History Main / ExpositionOfImmortality

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]]
27th May '16 2:56:52 PM Doug86
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* [[CoolOldLady Maggie Calloway]] in Geoph Essex's ''Jackrabbit Messiah'' isn't outright stated to be immortal, but she drops a few of these here and there. For instance, she references ArthurConanDoyle, particularly calling out how good a dancer he was (as if she's remembering from personal experience). She also lists off the heroes (presumably including herself) as a [[BadassBoast boast]] at the villain, and it's not clear that anybody else (besides the gods already listed) could qualify as "immortal":

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* [[CoolOldLady Maggie Calloway]] in Geoph Essex's ''Jackrabbit Messiah'' isn't outright stated to be immortal, but she drops a few of these here and there. For instance, she references ArthurConanDoyle, Creator/ArthurConanDoyle, particularly calling out how good a dancer he was (as if she's remembering from personal experience). She also lists off the heroes (presumably including herself) as a [[BadassBoast boast]] at the villain, and it's not clear that anybody else (besides the gods already listed) could qualify as "immortal":
25th May '16 1:27:15 AM PaulA
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* Creator/DavidGemmell's ''Dark Prince'', one of the Sipstrassi novels, has an epilogue in which the [[AncientGreece Greek]] philosopher Aristotle is strongly implied to also be Leonardo da Vinci; maintaining his long life with the use of [[GreenRocks Sipstrassi]]. The time is given as "unknown," but when [[spoiler: Parmenion]] asks about what happened to Alexander, we're told he died seventeen hundred years ago.

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* Creator/DavidGemmell's ''Dark Prince'', ''Literature/DarkPrince'', one of the Sipstrassi ''Literature/StonesOfPower'' novels, has an epilogue in which the [[AncientGreece Greek]] philosopher Aristotle is strongly implied to also be Leonardo da Vinci; Vinci, maintaining his long life with the use of [[GreenRocks Sipstrassi]]. The time is given as "unknown," but when [[spoiler: Parmenion]] [[spoiler:Parmenion]] asks about what happened to Alexander, we're told he died seventeen hundred years ago.
11th May '16 1:22:59 PM Krwzprtt
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[EldritchAbomination Vaatu]] boasts the "I was old when the world was young" version to Wan during their fight:
-->''"I lived ten thousand livetimes before the first of your kind crawled out of the mud!"''
28th Apr '16 2:50:01 PM margdean56
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* ''Comicbook/TheBoys'': Many of the supes whose powers come from Compound V are also blessed with slower aging processes through it - The Homelander, Stormfront, Vogelbaum himself and Colonel Mallory are all cited as being older than they appear to be. Mallory looks much the same in the 1980s as he did during World War II.

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* ''Comicbook/TheBoys'': Many of the supes whose powers come from Compound V are also blessed with slower aging processes through it - -- The Homelander, Stormfront, Vogelbaum himself and Colonel Mallory are all cited as being older than they appear to be. Mallory looks much the same in the 1980s as he did during World War II.



* ''Film/{{Highlander}}:'' Connor [=MacLeod=] has a collection of things he's picked over his life, masquerades as an antique dealer and gets found out thanks to his handwriting on old title deeds and some inconvenient photos. [=MacLeod=]'s also got many memories of times gone by; saving Rachel from Nazis, dueling drunk in 18th Century New England, and of course, his original life in 16th-century Scotland.

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* ''Film/{{Highlander}}:'' Connor [=MacLeod=] has a collection of things he's picked up over his life, masquerades as an antique dealer and gets found out thanks to his handwriting on old title deeds and some inconvenient photos. [=MacLeod=]'s also got many memories of times gone by; saving Rachel from Nazis, dueling drunk in 18th Century New England, and of course, his original life in 16th-century Scotland.



* In ''Film/DarkShadows'', when we see Angelique's office, there are a dozen very large portraits of her from a different point in history, all the way up to present day.

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* In ''Film/DarkShadows'', when we see Angelique's office, there are a dozen very large portraits of her from a different point points in history, all the way up to present day.



** ''Literature/ThePlayerOfGames'': Chamlis Amalk-Ney, the aging drone who's one of Gurgeh's close friends on Chiark Orbital, is at least four thousand years old by it's own admission (no one is impolite enough to look up it's construction date to find out if it's really ''older''). In between the drone's much larger body than a more modern drone, like the [[ComedicSociopathy warped and snarky]] Mawhrin-Skel, and those two sniping insults at each other about their respective ages, there's also Gurgeh's own musing about the age of Chamlis and how long the drone's been living on Chiark.

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** ''Literature/ThePlayerOfGames'': Chamlis Amalk-Ney, the aging drone who's one of Gurgeh's close friends on Chiark Orbital, is at least four thousand years old by it's its own admission (no one is impolite enough to look up it's its construction date to find out if it's really ''older''). In between the drone's much larger body than a more modern drone, like the [[ComedicSociopathy warped and snarky]] Mawhrin-Skel, and those two sniping insults at each other about their respective ages, there's also Gurgeh's own musing about the age of Chamlis and how long the drone's been living on Chiark.



* Newman's ''Literature/{{Drachenfels}}'' has this a couple of times, between Genevieve and the eponymous villain. Drachenfels himself has his immense age pointed early on; the adventurers reminding themselves that he was around when Sigmar Heldenhammer was still alive, a least two thousand years ago and coming across the remains of his infamous [[AndIMustScream Poison Feast]] in which an ancestor of Oswald's was a victim. Later in the story, we see flashes of Drachenfels' early memories, and they include the arrival of the Slann from the stars, making him, personally, older than ''[[TimeAbyss virtually every other species on the planet]]''. No wonder he called himself [[MeaningfulName Constant]] Drachenfels.

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* Newman's ''Literature/{{Drachenfels}}'' has this a couple of times, between Genevieve and the eponymous villain. Drachenfels himself has his immense age pointed out early on; the adventurers reminding themselves that he was around when Sigmar Heldenhammer was still alive, a least two thousand years ago ago, and coming across the remains of his infamous [[AndIMustScream Poison Feast]] in which an ancestor of Oswald's was a victim. Later in the story, we see flashes of Drachenfels' early memories, and they include the arrival of the Slann from the stars, making him, personally, older than ''[[TimeAbyss virtually every other species on the planet]]''. No wonder he called himself [[MeaningfulName Constant]] Drachenfels.



* Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' has more than a few instances of immortal characters and Elrond in particular evokes Exposition Of Immortality as he pointedly reminds Boromir of ''who'' told Isildur what ''should'' have been done with the One Ring, 3,000 years ago.

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* Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' has more than a few instances of immortal characters and characters. Elrond in particular evokes Exposition Of Immortality as he pointedly reminds Boromir of ''who'' told Isildur what ''should'' have been done with the One Ring, 3,000 years ago.
4th Mar '16 2:27:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Legend}}'': Darkness makes a lot of how long he's been around when taunting Jack about how he can never be destroyed.

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* ''Film/{{Legend}}'': ''Film/{{Legend 1985}}'': Darkness makes a lot of how long he's been around when taunting Jack about how he can never be destroyed.
20th Jan '16 2:20:33 PM margdean56
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* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'''s Hob Gadling. Hob lives forever, thanks to the whim of Dream. He meets up with Morpheus every 100 years, allowing for several instances Such Memories in their conversations with each other; the changing times get a visual reference in the differing costumes and backgrounds shown; ranging from the Tudor tavern they first meet in to the glass and chrome, trendy wine bar in which they're shown at the end of ''Men of Good Fortune.'' His opinion of the Renaissance Festival's accuracy was PlayedForLaughs.

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* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'''s Hob Gadling. Hob lives forever, thanks to the whim of Dream. He meets up with Morpheus every 100 years, allowing for several instances of Such Memories in their conversations with each other; the changing times get a visual reference in the differing costumes and backgrounds shown; ranging from the Tudor tavern they first meet in to the glass and chrome, trendy wine bar in which they're shown at the end of ''Men of Good Fortune.'' His opinion of the Renaissance Festival's accuracy was PlayedForLaughs.
3rd Jan '16 1:31:07 PM thatother1dude
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** In "The Pest", Miss Simian shows Gumball and Anais a number of injuries she's sustained from various historical events. The oldest is a 2 ''million''-year-old scar she has from a time when [[AbusiveParents her parents beat her for teaching her little brother how to make fire.]]

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** In "The Pest", Miss Simian shows Gumball and Anais [[EveryScarHasAStory a number of injuries she's sustained from various historical events. events]]. The oldest is a 2 ''million''-year-old scar she has from a time when [[AbusiveParents her two ''homo erectus'' parents beat her [[ScienceIsBad for teaching her little brother their child how to make fire.]]fire]].
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