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* In ''Literature/TheLostYearsOfMerlin'', wizards can live a thousand years or more. Interestingly, their [[MuggleBornOfMages non-magical descendants]](wizardry often skips a generation, as is mentioned many times, seen in how both Merlin's grandfather and grandson possessed powers, but not his father or son) can too, since in the SequelSeries, ''Literature/TheGreatTreeOfAvalon'', we find out that Merlin's son died in a fight when he was over 900. It has also been seen the wizard's blood has healing properties, and grants long life to those it is transfused into.

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* In ''Literature/TheLostYearsOfMerlin'', wizards can live a thousand years or more. Interestingly, their [[MuggleBornOfMages non-magical descendants]](wizardry descendants]] (wizardry often skips a generation, as is mentioned many times, seen in how both Merlin's grandfather and grandson possessed powers, but not his father or son) can too, since in the SequelSeries, ''Literature/TheGreatTreeOfAvalon'', we find out that Merlin's son died in a fight when he was over 900. It has also been seen the wizard's blood has healing properties, and grants long life to those it is transfused into.



* Inverted by [[OrderVersusChaos chaos]] mages in ''Literature/TheSagaOfRecluce'--unless a mage is extremely careful with chaos energy, it will degrade their bodies more quickly than normal, leading them to age and die sooner than non-mages (unless they BodySurf out, as some eventually learn to do; their new bodies go even faster). Order mages, on the other hand, do tend to live longer. The few mages who understand both have a technique to [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld stop aging entirely]], so long as they don't screw around with pure chaos.

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* Inverted by [[OrderVersusChaos chaos]] mages in ''Literature/TheSagaOfRecluce'--unless ''Literature/TheSagaOfRecluce''--unless a mage is extremely careful with chaos energy, it will degrade their bodies more quickly than normal, leading them to age and die sooner than non-mages (unless they BodySurf out, as some eventually learn to do; their new bodies go even faster). Order mages, on the other hand, do tend to live longer. The few mages who understand both have a technique to [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld stop aging entirely]], so long as they don't screw around with pure chaos.

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* Franchise/WonderWoman foe Circe is the same one from Greek Mythology, and her longevity is due to her magic rather than the Amazon's immortality tied to their pocket dimension enclosed magical island, or the gods who exist on another plane.


** Avatars can live longer still. Avatar Kyoshi, most badass Avatar ever, lived for 230 years, the longest of any known Avatar, and presumably retained all her faculties until the very end. In her canonical tie-in novel,''Literature/TheRiseOfKyoshi'', she meets a seemingly immortal Earthbender assasin by the name of Lao Ge who teaches her his tricks for extending his life. (This was not merely a HandWave on the writer's part so that they didn't have to invent four more Avatars to go between Roku and Kyoshi. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial We swear]].) Aang, unfortunately, is only active for 66 years, thanks to spending an extra century as a HumanPopsicle and maintaining the [[SuperMode Avatar State]] throughout that time, and his body [[CastFromLifespan wasn't able to handle that level of strain]].

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** Avatars can live longer still. Avatar Kyoshi, most badass Avatar ever, lived for 230 years, the longest of any known Avatar, and presumably retained all her faculties until the very end. In her canonical tie-in novel,''Literature/TheRiseOfKyoshi'', novel, ''Literature/TheRiseOfKyoshi'', she meets a seemingly immortal Earthbender assasin by the name of Lao Ge who teaches her his tricks for extending his life. (This was not merely a HandWave on the writer's part so that they didn't have to invent four more Avatars to go between Roku and Kyoshi. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial We swear]].) Aang, unfortunately, is only active for 66 years, thanks to spending an extra century as a HumanPopsicle and maintaining the [[SuperMode Avatar State]] throughout that time, and his body [[CastFromLifespan wasn't able to handle that level of strain]].

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* ''Literature/{{Uprooted}}'': Those born with the gift of magic live for centuries and [[OlderThanTheyLook show almost no signs of aging]] for most of their lives. This applies whether or not they use their powers; one character was identified as a wizard, to his own surprise, when he worked in a monastery for forty years and didn't age a day.

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* In ''Literature/ArtOfTheAdept'', this is the ''first'' power Will learns, and the foundation of true wizardry. A person's ''turyn'' is life-force, {{Mana}}, and lifespan in one, so ''most'' wizards CastFromLifespan and are wiped out after a little magic. But a properly-trained wizard instead learns to discipline and compress his ''turyn'' and use essentially none of his own lifeforce in daily life, instead living off of ''turyn'' from the environment. This allows a wizard to recover much more quickly from spellcasting, and also extends his lifespan for centuries.


** Avatars can live longer still. Avatar Kyoshi, most badass Avatar ever, lived for 230 years, the longest of any known Avatar, and presumably retained all her faculties until the very end. (This was not merely a HandWave on the writer's part so that they didn't have to invent four more Avatars to go between Roku and Kyoshi. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial We swear]].) Aang, unfortunately, is only active for 66 years, thanks to spending an extra century as a HumanPopsicle and maintaining the [[SuperMode Avatar State]] throughout that time, and his body [[CastFromLifespan wasn't able to handle that level of strain]].

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** Avatars can live longer still. Avatar Kyoshi, most badass Avatar ever, lived for 230 years, the longest of any known Avatar, and presumably retained all her faculties until the very end. In her canonical tie-in novel,''Literature/TheRiseOfKyoshi'', she meets a seemingly immortal Earthbender assasin by the name of Lao Ge who teaches her his tricks for extending his life. (This was not merely a HandWave on the writer's part so that they didn't have to invent four more Avatars to go between Roku and Kyoshi. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial We swear]].) Aang, unfortunately, is only active for 66 years, thanks to spending an extra century as a HumanPopsicle and maintaining the [[SuperMode Avatar State]] throughout that time, and his body [[CastFromLifespan wasn't able to handle that level of strain]].


* Mu, [[PsychicPowers espers]] from ''Manga/TowardTheTerra'', not only live longer than normal humans, but also [[YoungerThanTheyLook age more slowly]]. It’s implied that the more power they have, the longer they live. [[HeroicAlbino Blue]], being one of the most powerful Mu, in age of 300 still looks like a young man, when his peers seem to be in their thirties or older.
* Witches in ''Manga/SoulEater'' live extremely long. Medusa was alive 800 years ago and still looks like she's in her [=20s=].

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* Mu, [[PsychicPowers espers]] from ''Manga/TowardTheTerra'', not only live longer than normal humans, but also [[YoungerThanTheyLook age more slowly]]. It’s It's implied that the more power they have, the longer they live. [[HeroicAlbino Blue]], Blue, being one of the most powerful Mu, in age of 300 is three hundred and still looks like a young man, when while his peers seem to be in their thirties or older.
* Witches in ''Manga/SoulEater'' live extremely long. Medusa was alive 800 eight hundred years ago and still looks like she's in her [=20s=].


** A possible explanation for Yoda's longevity expressed in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' (instead of a species trait). ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' generally doesn't give ages, but agrees that Jedi have significantly longer lifespans than others of their species. This is justified by the healing explanation given above — one of the most basic Force techniques involves the manipulation of one's own bodily functions.

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** A possible explanation for Yoda's longevity expressed in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' (instead of a species trait). ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' generally doesn't give ages, but agrees that Jedi have significantly longer lifespans than others of their species. This is justified by the healing explanation given above — one of the most basic Force techniques involves the manipulation of one's own bodily functions. It could also explain why Yoda seems to have suddenly aged quite a bit between ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' and ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'': once he reached the limits of Force-aided longevity, all those years caught up to him at once.


** Benders and the spiritually connected seem to have better than normal life spans: Bumi is over 112 and still active, and Guru Pathik is spry at 150 and still active. By ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the original series' protagonists are in the eighties, [[TheTeamNormal Sokka]] is the only besides Aang (see below) to have died, and though past their prime, all are quite good shape.

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** Benders and the spiritually connected seem to have better than normal life spans: Bumi is over 112 and still active, and Guru Pathik is spry at 150 and still active. By ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the original series' protagonists are in the their eighties, [[TheTeamNormal Sokka]] is the only one besides Aang (see below) to have died, and though past their prime, all are in quite good shape.


* Played straight in Creator/RalphBakshi's ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards}}'', where the Elinore says Wizards can live over 10,000 years and Avatar, who already looks old, claims that he has at least another 1,000 years to go before he might expire.

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* Played straight in In Creator/RalphBakshi's ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards}}'', where the Elinore says Wizards can live over 10,000 years and Avatar, who already looks old, claims that he has at least another 1,000 years to go before he might expire.



** Benders and the spiritually connected seem to have better than normal life spans: Bumi is over 112 and still active, and Guru Pathik is spry at 150 and still active.

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** Benders and the spiritually connected seem to have better than normal life spans: Bumi is over 112 and still active, and Guru Pathik is spry at 150 and still active. By ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the original series' protagonists are in the eighties, [[TheTeamNormal Sokka]] is the only besides Aang (see below) to have died, and though past their prime, all are quite good shape.


* Azusa from ''I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 years and Maxed Out My Level'' died and asked for CompleteImmortality when reincarnated in her next life. In response, the angel made her a witch whose body recirculates {{Mana}} and stops her aging.The woman at the guild reception says that some powerful witches can fine tune their mana circulation to prolong their lives but is shocked that Azusa has immortality at [[RPGMechanicsVerse level 1]].

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* Azusa from ''I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 years and Maxed Out My Level'' ''LightNovel/IveBeenKillingSlimesForThreeHundredYearsAndMaxedOutMyLevel'' died and asked for CompleteImmortality when reincarnated in her next life. In response, the angel made her a witch whose body recirculates {{Mana}} and stops her aging. The woman at the guild reception says that some powerful witches can fine tune their mana circulation to prolong their lives but is shocked that Azusa has immortality at [[RPGMechanicsVerse level 1]].

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* ''Literature/OldKingdom'': The [[MadOracle Clayr]] tend to live for well over a century, for reasons not fully understood; Lirael's great-great-grandmother Filris is around 150 when she dies. In ''[[PrequelInTheLostAge Clariel]]'', [[spoiler:Mistress Ader, the headmistress of the school Clariel is sent to, turns out to be a former Abhorsen who retired a century before, hinting that ''all'' of the Great Charter bloodlines have the potential to live as long as the Clayr but don't due to their more dangerous lifestyles.]]


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* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** A possible explanation for Yoda's longevity expressed in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' (instead of a species trait). ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' generally doesn't give ages, but agrees that Jedi have significantly longer lifespans than others of their species. This is justified by the healing explanation given above -- one of the most basic Force techniques involves the manipulation of one's own bodily functions.
** Also supported by the ''Legends'' character Fay, who is already several centuries old in her first-and-only appearance, and is stated to have such a strong connection to the Force that she might "live forever". Additionally, unlike Yoda, Fay is a [[HumanAlien Near-Human]], and so doesn't have the potential species justification he does. The [[SpaceElves Sephi]], the strongest candidate for Fay's species, typically have a maximum lifespan of four hundred, not the seven hundred that Fay has reached while [[ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty not looking a day over twenty]].
** Obi-Wan, however, ages rather horribly, going from looking like he's in his late 20s or early 30s (at the age of 38) to an old man (at 57) in a timespan of just 20-odd years. This was partly because he's living in a harsh desert and because he is depressed and not taking care of himself.
* Played straight in Creator/RalphBakshi's ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards}}'', where the Elinore says Wizards can live over 10,000 years and Avatar, who already looks old, claims that he has at least another 1,000 years to go before he might expire.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** A possible explanation for Yoda's longevity expressed in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' (instead of a species trait). ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' generally doesn't give ages, but agrees that Jedi have significantly longer lifespans than others of their species. This is justified by the healing explanation given above -- one of the most basic Force techniques involves the manipulation of one's own bodily functions.
** Also supported by the ''Legends'' character Fay, who is already several centuries old in her first-and-only appearance, and is stated to have such a strong connection to the Force that she might "live forever". Additionally, unlike Yoda, Fay is a [[HumanAlien Near-Human]], and so doesn't have the potential species justification he does. The [[SpaceElves Sephi]], the strongest candidate for Fay's species, typically have a maximum lifespan of four hundred, not the seven hundred that Fay has reached while [[ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty not looking a day over twenty]].
** Obi-Wan, however, ages rather horribly, going from looking like he's in his late 20s or early 30s (at the age of 38) to an old man (at 57) in a timespan of just 20-odd years. This was partly because he's living in a harsh desert and because he is depressed and not taking care of himself.
* Played straight in Creator/RalphBakshi's ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards}}'', where the Elinore says Wizards can live over 10,000 years and Avatar, who already looks old, claims that he has at least another 1,000 years to go before he might expire.
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* A ''Daily Prophet'' article in ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' says that the world's oldest known wizard is celebrating his 755th birthday.
* The ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' ExpandedUniverse says that King Jareth is [[OlderThanTheyLook older than he looks]] the ''Manga/ReturnToLabyrinth'' manga says he's been ruling the Labyrinth for 1,300 years and the ''Labyrinth: Coronation'' comic said he was a human child kidnapped by the previous king in the 18th century. Both could be true due to the Labyrinth running on NarniaTime.
* In ''Film/CityOfTheDead'', The Devil resurrects burned witches, gives them immortality and makes them ImmuneToBullets in exchange for sacrificing young girls twice a year.
* Angelique the witch in ''Film/DarkShadows'' is centuries old and has to keep pretending to be her descendants.

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* A ''Daily Prophet'' article Played straight in ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' Creator/RalphBakshi's ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards}}'', where the Elinore says that the world's oldest known wizard is celebrating his 755th birthday.
* The ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' ExpandedUniverse says that King Jareth is [[OlderThanTheyLook older than he looks]] the ''Manga/ReturnToLabyrinth'' manga says he's been ruling the Labyrinth for 1,300
Wizards can live over 10,000 years and the ''Labyrinth: Coronation'' comic said Avatar, who already looks old, claims that he was a human child kidnapped by the previous king in the 18th century. Both could be true due to the Labyrinth running on NarniaTime.
* In ''Film/CityOfTheDead'', The Devil resurrects burned witches, gives them immortality and makes them ImmuneToBullets in exchange for sacrificing young girls twice a year.
* Angelique the witch in ''Film/DarkShadows'' is centuries old and
has at least another 1,000 years to keep pretending to be her descendants.go before he might expire.



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* In ''Film/CityOfTheDead'', The Devil resurrects burned witches, gives them immortality and makes them ImmuneToBullets in exchange for sacrificing young girls twice a year.
* Angelique the witch in ''Film/DarkShadows'' is centuries old and has to keep pretending to be her descendants.
* A ''Daily Prophet'' article in ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' says that the world's oldest known wizard is celebrating his 755th birthday.
* The ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' ExpandedUniverse says that King Jareth is [[OlderThanTheyLook older than he looks]] the ''Manga/ReturnToLabyrinth'' manga says he's been ruling the Labyrinth for 1,300 years and the ''Labyrinth: Coronation'' comic said he was a human child kidnapped by the previous king in the 18th century. Both could be true due to the Labyrinth running on NarniaTime.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** A possible explanation for Yoda's longevity expressed in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' (instead of a species trait). ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' generally doesn't give ages, but agrees that Jedi have significantly longer lifespans than others of their species. This is justified by the healing explanation given above — one of the most basic Force techniques involves the manipulation of one's own bodily functions.
** Also supported by the ''Legends'' character Fay, who is already several centuries old in her first-and-only appearance, and is stated to have such a strong connection to the Force that she might "live forever". Additionally, unlike Yoda, Fay is a [[HumanAlien Near-Human]], and so doesn't have the potential species justification he does. The [[SpaceElves Sephi]], the strongest candidate for Fay's species, typically have a maximum lifespan of four hundred, not the seven hundred that Fay has reached while [[ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty not looking a day over twenty]].
** Obi-Wan, however, ages rather horribly, going from looking like he's in his late 20s or early 30s (at the age of 38) to an old man (at 57) in a timespan of just 20-odd years. This was partly because he's living in a harsh desert and because he is depressed and not taking care of himself.
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* Wizards in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' can live for about three or four centuries. One book has Harry's go-to doctor realize, after observing his x-rays over a period of time (Harry gets injured a ''lot''), that this is at least partly because their bodies' natural healing processes, for some reason or another, work a lot better than that of normal people, healing until they are perfectly well instead of until the injured part can work again. This healing isn't any faster than normal people. Harry's broken bones heal without any sign of the break, and when his hand is severely burned in the sixth book he is able to regain more or less full use of it after several years and some significant rehab. He does note that it still has some nasty, if fading, scarring present.
* The Old Ones in ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising'' are immortal.
* The case of every wizard in ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'', though how long they live varies from mage to mage. The worst one mentioned ages at only half the speed of a normal human while WordOfGod says that the oldest mages live to be around two thousand.

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* Wizards The [[spoiler:Thousanders]] in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' can live for about three or four centuries. One book has Harry's go-to doctor realize, after observing his x-rays over a period of time (Harry gets injured a ''lot''), that this is at least partly because their bodies' natural healing processes, for some reason or another, work a lot better than that of normal people, healing until they ''Literature/{{Anathem}}'' are perfectly well instead of until the injured part can work again. This healing isn't any faster than normal people. Harry's broken bones heal without any sign of the break, and when his hand is severely burned in the sixth book he is implied to be able to regain more or less full use of it after several years and some significant rehab. He does note that it still has some nasty, if fading, scarring present.
* The Old Ones in ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising'' are immortal.
* The case of every wizard in ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'', though how
[[spoiler:hold their long they live varies from mage to mage. The worst one mentioned ages at only half the speed lives steady via [[FormulaicMagic manipulating worldtracks]]]] despite [[spoiler:living near piles of a normal human while WordOfGod says that the oldest mages live to be around two thousand.radioactive nuclear waste]].



* Wizards in ''Literature/FableHaven'' live for millennia, probably due to the fact that they were once immortal dragons that took permanent human form in order to increase their magical abilities drastically. Oh, and witches([[UnequalRites different]]) seem to live a while, for some reason.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
** Women who can channel the One Power age more slowly the more powerful they are and can live for centuries. The age cap for modern Aes Sedai is about 300 years, though [[spoiler:the Oath Rod on which they swear their binding vows is revealed to reduce the lifespan drastically: a channeler from Seanchan is still spry at over 400]].
** Inverted in the present day for male channelers, thanks to the Dark One's taint on the male side of the One Power destroying their bodies and minds early in adulthood, though it was played straight before the Taint and [[spoiler:goes back to normal after Rand cleanses the One Power of the Dark One's influence]].
* Mages in the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, especially the [[MagicalNativeAmerican Tayledras]] and others who work with [[PlaceOfPower node magic]], tend to be preserved at late middle age some years beyond the average lifespan. The flip side is that when they do reach the end of their life, they burn out and die in a matter of days or weeks.
* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/NightWatch'' series:
** The Others (mages [[TheMasquerade secretly living among]] humans) stop aging soon after consciously using magic for the first time. Children still tend to age to maturity at a normal enough rate, but if you're old and not initiated until say 70, good luck with being 70 for a very long time (even though magic can make that be a very healthy 70). A few uninitiated Others [[WhoWantsToLiveForever refuse to undergo initiation]] and live out the rest of their lives as normal humans.
** Several novels mention that it works different for witches, who are CloserToEarth and, thus, can't completely stop their aging process. They can sustain themselves indefinitely through magic, but taking magic away drops the mask, and they end up looking like old hags and will, eventually, die if magic is held off for too long. One witch is so old that removing magic from her is likely to cause her to crumble to dust. Naturally, magic makes her look like a young hottie.
* Wizards and sorceresses in [[Franchise/TheWitcher the Witcher series]] can live for hundreds of years, and the oldest living wizard in the Saga is about five hundred. ''Literature/SeasonOfStorms'' reveals this is thanks to a certain magical potion.
* In Creator/RobinMcKinley's ''Literature/{{Sunshine}}'', the titular character has always thought of this trope as wish fulfillment. She learns from a retired professional magic handler that while most ordinary magic handlers won't notice much difference, those who are powerful and steep themselves in magic can live to be very old indeed. This is not a cheerful thought, given that TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt is predicted within the next century.
* In the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' Dragon Riders live much longer than normal humans, and the witch Angela also mentions being "much older than she looks".

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* Wizards in ''Literature/FableHaven'' In ''Literature/TheBeyonders'' wizards could live for millennia, probably due to thousands of years, even minor Edomic practioners such as the fact that they were once immortal dragons that took permanent human form in order Oracle's acolytes could learn techniques to increase their magical abilities drastically. Oh, and witches([[UnequalRites different]]) seem to live a while, for some reason.
slow aging.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
** Women who can channel the One Power age more slowly the more
Less powerful they are and wizards in ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' can live well over a century, and despite ''looking'' like very old men are as physically capable as a man in his forties. The really powerful ones are completely ageless.
* In the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'', certain branches of magic serve to prolong the lives of their practitioners. In particular, this is seen with the Lords (the Old Lords could and did live
for centuries. The age cap for modern Aes Sedai is centuries; the New Lords, who are less powerful, are still fairly long lived, with Lord Mhoram being about 300 years, eighty by the third book and looking around half that), Kasreyn of the Gyre (who, though [[spoiler:the Oath Rod on which not truly immortal, prolonged his life with BlackMagic and a DealWithTheDevil) and the Insequent (who are even more long-lived than the Old Lords, though exactly how long they swear their binding vows is revealed live isn't clear), but even relatively weak elemental magic-users like gravelingases and hirebrands live longer-than-normal lives. Inverted with [[StarterVillain Drool Rockworm]], whose magic visibly aged him (owing in part to reduce the lifespan drastically: a channeler from Seanchan is still spry at over 400]].[[ArtifactOfDoom malignant nature of the powers he was trying to harness]], and in part to his own ineptitude), and it's uncertain if the strange magic of the ur-viles and waynhim can produce extended life, as such creatures don't die of natural causes anyway.
** Inverted * As warriors and magi in ''Literature/CoilingDragon'' increase in [[PowerLevels rank]], their lifetime extends from the normal 120-130 years to up to 500 years. To live longer than that, one needs to become a [[TheAgeless Saint]].
* Accomplished village sorcerers live until about 200
in the present day for male channelers, thanks to the Dark One's taint on the male side of the One Power destroying their bodies and minds early in adulthood, though it was played straight before the Taint and [[spoiler:goes back to normal after Rand cleanses the One Power of the Dark One's influence]].
* Mages in the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, especially the [[MagicalNativeAmerican Tayledras]] and others who work with [[PlaceOfPower node magic]], tend to be preserved at late middle age some years beyond the average lifespan. The flip side is that when they do reach the end of their life, they burn out and die in a matter of days or weeks.
* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/NightWatch'' series:
** The Others (mages [[TheMasquerade secretly living among]] humans) stop aging soon after consciously using magic for the first time. Children still tend to age to maturity at a normal enough rate, but if
''Literature/{{Commonweal}}''. If you're old any better than that, you have to become immortal, otherwise people are at risk for wizard dementia.
* True in Nick Perumov's books set in the ''Consistent'' multiverse. Local mages of various worlds, who may be powerful for their home settings but aren't as significant in the multiverse as whole, have lesser longevity: the archmage Seges of ''Literature/DiamondSwordWoodenSword'' is fairly within human age limits, something around 80, however she's a stunning beauty
and not initiated until say 70, good luck with being 70 for a very long time (even an old crone. The world-travelling mages, such as Clara Hummel and Ignacius Cooper, more powerful than local hicks, have greater longevity still; Clara is several centuries old, Ignacius even older. The WitchSpecies known as the True Mages, the most powerful of the lot, are TheAgeless.
* In ''Literature/TheCosmere'' setting by Creator/BrandonSanderson:
** Both the Elantrians and the Dakhor monks from ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'' have longer-than-natural lifespans,
though magic can make that be a very healthy 70). A few uninitiated Others [[WhoWantsToLiveForever refuse to undergo initiation]] ''how'' long precisely is never said.
** In ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}'', the Lord Ruler is functionally immortal
and live out the rest of their lives as his Steel Inquisitor servants are longer lived than normal humans.
humans. [[spoiler:The Lord Ruler is revealed to be combining two forms of magic to violate EquivalentExchange and stockpile his youth and health, while his Inquisitors might be granted a lesser version through BloodMagic]].
** Several novels mention that it works different for witches, who In ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'' Awakeners have longer lives than normals and are CloserToEarth and, thus, can't resistant to disease. The most powerful are completely stop their aging process. They can sustain themselves indefinitely through magic, but taking [[TheAgeless ageless]] and have perfect health.
* The Old Ones in ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising'' are immortal.
* ''LightNovel/DaybreakOnHyperion'' has mages routinely living to two centuries barring illness or injury. Samarans lives a comparable time and it is suspected this is because they are inherently magical to some degree. Dhampire's may live even longer, or at least enjoy an extended period of youth.
* In ''Dragon Wing'', the first book of ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'', Hugh the Hand remarks to King Stephen's court wizard how young he looks. He responds "wars and kingship age a man;
magic away drops does not." Further reinforced by the mask, Sartan and they end up looking like old hags and will, eventually, die if magic is held off for too long. One witch is so old that removing magic from her is likely to cause her to crumble to dust. Naturally, magic makes her look like a young hottie.
* Wizards and sorceresses in [[Franchise/TheWitcher the Witcher series]]
Patryns, both WitchSpecies who can live for hundreds of years, and the oldest living wizard in the Saga is about five hundred. ''Literature/SeasonOfStorms'' reveals this is thanks to a certain magical potion.
centuries.
* In Creator/RobinMcKinley's ''Literature/{{Sunshine}}'', Robin Jarvis' ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' books, the titular character has always thought of this trope magic-wielding monarchs known as wish fulfillment. She learns from a retired professional magic handler that while most ordinary magic handlers won't notice much difference, those who Starwives are powerful and steep themselves in magic can live to be very old indeed. This is not a cheerful thought, given that TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt is predicted within the next century.
* In the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' Dragon Riders live
much longer lifespans than ordinary creatures. For example, one of them reigned for nearly three hundred years.
* In the ''{{Literature/Deverry}}'' Cycle, Nevyn the wizard lived over 400 years... but he was fate's plaything and that's not normal. One of his rivals, an Old Master, lived to over 200 due to extending his life with (Dark) magic. Typically wizards don't seem to live longer though; only really skilled wizards master the art of living long, and Light dweomermasters aren't afraid of death because they know they'll reincarnate.
* Averted in ''Literature/ADiscoveryOfWitches'' where witches (male and female) have
normal humans, human lifespans. Unless they are "Bright Born" (descendants of the union between a vampire and the witch Angela also mentions being "much older than she looks".a weaver) though their lifespans get shorter with each generation.



* Implied in the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novels. Dragaerans have an average lifespan of around 2,500-3,000 years but there are references to wizards living longer, and [[TheArchmage Sethra Lavode]] was over 10,000 years before it was discovered (at that time) that she was undead. Easterners have a more normal human life span, but powerful witches can live a good deal longer; Lazlo the Warlock was a young man during the Interregnum and still looks like he's in his early thirties 250 years later.
* In the ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' series, dragonriders can live well past 100 during an Interval (a minor character lived to 130 and was at most slowing down). During a Pass, however, the constant combat against Thread tends to give them ''shorter'' lifespans.
* Wizards in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' can live for about three or four centuries. One book has Harry's go-to doctor realize, after observing his x-rays over a period of time (Harry gets injured a ''lot''), that this is at least partly because their bodies' natural healing processes, for some reason or another, work a lot better than that of normal people, healing until they are perfectly well instead of until the injured part can work again. This healing isn't any faster than normal people. Harry's broken bones heal without any sign of the break, and when his hand is severely burned in the sixth book he is able to regain more or less full use of it after several years and some significant rehab. He does note that it still has some nasty, if fading, scarring present.
* Wizards in ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' live for millennia, probably due to the fact that they were once immortal dragons that took permanent human form in order to increase their magical abilities drastically. Oh, and witches ([[UnequalRites different]]) seem to live a while, for some reason.
* Downplayed in ''Literature/TheElenium'': {{the Archmage}}s Sephrenia and Zalasta are centuries old and the Delphae may live even longer, although the {{Magic Knight}}s of the Church have normal lifespans. However, ReligionIsMagic and Magic is Religion, so those powerful and long-lived mages are the rare few that have gained the personal attention of a deity.



* Mages in the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, especially the [[MagicalNativeAmerican Tayledras]] and others who work with [[PlaceOfPower node magic]], tend to be preserved at late middle age some years beyond the average lifespan. The flip side is that when they do reach the end of their life, they burn out and die in a matter of days or weeks.
* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'': The witches age far more slowly than humans with Serafina about 300 years old but looks about 30 while the oldest can get over 1,000 years old. This actually can be a problem as they must mate with normal men (only women can be witches) and if they fall for the man, they have to live with watching him grow old while the witch barely ages. The same with having a son, who will have only a normal lifespan.
* In the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' Dragon Riders live much longer than normal humans, and the witch Angela also mentions being "much older than she looks".
* In the ''Literature/IronDruidChronicles'' Druids have insanely strong regenerative powers when their bare skin touches earth. They are still subject to old age but they can heal any injuries or diseases which makes them long lived. The contrast between their lifespans and those of ordinary people must have been even greater 21 centuries ago when the Druids were wiped out by the Romans. Atticus has managed to become immortal by combining his druidic regeneration powers with a special rejuvenation potion that subverts the aging process.
* Appears to happen at least occasionally in ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell''. The legendary Raven King ruled for 300 years without appearing to age, and footnotes mention that even the daughter of a charlatan magician who deliberately cultivated the uncertain magical nature of her father's house by deliberately letting it go to ruin managed to reach a respectable 149 years of age.
* In ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'' is Iskandar. He lived in a time when the Romans conquered ancient Egypt and became 2000 years old. The books also show Desjardins, a magician over 200 years old. Apparently this is not uncommon for magicians and witches.
* Schmendrick in ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'' is temporarily immortal partially due to incompetence. His teacher decides there is no way he can reach his proper potential with a normal life span, since his talent for screwing up is even more powerful than his aptitude for magic. He's too potentially powerful to just let him pass on unfulfilled, so he gives him immortality with a clause: if he ever figures out how to cast spells properly, he will be mortal again. Schmendrick wants to be a magician so bad, he regards his immortality as nothing more than proof of his failure.
* In Creator/RichardKnaak's ''Legend of the Dragonrealm'' series:
** Human wizards can live on average for 300 years, with exceptionally powerful ones being able to extend that further and even those with little power having extended lifespans by several decades. This is due to both slowed aging and the use of rejuvenation spells, to the point it's not uncommon for a wizard who looks to be in his 20s or 30s to actually be over 100. As wizards near the end of their life, however, it takes more energy to maintain such spells, and they'll start aging much more normally.
** Drakes can live even longer, with it being mentioned the strongest can live up to 1000 years. Though given the drakes' perchance for battle and treachery, it's hard to find any that live over 600. [[spoiler:The Crystal Dragon King was an exception, being the first of his line and outliving ''several'' of his "heirs" through age alone, though he had the help of a powerful artifact for that matter.]]
** The Vraad were even more impressive, their {{Physical God}}-like magic allowing them to live for thousands of years and still only look middle-aged. Their arrival in the Dragonrealm, along with the loss of much of said magic, also came with effects of age creeping up on them faster, which several found quite disconcerting after living for so long without signs of visible aging. Gerrod Tezerenne, one of the youngest of his clan, was about 900 years old when he made the crossing of worlds [[spoiler:and would go on to outlive many of them when he became Shade, who's practically a TimeAbyss, though [[ResurrectiveImmortality he cheats in that regard.]]]]



* In the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series:
** Inverted by default. Wizardry is a high-risk occupation, since being a wizard makes you a personal enemy of the [[BigBad Lone Power]]. And as you get better at magic, the riskier the jobs get, and all the while the BigBad keeps getting more and more pissed off at you. CastFromHitPoints and CastFromLifespan are also viable ways of tapping into extra power in a pinch, such as once incident where a main character uses a shield spell that uses up a year of her lifespan for every hit it takes.
** Played straight for magic users who ''join'' the Lone Power, as it invented death in the first place, jealously protects it, and makes sure anything a natural lifespan can be traded in for... is very ugly indeed. Although there have been hints that the few wizards the Lone Power merely ''likes'' (they oppose it, but make useful tools) do tend to live long and stress-free lives - because they never confront it when it wants to win.

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* In the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series:
** Inverted by default. Wizardry is a high-risk occupation, since being a wizard makes you a personal enemy of the [[BigBad Lone Power]]. And as you get better at magic, the riskier the jobs get, and all the while the BigBad keeps getting more and more pissed off at you. CastFromHitPoints and CastFromLifespan are also viable ways of tapping into extra power in a pinch, such as once incident where a main character uses a shield spell that uses up a year of her lifespan for every hit it takes.
** Played straight for magic users who ''join'' the Lone Power, as it invented death in the first place, jealously protects it, and makes sure anything a natural lifespan can be traded in for... is very ugly indeed. Although there have been hints that the few
''Literature/TheLostYearsOfMerlin'', wizards the Lone Power merely ''likes'' (they oppose it, but make useful tools) do tend to can live a thousand years or more. Interestingly, their [[MuggleBornOfMages non-magical descendants]](wizardry often skips a generation, as is mentioned many times, seen in how both Merlin's grandfather and grandson possessed powers, but not his father or son) can too, since in the SequelSeries, ''Literature/TheGreatTreeOfAvalon'', we find out that Merlin's son died in a fight when he was over 900. It has also been seen the wizard's blood has healing properties, and grants long and stress-free lives - because they never confront life to those it when it wants to win.is transfused into.



* In the ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' series, dragonriders can live well past 100 during an Interval (a minor character lived to 130 and was at most slowing down). During a Pass, however, the constant combat against Thread tends to give them ''shorter'' lifespans.
* In Robin Jarvis' ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' books, the magic-wielding monarchs known as Starwives are given much longer lifespans than ordinary creatures. For example, one of them reigned for nearly three hundred years.
* The [[spoiler:Thousanders]] in ''Literature/{{Anathem}}'' are implied to be able to [[spoiler:hold their long lives steady via [[FormulaicMagic manipulating worldtracks]]]] despite [[spoiler:living near piles of radioactive nuclear waste]].
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' states that Jedi tend to age more slowly than normal folk.
** ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' lampshades it when someone remarks that the Exile doesn't look a day older than s/he did during the Mandalorian Wars a decade earlier. By contrast, most Sith seem to burn out faster, but are still able to extend their life past what it ought to be using the DarkSide, to the point where they're almost zombies, Freedon Naad and Darth Sion being great examples.
** The dark side version of this is displayed in [[Literature/{{Revan}} Darth Xedrix]], a respected Sith Lord likely well over a hundred years old. Though he tries to convince everyone that he is every bit as powerful as in his youth, when he is actually forced to fight he quickly reveals himself as a frail and powerless old man once he overexerts himself.
** Human ages in ''Legends'' vary DependingOnTheAuthor; in Creator/TimothyZahn's works [[Literature/ChoicesOfOne a governor can be forty and considered young]], and [[Literature/OutboundFlight sixty is middle aged]], perhaps because they have better medical technology in the Galaxy Far Far Away. At least one later-set book states that Han should have until he's about a hundred twenty before his faculties start to fail, though other books regard human ages with more Earth-standard eyes. However, a Force-Sensitive woman in ''Literature/TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia'' is stated to be three hundred years old (not quite clear-cut as Dathomari are a HumanSubspecies and the Witches follow completely different rules from other Force users). [[TheWikiRule According to the]] [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Human wiki]], ''ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi'' has an example of a Force-Sensitive human living to ''eight hundred''.

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* In the ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' series, dragonriders can live well past 100 during an Interval (a minor character lived to 130 and was at most slowing down). During a Pass, however, the constant combat against Thread tends to give them ''shorter'' lifespans.
* In Robin Jarvis' ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' books, the magic-wielding monarchs known as Starwives are given much longer lifespans than ordinary creatures. For example, one of them reigned for nearly three hundred years.
* The [[spoiler:Thousanders]] [[WitchSpecies warlocks]] in ''Literature/{{Anathem}}'' ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' are implied to be able to [[spoiler:hold the [[HalfHumanHybrid common children of humans and demons]]. At some point in their lives, which varies from warlock to warlock, [[TheAgeless they do not age anymore]].
* In Lynn Flewelling's ''Literature/{{Nightrunner}}'' series (and by extension the ''Tamír Triad'' set in the same universe) wizards can potentially live up to 400 years old. Mainly due to the (human) wizards of this world being genetic throw-backs to inter-breeding with the Aurenfaie (Elves, essentially), from whom they inherit the
long lives steady via [[FormulaicMagic manipulating worldtracks]]]] despite [[spoiler:living near piles of radioactive nuclear waste]].
lifespan and magical abilities.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' states that Jedi In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/NightWatch'' series:
** The Others (mages [[TheMasquerade secretly living among]] humans) stop aging soon after consciously using magic for the first time. Children still
tend to age more slowly than to maturity at a normal folk.
** ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' lampshades it when someone remarks that the Exile doesn't look a day older than s/he did during the Mandalorian Wars a decade earlier. By contrast, most Sith seem to burn out faster,
enough rate, but are still able to extend their life past what it ought to be using the DarkSide, to the point where they're almost zombies, Freedon Naad if you're old and Darth Sion not initiated until say 70, good luck with being great examples.
** The dark side version of this is displayed in [[Literature/{{Revan}} Darth Xedrix]],
70 for a respected Sith Lord likely well over a hundred years old. Though he tries to convince everyone that he is every bit as powerful as in his youth, when he is actually forced to fight he quickly reveals himself as a frail and powerless old man once he overexerts himself.
** Human ages in ''Legends'' vary DependingOnTheAuthor; in Creator/TimothyZahn's works [[Literature/ChoicesOfOne a governor can be forty and considered young]], and [[Literature/OutboundFlight sixty is middle aged]], perhaps because they have better medical technology in the Galaxy Far Far Away. At least one later-set book states that Han should have until he's about a hundred twenty before his faculties start to fail,
very long time (even though other books regard human ages with more Earth-standard eyes. However, magic can make that be a Force-Sensitive woman in ''Literature/TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia'' is stated very healthy 70). A few uninitiated Others [[WhoWantsToLiveForever refuse to be three hundred years old (not quite clear-cut undergo initiation]] and live out the rest of their lives as Dathomari normal humans.
** Several novels mention that it works different for witches, who
are a HumanSubspecies and the Witches follow CloserToEarth and, thus, can't completely different rules stop their aging process. They can sustain themselves indefinitely through magic, but taking magic away drops the mask, and they end up looking like old hags and will, eventually, die if magic is held off for too long. One witch is so old that removing magic from other Force users). [[TheWikiRule According her is likely to the]] [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Human wiki]], ''ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi'' has an example of a Force-Sensitive human living cause her to ''eight hundred''.crumble to dust. Naturally, magic makes her look like a young hottie.
* Wizards in ''Literature/OffToBeTheWizard'' are able to use their reality-warping computer code to freeze their ages indefinitely. Usually at 23.



* Sufficiently powerful sorcerers in the ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'' can live for several normal lifetimes; many evil ones use BlackMagic on top of this to try for genuine immortality.
* In Literature/TheCosmere setting by Creator/BrandonSanderson:
** Both the Elantrians and the Dakhor monks from ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'' have longer-than-natural lifespans, though ''how'' long precisely is never said.
** In ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}'', the Lord Ruler is functionally immortal and his Steel Inquisitor servants are longer lived than normal humans. [[spoiler:The Lord Ruler is revealed to be combining two forms of magic to violate EquivalentExchange and stockpile his youth and health, while his Inquisitors might be granted a lesser version through BloodMagic]].
** In ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'' Awakeners have longer lives than normals and are resistant to disease. The most powerful are completely [[TheAgeless ageless]] and have perfect health.
* In Janny Wurt's ''Literature/WarsOfLightAndShadow'':
** The Fellowship of Seven are over ten thousand years old. Their apprentices are also capable of avoiding aging.
** The Koriathain process can only add up to 500 years to a person's lifespan and is only reserved for important members, which becomes convenient when one of them [[StarCrossedLovers falls in love with the protagonist]], who just happened to drink from a fountain that gives one an additional five hundred (strife-filled) years of life.

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* ''Literature/{{Patternist}}'': The titular {{Psychic|Powers}}s can keep themselves in peak condition through {{Biomanipulation}} and an innate HealingFactor; Anyanwu, the best biomancer in history, is TheAgeless. Zig-zagged in the FeudalFuture of ''Patternmaster'', where politics are so cutthroat that an ambitious Patternist is quite lucky to reach age 70.
* Sufficiently powerful sorcerers in the ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'' can live for several normal lifetimes; many evil ones use BlackMagic on top of this to try for genuine immortality.
* In Literature/TheCosmere setting by Creator/BrandonSanderson:
** Both the Elantrians and the Dakhor monks from ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'' have longer-than-natural lifespans, though ''how'' long precisely is never said.
** In ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}'', the Lord Ruler is functionally immortal and his Steel Inquisitor servants are longer lived than normal humans. [[spoiler:The Lord Ruler is revealed
Seems to be combining two forms of magic to violate EquivalentExchange and stockpile his youth and health, while his Inquisitors might be granted a lesser version through BloodMagic]].
** In ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'' Awakeners have longer lives than normals and are resistant to disease. The most powerful are completely [[TheAgeless ageless]] and have perfect health.
* In Janny Wurt's ''Literature/WarsOfLightAndShadow'':
** The Fellowship of Seven are
the case in ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'', with the last English wizard being over ten thousand one hundred years old. Their apprentices are also capable of avoiding aging.
** The Koriathain process can only add up
This appears to 500 years to be a person's lifespan unique or at least recent phenomenon, however: he began [[MerlinSickness aging in reverse]] sometime in the 1970s, and is only reserved for important members, which becomes convenient when one of them [[StarCrossedLovers falls in love with the protagonist]], who just happened to drink from a fountain that gives one an additional five hundred (strife-filled) years of life.he's as mystified by it as anyone else. Other wizards did not have this trait.



* Schmendrick in ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'' is temporarily immortal partially due to incompetence. His teacher decides there is no way he can reach his proper potential with a normal life span, since his talent for screwing up is even more powerful than his aptitude for magic. He's too potentially powerful to just let let him pass on unfulfilled, so he gives him immortality with a clause: if he ever figures out how to cast spells properly, he will be mortal again. Schmendrick wants to be a magician so bad, he regards his immortality as nothing more than proof of his failure.
* In Lynn Flewelling's ''Literature/{{Nightrunner}}'' series (and by extension the ''Tamir Triad'' which occurs in the same universe) wizards can potentially live up to 400 years old. Mainly due to the (human) wizards of this world being genetic throw-backs to inter-breeding with the Aurenfaie (Elves, essentially), from whom they inherit the long lifespan and magical abilities.
* Wild Wizards at least in ''David Weber's [[Literature/TheWarGods War God]]'' series. Wencit of Rum wasn't precisely young during the Fall of Kontovarr and is showing no signs of slowing down over a millenia later. The same 'magic field' that gives Wencit his power is also responsible for the Hradani living twice as long as humans and the immortality of the elves is explicitly linked to magic since they used to be a human strain of spellcasters with a specific natural gift rather than a learned ability.
* In ''Dragon Wing'', the first book of Literature/TheDeathGateCycle, Hugh the Hand remarks to King Stephen's court wizard how young he looks. He responds "wars and kingship age a man; magic does not." Further reinforced by the Sartan and Patryns, both WitchSpecies who can live for centuries.
* Seems to be the case in ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'', with last english wizard being hundred years old. This appears to be a unique or at least recent phenomenon, however: he began [[MerlinSickness aging in reverse]] sometime in the 1970s, and he's as mystified by it as anyone else. Other wizards did not have this trait.
* In the ''{{Literature/Deverry}}'' Cycle, Nevyn the wizard lived over 400 years... but he was fate's plaything and that's not normal. One of his rivals, an Old Master, lived to over 200 due to extending his life with (Dark) magic. Typically wizards don't seem to live longer though; only really skilled wizards master the art of living long, and Light dweomermasters aren't afraid of death because they know they'll reincarnate.
* Downplayed in ''Literature/TheElenium'': {{the Archmage}}s Sephrenia and Zalasta are centuries old and the Delphae may live even longer, although the {{Magic Knight}}s of the Church have normal lifespans. However, ReligionIsMagic and Magic is Religion, so those powerful and long-lived mages are the rare few that have gained the personal attention of a deity.
* The Druids in Terry Brooks' ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series discovered a magical technique called the Druid-sleep that allowed them to live much longer than normal men, with the price that they had to spend much of that time inert, in a suspended state between life and death. The plot of the first book, ''Literature/{{The Sword of Shannara|Trilogy}}'', was touched off by the efforts of one Druid, Brona, to find a better way of extending their lifespans; he [[spoiler:failed]]. Simultaneously inverted, as Allanon reveals to Wil at the end of the second book, ''[[Literature/TheSwordOfShannaraTrilogy Elfstones of Shannara]]'', that all the magic he used in the war against the demons had physically aged him many years in the space of a few weeks, with his previously entirely black hair having turned all white.
* In ''Wody Głębokie Jak Niebo'' the more powerful wizard is, the longer he will live. Sever who is one of the strongest mages in the book rules for over two hundred year [[spoiler: and dies only because he himself wants to die.]] If a wizard starts getting ill it means that his power is decreasing. Some mages drink blood of their offspring to refresh their magic and prolong their own life.
* In the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'', certain branches of magic serve to prolong the lives of their practitioners. In particular, this is seen with the Lords (the Old Lords could and did live for centuries; the New Lords, who are less powerful, are still fairly long lived, with Lord Mhoram being about eighty by the third book and looking around half that), Kasreyn of the Gyre (who, though not truly immortal, prolonged his life with BlackMagic and a DealWithTheDevil) and the Insequent (who are even more long-lived than the Old Lords, though exactly how long they live isn't clear), but even relatively weak elemental magic-users like gravelingases and hirebrands live longer-than-normal lives. Inverted with [[StarterVillain Drool Rockworm]], whose magic visibly aged him (owing in part to the [[ArtifactOfDoom malignant nature of the powers he was trying to harness]], and in part to his own ineptitude), and it's uncertain if the strange magic of the ur-viles and waynhim can produce extended life, as such creatures don't die of natural causes anyway.
* In the ''Literature/IronDruidChronicles'' Druids have insanely strong regenerative powers when their bare skin touches earth. They are still subject to old age but they can heal any injuries or diseases which makes them long lived. The contrast between their lifespans and those of ordinary people must have been even greater 21 centuries ago when the Druids were wiped out by the Romans. Atticus has managed to become immortal by combining his druidic regeneration powers with a special rejuvenation potion that subverts the aging process.
* True in Nick Perumov's books set in the Consistent multiverse. Local mages of various worlds, who may be powerful for their home settings but aren't as significant in the multiverse as whole, have lesser longevity: the archmage Seges of ''Literature/DiamondSwordWoodenSword'' is fairly within human age limits, something around 80, however she's a stunning beauty and not an old crone. The world-travelling mages, such as Clara Hummel and Ignacius Cooper, more powerful than local hicks, have greater longevity still; Clara is several centuries old, Ignacius even older. The WitchSpecies known as the True Mages, the most powerful of the lot, are TheAgeless.
* In ''Literature/TheLostYearsOfMerlin,'' wizards can live a thousand years or more. Interestingly, their [[MuggleBornOfMages non-magical descendants]](wizardry often skips a generation, as is mentioned many times, seen in how both Merlin's grandfather and grandson possessed powers, but not his father or son) can too, since in the SequelSeries, ''TheGreatTreeOfAvalon,'' we find out that Merlin's son died in a fight when he was over 900. It has also been seen the wizard's blood has healing properties, and grants long life to those it is transfused into.
* ''LightNovel/DaybreakOnHyperion'' has mages routinely living to two centuries barring illness or injury. Samarans lives a comparable time and it is suspected this is because they are inherently magical to some degree. Dhampire's may live even longer, or at least enjoy an extended period of youth.
* In ''Literature/TheBeyonders'' wizards could live for thousands of years, even minor Edomic practioners such as the Oracle's acolytes could learn techniques to slow aging.



* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'': The witches age far more slowly than humans with Serafina about 300 years old but looks about 30 while the oldest can get over 1,000 years old. This actually can be a problem as they must mate with normal men (only women can be witches) and if they fall for the man, they have to live with watching him grow old while the witch barely ages. The same with having a son, who will have only a normal lifespan.
* As warriors and magi in ''LIterature/CoilingDragon'' increase in [[PowerLevels rank]], their lifetime extends from the normal 120-130 years to up to 500 years. To live longer than that, one needs to become a [[TheAgeless Saint]].
* Sorcerers in ''Literature/{{Tigana}}'' are noted to be long-lived (much to the displeasure of the people of the Peninsula of the Palm, most of whom are subjugated to one of two sorcerer-kings who won't even have the decency to die in a reasonable span). One sorcerer, King Brandin, is in his sixties, looks like he's in his forties, and fully expects to still be alive and hale after ''another'' sixty years, though his upper limit for aging isn't specified.
* Implied in ''Literature/SkinHunger'', though the long life is the result of a magic spell, not something all witches and wizards have.
* Wizards in ''Literature/OffToBeTheWizard'' are able to use their reality-warping computer code to freeze their ages indefinitely. Usually at 23.
* Accomplished village sorcerers live until about 200 in the ''Literature/{{Commonweal}}''. If you're any better than that, you have to become immortal, otherwise people are at risk for wizard dementia.
* Less powerful wizards in ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' can live well over a century, and despite ''looking'' like very old men are as physically capable as a man in his forties. The really powerful ones are completely ageless.
* Implied in the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novels. Dragaerans have an average lifespan of around 2,500-3,000 years but there are references to wizards living longer, and [[TheArchmage Sethra Lavode]] was over 10,000 years before it was discovered (at that time) that she was undead. Easterners have a more normal human life span, but powerful witches can live a good deal longer; Lazlo the Warlock was a young man during the Interregnum and still looks like he's in his early thirties 250 years later.
* Appears to happen at least occasionally in ''JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell''. The legendary Raven King ruled for 300 years without appearing to age, and footnotes mention that even the daughter of a charlatan magician who deliberately cultivated the uncertain magical nature of her father's house by deliberately letting it go to ruin managed to reach a respectable 149 years of age.
* In ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'' is Iskandar. He lived in a time when the Romans conquered ancient Egypt and became 2000 years old. The books also show Desjardins, a magician over 200 years old. Apparently this is not uncommon for magicians and witches.
* The [[WitchSpecies warlocks]] in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' are the [[HalfHumanHybrid common children of humans and demons]]. At some point in their lives, which varies from warlock to warlock, [[TheAgeless they do not age anymore]].
* Averted in ''Literature/ADiscoveryOfWitches'' where witches (male and female) have normal human lifespans. Unless they are "Bright Born" (descendants of the union between a vampire and a weaver) though their lifespans get shorter with each generation.
* In Creator/RichardKnaak's ''Legend of the Dragonrealm'' series:
** Human wizards can live on average for 300 years, with exceptionally powerful ones being able to extend that further and even those with little power having extended lifespans by several decades. This is due to both slowed aging and the use of rejuvenation spells, to the point it's not uncommon for a wizard who looks to be in his 20s or 30s to actually be over 100. As wizards near the end of their life, however, it takes more energy to maintain such spells, and they'll start aging much more normally.
** Drakes can live even longer, with it being mentioned the strongest can live up to 1000 years. Though given the drakes' perchance for battle and treachery, it's hard to find any that live over 600. [[spoiler:The Crystal Dragon King was an exception, being the first of his line and outliving ''several'' of his "heirs" through age alone, though he had the help of a powerful artifact for that matter.]]
** The Vraad were even more impressive, their {{Physical God}}-like magic allowing them to live for thousands of years and still only look middle-aged. Their arrival in the Dragonrealm, along with the loss of much of said magic, also came with effects of age creeping up on them faster, which several found quite disconcerting after living for so long without signs of visible aging. Gerrod Tezerenne, one of the youngest of his clan, was about 900 years old when he made the crossing of worlds [[spoiler:and would go on to outlive many of them when he became Shade, who's practically a TimeAbyss, though [[ResurrectiveImmortality he cheats in that regard.]]]]
* ''Literature/{{Patternist}}'': The titular {{Psychic|Powers}}s can keep themselves in peak condition through {{Biomanipulation}} and an innate HealingFactor; Anyanwu, the best biomancer in history, is TheAgeless. Zig-zagged in the FeudalFuture of ''Patternmaster'', where politics are so cutthroat that an ambitious Patternist is quite lucky to reach age 70.

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* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'': The Druids in Terry Brooks' ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series discovered a magical technique called the Druid-sleep that allowed them to live much longer than normal men, with the price that they had to spend much of that time inert, in a suspended state between life and death. The plot of the first book, ''Literature/{{The Sword of Shannara|Trilogy}}'', was touched off by the efforts of one Druid, Brona, to find a better way of extending their lifespans; he [[spoiler:failed]]. Simultaneously inverted, as Allanon reveals to Wil at the end of the second book, ''[[Literature/TheSwordOfShannaraTrilogy Elfstones of Shannara]]'', that all the magic he used in the war against the demons had physically aged him many years in the space of a few weeks, with his previously entirely black hair having turned all white.
* Implied in ''Literature/SkinHunger'', though the long life is the result of a magic spell, not something all
witches and wizards have.
* The case of every wizard in ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'', though how long they live varies from mage to mage. The worst one mentioned ages at only half the speed of a normal human while WordOfGod says that the oldest mages live to be around two thousand.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' states that Jedi tend to
age far more slowly than humans with Serafina about 300 years old normal folk.
** ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' lampshades it when someone remarks that the Exile doesn't look a day older than s/he did during the Mandalorian Wars a decade earlier. By contrast, most Sith seem to burn out faster,
but looks about 30 while are still able to extend their life past what it ought to be using the oldest can get DarkSide, to the point where they're almost zombies, Freedon Naad and Darth Sion being great examples.
** The dark side version of this is displayed in [[Literature/{{Revan}} Darth Xedrix]], a respected Sith Lord likely well
over 1,000 a hundred years old. This Though he tries to convince everyone that he is every bit as powerful as in his youth, when he is actually forced to fight he quickly reveals himself as a frail and powerless old man once he overexerts himself.
** Human ages in ''Legends'' vary DependingOnTheAuthor; in Creator/TimothyZahn's works [[Literature/ChoicesOfOne a governor
can be a problem as they must mate with normal men (only women can be witches) forty and if they fall for the man, considered young]], and [[Literature/OutboundFlight sixty is middle aged]], perhaps because they have better medical technology in the Galaxy Far Far Away. At least one later-set book states that Han should have until he's about a hundred twenty before his faculties start to live fail, though other books regard human ages with watching him grow more Earth-standard eyes. However, a Force-Sensitive woman in ''Literature/TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia'' is stated to be three hundred years old (not quite clear-cut as Dathomari are a HumanSubspecies and the Witches follow completely different rules from other Force users). [[TheWikiRule According to the]] [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Human/Legends wiki]], ''ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi'' has an example of a Force-sensitive human living to ''eight hundred''.
* In Creator/RobinMcKinley's ''Literature/{{Sunshine}}'', the titular character has always thought of this trope as wish fulfillment. She learns from a retired professional magic handler that
while the witch barely ages. The same with having a son, most ordinary magic handlers won't notice much difference, those who will have only a normal lifespan.
* As warriors
are powerful and magi steep themselves in ''LIterature/CoilingDragon'' increase in [[PowerLevels rank]], their lifetime extends from the normal 120-130 years to up to 500 years. To magic can live longer than that, one needs to become be very old indeed. This is not a [[TheAgeless Saint]].
cheerful thought, given that TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt is predicted within the next century.
* Sorcerers in ''Literature/{{Tigana}}'' are noted to be long-lived (much to the displeasure of the people of the Peninsula of the Palm, most of whom are subjugated to one of two sorcerer-kings who won't even have the decency to die in a reasonable span). One sorcerer, King Brandin, is in his sixties, looks like he's in his forties, and fully expects to still be alive and hale after ''another'' sixty years, though his upper limit for aging isn't specified.specified.
* Wild Wizards at least in ''David Weber's [[Literature/TheWarGods War Gods]]'' series. Wencit of Rum wasn't precisely young during the Fall of Kontovar, and is showing no signs of slowing down over a millennium later. The same "magic field" that gives Wencit his power is also responsible for the Hradani living twice as long as humans, and the immortality of the elves is explicitly linked to magic since they used to be a human strain of spellcasters with a specific natural gift rather than a learned ability.
* In Janny Wurt's ''Literature/WarsOfLightAndShadow'':
** The Fellowship of Seven are over ten thousand years old. Their apprentices are also capable of avoiding aging.
** The Koriathain process can only add up to 500 years to a person's lifespan and is only reserved for important members, which becomes convenient when one of them [[StarCrossedLovers falls in love with the protagonist]], who just happened to drink from a fountain that gives one an additional five hundred (strife-filled) years of life.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
** Women who can channel the One Power age more slowly the more powerful they are and can live for centuries. The age cap for modern Aes Sedai is about 300 years, though [[spoiler:the Oath Rod on which they swear their binding vows is revealed to reduce the lifespan drastically: a channeler from Seanchan is still spry at over 400]].

* Implied ** Inverted in ''Literature/SkinHunger'', the present day for male channelers, thanks to the Dark One's taint on the male side of the One Power destroying their bodies and minds early in adulthood, though it was played straight before the long life is Taint and [[spoiler:goes back to normal after Rand cleanses the result One Power of a magic spell, not something all witches and wizards have.
the Dark One's influence]].
* Wizards and sorceresses in ''Literature/OffToBeTheWizard'' are able to use their reality-warping computer code to freeze their ages indefinitely. Usually at 23.
* Accomplished village sorcerers
''Franchise/TheWitcher'' series can live until about 200 for hundreds of years, and the oldest living wizard in the ''Literature/{{Commonweal}}''. If you're any better than that, you have Saga is about five hundred. ''Literature/SeasonOfStorms'' reveals this is thanks to become immortal, otherwise people are at risk for wizard dementia.
a certain magical potion.
* Less In ''Wody Głębokie Jak Niebo'' the more powerful wizards in ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' can live well over a century, and despite ''looking'' like very old men are as physically capable as a man in his forties. The really powerful ones are completely ageless.
* Implied in the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novels. Dragaerans have an average lifespan of around 2,500-3,000 years but there are references to wizards living longer, and [[TheArchmage Sethra Lavode]] was over 10,000 years before it was discovered (at that time) that she was undead. Easterners have a more normal human life span, but powerful witches can live a good deal longer; Lazlo the Warlock was a young man during the Interregnum and still looks like he's in his early thirties 250 years later.
* Appears to happen at least occasionally in ''JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell''. The legendary Raven King ruled for 300 years without appearing to age, and footnotes mention that even the daughter of a charlatan magician who deliberately cultivated the uncertain magical nature of her father's house by deliberately letting it go to ruin managed to reach a respectable 149 years of age.
* In ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'' is Iskandar. He lived in a time when the Romans conquered ancient Egypt and became 2000 years old. The books also show Desjardins, a magician over 200 years old. Apparently this is not uncommon for magicians and witches.
* The [[WitchSpecies warlocks]] in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' are the [[HalfHumanHybrid common children of humans and demons]]. At some point in their lives, which varies from warlock to warlock, [[TheAgeless they do not age anymore]].
* Averted in ''Literature/ADiscoveryOfWitches'' where witches (male and female) have normal human lifespans. Unless they are "Bright Born" (descendants of the union between a vampire and a weaver) though their lifespans get shorter with each generation.
* In Creator/RichardKnaak's ''Legend of the Dragonrealm'' series:
** Human wizards can live on average for 300 years, with exceptionally powerful ones being able to extend that further and even those with little power having extended lifespans by several decades. This is due to both slowed aging and the use of rejuvenation spells, to the point it's not uncommon for a
wizard is, the longer he will live. Sever who looks to be in his 20s or 30s to actually be over 100. As wizards near the end is one of their life, however, it takes more energy to maintain such spells, and they'll start aging much more normally.
** Drakes can live even longer, with it being mentioned
the strongest can live up to 1000 years. Though given mages in the drakes' perchance book rules for battle over two hundred year [[spoiler: and treachery, it's hard dies only because he himself wants to find any die.]] If a wizard starts getting ill it means that live over 600. [[spoiler:The Crystal Dragon King was an exception, his power is decreasing. Some mages drink blood of their offspring to refresh their magic and prolong their own life.
* In the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series:
** Inverted by default. Wizardry is a high-risk occupation, since
being a wizard makes you a personal enemy of the [[BigBad Lone Power]]. And as you get better at magic, the riskier the jobs get, and all the while the BigBad keeps getting more and more pissed off at you. CastFromHitPoints and CastFromLifespan are also viable ways of tapping into extra power in a pinch, such as once incident where a main character uses a shield spell that uses up a year of her lifespan for every hit it takes.
** Played straight for magic users who ''join'' the Lone Power, as it invented death in
the first of his line place, jealously protects it, and outliving ''several'' of his "heirs" through age alone, though he had the help of makes sure anything a powerful artifact for natural lifespan can be traded in for... is very ugly indeed. Although there have been hints that matter.]]
** The Vraad were even more impressive, their {{Physical God}}-like magic allowing them
the few wizards the Lone Power merely ''likes'' (they oppose it, but make useful tools) do tend to live for thousands of years and still only look middle-aged. Their arrival in the Dragonrealm, along with the loss of much of said magic, also came with effects of age creeping up on them faster, which several found quite disconcerting after living for so long without signs of visible aging. Gerrod Tezerenne, one of the youngest of his clan, was about 900 years old and stress-free lives - because they never confront it when he made the crossing of worlds [[spoiler:and would go on it wants to outlive many of them when he became Shade, who's practically a TimeAbyss, though [[ResurrectiveImmortality he cheats in that regard.]]]]
* ''Literature/{{Patternist}}'': The titular {{Psychic|Powers}}s can keep themselves in peak condition through {{Biomanipulation}} and an innate HealingFactor; Anyanwu, the best biomancer in history, is TheAgeless. Zig-zagged in the FeudalFuture of ''Patternmaster'', where politics are so cutthroat that an ambitious Patternist is quite lucky to reach age 70.
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* The crown from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' that gave the Ice King his powers has also let him live for thousands of years.


* ZigZagged in ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights''. It turns out that magic is actually CastFromLifespan, so using magic will actually ''[[InvertedTrope shorten]]'' your life. However, we then learn that [[spoiler:[[BigBad Malachite]]]] has lived for millennia because he has magic, but simply hasn't ''used'' it for a long time. So it extends your life, but only shortens it if you use it to excess. [[spoiler:He's after the Hand of Malachite because it contains a gem that will allow him to use magic without the costs, and extend his lifetime indefinitely because of it]].

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* ZigZagged in ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights''. It turns out that magic is actually CastFromLifespan, so using magic will actually ''[[InvertedTrope shorten]]'' your life. However, we then learn that [[spoiler:[[BigBad Malachite]]]] has lived for millennia because he has magic, magic but simply hasn't ''used'' it for a long time. So it extends your life, but only shortens it if you use it to excess. [[spoiler:He's after the Hand of Malachite because it contains a gem that will allow him to use magic without the costs, and extend his lifetime indefinitely because of it]].it. His long survival is because he cast a spell of eternal youth using the gem long ago before it was taken from him, the spell being too powerful to survive the casting otherwise]].

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