Immortals Fear Death
Immortal and/or invulnerable characters are terrified of dying and have trouble understanding the concept
- Adam: You fear death. Being immortal, you fear it more than those to whom it comes naturally.
- Mother Gothel of Tangled keeps herself forever young by the power of Rapunzel's hair, but fears aging and losing her youth.
- Voldemort of Harry Potter underwent many experiments to avoid death, succeeding by splitting his soul and binding the pieces inside hidden artifacts. Word of God is that if he were to see a Boggart (a creature that shows one's greatest fear), it would transform into his own dead body lying in front of him.
- In The Last Unicorn, the (immortal) unicorn's first reaction upon being turned into a human is to become near-hysterical, moaning that she can feel her body -- a young, healthy body, but a mortal one -- dying all around her.
- In the Elenium, the gods are so horrified by the idea of their destructibility that when Azash is killed, the entire world goes into a period of extended depression until Aphrael is able to snap them out of it.
- In Manley Wade Wellman's John Thunstone stories, the evil immortals fear death so much that if you kill one and bury it under your doorstep, they cannot enter that building due to their dread.
- Page quote taken from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when Adam talks to a group of vampires about his thoughts on their species, and how contrary to mortal humans, vampires fear death and things that can kill them, like the Slayer, precisely because they are immortal.
- In the same series, Anya becomes afraid of growing old and dying when she loses her powers as a vengeance demon and becomes mortal, and when Buffy's mother dies she has a breakdown over how stupid the idea of death is to her.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the Dragonrend Thu'um specifically exploits this trope to Mind Rape dragons. Dragonrend forces the concept of mortality onto a dragon's mind, and being so powerful and ancient, they grow confused and disoriented and become unable to fly or attack for a time. The Dragonborn's title as The Dreaded is "The One They Fear", because the Dragonborn alone can kill a dragon for good.
- Throughout the Elder Scrolls series, the Daedra know they will just be reincarnated if they die, but it's an inconvenience they try to avoid. They also cannot understand mortal minds because of this -- the idea that a creative is living a finite life, is aware of this, and yet is not consumed with despair by the knowledge.
- Final Fantasy III, Xande seeks to cause a Time Crash after his immortality was taken from him by his master Noah, and the idea of dying is unacceptable to him.
- Final Fantasy IX, Kuja goes into a Villainous Breakdown and becomes an Omnicidal Maniac when he learns of his own mortality, deciding that if he doesn't get to exist, nothing else should either.
- Blutarch in the Expanded Universe of Team Fortress 2 has cheated death for over a century by a life extending machine that is slowly beginning to fail. Each day it temporarily shuts down, and Blutarch witnesses The Nothing After Death, and is appropriately fearful of the duration increasing each time.
- Interesting variant in The Adventures of Dr. McNinja. Dracula is curious about death, but not to eager to go through with it. So he has Benjamin Franklin's clone do it for him. It's a restaurant. With bad service.
- Batman Beyond: Said by Bruce Wayne to Ras Al-Gul "You don't cheat death, you run in fear of it."
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