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25th Sep '17 4:31:13 PM LinTaylor
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* ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'' has this going on with Missy, who's approximately three years older than the titular duo[[note]]They went to the same high school; she was a senior when they were freshmen[[/note]] but ends up married to both their fathers over the course of the series. This is something of a sore point for Bill, who had a crush on her, but Ted is surprisingly okay with it. [[spoiler:And at the end of the second movie, Missy ends up wedding the BigBad [=DeNomolos=], who's even older.]]
17th Sep '17 11:45:48 PM Abodos
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' has Robbie and Jerrin. The former is a LongLived Sheikah who is at least 120 when Link meets him in the present day, while his wife is a Hylian who is about 50 years younger than him. They're HappilyMarried and have a MixedAncestry son named Granté.

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' has Robbie and Jerrin. The former is a LongLived Sheikah (a tribe of humans capable of reaching 150 under normal circumstances) who is at least 120 when Link meets him in the present day, while his wife is a Hylian who is about 50 years younger than him. They're HappilyMarried and have a MixedAncestry son named Granté.
13th Sep '17 6:39:18 AM john_e
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* Creator/WilkieCollins' ''Literature/ManAndWife'' has three, though in the first two cases we only meet the wife as after she's been widowed.

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* Creator/WilkieCollins' ''Literature/ManAndWife'' has three, though in the first two cases we only meet the wife as after she's been widowed.
13th Sep '17 6:38:47 AM john_e
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* Creator/WilkieCollins' ''Man and Wife'' concludes with the marriage of [[spoiler:Anne Silvester]] and [[spoiler:Sir Patrick Lundie]], although [[spoiler:Sir Patrick]] is decades older.

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* Creator/WilkieCollins' ''Man ''Literature/ManAndWife'' has three, though in the first two cases we only meet the wife as after she's been widowed.
** Sir Thomas Lundie would have been 30-40 years older than his second wife (at the start of the action, she's in her mid-thirties; Sir Patrick, Sir Thomas's younger brother, is 70).
** Mrs Glenarm is 24,
and Wife'' her late husband is stated to have been old enough to be her grandfather.
** The novel
concludes with the marriage of [[spoiler:Anne Silvester]] and [[spoiler:Sir Patrick Lundie]], although [[spoiler:Sir Patrick]] is decades older.
12th Sep '17 6:22:04 AM XFllo
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* Andrea and Dale from Comicbook/TheWalkingDead.
12th Sep '17 6:09:57 AM XFllo
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* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'': Lady Edith Crawley (in her 20s) and Sir Anthony Strallan (in his 50s, and widowed). Within her family, this was actually considered a fairly decent match for Edith before [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI the War]], in large part because her family thought Edith, being "less pretty" than her sisters and a bit tomboyish and abrasive to boot, couldn't do any better than a middle-aged widower. After the War, though, Sir Anthony came back with a crippled arm, and the family decided--and Sir Anthony recognised--that the match was no longer any good, as Edith would have to be a nursemaid to him rather than a wife. Edith refused to believe this until Sir Anthony jilted her at the altar.



* ''Series/ThePrimeMinisterAndI'': In this KoreanSeries, she is 28 and he is 42.



* ''Series/TheWire'' has Lester Freamon (50s) and Chardene (mid 20s in-story).
* {{Invoked|Trope}} in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. Ted dates Carly, and while they don't fit this trope (he's in his early 30s, she's 21), she seems to only be dating him because she thinks he's really old (remarking that he "still goes at it like he's in his 50s"). She describes being turned on by watching ''60 Minutes'' with him and playing shuffleboard.
** Also played with with one of Robin's brief relationships -- Ted admits the guy was probably in his 40s, but pictures him being much older.



* At times Christian art has traditionally depicted Mary as a young woman of about 16 and Joseph as an old man at the time of the Nativity. If one applies historical context to the story, Mary was probably between 14 and 18, with Joseph in at least his mid-twenties. [[ValuesDissonance That's the way it was back then.]] The depictions of Joseph as an old man aren't without basis, though. The fact that Joseph doesn't appear again after finding Jesus in the Temple suggests that he died somewhere between then and the Wedding at Cana. Furthermore, many early Christian sources suggest that Joseph was a widower, explaining the references to siblings of Jesus as the children of Joseph and his first wife (most likely in support of Mary being a perpetual virgin after giving birth to Jesus, according to Catholic doctrine).



* In the Creator/WilliamShakespeare play ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'', the title character (age unspecified, but getting up there) marries the pretty young Desdemona. Their age difference is one of the many reasons he suspects her of cheating on him: The man he thinks she's sleeping with is closer to her own age. She's actually perfectly loving and innocent, but given that this is one of Shakespeare's big 5 tragedies, [[KillEmAll you can probably guess what happens to her.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Mr. Burns once fell in love with a girlfriend of Snake's. She appears to be in her late twenties to early thirties. They had several dates in the episode, but she ultimately returned to Snake.
** Krusty and his new co-star, Princess Penelope. Their exact ages are uncertain, but Penelope is "under thirty-three," and was a fan of Krusty's show when she was a little girl.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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** Mr. Burns once fell in love with a girlfriend of Snake's. She appears to be in her late twenties to early thirties. thirties, and his age is probably over one hundred. They had several dates in the episode, but she ultimately returned to Snake.
** Krusty and his new co-star, Princess Penelope. Their exact ages are uncertain, but Penelope is "under thirty-three," and was a fan of Krusty's show when she was a little girl.
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** "Rome-Old and Julie-Eh" revolves around the romance and marriage of Abe Simpson and Selma Bouvier, their ages separated by nearly two decades. Their marriage didn't work out, due to Abe's senility leading to the ruination of their kitchen and Selma finding her new job as a department manager too stressful.



* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryKids'':
** In the episode "Dakota Droopy Returns", Droopy and Dripple are on a quest to rescue a beautiful young jungle princess, but they discover she has already been rescued by Grandpa Droopy and two have since gotten married. And the beautiful young princess is now Droopy and Dripple's new grandma.
* It's not a romance, but it's evident the mutual sexual tension between Jonesy and Yummy Mummy in ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}''.

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''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryKids'': In the episode "Dakota Droopy Returns", Droopy and Dripple are on a quest to rescue a beautiful young jungle princess, but they discover she has already been rescued by Grandpa Droopy and two have since gotten married. And the beautiful young princess is now Droopy and Dripple's new grandma.
* It's not a romance, but it's evident the mutual sexual tension between Jonesy and Yummy Mummy in ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}''.
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* The subject behind the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Brian's Got a Brand New Bag", where Brian is ridiculed for dating a 50=year-old woman instead of the hot bimbos he usually goes after. She didn't look 50 though, at least not until after she broke her hip.
** Brian also previously had a romance with an elderly woman he was forced to help take care of, until he unintentionally causes her to get struck down.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
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The subject behind the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Brian's Got a Brand New Bag", where Brian is ridiculed for dating a 50=year-old woman instead of the hot bimbos he usually goes after. She didn't look 50 though, at least not until after she broke her hip.
** Brian also previously had a romance with an elderly woman he was forced to help take care of, until he unintentionally causes her to get struck down.



** Any quick fling Quagmire has with a young girl counts, since he's confirmed to be in his [[OlderThanTheyLook sixties.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** There's one episode where everyone is given three hundred dollars, so Farnsworth, who is in his triple digits, uses it to get stem cell treatment to temporarily de-age him, resulting in him dating a young punk chick. In the end, she reveals she too took stem cell treatment to temporarily make her skinny and attractive, so when both their treatments were off, they decide to just go with it.
** There's Mom's relationship with Wernstrom in a flashback. Given that Mom is at least the Professor's age, and Wornstrom was his student, she's at least a decade or so older; though, he's not exactly young himself.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' episode "Dumb" it's revealed that [[spoiler:Joe's father is Dr. Secondopinionson and his mother is Nurse Bendy]]. They're not currently together though.

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** Any quick fling Quagmire has with a young girl counts, since he's confirmed to be in his [[OlderThanTheyLook sixties.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
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''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': There's one episode where everyone is given three hundred dollars, so Farnsworth, who is in his triple digits, uses it to get stem cell treatment to temporarily de-age him, resulting in him dating a young punk chick. In the end, she reveals she too took stem cell treatment to temporarily make her skinny and attractive, so when both their treatments were off, they decide to just go with it.
** There's Mom's relationship with Wernstrom in a flashback. Given that Mom is at least the Professor's age, and Wornstrom was his student, she's at least a decade or so older; though, he's not exactly young himself.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' episode "Dumb" it's revealed that [[spoiler:Joe's father is Dr. Secondopinionson and his mother is Nurse Bendy]]. They're not currently together though.
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1st Sep '17 6:18:47 AM XFllo
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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Monica's boyfriend Richard was "a person who can drink" older than her and friends with her parents. His friends are impressed that hes dating a twinkie. They eventually broke up because they were at such different stages of their lives, and she was much happier after falling in love with her best friend who was her own age.
-->'''Monica''': I used to pee in your pool!
* In the made-for-HBO movie ''The Girl in the Cafe'', the eponymous girl (early 20's) falls in love with a 46-year-old diplomat. They are in denial of this until they very end, even though he invites her to a conference in Iceland with him. They pull a bit of SheIsNotMyGirlfriend until they admit their feelings. Strictly speaking, this doesn't qualify, but, in a bit of a [[WTHCastingAgency Casting Fail]], the diplomat is played by a 56-year-old Bill Nighy, and he looks his age (i.e. the production doesn't down-age him via effects or makeup).
--> "Well, now I know two things about Iceland. It's where Music/{{Bjork}} comes from, and it's somewhere it's possible to fall in something very like love..."
* In the British ''[[Series/HouseOfCardsUK House of Cards]]'', there is a distinctly creepy one between Francis Urquhart (53 at the beginning of the series) and Mattie Storin (23 or 24). She actually calls him "Daddy," and although he's clearly using her for his own ends, it seems both are into this whole father/daughter dynamic for their own, twisted reasons (although we never quite fully figure out what they are).
30th Aug '17 11:04:37 PM DrOO7
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* ''Film/FirstKnight'' Arthur is 35-years older than Guinevere, though this was likely quite common at the time the film is set.



* A favorite trope of Creator/DanielleSteel, and one where she frequently displays a blatant DoubleStandard. However, the DoubleStandard is not based on gender, but rather the type of character--a hero/heroine can easily date or marry someone 20-25 older/younger--or in two extreme cases, ''40-something years older''. Even a virtual case of ephebophilia was presented as a romance--a 40-something year old man and a 16 year old girl (she was his daughter's best friend) fell in love and planned to marry as soon as she turned 18. Meanwhile, a villain is said to look ridiculous dating someone a mere 15 years younger than him.

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* A favorite trope of Creator/DanielleSteel, and one where she frequently displays a blatant DoubleStandard. However, the DoubleStandard is not based on gender, but rather the type of character--a hero/heroine character. As long as someone is a hero or heroine, they can easily date or marry someone 20-25 years older/younger--or in two extreme cases, ''40-something years older''. Even a virtual case Anyone objecting is in the wrong. The worst example of ephebophilia was presented as this is in the novel ''Family Album'', where a romance--a 40-something 49 year old man and a 16 15 year old girl (she was his daughter's best friend) fell in love and planned to marry love. Despite ''the man himself'' admitting that this is statutory rape--they consummated the relationship while she was still underage--they married as soon as she turned 18. Of course, her parents were seen as the bad guys for their completely reasonable outrage. Meanwhile, on the villainous side, a 40 year old man is outright described as "looking like an idiot" with a woman merely 15 years than him. And the younger person in this case is almost inevitably a villain is said to look ridiculous dating someone a mere 15 years younger than him.themself--a GoldDigger, airheaded, trampy, etc.



* In the Colleen [=McCullough=] novel ''Tim'', the mentally disabled title character falls in love with the woman who has employed him as a gardener, despite the fact that she's at least twenty years his senior.

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* In the Colleen [=McCullough=] novel ''Tim'', the mentally disabled title character falls in love with and the woman who has employed him as a gardener, gardener fall in love, despite the fact that she's at least twenty years his senior.


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* ''Series/AllMyChildren'': A good chunk of Adam Chandler's marriages were an example of this.


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* In the ''Series/MasterpieceTheatre'' minseries ''Reckless'', 30-something protagonist Owen Springer falls in love with his boss's 40-something wife, Anna. (there is a 19-year age difference between the actors).
22nd Aug '17 3:23:45 PM ectostar
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%% * "Hey Nineteen" by Music/SteelyDan.

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%% * "Hey Nineteen" by Music/SteelyDan.Music/SteelyDan is about a [[DeconstructedTrope middle-aged man's disappointment with a young lover]].


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* "Our Ages or Our Hearts" by Roberta Flack is about a woman in a relationship with someone much older (or younger) than her. This age gap is large enough to be deemed inappropriate by society, but the woman doesn't care. She asks her lover if they will stay with her or leave her due to judgment from others and the pressure of societal norms.
21st Aug '17 10:29:42 PM ectostar
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It refers to a romantic relationship where there is a ''drastic'' difference in age between the two participants. These seem to be less common in modern media, perhaps because some now perceive them to be {{Squick}}y. However, they still crop up from time to time; they're very common in [[SoapOpera soaps]] in particular.

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It refers to a romantic relationship where there is a ''drastic'' difference in age between the two participants. These seem to be less common in modern media, perhaps because some now perceive them to be {{Squick}}y. However, they still crop up from time to time; they're very common in [[SoapOpera soaps]] {{soap|Opera}}s in particular.



* One of these is the center of a big plot point in Chilean SoapOpera ''Romane''. The father of the female lead Jovanka (Melquiades, leader of the local Roma group, a [[FoxyGrandma Foxy Grandpa]] in his late 50's/early 60's) marries a girl in her late teens (Milenka, who's younger even than Jovanka's daughters aka Melquiades's own ''granddaughters''). In a subversion, it begins as a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage since Milenka herself ''does'' like Melquiades as a person. Predictably, however, the drama started to come out, and soon things went downhill.

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* One of these is the center of a big plot point in Chilean SoapOpera ''Romane''. The father of the female lead Jovanka (Melquiades, leader of the local Roma group, a [[FoxyGrandma [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave Foxy Grandpa]] in his late 50's/early 60's) marries a girl in her late teens (Milenka, who's younger even than Jovanka's daughters aka Melquiades's own ''granddaughters''). In a subversion, it begins as a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage since Milenka herself ''does'' like Melquiades as a person. Predictably, however, the drama started to come out, and soon things went downhill.



* "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart. [[[MrsRobinson She's the "December" half.]] And the narrator is well aware that she's nothing more than a jerk to him, but he's too in love to leave her. The song is based on RealLife events. Rod Stewart was seduced by an older woman when he was in his teens, and he describes it as a traumatic event.

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* "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart. [[[MrsRobinson [[MrsRobinson She's the "December" half.]] half]]. And the narrator is well aware that she's nothing more than a jerk to him, but he's too in love to leave her. The song is based on RealLife events. Rod Stewart was seduced by an older woman when he was in his teens, and he describes it as a traumatic event.



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