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9th May '17 10:16:01 PM NumberFortyFour
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* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'': It's implied that each of the seven seasons covers one school year, with Malcolm starting out in sixth grade and finishing in twelfth grade. However, the timeline remains extremely vague throughout, with only occasional clues coming from the plotlines and very rare [[ItsAlwaysSpring seasonal clues]]. Given the vague timeline, there are also several inconsistencies. Two years apparently pass between "Goodbye Kitty," Season 5 episode 3, and "Kitty's Back," Season 6 episode 5. Even if this was just a slight ContinuitySnarl, Jamie apparently ages 2 years within the season while Malcolm and Reese advance only one year in school. Dewey also appears to reach middle school by season 5 despite being in first grade at the show's start, meaning he should still be in fifth grade around this time. TL;DR version: Even though the starting point and ending point match up with the IRL timespan of the series, the events of the series still follow an extremely vague and sometimes contradictory timeline throughout.
9th May '17 10:01:34 PM NumberFortyFour
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** Definitely applies by the time of the spinoff, ''Series/SamAndCat''. Even going by the most generous estimates, the iCarly cast have to be at least one year above the Victorious cast. Cat has clearly started Senior year by the middle of the season at least (the show features a Halloween episode, indicating a new school year, and the final season of Victorious had the characters in Junior year) and yet Sam is stated to still be taking online high school classes and is stated to still be under 18 years old.
8th May '17 2:26:51 PM cdrood
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** At least one season 4 episode (shortly after BJ's and Potter's arrivals) made mention of Nixon as Vice President. Even if you push it back before the inauguration and have it be after the election of Eisenhower and Nixon in November 1952, it doesn't explain numerous references to Truman being President later on and the episode that spans the entire year of 1951 with BJ and Potter there from the beginning.
30th Mar '17 2:45:49 PM Vir
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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d to hell and back in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'', which posits that the character's entire 78 year history really did happen, all involving the same guy, and no one finds the slightest thing odd about this beyond a line that he's aged phenomenally well.



* ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'': In "Family Spirit", Dave states he met The Chipmunks about seven years ago, relative to March 1st, 2015 (French airdate) or August 6, 2015 (US airdate), making The Chipmunks retroactively not exist during the times of the songs they have been covering.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'': ''WesternAnimation/ALVINNNAndTheChipmunks'': In "Family Spirit", Dave states he met The Chipmunks about seven years ago, relative to March 1st, 2015 (French airdate) or August 6, 2015 (US airdate), making The Chipmunks retroactively not exist during the times of the songs they have been covering.



* Lampshaded to hell and back in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'', which posits that the character's entire 78 year history really did happen, all involving the same guy, and no one finds the slightest thing odd about this beyond a line that he's aged phenomenally well.
21st Mar '17 12:11:09 AM Nemisa
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** But during that year the technology moved forward from pagers to smartphones, though.

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** But during that year "year" the technology moved forward from pagers to smartphones, though.though, which is the point of the gag.
21st Mar '17 12:09:45 AM Nemisa
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** But during that year the technology moved forward from pagers to smartphones, though.
15th Feb '17 3:10:10 PM Arcorann
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* ''Manga/SazaeSan'' is the representative Japanese example, to the point where the Japanese term for this trope is named after it.



* An interesting example is found in ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster'' where each of the characters have a birthday. However over the course of a year they never celebrate their birthday or age. In the end, Iori is still 14, Haruka is still 16, and the twins are still 12 even if you pass their birthdays.
** This is almost averted in the second game which claims a year has passed from the first but this [[VoodooShark just raises further questions.]] Most characters have grown taller (or for some weird reason in the case of Hibiki ''shorter''), several have changed their hairstyle, and all have aged a year but nobody has improved much as an idol. Also Miki is unawakened and Ritsuko has quit being an idol. The official ending of the first game could be guessed at being the Futami Twins who only separate to debut solo in their best ending but neither is an A rank idol. It seems a year passed but the first game never happened... even though it did; and now I'm getting a headache.

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* An interesting example is found in ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster'' where each of the characters have has a birthday. However over the course of a year they never celebrate their birthday or age. In the end, Iori is still 14, Haruka is still 16, and the twins are still 12 even if you pass their birthdays.
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birthdays. This is almost averted most obvious in the second game ''One For All'' and ''Platinum Stars'', which claims both have a year has passed from continuous gameplay timeline instead of a fixed-length campaign, so several in-game years can pass as the first but this [[VoodooShark just raises further questions.]] Most player progresses. ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster2'' permanently aged the characters have grown taller (or for some weird reason in the case of Hibiki ''shorter''), several have changed their hairstyle, and all have aged a year up one year, but nobody has improved much as an idol. Also Miki is unawakened and Ritsuko has quit being an idol. The official ending of the first game could be guessed at being the Futami Twins who only separate to debut solo in their best ending but neither is an A rank idol. It seems a year passed but the first game never happened... even though it did; and now I'm getting a headache.otherwise retained this trope.
13th Feb '17 5:16:34 PM Tdarcos
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** However, in one episode Dorothy is asked if she has trouble getting to some things, and she says, "I can't even reach New Jersey on MCI." MCI didn't start offering long-distance telephone service until 1984.
12th Feb '17 6:41:44 PM Pren
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* Lampshaded to hell and back in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'', which posits that the character's entire 78 year history really did happen, all involving the same guy, and no one finds the slightest thing odd about this beyond a line that he's aged phenomenally well.
22nd Jan '17 10:16:24 AM yisfidri
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** Literature/HerculePoirot is introduced 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.

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** Literature/HerculePoirot is introduced 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'' ''Literature/AtBertramsHotel'' (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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