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Remember, this trope only covers characters who aren't impossibly old, just much older than they look. For characters who are impossibly old, see Really700YearsOld and TimeAbyss.

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Compare MistakenAge, AgeInappropriateDress. Contrast AnimationAnatomyAging.

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* Cheapened example in [[Wrestling/ColtCabana Matt Classic]], a cryogenic experiment from the 1950s revived in the super secret bunker that Wrestling/WrestlingSocietyX takes place in.
* Thunderkitty was at least seventy years old while she looked no older than a woman in her twenties, having debuted in 1952. Dave Prazak insists such a thing is impossible but his Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} broadcast partner Portia Perez insists it's true, based on the "fact" no one born in this day and age would consciously choose to dress like Thunderkitty.
* Wrestling/{{Layla}}, the 2006 Diva Search winner, was the longest-tenured diva on the WWE roster with the retirement of Wrestling/BethPhoenix in 2012, up until her own retirement in 2015. By then, she was almost ''forty'' but looked like she hadn't aged a day since she first arrived in the WWE. [[https://twitter.com/mslayel/status/617737088104972288 Some say she looked even better.]]
* Wrestling/AJLee is now in her early thirties (born in 1987) but could easily pass off for early twenties.
* Wrestling/BookerT, born in 1965, looks like most men their mid-to-late thirties at the most.
* Japanese pro wrestler Cherry (no, not the one that was in Wrestling/{{WWE}}) had a gimmick where, when questioned about her age, would claim she was "Forever 18". However she eventually lost a match where she would be forced to show her passport and thus reveal her true age: turns out she was born on May 14, 1974... 37 going on 38! Twenty years older than what she was billed at, yet looking far, FAR closer to her gimmick age.
* Wrestling/MickFoley is now past 50 (born in June 1965) and, apart from his greying beard and occasionally shorter hair, still looks the same as he did in the Attitude Era (though he was [[YoungerThanHeLooks younger than he looked]] back then.) His well-being, on the other hand...
* Wrestling/TerryFunk is over twenty years older than Mick Foley, having been born in 1944. Nonetheless, even in [[http://ilarge.lisimg.com/image/9424618/768full-terry-funk.jpg his seventies]], he still looks pretty much the same as he did in the [[http://static0.thesportsterimages.com/cdn/864/857/90/cw/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Terry-Funk.png mid 90s]]. Amazing when you consider that, after all he's put his body through (past and present), he should've been dead years ago.
* Former [[Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling AJW]] star [[http://i.imgur.com/VXmpn.jpg Mimi Hagiwara]] (on the right). 56 years old but you'd easily think she's at ''least'' 15 years younger.
* Wrestling/{{Kane}} is now 51 (born in April 1967), but looks at least ten years younger.
* This is [[http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/Bios/lynn_jerry_ecw.jpg Jerry Lynn in the old ECW]] (circa late-90s to early 2000s). And this is [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b6/Jerry_Lynn_CHIKARA.jpg Jerry Lynn in 2012.]] Aside from the lack of facial hair, he doesn't look much different than he was a little more than a decade ago. Can you believe that, as of 2013, Jerry Lynn's ''50?''
* Apart from his shorter hair, Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage, who is now 62 (born in 1956), looks pretty much the same as he did in Wrestling/{{WCW}}. Though he was already in his forties when he got his main event push.
* Wrestling/{{Sting}} was 37 when he transitioned to Crow Sting, 47 when he debuted in TNA, and 55 when he debuted in WWE. In all instances, he looked at least 5 years younger. (The face paint does hide most of the wrinkles.) He's an aversion now thanks to his receding hairline though.
* Does [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0b/Lilian_Garcia.jpg Lilian Garcia]] look like a 50-year-old woman?
* Wrestling/TheYoungBucks have been wrestling since 2004, were born in 1985 (Matt) and 1989 (Nick), and have both gotten married to womanly wives and become fathers. But if you saw Matt and Nick Jackson on the streets of Hesperia, California without first knowing who they are, you'd probably mistake them for high school kids about to attend a rave.
* When the Young Bucks met Wrestling/RingOfHonor's "elder statesman" Caprice Coleman, Matt Jackson refused to believe he was thirty-three and continually refused to believe he could be that old as Coleman turned thirty-eight.
* Wrestling/{{Rhyno}} has looked pretty much the same for the last [[http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/pictures/r/rhyno/02.jpg 15]] plus [[http://www.pwpix.net/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/rhyno-27231888-620x400.jpg years.]]
* The Wrestling/BellaTwins are both in their early 30's and look 21.
* Wrestling/ChrisJericho was born in 1970, [[https://i.ytimg.com/vi/9EI0qIlfaN4/maxresdefault.jpg making him 45 in this picture.]] Yes, really.
* [[Wrestling/SeanWaltman Sean 'X-Pac' Waltman]] just never seems to [[http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag61/FrankieM575/Wrestling/Sean%20Waltman/X-Pac1999_zpscc8ff6dd.jpg look]] any [[http://www.pwmania.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/sean-waltman.jpg older.]] (Amazing when you remember that he is a former crystal meth addict.)
* Former WWE Diva [[Wrestling/TerriRunnels Terri "Marlena" Runnels]] still looks insanely gorgeous at nearly 50 years old.
* "The Mouth of The South" Wrestling/JimmyHart looks pretty much the same now as he did during his heyday in the 1980s, aside from a few extra wrinkles.
* WWE referee Charles Robinson is in his mid-fifties (born in 1964), but looks pretty much the same [[http://wrestlingnews.co/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Charles-Robinson.jpg now]] as he did during his days in [[http://img.comc.com/i/Wrestling/1999/Topps-WCWnWo-Nitro-Authentic-Signatures/CHRO/Charles-Robinson.jpg?id=dd31c515-b765-44e8-bc68-0365ad2e0aa3&size=zoom WCW]].
* Wrestling/AshleyMassaro is in her late thirties and actually looks better than she did when she was in her twenties. (As she was underweight before she left due to her stint on ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' making her breast implants look oversized. Now she's gained the weight back and aging has made her look more natural now).
* Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin in [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/84/49/22/844922ac8157f2abf80947dbbd0ef4b8.jpg 1999]] aged 34. Stone Cold Steve Austin [[http://cdn1.thecomeback.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/stone-cold-steve-austin.jpg now]] aged 52. See much of a difference?
* Wrestling/RonKillings just flat out doesn't age. [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/prowrestling/images/7/73/54_K-Kwik_1.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20100614004241 Here]] he is during his fist WWE run as K-Kwik in 2001, and [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/42/40/1c/42401c25fe12dc59b0d639bcb37bcdc4.jpg here]] he is in his current run as R-Truth.
* Even despite her muscular frame, Wrestling/AlexaBliss looks like a young teenager even though she's well into her twenties, primarily due to her being barely five feet tall. Parodied on Sasha Banks's Facebook photo of Alexa.
--> '''Fan:''' Do you know if Alexa's seeing anyone?
--> '''Sasha:'''[[note]]who is several months ''younger'' than Bliss[[/note]] Dude, she's like twelve.
* Wrestling/ShinsukeNakamura and Wrestling/KanakoUrai are both pushing 40. Neither of them look or perform like wrestlers nearing the age at which most wrestlers have already ''retired.''
* Wrestling/AJStyles is in his 40s now, yet he looks and moves like a man 15 years his junior.
* [[Wrestling/JerryLawler Jerry "The King" Lawler]] doesn't look like a man who's pushing seventy. [[http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Jerry+Lawler+WWE+Superstars+Sandy+Relief+XoG1lG4WDL_l.jpg Early fifties tops]]. Though, he's clearly had some work done.
* Gray hair aside, Wrestling/KevinNash, who is pushing 60, has hardly aged since WCW and can easily pass for about two decades younger [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-k_918EJ8Uf8/TpaxFaBjC3I/AAAAAAAAJ8E/SXtY91ZUxrE/s400/diesel-wwe-legend-sports-fashion-5.jpg when he colors his hair]]. Though he has racked up a ton of injuries to compensate.
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* "The Mouth of The South" JimmyHart looks pretty much the same now as he did during his heyday in the 1980s, aside from a few extra wrinkles.

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* "The Mouth of The South" JimmyHart Wrestling/JimmyHart looks pretty much the same now as he did during his heyday in the 1980s, aside from a few extra wrinkles.


* Wrestling/AJLee is in her late 20's but could easily pass off for 17.
* Wrestling/BookerT at fifty plus years old looks like most men their mid-to-late thirties at the most.

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* Wrestling/AJLee is now in her late 20's early thirties (born in 1987) but could easily pass off for 17.
early twenties.
* Wrestling/BookerT at fifty plus years old Wrestling/BookerT, born in 1965, looks like most men their mid-to-late thirties at the most.



* Wrestling/MickFoley is now 50 (born in June 1965) and, apart from his greying beard and occasionally shorter hair, still looks the same as he did in the Attitude Era (though he was [[YoungerThanHeLooks younger than he looked]] back then.) His well-being, on the other hand...
* Wrestling/TerryFunk is over twenty years older than Mick Foley at [[http://ilarge.lisimg.com/image/9424618/768full-terry-funk.jpg 71]], yet he still looks pretty much the same as he did in the [[http://static0.thesportsterimages.com/cdn/864/857/90/cw/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Terry-Funk.png mid 90s]]. Amazing when you consider that, after all he's put his body through (past and present), he should've been dead years ago.

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* Wrestling/MickFoley is now past 50 (born in June 1965) and, apart from his greying beard and occasionally shorter hair, still looks the same as he did in the Attitude Era (though he was [[YoungerThanHeLooks younger than he looked]] back then.) His well-being, on the other hand...
* Wrestling/TerryFunk is over twenty years older than Mick Foley at Foley, having been born in 1944. Nonetheless, even in [[http://ilarge.lisimg.com/image/9424618/768full-terry-funk.jpg 71]], yet his seventies]], he still looks pretty much the same as he did in the [[http://static0.thesportsterimages.com/cdn/864/857/90/cw/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Terry-Funk.png mid 90s]]. Amazing when you consider that, after all he's put his body through (past and present), he should've been dead years ago.



* Wrestling/{{Kane}} is 50, but looks at least ten years younger.

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* Wrestling/{{Kane}} is 50, now 51 (born in April 1967), but looks at least ten years younger.



* Apart from his shorter hair, Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage, who is now 61, looks pretty much the same as he did in Wrestling/{{WCW}}. Though he was already in his forties when he got his main event push.

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* Apart from his shorter hair, Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage, who is now 61, 62 (born in 1956), looks pretty much the same as he did in Wrestling/{{WCW}}. Though he was already in his forties when he got his main event push.



* Wrestling/TheYoungBucks are eleven-year wrestling veterans, 30 and 26 years old respectively, have both gotten married to womanly wives, and one's become a father. But if you saw Matt and Nick Jackson on the streets of Hesperia, California without first knowing who they are, you'd probably mistake them for high school kids about to attend a rave.
* When the Young Bucks met Wrestling/RingOfHonor's "elders statesman" Caprice Coleman, Matt Jackson refused to believe he was thirty-three and continually refused to believe he could be that old as Coleman turned thirty-eight.

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* Wrestling/TheYoungBucks are eleven-year have been wrestling veterans, 30 since 2004, were born in 1985 (Matt) and 26 years old respectively, 1989 (Nick), and have both gotten married to womanly wives, wives and one's become a father.fathers. But if you saw Matt and Nick Jackson on the streets of Hesperia, California without first knowing who they are, you'd probably mistake them for high school kids about to attend a rave.
* When the Young Bucks met Wrestling/RingOfHonor's "elders "elder statesman" Caprice Coleman, Matt Jackson refused to believe he was thirty-three and continually refused to believe he could be that old as Coleman turned thirty-eight.



* [[Wrestling/SeanWaltman Sean 'X-Pac' Waltman]] just never seems to [[http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag61/FrankieM575/Wrestling/Sean%20Waltman/X-Pac1999_zpscc8ff6dd.jpg look]] any [[http://www.pwmania.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/sean-waltman.jpg older.]] (Amazing when you remember that he is a former crystal meth addict)

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* [[Wrestling/SeanWaltman Sean 'X-Pac' Waltman]] just never seems to [[http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag61/FrankieM575/Wrestling/Sean%20Waltman/X-Pac1999_zpscc8ff6dd.jpg look]] any [[http://www.pwmania.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/sean-waltman.jpg older.]] (Amazing when you remember that he is a former crystal meth addict)addict.)



* WWE referee Charles Robinson is 52, but looks pretty much the same [[http://wrestlingnews.co/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Charles-Robinson.jpg now]] as he did during his days in [[http://img.comc.com/i/Wrestling/1999/Topps-WCWnWo-Nitro-Authentic-Signatures/CHRO/Charles-Robinson.jpg?id=dd31c515-b765-44e8-bc68-0365ad2e0aa3&size=zoom WCW]].

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* WWE referee Charles Robinson is 52, in his mid-fifties (born in 1964), but looks pretty much the same [[http://wrestlingnews.co/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Charles-Robinson.jpg now]] as he did during his days in [[http://img.comc.com/i/Wrestling/1999/Topps-WCWnWo-Nitro-Authentic-Signatures/CHRO/Charles-Robinson.jpg?id=dd31c515-b765-44e8-bc68-0365ad2e0aa3&size=zoom WCW]].


* Wrestling/RonKillings just flat out doesn't age. [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/prowrestling/images/7/73/54_K-Kwik_1.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20100614004241 Here]] he is during his fist WWE run as K-Kwik in 2001, and [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/42/40/1c/42401c25fe12dc59b0d639bcb37bcdc4.jpg here]] he is in his current run.

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* Wrestling/RonKillings just flat out doesn't age. [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/prowrestling/images/7/73/54_K-Kwik_1.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20100614004241 Here]] he is during his fist WWE run as K-Kwik in 2001, and [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/42/40/1c/42401c25fe12dc59b0d639bcb37bcdc4.jpg here]] he is in his current run.run as R-Truth.


* Wrestling/RTruth just flat out doesn't age. [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/prowrestling/images/7/73/54_K-Kwik_1.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20100614004241 Here]] he is during his fist WWE run as K-Kwik in 2001, and [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/42/40/1c/42401c25fe12dc59b0d639bcb37bcdc4.jpg here]] he is in his current run.

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* Wrestling/RTruth Wrestling/RonKillings just flat out doesn't age. [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/prowrestling/images/7/73/54_K-Kwik_1.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20100614004241 Here]] he is during his fist WWE run as K-Kwik in 2001, and [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/42/40/1c/42401c25fe12dc59b0d639bcb37bcdc4.jpg here]] he is in his current run.


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* In real life, the lack of heavy makeup (for women) or facial hair (for men) and a youthful clothing style can make a person appear much younger than they actually are.
* The eternal question "Why do Asians look so young?" While not all Asians are older than they look, of course, in general they are still much more youthful-looking compared to people of other continents such as Europe, Africa or America. This is explained as Asians having a different diet, smaller builts and various other reasons.
** Particularly in Vietnam, many university/college students are mistaken for being a few years younger than they really are, due to being short, thin and baby-faced.
* Music/MichaelJackson. In his younger days (the Jackson Five era), he looked actually a little older for his age, but became more and more youthful as time went on, to the point of being able to pass for a highschooler in his ''Bad'' short film, when he was actually ''29''.

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