Marrying a Character - Love In-Between The Lines
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Posted 4/2/13 , edited 4/3/13
So basically, I'll cut right to the chase.

Relationships with human girls always suck for me. Either I can't keep them or if I do they are ugly as sin and it makes me not want to be with them. I have lost interest in human women completely. I refuse to turn gay as well, not only because it would be too weird for me, but it would make me another roadblock in their way of fighting for equality and claiming they didn't choose their lifestyle (which I would be proving wrong if I turned gay).

However, I have found a character that I really love...not as a fan but something more(and it's NOT any character from Bleach or Rosario + Vampire, despite my identity on Crunchyroll). I'm not gonna go too in depth about it because I really don't want people thinking I'm crazy. I'm here, rather, to discuss the legality of marrying a character. I'm also generalizing because I bet there's a bunch of you out there who would love to do this with YOUR absolute favorite characters as well. Doesn't matter what that character is from. Anime, video game, cartoon, sitcom...whatever! I've researched slightly online and the way it looks now, it is illegal pretty much everywhere, due in part to the fact that the character is not YOUR intellectual property. There is currently a petition in Japan to overturn this and legalize human-character marriages...but honestly I don't see that happening anytime soon.

My question to the smart otakus out there is this: If you paid the creator of the character the royalty fees to that character, is it then legal to marry that character, holding partial rights to it in a court of law? If it isn't, do you think it SHOULD be that way?

Personally, I feel if someone is willing to pay $5,000 or more for rights to a character...they should be allowed to do whatever they want with it. Money makes the world go round so if that's the price, I think many people would do it.

Of course, writing this, another issue has come to my attention. Duplicate fans. If such a thing actually existed, it wouldn't be long before almost every popular character in existence would be snatched up. I personally don't think that's fair. I guess in order for such a thing to work, the court would have to not take these so seriously. Also, the law would have to be that only people who can afford to purchase character rights can marry said characters. Also, the law would have to include that a marriage certificate could be the only legal document of marriage at all. Companies, especially those that involve banking or stock trading, would not be allowed to include or print the character's name on any official documents. MAYBE the could add the names for advertisements in the mail or something but that's a pretty big :"maybe". Since I really have nothing else to add, I'll ask the most basic question of all:

Should human-character relationships be accepted in society or is the world not ready for that culture shock yet?

Oh and please no smartass comments like "you are in love with a character? freak" or "this whole idea is stupid and childish"...only constructive criticism please. If you disagree, please explain why as nicely as you can.
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Posted 4/2/13 , edited 4/3/13
For one, this adds a whole different issue. When there are already problems with equality in society it'd be hard enough pushing something as, for lack of a better word, absurd as this. People who would actually have control over something like this would more than likely toss as soon as they heard it. I wouldn't even know if something like this is legal or illegal. I just don't see this even becoming an issue to debate with how many real problems are actually in our world right now. Even if the feelings are real, the character isn't unfortunately. And I doubt an author who has poured their time and effort into their story would want a random fan to marry their character.
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Posted 4/2/13 , edited 4/3/13
I think the main issue courts and governments world wide have with legalizing this type of marriage is it is between a person and an inanimate object.

A character has no ability to think for itself, move, etc... which means it can't consent to marriage, and I for the most part agree with that. Marriage to something that can't think for itself I find to be meaningless since it is a union between 2 people/character that is decided by one person. A long those lines a marriage should be between 2 people that have a mutual love for each other which isn't possible for a character.

With your money idea, it sounds more like you want to be a co-owner of that character's rights to use which would cost much more than your estimate of 5000.

I also wonder why you would want a marriage to a character, would you view them different or treat them different if you were able to marry them vs what you have now with them?
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Posted 10/20/13 , edited 10/20/13
Forum cleanup. Clearing out threads that have been inactive for more than 6 months.

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