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12th Jul '17 3:12:03 AM jormis29
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* While ''PalladiumBooks'' games often present immortality as largely beneficial and without negative repercussions (in ''Heroes Unlimited'' it is both a Mega-Power and a Major Super Ability), in the ''PalladiumFantasy'' supplement "Dragons & Gods" one of the deific powers is named "Curse: Immortality". While it allows someone to live forever, it does not make them immune to disease or any form of illness or [[AgeWithoutYouth aging]], so that eventually someone will end up a crippled geriatric unable to die. Although the aging process is reduced to about a year per century, so it doesn't exactly become a bad thing until much much later. Some other paths to immortality (Between the Shadows' Dream Maker and Shadows of Light's Reaper in Nightbane, Library of Bletherad's Shadow Self spell in PF, Mystic Russia's necromancy spell of vampirism "Return from the Grave" in ''Rifts'') have inherent insanity-causing attributes (Russia's is only avoided if you feed on blood, like any good ol' Master Vampire), and some (Juicer Uprising's option of becoming a Murder Wraith, Federation of Magic's description of Alistair Dunscon) require you to become an evil monster addicted to killing people on a regular basis to survive.

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* While ''PalladiumBooks'' ''Creator/PalladiumBooks'' games often present immortality as largely beneficial and without negative repercussions (in ''Heroes Unlimited'' it is both a Mega-Power and a Major Super Ability), in the ''PalladiumFantasy'' ''TabletopGame/PalladiumFantasy'' supplement "Dragons & Gods" one of the deific powers is named "Curse: Immortality". While it allows someone to live forever, it does not make them immune to disease or any form of illness or [[AgeWithoutYouth aging]], so that eventually someone will end up a crippled geriatric unable to die. Although the aging process is reduced to about a year per century, so it doesn't exactly become a bad thing until much much later. Some other paths to immortality (Between the Shadows' Dream Maker and Shadows of Light's Reaper in Nightbane, Library of Bletherad's Shadow Self spell in PF, Mystic Russia's necromancy spell of vampirism "Return from the Grave" in ''Rifts'') ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'') have inherent insanity-causing attributes (Russia's is only avoided if you feed on blood, like any good ol' Master Vampire), and some (Juicer Uprising's option of becoming a Murder Wraith, Federation of Magic's description of Alistair Dunscon) require you to become an evil monster addicted to killing people on a regular basis to survive.
11th Jul '17 9:34:52 AM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' had the Lava Monster, who was explicitly ''cursed'' with immortality. Originally a great viking warrior, his people were slaughtered by Aku, and, as a final act of cruelty, Aku decided not to kill the viking, but instead trapped him inside an unbreakable crystal, to prevent him from ever rejoining his people in Valhalla. Over the millennia, the Viking learned to shape the rock and magma around him into a new body, and constructed a maze of traps and hazards for the sole purpose of drawing in a warrior powerful enough to defeat and kill him in battle.
** [[WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack2017 Season 5]] picks up after a 50 year TimeSkip, and one of the first things that happens is the revelation that as a consequence of Jack being pulled from his own time in the pilot, he hasn't aged at all in that time. His consistent failure to defeat Aku in all that time, and the prospect of spending an eternity in this BadFuture, has by now long since driven him to the edge of the DespairEventHorizon.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' had the ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'':
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Lava Monster, who Monster was explicitly ''cursed'' with immortality. Originally a great viking warrior, his people were slaughtered by Aku, and, as a final act of cruelty, Aku decided not to kill the viking, but instead trapped him inside an unbreakable crystal, to prevent him from ever rejoining his people in Valhalla. Over the millennia, the Viking learned to shape the rock and magma around him into a new body, and constructed a maze of traps and hazards for the sole purpose of drawing in a warrior powerful enough to defeat and kill him in battle.
** [[WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack2017 Season 5]] picks up after a 50 year TimeSkip, and one of the first things that happens is the revelation that that, as a consequence of Jack being pulled from his own time in the pilot, he hasn't aged at all in that time. His consistent failure to defeat Aku in all that time, and the prospect of spending an eternity in this BadFuture, has by now long since driven him to the edge of the DespairEventHorizon.
11th Jul '17 9:33:31 AM thatother1dude
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* Almost every cartoon, actually. Characters in cartoons don't really seem age... and sometimes even [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall comment on it]].
10th Jul '17 7:36:13 AM RedScharlach
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* In the Chinese animated short ''Animation/MissDaizi'', the protagonist is a [[AnimateInanimateObject plastic bag]] that can't die, as she doesn't biodegrade, and because she is constantly harming the environment and out of loneliness of missing her beloved (who is a paper cup), she does countless failed suicide attempts.

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* In the Chinese animated short ''Animation/MissDaizi'', the protagonist is a [[AnimateInanimateObject plastic bag]] that can't die, as she doesn't biodegrade, and because she is constantly harming the environment and out of loneliness of missing her beloved (who is a paper cup), she does engages in countless failed suicide attempts.



* ''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.

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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.child's toy. 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.



* The song "Heaven" by FrazierChorus is about how heaven would really just be boring

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* The song "Heaven" by FrazierChorus is about how heaven would really just be boringboring.



* Dante, the Blood Angels Chapter Master, in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is said to be around 1500 years old (or older) but after more than a millenia of fighting he is getting tired of his life, and the only thing that keeps him going is his suspicion that the prophesy of a warrior in golden armour standing between the darkness and the GodEmperor in the final battle wasn't about their Primarch Sanguinus during the Horus Heresy, but is about him and he aims to fulfill that goal.

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* Dante, the Blood Angels Chapter Master, in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is said to be around 1500 years old (or older) but after more than a millenia millennium of fighting he is getting tired of his life, and the only thing that keeps him going is his suspicion that the prophesy of a warrior in golden armour standing between the darkness and the GodEmperor in the final battle wasn't about their Primarch Sanguinus during the Horus Heresy, but is about him and he aims to fulfill that goal.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has this as a major risk for liches, and a big part of why these immortal super wizards don't rule the world. They may start with plans for world domination, but with no need to eat or sleep the endless passage of time gets to them. Often they start devoting most of their time to research (many liches are academics at heart or they would never have worked out how to become one) until even that bores them, and they spend countless hours lost in their own thoughts. There's even a creature type, the demilich, which liches have a 1% cumulative chance of turning into for each ''decade'' they spend doing nothing because they simply have no interest in the world.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has this as a major risk for liches, and a big part of why these immortal super wizards don't rule the world. They may start with plans for world domination, but with no need to eat or sleep the endless passage of time gets to them. Often they start devoting most of their time to research (many liches are academics at heart or they would never have worked out how to become one) until even that bores them, and they spend countless hours lost in their own thoughts. There's even a creature type, the demilich, which that liches have a 1% cumulative chance of turning into for each ''decade'' they spend doing nothing because they simply have no interest in the world.



* ''The Makropulos Affair'', a play written by Czech playwright Karel ?apek and subsequently adapted into an opera by Leos Janacek, concerns a woman who has been granted 300 years of life through a magic potion, with an option for renewal. She finds that such a long life is an ordeal that leaves her exhausted and numb to human emotions. She decides that death is better.

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* ''The Makropulos Affair'', a play written by Czech playwright Karel ?apek Capek and subsequently adapted into an opera by Leos Janacek, concerns a woman who has been granted 300 years of life through a magic potion, with an option for renewal. She finds that such a long life is an ordeal that leaves her exhausted and numb to human emotions. She decides that death is better.



* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' had the Lava Monster, who was explicitly ''cursed'' with immortality. Originally a great viking warrior, his people were slaughtered by Aku, and, as a final act of cruelty, Aku decided not to kill the viking, but instead trapped him inside an unbreakable crystal, to prevent him from ever rejoining his people in Valhalla. Over the millenia, the viking learned to shape the rock and magma around him into a new body, and constructed a maze of traps and hazards for the sole purpose of drawing in a warrior powerful enough to defeat and kill him in battle.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' had the Lava Monster, who was explicitly ''cursed'' with immortality. Originally a great viking warrior, his people were slaughtered by Aku, and, as a final act of cruelty, Aku decided not to kill the viking, but instead trapped him inside an unbreakable crystal, to prevent him from ever rejoining his people in Valhalla. Over the millenia, millennia, the viking Viking learned to shape the rock and magma around him into a new body, and constructed a maze of traps and hazards for the sole purpose of drawing in a warrior powerful enough to defeat and kill him in battle.
6th Jun '17 4:56:54 PM WillKeaton
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** Sadly, [[http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/brooke-greenberg-20-old-8220-toddler-8217-8221-185100345.html she passed away at the age of 20]]. However, scientists are researching her DNA sequence to see if the secrets to longevity can be discovered.

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** Sadly, [[http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/brooke-greenberg-20-old-8220-toddler-8217-8221-185100345.html she passed away at the age of 20]]. 20.]] However, scientists are researching her DNA sequence to see if the secrets to longevity can be discovered.



* The story of [[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39768321 Mbah Ghoto]]. He's outlived his ''four'' wives, 10 siblings, and all his children. His grandchildren took care of him, and he's been waiting for his time to come with a coffin prepared. He finally got his wish and passed away at the age of 146, making him the oldest recorded human being.

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* The story of [[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39768321 Mbah Ghoto]]. Ghoto.]] He's outlived his ''four'' wives, 10 siblings, and all his children. His grandchildren took care of him, and he's been waiting for his time to come with a coffin prepared. He finally got his wish and passed away at the age of 146, making him the oldest recorded human being.
6th Jun '17 4:56:26 PM WillKeaton
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* On ''Website/{{everything2}}'' user 'santo' treats us with [[http://everything2.com/user/santo/writeups/Immortality+blows Immortality Blows]], a first person, tongue-in-cheek, exploration of this trope to a greater degree than most.

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* On ''Website/{{everything2}}'' user 'santo' treats us with [[http://everything2.com/user/santo/writeups/Immortality+blows Immortality Blows]], Blows.]] a first person, tongue-in-cheek, exploration of this trope to a greater degree than most.
6th Jun '17 4:56:09 PM WillKeaton
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** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1440 SCP-1440]] is a kind old man who [[ChessWithDeath beat Death at cards]], and cannot die. He ''might'' be able to enjoy it if Death wasn't such a SoreLoser and cursed him to be a WalkingWasteland who kills/destroys all humans and things made by humans that get close to him, meaning he can do nothing but wander the Earth alone forever. [[spoiler:He does at least get a happy ending in [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/quiet-days Quiet Days]]]].

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** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1440 SCP-1440]] is a kind old man who [[ChessWithDeath beat Death at cards]], and cannot die. He ''might'' be able to enjoy it if Death wasn't such a SoreLoser and cursed him to be a WalkingWasteland who kills/destroys all humans and things made by humans that get close to him, meaning he can do nothing but wander the Earth alone forever. [[spoiler:He does at least get a happy ending in [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/quiet-days Quiet Days]]]].Days.]]]]



* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'s'' [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18708_5-reasons-immortality-would-be-worse-than-death.html 5 Reasons Immortality Would be Worse than Death]].

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* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'s'' [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18708_5-reasons-immortality-would-be-worse-than-death.html 5 Reasons Immortality Would be Worse than Death]].Death.]]
6th Jun '17 4:55:37 PM WillKeaton
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* A [[http://magellanverse.com/?p=631 crossover story]] in ''Webcomic/{{Magellan}}'' took this UpToEleven with Gaius, a once mortal that bought his way to immortality, to become an energy being who could live forever. And he did, well after his planet died, his sun extinguished and even [[GoneHorriblyRight every black hole in his dimension had long since evaporated]], [[AndIMustScream he was still floating around]].

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* A [[http://magellanverse.com/?p=631 crossover story]] in ''Webcomic/{{Magellan}}'' took this UpToEleven with Gaius, a once former mortal that bought his way to immortality, to become an energy being who could live forever. And he did, well after his planet died, his sun extinguished and even [[GoneHorriblyRight every black hole in his dimension had long since evaporated]], [[AndIMustScream he was still floating around]].
6th Jun '17 4:54:59 PM WillKeaton
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* The ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' don't seem to have a problem with their extremely long lifespans, although a [[WhatMeasureisaNonHuman race of sentient robots who can theoretically replace any body parts that become broken or worn out]] are obviously going to have different perspectives on life than humanity.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' don't seem to have a problem with their extremely long lifespans, although a [[WhatMeasureisaNonHuman race of sentient sapient robots who can theoretically replace any body parts that become broken or worn out]] are obviously going to have different perspectives on life than humanity.
6th Jun '17 4:54:14 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' zombies seem to have this deal. For a while they seem content enough (though having to eat human flesh to keep from decaying away to nothing must've taken some adjusting), but once you're reduced to being a [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/20090216 Zombie-Head-On-A-Stick]] ...

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* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' zombies seem to have this deal. For a while they seem content enough (though having to eat human flesh to keep from decaying away to nothing must've taken some adjusting), but once you're reduced to being a [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/20090216 Zombie-Head-On-A-Stick]] ...Zombie-Head-On-A-Stick...]]
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