In a group of immortals, (or very LongLived people) there will be at least one who is considerably older than any of the others. If most of them are 200 years old, one will be 600, or 1000. If most are 600 or 1000 years old, one will be 2000 or 3000 years old. And so on, possibly to TimeAbyss status. These are [[TitleDrop The Older Immortal]].
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* In the ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' manga, out of all the homunculi, Pride is the oldest and most powerful at over 300 years old.
** In the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist first anime]], this role falls to Envy.
* All the [[MoeAnthropomorphism characters]] in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' are old, but most are maybe a thousand. China is over four thousand.
* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', Alucard is the original Dracula who's been around for centuries, and basically everyone else is a WWII vet or younger.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Head Captain Yamamoto is over 2,000 years old; with the possible exception of his students, the next oldest shinigami only have a few centuries to their name.
** Since he looked the same back then and neither of his students have visibly aged much in 2,000 years, given the apparent aging speed of Shinigami it is likely that he is much, ''much'' older than that.
** A recent flashback showed Kyoraku as a child. Kyoraku is ''at least'' 500 years old. Yamamoto is middle aged in this flashback.
** Yhwach, leader of the Vandenreich, is at least millenium old. Most likely he's much older than that
** Members or Royal Guard are very likely as old as Soul Society itself. One of them even invented names like "zanpakuto", "shikai" and "bankai".
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' has the original immortals who became immortal in 1711, and then a newer batch in 1930. Most of the 1930 ones are in an [[TheMafia organization]] together, but one of the senior members of said organization is from the 1711 group.
** Later in the novels, one character is introduced who's been immortal even longer than the 1711 group; how much older she is still hasn't been revealed.
* [[spoiler:The Lifemaker]] in ''{{Negima}}'' is over two thousand years old as compared to Evangeline being around six hundred and Zect being '[[WordOfGod a couple of centuries or so]]' old. Albireo's relation to this trope is a little tricky, as he's older than Evangeline, but it is unclear by how much. He claims to be "the oldest one present" when in the presence of [[spoiler:both Evangeline and the Lifemaker]], though he might have meant only his side of the conflict.
* Normal vampires live a few hundred years in ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood''. [[spoiler: Abel and the other Crusnik (his brother Cain and sister Seth)]] live millennia and are apparently [[{{Immortality}} immortal]] barring violent death.
* Possible [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] examples in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'':
** Isley and most shown male Awakened (prominently his immediate inferiors in power Rigardo, Dauf and Chronos), as well as Riful, are this to the other, mostly female Awakened of various ages [[spoiler: until they too are killed]]. It is implied that they've been around for more than 1,000 years.[[note]]Miria claims the Organization has been active for only about 100, but depending on translation Rigardo mentions 78 generations possibly, and there have been enough #1s to delineate the 8 most powerful ones before Alicia, discounting the three Abyssals[[/note]]
*** Awakened beings who survive for any length of time in relation to the warriors, the most polite of whom sometimes refer to as their seniors (sempai?).
** Raftella has been #10 for an unspecified amount of time, is implied to have seen numerous generation of field warriors and shows no signs of age.
* In ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', the TropeNamer for ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, it's routine for people to be hundreds of years old. A few characters are around 5,000 years old. Washu is 20,000 years old. [[spoiler:And that's just in her current body. She's actually at least 14 ''billion'' years old.]]
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* In NeilGaiman's ''ComicBook/TheSandman: Brief Lives'', Bernie Capax is killed in a freak accident while walking down the street in the current day while reminiscing about meeting the Marquis de Sade, talking with Freud, and the smell of Mammoths. When he meets Death he is upset because he is still not yet "done" with life, but he tries to console himself with how long he managed to last. She is unimpressed, telling him - "You lived what anybody gets, Bernie. You got a lifetime. No more. No less." Bernie's feat is shown to be genuinely unimpressive compared to some others, as it is revealed that there are around 500 [[TimeAbyss beings still alive that remember the human civilizations from before the Dinosaurs, and 70 or so still around that were born before the Earth formed from gas and dust!]]
** Obviously there are also the Endless, Lucifer and the other angels, who all hail from the beginning of time, or even before it.
---> '''Death:''' "When the first living thing existed, I was there, waiting."
* ''DCComics'' has the Guardians of the Universe, who are members of what may have been the first sentient organic species in the universe. Individual Guardians, along with their kin the Zamarons and the Controllers, are billions of years old. A bit closer to home, there's Vandal Savage, who as an immortal caveman, is the oldest living human.
* ''MarvelComics'' has {{Galactus}}, who is the sole survivor of the previous universe that existed before the Big Bang. Also, the Elders of the Universe, each of whom is the last living member of one of the first races to evolve. WordOfGod is that Mr. Immortal (who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is absolutely immune to death]]) of the GreatLakesAvengers will live to see the end of the universe, implying that he'll take Galactus's place in the next one.
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* ''I, Eternity,'' a fanfiction set in Franchise/TheElderScrolls universe, follows a mind-bogglingly ancient vampire who was alive (and sometimes an active participant) in long past events from the series history, although he isn't quite as old as canon characters like Vivec.
* In ''UndocumentedFeatures'', the Wedge-Rat generation of Detians are around 440 by UF's "present day." Edison Bell, a contemporary of the inventors of Detianism, is over 14 ''million''.
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* Eli Damaskinos from the second ''{{Blade}}'' film. Unlike every other vampire in the series (who look physically middle-aged or younger), Damaskinos actually looks like he's hundreds of years old. ''Blade III'' also has [[spoiler:Dracula, the very first vampire]].
* ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' has Ramirez, a man so old claims that he's forgotten which culture he came from (he's originally Egyptian, posing as a Spaniard and the accent is not even explained in movie, but in the real world, it comes from NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent.)
** From the same movie is the Kurgan, an immortal villain about a century older than Ramirez. Was roughly three thousand years old at the time of [[spoiler: his death]].
** In [[Series/{{Highlander}} the series]], it's implied that however old you are the first time you "die", you're stuck looking that age. Presumably, Ramirez was in his fifties the first time.
* In ''UnderworldEvolution'', seventy-ish Creator/DerekJacobi plays [[spoiler:the original immortal - neither lycan nor vampire but the progenitor of both]].
* The vampire Akasha in the film adaptation of ''Film/QueenOfTheDamned''. See the literature section for more information.
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* In Creator/JRRTolkien's Middle-earth (''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', etc) this often happens due to several long-lived and immortal races, from which the respective older ones either survive their peers or simply happen to live a among a different group whose members are younger and less powerful.
** The epitome of this in Lord of the Rings is Tom Bombadil who is called as "The Eldest" by all the races and is described as being ancient by both Gandalf and Treebeard. He even calls himself the First and the Fatherless. This implies he is the oldest living thing (possibly the very first living thing) in Middle-earth.
* In ''Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy'', Matron Baenre is said to be at least 2000 years old even though drow are said to have a max life of 800-1000 years - at what ultimately killed her wasn't old age, but an axe to the face.
* In ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'', the eponymous [[VampireMonarch Queen of the Damned]] is from Ancient Mesopotamia, and was married to the king of the land that would later become Egypt. After becoming a vampire and saving her husband from an assassination by making him one, they became the basis for the myth of Isis and Osiris. She also created other vampires at the time who have survived into the present day.
* Nalini Singh's ''Guild Hunter'' series has a particularly egregious example- where most Archangels are implied to be somewhere in the 1000-10,000 years margin, which is considered ancient even by immortal standards, Caliane is believed to be approximately 200,000 years old. Whether this is true or not is up for debate in-universe, but it is agreed by Caliane herself that she is much, much older than the others.
* From the saga of ''DarrenShan'', we have vampires who are mostly been around for a century or two, except for Paris Skyle, a vampire prince about 800 years old at the time of his death, which is said to be very old for a vampire. At the end of the series, Seba Nile becomes the oldest living vampire, being over 700 years old.
* In ''[[Literature/GeorginaKincaid Succubus Blues]]'', Georgina (the titular succubus) mentions that talking about age among Lesser Immortals is really quite gauche, but she's ''probably'' the oldest in her group of friends. Of course, the ''Higher'' Immortals are far, far older than that, since they never used to be human. Clues in her life story suggest that Georgina is probably [[spoiler:less than two thousand, maybe 1700 or so, from the cusp between Christianity and Grecian paganism]].
* In the ''Literature/MerryGentry'' series, the Fey don't pay much attention to their ages, but Merry continues to discover that her lovers are older and older (than she thought). One of them confirmed he is over 2000 years old, and implied that he might be much, much older than that.
* ''Literature/PerryRhodan'' does this with Atlan da Gonozal. By the time the 20th-century human protagonists get their first taste of immortality phlebotinum, he's already been stuck on Earth without a way home for ten thousand years. (There are ''much'' older characters in the series, of course...but they remain outsiders where Atlan quickly becomes and then stays one of the most important members of the core immortal TrueCompanions.)
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's works, starting with ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'', Lazarus Long is the oldest human being by at least a thousand years. Even in a galaxy of extremely long-lived humans thanks to a combination of the Howard Foundation's applied eugenics program and [[FountainOfYouth medical rejuvenation therapy]], he's an anomaly, not to mention an artifact, being the only living witness to Old Earth before space travel and the diaspora that seeded humankind among the stars.
* There are a few in Steven Brust's {{Dragaera}} series. Among the Easterners (i.e. humans), there is the Warlock, who's well past 250. [[OurElvesAreBetter Dragaerans]] can last around 3,000 years, but the youthful-looking Sorceress in Green has been in the history books for at least 20,000. And then there's [[TimeAbyss Sethra Lavode]], who looks Dragaeran but [[UpToEleven predates the 200,000-year-old empire...]]
* TheDresdenFiles: Vampires tend to be old, but few are seen older than twice what a wizard usually lives. Injun Joe, a mortal wizard on the Senior Council, for reference is about 300. The Red Court, for one, has its origins (and the source of the very oldest) in the Mayan Empire. Some of the more ethereal entities are even more ancient. The Fairy Queens feel like TimeAbyss. Mab and Titania are said to have not exchanged words since Hastings, presumably [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hastings the noted Battle of Hastings of 1066]]. And their mothers, Mother Summer and Mother Winter, are even older. And then there is ArchangelUriel and his Maker who have existed since before the Universe began.
* From ''TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'', aside from all the Elders, Archons, and First Generation who are all several thousand years old the oldest human immortals are Gilgamesh and Tsagaglalal, who were among the first humans created by Prometheus.
* The [[OurElvesAreBetter Sithi and Norns]] from ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' are, like Tolkien's elves, immortals, with even the youngest shown on-page (Sithi siblings Jiriki and Aditu) being centuries old. The Sithi are led by their eldest member, Amerasu, whom they call "First Grandmother" because of her age (milennia, at least). The Norns, by contrast, are led by Utuk'ku the Norn Queen, the oldest sapient being on the planet, who is more than ''twice'' Amerasu's age.
* Brother Anthony the minorite, an ancient Franciscan friar, from ''ThoseWhoHuntTheNight''. Living in secret for over 400 years when most other vampires believed the eldest living vampire to only be around 200.
* Damon Julian, BigBad from ''Literature/FevreDream'' by Creator/GeorgeRRMartin is the oldest living vampire. He's so old that he has no real name, because he was born ''before names were invented''.
* Mediochre himself in the ''Literature/MediochreQSethSeries'' is the oldest human being in existence, at about 400 (although Melinda Quinn is only slightly behind him at 370 or so). It looks a lot like there are ''no'' surviving entities older than him - human, undead or otherwise - although that might be thrown into doubt by the second book, where a couple of prisoners in the Stygian Secure Unit are implied to rival Mediochre for the status of oldest man in existence "depending on what you count as a man". The oldest of ''them'' is implied to be the Pied Piper. As in "of Hamlin".
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* Methos from ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series''. His first memory is about 5000 years ago, and he could be far older than that. Several characters point out that his history is ''so'' vast and ancient that even fellow Immortals (who mostly think of him as a myth) can't begin to assume anything about what he's like or how he thinks.
* In ''Series/ForeverKnight'' most vampires we meet are a couple hundred years old at most, but [=LaCroix=] was a Roman general who got turned by his preteen stepdaughter during the volcanic eruption at Pompeii.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'' has at least three examples so far. In the second season, Godric is over 2,000 years old, and has tired of vampiric intrigue. In season three, Russell is nearly 3,000 years old and still bent on domination. In season ''six'', Warlow is older than both of them combined, making him the oldest living being seen on the show thus far.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' The Master, the Prince of Lies, and Kakistos are all noted as so ancient that they've outgrown human features. The first two [[LooksLikeOrlok Look Like Orlock]], while the last has cloven hooves instead of hands. No other vampires seen have shown any sign of happening yet, with the oldest known normal-looking vampire being Darla, at around 400. (WordOfGod previously stated The Master was about 600 years old, but as he had already stopped looking human when he sired Darla it has presumably been discarded.)
** Dracula, since he's not indicated to be anyone other than Vlad the Impaler, has over a century on Darla. He doesn't look animalistic but is unnaturally pale - as is Darla in BtVS Season 1. Though Dracula is a very atypical vampire who, thanks to mastery of unspecified "gypsy magic", doesn't follow the usual Buffyverse rules. (We later see Darla without her pallor, but only a) as a [[spoiler: resurrected human]], b) as a [[spoiler: remade, newly young vampire]], and c) in flashbacks, the latest of which is set in 1900 when she was under 300. All of this is consistent with the idea that she began going white in her 300s, and that this is for at least some vampires the beginning of the dehumanising process.) Of the three truly ancient vampires, the Master and the Prince of Lies were both very pale. (Kakistos, on the other hand, was positively florid, but then it's possible that different bloodlines or different individuals de-evolve differently - hence his cloven hooves.)
** The Master had inhuman features as much because EvilMakesYouUgly; he was "impressively" evil even before he became a vampire.
** At one point, The Mayor, who looks middle-aged but is roughly a century old, orders Angel to "respect your elders". Angel mocks him; Angel was turned into a vampire at age 26, but is roughly 240 years old.
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', all the [[{{Precursors}} First Ones]] are immortal, and thus [[TimeAbyss immeasurably old]]. But Lorien, the guy they all kowtow to, is the first lifeform to achieve sapience in the Milky Way galaxy. He is nothing less than ''[[SpellMyNameWithAThe THE]]'' First One, and essentially a God for atheists.
* In ''Series/BeingHuman'', few vampires seem to last more than 200 years - Mitchell was just over 100, and he was older than most of the others he met. The Old Ones, however, mostly seem to be around 400-500. Then there's [[OneSceneWonder Edgar Wyndham]], who casually mentions being "more than a thousand", and [[MonsterProgenitor Mr Snow]], who condescendingly sneers that "These eyes have seen [[AncientEgypt Pharaohs]], and [[JesusChrist the son of a carpenter]]."
* In ''Series/BeingHumanRemake'' Aiden is close to 260 years old which makes him a respected elder among the Boston Vampires. The 'Dutch' vampires are close to a thousand years old and are treated with utmost respect and fear by younger vampires like Aiden and Bishop. However, Mother is older than all of them and is hinted to be thousands of years old.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has a lot of very old Immortals with the Time Lords and the Eternals and the Guardians and what not... but there's also the Beast, who ([[UnreliableExpositor by his own claims, at least]]) pre-dates ''time itself''.

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* In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' and associated media there are some very old vampires around; Napoleonic vampires are seen as relative upstarts by some in the modern age. However, they live in fear of truly ancient vampires and the mythic Antediluvians, the vampires from before Noah's flood, thousands of years ago. And then there's ''the'' first vampire, Caine (yeah, [[Literature/TheBible that one]]), who managed to outlive the generation of vampires ''he'' directly created who, in turn, created the Antediluvians.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', you will run across thousand-year-old Eldar relatively frequently. Then you have people like [[CoolOldGuy Eldrad]] [[TheArchmage Ulthran]] and [[FromNobodyToNightmare Asdrubael]] [[EvilOverlord Vect]], who are old enough to have been around ''before the Fall''.
* In ''{{Traveller}}'' age-retarding drugs have been around for millennia, and some alien species are extremely long-lived. But [[LivingRelic Yaskodray]] is the only surviving [[{{Precursors}} Ancient]] and is hundreds of thousands of years older than any other living thing.
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* We don't know the exact ages for the non-human characters in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', almost all of whom are OlderThanTheyLook, but the age range among them is from "at least sixty" to "at least 2300, probably a lot more". The oldest character in Gensokyo is usually [[{{Fanon}} considered by fans]] to be either Eirin Yagokoro or Yukari Yakumo.
* Some Dragons from ''FireEmblemTellius'' can live to 1000 years, while all other laguz' lifespans are far shorter. [[spoiler:Lehran]] tops that at 2000 years, and still looks like a bona fide pretty boy.
* In ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', this title belongs to either Beckett or Strauss. Neither state their ages outright, but refer to the 150+ old Prince [=LaCroix=] (who was an officer under Napoleon) as "young one".
** According to the tabletop game, Jack is just shy of 400 years old. Unlike the other two, he doesn't really act his age.
** If the real identity of the Taxi Driver from the endgame is what the Malkavian [[note]]one of the several playable clans that is completely mad but also has the ability to see many hidden truths (like visions of the future or the past)[[/note]] main character [[spoiler: [[NameOfCain thinks he is]] then he is older than ''any other living vampire'' (let alone those gathered in L.A.) by several thousand years]]
* ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny'' reveals that the [[HumanoidAbomination Materials]] are older than the already several centuries year old Reinforce and Wolkenritter, with the [[ArtifactOfDoom Book of Darkness]] having been created to [[SealedEvilInACan seal them]]. This lets them know things that even Reinforce doesn't know, such as the fact that the Book of Darkness also contained a secret weapon called the Unbreakable Darkness... which turns out to be an even older and more powerful HumanoidAbomination than the Materials.
* ''VideoGame/Pokémon X and Y'': [[spoiler: The character AZ is at least 3,000 years old, and is given the powers of immortality by a machine that gives eternal life.]]
* ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars 2'': One of the Suul'ka is known as the Eldest, he is 320,000 years old and determined to be the last living thing in the universe.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Hudson is obviously older than the rest of the Gargoyles, and Garoyles have a really long lifespan.
* Franchise/{{Transformers}}: We don't even know if there's ''any'' kind of upper limit for [[OurSoulsAreDifferent spark lifespan]], but they can survive for millions of years if they take care of themselves. Especially old protagonists tend to be BadassGrandpa / OldSoldier types. We've got Kup from ''[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Generation 1]]'', Ratchet (and other Great War veterans) in ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Animated]]'', and Jetfire from [[Film/{{Transformers}} the film series]]. Jetfire was only showing his age due to lack of energon, but he was still established as much older than the average Cybertronian.
** And all of the above are practically children compared to [[Anime/TransformersCybertron Vector Prime,]] who was ''literally'' among the first robots to walk the face of Cybertron, and when asked his age, gives a figure of nine ''billion''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness the Light]] has three immortal characters: [[BackFromTheDead Ra's al-Ghul]], who is [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld 600-700]]; VandalSavage, who is [[ContemporaryCaveman 50,000]]; and [[HumanoidAbomination Klarion]], who is "[[TimeAbyss ageless]]" according to WordOfGod.
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