Follow TV Tropes



Go To
"He knows the strategy of every battle in history, because he was there to see it."

Odin: We are not gods! We're born, we live, we die, just as humans do.
Loki: Give or take five thousand years.

Someone or something that lives for a long time. This often varies from a "mere" 150 years of life to several thousand, although it's not unheard of for them to live longer than that. This is usually achieved either through personal enhancement or naturally being long-lived, in which case they often belong to a species or race that's long lived as well.

Humanity is often portrayed as having a low-end version of this in Sci-Fi works, usually because We Will Have Perfect Health in the Future. It's Truth in Television if we compare our normal lifespans to humans of the past. note 

Wizards often benefit from this. Most Elves have this as well, along with Dwarves to a lesser extent. In fact, just about every supernatural creature exhibits this if they're not outright immortal.

See Really 700 Years Old, for when these characters look younger than their age. On the other hand, if they still keep getting older-looking and more decrepit as they age past "normal old age" and into "Methuselah is jealous", they may have Age Without Youth. Also compare The Ageless, for when the character in question doesn't die of old age. When a long-lived race ages at an equivalently slower pace, they may be subject to Proportional Aging. Exceptionally long-lived characters may have gone through a Time Abyss.

When adding examples, please remember that the character is only long lived and not immortal.


    open/close all folders 

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Coffee & Cat, M'Lady was left at Kon's family tea shop forty years ago, but is still perfectly happy, healthy, and energetic to this day. Hyoma points out the absurdity of this, given that cats rarely live longer than 20 years, but Kon complains that M'Lady is right here.
  • Trinity Blood: The Methuselah/vampires (300+ years) and Kresnik (haven't aged in over a millennium).
  • Shinigami in Death Note can increase their lifespan indefinitely by using their notes to kill humans. The king of the Shinigami has been around so long that he is known simply as The Old Man by other Shinigami.
  • The Uzumaki clan in Naruto was well known for this, among other things. Their longevity allowed one tailed beast host, Kushina, to survive having her tailed beast extracted from her, even though such a process normally kills someone (although she was left greatly weakened). Nagato probably couldn't perform the most chakra-taxing techniques of the Rinnegan if he isn't an Uzumaki. Finally, Tsunade is still alive in the epilogue, where she is over seventy, despite having continuously performed the lifespan-draining Mitotic Regeneration technique, which might be attributed to her Uzumaki descent.
  • Youkai, and even Hanyou, often have multi-century lifespans in Japanese stories. Inuyasha, for example, was 150 when he was sealed, and looked like a teenager. Nurarihyon is over 400.
  • In Dragon Ball, there are several examples, most of which are species-specific.
    • First, there's Muten Roshi, who while having claimed to have drunk some sacred water that granted immortality, still seems to age like a normal human, albeit a very powerful one.
    • Then there's Kami, who as a child was sent to Earth to escape a cataclysm on his home planet. That was at least 500 years before the events of Dragon Ball, during which he's not exactly spry, but he's still strong compared to normal non-fighters.
    • Frieza (and the rest of his species) are suspected to be naturally long-lived, given that Frieza himself shows no signs of having aged between the Bardock Special and his fight with Goku on Namek. Doing the math shows that he is at least 70 years old by the latter.
    • Hit from Dragon Ball Super tells Goku that he's a thousand years old.
    • The Kaio (Kais in the English dub) race of creator "gods" are stated to live for around 75,000 years, with the exception of the higher-ranked Kaioshin (Supreme Kais), who have much longer lifespans. Exactly how long isn't defined (the eldest one we've seen is 75 million years old, and he's not exactly on his deathbed), though they are not immortal.
    • Gods of Destruction are likewise extremely long-lived. Beerus speaks casually of hundreds of millions of years of life, and appears to still be in his prime. However, the facts that Whis occasionally speaks of "the next God of Destruction" and Universe 11 is openly scouting for a replacement for theirs implies that Gods of Destruction are not truly immortal either.
  • In Mission: Yozakura Family, Goliath is an Okami dog, which are bred for exceptional hardiness and longevity. He's at minimum around a century old, as his original owner was Mutsumi's great-great-grandmother. Despite this, he's still energetic, mentally sharp, and extremely dangerous to enemies of the Yozakuras.
  • In Sailor Moon, it's said that the people from both the Silver Millennium and Crystal Tokyo eras have a natural lifespan of 1000 years, thanks to the energy of the Legendary Silver Crystal.
  • Witches in Ojamajo Doremi have much longer lifespans than humans do; a few (like the Big Bad) are over 1000 years old.
  • The Pillar Men of Jojos Bizarre Adventure had lifespans far exceeding those of humans. The four seen in the series are tens of thousands of years old, though it's implied this is due to spending long periods of time hibernating and the enhancements the Stone Mask made to their already superhuman physiology. Even baseline members of their species were this, though; Wamuu is around two millennia older than Santana, yet both were babies at the same time.
  • Juraians in the Tenchi Muyo! series are known to be able to live several centuries even without being bonded to the Royal Trees, which can push their lifespans much further. Tenchi's mother Kiyone was over 200 at the time she died of old age on Earth, and her husband Nobuyuki (himself partially Juraian) is pushing 300.
  • One Piece:
    • Dr. Kureha is 137 years young. Don't tell her she's old, she's still got loads of energy to spare.
    • Giants typically live to be about 300, with all the extended youth that implies (Gerth, a childhood friend of the 68 year old Big Mom still looks like she's in her mid-20s). Basically, you divide the age of a giant by 3 and you get the equivalent of a normal human's age.
    • Zunisha the elephant is over 1000 years old, and has carried the country of Zou and the Mink tribe on its back for almost that long.
  • Delicious in Dungeon: Distinction is drawn between the "long-lived races" (elves, dwarves, and gnomes) and the "short-lived races" (mostly tall-men and half-feet). The long-lived races don't live equally long; elves live for 400 years on average, but gnomes live for 240 and dwarves for 200. Cryptically, it's stated that all the long-lived races once had 1,000-year lifespans, but this gradually shortened following a series of ancient wars. Only half-elves such as Marcille still live so long, as if having mixed blood somehow reverts their lifespan back to its original length. Fearing she'll outlive everyone she loves, her goal is to devise a spell that will extend everyone's lifespans to 1,000 years. Half-feet, incidentally, invert this trope: they live only 50 years on average (though it's mentioned there are outliers who live to be 100).
  • Fabricant 100: The Yao family are known for having unnatural lifespan, living to the age of at least 110 while still looking 30. This is the primary reason Fabricants target them.
  • Queen Millennia: La-Metalians are said to normally age relatively to an Earthling 100:1, with ages above thousands being common.

    Comic Books 
  • Notably, Superman is understood to be, if not immortal, then very, very long lived. He does age though, if at a much slower rate. Both in Batman Beyond and in Final Crisis, he was shown to be about middle aged compared to the elderly Batman or Lois Lane, when the three are usually depicted to be the same age usually. How slowly he ages varies heavily. Sometimes he ages similarly to humans and will only outlive his peers by a few decades while at other times he can outlive them by hundreds, if not thousands, of years. In Superman & Batman: Generations, he has greying hair in 2009, but survives to the 30th century (with pure white hair), saying that it seems like the older he gets, the slower he ages.
  • Anna Hark in the series Planetary estimated her lifespan to reach 300 years.
  • X-Men:
    • Apocalypse has been alive since ancient Egypt. No one knows why he's lived so long exactly, but one theory is that he has a very long life span. (He's a mutant, thought to be the first, but he was eventually upgraded by future/alien technology on top of that. Which of his powers were inborn and which were the enhancements change Depending on the Writer.)
    • Wolverine, due to his Healing Factor. He's more than 120 years old. However, he does age (he's been shown in distant futures as elderly, long after most of his usual companions have died), and its been mentioned his Healing Factor WILL eventually give out on him. He seems to physically age about a decade for every half century or so, leaving him at about mid 30s after being alive for 120 or so hears.
  • In The Transformers (IDW), Cybertronians have such long natural lifespans that most believed that they could not die of old age, simply because no one's seen one tip over yet. Turns out they can: once they get old enough they undergo something called "cybernecrosis", causing them to eventually shut down for good. It takes about a billion years or so for this to happen. And then Ratchet developed a cure for it.
  • In Black Magick, Rowan's family tree shows several women who lived into their 80s or 90s during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, which would have been quite a feat back then. One of them, Coira Black, lived to be 125.
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1: While Amazons are immortal and do not age on Paradise Island those who leave to live elsewhere start aging. They still age at a much slower rate than a normal human which means that when Diana chooses to marry Steve and revoke her right to be a full Amazon ever again she knows she will outlive him by a very long time without ever being able to return to Paradise Island to do more than visit.
  • Astro City:
    • The Black Rapier has effectively doubled his natural lifespan with the aid of a rejuvenation serum. He still grows old, but at a slower rate.
    • Julius and Augustus Furst have been adventuring for nearly a century, thanks to "vitalons" they've absorbed on their adventures.
    • The Master was an ancient racist mastermind who was reportedly not entirely human.

    Fan Works 
  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): Ghidorah's middle head implies in Chapter 14 that Monster X is this at the very least, and it's probably even The Ageless like Ghidorah is.
  • Lezaford in The Tainted Grimoire is at least 300 years old.
  • Child of the Storm has a lot of examples:
    • Wanded magical practitioners live well into their second century without outside aid, while Wandless practitioners easily and routinely pass three hundred — though in the latter case, this depends on how powerful they are.
    • Variations on the Super-Soldier serum are implied to have this effect (though no one's sure if the radioactive aspects of the Hulk reduce Bruce's lifespan, increase it, or mean it breaks even). While Steve's too young for it to be obvious, Natasha (who took the Infinity Formula) is past 80 without looking as if she's even hit 30 yet, and Alison Carter, who has the original serum, reaching her early 60s without ageing a day past 25.
    • Wolverine, like canon, is about 140 or so.
    • Asgardians are unusual among the various pantheons — largely because they're both the oldest pantheon, and started out as mortals about a million years ago — and they're mortal, unlike, say, the Olympians. Their average lifespan is about 5,000, as in the MCU, but 6 or 7,000 is more common, and some have even reached 9,000 (albeit at a real push). And then there's the occasionally floated possibility that Buri, Odin's grandfather, is still alive, when he'd be at least 10,000 years old (though being the God of Time would have something to do with that). In any case, Thor and Loki are about 1500 years old, and both look no more than 30 — which Harry is jarringly reminded of in the sequel when asking about any half-siblings he might have. There was one, it turns out, Torunn, who lived and died a thousand years ago.
    • Doctor Strange is generally assumed to be at least 400, owing to the fact that he's been Sorcerer Supreme for 360 years by the time the story starts. Those who know some of his Dark and Troubled Past (especially his real name) revise this estimate to about 1500. In fact, the truth is that he's lost count, what with all his time travelling. However, when he did stop counting, he was 100,000 years old, and suspects that he's probably closer to half a million.
    • 'Nathan', Harry's alternate counterpart, suggests that he's about 1500 years old. Aside from the white streak in his hair, he looks about 30.
  • Celestia and Luna in Diaries of a Madman have very long lifespans due to their ageing being slowed down by the Elements of Harmony, but they're certainly not immortal. Navarone also gains this after his Emergency Transformation, being expected to live at least 1,000 years, or longer if he wishes.
  • In Heart of the Forest, deer can live for millennia. Applejack is over 400 years old and still in the prime of her life.
  • Besides the Will of Evil:
    • Magic can greatly extend the lifespans of its users, with more powerful magic users living longer lives than less powerful ones. Mule deer and whitetails, the least powerful deer species, have lifespans measured in centuries. High deer are functionally ageless.
    • Dragons are naturally long-lived, with average lifespans of a thousand years.
  • Empath becomes this in the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story "Days Of Future Smurfed", having lived 1,150 years before he died in 2005.
  • It's mentioned in Rainbow Brite and the War of Darkness that several of the characters are from long-lived alien races. The Color Kids are several millions years old, are only barely adults, and look like eight year old humans. Rainbow's trusty Cool Horse Starlite is also several millions of years old, but he's relatively nearing the end of his lifespan and has been forced into retirement.
  • In the Fire Emblem: Three Houses fanfic You'll Get No Answers from the Blue Sea Star, Rhea, Seteth and Flayn are all somewhere over a thousand years old, while Sothis appears to be much older than that. Jeralt is implied to be longer lived than ordinary and his daughters, especially Jo, may end up living for thousands of years, as Sothis's children do.
  • Liao Hua in Farce of the Three Kingdoms. He first shows up (as an adult) in Chapter 27 and lasts until Chapter 119, long after all of his peers in Liu Bei's old guard are dead and Liu Shan (unborn in Chapter 27) is a grandfather. By the later chapters, other characters are often shocked that he's still alive, and Jia Chong refuses to execute him in the hopes that he'll set a record.
  • The Palaververse:
    • Dragons are not truly immortal, but even the shortest-lived breeds will still see centuries go by before old age claims them, and some have lifespans extending well into the millennia.
    • The Capricious Crown of Capra is this as well, since as a living piece of metal it's fairly resistant to aging. While entropy will eventually claim it, it won't be for centuries yet.
  • In Whispers of the Abyss, it's a plot point that Ninetales can live for 1,000 years and Wartortle can live for 10,000 years. In the last chapter, 800 years in the future, Pyre the Ninetales and Riptide the Wartortle are still alive.
  • In the Better Bones AU, Tribe Stonetellers live upwards of 30 years, which is certainly this by cat standards, thanks to being given near-immortality with an inability to die from things like disease or starvation.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • MonsterVerse: All the Titans appear to be this, although centuries of suspended animation when they were hibernating underground probably helped. Many if not all of them are implied to be millions of years old not just as species but as individuals, with the Godzilla: Awakening graphic novel implying that the individual Godzilla has been around since the Permian period.
  • Star Wars: Yoda. When 900 years old you reach, look as good, you will not.
    • Confirmed in the Disney+ show The Mandalorian, where a child of Yoda's species, named Grogu but nicknamed by fans as "Baby Yoda", is said to be 50 years old, but appears to be just out of infancy, the approximate equivalent of a human toddler.
    • Wookiees have an average lifespan of over 300 years, with Chewbacca being 200 years old in A New Hope.
    • Hutts can live for over a thousand years. Jabba was 604 years old when he was killed in Return of the Jedi.
  • Crush from Finding Nemo is a surf talkin' turtle dude, but he's 150 years old.
  • In Thor: The Dark World, Loki comments that the average lifespan of an Asgardian is about 5,000 years. Interestingly, in the comic, the Asgardians are one of the races of gods that are not immortal (unlike the Olympians) and do age, albeit very slowly.

  • Age of Fire: Elves live a good deal longer than humans, and dwarves longer still. Dragons are the longest-lived sapients by far, with the eldest of their kind lasting for historic ages.
  • Arrivals from the Dark: Several alien races routinely live for centuries, if not millennia. The Bino Faata, the first aliens officially encountered by humans, have their highest caste potentially live for several millennia due to genetic engineering. In contrast, the lower castes are engineered to only live for a few years. The Lo'ona Aeo are also extremely long-lived, which also means they perceive time differently. For example, in a later novel, a Lo'ona Aeo talks about a character's death several decades ago as if it were yesterday. It's unclear how long the Metamorphs can potentially live, but the Exile has been on Earth since the 13th century, and reappears in a book taking place in the fourth millennium, looking no worse for wear. Some descendants of Paul Richard Corcoran, whose biological father is a Faata, are known to have lived for at least 150 years.
  • Ben and Me: Amos, a mouse who should have a life expectancy of about three years, met Ben Franklin in 1745 and writes his memoir sometime after 1790.
  • Known Space: Under ideal conditions, protectors can live for thousands of years. In practice, most die a long time before that due to their extremely violent lifestyles. The journey of their original colony ship to Earth was notable because it took so long that its crew began dying of old age, a process so intriguing that they made sure to beam back data to the homeworld for the Great Library's records.
  • In Isaac Asimov's Robot Trilogy, Spacers (humans who live on one of the 50 colony worlds) regularly live for over 300 Earth years. They measure their lives in decades instead of years. In "Mirror Image", Detective Baley reacts poorly to the statement that one of the mathematicians in this case is in his twenty-seventh decade, resenting their extended lifespans and advanced medicine since he is "not yet fifty" and that's the description of the young Spacer.
  • In Vladimir Vasilyev's The Big Kiev Technician, pretty much all non-human races routinely live for at least several centuries. Elves can easily live for a few millennia. The novel also reveals that there is a small number of humans called Longers whose lifespan is also measured in centuries. Unfortunately, a large community of them is stated to have been discovered in Big New York and wiped out by the jealous humans.
  • In The Big One universe, a number of the characters have extended lifetimes, some reaching several millennia. They are not immortal and can be killed or die of disease (the Great Influenza of 1919 wreaked havoc on their ranks). Some are prominent in history (Parmenio, Nell Gwynne, Shakespeare to name a few) but most are normal people trying to cope with the problems caused by unexpected longevity.
  • In Dragon Bones, dwarves live longer than humans. They are apparently not immortal, but do have quite a long lifespan. The same might be true with dragons, but as no one has seen a dragon for a long time, this is not clear.
  • In Gor, thanks to Stabilization Serums, people are almost completely disease free and don't age, so hypothetically they can live forever, unless they're killed.
  • Members of the "Howard Families" in Robert A. Heinlein's stories are very long-lived, having been established by a foundation in the name of a rich young man who died of old age. Lazarus Long is long-lived even amongst his fellow long-lifers: at least 2,379 years. Non-Howards are also long lived (but not as long as the Howards).
  • In the Vorkosigan Saga, Betans and Cetagandans live about double the life of the average person today due to the level of technology and removal of harmful genes at birth.
  • The Honor Harrington series has Prolong, which is a genetic engineering process that extends human life to several centuries.
  • The Numenoreans in The Lord of the Rings are said to commonly live thrice as long as the longest-lived non-Dunedainic humans, while the kings of the house of Elros commonly reached 400. Dwarves also have naturally long lifespans, generally in the 200-275 year range. Hobbits aren't that long lived, but still live about half again as long as regular humans. The lifespan of the orcs is unclear, but hinted in some places to be extremely long — like their Elven cousins, they may in fact be The Ageless.
  • Fairies and all sub-species in Artemis Fowl are implied to live for a few hundred years, or at least long enough for 'decade' to roughly equal 'year' when scaled to human life-span.
  • In Harry Potter, wizards live about twice as long as Muggles. The oldest major character is Dumbledore, who's in his 110s while being perfectly healthy and of sound mind, and his eventual death isn't from natural causes. The two naturally oldest characters, Professor Marchbanks and Bathilda Bagshot, are probably at least 130 note  but are not healthy and one is described as "nuttier than squirrel poo".
  • Ditto the wizards in The Dresden Files. This is explained in one of the books with magic making their bodies capable of perfect recoveries (that is, any wound or broken bone they receive will heal completely over time, with no nasty lasting side effects whatsoever), which extends to a significant slowing (but not halting) of ageing processes, as well. This leads to the eldest wizards being in the order of 300 to 400 years old, and still active — however, they're still pretty old, and as the main character notes as he hits his late 30s, they don't keep the recovery rate of youth.
  • In The Kane Chronicles, the head magician of the House of Life is over 2,000 years old, though no one else can can live as long as him because the spell was lost when Egypt fell as Kingdom to the Romans.
  • The Dragaerans in Dragaera are considered to be adolescents until they reach about 100.
  • The Souls from The Host (2008). Other alien species are implied to be this as the Souls claim that humans have some of the shortest life cycles in the Universe.
  • The two witches from The Chronicles of Narnia are very long-lived. The White Witch was over 1,000 years old while the Green Witch was also very old, possibly over 1,000 as well.
  • In the Wild Cards series, the alien Takisians are essentially Human Aliens, only much longer-lived. Commoners live for three to four centuries, possibly due to their race's advanced biotechnology and medicine. The eugenically-bred Psi Lords can live for thousands of years. However, among the aristocracy assassination is the number one cause of death, with old age trailing a distant second. Those Psi Lords who do survive to old age command great respect. On Earth, some Aces appear to be unaging, but not enough time has passed since the release of the Wild Card Virus to really know for sure.
  • Paradox: Many of the Pelted have life expectancies longer than a century, with the Glaseah living 150 (or 250 maybe) years and Phoenixes living 400. Though aliens such as Faulfrenza live over seven centuries and Eldritch can exceed a millennium.
  • Humans in The Dinosaur Lords have potential lifespan of "eternity", although usually die of circumstances such as illness, combat or accidents. This being said, it doesn't raise any eyebrows for people to live well over one hundred, and the oldest known person has three centuries behind her.
  • John Carter of Mars: Lifespans of several centuries are very common among all species on Barsoom. John Carter also has this despite hailing from Earth, but the reason why is never revealed.
  • In the German booklet series Maddrax there are the hydrites, for whom it is not uncommon to become four hundred or five hundred years old. There are also the technos, a folk of humans who have lived in bunkers for centuries and have advanced technology. They have a life expectancy of up to about one hundred and sixty years, and are still physically fit even in old age.
  • The vampires in The Saga of Darren Shan are not immortal, but only long-lived; they age with a tenth of the speed of humans. Half-vampires, on the other hand, age with a fifth of the speed of humans. The oldest known vampire was over 800 years old. However, it is suggested that most vampires are killed in battle long before they reach such an advanced age, due to being a Proud Warrior Race.
  • The fairies in The Mortal Instruments also play this trope straight. They are not immortal, but they can grow very old. The Seelie Queen looks like a young woman, but she has lived in the Middle Ages. Later, Meliorn, who is a half-fairy, can be seen. He looks like a young man, but is already over a hundred and thirty years old.
  • Witchers in The Witcher, due to their enhanced physiology, can potentially live for centuries. Their natural life span is impossible to determine, as no witcher has ever lived long enough to die of natural causes.
  • Ology Series: Dragons typically lead very long lives: the shortest-lived, the knuckers and marsupial dragons, still usually top a century of life; European dragons live to three centuries of age, and if Chinese dragons have a maximum lifespan no-one knows what it is.
  • The Han Solo Trilogy:
    • Hutts frequently live to a millennium or so. Aruk is the oldest in the story, at nearly nine hundred.
    • Wookiees don't have quite this longevity, but Chewie is about two hundred years when he's introduced, and doesn't seem to be considered old. His father is still around, though elderly. Dewlanna was over six hundred when she died, and also old by Wookiee standards.
  • Last and First Men: Several future human species develop extremely long lifespans. The Fifth Men were created with three thousand-year lifespans and later increased their life expectancy to fifty thousand years. The Eighteenth Men typically live for a quarter of a million years.
  • In His Dark Materials, the witches can have a lifespan in excess of 1,000 years, but as a One-Gender Race can only reproduce with human males, with their sons being humans with ordinary lifespans and their daughters being witches (exactly what the witches are is never elaborated upon).
  • Realm Breaker: The Vedera are human-like beings that can live thousands of years before ultimately sub-coming to old age.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Maester Aemon Targaryen is 100 years old at the start of the series, making him the oldest known person in Westeros. During his long life, he has seen eight different kings reign from the Iron Throne. He managed to escape the fall and destruction of House Targaryen that his great nephew, Aerys II's family endured, as a rueful witness from the distant Wall, where he was protected by his oath to the Night's Watch. In A Feast for Crows, upon learning that a young Targaryen is rising up to become a conqueror across the Narrow Sea, he finally decides to leave the Wall and meet her, just in time for age to catch up to him, leading to his death at age 102. By this time, he has outlived his entire House, barring Daenerys and (possibly) her nephew, Aegon.
    • A Dance with Dragons reveals that Brynden Rivers, who was presumed dead after his disappearance during a ranging long before the series starts, is still alive. Despite serving as an honor guard to the aforementioned Aemon, he is two generations above Aemon, seeing as he is a bastard son of Aegon IV, Aemon's great-grandfather. By the time Bran Stark meets him, he is 125 years old. His long life is explicitly magical, being bestowed to him when he became the three-eyed crow for the Children of the Forest.
    • Dragons can live over two centuries. The only known dragon who died of old age, Balerion the Black Dread, was present when House Targaryen relocated from Valyria to Dragonstone. It died during the reign of Jaehaerys I, 208 years later. Note that Balerion never stopped growing; by the end of its life, its wingspan covered entire towns whenever it flew.
  • Holo from Spice and Wolf is stated to have a very long lifespan. How long is never said, but given that by the time the series happens she's already several centuries old (if not older), yet still looks like a teenager, she clearly has a long life ahead of her.
  • A Master of Djinn: Djinn can easily live around a millennium.
  • The Syrena Legacy:: Syrena have much slower heart rates than humans, which causes them to age more slowly. They reach physical maturity at nine or ten, but after that, they live for centuries. Dr. Milligan estimates that it would take 750 years for a Syrena to reach the equivalent of age 80. If a Syrena spends extended periods of time out of the water, their heart rate accelerates from the effort of fighting gravity, shortening their lifespan. This is one of the reasons human/Syrena relationships are forbidden.
  • The Mermaid: Mermaids age much more slowly than humans. Amelia has been living as a human for about fifty years, but she still looks much the same as she did when she first left the water, even while her human husband grew old and then was lost at sea.
  • In Mermaid Moon, merfolk live more than twice as long as landish folk.
  • Humanity in The Ship Who... tends towards a long lifespan. People who are over a century old but still fairly active are uncommon but not strange, and some characters refer casually to their "first fifty". When Niall dies shortly before The Ship Who Returned, Helva reflects that he became her brawn in his forties and they had nearly eighty years together, and doesn't consider that to be a short life by "softshell" standards. In another book, a senile ex-celebrity is about a hundred and seventy. Particularly fortunate people can make it to two hundred.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Star Trek. Vulcans, being Space Elves, have lifespans that are shown to be longer than that of humans. Spock, for example, has aged a lot less than McCoy during the time between Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation. His father Sarek first appears at age 102 as a middle-aged man with greying hair; he eventually dies as an elderly man aged 203.
    • Star Trek: The Original Series:
      • In "Miri", the children are three hundred years old due to the effects of a life-prolonging virus.
      • In "Requiem for Methuselah", Flint has lived for six thousand years.
      • In "Plato's Stepchildren", the Platonians had greatly-enhanced lifespans.
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation
      • Guinan and her species, the El-Aurians, live for centuries. Guinan herself first visited Earth during the late 19th Century, and later worked on board the Enterprise in the 24th Century. She looked exactly the same.
      • In the Trek Verse, humans are this, thanks to advances in medical science. TOS main character Dr. McCoy appeared in the Next Generation pilot episode as the 137-year-old Admiral McCoy — this is indicated to be an impressive age, but clearly not too ancient to still be active. Alien characters are much sprier, however, with only 20-30 years of visible aging between eras (basically, the actors' real-life aging), and it is still impressive for any human to have lived in the era of both the Enterprise-A and Enterprise-D without Time Travel being involved.
      • In the fan-film Star Trek: Renegades, Admiral Pavel Chekov is 143, but looks about as old as Admiral Owen Paris.
      • The pre Star Trek: Coda novelverse featured the character of Elias Vaughn, who was on active duty as a starship Captain after passing the century mark and passed away not from illness but due to injuries sustained in combat against the Borg.
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine confirms, via the appearances of Kor, Kang and Koloth from the original series, that Klingons can live for well over a century, and a throwaway comment from Quark's mother Ishka (that her "lobes haven't felt this firm in a century" after a cosmetic procedure) implies that the same is true of the Ferengi.
  • Farscape: Zhaan is over 800 cycles old (a cycle being equivalent to one Earth year). While Rygel spent a hundred cycles in prison and before then ruled the Hynerian Empire for centuries. Overall many species of alien seem to live over a century, with Sebaceans specifically noted to live around 160 cycles.
  • In Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, the Ancient may be 700 years old, and he certainly looks it.
  • Doctor Who: The Doctor may sometimes look young, but (s)he is actually over a thousand years old by their eleventh incarnation. He was 900 in the earliest days of the revived series; seemed to be rounding off at the time, but was 903 by series four. By now (s)he's well into the four digits. However, this is disputed by fans — in the past he'd given wildly different ages in the past (sometimes going up about a year per year of screentime and thus feeling a bit more "real" than the one-off wild numbers) and many feel he passed the four-digit mark sometime around the Tom Baker years. Word of God says he's probably a lot older and lost track; his life has taken place out of order and been subject to alterations, to the point that even he cannot know. The John Hurt incarnation claimed to be 800, and it seems to have been fairly consistent from there. This has recently gotten onscreen acknowledgement: He once mentioned his age and then said "unless I'm lying. I'm so old I don't even know if I'm lying about my age or not!" However, he is definitely not immortal. An individual incarnation of a Time Lord can last well over a thousand years but will eventually decay to the point of needing to regenerate, and each Time Lord only has thirteen lives. One who stays out of danger could probably live ten or twenty thousand years or more, but will eventually die.
    • Although there are debates about this. The High Council can, through means unspecified, grant a Time Lord at least one more cycle of regenerations. Their founder Rassilon is supposedly immortal, capable of regenerating an unlimited number of times. However, Rassilon is an Emperor Scientist with a god complex who is into Abusing the Kardashev Scale for Fun and Profit. Consequently he is not into sharing all of his secrets with his fellow Time Lords.
    • The Sisterhood of Karn, who are apparently also Gallifreyans, guard the "Sacred Flame", a natural phenomenon on their planet that can grant immortality. They have also perfected control of the regeneration process, to the extent that they can provide specialized elixirs that will ensure that a Time Lord's next regeneration will produce specific traits.
    • At the end of the episode introducing him, the Twelfth Doctor states that he's over two thousand years old, after spending 900 years on Trenzalore as Eleven, constantly fighting off invasions.
    • River Song, one of the Doctor's wives, is a human conceived on the TARDIS, the child of his companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams. Because of this, she inherited Time Lord traits including an extremely long life span. At the time of her death, she was at least 200 years old, but looked in her mid forties.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • The Jaffa can live for 150-200 years, having been engineered from Transplanted Humans to carry Goa'uld symbiotes until maturation. In practice, few of them live that long. Either their symbiote matures and a replacement can't be found in time (Jaffa don't have a working immune system with the symbiote acting as replacement), or they are killed in battle. The two oldest Jaffa shown are Teal'c and his mentor Master Bra'tac. Both lose their symbiotes in an ambush but survive thanks to a drug called tretonin that must be taken daily to keep their immune system active. Teal'c further ages many decades during the Grand Finale and shows grey hair. However, he is as strong as ever and is able to hold his own in a Stargate Atlantis crossover episode in an hour-long slugfest with Ronon Dex.
    Bra'tac: I feel alive, Teal'c, like a young man of 80.
    • The Goa'uld themselves can, potentially, live for millennia, thanks to their natural regenerative properties (when inside a host body) and their liberal use of sarcophagi. They also tend to keep the same host (so their subjects recognize them), so the host remains alive as well (albeit in an And I Must Scream state). As evidenced by Lord Yu, though, even the sarcophagi have limits. The exception is Anubis, who in his current state as an Ascended being is completely immortal and in fact, ends the series as a Sealed Evil in a Duel.
    • The Tok'ra, a Goa'uld rebel group, similarly have great longevity and confer it on their hosts. But they don't live nearly as long as ordinary Goa'uld, as they refuse to use the sarcophagus (one of its side effects is rendering the user increasingly sociopathic with every use, and it's also highly addictive so they're not willing to use it even sparingly). So their lifespans are limited to "only" centuries.
    • The Ohne/Oannes are Fish People whose natural lifespan is around 5000 years. According to the fluff, they have managed to throw off Goa'uld oppression and took back their homeworld, using their "memory retrieval" ability to get Goa'uld secrets from their Jaffa soldiers (which usually killed the subjects). Only one is even seen on the show, though, but anyone traveling to the planet is usually hypnotized to remember it as a lava-filled hellhole and actively resists further attempts to travel there. Only one Ohne has ever been seen outside their home planet, having traveled to Earth long ago to try to help the human slaves there. Unfortunately, she was killed by the Goa'uld who had attempted to enslave her people. Presumably, he didn't bother to tell the other Goa'uld about this race, as his own attempt to subjugate them cost him a Ha'tak and the entire invasion force, and the truth could be seen as weakness by the other Goa'uld.
  • Evil Sorcerer Andre Linoge from Storm of the Century has a lifespan that can be measured in centuries at least. The plot is kicked off because he is, by the standards of his kind, approaching his twilight years. He still has long to live by the standards of humans (he claims that the youngest children of Little Tall Island might outlive him), but beneath the illusion of a fit middle-aged man he is a sick and dying old man. Apparently even his powers can't extend his lifespan any further. So he's out to secure his legacy by claiming one of the island's children as his heir. All of the pain and suffering he's inflicted on the islanders was done to strongarm them into giving him one of their children, since whatever rules bind him dictate that he can't just take a child.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer has very long-lived demons. There are also many demons that are immortal, but most of them are just long-lived. In a episode of Angel, demons are seen (in their human figures) as if they were thirty or forty years old, but they are at least four hundred years old.
    • The same also seems to apply to half-demons. The exact age of most half-demons is unknown, but two of them, Nash and Pearl, are over seventy years old, but look like they are about twenty years old. There is also a half-demon called Whistler. He is already thousands of years old, and was born in the time of legends and myths.
    • Apparently this also applies to particularly powerful warlocks and witches. Lavinia and Sophronia Fairweather are two witches who are far over a hundred years old but look like young women.
  • Ultra Series: The Ultramen are extremely long-lived beings; all known Ultras are thousands of years old. Case in point, Ultraman Mebius is 6,800 years old and Ultraman Zero is 5,900 years old, and they're considered young.
  • A hilarious example from when El Chavo del ocho became a series of skits on Chespirito. Specifically, Jaimito the mailman, a character whose supposed to be in his late 60s'-early 70s' once revealed that his mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother are still alive, the last one whom he says he's worried about because the doctor has given her no more than 20 years.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985):
    • In "A Small Talent for War", the alien ambassador's race live for at least several hundred years.
    • In "The Storyteller", Micah Frost admits to his teacher Dorothy Livingston that his family have managed to keep his 141-year-old great-great-great-grandfather alive for so long by reading him part of a story every night but not finishing it until the next night. For generations, the Frosts have believed that the only thing keeping him alive is the anticipation. Dorothy is extremely skeptical and questions whether it is right to keep someone alive past their natural time. After Micah falls from a tree and breaks his arm, he has to spend the night with the local doctor and his wife. He is concerned that the old man will die without his nightly story. Although Dorothy is not convinced, she reads him the rest of the previous night's story and begins another one as she does not want to risk the old man dying. In the final scene, the elderly Dorothy is telling her mother the story of an apparent sighting of the adult Micah in 1986 but she does not finish it in order to keep her mother alive for one more night.
    • In "Crazy as a Soup Sandwich", the demon Volkerps is 32,000 years old.
  • Elementary: Sherlock Holmes adopts a tortoise named Clyde who used to belong to a Victim of the Week and muses to Watson that the tortoise will outlive them both. In a later season Sherlock's father estimates that Clyde is only a few years old meaning he will definitely outlive his current owners.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Methuselah, according to The Bible, lived 969 years. Adam himself died aged 930. In fact, most of antediluvian humanity lived for many centuries, and only after the Flood did the life spans begin rapidly decreasing.

  • Journey into Space: In The World in Peril, it is mentioned that Martians have a lifespan of more than 300 years.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Ars Magica: Magi can easily live longer due to magical longevity rituals. Certain other people, as well as supernatural beings, can also achieve this.
  • Mechanical Dream: Frilins can live for more than two thousand years.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Although actually living long enough to die a natural death is a rarity in the 40K universe, long lifespans are actually normal:
    • The natural lifespan of an Eldar is thousands of years.
    • Dark Eldar can potentially live even longer than their non-corrupted cousins as long as they can keep their souls replenished or can be resurrected by a haemonculus. Asdrubael Vect claims to have been a child at the time of the Fall of the Eldar, which would make him more than 10,000 years old.
    • Space Marines can live for several hundred years. Dante, the current Chapter Master of the Blood Angels, is 1100 years old, the oldest Space Marine not in a Dreadnought.
    • The Space Marines encased within Dreadnoughts are often thousands of Terran years old, although they do spend a lot of time in suspended animation when not needed. A notable, venerable Dreadnought named Bjorn the Fell-Handed is no less than 10,000 standard Terran years old.
    • Humans can live for well over a hundred years or more thanks to juvenat treatments.
    • Orks get bigger and stronger with age instead of slowing down, so it's not clear whether or not they even can die a natural death due to aging. It's a moot point anyway, since Orky life and psychology ensures that no Ork will ever die a natural death.
  • Warhammer Fantasy: Dwarfs become respected elders at 150 and tend to live around 200 years, barring misfortune, but their natural lifespan varies hugely. Those who reach 400 are revered as living ancestors and are (privately) said to be those simply too stubborn to succumb to age; the oldest is over 1600.
  • Exalted: The Solar Exalted can live for over 5,000 years, give or take a few decades for their mortal life (it came as quite a shock when the first one of them died of old age; they'd assumed they were immortal before that) while most Lunars live for 3-5,000. All Sidereals are fated to die at the age of 5,000 (a point of concern for the oldest and most powerful Sidereal, Chejop Kejak, who's 4,995 years old). The weaker Dragon-Blooded can only live for a few hundred years or so — the Scarlet Empress was over 700 when she disappeared and was considered long-lived by Dragon-Blood standards. The aging rate is different as well — their aging will freeze when they Exalt and won't resume until they near the end of their lifespan. Meaning that if you're facing an Exalt who looks like an old man, either they Exalted late in life or they are so incredibly ancient that they've started aging again. And since Exalts only get more powerful as they get older... pray it's the former.
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Excluding truly ageless beings like celestials and elementals, there are a lot of races and species that live a long time:
    • In editions where dragons aren't just immortal, they usually grow for around 1,200 years, then endure without degradation for at the very least several centuries. One book indicates it's a function of Charisma and type, so the shortest life for a dragon that isn't weaker in personality than the norm for their breed is the White's 2,100 year life-span, at a 'mere' 900 years after reaching Great Wyrm status.
    • Depending on the edition, elves can live for several centuries at least. 3rd Edition gives them an average lifespan of around 550 years, whereas 1st and 2nd Edition AD&D gives them around 1000 years.
    • Some character classes, especially Druids and Monks, gain extended lifespans- the exact effect varies depending on edition. In 5th Edition, for example, Druids gain Timeless Body at 18th level, which causes them to age at 1/10th the normal rate for their race.
    • Treants stand out as living for thousands or tens of thousands of years. And, at least in some settings, they don't die of old age even then, but simply stop moving or communicating to become normal trees, which might live centuries more.
    • The capstone ability of the Ruathar, a Prestige Class for those who have been honoured by the elves, increases the character's natural lifespan (and youth) by 50%. Elves can also become Ruathar and gain truly prodigious lives.
  • This is also often found in Forgotten Realms.
    • Elves and drow have a life expectancy of two hundred to nine hundred years (it can indeed vary greatly), and even half-elves and half-drow can still become one hundred thirty to one hundred and eighty years old.
    • Dwarfs can be three hundred and four hundred years old, and half-dwarfs on average still two hundred thirty years.
    • Gnomes are naturally three hundred to five hundred years old. Halflings can still be one hundred and fifty years old, and Genasi can become up to more as one-hundred-year-old.
    • Dhampyres have a life expectancy of about one hundred and eighty years, but this sometimes varies.
    • While half-fiends are immortal, the tieflings, the descendants they have with humans, are only long-lived. Tieflings live somewhat longer than humans, the difference is however not very large. Descendants of half-fiends and elves, the Fey'ri, have, however, a life expectancy of more as thousand years.
    • However, it is inverted with the orcs. They live much shorter than humans, because orcs become only forty to forty-five years old. Even half-orcs rarely live as long as humans. Their average life expectancy is sixty to eighty years, but they become rarely older than seventy-five years.

  • Pretty much everyone in BIONICLE; apparently, biomechanical beings have on average lifespans reaching at least the five or six digits. The Makuta in particular stand out: they've been around nearly as long as the Great Spirit Mata Nui at around 100,000 years and most of them are still pretty spry. And there are some beings who are even older than them. This is justified, since the Makuta are essentially sentient gas clouds possessing suits of armor. According to Word of God, when the biomechanical species' muscles age and wither, they can simply slap on a new piece of armor and wait for new muscle to grow around it.
  • Transformers: In most continuities, Cybertronians can live on average for millions of years, even the younger ones like Bumblebee. Of course, being caught in a massive war does tremendous things for the average lifespan. A few continuities, do show that Transformers can die of old age (though it's not clear if the same holds true in other continuities), but even then, very few last long enough for this to be of any practical concern. Compare that to the Maximals and Predacons of Beast Wars, where even the oldest are merely three to four hundred years at most.

    Video Games 
  • Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus and Butterfly: Gala is a werewolf, who is stated by Hyde to be a long-living species, but while Gala will live as long as Hyde does since the latter's a vampire, Gala will still grow old ahead of him, but Hyde will eventually outlive him because he's immortal.
  • Touhou Project:
    • Basically all youkai have lifespans significantly longer than that of a human. It's unclear exactly how long, though there's been some that are known to be over a thousand years old while others, like magicians and vampires, are outright The Ageless by nature.
    • Among individual examples, Yuuka Kazami stands out as she's said to be one of the most powerful youkai in Gensoukyou by sheer virtue of the fact that she's also one of its oldest residents, but as she's both the most unpleasant and most dangerous individual to be around in the setting, no-one except for the local judge of the dead knows for sure how old she really is, and said judge of the dead only comments upon Yuuka's age in so far as to warn her that she's gotten so old by now that her age alone could get her sent to hell when she dies. For perspective, this is a warning commonly reserved for mere mortal Hermit Gurus who've massively overstayed their time in the world of the living.
    • Sages learn how to extend their lifespans through rigorous training and studying. Once they've extended their lives for so long that they're starting to mess up the Celestial Bureaucracy's books and balances, a shinigami is sent to check up on them, remind them to not overstay their lifespan for too long and offer to escort them to their judgment. Hermits who still won't take a hint, or outright refuse to rejoin the cycle of life and death to the extent that they fight off the shinigami who are sent for them, are eventually hunted down by the Kishin, the Oni generals of Hell. The Taoist Hermit Seiga Kaku has been attacked by the Kishin general Suiki in the past and has expressed a certain amount of contempt of the Ministry of Right and Wrong labeling it a sin to live for too long, and the issue is also brought up by the Hermit Kasen Ibara who wonders what implications the sin of living too long carries for the naturally long-lived youkai.
    • Finally there are the Celestials and Lunarians, who are theoretically immortal. "Theoretically" because Celestials are, much like Hermits, eventually checked up upon by shinigami who remind them to rejoin the cycle of life and death, and Lunarians can only live forever specifically because they've isolated themselves from impure things like death and mortality, and though they can effectively live forever they can also only do so for as long as the Moon remains pure. Neil Armstrong made them shit bricks back when he endangered their eternal lives by setting a mere mortal foot on their world.
  • Twisted Wonderland: Fairies live longer than all other races in this universe; both recurring fairy characters have ages in the hundreds. However, this appears to only apply to full-blooded fairies; Sebek, who's half human, has a normal two-digit teen age like everyone else.
  • Asari live up to a thousand years in the Mass Effect universe. Krogan live even longer; their upper age limit is unknown, and they are suspected to be biologically immortal. In particular, Wrex is a 1500-year-old krogan warlord, and another krogan is encountered who is implied to be over two-thousand years old.
    • Humans and turians live to 150 years of age on average, while drell can reach 80.note  Salarians and vorcha invert this trope however, as they rarely live past 40 and 20 years old, respectively.
    • Genetically engineered humans such as Miranda are said to be able to live fifty percent longer than normal, pushing their potential lifespan up to 225. Similarly, while it is never directly confirmed, it's possible that due to the numerous cybernetic implants enhancing and maintaining their vital functions, Shepard's own lifespan might have also been increased as a result.
    • The angara of Mass Effect: Andromeda are implied to be this, when able to grow old naturally. Moshae Shefa is one of their oldest living people, at around a hundred and ten, and she's still pretty damn sprightly (though it's mentioned she'd like to retire some time soon). She also doesn't sound particularly old. Meanwhile, their enemies the kett might also fall here. Their leader has been trying to wipe them out for eighty years, with no indication that his higher-ups are asking what the delay is, timescale-wise, or that he's getting on in years.
  • There are several races in the Warcraft Expanded Universe whose lifespans are unknown aside from "much longer than humans." Suffice to say that there are draenei still living who still remember getting the hell outta Argus... twenty-five thousand years ago.
  • Final Fantasy VII: Bugenhagen mentions his 130th birthday is coming up when Cloud and friends meet him. Red XIII's tribe is stated to live even longer than that — as shown by Nanaki himself being alive and well 500 years later.
  • Final Fantasy V: Sage Guido reveals he's hundreds of years old while fighting Exdeath. Then again, he is a tortoise.
  • The dragons of Final Fantasy XIV have lifespans that can last for several millennia. These long lifespans also give way to Blue-and-Orange Morality: to a dragon, a century is but a fleeting moment. As such, to some dragons, crimes committed against them by the races of man several centuries ago, by those who had long passed away, feel as recent as a mere few days ago.
  • The Lemurians from Golden Sun live much longer than other people thanks to the Lemurian Draught they drink. One child in their village, who appears to be about 12, casually remarks that he will be a child for at least another 20 years.
  • The D'ni people in the Myst series typically live well into their second century, with some making it as long as 350 years. Offspring of D'ni with humans get some of that longevity: Atrus himself lived to at least 150.
  • Dragons in Fire Emblem can live for thousands of years, and are even described as "almost immortal" in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. Half-dragons can also live a very long time, though not quite the extremes of pureblooded dragons. In Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, the dragon tribe is the longest lived of all Laguz, with herons coming in second. Other tribes live for at least two or three centuries. Branded only avoid living quite as long as their Laguz ancestors because they age as humans for the first sixteen years.
  • Elves in Tales of Phantasia, Tales of Symphonia, and their related spin-offs live for a thousand years. Half-elves live for the same length of time. It's a great source of angst for Genis Sage and Arche Klein that they'll out-live their friends for such a long period of time. Seemingly averted for quarter-elves and even more distant elven descendants.
  • The Minions of Overlord do apparently age, since an elderly minion named Gnarl acts as the Overlord's advisor. However, no one knows the actual lifespan of a Minion, since no Minion has ever died of old age. Gnarl for one is old enough to remember the long extinct dragons.
  • Elves in Dragon Age may have lost their fabled immortality, but the writers have stated that they still have very long natural lifespans that can reach triple digits. On the other hand, other writers have stated that all of the races of Thedas have roughly equivalent lifespans, so it's not entirely clear. The Darkspawn seems to have a very long lifespan, with the oldest ones implied to be several centuries old.
  • The Varl of The Banner Saga live for hundreds of years, and nobody knows exactly what their natural lifespan is, because they were created only a few centuries ago and they're likely to fall in battle before they die of old age. Ubin is trying to live as long as possible to find out, and if his white hair is any indication, he's closer to achieving that end than any other Varl so far.
  • StarCraft:
    • The Protoss can potentially live for many centuries. The oldest known Protoss is Matriarch Raszagal, who was 1045 when she was killed (not "died of old age"; it's possible that Protoss can live considerably longer than even that).
    • The Xel'Naga are long lived even by Protoss standards, but they are not immortal. This is why their Cycle (whereupon a worthy successor race inherits their essence and power to become the next generation of Xel'Naga) is needed to ensure that there will always be someone seeding life in the universe.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • The races of Mer (Elves) are implied to have longer natural lifespans than the races of Men, who have lifespans along the lines of real life humans. Exactly how much longer is unclear, however, and largely inconsistent. Even without counting the magically enhanced lifespans of certain specific Mer, there are examples living naturally for centuries. Barenziah is approaching 500 in her appearance in Morrowind's Tribunal expansion, and though noticeably aged, she is appears no worse for the wear than a 60 or so year old human. In the backstory, Nerevar is in his 300s by the time of The Battle of Red Mountain and still acting as a Frontline General. Several Altmer and Dunmer characters in Skyrim mention having been present for events like the Red Year (200 years prior to Skyrim) or mention having served in the military for 150 years, but none look any older than middle-aged.
    • The Tsaesci are an Akaviri race who attempted to invade Tamriel late in the 1st Era but were defeated and the remnants of their army were incorporated into the empire of the Reman Dynasty. Sources conflict greatly over whether the Tsaesci were serpentine Snake Vampires or a race of Men just like those found in Tamriel. In either case, they are apparently longer lived than that typical men of Tamriel. The two Akaviri Potentates, who ruled Tamriel in a continuation of the Reman Empire early in the 2nd Era, ruled for 323 years and 106 years, respectively (and both died a violent death).
    • Tiber Septim, the founder of the Third Tamriellic Empire, was about 106 years old when he died. It is rumored that he had his mages use spells to extend his life. Septim then ascended after his death as Talos, the Ninth Divine.
    • Uriel Septim VII, the 21st and finalnote  Emperor in Tiber's line, was 87 when he was assassinated at the beginning of Oblivion. He was very much active at this time and willing to charge into battle alongside his Blades. He was also Older Than He Looks, as he was said to have not aged during the 10 years he spent trapped in Oblivion during the events of Arena. Like his ancestor Tiber, it was rumored that he had his mages and healers use magic to extend his life.
  • Ogmo from the Jumper series can live for an undetermined long time, if he doesn't get killed first. The first game shows him already capable of surviving over 100 years in an Abandoned Laboratory. The third shows he can survive millennia of spaceflight (possibly thanks to Time Dilation).
  • The Metal Gear series has its fair share of centenarians, many of them still in fighting shape. In release order, the first was MGS2's Old Boy, whose age is vaguely stated to be "over 100" at the time of his death, at which time he's still an active member of Dead Cell. This was then followed up by The End, a member of the Cobra Unit in MGS3, who is explicitly stated to have extended lifespan because of a parasite that, among other things, gave him photosynthetic qualities. He's stated to be over 100, though also stated to have been born "in the 1860s", placing his age at no more than 104. Another character introduced in that game would go on to top that, as Big Boss's CO, Major Zero (age 55 at the time of the game) is discovered to still be alive, albeit on life support, in MGS4, set half a century later. Finally, MGSV has Code Talker, who, like The End, is explicitly stated to be "over 100" and cannot be any older than 104 based on the decade given for his birth, though unlike the other three, he survives his debut game/the game in which he's revealed to be alive and over a century old.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • In Oracle of Ages the King Zora of the present is seen as a young man when Link travels 400 years back in the past, with nary a difference in appearance beyond a Palette Swap.
    • The Zora in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are implied to to be able to live over 200 years. One Zora you talk to says he's now 130 years old and how it's been 100 years since he saw Link. The Sheikah are also longer lived than Hylians, reaching about 150 years on average, and that's not counting characters like Master Kohga and the Shrine Monks who have reached more than 10,000 years through supernatural means. The latter was first hinted at in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, where Impa spends thousands of years watching over the sleeping Zelda.
  • Halo:
    • The Prophets/San'Shyuum are definitely this, thanks to various life-extending technologies, with a quarter of their population being super-bicentenarians; the original trilogy's Big Bad, the High Prophet of Truth, is 156 years old, while his rival Regret is 91 and considered young for a Prophet of his rank. They lived even longer during the age of the Forerunners, with the First Prophet living to be over 9,000 years old.
    • The Elites/Sangheili are implied to be this; Elites in their 60s and 70s tend to be stronger than younger Sangheili, 64 is considered young for a clan leader, and one Elite in Halo: Broken Circle is implied to be several decades older than 100, with no indication that this is unusual in anyway.
  • Warframe: Centuries of transhumanism have greatly extended the human lifespan. Darvo Bek is a hundred and five years old but barely considered a teenager, and Teshin is old enough to personally remember the Old War. However, they are middle to upper class (Darvo is a reasonably wealthy Corpus, while Teshin is a Dax Super-Soldier from the Orokin Empire). It's unclear if lower class Corpus or the primitive tribes scattered around the system benefit from an extended lifespan. The Grineer definitely don't; Clone Degeneration means that they can only expect to live ten to twenty years.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles:
    • Xenoblade Chronicles 1:
      • High Entia are known to possess lifespans that number in the centuries: Melia, at 88 years old, was barely considered an adult. Exactly how long their lives are is unclear, but given some contextual clues regarding the Machina, it would seem to be less than a millenium.
      • The Machina are even longer lived. Most of the ones seen have their ages counted as between 1000 and 5000 years, and a few of them have been around since the Bionis and Mechonis actually fought, which happened "many eons ago". One sidequest does imply that they can eventually die of old age, but from everyone else's perspective they're effectively immortal.
    • Xenoblade Chronicles 2:
      • The Indoline can easily live for centuries. Most obvious with Praetor Amalthus, who looks as young now as he did 500 years ago during the Aegis War. In fact, Amalthus's lack of aging at all is remarked upon: even with an Indoline lifespan he should be approaching advanced age by now. He passes it off as being a side effect of being the Driver of an Aegis, but in fact the reason he's retained his youth is that he's a Blade Eater that consumes the Core Crystals of Blades delivered to the Praetorium.
      • Blades can easily live for millennia at the least, but every time their Driver dies, their memories are erased as they revert back to a Core Crystal, so they don't remember anything before their most recent awakening. The Aegises, naturally, are an exception: they keep their memories forever and are suggested to be ageless, capable of living forever if they're not killed. Flesh Eaters meanwhile are Blades who consume human cells and consequently lose their Blade immortality in exchange for independence from a Driver and possibly other new powers, but they still have exceptionally long lifespans. Cole/Minoth and Jin are Flesh Eaters who have survived for 500 years since the Aegis War, though both of their bodies are starting to break down in the present, Cole's moreso since he's visibly aged though that's in part due to the environment he's living in. It's implied Nia, whose Flesh Eater powers include incredible healing and regenerative abilities, will easily live even longer than that in good health.
      • Titans live for so long that entire ecosystems rise and fall on and sometimes within their bodies. Rex's "Gramps" Azurda is around 1300 years old by the time the game proper starts and was there when the Aegis War of 500 years ago went down. It's later revealed that Titans are actually the final form of a Blade's evolution, which means all of them have lived thousands of years as a Blade before becoming a Titan. They are not immortal, however, which forms the crux of the plot: the Titans are dying off, and no new Titans seem to be being born to serve as landmasses for society which is revealed to be because Amalthus' Core Crystal "cleansings" that make it easier for them to resonant with Drivers is eliminating the accumulated data the Blades build up for the course of their many incarnations to eventually evolve into Titans.
      • Mikhail is an adult in the present, but it's eventually revealed he was a child who survived the Aegis War and the destruction of the Tornan Titan 500 years ago before he was taken by Amalthus for his Blade Eater experiments and subsequently escaped.
    • Xenoblade Chronicles 3: It's explained that the Queens of Keves and Agnus are both from species that are exceptionally long-lived; the Kevesi queen is a High Entia, and the Agnian queen is a Flesh Eater Blade. Of course, there's also the added wrinkle that the main characters only live ten years; they consider the sixty year-old Vandham to be unspeakably ancient, so the idea that the Queens could be hundreds if not thousands of years old floors them completely. Furthermore, the "Endless Now" muddles things further. The original assumption was that the Queens had outlived most of their old friends, but some things imply that the merging of the worlds happened only a few decades after the events of the first two games, which froze the world in place. However long the Endless Now lasted, Melia and Nia spent most of that time sleeping, so it's unclear how long that was either.
  • Emperor Oberon of Crying Suns has ruled the galaxy for seven centuries, using immortality technology to extend his lifespan. Many of the Empire's nobles refer to him as "the Old Man" because of this. In one ending, you use the same technology to rule over the Empire for a thousand years.
  • While searching for evidence of the Garden of Eden at the bottom of the sea, the protagonist of Water Womb World discovers fish that have been alive since the Jurassic period along with a skull of one of the sons of Adam, who he estimates to have lived for around a millennium.
  • Leaf (and by extension, Petal and other elves) from MySims is revealed to be this in Agents. If you speak to him at the HQ while you're investigating Boudreaux Mansion, he'll say this:
    Leaf: Maybe I should have a will written. It's almost my 15238th birthday, and Elves don't live forever.
  • The Sims 3 has this apply to a number of the supernatural life states a Sim can gain in the expansion packs, which is achieved by their lifespan being multiplied in comparison to the lifespan set in the game’s options. This started with the introduction of mummies, who have their lifespan multiplied by 5, a multiplication that vampires also have. Genies were later introduced, with a lifespan double that of a human. Werewolves get their lifespan increased by 50%, while fairies get the same 5 times multiplier as vampires and mummies. In the Pets expansion, there are unicorns which have such a multiplier applied to the horse lifespan, specifically living 3 times longer than an average horse.
  • Dynasty Warriors: Xin Xianying of Jin was born in 191, during the Allied campaign against Dong Zhuo, participated in the Battle of Chibi at 17 years old, lived to see the collapse of the Han Dynasty, the creation of the Three Kingdoms, the conquest of Shu by Wei, and the establishment of the Jin dynasty. She passes away in 269 at the ripe of old age of 78, making her the longest-lived character in the entire series at least among the characters with confirmed birth and death dates, beating out even Jia Xu (147 - 224, died aged 77). Not bad going for a woman born in a time period where the average lifespan is around 35.
  • In Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps, both Ori's and Naru's species are examples. Tree spirits like Ori are essentially juvenile Spirit Trees, with all the longevity that implies. Even those spirits that don't end up becoming full Spirit Trees are long-lived: Eki and Sol are implied to have been alive when Nibel's Spirit Tree was a sprout, and they only died when the forest was plunged into darkness during the events of the game's prologue. Naru, meanwhile, played with those spirits when she was a child and later lived long enough to see Niwen's new Spirit Tree (Ori) grow to full-sized maturity.
  • Grassmen from the Breath of Fire series are long-lived. Young Grassmen can spend well over a century traveling and amassing knowledge before eventually settling down and metamorphosing into a Wise Tree, which lives even longer. Official materials put Spar, the playable Grassman in Breath of Fire II, at 111 years old, which is roughly the equivalent of a human at 16.

    Visual Novels 
  • Despite their elf-like appearance, the Emishi from Full Metal Daemon Muramasa invert this by of having a shorter on average lifespan than humans. The elderly Yagenta who is in his early fifties is noted to be positively ancient by their standards when most die from old age before their forties. As a trade-off from this they grow and mature much faster than humans do. And they are able to play this trope straight if the individual chooses to forge themselves into a tsurugi which makes them effectively immortal.
  • In Sable's Grimoire, many demihumans have much longer lifespans than humans do. Elves and dragons can both live for thousands of years.
  • The Valfasq race in Galaxy Angel, to the point a couple centuries are nothing to them and they play the Long Game when it comes to their galactic conquests. Their emperor, Gern, was active six hundred years ago when the civilization of EDEN fell to the Chrono Quake, and is the final opponent the heroes have to face in the first trilogy.

    Web Animation 

  • Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures: Quite a few Creatures have projected lifespans that can be measured in centuries. That said, most people in Furrae, Creature and Being alike, end up dying long before their time. Furrae is a dangerous world that offers plenty of ways to kill you besides old age.
  • Dominic Deegan: Dominic and Luna meet an elf who is long-lived even by his species' standards due to magical Super-Soldier augmentations he received from the ancient empire that died out thousands of years ago.
  • Drowtales: The drow and other fae are technically not immortal but stop aging at the human equivalent of 30 years old as long as they have a sufficient mana supply (otherwise they start aging much as a human would and can eventually die) since it's stated that fae do have a finite lifespan, with evidence pointing to it being somewhere upwards of 1,000 years. Most never get close to this and die long before then.
  • Ears for Elves: Elves live into their 900s, with adulthood being between 200 and 700 (explained here). They don't act or look old when they're officially elders, either.
  • El Goonish Shive: Adrian Raven, is a half-immortal elf. Pandora, his mother, was 156 when he was born so, assuming that Pandora's statements about her age are true, then he is at least 350.
  • Homestuck: A troll's lifespan is dependent on their place on the hemospectrum. Mindfang, a cerulean-blood (the lowest caste of true nobility) mentions in her journals that she has a far longer lifespan than that of low-caste bronze-bloods, as she was already an adult centuries before her eventual bronze-blooded lover was even born. The troll empress, at the very top of the pecking order, is fully ageless. While that's about it insofar as hard numbers are given in the comic, Q&A sessions with the author mention that green-bloods are the first to hit a century-long lifespan.
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!: the butterfly-like Nemesites live for about two thousand years — which is a useful trait when you have an interstellar empire but no Faster-Than-Light Travel. Dragons may not live as long as that, but clearly can live much longer than a human.
  • My Impossible Soulmate: Demons have longer than average lifespans, allowing them to live for roughly 140 years.
  • Unsounded: Of the Fantastic Caste System enforced by the modified Background Magic Field in the country of Alderode, the Copper can live up to 400 and look like twenty-somethings for 250 of those, the Jet live to 250, and the Bronze can live anywhere from 50 to 150.

    Western Animation 
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatars live significantly longer than regular humans. Avatar Kyoshi lived over 200 years. It's rumored to have something to do with their chi. However, Aang only lives about 66 years or so due to the stress put on his body by a century as a Human Popsicle. Even then, he technically died at the age of 166. Avatar Roku died at age 70, but it wasn't because of natural causes. Other individuals are also shown to live longer than usual, including the 112-year-old King Bumi and the 150-year-old Guru Pathik. However, the Sequel Series The Legend of Korra shows that Sokka died in his late seventies or early eighties, and the surviving main characters from the original series (now aged between 85 and 91) are spry but still elderly.
  • Invader Zim: Word of God states that Irkens live a long time, and that Zim is older than anyone alive today, making him at least 120. This seems to be common in various alien species. When Zim was abducted by a different race, they said they have been traveling for many Earth centuries (though they are stupid, so that claim might be wrong) and in another episode, getting trapped in a planet dedicated solely for fast food for twenty years straight is treated merely as something that you should plan ahead for.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Princess Celestia and Princess Luna from are well over 1000 years old. We don't even know how old — they were both ruling the kingdom and the skies when Luna became Nightmare Moon and was sealed a thousand years ago. The very first flag of Equestria has them on it. The royal sisters were as they are now, or at least (as proven by the flag) already in charge of the Sun and Moon and a big enough deal to put on your flag, when the country was founded, and that's enough to get people swearing by your name. However, there's no word on whether they're truly immortal or just very long-lived. According to The Journal of the Two Sisters, they aren't immortal. Natural alicorns like them just have very long lifespans.
    • According to the Journal, they first raised the Sun and Moon as teenagers, which was 1,111 years ago as of "Horse Play", making them between 1,123 and 1,130. Although said book is questionably canon.
    • Granny Smith is also said to have been around at the beginning of Ponyville, making her at least in the triple digits (in "Winter Wrap Up," the titular event is a town tradition that has gone on for "hundreds of years.") She knew the great-grandfather of a present-day character when she looked the age of the Mane Six. However, she definitely looks her age. Her toy even comes with a walker with tennis balls on the leg (though she doesn't use it in the show and a pony would have a hard time using one anyway...). Further confusing the issue is not knowing how long a year is in Equestria, or how long MLP characters live. Still... she's as old as the city, and that's impressive.
    • It's unclear how long dragons live, but it's mentioned in an early episode that they can take century-long naps.
  • Futurama:
    • People in the 31st century are very long lived. The prime example of this is Professor Farnsworth, who is 173 in the final season and only appears to be about 90 or so. Not only that, but his parents were shown to be alive (albeit in stasis) in a late episode. Interestingly, Mom is often implied to be about the same age as the professor, and was able to successfully bear three children "thirty odd years" before the year 3008, implying female fertility lasts much, much longer than it does today.
    • Nibblonians like Nibbler are very long-lived. This is why Nibbler was able to trap Fry in a cryogenics tube and still be around 1000 years later. When denying Fry's accusation that he used Time Travel (claiming that the Nibblonians for all their power and knowledge lack that ability) he states that his people have very long lifespans.
  • In the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Super Computer", Caveman Oog found the Super Computer Frylock invented when it accidentally went back in time 300 million years. The computer not only boosted Oog's intelligence, it also helped him find a way to extend his lifespan. This is how he is able to show up at Frylock's house to complain about the computer's lack of games.
  • In Gargoyles, the titular creatures live twice as long as human. Apparently this is because they don't age during the day, when they're Taken for Granite.
    • The Third Race are immortal, unless they specifically make themselves mortal and die before they change back. Hybrid children can fall under this trope, however, at least if they've been trained enough that their magic doesn't wane out of them (as it mostly did for Fox). This is apparently the cause of Merlin's longevity, and Word of God says that Alexander Xanatos would have been pulling a My Grandson, Myself ploy in the proposed Gargoyles 2198 Spin-Off.
  • In Wakfu, Yugo will live very long due to having the blood of dragons. This is in addition to being one of the Original Eliatropes who reincarnate after death. This causes him no small bit of angst since this means he doesn't age as quickly as his friends, which makes having a relationship with his Love Interest Amalia more difficult.
  • In the DC Animated Universe, Mr. Freeze needs to be in cold temperatures to survive, but if he is, he will live for a very long time, even as a disembodied head. He's not necessarily happy about this.
  • Steven Universe: According to Word of God, anything that Steven or Rose Quartz brought back to life (e.g. Lion or Lars) isn't immortal, but ages at a very slow rate due to an extremely slow metabolism. As a side effect, they only rarely need to eat.
  • Implied in the case of Granny from Looney Tunes, who made a cameo in one episode of Loonatics Unleashed (which is set in 2772) despite having a descendant in Queen Grannicus. In The Looney Tunes Show, "Eligible Bachelors" reveals that she was a WAC spy in World War II, meaning she's at minimum 850 years old by the time of Loonatics.
    • In the same episode, Tweety is also shown to have been alive during World War II, being the time he and Granny met. Canaries typically live around 15 years, meaning Tweety is exceptionally old as well. After hearing the story, Sylvester asks him how old he is. Tweety refuses to answer.
  • Teen Titans (2003): One of the Brotherhood of Evil's most prominent members is General Immortus, a military genius with millennia of experience, as shown by him commanding an Ancient Egyptian army in a flashback. He offhandedly mentions that he taught Sun Tzu ("one of my best students").

Alternative Title(s): Long Lived Race, Long Lived Creature, The Methuselah, Exceptionally Long Lifespan