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14th Jun '17 11:00:10 PM BoukenDutch
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* ''WesternAnimaton/TheLoudHouse'': So far, there have been two episodes set on seperate April Fools' Days (''April Fools Rules'' and ''Fool's Paradise''), thus proving that at least a year has passed in-universe. Yet none of the characters appear any older, or are stated to have aged a year. Likewise, Clyde and Lincoln are still in the same class.
10th Jun '17 12:56:12 AM Az_Tech341
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[[caption-width-right:328:He's still ten years old, [[OlderThanTheyLook and looks younger than when he started.]]]]

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10th Jun '17 12:55:46 AM Az_Tech341
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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 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.

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[=AKA=] "perpetual childhood." An old (and in live action, live-action, {{discredited|Trope}}) trope which was implicit in many early {{sitcom}}s that focused on the standard American NuclearFamily of father, mother 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'' ''Series/FamilyAffair'', who was straitjacketed by this trope to very unhealthy effect, most live action 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.



Female child actors tend to suffer more than male child actors when it comes to this trope; girls usually hit puberty at a slightly younger age than boys, and concealing the secondary sexual characteristics can be ''very'' difficult, sometimes even impossible. 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.

Contrast with PlotRelevantAgeUp, ComingOfAgeStory, SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome, SheIsAllGrownUp.

Compare with ComicBookTime, which applies the same concept to an entire '{{Verse}}. This trope is also quite frequently called a ''floating timeline.'' See also ContractualPurity, where the actor ''did'' grow up, and moved on to adult roles and adult off-screen behavior, but their fans (or [[MoralGuardians fans' parents]]) still expect them to be kids.

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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 slightly younger age than boys, and concealing the secondary sexual characteristics can be ''very'' difficult, sometimes even impossible. Film studios used to object to child actors growing up; it was not until TheSeventies did that they finally figure figured out how to manage a smooth upshift from adorable child star to TeenIdol.

Contrast with PlotRelevantAgeUp, ComingOfAgeStory, SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome, and SheIsAllGrownUp.

Compare with ComicBookTime, which applies the same concept to an entire '{{Verse}}. This trope is also quite frequently called a ''floating timeline.'' timeline''. See also ContractualPurity, where the actor ''did'' grow up, and moved on to adult roles and adult off-screen behavior, but their fans (or [[MoralGuardians fans' parents]]) still expect them to be kids.
30th May '17 9:14:03 PM Pichu-kun
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** The Cutie Mark Crusaders are a trio of fillies who were on the hunt for their cutie marks until [[spoiler:Season 5]]. During that time, other foals in the series were getting theirs about OnceASeason. [[spoiler:Finally averted in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" where all three of them finally got their cutie marks.]] Age wise, their voice actresses have aged and thus Applebloom and Sweetie Belle [[VocalEvolution voices have deepened]] however they still use the same foal designs they did in season 1. The series handwaves it by saying only a year has passed since episode 1. Eventually this was subverted. The season 7 episode "Forever Filly" has Rarity trying to bond with her sister but treating Sweetie Belle as if she was a little filly. It lampshades how much the Crusaders have developed since season 1, even featuring them with slightly taller designs than in previous seasons. The [=CMC=] seem more like preteens in later seasons rather than the little kids they were in season 1.

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** The Cutie Mark Crusaders are a trio of fillies who were on the hunt for their cutie marks until [[spoiler:Season 5]]. During that time, other foals in the series were getting theirs about OnceASeason. [[spoiler:Finally averted in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" where all three of them finally got their cutie marks.]] Age wise, their voice actresses have aged aged, and thus Applebloom and Sweetie Belle [[VocalEvolution voices have deepened]] deepened]], however they still use the same foal designs they did in season 1. The series handwaves it by saying only a year has passed since episode 1. Eventually this was subverted. The season 7 episode "Forever Filly" has Rarity trying to bond with her sister but treating Sweetie Belle as if she was a little filly. It lampshades how much the Crusaders have developed since season 1, even featuring them with slightly taller designs than in previous seasons. The [=CMC=] seem more like preteens in later seasons rather than the little kids they were in season 1.


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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.
18th May '17 4:37:39 AM 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. 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 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.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).



* Both used and averted by the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' series. While the original VideoGame/DonkeyKong grew old to become [[CoolOldGuy Cranky Kong]], his wife Wrinkly passed away (though she [[BackFromTheDead returned]] [[DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist as a ghost]]) and Tiny Kong grew up from a little kid to being in her late teens, Diddy and Dixie Kong are still kids after 13 years. Since most of the Kongs [[note]] The only ones known to still be around are, Donkey, Diddy, Dixie, Cranky and Funky (A few others are still used as trophies in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'') [[/note]] were PutOnABus after Rareware [[OrphanedSeries left for Microsoft]], it is possible that not as much time has passed in the ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'' universe as in RealLife. Kiddy Kong, the baby character from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble'', has not yet gotten off the bus. It appears that Rare attempted to have Diddy age slightly in ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing DS'', in which his voice was deeper and appeared to have broken.

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* Both used and averted by the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' series. While the original VideoGame/DonkeyKong grew old to become [[CoolOldGuy Cranky Kong]], his wife Wrinkly passed away (though she [[BackFromTheDead returned]] [[DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist as a ghost]]) and Tiny Kong grew up from a little kid to being in her late teens, Diddy and Dixie Kong (who is Tiny's ''older'' sister) are still kids after 13 years. Since most of the Kongs [[note]] The only ones known to still be around are, are Donkey, Diddy, Dixie, Cranky Cranky, Funky, and Funky Tiny (A few others are still used as trophies in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'') [[/note]] were PutOnABus after Rareware [[OrphanedSeries left for Microsoft]], it is possible that not as much time has passed in the ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'' universe as in RealLife. Kiddy Kong, the baby character from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble'', has not yet gotten off the bus. It appears that Rare attempted to have Diddy age slightly in ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing DS'', in which his voice was deeper and appeared to have broken.



** ''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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** In ''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. played.
** ''VideoGame/TheSimsFreeplay'' originally had babies unable to age however updates added in the feature eventually.



** The Cutie Mark Crusaders are a trio of fillies who were on the hunt for their cutie marks until [[spoiler:Season 5]]. During that time, other foals in the series were getting theirs about OnceASeason. [[spoiler:Finally averted in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" where all three of them finally got their cutie marks.]] Age wise, their voice actresses have aged and thus Applebloom and Sweetie Belle [[VocalEvolution voices have deepened]] however they still use the same foal designs they did in season 1. The series handwaves it by saying only a year has passed since episode 1.

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** The Cutie Mark Crusaders are a trio of fillies who were on the hunt for their cutie marks until [[spoiler:Season 5]]. During that time, other foals in the series were getting theirs about OnceASeason. [[spoiler:Finally averted in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" where all three of them finally got their cutie marks.]] Age wise, their voice actresses have aged and thus Applebloom and Sweetie Belle [[VocalEvolution voices have deepened]] however they still use the same foal designs they did in season 1. The series handwaves it by saying only a year has passed since episode 1. Eventually this was subverted. The season 7 episode "Forever Filly" has Rarity trying to bond with her sister but treating Sweetie Belle as if she was a little filly. It lampshades how much the Crusaders have developed since season 1, even featuring them with slightly taller designs than in previous seasons. The [=CMC=] seem more like preteens in later seasons rather than the little kids they were in season 1.



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. 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.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'':
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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.specials. This could be justified due to them being {{Artificial Human}}s but their peers don't age accordingly.
** ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' reboot features the girls as ''seeming'' older than before. Their [[TheOtherDarrin new voice actresses]] speak in lower voices and they act more like ten or eleven year olds than five year olds. Despite this they don't look any older than they did at five, they are still in Ms. Keane's class despite having several school picture day's, and all the other kids like Robin and Princess are still five.
15th May '17 4:03:08 PM jormis29
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* 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, Melissa Joan Hart, 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 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, Melissa Joan Hart, 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.
13th May '17 5:42:35 AM TiggerPinkie
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* ''Series/LazyTown'' provides a rare modern live action example. Julianna Rose Mauriello was 13 when she took the role of 8-year-old Stephanie, and was relatively believable as that age. She was 15 when the second season was shot, and is clearly a young woman rather than a little girl in those episodes (she doesn't even appear to have bound breasts, at least not consistently), yet no narrative time appears to have passed, and in one episode she is shown to be in the same grade school class as her young puppet friends. Fan theories on what happens next range from bringing in a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute or TheOtherDarrin to doing an animated version, though many fans are emotionally attached to Julianna and hope that the show continues to use ''this'' trope, going so far as to suggest that she's already basically physically adult, and so not going to get much less childlike. She was a month from 17 when the first season of ''[=LazyTown=] Extra'' was shot, so they're still using this trope for now.

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* ''Series/LazyTown'' provides a rare modern live action example. Julianna Rose Mauriello was 13 when she took the role of 8-year-old Stephanie, and was relatively believable as that age. She was 15 when the second season was shot, and is clearly a young woman rather than a little girl in those episodes (she doesn't even appear to have bound breasts, at least not consistently), yet no narrative time appears to have passed, and in one episode she is shown to be in the same grade school class as her young puppet friends. Fan theories on what happens next range from bringing in a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute or TheOtherDarrin to doing an animated version, though many fans are emotionally attached to Julianna and hope that the show continues to use ''this'' trope, going so far as to suggest that she's already basically physically adult, and so not going to get much less childlike. She was a month from 17 when the first season of ''[=LazyTown=] Extra'' was shot, so they're still using this trope shot; and the 2010 single 'Go Step Go' features her voice much deeper than other songs from the show. She was finally ''[[TheOtherDarrin replaced]]'' by a new actress, Chloe Lang, for now.seasons 3 and 4.
8th May '17 12:41:54 PM cdrood
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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' could easily be mistaken for this. It debuted 15 years ago and the main characters are still high school students. However, due to the production schedule and serialized nature, only roughly 18-20 months have passed since the beginning. It's quite normal for a single evening to be covered in months worth of comics. For example Ashley was deciding on her outfit for her date with Elliot in March 2015. The evening finally ended in May 2016.
8th May '17 12:16:51 PM cdrood
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*** In actuality, Dick Grayson was sent off to college in 1969's Batman #219 as part of an effort to bring Batman back to his darker roots and get away from the camp of the tv series. He pretty much remained 18 through the 70's and early 80's and was aged to 19 about the time he became Nightwing.
4th May '17 6:41:28 PM darkemyst
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* The original ComicBook/{{Robin}} (Dick Grayson) was twelve years old for something like forty years. It was really only after ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' that DC characters started aging, and even then characters often stay around the same age for a very long time. (Tim Drake was generically fourteen or so for much of his ongoing series, which ran from 1993 to 2009, for example.)

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* The original ComicBook/{{Robin}} (Dick Grayson) was twelve years old for something like forty years. It was really only after ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' that DC characters started aging, and even then characters often stay around the same age for a very long time. (Tim Drake ([[Comicbook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]] was generically fourteen or so for much of his ongoing series, which ran from 1993 to 2009, for example.)
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