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Weddings are kind of a big deal in human society and the newlyweds are expected to live Happily Ever After together. Except sometimes, they don't.

This trope is about characters whose spouses die during or just after their wedding, either naturally or violently, leaving them widowed before they were even really married and heavily traumatized for the rest of their life. The violent death variation is often used for a sudden Downer Ending, though it can be foreshadowed with It's Not You, It's My Enemies. May involve a Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress.

See also Black Widow for when the death is at the hands of the bride and The Bluebeard if it's the groom. Out with a Bang might also be the cause, if it's on the wedding night (and is often used if the groom is much older and might have a heart condition). May lead to The Lost Lenore, Crusading Widower and Wight in a Wedding Dress. A distant relative of Retirony, and extreme form of the Cartwright Curse.


Since this is a Death Trope, spoilers ahead!


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In the end of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Simon and Nia finally get married but she Disappears into Light immediately after their kiss. This is because she was a virtual life form created by the Anti-Spirals, and they had to be destroyed to stop their misdeeds throughout the entire universe. But without them to sustain her existence, Nia began to degrade (during the fight with them, it became clear that injuring them had an adverse affect on Nia herself). Notably, the bride knew this would happen all along but it only made her want that marriage more. And she should've been dead several days before the wedding, but she was such a Plucky Girl that she kept herself alive outta sheer willpower to go through it.
  • In the final chapter of Haou Airen, Hakuron is shot to death on his way to his wedding ceremony of him and Kurumi, although Kurumi is technically not a widow since he dies before the ceremony is about to begin.
  • Subverted in a case of Detective Conan, since the one who poisoned a local bride-to-be is... the groom himself, as revenge because her Overprotective Dad killed his mother in an accident. Also, said bride had realized his intentions and could have not consumed the poisoned tea, but she was so depressed that she voluntarily took the poison. She survives, and when the sincerely repenting groom learns this, his Tears of Remorse become Tears of Joy.
    • In another wedding-related case, another groom is planning to murder his soon-to-be wife right after the ceremony for Financial Abuse reasons. However, when his plan is revealed right before the wedding, he attacks the bride... but the woman he actually attacked was an Action Girl posing as said bride.
    • In a third case, a bride is murdered after the wedding ceremony... and so is her groom. The killer was the bride's younger brother, also for Financial Abuse.
  • In The Princess of Death's Second Marriage, Alicia gets her nickname from the fact that during her wedding ceremony, her husband-to-be is murdered by an assassin.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pegasus' wife Cecilia dies just after their wedding, sending him to the edge of the Despair Event Horizon and setting into motion the events leading to Pegasus getting the Millennium Eye and creating Duel Monsters.
  • In Marry Grave, Riseman Sawyer died on his wedding day when his town was invaded by demons, which lead to his bride Rosalie spending decades collecting ingredients for a spell to revive the cost of her own life, leading to the events of the story.
  • Erina Joestar is widowed on the Honeymoon in Jojos Bizarre Adventure, after her husband Jonathan dies on their sinking cruise ship, ensuring all the passengers got off, and making a Heroic Sacrifice to protect the world from his vampiric adopted brother's wrath.

    Comic Books 
  • Subverted in the Fantastic Four, when Johnny Storm married Alicia Masters ( before their relationship got retconned out of existence when the "Alicia" Johnny married was revealed to have been a shape-shifting Skrull all along). Her evil step-father the Puppet Master planned to use his mind-controlling clay to force Ben Grimm to kill Johnny the moment the judge declared them legally married; he hated the idea of Alicia marrying one of his enemies, but believed that she would inherit a substantial amount as the Human Torch's widow. However, after seeing how happy his step-daughter was, he chose not to tarnish her happiness, even if she didn't even know he was there to watch her get married.
  • Bruce Wayne Jr. (Batman) in Superman & Batman: Generations was widowed shortly after the wedding when his newly-wedded wife Kara Kent (Supergirl) was killed by her brother Joel Kent.
  • Superman in an alternate timeline explored by Waverider in the Armageddon 2001 crossover event became a widow shortly after his marriage to Lois Lane when a nuclear bomb created by Manheim of Intergang goes off, taking out the entire city of Metropolis, including Superman's first wife.
  • Taken to the extreme in The Flash when Wally West's wife Linda is wiped from existence in the middle of their wedding, with only Bart remembering that she even existed (Though since he's an overly imaginative kid, no one believes him.) It's later revealed that she's being held in a space outside reality by Wally's Arch-Enemy Abra Kadabra, and she's able to break free, though it takes some time before she's finally reunited with Wally.
  • The Sandman shows the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. It's worse because Death is Orpheus's Aunt, making him blame her for Eurydice's death.

    Fan Works 
  • All that shine as moonstone leave a discernible mark, one of the first Thorin/Bilbo fics written in the wake of Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Hobbit, uses this trope in an interesting way in that both parties already know that Bilbo will be widowed almost as soon as they're married, and this is part of why they are marrying at all.
  • The nearly-universally-accepted take on the backstory of the Disney theme park ride Phantom Manor is that the vengeful Phantom murdered Melanie's groom on her wedding day, leaving her to think the love of her life had stilted her without even a parting word.
  • The Mansionverse holds that the Hatbox Ghost and Emily were both murdered on their wedding day (shortly before the ceremony). It also incorporates the Phantom Manor storyline.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: Variant in the prologue, set during "A Canterlot Wedding", in which both the bride and groom - and almost everyone else at the wedding - are suddenly killed in a massive explosion before Cadance even makes it to the altar.

    Film — Animated 

    Film — Live-Action 
  • In Angus, Angus's grandfather is set to marry April but he is found dead upstairs on the day of the wedding.
  • In François Truffaut's film The Bride Wore Black five men make a young bride a widow on her wedding day. She takes her revenge, methodically killing each of the five men using various methods. Tarantino was asked if Kill Bill intentionally borrows key and minor details from it, but he has stated that he has never seen the movie.
  • A flashback in Chai Lai Angels: Dangerous Flowers reveals that this happened to Lotus, with her husband intercepting a sword thrust meant for her. This is why she is so down on the idea of romance.
  • In Forty Guns, Wes and Louvenia leave the church following their wedding and pause for their photographs to be taken. Wes invites Griff to kiss the bride, and as he bends forwards, Brockie shoots at him. The shot misses Griff and hits Wes, who collapses on top of Louvenia. Louvenia spends the rest of the film dressed in black.
  • In Heartbreakers Tensey dies just minutes after proposing to Max. She was apparently hoping for him to at least wait until after the wedding to die so she could get her hands on widow money.
  • In High Noon, the Miller gang is due to arrive at any moment to kill Sheriff Kane, on his wedding day. Everybody, including his newlywed wife, thinks the trope is going to be played straight and beg him to flee, but Kane defies it successfully.
  • James Bond:
    • Bond is briefly married and immediately widowed in the end of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, when Blofeld sends Irma Bundt to try killing him in retribution for him foiling his plans earlier but she kills his wife Tracy instead. Bond is still reeling from the trauma as late as For Your Eyes Only.
    • In another movie, Licence to Kill, Felix Leiter's wife is raped and killed on the day of their wedding and Leiter is tortured within an inch of his own life, prompting Leiter's best friend Bond to go rogue on a vendetta.
  • Almost happens in Kill Bill, where Beatrix Kiddo aka Black Mamba's fiance Tommy is killed during their wedding rehearsal (alongside pretty much everyone else), so technically she is not a widow and henceforth calls herself "the Bride".
  • In Czech epic film Marketa Lazarová the eponymous protagonist gets to marry her badly injured lover just before he dies hanged.
  • Once Upon a Time in the West has a subverted case; a man is murdered as he prepares the homestead for his bride, leaving her stranded when she comes. Everybody assumes it's their wedding day, but the actual wedding happened a month before the start of the story, which complicates the plans of the villains.
  • Private Benjamin's husband dies of a heart attack while they're making love on their wedding night.
  • In the film version of Reefer Madness: The Musical, Jimmy Harper and Mary Lane imagine themselves at their wedding when Mary was shot during the gun struggle between Jimmy and Jack the dope dealer, singing the reprise of "Romeo And Juliet" while Mary dies in Jimmy's arms.
  • In Silver Lode, McCarty and his men arrive in town on Ballard's wedding day, prepared to take him dead or alive. Says McCarty when Ballard and his wife-to-be Rose discuss whether they should postpone the wedding as he's being arrested:
    "It's your wedding, Ballard. Or should I say funeral."
  • Smilin' Through: Moonyean is murdered by jealous former lover Jeremy during her wedding ceremony to Sir John.
  • Tombstone opens with outlaws attacking a Mexican wedding and horrifically slaughtering everybody there. The bride is one of the last to die and has to witness everyone else getting it, starting with her new husband, and making a very Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress.
  • In the movie Tommy Boy, Tommy's father dies at his own wedding, presumably of a heart attack, leaving his new wife a widow. Later it is discovered that she was a scam artist who was already married.

  • Assassin Fantastic's "Coin of the Realm" revolves around an Arranged Marriage going forward despite the fact that a competition is currently being held where whoever can assassinate the most high-profile target will become the next Royal Assassin. Ultimately, Rosalind kills her would-be husband in order to secure that title for herself.
  • In the novelization of Buckaroo Banzai, Buckaroo's wife Peggy Priddy was murdered by Hanoi Xan on the night of their wedding. He arranged for her to receive a bouquet of flowers laced with poison that killed her as she stopped to smell them.
  • In the Deryni works, Kelson is widowed at his first marriage to Sidana of Meara at the end of The Bishop's Heir. Her brother Llewell cannot accept the idea of her being married to any Haldane and later says so.
  • Almost happened to Aunt Peace in Eight Cousins, since her fiancé died a few hours before their wedding. The poor woman almost fell victim to Death by Despair, and even when she pulled through, she never married and was always sad because of that.
  • In Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, Princess Sarene of Teod is widowed before the wedding. Her betrothal to Prince Raoden had been a Perfectly Arranged Marriage to seal a treaty between their countries, and to prevent the treaty being voided by some unexpected accident, the wedding agreement specified that should either party die before the wedding, the betrothal would be considered equivalent to marriage for all legal and social purposes. As it turns out, Raoden is Not Quite Dead, so he and Sarene get a proper wedding at the very end of the book.
    • Sarene also attempts to marry someone else partway through but becomes legally, although not actually, dead mid-ceremony.
  • Erast Fandorin marries at the end of The Winter Queen but his wife is killed as a retribution for him breaking his earlier promise to the late Big Bad. This event is responsible for most of Fandorin's later quirks, such as stuttering, grey-haired temples, and inability to maintain lasting relationships with women.
  • In the first Left Behind book, the Rapture takes place at the same time that a couple is getting married, and the groom (who is a Christian) is the one who gets taken up, leaving the bride without her husband. Technically he's only Ascended To A Higher Plane Of Existence, but imagine how crushed she would feel to see her husband mysteriously vanish leaving only his tuxedo behind, not to mention confused if she didn't know there was such a thing as the Rapture.
  • Agatha Christie's Nemesis: Verity dies right before she is about to marry Michael Rafiel.
  • Robin Hobb's Realm of the Elderlings: In Assassin's Apprentice, Evil Prince Regal and Bastard Bastard Galen conspire to kill Prince Verity during his wedding. Fitz manages to warn Verity in time.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, Joffrey is murdered during his wedding feast, leaving Margaery widowed for the second time—and her first husband was also killed very soon after their wedding.
  • In H. Beam Piper's Space Viking, the protagonist, Baron Trask, is a nobleman on a planet colonized by Terrans. After the fall of The Federation, the people of his world increasingly make their living plundering other planets, which Baron Trask strongly disapproves of. Then an obssessive madman tries to kill him on his wedding day, and succeeds in killing his wife. Trask becomes a Space Viking in order to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Stravaganza: In book 3, City of Flowers, eight members of the di Chimici family get married (to each other), with days of celebrations. On the day of the wedding ceremony itself, after it's been performed in the main cathedral, the four couples go to a smaller church for another ceremony. At this point, members of the Nucci family, who have a rivalry with the di Chimicis, attack. One of the grooms, Prince Carlo, is killed, leaving Princess Lucia a widow. And on top of everything else, the city starts flooding as well.
  • In Summers at Castle Auburn, the Crown Prince is fatally poisoned on his wedding day, by his bride.
  • Vorkosigan Saga: This nearly happens to Miles Vorkosigan in "Winterfair Gifts", as an enemy of his sends Ekaterin a poisoned necklace as a wedding gift.
  • Waltharius (Downplayed): When Hagen tries to dissuade his nephew Patavrid from fighting with Walther, he mentions that Patavrid is a newly-wed, and asks him to think of how devastating his death would be to his wife, particularly as she did not even have a child yet. Patavrid does not listen, and is dead some 40 lines later.
  • Safehold: Almost happens at Irys' and Hektor's wedding — they leave the cathedral as husband and wife, only to find one of the Inquisition's Rakurai agents waiting in the crowd. Irys survives because Hektor shielded her with his body; Hektor nearly dies, but Merlin gets there in time with a Federation medical kit.
  • After Sherlock Holmes' client is wedded against her will at the end of "Solitary Cyclist", her employer shoots the bridegroom, who he knows to be a detestable man. However, the groom survives to be arrested, and the marriage is instead later dissolved by annulment, as a forced wedding performed by a defrocked priest is not legally valid.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Played for Laughs in 1000 Ways to Die, where a drug-addicted bride-to-be starts sniffing on bath salts, gets high on them and her behavior becomes... increasingly erratic (including her screwing the best man) until she collapses dead at the altar.
  • In American Horror Story: 1984, Brooke's husband killed her father, his best man, and himself because he believed that she had cheated on him with his best man.
  • In Brazilian novela Amor à Vida, just as the characters Tales and Nicole are getting married, the wedding is interrupted by another character, who reveals Tales is only marrying Nicole to inherit her fortune. The revelation upsets Nicole so much she winds up dying right there, and is buried in her wedding gown.
  • Sweets’ death on Bones probably counts, as he and Daisy were said to have just married before he died.
  • With a touch of Irony in Coronation Street. Fred was set to marry Bev but Audrey had shown interest in him, giving him cold feet. On the day of the wedding he ran off to see Audrey. After a chat, the two sorted things out and he decided he would marry Bev. Sadly he collapsed as he was leaving Audrey's house.
  • Narrowly averted on CSI: NY, when the team discovered that an undertaker was re-selling tuxedos that had been used to dress corpses, not realizing that this was transferring toxic embalming chemicals to the purchasers. Mac and his team interrupt a wedding in progress to warn the groom to change clothes before he succumbs to his toxic tux. The previous client of the undertaker, a young bride, wasn't so lucky, however.
  • Likewise, in CSI: Miami:
    • A bride is shot by a sniper at the altar. It's later discovered that she wasn't the intended target. The best man was trying to off a stripper with compromising photos of the groom using a remote-controlled gun.
    • Horatio marries Marisol and she dies on their wedding day.
  • In Ezel, Eyşan legally marries wealthy businessman Kenan Birkan in a lavish public ceremony before dropping the façade. She names his misdeeds in front of their wedding guests and charges him with the murder of her sister, Bahar. Abandoned at the altar, he retreats into his private office humiliated, where co-conspirator Ali pays him a surprise visit. He dies in an apparent suicide, leaving his "new bride" with a massive fortune.
  • Subverted in the Mexican Soap Opera De frente al sol ("Straight at the Sun"). When Alicia and Alfredo are finally getting married, the groom's Evil Matriarch of a mother (who has antagonized them all the time) shows up and walks up the aisle, her purse in her hand as if she's gonna take a weapon out of it and attack... but then she just pulls her fan and calmly walks out of the church.
  • Doctor Who: In "Demons of the Punjab", Yaz discovers that her grandmother Umbreen lost her first husband, Prem, the day they were married, when he confronted a band of armed fanatics during the Partition of India so she and her mother could escape.
  • In Downton Abbey, William dies just hours after his wedding due to wounds sustained at the front (this being World War I). He wanted to marry his sweetheart before he died so she could receive a widow's pension.
  • Played with in The Flash (2014). In the Season 1 finale, Caitlin and Ronnie get married, but later on, Central City is endangered by an Unrealistic Black Hole. The episode ends with Barry running towards it in an attempt to close it. The Season 2 Premiere reveals that Firestorm (Ronnie and Martin's Fusion Dance) came to help him, but only Martin survived, leaving poor Caitlin a widow on the same day she became a wife. Doesn't stop fans from thinking Ronnie's still alive out there, though...
  • Game of Thrones: King Joffrey chokes to death after drinking poisoned wine at his own wedding to Margaery of the House Tyrell. The regicide was orchestrated by Olenna Tyrell, Margaery's grandmother, after she saw what a monster Joffrey was and refused to allow him to treat her granddaughter the way he treated Sansa.
  • In Hollyoaks, literally minutes after marrying Steph Dean and leaving the church, Max Cunningham is run over by Niall Rafferty; this also fits in with the Heroic Sacrifice trope, as Max had pushed his little brother Tom safely out of Niall's path.
  • In the Knight Rider episode "The Scent of Roses", Michael quits the Foundation after being shot and nearly killed on a case. He asks Stevie Mason to marry him, but right after the wedding the Criminal of the Week comes by to kill Michael and Stevie takes the bullet for him. Cue Roaring Rampage of Revenge ending with Michael nearly beating the Big Bad to death.
  • In Magnificent Century, Sulyeman and Ibrahim attack King Louis while he is attending the wedding of his friends, Count Ariel and Viktoria. In the fighting, Sulyeman kills Ariel before Ariel can kill Ibrahim, and Viktoria is let go. This was a mistake as she vows revenge.
  • On Melrose Place, Sydney is killed just moments after her wedding to Craig. Subverted in the revival series, as it turns out Sydney actually faked her death.
  • Midsomer Murders: In "Till Death Do Us Part", a new bride is murdered when she leaves the wedding reception to change out of her wedding dress.
  • Oz: Jefferson Keane, the first leader of the Homeboys seen in the series, got his life sentence for shooting one of his enemies at the man's own wedding.
  • Subverted in the Person of Interest episode "God Mode". One scene has a crazed Stalker with a Crush pointing a gun at a just-married couple, yammering about how if he can't have her, nobody can. A shot rings out and the gunman falls over to reveal Reese leaning out a car window, who then congratulates the newlyweds and drives off.
  • Providence, though it's neither the bride or groom that this happens to. Instead, the mother of the bride collapses and dies, leaving her husband a widower.
  • In the 2000 version of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) Marty is murdered via a set-up hit and run car 'accident' (over a cliff) on his wedding day, it is actually whilst his fiancée Jeannie is awaiting him at the alter that she recieves the news.
  • Happens in Robin Hood when Robin marries an injured and dying Lady Marian.
  • The first episode of Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators has Luella Shakespeare's new husband being murdered at their wedding. When the husband is exposed as a Con Man, Lou becomes the chief suspect. She teams with private investigator Frank Hathaway to prove her innocence.
  • In Smallville, narrowly averted in two on-screen weddings - in Bride, Doomsday crashes Jimmy and Chloe's wedding and almost kills Jimmy. In Finale, Part 1, Darkseid, possessing Oliver, tried to put a gold kryptonite ring on Clark's finger, but fortunately Chloe spotted it just in time.
  • In the short-lived sitcom Stacked, a woman plans to marry an elderly man for his money. Unfortunately for her, he dies during the ceremony, before their marriage was made official.
  • In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Balance of Terror", two Enterprise crewmembers are right in the middle of their wedding ceremony when the Romulans trigger a red alert. The groom is killed in the ensuing hostilities, and the episode ends with the bride weeping in the chapel.
  • In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Course: Oblivion", Lt. Tom Paris and Lt. B'elanna Torres get married, but they don't get to enjoy their honeymoon when B'elanna dies shortly after the wedding of acute cellular degradation and the crew find out they are all biomimetic copies of the real Voyager.
  • In one episode of Two and a Half Men ("Fish in a Drawer"), Charlie and Alan's mother marries an older gentleman who is found dead on Charlie's bed during the wedding reception.
  • In Veronica Mars, after years of near-misses, Logan Echolls dies moments after marrying Veronica, via car bomb.

  • The aforementioned The Bride Wore Black served as inspiration for Kate Bush's "The Wedding List" in which a woman widowed at the wedding hatches her revenge.

  • According to Ovid's "Metamorphoses", immediately after Orpheus and Eurydice's wedding, Eurydice was walking with her nymph companions when when she stepped on a venomous snake, was bitten and died.

  • The title character of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor goes mad after having been forced to ditch her beloved Edgardo Ravenswood and marry a man named Arthur Bucklaw. She stabs Arthur to death on their wedding night and then she shows up at the reception, madly singing about Edgardo...
  • In Jekyll & Hyde, Jekyll is either shot or commits suicide upon his transformation into Hyde at his wedding, leaving Lisa/Emma as a widow. Depending on the production, this can be during the ceremony itself or at the reception afterwards.
  • Invoked deliberately by Fairfax in The Yeomen of the Guard, who gets married the day he's slated to be executed so that his money will go to his widow instead of the cousin who accused him of sorcery. Things get complicated after his friends help him escape.
  • Westeros: An American Musical: The events from the source material covered by the play include Joffrey and Margaery's wedding, which famously ended with the groom dead.

  • The Teddy Scares character Annabelle Wraithia has the backstory of losing her husband on her wedding day and then getting cremated. Now her spirit wanders the earth, hoping to be reunited with her lost spouse.

    Urban Legends 
  • There's a classic ghost story where during the reception at their home the bride, groom and their guests decide to play hide and seek. When the game is over, no one can find the bride and after searching the rest of the night they decided she must have run away. Years later the husband goes into the attic and sees an antique chest in the corner, he opens it and finds a skeleton wearing a wedding dress. His wife had hidden up here and the lid of the chest had fallen and locked her in. Her fingers are bent and twisted and her mouth is open in a silent scream.
  • There are two famous hotels (one by the California sea and another in Alberta [Canada]) that have gorgeous staircases, often used by brides-to-be to rehearse for the moment they'll go up the aisle. Both are supposedly haunted by the ghosts of unlucky brides who, during The Roaring '20s, died upon tripping on their gorgeous wedding dresses and then falling to their deaths.
  • There's an urban legend where a bride-to-be, feeling she looks anemic, wants to get a nice tan before the wedding. Unfortunately, she only has a week, and all the tanning salons she calls say that for safety reasons they cannot allow more than one half hour session every two days, and for the effect she wants she'd prefer to have a two-hour session every day. She gets around this by scheduling appointments at different tanning salons. A week later – voilà! A lovely tan! As she's getting ready for the wedding, though, she notices her breath has a foul odour. She doesn't have time to do anything about it, so she just pops a tic tac and is on her way. In the middle of the vows, she suddenly collapses, dead — turns out all that tanning had cooked her from the inside.

    Video Games 
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, this kinda happens to a female City Elf player character. She is abducted during her wedding and Nelaros, her spouse, dies while attempting to rescue her.
    "Take another step, human, and I guarantee it shall be your last. My friends are dead, my life is in tatters, because of you and your kin. I have nothing to lose, but you still possess your other eye." Damn... just... damn.

  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, one Dark Brotherhood quest has you create a gender-inverted version of this situation. The Emperor's cousin is marrying a man from a prominent Nord family, and your job is to kill her in order to force the Emperor to come to Skyrim so you can kill him. Of course, you can always send the groom to join his wife immediately after...
  • Final Fantasy XII has Ashe and Rasler. Despite the fact that it seemed as though they were only an arranged marriage, they had fallen in love prior to it. Shortly after their wedding, the Archadian Empire began its invasion of Nalbina and Rasler led the invasion forces to Nalbina to liberate the city. He died in the attempt.
  • In one possible ending of Grand Theft Auto IV, an assassin is sent to kill Niko Bellic as he attends his cousin Roman's wedding. The assassin fails to kill Niko, but Roman is shot and killed instead, leaving his wife a widow.
  • Happens to the King of the Facade in Nier. Fyra is bitten by Roc half-minute after their wedding and dies soon thereafter.
  • This trope is what kick-starts the Time Travel plot of Time and Eternity. It then happens again after all is supposedly solved. The third time, the murder is averted.
  • In the background information of Zork Zero, Lucrezia Flathead had this happen to her ten times. It's strongly implied that she was responsible for this happening, along with the deaths of her first three husbands, none of whom made it to their first anniversary.

    Western Animation 
  • Futurama parodies this in "Bend Her" when Bender gets a sex change to cheat at the Olympics, then later marries Calculon to scam him. When he decides he can't go through with the scam, but doesn't want Calculon to learn the truth, and can't figure out a way to back out of the marriage, Leela and the others help him stage his elaborate, overly-dramatic death at the wedding because "if there's one thing [Calculon] can handle, it's soap opera pain."
  • Played for Laughs in a Robot Chicken sketch when the (rather old) groom dies of a heart attack as he and his bride leave the church. The bride expresses sorrow, and then asks if it 'still counts' as a marriage.
  • Samurai Jack: In the final episode, Jack and Ashi attempt to marry. But because she was born of Aku, and Jack killed Aku in the past, she fades from existence before she reaches the altar. Pretty much similar to the Nia example.
  • The Itchy & Scratchy Show has one in the episode "I'm Getting Buried in the Morning", where Itchy kills Scratchy's bride during their kiss. Scratchy has just a few seconds to scream over his wife's death before he, too, is decapitated.
  • In Rick and Morty episode "The Wedding Squanchers", Birdperson gets killed by his undercover wife on their wedding day.


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