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31st Oct '16 6:43:02 PM Loekman3
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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' plays with this trope all over the place. Dipper and Mabel, just shy of thirteen, are ridiculously capable (Dipper can do advanced mathematics and Mabel is a BadAss who can fire a mean grappling hook) and tend to slip into adultlike conversation (example: Mabel, trying to convince an elderly woman to date her great-uncle, explains that "[[BlackComedy women live longer than men so your dating pool is smaller and you should really lower your standards]]"), but the writing clearly treats them as children, with the naiveté you'd expect, and their goals and ambitions (crushes, etc.) tend to reflect those of actual twelve-year-olds. It's somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] with regard to Dipper in that he's considered "mature for his age," and his main character flaw is the need to be grown-up and to be seen as an adult. The show frequently highlights the fact that "[his] quest for maturity is in itself immature," as creator Alex Hirsch puts it; his PrecociousCrush on a 15-year-old friend, for instance, only serves to underscore the fact that he's not ready to be one of her peers yet. The fact that their arch-nemesis Gideon Gleeful is canonically ''[[AllThereInTheManual nine]]'' seems to be attributable to TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior with a dash of RuleOfFunny.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' plays with this trope all over the place. Dipper and Mabel, just shy of thirteen, are ridiculously capable (Dipper can do advanced mathematics and Mabel is a BadAss an ActionGirl who can fire a mean grappling hook) and tend to slip into adultlike conversation (example: Mabel, trying to convince an elderly woman to date her great-uncle, explains that "[[BlackComedy women live longer than men so your dating pool is smaller and you should really lower your standards]]"), but the writing clearly treats them as children, with the naiveté you'd expect, and their goals and ambitions (crushes, etc.) tend to reflect those of actual twelve-year-olds. It's somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] with regard to Dipper in that he's considered "mature for his age," and his main character flaw is the need to be grown-up and to be seen as an adult. The show frequently highlights the fact that "[his] quest for maturity is in itself immature," as creator Alex Hirsch puts it; his PrecociousCrush on a 15-year-old friend, for instance, only serves to underscore the fact that he's not ready to be one of her peers yet. The fact that their arch-nemesis Gideon Gleeful is canonically ''[[AllThereInTheManual nine]]'' seems to be attributable to TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior with a dash of RuleOfFunny.
18th Oct '16 6:55:43 PM nombretomado
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* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' focuses on a group of preteens and teenagers living together without any kind of adult supervision. For every example of the characters acting their age--making out in public places, not knowing about current events because they've been watching ''{{Friends}}'' reruns instead of the news--there's a dozen examples of them handling situations your average adult would find overwhelming. And while most of them go through crushes like any normal teenager, two of their relationships become quite serious: Gert and Chase act more like husband and wife than boyfriend and girlfriend, and Xavin and Karolina are actually engaged. (Granted, it started out as an arranged marriage to end the war between their home planets, but they stayed together long after that arrangement fell through.)

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* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' focuses on a group of preteens and teenagers living together without any kind of adult supervision. For every example of the characters acting their age--making out in public places, not knowing about current events because they've been watching ''{{Friends}}'' ''Series/{{Friends}}'' reruns instead of the news--there's a dozen examples of them handling situations your average adult would find overwhelming. And while most of them go through crushes like any normal teenager, two of their relationships become quite serious: Gert and Chase act more like husband and wife than boyfriend and girlfriend, and Xavin and Karolina are actually engaged. (Granted, it started out as an arranged marriage to end the war between their home planets, but they stayed together long after that arrangement fell through.)
19th Sep '16 7:33:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* Due to FridgeLogic, Lelouch of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is a borderline example, being a 17-year-old capable of leading an army and dealing with politics without any (visible) prior experience. Yes, he's ThePrince and a genius, yet the show [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief asks the viewers to accept]] that he's capable of leading LaResistance against the well-trained army of TheEmpire with experienced military commanders ten (Cornelia, Schneizel) to twenty (Tohdoh) years older than him.

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* Due to FridgeLogic, Lelouch of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is a borderline example, being a 17-year-old capable of leading an army and dealing with politics without any (visible) prior experience. Yes, he's ThePrince Literature/ThePrince and a genius, yet the show [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief asks the viewers to accept]] that he's capable of leading LaResistance against the well-trained army of TheEmpire with experienced military commanders ten (Cornelia, Schneizel) to twenty (Tohdoh) years older than him.
29th Aug '16 6:36:05 PM CamelCase
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Toddlers can form complex ideas and speak in full sentences. Eight year-olds are looking for their [[ToyShip true love]]. Your fourteen-year old will often fret about work and already be looking to settle down with their high school sweethearts. [[FreeRangeChildren A group of nine-year olds will bike on down to the next town with no parents in tow]]. The seven-year old kid down the street will never eat a bunch of sugar and cry because he didn't get the toy he wanted; he's too busy planning out a zany, very involved scheme to get what he wants.

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Toddlers can form complex ideas and speak in full sentences. Eight year-olds are looking for their [[ToyShip [[PuppyLove true love]]. Your fourteen-year old will often fret about work and already be looking to settle down with their high school sweethearts. [[FreeRangeChildren A group of nine-year olds will bike on down to the next town with no parents in tow]]. The seven-year old kid down the street will never eat a bunch of sugar and cry because he didn't get the toy he wanted; he's too busy planning out a zany, very involved scheme to get what he wants.
7th Aug '16 1:39:29 PM hubakon1368
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* Averted in the Fanfic/BlackCrayons series, the author takes great care to make sure [[Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries Annabelle Lennox]] acts like a child, albeit a clever child.
13th Jul '16 2:29:42 AM PaulA
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* The protagonists in VCAndrews works start out as sixteen (sometimes younger), and right from the start, they all act, talk, and think more like thirty-somethings. In the "Orphans" series, the girls are twelve in their individual stories, but act sixteen. It goes the other way around too--notably in ''Midnight Whispers,'' where the protagonist's nine-year-old brother acts/is treated more like he's ''five.''
** The most extreme example is possibly Jordan in the ''Early Spring'' series, who is six years old at the beginning of the story and eight or nine by the end. Her narrative voice is no different from that of any other of VC Andrews's protagonists. One of the main plot elements is her dealing with premature puberty (that causes her to start her period at age seven) and she's mentioned to look more like a pre-teen because of it; the author seems to have thought this would also give her the mental age of someone at least in their twenties.
* Five-year-old twins in the mystery novel ''AuntDimity: Vampire Hunter'' are able to draw such compelling and detailed pictures of the "vampire" they saw in the woods that it nearly gives their mother nightmares. Most kindergarteners still draw "people" as a circle with sticks coming out of the bottom for legs, so while not unbelievable, this would be very rare. (Just as some kids read before kindergarten, some draw well much earlier than others.)

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* The protagonists in VCAndrews Creator/VCAndrews works start out as sixteen (sometimes younger), and right from the start, they all act, talk, and think more like thirty-somethings. In the "Orphans" ''Literature/{{Orphans}}'' series, the girls are twelve in their individual stories, but act sixteen. It goes the other way around too--notably in ''Midnight Whispers,'' ''Literature/MidnightWhispers'', where the protagonist's nine-year-old brother acts/is treated more like he's ''five.''
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five. The most extreme example is possibly Jordan in the ''Early Spring'' series, who is six years old at the beginning of the story and eight or nine by the end. Her narrative voice is no different from that of any other of VC Andrews's protagonists. One of the main plot elements is her dealing with premature puberty (that causes her to start her period at age seven) and she's mentioned to look more like a pre-teen because of it; the author seems to have thought this would also give her the mental age of someone at least in their twenties.
* Five-year-old twins in the mystery novel ''AuntDimity: ''Literature/AuntDimity: Vampire Hunter'' are able to draw such compelling and detailed pictures of the "vampire" they saw in the woods that it nearly gives their mother nightmares. Most kindergarteners still draw "people" as a circle with sticks coming out of the bottom for legs, so while not unbelievable, this would be very rare. (Just as some kids read before kindergarten, some draw well much earlier than others.)
4th Jun '16 12:27:19 PM Morgenthaler
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* Ayla in ''ClanOfTheCaveBear'' matures exeptionally fast both physically and emotionally. She is taught to become a medicine woman at the age of six, teaches herself to hunt at the age of nine (which was also when she has her first death curse, the neanderthal equivelent of incarceration), goes through sexual maturity at the age of ten and has her first child at the age of eleven (!!!). Then again, she is raised by neanderthals, who physically mature at a faster rate than the cromagnons and wonder why she did not physically mature EARLIER than she did.

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* Ayla in ''ClanOfTheCaveBear'' ''Literature/ClanOfTheCaveBear'' matures exeptionally fast both physically and emotionally. She is taught to become a medicine woman at the age of six, teaches herself to hunt at the age of nine (which was also when she has her first death curse, the neanderthal equivelent of incarceration), goes through sexual maturity at the age of ten and has her first child at the age of eleven (!!!). Then again, she is raised by neanderthals, who physically mature at a faster rate than the cromagnons and wonder why she did not physically mature EARLIER than she did.
2nd May '16 12:46:44 AM Pichu-kun
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* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' ten is the age at which one can leave home to become a Trainer and fend for him- or herself. And while they are still called "boys" and "girls" instead of "kids", they still look, talk, and sound more like teenagers. And how do they make money to support themselves (and their Pokémon) if they're traveling all the time and can't hold a job in any fixed location? [[note]]It could be argued that the answer to that last question is that it's like in the games, where you earn money by winning battles... but that becomes FridgeLogic when you remember that you earn money by battling other trainers (who presumably earn their money the same way), thus making the entire economy basically a giant pyramid scheme. That said, in the anime we see Jessie and James occasionally performing odd jobs for money (the times when they're not trying to pay off a debt). So it can be assumed that the trainers may sometimes do the same. And, of course, parents. They probably give their kids some starting cash for their journey, since we see them having jobs of their own sometimes. Oh yeah, and one episode addressed how the rarely mentioned government hands out funds to gym leaders.[[/note]]
** At the same time, the fictional society of Pokemon has the titular creatures being so centered into society that perhaps it's just very difficult to imagine how their society would have ended up similar to the real world, yet also much more differently.

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* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' ten is the age at which one can leave home to become a Trainer and fend for him- or herself. And while they are still called "boys" and "girls" instead of "kids", they still look, talk, and sound more like teenagers. And how do they make money to support themselves (and their Pokémon) if they're traveling all the time and can't hold a job in any fixed location? [[note]]It could be argued that the answer to that last question is that it's like in the games, where you earn money by winning battles... but that becomes FridgeLogic when you remember that you earn money by battling other trainers (who presumably earn their money the same way), thus making the entire economy basically a giant pyramid scheme. That said, in the anime we see Jessie and James occasionally performing odd jobs for money (the times when they're not trying to pay off a debt). So it can be assumed that the trainers may sometimes do the same. And, of course, parents. They probably give their kids some starting cash for their journey, since we see them having jobs of their own sometimes. Oh yeah, and one episode addressed how the rarely mentioned government hands out funds to gym leaders.[[/note]]
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[[/note]] At the same time, the fictional society of Pokemon has the titular creatures being so centered into society that perhaps it's just very difficult to imagine how their society would have ended up similar to the real world, yet also much more differently.



* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' has underage characters develop romantic feelings for one another, and of course, talking as if they're older than they are.
** Even goes so far as to have one of the kids ''in love with her teacher, and '''vice versa'''.'' But then, considering this is Creator/{{CLAMP}}...

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* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' has underage characters develop romantic feelings for one another, and of course, talking as if they're older than they are.
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are. Even goes so far as to have one of the kids ''in love with her teacher, and '''vice versa'''.'' But then, considering this is Creator/{{CLAMP}}...



* ''Anime/ALittleSnowFairySugar''. Saga and her fellow 11-year-olds. She also has a part-time job, prioritizes a lot more than can be expected of any real kids her age, and acts more as a mother-figure than a sister-figure towards her little cousin.
** The fairies (at least the younger ones, such as Sugar herself) do act more like children, though. Brownie points for that!
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is a strange case because while most of the young characters in it would fit the trope, Naruto himself is as mature as a person his age would really be ([[CharacterDevelopment initially]]), making him seem immature just by virtue of being normal.
** May be justified in this case, seeing as how the fictional society in which they live apparently saddles young people with responsibilities up to and including conducting wars at much younger ages than we consider appropriate in ours. Some characters, like Itachi and Kakashi when they were young and Shikamaru take this to the point of being flat out WiseBeyondTheirYears.
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the ''hell'' out of this trope, with twelve year olds Naota and Ninamori always trying (and failing) to act like mature adults.
** Of course, they are arguably more successful at it than the ''actual'' adults in the story, although this says more about the behavior of the adult characters then the behavior of the children.
* Slightly averted in ''Anime/DennouCoil'', with interesting results: The children, acting as children and treating everything as a game, are capable of more in a virtual environment than adults, that act like an adult (save for moderator Tamako and the grandma). When [[AndYouThoughtItWasAGame the children find out it wasn't an online game at all]], the story becomes ''Japanese horror''.
** They all still act remarkably mature for 12-year olds. It's only very occasionally that their behaviour reminds us that they aren't adults. In fact, combined with the fact that they sound quite mature as well, the only thing that reminds us that they aren't in their late teens is their modest development.

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* ''Anime/ALittleSnowFairySugar''. ''Anime/ALittleSnowFairySugar'': Saga and her fellow 11-year-olds. She also has a part-time job, prioritizes a lot more than can be expected of any real kids her age, and acts more as a mother-figure than a sister-figure towards her little cousin.
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cousin. The fairies (at least the younger ones, such as Sugar herself) do act more like children, though. Brownie points for that!
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is a strange case because while most of the young characters in it would fit the trope, Naruto himself is as mature as a person his age would really be ([[CharacterDevelopment initially]]), making him seem immature just by virtue of being normal.
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normal. May be justified in this case, seeing as how the fictional society in which they live apparently saddles young people with responsibilities up to and including conducting wars at much younger ages than we consider appropriate in ours. Some characters, like Itachi and Kakashi when they were young and Shikamaru take this to the point of being flat out WiseBeyondTheirYears.
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the ''hell'' out of this trope, with twelve year olds Naota and Ninamori always trying (and failing) to act like mature adults.
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adults. Of course, they are arguably more successful at it than the ''actual'' adults in the story, although this says more about the behavior of the adult characters then the behavior of the children.
* Slightly averted in ''Anime/DennouCoil'', with interesting results: The children, acting as children and treating everything as a game, are capable of more in a virtual environment than adults, that act like an adult (save for moderator Tamako and the grandma). When [[AndYouThoughtItWasAGame the children find out it wasn't an online game at all]], the story becomes ''Japanese horror''.
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horror''. They all still act remarkably mature for 12-year olds. It's only very occasionally that their behaviour reminds us that they aren't adults. In fact, combined with the fact that they sound quite mature as well, the only thing that reminds us that they aren't in their late teens is their modest development.



* ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', where 18-year-old Yuichi and others talk kinda like adults... even though just the opposite of this trope is displayed particularly with Ayu.
** Ayu and Makoto are the biggest exceptions to the trope, for {{justified|Trope}} reasons. Ayu is mentally younger than she seems, [[spoiler:since she's been in a coma for the past seven years]]. And Makoto is the youngest member of the cast at around 14 or so...[[spoiler:or rather, she's a fox spirit pretending to be a 14 year-old human]].

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* ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', where 18-year-old Yuichi and others talk kinda like adults... even though just the opposite of this trope is displayed particularly with Ayu.
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Ayu. Ayu and Makoto are the biggest exceptions to the trope, for {{justified|Trope}} reasons. Ayu is mentally younger than she seems, [[spoiler:since she's been in a coma for the past seven years]]. And Makoto is the youngest member of the cast at around 14 or so...[[spoiler:or rather, she's a fox spirit pretending to be a 14 year-old human]].



* Inverted with another K.A. work, ''Manga/LuckyStar'', where the "teenage" girls look, talk, and sound like preteens. The cutesy music and pastel-colored artwork only makes this series feel more like elementary school than high school. (Especially for Konata and Yutaka, who look immature for their ages even in-universe, and in the former's case, is not very responsible about her schoolwork.)
** Until they start talking about {{eroge}}. Or about {{yaoi}}. Or about their [[NoPeriodsPeriod periods]]. Yeah.

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* Inverted with another K.A. work, ''Manga/LuckyStar'', where the "teenage" girls look, talk, and sound like preteens. The cutesy music and pastel-colored artwork only makes this series feel more like elementary school than high school. (Especially for Konata and Yutaka, who look immature for their ages even in-universe, and in the former's case, is not very responsible about her schoolwork.)
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) That is, until they start talking about {{eroge}}. Or about {{yaoi}}. Or about their [[NoPeriodsPeriod periods]]. Yeah.



* This is a common criticism of ''Manga/ShugoChara'' where the 11-12 year old protagonists act like they're 15/16. Oddly enough. Utau, who is actually 15, still acts more mature (Although, some - times, it [[BigEater only]] [[IWasJustPassingThrough is]] [[TheGlomp an act.]]), whereas Ikuto, who is two years older than her, is actually more of an [[TheTrickster impish]] figure, but still manages to be probably more mature than ''her'' when he isn't doing that. (Although whether it's for the best or not is [[PoorCommunicationKills variable.]])
** Conversely, the protagonists can also act immature for their age as well. In the manga, Amu screams "this isn't in the health manual!" after seeing the guardian eggs for the first time and wonders why her fifth grade classmates are talking about bras [[RealityisUnrealistic even though most girls begin puberty at that age and have a vague idea about sex and reproduction.]] And there's Yaya, whose rationale for her immaturity is being unable to cope with her baby brother's birth... err, Peach Pit? [[SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay Pre-teens do not work that way.]]

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* This is a common criticism of ''Manga/ShugoChara'' where the 11-12 year old protagonists act like they're 15/16. Oddly enough. Utau, who is actually 15, still acts more mature (Although, some - times, it [[BigEater only]] [[IWasJustPassingThrough is]] [[TheGlomp an act.]]), whereas Ikuto, who is two years older than her, is actually more of an [[TheTrickster impish]] figure, but still manages to be probably more mature than ''her'' when he isn't doing that. (Although whether it's for the best or not is [[PoorCommunicationKills variable.]])
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]]) Conversely, the protagonists can also act immature for their age as well. In the manga, Amu screams "this isn't in the health manual!" after seeing the guardian eggs for the first time and wonders why her fifth grade classmates are talking about bras [[RealityisUnrealistic even though most girls begin puberty at that age and have a vague idea about sex and reproduction.]] And there's Yaya, whose rationale for her immaturity is being unable to cope with her baby brother's birth... err, Peach Pit? [[SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay Pre-teens do not work that way.]]



* In ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure'', the "books" [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis are Bobby Pendragon's memories of what just happened to him being recorded]]. He writes in very professional prose.
** During the course of the series, the timeline is different for him than for the characters who primarily stay on earth; he is probably older than expected (and he does write a lot).

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* In ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure'', the "books" [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis are Bobby Pendragon's memories of what just happened to him being recorded]]. He writes in very professional prose.
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prose. During the course of the series, the timeline is different for him than for the characters who primarily stay on earth; he is probably older than expected (and he does write a lot).



* In ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', Sunny Baudelaire is a baby, yet has the same knowledge and intelligence as her teenage siblings, and this is not treated as remarkable.
** This is actually a [[RunningGag Running Gag.]] While Sunny's behaviour is certainly adultlike (which can be partially, at least, justified in that she's living in a [[CrapsackWorld horrible, horrible world)]] one must remember that virtually all her language for the first half of the series is nonsense; it's the [[UnreliableNarrator author]] that is translating for us, and he never states for a fact that it's what she's actually saying; instead he always uses "she probably meant", "something along the lines of", etc. It's also Zig-Zagged in several books; in ''The Miserable Mill'' where Violet and Klaus refuse to let Sunny chew gum because she's too young, and yet have no issues with her hanging around a lumbermill where OHS is non-existent. In the next book, her siblings angrily point out that [[CaptainObvious babies should not be secretaries,]] yet the principal still blames Sunny for, among other things, not making her own staples and failing to use correct English when answering the phone. Finally in the penultimate book we have [[spoiler:Kit Snicket]] giving the orphans a speech on how they're not children anymore; Sunny's response is a word which apparently means "I think I'm still a child."

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* In ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', Sunny Baudelaire is a baby, yet has the same knowledge and intelligence as her teenage siblings, and this is not treated as remarkable.
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remarkable. This is actually a [[RunningGag Running Gag.]] RunningGag. While Sunny's behaviour is certainly adultlike (which can be partially, at least, justified in that she's living in a [[CrapsackWorld horrible, horrible world)]] one must remember that virtually all her language for the first half of the series is nonsense; it's the [[UnreliableNarrator author]] that is translating for us, and he never states for a fact that it's what she's actually saying; instead he always uses "she probably meant", "something along the lines of", etc. It's also Zig-Zagged in several books; in ''The Miserable Mill'' where Violet and Klaus refuse to let Sunny chew gum because she's too young, and yet have no issues with her hanging around a lumbermill where OHS is non-existent. In the next book, her siblings angrily point out that [[CaptainObvious babies should not be secretaries,]] yet the principal still blames Sunny for, among other things, not making her own staples and failing to use correct English when answering the phone. Finally in the penultimate book we have [[spoiler:Kit Snicket]] giving the orphans a speech on how they're not children anymore; Sunny's response is a word which apparently means "I think I'm still a child."



* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', [[ZigZaggingTrope sort of]]. The characters are all probably between 8 and 12, and they still have relationships, unrequited love, etc. But at the same time, they still have the songwriting skills of young kids, think friendship bracelets are awfully important, and have the general maturity of that age group, such as one camper assuming that his father hates him and wants him to die just because the father is very strict.
** Part of the reason for that mixture is that while ''Psychonauts'' features a mostly underage cast, it's definitely not intended for children, and the trope itself is pretty consistently PlayedForLaughs.
** Lampshaded at one point when you're wandering through the locker rooms in someone's memories, to which Raz says that "I'm starting to feel like I'm back in high school! Which is weird, because I'm only ten."
* The majority of the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' cast are under 20, while the main protagonist himself is 15. Tails is 8. Child Genius or not, he seems more mature/rational than the rest of the main cast. Also, since when is a 15 year-old and an 8 year-old allowed in a casino?

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* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', [[ZigZaggingTrope sort of]]. The characters are all probably between 8 and 12, and they still have relationships, unrequited love, etc. But at the same time, they still have the songwriting skills of young kids, think friendship bracelets are awfully important, and have the general maturity of that age group, such as one camper assuming that his father hates him and wants him to die just because the father is very strict.
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strict. Part of the reason for that mixture is that while ''Psychonauts'' features a mostly underage cast, it's definitely not intended for children, and the trope itself is pretty consistently PlayedForLaughs.
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PlayedForLaughs. Lampshaded at one point when you're wandering through the locker rooms in someone's memories, to which Raz says that "I'm starting to feel like I'm back in high school! Which is weird, because I'm only ten."
* The majority of the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' cast are under 20, while the main protagonist himself is 15. Tails is 8. Child Genius or not, he seems more mature/rational than the rest of the main cast. Also, since when is a 15 year-old and an 8 year-old allowed in a casino?



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' is justified with the babies, if the babies actually acted like babies there would be no show. So they act closer to 3-5 years old except they can't communicate with the adults. On the other hand, Angelica, who is supposed to be 3, is able to communicate with the adults, and is far more articulate than a 3 year old should be. Making her a straight example.
** This one was mocked in a ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' movie, where Timmy Turner enters a show which looks the same, but with the children actually acting like the toddlers they are.
** In ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' the kids are 9-13 years old but they're treated like sixteen through seventeen year olds, to the point of FridgeLogic. It's the main reason many ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' fans dislike it.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' is justified with the babies, if the babies actually acted like babies there would be no show. So they act closer to 3-5 years old except they can't communicate with the adults. On the other hand, Angelica, who is supposed to be 3, is able to communicate with the adults, and is far more articulate than a 3 year old should be. Making her a straight example.
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example. This one was mocked in a ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' movie, where Timmy Turner enters a show which looks the same, but with the children actually acting like the toddlers they are.
** * In ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' the kids are 9-13 years old but they're treated like sixteen through seventeen year olds, they're in their late teens, to the point of FridgeLogic. It's the main reason many ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' fans dislike it.



* Used frequently on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in one episode where Marge worries that Bart and Lisa (who are 10 and 8 years old, respectively) are already acting like teenagers. Homer chalks it up to all the growth hormones in food.
** Of course, if the characters in the show actually aged in real time, Bart would be closer to 40 than to 10.
** Lisa in particular has read a lot of classic novels, speaks with a high level of vocabulary and is very knowledgeable about politics and history. Yes, she has a high I.Q., but she is also only eight years old! Where did she find the time to educate herself?
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}''. Watching a group of supposedly ''eight and nine year olds'' (Arthur and his group are stated to be in the third grade, with the occasional fourth-grader) biking around a city, holding jobs, and doing things that are generally more suited for early teens doesn't really make sense. Particularly all those scenes in the Sugar Bowl without a parent in sight... and not to mention the school. Lockers and many-page reports for third graders? Seems more like a junior high than an elementary school, really. Considering Ratburn, though, he just might assign rather difficult work for third graders. One throwaway line was something like, "For today's test, identify every country on this map of the world. And as always, spelling counts."

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* Used frequently on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in one episode where Marge worries that Bart and Lisa (who are 10 and 8 years old, respectively) are already acting like teenagers. Homer chalks it up to all the growth hormones in food.
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food. Of course, if the characters in the show actually aged in real time, Bart would be closer to 40 than to 10.
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10. Lisa in particular has read a lot of classic novels, speaks with a high level of vocabulary and is very knowledgeable about politics and history. Yes, she has a high I.Q., but she is also only eight years old! Where did she find the time to educate herself?
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}''. ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'':
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Watching a group of supposedly ''eight and nine year olds'' (Arthur and his group are stated to be in the third grade, with the occasional fourth-grader) biking around a city, holding jobs, and doing things that are generally more suited for early teens doesn't really make sense. Particularly all those scenes in the Sugar Bowl without a parent in sight... and not to mention the school. Lockers and many-page reports for third graders? Seems more like a junior high than an elementary school, really. Considering Ratburn, though, he just might assign rather difficult work for third graders. One throwaway line was something like, "For today's test, identify every country on this map of the world. And as always, spelling counts."



* Subverted and played straight on ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb;'' the main characters clearly have a genius intelligence well beyond most adults, but use their abilities for childish antics like building a roller coaster in their backyard; while there ''are'' love interests, these are played more as kiddy crushes than epic romances.
** Nearly every episode Lampshades this with some adult asking them, "Aren't you a little young to be ...". The typical response from Phineas is, "Yes. Yes I am."

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* Subverted and played straight on ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb;'' the main characters clearly have a genius intelligence well beyond most adults, but use their abilities for childish antics like building a roller coaster in their backyard; while there ''are'' love interests, these are played more as kiddy crushes than epic romances.
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romances. Nearly every episode Lampshades lampshades this with some adult asking them, "Aren't you a little young to be ...". The typical response from Phineas is, "Yes. Yes I am."



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles are ''supposed'' to be ''five years old'', yet they (especially Blossom and Buttercup) act like they're at ''least'' 12 years old or so, what with their understanding of certain sexual things like seduction, in a mild way at least; the first time they beat the Rowdyruff Boys by kissing them, they were tipped off to that weakness by Miss Bellum hinting at them by telling them to "act ''nice''" and [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar and showing them her cleavage]] to solidify the fact. True, they aren't necessarily human so that ''may'' be a justification on their maturity, but the thing is, it's not just them- most of the other kids in the show are shown to be as equally mature as the Girls. Interestingly, this is also a rather strange case because they still occasionally struggle with problems a five year old might actually have, such as learning manners, getting over "cooties", sharing, and leaning what's right from wrong; but, even then, they learn about those things in a more mature way than actual five year old girls would.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'':
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Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles are ''supposed'' to be ''five years old'', yet they (especially Blossom and Buttercup) act like they're at ''least'' 12 years old or so, what with their understanding of certain sexual things like seduction, in a mild way at least; the first time they beat the Rowdyruff Boys by kissing them, they were tipped off to that weakness by Miss Bellum hinting at them by telling them to "act ''nice''" and [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar and showing them her cleavage]] to solidify the fact. True, they aren't necessarily human so that ''may'' be a justification on their maturity, but the thing is, it's not just them- most of the other kids in the show are shown to be as equally mature as the Girls. Interestingly, this is also a rather strange case because they still occasionally struggle with problems a five year old might actually have, such as learning manners, getting over "cooties", sharing, and leaning what's right from wrong; but, even then, they learn about those things in a more mature way than actual five year old girls would.would.
** In the original show, the girls acted much like little kids. In [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016 the reboot]] they act like middle schoolers. Bubbles in particular behaves like a meme-loving preteen, in contrast to her being the most childish of her sisters.
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* Averted with Webcomic/BioApocalypse, which was actually written by a child.

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* Averted with Webcomic/BioApocalypse, ''Webcomic/BioApocalypse'', which was actually written by a child.



* Averted in The Mighty Oz's [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/569742/chapters/1020213 Nine Lives One Love]]. The author has Nepeta acting like an actual pre-K child, talking in a childish manner and doing childish things.

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* Averted in The Mighty Oz's [[http://archiveofourown.''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/569742/chapters/1020213 Nine Lives One Love]].Love]]''. The author has Nepeta acting like an actual pre-K child, talking in a childish manner and doing childish things.
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* Averted in S.E. Hinton's Literature/TheOutsiders. Hinton was 16 when she wrote the book, and the voice is pretty authentic.

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* Averted in S.E. Hinton's Literature/TheOutsiders.''Literature/TheOutsiders''. Hinton was 16 when she wrote the book, and the voice is pretty authentic.
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