|See also:||futurefic, de-aging|
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When creators of fanworks depict characters as older than their age in canon, the characters are said to be aged up. Aging characters up may be done to avoid depicting underage characters in sexual situations, or simply because the creator prefers an older version of a character. Works involving aged-up characters are often futurefic, but sometimes simply specify in author's notes or within the work itself that the characters are older than their actual age in canon, which may be considered a form of universe alteration by some fans.