->''"I'm too old for this shit."''\\
--'''Martin Riggs (echoing his partner, Roger Murtaugh's, catchphrase)''', ''Film/LethalWeapon 4''

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."

Compare with RoleReprisal.
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!!Examples:

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* The ''Film/JamesBond'' series might have four of the most well known cases in in film history.
** Desmond Llewelyn 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.
** BernardLee played the part of M in eleven different film, starting with ''Film/DrNo'' in 1962 and ending with ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' in 1979. Again, he gets noticably older as time goes on.
** 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.
** SeanConnery starred as Film/JamesBond in seven different films. The first six films began with the 1963 ''Film/DrNo'' and ended with ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' in 1971. He only appeared to age slightly during the films. However, when he returned as Film/JamesBond in the 1983 ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain'', he was visible aged, because he was 20 years older than when he had first appeared as Bond.
* [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture The first]] ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movie, 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. This makes a certain amount of sense, as advanced medical technology would likely extend human lifespan (and probably working lifespan) significantly.
** Fandom seems to be agreed that although advanced medical technology has extended lifespans (as is shown in the first episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', when a 137-year-old [=McCoy=] -- by current estimates this is older than a human is biologically capable of living -- is given the grand tour), strictly cosmetic procedures such as plastic surgery have fallen out of favour -- with the notable exception of hairpieces.
** It's also actor Creator/BrentSpiner's rationale for Data's death in ''[[Film/StarTrekNemesis Nemesis]]''; in that case, of course, the actor's aging couldn't be handwaved or worked into the plot, since Data is an ageless android.
*** Remember Data's offscreen spoken line over the comm in the ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' finale? They wanted him to appear on screen but he refused because he felt he was too old to look like Data anymore.
*** However, in the last regular episode of ''Star Trek TNG'', the Data of the (possibly no longer valid) future had had some gray added to his hair to simulate aging just to 'try it out.' The perfect explanation should they ever want to bring Data is ''already established.'' Of course, it wouldn't have worked for an episode explicitly set during season 7.
*** Marina Sirtis and in particular Jonathan Frakes' noticeably older appearances are just handwaved.
** The age of the TOS characters was directly referred to by Ensign "Mister Adventure" in the [[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock third movie]], leading to Uhura's SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome.
** 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. (And with reason: According to the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' [[TheWikiRule wiki]] ''Memory Alpha'', Picard would be around 70 at that point!)
** Note that between Kirk being shown in the command chair for the first time as a young and eager captain and what could be regarded as the end of his active service (Star Trek VI), there is about a quarter century in William Shatner's life. This seems about right for a young and aggressive captain (in a service which regularly takes lethal risks and consequently offers opportunities for command promotion) advancing to the rank of a senior admiral on the brink of his retirement.
** The second through fifth films are set, at most, within a few months of one another.
** The novelisation of Star Trek VI explicitly states that Spock has aged much slower than his contemporaries due to his Vulcan heritage ensuring he will live much longer than a human, whereas in the film Leonard Nimoy looks every bit as old as his castmates and no attempt is made to hide the fact that he's in his 60s. However, this is then averted when Spock apparently then doesn't age for another 70 years, as he appears in a TNG two-parter looking exactly the same as he did in the later movies. ''Enterprise'' would then follow the novelisation in suggesting that a Vulcan in their 60s should, to a human, look as though they are in their 30s.
** Leonard Nimoy plays Spock again in ''Film/StarTrek2009'' and ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', coming from a point in time after the [[Film/StarTrekNemesis last TNG movie]], and playing the role of the [[TheObiWan grey-haired wise old mentor]] to [[MyFutureSelfAndMe his younger self]] (played by Creator/ZacharyQuinto) in an alternate timeline.
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''
* ''{{Rambo}}''
* ''LethalWeapon 4'', to the point where Riggs and Murtaugh use "We're not too old for this shit!" as a SurvivalMantra.
** All the ''Lethal Weapon'' movies, really, since non-fatal {{Retirony}} is part of the premise.
* ''RockyBalboa''
** And ''Rocky 5''.
* ''Live Free or Film/DieHard''.
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}} 3'' is to retain all the old cast from the original ''Ghostbusters''.
* The later part of Creator/ClintEastwood's career has been [[CoolOldGuy him playing the over-the-hill, but still extremely badass, hero]]. For a more concrete example, he noticeably ages throughout the ''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 GranTorino [[SpiritualSequel "Dirty Harry 6"]]
* ''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.
* ''The RoadTo Hong Kong''
* ''Film/TronLegacy'', which was also notable for featuring ''both'' old JeffBridges as Flynn and [[ConspicuousCGI CGI-made]] young Jeff Bridges as his program.
** Not to mention [[spoiler:hiding the ''[[CharacterTitle title character]]'' behind a mask, and generally sidelining him on top of it, because Bruce Boxleitner might have been too old (he did return to reprise his human character, and do a single voice-over line as Tron).]]
* At the start of ''Beyond ReAnimator'' (2003), Herbert West has served 13 years in prison since ''Bride of ReAnimator'' (1990).
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* ''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 ''[[{{Beverly Hills 90210}} 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 Patrick Troughton's aged appearance in ''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.
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] 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 "Day of the Doctor", where David Tennant 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 saggy bits' are going to come out at viewers in 3D.
** Also played with in "Day of the Doctor" - Tom Baker's character 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 had 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.
* ''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 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 apparantly started shaving his head. When Skull later appears, he looks exactly the same.
* ''BoyMeetsWorld''. The main characters are in middle school when the series begins and in college by its end.
** And in the upcoming sequel / spin-off series ''Girl Meets World'', Cory and Topanga will be the parents of a 13-year-old girl.
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* Video game example: ''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'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.
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* According to WordOfGod, the title character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' aged with his voice actor.
* Finn from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' had a 13th birthday party. His voice has also become deeper, which makes sense since his voice actor is also entering puberty. As of season 4, he is 14. As of season 5, he is 15.
* 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 other celebrities like StephenHawking and 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.
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