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29th Jan '16 4:15:23 AM Morgenthaler
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** Also the plot of the very early made-for-tv Creator/KeanuReeves movie ''Young Again'', from which ''SeventeenAgain'' seems to be ''heavily'' drawn. ''17 Again'' is practically an unoffical(?) remake of the film.
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** * Also the plot of the very early made-for-tv Creator/KeanuReeves movie ''Young Again'', from which ''SeventeenAgain'' ''17 Again'' seems to be ''heavily'' drawn. ''17 Again'' is practically an unoffical(?) remake of the film.

** [[spoiler:The Fountain in ''On Stranger Tides'' is played with. It doesn't make you any younger, but instead adds years to your life. However you need someone to take the years from...]]
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** [[spoiler:The * The Fountain in ''On Stranger Tides'' ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'' is played with. It doesn't make you any younger, but instead adds years to your life. However you need someone to take the years from...]]
24th Jan '16 10:17:18 PM Vios
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* In ''[[ComicBook/AthenaVoltaire Athena Voltaire and the Isle of the Dead]]'', it's recounted that a Spanish explorer discovered the Fountain of Youth. The effects lasted a while, but had to be refreshed from time to time. Eventually, however, he noticed that the Fountain was showing signs of depletion; rather than risk returning one day to find it gone, he filled up as many barrels as he could. The ship he put them on, however, was sunk — setting up the plot.
6th Jan '16 6:09:08 AM Jackie-Chaos-Bunny
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29th Dec '15 7:24:50 AM MarqFJA
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Contrast with OvernightAgeUp and PlotRelevantAgeUp. Compare ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, where an individual is vastly older than even the maximum natural lifespan for their species, and does not look as ancient they actually are; MerlinSickness, where the individual's aging progresses in a backwards fashion (i.e. they grow younger rather than older); and LongevityTreatment, where one's maximum lifespan is increased (which [[AgeWithoutYouth does not necessarily come with youth]]). See also HealingSpring.
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Contrast with OvernightAgeUp and PlotRelevantAgeUp. Compare ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, where an individual is vastly older than even the maximum natural lifespan for their species, and does not look looks nowhere near as ancient as they actually are; MerlinSickness, where the individual's aging progresses in a backwards fashion (i.e. they grow younger rather than older); and LongevityTreatment, where one's maximum lifespan is increased (which [[AgeWithoutYouth does not necessarily come with youth]]). See also HealingSpring.
29th Dec '15 7:19:57 AM rafi
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* In ''Anime/ExpelledFromParadise'', Angela Balzack has spent her whole life since infancy digitized, living in a virtual world with 98% of humanity in the same boat. She's also Third Officer for System Security. When a real world hacker potentially threatens the peace and stability of that virtual world, DEVA, she has to got out into the real world. One problem: her original body is long dead. Fortunalty, the machines that run DEVA always save a DNA sample of every infant they digitize, in case of just such an emergency, so that they can clone new bodies, and uses age-accelerating incubation pods. However, Angela want to get the jump on all the other agents being sent into the real world, so she cuts her new bodies incubation period short, leaving her body at age 16 instead of... whatever age she is chronologically(we don't actually know).[[spoiler: She eventually gets trapped in her teenaged body when she rebels against DEVA's cruel and oppressive government. Come on, they deleted ROCK AND ROLL!!!]] * Happened in ''Manga/SketDance'': ** The first time was with Bossun after accidentally drinking Chuu-san's youth potion, mistaking it for a bottle of cola. Himeko [[CutenessProximity absolutely flips over him]]. ** The second time was with Himeko and Momoka, several chapters later, at the same time, with the ''same bottle of cola''. Suffice to say, Bossun had a swell time looking after them. ** In the anime, two girls from the student council drink it on purpose, because "life is an adventure". Needless to say, it makes things even harder. In both versions, when the rejuvenated girls drink the antidote, they get ten years older than normal. And of course, by the time the next episode starts,[[UnexplainedRecovery they're back to their normal ages again]]. ** Happened for the third time in Chapter 239, with [[TheRival Tsubaki]]. Except this time he reverted both in physical ''and'' mental state. Everyone, including Bossun and Daisy, gushes over [[CutenessProximity how cute he is]].

* Episode 9 of ''KeroroGunsou'' features mother Aki Hinata getting turned into a teenager by Kururu's newest invention. In a later episode, the same gun turns Fuyuki into a kindergardener. even later, Natsumi, Keroro, Giroro, and Kururu also get zapped by this gun. [[spoiler: In one episode, the entire planet gets zapped by this gun, setting time back by about twenty years.]] * ''Anime/SailorMoon'' has several examples. In the end of the third season (''Sailor Moon S''), Hotaru, after sacrificing herself to save the world, is brought back as an infant with no memories of her previous life. In the fourth season (''Sailor Moon [=SuperS=]''), [=PallaPalla=] casts a spell on Usagi and Chibiusa that briefly exchange their ages for one episode - causing havoc as Chibiusa, having fulfilled her dream of becoming a beautiful adult, is now unable to summon Pegasus and Sailor Moon can't defeat the Lemures without him. In the beginning of the fifth season (''Sailor Moon Stars''), Hotaru [[PlotRelevantAgeUp rapidly grows back]] as her memories return, and the previous season's BigBad, Nehellenia, is returned to childhood to allow her to relive her life and avoid the mistakes that turned her into a villain in the first place. ** In the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], [=PallaPalla=] swaps Usagi and Chibiusa's in the first chapter of the Dream arc, which is actually done to depower the two of them. They eventually overcome it and transform into their proper bodies using their henshin phrases. Later in the same arc, Zirconia depowers both Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask in the same manner, turning them into six year olds and preventing them from accessing their magic. Pegasus reverses it by transporting them to Elysion, which has enough purifying power to break the spell. * The Nehellenia story is reused in ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', but with Michal, the IllGirl and not-quite-villain. * ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': ** Lukkosai, who tried to use the spring of drowned child to regain his youth, but instead just goes from way too old to way too young (both [[MiniatureSeniorCitizens about the same size]]). He then uses this form to get revenge on Happo while pretending to be his own grandson. ** Another story involved mushrooms that change your age in years to their length in centimeters. Ryoga eats a short one and then makes Ranma eat one. They spend most of the chapter trying to change back by growing mushrooms big enough to return them to their normal ages, while constantly sabotaging each others' mushrooms. ** And yet another story from the manga has Happosai feeling the pangs of old age. He finds out about a potion that will restore his youth, but first he needs the tears of a beast that is both male and female. The next thing you know, tear gas and onions fly liberally around Ranma. When he finally succeeds (by poking a pressure point that makes Ranma [[OcularGushers gush out tears like a firehose]]) he trips, and splashes the tears all over the floor. Kasumi wipes them up with a rag, but since it had been used to clean up soy sauce, the resulting potion regresses Happosai's ''mind'' to that of a baby. * Alessi in Part 3 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' does this to opponents with his Stand, Sethan. The longer you stand in his shadow (through which Sethan manifests), the younger you get, including your Stand getting weaker (and that's only if you developed your stand at a young age) and in one instance is able to turn a woman into a fetus. Unfortunately for Alessi, when he tries this on Jotaro, he learns the hard way Jotaro was {{Badass}} even at age seven. ** It turns even worse out for him in the game when he used it on Joseph. Due to Joseph already being very old, it only regressed him into his late teens. Unfortunately for Alessi, that was the age when Joseph was at his prime and beat the Pillar Men, who were FAR stronger than any Stand users in Part 3. Joseph maintains his youth for a while after beating Alessi, but it eventually wears off and he returns to normal, wishing it could've been permanent. * In ''KoiKoi7'', after Yayoi Asuka ([[EyepatchOfPower the one with the eyepatch]]) goes berserk, she's rebooted in one of Otome's spare bodies as a cute young girl named Gantai-chan who doesn't remember much of what happened before. * In the Dark Tournament arc of ''YuYuHakusho'', an enemy uses a special mist meant to de-age its victims past the point of conception. Unfortunately for him, his target was Kurama, and once his human body went into non-existence, his previous incarnation - full-powered demon Yokokurama - manifested and quickly dispatched him. * ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' has an example of this one. [[TokenMiniMoe Yukari and Kokoa]], after realizing that they're not being taken seriously due to their age, use some of Yukari's age-up pills for a [[OvernightAgeUp temporary change]]. When the pills wear off, Kokoa finds herself ''younger'' than before. She finds herself in trouble shortly thereafter, only to be saved by the entire UnwantedHarem (sans Tsukune) turned into children along with her. Much cuteness and butt-kicking ensues. * ''Franchise/DragonBall'': ** King Piccolo and Lord Slug used the titular MacGuffin to restore their youth, putting their power at prime. Roshi and his sister Baba actually drank from a Fountain of Youth, which, rather than restore their youth, fixed them at that age, unable to die from old age. ** Goku turning into a child is part of the whole ''concept'' of ''Anime/DragonBallGT''. ** The concept was used again in the 2013 film ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'' where the [[GoldfishPoopGang Pilaf Gang]] were transformed into children off screen. * Who can ever forget [=APTX-4869=] in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''? It regressed Shinichi Kudo and Shiho Miyano's ''body'' by around ten years, causing two {{Teen Genius}}es to live in first graders' bodies. On the other hand, [=APTX-4869=] [[MillionToOneChance is employed as a poison and is generally successful]].
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* Episode 9 In an episode of ''KeroroGunsou'' features mother Aki Hinata getting turned ''Manga/AkazukinChacha'', the main trio is tricked by some bad guys into drinking rejuvenation potion, and turn back into babies. Seravy and Dorothy are also reverted to kids. Of course, they all turn back at the end. * A plot used multiple times in ''Franchise/{{Anpanman}}''. A couple episodes have had Baikinman make a spray that changes anyone (or anything) in contact with it into babies (with objects becoming earlier stages, like a tree becoming a sapling). He does this as ways to make Anpanman weak against him, but it always gets foiled in the end. One theatrical short showed there's an entire lake, one side red, which turns the victim into a teenager by Kururu's newest invention. In a later episode, baby, the same gun turns Fuyuki other side blue, which returns them to normal. Another theatrical short had Hiyariko, an aspiring scientist, create a potion to make Baikinman stronger...only to turn him into a kindergardener. even later, Natsumi, Keroro, Giroro, baby. When he runs off, she makes what she thinks is an antidote, and Kururu also get zapped by this gun. [[spoiler: In one episode, sprays it all around the town...only to turn the entire planet gets zapped by town into babies. Thankfully, this gun, setting potion was only temporary, and everyone returned to normal eventually on their own. * This is part of the premise of ''Manga/AsatteNoHoukou'' : when they both happen to meet at the same time in front of a wishing stone, a young woman transforms into a little girl, and vice-versa. It is implied they change back by about twenty years.]] * ''Anime/SailorMoon'' has several examples. In at the end of the third season (''Sailor Moon S''), Hotaru, after sacrificing herself to save the world, is brought back as an infant with no memories of her previous life. In the fourth season (''Sailor Moon [=SuperS=]''), [=PallaPalla=] casts a spell on Usagi and Chibiusa that briefly exchange their ages for one episode - causing havoc as Chibiusa, having fulfilled her dream of becoming a beautiful adult, is now unable to summon Pegasus and Sailor Moon can't defeat the Lemures without him. In the beginning of the fifth season (''Sailor Moon Stars''), Hotaru [[PlotRelevantAgeUp rapidly grows back]] as her memories return, and the previous season's BigBad, Nehellenia, is returned to childhood to allow her to relive her life and avoid the mistakes that turned her into a villain in the first place. ** In the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], [=PallaPalla=] swaps Usagi and Chibiusa's in the first chapter of the Dream arc, which is actually done to depower the two of them. They eventually overcome it and transform into their proper bodies using their henshin phrases. Later in the same arc, Zirconia depowers both Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask in the same manner, turning them into six year olds and preventing them from accessing their magic. Pegasus reverses it by transporting them to Elysion, which has enough purifying power to break the spell. * The Nehellenia story is reused in ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', but with Michal, the IllGirl and not-quite-villain. * ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': ** Lukkosai, who tried to use the spring of drowned child to regain his youth, but instead just goes from way too old to way too young (both [[MiniatureSeniorCitizens about the same size]]). He then uses this form to get revenge on Happo while pretending to be his own grandson. ** Another story involved mushrooms that change your age in years to their length in centimeters. Ryoga eats a short one and then makes Ranma eat one. They spend most of the chapter trying to change back by growing mushrooms big enough to return them to their normal ages, while constantly sabotaging each others' mushrooms. ** And yet another story from the manga has Happosai feeling the pangs of old age. He finds out about a potion that will restore his youth, but first he needs the tears of a beast that is both male and female. The next thing you know, tear gas and onions fly liberally around Ranma. When he finally succeeds (by poking a pressure point that makes Ranma [[OcularGushers gush out tears like a firehose]]) he trips, and splashes the tears all over the floor. Kasumi wipes them up with a rag, but since it had been used to clean up soy sauce, the resulting potion regresses Happosai's ''mind'' to that of a baby. * Alessi in Part 3 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' does this to opponents with his Stand, Sethan. The longer you stand in his shadow (through which Sethan manifests), the younger you get, including your Stand getting weaker (and that's only if you developed your stand at a young age) and in one instance is able to turn a woman into a fetus. Unfortunately for Alessi, when he tries this on Jotaro, he learns the hard way Jotaro was {{Badass}} even at age seven. ** It turns even worse out for him in the game when he used it on Joseph. Due to Joseph already being very old, it only regressed him into his late teens. Unfortunately for Alessi, that was the age when Joseph was at his prime and beat the Pillar Men, who were FAR stronger than any Stand users in Part 3. Joseph maintains his youth for a while after beating Alessi, but it eventually wears off and he returns to normal, wishing it could've been permanent. * In ''KoiKoi7'', after Yayoi Asuka ([[EyepatchOfPower the one with the eyepatch]]) goes berserk, she's rebooted in one of Otome's spare bodies as a cute young girl named Gantai-chan who doesn't remember much of what happened before. * In the Dark Tournament arc of ''YuYuHakusho'', an enemy uses a special mist meant to de-age its victims past the point of conception. Unfortunately for him, his target was Kurama, and once his human body went into non-existence, his previous incarnation - full-powered demon Yokokurama - manifested and quickly dispatched him. * ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' has an example of this one. [[TokenMiniMoe Yukari and Kokoa]], after realizing that they're not being taken seriously due to their age, use some of Yukari's age-up pills for a [[OvernightAgeUp temporary change]]. When the pills wear off, Kokoa finds herself ''younger'' than before. She finds herself in trouble shortly thereafter, only to be saved by the entire UnwantedHarem (sans Tsukune) turned into children along with her. Much cuteness and butt-kicking ensues. * ''Franchise/DragonBall'': ** King Piccolo and Lord Slug used the titular MacGuffin to restore their youth, putting their power at prime. Roshi and his sister Baba actually drank from a Fountain of Youth, which, rather than restore their youth, fixed them at that age, unable to die from old age. ** Goku turning into a child is part of the whole ''concept'' of ''Anime/DragonBallGT''. ** The concept was used again in the 2013 film ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'' where the [[GoldfishPoopGang Pilaf Gang]] were transformed into children off screen. * Who can ever forget [=APTX-4869=] in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''? It regressed Shinichi Kudo and Shiho Miyano's ''body'' by around ten years, causing two {{Teen Genius}}es to live in first graders' bodies. On the other hand, [=APTX-4869=] [[MillionToOneChance is employed as a poison and is generally successful]].series.

* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', WeaselMascot Chamo produces a jar of magical (and illegal) candy that can produce this effect as a sort of illusion (red candy [[OvernightAgeUp for older]], blue for this) both for fun on the part of the girls and as a StrangelyEffectiveDisguise when they [[ClearMyName become wanted people]]. It's been implied that TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody, resulting in the aged-down characters acting with far lower maturity than usual, though they retain their intelligence. This doesn't work both ways, so their [[TheCutie adult forms behave like giddy teens]].

* An ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' doujinshi features Edgeworth turning into a cute little boy thanks to a Fey family recipe gone awry. Given that he was just about to take Wright's place in a case, HilarityEnsues. * ''IchinenseiNiNacchattara'' has this as part of its core concept, with main character Iori going from high school to elementary school, and getting [[GenderBender gender-bent]] in the process. However, he retains his original personality, and he's not happy about becoming an elementary school girl. ** Later on, [[spoiler: almost the entire town regresses into kids. This causes mass hysteria across the city, since the rejuvenation virus was rather contagious, but since Iori held the antibody, everyone was later returned to normal]]. * ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'s NonSerialMovie: Nobita in the Wan-Nyan Spacetime Odyssey'' follows the story of Eiji, an anthropomorphic dog who travels across time to find his ex-owner, Nobita, but the unstable time tunnel causes him to warp into another place and ended up being turned back into an infant. This also happens later with Gian and Suneo, but only temporarily. * ''Manga/OnePiece'': ** The supernova Jewelry Bonney's Devil Fruit allows her to change the age of whoever she wants. Guess what she usually does when enemies get in her way? ** From the twelvth movie ''Anime/OnePieceFilmZ'', Ain's Modo Modo no Mi powers allow her to rejuvenate her opponents. Unlike Bonney's powers, however, it works on inanimate objects too, and it can only work backwards, whereas Bonney can also age her opponents. [[spoiler: Nami, Chopper, Robin and Brook all got hit by it, regressing the former two into children, Robin into a teenager, and... not altering Brook's physical appearance at all, [[DemBones since he's a skeleton]].]] ** Nightin from the ''3D2Y'' TV special is an [[{{Gonk}} ugly]] and [[MiniatureSeniorCitizen short]] 80-year old woman, but by using medicine of her own conception, she can rejuvenate herself into a much more beautiful young woman. * One of the first monsters in ''Devil & Devil'' is a huge tentacled... thing, that sucks time out of people. It turned a young woman and two young girls into babies, and a third young girl into a child, but they all turned back to normal when it got its ass handed to it by Sword.

* The Korean manhwa series ''Horror Collector'' depicts ElizabethBathory as a young adult who frequently reverts back to her teenage self through her regular {{Blood Bath}}s. * In ''Anime/{{Stitch}}'', Babyfier (a creature that can turn people into babies) makes 3 appearances. ** In "Rivals stick Together" Babyfier is unleashed at a school turning most of the students and adults into babies. ** In another episode Babyfier turns the main character and her friends into toddlers. ** In the third episode, Babyfier is now good and turns a couple of the villians into babies. * This is basically the point of ''Mayonaka Lolita'' : Mishiru Kachiwabara, a very beautiful young girl, is given a strange juice by a male student (Aoi Makimura) she had never seen before. As it turns out, that juice is a rejuvenation potion, that their teacher [[WhatAnIdiot had mistakenly given to Aoi as juice]], and Mishiru regresses into a little girl. Her teacher tells her the only way to get back to normal is to kiss the person she loves, but tough luck, Mishiru doesn't love anybody. Because she can't go back home as a child, Aoi brings her to his house and allows her to stay there. [[spoiler: They eventually do kiss at the end of the first chapter, and Michiru turns back to normal... before turning into a child again]]. * In the episode "Ultra Hot Kid's Meal" of ''[[Anime/GalaxyAngel Galaxy Angel A]]'', the Angel Brigade mistakes a Lost Technology for a box of uirō and turn into children, toddlers, and in Milfeulle's case, a baby. Because TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody, the girls gave the twins a pretty hard time looking after them. * This is part of the premise of ''Manga/AsatteNoHoukou'' : when they both happen to meet at the same time in front of a wishing stone, a young woman transforms into a little girl, and vice-versa. It is implied they change back at the end of the series. * In an episode of ''Manga/AkazukinChacha'', the main trio is tricked by some bad guys into drinking rejuvenation potion, and turn back into babies. Seravy and Dorothy are also reverted to kids. Of course, they all turn back at the end. * In ''Gakkou Kaidan'' (a Yousuke Takahashi manga that's [[IThoughtItMeant unrelated to the anime]] ''Anime/GhostStories''), a VillainousHarlequin transforms a young girl into a baby and a young female teacher into a kid. Both turn back to normal when the harlequin gets his ass kicked. * ''Manga/MarvelousMelmo'': Nine year-old Melmo's magical pills allow her to change her age as she pleases. Depending on the situation, she can change herself into a baby, a nineteen-year old girl, or even [[VoluntaryShapeshifting regress back into a fetus in order to be reborn as an animal]], should she need to. * In a chapter of the Japan-exclusive ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptunia'' manga (Part of said chapter can be seen [[http://visibletime.ararchive.com/_Anim-Hyperdimension_Neptunia2_.jpg here]]), this happens to Nepgear, Rom and Ram, and Uni, who regress into babies after eating some pills that Neptune accidentally gave them. Of course, Neptune has a pretty hard time looking after them, until Gust gave her the pills to change the girls back.

* A plot used multiple times in ''Franchise/{{Anpanman}}''. A couple episodes have had Baikinman make a spray that changes anyone (or anything) in contact with it into babies (with objects becoming earlier stages, like a tree becoming a sapling). He does this as ways to make Anpanman weak against him, but it always gets foiled in the end. One theatrical short showed there's an entire lake, one side red, which turns the victim into a baby, the other side blue, which returns them to normal. Another theatrical short had Hiyariko, an aspiring scientist, create a potion to make Baikinman stronger...only to turn him into a baby. When he runs off, she makes what she thinks is an antidote, and sprays it all around the town...only to turn the entire town into babies. Thankfully, this potion was only temporary, and everyone returned to normal eventually on their own. * [[spoiler:Jack Vessalius]] has this happen to him in ''PandoraHearts'' as a result of being rejected by the Abyss. [[spoiler:His soul was shattered to pieces during the fight between Alice, Alyss and the Core of the Abyss. As a result, he kept on de-aging in a cycle:every time he reached the age of twenty-five, he will become younger and younger. Jack's mind has disappeared almost entirely due to a result, leaving only B-rabbit! Oz in place of him, who, according to the manga: "Had lost all of his memories and his powers and fell in a deep slumber." It is unknown at this point if it will happen to Oz since he was in the Abyss for ten years, making him twenty-five, but considering the fact that he himself is a chain, it may or may not happen to him.]] * ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'': ** In the "Heart of Jupiter" arc, [[spoiler: Keima is sent back to the past via MentalTimeTravel and given a mission to save a cute but emotionless and mysterious young girl from commiting suicide. If she gets overtaken by despair, she starts getting younger until she's transformed into a baby, which triggers a ResetButton that sends Keima back to the start of the mission. However, he can stop her from getting younger by kissing her before she turns into a baby]]. ** The main manga also had a three-chapter spinoff called ''Magical Star Kanon 100%'', focused on, as the name implies, Kanon Nakagawa. In it, she is turned into a child by a Runaway Spirit and has to hide her identity and find a way to get back to her true age. The OVA version even has Elsie turn back into a child.
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* A plot used multiple times in ''Franchise/{{Anpanman}}''. A couple episodes have had Baikinman make a spray that changes anyone (or anything) in contact with it into babies (with objects becoming earlier stages, like a tree becoming a sapling). He does this as ways to make Anpanman weak against him, but it always gets foiled in the end. One theatrical short showed there's an entire lake, one side red, which turns the victim into a baby, the other side blue, which returns them to normal. Another theatrical short had Hiyariko, an aspiring scientist, create a potion to make Baikinman stronger...only to turn him into a baby. When he runs off, she makes what she thinks is an antidote, and sprays it all around the town...only to turn the entire town into babies. Thankfully, this potion was only temporary, and everyone returned to normal eventually on their own. * [[spoiler:Jack Vessalius]] Amber from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' has this happen to him as her [[PowerAtAPrice remuneration]]; she regresses in ''PandoraHearts'' as a result of being rejected by the Abyss. [[spoiler:His soul was shattered to pieces during the fight between Alice, Alyss and the Core of the Abyss. As a result, he kept on de-aging in a cycle:every age every time he reached that she uses her powers. [[spoiler:In the age of twenty-five, he will become younger and younger. Jack's mind has disappeared almost entirely end, she ends up fading into nothingness altogether due to a result, leaving only B-rabbit! Oz in place of him, who, according to the manga: "Had lost all of his memories and his powers and fell in a deep slumber." It is unknown at this point if it will happen to Oz since he was in the Abyss for ten years, making him twenty-five, but considering the fact that he himself is a chain, it may or may not happen to him.]] * ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'': ** In the "Heart of Jupiter" arc, [[spoiler: Keima is sent back to the past via MentalTimeTravel and given a mission to save a cute but emotionless and mysterious young girl from commiting suicide. If she gets overtaken by despair, she starts getting younger until she's transformed into a baby, which triggers a ResetButton that sends Keima back to the start of the mission. However, he can stop her from getting younger by kissing her before she turns into a baby]]. ** The main manga also had a three-chapter spinoff called ''Magical Star Kanon 100%'', focused on, as the name implies, Kanon Nakagawa. In it, she is turned into a child by a Runaway Spirit and has to hide her identity and find a way to get back to her true age. The OVA version even has Elsie turn back into a child.overuse.]]

* In an episode of ''[[Anime/PrettySammy Magical Project S]]'', this happens to Sasami as a after-effect of an aging potion. The aging initially works well, but after Sasami returns to her normal age, she turns into a baby overnight. * In episode 3 ''Manga/MamotteLollipop'', Rokka temporarily transforms Nina into a baby out of jealousy.
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* In Who can ever forget [=APTX-4869=] in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''? It regressed Shinichi Kudo and Shiho Miyano's ''body'' by around ten years, causing two {{Teen Genius}}es to live in first graders' bodies. On the other hand, [=APTX-4869=] [[MillionToOneChance is employed as a poison and is generally successful]]. * One of the first monsters in ''Devil & Devil'' is a huge tentacled... thing, that sucks time out of people. It turned a young woman and two young girls into babies, and a third young girl into a child, but they all turned back to normal when it got its ass handed to it by Sword. * ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'s NonSerialMovie: Nobita in the Wan-Nyan Spacetime Odyssey'' follows the story of Eiji, an episode of ''[[Anime/PrettySammy Magical Project S]]'', this anthropomorphic dog who travels across time to find his ex-owner, Nobita, but the unstable time tunnel causes him to warp into another place and ended up being turned back into an infant. This also happens to Sasami as a after-effect of an aging potion. The aging initially works well, later with Gian and Suneo, but after Sasami returns only temporarily. * ''Franchise/DragonBall'': ** King Piccolo and Lord Slug used the titular MacGuffin to her normal restore their youth, putting their power at prime. Roshi and his sister Baba actually drank from a Fountain of Youth, which, rather than restore their youth, fixed them at that age, she turns unable to die from old age. ** Goku turning into a baby overnight. child is part of the whole ''concept'' of ''Anime/DragonBallGT''. ** The concept was used again in the 2013 film ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'' where the [[GoldfishPoopGang Pilaf Gang]] were transformed into children off screen. * In episode 3 ''Manga/MamotteLollipop'', Rokka temporarily transforms Nina ''Anime/ExpelledFromParadise'', Angela Balzack has spent her whole life since infancy digitized, living in a virtual world with 98% of humanity in the same boat. She's also Third Officer for System Security. When a real world hacker potentially threatens the peace and stability of that virtual world, DEVA, she has to got out into the real world. One problem: her original body is long dead. Fortunalty, the machines that run DEVA always save a baby out DNA sample of jealousy.every infant they digitize, in case of just such an emergency, so that they can clone new bodies, and uses age-accelerating incubation pods. However, Angela want to get the jump on all the other agents being sent into the real world, so she cuts her new bodies incubation period short, leaving her body at age 16 instead of... whatever age she is chronologically(we don't actually know).[[spoiler: She eventually gets trapped in her teenaged body when she rebels against DEVA's cruel and oppressive government. Come on, they deleted ROCK AND ROLL!!!]]

* Some chapters/episodes of ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' and the ''To-Love-Ru Darkness'' OVA feature a creature named the "skunk of youth", which regresses some of the main characters, among others, into kids. * In ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'', [[spoiler:one of Fabian's devils]] has a spell that de-ages the target and successfully enchants [[spoiler:[[OneManArmy Sieglinde]]]] with it to incapacitate her.

* Amber from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' has this as her [[PowerAtAPrice remuneration]]; she regresses in age every time that she uses her powers. [[spoiler:In the end, she ends up fading into nothingness altogether due to overuse.]] * ''Manga/{{MAR}}'': Much like the ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' example mentioned above, [[spoiler: this is what happens to Loco every time she uses her powers. By the time she's introduced, she looks like a child of around 11 or 12, despite actually being 32 years old. She eventually turns back into a baby after a HeroicSacrifice, and is being taken care of by Chaton and Alan near the end of the series]]. * In an episode of ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'', the main heroines are turned into kids, and need to find a way to turn back.

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* Amber from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' In ''Gakkou Kaidan'' (a Yousuke Takahashi manga that's [[IThoughtItMeant unrelated to the anime]] ''Anime/GhostStories''), a VillainousHarlequin transforms a young girl into a baby and a young female teacher into a kid. Both turn back to normal when the harlequin gets his ass kicked. * In the episode "Ultra Hot Kid's Meal" of ''[[Anime/GalaxyAngel Galaxy Angel A]]'', the Angel Brigade mistakes a Lost Technology for a box of uirō and turn into children, toddlers, and in Milfeulle's case, a baby. Because TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody, the girls gave the twins a pretty hard time looking after them. * The Korean manhwa series ''Horror Collector'' depicts ElizabethBathory as a young adult who frequently reverts back to her teenage self through her regular {{Blood Bath}}s. * In a chapter of the Japan-exclusive ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptunia'' manga (Part of said chapter can be seen [[http://visibletime.ararchive.com/_Anim-Hyperdimension_Neptunia2_.jpg here]]), this happens to Nepgear, Rom and Ram, and Uni, who regress into babies after eating some pills that Neptune accidentally gave them. Of course, Neptune has a pretty hard time looking after them, until Gust gave her the pills to change the girls back. * ''IchinenseiNiNacchattara'' has this as her [[PowerAtAPrice remuneration]]; she part of its core concept, with main character Iori going from high school to elementary school, and getting [[GenderBender gender-bent]] in the process. However, he retains his original personality, and he's not happy about becoming an elementary school girl. ** Later on, [[spoiler: almost the entire town regresses into kids. This causes mass hysteria across the city, since the rejuvenation virus was rather contagious, but since Iori held the antibody, everyone was later returned to normal]]. * Alessi in Part 3 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' does this to opponents with his Stand, Sethan. The longer you stand in his shadow (through which Sethan manifests), the younger you get, including your Stand getting weaker (and that's only if you developed your stand at a young age) and in one instance is able to turn a woman into a fetus. Unfortunately for Alessi, when he tries this on Jotaro, he learns the hard way Jotaro was {{Badass}} even at age every seven. ** It turns even worse out for him in the game when he used it on Joseph. Due to Joseph already being very old, it only regressed him into his late teens. Unfortunately for Alessi, that was the age when Joseph was at his prime and beat the Pillar Men, who were FAR stronger than any Stand users in Part 3. Joseph maintains his youth for a while after beating Alessi, but it eventually wears off and he returns to normal, wishing it could've been permanent. * Episode 9 of ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'' features mother Aki Hinata getting turned into a teenager by Kururu's newest invention. In a later episode, the same gun turns Fuyuki into a kindergardener. even later, Natsumi, Keroro, Giroro, and Kururu also get zapped by this gun. [[spoiler: In one episode, the entire planet gets zapped by this gun, setting time that she uses her powers. [[spoiler:In the end, she ends up fading into nothingness altogether due to overuse.back by about twenty years.]] * In ''Manga/KoiKoi7'', after Yayoi Asuka ([[EyepatchOfPower the one with the eyepatch]]) goes berserk, she's rebooted in one of Otome's spare bodies as a cute young girl named Gantai-chan who doesn't remember much of what happened before. * In ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'', [[spoiler:one of Fabian's devils]] has a spell that de-ages the target and successfully enchants [[spoiler:[[OneManArmy Sieglinde]]]] with it to incapacitate her. * In an episode of ''[[Anime/PrettySammy Magical Project S]]'', this happens to Sasami as a after-effect of an aging potion. The aging initially works well, but after Sasami returns to her normal age, she turns into a baby overnight. * In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', WeaselMascot Chamo produces a jar of magical (and illegal) candy that can produce this effect as a sort of illusion (red candy [[OvernightAgeUp for older]], blue for this) both for fun on the part of the girls and as a StrangelyEffectiveDisguise when they [[ClearMyName become wanted people]]. It's been implied that TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody, resulting in the aged-down characters acting with far lower maturity than usual, though they retain their intelligence. This doesn't work both ways, so their [[TheCutie adult forms behave like giddy teens]]. * In episode 3 ''Manga/MamotteLollipop'', Rokka temporarily transforms Nina into a baby out of jealousy. * ''Manga/{{MAR}}'': Much like the ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' example mentioned above, [[spoiler: this is what happens to Loco every time she uses her powers. By the time she's introduced, she looks like a child of around 11 or 12, despite actually being 32 years old. She eventually turns back into a baby after a HeroicSacrifice, and is being taken care of by Chaton and Alan near the end of the series]]. * ''Manga/MarvelousMelmo'': Nine year-old Melmo's magical pills allow her to change her age as she pleases. Depending on the situation, she can change herself into a baby, a nineteen-year old girl, or even [[VoluntaryShapeshifting regress back into a fetus in order to be reborn as an animal]], should she need to. * This is basically the point of ''Mayonaka Lolita'' : Mishiru Kachiwabara, a very beautiful young girl, is given a strange juice by a male student (Aoi Makimura) she had never seen before. As it turns out, that juice is a rejuvenation potion, that their teacher [[WhatAnIdiot had mistakenly given to Aoi as juice]], and Mishiru regresses into a little girl. Her teacher tells her the only way to get back to normal is to kiss the person she loves, but tough luck, Mishiru doesn't love anybody. Because she can't go back home as a child, Aoi brings her to his house and allows her to stay there. [[spoiler: They eventually do kiss at the end of the first chapter, and Michiru turns back to normal... before turning into a child again]]. * The Nehellenia story is reused in ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', but with Michal, the IllGirl and not-quite-villain. * ''Manga/OnePiece'': ** The supernova Jewelry Bonney's Devil Fruit allows her to change the age of whoever she wants. Guess what she usually does when enemies get in her way? ** From the twelvth movie ''Anime/OnePieceFilmZ'', Ain's Modo Modo no Mi powers allow her to rejuvenate her opponents. Unlike Bonney's powers, however, it works on inanimate objects too, and it can only work backwards, whereas Bonney can also age her opponents. [[spoiler: Nami, Chopper, Robin and Brook all got hit by it, regressing the former two into children, Robin into a teenager, and... not altering Brook's physical appearance at all, [[DemBones since he's a skeleton]].]] ** Nightin from the ''3D2Y'' TV special is an [[{{Gonk}} ugly]] and [[MiniatureSeniorCitizen short]] 80-year old woman, but by using medicine of her own conception, she can rejuvenate herself into a much more beautiful young woman. * [[spoiler:Jack Vessalius]] has this happen to him in ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' as a result of being rejected by the Abyss. [[spoiler:His soul was shattered to pieces during the fight between Alice, Alyss and the Core of the Abyss. As a result, he kept on de-aging in a cycle:every time he reached the age of twenty-five, he will become younger and younger. Jack's mind has disappeared almost entirely due to a result, leaving only B-rabbit! Oz in place of him, who, according to the manga: "Had lost all of his memories and his powers and fell in a deep slumber." It is unknown at this point if it will happen to Oz since he was in the Abyss for ten years, making him twenty-five, but considering the fact that he himself is a chain, it may or may not happen to him.]] * ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': ** Lukkosai, who tried to use the spring of drowned child to regain his youth, but instead just goes from way too old to way too young (both [[MiniatureSeniorCitizens about the same size]]). He then uses this form to get revenge on Happo while pretending to be his own grandson. ** Another story involved mushrooms that change your age in years to their length in centimeters. Ryoga eats a short one and then makes Ranma eat one. They spend most of the chapter trying to change back by growing mushrooms big enough to return them to their normal ages, while constantly sabotaging each others' mushrooms. ** And yet another story from the manga has Happosai feeling the pangs of old age. He finds out about a potion that will restore his youth, but first he needs the tears of a beast that is both male and female. The next thing you know, tear gas and onions fly liberally around Ranma. When he finally succeeds (by poking a pressure point that makes Ranma [[OcularGushers gush out tears like a firehose]]) he trips, and splashes the tears all over the floor. Kasumi wipes them up with a rag, but since it had been used to clean up soy sauce, the resulting potion regresses Happosai's ''mind'' to that of a baby. * ''Anime/SailorMoon'' has several examples. In the end of the third season (''Sailor Moon S''), Hotaru, after sacrificing herself to save the world, is brought back as an infant with no memories of her previous life. In the fourth season (''Sailor Moon [=SuperS=]''), [=PallaPalla=] casts a spell on Usagi and Chibiusa that briefly exchange their ages for one episode - causing havoc as Chibiusa, having fulfilled her dream of becoming a beautiful adult, is now unable to summon Pegasus and Sailor Moon can't defeat the Lemures without him. In the beginning of the fifth season (''Sailor Moon Stars''), Hotaru [[PlotRelevantAgeUp rapidly grows back]] as her memories return, and the previous season's BigBad, Nehellenia, is returned to childhood to allow her to relive her life and avoid the mistakes that turned her into a villain in the first place. ** In the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], [=PallaPalla=] swaps Usagi and Chibiusa's in the first chapter of the Dream arc, which is actually done to depower the two of them. They eventually overcome it and transform into their proper bodies using their henshin phrases. Later in the same arc, Zirconia depowers both Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask in the same manner, turning them into six year olds and preventing them from accessing their magic. Pegasus reverses it by transporting them to Elysion, which has enough purifying power to break the spell. * ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' has an example of this one. [[TokenMiniMoe Yukari and Kokoa]], after realizing that they're not being taken seriously due to their age, use some of Yukari's age-up pills for a [[OvernightAgeUp temporary change]]. When the pills wear off, Kokoa finds herself ''younger'' than before. She finds herself in trouble shortly thereafter, only to be saved by the entire UnwantedHarem (sans Tsukune) turned into children along with her. Much cuteness and butt-kicking ensues. * Happened in ''Manga/SketDance'': ** The first time was with Bossun after accidentally drinking Chuu-san's youth potion, mistaking it for a bottle of cola. Himeko [[CutenessProximity absolutely flips over him]]. ** The second time was with Himeko and Momoka, several chapters later, at the same time, with the ''same bottle of cola''. Suffice to say, Bossun had a swell time looking after them. ** In the anime, two girls from the student council drink it on purpose, because "life is an adventure". Needless to say, it makes things even harder. In both versions, when the rejuvenated girls drink the antidote, they get ten years older than normal. And of course, by the time the next episode starts,[[UnexplainedRecovery they're back to their normal ages again]]. ** Happened for the third time in Chapter 239, with [[TheRival Tsubaki]]. Except this time he reverted both in physical ''and'' mental state. Everyone, including Bossun and Daisy, gushes over [[CutenessProximity how cute he is]]. * In an episode of ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'', the main heroines are turned into kids, and need to find a way to turn back.back. * In ''Anime/{{Stitch}}'', Babyfier (a creature that can turn people into babies) makes 3 appearances. ** In "Rivals stick Together" Babyfier is unleashed at a school turning most of the students and adults into babies. ** In another episode Babyfier turns the main character and her friends into toddlers. ** In the third episode, Babyfier is now good and turns a couple of the villians into babies. * Some chapters/episodes of ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' and the ''To-Love-Ru Darkness'' OVA feature a creature named the "skunk of youth", which regresses some of the main characters, among others, into kids. * In the Dark Tournament arc of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', an enemy uses a special mist meant to de-age its victims past the point of conception. Unfortunately for him, his target was Kurama, and once his human body went into non-existence, his previous incarnation - full-powered demon Yokokurama - manifested and quickly dispatched him. * ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'': ** In the "Heart of Jupiter" arc, [[spoiler: Keima is sent back to the past via MentalTimeTravel and given a mission to save a cute but emotionless and mysterious young girl from commiting suicide. If she gets overtaken by despair, she starts getting younger until she's transformed into a baby, which triggers a ResetButton that sends Keima back to the start of the mission. However, he can stop her from getting younger by kissing her before she turns into a baby]]. ** The main manga also had a three-chapter spinoff called ''Magical Star Kanon 100%'', focused on, as the name implies, Kanon Nakagawa. In it, she is turned into a child by a Runaway Spirit and has to hide her identity and find a way to get back to her true age. The OVA version even has Elsie turn back into a child.
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Contrast with OvernightAgeUp and PlotRelevantAgeUp. Compare ReallySevenHundredYearsOld and MerlinSickness. See also HealingSpring.
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Contrast with OvernightAgeUp and PlotRelevantAgeUp. Compare ReallySevenHundredYearsOld ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, where an individual is vastly older than even the maximum natural lifespan for their species, and MerlinSickness.does not look as ancient they actually are; MerlinSickness, where the individual's aging progresses in a backwards fashion (i.e. they grow younger rather than older); and LongevityTreatment, where one's maximum lifespan is increased (which [[AgeWithoutYouth does not necessarily come with youth]]). See also HealingSpring.
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* The Fountain of Youth is alluded to in "Loving You's a Dirty Job (But Somebody's Gotta Do It)" by Bonnie Tyler.
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** In the story "Das Geheimnis der verhexten Kamera"[note]The Secret of the Haunted Camera[/note], young actor John Steven is tired of only getting to play roles as an extra, and becomes so desperate to make his own movie that he attempts to rob a bank. In trying to escape the police, he ends up in an old, decrepit warehouse studio, where he finds an old director. After Steven vents his rage on him, the director pushes a button on a magic camera, making the young actor regress in age until he disappears offscreen, with the film screen representing his life burning away. ** In "Das Geheimnis des Zaubertrankes"[note]The Secret of the Magic Potion[/note], Tibetan monks have managed to develop an elixir of youth, but have yet to test it on humans. When a young monk tries to drink it to test it, he gets kicked out before he can swallow a sip. Angered, he plots with an old English explorer to try and steal the potion, but they get cornered; with nowhere left to go, the Englishman drinks the entire elixir, and becomes younger until he vanishes, only leaving his clothes behind. ** In "Wen die Stunde Schlägt"[note]When the Hour Strikes[/note], an old man named Colin is approached by the Grim Reaper. When he laments that he hasn't even written his will yet, the Reaper accepts to give Colin three minutes so he can write the will, leaving an hourglass by his side that symbolizes how much time he has left. Feeling he has nothing to lose, Colin flips the hourglass over, and upon seeing that the Reaper hasn't come back after the allotted three minutes ''and'' the fact that he's become a young man again, rejoices in the fact that he essentially found eternal life... until he later becomes ''too'' young and turns into a child, unable to reach the hourglass before it is too late. The Reaper comes back just in time to see Colin turn into a baby and vanish, and reclaims his hourglass. ** In the story "Die Uhr des Sensenmannes"[note]The Clock of the Grim Reaper[/note], a young woman named Samantha is lamenting the fact that her father is dying from an incurable disease, with the Grim Reaper on his way to claim his soul. As he arrives, Samantha manages to steal his hourglass, threatening to destroy it; left with no choice but to relent, the Reaper leaves, and the father makes a miraculous recovery. Samantha keeps the hourglass to use as leverage, but when rats come and topple it, she realizes time is flowing backwards, causing her to get younger by the second before disappearing. The Reaper comes back, reclaims his hourglass and claims the father's soul, ensuring that Samantha can never be born again.
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** In the story "Das Geheimnis der verhexten Kamera"[note]The Kamera" (The Secret of the Haunted Camera[/note], Camera), young actor John Steven is tired of only getting to play roles as an extra, and becomes so desperate to make his own movie that he attempts to rob a bank. In trying to escape the police, he ends up in an old, decrepit warehouse studio, where he finds an old director. After Steven vents his rage on him, the director pushes a button on a magic camera, making the young actor regress in age until he disappears offscreen, with the film screen representing his life burning away. ** In "Das Geheimnis des Zaubertrankes"[note]The Zaubertrankes" (The Secret of the Magic Potion[/note], Potion), Tibetan monks have managed to develop an elixir of youth, but have yet to test it on humans. When a young monk tries to drink it to test it, he gets kicked out before he can swallow a sip. Angered, he plots with an old English explorer to try and steal the potion, but they get cornered; with nowhere left to go, the Englishman drinks the entire elixir, and becomes younger until he vanishes, only leaving his clothes behind. ** In "Wen die Stunde Schlägt"[note]When Schlägt" (When the Hour Strikes[/note], Strikes), an old man named Colin is approached by the Grim Reaper. When he laments that he hasn't even written his will yet, the Reaper accepts to give Colin three minutes so he can write the will, leaving an hourglass by his side that symbolizes how much time he has left. Feeling he has nothing to lose, Colin flips the hourglass over, and upon seeing that the Reaper hasn't come back after the allotted three minutes ''and'' the fact that he's become a young man again, rejoices in the fact that he essentially found eternal life... until he later becomes ''too'' young and turns into a child, unable to reach the hourglass before it is too late. The Reaper comes back just in time to see Colin turn into a baby and vanish, and reclaims his hourglass. ** In the story "Die Uhr des Sensenmannes"[note]The Sensenmannes" (The Clock of the Grim Reaper[/note], Reaper), a young woman named Samantha is lamenting the fact that her father is dying from an incurable disease, with the Grim Reaper on his way to claim his soul. As he arrives, Samantha manages to steal his hourglass, threatening to destroy it; left with no choice but to relent, the Reaper leaves, and the father makes a miraculous recovery. Samantha keeps the hourglass to use as leverage, but when rats come and topple it, she realizes time is flowing backwards, causing her to get younger by the second before disappearing. The Reaper comes back, reclaims his hourglass and claims the father's soul, ensuring that Samantha can never be born again.
16th Dec '15 4:03:01 PM totoofze47
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I know I probably didn't need to put in this much detail, but what the hell. ^^
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** In "Wen die Stunde Schlägt"[note]When the Hour Strikes[/note], an old man named Colin is approached by the Grim Reaper. When he laments that he hasn't even written his will yet, the Reaper accepts to give Colin three minutes so he can write the will, leaving an hourglass by his side that symbolizes how much time he has left. Feeling he has nothing to lose, Colin flips the hourglass over, and upon seeing that the Reaper hasn't come back after the allotted three minutes ''and'' the fact that he's become a young man again, rejoices in the fact that he essentially found eternal life... until he later becomes ''too'' young and turns into a child, unable to reach the hourglass before it is too late. The Reaper comes back just in time to see Colin turn into a baby and vanish, and reclaims his hourglass. ** In the story "Die Uhr des Sensenmannes"[note]The Clock of the Grim Reaper[/note], a young woman named Samantha is lamenting the fact that her father is dying from an incurable disease, with the Grim Reaper on his way to claim his soul. As he arrives, Samantha manages to steal his hourglass, threatening to destroy it; left with no choice but to relent, the Reaper leaves, and the father makes a miraculous recovery. Samantha keeps the hourglass to use as leverage, but when rats come and topple it, she realizes time is flowing backwards, causing her to get younger by the second before disappearing. The Reaper comes back, reclaims his hourglass and claims the father's soul, ensuring that Samantha can never be born again.
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* The trope shows up in a few stories of the German comic anthology ''Gespenster Geschichten''. Being a horror comic, it always ends badly for the victim: ** In the story "Das Geheimnis der verhexten Kamera"[note]The Secret of the Haunted Camera[/note], young actor John Steven is tired of only getting to play roles as an extra, and becomes so desperate to make his own movie that he attempts to rob a bank. In trying to escape the police, he ends up in an old, decrepit warehouse studio, where he finds an old director. After Steven vents his rage on him, the director pushes a button on a magic camera, making the young actor regress in age until he disappears offscreen, with the film screen representing his life burning away. ** In "Das Geheimnis des Zaubertrankes"[note]The Secret of the Magic Potion[/note], Tibetan monks have managed to develop an elixir of youth, but have yet to test it on humans. When a young monk tries to drink it to test it, he gets kicked out before he can swallow a sip. Angered, he plots with an old English explorer to try and steal the potion, but they get cornered; with nowhere left to go, the Englishman drinks the entire elixir, and becomes younger until he vanishes, only leaving his clothes behind.
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