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** Many of the Epic Destinies from 4th edition function like this.

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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' eventually reveals that [[MagnificentBastard Doctor Strange's]] immortality is based entirely around the purpose given to him by [[spoiler: the Time Stone]] -- to carry out a LongGame designed to fill the world with heroes and unite them in the common cause of facing down Thanos when the time comes.

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* ''Literature/TheRavenTower'': The god called the Raven appoints a human "Raven's Lease" to rule on his behalf, who cannot die during their tenure -- anyone who tries to kill them drops dead on the spot. The only way the Lease is allowed to die is through voluntary HumanSacrifice to the Raven at the end of their term.


* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', the character El Capitan is an extremely old conquistador. He found a golden valley (an expy of El Dorado called Valley of the Golden Suns) but lost its location, and spent the next 500 years searching it. He is extremely old and he ''looks'' old, but that won't stop him.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'': In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', the FiveEpisodePilot "Treasure of the Golden Suns", the character El Capitan is an extremely old conquistador. elderly Spanish man. He found a golden valley (an expy of El Dorado called the Valley of the Golden Suns) but lost its location, and spent the next 500 400 years searching for it. He is extremely old and he ''looks'' old, but that won't stop him.



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* The ''Return of the Guardians'' trilogy spins guardianship this way. While a Guardian's strength comes from children's belief, true to [[WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians the source material]], immortality comes from performing their duties. Passing the job along to someone else gives them the opportunity to lead a mortal life. The Keeper is the second Father Time, and Angel is the fourth Cupid. Mother Goose declined immortality, and grew old and died without choosing a successor. [[spoiler:By the end of the series, the Man in the Moon/Prince Ioniel names Jamie a candidate for her title once he grows up.]]



* Glaeken from the ''{{Adversary}}'' and ''Literature/RepairmanJack'' novels lived for thousands of years without aging, so long as he was the Ally's champion. When he [[spoiler:thought that he'd]] destroyed his foe Rasalom in The Tomb, his immortality left him and he began to age normally. Genre Savvy Rasalom had taunted him with the prospect that he might instantly age to dust if this happened, but the Ally wasn't quite so callous as to permit that.

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* Glaeken from the ''{{Adversary}}'' ''Literature/TheAdversaryCycle'' and ''Literature/RepairmanJack'' novels lived for thousands of years without aging, so long as he was the Ally's champion. When he [[spoiler:thought that he'd]] destroyed his foe Rasalom in The Tomb, his immortality left him and he began to age normally. Genre Savvy Rasalom had taunted him with the prospect that he might instantly age to dust if this happened, but the Ally wasn't quite so callous as to permit that.


* In Dark Souls, undead characters are immortal until they lose their purpose, in which case they go hollow and lose their minds before their final deaths. As long as they have something to live for they cannot die.

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* In Dark Souls, ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', undead characters are immortal until they lose their purpose, in which case they go have ResurrectiveImmortality so long as the Fire Flame is fading, but having a purpose keeps them from going hollow and lose losing their minds before their final deaths. As long as they have something to live for they cannot die.minds.


* Odago Koinosuke in ''Anime/JubeiChan'' was given a command to find a successor to UsefulNotes/YagyuJubei, an oath he took with UndyingLoyalty, literally. If in danger of failing his oath, he dessicates on the spot, and just as quickly revives.
** His daughter in the sequel has a similar impetus, except she turns into a tree should failure be emminent, and this is not done with as much aplomb.

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* Odago Koinosuke in ''Anime/JubeiChan'' was given a command to find a successor to UsefulNotes/YagyuJubei, an oath he took with UndyingLoyalty, literally. If in danger of failing his oath, he dessicates desiccates on the spot, and just as quickly revives.
** His daughter in the sequel has a similar impetus, except she turns into a tree should failure be emminent, imminent, and this is not done with as much aplomb.



* The TV series ''Series/NewAmsterdam'' had a similar premise to ''Forever'' (see Literature) with John Amsterdam, where he would live as long as necessary to find true love (he didn't have the"don't leave Manhattan" part). It led to some plagarism accusations.

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* The TV series ''Series/NewAmsterdam'' had a similar premise to ''Forever'' (see Literature) with John Amsterdam, where he would live as long as necessary to find true love (he didn't have the"don't the "don't leave Manhattan" part). It led to some plagarism plagiarism accusations.



* Those held captive in the Well of Wonders in ''VideoGame/SunlessSkies'' are forced to perform in and attend to a theater play reenacting the story of a Prophet that tried to convince the Twin Kings of Eleutheria that a revolution might be a good thing. [[spoiler:When at last the story managed to be told in its entirety thanks to your captain, they all crumbled instantly to dust, as they only had been kept alive and young to fullfill their role into reciting and hearing the complete story of the Exile Prophet. The sole exception was a little girl that became a very old woman as soon as the play ended, and died mere moments later.]]

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* Those held captive in the Well of Wonders in ''VideoGame/SunlessSkies'' are forced to perform in and attend to a theater play reenacting the story of a Prophet that tried to convince the Twin Kings of Eleutheria that a revolution might be a good thing. [[spoiler:When at last the story managed to be told in its entirety thanks to your captain, they all crumbled instantly to dust, as they only had been kept alive and young to fullfill fulfill their role into reciting and hearing the complete story of the Exile Prophet. The sole exception was a little girl that became a very old woman as soon as the play ended, and died mere moments later.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'', the Mr. Meeseeks are generated, given a single task to fulfill, then disappear, as they [[DeathSeeker can't bear to exist for long periods of time]]. And they cannot disappear until that task is completed; they can be maimed, torn apart, et al., but they will keep going. Normally, this isn't an issue, but if they're given a truly impossible task, such as taking two strokes off of [[ButtMonkey Jerry]]'s golf game, [[ICannotSelfTerminate bad things happen]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'', the Mr. Meeseeks are generated, given a single task to fulfill, then disappear, as they [[DeathSeeker can't bear to exist for long periods of time]]. And they cannot disappear until that task is completed; they can be maimed, torn apart, et al., al, but they will keep going. Normally, this isn't an issue, but if they're given a truly impossible task, such as taking two strokes off of [[ButtMonkey Jerry]]'s golf game, [[ICannotSelfTerminate bad things happen]].


* This is the status conferred on its bearer by the titular Graystone from ''Literature/TheGraystoneSaga''. Whoever wears it will remain in exactly the same physical condition they were when they first put it on, in order to stay alive as many years as necessary to complete the somewhat mysterious mission connected with it.

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* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': The reason the players of the series are invincible and can't be killed by the Godmodder is because the literal force that dictates the plot of every story in reality is on their side, giving them the ability to both do whatever they want and to not be killed directly ([[DeathIsCheap or at least, to have their deaths not matter much]]) just so that they can accomplish the titular goal, in a very extreme case of PlotArmor.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', the character El Capitan is an extremely old conquistador. He found a golden valley (an expy of El Dorado called Valley of the Golden Suns) but lost its location, and spent the next 500 years searching it. He is extremely old and he ''looks'' old, but that won't stop him.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', the character El Capitan is an extremely old conquistador. He found a golden valley (an expy of El Dorado called Valley of the Golden Suns) but lost its location, and spent the next 500 years searching it. He is extremely old and he ''looks'' old, but that won't stop him.

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**Taken up to 11 if you refuse the Queen of Maggot’s help to resurrect one last time, in which case Susan comes back just by being too determined to die.

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** This also applies to Deionarra, whose spirit still remains bound to the world in order to help the Nameless One's quest. [[spoiler:Turns out that one of the Nameless One's pastg incarnations tricked her into falling in love with him so that, when she died, her spirit would've stayed to help all eventual future (and amnesiac) incarnations. And he deliberately set up her death. This is regarded as [[MoralEventHorizon one of the most evil acts in the entire story]]]].

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* Those held captive in the Well of Wonders in ''VideoGame/SunlessSkies'' are forced to perform in and attend to a theater play reenacting the story of a Prophet that tried to convince the Twin Kings of Eleutheria that a revolution might be a good thing. [[spoiler:When at last the story managed to be told in its entirety thanks to your captain, they all crumbled instantly to dust, as they only had been kept alive and young to fullfill their role into reciting and hearing the complete story of the Exile Prophet. The sole exception was a little girl that became a very old woman as soon as the play ended, and died mere moments later.]]

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* In ''Literature/{{Ramayana}}'', it is said that Hanuman is immortal to sing praises to Rama, and will continue to be so as long as Rama's name is praised by anyone. That means Hanuman is virtually immortal until there's no devout anymore, from which at that point he would die and the world would go into a judgment day.


* In Dark Souls, undead characters are immortal until they lose their purpose, in which case they go hollow and go insaine before their final deaths. As long as they have something to live for they cannot die.

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* In Dark Souls, undead characters are immortal until they lose their purpose, in which case they go hollow and go insaine lose their minds before their final deaths. As long as they have something to live for they cannot die.

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