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Accelerated aging
Classification: Medical anomaly
Associated programs: Charmed
Dark Shadows
She-Wolf of London
Tales from the Crypt
Character examples: Barnabas Collins; Ian Matheson; Piper Halliwell

Accelerated aging is a process that occurs when a body's natural growth cycle advances through an artificially stimulated process. Accelerated aging can often occur as a symptom of a chronal paradox, or may be deliberately caused through scientific processes for the sake of functionality.

Film[edit | edit source]

In the movie House of Dark Shadows, scientist Julia Hoffman attempted to cure Barnabas Collins of being a vampire. When she discovered that he was going to use his newfound youth to propose to Maggie Evans, the love-struck Julia grew insanely jealous and sabotaged her formula. Barnabas instantly aged to his natural age (175 years), and the only thing that could return him to normal was drinking blood. Lots and lots of blood.

Television[edit | edit source]

Charmed[edit | edit source]

  • "I've Got You Under My Skin": A demon called Javna used the power of the Evil Eye to steal the life energy from Brittany Reynolds, turning her into a frail old woman.
  • "Charrrmed!": Piper Halliwell gets cut with a cursed athame and begins to rapidly age.

Kolchak: The Night Stalker[edit | edit source]

  • "The Youth Killer": A woman named Helen Surtees uses mystical incantations to commit murder by stealing years from various young people in order to maintain her own youth and vitality.

She-Wolf of London[edit | edit source]

  • "Nice Girls Don't": Ian Matheson is seduced by a succubus, which causes him to rapidly age more than fifty years beyond his current age. Fortunately, he returns to his normal self shortly thereafter.

Tales from the Crypt[edit | edit source]

  • "Only Sin Deep": A call girl named Sylvia Vane sells stolen valuables in order to get a mystic makeover. As things turn out however, she quickly discovers that her youth and beauty is rapidly abandoning her.
  • "Staired in Horror": A criminal named Clyde is in a cursed house. As he ascends a staircase, he begins to slowly age with each passing step until he becomes an old man.

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This article relates to the Charmed television series.
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