A character who proudly and often loudly proclaims their preference for an older female romantic partner. The woman may not be a real Christmas Cake, but she's obviously older. The exact reasons can be anything from liking a more intellectual woman to simply wanting someone with a bigger cup size. This preference is most obvious in shonen and seinen, which otherwise tend to concentrate on women of a younger age bracket.
In comedy, this character is inevitably set up with a somewhat childish female character who doesn't feed into this taste at all, and is told so. Since a character that Likes Older Women isn't actually interested in younger women, this is sometimes used to avoid Squick.
Compare Teacher/Student Romance, May-December Romance, Mrs. Robinson, and Stacy's Mom. Contrast Really 700 Years Old. Also, please note that due to this trope being related to the Christmas Cake trope, such a person is sometimes referred to as a Cake Eater, thus explaining the dozens of references to cake on this page.
Please stick to examples where the older character is female. Preference for older men is not this trope.
Very sweetly subverted in Kotetsushin Jeeg. Hiroshi Shiba, the original Kotetsu Jeeg, goes missing for decades, and Michi, his combat partner/girlfriend eventually grows old enough to have a granddaughter. When Hiroshi comes back, having never aged at all (on account of him being a cyborg), Michi sadly tells him that she feels ashamed that he has to see her like that. Hiroshi answers that he doesn't care, because he'll always love her just the same. D'AWW!!!
In Love Hina, one of Keitaro's two childhood friends, Masayuki Haitani, displays an ongoing infatuation with the series's Christmas Cake, Haruka.
Marie in Haré+ Guu was worried Haré might be one of these.
Played with in Star Driver. In it, we have Tsubasa, who is the only guy in all of Southern Cross High that isn't attracted to Hina, the supposed "new girl", because he has a crush on Midori Okamoto, the school nurse... who happens to be the true identity of Hina and a notorious lover of Bishounen.
In Mahou Sensei Negima!, Negi might fit into this, as all the girls he could potentially have a romantic interest in are older than he is, usually by a margin of four or five years.
His father, Nagi also appears to be a bit younger than Negi's mother Arika. Her age hasn't been confirmed, but she sure looks older than he is, and her only known relative (Asuna) is definitely Older Than She Looks (Chapter 284 reveals she is at least a hundred years old).
When asked if the reason he drew cute teen female characters all the time was because he was attracted to them, series creator Ken Akamatsu stated that his preference is actually older women. He's just really good at drawing cute young girls...
Please Teacher! would be an example. However one wouldn't tell Mizuho is actually much older than Kei. According to a Newtype magazine centerfold, she's twenty three when she shows up on Earth. She is an alien from outer space and he has spent three years in a strange sort of coma..
And also, the friend of Kei's who pursued their female classmate who suffers from the same sort of strange coma-disease, and admits out loud that he has a fetish for women who are older than they look.
Yu-Gi-Oh!: Jounouchi and Mai, who is 8 years his senior, are widely regarded as "the only popular heterosexual couple in Yu-Gi-Oh!."
That pairing is Serious Business. When one author revealed in his ContinuationFan Fic that one character (established as Jounouchi's daughter) was the daughter of Jounouchi and Rebecca, the readers were not amused. His next story promptly returned to Jou/Mai.
Joey: (aside to the audience) Actually, this is the closest thing this show has to a normal relationship.
Hawk's Eye of Sailor Moon's Amazon Trio, who specifically targets older beautiful women. One of them is Ikuko Tsukino, Usagi's Hot Mom.
Akira Mimasaka from Hana Yori Dango. Maybe Rui, since his long-time love interest Shizuka is actually older and more mature than he is.
14-year-old Yoshimori in Kekkaishi has his eyes set on his 16-year-old childhood friend, Tokine. Later in the manga, he saves another girl of similar age from a high fall and she briefly becomes his Stalker with a Crush. These may contribute to an observation a regular acquaintance makes about Yoshimori's romantic preferences: "You like older girls."
In the anime adaptation Masamori, Yoshimori's older brother, makes the same observation to tease Yoshimori: "You sure like them....mature."
Not to mention that he also likes cake, leading to the inevitable puns; a cake-baking, cake-loving, cake eater. Cake is his LIFE.
Parodied in The Prince of Tennis: Takashi Kawamura is mistaken for someone who Likes Older Women by his school friends when he was seen talking to a beautiful older woman. Turns out she was the Hot Mom of an old friend of his and their talk was not a romantic one: she was asking him to help with her rebellious son.
Parodied in Azumanga Daioh, when a guy asks another whom he likes better, Yukari or Nyamo. This guy, seeing Yukari around and overhearing, answers "Yukari, of course", and the other replies "You have a warped taste in women", and gets promptly whacked by Yukari.
The trope is inverted with Wataru in Hayate the Combat Butler. It seems older girls (although the gap between him and Sakuya or Aika is pretty small, they're still older) are more actively interested in him, while his moments of interest in any of them don't happen as frequently.
In Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch, Nagisa is one year younger than Hanon (who was in love with her music teacher, before he went away in the second season). Even though Hanon yells 'I only like older men!' to try to prevent Nagisa from flirting with her, he ignores it and flirts with her anyway. She gives up later and date him at the end of the story...
Please Save My Earth The age differences of the two main leads are obvious. This is actually understandable considering Rin Kobayashi is reincarnated 9 years later than Alice.
Unbalance × Unbalance is a good example for of this, between Jin-Ho Myung and Hae-Young Na, not to mention Hae-Young is Jin-Ho's teacher (respectively renamed as Kenichi Kando and Elina Takanashi in the japanese version).
Every male in Freezing is this. Generally senior females in the school would desire younger males to be their partners.
Shinpei from Wandering Son saw the protagonist with an adult friend of his and started becoming the characters friend in order to meet that women. His love for her went away after he learned she was Transsexual though.
From Ano Natsu De Matteru. It must be Love at First Sight for Kirishima Kaito but his alien love interest Ichika Takatsuki here is at least 2 years, if not, much older than him.
Deadpool openly lusts after Bea Arthur. In one issue he lusts after Spider-Man's Aunt May, sighing how she's "so like my Bea."
All members of Weapon X, mutant or not, have a slow aging factor, and Deadpool is cursed to be unkillable, so he may have grown up in the same era as Bea Arthur. It has also been noted, in the Hot Mom trope, that Aunt May has been considered incredibly hot by some.
When Deadpool actually died, he got together with Death herself. Her on-and-off boyfriend Thanos angrily brought him back to life and made him immortal to separate them.
By contrast, in Love and Capes, CM Expy Major Might starts a relationship with Wonder Woman Expy Amazonia; in his Superpowered Alter Ego, he looks like an adult (and she is one), but he's really 10 years old. Amazonia is not best pleased to learn this. Of course, she's on the rebound from the main character, the Crusader, and the Major is a huge fan of her ex (to the extent of choosing to have the same powers so that he can be like his hero), so it's a valid question as to whether Amazonia is being a bit of a Mrs. Robinson here.
Subverted in Captain Atom with Sally Starshine. She certainly looks much older than Cameron Scott, but since he jumped eighteen years into the future, they are actually contemporaries, which is one of the reasons he is drawn to her. Also, it should perhaps be noted that Cameron started dating his first wife, Angela, when he was a junior in high school and she was a senior.
A Pleasant Surprise features this prominently. It's not stated exactly how old Fluttershy and Midnight are, but it's more than enough difference to qualify.
Tommy Flood in Bloodsucking Fiends (19 years old), as demonstrated by the fact that he's willing to immediately shack up with a woman seven years his senior.
In Through the Postern Gate by Florence Barclay, the lead male is a Cake Eater Bunny-Ears Lawyer nicknamed "Boy Blue", who is in love with a 10-years-older Hot Librarian. In fact, the Hot Librarian cites the age difference as the reason why they should not date. "When I met you, you were six. I was 16".
Zar-bettu-Zekigal, from Mary Gentle's Rats and Gargoyles, explicitly prefers older women (shortly after she's first introduced, she starts rhapsodizing over her fortyish landlady Evelian's laugh lines). When she later becomes infatuated with the Hyena (who's only got about ten years on Zari), it mystifies her that she's crushing on someone so young.
In Smallville, it is a one episode thing, but they had a little Flight of Romance so it is worth a mention. Warrior Angel, who is actually only 12 years old, is obviously attracted to the then-about 23 Chloe Sullivan.
Richard Fish, in Ally McBeal, actively goes after older women because he has a fetish for the folds under a woman's chin that build up as she gets older. He wound up marrying a woman who was ten years younger than him, but many fans prefer to pretend the last season didn't happen, so... you know the drill.
Noah "Puck" Puckerman from Glee states this as the sole reason for joining Acafellas and performing at the PTA meeting.
Carter on ER wasn't really one, but was accused of it after dating a couple of older women.
Lie to Me: One episode revolves around a widow of a much younger man. After the team loudly derides the age gap, Torres says that she's been in a relationship with an older partner, and it was healthy and fulfilling. This is an example of Likes Older Women because the older partner was a woman.
Friends has Phoebe's brother who marries his much older teacher.
Connor from Angel. Apparently, his profound love of Christmas Cake is so deeply a part of who he is, changing his memories and personality doesn't make it go away.
Connor: I guess I've always had a thing for older women.
The 2010 Christmas Special of Doctor Who does it both ways. In the same relation. Abigail Pettigrew (age unknown, but adult, probably in her 20's) is held in stasis by (initially) Kazran Sardick's father, as collateral for a loan. While Kazran is a young boy, The Doctor briefly releases her. By the time Abigail is put back in stasis, Kazran promises they'll be back every Christmas Eve. They do so, and while Kazran is still younger than Abigail, they 're mutually attracted to each other. Until one Christmas Eve, Kazran learns Abigail has only one day left to live, and he decides to not release her on following Christmas Eves. Eventually, Kazran becomes an old (and grumpy) man. And on a Christmas day, Abigail is the only person who can save the day. Old enough to now be her grandfather, Kazran releases Abigail. Of course, they still love each other.
While the Doctor himself doesn't count, being over 900 years old, they do seem to like using this dynamic ever since they hired the twenty-something Matt Smith. Almost every quasi-flirty relationship has been with a character whose actress is at least a little older than him. There was Queen Liz X (both she and her actress Sophie Okonedo were 40,) River Song (whose actress Alex Kingston was born in 1963) and Idris (who was played by an actress in her early 30s, but was dressed in a Victorian getup that made her look a little older.) He gets in a Mrs. Robinson joke about River just to make the point.
They don't yell, and they don't tell, and oh, they're grateful as hell, So give me an older woman every time.
Played for laughs on New Tricks (note: the premise of the series is that retired police officers are brought back to the force to serve as consultants on cold cases, and much of the humor is based on the ensuing Values Dissonance):
Brian: Remember Hans and Lotte Hass on telly when we were kids?
Gerry: Oh-ho! I never missed that programme.
Brian:You were hooked on diving?
Gerry: No, no. It wasn't that. No... well, this was the Fifties. It was the only show on TV where you could see a fit bird in a swimsuit.
Sandra: How old were you, Gerry?
Gerry: Dunno. Nine? Ten, I suppose. [Disapproving stares] Yeah, I've always had a thing for older women.
Sandra: [deadpan] Now there aren't any.
Ricardo Arjona's song "Señora de las Cuatro Décadas" (Lady of the Four Decades) is written from the POV of someone who Likes Older Women who tells his much older girlfriend to not try make herself look younger than she is, since she's perfect for him already.
In the music video of Toby Keith's "You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This (Unless You Mean It Like That)" a eighteen/nineteen yr old boy has a vivid daydream of he and his older female employer falling in love and making love with one another. Unfortunately or fortunately for him, her real personality is vastly different from his fantasy of her, and she seems to barely recognise his existence.
Emmanuel's song "Bella Señora" (Beautiful Lady) is a subtler example, as the lyrics don't openly state that the man is one of these but has some verses about the "lady"'s skin not being "porcelain-like" like in the past.
The Bare Naked Ladies song "Maybe Katie" is about how the singer doesn't care about the fact that his girlfriend is older than he is.
“Summer: The First Time” by Bobby Goldsboro.
Just because her youth is fading, Doesn't mean she's not worth dating.
Hailing from Brazil comes "Panela Velha" ("old pot"), with the immortal chorus "it doesn't matter if she's older! Old pots make the best food!"
Rick Wakeman, Progressive Rock keyboardist of Yes, The Strawbs and several solo projects, once made this joke to his audience while in his 60s: "When I was younger, I used to have a thing for older women... Not any more!"
Not that you would be able to tell any of this by simply looking at the characters. They sound, look and act like a group of fraternity 20-somethings.
In Dragon Age: Origins, Zevran seems to like hitting on Wynne even more than hitting on the PC as every conversation he has with her involves either sex, her breasts, or both. He might just be messing with her, but knowing Zevran, he probably wouldn't object if Wynne responded positively to his advances.
In Fire Emblem Elibe, Roy, has 6 possible wives: one is Cecilia, a visibly older woman who was Roy's teacher in combat and tactics.
In Fire Emblem Tellius, Boyd, 19, says to Titania, who is 41 or so, that he always had a crush on her. And when Titania questions his logic, Boyd says his judgement was assisted by the fact that Boyd was sure that Titania was younger than HIS mother, who is also the mother of Oscar, whose age is 24.
Every one of Deu's potential wives is several years older than him except for Sylvia (she's said to be 14 in the games and 16 in the Oosawa manga) or Lachesis (said to be 16 in the mangas).
Toby in Catherine has a crush on Erica, an old friend of the main character, who is 32. However, in the True Lovers ending, he learns that she is a post-op transsexual.
An option in Mass Effect 2 to play Shepard as one, featuring Samara as the cake, who is several hundred years old as opposed to Shepard, who, as of Mass Effect 2, is either 29 or 31 (depending on whether you count the two years (s)he was dead)... although (s)he gets turned down because Samara is married to her job.
Liara, a potential romantic option in Mass Effect 1, is over 100 (though, by asari standards, she is barely an adult).
Also Miranda Lawson, who is 35.
Clannad's canonical plot goes with Tomoya falling in love and marrying an older girl. His wife Nagisa is only 1 year older than him, though.
Another route can have him fall for Misae, his landlady, who seems to be in her mid 20's.
In Maji De Watashi Ni Koi Shinasai our protagonist here admittedly stated that he prefers older women during one the main routes. Overall he has 2 candidates to fill this trope in the original game one of which is his homeroom teacher
In addition he gets about 5 more potential older partners in the expanded sequel Majikoi S. 2 of the 5 were more or less extras though.
In Crescendo you have the choice of either your older non-blood related maternal sister Ayame or your smexy aloof, Christmas Cake school nurse Kaori, Take your pick.
In Jewel Knights Crusaders your hero is currently in high school and there are 2 candidates that fulfill this trope. One is a hot nurse who is also currently attending college, another is a childhood friend who the hero frequently call Onee-san.
This appears to be very common in dating sims, usually with a sempai.
Skwisgaar of Metalocalypse has a preference for 60+ year old female partners. And overweight ones too. G-MILFs, in his own words.
J'onn J'onzz was seen with a middle aged woman, disguised as a middle aged man in the finale of Justice League Unlimited. Given the brief look between them before he returned to his original form, it seemed he'd already revealed his identity to her and she was okay with it. Given that he was Really 700 Years Old and had been married before, its no wonder he'd go with someone more mature, at least by earth standards.
In The Spectacular Spider Man, sixteen-year-old Peter Parker very publically proclaims his interest in twenty-year-old secretary Betty Brant, and plays the Dogged Nice Guy to pressure her to be his date for the High School Dance. He is thwarted by his Aunt May, who approaches Betty for a frank talk about their relative ages. Betty then turns Peter down.
Admittedly, this example is somewhat muddied in that Spike, despite being a baby dragon, is actually not much younger than the adult main cast and is really only considered such due to dragon's centuries long lifespan. He does consistently behave less mature than the rest of the cast, though.
Parodied during an episode of Codename: Kids Next Door with King Sandy. He's into older women...though being about 7 years old, that means said women(Like Numbah Three) are 10.
Ferb towards Vanessa, who is most likely 4-5 years older than him. Due to certain bits of Word Of God regarding Phineas' future relationships, this might also apply to him as well since it is widely suspected that Isabella is older than he is.
Wally on Young Justice, who has flirted/commented on the attractiveness of several women older than him, most notably Black Canary. He eventually winds up with Artemis, though.
Brock Lesnar's wife, Sable, is ten years his senior.
William Shakespeare was 18 years old when he married a local woman named Anne, who was 26. For a young man to marry a reasonably older woman was in fact rather unorthodox. It may have helped that she was three months pregnant with this child when they got married.