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7th Nov '17 3:27:12 PM Actua11y
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** Holy Roman Empire is an AdorablyPrecociousChild, and he's unable to grow up due to the constant strife and in-fighting between the Germanic states. [[spoiler: He seems to have only reached the preteen stage before he was ''possibly'' KilledOffForReal...or became [[TheComicallySerious Germany]].]]

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** Holy Roman Empire is an AdorablyPrecociousChild, and he's unable to grow up due to the constant strife and in-fighting between the Germanic states. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He seems to have only reached the preteen stage before he was ''possibly'' KilledOffForReal...or became [[TheComicallySerious Germany]].]]



** 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 [[spoiler:It worked. He got caught. He was killed. [[TearJerker We cried]].]]



** Caroline is recently stuck at 17 and [[spoiler: Elena at 18]]

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** Caroline is recently stuck at 17 and [[spoiler: Elena [[spoiler:Elena at 18]]



* Implied in ''VideoGame/{{Ib}}''. [[spoiler: Mary is actually a painting, and while it's not known when exactly she was created, she doesn't look a day older than when she was painted.]] At one point she wonders aloud why adults are so tall and declares she wants to grow up soon, and if you talk to her in a bonus area in the update of the game, she rattles off a list of jobs she wants to have when she grows up.

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* Implied in ''VideoGame/{{Ib}}''. [[spoiler: Mary [[spoiler:Mary is actually a painting, and while it's not known when exactly she was created, she doesn't look a day older than when she was painted.]] At one point she wonders aloud why adults are so tall and declares she wants to grow up soon, and if you talk to her in a bonus area in the update of the game, she rattles off a list of jobs she wants to have when she grows up.



** Additionally, one need only look at [[spoiler: the beta trolls (Kankri's group). They have, with the sole exception of Meenah, been dead for several thousand, or perhaps million, years. As a result, they are stuck in severe mental ruts.]]

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** Additionally, one need only look at [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the beta trolls (Kankri's group). They have, with the sole exception of Meenah, been dead for several thousand, or perhaps million, years. As a result, they are stuck in severe mental ruts.]]



* In the ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' prequel ''Start of Darkness'', Redcloak's brother Right-Eye believes that the ageless immortality the Crimson Mantle bestows upon Redcloak has frozen him not only physically but mentally as well. Even decades later, Redcloak is still the same angry teenager who first put on the Mantle. Redcloak doesn't agree [[spoiler: but WordOfGod has confirmed that it's true]].

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* In the ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' prequel ''Start of Darkness'', Redcloak's brother Right-Eye believes that the ageless immortality the Crimson Mantle bestows upon Redcloak has frozen him not only physically but mentally as well. Even decades later, Redcloak is still the same angry teenager who first put on the Mantle. Redcloak doesn't agree [[spoiler: but [[spoiler:but WordOfGod has confirmed that it's true]].
1st Nov '17 6:12:39 PM BattleMaster
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* In the ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' prequel ''Start of Darkness'', Redcloak's brother Right-Eye believes that the ageless immortality the Crimson Mantle bestows upon Redcloak has frozen him not only physically but mentally as well. Even decades later, Redcloak is still the same angry teenager who first put on the Mantle. Redcloak doesn't agree.

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* In the ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' prequel ''Start of Darkness'', Redcloak's brother Right-Eye believes that the ageless immortality the Crimson Mantle bestows upon Redcloak has frozen him not only physically but mentally as well. Even decades later, Redcloak is still the same angry teenager who first put on the Mantle. Redcloak doesn't agree.agree [[spoiler: but WordOfGod has confirmed that it's true]].
18th Oct '17 10:27:34 PM Crossover-Enthusiast
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* The page image is from the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Baby Doll." The titular character is a former actress with a genetic condition that severely stunted her growth (but not her mental development), who made a career out of playing a toddler on a popular sitcom. After she left the show she couldn't find work, due to no one being able to take her seriously, leading her to become a villain and kidnap all her old fellow cast members.

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* The page image is from the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Baby Doll." The titular character is a former actress with a genetic condition that severely stunted her growth (but not her mental development), who made a career out of playing a toddler on a popular sitcom. After she left the show she She couldn't find work, work after leaving the show, due to no one being able to take her seriously, leading her to become a villain and kidnap later kidnapping all her old fellow cast members.
1st Oct '17 11:59:02 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Claudia from ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'': ''InterviewWithTheVampire''.

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* Claudia from ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'': ''InterviewWithTheVampire''.''Literature/InterviewWithTheVampire''.
19th Sep '17 8:34:27 PM poi99
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->''"[[EmergencyTransformation I never should have done this to Ringley]]; he'd have been better off dying in his youth than spending eternity in it. It's had a damaging effect on him. [[TheLostLenore He could be with my wife]], but instead he is here, living out a cursed existence, dreaming of sunlight and an uninterrupted life."''

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->''"[[EmergencyTransformation I ->''"I never should have done this to Ringley]]; Ringley; he'd have been better off dying in his youth than spending eternity in it. It's had a damaging effect on him. [[TheLostLenore He could be with my wife]], wife, but instead he is here, living out a cursed existence, dreaming of sunlight and an uninterrupted life."''
2nd Sep '17 12:51:46 PM DesertDragon
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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 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, alive (that is, not a robot or [[UndeadChild vampire]]), 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 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}}.
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?
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia:''

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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.
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