Pretend Couple

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Trope · Genre
Synonyms: Pretending to be Married, Pretending to be Engaged, Fake Boyfriends/Girlfriends
Related: Undercover in a Gay Bar
See Also: AMTDI
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Pretend Couple is a trope found in all genres of fanworks. This trope includes all sorts of pretenses; marriages of convenience, undercover identities, investigations, financial schemes, immigration schemes, high school reunion dates, wedding dates, making someone jealous, and many others.

The main purpose of the trope is to throw the couple together in extended proximity and then explore the hidden, or not so hidden, feelings that develop. It has a long, long history in original media, in everything from films, romance novels and sitcoms.[1] Undercover in a Gay Bar is a slash-specific version of this trope that puts the couple in a gay-friendly environment.

Pretending to be married is on the Cliché Bingo list.[2]

The trope is sometimes used as a jumping off point for an AMTDI story, where the "aliens" call the bluff of the pretense.

Example Fanworks


  1. The Beard at TV Tropes, accessed April 18, 2010
  2. The Big List of Clichés, Accessed April 18, 2010
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