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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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* 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.
20th Jul '16 7:34:36 PM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Film/TheSorcerersApprentice'', Balthazar is shown in a montage visiting various countries throughout the centuries in search of the [[ChosenOne Prime Merlinian]], while not aging a day. In present time, he keeps an antique store in New York, having accumulated many items at the time when they weren't antiques.
7th Jun '16 6:22:03 PM Doug86
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* The title character of the Literature/MediochreQSethSeries admits to being OlderThanTheyLook straight off the bat (it's hard ''not'' to when he looks like a [[CantGrowUp fifteen-year-old]]). Charlotte doesn't find out ''how much'' older he is until she visits the house of the almost-equally-old Melinda and sees pictures of him, among other things, [[spoiler: seemingly mourning during UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, watching the departure of the HMS Titanic and running across a rooftop in VictorianLondon]].

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* The title character of the Literature/MediochreQSethSeries admits to being OlderThanTheyLook straight off the bat (it's hard ''not'' to when he looks like a [[CantGrowUp fifteen-year-old]]). Charlotte doesn't find out ''how much'' older he is until she visits the house of the almost-equally-old Melinda and sees pictures of him, among other things, [[spoiler: seemingly mourning during UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, watching the departure of the HMS Titanic and running across a rooftop in VictorianLondon]].



-->'''Maggie Calloway''': My last confrontation with him was back when UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne wasn't yet numbered.

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-->'''Maggie Calloway''': My last confrontation with him was back when UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI wasn't yet numbered.
4th Jun '16 9:55:29 PM gewunomox
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* ''Series/{{Forever}}'' has a few examples. Henry Morgan's pocket watch is eventually revealed to have been a gift from his father just before his (the father's) death and not long before Henry's first death. In fact, the watch is much older, having been passed on from father to son for several generations before that. He also keeps his old medicine bag from the 19th century as a fondly reminder and is upset when his adopted son Abe (who's now in his 60s) sells it; Abe ends up re-purchasing the bag for triple the amount. The 2000-year-old Adam (although that's probably not his real name) likes to find objects from Henry's past and send it to him, including an expensive tray with the Morgan family crest. Adam himself appears to be looking for an object from his own mortal past, a certain Roman dagger from several decades BC (it's eventually revealed that it was one of the daggers that were used to kill JuliusCaesar). Both immortal characters have interacted with well-known historical figures or have been involved in key events. For example, Henry effectively founded forensic science during his attempts to catch JackTheRipper. Adam was being experimented on by [[MadDoctor Josef Mengele]] in Auschwitz and, as such, would never harm anyone who survived the camps.

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* ''Series/{{Forever}}'' has a few examples. Henry Morgan's pocket watch is eventually revealed to have been a gift from his father just before his (the father's) death and not long before Henry's first death. In fact, the watch is much older, having been passed on from father to son for several generations before that. He also keeps his old medicine bag from the 19th century as a fondly reminder and is upset when his adopted son Abe (who's now in his 60s) sells it; Abe ends up re-purchasing the bag for triple the amount. The 2000-year-old Adam (although that's probably not his real name) likes to find objects from Henry's past and send it to him, including an expensive tray with the Morgan family crest. Adam himself appears to be looking for an object from his own mortal past, a certain Roman dagger from several decades BC (it's eventually revealed that it was one of the daggers that were used to kill JuliusCaesar). Both immortal characters have interacted with well-known historical figures or have been involved in key events. For example, Henry effectively founded forensic science during his attempts to catch JackTheRipper.UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper. Adam was being experimented on by [[MadDoctor Josef Mengele]] in Auschwitz and, as such, would never harm anyone who survived the camps.
3rd Jun '16 9:49:13 PM DarkHunter
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-->'''The Doctor''': I've been to every star, I know how they started, I know how they end, and I was probably there both times.[[note]]Most likely an exaggeration, but it does give a good indication of how old the Doctor is when the viewer hears this and doesn't question that it could be true.[[/note]]
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