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Basic Trope: Characters don't appear to age, if they do.

  • Straight: The Bob Show has Bob being 10 in 1970, in 2019 The Bob Show has Bob still at the same age.
  • Exaggerated: The Bob Show began in 1910 as a series of comics, and a century later, he's still 10 years old.
  • Downplayed: Bob gets older, but is only a teenager after three decades of comics.
  • Justified: The writers deliberately set the series in the Next Sunday A.D.. Or they are writing the show for a Fleeting Demographic.
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  • Inverted: Bob is aging faster than he realistically should.
  • Subverted: Bob never seems to age, despite there being smartphones and other modern technologies. Then Bob reveals that he had his first grey hair.
  • Double Subverted: It was from stress. Bob is still 10.
  • Parodied: Bob interprets his lack of aging as being an immortal god, and fears outliving everyone around him; everyone else is confused, as despite appearances, he's clearly aged.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob mentions aging occasionally, but there are no meaningful changes.
  • Averted: Bob ages regularly and is now a 59-year-old man by 2019.
  • Enforced: The execs want Bob to stay a kid so he can still be identifiable.
  • Lampshaded: "Sometimes I feel like I'll never really grow up."
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Bob takes an aging serum.
  • Discussed: "So if Bob was 10 in 1970, by today he would be... 49, have the writers forgotten this?"
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  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: ???
  • Deconstructed: Being Not Allowed to Grow Up, Bob becomes extremely sad.
  • Reconstructed: Bob realizes that Growing Up Sucks, and being a kid forever is pretty nice.

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