"I hereby declare you as my wife! It has been set in stone; I will not accept objections!"Marriage. True love. However you put it, the union between two (or more) people is a sacred commitment that should be undertaken with the utmost seriousness. Except in TV land! There, a man might propose marriage to a woman by building giant letters out of burning gelatin. He could dress up like a knight in shining armor. However he does it, it's going to be funny. These kind of wacky marriage proposals even creep into serious dramas to provide comic relief. Also, Fanfiction writers love to make their proposals as convoluted and wacky as possible — if they aren't overflowing with heartrending Purple Prose, that is. Sub-trope of Grand Romantic Gesture.
— Laura Bodewig, Infinite Stratos
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- A commercial for Pepsi showed a skywriting plane. All the town came out to watch, while drinking Pepsi. It spelled out "MARRY ME SUE." According to legend there happened to be a woman named Sue in a town near where they filmed the skywriting, who had a boyfriend who had told her that he would never ask her to marry him but if he did it would be in some big grand gesture; so she assumed he was asking her.
Anime and Manga
- In Dragon Ball, after he wins a Tenkaichi Budokai match against the grownup girl Chichi who he had accidentally agreed to marry years earlier, Goku proposes to her anyway (while still in the ring!). Aw...
- In Kyo Kara Maoh!! Yuuri accidentally proposes to Wolfram by slapping him for making rude comments about Yuuri's mother. Apparently slapping a noble on the left cheek is the proper way to give a marriage proposal, which no one tells Yuuri about until after it's all done with. And because he refused to take it back (thinking he was taking back his offense at the comments about his mom) it's made permanent.
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Ed invokes the law of Equivalent Exchange when he proposes to Winry. Winry facepalms because it's such an idiosyncratic proposal, but she says yes. Not that her response was any less dorky. She starts by saying that instead of each of them giving the other half of themselves, she'll give him all of her, but then changes her mind and goes with 90%, then 80%, then 70%, then 85%. Then they both realize how stupid they're being and laugh it off. Presumably, a proper proposal occurred later, and the epilogue shows them Happily Married, with children.
- Baccano!: Claire proposing to Chane while on top of a speeding train and covered in the blood of their enemies. The very first time they met. Apparently Claire does that kind of thing with lots of girls, but this time it's actually given consideration, and agreed upon when they meet later under different circumstances.
- Infinite Stratos has Laura proposing to Ichika after a great deal of softening up. By giving him a Forceful Kiss. While wearing her IS unit. In front of the entire class. (See page quote.) Keep in mind that the one saying this is the woman (who was also blushing adorably the entire time). Justified by the fact that she has virtually zero social skills.
- Aria the Scarlet Ammo has Reki order Kinji to marry her at gunpoint.
- In Kodomo no Jikan, Rin somehow got her hands on a marriage license (she's 10) and told Aoki (her 23 year old teacher) to fill it out. For obvious reasons, he refuses.
- Samurai Flamenco has one with heavy emphasis on the wacky part. Masayoshi, upon realizing Goto feels utterly alone after Sawada deleted his girlfriend's last text, proposes marriage to him, promising to protect him and do everything said girlfriend would have done... while stark naked, shielding Sawada with his own body from him and realizing that he loves Goto afterwards.
- How the plot of Okusama Ga Seito Kaichou starts off in the very first chapter/episode: Ui asks Hayato as to when he'll be home later that day, after the Student Council meeting. Fast forward a few hours later, she immediately appears before him wearing a bridal veil and her personal stuff in tow, immediately declaring him as her husband.
- In the epilogue of Medaka Box, set ten years after the main series, Zenkichi and Medaka meet up for the first time in years and reminisce about old times. Then Zenkichi challenges Medaka to one last sparring matchnote , saying "If I win, you have to marry me!" Medaka looks surprised for a moment, then gets a huge grin and says "Alright! But if I win, you have to marry me!"
- In The Ultimates, Tony Stark makes Natasha Romanova her own version of the Iron Man suit for her birthday, then takes her on a test flight over her home city, St. Petersburg, Russia, where it's revealed he's paid the city's entire population to stand in a field spelling out his proposal.
- In Spider-Man, when Peter first proposed to Mary Jane, he gave her a box of Cracker Jacks with a diamond ring in it (Amazing Spider-Man #182).
- In the Gold Key Comics adaptation of Yellow Submarine, Rita the Meter Maid arrives in Pepperland to claim Old Fred...in marriage in exchange for an earlier parking ticket on the Sub.
- In the The Beverly Hillbillies story ''The Big Shindig'' Elly May's proposal is interrupted when eavesdropping Granny and Cousin Pearl say "yes" on her behalf. Jethro's marriage proposal to Jane Hathaway happens as Jethro is in bed recovering from a gunshot wound as well as a stern lecture from Jed Clampett (the long-postponed "long talk" Jed intends to have with Jethro throughout the series).
- This post from Lucasforums.
- Protip: If a man suggests eloping as a means of messing with your other friends' heads, he might just really mean it.
- Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris pretty much ''dared'' each other into a marriage proposal in DC Nation. Considering we're dealing with a Green Lantern and a Star Sapphire, the engagement was pretty much a game of chicken with the altar that would either end wonderfully or blow up in everyone's face. Both parties were pretty much daring each other to back out (and the other heroes were placing odds on which one would back down) up until the judge actually inked the certificate.
- In the Fullmetal Alchemist fanfic "Flowers of Antimony," one of these takes place at the wedding of the above-mentioned Ed and Winry. The newlyweds hatch a plan to push together the fandom's favorite Maybe Ever After pairing, Roy and Riza, by turning Winry's wedding bouquet into a sort of shot put. She aims the weaponized flowers at Roy's head, Riza instinctively pushes him out of the way before she realizes what she's catching, and Hilarity Ensues. Dialogue later in the story does, at least, indicate that a real proposal was coming soon anyway.
- In Earth and Sky, Applejack asks Soarin' to marry her, and he agrees, while they're in the middle of a Bar Brawl.
- JTHM fic The Change ends on a rather amusing Marriage Ever After note* after the girl proposes to the guy, the guy begs her to reconsider because He Wants His Beloved To Be Happy, and...
Johnny: She punched me in the gut and told me not to be an ass.
- Friendship Is Magic: The Adventures of Spike: In the middle of the changeling invasion, Soarin' tells Spitfire they should get married after it's over. Given the Big Damn Kiss she gives him after the changelings are expelled, it's safe to assume she accepted.
- The Nyxverse has an example that counts more for the build up to it than the proposal itself — after Twilight's ascension, Prince Blueblood's father gets hers drunk in order to trick him into agreeing to an Arranged Marriage. When Twilight's boyfriend Ink Spot hears about this, he uses an experimental unicorn teleportation network to get to Canterlot and bursts into the throne room in full Griffon armor (loaned from a sympathetic Griffon) in order to challenge Blueblood for Twilight's hoof in marriage. Except, by this point Celestia and Twilight have... convinced Blueblood's father to annul the contract; Blueblood himself is so freaked out that when Ink Spot runs in and challenges him, he forfeits and flees out a window. Ink Spot then proposes with a ring he picked up on the way, and she accepts.
- Empath's lead-in speech to a marriage proposal to Smurfette in the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story "Empath's Wedding" ends up turning somewhat wacky as Empath receives a telepathic distress signal of the Smurflings needing to be rescued, so he quickly cuts to the chase, asks Smurfette if she will marry him, and leaves her with a kiss and some time alone to think about how to respond while he takes care of the distress signal.
- In the South Park fanfic, The Misadventures of Cartman and Wendy, Cartman doesn't so much propose as 'demand that [Wendy] legally become his bitch.' Wendy responds by threatening to castrate him if he backs out.
- In The Racket-Rotter Chronicles, Sinbad proposes to Shark on the head of a giant mutant fish. While using a teddy bear.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- Our Miss Brooks: In the cinematic series finale, the marriage proposal manages to be heartfelt, in character and very much atypical. Miss Brooks finds out she's been de facto engaged to Mr. Boynton when Mrs. Davis introduces Mr. Boynton's mother as her new boarder in Miss Brooks' place (so Mrs. Boynton can be close to her son without having to live with Mr. Boynton and Miss Brooks). Miss Brooks then goes to the zoo to meet up with Mr. Boynton. With This Ring comes into play as Miss Brooks finds a ring in a box of Cracker Jack, which is promptly stolen by a female monkey. Nonetheless, Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton leave arm in arm and see how the wallpaper Miss Brooks' selected will look in their future home.
- Greg Focker plans one of these at the start of Meet the Parents, having Pam's students hold up a sign asking her to marry him, before learning that she wants him to ask her father for her hand in marriage, thereby kickstarting the plot.
- Sherman from the The Nutty Professor 2 does this. At first trying to use a mariachi band to help him out but Buddy (who's part of his system after the events of the last movie and occasionally causes "hiccups" in him that force Sherman to talk crass) ruins it. The second attempt involves Sherman using a special spray and fireflies to spell out his proposal. This time he met with success.
- The proposal(s) at Yankee Stadium in Anger Management. This is Truth in Television, since many people propose at sporting events.
- Pierre Curie to Marie in Madame Curie. He couches the whole thing in terms of a math theorem or physics formula; they each work better together than apart. Not sure how true to life the proposal was, but amusing to watch.
- It's not word for word, but very close to the spirit of letters he wrote after he'd proposed, while she was thinking it over.
- Oblivion (2013) : As far as they go, proposing on the observation deck of the Empire State Building by holding the ring in front of a viewfinder while your fiancee is looking through it (and convincing her to look through said viewfinder by saying that it can show the future) is a mild (and pretty sweet) example.
- In Deadpool, Wade proposes to Vanessa using a ring pop at the same time she asks him for anal sex.
- In Anansi Boys, Fat Charlie makes one of these as cover when his homicidal former boss tries to get him somewhere more private. He presents his date with a lime instead of a ring, and because of a series of unlikely events leading up to this, nobody even questions it. (His proposal is also, as we see in the epilogue, quite sincere.)
- Vorkosigan Saga:
- Cordelia's engineering of Kou's proposal to Drou in Barrayar.
- Miles repeats Cordelia's performance with Baz and Elena in The Warrior's Apprentice.
- In A Civil Campaign, Ekaterin proposes to Miles while he is being (falsely) accused of murder (of her first husband, no less). His response: "Of course! Now?"
- Lynn Flewelling's Tamír Triad has one at the end. Courtesy goes to Ki who finally got some issues sorted out with himself while nearly dying. After waking up he proposes to [Tamír] to "clear things up" after her complaining that she hates sleeping in separate rooms from him and other inconveniences (thanks to etiquette and her being a woman and his queen. Tamír even lampshades it by calling Ki delirious. Which he admits. Doubles with Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
- Subverted with Greg's uncle and his (most recent) wife in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. Someone else, whose girlfriend had the same name as her, proposed at a sporting event on the jumbotron and she mistook it as being for her. Not only was Greg's uncle not planning on proposing, but he actually was about to break up with her so he could date her sister.
- In The Quest of the Unaligned, Alaric picks one of the most bizarre places and times on this entire page to propose to Laeshana: In a place outside space-time, right after basically rewriting her soul to transform her from an aesh into an orah. She says yes.
- Vin's proposal to Elend in Mistborn: The Original Trilogy. For context, Vin is at present in her underwear, plus as a result of a fight against a major villain about ten minutes ago she is suffering from Clothing Damage and at least three fairly nasty wounds, one of which is in her boob.
Vin: Sazed?Sazed: Yes, child?Vin: Do you know any wedding ceremonies?Sazed: I know several. Some two hundred, actually.Vin: Which one is the shortest?Sazed: The people of Larsta only required a profession of love before a local priest.Vin: Elend? I love you.
- At the end of Paper Towns, Margo possibly proposes to Quentin with a long speech full of various metaphors that ends with her calling him a "good traveling companion." She dodges the subject when Quentin asks her if she really is popping the question, but she's wearing a coquettish grin as she does.
- Petticoat Junction: When Steve Elliot intends to propose to Betty Jo Bradley, Sam Drucker catches wind of it and prints it on the front page of the Hooterville World Guardian. To avoid being scooped, Steve proposes to Betty Jo while she's upside-down working on his plane.
- I Dream of Jeannie: When Major Nelson finally proposes to Jeannie (that is to say, makes a proposal of his own free will that eventually results in him marrying Jeannie later in the season), he does so by merely introducing her to Dr. Bellows and General Shafer as his fiancé. Makes Sense In Context as Jeannie has been willing and eager to marry the then Captain Nelson as early as the second episode of the first season.
- Frasier did this when Niles proposed to Daphne. Although the build-up throughout the episode was leading to one of these, it was ultimately subverted; it turned out when Daphne arrived at the apartment that she had the flu and a roaring headache, so Niles got everyone out and ended up just proposing to her quietly. Frasier tackling the trumpeter was the best part of that.
- An episode of The Drew Carey Show: he proposes to his girlfriend at a Browns game on the Jumbotron. She declines, as it turns out she was cheating and he was the "other man".
- Happened on Friends, where Mike keeps on proposing to Phoebe, only to have her deride all of his attempts as "cliche" just before he gets around to it.
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air had one of these Gone Horribly Wrong: Hillary requested her news anchor boyfriend Trevor to propose in a "special" way so he ends up doing so on live TV... while bungee-jumping off a bridge. He manages to say the words "Will you marry m..." before getting splattered on the concrete.
- For the record, Hilary was left confused over what he was trying to ask.
- In Green Wing Martin proposes to Caroline by having the girls from Human Resources cheer out the message like cheerleaders. When she says no, they chant "She said no! She said no!"
- Mac's proposal was to set up a model train set through the hospital with a train ticket and a Hula Hoop in the back carriage. Except Mac never meets her at the arranged time due to him learning that he's going to die. Guy arrives instead because he wanted to know what it would feel like to be in Mac's place. Caroline decides to marriage Guy instead - though he eventually lets Mac marry her first.
- Scrubs has Turk propose to Carla (who dislikes public showings of affection) standing on a car in the middle of the city, demanding that the other drivers "honk in the name of love". In a later episode, Keith proposes to Elliot in a normal way... but then Elliot throws a fit because the ring doesn't fit, taking back her "yes" as she wants the moment to be perfect.
- An episode of Food Network's Ace Of Cakes featured a man proposing by ordering a fortune cookie cake with the proposal written on the fortune. Duff shows it off as a cool cake they've been working on, and when it's unveiled, the man fell to one knee. Cue tears.
- Cake Boss once had a proposal cake that included figures of the gentleman on one knee, the lady he was asking, and the actual ring. She said yes.
- In episode 132 of Two and a Half Men, "The 'Ocu' or the 'Pado'?" (2009; production code 617), Charlie hides an engagement ring in Chelsea's champagne in an attempt to propose to her, but she swallows it.
- Deconstructed in Everybody Loves Raymond when Ray puts his proposal to Debra in his sports column and then spends the rest of the episode fretting that by making it public he's removed Debra's choice in the matter. Played straight with Robert's proposal to Amy, where his cop buddies pretend to arrest her and read cheesily reworded Miranda Rights.
- On The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Ricky proposes to Amy at the former's high school graduation ceremony, with the proposal serving as the conclusion to his speech. She accepts.
- In one episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Charlie writes a musical called "The Night Man Cometh" with the sole purpose of proposing to the waitress at the end. It doesn't work out.
- Wolf's proposal to Virginia in The 10th Kingdom. Not only does he preface the evening, when Virginia initially tries to weasel out of dinner, by saying he "spent a lot of time planning this spontaneous evening", he: has a song composed especially for her, played by a string quartet on the roof of their carriage (which is filled to overflowing with flowers); rents an entire restaurant just for the two of them, with a meal consisting of 13 main courses; and purchases the most expensive engagement ring he can find—a magical singing ring with a saccharinely cute cherub face and shimmering, bell-like voice which extols the virtues of their love to Virginia. She turns him down out of outrage when she learns he spent money they could have used to accomplish their goals on the proposal instead. At the end of the miniseries, he tries again, in a much more restrained manner, and she accepts. Even better is after the first disaster, Wolf throws the ring into a river and viewers see it eaten by a fish. At the end, while eating dinner, Virginia cuts open her fish and finds the ring.
- Ced's proposal to Lovita on The Steve Harvey Show. First he gets a radio DJ to pop the question during Lovita's favorite radio program but she changes the station and wins tickets to a concert instead; Ced then pops the question on a Jumbo Tron at a Bulls game but Lovita misses it entirely because she is in the bathroom and the screen is shown earlier than Ced would have liked. When Ced does manage to drag Lovita out of the bathroom, the proposal is gone and in its place is an ad for rhinoplasty, infuriating Lovita. Finally, he prepares a romantic dinner for Lovita and puts the ring in a piece of pie. Lovita refuses to eat the pie, saying she's full. Ced keeps asking her to have a bite of the pie. Lovita starts to eat it but then puts the pie down. Steve, having witnessed the whole exchange, gets mad and takes the ring out of the pie and shows it to Lovita explaining that Ced had been trying to propose to her all week. She then says yes.
- Hodgins from Bones had several ways trying to propose to his longtime girlfriend Angela. Eventually, he accepted that she didn't want a commitment, signifying this by spelling out "I Love You" with glowing shrimp (long story). She immediately turned around and proposed to him.
- In the eighth season finale, "The Secret in the Siege", Brennan proposes to Booth with a bag of beef jerky. And then Pelant has to screw things up...
- On The Golden Girls, Stan hides Dorothy's engagement ring in a baked potato, which she refuses to eat because she's full. Stan then asks her to stick her finger in the potato, and when she does, she pulls out the scalding ring and dumps it in a pitcher of water.
- Why the potato (and thus the ring) would still be hot at the end of the meal is unclear.
- An example that turns out to be anything but funny occurs on Desperate Housewives. Bree finally decides to divorce Orson, and Karl plans to proposes to her with an airplane banner. Unfortunately, the plane's pilot has a heart attack and dies while flying. His wife, who doesn't know how to fly, crash-lands the plane onto Wisteria Lane, killing several people, including Karl.
- Life With Derek had two of them:** In a Flash Back episode, Casey and Derek have such a lousy rapport that they try, and initially succeed, at torpedoing their parents' marriage plans. In the end, Casey proposes on behalf of her mother, and Derek accepts on behalf of his father.
- At their junior prom, Sheldon proposes to Emily in front of the entire student body. He's about to move to Newfoundland with his parents, and is making a last ditch effort to hold onto Emily.
- Ted Baxter of The Mary Tyler Moore Show did one of his many marriage proposals to his girlfriend Georgette while doing the news. However, since he didn't mention her name, there was some confusion and several women had answered yes.
- True Jackson, VP does this with Max and his girlfriend. When he gives a normal proposal, she says no because his proposal isn't wacky enough. True goes to talk to her, and tells her that if she loves him, he doesn't have to "propose from a lawn chair suspended by balloons". She decides that that's exactly how she wants to be proposed to. He is afraid of heights. It still happens.
- In one episode of Castle Martha expresses her annoyance at these claiming that all a woman really wants is a man down on one knee with tears in his eyes and a ring in his hand. Apparently Castle proposed to one of his ex-wives in a hot air balloon, and it was so cold he could barely get it onto her finger because they were shivering so bad.
- Perhaps Foreshadowing the fifth season finale, where Castle does exactly this for Beckett.
- Not as wacky as other examples, but on In Plain Sight Marshall proposed to Abigail by attaching a ring to her target when they go to the shooting range for their one-year anniversary. But then, Abigail is a police detective and it was her favorite range.
- In the two-part Full House Season 6 finale, "The House Meets the Mouse", Danny tries various unsuccessful attempts to propose to Vicky. At the end of the episode, he finally manages... by rigging a nighttime fireworks display to say "Vicky, will you marry me?".
- How I Met Your Mother:
- At the end of season seven, Barney and Quinn are trapped by airport security because he has a mysterious box containing a magic trick that he refuses to explain. Everyone starts getting reasonably pissed off until he caves and just does the trick. You can probably guess what sparkly jewelry is at the end of it.
- Ted has a spur-of-the-moment cheesy romantic moment when he hands Stella a stuffed orange kangaroo at an arcade. She's understandably confused until he explains that he had been trying to get the big fake ring, but you know how those crane machines are.
- Barney in season eight proposes to Robin. He sets up the 'last play he'll ever run', including convincing Robin's Sitcom Arch-Nemesis to fake-date him.
- On Nikita Michael does not intend to propose this way but he is arrested in Hong Kong and a police inspector confiscates the ring. As he is broken out, he grabs a gun from his girlfriend and runs back into the police station to retrieve it which kinda spoils the surprise. Afterwards he still insists on proposing to her in a traditional way.
Nikita:"You had me at 'give me the damn Glock'."
- Did not work well in Sos Mi Vida. Alfredo hid a ring inside the food, to give her a surprise... but she ate it, and had to be taken to the hospital.
- Played with on The Vicar of Dibley. Harry's proposal is actually quite sweet and low-key, at least the first time around, it's Geraldine's reaction that tips it into this category. She assumes he's asking her to officiate his wedding. He isn't.
- Shawn's proposal to Juliet in the series finale of Psych. He juxtaposes sweet comments about their relationship with bickering with Gus. Shawn also says "Will you marry us?" since Gus is pretty much always going to be a part of their lives. It goes Up to Eleven when the ring is stolen and the power trio rush off together to apprehend the thief.
- On The Smoke a man tries to propose to his girlfriend by hanging a banner from a high rise building. He slips and ends hanging from the banner a long distance from the ground. When the firefighters arrive, they locate the girlfriend and it becomes apparent that she would have declined the proposal. However, with all the news stations covering the event, she loves the publicity and thus when the man is rescued she accepts his proposal on national TV. One assumes that once the publicity dies down, she will break off the engagement.
- At the start of Season 4 of Arrow, Oliver was going to propose to Felicity with a ring in a soufflé, but abandoned this idea when his city needed him again. He finally proposes to her in the mid-season finale, as part of his speech at the Star City Christmas tree lighting ceremony. This leads directly into a cliffhanger where she is probably killed.
- In the 2013 Christmas Episode of the CBeebies series Old Jack's Boat, Jack tells the story of how when he was a young man, his friend Sailor Sue asked for his help in finding three Christmas presents that had blown away. The presents were a top hat, a bunch of flowers and a gold ring. Once they found them, Sailor Sue admitted they hadn't really blown away, she'd hidden them. The top hat was for him, the flowers were for her, and the ring was for both of them...
- In the music video for Bon Jovi's "All About Lovin' You", a man throws himself off a skyscraper while his girlfriend watches in terror down below, his fall interspersed with a Good Times Montage of them together. Then, just as the song reaches the climax, the guy pulls out a parachute—"Will you marry me?" written on its inside in huge letters—and lands safely next to her.
- Savaged in a sketch on BBC comedy show John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme. Two women are heard talking about the various irritating/publicly embarrassing proposals they've received from men (through a megaphone in Trafalgar Square, throwing an expensive ring into a gorge, etc.) when Finnemore's voice breaks in:
"MEN! DON'T TRY TO BE CLEVER! The men in these stories were hapless idiots, but SO ARE YOU! They all tried to be original! To think differently! DO NOT DO THIS! Be unoriginal! Think same-ily! The acceptable romantic gestures are in order! Flowers! Dinner! Presents of something she mentioned ages ago and then forgot about! A proposal should be somewhere nice, with a ring, private enough for her to say no if she wants to! Men only get away with any variation on these in Hollywood movies, and that's because the same person gets to write What He Does and What She Thinks About It! You don't get to do that! So stick to the stuff that works! AND ALWAYS KEEP THE RECEIPT!"
- In Of Thee I Sing, Wintergreen, for publicity purposes, proposes to Mary in every state on his campaign trail, promising that he will marry her if elected President.
- In the letters section of an issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly, a man wrote in recounting how he created an original Game Boy tennis game which would display his proposal upon winning, and gave it to his girlfriend for Christmas.
- Done in Infinite Space by Cico to Kira, where he just grabs her by the shoulders and yells his intentions and about wanting a lot of babies. She ends up slapping him.
- In the Awakening expansion for Dragon Age: Origins, the Warden can find the corpse of a man who poisoned himself after his attempt at such a proposal goes horribly awry and his would-be fiancee dumps him. He tried to lead her on a scavenger hunt that ended with an engagement ring, but she got offended over the wording of one of her clues, thinking he was playing some dirty joke on her.
- The Perry Bible Fellowship has a twisted variation.
- Ethan's proposal in Ctrl+Alt+Del was quite... Ethany.
- Girl Genius: it's not so much wacky as... accidental and random, and then takes a turn for the hilarious: "You want to marry me to annoy your father? How romantic."
Tarvek: Agatha, I've decided. I'm going to marry you for your library.
- Recently Tarvek got in on it, although he wasn't being completely serious.
- Gabe from Penny Arcade proposed to his now-wife through the comic. Considering their number of readers and archived nature of the internet, it was pretty gutsy. And sweet.
- Truth in Television / Webcomic example: In the Walkyverse David Willis proposed to Maggie on "International Talk Like A Pirate Day", by getting the staff of Shortpacked! to dress up like pirates and put up a huge banner. In Real Life, he proposed by writing a comic where this happened.
- Later, Mike proposes to Amber by tricking her mother into sleeping with their relapsed sex-addict neighbor, recording it, then splicing the sounds into "Amber, will you marry me?".
- This Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic. Oops.
- Subverted with this Something*Positive Valentine's Day strip. Randal Milholland starts off with his Author Avatar musing about his girlfriend, speaking directly to her, leading up to Popping THE Question and then WHAM!
- The follow-up strip is actually the third punchline.
- It's a parody of Eric Burns' real proposal, the Websnark entry in "Real Life" above.
- In an episode of Vlogbrothers, someone gets John Green to propose to their girlfriend for them through the phone. She says yes.
- Bug shows us a few of these with Less popular methods of proposing marriage...
- Cyanide & Happiness gives us a characteristically disturbing proposal.
- This◊ from Crazy Art Ideas.
- In Times Like This, what starts out as a potential online proposal in a Second Life-like RPG program turns into a real-life proposal at Cassie's doorstep, as Philip kneels with ring in one hand and laptop in another.
- This is the entire basis of Bobby Crosby's Marry Me — a lesbian fan of the rock idol female lead was holding up a sign that read "Marry Me" at a concert. She needed to sneak off to go to the bathroom, so she had her male friend hold up the sign, hoping to get it autographed. Said idol saw the sign and capriciously accepted his "proposal" for complicated personal reasons. A priest happened to be in the audience, and had them wed on stage. Plot Ensues.
- In Moon Over June; as Summer lays in bed depressed, ill, and more than half convinced the chemotherapy will kill her; Hatsuki cajoles her into sex. In particular, servicing her manually... with her left hand. After noticing something odd....
Summer: (staring at the ring she was not wearing earlier) "What the f-??"Hatsuki: "Marry me?"Summer: "How did you get it on the right finger?"
- Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series
Tristan: Hello, Serenity, you probably can't see me right now, but I'm standing in the middle of a field, it's a very romantic image, by the way will you marry me?Serenity: Tristan! What kind of lonely deranged freak proposes to someone on the internet?!Tristan: Little Kuriboh.
- Lolcat marriage proposal.
- Rob Malda, the founder of Slashdot, proposed to his girlfriend Kathleen Fent, on the Slashdot frontpage. She said yes.
- Improv Everywhere staged a fake version of one of these in a New York City subway car. The random bystanders who helped the young man propose to his girlfriend by holding up signs when she entered the car had no idea that the two of them had already been married for years. A rather important and necessary deception, actually, considering the requirement of a guaranteed heartfelt "yes" for the prank to end happily.
- This Cracked article.
- One of My Life Is Average's more popular older posts is: "My girlfriend and I read MLIA all the time together. Today I decided to be bold. So here it goes.... Kate, Will You Marry Me? MLIA." A few other posters have borrowed the idea as well.
- DuckTales: In "Til Nephews Do Us Part", when Scrooge proposes to Millionaira Vanderbucks, he puts his proposal in financial terms. He asks if she'd be interested in a "merger", and she responds hoping that they'd have a "dividend or two". Millionaira immediately drags Scrooge home to meet her accountant.
- The Simpsons:
- In the episode "Lisa's Wedding", Lisa's fiancé tries to put his proposal on a big electrical letterboard saying "Lisa, will you do me the honor of giving me your hand in the holy tradition of matrimo—", before it shorts out. He falls to "Plan B": sending out a cow wearing a sign that says just: "Marry Me."
- "A Fish Called Selma": When Troy proposes to Selma while screening his old film Muppets Go Medieval:
Troy (in unison with the film): No longer canst I conceal my love, my wimpled turtledove... Oh Princess fair, wilst thou grant me thine dainty hoof in marriage?
- The Donkey Kong Country episode has DK attempting to propose marriage to Candy (something he really doesn't want to go through with), resulting in the following exchange:
DK: Candy, may I have this hand in (gulps) marriage? (kisses hand)
Candy: Sure, but you'd better ask Bluster; it's his hand.
- The wacky (sometimes horrifying) "prom-posals" in Clone High parody this concept— the students stage outlandish events (like flying in on helicopter and teaching a horse fetus to talk) just to ask girls to the prom. The winter prom.
- Gorgeous Gal, a fat flirtatious featherless fowl wanted to marry Woody Woodpecker in the short 'A Fine Feathered Frenzy' after falling madly in love with him at first sight. Her proposal involved trapping him in a room in her mansion and appearing before him in a white wedding dress. There was a priest there ready to perform the ceremony. With her sexy voice she called out to her "Baby" and gave him a wink and a smile. The woodpecker who didn't want to marry the smitten senior citizen got the heck out of there and swam to a small island. Gorgeous Gal's second proposal was her chubby arm peering out of a golden submarine and moitioning for him to come to her with her index finger. She was wearing a giant wedding ring making her intentions clear. Woody tried to run but she grabbed him inside the watercraft and somehow managed to become Mrs. Woodpecker.
- The Legend of Korra has Gadgeteer Genius Varrick proposing to his assistant Zhu Li in a manner remeniscent of his normal commands to her note .
"Zhu Li? I have something I have to attatch before we take off. I need to attach this ring to your finger. Zhu Li Moon, will you do the thing for the rest of our lives?"
Real Life / Truth In Television
Let's face it folks, there's plenty of Truth in Television examples to back this up.
- Truth in Television: Websnark.
- A man and his girlfriend were at a baseball game. Right before the seventh-inning stretch, he receives a "congratulations" text message, and then afterward a marriage proposal from him to his girlfriend lit up on the big screen. So what? Lots of people propose on those giant screens. In this case, it was a prank by a "friend" of his, who even sent the text message. The clincher? She said yes. When the man firmly denied being behind the proposal the girlfriend was understandably rather irate at the stunt. Feeling humiliated, the two began to argue back and forth. The whole thing was caught on-camera and broadcast live to the whole stadium and probably several local TV stations. This was actually part of the (on-going) prank wars at College Humor. #6 to be exact.
- Richard Garfield had a custom card made and used it to propose to his future wife in a game.
- This guy hacked a proposal inside Super Mario World.
- A man asked his girlfriend to marry him in a letter published in The Ethicist's column in The New York Times Magazine. Three weeks later, another letter appeared in the same column: "Often your readers' questions are difficult to answer. Not the one from Justin in San Francisco — Yes!"
- During an improv show at the 2010 Magfest, the performers brought up two people from the audience for one last game, where the performers would move the audience members around like mannequins/props for the scene. During the game, the performer turned the girl away from the guy while said guy got on one knee, then turned her back around. She said yes. Afterward the host admitted that, unlike the rest of the show, they had planned that in advance.
- Astronomy magazine once mentioned a magazine-sponsored trip to see a total eclipse of the sun where one man proposed to his girlfriend just as the moon had almost covered the sun, ie, during the optical effect known as "The diamond ring". According to the reporter, she said yes. Nerdy, but oh so romantic.
- This one here. A man proposes to his fiancée in the middle of fifty synchronized dancers in Washington Park.
- During Old Spice's video response campaign, @Jsbeals successfully got the Old Spice Man to ask Angela A. Hutt-Chamberlin to marry him on his behalf.
- Upon Neil Gaiman's visit and book signing in the Philippines, a fan sent an email asking if Gaiman would help him propose to his girlfriend...Video here.
- On a similar note to the Super Mario World hack above: Another guy made a similar proposal by hacking a special new area into Chrono Trigger.
- Love Letters is an adorable animation short picturing a guy trying (and failing) to write the perfect love letter. When he gives up, the camera backs away to reveal the crumpled pieces of paper spell "WILL U MARRY ME?". The best part? The guy in the animation IS the animator, who used the short to propose to his girlfriend in a movie theater.
- One couple always did the Sunday crossword together, so he wrote to the New York Times Crossword, and managed to get them to put "Jenny will you marry me?" in the crossword as one of the answers.
- Comic artist Leigh Gallagher proposed with a special comic he wrote in his blog. She said yes.
- There was one story of a man who proposed to his girlfriend by.... taking her to Disneyworld and having a huge musical production put on leading up to his question.
- Another man proposed to his girlfriend in Disneyland... in the middle of a concert held on Christmas 2015. He was even helped by Jason Derulo, who serenaded them with "Can You Feel The Love Tonight".
- Following suit to the Super Mario World and Chrono Trigger proposals, one person hacked the Lumine Hall in EarthBound to propose to his girlfriend. The proposal even took place during a live stream!
- Another nerdy one took place at ComicCon by two Red vs. Blue cosplayers. In front of the Roosterteeth booth, they were performing some of the RvB skits, dressed as Tucker and Sister (who sort of had a relationship in the show). And then the guy proposed. There's even video!
- Gary Hudston commissioned professional level designers AND Ellen McLain, the voice of GLaDOS, to create a giant three stage level in Portal 2 to propose to his girlfriend.
- This news report about a guy who proposed to his girlfriend in a "job advertisment for a wife". She accepted by "applying" for the "job". Justified in that according to the guy, the girl often reads job advertisement columns.
- The various nerd conventions, anime, Star Trek, comic, and what have you, are basically a boiling pan of geeky social life for one full weekend. Does this happen when you get a bunch of people obsessed with various fantastical stories, half of whom dress up, in one place? You better believe it happens.
- One particular sub category of this is the masquerades. The couple will book a time slot and usually do some sort of romantic skit before the proposal at the end. One year at Conneticon, this happened twice in one night during the same masquerade (not the same skit, though).
- One couple met at a Girl Genius booth. Several years later, at the same Con, the guy set up a treasure hunt, with clues leading all over. The final clue led the girl to the booth, where he was waiting, alone with the Foglios, for her. He proposed. She said yes.
- Dave Roman proposed to Raina Telgemeier in a comic he drew, but left unfinished. It was later posted online, with the ending drawn by Raina herself.
- Top 25 Marriage Proposals - while some of these are regular ways to propose, a certain number are certainly on the wacky side.
- A lot of these can be found on the Wedinator here.
- Timothy Tiah, one of the founders of online blog advertising community Nuffnang, proposed to his now-fiance Audrey, a fellow blogger, using internet memes on flashcards.
- During NBC's pregame show for a Thanksgiving NFL game in 1985, sideline reporter Ahmad Rashad interrupted his analysis to propose to Cosby Show star Phylicia Ayers-Allen.
- This Final Fantasy-styled proposal involving Nobuo Uematsu himself (he's not part of the couple that did the proposal, by the way). It was done during the "Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy" concert in Toronto in late March 2012.
- It must be overwhelming, being proposed to and learning you live in The Matrix at the same time as seen here.
- A physicist proposed to his physicist girlfriend in the form of a scientific paper◊.
- So you're probably wondering what the deal was with this Angry Birds Friends level from the week of May 6, 2013. You see, a guy contacted Rovio Entertainment for a specially designed level to propose to his girlfriend with. Details here.
- Rhianna Pratchett's boyfriend proposed to her by arranging for this to be shown at the local cinema while they waited for the film to start.
- The Wisconsin Marching band always plays "Hey Baby" during their spring performances and sings to the members of the crowd. One of the seniors took the opportunity to propose to his girlfriend of 7 years See it here
- The girlfriend of an avid Dwarf Fortress player contacted Toady One, the game's creator, with a request to help her propose to her boyfriend. Toady created a special .exe just for the occasion. The boyfriend tells his side of the story here.
- The Duolingo Marriage Proposal. Duolingo is a language learning site where various sentences are to be translated from/to the language you are learning. For this occasion, all the sentences were replaced with things like "He loves you." and "He adores you.", ending with the big question.
- This is the story of how the authors of Curtailed got engaged. (Mandy created a side scrolling platform game, from scratch, in which Fox must save Mandy from spiders, which has the proposal after the final boss fight.)
- One of the types of questions for What? Where? When? (A Russian team trivia game) is to guess what is hidden in a black box. Well, during one game in Israel, there was a question where the teams needed to guess the contents of the box from three completely unrelated questions, and the box was nowhere in sight...
- Thanks to the Level Editor, you can make your own marriage proposal in LittleBigPlanet
- For the right price, you can do this in a professional sporting arena while the rest of the audience watches you on the JumboTron.