Created By: Jordan on June 11, 2011 Last Edited By: AMillionSkies on February 21, 2012

Young Immortal's Old Friend

Two characters have a history together with the twist that the younger looking of the two is far older

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Note- this is a trope I suggested previously, and couldn't find my draft when I searched for it, so hope it's ok to recreate it.


Immortality/being Really 700 Years Old makes for strange relationships in fiction. Because of the ubiquitousness of Immortal Immaturity, this leads to a strange situation in which immortals/the unnaturally long-lived will interact with people who are a lot younger than them, but look and act older.

This is sometimes a good way of revealing the extreme longevity, as the older-looking character will comment that they knew the immortal when they were a child, not vice versa.

This might also come up when a work actually shows the outcome of a Mayfly–December Romance.


Anime and Manga

  • Interesting kind of example in the Night Watch series. Geser is many centuries old but looks middle aged, and discovers that he has a son who is now elderly, not to mention an an oligarch. Geser feels terrible that he missed out connecting with the man during most of his life.

Live Action Film
  • In the film of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the elderly Allan Quatermain comments that he first met the youthful Dorian Gray when he (Allan) was a boy. Incidentally, this doesn't quite match up with the chronologies of the novels the two are from. The film is set in 1899, and while Allan is about the right age (King Solomon's Mines was published in 1885), Dorian would not actually be older than him or old period, since his novel was published in 1890, and he was in his early twenties at the start of it.
  • An upcoming vampire comedy fim Vamps deals with two Friendly Neighborhood Vampires, one of whom has always devoted herself to progressive causes. The love of her life, who she met at a protest during the 1960s, is now an elderly man caring for an ailing wife, while the vampire looks like a young woman.
  • John, the immortal Contemporary Caveman of The Man from Earth turns out to be the father of one of one of his fellow professors, a man who looks someone older than him (John is 14,000 years old and looks about the thirty five; the professor is in his early 60s).

Live Action Tv
  • New Amsterdam had an unusual take on the Magical Negro trope in that the wise elderly black man who advised the young-looking immortal protagonist was his son.

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  • June 12, 2011
    Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Sisko calls the hot young Jadzia Dax (Terry Ferrell) "old man" because she's a Trill - a joined being with a worm in her stomach that's Really Seven Hundred Years Old, and the last time Sisko knew Dax it was in the body of an old man.
  • June 12, 2011
    This is a pretty classic Doctor Who thing given the Doctor is always roughly 850 years older than his companions. See also Jack Harkness.

    Probably needs a new name. Perhaps 'Deceptively Old Friends'?
  • June 12, 2011
    ^Or maybe 'Deceptively Young Friends', as it's the age of the younger-looking friend that is deceptive.
  • June 12, 2011
    Fry and Professor Farnsworth in Futurama?
  • February 16, 2012
    Is there any interest in this? If so, I'll adopt it; if not, I'll discard it.
  • February 16, 2012
    King Bumi and Avatar Aang and Avatar The Last Airbender.
  • February 16, 2012
    • Highlander Methos and Duncan probably count...Methos looked a bit younger than Mac, yet was 5000yrs old. Duncan was supposed to be older than Connor when he became immortal, though he was born after Connorl, but the casting made it harder to pass off. (Connor should have been about 18.)
  • February 16, 2012
  • February 16, 2012
    Aragorn and Gimli (man and dwarf, mortal) and Legolas (elf, immortal) in Lord Of The Rings. Legolas looks much more youthful than his two friends.
  • February 17, 2012
    Live Action TV
    • The Twilight Zone TOS episode "Queen of the Nile". Pamela Morris appears to be in her thirties, and her aged mother lives with her. It turns out that she's actually centuries old, and her "mother" is really her daughter. If she's Cleopatra VII of Egypt (as the episode strongly implies), she's thousands of years old.
  • February 18, 2012
    In an episode of The Adventures Of Brisco County Jr a Mad Scientists Beautiful Daughter turns out to be the Mad Scientist's Beautiful Mother, made young as a side effect of a special serum the scientist created to keep her from dying. Once the source of the serum dries up she quickly ages and dies.
  • February 18, 2012
    • In Mnemosyne, both Kouki and his son Teruki Maeno grow old and gray-haired in-between episodes but Rin remains forever young and hot.
  • February 19, 2012
    Web Original
    • Chakona Space: Allen Fesler gets a lot of mileage out of this one. One apparently younger character even rubs another apparently older character's nose in seniority issues.
  • February 20, 2012
    Would Sephrenia and Flute really the goddess Aphrael from the Elenium count? Flute looks to be around six years old but is much older, and before Sparhawk finds out the truth he notices a few times when Flute is acting like the older one and Sephrenia like the younger.
  • February 21, 2012
    Youthful might work better in the title than young.
  • February 21, 2012
    • In Drowtales, due to the fact that the fae races age at less than half the rate of the goblin races, Lady Ariel's childlike jester Liriel may be older than her bodyguard Vaelia. In fact, Liriel is the result of a Fusion Dance between Ragini and Diva; Diva is at least 1,120 years old.

    Web Original:
    • In Shabazik's Quiebrahuesos, Manwe's mother Malice is physically younger than he is.