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Playing With / Likes Older Men

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Basic Trope: A young character (usually female) with a fondness for older men.

  • Straight: Alice is in love with Bob, who is more than a decade older than her.
  • Exaggerated: Alice is a teenager and Bob is 90. Bonus points if Alice is under 18.
  • Downplayed: Alice tends to go after men who are about five to ten years older than her, but no older.
  • Justified:
    • Alice likes older, more mature men because she actively seeks commitment and responsibility in a relationship or is in Junior High, where the boys her age are going through awkward adolescence (braces, pimples, etc.)
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    • Alice is interested in roleplay such as teacher/student and father/daughter.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Bob is Younger Than He Looks and is roughly Alice's age.
    • "Bob" is secretly a member of a species that ages slower than humans, and both Alice and Bob are, in terms of maturity, teenagers. Whether consciously or not, Alice has picked up on that.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Bob lied about his age and really is that much older than Alice.
    • "Bob" still has experienced a time where Alice was not even born yet, and that experience (if not necessarily maturity) that only older people have is what attracts her to him.
  • Parodied: Alice swoons over literally any man who's older than her in any way, ranging from a man only a few days older to elderly men at a nursing home.
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  • Zig-Zagged: Alice is attracted to both boys/men of comparable age (or younger), and to older men.
  • Averted:
    • Alice only dates men who are about the same age she is and does not find significantly older men attractive.
    • Alice isn't interested.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "You do realize Bob is old enough to be your father, right?"
  • Invoked: Alice puts an ad in the Personals section or uses a dating website specifically to find men older than she is.
  • Exploited: Bob takes advantage of the younger Alice's attraction to him to groom and manipulate her.
  • Defied: Alice will not date men significantly older than her, no matter how good-looking they may be.
  • Discussed: "How come you like older men so much, Alice?"
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Alice consistently goes after men well above her age.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice isn't taken seriously as a viable romantic partner by Bob because of their age gap and he treats her like a kid, which frustrates Alice and ends her attraction to him.
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    • Eighteen year old Alice falls in love with what she's seen of a twenty year old Bob from twelve years before, but not so much the current version of him.
  • Reconstructed: Alice forms a platonic Intergenerational Friendship with Bob and it naturally grows into romance over time.

You can go back to Likes Older Men if you want, but isn't he a bit... you know, old for you?

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