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 AnythingThatMoves. 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 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 LastGirlWins 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.

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

If a protagonist has a red-headed girlfriend, that's HeroesWantRedheads. If a girl dates a punk from a broken home, then AllGirlsWantBadBoys. 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 YoureNotMyType, then don't put it here; unless it goes on to say what the type is, then that's just a rejection trope.

Compare: WhereDaWhiteWomenAt, MatzoFever, HeroesWantRedheads, where the lover matches a type, but isn't necessarily his only type.

Contrast: AnythingThatMoves, IfItsYouItsOkay, SingleTargetSexuality, YoureNotMyType

SuperTrope to: AmazonChaser, ChubbyChaser, LikesOlderWomen


[[AC:{{Anime}} & {{Manga}}]]
* ''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.
* Hannyabal in ''Manga/OnePiece'' is so completely unfazed by Hancock, the WorldsMostBeautifulWoman, 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 [[HeroesWantRedheads redheads]], [[HugeGuyTinyGirl shorter]] girls, younger girls, or a combination of some/all of the aforementioned.
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'': Venus, in her manga incarnations, has a definite preference for pale-haired warriors.

* 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.
* Comicbook/{{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 ah-Ghul, daughter of Ra's.
** 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 ''[[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.

[[AC: FanFic]]
* 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.

* 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.
* The Yellow Bastard from ''Film/SinCity'' has a type: little girls. He says that Nancy [[YoureNotMyType isn't his type]] 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/CasinoRoyale'': 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 ''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.]]
* 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.

* ''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 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.
* In the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novels, Cain 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, description of Veres) is [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial MOST CERTAINLY NOT]] her type. Guess who becomes 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.
* Much like other serial killers, 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]]. His latest victim Ana fits this profile perfectly.
* 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.

* Robert, the Earl of Grantham, on ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' 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.
* ''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. However, he kinda does. His type is naive bimbos with daddy issues. And [[spoiler:Robin]] who has daddy issues but is very intelligent.
* Dr. Cox on ''Series/{{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 [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal blonde ball buster.]]
* 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 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. 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 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.
* ''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.
* 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]].
* ''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.
* 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 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 all also had brown hair.
* ''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.

* ''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]].

[[AC: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]].

[[AC: Visual Novels]]
* The second edition of the ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' 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 [[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 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.)

* 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 more normal. 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]]). The Chick loves [[WesternAnimation/XMen Nightcrawler]] and ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'', giving rise to the joke that she's into blue guys. She also admits to loving characters who start as "lovable curmudgeons" and become nicer over time.
* From ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': Church and The Director have a kink for hotheaded women.

* 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.]]

* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' Bullock has "the trifecta"--[[ChubbyChaser fat]] [[RaceFetish Asian]] [[MyGirlIsASlut skanks]].
* Daria of ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' seems to like guys as [[PairTheSmartOnes intelligent]] and [[TallDarkAndSnarky sarcastic]] as she is--"Daria Dance Party" shows her notably perk up when a flirtatious guy begins snarking. Also, while probably a coincidence, she seems to like "T" names ([[EruditeStoner Trent]], [[HomeschooledKids Ted]], [[GentlemanAndAScholar Tom]]...)