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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]].
7th Oct '17 5:40:28 AM Yellow_Sunstreaker
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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, tend to live 50-60 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, medicine or technology, tend to live 50-60 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.]]
6th Oct '17 5:40:26 PM eroock
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-> ''"Every man is a spark in the darkness, by the time he is noticed he is gone forever. A retinal after-image that fades and is obscured by newer, brighter lights."''

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-> ''"Every man is a spark in the darkness, by the time he is noticed he is gone forever. \\
A retinal after-image that fades and is obscured by newer, brighter lights."''
25th Aug '17 6:09:12 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Fanfiction/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'', Equestrian ponies can get hundreds of years old Princesses and Queens even thousands. This revelation catches the protagonist Estermann entirely off-guard.

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* In ''Fanfiction/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'', ''Fanfic/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'', Equestrian ponies can get hundreds of years old Princesses and Queens even thousands. This revelation catches the protagonist Estermann entirely off-guard.
10th Jul '17 6:53:41 AM RedScharlach
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* In ''Literature/{{Noob}}'', an event drained the FictionalVideoGame's god's powers. They can apparently go back to their former level of power if they rest for long enough. Several millenia of recovery later, they are still basically at the same point at which they were right after the power-draining event. This could be partly explained by the fact that they had to use the power they managed to recover to take care of a couple of other emergencies, but these emergencies are several millenia old as well.

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* In ''Literature/{{Noob}}'', an event drained the FictionalVideoGame's god's powers. They can apparently go back to their former level of power if they rest for long enough. Several millenia millennia of recovery later, they are still basically at the same point at which they were at right after the power-draining event. This could be partly explained by the fact that they had to use the power they managed to recover to take care of a couple of other emergencies, but these emergencies are several millenia millennia old as well.



* ''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.

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' plays this straight in the case of most of the crew: crew [[HumanAliens Sebaceans]] like Aeryn can live for up to 200 cycles- cycles - assuming they don't get killed first; 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- millennium, 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.



* In ''Series/{{ALF}}'', the incredibly long lifespan of Melmacians is often used as a running gag, like when ALF shows off pictures of a relative's 250th birthday party, which resembles a five year old human's. It's sometimes played for drama, though, as ALF gradually comes to realize that he's going to outlive the Tanner family by a huge margin.

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* In ''Series/{{ALF}}'', the incredibly long lifespan of Melmacians is often used as a running gag, like when ALF shows off pictures of a relative's 250th birthday party, which resembles a five year old five-year-old human's. It's sometimes played for drama, though, as ALF gradually comes to realize that he's going to outlive the Tanner family by a huge margin.



* Rather weirdly, in Literature/TheBible (Genesis 6:3) it is 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 is 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 lifespans of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercentenarian longest-lived recorded humans of the modern age]] lived.age]].



* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': The process of Exaltation ''greatly'' expands a person's life span. The Dragon-Blooded, who get the short end of the stick, typically live for several centuries, and the Scarlet Empress was around for close to 800 years before she disappeared. Solars and Lunars can typically live up for several millenia; Ingosh Silverclaws, one of the oldest-lived Lunars in the setting, died of old age at somewhere around 3100. The Sidereals, who get even greater longevity, can live for close to ''6,000'' years; there are Sidereals still around who remember the Primordial War. Needless to say, when you live that long, [[MugglePower mortals swiftly fall out of your peer group... and possibly your notice]].

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': The process of Exaltation ''greatly'' expands a person's life span. The Dragon-Blooded, who get the short end of the stick, typically live for several centuries, and the Scarlet Empress was around for close to 800 years before she disappeared. Solars and Lunars can typically live up for several millenia; millennia; Ingosh Silverclaws, one of the oldest-lived Lunars in the setting, died of old age at somewhere around 3100. The Sidereals, who get even greater longevity, can live for close to ''6,000'' years; there are Sidereals still around who remember the Primordial War. Needless to say, when you live that long, [[MugglePower mortals swiftly fall out of your peer group... and possibly your notice]].



* The Elves of ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'' can live for untold millenia- unfortunately for them, by the time of the story, no pureblood elf was born in over a thousand years, and they are now confined to a single city after a great war with humanity. They don't help their case by many being [[CantArgueWithElves insufferable jerks]], so much so that even the order of human [[MagicKnight magic-wielding warrior-monks]] they'd created as protectors decided to [[ScrewYouElves tell them where they can stuff it]].

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* The Elves of ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'' can live for untold millenia- unfortunately millennia. Unfortunately for them, by the time of the story, no pureblood elf was born in over a thousand years, and they are now confined to a single city after a great war with humanity. They don't help their case by many being [[CantArgueWithElves insufferable jerks]], so much so that even the order of human [[MagicKnight magic-wielding warrior-monks]] they'd created as protectors decided to [[ScrewYouElves tell them where they can stuff it]].



* Played with by the [[AllTrollsAreDifferent trolls]] in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. Their lifespan is determined by their position on the [[AlienBlood hemo]][[FantasticCasteSystem spectrum]]: the lowest-blooded trolls are lucky to make it to 24 [[AlternativeCalendar sweeps]] (about 52 Earth years), while the empress has lived for millenia.

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* Played with by the [[AllTrollsAreDifferent trolls]] in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. Their lifespan is determined by their position on the [[AlienBlood hemo]][[FantasticCasteSystem spectrum]]: the lowest-blooded trolls are lucky to make it to 24 [[AlternativeCalendar sweeps]] (about 52 Earth years), while the empress has lived for millenia.millennia.
4th Jul '17 9:22:38 PM Gatordragon24
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'', this is inverted for fairies. In the Realm, fairies have very short lifespans. For example, Willo is an adult fairy, but her age is around 2 or 3 in human years.
22nd Jun '17 7:34:36 AM zarpaulus
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Shinigami live for centuries, Hollows live forever and humans... [[spoiler: well they just loop around through a series of reincarnations between the human world and the soul society. Unless they become one of the former in which case they will live on until they are slain and reincarnated again. FridgeHorror sets in when you realise that this means all of humanity is eternally doomed to go through the cycle until their souls are either consumed by hollows or they become so evil that they are damned to Hell for eternity.]]

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Shinigami live for centuries, Hollows live forever and humans... [[spoiler: well they just loop around through a series of reincarnations between the human world and the soul society. Unless they become one of the former in which case they will live on until they are slain and reincarnated again. FridgeHorror sets in when you realise that this means all of humanity is eternally doomed to go through the cycle until their souls are either consumed by hollows or they become so evil that they are damned to Hell for eternity.]]
22nd Jun '17 6:36:46 AM Couran
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Shinigami live for centuries, Hollows live forever and humans... [[spoilers: well they just loop around through a series of reincarnations between the human world and the soul society. Unless they become one of the former in which case they will live on until they are slain and reincarnated again. FrideHorror sets in when you realise that this means all of humanity is eternally doomed to go through the cycle until their souls are either consumed by hollows or they become so evil that they are damned to Hell for eternity.]]

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Shinigami live for centuries, Hollows live forever and humans... [[spoilers: [[spoiler: well they just loop around through a series of reincarnations between the human world and the soul society. Unless they become one of the former in which case they will live on until they are slain and reincarnated again. FrideHorror FridgeHorror sets in when you realise that this means all of humanity is eternally doomed to go through the cycle until their souls are either consumed by hollows or they become so evil that they are damned to Hell for eternity.]]
22nd Jun '17 6:36:15 AM Couran
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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. 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.

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Shinigami live for centuries, Hollows live forever and humans... [[spoilers: well they just loop around through a series of reincarnations. The posturing kinda falls flat reincarnations between the human world and the soul society. Unless they become one of the former in which case they will live on until they are slain and reincarnated again. FrideHorror sets in when you realize realise that this means all of these guys humanity is eternally doomed to go through the cycle until their souls are just humans who either consumed by hollows or they become so evil that they are ''already'' dead. 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 damned to a physical disease.Hell for eternity.]]
22nd Jun '17 6:30:21 AM Couran
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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, tend to live 30-40 years, having very few predators apart from each other, but we don't drop dead from old age until 75-100, 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, tend to live 30-40 50-60 years, having very few predators apart from each other, but we don't drop dead from old age until 75-100, 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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