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1st Aug '16 1:11:58 PM OlmoJV
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* In ''Ghost Hunter'', the final part of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAncientDarkness'', the EvilPlan of [[BigBad Eostra]] the Eagle Owl Mage is to steal for herself [[TheChosenOne Torak's]] power as a [[BodySurf spirit walker]] and use it to live forever by using bodies one after another.
30th Jul '16 11:59:11 AM WillKeaton
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fountain_of_youth The Fountain of Youth]]

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fountain_of_youth The Fountain of Youth]]Youth.]]



* * ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1113 SCP-1113 ("Lachesis' Spinner")]]. Richard Piper uses SCP-1113 to stop himself from aging. Unfortunately it works less well as the user grows older and the Grim Reaper eventually catches up to him.

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* * ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1113 SCP-1113 ("Lachesis' Spinner")]]. Spinner").]] Richard Piper uses SCP-1113 to stop himself from aging. Unfortunately it works less well as the user grows older and the Grim Reaper eventually catches up to him.
30th Jul '16 11:54:30 AM WillKeaton
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''[[http://thejboy88.deviantart.com/gallery/42768477/MLP-Shadows Shadows]]'', this is revealed to have been Sombra's StartOfDarkness. After watching his father [[spoiler: Starswirl the Bearded]] grow old and die, Sombra became terrified of death and obsessed with becoming an alicorn to prevent his own. This caused him to drive away his friends and eventually cross the MoralEventHorizon.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''[[http://thejboy88.deviantart.com/gallery/42768477/MLP-Shadows Shadows]]'', Shadows,]]'' this is revealed to have been Sombra's StartOfDarkness. After watching his father [[spoiler: Starswirl the Bearded]] grow old and die, Sombra became terrified of death and obsessed with becoming an alicorn to prevent his own. This caused him to drive away his friends and eventually cross the MoralEventHorizon.
30th Jul '16 11:53:13 AM WillKeaton
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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 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.
20th Jul '16 3:02:21 AM M84
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* Gray Mann's ultimate motive, in the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' [[AllThereInTheManual supplemental webcomics]]. Everything he has done so far has been in search of [[{{Unobtainium}} Australium]] to fuel his [[ImmortalityInducer life extender]]. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that his quest is a futile one, since the life extenders have their limits. Even the administrator's superior life extender will only grant her a few more years. The administrator herself is not an example, since she just wants to have enough extra time to settle some old debts.]]

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* Gray Mann's ultimate motive, in the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' [[AllThereInTheManual supplemental webcomics]]. Everything he has done so far has been in search of [[{{Unobtainium}} Australium]] to fuel his [[ImmortalityInducer life extender]]. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that his quest is a futile one, since the life extenders have their limits. there's too little Australium left. Even the administrator's superior more efficient life extender will only grant her a few more years. The administrator herself is not an example, since she just wants to have enough extra time to settle some old debts.]] Gray's not the only one either. [[spoiler:The Classic Team Fortress Team]] are fully aware they are growing old. [[spoiler:Classic Heavy rips out Gray's life extender so he and his team can use the Australium to extend their own lives.]]
3rd Jul '16 2:06:00 AM Arivne
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* * ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1113 SCP-1113 ("Lachesis' Spinner")]]. Richard Piper used SCP-1113 on a regular basis to stop himself from aging. Unfortunately it works less well as the user grows older and the Grim Reaper eventually caught up to him.

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* * ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1113 SCP-1113 ("Lachesis' Spinner")]]. Richard Piper used uses SCP-1113 on a regular basis to stop himself from aging. Unfortunately it works less well as the user grows older and the Grim Reaper eventually caught catches up to him.
2nd Jul '16 5:24:30 AM Arivne
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* * ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1113 SCP-1113 ("Lachesis' Spinner")]]. Richard Piper used SCP-1113 on a regular basis to stop himself from aging. Unfortunately it works less well as the user grows older and the Grim Reaper eventually caught up to him.
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9th Jun '16 11:53:17 PM gewunomox
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* The goal of at least one character in each volume of ''{{Phoenix}}'' is this.

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* The goal of at least one character in each volume of ''{{Phoenix}}'' ''Manga/{{Phoenix}}'' is this.
30th May '16 5:11:40 PM MarkLungo
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* Form ''Comicbook/TheMightyThor'' family of books comes Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious), who exemplifies that not even coming from an extremely long lived and functionally immortal godly species makes someone immune to this trope. At this point he lost ageing past his late twenties early thirties, gained even more invulnerability, and it's ''not enough'', he intends to not die ''ever'' or if it's unavoidable have reincarnation or resurrection handy.
* In ''[[ComicBook/AthenaVoltaire Athena Voltaire and the Isle of the Dead]]'', the Spanish explorer Fontenda searched for the FountainOfYouth, and found it. However, it eventually started to dry up, so he stored as much of its water as he could. The barrels in question are what de Vargas is looking for in ''Athena Voltaire and the Isle of the Dead'' because [[spoiler:de Vargas is really Fontenda, desperate to regain the water]].

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* Form ''Comicbook/TheMightyThor'' ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' family of books comes Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious), who exemplifies that not even coming from an extremely long lived and functionally immortal godly species makes someone immune to this trope. At this point he lost ageing past his late twenties early thirties, gained even more invulnerability, and it's ''not enough'', enough''; he intends to not die ''ever'' or if it's unavoidable have reincarnation or resurrection handy.
* In ''[[ComicBook/AthenaVoltaire Athena Voltaire and the Isle of the Dead]]'', the Spanish explorer Fontenda searched for the FountainOfYouth, and found it. However, it eventually started to dry up, so he stored as much of its water as he could. The barrels in question are what de Vargas is looking for in ''Athena Voltaire and the Isle of the Dead'' because [[spoiler:de Vargas is really Fontenda, desperate to regain the water]].



* Bella in ''Fanfic/{{Luminosity}}'' wants to live forever, and meets a vampire. Interest ensues. Ultimately, [[spoiler:she'd like this for everyone]].

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* Bella in the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Luminosity}}'' wants to live forever, and meets a vampire. Interest ensues. Ultimately, [[spoiler:she'd like this for everyone]].



* Harry in HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality wants everyone to become immortal, including {{Muggles}}.

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* Harry in HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' wants everyone to become immortal, including {{Muggles}}.



* In Chapter 10 of ''Fanfic/PagesOfHarmony'', while attempting to gain the Element of Kindness through ColdBloodedTorture, [[spoiler: Twilight Sparkle]] is revealed to be this so that true Harmony can be achieved.



* In ''FanFic/QueenOfShadows'', Himitsu, the sorcerer working for [[HeroAntagonist Lord Rokutaro]], is obsessed with learning all the magic knowledge in the world. And to achieve this, he intends to first find a way to make himself immortal so that his quest can't be cut short. Hence the reason he's helping to fight the Shadowkhan -- he believes they know where one of the Trees of Life is hidden, and wants to ransack the library in their central fortress to find it.
* ''FanFic/AgesOfShadow'': [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Brenner]] wants to gain immortality so that he can live long enough to find a way to [[WellIntentionedExtremist free all of humanity from death]]. This is the reason for his DealWithTheDevil with [[FallenHero Jade]]/[[AGodAmI Yade Khan]] -- he'll free her from her [[SealedEvilInACan imprisonment]] in exchange for her using her powers to extend his life indefinitely.
* In ''Fanfic/FateParallelFantasia'', Zouken Matou wants to obtain the Holy Grail so he can wish for immortality. He has already cheated death for centuries, but he has reached the limit of his abilities and is beginning to rot away; this desperation leads him to tamper with the Holy Grail's summoning ritual, triggering the fanfic's divergence from the canon.

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* ** Another example from an ''MLP:FIM'' fic: In ''FanFic/QueenOfShadows'', Chapter 10 of ''Fanfic/PagesOfHarmony'', while attempting to gain the Element of Kindness through ColdBloodedTorture, [[spoiler: Twilight Sparkle]] is revealed to be this so that true Harmony can be achieved.
* Two examples from stories in the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' fanfic series ''Fanfic/ProjectDarkJade'':
** ''FanFic/QueenOfShadows'':
Himitsu, the sorcerer working for [[HeroAntagonist Lord Rokutaro]], is obsessed with learning all the magic knowledge in the world. And to achieve this, he intends to first find a way to make himself immortal so that his quest can't be cut short. Hence the reason he's helping to fight the Shadowkhan -- he believes they know where one of the Trees of Life is hidden, and wants to ransack the library in their central fortress to find it.
* ** ''FanFic/AgesOfShadow'': [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Brenner]] wants to gain immortality so that he can live long enough to find a way to [[WellIntentionedExtremist free all of humanity from death]]. This is the reason for his DealWithTheDevil with [[FallenHero Jade]]/[[AGodAmI Yade Khan]] -- he'll free her from her [[SealedEvilInACan imprisonment]] in exchange for her using her powers to extend his life indefinitely.
* In the ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' crossover fic ''Fanfic/FateParallelFantasia'', Zouken Matou wants to obtain the Holy Grail so he can wish for immortality. He has already cheated death for centuries, but he has reached the limit of his abilities and is beginning to rot away; this desperation leads him to tamper with the Holy Grail's summoning ritual, triggering the fanfic's divergence from the canon.



* Tom from ''TheFountain'' is a doctor searching for immortality.

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* Tom from ''TheFountain'' ''Film/TheFountain'' is a doctor searching for immortality.



* ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'': According to [[UnreliableNarrator Palpatine/Darth Sidious]], [[PredecessorVillain his master Darth Plagueis]] was this. [[{{Irony}} Ironically he could save others, but not himself]] [[RuleOfTwo from his own apprentice.]] While the Legends continuity has this a typical trait of the Sith(including Palpatine), Darth Vader is the only known Sith in canon to seek immortality([[LoveMakesYouEvil though for his wife instead of himself]]). [[GoneHorriblyWrong It]] [[SelfFulfillingProphecy backfires]], [[BodyHorror leaving him]] [[FateWorseThanDeath better off dead]]

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* ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'': According to [[UnreliableNarrator Palpatine/Darth Sidious]], [[PredecessorVillain his master Darth Plagueis]] was this. [[{{Irony}} Ironically he could save others, but not himself]] [[RuleOfTwo from his own apprentice.]] While the Legends continuity has this a typical trait of the Sith(including Sith (including Palpatine), Darth Vader is the only known Sith in canon to seek immortality([[LoveMakesYouEvil though for his wife instead of himself]]). [[GoneHorriblyWrong It]] [[SelfFulfillingProphecy backfires]], [[BodyHorror leaving him]] [[FateWorseThanDeath better off dead]]



* Lord Voldemort from ''Literature/HarryPotter'', due to a pathological fear of death. He's also adamant that [[ItsAllAboutMe only he should be allowed it]], at one point stating "Only ''I'' can live forever" [[spoiler:right before he kills Snape.]] In this series, you have to kill people to be immortal. This allows you to split your soul and hide parts of it, guaranteeing that you remain earthbound if you were to die. This ultimately resulted in a particularely karmic fate for him. [[spoiler:Due to the fact that his soul was still split up when he did in fact die, he wasn't able to pass on to the afterlife, nor return to the world of the living. His life-long flight from death resulted in him being [[AndIMustScream trapped in an empty limbo for the rest of eternity]].]]

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* Lord Voldemort from ''Literature/HarryPotter'', due to a pathological fear of death. He's also adamant that [[ItsAllAboutMe only he should be allowed it]], at one point stating "Only ''I'' can live forever" [[spoiler:right before he kills Snape.]] In this series, you have to kill people to be immortal. This allows you to split your soul and hide parts of it, guaranteeing that you remain earthbound if you were to die. This ultimately resulted in a particularely particularly [[KarmicTwistEnding karmic fate fate]] for him. [[spoiler:Due to the fact that his soul was still split up when he did in fact die, he wasn't able to pass on to the afterlife, nor return to the world of the living. His life-long flight from death resulted in him being [[AndIMustScream trapped in an empty limbo for the rest of eternity]].]]



* DarthBane attempts to gain immortality by [[spoiler: continuously transferring his soul from body to body as they became old and frail.]]
** Emperor Palpatine in the 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.
* In ''{{Mistborn}}'', the [[EvilOverlord Lord Ruler]] not only desired immortality, but he ''found'' it. And ultimately, [[spoiler: he gets killed when the device he's using to keep himself immortal gets ripped out of his body.]]

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* DarthBane Literature/DarthBane attempts to gain immortality by [[spoiler: continuously transferring his soul from body to body as they became old and frail.]]
** Emperor Palpatine in the Expanded Universe.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.
* In ''{{Mistborn}}'', ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}'', the [[EvilOverlord Lord Ruler]] not only desired immortality, but he ''found'' it. And ultimately, [[spoiler: he gets killed when the device he's using to keep himself immortal gets ripped out of his body.]]



** In [[Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay Torchwood]] [[spoiler:Angelo]] is one, mainly because he wants to spend the rest of his life with Jack. [[spoiler:The Three Families]] also, for a more sinister example, after witnessing Jack's immortality.
* [[spoiler:Richard Alpert]] on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' makes a deal with Jacob to live forever because he's terrified of dying and going to Hell because he accidentally murdered a man. Eventually, [[WhoWantsToLiveForever he comes to regret his choice]].

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** In [[Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay Torchwood]] ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'', [[spoiler:Angelo]] is one, mainly because he wants to spend the rest of his life with Jack. [[spoiler:The Three Families]] also, for a more sinister example, after witnessing Jack's immortality.
* [[spoiler:Richard Alpert]] on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' makes a deal with Jacob to live forever because he's terrified of dying and going to Hell {{Hell} because he accidentally murdered a man. Eventually, [[WhoWantsToLiveForever he comes to regret his choice]].



* Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh, the UrExample (which is actually from Ur).

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* Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh, ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'', the UrExample (which is actually from Ur).



--> "I intend to live forever, of course. Barring that, I'd settle for a couple thousand years. Even five hundred would be pretty nice."
* Daniel "Bachelor" Dankovski from {{VideoGame/Pathologic}} is a rare heroic version.
* Tons of people in the ''{{Nasuverse}}''.
** Michael Roa Valdamong from ''{{Tsukihime}}'' who first became a vampire and later invented a method to reincarnate with his own personality (and vampirism).
** Nrvnqsr ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS pronounced "Nero"]]), also from ''{{Tsukihime}}'', who also became a vampire, although later started to consider himself a research project on Chaos.

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--> "I intend to live forever, of course. Barring that, I'd settle for a couple thousand years. Even five hundred would be pretty nice."
* Daniel "Bachelor" Dankovski from {{VideoGame/Pathologic}} ''VideoGame/{{Pathologic}}'' is a rare heroic version.
* Tons of people in the ''{{Nasuverse}}''.
''Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}''.
** Michael Roa Valdamong from ''{{Tsukihime}}'' ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' who first became a vampire and later invented a method to reincarnate with his own personality (and vampirism).
** Nrvnqsr ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS pronounced "Nero"]]), also from ''{{Tsukihime}}'', ''Tsukihime'', who also became a vampire, although later started to consider himself a research project on Chaos.



** Kaguya Houraisan ordered her vassal to concoct the Hourai Elixir, a potion of immortality, on a whim and drank it on a whim, leading to her exile from the moon. As a Lunarian, Kaguya was ''already'' ageless, but now she's immune to all other forms of death as well. Hourai immortality is completely irreversible, and is described as removing the very concept of death from a person.[[note]]Indeed, it's implied that drinking the elixir retroactively makes it so the drinker was ''always'' immortal, and thus even attempting to stop them from drinking it in the first place via time travel wouldn't work.[[/note]] Said vassal, Eirin Yagokoro, might have also drank the elixir, but that's less clear. Fujiwara no Mokou (who was previously an ordinary human) also drank the same elixir of immortality, some of which Kaguya had left behind as a gift to the Emperor of Japan. Mokou stole it from the soldier tasked with throwing it into a volcano and drank it in a moment of weakness, something she's regretted ever since. Well, moreso the murder of the soldier than the immortality. The Elixir remains in the immortal's liver, leaving another option for would-be immortals.

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** Kaguya Houraisan ordered her vassal to concoct the Hourai Elixir, a potion of immortality, on a whim and drank it on a whim, leading to her exile from the moon. As a Lunarian, Kaguya was ''already'' ageless, but now she's immune to all other forms of death as well. Hourai immortality is completely irreversible, and is described as removing the very concept of death from a person.[[note]]Indeed, it's implied that drinking the elixir retroactively makes it so the drinker was ''always'' immortal, and thus even attempting to stop them from drinking it in the first place via time travel TimeTravel wouldn't work.[[/note]] Said vassal, Eirin Yagokoro, might have also drank the elixir, but that's less clear. Fujiwara no Mokou (who was previously an ordinary human) also drank the same elixir of immortality, some of which Kaguya had left behind as a gift to the Emperor of Japan. Mokou stole it from the soldier tasked with throwing it into a volcano and drank it in a moment of weakness, something she's regretted ever since. Well, moreso the murder of the soldier than the immortality. The Elixir remains in the immortal's liver, leaving another option for would-be immortals.



* Gray Mann's ultimate motive, in the VideoGame/TeamFortress2 [[AllThereInTheManual supplemental webcomics]]. Everything he has done so far has been in search of [[{{Unobtainium}} Australium]] to fuel his [[ImmortalityInducer life extender]]. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that his quest is a futile one, since the life extenders have their limits. Even the administrator's superior life extender will only grant her a few more years. The administrator herself is not an example, since she just wants to have enough extra time to settle some old debts.]]

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* Gray Mann's ultimate motive, in the VideoGame/TeamFortress2 ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' [[AllThereInTheManual supplemental webcomics]]. Everything he has done so far has been in search of [[{{Unobtainium}} Australium]] to fuel his [[ImmortalityInducer life extender]]. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that his quest is a futile one, since the life extenders have their limits. Even the administrator's superior life extender will only grant her a few more years. The administrator herself is not an example, since she just wants to have enough extra time to settle some old debts.]]



* Xanatos of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' fame. What good is all the money and power in the world (of which he has quite a bit) if he can't enjoy them forever? He's tried a number of things but never desperate enough to use them without testing on someone else first.

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* Xanatos of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' fame. What good is all the money and power in the world (of which he has quite a bit) if he can't enjoy them forever? He's tried a number of things things, but he's never been desperate enough to use them without testing on someone else first.



* ''SuperSunday'': In ''Bigfoot And The Muscle Machines'', the ultimate goal of the antagonist Ravenscroft, a ruthless elderly millionaire, in his quest to find the Fountain of Youth. Indeed, he briefly turns into a younger man after accomplishing his goal and drinking of the Fountain's water, but his immortality is short lived as Yank ultimately rams a monster truck into the Fountain, destroying it. [[NoOntologicalInertia The effects of the Fountain wear off quickly]], and it isn't long before Ravenscroft flees, unaware he's walking into an alligator-infested swamp, presumably meeting his fate.

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* ''SuperSunday'': ''WesternAnimation/SuperSunday'': In ''Bigfoot And The Muscle Machines'', the ultimate goal of the antagonist Ravenscroft, a ruthless elderly millionaire, in his quest to find the Fountain of Youth. Indeed, he briefly turns into a younger man after accomplishing his goal and drinking of the Fountain's water, but his immortality is short lived as Yank ultimately rams a monster truck into the Fountain, destroying it. [[NoOntologicalInertia The effects of the Fountain wear off quickly]], and it isn't long before Ravenscroft flees, unaware he's walking into an alligator-infested swamp, presumably meeting his fate.



* The real life Ponce de Leon averts this trope. He went to Florida in search of gold and to expand the Spanish empire. Only after his death did wild stories of his search for the Fountain of Youth begin to appear.

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* The real life Ponce de Leon averts this trope. He went to Florida UsefulNotes/{{Florida}} in search of gold and to expand the Spanish empire. Only after his death did wild stories of his search for the Fountain of Youth begin to appear.
23rd May '16 1:22:22 PM MarkLungo
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* In {{GURPS}}, there are some spells that can "steal youth," take months off your life, or halt aging. They are generally so expensive and limited as to not be worth it (the potion version of the Youth spell takes almost a year to make, any failure in making it causes the user to age ''faster'', and it only takes one year off your life.) If permanently enchanted on a wearable item, the Halt Aging spell has such a ridiculous energy cost that even a Great Wish won't be enough to make one. (The book notes: "Kingdoms have been toppled for possession of such things...")

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* In {{GURPS}}, ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'', there are some spells that can "steal youth," take months off your life, or halt aging. They are generally so expensive and limited as to not be worth it (the potion version of the Youth spell takes almost a year to make, any failure in making it causes the user to age ''faster'', and it only takes one year off your life.) If permanently enchanted on a wearable item, the Halt Aging spell has such a ridiculous energy cost that even a Great Wish won't be enough to make one. (The book notes: "Kingdoms have been toppled for possession of such things...")



* From TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}, this is the ultimate goal of many [[TheCorruption Chaos]] [[SuperSoldier Space Marines]] and many of the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil mortal followers of Chaos]] as well. They hope to achieve this by gaining the attentions of the [[GodOfEvil Ruinous Powers]] and [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence becoming a Daemon Prince]]. Fortunately for the rest of the galaxy ([[EnemyCivilWar and some of the other followers of Chaos]]), the attrition rate for this is very high.

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* From TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}, ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', this is the ultimate goal of many [[TheCorruption Chaos]] [[SuperSoldier Space Marines]] and many of the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil mortal followers of Chaos]] as well. They hope to achieve this by gaining the attentions of the [[GodOfEvil Ruinous Powers]] and [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence becoming a Daemon Prince]]. Fortunately for the rest of the galaxy ([[EnemyCivilWar and some of the other followers of Chaos]]), the attrition rate for this is very high.
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