History OlderThanTheyLook / LiveActionTV

3rd Aug '17 5:21:56 AM SeptimusHeap
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** 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 is fine but some of the detectives are uncomfortable with what they think this says about [[{{Lolicon}} her boyfriend's taste in girls]].

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** 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 is fine but some of the detectives are uncomfortable with what they think this says about [[{{Lolicon}} [[PaedoHunt her boyfriend's taste in girls]].
26th Jul '17 5:08:20 AM jonty1
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* ''Series/ModernFamily'' featured two examples. Sarah Hyland was 18, playing a 15-year-old and looked like she was 12. Adam DeVine very convincing playing a 21-year-old, despite being in his 30s.

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* ''Series/ModernFamily'' featured two examples. Sarah Hyland was 18, playing a 15-year-old and looked like she was 12. Adam DeVine very convincing playing Devine played a 21-year-old, despite being looked like an 18 year old, and was actually in his 30s.
26th Jul '17 5:07:16 AM jonty1
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* ''Series/SeventhHeaven'': Beverly Mitchell, who played middle daughter Lucy, was actually one year ''older'' than Jessica Biel, who played oldest daughter Mary. Biel was 14 and easily looked 16 or 17, while Mitchell was 15 and looked 10.

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* ''Series/SeventhHeaven'': Beverly Mitchell, who played middle daughter Lucy, was actually one year ''older'' than Jessica Biel, who played oldest daughter Mary. Biel was 14 and easily looked 16 or 17, while Mitchell was 15 and looked 10.10.
* ''Series/ModernFamily'' featured two examples. Sarah Hyland was 18, playing a 15-year-old and looked like she was 12. Adam DeVine very convincing playing a 21-year-old, despite being in his 30s.
13th Jul '17 5:43:54 PM marbehraglaim
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** Various other characters in the series fit this trope as well. Rumpelstiltskin is hundreds of years old due to acquiring immortality when he became the Dark One. Physically he looks no older than a man in his 40s or 50s. Captain Hook, Peter Pan, and other inhabitants of Neverland are also centuries old while retaining a youthful appearance.
28th Jun '17 2:03:46 PM MikeW
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* '''Famous in Love''' has teen movie star heartthrob Rainer told he can't do a stunt because he's only 20. Rainer responds he's really 23 and his mom/agent Nina "youthed me down" when he started out. This is the first clue to Alan figuring out that [[spoiler: Rainer is his son.]]

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* '''Famous ''Famous in Love''' Love'' has teen movie star heartthrob Rainer told he can't do a stunt because he's only 20. Rainer responds he's really 23 and his mom/agent Nina "youthed me down" when he started out. This is the first clue to Alan figuring out that [[spoiler: Rainer is his son.]]
28th Jun '17 2:03:29 PM MikeW
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* ''Famous in Love" has teen heartthrob Rainer told he can't do a stunt because he's only 20. Rainer responds he's really 23 and his mom/agent Nina. This is the first clue to Alan figuring out that [[spoiler: Rainer is his son.]]

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* ''Famous '''Famous in Love" Love''' has teen movie star heartthrob Rainer told he can't do a stunt because he's only 20. Rainer responds he's really 23 and his mom/agent Nina.Nina "youthed me down" when he started out. This is the first clue to Alan figuring out that [[spoiler: Rainer is his son.]]
28th Jun '17 2:02:13 PM MikeW
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* ''Famous in Love" has teen heartthrob Rainer told he can't do a stunt because he's only 20. Rainer responds he's really 23 and his mom/agent Nina. This is the first clue to Alan figuring out that [[spoiler: Rainer is his son.]]
** Subverted as Nina has been having an affair for years with Rainer's best friend Jordan who she met when he was starring in a teen series, assuming he was the classic case of a twentysomething posing as a teenager. When Jordan's girlfriend, Tangey, finds out, she blackmails Nina to get her career going. When Nina first refuses, Tangey reveals that Jordan lied about his age to get that role and was really only sixteen when he and Nina began their affair, meaning Nina goes to jail if the truth comes out.
7th Jun '17 6:26:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''NTSF:SD:SUV'': Aaron Samson, a one-off villain. He appears to be in his late 40s, but a photograph from 20 years ago shows that he hasn't aged a day since 1992. NTSF:SD:SUV agents variously theorize that he's a robot, since his father was a famous roboticist, or that he's a vampire, based on the suggestion of an FBI paranormal investigator. It turns out [[spoiler:his mother was Asian, causing him to age very gracefully]].

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* ''NTSF:SD:SUV'': ''Series/{{NTSFSDSUV}}'': Aaron Samson, a one-off villain. He appears to be in his late 40s, but a photograph from 20 years ago shows that he hasn't aged a day since 1992. NTSF:SD:SUV agents variously theorize that he's a robot, since his father was a famous roboticist, or that he's a vampire, based on the suggestion of an FBI paranormal investigator. It turns out [[spoiler:his mother was Asian, causing him to age very gracefully]].
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'':
** One
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]]."
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