Some people are relaxed in their appetites, and happy to have sex with anyone who's happy to have sex with them; blonde, brunette, redhead... Some people will chase AnythingThatMoves. ''This'' character, knowingly or not, is a bit more specific in what they're looking for.

The "type" that the character is attracted to can be physical or emotional. Some characters prefer a certain ''look'', while others prefer a specific personality. The important thing is that, from one relationship to the next, the character is consistent in their desires.

When it's pointed out that this type is exactly like one of the character's parents, expect a great deal of {{Squick}} to ensue.

This trope is more or less TruthInTelevision, as many people ''do'' have a preference. Taken to an extreme, it can even be classified as a fetish (peruse the extremely specific classifications of pornography for all the proof you can handle on that score).

As a dramatic trope, this can occasionally take the form of FirstGirlWins, when the character keeps finding unacceptable substitutes for TheOneThatGotAway. Sometimes the character has a type that just doesn't work, and the {{Last Girl|Wins}} breaks the pattern and lets him be happy. Sometimes it's comedy. Sometimes it's that the ''writer'' is the one with a type and it's AuthorAppeal.

There are many {{SubTrope}}s (If the Type in question is already a trope, go ahead and put it under the relevant subtrope):
* WomenPreferStrongMen: A girl's type is physically fit men.
** AllAmazonsWantHercules: An {{Action Girl}}'s type is men who are equally and/or stronger then her.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: A girl's type is guys with dysfunctional, aggressive and/or outright criminal character traits.
* AmazonChaser: A guy's type is {{Action Girl}}s/Amazons.
* ChubbyChaser: Someone's type is fat people.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes, HeroesWantRedheads: hair color as the factor of attraction.
* LikesOlderMen, LikesOlderWomen: Someone's type is a character with more life experience than them.
* MrsRobinson: A woman's type is younger partners.
* MatzoFever: Someone's type is Jewish people.
** ShiksaGoddess: A Jewish person's type is someone outside the faith.
* RaceFetish: Someone's type is another race.
** WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: A black guy's type is white women.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: A girl's type is nice, compassionate guys.
* WeaknessTurnsHerOn: A girl's type is sensitive, introverted, or otherwise "weak" guys.


List a character here if they're stated to have a type, or if the majority of the character's relationships fit a certain profile (please be more specific than "human"). If it's just YoureNotMyType, then don't put it here; unless it goes on to say what the type is, then that's just a rejection trope. If someone's type is "people who remind them of X", it's ReplacementGoldfish. May overlap with SerialSpouse or SerialRomeo.

Contrast: AnythingThatMoves, IfItsYouItsOkay, SingleTargetSexuality, YoureNotMyType. TrueLoveIsExceptional is a deconstruction.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/AoNoFlag'': Ichinose describes Mita's perfect girl as dark haired, sporty, big boobs, slim, with a mature vibe and capable of speaking things clearly, which is the complete opposite of Kuze. [[spoiler:Itachi realizes that it's a lie, and that Mita is actually gay and in love with Ichinose]].
* Discussed in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. Goku and Vegeta talks how despite how aggressive their wives are (Chi-Chi and Bulma respectively), that's what they love about them. Vegeta himself explained because it's in their Saiyan blood and they are as strong-willed as Saiyan women.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': At least in the anime, every girl/woman Cygnus Hyoga takes an interest in is blonde and blue-eyed, like his late mother to whom he is very attached.
* Queen Iono from ''Manga/IonoTheFanatics'' has a well-known preference for women with long, flowing black hair, just like her late mother.
* Played for laughs in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD''. You would think that Issei is an AnythingThatMoves kind of guy being a LovableSexManiac and all. However the girls discover to their horror that Yuuto's [[GenderBender female form]] is EXACTLY his type. The gender changing device is then summarily sealed.
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'': Venus, in her manga incarnations, has a definite preference for pale-haired warriors.
* {{Word of God}} stated as an answer of a fan-question that Levi from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' likes people that are taller than him. A smart move since everyone Levi gets shipped with by fans is in fact taller than him.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': Early on, Touma casually mentions that his type is [[CoolBigSis reliable older girls]]. This might be one reason he ignores the harem of girls competing for his attention; none of them really fit that type (Kanzaki comes closest, but is a bit too shy regarding romance to qualify).
* Kimihito from ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' is revealed in a bonus comic to have an affinity for legs, the joke being that none of the girls living with him at the time (a centaur, a harpy, and a lamia) ''have'' normal legs. It turns into a BrickJoke when a [[SpiderPeople spider girl]] is introduced. It turns out that [[ExactWords he never said anything]] about the legs having to be ''human''.
* ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'': While he isn't exclusive, Greg Roland has an appreciation for dark hair. His wife, Sandra, (herself a blonde) suspects him of sleeping with his secretary, Debbie, a woman with black hair the same shade as Jeremy's. Jeremy also notes that Debbie has "black hair, like me" when reading Sandra's diary and privy to her jealous misgivings.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/{{Superman}} has an odd type--women with the initials L.L. His love interests are Comicbook/LanaLang, Lori Lemaris, and Comicbook/LoisLane. This gives an interesting spin to his [[HoYay relationship]] with Comicbook/LexLuthor. To say nothing of the fact that his biological mother was named Lara Lor-Van. Maybe he just got it from his father.
** He lampshades this when he meets his cousin for first time (in ''ComicBook/ActionComics issue #252''):
--->'''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}''': While you were gone, I used my super-hearing and heard many Earth-girls' names! I thought of a good one for myself... Linda Lee! How's that?\\
'''Superman''': Er... As good as any! (thinking) Lana Lang was my girlfriend when I was Superboy, and Lois Lane replaced her when I became Superman! By sheer coincidence, she picked the same initials... L. L.!
* In the ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' storyline ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', [[Franchise/GreenLantern Red Lantern Zilius Zox]] has a type: round females. When Guy Gardner jokingly asks him and his partner Skallox if they're getting a crush on Supergirl, Zox replies: "Meh. Not nearly spherical enough."
* Franchise/{{Batman}} tends to go with bad girls with some good in them. While not the big requirement, his two most famous loves are this: Selina Kyle aka Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} and Talia al-Ghul, daughter of Ra's.
** [[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman RIP]]: [[spoiler:it turns out that he's gotten savvy about this; he realized Jezebel Jet was secretly evil when he fell in love with her]].
** Damien Wayne has revealed that he has a crush on many characters, including Supergirl, Katana, Stephanie Brown, and Cassandra Cain. Two of those have exactly the same colour eyes and hair. (And sometimes similar styles.) Make of that what you will.
** It's a common fan-joke that Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} is obsessed with redheads. In reality they're [[ReallyGetsAround far from the only]] women he'll go for, but his two biggest loves, [[{{Comicbook/Batgirl}} Barbara Gordon]] and [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Starfire]], both fit the bill.
*** Fangirls have also noticed his two biggest sources of HoYay, best friends Wally West and Roy Harper, are also ginger.
* Franchise/GreenLantern John Stewart has a type: women who aren't from Earth. Katma Tui, Merayn and Fatality are all extraterrestrial. In ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', this trend continued with Shayera Hol (Hawkgirl).
* Yorick being attracted to [[GeekyTurnOn girls with obscure interests]] is a bit of a RunningGag in ''Comicbook/YTheLastMan''. Upon learning that a woman named her boat after the ship in ''[[Creator/KurtVonnegut Sirens of Titan]]'', [[EngagingConversation instantly proposed to her]]. Yorick's sister Hero {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this when Beth (not that Beth, the other one) starts rattling off side notes about the Swiss Guards that kidnapped them both in the name of the Catholic Church.
-->'''Hero''': "Yup, you're definitely the sort of chick my brother would bone."
* In ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'', [[ActionGirl Michonne]] is only attracted to [[LikeGoesWithLike black men]]. Heath accuses her of also targeting men who are "taken" in order to prove she is better than other women, although her second love interest is a widower and unattached; the more likely motivation is that since there are so few black men to choose from, she goes after any who seem receptive even if they are still officially with another woman.
* Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} seems to prefer Japanese girls or redheads.
* If we discount [[ComicBook/TheEnchantress Amora]] or magical trickery Comicbook/TheMightyThor tends to gravitate towards brunettes with attitude (Jane, Sif, Roz etc.), when they also happen to be mortal Odin really doesn't approve of this.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' has Tom (black man) and Sarah (white woman) [=DuBois=]. One storyline reveals that each of them has [[RaceFetish only ever dated people from the other's race]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' fanfic ''FanFic/{{Shatterheart}}'', Syaoran notes that both his love interests are higher ranked than him. Syaoran's middle-class, his FirstLove [[SpoiledSweet Sakura]] is royalty and SecondLove [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Kurogane]] is nobility.
** Kurogane has a thing for male {{Broken Bird}}s as seen to his attraction to [[StepfordSmiler Fai]] and [[OlderThanHeLooks Syaoran]].
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''/''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheVampireOfSteel'', Buffy asks Kara about her love life. After hearing at least two of her suitors were green-skinned, Buffy remarks she's kind of detecting a pattern there:
-->'''Buffy:''' What does he look like?\\
'''Supergirl:''' Heís blonde.\\
'''Buffy:''' Thatís nice.\\
'''Supergirl:''' Green skin, too.\\
'''Buffy:''' Am I beginning to see a trend here?
* ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'':
** In Chapter 31 of the main story, Ash notes that [[spoiler: Anabel's]] hair has grown longer, and comments that it looks nice like that. [[spoiler: Anabel]] asks Ash if he has a thing for girls with long hair, and his inner monologue hints that she might be right.
** There's also the character Hapu, who is specifically mentioned to be attracted to blonde girls in the Holiday Special 2016.
* ''Fanfic/{{crawlersout}}'': Fem!Harry's is TallDarkAndHandsome. When she was a Hogwarts student, she had things for both Oliver Wood and Cedric Diggory. Notably, she has yet to notice that this is what her charge Tom Riddle Jr. will grow up to be as long as he doesn't mutilate himself with dark magic (they're set to be the OfficialCouple). The sole love interest she has that doesn't fit this archetype is Gellert Grindelwald who is tall and handsome but not dark (in appearance, [[BeautyIsBad at least]]). Even then, he's more like a StalkerWithACrush than an actual love interest.
* In ''Webcomic/DisneyHighSchool,'' [[Disney/TreasurePlanet Jim]] has is nursing a crush on [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]] and mentions that he has a thing [[HeroesWantRedheads for redheads]]. A lot of fans want him to hook up with [[WesternAnimation/{{Brave}} Merida]].

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* At the end of ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', Flynn [[spoiler:invokes this, telling Rapunzel he has a thing for brunettes. In context it is a reassurance that he loves her for herself alone and not for her yellow hair--since it's no longer blond or magical]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/ShallowHal'', Hal describes his ideal woman to Tony Robbins.
-->'''Hal''': The problem is I'm kinda picky.\\
'''Tony''': What do you mean, ''picky''?\\
'''Hal''': Well, for instance, I like 'em real young. Like, did you ever see Paulina [Porizkova] in her first ''Sports Illustrated'' layout?\\
'''Tony''': You're looking for a young Paulina type?\\
'''Hal''': That face, but with better headlights. You know how hers have kind of dimmed lately? Heidi Klum's beams would do. And her teeth. Or that Music/BritneySpears girl. She's got great knockers. But she's a tad muscular. Actually, you know what? Her ass would do, too, if she had a better grille. Like Michelle Pfeiffer back when she did ''Film/{{Grease}}''. But she'd have to be a little smilier than Michelle. Like Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, before she got Stamosed. But not as skinny. Someone meatier, like Heidi, but without the accent. You know those accents; yah-yah-yah-yah. They really get old fast.\\
You know what I'm saying. Someone like that.\\
'''Tony''': Don't you think you're being a little bit shallow in the way you look at women?\\
'''Hal''': Well, no. l mean, you know, I'd like her to be into culture and shit, too.
* ''Film/{{Tremors}}'': Val explains his preference in women and Earl later criticizes him for it. Val even has a number of pictures taped to his roof of his truck. Subverted in that the woman he ends up with is a petite brunette.
-->'''Val''': Long, blond hair, big green eyes, world-class breasts, ass that won't quit and legs that go all the way up!\\
'''Earl''': Damn it, Valentine. You don't go for any gal unless she fits your list, top to bottom.
* Upon hearing of Kate's profession of market research, Duke Leopold of ''Film/KateAndLeopold'' says that research is perfect for the feminine mind and he himself once courted a librarian in Sussex.
* Emily tells Oliver in ''Film/ALotLikeLove'' that he's not even close to being her type because he didn't make the first move, doesn't play guitar, and was born under the wrong star sign.
* Roark Junior, a.k.a. The Yellow Bastard from ''Film/SinCity'' has a type: [[PaedoHunt little girls]]. He says that Nancy [[YoureNotMyType isn't his type anymore]] now that ShesAllGrownUp... but he's willing to make an exception. Partly to hurt Hartigan, partly because she's TheOneThatGotAway.
* Film/JamesBond states that he has a type in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'': married. Married women are less complicated.
* In the movie based on Jack Weyland's book ''Charly'', the woman of Sam's dreams is practical and pure. He then falls in love with the fun and flirty Charly and realizes that he had the wrong dreams.
* In ''Film/TheMadAdventuresOfRabbiJacob,'' a Jewish matchmaker asks the disguised Mohammed what kind of woman he prefers, and he reluctantly mentions a thing for redheads. At the end of the film Pivert's daughter [[RunawayBride runs away from her]] ArrangedMarriage and her veil flies off, revealing very bright red hair. Naturally it's LoveAtFirstSight for the both of them.
* Referenced in ''Film/WhileYouWereSleeping'': When Jack is asked about "his type", he deliberately gives a false answer (blondes) to hide his feelings. Only for his kid sister to relate what his real type is: a general description that easily includes Lucy.
* Some directors have a reputation for favouring a certain type of woman as leads in their films. For Creator/AlfredHitchcock it was statuesque, cool blondes like Grace Kelly, Doris Day and Eva Marie Saint. For Creator/HowardHawks it was down-to-earth women who appeared competent in their jobs, preferably brunettes and not too busty. And then there was [[Film/FasterPussycatKillKill Russ Meyer]]...
* In ''Film/KillBill Vol. 2'', Bill's ParentalSubstitute stated that he realized that Bill had a thing for blondes ever since he took him to a film as a child and Bill went crazy for the blonde actress. Naturally, the two best assassins in his Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, Elle Driver and The Bride, are both blonde.
* ''Film/{{Colossal}}:'' No one remarks upon it, but Tim and Oscar have very similar hair and beard styles. Tim is Gloria's ex boyfriend, Oscar is her childhood friend and possible new boyfriend.
* ''Film/RedSparrow'': Dominika notes from Nate's SVR file that he sometimes hires prostitutes, always blondes, but then seems to feel guilty and overpays. From this she deduces that he has a thing for vulnerable blonde women and approaches him accordingly, including bleaching her naturally golden-brown hair vanilla blonde and provoking her own station chief to black her eye, and gets a membership to the gym where Nate works out so she can make contact.

* ''Literature/AnAbundanceOfKatherines'': Colin has the very strange type: girls named Kathrine. He's dated ''19'' Kathrines.
* ''Literature/{{Gor}}'': The author loves submissive sluts. As for characters...
** In ''Vagabonds of Gor'', Marcus has a type he's "almost insanely" attracted to: slim, exquisite, very lightly complexioned, dark-haired, dark-eyed.
** In ''Kur of Gor'', Tarl is imprisoned with a woman whom the Priest-Kings have selected as being a perfect match to his desires, and he to her; but he can't do anything about it because she is a free woman and his Codes forbid acting upon those desires. This, Tarl presumes, is intended as torture. Of course once she becomes a slave he is no longer forbidden from acting.
* ''Literature/CiaphasCain'', THE HERO OF THE IMPERIUM, prefers blondes (as he explains to the dark-haired cultist he shoots after [[AntiMagic Jurgen]] prevents her from {{mind control}}ling and sacrificing him).
* In ''Literature/LittleWomen'', Amy says while she being courted by a wealthy man that she's always known that she's going to marry a man who's rich.
* In ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'', Shelena can't stop swearing that TallDarkAndHandsome (that is, in a pinch, [[FoeRomanceSubtext her so-called mortal enemy]] monster hunter Veres) is [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial MOST CERTAINLY NOT]] her type. The light, strong and manly kind is, supposedly. Guess who becomes the OfficialCouple by the end of the book.
* In Creator/WenSpencer's ''Elfhome'', Literature/{{Tinker}} sees the elf Windwolf had asked to marry him before her, and realizes that his type is short and brown.
* Christian Grey in ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' has a type: shortish, dark-haired young women with light eyes. Apparently they remind him of [[MommyIssues his late mother]]. Ana fits this profile perfectly. This isn't a question of interpretation, either. Grey tells Ana this outright in ''Fifty Shades Darker'':
--> "...I like to whip little brown-haired girls like you because you all look like the crack whoreómy birth mother. Iím sure you can guess why."
* In Creator/DavidBrin's second ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'' trilogy, Gillian Baskin is reluctant to send Dwer back to shore because it presents a risk to her ship and crew if he's captured, but also because, partly, he's the first person she's been attracted to since she lost her husband.
-->'''Gillian''': [thinking] ''Naturally. I've always been a sucker for hero types.''
** Not only is Dwer driven by duty, very physically capable and quite intelligent, but also like her missing husband Thom, Dwer is a psi-gifted empath (unknown to Gillian).
** However, in Gillian's defense, Dwer is also the only living human mel she's seen in a year.
* In ''Literature/HeartOfSteel'', the reader eventually learns that Alistair has fallen in love exactly twice, both times to women who were both blonde and intelligent. Considering that the first time was in college and the second time was after a psychotic break and ten years of solitude, this may be due to a small reference pool.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Dosh says that both his older brother and his father have a "weakness for {{tsundere}}". Nolien is [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend kinda-sorta in a relationship with Tiza]] so he can't argue the point.
* In ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'', Isabella and Catherine discuss and compare their tastes in men: Isabella claims a preference for blonds, while Catherine, when pressed, confesses to admire darker eyes and hair (which just happens to describe her {{Love Interest|s}} Henry Tilney).
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Arya Stark seems to demonstrate close connection with illegitimate children in this series, having a close relationship with her half-brother Jon, the [[HeroicBastard highborn illegitimate son of Ned Stark]], and a ShipTease with her friend Gendry, who is the [[SecretLegacy unknown illegitimate son of King Robert Baratheon]] who grows up as an unacknowledged [[HeroicBastard bastard]] child.
* Vin of ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'' just happens to be ''so exactly'' Elend's type (dark-haired, mysterious, and scandalously lowborn) that his friends suspect she's been planted to spy on him.
* The first chapter of ''Literature/RiverOfTeeth'' establishes that while Houndstooth may not care about [[BiTheWay the gender]] of whoever he's sleeping with, he is known for going for expressive eyes, preferably green or brown ones, though blue will do as well.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On ''Series/DowntonAbbey'':
** Robert, the Earl of Grantham, has been in a committed, loving relationship to his wife, Cora, for thirty years. He briefly has a dalliance with a housemaid who--like his wife--is a brunette with piercing blue eyes, devoted to her family.
** His daughter Edith seems to have a thing for [[LikesOlderMen older]], competent men, who either are married or have been married in the past, and who are interested in teaching her about their area of competence. Or alternately, for [[AllLoveIsUnrequited anyone in unrequited love]] [[TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry with Mary]].
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Jaime claims Renly is only attracted to "curly-haired 'little girls' like Loras Tyrell."
** Ellaria Sand is bored by timid girls and prefers those with a vivacious personality.
** Ramsay Bolton says he prefers redheads, though he's only seen ever sleeping with one ó Sansa Stark, against her will ó as the rest of the women he sleeps with are blonde and brunette.
* ''Series/MadMen's'' Don Draper begins the show married to a blonde StepfordSmiler, but [[TheCasanova every single one of his affairs]], bar one, is with a brunette. The exception is the instance where he was the pursued, rather than the pursuer--and occurred shortly after his divorce from the blonde StepfordSmiler.
* Barney Stinson declares in the pilot of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' that he's discarded his old type (half-Asian girls) for a new type (Lebanese girls). Later he declares he doesn't ''have'' a type; that's crass and limiting. Despite this, observations do point out that he is drawn to a certain type of women. His type is naive bimbos with daddy issues. However, his eventual main interest, [[spoiler:Robin]], has daddy issues but is very intelligent. Given that Barney also has some dad problems and can be perceived as shallow, but is more intelligent than he appears, makes a good amount of sense.
* Dr. Cox on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has a thing for strong, venomous, even abusive women whom he can fight with verbally. He prefers them brunette, but is happy to settle for a [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal blonde ball buster.]]
** J.D. has a tendency to date slender, leggy, blond women who are just a tad bit too kooky.
* Gibbs on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has a thing for redheads.
* In a sketch on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' about how to meet people for relationships, TracyMorgan plays a man with a very specific type: Asian he-shes.
* One time on ''Later with Greg Kinnear'' Dave Foley was talking about his time on ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'', where the guys on the show played all the characters including the female ones. After getting made up as a girl for a scene Foley looked in the mirror and got a little turned on. As he said on ''Later'' he thought, "wow, I'm my type."
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** Buffy appears to be attracted to doomed relationships, such as with vampires Angel and Spike. Though in the early seasons it's presented as a "bad boy" attraction, which Spike takes full advantage of when taunting Buffy's current boyfriend, BadassNormal NiceGuy Riley Finn.
--->"Face it, white bread. Buffy's got a type, and you're not it. She likes us dangerous, rough, occasionally [[GameFace bumpy in the forehead region]]. (patronizingly) Not that she doesn't like you... but sorry, [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys you're just not dark enough]]."
** There's also a RunningGag that Xander is attracted to demonic, or otherwise evil, women: the [[ConceiveAndKill praying-mantis monster]], [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Ampata]], [[BroughtDownToNormal former demon]] [[CloudCuckooLander Anya]], that random chick from season seven... the main exception is [[LovableAlphaBitch Cordelia]], and ''she'' became a demon after they broke up!
* On the spin-off to ''Buffy'', ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Angel is shown to have a thing for heroes (it's called kyrumption, silly), and also for blondes. These are both fulfilled in his truest love, Buffy, but also in his other love, Cordy (hero, though not an ActionGirl like Buffy, and blonde when they were falling for each other), and his relationship with Nina (blonde). Angel also had some {{U|nresolvedSexualTension}}ST with Kate, a blonde detective, but she was PutOnABus before anything could come of it, and Angel's longtime lover and companion from when he was evil is Darla, also a blonde. Angel's preference for blondes is used as an OutOfCharacterAlert when Angel's body is taken over by an old man and Fred catches "Angel" making out with Lilah.
-->'''Cordy''': What? This is totally like him. Doing the mystery dance with some cheap blonde?\\
'''Fred''': Brunette. She was a cheap brunette.\\
'''Cordy''': You're right. This isn't like him.
* On ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Rachel has a thing for doctors in the earliest seasons. The show brings up and then hastily backs away from the revelation that her father is a doctor. Eventually, she ends up with Ross, who's NotThatKindOfDoctor.
-->'''Chandler''': What, is your dad a doctor?\\
'''Rachel''': Yeah. Why?\\
'''Chandler''': [{{beat}}] [[VerbalBackspace No reason]].
* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'':
** Emma Nelson seems to only want bad boys. She's the good girl who wants them to change or she's using him to be less good. There's Sean, Peter, Jay, and Spinner. Although, by the time she becomes involved with Spinner, he's already become a responsible and mature adult.
** Jenna Middleton says that at her old school, she was such a boyfriend-stealer. Especially with bad-boy types. They're totally her weakness.
* Rory Gilmore of ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', over the course of the series, seems determined to date the baddest boy in the series--so long as he's booksmart. First she dumps wholesome Dean for Jess. After Jess leaves town, she ends up back with Dean, who is a significantly darker character now, given that he's cheating on his wife with Rory. Later, she again dumps Dean for Logan, who is a member of a secret society and a rebel against the wealthy society of his upbringing.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Lex Luthor has a habit of hooking up with hot brunettes because they remind him of his mother as seen in the episode, "Bound".
** After Martha in the episode "Crusade" says "Trust me, that can happen to the best of us" about falling for a "farm-boy type", Lois replies "Not me, give me a nerd with glasses any day of the week". In the comics, [[ClarkKenting Clark Kent wears glasses to separate his appearance from Superman's.]]
* On an early ''Series/ThirtyRock'' episode, Jenna is planning to seduce Jack:
-->'''Jenna''': I know Jack Donaghy. I know what he likes.\\
'''Liz''': Now you just have to make yourself ten years younger and Asian.
** In truth, though, Jack's "type" seems to run more on the personality level--strong, intense women committed to their families and/or principles. This ties together all four of his girlfriends who showed up after he started getting fully fleshed out: C.C. (very liberal Democratic Congresswoman, their political fights were foreplay), Elisa (Puerto Rican nurse, seriously Catholic and serious about her family), Nancy (recently-divorced mother with a seriously Irish temper and seriously Catholic guilt), and Avery (whip-smart, hard-bargaining, basically Jack as a young blonde). Presumably, the same thing attracted him to Condoleezza Rice (who only shows up in the series once). Phoebe, his girlfriend in Season 1, doesn't fit the mold, but [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness the writers were still testing things out with Jack]] at the time.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Sam mainly seems to go for monsters. Brunette monsters. May have something to do with the fact that his blonde, human girlfriend was brutally murdered in the first episode. (Not that his monster girlfriends fare any better.)
* Ron Swanson of ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' only likes dark-haired women because his first wife was blonde and [[FreudianExcuse she was so terrible that she turned him off blondes forever]].
** Both of his ex-wifes are named Tammy. Just like his mother.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'':
** Detective Murdoch is by no means a seducer who would pursue women, but being TallDarkAndHandsome and extremely intelligent and accomplished, [[ChickMagnet women just fall into his arms]]. If he's ever interested in a woman, she's always intelligent and usually blond (his deceased fiancée Liza [[note]]Not much is known about Liza's character, personality or background[[/note]], Dr. Julia Ogden, Mrs. Enid Jones, Miss Anna Fulford and Mrs. Sally Pendrick). Inspector Brackenreid feels an urge to point it out to him in "Evil Eye of Egypt," saying that he should be careful during an investigation because beautiful intelligent ladies are his weak spot. The lady in question, Dr. Iris Bajjali, is a highly intelligent scientist, but a dark Arabian beauty.
** James Gillies, who is hinted to be gay, seems to be drawn to dark-haired, good-looking, mild-mannered, smart men, which fits the description of his presumed boyfriend Robert Perry (a comely lad who was the brightest among his classmates as he was the teacher's assistant for a physics course) in "Big Murderer on Campus". It's revealed much later on that Gillies is also attracted to Murdoch--his only intellectual equal--after he ''kisses'' the detective ''on the mouth'' for a full three seconds in "Midnight Train to Kingston".
* Mac on ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' is attracted to beefy hunks. Ironically, he's also implied to have feelings for his roommate Dennis, who is unfit and fairly thin.
* On ''Series/TheXFiles'', Mulder is most interested in his quest to reveal the truth about multiple conspiracies, but occasionally he shows attraction to tall, leggy, brunettes or blondes. He ends the series with Scully, a [[TrueLoveIsExceptional short, petite, redhead.]] This may be a DevelopmentGag, as network executives originally wanted someone "taller, leggier, blonder and breastier" for the role of Scully, while Chris Carter pushed for Creator/GillianAnderson.
** Scully's type is powerful men; she dated two professors of hers and ended the series with Mulder, who is technically her superior.
* On ''Series/WhiteCollar'', Peter tells Neal he used to have a crush on his algebra teacher.
-->'''Neal''': Thus beginning your lifelong fascination with numbers.\\
'''Peter''': And smart, leggy brunettes. [like his wife]
* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' has Spencer, who is into DatingWhatDaddyHates. Either [[UptownGirl working class boys with an attitude]] or her sister's fiance'''s'' (yeah, that's a plural)--her father never approves. Her mother rarely approves at first, but then usually warms up to the boy. Like all of the mothers in the series. They always have dark hair, too.
** As a general rule, it seems a big portion of the men of Rosewood (Ezra, Ian, Wren, Garret, Holbrook...) have a very clear, rather disturbing type: underage highschoolers.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' invokes this trope by name: When Felicity walks in on Ray, shirtless, using a salmon ladder just like Oliver's, she wryly realizes she apparently has a thing for [[ComicBook/TheAtom handsome]] [[ComicBook/GreenArrow superheroes]].
-->'''Felicity''': Oh, God. I have a type.
* Puck from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' states that [[StacysMom cougars]] are his type. While that is clearly true, his love interests are ''usually'' his age or younger, Shelby aside. If he has any type, it's [[AmazonChaser tough]].
* Jake on ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'', who was stated by Boyle to have a thing for latinas, and seems to have a particular attraction to smart, pantsuit-wearing latinas. We see enter into a relationship with competitive, {{Adorkable}}, dark-haired latina attorney Sophia in the second season, and at the start of season 3, starts dating Amy.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** Britta is attracted to disturbed and emotionally damaged men; as Abed bluntly puts it, this makes her feel saner by comparison. While this often manifests as AllGirlsWantBadBoys, it's slightly more complicated than that. Though she does desperately try to go to an ex-boyfriend who she believes is sending her cruel texts (it's actually her friends trying to keep her ''away'' from this guy).
--->'''Troy''': What don't you get about this? Britta likes guys who are mean to her. She doesn't like herself.
** Annie is attracted to aloof, emotionally distant men in general, and especially men who need her in some way so that she can ensure they won't leave her. This leads to some overlap with Britta's type, but not much. For the most part, Annie's type manifests as Jeff. She's initially attracted to Troy before he outgrows his JerkJock phase, Vaughn for being detached from the world, the Dark Rider in the second paintball episode for being a badass BountyHunter-type, Abed when he's playing Jeff's archetype (especially when he plays Han Solo), and of course Jeff himself. She even gets hot and bothered when the Dean is pretending to have [[FreakyFridayFlip switched bodies with Jeff]], even though Annie wasn't aware of what he was doing.
--->'''Shirley''': What is happening with you?\\
'''Annie''': ''I don't know''.
** Jeff is attracted to intelligent and mature women, especially those who can [[SnarkToSnarkCombat match his banter]]. He spends most of the first season chasing after Britta but mostly gives up on her after she proves at least as crazy and stupid as he is, dates one of the few sane professors at Greendale, and first realizes he has feelings for Annie when they're studying alone together. He admits in the season 3 premiere that he treats her like a kid in an effort to deny his real feelings for her, and the only time he is annoyed at her flirting is when she's acting like a kid. In the season 2 premiere he brushes her off since she's acting like a blushing virgin, and in the musical Christmas episode of season 3 he completely ignores her attempting to seduce him in a SexySantaDress because she's acting like a babyish BrainlessBeauty.
--->'''Jeff''': You are an intelligent woman. [[EveryoneIsChristianAtChristmas Also you're Jewish]].
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''.
** Sameen Shaw has an enthusiastic interest in [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boys]] and an implied interest in {{Action Girl}}s. However she tries to avoid responding to Root's flirtatious banter, eventually admitting that Root is entirely her type but two sociopathic GirlsWithGuns would add up to a DestructiveRomance.
** In "A More Perfect Union", a woman invites John Reese to a high society wedding they need to infiltrate. Harold Finch agrees that it's a lucky coincidence that Reese is her type... while glancing at her social page, where she states her taste in men is the strong silent SilverFox, just like Reese.


[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Kermit the Frog admits to this in ''Series/TheMuppets'' in regards to his recent breakup with Miss Piggy and his new girlfriend Denise (also a pig).
-->'''Kermit''': What can I say? [[InterspeciesRomance I'm attracted to pigs]].
* In ''Theatre/AvenueQ'', closeted GayConservative Rod apparently has a thing for guys who are lazy slobs, which leads to some slight angst when he finds himself crushing on his roommate and best friend Nicky, who is [[IncompatibleOrientation straight]]. Heartwarmingly (and hilariously), Nicky ends up finding him a boyfriend who looks and acts ''just like him'', right down to having nearly the same name ("Ricky"). Rod, fresh out of the closet, is quite pleased with this.
-->'''Rod:''' Oh sweet suffering ''JESUS!'' Nicky ''and'' Ricky!? (''ecstatically'') [[TwinThreesomeFantasy Ooh, my cup runneth over!]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'' sourcebook "Panopticon" includes a dialogue between two Firewall agents discussing the profile they've pulled together on a Cartel supplier, including what kind of strangers he picks up at nightclubs. Though the only trait they mention is the fact that he's completely gay, even though some of his dates were [[BrainUploading sleeved]] in [[GenderBender female bodies]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* As shown in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'', both love interests for Mario are [[PrincessesRule authority]] [[UltimateAuthorityMayor figures]] [[StatuesqueStunner that are way taller than him]].

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The second edition of the ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' guidebook has each dateable bird asked what his type is. Yuuya bluntly asks "Isnít it nonsense to divide girls into types?" and most have similar non-answers, but Sakuya haughtily insists on someone with upper-class sensibilities (the heroine decidedly lacks those but can get him anyway) and [[ALoveToDismember Shuu]] just says "Ones who offer viscera that are as healthy as possible."
* Dr. Ayame Yukishita in ''VisualNovel/KissOfRevenge'' is very definite about her preference for [[LikesOlderMen older men]]... and when she says older men, she means ''much'' older men, in their sixties at the youngest. (Ayame, for reference, is about thirty-two.)
* Yamato in ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoishinasai'' likes CoolBigSis figures more than others, which is convenient because they tend to gravitate towards him as well. He notes when going for someone like Mayucchi that they're outside his normal strikezone. For the likes of Monshiro, he's explicitly waiting for her to grow older because he's not really physically attracted to her given her age. That said, the most popular heroines tend to be those like Benkei, Tsubame and Margit who are most definitely exactly his type because he really does have the most chemistry with girls a bit older than him.
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', Battler says he likes blonde, blue-eyed and [[BuxomIsBetter busty]] girls with feisty and tomboyish personalities who he can joke around with. [[spoiler:Beatrice fits this type pretty well, but this is because her true identity Sayo Yasuda deliberately made her this way so she could be Battler's ideal woman.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic gets it bad for curvy, slightly psychotic brunettes who'll dominate him. When doing a list of favorite animated women [[IAmNotSpock as]] Creator/DougWalker, however, his choices are a bit different. He notes that most of the women he chose were nice, but not pushovers, and that he seems to have a thing for Southern accents and workaholics.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick: {{Discussed|Trope}} in her list of Hottest Animated Guys, where she suggests that women tend to be more type-oriented than men. However the dominant type (for the Chick and her viewers) seems to be "[[TroubledButCute bad boys]]". [[WomenPreferStrongMen Elisa]], meanwhile, loves stoic guys (like [[{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}} Goliath]] and WesternAnimation/{{Batman|TheAnimatedSeries}}) while [[WeaknessTurnsHerOn Nella]] prefers cute [[TheWoobie Woobies]] (like [[Disney/{{Pocahontas}} Thomas]] and [[WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}} Dmitri]]). There's also a RunningGag that the Chick loves [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation blue guys]], like {{WesternAnimation/Megamind}}, [[{{Disney/Hercules}} Hades]] and ''especially'' ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}}. She also admits to loving characters who start as "lovable curmudgeons" and [[DefrostingIceQueen become nicer over time.]]
* From ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': Church and The Director have a kink for [[HairTriggerTemper hotheaded]] women.
* From WebVideo/TheBlockbusterBuster's review of ''Literature/IAmNumberFour'':
-->'''[=ERod=]''': You know, I don't know what it is, but there is something about tiny blonde girls who kill monsters with pointy objects that I find ''very'' appealing. ''(leans back as the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' theme song begins)''
* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' host Cecil Palmer seems to have a thing for scientists. He is gushing over handsome scientist Carlos from the very first episode, and episode 67 has a past moments clip of a young Cecil reminiscing over a scientist he met while on a trip in Europe.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive,'' it has become a RunningGag that [=PeeJee=]'s type is "[[IncompatibleOrientation gay men]]," due to her longstanding crush on Jhim and her ex-fiancé coming out of the closet.
* In ''Webcomic/AvasDemon'', [[ Maggie has one, and Odin's not it.]]
* ''Webcomic/CheckPlease'': It's all but stated that Jack Zimmermann has a thing for blondes. All his relationships in the comic have been with blondes, Camilla Collins, [[spoiler:Kent Parse and Eric Bittle]]. It's never outright stated, but very noticeable.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' Bullock has "the trifecta"--[[ChubbyChaser fat]] [[RaceFetish Asian]] [[MyGirlIsASlut skanks]].
** In an episode where he gets IdentityAmnesia, a character manages to convince him that he has a thing for "[[LikesOlderWomen mature]] [[RaceFetish Navajo]] bitches."
** PlayedForLaughs in one episode where Francine [[FakingTheDead fakes her death]], but then openly [[AttendingYourOwnFuneral attends her own funeral]] with Stan's co-workers ComicallyMissingThePoint:
-->'''Dick:''' I can't believe Stan brought a date to his wife's funeral. What a baller!
-->'''Jackson:''' And he certainly has a type: blonde, beautiful and named "Francine."
* Daria of ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' seems to like guys as [[PairTheSmartOnes intelligent]] and [[TallDarkAndSnarky sarcastic]] as she is--"Daria Dance Party" shows her noticeably perk up when a flirtatious guy begins snarking. Also, while probably a coincidence, she seems to like [[ThemeInitials "T" names]] ([[EruditeStoner Trent]], [[HomeschooledKids Ted]], [[GentlemanAndAScholar Tom]]...)
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''
** A WholeEpisodeFlashback shows how [[BumblingDad Greg]] met [[PosthumousCharacter Rose Quartz]]. When Greg tells his (then) manager [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk Marty]] about her, Marty asks how "big" she was, implying that Greg's LoveAtFirstSight for the [[BigBeautifulWoman chubby]], [[StatuesqueStunner eight-foot-tall]] Rose was no coincidence. Further shown when [[spoiler: Andy DeMayo, Greg's cousin]], intially believed that Garnet was Steven's mother, due to how tall she was, showing that Greg's preferences have been around for a while.
** [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in another episode. Prior to "Last One Out of Beach City", Pearl has shown no attraction to anyone, Gem or Human, [[SingleTargetSexuality other than Rose Quartz]]. In the titular episode, Pearl quickly develops a crush on a tall woman with a curvy build and pink hair. Steven calls this out as soon as they get back to the car.
--> '''Steven''': Okay, nobody's going to say it? She ''kinda looked like Mom''. You noticed. I noticed. We all noticed.
*** Though Pearl's attraction to her was based on the fact she reminded Pearl of Rose, so it's unknown if Pearl really has this as a type or looking for a "substitute" per say.
* PJ on ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' has two love interests during the series, [[TwiceShy Rose Deckenbloom]] in "Puppy Love" and [[MasculineGirlFeminineBoy Beret Girl]] in ''WesternAnimation/AnExtremelyGoofyMovie'', both of whom he immediately gains a crush on when they recite their poetry in front of him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Lurleen Lumpkin, a country singer who once tried to start an affair with Homer, has been married 5 or 6 times in her life, [[ReplacementGoldfish all to various]] [[{{Expy}} expies]] of him.
** When Marge asked Homer what he finds attractive Homer thinks of a lot of blue haired women (including a troll doll).
** Bart seems to have a thing for fellow anti-authoritarians or outright delinquents. His list of love interests includes a rebellious PreachersKid [[note]] And he didn't even know about her criminal tendencies when he met her [[/note]], someone he actually met in Juvenile Hall, and ''two'' {{Tomboy}}s who used to date the local bullies.
* PlayedForDrama in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. [[spoiler: Every girl that Jack falls in love with during the course of the series is either Aku in disguise (Ikra, [[ Jill]]), or Aku's daughter (Ashi). Though of course, poor Jack had no knowledge of their relations to his arch-enemy until it was too late.]]