History Main / TeensAreShort

22nd Aug '16 5:15:03 PM missmoon
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Jess is 5'10", which is actually the average height for young men his age. So part of the trick to convince audiences that he was 17 was to dress him in over-sized clothing, adopt a sloppy posture, and then play his scenes off Dean and Luke, who were both around 6'3".

to:

** Jess is 5'10", which is actually the average height for young men his age. So part of the trick to convince audiences that he was 17 was to dress him in over-sized baggier clothing, adopt a sloppy have lazy posture, and then play his scenes off the larger sized Dean and Luke, who were both around 6'3". The height and build differences made him look scrappier by comparison.
3rd Jul '16 4:27:32 AM fearlessnikki
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Ellen Page continued to play teen roles even in her late twenties. Her Oscar nominated role as a pregnant sixteen-year-old in ''{{Film/Juno}}'' was when she was twenty. Two years earlier she had played a girl who claims she's fourteen in ''Film/HardCandy'' (and there are fan theories that she's really eighteen). She's only 5'1", which helps with this.
* Shailene Woodley is a similar case. At 5'8", all her major roles have been sixteen-year-olds. Amusingly enough, she's also lost her virginity on-screen in five different films.
* Keira Knightley benefited from this trope in the opposite way earlier in her career. As she was already quite tall by the time she had her StarMakingRole in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', she played mostly adult roles afterwards. Notably in ''Film/LoveActually'' she was only eighteen, and both her love interests were at least ten years older than her (and her character was getting married).



* Amy Davidson managed to play the middle sister in ''Series/EightSimpleRules'' despite being twenty six and six years ''older'' than the on-screen eldest Kayley Cuoco. Her height was a contributing factor.

to:

* Amy Davidson managed to play the middle sister in ''Series/EightSimpleRules'' despite being twenty six six, and six years ''older'' than the on-screen eldest Kayley Cuoco. Her height was a contributing factor.


Added DiffLines:

* ''Series/GossipGirl'' subverts and lampshades this with Serena's tutor Miss Carr. She's a young teacher on her first job and is mistaken for a student initially. She's quite petite and the eighteen-year-old Serena and Dan are significantly taller than her.
15th Jun '16 4:26:53 AM eowynjedi
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'' does this with Garrod and Tiffa, who are fifteen, making them about two feet shorter than all the adults. This includes Roabea and Witz, who are still under twenty ''themselves'' (but [[YoungerThanTheyLook don't look it]]). Carris, who's also fifteenish, is also a shorty.
13th Jun '16 10:42:21 AM Pichu-kun
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** In Disney/{{Big Hero 6}}, Hiro is stated to be around 5'0" pretty short for a fourteen-year-old, and further emphasized by the fact that everyone else in the movie is an adult and ''incredibly'' tall (except for Gogo and maybe Aunt Cass). It's stated in The Art of Big Hero 6 that for the first bit of the movie, everything is shot above Hiro's eye level so that we are looking down on him. However, after [[spoiler: Tadashi's death]], the "camera" moves down so that we are seeing everything from Hiro's point of view.

to:

** In Disney/{{Big Hero 6}}, Hiro is stated to be around 5'0" pretty short for a fourteen-year-old, and further emphasized by the fact that everyone else in the movie is an adult and ''incredibly'' tall (except for Gogo and maybe Aunt Cass). It's stated in The ''The Art of Big Hero 6 6'' that for the first bit of the movie, everything is shot above Hiro's eye level so that we are looking down on him. However, after [[spoiler: Tadashi's death]], the "camera" moves down so that we are seeing everything from Hiro's point of view.



* Usually averted in ComicStrip/FoxTrot, but in one storyline, Paige invites all of her friends to Peter's Halloween party. Her friends are all ''ridiculously'' short and - as Peter keeps reminding us - high school freshmen, meaning they're all about 14 years old.

to:

* Usually averted in ComicStrip/FoxTrot, ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'', but in one storyline, Paige invites all of her friends to Peter's Halloween party. Her friends are all ''ridiculously'' short and - as Peter keeps reminding us - high school freshmen, meaning they're all about 14 years old.



** In ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', Sims at the "teenager" stage of life are shorter than those at the "adult" stage. Though Young Adult (seemingly about 17-21) is just as tall as the Adult stage, within an inch or at ''most'' two. The Teen stage does include all of puberty, though, and since the Sims don't grow within individual stages, it would have to be somewhere in the middle of the range (so it wouldn't look weird growing from Child or to [=Young Adult/Adult=]) and is thus [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality reasonably]] justified.
** Despite this trope being PlayedStraight for ''VideoGame/TheSims3'', it's {{Averted}} in ''VideoGame/TheSims4'', in which teenagers, young adults, adults and elders are all the same height.

to:

** In ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', Sims at the "teenager" stage of life are shorter than those at the "adult" stage. Though Young Adult (seemingly about 17-21) 18-21) is just as tall as the Adult stage, within an inch or at ''most'' two. The Teen stage does include all of puberty, though, and since the Sims don't grow within individual stages, it would have to be somewhere in the middle of the range (so it wouldn't look weird growing from Child or to [=Young Adult/Adult=]) and is thus [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality reasonably]] justified.
** Despite this trope being PlayedStraight for ''VideoGame/TheSims3'', it's {{Averted}} in ''VideoGame/TheSims4'', in which teenagers, young adults, adults adults, and elders are all the same height.


Added DiffLines:

* Ashley from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' is thirteen yet only reaches Jerrica's shoulders and doesn't look much older than the eight year old Ba Nee.
29th Apr '16 5:58:11 PM nighttrainfm
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* Averted in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' - by book six, Harry is stated to be as tall as Malfoy's mother, allowing him to look her directly in the eye during a tense scene. He's not the tallest of his friends, either - Ron is repeatedly stated to be taller than him.
28th Apr '16 7:29:59 AM Ayal92
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* Asta from ''Manga/BlackClover'' is the shortest teenager in the series, with his rival and chilhood friend Yuno being about two heads taller despite being the same age.
27th Apr '16 7:39:43 AM GlassRain
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* With the exception of Cordelia and Dawn (who was played by an ''actual'' teenager who went through a growth spurt) all of the teens on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' were shorter than most of the adults around them. Buffy and Willow were ''at least'' a head shorter than their mothers and also shorter than adult female Jenny Calender. Xander and Oz were also both shorter than adult Giles.

to:

* With the exception of Cordelia and Dawn (who was played by an ''actual'' teenager who went through a growth spurt) all of the teens on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' were shorter than most of the adults around them. Buffy and Willow were ''at least'' a head shorter than their mothers and also shorter than adult female Jenny Calender.Calendar. Xander and Oz were also both shorter than adult Giles.



** You don't notice it until an age 17+ character is in the same frame as one of the [[KidHero 15-year old heroes]], but damn are those 15-year olds tiny. Beat initially appears to be quite tall, but you later realize that the entire cast of adults positively ''towers'' over him. Even given the fact that the average height of Asian women is 158cm (5'2"), Uzuki and Konishi are also absurdly tall compared to the tallest of Neku's gang.

to:

** You don't notice it until an age 17+ character is in the same frame as one of the [[KidHero 15-year old heroes]], but damn are those 15-year olds 15-year-olds tiny. Beat initially appears to be quite tall, but you later realize that the entire cast of adults positively ''towers'' over him. Even given the fact that the average height of Asian women is 158cm (5'2"), Uzuki and Konishi are also absurdly tall compared to the tallest of Neku's gang.



** In ''Fates'', [[spoiler: Xander]]'s son Siegbert and [[spoiler: Ryoma]]'s son Shiro completely avert the trope by virtue of being almost as tall as their fathers, who also ''happen'' to be [[LargeAndInCharge among the biggest guys]] in their respective armies. Siegbert is specially noticeable since, as a refined and gentle PrincelyYoungMan, the fans had betted on him playing the present trope straight and then were ''shocked'' when he turned out to be as tall as his dad.

to:

** In ''Fates'', [[spoiler: Xander]]'s son Siegbert and [[spoiler: Ryoma]]'s son Shiro completely avert the trope by virtue of being almost as tall as their fathers, who also ''happen'' to be [[LargeAndInCharge among the biggest guys]] in their respective armies. Siegbert is specially noticeable since, as a refined and gentle PrincelyYoungMan, the fans had betted bet on him playing the present trope straight and then were ''shocked'' when he turned out to be as tall as his dad.



* Pointedly averted in ''Webcomic/LeifAndThorn''. Teenage Hyacinth is [[http://leifandthorn.com/comic/family-dinner-414/ a full head taller than her uncle]].



** Most of the 14-year olds in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' are ridiculously short for their age in comparison to their parents. All except bullies Dash and Kwan who are both at least as tall as Maddie Fenton. Danielle is an even worse example: apparently twelve years old and she's ''[[ArtisticAge half the height]]'' of Danny himself.

to:

** Most of the 14-year olds 14-year-olds in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' are ridiculously short for their age in comparison to their parents. All except bullies Dash and Kwan who are both at least as tall as Maddie Fenton. Danielle is an even worse example: apparently twelve years old and she's ''[[ArtisticAge half the height]]'' of Danny himself.
23rd Apr '16 11:45:01 AM sgamer82
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* High schoolers in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' aren't too far from adult characters in height. Conan and his first grader peers are considerably smaller than them. In the middle is the Mysterious Child, known only as "Mary". Conan estimates her as being middle school aged, approximately 12-15, but she isn't much taller than Conan and is considerably shorter than seventeen year old Masumi Sera when they're seen together.

to:

* High schoolers in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' aren't too far from adult characters in height. Conan and his first grader peers are considerably smaller than them. In the middle is the Mysterious Child, known only as "Mary". Conan estimates her as being middle school aged, approximately 12-15, but she isn't much taller than Conan and is considerably shorter than seventeen year old Masumi Sera when they're seen together.together, barely coming up to Masumi's waist.
18th Apr '16 10:34:47 AM sgamer82
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* High schoolers in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' aren't too far from adult characters in height. Conan and his first grader peers are considerably smaller than them. In the middle is the Mysterious Child, known only as "Mary". Conan estimates her as being middle school aged, approximately 12-15, but she isn't much taller than Conan and is considerably shorter than seventeen year old Masumi Sera when they're seen together.
13th Apr '16 2:44:57 AM SSJMagus
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Ben and Gwen play this trope in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' and ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien''. Both are at least a head shorter than both of their parents despite being 15 and later 16. Cooper also played this straight as well in Alien Force as a 14 year old, but in Ultimate Alien he subverts it stating he "got a growth spurt". Kevin and Max (as a teen) averted this trope as both are almost as tall or exactly as tall as most adults.

to:

* Ben and Gwen play this trope in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' and ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien''. Both are at least a head shorter than both of their parents despite being 15 and later 16. Which is more than a little odd given that [[FutureBadass we'd already seen what they'll look like as adults]]; neither is short and adult Ben is downright huge. Cooper also played this straight as well in Alien Force as a 14 year old, but in Ultimate Alien he subverts it stating he "got a growth spurt". Kevin and Max (as a teen) averted this trope as both are almost as tall or exactly as tall as most adults.
This list shows the last 10 events of 364. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.TeensAreShort