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18th Dec '16 11:31:46 PM TheSinful
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* According to [[Anime/CodeGeass C.C.]] in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6200608/1/More-than-just-a-Man More than just a Man]]'', the reason vampires get stronger with age is twofold. First, they learn new mental abilities as they age. Even at over two thousand years old, she still learns a new one every so often. Second, a vampire's HealingFactor increases as they age. Initially, they heal only slightly faster than an ordinary human but after a few centuries, they can survive their heart being impaled.
18th Dec '16 6:56:25 PM BigJaredMonkey
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* A ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' story subverts this. Everyone thought the Slayer grew stronger as she aged but Willow discovers that they actually grow stronger from fighting. Buffy, who hasn't fought in over five years, has fallen to second strongest while Faith, who never stopped fighting, is a fair bit stronger than her. Several of the older Slayers are noted as only being a year or so before they outstrip Buffy as well.

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* A This is a common assumption in most ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' fan fiction. Buffy and Faith, as the oldest living Slayers are portrayed as being stronger, faster, and more durable than any of the other activated Slayers, and Buffy -- who has two years more experience than Faith as a Slayer -- is usually portrayed as having a slight edge over her counterpart.
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''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' story subverts this. Everyone thought the Slayer grew stronger as she aged but Willow discovers that they actually grow stronger from fighting. Buffy, who hasn't fought in over five years, has fallen to second strongest while Faith, who never stopped fighting, is a fair bit stronger than her. Several of the older Slayers are noted as only being a year or so before they outstrip Buffy as well.
9th Dec '16 10:05:19 AM Az_Tech341
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* Lobsters are a perfect example. According to recent research, a lobster does not weaken or slow down with age. In fact, it becomes more fertile as it gets older compared to younger lobsters. Barring injury, disease and capture they can live on indefinitely, reaching impressive sizes. All this is attributed to telomerase, an enzyme that repairs DNA sequences of the form "TTAGGG". This sounds cool [[FridgeHorror until you realise that]] theoretically, there could be centuries-old lobsters the size of houses scuttling around on the ocean floor. [[SquareCubeLaw Or not,]] since they'd have to eat.

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* Lobsters are a perfect example. According to recent research, a lobster does not weaken or slow down with age. In fact, it becomes more fertile as it gets older compared to younger lobsters. Barring injury, disease and capture they can live on indefinitely, reaching impressive sizes. All this is attributed to telomerase, an enzyme that repairs DNA sequences of the form "TTAGGG". This sounds cool [[FridgeHorror until you realise that]] theoretically, there could be centuries-old lobsters the size of houses scuttling around on the ocean floor. [[SquareCubeLaw Or not,]] since they'd have to eat.
7th Dec '16 9:11:42 AM DastardlyDemolition
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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' Super Mutants are similar to [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} Vault 87]] Super Mutants, with Behemoths being the biggest and the dumbest, its mind buried under primitive rage. ''Far Harbor'' has Gulpers mutant salamanders that get bigger and hungrier as it gets older, the largest of which can swallow a person whole.
4th Dec '16 9:07:41 AM Sharlee
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A subtrope of OlderIsBetter. See also {{Monster Lord}}s, who are often older members of their species, and contrast EvilMakesYouMonstrous (for the latter, they get eviler with age and thus get uglier and stronger). For the human equivalent, see the OldMaster and BadassGrandpa. See also MonsterProgenitor and MotherOfAThousandYoung.

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A subtrope of OlderIsBetter. See also {{Monster Lord}}s, who are often older members of their species, and contrast EvilMakesYouMonstrous (for the latter, they get eviler with age and thus get uglier and stronger). For the human equivalent, see the OldMaster and BadassGrandpa. See also GiganticAdultsTinyBabies, MonsterProgenitor and MotherOfAThousandYoung.
1st Dec '16 4:31:55 AM jormis29
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'', an Infinity Gauntlet-powered Thanos uses the Time Stone to instantly age most of the Avengers into dust. When he tries it on Thor, Thor just grows a BadassBeard, declares he's now even stronger, and smashes the Time Stone with Mjolnir, turning its effects back on Thanos and forcing him to undo all of it.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'', an Infinity Gauntlet-powered Thanos uses the Time Stone to instantly age most of the Avengers into dust. When he tries it on Thor, Thor just grows a BadassBeard, declares he's now even stronger, and smashes the Time Stone with Mjolnir, {{Mjolnir}}, turning its effects back on Thanos and forcing him to undo all of it.
28th Nov '16 2:28:41 PM Morgenthaler
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** [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Black Court Vampires]]. On the one hand, it is noted that since Mavra is such an old vampire she is likely to be mobile and capable of defending herself during the day where younger vamps would be forced to sleep. But then they toy with it by pointing out that the reason Black Court vamps in general are such major {{Badass}} types is because of basic survival of the fittest since ''Dracula'' was published. To get to be that old, they must have been Badass to begin with, or they'd have been killed (again) years ago.

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** [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Black Court Vampires]]. On the one hand, it is noted that since Mavra is such an old vampire she is likely to be mobile and capable of defending herself during the day where younger vamps would be forced to sleep. But then they toy with it by pointing out that the reason Black Court vamps in general are such major {{Badass}} badass types is because of basic survival of the fittest since ''Dracula'' was published. To get to be that old, they must have been Badass to begin with, or they'd have been killed (again) years ago.
23rd Nov '16 6:25:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* The vampires in AnneRice's ''TheVampireChronicles'' books get stronger as they age. Even after doing nothing but sleeping for hundreds of years, they wake up stronger than they were before. Drinking the blood of an older, more powerful vampire can also add to their power. They also obtain new abilities with age, or "gifts" as they call them, the most common one being the Cloud Gift which enables flight. Interestingly, no vampire is ever comfortable with flying, realizing how unnatural it is (even for a vampire), except for Akasha and Lestat (who gained these abilities after drinking her blood).

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* The vampires in AnneRice's ''TheVampireChronicles'' Creator/AnneRice's ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'' books get stronger as they age. Even after doing nothing but sleeping for hundreds of years, they wake up stronger than they were before. Drinking the blood of an older, more powerful vampire can also add to their power. They also obtain new abilities with age, or "gifts" as they call them, the most common one being the Cloud Gift which enables flight. Interestingly, no vampire is ever comfortable with flying, realizing how unnatural it is (even for a vampire), except for Akasha and Lestat (who gained these abilities after drinking her blood).



* In the ''WizBiz'' series by Rick Cook, dragons grow larger and more powerful with age, and have no known natural upper limit to their lifespans.

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* In the ''WizBiz'' ''Literature/WizBiz'' series by Rick Cook, dragons grow larger and more powerful with age, and have no known natural upper limit to their lifespans.
14th Nov '16 2:04:35 PM Pseudoname
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* The titular creature in ''VideoGame/ProjectWight'' grows larger and more powerful with age, in addition to developing new and deadly abilities.
14th Nov '16 3:53:03 AM TheSinful
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* Due to his unique circumstances, Xander in ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-31008/HeatherSin+Butterflied.htm Butterflied]]'' only becomes more dangerous as he ages. This is because he's not only TheAgeless but also gains the [[VoluntaryShapeShifting form]], [[PowerCopying skills]], and memories of anyone he has skin contact with. Over a thousand years before the Clone Wars, he accidentally copies the skills of a Jedi believed to be the greatest lightsaber user ''ever'' and only gets more skilled from there. A couple decades before the clone wars, he's shown to train facing two droids/simulators that are functionally Sith lords while in use.
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