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Vesper: Am I going to have a problem with you, Mr Bond?
Bond: No. Don't worry, you're not my type.
Vesper: Smart?
Bond: Single.

Some people are relaxed in their appetites, and happy to have sex with anyone who's happy to have sex with them; blonde, brunette, redhead. Some people will chase Anything That Moves. This character, knowingly or not, is a bit more specific in what they're looking for.

The "type" that the character is attracted to can be physical or emotional. Some characters prefer a certain look, while others prefer a specific personality. The important thing is that, from one relationship to the next, the character is consistent in their 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 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.

There are many Sub-Tropes (If the Type in question is already a trope, go ahead and put it under the relevant sub-trope):

List a character here if they're 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. If someone's type is "people who remind them of X", it's Replacement Goldfish. May overlap with Serial Spouse or Serial Romeo.

Contrast: Anything That Moves, If It's You, It's Okay, Single-Target Sexuality, You're Not My Type. True Love Is Exceptional is a deconstruction.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • 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 are in fact taller than him.
  • Blue Flag:
    • Ichinose describes Mita's perfect girl as dark haired, sporty, big boobs, slim, with a mature vibe and capable of speaking things clearly, which is the complete opposite of Kuze. Itachi realizes that it's a lie, and that Mita is actually gay and in love with Ichinose.
    • Masumi's two love interests in the story, Kuze and, later, her husband, were both shy, awkward and light haired individuals.
  • Captain Tsubasa: Yayoi Aoba clearly has a thing for soccer prodigies, as shown by her relationships with Tsubasa Ohzora and later Jun Misugi. This may have to do with the fact that her older brother Hideto is a player himself, so she enjoys the sport.
  • A Certain Magical Index: Early on, Touma casually mentions that his type is reliable older girls (Sometimes referenced as Dorm Manager Onee-sans). This might be one reason he ignores the harem of girls competing for his attention; none of them really fit that type (Kanzaki comes closest, but is a bit too shy regarding romance to qualify).
  • A Cruel God Reigns: While he isn't exclusive, Greg Roland has an appreciation for dark hair. His wife, Sandra, (herself a blonde) suspects him of sleeping with his secretary, Debbie, a woman with black hair the same shade as Jeremy's. Jeremy also notes that Debbie has "black hair, like me" when reading Sandra's diary and privy to her jealous misgivings.
  • According to Vegeta in Dragon Ball Super, it is common for Saiyan men to fall for strong and feisty women, a trait that he claims encompassed all Saiyan women. While Chi-Chi is very strong in her own right by human standards and even terrifies friends and family who are magnitudes stronger than her (including Goku), Bulma apparently won over Vegeta through strength of personality alone. Half-Saiyan Gohan also showed attraction to Videl when he saw her Action Girl status. Piccolo's mental response is "This explains...... everything!'"
  • Food Wars!: Erina Nakiri describes her ideal man as "passionate about cooking and capable of making dishes that surpass her expectations", in short, someone who'd remind her of her idol Joichiro Saiba. Coincidentally, Joichiro's son Soma fits that description perfectly.
  • In Gintama, it's noted that the Joui leader Katsura Kotaro has a preference for widowed women, which can also double as Likes Older Women.
  • 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. More generally Issei, who does generally find a wide range of body-types attractive, has a notably preference for older big-sister types like Rias or Akeno.
    • Played straight with Tomoe, a member of the student council/Sona Sitri's peerage, who's most attracted to younger boys.
  • Queen Iono from Iono the Fanatics has a well-known preference for women with long, flowing black hair, just like her late mother.
  • I Think Our Son Is Gay: Hiroki accidentally blurts out what his type is when talking with his mother, though, being in the closet, he tries to backpedal and say that it's what the girls in his class find attractive — to wit: manly, rugged, muscular guys.
  • Jujutsu Kaisen: Before a fight, Aoi Todo asks his opponent what their type is, judging their worth as an opponent by their preferences, and he proudly declares that his type is tall women with big asses. When Itadori answers that his type is also tall women with big asses, Todo convinces himself through an extended Fantasy Sequence that he and Itadori have been best friends since middle school.
  • Kimihito from Monster Musume is revealed in a bonus comic to have an affinity for legs, the joke being that none of the girls living with him at the time (a centaur, a harpy, and a lamia) have normal legs. It turns into a Brick Joke when a spider girl is introduced. It turns out that he never said anything about the legs having to be human.
  • Ore Suki: Joro has a clear preference for busty girls with long, dark hair. This mostly applies to Pansy obviously, but when Sasanqua decides to change her previously dyed hair to her natural black, he's immediately enticed.
  • Played for Laughs in The Quintessential Quintuplets. During a study session, Miku asks Fuutarou what type of girls he likes. Fuutarou, largely uninterested, says that he'll tell them if they finish their homework. He tells them that the top three qualities he likes in a girl are "always cheerful", "good at cooking" and "cares about her big brother". Nino angrily protests that he was describing his younger sister Raiha, while Miku is left depressed because she's the complete opposite in two of those three accounts.
  • Rebuild World:
    • Katsuya shows a marked preference when it comes to what women he likes: It’s for those who get along with Akira better than with him.
    • Early in the series, it looks like Akira likes older, teasing, busty women, what with how he acts with Shizuka, Elena, and Sara while being cold to Sheryl, his own age. But this turns out to be Averted. Carol on paper fits with the first three, but Akira distrusts her at first for being a Femme Fatale. It’s more a matter of who Akira trusts enough to be open with. When Sheryl directly asks him if he Likes Older Women after she earns that trust, he tells her it’s just a coincidence that he has multiple friends like that because Child Soldiers like himself are uncommon.

  • Sailor Moon: Venus, in her manga incarnations, has a definite preference for pale-haired warriors.
  • 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.
  • In Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun, Nene is easily attracted to handsome, prince-charming type guys.

    Comic Books 
  • This actually serves to foreshadow The Reveal in American Born Chinese. Jin's first love interest is Amelia, a girl with orange hair and pale blue eyes. The girl he tries to woo as Danny, Melanie, also has orange hair and pale blue eyes.
  • Batman's type is ladies who operate outside the law but have a hidden heart underneath. His two main love interests, Catwoman and Talia al Ghul fit this bill to the T. It's even said they're the only two women he's ever loved.
  • Exiles: Nocturne defines her type by lack-of-type. She doesn't date white men, which means Morph (who is literally white due to his mutation, in addition to having Caucasian parents) is off the table.
  • Gender Queer: A Memoir: Maia says e's mostly attracted to androgyny. This appears to work out mostly as butch lesbians when e begins dating.
  • 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).
  • If we discount Amora or magical trickery, The Mighty Thor tends to gravitate towards brunettes with attitude (Jane, Sif, Roz etc.), when they also happen to be mortal Odin really doesn't approve of this.
  • In the Supergirl storyline Red Daughter of Krypton, Red Lantern Zilius Zox has a type: round females. When Guy Gardner jokingly asks him and his partner Skallox if they're getting a crush on Supergirl, Zox replies: "Meh. Not nearly spherical enough."
  • 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.
    • He lampshades this when he meets his cousin for first time (in Action Comics issue #252):
      Supergirl: While you were gone, I used my super-hearing and heard many Earth-girls' names! I thought of a good one for myself... Linda Lee! How's that?
      Superman: Er... As good as any! (thinking) Lana Lang was my girlfriend when I was Superboy, and Lois Lane replaced her when I became Superman! By sheer coincidence, she picked the same initials... L. L.!
    • Also when he first met Lyla Lerrol in Superman #141:
      Superman: I'll bet her initials are "L.L."!
  • Like Superman, Kitty Pryde of the X-Men has a majority of her Love Interests being men with the name "Peter" in some form or another. These include her first crush and later lover Piotr Rasputin (Colossus), British spy Peter Wisdom, and the Star-Lord Peter Quill. In the Ultimate verse, she dated Peter Parker/Spider-Man for a period of time. This gets lampshaded a few times, such as this quote from The Black Vortex event.
    Storm: Kitty, what is the deal with you and Peters?
    Kitty: Oh, who knows?
    Magik: Her childhood hamster was named Peter.
    Kitty: Traitor.
  • 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.
  • 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, he 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 Supergirl (1996) Annual #2, Brainiac 5 of the Legion Of Superheroes is instantly infatuated with Supergirl, and the other Legionnaires comment that this is probably because, as a superstrong, flying blonde, she's similar to Andromeda, who he's seperated from by being trapped in the 20th century. (The Mythology Gag is that Brainy's attraction to Andromeda was itself a reference to his pre-Crisis self and the original Supergirl. Either way, that's his type.)

    Fan Works 
  • The author's notes of Chapter 43 of BlazBlue Alternative: Remnant lampshade that between her previous crush on Jaune and her infatuation with Yang, Pyrrha probably has a thing for blondes.
  • In Child of the Storm, Harry tends to be magnetically attracted to snarky badasses - sheer force of will is the main requirement. They're also often blonde (even his Hot Teacher Betsy Braddock is actually a natural blonde under the purple hair dye), something suggested to be due to a childhood watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer repeats at Mrs Figg's. Since Carol is blonde, very snarky, and badass with sufficient force of will to not only wield the Green Lantern Ring, but subconsciously use it to resist dying, the UST is near immediate and inevitable.
  • In Incarnation of Legends, Bell realizes that he has a thing for strong, independent women with golden blonde hair after meeting the Radiance, staring speechlessly at her face until this is pointed out to him. Unfortunately, the "strong, independent" part means that Haruhime is off the list immediately, as he just cares for her as his first friend.
  • It's (Not) Your Fault: When Lincoln and Stella are admitting their feelings for each other, Lincoln says that he likes tall girls after Stella mentions the bullying she faced due to her height. This also serves as a bit of Foreshadowing, as Lincoln would later end up with Sam, who is also really tall.
  • Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- fanfic Shatterheart: Kurogane has a thing for male Broken Birds as seen to his attraction to Fai and Syaoran.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Supergirl crossover The Vampire of Steel, Buffy asks Kara about her love life. After hearing at least two of her suitors were green-skinned, Buffy remarks she's kind of detecting a pattern there:
    Buffy: What does he look like?
    Supergirl: He's blonde.
    Buffy: That's nice.
    Supergirl: Green skin, too.
    Buffy: Am I beginning to see a trend here?
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines: In Chapter 31 of the main story, Ash notes that Anabel's hair has grown longer, and comments that it looks nice like that. Anabel asks Ash if he has a thing for girls with long hair, and his inner monologue hints that she might be right.
  • crawlersout: Fem!Harry's is Tall, Dark, and Handsome. When she was a Hogwarts student, she had things for both Oliver Wood and Cedric Diggory. Notably, she has yet to notice that this is what her charge Tom Riddle Jr. will grow up to be as long as he doesn't mutilate himself with dark magic (they're set to be the Official Couple). The sole love interest she has that doesn't fit this archetype is Gellert Grindelwald who is tall and handsome but not dark (in appearance, at least). Even then, he's more like a Stalker with a Crush than an actual love interest.
  • Sparks Fly has Parasite lampshading Superman's tendency to feel attracted to women with "L" names, as he lays eyes upon Leslie Willis.
  • In Honey and Vinegar, Dracula has a thing for women with an extreme sense of determination and bravery. His lost love, Elizabetha, clung to her life for as long as she could before she finally succumbed to her illness, and Lisa bravely crossed far into Dracula's territory and demanded to be taught proper medicine.
  • In Mockingbird, fanfic Emhyr seems to have a liking for blonde women with green eyes as all the women with whom he is romantically involved share the same traits.
  • Dressed To Steal: It's revealed during the Thieves in Time arc that all the Coopers like women who are just like Carmelita, meaning that Sly has to put up with all of his ancestors flirting with his wife.
  • In Switcheroo AU, recurring element of the comic is Spinel and Japser's infatuation with each other, with various implications that she may have done something with Amethyst and gives an I'm Taking Her Home with Me! look when she sees the Famethyst. This implies that Spinel has an attraction to Quartzes in general.
  • An erotic fanfic in which the Seventh Doctor and Mel are partner-swapping with Columbo and Mrs. Columbo notes that Mel likes short, dark men and Seventh likes redheads.
  • The There Was Once an Avenger from Krypton universe establishes Dipper Pines as having a thing for redheads, given that in addition to his childhood crush on Wendy, he ends up in a committed relationship with Tulip Olsen when they meet in college.

    Films — Animation 
  • 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.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 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...
  • Adam (2019): Casey tells Adam that she's into butch girls, saying masculine woman are the most sexy for her.
  • In Alien: Resurrection, Johner tries to flirt with Ripley, saying he likes tall girls.
  • Below Her Mouth: Dallas appears to like women who have far more feminine looks than hers, since all of these we see her with do.
  • Berlin Syndrome: Andi is apparently attracted to foreign brunette women. Clare fits, along with the Canadian Nathalie from her photos, and we see him chat up a Frenchwoman like this, too. He uses the same line with her as Clare, pretending to get an English word wrong so she can correct him.
  • 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.
  • Colossal: No one remarks upon it, but Tim and Oscar have very similar hair and beard styles. Tim is Gloria's ex boyfriend, Oscar is her childhood friend and possible new boyfriend.
  • In the spoof film, Epic Movie, it seems one of the main characters, Peter, is attracted to conventionally attractive thin women with large breasts and huge butts. However, near the end of the film, he becomes king, and a parody of Mystique, who is portrayed by Carmen Electra as a sexy seductive shapeshifting slut, finds it hot, to a point where she drags him into a tent to have sex with him. Since she's a shapeshifter, she asks what he likes, and we start to see what his ideal woman looks like... he at first asks for some conventionally attractive features such as a larger boob and ass size, and even brings up the possibility of a badonkadonk. However, he takes it back for a unibrow which he refers to as a "mamabrow". His final request is "big flabby grandma arms", which disgusts her, but he insists, calling them "Bingo wings like a fat blue Britney Spears." She starts to transform into it, which causes him to drool, looking very aroused, and once her transformation is complete, he pulls her down and they start to make out as she has his way with him. Note that earlier on, she changed her eyes yellow, and that her fat transformation replaced her with a different actress, with less desirable features including overall smaller boobs and a smaller ass. He also refused to change her appearance from blue or scaly. So his type is... a fat blue scaly women, with a monobrow, wart, yellow crossed eyes, a decent as best breast and ass size, and flabby grandma arms. He still likes conventionally attractive women, but this was clearly the most attracted he was in the film.
  • In the K-9 films Jerry Lee, a German shepherd and partner of protagonist Michael Dooley, has a thing for poodles. In the third film, K-9: P.I., when Dooley decides to put Jerry out to stud to make some money, Jerry refuses to go along with it until they dress the female German shepherd up so she resembles a poodle.
  • Upon hearing of Kate's profession of market research, Duke Leopold of Kate & Leopold says that research is perfect for the feminine mind and he himself once courted a librarian in Sussex.
  • Legend (2015): Very manly gangster Ronnie is only seen with camp gay guys, including his boytoy "Mad Teddy", thus indicating he prefers men with this style.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Paycheck: Both Rachel and the executive Jennings has a brief fling with in the first scene have short blonde hair.
  • Roark Junior, a.k.a. The Yellow Bastard from Sin City has a type: little girls. He says that Nancy isn't his type anymore 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • An Abundance of Katherines: Colin has a very specific type: girls named Katherine. He's dated 19 Katherines. All spelled exactly like that; no Catherines or Kathryns or anything other than, exactly, Katherine.
  • Captive Prince: Damen is known for liking blond hair and blue eyes and is a sucker for an Ice Queen. This leaves him finding Prince Laurent, initially his hated enemy, frustratingly attractive.
  • 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 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."
  • Girls Don't Hit: Joss likes lean, athletic women, and admits not only Echo has this look but also her. She thinks it's probably the case that most people find versions of themselves attractive.
  • Gor: The author John Norman loves submissive sluts, and it tends to show in his work. 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 Priest-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.
  • When you look at the guys she's shown any romantic interest in throughout the Harry Potter franchise, it's clear that Hermione Granger likes her guys tall and somewhat goofy, with a tendency towards glory-seeking acts and achievements (as opposed to actual heroics). This makes the Dance of Despair-slash-Dance of Romance she has with Harry (in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) stand out all the more, as the Broken Ace with Chronic Hero Syndrome Harry (who only wants to have a quiet life out of the spotlight) is definitely off-type for her as a love interest.
  • 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.
  • Journey to Chaos: Dosh says that both his older brother and his father have a "weakness for tsundere". Nolien is kinda-sorta in a relationship with Tiza so he can't argue the point.
  • In Les Misérables, Éponine is secretly in love with Marius, a handsome young man with lush dark hair and gentlemanly manners. She's also implied to sometimes sleep with Montparnasse, a handsome young knife-wielding criminal who also has striking dark hair and pretensions of dignity.
  • 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, in a pinch, her so-called mortal enemy monster hunter Veres) is MOST CERTAINLY NOT her type. The light, strong and manly kind is, supposedly. Guess who becomes the Official Couple by the end of the book.
  • Mind Games: James is so into CatGirl Catgirls that the System gives the girl he likes the ability to change into one. Of course, she's just as into geeky men, and it's not like she doesn't get anything out of the ability.
  • Vin of Mistborn: The Original Trilogy just happens to be so exactly Elend's type (dark-haired, mysterious, and scandalously lowborn) that his friends suspect she's been planted to spy on him.
  • In Northanger Abbey, Isabella and Catherine discuss and compare their tastes in men: Isabella claims a preference for blonds, while Catherine, when pressed, confesses to admire darker eyes and hair (which just happens to describe her Love Interest Henry Tilney).
  • The first chapter of River of Teeth establishes that while Houndstooth may not care about the gender of whoever he's sleeping with, he is known for going for expressive eyes, preferably green or brown ones, though blue will do as well.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Arya Stark seems to demonstrate close connection with illegitimate children in this series, having a close relationship with her half-brother Jon, the highborn illegitimate son of Ned Stark, and a Ship Tease with her friend Gendry, who is the unknown illegitimate son of King Robert Baratheon who grows up as an unacknowledged bastard child.
  • These Words Are True and Faithful devotes considerable attention to the various characters' types.
    "What's the new guy look like?" "What do you think he looks like? He looks like the one type Ernie would ever date." "Younger blond twink?" "Ding ding ding ding ding, we have a winner here, folks."
  • 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.
  • Miles Vorkosigan of Vorkosigan Saga seems to appreciate tall, aggressive, brunette women, to the point that his cousin nicknames his former girlfriends "the harrowing harem" because he finds them all completely terrifying. It's worth nothing two things, though — one that is that to Miles, any woman even of average height is taller than him. The other is that the "aggressive" portion might have less to do with Miles' preference and more with only said women having the guts to date a sawn-off hyperactive lunatic. It also distinguishes him from his clone-brother, Mark, who prefers curvy blondes.
  • In Ward, Victoria notices Vista eyeing another superhero and teases that she has a thing for "unobtainable big guys in armor". Vista protests at first, then thinks about it for a second and says "Oh God, I think you might be right!"
  • In The Witchlands: Safi is, by her own admission, prone to "mistakes of the strong-jawed, snide-tongued variety". Even Iseult is aware of this, noting that a golden-haired Pretty Boy she runs into in Bloodwitch is just the kind of guy Safi would fall head over heels for.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 30 Rock:
    • In an early 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.
  • Altered Carbon
    • While facing off with Lt. Kirstin Ortega, Reileen sardonically notes her brother's attraction to beautiful, passionate, idealistic women with a self-destructive streak like Ortega and his deceased lover, the revolutionary Quellcrist Falconer.
    • Takeshi Kovacs is wearing the body of Ortega's partner and lover.
      Ortega: He had the most open cases on the squad. Drove me crazy.
      Kovacs: Dumb and pretty, huh? Wouldn't have thought that'd be your type.
      Ortega: He wasn't dumb and you're not that pretty.
  • 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.
  • Arrowverse:
    • Arrow invokes this trope by name: when Felicity Smoak walks in on a shirtless Ray Palmer, using a salmon ladder just like Oliver Queen's, she wryly realizes she apparently has a thing for handsome superheroes.
      Felicity: Oh, God. I have a type.
    • Roy Harper is searching for the mysterious female vigilante in the Glades.
      Roy: I'm looking for someone. A blonde, likes black leather.
      Hoss: Sounds like your type.
      Roy: And beats the crap out of guys with a bo staff.
      Hoss: That still sounds like your type.
    • In the episode "Birds of Prey", various people have fun pointing out that Oliver Queen tends toward Dark Action Girls who dress in sexy, leathery get ups. Ironically Oliver ends up with Felicity Smoak, who as their Voice with an Internet Connection is the furthest from this type.
    • In "Unthinkable", knowing that Slade Wilson intends to kidnap the woman he loves the most, Oliver fakes a Love Confession to Felicity in a Play-Along Prisoner ploy. Slade is puzzled that she isn't one of the strong women that Oliver normally prefers, though he says he can see the attraction on getting a close look at her. Felicity proves strong enough when she injects Slade with an antidote to his Super Serum.
    • The Flash (2014): A Running Gag in Season 5 is in regards to Sherloque Wells having five ex-wives, all of whom he owes alimony to. Eventually we meet them and learn that they're all doppelgängers of the same woman, possibly making this the most ludicrously extreme example of this trope ever.
    • Supergirl (2015): While Winn had a crush on Kara in early Season 1, every woman he has actually gotten with has been forceful, manipulative, and slightly criminal.
      Winn: She femme fatal'ed me!
      Alex: You do have a type.
    • While Sara Lance will have quick flings with some very varied people, all her committed relationships are with grim, serious-minded badasses who can match her fighting prowess (it'd be All Amazons Want Hercules, except her partners are women more often than not).
    • Batwoman (2019): Kate seems to be into feminine women, since all the ones she's been shown involved with have those looks, in stark contrast with hers.
  • Jake on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, who was stated by Boyle to have a thing for latinas, and seems to have a particular attraction to smart, pantsuit-wearing latinas. We see enter into a relationship with competitive dark-haired latina attorney Sophia in the second season, and at the start of Season 3, starts dating Amy.
    • From what we see of his past relationships and his husband, Holt seems to only date people just as stoic and no-nonsense as himself.
  • 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."
      • Later content seems to imply that Buffy may just have a thing for vampires in particular. Two is not a coincidence anymore after all, especially not when they're the only two she keeps going back to. By Season 7 and the comics, it becomes a Running Gag that Buffy has a "vampire fetish"; even she cracks the joke at her own expense a few times. Best illustrated in an exchange she has with a spirit haunting her sister's high school the first episode of Season 7:
      Spirit: I think I'd like Dawn to be my girlfriend.
      Buffy: Again, wrong sister. I'm the one who dates dead guys. And no offense, but they were hotties.
    • 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 7... the main exception is Cordelia, and she became a demon after they broke up!
  • Community:
    • Britta is attracted to disturbed and emotionally damaged men; as Abed bluntly puts it, this makes her feel saner by comparison. While this often manifests as All Girls Want Bad Boys, it's slightly more complicated than that. Though she does desperately try to go to an ex-boyfriend who she believes is sending her cruel texts (it's actually her friends trying to keep her away from this guy).
      Troy: What don't you get about this? Britta likes guys who are mean to her. She doesn't like herself.
    • Annie is attracted to aloof, emotionally distant men in general, and especially men who need her in some way so that she can ensure they won't leave her. This leads to some overlap with Britta's type, but not much. For the most part, Annie's type manifests as Jeff. She's initially attracted to Troy before he outgrows his Jerk Jock phase, Vaughn for being detached from the world, the Dark Rider in the second paintball episode for being a badass Bounty Hunter-type, Abed when he's playing Jeff's archetype (especially when he plays Han Solo), and of course Jeff himself. She even gets hot and bothered when the Dean is pretending to have switched bodies with Jeff, even though Annie wasn't aware of what he was doing.
      Shirley: What is happening with you?
      Annie: I don't know.
    • Jeff is attracted to intelligent and mature women, especially those who can match his banter. He spends most of the first season chasing after Britta but mostly gives up on her after she proves at least as crazy and stupid as he is, dates one of the few sane professors at Greendale, and first realizes he has feelings for Annie when they're studying alone together. He admits in the Season 3 premiere that he treats her like a kid in an effort to deny his real feelings for her, and the only time he is annoyed at her flirting is when she's acting like a kid. In the Season 2 premiere he brushes her off since she's acting like a blushing virgin, and in the musical Christmas episode of Season 3 he completely ignores her attempting to seduce him in a Sexy Santa Dress because she's acting like a babyish Brainless Beauty.
      Jeff: You are an intelligent woman. Also you're Jewish.
  • Criminal Minds:
    • Unsubs tend to have specific types. Typically, it means that they're angry at one specific person that they can't or won't hurt (for whatever reason), thus are trying to kill them by proxy. Sometimes the "type" is very specific (pretty blonde-haired blue-eyed twentysomethings), sometimes it's more general (middle-aged women of varying appearance), and sometimes not appearance-related at all (married women, or meek women). In fact, figuring out what the unsub's type is tends to lead directly to him (or rarely her).
    • One person to note is Ian Doyle. In the backstory, Prentiss was chosen to go undercover in his organization because Interpol knew several of his previous romantic partners fit her type. Later, we see a photo lineup of said romantic partners when they're trying to determine which was the mother of his son, and they all bear a striking resemblance to Emily. There's not a single outlier in the bunch.
  • 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.
  • On Downton Abbey:
    • Robert, the Earl of Grantham, has been in a committed, loving relationship to his wife, Cora, for thirty years. He briefly has a dalliance 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.
  • Frasier:
    • Frasier would insist he's drawn to smart, sophisticated, cultured women (or to put it another way, just a female version of himself). And he is, but judging by his dating history over the show, his type is pretty much any woman who expresses interest in him. Meanwhile, his friends and family seem more of the opinion that Frasier is actually drawn to women who have some sort of flaw, whether minor or major, for him to obsess and self-sabotage over. During a bout of self-therapy, Frasier comes to the conclusion (as a Freudian fanboy) that actually his type is his mother.
    • Niles meanwhile seems drawn to relationships with abusive and controlling women, starting with Maris, then replacing Maris with a dog substitute, then Mel. Even when he gets together with Daphne, she tends to be slightly controlling and jerkish, albeit nowhere near the level of the previous two.
  • 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.
    • Charlie Wheeler, introduced in season nine, admits she has a thing for intellectual and academically successful men. She makes an exception to this when she starts dating Book Dumb Joey but they eventually break up after admitting they don't have anything in common. Charlie then moves on to Ross, the most intellectual of the group, before going back to her Nobel prize winning ex-boyfriend.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Jaime claims Renly is only attracted to "curly-haired 'little girls' like Loras Tyrell."
    • Ellaria Sand is bored by timid girls and prefers those with a vivacious personality.
    • Ramsay Bolton says he prefers redheads, though he's only seen ever sleeping with one — Sansa Stark, against her will — as the rest of the women he sleeps with are blonde and brunette.
  • 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 she dumps wholesome Dean for Jess. After Jess leaves town, she ends up back with Dean, who is a significantly darker character now, 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.
  • 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.
  • Hightown: All of the women Jackie is shown being into are feminine (quite unlike herself). They're usually blonde and White as well.
  • 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. Despite this, observations do point out that he is drawn to a certain type of women. His type is naive bimbos with daddy issues. However, his eventual main interest, Robin, has daddy issues but is very intelligent. Given that Barney also has some dad problems and can be perceived as shallow, but is more intelligent than he appears, makes a good amount of sense.
  • In How to Get Away with Murder, new (black) character Gabriel Maddox is introduced as being the son of an established character, with it initially being suggested that Annalise's child didn't die before pivoting to suggesting that he's Bonnie's. It turns out that he's actually Annalise's stepson — her white husband Sam's son from his first marriage, showing he was with a black woman prior to her.
  • Mac on It's 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.
  • 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."
  • In Killing Eve, Villanelle has a definite preference for smart women who are significantly older than her, with thick, wavy hair and palindromic names. Like Eve. The hair thing seems to be especially important; early on in the series, Villanelle is seen rubbernecking a random woman with long, curly hair (while out on a date with a young man, no less), and later on she brings a woman home to have sex with, asking to call her "Eve." Said woman bears no physical resemblance to Eve whatsoever... except for, of course, the hair.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Gibbs on NCIS has a thing for redheads.
  • Orange Is the New Black: Boo seems to like "femme" lesbians from what we've seen.
  • 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. Both of his ex-wifes are also named Tammy. Just like his mother.
  • Person of Interest.
    • Sameen Shaw has an enthusiastic interest in bad boys and an implied interest in Action Girls. However she tries to avoid responding to Root's flirtatious banter, eventually admitting that Root is entirely her type but two sociopathic Girls with Guns would add up to a Destructive Romance.
    • In "A More Perfect Union", a woman invites John Reese to a high society wedding they need to infiltrate. Harold Finch agrees that it's a lucky coincidence that Reese is her type... while glancing at her social page, where she states her taste in men is the strong silent Silver Fox, just like Reese.
  • Pretty Little Liars:
    • 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...) have a very clear, rather disturbing type: underage highschoolers.
  • Roswell, New Mexico: Liz teases Kyle that he has a thing for "feisty Latinas" after dating her and then Steph, who both fit this.
  • In a sketch on Saturday Night Live about how to meet people for relationships, Tracy Morgan plays a man with a very specific type: Chinese trans women.
  • Dr. Cox on Scrubs has a thing for strong, venomous, even abusive women whom he can fight with verbally. He prefers them brunette, but is happy to settle for a blonde ball buster.
  • Shameless (US) has Mickey Milkovich, whose self-proclaimed type are 'carrot tops'. Basically anyone that resembles Ian. Svetlana lampshades this by dying her hair red to try and seduce him.
  • 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.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: Almost all of Captain Kirk's ex-girlfriends are smart, professional women. He seems to have a thing for scientists, though one of his exes was a lawyer. And in the movies, the mother of his son invented the freaking Genesis Device.
  • Star Trek: Picard: Dr. Agnes Jurati has a thing for bearded, older men; Bruce Maddox was her boyfriend, and she hooks up with Cristóbal Rios.
  • In Supernatural, Sam mainly seems to go for monsters. Brunette monsters. May have something to do with the fact that his blonde, human girlfriend was brutally murdered in the first episode. (Not that his monster girlfriends fare any better.)
  • In one episode of Victorious, Cat meets (and falls for) a boy after filming a movie where she's required to wear a blonde wig. However, her friends look up the guy and find out that he only likes blondes to a ridiculous degree. Eventually, Cat is convinced to be herself and show the boy her natural red hair. The boy thanks her for being honest with him...and then dumps her because he only dates blondes.
  • 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]
  • 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.
    • Scully's type is powerful men; she dated two professors of hers and ended the series with Mulder, who is technically her superior.

  • CrazyCod: "Why Is Every Woman I Like A Lesbian" is about the singer's attraction to tomboy girls with a sapphic hairstyle, despite the derision of many, even if he has to deny it.
  • Played for laughs in Saint Motel's "My Type"; the singer proclaims that he has very specific tastes, but his type turns out to be "has a pulse and is breathing".

    Myth & Religion 
  • In some Classical Mythology stories, all three of the original male Olympians, Zeus, Hades and Poseidon, had married Oceanid Nymphs at some point — Zeus with Metis, Hades with Leuce and Poseidon with Amphitrite — and said nymphs were each God's first wife. Could be seen as a subversion, however, as Zeus and Hades' marriages failed (Zeus due to his own paranoia, Hades due to Leuce dying) and Poseidon later reveals that he doesn't really have boundaries for who he dates.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Kermit the Frog admits to this in The Muppets in regards to his recent breakup with Miss Piggy and his new girlfriend Denise (also a pig).
    Kermit: What can I say? I'm attracted to pigs.
    • Gonzo is attracted to birds, with a specific fondness for chickens especially, though he has an exception toward penguins, which disgust him. He also likes 'em big, the bigger the better, so Big Bird is a perfect storm for him (which ends with a ticked-off Camilla dropping a flower pot on his head).



    Tabletop Games 
  • In BattleTech, Prince Victor Steiner-Davion, ruler of the Federated Commonwealth first hooked up with Omi Kurita, daughter of Theodore Kurita, ruler of the FedCom's oldest enemy, the Draconis Combine. He then hooked up with Isis Marik, daughter of the real Thomas Marik, ruler of the Free Worlds League, another longtime adversary of the FedCom. This led to joking, both in-universe and out, that Victor's type was "the daughters of my enemies."
  • 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.

  • In Avenue Q, closeted Gay Conservative Rod apparently has a thing for guys who are lazy slobs, which leads to some slight angst when he finds himself crushing on his roommate and best friend Nicky, who is straight. Heartwarmingly (and hilariously), Nicky ends up finding him a boyfriend who looks and acts just like him, right down to having nearly the same name ("Ricky"). Rod, fresh out of the closet, is quite pleased with this.
    Rod: Oh sweet suffering JESUS! Nicky and Ricky!? (ecstatically) Ooh, my cup runneth over!

    Video Games 
  • Cyberpunk 2077:
    • While the four romance options V can choose from (Judy, Panam, Kerry and River) differ in looks, style, lifestyle, goals, ambitions and dreams, they're all Hot-Blooded rebels who aren't afraid to aim for what they want, just like V.
    • Johnny Silverhand seems to have a thing for women (or people in general) who defy him: Rogue and Alt are more than happy to lay it on him how terrible of a person he can be sometimes, and, depending on the reading, he might also find V attractive, with their relationship being full of bickering, quips and disagreements.
    • All three women Judy fell in love with (V, Maiko and Evelyn), were incredibly ambitious and determined to better their lifes by any means necessary, including taking jobs with high risks that fail spectacularily (Clouds takeover for Maiko and the Konpeki Plaza Heist for V and Evelyn). All three also want to better the lifes of sex workers of Night City.
    • Kerry fell for Johnny and V, with both of them living wild lifestyles (Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll for Johnny and mercenary life for V) and being more than willing to break the law. Both were also driven by ambition and either died young or will die young.
  • In the Dead or Alive series, Zack definitely has a thing for blonde women. After all, his ex-girlfriend Niki was blonde, he often hits on Tina with limited success (also he'd have to get through Bass), and he keeps a picture of Helena in his helicopter.
  • Divinity: Original Sin II: The high-class escort in Driftwood really likes the undead. If an undead player character hires them, they'll even have a change of heart about the Honey Trap they're pulling and fight their own friends to help the PC.
  • In Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance has Joshua in this. If his not-so-subtle flirting with Riku is any indication, Joshua appears to have an eye for the brooding, anti-hero kind.
  • The Nightlife expasion for The Sims 2 added Turn-Ons and Turn-Offs, which allow a Sim to have a thing for certain hair colors, life states, fashion choices, etc. In-game, this establishes a Sim's chemistry with potential partners, which can facilitate or complicate things.
  • As shown in Super Mario Odyssey, both love interests for Mario are authority figures that are way taller than him.
  • Tales from the Borderlands reveals that Handsome Jack has a thing for women who wear Nice Hats. Not only do all of his flings (Moxxi, Nisha) have hats but he thinks that Fiona's hat makes her hotter.
  • Yakuza: The only two women who ever made a lasting impression on Goro Majima were half-Japanese and had short, dark hair.

    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.)
  • Yamato in Majikoi! Love Me Seriously! likes Cool Big Sis figures more than others, which is convenient because they tend to gravitate towards him as well. He notes when going for someone like Mayucchi that they're outside his normal strikezone. For the likes of Monshiro, he's explicitly waiting for her to grow older because he's not really physically attracted to her given her age. That said, the most popular heroines tend to be those like Benkei, Tsubame and Margit who are most definitely exactly his type because he really does have the most chemistry with girls a bit older than him.
  • In Umineko: When They Cry, Battler says he likes blonde, blue-eyed and busty girls with feisty and tomboyish personalities who he can joke around with. Beatrice fits this type pretty well, but this is because her true identity Sayo Yasuda deliberately made her this way so she could be Battler's ideal woman.

  • In Ava's Demon, Maggie has one, and Odin's not it.
  • Check, Please!: It's all but stated that Jack Zimmermann has a thing for blondes. All his relationships in the comic have been with blondes, Camilla Collins, Kent Parse and Eric Bittle. It's never outright stated, but very noticeable.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Tedd likes girls with big breasts. He also likes furries. He also likes to experiment extensively with gender bending, and really seems to have a thing for shapeshifting. Put all of these together, and you get Grace.
  • In Fairest Cruelest, Princess Delilah seems to have a thing for redheaded women
  • Manly Guys Doing Manly Things: The Commander has a thing for redheaded women, and men with undercuts and cybernetic implants.
  • Julian of Pixie Trix Comix (and originally Sticky Dilly Buns) originally identifies as gay, but when he finds himself attracted to the female Kiley, it turns out that he’s more interested in a type; slim, more or less androgynous, and maybe tending blond. This may be tied up to his early fixation on his old babysitter, Dillon.
  • Sandra and Woo: Sandra's widowed father Richard appears to have a thing for eccentric women. Hitomi cosplays 24/7 and thinks pouncing like a tiger is an effective method of courtship, while Melody sexually identified as a praying mantis and may or may not have been a serial killer. It really makes you wonder what sort of woman his wife must have been like.
  • In Something*Positive, it has become a Running Gag that PeeJee's type is "gay men," due to her longstanding crush on Jhim and her ex-fiancé coming out of the closet.

    Web Original 
  • 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)
  • Game Grumps: Arin always gets excited over artsy dark-haired women with dominating personalities, like Dee Vasquez in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and Itsumi in Sakura Santa. In other words, they tend to resemble his wife Suzy (something Dan, and the fandom, has teased him over).
  • 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.
  • 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 
  • On American Dad! Bullock has "the trifecta"—fat Asian skanks.
  • Daria of Daria seems to like guys as intelligent and sarcastic as she is—"Daria Dance Party" shows her noticeably perk up when a flirtatious guy begins snarking. Also, while probably a coincidence, she seems to like "T" names (Trent, Ted, Tom...)
  • In Disenchantment, Elfo says that he's attracted to "big girls." However, since he's a child-sized elf, this means normal-sized human women like Bean.
  • PJ on Goof Troop has two love interests during the series, Rose Deckenbloom in "Puppy Love" and Beret Girl in An Extremely Goofy Movie, both of whom he immediately gains a crush on when they recite their poetry in front of him.
  • In Harley Quinn (2019), Doctor Psycho used to be married to Giganta.note  Then, in an episode where Ivy is temporary rendered giant:
    Psycho: (Waving money) Thirty bucks to put me in your pocket! (To everyone's weird looks) What? I got a type, you knew this.
  • Played for Drama in Samurai Jack. Every girl that Jack falls in love with during the course of the series is either Aku in disguise (Ikra, Jill), or Aku's daughter (Ashi). Though of course, poor Jack has no knowledge of their relations to his arch-enemy until it's too late.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Adora has a thing for buff purple women - she's rendered almost incapable of coherent thought by Huntara, and subsequently gets some interesting facial expressions when another muscular purple lady gives her a bear hug in "Flutterina." Catra, the "enemy" she constantly flirts with even while actively fighting each other, is less outright huge but still very strong and butch.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Lurleen Lumpkin, a country singer who once tries to start an affair with Homer, has been married 5 or 6 times in her life, all to various look-alikes of him.
    • When Marge asks Homer what he finds attractive Homer thinks of a lot of blue haired women (including a troll doll).
    • Bart seems to have a thing for fellow anti-authoritarians or outright delinquents. His list of love interests includes a rebellious Preacher's Kid,note  someone he actually met in Juvenile Hall, and two Tomboys who used to date the local bullies.
  • Steven Universe
    • "Story for Steven" is Whole Episode Flashback that shows how Greg met Rose Quartz. When he tells his (then) manager Marty about his Love at First Sight for the curvy, powerful, eight-foot-tall mystery woman, Marty is anything but surprised.
      Greg: I just can't stop thinking about that woman at the show.
      Marty: Oh, here we go. How big was she?
      Greg: [sighing] Eight feet tall... massive hair...
      Marty: See, Greg, this is your problem: you want one huge woman, when you could have multiple smaller ones.
    • Further shown when Andy DeMayo, Greg's cousin, intially assumes that Garnet is Steven's mother because of her size. It seems Greg's interests have been around for a while.
    • As for Steven, it's clear Greg's preference runs in the family. "Giant Woman" is more than just a Title Drop; he kept asking just how giant in that episode, and sang a song about how much he wanted to see a giant woman. He also excitedly yelled "Giant woman!" when he saw Sardonyx for the first time.
    • Played with in another episode. Prior to "Last One Out of Beach City", Pearl has shown no attraction to anyone, Gem or Human, other than Rose Quartz. In the titular episode, Pearl quickly develops a crush on a tall woman with a curvy build and pink hair. It's unclear if this is an example of a "type" or more a case of Replacement Goldfish.
      Steven: Okay, nobody's going to say it? She kinda looked like Mom. You noticed. I noticed. We all noticed.note