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"She has a newness," he said. "Everything is for the first time... If I had learned she had been born this very morning, I would only be surprised that she was so old."
Prince Lir, The Last Unicorn[1]

Subverting the old joke, this character really was born yesterday, or this week at least, either artificially aged or just plain made the age they are now. They tend not to understand slang, or much of anything else, and will misunderstand social rules with usually comic results. May also be the result of a person being born normally but kept in some kind of stasis and never being conscious during their development since they still awake as a 'new' person.

Contrast Really Seven Hundred Years Old, compare Emergent Human, Pinocchio Syndrome. They're often prone to Blunt Metaphors Trauma as well. Can be coupled with Artificial Human if they were recently created. The extreme end of Younger Than They Look. Pairs well with Born as an Adult.

Note: Please be careful when adding robot examples as, broadly, they almost all count. As a general rule examples should be kept to those that act in a way that is very strongly reminiscent of the Trope description. Real Life examples may be added but should be related to medical conditions.


Examples


Anime and Manga

  • Combat Cyborgs Otto, Deed, and Sette from Nanoha Striker S, who, despite looking like teenagers, have barely a month of real memories (since they were artificially aged and imprinted mainly with combat skills).
  • Chii in Chobits. Not in a physical sense, her body is a robot that has existed for a while. But she's dead at the beginning of the series, and in the first episode she gets reincarnated into her own body. Her new self is very much born yesterday, having to learn everything.
  • In Trigun at least two of the characters are like this.
  • Yuki of Haruhi Suzumiya appears to be a high-schooler but is really a three-year-old alien interface thingy. Asakura is similar. They fit the trope even more closely later in the series, when Kyon and Mikuru meet them three years in the past (they could not have been more than a few weeks old at that time), and they still appear to be high-school age.


Comics

  • Young Justice: Superboy.
  • In Transmetropolitan, The Smiler's original pick for a vice presidential candidate was a two-year old first-term representative who had been cloned. He had a completely clean record, and no baggage from past scandals -- that is, except the scandal of his actual identity.
  • Madelyne Pryor, Scott Summer's first wife in X-Men was eventually retconned into a clone of Jean, but despite this she's pretty well socially adjusted until she goes nuts after Scott abandons her.


Film


Literature


Live Action TV

  • Various characters in Doctor Who.
  • Luke and Sky Smith from the Doctor Who spinoff The Sarah Jane Adventures.
  • Liam Kincaid, the protagonist of Earth: Final Conflict for seasons 2-3. Born with three parents (one of them an alien) he grows from infant to adult over less than one full episode.
  • The classic Outer Limits TOS episode "Demon with a Glass Hand" plays with this trope. Trent, the protagonist, begins the story by musing, "I was born ten days ago. A full grown man, born ten days ago." Actually, he's a robot from 1000 years in the future built to protect humanity from genocidal invaders.
  • Dawn Summers in the fifth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Kyle XY, the title character spent the first 17 years of his life gestating in an incubation chamber.
  • Adria, the humanoid Crystal Dragon Jesus of the Ori in Stargate SG-1, is carried for 9 months and born like any other baby, but she ages to young adulthood in about 24 hours.


Tabletop Games

  • A common occurrence in In Nomine, where the angel or demon who was first sent to Earth this morning will nonetheless usually be wearing a body that looks like an adult human.
    • Although they aren't usually sent to Earth immediately after their creation, still there's a major learning curve for those new to Earth no matter how old they actually are, and it has much the same effect.


Theatre

    • In The Wiz, the Scarecrow's "I Am" Song is called "I Was Born on the Day Before Yesterday".
  • Rocky in "The Rocky Horror Show" (and its film adaptation) is actually born onstage during the song "I Can Make You a Man". He's a real hunk of a man-baby, and (naturally) has the mind of a toddler, which makes it kind of concerning that his first sexual experience happens when he's less than a day old.


Video Games

  • The Sylvari from Guild Wars: Eye of the North and Guild Wars 2 are this, as they are a new race just getting their foothold. You actually get to see the 'birth' of the first Sylvari in a cutscene in Eye of the North.
  • Grunt from Mass Effect 2, and he's basically born in your cargo bay.
  • KOS-MOS from Xenosaga is activated for the first time during the events of the first game. Although she does share data with a buggy prototype that was activated once before.
  • Klaymen himself in The Neverhood. The world is a kind of Eden (both metaphorically and, er, metaphorically), so it's not surprising there would be some literally new people in it.


Western Animation

  • Peep in Peep and the Big Wide World is a baby male chicken about as intelligent as a human first grader. In one episode he recalls his entire life, which actually did start yesterday.
  • The Last Unicorn: Lady Amalthea is immediately noticeable as having a "newness" to her, where each movement she makes indicates that she's doing many things for the first time. This happens to be because up until that point, she was a unicorn.
  • Young Justice: Superboy.
  • Ben 10: Ultimate Alien: Eunice is a 16-year old girl is found on a spaceship, later in the episode is discovered to be a Unitrix splicing Gwen's DNA.


Web Original

  • Belphoebe in the Whateley Universe is a cloned drow created by one student (Belphegor) using the cloning chamber he'd stolen from another (Jobe Wilkins) and accidentally imprinted with a copy of his own memories. Hence while chronologically she's 0, she looks 16 and is considered that age by the administration, staff and students.


Real Life

Notes

  1. This is said the first time he sees the unicorn, who was indeed changed into a human woman only the previous night.
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