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[[caption-width-right:350:For someone who became famous in 1938, he has aged well...]]

-> ''"Batman was roughly twenty three or so when he started crime fighting. Nowadays he's -- uh --thir-orty-ish?"''
--> -- '''Linkara''', ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' reviewing the origin comic of Batman from 1939.
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The problem is this. On one hand, Comicbook/{{Superman}} is a high-selling, successful character with a lot of licenses and so on based off of him. You don't want him to age or die, because that means losing that successful character. On the other hand, Superman exists as part of a greater universe, and if ''all'' the stories in that universe are continuously frozen in time, that cuts off a lot of possibilities.

So what do you do? '''Comic Book Time'''. You use the ''illusion'' of time passing. You never refer to specific dates if you can help it, and you let characters change, but only a little.

This can prove harmful to characters that are tied to a certain time period. For example, [[Comicbook/XMen Magneto's]] backstory involves being in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. This causes a particular type of aversion, the RefugeeFromTime where you just don't allow any SlidingTimescale at all or at least not for one character.

Another factor of Comic Book Time is that it does not pass at the same rate for everyone; secondary characters may catch SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome and age from children to teenagers and then young adults while their adult counterparts remain roughly the same age. Or minor characters can drop out of the narrative, only to return years later, aged, while their counterpart heroes remain youthful. This concept was picked up on in the FourthWall-breaking ''She-Hulk'' series, in which a [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] character decided to hang around She-Hulk as much as possible to stay youthful.

Stories focused around youngsters [[NotAllowedToGrowUp are especially vulnerable to this]], and even aging characters usually aren't allowed to progress to the point they'd be separated from their peers.

One possible justification is that [[WebcomicTime publication time does not equal the passage of time in the book]]. Particularly in recent years, comic book publishers have tended to adopt a model where each monthly issue of the book in question is a single installment of a longer story-arc; for instance, a six-issue story arc where Franchise/{{Batman}} takes on the Joker may only equal one night in the actual passage of time. Despite this, the story has taken up half a year of "real time". This, naturally, is going to affect both how quickly you can develop the overall narrative and how contemporary you can make it. However, all characters in a universe tend to inhabit the same "present", despite when they first appeared or how much time has passed in their series.

Indeed, this is a valid point, because an open-ended series that wants to keep using the same characters and keep them in a given age-range for a long time pretty much ''must'' use some variant of comic-book time.

An adaptation of a series that has this can usually [[AdaptationDistillation avoid it]], as most of them only last a few years. On the flipside, non-comic series that [[LongRunners last long enough]] also tend to use this.

Stories that take place in the future, naturally, are allowed to completely ignore this -- unless the same future is referenced again later, in which case it'll have slid forward the same amount.

Compare FrozenInTime, WebcomicTime, TalkingIsAFreeAction, NotAllowedToGrowUp, CantGrowUp. Often results in OutdatedOutfit. See YearZero for a compromise, and SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome for similar peculiarities in live-action productions.



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* Franchise/{{Batman}} has been protecting Gotham City for about a decade. Batman has ''always'' been protecting Gotham City for about a decade.
** Interestingly, the movie Bruce and his parents went to see has consistently been ''The Mark of Zorro'' starring Tyrone Power. This movie's first theatrical run was in 1940. This would make Bruce Wayne be in his 80s. It's probably only a matter of time before he went to see the Antonio Banderas version from 1998.
*** Quite frankly, At this point (2014), there is nothing stopping the ten-year old Bruce from watching the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie.
** Lampshaded in Creator/NeilGaiman's ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheCapedCrusader''.
--->'''Selina Kyle''': I've known the Departed since... well, it was a couple of years before Pearl Harbor. I guess that ''dates'' me.
** After ''Infinite Crisis'', it's closer to twelve years, one of which was covered by the "One Year Later" jump.
*** Pre-ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}} and the ComicBook/{{New 52}} reboot, Batman and Superman debuted in the same year. Circa the start of ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', Bats, Supes, and the in-universe [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] of Superheroes is around 13-14 years old.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' is a textbook example of adaptations avoiding this; it starts right when Batman has been around for three years, and advances in time as it goes along (in the third season Batgirl was in High School, and in the fifth we discover she's already started college; Robin also gets noticeably taller in the fifth season).
** The rebooted {{New 52}} timeline has Batman's career condensed to five years. This has caused a major continuity snarl, in that Bruce's son Damian is still established as being around 10 years old, and yet flashbacks show that Bruce was already Batman when he first met Damian's mother Talia.
*** It has now been said that Batman has only really been in the public spotlight for five years, and there are years before where he was doing his whole "mysterious urban legend" thing.
** As pointed out [[http://www.oafe.net/yo/dcdbatinc1kni.php here]], Batman has been the same general age as '''three full generations''' of a LegacyCharacter.
** A negative review of ''TheBraveAndTheBold'' #33 cited the fact that the issue (which is a [[WholeEpisodeFlashback Whole Issue Flashback]] set just before ''Comicbook/TheKillingJoke'') features a scene where Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}, WonderWoman and {{Zatanna}} sing "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" by {{Beyonce}}. The song came out in 2008, while the issue was published in 2010, meaning that the story is essentially implying that Barbara Gordon's entire history as Oracle took place in under two years.
* Similarly, PreCrisis, Superman was always, officially, 29 years old. It actually became a plot point in one story where a hippy had gained supernatural powers and magically barred everyone over thirty from entering Metropolis. Superman could enter because he was 29.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': While the television show had one in-series year pass for every real year because each season took a year with an episode roughly every week, Buffy Season 8 has, of course, taken longer to unfold because of the monthly comic schedule. All the characters have been stuck at the same age for the last three real-world years. Season 8 takes place a year and a half after Season 7/half a year after ''Angel'' Season 5 (with the ''Angel'' and ''Spike'' comics in the half-year between).
* This causes some hiccups when the characters backstory is closely tied to an certain aspect of society only to have [[SocietyMarchesOn social change happen]]. Take Maggie Sawyer, DCU's first openly gay character: Being in her 30s when she was outed back in 1987 it made sense for her to have an angst-filled failed marriage and a daughter whose father was given full custody in her backstory. As society moves forward she now in 2012 makes references to having been pretty much out to her self her entire life and her decision to hide in a straight marriage seems quite odd. (The original story mentioned her having been RaisedCatholic, but no writer has run with this.) For comparison her girlfriend [[{{Batwoman}} Kathy Kane]] is approximately her age but was introduced in 2006 has been out to herself her entire life without much angsting, her big thing being that she was thrown out of West Point under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", a thing that itself will subject her to ComicBookTime before long.
* In the final issue of Creator/GrantMorrison's ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'' run, Grant Morrison himself has a conversation with the main character and justifies Comic Book Time by implying that, in order to get from point A to point B, a comic book character moves instantly from panel to panel instead of actually walking there, saving a lot of time.
** There was also the issue where they revisited Buddy's origin. The first flashback had everyone dressing and acting like it was the 60s (when Animal Man was created), but when Buddy pointed out that the scene was not how he remembered it, the flashback then started over, now showing everyone dressing and talking like it was the 80s.
* In DCComics, this problem was temporarily deferred from the 1960s to the mid-1980s by introducing parallel universes, where the original version of a long-running character lived on "Earth-Two" and aged, while the current version of the character did not age, but lacked most of the long history. Earth-Two was destroyed in 1986 in ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', but Crisis also reset the histories of many characters, again halting the problem for a few decades. The whole thing was, however, done piecemeal and in an inconsistent way; Franchise/{{Batman}}, for instance, has only had minor resets done, and his history back to the 1960s still has to fit in the aforementioned "about twelve years".
** However, characters which existed only in Earth-Two and were re-integrated as the [[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica Justice Society]] were allowed to bring along their age: Alan Scott as GreenLantern, Jay Garrick as Comicbook/TheFlash, Wildcat, and the original Hourman have all visibly aged. Even still, Jay Garrick is looking remarkably well-preserved these days for someone who should be pushing 100 years old.
*** A notable, headache-inducing sidenote for the Earth-Two characters is that Earth-Two used a rough approximation of real time while Earth-One used ComicBookTime. The fact that the two crossed over regularly was only going to get more bizarre as time went on if it hadn't been halted by Crisis.
**** Another consequence of this is the utter retcon of Black Canary, originally from Earth-Two and Green Arrow's on-again/off-again love interest. Originally an older woman, she's now clearly younger than Ollie's given age of early 40s, possibly by as much as a decade. It doesn't sound so bad until you put the couple into context with Nightwing. Ollie's infamous in-universe for being a Batman copycat, so everything Batman's done, Ollie did a little later, like get a sidekick. Speedy (later Arsenal, later still Red Arrow, and now Arsenal again) is clearly a year or two at most behind Nightwing in age. In his late teens, Speedy also had a drug problem, from which Black Canary helped him recover while she and Ollie were split. The experience tied Black Canary and Speedy together so closely that they consider each other mother and son. The problem is that this story was written when Black Canary was in her mid-30s, Ollie in his late 20s, and Speedy in his mid-teens. The timeframe now is such that only seven years at the most separate Black Canary and Speedy in age, so even assuming Black Canary was exceptionally mature for her age, the "mother" moniker would be unlikely. Even more egregious is, of course, that if this occurred approximately ten years ago in continuity, she and Ollie would have been very early in their relationship, and more importantly, she'd have barely known Speedy, who had turned to drugs after an extended absence from Ollie.
***** The "fix" applied to Black Canary (circa 1980) was that she suddenly discovered that she was actually her own daughter, with false memories.
** This isn't even consistent among all writers. Brad Meltzer, for example, had Elongated Man muse that he'd been a hero for almost ''two'' decades in the opening pages of ''Identity Crisis''.
** The maxi-series ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', which covered the "One Year Jump", was notable for being explicitly real time, with each of the 52 weekly issues covering the week since the last release.
*** Its weekly sequel, ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'', claimed to be real time early on, yet took place concurrently with the rest of the Comic Book Time [[TheDCU DCU]].
*** As of ''Adventure Comics'' #2, the time between ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'s death in ''Infinite Crisis'' and his return in ''Final Crisis'' (i.e. ''52'' + ''Countdown'') is said to be slightly over a year.
**** The confusion was caused by, of course, Countdown to Final Crisis. Because of DC's original stance that ''Countdown'' was going to be in real time like ''52'', Geoff Johns initially believed that ComicBook/FinalCrisis was going to occur "two years" after ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis (a panel in an early issue of ComicBook/BoosterGold stated "Week 104, The Final Crisis"). But since ''Countdown'' was shunted into "vague what-ever time" status... yeah. Or maybe Geoff doesn't know ''how'' long it's been since Infinite Crisis... no one can say.
** After ''The Death of Comicbook/{{Superman}}'', DC released an in-universe ''[[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Newsweek]]'' equivalent that had, at one point, short quotes from various real and fictional people about Superman, his life, his death, etc. One was from Creator/WilliamShatner, describing how he wore a towel around his neck and jumped off his garage roof when he was six. This makes William Shatner roughly 16 in the DC universe.
** This trope is taken advantage of in the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: Hush'' storyline, where a flashback has Bruce Wayne, age 8 or so (before his parents' murder), watching the original GreenLantern fight a supervillain. Originally, both superheroes were active at the same time (Batman's even "older" in terms of publication history!), but because the issue of Comic Book Time was handled differently for each of them, Green Lantern was active when Batman was a kid.
** PreCrisis, ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'s time-era was originally shown as being either vaguely defined or taking place at the time of publication (a 1952 story shows Lana Lang competing to become "Miss Smallville of 1952" for instance). Starting in the late 50s, the writers corrected this and set Superboy as taking place in TheThirties (before Superman's 1938 debut date in the comics). By the late 1960s, this was clearly becoming unfeasible, and Superboy was then placed firmly on a sliding timescale 13-15 years behind the present-day Superman, moving his time-era up to TheFifties and then [[TheSixties the late 1960s]] / [[TheSeventies the early 1970s]] by the time ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' hit. ComicBookTime thus resulted in such things as the classic early 60s story "Superman's Mission For President Kennedy" being retold in the early 80s as "Super'''boy''''s Mission For President Kennedy."
*** [[http://www.hembeck.com/More/Datelinesuperjfk.htm This early 80s cartoon]] by Creator/FredHembeck pondered the situation of Superman ''and'' Superboy having met UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy (and posited that by the late 80s, it'd be Super''baby'' having met JFK).
* In the long-running comic strip ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'', the hero married his girlfriend in 1977, following an on-and-off relationship that began in ''1936''; to look at the happy couple, you wouldn't think either of them had been ''born'' in 1936. Their eldest child, born in 1979, is still school-aged.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' started superheroing in 1962 when he was 15, and as of 2014 he is 28.
* Pretty much everyone in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'', but most especially Reed and Sue's son Franklin, who was born in 1968 and has yet to reach puberty.
** This is especially underscored by the original FF backstory, which had Reed and the team conducting a test flight of his experimental spaceship because they considered it urgent that America put humans into space before "the commies" (Sue's exact words).
** A late 90s FF annual by Karl Kesel and Stuart Immomen lampshaded this when the 616 Ben Grimm got transported to a parallel Earth where the Silver Age Marvel Universe had aged in real time. The Thing was ''horrified'' by the 1961 origin date of that world's FF, realizing it's likely his counterpart was a WWII veteran.
* The comic ''[[Comicbook/SpiderGirl Spider-Girl]]'' started in the late 1990s in a version of the MarvelUniverse without Comic Book Time; Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}} was in his 40s, and had a daughter with Mary Jane, the titular Spider-Girl. Of course, after the book started, Comic Book Time kicked in; it's been about ten years, and she's moved from a sophomore to a junior in that time.
** The 2008 MiniSeries ''[=GeNext=]'' does the same real-time gimmick and stars the kids and grandkids of the ComicBook/XMen. (Though in this case they're the grandkids specifically of the versions seen in the also AU ''X-Men: The End'')
* Kitty "Shadowcat" Pryde of the ''ComicBook/XMen'' was introduced during the '80s as a thirteen year old girl. CharacterDevelopment saw her grow from an inexperienced kid into a full member of the team, go through numerous names, develop as an electronic whiz, psychically learn a lifetime of ninja skills, become a founding member of the British based superhero team Excalibur, and work as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.... Yet she takes a break from being a superhero to go to college full time.
** Special mention must go to how her first romantic relationship with team member Colossus was aborted due to the fairly wide gap in their ages. Twenty years of real time later, when Colossus comes BackFromTheDead (long story), Kitty has effectively aged to her early/mid twenties, while Colossus has apparently stayed the same age as always. The two resume and then consummate their relationship. It's greeted with the reaction of "About time" from Wolverine.
** The 1981 storyline ''Comicbook/DaysOfFuturePast'' depicts a BadFuture in 2013, where Kitty appears as a middle-aged woman. ''X-Men'' comics eventually reached 2013, and Kitty is decidedly not middle-aged.
** Variations of Kitty Pryde's lack of aging can be seen in the entire ''New Mutants'' generation of X-Men introduced in the 80s, who are maybe five years older than characters introduced nearly twenty years later.
** And at least Kitty eventually managed to reach her twenties (thanks mostly to Warren Ellis writing her into a relationship with the thirty-something Pete Wisdom). Jubilee was about fifteen when she was introduced in 1989 and has managed to age perhaps two years in the twenty years of real time that followed, at one point having her age given as ''thirteen'' without any sort of de-aging plotline involved.
*** Ellis' hands were tied with Kitty to a certain extent, especially in how much leeway he had to show the, shall we say, '''nature''' of her and Wisdom's relationship; he's said in Q & A's that he personally thought of her being nineteen or twenty, but that the Marvel bosses didn't want to age her ''too'' much. It was eventually addressed in, of all places, [[AllThereInTheManual an ''Excalibur'' letters page]], [[WordOfGod where the editors were of the opinion]] "Kitty's a mature girl in her late teens, and she and Wisdom are kind of like Han Solo and Princess Leia."
*** As for Jubilee, she may now be exempt from the aging issue since as of the "Curse Of the Mutants" arc, she is now a vampire and permanently 19.
** Kitty's age somewhat broke the X-Continuity back in the early '80s. She was introduced in 1980 at the age of 13 1/2, and was described as being "not yet 15" in a 1983 issue. So far this is normal. Except at the same time, ChrisClaremont had tied his hands somewhat by explicitly pegging Jean Grey's death as occurring on September 1, 1980, and then doubling down by having characters refer to her death in terms that seem to imply a bit of real time progression (for instance, in another 1983 issue, Professor X talks of Jean's death as being "years ago", no doubt meaning ''three'' years ago). 13 1/2 to almost 15 is only 18 months at maximum, and probably less[[note]]meaning that the stories could only take place in very early 1982 at the latest[[/note]]. So either Kitty has a mutant power to stop aging, or Chris really should have left the actual date of Jean's passing vague.
* Domino had to be at least 40 when she was first introduced. Then ProgressivelyPrettier kicked in and she's actually aged backwards to the point where she's always drawn as a woman in her 30s. It's best to not think too hard on this and just accept it since ComicBookTime is the only explanation there is.
* One of the more visible examples is the death of Jean Grey during Comicbook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga, where her tombstone gives her date of birth as ''1956''. This would have made her seven years old when she joined the X-Men in 1963.
* In a bizarre inversion of this trend, the Beast somehow went from a person who hadn't entered college yet (and might not even have been eighteen yet) in X-Men 66 (March 1970) to a person with a Ph.D. in Amazing Adventures 11 (March 1972). In other words, in only two years of ''real world'' time, enough time had somehow passed for him to go from being a high school grad to a doctor, somewhat like a comic-book case of SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome.** They even mentioned he was having his 30th birthday in a few days/weeks' time in an early '90s of "Adjectiveless" X-men.
** Another inversion happened with Professor Charles Xavier. In the very first X-Men story he states that he is a mutant because his parents worked on the first atom bomb. This would mean that he was born in the 1940s, in other words in 1963 he must have been in his very early 20s. Some time later, with the introduction of the Juggernaut, it is revealed that Charles and his step-brother had served in the Korean War together, which meant that in the mid-1960s they should both have been around 30. And in the early 1980s, when Creator/ChrisClaremont greatly elaborated the origins of Magneto and Charles Xavier, it was revealed that Charles is apparently roughly the same age or only insignificantly younger than Holocaust survivor SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} (putting both of them into the mid-to-late 50s at the time these stories were written) and that he had fathered a son with another Holocaust survivor, Gabrielle Haller.
** ''ComicBook/AllNewXMen'' {{Lampshades}} the use of Comic Book Time. The original X-Men still dress and act as though they came from the 60s, but Iceman is shown to be a fan of RunDMC.
* ThePunisher averts this trope; his history has him as a Vietnam vet, and he has aged real-time. This makes him somewhat paradoxical in the MarvelUniverse, since everybody else around him ages in ComicBookTime. [[MST3kMantra It's best not to think about it too much]].
** There is a Frank who has aged in real time, that one is only [[Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX the MAX continuity]] (which branched off of the normal continuity at some point during the Marvel Knights run). That Frank is a Vietnam vet, whereas the traditional Frank (the one who [[Comicbook/ThePunisherPurgatory served Heaven]] and became Frankencastle and the like) varies depending on the author, much like any other character.
* The ABCComics universe averts this. In most of their books, the date is featured quite prominently. For those characters who have very long backstories, explanations are given (Example: TeslaStrong, daughter of hero ComicBook/TomStrong, was born in 1938, but as of the turn of the century was only in her late teens. This was explained by a childhood accident with the life-extending drug that allowed her parents to stay in their physical prime past their hundredth birthdays.) They even had the ''end of the world'' take place in 2004 -- and the dates given in subsequent comics are usually earlier than that.
* Ignored in ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', in which John Constantine's birthday (10 May 1953) has remained static over the years and he has aged realistically, with issues being set on his 35th and 40th birthdays. Likewise, his niece has grown from a ten-year-old girl into an adult, and his friend's granddaughter has aged from a baby into a young girl. This does cause problems when he interacts with [[TheDCU DCU]] characters, such as at [[GreenLantern Hal Jordan's]] funeral or Green Arrow and Black Canary's wedding. There is also his relationship with DCU's {{Zatanna}} -- when their past dating history was established, he was only a couple of years older than her, but as he aged while Zatanna didn't, their relationship looks more and more problematic with each passing year.
** This is another reason why most Vertigo stories are not considered in-continuity with the regular DC Universe. See also ExiledFromContinuity.
** The ''{{New 52}}'' reboot attempts to fix this by establishing two entirely different John Constantines. The older Constantine in the ''Hellblazer'' series firmly exists outside the DCU, while a younger version exists alongside Zatanna on the ''JusticeLeagueDark''.
*** Though ''Hellblazer'' has since been cancelled and replaced by a new book called ''Constantine'', which features the younger version.
* Glaringly obvious in ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}''. The hero remains a "Boy Reporter" from the 1920s to the 1970s, while all around him the world is changing, as shown by advancing technology and various RippedFromTheHeadlines plots. Members of the cast who arrived after the story started are likewise frozen in time.
* Averted in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd''. The story has a 1:1 time-passage rate. Dredd really is thirty years older now than he was in the late 70s. Even all his treatments and cyborg implants have their limits. Dredd facing his old age, watching long-time supporting cast retire, and training the new generation of Judges is a major theme now.
* Another exception: Virtually all comic book universes created by Creator/JimShooter. All stories that took place in TheNewUniverse, [[ValiantComics Valiant Universe]], Defiant Universe and Broadway Universe unfold in real time, and the characters aged accordingly. (unfortunately, only one of these got enough stories under its belt for this to have significant effects.)
* Yet another exception: in [[ImageComics Image's]] ''TheSavageDragon'', where events have progressed and characters have aged in realtime since the series was launched in 1992. Creator Erik Larsen has said this makes crossovers with series that have Comic Book Time a brain-straining nightmare.
* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' actually subverts this for ''other'' series. When the Comicbook/NewAvengers did a guest spot, it was explicitly stated that LukeCage fought Tombstone as Power Man three years earlier, and Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}} wore his black costume when Chase (who was nearing his eighteenth birthday) was in grade school.
** However, it plays it straight for its ''own'' timeline; the series has been running since 2003, and only Chase and Molly have had birthdays, but the references to years keep changing.
* ''ComicBook/{{Zot}}'' plays with this by making the alternate Earth that the hero hails from stuck at 1965. Characters from the "real" Earth notice this oddity.
* Completely inverted in ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' (possibly due to the characters being immortal). Some references to past events imply that, given the frequent timeskips in the storyline, events may be progressing ''twice as fast'' as real-time.
** IIRC, one early arc had a character's recovery over a year happen in a single issue, yet some other story arcs will take place over as little time as a week. ''Fables'' seems to run on "whatever time is most convenient".
* One of the problems with the sliding timescale results in a variant of FadSuper Syndrome. In ''Infinite Crisis'', BlackLightning claims that he chose his name because, at the time, there were very few black superheroes. Which was true enough in the [[{{Blaxploitation}} seventies]], but by this point, he had to have gotten his start in the nineties with the rest of the DC crew. In fifteen years or so, he'll have chosen the name Black Lightning sometime around ''now''.
* Interestingly, Creator/DonRosa and CarlBarks's DonaldDuck universe has a static timeframe. That is, Scrooge [=McDuck=] was born in 1867, made his first dime in 1877, retired in 1942, met Donald in 1947, and died in 1967 at the age of 100. The stories take place in the late 40s and early 50s. All technological innovations get a HandWave as coming from the decades-ahead-of-the-times mind of Gyro Gearloose. Of course, under other authors, Comic Book Time still applies.
** Not only does Rosa's timeline only apply to his own stories, it's also officially unacknowledged, and Rosa is forbidden from making specific references to this passage of time beyond subtle references and background details that will go unnoticed by most. The direct mentions of the years have only appeared in behind-the-scenes editorials in the trades reprinting his works, and the date of Scrooge's death only in a fanzine. Officially, the Donald universe operates in Comic book time, and anything going against this is simply considered fan theories by the editors.
** Funny note here: due to the amount of stories produced per year, all by different countries, the Disney characters have actually had more Christmases, Halloweens, birthday, April Firsts, or whatever holidays more than actual years that have passed by. Donald has celebrated at least 200 Christmases.
* So, which war/conflict was ComicBook/IronMan injured in again to get his chest plate?
** Rule of thumb for that: Whatever the big international crisis-point was 8 to 15 years ago (so currently it is generally regarded as the Middle East or Afghanistan).
* Much like Dick Grayson, many sidekicks (and young superheroes) during TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks aged visibly through the years while their mentors remained the same.
** Black Terror's sidekick, Tim/Kid Terror, was eleven years old during his debut in 1941. By 1944 or so, he was increasingly depicted as a teenager. He was shown attending high school until his last [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] appearance.
** Kitten, sidekick of the Cat-Man, was 11 at the time of her debut. She remained young for a while, but as years passed, artists started drawing her as a teenager more and more often (it wasn't terribly consistent) until they finally settled on a teenage look that lasted through last eight issues of ''Cat-Man Comics''.
*** And appears in 1990s AC comics as an adult woman, married to Cat-Man (who gets disapproving looks from female heroes), and still shorter than average. It should be pointed out that, somewhere down the line, AC Comics decided to retcon Kitten's origin, stating that she was already an adult when she and Cat-Man met.
** ComicBook/{{Airboy}}, young aviator hero who was 12 at the time of his 1942 debut, was one of the very rare early cases when a [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] comic book character that aged close to real time. He managed to last until 1953, so readers saw him growing up into a 20-something adult throughout the course of his run.
* Averted in John Byrne's ''SupermanAndBatmanGenerations'' series, which operated under the premise of "what if comic books followed real time from the beginning." Kal-El and Bruce Wayne make their heroic debuts in the 1930s, as in real life, but then proceed to age and have families, with their children taking up their respective heroic legacies. Eventually, the heroic lineage intersects when Kara Kent (Supergirl) and Bruce Wayne Jr. (Robin II/Batman III) are married.
* ComicBook/TheInvaders, a Marvel UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era superteam, were touched by Comic Book Time in an unusual way. Some of them, like Spitfire, aged in real time (only to be aged down again later), others were ageless (Human Torch was an android while Namor ages much slower than humans), others frozen (Captain America and Bucky), and a handful were just left to reach old age (Toro). However, look up how long Captain America was frozen for, and you'll find that the value has changed repeatedly, of course.
* Averted in ''ComicBook/AstroCity'', where characters age in real time. However, any given story may be set in any time period, meaning that characters may still be used for how many stories their creator desires..
* The [[Comicbook/{{Blackhawk}} Blackhawks]], since their series continued without interruption until 1968, following a sliding timescale up until the 1970s, in which they operated as mercenaries in then modern times. Most subsequent revival published since the 1970s have appeared as period pieces set in the 1940s to the Vietnam War at the latest. ''Birds of Prey #75'' revealed that almost all of the original Blackhawks have died.
* {{Lampshaded}} in Creator/NeilGaiman's ''ComicBook/TheSandman''. During the Wake, we see Clark Kent, Franchise/{{Batman}}, and J'onn J'onzz discussing their dreams. Clark mentions that he has a recurring dream where he gets infected with a virus that forces him to only move one direction through time.
* Top Cow Universe seems to be heading in that direction. Originally, it stayed fairly close to real time. In the 2003 universe handbook (published on the tenth anniversary of the line's debut), most characters are given concrete, real-time birthdays and chronological references to past events that worked perfectly well if you assumed that their stories took place during the year they were published. In more recent stories, writers seemed to be backing away from that. While they do acknowledge that the characters have been around for a couple of years, they carefully avoid giving any exact dates. It's probably just as well - if the above-mentioned birthdays were still canon, the current Witchblade would have turned forty in 2010.
* Doctor Yuriko Takiguchi, a {{Marvel}} Comics character that originally appeared in Franchise/{{Godzilla}} comic, is an interesting exception. When he originally appeared, he was already a middle-aged man. When he reappeared in the ''Uncanny X-Men'', he aged quite visibly, which would make sense of one was to assume that in Marvel continuity, Godzilla comics took place in the same time as they were printed (mid 1970s). The thing is, though, Godzilla comics took place in then-contemporary Marvel Universe, and many characters that age in ComicBookTime appeared in supporting roles. It's probably best not to think about it too much.
* ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' made a solid effort to avoid this, but realities of the genre (the whole "six months to publish one day's adventures" thing) and ScheduleSlip have been hobbling it. So, on the one hand, the entire cast has visibly aged since the series started, and Mark started out as a high school senior and has graduated high school, gone to college for a while, dropped out, and gotten a job. On the other hand, it took him eight years to do all that. On the ''other'' other hand, the most recent arc (the Viltrumite War) has gone into accelerated time, with one issue taking place over the span of many, many months, so it's catching up a bit.
* Someone mentioned that WonderWoman "has lived among us for nearly a decade" in a comic from 2003, nearly ''six'' decades after Wonder Woman's real world debut.
* Subverted with the ''Comicbook/YoungAvengers'', while the original artist Jim Cheung always [[ArtisticAge drew the team as teenagers]], the kids actually aged as the series continued. They started as 15-16 years old, by the time of [[ComicBook/TheChildrensCrusade The Children's Crusade]] they are in their 16-17 and new writer Kieron Gillen acknowledged in his formspring that the ages of the members in the new team (bar Kid Loki) are between 17-19, putting the original members in the 17-18 age (since Kate, Noh-Varr and America Chavez are acknowledged as the older ones in the team, the first two being stated as 21).
** Kieron Gillen has mentioned that the passage of time is actually relevant. He compared the original series to high school, and the relaunch to post-graduation.
** That said, the ''characters'' themselves are a massive ContinuitySnarl when it comes to their ages. [[Comicbook/TheKreeSkrullWar If Teddy was conceived during Captain Mar-Vell's brief time together with Princess Anelle]], then he could have been born no later than 1973 unless Skrulls have a ''much'' longer gestation period. Regardless, Anelle was killed when Galactus devoured the Skrull throneworld in 1983. Meanwhile, his boyfriend Billy was born for the ''first'' time in 1986, and "died" in 1989. Allowing for some time spent dead and then experiencing {{Reincarnation}}, being born into a new biological family and growing into his teens so as to match Teddy's age when ''Young Avengers'' launched requires that SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome be added to the mix for both Billy and his twin Tommy.
* ''TheDefenders'' actually offered an in-universe explanation for ComicBookTime. A race of SufficientlyAdvancedAliens called the Omega [[MetaOrigin manipulated the events leading to the creation of Earth's various superheroes]], and it is heavily implied that they manipulate time as well to keep them ready to defend reality. The SilverSurfer flat-out says "They make time move differently for us."
* Sort of used in {{Marvel}}'s ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers Generation 1]]'' comics. The Transformers on the ''Ark'' awakened in 1984, and that date remained consistent for the entire run; thus, in issued printed in 1989, a couple of characters mention having been active for five years. Also, Simon Furman's future stories always take place exactly 20 years after the mainline stories; thus, the future segments of "Target: 2006" take place in 2006, while those of "Time Wars" take place in 2008. However, Buster and Jessie never seem to advance through high school, nor does Spike graduate from college. (Granted, these are very minor quibbles, but it's still noticeable).
* {{Marvel}}'s PowerPack are a particularly bizarre example. They started out as a group of kid heroes, all aged 8-11. Two of them remained kids, while Alex Power appeared to be about 18 in Fantastic Four, and Julie Power seemed like she was in her mid-twenties when she showed up in Runaways and The Loners. As a crowning absurdity, the Power Pack got a series of mini-series with the kids promptly brought back to their original ages.
** These minis were later declared non-canon, and when Julie eventually joined the ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy'', she once again looked to be in her late teens.
** Meanwhile, her older brother Alex has become a member of the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Future Foundation]], but now appears to be about five years younger than her.
* On the subject of Batman, [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2007/comic/book-5/06-flashbacked/thefirstmovie/ this]] Shortpacked explores some of the consequences of Comic Book Time.
* A short-term example happened for Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} during the ''ComicBook/{{Inferno}}'' CrisisCrossover: He gets beat up by an assembled gang of his enemies and dropped in a ditch during a Fourth of July parade. He gets out of that ditch and vaguely healthy again just in time for the Christmas issue, implicitly no more than a week or two later.
* This gets ''really'' weird in the adventures of ''ComicBooks/DouweDabbert''. When Douwe is first introduced, he is a very old although surprisingly spry man. None of his adventures are explicitly dated and we are never told how much time passes between his adventures. Then, in one of his very last stories, he is reunited with Thorm, a character he met in his second adventure, and explicitly says that it has been twenty-two years since they last saw one another. This is possibly {{Lampshaded}} when he returns Thorm to the animal kingdom at the end of the story and remarks to the other animals that they haven't changed a bit. But wait, it gets stranger! Duting his travels, Douwe befriends a family of wizards, who recur throughout his adventures. The wizards are established to age very slowly. Pief, who looks and acts like a ten-year old boy, is ReallySevenHundredYearsOld. But it is Pief who grows up during those twenty-two years. Compare his first appearance to his last and you will note that Pief now looks more like a teenager and acts much more maturely. All this while Douwe himself shows no signs of aging. (Although it is revealed in one of the stories that he has some wizard blood, so that might go part of the way...)
* ''ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK'': Dennis has been about 10 years old since he first appeared back in 1951. It's "about", because his physical appearance has changed repeatedly, getting sometimes taller and stockier like a teen, and sometimes smaller and more round-faced like a younger boy of 6 or 7 or so. However back in 1998, his mother got pregnant, carried a baby to term (his sister Bea), and little Bea was for several years a 2-year-old (and friends with 4yo pre-schooler Ivy the Terrible), while nobody else has aged one iota. Bea was retconned back to a baby when the 2009 CBBC cartoon started and the comic adopted its art style and continuity.
* The ArchieComics main characters have been in high school for over sixty years.
** Someone once wrote in to the ''Archie'' letters column demanding an explanation for this, theorizing that the characters must be really, really dumb if they can't graduate. Reggie Mantle (yes, the character) responded by explaining that he and the other characters had simply [[CursedWithAwesome been stuck with eternal youth]].
** ''ComicBook/LifeWithArchieTheMarriedLife'' was made to show what life would be like if Archie and his friends actually aged for once.
* ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' has been a teenage witch for fifty years. The ''Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina'' reboot averts this by having it firmly take place in TheSixties.
* Cherry from ''CherryComics'' has always 'just turned 18'.
* COMPLETELY averted with the modern day stories in ValiantComics which had almost every single story set in the month it was published (the only exceptions being multi-issue stories which would take place somewhere in that time frame as well).
* Justifiably averted for Comicbook/DoctorStrange, who met Death as part of his trials to become Sorcerer Supreme: the encounter locked him in the age he was when it happened (his mid-forties), where [[TheAgeless he has remained ever since]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' and the other villagers have been the same age since their publication. This was lampshaded in ''The Golden Book'', in which Uderzo decides to show what the Gaulish Village would look like if it really ''had'' aged 50 years.
* ''{{Powers}}'' rarely gives measurements of time passing. Walker and Pilgrim rarely look any different throughout the first volume, and except for Walker's retirement and Pilgrim's medical leave, there are no firm lengths of time given. Then by issue #1 of volume 2(the Legends arc), readers once again meet Callista, the little girl he helped rescue way back in issue #1. Turns out she's now working in a record store, and she states that it's been six years since she met Walker.
* ''CaptainAmerica'' is a bizarre example. He is inextricably tied to WorldWarII (attempts to extricate him to the 1950s Red Scare failed dismally), so he became a HumanPopsicle in about 1945. He was unfrozen... about a decade ago, maybe? Steve was originally thawed in the 1960s, a mere 20 years after he was frozen, so not ''everyone'' he knew was dead (just middle-aged, while he was still barely 25) and he was around to experience things like TheVietnamWar, The Civil Rights Movement, Watergate, and so forth. Writers have mined a lot of material out of having a FishOutOfTemporalWater like Cap react to current events, but thanks to ComicBookTime, the length of time he spends frozen keeps on growing, and the historical events he's witnessed or reacted to as they occurred have to keep being retconned. The most recent retelling of his origin, ''Captain America: Man Out of Time'', has him coming back (presumably early) in UsefulNotes/BarackObama's presidency. Keep in mind, one of his more memorable storylines, where he renounces the identity of "Captain America," involved him becoming disillusioned with someone who is heavily implied to be RichardNixon. In modern continuity, Steve was frozen for ''seventy'' years, and missed all that, and the implied Nixon lost that implication.
* Comicbook/BlackWidow was {{Retconned}} into possessing slowed-aging because of this trope. It was getting increasingly harder to believe a youthful woman like her was a veteran of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, so the writers decided to get around this by effectively giving her [[OlderThanTheyLook eternal (or at least longer-lasting) youth]].
* The first arc of the {{New 52}} ''JusticeLeague'' title occurred five years ago, after which the title is set in the present day - but in the first issue after it, none of the subplots or characterisations appear to have changed at all despite '''five years''' elapsing between issues.
* ''BuckDanny'' is perhaps the most glaring example in FrancoBelgianComics: the main trio joined the Air Force in 1941 and haven't aged a day since. The only change is in rank, though Buck is stuck at colonel (any higher and he wouldn't be able to fly).
* Most shared universes, particularly of the superhero variety, tend to use Comic Book Time, but there was one notable aversion to this trope with the ''Wildstorm'' universe, which (more or less) appeared to progress in real time. At least ever since Jenny Sparks died on panel at the end of the 20th century, which occurred at the end of 1999 in both real life and the WSU. Her successor, Jenny Quantum, was a baby one yer later, was 3 years old in 2003, etc. until 2007 when 7 year old Jenny artificially aged herself to a teenager. But during those 7 years, and most likely after though we couldn't use Jenny as a gauge anymore, the universe as a whole advanced in real time.
* JimmyOlsen is a unique case in the Superman cast. While most of the supporting characters are old enough that aging or deaging a few years doesn't noticeably affect how they look or their station in life, Jimmy ages between his mid to late teens where he's a "cub photographer" into his early 20s where he's usually a novice reporter and then snaps back into his late teens and being a photographer multiple times over the decades.
* A somewhat similar thing happened to ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}. When she first appeared in 1959 she was explicitly 15 and aged at a slightly slower than real time rate throughout the Silver Age. She graduated high school in 1965 and graduated college in 1971, after which she became more or less 'fixed' as a young adult woman in her early 20s... until the start of the 1980s when she was inexplicably de-aged to about 19 so she could star in a college setting again.
* In {{ComicBook/WITCH}}, none of the characters (save for Will's brother, who started as newborn, then became a toddler) ever aged - the main team were still in 8th-9th grade after the comic had run for over a decade. Especially odd because we see them celebrating seasonal holidays on several occasions, implying at least some years have passed.
* Amazing Spider-Man #36 (from late 2001/ early 2002 -- not the one from the 60s) was a story that saw Spider-Man and the Marvel Universe deal with 9/11 and its immediate aftermath. Since the Marvel Universe is only about a decade old, it may no longer be in continuity.
* PaperinikNewAdventures makes a solid effort to avoid it, as the time seems to pass as much for them as for us: in "Phase Two" Two mentions that has been two years since his last fight with One, and in "Under a New Sun" Paperinik recalls that he first met Xadhoom "a few years ago".
* Marvel's ''Legion of Monsters'' vol. 2 by Dennis Hopeless and Juan Doe decides to forgo comic book time and say ComicBook/{{Morbius}} the Living Vampire had been a vampire for ''years'' in 1973, even though he was only introduced a year and a half before that (in October 1971). If he was somewhere in his thirties when he was introduced, this means he should be at least in his seventies by 2014. However, Max Modell, a normal human man who was one of Morbius' old friends from college and should therefore be roughly the same age, looks to be somewhere in his 40s. Another comic introduces one of Morbius' old teachers, who looks to be about 50-60. Moreover, not only does it remove Morbius himself from Marvel's sliding timescale, but also everyone he met prior to that point, including [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Peter Parker]], Curt Connors, and various ComicBook/XMen. If Morbius ran into them all at some point before 1973 it means they all should have aged at least 40 years as well, but--of course--they haven't. And the only way to explain the "fact" that Morbius had been a vampire for years come 1973 is saying he must've become a vampire somewhere in the 1960s, which only serves to further enhance the problem.
* The central conceit of the Marvel 100th Anniversary Specials, a series of one-shots published in 2014, supposedly from 2061. While normally TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture comics feature successors to the current heroes, these ones take the view that in the comics Marvel ''actually'' publish a half-century from now, most characters will be basically the same age they are now.
* The ''Comicbook/MightyAvengers'' ''Comicbook/OriginalSin'' crossover is a 1970s flashback based on the idea that in the current timeline, the Marvel Universe's {{Blaxploitation}} character was LukeCage's dad.
* This was used as a weapon of sorts in ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse''. BigBad Morlun waltzes into the [[ComicStrip/SpiderMan Spider-Man Newspaper Strips]] universe, ready to snack on the Peter Parker of that universe. However, as Peter and Mary Jane act strangely, Peter repeating himself over and over, Morlun's left utterly flummoxed at this before realizing what's going on, that time flows differently in this universe and that it might be weeks, even ''months'' before he can actually eat Peter! [[spoiler:The Master Weaver uses it spirit Morlun away and hide the universe in a pocket dimension, claiming that the world was temporally unstable.]] Morlun buys it without a second thought, just too disturbed by the changes.

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* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Adaptations are all over the board on this; at least [[LongRunners the ones running long enough to matter]]:
** After over 15 years of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime episodes, Ash Ketchum is (according to the official Japanese site) ''still'' 10 years old. On a 1:1 basis, he'd be 25 as of 2012. At an estimate, in order to still be 10 years old, out of over 700 episodes, he'd need to be going through ''at the very least'' 2-3 episodes every ''day''. To make things even worse, [[DubInducedPlotHole in the dub]], they've acknowledged that a year or more has passed more than once.[[note]]Most of Japan's equivalent lines merely make reference to "a long time", but Ash and Pikachu celebrating an "anniversary" in Johto; plus Iris and Cilan getting onboard a Bullet Train that was referenced as under construction around the time of that "anniversary" makes the ambiguity quite dubious.[[/note]] Apparently, time passes but nobody ages.
*** And just to drive the point home, the dub has Meowth telling Dawn in their first meeting that "We've been chasing Pikachu since you've been alive." Given Team Rocket's status as local [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth-wall breakers]] who have explicitly referred to the show's staff in the past, Meowth's in a pretty good position to be referring to ''actual production time'' that nobody else in the cast would know about.
*** If you count the day/night cycles and sunrises/sunsets/moonrises/moonsets, you'll find that as of the end of Best Wishes, a total of 5 years, 7 months, and 14 days have passed since the first episode. Roughly 2,054 days. This is only about a year less than the {{Fanon}} [[WebcomicTime convention]] of "One Year per League plus Half-a-Year for {{Filler Arc}}s".%%If someone finds the actual figures, they're free to correct this.
** The ''Manga/PocketMonsters'' also uses Comic Book Time. The protagonists stay the same age no matter how long it is, with the protagonist going various regions with his taking Clefairy. It helps that this manga is unabashedly humor based; it also helps that [[NoExportForYou it's not released in most of the West...]]
** The ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' manga averts this trope. There are numerous {{timeskip}}s, and save when characters are drawn chibi, every character ages correctly. They also tend to rotate main characters out when their respective games' plotlines are done; characters' ''re''appearances usually correspond to [[VideoGameRemake Remakes]] of their respective generations.\\
Of [[IncrediblyLamePun special]] note is Red. Like Ash, he starts his quest at the age of 10, but near the end of the [=FireRed=]/[=LeafGreen=] arc [[ShirtlessScene you can really appreciate that he is now 16]]. ''[[StupidSexyFlanders Really]]''.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' is a more extreme case, as it frequently references the current time of year, with some holidays celebrated more than once, yet after about two decades of episodes since 1994 (1996 for the anime), Conan is still in the first grade. This is necessary to the whole point of the series; if Conan aged in real time, he would be older than he was before the de-aging.
** WordofGod even confirms that it is ComicBookTime. Most fans assume that only the episodes relevant to the main plot are actually happening, and maybe a few other episodes important to character development.
** A clear example can be seen during the time Conan is investigating Eisuke Hondou. The "Shadow of the Black Organization" arc combines two cases that take place at [[JapaneseHolidays New Years and Setsuban]] respectively, while his disappearance in the next plot arc happens at the end of December. The latter arc keeps things vague by referring to an event that happened a few hundred episodes before Eisuke Hondou even appeared as "several months ago".
* While the first three shows in the ''Anime/PrettyCure'' franchise aged characters in real time, ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' has instead made use of Comic Book Time -- all the characters are the same age now as they were in February 2007, despite clearly going through summer and Christmas. Part of this is may be because Karen and Komachi are in their last year of middle school.
** ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' also invokes Comic Book Time - despite going through an entire season as well as a TimeSkip, Erika states that they were "14 year old beautiful super heroes"... before and after the time skip which included ''a birth''.
* Likewise, the ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' anime has Honey alluding to graduating from high school next year. Since the manga is still ongoing, the author tells us not to worry about stuff like that.
** The manga explicitly ignores the passage of time, except to give seasonal settings, keeping all the characters in the same year as when they started. However, [[spoiler:it's been averted since they've finally graduated]].
* [[FanWank Serious discussion]] on whether the goddesses in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' age mostly glosses over the fact that the manga has been running [[PrintLongRunners for 20 years]]; aside from ArtEvolution and the characters [[CharacterDevelopment learning and doing new things]], nowhere ''near'' that much time has passed for them.
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Manga/OnePiece'''s letter column, where the author explains that "The characters have their birthdays every year, but they turn the same age every time, those lucky bastards."
** And yet somehow Coby became [[{{Bishonen}} noticeably]] older when he reappeared. The author claimed [[{{Handwave}} he had a growth spurt]].
** [[FlipFlopOfGod Later comments]] made by the author indicate that they haven't gotten noticeably older simply because all the events of the series hadn't yet covered a year, making this more a case of WebcomicTime.
** [[spoiler: And then the {{Timeskip}} happened, and they actually got 2 years older.]]
* ''RanmaOneHalf'' is a particularly nasty offender of the sliding timescale. When first introduced, the three Tendou sisters are stated to be 16, 17, and 19. Several seasons later, all characters looking exactly the same, it's stated that the characters are celebrating the three-year anniversary of the events of the first episode. THEN, in a later episode, the sisters' ages are listed once again as 16, 17, and 19.
* Averted in ''MaisonIkkoku''. While just about every other Takahashi series is entrenched in comic book time, this series follows real time exactly (aside from a few issues that leave off on a cliffhanger, which are made up next issue by having twice as much time pass).
** Note that, despite this, nobody (save the two recurring children) visibly ages; however, this is most likely because all of the main characters (save the children) were in their early 20s to early 30s at the start of the series, and the series only ran seven years.
* Averted and lampshaded in ''CityHunter'', as people age and seasons go exactly in tune with the manga's release dates, and fourth wall jokes are made by the characters about how, in many mangas, people do not age, but "years are strictly counted in this one".
* ''Manga/InuYasha'' ran from 1996-2008. Kagome was exactly fifteen in the first episode (it was her birthday). She hadn't quite hit sixteen when the next to last chapter was published, then there was a three year TimeSkip [[DistantFinale to the last episode]].
* The ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'' anime fell prey to this. Kyosuke (and, by extension, since they shared the day, Hikaru) only ever got one birthday that we saw on-screen. And what year of life it was for them never actually got mentioned. This makes things a tiny bit jarring when we can ''see'' that time is definitely passing, but there weren't any real clues to which year of school they were currently in -- and then we jump ahead in the first movie, to Kyosuke and Madoka's entrance exams for college...
* From the passing of seasons, which are clearly marked, ''Manga/{{Aria}}'' spans the better part of three Martian years, or five to six Earth years in the anime and manga, respectively. Yet Alice, who we first meet at 14 years old while attending middle school, doesn't graduate from it until five Earth years have passed. The other main characters also seem to have aged little -- most noticeably, in the anime, Ai.
* Each chapter of ''[[Manga/{{Yotsuba}} Yotsuba&!]]'' takes place on a specific date, which in 60 chapters has run from mid-July to mid-October. However, WordOfGod is that each chapter is set in the year it's published, which allows the author to keep technology and pop-culture references current, instead of stuck back in 2003 when he started.
* In ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' in other people's flash backs the three oldest members of the juunishi, Hatori, Ayame and Shigure, have a tendency to look younger, but not young enough. Or, in the case of Hatori, doing things he shouldn't be able to at that age -- he is apparently already a doctor when he [[spoiler: erases Momiji's mother's memory]]. To be fair it's not clear how old Momiji is at the time (and he probably looks younger than he is), but he couldn't really be older than 5 (people leaving his mother having a breakdown for 5 years is pushing it). If Momiji is five then it makes Hatori 16...and already a qualified doctor and not aging all that much for 11 years until the series starts. Hmm....
** In one of the fanbooks, it's made clear that Hatori was not yet a doctor at the time, and that while he also followed his father into medicine, the memory erasure is a separate ability also handed down in his family.
** Notably, Hatori was in his school uniform when he erased Momiji's mother's memory, so he clearly wasn't a doctor yet.
* ''GlassMask''. The ([[PrintLongRunners still ongoing]]) manga started in 1976, and was set in then-present day. In later volumes, we're told outright that a little more than seven in-universe years have passed since then; the characters age believably, and the technology level is entirely compatible with the mid-80s... except cell phones and the internet have been featured and discussed (as in, "in this day and age it's normal to talk to people you've never met over the internet").
* ''Manga/FromEroicaWithLove'' embraces this trope fully.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'' has been around since 1967, and none of the characters look any older. This is fine, since the franchise clearly runs on NegativeContinuity, but Lupin's grandfather is still canonically Literature/ArseneLupin. Who was born in 1874. Assuming an average of 45+ years between each generation of the Lupin dynasty isn't ''impossible'' (especially considering [[TheCasanova their]] [[HandsomeLech reputations]]), but gets a little less probable with every passing year. This makes Arsene Sr a Refugee from Time.
** The prequel series ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'' has one episode that pretty clearly takes place during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, complete with all the anachronisms one would expect. While NegativeContinuity is likely still in play for the franchise as a whole, this would make the timeline seem very odd if ''Fujiko'' were indeed meant to be chronicling the early years of the gang. Especially given that new ''Lupin'' specials (usually taking place in a modern setting) still debut every year.
* ''{{Doraemon}}'' managed to outlive one of its creators, and yet poor Nobita and his friends are still in the fourth grade.
* ''CrayonShinChan'' [[AuthorExistenceFailure sadly also outlived his creator]]. To give an idea of how bad this series is with ComicBookTime: Shin-chan is 5 when the manga starts. His mother's friend Keiko marries, gets pregnant and has a baby. Later on Shin-chan's mom also gets pregnant and has a daughter, Himawari. ''Shin-chan's still five'', and even better, ''the babies are the same age''!
** Even better, an episode parodying ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' aired in 2010 claimed Shin-chan's parents met "8 years ago". When they travel back to said 8 years ago, it's ''2002''. Apparently Shin-chan was born in 2005, nearly a decade and a half after the series ''started''.
* Episode 7 of ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' anime downright declares:
-->'''Hidenori:''' Well, this anime is like ''Manga/SazaeSan''. We'll always be in our [[SecondYearProtagonist second year of high school]].
* Averted in ''ToLoveRu''. At least at first. The first 50 or so chapters equate to about a year, and charaters age and progess to their second year of high school. But afterwards, seasons begin to cycle and characters stop aging.
* {{Golgo 13}} has been active since the 1960s, but that doesn't stop him from [[ColdSniper shooting]], [[TheCasanova screwing]] or looking like the 20 or 30-something he was when he started.

* PierceBrosnan's role as Film/JamesBond continues from TimothyDalton in a post-Cold War world, and yet ''Film/GoldenEye'', set six years after ''Film/LicenceToKill'' has Bond at about the same age. Several films also reference Bond's loss of his love in ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', back in the 1969. The original novels, published in TheFifties and [[TheSixties early sixties]], explicitly state that Bond was born in 1924.
** Arguably [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] with the Daniel Craig films. The official website of ''Film/CasinoRoyale'' gives a comprehensive official biography of Bond, stating that he was born in 1968 (the same year Craig was). ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', which was released six years after Casino Royale (which told the story of Bond's first mission as a 00 agent), makes frequent references to how Bond is a veteran 00 agent, and isn't getting any younger. WordOfGod says that future Craig Bond movies will continue to deal with Bond's ageing.
* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' is definitely marketed as a prequel to the original ''Film/XMen'' trilogy, but the timeline used in the film is very wonky. ''First Class'' takes place in 1962, which would put Xavier and Magneto in their 70s in the first movie (Creator/PatrickStewart was only 60 when the first film was released, and Creator/IanMckellen was around the same age). It's best not to think about Beast's age, either.
** In addition, in the first film Xavier states that he was seventeen when he first met Magneto, but in ''First Class'' he's clearly shown to have been alive in 1944, ''eighteen'' years before the two first meet. Though for the movieverse, a thing like that being only one year off is ''very'' good.
** The real timeline buster is ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine.'' How about Emma Frost being ''younger'' there than in TheSixties? Even the [[spoiler: permanent changes Days of Future Past caused]] can't make a woman [[spoiler: born decades before the changes take hold]] thirty or so years younger than she should be.
* ''Film/SupermanReturns'' is set "five years" after ''Film/SupermanII'' (1980), but a newspaper dated 2006 appears prominently.
** Especially problematic thanks to the casting of Kate Bosworth who was 23 when the movie was released (22 during filming) and looked at least that young. She must have gotten a really early start at the Planet (and a really early start at some other things, considering the age of her son). Brandon Routh, 26 during filming was a little less noticeable. JimmyOlsen looks older than Lois (and in fact Sam Huntington is about a year older than Bosworth), despite being about a decade younger in most continuities.
* Averted in ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}''; the Godzilla films actually do not follow a sliding timescale, since most human characters in the Showa and Heisei films who have returned were portrayed by the same people. Raymond Burr returned as Steve Martin in ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla''. Momoko Kouchi, who was also in [[Film/{{Gojira}} the first film]], reprised Emiko Yamane in ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'' in 1995, and Hiroshi Koizumi resumed the role of Professor Shin'ichi Chujo from ''Film/{{Mothra}}'' (1961) (which did not actually feature Godzilla) in 2003's ''Film/GodzillaTokyoSOS'' The films have recast the Shobijin with younger actresses, however. Kenji Sahara played someone named Segawa in both ''Film/TerrorOfMechagodzilla'' and his Heisei era films, but since ''Terror of Mechagodzilla'' does not form part of the continuity of the Heisei series, it is unclear whether it involves the same personage.
* George Romero's zombie films depict the breakdown of society over a handful of years, but they reflect the wildly different times they were made in. ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead'' shows the zombie apocalypse beginning in 1968, while ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' begins a few weeks into the apocalypse despite obviously occurring in the late 1970s. ''Film/DayOfTheDead'' is perhaps a year or two into the apocalypse but is clearly set in the mid-1980s. ''Film/LandOfTheDead'' avoids the issue completely by simply making it clearly that a long, long time has passed, and the POVSequel ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead'' moves the events of ''Night'' to [[TurnOfTheMillennium the late 2000s]].
* The third story of ''Film/TrilogyOfTerror 2'' presumably picks up a few hours after the third story of the first film. The first film was from 1975 and the sequel was from 1996, and it's a ''bit'' hard to reconcile how different things look between the two films.
* Tarzan underwent constant recasting, from Johnny Weismuller (who played Tarzan from 1932 to 1948) to Lex Barker and further (Mike Henry served as the last series Tarzan in theatrical film in 1968). Since Brenda Joyce stayed on as Jane from the last Weismuller film to at least the first Barker film, this represents a case of a sliding timescale.
** It's most noticeable with their son Boy, who ages from infancy to childhood (about ten, in the movies) in the space of a cutscene, while his parents haven't aged a day.

* Played with in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''. Early books in the series had the UnreliableNarrators worry about how they would adapt in winter, which implies that their adventures are taking place in Comic Book Time prior to the first winter after receiving their powers. By the end of the series it turns out that ItsAlwaysSpring because of the setting, the worries about winter playing up the LiteraryAgentHypothesis that they could not give away their location, and about three years pass from beginning to end of the series.
** Especially hard to nail down timescales because they pointed out ''over and over'' that they were changing details so the Yeerks couldn't figure out who they really were. ''Maybe'' they were trudging through the snow when they said they were, ''maybe'' that's a lie to convince you they're in a colder climate than they are. Only the meat of the story is known to be true; some of the rest is known to be false.
* ComicBookTime is remarkably common in mystery fiction.
** Literature/NeroWolfe appeared in over 30 novels and more short stories published between 1934 and 1975. Each story is set in the year it was written, but Wolfe, Archie, and the main supporting characters don't age, even though Archie celebrates more than one birthday.
*** The 2001 television adaptation ''Series/ANeroWolfeMystery'' displays this quite clearly, as the stories weren't done in anything like chronological order. The brownstone never changes, but the minute Archie steps outside and walks down the street... The show's use of a regular group of actors for the minor characters also magnified the effect, as last week's flapper is this week's flower child.
*** It's not just that the episodes aren't in chronological order, it's that there's no chronology. The show takes place in a mash of the late 30s to early 60s, with the only consideration being what works for the plot and/or [[RuleOfCool what looks best.]]
** Literature/HerculePoirot is introduced shortly after UsefulNotes/WorldWarI as a ''retired'' policeman. By the 1960s, although he has taken to dyeing his moustache, he still doesn't appear to be much over sixty. Similarly, Literature/MissMarple, originally presented as a subversion of the "Victorian Aunt" stereotype in 1920s fiction, is described as having had a Victorian Aunt of her own in ''At Bertram's Hotel'' (published 1965). Each series ends with one novel in which the protagonist has aged [[spoiler: and in fact Poirot dies in his novel]]; both books were written during the Blitz and were originally intended to finish the series if Christie was killed. They were instead published in the 1970s as is, which makes them somewhat anachronistic.
** Jim Qwilleran of the ''Cat Who'' novels is 46 years old in the first novel, written and set in 1966. He's 50 years old in the last novel, written and set in 2007.
** Robert Parker's famous PI Literature/{{Spenser}} fought in Korea and fought Jersey Joe Walcott in the fifties. He's still in business and in something of his physical prime. While Parker allows Spenser to age, he's taken on something of a "timeless" quality as a character.
** Not only does Literature/MikeHammer not age from 1947's ''I, the Jury'' to 1997's ''Black Alley'', New York City doesn't age either.
** Literature/ElleryQueen goes through numerous changes during his run, but he stays at about the same age from 1929 to 1971.
** Literature/DalzielAndPascoe, who debuted in the days when men walked on the moon, are still in harness and haven't aged nearly as much as the elapsed time would suggest. When the series reached its 20th year, Reginald Hill wrote a brief essay on the issue, noting that if they kept it up the two detectives would still be on the job when men walked on the moon again -- and published it as the foreword of a story, "One Small Step", depicting just that.
** In the Adam Dalgliesh novels by ''Creator/PDJames'', the first novel is set in 1962 and has Dalgliesh a Detective Chief Inspector, a rank he surely has to be at least thirty years old to attain. Dalgliesh is still active in the police force in ''The Private Patient'', which is set in 2008, and would make him at least 76.
* The first of the YoungWizards books by Creator/DianeDuane' book was published in 1983, and the most recent in 2005, but only a couple years have passed for the characters. Despite this, each book takes place in approximately the year it was released. The usual fan response to questions about this is "[[BellisariosMaxim Just go with it]]." Creator/DianeDuane has released new Millennium Editions of the series in order to update them, especially the earlier ones. The old editions remain available in the major on-line bookstores, and as "International Editions" on Duane's own e-book store. As it stands, "You don't even have a colour TV!" was changed to "widescreen TV" (or possibly "cable TV"?) in later printings.
** One of the books actually contain an author's note to this effect, basically shrugging and admitting it's easier that way. The books are good enough that most readers are willing to roll with it, though the impetus behind the New Millennium Editions was that [[http://dianeduane.com/outofambit/2011/05/30/young-wizards-new-millennium-editions-a-little-more-info/ an increasing number of new readers weren't]].
* Antonia Forest's "Marlow" books (published between 1948 and 1982) featured schoolgirl characters, who only aged a few years throughout the series, experiencing post-war rationing, colour TV and punk-style make-up. Her comment in an interview was similar to that of the ''YoungWizards'' author Creator/DianeDuane: setting the books in a consistent timeline would be more work for her and irritating for the readers.
* William Brown of ''Just William'' is always eleven. He was eleven in the early stories between the wars. He was eleven during the stories set in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. In one, he says, "Mother, I don't seem to remember when there wasn't a war on." His mother replies, "Don't be silly, William, the war's been going on two years and you're eleven now." He was eleven when he celebrated V-E day. He was eleven when he tried to copy the pop stars he'd seen on colour TV.
* ''SweetValleyHigh'' and ''Sweet Valley Twins'' are known for doing this.
* This was retro-fitted into ''The Boxcar Children'' series. In the original 19 books by Gertrude Chandler Warner, the series took place in the 1930s -- and the Alden children have aged several years. When the series has been picked up again, the Alden children went [[SnapBack back to their original ages]], and the series was set in the modern era.
* In the ''BabysittersClub'' books, the characters started the series at the end of seventh grade and moved to eighth, but stayed there for the rest of the series, leading some to suspect the author originally intended to age the characters but didn't once the series proved to be so popular. Similarly, the books originally covered a month each while being published once a month, but later moved to covering only a week each.
* BeverlyCleary's books tend to take place around the time they were written, so RamonaQuimby goes from being 4 or 5 in the 1950s to just turning ten in the 1990s. In ''Ramona and Beezus'' (1955), she is 4; in ''Ramona the Pest'' (1968), she is 5; in ''Ramona the Brave'' (1975), she is 6; in both ''Ramona and Her Father'' (1977) and ''Ramona and Her Mother'' (1979), he is 7; in ''Ramona Quimby, Age 8'' (1981), she is, um, 8, and stays that way in ''Ramona Forever'' (1984); and in ''Ramona's World'' (1999), she starts out 9 and turns 10.
* Characters aged similarly in JudyBlume's ''Literature/{{Fudge}}'' books, though later editions of ''Superfudge'' changed a few details to catch up with the times: Fudge watches Creator/CartoonNetwork instead of ''TheElectricCompany'', and Peter asks for a laptop instead of a pocket calculator for Christmas.
* The ''Literature/JudyMoody'' series plays this trope straight. Although many assume all the books could take place in one year, the recent book ''Judy Moody: Girl Detective'' is stated to take place the October after the ChristmasSpecial book ''Judy Moody and Stink: The Holly Joliday''. Although there should have been a summer vacation (and a change in grades) between those books, both books (and all the other books) show Judy as being in the third grade and aged eight.
* It looks like the recently revived ''{{Goosebumps}}'' series is heading this route too. A few protagonists from earlier books have appeared, all still the same age as they were over ten years ago in real time.
* The original editions of the first few ''Literature/TheBobbseyTwins'' books took place in a clear timeline that affected the characters. The first book took place over most of a school year, with the older twins eight years old at the beginning and the younger twins four. The second book was set in the first half of the summer, the third tied up some plot threads from the second, and the fourth opened the following autumn, with the older twins "nearly nine" and the younger set "almost five". Then someone at the Stratemeyer Syndicate apparently realized that the characters would soon age beyond their readership; so in short order Nan and Bert aged to twelve and stayed there, with Freddie and Flossie stuck at six.
* Similarly, NancyDrew appears to have solved most of her seventy-three original mysteries the year she was sixteen years old.
** This was even more weird in the 80s-90s updated series ''The Nancy Drew Files'', in which Nancy was 18 (as in the revised editions of the original series). With the modern setting, it becomes increasingly unconvincing that the bright daughter of a lawyer wouldn't be either working or at college.
*** And in the games. Time passes, as made clear by calenders with dates spotted in the games, along with various references to recent events in history (such as the revelation that Pluto is no longer a planet), yet Nancy is ''still'' referred to as a "silly American teenager" by game 18.
* Archer Mayor's Joe Gunther is a Korean War vet; the novels are always set in ThePresentDay, making him at least 75 years old and still a working detective for a state police agency. Mayor's website gleefully lampshades this:
-->Joe Gunther, who has the additional affliction of being arrested in time (please, no puns.) Having lived a full and interesting life, and achieved a position, both physically and emotionally, in which he is relatively comfortable, he has stopped the clock, and ages no more. As a man in his early to mid-fifties, therefore, and yet as a veteran of the Korean War, we all have to simply take for granted that when he was a combatant, he wasn’t three years old.
-->Okay. So much for self-serving excuses. Without further ado, and with as little specificity as I can escape with, here is Joe’s story as I presently recall it.
* One of Creator/KimNewman's short stories, "Coastal City", featured a [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Commissioner Gordon]]-like character for heroine "Amazon Girl", on the edge of noticing that, among other paradoxes created by the sliding timescale of the universe he lives in, his war-hero past was being repeatedly updated, shifting from UsefulNotes/WorldWarII to UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar, UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, and now the UsefulNotes/GulfWar. [[spoiler:Fortunately for him, a fresh crisis distracted him from the potential existential breakdown.]]
* Leslie Charteris' ''The Saint'' has flitted back and forth in print between period pieces and a sliding timescale. In the introduction for ''Catch the Saint'', published in 1975, Charteris notes that these stories took place before 1939, since "literary detectives sharper than Inspector Teal" would realize that, based on topical references in earlier adventures, the Saint would have grown too old to fight crime, and only a rejuvenation out of science fiction could deal with this situation. (While some Saint stories did feature the paranormal, which later collection in the anthology the Fantastic Saint, Charteris declined to pursue such an approach for the Saint's aging.) However, later books did not follow this trend. In 1997, Burl Barer wrote a new Saint novel that, in his blog, Barer stated took place in contemporary times. Viola Inselheim, a young child in 1934's ''The Saint in New York'', has aged to adulthood in ''Capture the Saint'', but Barer otherwise sidesteps the issue of time. Film and TV versions of the Saint have never gotten down as period pieces. The Roger Moore version took place in the then-contemporary 1960s. Post-Roger Moore TV versions such as those with Simon Dutton, Andrew Clarke, and Ian Ogilvy also eschewed the period piece approach. The 1997 Val Kilmer film, though released almost 70 years since the Saint's first appearance in print in 1928, took place in then contemporary times, if not the future. (In the director's commentary, Philip Noyce noted that he tried to extrapolate and anticipate developments in Russia. This was reasonably successful, as a plot point in that film involved heating oil shortages.)
* Creator/PGWodehouse wrote stories about Literature/JeevesAndWooster and Literature/BlandingsCastle from the 1910s to the 1970s. The characters don't seem to age, although it's hard to specify the time period the novels are set. There are generally a few references in each novel to new technology or cultural events in the time period it was written, but otherwise the setting remains in a fantasy (in the sense of "the world never existed this way", not in the wizards-and-unicorns sense) version of Edwardian England. For example, one of the very late books (published in the 1970s) has Bertie complaining about anti-war demonstrators causing traffic congestion.
* ''TheExecutioner'' action-adventure series was created by Don Pendleton in 1969, and after being purchased by Gold Eagle is [[ExtrudedBookProduct still going strong]]. The series starts with the protagonist Mack Bolan as a Vietnam veteran (early novels even mention service in the Korean War), a fact that's not even mentioned now as it would make Bolan seem too old.
* Averted in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series. Characters age as the books cover about 30 years of conflict. However due to quasi-magical 'prolong' therapy, the vast majority of characters will live for about 300 years and be at peak physical state for most of that.
* The ''Literature/EightySeventhPrecinct'' series started in the 1950s and continued for over forty years. In a clear sign of a sliding timescale, the children of the police officers never grew up, with references to their ages not lining up to the amount of publishing time between entries in the series.
* Some Spider novels from the 1930s and 1940s appeared in redacted versions in the 1970s, with Wentworth's military service changed from World War I to the Korean War. Another redaction; a collapsing building in The City Destroyers called the Sky Building replaced by the World Trade Center.
* Richard Stark's Parker initially did not require a sliding timescale. Parker's series initially ran only eleven years, from 1963 to 1974. Westlake did not revisit Parker for another twenty plus years, till the second wave from 1997 to 2008. In The Outfit Parker states that he had been in the Army from 1942 to 1944. In The Outfit Parker also does state he had already been a thief for 18 years, and refers to a heist he committed in 1949.
* Mary Stolz did it with her three ''Barkham Street'' books. In ''A Dog on Barkham Street'' (1960) Edward asks his dad if he could get transferred to Alaska, now that it's a state. ''The Explorer of Barkham Street'' (1985) is supposed to take place about a year later, but Martin reads his library book through a ''M*A*S*H'' rerun.
* In ''The Fine Art of Murder'', on page 214-215, Ed [=McBain=] admits to using the sliding timescale. In the section "On the Eternal Youth Syndrome", he says "I think I am going to have to inch Carella's kids toward puberty. That was a conscious decision I had to make a while back, to freeze the ages of the characters". [=McBain=] admits to having read comic strips when younger, noting that he had read Gasoline Alley (no sliding timescale), Little Orphan Annie (sliding timescale), and Terry and the Pirates ([=McBain=] recalls "little Terry grows up and has an affair with the Dragon Lady"). "The detectives in my books were originally veterans of World War II, or later the Korean War, but that got awkward later on. I tried to put that all to rest in one of the books by saying "Every male of age in America is a veteran of one war or the other". Now I just say "He was in the war". Maybe soon people will think of that made-for-television war-Desert Storm".
* Repairman Jack follows a sliding timescale. F. Paul Wilson only wrote two novels about Repairman Jack before 1998; 1984's The Tomb and 1992's Nightworld. When Wilson wrote Legacies in 1998, he decided to have it as the start of a series of novels about Repairman Jack, and set it just after The Tomb. However, to do so, he decided that the amount of time since Jack's first appearance in 1984's The Tomb would serve as a constant snag, so he rewrote The Tomb to update various topical references. In the 2000 novel All The Rage, on page 82, Jack notes, when someone says he cannot operate as a mercenary for much longer, "I'm thinking maybe four or five more years and I'm out. I'll be forty then", and he says at age he would not feel sure of himself in combat. That places Jack as 35-36 in the present day of All The Rage, which would make him roughly nineteen in 1984, probably a tad too young for the way The Tomb presents him. Wilson notes that Legacies and subsequent Repairman Jack novels will serve as interquels between The Tomb and Nightworld.
* In Harry Dickson's Adventures, the titular hero and his young sidekick have lived over 100 adventures, covering, it seems, the late Twenties and the Thirties. However, the hero is always described as being in his late forties, and his assistant as being a young, hot-headed, immature young man.
* Sexton Blake's adventures ran from the 1890s to the 1970s. They feature the usual signs of the sliding timescale, particularly due to the presence of Tinker, Blake's younger sidekick.
* Possibly averted to a degree by Nick Carter, which ran from 1886 to 1990, as the Nick Carter of 1964 to 1990 referred to himself as Nick Carter III, suggesting him as the grandson of the 1880's Nick Carter.
* Most of the "pulp heroes" such as the Shadow, the Spider, Doc Savage, etc. did not run into this, as few of them lasted in the 1950s (though the Black Bat and the Phantom [Curtis Van Loan] did, and the Black Bat returned for 700 adventures in Germany). However, in the 1960s, Walter Gibson wrote The Return of the Shadow, and Dennis Lynds continued from there with stories of the Shadow set in contemporary times.
* Literature/JohnPutnamThatcher, protagonist of Emma Lathen's mystery novels, spends the entire series (from 1961 to 1997) "a youthful 60". Slightly averted with recurring character Kenneth Nicholls -- while he doesn't appear to age and remains a junior trust officer, he goes from single to married with two kids.
* The Literature/AlexRider books supposedly take place over the course of a year (if that), but technology has kept pace with reality. Alex's gadgets are the most obvious example - in early books, they were hidden in Game Boys or a copy of ''Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'', but they've since moved on to iPods.
** Anthony Horowitz is fond of this; the first DiamondBrothers book came out in the eighties, while a later book features the London Eye and is stated to be set in 2004.
* MadeleineLEngle appears to have scrambled her own timeline in her "Chronos" books. The original edition of ''Meet the Austins'' (1960) was five chapters long: the sixth chapter, "The Anti-Muffins", was removed at her publisher's request for length. The action in ''Meet the Austins'' is not specifically dated, but its direct sequel, ''The Moon by Night'' (1963), is very definitely set in 1959: Vicky goes to see ''Film/WestSideStory'', her father mentions having met Princess Grace "back when she was plain Creator/GraceKelly", and the family are in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1959_Yellowstone_earthquake the Hebgen Lake earthquake]]. "The Anti-Muffins" was published separately in 1980, and has been included in the text of all printings of ''Meet the Austins'' since 1997: it includes a mention of the Kenny Rogers song 1978 "The Gambler". (Not to mention the hobbyist-spacesuit reference buried at the beginning of ''Meet the Austins'', which sounds like a nod to ''Have Spacesuit, Will Travel''. L'Engle justified this in a letter by noting that she was more interested in ''kairos'', the "appropriate time," than in ''chronos'', rigorous clock time.)
* The books in the MrsMurphyMysteries series by Rita Mae Brown follow the seasons.
* Patrick O'Brien did this for the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series: around book nine or so, he encountered the problem of running out of Napoleonic War years. To get around it he had to fudge an "1812a or 1812b" to allow for the long sea voyages. Since he's pretty meticulous about [[ShownTheirWork Doing The Research]], he admits this fact in the forewords of the books affected. ''Because'' he's so good, almost everybody forgives him.
* Averted in Creator/EphraimKishon's satirical short stories. We see Kishon's kids age in RealTime, from toddlers to teenagers.
* ''JunieBJones'' was created in 1992. From 1992 to 2001 she was a kindergartner, with everything else taking place in first grade. It doesn't seem like she'll ever become a second grader. A book released in 2009 states the title characters mother was a first grader in 1983 to 1984, despite the fact that she should have been a first grader in TheSeventies or even TheSixties if the series still took place in TheNineties.
* The first book in ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'' is implied to take place in 2007, by Zoey's mention of having gone to see ''300'' with her friends. Each book takes place over at most about 2 weeks, which would place the most recent book in 2008 at the latest. However, the books often mention pop culture popular at the time the book was published, such as ''Series/GameOfThrones'' in ''Destined''.
* The entire ''Literature/VampireAcademy'' series doesn't even cover a year. Including ''Literature/{{Bloodlines}}'', the 10 books published so far cover a year and a half.
* ''Literature/TheBoxCarChildren'' was originally set in the Depression era, and most people remember it as taking place during that time, however newer books are set in modern day.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Inverted in ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. The first four seasons have taken place over about a year in-universe, but ProductPlacement marches ever on so characters have lots of gadgets and cars that weren't out in late 2007 (Although they managed to almost avoid it with a reference to ''Guitar Hero 3'' instead of ''5'', although they were still off by about a month). More explicitly, the fourth season/fifth volume says season one happened three years ago even though all the time that's passed up would be about 11 months since the beginning of the series.
* ''{{Greek}}'', when it's all said and done, will cover the time between Rusty's enrollment at college to his sister Casey's graduation in about 3 1/2 years (the span is actually about 2 years, as Rusty enrolled at the start of Casey's junior year.) It helps that ItsAlwaysSpring in the Ohio of the Greek world...
* ''Series/ICarly'' averted this in the first and second seasons, with them clearly moving up a grade, as well as the cast clearly entering puberty and growing up. They also explained how their school was a combined Middle and High school as they moved to a grade, that in almost all US education systems, means moving from a Junior or Middle school to a new High School.
** After season 2 however, it gets hazy. It's likely they are now in grade 10, but it's possible they could still be in grade 9, or have moved ahead to grade 11.
* In ''Series/{{MASH}}'', which ran from 1972 to 1983, the series lasts longer than the actual war, which started 25 June 1950 and was paused on 27 July 1953. Also, in the series, if one uses the few references to the actual war, the first three seasons must take place over a few months, although Hawkeye mentions several times they've been there for years (1-2). This is using the involvement of the Chinese in the war starting on 2 October 1950, which started in the fourth season, and Hawkeye's statement that he lived with Trapper for "over a year" at the beginning of season four when Trapper left. There are many other time issues, such as the Battle of Pusan Perimeter, where Hawkeye and BJ are surprised to hear a replacement surgeon's experience was in that battle and they say they heard "horror stories" about it, when in reality, that battle took place August-September 1950. Also, the fact that the MASH rarely moves, and seems to be located quite close to the 38th, we can only conclude that MASH 4077 is in a time displacement bubble, immune from outside influence. Using this, we can conclude that the MASH 4077 only existed for a few days, as it must have been after the Battle of Pusan which ended in September 1950, and it went through three seasons before the involvement of the Chinese, which started in the beginning of October 1950. It gets even more confusing if you recall what happened during the first three seasons. They experience at least one winter, one spring, a Christmas, an Orthodox Easter, and an Army-Navy game (which normally occurs in late November or early December). No less than three children of American soldiers and Korean women are born, all presumably at least 5 months premature.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' teeters on the edge of this. In the fourth episode of the fifth season it is confirmed that it has been one full year since Walter was diagnosed with cancer. This would mean that [[spoiler: Walter starting to cook meth with Jesse, Walter meeting Tuco, Tuco hiring Walter, Hank killing Tuco, Hank getting a promotion and going to El Paso and deciding to leave that job, Walter meeting Saul, Saul introducing him to Gus Fring, Walter's daughter being born, Fring hiring Walter, Walter causing a plane crash indirectly, Hank beating the hell out Jesse, Hank getting shot, Hank recovering, Hank getting a promotion despite his earlier bad behavior, Gus killing the entire Mexican Cartel leadership, Walter killing Fring and destroying his empire, Walt,Jesse and Mike starting a new partnership, Mike's share being bought out by Declan who is now Walter's employer and Mike getting killed by Walter]] all happened over the course of one year along with many other events. It's possible and the show's episodes and seasons due tend to flow directly into one another creating a somewhat shorter timeline but it also gives you a headache trying to reconcile that timetable with all these events AND how much Walter has changed from the pilot till now.
** More explicitly, in Season 2 there's a reference to the Phoenix lander recently finding water on Mars (2008), but in a Season 5 episode there's a reference to Bin Laden's death (2011).
* Despite being a Franchise/{{Superman}} show, most of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' is assumed to have taken place at the same time the episode aired (save a couple of {{Continuity Snarl}}s like Chloe's birthday).
* ''SesameStreet'' has a sliding timeline. For example a 2006 episode had Bob introducing his deaf niece to two characters and teaching them about deafness despite the fact that they had previously known a deaf character, Linda. There was also a season 35 showing three characters as teenagers in TheSeventies when they were all adults when the show began.
** As mentioned on the NotAllowedToGrowUp page, human characters age but Muppets stay the same unless a plot point is needed. It's especially noticeable in a wedding anniversary episode where Elmo speaks as if he wasn't at the wedding, but in the actual episode he's clearly in the scene.
* ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' was shown across five series (2009-2013) but the in-universe passage of time is just over a year. The first anniversary of the [[LightningCanDoAnything freak electrical storm]] that [[MassSuperEmpoweringEvent imbues them with superpowers]] is marked in the penultimate episode.
* Lampshaded in an episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls.'' Blanche mentions how she reads the comic ''Apartment 3-G'' every morning. When Dorothy mentions she hasn't read ''Apartment 3-G'' since 1961, Blanche says, "Well, let me catch you up. It is later the same day..."
* A similar lampshade joke happens on ''Series/TheNanny'' regarding a soap opera. When soap-neophyte C.C. is pulled in to a show's cliffhanger, she asks if they'll find out what happened tomorrow. Fran scoffs, saying, "Please, this is a soap. Six months from now, we'll be lucky if that coffee she's making will be ready."

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Characters from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' never age, although years are quoted, and Calvin frequently compares his summer vacations and Christmases to prior ones. In one late strip, Calvin tells his perpetual classmate Susie that her treatment of schoolwork as "fun" is one of the "ten signs of hopeless dweebism", to which she replies "I bet another is moving to the next grade each year." It gets {{Lampshaded}} in another strip where Calvin's dad says "Yeah, I know, it feels like you're going to be six forever."
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' has a strange zig-zagging of this. Garfield's 'birthday' is celebrated every year and he constantly complains about getting old... but none of the characters ever age physically. Also, Garfield is stated to be as old as the strip itself, even though he's already an adult cat in his first appearance.
* This happens in pretty much ''every'' newspaper strip, including most of the serious, "soap opera" ones, so listing exceptions is probably a better idea.
* The storyline of ''ForBetterOrForWorse'' ran in real time from its inception to 2008. Then it rebooted to the early days, using a combination of reruns, [[RetCon modified reruns]], and new strips drawn to look like the old ones. Word on the street is that this was [[ExecutiveMeddling the syndicate's idea]].
** This was alluded to in a [[http://www.gocomics.com/foxtrot/2001/09/25/ post-9/11]] episode of ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' (which rigidly enforces this trope) when Jason found out that his father--afraid of needles (and of most things)--just gave blood.
-->'''Mom:''' Sometimes we have to grow up, kiddo.\\
'''Jason:''' Whoa. Did I just stumble into ''For Better Or For Worse?''\\
'''Mom:''' [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments You can stay 10, sweetie. I don't mind.]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Cathy}}'' more or less has operated in real-time. Irving, for example, has slowly gotten balder. Justified in that the main character is an AuthorAvatar for Cathy Guisewhite.
* ''ComicStrip/GasolineAlley'', one of the [[LongRunner oldest strips still in existence]], also operates in real time (though temporarily halted and then restarted); old characters die off eventually, including the family dog and many of the original characters from the Alley. Walt Wallet is still hanging on, though, and the fact that he is now technically over 120 means that things are getting fudged.
* ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'' has a slowly sliding timeline: Zoe started out as an infant and grew into a toddler as the need for new material arose. Since then, she has been given siblings as necessary to keep the strip's title accurate. Zoe is around 10 years old now (born in the January 7, 1990 strip), Hammie is around 7-8 (born in the April 29, 1995 strip), and Wren is 1 year old (born in the October 26, 2002 strip).
** Wanda's pregnancies have both taken place in real time, however, without any noticeable aging from the other siblings occurring in the meantime.
** Kirkman and Scott state that they age around a "Three to one Ratio".
*** It was two to one during Zoe's infancy; apparently having to siblings means simply a lot more storylines to deal with. They've also stated on record that "your children are always your babies" and the title has nothing to do with Wren's slow development.
* First played straight and then averted with ''{{Doonesbury}}''. From 1970 to 1983 the characters were always college students. Then the creator took a hiatus, improved his [[ArtEvolution drawing style]], and produced a play in which the characters finally graduate. Since then they have grown up in real time, and the original characters are now all middle aged. Oddly, this doesn't apply to Duke, who appeared to be in his forties when introduced over thirty years ago and still does.
** According to the WordOfGod, Uncle Duke isn't a normal person. His age was unknown when he was introduced and remains so to this day.
* ''[=JumpStart=]'' follows a similar formula.
* ''{{Luann}}'' & company have been in high school since 1985, approximately twenty-eight years.
** Brad has since graduated high school and become a fireman, and Luann is now in high school, but this seems to be a case of a sudden one-time jump in the timeline about 10 years ago, combined with [[ArtEvolution updated looks for the characters]], which apparently pushed the non-adults forward about 4 years, but since then they've stopped aging again.
* Many of the characters in ''{{Peanuts}}'' aged somewhat since their introduction. Schroeder and Lucy started out as toddlers, then grew to Charlie Brown's age; Lucy's "baby brother" Linus grew to one or two grades below Charlie Brown (and has been seen in the same classroom as him on occasion). Sally also started as a baby and later caught up to Linus. Rerun also was born during the strip's run and ended up as a toddler. Charlie Brown himself also aged somewhat over the course of the strip; he stated that he was four in [[http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1950/11/03 an 1950 strip]], six in [[http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1957/11/17 an 1957 one]], and eight and a half in an [[http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1979/07/11 1979 one]].
* ''FunkyWinkerbean'' started off this way. The comic began in 1972 and the characters remained in high school for the first 20 years of the comic's existence. Then, in 1992, it was established that the characters had graduated high school in 1988, and the comic picked up in real time from just after their college days. In October of 2007, there was another TimeSkip, and the comic is now presumably taking place about 9 years into the future (TheOtherWiki says that the original main characters were to be 46 years old after the time skip, and based on graduating in 1988, they probably would've been born during the '69-'70 school year and should therefore have only been 37 just before the time skip.) So far, it's been impossible to tell the difference between the two eras. (It's not clear whether the current setting is circa 2020, or the pre-TimeSkip era has been retconned ''back'' 10 years, keeping the strip in the present day.)
* Long-running Scottish comics ''The Broons'' and ''Oor Wullie'' both make heavy use of this, having kept all characters at identical ages since they were first published in the 1930s. While the setting progressed around the characters for the first few decades, the comics seem to have settled into a sort of temporal limbo that darts back and forth between the 1950s and the present day at will, shifting from a "present day" setting to a nostalgic yet nonspecific "good old days" one.
* ''DykesToWatchOutFor'' is another exception: the story is set in the present day with constant references to topical events, and characters, both adults and children, have aged at pretty much chronologically accurate rates. The few exceptions, for a long time, included Mo's cats, who'd survived the strip's entire 20-plus year run; however, in the last year or two of the strip's run, they were shown increasingly frail [[spoiler:and one of them finally died]].
* ComicStrip/DickTracy's strip acknowledges his wartime activities against spies such as Pruneface without dealing with the question of why Tracy still works as a policeman decades later. For example, Max Allan Collins wrote a storyline (later collected by Ken Pierce books as Tracy's Wartime Memories) to a hitherto untold story where Tracy battled Flattop, Shaky and Mr. and Mrs. Pruneface during World War II. Tracy appears in the modern era looking the same, while characters who appeared in the flashback story having aged decades. (Flattop stayed dead, as did Mrs. Pruneface, but Pruneface underwent revival from his hypothermic death due to the efforts of a sympathizer to the Third Reich.) Some of Tracy's children have visibly grown. In July of 2009 he visited his daughter Bonnie Braids. Sparkle Plenty has also grown into adulthood.
* The characters in ''HeartOfTheCity'' don't age, but their pop-culture references remain current. In 1998, Heart was an elementary-age girl swooning over Leonardo [=DiCaprio=]; by 2008, Heart was an elementary-age girl swooning over The Jonas Brothers. Also worth a mention is the fact that Heart and Dean have a new school teacher every year despite not getting older.
* ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo'' would actually {{lampshade}} this from time to time. It was a once a week strip, and a lot of times when a plot was taking too long a character would complain about it seeming to take weeks.
* Heavily lampshaded in long-running British strip ''ComicStrip/ThePerishers'', where one of the titular kids noticed that they never seemed to get any older from year to year and concluded that "something funny's going on!"
* Recently, ''Big Nate'' had this bit of LampshadeHanging:
-->'''Nate's Gram''': Nate, we're really looking forward to Grandparents Day at your school!\\
'''Nate''': Yeah, but '''why?''' I mean, when '''I'm''' eighty, I'm not going to want to hang out at a middle school!\\
'''Nate's Gramps''': Son, from what I hear, when you're eighty, you might still be '''in''' middle school!\\
'''Nate's Gram''': Oh, Vern! Honestly!
* ''BeetleBailey'': Current events form a vaguely acknowledged background for what's going on (with the exception that the strip is always about peacetime army even if there is a war going on), but if anyone really ages (which has happened to about two characters, Ms. Blip and General Halftrack), it's more of a {{Retcon}} reimagining their character concepts than anything else.
* Lampshaded in ''[[SallyForthHoward Sally Forth]]'' (June 26, 2014): "It doesn't feel like people ever age around here. It's like a "[[TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]" episode but with wi-fi."

* The writers of ''AdventuresInOdyssey'' have openly admitted that the passage of time in Odyssey doesn't really make sense. The best known-example is how Connie was sixteen for an extraordinarily long time, which they didn't hesitate to [[LampshadeHanging poke fun at]], although she gradually made it to twenty-ish. Meanwhile, Whit, Eugene, and assorted kids have all aged at different rates.
* The original two series of ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' were broadcast from 1978 - 1980, and were intended as a contemporary piece. While the narrative quickly left Earth and there is not much to date the series, it can still be a bit jarring when the later three series, [[Main/RecursiveAdaptation produced in 2003 and 2004]], have scenes on or in reference to Earth that make more modern cultural references, or include as common technology things that would not yet have been common or even have existed. Of course, when dealing with possibilities such as different versions of Earth existing across multiple planes of reality, one supposes that such things may be relative. The most noticeable example is that "novelty ringtones" have replaced digital watches as the thing that primitive ape-descendants still think are a pretty neat idea.
* ''{{Audioplay/Gallifrey}}'' follows Leela, who is human, and Romana, who does not return from E-space until the time of the Eighth Doctor, over 200 years after Leela first arrived on the planet, even though she has hardly aged a day.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Specifically subverted in the Spanish role-playing game ''{{Superhéroes, Inc.}}'' Rules are provided so that experimented super-PC's lose points everywhere (probably to avoid [[GodModeSue Godmodding]]), so that he should consider retirement and replacement.
* Furthermore, depending on your group and how your GM handles time, it can lead to some problems when the characters seemed to have gone from low-level n00bs to walking gods without aging a single bit.
** Although, in Dungeons and Dragons at least, a party that gets four level appropriate encounters a day every day will go from level 1 to 20 in about six months.

* ''{{Bionicle}}'' averts this by having a story that progresses much slower than real-world time. Although the storyline started about a decade ago, in-universe, only one year and a couple of months have passed, no matter how many wild adventures the characters have gone through or how many world-changing events have happened since then. Also, even the mostly organic characters [[WeAreAsMayflies don't seem to age]], at least physically.
** Somebody who lives several 1000 years doesn't age very much in one year.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' series, all the main fighters were given dates of birth and ages that coincided with the release of each installment. Cammy, for example, whose date of birth was originally January 6, 1974, is said to be 19 in ''Super Street Fighter II'', which was released in 1993. Once ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'' came, Creator/{{Capcom}} started using vaguer dates. Sakura's date of birth is given as March 15, [[ExtyYearsFromNow 197X]], placing the events of the ''Alpha'' series (where Sakura is a 15 year old high school student) somewhere between as early as 1985 or as late as 1994. The ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' series had no dates of birth for any of the new characters and whenever the year that the series takes place is mentioned, it's always "[=199X=]" and never a specific year. By the time ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' came out, the dates of the birth for returning characters have the years omitted and most of the characters are seen using relatively modern computers and cellphones from the late [=2000s=].
* Subversion: the Sega CD version of the original ''VideoGame/FinalFight'', ''Final Fight CD'', changed the game's setting from 1989 to 1992. However, instead of changing the characters' birthdates to match their ages in the original arcade version, they simply aged the characters accordingly by three years (Cody's age was changed from 22 to 25; Haggar's was changed from 46 to 49; and Guy's was changed from 24 to 27).
** In the Japanese version of ''Final Fight 2'', Haggar's age is 50, four years older than he was in the first game. For some reason, the American version changed it back to his age in the original game (46).
* All the characters in ''VideoGame/{{The King of Fighters}}'' series have remained the same age since ''KOF '95'', even though each game is supposedly set a year after the previous one. Oddly enough, the only other game where the characters were allowed to be aged by one year was in ''KOF EX'', an AlternateContinuity GaidenGame set after the events of ''KOF '97''. In contrast, the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' series from which ''KOF'' originally spun off from have maintained a real time continuity throughout the entire series up until ''Garou: Mark of the Wolves'' (which was released in 1999, but is set in the year 2006[[note]]The date is never mentioned in-game, but Terry's age (who was born in 1971) is given as 35.[/note]]).
** ''[[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Art of Fighting]]'' was a prequel to the ''Fatal Fury'' series, taking place in an unspecified time period somewhere around the late 1970s/early 1980s with a younger Geese eventually showing up as the TrueFinalBoss in ''[=AOF2=]'', while ''Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition'' featured an older Ryo as a hidden boss. In ''KOF'', the ''AOF'' cast has essentially been transported a few decades into the future with no change to age or personality.
* The original ''VideoGame/RollingThunder'' was a period piece set during the late 1960s. For some reason, the two sequels moved the setting to the 1990s, even though the Albatross and Leila from those games are implied to be the same characters from the original (rather than being {{legacy character}}s).
* An interesting example is found in ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster'' where each of the characters have a birthday. However over the course of a year they never celebrate their birthday or age. In the end, Iori is still 14, Haruka is still 16, and the twins are still 12 even if you pass their birthdays.
** This is almost averted in the second game which claims a year has passed from the first but this [[VoodooShark just raises further questions.]] Most characters have grown taller (or for some weird reason in the case of Hibiki ''shorter''), several have changed their hairstyle, and all have aged a year but nobody has improved much as an idol. Also Miki is unawakened and Ritsuko has quit being an idol. The official ending of the first game could be guessed at being the Futami Twins who only separate to debut solo in their best ending but neither is an A rank idol. It seems a year passed but the first game never happened... even though it did; and now I'm getting a headache.
* Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog has been fighting Robotnik since he was 10. For the last 20 years. According to all of the ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' games, he was 15, then we cut straight to his 20th birthday party at the start of ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''...
** The original idea was that Sonic was 10 in the first game, but was bumped up to 15 once ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' came out.
*** ''Sonic Jam'' says Sonic is sixteen while Knuckles is fifteen. So apparently the two switched ages between the 'classic' and 'modern' games, making Sonic actually younger.
** He's actually had a couple of birthdays in the Archie comics but since they're always rebooting the universe he never ages beyond 16.
*** One issue actually {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this - Sonic was celebrating a birthday after spending a year (Mobius-wise) lost in space. When they asked how old he was, he just said "Let's say I'm 16 and never mention this again."
** It's made even more painfully obvious by the aging of characters like Amy and Tails.
* ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' had this going for a while. The series debuted in 1996, but the characters remained the same age; for example, Kasumi and Ayane remained only 17 and 16 respectively. As of ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive5'', however, the entire cast has been officially aged two years.
* The cast in the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series never seem to age at all. ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'' starts the story off by having the Mario Bros. celebrate Princess Peach's birthday, but her age is never revealed. The entire series constantly references past games but none of the characters get any older.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'' was originally released in 1988 in Japan, with the date of the Catastrophe set in 1991. For the English version, which was released in 1994, the date was changed to 1996. This actually caused all the dates in the story to be bumped by five years, changing the present date of the story from 2042 to 2047.
* The NancyDrew books have their own set of problems, but the VideoGame/NancyDrew PC games have another, namely this. There's a steady implication that the stories occur in quick succession (The first game, ''Secrets Can Kill,'' ended with a sting about a soap opera and death threats, directly leading to ''Stay Tuned For Danger,'' and more recent games such as ''Shadow at the Water's Edge,'' ''The Captive Curse,'' and ''Alibi in Ashes,'' are explicitly said to be one right after the other, with the only time passing between them being the plane rides between Japan, Germany, and River Heights.) However, while this could imply only a few weeks or months in-universe, justifying the fact that she's still 18 years old, the games have been made for 15 years in real life, and they keep the tech up with the times, meaning in the span of less than a year, she's gone from finding clues on floppy disks and VHS tapes to super-powerful smartphones and thumb drives.
* Despite being active for nearly 4 years as of the time of this writing, ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' is still, according to WordOfGod, in 2409. This is after having two holiday events. According to the developers, they're in "very late" 2409. The Season 9 Featured Episode "Surface Tension" ''finally'' moved the game up to 2410. It'll probably be another four-and-a-half years before we get to 2411.
* Samus Aran in the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series doesn't seem to age a day at all, even though every single game is placed on a single timeline so that they all follow each other. It is never explained how much time has passed between games and the only passage of time that gets mentioned is in ''Metroid Prime 3: Corruption'' where Samus wakes up 3 months later after being gravely injured by Dark Samus.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' runs afoul of this to a degree, despite only occasional references to time passed between games, and only a few human characters recurring. Caitlin of the Unova Elite Four has aged around 7-8 years between her debut in Platinum and her last appearance in Black 2 and White 2, and it shows. However, the latter set of games include a tournament where you face Gym Leaders from previous games, who haven't aged a bit unlike Caitlin. Most egregious in cases of the younger ones, such as Bugsy and Maylene, who still look like they're in their early teen years despite the fact that they should be in their early 20's by now.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/RetardedAnimalBabies'' hangs a lampshade on this in episode 21: Cat mentions that they're only six months old but can somehow go to two annual 4-H fairs in a row. (Assuming the previous one was the one briefly shown in episode 2, ''several'' years have also passed in RealLife time in that period.)

* ''Webcomic/{{Avalon}}'' averted this for the most part, with the majority of it taking placing in real time and with timeskips after long storylines. It was played straight near the end of its run when the ugliness that is ScheduleSlip reared its head and caused week to month long delays.
* This is parodied in ''Webcomic/{{Supermegatopia}}'', in which [[http://www.supermegatopia.com/profiles/profiles.php?thisLink=mongooseguy.txt Mongoose Lad]] really ''was'' Ferret Man's boy sidekick for decades, due to a mutation that caused him to age far slower than normal.
* ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'' characters age normally... except for Phillipe. Phillipe is five. He will ''always'' be five.
* ''Webcomic/APTComic'', though some of the characters (including the resident [[AGodAmI Author]]) have 'ranges' instead of a set age.
* From ''Webcomic/PvP'':
-->'''Cole:''' It could be worse...Bart Simpson has been ten years old since 1989.
-->'''Francis:''' This blows.
-->'''Cole:''' You'll appreciate it when you're in your thirties.
-->'''Francis:''' ''[[http://www.pvponline.com/comic/2006/12/27/dec-27-2006/ I'm never going to be in my thirties!]]''
** Two years after that strip, Francis and Marcie [[SexAsRiteOfPassage lose their virginities to one another]] and [[http://www.pvponline.com/comic/2008/05/28/ding/ immediately age three years]].
** This is done inconsistently, though, as [[http://www.pvponline.com/comic/2008/05/09/case-file-mcmlxxi-xxi/ this strip]] implies that less than four years have passed since the comic's launch, modern pop-culture references notwithstanding.
** On the other hand, Cole's daughter (Born 1999/2000) dropped out of the strip for a decade and is now in college.
* Averted in ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' (and also in Bill Holbrook's other strips). Coney was born and is growing up, Lindesfarne graduated and went to university, and even Rudy has grown up and matured. A little.
** And yet, initially it was played straight as Coney who's ''now'' growing up, was born around when the webcomic began in 95 and didn't progress to being a toddler until a full 10 years later with time still being acknowledged as progressing.
** The tags under the strips note strips in which Rudy's age is mentioned. He's aged six years between [[http://www.kevinandkell.com/1996/kk1031.html 1996]] and [[http://www.kevinandkell.com/2012/kk0227.html 2012]]. Interestingly, Coney looks about six in the latter strip as well.
* Done in ''Alice'', in which the characters were in 7th grade until around 2005, and have gone to ''several'' Halloween parties, fall dances, and Thanksgiving Weekends. The later strips show them progressing to Grade Eight.
* Averted in ''Webcomic/DeviantUniverse'', where almost every story event takes place in the month they were drawn in.
* In [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2007/comic/book-5/06-flashbacked/thefirstmovie/ this]] ''WebComic/{{Shortpacked}}'', Ethan considers some of the effects of Comic Book Time with respect to Batman.
* A year of ''WebComic/DumbingOfAge'' strips will usually cover an [[WebComicTime in-universe week]], but the comic has a sliding time-scale to prevent it, in the author's words, slowly turning into a period piece.
* While ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' does note holidays (And the strip's anniversary) and some events (Such as Zoe going through and eventually graduating from college) that indicate the passage of time, nobody noticeably ages. By rights, Riff and Torg should be close to 40 by now if they aged in real time.
* A particularly ridiculous example is ''Webcomic/MMBN7TheWorldTournament'', where not a ''single day'' has passed in-universe in the 4+ years the comic has been running so far.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/LegionOfNetHeroes'', due to being a superhero parody, has played with this many times. Probably the most explicit use of the trope is the Slide-Rule of Time, which can create and manipulate sliding timescales with elementary-level arithmetic.
* In the ''WhateleyUniverse'', time clearly moves more slowly than in the real world; Team Kimba arrives at the academy in early September 2006 (still in the future at the time the first stories were written), and by real-life early 2009 the storyline has advanced to begin to cover events in January/February 2007. On the other hand, the stories do provide plenty of concrete dates and times to help keep everything on track.
** Although there's a subtle nod to this trope with Headmistress Carson, [[OlderThanTheyLook who is over seventy, and looks to be in her mid to late 30s, and looked like a teenager well into her real thirties]]. In a not so subtle nod, it is recognized according to WordOfGod that ComicBookTime itself is accepted in-universe ''because'' after she got her powers, she aged at about one third or one quarter the rate she should have and everyone knows this.
* Averted so far in the [[LessThanThreeComics LessThanThree-Verse]], with actual dates matching those in the real world, and the core characters, The Brat Pack, less than a year from graduating high school.
* Roleplay/BehindTheVeil, being a PlayByPostGame, runs by this trope out of necessity; the events of a eventful hour could take weeks to write out. Using some of the oldest characters on the site as a framing device, their first meeting which was written towards the end of 2007 happened roughly a year prior to current events.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''TheSimpsons'' is an example of an animated TV show lasting long enough for this trope to become apparent. The births of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie, the year of Homer and Marge's first meeting, wedding, etc., all appear to shift as the seasons roll by so that the characters can constantly remain the same age (more or less). This usually manifests itself in the flashback episodes. Grandpa, however [[RefugeeFromTime will always be a WWII veteran]], even if this makes him unrealistically old. One {{egregious}} example is Apu and Manjula's octuplets, who they decide to have after seeing Maggie, and were conceived, born, and are now toddlers that have shown to be able to stand and talk, while Maggie is still the same crawling, teething, silent infant.
** There is an early episode when Bart and Lisa likens watching the premiere of a movie to watching the moon landing. We then see a flashback of a 10-ish year old Homer completely ignoring the moon landing, listening to his records. They later had a episode focused on his mother and her hippie-background and had a toddler Homer showing up at Woodstock. The two events took place only 26 days apart!
** How many episodes have Bart and Lisa beginning or finishing the school year, but they (along with their classmates) are always stuck in the same grade?
** In series 6 or so Luann Van Houten tells Marge that she just can't keep up with the Go-Go Nineties.
** The series 5 opener refers to Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope all still being alive, working and successful. George Harrison cameos in the same episode (and not just the flashback bit)
** In Season 3, Sideshow Bob says that "You can't keep the Democrats out of the White House forever!". That was six presidential terms ago, four of them Democratic, and Maggie hasn't aged a day.
** Frequently lampshaded in the commentaries by Al Jean, who loves to bring up the fact that one of the show's current writers was born after 1980, and is thus technically younger than Bart.
** When, exactly, the backstory to the kids' birth takes place has never been treated very seriously (notably in two separate episodes Bart was 5 in 1990, but was born in 1980, making him 5 in 1985) and is always floating at "10, 8 and 1 year(s) ago". This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in another episode where Homer remembers his childhood as "The fifties, or the sixties, or... maybe it was the early seventies."
*** This could be part of the reason Homer's mother was written out of the series. She left her family in TheSixties to escape the law but at this point, 40ish-year-old Homer would be too young for this to make any sense now.
** The amount of Christmas episodes obviously suggests years passing, yet it never does. Doesn't anyone in Springfield realise Christmas only happens once a year? Two major events in the normally NegativeContinuity show (Santa's Little Helper getting adopted and Lisa turning Buddhist) happen over two Christmases, and on one occasion Homer counts up at least a dozen family Christmases which he had saved and/or ruined, even though he's only been married to Marge for about 10-11 years.
** In the episode "Lisa's Wedding", Lisa sees into the far future her first love in the far-off year of 2010, 15 years from the episode's 1995 airdate.
** Lampshaded in ''That '90s Show'', where Bart claims he's never heard of the '90s. This was rather controversial, seeing as how Bart was a prominent pop culture of the early '90s, but the storyline required he be born in 1998.
** Lampshaded in "The Last Temptation of Krust" when Marge is taking Bart and Lisa shoe shopping for dress shoes. Lisa complains that the shoes are two sizes too big and Marge says she'll grow into them. Lisa then asks 'When?' and Marge says 'Oh you're overdue for a growth spurt.'
** Major League Baseball catcher/later manager Mike Scioscia made guest appearances in 1992 and 2010 and aged normally. Although the events of the 1992 episode were mentioned, his physical appearance was not lampshaded, despite a great opportunity to blame it on his tragic illness in the former episode.
** The episode "Angry Dad The Movie" has a very strange time line, it is stated that Bart created Angry Dad in 1999, even though the original episode aired in 2002. Later in the episode Bart claims he became a fan of animation after watching the early episodes of WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants as a toddler.
** "Ned-Liest Catch" references Edna Krabappel's relationship with Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer which took place in the 3rd season episode "Flaming Moe's" back in 1991. He has aged in real time since then and no one comments on this.
** Also in "Behind The Laughter", Lisa states in her "Tell All Book" that she has been given anti-aging hormones to keep her 8.
** Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama have all either appeared or been mentioned on the show and three of them got re-elected.
** In the first half-hour episode where the family gets Santa's Little Helper, Marge writes in a letter to her family that Maggie had taken her first steps, though she still fell down every so often. Maggie's been learning how to walk for more than ''twenty years''.
* The characters in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' don't age much. Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny started out as 8-year-old boys in the third grade. In the 4th season, the boys move onto fourth grade and were 9-years old. By the season 15 episode "Crack Baby Atheletic Association", all the boys were 10. None of the other characters in the series have aged at all either with the exception of Ike who started out as a toddler who could barely speak coherently, as of season eleven he is a bit taller, wears different clothes and he can now speak in full sentences.
** In the Facebook episode, "You have 0 Friends," first broadcast in spring of 2010, several of the boys' Facebook profiles were shown, listing their birth years as 2001 -- four years after the show started airing.
** "Die Hippy Die" indicates that Stan's parents were dating back during Woodstock... which took place in 1969. Given their current (assumed) ages [[OlderThanTheyLook this really doesn't add up at all]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' has featured the terms of an anthromorphic animal Bill Clinton and George Bush alike, yet Arthur and his friends are still in the third grade.
** DW has also turned five and the baby Kate born and aged to around nine months, yet Arthur is still eight.
*** Kate has shown signs of entering toddlerhood but it's unlikely Arthur will move up to a grade as that'd remove Ratburn as a character and change the class structure.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', twice:
** During the first "comeback" season, Peter mentions that Bonnie has been pregnant for five years, and tells her to either have the baby or not. Stewie's age has been lampshaded a few times, notably when he says to Brian "But I'm only one!" and Brian replies "Still?"
*** Bonnie ''finally'' gave birth. Took almost ten years, but there you go.
** On the other hand, one character, Bertram, has managed to be conceived, carried to term, born, and age enough to be allowed to play on the playground while Stewie remained one year old, all in one episode. Other episodes have also distinctly taken place over months of time with no change in Stewie's age. A good example of this was the episodes "The Perfect Castaway" in which there is a time lapse of a year, but Stewie (among practically all the cast) remaining the same.
** ''Family Guy'' occasionally gives the main characters actual progression. There's the episode where Chris finally went to High School, an episode beginning with Meg's 17th birthday (she was 15 at the beginning of season 1, and aged to 16 in a later episode of the same season and aged to 18 by season 10), and another episode beginning with Lois' 41st birthday. However, it looks strange that Meg has aged somewhat normally while Chris only aged one year throughout the whole series.
** Brian is always stated to be 7 or 8 years old in dog years and he is always mulling over about just how old he is getting, even though Brian never seems to get older at all.
*** Lampshaded when Stewie asks Brian, "How can you have a teenage son when you yourself are only seven?" "Well those are dog years" "That doesn't make any sense" "You know what Stewie, if you don't like it, just go on the internet and complain".
** Once again lampshaded in "Christmas Guy", the show's third Christmas special. Lois proudly announces that it's Stewie's first Christmas, to which Stewie replies, "Again?"
* Franchise/ScoobyDoo has celebrated his fortieth birthday. He's still alive and the members of Mystery Inc. are still teenagers. Also, their ages are always the same, despite the various series having had more than one HalloweenEpisode. That Halloween must have been a ''really'' busy day for the gang.
** The continuity that begins with ''Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island'' follows on from the original series, but has the teenagers growing into adults... and Scooby not aging at all, despite being a Great Dane -- which breed has an average lifespan of 8-10 years. Similarly, ''A Pup Named Scooby-Doo'' has him as a puppy when the others were in elementary school, which is the same problem from the other end.
** This was lampshaded in ''Scooby Doo: Pirates Ahoy!'' The Gang goes on a cruise to celebrate Fred's birthday. At the wharf, they ask him how old he is. His response? "37. [[{{beat}} *beat*]] 38... 39... Here it is. Dock 40."
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' has an interesting timeline. At the beginning of the series, Bobby was 11 years old and had a birthday. He turned 13 in the fifth season and hasn't really aged since. In the fourth season, Luanne stated that she was 19½, then in season 9, she celebrated her 21st birthday. John Redcorn was said to be 36 in a season three episode and 40 in a season 10 episode.
* ''{{Rugrats}}'' combined this with NotAllowedToGrowUp. Just from the sheer number of episodes, some of which specifically take place over the course of multiple days, one would think that at least a year would've passed, but it doesn't. (Add in the fact that they have holiday specials almost all the way around the calendar, including multiple Valentine's Day episodes, and this gets a bit ridiculous. Then there was that ''not'' real-time pregnancy that nevertheless tried to pass itself off as the right amount of time (it was explicitly autumn when the pregnancy was discovered in a season finale, and summer in TheMovie in which Dil is born (released before the start of the following season), so nine months is to be assumed), yet no time actually passes for anyone else. Lampshaded by the anniversary special called "Decade in Diapers". Then they make up for it by [[TimeSkip applying all ten years of accumulated time]] [[AllGrownUp at once]].
** Chuckie seems to be the only one to develop over the course of the series, moving from a crib to a bed (and all the anxiety therein), and in a post-{{Uncancelled}} episode, says his first word to grown-ups.
** The second movie has the internet and dating sites, placing it firmly in the late 90s instead of early 90s.
** Going by the date the show started the babies should have been born in the late 80s however Charlotte has shown signs of being a teen in the early to mid 80s in certain episodes.
* The main characters of the TV show ''HomeMovies'' have stayed eight-years-old throughout its four year run.
* ''LibertysKids'': The show covered 1773 right up to about 1789, and the main characters never aged - although all the adults around them did! By the end of the series Sarah was still 15, James 14, and Henri only 8 - after about 16 years!
** Leading to weird scenes where they recall events that happened -- that they ''[[BeenThereShapedHistory participated]]'' in -- eight, ten, twelve years ago, and marvel at how much things have changed in the meantime...
* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' Steve will always be 14 and Hayley always 18 or 19, but the episode "Tears of a Clooney" alone takes place over the course of an entire year, with little room left in its chain of events for other events to occur. Though, since each of the Christmas episodes has involved time/reality manipulation of some sort, the TimeyWimeyBall may be playing a role.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Reboot}}'' subverts and justifies this. Everyone in Mainframe doesn't age much, but when Enzo becomes a game sprite, he comes back an older, grizzled self, along with his girlfriend, both having started as children. Then when they make it back to Mainframe, Enzo is visibly as old as his sister Dot who had always been much older than him. However, the [[YearInsideHourOutside faster rate of time in the Games]] is supposed to justify this.
** It is worth noting that everyone is a program of some form and, as Enzo and [=AndrAIa=] show, age depends upon how much processing power is dedicated to them (games being CPU-intensive).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': Timmy Turner has remained ten for over ten years. It was assumed that he had turned eleven in one episode, "Birthday Bashed", but a later episode, "Manic-Mom Day", established that he's still ten years old.
** He even celebrates ''two'' birthdays over the course of the show, and did celebrate the fact that he'd held onto Cosmo and Wanda for a year in the third season. The ComicBookTime part was confirmed early on, because Timmy traveled back thirty years in two different episodes: to 1970 in the first season, but to 1972 in the third.
** On that note, when ''The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker!'' was created Timmy's birthday was dated as 1992. That should have been booted out of the continuity early on, making the episode non-canon, as Timmy never reaches an other age and there's no indication the show is perpetually set in 2002..However ''Timmy's Secret Wish'' makes it ever the more possible Timmy still is born in 1992, possibly averting the typical floating timeline.
*** This makes the live action movies set earlier than people think. You'd think it's set in the 2020s when it could be set in the early to mid 2010s, which is still TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture but less so.
** This is given quite a twist in the "Timmy's Secret Wish" special: Timmy once wished that everyone in the world would stop aging (and that Cosmo, the fairy granting the wish, would forget granting it afterwards). It turns out, by the time this is discovered, it's been [[spoiler:[[WhamLine 50 years]]!]] And apparently nobody in the entire world noticed.
** In the movie ''AbraCatastrophe'', Timmy celebrates his Fairy-versery for keeping his fairies a secret for a year, but he's still 10 - however, it was established that he got Cosmo and Wanda as his fairies when he was 9, a short while before he turned 10.
* Strongly {{subverted}} in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' where there's a timestamp at least OncePerEpisode establishing the date and time when events begin. WordOfGod says that the UniverseBible has a timeline that's ''149 pages long,'' giving all the major events in the show's history. The show begins on July 4, 2010 (which was originally NextSundayAD) and the first season finale was set on New Year's.
** T.O. Morrow built robots to destroy the Justice Society of America during World War II, and at the time of the show is still building them to destroy the Justice League. [[spoiler: Of course, the real T.O. Morrow is an old man in a coma who built a robotic duplicate of himself to continue his work]].
* ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' averts this--we open the night before Peter begins his junior year and season two ends in the spring, with episodes set around all the major holidays between. It was intended to be a SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon that would end with Peter and his classmates [[GraduateFromTheStory Graduating From The Story]], but it was ScrewedByTheLawyers before that could happen.
* This trope is actually averted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''. While the show began in 1997 and ended in 2001 (and two DirectToVideo films in 2003), it's been established that the show only takes place over the course of September 1997 to June 1998. This is firmly established in ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut'', where the villain talks about how he was holding revenge for thirty years since 1968 (the movie was released in February 2001, but takes place in June 1998)
** ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' did pretty much the exact same thing: started in 1997, continued past 2000, in-series calenders still say 97.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', having been first devised in 1992 as Craig [=McCracken=]'s school project as The Whoopass Girls, were first depicted as five-year-old children attending kindergarten in their first Hanna-Barbera commissioned short "Meat Fuzzy Lumkins." They remained five years old through all six seasons of their show (plus specials and the movie) in spite of the fact they celebrated a birthday in the episode "Birthday Bash."
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'''s theme song mentions "104 days of summer vacation"...but the show is [[LongRunners approaching 200 episodes]] already. A few clues are offered about dates--the first season episode "Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together" takes place on June 15, and the second season special "Summer Belongs to You" takes place on the summer solstice. This has been lampshaded several times:
** Phineas answers (to a thought we never hear) in an episode: "You're right Ferb. It DOES feel longer than 104 days."
** Buford at one point says "Are you sure it's only been three months? Because I added up the stuff we've been building and we're way over 115..."
** In "Fly on the Wall," Doof laments that the summer seems to be going on forever.
** However, some episodes and specials ''don't'' take place during the summer, so it's not impossible for another summer to take place.
* Humorous example from ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead''. The show operated on Comic Book Time, but the spin-off, ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' (which was still running after ''Beavis and Butthead'' and was cancelled) actually did have a progression of time and ended with its lead graduating from high school. When ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' was UnCancelled, they once again returned to Comic Book Time despite Daria having long since moved away and graduated.
** This is even subtly {{Lampshaded}}. Beavis states that he used to have a friend named Daria who had died. Butthead immediately calls him an idiot and says that Daria moved away.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' with Finn aging from 12 to 14 with WordOfGod being that he will continue to age and learn rather than remain twelve forever.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' zig-zag this a little. The four principals never changed in appearance (apart from the usual art evolution such series goes through) through the birth of Pebbles and the adoption of Bamm-Bamm during the original six seasons and the movie (''The Man Called Flintstone''). They still don't in ''ThePebblesAndBammBammShow'' (1971) where the two infants are now teens and even those two don't change in the subsequent NBC shows later on (''The Flintstone Comedy Show, Flintstone Funnies''). Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm eventually graduate to adulthood in the 90s with two made-for-TV animated films (''I Yabba Dabba Do!, Hollyrock-A-Bye Baby'') while their parents, on the verge of grandparenthood, still look the way they did when the original series aired its finale in 1966.
** The 2001 Cartoon Network special ''Flintstones: On The Rocks'' retcons this, designing the four main characters as they looked from the original series' very start.
* The original cast of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' have all been about 16 since the show first aired in 2007. The first two seasons attempted to avert this trope by casually mentioning [[WebcomicTime it's only been a few days between seasons]], but by the fifth season, they've taken to just dancing around ever stating the ages of the characters.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' explicitly states the year pretty frequently, showing that most episodes are set about 1000 years after they air. The span of time from Fry arriving in the future to beginning of the last episode is about 14 years. This presents a few problems.
** Outside of a few time travel episodes that show the characters through decades of their lives, none of the characters appear to age. Fry and Leela have gone from their mid-20s in the beginning of the first season to around 40 at the beginning of the last season and Hermes should be in his 50s or 60s by the end. However, characters are shown as able to live well into the hundreds, so maybe people age more gracefully in the future.
** Dwight and Cubert, are stated to be about 12 years old in season 3 and remain so through the show's run. By the end, the should be in their mid-20s, which is about as old and Fry and Leela were when the show started.
** Amy is introduced as an intern and college student in the first season. The writers eventually saw this as a problem and she finally graduates in season six, [[LampshadeHanging where it's stated that she's been an intern at Planet Express for 10 years.]]
* The AnimatedAdaptation of ''Literature/{{Franklin}}'' as well as its spin-off ''Franklin and Friends'' have used a very odd version in which Franklin and his friends don't really age at all throughout most of the original series. In the film ''Back to School with Franklin'', they move up a grade. In ''Franklin and Friends'', they're said to be about a year older, but still attend class with the same teacher. Bear's baby sister Beatrice is born in the first season of the original show, Franklin's sister Harriet is born in the film ''Franklin and the Green Knight'', set between the fourth and fifth seasons. By the fourth season of the original series, Beatrice is toddler-aged. In the fifth season, Harriet is as well, and by ''Back to School with Franklin'', Beatrice is attending preschool and Harriet is near that point. In ''Franklin and Friends'', both seem to be about the same age they were at the end of the original television series.
* This is averted in the {{DCAU}}, however the indicators of how much time have passed are subtle and can be easy to miss (other than the fact that ''The New Batman Adventures'' takes place a few years after BatmanTheAnimatedSeries and BatmanBeyond obviously takes place 40+years in the future). Supergirl is probably the best indicator of how much time has passed...she's 16 in her first appearance in SupermanTheAnimatedSeries, and it's mentioned to be her 21st birthday during her final appearance in JusticeLeagueUnlimited. Similarly, in another episode in the final season of JLU, Grodd's fight with the Flash (which happened in the first season of ''Justice League'') is mentioned to have happened a "couple of years ago". It can be said that the first season of Justice League takes place 1-2 years after the end of S:TAS and JL/JLU take place over the course of 3-4 years.