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31st Jul '17 3:07:47 AM Fangusu
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Imagine that you are making a show which features teenagers alongside adults. You want to avoid DawsonCasting, so you try to hire actual teens for these roles. But wait, these kids are taller than half the adult cast! The boys might already have chest hair and beards, and the girls... Basically, they don't look immature ''enough''. [[RealityIsUnrealistic Half of the audience won't even believe that they are real teens]]. So how do you make them look definitely younger than those middle-aged adults? Let's hire the shortest ones possible!

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Imagine that you are making a show which features teenagers alongside adults. You want to avoid DawsonCasting, so you try to hire actual teens for these roles. But wait, these kids are taller than half the adult cast! The Both the boys and the girls might already have chest hair and beards, and all the girls... Basically, they don't look immature ''enough''.typical secondary sexual characteristics. [[RealityIsUnrealistic Half of the audience won't even believe that they are real teens]]. So how do you make them look definitely younger than those middle-aged adults? Let's hire the shortest ones possible!
3rd Jul '17 1:22:02 AM jormis29
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* Bobby Lazzarini in ''USA High'' was played by the 5'3 Creator/JamesMadio who was in his twenties at the time. Otherwise averted with the rest of the cast, who were much taller - and Lazz's shortness emphasised him as the ButtMonkey of the group. Earlier in his career Madio was fourteen playing a ten-year-old lost boy in ''{{Film/Hook}}''.

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* Bobby Lazzarini in ''USA High'' ''Series/USAHigh'' was played by the 5'3 Creator/JamesMadio who was in his twenties at the time. Otherwise averted with the rest of the cast, who were much taller - and Lazz's shortness emphasised him as the ButtMonkey of the group. Earlier in his career Madio was fourteen playing a ten-year-old lost boy in ''{{Film/Hook}}''.
31st May '17 4:32:41 AM shrinkingman2
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* Documentaries like The Smallest People In The World and Little People Big World have shown dwarf teenagers.The former showed primordial dwarfs like 27 inch tall Bri Jordan and her 39 inch tall brother Brad (who has passed on).
24th May '17 10:56:51 PM jormis29
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* Probably explaining how Creator/MichaelJFox got away with playing teenage parts into his late twenties. Interestingly, ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' partially averted this with Crispin Glover and Thomas F. Wilson, both of whom are over six feet. However, they also had to play middle aged versions of George [=McFly=] and Biff Tannen, so they needed to appear taller than teenage Marty in 1985.

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* Probably explaining how Creator/MichaelJFox got away with playing teenage parts into his late twenties. Interestingly, ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' partially averted this with Crispin Glover Creator/CrispinGlover and Thomas F. Wilson, both of whom are over six feet. However, they also had to play middle aged versions of George [=McFly=] and Biff Tannen, so they needed to appear taller than teenage Marty in 1985.
15th May '17 3:45:03 PM jormis29
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* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'': Melissa Joan Hart is 5'2" making her much shorter than both of her aunts. This could, at least, be handwaved that she probably takes after her mother's family.

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* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'': Melissa Joan Hart Creator/MelissaJoanHart is 5'2" making her much shorter than both of her aunts. This could, at least, be handwaved that she probably takes after her mother's family.



* Zigzagged on ''{{Series/Melissa And Joey}}''. Lennox is 5' 2", roughly the same height as Melissa Joan Hart, who plays her aunt (and, as mentioned above, has previously played the trope straight) but brother Ryder is ''6' 1"'' and towers over the both of them. Seeing him framed next to Aunt Mel on the rare occasions she doesn't wear heels is rather striking.

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* Zigzagged on ''{{Series/Melissa And Joey}}''. Lennox is 5' 2", roughly the same height as Melissa Joan Hart, Creator/MelissaJoanHart, who plays her aunt (and, as mentioned above, has previously played the trope straight) but brother Ryder is ''6' 1"'' and towers over the both of them. Seeing him framed next to Aunt Mel on the rare occasions she doesn't wear heels is rather striking.
9th May '17 9:30:50 PM CnHGirl
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** All the teenagers at Wagstaff seem to suffer from this, despite height variations between them. Oddly enough, this is averted in Linda's flashback to her botched high school talent show gig, where she and her band are all portrayed at their current adult heights, while ranging from 14-18 years old, respectively.
7th May '17 8:28:23 AM 64SuperNintendo
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26th Apr '17 9:27:16 AM jmparker78
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* Averted in ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn''. Simon is 14 at the start of the main plot, and the books repeatedly refer to the fact that he is at least as tall, if not taller than, most of the adult men around him. When he laments being "only a boy", he's reminded by his (hulking) mentor that the world does not see a boy when they look at him, but a tall, broad-shouldered man, and thus he should stop acting like he's still a little boy. It helps that he also starts growing a beard midway through the adventure.
24th Apr '17 5:23:12 AM Kyrillion
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* TheHungerGames is all over the place with this one. Book Katniss is small and skinny so casting the tall and endowed-of-boobs -and-hips JenniferLawrence was against physical type. She was also implicitly aged up due to Lawrence's inability to pass for sixteen, even accounting for DawsonCasting. Her romantic opposite is played by an actor a little younger and definitely on the short side. His interactions with adult cast members fit the trope completely, as his older co-stars stand above his eye-line leaving him looking more childlike. Filling out the rest of the teen cast are mostly actual teen actors, but whether they were cast to fit this trope or not seems to have depended on whether the filmmakers wanted to portray them as little and helpless in the face of the adults' machinations (Rue, Foxface, several unnamed and quickly-dispatched victims) or a viable threat to Katniss in the arena (Cato, Thresh, Glimmer, Marvel). The exception to the rule is Clove who ''is'' a serious threat, but is also tiny. The filmmakers had to shoot very carefully for the sight of the very small and skinny 14-year-old actress playing Clove attacking and holding down the tall and muscular 21 year-old actress playing Katniss not be laughable. Finally, the filmmakers work hard to dwarf Katniss in the Capitol, placing her besides tall and bulky guards to emphasise her vulnerability.
25th Mar '17 11:20:17 AM KrspaceT
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* Averted in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', where the [[AgeLift now fifteen-year-old Ash]] is mentioned to be taller than his mother. Other teenage characters in fic follow a mix of averting and playing this straight.

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* Averted in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', where the [[AgeLift now fifteen-year-old Ash]] is mentioned to be taller than his mother. Other teenage characters in fic follow a mix of averting and playing this straight.straight, though it's rather clearly shown that height is less a matter of teen vs adult but [[spoiler: Genetic]], like in real life.
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