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21st Jun '16 9:31:22 PM CaptEquinox
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* This is the only drawback in Damon Knight's novella ''Dio'' (or ''The Dying Man''). In TheFuture, humans have genetically engineered themselves to [[TheAgeless immortality]] and physical perfection; a FreeLoveFuture, with [[WeWillAllFlyInTheFuture levitation]] and HealingFactor enjoyed by all. However, the way they did it was to lengthen the already long period of youth before sexual maturity, creating an asymptotic curve that never quite reaches the apex. They never mature; that's why they don't die. They 'look'' like Greek gods, but they're actually eternal kids. They're not even teenagers. This helps with population control, but they lose out on experiences only adults or the elderly can have ... except the title character, a brilliant artist whose loss of immortality is reflected in his work.
20th Jun '16 10:26:19 AM nighttrainfm
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** Played straight with the Krogan, who are considered battle-ready at a fairly young age and ''stay'' that way for a good long while. They're also explosive breeders, which is why the turians and salarians resorted to the [[DepopulationBomb genophage.]]

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** Played straight with the Krogan, who are considered battle-ready at a fairly young age and ''stay'' that way for at least a good long while.thousand years. They're also explosive breeders, which is why the turians and salarians resorted to the [[DepopulationBomb genophage.]]
20th Jun '16 10:24:55 AM nighttrainfm
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* Played with in ''Franchise/MassEffect''. Averted by the asari, who are generally thought to leave childhood at forty, and are considered mature (if rather young) adults at 80. A century-old asari is considered "barely more than a child". They give live birth and just how long gestation takes is never stated, but given a [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 conversation]] between an asari and her shorter-lived non-asari husband involving their two children, it probably is less than a decade. Krogan play the trope straight.

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Averted by the asari, who are generally thought to leave childhood at forty, and are considered mature (if rather young) adults at 80. A century-old asari is considered "barely more than a child". They give live birth and just how long gestation takes is never stated, but given a [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 conversation]] between an asari and her shorter-lived non-asari husband involving their two children, it probably is less than a decade. Krogan play
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the trope straight.Krogan, who are considered battle-ready at a fairly young age and ''stay'' that way for a good long while. They're also explosive breeders, which is why the turians and salarians resorted to the [[DepopulationBomb genophage.]]
8th Jun '16 12:21:09 PM Morgenthaler
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* Martians in ''WarlordOfMars'' are very immortal, or at very least age slowly after reaching physical maturity. The female lead Dejah Thoris, is at least 400 years old by the time she meets John Carter, with the prequel series that she starred taking many centuries before their meeting, yet she is physically in her early twenties. A few exceptions exist with [[EvilOldFolks Issus]] and [[BadassGrandpa Tardos Mors]], who clearly show signs of aging, but its possible that they are ''really that old''.

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* Martians in ''WarlordOfMars'' ''ComicBook/WarlordOfMars'' are very immortal, or at very least age slowly after reaching physical maturity. The female lead Dejah Thoris, is at least 400 years old by the time she meets John Carter, with the prequel series that she starred taking many centuries before their meeting, yet she is physically in her early twenties. A few exceptions exist with [[EvilOldFolks Issus]] and [[BadassGrandpa Tardos Mors]], who clearly show signs of aging, but its possible that they are ''really that old''.
8th Jun '16 11:22:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* In [[PeterFHamilton Peter F. Hamilton's]] ''Literature/CommonwealthSaga'', rejuvenation, or "rejuve," treatments restore people back to their late teens/ early 20s. Most people appear to undergo rejuve when they're in their biological 50s. There's no limit on the number of rejuve treatments one can undergo, and by the time the series takes place in the 2380s, there are many individuals around [[Really700YearsOld born in the late-20th century.]]

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* In [[PeterFHamilton Peter F. Hamilton's]] Creator/PeterFHamilton's ''Literature/CommonwealthSaga'', rejuvenation, or "rejuve," treatments restore people back to their late teens/ early 20s. Most people appear to undergo rejuve when they're in their biological 50s. There's no limit on the number of rejuve treatments one can undergo, and by the time the series takes place in the 2380s, there are many individuals around [[Really700YearsOld born in the late-20th century.]]
6th Jun '16 11:44:42 AM Doug86
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* In ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' it is shown that the Nation-tans age as children, but are usually stuck at 20 or so. It shows Italy as a chibi in the age of the Holy Roman Empire, but adult by WorldWarI. It helps that a nation's age progression displays their development as countries.

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* In ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' it is shown that the Nation-tans age as children, but are usually stuck at 20 or so. It shows Italy as a chibi in the age of the Holy Roman Empire, but adult by WorldWarI.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. It helps that a nation's age progression displays their development as countries.
22nd May '16 8:52:53 AM Akaihiryuu
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* FinalFantasyXIV: Padjal are this in Eorzea. They start out as normal Hyur children, but they are somehow "chosen" by the Elementals of the forest. They grow horns on their head, and effectively stop aging anywhere around 12-15 years old. So you have a race of people that look like young teenagers that are hundreds of years old. The Conjurer guild leader actually says that while he may look like a child to you, he is a couple of hundred years old.



* The Padjal of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' are a race of extremely long-lived, if not [[TheAgeless ageless]], {{Horned Humanoid}}s that cease visibly aging around adolescence. Some of the Padjal met in game have the appearance of a young child, while others resemble teenagers. The one who's most relevant to the story, of course, looks like a young adult.

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* The Padjal of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' are a race of extremely long-lived, if not [[TheAgeless ageless]], {{Horned Humanoid}}s that cease visibly aging around adolescence. Some of the Padjal met in game have the appearance of a young child, while others resemble teenagers. The one who's most relevant to the story, of course, looks like a young adult. Padjal start out as regular Hyur children, but at some point during their childhood they are "chosen" by the Elementals of the forest. This causes them to grow horns on their head and stop aging. The Conjurer's Guild leader is one, and he comments that while he may look like a child to you, he is really a couple of hundred years old.
22nd May '16 8:51:25 AM Akaihiryuu
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* FinalFantasyXIV: Padjal are this in Eorzea. They start out as normal Hyur children, but they are somehow "chosen" by the elements. They grow horns on their head, and effectively stop aging anywhere around 12-15 years old. So you have a race of people that look like young teenagers that are hundreds of years old. The Conjurer guild leader actually says that while he may look like a child to you, he is a couple of hundred years old.

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* FinalFantasyXIV: Padjal are this in Eorzea. They start out as normal Hyur children, but they are somehow "chosen" by the elements.Elementals of the forest. They grow horns on their head, and effectively stop aging anywhere around 12-15 years old. So you have a race of people that look like young teenagers that are hundreds of years old. The Conjurer guild leader actually says that while he may look like a child to you, he is a couple of hundred years old.
22nd May '16 8:51:03 AM Akaihiryuu
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* FinalFantasyXIV: Padjal are this in Eorzea. They start out as normal Hyur children, but they are somehow "chosen" by the elements. They grow horns on their head, and effectively stop aging anywhere around 12-15 years old. So you have a race of people that look like young teenagers that are hundreds of years old. The Conjurer guild leader actually says that while he may look like a child to you, he is a couple of hundred years old.
4th May '16 8:03:06 PM ChaoticNovelist
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Sometimes being immortal or a member of a really long lived race means that you also have an [[CantGrowUp eternal]] or really extended childhood or puberty. And [[NotGrowingUpSucks that would really suck]].

On the other hand, sometimes fate can actually be merciful and aging occurs naturally or rapidly until a character physically reaches their mid-twenties, at which point their aging stops and they get to be young and beautiful forever, or at least a very long time. Sometimes this is explained as the character being immune specifically to the degenerative effects of aging (sometimes as a side-effect of a HealingFactor) whereas ''growing'' isn't affected; other times they [[PubertySuperpower acquired their powers at a late stage of puberty]].

This seems to be a common feature for [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]], even if they aren't technically immortal but are just long-lived. A character that's YoungerThanTheyLook may fall under this if they weren't artificially created; sometimes a character looks like a teen or young adult but is only chronologically in the single-digits of age.

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Sometimes being immortal or a member of a really long lived race means that you also have an [[CantGrowUp eternal]] or really extended childhood or puberty. And [[NotGrowingUpSucks that would really suck]].

On the other hand, sometimes fate can actually be merciful and
aging occurs naturally or rapidly until a character physically reaches their mid-twenties, at which mid-twenties. At this point their aging stops and they get to be young and beautiful forever, or at least a very long time. Sometimes this is explained as the character being immune specifically to the degenerative effects of aging (sometimes as a side-effect of a HealingFactor) whereas ''growing'' isn't affected; other times they [[PubertySuperpower acquired their powers at a late stage of puberty]].

This seems to be is a common feature for [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]], even if they aren't technically immortal but are just long-lived. A character that's YoungerThanTheyLook may fall under this if they weren't artificially created; sometimes a character looks like a teen or young adult but is only chronologically in the single-digits of age.



Averted with certain types of UndeadChild. See also WhoWantsToLiveForever and {{Immortality}}. Contrast ElderlyImmortal, ReallySevenHundredYearsOld. When this fails, you can have either AgeWithoutYouth or NotGrowingUpSucks.

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Averted with certain types of UndeadChild. See also WhoWantsToLiveForever WhoWantsToLiveForever, LivingForeverIsAwesome and {{Immortality}}. Contrast ElderlyImmortal, and ReallySevenHundredYearsOld. When this fails, you can have either AgeWithoutYouth or NotGrowingUpSucks.



* All over the place in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. Wizards age much slower than normal humans, with the oldest members of the cast reaching into multiple centuries. They age normally through childhood and adolescence, with their physical aging seeming to slow down somewhere between their twenties and thirties. Old wizards do end up looking old, though a 200 year old wizard will only appear to be in their 70s.
** Meanwhile, the extensive cast list gives way to a great number of variances of this trope. Deirdre, a 2000+ year old host to a fallen angel, appears to only be in her teens, while her father, one of the oldest men in existence, has the appearance of a man barely entering middle age. Some younger members of their cult, while still immortal, look to be much older physically than their leaders.

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* All over the place in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. * ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''.
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Wizards age much slower than normal humans, with the oldest members of the cast reaching into multiple centuries. They age normally through childhood and adolescence, with their physical aging seeming to slow down somewhere between their twenties and thirties. Old wizards do end up looking old, though a 200 year old wizard will only appear to be in their 70s.
** Meanwhile, the The extensive cast list gives way to a great number of variances of this trope. Deirdre, a 2000+ year old host to a fallen angel, appears to only be in her teens, while her father, one of the oldest men in existence, has the appearance of a man barely entering middle age. Some younger members of their cult, while still immortal, look to be much older physically than their leaders.


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*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Elves stop aging once they are fully grown because their [[HealingFactor Seed of Chaos]] rejuvenates them constantly. Eric notes that Nunnal Enaz looks younger than her mortal best friend despite being older.
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