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24th Aug '16 7:43:32 PM Monolaf317
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* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': In an example of WebcomicTime, Seasons 1 through 4 take place over a single school year (less, as the series began with the year already in progress) but were produced over the course of four calendar years. What makes it also qualify as ComicBookTime is that whenever a character mentions the current year, they say the current ''RealLife'' year, meaning it went from 2012 to 2015 during that single InUniverse year.



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11th Aug '16 2:01:29 PM TheBookWasBetter
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* In another strip, Hillary remarks on the fact that her baby cousin is a year older, while she herself is the same age and in the same grade at school. She is then quickly admonished not to talk about it.
1st Aug '16 1:25:06 PM WillKeaton
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* Franchise/{{Pokemon}} in other media is all over the board on this; at least [[LongRunners the ones running long enough to matter]]:

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* Franchise/{{Pokemon}} ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' in other media is all over the board on this; at least [[LongRunners the ones running long enough to matter]]:
21st Jul '16 11:36:26 PM merotoker
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** The rebooted ComicBook/{{New 52}} timeline has Batman's career condensed to five years. This has caused a major continuity snarl, in that Bruce's son Damian is still established as being around 10 years old, and yet flashbacks show that Bruce was already Batman when he first met Damian's mother Talia. It was later retconned that Damian was articifially aged up.

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** The rebooted ComicBook/{{New 52}} timeline has Batman's career condensed to five years. This has caused a major continuity snarl, in that Bruce's son Damian is still established as being around 10 years old, and yet flashbacks show that Bruce was already Batman when he first met Damian's mother Talia. It was later retconned that Damian was articifially artificially aged up.



** The same series indicates that the ''{{Superman}} vs. Usefulnotes/MuhammadAli'' crossover from the 1970's is somehow still canon, despite Ali having been retired for decades. This is even jokingly referenced in the solicitation for the issue:

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** The same series indicates that the ''{{Superman}} ''Franchise/{{Superman}} vs. Usefulnotes/MuhammadAli'' crossover from the 1970's is somehow still canon, despite Ali having been retired for decades. This is even jokingly referenced in the solicitation for the issue:



** A Dutch comic written for Donald's [[MilestoneCelebration 80th anniversary]] indulges in some PostModernism to lampshade the trope: Donald goes to the Money Bin seeking what Scrooge describes as "that weird comic with your name", written by [[CarlBarks some guy in Oregon]] [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis based on the Ducks' adventures in exchange for a percentage]]. And then a physician starts taking Donald and the nephews' vital signs because he theorized that "you don't age because there are comics about you".

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** A Dutch comic written for Donald's [[MilestoneCelebration 80th anniversary]] indulges in some PostModernism to lampshade the trope: Donald goes to the Money Bin seeking what Scrooge describes as "that weird comic with your name", written by [[CarlBarks [[Creator/CarlBarks some guy in Oregon]] [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis based on the Ducks' adventures in exchange for a percentage]]. And then a physician starts taking Donald and the nephews' vital signs because he theorized that "you don't age because there are comics about you".



* {{Lampshaded}} in the ''Worst X-Man Ever'' mini-series, which takes place on an alternate but still quite similar version of the Marvel Universe. The final issue reveals that Miranda has been using her RealityWarper abilities to "revise" the Marvel Universe for decades, making sure that the heroes never grow old or die for real. She states that (among other things) she's the reason Tony Stark has been in his 30's since 1963, as well as the reason why the X-Men have been constantly reinvented since the Silver Age.

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* {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the ''Worst X-Man Ever'' mini-series, which takes place on an alternate but still quite similar version of the Marvel Universe. The final issue reveals that Miranda has been using her RealityWarper abilities to "revise" the Marvel Universe for decades, making sure that the heroes never grow old or die for real. She states that (among other things) she's the reason Tony Stark has been in his 30's since 1963, as well as the reason why the X-Men have been constantly reinvented since the Silver Age.



* The original two series of ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' were broadcast from 1978 - 1980, and were intended as a contemporary piece. While the narrative quickly left Earth and there is not much to date the series, it can still be a bit jarring when the later three series, [[Main/RecursiveAdaptation produced in 2003 and 2004]], have scenes on or in reference to Earth that make more modern cultural references, or include as common technology things that would not yet have been common or even have existed. Of course, when dealing with possibilities such as different versions of Earth existing across multiple planes of reality, one supposes that such things may be relative. The most noticeable example is that "novelty ringtones" have replaced digital watches as the thing that primitive ape-descendants still think are a pretty neat idea.

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* The original two series of ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' were broadcast from 1978 - 1980, and were intended as a contemporary piece. While the narrative quickly left Earth and there is not much to date the series, it can still be a bit jarring when the later three series, [[Main/RecursiveAdaptation [[RecursiveAdaptation produced in 2003 and 2004]], have scenes on or in reference to Earth that make more modern cultural references, or include as common technology things that would not yet have been common or even have existed. Of course, when dealing with possibilities such as different versions of Earth existing across multiple planes of reality, one supposes that such things may be relative. The most noticeable example is that "novelty ringtones" have replaced digital watches as the thing that primitive ape-descendants still think are a pretty neat idea.



* Samus Aran in the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series doesn't seem to age a day at all, even though every single game is placed on a single timeline so that they all follow each other. It is never explained how much time has passed between games and the only passage of time that gets mentioned is in ''Metroid Prime 3: Corruption'' where Samus wakes up 3 months later after being gravely injured by Dark Samus. At least she's genetically-altered to explain it.]

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* Samus Aran in the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series doesn't seem to age a day at all, even though every single game is placed on a single timeline so that they all follow each other. It is never explained how much time has passed between games and the only passage of time that gets mentioned is in ''Metroid Prime 3: Corruption'' ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' where Samus wakes up 3 months later after being gravely injured by Dark Samus. At least she's genetically-altered to explain it.]



* Roleplay/BehindTheVeil, being a PlayByPostGame, runs by this trope out of necessity; the events of a eventful hour could take weeks to write out. Using some of the oldest characters on the site as a framing device, their first meeting which was written towards the end of 2007 happened roughly a year prior to current events.

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* Roleplay/BehindTheVeil, being a PlayByPostGame, {{Play by Post Game|s}}, runs by this trope out of necessity; the events of a eventful hour could take weeks to write out. Using some of the oldest characters on the site as a framing device, their first meeting which was written towards the end of 2007 happened roughly a year prior to current events.



** The episode "Angry Dad The Movie" has a very strange time line, it is stated that Bart created Angry Dad in 1999, even though the original episode aired in 2002. Later in the episode Bart claims he became a fan of animation after watching the early episodes of WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants as a toddler.

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** The episode "Angry Dad The Movie" has a very strange time line, it is stated that Bart created Angry Dad in 1999, even though the original episode aired in 2002. Later in the episode Bart claims he became a fan of animation after watching the early episodes of WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' as a toddler.
13th Jul '16 10:42:14 AM wuggles
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** Daredevil has run into this with the [[Series/Daredevil2015 2015 Netflix series]]. Critics have noted that the crime and gang-infested Hell's Kitchen presented in ''Daredevil'' made sense at the time that the storylines being adapted were written (in the 1960s-1980s), but nowadays Hell's Kitchen has long since gentrified and New York in general has far less crime.
11th Jul '16 2:51:51 PM Pichu-kun
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** In the very first issue of ''[[Comicbook/HarleyQuinn Harley's Little Black Book]]'', it's said that Harley Quinn is a closet WonderWoman fan, and a {{Flashback}} shows that she owned an officially licensed Wonder Woman costume (which also had a picture of Batgirl on the box) when she was a little girl. Such a revelation already would have been pushing things in the pre-New 52 continuity, but post-New 52 and with the revelation that Wonder Woman only came to America around five years ago, it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Given that ''Harley Quinn'' generally runs on RuleOfFunny, that might be the point.

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** In the very first issue of ''[[Comicbook/HarleyQuinn Harley's Little Black Book]]'', it's said that Harley Quinn is a closet WonderWoman Franchise/WonderWoman fan, and a {{Flashback}} shows that she owned an officially licensed Wonder Woman costume (which also had a picture of Batgirl on the box) when she was a little girl. Such a revelation already would have been pushing things in the pre-New 52 continuity, but post-New 52 and with the revelation that Wonder Woman only came to America around five years ago, it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Given that ''Harley Quinn'' generally runs on RuleOfFunny, that might be the point.



* The ''Literature/JudyMoody'' series plays this trope straight. Although many assume all the books could take place in one year, the recent book ''Judy Moody: Girl Detective'' is stated to take place the October after the ChristmasSpecial book ''Judy Moody and Stink: The Holly Joliday''. Although there should have been a summer vacation (and a change in grades) between those books, both books (and all the other books) show Judy as being in the third grade and aged eight.
* It looks like the recently revived ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' series is heading this route too. A few protagonists from earlier books have appeared, all still the same age as they were over ten years ago in real time.

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* The ''Literature/JudyMoody'' series plays this trope straight. Although many assume all the books could take place in one year, the recent book ''Judy Moody: Girl Detective'' is stated to take place the October after the ChristmasSpecial book ''Judy Moody and Stink: The Holly Joliday''. Although there should have been a summer vacation (and a change in grades) between those books, both books (and all the other books) show Judy as being in the third grade and aged eight.
* It looks like the recently revived ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' series is heading this route too. A few protagonists from earlier books have appeared, all still the same age as they were over ten years ago in real time.



* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'', which did pretty much the exact same thing as ''Recess'': started in 1997, continued past 2000, in-series calenders still say 97.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', having been first devised in 1992 as Craig [=McCracken=]'s school project as The Whoopass Girls, were first depicted as five-year-old children attending kindergarten in their first Hanna-Barbera commissioned short "Meat Fuzzy Lumkins." They remained five years old through all six seasons of their show (plus specials and the movie) in spite of the fact they celebrated a birthday in the episode "Birthday Bash." A few early episodes of have the series taking place in 2000 according to some scenes, and it shows in their technology (such as several characters owning a UsefulNotes/Nintendo64). By the special ''Dance Pantsed'' (which was released after the cartoon ended) the series takes place somewhere in the early 2000s as seen by the characters owning a UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}. The ContinuityReboot ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' is a StealthSequel and takes place in the mid 2010s.

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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'', which did pretty much the exact same thing as ''Recess'': started in 1997, continued past 2000, in-series calenders still say 97.
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', having been first devised in 1992 as Craig [=McCracken=]'s school project as The Whoopass Girls, were first depicted as five-year-old children attending kindergarten in their first Hanna-Barbera commissioned short "Meat Fuzzy Lumkins." They remained five years old through all six seasons of their show (plus specials and the movie) in spite of the fact they celebrated a birthday in the episode "Birthday Bash." A few early episodes of have the series taking place in 2000 according to some scenes, and it shows in their technology (such as several characters owning a UsefulNotes/Nintendo64). By the special ''Dance Pantsed'' (which was released after the cartoon ended) the series takes place somewhere in the early 2000s 2010s as seen by the characters owning a UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}. The ContinuityReboot ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' is a StealthSequel and takes place in the mid 2010s.
3rd Jul '16 5:01:32 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' averts this by having a story that progresses much slower than real-world time. Although the storyline started about a decade ago, in-universe, only one year and a couple of months have passed, no matter how many wild adventures the characters have gone through or how many world-changing events have happened since then. Also, even the mostly organic characters [[WeAreAsMayflies don't seem to age]], at least physically. Somebody who lives several 1000 years doesn't age very much in one year.

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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' averts this by having a story that progresses much slower than real-world time. Although the storyline started about a decade ago, in-universe, only one year and a couple of months have passed, no matter how many wild adventures the characters have gone through or how many world-changing events have happened since then. Also, even the mostly organic characters [[WeAreAsMayflies don't seem to age]], at least physically. Somebody who lives several 1000 years doesn't age very much in one year.
28th Jun '16 12:27:21 PM GMantis
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** Literature/HerculePoirot is introduced shortly after UsefulNotes/WorldWarI as a ''retired'' policeman. By the 1960s, although he has taken to dyeing his moustache, he still doesn't appear to be much over sixty. Similarly, Literature/MissMarple, originally presented as a subversion of the "Victorian Aunt" stereotype in 1920s fiction, is described as having had a Victorian Aunt of her own in ''At Bertram's Hotel'' (published 1965). Each series ends with one novel in which the protagonist has aged [[spoiler: and in fact Poirot dies in his novel]]; both books were written during the Blitz and were originally intended to finish the series if Christie was killed. They were instead published in the 1970s as is, which makes them somewhat anachronistic.

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** Literature/HerculePoirot is introduced shortly after during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI as a ''retired'' policeman. By the 1960s, although he has taken to dyeing his moustache, he still doesn't appear to be much over sixty. Similarly, Literature/MissMarple, originally presented as a subversion of the "Victorian Aunt" stereotype in 1920s fiction, is described as having had a Victorian Aunt of her own in ''At Bertram's Hotel'' (published 1965). Each series ends with one novel in which the protagonist has aged [[spoiler: and in fact Poirot dies in his novel]]; both books were written during the Blitz and were originally intended to finish the series if Christie was killed. They were instead published in the 1970s as is, which makes them somewhat anachronistic.
24th Jun '16 3:30:18 PM chopshop
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* Averted by IDW's [[ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye Transformers]] [[ComicBook/TransformersRobotsInDisguise books]]. Lines by previous writer Simon Furman and the fact that the series exists in it's own universe allowed writers James Roberts and John Barber to create a fairly tight chronology for the setting (ex. Soundwave arrives on Earth in 1984, is found by Skywatch in 1985, and finally reenters the story in 2006; all of this is repeatedly and explicitly stated as canon regardless of time passage). Some events occur differently than they did in real life (Mt. Saint Helens erupts four years later, Occupy Wall Street occurred in 2007, etc.), but rather than being errors, they make clear that this is a AlternateTimeline where many things happened differently. It greatly helps that Transformers, being robots, don't age like humans do and can live for [[TimeAbyss millions of years]] naturally, so the writers don't have to worry about aging most of the cast too much; as one character remarks, a full human lifetime is equivalent (barely) to a month or so by Transformer age standards.
8th Jun '16 8:55:24 AM DaibhidC
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* ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'' started off this way. The comic began in 1972 and the characters remained in high school for the first 20 years of the comic's existence. Then, in 1992, it was established that the characters had graduated high school in 1988, and the comic picked up in real time from just after their college days. In October of 2007, there was another TimeSkip, and the comic is now presumably taking place about 9 years into the future ([[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] says that the original main characters were to be 46 years old after the time skip, and based on graduating in 1988, they probably would've been born during the '69-'70 school year and should therefore have only been 37 just before the time skip.) So far, it's been impossible to tell the difference between the two eras. (It's not clear whether the current setting is circa 2020, or the pre-TimeSkip era has been retconned ''back'' 10 years, keeping the strip in the present day.)

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* ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'' started off this way. The comic began in 1972 and the characters remained in high school for the first 20 years of the comic's existence. Then, in 1992, it was established that the characters had graduated high school in 1988, and the comic picked up in real time from just after their college days. In October of 2007, there was another TimeSkip, and the comic is now presumably taking place about 9 years into the future ([[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] says that the original main characters were to be 46 years old after the time skip, and based on graduating in 1988, they probably would've been born during the '69-'70 school year and should therefore have only been 37 just before the time skip.) So far, it's been impossible to tell the difference between the two eras. (It's not clear whether the current setting is circa 2020, or the pre-TimeSkip era has been retconned ''back'' 10 years, keeping the strip in the present day. Most of the evidence suggests the latter. Confusing matters further, however, is the SharedUniverse with ''ComicStrip/{{Crankshaft}}'', which also runs on Comic Book Time, but didn't have a timeskip. ''Crankshaft'' shows every signs of ''also'' being set in the present day, but when its characters appear in <i>Funky Winkerbean</i> they age ten years, and when <i>FW</i> characters appear in <i>Crankshaft</i> they appear as they did shortly before the timeskip.)
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