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2nd Apr '18 8:43:28 AM jamespolk
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* A short stop motion film called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU8PU6iw0BY "Das Rad"]] involved two perspective of time between two sentient piles of rocks named Hew and Kew, and the humans who, over thousands of years, progress from cavemen to building a future metropolis which rot and fade away at the end of the film. Being rocks, Hew and Kew act and talk so slowly that centuries pass during their conversations and the humans who pass by (which are barely visible to the rocks due to the TimeDissonance) see them as ordinary piles of unmoving rocks. At one point, Kew picks up a broken wooden wheel discarded next to him by a human pulling a rickshaw passing by and inspects it in curiosity before it rots and biodegrades into nothingness.

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* A short stop motion film called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU8PU6iw0BY "Das Rad"]] "WesternAnimation/DasRad" involved two perspective of time between two sentient piles of rocks named Hew and Kew, and the humans who, over thousands of years, progress from cavemen to building a future metropolis which rot and fade away at the end of the film. Being rocks, Hew and Kew act and talk so slowly that centuries pass during their conversations and the humans who pass by (which are barely visible to the rocks due to the TimeDissonance) see them as ordinary piles of unmoving rocks. At one point, Kew picks up a broken wooden wheel discarded next to him by a human pulling a rickshaw passing by and inspects it in curiosity before it rots and biodegrades into nothingness.
14th Mar '18 10:03:40 PM Pichu-kun
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* VNV Nation's entire musical output is based on this trope. Several songs take on the view that all of humanity's efforts to deify itself are futile, as our lifespans are brief and no-one will see our great works later on. Especially hammered home in the song "[[http://lyrics.wikia.com/VNV_Nation:Carbon Carbon]]".

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* VNV Nation's Music/VNVNation's entire musical output is based on this trope. Several songs take on the view that all of humanity's efforts to deify itself are futile, as our lifespans are brief and no-one will see our great works later on. Especially hammered home in the song "[[http://lyrics.wikia.com/VNV_Nation:Carbon Carbon]]".



* Subverted in the ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana'' series, in which the elf-like race the Jumi, can live for as long as their hearts aren't damaged. Unfortunately, their hearts are gigantic jewels sticking out of their chests, which can be easily plucked off to kill them. Over the years they were hunted to extinction.
** But not entirely subverted; a group of faeries talk about humans at one point, estimating that they "only" live to about 500 years (and is then corrected by another faerie, who correctly believes that the lifespan of humans is even shorter.)

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* Subverted in the ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana'' series, in which the elf-like race the Jumi, can live for as long as their hearts aren't damaged. Unfortunately, their hearts are gigantic jewels sticking out of their chests, which can be easily plucked off to kill them. Over the years they were hunted to extinction.
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extinction. But not entirely subverted; a group of faeries talk about humans at one point, estimating that they "only" live to about 500 years (and is then corrected by another faerie, who correctly believes that the lifespan of humans is even shorter.)


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* This is suggested in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. Miss Martian is biologically and psychologically a teenager, but she's actually older than even the adult Justice League members. Martians age slower than humans.
14th Mar '18 9:47:59 PM Pichu-kun
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* 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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* Similarly, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Similarly
the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' ''My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic'' 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.basis.
** {{Fanon}} usually portrays "normal" Earth Ponies as the shortest lived race. Unicorns are usually the longest-lived of the main three races while pegasus are the middle ground (though they have a high mortality rate so many don't make it to old age).
12th Feb '18 2:20:55 PM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch, "A Bug's Short Life", the characters from ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' cannot get any sleep because the Mayflies themselves are partying, having sex, giving birth, going through a midlife crisis as husband and wife, and finally dying in the span of three hours. Just when they think they can finally get a moment's rest, [[HereWeGoAgain the eggs hatch and it starts all over again]].
12th Feb '18 11:50:09 AM Robert_the_Judicious
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Note though, this implies most animals don't die of old age in the wild, which includes humans, and should include aliens too. Humans in the 'wild', without advanced medicine or technology, tend to live 38 years, having very few predators apart from each other, but we don't drop dead from old age until 60-100, a figure that hasn't changed much in 50,000 years. The unusual bit is that even large mammals with almost as few predators as humans die of old age decades before humans, with the exception of some whales. Intelligent aliens should be similarly long-lived compared with their near relatives. If they've managed to slow down their aging process (through, say, genetic engineering), their natural lifespan could be long indeed, making this a [[JustifiedTrope justifiable trope.]]

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Note though, this implies most animals don't die of old age in the wild, which includes humans, and should include aliens too. Humans in the 'wild', without advanced medicine or technology, tend to live 38 36 years, having very few predators apart from each other, but we don't drop dead from old age until 60-100, a figure that hasn't changed much in 50,000 years. The unusual bit is that even large mammals with almost as few predators as humans die of old age decades before humans, with the exception of some whales. Intelligent aliens should be similarly long-lived compared with their near relatives. If they've managed to slow down their aging process (through, say, genetic engineering), their natural lifespan could be long indeed, making this a [[JustifiedTrope justifiable trope.]]
2nd Feb '18 12:53:47 PM Xtifr
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* Inverted with the [[TheKingdom Boron]] in the ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' series. The encyclopedia packaged with the [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition X-Superbox]] says the average Boron's life expectancy is about 35 years, whereas the average human lives to be about 110. The [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Split]] invert or avert depending on sex: males generally don't live more than 50 years, whereas their womenfolk usually top 80. Played straight with the [[ProudMerchantRace Teladi]], who average 250 years with the world record being 400 (they're technically TheAgeless, but tend to get tired of life around age 250).

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* Inverted with the [[TheKingdom [[TheGoodKingdom Boron]] in the ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' series. The encyclopedia packaged with the [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition X-Superbox]] says the average Boron's life expectancy is about 35 years, whereas the average human lives to be about 110. The [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Split]] invert or avert depending on sex: males generally don't live more than 50 years, whereas their womenfolk usually top 80. Played straight with the [[ProudMerchantRace Teladi]], who average 250 years with the world record being 400 (they're technically TheAgeless, but tend to get tired of life around age 250).
6th Jan '18 9:21:54 PM DarkHunter
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'': The Zora are stated to live for hundreds of years. One NPC in Zora's Domain recalls playing with Link when they were kids, but although Link has been in stasis for the past century and has an excuse to still have a youthful appearance, the Zora also looks like a young adult. In a sidequest, you can additionally hook up a human man and a Zora girl who are around the same age temporally--but the human is an adult while the Zora is still a child. (The uncomfortable implications of this scenario are fortunately never explored.)

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'': The Zora are stated to live for hundreds of years. One NPC in Zora's Domain recalls playing with Link when they were kids, but although Link has been in stasis for the past century and has an excuse to still have a youthful appearance, the Zora also looks like a young adult. In a sidequest, you can additionally hook up a human man and a Zora girl who are around the same age temporally--but the human is an adult while the Zora is still a child. (The uncomfortable implications child (physically anyway: according to the Zora, they mature emotionally and mentally before they do physically, so there's a relatively brief window where they have the mind of this scenario are fortunately never explored.)an adult and the body of a child).
24th Nov '17 9:40:38 PM Discar
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* The ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' incarnations of the Zora are stated to live for hundreds of years. One NPC in Zora's Domain recalls playing with Link when they were kids, but although Link has been in stasis for the past century and has an excuse to still have a youthful appearance, the Zora also looks like a young adult. In a sidequest, you can additionally hook up a human man and a Zora girl who are around the same age temporally--but the human is an adult while the Zora is still a child. (The uncomfortable implications of this scenario are fortunately never explored.)

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'': The ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' incarnations of the Zora are stated to live for hundreds of years. One NPC in Zora's Domain recalls playing with Link when they were kids, but although Link has been in stasis for the past century and has an excuse to still have a youthful appearance, the Zora also looks like a young adult. In a sidequest, you can additionally hook up a human man and a Zora girl who are around the same age temporally--but the human is an adult while the Zora is still a child. (The uncomfortable implications of this scenario are fortunately never explored.)
2nd Nov '17 3:18:48 PM Midna
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* Sadly subverted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', where Black Mages seem to have much shorter lifespans than regular humans.

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* Sadly subverted Subverted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', where Black Mages seem to have much shorter lifespans than regular humans.



* If ''VideoGame/LostOdyssey'' isn't a prime example of this trope, then nothing is. The main character is an immortal who is doomed to outlive everyone he cares about: Wives, children, friends, everyone. The game milks it for all it's worth - almost all of the "Thousand Years of Dreams" content touches on some variation on the theme, and a good many of them are {{Tear Jerker}}s. Seriously, it starts crushing your soul at certain points.
** Sometimes, it is also played [[http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=-6Q0iMl0jeY for fun]]: MAMAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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* If ''VideoGame/LostOdyssey'' isn't a prime example of this trope, then nothing is. The main character is an immortal who is doomed to outlive everyone he cares about: Wives, children, friends, everyone. The game milks it for all it's worth - almost all of the "Thousand Years of Dreams" content touches on some variation on the theme, and a good many of them are {{Tear Jerker}}s. Seriously, it starts crushing your soul at certain points.
** Sometimes, it is also played
mostly for drama, sometimes for laughs: [[http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=-6Q0iMl0jeY for fun]]: MAMAAAAAAAAAAAAAMAMAAAAAAAAAAAAA]]


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* The ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' incarnations of the Zora are stated to live for hundreds of years. One NPC in Zora's Domain recalls playing with Link when they were kids, but although Link has been in stasis for the past century and has an excuse to still have a youthful appearance, the Zora also looks like a young adult. In a sidequest, you can additionally hook up a human man and a Zora girl who are around the same age temporally--but the human is an adult while the Zora is still a child. (The uncomfortable implications of this scenario are fortunately never explored.)
10th Oct '17 8:56:11 PM CommanderVisor
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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': it's heavily implied that Finn the Human and Jake the Dog were infants at the same time, Finn's [[RaisedByWolves canine adoptive parents]] died of old age leaving his older brother (now approaching middle age while Finn's barely an adolescent) to raise him. On the other hand, it's unclear just how rapidly Jake actually ages. Their dad Joshua did not die of natural causes [[spoiler:he was killed by a monster in a dungeon he built for his sons' training]]. Jake isn't exactly an ordinary dog either, [[spoiler:since he's the result of a shapeshifting alien creature implanting an egg in Joshua's head]].

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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': it's heavily implied that Finn the Human and Jake the Dog were infants at the same time, Finn's [[RaisedByWolves canine adoptive parents]] died of old age leaving his older brother (now approaching middle age while Finn's barely an adolescent) to raise him. On the other hand, it's unclear just how rapidly Jake actually ages. Their dad Joshua did not die of natural causes [[spoiler:he was killed by a monster in a dungeon he built for his sons' training]]. Jake isn't exactly an ordinary dog either, [[spoiler:since he's the result of a shapeshifting alien creature implanting an egg in Joshua's head]].
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