the two to be officially wed. Side materials confirm that the two were ''very'' HappilyMarried.
* ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'': Possibly Mylene and Gamlin. It's pretty clear that Gamlin loves Mylene and would have no problems with marrying her. Mylene, for her part, likes Gamlin well enough, but it's an open-ended question (including to herself) whether she ''loves'' him or not. Another complication to the matter is that Mylene is, at the end of the series, a mere 15 years old, and really isn't too interested in thinking about marriage just yet.
* ''Manga/TheWallflower'': local bishonen lady killer Ranmaru has wealthy parents who set him up in an arranged marriage. He initially tries to get out of it by making the bride to be, Tamao, hate him. Though he could easily just break off the engagement himself, its pretty clear he has no intention of doing so and as the story progresses it seems he really does develop genuine feelings for her.
** It helps that she just might be the only woman alive who is willing to love him despite his ladykiller antics. Heck she might be the perfect match for Ranmaru because she may be too innocent or otherwise strong willed to be thrown off by Ranmaru's usual antics. Ranmaru himself is affected by this as the only time he ever seems to show any guilt about his womanizing is when he's forced to see how it hurts Tamao.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' plays with the trope.
** An ArrangedMarriage is set up between [[spoiler:"Black Leg" Vinsmoke Sanji, roped against his will,]] and [[spoiler:Big Mom's 35th daughter, Charlotte Pudding]], The two are perfect for each other, with LoveAtFirstSight on both parts, similar tastes, and the groom's charms and gentlemanly behavior immediately work on the NiceGirl bride. However, there are some major problems: first [[spoiler:Sanji is a member of the Straw Hats and doesn't want to leave his crew and dreams behind]], and second [[spoiler: the ''other'' person who arranged the marriage is Sanji's ''very'' abusive ArchnemesisDad Vinsmoke Judge]]. Since simply backing off the marriage isn't an option because of the parties that organized it, the bride decides to sacrifice her happiness with her groom-to-be to help him escape... [[spoiler: but the groom, whose ParentalSubstitute ''and'' TrueCompanions are being threatened if he doesn't comply ''and'' loves his bride a lot, rejects this when she not only learns of his DarkAndTroubledPast, but brings up the matter directly to him.]] Only time will tell what will happen with [[StarCrossedLovers these two]]. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for Sanji, [[DaddysLittleVillain Pudding]] ''is'' evil while acting like sweet and is in fact planning to kill him along with the rest of the Vinsmoke family just so Linlin can take away their cloning technology. Perfectly Arranged Marriage? It was a HoneyTrap... Fortunately, after a short HeroicBSOD, [[GuileHero Sanji]] keeps his NervesOfSteel and [[TheDogBitesBack decides to return to the Straw Hats to fight back]], soon finding out [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Pudding's]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast heartbreaking reasons to be the way she is]]. And a while later, Pudding '''is''' actually falling in love with Sanji, [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe as he was among the first persons who truly treated her well]].]]
** Big Mom's other daughters, Praline and Chiffon. Praline is head over heels in love with Aladine, and Chiffon and Bege are deeply devoted to each other and their child Pez. The marriages Big Mom arranged for them are so happy, in fact, that they're willing to [[spoiler: betray Big Mom]] for their husbands.
* An earlier arc in ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' featured two students in an arranged marriage to seal a business alliance between their families. However, they ''do'' already love one another: the boy is an InsecureLoveInterest who wants to go abroads so he can be more appealing to his girlfriend, but said girlfriend is hurt because he made the decision without consulting her. Of course, the Host Club can't help but make sure the misunderstandings get cleared up... [[ZanyScheme using the most convoluted means as possible.]]
* ''Anime/DarlingInTheFranxx'' centers around a team of state-assigned pairs whose relationships (although not always romantic in nature) are surrounded by sexual metaphors. Many of these pairings don't work out- whether because of cruelty, homosexuality, or just plain incompatibility- but Ichigo and Goro were friends even before being paired [[spoiler:and Goro has always loved her]].
-->'''Ichigo:''' Thank you for being my partner.

* Comicbook/{{Gambit}} and his ex-wife Bella Donna Boudreaux met when the two were both eight years old before they would be betrothed to one another to end the feud between the Thieves' and Assassins' Guilds. [[ChildhoodFriendRomance The two became best friends naturally and deeply loved each other]]. Gambit only left her behind because he didn't want to take her away from everything and everyone she loved.
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange's manservant Wong was betrothed as a child to a girl who wasn't even born yet. Nevertheless, he has no problem falling in love with Imei once they meet, though she dies before they can get married.
* This happened with the former king and queen Maximillian and Alicia Acorn in ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog''. This was a case of BecauseDestinySaysSo, since the Acorn family consulted with The Source of All to decide who the royal family should marry.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The main characters of ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3403925/1/Terms_of_Engagement Terms Of Engagement]]'' have this. [[MagnificentBastard Saito]] realizes how perfect the match is when he finds out his fiance Tokio has spent the fic [[spoiler: disguised as two different people, secretly terrorizing him and his best friend, running a spy ring and executing a BatmanGambit]].
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Frigga mention that [[GodCouple she and Odin]] are this, despite the age gap, once she realised that most of the gruffness was a front.
* Chapter 10 of a ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' fic, ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2905018/10/30_Hugs_Heiji_and_Kazuha 30 Hugs: Heiji and Kazuha]]''. In a slight variation, they had the {{Slap Slap|Kiss}} part down just fine, but it wasn't until after they found out about the marriage that they realized the Kiss part sounded pretty nice too. They still [[CrowningMomentOfFunny freaked out about it]] immediately upon realization, but calmed down and came to their senses eventually.
* In Fanfic/ThroughADiamondSky, it's implied that Tron and Yori were "bundled" as one of these when their Users decided to team them up. Of course, it kinda ''helped'' that their Users became HappilyMarried.
* In ''Blind'', a Naruto FanFic, 99% of arranged marriages with a Hyuga end up this way. How you ask? Well, the bride and groom are told at the age of 3 who they're arranged to marry but told that the other person doesn't know. They then have the option of trying to win the other person's love but have until they are 15 as they have to tell their spouse about the arrangement and when they're 16 they marry whether there is love or isn't. Many chose former.
* There are a ''lot'' of [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Éomer/Lothíriel]] fanfics running around to the tune of this trope.
* In ''Harry Potter and the Restored Legacy'', by Crossoverpairinglover, Lucius and Narcissa are described to be this way....unlike most fanfics where it is definitely not.
* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfiction, the Austro-Hungarian Compromise is described as such by the fans of the Austria/Hungary couple. If not, well, either of them will be subjected to DieForOurShip. (Most frequently Austria.)
* In the ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' fanfic Fanfic/NedStarkLives, where [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ned Stark isn't executed by Joffrey]], Robb Stark returns to the Twins to fulfill his marriage pact as part of the agreement made to stop the Lannister siege of Riverrun. He is extremely apprehensive at first, given that the Freys tend to be physically unattractive and that he had no say in the matter, but when he meets [[TheUglyGuysHotDaughter Roslin Frey]], his squire's sister, he falls for her. The marriage goes along ''very'' well, [[spoiler: even though the Freys were planning to betray the Starks just moments ago, and only stopped when Walder Frey became aware of the inevitable backlash that would happen]].
* In the ''Franchise/CodeGeass'' AlternateUniverseFic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/334086 Mosaic]]'', Suzaku married Euphemia for political reasons, but that doesn't stop the couple from loving each other.
* In ''FanFic/OurBladesAreSharp'', Lord Bolton sends [[TokenGoodTeammate his son Domeric]] at Winterfell hoping for a betrothal with [[PrincessClassic Sansa Stark]]. They hit it pretty well, which pushes Ned Stark to agree to the match. Of course, they still have to marry, and this being [[CrapsackWorld Westeros]]...
** Robb Stark and Myrcella Baratheon have shades of this, with Robb trying to write bad poetry to the princess and Myrcella daydreaming about Robb crowning her Queen of Love and Beauty. As with the above, unfortunately, there is no guarantee about a wedding at the end of the line.
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8211029/chapters/18815849 no matter how bright a torch may burn]]'', PeggySue [[GrandTheftMe Sansa-in-Cersei]], knowing that not all of the royal couple's marital issues came from Cersei, has a painful chat with Robert, who believes this trope was in effect with him and [[TheLostLenore Lyanna Stark]]. Sansa proceeds to deconstruct this outlook and forces him to acknowledge that in the end he didn't really know Lyanna, and that had she survived, he would not have been satisfied with her either. Her devotion pays off, and later their relationship improves, first in appearance, then in private, until they start moving closer to the trope, with Robert as the gregarious, approachable king and Cersei as the quiet, devout and clever queen.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'', Victor is apprehensive about being put into an arranged marriage... until he actually meets his bride-to-be, Victoria, and finds her [[ProperLady gentle intelligence]] very appealing.
* Disney's ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''. "Father, you're living in the past. This is the Fourteenth Century!" declares Prince Phillip. Luckily the girl he met in the woods turns out to be the princess he's promised to. It works with the princess herself as well. Aurora aka Briar Rose is [[HeroicBSOD rather understandably devastated]] when she finds out about her arranged marriage to Prince Phillip (and not to mention that the poor girl has just found out that she's a princess, meaning ''her whole life up until then was a lie''), until she discovers that Prince Phillip and that nice guy she met in the forest are the same person. The TrueLovesKiss that Phillip gave Aurora to wake her up certainly helped.
* In ''Disney/TheLionKing'', Simba and Nala both recoil a bit when they're told that they were betrothed when they're children. Simba's initial reaction has nothing to do with not ''liking'' Nala (they're best friends, after all), and everything to do with him apparently being at the GirlsHaveCooties age. The cubs also bring up the point that, because they're best friends, it would be "too weird." However, neither makes much attempt to foil the marriage, as Simba goes into self-imposed exile for unrelated reasons long before it becomes an issue. When they meet again as adults, they follow the rest of the trope to the letter.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' toys with this. Prince Derek and Princess Odette, the heirs of two neighboring kingdoms, are betrothed to each other by her widowed father and his widowed mother, who are good friends and want to unite their realms. Forced to spend every summer together, the two generally dislike each other and have to be physically forced into the same space. Then one day they meet each other after puberty, and it's LoveAtFirstSight. Derek demands that the wedding be arranged, but when Odette asks him why, he replies that she's beautiful...and when she asks "What else?" he replies, "What else is there?" (cue the mass FacePalm from the guests.) Odette promptly refuses to marry him, but they are happily married in the end, so the trope is ultimately played straight.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooInArabianNights'': In the gender-flipped version of Aladdin, the Prince [[ArrangedMarriage was supposed to marry the Princess of Serendibe]] but she disappeared back when she was a little girl. Aliyah-Din was eventually revealed to be the lost Princess.
* The marriage in the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfSuLing''. Su-Ling didn't know that Chang was actually the Emperor's son and was angry about being forced to marry him. Chang also didn't know that his father was forcing him to marry Su-Ling and he returned home so that the peasants wouldn't suffer his father's wrath. When they both saw each other, it worked out just fine.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTomThumbAndThumbelina'': The title characters (not their names at the time) were betrothed as babies...[[SarcasmMode Well that was lucky, wasn't it!]] They even had a backup just in case one came home but not the other.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The first of the ''Sisi'' movies with Romy Schneider and Karl Boehm describes Sisi and Franz's love deals as this, as the LonelyRichKid Emperor is fascinated by the ManicPixieDreamGirl lead female who comes as her ProperLady older sister/his betrothed's travel companion. She's smitten back with him, but is reluctant to accept his feelings because [[SiblingTriangle she doesn't want to hurt her beloved older sister]], so he plays a small BatmanGambit to get her engaged to him instead and, after Sisi [[FishOutOfWater is a bit more comfortable in the imperial court]], they get married. In RealLife however, things weren't exactly that way: Sisi ''never'' [[RebelliousPrincess got used to the strict etiquette]] [[BrokenBird and that badly affected her]], both [[YourCheatingHeart had affairs]], two of their children died, and even after their relationship was somewhat more stable - [[DownerEnding Sisi was stabbed to death in Switzerland]], [[TheMourningAfter and Franz never got over it]].
* Inverted in the fantasy film ''Film/{{Krull}}'', where the hero and his girlfriend are the children of two rival kings who choose to marry against their fathers' wishes to form an alliance against the movie's BigBad; inverted because the kids arrange it instead of the parents. The princess gets kidnapped during the wedding and the hero [[RescueRomance goes off to save her.]] [[spoiler:Their love turns out to be the final weapon that offs the main villain.]]
* Emperor Pu Yi and Empress Wang Rong are described as such in ''Film/TheLastEmperor'', since Pu Yi says that his dream girl is "a modern wife who could follow the new dances and was educated outside China" and she fits in perfectly. [[spoiler: It doesn't last.]]
* Not exactly marriage, but in ''Film/MySassyGirl'' the male lead puts off his aunt's attempts to introduce him to her late son's former girlfriend because he is already interested in the female lead. The female lead meanwhile has been putting off meeting her dead boyfriend's cousin at his mother's request because of her budding interest in the male lead. At the end of the movie it's revealed that the male lead's aunt ''is'' the female lead's dead boyfriend's mother. This startling coincidence convinces the pair to give their romance another chance.
* In a bit of a roundabout way in ''[[TheHungerGamesCatchingFire Catching Fire/Mockingjay]]''. President Snow does not arrange Peeta's and Katniss' marriage per se, but they know they will have to play the role of lovebirds for the rest of their lives unless they want the Capitol to punish them (and murder their friends and family), so marriage will be inevitable. Katniss suggests the marriage in the hopes of appeasing Snow a bit and Peeta very reluctantly agrees to it (he's in love with her, but doesn't want her to marry him because she ''has'' to). In the end, she marries him out of genuine love, and they live as happily ever after as a pair of deeply traumatized young adults can.

* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' has examples of this, in an unique way, as the marriages in the book are not arranged by the parents (who are asked for their opinion, though) but by the brides (plural). One sister may be in love, she will then talk to her sisters, and if the majority of them agrees, the wedding takes place. Can result in a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage for the sister who were not in love initially, but [[AbusiveSpouse doesn't always.]].
* Occurs twice in the ''Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings'' series by Creator/RobinHobb; in both cases a Farseer prince was engaged to a foreign princess to secure an alliance and the couple ended up falling in love. The second one ended quite well, the first one less so.
* In Rick Griffin's ''Literature/TenThousandMilesUp'' all marriages on the GenerationShip White Flower II are [[BureaucraticallyArrangedMarriage bureaucratically arranged]], but main character captain Ateri and his wife Jakari are very much in love with each other.
* In "Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'', Prince Arutha is head over heels over Princess Anita, and is extremely lucky that their marriage is also extremely politically beneficial for the Kingdom.
** Of course, in this case the marriage wasn't technically arranged. Their fathers had been considering arranging said marriage, but then the Riftwar broke out and they found themselves occupied with that and never got around to actually betrothing their children before they both died. Arutha proposed to Anita on his own initiative after the war ended.
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', this crops up frequently BecauseDestinySaysSo... Destiny being a SentientCosmicForce of Prophecy who likes to reward cooperation:
** Garion and Ce'Nedra are foreordained by [[YouCantFightFate fate]] and betrothed by a five-hundred-year-old treaty between their countries. True to the trope, they engage in quite a bit of SlapSlapKiss, but also [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] in that [[LockedOutOfTheLoop neither are told about the arrangement]][[note]]Ce'Nedra knew she had to be presented as the bride of the Rivan King on her sixteenth birthday, but not that said King would actually show up or that Garion was he. Garion, for his part, knew absolutely ''nothing'', which was quite intentional.[[/note]] until after they get acquainted and fall in love anyway.
** Garion's ultimate ancestors Riva and Beldaran are another example: Beldaran's father Belgarath makes the arrangements to her considerable trepidation, but they fall in LoveAtFirstSight and remain devoted to each other for the rest of their lives.
** Another notable case happens in Polgara's backstory. In order to alleviate the Arendish civil wars, it was necessary to wed off two teenaged members of opposing houses, who naturally hated each other. Polgara's solution was to lock them in a room together and wait 'til the shouting stopped and the giggling began'. It works; the couple emerges hand in hand apologizing for their previous behavior and stating their willingness to do their duty.
** Barak and Merel are introduced as a subversion: while Barak was thrilled to marry the object of his infatuation, she despised being forced into wedlock, and they turned out not to get along at all. Eventually double-subverted once BabiesMakeEverythingBetter (by the third baby, at least) and they sort out their differences.
* ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' does this for Liu Bei and Lady Sun (or Sun Shang Xiang in the period operas), despite the fact that it didn't turn out so well in actual history.
* Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'':
** In ''Literature/WithATangledSkein'', as Niobe and Cedric manage to sort out problems such as her being several years older and not fond of the prospect of marrying a man so much younger. With a bit of maturing by both parties and a dash of RescueRomance, they settle into a happy [[spoiler:albeit unfortunately short]] marriage.
** In ''Literature/WieldingARedSword'', this is invoked. Mym and Rapture (prince and princess in India) are put in an arranged marriage by their parents, which allows them to hear each other's thoughts and feel each other's feelings, meaning they can't help ''but'' get to know each other. So they stay in different parts of the castle, thinking that putting some distance between them will lessen the effect. Not only does that ''not'' work, but they soon find out that there is a spirit/demon/creature thing that will terrorize the princess if she's away from the prince, and due to the castle's first effect, he feels her fear. And worst of all, [[spoiler:by the time they finally come around and learn to love each other, the princess's nation falls out of favor with the prince's, and the prince's parents stick another princess in the castle with him so he can do it all over again. This time, he and princess #2 opt to escape.]]
* In Piers Anthony's ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' book ''Roc and a Hard Place'', the King of the Nagas and Grossclout, probably the most powerful of the non-planetary demons, arrange for the marriage of Princess Nada and Prince D. Vore. Knowing that both will object to the arrangement, they and Metria come up with the idea of [[DoesThisRemindYouofAnything plonking them in a tower]] of the floating cloud castle where Roxanne Roc is undergoing community service. The two combine their resources to escape, then kill a monster together once they hit Xanth proper, as Vore proposes to Nada. (The monster started the fight.) When Nada and Vore hear their parents had arranged the match already, ''and'' set them up, they almost call things off... but decide not to.
* Creator/RobertLouisStevenson's ''The Black Arrow'' has a particularly good example. Joanna Sedley gets kidnapped from her first arranged marriage by the hero's Wicked Uncle, who intends to force her to marry the hero. The hero, Dick Shelton, ends up running for his life from outlaws with her, except that he doesn't know who she is and vice versa, and it's all very complicated and loaded with UST.
* Machado de Assis wrote a short about a couple falling in love with each other while teaming up to prevent their own ArrangedMarriage.
* In ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'', aristocrats Rod and Sally return from their expedition to the Moties to find they are being shepherded into an arranged marriage. Fortunately, they'd already fallen in love.
* In ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'', Siri and Susebron fall in love. This is particularly surprising, given that he originally seems like an EvilOverlord and she's been sent to keep him from invading her country.
* In ''[[Literature/{{Safehold}} By Schism Rent Asunder]]'', King Cayleb of Charis marries Queen Sharleyan of Chisholm in what was originally a cold-blooded political move to unite their kingdoms. When they finally meet, it is LoveAtFirstSight.
** Prince Nahrmahn of Emerald and his wife Princess Ohlyvya were betrothed at a young age, and eventually ended up falling in love, much to their mutual surprise. (And benefit, as the practically-minded Ohlyvya tempers some of Nahrmahn's... more volatile characteristics.)
** Done deliberately with Irys and Hektor. [[EveryoneCanSeeIt They clearly like each other]] but both are unwilling to make a move due to the circumstances. Sharleyan decides to deal with it by making their arranged marriage a condition of the peace treaty between Charis and Corisande.
* The comedy/satire ''Leonce and Lena'' by Georg Bachner.
* In ''The Swans War'' trilogy, a marriage is arranged between Lady Elise and Prince Michael by their evil relatives. Both of them like each other very much when they meet and agree to do everything they can to avoid being forced to marry. That is because an alliance of their houses will empower their evil relatives even more and can produce a heir to the mythical, non-existent throne of the country, ushering in a devastating war.
* Signe and Guibor de Barbentain, in ''Literature/ASongForArbonne'' by Creator/GuyGavrielKay. An unusual example, in that it is not supposed to please modern sensitivitities - all nobles are in arranged marriages, most of them polite and civil, some downright unhappy. Signe and Guibor are introduced as a true exception, an arranged marriage that also happens to be a lovematch. Of course, when they are introduced, Guibor has been dead for a year, and Signe is an old woman left with happy memories.
* In ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'', Queen Ysandre de la Courcel married Cruarch Drustan mab Necthana because they loved each other. The fact that their marriage saved Terre D'Ange from an invading horde and restored Drustan to his throne ''is'', in fact, coincidental.
* Llewelyn and Joanna in Sharon Kay Penman's ''Here Be Dragons''.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.
** Eddard "Ned" Stark and Catelyn Tully. She was engaged to his older brother Brandon and he was (or at least was rumored to be) in love with a woman called Ashara Dayne. Brandon was killed as part of a mass execution that kicked off a war, and their marriage was hastily set up to keep a Stark-Tully alliance. They have six children (Well, Ned has six. Cat only has five) and are still having good sex as the first book starts.
** Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo, who unexpectedly become very close soon after their marriage and are quickly eager to start a family. (Though many claim it's more of a case of Stockholm syndrome than love)
** Also, Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey genuinely come to love each other, despite the wedding itself turning out... badly.
** Zigzagged with Joffrey Baratheon and Sansa Stark. It's set up as preteens, then Sansa genuinely falls for Joffrey. Then [[spoiler:he showed his true colors by killing her father and everything went to hell, with Joffrey lavishing cruelties on Sansa whenever possible.]]
** Weirdly enough, Roose Bolton and Fat Walda Frey. Roose was allowed to pick whatever Frey girl he wanted when it came to choosing a bride, with the stipulation that he would receive the girl's weight in silver as dowry. Based on who Roose Bolton is, you wouldn't expect any marriage of his to turn out well. He even burns Walda's love letters when she writes to him. But by the fifth book, he mentions that he's "become oddly fond of [his] fat little wife," and their marriage actually seems quite happy.
** Tommen Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell get along famously, although due to the age difference (Tommen is eight and Margaery is sixteen) the relationship is totally devoid of any romance, with Tommen seeing her as more of a CoolBigSis figure.
** So far, Trystane Martell and Myrcella Baratheon. Both are too young for their relationship to be romantic yet, but are said to be very close.
* Every arranged marriage, whether on the Roman or the Indian side, in the ''Literature/BelisariusSeries''.
* In Victoria Ugryumova's ''Doppelganger for the Jester'', a political marriage between TheEmperor and a PrincessClassic turns out to be so happy for both parties that even his closest advisers wonder whether he is sick or something. His answer? "Gods, I can't believe I've fallen in love with my own wife." [[spoiler:It doesn't end well.]]
* [[Literature/{{Nightrunner}} Lynn Flewelling's]] ''Tamir Triad'' offers us Duke Rhius and Princess Ariani (parents of the main character); as Rhius put it: "I was in love with Ariani and her brother was in love with my holdings.". Played straight since they deeply loved each other when they married. Then Ariani turned mad [[spoiler: after her son was killed right after birth to save his twin sister]] and started hating her husband [[spoiler: since he knew and allowed]].
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}: Literature/LordsAndLadies'': It's not an arranged relationship, since they were already romantically involved, but it is literally an arranged ''marriage'' when Granny Weatherwax [[spoiler: basically intimidates Verence into skipping the marriage proposal and going straight to the part where he sets a date for the wedding, sends out invitations, and gets the dress made without even consulting Magrat about it]].
--> '''Magrat''': It was all arranged! It was all set up before I even got here! I never had a chance to say yes or no!\\
'''Nanny''': Well, what would you have said if you had had the chance?\\
'''Magrat''': Well, I...\\
'''Nanny''': You'd still be marrying the king today, would you?\\
'''Magrat''': Well...\\
'''Nanny''': You do ''want'' to marry the king, don't you?\\
'''Magrat''': Well, yes, but...\\
'''Nanny''': That's nice, then.
* In ''The Long-Nosed Princess'' by Patricia Hallowell the eponymous Princess Felicity is arranged to marry the very handsome prince of a neighboring country but he rejects her insultingly at first sight breaking her heart. Not because she's fallen in love but because he's destroyed her self image. Later while on his way to court another princess he is attacked by Felicity's animal friends and she nurses him back to health. Why does he find himself thinking of Felicity constantly while courting the incredibly beautiful princess? And what is he going to do about that grinning fool of a Prince Harry who thinks ''he's'' going to marry Felicity?
* King Kelson of Creator/KatherineKurtz Deryni series has truly rotten luck with his brides. His first marriage is a politically important match to a princess of a rival house who, better still, has been raised to regard him as hellspawn. Kelson is incredibly nervous but the girl is young and beautiful - and he is seventeen - so by the time the wedding day rolls around he's convinced he's falling in love and there are indications that the girl may be too. Unfortunately Kelson is widowed before the ceremony ends. In the next book he falls in love with a perfectly acceptable princess - who due to convolutions of plot is rendered politically impossible as his wife. It is she who arranges for Kelson to marry his final prospect, a cousin who is a really ideal match from the political point of view. At first Kelson, still desperately in love with the other lady, can hardly bear the thought of marrying elsewhere but as he gets to know Araxie better the marriage becomes less and less distasteful to him...
* In the ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' series, Prince Ulrik of Denmark and Princess Kristina of Sweden are headed this way. They aren't in love yet (something to do with him being in his thirties and her being only nine), but they are very close. Another example is Ludwig Guenther and Emilie. Despite the disparity in their ages (he is in his fifties, she is 19), they are consistently presented as loving, mutually supportive, and politically on much the same page.
* Creator/JohnMoore's ''Literature/HeroicsForBeginners'' has this with the main character and his love interest; they met and fell in love before her father started looking for a husband for her, and so she intentionally became cold and unpleasant to all other potential suitors to put them off. Mention is also made of another prince whose family refused to let him marry until he was thirty and then betrothed him to a six-year-old girl; ten years later, he is the most envied man on the continent.
* ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' features one perfectly arranged couple that ruins ''another'' arranged couple. Duke [[BigGood Leto Atreides]] has Lady Jessica as a concubine. He has to stay technically unmarried because he is a noble and might need to link House Atreides to another House; while Jessica is a [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Bene Gesserit]] (scheming psychic space-witch), she is not of the nobility. Despite all that, they are ''very'' devotedly in love, which may have screwed the other Bene Gesserit over. Leto[=/=]Jessica was [[BureaucraticallyArrangedMarriage arranged]] by the other Bene Gesserit [[SuperBreedingProgram as one of the last steps]] [[XanatosGambit in a very convoluted plan]] to produce [[TheUnfettered the Kwisatz Haderach]] (''male'' scheming psychic space-witch [[StoryBreakerPower except even more powerful]]). Jessica, who can control her child's sex, was supposed to have a daughter who could be bred to a [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Harkonnen]] son, and ''their'' child would be the Kwisatz Haderach. However, Jessica loved Leto so much she chose to bear him an [[HeirClubForMen heir]], [[TheHero Paul]], who as it turns out is the Kwisatz Haderach anyway. That little blip in the plan kicks off the whole epic.
** Additionally, the marriage of Count Hasimir Fenring to the Bene Gesserit Sister Margot, seems to have been quite happy despite having been arranged for political reasons (not genetic ones, however, as Hasimir is a "genetic eunuch"--sterile due to inbreeding).
* The prince in ''Literature/TheLittleMermaid'' is told to marry the princess of a neighboring kingdom, but he wants to marry the lady who helped him at a temple It turned out that said lady ''was'' the princess, since she had been sent to live in the temple for a while. And {{iron|y}}ically, the eponymous Little Mermaid made that happen by not letting him see her before she left, [[ForWantOfANail and thus lost the chance to marry him herself.]]
* In "Literature/CastleInTheAir'', [[spoiler:a former soldier asks Princess Beatrice to marry him as his StandardHeroReward. She only refuses on the grounds that she's already been engaged to Prince Justin, but decides that the marriage was arranged without her consent and thus she'll go and marry the soldier, for love. At the end, it's revealed that the soldier was Prince Justin under an enchantment. He and Beatrice go on and get married.]]
* Not technically arranged, but in Creator/OrsonScottCard's [[Literature/EndersGame Enderverse]] short story "Teacher's Pest" government agents manipulate Theresa and John Paul together, hoping that they'll get married and produce genius babies. They're smart enough to figure out what's happening, but, as John Paul says "even in cultures with actual arranged marriages, you're not forbidden to fall in love with your spouse."
* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novels, the Mesan Alignment arranges marriages as part of a centuries-old breeding program. They do make a point of trying to bring about this trope, probably because spousal murder would put a crimp in their plans. They certainly succeeded with Albrecht Detweiler and his wife Eveline.
* In ''Literature/TheCurseOfChalion'', Royesse (Princess) Iselle arranges her own marriage--for rather urgent political reasons--to the crown prince of a neighboring kingdom whom she's never seen, pausing briefly to collect the rumor that he is "well-favored" (which she cynically says people will say about any prince who isn't a perfect fright), before returning to more important practical considerations. When she finally meets him, they've practically already bonded over their shared love and admiration for the main character, Iselle's heroic secretary, and by the morning after the wedding, he observes that they look like a couple madly in love.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', second book in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''. Early in the book, Princess Jasnah of Alethekar begins to set up an ArrangedMarriage between her student, Shallan, and her cousin, Adolin. When Adolin hears about this, he muses that letting somebody else pick a wife for him might be kind of relaxing, since Adolin is a SerialRomeo who's managed to offend every single girl in the royal court. Once they meet, it turns out they get on pretty well despite their personalities not being an obvious match.
** Shallan deals with the news fairly well, too: as the only daughter of a minor noble house, she had grown up assuming she'd end up in a political marriage of one sort or another. To find out her groom-to-be is, by most accounts, the most eligible bachelor in Alethkar is not too shabby.
* In ''Wraith Kings: Radiance'', bride and groom are from [[FantasticRacism drastically different]] races, consider each other ugly, and hate the idea of getting married. But their wit and BrutalHonesty about all of the above bond the two. Before vows are even spoken, they've reached an understanding.
-->''Well manage well enough together, Ildiko of Gaur.\\
She briefly touched his shoulder. I believe you, Brishen of Bast-Haradis.''
* Between Hannah and Daniel in ''Literature/TheQueensFool'', although it is a bit [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zagged]]. First she doesn't want to marry at all and would rather stay at court when Daniel leaves to Calais. They exchange a few letters and she falls in love with him by the time she has to leave the court. They get married, but their relationship is poisoned by [[ObnoxiousInLaws Daniel's mother and sisters]], eventually resulting in her running away from him, only to realize that she really loves him when Calais is taken by the French, she escapes to Englans, and he gets captured.
* ''Literature/TheDiscreetPrincess'' has one arranged by the villain. To explain; the EvilPrince's last wish is for his PrinceCharming brother to marry the titular character and murder her as soon as they are alone. Once the misunderstandings are cleared up, the two enjoy a very long and happy marriage.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' has the Capitol pressuring Katniss and Peeta into an engagement (and later on Peeta lies that they have gotten married in secret, with the audience buying it wholesale). In truth they are only together because the government demands it of them. However by the end of the series they are in love with one another and spend the rest of their lives together, eventually starting a family.
* The book "When Dimple Met Rishi" is based on this, with the two's parents arranging for them to meet at a summer conference.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'': Rose's cousin Sven is scheduled for an arranged marriage, but falls for Blanche instead. When the arranged bride shows up, she's a gorgeous Swedish girl, and he drops Blanche like a hot potato.
* George and Susan on ''Series/AlienNation'', being former slaves, were paired up by an overseer.
* On ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Not exactly a marriage, but Cordelia's objections to her required ritual "com-shuk" with the "Groosalug" get a lot less strenuous once she gets a good look at him, and even less so once they start to talk. A very sweet [[RomanticFalseLead (if eventually doomed)]] relationship results.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}''.
** Uther promises Arthur to Princess Elena, who comes with her father for the wedding. She is quite a nice person, even when [[spoiler: unknowingly being possessed by a faerie]]. Arthur and her get along very well, but realize there is [[BetterAsFriends zero romantic attraction between them]]. They then mutually agree to call off the wedding and part amicably.
** After Guinevere is MistakenForCheating and banished from Camelot, Arthur becomes engaged to Princess Mithian on the rebound. She's beautiful, charming and witty. She effortlessly integrates herself at court and proves herself to be quite politically savvy. Their marriage will solve the land dispute between their kingdoms. They get along well and have plenty of things in common. In many ways she's designed to be a ''better'' match for Arthur than Guinevere, and had they met at any other time or place ([[WrongGenreSavvy or in any other story]]) they probably would have ended up HappilyMarried. But unfortunately for Mithian, Arthur comes to realize that he's still deeply in love with Guinevere, and can't bring himself to give her up - not even for the [[RelationshipSue perfect woman]].
* ''Series/{{Rome}}'': Jocasta's family are killed in a mass proscription set up by Antony and Octavian, leaving her with nothing. She is subsequently married off to Posca, a former slave of Julius Caesar. Posca's relationship with Caesar has left him wealthy and influential, but his ex-slave status (which causes him to still be looked down on in Roman society) and the fact that he is far older than her means Jocasta is scared and in tears at the thought of marrying him. Posca, however, proves to be a doting husband and Jocasta becomes very visibly fond of him.
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'': Sort of. There is no arranged engagement between Mary and Matthew, but her parents and grandmother seem to think it would be awfully convenient if they fell in love. [[spoiler: TheyDo , but can't be together for various reasons until they get engaged during the Series 2 Christmas Special.]]
** In the backstory, Lord and Lady Grantham are themselves a quasi-example: although there was no direct arrangement between their families, Robert married Cora for her money and her money alone. Cora loved Robert from the beginning, and Robert quickly grew to feel the same towards her, to the point where he became deeply ashamed of his initial motivations. By the time we meet them, they're clearly happy together.
%%* Lin and his bride in the ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries''. - ZCE
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** It's revealed in "Recap/GameOfThronesS5E6UnbowedUnbentUnbroken" that although Myrcella Baratheon was shipped off to Dorne for a marriage alliance, due to Tyrion's machinations -- or rather, to keep House Martell from marching against House Lannister -- and is seen crying as she sails away, with Cersei vehemently opposed to the idea, by this episode she is ''very'' much in love with Trystane Martell who reciprocates that love and they cannot wait to get married. [[StarCrossedLovers Too bad for them]] then that the [[FeudingFamilies families' feud]] isn't over...
--> '''Jaime:''' You're lucky. Arranged marriages are rarely so... so well arranged.
** Zigzagged with Daenerys Targaryen's betrothal to Khal Drogo. Initially subverted, in that she's not happy to go with him at first and their wedding night is consummated against her will. Then played straight in that gradually they get happier and by "Lord Snow," Daenerys and Khal Drogo seem pretty damn happy together and are expecting their first child before happy times go down the drain. Then double subverted in ''The Queen's Justice'', where a livid Daenerys recounts "being raped" as one of the indignities she suffered to regain her throne, which reveals she never did forget or necessarily forgive Drogo for their wedding night.
** According to the History and Lore videos, Catelyn Tully believed she would have this with Brandon Stark, who she was initially betrothed to. She ended up having this with his younger brother Ned when Brandon was murdered as their although their marriage was political, they're mostly very compatible (but not without a major setback at the beginning when Ned brought home another woman's child, though it later turned out that the child wasn't even his and he wasn't guilty of adultery - but she eventually got over this "adultery" anyway and after that their marriage was pretty smooth sailing).
** Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey appear to be this at first, but it gets {{subverted}} when it turns out the Freys are just invoking this trope to catch their guests off guard.
** How Sansa initially views her engagement to Joffrey. In Season 3, Sansa thinks that Loras would be an ideal husband for her when they're betrothed.
* John and Esme are married off to one another on ''PeakyBlinders'' in order to bring their families together and stop an all-out war. John is none too pleased when he first finds out, but doesn't mind much when he sees that Esme is beautiful. They seem quite happy together after a little while, and genuine love one another.
* ''Series/TheShannaraChronicles'': Played with in season 2. Princess Lyria's mother suggests she marry King Ander in order to unite their kingdoms (and to give the queen the opportunity to take advantage of a civil war in Ander's kingdom to easily conquer it while being hailed as a savior). Both Lyria and Ander are in love with other people, but they decide to go through with it for the sake of their respective kingdoms. They become fast friends and close allies, working together to undermine Lyria's mother's ambitions. [[spoiler:Ander dies saving Lyria before they can actually be married, so Lyria has to settle for a less iron-clad alliance between their kingdoms]].


* In Creator/TomRobbins's ''Jitterbug Perfume'', Kudra's first husband turns out to be awesomer than expected [[spoiler: and then promptly dies]].
%%* ''Theatre/SwanLake''. Although other complications happen. - ZCE
%%* The Creator/{{Moliere}} comedies ''Les Fourberies de Scapin'' and ''School for Wives''. - ZCE
* In ''Theatre/TheTempest,'' Prospero's plan is for Ferdinand (his rival's son) and Miranda to fall in love at first sight so that they'll marry and reconcile a dispute between their families. Which they do. He makes sure Ferdinand means it by [[ParentalMarriageVeto pretending to oppose the match]].
* The fathers in ''Theatre/TheFantasticks'' intend for their children to marry, so they fake a feud and forbid the boy and girl to speak to each other. It works... at least at first.
* Arthur and Jenny in ''Theatre/{{Camelot}}'' have never laid eyes on each other prior to their wedding day. Despite this, they take an instant liking to each other and have a very happy marriage -- at least until Lance shows up.
* In ''The Game of Love and Chance (Le Jeu de l'amour et du hasard)'' by Marivaux, Silvia and Dorante are engaged without knowing each other. They disguise themselves as servants, meet and fall in love, without either one knowing that the other is their betrothed.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Given how common arranged marriages are in ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'', it's natural that at least ''some'' of them would be happy. It's actually an Advantage you can take in-game, called "Blessed Betrothal." Besides giving you a spouse you actually like being around, it also gives certain social and economic benefits (since your spouse is more willing to draw on their family's influence to benefit you).
-->'''[[http://www.kazenoshiro.com/2007/05/06/shadows/ Daidoji Kyobu]]:''' ''(to Rekai, his wife)'' I loved you from the moment of our betrothal. I feigned outrage so that you would not think less of me.
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' had the marriage of [[MagnificentBastard Hanse Davion]] and Melissa Steiner. The marriage was due to a political arrangement between Hanse and Melissa's mother, Kathrine Steiner, but the couple had extremely strong feelings for each other and succeeded in uniting their two realms into the most greatest military and economic power in the Inner Sphere for several decades.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* We have a few in the ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' games, namely those between Sun Ce and his blood brother Zhou Yu and the Qiao sisters. Despite knowing very little about their future mates and having completely opposite personalities, both couples are shown to be very happy. Same goes for Liu Bei and Sun Shang Xiang. Historically, the marriage between Lady Sun and Liu Bei went terribly. She never permitted him to spend time alone with her, outfitting her maids with weapons to make sure of this, and the instant he went to war with her family she left him.
* The backstory of ''VideoGame/DreamChronicles'' reveals that in the fairy world, fairies go through politically arranged marriages and that love was an alien concept among them until Aeval and Tangle, betrothed to each other, ended up genuinely falling in love and choosing to live in the mortal world so that their son Fidget could marry for love. Unfortunately, Lilith, the fairy Fidget was betrothed to, is ''not'' pleased when she finds out that he's married Faye, the human player character. And thus Faye's problems begin...
* The City Elf origin story in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' can be like this if you choose the right dialogue. Of course, then it all goes horribly wrong...
** [[AscendedFanboy Cailan]] and Anora appear to have been this as well...though that didn't end well either.
** If the [[PlayerCharacter Warden]] is female and of [[BlueBlood House Cousland]], and is romancing Alistair, and [[spoiler:[[HiddenBackupPrince places him on the Throne of Ferelden]], she can cause this, and all of Ferelden become enamored with the royal romance.]]
* In ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'', Oswald 'wins' Gwendolyn's hand -- complete with a spell that will make her love him -- by StandardHeroReward. As it turns out, the spell wouldn't have been necessary as Oswald genuinely loved her at first sight and goes through the effort trying to have the spell lifted, and discovers (after her literally going ToHellAndBack for him) that Gwendolyn loves him without it. [[spoiler:Which is a good thing too because Odin had never added the spell in the first place.]]
* Oichi and Azai Nagamasa in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara''. Unfortunately, Oichi's brother UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga (who arranged the marriage in the first place) is the The Demon King, so all happiness went to hell, literally.
** Same thing happened in ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'', except Nobunaga was less (but still) brutal, thus while happiness still goes to hell, bittersweet tragedy also happens in play between Oichi and Nagamasa (they still love each other dearly).
** Also in the 4th game and especially its expansion, the first meeting between Sanada Nobuyuki and Inahime is basically the latter trying to shoot him dead and they both get locked in battle. And then Nobuyuki gets offered to marry her and then they realize that they're pretty compatible and loving to each other. They did end up happier than the above, although they did have to deal with the death of their stubborn brother [[UsefulNotes/SanadaYukimura Yukimura]]...
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', an arranged marriage is suggested by Kurdran Wildhammer to stop two other Wildhammer clans from feuding, at first the man involved agrees just because it would be nice to get the families to stop fighting, but after his bride-to-be gets kidnapped and then [[ActionGirl kills three ten foot tall ogres]] with a [[FryingPanOfDoom frying pan]], he's so smitten he's left in a stupor, and it's revealed she has an attraction to him as well. Any last doubts get cleared up when a Faceless One attacks the wedding, and bride and groom kick its ass equally, putting them both head over heels for one another.
** In the backstory, King Varian and his wife Tiffin had an arranged marriage, but quickly fell madly in love. Unfortunately, [[TheLostLenore it didn't last long]].
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' has a roundabout example that almost results in an extremely ''im''perfect arrangement: The kings of Trodain and Argonia agreed to have their children marry if they were opposite sex. They weren't - both kings had only sons - so the agreement carried over to their grandchildren. Unfortunately, Prince Charmles of Argonia is essentially the trope namer for PrinceCharmless, and Trodain's Princess Medea (like essentially [[HateSink everyone else both in- and out-of-universe]]) hates him. But all is not lost: [[spoiler:turns out the Hero, a childhood friend of Medea, is ''also'' a potential heir to the Argonian throne - his father was the current king's brother - and in the GoldenEnding, even Charmles's father supports Medea marrying the Hero over Charmles.]]
* Rodrik Forrester and Elaena Glenmore are arranged to be married in ''VideoGame/TelltalesGameOfThrones'', but are clearly in love besides. [[spoiler: To the point that when House Forrester becomes the enemy of the powerful House Bolton and Elaena is engaged to one of their allies, she becomes a RunawayFiance and joins the Forresters.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' has the marriage between Princess Ashe of Dalmasca and Prince Rasler of Nabradia, with the two of them truly in love despite the union being arranged for political reasons. They even lampshade in a cutscene how people are assuming it's all to do with politics.
* The ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' characters Luna and Noctis were friends before international diplomacy demanded they marry, though they didn't know the other reciprocated their feelings. This was convenient both politically and cosmologically, as Luna and Noctis are also [[TheChosenOne fate's bitches]], and the world depends on their ability to cooperate.
* A justified example in ''VideoGame/RuneScape'''s "Throne of Miscellania" quest. To become the regent of Miscellania, you are required to get engaged to [[GiftedlyBad Prince Brand]] (if female) or [[TomboyPrincess Princess Astrid]] (if male). The royal is initially unimpressed, having been presented with suitors for this purpose by their father before, so you have to actively woo them, show interest in their hobbies, bring them presents, and prove to them that your interest is more than just political. Once you succeed, they and your character fall enthusiastically in love, and agree to the engagement.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The official object of the Summit in ''[[VisualNovel/SevenKingdomsThePrincessProblem Seven Kingdoms: The Princess Problem]]'' is to achieve these between the delegates of the eponymous seven kingdoms, bringing them together for seven weeks to foster familiarity and determine which of them make compatible couples. The success rate is said to be quite high, although at least one background provides hints that this may not be as true as believed. You as the player character can end up in one yourself if you pursue a Matchmaker-approved relationship with someone you admit to having genuine feelings for.

* ''Webcomic/TheOverture'' Richard Olsen and Janis Lashway were childhood friends long before there mothers arranged for them to be married. Thirteen years later, the fire between the two is still strong.
* ''Webcomic/NoNeedForBushido'': The arranged marriage was an assassination plot on one side. Then both principals skipped, and they look like they're in the process of developing BelligerentSexualTension . [[spoiler: Eventually, during the siege of the village, they reach this trope. Probably.]]
* ''Webcomic/RedString'' uses the "arranged couple meet without recognizing each other variant" before it turns out [[spoiler:the arranged marriage was set up by the boy's mother so he'd at least have the chance to marry a spirited normal girl instead of a stuffy socialite as per his father's wishes. Then his father called it off.]]
%%* There's one of these in the backstory of the ''Webcomic/TsunamiChannel'' comic ''Experimental Comic Kotone''. - ZCE
* ''Webcomic/{{Garanos}}'': The main character had one of these, but her fiance got kidnapped, and her current quest is to find him again.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', the Arguron princess Larana Chroma [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20160111#.Wsyw6HJOm2w has fallen in love with]] dashing hero Jiminez Hoffman, but [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20151111#.WsyxlHJOm2w is scheduled to marry the prince of the mole-people.]] Who [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20151116#.Wsyx1HJOm2w turns out to be Hoffman]], whom [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20151113#.Wsyxt3JOm2w the Mole King adopted as his son.]] For most of their arc, he has [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20160205#.WsyzSnJOm2w no idea how she feels.]]

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* ''Roleplay/ThereIsNoGATEWeDidNotFightThere'': Kell and Adrianna, the parents of the main character, were betrothed from birth after their respective parents (and Kytheus' grandparents) secured an alliance of friendship after defeating a hive of monsters. They had a rough start but grew to love each other after Kell proved himself to her.
* In the Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom timeline ''Literature/AMorePersonalUnion'', Elizabeth of England devised the marriage between Madeleine Stanley and Henri the Cyclops to strengthen Henri's claim to the English throne, nothing more. Henri and Madeleine are [[HappilyMarried happy together]] anyway, probably thanks to them growing up together.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had it happen with Apu. He spends the entirety of one episode trying to get out of his arranged marriage, but when he meets the woman (Manjula) at the wedding he's instantly charmed (And, she points out, if it doesn't work they can always divorce).
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' had this, although Aisha's objection to being in an arranged marriage wasn't because she didn't like the guy (in fact, [[TwoPersonLoveTriangle she didn't even know that he was her intended]]), but because she wanted to have the freedom to choose for herself. Once her parents stop making her be in an arranged marriage, it turns out the person she's been dating, Ophir, is actually the arranged marriage guy, Nabu. [[spoiler:This relationship also didn't last: the writers did the unthinkable the following season. Nabu was KilledOffForReal! Poor Aisha.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** According to [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary materials,]] Ozai and Ursa had this, though they grew distant later on. Subverted in ''The Search'', which reveals that she pretended to love Ozai because the alternative would endanger both her original fiancé and both their families.
** [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] interestingly: Pakku and Kanna were engaged when they were younger, but she apparently didn't love him and ran off to the South Pole, having a more or less happy family with somebody else and becoming Katara and Sokka's grandmother. (Meanwhile, Pakku became ''really'' embittered towards women as a whole, and didn't get over it upon meeting Katara). [[NewOldFlame They met decades later]], [[DecemberDecemberRomance and married in their senior years]].
* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Leggo My Meg-o": a parody of ''Film/{{Taken}}'', where Meg and a friend are abducted in Paris by human traffickers. As Brian and Stewie go about trying to find and rescue her in Paris, she is sold at an auction to a wealthy Arab sheikh. She ends up on his yacht, and it turns out the Sheikh's son wants to marry her and make her his princess, with full access to all the riches of his kingdom--and he's a nice guy, about Meg's age, and not bad looking--and if she turns him down, he'll be sad but he'll fly her home on his private jet. Meg thinks her dreams have come true and wants to marry him--[[UnwantedRescue but just then Stewie bursts into the yacht's stateroom and shoots the prince dead]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
%%Make sure you don't mistake this trope for MarriageBeforeRomance.
* Certainly the GOAL, if not the reality, of a huge number of arranged marriages in the past. A marriage alliance will hardly pan out if the lynchpin people don't like each other.
* At least four of the children of the ''Reyes Católicos'' (Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabel I of Castile--you know, the ones from 1492, Columbus sailing the ocean blue, turning on the Emir of Grenada because God told them to, those guys), the first rulers of united Spain, had marriages like this--with the twist that it never ended well:
** The eldest, Isabel, was betrothed to Afonso, the heir to the Portuguese crown, through a treaty in 1480. When they met in 1490, they quickly fell in love and had a happy marriage. However, it was short, because Afonso died in mysterious circumstances (he fell from his horse even though he was an excellent rider, and his Castilian valet had disappeared without a trace) that benefitted Isabel's parents. Isabel became grief-stricken, and the only reason she did not enter a convent was because her parents never allowed her to. She would eventually marry Afonso's uncle, King Manuel I of Portugal, but she died giving birth to their child, Miguel (who in turn died less than a month short of his second birthday), to the deep sadness of her parents (and their political disappointment: they had hoped Miguel would unify the Iberian kingdoms).
** Their only son, Juan, was betrothed to Margaret of Austria as part of an alliance with the Holy Roman Emperor, Maximillian I. The two of them fell in love with each other, and, apparently, spent a lot of time in bed together. However, an illness took him before their first anniversary.
** Juana, their third child and (after the business with Isabel and Juan) heiress to the unified kingdom, married Philip the Handsome, Duke of Burgundy, through the same alliance that married Juan and Margaret. The marriage turned out this way... too much. They literally fell in love at first sight,[[note]]Hardly surprising, considering they were both teenagers, of similar temperaments, and, oh yeah, attractive--he wasn't called Philip the Handsome for nothing, and Juana was by all portraits and accounts a stunning pale redhead.[[/note]] and they begged to have the marriage formalized the day they met so they could get it on right away. They had six children (including [[UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire Holy Roman Emperor]] [[HabsburgMonarchy Charles V]], the ruler of the first "empire on which the Sun never sets"). Eventually, things happened, and [[{{Yandere}} Joanna started to get jealous]]--but she still loved Philip deeply. But then he died young, and her grief and her jealousy had some kind of wicked party in her head with a familial disposition towards insanity (in fact, it was something of a minor miracle that both of her parents were sound of mind, given that both were members of the [[TangledFamilyTree ridiculously-inbred]] [[RoyallyScrewedUp House of Trastamara]]). Hence the epithet "the Mad" - her father Ferdinand had to become Regent of Castile upon his daughter's ascension instead of ruling jointly until she inherited Aragon upon his death. She also carried around Philip's dead body on her travels, another reason for her to be considered mad. And she had him buried so that she could see his tomb from her bedroom's window. Poor mad girl indeed. Phillip the Handsome's death would require a trope of its own.
** Perhaps their most famous child was their fifth, Catalina--known to history as Catherine of Aragon. Betrothed to the English heir Arthur, Prince of Wales, she actually went ahead and married him; we'll never know how good that marriage could have been, as Arthur died shortly after the wedding. However, Arthur's younger brother, the new heir [[UsefulNotes/HenryVIII Henry]], was a well-educated and boisterous-but-goodhearted young man whom the English court (after some heming and hawing) decided it would be best if he married his brother's widow--even though [[{{Foreshadowing}} this required special dispensation from the Pope]]. The marriage was ''very'' happy for the better part of its 24-year existence (although not happy enough to keep Henry from taking mistresses)--but of course, we all know how it ended...
* The marriage between [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisabeth_of_Hungary#Early_life_and_marriage Princess Elizabeth of Hungary and Landgrave Ludwig IV of Thuringia]]. It certainly helped that she went to live with his family when they were both children and got to befriend each other first, thus making them also [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Victorious Childhood Friends]]. Ludwig was a staunch supporter of Elizabeth's religious and charitable work, despite the disapproval of the rest of his family; after he died, she ran away from both her in-laws and her own family, and preferred to become a nun rather than remarry.
* Partially, King Juan Carlos I of Spain and his wife Sofia of Greece and Denmark. ''Partially'', because they met during a cruise to the Greek Islands that was specially arranged by Sofia's parents Paul and Frederika (the then-Royal Couple of Greece), in hopes that their daughter would find a nice RoyalBlood boyfriend while not imposing any specific choices on her. Of course, she did find and get her guy: they've been married for almost ''fifty'' years.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llywelyn_the_Last Llewelyn ap Gruffyd]], the last native Prince of Wales before it was conquered by the English, arranged a marriage for himself with Eleanor de Montfort, daughter of Simon de Montfort, because the latter was helping him to defend his crown and position. It turned out to be a genuine love match, despite an age difference of more than 20 years; Llewelyn is almost singularly unique among the Welsh princes for never having been known to take a mistress, and when Eleanor went the DeathByChildbirth route bringing Princess Gwenllian into the world, Llewlyn lost it. He was persuaded by his greedy younger brother Dafydd to enter a dangerous campaign against the English, something he had been steadily resisting in Eleanor's lifetime, and died in the fight.
* The case of Sisi and Franz Josef spawned one of these--but ''not'' of Sisi and Franz Josef themselves. While they got along OK for royals inasmuch as they didn't really fight, and Franz Josef didn't really take many mistresses (probably no more than two or three over the life of their marriage), [[UnrequitedLove Franz Josef was way more into Sisi than she was into him]]; the free-spirited Sisi found the ultraconservative Franz Josef a little stiff and the ultraconservative Habsburg court rather stifling. Instead, it was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duchess_Helene_in_Bavaria Helena of Wittelsbach]], Sisi's "spurned" older sister whose ArrangedMarriage with Prince Maximilian of Thurn and Taxis turned out to be very happy. Indeed, Nene was the ''only'' HappilyMarried among the ''very'' [[LoveHurts unlucky-in-love]] Wittesbach sisters. That is, until Maximilian died of kidney failure at the age of 36. [[TheMourningAfter Nene never remarried, and turned towards philanthropy and managing the family businesses to ease her loneliness.]]