Playing With / May–December Romance

Basic Trope: There is a significant age difference between the partners in a romantic couple.
  • Straight: Alice and Bob are lovers. Alice is 21, Bob is 60.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: No one seems to think the relationship is that unusual. Alice's 30, Bob's 50.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Alice and Bob are as close to the same age as possible. (Twincest may apply, as that's as close as it gets in most cases).
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted: Then it turns out Bob is also much older than he looks like.
  • Parodied: The bride hasn't even hit puberty yet, and the groom is Older Than Dirt.
  • Zig Zagged: Time Travel Romance.
  • Averted: No one in the story dates outside their own age category.
  • Enforced: "Our male lead, Bob Oldguy, is a box-office hit even in his fifties, but we need a younger actress for the female lead to sell the merchandise. How about Alice Ingenue?"
  • Lampshaded: "Isn't she a bit young for you?"
  • Invoked: Fiftyish Bob takes classes at the local college in hopes of scoring with sorority girls by flaunting his superior breadwinning skills.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Bob decides not to go out with the much younger Alice after all; it's more sensible to stick with women of his own maturity level.
  • Discussed:
    • "What you want to do, Alice, is look for an older man. The young ones haven't matured enough to be interesting for more than sex."
    • "What you want to do, Bob, is look for an older girl. The girls your own age are too immature, and only want to date jocks and bad boys."
  • Conversed: "I hope I can still get the young women when I'm Bob Oldguy's age. Did you see the girl they matched him with in his latest film?"
  • Deconstructed: The generational differences between Alice and Bob cause strain in their relationship, and they eventually break up to seek partners closer to their own ages.
  • Reconstructed:
    • But Charles and Diane, despite their age difference, find enough in common that their love can survive misunderstandings, and form a stronger bond because of it.
    • The only significant difference is their age. For example, the May is noted to be more emotionally mature than their peers, or the December is a Cool Old Person.

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