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17th Aug '16 1:25:20 PM EDP
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* A few of ''Manga/CityHunter''[='=]s recurring characters have the age part down... [[SubvertedTrope And don't care]]: Miki is a foreigner (or at least was raised in Central America) so she doesn't have the social conditioning, Kaori used to care (and would sometime drop hints to Ryo that she was getting to that age) until she learned that her beloved Ryo could not marry due being legally dead, and Saeko just doesn't care and [[BlatantLies will claim she's 20 whenever this is brought up]].
* Examples from ''Manga/CatsEye'':
** {{Subverted}} with Rui: she's in that age bracket, and her sisters, the fiancee of one of her sisters, and [[TheMatchmaker a cop friend with the hobby of matchmaking]] have tried to get her a boyfriend, failing because she just doesn't care. There are hints she's actually in love with Toshio, but [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy never says anything because he's the fiancee of her middle sister]].
** Late in the series Mitsuko Asatani starts approaching that age and gets progressively crankier for her inability to find a boyfriend. This is part of her {{Deconstruction}} of the OfficeLady trope: she's an ambitious woman with the skills to succeed even as policewoman (and has been explicitely called an elite cop), [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon and that's exactly what scares away most of her potential boyfriends]] (the rest are scared away by [[LethalChef her cooking]]). Fittingly, when she ''does'' get engaged it's by accident: [[ItMakesSenseInContext she happened to unknowingly have on her the deactivation code for the explosive watch Hitomi had put on Kamiya]], [[AccidentalMarriage and Kamiya ran through the whole town, ruined the cover of some of her fellow cops while they were undercover because only they knew where she was, barged on her meeting with the latest potential boyfriend shouting he needed her, and when the potential boyfriend tried to interfere he punched him out, and only then he realizes he has effectively proposed to her in the presence of witnesses]].
22nd Jul '16 2:37:43 AM DarkHunter
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* Mari Iijima, voice actress for Minmay in ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', mentions this trope by name in the DVD commentary for the ADV release of episode 9, "We are like Christmas Cakes".

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* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'':
** ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'':
Mari Iijima, voice actress for Minmay in ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', Minmay, mentions this trope by name in the DVD commentary for the ADV release of episode 9, "We are like Christmas Cakes".Cakes".
** ''Anime/MacrossDelta'': Freyja is implied to be one by Windermerean standards: she's 14 (later turning 15), and one reason she ran away from her home was the village elder putting extreme pressure on her to get married already. {{Justified}} by the Windermereans' short lifespans; dying at 30 means their race would have to start having kids at around 14 in order to have time to raise them.
29th Jun '16 9:51:11 AM talltalltree
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* ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'''s Rinna Sawagami is 29 years old and often refers to her worries of being too old for mariage. In one episode where a MonsterOfTheWeek is looking for a bride, he even rejects her as too old. [[spoiler:By the end of the series her co-worker Otta has fallen for her and she may finally be in with a chance of getting married.]]
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13th Jun '16 5:30:10 PM CelPrevXXVI
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* Heavy Cruiser Ashigara from ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'' is usually portrayed in fanworks as this for a few reasons: first is probably due to her namesake's "Hungry Wolf" nickname, which [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation usually gets misinterpreted]] as a woman seeking for a relationship with men; second could be a reference to the historical fact that several of her namesake ship's commanding officers were never married; and third is probably from a joke that came from her name "purity", which is usually thought of as a good thing but it's possible the joke is she's still "pure" (virgin, unmarried) despite her mid-to-late 20s look.
** [[AscendedMeme Milked for all its worth]] in the Anime adaptation, where Kisaragi initially mentions that she's suffered yet another failed mixer and didn't land a guy. Again referenced three episodes after, where she turns an otherwise fun curry-making contest into SeriousBusiness of incredible proportions due to her belief that getting first place would prove that she deserves to get married already. Take note, her remaining opponents then are technically kids.
8th Jun '16 2:55:54 AM Ramidel
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* ''Happy Negative Marriage'' has a RareMaleExample. The company that Keita works for expects that men will be married by 30. Its compensation plans are set up to favor married men, project management is unofficially restricted to men who can head a family, and its singles dorm kicks out anyone who turns 31. Keita's boss also forces him into [[ArrangedMarriage a marriage interview]] at the instigation of his mother; ignoring a "request" from one's boss is tantamount to suicide. But, you know, nobody's ''forcing'' him to get married.

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* ''Happy Negative Marriage'' has a RareMaleExample. The RareMaleExample, and one more focused on the social expectations than on the individual's own insecurities. Keita doesn't particularly want to be married, but the company that Keita he works for expects that men will be married by 30. Its compensation plans are set up to favor married men, project management is unofficially restricted to men who can head a family, and its singles dorm kicks out anyone who turns 31. Keita's boss also forces him into [[ArrangedMarriage a marriage interview]] at the instigation of his mother; ignoring a "request" from one's boss is tantamount to suicide. But, you know, nobody's ''forcing'' him to get married. [[spoiler: [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage Everything goes well for completely unrelated reasons]].]]
8th Jun '16 2:20:28 AM Ramidel
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* Mai Kujaku/Valentine in ''Anime/YuGiOh'': [[CelibateHero doesn't really seem to want to get married]] (one of her duels actually was against her "fiancée", the actor Jean-Paul), as her tastes may point to ''younger'' men, AKA Jonouchi/Joey (despite WordOfGod from Takahashi himself) or possibly Varon. This would explain what an adult woman is doing on an island playing children card games with children. (She's not the ''only'' adult, but most of the people are children.) Then again, card games are a SeriousBusiness, and she does state that she just wants the outrageously large prize money.
** Though there was no (explicit) prize money in the Battle City tournament... hmm....
** She could have done it for the rare cards.
** Mai is actually 24 years old, so she technically has not reached Christmas cake status yet. Not that it would matter to most fans anyway considering how good she looks.
8th Jun '16 2:16:56 AM Ramidel
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The ChristmasCake trope is related to NeverASelfMadeWoman. It's primarily the Japanese-culture specific variant of OldMaid, so Japanese entries should predominate this list. Also, a woman being single and 25 years or older is '''not''' enough to qualify for this trope, even if they ''are'' Japanese. In order to fall under this trope, the woman must make a specific reference to the concept of "needing to have been married by a certain age" - typically by either having a complex about being older and unmarried, or making it clear that they don't believe in the concept of being "too old to marry". If the trope itself [[DiscussedTrope is brought up]] but not in reference to any specific female characters, that counts as an example as well. If a non-Japanese entry is to be added, it must be one where the trope is discussed ''and'' where the age where an eligible bachelorette becomes a spinster is both specific ''and young'' (25 is still considered young in many cultures; it should be lower for a non-Japanese entry to count such that it stands out).

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The ChristmasCake trope is related to NeverASelfMadeWoman. It's primarily the Japanese-culture specific variant of OldMaid, so Japanese entries should predominate this list. Also, a woman being single and 25 years or older is '''not''' enough to qualify for this trope, even if they ''are'' Japanese. In order to fall under this trope, the woman must make a specific reference to the concept of "needing to have been married by a certain age" - typically by either having a complex about being older and unmarried, or making it clear that they don't believe in the concept of being "too old to marry". (If the woman simply doesn't care, and isn't made to care by the plot, it doesn't count.) If the trope itself [[DiscussedTrope is brought up]] but not in reference to any specific female characters, that counts as an example as well. If a non-Japanese entry is to be added, it must be one where the trope is discussed ''and'' where the age where an eligible bachelorette becomes a spinster is both specific ''and young'' (25 is still considered young in many cultures; it should be lower for a non-Japanese entry to count such that it stands out).



* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Robin, as a 28 year old unmarried woman (30 post-timeskip), qualifies for this trope, except that that fact doesn't seem [[NoHuggingNoKissing to matter at all in that universe.]] Funnily enough in the movie, Z, she ends up de-aged back to 18 by a foe's Devil Fruit ability. Usopp makes a comment that accidently implies this and she wasn't amused to say the least.
** Boa Hancock, who's 31, would also qualify (though ironiclly men do fall head over heels from her, not counting her Mero Mero power), except women in Amazon Lily do not seem to take husbands. However, she is madly in love with Luffy, who's 19, but doesn't return her feelings in the least.
8th Jun '16 2:09:12 AM Ramidel
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* ''Happy Negative Marriage'' has a RareMaleExample. The company that Keita works for expects that men will be married by 30. Its compensation plans are set up to favor married men, project management is unofficially restricted to men who can head a family, and its singles dorm kicks out anyone who turns 31. Keita's boss also forces him into [[ArrangedMarriage a marriage interview]] at the instigation of his mother; ignoring a "request" from one's boss is tantamount to suicide. But, you know, nobody's ''forcing'' him to get married.
7th Jun '16 12:09:36 PM rafi
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* Haruka Urashima from ''Manga/LoveHina''. She ''hates'' being reminded of her single status and called "ObaSan". Though she ultimately marries her VictoriousChildhoodFriend ([[spoiler:none other than Seta Noriyasu]]) in the manga. The anime seems to be the source for the tales of her discomfort with 'Auntie'; In the manga she seems to understand Keitaro means it as a sign of his affection for her; in any event she doesn't hunt him down for it. In the manga she hardly seems to care at all. Although that might be due to the fact she does not appear that often.

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* Haruka Urashima from ''Manga/LoveHina''. She ''hates'' being reminded of her single status and called "ObaSan"."ObaSan" (mostly in the anime than in the manga). Though she ultimately marries her VictoriousChildhoodFriend ([[spoiler:none other than Seta Noriyasu]]) in the manga. The anime seems to be the source for the tales of her discomfort with 'Auntie'; In the manga she seems to understand Keitaro means it as a sign of his affection for her; in any event she doesn't hunt him down for it. In the manga she hardly seems to care at all. Although that might be due to the fact she does not appear that often.
7th Jun '16 11:43:22 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Mari Iijima (voice actress for Minmay in Macross) mentions this trope by name in the DVD commentary for ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' episode 9, on the ADV release. "We are like Christmas Cakes"

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* Mari Iijima (voice Iijima, voice actress for Minmay in Macross) ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', mentions this trope by name in the DVD commentary for ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' the ADV release of episode 9, on the ADV release. "We are like Christmas Cakes"Cakes".
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