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15th Oct '17 8:12:14 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/LarryNiven's short story ''Literature/TheMagicGoesAway'' (found in the collection of the same name) The Warlock deliberately consumes the magic-sustaining "mana" in the area to defeat a demon; it works but as a result he also loses the benefit of said magic and ages rapidly. At one point he spits out a complete set of now-blackened teeth.

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* In Creator/LarryNiven's short story ''Literature/TheMagicGoesAway'' (found in the collection of the same name) "Literature/NotLongBeforeTheEnd", The Warlock deliberately consumes the magic-sustaining "mana" in the area to defeat a demon; it works but as a result he also loses the benefit of said magic and ages rapidly. At one point he spits out a complete set of now-blackened teeth.
30th Sep '17 1:25:08 PM porphyre77
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** Saruman's human body crumble's into dust in a matter of seconds after he is slain by Wormtongue.
12th Sep '17 3:10:26 PM LondonKdS
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* In ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', Dracula rapidly dissolves into nothing when stabbed in the heart. Notably, none of the other vampires in the story did this, and although it isn't explicitly stated the implication is that it's because he was so much older than them, and that when he was stabbed centuries of decay instantly caught up with his body.
25th Aug '17 6:03:47 AM RedScharlach
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* ''Film/TheHunger'' has a true vampire who can only provide her playthings with youth for about two hundred years; after that, time rapidly catches up with them, and they become dessicated husks. She usually keeps these husks, for sentimental reasons.

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* ''Film/TheHunger'' has a true vampire who can only provide her playthings with youth for about two hundred years; after that, time rapidly catches up with them, and they become dessicated desiccated husks. She usually keeps these husks, for sentimental reasons.



* ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'': [[spoiler:The antagonist and her brother shrivel up before dying from mortal wounding.]]

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* ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'': [[spoiler:The antagonist and her brother shrivel up before dying from mortal wounding.wounds.]]



* Book 17 of the ''Literature/LoneWolf'' series ''The Deathlord of Ixia'' combines this with LoadBearingBoss. Killing the BigBad breaks the enchantment that kept the city of Xaagon in a suspended state. The moment Lone Wolf strikes the killing blow, milennia of wear and tear catch up to the city, and Lone Wolf has to haul ass out of there. Breaking the spell also removes the permanent cloud cover over the city, allowing sunlight to warm Ixia again.

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* Book 17 of the ''Literature/LoneWolf'' series ''The Deathlord of Ixia'' combines this with LoadBearingBoss. Killing the BigBad breaks the enchantment that kept the city of Xaagon in a suspended state. The moment Lone Wolf strikes the killing blow, milennia millennia of wear and tear catch up to with the city, and Lone Wolf has to haul ass out of there. Breaking the spell also removes the permanent cloud cover over the city, allowing sunlight to warm Ixia again.



* Oskar Matzerath from ''Literature/TheTinDrum'' was a [[OlderThanTheyLook three-year old adult]] who remained a child out of his own free will. Once he had enough, he underwent the same process to reverse it. His years caught up to him immediately, although he was in his twenties at the time so it wasn't as dramatic as other examples here.
* The result of failing to keep up annual [[HumanSacrifice child sacrifices]] for immortality ritual in the ''Literature/RepairmanJack'' novels.

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* Oskar Matzerath from ''Literature/TheTinDrum'' was a [[OlderThanTheyLook three-year old three-year-old adult]] who remained a child out of his own free will. Once he had enough, he underwent the same process to reverse it. His years caught up to him immediately, although he was in his twenties at the time so it wasn't as dramatic as other examples here.
* The result of failing to keep up annual [[HumanSacrifice child sacrifices]] in return for immortality ritual in the ''Literature/RepairmanJack'' novels.



* Averted in ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' when Katherine loses her Immortality after becoming human and only begins to age normally. Later however when the serum that made her human is drained from her blood, she starts to show signs of aging quickly and is estimated to die from old age in a few months.

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* Averted in ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' when Katherine loses her Immortality after becoming human and only begins to age normally. Later however Later, however, when the serum that made her human is drained from her blood, she starts to show signs of aging quickly and is estimated to die from old age in a few months.



* This is also a recurring theme in the Western fairytales where the protagonist is spirited away into the Fairyland for centuries without realizing or feeling the passage of time. Sometimes they would return to the human world, only to discover that in the meantime year, decades, or even centuries had passed while they hadn't aged. Upon their return, all that missed time would catch up with the victim spectacularly.

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* This is also a recurring theme in the Western fairytales where the protagonist is spirited away into the Fairyland for centuries without realizing or feeling the passage of time. Sometimes they would return to the human world, only to discover that in the meantime year, decades, intervening period, decades or even centuries had passed while they hadn't aged. Upon their return, all that missed time would catch up with the victim spectacularly.



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23rd Aug '17 8:35:17 PM PaulA
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* In ''[[Literature/TheHeirsOfAlexandria Much Fall of Blood]]'', this happens to [[spoiler:Elizabeth Bartholdy]]. Somewhat justified in that the immortality treatment had to be maintained at regular intervals.

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* In ''[[Literature/TheHeirsOfAlexandria Much Fall of Blood]]'', ''Literature/MuchFallOfBlood'', this happens to [[spoiler:Elizabeth Bartholdy]]. Somewhat justified in that the immortality treatment had to be maintained at regular intervals.
9th Jul '17 4:00:41 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': The soldiers in the Russian 'secret army' who have been in 'cold storage' since WorldWarII in the "K is for Kill" two-parter. When they are killed they revert to their biological age.

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* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': The soldiers in the Russian 'secret army' who have been in 'cold storage' since WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in the "K is for Kill" two-parter. When they are killed they revert to their biological age.
9th Jul '17 3:06:27 PM RedScharlach
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* ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' film: The same Dorian Gray after he sees his portrait. Justified by the mechanism of his immortality: the aforesaid portrait took the effects of aging and injury for him.
* The grisly fate of Morgan Le Fay in ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'', rendered in a very NightmareFuel-Efficient way.

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* ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' film: The same Dorian Gray after he sees his portrait. Justified by the mechanism of his immortality: the aforesaid portrait took on the effects of aging and injury for him.
* The grisly fate of Morgan Le Fay in ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'', rendered in a very NightmareFuel-Efficient NightmareFuel-efficient way.



* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Fellowship of the Ring'', after Bilbo Baggins leaves the One Ring behind for Frodo and travels to Rivendell, his Ring-deferred years catch up with him and he becomes quite elderly. (In the book, there are 18 years between Bilbo's departure and our catching up to him at Rivendell; in the film it seems to be a few months.) And then he ages even more dramatically after the ring is destroyed.

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* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Fellowship of the Ring'', after Bilbo Baggins leaves the One Ring behind for Frodo and travels to Rivendell, his Ring-deferred years catch up with him and he becomes quite elderly. (In the book, there are 18 years between Bilbo's departure and our catching up to him at Rivendell; in the film it seems to be a few months.) And then he ages even more dramatically after the ring Ring is destroyed.



** On the other hand, Lucy, who was a vampiress only for a few days, retains her youthful beauty when Van Helsing puts her to rest.

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** On the other hand, Lucy, who was a vampiress vampire only for a few days, retains her youthful beauty when Van Helsing puts her to rest.



* In ''Literature/PerryRhodan'', the devices providing certain main characters with immortality, poison resistance, and improved natural healing were for the longest time simple pendants usually worn on a chain; if ever lost or destroyed, the wearer had about 62 hours to live before dying of accelerated cell decay. (After a couple of millenia or so of use and a crisis involving [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien their creator]], these have been replaced by implanted chips.)

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* In ''Literature/PerryRhodan'', the devices providing certain main characters with immortality, poison resistance, and improved natural healing were for the longest time simple pendants usually worn on a chain; if ever lost or destroyed, the wearer had about 62 hours to live before dying of accelerated cell decay. (After a couple of millenia millennia or so of use and a crisis involving [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien their creator]], these have been replaced by implanted chips.)



* This happens to the BigBad of the ''True Princess'' Serien by N. Egorushkina, once his immortality is RetGone. Justified since "RetGone" implies "make it so as if he '''never had''' the immortality in the first place.

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* This happens to the BigBad of the ''True Princess'' Serien series by N. Egorushkina, once his immortality is RetGone. Justified since "RetGone" implies "make making it so as if he '''never had''' the immortality in the first place.



* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has Adam Monroe, when he got his ability stolen by Arthur Petrelli. They try to explain it by the fact that, over the centuries, Adam has died and was damaged so many times, that his HealingFactor kicked into overdrive. His cells are continuously dying and recreating. So, when you remove the "recreating" part, it's clear why he suddenly crumpled into dust. It's possible that Claire will have the same problem in a few hundred years.

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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has Adam Monroe, when he got his ability stolen by Arthur Petrelli. They try to explain it by the fact that, over the centuries, Adam has died and was damaged so many times, that his HealingFactor kicked into overdrive. His cells are continuously dying and recreating.being recreated. So, when you remove the "recreating" part, it's clear why he suddenly crumpled into dust. It's possible that Claire will have the same problem in a few hundred years.



* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "Long Live Walter Jameson". A man lives more than 2,000 years due to drinking a alchemical potion of immortality. When he's shot and mortally wounded, the effect wears off and he ages into dust in minutes.

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "Long Live Walter Jameson". A man lives more than 2,000 years due to drinking a an alchemical potion of immortality. When he's shot and mortally wounded, the effect wears off and he ages into dust in minutes.



** A stranger case occurred in "Sons of Mars": Abraham Lincoln exchanges his immortality to Death to bring Jake BackFromTheDead after being wrongfully executed. We hear a gunshot and Lincoln is replaced with his own monument, implying his immortality was something he had as president that was removed ''[[RetGone retroactively]]'', allowing him to be assassinated.

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** A stranger case occurred in "Sons of Mars": Abraham Lincoln exchanges his immortality to Death in order to bring Jake BackFromTheDead after being wrongfully executed. We hear a gunshot and Lincoln is replaced with his own monument, implying his immortality was something he had as president that was removed ''[[RetGone retroactively]]'', allowing him to be assassinated.
10th Jun '17 10:42:25 PM LeGurdah
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** Aegwynn is in a similar boat, using her powers as Guardian to extend her life for more than 800 years. After expending most of her magic [[spoiler: (read: having it forcibly ripped from her body by her own son)]] some thirty-odd years prior to Vanilla WoW, she no longer has the power to keep herself young, and has been steadily aging as a result. Though the comics would show otherwise... This is because, after her banishment, she comes back to use her remaining magic to resurrect her son (after he is decapitated by his own apprentice), who, in turn, used his powers to give his mother proper retirement. She is given a hidden house in a valley in Kalimdor, protected by multiple wards (one of which keeps her healthy) and thunder lizards. Then Jaina Proudmoore decides to settle the valley...

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** Aegwynn is in a similar boat, using her powers as Guardian to extend her life for more than 800 years. After expending most of her magic [[spoiler: (read: having it forcibly ripped from her body by her own son)]] some thirty-odd years prior to Vanilla WoW, [=WoW=], she no longer has the power to keep herself young, and has been steadily aging as a result. Though the comics would show otherwise... This is because, after her banishment, she comes back to use her remaining magic to resurrect her son (after he is decapitated by his own apprentice), who, in turn, used his powers to give his mother proper retirement. She is given a hidden house in a valley in Kalimdor, protected by multiple wards (one of which keeps her healthy) and thunder lizards. Then Jaina Proudmoore decides to settle the valley...
8th Jun '17 4:37:54 AM StFan
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* Ruby Summers (daughter of Scott Summers and Emma Frost from a future timeline shown in ''ComicBook/{{X-Factor}}'') keeps her youthful appearance by staying in her ruby form. While she doesn't know for sure, she thinks that if she were to return to her human form the 80 years she's spent in her ruby form would catch up to her instantly, possibly killing her. Understandably, she doesn't want to test this hypothesis.

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* Ruby Summers (daughter of Scott Summers and Emma Frost from a future timeline shown in ''ComicBook/{{X-Factor}}'') ''ComicBook/XFactor'') keeps her youthful appearance by staying in her ruby form. While she doesn't know for sure, she thinks that if she were to return to her human form the 80 years she's spent in her ruby form would catch up to her instantly, possibly killing her. Understandably, she doesn't want to test this hypothesis.



* In LarryNiven's short story ''Literature/TheMagicGoesAway'' (found in the collection of the same name) The Warlock deliberately consumes the magic-sustaining "mana" in the area to defeat a demon; it works but as a result he also loses the benefit of said magic and ages rapidly. At one point he spits out a complete set of now-blackened teeth.

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* In LarryNiven's Creator/LarryNiven's short story ''Literature/TheMagicGoesAway'' (found in the collection of the same name) The Warlock deliberately consumes the magic-sustaining "mana" in the area to defeat a demon; it works but as a result he also loses the benefit of said magic and ages rapidly. At one point he spits out a complete set of now-blackened teeth.



* In ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'', Dorian is kept eternally young while his picture turns hideous and ancient. When he destroys the picture, his servants find the picture of a young Dorian and a crumpled, ancient corpse on the floor, only recognizing him by his rings.
** An extreme example as by the calendar Dorian should be barely middle-aged- about 40- by now anyway (although he's implied to have led a reckless and toxic lifestyle)

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* In ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'', Dorian is kept eternally young while his picture turns hideous and ancient. When he destroys the picture, his servants find the picture of a young Dorian and a crumpled, ancient corpse on the floor, only recognizing him by his rings.
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rings. An extreme example as by the calendar Dorian should be barely middle-aged- middle-aged -- about 40- 40 -- by now anyway (although he's implied to have led a reckless and toxic lifestyle)lifestyle).
30th Apr '17 7:13:01 PM Theriocephalus
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' episode "Jack and the Lava Monster," Jack defeats a warrior who had been immortal for thousands of years as a punishment from Aku. He immediately ages to look about 80, but that's still pretty spry for someone in their thousands. This is exactly what he wanted, though, since it allowed his suffering to come to an end and he could finally join his friends and family in Valhalla--valkyries descend from the heavens to take him to the afterlife right in front of Jack.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' episode "Jack "[[Recap/SamuraiJackS1E10JackAndTheLavaMonster Jack and the Lava Monster," Monster]]", Jack defeats a warrior who had been immortal for thousands of years as a punishment from Aku. He immediately ages to look about 80, but that's still pretty spry for someone in their thousands. This is exactly what he wanted, though, since it allowed his suffering to come to an end and he could finally join his friends and family in Valhalla--valkyries descend from the heavens to take him to the afterlife right in front of Jack.
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