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4th Mar '17 10:34:34 AM nombretomado
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** In "Time's Arrow", a two-part episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', the ''Enterprise'' crew runs into Guinan, the El-Aurian bartender on their ship, while on a TimeTravel trip to the 19th century. She's shown talking with MarkTwain and Jack London; but when Data approaches her, believing that she too, has traveled through time, she doesn't know him or the rest of the crew.

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** In "Time's Arrow", a two-part episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', the ''Enterprise'' crew runs into Guinan, the El-Aurian bartender on their ship, while on a TimeTravel trip to the 19th century. She's shown talking with MarkTwain Creator/MarkTwain and Jack London; but when Data approaches her, believing that she too, has traveled through time, she doesn't know him or the rest of the crew.
28th Feb '17 1:14:55 PM Theriocephalus
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28th Feb '17 1:13:50 PM Theriocephalus
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* Shows up in both [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/72998/last-one-standing Last One Standing]] and [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/85411/reflections Reflections.]] In the case of ''FanFic/LastOneStanding'', it's given as a means by which Princess Celestia tries to console Twilight Sparkle by convincing her that [[WhoWantsToLiveForever death is a blessing]] and that there's nothing to be afraid of. In Reflections, it shows up repeatedly throughout the story as Celestia and Luna are talking together about how they miss many mortals long dead whom they remember perfectly. It gives the interesting concept of immortality as a punishment.

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* Shows up in both [[http://www.''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/72998/last-one-standing Last One Standing]] Standing]]'' and [[http://www.''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/85411/reflections Reflections.]] Reflections]].'' In the case of ''FanFic/LastOneStanding'', it's given as a means by which Princess Celestia tries to console Twilight Sparkle by convincing her that [[WhoWantsToLiveForever death is a blessing]] and that there's nothing to be afraid of. In Reflections, it shows up repeatedly throughout the story as Celestia and Luna are talking together about how they miss many mortals long dead whom they remember perfectly. It gives the interesting concept of immortality as a punishment.



* A variant occurs in FanFic/AngelOfTheBat. [[spoiler: The BigBad TheSeraphim is immortal, but has still only been alive for some 30 or 40 odd years. So instead of listing ancient things he's seen and experienced, he briefly lists off the ways people have tried to kill him.]]

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* A variant occurs in FanFic/AngelOfTheBat. ''FanFic/AngelOfTheBat''. [[spoiler: The BigBad TheSeraphim BigBad, the Seraphim, is immortal, but has still only been alive for some 30 or 40 odd years. So instead of listing ancient things he's seen and experienced, he briefly lists off the ways people have tried to kill him.]]
27th Feb '17 5:35:00 PM Zaptech
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', it's not clear just how old [[spoiler: Professor Ozpin]] is, but he makes the statement that "I've made more mistakes than any man, woman, or child on this planet," and his name explicitly breaks the setting's rule about names having some connection to color. The most significant exposition about his age comes from subtle hints and clues, but in Volume Four he explains to Oscar that [[spoiler: his personality transfers from body to body, and he knows what Oscar is going through now (playing host to Ozpin and his memories) because it happened to Ozpin when he was a boy as well.]]
21st Sep '16 5:09:09 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark''series takes place over a number of centuries and largely focused on members of a single family. However, there is one character, who keeps appearing in nearly all novels either as an important character or a cameo. He is a member of a race of [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifters]], whose lifespans are measured in millennia, and has been among humans since the 13th century, either observing or subtly influencing. He mentions helping to finance one of the first printing presses in Europe, providing a crude drawing of the world to Columbus (glimpsed from his one view from orbit centuries before) and then going with him as a simple sailor. He plays a key role in humanity's rise as a galactic power, although he usually works from the shadows. His latest chronological appearance so far is in the spin-off ''Trevelyan's Mission'' series, which takes place many centuries after the main one. He even uses one of his past identities, probably assuming that no one would know.

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* Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark''series ''Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark'' series takes place over a number of centuries and largely focused on members of a single family. However, there is one character, who keeps appearing in nearly all novels either as an important character or a cameo. He is a member of a race of [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifters]], whose lifespans are measured in millennia, and has been among humans since the 13th century, either observing or subtly influencing. He mentions helping to finance one of the first printing presses in Europe, providing a crude drawing of the world to Columbus (glimpsed from his one view from orbit centuries before) and then going with him as a simple sailor. He plays a key role in humanity's rise as a galactic power, although he usually works from the shadows. His latest chronological appearance so far is in the spin-off ''Trevelyan's Mission'' series, which takes place many centuries after the main one. He even uses one of his past identities, probably assuming that no one would know.
7th Sep '16 6:14:34 PM ChronoLegion
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* Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark''series takes place over a number of centuries and largely focused on members of a single family. However, there is one character, who keeps appearing in nearly all novels either as an important character or a cameo. He is a member of a race of [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifters]], whose lifespans are measured in millennia, and has been among humans since the 13th century, either observing or subtly influencing. He mentions helping to finance one of the first printing presses in Europe, providing a crude drawing of the world to Columbus (glimpsed from his one view from orbit centuries before) and then going with him as a simple sailor. He plays a key role in humanity's rise as a galactic power, although he usually works from the shadows. His latest chronological appearance so far is in the spin-off ''Trevelyan's Mission'' series, which takes place many centuries after the main one. He even uses one of his past identities, probably assuming that no one would know.
7th Sep '16 3:26:17 PM FordPrefect
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* Subverted in ''Film/TheManFromEarth'': John Oldman ("Old Man"), an immortal human being born in the stone age and surviving, barely aged, into the 21st century, has a particular paleolithic tool in his home, which he claims he bought in a flea market. Even after [[TheReveal he reveals]] [[TimeAbyss that he is really approximately 14,000 years old]], he still claims that the tool came from a flea market. When asked by his friends why he doesn't keep some mementos of his old life, John tells them that the idea of a [[RealityEnsues person hanging onto the same object for thousands of years is actually pretty absurd.]]
** He did, however, keep a painting given to him and signed by Vangouh.

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* Subverted in ''Film/TheManFromEarth'': John Oldman [[MeaningfulName Oldman]] ("Old Man"), an immortal human being born in the stone age and surviving, barely aged, into the 21st century, has a particular paleolithic tool in his home, which he claims he bought in a flea market. Even after [[TheReveal he reveals]] [[TimeAbyss that he is really approximately 14,000 years old]], he still claims that the tool came from a flea market. When asked by his friends why he doesn't keep some mementos of his old life, John tells them that the idea of a [[RealityEnsues person hanging onto the same object for thousands of years is actually pretty absurd.]]
** He did, however, keep a painting given to him and signed by Vangouh. Van Gogh.
7th Sep '16 3:23:49 PM FordPrefect
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* ''Series/NewAmsterdam'': John keeps painting the Times Square every so often, keeping the different paintings in his apartment to see how New York has changed since he was mortal (back when it was called New Amsterdam). He also keeps having flashbacks to his past encounters and occasionally tells his colleagues what a particular place used to be in such-and-such decade. He also names gives his dogs numbers as names. His current dog is named Thirty-six.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'', a character proves she's immortal by having her future father-in-law look up a photograph of a portrait of the wife of Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), who she is.

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* ''Series/NewAmsterdam'': John keeps painting the Times Square every so often, keeping the different paintings in his apartment to see how New York has changed since he was mortal (back when it was called New Amsterdam). He also keeps having flashbacks to his past encounters encounters, and occasionally tells surprises his colleagues what with his intimate knowledge of old things, such as knowing about a particular place club that used to be a speakeasy in such-and-such decade. TheRoaringTwenties. He also names gives his dogs numbers as names. His names; his current dog one is named Thirty-six.
Thirty-Six. He goes to AA meetings and honestly tells them how long he's been sober (''over 50 years''); when somebody does the math and tries to catch him on that, he simply claims that he looks young for his age. Oh, and then there's the reveal that his BlackBestFriend Omar York (who is 65 years old) is really [[spoiler:his son]].
* In an episode of ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'', a character proves she's immortal by having her future father-in-law look up a photograph of a portrait of her when she was the wife of Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), who she is.(1751-1816).



* The pilot episode of ''Series/NewAmsterdam'' has John paint a picture of Times Square and put it on a board near other paintings of the square from past years, dating back hundreds of years ago. Other people are also surprised at his intimate knowledge of old things, such as knowing about a club that used to be a speakeasy in TheRoaringTwenties. He also goes to AA meetings and honestly tells them (in days) how long he's been sober (''over 50 years''). When somebody does the math and tries to catch him on that, he simply claims that he looks young for his age. Oh, and then there's the reveal that his BlackBestFriend Omar York (who is 65 years old) is really [[spoiler:his son]].
10th Aug '16 12:12:18 PM TheUnknownUploader
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10th Aug '16 12:09:46 PM TheUnknownUploader
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* Subverted in ''Film/TheManFromEarth'': John Oldman ("Old Man"), an immortal human being born in the stone age and surviving, barely aged, into the 21st century, has a particular paleolithic tool in his home, which he claims he bought in a flea market. Even after [[TheReveal he reveals]] [[TimeAbyss that he is really approximately 14,000 years old]], he still claims that the tool came from a flea market. When asked by his friends why he doesn't keep some mementos of his old life, John tells them that the idea of a person hanging onto the same object for thousands of years is actually pretty absurd.

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* Subverted in ''Film/TheManFromEarth'': John Oldman ("Old Man"), an immortal human being born in the stone age and surviving, barely aged, into the 21st century, has a particular paleolithic tool in his home, which he claims he bought in a flea market. Even after [[TheReveal he reveals]] [[TimeAbyss that he is really approximately 14,000 years old]], he still claims that the tool came from a flea market. When asked by his friends why he doesn't keep some mementos of his old life, John tells them that the idea of a [[RealityEnsues person hanging onto the same object for thousands of years is actually pretty absurd.]]
** He did, however, keep a painting given to him and signed by Vangouh.
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