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19th Oct '17 3:16:13 PM zealots
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* ''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).

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* ''ComicBook/XMen''[=/=]Gambit ''ComicBook/XMen''[=/=]ComicBook/{{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).



* The Brotherhood of Evil member General Immortus is an example of this trope, having aged incredibly over the years while he was immortal.

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* The [[ComicBook/DoomPatrol Brotherhood of Evil Evil]] member General Immortus is an example of this trope, having aged incredibly over the years while he was immortal.



* ''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.



* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Doctor Duncan Benton from season 3 episode is an interesting example. He gets immortality through alchemy, and the 'formula' is not even dark magic. His immortality is this trope, however, and he avoids it by cutting out other people's organs and replacing his own.
* ''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.



* ''Series/TheStoryteller'' episode "The Soldier and Death". Because the Soldier captured Death in a sack, Death is afraid of him and will never come for him. This did nothing to arrest his aging. Eventually he went to Heaven to beg for relief. [[spoiler: It wasn't granted]]. Ironically, seeing this trope in effect in other poor wretches is what convinced him to release Death from the sack.

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* ''Series/TheStoryteller'' episode "The Soldier and Death". Because Played with in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' with Melisandre, who [[spoiler:appears to be a woman in her prime but is revealed late in the Soldier captured Death in a sack, Death is afraid of him and will never come for him. This did nothing series to arrest his aging. Eventually he went be actually be a desiccated crone who has been using her "glamour" magic to Heaven to beg for relief. [[spoiler: It wasn't granted]]. Ironically, seeing this trope in effect in other poor wretches is what convinced him to release Death from appear young the sack.whole time]].


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* ''Series/TheStoryteller'' episode "The Soldier and Death". Because the Soldier captured Death in a sack, Death is afraid of him and will never come for him. This did nothing to arrest his aging. Eventually he went to Heaven to beg for relief. [[spoiler: It wasn't granted]]. Ironically, seeing this trope in effect in other poor wretches is what convinced him to release Death from the sack.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Doctor Duncan Benton from season 3 episode is an interesting example. He gets immortality through alchemy, and the 'formula' is not even dark magic. His immortality is this trope, however, and he avoids it by cutting out other people's organs and replacing his own.


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* Old-school Planeswalkers from ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' played with this, as their physical forms were entirely constructs of their minds and so would appear as how they perceived themselves: pure-hearted walkers such as Daria and Serra maintained a youthful appearance, while more bitter walkers such as Leshrac and Tevesh Szat tended to manifest in forms like this that betrayed their true age. Urza is perhaps the most pointed example, as he initially has the form of a young man (despite dying/ascending at a very advanced age) but as the centuries drag on and he starts succumbing to HeWhoFightsMonsters his physical form becomes increasingly more elderly in appearance.
18th Sep '17 5:18:46 PM Doug86
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* DungeonsAndDragons, (and by extension {{Pathfinder}}) has an interesting inversion with druids. at 15th level they get the Timeless Body ability which means they stop aging (presumably at whatever age they were when they got the ability) and get the mental benefits of old age without the physical drawbacks. They still die of old age when their normal lifespan is up though.

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* DungeonsAndDragons, ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' (and by extension {{Pathfinder}}) ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'') has an interesting inversion with druids. at 15th level they get the Timeless Body ability which means they stop aging (presumably at whatever age they were when they got the ability) and get the mental benefits of old age without the physical drawbacks. They still die of old age when their normal lifespan is up though.
16th Sep '17 7:25:44 PM WillKeaton
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** In Angel we have a vampire named Russel Winters who still has human features and the ability to shift to a vamp face, but his vamp face is more monstrous than other vampirea implying he may be old but not as old as the Master or Kakistos. Season 5 also gives a vampire called the Prince of Lies who's a rare LooksLikeOrlick vamp, apparently very old and without the ability to change his face but again much different from the other old vampires.

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** In Angel we have a vampire named Russel Winters who still has human features and the ability to shift to a vamp face, but his vamp face is more monstrous than other vampirea implying he may be old but not as old as the Master or Kakistos. Season 5 also gives a vampire called the Prince of Lies who's a rare LooksLikeOrlick LooksLikeOrlock vamp, apparently very old and without the ability to change his face but again much different from the other old vampires.
16th Sep '17 7:23:47 PM WillKeaton
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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, 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".

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The TropeMaker is possibly the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek myths]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tithonus 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, 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".



* Creator/AlfredLordTennyson wrote a poem called "[[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."

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* Creator/AlfredLordTennyson wrote a poem called "[[http://www.[[http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174656 Tithonus]]," "Tithonus,"]] where he asks for his "gift" to be taken away. It's said: "The Gods themselves cannot recall their gifts."
16th Sep '17 7:22:31 PM WillKeaton
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* Rasputin in ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' gets hit particularly hard with the short end of the stick. He never even explicitly wished for immortality in the first place, he just made a vow that he "would never rest until the Romanov line is no more!". The evil forces that he bargained with for his soul gave him not only even more tremendous magical powers, but also turned him into a walking, gradually rotting corpse. He can't counteract it, apparently.

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* Rasputin in ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' gets hit particularly hard with the short end of the stick. He never even explicitly wished for immortality in the first place, he just made a vow that he "would never rest until the Romanov line is no more!". more!" The evil forces that he bargained with for his soul gave him not only even more tremendous magical powers, but also turned him into a walking, gradually rotting corpse. He can't counteract it, apparently.
16th Sep '17 7:21:44 PM WillKeaton
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* ComicBook/RasAlGhul from ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' becomes this if he doesn't periodically rejuvenate himself in the Lazarus Pits. There's a ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' animated episode featuring him that shows he will inevitably succumb to this anyway as the Lazarus Pits cannot extend him effectively forever.

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* ComicBook/RasAlGhul from ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' becomes this if he doesn't periodically rejuvenate himself in the Lazarus Pits. There's a ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' animated episode featuring him that shows he will inevitably succumb to this anyway as the Lazarus Pits cannot extend him effectively forever.
10th Sep '17 11:30:54 AM SlimSkeeter
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* Space Vampires is the book that ''Film/{{Lifeforce}}'' above is based upon with similar results for those who don't feed soon enough.
28th Aug '17 10:01:44 PM PaulA
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* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's short story "The Island of the Immortals" features an island where such [[{{Immortality}} immortals]] occasionally appear; though they may age quite slowly, they do not remain young forever. Worse, even the most grievous injuries cannot kill them [[spoiler: and eventually the sheer weight of suffering turns them into (very large) diamonds]].

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* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's short story "The Island of the Immortals" Immortals", in ''Literature/ChangingPlanes'', features an island where such [[{{Immortality}} immortals]] occasionally appear; though they may age quite slowly, they do not remain young forever. Worse, even the most grievous injuries cannot kill them [[spoiler: and eventually the sheer weight of suffering turns them into (very large) diamonds]].
10th Jun '17 1:51:30 PM TristanJeremiah
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* In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', The Oracle of Delphi is cursed with this trope by a [[JerkassGods Jerkass God]]. [[spoiler:but she is later allowed to die when Apollo a points Rachel Elizabeth Dare to replace her as Oracle]]
14th May '17 3:54:15 AM Bootlebat
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* DungeonsAndDragons, (and by extension {{Pathfinder}}) has an interesting inversion with druids. at 15th level they get the Timeless Body ability which means they stop aging (presumably at whatever age they were when they got the ability) and get the mental benefits of old age without the physical drawbacks. They still die of old age when their normal lifespan is up though.
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