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Basic Trope: A character in an adaptation of a work is a different age than they were in the source material.

  • Straight: Alice, the Tagalong Kid of the Five-Man Band in the books, has been aged up several years in the show.
  • Exaggerated: Alice is now the Token Adult.
  • Downplayed: Alice is only a year or two older than she was in the books.
  • Justified:
    • The show is a Darker And Grittier adaptation, and it wouldn't be appropriate to have a child among the main cast.
    • Advertisement:
    • Alice is Older Than They Look.
  • Inverted: Alice is younger than she was in the books.
  • Subverted:
    • The adult Alice turns out to be the mother of the Alice who's a bigger character.
    • When the Five-Man Band first hears about Alice, they are told she is thirteen. When they actually meet her, they realize she is an alien and is the equivalent of a seven-year-old girl.
  • Double Subverted: The adult Alice ends up playing the role the younger Alice played in the books.
  • Parodied: Every single character is now in preschool.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice is seven, just like she was in the books.
  • Enforced:
    • The showrunners aged Alice up to make her more relatable to the target age demographic.
    • Some of the things which happen to Alice in the books are fine for print media, but there would be legal issues if a child was shown doing such things onscreen.
  • Advertisement:
  • Lampshaded: "Aren't you a little old for this?"
  • Invoked: Alice shapeshifts into an older girl so people will take her seriously.
  • Exploited:
  • Defied: A spell is put on Alice that turns her into a seven-year-old.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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