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23rd Mar '17 5:59:49 PM WillBGood
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[=AKA=] "perpetual childhood." An old (and in live action, {{discredited|Trope}}) trope which was implicit in many early {{sitcom}}s that focused on the standard American NuclearFamily of father, mother and 2.4 children -- the situation necessary for the comedy to exist was so rigidly defined that the children could not be allowed to grow up, lest the program dynamic change unrecognizably. After the tragedy of Anissa Jones of ''Series/FamilyAffair'' who was straightjacketed by this trope to very unhealthy effect, most live action sitcoms now just accept that their kid characters will grow up and take advantage of the story opportunities with teenage and young adult characters should the series survive long enough.

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[=AKA=] "perpetual childhood." An old (and in live action, {{discredited|Trope}}) trope which was implicit in many early {{sitcom}}s that focused on the standard American NuclearFamily of father, mother and 2.4 children -- the situation necessary for the comedy to exist was so rigidly defined that the children could not be allowed to grow up, lest the program dynamic change unrecognizably. After the tragedy of Anissa Jones of ''Series/FamilyAffair'' who was straightjacketed straitjacketed by this trope to very unhealthy effect, most live action sitcoms now just accept that their kid characters will grow up and take advantage of the story opportunities with teenage and young adult characters should the series survive long enough.
12th Mar '17 4:35:48 PM TheNicestGuy
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zags]] this with the title twins, but oddly enough it seems to be at least partly [[JustifiedTrope justified]]. In season two, Dean says they are sixteen when Myra Brandish (who may or may not be reliable) claims they should be nineteen. By the middle of season four, despite getting high school diplomas from their learning beds, they are apparently not eighteen nor close to it. In season six, Dean is just starting college. Some justification may be that they've actually died several times and been replaced by clones. While this has only happened once that we know of during the show's run (allegedly fifteen times over their entire histories), it could have been more. Also some of the clones may be younger than others. And in any case, their father has been known to [[ParentalAbandonment wait a month or so]] before replacing them.
11th Mar '17 11:56:43 AM Fangusu
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* Creator/ShirleyTemple was treated like a very young child well into her teens, in that she was allowed to appear in adult roles ''only after her marriage at the age of seventeen''. Shirley was not able to gain any success as an adult actor and, following her divorce, ended up leaving show business completely. 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 teens, in that she was allowed to appear in adult roles ''only after her marriage at the age of seventeen''. Shirley was not able failed to gain any success as an adult actor and, following her divorce, ended up leaving show business completely. She then spent the remainder of her adulthood working as an ambassador from the U.S. to Czechoslovakia.
11th Mar '17 11:55:11 AM Fangusu
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Female child actors tend to suffer more than male child actors when it comes to this trope; girls usually hit puberty a little earlier than boys and, in general, concealing the secondary sexual characteristics is ''very'' difficult. Film studios used to object to child actors growing up. It was not until TheSeventies did they finally figure out how to manage a smooth upshift from adorable child star to TeenIdol.

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Female child actors tend to suffer more than male child actors when it comes to this trope; girls usually hit puberty at a little earlier slightly younger age than boys and, in general, boys, and concealing the secondary sexual characteristics is can be ''very'' difficult. difficult, sometimes even impossible. Film studios used to object to child actors growing up. It up; it was not until TheSeventies did they finally figure out how to manage a smooth upshift from adorable child star to TeenIdol.



* Creator/ShirleyTemple was treated like a child well into her teens, in that she was allowed to appear in adult roles ''only after her marriage at the age of seventeen''. She failed to gain any success as an adult actor and, following her divorce, ended up leaving show business completely. Temple 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 teens, in that she was allowed to appear in adult roles ''only after her marriage at the age of seventeen''. She failed Shirley was not able to gain any success as an adult actor and, following her divorce, ended up leaving show business completely. Temple She then spent the remainder of her adulthood working as an ambassador from the U.S. to Czechoslovakia.
9th Mar '17 7:58:44 PM Pichu-kun
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%%* Notably averted in CG film Advent Children - the film's 'making of' book lists the ages of the characters as being two years older than they were in the game.



** ''VideoGame/TheSims4'' you can chose a variety of options for who ages, including only the Sims you are currently playing like in Sims 2, everyone like in Sims 3, only Sims you've played, or only Sims you haven't played.

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** ''VideoGame/TheSims4'' you can chose a variety of options for who ages, including only the Sims you are currently playing like in Sims 2, ''Sims 2'', everyone like in Sims 3, ''Sims 3'', only Sims you've played, or only Sims you haven't played.



** Thouroughly averted in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', where Red and Blue actually look like they are in their late teens, if not early twenties, as ''at least'' a decade has passed since ''Red and Blue'', where they were ten/eleven. It also features cameos from other characters such as [[spoiler:Grimsley]], who also look noticeably older. Wally on the other hand plays this straight: he looks exactly the same as he did in ''VideoGame/PokemonOmegaRubyAndAlphaSapphire'', despite that game taking place at the same time as ''Red and Blue''.

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** Thouroughly averted in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', where Red and Blue actually look like they are in their late teens, if not early twenties, as ''at least'' a decade has passed since ''Red ''[=FireRed=] and Blue'', [=LeafGreen=]'', where they were ten/eleven. eleven. It also features cameos from other characters such as [[spoiler:Grimsley]], who also look noticeably older. older and is greying. Wally on the other hand plays this straight: he looks exactly the same as he did in ''VideoGame/PokemonOmegaRubyAndAlphaSapphire'', ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire]]'', despite that game taking place at the same time as ''Red ''[=FireRed=] and Blue''.[=LeafGreen=]''. This is unusual because [[spoiler:Anabel]], who was roughly the same age as Wally and debuted in the ''same game'' as him (albeit [[spoiler:she]] didn't appear in the remakes) is an adult and it's noted that at least ten years has passed since then.



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9th Mar '17 5:17:45 PM TheNicestGuy
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* One of the ''Angry Kid'' shorts from Creator/AardmanAnimations, "Boyhood", [[DoubleSubversion double-subverts]] the trope. The setup is that Angry Kid has supposedly photographed himself every day for ten years, and a rapid series of Polaroids shows that he has remained unchanged, despite the "changing every day" lyrics in the background. In the middle of it, he remarks while strumming a ukulele, "I don't look any different, do I?" It seems to hang a lampshade on the fact that the series itself vanished for ten years then reappeared with an identical character--despite a significant change in animation techniques. But then the photos continue, and Angry Kid gradually starts growing facial hair. It may take a second or two to notice that it's actually drawn on his face in pen. At the end, we return to the ukulele shot, where the Kid now sports a full handlebar moustache, and he argues with an unseen spectator that no, it is ''not'' scribbled on. It totally is.
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24th Feb '17 5:06:18 PM Sammettik
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** ''Film/AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner'' has Timmy as a 23-year-old. However, he's still in 5th grade, but must face the choice of whether to grow up or not, [[spoiler:specifcaly whether to fall in love or not, with a BigDamnKiss to seal the deal if he does]].

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** ''Film/AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner'' has Timmy as a 23-year-old. However, he's still in 5th grade, but must face the choice of whether to grow up or not, [[spoiler:specifcaly [[spoiler: specifically whether to fall in love or not, with a BigDamnKiss to seal the deal if he does]].
24th Feb '17 5:03:28 PM Sammettik
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** Thouroughly averted in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', where Red and Blue actually look like they are in their late teens, if not early twenties, as ''at least'' a decade has passed since ''Red and Blue'', where they were ten/eleven. It also features cameos from other characters such as [[spoiler:Grimsley]], who also look noticeably older.

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** Thouroughly averted in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', where Red and Blue actually look like they are in their late teens, if not early twenties, as ''at least'' a decade has passed since ''Red and Blue'', where they were ten/eleven. It also features cameos from other characters such as [[spoiler:Grimsley]], who also look noticeably older. Wally on the other hand plays this straight: he looks exactly the same as he did in ''VideoGame/PokemonOmegaRubyAndAlphaSapphire'', despite that game taking place at the same time as ''Red and Blue''.
22nd Feb '17 7:05:53 PM Fangusu
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Female child actors tend to suffer more than male child actors when it comes to this trope. This is because girls usually hit puberty a little earlier than boys and, in general, concealing the secondary sexual characteristics is ''very'' difficult. Film studios used to object to child actors growing up. It was not until TheSeventies did they finally figure out how to manage a smooth upshift from adorable child star to TeenIdol.

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Female child actors tend to suffer more than male child actors when it comes to this trope. This is because trope; girls usually hit puberty a little earlier than boys and, in general, concealing the secondary sexual characteristics is ''very'' difficult. Film studios used to object to child actors growing up. It was not until TheSeventies did they finally figure out how to manage a smooth upshift from adorable child star to TeenIdol.



* ''Series/FamilyAffair'' ran for five years and, more importantly, lasted long enough for its youngest cast member, Creator/AnissaJones, to enter puberty in the middle of production. In spite of this, the writers insisted that her character as well as her public image should remain that of a very young, prepubescent girl. Thus, in the later years of the show's run, Anissa Jones was forced to [[SuppressedMammaries conceal her developing breasts]], tie her hair up in GirlishPigtails, and hold the Mrs. Beasley doll when working on the set or making promotional appearances. Her requests that her character's dialogue be made less childish were turned down. This is often cited as a major factor in her eventual death by drug overdose, along with her parents' divorce, which was finalized two years after the show ended.

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* ''Series/FamilyAffair'' ran for five years and, more importantly, lasted long enough for its youngest cast member, Creator/AnissaJones, to enter puberty in the middle of production. In spite of this, the writers insisted that her character as well as her public image should remain that of a very young, prepubescent girl. Thus, in the later years of the show's run, Anissa Jones was forced to [[SuppressedMammaries conceal her developing breasts]], tie her hair up in GirlishPigtails, and hold the Mrs. Beasley doll when working on the set or making promotional appearances. Her requests that her character's dialogue be made less childish were turned down. This is often cited as a major factor in her eventual death by drug overdose, along with her parents' divorce, which was finalized two years after the show ended.overdose.
21st Feb '17 10:50:12 AM KamenRiderOokalf
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* ''Anime/PrettyCure'' initially averted this -- the [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure first season]] ended with several recurring characters graduating from middle school, and the second shows Nagisa and Honoka dealing with the new stresses from becoming upperclassmen. Then the series entered ComicBookTime, and when Nagisa and Honoka returned for the CrisisCrossover after being offscreen for three years, they were still the same age.

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* ''Anime/PrettyCure'' ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' initially averted this -- the [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure first season]] ended with several recurring characters graduating from middle school, and the second shows Nagisa and Honoka dealing with the new stresses from becoming upperclassmen. Then the series entered ComicBookTime, and when Nagisa and Honoka returned for the CrisisCrossover after being offscreen for three years, they were still the same age.
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