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.
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  • Averted: Bob looks and acts his age.
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  • 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.

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