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21st May '16 12:27:49 AM rockmanx
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16th Apr '16 2:46:59 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Music/{{Gloryhammer}}: Both [[TheHermit Ralathor]] and [[TheAhnold HOOTSMAN]] are apparently immortal. No explanation is given for Ralathor, aside from his being a "Mysterious Hermit". HOOTSMAN is explicitly mentioned as being immortal, though it's not explained if he became thus before or after he became a [[{{Cyborg}} cyborg powered by a Neutron Star.]]
11th Mar '16 11:09:10 AM StFan
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-->Music/DJShadow, "Outsider Intro"

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-->Music/DJShadow, -->-- '''Music/DJShadow''', "Outsider Intro"






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* ''ComicBook/ThePhantom'', or rather, [[LegacyImmortality his family]], has been fighting international piracy for some three hundred years under the guise of being the same man. One of comics' {{Ur Example}}s.



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* ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'', or rather, [[LegacyImmortality his family]], has been fighting international piracy for some three hundred years under the guise of being the same man. One of comics' {{Ur Example}}s.
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* Creator/TerryPratchett parodies it in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', where Death speculates that Rincewind is a counterbalance to this, the "Coward with a thousand retreating backs". Discworld also gives us another parody, the octogenarian warrior-hero Cohen the Barbarian, who "[[BadassGrandpa has a lifetime's experience of not dying]]". Discworld also plays the trope straight with BadassGrandpa Lu-Tze, who's a 900-year-old member of a monastic TimePolice. Also perhaps Sam Vimes since ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'': his possession by the [[EldritchAbomination Summoning Dark]] and his resulting special abilities seem to be turning him into an eternal policeman, which can be seen in ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}''.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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Creator/TerryPratchett parodies it in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', where Death speculates that Rincewind is a counterbalance to this, the "Coward with a thousand retreating backs". Discworld backs".
** ''Discworld''
also gives us another parody, the octogenarian warrior-hero Cohen the Barbarian, who "[[BadassGrandpa has a lifetime's experience of not dying]]". Discworld dying]]".
** It
also plays the trope straight with BadassGrandpa Lu-Tze, who's a 900-year-old member of a monastic TimePolice. TimePolice.
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Also perhaps Sam Vimes since ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'': his possession by the [[EldritchAbomination Summoning Dark]] and his resulting special abilities seem to be turning him into an eternal policeman, which can be seen in ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}''.



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* In the ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' movie, [[Series/KamenRider Kamen Rider 1]] claims that for as long as they are needed, there will always be Riders to fight evil.
** It's further expanded on in the 40th Anniversary Movie Let's Go Kamen Riders. As long as people remember the Riders, they will live forever, ensuring the safety of the world for all.

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* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
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In the ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' movie, [[Series/KamenRider Kamen Rider 1]] claims that for as long as they are needed, there will always be Riders to fight evil.
** It's further expanded on in the 40th Anniversary Movie Let's ''Let's Go Kamen Riders.Riders''. As long as people remember the Riders, they will live forever, ensuring the safety of the world for all.



-->''But in the darkest hour''
-->''Whispers begin to tell of a figure emerging from the darkness''
-->''A being without a name, faceless and obscure''
-->''Part presence, part idea they say''
-->''As if the very force they describe has existed for eons''
-->''A dormant seed awaiting nourishment''

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-->''But in the darkest hour''
-->''Whispers
hour\\
Whispers
begin to tell of a figure emerging from the darkness''
-->''A
darkness\\
A
being without a name, faceless and obscure''
-->''Part
obscure\\
Part
presence, part idea they say''
-->''As
say\\
As
if the very force they describe has existed for eons''
-->''A
eons\\
A
dormant seed awaiting nourishment''



* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} has several - or, at least, several great heroes from its history are reputed to have returned several times in this manner. Sigmar Heldenhammer is perhaps the most prominent - Magnus the Pious and Valten being two individuals who are sometimes whispered to have been Sigmar himself returned among the people of Sigmar's Empire. Gilles le Breton, founder of Bretonnia, is said to have returned as the Green Knight - an immortal spirit-protector bound to his land forever. Even Aenarion the Defender - first Phoenix King of the High Elves - is thought by some (including his second wife Morathi!) to have returned in the form of his distant descendent Prince Tyrion.

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* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has several - -- or, at least, several great heroes from its history are reputed to have returned several times in this manner. Sigmar Heldenhammer is perhaps the most prominent - -- Magnus the Pious and Valten being two individuals who are sometimes whispered to have been Sigmar himself returned among the people of Sigmar's Empire. Gilles le Breton, founder of Bretonnia, is said to have returned as the Green Knight - -- an immortal spirit-protector bound to his land forever. Even Aenarion the Defender - first Phoenix King of the High Elves - -- is thought by some (including his second wife Morathi!) to have returned in the form of his distant descendent Prince Tyrion.



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30th Dec '15 5:02:09 AM Morgenthaler
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-->DJShadow, "Outsider Intro"

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-->DJShadow, -->Music/DJShadow, "Outsider Intro"



* The song "Outsider Intro" (quoted at the top of the page) by DJShadow features a sample of a storyteller describing a mythic figured known as "The Outsider"

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* The song "Outsider Intro" (quoted at the top of the page) by DJShadow Music/DJShadow features a sample of a storyteller describing a mythic figured known as "The Outsider"
20th Nov '15 11:23:31 AM narm00
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** ''SupermanRedSon'' shows Superman living far into the future, and reveals that [[spoiler: he is actually the distant descendant of Lex Luthor, whose descendants were similarly super geniuses who lead humanity through millions of years until humans evolved into Kryptonians and the house of Luthor became the House of El. At the end of the story, the baby Kal-El is sent back in time, where he opposes Lex and causes the foundation of Luthor's accomplishments.]]

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** ''SupermanRedSon'' ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'' shows that universe's Superman living far into the future, and reveals that [[spoiler: he is actually the distant descendant of Lex Luthor, whose descendants were similarly super geniuses who lead humanity through millions of years until humans evolved into Kryptonians and the house of Luthor became the House of El. At the end of the story, the baby Kal-El is sent back in time, where he opposes Lex and causes the foundation of Luthor's accomplishments.]]



** ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' also provides an extreme example, where the death of one of the Endless automatically means the nearest suitable mortal turns into them.

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** ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' also provides an extreme example, where the death of another example; when one of the Endless automatically means dies, if the nearest suitable mortal turns into them.right preparations are in place, there will be someone to take their place, until such time as the concept they represent no longer exists.



** In fact, that entire comic is pretty much one big depiction and analysis of this trope, as a side affect of trying to be the end-all be-all summation of Batman in all his forms. (It was written for when Batman died in canon, so it's a eulogy of sorts)

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** In fact, that entire comic is pretty much one big depiction and analysis of this trope, as a side affect of trying to be the end-all be-all summation of Batman in all his forms. (It was written for when Batman died in canon, so it's a eulogy of sorts)sorts.)



* Creator/MarvelComics has quite a few reoccuring heroes. Some are immortal like [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]] and the Eternal Gilgamesh. The first two tend to return to aid humanity time and again and the latter has been a hero under several names including Gilgamesh and Sampson and been mistaken for other heroes like Hercules. New heroes will often take up the names and costumes of older heroes to honor them: ComicBook/CaptainMarVell, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, ComicBook/SpiderWoman, and ComicBook/WhiteTiger are prominent examples. Others are more like reoccurring archetypes: ComicBook/{{X 23}} for ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, Thunderstrike for his father and Thor, Power Man for ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}, etc.

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* Creator/MarvelComics has quite a few reoccuring heroes. Some are immortal like [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]] and the Eternal Gilgamesh. The first two tend to return to aid humanity time and again and the latter has been a hero under several names including Gilgamesh and Sampson Samson and been mistaken for other heroes like Hercules. New heroes will often take up the names and costumes of older heroes to honor them: ComicBook/CaptainMarVell, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, ComicBook/SpiderWoman, and ComicBook/WhiteTiger are prominent examples. Others are more like reoccurring archetypes: ComicBook/{{X 23}} for ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, Thunderstrike for his father and Thor, Power Man for ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}, etc.



* Warhammer has several - or, at least, several great heroes from its history are reputed to have returned several times in this manner. Sigmar Heldenhammer is perhaps the most prominent - Magnus the Pious and Valten being two individuals who are sometimes whispered to have been Sigmar himself returned among the people of Sigmar's Empire. Gilles le Breton, founder of Bretonnia, is said to have returned as the Green Knight - an immortal spirit-protector bound to his land forever. Even Aenarion the Defender - first Phoenix King of the High Elves - is thought by some (including his second wife Morathi!) to have returned in the form of his distant descendent Prince Tyrion.

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* Warhammer TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} has several - or, at least, several great heroes from its history are reputed to have returned several times in this manner. Sigmar Heldenhammer is perhaps the most prominent - Magnus the Pious and Valten being two individuals who are sometimes whispered to have been Sigmar himself returned among the people of Sigmar's Empire. Gilles le Breton, founder of Bretonnia, is said to have returned as the Green Knight - an immortal spirit-protector bound to his land forever. Even Aenarion the Defender - first Phoenix King of the High Elves - is thought by some (including his second wife Morathi!) to have returned in the form of his distant descendent Prince Tyrion.



* Most ancient mythologies have an Eternal Hero. In AncientGrome, it's those heroes who are semi-divine, like Heracles. For the Norse, Germans and Anglo-Saxons, it's Siegfreid and his {{Expy}} son/alter-ego Sigurd. The Irish have Oisinn, Fionn and Cuchullain. In other words, this trope is very much OlderThanFeudalism.

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* Most ancient mythologies have an Eternal Hero. In AncientGrome, [[Myth/ClassicalMythology ancient Greece and Rome]], it's those heroes who are semi-divine, like Heracles. [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Heracles]]. For the Norse, [[Myth/NorseMythology Norse]], Germans and Anglo-Saxons, it's Siegfreid and his {{Expy}} son/alter-ego Sigurd. The Irish [[Myth/CelticMythology Irish]] have Oisinn, Fionn and Cuchullain. In other words, this trope is very much OlderThanFeudalism.



* Latter-Day Saints believe that the Archangel Michael, who defeated Satan during the War in Heaven, is the same being as Adam, the first man on Earth after its creation. Adam being his mortal name and Michael being his heavenly name.

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* Latter-Day Saints believe that the Archangel Michael, ArchangelMichael, who defeated Satan during the War in Heaven, is the same being as Adam, the first man on Earth after its creation. Adam being his mortal name and Michael being his heavenly name.



* ''CaptainPlanet'', as the anthropomorphic personification of Gaia's champion and defender of the planet, probably counts.

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* ''CaptainPlanet'', ''[[WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers Captain Planet]]'', as the anthropomorphic personification {{anthropomorphic personification}} of Gaia's champion and defender of the planet, probably counts.
1st Nov '15 5:57:13 PM thatother1dude
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-->''But in the darkest hour''
-->''Whispers begin to tell of a figure emerging from the darkness''
-->''A being without a name, faceless and obscure''
-->''Part presence, part idea they say''
-->''As if the very force they describe has existed for eons''
-->''A dormant seed awaiting nourishment''

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-->''But ->''But in the darkest hour''
-->''Whispers
hour\\
Whispers
begin to tell of a figure emerging from the darkness''
-->''A
darkness\\
A
being without a name, faceless and obscure''
-->''Part
obscure\\
Part
presence, part idea they say''
-->''As
say\\
As
if the very force they describe has existed for eons''
-->''A
eons\\
A
dormant seed awaiting nourishment''
23rd Oct '15 12:44:44 PM DracoKanji
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* In ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games, various boys called Link across three alternate versions of the same universe take up the mantle of the legendary hero Link to save the world. However, they're not simply {{Legacy Character}}s, it's strongly implied they're different incarnations of the "Spirit of the Hero".
** ''Hyrule Historia'' revealed that, in-universe, the various Links may not share a name at all. Whether this means their given name or surname isn't specified. In the case of the former, "Link" could very well be the Hylian word for this trope.
** ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', while non-canon to the main series, is the first game to explicitly state that Link is the reincarnation of the Spirit of the Hero.

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* In ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games, various boys called Link across three alternate versions of the same universe take up the mantle of the legendary hero Link to save the world. However, they're not simply {{Legacy Character}}s, it's strongly implied they're different incarnations but Chosen Heroes who bear the Spirit of the "Spirit of the Hero".
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Hero. ''Hyrule Historia'' revealed that, in-universe, the various Links may not share a name at all. Whether this means their given name or surname isn't specified. In the case of the former, "Link" could very well be the Hylian word for this trope.
** ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', while non-canon to the main series, is the first game to explicitly state
trope. It also states that Link is the reincarnation of various Links can be descendants or reincarnations, but can also be completely unrelated to former heroes. This seems to imply that the Spirit of the Hero.Hero is more an aspect that a hero possesses (spirit in this case meaning a defining quality), rather than referring to a reborn soul.
13th Oct '15 12:17:15 PM StFan
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* Brian Bendis {{Powers}} features several. The main character Christain Walker is an immortal who lived before the cavemen, but can usually remember as far back as a century. He has been a hero at several time periods in his life including modern. Other heroes like Supershock and Zora were immortals who followed similar patterns. Retro Girl is a case where when one dies she either reincarnates or passes on the mantle/memories/powers to another young girl who becomes a hero.
* MarvelComics has quite a few reoccuring heroes. Some are immortal like [[TheMightyThor Thor]], [[IncredibleHercules Hercules]] and the Eternal Gilgamesh. The first two tend to return to aid humanity time and again and the latter has been a hero under several names including Gilgamesh and Sampson and been mistaken for other heroes like Hercules. New heroes will often take up the names and costumes of older heroes to honor them: ComicBook/CaptainMarVell, CaptainAmerica, SpiderWoman, and ComicBook/WhiteTiger are prominent examples. Others are more like reoccurring archetypes: ComicBook/{{X 23}} for {{Wolverine}}, Thunderstrike for his father and Thor, Power Man for ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}, etc.
* ''Comicbook/ThePhantom'', or rather, [[LegacyImmortality his family]], has been fighting international piracy for some three hundred years under the guise of being the same man. One of comics' {{Ur Example}}s.

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* Brian Bendis {{Powers}} Bendis's ''ComicBook/{{Powers}}'' features several. The main character Christain Walker is an immortal who lived before the cavemen, but can usually remember as far back as a century. He has been a hero at several time periods in his life including modern. Other heroes like Supershock and Zora were immortals who followed similar patterns. Retro Girl is a case where when one dies she either reincarnates or passes on the mantle/memories/powers to another young girl who becomes a hero.
* MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics has quite a few reoccuring heroes. Some are immortal like [[TheMightyThor [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], [[IncredibleHercules [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]] and the Eternal Gilgamesh. The first two tend to return to aid humanity time and again and the latter has been a hero under several names including Gilgamesh and Sampson and been mistaken for other heroes like Hercules. New heroes will often take up the names and costumes of older heroes to honor them: ComicBook/CaptainMarVell, CaptainAmerica, SpiderWoman, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, ComicBook/SpiderWoman, and ComicBook/WhiteTiger are prominent examples. Others are more like reoccurring archetypes: ComicBook/{{X 23}} for {{Wolverine}}, ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, Thunderstrike for his father and Thor, Power Man for ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}, etc.
* ''Comicbook/ThePhantom'', ''ComicBook/ThePhantom'', or rather, [[LegacyImmortality his family]], has been fighting international piracy for some three hundred years under the guise of being the same man. One of comics' {{Ur Example}}s.
10th Oct '15 2:40:30 PM nombretomado
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** About half of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters huge cast]] are Detian, which means that they've taken the Omega-2 retrovirus which gave them TheAgeless with a moderate HealingFactor. Began as heroes whose deeds included saving the [[{{Transformers}} Autobots]] from destruction and leading a revolution on the planet [[NinjaHighSchool Zardon]]. They then were scattered by the BigBad's BatmanGambit, and went into exile for 100 years. They came back and reconstituted the Wedge Defense Force in the 2380s, just in time to save the whole of the Perseus Arm of the galaxy from coming under the rule of the [[Anime/BubblegumCrisis GENOM corporation]].

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** About half of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters huge cast]] are Detian, which means that they've taken the Omega-2 retrovirus which gave them TheAgeless with a moderate HealingFactor. Began as heroes whose deeds included saving the [[{{Transformers}} Autobots]] from destruction and leading a revolution on the planet [[NinjaHighSchool [[ComicBook/NinjaHighSchool Zardon]]. They then were scattered by the BigBad's BatmanGambit, and went into exile for 100 years. They came back and reconstituted the Wedge Defense Force in the 2380s, just in time to save the whole of the Perseus Arm of the galaxy from coming under the rule of the [[Anime/BubblegumCrisis GENOM corporation]].
8th Oct '15 7:07:23 PM nombretomado
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* MarvelComics has quite a few reoccuring heroes. Some are immortal like [[TheMightyThor Thor]], [[IncredibleHercules Hercules]] and the Eternal Gilgamesh. The first two tend to return to aid humanity time and again and the latter has been a hero under several names including Gilgamesh and Sampson and been mistaken for other heroes like Hercules. New heroes will often take up the names and costumes of older heroes to honor them: ComicBook/CaptainMarVell, CaptainAmerica, SpiderWoman, and ComicBook/WhiteTiger are prominent examples. Others are more like reoccurring archetypes: ComicBook/{{X 23}} for {{Wolverine}}, Thunderstrike for his father and Thor, Power Man for LukeCage, etc.

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* MarvelComics has quite a few reoccuring heroes. Some are immortal like [[TheMightyThor Thor]], [[IncredibleHercules Hercules]] and the Eternal Gilgamesh. The first two tend to return to aid humanity time and again and the latter has been a hero under several names including Gilgamesh and Sampson and been mistaken for other heroes like Hercules. New heroes will often take up the names and costumes of older heroes to honor them: ComicBook/CaptainMarVell, CaptainAmerica, SpiderWoman, and ComicBook/WhiteTiger are prominent examples. Others are more like reoccurring archetypes: ComicBook/{{X 23}} for {{Wolverine}}, Thunderstrike for his father and Thor, Power Man for LukeCage, ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}, etc.
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