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11th Aug '17 8:59:10 AM SeptimusHeap
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Some (well, many) kids think GrowingUpSucks. Then there's this. It turns out ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty is only true for a lucky few, because due to some form of {{Phlebotinum}}, this child can never grow up. They are forever frozen in their preteens or early teens. If still organic and biologically alive, they will never mature enough to have a sex life. Even if they're mature enough to be capable of sex and give consent, most adults will still perceive them as children and steer clear. [[{{Squick}} Thankfully]], this [[{{Lolicon}} usually]] doesn't come up. Interestingly, their intellect will very likely keep growing throughout their lifetime, but their emotional maturity may or may not undergo a similar growth. They may [[ImmortalImmaturity forever throw tantrums and sulk]], or they may well develop an [[OlderThanTheyLook adult mindset]] or even go [[TimeAbyss beyond it]]. In any case, expect this thwarted love life to cause them a great deal of frustration if not outright {{Angst}}.

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Some (well, many) kids think GrowingUpSucks. Then there's this. It turns out ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty is only true for a lucky few, because due to some form of {{Phlebotinum}}, this child can never grow up. They are forever frozen in their preteens or early teens. If still organic and biologically alive, they will never mature enough to have a sex life. Even if they're mature enough to be capable of sex and give consent, most adults will still perceive them as children and steer clear. [[{{Squick}} Thankfully]], this [[{{Lolicon}} usually]] usually doesn't come up. Interestingly, their intellect will very likely keep growing throughout their lifetime, but their emotional maturity may or may not undergo a similar growth. They may [[ImmortalImmaturity forever throw tantrums and sulk]], or they may well develop an [[OlderThanTheyLook adult mindset]] or even go [[TimeAbyss beyond it]]. In any case, expect this thwarted love life to cause them a great deal of frustration if not outright {{Angst}}.



* Konata and Yutaka of ''Manga/LuckyStar'', paternal cousins, were frozen in their early teen bodies. While Yutaka complains it makes it difficult to find a boyfriend, OtakuSurrogate Konata pragmatially assures herself that many of her fellow otaku [[{{Lolicon}} would have no problem with it]].

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* Konata and Yutaka of ''Manga/LuckyStar'', paternal cousins, were frozen in their early teen bodies. While Yutaka complains it makes it difficult to find a boyfriend, OtakuSurrogate Konata pragmatially assures herself that many of her fellow otaku [[{{Lolicon}} would have no problem with it]].it.
8th Jul '17 10:50:22 AM nombretomado
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* Bit of FridgeHorror used in a few ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fics. [[MoeAnthropomorphism Nations]] only age when their countries develop; the Italy brothers were stuck as prepubescents for two hundred years when under the thumb of Austria and Spain. In the 21st century, Sealand is personified by a twelve-year-old boy. He is eternally optimistic about his future, hoping to grow up and become a great empire, but since he has an official population of four people and his "land" is an old WorldWarTwo fort, this is unlikely. His human name is Peter, which may or may not be a ShoutOut to PeterPan; either way it's been used as such in fanfic, since he'll presumably be twelve forever.

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* Bit of FridgeHorror used in a few ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fics. [[MoeAnthropomorphism Nations]] only age when their countries develop; the Italy brothers were stuck as prepubescents for two hundred years when under the thumb of Austria and Spain. In the 21st century, Sealand is personified by a twelve-year-old boy. He is eternally optimistic about his future, hoping to grow up and become a great empire, but since he has an official population of four people and his "land" is an old WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII fort, this is unlikely. His human name is Peter, which may or may not be a ShoutOut to PeterPan; either way it's been used as such in fanfic, since he'll presumably be twelve forever.
4th Jul '17 12:31:21 PM ectostar
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* Manga/AstroBoy is a ReplacementGoldfish permanently frozen at the age his human counterpart Toby died, which was nine-ish or so. Though, in most of the incarnations, PinocchioSyndrome (and the negative aspects of this trope) is at most brief and sometimes [[AngstWhatAngst skipped over,]] because HumansAreFlawed, who wants to be one?
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* Manga/AstroBoy is a ReplacementGoldfish permanently frozen at the age his human counterpart Toby died, which was nine-ish or so. Though, in most of the incarnations, PinocchioSyndrome (and the negative aspects of this trope) is at most brief and sometimes [[AngstWhatAngst skipped over,]] over]], because HumansAreFlawed, who wants to be one?
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia:''''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':



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* In a departure from the source material (see Literature below), Pinocchio in ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' had to deal with this. The Blue Fairy was, due to her [[TheFairFolk fairy]] mentality, a LiteralGenie when he asked to become a real boy. He got to be a real boy, but he was stuck as one, ''forever.''

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* In a departure from the source material (see Literature below), Pinocchio in ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' had to deal with this. The Blue Fairy was, due to her [[TheFairFolk fairy]] mentality, a LiteralGenie when he asked to become a real boy. He got to be a real boy, but he was stuck as one, ''forever.''''forever''.



** Also in Marvel Comics, there's the Eternal Sprite. He was so frustrated at seeing his fellow Eternals do adult things and always being considered a child for a million years, that he masterminded the lobotomized resurrection of all of his peers in order to have access to the power of the Sleeping Celestial and become a human boy just for the chance to grow up. [[spoiler: It worked. He got caught. He was killed. [[TearJerker We cried.]]]]

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** Also in Marvel Comics, there's the Eternal Sprite. He was so frustrated at seeing his fellow Eternals do adult things and always being considered a child for a million years, that he masterminded the lobotomized resurrection of all of his peers in order to have access to the power of the Sleeping Celestial and become a human boy just for the chance to grow up. [[spoiler: It worked. He got caught. He was killed. [[TearJerker We cried.]]]]cried]].]]



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-->'''Louis:''' You see the old woman? That will never happen to you. You will never grow old. And you will never die.
-->'''Claudia:''' And it means something else too, doesn't it? I shall never, ever grow up. Tell me how it came to be that I am this...''thing''.

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-->'''Louis:''' -->'''Louis''': You see the old woman? That will never happen to you. You will never grow old. And you will never die.
-->'''Claudia:'''
die.\\
'''Claudia''':
And it means something else too, doesn't it? I shall never, ever grow up. Tell me how it came to be that I am this...''thing''.



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-->'''Louis:''' You see the old woman? That will never happen to you. You will never grow old. And you will never die.
-->'''Claudia:''' And it means something else too, doesn't it? I shall never, ever grow up. Tell me how it came to be that I am this...''thing''.

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-->'''Louis:''' -->'''Louis''': You see the old woman? That will never happen to you. You will never grow old. And you will never die.
-->'''Claudia:'''
die.\\
'''Claudia''':
And it means something else too, doesn't it? I shall never, ever grow up. Tell me how it came to be that I am this...''thing''.



* Seria Mau in M. John Harrison's novel ''Light''. Her physical age is around 30, but her mental age is still around 13; the age when she was voluntarily imprisoned as a K-ship. She is shown to have tantrums and not have the understanding one would expect of a sane, unbroken adult; her body is also unable to grow past the age she was when [[SpaceshipGirl she merged with her ship.]]

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* Seria Mau in M. John Harrison's novel ''Light''. Her physical age is around 30, but her mental age is still around 13; the age when she was voluntarily imprisoned as a K-ship. She is shown to have tantrums and not have the understanding one would expect of a sane, unbroken adult; her body is also unable to grow past the age she was when [[SpaceshipGirl she merged with her ship.]]ship]].



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-->"While there is much joy in being young and rich, there is much sadness in being young and rich ''forever.''"

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-->"While there is much joy in being young and rich, there is much sadness in being young and rich ''forever.''"''forever''."



* In the [[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness old World of Darkness]], children of [[OurMonstersAreDifferent ghouls]] or [[OurVampiresAreDifferent 15th generation vampires]] age at 1/4 the normal rate, and that includes [[LongestPregnancyEver gestation of around 2-3 years.]] Partially averted since they will reach puberty [[GrowingUpSucks eventually]].

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* In the [[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness old World of Darkness]], children of [[OurMonstersAreDifferent ghouls]] or [[OurVampiresAreDifferent 15th generation vampires]] age at 1/4 the normal rate, and that includes [[LongestPregnancyEver gestation of around 2-3 years.]] years]]. Partially averted since they will reach puberty [[GrowingUpSucks eventually]].



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* Robert from the webcomic ''Webcomic/ErosInc.'' isn't human, but he looks and talks like a human baby (gun obsession notwithstanding).

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* Robert from the webcomic ''Webcomic/ErosInc.'' ''Webcomic/ErosInc''. isn't human, but he looks and talks like a human baby (gun obsession notwithstanding).



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* Mordred in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague.'' This was bad enough, but infinitely preferable to [[spoiler:ending up with [[AgeWithoutYouth eternal life without eternal youth]]]].

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* Mordred in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague.'' ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. This was bad enough, but infinitely preferable to [[spoiler:ending up with [[AgeWithoutYouth eternal life without eternal youth]]]].
30th Jun '17 10:36:06 PM diamondhunterkm
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* Many low-functioning, non-verbal autistic kids (which make up less than 10% of all diagnoses) have this issue. Those with higher-functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome can, and very often do, function as adults without insurmountable problems. When they can't, it's usually a case of MyBelovedSmother and/or MeddlingParents, though this is rare.
25th Jun '17 6:15:35 PM nombretomado
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* Claudia in ''Film/InterviewWithAVampire'' felt the pain most keenly.

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* Claudia in ''Film/InterviewWithAVampire'' ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire'' felt the pain most keenly.
15th Jun '17 11:54:21 AM Anarquistador
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* A minor character in ''Series/{{Helix}}'' was Mademoiselle Durant. As one of the first generation of Illaria Immortals, she's around 500 years old, but is physically a ten-year-old girl. Much like Claudia from ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire'', she is mentally an adult woman, with mature, adult desires that her physical appearance deny her from acting upon. She can only frequent bars and nightclubs run by people in the know, since a ten-year-old girl sampling fine wines and other recreational substances would be highly inappropriate in another situation. And flirting with a handsome movie star just gets her an amused smile and a pat on the head.
-->"While there is much joy in being young and rich, there is much sadness in being young and rich ''forever.''"
6th Jun '17 2:17:55 PM Bemont
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* One of the main themes is ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': frequently characters deal with issues of maturity, and there are a plethora of versions of them that are permanently stuck as teenagers. It should also be noted that the main antagonist is completely unable to emotionally mature- the being responsible for the destruction of multiple universes and obliteration of ghosts has the mind set of roughly a twelve year old human

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* One of the main themes is ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': frequently characters deal with issues of maturity, and there are a plethora of versions of them that are permanently stuck as teenagers. It should also be noted that the main antagonist is completely unable to emotionally mature- the being responsible for the destruction of multiple universes and obliteration of ghosts has the mind set of roughly a twelve year old humanhuman.
16th May '17 7:10:22 PM nombretomado
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* Detians in ''UndocumentedFeatures'' can sometimes, if their immortality is activated by traumatic injury, be frozen in their current ages. This is called Edgerton's Syndrome, after the guy who took high-speed pictures of fast-moving objects, freezing the images forever in time.

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* Detians in ''UndocumentedFeatures'' ''Fanfic/UndocumentedFeatures'' can sometimes, if their immortality is activated by traumatic injury, be frozen in their current ages. This is called Edgerton's Syndrome, after the guy who took high-speed pictures of fast-moving objects, freezing the images forever in time.
15th May '17 8:18:56 PM nombretomado
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* Vampire series ''TrueBlood'' has Jessica, recently turned into a vampire, who now lives with her "maker" Bill instead of her uptight Christian family. Now she has the freedom to do almost anything she wants, including getting a human boyfriend; but to her dismay she has to discover that after sex her hymen grows back. Every time. Seriously.

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* Vampire series ''TrueBlood'' ''Series/TrueBlood'' has Jessica, recently turned into a vampire, who now lives with her "maker" Bill instead of her uptight Christian family. Now she has the freedom to do almost anything she wants, including getting a human boyfriend; but to her dismay she has to discover that after sex her hymen grows back. Every time. Seriously.
10th May '17 1:48:54 AM DrImpossible
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* ''Series/MyBabysittersAVampire'' introduced a member of the Vampire Council who resembles an 8-10 year old girl in the second season. This creates serious FridgeLogic issues as several members of the main cast were turned at age 14-17 in the [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot movie]] and now look two years older.

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* ''Series/MyBabysittersAVampire'' introduced a member of the Vampire Council who resembles an 8-10 year old a young girl in the second season. This creates serious FridgeLogic issues as several members of the main cast were turned at age 14-17 in the [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot movie]] and now look two years older.
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