History OlderThanTheyLook / LiveActionTV

10th May '17 2:14:33 AM DrImpossible
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* ''Film/{{Cinderella}}'': In the original performance, 30-year-old Edie Adams portrayed the centuries-old Fairy Godmother.



* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'': Malcolm Reynolds looks like he is, at most, in his mid-thirties. However, a comparison of the dates of his birth and the dates of the "present" indicates he is in his late forties to early fifties, which is supported by Mal referring to himself as a "mean old man." This can be a JustifiedTrope by the advanced medical technology of the setting, however, or perhaps by Creator/JossWhedon originally envisioning the character as being played by an older actor.

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* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'': Malcolm Reynolds looks like he is, at most, in his mid-thirties. However, a comparison of the dates of his birth and the dates of the "present" indicates he is in his late forties to early fifties, which is supported by Mal referring to himself as a "mean old man." This can might be a JustifiedTrope by because of the advanced medical technology of the setting, however, or although perhaps by Creator/JossWhedon originally envisioning envisioned the character as being played by an older actor.



* ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'': Upon surviving a serious injury, or "first death", an Immortal can be a lot older, like centuries, and still look like the same age they were when they became Immortal and can only be killed by [[OffWithHisHead decapitation]]. For example, Kenny is 800 years old, yet he can be pass off as a child due to this.
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'':
** One episode revolves around a teenager who is arrested for the murder of one of her teachers, followed up by another teacher arrested for sleeping with her. [[spoiler:In actuality the "teen" is a con-artist who is in her thirties, and killed the teacher to prevent her from revealing her real age.]]

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* ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'': Upon surviving a serious injury, or "first death", an Immortal can be a lot older, like centuries, become multiple-millennia-old and will still look like the same age they were when they became Immortal and can only be killed by [[OffWithHisHead decapitation]]. For example, Kenny is 800 years old, yet he can be pass off as is physically a child due to this.
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'':
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An episode of ''Series/LawAndOrder'' revolves around a teenager who is arrested for the murder of one of her teachers, followed up by another teacher arrested for sleeping with her. [[spoiler:In actuality the "teen" is a con-artist who is in her thirties, and killed the teacher to prevent her from revealing her real age.]]



* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'':
** One episode features a girl named Janie Spear with Turner's Syndrome, so even though she is seventeen years old, physically, she looks like a 12-year old child. The episode focuses on her relationship with a 30-year old employee of her father's; since she's seventeen it isn't statutory rape, but none of the detectives are comfortable with what this says about [[{{Lolicon}} her boyfriend's taste in girls]].

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* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'':
** One An episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' features a girl named Janie Spear with Turner's Syndrome, so even though she is seventeen years old, physically, she looks like a 12-year old child. The episode focuses on her relationship with a 30-year old employee of her father's; since she's seventeen it isn't statutory rape, is fine but none some of the detectives are comfortable uncomfortable with what they think this says about [[{{Lolicon}} her boyfriend's taste in girls]].



* ''Series/NecessaryRoughness'': Damon Razor, a hot draft prospect, is eventually revealed to [[spoiler:have assumed the identity of a deceased boy four years younger than him]]. After re-enrolling in high school, he became a star football player as his short statue was no longer a factor with the younger team. In this case, this was RippedFromTheHeadlines, based on the case of high school basketball player Jerry Joseph.

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* ''Series/NecessaryRoughness'': Damon Razor, a hot draft prospect, is eventually revealed [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:have have assumed the identity of a deceased boy four years younger than him]]. After re-enrolling in high school, he became a star football player as his short statue was no longer a factor with the younger team. In this case, this was RippedFromTheHeadlines, based on the case of high school basketball player Jerry Joseph.



* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': In the episode "The Sentence", a prison was created where prisoners serve their prison sentence within a few hours. The creator of the prison is trapped inside and serves a 20 year sentence within a few hours, which would mentally make him this trope.

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* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': In the episode "The Sentence", a prison was created where prisoners serve their prison sentence within a few hours. The creator of the prison is trapped inside and serves a 20 year sentence within a few hours, which would mentally make him feel like he fit this trope.



* ''Series/SheSpies'' had them investigating a shady charity and one member getting friendly with a little girl in a wheelchair who was their poster figure. However, their boss starts going through records and realizing the exact same ten-year old has been used in every poster for the last decade. It turns out she's the real mastermind of all this, in her 30's but a genetic disorder that makes her look like a kid. The spy chastises her for abusing the trust of people as she drags her out of the wheelchair...only to discover the woman really is paralyzed.

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* ''Series/SheSpies'' had them investigating a shady charity and one member getting friendly with a little girl in a wheelchair who was their poster figure. However, their boss starts going through records and realizing the exact same ten-year old has been used in every poster for the last decade. It turns out she's the real mastermind of all this, in her 30's but with a genetic disorder that makes her look like a kid. The spy chastises her for abusing the trust of people as she drags her out of the wheelchair...only to discover the woman really is paralyzed.



** The O'Briens seem to get more than their fair share of this trope. There's another ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space 9]]'' episode, "Hard Time", where an alien race sentences O'Brien to a 21-years-long virtual prison sentence. He experiences all 21 years of his brutal, tortuous prison term in only a few days, making him mentally 21 years older; 21 really, really crappy years older. And even their daughter gets a OvernightAgeUp treatment due to a NegativeSpaceWedgie.

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** The O'Briens seem to get more than their fair share of this trope. There's another ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space 9]]'' episode, "Hard Time", where an alien race sentences O'Brien to a 21-years-long virtual prison sentence. He experiences all 21 years of his brutal, tortuous prison term in only a few days, making him mentally 21 years older; 21 really, really crappy years older. And even their daughter gets a OvernightAgeUp treatment due to a NegativeSpaceWedgie. This time, she actually spent those years growing up in a wilderness, and the O'Briens realise that the non-verbal wild-woman she has become cannot be undone, so they return her to the wilderness that has become her home.
7th Apr '17 5:33:57 AM DeepRed
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* Creator/CliveJames: Lampshaded by him in a 1987 TV special where he visited Japan. In one of Japan's famed hot springs, he converses with a salaryman who gives his age as 38. To which James responds, "You're 38, and you look 20. I'm 47, [[SelfDeprecation and I look 87]]."

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* Creator/CliveJames: Lampshaded by him in a 1987 TV special where he visited Japan. In one of Japan's famed [[HotSpringsEpisode hot springs, springs]], he converses with a salaryman who gives his age as 38. To which James responds, "You're 38, and you look 20. I'm 47, [[SelfDeprecation and I look 87]]."
19th Feb '17 11:23:18 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': In the season 6 premier, the young and beautiful Melisandre is revealed to be an old crone who hides her appearance with her magical ruby choker.
30th Jan '17 9:08:56 PM LorienTheYounger
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* T'Pol from ''StarTrekEnterprise'' appears to be in her late twenties but, being a Vulcan, is actually much older. An early episode has her be ambiguous about her age, only saying she is the oldest person on the ship. In the third season finale she mentions that she is 65 years old.
30th Jan '17 9:01:46 PM LorienTheYounger
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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' / ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'': Barry Allen is in his early 20's, but looks like a teenager. [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Ollie]] repeatedly ribs him over this, such as jokingly telling Felicity that he's instructed the bartenders at his party to ask Barry for an I.D. before serving him drinks. This is due to Barry being a rare example of ''not'' using DawsonCasting. Grant Gustin is in his mid-twenties, and so is Barry.

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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' / ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'': Barry Allen is 25 years old in his early 20's, the first season, but looks like a teenager. [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Ollie]] repeatedly ribs him over this, such as jokingly telling Felicity that he's instructed the bartenders at his party to ask Barry for an I.D. before serving him drinks. This is due to Barry being a rare example of ''not'' using DawsonCasting. Grant Gustin is in his mid-twenties, and so is Barry.
19th Jan '17 8:04:26 PM Anddrix
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* {{Implied}} with the Cardinal Witches on ''Series/EmeraldCity'', as West, played by a 31-year-old actress, indicates that she participated in the last battle against the Beast Forever, 20 years ago.

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* {{Implied}} with the The Cardinal Witches on ''Series/EmeraldCity'', as West, from ''Series/EmeraldCity'' are far older than their appearance would indicate. West in particular, played by a 31-year-old actress, indicates that she participated in the last battle against the Beast Forever, Forever 20 years ago.ago and was [[spoiler:already having sex with Anna's mother before Anna was even born]].
12th Jan '17 1:06:21 AM Anddrix
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* {{Implied}} with the Cardinal Witches on ''Series/EmeraldCity'', as West, played by a 31-year-old actress, indicates that she participated in the last battle against the Beast Forever, 20 years ago.
9th Dec '16 2:04:49 PM NNinja
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* Series/LegendsOfTomorrow gives us 3 cases: Carter Hall, Kendra Saunders and Vandal Savage. Kendra and Carter continuously go through a cycle of death and reincarnation and have reincarnated over 206 times for over 4 millenniums, making them respectively 4000 years old each. Meanwhile, BigBad Vandal Savage is a straight forward case by stealing the life force of Kendra and Carter by killing them, making him around the same age, maybe older.
24th Oct '16 12:07:34 AM AkibaPurple
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** In ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'', this is one of the perks of being bonded to an Energem. As a result, Koda looks like in his 20s, but is actually 100,000+ years old. [[spoiler: James Navarro, who is Tyler's then-missing father, looks ten years younger than his actual age.]]

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** In ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'', this is one of the perks of being bonded to an Energem. As a result, Koda looks like in his 20s, but is actually 100,000+ years old. [[spoiler: James Navarro, who is Tyler's then-missing father, looks ten years younger than his actual age. The villain Heckyl is later implied to be ''millions'' of years old.]]
21st Jun '16 12:40:57 AM MoonlightBomber
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** In ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'', this is one of the perks of being bonded to an Energem. As a result, Koda looks like in his 20s, but is actually 100,000+ years old. [[spoiler: James Navarro, who is Tyler's then-missing father, is ten years younger than his actual age.]]

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** In ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'', this is one of the perks of being bonded to an Energem. As a result, Koda looks like in his 20s, but is actually 100,000+ years old. [[spoiler: James Navarro, who is Tyler's then-missing father, is looks ten years younger than his actual age.]]
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