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* The main characters of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' are treated as teenagers, and in their less wacky moments usually act like them (though it fluctuates). But never Dizzy Devil or Elmyra, who, despite being in the same class as the other characters, both consistently act far younger than they ought to (which [[KavorkaMan doesn't stop Dizzy from having multiple attractive human girlfriends]].)


* Most early LongRunner TV shows where a kid main character's actor outgrew the original premise, most infamously the 1950s TV series based on ''DennisTheMenaceUS''; contemporary ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' was another case. Writers and showrunners accustomed to radio (where, as in animation, children were often voiced by adult women) had a learning curve to deal with.

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* Most early LongRunner TV shows where a kid main character's actor outgrew the original premise, most infamously the 1950s TV series based on ''DennisTheMenaceUS''; ''ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS''; contemporary ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' was another case. Writers and showrunners accustomed to radio (where, as in animation, children were often voiced by adult women) had a learning curve to deal with.


** Main Branch: At age 14 Iori carries a stuffed bunny wherever she goes, although said bunny makes less appearances in the 2nd Vision games after she turns 15, Yayoi is [[IncorruptiblePurePureness very]] [[ThePollyanna innocent]] and acts more like a grade schooler than a 13/14 year old, at the age of 12 Ami and Mami thought that receiving a reply from a letter to Santa is definitive proof of his existence, Chihaya is implied to still believe in Santa at age 15 (it's possible she was just teasing, [[{{Fanon}} but fandom ran with it]]), and 17 ([[ManChild later 18]]) year old Takane enjoys shows intended for preschoolers, [[CloudCuckooLander although this is treated as unusual]].

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** Main Branch: At age 14 Iori carries a stuffed bunny wherever she goes, although said bunny makes less appearances in the 2nd Vision games after she turns 15, Yayoi is [[IncorruptiblePurePureness very]] [[ThePollyanna innocent]] and acts more like a grade schooler than a 13/14 year old, at the age of 12 Ami and Mami thought that receiving a reply from a letter to Santa is definitive proof of his existence, 16 year old Yukiho still believes in Santa and 15 year old Chihaya is also implied to still believe in Santa at age 15 (it's possible she was just teasing, [[{{Fanon}} but fandom ran with it]]), as well, and 17 ([[ManChild later 18]]) year old Takane enjoys shows intended for preschoolers, [[CloudCuckooLander although this is treated as unusual]].

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* ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster''
** Main Branch: At age 14 Iori carries a stuffed bunny wherever she goes, although said bunny makes less appearances in the 2nd Vision games after she turns 15, Yayoi is [[IncorruptiblePurePureness very]] [[ThePollyanna innocent]] and acts more like a grade schooler than a 13/14 year old, at the age of 12 Ami and Mami thought that receiving a reply from a letter to Santa is definitive proof of his existence, Chihaya is implied to still believe in Santa at age 15 (it's possible she was just teasing, [[{{Fanon}} but fandom ran with it]]), and 17 ([[ManChild later 18]]) year old Takane enjoys shows intended for preschoolers, [[CloudCuckooLander although this is treated as unusual]].
** ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls Cinderella Girls]]'': Chika Yokoyama genuinely believes Usako, Arisu's puppet, is really alive and talking. Chika is 9.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmasterSideM SideM]]'': Pierre is 15 but much like Yayoi is incredibly innocent and naive for his age. Kanon acts excessively cutesy for a 9 year old boy and like Iori is often seen with a stuffed bunny, but this may just be because he's InTouchWithHisFeminineSide.


** Luan is 14 years old yet has a fondness for puns, pranks, clowns, novelty toys, and comedy in general.

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** Luan is 14 years old yet has a fondness for puns, pranks, clowns, novelty toys, and childlike comedy in general.



* At age nine, the kids from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' still believe in cooties.
** In the episode "Bonky Fever," Mikey becomes obsessed with Bonky the Dragon (a parody to Barney), and starts to act more and more childish as time goes on. This includes crying like a baby after getting gently tapped with a dodge ball, throwing a temper tantrum in the cafeteria after the lunch lady refused to give him an extra pudding for his Bonky doll, and asking T.J. to walk him to the bathroom so he can "go potty." This is because he's turning ten, and he's starting to realize that GrowingUpSucks.

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* At age nine, In the kids from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' still believe in cooties.
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episode "Bonky Fever," Mikey becomes obsessed with Bonky the Dragon (a parody to Barney), and starts to act more and more childish as time goes on. This includes crying like a baby after getting gently tapped with a dodge ball, throwing a temper tantrum in the cafeteria after the lunch lady refused to give him an extra pudding for his Bonky doll, and asking T.J. to walk him to the bathroom so he can "go potty." This is because he's turning ten, and he's starting to realize that GrowingUpSucks.


** In the episode "Bonky Fever," Mikey becomes obsessed with Bonky the Dragon (a parody to Barney), and starts to act more and more childish as time goes on. This includes crying like a baby after getting gently tapped with a dodge ball, throwing a temper tantrum in the cafeteria after the lunch lady refused to give him an extra pudding for his Bonky doll, and asking T.J. to walk him to the bathroom so he can "go potty."

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** In the episode "Bonky Fever," Mikey becomes obsessed with Bonky the Dragon (a parody to Barney), and starts to act more and more childish as time goes on. This includes crying like a baby after getting gently tapped with a dodge ball, throwing a temper tantrum in the cafeteria after the lunch lady refused to give him an extra pudding for his Bonky doll, and asking T.J. to walk him to the bathroom so he can "go potty."" This is because he's turning ten, and he's starting to realize that GrowingUpSucks.


* ''Film/SmallSoldiers'': Gregory is about 13 or 14 years old yet is apparently still interested in action figures.


* This is intentionally done with Jughead from ''ComicBook/ArchieComics''. He's rather immature for a teenager his age. He even mentioned in the 40s radio show he was fond of ''Howdy Doody'', which was aimed at kids almost ten years his junior. His immaturity was originally shown off by his hat - in the early 20th century young boys would often cut up their father's old fedoras - however the fact has been lost by audiences over the years. Many think it's similar to a Burger King crown though, which has a similar effect.

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* This is intentionally done with Jughead from ''ComicBook/ArchieComics''. He's rather immature for a teenager his age. He even mentioned in [[Radio/TheAdventuresOfArchieAndrews the 40s radio show show]] that he was fond of ''Howdy Doody'', which was aimed at kids almost ten years his junior. His immaturity was originally shown off by his hat - in the early 20th century young boys would often cut up their father's old fedoras - however the fact has been lost by audiences over the years. Many think it's similar to a Burger King crown though, which has a similar effect.



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* One ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' commercial had a elementary-school-aged girl who was obsessed with and kept talking about the show, which was supposed to be for preschoolers.

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* One ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' commercial had a an elementary-school-aged girl who was obsessed with and kept talking about the show, which was supposed to be for preschoolers.



* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'': Kagura zigzag this trope. She is fourteen, but how mature she is seem to vary depending on the situation. She is usually very childish, often hanging around with the neighbourhood children and playing games like bug catching and beetle fights with them, and early in the the show she seemed to be extremely naïve and gullible (though, that one might be because she just arrived on earth and did'nt knew anything about the planet), but other times she act her age, and is seen hanging out with other girls the same age. And then there are those times when things get really serious and she can act surprisingly focused, determined and level-headed for a 14 years old .

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* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'': Kagura zigzag this trope. She is fourteen, but how mature she is seem to vary depending on the situation. She is usually very childish, often hanging around with the neighbourhood children and playing games like bug catching and beetle fights with them, and early in the the show she seemed to be extremely naïve and gullible (though, that one might be because she just arrived on earth and did'nt knew didn't know anything about the planet), but other times she act her age, and is seen hanging out with other girls the same age. And then there are those times when things get really serious and she can act surprisingly focused, determined and level-headed for a 14 years old .



* In the ''Literature/ConfessionsOfGeorgiaNicolson'' series, Georgia's younger sister Libby could qualify as this as she does not age along with Georgia though she should be about six by the end of the series. She still isn't toilet-trained, speaks only in toddler-gibberish, still uses a pushchair and her social skills only extend to shouting embarassing things at passersby and cheerfully torturing her male "fwends" at nursery school with make-up and garden implements.

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* In the ''Literature/ConfessionsOfGeorgiaNicolson'' series, Georgia's younger sister Libby could qualify as this as she does not age along with Georgia though she should be about six by the end of the series. She still isn't toilet-trained, speaks only in toddler-gibberish, still uses a pushchair and her social skills only extend to shouting embarassing embarrassing things at passersby and cheerfully torturing her male "fwends" at nursery school with make-up and garden implements.



* In ''VideoGame/EnsembleStars'', Tori looks and acts [[OlderThanTheyLook much younger than he is]], but at least that's part of a deliberate cutesey act for him. Mitsuru, on the other hand, just naturally acts more like a primary schooler than the 15 to 16 year old he is in canon. It says something when he sees Tomoya and Hajime as an older brother [[DudeLooksLikeALady and sister]] when even they come across as younger than they really should.

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* In ''VideoGame/EnsembleStars'', Tori looks and acts [[OlderThanTheyLook much younger than he is]], but at least that's part of a deliberate cutesey cutesy act for him. Mitsuru, on the other hand, just naturally acts more like a primary schooler than the 15 to 16 year old he is in canon. It says something when he sees Tomoya and Hajime as an older brother [[DudeLooksLikeALady and sister]] when even they come across as younger than they really should.


* Tita Russell from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'', not so much for her behavior (though she still has her moments of immaturity), but rather, the way the other characters treat her. She's 12, and a GadgeteerGenius prodigy at that, but all of the characters talk to her in an almost condescending way like they would a much younger child, including Estelle and Joshua, who are only four years older than her!

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* Tita Russell from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'', not so much for her behavior (though she still has her moments of immaturity), but rather, the way the other characters treat her. She's 12, and a GadgeteerGenius prodigy at that, but all of the characters talk to her in an almost condescending way like they would a much younger child, including Estelle and Joshua, who are only four years older than her!her! This forms a substantial part of her CharacterDevelopment, as being treated like a kid frustrates her to no end, and she takes on increasing responsibility and danger to prove to the competent adults that she can pull her own weight with the best of them.


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This can be a little TruthInTelevision for some, since not everybody acts as mature or shares the same interests as others. In most cases, the kid in question has not had a conventional upbringing (i.e. they're orphans, home-schooled, have a disorder/disability etc.), which causes them to have a naive outlook. Despite the endearing concept, this is unfortunately quite possibly the most societally rejected label of teenage culture, as there is little tolerance to be found for the mentally challenged population behind closed doors. Most of the children on this trope usually end up somewhere on the Autism Spectrum Disorder--UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome especially--which ''wouldn't'' be so bad if adults just opened their eyes and realized that some people are different and prefer to be treated equally(!!!) Thankfully enough, PeripheryDemographic has shed some light on this trope.

Can be a side-effect of CompetenceZone. Contrast WiseBeyondTheirYears. Related to MenaceDecay. When it's an ''adult'' behaving younger than their stated age, it's ManChild and/or OneOfTheKids.

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This can be a little TruthInTelevision for some, since not everybody acts as mature or shares the same interests as others. In most cases, the kid in question has not had a conventional upbringing (i.e. they're orphans, home-schooled, have a disorder/disability etc.), which causes them to have a naive outlook. Despite the endearing concept, this is unfortunately quite possibly the most societally rejected label of teenage culture, as there is little tolerance to be found for the mentally challenged population behind closed doors. Most of the children on this trope usually end up somewhere on the Autism Spectrum Disorder--UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome especially--which ''wouldn't'' be so bad if adults just opened their eyes and realized that some people are different and prefer to be treated equally(!!!) equally. Thankfully enough, PeripheryDemographic has shed some light on this trope.

Can be a side-effect of CompetenceZone. Contrast WiseBeyondTheirYears.WiseBeyondTheirYears and ActingYourIntellectualAge. Related to MenaceDecay. When it's an ''adult'' behaving younger than their stated age, it's ManChild and/or OneOfTheKids.


This can be a little TruthInTelevision for some, since not everybody acts as mature or shares the same interests as others. In most cases, the kid in question has not had a conventional upbringing (i.e. they're orphans, home-schooled etc.), which causes them to have a naive outlook.

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This can be a little TruthInTelevision for some, since not everybody acts as mature or shares the same interests as others. In most cases, the kid in question has not had a conventional upbringing (i.e. they're orphans, home-schooled home-schooled, have a disorder/disability etc.), which causes them to have a naive outlook.
outlook. Despite the endearing concept, this is unfortunately quite possibly the most societally rejected label of teenage culture, as there is little tolerance to be found for the mentally challenged population behind closed doors. Most of the children on this trope usually end up somewhere on the Autism Spectrum Disorder--UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome especially--which ''wouldn't'' be so bad if adults just opened their eyes and realized that some people are different and prefer to be treated equally(!!!) Thankfully enough, PeripheryDemographic has shed some light on this trope.

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* Tita Russell from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'', not so much for her behavior (though she still has her moments of immaturity), but rather, the way the other characters treat her. She's 12, and a GadgeteerGenius prodigy at that, but all of the characters talk to her in an almost condescending way like they would a much younger child, including Estelle and Joshua, who are only four years older than her!


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