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'''Mom:''' [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments You can stay 10, sweetie. I don't mind.]]

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'''Mom:''' [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments You can stay 10, sweetie. I don't mind.]]


* The characters in ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' never age. Sonic's age was [[VagueAge not set in stone]] (ranging from 16 to 18) until it was codified as 15 in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure''. He has stayed that age since, even though he had a birthday in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''. This all is made even more painfully obvious by the aging of characters like Amy (who went from 8 in ''VideoGame/SonicR'' to 12 in ''Adventure'' while Tails stayed 8). In ''VideoGame/SonicForces'', Infinite remarks that Sonic has beaten Eggman "for decades".

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* The characters in ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' never age. Sonic's age was [[VagueAge not set in stone]] (ranging from 16 to 18) until it was codified as 15 in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure''. He has stayed that age since, even though he had a birthday in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''. This all is made even more painfully obvious by the aging of characters like Amy (who went from 8 in ''VideoGame/SonicR'' to 12 in ''Adventure'' while Tails stayed 8). In ''VideoGame/SonicForces'', Infinite remarks that Sonic has beaten Eggman "for decades".


* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': After seven years of air time, there have been in-show events said to be years apart[[labelnote:Like]]Molly's absence in the second season was said to have lasted a year. A title card in the fifth season episode "The Loophole" states the third season episode "The Spoiler" took place a year earlier.[[/labelnote]], [[AgelessBirthdayEpisode several characters have had birthdays]], Christmas has come at least twice, Halloween three times, and dates always lists episodes as taking place in the year they're written [[note]]Season 1 takes place in 2010, Season 3 takes place in 2014, Season 4 takes place in 2015, and Seasons 5 and 6 take place in 2017[[/note]]. Despite this, there are no signs of anyone getting older--except ''possibly'' Gumball's class graduating from 7th grade to 8th by the fifth season, but even that could just be a [[SeriesContinuityError mistake]]. This becomes a plot point in "The Kids", as Gumball's and Darwin's voices are cracking due to their aging voice actors, yet they don't seem to be aging in-universe. The end of the episode, and several others, imply [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality the universe itself is not allowing time to pass]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': After seven In eight years of air time, there have been were in-show events said to be years apart[[labelnote:Like]]Molly's absence in the second season was said to have lasted a year. A title card in the fifth season episode "The Loophole" states the third season episode "The Spoiler" took place a year earlier.[[/labelnote]], [[AgelessBirthdayEpisode several characters have had birthdays]], Christmas has come at least twice, Halloween three times, and dates always lists episodes as taking place in the year they're written [[note]]Season 1 takes place in 2010, Season 3 takes place in 2014, Season 4 takes place in 2015, and Seasons 5 and 6 take place in 2017[[/note]]. Despite this, there are no never signs of anyone getting older--except ''possibly'' Gumball's class graduating from 7th grade to 8th by the fifth season, but even that could just be a [[SeriesContinuityError mistake]]. This becomes a plot point in "The Kids", as Gumball's and Darwin's voices are cracking due to their aging voice actors, yet they don't seem to be aging in-universe. The end of the episode, and several others, imply [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality the universe itself is not allowing time to pass]].


* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' originally began in 1996 and finished production in 2001 (though new episodes continued to air sporadically until 2004). In 2017, a BigDamnMovie was produced to finally wrap up the series; it takes place about a year after the series[[note]]in the show they were fourth graders, while this is apparently the summer after their fifth grade[[/note]], but with the setting switched to be closer to 2017, most notably with the characters having modern cell phones, though the fashion is still 1990s and Arnold keeps his signature walkman. The trope is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d multiple times, since [[{{Deuteragonist}} Helga]]'s father owns a beeper store which is now going out of business.

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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' originally began in 1996 and finished production in 2001 (though new episodes continued to air sporadically until 2004). In 2017, a BigDamnMovie was produced [[WesternAnimation/HeyArnoldTheJungleMovie to finally wrap up the series; series]]; it takes place about a year after the series[[note]]in the show they were fourth graders, while this is apparently the summer after their fifth grade[[/note]], but with the setting switched to be closer to 2017, most notably with the characters having modern cell phones, though the fashion is still 1990s and Arnold keeps his signature walkman. The trope is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d multiple times, since [[{{Deuteragonist}} Helga]]'s father owns a beeper store which is now going out of business.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' is a weird case with the passage of time. The game is stated to take place five years after the Calamity (basically, the events of 1.0 before the game got rebooted). Time does flow via in-game clock and characters in seasonal events will remember you if you participated in the previous year's event, but no one actually gets older and no specific date is ever given. WordOfGod says that time does flow normally, but all the events in the game take place in a time bubble where said events take place in their own time. For example, the level 50 Culinarian quest has you cooking a meal for the Sultana. She's still there for the quest even when [[spoiler: she gets incapacitated towards the end of the ARR storyline]]. In other words, characters and events that are scripted to take place in certain parts of the main story will act as such regardless of how far in the main story you actually are.

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* ''VideoGame/SpiderManWebOfShadows'', a videogame released in 2008, includes a line where Luke Cage defends his old costume on the grounds that it was designed the 70s - [[Comicbook/LukeCage which is true]], but one wonders how old it makes Luke.

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* Averted in ''Fanfic/XMen1970''. The original ''Uncanny Franchise/XMen'''s comic-book run lasted from 1963 to 1970. ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, [[ComicBook/JeanGrey Marvel Girl]], Angel, Beast and Iceman have been the X-Men for seven years, which is because they have become worn out.
* Averted in ''Fanfic/AForceOfFour''. Franchise/{{Superman}} and ComicBook/PowerGirl were rocketed from Krypton in 1916. Superman began his career in 1938, had been on Earth for 58 years when Power Girl landed in 1976 (the year of her debut in real life) and was seventy when he died in the Crisis.
* Subverted in ''Fanfic/AntiClicheAndMarySueEliminationSociety''. The Society's two-and-a-half year absence is because Divinity sent the entire Library Arcanum into stasis in Development Hell.
* Averted in ''Fanfic/ANewChanceSeries''. Unlike canon where he is still ten, Ash actually ages. He is eleven at the start of the story and is close to twelve. This actually fits quite well with the evidence canon presents on time progression.
* In ''Fanfic/TheQuestForTheHoleyGrail'', Harry and his friends still attend Hogwarts, despite logically being in their thirties.
* Downplayed in ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy'' and her companion fanfiction ''Fanfic/KaraOfRokyn''. Characters get older, but they age more slowly than in the real world. For example, ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} is fifteen in 1959, yet still she is twenty-nine in 1986.
* ''Fanfic/AllThingsProbableSeries'': While "A Friend In Darkness" took over four years to write, the events of the story occurred within a month.


This can prove harmful to characters that are tied to a certain time period. For example, since the 1980s, ComicBook/{{Magneto}}'s backstory and characterisation have been deeply tied to his status as a Holocaust survivor. This causes a particular type of aversion, the RefugeeFromTime where you just don't allow any SlidingTimescale at all or at least not for one character.

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This can prove harmful to characters that are tied to a certain time period. For example, since the 1980s, ComicBook/{{Magneto}}'s backstory and characterisation have been deeply tied to his status as a Holocaust survivor. This causes a particular type of aversion, the RefugeeFromTime where you just don't allow any SlidingTimescale Sliding Timescale at all or at least not for one character.

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* Defied in ''Fanfic/AmazingFantasy''. Peter makes a point that most superheroes, like regular people, get old. He and several of the other Avengers have been active since the 70s and have aged appropriately. Peter is an overweight father who's down on his luck and struggling to pay the bills. He's also one of the last "old guard" members of the Avengers, as the others have left, retired, or died.
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* William Brown of ''Just William'' is always eleven. He was eleven in the early stories between the wars. He was eleven during the stories set in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. In one, he says, "Mother, I don't seem to remember when there wasn't a war on." His mother replies, "Don't be silly, William, the war's been going on two years and you're eleven now." He was eleven when he celebrated V-E day. He was eleven when he tried to copy the pop stars he'd seen on colour TV. He experiences three birthdays during the books, none of them numerically identified.

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* William Brown of ''Just William'' ''Literature/JustWilliam'' is always eleven. He was eleven in the early stories between the wars. He was eleven during the stories set in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. In one, he says, "Mother, I don't seem to remember when there wasn't a war on." His mother replies, "Don't be silly, William, the war's been going on two years and you're eleven now." He was eleven when he celebrated V-E day. He was eleven when he tried to copy the pop stars he'd seen on colour TV. He experiences three birthdays during the books, none of them numerically identified.


** D.W. has also turned five and baby Kate was born and aged to around nine months to about a year, yet Arthur is still eight. Kate has shown signs of entering toddlerhood but it's unlikely Arthur will move up a grade as that'd remove Ratburn as a character and change the class structure. Eventually they did graduate in season 19 and Mr.Ratburn would move up to Grade 4 with them... Only to remain in the third grade for seasons 20 and 21.

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** D.W. has also turned five and baby Kate was born and aged to around nine months to about a year, yet Arthur is still eight. Kate has shown signs of entering toddlerhood but it's unlikely Arthur will move up a grade as that'd remove Ratburn as a character and change the class structure. Eventually they did graduate in season 19 and Mr. Ratburn would move up to Grade 4 with them... Only to remain in the third grade for seasons 20 and 21.


* In [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2007/comic/book-5/06-flashbacked/thefirstmovie/ this]] ''WebComic/{{Shortpacked}}'', Ethan considers some of the effects of Comic-Book Time with respect to Batman.

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* In [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2007/comic/book-5/06-flashbacked/thefirstmovie/ [[https://shortpacked.com/comic/the-first-movie this]] ''WebComic/{{Shortpacked}}'', Ethan considers some of the effects of Comic-Book Time with respect to Batman.


* The ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' series doesn't have its human characters age at all, despite each game usually opening with one of the characters mentioning that "years" have passed in-universe since the previous game. If IF and Compa were in their early teens when they met Neptune and Nepgear for the first time (as seen in a flashback in ''mk2''), they should be in their mid to late twenties as of ''VII'', yet they don't seem to have aged a day, if you ignore ArtEvolution. At least the [=CPUs=] have the excuse of canonically [[TheAgeless not aging]]. ''Victory'' features an AlternateUniverse where IF and Compa are aged through [[TimeSkip Time Skips]] from toddlers barely able to speak to about five or six to their usual [[VagueAge something-teen]] age, yet all the other human characters, like Abnes and Mr. Badd, remain the same age.

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* The ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' series doesn't have its human characters age at all, despite each game usually opening with one of the characters mentioning that "years" have passed in-universe since the previous game. If IF and Compa were in their early teens when they met Neptune and Nepgear for the first time (as seen in a flashback in ''mk2''), they should be in their mid to late twenties as of ''VII'', yet they don't seem to have aged a day, if you ignore ArtEvolution. At least the [=CPUs=] have the excuse of canonically [[TheAgeless not aging]]. ''Victory'' features an AlternateUniverse where IF and Compa are aged through [[TimeSkip Time Skips]] from toddlers barely able to speak to about five or six to their usual [[VagueAge something-teen]] age, yet all the other human characters, like Abnes and Mr. Badd, remain the same age.age, although Abnes is [[HandWave Hand Waved]] by Anonydeath claiming she's OlderThanSheLooks.

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** This only becomes weirder when you consider that Mario and [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Donkey Kong]] [[SharedUniverse share a universe]] and that Donkey Kong and crew ''do'' age. The "original VideoGame/DonkeyKong" that Mario fought in his debut game has been confirmed to in fact be Cranky Kong, Donkey Kong's ''grandfather'', which means that the very-clearly-a-child Donkey Kong Jr. from the old arcade games has an adult son now even though his enemy is still in his twenties.


** After over 20 years of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime episodes, Ash Ketchum is (according to the official Japanese site) ''still'' 10 years old. On a 1:1 basis, he'd be 31 as of 2018. At an estimate, in order to still be 10 years old, out of over 1000 episodes, he'd need to be going through ''at the very least'' 2-3 episodes every ''day''. To make things even worse, [[DubInducedPlotHole in the dub]], they've acknowledged that a year or more has passed more than once.[[note]]Most of Japan's equivalent lines merely make reference to "a long time", but Ash and Pikachu celebrating an "anniversary" in Johto; plus Iris and Cilan getting onboard a Bullet Train that was referenced as under construction around the time of that "anniversary" makes the ambiguity quite dubious.[[/note]] Apparently, time passes but nobody ages.

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** After over 20 years of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime episodes, Ash Ketchum is (according to the official Japanese site) ''still'' 10 years old. On a 1:1 basis, he'd be 31 32 as of 2018. 2019. At an estimate, in order to still be 10 years old, out of over 1000 episodes, he'd need to be going through ''at the very least'' 2-3 3-4 episodes every ''day''. To make things even worse, [[DubInducedPlotHole in the dub]], they've acknowledged that a year or more has passed more than once.[[note]]Most of Japan's equivalent lines merely make reference to "a long time", but Ash and Pikachu celebrating an "anniversary" in Johto; plus Iris and Cilan getting onboard a Bullet Train that was referenced as under construction around the time of that "anniversary" makes the ambiguity quite dubious.[[/note]] Apparently, time passes but nobody ages.



** In the first half-hour episode where the family gets Santa's Little Helper, Marge writes in a letter to her family that Maggie had taken her first steps, though she still fell down every so often. Maggie's been learning how to walk for more than ''twenty years''.

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** In the first half-hour episode where the family gets Santa's Little Helper, Marge writes in a letter to her family that Maggie had taken her first steps, though she still fell down every so often. Maggie's been learning how to walk for more than ''twenty ''thirty years''.

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