Arranged Marriage

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Tropes and genres
Synonym(s)marriage of arrangement, Arranged Marriage AU
Related tropes/genresMail-Order Bride, Child Marriage, Marriage of Convenience, Forced Marriage, Marriage Law
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. In similarity to Marriage of state, Royal intermarriage or the Peace-weavers -- Anglo-Saxon women who were married to a member of an enemy tribe for the purpose of establishing peace between feuding groups.[1]

Example Fanworks

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



  1. ^ Dorothy Carr Porter, "The Heroic Age: The Social Centrality of Women in Beowulf". Archived from the original on 19 August 2006. Retrieved 9 August 2006., "The Social Centrality of Women in Beowulf: A New Context," The Heroic Age Issue 5