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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 jerker}}s aplenty. However, it can also be used optimistically, as proof that love and dating have no age limits--in that case, it frequently turns into a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming. Compare MayDecemberRomance and GrowOldWithMe. Often overlaps with NewOldFlame, if the two characters were lovers earlier in life but got separated for some reason. The opposite of PuppyLove, in which two unusually young characters have a romance--although in the NewOldFlame case, the same pair of characters may have been both.

However, don't count on seeing any same-sex relationships like this; it's well-known that NobodyOverFiftyIsGay. Aversions of this may note that the couple were unable to admit to their love in less enlightened times, but are making up for lost time now.

Definitely a case of TruthInTelevision, as many people do remarry or have long term relationships that begin very late in life.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/FullMoonOSagashite'', this becomes the case for Fuzuki and Seijurou. The two met in their teen years and loved each other, but because Fuzuki's best friend was [[LoveTriangle also in love with Seijurou]], thought the two had betrayed her and said friend [[spoiler: Moe Rikyou, aka ''Meroko'']] committed suicide, Fuzuki was too heart-broken and guilt-ridden to pursue a relationship with Seijurou after all. It's not until decades later that Seijurou sees Fuzuki again and the two are seen holding hands in the final chapter.
* An episode of ''Anime/SailorMoon Super S'' features a [[SugarAndIcePersonality snippy but secretly kind]] old woman named Mayako, who strikes an InterGenerationalFriendship with Chibi-Usa and Mamoru. It turns out that the reason why she looks so bitter is that she lost her old boyfriend twenty years ago, which made her a borderline BrokenBird. Said boyfriend, the famous SupremeChef Ichiro Ohno, returns into her life towards the end of the episode (after Mayako is saved from Hawk Eye by the Senshi) and apologies to her for the hurt he caused her, and they get together again and open a restaurant -- like they had sworn to do many years ago.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Chief and the title character's mother in DougTenNapel's ''Earthboy Jacobus'', which actually gets more focus than the title character's romance.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** Aunt May and J. Jonah Jameson Sr.
** Also, Aunt May and [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Edwin Jarvis]]. However, it didn't end well because [[spoiler:it turns out that "Jarvis" is actually a Skrull impostor, and has been for a while. The real Jarvis has likely never met her.]]
** And well, let's not forget the [[DeathByOriginStory fate]] of her first husband, Ben Parker. Just in case you thought the Parker romantic luck was restricted to Peter.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Gran and Peter Kiesl in ''ComicStrip/NineChickweedLane'' -- though this was a rekindling of a romance they had a half-century earlier.
* Happens to Grandpa Jim in ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse''.
* The titular character of ''ComicStrip/MaryWorth'' is in one of these with another resident of her condo complex. It's not the only example of this trope in the strip: a recent storyline had an elderly neighbour who was facing moving into a retirement home fall in love and marry a man living at the home, as well.
* ''ComicStrip/JumpStart'': Maureen (Marcy's mother) gets married to Clayton (father of Marcy and Joe's next-door neighbor, Clarence).
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' there's Queen Uberta and Lord Rogers. There's also some hints at Queen Uberta/King William but King William goes and dies.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries 2'' (the Disney film, not the books), [[IgnoredEnamoredUnderling Joe the the head of security]] falls in love with the dowager queen. Their dialogue suggests that they've had a sort of love affair for quite a while, but are only now admitting it... [[spoiler: ...and they finally decide to get married in the end]].
* ''Film/GrumpierOldMen'' has Grandpa Gustafson having a romance ([[DirtyOldMan in his own way]]) with Mama Ragetti, the mother of Maria Ragetti. When [[TearJerker God finally remembers him]], Mama is among the mourners at the funeral, and tosses a flower into the grave with him.
* ''Film/SomethingsGottaGive'' has Creator/JackNicholson's character opposite Creator/KeanuReeves's, competing for the affections of the beautiful older woman played by Diane Keaton. Even worse/better, she's the mother of ''his last girlfriend's''.
* Ivan Simanov and Victoria in ''Film/{{RED}}''. They're well into their sixties and clearly enamoured of each other, which qualifies them. Played with because [[spoiler: they were originally lovers as young adults before their jobs - and the fact that they were on opposite sides of the Cold War!!! - separated them]]. December/December rekindling, perhaps?
* Guillaume Blerot and the Widow Audel in ''Film/{{Chocolat}}''.
* Claire and Lorenzo in ''Film/LettersToJuliet'', who were separated when they were teenagers, married other people and after fifty years, were reunited and married.
* In ''Film/RobotAndFrank'' there is clearly a spark between retired jewel thief Frank and Jennifer the librarian, played by Frank Langella and Susan Sarandon. [[spoiler: she is his ex-wife, but his memory loss is so bad that he no longer remembers her.]]
* ''Film/TheBestExoticMarigoldHotel'' is full of this, notably [[spoiler: a rare gay inversion with Graham and his childhood sweetheart/servant.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', the delivery of a letter results in two childhood sweethearts, now elderly and widowed, getting married after all.
** Also seen with Mr. Weavall in ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky.''
* Paul and Elaine in ''Literature/TheGreenMile''.
* Eleni Cooper and Sir Myles in the ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' quartet. Very sweetly portrayed.
** In the ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' books, Sandry [[ShipperOnDeck ships]] her great-uncle with a dance instructor his age.
* In ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Memory]]'', Lady Alys Vorpatril (age 55) and Simon Illyan (age 60, perhaps older) get together after Illyan's medically forced retirement. At some point in the series, it's also mentioned that Miles' Betan grandmother (who is 90 if she's a day) is in a similar relationship with a gentleman in his 80s.
* In the ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' story "Indian Summer of an Uncle", Bertie's Uncle George has an "[[HollywoodMidlifeCrisis indian summer]]" and goes after [[MayDecemberRomance a girl much younger than himself]]. [[spoiler:Then he meets the girl's aunt, who turns out to be the lost love of his younger days, and marries her instead]].
%%* ''Literature/TheWestingGame'': [[spoiler:Otis Amber and Crow]].
* ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'':
** Schoolteacher Melissa Mailey and Dr. James Nichols. Both are in their late fifties at the time of the Ring of Fire, and they're both pleasantly surprised to find that they haven't... lost the capacity for enjoying each other. Which they do. On a regular basis. It's a mark of Melissa's CharacterDevelopment that she throws propriety to the winds and starts openly living in sin with him.
** Mayor Henry Dreeson and Veronica Richter, grandmother of Gretchen and Hans.
* In Judy Blume's ''Fudge-a-Mania'', Peter Hatcher's widowed grandmother gets married to the widower grandfather of Peter's SitcomArchNemesis Sheila Tubman.
* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' Dalinar Kholin and Navani Kholin. They are both in their fifties, he used to court her but she finally chose his brother Gavilar. The marriage resulted in two children but did not seem to be very happy. After her husband's death and Dalinar's near death, Navani finally decides to throw propriety to the winds and get together with the man she really loves. At first, he objects, because it's against the society's rules. He gets over it, though.
* ''Literature/MaleRising'' has Usman Abacar (a West African soldier and politician) and [[spoiler: Sarah Child (a British high-society woman)]] marrying once their respective spouses have died.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Happened on ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' when Sophia fell in love with a man she met on the boardwalk. [[spoiler: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]].
** In another episode she falls in love with her late best friend's husband.[[spoiler:They get married but realize it won't work out between them so they decide to become seperated.]]
* Britcom ''Series/AsTimeGoesBy'' - 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 GrowOldWithMe.
** Another example from the same show is Lionel's father Rocky and his lover Madge, who get married in their eighties.
* Happened with a couple of guest characters (both widowed) on ''GoodTimes''. It was mentioned that as a married couple they could get more from social security than if they were single.
* Happens to Karen [=McCluskey=] in the 6th season of ''Series/DesperateHousewives''.
* Admiral Adama and President Roslin in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', although they are rather middle-aged than eldelry. Also FireForgedFriends, since they did ''not'' get along well at first. Hell, he even deposed her once. (And re-posed[sic] her another time.)
* Tom and Diana in ''WaitingForGod''.
* Elka in ''HotInCleveland'' has multiple romantic interests just in the first season.
* Mr. Feeny and Dean Bolander in ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' (played, incidentally, by husband and wife Creator/WilliamDaniels and Bonnie Bartlett).
* Major Garreau and Sergeant Pepper in ''Series/ChinaBeach'' with a bit of an eventual tearjerker implied late in the last season when [[spoiler:it's mentioned that Sarge has had/has cancer and may not be long for this world.]]
* Gaius and Alice on ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' (even though they had met, nearly married, and broken up prior to the episode, it was still a late-in-life relationship).
* {{Silver Fox}}es Agent Gibbs and Dr. Ryan on ''Series/{{NCIS}}''.
* A weird example in [[RoboShip the Doctor and the TARDIS]] on ''Series/DoctorWho''. The first time they met in human form, they were both several hundred years old. On the other hand, they had been "together" for several hundred years before that too, without the Doctor really grasping how explicit the relationship was. On the other hand, when they first met, they were both instantly smitten with each other and ran off together, the TARDIS was already very old (an antique in fact) at that point, and it's implied the Doctor's first incarnation ''may'' have been rather old at the time too (although he was young by Time Lord standards). On the other hand, she's a sentient starship/time machine and he has a case of TheNthDoctor going on, so when they first meet in human form, his body appears to be in its late twenties and hers appears to be around forty-ish, so it's debatable whether it qualifies for this trope. On the ''other'' other hand, it's debatable whether a couple this bizarre properly qualifies for ''any'' romance trope, so....
* ''Last Tango In Halifax'' is about a couple in their seventies who, due to miscommunication, never got together in their teens, meet again on Facebook and get engaged the day they reunite in person.
* In one episode of ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'', Debra's father is shown to have remarried and wants to bring his new wife to Thanksgiving. Debra is upset, although Ray points out that if her mom is happy, she should be happy. Everyone is expecting a MayDecemberRomance, only for the woman to actually be older than him (the age is never stated, but Debra's father looked to be in his 60s and his new wife looked to be in her 80s).
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has Zek and Ishka, i.e. the romance between the leader of the entire Ferengi Alliance and Quark's mother. Quark didn't take it very well, not least because the Ferengi government had [[PersonaNonGrata forced him into exile]] a while back and Zek didn't seem to think this was any sort of barrier to pursuing a relationship with his mother. It didn't seem to deter Ishka very much either, but then Quark always was TheUnfavourite...
* Julian Fellowes is particulalry fond of this trope in ''Series/DowntonAbbey''.
** The fifty-something Carson, the butler, and the fity-year-old Mrs Hughes, the housekeeper, were supposed to be MarriedToTheJob, and PlatonicLifePartners, but soon became a FanPreferredCouple. The WordOfGod was aware of it and although he used to say that they wouldn't get together, liked teasing the fans, by some GreenEyedMonster from Carson's side and some ShipTease from both sides. However, after 5 seasons, 12 years on screen, TheyDo at the end of 5th season. Unfortunately, after their wedding it almost receives the ShippingBedDeath trope by Carson's nasty behaviour towards his new wife and poor plotlines.
** Dr. Richard Clarkson and Mrs Isobel Crawley were a FanPreferredCouple after his almost-proposal. When Lord Merton, another SilverFox, takes an interest in Mrs Crawley, it becomes a LoveTriangle. It's hinted in 5th and 6th that there is Green-Eyed-Monster from Dr Clarkson's side. At the end, Mrs Crawley chooses Lord Merton.
** The Dowager Countess had an affair with the Russian Prince Kuragin, while they were both married. In the 5th season, he appears as the possibility of NewOldFlame.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In "Puppy Love, Mr. Barlow and Mrs. Davis", Mrs. Davis falls in love with the aged school custodian. It leads to FacePalm worthy descriptions of love in old age by callow teenagers Walter Denton and Harriet Conklin.
** Walter described the old folks' romance as follows:
--> '''Walter''': Oh, by the way, how's Mrs. Davis' romance with Mr. Barlow coming along?
--> '''Miss Brooks''': Oh, have you noticed that, too? I think it's the cutest thing in the world. Mrs. Davis actually has a bad case of puppy love.
--> '''Walter''': It is cute ... considering she's in her second puppyhood. No disrespect intended, you understand. After all, what can be more romantic than two lonely old people encountering the grand passion in the sear and yellow leaf of life.
--> '''Miss Brooks''': Why, that's absolutely poetic, Walter.
-->'''Walter''': The burning desires of youth long past, they look now for the subdued glow of companionship. The warm and simple pleasures that two elderly people in love can share together.
--> '''Miss Brooks''': [[DeadpanSnarker I can see them now - soaking their feet in the same pan of Epsom salts.]]
** Later, Harriet ups the ante:
-->'''Miss Brooks''': Hello, Harriet. I've got to deliver a message to the custodian. Have you seen him?
-->'''Harriet''': Oh, yes. Mr. Barlow just went into his office. (''dreamily'') Isn't it wonderful, Miss Brooks?
-->'''Miss Brooks''': I don't know. I've never been in his office.
-->'''Harriet''': I mean about Mr. Barlow and Mrs. Davis. They're crazy about each other. Of course, it's a big secret.
--> '''Miss Brooks''': [[DeadpanSnarker It couldn't be a bigger secret if they took out an ad.]]
-->'''Harriet''': Is there anything more romantic than the mellow romance of old age?
-->'''Miss Brooks''': Now please, Harriet.
-->'''Harriet''': To think of two people finding love at a time of life when others are preparing to pass on. Two people walking hand in hand in the twilight of life.
-->'''Miss Brooks''': [[SarcasmMode Yes, there's nothing like a brisk walk before passing on.]]
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In Marshall Karp's ''Squabbles'', Abe and Mildred fall into this trope by the end of the play.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* During the "The Book of Love" quest in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' you play the role of matchmaker while observing different kinds of love. At one point, you are tasked with pairing up the fairly old court mage (who might be ''really'' old since he's a High Elf) and the Jarl's Housecarl, who looks like she's in her fifties. The priestess of Mara questgiver describes this as a "seasoned" love.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': While never shown onscreen, it is implied that such is the case between Kanna and [[BadassGrandpa Pakku]], who do marry. [[spoiler:They were in an ArrangedMarriage when younger, but Kanna ran away from the Northern Water Tribe since she didn't want to be burdened by their traditions. Pakku was so hurt that he grew into an embittered StrawMisogynist, until he met PluckyGirl Katara -- Kanna's granddaughter. So it's a mix of this and NewOldFlame, strictly speaking]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' features Scrooge [=McDuck=] and [[NewOldFlame Glittering Goldie]] in a SlapSlapKiss relationship, but it's notably sweeter and stabler than their [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse comic counterparts]].
* Wanda's dad and Cosmo's mother in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', but it only happens in one episode.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' episode "Neighbor Pains": [[spoiler:It turns out the crotchety Old Man Rivers, who seems resentful of Foster's Home, actually has feelings for Madame Foster. He takes Mac's advice and actually tries talking to her and the two seem to be hitting it off . . . until they [[StatusQuoIsGod resume fighting at the]] [[HereWeGoAgain end of the episode]].]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has the elderly donkey pair of Cranky Doodle Donkey and Matilda. They initially met while young, but an unfortunate case of PoorCommunicationKills kept them apart through many years until they reunited, rekindled their romance, and finally married.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' has one with Grandpa Lou and his second wife, Lulu--they even got married.
* Grandpa has had these a couple of times on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. 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. He's currently married to Rita La Fleur, who's roughly the same age as him.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Tom Poston and Suzanne Pleshette tied the golden cord as seniors.
* Voice actor Creator/AllanCorduner and writer Creator/JuhaSorola, they both married together as senior and averted NobodyOver50IsGay at the same time.
* Many residents of senior-care facilities meet new sweethearts at said facilities and even get married, having the wedding right in the facility. On a less romantic note, it appears that venereal diseases run rampant at such facilities, as the residents have relationships and flings and assorted other, erm, encounters, and (since the women are all well past childbearing age) never seem to wear condoms.
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