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Isn't the limited potential for this the reason why a fair few franchises seem to have to take the nuclear option and go for a Continuity Reboot?
"At some point in the mid-1960s, Stan Lee is said to have stated that, as a general rule of thumb, they were trying to keep the then-new Marvel Universe on a one-to-three timeline — every three years that passed in the real world would be a year of Comic-Book Time. Deliberately or otherwise, Marvel actually managed to stick pretty close to that right up until the early 1990s when, during one of the X-Men's 30th Anniversary comics, Professor Xavier mused about the things he'd been doing for the past 10 years — starting with the founding of the X-Men. Considering it's been just over 15 years of Comic-Book Time since the Fantastic Four made their flight (or just over 16, by keeping the ratio strict), they could easily slip back into the 1:3 ratio just by cleaning up some problematic characters."
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"Lampshaded in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman. During the Wake, we see Clark Kent, Batman, and J'onn J'onzz discussing their dreams. Clark mentions that he has a recurring dream where he gets infected with a virus that forces him to only move one direction through time."
Is that really a reference to comic book time (which typically does only pass in one direction, just r-e-a-l-l-y slowly)? When I first read it, I assumed it was more likely a reference to this, just as his other dreams are references to actual Silver Age comic books.
Technically Homer and Marge have been aging slowly, while the kids haven't.. Originally Bart was conceived in Marge's senior year, making her 28-ish (and Homer the same age plus however long he was held back), and over time they've gained about a decade of age.
I think that aging at a very slow rate still qualifies for this trope.
Though I'm not sure which episode you got the "Bart was conceived DURING high school" bit from. Like, at all. Marge celebrated her 34th birthday in either season 1 or 2. And so far as I can tell, the youngest Homer's been referred to is 36. Also, Homer was never left back, he just dropped out.
How has no one mentioned Power Pack? Four kids who were all about the same age (8-11?). Since then, two have remained kids, Alex Power seems to be about 18 now in FF 4, and Julie Power was easily a young adult in The Loners.
So put 'em in, they're absolutely an example. Julie was also a young adult in Runaways, and now they're all kids again.
Actually, I'll do it.
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