History Main / NotAllowedToGrowUp

18th Jun '18 8:02:13 AM flip619
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* Creator/ShirleyTemple was treated like a very young child well into her adolescence, in that she was allowed to appear in adult roles only after her marriage at the age of seventeen. Shirley failed to gain any success as an adult actor, and discontinued acting completely after her divorce. She then spent the remainder of her adulthood working as an ambassador from the U.S. to Czechoslovakia.

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* Creator/ShirleyTemple was treated like a very young child well into her adolescence, in that she was allowed to appear in adult roles only after her marriage at the age of seventeen. Shirley failed to gain any theatrical success as an adult actor, adult, and discontinued acting completely after her divorce. She then spent the remainder of her adulthood working as an ambassador from political appointments in the U.S. to Czechoslovakia.Foreign Service, officially representing America in Ghana, Czechoslovakia, and the UN.
9th Jun '18 5:44:12 AM Pichu-kun
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** Gummy is Pinkie's pet baby crocodile. He doesn't ever get any larger no matter how many seasons go by. He ''might'' actually be an adult though, as his [[VocalEvolution internal voice]] in the 100th episode implies.

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** Gummy is Pinkie's pet baby crocodile. He doesn't ever get any larger no matter how many seasons go by. He ''might'' actually be an adult though, as his [[VocalEvolution internal [[VocalDissonanceinternal voice]] in the 100th episode implies.implies.
** Dragons age differently than ponies, but Spike has spent the entire series as a "baby dragon" (which seems to be the equivalent of a 9-13 year old). He didn't start maturing until season 7's "Molt Down" where [[spoiler:he molted and gained wings]]. He's still a baby dragon but he's an older one.
30th May '18 11:25:31 PM Fangusu
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This later became a staple of animated shows. Since animation does not require on-screen acting, it is much easier to control the physical aspects of the characters, and therefore keep them the same age year after year without major psychological harm to the person doing their voice. Among the most famous examples of this situation are Bart, Lisa and Maggie in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', and Ash Ketchum of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', who have been intentionally kept the same age for ''decades'' in television.

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This later became a staple of animated shows. Since animation does not require on-screen acting, it is much easier to control the physical aspects of the characters, and therefore keep them the same age year after year without major psychological harm to the person doing their voice. Among the most famous examples of this situation are Bart, Lisa and Maggie in from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', and Ash Ketchum of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', who have been intentionally kept the same age for ''decades'' in nearly three decades of television.
25th May '18 7:51:43 AM MysteriousZorua1994
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This later became a staple of animated shows. Since animation does not require on-screen acting, it is much easier to control the physical aspects of the characters, and therefore keep them the same age year after year without major psychological harm to the person doing their voice. Among the most famous examples of this situation are Bart, Lisa and Maggie in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', who have been intentionally kept the same age for nearly three decades of television.

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This later became a staple of animated shows. Since animation does not require on-screen acting, it is much easier to control the physical aspects of the characters, and therefore keep them the same age year after year without major psychological harm to the person doing their voice. Among the most famous examples of this situation are Bart, Lisa and Maggie in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', and Ash Ketchum of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', who have been intentionally kept the same age for nearly three decades of ''decades'' in television.



** Ash has been declared as still being 10 years old at the start of ''Best Wishes!'' (''Black and White'', Season 14 outside Japan). This was said in the original Japanese as well.

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** Ash has been declared as still being 10 years old at the start of ''Best Wishes!'' (''Black and White'', Season 14 outside Japan). This was said in the original Japanese as well. ''Anime/PokemonVolcanionAndTheMechanicalMarvel'' also confirmed he's still 10.



** Apparently time passes in the Japanese version too, as in the Kalos saga Jessie mentions she recently had a birthday (however her Gourgeist was the only one who remembered). It's unknown if Ash will ever hit eleven or if only Jessie aged.

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** Apparently time passes in the Japanese version too, as in the Kalos saga Jessie mentions [[AgelessBirthdayEpisode she recently had a birthday birthday]] (however her Gourgeist was the only one who remembered). It's unknown if Ash will ever hit eleven or if only Jessie aged.remembered).



** It was basically tradition that none of Ash's Water-Type Pokémon he has caught since Totodile would ever evolve, and even before that, his Squirtle might even started this trend before Totodile. Unlike Pikachu and Bulbasaur, none of his Water-Types are shown to refuse to evolve; they simply don't. Until Froakie, only Krabby has evolved, and Froakie is the first to finally break the curse. Not only that, Froakie even evolves twice and gets an exclusive SuperMode on top of that.

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** It was basically tradition that none of Ash's Water-Type Pokémon he has caught since Totodile would ever evolve, and even before that, his Squirtle might even started this trend before Totodile. Unlike Pikachu and Bulbasaur, none of his Water-Types are shown to refuse to evolve; they simply don't. Until Froakie, only Krabby has evolved, and Froakie is the first to finally break the curse. Not only that, Froakie even evolves twice and gets an exclusive SuperMode on top of that. [[spoiler:And then he was released following the [[StatusQuoIsGod ill-fated Kalos League]]]].



** This may make a conundrum in ''Pokémon Sun and Moon''. The game says Island Challenges can only be taken when a child reaches age 11. Does that mean Ash has finally had his 11th birthday? There has been no evidence of a confirmation in the anime yet.

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** This may make a conundrum in ''Pokémon Sun and Moon''. The game says Island Challenges can only be taken when a child reaches age 11. Does Yet Ash is still confirmed as 10 in that mean Ash has finally had series, along with showing his 11th birthday? There has been no evidence classmates as pre-teens [[AgeLift in spite of a confirmation them being teenagers in the anime yet.games]].



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is probably amongst the ruler of this trope:

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is probably amongst the ruler rulers of this trope:trope alongside ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':



** To sum things up, if The Simpsons had been allowed to grow up, as of now (2017) Bart would be 38 years old (born 1979), Lisa would be either 35 or 36 (born 1981)[[note]]This depends on whether or not her 8th birthday in ''Stark Raving Dad'' is [[RetCon retroactive]] to the beginning of the series.[[/note]], Homer would be 64 (born 1953, which would make him 36 in 1989, but his current age has been retconned to 40), Marge would be 62 (born 1955, which would make her 34 in 1989, but her current age has been retconned to 38), and Maggie would be 29 (born 1988). In the present day, Bart's birth year is now 2007, Lisa's 2009, Homer's 1977, Marge's 1979, and Maggie's 2016.
** Rarely characters have ended up dying of natural causes, but this has never happened to most of the characters at the Springfield Retirement Home, such as Grandpa or Jasper, despite both of them having been in World Wars previously.

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** To sum things up, if The Simpsons had been allowed to grow up, as of now (2017) (2018) Bart would be 38 39 years old (born 1979), Lisa would be either 35 36 or 36 37 (born 1981)[[note]]This depends on whether or not her 8th birthday in ''Stark Raving Dad'' is [[RetCon retroactive]] to the beginning of the series.[[/note]], Homer would be 64 65 (born 1953, which would make him 36 in 1989, but his current age has been retconned to 40), Marge would be 62 63 (born 1955, which would make her 34 in 1989, but her current age has been retconned to 38), and Maggie would be 29 30 (born 1988). In the present day, Bart's birth year is now 2007, 2008, Lisa's 2009, 2010[[note]]the same year where ''Lisa's Wedding'' is set![[/note]], Homer's 1977, 1978, Marge's 1979, 1980, and Maggie's 2016.
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** Rarely characters have ended up dying of natural causes, but this has never happened to most of the characters at the Springfield Retirement Home, such as Grandpa or Jasper, despite both of them having been in World Wars previously. previously, nor Skinner, who served in the Vietnam War in 1966.
21st May '18 8:15:07 PM thecarolinabull01
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Not to be confused with NeverGrewUp, which is when child-like characters are not able to age for '''in-universe''' reasons.

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Not to be confused with NeverGrewUp, which is when child-like characters are not able to age for '''in-universe''' reasons. \n See NotAllowedToGrowOld for when adult characters do not age the way they should.
14th Apr '18 8:50:11 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' has done several episodes for the same holiday however Nate is perpetually a fifth grader.

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* ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' has done several episodes for the same holiday however Nate is perpetually a fifth grader. This was eventually averted with the SpinOffspring ''Anime/YokaiWatchShadowside'', which stars Nate's daughter 30 years in the future.



* The kids in ''Literature/TheFamousFive'' don't age much despite the series being several decades old. J.K. Rowling specifically mentioned them when discussing how she didn't want her ''Harry Potter'' characters to be like the ones from ''The Famous Five''.



* Franchise/ArchieComics enforced this on ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''. Not on the characters, but on ''the show title itself'', not allowing the show's producers to change the name to simply "Sabrina", even though Sabrina herself wasn't a teenager for the last couple of seasons, and although the did keep it as the ''official'' title, a lot of promotional material stared calling it ''Sabrina Goes to College.'' (Sabrina's actress, Creator/MelissaJoanHart, was 27 when the show ended). And boy did it start to show. She went from looking young enough to be late teens, early twenties, to the first episode of the penultimate season, where she and her college friends film a video with a genuine Vampire, the light strikes her, and wow, she suddenly looks much older.

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* Franchise/ArchieComics Creator/ArchieComics enforced this on ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''. Not on the characters, but on ''the show title itself'', not allowing the show's producers to change the name to simply "Sabrina", even though Sabrina herself wasn't a teenager for the last couple of seasons, and although the did keep it as the ''official'' title, a lot of promotional material stared calling it ''Sabrina Goes to College.'' (Sabrina's actress, Creator/MelissaJoanHart, was 27 when the show ended). And boy did it start to show. She went from looking young enough to be late teens, early twenties, to the first episode of the penultimate season, where she and her college friends film a video with a genuine Vampire, the light strikes her, and wow, she suddenly looks much older.


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** Infinite lampshades this in ''VideoGame/SonicForces''. He mentions that Sonic and Tails (who are 15 and 8 respectively) have been fighting Eggman for ''decades''.
4th Apr '18 4:33:05 AM C2
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* WesternAnimation/{{Pingu}}, his sister Pinga, and their friends did not age during the decade-plus run of the original series, carrying over to ''Anime/PinguInTheCity''.

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* WesternAnimation/{{Pingu}}, his sister Pinga, and their friends did not age during the decade-plus run of the original series, carrying over to ''Anime/PinguInTheCity''.''Pingu In The City''.
4th Apr '18 4:31:36 AM C2
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* WesternAnimation/{{Pingu}}, his sister Pinga, and their friends did not age during the decade-plus run of the original series, carrying over to ''Anime/PinguInTheCity''.


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* Timmy hasn't aged though the 5 seasons of ''WesternAnimation/ShaunTheSheep'' or the entire run of [[WesternAnimation/TimmyTime his own show]].
30th Mar '18 8:29:23 PM costanton11
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** This is {{averted|Trope}} with the ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' cast. Max and PJ were 11 in the show (1992), 14 in ''Disney/AGoofyMovie'' (1995) and 18-19 in ''An Extremely Goofy Movie'' (2000). However, in Max's limited appearances outside the ''Goof Troop'' universe (''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' and the Christmas specials) he has a somewhat ''inconsistent'' age, but does still seem to age in RealTime. This would put Max's, PJ's and the friend Bobby's date of birth around the early 1980s putting them as of now in their early 30's.

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** This is {{averted|Trope}} with the ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' cast. Max and PJ were 11 in the show (1992), 14 in ''Disney/AGoofyMovie'' ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' (1995) and 18-19 in ''An Extremely Goofy Movie'' (2000). However, in Max's limited appearances outside the ''Goof Troop'' universe (''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' and the Christmas specials) he has a somewhat ''inconsistent'' age, but does still seem to age in RealTime. This would put Max's, PJ's and the friend Bobby's date of birth around the early 1980s putting them as of now in their early 30's.
30th Mar '18 2:41:53 PM Fangusu
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Not to be confused with NeverGrewUp, which is when child-like '''characters''' are not able to age for in-story reasons.

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Not to be confused with NeverGrewUp, which is when child-like '''characters''' characters are not able to age for in-story '''in-universe''' reasons.
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