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* Mamma Oddie from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', who provides the page image is very much this. Despite being a 197 years blind lady, her powers are strong enough to defeat Dr. Facilier's shadows, that came straight from hell. She has a lot of spunk and personality, can sense things like that Tiana was falling in love with Naveen before her and can use her gumbo to see things that are happening far away.

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* Mamma Oddie Odie from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', who provides the page image is very much this. Despite being a 197 years blind lady, her powers are strong enough to defeat Dr. Facilier's shadows, that came straight from hell. She has a lot of spunk and personality, can sense things like that Tiana was falling in love with Naveen before her and can use her gumbo to see things that are happening far away.
15th Mar '17 7:31:50 PM Golondrina
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has Granny Smith. While she doesn't get much screen time, and has definitely seen better days both mentally and physically, she still plays along with hyperactive foals well, and was apparently quite the badass in her youth; in "Family Appreciation Day", she relates how she ventured into [[LostWoods the Everfree Forest]] to find Sweet Apple Acres' famous Zap Apples and how, thanks to those apples, the town of Ponyville grew around her family's farm.
** The comics introduce Professor Inkwell, Celestia's old comrade in arms and Twilight's old magic teacher. She's senile now but even so is still a powerful mage and font of unexpected wisdom, a few years back (when she was still ancient) she was very much the CoolTeacher.
* WesternAnimation/KimPossible's Nana started as an overprotective granny, until she started kicking Kim's ass in Kung Fu.
* Rock's mother on ''WesternAnimation/MyDadTheRockStar'' presents as a sweet little old lady but is really a hard-rockin' biker chick when she can get away with it.
* Samantha's grandmother on ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' thinks her parents are a little hard on her, so she lets the girl out when they've grounded her and is usually the first to defend her actions, having been a non-conformist herself during her youth.
* Suga Mama from ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'', a sassy black version of this trope. She even wrestled professional wrestlers.
* Yan Lin in ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', a former guardian who helps the girls get accustomed to their powers.
* Miss Lilly from ''WesternAnimation/MillionaireDogs''. She often rides around on a motorcycle for fun.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer Simpson's mother, especially in contrast with Homer's father. She's a hippie, educated and cultured, and she bonds with her grandchildren, especially book-smart Lisa who finally feels she is a Simpson.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has Granny Smith. While she doesn't get much screen time, and has definitely seen better days both mentally and physically, she still plays along ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'' had a fondness for this trope, starting with hyperactive foals well, [[WitchDoctor village shaman]] Mistwalker, who used her knowledge of the [[DeathWorld local flora and was apparently quite the badass in her youth; in "Family Appreciation Day", she relates how she ventured into [[LostWoods the Everfree Forest]] fauna]] to find Sweet Apple Acres' famous Zap Apples and how, thanks to those apples, the town make an invading gang of Ponyville grew around her family's farm.
** The comics introduce Professor Inkwell, Celestia's old comrade in arms and Twilight's old magic teacher. She's senile now but even so is still a powerful mage and font of unexpected wisdom, a few years back (when she was still ancient) she was
criminals very much sorry. Second was Arizona [=McGee=], a blowtorch-wielding sculptor who made statues of giant bugs and cold-cocked a crook half her age. Lastly, there was Ariel, Niko's mentor. A cheerful trickster, she turned the CoolTeacher.
* WesternAnimation/KimPossible's Nana started as an overprotective granny, until she started kicking Kim's ass
tables on SealedEvilInACan several times over, culminating in Kung Fu.
* Rock's mother on ''WesternAnimation/MyDadTheRockStar'' presents as a sweet little old lady but is really a hard-rockin' biker chick when she can get away
paraphrasing Sun Tzu and blasting it with it.
* Samantha's grandmother on ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' thinks her parents are a little hard on her, so
all she lets the girl out when they've grounded her and is usually the first to defend her actions, having been a non-conformist herself during her youth.
* Suga Mama from ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'', a sassy black version of this trope. She even wrestled professional wrestlers.
* Yan Lin in ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', a former guardian who helps the girls get accustomed to their powers.
* Miss Lilly from ''WesternAnimation/MillionaireDogs''. She often rides around on a motorcycle for fun.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer Simpson's mother, especially in contrast with Homer's father. She's a hippie, educated and cultured, and she bonds with her grandchildren, especially book-smart Lisa who finally feels she is a Simpson.
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* Rosey from ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' can be seen as a robot version of this trope, especially in her debut episode where she plays football with Elroy and helps Judy do her homework. And clobbers Mr. Spacely with an Upside-down cake.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'' had a fondness for this trope, starting with [[WitchDoctor village shaman]] Mistwalker, who used her knowledge of the [[DeathWorld local flora and fauna]] to make an invading gang of criminals very sorry. Second was Arizona [=McGee=], a blowtorch-wielding sculptor who made statues of giant bugs and cold-cocked a crook half her age. Lastly, there was Ariel, Niko's mentor. A cheerful trickster, she turned the tables on SealedEvilInACan several times over, culminating in paraphrasing Sun Tzu and blasting it with all she had.
* Granny May from ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl''. For one thing, she has a big robotic supersuit...
* WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'s Grandma Opal from "Doug on the Wild Side" may have odd taste in fashionable gifts, but she rides a motorcycle (and shows off family photos to a scary, leather-clad biker, [[BruiserWithASoftCenter who responds in kind]]), encourages Doug to try sushi, and gives him advice on how to talk to Patti when he's feeling shy. Doug starts out wishing she was more of a GrannyClassic, but eventually comes to appreciate her for who she is.
* Aunt Amy in ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', a splitting older image of the titular character with a more laid back personality. Understandably, she is the most beloved of Daria's relatives and a fan favourite.
* The True Master from the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "The Quest". (In fact, she seems to have been based, at least partially, on Mr. Miagi from ''Film/TheKarateKid'' movies, who clearly fit the CoolOldGuy Trope.)


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* Samantha's grandmother on ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' thinks her parents are a little hard on her, so she lets the girl out when they've grounded her and is usually the first to defend her actions, having been a non-conformist herself during her youth.
* Aunt Amy in ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', a splitting older image of the titular character with a more laid back personality. Understandably, she is the most beloved of Daria's relatives and a fan favourite.
* WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'s Grandma Opal from "Doug on the Wild Side" may have odd taste in fashionable gifts, but she rides a motorcycle (and shows off family photos to a scary, leather-clad biker, [[BruiserWithASoftCenter who responds in kind]]), encourages Doug to try sushi, and gives him advice on how to talk to Patti when he's feeling shy. Doug starts out wishing she was more of a GrannyClassic, but eventually comes to appreciate her for who she is.
* Rosey from ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' can be seen as a robot version of this trope, especially in her debut episode where she plays football with Elroy and helps Judy do her homework. And clobbers Mr. Spacely with an Upside-down cake.
* WesternAnimation/KimPossible's Nana started as an overprotective granny, until she started kicking Kim's ass in Kung Fu.
* Miss Lilly from ''WesternAnimation/MillionaireDogs''. She often rides around on a motorcycle for fun.
* Rock's mother on ''WesternAnimation/MyDadTheRockStar'' presents as a sweet little old lady but is really a hard-rockin' biker chick when she can get away with it.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has Granny Smith. While she doesn't get much screen time, and has definitely seen better days both mentally and physically, she still plays along with hyperactive foals well, and was apparently quite the badass in her youth; in "Family Appreciation Day", she relates how she ventured into [[LostWoods the Everfree Forest]] to find Sweet Apple Acres' famous Zap Apples and how, thanks to those apples, the town of Ponyville grew around her family's farm.
** The comics introduce Professor Inkwell, Celestia's old comrade in arms and Twilight's old magic teacher. She's senile now but even so is still a powerful mage and font of unexpected wisdom, a few years back (when she was still ancient) she was very much the CoolTeacher.
* Suga Mama from ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'', a sassy black version of this trope. She even wrestled professional wrestlers.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer Simpson's mother, especially in contrast with Homer's father. She's a hippie, educated and cultured, and she bonds with her grandchildren, especially book-smart Lisa who finally feels she is a Simpson.
* The True Master from the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "The Quest". (In fact, she seems to have been based, at least partially, on Mr. Miagi from ''Film/TheKarateKid'' movies, who clearly fit the CoolOldGuy Trope.)
* Yan Lin in ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', a former guardian who helps the girls get accustomed to their powers.
* Granny May from ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl''. For one thing, she has a big robotic supersuit...
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* ''Armed Librarians: The Book of Bantorra'' has Ireia Kitty, a heavy-set old lady who can kick some serious ass.
* ''Manga/ABridesStory'': The male lead's grandmother, Balkirsh, is capable of driving off hostile visitors with a bow and riding a mountain goat up a nearly-vertical cliff to rescue a child.
* Moto Asagi from ''Anime/BrigadoonMarinAndMelan'' is very wise and very generous. She adopted a foundling to replace her own lost child, and she cares for an alien robot like he was a member of the family.



* ''Manga/{{Gangsta}}'': Big Mama Georgiana, Madame of the brothel ''Pussy'' as well as a major member of the Corsica family. She's even kind to [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer Nic.]]
* Kaoruko Hanasaki from ''Anime/HeartCatchPrettyCure'', who used to be Cure Flower and is usually there to explain Pretty Cure things to her granddaughter and the other Cures.
* Before Joseph Joestar was the CoolOldGuy, there was his grandma, Erina Joestar (nee Pendleton) of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' did not lose the [[SilkHidingSteel steel]] of her youth in her old age in Part 2. First thing we hear of about her is that Joseph is ''terrified'' of her learning he lost his temper...again, right after beating two corrupt cops (the irony being {{Lampshaded}}). Later, she wholeheartedly welcomes his new friend Smokey, who is African-American. Keep in mind that 1) she grew up in Victorian England, and 2) this was 1930s America, neither time period particularly friendly to blacks, showing that she completely averts being a RacistGrandma. Lastly, when Smokey is openly insulted by a rude man in the same restaurant as them, other than a reminder to mind the other customers, she lets Joseph loose on the bastard. In fact, one could argue that she was encouraging Joseph to use his greater strength: his wit.
* Grandma Hina from ''Manga/LoveHina''. She spends most of the series traveling around the world on vacation, but the few times that she does show up, all the tenants stand at attention, absolutely amazed by how cunning and on the ball she is when it comes to making sure things get done. She even sets up a plan to get Keitaro into a bit of trouble. The other girls were reluctant to do it. There's a reason (unexplained as it may be) why she's known as "The Demon of Hinata".



* ''Manga/PingPong'': Obaba (Grandmother), who runs the local Ping Pong shop.



* Moto Asagi from ''Anime/BrigadoonMarinAndMelan'' is very wise and very generous. She adopted a foundling to replace her own lost child, and she cares for an alien robot like he was a member of the family.
* Kaoruko Hanasaki from ''Anime/HeartCatchPrettyCure'', who used to be Cure Flower and is usually there to explain Pretty Cure things to her granddaughter and the other Cures.
* ''Armed Librarians: The Book of Bantorra'' has Ireia Kitty, a heavy-set old lady who can kick some serious ass.
* Grandma Hina from ''Manga/LoveHina''. She spends most of the series traveling around the world on vacation, but the few times that she does show up, all the tenants stand at attention, absolutely amazed by how cunning and on the ball she is when it comes to making sure things get done. She even sets up a plan to get Keitaro into a bit of trouble. The other girls were reluctant to do it. There's a reason (unexplained as it may be) why she's known as "The Demon of Hinata".
* ''Manga/{{Gangsta}}'': Big Mama Georgiana, Madame of the brothel ''Pussy'' as well as a major member of the Corsica family. She's even kind to [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer Nic.]]
* ''Manga/ABridesStory'': The male lead's grandmother, Balkirsh, is capable of driving off hostile visitors with a bow and riding a mountain goat up a nearly-vertical cliff to rescue a child.
* ''Manga/PingPong'': Obaba (Grandmother), who runs the local Ping Pong shop.
* Before Joseph Joestar was the CoolOldGuy, there was his grandma, Erina Joestar (nee Pendleton) of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' did not lose the [[SilkHidingSteel steel]] of her youth in her old age in Part 2. First thing we hear of about her is that Joseph is ''terrified'' of her learning he lost his temper...again, right after beating two corrupt cops (the irony being {{Lampshaded}}). Later, she wholeheartedly welcomes his new friend Smokey, who is African-American. Keep in mind that 1) she grew up in Victorian England, and 2) this was 1930s America, neither time period particularly friendly to blacks, showing that she completely averts being a RacistGrandma. Lastly, when Smokey is openly insulted by a rude man in the same restaurant as them, other than a reminder to mind the other customers, she lets Joseph loose on the bastard. In fact, one could argue that she was encouraging Joseph to use his greater strength: his wit.



* Mrs. Anne-Marie Hoag, founder and first director of ''ComicBook/DamageControl''. She hobnobs with [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]], stands up to [[Characters/SpiderMan The Kingpin]], beats the living hell out of muggers, has survived multiple hostile takeovers and is best friends with ComicBook/NickFury.
* Of course, Blind Al from ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}''. A [[DeadpanSnarker witty]] disabled octogenarian who scares Girl Scouts for a hobby and can hold her own with one of the most dangerous people on the planet?



* Of course, Blind Al from ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}''. A [[DeadpanSnarker witty]] disabled octogenarian who scares Girl Scouts for a hobby and can hold her own with one of the most dangerous people on the planet?
* Mrs. Anne-Marie Hoag, founder and first director of ''ComicBook/DamageControl''. She hobnobs with [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]], stands up to [[Characters/SpiderMan The Kingpin]], beats the living hell out of muggers, has survived multiple hostile takeovers and is best friends with ComicBook/NickFury.



* Andy's mother in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''. She seems to excel at everything; among other things, she's such a great cook that Martha Stewart herself is trying to buy one of her recipes, she can match Jason in math skills, shares Paige's love for modern fashion, is just as knowledgeable in sports as Peter, and an article in ''The New York Times'' says she's "perfect". Unfortunately, Andy herself has "issues" with her due to feeling inadequate when she's around; her worst case of being a LethalChef came from trying to outdo her on Thanksgving. (And as fate would have it, her mother told her that [[NotSoDifferent she had gone through the same thing with]] ''[[NotSoDifferent her]]'' [[NotSoDifferent mother.]])



* Andy's mother in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''. She seems to excel at everything; among other things, she's such a great cook that Martha Stewart herself is trying to buy one of her recipes, she can match Jason in math skills, shares Paige's love for modern fashion, is just as knowledgeable in sports as Peter, and an article in ''The New York Times'' says she's "perfect". Unfortunately, Andy herself has "issues" with her due to feeling inadequate when she's around; her worst case of being a LethalChef came from trying to outdo her on Thanksgving. (And as fate would have it, her mother told her that [[NotSoDifferent she had gone through the same thing with]] ''[[NotSoDifferent her]]'' [[NotSoDifferent mother.]])



* Granny Puckett in ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'' definitely qualifies, being an 'Extreme Sports' ace, and world-class skier. She keeps this secret from Red because she doesn't want Red to worry about her.



* Granny Puckett in ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'' definitely qualifies, being an 'Extreme Sports' ace, and world-class skier. She keeps this secret from Red because she doesn't want Red to worry about her.
* Grandma Tala in ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' has a close and supportive relationship with her eponymous granddaughter and takes it in stride that she's considered the Village Crazy Lady.
* Mowzer of ''WesternAnimation/TheMouseholeCat'' is a feline version.



* The eponymous [[WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville Triplets of Belleville,]] ex-vaudeville stars still doing their thing on stage. Also Madame Souza, who is possibly the only [[ImplacableMan Implacable Grandma.]]
* Mowzer of ''WesternAnimation/TheMouseholeCat'' is a feline version.
* Grandma Tala in ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' has a close and supportive relationship with her eponymous granddaughter and takes it in stride that she's considered the Village Crazy Lady.

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* The eponymous [[WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville Triplets of Belleville,]] ''WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville'', ex-vaudeville stars still doing their thing on stage. Also Madame Souza, who is possibly the only [[ImplacableMan Implacable Grandma.]]
* Mowzer of ''WesternAnimation/TheMouseholeCat'' is a feline version.
* Grandma Tala in ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' has a close and supportive relationship with her eponymous granddaughter and takes it in stride that she's considered the Village Crazy Lady.
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* Flemming in ''Film/TheAgeOfAdaline'' - made more amusing as she's the [[ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty protagonist's]] daughter. She has a very active social life and encourages her mother to live. She's also a massive DeadpanSnarker.
--> '''Adaline:''' It's not the same when there's no future.
--> '''Flemming:''' What you talking about? You got nothing ''but'' future.
* Lady Fingers, the female (in the 1930s, no less) poker ace in ''The Cincinnati Kid''.
* ''Film/TheDebt'': Although younger than many of the other examples, Rachel (played by Creator/HelenMirren in the American version), in her fifties, is very old for the sort of spy work she's doing.



* The Tyrannosaurus from ''Film/JurassicWorld'' has returned after 22 years of absense. Even though her aging is clear, she is still able to kick the ''I. Rex's'' ass all around the place. With help from [[RaptorAttack Blue]] the ''Velociraptor''.
* Maggie's grandmother from ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'' is a sassy flirt who spends her days listening to modern rock music on her headphones, and makes Maggie and Alex look stodgy by comparison.



* Lady Fingers, the female (in the 1930s, no less) poker ace in ''The Cincinnati Kid''.
* ''Film/TheDebt'': Although younger than many of the other examples, Rachel (played by Creator/HelenMirren in the American version), in her fifties, is very old for the sort of spy work she's doing.



* {{Film/Soul Food}}'s Mama Joe definitely counts. Sweet and stern while being non-confrontational. Hell, she doesn't even mind when her daughter sneaks away from the kitchen to have sex with her husband!
* The Tyrannosaurus from ''Film/JurassicWorld'' has returned after 22 years of absense. Even though her aging is clear, she is still able to kick the ''I. Rex's'' ass all around the place. With help from [[RaptorAttack Blue]] the ''Velociraptor''.



* Maggie's grandmother from ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'' is a sassy flirt who spends her days listening to modern rock music on her headphones, and makes Maggie and Alex look stodgy by comparison.
* Flemming in ''Film/TheAgeOfAdaline'' - made more amusing as she's the [[ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty protagonist's]] daughter. She has a very active social life and encourages her mother to live. She's also a massive DeadpanSnarker.
--> '''Adaline:''' It's not the same when there's no future.
--> '''Flemming:''' What you talking about? You got nothing ''but'' future.

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* Maggie's grandmother ''Film/SoulFood'''s Mama Joe definitely counts. Sweet and stern while being non-confrontational. Hell, she doesn't even mind when her daughter sneaks away from ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'' is a sassy flirt who spends the kitchen to have sex with her days listening to modern rock music on her headphones, and makes Maggie and Alex look stodgy by comparison.
* Flemming in ''Film/TheAgeOfAdaline'' - made more amusing as she's the [[ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty protagonist's]] daughter. She has a very active social life and encourages her mother to live. She's also a massive DeadpanSnarker.
--> '''Adaline:''' It's not the same when there's no future.
--> '''Flemming:''' What you talking about? You got nothing ''but'' future.
husband!



* ''Literature/TheAnderssons'' by Solveig Olsson-Hultgren:
** In ''Spränga gränser", Ida Sofia is this to her grand-niece Cecilia, who will come and visit her and borrow books from her.
** Elin turns out to be this to her grand-nieces Saga and Nina in the last two installments. She is tough enough to still live at her homestead until she's 100 years old.
* The Jewish grandmother in Creator/JudyBlume's ''Literature/AreYouThereGodItsMeMargaret'' is a mild example, who gives Margaret presents, takes her places, pays for her summer camp, and only occasionally insists that's she's really Jewish. The Christian grandmother is a rather dowdy old woman, who visits only because she's taking a trip to New York anyway, and makes a point of wearing a huge cross and insisting that Margaret is Christian.
* Lady Barbara Booker in ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince]]''. She declines the use of her title, saying, "I've never been much of a lady." She is openly atheist and spent much of her life travelling wherever she pleased. In her old age, she disregards doctor's orders to be in a room with her books (too dusty) and a fire (too ashy). Inviting Lori and Bree in, she says, "Bung your bags and jackets there and bung your bums anywhere you please." After that, she gives them inside dope on how to enter the Markov house (Mirfield) as well as a master key she persuaded a young Mikhail to steal when they were children.
* Mrs. Bobson from Eliot Fintushel's ''Breakfast with the Ones You Love.'' She seems to be a sweet, naive Bing Crosby-loving old lady at first, but it turns out that she knows what the protagonist and her drug-dealing occultist boyfriend have been up to all along. She also [[spoiler: turns out to have psychic powers similar to the main character, but she's much more powerful and experienced. She takes down three tough Mafia enforcers singlehandedly and keeps them imprisoned in her basement, and ends up saving the day at the climax of the book by defeating Satan himself.]] When other characters are surprised by her actions, she implies that she has done many other frightening and astonishing things in the past. However, after the climax, she seems to want to give up being a badass and set up a cozy little family with the main character as a substitute for her deceased daughter.
* Gros-Jeanne, the protagonist's grandmother in ''Brown Girl In the Ring.'' She's a healer, an expert on herbal and supernatural lore, and not somebody you want to mess with.
* Imogen Herondale from ''Literature/CityOfAshes'', her age does ''not'' stop her from being an extremely competent Shadowhunter.
* Santa Battaglia from ''Literature/AConfederacyOfDunces'': Definitely older (she's a grandmother--specifically, she's Patrolman Mancuso's mom), but also extremely vivacious, insisting on remaining active (she bowls, and also dances enthusiastically) and loves herself some strong drink ([[DrinkOrder Early Times]] bourbon, in a tall glass if you please)--not to mention the matchmaking with her younger friends (setting up [[spoiler:Irene Reilly and Claude Robichaux]]).
* The Starwife from the ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' trilogy is the ancient squirrel queen who possesses amazing magical powers. She also has a fiery temper and [[NeverMessWithGranny you do not want to provoke her]]. Though at times she can seem cruel, her motives are always good.
* Creator/DianaWynneJones wrote a couple of examples of this. Both Miss Smith in ''Literature/{{Dogsbody}}'' and Polly's grandmother in ''Literature/FireAndHemlock'' prove to be wiser and more sympathetic than other adults. Both are also very effective at getting custody of children in need. Miss Smith has the added bonus of understanding dogs very well, and Polly's grandmother knows folklore that is vital to the story.



* Sethra Lavode in the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series, legendary enchantress, legendary general, vampire, holder of an OmniscientMoralityLicense and military nerd. She's about 200,000 years old (the average Dragaeran lives to about 2000), counting the years after her death.



* In the ''Literature/StephaniePlum'' series, Stephanie's maternal grandmother, Grandma Mazur, drives her rather more conventional daughter up the wall, but nearly every other character thinks she's hilarious (except possibly her son-in-law). We've seen her take on trying to be a bounty hunter, riding a motorcycle, joining a rock band (that also includes a retired hooker and a transvestite), and taking up taxidermy, among other antics. Grandma apparently does not buy into the concept of one's "golden years" being quiet and peaceful. She's partly based on a genuine bounty-hunting grandmother the series' author, Janet Evanovich, met during her research.
* {{Lampshaded}} aversion in ''Literature/LittleWomen'': "Some old people keep young at heart in spite of wrinkles and grey hair, can sympathize with children's little cares and joys, make them feel at home, and can hide wise lessons under pleasant plays, giving and receiving friendship in the sweetest way. [[{{Dissimile}} But Aunt March had not this gift]]."
* The Jewish grandmother in Creator/JudyBlume's ''Literature/AreYouThereGodItsMeMargaret'' is a mild example, who gives Margaret presents, takes her places, pays for her summer camp, and only occasionally insists that's she's really Jewish. The Christian grandmother is a rather dowdy old woman, who visits only because she's taking a trip to New York anyway, and makes a point of wearing a huge cross and insisting that Margaret is Christian.
* Sethra Lavode in the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series, legendary enchantress, legendary general, vampire, holder of an OmniscientMoralityLicense and military nerd. She's about 200,000 years old (the average Dragaeran lives to about 2000), counting the years after her death.



* Julia from ''Literature/ThisPerfectDay''. Sister of the dictator of a prison island, she subverts his repressive social policies with philanthropy. Then she finances multiple covert strike teams to attack and destroy the supercomputer that rules the rest of the world, supporting the widows and orphans when they fail.
* Gros-Jeanne, the protagonist's grandmother in ''Brown Girl In the Ring.'' She's a healer, an expert on herbal and supernatural lore, and not somebody you want to mess with.
* Olenna Tyrell, more commonly known as "[[ScrewPolitenessImASenior The Queen of Thorns]]," from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. To the point of [[spoiler:personally assassinating one of the series' most odious characters and completely escaping blame.]]
* Mrs. Bobson from Eliot Fintushel's ''Breakfast with the Ones You Love.'' She seems to be a sweet, naive Bing Crosby-loving old lady at first, but it turns out that she knows what the protagonist and her drug-dealing occultist boyfriend have been up to all along. She also [[spoiler: turns out to have psychic powers similar to the main character, but she's much more powerful and experienced. She takes down three tough Mafia enforcers singlehandedly and keeps them imprisoned in her basement, and ends up saving the day at the climax of the book by defeating Satan himself.]] When other characters are surprised by her actions, she implies that she has done many other frightening and astonishing things in the past. However, after the climax, she seems to want to give up being a badass and set up a cozy little family with the main character as a substitute for her deceased daughter.

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* Julia Augusta Longbottom in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' also meets this trope. She is described as being formidable. She has the skills to back it up. When Dawlish, who is an Auror and said to be elite, went to arrest her, she sent him running with his tail between his legs straight to St Mungo's! Plus, she participated in the Battle of Hogwarts. She is seen running very quickly ''into'' the battle.
** Not to mention Professor [=McGonagall=].
* Alex's mother, former Olympics gold medalist in basketball,
from ''Literature/ThisPerfectDay''. Sister ''Literature/HeartInHand''. She beats current NHL players soundly at a game of the dictator of a prison island, she subverts his repressive social policies with philanthropy. Then she finances multiple covert strike teams to attack backyard basketball, and destroy the supercomputer that rules the rest is fiercely supportive of the world, supporting the widows and orphans Alex when they fail.
[[spoiler:the photograph of him kissing another man is leaked]].
* Gros-Jeanne, the protagonist's In ''Literature/{{Heidi}}'', Klara's grandmother who is really young in ''Brown Girl In the Ring.'' spirit and greatly respected by everybody. She's a healer, an expert on herbal wonderful to Klara and supernatural lore, and not somebody you want to mess with.
* Olenna Tyrell, more commonly known as "[[ScrewPolitenessImASenior The Queen of Thorns]]," from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. To the point of [[spoiler:personally assassinating one of the series' most odious characters and completely escaping blame.]]
* Mrs. Bobson from Eliot Fintushel's ''Breakfast with the Ones You Love.'' She seems to be a sweet, naive Bing Crosby-loving old lady at first, but it turns out
Heidi. It was she who convinced Heidi that she knows what the protagonist reading is not as hard as Peter told her and her drug-dealing occultist boyfriend have been up to all along. She also [[spoiler: turns out to have psychic powers similar to the main character, but she's much more powerful and experienced. She takes down three tough Mafia enforcers singlehandedly and keeps them imprisoned in her basement, and ends up saving the day at the climax of the book by defeating Satan himself.]] When other characters are surprised by her actions, she implies that she has done it can bring her many other frightening and astonishing things in the past. However, after the climax, she seems to want to give up being a badass and set up a cozy little family with the main character as a substitute for her deceased daughter.pleasures.



* Literature/MissMarple always has a story about something really bad happening in her home village to illustrate why she knows who the murderer has to be. She usually recounts these horrific events to the astonishment of her listeners who never dreamed things like that happen in the backwaters of the country.

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* Literature/MissMarple always has Greasy Sae from ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. Katniss likes her enough, and she seems pretty alright, despite her odd choices in cooking ingredients.
* Maggie Calloway, in Geoph Essex's ''Jackrabbit Messiah'', is
a story about something really bad happening [[NeverMessWithGranny badass]] LadyOfAdventure from [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld way back]] who serves as the de facto [[TheLeader leader]] of the heroes. Her reaction when another character points out she's been shot?
--> "Not for the first time.... For that matter, this isn't even my first ''hip''. I was due for an upgrade."
** There's also Lieutenant Springer: nowhere near as old as Maggie, but a phenomenal [[PintSizedPowerhouse badass]]
in her home village to illustrate why she knows who the murderer has to be. She usually recounts these horrific events to the astonishment of her listeners who never dreamed things like that happen own right.
* Nettie's Ma
in the backwaters of ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'', a swamp dwelling, energetic older woman who helps [[BreakTheCutie put Michael back together]] after he gets dragged through a TraumaCongaLine and volunteers to distract a known killer so the country.main characters get evidence on him.



* ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' has two of these. A beloved great-aunt whose favorite hobbies are tormenting telemarketers and helping her husband build devices that defy the laws of physics. Then there's Grannie Next who is a whole different level of trouble on her own. For starters, just which side of the family is she from?
* The grandmother from ''Literature/TheWitches'', a cigar-smoking retired [[HunterOfMonsters monster-hunter]].
* Nettie's Ma in the ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'', a swamp dwelling, energetic older woman who helps [[BreakTheCutie put Michael back together]] after he gets dragged through a TraumaCongaLine and volunteers to distract a known killer so the main characters get evidence on him.
* Creator/DianaWynneJones wrote a couple of examples of this. Both Miss Smith in ''Literature/{{Dogsbody}}'' and Polly's grandmother in ''Literature/FireAndHemlock'' prove to be wiser and more sympathetic than other adults. Both are also very effective at getting custody of children in need. Miss Smith has the added bonus of understanding dogs very well, and Polly's grandmother knows folklore that is vital to the story.

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* ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' has two {{Lampshaded}} aversion in ''Literature/LittleWomen'': "Some old people keep young at heart in spite of these. A beloved great-aunt whose favorite hobbies are tormenting telemarketers wrinkles and helping grey hair, can sympathize with children's little cares and joys, make them feel at home, and can hide wise lessons under pleasant plays, giving and receiving friendship in the sweetest way. [[{{Dissimile}} But Aunt March had not this gift]]."
* ''Literature/LordPeterWimsey'':
** The Dowager Duchess, especially in contrast to
her husband build devices that defy the laws stick-in-the-mud daughter-in-law, Helen, Duchess of physics. Then there's Grannie Next who is a whole different level Denver. Inspector Parker, her future son-in-law, says of her, "Time and trouble on will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman can't be stopped by Heaven itself."
* Annie Jason Masmajean, "Mama Jason" to
her own. For starters, just which side family, the protagonist of ''Literature/{{Mirabile}}''.
* Literature/MissMarple always has a story about something really bad happening in her home village to illustrate why she knows who the murderer has to be. She usually recounts these horrific events to the astonishment of her listeners who never dreamed things like that happen in the backwaters
of the family is she from?
country.
* The grandmother title character in Creator/DorothyGilman's ''Literature/MrsPollifax'' series. A sweet if somewhat shrewd little old lady who raises flowers, plays bridge, fusses over the grandkids and generally potters around - in between doing courier work for the CIA.
* Julia
from ''Literature/TheWitches'', a cigar-smoking retired [[HunterOfMonsters monster-hunter]].
* Nettie's Ma in
''Literature/ThisPerfectDay''. Sister of the ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'', dictator of a swamp dwelling, energetic older woman prison island, she subverts his repressive social policies with philanthropy. Then she finances multiple covert strike teams to attack and destroy the supercomputer that rules the rest of the world, supporting the widows and orphans when they fail.
* The ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series has Mrs. Croft,
who helps [[BreakTheCutie put Michael back together]] after he gets dragged through a TraumaCongaLine and volunteers to distract a known killer so the main characters get evidence on him.
* Creator/DianaWynneJones wrote a couple of examples of this. Both Miss Smith
girls parts as extras in ''Literature/{{Dogsbody}}'' and Polly's grandmother in ''Literature/FireAndHemlock'' prove to be wiser and more sympathetic than other adults. Both are also very effective at getting custody of children in need. Miss Smith has the added bonus of understanding dogs very well, and Polly's grandmother knows folklore that is vital to the story.a movie.



* Augusta Longbottom in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' also meets this trope. She is described as being formidable. She has the skills to back it up. When Dawlish, who is an Auror and said to be elite, went to arrest her, she sent him running with his tail between his legs straight to St Mungo's! Plus, she participated in the Battle of Hogwarts. She is seen running very quickly ''into'' the battle.
** Not to mention Professor [=McGonagall=].
* The title character in Creator/DorothyGilman's Literature/MrsPollifax series. A sweet if somewhat shrewd little old lady who raises flowers, plays bridge, fusses over the grandkids and generally potters around - in between doing courier work for the CIA.



* Lady Barbara Booker in ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince]]''. She declines the use of her title, saying, "I've never been much of a lady." She is openly atheist and spent much of her life travelling wherever she pleased. In her old age, she disregards doctor's orders to be in a room with her books (too dusty) and a fire (too ashy). Inviting Lori and Bree in, she says, "Bung your bags and jackets there and bung your bums anywhere you please." After that, she gives them inside dope on how to enter the Markov house (Mirfield) as well as a master key she persuaded a young Mikhail to steal when they were children.
* Alex's mother, former Olympics gold medalist in basketball, from ''Literature/HeartInHand''. She beats current NHL players soundly at a game of backyard basketball, and is fiercely supportive of Alex when [[spoiler:the photograph of him kissing another man is leaked]].
* In ''Literature/{{Heidi}}'', Klara's grandmother who is really young in spirit and greatly respected by everybody. She's wonderful to Klara and Heidi. It was she who convinced Heidi that reading is not as hard as Peter told her and that it can bring her many pleasures.
* Maggie Calloway, in Geoph Essex's ''Jackrabbit Messiah'', is a [[NeverMessWithGranny badass]] LadyOfAdventure from [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld way back]] who serves as the de facto [[TheLeader leader]] of the heroes. Her reaction when another character points out she's been shot?
--> "Not for the first time.... For that matter, this isn't even my first ''hip''. I was due for an upgrade."
** There's also Lieutenant Springer: nowhere near as old as Maggie, but a phenomenal [[PintSizedPowerhouse badass]] in her own right.
* The ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series has Mrs. Croft, who gets the girls parts as extras in a movie.
* Imogen Herondale from ''Literature/CityOfAshes'', her age does ''not'' stop her from being an extremely competent Shadowhunter.
* ''Literature/LordPeterWimsey'':
** The Dowager Duchess, especially in contrast to her stick-in-the-mud daughter-in-law, Helen, Duchess of Denver. Inspector Parker, her future son-in-law, says of her, "Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman can't be stopped by Heaven itself."

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* Lady Barbara Booker in ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince]]''. She declines the use of Rain from ''Literature/{{Schooled}}'' plays it straight with Cap, her title, saying, "I've never been much grandson. An old hippy, she's instructed him everything from social justice to farming. To everyone else, she's a bit of a lady." She is openly atheist subversion. Flora, who grew up in Garland, thought she was a tyrant and spent much of resents her life travelling wherever she pleased. In for not teacher her old age, she disregards doctor's orders about the real world.
* Olenna Tyrell, more commonly known as "[[ScrewPolitenessImASenior The Queen of Thorns]]," from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. To the point of [[spoiler:personally assassinating one of the series' most odious characters and completely escaping blame.]]
* In the ''Literature/StephaniePlum'' series, Stephanie's maternal grandmother, Grandma Mazur, drives her rather more conventional daughter up the wall, but nearly every other character thinks she's hilarious (except possibly her son-in-law). We've seen her take on trying
to be in a room with her books (too dusty) bounty hunter, riding a motorcycle, joining a rock band (that also includes a retired hooker and a fire (too ashy). Inviting Lori transvestite), and Bree in, she says, "Bung your bags taking up taxidermy, among other antics. Grandma apparently does not buy into the concept of one's "golden years" being quiet and jackets there and bung your bums anywhere you please." After that, she gives them inside dope peaceful. She's partly based on how to enter the Markov house (Mirfield) as well as a master key she persuaded a young Mikhail to steal when they were children.
* Alex's mother, former Olympics gold medalist in basketball, from ''Literature/HeartInHand''. She beats current NHL players soundly at a game of backyard basketball, and is fiercely supportive of Alex when [[spoiler:the photograph of him kissing another man is leaked]].
* In ''Literature/{{Heidi}}'', Klara's
genuine bounty-hunting grandmother the series' author, Janet Evanovich, met during her research.
* In ''Literature/TalesOfTheCity'', there is Anna Madrigal, MamaBear of 28 Barbary Lane, who hands out free joints to her tenants, is willing to overlook the occasional late rent, and always seems to know how to fix everyone's problems.
* ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' has two of these. A beloved great-aunt whose favorite hobbies are tormenting telemarketers and helping her husband build devices that defy the laws of physics. Then there's Grannie Next
who is really young in spirit and greatly respected by everybody. She's wonderful to Klara and Heidi. It was she who convinced Heidi that reading is not as hard as Peter told her and that it can bring her many pleasures.
* Maggie Calloway, in Geoph Essex's ''Jackrabbit Messiah'', is
a [[NeverMessWithGranny badass]] LadyOfAdventure from [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld way back]] who serves as the de facto [[TheLeader leader]] whole different level of the heroes. Her reaction when another character points out she's been shot?
--> "Not for the first time.... For that matter, this isn't even my first ''hip''. I was due for an upgrade."
** There's also Lieutenant Springer: nowhere near as old as Maggie, but a phenomenal [[PintSizedPowerhouse badass]] in her own right.
* The ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series has Mrs. Croft, who gets the girls parts as extras in a movie.
* Imogen Herondale from ''Literature/CityOfAshes'', her age does ''not'' stop her from being an extremely competent Shadowhunter.
* ''Literature/LordPeterWimsey'':
** The Dowager Duchess, especially in contrast to her stick-in-the-mud daughter-in-law, Helen, Duchess of Denver. Inspector Parker, her future son-in-law, says of her, "Time and
trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman can't be stopped by Heaven itself." on her own. For starters, just which side of the family is she from?



* Santa Battaglia from ''Literature/AConfederacyOfDunces'': Definitely older (she's a grandmother--specifically, she's Patrolman Mancuso's mom), but also extremely vivacious, insisting on remaining active (she bowls, and also dances enthusiastically) and loves herself some strong drink ([[DrinkOrder Early Times]] bourbon, in a tall glass if you please)--not to mention the matchmaking with her younger friends (setting up [[spoiler:Irene Reilly and Claude Robichaux]]).
* Greasy Sae from ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. Katniss likes her enough, and she seems pretty alright, despite her odd choices in cooking ingredients.
* In ''Literature/TalesOfTheCity'', there is Anna Madrigal, MamaBear of 28 Barbary Lane, who hands out free joints to her tenants, is willing to overlook the occasional late rent, and always seems to know how to fix everyone's problems.
* ''Literature/TheAnderssons'' by Solveig Olsson-Hultgren:
** In ''Spränga gränser", Ida Sofia is this to her grand-niece Cecilia, who will come and visit her and borrow books from her.
** Elin turns out to be this to her grand-nieces Saga and Nina in the last two installments. She is tough enough to still live at her homestead until she's 100 years old.
* Annie Jason Masmajean, "Mama Jason" to her family, the protagonist of ''Literature/{{Mirabile}}''.
* Rain from ''Literature/{{Schooled}}'' plays it straight with Cap, her grandson. An old hippy, she's instructed him everything from social justice to farming. To everyone else, she's a bit of a subversion. Flora, who grew up in Garland, thought she was a tyrant and resents her for not teacher her about the real world.
* The Starwife from the ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' trilogy is the ancient squirrel queen who possesses amazing magical powers. She also has a fiery temper and [[NeverMessWithGranny you do not want to provoke her]]. Though at times she can seem cruel, her motives are always good.

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* Santa Battaglia from ''Literature/AConfederacyOfDunces'': Definitely older (she's a grandmother--specifically, she's Patrolman Mancuso's mom), but also extremely vivacious, insisting on remaining active (she bowls, and also dances enthusiastically) and loves herself some strong drink ([[DrinkOrder Early Times]] bourbon, in a tall glass if you please)--not to mention the matchmaking with her younger friends (setting up [[spoiler:Irene Reilly and Claude Robichaux]]).
* Greasy Sae from ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. Katniss likes her enough, and she seems pretty alright, despite her odd choices in cooking ingredients.
* In ''Literature/TalesOfTheCity'', there is Anna Madrigal, MamaBear of 28 Barbary Lane, who hands out free joints to her tenants, is willing to overlook the occasional late rent, and always seems to know how to fix everyone's problems.
* ''Literature/TheAnderssons'' by Solveig Olsson-Hultgren:
** In ''Spränga gränser", Ida Sofia is this to her grand-niece Cecilia, who will come and visit her and borrow books from her.
** Elin turns out to be this to her grand-nieces Saga and Nina in the last two installments. She is tough enough to still live at her homestead until she's 100 years old.
* Annie Jason Masmajean, "Mama Jason" to her family, the protagonist of ''Literature/{{Mirabile}}''.
* Rain from ''Literature/{{Schooled}}'' plays it straight with Cap, her grandson. An old hippy, she's instructed him everything from social justice to farming. To everyone else, she's a bit of a subversion. Flora, who grew up in Garland, thought she was a tyrant and resents her for not teacher her about the real world.
* The Starwife grandmother from the ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' trilogy is the ancient squirrel queen who possesses amazing magical powers. She also has ''Literature/TheWitches'', a fiery temper and [[NeverMessWithGranny you do not want to provoke her]]. Though at times she can seem cruel, her motives are always good.cigar-smoking retired [[HunterOfMonsters monster-hunter]].
11th Mar '17 11:16:33 AM nombretomado
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* EVA "Big Mama" of ''MetalGearSolid4'': Even at age 78 she still rides her motorbike like hell and leads her own private army from the front. And she's the only known person who did Big Boss.

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* EVA "Big Mama" of ''MetalGearSolid4'': ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'': Even at age 78 she still rides her motorbike like hell and leads her own private army from the front. And she's the only known person who did Big Boss.
6th Mar '17 11:35:13 AM TudorRose
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* The Starwife from the ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' trilogy is the ancient squirrel queen who possesses amazing magical powers. She also has a fiery temper and [[NeverMessWithGranny you do not want to provoke her]]. Though at times she can seem cruel, her motives are always good.
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*Masako Nozawa, voice of Goku in the Japanese dub is this. She's been voicing the character since his debut in 1986. Considering she's 80 years old and also the amount of screaming the character does as well it's a surprise that she can do the role so well. Hate her Goku or not, you have to have some respect for that.
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* The grandmother from ''Literature/TheWitches'', a cigar-smoking retired [[TheHunter monster-hunter]].

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* The grandmother from ''Literature/TheWitches'', a cigar-smoking retired [[TheHunter [[HunterOfMonsters monster-hunter]].
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* Grandma Tala in ''Disney/Moana'' has a close and supportive relationship with her eponymous granddaughter and takes it in stride that she's considered the Village Crazy Lady.

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* Grandma Tala in ''Disney/Moana'' ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' has a close and supportive relationship with her eponymous granddaughter and takes it in stride that she's considered the Village Crazy Lady.
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* Grandma Tala in ''Disney/Moana'' has a close and supportive relationship with her eponymous granddaughter and takes it in stride that she's considered the Village Crazy Lady.
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