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->'''Angel:''' Buffy, be careful with this gift. A lot of things that seem strong, good and powerful, they can be painful.\\
'''Buffy:''' Like say... immortality? \\
'''Angel:''' Exactly. I'm dying to get rid of that.
-->-- ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''

[[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder Put your hand down. This is not a vote.]]

The [[FateWorseThanDeath worst fate possible]] might well be {{immortality}}. Sure, you might like the idea that you get to live forever and see what the world's like hundreds of years from now, but what's eternal life compared to the pain of life in general? From eventual boredom to [[AndIMustScream eternal entrapment and torture]] to the [[MayflyDecemberRomance emotional anguish]] of seeing your [[MayflyDecemberFriendship loved ones]] die, one by one, as you stay fixed in time.

When done {{Anvilicious}}ly, this can seem like SourGrapes on the part of the [[MostWritersAreHuman very much mortal writers]]. May be used as a FantasticAesop.

This attitude toward immortality is OlderThanFeudalism, going back at least as far as the Greek myths about Tithonos's AgeWithoutYouth and Prometheus's punishment and of course the appeal behind [[{{Hell}} He]]-- ''[[RunningGag why is your hand still up!?]]''

Compare BlessedWithSuck for those that angst as well as AndIMustScream for the mindset this can create.

Contrast LivingForeverIsAwesome for those who like it, and ImmortalitySeeker for those who seek it, and EternalLove where immortals fall in love. See LivingForeverIsNoBigDeal for the middle ground.

See also ImmortalityHurts, which is a subtrope. ImmunityDisability is a supertrope (here, the "immunity" is to death).

See [[Analysis/WhoWantsToLiveForever Analysis]] for more horrifying details.


* [[WhoWantsToLiveForever.AnimeAndManga Anime and Manga]]
* [[WhoWantsToLiveForever.ComicBooks Comic Books]]
* [[WhoWantsToLiveForever.FanFics Fan Fics]]
* [[WhoWantsToLiveForever.{{Literature}} Literature]]
* [[WhoWantsToLiveForever.LiveActionFilms Live-Action Films]]
* [[WhoWantsToLiveForever.LiveActionTV Live-Action TV]]
* [[WhoWantsToLiveForever.VideoGames Video Games]]


[[folder:Asian Animation]]
* In the Chinese animated short ''Animation/MissDaizi'', the protagonist is a [[AnimateInanimateObject plastic bag]] that can't die, as she doesn't biodegrade, and because she is constantly harming the environment and out of loneliness of missing her beloved (who is a paper cup), she engages in countless failed suicide attempts.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{TMNT}}'' (2007) has Winters, who was so happy to have his mortality back that he laughed and [[CaptainObvious told the heroes how happy he was]] before the result of losing his immortality took place.
* Scamper the rabbit from ''WesternAnimation/{{Igor}}'' is immortal, to the extent that his body will rematerialize even if completely atomized by an explosion. He spends most of the movie attempting to kill himself in various ways, as he believes that life is meaningless and nothing matters. (He gets better, in part because Eva's obsession with acting leads him to discover his hidden passion and talent for costume design).
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'': Stinky Pete would rather spend the rest of his life in a museum, adored by fans, than be a child's toy. Understandable, as he was never taken off the shelf, watching toy after toy be sold and never got a chance to be played with by any children... until Woody curses Stinky Pete to be the toy of a girl who decorates her Barbies! An "interview" that used to be on the ''Toy Story 2'' website suggested that Pete found being a child's toy was actually a pretty good life.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' is all about the toys being outgrown/forgotten by their owner, and the abandonment issues this entails. It's clear from ''Toy Story 3'', however, that the toys enjoy only BiologicalImmortality; they ''can'' be burned to death.
* In the movie version of ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn'' Mommy Fortuna, the old hag who captured the Unicorn, had also captured a harpy, another immortal creature. The unicorn points out that Mommy couldn't hold them forever, and the harpy will kill her for the indignity. Mommy Fortuna agrees that, yes eventually, she will slip up and the harpy will go free; but, the harpy will always remember Mommy Fortuna had captured her, forever. That is how Mommy Fortuna plans on "living forever," as a memory of the immortal harpy.

* The Wandering Jew is a folklore character who is cursed with immortality after mocking Christ. He is consistently depicted as a decrepit old man who suffers for his sin.
* Cain, [[WordOfDante who is sometimes conflated with the Wandering Jew]], may be considered an example. After killing his brother, the Lord promises that anyone who harms him (which may include Cain himself) will suffer God's wrath. He places a mark on Cain, so that everyone will know to leave him alone. Although not explicitly immortal, [[CruelMercy this guarantees that Cain will have a long time to suffer for his crime.]]
* In the ''Story of the Bamboo Cutter'', an emperor is given the elixir of life by the beautiful Princess Kaguya as she departs, but refuses to drink it because if he won't be able to see said princess's beauty again, then he doesn't want to live forever.
* If you eat a Japanese mermaid you don't exactly live forever, but you live for a very long time, and your life will suck for the same reasons.
* Myth/GreekMythology:
** Eos asked Zeus to grant her lover Tithonus immortality, but neglected to ask for eternal youth to go with it, and apparently Zeus was not in an especially giving mood when he granted her request. The result is that Tithonus shriveled away into increasing decrepitude. In some versions of the story, Eos eventually shut him up in a room with shining doors to babble endlessly in his senility, too weak to move; in other versions, he ultimately became a cicada, eternally living and begging for death.
** When Selene asked Zeus for Endymion's immortality, she carefully considered the consequences of her wish. Learning from the mistake of Eos, she phrased her request to keep Endymion perpetually in the state she had first met him in - as a handsome youth sleeping on a hillside.
** Prometheus's punishment was to live his immortal life in torture. Every day, deadly wounds were inflicted upon him by an eagle sent to eat his liver. Every night, he would regenerate and heal to await the next assault from the bird.
* In Christianity this is considered to have been ''[[{{Hell}} the fate of all humanity]]'', if it weren't for the existence of Jesus Christ.
* This is the fate of Jack (of the Lantern). He was a evil man who tricked the Devil into being trapped in a tree by putting a holy symbol on the trunk whilst the Devil was in the tree. Jack would only allow the Devil down if he promised never to bring Jack into Hell. The Devil agreed. However, since Jack couldn't enter Heaven (remember, he was evil), he had nowhere to go after he died. The Devil gave him an ember of Hell to light his way, which Jack kept in a hollowed-out turnip. (Since pumpkins were more plentiful and easier to carve, they became the vessel in which the ember was kept.) Jack is now cursed to wander forever, carrying his lantern, a Jack-o-Lantern.

* A problem with human immortality in ''Manhwa/CielTheLastAutumnStory'', as unlike Arc Dragons, humans can't endure the experience of living so long. Even when Marion Everett becomes immortal for the specific purpose of saving the world, the centuries of life wear her down to a shell of her former self.

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM1AqivB1G8 "Across the Highlands"]] by Kamelot.
* The Music/{{Ayreon}} universe is based on living beings called Forever, who, you guessed it, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin live forever]], but have lost the ability to feel emotions.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgK7OMYHh2Y "Xanadu"]] by Music/{{Rush}}:
-->A thousand years have come and gone, but time has passed me by\\
Stars stopped in the sky\\
Frozen in an everlasting view\\
Waiting for the world to end, weary of the night\\
Praying for the light\\
Prison of the lost Xanadu
* David Bowie - "Never Get Old".
-->And there's never gonna be enough money\\
And there's never gonna be drugs\\
And we're never gonna get old\\
And there's never gonna be enough bullets\\
And there's never gonna be sex\\
And we're never gonna get old
* The Music/FlamingLips' [[LongTitle "Talkin' 'Bout the Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues (Everyone Wants to Live Forever)"]]:
-->If I've lived a thousand times before\\
And if I'm gonna live anymore\\
Always brings me down\\
Everyone wants to live forever\\
Thinkin' that it'd be a lot better...\\
Everyone wants to live forever\\
But no one ever gets it together
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e5cqe_JE0Q "Ace of Spades"]] by Music/{{Motorhead}}: You know I'm born to lose / And gambling's for fools / But that's the way I like it baby / I don't wanna live forever
* "The Curse" by Josh Ritter, about an ancient Egyptian cursed with immortality. [[LyricalDissonance Set to a waltz.]]
* The Boston indie rock band Hayley Jane and the Primates has a song called "Mabel" about a 380-something immortal who can't bring herself to [[MayflyDecemberRomance love anyone]] because everyone she's ever cared about is dead.
* Music/{{Queen}} just so happens to be the TropeNamer. "Who wants to live forever... when love must die?"
* "Forever Young" by Music/{{Alphaville}}
* Music/VanDerGraafGenerator covered the subject in their song "Still Life" from the eponymous album.
* The song "Heaven" by FrazierChorus is about how heaven would really just be boring.
* S.P.O.C.K - "Last Man on Earth".
--> Radiation got me as well\\
made me immortal in this hell\\
An old dream coming true\\
but why now when there is nothing to do?\\
Since then I've been searching around\\
going from town to town\\
Could it only have happened to me?\\
Am I doomed to be…\\
I'm the last man on earth\\

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' cartoon, an android made in Dilbert's image boasts that he will live forever and lets out an EvilLaugh. Then, a few seconds later, he complains that he's bored.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In both ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' and ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'', immortality is never considered a blessing. The foremost problem is that one spends eternity wrestling [[EnemyWithin the Beast]], but there's the matter of boredom as well. ''The Masquerade'' didn't really address this, as the [[{{Metaplot}} Jyhad]] kept everyone busy, but it's an important issue in ''The Requiem'': ennui is so pervasive that vampires have constructed a massive political/social framework, the ''Danse Macabre'', almost solely to keep themselves occupied.
** The main sourcebook for ''The Requiem'' also tries to prevent [[PlayerCharacters [=PCs=]]] from sitting around and moping about all of the things mentioned at the top of the page by pointing out that anyone who wasn't strong-willed enough to deal with all of the assorted nastinesses of vampire society or didn't have a long term goal in mind would probably have just [[SuicideBySunlight killed themselves by staying outside during the next sunrise]] after they were Turned. ...[[FridgeLogic except that]] the things capable of permanently destroying a vampire (fire and sunlight) are ''very'' likely to cause the aforementioned Beast to [[GrandTheftMe temporarily hijack control of their body]] and cause them to flee from the potential source of FinalDeath.
* In ''TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated'', Prometheans can, provided they take care to go to the wastes often enough, theoretically endure for centuries, if not forever. Too bad their lives consist of being {{Walking Wasteland}}s with [[EverythingTryingToKillYou everything trying to kill them.]]
* In ''TabletopGame/MummyTheResurrection'', Mummies are imagined as truly immortal beings. Every time they suffer a physical death, their souls go to the Wraith underworld where they wait for their bodies to regenerate. Some choose to stay in the underworld, on the belief that if they search long and hard enough they can find a magical way to end their lives.
* In the TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness equivalent to the above, ''TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse'', mummies at least don't technically "live forever". They ''exist'' for all eternity, potentially, but they actually spend most of their time effectively dead. They just get woken up when their cult calls them, their Judge needs them, or in a once-every-thousand-years cosmic event. In fact, most mummies are more concerned with living the time they have before they sink back into torpor. Played straight with the Deceived, however, who are eternal (to the point that them coming back in the bodies of some post-human species is raised in their {{sourcebook}}) and have to share their bodies with an insane EldritchAbomination.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', the Great Curse wears away at your sanity as time goes on. The only known Solar to live long enough to die of old age was something around 7-10,000 years old. Add massive boredom and near-invulnerability on top of that and it's no wonder they went insane.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has a Regiment of Renown based on this trope. Richter Kruegar was a particularly unscrupulous mercenary willing to fight alongside a {{Necromancer}} against his own countrymen, at least until the end of the campaign when the tide of battle began to turn. Ever the opportunist, Kruegar decided to betray his patron to curry favor with the victors, but the necromancer blasted him with a DyingCurse that reduced Kruegar to a heap of bones. The next night Kruegar rose as a free-willed undead, cursed to never know the peace of the grave, since he will reanimate no matter what tries to destroy him. He now leads a Cursed Company of skeletal warriors spawned by his dark blade, traveling the world in a grisly parody of his previous lifestyle, in search of an enemy that can kill him for good.
* Dante, the Blood Angels Chapter Master, in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is said to be around 1500 years old (or older) but after more than a millennium of fighting he is getting tired of his life, and the only thing that keeps him going is his suspicion that the prophesy of a warrior in golden armour standing between the darkness and the GodEmperor in the final battle wasn't about their Primarch Sanguinus during the Horus Heresy, but is about him and he aims to fulfill that goal.
** Speaking of the Emperor, he might have a harsh word or two about his immortality. [[AndIMustScream If he was able to talk, that is...]]
** In a way, the Dark Eldar themselves, due to boredom. However what they get for an afterlife sucks many times more(and it's their own fault), pushing them to fight boredom by any means to keep themselves alive. Some of them realize how foolish this is and join their Craftworld brethren, who lead harsh, monastic, repressed [[LivingForeverIsAwesome and yet ultimately more fulfilling (though still rather futile) lives.]]
** Some of the Necrons aren't particularly happy about living forever if it means living forever as a soulless robot and want to go back to being fleshy mortals.
** The Space Marines avert this in a way: It's stated in the ''Horus Heresy'' novels that they are ''functionally'' immortal, meaning they will never die of age or infirmity. However, every Astartes has already accepted that they will die in battle. The question is raised at least once of what the marines would do with themselves if the Great Crusade ever ended, but events made the whole question academic anyway.
* The Soulless in the ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' supplement ''GURPS Fantasy II: Adventures in the Mad Lands'' are an ancient culture whose members neither age nor reproduce, so their civilization has been populated by the same few thousand individuals for millennia. They reached the limits of their creativity in the distant past, got tired of every possible form of entertainment during their culture's decadent period, and now are stuck in an eternity of boredom and repeating variations of the same old pastimes in an effort to discover something that would still interest them.
* ''TabletopGame/GammaWorld'' adventure [=GW6=] ''Alpha Factor''. The mutant flying squirrels known as [[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Rakees]] are extremely difficult to kill. They've lived so long that that they're constantly trying to end their lives, such as by attacking adventurers in the hope that they'll be killed.
* Elves in TabletopGame/{{Eon}} call themselves "The People of the Curse". Elves can live forever, and get a few other pretty nifty perks. However, as they become older, elves find it increasingly difficult to relate to people around them. This, coupled with the emotional traumas of the few friends they manage to keep dying and degradations of their innate magic inevitably leads to increasingly severe bouts of clinical depression and catatonia. Elves reaching 500 years of age without becoming complete hermits is the stuff of legend. Most open their veins long before then.
* ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'' has the "Immortality Blues" negative trait, for people who've lived at least a hundred years and have gotten incredibly bored with life and have trouble motivating themselves (receive half the normal XP award). Fortunately since life extension and BrainUploading techs have been around for less than a century most transhumans still have a lot to live for.
* While ''Creator/PalladiumBooks'' games often present immortality as largely beneficial and without negative repercussions (in ''Heroes Unlimited'' it is both a Mega-Power and a Major Super Ability), in the ''TabletopGame/PalladiumFantasy'' supplement "Dragons & Gods" one of the deific powers is named "Curse: Immortality". While it allows someone to live forever, it does not make them immune to disease or any form of illness or [[AgeWithoutYouth aging]], so that eventually someone will end up a crippled geriatric unable to die. Although the aging process is reduced to about a year per century, so it doesn't exactly become a bad thing until much much later. Some other paths to immortality (Between the Shadows' Dream Maker and Shadows of Light's Reaper in Nightbane, Library of Bletherad's Shadow Self spell in PF, Mystic Russia's necromancy spell of vampirism "Return from the Grave" in ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'') have inherent insanity-causing attributes (Russia's is only avoided if you feed on blood, like any good ol' Master Vampire), and some (Juicer Uprising's option of becoming a Murder Wraith, Federation of Magic's description of Alistair Dunscon) require you to become an evil monster addicted to killing people on a regular basis to survive.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has this as a major risk for liches, and a big part of why these immortal super wizards don't rule the world. They may start with plans for world domination, but with no need to eat or sleep the endless passage of time gets to them. Often they start devoting most of their time to research (many liches are academics at heart or they would never have worked out how to become one) until even that bores them, and they spend countless hours lost in their own thoughts. There's even a creature type, the demilich, that liches have a 1% cumulative chance of turning into for each ''decade'' they spend doing nothing because they simply have no interest in the world.
** See also the nation of Thurvia. Long ago, an Alchemist discovered an Elixir that restored the drinker to the prime of their youth. Regularly drinking this every time you got old effectively gave you a form of immortality. Rather than take it for themselves, however, the leaders of Thurvia said to let the alchemist take it himself, then every year they would make a small batch of the stuff and sell it to clients from all over the world for vast sums of money. Just because ''they'' were enlightened enough to not need immortality, didn't mean they couldn't make some money off those who weren't.
* The ''Pathfinder'' example above builds upon lore established for the 2nd edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' setting ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'', where the sourcebook "Van Richten's Guide to the Lich" states that the majority of liches end up ''committing suicide'' when they realise they have not only condemned themselves to an eternity devoid of any physical pleasures[[note]]as skeletal undead, they have neither need nor capacity for tactile pleasure, food, drink, drugs or pretty much any sort of non-intellectual stimulation[[/note]], but have also rendered themselves inherently incapable of forming bonds with mortals due to the temporal distortion lichdom involves. Because liches don't suffer from mortal frailties, they can easily lose track of time when they get involved in something, and not realise what's happened until it's too late -- an example given in the book is a lich sitting down to read a book, then looking up after finishing and realising ''an entire generation has aged to dust'' in the time it spent reading and contemplating every single meaning of what it read. With such an alienating form of immortality, the only liches who survive longer than a few decades tend to be either insane, have incredibly strong wills, or are possessed of a sufficiently long-lasting goal to keep them focused on staying existent.
* While not truly immortal, it's often said in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' that the oldest dragons often suffer from immense boredom and world-weariness by the time they reach the final, [[StrongerWithAge most powerful]] stage of their lives. This has a nasty side-effect of causing them to go on kingdom-devastating rampages in order to [[SuicideByCop provoke some heroes into killing them]].

[[folder: Radio]]
* In [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho030SeasonsOfFear Seasons of Fear]] happens to Sebastian Grayle, who is given immortality by the [[spoiler:Nimon]] in 305. He ends up outliving 12 wives, becoming more bitter and evil over the years, and hating the Doctor more for stopping his plans to help his Masters invade. He hopes for a more ethereal immortality when his Masters invade the Earth. [[spoiler:When he goes back in time from 1806 to just before he made the deal with the Nimon, this leads to FutureMeScaresMe, as his past self kills him.]]

* ''The Makropulos Affair'', a play written by Czech playwright Karel Capek and subsequently adapted into an opera by Leos Janacek, concerns a woman who has been granted 300 years of life through a magic potion, with an option for renewal. She finds that such a long life is an ordeal that leaves her exhausted and numb to human emotions. She decides that death is better.
* ''An Ordinary Wonder'' by Russian Yevgenii Shvarts. There is a wizard in the play, who tells his wife near the end: "But alas, I am immortal, so I will spend the rest of eternity missing you."
* ''Theatre/TanzderVampire'':
** "Die Unstillbare Gier" ("The Insatiable Greed") is essentially Von Krolock saying, "Don't live forever, you'll kill everyone you love." It includes recitations of dates from 300 years back, lamenting how he still can't forgive himself for killing people way back then.
** "Ewigkeit" ("Eternity") is basically the vampire guests of the ball saying that eternity sucks.
-->''"Eternity is permanent boredom\\
A cheerless cycle with neither beginning, nor end\\
For all the time the same is repeated from the start\\
No exultation, no horror\\
Only the boring\\

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Tsugumi of ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}'' has eternal youth, immunity from infection, high healing factor and possibly increased strength. On the downside, the handful of people who know about her really want to study her lots. Oh, and she gets sunburned really easily, but she can see in pitch blackness anything due to infravision. She can even pass the immortality on to whoever she pleases. [[spoiler:Except two specific characters, one of whom is implied to be changing into a being that exists in the fourth dimension and is thus outside time and effectively immortal as well.]] Yet all she can do is whine and complain about how much it sucks. She gets better but never seems to see it as a ''good'' thing.
* Brought up in the visual novel ''VisualNovel/SongsOfAraiah'', where it is mentioned that most magicians (who can be immortal) revoke their own immortality after having lived about a thousand years. In addition, immortality works by "freezing" the state that the body is in, meaning that immortals do not age, women can not have children, and their bodies will get neither better nor worse (for example, the lead female, Melissa, will ''always'' have to wear glasses, despite the existence of spells which could fix her vision). Outliving loved ones is a minor issue, as a magician can grant immortality to anybody.
* Sort-of immortality is possible in the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} but most prominently for this trope, ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has Heroic Spirits and Guardians. Archer, during his life, swore over his existence to the world so that he could continue to save people. Eventually, he died still believing in his ideals, but after that he, in his position as a Guardian, is sent back repeatedly to stop devastating conflicts by killing people instead of saving them. He doesn't even get to remember any of this, but he knows it happens and it affects his psyche. Small wonder he [[spoiler:decides to wait until he can pulled into a time with Emiya Shirou so he can kill his past self and hopefully commit suicide that way and escape his current life, where he has no free will.]] Then again, that ''is'' a pretty sucky form of immortality and no one takes it up for that reason.
* [[spoiler:Rune]] from ''VisualNovel/FrozenEssence'' constantly regenerates and cannot die due to becoming the [[spoiler:Life Hex Monument]] many years ago, and his life simply consists of a neverending cycle of [[spoiler:being imprisoned and the painful process of charging the Life Sphere]]. It's such a miserable existence that he stops caring about anything anymore. [[spoiler:In the True End he succeeds in finally being able to rest in peace with a smile on his face]].
* Diego in ''VisualNovel/HavenfallIsForLovers'' is a 500-year-old vampire. For the most part he makes the best of his ageless existence, but when the subject of whether or not he'd turn his love interest, he expresses some very strong opinions on the subject.
-->'''Diego:''' There's a reason there are so many cautionary tales about eternal life.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/ZeroPercentDiscount'': ''[[http://zeropercentdiscountcomic.tumblr.com/post/129165350283 Help me.]]''
* Quain'tana of ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' can feel the centuries creeping into her body and knows she will soon never be able to venture the world again because the lack of mana would quickly cause her natural immortality to cease and her to age. She hopes she will be able to venture the world again before this happens, but fully plans to go through with it even if it does kill her. She knows this all too well because the Empress Diva'ratrika was so old that she was unable to leave her tower, and most elves old enough to experience this wind up committing suicide out of despair.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Jix}}'', Kelelder the Planet Thief got bored after immortality was thrust upon him and started killing his own kind and claiming their colony planets as his own.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'':
** One race attempted immortality through technology, only to have it backfire on them rather badly - as their people invariably went insane after a few normal lifetimes as their mental health didn't regenerate like their bodies did - almost destroying their civilization. The few survivors altered themselves so as to live in a permanent state of senility to prevent something like this ever happening again. The whole ordeal is described in more detail [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20070902.html here]].
** Interestingly, they're not the only ones. [[spoiler: Humans and other races have a very top-secret longetivity project going on, and a member of the above-mentioned race is actually helping them- he figures they might as well try to get it right this time.]]
** Deconstructed in a different direction later: After regaining their full intelligence, memories, and lifespans, the practically-immortal oafa [[spoiler:work to perfect and distribute the immortality project Terrans had been struggling with for generations, in order to have actual peers]].
--->'''Squid-Sophont:''' The Plutorialment will question your motives.\\
'''Oafan Ambassador:''' They are a deep breath too young to understand our motives.\\
'''Squid-Sophont:''' Old age makes you generous?\\
'''Oafan Ambassador:''' [[spoiler:Longevity is a curse if one has no friends with which to share it]].
* In the BackStory of ''Webcomic/RiceBoy'', a being who identified itself as God gave [[MissionFromGod a mission]] to three people to find and nominate a [[ChosenOne Fulfiller]], with the promise that as long as they continued searching they would not die. Many centuries and many false Fulfillers later, one of them has abandoned the mission and resorted to [[ImmortalityImmorality prolonging his life unnaturally with the Black Spirit]]. The second commits suicide by abandoning the mission, knowing that it will kill him. The third, after seeing his friend killed, finally despairs and asks God to kill him as well; but God has something else planned for him.
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', Dracula thinks he's SeenItAll and is interested in dying. However, he's not stupid enough to die without knowing what comes next, so he comes up with an elaborate scheme to perform reconnaissance on Purgatory.
* In ''Webcomic/FetchQuestSagaOfTheTwelveArtifacts'', [[spoiler:Lionel]] has to suffer through seeing his LoveInterests and other people close to him die while he remains immortal.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' zombies seem to have this deal. For a while they seem content enough (though having to eat human flesh to keep from decaying away to nothing must've taken some adjusting), but once you're reduced to being a [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/20090216 Zombie-Head-On-A-Stick...]]
** Done more seriously with Oasis.
--->'''Oasis:''' I love Torg so badly, the thought he won't return that love makes me want to ''die''. And I ''can't die!''
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' the Nemesites are not immortal, but do have lifespans upwards of a thousand years. That's not a problem for them so far as it goes (indeed, it's what makes their interstellar empire possible in a universe without faster-than-light-travel), but it does mean they outlive any friends they make from other planets. Voluptua is [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20100223.html very unhappy]] to realize how brief Bob's life will be compared to hers.
* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', [[spoiler:Sarda]] avoids this for the first two weeks of the universe by [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2005/05/24/episode-554-fashion-advice/ growing]] a [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2005/05/26/episode-555-a-brief-history-of-time/ mustache]], but quickly reverts into "Blind, seething rage."
* As Immortals in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' age, they slowly get more intelligent and powerful. Eventually, they get to the point where they're driven insane from boredom because they're practically omniscient, and eventually commit suicide and take a ton of innocents with them. To avoid such a faux pas, most Immortals "reset" every 200 years, wiping their own memories and starting anew.
* Jin from ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' is an immortal, indestructible golem, and she is [[DeathSeeker sick of it.]] She eventually reaches the point where she would kill herself [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/youreincharge/ if it would make her dead.]] She gets a bit better later, and instead merely wants to grow old together [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/grow-old-togethe/ with her boyfriend.]]
* A [[http://magellanverse.com/?p=631 crossover story]] in ''Webcomic/{{Magellan}}'' took this UpToEleven with Gaius, a former mortal that bought his way to immortality, to become an energy being who could live forever. And he did, well after his planet died, his sun extinguished and even [[GoneHorriblyRight every black hole in his dimension had long since evaporated]], [[AndIMustScream he was still floating around]].
* [[http://somethinghappens.keenspot.com/d/20060627.html This]] ''Webcomic/SomethingHappens'' strip.
* Not an example, but the idea is discussed in [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1897 this]] ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' strip.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': The Handmaid, due to being at the bottom of Alternia's caste system should have died naturally at about the age of twenty-six, but is cursed with immortality by Lord English. The only reason she follows his plans is because at the end of her service, she'll finally get to die.
** In Sburb, an overwhelming majority of all sessions fail in every timeline. This does not mean doomed timelines, which will kill everyone inside of them eventually, but their Alpha timelines. We have no reason to assume that everybody who played Sburb on Earth failed to enter the game, meaning that there are some sessions of Sburb out there that have trapped children inside of them. Now, the Fridge Horror in this is bad enough, but for the people that achieve God Tier, it is the curse of immortality. There is no way for everybody to get Mercy Killed, as at least one person is going to be left, and suicide is neither a Heroic or Just death. They will spend eternity in a game that will kill them over and over and over again, with revival certain every time.
* In the ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' spin-off ''Tempts Fate'', a demon Tempts has destroyed curses him with immortality so that when the demon's body regenerates 10000 years later, Tempts will still be around and the demon can take revenge. Tempts, being a thrill-seeker, is initially horrified by the idea of being unable to die, although when he learns he can still die from serious injury, his attitude shifts to CursedWithAwesome.
* This is a major plot point in ''Ginpu'', where demigods are doomed to spend their lives losing those they love. The BBEG's plan revolves around [[spoiler:making a child who is immortal, so he'll have at least one family member that doesn't die.]]
** Guess what [[spoiler:Morgan]]'s biggest desire is of God? [[spoiler:Live, grow old with family, die like a human.]]
* In ''[[http://ravenwolf.smackjeeves.com/ Raven Wolf]]'' the titular tribe was cursed by their totem spirits with "removal from the cycle of life" until the domestics (a faction of "civilized" furries) are no more. The usual angst about outliving one's loved ones is averted because anyone who marries into the tribe is cursed as well and their children inherit it, but if they fall in battle their souls are devoured by the wolf spirit. Also they can't hunt, gather, or cultivate, they depend on the charity of others for food.
* ''Webcomic/TwoGuysAndGuy'' shows what happens when you accept [[http://www.twogag.com/archives/2477 immortality without thinking it through]]
* ''Webcomic/OffWhite'': Sköll, [[Myth/NorseMythology the wolf who used to chase the sun,]] is tired of eons of reincarnation and is letting the world die so he can cease existing.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'', it's been revealed that it's possible by a sort of cosmic accident for people to "miss their deaths", and thus achieve an immortality of sorts. The drawback is that it's a stasis in which they don't need to eat, sleep or even breath except out of habit, they can't grow or procreate, and they can't progress or improve.
* Edermask from ''WebComic/{{Magician}}'' hardly angsts about his immortality but he is looking for a way to grow old and die naturally.
* [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=3164 This]] ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' strip points out the one consequence of immortality that simply can't be spun in a positive light.
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3553 This]] comic shows another little problem with immortality, educational requirement inflation.
* The "dragon rider" in [[Recap/GameOverTalesCrouchingOstrichHiddenVulture Game Over Tales: Crouching Ostrich, Hidden Vulture]]' is effectively immortal if she continues winning at her game, but has grown tired of her existence. [[spoiler: In the end, she loses her game and dies.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Weregeek}}'', Mark's character in their Vampire LARP thinks that the immortality is overrated, as it means dealing with [[DeadlyDecadentCourt vampire]] [[EverythingTryingToKillYou politics]] for all of that time.
-->'''Mark/"Prince Allen"''': Holy crap! Is '''everyone''' out to kill me?? This whole undead immortality thing is totally overrated!
* [[spoiler:Martin]] from ''Webcomic/IgnitionZero'' is a HalfHumanHybrid. He is immortal while his friends are not. He notes that being aromantic he won't feel the loss of a lover, but seeing all his family and friends die while he stays forever young isn't any better.
* Discussed in [[http://kiwisbybeat.16mb.com/Kiwis/minus13.html this strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{Minus}}''. The three kids are talking about how being human is the way to go- magic would make things too easy and living forever would take the satisfaction out of life... then they see [[GooGooGodlike Minus]] floating by on a cloud, and silently watch her from the ground. It implies this trope is just sour grapes about our own mortality.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In the web series ''WebAnimation/TrueTail,'' there is a phoenix wizard named Kanikus, who wants to find a way to become mortal, because he has outlived all of his friends for millions of years.
* A vlog in a series on RequiredSecondaryPowers found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDAtUkDniBg here]] describes how Immortality can lead to BodyHorror, WeAreAsMayflies, AndIMustScream and multiple [[AFateWorseThanDeath Fates Worse Than Death]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* While Iriana in ''Literature/IlivaisX'' may be suicidal for [[DarkAndTroubledPast reasons]] [[RapeAsBackstory unrelated]] [[WetwareCPU to]] [[DrivenToSuicide immortality]], the result is the same. She wants to die, but can't no matter how hard she tries or how much she frappes herself.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation''
** [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-910 SCP-910]], which makes people essentially immortal. However, [[AgeWithoutYouth they continue to age]] well past the point where their body would ordinarily shut down and any wound, no matter how minor, never heals. Imagine every nick from shaving, every papercut, every bruise and scrap, raw and hurting for the rest of your life. Now imagine that life never ends.
** Same goes for [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-138 SCP-138]], who is in constant agony from his wounds.
** Thanks to his being bound to [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-963 SCP-963]], Dr. Bright can't actually die. Whenever he sleeps, he dreams about the deaths of every body he's inhabited, and when 963 is without a host, he is haunted by the minds of the people he's overwritten. When a camera that reveals its subjects' greatest desire was used to photograph Bright, it produced a photo of Bright's gravestone, with the epitaph "Jack Bright, Resting at Last."
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1520 SCP-1520]] is a 16th century Buddhist monk who attempted to die undergoing a self-mummification process to achieve Buddhahood, but failed and [[AndIMustScream has been trapped in a shrivelled, mummified corpse for over four centuries]]. Unusual for this trope, the monk doesnt ''mind'' exactly, aside from some mild disappointment that he has not achieved enlightenment. He's communicated exactly once with the Foundation, belaying a message meant for a former lover (which was delivered to said lovers descendant under the guise of an unearthed family document) presumably as part of shedding himself of any remaining wordly attachments, and has made no further attempts at communication.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1440 SCP-1440]] is a kind old man who [[ChessWithDeath beat Death at cards]], and cannot die. He ''might'' be able to enjoy it if Death wasn't such a SoreLoser and cursed him to be a WalkingWasteland who kills/destroys all humans and things made by humans that get close to him, meaning he can do nothing but wander the Earth alone forever. [[spoiler:He does at least get a happy ending in [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/quiet-days Quiet Days.]]]]
* On ''Website/{{everything2}}'' user 'santo' treats us with [[http://everything2.com/user/santo/writeups/Immortality+blows Immortality Blows.]] a first person, tongue-in-cheek, exploration of this trope to a greater degree than most.
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'s'' [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18708_5-reasons-immortality-would-be-worse-than-death.html 5 Reasons Immortality Would be Worse than Death.]]
* ''Literature/TalesOfMU'' has one of the few cases of immortal elves who do ''not'' avert this. Many elves have spoken at their own funerals and "taking elven leave" is a dwarf euphemism for suicide.
* The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home from Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale holds this sentiment.
--> ''Nothing ever really happens to me. I am completely safe from harm, and this is a great burden... I think that one day, this world will simply talk itself to death, and I will be left to flit about in the void. I will be the Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives Nowhere.''
* One of the many themes connected to immortality that get explored in ''Roleplay/AHDotComEternals''.
* The chronologically last [[Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] story is "The Last Man on Earth", featuring The Shield, whose power immunity to harm. Having lived for billions of years, he's the last human on Earth when the sun finally begins its expansion. The story ends with the Shield sitting on a cliff on Mount Everest, watching the sun get bigger and bigger and redder and redder in the sky, hoping that this time, he's finally found something that's powerful enough to overcome his power, and dreadfully fearful of what will happen if it isn't.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', Superman is sent into a barren future, seemingly devoid of humanity... Save for the lonely, [[BoredWithInsanity less insane]], immortal Vandal Savage.
** The fact that [[spoiler:the reason the Earth is barren and ruined is because ''he'' destroyed it]] probably had something to do with it as well.
** Savage does acknowledge that if he didn't keep busy, he would go (more) insane with the boredom and loneliness. He occupies himself with many projects, from farming to restoring the ruins of Metropolis to dabbling in time travel (which he explicitly ''can't'' use to fix things, as he cannot coexist with his past self... [[spoiler:Good thing Superman came along]]). The only thing that really seems to bother him is [[spoiler:his guilt of destroying the planet, to the point where he has constructed a fully operational spaceship but doesn't use it because he feels that his isolation is a suitable punishment for his crimes.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': In "Operation [=FOUNTAIN=]", neither Sector V nor The Delightful Children are interested in drinking from the FountainOfYouth unlike Leona. In fact, the Delightful Children want to ''destroy'' the Fountain claiming it to be a violation to every adult's wish that a child should grow up. [[VillainHasAPoint They do have a point in this.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''
** Has Demona and Macbeth, who become immortal at the same time, with the only way to break the spell that granted it being for one to slay the other, at which point ''both'' will die. Demona has no problems with immortality because she is too busy trying to eliminate the human race, whereas Macbeth, forced to leave his loved ones and homeland behind and face the fact he'll outlive anyone he truly cares for, has little worth living for. Demona thinks he wants to kill her out of vengeance for her betrayal years ago, but he's really just... ''tired''. [[spoiler: Eventually he finds other things to keep himself occupied. For instance, he tried to replace Arthur Pendragon as the One True King and wasn't too disappointed when he failed.]] Macbeth never really starts thinking that LivingForeverIsAwesome, but he's no longer a DeathSeeker either.
** The 1100-year-old Hudson gives the immortality-seeking Xanatos a lecture on the downfalls of living for so long. "Most of my clan is dead and dust, and I am a stranger in a strange land. Demona and Macbeth are immortal. Has it brought them happiness?"
* The ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' don't seem to have a problem with their extremely long lifespans, although a [[WhatMeasureisaNonHuman race of sapient robots who can theoretically replace any body parts that become broken or worn out]] are obviously going to have different perspectives on life than humanity.
** As most transformers primarily have friends and loved-ones who are also transformers and will live as long as they do, lots of the problems individuals have outliving their social circle don't really apply.
** Quite a few of them don't reach whatever a Cybertronian's maximum life expectancy is anyway, since they have been fighting in a brutal civil war for ''millions'' of years. IDW's run on the comics has taken some time to look at the kinds of effects that can have on an individual's mental health.
* Somewhat mentioned on a much less emotional and spiritual scale in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' - currently made immortal due to holding a magic object, Finn of the show's QuirkyMinibossSquad, hits a low-hanging bridge from being on top of a train as it goes under it. Indenting the bridge, he notes "Immortality... hurts."
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', one episode involves Robotnik traveling to Mobius's equivalent of ancient Egypt to retrieve the Chaos Emerald of immortality, which turns out to be in his ancestor's pyramid. Said ancestor's animated mummy actually thanks Robotnik for taking the emerald from him, as he couldn't bear to spend an eternity with Sonic's ancestor who was also in the tomb.
* PlayedWith on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' with [[TheyKilledKenny Kenny]]. In his case, he ''keeps dying,'' yet somehow spontaneously resurrects, without anyone around him even remembering afterwards. It's not so much the immortality that bothers him--it's [[http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/360464/i-cant-die#tab=featured having to die over and over again]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "The Lorelei Signal." The women of the second planet of the Taurean system neither age nor die. However, any men on the planet die quickly. They must lure humanoid males to their planet once every 27 years and drain them of their LifeForce in order to survive. They can't escape their planet and they can't even have children.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon, the immortal villain Apocalypse realizes in "Beyond Good and Evil" that he has been trying to exterminate mutants and humans alike for the thousands of years he has walked the earth and still hasn't won. He laments that he might be stuck for all eternity and instead sets out to annihilate the multiverse to remake it in his own image.
* The HalloweenEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' is a parody - of sorts - of the legend of Jack o'Lantern. On Halloween, Grim tells his two friends how the prankster Jack tricked him into making him immortal; however, Grim also [[OffWithHisHead cut off his head]] after doing so to teach him a lesson. Jack replaced his head with a pumpkin as he continued to "live in a world that doesn't understand him", only coming out on Halloween. Of course, in the present day, he gets ahold of Grim's scythe and goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, sending an army of demonic pumpkins out to destroy Endsville with the intent to cut ''Grim's'' head off. [[spoiler:In the end, Jack no longer has to suffer this fate, but it's replaced by a worse one: Grim decides that he's overstayed his welcome and cancels the bargain, causing Jack to be DraggedOffToHell.]]
* Mr. Freeze from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' has an extended lifespan (not ''immortal'' but a good few thousand years) due to his condition, and he might have been fine with that if not for the fact that he can't survive outside of a subzero environment, meaning that whenever he's not in his TailorMadePrison cell, he has to wear that big clunky suit of armor all the time. His inability to fully enjoy the world around him causes him so much grief that when an elderly man comes to him ''asking'' to be made like him in order to live longer, he thinks the man is crazy.
-->'''Freeze:''' You want to live like this? Abandoned and alone, A prisoner in a world you can see but never touch. Old and infirm as you are, I'd trade a thousand of my frozen years for your worst day.
** It gets a lot worse for him later on when [[spoiler:when his condition destroys his entire body, leaving only his head. He spends almost ''fifty years'' like this before the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Meltdown". [[YankTheDogsChain And when he finally has a chance at a normal life, it doesn't last long, with his body changing back into his prior condition]].]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'':
** The Lava Monster was explicitly ''cursed'' with immortality. Originally a great viking warrior, his people were slaughtered by Aku, and, as a final act of cruelty, Aku decided not to kill the viking, but instead trapped him inside an unbreakable crystal, to prevent him from ever rejoining his people in Valhalla. Over the millennia, the Viking learned to shape the rock and magma around him into a new body, and constructed a maze of traps and hazards for the sole purpose of drawing in a warrior powerful enough to defeat and kill him in battle.
** [[WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack2017 Season 5]] picks up after a 50 year TimeSkip, and one of the first things that happens is the revelation that, as a consequence of Jack being pulled from his own time in the pilot, he hasn't aged at all in that time. His consistent failure to defeat Aku in all that time, and the prospect of spending an eternity in this BadFuture, has by now long since driven him to the edge of the DespairEventHorizon.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph "Dan" Daly is commonly attributed as having yelled, "Come on, you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?" to the men in his company prior to charging the Germans during the Battle of Belleau Wood in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, though he was likely referring to immortality as being remembered for all time, which he's so far managed handily, as this entry proves.
** While the names of the soldiers he adressed are not recorded and they are collectively remembered as "sons of bitches". Daly may have been channeling UsefulNotes/FrederickTheGreat of {{UsefulNotes/Prussia}}, who angrily told his grenadiers the same thing (there are a few varying versions, usually "Hunde, wollt ihr ewig leben?" or "Racker, wollt ihr denn ewig leben?") when they turned to retreat during the battle of Torgau (1760). In Germany this quote is usually seen in a negative light, even by Frederick's admirers. ''Hunde, wollt ihr ewig leben?'' later became the title of a 1959 West German movie about the battle of Stalingrad.
*** The anecdote is also told in a longer form (e. g. in a poem by Theodor Fontane), where Frederick is quoted as saying: "Rascals, do you want to live forever? Cheaters!" and the grenadiers reply: "Fritz, don't talk of cheating, for fifteen pfennigs it's enough for today."
* Some scientists argue that the longer you live, the faster time seems to flow. If you could live forever, then time would go faster and faster until everything was a blur. Eventually, years could pass in a blink of an eye. Your existence would be meaningless, and [[TheFogOfAges you wouldn't even remember it]].
** This might be due to the perception of time past versus how long you lived. One year to a 10 year old boy is a significant portion of his life (10%), whereas one year to a 80 year old man is fairly insignificant (1.25%).
*** People also tend to "lose" details as time passes, meaning that that one year may seem shorter because you only remember certain events from it rather than the entire stretch of time, and this gets "worse" as more time separates the present from the year in question.
** Of course, this is also assuming that it won't plateau after a certain point, after which the immortal person would simply have the effective memory and time-perception abilities of a (however long it takes for your memory to completely fill)-year-old while actually being much older. For instance, if a person's mind can hold eighty or so years of memories, with filtering, after which even important memories from the distant past begin to "disappear," a hundred-sixty-year-old would only remember as far back as their early eighties, so one year would be the same proportion of their memory to them as to their eighty-year-old grandchild, whose birth they just barely remember, as though from their childhood.
* Creator/FriedrichNietzsche argued that Socrates's "defense" was specifically designed to make the jury condemn him to death, since he was tired of living, and perhaps suffered life as a disease (whether this is what Socrates himself actually thought is anybody's guess, though to be fair [[OnlySaneMan being a wise man in a world of phenomenal idiots]] could have one looking for the sleeping pills).
** He may have already been dying, and taking this as the painless way out (and proving a point while he was at it). His last words were to tell a disciple he owed chicken in sacrifice to Asclepius and ask him to pay the debt for him. Asclepius was the god of healing; it's possible his debt was because he had been praying to the god to be cured of something.
* If you assume the theories of Heat Death, Big Crunch, and the like are true, then up to countless trillions of years floating in completely empty space, eternally suffocating, until the protons that form your body decide to disintegrate (if that ''ever'' happens), to be eventually crushed into a singularity, or even worse sounds like a very hard price to be for a (relatively) short amount of extra time doing things you enjoy. But you also have forever to get used to it.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_immortality This]]. No, really.
* When asked if he desires an afterlife, outspoken atheist RichardDawkins answered "Wouldn't it be incredibly tedious after the first thousand years or so?"
* A survey all around Europe from Readers Digest asked the question "Do you want to live forever?" On average, only 30-40% of people said yes. Americans were asked the same question too, and the majority said ''yes''. It's been used to demonstrate cultural differences.
* Susan Ertz sums it up in a pithy quote: "Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon."
* Philosophers of the theological theory of UsefulNotes/{{Pandeism}} hypothesize this as one possible reason why an immortal deity would wish to cease to be one, and [[PiecesOfGod become the Universe instead]]. Expounded upon in Literature/GodsDebris.
* Less conventional immortals: Henrietta Lacks and several other people, whose names are generally unknown, immortalized forever in [=HeLa=], [=HEK239=], [=SH-SY5Y=] and other cell lines. They're obviously not human anymore, but still distinct living entities that can grow and proliferate, sometimes even [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HeLa#Contamination running out of control, as summarized here by The Other Wiki]]. Some even argue that [=HeLa=] should be considered a new species, due to its self-sufficiency as well as significant genetic and ecological differences from the human source.
* [[http://abcnews.go.com/2020/Health/Story?id=7880954&page=1 Brooke Greenberg]] stays young. Unfortunately, she is a 16-year-old who looks like and mentally (as far as anyone knows) is a baby, and thus cannot talk or take care of herself. But, she miraculously has survived through various illnesses such as stomach ulcers and brain tumors with no explanation.
** Sadly, [[http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/brooke-greenberg-20-old-8220-toddler-8217-8221-185100345.html she passed away at the age of 20.]] However, scientists are researching her DNA sequence to see if the secrets to longevity can be discovered.
* Buddhists, Hindus, and Jainists all believe that life is suffering, and that people are forced to repeatedly die and be reborn until they rid themselves of karma.
* Christian theology holds that human beings are inherently immortal, but whether this will be pleasant or agony depends on the life you lead in this mortal coil. Heaven is very much LivingForeverIsAwesome, while Hell is very much this trope. The descriptions of Hell are: [[AndIMustScream "They will be tormented day and night, forever and ever," and "Their worm will not die, nor will their fire be extinguished."]] It is a place full of despair and solitude, with no hope of any improvement, and the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus further implies that it is possible to see Heaven from Hell-see it, but never reach it. Christian theology also makes a point that life ''on Earth'' is a huge pain in the ass too, so eternal life on Earth wouldn't be very fun either. And Orthodox Sacred Tradition states it clear that if The Lord hasn't allowed people to die, they would be demons, not simply HumansAreFlawed that we are now.
** It's been shown that concepts of an eternal suffering in Hell are not actually canon to Christian theology. Originally, it was supposed to mean that being denied heaven meant that your soul was destroyed (and likely reduced to the soul's primary energy which theoretically brings it up to the possibility of being reincarnated). Elements of what Christians teach as the typical eternal damnation and brimstone are said to have come from other things like Dante's Inferno and John Milton's Paradise Lost as a means for churches to control people through fear. This would make far more sense than an omnipowerful, all-loving God creating a space that even it somehow is not present in and having his children suffer infinitely for finite punishments.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvMiz0-nPxs&feature=player_detailpage This]] video explains in great detail why you would not want to live forever.
* Creator/WoodyAllen joked that "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work, I want to achieve it through not dying."
* When asked if he would want to be immortal, computer-programmer Edsgar W. Dijkstra replied: "If 10 years from now, when you are doing something quick and dirty, you suddenly visualize that I am looking over your shoulders and say to yourself: 'Dijkstra would not have liked this', well that would be enough immortality for me."
* It's important to note that because all fiction as we know it is based on the foundations of our reality, and we've never seen anything that ever lasted "forever" in the truest sense of the word, anyone who finds this trope and related ones like AndIMustScream or FateWorseThanDeath can take some heart, that based on laws and principals of logic, it's pretty much impossible to be immortal.
** Becoming an immortal being is itself a logical paradox. You can't be born of cellular material and not have those cells die off. To be truly immortal, your cells would most likely need to change into energy, which means everything you are changes into energy (which, in a way, is both what all of our earthly fates are anyway as well as what is the most primary wellspring for being born in the first place). Even through magic means, all it does is change part of the cellular structure so that it's simply exponentially more resilient to normal wear and tear. Magic, as cast by imperfect beings with physical (and therefore inherently imperfect, even those recognized as Gods) properties, will be to some degree imperfect and able to be defeated or reversed.
** And then the other thing to consider is that the universe is in a constant state of change as well as having an overwhelming degree of it undiscovered. How can you determine a state of true immortality cannot be destroyed by anything in the universe if so much of the universe is unknown? Maybe a jump through a black hole or a quasar bath would cure it. Either way, this immortality-granting power is a product of the universe, and if even the universe is subject to entropy and death (and eventual rebirth) then everything subject to it is as well. Every character listed on this page and its brethren pages are still going to die someday. Sure, they'll still suffer upwards of millions of times more than most people ever will, but they still have an out to look forward to. One way or another.
* The story of [[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39768321 Mbah Ghoto.]] He's outlived his ''four'' wives, 10 siblings, and all his children. His grandchildren took care of him, and he's been waiting for his time to come with a coffin prepared. He finally got his wish and passed away at the age of 146, making him the oldest recorded human being.

[[TheStinger Okay, seriously,]] [[RuleOfThree PUT THAT HAND DOWN.]]