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Playing With: Happy Marriage Charade
Basic Trope: A loveless couple cannot split up for whatever reason, so they agree to keep up appearances of a happy marriage.
  • Straight: Alice and Bob no longer love each other, but pretend to the outside world to be happily married, for social reasons - while getting on with their separate lives.
  • Exaggerated: Alice and Bob are married and hate each other's guts. They pretend to be Sickening Sweethearts to others, while secretly plotting one another's murder.
  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob have some arguments in their marriage, which they don't share with anyone else.
  • Justified:
    • Bob or Alice has wealthy and conservative relatives from whom they expect to inherit, and who does not approve of divorce.
    • Bob and Alice live in a society where divorcees are social pariahs.
    • Bob and Alice only married to look good as a couple.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob and Alice are happily married, but stage arguments and so forth to pretend to the outside world that their marriage is failing.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice and Bob's private life at first seems to be loveless, but then it turns out to be Slap-Slap-Kiss.
    • The charade of a happy marriage breaks down.
  • Double Subverted:
    • It isn't really love, it is unbalanced violent lust, and in the meantime they both hate each other's guts.
    • Alice and Bob hush up the scene and pretend it was just a domestic argument.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Alice and Bob make no attempt to show others that they love each other.
    • Alice and Bob are happily married.
  • Enforced: The author wants to show that the world Alice and Bob live in is a Crapsacharince World that emphasizes appearances over substance. Having marriage that seems happy is one of the many ways he can prove that.
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • As soon as Alice and Bob realize they don't love each other, they divorce.
    • They never married in the first place because they realized they weren't right for each other.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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