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12th Jun '17 8:55:27 AM Fuyumoto
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* Kōran, the heroine of ''Mikado no Shihō'' looks much younger than her actual age of eighteen, causing her to [[RunningGag repeatedly]] [[InsistentTerminology remind]] everybody else that no, she is not a child. [[spoiler: And then there is tall and handsome Shiki who is really ''[[YoungerThanTheyLook seventeen]]'', younger than the heroine herself.]]
25th Apr '17 10:19:22 PM Gamermaster
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* Dragons in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' are all {{Time Abyss}}es, but the only indications Iruru is any older than [[TokenMiniMoe Kanna]] are her GagBoobs. This is due to Iruru having poorer shapeshifting abilities than the other dragons, resulting in her unbalanced appearance. She's actually around the same age as Tohru.
17th Apr '17 4:54:25 PM rjd1922
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* Mitsukuni "Honey" Haninozuka from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' looks and acts like a 10-year old to appeal to the [[LolicaonAndShotacon Shotacon]] crowd, but is really 17/18 years old, and therefore, the oldest member of the club. At one point he infiltrates the elementary school section of Ouran just by wearing his old uniform.

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* Mitsukuni "Honey" Haninozuka from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' looks and acts like a 10-year old to appeal to the [[LolicaonAndShotacon [[LoliconAndShotacon Shotacon]] crowd, but is really 17/18 years old, and therefore, the oldest member of the club. At one point he infiltrates the elementary school section of Ouran just by wearing his old uniform.
17th Apr '17 4:47:43 PM rjd1922
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* Mitsukuni Haninozuka from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' looks and acts like a 10-year old to appeal to the [[{{Lolicon}} Shotacon]] crowd, but is really 17/18 years old, and therefore, the oldest member of the club. At one point he infiltrates the elementary school section of Ouran just by wearing his old uniform.

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* Mitsukuni "Honey" Haninozuka from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' looks and acts like a 10-year old to appeal to the [[{{Lolicon}} [[LolicaonAndShotacon Shotacon]] crowd, but is really 17/18 years old, and therefore, the oldest member of the club. At one point he infiltrates the elementary school section of Ouran just by wearing his old uniform.
27th Mar '17 1:56:57 PM Willbyr
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* Kirin from ''Manga/KoufukuGraffiti'' is often mistaken as an elementary school student. Due to a lack of ComicBookTime, she started as an eighth-grader and is currently (as of April 2015) a tenth-grader.

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* Kirin from ''Manga/KoufukuGraffiti'' ''Manga/GourmetGirlGraffiti'' is often mistaken as an elementary school student. Due to a lack of ComicBookTime, she started as an eighth-grader and is currently (as of April 2015) a tenth-grader.
8th Mar '17 11:56:08 AM nombretomado
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* Hope Stelar, Geo's mother, in ''MegaManStarForce'' looks more like an older sister. Then again, Geo's only ten or eleven, so she can't be too old. She looks older in the game.

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* Hope Stelar, Geo's mother, in ''MegaManStarForce'' ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'' looks more like an older sister. Then again, Geo's only ten or eleven, so she can't be too old. She looks older in the game.
19th Feb '17 5:31:03 PM emcats
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* Zeno from ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn'' is seventeen, but looks more like he's 14 or 15. [[spoiler: And he ''certainly'' doesn't look over 2000.]]

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Zeno from ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn'' is seventeen, but looks more like he's 14 or 15. [[spoiler: And he ''certainly'' doesn't look over 2000.]]]]
** There's also Kija, who's 20 but looks (and acts) younger than the eighteen-year-old Hak. This fact is lampshaded in chapter 114 by Yoon.
** Later chapters introduced Princess Tao, a princess from Kouka's neighbouring kingdom of Xing, who looks to be no older than 13 or 14. She's 19 in reality, 3 years older and far tinier than the manga's protagonist, Yona, who's fairly petite herself.
9th Feb '17 4:53:39 AM Oecchi
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* Yazawa Nico in ''Franchise/LoveLive'' is sometimes misunderstood as first-year students, due to her pigtails, childish antics, and less developed body. However, in fact, she's third-year student like Nozomi or Ayase, who are taller than her.

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* Nico Yazawa Nico in ''Franchise/LoveLive'' is sometimes misunderstood as mistaken for a first-year students, student, due to her pigtails, childish antics, and less developed body. However, in fact, she's actually a third-year student like Nozomi or and Ayase, who are taller than her.


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* ''Anime/YuriOnIce'':
** Main character Yuri Katsuki is 23 (and turns 24 after Episode 9) and is the third oldest competing skater after Christophe and Georgi, but he looks younger than most of the other skaters, [[YoungerThanTheyLook nearly all of whom are in their late teens to early twenties]].
** Kenjiro Minami is 17, but he looks younger than Yuri Plisetsky (who's the youngest competing skater at 15), being shorter and very baby-faced.
** Minako Okukawa is one of the few named characters whose official age hasn't been revealed, but WordOfGod has stated that she's older than Yuri's mother Hiroko (who's 49 and calls Minako "senpai"), which would put her in her ''fifties''. Despite that, she looks even younger than Yuri's sister Mari, who's 30.
11th Dec '16 4:43:30 AM sonoko
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* In the manga ''Manga/OujaNoYuugi'' the magic-wielding strategists look like children or teenagers, but in fact they are adults trapped in child's body: inability to grow up is a price they had to pay for their super-powers.
20th Nov '16 8:41:46 PM Angeldeb82
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* Jotaro Kujo of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' should be over 40 by the time the ''Stone Ocean'' arc (whose 19-year old protagonist also happens to be his daughter) rolls around -- but he barely looks like he's aged a day since his teen years [[YoungerThanHeLooks (though he looked like a guy in his twenties back then).]] In fact, some say he actually looks ''younger'' in the later arcs. Compare his appearance at [[http://cdn.myanimelist.net/images/characters/11/69155.jpg age 17]] to his appearance [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080110031932/jjba/images/2/29/Jotaro_Kujo_Part_VI.jpg in his 40s.]]

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* Jotaro Kujo of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' should be over 40 by the time the ''Stone Ocean'' arc (whose 19-year old protagonist also happens to be his daughter) rolls around -- but he barely looks like he's aged a day since his teen years [[YoungerThanHeLooks [[YoungerThanTheyLook (though he looked like a guy in his twenties back then).]] then)]]. In fact, some say he actually looks ''younger'' in the later arcs. Compare his appearance at [[http://cdn.myanimelist.net/images/characters/11/69155.jpg age 17]] to his appearance [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080110031932/jjba/images/2/29/Jotaro_Kujo_Part_VI.jpg in his 40s.]]40s]].



** [[spoiler: Ymir]] is an unusual example. [[spoiler: She was trapped in Titan form for 60 years, and did not age a single day during that time. As such, she is technically in her late 70s but looks to be in her late teens]].

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** [[spoiler: Ymir]] is an unusual example. [[spoiler: She was trapped in Titan form for 60 years, and did not age a single day during that time. As such, she is technically in her late 70s but looks to be in her late teens]]. teens.]]



** The same thing happened with [[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.

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** The same thing happened with [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]]' [[{{Macekre}} version]] of ''TokyoMewMew'', ''Manga/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.



** 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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** 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]] {{ill|Girl}} [[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]] {{s|houtOut}}imilar 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]].



* Mitsukuni Haninozuka from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' looks and acts like a 10-year old to appeal to the {{Shotacon}} crowd, but is really 17/18 years old, and therefore, the oldest member of the club. At one point he infiltrates the elementary school section of Ouran just by wearing his old uniform.

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* Mitsukuni Haninozuka from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' looks and acts like a 10-year old to appeal to the {{Shotacon}} [[{{Lolicon}} Shotacon]] crowd, but is really 17/18 years old, and therefore, the oldest member of the club. At one point he infiltrates the elementary school section of Ouran just by wearing his old uniform.



* ''Manga/DoubleArts'' pulled this on one of the main characters. She goes to meet a [[LoveInterest new found friend's]] family, and is introduced to a little girl she assumes to be his little sister. But wait! That's ''his mom''!

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* ''Manga/DoubleArts'' pulled this on one of the main characters. She goes to meet a [[LoveInterest [[LoveInterests new found friend's]] family, and is introduced to a little girl she assumes to be his little sister. But wait! That's ''his mom''!



* ''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]].]]

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* ''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]].]]complicated.]]]]



* In [[Manga/MidoriDays Inoue]] [[Manga/AiKora Kazurou's]] short story ''Aoi Destruction'', the titular father of the main character is 38 years old, [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/aoi_destruction/v01/c001/9.html yet]] looks like a little girl. His late wife, in contrast, was apparently quite masculine in appearance. [[{{Lolicon}} The problem with that should be obvious]].

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* In [[Manga/MidoriDays Inoue]] [[Manga/AiKora Kazurou's]] short story ''Aoi Destruction'', the titular father of the main character is 38 years old, [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/aoi_destruction/v01/c001/9.html yet]] looks like a little girl. His late wife, in contrast, was apparently quite masculine in appearance. [[{{Lolicon}} The problem with that should be obvious]].obvious.]]



* Firo from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' is, [[AllThereInTheManual according to the novels]], regularly assumed to be about three or four years younger than he actually is (eighteen and a half). Of course, now that he's taken the [[ImmortalityInducer Elixir of Life]], that disparity [[Really700YearsOld is only going to get bigger over time.]]
* Pinoko from ''Manga/BlackJack'' looks no older than six, but insists that she's at least eighteen due to the very bizarre circumstances up until her "birth". [[spoiler:Specifically, [[AndIMustScream she spent the first 18 years of her "life" encased in a cyst within her Twin Sister's body]]]]. Black Jack, her legal guardian, argues [[YoungerThanTheyLook the exact opposite]].

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* Firo from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' is, [[AllThereInTheManual according to the novels]], regularly assumed to be about three or four years younger than he actually is (eighteen and a half). Of course, now that he's taken the [[ImmortalityInducer Elixir of Life]], that disparity [[Really700YearsOld is only going to get bigger over time.]]
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* Pinoko from ''Manga/BlackJack'' looks no older than six, but insists that she's at least eighteen due to the very bizarre circumstances up until her "birth". [[spoiler:Specifically, [[AndIMustScream she spent the first 18 years of her "life" encased in a cyst within her Twin Sister's body]]]]. body]].]] Black Jack, her legal guardian, argues [[YoungerThanTheyLook the exact opposite]].



* 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. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d 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]].



* [[ShrinkingViolet Meiko Rokudou]] from ''Anime/GhostSweeperMikami'' comes to mind. For most of the manga's run, her insecurity, cutesy look, and the nature of her [[LesYay crush on Mikami]] could easily make a reader think that she's anywhere from 17-19 years old (Mikami's 20-21). Then, in one of the last story arcs, we are shown Meiko's mother while she's pregnant with her. The thing is that this is the beginning of the story arc describing how Mikami's parents ''met''. So Meiko's probably 22-24...

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* [[ShrinkingViolet Meiko Rokudou]] from ''Anime/GhostSweeperMikami'' comes to mind. For most of the manga's run, her insecurity, cutesy look, and the nature of her [[LesYay [[HoYay crush on Mikami]] could easily make a reader think that she's anywhere from 17-19 years old (Mikami's 20-21). Then, in one of the last story arcs, we are shown Meiko's mother while she's pregnant with her. The thing is that this is the beginning of the story arc describing how Mikami's parents ''met''. So Meiko's probably 22-24...



** Also, the twin mechanics Haruko and [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/sky%20girls%20ranko/crisuskeer/MyAnimeList/skyGirls25-04.jpg Ranko]] Mikagami are supposed to be older than [[http://animewriter.files.wordpress.com/2007/07/ryohei-otoha.jpg Ryohei.]]

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** Also, the twin mechanics Haruko and [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/sky%20girls%20ranko/crisuskeer/MyAnimeList/skyGirls25-04.jpg Ranko]] Mikagami are supposed to be older than [[http://animewriter.files.wordpress.com/2007/07/ryohei-otoha.jpg Ryohei.]]Ryohei]].



** [[AloofAlly Aokiji]] may look like he's in his mid-to-late twenties or early thirties, but he's actually 47/[[TimeSkip 49]].

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** [[AloofAlly Aokiji]] {{A|loofAlly}}okiji may look like he's in his mid-to-late twenties or early thirties, but he's actually 47/[[TimeSkip 49]].



** And from the fourth and fifth seasons of the anime, [[BrattyHalfPint Pokota]] the prince has the voice and the demeanor of a 10-year old. In reality, when his kingdom was struck by a plague about a decade before the series proper, his then 10-year old body was sealed away (along with the rest of the country's citizens), and his soul was [[SoulJar placed in a stuffed animal.]] Realistically, he should be a bit older than Lina.

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** And from the fourth and fifth seasons of the anime, [[BrattyHalfPint Pokota]] the prince has the voice and the demeanor of a 10-year old. In reality, when his kingdom was struck by a plague about a decade before the series proper, his then 10-year old body was sealed away (along with the rest of the country's citizens), and his soul was [[SoulJar placed in a stuffed animal.]] animal]]. Realistically, he should be a bit older than Lina.



* Natsu and Gajeel from ''Manga/FairyTail'' are hinted to be this. During the Battle of Fairy Tail arc, they get trapped with Master Makarov by a spell that only affects people over the age of 80... but the confusing part is that they're shown to have grown up normally in the past few years. [[spoiler:It's later suggested that the spell wasn't blocking them, but the presumably ancient dragons that were sealed in their bodies, though the later revelation that they traveled 400 years from the past through Eclipse has thrown any definitive conclusion to this mystery up in the air for some]].

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* Natsu and Gajeel from ''Manga/FairyTail'' are hinted to be this. During the Battle of Fairy Tail arc, they get trapped with Master Makarov by a spell that only affects people over the age of 80... but the confusing part is that they're shown to have grown up normally in the past few years. [[spoiler:It's later suggested that the spell wasn't blocking them, but the presumably ancient dragons that were sealed in their bodies, though the later revelation that they traveled 400 years from the past through Eclipse has thrown any definitive conclusion to this mystery up in the air for some]].some.]]



* [[spoiler: Cassian]] from ''Manga/CountCain'''s growth was stunted such that he looks twelve or so but is an adult. This being a vaguely-[[UsefulNotes/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-[[UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain Victorian]] vaguely-UsefulNotes/{{Victorian|Britain}} world, he wound up working in the circus for a while.



* Link in one of ''Manga/TheLegendOfZelda'' manga based off the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI 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]] 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]].half-brother.]]



* Akira Toriyama has stated in one interview that Arale the android from ''Manga/{{DrSlump}}'' is meant to be 13; however she looks and acts like a 7 or 8 year old.

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* Akira Toriyama has stated in one interview that Arale the android from ''Manga/{{DrSlump}}'' ''Manga/DrSlump'' is meant to be 13; however she looks and acts like a 7 or 8 year old.



* 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.]]

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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 [[CreepyCrossdresser quite attractive dressed up]] despite his age.]]age]].



* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': [[spoiler:Pururu. One episode even has Keroro catching a glimpse of her face sans makeup in a fantastic UnReveal.]]

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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.[[TheUnreveal Unreveal]].]]
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