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21st Aug '16 12:05:24 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[ECComics Tales From the Crypt]]'': In "A-Corny Story", a man who was fired for being too old sends his youth-obsessed boss a hexed oak tree. As the tree ages backwards, so does its owner... until the tree has ended up as an acorn and the boss has de-aged out of existence.

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* ''[[ECComics ''[[Creator/ECComics Tales From the Crypt]]'': In "A-Corny Story", a man who was fired for being too old sends his youth-obsessed boss a hexed oak tree. As the tree ages backwards, so does its owner... until the tree has ended up as an acorn and the boss has de-aged out of existence.
11th Aug '16 2:42:57 PM Dravencour
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* This happened to ComicBook/LoisLane in ''The Cry-Baby of Metropolis''. Lois is worried about her wrinkles and steps into a youth machine even after Superman told her not to touch anything. After it seemingly doesn't work she sees the professor demonstrate that this trope is in effect with a chicken test subject (which turns into an egg and will soon turn into nothingness) and that only Superman's XRayVision can reverse the process. The next day this happens to Lois too and as she gets younger, not wanting Superman to be angry at her for her disobedience, she tries several times to trick Superman into use his XRayVision on her. But every time, Superman uses some other method to fulfill Lois's request, like "super mathematics" to count the jelly beans in a jar. When Lois is a baby, she gives up, but she is unable to admit to Superman because when she tries to talk it comes out as BabyLanguage. Superman takes her to ComicBook/LanaLang's house to take care of her, which of course makes her angry. Eventually Superman admits that he knew what Lois did the whole time and was just screwing with her to teach her a lesson. And the XRayVision actually doesn't have any effect, it was also just Superman and the professor screwing with her. Superman subsequently humiliates Lois by bottle-feeding her the antidote, in front of Lana.
* One ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' story starts with Merlin- yes, that Merlin- visiting the Spellman family. Rather than the traditional wizard Whitebeard look, this Merlin resembles a young man, an appearance he explains with this trope.

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* This happened to ComicBook/LoisLane in ''The Cry-Baby of Metropolis''. Lois is worried about her wrinkles and steps into a youth machine even after Superman told her not to touch anything. After it seemingly doesn't work she sees the professor demonstrate that this trope is in effect with a chicken test subject (which turns into an egg and will soon turn into nothingness) and that only Superman's XRayVision can reverse the process. The next day this happens to Lois too and as she gets younger, not wanting Superman to be angry at her for her disobedience, she tries several times to trick Superman into use his XRayVision on her. But every time, Superman uses some other method to fulfill Lois's request, like "super mathematics" to count the jelly beans in a jar. When Lois is a baby, she gives up, but she is unable to admit to Superman because when she tries to talk it comes out as BabyLanguage. Superman takes her to ComicBook/LanaLang's house to take care of her, which of course makes her angry. Eventually Superman admits that he knew what Lois did the whole time and was just screwing with her to teach her a lesson. And the XRayVision actually doesn't have any effect, it was also just Superman and the professor screwing with her. Superman subsequently humiliates Lois by bottle-feeding her the antidote, in front of Lana.
Lana. Website/{{Superdickery}} had a field day with this one.
* One ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' story starts with Merlin- yes, that Merlin- Merlin - visiting the Spellman family. Rather than the traditional wizard Whitebeard look, this Merlin resembles a young man, an appearance he explains with this trope.
24th Jul '16 6:18:32 PM nombretomado
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* The title character in F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton" suffers from this.

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* The title character in F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton" "Literature/TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton" suffers from this.
26th Jun '16 12:53:00 PM Morgenthaler
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* Happens to Lion-O in the ''Thundercats'' episode "Time Switch" after he is accidentally exposed to gasses from one of the Thundercats' old suspension capsules. Despite knowing the risks involved, the other Thundercats decide they should take Lion-O to the Cave of Time and put him in there until he regains his normal age.

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* Happens to Lion-O in the ''Thundercats'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}}'' episode "Time Switch" after he is accidentally exposed to gasses from one of the Thundercats' old suspension capsules. Despite knowing the risks involved, the other Thundercats decide they should take Lion-O to the Cave of Time and put him in there until he regains his normal age.
26th Jun '16 6:03:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* Chronos, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Time from the ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series. Each holder of the office, when chosen, begins living backwards in time, temporarily going forward to communicate with others, until the day of their birth/conception, when they have to choose a successor/predecessor.

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* Chronos, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Time from the ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series. Each holder of the office, when chosen, begins living backwards in time, temporarily going forward to communicate with others, until the day of their birth/conception, when they have to choose a successor/predecessor.



* Gerald Morris' Arthurian novel ''[[TheSquiresTales The Squire's Tale]]'' uses this not for Merlin but for the hermit Trevisant. He ages normally but remembers less of the past and more of the future as time goes by, until [[spoiler:at his death]] he sees only the future. Later in the series it's revealed that [[spoiler: he wasn't born that way; he voluntarily had a spell cast on him so he could forget a traumatic event in his past.]]

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* Gerald Morris' Arthurian novel ''[[TheSquiresTales ''[[Literature/TheSquiresTales The Squire's Tale]]'' uses this not for Merlin but for the hermit Trevisant. He ages normally but remembers less of the past and more of the future as time goes by, until [[spoiler:at his death]] he sees only the future. Later in the series it's revealed that [[spoiler: he wasn't born that way; he voluntarily had a spell cast on him so he could forget a traumatic event in his past.]]
1st Jun '16 1:28:40 AM PaulA
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* In ''Roadmarks'' by Creator/RogerZelazny there are creatures who appear on the Road[[note]]a highway that allows to travel to any time as well as to alternate histories of Earth[[/note]] as old humans, live so long they forget their past and slowly keep getting younger. When they are killed [[spoiler:they become dragons]], but it's never mentioned how young they may get if they live long enough. Their children age normally, but [[spoiler:at least some of them become dragons when killed]]. The Road may or may not have been created solely as a playground for [[spoiler:those infant dragons]]. Figuring this all out is central to the plot.

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* In ''Roadmarks'' ''Literature/{{Roadmarks}}'' by Creator/RogerZelazny there are creatures who appear on the Road[[note]]a highway that allows to travel to any time as well as to alternate histories of Earth[[/note]] as old humans, live so long they forget their past and slowly keep getting younger. When they are killed [[spoiler:they become dragons]], but it's never mentioned how young they may get if they live long enough. Their children age normally, but [[spoiler:at least some of them become dragons when killed]]. The Road may or may not have been created solely as a playground for [[spoiler:those infant dragons]]. Figuring this all out is central to the plot.
9th Mar '16 12:53:58 PM Hossmeister
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* In the ''MorkAndMindy'' fanfic ''FanFic/MorkAndMindysTwentyFifthAnniversary'', Mork's backward aging becomes part of the plot given that he keeps looking younger as Mindy is growing older.

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* In the ''MorkAndMindy'' ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' fanfic ''FanFic/MorkAndMindysTwentyFifthAnniversary'', Mork's backward aging becomes part of the plot given that he keeps looking younger as Mindy is growing older.



* All the members of Mork's species from ''MorkAndMindy'' age backwards. The original lamp shading was that it happened this way so the children would be treated with respect from day one, and the elderly would be cute and cuddly, thus more likely to be willingly cared for.

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* All the members of Mork's species from ''MorkAndMindy'' ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' age backwards. The original lamp shading was that it happened this way so the children would be treated with respect from day one, and the elderly would be cute and cuddly, thus more likely to be willingly cared for.
29th Feb '16 6:16:16 PM FF32
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* ''TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton'', where it is milked for every ounce of romantic tension and general drama they can wring out of it.

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* ''TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton'', ''Film/TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton'', where it is milked for every ounce of romantic tension and general drama they can wring out of it.


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* Subverted in an ImagineSpot in ''Film/TheSecretLifeOfWalterMitty'', where Mitty claims to have the disease Benjamin Button had, but has never seen the film: he becomes a proper old man the size of an infant.
23rd Jan '16 8:23:37 PM nombretomado
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* Adam One in Creator/PaulCornell's ''{{Stormwatch}}'' was [[TimeAbyss an old man at the beginning of the universe]], and ages both backwards and very slowly. He currently looks like he's in his thirties. (As revealed in ''ComicBook/DemonKnights'' he's also [[spoiler: actually Merlin]]).
* The daughter of Sally Floyd, Minnie, who appeared in flashback in the [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Generation M]] mini series was a {{mutant}} whose power was backwards aging at normal speed. It manifested at about the age of two, and before the age of five she had regressed past the point when not even the incubators and life support in the maternity ward could keep her alive. To pile on the tragedy, this was a few months before the [[BroughtDownToNormal Decimation]] event that depowered over 99% of the earth's mutants.

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* Adam One in Creator/PaulCornell's ''{{Stormwatch}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}'' was [[TimeAbyss an old man at the beginning of the universe]], and ages both backwards and very slowly. He currently looks like he's in his thirties. (As revealed in ''ComicBook/DemonKnights'' he's also [[spoiler: actually Merlin]]).
* The daughter of Sally Floyd, Minnie, who appeared in flashback in the [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} [[Comicbook/XMen Generation M]] mini series was a {{mutant}} whose power was backwards aging at normal speed. It manifested at about the age of two, and before the age of five she had regressed past the point when not even the incubators and life support in the maternity ward could keep her alive. To pile on the tragedy, this was a few months before the [[BroughtDownToNormal Decimation]] event that depowered over 99% of the earth's mutants.
15th Jan '16 8:59:42 AM Adept
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* Part of the price [[BigBad Ganossa Maximilian]] from ''Main/SilentMoebius'' paid for power in his [[DealWithTheDevil deal with Nemesis]] in addition to his soul was to have his "time" taken from him, which made him younger as time progressed. Ultimately, everything he did in the series was due to his desire to have his "time" returned to him, even though he knew it would mean his own death. The power he received was nothing compared to being able to live and die as a normal person.

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* Part of the price [[BigBad Ganossa Maximilian]] from ''Main/SilentMoebius'' ''Manga/SilentMobius'' paid for power in his [[DealWithTheDevil deal with Nemesis]] in addition to his soul was to have his "time" taken from him, which made him younger as time progressed. Ultimately, everything he did in the series was due to his desire to have his "time" returned to him, even though he knew it would mean his own death. The power he received was nothing compared to being able to live and die as a normal person.
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