▸ Trope: fake it till you make it

dramas I have watched/tried (or planning to) with marriage/dating of convenience tropes:

  • contract/pretend dating/marriages: usually an agreement entered by both leads for anything but love
  • arranged/forced/accidental marriages: usually happening against the intention or without knowledge of both or either one of the leads
  • substitute bride: a very special subtrope of arranged marriage - in which the marriage is intended but a wrong bride is introduced instead
  • marriage romance: in particular ones we're shown the leads are already married to each other for anything but love - the romance develops only in their marriage life

by extension, it also includes:

  • forced living arrangement or cohabitation when leads are forced to live together with romance as end point

off-MDL:

I will also attempt to grade how good each drama is for their tropes.


P/S: PLEASE BE REMINDED THAT THIS IS A PERSONAL LIST.

Rin Dez 13, 2016
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  • Inborn Pair

    1. Inborn Pair

    Taiwanese Drama - 2011, 84 episodes

    8.5

    arranged marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Destinado a Te Amar

    2. Destinado a Te Amar

    Taiwanese Drama - 2008, 24 episodes

    7.5

    accidental pregnancy + forced marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Casamento, Não Namoro

    3. Casamento, Não Namoro

    Korean Drama - 2014, 16 episodes

    8.0

    fake dating

    (Grade: A+)

  • Casal Perfeito

    4. Casal Perfeito

    Chinese Drama - 2014, 45 episodes

    7.0

    substitute bride

    (Grade: A+)

  • Minta Pra Mim

    5. Minta Pra Mim

    Korean Drama - 2011, 16 episodes

    8.0

    fake dating

    (Grade: A+)

  • Beijo Atrevido: Amor em TÓQUIO

    6. Beijo Atrevido: Amor em TÓQUIO

    Japanese Drama - 2013, 16 episodes

    9.0

    forced living arrangement

    (Grade: A+)

  • Embriagado de Amor por Você

    7. Embriagado de Amor por Você

    Taiwanese Drama - 2011, 30 episodes

    7.5

    accidental marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Casa Cheia

    8. Casa Cheia

    Thai Drama - 2014, 20 episodes

    7.5

    forced living arrangement + contract marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Nas Asas do Amor

    9. Nas Asas do Amor

    Filipino Drama - 2015, 145 episodes

    7.0

    contract marriage + cohabitation

    (Grade: A+)

  • Hua Jian Ti Hu Fang Da Chu

    10. Hua Jian Ti Hu Fang Da Chu

    Chinese Drama - 2017, 36 episodes

    8.0

    substitute bride

    (Grade: A+)

  • Wars of In-Laws

    11. Wars of In-Laws

    Hong Kong Drama - 2005, 20 episodes

    7.0

    substitute bride
    bonus: identity porn!!

    (Grade: A+) 

  • Go Princess Go

    12. Go Princess Go

    Chinese Drama - 2015, 35 episodes

    7.5

    post-marriage romance

    (Grade: A-)

  • 1% de Alguma Coisa

    13. 1% de Alguma Coisa

    Korean Drama - 2016, 16 episodes

    5.0

    arranged marriage/contract dating

    (Grade: A-)

  • Good Morning Call

    14. Good Morning Call

    Japanese Drama - 2016, 17 episodes

    5.0

    forced living arrangement

    (Grade: A)

  • Me Beije

    15. Me Beije

    Thai Drama - 2015, 20 episodes

    6.0

    forced living arrangement

    (Grade: B)

  • Mestre Demônio Não Me Beije

    16. Mestre Demônio Não Me Beije

    Chinese Drama - 2017, 23 episodes

    5.0

    forced living arrangement

    (Grade: B)

  • Horas de Princesa

    17. Horas de Princesa

    Korean Drama - 2006, 24 episodes

    1.5

    arranged marriage

    (Grade: B)

  • Destinado a Te Amar

    18. Destinado a Te Amar

    Korean Drama - 2014, 20 episodes

    6.0

    accidental pregnancy + forced marriage

    (Grade: A)

  • Orgulho

    19. Orgulho

    Japanese Drama - 2004, 11 episodes

    6.0

    fake dating

    (Grade: B)

  • O Verão da Raposa

    20. O Verão da Raposa

    Chinese Drama - 2017, 21 episodes

    7.5

    cohabitation

    (Grade: A)

  • Por Favor, Me Ame

    21. Por Favor, Me Ame

    Chinese Drama - 2019, 24 episodes

    8.0

    pretend marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Carruagem Errada, Noivo Certo

    22. Carruagem Errada, Noivo Certo

    Chinese Drama - 2001, 20 episodes

    8.5

    substitute bride

    (Grade: A+)

  • Paen Rai Long Tai Wa Rak

    23. Paen Rai Long Tai Wa Rak

    Thai Drama - 2017, 30 episodes

    7.5

    accidental marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Por favor, Me Ame!

    24. Por favor, Me Ame!

    Japanese Drama - 2016, 10 episodes

    10

    cohabitation

    (Grade: A+)

  • O Amor Eterno

    25. O Amor Eterno

    Chinese Drama - 2017, 24 episodes

    7.5

    post-marriage romance

    (Grade: A)

  • Oum Ruk

    26. Oum Ruk

    Thai Drama - 2006, 14 episodes

    7.0

    accidental pregnancy + fake marriage

    (Grade: A)

  • Isso Começou Com Um Beijo

    27. Isso Começou Com Um Beijo

    Taiwanese Drama - 2005, 20 episodes

    forced living arrangement

    (Grade: A+)

  • Surgeons

    28. Surgeons

    Chinese Drama - 2017, 44 episodes

    6.5

    cohabitation

    (Grade: B)

  • Gochisousan

    29. Gochisousan

    Japanese Drama - 2013, 150 episodes

    9.5

    cohabitation

    (Grade: A)

  • Nagareboshi

    30. Nagareboshi

    Japanese Drama - 2010, 10 episodes

    6.0

    contract marriage

    (Grade: C)

  • Meu Namorado Incrível

    31. Meu Namorado Incrível

    Chinese Drama - 2016, 28 episodes

    7.5

    cohabitation

    (Grade: B+)

  • Namorado Absoluto

    32. Namorado Absoluto

    Japanese Drama - 2008, 11 episodes

    8.5

    cohabitation

    (Grade: A-)

  • Tawipob

    33. Tawipob

    Thai Drama - 2011, 17 episodes

    10

    forced living arrangement

    (Grade: A+)

  • Porque Esta é a Minha Primeira Vida

    34. Porque Esta é a Minha Primeira Vida

    Korean Drama - 2017, 16 episodes

    8.5

    cohabitation + contract marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Só Um Homem Não Um Mágico

    35. Só Um Homem Não Um Mágico

    Thai Drama - 2016, 15 episodes

    8.0

    contract marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Amada Esposa Leal

    36. Amada Esposa Leal

    Thai Drama - 2016, 14 episodes

    7.5

    substitute bride

    (Grade: A+)

  • Koo Gum

    37. Koo Gum

    Thai Drama - 2004, 16 episodes

    8.5

    political marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Koo Gum

    38. Koo Gum

    Thai Drama - 2013, 24 episodes

    8.0

    political marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Paragit Ruk Series: Yeut Fah Ha Pigat Ruk

    39. Paragit Ruk Series: Yeut Fah Ha Pigat Ruk

    Thai Drama - 2017, 10 episodes

    2.5

    pretend marriage

    (Grade: F)

  • O Destino do Amor

    40. O Destino do Amor

    Thai Drama - 2018, 15 episodes

    9.0

    cohabitation + arranged marriage

    (Grade: A-)

  • Você é Meu Destino

    41. Você é Meu Destino

    Thai Drama - 2017, 17 episodes

    6.0

    accidental pregnancy + forced marriage

    (Grade: A)

  • Khun Chai Rachanon

    42. Khun Chai Rachanon

    Thai Drama - 2013, 11 episodes

    8.0

    arranged marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Khun Chai Puttipat

    43. Khun Chai Puttipat

    Thai Drama - 2013, 10 episodes

    7.0

    pretend marriage

    (Grade: B)

  • Como Nos Filmes

    44. Como Nos Filmes

    Filipino Drama - 2020, 8 episodes

    8.5

    fake dating + forced living arrangement

    (Grade: A+)

  • Coabitação

    45. Coabitação

    Chinese Movie - 2018

    7.5

    forced living arrangement

    (Grade: B)

  • Não Posso Evitar Me Apaixonar

    46. Não Posso Evitar Me Apaixonar

    Filipino Movie - 2017

    8.5

    accidental marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • Vai, Cara de Lula!

    47. Vai, Cara de Lula!

    Chinese Drama - 2019, 41 episodes

    7.0

    fake dating

    (Grade: A-)

  • My Neighbour Can't Sleep

    48. My Neighbour Can't Sleep

    Chinese Drama - 2019, 24 episodes

    7.0

    forced living arrangement

    (Grade: A-)

  • Pope Rak

    49. Pope Rak

    Thai Drama - 2014, 12 episodes

    7.0

    forced living arrangement (well technically they're physically bound to each other)

    (Grade: A+)

  • The Story of Souls from Endless Books

    50. The Story of Souls from Endless Books

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 20 episodes

    8.0

    post-marriage romance (kinda)

    (Grade: A-)

  • 2gether A Série

    51. 2gether A Série

    Thai Drama - 2020, 13 episodes

    6.5

    fake dating

    (Grade: A)

  • Você é o Meu Destino

    52. Você é o Meu Destino

    Chinese Drama - 2020, 36 episodes

    7.0

    accidental pregnancy + forced marriage

    (Grade: A-)

  • Amor e Decepção

    53. Amor e Decepção

    Thai Drama - 2022, 16 episodes

    7.5

    forced marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • O Código da Inveja

    54. O Código da Inveja

    Thai Drama - 2020, 17 episodes

    7.5

    forced marriage + forced living arrangement

    (Grade: B+)
    The pairing's appeal was more in its hurt/comfort!

  • Coração Brilhante Como Jade

    55. Coração Brilhante Como Jade

    Chinese Drama - 2021, 45 episodes

    7.5

    arranged marriage

    (Grade: A+)

  • O Truque da Vida e do Amor

    56. O Truque da Vida e do Amor

    Chinese Drama - 2021, 32 episodes

    7.0

    fake dating + cohabitation (+ amnesia)

    (Grade: A)

  • Amor entre Fada e Demônio

    57. Amor entre Fada e Demônio

    Chinese Drama - 2022, 36 episodes

    7.0

    forced living arrangement

    (Grade: A-)

  • O Começo de Uma Nova Vida

    58. O Começo de Uma Nova Vida

    Chinese Drama - 2022, 40 episodes

    7.5

    arranged marriage

    (Grade: A-)

  • Osama ni Sasagu Kusuriyubi

    59. Osama ni Sasagu Kusuriyubi

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 10 episodes

    7.0

    contract marriage

    (Grade: A-)

  • Métodos de Exploração do Amor

    60. Métodos de Exploração do Amor

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 22 episodes

    6.5

    fake dating (pretty much substitute bride but make it modern fake dating)

    (Grade: A-)

  • Uma Queda por Você

    61. Uma Queda por Você

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 36 episodes

    8.0

    marriage romance

    (Grade: A++)

  • Oi Vênus

    62. Oi Vênus

    Chinese Drama - 2022, 24 episodes

    8.0

    fake dating (the story is not built on it though still good!)

    (Grade: A)

  • Viciado

    63. Viciado

    Chinese Drama - 2016, 15 episodes

    7.5

    cohabitation

    (Grade: A+)

  • Para Minha Estrela

    64. Para Minha Estrela

    Korean Drama - 2021, 9 episodes

    7.0

    cohabitation

    (Grade: A-)

  • Pretendente Surpresa

    65. Pretendente Surpresa

    Korean Drama - 2022, 12 episodes

    5.5

    fake dating

    (Grade: D)

  • O Amor Estrelado

    66. O Amor Estrelado

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 40 episodes

    6.5

    substitute bride

    (Grade: C)

  • Encantadora Garota de Espadas

    67. Encantadora Garota de Espadas

    Chinese Drama - 2019, 24 episodes

    3.0

    marriage romance

    (Grade: C)

  • Stupid Cupid

    68. Stupid Cupid

    Thai Drama - 2015, 12 episodes

    4.0

    arranged marriage

    (Grade: F)

  • Cerco na Névoa

    69. Cerco na Névoa

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 50 episodes

    marriage romance

  • Manee Yard Fah

    70. Manee Yard Fah

    Thai Drama - 2000, 13 episodes

    pretend marriage

    (PTW)

  • Wanida

    71. Wanida

    Thai Drama - 2010, 16 episodes

    arranged marriage

    (PTW)

  • Sapai Glai Peun Tiang

    72. Sapai Glai Peun Tiang

    Thai Drama - 2009, 13 episodes

    fake marriage

    (PTW)

  • Lom Sorn Ruk

    73. Lom Sorn Ruk

    Thai Drama - 2015, 14 episodes

    fake marriage

    (PTW)

  • Fugir é Vergonhoso, Mas Útil

    74. Fugir é Vergonhoso, Mas Útil

    Japanese Drama - 2016, 11 episodes

    contract marriage

    (PTW)

  • Minha Noiva Secreta

    75. Minha Noiva Secreta

    Thai Drama - 2019, 18 episodes

    pretend marriage

    (PTW)

  • Peace Hotel

    76. Peace Hotel

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 38 episodes

    7.0

    pretend marriage

    (Status: dropped at 15/38)

  • Brilho de Vaga-lumes

    77. Brilho de Vaga-lumes

    Japanese Drama - 2007, 10 episodes

    forced living arrangement

    (Status: perennial on-hold)

  • Casamento Feliz!?

    78. Casamento Feliz!?

    Japanese Drama - 2016, 12 episodes

    arranged marriage

    (Status: Dropped at 3/12)
    would recommend to read the manga instead! A+ for arranged marriage feels

  • Oh, Minha General

    79. Oh, Minha General

    Chinese Drama - 2017, 60 episodes

    arranged marriage

    (Status: Dropped at 17/60)

  • Amor Bem Intencionado

    80. Amor Bem Intencionado

    Chinese Drama - 2019, 20 episodes

    5.0

    contract marriage

    (Status: Dropped at 12/20)

  • Começar de Novo

    81. Começar de Novo

    Chinese Drama - 2020, 35 episodes

    4.0

    contract marriage

    (Status: Dropped at 2/35)

  • Perfeito e Casual

    82. Perfeito e Casual

    Chinese Drama - 2020, 24 episodes

    contract marriage

    (Status: Dropped at 2/24)

  • A Garota Certa

    83. A Garota Certa

    Chinese Drama - 2021, 24 episodes

    substitute bride

    (Status: Dropped at 2/24)

  • Amor Inesquecível

    84. Amor Inesquecível

    Chinese Drama - 2021, 24 episodes

    fake marriage

    (Status: Dropped at 4/24)

  • Meu Marido de Acordo Com a Lei

    85. Meu Marido de Acordo Com a Lei

    Thai Drama - 2020, 15 episodes

    contract marriage

    (Status: Dropped)

  • Uma Nora Importada

    86. Uma Nora Importada

    Thai Drama - 2020, 17 episodes

    contract marriage

    (Status: Dropped)

  • Gengibre é Picante, Galanga é Quente

    87. Gengibre é Picante, Galanga é Quente

    Thai Drama - 2019, 34 episodes

    arranged marriage

    (Status: Dropped)

  • Eu Sou Você

    88. Eu Sou Você

    Thai Drama - 2018, 31 episodes

    forced marriage

    (Status: Dropped)

  • Suparburoot Jorm Jon: Maturot Lohgan

    89. Suparburoot Jorm Jon: Maturot Lohgan

    Thai Drama - 2019, 16 episodes

    forced marriage

    (Status: Dropped)

  • Wiwa Fah Laep

    90. Wiwa Fah Laep

    Thai Drama - 2022, 17 episodes

    contract marriage

    (Status: Dropped)

  • Até o Fim da Lua

    91. Até o Fim da Lua

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 40 episodes

    arranged marriage

    (Status: Dropped)

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