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4th May '16 7:00:11 AM PixelKnight
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* As Immortals in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' age, they slowly get more intelligent and powerful. Eventually, they get to the point where they're driven insane from boredom, because PrescienceIsPreferable, and eventually commit suicide and take a ton of innocents with them. To avoid such a faux pas, most Immortals "reset" every 200 years, wiping their own memories and starting anew.

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* As Immortals in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' age, they slowly get more intelligent and powerful. Eventually, they get to the point where they're driven insane from boredom, boredom because PrescienceIsPreferable, they're practically omniscient, and eventually commit suicide and take a ton of innocents with them. To avoid such a faux pas, most Immortals "reset" every 200 years, wiping their own memories and starting anew.
4th May '16 6:58:35 AM PixelKnight
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* Immortals in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' have to "reset" periodically to avoid this, [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-06-30 as explained here]].

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* As Immortals in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' have age, they slowly get more intelligent and powerful. Eventually, they get to the point where they're driven insane from boredom, because PrescienceIsPreferable, and eventually commit suicide and take a ton of innocents with them. To avoid such a faux pas, most Immortals "reset" periodically to avoid this, [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-06-30 as explained here]].every 200 years, wiping their own memories and starting anew.
1st May '16 4:41:23 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'': Stinky Pete would rather spend the rest of his life in a museum, adored by fans, rather than to be a toy of a child. Understandable, as he was never taken off the shelf, watching toy after toy be sold and never got a chance to be played with by any children... until Woody curses Stinky Pete to be the toy of a girl who decorates her Barbies!
** An "interview" that used to be on the ''Toy Story 2'' website suggested that Pete found being a child's toy was actually a pretty good life.
** ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' is all about the toys being outgrown/forgotten by their owner, and the abandonment issues this entails.
** It's clear from ''Toy Story 3'', however, that the toys enjoy only BiologicalImmortality; they ''can'' be burned to death.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'': Stinky Pete would rather spend the rest of his life in a museum, adored by fans, rather than to be a toy of a child. Understandable, as he was never taken off the shelf, watching toy after toy be sold and never got a chance to be played with by any children... until Woody curses Stinky Pete to be the toy of a girl who decorates her Barbies!
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Barbies! An "interview" that used to be on the ''Toy Story 2'' website suggested that Pete found being a child's toy was actually a pretty good life.
** * ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' is all about the toys being outgrown/forgotten by their owner, and the abandonment issues this entails.
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entails. It's clear from ''Toy Story 3'', however, that the toys enjoy only BiologicalImmortality; they ''can'' be burned to death.


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* [[spoiler:Martin]] from ''Webcomic/IgnitionZero'' is a HalfHumanHybrid. He is immortal while his friends are not. He notes that being aromantic he won't feel the loss of a lover, but seeing all his family and friends die while he stays forever young isn't any better.
8th Feb '16 3:03:59 AM erforce
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* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' (2007) has Winters, who was so happy to have his mortality back that he laughed and [[CaptainObvious told the heroes how happy he was]] before the result of losing his immortality took place.

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* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' ''WesternAnimation/{{TMNT}}'' (2007) has Winters, who was so happy to have his mortality back that he laughed and [[CaptainObvious told the heroes how happy he was]] before the result of losing his immortality took place.
24th Jan '16 8:41:51 PM aoeu
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* ''Webcomic/ZeroPercentDiscount'': ''[[http://zeropercentdiscountcomic.tumblr.com/post/129165350283 Help me.]]''
20th Nov '15 11:00:33 AM Conradus
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** He may have already been dying, and taking this as the painless way out (and proving a point while he was at it). His last words were to tell a disciple he owed chicken in sacrifice to Asclepius and ask him to pay the debt for him. Asclepius was the god of healing; it's possible his debt was because he had been praying to the god to be cured of something.
27th Oct '15 6:42:22 PM WanderingBrowser
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** In ''TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated'', Prometheans can, provided they take care to go to the wastes often enough, theoretically endure for centuries, if not forever. Too bad their lives consist of being {{Walking Wasteland}}s with [[EverythingTryingToKillYou everything trying to kill them.]]
** In ''TabletopGame/MummyTheResurrection'', Mummies are imagined as truly immortal beings. Every time they suffer a physical death, their souls go to the Wraith underworld where they wait for their bodies to regenerate. Some choose to stay in the underworld, on the belief that if they search long and hard enough they can find a magical way to end their lives.
** In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', the Great Curse wears away at your sanity as time goes on. The only known Solar to live long enough to die of old age was something around 7-10,000 years old. Add massive boredom and near-invulnerability on top of that and it's no wonder they went insane.

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** * In ''TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated'', Prometheans can, provided they take care to go to the wastes often enough, theoretically endure for centuries, if not forever. Too bad their lives consist of being {{Walking Wasteland}}s with [[EverythingTryingToKillYou everything trying to kill them.]]
** * In ''TabletopGame/MummyTheResurrection'', Mummies are imagined as truly immortal beings. Every time they suffer a physical death, their souls go to the Wraith underworld where they wait for their bodies to regenerate. Some choose to stay in the underworld, on the belief that if they search long and hard enough they can find a magical way to end their lives.
** * In the TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness equivalent to the above, ''TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse'', mummies at least don't technically "live forever". They ''exist'' for all eternity, potentially, but they actually spend most of their time effectively dead. They just get woken up when their cult calls them, their Judge needs them, or in a once-every-thousand-years cosmic event. In fact, most mummies are more concerned with living the time they have before they sink back into torpor. Played straight with the Shuankshen, however, who are eternal (to the point that them coming back in the bodies of some post-human species is raised in their {{sourcebook}}) and have to share their bodies with an insane EldritchAbomination.
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In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', the Great Curse wears away at your sanity as time goes on. The only known Solar to live long enough to die of old age was something around 7-10,000 years old. Add massive boredom and near-invulnerability on top of that and it's no wonder they went insane.
27th Oct '15 10:05:12 AM TheCuza
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* Mr. Freeze from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' has an extended lifespan (not ''immortal'' but a good few thousand years) due to his condition. Problem is, he can't survive outside of a subzero environment, and his inability to enjoy the day has driven him to vengeance. It gets a lot worse for him later on when [[spoiler:when his condition destroys his entire body, leaving only his head. He spends almost ''fifty years'' like this before the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Meltdown". [[YankTheDogsChain And when he finally has a chance at a normal life, it doesn't last long, with his body changing back into his prior condition]].]]

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* Mr. Freeze from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' has an extended lifespan (not ''immortal'' but a good few thousand years) due to his condition. Problem is, condition, and he might have been fine with that if not for the fact that he can't survive outside of a subzero environment, and meaning that whenever he's not in his TailorMadePrison cell, he has to wear that big clunky suit of armor all the time. His inability to fully enjoy the day has driven world around him causes him so much grief that when an elderly man comes to vengeance. him ''asking'' to be made like him in order to live longer, he thinks the man is crazy.
-->'''Freeze:''' You want to live like this? Abandoned and alone, A prisoner in a world you can see but never touch. Old and infirm as you are, I'd trade a thousand of my frozen years for your worst day.
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It gets a lot worse for him later on when [[spoiler:when his condition destroys his entire body, leaving only his head. He spends almost ''fifty years'' like this before the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Meltdown". [[YankTheDogsChain And when he finally has a chance at a normal life, it doesn't last long, with his body changing back into his prior condition]].]]
11th Oct '15 9:50:14 AM eyeteeth
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* The "dragon rider" in Webcomic/CrouchingOstrichHiddenVulture is effectively immortal if she continues winning at her game, but has grown tired of her existence. [[spoiler: In the end, she loses her game and dies.]]

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* The "dragon rider" in Webcomic/CrouchingOstrichHiddenVulture [[Recap/GameOverTalesCrouchingOstrichHiddenVulture Game Over Tales: Crouching Ostrich, Hidden Vulture]]' is effectively immortal if she continues winning at her game, but has grown tired of her existence. [[spoiler: In the end, she loses her game and dies.]]
11th Sep '15 1:09:38 PM Willbyr
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* Tsugumi of ''{{Ever17}}'' has eternal youth, immunity from infection, high healing factor and possibly increased strength. On the downside, the handful of people who know about her really want to study her lots. Oh, and she gets sunburned really easily, but she can see in pitch blackness anything due to infravision. She can even pass the immortality on to whoever she pleases. [[spoiler:Except two specific characters, one of whom is implied to be changing into a being that exists in the fourth dimension and is thus outside time and effectively immortal as well.]] Yet all she can do is whine and complain about how much it sucks. She gets better but never seems to see it as a ''good'' thing.
* Brought up in the visual novel ''SongsOfAraiah'', where it is mentioned that most magicians (who can be immortal) revoke their own immortality after having lived about a thousand years. In addition, immortality works by "freezing" the state that the body is in, meaning that immortals do not age, women can not have children, and their bodies will get neither better nor worse (for example, the lead female, Melissa, will ''always'' have to wear glasses, despite the existence of spells which could fix her vision). Outliving loved ones is a minor issue, as a magician can grant immortality to anybody.
* Sort-of immortality is possible in the {{Nasuverse}} but most prominently for this trope, ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has Heroic Spirits and Guardians. Archer, during his life, swore over his existence to the world so that he could continue to save people. Eventually, he died still believing in his ideals, but after that he, in his position as a Guardian, is sent back repeatedly to stop devastating conflicts by killing people instead of saving them. He doesn't even get to remember any of this, but he knows it happens and it affects his psyche. Small wonder he [[spoiler:decides to wait until he can pulled into a time with Emiya Shirou so he can kill his past self and hopefully commit suicide that way and escape his current life, where he has no free will.]] Then again, that ''is'' a pretty sucky form of immortality and no one takes it up for that reason.
* [[spoiler:Rune]] from VisualNovel/FrozenEssence constantly regenerates and cannot die due to becoming the [[spoiler:Life Hex Monument]] many years ago, and his life simply consists of a neverending cycle of [[spoiler:being imprisoned and the painful process of charging the Life Sphere]]. It's such a miserable existence that he stops caring about anything anymore. [[spoiler:In the True End he succeeds in finally being able to rest in peace with a smile on his face]].

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* Tsugumi of ''{{Ever17}}'' ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}'' has eternal youth, immunity from infection, high healing factor and possibly increased strength. On the downside, the handful of people who know about her really want to study her lots. Oh, and she gets sunburned really easily, but she can see in pitch blackness anything due to infravision. She can even pass the immortality on to whoever she pleases. [[spoiler:Except two specific characters, one of whom is implied to be changing into a being that exists in the fourth dimension and is thus outside time and effectively immortal as well.]] Yet all she can do is whine and complain about how much it sucks. She gets better but never seems to see it as a ''good'' thing.
* Brought up in the visual novel ''SongsOfAraiah'', ''VisualNovel/SongsOfAraiah'', where it is mentioned that most magicians (who can be immortal) revoke their own immortality after having lived about a thousand years. In addition, immortality works by "freezing" the state that the body is in, meaning that immortals do not age, women can not have children, and their bodies will get neither better nor worse (for example, the lead female, Melissa, will ''always'' have to wear glasses, despite the existence of spells which could fix her vision). Outliving loved ones is a minor issue, as a magician can grant immortality to anybody.
* Sort-of immortality is possible in the {{Nasuverse}} Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} but most prominently for this trope, ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has Heroic Spirits and Guardians. Archer, during his life, swore over his existence to the world so that he could continue to save people. Eventually, he died still believing in his ideals, but after that he, in his position as a Guardian, is sent back repeatedly to stop devastating conflicts by killing people instead of saving them. He doesn't even get to remember any of this, but he knows it happens and it affects his psyche. Small wonder he [[spoiler:decides to wait until he can pulled into a time with Emiya Shirou so he can kill his past self and hopefully commit suicide that way and escape his current life, where he has no free will.]] Then again, that ''is'' a pretty sucky form of immortality and no one takes it up for that reason.
* [[spoiler:Rune]] from VisualNovel/FrozenEssence ''VisualNovel/FrozenEssence'' constantly regenerates and cannot die due to becoming the [[spoiler:Life Hex Monument]] many years ago, and his life simply consists of a neverending cycle of [[spoiler:being imprisoned and the painful process of charging the Life Sphere]]. It's such a miserable existence that he stops caring about anything anymore. [[spoiler:In the True End he succeeds in finally being able to rest in peace with a smile on his face]].
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