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->''"I'm too old for this shit."''
-->-- '''Martin Riggs''' (echoing his partner, Roger Murtaugh's, catchphrase), ''Film/LethalWeapon4''

An old franchise comes back after many years, but, of course, now the actors are all old. Instead of recasting or making the actors up to look younger, it's decided to acknowledge how much time has passed and just have the characters be that much older.

The writers may {{lampshade|Hanging}} this by having the hero make a comment like "I'm getting too old for this," or may even have the entire plot of the story revolve around the characters dealing with how much older they've gotten.

Compare with RoleReprisal.


* As a more than fifty-year LongRunner, the ''Film/JamesBond'' series might have five of the most well known cases in in film history. (Bond himself generally appears to age with any actor who stays longer than one or two films, as is also the case with Creator/PierceBrosnan's and Creator/DanielCraig's tenures.)
** Creator/DesmondLlewelyn played Q in seventeen different films, appearing as the character in every single EON ''Bond'' film starting in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' in 1963, and making his exit in ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'' in 1999. The only exception to this was ''Film/LiveAndLetDie''. He gets noticably older as time goes on.
** Creator/LoisMaxwell appeared as Miss Moneypenny in fourteen different films; every one from ''Film/DrNo'' in 1962 to ''Film/AViewToAKill'' in 1985. She acknowledges getting older in ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'', her next-to-last appearance.
** Bernard Lee played the part of M in eleven different films, starting with ''Film/DrNo'' and ending with ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' in 1979. Again, he gets noticably older as time goes on.
** Creator/RogerMoore starred as Film/JamesBond in seven different films, starting with ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'' in 1973, and ending with ''Film/AViewToAKill'' in 1985. He started the role at the age of 45, so Bond quite visibly ages over the course of his films.
** Creator/SeanConnery starred as Film/JamesBond in seven different films. The first six films began with the 1962 ''Film/DrNo'' and ended with ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' in 1971. He only appeared to age slightly during the films. However, when he returned as Bond in the 1983 ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain'', he was visibly aged, because he was 20 years older than when he had first appeared.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', made 10 years after the series ended but set only a couple of years later, attempted unsuccessfully to cover up how much the actors had aged. [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan The next installment]], however, plunged full-force into this, even making it a major plot point (to the point where Creator/WilliamShatner has admitted he absolutely did not like the idea at first and "had to be dragged in kicking and screaming"). This wasn't emphasised quite as much in the later films, though they continued to make no effort to hide the actors' ages.
** In the first episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', a 137-year-old [=McCoy=] has a cameo
** Creator/BrentSpiner rationalized Data's death in ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' as the inability to continue handwaving his aging while portraying an ageless character. The actor even refused to appear visually in the ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' finale for this same reason.
** During the climax of ''[[Film/StarTrekInsurrection Insurrection]]'' (which has aging as one of its major themes) Picard is acrobatically climbing about in the innards of the Son'a collector and fighting the BigBad Ru'afo all by himself. At one point he tells Ru'afo that they are getting too old for this. Picard would be around 70 at that point.
** Creator/LeonardNimoy plays Spock again in ''Film/StarTrek'' and ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', coming from a point in time after the [[Film/StarTrekNemesis last TNG movie]], and playing the role of the [[TheMentor grey-haired wise old mentor]] to [[MyFutureSelfAndMe his younger self]] (played by Creator/ZacharyQuinto) in an alternate timeline.
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''. As a consequence of moving the time period to match Creator/HarrisonFord's age, the villains had to be changed from Nazis to the Soviets.
* ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'': Rambo doesn't age much in the initial run of his films, but in ''Film/JohnRambo'', he is acknowledged as a salty old veteran getting long in years. He's finally given a fitting character finale in which he retires from his wandering and goes back home.
* ''Franchise/LethalWeapon'': Murtaugh's advancing age is a major characterization point in the very first film. By ''Film/LethalWeapon4'', Riggs has adopted Murtaugh's "I'm getting too old for this shit" catchphrase and Murtaugh himself is considering retirement.
%%* ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard''.
* The later part of Creator/ClintEastwood's career has been [[RetiredBadass him playing the over-the-hill]], [[CoolOldGuy but still extremely badass, hero]]. For a more concrete example, he noticeably ages throughout the ''Film/DirtyHarry'' series (and it's lampshaded). Indeed, Clint has stated that there won't be another ''Dirty Harry'' movie, because at his age, Harry would be retired. Doesn't stop a lot of people from dubbing ''Film/GranTorino'' [[SpiritualSequel "Dirty Harry 6"]]
* Invoked in ''Film/{{Boyhood}}''. The film was shot over the course of twelve years, following the characters are they age together with the actors.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', though only one human character has aged significantly: Andy. The toy characters are toys, and thus don't have biological systems that feel the effects of aging. The only [[WatsonianVersusDoylist Doylist]] reason for this is that the kid who provided Andy's voice doesn't exactly have that little voice anymore. This is basically just the plot of the movie; it wasn't forced.
* In ''Film/TheRoadToHongKong'', Hope and Crosby are ten years older than in the previous movie of the series, and over twenty years older than when the series began.
* ''Film/TronLegacy'', which was also notable for featuring ''both'' old Creator/JeffBridges as Flynn and [[ConspicuousCGI CGI-made]] young Jeff Bridges as his program. There's also [[spoiler:hiding the title character behind a mask, and generally sidelining him on top of it, because Creator/BruceBoxleitner might have been too old (he did return to reprise his human character, and do a single voice-over line as Tron, as well as lend his appearance to a CGI younger version for a flashback).]]
* At the start of ''Film/BeyondReAnimator'' (2003), Herbert West has served 13 years in prison since ''Film/BrideOfReAnimator'' (1990).
* ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'' is the first ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' where the title {{Cyborg}} is aged to fit Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger. This time, a T-800 is sent back to 1973, and decades of operation age his living tissue exterior.
* From ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Ian [=McDiarmid=]'s case is something of a strange inversion in that he became age-appropriate for Palpatine in the ''prequel'' trilogy, filmed about two to three decades after the original films; in his original appearance, Palpatine had a pale, mutated face, and so we never saw the younger [=McDiarmid=] without prosthetics on.
** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', aka ''Episode VII'', Creator/MarkHamill, Creator/CarrieFisher, and Creator/HarrisonFord reprise their original trilogy roles, and since it's been over thirty years since their last film appearance, a 30+ year TimeSkip was inevitable.
* ''Film/RockyBalboa'' was made 16 years after Rocky V (and over 20 years after the more famous Rocky movies), and one of the central themes of the movie is precisely how old Rocky is compared to his glory days.
* ''Film/KamenRider1'' features Creator/HiroshiFujioka reprising his role of [[Series/KamenRider Takeshi Hongo, aka Kamen Rider Ichigo]] leading to his character being the same age as himself, seventy years old. [[BadassGrandpa His advanced]] [[OldSuperhero age]] hasn't slowed him down. The main theme is him fighting in spite of [[DentedIron his cyborg body slowly breaking down]].
* ''Film/T2Trainspotting'' is set twenty years after ''Film/{{Trainspotting}}'', so in this case, this trope is inevitable. Creator/DannyBoyle joked that the film would take a long time to get made due to the natural vanity of actors. Fortuiously, however, [[Literature/{{Porno}} the sequel to the original book]] on which the sequel is partly based has a substantial TimeSkip anyway and makes a plot point of the fact that the characters are all getting older (if not necessarily wiser).

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'' was originally conceived as two separate projects: one a one-time reunion special for the characters of ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'', the other a MiddleSchool show called ''[[WorkingTitle Ready, Willing and Wired]]'' focused on a new group of kids. However, the producers decided that the new ongoing show would have a better chance if it carried the name of the still-popular older franchise. The original characters appear in recurring adult roles.
* ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' sequel series ''Grace and Favour'' (known in the United States as ''Are You Being Served? Again!''). This was lampshaded in the first scene when Mr. Humphries says that the shaky elevator ride has "put 10 years on all of us".
* The new ''[[Series/BeverlyHills90210 90210]]'' has characters from the old... but thankfully, they're actually adults rather than [[DawsonCasting adults playing high school students]].
* ''Series/RedDwarf: Back to Earth'' begins with a title card that reads, "Nine Years Later".
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The ''Series/DoctorWho'' special "[[Recap/DoctorWho2007CiNSTimeCrash Time Crash]]" has Creator/PeterDavison -- now rather older -- and Creator/DavidTennant sharing a [=TARDIS=] as the Fifth Doctor ends up crossing paths with the Tenth. They HandWave it away by saying that the temporal disaster that's brought them into the same place seems to have affected Davison roughly.
** {{Fanon}} also applies this to Creator/PatrickTroughton's aged appearance in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E4TheTwoDoctors The Two Doctors]]", postulating the existence of a much greater gap between the last appearance of the [[TheNthDoctor Second Doctor]] and the first appearance of the Third than suggested on screen.
** {{Inverted|Trope}} with River Song, whose appearances are (roughly) in reverse chronological order due to time-travel shenanigans; that is, each time we see the character she's younger but the actress is older. In River's first chronological appearance she suggests that she's going to dial back her age occasionally [[ItAmusedMe just to freak people out]].
** Averted in "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]", where Creator/DavidTennant has visibly aged from his time playing the Tenth Doctor, but the character is depicted as being taken from a timeskip previously implied to exist by a RunningJoke in his final season. This aversion is lampshaded by the Eleventh Doctor in the warmup footage played in cinema screenings of the episode, where the Eleventh Doctor complains about how all the Tenth Doctor's "lines and crinkly bits" are going to come out at viewers in 3D.
** Also played with in "Day of the Doctor" - Creator/TomBaker appears as a very elderly version of the Fourth Doctor, but he's implied to be a separate, distant future incarnation of the Doctor who's retired from travelling and become a museum curator on Earth.
** A WhatCouldHaveBeen, also with Tom Baker - the DevelopmentHell multi-Doctor "Dark Dimensions" film, that had been conceived when Tom Baker went to the BBC and told them he wanted to be the Doctor again, would have starred an elderly version of the Fourth Doctor from an alternate dimension where he had never regenerated, who now [[GothicHorror lived as a hermit in an old Victorian church dressed in a black version of his outfit]]. Unfortunately the other actors playing the other Doctors disliked the CharacterFocus, CharacterShilling and CanonSue treatment Tom Baker's Doctor got compared to their Doctors, and dropped out of the project, which was then shitcanned by ExecutiveMeddling.
** Tom Baker's visible and drastic aging over the course of his run - going in seven years from looking much younger than his real age to much older than his real age - was an inspiration for his character, in his final season, getting a SameCharacterButDifferent ReTool from his usual bohemian ManChild persona (which was starting to come across as a bit too creepy rather than cute) into a dark, morbid ByronicHero dressed head-to-toe in blood red.
*** In story, the change is helped by the fact that he'd spent the bulk of the previous seasons travelling with a member of his own race and a robot dog, so there could have been extended periods not portrayed on screen to account for The Doctor's aging.
* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' featured an older Sarah Jane Smith, who had aged very well, along with guest appearances by TheBrigadier, a BadassGrandpa if ever there was one, and Jo Jones, formerly Jo Grant. Lampshaded in "[[Recap/TheSarahJaneAdventuresS4E5E6DeathOfTheDoctor Death of the Doctor]]" when, after Jo expressed surprise that (from her point of view) the Doctor [[TheNthDoctor had changed]] [[Creator/JonPertwee his face]] [[Creator/MattSmith "into a baby's"]], he shot back that she looked like someone baked her.
* Between 1987 and 1994, Lee Majors and Lindsay Wagner reprised their famous Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan and Bionic Woman roles for a trilogy of TV movies. Wagner actually held up quite well over the years, Majors less so, and the second film, ''Bionic Showdown'', actually pushed both into the background in favor of a younger "bionic woman" played by a pre-stardom Creator/SandraBullock.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'', the character [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Tommy]] was only supposed to be 25. But because of a little DawsonCasting, and a {{Retcon}} that made him three years younger, the actor was 30 at the time of filming, so the character was played as slightly older than he should have been. However, [[OlderThanTheyLook he didn't look it]].
** Bulk started out in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' as a high school bully. When he returned in ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai 18'' years later, he was now mentoring his best friend's high-school-age son.
*** However like Tommy, he doesn't look much older aside from having no hair, as he apparently started shaving his head. When Skull later appears, he looks exactly the same.
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''. The main characters are in middle school when the series begins and in college by its end. In the sequel / spin-off series ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'' which started airing 14 years after the original series ended, the protagonist is Cory and Topanga's 13-year-old daughter Riley.
* ''Series/{{Poirot}}'': Happens to some of the main cast in the series finale ("Literature/{{Curtain}}"), most notably Captain Hastings (played by Hugh Fraser) and Literature/HerculePoirot (played by David Suchet). This is not surprising, given that almost the entire series is set in [[TheGreatDepression the mid-to-late 1930s]], before the start of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, due to SettingUpdate (and sometimes a SeriesContinuityError with Hastings meeting his wife Bella). Since Poirot was in his 60s when he first met Hastings during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, and in his late-70s to early-80s in the 1930s, by the time "Curtain" aired, the time period is set a few years after the end of the Second World War (1949), with some of the characters having aged over a decade, leaving Poirot almost in his mid- to late-90s [[spoiler:when he dies of a heart condition]].
* Parodied in ''Series/FreshOffTheBoat''. One episode had Shaquille O'Neal guest star as himself, despite the fact that the show is set in the 90's, and he no longer has the physique he did back then. This is handwaved by him saying that he'd simply gotten fat in the off-season, and that he'll look normal again once training for the new NBA season begins.
* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise plays with this. It's established that both Vulcans and Klingons age more slowly than humans, meaning that even though ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' aired 20 years after ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' and was set roughly 80 years later, Vulcans Spock and Sarek can both appear in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' played by their original actors without trying to conceal their age in either direction, and several Klingons from the original series (namely Kor, Koloth, Kang, and Arne Darvin) can do the same in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''[[note]]though the Klingon case is complicated by the smooth-vs-ridged forehead thing[[/note]].
* The protagonist of ''3 Nen B Gumi Series/KinpachiSensei'' was played by the same man for the roughly forty years the series ran. Naturally, he aged accordingly.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'': Many members of the original cast returned for the 2017 revival after 26 years (25 within the show's continuity).
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' revival has the main cast return to reprise their roles, 14 years after the show originally ended.
* Done with all of the cast of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' in Season 4 which was released seven years after Season 3 and ten years since Season 1. Lampshaded particularly hard for comedic effect with Justin Grant Wade (Steve Holt!) who looks nothing like his younger self.

[[folder: Radio]]
* Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey did this with Jimmy Barclay, even having an episode about him dealing with the [[SarcasmMode "joys"]] of puberty.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* Since ''Feng Shui 2'' came out 20 years after ''TabletopGame/FengShui'', one suggestion for transitioning between editions is "Getting Too Old For This Shit", where the [=PCs=] have aged 20 years too.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Video game example: ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' -- which averts DawsonCasting in both the English and Japanese voice acting -- aged Sora up approximately a year between the first and third games, to allow for the voice actors going through puberty.
** This is inverted in the remake of the GameBoy Advance game ''Chain of Memories'' (i.e., [=PlayStation=] 2's ''Kingdom Hearts: Re: Chain of Memories''). In this leg of the story, Sora has not yet aged by more than a few days, but they still use (the older) Haley Joel Osment, both for cutscene acting and in-battle cries (whereas on the GBA they used clips of Osment's younger voice; and there was no cutscene voice acting).
* Played straight in the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series from ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' to ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', with Dominic Armato as Guybrush, Alexandra Boyd as Elaine (even though [[TheOtherDarrin the voice actress herself was absent]] in ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland''), Earl Boen as [=LeChuck=] (though, of course, [[TheOtherDarrin Boen was in semi-retirement and absent only in the PC download version of Chapter 1]] of ''Tales''), and Denny Delk as Murray. Inverted in the Special Editions of ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'' and ''VideoGame/{{Monkey Island 2|LeChucks Revenge}}'', however, when the now-aged Armato, Boyd and Boen return to play their characters' younger selves.
** Also inverted is that Pat Pinney (Stan) and Neil Ross (Wally B. Feed) sounded younger only in ''Curse''; and S. Scott Bullock (Otis), Creator/CamClarke (Meathook), Creator/WallyWingert (Herman Toothrot) and Jess Harnell (Estevan) sounded younger only in ''Escape''; while Leilani Jones-Wilmore (The Voodoo Lady) sounded younger in both games. When the actors returned to voice the characters in the Special Editions of ''Secret'' and ''[=LeChuck=]'s Revenge'', however, the characters' younger selves now sound older than they were before.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': The Heavy(and Demoman)'s voice actor is one of the oldest out of the bunch, and his voice has started to sound even deeper as a result. It's even lampshaded in Mann vs. Machine mode (released on the game's fifth year), which takes place four years after the main storyline (jumping from 1968 to 1972):
--> '''Heavy:''' I am getting too old and giant for this.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* According to WordOfGod, the title character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' aged with his voice actor.
* Finn from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' started as 12 [[ChildrenVoicingChildren with a similar-aged actor]], and ages as the show goes along. However, while he started aging in almost real time (his thirteen birthday was just before the show's first anniversary), the passage of time [[NotAllowedToGrowUp gradually slows]], and by the last recordings Finn is 17 and his voice actor is 20.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', baseball player Mike Scioscia made a guest star appearance in season 3. He later returns in season 22, with a much older appearance, while the rest of the Simpsons remain under the perpetual [[NotAllowedToGrowUp floating timeline]]. In addition, because celebrities are linked to pop culture and are not established characters in the Simpsons series, they are exempt from the floating timeline. However, this does not apply to recurring celebrities like Creator/StephenHawking and UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RobotechTheShadowChronicles'', Rick Hunter briefly appears as a white haired, battle scarred middle aged Admiral (canon gives his age in 2044 as 54). His voice actor, Tony Oliver is about the same age. The ''Sentinels'' novels and comics attempted to use Applied Phlebotinum to delay the aging of Rick and the other original ''Macross'' Saga characters, namely by having their trip to Tirol fall victim to unexpected TimeDilation thanks to the shapings of Protoculture. The older comics and novelizations also set the events of Invid Invasion in the early 2031 when Rick would have been only about 40 (but still look like he was in his early to mid 30s). The retcon of the Robotech timeline avoids all of this and Rick is now clearly too aged for the Veritech cockpit.
* Used for a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming in WesternAnimation/ScienceCourt. Tim's voice actor hit puberty and instead of replacing him, they had the character do the same.