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9th Jul '17 11:33:00 PM Britarse
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* Most of the heroes in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}} are starting to show their age, but Doctor Manhattan is immortal and ageless, while Ozymandias is the epitome of the CharlesAtlasSuperpower trope and is in terrific shape for his age. The Ultimate Watchmen edition contains commentary suggesting that he might live to be 150 through simply staying really fit!
13th Jan '17 4:41:26 PM Taskmaster123
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* {{The Punisher}}. Frank Castle is heavy into this trope, mainly because the character is so firmly tied to the Vietnam War. In the comics involving the mainstream Marvel Universe, he's generally depicted as mid-to-late 30's, and each writer who has the character for any length of time will invariably mention his fanatical fitness regime and adherence to a balanced diet. Nick Fury has the Infinity Formula, and both Cap and Bucky were frozen for decades, but Frank has been active and kicking ass since his introduction. The last American troops left Vietnam in 1975, so even a 18-year-old soldier who was there only briefly would be 58 as of 2015. Frank's background, however, involves multiple tours and coming home to a wife, as well as two children who were well out of the toddler stage. When Frank gets together with men he knew during the war, they are depicted as having aged appropriately and even commenting on Franks' youthful appearance. "Frank, what is it with you? You don't look a day over 45!"

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* {{The Punisher}}. Frank Castle is heavy into this trope, mainly because the character is so firmly tied to the Vietnam War. In the comics involving the mainstream Marvel Universe, he's generally depicted as mid-to-late 30's, and each writer who has the character for any length of time will invariably mention his fanatical fitness regime and adherence to a balanced diet. Nick Fury has the Infinity Formula, and both Cap and Bucky were frozen for decades, but Frank has been active and kicking ass since his introduction. The last American troops left Vietnam in 1975, so even a 18-year-old soldier who was there only briefly in 1975 would be 58 60 as of 2015.2017. Frank's background, however, involves multiple tours and coming home to a wife, as well as two children who were well out of the toddler stage. When Frank gets together with men he knew during the war, they are depicted as having aged appropriately and even commenting on Franks' youthful appearance. "Frank, what is it with you? You don't look a day over 45!"
27th Jul '16 9:45:34 AM Tron80
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* In some continuities, {{Superman}}. In the Christopher Reeve movies, and sometimes in the comics as well, it's said that the voyage from Krypton to Earth took thousands of years (it was an experimental starship, after all), during which Kal-El aged only slightly--from swaddling infant to toddler, in the movie. Stories taking place in the future generally show Superman's aging to be much slower than that of humans, and that's if he ages at all, with generally the worst of it being him getting some gray hair. One particualr storyline says that he actually shouldn't age at all, and he only does so because he grew up thinking he should.

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* In some continuities, {{Superman}}.Franchise/{{Superman}}. In the Christopher Reeve movies, and sometimes in the comics as well, it's said that the voyage from Krypton to Earth took thousands of years (it was an experimental starship, after all), during which Kal-El aged only slightly--from swaddling infant to toddler, in the movie. Stories taking place in the future generally show Superman's aging to be much slower than that of humans, and that's if he ages at all, with generally the worst of it being him getting some gray hair. One particualr storyline says that he actually shouldn't age at all, and he only does so because he grew up thinking he should.



* {{Supergirl}} as well, at least in Post Crisis and modern adaptations; she also made the journey from Krypton to Earth, but took longer to reach earth and be released from suspended animation. As such, she looks about 16-18, and is mentally that as well, but is actually a good few years older than Superman himself.

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* {{Supergirl}} ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' as well, at least in Post Crisis and modern adaptations; she also made the journey from Krypton to Earth, but took longer to reach earth and be released from suspended animation. As such, she looks about 16-18, and is mentally that as well, but is actually a good few years older than Superman himself. In ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', Kara insists that she's mentally and emotionally older than she looks.
-->'''Supergirl:''' My entire planet was destroyed. My civilization is gone. That makes you grow up fast.
15th May '16 8:47:11 PM nombretomado
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** Nick Fury is completely removed from World War II in the MarvelCinematicUniverse, with Captain America taking his place as the leader of the Howling Commandos.

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** Nick Fury is completely removed from World War II in the MarvelCinematicUniverse, Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, with Captain America taking his place as the leader of the Howling Commandos.



** Similarly to the Nick Fury example above, the MarvelCinematicUniverse sidesteps the issue altogether by making Black Widow an ex-mercenary who just happens to be from Russia, rather than a former Soviet spy.

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** Similarly to the Nick Fury example above, the MarvelCinematicUniverse Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse sidesteps the issue altogether by making Black Widow an ex-mercenary who just happens to be from Russia, rather than a former Soviet spy.
15th May '16 9:36:25 AM nombretomado
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* {{Magneto}}, despite having white hair for most of his adult life, is actually physically in his late thirties/early forties, thanks to being reverted to infancy by Alpha the Ultimate Mutant one of the many times he was Absolutely Finally Defeated, then later re-aged to his physical prime by the Shi'ar agent Eric the Red after the series returned under Creator/ChrisClaremont. Neither of these events get mentioned much anymore, though. The movies have him the age he'd actually be.

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* {{Magneto}}, ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, despite having white hair for most of his adult life, is actually physically in his late thirties/early forties, thanks to being reverted to infancy by Alpha the Ultimate Mutant one of the many times he was Absolutely Finally Defeated, then later re-aged to his physical prime by the Shi'ar agent Eric the Red after the series returned under Creator/ChrisClaremont. Neither of these events get mentioned much anymore, though. The movies have him the age he'd actually be.
6th May '16 11:15:35 AM aye_amber
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* {{Artesia}} has a very good example, with [[https://40.media.tumblr.com/cf17895d0286b64da9767aba8334f312/tumblr_o4ajddLO0e1rk0k4co1_540.jpg one of her commanders]].

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* {{Artesia}} ComicBook/{{Artesia}} has a very good example, with [[https://40.media.tumblr.com/cf17895d0286b64da9767aba8334f312/tumblr_o4ajddLO0e1rk0k4co1_540.jpg one of her commanders]].
19th Mar '16 7:40:14 AM RedRoverRedRover
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* {{Artesia}} has a very good example, with [[https://40.media.tumblr.com/cf17895d0286b64da9767aba8334f312/tumblr_o4ajddLO0e1rk0k4co1_540.jpg one of her commanders]].
17th Mar '16 8:20:49 PM MikeW
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* In ''ComicBook/Preacher'' Starr meets Eisenstein, a key member of the Grail, in the late 1970's, the man looking aged and wrinkled with white hair and leaning on a cane. In 2000, Starr is stunned to meet Eisenstein, still looking the same ("how the ''fuck'' can he be alive?! He looked to be a hundred when I first met him!") who's suspicious of Starr. Apparently used to this reaction, Eisenstein off-hand mentions "I have looked like this since I was twelve years old."
17th Mar '16 12:16:07 PM MikeW
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* In ''ComicBook/Preacher'' Starr meets Eisenstein, a key member of the Grail, in the late 1970's, the man looking aged and wrinkled with white hair and leaning on a cane. In 2000, Starr is stunned to meet Eisenstein, still looking the same ("how the ''fuck'' can he be alive?! He looked to be a hundred when I first met him!") who's suspicious of Starr. Apparently used to this reaction, Eisenstein off-hand mentions "I have looked like this since I was twelve years old."
28th Feb '16 7:32:10 PM nombretomado
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** Meanwhile, in XMenEvolution, Magneto is restored to his prime through the CaptainAmerica SuperSoldier project, which didn't suffer from NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup as in the comics, but was dangerous to all non-mutants, with Cap himself currently in suspended animation until a cure can be found.

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** Meanwhile, in XMenEvolution, ''WesternANimation/XMenEvolution'', Magneto is restored to his prime through the CaptainAmerica ComicBook/CaptainAmerica SuperSoldier project, which didn't suffer from NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup as in the comics, but was dangerous to all non-mutants, with Cap himself currently in suspended animation until a cure can be found.
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