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 25, Bob's 55.
  • 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.
  • 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: "Have you seen our new neighbors? She's barely out of college, and he's retired. I heard she used to be his student."
  • 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?"
  • Implied: Alice and Bob's ages are never mention but based on the fact that Bob looks like he's in his 60s while Alice looks like she's in her 20s, the audience can assume there is this trope going on.
  • 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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