Playing With: Unable To Support A Wife

Basic Trope: Two characters can't marry because they lack the money to do so.
  • Straight: Bob loves Alice, but his salary is not enough to support the two of them, so they are unable to marry.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Several couples want to marry, but none of them can afford to.
    • Bob is living at the edge of poverty, and must make a fortune before he can marry the Princess Alice.
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob's salary gives him more than enough money to live on, but he and Alice plan on starting a family. So when Bob falls in love with Alice, he goes looking for a better job, because his current living arrangement would be comfortable for two, but not for three or more.
    • Alice and Bob plan to marry after he gets a pre-scheduled raise which he has been awaiting for months.
  • Justified:
    • You can't live on love.
    • Her parents need to approve the marriage, and won't allow it because he doesn't make enough.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob receives a rich inheritance and finds that he can't avoid marrying because of A) the way women throw themselves at him, and B) the constant deadly duels' threats he gets for compromising situations the women set up.
    • Bob and Alice both have poorly-paid jobs. Neither one can afford to live alone, but they can afford to live together, so they do. They may or may not actually marry, and they may not even be in love.
  • Gender-Inverted: Alice's salary is not enough to support both her and Bob, so they can't marry.
  • Subverted: Alice and Bob can't afford to marry, except that Alice gets poor women to teach her how to keep house on a meager wage.
  • Double Subverted: This puts Alice so off poverty that she demands that Bob get a better job to support her.
  • Parodied: Bob makes more than enough money to support him and Alice. Nevertheless, she insists that he's too poor to support them both. This continues no matter how much money Bob makes.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Everyone who wants to marry can afford to do so.
    • None of the couples want to marry.
    • None of the characters are in relationships.
  • Enforced: "We can't have our Battle Couple get together that easily; we need some drama. Let's say they're too poor to marry, and if they want to be together, Bob has to find a better job."
  • Lampshaded: "Sorry, Alice. It looks like I can't afford to marry you. Maybe we just weren't meant to be together."
  • Invoked: Bob goes into a poorly paid occupation to avoid marrying.
  • Exploited: Charlie can't find a date because he's so poor. As a result, he has time to think about it, and decides he'd rather remain single anyway.
  • Defied:
    • Bob finds a better job.
    • Alice finds a job, and they plan to live on a double income.
    • Bob's Benevolent Boss gives him a raise just because he knows that Bob wants enough money to marry Alice.
  • Discussed: "Don't worry, Alice. I can afford to marry you. I'm not that poor, just thrifty. Sorry if my shabby clothes confused you."
  • Conversed: "Why doesn't Bob marry Alice?" "Because they can't afford it. Don't you ever watch this show?"
  • Implied: Several poor Beta Couples want to marry, but don't. The reason is never mentioned.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • As a Running Gag, Alice asks Bob if they can finally afford to marry. Bob invariably replies, "Not just yet, but I promise I'll always love you."
    • Alice, a Royal Brat, is always reeling off lists of everything she expects to be able to buy when married, and wonders why no one will woo her.
  • Played For Drama: Alice and Bob marry on his meager salary, and both end up malnourished and dying young.

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