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22nd Sep '17 8:13:38 AM Pichu-kun
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** Princess Peach. In the games (especially in her 3D appearances) she has a decidedly mature physique and is even taller than Luigi; however, in the western comics she acts more like a tomboyish tween, and her relationship with Mario seems to be one of childish infatuation, with the "''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'' [[UniverseBible Writers Bible]]" calling her a seventeen-year-old (albeit this was never mentioned in the series proper and seems to have been made up by Creator/DiCEntertainment). Her original design in her first appearance resembled a child, so that is probably the cause of the discrepancy, and she was likely aged up to be a closer match to Mario as a result. Also, in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', the Shadow Queen refers to her as a "child" (though the Shadow Queen is a 1000 year old demon and could be using "child" metaphorically).

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** Princess Peach. In the games (especially in her 3D appearances) she has a decidedly mature physique and is even taller than Luigi; however, in the western comics she acts more like a tomboyish tween, and her relationship with Mario seems to be one of childish infatuation, with the "''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'' [[UniverseBible Writers Bible]]" calling her a seventeen-year-old (albeit this was never mentioned in the series proper and seems to have been made up by Creator/DiCEntertainment). Her original design in her first appearance resembled a child, so that is probably the cause of the discrepancy, and she was likely aged up for the second game to be a closer match to Mario as a result. Also, in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', the Shadow Queen refers to her as a "child" (though the Shadow Queen is a 1000 year old demon and could be using "child" metaphorically).



** All of the bachelorettes from ''Harvest Moon 64'' count. The [[AllThereInTheManual Japanese Famitsu strategy guide]] to the game gives everyone's ages ''but'' the bachelorettes.

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** All of the bachelorettes from ''Harvest Moon 64'' count. The [[AllThereInTheManual Japanese Famitsu strategy guide]] to the game gives everyone's ages ''but'' the bachelorettes.bachelorettes and the protagonist.



** Katie from ''Harvest Moon Save The Homeland'' is frequently mistaken for a kid even in-series due to her short height and lolita fashion. It's never stated ''how'' old she is though. She could be in her late teens to mid twenties.

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** This is averted with ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonSaveTheHomeland''. All the major characters have known ages. For example, Toy (the protagonist) is twenty-one while the OlderThanTheyLook Katie from ''Harvest Moon Save The Homeland'' is frequently mistaken for a kid even in-series due to her short height and lolita fashion. It's never stated ''how'' old she is though. She could be in her late teens to mid twenties.sixteen.
17th Sep '17 5:43:48 PM Pichu-kun
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** The ''Pokemon'' games never keep track of the ages of individual Pokemon, making it impossible to tell how old it is. Evolution is also not an indication of age, as they can evolve whenever the correct trigger is hit, and can easily prevent it from occuring. The closest thing to aging is that Baby Pokemon are incapable of breeding unless they evolve into a higher form.

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** The ''Pokemon'' games never keep track of the ages of individual Pokemon, making it impossible to tell how old it is. Evolution is also not an indication of age, as they can evolve whenever the correct trigger is hit, and can easily prevent it from occuring. The closest thing to aging is that Baby Pokemon are incapable of breeding unless they evolve into a higher form.form and even that means little because only a select few Pokemon are considered "Baby Pokemon".



* As per Nintendo norms, no one in ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' is given an exact age. The closest we get are the fact Inklings can only become perfectly humanoid [[PubertySuperpower at roughly fourteen]], so that's the minimum age for the main character, Judd is [[spoiler:thousands of years old, being from the age of humans]], and Capt'n Cuttlefish is implied to be over 100 years old. Callie and Marie look older than the playable inklings but aren't specified (it isn't even stated if they're the same age or not), though it's implied they're old enough to drive, and considering they're idols it's unlikely that they're older than their mid twenties. [[VideoGame/Splatoon2 Off the Hook]] is even stranger: Marina is clearly anywhere from her late teens to her early twenties, like Callie and Marie, but Pearl, although implicitly 14 or above due to already having assumed a humanoid form, [[TinyTyrannicalGirl looks and acts]] a ''lot'' younger. Pearl is shorter than most inklings and is also [[NonstandardCharacterDesign the only in-game inkling]] to have a single pointed fang, which is something inklings are shown to have only prior to puberty. This has led some fans to speculate that Pearl is younger than 14 and that she is an early bloomer.

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* As per Nintendo norms, no one in ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' is given an exact age. The closest we get are the fact Inklings can only become perfectly humanoid [[PubertySuperpower at roughly fourteen]], so that's the minimum age for the main character, Judd is [[spoiler:thousands of years old, being from the age of humans]], and Capt'n Cuttlefish is implied to be over 100 years old. Everyone else is up in the air:
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Callie and Marie look older than the playable inklings but aren't specified (it isn't even stated if they're the same age or not), though it's implied they're old enough to drive, and considering they're idols it's unlikely that they're older than their mid twenties. [[VideoGame/Splatoon2 twenties.
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Off the Hook]] Hook from ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'' is even stranger: Marina is clearly anywhere from her late teens to her early twenties, like Callie and Marie, but Pearl, although implicitly 14 or above due to already having assumed a humanoid form, [[TinyTyrannicalGirl looks and acts]] a ''lot'' younger. Pearl is shorter than most inklings and is also [[NonstandardCharacterDesign the only in-game inkling]] to have a single pointed fang, which is something inklings are shown to have only prior to puberty. This has led some fans to speculate that Pearl is younger than 14 and that she is an early bloomer.



* Satoko and Rika from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. They're noticeably younger than the protagonists but how much younger is never quite stated. Satoko seems to have entered puberty but Rika hasn't yet. They both use elementary school bags as well. The closest given to an age confirmation is that Satoko is anywhere from 9 to 13 years old.

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* Satoko and Rika from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. They're noticeably younger than the high school aged protagonists but how much younger is never quite stated. Satoko seems to have entered puberty but Rika hasn't yet. They both use elementary school bags as well. The closest given to an age confirmation is that Satoko is anywhere from 9 to 13 years old.



** Peridot is TheNapoleon, has an immature personality, and is younger than the other Gems. This leaves an ambiguity to how old she is supposed to be. Amethyst's age? Younger? Older? Lapis mentions in "The New Crystal Gems" that both her and Peridot are "thousands of years older than you [Connie]", but that's still vague.

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** Peridot is TheNapoleon, has an immature personality, and is younger than most of the other Gems. This leaves an ambiguity to how old she is supposed to be. Amethyst's age? Younger? Older? Lapis mentions in "The New Crystal Gems" that both her and Peridot are "thousands of years older than you [Connie]", but that's still vague.



* WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite barely reaches ten year old Brian's hips but is old enough to have ShipTease with him. She and the other Color Kids act awfully mature for their looks and [[MinorLivingAlone live alone]]. There are implications that Rainbow has lived in Rainbow Land for years which brings to question [[TheAgeless if she even ages]].

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* WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite ''WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite'': Rainbow barely reaches ten year old Brian's hips but is old enough to have ShipTease with him. She and the other Color Kids act awfully mature for their looks and [[MinorLivingAlone live alone]]. There are implications that Rainbow has lived in Rainbow Land for years which brings to question [[TheAgeless if she even ages]].



* The age of the titular trio in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' is this. In the [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls original show]] Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup were explicitly five years old biologically (but younger due to being {{Artificial Human}}s), however the reboot is more ambiguous. They are in an elementary school and their class teaches elementary level subjects however their kindergarten teacher Ms. Keane is still their teacher. Their classmates look older than six, many of the students outright look like middle schoolers, and in one episode the girls were teased by classmates for "looking like babies". They sound older and act older but still use the same designs they did when they were five. According to one episode the girls have had five Picture Days, which pins them around ten or eleven years old. However, their classmate Princess is explicitly six.

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* The age of the titular trio in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' is this. In the [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls original show]] Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup were explicitly five years old biologically (but younger due to being {{Artificial Human}}s), however the reboot is more ambiguous. They are in an elementary school and their class teaches elementary level subjects however their kindergarten teacher Ms. Keane is still their teacher. Their classmates look older than six, many of the students outright look like middle schoolers, and in one episode the girls were teased by classmates for "looking like babies". They sound older and act older but still use the same designs they did when they were five. According to one episode the girls have had five Picture Days, which pins them around ten or eleven years old. However, their classmate Princess is explicitly six. It's made even more confusing when a fourth Powerpuff Girl named Bliss appears who is explicitly a teenager and looks taller and curvier than the others.
1st Sep '17 10:47:02 PM Pichu-kun
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* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck's nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie in Carl Barks' comics. In one story they are in kindergarten; in another they are shown driving a car! (The "kindergarten" they are attending is a rather unusual one, however; in the background of the first panel, there appears to be an [[EEqualsMCHammer integral equation written on the blackboard]].)

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nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie in Carl Barks' comics. In one story they are in kindergarten; in another they are shown driving a car! (The "kindergarten" they are attending is a rather unusual one, however; in the background of the first panel, there appears to be an [[EEqualsMCHammer integral equation written on the blackboard]].)


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** The physical ages of Celestia and Luna are hard to figure out. It's assumed ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty, however Lauren Faust has suggested that Luna is still growing. However, she is treated as an adult rather than a teenager and her voice is mature. She's also had ShipTease with Big [=McIntosh=] in the comics. Celestia is similarly vague. She could be anywhere from her early twenties to her late thirties, possibly even forties. The age gap between Celestia and Luna has yet to be specified either. Fan opinions range from them being 3-5 years apart or 7-10 years apart.
25th Aug '17 5:41:10 PM 64SuperNintendo
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25th Aug '17 6:34:43 AM Pichu-kun
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** Early in his series, Link's age was indeterminate, and his sprite had too little detail to tell. In-manual art drew him like Peter Pan with more hair, making it more unclear how old he actually was. The exception is in ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'', where he is explicitly 16 years old. Most of the later console games give him a more explicit age, but the handheld games are still vague. It wasn't until much later when Link in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'' was confirmed to be 12 years old from the same source that stated that ''Ocarina of Time'' Link was 9 years old as a child. Link in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' may be implied to be a prepubesent kid, not only by the AV Famicom commercial (which oddly promotes the cartridge port of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI''), but also by the GBA port of the game, where he is given young N64 Link's voice. His design however is more reminiscent of a teen in his early teens according to official art though.

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** Early in his series, Link's age was indeterminate, and his sprite had too little detail to tell. In-manual art drew him like Peter Pan with more hair, making it more unclear how old he actually was. The exception is in ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'', where he is explicitly 16 years old.old (he's also the Link from the first game a few years later). Most of the later console games give him a more explicit age, but the handheld games are still vague. It wasn't until much later when Link in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'' was confirmed to be 12 years old from the same source that stated that ''Ocarina of Time'' Link was 9 years old as a child. Link in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' may be implied to be a prepubesent kid, not only by the AV Famicom commercial (which oddly promotes the cartridge port of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI''), but also by the GBA port of the game, where he is given young N64 Link's voice. His design however is more reminiscent of a teen in his early teens according to official art though.art.



** Cheerilee was a teen in TheEighties which suggests she is around the same age as Shining Armor (who is presumably in his late twenties or early thirties). Cheerilee however was a filly at the same age Rarity and Pinkie Pie were. Despite Pinkie and Rarity's appearances, they're not implied to be much older than the other Mane 6 (as mentioned, probably in her early to mid twenties).

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** Cheerilee was a teen in TheEighties which suggests she is around the same age as Shining Armor (who is presumably in his late twenties or early thirties). Cheerilee however was a filly at the same age Rarity and Pinkie Pie were. Despite Pinkie and Rarity's appearances, they're not implied to be much older than the other Mane 6 (as mentioned, probably in her their early to mid twenties).



* HBO Family sometime airs a show in the vein of ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' called ''El Perro Y El Gato''. The two protagonists seem like adults but in one episode the dog asks the cat what he wants to be when he grows up, and the dog says he wants to be a veterinarian.

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* HBO Family sometime sometimes airs a show in the vein of ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' called ''El Perro Y El Gato''. The two protagonists seem like adults but in one episode the dog asks the cat what he wants to be when he grows up, and the dog says he wants to be a veterinarian.



* None of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' characters have confirmed ages. All that is given is Kimber is the youngest and the others are somewhere in their 20s. The series bible states Kimber is three years younger than Jerrica but that doesn't say much. We never see her show signs of being in high school so we can assume she already graduated and is either eighteen or nineteen. The IDW [[ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms comic reboot]] averts this trope by clealy showing ages in the character bios.

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* None of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' characters have confirmed ages. All that is given is Kimber is the youngest and the others are somewhere in their 20s.twenties. The series bible states Kimber is three years younger than Jerrica but that doesn't say much. We never see her show signs of being in high school so we can assume she already graduated and is either eighteen or nineteen. The IDW [[ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms comic reboot]] averts this trope by clealy showing ages in the character bios.



** Fuli looks like a cub but is apparently old enough to have left her mother. She lives alone and hunts alone.

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** Fuli looks like a cub but is apparently old enough to have left her mother.mother (unless her mother [[MissingMom died]]). She lives alone and hunts alone.



* The age of the titular trio in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' is this. In the [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls original show]] Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup were explicitly five years old biologically (but younger due to being {{Artificial Human}}s) however the reboot is more ambiguous. They are in an elementary school and their class teaches elementary level subjects however their kindergarten teacher Ms. Keane is still their teacher. Their classmates look older than six, many of the students outright look like middle schoolers, and in one episode the girls were teased by classmates for "looking like babies". They sound older and act older but still use the same designs they did when they were five. According to one episode the girls have had five Picture Days, which pins them around ten or eleven years old.

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* The age of the titular trio in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' is this. In the [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls original show]] Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup were explicitly five years old biologically (but younger due to being {{Artificial Human}}s) Human}}s), however the reboot is more ambiguous. They are in an elementary school and their class teaches elementary level subjects however their kindergarten teacher Ms. Keane is still their teacher. Their classmates look older than six, many of the students outright look like middle schoolers, and in one episode the girls were teased by classmates for "looking like babies". They sound older and act older but still use the same designs they did when they were five. According to one episode the girls have had five Picture Days, which pins them around ten or eleven years old. However, their classmate Princess is explicitly six.
23rd Aug '17 10:22:09 AM CaptainTedium
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* In the educational animated film duology ''[[WesternAnimation/MuzzyInGondoland Muzzy]]'', this is played straight for everyone except Bob. The ages of the other characters is anyone's guess, but Bob explicitly states he is 20 when he is asked his age.
19th Aug '17 10:14:27 AM Discar
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* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Abed is somewhere in his twenties, but where is anyone's guess.

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* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Abed is somewhere in his twenties, but where is anyone's guess. Several episode imply he's actually in his mid-thirties (matching his actor) and thus much closer to Shirley and Jeff than he acts.
17th Aug '17 4:01:33 PM JoeMerl
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** Steven and Connie's ages were debated for a long time among fans, and generally thought to be somewhere between 8 and 12. They're both [[PintSizedKid very short]] and Steven is also quite immature. More than a year passed in-universe, without either visibly aging, before "Steven's Birthday" specified their ages: [[spoiler:Steven [[OlderThanTheyLook is 14, but hasn't physically aged since he was about 8]] as a result of being a HalfHumanHybrid. Connie is 12.]]
** Sadie and Lars have been working at Big Donut for two years, and in America most chain stores will only hire people older than sixteen. They don't seem to have any adult supervision at their job either. "Sadie's Song" states that she never went to prom, so she's presumably out of high school at the least. Lars has mentioned he's a teenager, meaning that he's probably either eighteen or nineteen.

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** Steven and Connie's ages were debated for a long time among fans, and generally thought to be somewhere between 8 and 12. They're both [[PintSizedKid very short]] and Steven is also quite immature. More than a year passed in-universe, without either visibly aging, before "Steven's Birthday" specified their ages: [[spoiler:Steven [[OlderThanTheyLook is 14, but hasn't physically aged since he that [[OlderThanHeLooks Steven was about 8]] as a result turning fourteen]], though may not be aging usually because of being a HalfHumanHybrid. Connie Connie, who says that she's "twelve-and-three-quarters," is 12.]]
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** Sadie and Lars have been working at Big Donut for two years, and in America most chain stores will only hire people older than sixteen. They don't seem to have any adult supervision at their job either. "Sadie's Song" states that she never went to prom, so she's presumably out of high school at the least. Lars has mentioned he's a teenager, and is apparently still in high school, meaning that he's probably either eighteen or nineteen.



* ''WesternAnimation/OKKOLetsBeHeroes'': KO is [[LampshadeHanging explictly]] "[[ImmediateSelfContradiction 6-11 years old]]".

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/OKKOLetsBeHeroes'': KO is [[LampshadeHanging explictly]] upon learning that his mom gave up being a superhero "6-11 years ago," K.O. gasps "[[ImmediateSelfContradiction 6-11 years old]]".That's exactly how old I am]]!"
12th Aug '17 5:08:51 PM JMQwilleran
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* On ''WesternAnimation/ToddWorld'', the main characters all seem to largely conduct their own affairs, roaming freely throughout [=ToddWorld=], handling their own baths and scheduling activities and stuff. Yet they're also very childlike, often engage in pastimes generally enjoyed by children, and in "Snack Happy," Stella mentions having a special tuna sandwich that her mom made her. While there are adults on the show, the only parent that's ever seen is Sophie's cat, who is an adoptive mother of puppies.
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* ''WesternAnimation/OKKOLetsBeHeroes'': KO is [[LampshadeHanging explictly]] "[[ImmediateSelfContradiction 6-11 years old]]".
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