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Basic Trope: When Really 700 Years Old immortals lose their immortality, they age rapidly until they reach their true age.

  • Straight: Baron Latrommi uses the Power Crystal to remain young. When the crystal is broken, Latrommi starts aging rapidly. A few minutes later, when he reaches his true age, he's reduced to a pile of dust.
  • Exaggerated: When Latrommi's magic that is keeping him young is dispelled, he instantly crumbles to dust despite starting it when he was a young adult and only using it for a few years.
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  • Downplayed: It takes Latrommi a couple of weeks to reach his true age.
  • Justified: Latrommi's youth is just an illusion created by the Power Crystal. When the crystal is shattered, so is the illusion.
  • Inverted: Latrommi has a curse that makes him age backwards and the Power Crystal stalls said curse. When the crystal is broken, Latrommi rapidly grows younger, eventually being reduced to a teenager, then a child, a baby, a fetus, and finally a single cell.
  • Subverted: Before destroying the crystal, Alice tells Bob that this is about to happen to Latrommi. When the crystal is broken, Latrommi points out that he's not aging.
  • Double Subverted: Then Alice asks if Latrommi's hair has always been grey. Cue Oh, Crap!.
  • Parodied:
    • When the crystal is broken, Latrommi disappears and his tombstone suddenly pops up on a graveyard.
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    • When the crystal is broken, Pharaoh Latrommi is instantly mummified. And maybe still alive, being mildly annoyed by his transformation.
    • Latrommi has been using the crystal for a massive... ten days. When it's broken, he complains about suddenly looking ten days older, even though it's impossible to see any difference.
  • Zig Zagged: This happens to some immortals, but not all.
  • Averted:
    • Latrommi starts aging at a normal pace.
    • Latrommi has Age Without Youth and already looks his age. He dies of old age when his immortality is taken away.
    • Latrommi's immortality is permanent, even when its source is gone.
    • Bob kills Latrommi immediately after breaking the crystal.
  • Enforced: It's necessary for the plot that Latrommi is killed off quickly. The first draft had Alice stabbing Latrommi to death after the crystal was broken, but the censors found the scene too violent and objected to The Hero being a murderer, so they forced the writer to come up with some other way to get rid of Latrommi.
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  • Lampshaded: "Ew, that seven-hundred-year old look is gross!" "At least the aging is rapid, so it doesn't last long."
  • Invoked: Latrommi's immortality was originally not dependent on the crystal. Alice and Bob used their magic to weaken Latrommi, making him dependent on the crystal before destroying it.
  • Exploited: Alice and Bob use this to kill Latrommi fairly quickly and have him suffer the fate he has committed so many immoral actions to avoid.
  • Defied:
    • Latrommi hides and protects the Power Crystal to prevent this from happening.
    • Latrommi finds a way to extract the crystal's power, thus making his immortality independent of it.
  • Discussed: "I hope I won't age rapidly if I ever lose my immortality."
  • Conversed: "Why does Latrommi age that quickly only because he lost his immortality?"
  • Implied: Alice breaks the crystal. The next day, Bob has found out that Latrommi is dead.
  • Played For Laughs: Latrommi is of a weird fantasy race. Creatures of that race look more and more ridiculous the older they get.
  • Played For Drama: Latrommi's Rapid Aging is a Painful Transformation, and it's traumatic both for him and everyone that watches it.

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