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  • Paradox from Ben 10: Alien Force looks to be in his forties but has actually existed for a hundred thousand years. (At least; he lost count at some point.)
    • In the original series, the guardian of the Fountain of Youth is a centuries old explorer who still looks like a young man thanks to the Fountain. He is relieved when the Fountain is destroyed since he no longer has to guard it. He can spend his now mortal lifetime actually living.
    • ZigZagged with Sir George from Ultimate Alien, who first appears as a withered, old man, but who restores his youth after regaining Ascalon. It later turns out that he's an immortal who was born in Ancient Rome.
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  • Mendel from D.N. Ace is a 500 year-old squirrel.
  • A major chunk of the cast of Gargoyles can claim this, although most of the eponymous gargoyles were stuck in a thousand-year stone sleep. Now, Demona and Macbeth, on the other hand...
    • In one episode, Goliath does mention that gargoyles age only half as fast as humans (because they don't age while they are stone). Even discounting the millennium he spent as a statue, this could make him easily old enough to be Elisa Maza's father.
  • Invader Zim has the physique (and personality) of a ten year old, but he looked identical fifty years ago and Fanon puts his actual age in the centuries. (Word of God tells us he's "older than any living human".)
    • This seems to be true of most of the Irken race.
      • Case in point: the Tallests. They may well be centuries old, but they still behave like a couple of spoiled teenagers.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures: Technically subverted in that most of the ancient demons in the show have been sealed in a can for centuries or millennia. The seven demon sorcerers who were trapped in a Prison Dimension are a possible straight example.
  • Xiaolin Showdown:
    • Wuya was imprisoned for 1,500 years, and in an early episode claims to have been around when the Earth was still young, and mankind was just crawling from the mud. Yet, she is very voluptuous, nubile and attractive. She even makes suggestive poses on the hood of a car she made for Raimundo after he joined her. Ironically, the other characters still refer to her as an old hag.
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    • Dojo is at least 1,500 years old, possibly far more. (It's hinted that he was responsible for the destruction of Atlantis in one of his rages that occurred during his first mad craving for Shen Gong Wu that occurs every fifteen centuries.)
    • Don't forget Chase Young, who is 1,000 years old but looks like he is in his early twenties, if that.
    • And his ex-training partner Master Monk Guan - he even got there without a dragon-making immortality potion.
    • And lastly, there's Hannibal Roy Bean, the founder of the Heylin side that all the other villains belong to.
    • The only major "villain" in Xiaolin Showdown that isn't Really 700 Years Old is Jack Spicer, and that's only before the 50 year time skip.
  • Misery from Ruby Gloom looks like she's in her mid-teens, and so do most of her relatives and ancestors. However, it's been implied that some of them must be much older. During a family reunion, we are introduced to Mayhem, a relative who is old enough to remember the dinosaurs. Granted, that whole family reunion might have been a dream, but prior to that, she speaks of Mayhem as if she was still alive. She speaks the same way of Migraine, a relative who was aboard the Titanic. In another episode, Misery looks exactly the same in a flashback from seven years ago.
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  • Master Shake's "son" Ezekiel lived to 4,000 years old. Before the dragon got him.
  • Several characters in Wakfu: the dragon Grougaloragran, Big Bad Nox, Moon the monkey, and Goultard the barbarian.
  • The Nibblonians and Brainspawn from Futurama have been arch nemeses since the dawn of the Universe. The Nibblonians, and the planet-tentacle monster Yivo are even older than the Universe. It's fairly common for humans to reach 160 years of age, which, while still looking very old, appears to be far closer to 80-90.
    • Though it isn't a straight shot across the centuries (his age comes from the fact he's traveled back in time then waited until the present rolled around again), Bender is well over 10,000 years old as of the first Futurama movie (this is taking to account he already waited under the Roswell sands for over 1000 years during "Roswell That Ends Well"). Ironically, prior to the Roswell episode Bender was technically just entering his early teens (his birthday being sometime in 2990, 10 years before Fry would awake in the future).
    • Farnsworth is somewhat of a funny deal. He is technically over 170, but some of that was due to him "overshooting" in the Fountain of Aging. This also invalidated his senior's discount card, which apparently has a lifetime duration (since the legal lifetime ended at your 160th birthday). This was played completely straight in an episode where he used his tax refund to buy a tub of stem cells to slather on himself, apparently reverting his appearance back to about 20 or so. Not quite 700, but good enough.
    • Implied to be the case with Zoidberg. While his alien appearance and biology makes it hard to guess how old he's meant to be (bottom line is he's not young nor is he elderly), "The Tip of the Zoidberg" shows he's known the Professor since 2927, and towards the end of "A Fishful of Dollars", he is able to recognize the smell of anchovies, despite them being extinct since the 2200s, suggesting him to be at least 800.
  • In The Simpsons, while normally considered (and looking) about 104, Mr. Burns sometimes becomes this for the purposes of a joke, such as entering his age as a 4 digit PIN, or giving his place of birth as Pangaea. In the (presumably non-canonical) clip show "Gump Roast", Kang and Kodos state they have been judging the Earth since it was created "Five thousand years ago, by GOD!"
    • He's still alive (and looking only slightly worse for wear) in "Holidays of Future Passed", an episode set thirty years in the future.
    • Even scarier is that his mother is still alive, but all she's capable of is dialing the phone and yelling.
  • Lucius Heinous VII from Jimmy Two-Shoes looks like he's in his late thirties or early forties at the oldest. However, according to one episode it took him 400 years to grow his horns, and in another he claims to be "barely 700". Since he's essentially Satan, it's likely he's immortal.
    • While it's a little bit hard to tell exactly how old he is or whether he's meant to be older or younger than his current boss, Samy mentions that he used to work for Lucius VI before he worked for Lucius VII, having served the former Lucius for 87 years. Given that Lucius VI is likely thousands of years old (given his son's age), Samy may be a very ancient demon as well.
    • Beezy neither looks nor acts particularly old (he'd probably be somewhere between his teens and early twenties if he were human), but he appears to be a fully grown Heinous; "fully grown" in this context meaning he would have to be at least over 100 years old.
  • The World's Oldest Woman from Histeria!, of course (she dated the 'Missing Link' and she can assure you that you're not missing much).
  • In "Hare-Way To The Stars'', Marvin the Martian claimed he had been working on the Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator for two millennia, meaning he's at least 2,000 years old. (Unless a millennium means a different amount of time on Mars than it does on Earth. But it likely means he's still older than his looks suggest.)
  • Adventure Time has this in spades.
    • Marceline the Vampire Queen is just over a thousand years old, being around 3 years old when The Mushroom War happened, but still looks like a teenager due to being turned into a vampire during a fight. The "vampire" thing is the reason why she still looks youthful, as her half-demon nature would allow her to live to that age regardless. Speaking of her demon-half, her demonic father Hunson Abadeer, is definitely much older.
    • In the third season, it's revealed that the Ice King was a normal human in his 40s around the time of "The Mushroom War", and gained nigh-immortality (and insanity) when he received the crown.
    • Even Princess Bubblegum is much older than she appears. Though she looks to be in her late teens and tells Finn as much, by the seventh season, various episodes have established that she's at least few hundred years old. The game Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! gives an exact age of her being 827 years old during the fifth season.
    • Moseph "Moe" Mastro Giovanni from "Be More" is at least 1000 years old.
  • Regular Show: Following the events of "The Night Owl", Mordecai, Rigby, Muscle Man, and High-Five Ghost are over 2200 years old, having been frozen with liquid nitrogen, unfrozen in the year 4224, and then time-traveled back into the past.
    • Then there's Skips, who is centuries old and regularly responds "I've seen this before" to much of the strangeness that occurs in the show. He must perform a ritual dance every year on his birthday to maintain his immortality.
  • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters: The monsters evidently live very, very long lives.
  • The Smurfs mixes this trope with Vague Age in the case of Papa Smurf, who's 542 years old (546 in the live-action movie), and Grandpa Smurf, who's said to be twice Papa Smurf's age.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Princess Celestia's over 1111 years old. Princess Luna may qualify too (it's unclear how old the royal sisters are, and what state Luna spent her thousand-year imprisonment as Nightmare Moon in).
    • The season 2 villain Discord ruled Equestria before Celestia and Luna, making him over 1000 years old at the least.
      • If a throwaway comment he makes about Pinkie Pie in part 2 of "The Return of Harmony" is to be taken seriously, he is supposedly eons old.
    • According to the IDW comics, Queen Chrysalis and all her changelings are at least hundreds of years old. Later episodes have effectively Outdated by Canon this at least with the changelings themselves.
  • Justice League: Diana, Wonder Woman: despite her sheltered and almost childlike demeanor towards the world away from her home island, she is really over two thousand years old, and at one point, upon seeing an urn in a museum from the 6th century B.C.E., recognizes the handiwork and cites the artist's name as if she'd known the artist personally.
    • Also in Justice League, Mordred has the body and maturity of a child but is thousands of years old. This gets averted hard when he ages himself up after taunting from the Justice League, inadvertently breaking the eternal youth spell his mother put on him, but not the immortality spell. At the end of the episode he ends up looking every bit like his age would dictate...
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • Cosmo sunk Atlantis nine times and destroyed Pompeii.
    • "Cosmo, we've been married for thousands of years" - Wanda.
      • Their anniversary episode said it was nearly 10,000 years.
    • Jorgen was the one who taught Cosmo magic.
    • And therefore, Mama Cosma and Big Daddy, as Cosmo and Wanda's parents.
    • Logically also Anti-Cosmo and Anti-Wanda, being the same age as their fairy versions.
    • In "Wishology", it is revealed that KISS, the band, are galactic guardians and have been guarding the White Wand for centuries. It is humorously lampshaded.
    • In "Fairly OddBaby" it's revealed that Cosmo was the last fairy baby. This means that he's also the youngest of his entire race up until that point, which means everyone else is much older.
    • At the end "Knighty Knight", we see that Merlin, who the group met in the middle ages, is still alive in modern times. "Which Witch is Which?" had a similar ending with Alden Bitteroot. Wizards in the shows universe seem to live for hundreds of years.
  • Count Duckula: Igor staes several times that he has served the Duckulas for about 800 years 'give or take a decade.' Nanny is implied to be not much younger, though its never confirmed exactly.
  • Ducktales 1987:The main villain of the Five-Episode Pilot is an elderly Spaniard known only as "El Capitán". He turns out to be over 400 years old (it's hinted he was the conquistador seen in part 3 who made off with the same boatload of treasure Scrooge found in part 2), kept alive by "sheer willpower" and his obsession with re-discovering the Treasure of the Golden Suns.
  • Tweety in The Looney Tunes Show was revealed to have fought in World War II despite still looking like a baby bird. When Sylvester asked how old he really was, Tweety refused to tell.
  • In one episode of the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon, the heroes meet the Lost Children, whose entire species is very long lived. Although the children themselves don't fit the Trope yet (one of them is 73 years old, despite physically being a prepubescent) their guardian Alfor certainly does, being 552 years old, which the Children claim is middle-age for their kind.
  • The dragon Granamyr from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) is 10,000 years old at least. In one episode, he claimed that was the last time he had a good laugh.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra: Most Avatars live beyond a century. Roku, despite looking like the oldest Avatar, had the unfortunate luck to live an average man's life (70 years old). Aang himself technically dies at the age of 166, with the creators stating that the 100 years he spent in the iceberg took a toll on his lifespan (or alternatively, he is spiritually, but not physically aged). One of Aang's past lives, Avatar Kyoshi, lived to the ripe old age of 230, longer than any other Avatar.
    • Guru Pathik, a mysterious old man who mentors Aang in unlocking the Avatar State, mentions that he was good friends with Aang's father figure Monk Gyatso when the latter was still alive. Since Gyatso was killed a hundred years ago at the start of the Fire Nation's War, Pathik must be around a century and a half old (and is still quite spry for his age).
  • Mr. Krabs in SpongeBob SquarePants appears to be in his 50s at the latest, but the first dime he ever made was a giant rock, implying he's been around since prehistoric times.
    • Squidward ends up being over 2000 years old after accidentally locking himself in the Krusty Krab freezer, yet he looks middle aged.
  • Cleo de Nile is 5842 and Draculaura is 1600 years old in Monster High.
  • Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl of Steven Universe are revealed to be much older than any human in the episode "So Many Birthdays". Gems do not age and they are thousands of years old. All the gems portrayed so far are physiologically either young women, teenagers, or at the absolute oldest, in their mid-to-late 30s.
    • Amethyst, the youngest of the Crystal Gems aside from Steven, is revealed to be probably at least 5000 years old, Pearl stated that the war between the Crystal Gems and Homeworld lasted 1000 years, and Garnet mentioned that Ruby and Sapphire first met 5750 years ago.
    • Pearl stated that she was "only a few thousand years old" when she began fighting for Rose Quartz; given that the rebellion was just starting around 5750 years ago, she's probably somewhere between 7750 and 9000 years old.
    • The End of an Era art book includes a timeline that implies the Diamonds were (or at the very least White Diamond was) created around 20000 years ago.
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers: At one point, Zarm implies that Gaia is at least as old as the Earth itself. Since they're each other's counterpart, it's pretty safe to assume he's about the same age. Also, seeing that he's aware of Captain Planet being a threat to his plans, and given that he was exiled from the Earth a very long time ago, it only seems logical that the Captain himself is at least hundreds years old. And yet, the three of them look middle-aged at most.
  • Murky from Rainbow Brite put a monster in a bottle over 700 years ago so he is at least that old.
  • Mr. Bumpy from Bump in the Night was implied to be way older than most people are in the episode "Auntie Matta", where his Auntie Matta is said to have disappeared during the Gold Rush, which means that Bumpy must have been alive during the 1800's.
  • Wander over Yonder: 'The Waste of Time' casually reveals Wander has lived through at least 2 Galactic Conjunctions, an event that only takes place once every 1000 years.
  • We Bare Bears: In "Creature Mysteries," Charlie is shown to be Older Than They Look when Ranger Tabes' childhood flashback shows that he looked exactly the same as he did in the present day. "El Oso" is a Whole Episode Flashback and A Day in the Limelight for him that takes place over 100 years ago, and he looked the same even then.
  • Vampirina looks like she's 7-9 years old, but in "Countess Vee", she states she's almost 200.
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender: Allura and Coran, the last of the Alteans, are both over 10,000 years old due to spending millenia in cryogenic hibernation as non-human popsicles after their planet was destroyed. However, they appear to be a girl in her late teens and a middle-aged man.
  • You wouldn't know from looking at him, but the title character of Dr. Zitbag's Transylvania Pet Shop is stated on some occasions to be centuries old.
  • Akiko from Wishfart looks and acts like a teenager, but is said to be nearly a thousand years old. Justified by the fact that she's a ghost, so she really can't age at all. As she one put it, "Eh, aging's for the living."
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Dave's been alive for 200 years and its heavily hinted that he's probably immortal.
  • In Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Queen Eclipsa, her husband Globgor and her daughter Meteora are all over 300 years old. In Eclipsa and Globgor's case, this is because they were frozen in Rhombulus's Crystal Prison for centuries. Meteora lived that long in two different ways: when she was Ms. Heinous, she stole life force from the princesses at St. Olga's, and then she was reverted to infancy when Eclipsa "killed" her. Mina Loveberry is slightly older, and is simply immortal.
  • In The Dragon Prince Rayla says at one point that Runaan has twenty years more experience as an assassin than she does. In fact, Runaan looks like he's just twenty to thirty years old.
    • Elsewhere, Rayla says that all elves live to be at least a hundred years old, which is probably why many elves qualify for this trope.
    • But probably inverted with Rayla. Canonically it says that she is actually as old as she looks, fifteen years.
  • The opening of the Punky Brewster cartoon tells that Glomer is 104 years old, which under glomley lifespans is still a child.


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