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17th Mar '18 7:12:32 PM meanmetalmario
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* 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.

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* Timothy North from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' used to play be the Fearless Ferret. He was voiced, naturally, by Adam West. Also Ferret, and decides to take Ron in and train him to become his successor. However, it ends up being a subversion as Timothy when it's revealed that North thinks he was a real hero, but was actually just really an actor on a tv show who ''played'' the Fearless Ferret on an old TV show, and just ''thinks'' he used to be a real superhero due to going senile in his old age. Naturally, [[AdamWesting he was delusional.voiced by Adam West]].
25th Feb '18 8:29:28 PM merotoker
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* ''Anime/GunXSword'' has the El Dora V, a CombiningMecha piloted by a FiveManBand (well, four- TheChick of the team is dead) of old guys who come out of retirement to protect their town. Their first opponent constantly complains that their methods are obsolete, but they manage to win in the end. The show takes the opportunity to homage all kinds of SuperRobot shows from the '70s, '80s, and '90s, including Anime/CombattlerV and Anime/GaoGaiGar.

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* ''Anime/GunXSword'' has the El Dora V, a CombiningMecha piloted by a FiveManBand (well, four- TheChick of the team is dead) of old guys who come out of retirement to protect their town. Their first opponent constantly complains that their methods are obsolete, but they manage to win in the end. The show takes the opportunity to homage all kinds of SuperRobot {{Super Robot|Genre}} shows from the '70s, '80s, and '90s, including Anime/CombattlerV and Anime/GaoGaiGar.



* Pretty much one of the things that defines the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica is the amount of Golden Age superheroes (appropriately aged) that comprise its roster. Even though they've had young heroes like Stargirl and Damage, the first thing that comes to mind when talking about the JSA are the veterans: [[Franchise/TheFlash Jay Garrick]], [[Franchise/GreenLantern Alan Scott]], [[ComicBook/DoctorFate Kent Nelson]], Ted Grant (Wildcat) and so on. In a subversion, though, they still display the same degree of physical preparation and badassitude from the time they were created.
** 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.]]
* ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' has an old superhero ''bar.'' The kicker is, the book is set in the future, so all the superheroes are (in the current continuity) young and active.
** It's also an old ''supervillain'' bar. And, this being a book about the badassery of Batman, if there's one thing that can spoil the mood, it's mentioning [[TheDreaded the Bat.]]

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* Pretty much one of the things that defines the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica is the amount of Golden Age superheroes (appropriately aged) that comprise its roster. Even though they've had young heroes like Stargirl and Damage, the first thing that comes to mind when talking about the JSA are the veterans: [[Franchise/TheFlash Jay Garrick]], [[Franchise/GreenLantern Alan Scott]], [[ComicBook/DoctorFate Kent Nelson]], Ted Grant (Wildcat) and so on. In a subversion, though, they still display the same degree of physical preparation and badassitude from the time they were created.
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created. 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.]]
* ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' has an old superhero ''bar.'' The kicker is, the book is set in the future, so all the superheroes are (in the current continuity) young and active.
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active. It's also an old ''supervillain'' bar. And, this being a book about the badassery of Batman, if there's one thing that can spoil the mood, it's mentioning [[TheDreaded the Bat.]]



* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' is rife with examples of this trope, as it establishes a long history of generational 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.

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* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' is rife with examples of this trope, as it establishes a long history of generational 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.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.



* One ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comic featured a retirement home for supervillains, who sat around still dressed in their costumes reminiscing about their GloryDays.
** Mention must also be made of ComicBook/SupermanAtEarthsEnd, which features an aging, bearded Superman . . . who battles twin clones of Adolf Hitler.

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* One ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comic featured a retirement home for supervillains, who sat around still dressed in their costumes reminiscing about their GloryDays.
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GloryDays. Mention must also be made of ComicBook/SupermanAtEarthsEnd, ''ComicBook/SupermanAtEarthsEnd'', which features an aging, bearded Superman . . . who battles twin clones of Adolf Hitler.



* ''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 {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le middle-aged man with superhuman strength gets in shape... he hits the railroad yard.



* ''{{Film/Logan}}'' is about an old and retired ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, who now serves as a guardian to Professor Xavier, who has grown senile after the X-Men disbanded and there is no one left to care for him. However, he comes out from his retirement to protect a little girl pursued by a sinister organization and bring her to safety, in what its supposed to be [[TheLastDance his last adventure]].

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* ''{{Film/Logan}}'' is about an old and retired ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, Franchise/{{Wolverine}}, who now serves as a guardian to Professor Xavier, who has grown senile after the X-Men disbanded and there is no one left to care for him. However, he comes out from his retirement to protect a little girl pursued by a sinister organization and bring her to safety, in what its supposed to be [[TheLastDance his last adventure]].



* When George and Harold invent ''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.
** In a later book, George's great-grandmother and Harold's grandfather drink some [[SuperSerum super-empowering juice]] and become Boxer Boy and Great-Granny Girdle.

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* When George and Harold invent ''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.
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crime. In a later book, George's great-grandmother and Harold's grandfather drink some [[SuperSerum super-empowering juice]] and become Boxer Boy and Great-Granny Girdle.



* The extremely short-lived ''Series/{{Legends of the Superheroes}}'' had, as its second and final episode, a [[TheRoast Celebrity Roast]] for "Retired Man".
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had a few sketches featuring Mike Myers as "Middle-Aged Man," whose superpower ''was'' that he was old and thus had more wisdom and experience than young people.

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* The extremely short-lived ''Series/{{Legends ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legends_of_the_Superheroes Legends of the Superheroes}}'' Superheroes]]'' had, as its second and final episode, a [[TheRoast Celebrity Roast]] for "Retired Man".
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had a few sketches featuring Mike Myers Creator/MikeMyers as "Middle-Aged Man," whose superpower ''was'' that he was old and thus had more wisdom and experience than young people.



* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'''s Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy are shining examples of this trope. After the back-to-action episode, they become {{Recurrer}}s, their plots usually involving some returned supervillain they used to fight.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'''s ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'''s Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy are shining examples of this trope. After the back-to-action episode, they become {{Recurrer}}s, {{Recurr|ingCharacter}}ers, their plots usually involving some returned supervillain they used to fight.
16th Feb '18 6:01:02 AM kyojikasshu
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* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper has [[Characters/DragonBallToppo Toppo]], the leader of the Pride Troopers from Universe 11. He loves to make bombastic speeches and preaching about justice, but at the same time, is shown to be a good guy who is worried about the possible erasure of his universe. He is {{acrofatic}}, strong enough to fight against a Super Saiyan Blue Goku, and is considered a potential God of Destruction.

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* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' has [[Characters/DragonBallToppo Toppo]], the leader of the Pride Troopers from Universe 11. He loves to make bombastic speeches and preaching about justice, but at the same time, is shown to be a good guy who is worried about the possible erasure of his universe. He is {{acrofatic}}, strong enough to fight against a Super Saiyan Blue Goku, and is considered a potential God of Destruction.
30th Jan '18 6:34:08 PM xelldx
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If this is a recurring character, they're likely to play the role of a [[{{Mentors}} mentor]], although they can still [[OldMaster duke it out]] [[LetsGetDangerous with the best]] from [[RetiredBadass time to time]]. Although they may complain about their backache and leg injuries once the battle's over.

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If this is a recurring character, they're likely to play the role of a [[{{Mentors}} mentor]], although they can still [[OldMaster duke it out]] [[LetsGetDangerous with the best]] from [[RetiredBadass time to time]]. Although they may complain about their [[DentedIron backache and leg injuries once the battle's over.
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27th Dec '17 7:15:49 PM JoeMerl
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* ''[[https://www.amazon.com/Going-Through-Change-Menopausal-Superhero-ebook/dp/B00T7ZVYM2 Going Through the Change]]'' has a twist on the usual PubertySuperpower trope--in this world, women get superpowers during menopause instead.
27th Dec '17 7:12:18 PM JoeMerl
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** In a later book, George's great-grandmother and Harold's grandfather drink some [[SuperSerum super-empowering juice]] and become Boxer Boy and Great-Granny Girdle.
27th Dec '17 7:09:45 PM Tomodachi
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* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper has [[Characters/DragonBallToppo Toppo]], the leader of the Pride Troopers from Universe 11. He loves to make bombastic speeches and preaching about justice, but at the same time, is shown to be a good guy who is worried about the possible erasure of his universe. He is {{acrofatic}}, strong enough to fight against a Super Saiyan Blue Goku, and is considered a potential God of Destruction.
25th Nov '17 7:31:54 PM ElSquibbonator
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There is a significant chance that said character will be played by [[AdamWesting Adam West]], [[ActorAllusion in reference to]] his character on the 1960's ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series.

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There is Prior to 2017, there was a significant chance that said character will would be played by [[AdamWesting Adam West]], [[ActorAllusion in reference to]] his character on the 1960's ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series.
23rd Nov '17 3:47:09 AM CaptainTedium
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* The ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons'' short "Youngstar 3" featured an elderly superhero named Old Man, who helped his grandson Youngstar fight crime alongside a {{Fembot}} named Shero.
18th Aug '17 2:04:52 PM Pichu-kun
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There is a significant chance that said character will be played by [[AdamWesting Adam West]], [[ActorAllusion in reference to]] his character on the 1960's Series/{{Batman}} series.

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There is a significant chance that said character will be played by [[AdamWesting Adam West]], [[ActorAllusion in reference to]] his character on the 1960's Series/{{Batman}} ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series.






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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had Captain Righteous and Lefty, who had split up quite some time ago over a relatively minor squabble. They only came back because the Mayor insisted they were the only ones who could defeat The Ministry Of Pain, their equally-ancient arch-nemeses, who the Girls only held back on because Blossom believed they should be "respectful to one's elders".
** 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 instead features Bubbles and Buttercup glaring angrily down at poor Blossom.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had Captain Righteous and Lefty, who had split up quite some time ago over a relatively minor squabble. They only came back because the Mayor insisted they were the only ones who could defeat The Ministry Of Pain, their equally-ancient arch-nemeses, who the Girls only held back on because Blossom believed they should be "respectful to one's elders".
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elders". 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 instead features Bubbles and Buttercup glaring angrily down at poor Blossom.


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* Episode "Know Your Mom" of ''WesternAnimation/OKKOLetsBeHeroes'' has an old supervillains example. In it, KO discovers that his mother was a well-known superhero that [[RetiredBadass quit after he was born]]. He feels bad that his mother quit because of him and decides to call her old supervillains so that she can defeat them and become a hero again. Most of them are either very old or outright dead by now, however the plant-based villain Succulentus is up for a fight. He's since become an old, out-of-shape grandpa. Succulentus puts up a fight and delivers a VillainSong, but he becomes worn out quickly. He ends up sorting things out over coffee instead.
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