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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.
14th May '16 5:10:33 PM PeppermintTwist
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** By the season 6 episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E4OnYourMarks On Your Marks]] the Cake twins seem no older than they did when introduced in the season 2 episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes Baby Cakes]]. They should be at least somewhat more developmentally advanced, especially since [[FurryReminder it's been shown]] that foals age faster than human infants.

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** By The Cake twins initially seemed like an example of this, as by the season 6 episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E4OnYourMarks On Your Marks]] the Cake twins seem no older than they did when introduced still seemed to be infants, although they no longer wore diapers like in the season 2 episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes Baby Cakes]]. They should be at least somewhat However, as of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E8AHearthsWarmingTale A Hearth's Warming Tale]] they have been shown behaving more developmentally advanced, especially since autonomously and singing carols (though their distinct voices aren't heard), so they do seem to be aging--at a rate somewhere between [[FurryReminder it's been shown]] that foals age faster than human infants.a pony's]] and a human's.
23rd Apr '16 3:57:19 PM YasminPerry
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** To get an idea of just how ludicrous this became, if the characters actually aged in real time like people in the real world do, Arthur & his third-grade friends would be ''27'' years old, Prunella and the other fourth graders (and the kids held back, like Binky) would be ''28'', and the four-year-olds like D.W. and the Tibble twins would be ''23''.

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** To get an idea of just how ludicrous this became, if the characters actually aged in real time like people in the real world do, Arthur & his third-grade friends would be ''27'' ''28'' years old, Prunella and the other fourth graders (and the kids held back, like Binky) would be ''28'', ''29'', and the four-year-olds like D.W. and the Tibble twins would be ''23''. ''24''.
23rd Apr '16 2:30:18 PM Rorosilky5
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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.
10th Apr '16 1:35:02 AM Pichu-kun
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* A bit of a supernatural one occurs in ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' where it's implied that Yubaba's overly coddling of her son Boh made him stay physically and mentally a baby.

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* ''Anime/SpiritedAway'':
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A bit of a supernatural one occurs in ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' occurrence happens, where it's implied that Yubaba's overly coddling of her son Boh made him stay physically and mentally a baby.



* In the ''Manga/YuruYuri'' manga, the characters actually [[BreakingTheFourthWall break the fourth wall]] to [[LampshadeHanging discuss a few of the long term implications of this]] once they find out that their series is one of these. However, the mangaka ended the chapter by stating that they might move up a grade some day.
** Episode 10 of the anime's second season suggested that it's the result of being stuck in a sort of time-loop.
* Found of all places in the [[Manga/SailorMoon Sailor Moon 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.

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* In the ''Manga/YuruYuri'' manga, the characters actually [[BreakingTheFourthWall break the fourth wall]] to [[LampshadeHanging discuss a few of the long term implications of this]] once they find out that their series is one of these. However, the mangaka ended the chapter by stating that they might move up a grade some day.
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day. Episode 10 of the anime's second season suggested that it's the result of being stuck in a sort of time-loop.
* Found of all places in the [[Manga/SailorMoon Sailor Moon manga]] ''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.



* Many ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfics often age Ash by several years if they are set in the later seasons.



* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} celebrates his birthday every year on June 19, the day the comic debuted. Sometimes, his actual age is mentioned and it's now more than double the average cat life expectancy. However, the longest-lived cat lived to thirty-eight and Garfield won't reach that until 2016. Odie has stayed pup for over 30 years. Also, Jon and Liz should be in late middle age by now.

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* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'':
** Garfield
celebrates his birthday every year on June 19, the day the comic debuted. Sometimes, his actual age is mentioned and it's now more than double the average cat life expectancy. However, the longest-lived cat lived to thirty-eight and Garfield won't reach that until 2016. Odie has stayed pup for over 30 years. Also, Jon and Liz should be in late middle age by now.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents':

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents':''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has the Cutie Mark Crusaders who were on the hunt for their cutie marks until 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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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The
Cutie Mark Crusaders are a trio of fillies who were on the hunt for their cutie marks until Season 5.[[spoiler:Season 5]]. During that time, other foals in the series were getting theirs about OnceASeason. [[spoiler: Finally [[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 1.1.
** By the season 6 episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E4OnYourMarks On Your Marks]] the Cake twins seem no older than they did when introduced in the season 2 episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes Baby Cakes]]. They should be at least somewhat more developmentally advanced, especially since [[FurryReminder it's been shown]] that foals age faster than human infants.
28th Mar '16 6:53:43 PM ConMan1226
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** Lampshaded in the New Year's Eve episode;
-->'''D.W.''' I get to stay up 'til midnight, right?
-->'''Mom''' You're too young, D.W.
-->'''D.W.''' Why am I always too young? [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall It's like I never get any older!]] What if I'm trapped in some kind of time warp and I never get any older? Is that ''my'' fault?
17th Mar '16 9:00:29 AM skidoo23
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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.

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.

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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.

characters should the series survive long enough.

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.
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.
15th Mar '16 10:14:29 AM rafi
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* All the main cast of ''Manga/{{Doraemon}}'' (despite some episodes show them grow-up in the future).
15th Mar '16 9:53:15 AM Pichu-kun
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* Red from ''Manga/PocketMonsters'' hasn't aged much in twenty years. The manga is even older than the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime.

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* Red from ''Manga/PocketMonsters'' hasn't aged much in twenty years. The manga is even older than the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime.anime but he still seems like a kid.



* 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 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. 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. \n** 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.



* Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog had a birthday in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''. He's still fifteen years old. Humorously, before ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', his canon age was sixteen. He seems to be aging backwards! Also in ''Generations'', he, Tails and Eggman are depicted as having aged quite a bit since their 16-bit days, not even being able to fully recall their early adventures in Chemical Plant or Green Hill Zone despite the above.
** ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' has this trope in spades; none of the characters seem to grow any older than the age in which they were introduced, and some (like Charmy Bee) actually had their ages and mannerisms adjusted to be younger than what they were before. The Archie comics avert this, however; a short-lived TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture storyline (set 25 years after the main comics... and is ironically non-canon) shows a great deal of the Freedom Fighters older and wiser, and at least one character (Amy Rose) used magic to actually [[PlotRelevantAgeUp age herself up]] in order to become more active in the comic. Sonic has also had several birthdays over the course of the comic's run.
** For instance, in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', Sonic has two birthdays. Tails is still 4 1/2 over the course of the series.
** In the games themselves, Amy Rose seems to be an aversion, having aged from 8 to 12 between Sonic CD and Sonic Heroes, which seems reasonable... But is weird alongside Knuckles, who went from 15 to 16; Tails, who remained 8; and Sonic, who, as mentioned above, went from 16 to 15.

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* Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** Sonic
had a birthday in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''. He's still fifteen years old. Humorously, before ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', his canon age was sixteen. He seems to be aging backwards! Also in ''Generations'', he, Tails and Eggman are depicted as having aged quite a bit since their 16-bit days, not even being able to fully recall their early adventures in Chemical Plant or Green Hill Zone despite the above.
** ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' has this trope in spades; none of the characters seem to grow any older than the age in which they were introduced, and some (like Charmy Bee) actually had their ages and mannerisms adjusted to be younger than what they were before. The Archie comics avert this, however; a short-lived TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture storyline (set 25 years after the main comics... and is ironically non-canon) shows a great deal of the Freedom Fighters older and wiser, and at least one character (Amy Rose) used magic to actually [[PlotRelevantAgeUp age herself up]] in order to become more active in the comic. Sonic has also had several birthdays over the course of the comic's run.\n** For instance, in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', Sonic has two birthdays. Tails is still 4 1/2 over the course of the series.\n** In the games themselves, Amy
**Amy
Rose seems to be an aversion, having aged from 8 to 12 between Sonic CD ''VideoGames/SonicCD'' and Sonic Heroes, ''VideoGames/SonicHeroes'', which seems reasonable... But is weird alongside Knuckles, who went from 15 to 16; Tails, who remained 8; and Sonic, who, as mentioned above, went from 16 to 15.



* 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 averted 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 averted 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.



* While the first three ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games take place over three years, all (except a few who change outfits, and only outfits) of the characters keep the same sprites throughout every game. Wright {{handwave}}s this, thinking that "maybe it's 'cause we're always together, but she looks pretty much the same to me".

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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
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While the first three ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games take place over three years, all (except a few who change outfits, and only outfits) of the characters keep the same sprites throughout every game. Wright {{handwave}}s this, thinking that "maybe it's 'cause we're always together, but she looks pretty much the same to me".



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' has been running for nearly twenty years, but Arthur and his classmates are still in third grade. It's been stated that Ratburn will be resigning as a third grader teacher and become a kindergarten teacher next year (thus likely D.W.'s teacher) but that never happens despite the fact that Buster passed the third grade exams in ''season 1'' (1996).

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'':
** ''Arthur''
has been running for nearly twenty years, but Arthur and his classmates are still in third grade. It's been stated that Ratburn will be resigning as a third grader teacher and become a kindergarten teacher next year (thus likely D.W.'s teacher) but that never happens despite the fact that Buster passed the third grade exams in ''season 1'' (1996).



* Timmy from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' is also consistently described as being 10, even though he has had at least three summer vacation episodes, but then again [[MST3KMantra it's just a show; we should really just relax]].
** He's had at least one 11th birthday episode, and an Anniversary of meeting his fairies in one movie, whereupon his age at the time of meeting his fairies was retconned to 9.
** ''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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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents':
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Timmy from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' is also consistently still described as being 10, even though he has had at least three summer vacation episodes, but then again [[MST3KMantra it's just a show; we should really just relax]].
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relax]]. He's had at least one 11th birthday episode, and an Anniversary of meeting his fairies in one movie, whereupon his age at the time of meeting his fairies was retconned to 9.
9. But he's still treated as a 10-year old.
** ''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 not, [[spoiler:specifcaly whether to fall in love or not, with a BigDamnKiss to seal the deal if he does]].



* It remains to be seen whether ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' will use it. The adult characters don't need to have aged noticeably yet, but it ''has'' been over ten years in-canon (for instance, whenever the year is mentioned, its always 1001 years from the current year that the episode was first broadcast). "The Late Philip J. Fry" features aged versions of many characters. But Cubert and Dwight don't seem to have grown any in the canon present.
** To complicate matters more the Cookieville Minimum-Security orphans (who are much younger), haven't aged at all. Though to be fair, how much can you expect orphans to grow when they're on a diet of books?
** Amy also presents some problems, as her original concept was that she was in college and was an intern at Planet Express. The show would {{lampshade|Hanging}} this a few times, calling her a "long-term intern" in ''Bender's Big Score,'' for instance, but she was eventually allowed to graduate college.

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* It remains to be seen whether ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' will use it. The adult characters don't need to have aged noticeably yet, but it ''has'' been over ten years in-canon (for instance, whenever the year is mentioned, its always 1001 years from the current year that the episode was first broadcast). "The Late Philip J. Fry" features aged versions of many characters. But Cubert and Dwight don't seem to have grown any in the canon present.
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present. To complicate matters more the Cookieville Minimum-Security orphans (who are much younger), haven't aged at all. Though to be fair, how much can you expect orphans to grow when they're on a diet of books?
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books? Amy also presents some problems, as her original concept was that she was in college and was an intern at Planet Express. The show would {{lampshade|Hanging}} this a few times, calling her a "long-term intern" in ''Bender's Big Score,'' for instance, but she was eventually allowed to graduate college.



-->'''Dukey''': Remember me?! we've been together for years, but surprisingly haven't aged very much.

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-->'''Dukey''': Remember me?! we've We've been together for years, but surprisingly haven't aged very much.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has the Cutie Mark Crusaders who were on the hunt for their cutie marks until 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 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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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has the Cutie Mark Crusaders who were on the hunt for their cutie marks until 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.



* Also used in the long-running ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' series, in which the title characters remained babies for a good decade or so. Eventually, however, they were aged up ten years for the ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' spin-off.

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* Also used in the long-running ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' series, in which the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'':
** The
title characters remained babies for a good decade or so. Eventually, however, they were aged up ten years for the ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' spin-off.



* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest''. Dukey mentions that he and Johnny have been together for years but "surprisingly (we) haven't aged very much". The series ran for eleven years but Johnny never hit twelve.

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* Lampshaded Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest''. Dukey mentions G2 of ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake''. There was a {{timeskip}} in 2005 where characters all received new redesigns that he and Johnny have been together for years but "surprisingly (we) haven't aged very much". them up from [[VagueAge vaguely seven year olds to vaguely preteens]]. The series ran for eleven years but Johnny never hit twelve.other incarnations play the trope straight.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' Sonic has two birthdays. Tails is still 4 1/2 over the course of the series.
12th Mar '16 10:03:56 PM Peteman
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** Nermal somewhat parodies this, with various revelations, like that he's a midget, deliberately stunts his growth, and uses extensive anti-aging therapies.

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** Nermal somewhat parodies this, this with various revelations, like that he's a midget, deliberately stunts his growth, and uses extensive anti-aging therapies.
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