Dec. 2017

Is Serious Business: The Trope Codifier

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Often justified in the sense that an immortal wouldn’t have to deal with many of the psychological aspects of growing older. Their bodies don’t break down with age, so they don’t have to come to terms with decreased mobility or mental capacity. They won’t die of natural causes, so they don’t have to contemplate the inevitability of death, or the possibility of an eternal reward (or punishment) and all the moral responsibility that might carry. They don’t have to worry about their legacy or leaving anything unfinished, because there really is always tomorrow. They don’t take on the responsibilities of parenthood, because the species survives without the need for each member of the population to produce and care for its replacements. Because of all this, these characters never need to “grow up” in the sense that a mortal does. It could also be down to the creators themselves simply having no idea how the psychology of a centuries old being ought to be.

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