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3rd Jan '17 10:26:09 PM rjung
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* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' is rife with examples of this trope, as it establishes a long history of generational superheroes. Some (e.g. The Confessor, The Hanged Man) are extraordinarily long-lived, but some have retired and still make appearances in various capacities (many of them at former hero [[GoodGuyBar K.O. Carson's bar, Bruisers]]). The oldest we know of was Coyotl, who was (presumably significantly) pre-Colonial native american. The oldest that we know is still alive is Iron Horse, a steam-powered automaton who's been active in some form since the 1860s.

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* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' is rife with examples of this trope, as it establishes a long history of generational superheroes.superheroes, and the series' avoidance of ComicBookTime means characters age as new stories are published. Some (e.g. The Confessor, The Hanged Man) are extraordinarily long-lived, but some have retired and still make appearances in various capacities (many of them at former hero [[GoodGuyBar K.O. Carson's bar, Bruisers]]). The oldest we know of was Coyotl, who was (presumably significantly) pre-Colonial native american. The oldest that we know is still alive is Iron Horse, a steam-powered automaton who's been active in some form since the 1860s.



** An arc shows Quarrel and Crackerjack, two non-powered heroes, in the middle of the process; they don't want to retire, but age is taking its toll.

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** An One story arc shows Quarrel and Crackerjack, two non-powered heroes, in the middle of the process; they don't want to retire, but age is taking its toll.toll. They are especially acute of the problem after the retirement of the Black Rapier.
25th Nov '16 12:01:49 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''. Notable in that many of the old characters are still {{badass}} and everyone has changed their costumes.

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* ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''. Notable in that many of the old characters are still {{badass}} badass and everyone has changed their costumes.
8th Nov '16 2:54:18 PM MattP5557
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** Out of all of them the most impressive has got to be the original ComicBook/RedTornado who was an old superhero [[UpToEleven in the 40's.]]


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* One issue of ComicBook/YoungJustice introduced "Old Justice" a team of down on their luck golden age sidekicks who are desperate not to be forgotten, they harbored a lot of resentment for the young hero's who they claimed lacked experience. They where led by [[ComicBook/{{TNT}} Dan the Dyna-Mite]] and featuring [[ComicBook/GreenLantern Doiby Dickles]], Merry the Gimmick Girl, [[ComicBook/RedTornado Dinky Jibbet and Sisty Hunkel-Jibbert]] and [[ComicBook/{{Hourman}} Second Sweep]].
13th Oct '16 11:05:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': Mr. Incredible is not as old as most of the examples shown here, but fifteen years after his forced retirement he is noticeably out of shape, and is still holding on to his glory days, even doing superhero work in secret. The scene in which he gets back INTO shape is entertaining. When an ordinary middle-aged man gets in shape he goes to the gym. When a NighInvulnerable middle-aged man with superhuman strength gets in shape... he hits the railroad yard.
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* [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Mr. Incredible]] is not as old as most of the examples shown here, but fifteen years after his forced retirement he is noticeably out of shape, and is still holding on to his glory days, even doing superhero work in secret.
** The scene in which he gets back INTO shape is entertaining. When an ordinary middle-aged man gets in shape he goes to the gym. When a NighInvulnerable middle-aged man with superhuman strength gets in shape... he hits the railroad yard.
13th Oct '16 11:04:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* Chronically unappreciated All-American Boy in ''Film/SkyHigh'' is the past-his-prime sidekick without the retired superhero. His assigned mentor, The Commander, is still operating at his peak, while All-American Boy is now teaching "hero support" classes in the eponymous hero school. Downplayed as All-American Boy is all but decrepit, and is still able to help the heroes.

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* Chronically unappreciated All-American Boy in ''Film/SkyHigh'' ''Film/SkyHigh2005'' is the past-his-prime sidekick without the retired superhero. His assigned mentor, The Commander, is still operating at his peak, while All-American Boy is now teaching "hero support" classes in the eponymous hero school. Downplayed as All-American Boy is all but decrepit, and is still able to help the heroes.
19th Sep '16 4:42:39 PM nombretomado
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* ArchieComics' character TheWeb was a Golden Age hero in the forties, then settled down and got married. In the sixties, the character was revived--twenty-odd years older, a bit out of shape, and with a wife [[HenpeckedHusband who wasn't exactly thrilled]] with his return to superheroics. (Though she did eventually give in and took on her own superhero identity.)

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* ArchieComics' Franchise/ArchieComics' character TheWeb was a Golden Age hero in the forties, then settled down and got married. In the sixties, the character was revived--twenty-odd years older, a bit out of shape, and with a wife [[HenpeckedHusband who wasn't exactly thrilled]] with his return to superheroics. (Though she did eventually give in and took on her own superhero identity.)
18th Sep '16 11:02:38 PM CaptainTedium
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* This was the basic premise of the ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'' short "Captain Sturdy: Back in Action". The short was about an elderly superhero coming out of retirement after learning that his pension was cancelled because of the retirement age for superheroes being changed.
23rd Jul '16 2:54:39 PM nombretomado
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* When George and Harold invent ''CaptainUnderpants'', their first comic book issue starts off by saying that all the other superheroes in the world had become too old to fight crime.

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* When George and Harold invent ''CaptainUnderpants'', ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'', their first comic book issue starts off by saying that all the other superheroes in the world had become too old to fight crime.
19th Jun '16 12:04:59 AM nombretomado
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** ''The Tick'' also reversed the trope in an episode that featured "The Terror", a frail, partially senile 104-year-old supervillain (his first major crime was punching out [[TheodoreRoosevelt Teddy Roosevelt]] on the White House lawn) who comes out of retirement to conquer the world. His stable of minions include a multi-gendered alien, the Human Ton and Handy, a college student he believes to be Joseph Stalin (codename Stalingrad, since he graduated from a Stalin impersonation school) and the Man-Eating Cow. MEC was originally a hero, but [[ExecutiveMeddling the network]] forced the change.

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** ''The Tick'' also reversed the trope in an episode that featured "The Terror", a frail, partially senile 104-year-old supervillain (his first major crime was punching out [[TheodoreRoosevelt [[UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt Teddy Roosevelt]] on the White House lawn) who comes out of retirement to conquer the world. His stable of minions include a multi-gendered alien, the Human Ton and Handy, a college student he believes to be Joseph Stalin (codename Stalingrad, since he graduated from a Stalin impersonation school) and the Man-Eating Cow. MEC was originally a hero, but [[ExecutiveMeddling the network]] forced the change.
18th Apr '16 2:00:54 PM Diem
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* Dr Ulshade from 'Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger' is still a Ranger despite being in his late fifties, bad back and all. [[spoiler: His teenage granddaughter takes over the role soon after his first appearance.]]

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* Dr Ulshade from 'Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger' ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' is still a Ranger despite being in his late fifties, bad back and all. [[spoiler: His teenage granddaughter takes over the role soon after his first appearance.]]
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