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Imagine that you are making a show which features teenagers alongside adults. You want to avoid DawsonCasting, so you try to hire actual teens for these roles. But wait, these kids are taller than half the adult cast! Both the boys and the girls might already have all the typical secondary sexual characteristics. [[RealityIsUnrealistic Half of the audience won't even believe that they are real teens]]. So how do you make them look definitely younger than those middle-aged adults? Let's hire the shortest ones possible!

Part of this can be the visual effect of a show shot from a child's or teen's perspective. The adults tower over our protagonists in terms of authority, and the best way to demonstrate that is make them physically much taller (or the child physically much shorter) than they actually are or conceivably would be. This is especially true in animated shows, which can oftentimes have the [[PintSizedKid child reach no higher than the parents' knees despite almost nearing adolescence]]. Again, it's a visual clue as to the power dynamic.

Contrast: DawsonCasting. Or compare, as shorter/petite baby-faced actors can make a career off of it well into their thirties (even if [[NotAllowedToGrowUp they'd rather not]]). A SisterTrope to TinySchoolboy, in which the height of the boy is for reasons that he can't control and it's rather noticeable among others his age.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* All the pilots in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''; especially weird in [[ArtisticAge how they otherwise look way older]].
* ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'' does this with Garrod and Tiffa, who are fifteen, making them about two feet shorter than all the adults. This includes Roabea and Witz, who are still under twenty ''themselves'' (but [[YoungerThanTheyLook don't look it]]). Carris, who's also fifteenish, is also a shorty.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' and its various sequels and spinoffs also has this happen a lot. It's especially noticeable in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', in which the teen characters are still short despite there having been a two-year time skip.
* All but one of the teen characters in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Shinji is especially noteworthy; his father is 6'1"/185 cm (which is extraordinarily tall for a Japanese male), yet Shinji's fourteen years old and about the same height as an eight year old. One might reasonably expect him to be at least 5'6" or 5'8", but Japanese female adults of average height (5'3" or so) loom over him. The only recurring teenage character who actually looks fourteen years old is a minor character, Toji Suzuhara.
* ''Manga/GunXSword'' contains several teens who are notably shorter than the adults around them. Compare Joshua to his older brother Ray for a good example. Joshua's age is never given, but he's probably in his mid to late teens.
* ''Manga/DragonBall''
** At the beginning the 12-year old Goku doesn't seem to even stand up to (normal height) 16-year old Bulma's waist. Bulma herself is rather short compared to adults in the series.
** Krillin was also pretty short as a 13 year old. It's also noteworthy that when Goku and Krillin were young teenagers, they were still shorter than Bulma and the others, especially Krillin.
** By the time ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' hits, this trope is averted. Teenaged Future!Trunks is almost as tall as Goku, and the 16-year old Gohan (seen closer to the end of the series) is one of the taller members of the cast, despite being 5'9.
** Goku's case becomes a a MythologyGag in ''Jaco the Galactic Patrolman'', where being extremely short throughout most of his teens is attributed to his alien biology.
** Played straight in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', where present Trunks and Goten don't appear to have grown since before the TimeSkip at the end of Z despite 7 years having passed. In fact, Future Trunks' own history shows more significant growth during his time training with Gohan, than his present day iteration.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': One must assume that in the ''Anime/CodeGeass'' universe, you don't quit growing until you hit 30. Of course, these ''are'' Creator/{{Clamp}}-designed characters, so absurdly lanky is to be expected.
** It's surprising to see the 17/18 year old Lelouch, Kallen, and Suzaku compared to the 24 year old Clovis and the 28 year old Schneizel, Cornelia, and Jeremiah.
** Charles (who's a towering 6'8") started out super small, and had kids who barely [[OneHeadTaller reached his collarbone]]. [[http://a.imageshack.us/img89/4838/geassheightimprovedcd7.jpg Here's a collage]] of the official height charts, for reference.
** Lelouch is almost 180 cm, which isn't really anything to laugh at. He just looks short compared to other people in the Britannian royal family who are unreasonably large. It seems that they indeed don't stop growing until much later in life.
* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', if you didn't have WordOfGod to tell you that Simon is supposed to be 14, you'd swear he was ''at most'' ten, which isn't helped by his MoeStare or TaremeEyes. Apparently he just didn't have a growth spurt until later on, since other teens in the series are more realistic in their heights.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' ping-pongs the issue, depending on the characters. Jotaro, Kakoyin and Josuke are tall and buff, but Koichi (nearly the same age as Josuke, or possibly the same) is a waist-height midget. One teenaged antagonist starts out tall but ''shrinks'' to Koichi's height after being beaten, as does another (presumably) adult antagonist.
* Like in ''Evangelion'', the teens in ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}'' are somewhat short, as seen in the group shot of the first season's opening. Seems to be a Gainax thing.
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', this is often averted, as Hana is slightly taller than her mother, and Miho, at 16, is about as tall as the family maid, Kikuyo. Interestingly enough, in many shots with adults and children present, one of the two groups will be sitting.
* Exaggerated in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. While Edward Elric is short, he's the shortest of all of the teenage characters, which are taller than him. It's eventually revealed that the reason is because Alphonse's body is absorbing nutrients from his own, which is keeping him from growing. After the FinalBattle he starts growing a lot taller, to the point where he's taller than Winry. He's also 14 or 15 when the series starts. In the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime]], he never hits a growth spurt and thus is short even in ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa'' when he is eighteen.
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' has Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu – all fourteen – about as tall as each other, and ''way'' shorter than the adults they meet in Cephiro (barring the ones who [[OlderThanTheyLook have a childlike appearance]]). They're at least a head shorter than the women they meet, and barely up to waist-height on the men.
* High schoolers in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' aren't too far from adult characters in height. Conan and his first grader peers are considerably smaller than them. In the middle is the Mysterious Child, known only as "Mary". Conan estimates her as being middle school aged, approximately 12-15, but she isn't much taller than Conan and is considerably shorter than seventeen year old Masumi Sera when they're seen together, barely coming up to Masumi's waist.
* Asta from ''Manga/BlackClover'' is the shortest teenager in the series, with his rival and chilhood friend Yuno being about two heads taller despite being the same age.
* In ''Anime/YuriOnIce'', the under-18 characters, including Yuri Plisetski, Guang-hong, and Kenjiro, are all a head shorter than the older skaters.
* The high schoolers in ''Manga/SchoolLive'' are shorter and more kiddie looking than the Saint Isidore University students, despite them being only a few years apart in age.
* Usagi Tsukino, the eponymous ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' is 4'11 though she may not look it.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Any issue of ''Comicbook/YoungJustice'' that had them standing alongside the Justice League. Assuming that ComicBook/{{Superman}} and the rest were around 6 feet tall, the YJ kids looked like they were closer to 4 feet. Disconcerting, given that most of the cast was about 16. At one point in his own series [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]] (Tim Drake) even lampshades it, grumbling that maybe one day he'll stop looking like he's twelve.
** Despite having been portrayed as adults for decades, most of the founding members fo ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' (Dick Grayson/ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}, [[ComicBook/{{Wondergirl}} Donna Troy]], Wally West/[[ComicBook/TheFlash Flash III]], Roy Harper/Arsenal/Red Arrow, and Garth/Aqualad/Tempest) will all be a little shorter than their mentors
* In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', Peter Parker is shown to be about the same height as Aunt May, though most other people tower over him. Even his girlfriends Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson are shown to be somewhat taller than him. Hilariously addressed when someone tells Flash Thompson that he thinks Peter Parker may be Spider-Man; Flash dismisses the idea out of hand because "Spider-Man is like, 6 feet tall!"
* Inverted somewhat disturbingly in ''ComicBook/{{Darkchylde}}'', where the title character looks like she could pass for a Swedish bikini model, despite only being 16. Her clothes often being turned into ModestyRags doesn't help.
* Poor [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Billy Batson]] is sixteen years old, and despite the fact that he's supposed to grow into his "Marvel" form at some point, he still looks like a short, skinny kid.
* Despite being one of Marvel's top assassins, Comicbook/{{X 23}} is generally depicted as being very short and slight — [[DependingOnTheArtist at times]] even smaller than her father/template Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} — and it's very common for people who've at least ''heard'' of X-23 to be left stunned when they actually see her for the first time. By the time of ''Comicbook/AllNewWolverine'' she's likely no older than 19, and her official height is listed at a mere ''5'1"''.
** Her own clone, Gabby, is 13, and is actually ''[[PintSizedKid even shorter]]''.
* A Justified example is [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 Cassandra Cain]], who was alone and starving between the ages of six and seventeen, so that even at eighteen she is noticeably short, despite her parents being rather tall at 5'8" and 6'2".

* Averted in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', where the [[AgeLift now fifteen-year-old Ash]] is mentioned to be taller than his mother. Other teenage characters in fic follow a mix of averting and playing this straight, though it's rather clearly shown that height is less a matter of teen vs adult but [[spoiler: genetic]], like in real life.
* Averted in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12869868/1/No-Promises No Promises]]'' where the SelfInsert is six feet tall despite only being fourteen, but this is because his father [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire King Baratheon]] is even taller.
* Averted in ''Fanfic/{{Traveller}}''. Less than a year into his journey, Ash is already as tall as his mother even though he's only eleven.

[[folder:Films – Animated]]
* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon:
** Rapunzel in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' – supposed to be 18, and still shorter than all the adults.
** Anna in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' – aged 18 and with one exception she's the shortest person in the main part of the film. Her sister Elsa is 21 and appears to be of average height.
** In Disney/{{Big Hero 6}}, Hiro is stated to be around 5'0" – pretty short for a fourteen-year-old, and further emphasized by the fact that everyone else in the movie is an adult and ''incredibly'' tall (except for Gogo and maybe Aunt Cass). It's stated in ''The Art of Big Hero 6'' that for the first bit of the movie, everything is shot above Hiro's eye level so that we are looking down on him. However, after [[spoiler: Tadashi's death]], the "camera" moves down so that we are seeing everything from Hiro's point of view.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''; 17-year-old Andy is a couple inches taller than his mom. Given the prevalence of this trope, this aversion is kind of jarring in fiction.
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''. Not only are the teens shorter than the adults, all but two of them are lanky and noodly. It doesn't help that the adults are all stereotypical gigantic vikings, even [[BrawnHilda the women.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'', 16-year-old Merida is shorter than both of her parents. Not surprising with her father, a hulk of a man who's king of the Scots. A little surprising with her mother, though she's only half a head shorter. [[spoiler:At least, when her mother's in human form.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'', Goofy's son Max goes to high school which means that he's now somewhat older than in ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop''. He, PJ and the other kids aren't much taller, though. Max, PJ and Bobby are still shorter than any older characters in ''An Extremely Goofy Movie'' when they go to ''college''.
* High school-aged Violet in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' is canonically listed as being only 4'6", which is ''way'' below the average height of a teenager.

[[folder:Films – Live-Action]]
* Probably explaining how Creator/MichaelJFox got away with playing teenage parts into his late twenties. Interestingly, ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' partially averted this with Creator/CrispinGlover and Creator/ThomasFWilson, both of whom are over six feet. However, they also had to play middle aged versions of George [=McFly=] and Biff Tannen, so they needed to appear taller than teenage Marty in 1985.
* For ''Film/Halo4ForwardUntoDawn'', casting specifically chose short actors to play the Corbulo cadets with the intention that Master Chief would tower over them in shooting, though this is justified by the Chief being a roughly 7'0" SuperSoldier. Ironically enough, [[spoiler:the Chief and his fellow Spartans are revealed at the end to be roughly the same age as the cadets, even though John is canonically 6'9" under the armour]].
* Both used and averted in British comic-action thriller ''Film/FourThreeTwoOne'': of the four female leads (who are around 18 or 19) two are anything if but tall, but the petite Ophelia Lovibond and Emma Roberts certainly fall under this. Lovibond in particular has [[DawsonCasting less than a two year age gap]] between her and the older villain played by Michelle Ryan but because Ryan is much taller, Lovibond ''seems'' much younger.
* ''Film/MammaMia''. While technically not playing a ''teen'' (her character is 20) Creator/AmandaSeyfried is considerably shorter than Creator/MerylStreep (who plays her mother.) She doesn't get it from her dad either - ''all three'' potential fathers are over 6 foot.
* In her 2012 film ''Film/{{Gone}}'' Seyfried actually takes advantage of this trope and her height in-universe. Her character is twenty something but while trying to avoid cops looking for her she joins a group of teens and successfully blends in thanks to her lack of height.
* Creator/MarkWahlberg's earliest roles were teens, despite his acting career beginning in his early twenties. The man is, depending on the source, no taller than 5'8".
* In ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'', the main teen cast members are all significantly shorter than the actors playing their parents -- compare Nikki Blonsky (4'10") with Creator/ChristopherWalken (6') and Creator/JohnTravolta (6'2"), Amanda Bynes (5'7") with Creator/AllisonJanney (6'), Elijah Kelley (5'6") with Queen Latifah (5'10"), and Brittany Snow (5'4") with Creator/MichellePfeiffer (5'8" and towering in stilletos). Not to mention Zac Efron with everybody.
* Inverted in ''Film/WereTheMillers'' with Kenny, who is played by 5'11 Will Poulter. Played straight by the 5'2 Creator/EmmaRoberts.
* Subverted in ''TigerEyes''; 15 year-old Davey played by Willa Holland is at least 5'5" while her mother played by Creator/AmyJoJohnson, is 5'2".
* Inverted in ''Film/DeckTheHalls'', where Danny [=DeVito=] (5'0") and Creator/KristinChenoweth (4'11") have teenage daughters played by 5'9" Kelly and Sabrina Aldridge.
* Played straight in ''Film/TheDuff'' with Bianca but subverted with many of the other high school characters. Both Jess and Casey, as well as the AlphaBitch Madison, are obviously taller than Bianca. Note that the actress playing Madison, Creator/BellaThorne, was 16 while filming this movie, meanwhile the actress playing Bianca, Creator/MaeWhitman, was almost ten years older.
* Creator/EllenPage continued to play teen roles even in her late twenties. Her Oscar nominated role as a pregnant sixteen-year-old in ''{{Film/Juno}}'' was when she was twenty. Two years earlier she had played a girl who claims she's fourteen in ''Film/HardCandy'' (and there are fan theories that she's really eighteen). She's only 5'1", which helps with this.
* Shailene Woodley is a similar case. At 5'8", all her major roles have been sixteen-year-olds. Amusingly enough, she's also lost her virginity on-screen in five different films.
* Creator/KeiraKnightley benefited from this trope in the opposite way earlier in her career. As she was already quite tall by the time she had her StarMakingRole in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', she played mostly adult roles afterwards. Notably in ''Film/LoveActually'' she was only eighteen, and both her love interests were at least ten years older than her (and her character was getting married).
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'' is all over the place with this one. Book Katniss is small and skinny so casting the tall and endowed-of-boobs -and-hips Creator/JenniferLawrence was against physical type. She was also implicitly aged up due to Lawrence's inability to pass for sixteen, even accounting for DawsonCasting. Her romantic opposite is played by an actor a little younger and definitely on the short side. His interactions with adult cast members fit the trope completely, as his older co-stars stand above his eye-line leaving him looking more childlike. Filling out the rest of the teen cast are mostly actual teen actors, but whether they were cast to fit this trope or not seems to have depended on whether the filmmakers wanted to portray them as little and helpless in the face of the adults' machinations (Rue, Foxface, several unnamed and quickly-dispatched victims) or a viable threat to Katniss in the arena (Cato, Thresh, Glimmer, Marvel). The exception to the rule is Clove who ''is'' a serious threat, but is also tiny. The filmmakers had to shoot very carefully for the sight of the very small and skinny 14-year-old actress playing Clove attacking and holding down the tall and muscular 21 year-old actress playing Katniss not be laughable. Finally, the filmmakers work hard to dwarf Katniss in the Capitol, placing her besides tall and bulky guards to emphasise her vulnerability.
* In ''[[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock Star Trek III]]'', when the three prisoners on the Genesis planet are lined up together teen Spock is noticeably ''much'' shorter than David (Merritt Butrick was 6'1") and even seems shorter than Saavik (though she was wearing boots with heels and had big hair--they're actually the same height otherwise). Stephen Manley, who played Spock at 17, was a good match facially but stood only 5'8", four inches shorter than Spock as an adult (Creator/LeonardNimoy was 6 feet tall). Image [[http://startrekminute.com/e/the-search-for-spock-minute-69-wants-dead-the-most/ here]].

[[folder: Literature]]
* Averted then used and justified in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''. Almost-sixteen-year-old Jerin Whistler is taller than his older sisters. Later he meets Cullen Moorland, who's about the same age and shorter than said sisters, but by the end of the book has had a growth spurt. The Whistlers are all inclined to be tall, and boys stop growing later than girls do.
* In ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', it is called out repeatedly that the main characters whose biological parents are still running around look very much like their parents, only shorter.
* Averted in Donald J. Sobol's ''Literature/SecretAgentsFour''. Bo, a sophomore in high school, is ''seven'' feet tall.
* Averted in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' - by book six, Harry is stated to be as tall as Malfoy's mother, allowing him to look her directly in the eye during a tense scene. He's not the tallest of his friends, either - Ron is repeatedly stated to be taller than him.
* Averted in ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn''. Simon is 14 at the start of the main plot, and the books repeatedly refer to the fact that he is at least as tall, if not taller than, most of the adult men around him. When he laments being "only a boy", he's reminded by his (hulking) mentor that the world does not see a boy when they look at him, but a tall, broad-shouldered man, and thus he should stop acting like he's still a little boy. It helps that he also starts growing a beard midway through the adventure.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* While a good casting choice otherwise, it is hard to believe that [[TheLadette Ladette]] Sam Puckett from ''Series/ICarly'', whose actress Creator/JennetteMcCurdy is 5'2" max, could be the daughter of Pam, played by six-foot-tall Creator/JaneLynch. HollywoodNerd Freddie is also significantly shorter than his mother.
* In the ''Series/ICarly''[=/=]''Series/{{Victorious}}'' spinoff ''Series/SamAndCat'', Miss [=McCurdy=] is paired with the even shorter (barely over 5') Music/ArianaGrande as Cat.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** Everyone from Claire's schools as shorter than 5'6", with the exception of West. Claire herself is only 5'1" (if that). The only characters shorter than Claire are Micah and Molly, simply due to the fact that they're still below the age of puberty.
** Elle is 24 and the same height as Claire, but tends to wear heels so she looks taller. In the online comics Elle got away with posing as one of Claire's classmates despite being eight years older than the rest of the class.
* Kim from ''Series/TheParkers'' is significantly shorter than both her parents (Countess Vaughn is 4'11'', Mo'Nique is 5'9'', Tommy Ford is 6'4''). Lampshaded by an EnfantTerrible in one episode who, when told by Kim that her father was also tall, responded with MamasBabyPapasMaybe.
** In a show where a mother and her 18-year-old daughter go to college together, but the actresses playing them have a 12 year age difference, the advertisements emphasize that Mo'Nique dwarfs Countess in every way, but especially head size, making Countess look like a pre-teen by comparison.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Creator/GillianJacobs and Creator/AlisonBrie are the same height (and differ in age by all of 78 days), but Britta (late twenties to early thirties) always wears heels so she is taller than late teens to early twenties Annie.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': 5'9" Robin's teenage sister is played by 5'2" Lucy Hale
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'': Creator/MelissaJoanHart is 5'2" making her much shorter than both of her aunts. This could, at least, be handwaved that she probably takes after her mother's family.
* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'':
** Clyde was [[DawsonCasting cast]] because of Daniel Anthnony's short stature.
** Averted with Rani with Anjli Mohindra being [[DawsonCasting cast]] despite being significantly taller than you'd expect a teenager to be. She's easily the tallest member of the main cast.
** Tommy Knight as Luke Smith is the only one of the teens to be played by an actual teenager and prove that real teens aren't short.
* The daughters on ''Series/ModernFamily'' look like homunculi compared to the actors playing their parents. This is especially notable with Haley, who is about 16 when the series begins so in real life should be already as tall as her mom. In reality, the actress playing her is actually now 23 but is petite.
* Unintentionally done in ''Series/FamilyTies''. Michael J. Fox almost didn't get the role of [[DeadpanSnarker Alex P. Keaton]] because the producers at NBC didn't think it was realistic that the 5'4" Fox could be the son of 6'4" Michael Gross, who played his father Stephen Keaton.
* Also unintentionally played straight in ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', as David Faustino was cast as Bud Bundy when he was 13. By the time the show ended, he was 23...and was ''still'' a head shorter (5'3"-ish) than his family on TV.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has ''two'' instances of straight use followed by unplanned subversion:
** Cirroc Lofton was fifteen but could have passed for twelve when he began playing 14-year old Jake Sisko; by the end of the series, when the character was about twenty, he was a shade taller than Avery Brooks (who played his father).
** Five-foot-tall, twenty-something Aron Eisenberg was cast as the teenager Nog specifically so that Nog would look young compared to other Ferengi (who tend, in turn, to be shorter than other humanoids). A much older Nog appears in an alternate timeline, still played by Eisenberg, and is of course the same height.
* ''Series/{{Greek}}'': All of the main cast pledges are shorter than their bigs (Rusty to Cappie, Rebecca to Casey, Calvin to Evan). Averted with Lizzi, who's shorter than most of the ZBZ pledges despite being older than everyone in the sorority.
* Played straight on ''Series/PartyOfFive''. At the height of 5'1 (at that time), Lacey Chabert was shorter than all of the adult cast members. Likewise Scott Wolf was twenty six playing the sixteen year old Bailey, yet is only 5'8. Neve Campbell was borderline, at 5'7 playing a fifteen year old. However this is AbilityOverAppearance as producers wanted a younger actress, but Campbell won them over with her audition - and a trait of Julia in Season 1 is that she's able to pass for twenty one with a fake ID. Jennifer Love Hewitt is another borderline example. She was 5'2 but she was also the same age as her character: sixteen.
* Bobby Lazzarini in ''Series/USAHigh'' was played by the 5'3 Creator/JamesMadio who was in his twenties at the time. Otherwise averted with the rest of the cast, who were much taller - and Lazz's shortness emphasised him as the ButtMonkey of the group. Earlier in his career Madio was fourteen playing a ten-year-old lost boy in ''{{Film/Hook}}''.
* Amy Davidson managed to play the middle sister in ''Series/EightSimpleRules'' despite being twenty six, and six years ''older'' than the on-screen eldest Kayley Cuoco. Her height was a contributing factor.
* Godric and Tommy from ''Series/TrueBlood''. One is [[Really700YearsOld really 2,000 years old]] but was turned into a vampire [[UndeadChild at a young age]], while the other is an actual teenager. Both are played by shorter adult actors.
* ''Series/ANTFarm'':
** Played straight with the [=ANTs=], being that they are preteens ([[DawsonCasting being played by actors that are 13-15 years old]]) going to a high school, but not only are they shorter than every adult, but also regular high school students. Paisley and Lexi are taller than the [=ANTs=] but narrowly avert this compared to Principal Skidmore who is about their height. While all extras who are high school students are, for the most part, taller than the [=ANTs=]. Except for Cameron.
** Also played straight with Cameron, whose actor is 19 years old, yet about the same height as his sister who has to be at least three years younger, while their father is over 6 feet tall, and the mother is also taller than both kids, but not exactly tall. Gibson is around the same height as Chyna's father.
* The main cast of ''Series/AustinAndAlly'' sets up another aversion - Austin's another 14-year-old six-footer at the start, Dez is about the same height, Ally's barely OneHeadShorter and hasn't shown any HugeSchoolgirl issues and Trish isn't ''that'' short.
* This is how Jason Earles got away with playing teenage Jackson on Series/HannahMontana despite being in his late 20s. He's only 5'5". Though it eventually led to his little sister played by Music/MileyCyrus outgrowing him, reaching 5'6" by the end of the series.
* In how Jason Earles's ''Series/KickinIt'' role he plays the AdultChild BigBrotherMentor alongside a group of kids, half of whom are taller than him.
* On ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', it varied.
** Milo Ventimiglia, who played Jess, is 5'9", which is actually the average height for young men his age. So part of the trick to convince audiences that he was 17, instead of Milo's true age of 24 at the time, was to dress him in baggier clothing, have lazy posture, and then play his scenes off the larger Luke (Scott Danes) and Dean (Jared Padalecki) who are both over six feet tall. The height and build differences made Milo look younger and scrappier by comparison.
** Averted with Jared Padalecki who was 19 when he began playing Dean Forrester, but was already 6'2" making him the tallest members of the cast except for Edward Hermann (Richard Gilmore) who was 6'5". However, Jared's very slim frame highlighted his youth in comparison to the older men in the cast.
** Played straight with Lane (5'1") and Paris (5'4"). Rory herself is of relatively average height at 5'7".
* Played realistically in ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'', where 14-year-old Robbie is the same height as his father and slightly shorter than his mother, while 12-year-old Charlene in shorter than both of her parents.
* Semi-example: Zoe Barnes in ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'' is at least a few years out of her teens, but one of the youngest main characters, which is emphasized by her short stature. If it means anything, her actress Kate Mara is 5'2" in real life and was 29 years old when season 1 was filmed.
* With the exception of Cordelia and Dawn (who was played by an ''actual'' teenager who went through a growth spurt) all of the teens on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' were shorter than most of the adults around them. Buffy and Willow were ''at least'' a head shorter than their mothers and also shorter than adult female Jenny Calendar. Xander and Oz were also both shorter than adult Giles.
** Referenced in the episode "Normal Again" when Buffy used the fact that her younger sister Dawn was taller than her as evidence that she might be living in a fantasy world.
* Zigzagged on ''{{Series/Melissa And Joey}}''. Lennox is 5' 2", roughly the same height as Creator/MelissaJoanHart, who plays her aunt (and, as mentioned above, has previously played the trope straight) but brother Ryder is ''6' 1"'' and towers over the both of them. Seeing him framed next to Aunt Mel on the rare occasions she doesn't wear heels is rather striking.
* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'': Tiberius is noticeably shorter than his elders, Caesar and Crassus, which emphasizes his youth and inexperience.
* ''Series/HomeImprovement'' featured an aversion, as the boys all grew up to at least equal their parents in height -- Brad and Mark grew so tall that an eventual gag in the show's opening was to have them stand in front, with their parents having to shuffle around to see past them. The exception was middle child Randy, played by Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who stood at five foot four and was utterly dwarfed by his younger and older brothers, as well as both parents.
* ''Series/GossipGirl'' subverts and lampshades this with Serena's tutor Miss Carr. She's a young teacher on her first job and is mistaken for a student initially. She's quite petite and the eighteen-year-old Serena and Dan are significantly taller than her.
* ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'' averts this with most of the cast whose actors are in their early twenties but plays it straight with Veronica. Her actress, Camila Mendes, is 5"1 and noticeably shorter than the rest of the cast.
* ''Series/TheReturned'' has India Ennenga, who is 5’2, playing Camille and Lena at age 16 in flashbacks as they are twins, but when she appears from the dead 4 years, 20 year-old Lena is played by Sophie Lowe, who is 5’6.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Averted in ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' where Snoopy visits his sister Belle and finds her teenage (in dog years) son is lubriciously tall and lanky.
* Averted in ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'', as Jeremy looks like his head might his the ceiling were it not for his signature slouch. Jeremy would tower over his mother if he weren't constantly slouching. The creative team has stated that they deliberately made Jeremy the same height as his parents to create a symbolic "power struggle".
* Usually averted in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'', but in one storyline, Paige invites all of her friends to Peter's Halloween party. Her friends are all ''ridiculously'' short and - as Peter keeps reminding us - high school freshmen, meaning they're all about 14 years old.

* In ''Theatre/SpringAwakening'':
** The teenage characters are all supposed to be 13-15 years old, but in reality it's rarely feasible for actors near that age range to be hired, particularly with the amount of sexual content in the show. To disguise this they make sure the majority are short in comparison to the adult actors.
** Averted in Hungary; many of the actors playing teen boys were hired due to being long, lanky, and gawky-looking.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGames/TheSims'':
** In ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', Sims at the "teenager" stage of life are shorter than those at the "adult" stage. Though Young Adult (seemingly about 18-21) is just as tall as the Adult stage, within an inch or at ''most'' two. The Teen stage does include all of puberty, though, and since the Sims don't grow within individual stages, it would have to be somewhere in the middle of the range (so it wouldn't look weird growing from Child or to [=Young Adult/Adult=]) and is thus [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality reasonably]] justified.
** Despite this trope being [[PlayingWithATrope played straight]] for ''VideoGame/TheSims3'', it's {{averted|Trope}} in ''VideoGame/TheSims4'', in which teenagers, young adults, adults, and elders are all the same height. This annoyed many players as it made it very difficult to tell teens apart from adult Sims without having your Sim go over and talk to them and seeing if the romance options were available or not. EA eventually alleviated this by adding a Sim's age to the tooltip with their name that appears when you mouse over them.
* In ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'', most of the soccer teams are made of 13 to 15 years old middle school students, but nearly all of them, including the relatively tall ones like Someoka are at least a head shorter than any adult. The average-sized characters only reach the chest zone of the adults.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** Main characters Sora, Kairi, Roxas, and Naminé – aged 16 (and Riku, 17) as of ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance''. They are by far some of the shortest human characters in the entire series, reaching, at times, ''crotch-level'' of other characters. It's most apparent in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' when Riku, [[spoiler:looking like "Ansem, the Seeker of Darkness"/Xehanort's Heartless]], reunites with Sora and Kairi, he absolutely ''towers'' over the both of them. In fact, Creator/TetsuyaNomura [[https://www.khinsider.com/news/New-KINGDOM-HEARTS-3-info-from-SE-Cafe-Osaka-Preview-Night-10468 stated during a collaborative event celebrating the series' 15th anniversary]] that Sora's official height is 160cm (or about 5'2.5"), and that's presumably taking into account his growth spurt between ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories Chain of Memories]]'' and ''II''.
** This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d however when they first arrive in the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' world, with the main trio noting that things look ''really'' different (as it's rendered in a more realistic style). While Sora and the rest are still ''human'', it's implied they may be a different '''variety''' of human than people from other worlds, explaining different appearances and heights.
** Another, far cuter, lampshade is when Sora tries to point out the DTD password to Ansem's computer in Hollow Bastion, he has to jump to point out the acronyms. Oh, you lovable dork.
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'':
** You don't notice it until an age 17+ character is in the same frame as one of the [[KidHero 15-year old heroes]], but damn are those 15-year-olds tiny. Beat initially appears to be quite tall, but you later realize that the entire cast of adults positively ''towers'' over him. Even given the fact that the average height of Asian women is 158cm (5'2"), Uzuki and Konishi are also absurdly tall compared to the tallest of Neku's gang.
** In the ending cinematic we see that [[spoiler:[[http://pics.livejournal.com/cherubi/pic/0011aq3p/g146 real Shiki]]]] is much taller than Neku and [[HugeSchoolgirl even rivals Beat in height]], but not so much as to obfuscate that adult height is still insurmountable for even the tallest of 15-year olds.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': The majority of the Link incarnations are shown to be this. Even with his latest known age being 17 1/2, Link is mostly depicted as being no taller than [[StatuesqueStunner Princess Zelda]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' the main character Jimmy seems to be constantly shrinking and growing as the scene demands it. For the majority of the game he looks to be a reasonable height for a 15-year old who is perhaps a bit of a late bloomer - he's a few inches shorter than the other teenage characters, and not quite a head shorter than the adults. However, in the cutscenes he's very clearly shown to be at about armpit-level to the principal and his secretary.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' is an interesting example. The trope is averted by Raine and Lloyd; 17 year old Lloyd (at 5'8) is a good few inches taller than Raine, his 23 year old teacher (who is 5'5), however (though we don't know what his mother looked like) his father, [[spoiler:Kratos]], is 6'1, leaving him in the dust by nearly half a foot. At age twelve, Genis is 4'7.5 to Raine's 5'5, however by ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' he's ''allegedly'' 4'11, which means he's approaching Raine's height at a roughly normal rate, assuming he's going to be about her height and isn't going to shoot up. Trouble is, his character model hasn't changed at all, so though he should only be 6 inches shorter than Raine at that point, he still looks positively pint-sized next to her, giving the impression of this trope. There's a Z-Skit in the first game where Raine talks about how tall Lloyd is, and a C-Skit in the latter game where Genis wants Raine to notice that [[LampshadeHanging he grew a sixteenth of an inch]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'' seems to want us to believe PettingZooPeople grow a foot between nineteen and twenty. Of the characters with given ages and heights, the teenagers are all 160cm/5'3" or less and the adults are 170cm/5'7" or more. This can't even be justified by breed: Opéra, a Russian blue cat, is taller than her two servants, Gren the kishu inu and Calua the ocelot.
* Michael from ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness'' is implied to be around 13, or at least no younger than your typical Pokémon protagonist. However, not only is he shorter than most adults in the game, he's also shorter than the link battle models for the characters from the [=GBA=] games, who are all about 11.
* Big Town in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' is filled with short teenagers that are refugees kicked out of the settlement of [[ThereAreNoAdults Little Lamplight]] after reaching 16 years old. The vast majority of them are noticeably shorter than the Lone Wanderer. Despite the Wanderer being only 19 him/herself.
* In ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', the teenage heroes are significantly shorter than the adults Vector the Crocodile and Vanilla the Rabbit. For example, Blaze the Cat is 14 years old and stands at 95cm. Sonic himself is 15 years old with a height of 100cm (Shadow and Silver are the same height as him). Vanilla the Rabbit is 130cm, and the 20 year old Vector the Crocodile stands at 180cm.
* The kids in ''VisualNovel/LiarLiar'' are first year high schoolers in the second game however even the boys are all shoulder height to the adults.
* Toyed with in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', which have many teenagers in their casts as part of [[spoiler:either their first or second generations]].
** In ''Awakening'', the shortest male character of the whole game is Ricken, a male ChildMage who is positively tiny and unlikely to be older than 15. On the other hand/s, however, his friend Henry is probably in his mid-to-late teens and is ''much'' taller... [[spoiler: and both are potential fathers to Brady and Yarne (second gen boys that are easily among the tallest guys) and Kjelle (the tallest second gen girl).]]
** In ''Fates'', [[spoiler:Xander]]'s son Siegbert and [[spoiler:Ryoma]]'s son Shiro completely avert the trope by virtue of being almost as tall as their fathers, who also ''happen'' to be [[LargeAndInCharge among the biggest guys]] in their respective armies. Siegbert is specially noticeable since, as a refined and gentle PrincelyYoungMan, the fans had bet on him playing the present trope straight and then were ''shocked'' when he turned out to be as tall as his dad.
* Barbara Gordon's character bios in the Rocksteady iterations of the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'' list her height as 5'11", and she looks to be about that size as Batgirl in the ''Videogame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' DLC pack ''A Matter of Family''. In the prequel game ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'', she's 5'2" at the age of 15. This creates a bit of a continuity problem as it's highly unlikely that Barbara grew 9 inches between ''Origins'' and ''A Matter of Family'' since girls usually reach their peak height at around 14.
* In ''VisualNovel/Ever17'' Sara, Kid[[spoiler: (both of them)]] and Coco are all 16 or younger, while everyone else is at least 18. Everyone from the younger group is visibly shorter than anyone from the older.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** Krile in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' is a sprite example. In the [=NES/SNES=] Final Fantasies, child characters had sprites that were a pixel shorter and partly faced the camera to make their proportions more childlike. Krile is fourteen, but she's given the same kind of sprite as seven-year-old Rydia was in the previous game. (The supplementary materials also state that she's about 5'1"... though her grandfather is also pretty short at 5'5".)
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', Hope is basically the party kid and therefore the shortest at 5'0". It really stands out when he ends up partnered with TheBigGuy Snow.
** In ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', sixteen-year-old Zidane--who is not noticeably short in [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX his home game]]--only comes to chest height, if that, on most of the male heroes.
* In ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'', the (entirely female except for the headmaster) faculty of Akademi High School tower over all the students, despite most of those students - [[VillainProtagonist Yandere-chan]] included - being old enough to realistically have equalled or surpassed them in height.
** At this point in their lives, the boys should be taller than the girls[[note]] (the male base model actually is taller, but the in-game version is scaled down to 94%)[[/note]], but in the game they are the same height as the girls so that the animations sync up properly.

* ''Webcomic/{{PHD}}'' takes this trope even further. One graduate student acquires a posse of tiny ''undergraduates''.
* The ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' kids are 13, but are about half the height of their adult guardians. However their regular appearances are not supposed to be realistic, and the guardians' appearances are more an effect of how they kids perceive them than actual true appearance. When shown in "Hero Mode", they are significantly taller.
* ''Webcomic/EightCicadas'' is a {{Machinomic}} that uses ''VideoGame/TheSims3'', so the shorter teenage characters are {{Enforced}} by the game's mechanics.
* The fifteen year old characters in ''Webcomic/CrossHeart'' are all somewhat short. This doesn't get much better after the three year timeskip however Haru apparently hit a ''huge'' growth spurt between age eighteen and age twenty, despite most girls finishing puberty by age sixteen.
* {{Subverted}} in ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive,'' where the main kid character, Rory, actually starts growing very early. His petite stepmom is shocked when she comes home after several months and discovers the twelve-year-old is now taller than her.
-->'''Rory:''' Haven't you heard of growth spurts?
-->'''Vanessa:''' ...Only in legends.
* Pointedly averted in ''Webcomic/LeifAndThorn''. Teenage Hyacinth is [[http://leifandthorn.com/comic/family-dinner-414/ a full head taller than her uncle]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Inverted in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'''s fourth version; most male characters turned out to be around six feet, which is pretty tall for a teenager. The girls, however, seem to have fairly normal heights in comparison. This, of course, has been [[LampshadeHanging lampshade hung]] both in and out of character.
* [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick Lindsay Ellis]] is 27 years old, but can pretty easily play a BrattyTeenageDaughter in flashbacks because she's only about five feet high.
* [[WebVideo/TheNewAdventuresOfCaptainS Brett Vanderbrook]] played [[DawsonCasting a 16-year-old when he was 25]] in ''The New Adventures of Captain S'' and he was the shortest of the male actors. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlxuVmGhsXk an outtake]] of the non-canonical Christmas episode:
-->'''Lunk:''' You're too short, preppy!
-->'''Chad:''' I just haven't hit my growth spurt yet.
-->'''Lunk:''' And you never will.
* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': Compared to all the other high schoolers, Rachel Tice and Ashley Katchadourian are quite short (the former is even shorter than the latter).
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' plays with this. Going by the [[https://scontent-a-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/t31.0-8/10604608_651234038324805_1451554503241425760_o.jpg height chart]], most of the teenage characters are at reasonable heights for their ages... It's just that the adults are extremely tall.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Despite being a spin-off of the trope picture, ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' subverted this with Hilda and Zelda, who are portrayed as teenagers (they are still centuries old, they are under a curse for undisclosed reasons), appear to be the tallest characters in the cast. While Sabrina and her friends are still significantly shorter than the rest of the cast, they are portrayed as much younger than the original show. The show's own spin-off, however, ''Sabrina's Secret Life'', goes back to playing this straight. Hilda and Zelda are back to being adults (presumably their sentence was lightened) and are still taller than Sabrina.
* Ben and Gwen play this trope in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' and ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien''. Both are at least a head shorter than both of their parents despite being 15 and later 16. Which is more than a little odd given that [[FutureBadass we'd already seen what they'll look like as adults]]; neither is short and adult Ben is downright huge. Cooper also played this straight as well in Alien Force as a 14 year old, but in Ultimate Alien he subverts it stating he "got a growth spurt". Kevin and Max (as a teen) averted this trope as both are almost as tall or exactly as tall as most adults.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron Jimmy Neutron]] is shorter than the other kids in his class, but sometimes he appears to be the same height as some of his friends (possibly an animation error).
-->'''Jimmy''': What kind of girl wants to dance with a kid who looks like he's still in Gymboree?
* Straddling the line between this and NotDrawnToScale, even 15- and 16-year old boys in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' find themselves more than half a head shorter than almost all but the oldest and most bent over adults. This is most obvious in when Hakoda is onscreen. He's clearly shown to be about average when compared to the other Water Tribe men, and he's more than a head taller than his son (15 or above), daughter (14 or above), and Zuko (16 or above).
** SequelSeries LegendOfKorra averts it, as the teen cast all start at about 16-17 and are about adult height. Korra starts off somewhat shorter than the others, but by the end hits a growth spurt that puts her level with or slightly taller than Bolin.
* WesternAnimation/{{Daria}} graduates high school without ever outgrowing her parents
* Despite being seniors and probably past puberty, neither Kim nor Ron in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' pass an adult's shoulders in terms of height.
* Most of the main characters in ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' suffer from this, most notably Cornelia, who is the tallest of the 5 girls, but still a head shorter than her mother.
* Also the case in ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''. Most of the teens are between 13 and 14, yet they are all very much shorter than the adults. Even Yumi, who's reaching 15, is smaller than her parents (though she comes close to her father, who's probably of typical height for a Japanese male – her mother on the other hand is quite tall). Also of note is that the girls are often taller than the boys, or about the same size.
* Creator/SethMacFarlane is a chronic offender in all his shows…
** In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter and Lois tower over their kids Meg and Chris, despite them being 16-17 and 14, respectively. Chris's lack of height can at least be justified that he hasn't finished growing yet, but Meg would realistically have stopped growing at this point yet is a couple inches shorter than Chris, and about a head shorter than her mother.
** ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': Both used and subverted. Steve and Haley are both towered over by their parents. Same goes for Steve's friends and Haley's boyfriend/husband Jeff. Other teens depicted in the show are typically depicted as having realistic proportions, so an argument could be made that Steve is just a late bloomer. Haley though is a ''college student.'' If the cover of volume 6 is anything to go by, Hayley is just barely 5 feet tall.
* Butch Hartman often does this in his shows too.
** Most of the 14-year-olds in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' are ridiculously short for their age in comparison to their parents. All except bullies Dash and Kwan who are both at least as tall as Maddie Fenton. Danielle is an even worse example: apparently twelve years old and she's ''[[ArtisticAge half the height]]'' of Danny himself.
** This is also present in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', though Vicky being more than a head shorter than either of the Turner parents isn't nearly as noticeable as [[PintSizedKid the enormous difference between teenagers and younger children]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', 14-year old Bobby seems to be 3-and-a-half feet tall compared to his parents. All the kids are like this at first, but soon the others begin to grow to average height (note Joseph's growth spurt), leaving people to wonder if Bobby is a late bloomer. It turns out the animators didn't want to put him through puberty simply because they would have had to cast a man as his voice actor, and they had grown attached to his current actress [[CrossDressingVoices Pamela Adlon]].
** Not to mention the fact that many people look small in comparison to 6'2 Hank.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Candace says explicitly that she's five-eight. Despite this, she and her teenage peers are still shorter than every adult in the show (except the humorously short old people).
* Mostly averted in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'', where many of the teens are as tall as, if not taller than, the adult host Chris, which is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Beth ("wow, you're much shorter in real life!"). The few adults mentioned on the show are usually the same height as the average height teens, with the exception of [[ScaryBlackMan Chef Hatchet]]. Some contestants, such as Junior (who is 13), Cody, Beth, Dawn, and Cameron, do play the trope straight.
* Despite being about 14, Penny and her friends are at least a foot or more shorter than most of the adults in ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'': A minor character, Alisa Carmichael (Susie's oldest sister) is 16, but shown to be a head shorter than her parents.
* The main characters of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' are supposed to be teenagers. But as the title makes clear, they're ''tiny'' compared with the Looney Tunes characters that mentor them (Tweety excepted, of course.)
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Teen starlet Music/SelenaGomez was portrayed as barely taller than Cartman and tiny compared with the adults when she 'appeared' on the show, apparently solely due to this trope (in real life Gomez is 5'6 which is actually noticeably ''taller'' than the average American adult woman.)
** Shelley Marsh is 13, but she's about as tall as the average ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' fifth grader.
* Laney Penn of ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'' may be short in stature, but her tall ambition more than makes up for it.
* WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead. They're shorter than most of the other Highland High School students (save for Daria) and all of the adult characters in the show.
* When ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' started, Finn was somewhat short for a twelve-year old. Since then he's [[CharacterAgedWithTheActor aged more or less in real time]], but even at 15 he's still a full head shorter than the [[TheAgeless physically eighteen]] Princess Bubblegum.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Jimmy Olsen, despite being at least 16, is easily shorter than most of the cast.
* From ''WesternAnimation/MajorLazer,'' 18-year-old Penny is noticeably shorter than her father, President Whitewall, and Major Lazer. PlayfulHacker Blkmrkt is even shorter than Penny. [[AllThereInTheManual According to their character bios,]] Penny is 5’3” and Blkmrkt is 4’8”.
* Tina of ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', despite being 13, is shown barely coming up to her mother's shoulders.
** All the teenagers at Wagstaff seem to suffer from this, despite height variations between them. Oddly enough, this is averted in Linda's flashback to her botched high school talent show gig, where she and her band are all portrayed at their current adult heights, while ranging from 14-18 years old, respectively.
* The girls in ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' start off as 12 year olds and age into high schoolers however they still don't even reach their mother's noses by the end.
* As of the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E26StevensBirthday Steven's Birthday]]", Steven is 14 years old and Connie is about 3 months away from being 13. However, they're both half the height of an average adult. It's {{Justified}} with Steven as he hasn't physically aged since he was 8, but not with Connie. And although Steven stretches himself out to look 14 via shapeshifting, he is still at least a head shorter than Greg. The older teenage characters, on the other hand, tend to be about as tall as the adults, with the exception of Sadie, who's barely taller than Steven.
* Zach and Ivy from ''WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'' are both teenagers. Their ages are [[VagueAge not specified]] but Zach seems to be in the younger bracket (13-15) while Ivy is older (16-19). Zach comes up to his sisters shoulders most of the time.
* Lynn from ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' is 13, but is only slightly taller than her 11-year-old brother Lincoln and is a lot shorter than 14-year-old Luan.
** Most of the teenage characters are notably shorter than the adults. For example, Lori, the oldest and tallest of the Loud siblings, is half a head shorter than her parents.
* Ashley from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' is thirteen yet only reaches Jerrica's shoulders and doesn't look much older than the eight year old Ba Nee.
* Played For Drama in ''FIsForFamily'' after [[spoiler: Kevin sleeps with Vic's girlfriend. She hadnt realized Kevin is only 14, having thought he was just a short adult, and has a massive freakout over having accidentaly committed statutory rape]]

[[folder: Real Life]]
* In RealLife, this is only pronounced when the teens' nutrition is poorer than that of their elders - the average height of French children decreased by 3cm during UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, for instance. Static nutrition-levels (as throughout the world before 1850 and in some places such as modern-day Japan) result in teens who are only slightly (if at all) shorter. Since about 1850 the average height of north-western European and north American teenagers has however generally been greater than that of their elders, a trend that the rest of the world has begun to follow since.
* Documentaries like ''The Smallest People In The World'' and ''Series/LittlePeopleBigWorld'' have shown dwarf teenagers. The former showed primordial dwarfs like 27 inch tall Bri Jordan and her 39 inch tall brother Brad (who has passed on).