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Playing With: Grade Skipper
Basic Trope: For some reason, a character goes to school with people significantly older than he/she is.
  • Straight: Bob is 13, but is starting high school.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is an infant, but he has a PHD in astrophysics from Harvard.
  • Downplayed: Bob is one year ahead in school because his parents felt he was ready to start kindergarten early.
  • Justified: Bob is two grades ahead in school because he had tested out of second grade into fourth.
  • Inverted: Bob is Held Back In School.
  • Subverted: Bob scored 200 on an IQ test, but he still struggles in his grade and is not moved up.
  • Double Subverted: Bob scores 200 on an IQ test, but he's failing multiple classes. Despite that, he is accelerated in school.
  • Parodied: Bob gets Grade Skipped because the high school wanted his premature abilities at football.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob gets Grade Skipped, but then, years later, is Held Back In School.
  • Averted: Bob is 17 and entering his senior year of high school.
  • Enforced: The need for a Kid-Appeal Character has 12-year-old Bob to the main cast of high schoolers.
  • Lampshaded: "Isn't it strange that we're all 17 but we hang around with a kid that should be in middle school?"
  • Invoked: A character applies this trope to their child after finding out that their test scores are far above the other children's scores.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "I know that they move all of the smart kids ahead in fiction, but every child deserves to have peers their own age."
  • Discussed: "I know that Bob's still a kid, it doesn't necessarily make him the smartest person in the whole school."
  • Conversed: "There's always an annoying kid in every show set at college."
  • Implied: Despite the fact that it's never stated that Bob is a Grade Skipper, the actor playing Bob looks like he's 10 and it's canon that Bob still plays with Legos.
  • Deconstructed: Bob becomes depressed after realizing that he is unable to make friends with the older people at school.
  • Reconstructed: Despite having no friends, Bob isn't interested in socializing, and continues his academic studies normally.
  • Played For Laughs: The series focuses on Bob's lack of knowledge about teenage and adult life.
  • Played For Drama: The series focuses on the isolating elements of it, or Bob's struggles to keep up with his older peers.


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