Playing With: Vague Age
Basic Trope: A character's age is left unclear.
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Alice has no idea how old she is.
- 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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