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17th Sep '17 8:18:25 AM 64SuperNintendo
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3rd Sep '17 7:20:44 PM Vilui
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* In ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', prolong recipients are "frozen" at a different age range depending on which version of the treatment they got: mid-forties for 1st, late 20s for second, and early 20s for 3rd. The freeze extends lifespan to the two to three century mark. It also has the effect of extending stages of development; Honor Harrington herself was a bit of an awkward adolescent, gangly and horse-faced, until at least well into her 30's. Such treatments are new enough during the period when most published stories are set that we don't actually get to ''see'' any characters who are 250 years old but look "only" 65 or so, but first- and second-generation recipients of the Prolong treatments do seem to get a prolonged middle age as well as the usual prolonged young adulthood.

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* In ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', prolong recipients are "frozen" at a different age range depending on which version of the treatment they got: mid-forties for 1st, late 20s for second, and early 20s for 3rd. The freeze extends lifespan to the two to three century mark. It also has the effect of extending stages of development; Honor Harrington herself was a bit of an awkward adolescent, gangly and horse-faced, until at least well into her 30's.30s. Such treatments are new enough during the period when most published stories are set that we don't actually get to ''see'' any characters who are 250 years old but look "only" 65 or so, but first- and second-generation recipients of the Prolong treatments do seem to get a prolonged middle age as well as the usual prolonged young adulthood.



** In the case of the Cubi their major abilities do not awaken until their early 20's, and as one of those abilities is shape-shifting they can look any age they wish for the rest of their lives.

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** In the case of the Cubi their major abilities do not awaken until their early 20's, 20s, and as one of those abilities is shape-shifting they can look any age they wish for the rest of their lives.
11th Jul '17 1:39:38 PM Lullabee
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* A science fiction story called ''Start The Clock'' (available on Escape Pod, IIRC) was all about the results of averting this trope. An ill-defined plague stopped everybody aging (and apparently gave immortality as a side-effect). The worst-hit group seem to be the teenagers, since their hormone overproduction ''didn't stop'', turning most into what amounts to bunch of sex-mad orcs.

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* A science fiction story called ''Start ''[[http://www.benjaminrosenbaum.com/stories/start.the.clock.html Start The Clock'' (available on Escape Pod, IIRC) Clock]]'', by Benjamin Rosenbaum, was all about the results of averting this trope. An ill-defined plague stopped everybody aging (and apparently gave immortality as a side-effect). The worst-hit group seem to be the teenagers, since their hormone overproduction ''didn't stop'', turning most into what amounts to bunch of sex-mad orcs.
9th Jul '17 5:28:46 AM MarqFJA
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This 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.

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This 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 [[ArtificialHuman artificially created; created]]; sometimes a character looks like a teen or young adult but is only chronologically in the single-digits of age.
age, maybe even BornAsAnAdult.
9th Jul '17 5:27:35 AM MarqFJA
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Sometimes being immortal or a member of a really long lived race means that aging occurs naturally or rapidly until a character physically reaches their 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]].

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Sometimes being immortal {{immortal|ity}} or a member of a really long lived {{long lived}} race means that aging occurs naturally or rapidly until a character physically reaches their 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]].



See also WhoWantsToLiveForever, LivingForeverIsAwesome and {{Immortality}}. Contrast ProportionalAging, AgeWithoutYouth, and NotGrowingUpSucks.

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See also WhoWantsToLiveForever, LivingForeverIsAwesome and {{Immortality}}. Contrast ProportionalAging, AgeWithoutYouth, and NotGrowingUpSucks.
14th Jun '17 3:38:08 PM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' hasn't been able to age for the fifty years [[TimeSkip between]] seasons 4 and 5 as he comes to realize in the trailer. It's some kind of side effect to being flung through time - since that happened right as he was about to dispatch [[BigBad Aku]], he's stayed in his midtwenties. Aku, who can only be hurt or stopped by Jack's sword, wasn't aware that the portal would do this and is highly dismayed.
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14th Jun '17 3:36:50 PM thatother1dude
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Averted with certain types of UndeadChild. See also WhoWantsToLiveForever, LivingForeverIsAwesome and {{Immortality}}. Contrast ElderlyImmortal, and ReallySevenHundredYearsOld. When this fails, you can have either AgeWithoutYouth or NotGrowingUpSucks.

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Averted with certain types of UndeadChild. See also WhoWantsToLiveForever, LivingForeverIsAwesome and {{Immortality}}. Contrast ElderlyImmortal, ProportionalAging, AgeWithoutYouth, and ReallySevenHundredYearsOld. When this fails, you can have either AgeWithoutYouth or NotGrowingUpSucks.
14th Jun '17 3:35:00 PM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has Luna and Celestia, who look the same as they did a thousand years ago, without a wrinkle on either of them. However, this is somewhat complicated both by the fact that they are also massively larger than any other pony, and that Luna spent a thousand years imprisoned on the Moon; it is unclear if she was in SuspendedAnimation during that time. The newly-risen alicorns Cadance and Twilight both seem to be growing, even though Cadance has to be in her 20s and Twilight in her late teens; neither has achieved the stature of the two sisters.
31st May '17 8:29:37 PM nombretomado
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* In ''The Literature/WheelOfTime'' Aes Sedai use an Oath Rod (originally produced as a RestrainingBolt for criminal mages) as part of their InitiationCeremony. As a side effect, it makes them "ageless," which [[AuthorAppeal means]] "attractive." Oh, and it cuts their lifespans in half, which they don't know until they meet wrinkled mages who are 400 years old.

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* In ''The Literature/WheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' Aes Sedai use an Oath Rod (originally produced as a RestrainingBolt for criminal mages) as part of their InitiationCeremony. As a side effect, it makes them "ageless," which [[AuthorAppeal means]] "attractive." Oh, and it cuts their lifespans in half, which they don't know until they meet wrinkled mages who are 400 years old.
14th May '17 9:03:34 PM nombretomado
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* [[spoiler: Vash and Knives]] from ''{{Trigun}}'' aged rapidly from birth (by the time they were a year old they were physically around 8), until they reached the physical age of men in their early twenties. Nearly a century and a half later and they haven't aged a day since.

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* [[spoiler: Vash and Knives]] from ''{{Trigun}}'' ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' aged rapidly from birth (by the time they were a year old they were physically around 8), until they reached the physical age of men in their early twenties. Nearly a century and a half later and they haven't aged a day since.
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