main index




Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
Kickstarter Message
TV Tropes Needs Your Help
Big things are happening on TV Tropes! New admins, new designs, fewer ads, mobile versions, beta testing opportunities, thematic discovery engine, fun trope tools and toys, and much more - Learn how to help here and discuss here.
View Kickstarter Project
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: ???
  • 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.

Back to Older Than They Look

TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from
Privacy Policy