Created By: RedneckRocker on December 16, 2011 Last Edited By: RedneckRocker on December 19, 2011

Anachronistic Immortal

Centuries of life, zero experience

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When it comes to Immortality, there are some advantages. Let's face it: When you count decades the way others count minutes, you've got time to master swordfighting, learn foreign languages, prepare sandwiches, and so forth.

This immortal is not that type.

In short, even though Bob has been alive since the 12th century, he's mentally stuck in that era. He still dresses the way he did back then, talks the same, has not adapted with the times AT ALL.

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  • In the most recent League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Mina fears becoming one of these. Orlando and Allan become this to a degree. They dress modern enough, but other than that, they aren't the least bit into the 60s. In Black Dossier, it's revealed that after living for over a century, and being rejuvenated, Allan's hand-to-hand combat skills are less than that of a woman in her 20s.
  • In Hell To Pay, the daughter of the immortal Jeremiah Griffin Lampshades how her father has always disregarded her business acumen, because he was born in medieval times and still thinks of commerce as men's work.
  • This sometimes happened in the Vampire: The Masquerade setting in the World of Darkness. Vampires created centuries ago continued to act and dress as they did at the time of their Embrace.
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • December 16, 2011
    cityofmist
    Edward Cullen has shades of this.

    @Arromdee: I didn't mean because I dislike him. I mean because he talks in a somewhat old-fashioned way and still has most of the Edwardian values he was raised with, despite having lived through most of the twentieth century.
  • December 16, 2011
    arromdee
    I wouldn't count him unless he's exceptionally immature compared to other vampires, or at least compared to normal adults. Otherwise the trope just becomes a way to bash stories about immortals that you don't like.
  • December 16, 2011
    MrTerroFace
    Isaac and Miria from Baccano! as soon as they gain immortalility.
  • December 16, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In the pilot episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer Buffy spots a vamp this way.
    Only someone who's been under the ground for decades would think that's the look.
  • December 16, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    I think the name should be something like Living Anachronism. The name for this reads more like Immortal Immaturity.
  • December 17, 2011
    Arivne
    Immortal Anachronism? Not all of these creatures are living (e.g. vampires).

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  • December 17, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
  • December 17, 2011
    Lumpenprole
    Gullivers Travels had the struldbrugs, people who have a Tithonic immortality where they grow older forever without dying. As the author puts it: "They have no remembrance of anything but what they learned and observed in their youth and middle-age, and even that is very imperfect; and for the truth or particulars of any fact, it is safer to depend on common tradition, than upon their best recollections."
  • December 17, 2011
    Chabal2
    • If long-lived can be equated with immortal, Windle Poons is mentioned in Reaper Man as being 130 years old, but since he's spent most of that time in the University, in terms of actual experience he's about 13.
    • Averted in Sandman: Dream makes a bet with a mortal that humans will eventually become bored with immortality, so he gets Death to agree not to take him until he agrees, and they meet in a tavern every hundred years. One of the ways the passage of time is marked is by the changing clothes.
  • December 18, 2011
    oztrickster
    In Lords And Ladies, the Elf queen is accused of this by Granny Weatherwax since the Elf queen hasn't aged in centuries while Granny has grown old since they first met.
  • December 18, 2011
    PaulA
  • December 18, 2011
    Damr1990
  • December 18, 2011
    pcw2727
    In the most recent League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen Mina fears becoming one of these. Orlando and Alan become this to a degree. They dress modern enough but other then that they aren't the least bit into the 60s. In Black Dossier it's revealed that after living for over a century and being rejuvenated Alan's hand to hand combat skills are less then that of a woman in her 20s.
  • December 18, 2011
    SharleeD
    In Hell To Pay, the daughter of the immortal Jeremiah Griffin Lampshades how her father has always disregarded her business acumen, because he was born in medieval times and still thinks of commerce as men's work.
  • December 19, 2011
    Omeganian
    Whatever Happened to Corporal Cuckoo?. The protagonist isn't so much of a fool, and fits in quite well... it's just that he never manages to be more than a simple soldier.
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