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Basic Trope: For some reason, a character goes to school with people significantly older than he/she is.

  • Straight: Bob is thirteen, but is starting high school.
  • Exaggerated: Despite being an infant, Bob has a PhD in astrophysics from Harvard.
  • Downplayed: Bob is one year ahead in school because his parents felt he was ready to start kindergarten early.
  • Justified: Bob is two grades ahead in school because he had tested out of second grade into fourth.
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  • Inverted: Bob is Held Back in School.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob scored 200 on an IQ test, but he still struggles in his grade and is not moved up.
    • Bob is older than he looks.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Bob scores 200 on an IQ test, but he's failing multiple classes. Despite that, he is accelerated in school.
    • Bob is older than he looks, but still skipped one grade (even though it looks like he skipped four).
  • Parodied: Bob gets Grade Skipped because the high school wanted his premature abilities at football.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob gets Grade Skipped, but then, years later, is Held Back in School.
  • Averted: Bob is seventeen and entering his senior year of high school.
  • Enforced: The need for a Kid-Appeal Character adds twelve-year-old Bob to the main cast of high-schoolers.
  • Lampshaded: "Isn't it strange that we're all sixteen but we hang around with a kid half that age? He should be in elementary school."
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  • Invoked: A character applies this trope to his or her child after learning that his or her test scores are far above the other children's scores.
  • Exploited: Due to his grade acceleration, Bob acts much older than he is and tries to get people to treat him as if he really is older.
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: "I know that Bob's still a kid, it doesn't necessarily make him the smartest person in the whole school."
  • Conversed: "There's always an annoying kid in every show set at college."
  • Implied: Despite the fact that it's never stated that Bob is a Grade Skipper, the actor playing Bob looks like he's ten years old, and it's canon that Bob still plays with Legos.
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  • Deconstructed: Bob becomes depressed after realizing that he is unable to make friends with anyone else at school.
  • Reconstructed: Despite having no friends, Bob isn't interested in socializing, and continues his academic studies normally.
  • Played For Laughs: The series focuses on Bob's lack of knowledge about teenage and adult life.
  • Played For Drama: The series focuses on the isolating elements of it, or Bob's struggles to keep up with his older peers.

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