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12th Apr '17 2:06:35 AM WillBGood
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* The extremely short-lived ''Series/{{Legends of the Superheroes}}'' had, as its second and final episode, a CelebrityRoast for "Retired Man".

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* The extremely short-lived ''Series/{{Legends of the Superheroes}}'' had, as its second and final episode, a CelebrityRoast [[TheRoast Celebrity Roast]] for "Retired Man".
4th Apr '17 12:01:49 PM ngh93
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** The whole thing ultimately ends with a bunch of old men that need to be hospitalized, and the news programs blame the girls for not doing anything to stop it. To top it off, the usual closing shot instead features Bubbles and Buttercup glaring angrily down at poor Blossom.

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** The whole thing ultimately ends with a bunch of old men that need to be hospitalized, and the news programs blame the girls for not doing anything to stop it. To top it off, add insult to injury, the usual closing shot instead features Bubbles and Buttercup glaring angrily down at poor Blossom.
13th Feb '17 12:53:15 PM ngh93
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** The whole thing ultimately ends with a bunch of old men that need to be hospitalized, and the news programs blame the girls for not doing anything to stop it. To add insult to injury, the usual closing shot features Bubbles and Buttercup glaring at poor Blossom.

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** The whole thing ultimately ends with a bunch of old men that need to be hospitalized, and the news programs blame the girls for not doing anything to stop it. To add insult to injury, top it off, the usual closing shot instead features Bubbles and Buttercup glaring angrily down at poor Blossom.
13th Feb '17 12:52:24 PM ngh93
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** The whole thing ultimately ends with a bunch of old men that need to be hospitalized, and the news programs blame the girls for not doing anything to stop it.

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** The whole thing ultimately ends with a bunch of old men that need to be hospitalized, and the news programs blame the girls for not doing anything to stop it. To add insult to injury, the usual closing shot features Bubbles and Buttercup glaring at poor Blossom.
10th Feb '17 6:55:01 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has Genghiz Cohen the Barbarian and his Silver Horde, a group of barbarian adventurers (and one geography teacher), the youngest of whom is in his eighties (And the oldest is close to a hundred). Other characters assume that their advanced age has left them feeble and incapable, conveniently forgetting that these guys [[BadassGrandpa have lived to be octogenarians in a career that kills most people that go into it before they reach age twenty-five]]. They don't move as quickly as they once did, but [[KungFuClairvoyance they don't]] [[GenreSavvy have to.]] Cohen and the Silver Horde are actually upset that they've reached old age since they would have preferred dying young and gloriously. The death of one of their members via choking on a cucumber in his salad drives them to go on one last adventure to get payback on the gods for denying them glory.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has Genghiz Cohen the Barbarian and his Silver Horde, a group of barbarian adventurers (and one geography teacher), the youngest of whom is in his eighties (And the oldest is close to a hundred). Other characters assume that their advanced age has left them feeble and incapable, conveniently forgetting that these guys [[BadassGrandpa have lived to be octogenarians in a career that kills most people that go into it before they reach age twenty-five]]. They don't move as quickly as they once did, but [[KungFuClairvoyance they don't]] [[GenreSavvy don't have to.]] to]]. Cohen and the Silver Horde are actually upset that they've reached old age since they would have preferred dying young and gloriously. The death of one of their members via choking on a cucumber in his salad drives them to go on one last adventure to get payback on the gods for denying them glory.
7th Feb '17 11:12:59 PM narm00
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* ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''. In response to the eponymous team staging a bloodless coup, a BigBad brings back a stable of WW2 superheros [[note]]Thinly veiled expies of the Comicbook/FreedomFighters team from DC[[/note]] who are decrepit and senile in a retirement home. He reverses their aging and turns up their powers and sets them loose to start a revolution. Things go very wrong. Now the leader of the team impales cops on the American flag and anyone who freely chose the Authority religion gets slaughtered.

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* ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''. In response to the eponymous team staging a bloodless coup, a BigBad brings back a stable of WW2 superheros superheroes [[note]]Thinly veiled expies of the Comicbook/FreedomFighters team from DC[[/note]] who are decrepit and senile in a retirement home. He reverses their aging and turns up their powers and sets them loose to start a revolution. Things go very wrong. Now the leader of the team impales cops on the American flag and anyone who freely chose the Authority religion gets slaughtered.



* 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.)
* 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]].

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* Franchise/ArchieComics' character TheWeb ComicBook/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.)
* One issue of ComicBook/YoungJustice introduced "Old Justice" Justice", a team of down on their luck golden age sidekicks who are were desperate not to be forgotten, they and harbored a lot of resentment for the young hero's heroes who they claimed lacked experience. They where were led by [[ComicBook/{{TNT}} Dan the Dyna-Mite]] and featuring [[ComicBook/GreenLantern featured [[Franchise/GreenLantern Doiby Dickles]], Merry the Gimmick Girl, [[ComicBook/RedTornado Dinky Jibbet and Sisty Hunkel-Jibbert]] and [[ComicBook/{{Hourman}} Second Sweep]].
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.
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