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11th Jul '16 12:23:09 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Even though every season of the anime features holiday and birthday specials and there are direct references to previous years, the human characters still keep their original ages and are still in the same school years. The same happens with Tamama, who still keeps a tadpole's tail and white face, even though Taruru, a Keronian younger than him, matured in the 2nd season.
** {{Lampshaded}} by the manga, when Fuyuki said that he was "just 12(?) years old" in a later volume.
** Irregularly contradicted by the anime itself, which is also the biggest offender due to the number of holiday and anniversary episodes. Paul, in Episode 92, mentions that Momoka's birth was commemorated 13 years ago, and Natsumi was said to be 14 in the second movie, which means that the entire cast aged at least one year. There are also various references to the Keroro platoon spending years on Earth and vague comments about the human characters getting older. However, official guidebooks still keep everyone's starting ages and school years as the only official ones.
*** The newest databook for the manga (as of volume 23) actually said that the human characters had aged one year since the start of the series, breaking away from the manga's previous references to the lack of aging of the human cast.
4th Jul '16 2:06:11 AM N8han11
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* In most of the ''Franchisee/HarvestMoon'' games, you're allowed to get married and have a child. In several after a few months of in-game time, the kid will move from being an infant to a toddler - and then never get older than that. Also true of all the other characters, since you can play for ''hundreds of years'' in-game, and no one ever gets older or dies. This trope is subbverted with ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'' as everyone ages over the roughly twenty years the game goes on. Characters hair turn grey, the children grow into adults, and characters die ([[spoiler:including [[TheHeroDies the protagonist]]). The only exception are the farm animals as they never die of old age or even age beyond young adulthood.

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* In most of the ''Franchisee/HarvestMoon'' games, you're allowed to get married and have a child. In several after a few months of in-game time, the kid will move from being an infant to a toddler - and then never get older than that. Also true of all the other characters, since you can play for ''hundreds of years'' in-game, and no one ever gets older or dies. This trope is subbverted with ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'' as everyone ages over the roughly twenty years the game goes on. Characters hair turn grey, the children grow into adults, and characters die ([[spoiler:including [[TheHeroDies the protagonist]]).protagonist]]]]). The only exception are the farm animals as they never die of old age or even age beyond young adulthood.
30th Jun '16 3:41:25 PM ClipboardFox22
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* Found of all places in the ''Manga/SailorMoon'' manga. Chibi-usa when she first shows up? Looking about 6? She's over 900 years old. The developmental issues of this horrifying condition are basically never dealt with.
30th Jun '16 2:58:59 AM Psychadelico
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* In Magazine/{{MAD}}'s ''Gasoline Alley'' parody, despite the Skeezix-parody character aging rather rapidly between panels, another character remained an infant.

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* In Magazine/{{MAD}}'s ''Gasoline Alley'' parody, despite the Skeezix-parody character aging rather rapidly between (or within) panels, another character remained an infant.infant. The others aged at various (and usually nonsensical) rates.
** The [[spoiler:''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie'']] parody's TwistEnding is specifically averting this.
24th Jun '16 1:06:15 PM MajinAkuma
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* In a fashion of sorts in ''Anime/YuGiOh''. In the anime, the protagonists are barely shown at school but constantly wear the same uniforms and never age. Gets even more amusing when, in the last arc Joey comments 'We've been friends with the Pharaoh for years' but the characters still attend school post credits. Possibly averted in the manga, since Yugi starts as a freshman, though the characters seem to undergo art evolution more than any aging process.
24th Jun '16 4:56:24 AM Ambaryerno
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** The New X-Men were all high school age when they were first introduced in ''New Mutants Vol. 2''. Ten years later, they're ''still'' in high school. What makes this particularly noteworthy is that Marvel Editorial has stated ''outright'' they have no intention of allowing them to "age out," out of a sense that there's too many adult characters. The only clear exception is Comicbook/{{X 23}}, who has been allowed to age from around 16 years old when she was first brought into the book, to somewhere around 18-20 by the time of ''Comicbook/AllNewWolverine''.
14th Jun '16 7:43:39 AM erforce
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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 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 Smash Bros) [[/note]] were PutOnABus after Rareware [[OrphanedSeries left for Microsoft]], it is possible that not as much time has passed in the ''Donkey Kong'' universe as in RealLife. Kiddy Kong, the baby character from ''Donkey Kong Country 3'', has not yet gotten off the bus. It appears that Rare attempted to have Diddy age slightly in ''Diddy Kong Racing DS'', in which his voice was deeper and appeared to have broken.
* ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' has Seere, a six-year old boy who made a pact with a golem creature. The price for the pact was being unable to grow up. In ''Drakengard 2'', he is now 24 years old, but still looks like a little boy.

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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 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 Smash Bros) ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'') [[/note]] were PutOnABus after Rareware [[OrphanedSeries left for Microsoft]], it is possible that not as much time has passed in the ''Donkey Kong'' ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'' universe as in RealLife. Kiddy Kong, the baby character from ''Donkey Kong Country 3'', ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble'', has not yet gotten off the bus. It appears that Rare attempted to have Diddy age slightly in ''Diddy Kong Racing ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing DS'', in which his voice was deeper and appeared to have broken.
* ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' has Seere, a six-year old boy who made a pact with a golem creature. The price for the pact was being unable to grow up. In ''Drakengard 2'', ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard 2}}'', he is now 24 years old, but still looks like a little boy.
12th Jun '16 8:35:32 AM Pichu-kun
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* The original ''Manga/AstroBoy'' had this in spades. Though the title character is a robot & is thus justified in not growing up over the course of several decades, his human classmates have no such excuse. What makes this especially odd, is that Astro's "little sister" Uran, also a robot, ''actually did grow up!'' She went from being a short, chubby preschooler in her first appearance, to being able to impersonate Astro with a simple costume change, to the point where she looked more grown up than her "big brother", as a slender young woman in the later stories, complete with superfluous (though modest) artificial breasts(!). Tezuka also experimented with drawing Astro looking more like the teenage adventure heroes that were popular at the time, but apparently his readers didn't go for it. They didn't complain about Uran nearly as much, though. Then there's the ''Astro's Been Stolen'' story, where an attempt is made to give Astro an adult body, but it turns out to be a piece of junk that only has the same power level as his original despite being much bigger. The story ends with him musing that GrowingUpSucks & if you can avoid it you probably should.

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* The original ''Manga/AstroBoy'' had this in spades. Though the title character is a robot & and is thus justified in not growing up over the course of several decades, his human classmates have no such excuse. What makes this especially odd, is that Astro's "little sister" Uran, also a robot, ''actually did grow up!'' She went from being a short, chubby preschooler in her first appearance, to being able to impersonate Astro with a simple costume change, to the point where she looked more grown up than her "big brother", as a slender young woman in the later stories, complete with superfluous (though modest) artificial breasts(!). Tezuka also experimented with drawing Astro looking more like the teenage adventure heroes that were popular at the time, but apparently his readers didn't go for it. They didn't complain about Uran nearly as much, though. Then there's the ''Astro's Been Stolen'' story, where an attempt is made to give Astro an adult body, but it turns out to be a piece of junk that only has the same power level as his original despite being much bigger. The story ends with him musing that GrowingUpSucks & and if you can avoid it you probably should.



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



* 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. 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.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) drink), and [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Knuckles]] was seen in a saloon in the story The Good, The Bad and The Echidna.



* ''Literature/TheBoxcarChildren''. Over a hundred books, most of which take place over a whole summer, and not a one of them is past college age...
** They age in the first 19 books, written by Gertrude Chandler Warner; Henry actually makes it to college age, and Jessie, Violet and Ben all have summer jobs... but the publishing company punched the ResetButton so hard that the characters were all slammed back to their original ages from book one when the series was turned into a FranchiseZombie after Warner's death.

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* ''Literature/TheBoxcarChildren''. Over a hundred books, most of which take place over a whole summer, and not a one of them is past college age...
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age... They age in the first 19 books, written by Gertrude Chandler Warner; Henry actually makes it to college age, and Jessie, Violet and Ben all have summer jobs... but the publishing company punched the ResetButton so hard that the characters were all slammed back to their original ages from book one when the series was turned into a FranchiseZombie after Warner's death.



* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' similarly removed Walt from on-screen appearances for two seasons when the actor playing him began to age more visibly, but brought him back once the progress of puberty had slowed somewhat. See PutOnABus.
** Though it was for different reasons than most shows. Where most shows that do this hold to a nebulous frozen time frame, Lost was on a strict timeline with the first four seasons covering a span of roughly 100 days during which Walt's puberty would have been implausible. He returned when the show's timeline jumped forward a few years catching up with his age.

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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' similarly removed Walt from on-screen appearances for two seasons when the actor playing him began to age more visibly, but brought him back once the progress of puberty had slowed somewhat. See PutOnABus.
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PutOnABus. Though it was for different reasons than most shows. Where most shows that do this hold to a nebulous frozen time frame, Lost was on a strict timeline with the first four seasons covering a span of roughly 100 days during which Walt's puberty would have been implausible. He returned when the show's timeline jumped forward a few years catching up with his age.



* ''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.
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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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** In ''VideoGame/The Sims 2'', only the Sims in the household you're currently playing as will age; so unless you regularly switch between households, it will likely end up with your elderly sim's old friends from elementary school still being children.

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** In ''VideoGame/The ''VideoGame/{{The Sims 2'', 2}}'', only the Sims in the household you're currently playing as will age; so unless you regularly switch between households, it will likely end up with your elderly sim's old friends from elementary school still being children.
8th Jun '16 5:56:22 PM wuggles
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* On "Series/{{Game of Thrones}}" several actors are just growing to fast in real life, despite they have to stay the same age in the series..
14th May '16 5:29:57 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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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/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E8AHearthsWarmingTale 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 ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E4OnYourMarks On Your Marks]] Marks]]'' they still seemed to be infants, although they no longer wore diapers like in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes Baby Cakes]]. Cakes]]''. However, as of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E8AHearthsWarmingTale ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E8AHearthsWarmingTail A Hearth's Warming Tale]] 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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