Created By: RadicalTaoist on July 10, 2010 Last Edited By: RadicalTaoist on July 24, 2010
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December December Romance

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Romantic love that arises between two elderly or senior characters. If mortality or mental illness is a theme, this is a sure recipe for Tear Jerkers aplenty. Compare May-December Romance. We've got another YKTTW for couples that grow old together.
Film
  • In The Princess Diaries 2 (the Disney film, not the books), Joe the chauffer falls in love with the dowager queen. Their dialogue suggests that they've had some UST for quite a while, but are only now admitting it... ...and they finally decide to get married in the end.

Live-Action TV
  • Happened on Golden Girls when Sophia fell in love with a man she met on the boardwalk. Sadly, it was hinted at during the episode and revealed at the end that he had Alzheimer's, so they had to cut it short because he was going to be put in a home.
  • Britcom As Time Goes By - young lovers, a soldier and a nurse, lose contact when he's shipped off to the Korean War. They're re-united in their golden years. Counts as both a case of this trope and Grow Old with Me.
  • Happened with a couple of guest characters (both widowed) on Good Times. It was mentioned that as a married couple they could get more from social security than if they were single.

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Western Animation
  • Grandpa has had these a couple of times on The Simpsons. In one case, Marge tried to hook him up with her widowed mother (then Mr Burns came along). In another he dated a woman who lived in the same old folks home who died and left him a large sum of money.
Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • July 9, 2010
    LickyLindsay
    Is this about couples who meet and fall in love as old people, or couples who simply grew old together?
  • July 9, 2010
    AFP
    Sounds like it's about two characters who begin their relationship when already along in years. I like the name. I'm pretty sure the situation came up at some point in "To Sail Beyond The Sunset", subverted in that the elderly woman in question was destined to go on living for quite a while thanks to some future tech and a time traveling flying car (I'm not making this up, It Makes Sense In Context)
  • July 9, 2010
    PaulA
    The three examples are all couples-who-grew-old-together.
  • July 9, 2010
    Koveras
    Rarely happens to same-sex couples according to the Nobody Over 50 Is Gay page (which is filled with aversions, go figure).
  • July 9, 2010
    randomsurfer
    Happened with a couple of guest characters (both widowed) on Good Times. It was mentioned that as a married couple they could get more from social security than if they were single.
  • July 9, 2010
    GamerAmI
    Happened on Golden Girls when Sophia fell in love with a man she met on the boardwalk. Sadly, it was hinted at during the episode and revealed at the end that he had Alzheimer's, so they had to cut it short because he was going to be put in a home.
  • July 9, 2010
    LillyS
    The Notebook.
  • July 9, 2010
    Bisected8
    Grandpa has had these a couple of times on The Simpsons. In one case, Marge tried to hook him up with her widowed mother (then Mr Burns came along). In another he dated a woman who lived in the same old folks home who died and left him a large sum of money.
  • In The Princess Diaries 2 (the Disney film, not the books), Joe the chauffer falls in love with the dowager queen. Their dialogue suggests that they've had some UST for quite a while, but are only now admitting it... ...and they finally decide to get married in the end.
  • July 10, 2010
    Dcoetzee
    How about just Elderly Couple?
  • July 10, 2010
    RadicalTaoist
    I'm don't know if we should split couples-who-grew-old-together from couples-who-met-late-in-life, as two separate tropes. What do you think? We could use Elderly Couple for the first and December December Romance for the second.
  • July 10, 2010
    JoveHack
    Live Action TV
    • Britcom As Time Goes By - young lovers, a soldier and a nurse, lose contact when he's shipped off to the Korean War. They're re-united in their golden years.
  • July 10, 2010
    CodeMan38
    The grew-old-together variation is central to the plot of Up.
  • July 10, 2010
    randomsurfer
    "Elderly Couple" should be Grow Old Along With Me. (And should be in a separate YKTTW, if at all.)
  • July 10, 2010
    RadicalTaoist
    All right, I'll split it up. Grow Old With Me incoming.
  • July 11, 2010
    Unknown Troper
  • July 11, 2010
    RadicalTaoist
    What indices and pages should I add this to?
  • July 11, 2010
    aenthin
    Rugrats has one with Grandpa Lou and Lulu. They even got married.
  • July 18, 2010
    RadicalTaoist
    I think I'll launch this later today.
  • July 24, 2010
    RadicalTaoist
    Launching.

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