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17th Sep '17 8:00:05 PM Pichu-kun
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** The fact characters have not been allowed to grow up actually has caused trouble with adapting games as time goes on. Several games make it clear that timeskips are going on, or feature cameos from previous games that depict the characters as noticeably older than they were before (''Sun and Moon'' even features the original protagonist, Red, [[KidHeroAllGrownUp as an adult]]). The anime usually ignores the references and glosses over characters aging. This however has caused inconsistencies. For example, Bianca is shown to have her original ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' design however her childhood friend Cheren uses his ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' design that is two years older (the anime doesn't reference them knowing each other either).

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** The fact characters have not been allowed to grow up actually has caused trouble with adapting games as time goes on. Several games either make it clear that timeskips are going on, on or they outright feature cameos from previous games that depict the characters as noticeably older than they were before (''Sun and Moon'' even features the original protagonist, Red, [[KidHeroAllGrownUp as an adult]]). The anime usually ignores the references and glosses over characters aging. This however has caused inconsistencies. For example, Bianca is shown to have her original ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' design however her childhood friend Cheren uses his ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' design that is two years older (the anime doesn't reference them knowing each other either).



* Years have been stated to have passed in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' but no one has aged. Certain characters appear to have aged but it's just their appearances making them look older; for example Amy looks older with her quills in a bob than she does with them in her "classic" style. Sonic's age has never been stated so it's possible he was ten to eleven at the start of the comics and has aged to his game counterparts age by the end. Or even older given that Sonic was seen at Spike's Place a bar in the Metropolis Zone in Issue 82's story Running Wild (though he didn't drink), and [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Knuckles]] was seen in a saloon in the story "The Good, The Bad and The Echidna".

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* Years have been stated to have passed in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' but no one has aged. Certain characters appear to have aged but it's just their appearances making them look older; for example Amy looks older with her quills in a bob than she does with them in her "classic" style. Sonic's age has never been stated stated, so it's possible he was ten to eleven at the start of the comics (his human design looked young) and has aged to his game counterparts age by the end. Or even older given that Sonic was seen at Spike's Place a bar in the Metropolis Zone in Issue 82's story Running Wild (though he didn't drink), and [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Knuckles]] was seen in a saloon in the story "The Good, The Bad and The Echidna".



** The Cake twins initially seemed like an example of this, as by the season 6 episode ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E4OnYourMarks On Your Marks]]'' they still seemed to be infants, although they no longer wore diapers like in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes Baby Cakes]]''. However, as of ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E8AHearthsWarmingTail A Hearth's Warming Tale]]'' they have been shown behaving more autonomously and singing carols (though their distinct voices aren't heard), so they do seem to be aging--at a rate somewhere between [[FurryReminder a pony's]] and a human's. In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E20ItIsntTheManeThingAboutYou The Mane Thing About You]]'', Pinkie has a line that suggests that the Cake twins are either one years old or are almost one year old. This explains why they're talking and also shows that there's been at least two years in-series since the first episode.

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** The Cake twins initially seemed like an example of this, as by the season 6 episode ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E4OnYourMarks On Your Marks]]'' they still seemed to be infants, although they no longer wore diapers like in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes Baby Cakes]]''. However, as of ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E8AHearthsWarmingTail A Hearth's Warming Tale]]'' they have been shown behaving more autonomously and singing carols (though their distinct voices aren't heard), so they do seem to be aging--at a rate somewhere between [[FurryReminder a pony's]] and a human's. In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E20ItIsntTheManeThingAboutYou The Mane Thing About You]]'', Pinkie has a line that suggests that the Cake twins are either one years year old or are almost one year old. This explains why they're talking and also shows that there's been at least two years in-series since the first episode.
17th Sep '17 7:52:59 PM Pichu-kun
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** The Cake twins initially seemed like an example of this, as by the season 6 episode ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E4OnYourMarks On Your Marks]]'' they still seemed to be infants, although they no longer wore diapers like in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes Baby Cakes]]''. However, as of ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E8AHearthsWarmingTail A Hearth's Warming Tale]]'' they have been shown behaving more autonomously and singing carols (though their distinct voices aren't heard), so they do seem to be aging--at a rate somewhere between [[FurryReminder a pony's]] and a human's. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E20ItIsntTheManeThingAboutYou The Mane Thing About You]]". Pinkie has a line that suggests that the Cake twins are either one years old or are almost one year old. This explains why they're talking and also shows that there's been at least two years in-series since the first episode.

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** The Cake twins initially seemed like an example of this, as by the season 6 episode ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E4OnYourMarks On Your Marks]]'' they still seemed to be infants, although they no longer wore diapers like in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes Baby Cakes]]''. However, as of ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E8AHearthsWarmingTail A Hearth's Warming Tale]]'' they have been shown behaving more autonomously and singing carols (though their distinct voices aren't heard), so they do seem to be aging--at a rate somewhere between [[FurryReminder a pony's]] and a human's. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E20ItIsntTheManeThingAboutYou ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E20ItIsntTheManeThingAboutYou The Mane Thing About You]]". You]]'', Pinkie has a line that suggests that the Cake twins are either one years old or are almost one year old. This explains why they're talking and also shows that there's been at least two years in-series since the first episode.



** They were five years old in Craig [=McCracken's=] school film, the pilots, 75 series episodes in the space of five years (including an episode where they celebrate their birthday), a movie and two specials. This could be justified due to them being {{Artificial Human}}s but their peers don't age accordingly.

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** They were five years old in Craig [=McCracken's=] school film, the pilots, 75 series episodes in the space of five years (including an episode where they celebrate their birthday), a movie and two specials. This could be justified due to them being {{Artificial Human}}s but their peers don't age accordingly.accordingly either.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' The title characters remained babies for a good decade or so.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'': The title characters remained babies for a good decade or so.



** However, floating timelines have their own conditions for each series, where with the Rugrats series, it is possible that the cast were stuck in the year of 1991 (when the series debuted) for 10 years, since no references to the current year or pop-culture were ever made, since the series is set in the point of view of infants and toddlers.

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** However, floating timelines have their own conditions for each series, where with the Rugrats ''Rugrats'' series, it is possible that the cast were stuck in the year of 1991 (when the series debuted) for 10 years, since no references to the current year or pop-culture were ever made, since the series is set in the point of view of infants and toddlers.toddlers. However, one of the episodes from the later seasons implied Charlotte was a teen in the 80s and Chaz is shown on the internet in the second film.
17th Sep '17 7:47:24 PM Pichu-kun
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** The Cake twins initially seemed like an example of this, as by the season 6 episode ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E4OnYourMarks On Your Marks]]'' they still seemed to be infants, although they no longer wore diapers like in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes Baby Cakes]]''. However, as of ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E8AHearthsWarmingTail A Hearth's Warming Tale]]'' they have been shown behaving more autonomously and singing carols (though their distinct voices aren't heard), so they do seem to be aging--at a rate somewhere between [[FurryReminder a pony's]] and a human's.

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** The Cake twins initially seemed like an example of this, as by the season 6 episode ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E4OnYourMarks On Your Marks]]'' they still seemed to be infants, although they no longer wore diapers like in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes Baby Cakes]]''. However, as of ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E8AHearthsWarmingTail A Hearth's Warming Tale]]'' they have been shown behaving more autonomously and singing carols (though their distinct voices aren't heard), so they do seem to be aging--at a rate somewhere between [[FurryReminder a pony's]] and a human's. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E20ItIsntTheManeThingAboutYou The Mane Thing About You]]". Pinkie has a line that suggests that the Cake twins are either one years old or are almost one year old. This explains why they're talking and also shows that there's been at least two years in-series since the first episode.
16th Sep '17 5:59:08 PM nombretomado
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This later became the staple of animated series, in which it is possible to keep a character the same age year after year without major psychological harm to the actor (who, on a cartoon, [[DawsonCasting is usually an adult anyway]]). Since animation doesn't require actual actors, it's much easier to keep it up in works where the creator can control the physical aspects of the characters. Perhaps the uber-example of this being the Simpson kids in ''Series/TheSimpsons'' who have been intentionally kept the same age (10-ish in the case of Bart) for more than a quarter-century of television.

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This later became the staple of animated series, in which it is possible to keep a character the same age year after year without major psychological harm to the actor (who, on a cartoon, [[DawsonCasting is usually an adult anyway]]). Since animation doesn't require actual actors, it's much easier to keep it up in works where the creator can control the physical aspects of the characters. Perhaps the uber-example of this being the Simpson kids in ''Series/TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' who have been intentionally kept the same age (10-ish in the case of Bart) for more than a quarter-century of television.
15th Sep '17 10:26:14 AM rjd1922
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Not to be confused with ReallySevenHundredYearsOld or NotGrowingUpSucks, which is about '''characters''' who are somehow unable to age when the rest of the cast does for in-story reasons. [[ComicBookTime Mostly]]. Part of StatusQuoIsGod.

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Not to be confused with ReallySevenHundredYearsOld ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, NeverGrewUp, or NotGrowingUpSucks, which is are about '''characters''' who are somehow unable to don't age when the rest of the cast does for in-story reasons. [[ComicBookTime Mostly]]. Part of StatusQuoIsGod.
14th Sep '17 1:15:50 PM Shadao
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** Finally confirmed as true in an interview for ''Anime/PokemonIChooseYou''. Ash will eternally be 10 years old, making him [[NeverGrewUp another trope]].

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** Finally confirmed as true in an interview for ''Anime/PokemonIChooseYou''. Ash will eternally be 10 years old, old as time does not flow since his journey started, making him [[NeverGrewUp the world [[ComicBookTime another trope]].
10th Sep '17 4:15:54 PM storyyeller
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* Averted by ''WesternAnimation/TheLongLongHoliday'', which takes place over 6 years. If you look closely, the child characters do get taller over the course of the series.
2nd Sep '17 6:14:20 PM comicwriter
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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 ''[=FireRed=] and [=LeafGreen=]'', where they were eleven. It also features cameos from other characters such as [[spoiler:Grimsley]], who also look noticeably older and is greying. Wally on the other hand plays this straight: he looks exactly the same as he did in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire]]'', despite that game taking place at the same time as ''[=FireRed=] and [=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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** Thouroughly Thoroughly 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 ''[=FireRed=] and [=LeafGreen=]'', where they were eleven. It also features cameos from other characters such as [[spoiler:Grimsley]], who also look noticeably older and is greying. Wally on the other hand plays this straight: he looks exactly the same as he did in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire]]'', despite that game taking place at the same time as ''[=FireRed=] and [=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.then.
* Sakura from ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' is an odd example. She was introduced in the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'' prequel series as a teenager, and by all rights, should be ''at least'' in her early 20's at this point. However, because her IconicOutfit is a Japanese schoolgirl uniform, Capcom seems to want to avoid aging her up too much, and has refused to really address the subject in-game. It's particularly jarring since Karin, Sakura's rival and former fellow high schooler, was finally given an adult redesign in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV''.
30th Aug '17 8:43:22 AM Jacob175
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* Years have been stated to have passed in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' but no one has aged. Certain characters appear to have aged but it's just their appearances making them look older; for example Amy looks older with her quills in a bob than she does with them in her "classic" style. Sonic's age has never been stated so it's possible he was ten to eleven at the start of the comics and has aged to his game counterparts age by the end. Or even older given that Sonic was seen at Spike's Place a bar in the Metropolis Zone in Issue 82's story Running Wild (though he didn't drink), and [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Knuckles]] was seen in a saloon in the story The Good, The Bad and The Echidna.

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* Years have been stated to have passed in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' but no one has aged. Certain characters appear to have aged but it's just their appearances making them look older; for example Amy looks older with her quills in a bob than she does with them in her "classic" style. Sonic's age has never been stated so it's possible he was ten to eleven at the start of the comics and has aged to his game counterparts age by the end. Or even older given that Sonic was seen at Spike's Place a bar in the Metropolis Zone in Issue 82's story Running Wild (though he didn't drink), and [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Knuckles]] was seen in a saloon in the story The "The Good, The Bad and The Echidna.Echidna".



* Parodied in an episode of ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' where the kids found out the network was secretly feeding them shrinking hormone to keep them from looking older.

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* Parodied in an episode of ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' where the kids found out the network was secretly feeding them shrinking hormone hormones to keep them from looking older.



* The protagonists of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' ''should'' be approaching their forties, and [[FluffyTheTerrible Bun-Bun]] and [[TeamPet Kiki]] are both a lot more spry than an animal of their age has any business being.

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* The protagonists of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' ''should'' be approaching their forties, and [[FluffyTheTerrible Bun-Bun]] and [[TeamPet Kiki]] are both a lot more spry than an animal of their age has any business being. At the least, Kiki could be handwaved due to being experimented on when she was a lab animal and Bun-Bun [[spoiler:is actually the Egyptian god Sluggy]].



* ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'' had been running for a good 10+ years, yet they haven't aged at all. The creator has hinted of a spin-off with the characters as teens. But nothing has been heard of that for a while. Especially now that much of her time has been dedicated to her other comic HeavenlyNostrils.

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* ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'' had been running for a good 10+ years, yet they haven't aged at all. The creator has hinted of a spin-off with the characters as teens. But nothing has been heard of that for a while. Especially now that much of her time has been dedicated to her other comic HeavenlyNostrils.''ComicStrip/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn''.



* Both used and averted in ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', with Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm aged somewhat realistically throughout the years. In the series they grew from babies to toddlers in from seasons 3-6, in the TV specials of the 1970's they were young children, in ''WesternAnimation/ThePebblesAndBammBammShow'' how they are teenagers, and in the TV specials ''I Yabba-Dabba Doo!" and "Holly Rock-A-Bye-Baby" they are adults who marry each other and have children of their own. Their parents however have looked exactly the same throughout the series and specials.

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* Both used and averted in ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', with Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm aged somewhat realistically throughout the years. In the series they grew from babies to toddlers in from seasons 3-6, in the TV specials of the 1970's they were young children, in ''WesternAnimation/ThePebblesAndBammBammShow'' how show they are teenagers, and in the TV specials ''I Yabba-Dabba Doo!" and "Holly Rock-A-Bye-Baby" they are adults who marry each other and have children of their own. Their parents however have looked exactly the same throughout the series and specials.



** In the third movie, Chaz states that its his and Kira's first anniversary, yet the babies don't seem to have aged a day.

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** In the third movie, Chaz states that its it's his and Kira's first anniversary, yet the babies don't seem to have aged a day.



** Actually it depends on the series or movie. ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' and the Direct-To-Video films portray them as adults (in their early 30's to be exact). They are either adults or teens never consistent.

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** Actually it depends on the series or movie. ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' and the Direct-To-Video films portray them as adults (in their early 30's to be exact). They If they are either adults or teens is never consistent.



29th Aug '17 8:04:34 PM 64SuperNintendo
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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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* 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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