Immortality

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I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.
Woody Allen
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One of the oldest of human desires is to counteract the fleeting nature of our short human existence. Eternal life is ingrained in the collective human consciousness, having been present in literature and myths for as long as they've been around.

Of course, having been around for so long, Our Immortality Is Different, and comes in several flavours. These tropes are not mutually exclusive; there's plenty of room for overlap.

Contrast Immortality Immorality, Who Wants to Live Forever?, and Immortality Begins At Twenty.

Compare Back From the Dead, Death Is Cheap, and Really Seven Hundred Years Old.

See also the Sorting Algorithm of Deadness, Immortality Hurts, Immortal Life Is Cheap, Living Forever Is Awesome, Perpetual Motion Monster and Sliding Scale of Undead Regeneration.

For immortality for an out-of-universe reason, see Joker Immunity, especially its trope namer.

Subtropes

  • Biological Immortality - A character is immune to the ravages of time.


For general tropes relating to immortality, see This Index Will Live Forever.


These were formerly labeled as various Types, which many pages still refer to: