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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.
3rd May '17 11:09:41 AM BeerBaron
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* It seems to work this way for Mer (or at least Dunmer, and [[AllThereInTheManual probably not for]] [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orsimer]]) in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''. Unofficial chronicles of Queen Barenziah's life portray her as growing up as a precocious teen and being considered an adult once she was 18 years old. That was nearly 500 years before the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' where she's still alive and well, if quite elderly. And while the lack of Dunmer children in the game is mostly due to the [[HideYourChildren conspicuous absence of children in general]], you can meet families where the parents don't seem much older than their progeny (then again, this could be due to OnlySixFaces).

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* It seems to work In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', this way appears to be the case for the LongLived racers of Mer (or at least Dunmer, and [[AllThereInTheManual probably ([[OurElvesAreDifferent Elves]]).[[note]]Though ''probably'' not for]] the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orsimer]]) Orsimer]].[[/note]] Of the few examples in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''. Unofficial chronicles of the series' lore and backstory, Mer children seem to age similarly to human children until they reach adulthood, at which point their aging slows down considerably. Queen Barenziah's life Barenziah, a Dunmer (Dark Elf), is the most prominent example. Her [[InGameNovel biographical book series]] portray her as growing up as a precocious teen and being considered an adult once she was 18 years old. That was nearly 500 years before the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' where she's still alive and well, if quite elderly. And while the lack of Dunmer children in the game is mostly due to the [[HideYourChildren conspicuous absence of children in general]], you can meet families where the parents don't seem much older than their progeny (then again, this could be due to OnlySixFaces).noticeably aged.
11th Apr '17 8:57:43 AM Malady
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* ''VideoGame/FortuneSummoners'': Literally, for the Goblin-Elf hybrids known as the Elm, except they're not immortal:
--> The typical Elm has a lifespan of roughly a millenia and a half; they age in a similar fashion to humans until the age of 20, at which point they appear 'immortal' like an elf.
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