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11th Jul '16 9:46:10 PM SamCurt
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* Aoba and Nene of ''Manga/NewGame'', both 18 or 19 years old, have been mistaken as middle schoolers in-universe.
11th Jul '16 12:29:21 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': [[spoiler:Pururu. One episode even has Keroro catching a glimpse of her face sans makeup in a fantastic UnReveal.]]
** Space Policewoman Poyon is implied to have capured rogue aliens on Earth since ''feudal times''.
10th Jul '16 7:19:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* The AffablyEvil priest Rezo from ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'' is the [[Really700YearsOld century-old]] great-grandfather of one of the protagonists, Zelgadis; aside from the two barely-noticable boney lines under his eyes, he looks to be more in his late forties or early fifties. [[RedHeadedHeroine Lina]] lampshades this when he appears in the first LightNovel, describing him as looking "both young and old at the same time."

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* The AffablyEvil priest Rezo from ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'' is the [[Really700YearsOld century-old]] great-grandfather of one of the protagonists, Zelgadis; aside from the two barely-noticable boney lines under his eyes, he looks to be more in his late forties or early fifties. [[RedHeadedHeroine Lina]] Lina lampshades this when he appears in the first LightNovel, describing him as looking "both young and old at the same time."
24th Jun '16 6:01:48 PM nombretomado
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** The same thing happened with [[FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]]' [[{{Macekre}} version]] of ''TokyoMewMew'', presumably for similar reasons; an especially jarring example is [[TokenMiniMoe Bu-Ling]], who begins the series at eight years old, yet the dubbed version managed to make her ''fourteen''. Oddly, TokyoPop's manga translation moved the characters ''down'' a year to appeal more to a young audience.

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** The same thing happened with [[FourKidsEntertainment [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]]' [[{{Macekre}} version]] of ''TokyoMewMew'', presumably for similar reasons; an especially jarring example is [[TokenMiniMoe Bu-Ling]], who begins the series at eight years old, yet the dubbed version managed to make her ''fourteen''. Oddly, TokyoPop's manga translation moved the characters ''down'' a year to appeal more to a young audience.
12th Jun '16 7:34:29 PM Obiwanlivesforever2
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* Even if almost all of them have a case of Really700YearsOld, the anthropomorphic countries in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' rarely even look their "human age". England is supposed to be physically 23, but is often drawn not looking any older than 15. In-universe, this is the case for Japan; Italy thinks Japan is too young to drink, when he's actually ''way'' older than Italy.

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* Even if almost all of them have a case of Really700YearsOld, the anthropomorphic countries in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' rarely even look their "human age". England is supposed to be physically 23, but is often drawn not looking any older than 15. Latvia's "human" age is 15, but he looks and sounds closer to 11 or 12. In-universe, this is the case for Japan; Italy thinks Japan is too young to drink, when he's actually ''way'' older than Italy.
2nd Jun '16 1:44:33 PM Willbyr
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* [[AGodAmI God]] from ''MariaHolic'' came upon a long rotted love letter given to her years before, which looked to be pre-War Japan. She looks no different than she does in the present, and since she looks to have been the dorm leader even then, she would have to be at least 70 or 80. Also, Yonakuni.

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* [[AGodAmI God]] from ''MariaHolic'' ''Manga/MariaHolic'' came upon a long rotted love letter given to her years before, which looked to be pre-War Japan. She looks no different than she does in the present, and since she looks to have been the dorm leader even then, she would have to be at least 70 or 80. Also, Yonakuni.
2nd Jun '16 10:19:14 AM Willbyr
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* ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'': Syaoran is subjectively around 21 when the series begins ([[spoiler:TimeTravel is involved]]). He looks like a young teenager. [[spoiler:The clones don't look any older than he is at the end, but both of them are in their early-to-mid 30's... yes, the clones are older than their originals. [[TimeyWimeyBall It's complicated]].]]

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* ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'': ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'': Syaoran is subjectively around 21 when the series begins ([[spoiler:TimeTravel is involved]]). He looks like a young teenager. [[spoiler:The clones don't look any older than he is at the end, but both of them are in their early-to-mid 30's... yes, the clones are older than their originals. [[TimeyWimeyBall It's complicated]].]]



* ''[[Manga/XxxHOLiC xxxHOLiC]]'': [[spoiler:Watanuki takes over Yuuko's shop after her death, he goes into a similar un-aging and anomaly-to-the-universe state. By the end of the series he's over 100 years old but physically looks barely older than the teenager he was when the series started.]]

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* ''[[Manga/XxxHOLiC xxxHOLiC]]'': ''Manga/XxxHolic'': [[spoiler:Watanuki takes over Yuuko's shop after her death, he goes into a similar un-aging and anomaly-to-the-universe state. By the end of the series he's over 100 years old but physically looks barely older than the teenager he was when the series started.]]
13th May '16 2:42:32 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* [[spoiler: Cassian]] from ''Manga/CountCain'''s growth was stunted such that he looks twelve or so but is an adult. This being a vaguely-[[VictorianBritain Victorian]] world, he wound up working in the circus for a while.

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* [[spoiler: Cassian]] from ''Manga/CountCain'''s growth was stunted such that he looks twelve or so but is an adult. This being a vaguely-[[VictorianBritain vaguely-[[UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain Victorian]] world, he wound up working in the circus for a while.
11th May '16 7:17:06 AM bowserbros
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** Funnily enough, Creator/HirohikoAraki himself is [[MemeticMutation known]] for the fact that he never seems to age, allowing him to still look like he's in his 20's for several decades. In a way, it seems almost inevitable that his characters would carry on this trend.
7th May '16 7:32:11 PM Pichu-kun
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* [[WorldsStrongestMan Levi]] from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is this according to ShrugOfGod. His exact age is unknown, other than being this trope almost word for word.[[spoiler:WordOfGod is that he's over 30.]]

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[[WorldsStrongestMan Levi]] from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is this according to ShrugOfGod. His exact age is unknown, other than being this trope almost word for word.[[spoiler:WordOfGod is that he's over 30.]]



* Minnie-May Hopkins from ''Manga/GunsmithCats'' took "growth retarding" drugs in order to appeal to a certain type of clientele in a brothel. However, this is ''supposed'' to be {{squick}}y to the viewers. It squicked out the American editors so much they reversed it in their translation so she's taking drugs to ''counter'' an unnamed medical condition.
** In the English version, May had tried to make herself look older than she was in childhood in order to not {{squick}} her adult boyfriend so much (he was {{Lolicon}}, but understandably had serious issues about the morality of their relationship) but it backfired, leaving her first looking older than she was, but not growing an inch since.

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* Minnie-May Hopkins from ''Manga/GunsmithCats'' took "growth retarding" drugs in order to appeal to a certain type of clientele in a brothel. However, this is ''supposed'' to be {{squick}}y to the viewers. It squicked out the American editors so much they reversed it in their translation so she's taking drugs to ''counter'' an unnamed medical condition.
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condition. In the English version, May had tried to make herself look older than she was in childhood in order to not {{squick}} her adult boyfriend so much (he was {{Lolicon}}, but understandably had serious issues about the morality of their relationship) but it backfired, leaving her first looking older than she was, but not growing an inch since.



* The title character of ''Manga/KamichamaKarin'', as well as her TrueCompanions, are all in the seventh grade, but look to be no older than seven, while other characters such as Kirio Karasuma and Kirika Karasuma look to be around sixteen, even though they are only [[YoungerThanTheyLook one year older than the main cast]].
** This is more Koge-Donbo's style than anything else. In one panel in the first chapter, Karin is shown drawn as her true age; for almost all of the rest of the series, she and her classmates are drawn as chibis. The same goes for the author's other series Pita-Ten.
* Hagu from ''Manga/HoneyAndClover'' is apparently 18 at the begining of the series, despite looking ''and acting'' like an 8-year old -- which doesn't keep some guys from falling in love with her.
** Which is made worse by the fact that it is openly stated she stopped growing at six and she barely changes by the time she's twenty.

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* The title character of ''Manga/KamichamaKarin'', as well as her TrueCompanions, are all in the seventh grade, but look to be no older than seven, while other characters such as Kirio Karasuma and Kirika Karasuma look to be around sixteen, even though they are only [[YoungerThanTheyLook one year older than the main cast]].
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cast]]. This is more Koge-Donbo's style than anything else. In one panel in the first chapter, Karin is shown drawn as her true age; for almost all of the rest of the series, she and her classmates are drawn as chibis. The same goes for the author's other series Pita-Ten.
* Hagu from ''Manga/HoneyAndClover'' is apparently 18 at the begining of the series, despite looking ''and acting'' like an 8-year old -- which doesn't keep some guys from falling in love with her.
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her. Which is made worse by the fact that it is openly stated she stopped growing at six and she barely changes by the time she's twenty.



* Asuna Kagurazaka of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', who looks and is assumed by the people around her to be 14. It isn't clear just ''how'' old she is, but flashback chapters later in the manga have confirmed her to have traveled as a little girl with Nagi's company -- twenty years ago [[spoiler:(it turns out she's over 100 years old)]]. It should be noted that Takamichi, Asuna's adult teacher who also traveled with Nagi, was ''also'' a little kid at the same time.

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Asuna Kagurazaka of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Kagurazaka, who looks and is assumed by the people around her to be 14. It isn't clear just ''how'' old she is, but flashback chapters later in the manga have confirmed her to have traveled as a little girl with Nagi's company -- twenty years ago [[spoiler:(it turns out she's over 100 years old)]]. It should be noted that Takamichi, Asuna's adult teacher who also traveled with Nagi, was ''also'' a little kid at the same time.



* Major Kusanagi in ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' is age 44 at the time she meets the Puppet Master/the Pupetteer and a few years younger in ''Stand Alone Complex'', but her almost completely artificial body looks noticeably younger.

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Major Kusanagi in ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' is age 44 at the time she meets the Puppet Master/the Pupetteer and a few years younger in ''Stand Alone Complex'', but her almost completely artificial body looks noticeably younger.



* Every single female character (and males, discounting [[{{Lolicon}} Konata's dad]]) in ''Manga/LuckyStar''. PuniPlush can do that for you.
** The extreme cases fell on Konata, Kanata and Yutaka -- their heights are 1.42 m, 1.43 m and 1.38 m respectively[[note]] For those of you less familiar with metric, that's 4'8", 4'8¼", and 4'6" respectively[[/note]]. The relation between this trope and {{Lolicon}} has been thoroughly explored: Kanata is the (deceased) wife of Soujiro, and Konata wore SchoolSwimsuit to attract "[[{{Lolicon}} people with special interests]]" in the BeachEpisode, and when Yutaka lamented her lack of boyfriend due to being an [[IllGirl ill]] [[OlderThanTheyLook fauxli]], Konata told her that a lot of people are looking for her, ''should she not choose''...
*** Yutaka's [[CheerfulChild demeanor]], and the fact that she and [[MoeCouplet her interactions]] with [[HugeSchoolgirl Minami]] seem ''[[ShoutOut very]]'' [[ShoutOut similar]] to [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh another yonkoma-based anime with an]] ''[[Manga/AzumangaDaioh actual]]'' [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh child]] don't help her case--even the mangaka shouted that out when Yutaka introduced herself in front of the class, and gave her [[GirlishPigtails pigtails]].

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* ''Manga/LuckyStar'':
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Every single female character (and males, discounting [[{{Lolicon}} Konata's dad]]) in ''Manga/LuckyStar''.dad]]). PuniPlush can do that for you.
** The extreme cases fell on Konata, Kanata and Yutaka -- their heights are 1.42 m, 1.43 m and 1.38 m respectively[[note]] For those of you less familiar with metric, that's 4'8", 4'8¼", and 4'6" respectively[[/note]]. The relation between this trope and {{Lolicon}} has been thoroughly explored: Kanata is the (deceased) wife of Soujiro, and Konata wore SchoolSwimsuit to attract "[[{{Lolicon}} people with special interests]]" in the BeachEpisode, and when Yutaka lamented her lack of boyfriend due to being an [[IllGirl ill]] [[OlderThanTheyLook fauxli]], Konata told her that a lot of people are looking for her, ''should she not choose''...
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choose''... Yutaka's [[CheerfulChild demeanor]], and the fact that she and [[MoeCouplet her interactions]] with [[HugeSchoolgirl Minami]] seem ''[[ShoutOut very]]'' [[ShoutOut similar]] to [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh another yonkoma-based anime with an]] ''[[Manga/AzumangaDaioh actual]]'' [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh child]] don't help her case--even the mangaka shouted that out when Yutaka introduced herself in front of the class, and gave her [[GirlishPigtails pigtails]].



*** Likewise, by the time of ''[=StrikerS=]'', the now 41-year-old Lindy Harlaown doesn't appear to have aged a day in the 10 years since her first appearance. And for that matter, in the original series she was 31 and looked like she was in her early 20s.
*** Ditto for Momoko Takamachi, who still looks like she's in her twenties during her cameo in ''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid ViVid]]'', despite being 47. Coincidentally, all three of them are Vivio's adoptive grandmothers.

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*** ** Likewise, by the time of ''[=StrikerS=]'', the now 41-year-old Lindy Harlaown doesn't appear to have aged a day in the 10 years since her first appearance. And for that matter, in the original series she was 31 and looked like she was in her early 20s.
*** ** Ditto for Momoko Takamachi, who still looks like she's in her twenties during her cameo in ''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid ViVid]]'', despite being 47. Coincidentally, all three of them are Vivio's adoptive grandmothers.



* Near from ''Manga/DeathNote'' looked younger than [[WordOfGod twenty-one]] post-TimeSkip.

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Near from ''Manga/DeathNote'' looked younger than [[WordOfGod twenty-one]] post-TimeSkip.



** The joke is that his birthday is February 29th, which comes around only once every 4 years. Since this is manga/anime, he only ages 1 year for every 4. Also, going by that logic, wouldn't the same go for his chronological age and he be 5?
*** As someone born on February 29th, let me correct you. Chronological age is literally years/months/days/etc. lived, and is not affected by birthday. If manga aging would be effected by his birthday, he'd be about 4 years old ''physically'' at 17 since 17/4= 4.25
* Thorkell from ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' is a more realistic example than most but he still in no way looks like he's in his fifties.
** Even more notable because he is an enormous man whose facial features suggest that he suffers from gigantism, which should mean that at that age he should be at death's door, already.

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** The joke is that his birthday is February 29th, which comes around only once every 4 years. Since this is manga/anime, he only ages 1 year for every 4. Also, going by that logic, wouldn't the same go for his chronological age and he be 5?
*** As someone born on February 29th, let me correct you. Chronological age is literally years/months/days/etc. lived, and is not affected by birthday. If manga aging would be effected by his birthday, he'd be about 4 years old ''physically'' at 17 since 17/4= 4.25
* Thorkell from ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' is a more realistic example than most but he still in no way looks like he's in his fifties. \n** Even more notable because he is an enormous man whose facial features suggest that he suffers from gigantism, which should mean that at that age he should be at death's door, already.



* Two of the Sannin in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' have this; Tsunade uses a transformation jutsu to keep herself looking like she's in her late twenties or early thirties (however, the use of her ''[[HealingFactor other]]'' jutsu makes her appearance without it appear ''even older'' than she really is). Orochimaru's [[GrandTheftMe body-switching jutsu]] causes him too look like he's still in his early-to-mid-thirties. Both are between 50 and 53 years old. Jiraiya presumably doesn't use any jutsu to keep himself looking young, as he is the only one who looks his age.

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Two of the Sannin in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' have this; Tsunade uses a transformation jutsu to keep herself looking like she's in her late twenties or early thirties (however, the use of her ''[[HealingFactor other]]'' jutsu makes her appearance without it appear ''even older'' than she really is). Orochimaru's [[GrandTheftMe body-switching jutsu]] causes him too look like he's still in his early-to-mid-thirties. Both are between 50 and 53 years old. Jiraiya presumably doesn't use any jutsu to keep himself looking young, as he is the only one who looks his age.



* Alicia from ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'' is 19 years old and pretty much looks that way, which doesn't match well with her supposed long experience as an undine. She lives on Mars though, where the years last almost twice as long as earth's. Do the math.
** President Aria from ''ARIA''. 20 years have passed and he doesn't look any different, unlike Grandma, who has considerably shortened.

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Alicia from ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'' is 19 years old and pretty much looks that way, which doesn't match well with her supposed long experience as an undine. She lives on Mars though, where the years last almost twice as long as earth's. Do the math.
** President Aria from ''ARIA''.Aria. 20 years have passed and he doesn't look any different, unlike Grandma, who has considerably shortened.



* Yugi's childlike appearance is a source of comic relief in both the ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga and the [[Anime/YuGiOhFirstAnimeSeries first series]]. He's supposed to be sixteen years old. He looks about ten. It's played with even more when you consider his child-like innocence, and how physically vulnerable he is compared to everyone else in the cast. It also bugs him a lot when people mistake him for a grade-schooler.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', where he says that he looks like he's 10 and that [[YoungerThanTheyLook Serenity, who is about 12 to 14 years old, looks like she's 16]].

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* Yugi's childlike appearance is a source of comic relief in both the ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga and the [[Anime/YuGiOhFirstAnimeSeries first series]]. He's supposed to be sixteen years old. He looks about ten. It's played with even more when you consider his child-like innocence, and how physically vulnerable he is compared to everyone else in the cast. It also bugs him a lot when people mistake him for a grade-schooler.
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grade-schooler. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', where he says that he looks like he's 10 and that [[YoungerThanTheyLook Serenity, who is about 12 to 14 years old, looks like she's 16]].



* The age of [[spoiler:Road]] from ''DGrayMan'' is revealed in chapter 187 to be [[spoiler:over 35. What isn't known is whether the young form we see is her real body, or an illusion; for example, although we know she is human, we've also seen her in the form of a doll.]]

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The age of [[spoiler:Road]] from ''DGrayMan'' is revealed in chapter 187 to be [[spoiler:over 35. What isn't known is whether the young form we see is her real body, or an illusion; for example, although we know she is human, we've also seen her in the form of a doll.]]



* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Yellow from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''. All the Johto Dex Holders have a hard time believing that someone a foot shorter than them is in fact a year older.
** ''Manga/MagicalPokemonJourney'' has Ginger, who introduces herself as Coconut's sister. She appears to be around 16, which makes her overtones with Grandpa really really creepy...until [[spoiler:Coconut reveals that Ginger is her GRANDMOTHER, and Grandpa's wife. Apparently she'd discovered a youth formula]].

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Yellow from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''.''Manga/PokemonAdventures''. All the Johto Dex Holders have a hard time believing that someone a foot shorter than them is in fact a year older.
** * ''Manga/MagicalPokemonJourney'' has Ginger, who introduces herself as Coconut's sister. She appears to be around 16, which makes her overtones with Grandpa really really creepy...until [[spoiler:Coconut reveals that Ginger is her GRANDMOTHER, and Grandpa's wife. Apparently she'd discovered a youth formula]].



* We aren't privy to her real age, but Athena of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' appears to be the same age as the main character, but the time where she's been staying for the years before her appearance has a different standard of time. When she shows up in the current time, she looks to have aged appropriately since she's been locked out of the castle.
** She also acted rather like an adult back when she was supposed to be six.
** And her mindset is from even further back. The mindset she instilled in Hayate.
** And now she's back at her 6-year old appearance, while even only given the years we've seen she's at least 16.

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* We aren't privy to her real age, but Athena of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' appears to be the same age as the main character, but the time where she's been staying for the years before her appearance has a different standard of time. When she shows up in the current time, she looks to have aged appropriately since she's been locked out of the castle.
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castle. She also acted rather like an adult back when she was supposed to be six.
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six. And her mindset is from even further back. The mindset she instilled in Hayate.
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Hayate. And now she's back at her 6-year old appearance, while even only given the years we've seen she's at least 16.



* All the girls from ''Anime/SkyGirls'' [[http://www.jcstaff.co.jp/sho-sai/skytv-shokai/skytv-index.htm appear to be about 12]], though in reality they're aged 15 to 17.

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All the girls from ''Anime/SkyGirls'' [[http://www.jcstaff.co.jp/sho-sai/skytv-shokai/skytv-index.htm appear to be about 12]], though in reality they're aged 15 to 17.



* Luffy from ''Franchise/OnePiece'', the 17-year old hero. He looks older when he is serious (and in some of the earlier arcs he was drawn with a mature look) but with his short stature, big round head and eyes, big mouth and small nose it's hard to believe he is much older than 10 years unless you know better. Doesn't really help on the age estimation that he is also a ManChild. After the TimeSkip he is now 19, but looks like a 10-year old as much as ever.
** [[NonePiece "You try getting wrinkles being made of rubber!"]]

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* Luffy from ''Franchise/OnePiece'', ''Franchise/OnePiece'':
** Luffy,
the 17-year old hero. He looks older when he is serious (and in some of the earlier arcs he was drawn with a mature look) but with his short stature, big round head and eyes, big mouth and small nose it's hard to believe he is much older than 10 years unless you know better. Doesn't really help on the age estimation that he is also a ManChild. After the TimeSkip he is now 19, but looks like a 10-year old as much as ever.
** [[NonePiece "You try getting wrinkles being made of rubber!"]]
ever.



** Al is one year younger than his brother, but during ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa''' he looks thirteen while his brother is an adult. Justified by the fact that [[spoiler:when he got his body back he came back as the same age he was when he tried to revive his mother]]

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** Al is one year younger than his brother, but during ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa''' he looks thirteen while his brother is an adult. Justified by the fact that [[spoiler:when he got his body back he came back as the same age he was when he tried to revive his mother]]mother]].



* Nanoka in ''Manga/KoiKaze'' is fifteen at the start of the manga, turns sixteen a few chapters in, and is eighteen by the end. She can pass for a twelve year old which makes her relationship with someone nearly thirty ever the more {{squick}}y.

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* Nanoka in ''Manga/KoiKaze'' is fifteen at the start of the manga, turns sixteen a few chapters in, and is eighteen by the end. She can pass for a twelve year old which makes her relationship with someone nearly thirty ever the more {{squick}}y. {{squick}}y, even ignoring the BrotherSisterIncest.



* Mikako from ''Himegoto - Juukyuusai no Seifuku'' is eighteen but tells the men she has sex with she's a fifteen year old, and dresses in a SailorFuku when doing so. She started prostituting when she was fifteen so when she tells men she began "three years ago" it is not technically a lie.

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* Mikako from ''Himegoto - Juukyuusai no Seifuku'' is eighteen but tells the men she has sex with that she's a fifteen year old, and dresses in a SailorFuku when doing so. She started prostituting when she was fifteen so when she tells men she began "three years ago" it is not technically a lie.



* Link in one of ''Manga/TheLegendOfZelda'' manga based off the original game is older than the teenage Zelda but looks like a little kid because he's half-elf, and elves age slower than humans. [[spoiler:He is in fact her half-brother]].

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* Link in one of ''Manga/TheLegendOfZelda'' manga based off the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI original game game]] is older than the teenage Zelda but looks like a little kid because he's half-elf, and elves age slower than humans. [[spoiler:He is in fact her half-brother]].


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* Marube from ''Manga/{{Yuureitou}}'' is a more realistic example than most. He's in his forties but can pass for someone ten years younger. He works out. This is {{foreshadowing}} for [[spoiler:his obsession with staying young and beautiful. He wants to become a woman (though it's superficial instead of being trans) in order to be so. He looks [[VillainousCrossdresser quite attractive dressed up]] despite his age.]]
* Minoru from ''Anime/OccultAcademy'' is apparently old enough to smoke and be a high school teacher yet doesn't look much older than his students.
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