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Said to be related to the PhilosophersStone in [[UsefulNotes/{{Alchemy}} alchemical]] lore, though this was not always its origins in myths and legends. NoImmortalInertia and/or RapidAging are likely to occur if a repeated user stops taking elixir.

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Said to be related to the PhilosophersStone in [[UsefulNotes/{{Alchemy}} alchemical]] UsefulNotes/{{alchem|y}}ical lore, though this was not always its origins in myths and legends. NoImmortalInertia and/or RapidAging are likely to occur if a repeated user stops taking elixir. Subtrope of MagicPotion.


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* In the fanfic scenario ''Literature/StarWarsGalacticFolkloreAndMythology'', an old alchemist of the Givin species is said to have developed the Elixir of Life. Unfortunately, while it reversed his physical age, it also robbed him of the wisdom that (supposedly) comes naturally with age, and he wound up getting knocked dead after stupidly starting a fight with a man twice his size.
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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': [[https://scryfall.com/card/m14/209/elixir-of-immortality Elixir of Immortality]], described in its flavor text as "bottled life", restores some of your life when used and shuffles your discarded cards (representing your spent magic) back into your deck.
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** Drinking a Potion of Longevity reduces the drinker's age by 1-12 years. However, each time one is drunk there's a 1% cumulative chance that the effect will be reversed, causing the drinker to become their true age. If this happens to someone who's extremely old, they can die of RapidAging on the spot.
** Drinking an Elixir of Youth causes the drinker to become 2-5 years younger, with no chance of side effects.

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** Drinking a Potion of Longevity reduces the drinker's age by 1-12 one to twelve years. However, each time one is drunk there's a 1% cumulative chance that the effect will be reversed, causing the drinker to become their true age. If this happens to someone who's extremely old, they can die of RapidAging on the spot.
spot. 5E has largely the same version, but with a few tweaks -- the minimum age reduction is seven years instead of one, but the chance of aging up is bumped up to 10%.
** Drinking an Elixir of Youth causes the drinker to become 2-5 two to five years younger, with no chance of side effects.


* In ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'' the FountainOfYouth was reverse-engineered to mass-produce rejuvenation potions, with a safety installed so that the furthest back one can be de-aged is to babyhood (the original fountain having no living thing within miles because of this loophole). The potion, detached from the Fountain, is not ''referred'' to as Elixir of Life but otherwise fits this trope to a T.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'' the FountainOfYouth was reverse-engineered to mass-produce rejuvenation potions, with a safety installed so that the furthest back one can be de-aged is to babyhood (the original fountain having no living thing within miles because is in the middle of this loophole).a dead wasteland due to lacking that safeguard). The potion, detached from the Fountain, is not ''referred'' to as Elixir of Life but otherwise fits this trope to a T.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Disenchantment}}'': The Elixir of Life is used as an important MacGuffin. {{Princess|Protagonist}} Bean's father, King Zog, is one of several humans who wants to obtain the Elixir, which is said to be derived from [[BloodMagic the blood of an elf]]; he allows Bean's friend Elfo to live in the castle, in exchange for him being used as a guinea pig for magical experiments. Zog's plan is to [[spoiler:use the Elixir to [[BackFromTheDead resurrect]] his [[TakenForGranite petrified]] first wife Dagmar, which eventually succeeds]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Disenchantment}}'': The Elixir of Life is used as an important MacGuffin.MacGuffin in the 1st season. {{Princess|Protagonist}} Bean's father, King Zog, is one of several humans who wants to obtain the Elixir, which is said to be derived from [[BloodMagic the blood of an elf]]; he allows Bean's friend Elfo to live in the castle, in exchange for him being used as a guinea pig for magical experiments. Zog's plan is to [[spoiler:use the Elixir to [[BackFromTheDead resurrect]] his [[TakenForGranite petrified]] first wife Dagmar, which eventually succeeds]].succeeds. The Elixir is also deceptively named, as it turns out to be a hollow crystal pendant into which elf blood is dripped.]]



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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Disenchantment}}'': The Elixir of Life is used as an important MacGuffin. {{Princess|Protagonist}} Bean's father, King Zog, is one of several humans who wants to obtain the Elixir, which is said to be derived from [[BloodMagic the blood of an elf]]; he allows Bean's friend Elfo to live in the castle, in exchange for him being used as a guinea pig for magical experiments. Zog's plan is to [[spoiler:use the Elixir to [[BackFromTheDead resurrect]] his [[TakenForGranite petrified]] first wife Dagmar, which eventually succeeds]].


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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Disenchantment}}'': The Elixir of Life is used as an important MacGuffin. {{Princess|Protagonist}} Bean's father, King Zog, is one of several humans who wants to obtain the Elixir, which is said to be derived from [[BloodMagic the blood of an elf]]; he allows Bean's friend Elfo to live in the castle, in exchange for him being used as a guinea pig for magical experiments. Zog's plan is to [[spoiler:use the Elixir to [[BackFromTheDead resurrect]] his [[TakenForGranite petrified]] first wife Dagmar, which eventually succeeds]].
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* In the fanfic scenario ''Literature/StarWarsGalacticFolkloreAndMythology'', an old alchemist of the Givin species is said to have developed the Elixir of Life. Unfortunately, while it reversed his physical age, it also robbed him of the wisdom that (supposedly) comes naturally with age, and he wound up getting knocked dead after stupidly starting a fight with a man twice his size.

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* It's a tongue-in-cheek understanding, among fans of Groundhog Day mascot Punxsutawny Phil, that Phil is more than 130 years old, having vastly exceeded the normal six-year groundhog lifespan thanks to periodic sips of this trope.


* In ''VideoGame/Rayman2: The Great Escape'', Rayman meets a sick-looking Clark at the Menhir Hills. Clark explains to Rayman that he must have swallowed something bad for him, and he needs a life potion, hidden near the entrance of the Marshes of Awakening, in a place called The Cave of Bad Dreams. Jano, the guardian of the Cave of Bad Dreams, won't let you in if you don't know its name. After defeating Jano, Rayman returns to the Menhir Hills with the elixir, and Clark is back to his normal self.

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* In ''VideoGame/Rayman2: The Great Escape'', ''VideoGame/Rayman2TheGreatEscape'', Rayman meets a sick-looking Clark at the Menhir Hills. Clark explains to Rayman that he must have swallowed something bad for him, and he needs a life potion, hidden near the entrance of the Marshes of Awakening, in a place called The Cave of Bad Dreams. Jano, the guardian of the Cave of Bad Dreams, won't let you in if you don't know its name. After defeating Jano, Rayman returns to the Menhir Hills with the elixir, and Clark is back to his normal self.

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* In ''Fanfic/LegacySekiroKimetsuNoYaiba'', Tamayo gives Wolf regular doses of a medicine developed by her grandfather Dogen to keep Wolf alive in his vigil over the Mortal Blade. As a result, Wolf no longer needs to eat, drink, [[TheSleepless or sleep]] to survive, nor will he age or sicken so long as he continues taking the drug. However, he falls short of CompleteImmortality in that he can still be slain, which is a comfort to him, as he shudders to think about the possibility of an unkillable Shura should he ever give into his innate urges.
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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'': In "The Last Defender of Camelot", Myth/{{Merlin}} has Lancelot give him an elixir of life after he awakens from his 1,000 years of sleep so that he can regain his strength. After Merlin removes the enchantment granting Lancelot immortality, Lancelot drinks the rest of the elixir as he has learned caution in his extremely long life and suspected that Merlin might betray him.


** Eirin Yagokoro came up with the Hourai elixir, which induces complete ResurrectiveImmortality in the drinker after three sips (the first prevents aging, the second prevents disease), and was banished to Earth from the Moon along with Kaguya. [[TheTaleOfTheBambooCutter When Kaguya left the Earth]], she left the elixir behind and he Emperor ordered it destroyed, but Mokou (whose father had been humiliated by Kaguya's ImpossibleTask) stole it and drank it herself.

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** Eirin Yagokoro came up with the Hourai elixir, which induces complete ResurrectiveImmortality in the drinker after three sips (the first prevents aging, the second prevents disease), and was banished to Earth from the Moon along with Kaguya. [[TheTaleOfTheBambooCutter [[Literature/TheTaleOfTheBambooCutter When Kaguya left the Earth]], she left the elixir behind and he Emperor ordered it destroyed, but Mokou (whose father had been humiliated by Kaguya's ImpossibleTask) stole it and drank it herself.


* "Literature/TheBirthmark": Aylmer admits that such a potion would be possible, although he believes that it would be an imbalance in nature for it to be used.

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* "Literature/TheBirthmark": ''Literature/TheBirthmark'': Aylmer admits that such a potion would be possible, although he believes that it would be an imbalance in nature for it to be used.


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* ''Literature/{{Starless}}'': The ''rhamanthus'' seeds, when empowered by Anamuht, grant a year of youth and vitality. The House of the Ageless keeps the harvest; King Azarkal has ruled for 300 years. One cannot live forever, however, and in Khai's time, Azarkal's family has grown large, Anamuht's blessings are rarer, and the seeds are running out.


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* Myth/MandeMythology: Wild ngoyo tomatoes rejuvenate those who eat them.


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* ''VideoGame/KsiazeITchorz'': Galador finds a flask of this stuff.. in Arivald's grave.


* The "spilling from the FountainOfYouth" variety is the macguffin in the ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'' story ''The Man Who Did Not Want to Die''. The titular Man is an old adventurer called Tanzafio who found the Fountain of Youth and brought back copious amounts of its waters (the Elixir) in large bottles. Decades later what remained of his supplies is actually lost and he has to return to the Fountain in time before ever-fastening RapidAging gets him...



* ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'': The "spilling from the FountainOfYouth" variety is the macguffin in ''The Man Who Did Not Want to Die''. The titular Man is an old adventurer called Tanzafio who found the Fountain of Youth and brought back copious amounts of its waters (the Elixir) in large bottles. Decades later what remained of his supplies is actually lost and he has to return to the Fountain in time before ever-fastening RapidAging gets him...



* The eponymous tale by Creator/TheBrothersGrimm shows Elixir of Life as the only cure for a dying king, said in legend to flow from a magical fountain in a far-away palace. The king sends his three sons to get elixir for him.

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* The eponymous tale by Creator/TheBrothersGrimm shows Creator/TheBrothersGrimm: "The Elixir of Life Life" shows the titular substance as the only cure for a dying king, said in legend to flow from [[FountainOfYouth a magical fountain fountain]] in a far-away palace. The king sends his three sons to get elixir for him.



* Creator/HonoreDeBalzac's short story ''[[Literature/LElixirDeLongueVie L'Elixir de Longue Vie]]'' tells the story of how the father of Literature/DonJuan [[note]](yes, ''that'' Don Juan; the connection seems gratuitous and has puzzled many critics)[[/note]] obtained a phial of Elixir of Long Life that, if rubbed over his freshly-dead body, could restore him to life. The dying man tells Don Juan to use it on him without specifying how. Juan starts to fulfill his dead father's last request but never for a moment believes it will work. When Juan Senior's head starts to twitch, Don Juan is so terrified that he drops the phial, leaving half of his father's body a corpse. Weirdness ensues.

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* Creator/HonoreDeBalzac's short story ''[[Literature/LElixirDeLongueVie L'Elixir de Longue Vie]]'' "Literature/TheBirthmark": Aylmer admits that such a potion would be possible, although he believes that it would be an imbalance in nature for it to be used.
* ''Literature/LElixirDeLongueVie''
tells the story of how the father of Literature/DonJuan [[note]](yes, ''that'' Don Juan; the connection seems gratuitous and has puzzled many critics)[[/note]] obtained a phial of Elixir of Long Life that, if rubbed over his freshly-dead body, could restore him to life. The dying man tells Don Juan to use it on him without specifying how. Juan starts to fulfill his dead father's last request but never for a moment believes it will work. When Juan Senior's head starts to twitch, Don Juan is so terrified that he drops the phial, leaving half of his father's body a corpse. Weirdness ensues.
* ''Literature/LElixirDeVie'', a 1890 French fantasy novel, invokes the trope as a RedHerring. It is thought to be the mysterious Mr Vincent's source of immortality before the twist that he is actually a LifeDrinker who sucks out children's life force.



** Unicorn's Blood also functions as a dark counterpart to the Elixir of Life: drinking it can somehow stave off imminent death by malady, but it carries a curse that will make the body even weaker in the long run. Elixir of Life is said to counteract this curse, though [[ManipulativeBastard this may just have been a lie Voldemort told Quirrel to get him to go along with drinking Unicorn's Blood]].
* Creator/NathanielHawthorne's "Literature/TheBirthmark": Aylmer admits that such a potion would be possible, although he believes that it would be an imbalance in nature for it to be used.
* Creator/JulesLermina's ''[[Literature/LElixirDeVie L'Elixir de Vie]]'', a 1890 French fantasy novel, invokes the trope as a RedHerring. It is thought to be the mysterious Mr Vincent's source of immortality before the twist that he is actually a LifeDrinker who sucks out children's life force.

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** Unicorn's Blood blood also functions as a dark counterpart to the Elixir of Life: drinking it can somehow stave off imminent death by malady, but it carries a curse that will make the body even weaker in the long run. Elixir of Life is said to counteract this curse, though [[ManipulativeBastard this may just have been a lie Voldemort told Quirrel to get him to go along with drinking Unicorn's Blood]]. \n* Creator/NathanielHawthorne's "Literature/TheBirthmark": Aylmer admits that such a potion would be possible, although he believes that it would be an imbalance in nature for it to be used.\n* Creator/JulesLermina's ''[[Literature/LElixirDeVie L'Elixir de Vie]]'', a 1890 French fantasy novel, invokes the trope as a RedHerring. It is thought to be the mysterious Mr Vincent's source of immortality before the twist that he is actually a LifeDrinker who sucks out children's life force.



* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Sisterhood of Karn are guardians of the Elixir of Eternal Life, as seen in "The Brain of Morbius" and "Night of the Doctor".

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Sisterhood of Karn are guardians of the Elixir of Eternal Life, as seen in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius The Brain of Morbius" Morbius]]" and "Night "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor The Night of the Doctor".Doctor]]".



* ''TabletopGames/{{Arduin}}'': Every midnight, the Silver Chalice of Life fills with a mead that adds one day to the drinker's life. Consequently, its owner will have unending life as long as they possess the Chalice and drink from it daily.
* ''TabletopGames/DungeonsAndDragons'': ''AD&D'' 1st/2nd Edition had two versions of this.

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* ''TabletopGames/{{Arduin}}'': ''TabletopGame/{{Arduin}}'': Every midnight, the Silver Chalice of Life fills with a mead that adds one day to the drinker's life. Consequently, its owner will have unending life as long as they possess the Chalice and drink from it daily.
* ''TabletopGames/DungeonsAndDragons'': ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': ''AD&D'' 1st/2nd Edition had two versions of this.



* ''TabletopGames/{{Pathfinder}}'': The sun orchid elixir will restore its drinker's physical age to that of its species' young adults, allowing potentially unending life if drunk once every few decades. Because of this, and because the secret of its making is a closely kept secret and sun orchids are ''vanishingly'' rare, it's far and away the most expensive and desired product in Golarion.

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* ''TabletopGames/{{Pathfinder}}'': ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'': The sun orchid elixir will restore its drinker's physical age to that of its species' young adults, allowing potentially unending life if drunk once every few decades. Because of this, and because the secret of its making is a closely kept secret and sun orchids are ''vanishingly'' rare, it's far and away the most expensive and desired product in Golarion.



* Shows up twice in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'':
** Eirin Yagokoro came up with the Hourai elixir, which induces complete ResurrectiveImmortality in the drinker after three sips (the first prevents aging, the second prevents disease), and was banished to Earth from the Moon along with Kaguya. [[TheTaleOfTheBambooCutter When Kaguya left the Earth]], she left the elixir behind and he Emperor ordered it destroyed, but Mokou (whose father had been humiliated by Kaguya's ImpossibleTask) stole it and drank it herself.
** Junko launched an invasion of the moon to get revenge on Chang'e (her son was killed by one of the suns shot down by her husband Houyi), unaware that the Lunarians had imprisoned her for drinking the Hourai elixir as well.



* An event chain in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' allows the discovery of an elixir of life. Production capacity is not enough to significantly raise the lifespan of the entire population, so you have to choose between distributing it anyway (which raises population happiness) or restricting it to your leaders (which increases your empire's "leader lifespan" properly, so you can keep experienced leaders longer).

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* ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'': An event chain in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' allows the discovery of an elixir of life. Production capacity is not enough to significantly raise the lifespan of the entire population, so you have to choose between distributing it anyway (which raises population happiness) or restricting it to your leaders (which increases your empire's "leader lifespan" properly, so you can keep experienced leaders longer).longer).
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': This shows up twice:
** Eirin Yagokoro came up with the Hourai elixir, which induces complete ResurrectiveImmortality in the drinker after three sips (the first prevents aging, the second prevents disease), and was banished to Earth from the Moon along with Kaguya. [[TheTaleOfTheBambooCutter When Kaguya left the Earth]], she left the elixir behind and he Emperor ordered it destroyed, but Mokou (whose father had been humiliated by Kaguya's ImpossibleTask) stole it and drank it herself.
** Junko launched an invasion of the moon to get revenge on Chang'e (her son was killed by one of the suns shot down by her husband Houyi), unaware that the Lunarians had imprisoned her for drinking the Hourai elixir as well.



* The Elixir of Life is used as an important MacGuffin in ''{{WesternAnimation/Disenchantment}}''. PrincessProtagonist Bean's father, King Zog, is one of several humans who wants to obtain the Elixir, which is said to be derived from [[BloodMagic the blood of an elf]]; he allows Bean's friend Elfo to live in the castle, in exchange for him being used as a guinea pig for magical experiments. Zog's plan is to [[spoiler:use the Elixir to [[BackFromTheDead resurrect]] his [[TakenForGranite petrified]] first wife Dagmar, which eventually succeeds]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Disenchantment}}'': The Elixir of Life is used as an important MacGuffin in ''{{WesternAnimation/Disenchantment}}''. PrincessProtagonist MacGuffin. {{Princess|Protagonist}} Bean's father, King Zog, is one of several humans who wants to obtain the Elixir, which is said to be derived from [[BloodMagic the blood of an elf]]; he allows Bean's friend Elfo to live in the castle, in exchange for him being used as a guinea pig for magical experiments. Zog's plan is to [[spoiler:use the Elixir to [[BackFromTheDead resurrect]] his [[TakenForGranite petrified]] first wife Dagmar, which eventually succeeds]].


* Advanced ''TabletopGames/DungeonsAndDragons'' 1st/2nd Edition had two versions of this.

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* Advanced ''TabletopGames/DungeonsAndDragons'' ''TabletopGames/{{Arduin}}'': Every midnight, the Silver Chalice of Life fills with a mead that adds one day to the drinker's life. Consequently, its owner will have unending life as long as they possess the Chalice and drink from it daily.
* ''TabletopGames/DungeonsAndDragons'': ''AD&D''
1st/2nd Edition had two versions of this.


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* ''TabletopGames/{{Pathfinder}}'': The sun orchid elixir will restore its drinker's physical age to that of its species' young adults, allowing potentially unending life if drunk once every few decades. Because of this, and because the secret of its making is a closely kept secret and sun orchids are ''vanishingly'' rare, it's far and away the most expensive and desired product in Golarion.

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