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22nd Sep '16 12:53:07 AM ivfl
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** To sum things up, if The Simpsons had been allowed to grow up, as of now (2015) Bart would be 36 years old (born 1979), Lisa would be either 33 or 34 (born 1981)[[note]]This depends on whether or not her 8th birthday in ''Stark Raving Dad'' is [[RetCon retroactive]] to the beginning of the series.[[/note]], Homer would be 62 (born 1953, which would make him 36 in 1989, but his current age has been retconned to 40), Marge would be 60 (born 1955, which would make her 34 in 1989, but her current age has been retconned to 38), and Maggie would be 27 (born 1988). In the present day, Bart's birth year is now 2005, Lisa's 2007, Homer's 1975, Marge's 1977, and Maggie's 2014.

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** To sum things up, if The Simpsons had been allowed to grow up, as of now (2015) (2016) Bart would be 36 37 years old (born 1979), Lisa would be either 33 34 or 34 35 (born 1981)[[note]]This depends on whether or not her 8th birthday in ''Stark Raving Dad'' is [[RetCon retroactive]] to the beginning of the series.[[/note]], Homer would be 62 63 (born 1953, which would make him 36 in 1989, but his current age has been retconned to 40), Marge would be 60 61 (born 1955, which would make her 34 in 1989, but her current age has been retconned to 38), and Maggie would be 27 28 (born 1988). In the present day, Bart's birth year is now 2005, 2006, Lisa's 2007, 2008, Homer's 1975, 1976, Marge's 1977, 1978, and Maggie's 2014.2015.
17th Sep '16 11:12:06 AM WaggishPony
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* The writers behind ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' deliberately [[AbortedArc aborted an arc]] in order to prevent this trope from affecting any of the show's actors. The first season introduced the Anointed One, a vampire with the appearance of a prepubescent boy. He was initally planned to be the BigBad of the second season, but his actor ran the risk of entering puberty within even a single year, and Buffyverse vampires are not supposed to age. Hence, the Anointed One was casually written out and replaced by Spike and Drusilla. Additionally, Dawn is introduced as a fourteen-year-old girl in season five, though doesn't enter her freshman year of high school until the seventh season.

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* The writers behind ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' deliberately [[AbortedArc aborted an arc]] in order to prevent this trope from affecting any of the show's actors. The first season introduced the Anointed One, a vampire with the appearance of a prepubescent boy. He was initally planned to be the BigBad of the second season, but his actor ran the risk of entering puberty within even a single year, and Buffyverse vampires are not supposed to age. Hence, the Anointed One was casually written out and replaced by Spike and Drusilla. Additionally, Dawn is introduced as a fourteen-year-old girl in season five, though doesn't enter her freshman year of high school until the seventh season.
17th Sep '16 11:08:40 AM WaggishPony
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* The writers behind ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' deliberately [[AbortedArc aborted an arc]] in order to prevent this trope from affecting any of the show's actors. The first season introduced the Anointed One, a vampire with the appearance of a prepubescent boy. He was initally planned to be the BigBad of the second season, but his actor ran the risk of entering puberty within even a single year, and Buffyverse vampires are not supposed to age. Hence, the Anointed One was casually written out and replaced by Spike and Drusilla.

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* The writers behind ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' deliberately [[AbortedArc aborted an arc]] in order to prevent this trope from affecting any of the show's actors. The first season introduced the Anointed One, a vampire with the appearance of a prepubescent boy. He was initally planned to be the BigBad of the second season, but his actor ran the risk of entering puberty within even a single year, and Buffyverse vampires are not supposed to age. Hence, the Anointed One was casually written out and replaced by Spike and Drusilla. Additionally, Dawn is introduced as a fourteen-year-old girl in season five, though doesn't enter her freshman year of high school until the seventh season.



* The boys in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' took three seasons to go from the third grade to the fourth. The show is now in its eighteenth season and they're still in fourth grade.

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* The boys in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' took three seasons to go from the third grade to the fourth. The show is now in its eighteenth twentieth season and they're still in fourth grade.
12th Sep '16 5:12:37 PM Fangusu
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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 the initial stages of 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 many requests that her character's dialogue be made less childish were all 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 the initial stages of 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 many requests that her character's dialogue be made less childish were all 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.
12th Sep '16 4:53:55 PM Fangusu
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* An infamous and tragic example: Buffy from ''Series/FamilyAffair''. Actress Creator/AnissaJones was contractually obligated to play the role and make promotional appearances with her [[SuppressedMammaries breasts bound]], her hair in GirlishPigtails, and clutching the Mrs. Beasley doll even as she grew into her teens. This is often cited as a major factor in her eventual death by drug overdose.

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* An infamous and tragic example: Buffy from ''Series/FamilyAffair''. Actress Creator/AnissaJones ''Series/FamilyAffair'' ran for five years and, more importantly, lasted long enough for its youngest cast member, Creator/AnissaJones, to enter the initial stages of 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 contractually obligated forced to play the role and make promotional appearances with her [[SuppressedMammaries breasts bound]], conceal her developing breasts]], tie her hair up in GirlishPigtails, and clutching hold the Mrs. Beasley doll even as she grew into when working on the set or making promotional appearances. Her many requests that her teens. character's dialogue be made less childish were all turned down. This is often cited as a major factor in her eventual death by drug overdose.overdose, along with her parents' divorce, which was finalized two years after the show ended.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' [[AbortedArc aborted an arc]] to prevent this. Season one introduced the Anointed One, a prepubescent boy vampire who was planned to be the main villain for the second season. However, vampires don't age and the actor would age even over just that single year, so the Anointed One was casually offed and replaced by Spike and Drusilla early in the second season.

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* The writers behind ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' deliberately [[AbortedArc aborted an arc]] in order to prevent this. Season one this trope from affecting any of the show's actors. The first season introduced the Anointed One, a vampire with the appearance of a prepubescent boy vampire who boy. He was initally planned to be the main villain for BigBad of the second season. However, vampires don't age and the season, but his actor would age ran the risk of entering puberty within even over just that a single year, so and Buffyverse vampires are not supposed to age. Hence, the Anointed One was casually offed written out and replaced by Spike and Drusilla early in the second season.Drusilla.



* When it comes to this trope, female child actors suffer more than male child actors. Girls usually hit puberty a little earlier than boys; this means that girls tend to gain curves and breasts before boys gain muscles, chest hair, facial hair and widened shoulders. Secondary sexual characteristics in general are ''very'' difficult to conceal without effort.

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* When it comes to this trope, female child actors suffer more than male child actors. Girls usually hit puberty a little earlier than boys; this means that girls tend to gain curves boys, and breasts before boys gain muscles, chest hair, facial hair and widened shoulders. Secondary secondary sexual characteristics in general are ''very'' difficult to conceal without effort.
11th Sep '16 11:50:45 AM Fangusu
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* Film studios used to object to child stars growing up. It was not until TheSeventies did they finally figure out how to manage a smooth upshift from adorable child star to TeenIdol. When Creator/JudyGarland was cast in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', she had her breasts strapped down in order to look as young as possible for the role of Dorothy Gale. The SuppressedMammaries, however, were obviously not enough to make her pass for a little girl (as opposed to a 16-year-old), because most 21st-century viewers, [[AdaptationDisplacement who have not read the source material(s)]] think that Dorothy is ''supposed'' to be a teenager. To put it in perspective, the initial casting choice for Dorothy was Creator/ShirleyTemple who, at the time, fit the book description of the character much better than Creator/JudyGarland.

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* Film studios used to object to child stars growing up. It was not until TheSeventies did they finally figure out how to manage a smooth upshift from adorable child star to TeenIdol. When Creator/JudyGarland was cast in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', she had her breasts strapped down in order to look as young as possible for the role of Dorothy Gale. The SuppressedMammaries, however, were obviously not enough to make her pass for a little girl (as opposed to a 16-year-old), because most 21st-century viewers, [[AdaptationDisplacement who have not read the source material(s)]] material(s)]], think that Dorothy is ''supposed'' to be a teenager. To put it in perspective, the initial casting choice for Dorothy was Creator/ShirleyTemple who, at the time, fit the book description of the character much better than Creator/JudyGarland.
11th Sep '16 11:48:24 AM Fangusu
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* When it comes to this trope, female child actors suffer more than male child actors. Boys usually hit puberty a little later than girls. As a result, girls tend to gain curves and breasts before boys gain facial hair and muscles, and secondary sexual characteristics in general are ''very'' difficult to conceal without effort.
** Some former child actors say that when the boobs show up, you're treated completely differently and it's harder to get jobs.
* Film studios had a particular aversion to child stars growing up to a large extent -- how to manage a smooth upshift from adorable child star to TeenIdol wasn't really figured out until TheSeventies. The most famous example was Creator/JudyGarland, who in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' had her breasts strapped down so Dorothy Gale would be more childlike. Since most people [[AdaptationDisplacement haven't read the book(s)]], most modern viewers think Dorothy's ''supposed'' to be a teenager. To put it in perspective, the initial casting for Dorothy was Creator/ShirleyTemple, who fits the book description much better than Creator/JudyGarland. It worked out better.
* Gary Coleman and Emmanuel Lewis were also cast because they were ''incapable'' of "growing up", due to their medical conditions. The former didn't have a happy ending. AndyMilonakis has a similar condition that affects the aging process rather than growth; he isn't ''small'' in any dimension but still looks like a teenager in his mid-30s.

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* When it comes to this trope, female child actors suffer more than male child actors. Boys Girls usually hit puberty a little later earlier than girls. As a result, boys; this means that girls tend to gain curves and breasts before boys gain muscles, chest hair, facial hair and muscles, and secondary widened shoulders. Secondary sexual characteristics in general are ''very'' difficult to conceal without effort.
** Some former child actors say that when the boobs show up, you're treated completely differently and it's harder to get jobs.
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* Film studios had a particular aversion used to object to child stars growing up to a large extent -- up. It was not until TheSeventies did they finally figure out how to manage a smooth upshift from adorable child star to TeenIdol wasn't really figured out until TheSeventies. The most famous example TeenIdol. When Creator/JudyGarland was Creator/JudyGarland, who cast in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', she had her breasts strapped down so in order to look as young as possible for the role of Dorothy Gale would be more childlike. Since Gale. The SuppressedMammaries, however, were obviously not enough to make her pass for a little girl (as opposed to a 16-year-old), because most people 21st-century viewers, [[AdaptationDisplacement haven't who have not read the book(s)]], most modern viewers source material(s)]] think Dorothy's that Dorothy is ''supposed'' to be a teenager. To put it in perspective, the initial casting choice for Dorothy was Creator/ShirleyTemple, who fits Creator/ShirleyTemple who, at the time, fit the book description of the character much better than Creator/JudyGarland. It worked out better.
* Gary Coleman and Emmanuel Lewis were also cast because they were ''incapable'' of "growing up", due to their medical conditions. The former didn't have a happy ending. AndyMilonakis has a similar condition that affects the aging process rather than growth; he isn't ''small'' in any dimension but still looks like a teenager in his mid-30s.
Creator/JudyGarland.



* Creator/ShirleyTemple was treated as a small child well into her teens. In fact, it was only after she ''got married'' (at [[ValuesDissonance age seventeen]], to a man who turned out to be a violently abusive GoldDigger) that Louis B. Mayer allowed her to appear in adult roles. She left show business completely after divorcing the GoldDigger and escaping Mayer's slimy clutches. Her last job? America's last Ambassador to Czechoslovakia.

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* Creator/ShirleyTemple was treated as a small child well into her teens. In fact, it It was only after she ''got married'' (at at [[ValuesDissonance the age seventeen]], to a man who turned out to be a violently abusive GoldDigger) that of seventeen]] did Louis B. Mayer allowed finally allow her to appear in adult roles.roles and, even then, she failed to become a successful adult actor. She left show business completely after divorcing the GoldDigger and escaping Mayer's slimy clutches. Her last job? America's last Ambassador to Czechoslovakia.



* Brooke Greenberg was infamous for having a unexplained condition in which she never aged past a two year old, physically or mentally. She passed away in her twenties, but in rare rare rare instances there have been other accounts. These people have been labeled "Benjamin Button Children."
10th Sep '16 8:43:16 PM Kid
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* Brooke Greenberg, was infamous for having a unexplained condition in which she never aged past a two year old, physically or mentally. She passed away in her twenties, but in rare rare rare instances there have been other accounts. These people have been labeled "Benjamin Button Children."

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* Brooke Greenberg, Greenberg was infamous for having a unexplained condition in which she never aged past a two year old, physically or mentally. She passed away in her twenties, but in rare rare rare instances there have been other accounts. These people have been labeled "Benjamin Button Children."
10th Sep '16 8:38:50 PM Kid
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** To sum things up, if The Simpsons had been allowed to grow up, as of now (2015) Bart would be 36 years old (Born 1979), Lisa would be either 33 or 34 (Born 1981)[[note]]This depends on whether or not her 8th birthday in ''Stark Raving Dad'' is [[RetCon retroactive]] to the beginning of the series.[[/note]], Homer would be 62 (Born 1953, which would make him 36 in 1989, but his current age has been retconned to 40), Marge would be 60 (Born 1955, which would make her 34 in 1989, but her current age has been retconned to 38), and Maggie would be 27 (Born 1988). In the present day, Bart's birth year is now 2005, Lisa's 2007, Homer's 1975, Marge's 1977, and Maggie's 2014.

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** To sum things up, if The Simpsons had been allowed to grow up, as of now (2015) Bart would be 36 years old (Born (born 1979), Lisa would be either 33 or 34 (Born (born 1981)[[note]]This depends on whether or not her 8th birthday in ''Stark Raving Dad'' is [[RetCon retroactive]] to the beginning of the series.[[/note]], Homer would be 62 (Born (born 1953, which would make him 36 in 1989, but his current age has been retconned to 40), Marge would be 60 (Born (born 1955, which would make her 34 in 1989, but her current age has been retconned to 38), and Maggie would be 27 (Born (born 1988). In the present day, Bart's birth year is now 2005, Lisa's 2007, Homer's 1975, Marge's 1977, and Maggie's 2014.


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** In the episode where Apu and Manjula's octuplets are born, Manjula goes from trying to get pregnant for a few months, to being pregnant, to having octuplets, and for those octuplets to be ''older than Maggie'' (they're shown to be able to speak a few words while Maggie is still silent) without any of the Simpsons kids ageing a day.
10th Sep '16 8:12:58 PM Kid
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* Both of the above instances were deliberate on the part of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, after seeing sharp drop-offs in readerships of books that averted this and had the characters grow up (notably the likes of Judy Bolton and Cherry Ames,) they decided eternally youthful was the way to go.

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* Both of the above instances were deliberate on the part of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, after seeing sharp drop-offs in readerships of books that averted this and had the characters grow up (notably the likes of Judy Bolton and Cherry Ames,) Ames) they decided eternally youthful was the way to go.
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