Playing With / Vague Age

Basic Trope: A character's age is left unclear.
  • Straight: Alice appears to be somewhere in her teens, but her exact age is never made clear.
  • Exaggerated: It is unclear if Alice is elderly, an adult, a teenager, or prepubescent.
  • Downplayed: It's obvious that Alice is an underclassman in high school, but it's never specified whether she's a freshmen or a sophomore.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is an amnesic shapeshifter who appears to subtly grow younger and older based on circumstances. Ergo, not even she knows her true age!
    • Alice is insecure about her age, leading her to keep it secret.
  • Inverted:
    • Everyone's age is seen above the heads of everyone thanks to Alice's powers.
    • When Alice is introduced, she is stated to be exactly fifteen years, eight months, twelve days, six hours, seventeen minutes old... and eight seconds.
  • Subverted: Alice appears to be somewhere in her teens, but her exact age is never made clear. Until, halfway through the series, she tells Bob she's sixteen.
  • Double Subverted: Alice said she was sixteen, but it's implied that she was lying.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: In the comics and movies, Alice's age is fairly obvious. In the cartoon series though, it's harder to tell.
  • Averted: The character's age is explicitly stated.
  • Enforced: "The marketers wouldn't let us say that Alice is thirteen out of fear of losing one demographic or another."
  • Lampshaded Bob asks Charlie how old Alice is, and he responds: "Weird, I've known her for five months and nobody's ever told me how old she was.
  • Invoked: The author was unsure of what age the character was and went with this to help broad audiences identify.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Isn't Jake a bit young to be leading an army?" "I thought he was too old!"
  • Played For Laughs: Alice appears to be college-aged, but it's stated she's in high school. She's also a ditzy comic relief character, implying that she got held back .
  • Played For Drama: Alice makes her age deliberately vague, because she's got an older, abusive boyfriend and people are trying to break them up through age-of-consent laws.

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