Age Lift

In the process of adapting a work many things don't translate very well into a different medium. An Age Lift is when the age of the character in question is changed or glossed over for the sake of the story. The idea is that the discrepancy between character and actor is much smaller, and in some cases the exact age is not that important to the character. In some cases this can simply be a case of the creators avoiding the embarrassing issue of a less than wholesome relationship, or wanting to give two characters more of a connection (not necessarily a friendly one; it can be used to emphasise a Foil) by making them contemporaries. Or maybe the creators just think the original age of the characters doesn't fit their target audience.

In live action it can be a Pragmatic Adaptation to take into account factors such as child labour laws and how demanding a role may be for a younger actor. The two most common forms of this appear to be aging pre-teen characters to teenagers so twenty-somethings can feasibly play them and aging thirty-something parents by about a decade to counter the potential Values Dissonance relating to young parents.

Compare Dawson Casting, which leaves the age of the character the same but casts an older actor for the part anyway, and Playing Gertrude, Hollywood Old, and Underage Casting, which do the same with younger actors. Also compare Younger and Hipper.

Three-Month-Old Newborn is a meta subtrope that results from the logistical issues of using actual newborns to play young babies.


Examples

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    Anime/Manga 
  • The English dubs to Digimon went all over the place with this. The first series left the ages alone, but the second one, a Time Skip sequel to the first, aged everyone up by a year, and Tamers, perhaps because it was Darker and Edgier, aged all the kids up by three years...which ended up creating some rather poor implications that weren't originally there, as at one point Ruki/Rika's mother's age is explicitly stated and this age is left unchanged, dropping the age difference between mother and daughter from 18 years to 15.
  • The character of Nobue in Strawberry Marshmallow is aged up from sixteen years old in the manga to twenty in the anime. This isn't done to match a particular actor, but because Nobue is a habitual smoker and drinker and they couldn't show her doing that on TV if she was underage.
  • The anime adaptation of Aku no Hana changes the characters from middle school students to high school kids, possibly due to the violent and psychosexual nature of the story, not to mention the animation is rotoscoped.
  • In the original Cutie Honey anime and manga, Honey and Natsuko are both high school students. In RE: Cutie Honey (as well as the live-action movie that inspired it), they're both young adults, with Honey working as a temp and Natsuko working as a police inspector.
  • Mamoru Chiba a.k.a. Tuxedo Mask in Sailor Moon is 17 in the manga and 21 in the 1990s anime. This actually means the romance between he and Usagi - whose age is 14 in both - is toned down perhaps due to the larger age gap. In the anime Usagi and Mamoru's relationship comes across to some viewers like college student allowing a teen girl who has a crush on him to say he's her boyfriend to keep her happy, whereas in the manga there is little doubt in the romance. Sailor Moon Crystal has him at 16.
  • In the Wonder Momo webcomic, Momoko's love interest Natsuhiko is clearly somewhere between 23 and 25. In the anime, he's changed into a high school contemporary of Momoko's. His personality also changes, going from cocksure adult to insecure teenager.
  • The anime adaptation of Sazae-san lowered the age of most of the family. Sazae was 27 in the manga, now 24 in the anime.
  • Zelda in the original game is the same age as Link, roughly the age of Zelda in the first portion of Ocarina Of Time. Zelda in one of the manga based off said game is a teenager and an Action Girl. Link is also older than he should be, being Zelda's older half-brother, but looks younger than Zelda due to being part elf.
  • Pokémon:
    • Red from Pokémon Red and Blue is eleven. Ash, Red's anime counterpart, was ten when he began his journey.
    • Serena from Pokémon X and Y has no official age but seems to be around 16 to 19. In the anime she's Ash's age. She's noticeably taller than Clemont in the games but is around the same height as him in the anime.
    • Tate and Liza seem older in the anime than they did in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.
  • Misty is officially ten in the Pokémon anime but is twelve in The Electric Tale of Pikachu.
  • Variable Geo: In the Advanced V.G. series, Yuka and Satomi's official ages are 18 and 17 years old respectively. But, for reasons unknown, the OVA adaptation makes both of them a year younger.
  • Komori from Komori-san wa Kotowarenai! is 14 at the beginning of the manga. In the anime, she's 15.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Pride, aka Selim Bradley, is the oldest homunculi. In the 2003 anime Envy is the oldest, as he was the son of the Big Bad Dante and the Elric's father Hohenheim Came Back Wrong while Selim is just a normal boy.
    • The live-action version has Ed and Winry around age 20.

    Comics 
  • DC Comics Earth One line sees two examples as in Superman: Earth One, Jimmy Olsen is presented as being older than Superman rather than younger. Conversely, Batman: Earth One makes Lucius Fox younger than Batman as opposed to older (especially notable considering The Dark Knight Trilogy and, following the example made by it, The Batman and Gotham had Lucius as an old friend of Thomas Wayne before he and Martha were killed on that fearful night).
  • Ultimate Marvel has seen this done:
    • Ultimate Spider-Man placed Mary Jane Watson, Harry Osborn, and Gwen Stacy in high school with Peter when he's starting out his career was Spider-Man, whereas the mainstream versions didn't meet Peter until college. The Spider-Man Trilogy, The Spectacular Spider Man, The Amazing Spider-Man Series, the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, and Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane have followed its lead, albeit with varations on it (The original film trilogy only doing it to MJ and Harry with them meeting Gwen later and the Amazing films inverting that; Loves Mary Jane making pre-Black Cat Felicia Hardy a transfer student; Spectacular likewise having Glory Grant and Randy Robertson go to school with him and pre-Venom Eddie Brock as a recent graduate, and the Ultimate cartoon making many of Spidey's allies like Luke Cage and Iron Fist and enemies like Rhino his age).
      • Ultimate Spider-Man also does this to Jessica Jones, making her a senior at Midtown. In the classic Marvel Universe, Jessica and Peter were in the same grade.
    • Ultimate Fantastic Four makes all of the titular four teenagers, as opposed to just Johnny Storm being a teenager.
  • Heroes Reborn has two examples. In the tradtional Marvel Universe, Reed Richards is a middle-aged man and Ultron is the creator of the The Vision. In the HR reality, Reed is closer to age in Sue and The Vision actually came before Ultron, with Hank Pym taking Ultron's role as Vision's creator and Ultron himself being designed to replaced Vision as Hank's assistant.
  • Sonic the Comic:
    • Amy's age is unstated but she isn't treated like the eight year old she was when introduced in Sonic the Hedgehog CD.
    • Knuckles is Really 700 Years Old instead of being an actual teenager.
    • Sonic and Knuckles are implied to be at least eighteen in later arcs as they can visit bars. In the games they are fifteen and sixteen (originally sixteen and fifteen until they were switched in Sonic Adventure) respectively.
  • The Justice League generation in New 52's Earth Prime are "around 25" rather than "around 35". In DC Rebirth this actually gets explained as someone having stolen a decade of their history. On Earth 2, the heroes have had been de-aged by several decades, dropping the World War II connection.
  • In the Post-Crisis Superman comics, Lex Luthor goes from a contemporary of Clark (they grew up in Smallville together) to a contemporary of Perry White (about twenty years older).

    Fan Works 
  • Advice And Trust: The writer bumped the main characters age by a year (stretching the Angels' attacks timeline so that over one year has passed since Sachiel and Shinji came to town) so that he does not "feel quite as awkward having them going at it hammer-and-tongs nightly")
  • Evangelion 303: Shinji, Asuka, Rei, Kaworu, and Mari are 18 or older as opposed to 14. This also affects their characterization too, and is how the story differentiates from its source material. They drink, drive, have sex lives (or develop one), and are generally more worldly and independent than their teen counterparts.
  • Happens frequently in fanfiction, when teenage characters are made old enough to legally consent to have sex with each other (or the writer's Original Character). or do other things that 15/16 year-olds couldn't conceivably do. Sometimes the excuse is that it's five years later.
  • In Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, Ash wakes up in the reset timeline to find that he's now 15 years old, because things couldn't be reset perfectly. A number of other characters have also aged up to varying degrees.
  • Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations has Micchy and Gou having their ages lifted up to match their respective Live-Action TV actor's ages - Mitsuzane becomes 20 years old just like his actor, Mahiro Takasugi, as opposed to 17/18. While Gou is 23 years old like his actor, Yuu Inaba as opposed to being 20.

    Film 
  • In the 2015 adaptation of Cornelia Funke's Ghosthunter series, the professional ghost hunter Hedwig, a grey-haired Cool Old Lady is played by Anke Engelke, who was born in 1965. The character in the movie seems to be intended to look rather younger than the actor than the other way round.
  • Ang Lee's 1995 adaptation of Sense and Sensibility is full of this trope. Colonel Brandon, who was supposed to be 35 or 36, was played by 49-year-old Alan Rickman. The 19-year-old Elinor Dashwood was played by 35-year-old Emma Thompson, and 17-year-old Marianne Dashwood was played by 20-year-old Kate Winslet. However, the movie implies that the Dashwood sisters are in their late and early 20s, respectively and that Colonel Brandon is an older world-weary gent that we would associate with someone nearing 50. Lee and (scriptwriter) Emma Thompson made a conscious decision to age Elinor up to at least her mid-twenties, because they didn't think the audience would accept a 19-year-old worrying about being left on the shelf.
  • Roberto Benigni playing the title role in his film version of Pinocchio, at the age of 50.
  • In the BBC film versions of The Ruby in the Smoke and The Shadow in the North, actor Matt Smith plays street kid Jim, who is 11 in the first book and 16 in the second, as a man in his late teens/early twenties. Which could cause problems if they ever get around to filming the fourth book, The Tin Princess.
  • This probably has to do more with legal compliance than artistic reason, but no matter what actress is playing her, the character of Lolita always starts the movie at age 14 or 15 rather than 12, which she is at the beginning of the book.
  • In the film version of Logan's Run, the mandatory death age was increased to 30 (compared to the book's 21) for this reason. The book's notion that there's no age of sexual consent: as soon as a citizen leaves the creche, anything goes probably doesn't help.
  • In the book of Interview with the Vampire, Claudia has the physical appearance of a five-year-old. In the movie, Claudia is played by Kirsten Dunst, who was twelve upon the movie's release. Aside from narrowing down the Squick factor, this avoids the practical impossibility of a five-year-old actress playing a believable adult character.
    • In the same film, Armand, a cherubic seventeen-year-old in the book, is aged up to his mid thirties and played by Antonio Banderas, apparently to avoid the Squick inherent in having two of the main character's three pseudo-love-interests be underage.
  • Dune: None of the actors who've played Paul, Leto II and Ghanima Atreides, or Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen have been under 20. Of course, since Paul and Feyd-Rautha were 15 during Dune itself and Leto II and Ghanima were 8 this is understandable. Generally, Paul and Feyd's ages are not mentioned in the adaptations, which makes this arguably a case of All There in the Manual and Dawson Casting, but for the Syfy version of Children of Dune, Leto and Ghanima's ages were upped to around 18. The 1984 adaptation of Dune also has the four-year-old Alia played by the nine-year-old (at time of release) Alicia Witt.
  • One of the biggest criticisms of the James Bond movie A View to a Kill was that Roger Moore was still playing Bond at age 57 (he was 45 he was first cast as Bond in Live and Let Die). Sean Connery himself said "Bond should be played by an actor 35, 33 years old. I'm too old. Roger's too old, too!". Even when he was first cast, Moore violated the canon of Ian Fleming's novels, which established that Bond faced mandatory retirement at age 45 (meaning Pierce Brosnan was technically too old for the role for most of his time as Bond, too).
    • Turned on its head in Skyfall where one of the main themes of the movie is how Bond (played by the 44-year-old Daniel Craig) is getting too old to keep working in the field.
  • Most of the main cast of Percy Jackson and the Olympians was aged up from their preteens. Most notorious in Annabeth's case - sure, they aged her up from twelve to sixteen, but that didn't stop Alexandria Daddario from being in her early twenties.
  • The musical 9 is about a filmmaker experiencing a mid-life crisis as he turns forty. For the film version, his age was upped to fifty to match Daniel Day-Lewis (52 in 2009, when the film was released).
  • In every film and television version of Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff and Cathy are played by the adult actors during the scene where they eavesdrop on the Lintons, making giggling comments. In the novel they are children at this time, explaining their childish behavior. Catherine is only 19 when she dies. Heathcliff was 20, and he was 16 when he ran away. No adaptation has even gotten close to the correct ages.
  • Watchmen has Silk Spectre II and the Comedian. In the original comic, the Comedian was 16 at the time of WWII while Silk Spectre was 19. In the film, they were aged up to their 20s since neither of the actors (Carla Gugino as Sally/Silk Spectre I and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the Comedian) could pass for teens.
  • In the book of A Clockwork Orange, the band of droogies were adolescents of 15. When Kubrick chose Malcolm Macdowell for the role of Alex, all were aged up accordingly. Echoes of the book occur when Alex is depicted as school age and when (years later) Dim describes himself and his partner as "of job age" in the scene where they torture Alex.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • In the original 1940s Captain America comics, Bucky Barnes was Cap's Kid Sidekick. While modern retcons eventually established that the "Kid Sidekick" thing was a cover, to hide the fact that Bucky was a very young-looking teenager (15 in the beginning and a legal adult at 18 by the time of his "death," something the army would often look the other way about in those days) who doubled as a wetworks operative, the filmmakers behind Captain America: The First Avenger decided to give him an additional bump up to his mid-to-late 20s. The second film gives his year of birth as 1916 or 1917 (the props don't agree), which actually makes him older than Cap, whose birth year is given as 1918 in the script.
    • In Iron Man 2, Justin Hammer is depicted as a middle-aged man and played by Sam Rockwell. This is in sharp contrast to the comics, where Hammer is an old man with an adult granddaughter.
    • Ant-Man has two major cases. In the comics, Hank Pym is roughly the same age as his contemporary heroes like Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, but in the film, he's portrayed by 70-year-old Michael Douglas. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you have Darren Cross, who is a middle-aged businessman with an adult son in the comics, but in the film is played by 38-year-old Corey Stoll.
    • The MCU in general when it comes to Nick Fury and Black Widow. In the comics, both of them were around during World War II, but are Older Than They Look thanks to some Applied Phlebotinum. The movies indicate they're roughly the same age as their actors, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier explicitly giving Black Widow's birth year as 1984.
    • Spider-Man's alter ego, Peter Parker, and Jessica Jones were in high school together in the comics. During his debut in Captain America: Civil War, Peter is still a high schooler, while Jessica Jones has Jessica much older (the actresses for Jessica and her classmate-turned-adoptive sister Trish Walker are in their 30s).
    • In the original Guardians of the Galaxy comics, Yondu is a hero in his prime, but in addition to being pirate, the movie version portrays him as a grumpy old man.
    • Steve Rogers' year of birth in the comics is usually circa 1922, Depending on the Writer, making him about 20 years old at the start of WWII and 23 by the time he's frozen. The movies push it back to 1918, so that he's about 24 at the start of the film and 26 or 27 by the end.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Though it seems odd, the film adaptations change the ages accidentally with Lily and James Potter. Looking at the flashback clips, the moving pictures, and the images in the Mirror of Erised, Lily and James appear to have been in their 30s or 40s when they had Harry. It could make sense, since their ages weren't revealed until the seventh book, six years after the first movie had been made. Though the film versions of Harry's parents look quite middle-aged, the book version of Harry's parents were only 20 when they had Harry and 21 when they died. Then again, the whole film timeline seems to be shifted compared to the books - all the dates on the headstones remain the same (including Lily's and James'), but things that didn't exist when the books were set (such as the Millennium Bridge and Oyster card readers) appear, suggesting that Lily and James' generation were all born at the same time as in the books, but just took longer to have kids.
    • Several other minor age lifts. Cho Chang is a year older than Harry in the books. A line from Hermione in the fifth film implies she is in the same year as them. Romilda Vane was also two years below Harry and Katie Bell one year ahead, but the two are in his year also in the sixth film.
  • In the book of Tuck Everlasting, Winnie is eleven. To both fit the Dawson Casting of Alexis Bledel and lessen the weirdness of her romance with forever 17-year-old Tuck, she is aged up to 15 in the movie.
  • The 1979 film Sidney Sheldon's Bloodline cast Audrey Hepburn in a leading role. Hepburn was in her 50s, but the character was written as being in her 30s. Hepburn looked great, but could never pass for someone in her 30s, so not only did an age lift occur in the film, Sheldon went back and revised his own novel for new editions, raising the character's age to match that of the film.
  • In the novel of Beaches, the friends Cee Cee and Bertie meet at the respective ages of ten and seven, and first reunite in their teens. The movie changes things so both are eleven when they first meet, then reunite when they're in their twenties. This was likely due to not wanting to cast separate actresses for the girls' teenage years, the fact that Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey couldn't play that young, and probably to have less of an age difference between the two characters.
  • In all the Superman movies, Superman's alien father Jor-El is played by middle-aged actors (Marlon Brando, Russell Crowe) with graying or silver hair. In the Superman comics, Jor-El was a young man who looked exactly like Superman when Krypton blew up (after all, Kal-El was a baby when his father died).
  • The Addams Family movies feature Wednesday as a young teenager or tween, as opposed to the TV show in which she was a little girl.
  • The Karate Kid (2010) remake ages the main characters down from 17-18 year-olds to preteens.
  • Snow White is 7 years old in the original fairytale. Most film adaptations age her up to around 16 at the youngest.
  • In The Devil's Arithmetic book, Hannah is twelve. In the film she is aged up to around seventeen (she is old enough to drive and get a tattoo). Rivka is ten in the books but is aged up to around fourteen or fifteen.
  • The Pevensie Children in The Chronicles of Narnia are a bit older in the Walden Media films than they were in the books. Peter is around 12-14 but William Moseley was 16 when the first film was made. Caspian in the books is said to be the same age as Peter so the second film ages him up too. The age differences are notable in all of the actors since only a year has passed between the first and second films, but they were filmed three years apart.
    • The '80s BBC adaptation also does this with Edmund and Lucy - their actor and actress were in their early teens, while in the books the characters are around 10-12 and 8-10, respectively. Peter and Susan are the ages of their book counterparts, though - which creates the sense that Mr. and Mrs. Pevensie had all four of of their children in extremely short succession.
  • Mary Poppins never reveals her age but is portrayed as an elderly woman in the books. In Mary Poppins (1964) she is played by the 25-year-old Julie Andrews.
  • Dorothy in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is around seven or eight years old in the book. Judy Garland was seventeen when she played her in The Wizard of Oz (Barry Norman's book The Hollywood Greats says Dorothy was meant to be twelve in the film). Return to Oz has Dorothy at the age she was in the books.
  • Ender's Game had to change the ages of most of the main characters to be more in their early teens. This is probably because one of the major problems with prior attempts to film the book was that a large portion of the cast is made up of children, and in addition to getting a sufficient number of good child actors the ones that were cast would keep growing up before it could enter production. It also probably didn't help that there was quite a bit of violence among the children in the book, at least two of whom were (unknowingly) murdered by Ender.
  • The character of Robin as originated by Dick Grayson always has the origin of his parents being killed during a circus act when he was a pre-teen, not too different than with his adopted father Bruce Wayne. Batman Forever cast 25-year-old Chris O'Donnell in the role and Bruce comments that his superhero name should be "Dick Grayson, College Student" and that is as far as they get to identifying his age. It has the side effect of conflating his history and personality as both Robin and Nightwing, being pragmatic for a film adaptation.
  • In the Queen of the Damned film, the character of David Talbot, the Superior General of the Talamasca Caste, a paranormal research society, is played by the (then) 42-year-old Paul McGann. However, in the novel, he is in his 80s and is nearing the end of his long and full life. Ditto for Jessie Reeves, played by Marguerite Moreau (24 at the time), who is supposed to be 35 in the novel, although this can also fit under Hollywood Old.
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang had Robert Downey, Jr. (born 1965) and Michelle Monaghan (born 1976) play characters who had known each other as kids, with his character having a crush on hers. Robert Downey, Jr is a handsome man but he looks his age so the apparent age gap was Handwaved by showing he had had a hard life as a petty thief in the years since and also have Monaghan play slightly older than her real life age.
  • The Crucible is based on true events, but the affair between Abigail Williams and John Proctor was not one of them. In real life Abigal was 11 and John was in his 60s.
  • DC Extended Universe:
    • Typically, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman have been portrayed as being roughly the same age (early-to-mid 20s at the start of their careers), give or take a couple of years, and started their careers around the same time. In this universe, though, Clark Kent is in his early 30s and has just started his career as Superman, Bruce Wayne is in his mid 40s and has had a 20 year career as Batman, and Diana of Themyscira is thousands of years old and fought in World War I. Additionaly, in the comics, Aquaman and the Barry Allen Flash are around that age when they start their careers and likewise, start around the same time as the big three—but going by Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller's age, Aquaman is in his late 30s and Barry, like in The Flash (2014), is quite a bit younger (early 20s) and not even in costume yet during Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
    • Contrasting Batman, Jeremy Irons would be about the right age for an Alfred early in Batman's career, but next to Affleck he could almost pass for an older brother (in fact Michael Caine, who previously played Alfred, started the role a little older than Irons).
    • The decision to cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor has already raised a few eyebrows among comic book fans. Though Luthor is a middle-aged businessman in the comics and in every other adaptation that isn't a prequel, Eisenberg is just thirty years old, and he's primarily known for playing college-aged characters.
    • Wonder Woman takes place during World War I, as opposed to World War II likes the early comics or even the present day, making Steve Trevor and Etta Candy around 100+ years old if they're still alive.
    • Deathstroke is typically a decade or two older than Batman. Joe Manganiello, who was cast as Slade in Ben Affleck's solo Batman movie, is four years younger than Affleck.
  • Jonas, Fiona, Asher, and their classmates were eleven going on twelve in The Giver (the "graduation to adulthood" ceremony is called the Ceremony of Twelve), but have been aged up to sixteen for the movie.
  • Adaptations of A Christmas Carol often do this with Ebenezer Scrooge in order to empathise that this is his Last Chance to become a good man, casting him as a geriatric grumpy old man, while an close read of the book puts him at most in the mid-to-late fifties (his nephew, who Scrooge is distant to because he reminds him to much of his beloved sister who died young, possibly in child-birth, is in his mid-twenties). He is also stated to be spry enough to live long enough to become "almost an second father to Tiny Tim".
  • Ronno in the Bambi midquel film. In the novel, Ronno is implied to be several years older than Bambi. In the film, he is the same age as Bambi.
  • Rapunzel is quite young in her original fairy tale, possibly fourteen-sixteen. Tangled states she is eighteen.
  • The real Pocahontas was in her pre-teens when she met John Smith, her lover in the film. The Disney film ages her up to sixteen.
  • Blade does this to both the title character and Deacon Frost. Blade's year of birth was shifted from 1929 (hence being older than he looks) to 1967 and Stephen Dorff was cast as Deacon Frost, causing the character to have a younger appearance than the white-haired old man in the comics.
  • X-Men:
    • In the comics, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Beast, and Angel are roughly the same age, being the "First Class" with Beast as the eldest. In the movies, Iceman and Angel are quite a bit younger than Cyclops and Jean, and Beast is older than all of them, having a couple of decades on Scott and Jean.
    • X-Men Origins: Wolverine presents Bolt as a contemporary of Agent Zero, as opposed to his protégé.
    • In addition to Beast, by deciding to avoid Comic-Book Time with X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse (even if it seems the characters aged just 5 years during a period that in-universe is stated to be 21), several characters are older than the main cast in the original trilogy. There's Havok, who's Cyclops' younger brother in the comics; Darwin, who's the same age as Havok and hence younger than the First Class of the comics; Quicksilver, Riptide and Emma Frost, who are the same age as the present day characters in the comics; Shaw, who isn't as long-lived as his movie counterpart; and Angel Salvadore, who's in fact younger than most of the characters in the original trilogy. The future of DoFP also does this to Bishop as his counterpart in the comics in a time traveler who has yet to be born in the present, yet his movie self is teammates with Blink, Sunspot, and Warpath.
    • Going the other way, Iceman and Pyro are closer in age to Cyclops and Jean in the comics, yet their movie counterparts are younger, and Banshee was an adult when he joined the X-Men in the comics. Mystique is a couple of years younger than Professor Xavier in the movies whereas her comics counterpart is roughly the same age as Wolverine.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse:
      • It retcons away the X-Men: The Last Stand versions of Angel and Psylocke, making them around the same age as Cyclops, Jean, and Storm as in the comics. It also retcons Jubilee into their classmate, as opposed to being a generation younger than them.
      • Nina (the Adaptation Name Change for Anya), who in the comics was Magneto's eldest child, but in the movie-verse, Quicksilver is. Nina is at least 18 years younger than Peter Maximoff.
  • Victor Frankenstein: While this movie's Victor is a medical student, he's older than his book counterpart—the latter is in his 20s, but James McAvoy was 34-35 years old during principal photography. While the actor is Older Than They Look when clean-shaven, he always grows a beard for roles which require him to diminish his boyish appearance, so it indicates that his character is meant to be in his early 30s.
  • Death Hunt: The real Edgar Millen was a popular young Constable who more closely resembled Constable Alvin Adams, the new rookie in the film. He's instead portrayed as a weary, alcoholic older Sergeant of the RCMP.
  • Most adaptations of Alice in Wonderland do this with the title character, who is only 7 years old in the books, but usually played by actresses who are at least 12, more often in their teens. The 1985 TV version and the very surreal and creepy 1988 Czech version accurately portray her as a 7-year-old, though, as does Tim Burton's sequel in its prologue and flashbacks.
  • The Hunger Games: Two examples: Firstly, Cinna, described as a young man in the book, is played by a much older Lenny Kravitz. Secondly, in an instance of inverted Dawson Casting, the character of Clove, heavily implied to be 18 in the book, is stated to be 15 in the film, as she is played by then-14-year-old Isabelle Fuhrman.
  • Jem and the Holograms. In the cartoon all of the women are adults, though Kimber is still in her teens (either eighteen or nineteen). In the film they are very noticeably aged down into high schoolers and are explicitly referred to as under eighteen.
  • Dorothy in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is under ten and in The Wiz musical is a teenager. In the movie Dorothy is in her twenties and is a school teacher.
  • Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a sixteen-year-old girl. The Disney adaptation never specifies her age however she doesn't seem nearly that young.
  • In State of the Union, Katherine "Kay" Thorndyke is a divorcée "in her late thirties," according to the play script. The film version cast Angela Lansbury in her early twenties and added a new opening scene to establish Miss Thorndyke as a young heiress.
  • Astro is thirteen in the 2009 Astro Boy film. In the Astro Boy manga he is drawn far younger and seems to be elementary age.
  • The 1994 Made-for-TV Movie of Alice Through the Looking Glass, opens with a small girl having the book read to her by her mother, played by Kate Beckinsdale. It's the twentysomething mother who travels through the looking glass and becomes Alice.

     Literature 
  • In an extreme example, the novel Nutshell by Ian MacEwan is a Setting Update of Hamlet, whose Hamlet character (who is also the narrator) hasn't been born yet.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the Animorphs book series, the characters age from 13 in book 1 to 16 in book 54. In the short-lived TV series, though, the characters start out as 15- and 16-year-olds (played by actors as old as 25). In all fairness, as part of the series' conceit that it was secret accounts of a guerilla war, the characters deliberately obscured their ages; that they were 13 in the beginning wasn't revealed until the second-to-last book, and the show was canceled long before then. There is some evidence to their age long before the last book. Tobias describes Jake as a "typical middle school kid" in an early book, which means the Animorphs must be between the ages of 11 and 14.
  • In the The Southern Vampire Mysteries, the character of Pam is stated to have been nineteen when she was turned into a vampire. The producers of the TV adaptation True Blood cast the fortysomething actress Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam and gave her the backstory of being a madam of a brothel, an occupation traditionally for an older woman.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Virtually all the child characters in the HBO adaptation have been aged up by 2-3 years (at least). For instance, in the book series, Robb Stark and Jon Snow are fourteen and Daenerys Targaryen is thirteen at the start of the series. The characters are aged up to about 17 and the backstory timeline is edited accordingly. Part of this is probably to accommodate older actors who could handle the dramatic heavy lifting. Part of it is also because the intense sex and violence in the book would be much more disturbing (and in the case of Daenerys, likely illegal) if portrayed by actors who look closer to the book ages. Even still, most of the teens are played by actors who (start out as) early twenties (the aforementioned three were all 23 the year Season 1 was filmed). This doesn't quite work for Bran, as Isaac Hempstead-Wright was 11-12 at the time of filming, playing a ten-year-old. But as about two years pass in the story, about three passed in real life and Isaac very obviously hit puberty on the way, with his voice deepening considerably around Season 3. Mitigated somewhat by Isaac's slight build and the fact that he spends a large portion of the series being carried around by the massive Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor.
    • Also, more time has passed in the show since the start of the story. In the books it's only been about a year and a half while the show is pretty close to the four years that have passed in reality since it started.
    • In the books, Missandei is ten years old, while in the show she's an adult (to allow for a romance subtplot with Grey Worm... and more Fanservice, of course).
    • Sandor Clegane (The Hound) is five years younger than Gregor Clegane (The Mountain), who in the books is estimated at 34 years. His actor, Rory McCann, is 46, so the series version is certainly older. However, all the actors who played Gregor are younger than McCann (19 years in the current one's case!).
    • One of the most extreme examples was Tommen Baratheon, who is 7 at the beginning of the books and is known for being quite innocent considering the world he lives in. Originally played by the more age appropriate Callum Wharry in the first two seasons, he was recast in the fourth season by Dean Charles-Chapman, making the character somewhere around 16 years old in the TV series.
  • In the definitive adaptation of Anne of Green Gables, Megan Follows, who was seventeen at the time, played an Anne Shirley who was advanced in-text from eleven to thirteen years old. Not, perhaps, a vast difference (Follows is still effective in the role), but the scatterbrained, temperamental, and openly imaginative character seems exaggerated when she's aged up.
  • In the 1930s film of Anne of Green Gables starring Anne Shirley - the actress who took the character's name for her own - she is stated to be fourteen.
  • Deadwood is only Very Loosely Based on a True Story, so a lot about the real-life characters are rewritten. For exaple, Al Swearengen was a just-married 31 year-old man from Iowa in 1876, while the TV character is a single, globe-trotting Englishman in his 60s.
  • Jesse Stone is in his mid-thirties in the novel series, while in the TV movies he's played by Tom Selleck, who's in his 60s. Despite this Robert B. Parker himself approved and said Selleck nailed the role.
  • On The Twilight Zone, Anthony from "It's A Good Life" was aged up from three years old to six, as a toddler couldn't have been relied on to act a part or been given any lines.
  • The girls in The Worst Witch books were around eleven or twelve but appear to be around sixteen by the third season of the TV series. So notable that the fourth season was changed to a college setting because it would have no longer be believable that Mildred would still be at school.
    • Miss Drill was also a strict older woman like the rest of the teachers in the books. In the TV series she is a much younger woman. This is addressed in-universe as Miss Drill is frequently at odds with the traditional older teachers.
  • In Sherlock, Professor James Moriarty, the elderly, doddering math teacher, becomes the young, suave, snappy-dressing career criminal Jim Moriarty. Tellingly, where the literary Moriarty assumed the cover identity of a university professor to keep his reputation clean, the series' version does the same thing by crafting a cover identity as a television actor.
  • Salem: Massively done with John Alden. The real man was born in 1626/1627, which would make him around 66 years old at the time of the witch trials, while in the show he's played by Shane West, a man in his 30s.
  • Gotham has some characters from Batman universe that are older then the comic book's versions.
    • While the Penguin is generally depicted as older than Batman, he is now apparently around Gordon's age, which makes the age difference somewhat larger.
    • Bullock is a little older than Gordon is. He looks the same age as his comics counterpart who reports to an older Commissioner Gordon. Likewise, Sarah Essen is older than Gordon, as opposed to being younger than him.
    • Riddler, Renee Montonya, Crispus Allen, Victor Zsasz, Harvey Dent, and Mario Falcone are now apparently around Gordon's age, while usually they are closer to Batman's age.
    • Carmine Falcone is already quite old at this point. He is played by 70-year-old John Doman, and in his first appearance, he mentions being good friends with Gordon's father. In the comics, he is around this age by the time Batman arrives.
    • Bruce Wayne is 12 instead of 8 when his parents die; Selina Kyle (the future Catwoman) is maybe a couple years older. Given they're regular characters with a lot of heavy dramatic material to carry, it was probably necessary to tell the story as intended here.
    • Matches Malone is a case of Vague Age, but in the comics, he's young enough for Batman to pull a successful Dead Person Impersonation once he believes Malone is dead and use his identity to spy on criminals. Here, he's already an adult while Bruce is a kid.
    • One of few characters to go the other way is Leslie Thompkins - her actress Morena Baccarin was 35 when she started the role and is only about 8 months younger than Benjamin McKenzie (James Gordon), while in the comics she's depicted as a contemporary of Alfred Pennyworth (played by 50-year-old Sean Pertwee) and old friend of Thomas and Martha Wayne (the former of whom was played by 44-year old Grayson Mc Couch). Pennyworth himself is a case of Vague Age concerning his age relative to Bruce Wayne's, but as a whole averts this trope.
  • Once Upon a Time does this with a few fairy tale and Disney characters.
    • Ariel was sixteen in her film. Here she is at least late twenties-early thirties.
    • Snow White (as noted above) is seven in the original tale and fourteen in the Disney film. She's in her twenties.
    • Peter Pan is eternally five or six in the novel (he's said to still have his baby teeth). His actor Robbie Kaye was seventeen at the time of filming. What's more is that he's really a man in his (physical) 40s de-aged by magic.
    • Red Riding Hood is often written as a preteen. Here she is around 18-21
    • Cinderella's Fairy Godmother is portrayed as an elderly woman in the Disney film. Her brief appearance has her significantly younger.
    • The Mad Hatter is often portrayed as an elderly man. Here he's in his 20s.
    • The Wizard of Oz is an older man too but is played by a younger actor.
    • Although a minor character, the Good Witch of the North is an older woman. She's played by a young actress.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
    • Donnie Gill, an adult in the comics, is depicted as an 18-year-old S.H.I.E.L.D. cadet.
    • There's Eric Koenig and his "brothers". In the comics, Koenig is a veteran of World War II and would have to at least be in his 80's, while in the show, he and his brothers are played by 46-year-old Patton Oswalt.
  • Daredevil has the Owl, who is usually middle-aged in the comics, played by Bob Gunton, who is 70. However, the fact that Leland Owsley is mentioned to have a son named Lee (who'd probably be the right age), and that he never becomes the Owl before his death strongly suggests this to actually be a case of Decomposite Character in play.
  • Jessica Jones: As noted above in "Film", the title character and Peter Parker were in high school together when the latter started his career as Spider-Man, but because the TV show was written before Spider-Man joined the MCU (and before anyone working on the show had any idea how he would be integrated), Jessica is a grown woman when Peter is only 15. Somewhat moot in that Spider-Man doesn't actually appear on the show, though.
  • Supergirl (2015): Kara is usually in her teens when she becomes Supergirl (she was 15 when she first debuted in the comics), but on the show, she starts out at the age of 24. This prompted an in-universe discussion about why a grown woman would call herself Supergirl and not Superwoman.
  • Smallville did the same thing, having Kara be around 19 when she first showed up.
  • The premise of Younger is essentially giving Liza an In-Universe Age Lift, de-aging her with the help of fashion and Internet scrubbing in order to make her appear age-appropriate for her new career.
  • Shadowhunters:
    • Clary Fray turned 16 2/3rds of the way through City of Bones, here she starts off the series celebrating her 18th birthday.
    • Jace Wayland and Simon Lightwood were both 17 in the books, but are in their early twenties in the show.
    • Madame Dorothea was an old woman in City of Bones, but in the show her counterpart Dot is only in her thirties.
    • Maureen Brown is 14 (but looks about 12) in the books, but on the show she's around the same age as Clary and Simon, who are already older than their book counterparts.
  • In The Vampire Diaries books, Elena has a four-year-old sister. In the show, she has a 15-year-old brother.
  • Poldark: Demelza is 13 at the start of the first book, and she seems to be closer to 17 in the show, which is good as she has sex with Ross in episode 3.
  • The Magicians: Dean Fogg was an old man in the books. Here he's in his late forties at most.
  • Elementary. Moriarty is about mid thirties to early forties instead of being several years older.
  • Arrowverse:
    • Arrow:
      • In the comics, Roy was young enough to be adopted as Oliver's ward, like Dick Grayson to Batman. In the show, they're closer in age to the point they're more like brothers. Similarly, Mia Dearden (Thea's comic book counterpart) is a young teenager when her and Oliver first meet (around 16), and is at least a decade younger than Roy. While Roy's exact age isn't clarified in the show, she's 17/18 in the first season when the two start dating, implying he's only in his early twenties at most.
      • Similarly, Dinah Laurel Lance/Black Canary started her crime fighting career when she was in her late teens, and was around 19 when she joined the Justice League and first met Oliver (who was a good few years older than her). In the show, the two went to school together and are the same age. Likewise, the first Black Canary, Dinah Drake, is usually significantly older, having fought crime long before Oliver started, but in the show, Sara Lance, the show's version of the first Canary, is actually younger than Oliver and Laurel by a few years, being Laurel's younger sister instead of her mom.
      • In the comics, Felicity Smoak is Ronnie Raymond's stepmother, but the show first sees her at 23.
      • Sin in the comics is an little girl, but the series depicts her as a teenager.
      • Jean Loring is the same age as Moira Queen and hence older than Ray Palmer.
      • Ted Grant/Wildcat is usually a Badass Grandpa in the comics (post-Golden Age), while he's played by J.R. Ramirez in the show, who is in his 30's.
      • Cynthia Addai-Robinson, an actress in her 20s during Season 2, played the traditionally middle-aged Amanda Waller.
      • Lyla Michaels, a.k.a. Harbinger, is depicted in the show as an adult, as opposed to the teenager of the comics.
      • Deathstroke is commonly depicted as a Badass Grandpa. Here, he's in his 40s (in the present day scenes at least). William Wintergreen, who is commonly depicted as Slade's much Older Sidekick is also younger, being the same age as Slade.
      • In the comics, Ra's Al-Ghul is 600+. Being Ra's in this is a Decomposite Character and Legacy Character, he's only 200.
      • Comics Darhk is a young man comparable in age to several of the older Teen Titans members. In the series, he's played by 49 year old Neal McDonough—and additionally Arrow!Darhk is a peer of Ra's al Ghul.
      • Count Vertigo is usually a middle-aged man, but in Arrow, going by Seth Gabel's age, only in his 30s.
    • The Flash (2014)
      • Barry himself is bit younger than his usual depictions, which is actually turned into a plot point when it's revealed that the "Man in Yellow" turned him into the Flash seven years early (giving Barry his powers in 2013 instead of 2020).
      • Wally West is only a few years younger than Barry and Iris whereas in the comics the age gap is wider due to them being in their late 20-early 30 and Wally being a teenager at first.
      • Ronnie Raymond is traditionally a teenager when he becomes the superhero Firestorm; here, he's roughly in his mid-to-late twenties. Jason Rusch is likewise a grad student in the show, not a high school student.
      • Girder, Peek-A-Boo, and Tar Pit are foes of Wally in the comics, but here's they're the same age as Barry and among his enemies. Girder himself in the comics is a middle-aged man.
      • Tokamak is an old man in the comics, but around Barry's age on the show.
      • Played with Griffin Grey. He is currently 18 years old but got his powers at 16, which is part of the age group he belongs to in the comics. However, he's around that age during a much earlier point in time of his existence in the comics, where he was the same age as Impulse, Barry's grandson.
      • Dante Ramon and Vibe are close in age in the comics, but Dante is 13 years older than Cisco in the show.
      • Thanks to Mark Hamill coming back to play the Trickster once more, James Jesse is depicted as middle-aged. Likewise, due to the return of Amanda Pays as Tina McGee, Tina is middle-aged herself.
      • Hunter Zolomon has a few years on Barry in the show whereas his comics counterpart as a foe of Wally West and close to Wally in age. When he impersonated Jay Garrick, he seemed to be this for Jay as well, being around his 30s, but the real Jay Garrick averted this, being middle-aged.
    • Constantine:
      • Sister Anne-Marie Flynn in the comics was an old woman. The series version is John's age.
      • Jim Corrigan is much younger than his comic counterpart, who was around during WWII, and he's yet to become the Spectre.
    • Legends of Tomorrow:
      • Vandal Savage as a Composite Character will elements of Hath-Set and having his origin ties to Hawkman's, he's only been alive since Ancient Egypt and isn't a caveman.
      • In the comics, Grant Wilson is Slade's eldest child. Given his apparent age at 2046 and the flashbacks on Arrow set in the late 2000s where Slade only mentions Joe, it's very likely that Joe is the older brother here. Another one of Slade's child in the comics, Rose Wilson, was fused with Isabel Rochev.
      • Usually depicted in her twenties or early thirties in modern times (her parents met at Woodstock according to a 1992 story), the series's Talia al Ghul would be in her sixties in 2016, assuming she didn't use the Lazarus Pit to stall her aging like Ra's and Darhk have.
    • 76-year old Lance Henriksen has been cast to play Obsidian, who's originally a teenager in the comics.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Candy Land:
    • Queen Frostine is no longer a Queen. She's younger and a princess. As a result of her age decreasing she is no longer married to King Kandy (he is her father now) and she is Lolly's sister, instead of her mother.
    • The age of Princess Lolly has zig-zagged over the years. As of 2013 she looks much older than her traditional design.
    • In the 80s and 90s King Kandy was a younger man with red hair. He has since returned to his older, grey haired version.

    Theater 
  • Hamlet, the former Trope Namer, is a tough call. The play has contradictory lines about the prince's age - some evidence suggesting he's thirty or older, other lines indicating he's a fresh-faced college undergrad. Plus, the role has acquired a reputation as being the "crown jewel" of an actor's career, so you'll find men cast as Hamlet when they're in middle-age, usually at the height of their fame.
  • The Screen-to-Stage Adaptation of The Secret Garden ages Dickon Snowbery from 12 to a young man.
  • In the stage production of The Addams Family, Wednesday's age is changed from 10 or so to about 18. (Pugsley, however, is still a young child.)
  • Dorothy is a teenager in The Wiz instead of the prepubescent child she is in the books.
  • For the musical version of The Bridges of Madison County, Francesca and Robert are aged down from middle age to approximately 40.

    Video Games 
  • Like the anime example above, many video games from Japan released in the west will age the characters up to at least 18 for the same reason. If that's not enough, female characters of questionable age with Stripperific outfits whether it's a customized clothing option will be more covered up or removed completely.
  • Lyn was 15 (at the start of) the original Japanese version of Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword. The localized version aged her up to 18 for some reason, despite her acting basically the same age as her co-leads Hector and Eliwood (about 17, following the 1-year Time Skip and a vague number of time during gameplay). It's likely due to her looks/curves, Younger than She Looks in short.
  • In the original Japanese version of Sweet Fuse At Your Side, Saki is 17 years old and Wakasa is 15. Since Sweet Fuse is a Romance Game and Saki's other prospective love interests range in age from 22 to 32, the English localization by Aksys Games nudges her age up to 18 and Wakasa's to 17.
  • Bravely Default Flying Fairy: Releases outside of Japan aged up the protagonists from 15- to 16-year-olds to 18. This is mainly due to the more Stripperific outfits the girls get to wear (some of which were also toned down a little), and the game's very dark themes - particularly a rather infamous side-quest that very closely resembles a date-rape plot, which one of your female party members has to fall victim to in order to progress.
  • Puzzle Quest:Challenge of the Warlords: Princess Seraphine, introduced as the player is to escort her to her Arranged Marriage, is 16 in the original PC version. She's 18 in the subsequent console and portable ports.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic's original age was 16, Amy was just 8 years old, and Knuckles was 15. When Sonic Adventure was released Sonic became 15, Amy became 12 and Knuckles became 16.
  • In the original Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Lumina is a fourteen-year-old girl with a Precocious Crush on the protagonist. In Another Wonderful Life, where you play as a woman, she was made into a rival for Rock, who is in his twenties. Lumina was upped to sixteen in Japan, eighteen internationally, and that has been her starting age in every game she's appeared in since.
  • Batman: Arkham Series
    • The Arkham version of Tim Drake is older than the comics version, being closer in age to Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon and in the Golden Ending of Batman: Arkham Knight, ends up marrying Barbara.
    • Knight's DLC expansion pack, "Season of Infamy", included Talia's sister, Nyssa Raatko, and has her as Talia's younger sister. In comics canon, Nyssa is a Holocaust survivor and Talia's mother met Ra's Al-Ghul at Woodstock.
  • For the English localization of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Tsubasa, Itsuki, and Touma were aged up from seventeen to eighteen.

    Web Animation 

    Webcomic 
  • In Five Kids at Freddy's, one of the missing children is actually a teenager, in order to make storytelling easier with a Minimalist Cast.
  • The Lithuanian translation of Homestuck changes the ages of the main heroes from 13 to 16, explaining it by the fact that it began precisely three years after the original.

    Web Video 
  • The Autobiography of Jane Eyre is a Setting Update of Jane Eyre. Lots of changes in characters' ages were done; mostly because the production team of the webseries were recent graduates when they started, and some of them were friends from school, which means they are more or less the same age.
    • Jane Eyre was 18 in the novel; here she's 21 and a college graduate with a degree in nursing. Her actress is 24.
    • Grace Poole is a Composite Character, combining weird and mysterious Grace Poole with caring and friendly Mrs Fairfax. She's significantly younger than both women of the book, especially Mrs Fairfax who was probably in her fifties or sixties. It shouldn't hurt the story, though, except that the audience could cringe that there are no old people.
    • Mr Rochester is thirty-sh. He is younger than his book equivalent who was in his mid-to-late thirties. The age gap between him and Jane was important for the story; it's smaller here, but it still applies.
  • The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a Setting Update of Pride and Prejudice. Several changes regarding ages were employed, mostly to set some characters in graduate school or avoid unfortunate implications or plot holes. Some characters were still teenagers in the book. In the modern day States, a twenty-something is seducing or abusing a fifteen-year-old girl? Call the police and arrest that pervert.
    • Lydia Bennet turned 21 in the web series. In the book, she was 15.
    • Gigi Darcy is in her early twenties. Miss Darcy was 16 in the novel.
    • Elizabeth Bennet was 20, and it was lifted to 24 with Lizzie.
    • Charlotte Lucas was 27 in the book; Charlotte Lu is 24 as Lizzie: they are best friends ever and go together to graduate school.
    • Jane Bennet was 23 in the novel; here she's still the eldest sister, so she's obviously older. The writers have stated she's 'around thirty'.

     Western Animation 
  • A variation with Aishling in The Secret of Kells. The character is based on a genre of Irish poetry where a spirit representing Ireland itself appears, taking the form of an older woman. However instead of a wise older woman, Aishling is a mischievous little girl.
  • Caillou is bald because in the original books he was meant to be a baby barely over 1 years old. The cartoon aged him up to 4 but kept his lack of hair.
  • In the original Inspector Gadget cartoon, Gadget's niece Penny was a young child. The new 2015 cartoon will make her a teenager.
  • Many, if not most, of the Teen Titans were adults during The New Teen Titans run but are ambiguously between thirteen and seventeen, depending on the character, in the cartoon.
  • X-Men: Evolution turns Cyclops, Jean Grey and Nightcrawler into teenagers, and ages Beast to middle-age. It's a downplayed case for the first two since they were teens in the earliest comics. It also turns many of the Brotherhood members into teenagers, too, and Destiny is significantly younger than in the comics, looking like she's in her 40s at the most.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) turns April into a teenager, who has always been somewhere in her early 20's in all other incarnations of the franchise. This applies to Casey Jones as well when he's introduced in the second season. This seems to have largely been done to have them the same age as the titular characters (while averting Artifact Title), which among other things makes their closeness a bit less unusualnote  and (perhaps more prudently) the Ship Tease with Donatello and April more palatable.
    • However, it was most likely done for a more spur-of-the-moment reason: to set up her grudge with the Turtles in this version after they accidentally cause her father (who was invented for this incarnation, possibly for this purpose) to get mutated.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man does with Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Rhino, Ka-Zar, Vulture, and Triton, making them Spidey's age rather than older. It also follows the Ultimate comics example of putting Mary Jane Watson and Harry Osborn in high school with Peter, too.
  • Damian Wayne was introduced during Grant Morrison's Batman run as a 10 year old. The Robin in Batman Unlimited Mech Vs Mutants is confirmed to be Damian, but he's depicted as a teenager like the other Robins before him.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold has Mark Desmond (Blockbuster) as the same age as Billy Batson (and in the same school), to draw parallels with them both having a superstrong, adult alter ego.


Alternative Title(s): Adaptational Aging, Playing Hamlet

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