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30th May '16 11:45:44 AM DaibhidC
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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.
1st May '16 10:21:39 PM Khathi
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** Most sakura trees in the world, those that belong to the ever-popular somei-yoshino variety, are essentially clones of the single hybrid tree bred in early XIX century somewhere in Somei district of the old Edo ([[UsefulNotes/{{Tokyo}} now in Toshima ward]]) on the basis of the old Yoshino cultivar brought there from Nara.[[note]]Yoshino being the village near Nara famous for its cherry orchards.[[//note]] 200 years is not as old as most other examples here, but it's still essentially the same tree, and we'll propagate it for as long as the cherry blossom viewing will remain popular.

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** Most sakura trees in the world, those that belong to the ever-popular somei-yoshino variety, are essentially clones of the single hybrid tree bred in early XIX century somewhere in Somei district of the old Edo ([[UsefulNotes/{{Tokyo}} now in Toshima ward]]) on the basis of the old Yoshino cultivar brought there from Nara.[[note]]Yoshino being the village near Nara famous for its cherry orchards.[[//note]] [[/note]] 200 years is not as old as most other examples here, but it's still essentially the same tree, and we'll propagate it for as long as the cherry blossom viewing will remain popular.
1st May '16 10:21:00 PM Khathi
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** Most sakura trees in the world, those that belong to the ever-popular somei-yoshino variety, are essentially clones of the single hybrid tree bred in early XIX century somewhere in Somei district of the old Edo ([[UsefulNotes/{{Tokyo}} now in Toshima ward]]) on the basis of the old Yoshino cultivar brought there from Nara.[[note]]Yoshino being the village near Nara famous for its cherry orchards.[[//note]] 200 years is not as old as most other examples here, but it's still essentially the same tree, and we'll propagate it for as long as the cherry blossom viewing will remain popular.
24th Apr '16 11:47:03 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Inverted in ''Anime/MacrossDelta'' with the Windermerians, who only live about thirty years on average.
11th Apr '16 12:17:11 PM Morgenthaler
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* In Steven Erikson's ''MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' most of the non-human races are effectively immortal. This includes the pure-blooded Tiste Andii, Tiste Liosan and Tiste Edur (being invaders from either a different world that is at the same time the origin of Order and magic this shouldn't surprise anyone), the Jaghut, T'lan Imass (who turned their whole people into undead in order to extinguish the Jaghut) and most likely the Thelomen Toblakai and K'Chain Che'Malle matrons as well. Also immortal (unless killed, which happens a lot) is every [[PhysicalGod Ascendant]], god, dragon, greater demon or [[AnthropomorphicPersonification personification of a principle]]. Add to that age-defying alchemy and sorcery and a lot the characters appearing in the books are significantly older than the current civilizations with a few going up to 500.000 years, or even as old as existence.

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* In Steven Erikson's ''MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' most of the non-human races are effectively immortal. This includes the pure-blooded Tiste Andii, Tiste Liosan and Tiste Edur (being invaders from either a different world that is at the same time the origin of Order and magic this shouldn't surprise anyone), the Jaghut, T'lan Imass (who turned their whole people into undead in order to extinguish the Jaghut) and most likely the Thelomen Toblakai and K'Chain Che'Malle matrons as well. Also immortal (unless killed, which happens a lot) is every [[PhysicalGod Ascendant]], god, dragon, greater demon or [[AnthropomorphicPersonification personification of a principle]]. Add to that age-defying alchemy and sorcery and a lot the characters appearing in the books are significantly older than the current civilizations with a few going up to 500.000 years, or even as old as existence.
17th Mar '16 5:46:57 PM Peridonyx
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Celestia, Luna, Discord, and Tirek are all confirmed to be at ''least'' a thousand years old. It's not clear whether this is a characteristic of alicorns in general (the only other two to have been seen in the show were originally regular ponies who were turned into alicorns) or whether Celestia and Luna are a special case. Discord and Tirek are both (so far) the only representatives of their species (draconequus and demon-goat-centaur-thing, respectively), so it's unknown if they're naturally long lived or have artificially extended their lives with magic. ''Literature/TheJournalOfTheTwoSisters'' reveals that "natural" alicorns like Celestia and Luna are ''very'' LongLived, though they are not immortal. Similarly, it's implied that Spike, being a dragon, has an extremely long lifespan.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Celestia, Luna, Discord, Sombra, and Tirek are all confirmed to be at ''least'' a thousand years old. It's not clear whether this is a characteristic of alicorns in general (the only other two to have been seen in the show were originally regular ponies who were turned into alicorns) or whether Celestia and Luna are a special case. Discord and Tirek are both (so far) the only representatives of their species (draconequus and demon-goat-centaur-thing, respectively), so it's unknown if they're naturally long lived or have artificially extended their lives with magic. ''Literature/TheJournalOfTheTwoSisters'' reveals that "natural" alicorns like Celestia and Luna are ''very'' LongLived, though they are not immortal. Similarly, it's implied that Spike, being a dragon, has an extremely long lifespan. And in Sombra's case, ''[[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic Fiendship Is Magic]]'' reveals that he's actually not a real unicorn at all, but the long-lost second-in-command of a race of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s reincarnated as a pony.
7th Mar '16 3:33:38 AM Thriaemis
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** The Twelfth Doctor does see humans as short-lived:

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** The Twelfth Doctor does see humans as short-lived:short-lived which, [[spoiler: given that his predecessor spent 900 years in a human settlement watching the generations fly by, is not that surprising.]]:
7th Mar '16 3:29:51 AM Thriaemis
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* The Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho'', who is over 1200 years old. Actually, he looks younger in his later incarnations than he did his earlier ones. One of the {{Tie In Novel}}s points out the problems this can cause if a Time Lord ends up on one planet for a long period of time.

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* The Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho'', who is over 1200 2000 years old.old by series 9. Actually, he looks younger in his later incarnations than he did his earlier ones. One of the {{Tie In Novel}}s points out the problems this can cause if a Time Lord ends up on one planet for a long period of time.
17th Feb '16 5:01:40 PM CerebralSilicate
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* In the ''Literature/{{Eldraeverse}}'' [[SpaceElves eldrae]] and [[SiliconBasedLife galari]] are both naturally TheAgeless. And the first time the eldrae made FirstContact with a mortal sophont species they were so horrified that they started developing [[ImmortalityInducer immortagens]] for them. Of course, they're in a different galaxy from humanity, even if the eldrae are descended from genetically modified TransplantedHumans.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Eldraeverse}}'' [[SpaceElves eldrae]] and [[SiliconBasedLife galari]] are both naturally TheAgeless. And the first time the eldrae made FirstContact with a mortal sophont species they were so horrified that they started developing [[ImmortalityInducer immortagens]] for them. Of course, they're in a different galaxy well over ten thousand light-years from humanity, even if the eldrae are descended from genetically modified TransplantedHumans.
14th Feb '16 2:37:34 PM zarpaulus
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* In the ''Literature/{{Eldraeverse}}'' [[SpaceElves eldrae]] and [[SiliconBasedLife galari]] are both naturally TheAgeless. And the first time the eldrae made FirstContact with a mortal sophont species they were so horrified that they started developing [[ImmortalityInducer immortagens]] for them. Of course, they're in a different galaxy from humanity, even if the eldrae are descended from genetically modified TransplantedHumans.
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