->'''John Sheridan''': You're one of the First Ones?\\
'''Lorien''': No, not one of the First Ones. I am ''The'' First One.
-->-- ''Series/BabylonFive''

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]].

Not to be confused with ElderlyImmortal, an immortal who appears physically old, who may or may not fit this trope.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* 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 and was the contemporary of several other nations who have since died.
* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', Alucard is the original Dracula who's been around for centuries, and basically everyone else is a WWII vet or younger.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Head Captain Yamamoto is over 2000 years old, given that in flashbacks to 1000 years ago he appeared to be in about his forties. With the exception of Captain Unohana (who was another original member of the Gotei 13 over 1000 years ago) and possibly Captains Kyouraku and Ukitake, the next-oldest shinigami only have a few centuries to their names.
*** A flashback shows Kyoraku as a child. Kyoraku is ''at least'' 500 years old. Yamamoto is middle-aged in said flashback.
** Yhwach, leader of the Vandenreich, is at least a millennium old, though he was sealed away for at least 900 years of those years. Most likely he's much older than that
** Members of the Royal Guard are very likely as old as Soul Society itself. One of them even invented terms 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 ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' 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.
* ''Manga/UQHolder'', being a story ''about'' immortals, has this come up. Most immortals don't have their age listed, but we have one who is confirmed 85, while protagonist Touta and his best friend Kuroumaru (both immortal) are only 14. Evangeline is still there, though, with her age listed as 700, and the co-founder of UQ Holder is a man who is over 1400 years old.
* 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. It's not an error that this exceeds the age of the universe itself.]]
* In ''Anime/DGrayMan'' BigBad The Millennium Earl is at least 7,000 years old, and knew [[Literatre/TheBible the Biblical Noah]] at the time of TheGreatFlood. And given that his real name has been revealed to be [[spoiler:Adam]] it's possible he's even older than that. And while the other Noah have the ability to GrandTheftMe Noah's descendants (i.e. everyone, since they did the AdamAndEvePlot thing after the flood) if they get killed The Earl is only known to have vanished from the world once in 7,000 years before coming back.
* ''Anime/{{Nightwalker}}'' keeps the ages of all its vampires vague; protagonist Shido is an amnesiac who is implied to be a few hundred old. Shido's maker, Cain, claims to be much older, and by extension, much more powerful. And Cain really is in a whole other league.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/NeilGaiman's ''ComicBook/TheSandman'':
** In "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.
** ''Comicbook/TheSandmanOverture'' reveals even ''older'' beings: [[spoiler:Time and Night, the parents of the Endless.]]
* ''Creator/DCComics'' has the [[Franchise/GreenLantern 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 ComicBook/VandalSavage, who as an immortal caveman is the oldest living human.
* ''Creator/MarvelComics'' has ComicBook/{{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 ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers will live to see the end of the universe, implying that he'll take Galactus's place in the next one.
** Also, Loki's Asgardian acquaintances and occasional CaperCrew include a guy named Sigurd, who happens to be one of the oldest alive (around the age of ''Odin''). This fact is generally not obvious because [[ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty he doesn't look like it]], but he himself has noted he's been at the hero thing far longer than [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]] and is a far older god than Loki.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''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 ''FanFic/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''.
* ''Sailor Moon: Legends of Lightstorm'': Given that all the main characters are biologically immortal, Lightstorm is technically this in relation to the Sailor Scouts, although the Scouts are all 14 when they meet him.
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** The Concepts are all immortal deities who mostly predate the current version of the universe, though some are born later. However, the three we see most of the time are all relatively ''young''. While it's not stated the order, Celestia and Luna are quite young among their family, having been children when the Big Bang happened, while several of their elder siblings were fully grown when it happened. Meanwhile, Discord is actually the ''youngest'' Draconequus (second youngest in universes where Rancor was born), with the two oldest being his sister Strife, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Natural Selection, and his deceased brother D__t, who embodied ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve until his demise.
** [[TopGod The Elders]] are this ''by far''. The five known ones are so old, as they predate ''time itself''. [[spoiler:It's implied there exists a being above even them that ''created'' them, but [[TheGhost she's not involved in the story]].]]

* ''Film/BladeTrilogy'':
** Eli Damaskinos from ''Film/BladeII''. Unlike every other vampire in the series (who look physically middle-aged or younger), Damaskinos actually looks like he's hundreds of years old.
** ''Film/BladeTrinity'' also has [[spoiler:Dracula, the very first vampire]]. Unlike Damaskinos, though, [[spoiler:Drake]] looks very young and fit. Having [[spoiler:VoluntaryShapeshifting]] helps.
* ''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 ''Film/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.

* In Creator/JRRTolkien's Middle-earth (''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', etc) this often happens due to several long-lived and immortal races, because the respective older ones either survive their peers or simply happen to live 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 "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, including Maharet and Mekare (twins), as well as Khayman (slightly older than the sisters).
* Nalini Singh's ''Literature/GuildHunter'' 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 ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'', we have vampires who've 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.
** Part of the reason he's an anomaly? The Howard Trust was set up to include those that could ''prove'' their (immediate) ancestors had lifespans of 100+. He couldn't, but still didn't need rejuvenation until 150+....
* There are a few in Steven Brust's ''Literature/{{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 the InexplicablyAwesome [[TimeAbyss Sethra Lavode]], who looks Dragaeran but [[UpToEleven predates the 200,000-year-old empire...]]
* ''Literature/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 ''Literature/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".
* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/NightWatch'', the [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Others]]' aging process slows down to an immeasurable crawl after Initiation (except for children who continue to age until maturity). The most powerful Others can expect to live for millennia, and even the weakest Others can expect at least a few centuries. The head of the Moscow Night Watch is named Gesar. If we are to assume that he is the same Gesar as described in the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epic_of_King_Gesar Epic of King Gesar]]'', then he would be at least 800 years old. The novels imply that he's even older than that, having fought the Dark Others in the time before the [[BindingAncientTreaty Grand Treaty]]. He is familiar with a much older Other named [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rostam Rustam]], who had since retreated into the Twilight. Rustam knew Merlin, one of the most powerful Others in history. Gesar's ArchNemesis Zabulon is also pretty old, although his age is never stated or even hinted (he's implied to be either English or Irish although later revealed to be [[spoiler:Judean]]). While his chosen name comes from TheBible, WordOfGod is that the novel's Zabulon is not that guy. The novel ''Sixth Watch'' has three ''extremely'' old Others: two of them are vampires (a Cro-Magnon and a Neanderthal) and one is a shapeshifter (a weresmilodon, as in "sabertooth"). This is explained as vampires being the first kind of Others to appear in the world, followed by shapeshifters and witches. Mages appeared much later.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': There are a number of immortals living on Tariatla, but Old Man Aaloon is older than all of them (save maybe a handful of elves). He's even older than the {{physical god}}s that run the planet (by a good thousand years).
* The titular protagonist fulfills this role in ''Literature/CaptainFrenchOrTheQuestForParadise'' for the rest of humanity, who have all become TheAgeless. It's not uncommon for a person to live for centuries, although 2000 is about the average max, since few tend to survive that long due to accidents, violence, wars, disease, cataclysms, etc. Living on a spaceship, French is safer than most planetary denizens, although even he always runs the risk of being vaporized during a jump. Graham French was born in the 21st century, making him over 20,000 years old by the time the novel takes place. However, subjectively, he is only about 2000, since he spends much of that time traveling at [[TimeDilation near-light speeds]]. Still, people always experience a feeling of TimeAbyss when meeting him and hearing him casually mentioning meeting their distant ancestors.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Methos from ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series''. His first memory is about 5000 years ago, and he could be far older than that. According to the man himself, it all starts to blur prior to the first Quickening (that he can remember, that is), and he has no memory at all of [[ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty his first death or the "mortal" life prior to it]]. 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. Then there's Maryann Forrester (her current name), who is over ''8000'' years old.
* 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 UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler, has over a century on Darla. He doesn't look animalistic but is unnaturally pale - as is Darla in 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/BeingHumanUK'', 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/BeingHumanUS'' 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'':
** The franchise a lot of very old Immortals with the Time Lords and the Eternals and the Guardians and what not... but there's also [[{{Satan}} the Beast]], who ([[UnreliableExpositor by his own claims, at least]]) pre-dates ''time itself''.
** The Face of Boe is another contender for the title of oldest being in the universe, with his given age being billions of years old. [[spoiler:He might also be Captain Jack Harkness, and given that he's been known to time travel, by the time he's the Face of Boe he could be older than the universe itself.]]
** [[spoiler: Ashildr/Me]] ends up as this, surviving to the absolute end of time after all the other immortals are gone, watching the stars burn out in a reality bubble. Particularly impressive for someone who isn't invulnerable.
*** [[spoiler: And then, she acquired a TARDIS for her and Clara, so if/when seen again could be several times as old as the universe.]]
* In ''Series/{{Moonlight}}'', Mick is relatively young for a vampire (he was turned shortly after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII) and looks to be in his mid-30s. His friend Josef is well over 400 but looks to be in his 20s (the original unaired pilot had him more as an ElderlyImmortal played by Rade Šerbedžija). As a rule, vampires stop aging the moment they are turned (one of the episode villains is a 200-year-old teenager who wipes the floor with Mick). However, the older a vampire is, from the moment he or she is turned, the more his or her body smells of decay (to another vampire). Coraline is nearly as old as Josef. Lance is stated by Mick to smell very old and be capable of feats that shock Mick (e.g. harmlessly jumping from a great height, not turning to ash when exposed to fire). However, he may also be about Josef's vampiric age ([[spoiler:Lance and Coraline are supposed to be vampire siblings]]). The oldest stated vampire on the show is Lora, whose age is somewhere around 700. After her activities force Mick to kill her, both Mick and Josef lament the loss of so much experience (Josef also had an on-and-off thing with her for the last century).
* In ''Series/{{Forever}}'', Henry Morgan is about 200 years old. The mysterious caller, though, claims to be over 2000 years old. Unlike Henry, he is cynical and contemptuous of human life. According to the caller, Henry cares because he's "too young". [[spoiler:As it turns out, "Adam" was originally killed by one of the daggers used to kill UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* 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''.
** SpaceMarines are often hundreds of years old, but the Dreadnoughts can be even older. Bjorn the Fell-Handed was around when his Primarch left for the Warp.
** With all the gods and immortals running around ([[HesJustHiding okay,]] [[HaveYouSeenMyGod not]] [[LiterallyShatteredLives exactly]] [[OrcusOnHisThrone running]]), you still can't beat the C'tan, who drove to extinction the first beings to exist.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{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.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* 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 ([[MaamShock who will do horrible things to you if you imply she's old]]).
* Some Dragons from ''VideoGame/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 ''VideoGame/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 whose members are completely mad but also have the ability to see many hidden truths (like visions of the future or the past)[[/note]] main character [[spoiler: [[BiblicalBadGuy 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.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' series, the mysterious Leknaat's role in the story would imply that she's this. But she's not. WordOfGod is that vampire queen [[Characters/SuikodenII Sierra Mikain]] is well over twice as old, and and is the oldest known person in the world.
* ''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.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'': The Tribunal, a trio of [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Deity Of Elven Origin]] [[PhysicalGod Physical Gods]], as well as their mortal enemy, [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]], who achieved godhood in the same way, are all over 4000 years old. When speaking with Vivec, one of the Tribunal deities, he reveals that Sotha Sil (another Tribunal deity) and Dagoth Ur are both a generation older than he (and the third Tribune, Almalexia.)
* In ''Videogame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'', the Silver Lady is considered incomprehensibly ancient even by the oldest of elves and dwarves. [[spoiler:The very much alive Nashrudin]] was considered incomprehensibly ancient at the time when a certain annoying little Silver child kept bothering him.
* As the first Sustained, Empress Lenore of ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' lore is this. For comparison, according to one of Attikus' lore challenges which is a brief recounting of key events in the history of the Jennerit Empire/Imperium, the exact year she became Sustained, [[AlternativeCalendar 1 C.R]], was also the year that Rendain was born. It was only by 50 C.R. that Rendain himself was Sustained. He served as her right-hand for nearly 20,000 years before betraying her.

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* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', a dispute between Ankou and [[spoiler: Jones]] regarding Mort's death is settled by seniority thanks to a third party, a representative of the Realm of the Dead. Ankou, being a {{psychopomp}} specializing in humans, is roughly as old as humanity itself. Unfortunately for him, [[spoiler: Jones]] is older than all life on Earth.
* The oldest drow in ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'' is likely around 900 to 1000 years old, since the drow first began being born [[BizarreBabyBoom after the exodus underground]], but their parents the Dark Elves like Diva'ratrika and [[spoiler:Ash'waren]] who were born on the surface are by definition much older.

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* In ''Roleplay/AHDotComEternals'', G'Len and Th'And are implied to have been alive already during the last ice age. G'Len is apparently the older one, estimated to be some ''[[TimeAbyss 16 000]]'' [[TimeAbyss years old]]. The other Eternals don't have a habit of calling him "Forefather G'Len" for nothing... However, in the modern day, his character is deliberately something of a recluse from Eternal matters and society in general.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', [[BadassGrandpa Hudson]] is obviously older than the rest of the Gargoyles, and Garoyles have a really long lifespan.
** [[WordOfGod It is explained]] that gargoyles age at half the rate of a human, because [[RealityEnsues they are made of stone during the day]]. In addition, the main group was RipVanWinkle'd for 1000 years. Thus, when Hudson, who looks 60+, [[BadassBoast boasts]] that he is over 1100 years old in the episode where he is kidnapped by Xanatos, he is actually taking off a few years (decades) from his age.
* Franchise/{{Transformers}}:
** We don't even know if there's ''any'' upper limit for [[OurSoulsAreDifferent spark lifespan]], but Cybertronians can last 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]]; ComicBook/VandalSavage, who is [[ContemporaryCaveman 50,000]]; and [[HumanoidAbomination Klarion]], who is "[[TimeAbyss ageless]]" according to WordOfGod.
* [[HumanoidAliens The Gems]] in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' are [[TheAgeless able to live for tens of thousands of years without aging at all]]. Pearl, Ruby, Sapphire, Lapis, Bismuth and formerly [[PosthumousCharacter Rose Quartz]] are well over 6000 years old. Jasper is about 5500 years old. Amethyst is about 5000. Peridot is younger than Amethyst, but still likely to be centuries old. The [[EvilOverlord Diamonds]] are the leaders of the whole race, who are said to have been ''made'' for the Diamonds, meaning that least one of them is older than even the oldest established Gem. Of the Diamonds, it seems the so-far-unnamed white member is the eldest due to her mural depicting her with the most planets. Likewise, the youngest was probably [[spoiler:[[WalkingSpoiler Pink Diamond]]]], who only had one (Earth).
* [[spoiler:Glossaryck]] in ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' was apparently created by the universe itself in ancient times, simply because there was nothing else in existence yet to create him. In second place would be [[TimeMaster Omnitraxus Prime]], who [[spoiler:Glossaryck]] as being so ancient he barely remembers having created him.