When you’ve been in the dating world for quite some time, you may notice that some guys can fit into certain categories. And we’re not just talking about whether they’re good guys or bad guys. We’re talking about some of the usual archetypes of guys that women may find themselves dating.
With each type of guy in the categories below, you’ll see their defining features and what it is about them that might allure you. In some cases, you may find that you’ve dated a guy who embodies two or three of these archetypes, and that’s quite possible too.
The different types of guys women date
Please take note that we’re not telling you that you should date ALL of these guys. We’re just trying to shed some light on some of the typical traits that these guys have and how you can make that work *or not work* for you.
#1 The Gazillionaire. This is the guy who seems to have it all. Vintage cars? Check. A Rolex watch? Check. Great taste in dining? Check. This guy is the epitome of class, style, and of course, riches. He’d take you on a spontaneous cruise on his yacht. He’d sweep you off to an exotic vacation spot. He may even shower you with jewels, designer clothes and everything money can buy.
But alas, not everything can be bought by money. The rich guy commonly fits into one of two categories. He may either be a guy who’s spending his inheritance, and has no concept of earning his own money. If that’s not the case, then he may be working so hard to make all this money that he may not have as much time for you.
#2 The Comedian. Everyone loves a funny guy, especially one who can turn a somber party around. The funny guy always has a witty quip to whip out, whenever things are getting dull. He’ll always have something amusing to say to keep your spirits up when you’re down. He’s clever, tons of fun, and usually a huge hit with the crowd.
Funny guys are a winner, but there can also be a downside to them. He may use his jokes as a defense mechanism whenever you want to talk about something serious. That’s quite frustrating, considering that you may not be able to keep yourself from laughing.
#3 The Romantic. He brings you flowers. He writes you songs and poetry. You feel like his muse, his star, his one true love. Being swept off your feet by a romantic guy is something that our teenage young adult novel-reading selves have always dreamt of.
Yes, he may well be the man of your dreams, but what happens when the romance wears off? The romantic may be enamored with the idea of being in love. However, he may not be too excited about the prospect of the standard relationship stuff like arguing, being too busy to go out on a date or just having a non-romantic run of the mill type of date in a generic restaurant.
#4 The Teacher. Think of a guy who’s old enough to be your teacher, but still hot enough for you to sleep with. This is the older man who teaches you all sorts of things about life, love and romance. He’s from a different generation so his ideas, his thoughts, the way he talks, the way he moves are all new and exciting for you.
Love shouldn’t be confined to a certain age bracket. But having a huge gap between you can spell trouble in the long run. You may have been raised very differently, and you may not always be able to meet eye to eye. Also, some people can be so judgmental as to assume that you’re just dating an old guy for his money. Unsurprisingly, a lot of women may be bothered by this.
#5 The Hot Young Stud. The exact opposite of The Teacher, this young one can bring you back to the carefree days of your youth. He’s got the boyish charms and the energy of a man whose hopes and dreams have not been crushed by the weight of reality.
Alas, like with The Teacher, the age gap can still rear its ugly head. Dating a younger guy can be exhausting, especially if you no longer have the stamina to keep up with him. But again, age ain’t nothing but a number. [Read: The good and the bad of dating a younger man]
#6 The Nerd. Nerds used to be the “losers” back then. But today, being called a nerd is a compliment. They know all sorts of things from advanced programming languages to fantasy novels to every physics theory that’s been debunked. You can learn a ton of new things from The Nerd, and the best part is that he can often be pretty modest about all the cool stuff he’s got in his head!
The nerdy types are often the most interesting people. The only downside we can think of is the fact that their passion for their nerdy pursuits may make them neglect stuff like shopping for an updated wardrobe, eating healthy meals instead of instant noodles, and maybe even a date with you.
#7 The Project. This is the guy who has potential. He’d be a great musician, if you could just give him the extra push he needs to be discovered by a record label. He could be a great athlete, if someone like you were to cheer for him in his games. He’d be earning millions in a couple of years, so you just have to be patient and wait.
The problem with the project is that you’re riding on his potential, instead of who he is right now. Though it’s true that your hard work, your efforts to push him and your patience may pay off, it can be quite exhausting after some time. [Read: 10 guys you should stop dating if you want real love]
#8 The Mama’s Boy. Boys who love their mothers can be some of the sweetest guys around. Their bond with their mother can be due to the fact that their moms loved them and taught them well. They know how to properly treat a lady.
The only issue about the Mama’s Boy is that you may feel like you’re constantly competing with his mother. This can be made worse, if the mom thinks that you’re a threat to her hold over her son. Tread lightly because she can be a force to be reckoned with! [Read: 9 ways to get his mom to like you]
#9 The Rebel. He’s the anti-hero of the story, whose dark view of the world makes him wax poetic about you being the only light in his life. He doesn’t trust the government. He doesn’t like the mainstream stuff. He goes his own way, and you’re thrilled that he wants to take you on the ride.
The Rebel’s “my way or the high way” attitude can be a problem during times when he needs to conform to the norms of society. He may insist that a leather jacket and studded boots are fitting for a wedding ceremony. He may constantly be vehemently at odds with people who don’t agree with him. Eventually, the Rebel may make the high way seem a little more desirable. [Read: 5 giveaways of an emotionally unavailable man]
#10 The Perfect Guy. Let’s face it, this guy doesn’t exist. Not to sound cynical, but if you think you’re with Mr. Perfect, then you probably haven’t known him for long enough or that he’s just creepily talented at hiding his flaws. There is no perfect guy the same way there’s no perfect relationship.
Every relationship has its ups and downs. Every guy you’ll fall for will have a unique flaw. He may not be the sweetest, richest, most intellectual guy you’ll be with. But he just might be…
#11 The Guy Who’s Worth It a.k.a. The One. [Read: 18 undeniable signs that you’ve found “The One”]
In your dating repertoire, you may have dated your fair share of these guys. Care to share what the experience was like? Drop us a line in the comments section below!
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