Has a Type

Some people are relaxed in their appetites, and are happy to have sex with anyone that's happy to have sex with them; blond, brunette, redhead... Some people will chase Anything That Moves. This character, knowingly or not, is a bit more refined.

Has A Type can be a physical archetype or an emotional one. Some characters prefer a certain look, while others prefer the relationship any physical body can bring. The important thing is that, from one relationship to the next, the character is consistent in his or her 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 Truth in Television, 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 First Girl Wins, when the character keeps finding unacceptable substitutes for The One That Got Away. 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 Author Appeal.

Despite the use of pronouns in the above, this trope can go both ways, as when a Girl Wants Bad Boys.

If a protagonist has a red-headed girlfriend, that's Heroes Want Redheads. If a girl dates a punk from a broken home, then All Girls Want Bad Boys. If the protagonist only dates redheads or if she only goes after the boys that need fixing, then they Have Types. If the Type in question is already a trope, go ahead and put it under the relevant subtrope.

List a character here if he's 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 "You're Not My Type", then don't put it here; unless it goes on to say what the type is, then that's just a rejection trope.

Compare: Where Da White Women At?, Matzo Fever, Heroes Want Redheads, where the lover matches a type, but isn't necessarily his only type.

Contrast: Anything That Moves, If It's You, It's Okay, Single-Target Sexuality, "You're Not My Type"

Super Trope to: Amazon Chaser, Chubby Chaser, Likes Older Women


Anime & Manga
  • Saint Seiya: 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 Iono the Fanatics has a well-known preference for women with long, flowing black hair, just like her late mother.
  • Played for laughs in High School D×D. You would think that Issei is an Anything That Moves kind of guy being a Lovable Sex Maniac and all. However the girls discover to their horror that Yuuto's female form is EXACTLY his type. The gender changing device is then summarily sealed.
  • Hannyabal in One Piece is so completely unfazed by Hancock, the World's Most Beautiful Woman, that you could very well assume that he is asexual. However, when he later sees Nami (or rather, Mr. 2 who has transformed into Nami), he becomes lovestruck and shouts that she is just his type, so he obviously isn't asexual. It is not specified what his type exactly is, though; probably either redheads, shorter girls, younger girls, or a combination of some/all of the aforementioned.
  • Sailor Moon: 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 Attack on Titan likes people that are taller than him. A smart move since everyone Levi gets shipped with by fans is in fact taller than him.

  • Superman has an odd type - women with the initials L.L. His love interests are Lana Lang, Lori Lemaris, and Lois Lane. This gives an interesting spin to his relationship with Lex Luthor. To say nothing of the fact that his biological mother was named Lara Lor-Van. Maybe he just got it from his father.
  • 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 Catwoman and Talia ah-Ghul, daughter of Ra's.
    • It's a common fan-joke that Nightwing is obsessed with redheads. In reality they're far from the only women he'll go for, but his two biggest loves, Barbara Gordon and Starfire, both fit the bill.
    • Fangirls have also noticed his two biggest sources of Ho Yay, best friends Wally West and Roy Harper, are also ginger.
  • Green Lantern John Stewart has a type: women who aren't from Earth. Katma Tui, Merayn and Fatality are all extraterrestrial. In Justice League Unlimited, this trend continued with Shayera Hol (Hawkgirl).
  • Yorick being attracted to girls with obscure interests is a bit of a Running Gag in Y: The Last Man. Upon learning that a woman named her boat after the ship in Sirens of Titan, instantly proposed to her. Yorick's sister Hero lampshades 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 The Walking Dead, Michonne is only attracted to 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.
  • Wolverine seems to prefer Japanese girls or redheads.

Fan Fic

  • In Shallow Hal, 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 Britney Spears 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 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.
  • 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 Kate and Leopold says that research is perfect for the feminine mind and he himself once courted a librarian in Sussex.
  • Emily tells Oliver in A Lot Like Love 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.
  • The Yellow Bastard from Sin City has a type: little girls. He says that Nancy isn't his type now that She's All Grown Up... but he's willing to make an exception. Partly to hurt Hartigan, partly because she's The One That Got Away.
  • James Bond states that he has a type in Casino Royale (2006): 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.
  • At the end of Tangled, Flynn 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.
  • In The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob, 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 runs away from her Arranged Marriage and her veil flies off, revealing very bright red hair. Naturally it's Love at First Sight for the both of them.
  • Referenced in While You Were Sleeping: 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 Alfred Hitchcock it was statuesque, cool blondes like Grace Kelly, Doris Day and Eva Marie Saint. For Howard Hawks it was down-to-earth women who appeared competent in their jobs, preferably brunettes and not too busty. And then there was Russ Meyer...

  • 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 Priet-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.
  • Ciaphas Cain, THE HERO OF THE IMPERIUM, prefers blondes (as he explains to the dark-haired cultist he shoots after Jurgen prevents her from mind controlling and sacrificing him).
  • In Little Women, 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 Loyal Enemies Shelena can't stop swearing that Tall, Dark and Handsome (that is, description of Veres) is MOST CERTAINLY NOT her type. Guess who becomes Official Couple by the end of the book.
  • In Wen Spencer's Elfhome, Tinker sees the elf Windwolf had asked to marry him before her, and realizes that his type is short and brown.
  • Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey has a type: shortish, dark-haired young women with light eyes. Apparently they remind him of 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 whore—my birth mother. I’m sure you can guess why.”
  • In David Brin's second 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 Heart Of Steel, 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.

Live-Action TV
  • On Downton Abbey:
    • Robert, the Earl of Grantham, has been in a committed, loving relationship to his wife, Cora, for thirty years. He briefly flirts with a dalliance, but never goes beyond stolen kisses, 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 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 anyone in unrequited love with Mary.
  • Mad Men's Don Draper begins the show married to a blonde Stepford Smiler, but 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 Stepford Smiler.
  • Barney Stinson declares in the pilot of How I Met Your Mother 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. However, he kinda does. His type is naive bimbos with daddy issues. And Robin who has daddy issues but is very intelligent.
  • Dr. Cox on Scrubs has a thing for strong women who don't take any of his crap. He prefers them brunette, but is happy to settle for a blonde ball buster.
  • Gibbs on NCIS has a thing for redheads.
  • In a sketch on Saturday Night Live about how to meet people for relationships, Tracy Morgan 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 The Kids in the Hall, 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."
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • 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, Badass Normal Nice Guy Riley Finn.
      "Face it, white bread. Buffy's got a type, and you're not it. She likes us dangerous, rough, occasionally bumpy in the forehead region. (patronizingly) Not that she doesn't like you ... but sorry, you're just not dark enough."
    • There's also a Running Gag that Xander is attracted to demonic, or otherwise evil, women: the praying-mantis monster, Ampata, former demon Anya, that random chick from season seven...the main exception is Cordelia, and she became a demon after they broke up!
  • On the spin-off to Buffy, 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 Action Girl like Buffy, and blonde when they were falling for each other), and his relationship with Nina (blonde). Angel also had some UST with Kate, a blonde detective, but she was Put on a Bus 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 Out-of-Character Alert 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 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 Not That Kind of Doctor.
    Chandler: What, is your dad a doctor?
    Rachel: Yeah. Why?
    Chandler: *beat* No reason.
  • 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 Gilmore Girls, over the course of the series, seems determined to date the baddest boy in the series (so long as he's booksmart) - first dumping wholesome Dean for Jess. After Jess leaves town, she ends up back with Dean, who is a significantly darker character, 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.
  • 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, Clark Kent wears glasses to separate his appearance from Superman's.
  • On an early 30 Rock 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 the writers were still testing things out with Jack at the time.
  • Ron Swanson of Parks and Recreation only likes dark-haired women because his first wife was blonde and she was so terrible that she turned him off blondes forever.
  • Murdoch Mysteries:
    • Detective Murdoch is by no means a seducer who would pursue women, but being Tall, Dark and Handsome and extremely intelligent and accomplished, 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 , 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 Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia is attracted to beefy hunks. Ironically, he's also implied to have feelings for his roommate Dennis, who is unfit and fairly thin.
  • On The X-Files, 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 short, petite, redhead. This may be a Development Gag, as network executives originally wanted someone "taller, leggier, blonder and breastier" for the role of Scully, while Chris Carter pushed for Gillian Anderson.
  • On White Collar, 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]
  • Pretty Little Liars has Spencer, who is into Dating What Daddy Hates. Either working class boys with an attitude or her sister's fiances (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...) has a very clear, rather disturbing type: underage highschoolers.
  • 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 handsome superheroes.
    Felicity: Oh, God. I have a type.
  • Puck from Glee states that 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 tough.

Newspaper Comics

Tabletop Games
  • The Eclipse Phase 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 sleeved in female bodies.

Visual Novels
  • The second edition of the Hatoful Boyfriend guidebook has each dateable bird asked what his type is. Yuuya bluntly asks "Isn’t 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 Shuu just says "Ones who offer viscera that are as healthy as possible."
  • Dr. Ayame Yukishita in Kiss Of Revenge is very definite about her preference for 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.)

Web Original
  • The Nostalgia Critic gets it bad for curvy, slightly psychotic brunettes who'll dominate him. When doing a list of favorite animated women as Doug Walker, 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.
  • The Nostalgia Chick: Discussed 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 "bad boys". Elisa, meanwhile, loves stoic guys (like Goliath and Batman) while Nella prefers cute Woobies (like Thomas and Dmitri). There's also a Running Gag that the Chick loves blue guys, like Megamind, Hades and especially Nightcrawler. She also admits to loving characters who start as "lovable curmudgeons" and become nicer over time.
  • From Red vs. Blue: Church and The Director have a kink for hotheaded women.
  • From The Blockbuster Buster's review of I Am Number Four:
    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 Buffy the Vampire Slayer theme song begins)
  • Welcome to Night Vale 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.


Western Animation