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15th Nov '17 5:21:58 PM tiger64guy
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* In ''''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', people of the plane of ''Ravnica'' have significantly longer life spans; Argus Kos of the Boros is well over a century old, and still an active law enforcement agent.

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* In ''''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', people of the plane of ''Ravnica'' have significantly longer life spans; Argus Kos of the Boros is well over a century old, and still an active law enforcement agent.
24th Sep '17 11:38:01 AM nombretomado
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* A side-effect of practicing sorcery in the ''{{Belgariad}}'' is indefinitely-increased lifespan. Except for the characters who become sorcerers during course of the main story, every magic-user in the books is at least one thousand years old.

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* A side-effect of practicing sorcery in the ''{{Belgariad}}'' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' is indefinitely-increased lifespan. Except for the characters who become sorcerers during course of the main story, every magic-user in the books is at least one thousand years old.
20th Sep '17 4:39:43 PM Historian1912
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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 frequently is an OldMaster or a [[{{Mentors}} mentor]]. (Of course, research on senility-due-to-age has been skewed by mental illnesses like Alzheimers; Alzheimer's; people without those diseases can do very well, but those diseases are all too common.)


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*** Rather than a limit on natural lifespan, the 120 years can be seen to be more of the start of a countdown, how much time from that point forward until the Flood.
18th Sep '17 5:43:48 PM costanton11
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** The actual longest-lived member of Congress was probably Strom Thurmond, who was retired from the Senate at age 100. He had unsuccessfully run for President in the "Dixiecrat" faction of the Democratic Party in 1948, and the people of South Carolina continually re-elected him to office well into the new millennium.

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** The actual longest-lived member of Congress was probably Strom Thurmond, who was retired from the Senate at age 100. He had unsuccessfully run for President in the "Dixiecrat" faction of the Democratic Party in 1948, and the people of South Carolina continually re-elected him to office well into the new millennium.
30th Aug '17 9:44:33 PM bobg
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* ''Manga/DragonBall'':
** Master Roshi is over 300 years old when first introduced. It is revealed that he had a pet phoenix that could bestow immortality on to others, making it so they couldn't die of old age, before it died from eating tainted bird seed. Roshi later claims to have drank an elixir that made him completely immortal, which his turtle brings up when Roshi lies that he is dying of old age (despite the fact that Roshi told this lie to Goku, who should have already known that Roshi was already incapable of dying from old age due to the phoenix, elixir or not). It is revealed during the King Piccolo Saga that Roshi lied about the elixir, and that it doesn't even actually exist, so he is only immortal in that he cannot die of old age. DragonBallSuper creates a PlotHole by stating that Roshi is semi-immortal not due to the phoenix (as previously established), but due to eating paradise grass, which extends a persons life by centuries.
** Roshi's sister, Baba, is over 500 years old. Her and Roshi's parents must also have been extremely long lived to have had two children that were 200 years apart in age, though unlike with Roshi, how they lived that long, and how Baba obtained immortality (and if the parents were actually immortal or are even still alive, though that's unlikely since we never see them) is never revealed.
** The Crane Hermit and his brother Tao are also hundreds of years old. Again, their immortality is never explained, unlike Roshi's.
7th Aug '17 4:00:35 PM DustSnitch
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* Mr. Jingles in ''TheGreenMile'', a mouse that lived some 70 years.

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* Mr. Jingles in ''TheGreenMile'', ''Film/TheGreenMile'' is a mouse that lived some 70 years. His long-life is a sign of the special gift imparted by him to John Coffey. [[spoiler:Like Christ, Coffey healed Jingles and imparted the same gift to his prison guard, who went on to live for more than a hundred years and nine years.]]
4th Aug '17 5:15:55 PM costanton11
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** The actual longest-lived member of Congress was probably Strom Thurmond, who was re-elected to the Senate at age 100. He had unsuccessfully run for President in the "Dixiecrat" faction of the Democratic Party in 1948, and the people of South Carolina continually re-elected him to office well into the new millennium.

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** The actual longest-lived member of Congress was probably Strom Thurmond, who was re-elected to retired from the Senate at age 100. He had unsuccessfully run for President in the "Dixiecrat" faction of the Democratic Party in 1948, and the people of South Carolina continually re-elected him to office well into the new millennium.millennium.
** The longest serving member of Congress was John Dingell who took office in 1955 and retired in 2015.


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** The longest reigning monarch with a verifiable reign length was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sobhuza_II Sobhuza II of Swaziland]], who reigned for 82 years.
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.)
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