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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.]]
18th Apr '16 1:56:27 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.]]
15th Apr '16 12:51:34 AM ultimomant
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* In the short-lived ''[[Series/TheFlash1990 The Flash]]'', Paul Winfield played a retired judge who moonlighted as a vigilante named Nightshade in the late '50s. He came out of retirement to join the Flash in fighting one of his old enemies who had emerged from [[HumanPopsicle cryogenic sleep]].

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* In the short-lived ''[[Series/TheFlash1990 The Flash]]'', ''Series/TheFlash1990'', Paul Winfield played a retired judge who moonlighted as a vigilante named Nightshade in the late '50s. He came out of retirement to join the Flash in fighting one of his old enemies who had emerged from [[HumanPopsicle cryogenic sleep]]. He returned to help deal with a young upstart who had taken on his persona, but called himself Deadly Nightshade as he killed criminals, which is something the original Nightshade would never do.



* Captain Nemesis, Ben's superhero idol in the ''Ben10UltimateAlien'' episode "Hero Time", is on the verge of becoming this -- something that deeply disturbs him. It really doesn't help that a younger hero like Ben effortlessly upstages him, culminating in his utterly humiliating defeat in a contest of superheroics. While the actress covering the event (who is clearly biased in Ben's favor) describes the setting, a scrapyard for traincars, she mentions that it's the resting place for "rusted out old hulks" -- the camera pans to Captain Nemesis at that point. Ouch. Nemesis loses the first event by an embarassingly wide margin. Even after he ''wins'' the second event (by cheating), he gets another dose of humiliation after Ben as Rath furiously pins him down and makes him scream in pain. The final event ends with Nemesis falling into a mudpit after losing a tug-of-war. [[spoiler: Nemesis has a FaceHeelTurn and becomes Overlord as a result -- he'd rather be a new villain than an obsolete hero.]]

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* Captain Nemesis, Ben's superhero idol in the ''Ben10UltimateAlien'' ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' episode "Hero Time", is on the verge of becoming this -- something that deeply disturbs him. It really doesn't help that a younger hero like Ben effortlessly upstages him, culminating in his utterly humiliating defeat in a contest of superheroics. While the actress covering the event (who is clearly biased in Ben's favor) describes the setting, a scrapyard for traincars, she mentions that it's the resting place for "rusted out old hulks" -- the camera pans to Captain Nemesis at that point. Ouch. Nemesis loses the first event by an embarassingly wide margin. Even after he ''wins'' the second event (by cheating), he gets another dose of humiliation after Ben as Rath furiously pins him down and makes him scream in pain. The final event ends with Nemesis falling into a mudpit after losing a tug-of-war. [[spoiler: Nemesis has a FaceHeelTurn and becomes Overlord as a result -- he'd rather be a new villain than an obsolete hero.]]
12th Feb '16 3:08:41 PM Morgenthaler
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** Ironically, no one in their RoguesGallery seems to have aged ''at all''. With the exception of the retired Atomic Flounder.
*** This is justified because the Dirty Bubble is a literal bubble, and Man Ray was frozen in tartar sauce.



* Timothy North from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' used to play the Fearless Ferret. He was voiced, naturally, by Adam West.
** Also a subversion as Timothy North thinks he was a real hero, but was actually just an actor on a tv show who was delusional.
*** This goes to a strange place when North, too old to continue the role, convinces Ron Stoppable (voiced by Creator/WillFriedle) to take over as a new Fearless Ferret, and [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond why does this sound so familiar?]]

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* Timothy North from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' used to play the Fearless Ferret. He was voiced, naturally, by Adam West.
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West. Also a subversion as Timothy North thinks he was a real hero, but was actually just an actor on a tv show who was delusional.
*** This goes to a strange place when North, too old to continue the role, convinces Ron Stoppable (voiced by Creator/WillFriedle) to take over as a new Fearless Ferret, and [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond why does this sound so familiar?]]
delusional.



** It is worth pointing out that Grey Ghost was a character in a show which Bruce Wayne watched religiously as a child, not an actual superhero.
*** Hey, he acquitted himself pretty well when he intervened in the final fight. [[NoStuntDouble Guess he did his own stunts]].
** ''The Dark Knight Returns'' shows Batman as this. At roughly age 50 Bruce puts on his costume again and tries to play the hero.
** And by the time we get to ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', Bruce Wayne himself is the retired superhero who plays mentor to the new Batman, Terry. Bruce does occasionally join in with a well-timed use of the environment or jab with his cane, though.
*** Plus there's the first two episodes with Inque. In the first one, when she snuck into the batcave Bruce took her on with a firehose (while wearing the Gray Ghost's mask!), and in the second, [[spoiler: when Inque catches Terry and demands "the old guy" come out so she can get him, Bruce arrives wearing a powered armor prototype he had earlier told Terry was much too stressful on its wearer to be used.]]
*** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' also gives us a retired Batgirl (although she's gone on to become the commissioner of the Gotham police). Robin is revealed to have retired in TheMovie and works as an electrical engineer. Both of them are fairly dismissive of their previous superhero lives and bitter towards Bruce, and it is implied they got off lightly compared to Nightwing.
* Both the animated version of ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' visited superhero retirement homes. The Tick met Golden Age-type characters including Captain Decency (a Captain America type), The Visual Eye (who could shoot his eyes out of his head by shouting "Rockets from their sockets!"), Sufra-Jet (a play on 'suffragette', now an old lady in a jetpack), and The Living Doll ("I'm full of tinier men!"). Captain Decency had a few teenage sidekicks over the years, but they're all off on their own.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'':
** It is worth pointing out that Grey Ghost was a character in a show which Bruce Wayne watched religiously as a child, not an actual superhero.
*** Hey, he acquitted himself pretty well when he intervened in the final fight. [[NoStuntDouble Guess he did his own stunts]].
** ''The Dark Knight Returns'' shows Batman as this. At roughly age 50 Bruce puts on his costume again and tries to play the hero.
** And by the time we get to ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'',
Bruce Wayne himself is the retired superhero who plays mentor to the new Batman, Terry. Bruce does occasionally join in with a well-timed use of the environment or jab with his cane, though.
*** Plus there's the first two episodes with Inque. In the first one, when she snuck into the batcave Bruce took her on with a firehose (while wearing the Gray Ghost's mask!), and in the second, [[spoiler: when Inque catches Terry and demands "the old guy" come out so she can get him, Bruce arrives wearing a powered armor prototype he had earlier told Terry was much too stressful on its wearer to be used.]]
*** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' also gives us a retired
** Batman's former sidekicks as well. Batgirl (although is retired, although she's gone on to become the commissioner of the Gotham police).police. Robin is revealed to have retired in TheMovie and works as an electrical engineer. Both of them are fairly dismissive of their previous superhero lives and bitter towards Bruce, and it is implied they got off lightly compared to Nightwing.
* Both the animated version of ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' visited superhero retirement homes. homes.
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The Tick met Golden Age-type characters including Captain Decency (a Captain America type), The Visual Eye (who could shoot his eyes out of his head by shouting "Rockets from their sockets!"), Sufra-Jet (a play on 'suffragette', now an old lady in a jetpack), and The Living Doll ("I'm full of tinier men!"). Captain Decency had a few teenage sidekicks over the years, but they're all off on their own.



*** To be fair, the Man-Eating Cow was sort of a HarmlessVillain as it didn't really do anything evil. In fact, one wouldn't put it past the terror to simply have picked up a regular (if slightly bad-tempered) cow and claim it was 'man-eating'.
12th Feb '16 3:03:31 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Hammerman}}'' (Yes, M.C. Hammer as a superhero) played the {{Mentors}} angle, with Hammerman's predecessor (Soulman) hanging around to show him the ropes.

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* ''{{Hammerman}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Hammerman}}'' (Yes, M.C. Hammer as a superhero) played the {{Mentors}} angle, with Hammerman's predecessor (Soulman) hanging around to show him the ropes.
19th Jan '16 11:44:24 AM nombretomado
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* Soul Power, Sparky and their nemesis Professor Menace in ''StaticShock''.

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* Soul Power, Sparky and their nemesis Professor Menace in ''StaticShock''.''WesternAnimation/StaticShock''.
3rd Jan '16 10:53:58 AM Yuihime
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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' had Gligarman, a Franchise/{{Batman}} parody who tried to ''continue'' the superheroing business, but was completely useless except in selling his own merchandise.

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' had Gligarman, a Franchise/{{Batman}} parody who tried to ''continue'' the superheroing business, but was completely useless except in selling his own merchandise. At the end of the episode, he accepted that he was too old for heroics, and let his daughter succeed him as Gli-Girl (which she only did because she'd learned to understand her father's love for the role).
14th Dec '15 7:02:57 PM Andyroid
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Loose Screw", the dotty old lady Wander and Sylvia are helping out, Stella Starbella, turns out to be a retired intergalactic heroine... who comes out of retirement to fight her equally-elderly old foe Mandrake the Malfeasant.
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