Playing With / Older Than They Look

Basic Trope: Someone looks younger than they really are.
  • Straight: Bob is seventeen years old, but is often mistaken for a ten-year-old
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Characters assume Bob is 12, but he's really 15.
  • Justified:
    • Bob was put under a curse that makes him look young forever (or made a Deal with the Devil to look young forever, a la The Picture of Dorian Gray)
    • Bob is a member of a secret clan of immortals who either don't age or age once every 100 years.
    • Bob actually lives a clean life (no smoking, no drinking, no drugs, no wild, promiscuous sex) and takes care of himself (eats right and exercises).
  • Inverted: Younger Than They Look
  • Subverted: He appears to be in the same class as Charlie, as well as Danny and Eli, who are in sixth grade.
  • Double Subverted: He's repeating grades.
  • Parodied: Bob looks like a baby, but is really middle aged.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob looks and acts his age.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Bob takes advantage of his childlike appearance to get away with doing things that would look out-of-place, inappropriate, or embarrassing for teenagers or adults to do.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob isn't taken seriously by others because of how easy he can pass for someone under 18 years old.
    • Bob's girlfriend is arrested for lewd acts with a minor just because of Bob's youthful looks.
  • Reconstructed: Bob always carries a legal ID that proves his real age to avoid misunderstandings.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob goes to get his drivers license and gets rejected for being too young. Frustrated he goes to an American bar, shows his ID and orders a drink.
  • Played For Drama: As a teenager who looks like a child, adults and other teenagers don't take him seriously and dismiss anything he has to say, even if it's important. Anything mature he tries to do is mistaken for Troubling Unchildlike Behavior.

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