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30th May '16 8:39:30 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Scavenger in ''TransformersArmada''. Not only is he the kind of fighter badass enough to catch a blow from an unstoppably powerful sword ''with his arm'', but he [[spoiler: makes a pretty good double agent.]]

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* Scavenger in ''TransformersArmada''.''Anime/TransformersArmada''. Not only is he the kind of fighter badass enough to catch a blow from an unstoppably powerful sword ''with his arm'', but he [[spoiler: makes a pretty good double agent.]]
30th May '16 5:09:11 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Eda Bell, one of the two teachers of hand-to-hand combat in TamoraPierce's ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' books says something to the effect of 'I may look like someone's grandmother, but some grandchildren require more raising than others.'

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* Eda Bell, one of the two teachers of hand-to-hand combat in TamoraPierce's Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' books says something to the effect of 'I may look like someone's grandmother, but some grandchildren require more raising than others.'
25th May '16 1:55:19 PM MrDeath
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*** [[SarcasmMode "I Blind you with my Blue ghostly ninjaness."]]
25th May '16 1:48:41 AM PaulA
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* The Lance Lord from Gemmell's ''Literature/StonesOfPower'' series.
23rd May '16 6:47:56 AM PaulA
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* Druss from Creator/DavidGemmell's first published novel, ''Legend'', is an unusually blunt variant of this trope. Sixty years old, built like a bull, and quite capable of single-handedly slaughtering a dozen men half his age. His presence, and wisdom, inspire the younger characters to heroism; after all, he is a living legend. Meanwhile, he's trying to pretend he's not half-dead from exhaustion, agonised by arthritis, and determined to avoid senility through battle.
* Gandalf from ''LordOfTheRings'' of course. Théoden also kicks some serious ass.

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* Druss from Creator/DavidGemmell's first published novel, ''Legend'', ''Literature/{{Legend}}'', is an unusually blunt variant of this trope. Sixty years old, built like a bull, and quite capable of single-handedly slaughtering a dozen men half his age. His presence, and wisdom, inspire the younger characters to heroism; after all, he is a living legend. Meanwhile, he's trying to pretend he's not half-dead from exhaustion, agonised by arthritis, and determined to avoid senility through battle.
* Gandalf from ''LordOfTheRings'' of course.''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Théoden also kicks some serious ass.
21st May '16 5:37:18 AM Bissek
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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'' has Chapter Masters of the Space Marines who only get there by earning the respect of an entire chapter of super soldiers. Usually done by at the very least, surviving and distinguishing yourself in centuries of battle against nightmarish odds in a crapsack universe.

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'' has Chapter Masters of the Space Marines who only get there by earning the respect of an entire chapter of super soldiers. Usually done by by, at the very least, surviving and distinguishing yourself in centuries of battle against nightmarish odds in a crapsack universe.universe. After first growing up on and proving yourself Badass by the standards of a DeathWorld where one is considered an OldMaster if they live to ''thirty'', then surviving the TrainingFromHell and augmentation surgeries needed to be turned into a SuperSoldier.
18th May '16 11:52:39 PM TheSinful
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* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10759250/2/Unbiased Unbiased]] takes things further than [[Manga/{{Naruto}} canon]] when it's revealed that the rigors of shinobi life mean most start developing arthritis and muscle weakness in their ''thirties''. So those who make it to their fifties, let alone their seventies like Hiruzen and Oonoki, are rightly feared as being some of the most badass people around.
5th May '16 4:28:16 PM Spoib
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* Pai Mei in ''Film/KillBill: Volume 2''. He's more of a cruel and evil master than the kindly Mr. Miyagi type and according to the film's mythology was responsible for the destruction of the Shaolin Temple because [[DisproportionateRetribution a Shaolin monk that he passed on the road didn't return the slight nod that he gave him]]. He's been known to snatch out the eyes of those who look on him with defiance and snap the backs and necks of those who give him sass like they were twigs. [[spoiler: This eventually gets him killed when he snatches out Elle Driver's right eye for calling him a "miserable old fool," and she retaliates by poisoning his fish heads]]. He hates Caucasians, despises Americans and has nothing but contempt for women. [[spoiler:So of course his greatest student, the only one he teaches his [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique]], is a blonde [[MightyWhitey American]] [[LadyOfWar woman]]. Who also leans to love him as a father, joyfully snatching out Driver's ''left'' eye as vengeance for him.]] (Of course, it's entirely possible that Pa Mei simply hated ''everyone'' until they proved themselves to him.)

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* Pai Mei in ''Film/KillBill: Volume 2''. He's more of a cruel and evil master than the kindly Mr. Miyagi type and according to the film's mythology was responsible for the destruction of the Shaolin Temple because [[DisproportionateRetribution a Shaolin monk that he passed on the road didn't return the slight nod that he gave him]]. He's been known to snatch out the eyes of those who look on him with defiance and snap the backs and necks of those who give him sass like they were twigs. [[spoiler: This eventually gets him killed when he snatches out Elle Driver's right eye for calling him a "miserable old fool," and she retaliates by poisoning his fish heads]]. He hates Caucasians, despises Americans and has nothing but contempt for women. [[spoiler:So of course his greatest student, the only one he teaches his [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique]], is a blonde [[MightyWhitey American]] [[LadyOfWar woman]]. Who also leans to love him as a father, joyfully snatching out Driver's ''left'' eye as vengeance for him.]] (Of course, it's entirely possible that Pa Pai Mei simply hated ''everyone'' until they proved themselves to him.)
29th Apr '16 9:20:48 AM TheSinful
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* A downplayed example shows with Tsume in ''[[http://ficwad.com/story/213011 Eroninja]]''. While "only" in her mid-40s, she's still well past her prime and it's noted a couple times that it's only her skill and experience that keeps her from losing challenges for Alpha of the Inuzuka clan. Though once she's bonded to Naruto, the [[FountainOfYouth reversion to her prime]] that comes with it has her mopping floors with the next several challengers.
19th Apr '16 11:34:17 AM erforce
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* In the world of film soundtracks and OrchestralBombing, when all modern scores are dominated by computer and electronic software, JohnWilliams showed why he is still intellectually superior with the 2012 releases of ''Literature/WarHorse'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin''. This composer (yes, the same one that also gave you the unforgettable scores from ''{{Film/Superman}}'', ''{{Franchise/StarWars}}'' and the ''IndianaJones'' films of 30 years ago) is over 80 years old. How did he celebrate his 70th birthday? By conducting the Salt Lake City symphony orchestra performing the theme song he composed for the XIX Winter Olympic Games, at the Opening Ceremony.

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* In the world of film soundtracks and OrchestralBombing, when all modern scores are dominated by computer and electronic software, JohnWilliams showed why he is still intellectually superior with the 2012 releases of ''Literature/WarHorse'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin''. This composer (yes, the same one that also gave you the unforgettable scores from ''{{Film/Superman}}'', ''{{Franchise/StarWars}}'' and the ''IndianaJones'' ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' films of 30 years ago) is over 80 years old. How did he celebrate his 70th birthday? By conducting the Salt Lake City symphony orchestra performing the theme song he composed for the XIX Winter Olympic Games, at the Opening Ceremony.
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