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20th Jan '18 2:27:05 PM FRizer
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See {{Immortality}} (and in particular ImmortalityInducer) for ways to achieve it and LivingForeverIsAwesome for why they want to achieve it. Contrast WhoWantsToLiveForever for people that have immortality and hate it. Also DeathSeeker for those seeking death instead. Not to be confused with GlorySeeker, someone who might want to go down in history, but doesn't seek literal immortality.

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See {{Immortality}} (and in particular ImmortalityInducer) for ways to achieve it and LivingForeverIsAwesome for why they want to achieve it. Supertrope to ImmortalityImmorality, where seekers of immortality tend to resort to bad deeds to achieve it. Contrast WhoWantsToLiveForever for people that have immortality and hate it. Also DeathSeeker for those seeking death instead. Not to be confused with GlorySeeker, someone who might want to go down in history, but doesn't seek literal immortality.
8th Jan '18 5:47:10 AM Cryoclaste
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* The narrator in Xanadu by ''{{Rush}}''.

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* The narrator in Xanadu by ''{{Rush}}''.''Music/{{Rush}}''.
4th Jan '18 7:26:18 PM FGHIK
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* One of the primary goals of [[{{Transhuman}} transhumanists]] today, through advances in science. Note that not all transhumanists desire immortality, though most do. Also they discuss the ramifications of an unlimited lifespan regularly and the general consensus is that the only cost would be that you'd effectively [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman cease to be "human"]] (a fair price, many think).

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* One of the primary goals of [[{{Transhuman}} transhumanists]] today, through advances in science. Note that not all transhumanists desire immortality, though most do. Also they discuss the ramifications of an unlimited lifespan regularly and the general consensus is that the only cost would be that you'd effectively [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul cease to be "human"]] [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman to some degree]] (a fair price, many think).
4th Jan '18 7:22:43 PM FGHIK
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When a character quests for eternal life. Sometimes it's given to them, sometimes it isn't. Sometimes it's given to them and they regret the consequences, but their desire and actions towards {{immortality}} are what count towards this trope.

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When a character quests for eternal life. Sometimes it's given to them, sometimes it isn't. Sometimes it's given to them and they [[WhoWantsToLiveForever regret the consequences, consequences]], but their desire and actions towards {{immortality}} are what count towards this trope.
23rd Dec '17 4:03:01 AM nighttrainfm
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* Both Frieza and Vegeta from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' were looking for the Namek [[MacGuffin Dragon Balls]] to achieve immortality. Vegeta teams up with Goku and his friends [[EnemyMine to prevent his former boss Frieza from reaching it]]. To the surprise of no one, after Vegeta makes his HeelFaceTurn, [[ImmortalityImmorality this particular ambition is forgotten]] because by this point he's more focused [[TheRival on defeating Goku]].

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* Both ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** Garlic Jr. is a movie villain who successfully ''obtains'' immortality. He was also so stupid that he provided the very means to seal him away both times the hero fought him, when it was literally the only way to stop him. You have to be spectacularly stupid to foil yourself the same way twice.
** In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Vegeta and Nappa invade Earth so they can use the Dragon Balls to become immortal, and therefore enjoy [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy an eternity]] [[BloodKnight of combat.]] Later, both
Frieza and Vegeta from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' were go looking for the Namek Namekian [[MacGuffin Dragon Balls]] to achieve immortality. for the same reason - Frieza because it's the one thing he doesn't already have, Vegeta so he has a chance of overthrowing his former boss. He teams up with Goku and his friends [[EnemyMine to prevent his former boss Frieza from reaching it]]. succeeding.]] To the surprise of no one, after Vegeta makes his HeelFaceTurn, [[ImmortalityImmorality this particular ambition is forgotten]] because by this point he's more focused [[TheRival on defeating Goku]].



** Garlic Jr. is a movie villain who successfully obtains immortality. He was also so stupid that he provided the very means to seal him away both times the hero fought him, when it was literally the only way to stop him. You have to be spectacularly stupid to foil yourself the same way twice.
23rd Nov '17 1:29:09 PM WillKeaton
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** Emperor Palpatine in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse. He does the same method as Bane, but [[EldritchAbomination he's become such an affront to the Force]] the bodies don't last long. That, and a treacherous underling sabotaged his clones.

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** Emperor Palpatine in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse.''Franchise/StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]]. He does the same method as Bane, but [[EldritchAbomination he's become such an affront to the Force]] the bodies don't last long. That, and a treacherous underling sabotaged his clones.
17th Nov '17 12:29:27 PM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', this is one of the two most common reasons that wizards will opt to become [[OurLichesAreDifferent liches]]. By sacrificing their humanity and very lives, they gain the undead form of immortality in addition to [[WitchSpecies immense magical power]]. Mannimarco, a [[Characters/TheElderScrollsRecurringCharacters series' recurring character]], was said to be the very first to become a lich, doing so for exactly this reason. (It was one step in his plan to eventually reach CompleteImmortality, with him desiring to truly [[AGodAmI become a god]]. He eventually did... ''[[LiteralSplitPersonalities sort of]]''...

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** According to old [[OurElvesAreBetter Aldmeri]] religious beliefs, the creation of Mundus was a cruel trick by the [[GodIsEvil malevolent deity Lorkhan]] which forced limitation upon the other [[OurGodsAreDifferent et'Ada ("original spirits")]], robbing them of their CompleteImmortality and trapping in the prison of mortal suffering that is Mundus. As the Aldmer (and through them, the Altmer or "High Elves") believe that they are they descendants of these spirits, they are constantly both suffering with dignity (as their TopGod, Auri-El, taught them) while looking for a way to restore that which was taken from them. This is the motivation of the religious extremist [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] in the 4th Era around the time of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', attempting [[OmnicidalManiac undo creation]] to return their spirits to true immortality. (Understandably, the other inhabitants of creation, including [[StopBeingStereotypical other Altmer]], see
this as a bad thing.)
** This
is one of the two most common reasons that wizards will opt to become [[OurLichesAreDifferent liches]]. By sacrificing their humanity and very lives, they gain the undead form of immortality in addition to [[WitchSpecies immense magical power]]. Mannimarco, a [[Characters/TheElderScrollsRecurringCharacters series' recurring character]], was said to be the very first to become a lich, doing so for exactly this reason. (It was one step in his plan to eventually reach CompleteImmortality, with him desiring to truly [[AGodAmI become a god]]. He eventually did... ''[[LiteralSplitPersonalities sort of]]''...
13th Nov '17 12:38:06 PM Jubileus57
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** Richard Galloway, in ''The Black Veil'', is a subversion. [[spoiler:He is already immortal after being graced by [[TheGrimReaper Ankou]], and the player is lead to believe his schemes are meant to keep his eternal life. But it turns out he flat out wanted to die, and his last words were that seeing Death coming for everyone but you is incredibly painful.]].

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** Richard Galloway, in ''The Black Veil'', is a subversion. [[spoiler:He is already immortal after being graced by [[TheGrimReaper Ankou]], and the player is lead to believe his schemes are meant to keep his eternal life. But it turns out he flat out wanted to die, and his last words were that seeing Death coming for everyone but you is incredibly painful.]].painful]].
13th Nov '17 12:37:32 PM Jubileus57
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* Many, ''many'' people in the ''VideoGame/MysteryCaseFiles series'' are Immortality Seekers. The series seems to love that trope really much.
** Charles Dalimar was the first one met by the Master Detective, in the first three ''Ravenhearst'' games. Aided by his creepy son Victor, he built an ImmortalityInducer that used the souls of other people to keep him alive.
** Then the Master Detective crossed paths with Winston Malgrave in ''The Malgrave Island'', [[spoiler:who seeks to collect magical rejuvenating dust so he can remain young forever]].
** ''Fate's Carnival'' introduces Charles Dalimar's father Alister, whose obsession with eternal life can be traced back to the '''sixteenth century'''. He used different methods in four consecutive games, and was helped by his granddaughters in the last two. Guess it runs in the Dalimar's blood.
** The medical prodigy Jacob Huxley, in ''Broken Hour'', was obsessed with creating a device that could grant eternal life. He ''succeeded'' and implanted it on his dying wife (and on her father before that to test it). [[spoiler:Too bad Meredith pretty much wanted to die because of her children's deaths and went completely unhinged, killing him and his assistant before committing many, ''many'' murders to keep her immortality]].
** Richard Galloway, in ''The Black Veil'', is a subversion. [[spoiler:He is already immortal after being graced by [[TheGrimReaper Ankou]], and the player is lead to believe his schemes are meant to keep his eternal life. But it turns out he flat out wanted to die, and his last words were that seeing Death coming for everyone but you is incredibly painful.]].
10th Nov '17 11:50:52 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'', the UrExample (which is actually from Ur).

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* ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'', the UrExample (which is actually from Ur). Ultimately, Gilgamesh is robbed of his chance at immortality by chance, and he decides to give up on living forever and accepts his own mortality.
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