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* The three lords of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'' haven't reached 18 throughout the 2-year timespan in the story (Eliwood and Hector are 16-17, Lyn is 15-16, though age lifted into 18-19 outside Japan) but they look at least in their 20s. Rebecca and Nino are 15 and 14 respectively and while their faces and the rest of their body fit their age, they are drawn with very long legs in official art, giving an illusion of making them look older as well.
24th Sep '17 10:31:25 PM Pichu-kun
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* In ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' the protagonists are all depicted as young men in their late teens/early twenties, but are actually ''13-15''. Considering the violence in the series, this may be to avoid the connotations of violence against children. Considering they all underwent TrainingFromHell around when they were ten years old, there are fans who [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation consider their adopted father]] to be an inordinately cruel man rather than a WellIntentionedExtremist.
** Case in point, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Athena-manga22.jpg this]] is, at most, a 15 year old girl and that's assuming at least 1-2 years have passed since the beginning of the series to that point.

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protagonists are all depicted as young men in their late teens/early twenties, but are actually ''13-15''. Considering the violence in the series, this may be to avoid the connotations of violence against children. Considering they all underwent TrainingFromHell around when they were ten years old, there are fans who [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation consider their adopted father]] to be an inordinately cruel man rather than a WellIntentionedExtremist.
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WellIntentionedExtremist. Case in point, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Athena-manga22.jpg this]] is, at most, a 15 year old girl and that's assuming at least 1-2 years have passed since the beginning of the series to that point.



* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime itself, Ash, much like direction Sugimori was taking in the games' artstyle as best seen in remake protagonists, looks ''at least'' 12 as of the XY saga, thanks to his more defined features, sideburns, tanned skin, and thinner frame. The major crush [[TheChick Serena]] has on him and the occasional vaguely sexual imagery that comes out of it doesn't help at all. While it has never been officially stated, it can be safely assumed [[NotAllowedToGrowUp he's still 10 officially]]. The following ''Sun and Moon'' arc reverts Ash back to looking around 10.

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* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime itself, Ash, much like direction Sugimori was taking in the games' artstyle as best seen in remake protagonists, looks ''at least'' 12 as of the XY ''XY'' saga, thanks to his more defined features, sideburns, tanned skin, and thinner frame. The major crush [[TheChick Serena]] has on him and the occasional vaguely sexual imagery that comes out of it doesn't help at all. While it has never been officially stated, it can be safely assumed [[NotAllowedToGrowUp he's still 10 officially]]. The following ''Sun and Moon'' arc reverts Ash back to looking around 10.



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* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon is full of this. Take the Franchise/DisneyPrincess characters for example. Do either Jasmine from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' or Aurora from ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' look sixteen? The fact that most of the Princess characters are under eighteen surprises many fans, though in recent years more and more princesses are explicitly over eighteen. In comparison to previous princesses in her age group, Merida from ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' is designed to look young.

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* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon is full of this. Take the Franchise/DisneyPrincess characters for example. Do either Jasmine from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' or Aurora from ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' look sixteen? The fact that most of the Princess characters are under eighteen surprises many fans, though in recent years since ''WesternAnimation/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' more and more princesses are explicitly over eighteen. In comparison to previous princesses in her their age group, Merida from ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' is and Moana from ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' are designed to look young.



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* It can be hard to notice most of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' characters are under eighteen. Their personalities and voices match their ages, but characters like Yang and Blake can pass for being in their early twenties.

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* It can be hard to notice remember that most of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' characters are under eighteen. Their personalities and voices match their ages, but characters like Yang and Blake can pass for being in their early twenties.



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* The characters in ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' look older than their [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog main continuity]] counterparts but WordOfGod is they aren't. Amy is still twelve, Tails is still eight, and both Sonic and Knuckles are still sixteen but they seem a few years older.
* Emily from ''Literature/LittleBear'' looks like she's probably ten at minimum but only turns ''seven'' partway through the series.

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* The characters in ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' look older than their [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog main continuity]] counterparts but WordOfGod is that they aren't. Amy is still twelve, Tails is still eight, and both Sonic and Knuckles are still sixteen sixteen, but they seem a few years older.
* Emily from ''Literature/LittleBear'' looks like she's probably ten at minimum minimum, but she only turns ''seven'' partway through the series.



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** Rather {{squick}}y in the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 version of ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'', where the 14 year old girl (Lumina) in the Gamecube version is now apparently 18 and available to marry...without changing her appearance at all, though post-marriage she instantly has her adult design after a small timeskip. In the JPN version she was sixteen in SE. Many fans don't even realize Lumina was 14, thinking she was 10 or 11. ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonDS'' avoids this by using her adult design from the start.

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** Rather {{squick}}y in the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 version of ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'', where the 14 year old girl (Lumina) in the Gamecube version is now apparently 18 and available to marry...without changing her appearance at all, though post-marriage she instantly has her adult design after a small timeskip. In the JPN version she was sixteen in SE.''SE''. Many fans don't even realize Lumina was 14, thinking she was 10 or 11. ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonDS'' avoids this by using her adult design from the start.



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* The titular character of ''Franchise/{{Barbie}}'' seemed to originally have been a high schooler however has aged over the decades. She is vaguely in the "over eighteen but under thirty" category (though she [[ImprobableAge has became president]] once) in order for her to fit into a variety of roles.

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* The titular character ''Franchise/{{Barbie}}'': Barbie, Ken, and her other similarly-aged friends are whatever age the plot or toy demands. She can be the president of ''Franchise/{{Barbie}}'' seemed to originally have been the USA one day and a high schooler another. Barbie was originally a teenager, however ever since her sister Skipper was allowed to become a teenager Barbie has aged over the decades. She is vaguely usually been played up as ''at least'' being in the "over eighteen but under thirty" category (though her early twenties. However, she [[ImprobableAge has became president]] once) in order for her to fit into can still be presented as a variety of roles.teenager whenever it's needed. ''WebAnimation/BarbieLifeInTheDreamhouse'' mercilessly lampshaded and joked about Barbie's VagueAge.



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14th Aug '17 10:31:37 PM TitaniumDragon
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\n# The creator is deliberately concealing the age of the character from the audience in service of a later plot twist.

6th Aug '17 5:27:39 AM MarqFJA
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* ''Manga/LuckyStar'' has the girls end the series as 18-year-olds that look like middle-school children or younger. [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore Fans of the series have to constantly fend off {{lolicon|AndShotacon}} jokes.]] Doubly so for Konata, who even by the standards of the show [[OlderThanTheyLook looks young]]. And then there's Ms. Kuroi, who is canonically in her late twenties, but could pass for a teenager.

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* ''Manga/LuckyStar'' has the girls end the series as 18-year-olds that look like middle-school children or younger. [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore Fans of the series have to [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore constantly fend off off]] {{lolicon|AndShotacon}} jokes.]] jokes. Doubly so for Konata, who even by the standards of the show [[OlderThanTheyLook looks young]]. And then there's Ms. Kuroi, who is canonically in her late twenties, but could pass for a teenager.
6th Aug '17 4:42:11 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Almost everyone in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', a show where middleschoolers look like highschoolers while the highschoolers look like they're in their twenties. Considering what kind of messed-up stuff goes on later in the series, this may actually be a good thing. The only exception is that elementary schoolers look like elementary schoolers, which makes Nanami look like one hell of a [[{{Lolicon}} shotacon]] for liking Tsuwabuki, despite the fact that she's only thirteen herself. In fact, the only teenagers that do look their age are thirteen-year-old Miki (who's voiced by [[Creator/AyaHisakawa a woman]] in the Japanese version and is given a more [[Creator/JimmyZoppi boyish voice]] for English) and Shiori, who seems to be the same grade level as Juri (first year of high school).

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* Almost everyone in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', a show where middleschoolers look like highschoolers while the highschoolers look like they're in their twenties. Considering what kind of messed-up stuff goes on later in the series, this may actually be a good thing. The only exception is that elementary schoolers look like elementary schoolers, which makes Nanami look like one hell of a [[{{Lolicon}} shotacon]] paedophile for liking Tsuwabuki, despite the fact that she's only thirteen herself. In fact, the only teenagers that do look their age are thirteen-year-old Miki (who's voiced by [[Creator/AyaHisakawa a woman]] in the Japanese version and is given a more [[Creator/JimmyZoppi boyish voice]] for English) and Shiori, who seems to be the same grade level as Juri (first year of high school).



* ''Manga/LuckyStar'' has the girls end the series as 18-year-olds that look like middle-school children or younger. [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore Fans of the series have to constantly fend off lolicon jokes.]] Doubly so for Konata, who even by the standards of the show [[OlderThanTheyLook looks young]]. And then there's Ms. Kuroi, who is canonically in her late twenties, but could pass for a teenager.

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* ''Manga/LuckyStar'' has the girls end the series as 18-year-olds that look like middle-school children or younger. [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore Fans of the series have to constantly fend off lolicon {{lolicon|AndShotacon}} jokes.]] Doubly so for Konata, who even by the standards of the show [[OlderThanTheyLook looks young]]. And then there's Ms. Kuroi, who is canonically in her late twenties, but could pass for a teenager.
5th Aug '17 1:19:05 PM SeptimusHeap
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# The character looks younger than he or she is. Artists probably do this to have mature storylines without losing younger viewers (and depending on the genre, it can also be applied for a [[{{Lolicon}} particular kind]] of fanservice). This is somewhat like casting HollywoodHomely and GenericCuteness, in that everyone is drawn in such a way that they seem attractive, or in this case the same age.

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# The character looks younger than he or she is. Artists probably do this to have mature storylines without losing younger viewers (and depending on the genre, it can also be applied for a [[{{Lolicon}} [[LoliconAndShotacon particular kind]] of fanservice). This is somewhat like casting HollywoodHomely and GenericCuteness, in that everyone is drawn in such a way that they seem attractive, or in this case the same age.
30th Jul '17 6:13:29 PM CJCroen1393
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** Let it also be known the seemingly at least 40 [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Cyrus]] is ''27''.

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** Let it also be known the seemingly at least 40 [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Cyrus]] is ''27''. Given his [[DarkAndTroubledPast backstory]] though, it's possible that he aged prematurely due to stress and trauma.
13th Jul '17 5:40:56 AM pinkdalek
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* Krile in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' is fourteen and drawn as such in Amano's designs. Her ingame sprites, however, make her look ''much'' younger--capes and robes trail on the ground, her White Mage hood has kitty ears, and there's a lot of pink. To cap it off, her battle sprite faces the front like the child characters from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', none of whom were over ten years old.[[note]]The Onion Knights from [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII III]] did too, but their age isn't stated.[[/note]]

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in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' is fourteen and drawn as such in Amano's designs. Her ingame sprites, however, make her look ''much'' younger--capes and robes trail on the ground, her White Mage hood has kitty ears, and there's a lot of pink. To cap it off, her battle sprite faces the front like the child characters from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', none of whom were over ten years old.[[note]]The Onion Knights from [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII III]] did too, but their age isn't stated.[[/note]][[/note]]
** Probably for RuleOfSymbolism reasons, Cloud in ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' is depicted as having the face of someone in his mid-teens during a portion of the game when he's about 20. His face abruptly shifts to his ''Advent Children''-style look for the Secret Ending, which depicts him as the "SOLDIER" from the original game... but that scene can only take place a year later, maximum.
11th Jul '17 1:09:58 PM HarpieSiren
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* Inklings in ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' are at minimum fourteen but their designs and [[TeensAreShort builds]] make them seem younger. Callie and Marie seem like adults but considering that they're idol singers they could easily be in their late teens as well. However, they look a fair bit older in official art, suggesting that their in-game depiction is a stylistic choice.

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* Inklings in ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' are at minimum fourteen but their designs and [[TeensAreShort builds]] make them seem younger. Callie and Marie seem like adults but considering that they're idol singers they could easily be in their late teens as well. approximately seventeen. However, they all look a fair bit older in official art, suggesting that their in-game depiction is a stylistic choice.
7th Jul '17 1:07:10 AM HarpieSiren
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* ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' has an odd example: when Cloud first shows up in the game he's only 14 years old...but, Cloud doesn't look any different than usual, and is voiced by Creator/TakahiroSakurai and Steve Burton, like always. The only reason you buy that he's a kid is his ''attitude''.

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* ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' has an odd example: ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'': when Cloud first shows up in the game he's only 14 years old...but, Cloud doesn't look any different than usual, and is voiced by Creator/TakahiroSakurai and Steve Burton, like always. The only reason you buy that he's a kid is his ''attitude''.



* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'': Mario and Luigi look like they're in their late 30s or 40s, but they're actually only 24, according to Miyamoto.

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* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'': Mario and Luigi Luigi's facial hair tends to make them look like they're in their late 30s or 40s, but they're actually only 24, according to Miyamoto.
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