Arranged Marriage

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Tropes and genres
Synonym(s)marriage of arrangement, Arranged Marriage AU
Related tropes/genresMarriage, Mail-Order Bride (trope), Child Marriage, Marriage of Convenience (trope), Forced Marriage, Marriage Law Challenge
See alsoAlternate Universe, Matchmaking
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Arranged Marriage is a trope in which an arranged marriage between two characters is the focus of a fanwork - generally fanfics. The arranged marriage trope appears in many many fandoms, both those where an arranged marriage is a relatively plausible idea, such as historical or fantasy fandoms, like the The Hobbit, and those in which it really isn't. It is used as a way to get a pairing together who wouldn't normally get together such as crack ships or doomed ships. In some fandoms, these fanworks are labeled "arranged marriage AUs".

In the Potterverse, Marriage Law stories are a common trope, with marriages between muggleborns & purebloods being arranged by the Ministry, ostensibly to increase the magical population.

In fandoms with a contemporary realistic setting, arranged marriage stories are sometimes associated with historical AUs or royalty AUs.

Example Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

The 100:

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:


Avatar: The Last Airbender:

  • Thirteen Nights by wargoddess, Zutara. "Written after the finale of Season 2, and speculating several years forward. The war is over, thanks be to the Avatar, but hatred takes longer to die. The non-con warning is for an arranged marriage; I know not all AMs are non-consensual, but this one is."


Boku no Hero Academia:

Captive Prince

Harry Potter

The Hobbit

The Old Guard

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

The Untamed

Teen Wolf:

The Witcher

Further Reading