History Main / MethuselahSyndrome

20th May '17 9:48:30 AM nombretomado
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* Several characters in the ''{{Ultima}}'' series have very long lifespans for little explained reason. Lord British has been around since the very first game, and while he's white-haired in the ninth game, it's explained to be due to despair over his failing kingdom rather than age. Likewise, the Warriors of Virtue (the Avatar's companions) are still fit for a fight, as are a whole lot of other recurring characters. Taking the prize for inexplicable youth is Sherry the Mouse, a talking but otherwise fairly ordinary mouse who has weathered the two hundred years between the sixth and seventh game without any trouble at all.

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* Several characters in the ''{{Ultima}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' series have very long lifespans for little explained reason. Lord British has been around since the very [[VideoGame/UltimaI first game, game]], and while he's white-haired in the ninth game, it's explained to be due to despair over his failing kingdom rather than age. Likewise, the Warriors of Virtue (the Avatar's companions) are still fit for a fight, as are a whole lot of other recurring characters. Taking the prize for inexplicable youth is Sherry the Mouse, a talking but otherwise fairly ordinary mouse who has weathered the two hundred years between the sixth and seventh game without any trouble at all.
14th May '17 7:38:07 PM DragonBallZ
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** The humans do seem to get old at the same time as real humans, though. Whitebeard was 72 and had many problems with his health due to old age. Rayleigh seems to be about same age as Whitebeard, and Garp, being 19-year-old Luffy's grandfather, is probably in his 60's or 70's - both of them have complained of not being able to perform their usual feats and tire easily because they have gotten old.

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** The humans do seem to get old at the same time as real humans, though. Whitebeard was 72 and had many problems with his health due to old age. Rayleigh seems to be about the same age as Whitebeard, and Garp, being 19-year-old Luffy's grandfather, is probably in his 60's or 70's - both of them have complained of not being able to perform their usual feats and tire easily because they have gotten old.
14th May '17 7:37:08 PM DragonBallZ
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The tendency for ancient and fantasy settings to show humans having very [[LongLived long lifespans]] despite the lack of any established medical science. People will routinely live to a century or better while remaining lucid and active. Might or might not be explained as AWizardDidIt in the case of magical characters, or EnlightenmentSuperpowers for spiritual ones. Because in fiction age automatically equals wisdom rather than, say, the gradual death of brain cells, he frequently is an OldMaster or a [[{{Mentors}} mentor]]. (Of course, research on senility-due-to-age has been skewed by mental illnesses like Alzheimers; people without those diseases can do very well, but those diseases are all too common.)

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The tendency for ancient and fantasy settings to show humans having very [[LongLived long lifespans]] despite the lack of any established medical science. People will routinely live to a century or better while remaining lucid and active. Might or might not be explained as AWizardDidIt in the case of magical characters, or EnlightenmentSuperpowers for spiritual ones. Because in fiction age automatically equals wisdom rather than, say, the gradual death of brain cells, he cells. He frequently is an OldMaster or a [[{{Mentors}} mentor]]. (Of course, research on senility-due-to-age has been skewed by mental illnesses like Alzheimers; people without those diseases can do very well, but those diseases are all too common.)
7th Mar '17 10:35:20 AM BeerBaron
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* The Telvanni grandmasters in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' are extraordinarily old even for a species with an average lifespan around the neighborhood of 500 years. Ultimately Downplayed, as it's implied that they use various forms of magic (particularly necromancy) to reach those ages, and very few of the oldest ones are mentally stable anymore as a result.

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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind''
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The Telvanni grandmasters in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' [[TheMagocracy Great House]] [[EvilSorcerer Telvanni]] grandmasters are extraordinarily old even for a species with [[LongLived an average lifespan around the neighborhood of 500 years.that is measured in centuries]]. Ultimately Downplayed, as it's implied that they use various forms of magic (particularly necromancy) to reach those ages, and very few of the oldest ones are mentally stable anymore as a result.



** Divayth Fyr is said to be nearly 4,000 years old by one of the female clones he made of himself (all of whom are at least in their hundreds themselves). Whether he's older than his Dwemer guest (who was a master craftsman when the Tribunal ascended some 3,000+ years ago) is up for debate.

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** Divayth Fyr is said to be nearly 4,000 years old by one of the [[OppositeSexClone female clones clones]] he made of himself (all of whom are at least in their hundreds themselves). Whether he's older than his Dwemer [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] guest (who was a master craftsman when the Tribunal ascended some 3,000+ years ago) is up for debate.
7th Mar '17 10:32:52 AM BeerBaron
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* The Telvanni grandmasters in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' are extraordinarily old even for a species with an average lifespan around the neighborhood of 500 years.

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* The Telvanni grandmasters in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' are extraordinarily old even for a species with an average lifespan around the neighborhood of 500 years. Ultimately Downplayed, as it's implied that they use various forms of magic (particularly necromancy) to reach those ages, and very few of the oldest ones are mentally stable anymore as a result.



** Divayth Fyr is said to be nearly 4,000 years old by one of the female clones he made of himself (all of whom are at least in their hundreds themselves). Whether he's older than his Dwemer guest (who was a master craftsman when the Tribunal ascended nearly 3,000 years ago) is up for debate.

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** Divayth Fyr is said to be nearly 4,000 years old by one of the female clones he made of himself (all of whom are at least in their hundreds themselves). Whether he's older than his Dwemer guest (who was a master craftsman when the Tribunal ascended nearly 3,000 some 3,000+ years ago) is up for debate.
4th Mar '17 2:32:18 PM costanton11
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** John Adams, the Founding Father and 2nd President of the U.S.A. lived to be 91. In the early 19th century, 91! He held the record of longest-lived president until the twentieth century, when Hoover tied him, and then Ford and Reagan surpassed him.

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** John Adams, the Founding Father and 2nd President of the U.S.A. lived to be 91. In the early 19th century, 91! He held the record of longest-lived president until the twentieth century, when Hoover tied him, and then Ford and Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush surpassed him.
2nd Feb '17 6:18:19 PM trulymadmoves
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** And if you think Armando Dippet was old, the oldest wizard on record, Barry Wee Willie Winkle, celebrated his ''755th'' birthday on August 14, 1991. He invited every witch and wizard he'd ever known, for a total for about 30 million! Ironically, he's actually lived longer than Nicholas Flamel ([[TheGhost who is known to exist by never makes an appearance]]) the legendary alchemist who invented the Elixir of Immortality!

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** And if you think Armando Dippet was old, the oldest wizard on record, The first film contained a FreezeFrameBonus newspaper article about Barry Wee Willie Winkle, celebrated a wizard who was celebrating his ''755th'' 755th birthday on August 14, 1991. He invited every witch and wizard he'd ever known, for a total for about inviting 30 million! Ironically, he's actually lived longer million wizards to the party. Needless to say, this was merely a ridiculous IfYouCanReadThis joke on the part of the art department, as this would make him substantially older than Nicholas Flamel ([[TheGhost who is known to exist by never makes an appearance]]) Flamel, whose 665-year lifespan was the legendary alchemist who invented result of the Elixir of Immortality!Life. Plus there probably aren't even that many wizards on the planet.
17th Jan '17 3:24:32 PM IvanColdtear
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** Also, while he's over a century old, he does think every so often that a hundred is too old for law enforcement work, has a few problems with his age, and tends to overuse magical health packs.

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** Also, while he's over a century old, he does think every so often that a hundred is too old for law enforcement work, has a few problems with his age, and tends to overuse magical health packs. Overall, his complaints seem similar to those of a 50-year-old officer in our world (just substitute prescription painkillers for magical health packs.)
4th Dec '16 11:10:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* A lot of movies and shows with Buddhist monks tend to do this. ''Film/KillBill'', for example, establishes Pai Mei as being either well over 120 or more than a thousand years old, depending on whether you want to go by the original script (which states that Pai Mei was already a martial arts master in 1883), RealLife (where he was in 1647 if not earlier), or the actual film (where David Carradine [[ThrowItIn ad-libbed]] the line into "one double-aught three", or 1003). No explanation is given; it's implied that Pai Mei is just that {{badass}}.

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* A lot of movies and shows with Buddhist monks tend to do this. ''Film/KillBill'', for example, establishes Pai Mei as being either well over 120 or more than a thousand years old, depending on whether you want to go by the original script (which states that Pai Mei was already a martial arts master in 1883), RealLife (where he was in 1647 if not earlier), or the actual film (where David Carradine [[ThrowItIn ad-libbed]] the line into "one double-aught three", or 1003). No explanation is given; it's implied that Pai Mei is just that {{badass}}.badass.
16th Oct '16 6:09:45 PM nombretomado
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* In ''FireEmblemElibe'', Archsage Athos, Dark Sage Brammimond and the BigBad Nergal are all well over a thousand years old, justified by being among the most powerful magic users ever seen in that 'verse.

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* In ''FireEmblemElibe'', ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'', Archsage Athos, Dark Sage Brammimond and the BigBad Nergal are all well over a thousand years old, justified by being among the most powerful magic users ever seen in that 'verse.
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