Created By: zarpaulus on February 3, 2012 Last Edited By: zarpaulus on February 26, 2012

Immortal Ancestor

One character is revealed to have a relationship with another character where under normal circumstances the older one would be dead.

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There are certain cases where either the Immortal Procreation Clause does not apply and their children are not immortal or one had kids before becoming immortal (vampires are particularly prone to this). Not unsurprisingly sometimes an immortal ends up meeting his or her own great-great-grandchildren if not later descendants.

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  • February 4, 2012
    Arivne
    The title is inappropriate for several reasons:

    Immortal Ancestor? Immortal Ancestor Relationship?

    And an example!

    Anime and Manga
  • February 4, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    Alexander Corvinus is this to Michael in Underworld Evolution.
  • February 4, 2012
    Bisected8
  • February 4, 2012
    ThreeferFAQMinorityChick
    Real Life
    • Some people do end up living long enough to actually meet their own great-grandchildren and even their own great-great-grandchildren. In some cases, they even live long enough to meet their great-great-great-grandchildren and even their great-great-great-great-grandchildren.
    • On March 8, 1987, Harriet Holmes of Newfoundland, Canada (born January 17, 1899) became the youngest living great-great-great grandmother at 88 years old.
    • Augusta Bunge became the youngest living great-great-great-great-grandmother at the age of 109 when her great-great-great-granddaughter gave birth to a son in 1989.
  • February 4, 2012
    SKJAM
    • DC Comics: Vandal Savage, who has lived since caveman times, was revealed to have many distant descendants...who he used as organ transplant donors whenever one of his body parts got damaged. One such descendant was Roy Harper, aka Arsenal.
  • February 4, 2012
    sliz225
    In MorganvilleVampires, Sam is Michael's grandfather . . . his young adult grandfather.
  • February 4, 2012
    Stratadrake
    ^^ No Real Life Examples.

    Is this specifically about an ancestor who really is immortal (or otherwise still alive by non-natural means) ?
  • February 5, 2012
    ThreeferFAQMinorityChick
    ^ OK, I thought it was mainly about a character actually meeting certain descendants that most people don't normally get to meet, especially 'cause it was still Luke I Am Your Ancestor at the time. Now that it's been changed, I can see that it's not the case.
  • February 5, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Yeah, the current title and laconic don't entirely match.
  • February 6, 2012
    nielas
    • In New Amsterdam the immortal police detective protagonist investigates the murder of a mobster only to find out that the dead man was his great-grandson. He presumably had more children during his 400 year long life but did not keep track of their descendants since it was too heartbreaking.
  • February 6, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^He also has regular bull sessions with Omar, a senior-citizen black Secret Keeper, who it turns out is his son.
  • February 6, 2012
    zarpaulus
    How about "Living Distant Ancestor" or something like that?
  • February 6, 2012
    BlackDragon
    David Eddings' Belgariad comes to mind. Belgarion spends a lot of time with the immortals Belgarath and Polgara who are, essentially, his ultimate grandfather and ultimate aunt - roughly 3000 years removed. He usually chooses to ignore all the 'great-grea-great's he'd have to stick on their names.
  • February 9, 2012
    aurora369
    In Lord Of The Rings, Elrond (an elf, technically a half-elf who chose to be an elf) is Aragorn's (human with a drop of Elven blood) great-great-great-gazillion-times-great-uncle. Elrond's brother Elros was the founder of the dynasty that eventually produced Aragorn.
  • February 10, 2012
    Arivne
    I suggested the title Immortal Ancestor because the description was all about immortals. If this trope actually includes anyone from the distant past, not just an immortal character, the name should be changed to cover that.

    For example: does this trope include someone from the distant past who:
  • February 10, 2012
    Synchronicity
  • February 10, 2012
    zarpaulus
    @ Arivne: I originally intended it to, but you guys jumped on me for the whole "Luke, I am your..." thing and I panicked.
  • February 10, 2012
    ThreeferFAQMinorityChick
    Western Animation
    • The main character of Futurama, Philip J. Fry, is Hubert Farnsworth's great-great-gajillion times great-uncle as well as his ancestor, given that Fry is My Own Grampa. Of course, Fry is a Human Popsicle who was frozen for 1000 years prior to December 31st, 2999, when he was first unfrozen.
  • February 10, 2012
    nielas
    • In the Iron Druid Chronicles Atticus is over 2,500 years old and at one point was the patriarch of a large clan in Africa for a few centuries. He interacted with multiple generations of his descendants and even tried to share his immortality with them. When the prolonged lifespan caused his children to start going insane, he gave up on the idea and left the area for good. Presumably most of the people from that part of the world are his distant descendants.
  • February 11, 2012
    zarpaulus
    So, does anyone else have a better name?

    Live Action TV
    • Time travel example: In the last season of Andromeda Drago Museveni went to the future to steal Beka's DNA to create the Nietzscheans. The crew briefly suggests using her status as "the mother of all Nietzscheans" to get them to join the Commonwealth.
  • February 18, 2012
    zarpaulus
    Implausibly Distant Ancestor?
  • February 26, 2012
    zarpaulus
    Bump
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