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17th Aug '16 3:11:34 AM OlmoJV
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** [[VoluntaryShapeshifter Shapeshifters]] can live up to 400-500 years, [[ImmortalityBeginsAt20 aging like normal humans for their first 18-20 years]], and then retaining their youthful appearance for the remainder of their lives.

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** [[VoluntaryShapeshifter Shapeshifters]] can live up to 400-500 years, [[ImmortalityBeginsAt20 [[ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty aging like normal humans for their first 18-20 years]], and then retaining their youthful appearance for the remainder of their lives.
17th Aug '16 3:09:02 AM OlmoJV
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/{{Kage}}, it's established that most of the species on Meridian -- sapient and non-sapient -- are more long-lived than ordinary humans, though [[WizardsLiveLonger magical humans can extend their lifespan]], like the members of the Escanor lineage.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/{{Kage}}, ''Fanfic/{{Kage}}'', it's established that most of the species on Meridian -- sapient and non-sapient -- are more long-lived than ordinary humans, though [[WizardsLiveLonger magical humans can extend their lifespan]], like the members of the Escanor lineage.



** Shapeshifters can live up to 400-500 years.

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** Shapeshifters [[VoluntaryShapeshifter Shapeshifters]] can live up to 400-500 years.years, [[ImmortalityBeginsAt20 aging like normal humans for their first 18-20 years]], and then retaining their youthful appearance for the remainder of their lives.
17th Aug '16 3:03:45 AM OlmoJV
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/{{Kage}}, it's established that most of the species on Meridian -- sapient and non-sapient -- are more long-lived than ordinary humans, though [[WizardsLiveLonger magical humans can extend their lifespan]], like the members of the Escanor lineage.
** Galhots (sometimes known as [[FantasticSlurs Drakes]]) usually live about 200 years. For instance, Raythor is nearly 100 years old, AKA middle-aged for a Galhot.
** [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Lurdens]] live about as long as Galhots.
** Apparently [[{{Cyclops}} Gargoyle's kind]] can live beyond a thousand years.
** Shapeshifters can live up to 400-500 years.
12th Aug '16 7:17:46 AM ChronoLegion
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* The Antareans in ''Film/{{Cocoon}}'' appear to be TheAgeless and have been on Earth for millennia, although in a stasis, after the destruction of their {{Atlantis}} colony.
12th Aug '16 7:14:20 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark'', with medical advances, humans can expect to live for several more decades past 100. However, the [[HumanAliens Faata]], the very first alien race encountered by humanity, has its ruling caste live for many centuries (some have been alive for over 1000 years). On the other hand, all the other castes are genetically engineered to live for a few years at most. This is topped by the next race officially encountered by humans, the [[SpaceElves Lo'ona Aeo]], who routinely live for many millennia (if not tens of millennia), partly because they have willingly became a SpacePeople, since living aboard specially-constructed orbital habitats tends to be safer than on a planetary surface, and environments can be adjusted to promote longevity. This also affects how they perceive youth. For example, a Lo'ona Aeo, who is in his [=90s=], is seen as a brash teenager by his elders. When one book's protagonist meets his Lo'ona Aeo brother (long story), the brother expresses his sorrow over the death of their father. The protagonist is surprised, pointing out that their father died in battle decades ago, and that he has already made peace with it. The alien explains that, for his long-lived species, it seems as if it happened yesterday. Additionally, [[HalfHumanHybrid human-Faata hybrids]] and their descendants can potentially live for 150-200 years, although no one has actually live that long due to many of them dying in battle or for other reasons. It's called the "Corcoran curse", since it also means that the male hybrids mature very late in their lives and are unable to have children until they're in their fifties. There is also a race of [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifters]], who can live for millennia (it helps when you can alter your cellular makeup at will), which is compensated by their extremely low birthrate. It's mentioned that most other HumanAliens have lifespans comparable to humans. Inverted for the [[LizardFolk Dromi]], whose incredibly high population growth compensates for their short lifespans. A typical Dromi, who doesn't die a violent death (unlikely), can expect to life to about 40-50 human years. The higher Dromi castes are older than that but only thanks to Lo'ona Aeo-supplied longevity treatments that must be administered regularly. Even then, the fact that their bodies continue to grow with age means that, eventually, the SquareCubeLaw kills them.



** Even the Goa'uld aren't TheAgeless, though, even with the use of sarcophagi, as shown with Lord Yu, one of the oldest Goa'uld in existence, whose symbiote is acting very similarly to a senile human.



* In ''Series/BabylonFive'' Minbari live 120 years, Centauri up to 150, pak'ma'ra 255 years, and Vorlons might be immortal.

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* In ''Series/BabylonFive'' Minbari live 120 years, Centauri up to 150, pak'ma'ra 255 years, and Vorlons might be immortal. [[spoiler:Lorien claims to be the first being to attain sentience in the galaxy, back when everyone used to be TheAgeless. He's also the LastOfHisKind, all others having died out due to disease, accidents, and violence]].
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** Dragons live for tens of thousands of years. This becomes a plot point in ''Literature/TheWarOfTheAncients'' trilogy, where the red dragon Korialstrasz (under the guise of an elf mage named Krasus) ends up in distant past, he is forced to deal with the fact that he has to co-exist with his younger self. Apparently, life force and magic are shared between them.
12th Aug '16 2:22:41 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Both the [[ReligionOfEvil Prophets]] and The [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Elites]] in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' live longer than us. Also, the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Brutes]] do, too. The proof for the Prophets is in some of the books, the Elites are proved by the books, and Tartarus is proof of the Brutes. The [[CannonFodder Grunts]] and [[DemonicSpiders Jackals]] however...

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* Both In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', humans are definitely shorter-lived than the [[ReligionOfEvil Prophets]] [[SleazyPolitician Prophets]], who tend to live for hundreds of years thanks to advanced medical technology, and The possibly shorter-lived than the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Elites]] in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' Elites]], who seem to be able to stay combat-fit well into at least their 80s. Even ''Halo''[='s=] AdvancedAncientHumans, despite being able to live longer than us. Also, the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Brutes]] do, too. The proof for the Prophets is in some of the books, the Elites are proved by the books, and Tartarus is proof of the Brutes. The [[CannonFodder Grunts]] and [[DemonicSpiders Jackals]] however...well over 1000 years, were still short-lived compared to their [[{{Precursors}} Forerunner]] contemporaries.
3rd Aug '16 8:19:43 PM Lopiny
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** More recently [[GeneralRipper Xinchub]] admitted that humanity wasn't very well suited to pursuing immortality like the "Project Lazarus" he'd been in charge of because we're one of the shorter-lived species in the galaxy.

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** More recently [[GeneralRipper Xinchub]] admitted that humanity wasn't very well suited to pursuing immortality like the "Project Lazarus" he'd been in charge of because we're one of the shorter-lived species in the galaxy. Putting a species ''that'' unfamiliar with long life in charge of immortality would be, in his words, like "putting vegetarians in charge of a barbeque".
7th Jul '16 3:48:07 PM StFan
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-->-- ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Shinigami live for centuries, Hollows live forever and humans... well they just loop around through a series of reincarnations.
** The posturing kinda falls flat when you realize that all of these guys are just humans who are ''already'' dead.
*** It's best not to think too deeply into it. The entire concept of Death seems very vague in Bleach (apart from simply not existing among the main cast anymore). For example, apparently Souls (an intangible concept in real life, and an intangible object in fiction) are susceptible to a physical disease. Go figure.
*** It's vague primarily because the concept of an afterlife is so vague itself. Essentially, they're succumbing to diseases that exist in the spiritual realm. Bizarre, but not completely ridiculous.

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Shinigami live for centuries, Hollows live forever and humans... well they just loop around through a series of reincarnations.
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reincarnations. The posturing kinda falls flat when you realize that all of these guys are just humans who are ''already'' dead.
*** It's best not to think too deeply into it.
dead. The entire concept of Death seems very vague in Bleach ''Bleach'' (apart from simply not existing among the main cast anymore). For example, apparently Souls (an intangible concept in real life, and an intangible object in fiction) are susceptible to a physical disease. Go figure.\n*** It's vague primarily because the concept of an afterlife is so vague itself. Essentially, they're succumbing to diseases that exist in the spiritual realm. Bizarre, but not completely ridiculous.



* Judging by Guame's characterization of Cytomander as a "200-years-young fool" in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann,'' we can safely surmise that beastmen live much longer than humans.

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* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'':
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Judging by Guame's characterization of Cytomander as a "200-years-young fool" in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann,'' fool", we can safely surmise that beastmen live much longer than humans.



* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' kind of has this trope. In the OVA, ordinary alien Juraians live about the same length of time as humans, but members of the Galaxy Police who have undergone "body enhancement" live about three times as long, and members of the royal family who have bonded to Jurai trees can live for maybe 20,000 years. Other characters like Ryoko, Washu, and Kagato can live for thousands of years for other reasons.
** In short, lifespan of a human being (for a wide definition of a "human") in Kajishima's canon is directly corresponding to one's ''[[RuleOfCool awesomeness]]''. The more ass you kick, the longer you live, plain and simple.

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* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' kind of has this trope. In the OVA, ordinary alien Juraians live about the same length of time as humans, but members of the Galaxy Police who have undergone "body enhancement" live about three times as long, and members of the royal family who have bonded to Jurai trees can live for maybe 20,000 years. Other characters like Ryoko, Washu, and Kagato can live for thousands of years for other reasons.
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reasons. In short, lifespan of a human being (for a wide definition of a "human") in Kajishima's canon is directly corresponding to one's ''[[RuleOfCool awesomeness]]''. The more ass you kick, the longer you live, plain and simple.



* Inverted with Gates the insectoid teleporter in ''Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' who at one point says "If I live to be twenty, I will never understand humanoids."

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* Inverted with Gates the insectoid teleporter in ''Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' ''ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' who at one point says "If I live to be twenty, I will never understand humanoids."



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* The Website/{{Danbooru}} pool [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/pool/show/1626 Tragedy of Long Life]] is about the heartbreak of long-lived characters outliving friends and loved ones. [[TearJerker You may need tissues.]] (NSFW due to ads)
* Similarly, the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fandom has noted the fact that alicorns (and Spike) are extremely long-lived compared to other characters, and similar "X outlives all their friends" fanfics and art tend to crop up on a regular basis.
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* ''Franchise/StarWars''. Yoda: "When 900 years old ''you'' reach, look as good you will not."
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* In the BlackJewels series [[{{Muggle}} Ladens]] and other short-lived races are view as 'flash in the pan' beings living only a handful of years compared to the hundreds of the Blooded races. Undead guardian of Hell, Saetan, is over 50,000 years old and even he is considered young when compared to the ancient dragons like Lorn.

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* In the BlackJewels series ''Literature/BlackJewels'' series, [[{{Muggle}} Ladens]] and other short-lived races are view as 'flash "flash in the pan' pan" beings living only a handful of years compared to the hundreds of the Blooded races. Undead guardian of Hell, Saetan, is over 50,000 years old and even he is considered young when compared to the ancient dragons like Lorn.



-->'''Thea''': The longer you live, the more your perception of humans changes. They die all the time, over the simplest things. Life is very, very fleeting for them. The best they can hope for is a painless death, and we provide that for them.

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-->'''Thea''': -->'''Thea:''' The longer you live, the more your perception of humans changes. They die all the time, over the simplest things. Life is very, very fleeting for them. The best they can hope for is a painless death, and we provide that for them.



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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' is a prime example; in order to reuse characters from the original 1960s series in the various sequels and movies, every race has been given a lifespan at least double that of humans (which by the 24th century is already well over 100). Some -- like the Vulcans -- started out that way, but others were [[{{Retcon}} RetConned]] in decades later.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' is a prime example; in order to reuse characters from the original 1960s series in the various sequels and movies, every race has been given a lifespan at least double that of humans (which by the 24th century is already well over 100). Some -- like the Vulcans -- started out that way, but others were [[{{Retcon}} RetConned]] {{Retcon}}ned in decades later.



--->'''Martha:''' "Three months and they die. [[WeAreAsMayflies Like mayflies]], he (The Doctor) said."

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--->'''Martha:''' "Three Three months and they die. [[WeAreAsMayflies Like mayflies]], he (The Doctor) mayflies, [The Doctor] said."



--->'''Wilf'''(after the Doctor reveals his age): We must look like insects to you.
--->'''Doctor''': I think you look like giants.

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--->'''Wilf'''(after --->'''Wilf:''' ''[after the Doctor reveals his age): age]'' We must look like insects to you.
--->'''Doctor''':
you.\\
'''Doctor:'''
I think you look like giants.



--->'''Amy''': We're all such tiny parts of your life, aren't we? All the friends you make just flicker in and out. You must hardly notice us.
--->'''The Doctor''': Amy, you are enormous parts of my life. [[TheFogOfAges And you are all I ever remember.]]
** The Twelfth Doctor does see humans as short-lived which, [[spoiler: given that his predecessor spent 900 years in a human settlement watching the generations fly by, is not that surprising.]]:
--> '''Doctor:''' You're running out of time.
--> '''Girl:''' For what?
--> '''Doctor:''' Everything. Human beings have incredibly short lifespans. Frankly, you should all be in a permanent state of panic. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.

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--->'''Amy''': --->'''Amy:''' We're all such tiny parts of your life, aren't we? All the friends you make just flicker in and out. You must hardly notice us.
--->'''The Doctor''':
us.\\
'''The Doctor:'''
Amy, you are enormous parts of my life. [[TheFogOfAges And you are all I ever remember.]]
** The Twelfth Doctor does see humans as short-lived which, [[spoiler: given [[spoiler:given that his predecessor spent 900 years in a human settlement watching the generations fly by, is not that surprising.]]:
--> '''Doctor:''' --->'''Doctor:''' You're running out of time.
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time.\\
'''Girl:''' For what?
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what?\\
'''Doctor:''' Everything. Human beings have incredibly short lifespans. Frankly, you should all be in a permanent state of panic. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.



* In the Franchise/StargateVerse, most aliens (except for HumanAliens, who really ''are'' human, taken from Earth long ago) are a few thousand years old.
** This is accomplished in almost every instance by body swapping. The only exceptions are the Wraith and humans who are immune to all illnesses.

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* In the Franchise/StargateVerse, most Franchise/StargateVerse:
** Most
aliens (except for HumanAliens, who really ''are'' human, taken from Earth long ago) are a few thousand years old.
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old. This is accomplished in almost every instance by body swapping. The only exceptions are the Wraith and humans who are immune to all illnesses.



* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' plays this straight in the case of most of the crew: [[HumanAliens Sebaceans]] like Aeryn can live for up to 200 cycles- assuming they don't get killed first; Rygel has apparently lived for centuries, though he's only ever admitted to having spent 130 cycles in prison; at the start of the series, Zhaan is over 800 cycles old, D'Argo is 30 and considered a teenager by his species standards; Pilot's species can apparently live for over a millennia- unless they're bonded to a [[LivingShip Leviathan]], in which case they share the Leviathan's lifespan of 300 cycles.
** This isn't usually addressed in-series, though, with the exception of the time Crichton found out he was going to be turned into a statue for 80 cycles.
--->'''John''': Humans do not live as long as Sebaceans - or Hynerians, or Delvians. When I get back, everyone - my Dad, DK, my sisters - Cameron Diaz, Buffy the Vampire Slayer - WILL BE DEAD!

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' plays this straight in the case of most of the crew: [[HumanAliens Sebaceans]] like Aeryn can live for up to 200 cycles- assuming they don't get killed first; Rygel has apparently lived for centuries, though he's only ever admitted to having spent 130 cycles in prison; at the start of the series, Zhaan is over 800 cycles old, D'Argo is 30 and considered a teenager by his species standards; Pilot's species can apparently live for over a millennia- unless they're bonded to a [[LivingShip Leviathan]], in which case they share the Leviathan's lifespan of 300 cycles.
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cycles. This isn't usually addressed in-series, though, with the exception of the time Crichton found out he was going to be turned into a statue for 80 cycles.
--->'''John''': -->'''John:''' Humans do not live as long as Sebaceans - -- or Hynerians, or Delvians. When I get back, everyone - -- my Dad, DK, my sisters - -- Cameron Diaz, Buffy the Vampire Slayer - -- WILL BE DEAD!



* In the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' universe, aliens tend to be ''tens of thousands'' of years old. [[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce One season]] avoided this, having a race of human-looking magical beings age normally (which some viewers found jarring), but [[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive the next]] returned it with a vengeance, featuring a hero known to be active at a time when the continents of Earth were one, making him at ''least'' 250 million years old. In most cases, we don't know the true age of these characters -- just how long ago some event they took part in was. Any of them could possibly be ''older''.

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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
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In the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' this universe, aliens tend to be ''tens of thousands'' of years old. [[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce One season]] avoided this, having a race of human-looking magical beings age normally (which some viewers found jarring), but [[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive the next]] returned it with a vengeance, featuring a hero known to be active at a time when the continents of Earth were one, making him at ''least'' 250 million years old. In most cases, we don't know the true age of these characters -- just how long ago some event they took part in was. Any of them could possibly be ''older''.



* In one episode of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Clark Kent meets and befriends a Kryptonian named Dax-Ur, who had moved to Earth and given up his powers over a hundred years ago. He only looked middle-aged.
** Some characters taunt Clark about the fact that any woman he chooses to be with will eventually be dust while he will look exactly the same as he does now.

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* In one episode of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Clark Kent meets and befriends a Kryptonian named Dax-Ur, who had moved to Earth and given up his powers over a hundred years ago. He only looked middle-aged.
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middle-aged. Some characters taunt Clark about the fact that any woman he chooses to be with will eventually be dust while he will look exactly the same as he does now.



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* Rather weirdly, in Literature/TheBible (Genesis 6:3) it it said that after the time of the Patriarchs (who were said to live [[SelfDemonstratingArticle centuries]]), the lifespan of humans had been set by God to 120 years. This is uncannily similar to what the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercentenarian longest-lived recorded humans of modern age]] lived.

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* Rather weirdly, in Literature/TheBible (Genesis 6:3) it it said that after the time of the Patriarchs (who were said to live [[SelfDemonstratingArticle centuries]]), the lifespan of humans had been set by God to 120 years. This is uncannily similar to what the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercentenarian longest-lived recorded humans of modern age]] lived. lived.
* This concept is the main feature in the OlderThanDirt legend, ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''.



* The basic ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' character races are all longer-lived than humanity, with the exception of half-orcs, whose average lifespan is about 40 years. However, the nonhuman races all take longer to mature, as well - a "young adult" elf is 100 years old, while a dwarf takes forty years.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
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The basic ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' basic character races are all longer-lived than humanity, with the exception of half-orcs, whose average lifespan is about 40 years. However, the nonhuman races all take longer to mature, as well - -- a "young adult" elf is 100 years old, while a dwarf takes forty years.



** Early D&D editions give gnolls a life expectancy of 35 years.
* One of the domains in the TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} setting's Burning Peaks cluster was inhabited by humans who aged at twice the speed of regular humans, the better to keep its tyrannical darklord's armies stocked with fresh troops.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', Eldar are virtually immortal (Eldrad Ulthran, one of their leaders, was alive and active at the time of the Great Crusade, 10,000 years ago), and Orks only grow stronger as they age; thus, they have the ''potential'' for immortality (but due to their violent natures, they seldom live long). On the flip side, Tau and Kroot have natural less-than-human life expectancies (around 40 year in the Tau case, though Kroot can prolong their lives by assimilating the DNA of longer-lived creatures). Humans themselves, due to things such as gene treatment, cybernetics and the odd effects Warp travel has on aging, have the potential to live for several centuries-- or at least, [[FantasticCasteSystem Haves do]]. Space marines, being SuperSoldier humans, also have the potential to live for centuries (or even forever, as none has ever died of old age). Chaos Marines, due to the power gained by being card-carrying members of the LegionsOfHell and living in a NegativeSpaceWedgie, live for thousands or tens of thousands of years, and the Necrons have been around since before the dinosaurs went extinct.
** Being skeletons [[RecycledInSpace in SPACE]], the Necrons don't really count for this, but their Star Gods, the C'tan, who have lived for ''billions'' of years, do.

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** Early D&D ''D&D'' editions give gnolls a life expectancy of 35 years.
* ** One of the domains in the TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} setting's Burning Peaks cluster was is inhabited by humans who aged at twice the speed of regular humans, the better to keep its tyrannical darklord's armies stocked with fresh troops.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
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Eldar are virtually immortal (Eldrad Ulthran, one of their leaders, was alive and active at the time of the Great Crusade, 10,000 years ago), and ago).
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Orks only grow stronger as they age; thus, they have the ''potential'' for immortality (but due to their violent natures, they seldom live long). long).
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On the flip side, Tau and Kroot have natural less-than-human life expectancies (around 40 year in the Tau case, though Kroot can prolong their lives by assimilating the DNA of longer-lived creatures). creatures).
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Humans themselves, due to things such as gene treatment, cybernetics and the odd effects Warp travel has on aging, have the potential to live for several centuries-- centuries -- or at least, [[FantasticCasteSystem Haves do]]. Space marines, being SuperSoldier humans, also have the potential to live for centuries (or even forever, as none has ever died of old age). age).
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Chaos Marines, due to the power gained by being card-carrying members of the LegionsOfHell and living in a NegativeSpaceWedgie, live for thousands or tens of thousands of years, and the years.
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Necrons have been around since before the dinosaurs went extinct.
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extinct. Being skeletons [[RecycledInSpace in SPACE]], the Necrons don't really count for this, but their Star Gods, the C'tan, who have lived for ''billions'' of years, do.



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* In the ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' storyline, although there are no humans with which one can compare lifespan, almost everything lives for undetermined amounts of time. Every Matoran on Mata Nui has been there for one thousand years and lived on Metru Nui for who-knows how long before that, Toa Lesovikk has been wandering for at least 100,000 years, and Karzahni is almost as old as the universe itself. Toa do not seem to age, but instead turn into somewhat more decrepit Turaga after sacrificing their Toa energy (sort of an example of EvolutionaryLevels). Understandable, since they were only partly organic MechanicalLifeforms. When mostly organic characters have been introduced with a similar lifespan, things got weirder. Some, like Gresh, were still seen as youngsters by others, despite being at least ''100 000 years old''!
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* In the ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' storyline, although there are no humans with which one can compare lifespan, almost everything lives for undetermined amounts of time. Every Matoran on Mata Nui has been there for one thousand years and lived on Metru Nui for who-knows how long before that, Toa Lesovikk has been wandering for at least 100,000 years, and Karzahni is almost as old as the universe itself. Toa do not seem to age, but instead turn into somewhat more decrepit Turaga after sacrificing their Toa energy (sort of an example of EvolutionaryLevels).
** Understandable, since they were only partly organic MechanicalLifeforms. When mostly organic characters have been introduced with a similar lifespan, things got weirder. Some, like Gresh, were still seen as youngsters by others, despite being at least ''100 000 years old''!
* This concept is the main feature in the OlderThanDirt legend, ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''.
* ''Franchise/StarWars''. Yoda: "When 900 years old ''you'' reach, look as good you will not."
* The {{Danbooru}} pool [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/pool/show/1626 Tragedy of Long Life]] is about the heartbreak of long-lived characters outliving friends and loved ones. [[TearJerker You may need tissues.]] (NSFW due to ads)
* Similarly, the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fandom has noted the fact that alicorns (and Spike) are extremely long-lived compared to other characters, and similar "X outlives all their friends" fanfics and art tend to crop up on a regular basis.
* In RealLife, some species of tree can live for ''thousands'' of years. The oldest known tree on Earth is Methuselah, which is estimated at 4,841 years old. To put it into perspective, it predates almost all but the very oldest surviving written records, it predates almost all of the surviving religions, and (barely) predates the construction of the pyramids. Before Methuselah claimed the title, Prometheus was the world's oldest tree, at over 5,000 years old, until it was chopped down in 1964. As a protective measure, Methuselah's exact location has not been revealed to the public. The most bizarre part is, Methuselah is still fruitful, producing viable seeds each season.

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* In the ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' storyline, although there are no humans with which one can compare lifespan, almost everything lives for undetermined amounts of time. Every Matoran on Mata Nui has been there for one thousand years and lived on Metru Nui for who-knows how long before that, Toa Lesovikk has been wandering for at least 100,000 years, and Karzahni is almost as old as the universe itself. Toa do not seem to age, but instead turn into somewhat more decrepit Turaga after sacrificing their Toa energy (sort of an example of EvolutionaryLevels).
** Understandable, since they were only partly organic MechanicalLifeforms. When mostly organic characters have been introduced with a similar lifespan, things got weirder. Some, like Gresh, were still seen as youngsters by others, despite being at least ''100 000 years old''!
* This concept is the main feature in the OlderThanDirt legend, ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''.
* ''Franchise/StarWars''. Yoda: "When 900 years old ''you'' reach, look as good you will not."
* The {{Danbooru}} pool [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/pool/show/1626 Tragedy of Long Life]] is about the heartbreak of long-lived characters outliving friends and loved ones. [[TearJerker You may need tissues.]] (NSFW due to ads)
* Similarly, the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fandom has noted the fact that alicorns (and Spike) are extremely long-lived compared to other characters, and similar "X outlives all their friends" fanfics and art tend to crop up on a regular basis.
* In RealLife, some
Some species of tree can live for ''thousands'' of years. The oldest known tree on Earth is Methuselah, which is estimated at 4,841 years old. To put it into perspective, it predates almost all but the very oldest surviving written records, it predates almost all of the surviving religions, and (barely) predates the construction of the pyramids. Before Methuselah claimed the title, Prometheus was the world's oldest tree, at over 5,000 years old, until it was chopped down in 1964. As a protective measure, Methuselah's exact location has not been revealed to the public. The most bizarre part is, Methuselah is still fruitful, producing viable seeds each season.



* Although they're very poorly studied, it's been estimated from their growth rates and metabolism that blue whales can live well into their third century.
** At least one bowhead whale was killed recently that was found to have part of a harpoon from the 1800s embedded in its body.
** Many sea creatures can live a very long time thanks to their slow metabolic rates.
* Some claim the jellyfish ''Turritopsis nutricula'' is essentially immortal. After reaching adulthood and reproducing the jellies can then revert to childhood and do it all over again. So far, no one really knows how many cycles they can go through; theoretically, an endless amount.

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* Many sea creatures can live a very long time thanks to their slow metabolic rates.
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Although they're very poorly studied, it's been estimated from their growth rates and metabolism that blue whales can live well into their third century.
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century. At least one bowhead whale was killed recently that was found to have part of a harpoon from the 1800s embedded in its body.
** Many sea creatures can live a very long time thanks to their slow metabolic rates.
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Some claim the jellyfish ''Turritopsis nutricula'' is essentially immortal. After reaching adulthood and reproducing the jellies can then revert to childhood and do it all over again. So far, no one really knows how many cycles they can go through; theoretically, an endless amount.



* Due to a quirk of their genetics, lobsters cannot die of old age. As they age, they just grow larger and larger. Being too large is a serious disadvantage when it comes to competing for food supplies against other, tougher predators, so few lobsters live past 15 years. Theoretically, though, there could be centuries-old gigantic lobsters scuttling about on the bottom of the ocean floor.
** Saying that lobsters cannot die of old age is not true. Due to the SquareCubeLaw, it'll eventually reach a size where it can no longer function properly.
** Deep-sea tubeworms about methane "cold seeps" have been calculated to live for more than 200 years, based on their glacially-slow metabolism and the time it takes them to build up the structure of their tubes.

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* Due to a quirk of their genetics, lobsters cannot die of old age. As they age, they just grow larger and larger. Being too large is a serious disadvantage when it comes to competing for food supplies against other, tougher predators, so few lobsters live past 15 years. Theoretically, though, there could be centuries-old gigantic lobsters scuttling about on the bottom of the ocean floor.
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floor. Though saying that lobsters cannot die of old age is not true. Due true: due to the SquareCubeLaw, it'll eventually reach a size where it can no longer function properly.
** * Deep-sea tubeworms about methane "cold seeps" have been calculated to live for more than 200 years, based on their glacially-slow metabolism and the time it takes them to build up the structure of their tubes.
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* Inverted with Gates the insectoid teleporter in ''Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' who at one point says "If I live to be twenty, I will never understand humanoids."



** In ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' one segment is from the point of view of a group of actual mayflies. Their elders reminisce about "the good old hours".

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** In ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' one segment is from the point of view of a group of actual mayflies. Their elders reminisce about "the good old hours". Another is from the perspective of a group of trees, who don't notice anything that takes less than a day to happen (like one of their number being cut down - he just vanishes).


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** The Jem'Hadar in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' are possibly another inversion, since no Jem'Hadar has reached thirty. Whether that's because the Dominion doesn't see any reason for its genetically engineered warriors to have long lifespans, since they'll probably be killed before then, or simply that they've all been killed before then, is unclear.
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