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17th Sep '17 4:25:55 AM gophergiggles
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* In ''VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus'', the BigBad Clockwerk tells that his hatred and desire for revenge on the Cooper family kept him alive for centuries.
** That, and the fact that he was gradually replacing all his body parts with mechanics.

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* In ''VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus'', the BigBad Clockwerk tells that his hatred and desire for revenge on the Cooper family kept him alive for centuries.
** That, and the fact that he was gradually
centuries. Gradually replacing all his body parts with mechanics.mechanics helped, but it's revealed the only thing even keeping his mechanical parts going was his Hate Chip: a device that fueled him purely off ThePowerOfHate. With his Hate Chip destroyed, even his mechanics swiftly rust and decompose into nothing.
22nd Jul '17 7:26:43 AM LadyPedantica
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* It's implied (at least in TheFilmOfTheBook) that the reason {{Literature/Orlando}} never ages is because he promised Queen Victoria he wouldn't.

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* It's implied (at least in TheFilmOfTheBook) that the reason {{Literature/Orlando}} never ages is because he promised Queen Victoria Elizabeth he wouldn't.
17th Dec '16 8:42:51 PM pointillist
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* ''[[InvertedTrope Inverted]]'' [[PlayedForDrama to horrific effect]] in ''[[RolePlay/ReplayValueUniverse A User's Guide to the Apocalypse]]''. If you become a DeathSeeker, you will be unable to die. It is only those who don't want to die, or who accept death as a simple inevitability, who end up dying.
9th Aug '16 3:54:14 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Richard Alpert is revealed to have been rendered immortal by Jacob, in order to serve as his {{Herald}} and [[NumberTwo carry his instructions]] to the Others. [[spoiler: After Jacob's death, he remains immortal until a new protector of the Island is chosen, which coincides with his decision to finally leave the Island for good. As he does, he finds a grey hair, indicating he's begun aging once more.]]

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* In ''Series/{{Lost}}'', ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
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Richard Alpert is revealed to have been rendered immortal by Jacob, in order to serve as his {{Herald}} and [[NumberTwo carry his instructions]] to the Others. [[spoiler: After Jacob's death, he remains immortal until a new protector of the Island is chosen, which coincides with his decision to finally leave the Island for good. As he does, he finds a grey hair, indicating he's begun aging once more.]]



* In ''DeadLikeMe'', Reapers exist in a state of functionally immortal [[OurZombiesAreDifferent undeath]], until they eventually move onto the afterlife.

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* In ''DeadLikeMe'', ''Series/DeadLikeMe'', Reapers exist in a state of functionally immortal [[OurZombiesAreDifferent undeath]], until they eventually move onto the afterlife.
31st May '16 5:22:15 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''[[http://ravenwolf.smackjeeves.com/comics/ Raven Wolf]]'', the title tribe was cursed with removal from the sacred circle of life until the domestic civilization is ended. This means that they stop aging at maturity and if killed, their bodies don't decompose and their spirits cannot be reincarnated until the curse ends; they also can't hunt or cultivate crops.

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* In ''[[http://ravenwolf.smackjeeves.com/comics/ Raven Wolf]]'', Wolf,]]'' the title tribe was cursed with removal from the sacred circle of life until the domestic civilization is ended. This means that they stop aging at maturity and if killed, their bodies don't decompose and their spirits cannot be reincarnated until the curse ends; they also can't hunt or cultivate crops.
31st May '16 5:21:01 PM WillKeaton
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* Odago Koinosuke in ''Anime/JubeiChan'' was given a command to find a successor to UsefulNotes/YagyuJubei, an oath he took with UndyingLoyalty, literally. If in danger of failing his oath, he dessicates on the spot. (and just as quickly revives.)

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* Odago Koinosuke in ''Anime/JubeiChan'' was given a command to find a successor to UsefulNotes/YagyuJubei, an oath he took with UndyingLoyalty, literally. If in danger of failing his oath, he dessicates on the spot. (and spot, and just as quickly revives.)



* Sai from ''Manga/HikaruNoGo''. He was a heian {{Go}} player that after [[DrivenToSuicide commiting suicide]] haunted a Go board, possessing first the kid who will become Honinbou Shuusaku and then Hikaru, {{the protagonist}}. At first, the characters and the audience believe that this was due to him wanting to play Go even after his death and due to him [[UnfinishedBusiness wanting to achieve the ]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Go_terms Divine Move (a.k.a The Hand of God)]]. [[spoiler:Later we find that indeed there was a purpose for him returning as a ghost, but it wasn't his purpose; he was allowed to remain in the land of the living for him to be Hikaru's {{Mentor}}.]]

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* Sai from ''Manga/HikaruNoGo''. He was a heian {{Go}} player that after [[DrivenToSuicide commiting suicide]] haunted a Go board, possessing first the kid who will become Honinbou Shuusaku and then Hikaru, {{the protagonist}}. At first, the characters and the audience believe that this was due to him wanting to play Go even after his death and due to him [[UnfinishedBusiness wanting to achieve the ]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Go_terms Divine Move (a.k.a The Hand of God)]]. God).]] [[spoiler:Later we find that indeed there was a purpose for him returning as a ghost, but it wasn't his purpose; he was allowed to remain in the land of the living for him to be Hikaru's {{Mentor}}.]]
30th May '16 4:39:27 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* This is the reason for the anti-aging spell on the Palace of Prophets in ''TheSwordOfTruth'' series: The sorceress at the Palace ''can'' train a wizard, but not very efficiently. The spell is necessary to ensure that the wizards and sorceresses live long enough to finish the training.

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* This is the reason for the anti-aging spell on the Palace of Prophets in ''TheSwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'' series: The sorceress at the Palace ''can'' train a wizard, but not very efficiently. The spell is necessary to ensure that the wizards and sorceresses live long enough to finish the training.
30th Apr '16 7:55:29 AM Grudgeal
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* One of the possible "allies" in ''[[VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment Planescape:Torment]]'' has survived centuries and the complete physical degradation, that is, to dust, of his body, driven solely by his desire to bring the main character to justice.

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* One of the possible "allies" in Vhailor from ''[[VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment Planescape:Torment]]'' has survived centuries and the complete physical degradation, that is, to dust, of his body, is driven solely by to enforce justice amongst the planes. The fact that he's long dead (his body has long since turned to dust) will not stop him from fulfilling his desire duty. If you point out to bring him that he's dead, Vhailor will point out that this doesn't matter: Evil exists, and evil must be punished. [[spoiler:With very high Charisma and Intelligence you can point out to Vhailor that the main character number of already dead lawbreakers outnumber the currently living ones, [[PuffOfLogic causing him to justice.pass on in hot pursuit of them]].]]
12th Apr '16 1:30:43 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', the Grail Knight is given immortality in order to complete his mission in regard to the grail.

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* In ''IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', the Grail Knight is given immortality in order to complete his mission in regard to the grail.
29th Mar '16 5:15:04 PM JuiceBoxHero
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** During a worst-ending run, [[spoiler: Undyne]] exhibits this to a degree when you first try to kill them. Their determination towards stopping ''you'' enables them to shake off death for a HeroicSecondWind, leading up to [[ThatOneBoss one of the hardest boss fights in the entire game.]] [[spoiler: Too bad that if you defeat her, the second death actually sticks...]]
** And if you're going for the GoldenEnding, [[spoiler: the True Lab is full of [[BodyHorror failed experiments]] who ''cannot die'' due to being injected with [[AppliedPhlebotinum Determination]], which makes them immortal simply by giving them the resolve to live, no matter what.]]
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