Playing With / Younger Than They Look

Basic Trope: Someone looks older than they are.
  • Straight: Charlie looks like he's twenty, but is actually sixteen years old.
  • Exaggerated: Charlie looks like he's eighty, but is actually five.
  • Downplayed: Charlie looks like he's forty, but is actually around thirty-five.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Charlie is Older Than They Look.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted: ...he still look 20 years older than he actually is.
  • Parodied:
    • Difference between actual age and apparent age is over-inflated for the sake of absurdism.
    • Bob mistakenly calls Charlie "an 80-year old". Offended, Charlie quickly retorts that he's actually 79.
  • Zig Zagged: Charlie looks like he is 80, but he is actually 5. Then he is frozen in time for 1,000 years. In that time humanity is replaced by a species who's appearance ages opposite of humans, thus they look old when they are young and vice versa. They accuse this character of looking young.
  • Averted: All characters look their age.
  • Enforced: Charlie is being played by an actor who's older than he is.
  • Lampshaded:
    • Charlie meets a character who says "Hmmm.. you look quite old, but I know better. You're probably like... five aren't you? Man why do I keep meeting people like that?"
    • "Will you act your age? ...The age you look like, not the age you actually are, I mean!"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Charlie manages to buy alcohol and get his driver's license at a young age.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "How old is Charlie really?" "I don't know. This show won't tell me."
  • Implied: Charlie doesn't exactly act his (apparent) age.
  • Played For Laughs: Charlie is informed that his ID says he's only 16. He nods.

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