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  • Advanced V.G.: Manami is such an extreme example, that her age (16) is practically an Informed Attribute, because she physically looks, sounds, dresses, and acts more like she's 10.
  • In ArnoSurge, Cass looks like a child, but is actually older than 20. Same goes for Sarly, who looks even younger than Cass, but is actually older than her. It's explained that they stopped aging due to "Artificial Incarnation".
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  • Ezio Auditore is 48 by the end of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. Although Cesare calls attention to it, calling him an "old fucker", he doesn't really look the part. Revelations fixed this by giving the now 52-year-old Assassin plenty of grey in his hair and noticeable wrinkles. Not that it's slowed him down at all.
  • In Atelier Escha & Logy, Lucille Ernella looks like a young child and is your Token Mini-Moe of the game, but is actually 14 years old according to the anime. This BTW, is only a year younger than the Escha, one of the game's two main protagonists.
  • An important plot twist in Betrayal at Krondor. An NPC you keep running into all over the map — Squire Philip — looks no older than 20, while he really is close to 40. Prince Arutha appointed him a head of a secret force guarding the kingdom's most dangerous secret. Even Arutha's most trusted officers are surprised when they learn that.
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  • Due to the setting of The Caligula Effect, while all the characters appear to be high school age, quite a few are older. Some of them are more drastic than others; for instance, Mifue is 17 instead of 16, but Shogo and Kotono are adults (30 and 23 years old, respectively), and Kensuke is 19 years old.
  • Joe Kucan, the actor that played Kane in cutscenes for the Command & Conquer: Tiberian Series. In over the 15 years of the original storyline, he looks almost exactly the same as he did between 1995 (Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn) and 2010 (Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight).
  • Its revealed that Meu's appearance in Cross Edge is her younger self 20 years ago, since everyone in the story is in soul form, not actual physical bodies.
  • Cuphead has the titular character and his brother Mugman, who look so cute and adorable, but don't let their size or their childish looks fool you: It's been confirmed by Evan Skolnick that both Cuphead and Mugman are adolescents, or teens, which is pretty likely that they've started their puberty by the time the game begins.note 
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  • Cyber Grannies: Despite being called "grannies," many of the titular Cyber Grannies don't look that old. They don't have any wrinkles, and some don't even have gray or white hair.
  • In Cyberpunk 2077, several of the characters (most notably the Arasaka family) from the original Cyberpunk tabletop RPG (set in 2020) are still around and look mostly middle-aged despite being over 50 years later. In their case, it's justified that being in relatively prestigious positions they're able to afford the cybernetics and treatments that extend their lifespans. Outside of the Arasaka family, there's Rogue, who's about 70-80, but outside of her long, grey hair and some wrinkles, she could pass for 50. There's also Kerry Eurodyne, who's in about the same age bracket as Rogue, but looks even younger (about mid-to-late thirties) and is a romance option for male V, who is canonically 27. Other members of the band Samurai also look anywhere from thirty to fifty, despite also being 70-80.
  • Dead or Alive has Marie Rose, who's officially 18 but looks much younger because she has an Elegant Gothic Lolita aesthetic, Genki Girl mannerisms, and a bustline that isn't completely ridiculous. This is arguably part of why Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 isn't getting released in America by Koei Tecmo.
    • A much more minor example in Dead or Alive 6 with the addition of NiCO. She's officially 18 years old, but looks closer to 16.
  • Death end re;Quest has Rin Asukaze who, at 32 years old, is the oldest character in the game with a confirmed age. At one point, she convincingly passes herself off as an elementary school student. Even with her glasses and stern looks, Rin looks only slightly older than resident Token Mini-Moe party member Al...who herself is initially assumed to be 10 years old by the protagonists, but states that she is actually fifteen.
  • Devil May Cry:
    • While Dante managed to invert this trope in the third game, he fully plays it straight in the fourth game as Word of God confirms he’s close to 40 years old but, much like his inspiration Leon Kennedy, apart from some Perma-Stubble he could easily pass for a man in his 20s. Averted in the fifth game as Dante finally looks his age at 43 being more scraggly looking, with fans even joking that Dante is a crazy old geezer.
    • V in Devil May Cry 5 looks like a young man around Nero's age but he acts and talks like he's someone much older. It's telling that he calls Nero "boy" and "child" many times. This is explained and subverted as V is actually Vergil's Soul Jar and ironically is much younger than Nero being only a month and 2 days old.
    • Speaking of Vergil, despite him being the same age as Dante as his twin (though technically he popped out of Eva first), by the time of DMC5, he looks comparatively a good deal younger than Dante. This probably justified due to his composite selves (V and Urizen) combining to restore his body that was ruined after DMC3 thanks to Mundus torturing him.
    • Lady is stated to be only a year younger than Dante and Vergil. At 42, she looks like she's only in her late 20s, maybe her early 30s, in DMC5.
  • While most demons in Disgaea are definitely in the category of Really 700 Years Old, there is one "mundane" example in Yukimaru, who is 20 years old but looks rather younger.
    • Taken to a very ridiculous degree in regards to demons through 10,000-year-old Majolene in Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny, who turned into a young Magical Girl due to using the Legendary Witch Wand, and she's stuck that way, much to her chagrin.
  • Donkey Kong Country: Both Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong are this in post-Rare installments. They're both teenagers but their less anthropomorphic designs compared to some other Kongs makes them look quite young. Dixie is the most noticeable. She looks nothing like the more humanoid Candy or Tiny. Tiny, who is Dixie's younger sister, was given an aged up redesign in the 2000s and is currently a teenager, yet Dixie doesn't look any older than before.
  • In a more minor example, Loghain can appear in Dragon Age: Inquisition if he survived the events of Dragon Age: Origins. The game is set in 9:42 Dragon, and Loghain was old enough to join the Fereldan Army and become its general before the start of the Dragon Age (42 years earlier). He has to be at least 60, yet he still doesn't have as much as a gray hair, and otherwise looks to be in his late 40s or early 50s.
    • This seems to have hit most of the returning characters as well, who show little to no obvious signs of aging the decade or more between appearances. Special mention to Cassandra who looks to be somewhere in her 20s, but her real age is somewhere in the realm of late 30s to early 40s. She never mentions a number, but casually admits that she hasn't been a "young" woman for a good while.
    • Meanwhile, Leliana was born shortly after the Orlesian occupation of Ferelden meaning she is probably in her late 30s as well.
    • Vivienne is also implied to be an example. There are no indicators of her age besides appearance and it is noted that she was voted First Enchanter of Montsimmard at an age "young enough to cause scandal". When the party meets the Nightmare demon, it taunts Vivienne with the claim that the real reason she is so desperate to restore the old Circle system is because she's too old to build up her power base in a new system. Instead of brushing it off with some quip like she does all other insults, she angrily orders the rest of the party not to say a word.
    • There's also Hawke who doesn't age at all through 7 years of the game! Especially true for their default appearances where they continue to look to be in their early to mid 20s the whole time, it's even carried into Inquisition where they would have been ten years older than when they started the game.
  • Dragon Quest:
    • Dragon Quest V: The Hero and his bride were turned into statues for ten years, for which they look like 18-year-olds even though they are in their late twenties.
    • Dragon Quest XI
      • Veronica is the party's resident child-sized Black Mage, but she only looks like a child because she was cursed shortly before you meet her. She's actually as old as her White Mage twin sister, Serena (who is an adult woman).
      • Grand Master Pang is old enough to be Rab's teacher and yet looks like she's in her twenties.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • In Oblivion, Emperor Uriel Septim VII is 87, though could easily pass for being in his 60s at the oldest. Possibly justified; in-universe, it is said that he did not age in the ten years he spent trapped in Oblivion during the Imperial Simulacrum. It is also rumored that he had his mages and healers employ various methods of extending his life as well.
    • In Skyrim, due to the vanilla (original, unmodded) Nord skintones are mostly full of wrinkles, this is true of a few characters, even among the ordinary mortals. Possibly the most notable one is Anneke Crag-Jumper, who appears to be approximately the same age as her fully grown daughter.
  • Ensemble Stars! has Nazuna, who looks exactly like the first years he shares an idol group with (and in fact is shorter than all of his teammates), but is actually a third year. He's not very happy about it, though, preferring to be thought of as a reliable older brother figure (which he also very much is), and getting angry when people treat him like a kid.
    • On the other hand, there's also Tori, who is a first year, but looks closer to ten than the 15-year-old he actually is. (And he takes great advantage of this.)
  • With few exceptions, the characters in Eternal Sonata are noted for being either this or younger than they look, due to the game's graphical style.
  • Mag Launcher from Evolution: The World of Sacred Device is 16 years old but looks far younger. There is a bit of Flavor Text that can be found by inspecting a pipe in his yard that reveals that he hasn't grown taller since age 10 and an NPC in the sequel compares Mag to his 8-year-old son. On a similar note, party member Chain Gun is one year younger and reaches Mag's chest in terms of height. Linear Cannon is similar but she qualifies for a different trope.
  • EXTRAPOWER: Attack of Darkforce: Keisha, one of the wizards of Ispares and Blackberry's aunt... except she looks like a child, to Blackberry's confusion. Turned out she used some of her magic to restore herself back into a child. She offers her trick to Blackberry, who refuses, citing that she'd rather extend her life a thousand years.
  • The protagonist Fang in Fairy Fencer F does look like he's in his late teens, but according to the artbook, he's actually 20 years old. Compounded by Pipin calling him "seinen" instead of "shounen".
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Krile's battle sprites in Final Fantasy V are the 'child' type used for preteen characters Rydia, the Mysidian twins, and the Onion Knights from the previous two games (which use a three-quarter Aside Glance to make the face look bigger). She's actually fourteen, which is only clear in the Amano art and larger, Amano-based portrait from the mobile port.
    • Rydia in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is probably in her forties or at least her late thirties, since she was an adult at the end of Final Fantasy IV, and TAY takes place seventeen years later. Nonetheless, she retains much of her youthful appearance and mannerisms. But that's only if logic is followed, as chronologically, she's 24.
      • Cecil, Kain and Rosa are in their late thirties, but they look like they didn't age much.
      • Cid looks around 60 or 65 at best, but he's 71.
      • If I told you that Edward and Edge are respectively 41 and 43, would you believe me?
      • Without the armor, Golbez looks in his late thirties, but he's 47.
      • Three relatively minor examples are Harley, Gekkou and Zangetsu, who looks the same they are in Interlude despite the 16 years gap, although considering that the game has only a 2D version, it's hard to make out their appearances.
    • In Final Fantasy VII Vincent appears to be somewhere in his 20s but, chronologically speaking, he should be around 60ish. Justified, in that he was a young man when he was killed, but experiments performed on his body plus a bit of magic made him pretty much immortal. So he never ages, and then he proceeded to spend the next 30 or so years sleeping in a coffin prior to the player character finding and awakening him in the game.
    • FFVII also has Aerith, who due to her child-like Plucky Girl mannerisms seems much younger and more immature than her companions Cloud and Tifa, in actual fact Aerith is two years older than Tifa and one year older than Cloud, being 22 years old. The remake if anything actually makes Aerith look even younger than she did in the original.
    • Yuffie is also subject to this, while she mostly looks 16 years old in the original FFVII, in Advent Children and Dirge of Cerberus they decided to make Yuffie look like she’s 14 or so even though she was respectively 18 and 19 years old in those titles. Ironically inverted for Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade where Yuffie gets Adaptational Curves making her look older than 16.
    • Fran in Final Fantasy XII is actually over 50 years old, though she appears to be a woman in her early twenties. As Ivalice's stand-ins for elves, viera live much longer than humes on average. It leads to a great joke where Vaan very awkwardly asks the badass Fallen Princess how old she is.
    Fran: [storms off, clearly offended]
    Balthier: Nice, Vaan.
    Ashe: [annoyed groan]
    Larsa: Surprisingly rude.
    Penelo: Try to grow up, please.
    • Due to time being messed up by the end of the trilogy, all of the main characters for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII are much, much older than they look. Fang did the math and proudly declares she's the "oldest hag on the planet" chronologically being 1,621 years old and physically only 21.
      • Second and third place go to Vanille and Hope, who are respectively 1,619 and 1,014 years old chronologically, and 19 and 14 years old physically (though in Hope's case, his physical appearance is not by choice).
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and its sequel, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, has Janaff. While Bird Laguz have a longer lifespan then beorc, its revealed in the guides that Janaff is proportionally and physically equivalent to a 30-year-old human. Given Janaff is extremely short and has a clean-shaven babyface (image here), one would easier peg him as below 18.
    • Downplayed with Finn from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War is 35 in the second generation and 34 in the midquel Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, but in both he looks like he is only in his early-to-mid twenties. Though he does show Animation Anatomy Aging as his eyes are smaller and his chin is larger. It becomes especially apparent when comparing him to his friend Glade, who is the same age and looks to be in his 40s.
    • Fire Emblem: Three Houses:
      • Pre-timeskip Bernadetta is below-average in height and has round facial features, which when combined with her high-pitched voice, makes her look like a younger teenager, when she's in fact 17 at the start of the game, which is jarring when you compare her to the also-17 Edelgard and Ferdinand (who look their ages).
      • Pre-timeskip Annette looks like a small child, not helped by her donut-shaped pigtails, when she's almost 17 at the start of the game. Her voice is at least sounds like a teenager's.
      • Pre-timeskip Ashe has a slight build, a round face, and is rather short, but is actually 16 at the start of the game.
      • Ignatz is 17 at the start of the game, but his slight build, short height, and soft and slightly high voice hide it. He also falls into this to a lesser extent during the timeskip, although his voice is noticeably deeper after.
      • Pre-timeskip Sylvain barely looks any older than his childhood friends (who are all 17 at the start of the game), but is almost 20 at the start of the game, and is in fact the third-oldest student after Hubert (by less than two months) and Mercedes. note 
      • Post-timeskip, Felix falls into this, as he only really changes his hairstyle and clothing during the timeskip, otherwise looking exactly as he did as a teenager pre-timeskip. This might be genetic, as his father, Rodrigue, looks more like Felix's older brother than father.
  • In FEAR Alma looks like a young girl in her pre-teens. At least, until she escapes the Vault; then she looks like a young woman in her late teens. Technically, she was in her mid-twenties when she was killed, but her mind was powerful enough to remain intact, and as of the timeframe of the games she is roughly in her late forties.
  • Jedi Master Shaak Ti in The Force Unleashed is pushing 60 by the time of the game but hasn't aged since the Republic era thanks to the Force. That and her Nubile Savage attire makes her Ms. Fanservice, but good luck appreciating it while you're getting thrown across the battlefield like a ragdoll.
  • In Front Mission 5, by the time of the final mission, Walter Feng and Lynn Wennwright are both hitting their early fifties, but look like they're still in their twenties.
  • Shows up now and then in the Golden Sun games:
    • Isaac and Garet look about ten in the prologue, despite being supposedly around fourteen. They still look fairly young three years later, and join forces with Ivan, who is fifteen but looks around ten. Felix on the other hand looks much older, but is stated to be 18 (post-timeskip) in the manual.
    • It's a plot point for Piers, who comes from a nation which has the secret of prolonged youth, and makes a point of refusing to tell anyone how old he is for fear that it will change how his friends treat him, implying that he's a lot older than the young adult he appears to be.
    • In Dark Dawn, Rief looks like a small child but is probably in his mid-teens, Amiti looks closer to fourteen than nineteen-ish, and Eoleo is supposed to be over thirty, but looks closer to his mid-twenties.
  • Radio advertisements in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City mentions a show called Just the Five of Us, featuring a character called Jimmy who looks 12 but claims to be a 42-year-old investement banker. This turns out to be real, in show and out in San Andreas, about 9 years later when we hear the actor who played Jimmy again, still looking and sounding like a kid, even though he's in his fifties.
  • May from Guilty Gear has been the Token Mini-Moe of the series since the beginning, and looks to be in her early teens at most. By Xrd, she's actually in her twenties.
  • Even ignoring the Artistic Age that plagues the series, Harvest Moon has always had young looking bachelors and bachelorettes:
    • Nina from Harvest Moon doesn't even look like an adult in her official art, yet she's of marriage age. The fact she is a bubbly, cute Third-Person Person does not help. Harvest Moon: Magical Melody made her look slightly more like a young adult.
    • Ann from Harvest Moon 64 and Harvest Moon: Back to Nature looks like she is in her mid-teens, not helped by her somewhat immature personality and the fact she is apparently ignorant enough not to know where babies come from. Even after getting pregnant.
    • Subverted with Lumina from Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life. She is as young as she looks, only being fourteen in the original game. She was Age Lifted to sixteen (eighteen internationally) in Another Wonderful Life when she became Rock's love interest but kept her design the same. Harvest Moon DS ignores the awkwardness and just uses her adult design from the start. Played straight with Rock himself, who is in his early twenties but looks and acts like a teenager. In a non-Love Interest character, Hugh is eight but looks six. That is because he was six in Japan but was given an Age Lift internationally due to Values Dissonance concerning how his father trains him at his young age.
    • 16-year-old Katie from Harvest Moon Save The Homeland is one of the few who is mentioned in-series. Her Berserk Button is being mistaken for a kid. Though, she doesn't look too young. It's likely her lolita fashion way of dressing and her short height that make her look young.
    • Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness has Nate and Pierre. Nate seems a bit young looking to be marriageable while Pierre outright looks like a 10-year-old.
    • Luna from Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility is about half as tall as Kevin and has to jump in order to kiss him on their wedding day. Her height combined with her lolita style of dressing makes her look quite young, twelve or under. In the Alternate Universe that is Harvest Moon: Animal Parade she's considerably taller though, but still looks somewhat young due to her fashion
    • The Oracle from Harvest Moon: A Tale of Two Towns looks prepubescent but is Really 700 Years Old
    • Fritz and Mistel from Story of Seasons (2014) look like middle schoolers but are marriageable and not treated like kids.
      • Subverted with Dessie who really is young. Of course, she's a goddess, so maybe not.
      • Subverted with Witchie, who is the daughter of the Witch Princess of previous games.
  • Emperor Sun Hai of Jade Empire has reigned as emperor of the eponymous empire for at least 20 years and is the father of a young adult daughter. His younger brother, your mentor Sun Li, is an old man. Despite all this, he looks middle-aged at oldest, and there's a reason for that; he made himself immortal, among other things, by drawing on the Water Dragon's power.
  • The Kongou-class sisters in KanColle — Kongou, Hiei, Haruan, and Kirishima — are a bunch of quirky fast and hard hitters. They are also THE OLDEST ships in the entire IJN fleet. Historic note 
    • Pretty much all of the shipgirls in the game are Older Than They Look anyway. Especially the destroyer and submarine, who look like grade-schoolers or middle schoolers.
  • Viridi in Kid Icarus: Uprising looks like she's 8 years old, but it's actually an immortal goddess. Other characters in the game follow that same logic, including Pit, who is at least older than 25 years but looks (and acts) like a 13-year-old boy. note 
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • The Destiny Island characters in their first game, and subsequent gang appearances featuring said designs. Sora and Kairi especially fit, as they are fourteen but could pass for 11- or 12-year-olds; it's probably Artistic Age and symbolism. Riku fits less so, since he's muscular and Bishōnen. The biggest contenders for this, however, were Tidus and Selphie. They're the same age as as the main trio, but look and act years younger; like seven to 9-year-olds, though Tidus does have some muscle on him. Everyone looks more their age starting with the second game.
    • As of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Ventus has been in a coma for twelve years. While his body hasn't actually aged in that time, he's now technically 28 years old.
    • If Kingdom Hearts Union χ [cross] is anything to go by, Ventus is FAR OLDER than that, as the mobile games take place many years before even Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, effectively making Ventus older than even Master Xehanort.
  • The Jedi Exile from Knights of the Old Republic 2; according to Mira, the Exile's appearance hasn't changed since the Mandalorian Wars, ten years prior to the game. This would put the Jedi Exile in her thirties at least.
  • Downplayed in The Last of Us: When they first met, Joel thinks Ellie is 12 (and she looks it), but she's actually fourteen.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Don't let Malo's cute baby looks fool you — he is actually 8 years old and very savvy when it comes to business.
    • Implied with Link in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask what with all he went through in the last game. In addition to this, he is taken far more seriously by the characters in this game than when he was a kid in Ocarina of Time, and he has the ability to use all the weapons (arrows, hookshot) he could only use as an adult before.
  • Most of the human race is this in Mass Effect, due to vastly improved medical technology and genetic engineering. Miranda is highly generically engineered and looks easily in her 30s while actually being almost 40. Kahlee Sanders is in her early forties, but appears to be in her early thirties. The Illusive Man looks fairly young but is implied to be much older.
  • Mortal Kombat X: After a 25-year Time Skip, Sonya Blade still looks rather young and attractive, despite being in her forties and having a grown daughter. (She has, however, lost the Stripperific costumes).
  • All the younger party members from the Mother series are thirteen-ish. Due in part to the games Peanuts-like art style, they all look no older than ten.
  • Pretty much everyone in Mr. Driller looks older than they look, mostly the teenagers, all of them look like they're 11 years old or so, most of them are already 14 or even 17.
  • The goddesses in the Neptunia series look like teens and preteens (even children for the youngest ones) and even act the part, but they are actually hundreds of years old. Even by their standards, though, Nepgear doesn't look that much younger than her older sister Neptune (She arguably looks older, even).
    • This gets a Lampshade Hanging in Victory where the alternate dimension's goddesses are made, not born. Neptune wonders where this timeline's version of herself is, only to be reminded that without immortality as a safety net, her laziness and self-negligence probably resulted in her starving to death in the streets. Her reaction to this is priceless.
  • Elliot and Claris from Ni GHTS Into Dreams are actually supposed to be 14 to 15 years old (15 in Japan, 14 in America and Europe), but yet they look more like 11-year-olds.
  • The central character of Night in the Woods, Mae, is 20 years old, but could easily be mistaken for a teenager, partially because of the game's storybook-esque art style, and partially because Mae's the shortest of her friends, is a Womanchild, and doesn't have a job or driver's license.
  • Doctor Naomi from No More Heroes, Santa Destroy's resident Hot Scientist specialist in beam katanas and, in No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, Humongous Mecha. Looks like she's in her mid-to-late twentes; early thirties at most. But apparently, she's actually 63, and uses some sort of super science to keep her youthful looks.
  • Not for Broadcast: Despite having a cute face with '60s Hair and the high-pitched voice of an adolescent boy (and Megan Wolfe calling him "little" at one time), Jeremy Robert Donaldson is simply no less than 40 to 41 years old (as inscribed on his gravestone if you let him die on national television in Day 296). Provided that you help him survive the heatwave, he can turn 47 by the end of 1991 and still look a bit youthful aside from the stubble on his chin.
    • Dale from Heatrash looks like the youngest member of the band, but claims to have a growth disorder, and is actually 23. The other band members say he's actually 58.
    • A production assistant in the Finale, Colin, claims to be 44, much to Megan's surprise.
  • Odin Sphere: Cornelius and Velvet lived centuries after the Armageddon in the True Ending and finally amassed every single Valentine coin. They break the Pooka curse on themselves, reverting back to humans, looking exactly the way the were before getting cursed. No one would think they are actually over a millennia old.
  • Miss Momoka from Omega Quintet is actually billed as "Eternally Seventeen", and looks the part. In reality, she's... approaching a significant milestone. Asking her about it is a bad idea. It's hinted she's pushing forty — the most likely exact number is 37.
  • Overwatch:
    • Tracer looks and acts like a perky teenager but she's stated to be 26. It may have something to do with her getting Unstuck in Time 8 years ago.
    • Sombra has the personality and general appearance of a trolling malevolent hacker in her late teens or early twenties, but is actually 30 years old.
  • Aya in Parasite Eve is somewhere between her late 20s and early 30s, but her parasite energy powers keep her look at early 20s. She complains about this a few times to herself whenever she goes on about how she just wants to live a normal life and not live forever. She even starts aging in reverse in Parasite Eve 2, which is why when that game comes around, she actually looks younger than she did in the first.
  • If you choose to date her during the summer festival, 15-year-old Ayane Matsunaga from Persona 4 is mistaken for an elementary, then middle school student by one of the vendors. To add insult to injury, when she wins a book in a festival raffle, the host politely warns that it may be too difficult for her to read. She doesn't take it very well.
  • Tonnio and Liina in Phantasy Star Universe both look like 12-year-old kids but are actually on their late twenties, which came as a surprise in Portable 2 when they are a married couple.
  • In Piratez, Hellerium-depraved Ubers are small and cute, but in fact they are usually older and wiser than your average, big Ubers.
  • Pokémon:
    • Emma from Pokémon X and Y is made to seem far younger than the roughly 16-to-18-year-old protagonist, appears shorter than you, and is the leader of a group of kids who dislike the protagonist for being "too grown-up"... But she's explicitly 16 years old. Most fans thought she was Shauna's age or younger.
    • Trainers in the "Fairy Tale Girl" trainer class look like little girls wearing sweet lolita fashion. One of them though mentions that she's old enough to be your mother.
    • Lusamine from Pokémon Sun and Moon looks barely older than the player (probably her early 20s at most), but mentions that she's over 40 and even has two kids over 11. After being told this, Hau does a Double Take. Lusamine mentions that her fashion sense helps her look younger.
    • During the quest to get the Eevee Z-Crystal in Sun and Moon, the player has to battle a group of elderly Eeveelution Trainers scattered across the region. The Leafeon user was once a famous model and appears to be in her early 20s because she spends all of her money trying to stay young through "medicines" and other means.
    • Also in Sun and Moon, Wally appears as an optional post-game battle. He should be the same age as Red, Blue, and Anabel (his late teens or early twenties), but he looks years younger. His model, however, is actually slightly different than his ORAS one, implying this was intentional.
  • Tia from Potion Maker has pretty adult proportions despite being younger than Pio. Pio notes it as unusual and possibly a result of magical potion.
  • In Promise Of Wizard, not one, not two, but almost half of the pretty boy wizards are Really 700 Years Old, due to how wizard ages much slower than normal person. Special mention to the youngest-looking Snow and White, who are actually the oldest at approximately more than 2000 years old.
  • In the Puyo Puyo series, Lidelle is in the same school class as Amitie and her friends, who are all teenagers. However, because of her hand-hiding sleeves, short height, child-like voice and timid personality, Lidelle could pass off as someone much younger.
  • Quantum Protocol: According to the developer, Queen is in her 30s, despite not looking much older than the other female members of Quantum.
  • The Resident Evil series has a bad case of this, as many of the characters debuted in the 90s have a corresponding timeline following the years the games came out meaning most of them are in their 40s nowadays.
    • Chris Redfield and Jill were in their 20s when debuted in the first game cut to six years later in RE5's Lost In Nightmares DLC and Chris and Jill don’t look like they’ve aged a day since 1998. At least Jill gets the excuse of being a Human Popsicle thanks to Wesker, Chris who still looks young at 44 years old in RE7 has no excuse. Averted in Resident Evil Village as Chris is more noticeably aged compared to previous titles.
    • In RE6 in Sherry Birkin. She's 26 years old, but looks, sounds, and frequently acts slightly younger than her escortee Jake Muller, who's 21. Justified in that it's an effect of the G-virus she has in her adapting to her body and increasing regeneration to Healing Factor levels.
      • Sherry also very much seemed to be younger than her age of 12 in Resident Evil 2, as most children by then have at least stopped referring to their parents as "Mommy" and "Daddy", especially considering they weren't a particularly close family. It's more egregious in the original game, though even in the remake, she both looks and acts younger than she is.
    • Leon S. Kennedy was 21 when he first appeared in RE2 cut to RE6 and Leon still looks as youthful as the aforementioned Sherry despite the 20 years that have passed, and Sherry being 12 years old when she met Leon. By the time of Resident Evil: Vendetta, Leon, like Chris and Jill, is well into his 40s, but apart from some Perma-Stubble he’s still a stud.
    • Also from Vendetta there’s Rebecca Chambers who was 18 in RE0 /RE1 and still looks like teenager in the movie despite being actually 33 years old at that point.
    • Big Bad Albert Wesker is 49 at the time of his death yet he looks about the same age as his Arch-Enemy Chris despite working for Umbrella since he was 18 in 1977. This more likely due to the Super Serum keeping Wesker at top physical condition, also his age might’ve been halted after “dying” in the first game.
    • Ada Wong is the worst offender, she was older than Leon and Claire at 24 when she debuted in RE2 (1998) but years later in RE6 (2013) she’s as beautiful and sexy as ever in approximately her late 30s to early 40s in spite of the decades that have passed in between time. Concept art for Resident Evil Village reveals Ada was going to be in the game and surprise surprise doesn’t look any older than she did in the previous games, despite being two years shy of 50 years old In-Universe.
    • Speaking of Resident Evil Village, Lady Dimitrescu, Donna Beneviento and Big Bad Mother Miranda are much older than they look. Lady D was born shortly after WWI which would make her well into her 100s by the time of 2021, but she physically she looks like a slightly wrinkled, very attractive and curvaceous 44-year-old woman. Donna was born some time in the early 20th century but besides a grotesque face disfigurement over her eye, is quite beautiful. Mother Miranda was born in 1919 but as seen by the finale looks like a beautiful young woman, the weathered hag form she briefly uses to Ethan with is what she’d really look like today. Justified since all three women have been infected with the RNA Virus, which like Wesker has drastically halted their ageing. Although in Miranda’s case, it’s mainly due to her Voluntary Shape Shifting power.
  • Leanne from Resonance of Fate looks about 16 at the oldest, but is actually 21. There's nothing supernatural at work in this case, just puberty having been extraordinarily unkind to her (something she's touchy about).
  • In Robopon, when Rena leaves behind her adoptive parents in the second game, she also leaves behind a sphere that makes them young and healthy again while allowing them to retain their memories. While her father becomes something akin to a cute boy, her mother becomes very, very pretty.
  • Rune Factory continues the trend begun by Harvest Moon, with character designs that tend to look young for their supposed age. In Rune Factory 4, for example, Kiel is a marriageable bachelor yet looks only ten or twelve. Amber and Xiao Pai are available bachelorettes, but they also look about ten or twelve.
  • Saints Row series:
    • Kinzie Kensington in Saints Row: The Third is a grown woman, but both looks and sounds like a teenager.
      • Zimos, who would have to be at least in his mid-seventies, looks to be in his late forties.
    • Future Shaundi in How the Saints Saved Christmas comes from the year 2035. She would be at least 50, but apart from her cybernetic parts, shows no signs of aging.
  • According to Grienko's notes in Second Sight, the psychic Zener Children are afflicted with a developmental disorder that has stopped them from aging past puberty. Since Project Zener has been active (if not funded) for several decades, this would place most of them in their forties or fifties.
  • In Secret of Evermore this trope extends to all four of the human characters who have been trapped for thirty years in the virtual world of Evermore, since nobody physically ages there, but it particularly comes into play with Elizabeth, who was 10 years old at the time of the experiment. When the present-day hero's accidentally transported into Evermore and meets her, she's become the ruler and protector of a prehistoric village, and has a mature, mentor personality that's completely at odds with her appearance.
  • Sleeping Dogs: Sifu Kwok taught Wei kung fu when he was in his teens, meaning that Kwok is in his late forties at the youngest, and probably in his mid-to-late fifties. However, he looks to be in his mid-thirties; he has a few wrinkles, but a full head of hair without a trace of gray, and is still powerfully built with no sign of going to seed.
  • Soul Calibur V game takes place after a 17-year Time Skip. Between her alchemical experimentation and exposure to the Spirit Blades Ivy (conveniently enough) has not aged at all.
    • Tira was 17 during the events of Soulcalibur III and IV. Seventeen years later in V, she looks like she hasn't aged a day, thanks to malfestation halting the aging process of her body.
  • Jaguar from Space Channel 5 doesn't look much older than Ulala and Pudding who are respectively 22 and 19, though he's actually 35.
  • Dahlia Gillespie in Silent Hill is in her 40s, but she looks and sounds like she's in her 60s. It's implied that her doing things with the cult might have aged her significantly. Likewise, Angela Orosco in Silent Hill 2 looks and sounds like she's in her 30s, but she's actually 19. Years of being sexually abused by her father would definetely take a toll on her body.
  • Splatoon 2 has Pearl, a short Inkling girl who looks and acts like a Bratty Half-Pint, but is 21 — three years the significantly older-looking Marina's senior. The In-Universe explanation for this is that Pearl was electrocuted when she was younger, which stunted her growth.
  • Lymle from Star Ocean: The Last Hope looks and acts around 6 years old, but really is around 15 due to both the size of her people in general and from an accident with symbology that caused her to fall into a demon portal and suffer so much hate and miserly she cut off all of her emotions. (This is only revealed in the in-game encyclopedia.)
  • Star Trek Online: Biographical details given for Commander Tiaru Jarok, captain of the Romulan Republic flagship RRW Lleiset, state that she was an officer in the Romulan navy during the Dominion War, which makes her a minimum of fifty-something in STO's present. She looks to be in her late twenties at most, probably attributable to her being Romulan (a Vulcan subspecies, therefore having roughly twice the lifespan of humans).
  • Akuma from Street Fighter is 50 in the last game in the timeline, Street Fighter III. You wouldn't know it by looking at him.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Kylie Koopa looks a few years younger than Mario and Luigi, who appear to be in their late twenties. She hasn't aged a day since the eponymous brothers were infants.
    • Speaking of Mario, there's Lemmy Koopa. He looks like a cute little kid but he's actually the 'second oldest.' It really does not help that he is very immature, and Iggy, who originally looked like him but with glasses, but was actually two times younger, became an extremely tall green-turnip-haired Mad Scientist!
    • Shigeru Miyamoto has stated that Mario, and subsequently his twin brother Luigi, are 24 years old. They look quite a bit older, by at least one decade. This is due to the fact they originally were middle-aged but had been aged down significantly by the mid-90s. Thus, older adaptations such as The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and the Super Mario Bros. film presented Mario as a middle-aged man. Their clothes and mustaches help make Mario and Luigi look older than they are, though their voices and energy match their ages.
  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Mother series characters Ness and Lucas are depicted as looking much young, when they are actually supposed to be 12-13. It's justifiable in that their original in-game sprites and character models look like younger children (in Lucas' case, his sprite grows taller in the Time Skip; as for Ness, he was intended to be around 10 to 12 years old in the Japanese version and was aged up to 13 in the America release and Earthbound guidebook), but it's still pretty funny when you see just how short they are in Brawl, especially since in their original games, they are roughly around the same height as the adult characters. It's especially evident in the Subspace Emissary scenes where Lucas and the Pokémon Trainer are traveling together. According to the Pokémon series canon, Red is 11 years old when he starts his journey and yet Lucas, who could be at least 2 years older than the Pokémon Trainer, is half his height.
    • This is also justified because characters in "Brawl" have different art styles, so it might just be the art style that makes them appear smaller than usual.
    • Mega man in the fourth installment of Super Smash Bros. looks much younger than he appears in his original games, that some players have called him Mega boy. He is a robot modelled to be designed off a 8-year-old boy, but Smash 4 gives him a small height, big eyes and cherubic face, he looks more like a toddler.
  • Beryl Benito in Tales of Hearts is the requisite tiny squeaky thing, but she's supposed to be eighteen.
  • Pascal from Tales of Graces is supposed to be 22 years old. Considering how she looks and acts, this is pretty hard to believe. To say nothing of the 40-year-old Malik.
    • Tales of Destiny 2: Judas looks to be in his late teens/early twenties, and it causes problems when he has firsthand knowledge of places, people, and events he shouldn't have even been born in time to see (he was brought Back from the Dead and displaced in time). Discussed when Loni demands to know how he could possibly know what he does and be in his teens, and he brings up this trope. His actual age is 34.
    • Reala from the same game is officially, age 16, yet her design makes her look 12.
  • Team Fortress 2:
    • The Medic is in in his late forties or early fifties (got his medical license right after World War II, game takes place in 1968), but you'd never know that from looking at him.
    • As for Scout, you'd think that he is 17 to 19 years old, but the description for the Track Terrorizer outfit confirms that he's 23. By the time of the sixth issue of the comics, he's stated to be twenty-seven.
  • Tekken loves this trope;
    • After shaving off his 'stache in Tekken 6, Marshall Law looks a fair bit younger than 48, to the point that fans speculated that could be his son Forest in disguise.
      • By that same token, Forest is 28, but looks, sounds and acts at least eight years younger.
    • Lee Chaolan looks like he's in his late twenties to early thirties. He's actually 49, but it isn't really surprising to fans, since he was in the first two Tekken, and the newer games take place 20 years after Tekken 2. But for people new to the games, it's a bit surprising.
    • The queens of this trope for this particular series have to be Nina Williams and her sister Anna. Both are 42 years old biologically, but spent the 19 years between 2 and 3 in cryogenic slumber, which explains their early 20s-ish appearance.
    • Jun Kazama, especially in Tekken Tag Tournament 2, which came out over a full decade after the first Tag which subsequently was her last appearance. Seriously, for someone who's lived for almost 40 years now, she is glowing. And that's without cryogenic sleep.
      • Even more jarring, she's Jin's mother. She looks like she could pass off as his sister!
    • Also in Tag 2, Michelle Chang finally makes a return — and she doesn't look much older than her daughter Julia/Jaycee. Of course, she must be pushing 50 by now. Even more jarring, she made a cameo in Julia's Tekken 3 ending, where she did look it!
    • Bruce Irvin is 53 as of Tekken 6, but looks like he's in his late thirties.
    • The most recent example from the series is Heihachi's wife, Kazumi Mishima. For someone who is 70 years old at the absolute least, she doesn't look too much older than her son Kazuya (who's 49). At least Jun and Michelle had the excuse of Tag 2 being non-canon. This is actually subverted because Kazumi doesn't actually appear in the story outside of flashbacks and would have been an old lady by now had Heihachi not been forced to kill her in self-defense.
  • While Touhou Project mostly goes with Really 700 Years Old characters, there are still some that fit this trope. Patchouli, for example, is "only" about a hundred (or has been living with Remilia for about a hundred years; it isn't definite), Rinnosuke merely ages slowly instead of stopping aging all together, appearing identical when Marisa was a child but being laughably young by Gensoukyou standards, and Sakuya appears to be somewhere in her twenties but is noted as being far too mature and worldy to be so young. Another example is Cirno, who has an extremely childlike appearance, but is actually at least sixty years old, having seen (and remembered, though she failed to recall the significance of the event) a previous off-season blooming before the events of Phantasmagoria of Flower View, which happens at the end of a sixty-year cycle.
  • Charlotte of Trials of Mana looks like a toddler. She's actually 15, because she's a half-elf. The half-beastman Kevin fits too, although not to the same extent as Charlotte.
  • Nina of Wandersong certainly looks like a little kid, and she has a slightly immature attitude about her. However, she has breasts and is apparently 19-21, according to the official Tumblr.
  • Ashley from WarioWare is a teenager in international localizations but her age is unknown in Japan. She doesn't look anything like a teen. Her stylized art in Game & Wario has her looking more like a teenager but normally she looks 9-Volt's age.
  • The Witcher: In a World… where there are a ton of long-lived races (elves, for example, naturally live for thousands of years) and magic, it's only naturally that even humans often get unusually long-lived and/or young-looking for their age.
    • All witchers age slowly due to the mutations that make them witchers. In fact, nobody is quite sure how old Witchers can become as they usually die in battle long before they have the chance to die from age. Vesemir is possibly the oldest Witcher in existence and he can still hold his own in combat, as noted below.
    • Geralt looks like a fit man in his late twenties, though by the third game the Art Shift makes him to look about forty-plus. By putting pieces of Back Story together, you can place his age at 80 at the youngest. And if the Witcher in the Distant Finale of Season of Storms is indeed Geralt,note  that would make him 200+.
    • Vesemir, the Old Master of the witchers, looks like about sixty, but has a physique that makes 30-year-olds green with envy. Vesemir's age is unknown, but is implied to be pushing eighthundred!
    • Dandelion the Bard. As Triss so eloquently puts it: "You are 40,note  sound like you're 30, look like you're 20, and act like you're 10!" And she's actually quoting Dijkstra, the Dandelion's one-time Spy Master boss, from a somewhat earlier time:
    You are almost forty, look like almost thirty, think you're twenty, and behave like you're not even ten.
    • Emhyr, if we add all the clues from the books, should be somewhere in his sixties, but is depicted as a forty-something man in the third game.
    • Human wizards routinely extend their lifespan through magic, and given that most advanced medicine in their world is their province, they also have much better health than the general population. Yennefer, for example, Is said to be 92 at the start of a saga,note  and the oldest living human sorcerer (at about 1000) got a short "screentime" during the Thanedd coup, though he was already an extremely old man who was described as ready to keel over at the slightest provocation, and, naturally, didn't survive the event.
  • In NEO: The World Ends with You, Nagi looks like a high schooler or a middle schooler, and acts rather childish due to her obsession with Elegant Strategy, but is actually a university student, and the second oldest of the Wicked Twisters besides Minamimoto.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles has the Nopon; with their Ridiculously Cute Critter looks, Cheerful Child attitude, and You No Take Candle speech pattern, they make incredibly hard to guess their age. Case in point: Riki, the Nopon party member, leaves a dumbfounded look on the rest of the team when they discover he's 40 years old, married, and has several children under his care.
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2 features appearances from characters from Yakuza 0, few of who look like they aged since the 1980s. In particular: Yuki was approximately 20 in 0. In Kiwami 2, she is 39 — a year older than Kiryu — but she still looks to be in her mid-twenties at most!
    • Daigo looks to be about 8 during his brief appearance in Yakuza 0, when he's really 12, and then looks more like a teenager in Yakuza 2, when he's actually about 30. He acts younger than he is both times, too, before finally maturing in later installments.
    • Ryuji Goda in Yakuza 2. He's a bit of a brat throughout the game, being a fight loving little scamp that his daddy Jin can't even control, mind you he's actually 30 years old but acts like he's a decade younger. He's even dubbed "The Problem Child" in one of the objective descriptions.
    • Tanimura from Yakuza 4 is in his late twenties, but looks like a particularly pretty high-school kid. The remastered version gives him a more rough and rugged look (including some facial hair) which makes him look his age.


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