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* Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn currently has over [[https://archiveofourown.org/tags/Fake*s*Pretend%20Relationship/works 16 000 fics]] with the tag "Fake/Pretend Relationship".

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* Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn currently has over [[https://archiveofourown.org/tags/Fake*s*Pretend%20Relationship/works 16 22 000 fics]] with the tag "Fake/Pretend Relationship".


* In ''Manga/{{SPYXFAMILY}}'' Lloyd and Yoru start a fake relationship for their own reasons: Lloyd wants to get his daughter Anya into an elite school and will look more legitimate with a wife, and Yoru wants to escape the scrutiny cast on unwed women in the ultra-paranoid ColdWar-esque climate of their country. The twist is Lloyd - aka the elite spy <Twilight> - wants to get his "daughter" into the school to get close to his mark, while Yoru is trying to avoid unwanted suspicions because she's actually the deadly assassin <Thorn Princess>.
* Mizuki does this in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' when her boyfriend, Shirai, dumps her only days before she was to going to introduce him to her middle-school friends and prove she wasn't [[GirlfriendInCanada just making him up]]. Desperate to save face, she decides to recruit the best looking guy that will humor her request to pose as Shirai for the duration of the date. Unfortunately for her, the boy she ended up recruiting was [[NoSocialSkills Sousuke]], and things go very, very badly.

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* In ''Manga/{{SPYXFAMILY}}'' Lloyd and Yoru start a fake relationship for their own reasons: Lloyd wants to get his daughter Anya into an elite school and will look more legitimate with a wife, and Yoru wants to escape the scrutiny cast on unwed women in the ultra-paranoid ColdWar-esque UsefulNotes/ColdWar-esque climate of their country. The twist is Lloyd - aka the elite spy <Twilight> - wants to get his "daughter" into the school to get close to his mark, while Yoru is trying to avoid unwanted suspicions because she's actually the deadly assassin <Thorn Princess>.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'': Mizuki does this in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' when her boyfriend, Shirai, dumps her only days before she was to going to introduce him to her middle-school friends and prove she wasn't [[GirlfriendInCanada just making him up]]. Desperate to save face, she decides to recruit the best looking guy that will humor her request to pose as Shirai for the duration of the date. Unfortunately for her, the boy she ended up recruiting was [[NoSocialSkills Sousuke]], and things go very, very badly.

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* In VisualNovel/SablesGrimoire the titular Sable can pretend to be dating the [[PlantPerson mandragora]] Eth in order to allow their mutual friend, the [[{{Youkai}} rokurokubi]] Rei, to get over her one-sided crush on Sable. It's left ambiguous whether Sable and Eth may transition into a real relationship later.

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* In ''Film/{{Rags}}'', Kadee and Finn aren't actually dating, it's just a business arrangement by the record label to get them both more attention. When they "break up", Kadee just wants to find Rags, while Finn just cares about getting less of the spotlight.

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* Mizuki does this in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' when her boyfriend, Shirai, dumps her only days before she was to going to introduce him to her middle-school friends and prove she wasn't [[GirlfriendInCanada just making him up]]. Desperate to save face, she decides to recruit the best looking guy that will humor her request to pose as Shirai for the duration of the date. Unfortunately for her, the boy she ended up recruiting was [[NoSocialSkills Sousuke]], and things go very, very badly.


* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': While Lily is broken up from Marshall, she is looking for a place to live and persuades [[TheCasanova Barney]] to let her stay with him for a few days. He is at first reluctant, but after one of his one-night stands refuses to leave Lily manages to scare her away after the girl sees her and assumes she's Barney's wife. They spend the next few days pretending to be married. Their arrangement falls apart once Barney realizes even pretending to be married is too close to actually being married and he kicks Lily out.

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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': While Lily is broken up from Marshall, she is looking for a place to live and persuades [[TheCasanova Barney]] to let her stay with him for a few days. He is at first reluctant, but after one of his one-night stands refuses to leave Lily manages to scare her away after the girl sees her and assumes she's Barney's wife. They spend the next few days weeks pretending to be married. Their arrangement falls apart once Barney realizes even pretending to be married is too close to actually being married and he kicks Lily out.


'''Barney:''' No...yes!\\

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-->'''Lily:''' Hi, Barney. ''(sees girl)'' Oh...\\
'''Girl:''' Oh my God, are you married? Is this your wife?\\
'''Barney:''' No...yes!\\


* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': While Lily is broken up from Marshall, she is looking for a place to live and persuades [[TheCasanova Barney]] to let her stay with him for a few days. He is at first reluctant, but after one of his one-night stands refuses to leave Lily manages to scare her away after the girl sees her and assumes she's Barney's wife. They spend the next few days pretending to be married.

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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': While Lily is broken up from Marshall, she is looking for a place to live and persuades [[TheCasanova Barney]] to let her stay with him for a few days. He is at first reluctant, but after one of his one-night stands refuses to leave Lily manages to scare her away after the girl sees her and assumes she's Barney's wife. They spend the next few days pretending to be married. Their arrangement falls apart once Barney realizes even pretending to be married is too close to actually being married and he kicks Lily out.


* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': While Lily is broken up from Marshall, she is looking for a place to live and persuades [[TheCasanova Barney]] to let her stay with him for a few days. He is at first reluctant, but soon realizes she can scare away his one-night stands by pretending to be his wife. They spend the next few days pretending to be married.

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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': While Lily is broken up from Marshall, she is looking for a place to live and persuades [[TheCasanova Barney]] to let her stay with him for a few days. He is at first reluctant, but soon realizes she can scare away after one of his one-night stands by pretending refuses to be his leave Lily manages to scare her away after the girl sees her and assumes she's Barney's wife. They spend the next few days pretending to be married.


* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': While Lily is broken up from Marshall, she is looking for a place to live and persuades [[TheCasanova Barney]] to let her stay with him. He is at first reluctant, but soon realizes she can scare away his one-night stands by pretending to be his wife. They spend the next few days pretending to be married.

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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': While Lily is broken up from Marshall, she is looking for a place to live and persuades [[TheCasanova Barney]] to let her stay with him.him for a few days. He is at first reluctant, but soon realizes she can scare away his one-night stands by pretending to be his wife. They spend the next few days pretending to be married.


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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': While Lily is broken up from Marshall, she is looking for a place to live and persuades [[TheCasanova Barney]] to let her stay with him. He is at first reluctant, but soon realizes she can scare away his one-night stands by pretending to be his wife. They spend the next few days pretending to be married.

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* ''Fanfic/WrongRoadToTheRightPlace:'' Once Laurel starts working with Team Arrow, she and Oliver 'pretend' to start dating again to justify the time they're spending together. It becomes increasingly difficult to tell if they're faking it or actually dating, [[spoiler:until they admit that they still love each other in Chapter 15]].


Contrast SecretRelationship. See also FakeOutMakeOut, MarriageBeforeRomance (when the fake relationship becomes real) and MarriageOfConvenience.

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Contrast SecretRelationship. See also FakeOutMakeOut, MarriageBeforeRomance (when the fake relationship becomes real) and MarriageOfConvenience.
MarriageOfConvenience. Compare the one-sided IntentionalHeartbreaker.

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* ''Series/{{Lucifer}}'':
** When Lucifer breaks up with Eve, Eve begs Maze to pretend to be her girlfriend in order to make Lucifer jealous.

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