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  • This trope takes its name from the tongue-in-cheek fan logic to explain the popularity of Sasami in Tenchi Muyo!, who is otherwise joked to be the best choice for the lead. Because she is technically "seven hundred years old", this supposedly made her fair game for fans. This of course ignores the fact the writers always give her the appearance and personality of a little girl and that most of that time was in hyper-sleep, but why worry about the details...
    • Tenchi's whole family aside from him is much older than they appear. His sister who looks to be in her mid to late 20's is 80. His father is 200 and looks like he is in his early 40's. His Grandmother (whom no one should ever call her by that name) looks maybe mid 30ish and is well over 700 years old (As does his Grandfather, but he keeps a disguise up to make him look 60-ish). And his great grandmother looks to be in her mid 30's too. The parents of Azusa, emperor of Jurai, Tenchi's great-great-grandparents, show up in GXP and look to be in their 40's. Tenchi's step-great-grandmother, Seto, shows up in the OVA and GXP and looks to be about mid 30's despite being 5,000 years old.
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    • Supergenius Mad Scientist Washuu (who's actually either several thousand or several billion years old, depending on perspective) can change her appearance at will, and most often looks like a very precocious red-haired twelve-year-old girl.
      • Going back to Sasami; who fused with a being sister to Washu! (Ie; beginning of time-years old), and Tokimi. Heck, Tenchi himself, considering he created the beings that created the universe (Sasami, Washu and Tokimi) which makes him pre-beginning of time-years old. Though that was in a different lifetime, which he has no memory of.
    • In the spinoff Tenchi Muyo! GXP, Neju turns out to be more than two thousand years old. She plays to the lolicon fetish, teasing Seina (and indirectly all the other girls), such as calling Seina onii-chan. In her case, she's doing it deliberately, partly because she's feeling her years. She's also being naughty because she's had to be a proper court lady for a couple of millennia, and now she's out of the harness and feeling frisky.
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    • Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar, another spinoff, is also rife with it. Aside from the references to Kenshi's relatives, Wahanli, a cute teenage (apparently) Wrench Wench is actually 97, for example.
  • Delicious in Dungeon has the residents of The Golden Kingdom, who were cursed with immortality by the Lunatic Magician. Though they appear as young humans, all of them are actually centuries old.
  • D, the Dhampyr title character from the Vampire Hunter D franchise is one of anime's more extreme and tragic examples. He's the son of Dracula, and while the exact timeframe of his world is unclear, a time somewhere around A.D. 12,000 is hinted, meaning D has lived for over 10,000 years. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust emphasizes the tragic aspect of this trope twice by noting an old man who recognizes D from when he was just a boy and then in a Distant Finale where D still looks the same in spite of the passage of several more decades.
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  • Flora from Berserk is a human witch whose name was mentioned in the Berserk timeline Circa 1000 BBG. In short, she has been around since 1000 years before the main character Guts was born. Her first appearance in the manga showed that she was indeed dying of old age, which meant that she was not immortal.
  • Yu Yu Hakusho:
    • Koenma is exactly seven hundred years old, and appears to be a toddler. He can transform into a bishonen teen form for a few minutes at a time... but doesn't remove his pacifier when he does so.
    • Koenma stays in teenage form continuously later in the series when it gets more serious. Eventually the pacifier is revealed to be a device to store energy. He keeps the pacifier in his mouth even after using up its stored energy, presumably because that's how he recharges it.
    • This is played with for Kurama: His human body really is a teenager like it appears to be, but his demon soul is thousands of years old.
    • Yoko Kurama looks like a 20-to-early-30s man, yet he was Yomi's superior and possibly elder authority a thousand years ago.
  • Lady Kayura from Ronin Warriors is roughly a millennium old, appears to be in her mid-teens, but is physically 12 years old.
  • In Magic Knight Rayearth, the Guru Clef is appalled by the fact that the Knights are "mere children." When Umi accuses him of the same, he informs her haughtily that he is actually 745 years old, though he looks about 10. Princess Emeraude is the same way. It's lampshaded in Part II, when someone from the invading countries points out to their teenage chief engineer that just because Hikaru looks fourteen doesn't mean she's actually his age.note 
  • Evangeline from Mahou Sensei Negima! was turned into a vampire when she was about ten and consequently has not aged at all in the hundreds of years since. She actually expresses a desire to become and be seen as a beautiful, mature woman rather than a child, and projects an illusion of such a form whenever she can. The illusion apparently has physical substance, but hey. It's magic.
    • It also seems that Zect, the boy from the flashbacks was Nagi's master, and was several centuries old himself.
    • Fate Averruncus also claims to be several hundred years old, although in his case it's unclear whether he's referring specifically to his current incarnation or his past lives as well.
    • The Stealth Sequel series UQ Holder! introduces the titular organization, a group composed of immortals, most of whom fit this description. Eva, under the alias "Yukihime" is a member.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Like Sasami, the manga version of Chibi-Usa from Sailor Moon is 901 years old during her introduction, with the body and face of a 10 year-old, although this is largely thrown out in other media.
    • For that matter, Sailor Pluto's association with relative Time Travel makes it very difficult to pin her age down, although her given age says she's in her twenties, which is what she appears to be.
    • Any of the fey-like characters are possibly quite old, like Helios, Perle of SuperS: The Movie, etc. None of them look to be over their early twenties, and most of them look like teenagers.
    • The entire main cast also qualifies, or rather their future selves in Crystal Tokyo, all of whom are over 1000 years old. (While the Outer Senshi don't appear here other then Pluto in the anime and Manga, The Sera Myu inculdes them, and has their future versions fight alongside the inners from the past during the Black Lady musicals)
  • Kiddy Grade has Eclair and Lumiere, who physically look 16 and 10 respectively And it turns out they're both approximately 200-250 years old.
    • This one is arguable, as the girls are quantum reincarnated into new bodies periodically, so their current bodies, despite looking 16 and 10, are actually younger than that. In addition, Lumiere should have a 16 year old body, too, but she seals her Particle power, which also traps her body in a convenient young-looking form.
  • In Trinity Blood, Seth, the Empress of the Methuselah, is at least 900 years old, despite looking like a "cute young girl", by her own description.
    • Being her older brothers, Abel and Cain are a bit older than her. They only look in their twenties, though.
    • And to lesser extent, the Methuselah from the same series, whose life expectancy averages around three centuries or so, but their appearance stops aging once their powers awaken. Suleyman, for example, looked to be in his late twenties but was Really Three Hundred Years Old.
    • Ion. He looks like a young boy and is probably older than half the other characters.
  • Libra Dhoko from Saint Seiya is 247 years old. While he looks like an old man, that is just a form to hide his young body.
  • The dolls in Rozen Maiden are supposedly more than a century old. Being dolls, they nevertheless look and act much like children.
  • In Knights of Sidonia, the appropriately-named Immortal Council is made up of members of the ship's crew who maintain their longevity with biotechnology. Kobayashi, the captain of Sidonia, is one such member, being hundreds of years old but not looking a day over 30. She wears a mask in public to hide the fact that she's been captain for centuries.
  • Though not expected to be a romantic interest, Hellmaster Phibrizzo of Slayers sort of falls under this trope, as the demon lord was created at least a thousand years ago, yet continues to appear as a ten year old boy. Admittedly, though, demons such as himself can take any shape they please, but we never see him look like anything else even in flashbacks.
    • He briefly takes on his true form in the last episode of Slayers Next shortly before he is destroyed by the Lord of Nightmares. Also, Fibrizo was created before Shabranigdu was split, so it's at least five thousand years ago.
  • Enma Ai from Hell Girl looks like a little girl, albeit a creepy one. However she has been dispatching people to hell for many a century.
  • C.C. from Code Geass looks to be 16 or so, but is apparently old enough that she was on a First-Name Basis with George Washington and Ben Franklin... and that's just the tip of the iceberg. To be precise she was born in medieval times.
  • Yukito of Cardcaptor Sakura. He's Yue's alternate form, and Yue was created by the several-centuries-old magician Clow Reed in his original life.
    • Kero is approximately (if not the exactly) the same age.
  • Yuko Ichihara from ×××HOLiC and Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-, both of which have close ties with the aforementioned series, never mentioned her exact age, but she was on a first name basis with Clow Reed, several hundred years ago. Clow accidentally warped reality so that the universe would ignore her death. Once this is undone, 99% of people's memories are edited so that it is as if she died when she died as far as everyone but close friends and relations are concerned.
    • Fai D. Flourite, who, because of having extreme magical power, is many times Kurogane's age (we're not told the exact age). Other powerful Valerians are presumably like this to varying degrees, as well.
    • Lastly, this seems to be a thing in Celes (judging by how people age in Fai's backstory), possibly for the same reason.
    • In the sequel, xxxHolic: Rei, it appears Watanuki has gained this power thanks to his taking over the shop in Yuuko's absence. Between the end of xxxHolic and the early chapters of xxxHolic: Rei, there's even a few scenes where he appears to have Doumeki and Himawari still in contact and sometimes helping out around the shop, but it's shortly revealed to actually be their Great-Great Grandchildren, over a hundred years after the events of the first series, and pretty much every non-magical being from the first series died some time ago. It's strongly implied that the original Doumeki, Shizuka Doumeki, basically pledged his descendants to be friends with and help Watanuki with the store as needed, in an act of devotion to his friend.
  • Bleach:
    • Shinigami have a potential lifespan that spans thousands of years. It takes many decades just for them to reach adulthood resulting in characters who are biologically 13 years old being chronologically as old as human grandparents. One of the oldest shinigami, Yamamoto, had been around for well over 2,000 years.
    • Yhwach has been around for over a thousand years. Although he is called a Quincy, it's unknown whether he's a human with an impossible lifespan or a dead Quincy whose spirit therefore follows the same aging rules as for shinigami (who are also spirits) is unknown. He claims the Soul King is his father, which confuses his origin story even more.
    • In the anime filler, the Bounts were born many centuries before the current storyline during a lab accident in Soul Society. The shinigami responsible for this Ran Tao has an even more extended lifespan than normal shinigami due to the aid of science.
  • Holo from Spice and Wolf is a centuries-old wolf god who assumes the form of a teenage girl.
  • In Revolutionary Girl Utena, while we do not know just how old Akio and Anthy are, it is clear that they have been around for a long time, possibly as long as the very concepts of 'Prince', 'Princess', and 'Witch'. Same goes for Mikage, though he may have been Dead All Along.
  • Son Goku in Saiyuki was been imprisoned in a rock for 500 years without aging before being freed by Sanzo. Goku's apparent age is supposed to be 18, but he looks 12. Might have to do with the fact he's not a normal being but what's termed a "Heretic" (as in one not created according to the rules of the Heavens). His true (unbound) form looks noticeably older but not by much.
  • Deconstructed in Mermaid Saga. Because the immortal Masato is stuck with the body of a young boy, he can't get by in society without a caretaker, which he often quickly outlives. He can't stay in one place for more than two years for risk of raising suspicion to his nature. He eventually goes nuts over having to deal with this for over eight hundred years.
  • Chizuru in Kanokon is 400 years old, yet looks (and acts) like an 18 year old. After all this time, she's still a virgin.
    • Don't forget about Nozomu, who is stated to be 200 years old, despite looking like an elementary student.
  • The Mu in Toward the Terra can keep a youthful appearance despite living much longer than normal humans. Namely Blue who is 300 years old.
  • In Kyo Kara Maoh! the Mazoku live many a century and age at a much slower rate than humans do. A radical example would be Ulrike who is 800 years old yet looks like a little girl. Somewhat subverted in Ondine's sister who does look quite old despite the fact that her sister, who is even older than Ulrike, still seems very much like a kid. An interesting case is Murata who looks like a teen yet has memories from several reincarnations going back millennia.
    • In the anime, at least, we are told that ordinary Mazoku age about 1 human year for every 5 years they live (hence Wolfram is in his 80s but seems to be about 16 or 17). Ulrike and Ondine's positions as Genshi Miko (basically high priestesses) seem to have allowed them to age even slower, hence Ondine appearing so much younger than her own twin sister.
  • Miyu in Vampire Princess Miyu is tragic example of this trope. She looks thirteen years old, but her growth was magically stunted by the Shinma so she can hunt the ones who ran away to the human world and take all the time in the world to do so.
  • Czeslaw Meyer of Baccano! looks like he's ten years old. In hindsight, he probably should have waited a little longer before drinking the elixir of immortality in 1711...
    • Of course, he's far from the only one, even if he's the most extreme case. There are quite a few characters (Huey, Elmer, Maiza, etc.) that drank the same concoction, making most of them at least 250 years old by the time the series starts. There's also Firo, who already had enough trouble passing for his actual age before immortality...
    • However, unlike the others, the only thing Czeslaw really gained from his immortality was the ability to survive ''years'' of torture. Added on to 200+ years of eternal childhood and, well... sucks to be him. In comparison Sylvie, who while still immortal, deliberately waited until she was in her twenties to become so to avoid spending eternity as a teenager. Look at Czeslaw's experience and say that this wasn't a good move.
  • Master Karin of Dragon Ball looks like an ordinary house cat (albeit a walking, talking house cat) but is really over 800 years old.
    • Master Roshi (aka Muten Roshi), despite looking in his 70s since the start is actually 300 years old, as is his rival the Crane Hermit and his brother Mercenary Tao. Roshi and Crane are old enough to have been young monks when King Piccolo ravaged the Earth 300 years ago. Garlic and his son Garlic Jr., nemeses to Kami in a Non-Serial Movie and anime filler are also at least 300 years old. And if you think that's astounding, Roshi's older sister Uranai Baba, is 500 years old. In anime filler, Roshi's turtle celebrates his one thousandth birthday. Mr. Popo has been attendant to every Guardian of Earth (or at least a large number), so he's much, much older.
    • The Nameless Namekian separated into Kami and King Piccolo 300 years ago, having already been about 200 when this happened. Lord Slug from the Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug movie and Namekian elder Guru (who actually does look his age) is also from this time. Oddly enough, prior to remerging with Kami, Piccolo Jr., King Piccolo's reincarnation was about 14 years old (though he had already merged with an older Namekian in the Frieza saga). Namekian merging is... complicated.
    • The Kais are in the millions of years old. The Eastern Supreme Kai killed Bibidi, the creator of Majin Buu, five million years ago, making Bibidi's son Babidi at least that old. Numerous other demons and deities from both the original manga and anime filler are likely at least as old.
    • Elder Kai takes the cake here, as he's ridiculously old even by Kai standards. He actually does look pretty old, but he counts his age as "15 generations". Logically, he'd be talking about Kai generations. Considering that Eastern Supreme Kai has not visibly aged in 5 million years, this would be an unbelievably long time indeed. Furthermore, the age he's showing is not his own. He accidentally fused with an old witch when he was young, and has looked that old ever since. Dragonball Xenoverse 2 plays with this, where Elder Kai notes that the Supreme Kai of Time is actually a few thousand years older than he is, despite looking like a young woman.
    • To an even more extreme example, there's Beerus and Whis. Beerus is old enough to be the one who sealed Old Supreme Kai in the Z-Sword, and was the one who wiped out the dinosaurs-this and other media suggests he's been around for 75 million years minimum. Whis, however, trains successive gods of destruction, which would put him in the ballpark of perhaps hundreds of millions of years, if not far longer. Both look like adult cat people/blue humanoids.
    • Hit from Dragon Ball Super is over 1000 years old.
  • Trigun has Vash and Knives, who look in their mid-twenties despite being over 130 years old in the anime and over 150 years old in the manga. It's also unspecified just how old (manga only) Chronika/Kronika and Domina are, but they might be over a century (they also look in their mid- to late twenties, while the twins still looked like teenagers when they were 'only' eighty years old).
  • Fullmetal Alchemist has the Really Four Hundred Years Old Hohenheim, who perpetually looks in his thirties or forties. The manga also has Father, who looks about twenty years older than the former, and the 2003 anime has Dante, Hohenheim's repudiated wife. Most of the homunculi count too, especially Envy in the anime (400+), Pride/Selim in the manga (400+ but the body of a little boy), and Greed (200+) in most of his incarnations.
    • Ironically, in the manga, the oldest Homunculus, Pride, has the appearance of a 6-year-old, whilst the youngest Homunculus (discounting Ling as the second Greed), is Wrath, the oldest-looking of the Homunculi - who happens to be the only one that actually looks his age.
  • The eponymous character from Immortal Rain looks to be in his twenties, but has been alive for the past 200 years. Same goes for the villain, the literal Methuselah, who has been endlessly reincarnated since the beginning of humanity.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has Lordgenome, who looks to be no older than his early forties, but is actually at least 1000 years old.
    • This is the case for all the Beastmen, considering that Cytomander can be referred to as a fledgeling despite being over 200 years old and Guame is only a few years younger than Lordgenome. (Although Guame at least looks elderly, at least as far as one can tell with an anthropomorphic armadillo)
  • Claymore has Isley and Riful, who look like a handsome young man and a little girl respectively despite being centuries old, not to mention not even human.
    • Actually, all the male Awakened Beings there play this trope straight. After the first generation the organization created only female warriors.
  • The trope name is exactly true for Caerula Sanguis from Battle Angel Alita: Last Order. Her age is actually quite significant. She has spent most of them learning and refining both her wu shu straightsword techniques and her comprehensive combat strategies in the service of protecting humankind.
  • Subverted in episode two of otherwise softcore (by modern standards) The Elven Bride. When the eponymous elf was asked about her age, she replies seventeen, to which the girl pointed out that seventeen elf years is long in comparison to human years. She promptly explains that she has only lived 17 human years since she was born.
  • Many of the protagonists from Tsutomu Nihei's Blameverse stories, due to being advanced cyborgs. Sosono Musubi of Noise goes on to live for millennia after being upgraded by The Safeguard. Killy from Blame! is at least 3,000, but he doesn't realize it because his brain has run out of space several times and had to be overwritten.
  • Taikoubou from Soul Hunter, despite looking like a teenager, is revealed right in the beginning to be an immortal who is 72+ years old. However, it is later revealed that he is much older than even that when he returns to being Fukki, one of the First People (an ancient alien race).
  • Axis Powers Hetalia isn't very clear about how age applies to its characters, but China's profile says that he's 4,000 years old and he doesn't look much older than his mid-twenties.
    • "I've liked you for a very long time - since at least the twelfth century." -Holy Roman Empire to Chibitalia.
      • Since the nations have been shown in different historical events at different times, it's safe to assume that they're more than a century or two old.
    • The author has explicitly stated that China is immortal.
    • There are also Word of God "human ages" for several of the characters, placing most of the characters biologically in their twenties – for instance, America is 19, Italy and Germany are both 20, and England is 23 – but China alone is listed as 4,000 years old and immortal. Countries seem to age according to both how old they are and how quickly the country develops; Italy was a small child for (presumably) centuries, but England received quite a shock when he left a tiny America and came back after a few decades to find one that was taller than him.
    • In the original Chibitalia strips, the declining Roman Empire/"Grandpa Rome" is a scarred old man; in the anime, he still appears as he did in his prime, leading the dub's Lemony Narrator to lampshade this by calling him Italy's "unusually handsome grandfather."
  • Beelzebub, the most feared demon (behind Dabura) in the Sand Land is somewhere around 2,000 years old but is still considered a child and has a bed time.
  • Mito of Space Pirate Mito is an alien that is over ten thousand years old, but looks like she could be in third grade.
  • Hellsing:
    • Alucard. He's a 567-year-old vampire at the start of the series, and he looks to be in his early forties at most. This depiction of his age has historical basis. The real Vlad Dracula died in battle in 1476 at the age of forty-five. In Hellsing, his backstory is that instead of dying in battle, he was captured and to be executed, but chose to defy his fate and become a vampire instead.
    • In the prequel manga series Hellsing: The Dawn, Alucard takes the form of a 14-year-old girl.
    • Don't forget Helena from the anime. She appears to be a prepubescent girl somewhere between twelve and fourteen years old, apparently because she was turned into a vampire at a very young age, and has been around for a very, very long time. Just how long is never determined, but it's implied that she is one of the oldest vampires ever seen in the series.
    • Seras in the manga/OVA is beginning down the road to this trope. She was about 20 when she became a vampire. In the epilogue, 30 years later, she still looks the same (in contrast to Integra, who's visibly older).
  • In Nobunagun, the DOGOO Commander is almost 1,800 years old, while her assistant Saint-Germain is around 1,000 years old. In the Commander's case this is due to several centuries-long periods of stasis that she underwent while combing through history looking for individuals to turn into E-genes, while Saint-Germain is implied to have Complete Immortality.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion, Ayanami Rei has a 14-year-old body, but the soul of an entity that is billions of years old. So does Kaworu.
  • InuYasha: Youkai have lifespans that are vastly in excess of human lifespans. Even child characters such as Shippou have been around for decades despite their biological youth. Teen characters such as Sesshoumaru have been around for centuries. Even a Half-Human Hybrid has an unnaturally long lifespan. The canon never gives Inuyasha's age, but a flashback to his mother shows she wore the clothes of a Heian noblewoman, and that era died out 500 years before the story's supposed setting (the anime gives him an age of 200). Naraku himself has been around for decades at least.
  • Washuu Ryuugasaki, the school principal in Cyber Team in Akihabara.
    • Don't forget Crane Bahnsteik and Cigogne Ratspieu.
  • Cassian from Count Cain is really thirty-five, but a medical condition caused his body to stop growing just before he hit puberty.
  • The entire Arcobaleno of Katekyō Hitman Reborn! apparently.
    • Another character is far older than he appears: Kawahira belongs to a race of pre-human Earthlings and is responsible for every generation of Arcobaleno.
  • All the vampires and dampirers from The Record of a Fallen Vampire, with the exception of Laetitia, who's only in her 60s.
  • Cheza in Wolf's Rain looks to be about 13 or so, but is actually around 200 years old. Lord Darcia and his lover Hamona are also several centuries old, but appear to be in their 20s.
  • In Chronicles of the Cursed Sword, Dr. Laobi looks like she's in her mid-twenties, but is late found to be about 150 and the mother of the Old Master. She keeps herself looking young with Science.
  • Melchisedec, Carmichael and the Emilys in Str.A.In.: Strategic Armored Infantry.
  • Elda Marker from Karin. In fact, she looks younger than Karin herself, despite being unspeakably old.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! Dartz looks twenty despite being 10,000 years old.
    • Yami and Bakura might fall under this trope as well, but technically, they're spirits inhabiting the bodies of two 16-year-olds.
  • Klan Klang from Macross Frontier is an odd example. In her natural Zentraedi state, she looks the right age (Boobs of Steel aside), but when micronized to human size she looks like a 10- or 12-year-old because of a genetic defect. This actually inhibits a potential relationship with her crush Mikael, who points out that if they got together, he'd be arrested - which earns him a Dope Slap from the unhappy Klan.
  • Dragons, like Filia and Valgaav, and Mazoku, like Xellos, are either long-lived or immortal in Slayers; Xellos is well over a millennium old, Valgaav is shown to be at least as old as Xellos, while Filia is supposed to be near adulthood at around 500 (the anime emphasizes the difference when she is shown tidbits of Valgaav's childhood). While elves also live at least twice as long as humans do, some human sorcerers with a lot of magical power can live for a century or two. Finally, chimeras can live for ages or die quickly, something that was addressed by the light novel author. In theory, if Zelgadis were to remain a chimera for the rest of his life, he could live for several hundred years.
  • The Big Bad Liselotte Werckmeister from 11eyes has been around for 800 years due to her immortality.
  • Mephisto Pheles of Blue Exorcist is said to have been working with the exorcists for around 200 years at this point. He is probably even older than that. He looks more like he's in his thirties - sometimes a little younger or older.
  • One chapter of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei shows a brief glimpse fifty years into the future in which the former students have noticeably aged (Nami and Mataro are white-haired and wrinkled, Usui is almost completely bald, Kaede is shown in silhouette but has a granddaughter). Then there's Kafuka, who hasn't changed. At all.
  • Akasha Bloodriver from Rosario + Vampire looked to be in her late twenties at the oldest... and looked exactly the same 200 years ago. Same goes for the other Dark Lords, though Fuhai plays with this a bit by having a Sleep-Mode Size body that looks like a Miniature Senior Citizen.
  • The Wolkenritter of Lyrical Nanoha have existed for centuries at least but look like they're in their twenties. Vita is an extreme case.
  • Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss looks to be in his late teens, early twenties but has been around for over five centuries.
  • Arachne from Soul Eater is over 800 years old. You sure as hell wouldn't be able to tell by looking at her.
    • The same goes for Asura, on the occasions he comes across as more 'human' than 'abomination'.
  • Demons in The World God Only Knows are several hundred years old, but look and act like teenagers; except for Elsea, who acts like an eight-year-old.
  • In Dragon Crisis! Maruga, the White Dragon Empress looks to be in her late teens/early twenties, but she knew her uncle, who died over a hundred years ago, which means she is over a hundred years old. Onyx, who was Maruga's childhood friend would also be over a hundred as well.
  • In Toriko, the three disciples of Acacia (Ichiryu, Jiro, and Midora) are at least over 200 years old. They certainly don't look it, and they're some of the most powerful people in the series.
  • Considering that half the characters in Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok are gods or monsters from Norse Mythology, this is to be expected. Though, most of them certainly don't act like it. Then again, they don't in the original myths either...
  • Played for Laughs in Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, where Shinka, when she was in her Ms. Imagination persona "Mori Summer," claimed of 700 years old more than she actually is and was the only living mage in the world.
  • Hekikai No Aion: Seine is 300 years old and has an appearance of a teenager.
  • Gate Keepers' Houjou Yukino looks like a ten year old even though she's more than eight hundred years old. The OVA GateKeepers 21 reveals this is in fact the side effect of using her Gate of Ice: it "froze" her age.
  • Shrine Maiden Ulrike, from Kyo Kara Maoh!, is 800 but looks like a young girl. Ondine, the maiden before Ulrike looks even younger.
  • King and his sister, Elaine, from The Seven Deadly Sins have the appearance of little kids, but they are both much, much older than what they look like. They're at least over seven hundred years old, for those curious.
    • Then there's Meliodas, who also looks like a kid, but is a demon over 3000 years old. He's lived through the time when the Clans were waging war against the Demon Clan and sealed them. Taken even further when the Ten Commandments state that their average lifespan is 1000 years old, so if they had passed those 3000 years outside of the seal, they would have died three times over.
  • THE ENTIRE MAIN CAST of Haruhi Suzumiya, due to a time loop that made them live for over 600 years. Only one team member actually REMEMBERS all those hundreds of years, making her the only one likely to TRULY be 600+. Haruhi/Kyon might be if they are the godlike being/s the whole series is revolving around. In fact, with them, it might be a Time Abyss that neither can remember.
    • Mikuru never told us her real age, not to mention her possibly far past adult self doing the same.
  • Campione! has Divine Ancestors, goddesses who were trapped in the form of pre-pubescent children when a god usurped their position. Many spend centuries seeking to regain their power, never aging unless they sacrifice their eternal youth to become a dragon.
    • The two female Campiones also qualify, appearing to be in their teens but having actually lived centuries.
    • Pandora, the goddess who watches over the Campione ritual and asks them to treat her as their mother, looks like a young child. The ritual has been in place for centuries.
  • Naruto:
    • The Toad Sages Fukasaku and Shima are 800 years old and still Happily Married as ever.
    • Gamamaru, the Great Toad Sage, is older than the above two, though precisely how much isn't known until very late to the manga, where we find out that, aside from the Tailed Beasts, he is the only creature still alive from the era of Hagoromo Otsutsuki, the Sage of Six Paths, which was over a thousand years ago.
    • The Tailed Beasts are pieces of chakra partitioned from the Ten Tails, who is revealed to be Kaguya Otsutsuki after she consumed the fruit of God Tree. This again makes them over a thousand years old.
    • Another figure from the era of the Sage is Black Zetsu, the personification of Kaguya's lingering will after she was sealed by her sons.
  • In Pandora Hearts The Baskervilles all have natural abilities that make them live for a long period without really aging along with naturally resistant. However, the majority of the cast is also over 100 years old, living during the Tragedy including Break, Oz, Vincent, Jack and Gilbert who then goes on and waits ANOTHER 100 (and 15) years for Ozto reincarnate and return to him.
  • The Pillar Men of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. They all pre-date human civilization(their oldest being over 100,000 years old), but look like at most 30s-year old men with horns. To a lesser extent there's Dio in Part 3, who's 120 while still looking in his mid-20s.
  • While Cat God is full of gods and spirits that are older than they look, Shamo is a standout case as she's noted to be an influential god and notes when meeting Yuzu that she's the first person to treat her like a child to the extent she did (giving her a bath, sewing up her stuffed animal, etc).
  • In Guardian Fairy Michel, Michel looks like a young boy but is as old as the Earth itself.
  • Arata: The Legend has Princess Kikuri, who looks 8 years old but is really around 60 years old. There are also the 12 Shinsho, who, when given their Hayagami, stop aging. For example, Kikutsune is over a thousand years old and looks 17. And then there's Kugura, who found his Hayagami Shinado when he was 13, and since then has remained in the form of a 13-year old, despite being older than 300.
  • The devil Koumoto Akane from My Monster Secret claims that she is over 1000 years old, yet looks like a grade-schooler, despite being the principal of the school. Her mostly-human great-great-granddaughter Akari doesn't share this trait, however, making her look far older than her own ancestor, enough to be the butt of Christmas Cake jokes. The angel Shirogane Karen's age is more vague, but she is already around even since Akari was born, likely making her this trope as well.
  • Shinobu from Bakemonogatari and its followups has the appearence of an 8 year old, but in reality is over 500 years old. She looked older when she was a full vampire but still...
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Zeref has the appearance of a teenager but is actually over four hundred years old due to being The Ageless. Mavis, having the same curse as him, had the appearance of a thirteen year old up until her "death" at age twenty-six.
    • Subverted in regards to Natsu and Gajeel, who are unable to pass through a barrier set up by Fried that dictates anyone over the age of 80 cannot pass, even though they look to be in their late teens. According to a Q&A written by Hiro Mashima for Volume 15, the two actually aren't over 80, but couldn't reveal anything else without spoiling a big twist later on. While not explicitly mentioned, it's heavily implied to be because of the dragons that were sealed inside their bodies.
    • Both Acnologia and Irene Belserion are over 400 years old but look to be in their twenties or at most their early thirties. This is due to overusing their Dragon Slayer magic and eventually becoming dragons themselves, which slowed their aging down to a crawl.
    • Erza Scarlet plays with this. Physically, she is confirmed to be 19, however, she was originally conceived over 400 years ago by her mother Irene Belserion, but Irene used her magic to halt her gestation out of fear of what would happen to her if she was born while Irene was turning into and after she completed her transformation into a dragon.
  • The Nyan-Nyan (or Lai-Lai in the manga), a bevy of minor healer-goddesses from Fushigi Yuugi. As goddesses, they don't age, and are as old as The Universe of the Four Gods itself, but they normally take the appearance of adorable little girls. At the end of the series proper, they do make an appearance as beautiful adult women (likely to symbolize that Miaka has become more mature). And in the second OVA, one of them takes the form of a young teenage girl.
  • O.D from Gatchaman Crowds is around (possibly over) three hundred years old, despite looking in their mid- to late-twenties.
  • This pops up in Gate when the main characters from the Special Area are visiting Earth for the first time. After Rory, who looks about 13, is lectured by an ordinary human about respecting her elders, she reveals herself to be 961 years old, having stopped aging once she became a demigoddess. Tuka, who looks maybe 17, turns out to be 165, and as a fairy-type elf, may never experience old age. Upon hearing this, everyone looks expectantly at Lelei, who also has the appearance of a teenage girl but is known to be a genius mage and acts far more mature than the other two, but she subverts this trope by insisting she really is 15.
  • In Blood+ the two girls are Saya and Diva. They look like they are sixteen years old, but they are vampires and in fact, each of them is over 180 years old. They've actually spent much of that time hibernating, although they don't seem to age normally during their waking years, either.
    • Most of the chevaliers are like this as well, but special mention goes to Nathan Mahler, who looks to be in his 20s or 30s but is implied to have been turned not by Diva, but by Diva's mother, who had been dead for so long before Diva's "birth" that her remains had fossilized.
  • The deities in Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?? often have the appearance of teenagers, but they are already several thousand years old.
  • The two vampires Sunako and Chizuru in Shiki are also much older than they look. Sunako looks like she's thirteen years old, but she's more than a hundred years old. And Chizuru looks like a young woman of twenty years, but is already over 80 years old.
  • The flame hazes in Shakugan no Shana are immortal as long as they are not killed in combat. For this reason, there are several flame hazes, which still look very young, but are actually very old.
    • How old Wilhelmina Carmel is exact is unknown. But she is still old enough to remember a female demon who has not hunted people for centuries, but looks as if she was twenty years old.
    • Margery Daw also looks as if she was about twenty years old, but in fact she was the daughter of a nobleman in a medieval time.
    • And there is also Khamsin, a boy who looks like a 10-year-old, but is actually over 3,000 years old.
  • Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle has the princesses of the Holy Arcadia Empire and their servants, who were preserved for centuries via cold sleep. Fugil Arcadia predates them by being alive since the creation of the Ruins, though it's implied his immortality is due to his body being surgically modified.
  • The titular character of The Helpful Fox Senko-san looks like a young girl, but is actually 800 years old.

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