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* In Myth/HinduMythology, much like with Gilgamesh, Garuda, king of the birds, was sent to retrieve an elixir of immortality, but lost it in an accident. Snakes took the opportunity to lap up the spilled drops, gaining their skin-shedding rejuvenation, but cut their tongues on the grass, gaining their forked tongues.


* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': The description of the Coventous Gold Serpent Ring: "The serpent is an imperfect dragon and symbol of the Undead.".

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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': Serpents are closely tied to the idea of immortality, and ''Dark Souls'' lore states that serpents are "incomplete dragons", the Everlasting Dragons having been the only ''truly'' immortal beings in the verse. They are also symbols of greed, so the general symbolism of a snake in ''Dark Souls'' is something that covets immortality, but cannot quite attain it. The description Primordial Serpents are also extremely old, supposedly having existed prior to the Age of Fire, if their name is any indication. [[spoiler:The Japanese dialogue in the third game suggests, however, that at least one of the Coventous Gold Serpent Ring: "The serpent Primordial Serpents, Kaathe, is an imperfect dragon and symbol of the Undead.".dead by that time, meaning they are not truly immortal either.]]


* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' Hazama, who is always associated with snakes turns out to be [[spoiler: ''very'' old]].

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* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' Hazama, Hazama (or more specifically Yuuki Terumi), who is always associated with snakes snakes, turns out to be [[spoiler: ''very'' old]].old. [[spoiler:As in, [[TimeAbyss nearly as old as the BlazBlue universe itself]] as the original will of the Susanooh Unit that protects the Master Unit Amaterasu]].

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** He likens himself as surpassing the serpent into a dragon.


* In Myth/MesopotamianMythology, the immortality potion that Gilgamesh sought to cheat death with was drank by a snake, giving it the ability to shed its skin.

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* In Myth/MesopotamianMythology, ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'', the immortality potion herb of eternal life that Gilgamesh sought to cheat death with was drank stolen and eaten by a snake, giving it the ability to shed its skin.skin, thus rejuvenating itself and becoming immortal.


* {{Averted}} in Literature/TheBible where [[TalkingAnimal a serpent]] (possibly Satan in disguise but it's not explicitly stated) destroys humanity's inherent immortality by convincing Adam and Eve to eat from The Tree of Knowledge of Food and Evil. Neither the snake or the humans gain anything from this.

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* {{Averted}} in Literature/TheBible where [[TalkingAnimal a serpent]] (possibly Satan in disguise but it's not explicitly stated) destroys humanity's inherent immortality by convincing Adam and Eve to eat from The Tree of Knowledge of Food and Evil. Neither the snake or the humans gain anything from this.Literature/TheBible:


* {{Averted}} in Literature/TheBible where [[TalkingAnimal a serpent]] (possibly Satan in disguise but it's not explicitly stated) steals humanity's inherent immortality by convincing Adam and Eve to eat from The Tree of Knowledge of Food and Evil. Neither the snake or the humans gain anything from this.
** In thr book of Numbers, the children of Israel were dying from being bitten by fiery serpents. Moses made a brass serpent and put it on a pole, and whoever looked at it didn't die from snakebite.

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* {{Averted}} in Literature/TheBible where [[TalkingAnimal a serpent]] (possibly Satan in disguise but it's not explicitly stated) steals destroys humanity's inherent immortality by convincing Adam and Eve to eat from The Tree of Knowledge of Food and Evil. Neither the snake or the humans gain anything from this.
** In thr the book of Numbers, the children of Israel were dying from being bitten by fiery serpents. Moses made a brass serpent and put it on a pole, and whoever looked at it didn't die from snakebite.


* {{Averted}} in Literature/TheBible where [[TalkingAnimal a serpent]] (possibly Satan in disguise but it's not explicitly stated) steals humanity's inherent immortality by convincing Adam and Eve to eat from The Tree of Knowledge of Food and Evil. Neither the snake or the humans gain anything from this.
** In thr book of Numbers, the children of Israel were dying from being bitten by fiery serpents. Moses made a brass serpent and put it on a pole, and whoever looked at it didn't die from snakebite.
** John 3:13: "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up." So the serpent symbolizes Christ, crucified and resurrected.



* OlderThanDirt: This appears in ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'', where the magical plant which grants eternal life and youth is stolen by a snake, making it immortal. Gilgamesh didn't get a chance to eat the plant and had to go home mortal.
* ''Literature/TheBible'':
** In Numbers 21, the children of Israel were dying from being bitten by fiery serpents. Moses made a brass serpent and put it on a pole, and whoever looked at it didn't die from snakebite.
** John 3:13: "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up." So the serpent symbolizes Christ, crucified and resurrected.
** However, the Book of Genesis contains a subversion - the serpent tricked Eve into eating a fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. In response, God expelled Adam and Eve from the garden to prevent them from also eating the fruits of the Tree of Life.


* Asclepius, the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek God of Healing]], is symbolized by two serpents coiled round a staff: this image is still today used as a sign of regeneration, healing and medicine and is at least two thousand years old. The Asclepius staff is the cap badge of the British Army's medical corps. The symbol may be older still: refer to the example from Numbers, concerning Moses' staff with the serpent coiled round it, that conferred immunity from snakebite and by extention deliverance from evil and death - Satan in his Garden of Eden serpent form.

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* Asclepius, the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek God of Healing]], is symbolized by two serpents one serpent coiled round a staff: this image is still today used as a sign of regeneration, healing and medicine and is at least two thousand years old. The Asclepius staff is the cap badge of the British Army's medical corps. The symbol may be older still: refer to the example from Numbers, concerning Moses' staff with the serpent coiled round it, that conferred immunity from snakebite and by extention deliverance from evil and death - Satan in his Garden of Eden serpent form.


* Queen Salmissra from ''{{Belgariad}}'' also invokes this trope. The patron god of Nyissa is a snake god who favored a mortal priestess a long time ago, but neglected to prolong her life. After her death, each reigning queen is chosen based on how closely they resemble Salmissra and kept artificially young through drugs, and replaced when they grow too old for this to work. In effect, this means that it appears to uninformed outsiders Nyissa, favored by the serpent god Issa, has its monarch blessed with immortality and eternal youth. Unfortunately, the realization that she is not immortal drives one Salmissra[[note]]two if you count the prequels[[/note]] into rather immoral actions under the promise of immortality, until Polgara transforms her into an immortal snake.

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* Queen Salmissra from ''{{Belgariad}}'' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' also invokes this trope. The patron god of Nyissa is a snake god who favored a mortal priestess a long time ago, but neglected to prolong her life. After her death, each reigning queen is chosen based on how closely they resemble Salmissra and kept artificially young through drugs, and replaced when they grow too old for this to work. In effect, this means that it appears to uninformed outsiders Nyissa, favored by the serpent god Issa, has its monarch blessed with immortality and eternal youth. Unfortunately, the realization that she is not immortal drives one Salmissra[[note]]two if you count the prequels[[/note]] into rather immoral actions under the promise of immortality, until Polgara transforms her into an immortal snake.



* In ''{{Shadowrun}}'' shamen who have Snake as their totem gain +2 dice when casting healing spells.

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* In ''{{Shadowrun}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' shamen who have Snake as their totem gain +2 dice when casting healing spells.


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* In MesopotamianMythology, the immortality potion that Gilgamesh sought to cheat death with was drank by a snake, giving it the ability to shed its skin.
* Asclepius, the [[ClassicalMythology Greek God of Healing]], is symbolised by two serpents coiled round a staff: this image is still today used as a sign of regeneration, healing and medicine and is at least two thousand years old. The Asclepius staff is the cap badge of the British Army's medical corps. The symbol may be older still: refer to the example from Numbers, concerning Moses' staff with the serpent coiled round it, that conferred immunity from snakebite and by extention deliverance from evil and death - Satan in his Garden of Eden serpent form.

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* In MesopotamianMythology, Myth/MesopotamianMythology, the immortality potion that Gilgamesh sought to cheat death with was drank by a snake, giving it the ability to shed its skin.
* Asclepius, the [[ClassicalMythology [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek God of Healing]], is symbolised symbolized by two serpents coiled round a staff: this image is still today used as a sign of regeneration, healing and medicine and is at least two thousand years old. The Asclepius staff is the cap badge of the British Army's medical corps. The symbol may be older still: refer to the example from Numbers, concerning Moses' staff with the serpent coiled round it, that conferred immunity from snakebite and by extention deliverance from evil and death - Satan in his Garden of Eden serpent form.



* The Worm of the World's End in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' probably counts. It's apparently a gigantic serpent that forms the foundation of ''the world itself'', and if it ever wakes up it'll be the end (probable reference to [[NorseMythology Jormungandr]]). Lucky there's no chance of that ever hap... oh, shit...

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* The Worm of the World's End in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' probably counts. It's apparently a gigantic serpent that forms the foundation of ''the world itself'', and if it ever wakes up it'll be the end (probable reference to [[NorseMythology [[Myth/NorseMythology Jormungandr]]). Lucky there's no chance of that ever hap... oh, shit...


* The Worm of the World's End in ''ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' probably counts. It's apparently a gigantic serpent that forms the foundation of ''the world itself'', and if it ever wakes up it'll be the end (probable reference to [[NorseMythology Jormungandr]]). Lucky there's no chance of that ever hap... oh, shit...

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* The Worm of the World's End in ''ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' probably counts. It's apparently a gigantic serpent that forms the foundation of ''the world itself'', and if it ever wakes up it'll be the end (probable reference to [[NorseMythology Jormungandr]]). Lucky there's no chance of that ever hap... oh, shit...


* ''Series/DoctorWho'' - The Master's ashes inexplicably turn into a CGI snake during the Eighth Doctor [=TV=] movie. It sabotages the [=TARDIS=], escapes onto Earth and possesses a human.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' - ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Master's ashes inexplicably turn into a CGI snake during the Eighth Doctor [=TV=] movie. It sabotages the [=TARDIS=], escapes onto Earth and possesses a human.


* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s original prime villain, Orochimaru, had a decidedly serpentine motif (he's named after a mythical character who is in turn named after [[TheOrochi a hydra-like monster]]), with matching snakelike face, and the ability to summon giant snakes. His "true form" is even a massive serpent [[BodyOfBodies made up of smaller snakes]]. He got these attributes in his search for a technique to bestow immortality. The degree of similarity with [[Literature/HarryPotter Voldemort]] is staggering, and both are examples of this trope meeting ReptilesAreAbhorrent.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s original prime villain, Orochimaru, had a decidedly serpentine motif (he's named after a mythical character who is in turn named after [[TheOrochi [[{{Orochi}} a hydra-like monster]]), with matching snakelike face, and the ability to summon giant snakes. His "true form" is even a massive serpent [[BodyOfBodies made up of smaller snakes]]. He got these attributes in his search for a technique to bestow immortality. The degree of similarity with [[Literature/HarryPotter Voldemort]] is staggering, and both are examples of this trope meeting ReptilesAreAbhorrent.


* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s original prime villain, Orochimaru, had a decided serpentine motif (he's named after a mythical character who is in turn named after a hydra-like monster), with matching snakelike face, and the ability to summon a giant snake. He got these attributes in his search for a technique to bestow immortality. The degree of similarity with [[Literature/HarryPotter Voldemort]] is staggering, and both are examples of this trope meeting ReptilesAreAbhorrent.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s original prime villain, Orochimaru, had a decided decidedly serpentine motif (he's named after a mythical character who is in turn named after [[TheOrochi a hydra-like monster), monster]]), with matching snakelike face, and the ability to summon a giant snake.snakes. His "true form" is even a massive serpent [[BodyOfBodies made up of smaller snakes]]. He got these attributes in his search for a technique to bestow immortality. The degree of similarity with [[Literature/HarryPotter Voldemort]] is staggering, and both are examples of this trope meeting ReptilesAreAbhorrent.



* Asclepius, the Greek God of Healing, is symbolised by two serpents coiled round a staff: this image is still today used as a sign of regeneration, healing and medicine and is at least two thousand years old. The Asclepius staff is the cap badge of the British Army's medical corps. The symbol may be older still: refer to the example from Numbers, concerning Moses' staff with the serpent coiled round it, that conferred immunity from snakebite and by extention deliverance from evil and death - Satan in his Garden of Eden serpent form.

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* In MesopotamianMythology, the immortality potion that Gilgamesh sought to cheat death with was drank by a snake, giving it the ability to shed its skin.
* Asclepius, the [[ClassicalMythology Greek God of Healing, Healing]], is symbolised by two serpents coiled round a staff: this image is still today used as a sign of regeneration, healing and medicine and is at least two thousand years old. The Asclepius staff is the cap badge of the British Army's medical corps. The symbol may be older still: refer to the example from Numbers, concerning Moses' staff with the serpent coiled round it, that conferred immunity from snakebite and by extention deliverance from evil and death - Satan in his Garden of Eden serpent form.

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