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Playing With: Younger than They Look
Basic Trope: Someone looks older than they are.
  • Straight: Charlie looks like he's twenty, but is actually five.
  • Exaggerated: Charlie looks like he's eighty, but is actually five.
  • Downplayed: Charlie looks like he's twenty, but is actually fifteen.
  • Justified: Charlie suffers from a condition like Rapid Aging, years of substance abuse, being an Artificial Human, or having a Bizarre Alien Biology.
  • Inverted: Charlie is Older than They Look.
  • Subverted: Charlie was lying about his age or was wearing a disguise.
  • 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.
  • 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: Charactesr look their age.
  • Enforced: Charlie is being played by an actor who's older than he is.
  • Lampshaded:
    • Charlie meets a genre savvy 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 drivers license at a young age.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Charlie is informed that his ID says he's only 5. He nods.

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