Created By: captainsandwich on May 23, 2012 Last Edited By: captainsandwich on August 12, 2012

Already Old In Flashback

A character is so old they look the same in a flashback or after exposed to Fountain Of Youth

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So you are watching a flashback and everyone looks younger, except the old guy. Apparently in fiction the more you age the more you look the same. So in a flashback an old character may look more or less the same while everyone else looks noticeably younger. If the character is mostly the same with a small difference like a different hairstyle (provided the it isn't related to a sign of age like going bald) it still counts. If multiple characters are exposed to the Fountain of Youth, the old character looks the same it also counts. If there is a clearly discernible reason aside from this trope like the character is a vampire (which tend stay the same age), then it doesn't count.


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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
  • Makrov in Fairy Tail still looks the same in flashbacks that have the other characters children and early teens.
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  • May 23, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Vice Principal Strickland in Back To The Future. "Didn't that guy ever have hair?"
  • May 23, 2012
    Perey
    Also in Back To The Future, Doc Brown. He looks the same in 1955 as in 1985. When he goes to 2015, he gets a high-tech facelift done, and at first he wears a mask of his old appearance to avoid shocking Marty. Naturally, he looks exactly the same under the mask.

    (The description should probably add "time travel" to the "flashback" and "fountain of youth" instances.)
  • May 24, 2012
    StevenT
    Ever Ederly? Eternally Elderly?

    Frequently overlaps with Older Than They Look.

    • In Kid Vs Kat, Old Lady Munsen looks exactly the same in flashbacks to when Mr. Burtonburger was Coop's age.
    • In Histeria, World's Oldest Woman is old in every time period.
  • May 24, 2012
    Shnakepup
    I like Still Old.
  • May 24, 2012
    StevenT
  • May 24, 2012
    TrustBen
    The security guard in Hobgoblins is played by the same elderly actor in flashback, only with brown shoe polish in his hair.
  • May 24, 2012
    Generality
    Played for laughs in the second Austin Powers, when Dr. Evil goes back in time.
    Dr. Evil: Why, Number 2, you look so healthy, and youthful.
    Number 2: Well thank you.
    Dr. Evil: And Frau, you look so... Notices she looks the same. Rrrright.
  • May 24, 2012
    captainsandwich
    If you guys think the name can be better we can have a vote. Feel free to article if you want if you think it will make the idea clearer. I am a little uncertain on how to add the time travel instance with out making it confusing because of things like Time Travel Tense Trouble and Which Me, but if you think you can handle it go ahead. And remember if there is a change in appearance it should not look like it is a result of change in age.
  • May 24, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator. Three of Charlie's grandparents take too much WonkaVite, which de-ages them to babies; Grandma Georgina actually deages to before she was born. Wonka travels to Minus-Land (the land of the not-yet-living) and doses her with a bunch of VitaWonk, which reages her to 358 years old. Now that she's alive again, he re-doses her with a controlled amount of WonkaVite to get her back to her right age. Since she starts at 358, the first two hundred and fifty years or so of de-aging don't change her appearance much.
  • May 25, 2012
    ZombieAladdin
    In Bleach, no matter how far the flashback goes, Yamamoto looks exactly the same as he does now. His personality and battle abilities haven't changed either.
  • May 25, 2012
    captainsandwich
    Yamamoto is a shinigami, which age really slow, so I'm not so sure it should count. I am willing to be to modify the trope, especially if it is too restrictive as is.
  • May 25, 2012
    Nin3DS
    Kamek in Yoshis Island DS. Part way through you see future Kamek kidnap Baby Bowser from past Kamek, and both of them pretty look the exact same bar the shade of blue/purple their robe is coloured. Then again, it never exactly specifies if Magikoopas age or not.
  • May 25, 2012
    SeafoodPaella
    Tatsuhiro Satou in "Welcome To The NHK" looks as if his current self is just dressed in a high school uniform in the flashbacks to his high school days (he's 22 years old at the time of the story). He does look like a child in the flashbacks to his childhood. Hitomi Kashiwa, his senior who is a year older than him, is similarly guilty, though not as much because she doesn't look as aged as Satou.
  • May 25, 2012
    WizardOutOfOz
    • Albus Dumbledore in the scene Harry is shown by Tom Riddle in Chamber of Secrets. Subverted elsewhere but most dramatically by Grindlewald in the scene we see of him stealing the elder wand
  • May 25, 2012
    Generality
    ^ In the Harry Potter books, Dumbledore looks distinctly younger in flashbacks. Not so much in the movies, where they had to work with an actor, and don't seem to have made any efforts to make him look younger.
  • May 25, 2012
    Lawman592
    A Running Gag in the "Herb Welch" sketches on Saturday Night Live is to show the ancient senile TV reporter looking the same in file photos that are more than 50 years old.
  • May 28, 2012
    captainsandwich
    I slightly changed the requirement. Even if you don't have any examples if you want to contribute to something like the criteria i would be happy to hear your input.
  • May 28, 2012
    bulmabriefs144
    Real Life: Truth In Television if a person is a certain age. Ten years ago, a teenager would be a six or seven year old, and quite dramatically different. But the age change between 40 and 50 might not be discernible. The age difference between 70 and 80 might have no impact at all (usually 80-90 is a bit more). In extreme cases of premature aging, a person may not look different for forty years.
  • May 29, 2012
    StevenT
    The Amazing World Of Gumball: In "The Ape" we see several flashbacks to Nicole's youth with Miss Simian still being old. Justified in that she's over 300,000 years old.
  • May 30, 2012
    GoldenDarkness
    Manfred von Karma. In Ace Attorney Investigations 2 we get a playable flashback of Gregory Edgeworth's last case, which takes place 15 years before the first Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney game. In that flashback von Karma still looks the same despite being 15 years younger, barring sprite design.
  • May 31, 2012
    Koveras
    Should it be Already Old In Flashback? Since technically, the flashback takes place before the actual narration...
  • May 31, 2012
    captainsandwich
    I like Already Old In Flashback and Ever Elderly (but i only want to use one). Who wants to keep the current name and who wants to change the name? If you want to change the name say what you want to change it to, if you know what you want it to be. Due to the number of suggestions don't be surprised if the name gets changed
  • June 30, 2012
    StevenT
    Another for The Amazing World Of Gumball:
    • In an odd case of this, in a flashback to Richard's childhood in "The Wand" his mother Granny Jojo is still just as old as normal.
  • June 30, 2012
    triassicranger
    Th episode of Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends with the scribbles has a flashback to 1984 where Madame Foster is shown to be as old as she was back then as she is in present day.

    There's also another example where this is averted (contradicting the above example) but I don't know which one it is.
  • August 11, 2012
    captainsandwich
    the example contradicting it (in fosters) is when they look through the picture albam in The Big Picture. I think we might want a link to Not Allowed To Grow Up.
  • August 11, 2012
    LobsterMagnus
    There is a short Asterix comic taking place during the time when Asterix and Obelix were born. When those two show up in the end, they are babies of course, and also most of the other usual characters are still little kids here. Except for the old men Getafix and Geriatrix, both looking exactly like in the "present day" stories.
  • August 11, 2012
    acrobox
  • August 11, 2012
    LobsterMagnus
    Not Allowed To Grow Old is definitely a Sister Trope. But the difference to the trope proposed here is that the narration goes forward in time in one case, and backwards in the other.
  • August 11, 2012
    acrobox
    Right. my point is that its the same phenomenon. If the only difference is that some series do it though timeskips or Flash forward, some do it through flash backs I dont think that makes them distinct enough to be split. I'd be all for adding these examples to the already existing trope and potentially renaming it to accommodate.
  • August 12, 2012
    captainsandwich
    Actually main the intended difference is the old character doesn't seem to physically age while the younger characters do. I made it more specific than that, but i am considering loosening it to what i just said.
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