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->''Thank heaven for little girls \\
for little girls get bigger every day!\\
Thank heaven for little girls\\
they grow up in the most delightful way!''
-->-- '''Film/{{Gigi}}''', "Thank Heaven for Little Girls"

So this guy hasn't seen his childhood friend in a long time. Then they meet again, and she's absolutely stunning. He realizes that his friend that he never thought of "that way" really can be thought of "that way," usually as she starts dating someone else. If he gets her in the end, it will invariably be revealed that she had been in love with him all along; she just needed [[BeautifulAllAlong a new hairstyle and contacts]] for him to finally notice her.

A variant of this: the first story part, they're so-so to okay looking. Cue the sequel, and BAM! knockout. There are various reasons for this; sometimes the character was too young to be thought of "that way" in the first part. In live action shows and movies, this can happen to a character when puberty hits the actor or actress like a [[ColonyDrop colony drop]].

This is TruthInTelevision for many girls in their early teens, though it's not often addressed in TV or movies, where girls as absolutely ecstatic about their physical changes and the (male) attention it gets them. This can happen for a [[{{Stereotype}} variety]] of [[MostWritersAreMale reasons]].

Despite the trope's name, it is hardly an [[AlwaysFemale always female]] trope and {{gender flip}}s are pretty common.

Contrast with {{lolicon}}, and IWasQuiteALooker. This can sometimes lead to FirstGirlWins. This sometimes overlaps with SheCleansUpNicely.

''[[Administrivia/InUniverseExamplesOnly In-universe examples only, please.]] Although the audience can definitely feel this way about a character, this only applies if the character's change is acknowledged in some way by another character.''

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* A more platonic and gender-swapped variant of this trope is seen in the first episode in the original Japanese dub of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', with old friends Hikari and Takeru. Upon their reunion (after a couple of years of not having seen each other) Hikari compliments Takeru by saying that "You've gotten taller." Of course, easily-jealous Daisuke--and [[{{Shipping}} Takeru/Hikari]] fans--[[FreudWasRight had a less platonic interpretation of this observation]].
* The TV version of [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion]] implies this trope with Asuka, and actually [[PlayingWithATrope plays it]] ''[[PlayingWithATrope backwards]]'', [[ImpliedTrope depriving the audience]] of a [[PlayedStraight straight-forward, introductory glance]] at her. We have not even ''seen'' the "fanservice" portions of her body before both she - now fourteen - and Misato acknowledge that she's "filled out" nicely since their last meeting - when she was closer to eight. It is only ''later'' in the series when we see her at a much younger age and how she grew up into the attractive girl she is at fourteen.
* Genderswapped in ''MagicKnightRayearth''. Ascot the Summoner was a little boy in the first part of the series, but when the Knights returned to Cephiro in the second part, he was a handsome teenager tall enough to tower over the girls (even more with his NiceHat). Caldina [[LampshadeHanging says]] he "grew up" out of love for Umi, but he denies it (though his LuminescentBlush and his behavior towards Umi say otherwise...).
* Another genderswapped variation occurs in ''{{Kekkaishi}}'': Tokine initially has difficulty seeing Yoshimori as anything but the crybaby kid she used to try and cheer up when they were younger even after other people have pointed out that he won't stay a kid forever. Events later in the manga, however, have her admitting to herself that Yoshimori is growing to be a strong, reliable young man. She even finds herself imagining how he'd look in a few years and finds her mental image of an older Yoshimori "surprisingly cool-looking."
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the main character Edward's love interest/childhood friend/automail mechanic has been out of town with a job for months, and Edward finds her, has his limbs adjusted, and goes on his way. Winry notes to herself (as she further realizes she is in love with Ed) that his back/shoulders are broader now, and Ed is becoming a man and is no longer a child. At least in once instance, this was mostly due to Ed regaining his self-confidence and his posture improving as a result.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'':
** This happens to both Goku and Chichi in the last part of the original series (before it became ''Dragon Ball Z''). First, Bulma and company didn't recognize the 18-year-old Goku at first, having gained a couple of feet of growth and the hotness to match (Bulma herself couldn't help but hesitate a little). They could only believe it when he revealed his signature hair. Then, Goku didn't notice that the {{Tsundere}} he was fighting against in the Tenkaichi Budokai quarterfinals was the girl he [[ChildhoodMarriagePromise agreed to marry when they were kids]] (she entered the tournament anonymously), and he didn't find out until Chichi revealed herself. ("But-but-but are you the same little Chichi I met so long ago?!" "Hey, of course I am!") Basically, she got tired of waiting for him and decided to approach him more on his terms...and this time it stuck.
** There's also the time that Bulma learned that (future) Trunks was her KidFromTheFuture. Her reaction (after the requisite {{GASP}} of surprise, of course) was, "My kid's gonna grow up hot? Sweet!" She also has some trouble keeping her thoughts about Goku entirely platonic ever since he turned eighteen -- even after he's married.
* ''[[DaCapo D.C. ~Da Capo~]]'':
** Subverted in Season 1, everyone was surprised when Sakura returned looking exactly like she did 6 years ago (a little girl). She leaves at the end of Season 1, but on her return halfway through Season 2 (years after the first story) she looks... exactly the same.
** In the sequel ''D.C. II'', which takes place 50 years after the original, Sakura ''still'' looks the same.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** A series of [[OvernightAgeUp Age-disguising pills]] causes this to happen with Negi and his students a couple of times, although the girls didn't recognize it was him. Later, a few more girls get a similar effect when they see how his father looked.
** This is repeated later in the series (the Magic World arc). This time around, though, some of them are catching onto it.
** Also noted by Rakan in referring to Asuna. But since it's Rakan, he says 'Look how big you've gotten!' and pokes her breast. Followed by Asuna decking him and him pretending to fall off of [[FloatingContinent Ostia]].
** Setsuna's feelings for Konoka always lay [[BodyguardCrush in that sort of direction]], but it's implied that she first consciously realised how attractive Konoka had become when she saw her dressed up in a [[KimonoFanservice fancy kimono]] in cinema town. [[TransparentCloset Not that she was willing to acknowledge it just yet...]]
-->'''Setsuna:''' Ojousama really has grown into a beautiful young woman. Why am I so shaken up?
* Similarly, the young Yukari Sendo from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' takes a dose of temporary aging pills in season two. To her relief, she learns that the only thing separating her from the rest of the harem is [[ChildProdigy about four years]]—she just needs to be patient.
* ''TenchiMuyo'':
** Sasami. The world's most [[{{Moe}} adorable]] girl is shown several times over the course of the series that she's going to grow up to be drop-dead beautiful -- there was even a short story in the manga where Ryoko points this out to Ayeka -- "Sure she's a kid ''now''..." She's so far beyond Ryoko and Ayeka's league that the two can't even come up with a decent come-back in the OVA. The best they can come up with is insulting each other and comparing themselves to ''her''. Or at least, that's how the two of them seem to see it.
** In one episode of the original series, Ayeka on seeing Sasami's adult form in Tsunami bemoaned the fact that her sister's beauty would soon surpass her own.
* ''{{Genshiken}}'' starts with Saki noticing her old childhood friend, who's grown into an incredible {{Bishonen}}.
* The ColonyDrop version is also used as a joke in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars W'', where [[LittleMissSnarker Ruri Hoshino]] undergoes all the physical growth she did in the six ''years'' between ''MartianSuccessorNadesico'' and ''The Prince of Darkness'' in only six ''months'' between the first and second halves of the game.
* ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'''s Kaoru gets this when he realizes the lovely adult woman he meets at the start of the series is the same little girl he played with as a kid. Not to mention he gets an up-close and personal introduction to just how well she [[MarshmallowHell developed]] during that first night.
* ''Manga/DeathNote''. After [[spoiler: L's death]], we come back after a few years' gap and Light's little sister Sayu has done exactly as this trope predicts, going from an adorable kid to a hottie. Matsuda even gets a crush on her, despite knowing her since she was a kid and [[MayDecemberRomance being 11 years older than she is.]] [[OverprotectiveDad Soichiro is not pleased, of course.]]
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** England leaves the young America and tells him to grow taller and stronger. When they see each other again... oh, my. America is quite taller than England.
** There's also France's reaction to pubescent-but-not-quite-legal-looking-Italy.
--->'''Italy''': What's intercourse?\\
'''France''': It's something you do with someone you like! ''...So, Italy. Do you like me?''
** Played with when Hungary and Prussia meet as teens after she's defeated by the Ottoman Empire. Only ''then'' Prussia fully realised that the kid nation he used to fight against more than once was a very busty and pretty girl instead.
* Yuki in ''NoBra'' is all grown up to the main character...the catch is that Yuki is [[WholesomeCrossdresser male]]. Later on, so is [[spoiler: Kaoru.]] They were in the same nursery, at least.
* In the ''FruitsBasket'' manga, Momiji goes from a AdorablyPrecociousChild to a very handsome blond.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Reversed when Sakura noticed that Naruto had grown up. When [[ACupAngst she asked if she looked more like a woman]], he said "[[IdiotBall You look fine. You haven't changed a bit.]]" Yeah, that was the ''wrong'' thing to say.
** According to Tsunade, this happened to Kushina, [[spoiler:Naruto's mother]].
** It also happened to Tsunade herself. Back in her genin days, she was called flat-chested by Jiraiya. The difference between her child and adult physiques was lampshaded in an omake of the anime.
* In the first episode of ''{{Basquash}}'', Dan realizes -- a little later than Miyuki would've wished -- that the busty mecha mechanic he's been hanging around with for the past few hours was his childhood friend from years ago.
* There's a variant in ''XXXHolic'', as of Chapter 187, [[spoiler: as Kohane visits Watanuki some years after he's taken over Yuuko's shop, and comments on how good she looks in her school uniform. When she responds that he's constantly saying it, his response hints at this trope.]]
* In ''RahXephon'' Haruka makes a comment about Ayato finally growing taller than her just before admitting to him that not only is [[MayDecemberRomance she in love with him]] but that [[spoiler: she's ''still'' in love with him, as they used to be [[HighSchoolSweethearts middle-school sweethearts]] before the universe decided to fuck things up between them with [[YearInsideHourOutside time dilation]] and a mind wipe.]]
* In the first ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' sound stage, Shamal notes that Suzuka has become quite beautiful in the ten years since A's.
* Suzuna tries to get this reaction out of Sena in ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' and beats up Monta when he pulls this...on Mamori. Poor Sena gets stomped on too.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'':
** [[CampGay Leeron]] makes comments about this in respect to [[{{Bishonen}} Rossiu]] after the TimeSkip. There's also Simon, who as a teenager is a short and scrawny BeadyEyedLoser. None of these attributes can apply to him [[http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww262/CapZiggy/317959.jpg after seven years]].
** On the female side of things, Nia goes from [[http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/401/nia33d77feeo4.jpg/sr=1 cutie princess]] to [[http://windofthestars.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Nia_Tepperin.png a real knockout]] after the time skip. It's not seen much, but Darry seems to grow up pretty nicely, too.
* In ''Manga/MaidSama'', when Misaki last knew him, Hinata Shintani was a fat {{gonk}}. Ten years later, Hinata returns as a wide-eyed {{Bishonen}} [[{{keet}} with the personality of a hyperactive puppy]] and his mind set on finding his first love (Re: Misaki). In a subversion, Misaki doesn't particularly seem to notice or care very much. Her younger sister Suzuna, on the other hand...
* In the final episode of ''LibraryWar'', Komaki and a young neighbor that he only ever thought of as the little girl next door, until she turned nineteen or so.
* In the ''Anime/EurekaSevenPocketFullOfRainbows'' movie, Renton commented to Eureka in the sickbay that she has grown pretty since he last saw her 8 years ago.
* Chapter 45 of ''NatsumeYuujinchou'' has a bit where a girl named Miyoko complains to a friend while walking home about how this CreepyChild she knew back in preschool named Takashi Natsume. Miyoko's annoyed because he's going to be in town for a couple of days, and since her parents invited him to stay at their place, she's gonna have to put up with him the whole time. ''Ugh!'' But enough about that, why don't they talk about who that really cute guy standing at the front door is and why he's waiting there like...''Oh.''
* In a scene later on in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Yusuke stares at his childhood friend/love interest Keiko's body before remarking, "...since when did YOU start filling out in all the right places?", which promptly results in him getting smacked.
* Yuki in ''WanderingSon'' was surprised to see how her middle school crush grew up once he reached high school, considering she dropped out of school in middle school and became a {{Hikikomori}}.
* ''{{Futakoi}}'' has [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Nozomu and Ichijou sisters,]] with flashbacks and stuff.
* Tsugumi Shibata from season 1 of ''HellGirl'' reappears in season 3 as an stunning adult, bonus points for becoming a nurse.
* The page picture comes from a hentai manga. It contains a common [[NoPlotNoProblem plot]] in which a guy notices a female friend of his is lookin' mighty fine, and eventually they become a couple. You know what coupling is, right? [[DontExplainTheJoke It's sexual intercourse.]]
* In ''Manga/DNAngel'', Rika decides to go check on Daisuke after he mysteriously collapsed in the middle of school. After getting flustered at the sight of his [[BeautifulDreamer sleeping face]], Riku notes that Daisuke looks a bit more mature than she remembers him being, and that it's only a matter of time before he turns into a full-blown {{bishonen}}.
* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', present-Mikuru is a little moe girl who (despite having a large male following) is generally referred to more as cute or adorable than hot or sexy. Her future version however, generally gets labels like "bombshell" applied to her, and whenever she does ''anything'' at all, Kyon uses adjectives like "seductively" to describe it. It's hard to tell in the anime because of GenericCuteness, but future-Mikuru is still drawn a bit more beautiful than her younger version.
* In ''{{Manga/Miyuki}}'', Masato feels this way regarding Miyuki Wakamatsu - who is his [[NotBloodSiblings stepsister]]...
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', a brief glimpse of everyone's futures reveals that the children Rua and Ruka grow up well. Guys [[DistractedByTheSexy stare at Ruka and bump into each other]], and Ruka's female friends start gushing about Rua and saying he's hot.
* In MarchenAwakensRomance, Koyuki and Ginta already had a ChildhoodFriendRomance, but when he returns from MAR Heaven, she is quite impressed to see that he's stronger, taller (courtesy of YearInsideHourOutside training) and doesn't need glasses anymore (the latter was due to the magic of MAR Heaven—his vision cleared the moment he got there).
* In episode 4 of ''[[BurnUp Burn Up Excess]]'', we learn that when Maya (who edges out Rio and Nanvel by 1cm for the bustiest of the squad) left for the Tokyo police academy, she was a {{Tomboy}}. When she returns home to Osaka on personal business, everyone was surprised when they learned just how much she filled out while she was in the academy, and there was a RunningGag where she slugged everyone who noted it in a specifically lusty manner.
* In ''Manga/LoveLab'', Riko's childhood friend Satoshi was very [[DudeLooksLikeALady effeminate looking and teased for resembling a girl]]. When they run into each other in the present, she doesn't recognize him at first because he's become manly.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', this happens to Urahara's child assistants Jinta and Ururu after the TimeSkip. Jinta became very tall and muscular, while Ururu became taller with larger breasts and attracts male attention. Also happens to Ichigo's sister Karin. Post-Time Skip, not only has she filled out considerably from her {{Tomboy}} days, she's also picked up more of her brother's spiritual awareness.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''SinCity'''s "Skinny little Nancy Callahan". She grew up. She filled out. The older Callahan is played by Creator/JessicaAlba in the movie version and is seen on a stripper pole.
* The comic strip ''ForBetterOrForWorse'' had a slight variation: Michael returned home to find that his sister Elizabeth was actually good-looking, and remarked on this, prompting her to go mark that date on the calendar. In another strip, he noticed that she actually looked similar to his girlfriend Deanna. BrainBleach may have been needed.
* In ''TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'' Fat Freddy goes back to his hometown and meets an attractive teenage girl who invites him home. As they're sharing a bath together, her parents come home - and Freddy realises they're his parents too, having not recognised his now attractive sister.
* ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' has done this a couple of times:
** In the very first issue, Alex refers to Nico as "that dorky girl" who borrowed his [=DVDs=] of ''ThePrisoner'' the previous year and never returned them. When he sees her again, he is literally speechless. A flashback much later on shows that the younger Nico had shorter hair, glasses, and a much more conservative wardrobe.
** In the second volume, the gang meets a future version of Gert, described in Brian K. Vaughan's script as "busty" and "very, very attractive." The Gert fans know and love is an overweight, bespectacled nerd.
* Layla Miller in ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}''. She was stranded in the future as a prepubescent girl, and returned as a young woman, with hips and "things" as Jamie observed.
* Gender-swapped in ''Comicbook/{{Zot}}'': Short-and-nebbish Woody, who has a crush on Jenny (who of course only has eyes for hero Zot), goes to France for the summer. When he returns, he's six inches taller and quite a bit buffer. Jenny's reaction: "My God, he's ''adorable''!!"
* ''ArchieComics'':
** A story titled "A Date with Suzy Stringbean!" had Betty set up a date between Reggie and an old classmate who had a crush on him, Susan Starn (or Suzy Stringbean, nicknamed because she was the skinniest girl in the class). Reggie fakes an illness to get out of the date, so Betty sends Archie in his place. When Reggie sees Suzy the next day:
-->'''Reggie:''' S-Sue-Suzy! You've filled out! I mean, you've grown up! I mean, I don't know what I mean! ''[face turns green]''\\
'''Suzy:''' Gosh, Reggie! You must still be sick! You're turning a bit green!\\
'''Betty:''' Yeah! Green with envy!
** Another example: The reason Jughead avoids women is because [[spoiler:he fears his heart is going to get broken a second time; the first was when his first love and childhood friend Joani Jump moved out of town. [[RetCon Or maybe he who moved away from her.]] At any rate, in one story, when they reunited briefly, for the first time since they were about five years old, she was a knockout. Even Reggie was a little flustered when he saw her. (Archie had more respect for Jug to leave them alone, dragging Reggie with him.)]]
* ''{{Asterix}} Legionary'' has Panacea, who returns after many years studying outside the village.
* ''ComicBook/LesLegendaires'':
** The series takes place in a world where everyone has been turned back into a child because of a curse [[NiceJobBreakingItHero the protagonists accidentally caused on their world]]. In Book 6, [[TheHero Danael]], after going through a TimeTravel, meets with a past, full-grown version of his LoveInterest [[MagicalGirl Jadina]]. He is quick to notice he was used to the child version of her, and forgot how beautiful she was as an adult.
** Later played straight in a minor way with character [[Webcomic/GirlGenius Toopie]], who started out as a regular child and as such was still able to grow up until she reaches 12. When the heroes meet her again, she has reached such age, and [[TheBigGuy Razzia]] is quick to notice how much she has grown up, pissing his girlfriend [[DarkActionGirl Tenebris]] off in the process.
* {{Supergirl}} started out being depicted (and drawn) as a typical teenager, with Supergirl rarely looking more than 13 or 14 in most of her early appearances, only by the mid-1960s to be depicted and drawn as a sexy 20-something woman. Although "eye of the reader" does not apply for this trope, Supergirl becoming a woman is touched on in numerous issues, as well as implied by the comics allowing her to establish relationships with characters ''other'' than Sparky the Super Cat, Krypto the Super Dog and Comet the Super Horse.
* A 1967 issue of ComicBook/TheMightyThor features the first modern encounter of Thor and Lady Sif. He is surprised because he remembers her as a child who he used to dangle upon his knees, and he now sees her as a stunning beauty. He concludes that: "By my mallet-thou art child no longer!" This was also Thor's reaction to meeting the grown-up Lorelei, Amora's younger sister, who is in the process of using magic to seduce and rape him. The last time Thor saw her she was still a child.
* An early-to-mid 60s installment of {{Peanuts}} has Linus reading the paper and fretting because...
-->'''Linus:''' '''''Annette Funicello is all grown up!!'''''

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[[folder:Fan Fics]]
* In [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/93809/a-pleasant-surprise A Pleasant Surprise,]] both Fluttershy and Midnight have this reaction to each other, given that they haven't met in years. Fluttershy didn't expect him to have grown up to be adorkable, and Midnight had no idea that Fluttershy had gone from cute to amazing.
* In the Buffy/Stargate crossover fic ''FanFic/AllYourBaseAreBelongToHer'', we catch up with Dawn as she approaches her eighteenth birthday. Although she had been cute enough even as a young teen, Dawn has come along nicely in the two and a half years since the end of Buffy Season Five, and is acknowledged by most (though not all) of the characters she meets as being a legitimately gorgeous young woman (as well as being an [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers insufferable]] [[BrattyTeenageDaughter brat]], but that's another point altogether).
* In the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' FanFic ''Fanfic/AfterTheEnd'', everyone is surprised to suddenly find out Eloise Midgen has become ''extremely'' attractive. Also Colin Creevey has become rather tall and good looking. There are a few fics out there that sometimes depict Neville has having grown out of his awkward younger phase and becoming something of a stud. No doubt, there is some influence the similar transformation of Matthew Lewis, the actor who plays Neville in the films.
* Fans of ''TheGreatMouseDetective'' who like {{shipping}} the titular character with Olivia (canonically a young girl) [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this trope to enable the pairing without being {{squick}}y.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' alternative continuity fanfic, ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6318423/1/Hitchups Hitchups]]'' has a parental version of this when Hiccup, having fled Berk with Toothless for two years of adventures, returns to help his people against the Red Death. To the Berkians amazement, the clumsy boy named Hiccup has returned as a mighty and tested DragonRider warrior on top of being a brilliant inventor and dragon expert favored by Thor himself.
* In the ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'' fanfic, ''Prelude to Heaven'', Balian is tall, gangly, pale and somewhat clumsy. Then after serving in an army, turns into... well, what Orlando Bloom is. This is noted by the girl he was crushing very badly on, who didn't recognise him and had had a [[RapeAsBackstory bad experience]] in the intervening years before he sweeps her off her feet as it were.
* Naruto and Hinata in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4108845/1/Twice-Shy-Story-Two Twice Shy]]'' (sequel to ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4068221/1/Two-Halves-Story-One Two Halves]]''). Long story short, Tsunade convinced an old student of hers to take Naruto and Hinata for training during the time skip. They come back and well... Hinata has more confidence, doesn't stutter and wears modest clothes that don't hide her figure. Naruto thinks before he talks, eats a balanced diet, is less impulsive and (due to the proper diet and training during time skip) is 6 feet tall and ripped. When they get back to the village Kiba is practically foaming at the mouth at seeing Hinata. Sakura and Ino knock on Naruto's door and look down for when he opens it thinking he's still short... they end up staring at his chest.
* PlayedForLaughs in the Anime/Slayers x LyricalNanoha crossover ''Fanfic/BloodThatFlows'' with Vita, who is now suffering from LaserGuidedKarma for calling Signum a Boob Monster, considering that she is about Hayate's height, with Shamal's bust.
* In the ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' fandom, this is extremely common in [[SlashFic Roy/Ed]] fics, though it's likely to show up pretty much any time one of the Elric brothers or Winry is paired with an older character.
* Similar to TheGreatMouseDetective example above, a subset of the [[WreckItRalph Wreck-It Ralph]] fandom will age up Vanellope in order to ship her with Ralph, this trope is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] due to a graphics update to her game as a whole or from someone messing with her code.
* Some {{Homestuck}} fics feature a grown-up Tavros with wings, like his FamousAncestor.
* In ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'', Literature/SherlockHolmes first meets Beth Lestrade when she's a fifteen-year-old, HotBlooded tomboy. When he sees her next, she's seventeen and has matured quite a bit in the past couple of years, acting far more like an adult than a kid. He's left unsure of how to handle it.
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[[folder:Film -- Animation]]
* [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Nala]] in ''Disney/TheLionKing''. In the sequel, Kiara seems to react more to "he's grown up" than Kovu does to her when the first reunite.
* A somewhat wacky version in ''BrotherBear 2''. By the time Kenai meets his childhood friend Nita again, she's a pretty young bride-to-be, and he's a bear. [[spoiler:It works out in the end; Nita becomes a bear in order to stay with him.]]
* A platonic variation: In ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', Charlotte's reaction to Tiana in the blue dress (which Charlotte loaned her after a costume ruining) is half this, half SheCleansUpNicely.
---> "Look at ''you''. Why, you're just as pretty as... a magnolia in May."
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[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
* ''{{Sabrina}}'', the Creator/AudreyHepburn movie, later remade with Julia Ormond, builds a story around this trope.
* In ''Film/ThirteenGoingOnThirty'', the main character finds out that her pudgy best friend grows up to be a pretty good-looking guy. Unfortunately, he's also engaged to someone else.
* ''SlumsOfBeverlyHills'', puberty hits Vivian fast and hard, that she almost grows enormous breasts overnight.
* In ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'', Riddick (and the audience) discovers that "Jack", now Kyra, not only grew up and filled out, she also TookALevelInBadass (and was very annoyed to find out that her role model had been feeding her BS).
* ''Film/JustFriends'' stars Ryan Reynolds as the fat, nerdy teenager in love with his best friend, Amy Smart, who loves him "as a brother". He runs away and 10 years later is rich, cool, and good looking. He comes back into town where she immediately is struck by his new appearance.
* The movie ''Film/TheNamesake'', based on the book of the same name by Jhumpa Lahiri, has an example of this when Gogol/Nikhil meets Moushumi Mazoomdar again after meeting her in high school. They eventually [[spoiler: get married, but Moushumi has an affair with a friend from college.]]
* ''{{Gigi}}''. The plot pretty much turns on the fact that the male lead falls in love with the female lead without even knowing it because he considers her a child, and therefore discounts her charm and appeal until it is all-but shoved in his face (so to speak)!
* This trope can be inferred in Lord Steyne's attraction to Becky Sharpe when he meets her as an adult after having had an interesting encounter with her as a child in TheFilmOfTheBook of ''VanityFair''.
* In ''[[Film/RushHour Rush Hour 3]]'', we meet Ambassador Han's daughter again after almost ten years. Carter mentions that they should get her a teddy bear, then he sees her and adds "or a bra!". Surprisingly though, for a film series about as bawdy as PG-13 can get, it doesn't play up her attractiveness very much beyond that.
* In ''She's Out of Control'', dowdy Katie gets a makeover where she gets contact lenses, a new hairdo at a professional hair salon, a new wardrobe, and her braces removed while her father is out of town. He returns to be shocked and horrified that Katie is now being chased by practically every teenaged boy.
* Norrington noticed this in Elizabeth in the first ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean''.
* A male example in ''StarWars: AttackOfTheClones'', when Padme sees Hayden Christensen-era Anakin for the first time. He replies "So have you, grown more beautiful... for a senator, I mean."
* Enrique's and Ignacio's reunion as adults after not having seen each other after grade school in ''Film/BadEducation'' has shades of this.
* ''Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again'' (released on video as ''Archie: Return to Riverdale''): This live-action TV-movie is about the high-school reunion of [[ArchieComics the comic book characters]], now adults. Jughead spends most of the movie trying to avoid Big Ethel, but he decides to confront his fears and goes to her house. She's now a supermodel.
* During the first ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' movie Mia mentioned this as having happened to her brother Dom in regards to his relationship with his girlfriend Letty.
-->'''Mia:''' Letty grew up just down the street. She was into cars since she was like ten years old. [[PrecociousCrush Dom always had her attention]]. Then she turned sixteen...\\
'''Brian:''' And she had Dom's attention.\\
'''Mia:''' Yeah, it's funny how that works out.
* In ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', Bobby Drake has certainly noticed that Kitty Pryde's grown into EllenPage. [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140523084231/marveldatabase/images/0/08/Katherine_Pryde-DoFP.jpg Even more so]] in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In most variations of ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', Christine and Raoul are childhood friends, becoming involved after Christine's musical enhancement by the Phantom. In the musical version by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Raoul actually sings the line "Can it be? Can it be Christine?/What a change! You're really not a bit the gawkish girl that once you were!" in the song 'Think Of Me'.
* Spoken nearly word for word by Joe Keller about Ann Deever in Arthur Miller's ''Theatre/AllMySons'', though it's his son that's interested in her.
* Eddings uses the trope in ''TheElenium'', with Sparhawk not being sure how to deal with the now-adult Ehlana (once she's out of the crystal).
* The pre-reviz ''MagicTheGathering'' novel featured the initiate druid Greensleeves, in her late teens, being spirited away by an archdruid for a crash course in advanced magic. Her brother and some trackers took a week or two to find where she managed to get to in a single night. When they arrived he saw she had grown taller, gone from a skinny youth to being, as the cliche goes, a woman with curves in all the right places--perhaps older than her brother (in his early twenties)--and lost her stutter. The implication is that her mentor did [[AWizardDidIt a magical version]] of SORAS, compressing time for her so she could learn what she needed before she needed it, which she wouldn't have if she had been taught the traditional way, over years.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has the returning Theon Greyjoy flirting heavily (and we mean ''heavily''; there is groping aplenty by both parties) with a local ship builder's wife while talking about his little sister Asha, who was a skinny little thing with knocky knees and who allegedly has grown into chain mail and leather underclothes. Surprise; the ship builder's wife ''is'' Asha, who was deliberately fucking with him. [[BrainBleach Theon is none too pleased]].
* One Star Wars EU novel features Wes Janson (who flew back seat with Wedge Antilles at Hoth) flirting with a female pilot, who he later finds out she's Han Solo's ''daughter''.
* Invoked in Creator/KeithLaumer's ''Literature/{{Retief}}'s War'', when Retief meets a '''very''' attractive girl he has no memory of ever seeing before ("Sorry -- and I do mean sorry"), although she clearly knows him. Subversion, or [[KissingCousins maybe not]], since [[spoiler:she turns out to be his cousin]].
-->"You couldn't be over twenty-one," Retief said. "It would take more than twenty-one years to forget that face."\\
The girl tossed her head, her eyes sparkling. "Perhaps you'll recall the name Fianna Glorian...?"\\
Retief's eyes widened. "You mean ''little'' Fifi...?"
* Invoked in the ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' quartet by Creator/TamoraPierce. When the pages come back from holiday after Keladry has started developing breasts, Owen has this to say:
--> "Mithros' spear, Kel, you're a girl!"\\
"I've always been a girl."\\
"But a ''girl'' girl! With a chest and everything!"
* Molly Carpenter of ''TheDresdenFiles''. Harry met her first when she was "somewhere between training wheels and training bra" and doesn't realise she's turned into a complete stunner until she calls him to help bail her boyfriend out of jail...
* In ''[[DragonLance The Dragonlance Chronicles]]'', [[TheHero Tanis]] notices this after he pulls [[RebelliousPrincess Laurana]] down on top of him. Especially justified as he is a half-elf and she is a full elf, so he hit puberty at least a decade before she did. Also happens with Caramon and Tika. He remembers her as a little freckled brat and is stunned by what she's grown into ([[MostCommonSuperPower and what has grown onto her]], [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre if you know what I mean...]]) after he's been gone for five years.
* In the first ''GotrekAndFelix'' novel, the main characters save a young girl named Kat from a Chaos warlord. When they return to the region a couple decades later in ''Shaman Slayer,'' she has become a badass Beastman hunter and quite an attractive young woman.
* An interesting variant happens to Cosette in ''Literature/LesMiserables''. Fresh out of a [[CatholicSchoolGirlsRule convent school]], she's a mousy little thing who Marius (her future husband) and Courfeyrac just think of in passing as 'Mademoiselle Lanoire' for her plain black dress. Then she ''herself'' notices she's gotten pretty, and makes more of an effort to dress accordingly, turning heads wherever she goes and causing Valjean, her adopted father, a lot of anxiety. Courfeyrac notices the change immediately, but Marius doesn't - until he meets her eyes.
* Invoked several times in Literature/TheHouseOfTheSpirits:
** Clara del Valle, the soon-to-be matriarch of the Trueba family, was a kinda ugly little girl at age 12 when Esteban's fiancèe and the WorldsMostBeautifulWoman Rosa died. Some years later Esteban, now a SelfMadeMan, asks the Del Valle family for Clara's hand in marriage... and is ''stunned'' to see that the 20-year-old Clara has grown into her looks quite a bit.
** Esteban and Clara's eldest daughter Blanca was rather ugly when she was born, average-looking as a child, and a total beauty as a teenager/adult.
** Blanca's love interest Pedro Tercero was a CountryMouse as a boy, then borderline TallDarkAndHandsome as a teen/grown man. [[spoiler: Then he loses [[{{Fingore}} three fingers]], but has the charisma and the singing/songwriting skills to be still ''very'' attractive in the eyes of the women around him.]]
* In ''Literature/YouthInSexualEcstasy'', in the protagonist's backstory when his big sister started to grow up and develop, their then stepfather started to harass her and molest her, until one night after coming home drunk, he [[AttemptedRape attempted to rape her]] [[MamaBear but was stopped by their mother]]. Later [[spoiler: the protagonist sees a recent picture of her and sees that she further grew into a real beauty]].
* In ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}'' by Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt, Edvard suddenly has a realisation of this kind about his cousin Beatrice. And being the [[TheSociopath sociopath]] that he is, it only makes him across as a total creep.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''TheBradyBunch'': Season 5's "Peter and the Wolf" has Greg (desperately) trying to get one of his buddies to date his girlfriend Sandra's cousin, Linda (on a double date to the drive-in movie theater). All of them say no. Why? Because when Sandra last saw Linda several years ago, she was a nerdy girl in pigtails and thick horn-rimmed glasses, and wearing braces. Greg then talks Peter into posing as one of his buddies ... and then needless to say, on date night, [[TheGlassesComeOff Linda had grown up -- hotter and sexier than ever]]!
* In ''BoyMeetsWorld'' Cory and Shawn are stunned when they find out Topanga went through puberty during summer vacation.
--> Shawn: "That's a nice blouse." (stares at Topanga's chest)
--> Topanga: "Thanks, I got it over the summer."
--> Shawn: "Summer was very good to you."
--> Topanga: "At least what I grew is real." (Rips Shawn's fake sideburns off)
* ''TheWonderYears'';
** It happens with Kevin's cousin in an episode starring Soleil Moon Frye.
** Reappears in the sitcom ''Working'', when the two ''Wonder Years'' actors meet in this setting.
* Parodied in ''TheMonkees'' episode "The Monkees in Texas". Mike visits his aunt in the Lone Star State and meets his cousin Lucy, whom he has not seen in years and of course is now gorgeous. He marvels over how the knock-kneed girl with bad teeth he used to hang around with is now a beautiful swan, until his aunt informs him that he is confusing Lucy with his other cousin, Clara, who still looks the same.
* [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender flipped]] in ''Series/SisterSister''. Tia and Tamera's neighbor Roger was always trying to get a date/a kiss/SOMETHING from either one of them and they'd always blow him off with "[[CatchPhrase Go home, Roger]]!" Over one summer, however, he goes through puberty, turns into a hunk ("from AS IF...to ALL THAT!"), and the girls spend an episode fighting over him before realizing they'd still rather just be friends with him.
* Twisted in an episode of ''TwoAndAHalfMen'', where a homely childhood friend of Alan's shows up, now a knockout. As Alan and Charlie compete for her affections, [[spoiler: she reveals she had starved herself and had plastic surgeries to make herself beautiful, so she could rub it in their faces for teasing and ignoring her in high school]].
* The second episode of ''{{Blossom}}'' is called..."Blossom Blossoms". Three guesses as to what it's about.
* ''TowardsTheRepublic'': When Sun Yat-sen first met little Song Qingling, she was a seven-year-old girl. And when he met her again years later, she had grown into a nubile young woman whose childhood crush on him had become full-fledged love.
* In the first episode of ''TheSteveHarveyShow'', Steve realizes that Regina Grier, the fat girl he tormented in high school is no longer fat, and is now his boss at the high school he teaches at.
* ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'':
** There's an episode where Malcolm meets a female friend after the summer holidays, and can't work out why she's suddenly slouching around in baggy jumpers snapping at people. Turns out she... ''filled out'', and isn't used to the male attention she's started getting because of it. Malcolm tries to be understanding, but [[DistractedByTheSexy can't quite concentrate...]] Particularly funny because the last time she appeared, [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents Malcolm's mom confidently predicted she would ''fill out'' in front of Malcolm, his friend, and her parents.]]
** Another episode featured an incredibly sexy babysitter hired for the boys, who turned out to have been an old classmate's of Francis'. Francis calls them from military school, and we see his image of her as an obese, awkward nerd.
* [[That70sShow "Oh my God, it's Casey Kelso and he's so DREAMY!"]]
** Also played with in regards to [[ExactlywhatItSaysOnTheTin "Eric's Hot Cousin!"]]
* An episode of ''{{Cheers}}'' has Sam reuniting with an "old" flame and her daughter, who was a child when he knew them before, but now not so much. He tries to sleep with both mother and daughter.
* ''GrowingPains'':
** Mike, on the first day of school, spots an incredibly beautiful girl in the halls and spends the day following her around trying to get her to tell him her name. She seems to know him already. Turns out that she's "Buck-Toothed Becky," whom he used to mock for getting corn stuck in her braces.
** Mike's friend Boner catches Carol in her night gown, ogles her chest, then says to her "Well, they're growing quite nicely."
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Amy Pond in the episode "The Eleventh Hour". The Doctor meets her first when she's seven, and after accidentally time travelling 12 years doesn't recognize the older Amy at first since she's understandably grown since five minutes ago.
** The cricket bat to the head may not have helped.
** "The Girl in the Fireplace" features a similar time jump with the Doctor first encountering Madame de Pompadour at the age of 7. When he meets her again -- a few minutes later by his reckoning -- she is played by the gorgeous Sophia Myles.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In the episode "Him", Xander and Willow come to the simultaneous realization that the girl they've both been ogling is Buffy's kid sister Dawn.
** The Mayor gets all teary-eyed seeing Faith go on a torture/kill date with Angelus. "She's not a little girl any more."
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'':
** In the episode "Making the Girl", Castle runs into a model who knows him from somewhere, but who he doesn't remember. She gives him her phone number anyways, much to Beckett's chagrin. [[spoiler: His teenage daughter informs him that the model in question is in fact the gangly girl who used to ''babysit'' her years before, making Castle feel like a DirtyOldMan.]]
** Castle has this reaction to his own daughter while at a sci-fi convention. After cooing to Beckett about how cute Alexis was dressed as a little Princess Leia, he later freaks out when she walks by (under)dressed in a {{stripperiffic}} cosplay outfit.
* Inverted on ''Series/{{Friends}}'' when Monica is all grown ''down'' between her first and second meeting with Chandler. There's only a year gap but she loses a ton of weight and he's totally gobsmacked.
* On ''{{Maury}}'', he will often feature people who used be nerdy or obese (or both) who improved their looks (usually with plastic surgery). The girls are often {{Stripperiffic}} and the guys are usually muscle-bound beefcakes.
* In ''Series/TeenWolf'', Kate made a predatory "this one grew up in all the right places" comment towards Derek, implying his physique was gained during the six years when he and his sister were away from Beacon Hills. [[FridgeHorror It implies that he wasn't considered "grown up" when she sexually manipulated him.]]
* After listing off the varying ways in which America isn't doing to well at the moment, [[Series/TheColbertReport Stephen Colbert]] consoles the crowd at the Clinton Global Initiative by pointing to Matthew Lewis's successful conquering of puberty.
-->'''Colbert:''' And, most importantly, [[Film/HarryPotter Neville Longbottom]] now looks like ''this''. I think we can all agree that that is a real message of hope.
* On a recent episode of Glee, Kurt is seen looking significantly buffer and flexing muscles previously not seen in his stage combat class at college, joking with his friends that he's "finally hit puberty." Several people, girls and guys alike, look on appreciatively while Blaine, his fiancé, [[ItMakesSenseInContext jealously eats Cheetos]] [[FunnyBackgroundEvent in the background]].
* On an episode of ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter'', Juan Epstein's slightly younger sister puts in an appearance. Barbarino remembers her--but not quite like that.
-->Barbarino: So, Carmen... you've filled out!
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[[folder:Music]]
* Subject of the songs "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen" and "Next Door To an Angel" by Music/NeilSedaka.
* "Little Sister" by ElvisPresley
* "Come on Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners can be interpreted as this.
* Easily interpreted in the song "Valleri" by TheMonkees.
--> "She's the same little girl who used to hang around my door\\
but she sure looks different than the way she looked before..."
* "Shout" by the Isley Brothers.
* "The Little Girl I Once Knew" by The Beach Boys
* "Big Girl Now" by New Kids on the Block featuring Lady Gaga
* "Daddy's Money" by Ricochet
* "One of the Boys" by Katy Perry
* "All Grown Up" by Johnny Horton
* Well, we used to play when we were three--how about a kiss for your "Cousin Dupree"?
* {{Gorillaz}}'s Noodle caused rampant ViewerGenderConfusion in her Phase 1 preteen days, became more obviously feminine ([[{{Bokukko}} if still with a tomboyish style of dress]]) in Phase 2 at the age of thirteen and fourteen, [[spoiler: and is now a pretty and more obviously-feminine young woman in "On Melancholy Hill"]].
* ''Control'' by JanetJackson from the first person point-of-view.
* "She Hasn't Always Been This Way" by Doc Walker combines this trope with UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo, as the singer realises that his friend's sister (who used to have a crush on him) has now grown up into a ''very'' attractive young lady who won't give him the time of day.
--> "She hasn't always been this way. I really can't believe how much that girl has changed. She's out of my life, she's out of my reach, I'm out of her mind, she's out of my league..."
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* An angle in {{Wrestling/ECW}} between Tommy Dreamer and Raven revolved around a fat girl named Beulah [=McGillicuddy=] whom Dreamer and Raven had both known at summer camp. Dreamer had made fun of her at the time for her weight, see, and so she fell in with Raven. Beulah grew up not just to be a hottie, but according to many wrestling fans, the most classically beautiful valet of all time. She ended up with Dreamer in both the storyline and real life.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* The film musical, [[ScreenToStageAdaptation and later stage musical]], ''{{Gigi}}'' is built on this trope. Whether it's creepy or not depends on how it's handled; in the original, Gigi is fifteen and her erstwhile suitor is in his fifties, and has had Gigi raised to be his eventual mistress.
* In a more sentimental and nostalgic way, in ''FiddlerOnTheRoof''. In the song "Sunrise, Sunset", the older characters come to terms with a young couple getting married. "Is this the little girl I carried, is that the little boy at play? I don't remember growing older, when did they?"
* Played with in ''TheYeomenOfTheGuard''. To avoid execution, Col. Fairfax masquerades as Leonard Meryll, who's been away in the army for years. When Leonard's sister Phœbe greets him in front of everybody, Fairfax is baffled and has to be told who she is. He quickly covers with "Why, how you've grown! I did not recognize you!"
* The comedy ''Two and Two Make Sex'' spends the entire second act establishing this fact [[HilarityEnsues then sitting back and watching the consequences]]. George discovers that Jane, who he's been having an affair with, is in fact Janey, a girl he hasn't seen since she was three. [[spoiler: He was reminded of this fact by his old football friend, Jack, who just happens to be Janey's father.]]
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[[folder: Toys]]
* {{Franchise/Barbie}} has not one, but two kinds of dolls with "growing up" mechanisms that give them taller statures and larger breasts.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* 8 year old Kaylie from ''VideoGame/HunterTheReckoning'' returns in ''Hunter: The Reckoning: Redeemer'' as an 18 year old hottie.
* AvertedTrope - What Red is to [[spoiler: Asellus]] in ''VideoGame/SaGaFrontier''. [[spoiler: Asellus used to babysit him when he was a kid, it helps that she hasn't aged a day because of the whole being a half-Mystic issue. But there is no relationship between Red and Asellus other than her watching him when he was younger]]
* Male example: In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', Nabooru, upon meeting up again with Link after seven years, expresses much annoyance over the fact that she never gets the chance to give him that "Something Special" now that he's a smokin' {{Bishonen}}.
* [[spoiler: Rydia]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', after she [[YearInsideHourOutside spends some time]] in the Feymarch.
* An example that was a good 4 years (IRL) in the making - in ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' pre-searing there was, once upon a time, a cute little girl named Gwen. She wanted to find her missing flute, and occasionally cast healing spells on you if you had her follow you. After the events of the Searing, the entire countryside was destroyed, and many people died. We never got to find out what happened to her, except we found her broken flute...Three expansion packs and 4 Years later, we got Guild Wars: Eye of the North (GW:EN) expansion. Guess who came back as a fully grown-up woman! (plus full backstory). The player eventually gets to attend her wedding (no, not to the player, to another NPC)
* Sherry Birkin goes from the TagalongKid in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' to the MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6''.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' Asbel, Cheria, Hubert and Richard end up looking mighty fine after the TimeSkip. Asbel and Richard became {{Bishounen}}, Hubert proves that NerdsAreSexy and Cheria is hot with a mini-skirt to boot.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'', Kyle and Syrene's C support has them realize that they met as teenagers (Syrene was a Pegasus Knight in training for Frelia, Kyle was a squire for the Renais military, some years ago he ran some errands for his country in her land and she helped him with that). Cue Kyle being surprised to see that the cute girl he befriended years ago is now a beautiful LadyOfWar.
* In ''Franchise/FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Thracia 776]]'', there's a platonic example in regads to Finn and his childhood friend Selphina:
-->'''Fin''': "So this is the little girl with the braids...?"
-->'''Selphina''': "Ten years can make a difference. I'm now [[BattleCouple married to Glade]]!"
%% Keep the above quote and names the same until the Thracia 776 retranslation patch is released.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Shirou mentions early on that lately he's been getting this feeling for Sakura.
* [[spoiler:Waver Velvet]] in ''LightNovel/FateZero'': short, scrawny, wimpy nerd. [[spoiler:Waver Velvet]] ten years later: Officially voted #1 [[HotTeacher TILF]] [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/1037177?tags=lord_el-melloi_ii of the Mage Association]].
* There's a weird "instant" version that happens in the ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' games with Nick's spirit medium sidekicks Maya and Pearl. In TheVerse, whenever somebody channels a spirit, they take on the physical appearance of said spirit. Naturally, when Nick's very busty SpiritAdvisor Mia gets summoned by either her teenage sister or her 8-year-old cousin, the... er, ''maturity'' is very noticeable. In ''Trials and Tribulations'', the third game, an old man who goes to a coffee shop to ogle the waitresses refuses to talk to Phoenix, who then semi-concocts a scheme to get Maya employed at the coffee shop. He then convinces her to come with him to meet the old man, who looks at her uniform with obvious lechery...until deciding that she's too "small". Cue the spirit possession, and the much more "developed" Mia begins questioning the old man, who is only too happy to provide answers. Lampshaded afterwards when Mia states she "can't believe Maya called [her] for this!" before dispossessing her sister. It's played straight in Dual Destinies, in which we see Pearl again after nearly 8 years, though she still looks just as adorable.
* One of the most interesting bits of ''TokimekiMemorial 2''. The game features an interactive prologue where the protagonist is in grade school, and meets the various female characters as children. After the prologue, the protagonist moves out of town, and is only reunited with his childhood friends when he starts high school (the game proper): naturally, they're all grown up. The protagonist and Hikari, [[ChildhoodFriendRomance his closest childhood friend]], regularly have discussions of how much and in which way they have changed, throughout the storyline. Also, if the protagonist is a Track & Field Club member, and sees Hikari if [[ThePeepingTom he peeks at the girls' bathroom]] during Summer Training Camp, he'll make a comment on how much she has grown physically.
* In the words of ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'''s Battler Ushiromiya: "Jessica has breasts now!" Much of the family is surprised too to see that Battler's a tall {{bishonen}} now ([[HandsomeLech if a horny, immature one]]).
* "[[HonoraryUncle Uncle]]" Kunihiko in ''VisualNovel/MyForgedWedding'' does not have an immediate reaction to seeing the protagonist again once she arrives in Tokyo from Kyushu after graduation from university. Instead, he continues to think of her as the little girl he used to babysit, and only begins to become aware of her as a woman halfway through his route, with a sudden corresponding change in the way he treats her once the realization hits him.
* Played with in ''VisualNovel/IfMyHeartHadWings'': Aoi did already confess to ChildhoodFriend Ageha before he left, but he'd merely innocently mistaken his worries about leaving for love and didn't really have a crush on her yet. And in process of confessing, he inadvertently offended Ageha by claiming that he wants to go out with her because she's OneOfTheBoys, meaning that in the meantime until they meet again Ageha deliberately tried to invoke this trope by making herself into a cute girl in the hopes that he'd be shocked and humbled when he returns. He's definitely surprised to see his young, boyish friend having turned into a such a pretty girl... but he doesn't remember the comment, and as soon as they start interacting again they fall into familiar patterns. It's not until they get caught in the rain one day and see each other half-naked and wet that it hits the both of them that they're the opposite gender and damn attractive, too.
* In ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', [[BrattyHalfPint Saionji]] is a classical dancer who looks like a child despite being the same age as the rest of the cast. However, [[spoiler:the only reason she looks like that is that the cast is trapped in a simulation and look the same as they did when they first entered Hope's Peak academy. Later on, the main character, Hinata, finds a newspaper clipping from the real world that shows how Saionji really looks, and she's definitely grown up, looking taller and much more mature.]]
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Parodied on ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' in episode 4 of ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad''. So-and-So's "imaginary" boyfriend apparently compliments her on how nicely as she has filled out over the summer. She says the same about him.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
%%* [[http://www.pbfcomics.com/151/ This]] ''PerryBibleFellowship'' comic. [[PungeonMaster B-lieve it or not]].
* ''ScaryGoRound'' did a [[http://www.scarygoround.com/index.php?date=20080312 particularly obnoxious round]] of this trope in early 2008 - after a three-year absence, the hero's former student-exchange partner becomes worthy of his romantic attentions after straightening her hair and getting contact lenses. She has also become magically cool, interesting and something of a ManicPixieDreamGirl, the latter probably due to the fact that she is French. Meanwhile the audience is encouraged to laugh at her little sister, [[spoiler: who is as ugly now as she was three years ago]]. But hey, if it follows, said sister will probably grow out of it too.
* ''DreamTales'' comics, "A Tale of Two Sisters," "The Big Splash" and "Regression to the Mean" feature a younger sister outgrowing her older sister.
* Gordito in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', as Doc himself put it, [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p21 "got handsome"]] over the course of the BadFuture.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Elliot notes this about Sarah's older sister [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-11-05 here]].
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'': "Hey Sora, [[VGCats I have boobs now!]]"
* In ''Webcomic/{{Kubera}}'', Leez is a {{gonk}} (though she's usually drawn with GenericCuteness in deference to her status as a main character) who gets scowls all the time. Flashforwards and a temporary PlotRelevantAgeUp show that in a few short years she will be a curvy StatuesqueStunner who turns heads everywhere she goes. [[spoiler:And she'll die shortly after. The PlotRelevantAgeUp was a warning: It was showing her guardian what she would look like twelve hours before her death]].
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': One of the early fights features a version of Dende's little brother, Cargo, who by this point in time is an adult.

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[[folder: Web Video]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic:
** The host went through all the stereotypical downfalls of puberty at about thirteen, but as he's bragged, thankfully grew "handsomener— han— hand— han— ner, prettier" when he got older.
** A lot of commenters on the ''A Simple Wish'' review seemed to have this reaction to Creator/MaraWilson when she confronted the Critic at the end.
** WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's Nella greets Mara Wilson with the following:
--->''Nella:''"Holy shit, {{Film/Matilda}}, you've got a great rack!"
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* Happens in the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' movie ''A Sitch in Time'', to both Kim's little brothers and Wade.
* Happens to Princess Odette in the [[TheMovie animated version]] of ''TheSwanPrincess''. With the added twist that she and Prince Derek were [[ArrangedMarriage engaged]] from an early age, but couldn't stand each other because she was an incorrigible tomboy and he thought [[GirlsHaveCooties girls had cooties]]. It then gets deconstructed as Derek wants to marry her straight away. Odette then asks him if her beauty is all that matters to him, to which he replies "what else is there?" so Odette calls off the marriage. Derek essentially has to spend the rest of the film proving that his love for Odette is based on more than just noticing how she filled out.
* Parodied with Stewie and his old dancing school rival Olivia in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Stewie falls in love with her because "she's all grown up," but she looks just the same as before.
* On ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' Baljeet has this reaction when his old childhood friend Mishti comes to visit; he refers to her transformation as "turning into a girl" (given the flashback of them playing soccer in the mud, she seems to have been something of a tomboy). Somewhat like the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' example, because both Baljeet and Mishti [[VagueAge seem to be]] preteens who last saw each other as children.
* In the five-part story that begins ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'', Monterey Jack had known Gadget when she was younger; when he and his two friends first meet her in the story, he exclaims that he hasn't seen her "since you were knee-high to a knee!" (Slightly inverted because Jack shows more a paternal attitude towards her than anything else, since he was friends with her dad and she probably thinks of him as a favorite "uncle".)
* In ''GoofTroop'', Max hasn't seen his (now college age) cousin Debbie in a while. [[{{Squick}} By his own admission, she's now super hot.]]
* Kessie the blue bird Rabbit adopted in ''TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh''. He raised her until she's ready to fly south. She returns in her next appearance and she's all grown up. Rabbit unable to admit she's grown and Kessie calls him "Rabbit" instead of "Rabbie" like before.
* Portrayed in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society", where the male fourth-graders behaved like apes when they saw Bebe's naturally-developing chest.
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