Arranged Marriage

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Trope · Genre
Synonyms: marriage of arrangement, Arranged Marriage AU
Related: Marriage, Mail-Order Bride (trope), Child Marriage, Marriage of Convenience (trope), Forced Marriage, Marriage Law Challenge
See Also: Alternate 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.:


  • Love Is A Kind Of Warfare by bri617, Oliver/Felicity, One week ago, Oliver Queen married Felicity Smoak, heir to the SmoakSolutions empire. A match made in business heaven. The only problem? He hates her. She hates him even more...

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:

  • The Prince and the Proper by KaitoKidnapper, Kirishima Eijirou/Bakugou Katsuki, The kingdom of Tulia, ruled by the Bakugou family, has very specific views on omegas and their place in society. A place on the throne is not one of them. Prince Bakugou Katsuki knows he is going to be a great king, like no one was before. Unfortunately, life has its way of ruining his carefully laid out plans. Omegas are not kings, and Katsuki is nothing but an omega. The omega's fate is pretty much sealed when he is set to be married to the Adrian prince, Kirishima Eijirou. Katsuki refuses to become some alpha's "proper" omega, but it would appear that he has no other choice. Neither prince really knows a thing about their soon-to-be mate, but it is undoubtedly clear that they could not be more different. Neither can bring themselves to look past their abhorrence for this arranged marriage, and even less do they expect to fall in love. Despite this, everything they thought they knew and all they thought they desired are questioned upon Katsuki's arrival in Adria. All Prince Kirishima Eijirou knows for certain now is that the Tulian prince is the most beautiful thing he has ever seen.

Captive Prince

Harry Potter

The Hobbit

The Old Guard

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

The Untamed

Teen Wolf:

  • A Desperate Arrangement by mikkimouse, Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski, After seven years of lengthy negotiations, the treaty between the Hales and the Argents has fallen apart and the two countries fell into war. Months later, there's an uneasy truce, thanks to the intervention of King Scott McCall, but it won't last. In a desperate attempt to maintain the peace, the Hales sign a treaty with the McCalls to marry Prince Derek to Prince Stiles Stilinski, King Scott's brother. In the history of the world, there have been many better ideas.

The Witcher

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