Playing With / Older Than They Look

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

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