History Main / AgeWithoutYouth

14th Jun '16 11:13:34 PM Doug86
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* The One Ring from ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' seems to give this. Gollum was kept alive for hundreds of years, and looks like it.

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* The One Ring from ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' seems to give this. Gollum was kept alive for hundreds of years, and looks like it.



** In "The Sound of Drums"/"Last of the Time Lords," the Master artificially ages the Doctor in order to show the Doctor's appearance if he never regenerated and really looked all of his 900 years. This results in the Doctor turning into a creature resembling the offspring of [[Film/LordOfTheRings Gollum]] and a [[Film/HarryPotter House Elf]].

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** In "The Sound of Drums"/"Last of the Time Lords," the Master artificially ages the Doctor in order to show the Doctor's appearance if he never regenerated and really looked all of his 900 years. This results in the Doctor turning into a creature resembling the offspring of [[Film/LordOfTheRings [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Gollum]] and a [[Film/HarryPotter House Elf]].
27th May '16 7:38:35 PM lorgskyegon
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* ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' submits for our approval "The Tale of the Guardian's Curse". An Egyptian mummy is found inside a museum wall and a myth is brought up of an Egyptian goddess who wore the Ring of Eternity and carried the Elixir of Life. It's specifically mentioned many times that "the ring brings eternity" and "the elixir brings life". Two children of an archaeologist disturb it and find the items, spilling some of the elixir on the mummy, which rises from the grave. Their father's coworker, an old man, threatens them and steals the ring, then says he will kill them to stop them from revealing him. One of the children asks at least see if the ring works before they die. The coworker puts it on and is slowly turned into a stone statue. Not a great way to spend eternity. The mummy is then restored with the combination of the ring and elixir.
4th May '16 5:52:29 PM SteveMB
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** Paid {{homage}} by Creator/LarryNiven: the Lucas Gardner era of his ''Literature/KnownSpace'' series includes a "Struldbrug Club" whose minimum age limit for membership rises one year every two years.

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** Paid {{homage}} by Creator/LarryNiven: the Lucas Gardner era Garner era[[note]]where biotechnology enables some people to approach the two-century mark and avoid some but not all the infirmaries of old age[[/note]] of his ''Literature/KnownSpace'' series includes a "Struldbrug Club" whose minimum age limit for membership rises one year every two years.
21st Apr '16 10:03:48 AM Sharlee
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** "The Witch's Familiar" revealed that Daleks, barring death in battle, accidents, or disease, do get old eventually. Although it takes an extremely long time to happen, their organic bodies become so decrepit that they ''melt into slime'', [[AndIMustScream still fully conscious]], and are unceremoniously flushed down into the sewers by the younger generations.

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** "The Witch's Familiar" revealed that Daleks, barring death in battle, accidents, or disease, do get old eventually. Although But, their survive-at-any-cost ideology has compelled them to take this trope UpToEleven. Though it takes an extremely '''extremely''' long time to happen, their organic bodies gradually become so decrepit that they ''melt into slime'', [[AndIMustScream still fully conscious]], and are unceremoniously flushed down into the sewers by the younger generations.
21st Apr '16 10:01:32 AM Sharlee
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** "The Witch's Familiar" revealed that Daleks, barring death in battle, accidents, or disease, do get old eventually. Although it takes an extremely long time to happen, their organic bodies become so decrepit that they ''melt into slime'', [[AndIMustScream still fully conscious]], and are unceremoniously flushed down into the sewers by the younger generations.
2nd Apr '16 2:42:41 PM Fireblood
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The TropeMaker is possibly the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek myths]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tithonus Tithonus]], whose lover and abductor, the dawn goddess Eos, asked Zeus for immortality for him. Because of a curse Aphrodite laid upon Eos, she forgot to ask Zeus to also simultaneously bless the man with eternal youth. As a result of [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Eos' thoughtlessness]], poor Tithonus eventually ended up an immobile old man, squeaking endlessly, [[AFateWorseThanDeath but still living forever]], making this OlderThanFeudalism. (Zeus eventually took pity on him, though, and let the living fossil find a fulfilling career [[ChirpingCrickets as the first cricket.]]) There is also the myth of Sibyl, a mortal prophetess, wished to the gods for immortality, as was granted this. However, she forgot to wish for eternal youth, and thus, did not receive it. Eventually, she withered down to tiny size, and was placed in a tree by children, who would ask her what she wished for. She would answer, "I wish to die".

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The TropeMaker is possibly the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek myths]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tithonus Tithonus]], whose lover and abductor, the dawn goddess Eos, asked Zeus for immortality for him. Because of a curse Aphrodite laid upon Eos, she forgot to ask Zeus to also simultaneously bless the man with eternal youth. As a result of [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Eos' thoughtlessness]], poor Tithonus eventually ended up an immobile old man, squeaking endlessly, [[AFateWorseThanDeath but still living forever]], making this OlderThanFeudalism. (Zeus eventually took pity on him, though, and let the living fossil find a fulfilling career [[ChirpingCrickets as the first cricket.]]) There is also the myth of Sibyl, a mortal prophetess, wished to the gods for immortality, as and was granted this. However, she forgot to wish for eternal youth, and thus, did not receive it. Eventually, she withered down to tiny size, and was placed in a tree by children, who would ask her what she wished for. She would answer, "I wish to die".
19th Feb '16 8:21:44 PM Doug86
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* ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''[=/=]Gambit character Amanda Mueller, alias "Black Womb" for her part in a secret mutant-breeding program, was very long-lived, but slowly aged into a shriveled form that didn't quite look like a normal elderly woman, more like someone mummified but still alive (that could simply be the artist's style).

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* ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''[=/=]Gambit ''ComicBook/XMen''[=/=]Gambit character Amanda Mueller, alias "Black Womb" for her part in a secret mutant-breeding program, was very long-lived, but slowly aged into a shriveled form that didn't quite look like a normal elderly woman, more like someone mummified but still alive (that could simply be the artist's style).
2nd Feb '16 10:18:00 AM WillBGood
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* Creator/AlfredLordTennyson wrote a poem called "[[http://charon.sfsu.edu/TENNYSON/TITHONUS.HTML Tithonus]]," where he asks for his "gift" to be taken away. It's said: "The Gods themselves cannot recall their gifts."

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* Creator/AlfredLordTennyson wrote a poem called "[[http://charon.sfsu.edu/TENNYSON/TITHONUS.HTML "[[http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174656 Tithonus]]," where he asks for his "gift" to be taken away. It's said: "The Gods themselves cannot recall their gifts."
2nd Feb '16 10:02:35 AM WillBGood
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The TropeMaker is possibly the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek myths]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tithonus Tithonus]] and Sibyl, whose lover and abductor, the dawn goddess Eos, asked Zeus for immortality for him. Because of a curse Aphrodite laid upon Eos, she forgot to ask Zeus to also simultaneously bless the man with eternal youth. As a result of [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Eos' thoughtlessness]], poor Tithonus eventually ended up an immobile old man, squeaking endlessly, [[AFateWorseThanDeath but still living forever]], making this OlderThanFeudalism. (Zeus eventually took pity on him, though, and let the living fossil find a fulfilling career [[ChirpingCrickets as the first cricket.]]) Sibyl, a mortal prophetess, wished to the gods for immortality, as was granted this. However, she forgot to wish for eternal youth, and thus, did not receive it. Eventually, she withered down to tiny size, and was placed in a tree by children, who would ask her what she wished for. She would answer, "I wish to die".

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The TropeMaker is possibly the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek myths]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tithonus Tithonus]] and Sibyl, Tithonus]], whose lover and abductor, the dawn goddess Eos, asked Zeus for immortality for him. Because of a curse Aphrodite laid upon Eos, she forgot to ask Zeus to also simultaneously bless the man with eternal youth. As a result of [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Eos' thoughtlessness]], poor Tithonus eventually ended up an immobile old man, squeaking endlessly, [[AFateWorseThanDeath but still living forever]], making this OlderThanFeudalism. (Zeus eventually took pity on him, though, and let the living fossil find a fulfilling career [[ChirpingCrickets as the first cricket.]]) There is also the myth of Sibyl, a mortal prophetess, wished to the gods for immortality, as was granted this. However, she forgot to wish for eternal youth, and thus, did not receive it. Eventually, she withered down to tiny size, and was placed in a tree by children, who would ask her what she wished for. She would answer, "I wish to die".
19th Dec '15 4:57:01 PM ShorinBJ
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** Vampire appearance is likely more complex than age, however. The Master (Heinrich Ness) was said to be 'over 600', yet his appearance in flashbacks to his siring of Darla in the 1600s is the same as in the 1990s. If he was only slightly over 600 this would make him only around 300-400 when he sired her. Other 'old' vampires such as Darla and Dracula have no sign of deformities or other corruption (Dracula even appears human even when using his fangs in contrast to all other vampires seen onscreen). It is possible that magic, demonic taint (the Master's Order of Aurelius worshipped the Old Ones) or a refusal to live in human civilisation, as well as extreme age, cause the changes in appearance.
** In Angel vampires are established as being humans in a symbiotic relationship with a blood-borne warrior-demon. Assumably how much like a blood-crazed satyr one looks is related to one's relationship with the inner demon, and age is just one way to get there. Whatever makes the Master the big bad is likely another, and the super-vampires from the last season are probably close to the demon for a third reason.

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** Vampire appearance is likely more complex than age, however. The Master (Heinrich Ness) was said to be 'over 600', 600' (this may not be canon), yet his appearance in flashbacks to his siring of Darla in the 1600s is the same as in the 1990s. If he was only slightly over 600 this would make him only around 300-400 200-300 when he sired her.her -- or about the same age as Angel in modern times. Other 'old' vampires such as Darla and Dracula have no sign of deformities or other corruption (Dracula even appears human even when using his fangs in contrast to all other vampires seen onscreen). It is possible that magic, demonic taint (the Master's Order of Aurelius worshipped worshiped the Old Ones) or a refusal to live in human civilisation, civilization, as well as extreme age, cause the changes in appearance.
** In Angel vampires are established as being humans in a symbiotic relationship with a blood-borne warrior-demon. Assumably Presumably how much like a blood-crazed satyr one looks is related to one's relationship with the inner demon, and age is just one way to get there. Whatever makes the Master the big bad is likely another, and the super-vampires from the last season are probably close to the demon for a third reason.
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