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17 Fictional Characters Whose Ages You Were Totally Wrong About

Updated November 20, 2019 66.5k votes 12.3k voters 1.3m views17 items

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Iconic fictional characters seem immortal. They’re stuck in our imagination at whatever age they were introduced to us. But what if you were wrong about the age of those famous fictional characters? In a way, that makes you wrong every time you think about them. Some fictional characters seem older than they actually are because of the awful things that happen to them (Daenerys Targaryen) or their level of maturity (Danny Tanner). Some seem younger than they actually are - like Samwise Gamgee - because of the way they look or act. 

Check out this list of the real ages of fictional characters, vote up the fictional characters whose ages are different than you thought, and blow the minds of your friends and co-workers when you tell them at your next happy hour.  

  • Bender was built in Tijuana (because of course he was) in 2996, four years before the Futurama series starts (in the sixth episode of the sixth season, he travels to Tijuana in search of the factory that built him and we find out his age). That means for the beginning of Futurama's run, Bender was a hard-drinking, heavy-smoking, human-hating kindergartner. While it's difficult to picture Bender as young and innocent (because of course he's not), by the end of the series Bender is a little older. About several quintillion years older.

    After all of his time travel shenanigans, including watching the universe destroy and recreate itself several times over, Bender is one of the oldest beings in all of creation. 

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  • Initially known as Orion Pax, because giant transforming trucks aren't exactly known for subtlety, Optimus Prime made his living as a dock worker during the Golden Age of Cybertron. Oh, and that was nine million years ago. Yes, around four million years before the first human-like apes appeared on Earth, Orion Pax was chilling on Cybertron with a robot girlfriend named Ariel. Which, also, pick a side ancient Transformers robot names. Either pick weird names like Megatron or regular names like Ariel. 

    Anyway, Orion Pax was upgraded to become Optimus Prime, the first Autobot, and served as their leader for nine million years. It's also unknown how long he was living as Orion Pax, but presumably the fancy changing metal truck man could have memories stretching back to the Triassic period. That's a lot of RAM.   

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    At the beginning of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Chewbacca is already 200 years old, according to many fan sites. Return of the Jedi takes place 4 years after A New Hope, so he's 204 years old during that film.

    Therefore he's around 234 by the time of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Force Awakens, yet he barely looks to have aged (in stark contrast to the much older Han Solo). While Chewbacca is already ancient by human standards, Wookiees have an average lifespan of 400 years. He's barely into middle age, and 34 years is no time at all to him.

    Chewbacca's longevity also adds a new layer to his relationship with Han Solo. Solo basically has the lifespan of a domestic dog compared to the Wookie. Makes you wonder how many other "best friends" Chewie has had over the centuries.   

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    The diminutive Saiyan prince from Dragon Ball Z, Vegeta looks to be at the peak of physical perfection. This fact is made doubly impressive when you realize that he's 48 years old by the time of Dragon Ball Super. Vegeta was born in Age 732, and by the time of the "Golden Frieza Saga," it's Age 779.

    Also, while Vegeta's calendar age is 48, he's really 52 due to the time he spent training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber (a year spent training there is equal to a day in the outside world). So at an age where most men are considering cutting back on golf because their knees can't take the strain, Vegeta is somehow stronger than ever.  

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