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Dr Who

Up to date as of January 31, 2010

From TARDIS Index File, the free Doctor Who reference.

Immortality is the ability to live forever, or at least a very long time.

Attempts at gaining immortality

The Time Lords had a form of immortality in their ability to regenerate. Lord President Borusa, however, determined that Rassilon had discovered the secret of true immortality, and used the first five incarnations of the Doctor to obtain it. However, this turned out to be the immortality of a living statue. (DW: The Five Doctors)

According to Iris Wildthyme, she defeated Morbius's attempt to obtain Rassilon's gift of immortality. (EDA: The Scarlet Empress)

Queen Xanxia of Zanak attempted to create an immortal body for herself using the energies stolen from other planets. (DW: The Pirate Planet)

Mawdryn and his group of scientists stole a metamorphic symbiosis regenerator from the Time Lords and used it on themselves to gain immortality, only to find that theirs was one of unending mutation and regeneration (DW: Mawdryn Undead)

Qataka, afraid of death and having heard stories of the Time Lords, experimented with cybernetics in an attempt to grant herself immortality. (NA: Timewyrm: Genesys)

Professor Richard Lazarus invented a device which would reverse the aging process, thus providing a form of immortality, but it also mutated him into a monster. (DW: The Lazarus Experiment)

The Family of Blood pursued the Doctor in an attempt to gain his body, thus becoming immortal. As punishment for their crimes, the Doctor granted them immortality in various unpleasant ways. (DW: The Family of Blood)

Joshua Naismith attempted to use the Vinvocci Immortality Gate to make his daughter immortal. (DW: The End of Time)

Gained immortality

The Cybermen gained immortal bodies but lost their emotions and humanity. (DW: The Tenth Planet)

Jack Harkness, after being revived by Bad Wolf, would always come back to life after being killed, and his aging was slowed down. (TW: Everything Changes)

Thomas Vaughan discovered the secret of immortality in the mid 17th century. (TWA: Hidden)

In an alternate timeline, the Nimon granted immortality to Sebastian Grayle. (BFA: Seasons of Fear)

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DC Comics

Up to date as of February 01, 2010
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The immortal Gods of Olympus

Immortality is the ability to live forever without fear of aging or dying. Characters who possess this ability usually don't develop it fully until adulthood, as many of them maintain adult physiques, and appear to be between the ages of 25-35. Generally, immortal characters do not require sustenance such as food or drink. Some don't even require extended periods of rest, and are almost always active. Although a character may be immortal, this does not mean that they cannot die. It only means that they will never expire due to natural causes. While some characters such as Gods and Cosmic Beings are true immortals (meaning that they will never die), others are restricted by various limitations or require alternate methods to maintain their immortality. Vandal Savage for example, is one of the oldest living beings on the planet Earth. However, to maintain his immortality, he must harvest compatible organs from his own descendents, or else he risks complete biological shutdown. Another example is the character of Ra's al Ghul. Ra's maintains his current age and vitality so long as he can immerse himself in the mystical fluids found in a Lazarus Pit. It has been shown that Ra's will continue to exist well into the 31st century.

Gods and other cosmic entities find their immortality tied to humanity or some other abstract construct. So long as one of these qualifiers continues to exist in the cosmos, the being in question will continue to live. For example, Dream of the Endless is effectively immortal so long as there is at least one living being in the universe capable of dreaming.

Many Godlike beings from various Earth-based pantheons are immortal so long as humanity continues to value and/or believe in them. This particular limitation appears to vary from pantheon to pantheon and is not necessarily a staple for all Gods. For instance, in the Kid Eternity ongoing comic book series, the Gods of Olympus awakened after centuries of slumber, because humanity began to believe in them once again. These Gods should be distinguished from the more commonly seen Greek deities from the Wonder Woman mythos, whose lives appear to continue in perpetuity regardless of external circumstances. The Gods of Apokolips and New Genesis are also true immortals, however, they can still be killed, although the means by which to do so usually requires an extreme effort.

Some characters achieve immortality through mystical means. Circe and Mordru for example, while not Godlike beings, are powerful sorcerers who have used their abilities to extend their natural lifespan. The Amazons of Themyscira are immortal so long as they remain on native soil. Once they leave Themyscira, they will begin to age as a normal human and will eventually die of natural causes. Upon returning to Themyscira however, their immortality is immediately restored.

The Guardians of the Universe are immortals. They seem to reach a certain age and then cease physically aging entirely, though as they were once an entire species, they are capable of being killed, though with their immense powers of Willpower, it is difficult to do so. Their race has existed since just after the beginning of the Universe.

There are strong indicators that Superman may also be immortal. Theoretically, so long as he has access to a constant source of yellow solar radiation, he will not age or die. In the continuity of the Smallville television series, it has been established that Clark Kent may live (seemingly) forever.

Immortality should not be confused with Resurrection, which represents a character's ability to return from the dead. While such characters are effectively immortal, they can usually be killed through conventional means.


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Lostpedia

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From Lostpedia

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas ("316")
For the concept of a second chance, see Rebirth

Resurrection, eternal life, and reincarnation are recurring themes on Lost. Christian, Egyptian, and Native American symbols have been used to reinforce these themes. As stated in an official podcast, the producers are creating a “resurrection theme”.

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Cultural Perspectives

Buddhism

A painting depicting the Cycle of Rebirth

Rebirth in Buddhism is the doctrine that the consciousness of a person (as conventionally regarded), upon the death or dissolution of the aggregates (skandhas) which make up that person, becomes one of the contributing causes for the arising of a new group of skandhas which may again be conventionally considered a person or individual. The consciousness arising in the new person is neither identical to, nor different from, the old consciousness, but forms part of a causal continuum or stream with it. The basic cause for this persistent re-arising of personality is the abiding of consciousness in avijja (ignorance); when ignorance is uprooted, rebirth ceases.

Sikhs

Sikhs believe that every creature has a Soul; on death, the Soul is passed from one body to another until Liberation. The journey of the Soul is governed by the deeds and actions that we perform during our lives. If we perform good deeds and actions and remember the Creator, we attain a better life. On the contrary, if we carry out evil actions and sinful deeds, we will be incarnated in “lower” life forms – snakes, ghosts, animals, etc. The person who has evolved to spiritual perfection attains salvation – union with God. The Karmas of a person will definitely have their effect, both good and bad. No worldly power can change the course of their movement. But according to the Sikh thought, the Almighty God, with his Grace, may pardon the wrongs of a person and thus release him/her from the pangs of suffering. Reincarnation, simply stated, is the law of cause and effect: reincarnation does not create any caste or differences among people: past and present life's actions simply have a bearing upon a specific individual. Reincarnation in no way makes one superior to another.

References & Symbols

Hieroglyphs

Hieroglyphs in the frozen wheel chamber

The hieroglyphs in the frozen wheel chamber indicate resurrection.

Ankhs

Paul’s ankh pendant

An Ankh is an Egyptian hieroglyph that can symbolize life. Since Egyptian deities are often shown conferring that life to the deceased, it can represent eternal life. Ankhs have been seen on Paul’s necklace, and in the hands of a giant Egyptian statue. ("LaFleur")

Geronimo Jackson

Cover art from Dharma Lady

A Native American symbol on the hatband shown on Geronimo Jackson’s single artwork for Dharma Lady represents everlasting life.

Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh is an ancient story that is referenced in a crossword puzzle that Locke completes. ("Collision") In the epic, Gilgamesh searches for immortality.

Ben’s van

Ben’s van has the company name "Canton-Rainier" on the side. It is an anagram for "reincarnation."

DHARMA Initiative

The symbol at the center of the DHARMA logos and The Hanso Foundation logo (yin-yang) is one which symbolizes an endless balance and cycle of the universe, including of reincarnation, an element of that referenced religion.

Boone & Aaron

Boone died at the same time as Aaron was born, and the scenes were juxtaposed with one another to show the endless cycle of life. ("Do No Harm")

Dalai Lama

As a child, Locke was tested by Richard Alpert in a way similar to tests are done to find the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama. ("Cabin Fever")

Christianity

Crucifix

Yemi’s cross

The Christian cross has been shown multiple times throughout Lost, for example, on Yemi’s necklace. It can symbolize many things, including Jesus’ resurrection.

John 3:16

John 3:16 is a Bible passage that reads: "For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." This text appears on the Ajira Airways website. 316 was also the flight number for the Ajira Airways flight used to return to the island. ("316")

Colossians

Eko's stick has multiple bible references written on it, including “Colossians”, which includes the text: "When you were dead in your sins... God made you alive with Christ..." (Colossians 2:13)

Jesus’ Disappearance

After Locke and Eko remove stones to try to recover Yemi’s body, they find that Yemi’s body has disappeared, much like the story of Jesus’ disappearance from his tomb. ("The Cost of Living")

Resurrections

Apparent Resurrections

Multiple characters appear to have been resurrected.

Mysterious appearances of apparently dead characters

These are unexplained and may be hallucinations or dreams, not necessarily literal examples of reincarnation, but are symbolic nonetheless.
Christian appears as a vision to Jack in the jungle, despite his previous death

Literal resuscitations from near death

  • Jack used CPR to resuscitate Rose from heart arrest. She came back with a calm conviction that Bernard was ok. ("Pilot, Part 1")
  • Jack used CPR to resuscitate Charlie after he was abducted by Ethan (along with Claire) and hung from a tree by his neck and left for dead. ("All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues")
  • After he was given some antibiotics, Sawyer started his recovery from a gunshot wound. ("Collision")
  • Charlotte Malkin revives after drowning, despite being pronounced dead by Dr. Ian McVay and preparation for autopsy. She meets Eko at the airport with a message from his deceased brother, Yemi, "from the in-between place". Whether she actually returned from the dead is disputed; both she and her mother claim she did, but her father says this claim was invented. ("?")
  • Nikki Fernandez and Paulo were believed to be dead but were actually paralyzed after being bitten by the medusa spider. Just as Nikki started recovering, she and Paulo were buried alive by the other 815 survivors.
  • Locke is thrown out of an 8 story building off the island and seems to be dead until Jacob touches his shoulder. Locke becomes paralyzed.
  • Mikhail has seemingly died twice - once even pronounced dead by Kate - but is somehow alive again. In this first "death" Mikhail explained that the Sonic Fence that supposedly killed him wasn't set to lethal. In "Catch-22" he told Desmond that he already died once this week. In "Through the Looking Glass" he shoots Greta through the heart and kills her only to have himself shot through the heart with a spear gun by Desmond. Not a few minutes later, Mikhail kills himself when he uses a grenade to blow open a porthole of the Looking Glass from the outside, which results in Charlie drowning.


In The Lost Experience

On the Hanso Foundation website from September 26, it is written, "the work of the Hanso Foundation has always been intended to bring rebirth to a dying land and a dying people."


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Marvel Database

Up to date as of February 09, 2010
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From Marvel Database

Immortality

Immortality is the ability to live forever. This may be complete immortality in which the character cannot be killed in any way, appears to die but is ressurrected somehow, or simply an inability to age normally, or even only be killed in specific ways (i.e. decapitation).

Examples:

Immortal Races:

For a full list of immortals, see Category:Immortals

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