Time Comes Calling

Mario has been 25-years-old for 40 years now. Sonic’s arm hair filled in but it’s still as vibrant and blue as ever. Inspired by a post by @seasons this thread is for the opposite: post video game characters who aged.

Haohmaru in Samurai Spirits and Shinshou (“Warriors Rage”). The cyclical nature of brand revivals means then he got young again which I bet is going to be a running theme here.

For a long time she existed in a limbo of being both child and adolescent but in the revival of recent years it’s now always depicted as natural aging across the series.

Heihachi has always been old, but he has certainly gotten older

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Literally dozens of examples from MGS, but time sure took a toll on Zero here

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post video game characters who aged

I hate to always be a rule-breaker but I can't help but be fascinated by the characters which Sachiko Wada de-aged for Fire Emblem: Blazing Blade (which came out just one year after Binding Blade, so I mean this really isn't watching the character transform over time).

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Various SaGa Frontier 2 characters but Wil most prominently:

Lau in the transition from Virtua Fighter 4 to 5:

Technically this is a case of unspecified anime terminal illness but to most it’ll come across like aging.

This is common among fighting game characters I think:

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@“billy”#p37158 loooool

Trees count

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It‘s hard to think of any characters that age in something like real time as in the original post, simply because it’s hard to think of many franchises that have existed for long enough to allow that. Many of the long running franchises that would qualify either don‘t have an overarching narrative to speak of, don’t have characters who can reasonably age (EG Kirby), or dance around the issue by giving each entry its own independent narrative. You could argue Fatal Fury tried something like that with Garou: Mark of the Wolves, but it's an admittedly example

Other than that, the only examples that come to mind are ones where the characters themselves age within the story - namely Sora from *Kingdom Hearts 1* to *2* (although it's arguable whether he psychologically ages between them, given the whole cryosleep angle) and the brother from *Nier Replicant* (the only major character in the game to age, which is very important for his arc specifically).

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the plot got pushed like 12 years over the span of Streets of Age

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Naughty Dog is so committed to the bit that, in Uncharted and The Last of Us, they made not only the characters but also the game design look older with each new episode. Snark!

This is an interesting topic. One good example that comes to mind is **No More Heroes**. (I think about it because [NMH3](https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/no-more-heroes-3-switch/) just got up on the eShop this week.) The characters age pretty much in real time, I believe? At least in relation to when the scripts where written, give or take real life development-related delays. Travis Touchdown was 27 years old in the first No More Heroes and is 37 years old in No More Heroes III. His behavior, concerns and relationship to Sylvia also reflect (or seem to reflect for NMH3) his aging. He is a thoughtless young loser in NMH, and more of a middle-age "what am I doing with my life" desillusioned thirtysomething in TSA and NMH3. He also seems to care much more about his city and the people around him, somehow, in the recent episodes. Which I think is typical of getting older? You start thinking less about yourself and more about "your world", i.e. the community, city and people around you. Or at least, I feel I relate to that. Maybe I am projecting. Also, his kitten turned into a big fat cat. I am sure you cat lovers out there can relate?

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**Ryū Ga Gotoku** / **Yakuza** also tried this a bit, I feel? Characters age through the episodes, although not as strictly as No More Heroes. It’s most visible with Haruka, obviously. She is 9 in the first RGG and 19 in RGG6. Kiryū is less obvious, closer to what Naughty Dog did with Nathan Drake for example, but still clearly ages throughout the game. So do several key characters and even some random NPCs. There are also many flashbacks (incl. an entire game, RGG0) that show younger versions of the characters. The most interesting part of RGG might be how Kamurocho itself ages and transforms itself as a reflection of how real life Shinjuku is evolving. Shinjuku's gentrification, and how it affects marginal people like gangsters, is pretty much the core theme of the series!

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**Gyakuten Saiban** / **Ace Attorney** also keeps track of the characters' aging. It's not as well done as in RGG and they almost killed the series with how poorly they handled Naruhodo / Phoenix in GS4 but they kinda found a rhythm and a better way of handling characters' aging in GS5 and GS6. For instance, I was surprised how well they handled an "adult" Mayoi / Maya in GS6 and the evolution of her (necessary by convention) "platonic" romantic relationship with Naruhodo / Phoenix. Once again, the aging is more visible with the kids, namely Harumi / Pearl, both physically and psychologically.


There is also the special case of yearly sports games based on real athletes. Not as interesting to discuss as fictional characters but it's a fascinating "record" of how some real life people have aged. There was that famous viral tweet about Vince Carter a few months ago. Can't find it but here is a video showing him evolving through NBA2K games. The oldest console he appeared on is the N64 in 1999, and he retired in Summer 2020, just before the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series. However, if you (rightfully) consider the Switch as belonging in the most recent hardware generation, he has indeed appeared in this latest generation of consoles as an active player, until NBA2K20. That makes him one of the most recurring video game characters of the last two decades. Although he surprisingly never crossed paths with Ryu from Street Fighter II despite this long career in video games, [he has appeared in a video game together with Mario.](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrE1LUCRHZI)


sorry to post about suikoden again but here's Apple

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many suikoden characters that this can be done with

omg yes Jean……Slay queen

has this ever been confirmed as canon??

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@“Funbil”#p37184 I really want there to be another Legendary Hero in between the two and this all we ever see of him.