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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.
13th Feb '17 8:35:10 AM Larkmarn
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* Blue-fronted Amazon parrots and African Grey parrots are considered to be the parrot equivalent of a 7-year-old child due to their childlike voice.
10th Feb '17 4:39:25 PM KiyanShahab
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* in ''Webcomic/{{Unreality}}'', the author had originally planned for the characters to realistically age, but that was eventually dropped in favor of keeping the pace and tone of the comic consistent.
10th Feb '17 8:56:11 AM Andygal
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** ''VideoGame/TheSims4'' allows the players house to age normally however other characters won't progress alongside you.

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** ''VideoGame/TheSims4'' allows you can chose a variety of options for who ages, including only the players house to age normally however other characters won't progress alongside you.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.
7th Feb '17 10:19:06 AM Kitch
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** This may make a conundrum in ''Pokémon Sun and Moon''. The game says Island Challenges can only be taken when a child reaches age 11. Does that mean Ash has finally had his 11th birthday? There has been no evidence of a confirmation in the anime yet.
1st Feb '17 9:59:10 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).



* The producers of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' were quite concerned about Frankie Muniz growing up, to the point where they filmed as many episodes as humanly possible in a very short period of time and then showed them on a regular schedule, so that Malcolm would appear to age more slowly.
** Later seasons, however, avert this to some degree; you can see Malcolm graduating from high school, applying for colleges, and Francis gets married. This was probably due to DawsonCasting: at the series' beginning, Muniz was 14 whereas the character of Malcolm was somewhere around 11, and it would be understandable for them to want to make sure he didn't hit a growth spurt or a voice change before it would be plausible for Malcolm to do the same. After in-universe puberty struck, they didn't mind the actors growing up.

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* The producers of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' were quite concerned about Frankie Muniz growing up, to the point where they filmed as many episodes as humanly possible in a very short period of time and then showed them on a regular schedule, so that Malcolm would appear to age more slowly. \n** Later seasons, however, avert this to some degree; you can see Malcolm graduating from high school, applying for colleges, and Francis gets married. This was probably due to DawsonCasting: at the series' beginning, Muniz was 14 whereas the character of Malcolm was somewhere around 11, and it would be understandable for them to want to make sure he didn't hit a growth spurt or a voice change before it would be plausible for Malcolm to do the same. After in-universe puberty struck, they didn't mind the actors growing up.



* After ''Series/PunkyBrewster'' moved from NBC, Soleil Moon Frye started developing early and went through a massive growth spurt. At first, producers dealt with the situation by binding her breasts while still playing the character off as, physically, a prepubescent child. When the premise became too unbelievable, Punky was finally allowed to have her puberty. The first episode that admitted Punky was growing up begins with Punky marching in on her caretaker at breakfast and announcing proudly ''[[RefugeInAudacity "Henry, guess what? I'm getting boobs."]]''
** Made even more obvious by the fact that Soleil Moon Frye would eventually have to have breast reduction surgery at 16 because of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigantomastia gigantomastia.]]

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* After ''Series/PunkyBrewster'' moved from NBC, Soleil Moon Frye started developing early and went through a massive growth spurt. At first, producers dealt with the situation by binding her breasts while still playing the character off as, physically, a prepubescent child. When the premise became too unbelievable, Punky was finally allowed to have her puberty. The first episode that admitted Punky was growing up begins with Punky marching in on her caretaker at breakfast and announcing proudly ''[[RefugeInAudacity "Henry, guess what? I'm getting boobs."]]''
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"]]'' Made even more obvious by the fact that Soleil Moon Frye would eventually have to have breast reduction surgery at 16 because of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigantomastia gigantomastia.]]



** ''VideoGame/TheSims4'' allows the players house to age normally however other characters won't progress alongside you.



** 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.

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** 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. His newest English voice actor as of ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' uses a noticeably deeper voice than previous ones, however nothing points to Sonic actually aging.



** Amy Rose seems to be an aversion, having aged from 8 to 12 between ''VideoGame/SonicCD'' and ''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.

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** Amy Rose seems to be an aversion, having aged from 8 to 12 between ''VideoGame/SonicCD'' and ''VideoGames/SonicHeroes'', ''VideoGames/SonicAdventure'', 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.



* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' usually averts this trope however ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' doesn't. In the World Tournament all the characters were given new sprites however not new ''designs'' despite the games taking place at least a decade after some of them. So we have gym leaders like Misty or Whitney who glaringly haven't aged a day.
** Thouroughly averted in ''Sun and Moon'', 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 .

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** The franchise
usually averts this trope (featuring sequels that have timeskips and cameos from characters that present them as older than before), however ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' doesn't. In the World Tournament all the characters were given new sprites however not new ''designs'' ''designs'', despite the games taking place at least a decade after some of them. So we have gym leaders like Misty or Whitney who glaringly haven't aged a day.
day. Subverted with the Unova characters themselves. All the characters aged during the two year timeskip between the sequels and ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', though it's mainly noticeable with the child characters like Iris and Bianca.
** Thouroughly averted in ''Sun and Moon'', ''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 .ten/eleven. It also features cameos from other characters such as [[spoiler:Grimsley]], who also look noticeably older.



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29th Jan '17 2:47:43 PM JMQwilleran
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* WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}, if perhaps allowed to grow up a bit, experiences a very dragged-out childhood. In the earliest books from the 1990s, he is a baby. In the very early installments of the television series, he is 3. From then on, he is officially 4, as stated in the theme song, "''I'm just a kid who's 4 / Each day I grow some more!''" However, in later seasons he takes more steps into school and eventually starts attending playschool and mixing more with older kids. And that's where things stand as of 2017.
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