The Greatest Immortal Characters in Fiction

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Vote up the best immortal characters in fiction.

Immortality is a common theme in fiction. It often explores many different themes, from what it means to live forever, to what it’s like to see the world change around you. Many fictional immortal characters deal with eternal loneliness. Characters like The Doctor from "Doctor Who" and the vampire Lestat are constantly looking for companions to spend their eternal, never ending days with, even if they know the company is only temporary.

Many fictional immortal characters are supernatural beings, such as vampires, highlanders, and aliens. The most famous immortal vampires include Dracula, Barnabas Collins, and practically the entire cast of "True Blood," and "Twilight."

Other times immortality comes from a special, even magical source as in the cases of Dorian Gray, Ra’s al Ghul, and Jesse Tuck.

Who is your favorite immortal character? This list features some of the most famous immortal characters to ever appear in fiction, whether it be books, TV, film, or comic books.

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  • 1
    1,109 VOTES
    The Doctor is the title character in the long-running BBC science fiction television programme Doctor Who. Since the show's inception in 1963, the character has been portrayed by thirteen lead actors. In the programme, "the Doctor" is the alias assumed by a centuries-old alien—a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey—who travels through space and time in the TARDIS, frequently with companions. The transition to each succeeding actor is explained within the show's narrative through the plot device of "regeneration", a biological function of the Time Lord race that allows a change of cellular structure and appearance with recovery following a potentially fatal injury.
    • Appears In: Doctor Who
    • Powers & Abilities: Time travel
    1,109 votes
  • Wolverine
    Photo: Marvel Comics
    945 VOTES
    Logan is a fictional character from the X-Men series. He is a mutant who possesses animal-keen senses, enhanced physical capabilities, powerful regenerative ability known as a healing factor, and three retractable claws in each hand. Wolverine has been depicted variously as a member of the X-Men, Alpha Flight, and the Avengers.
    • Appears In: X-Men: First Class, Superhero Movie, Hulk Vs, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past
    • Powers & Abilities: Healing factor, Regeneration
    945 votes
  • 3
    842 VOTES
    Loki is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber and penciller Jack Kirby, a version of the character first appeared in Venus #6 (August 1949). The modern day incarnation of Loki first appeared in Journey into Mystery #85 (October 1962). The character, which is based on the Norse deity of the same name, is the Asgardian god of mischief. He is the adopted brother and often enemy of the superhero Thor, however over the years the character has been depicted as an antihero. In 2009, Loki was ranked as IGN's 8th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time and in 2014 was ranked again by IGN, this time as the ...more
    • Appears In: Thor: The Dark World, Thor, The Avengers, Thor: Tales of Asgard, Hulk Vs
    • Powers & Abilities: Magic in Harry Potter, Shapeshifting, Telepathy, Healing factor, Clairvoyance
    842 votes
  • Deadpool
    Photo: Deadpool / 20th Century Fox
    931 VOTES
    Deadpool is a fictional antihero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Fabian Nicieza and artist Rob Liefeld, the character first appeared in The New Mutants #98. Deadpool was originally a supervillain in his first appearance in The New Mutants and later in issues of X-Force, before eventually becoming an antihero. Deadpool is a disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary with the superhuman ability of an accelerated healing factor. He is known as the "Merc with a Mouth" because of his talkative nature and tendency to break the fourth wall, which is used by writers to humorous effect. The character was portrayed by Ryan Reynolds in the 2009 film ...more
    • Appears In: Deadpool, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hulk Vs, Marvel Universe
    • Powers & Abilities: Martial arts, Healing factor, Immortality, Superhuman strength, Teleportation
    931 votes
  • Legolas
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    735 VOTES
    Legolas is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. He is a Sindarin Elf of the Woodland Realm and one of nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring.
    • Appears In: The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
    735 votes
  • Jack Harkness
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    754 VOTES
    Captain Jack Harkness is a fictional character played by John Barrowman in Doctor Who and its spin-off series, Torchwood. The character first appears in the 2005 Doctor Who episode "The Empty Child" and subsequently features in the remaining episodes of the 2005 series as a companion to the series' protagonist, the Doctor. Subsequent to this, Jack became the central character in the adult-themed Torchwood, which aired from 2006 to 2011. Barrowman also reprised the role for guest appearances in Doctor Who in its 2007 series and 2008 series, as well as the two part special The End of Time. In contrast to the Doctor, Jack is more of a conventional action hero, as well as outwardly flirtatious ...more
    • Appears In: Doctor Who
    • Powers & Abilities: Healing factor
    754 votes