Created By: KJMackley on September 9, 2012 Last Edited By: Koveras on November 5, 2014
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Feeling Their Age

An older hero is starting to feel their age.

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Ross: (regarding an old plane) "That thing belongs in a museum."
Trench: "We all do."

No matter how hard you train, how much effort you take to keep yourself in the best possible shape, there comes a time when the effects of aging will reduce how physically powerful you are and how quickly you are able to bounce back from injuries. This can and often does become a soft spot for the individual, probably starting from their First Gray Hair. It's a reminder that they are not invincible.

It is typically used with any Badass Grandpa character, if they are awesome now you should have seen them 30 years ago. And they may try to hide the effects from the people around them.

Old Superhero is a subtrope specific to the Super Hero comics genre. Compare Dented Iron, Heroic Fatigue, and Jaded Washout.

Examples

Anime and Manga
  • A major character point in YuYu Hakusho with regards to the Big Bad Younger Toguro. He used to be human but was so afraid of getting older he sold his soul to become virtually immortal (he later saw immortality to be boring and so sought for a fighter strong enough to kill him). And this is compared to Genkai, a formidable fighter despite her years but still far from what she was at her prime.
  • Whitebeard from One Piece is renowned as The Strongest Man in the World prior to his death. He is an extremely Badass Grandpa with a ridiculously earthquake based Devil Fruit powers who has proved more than enough that he is worthy of his title in the Marineford arc. However the moment he starts coughing up blood in the middle of battle, it's made clear that the man is no longer in his prime and that old age hasn't been kind to him. Based on his remaining strength though, it's less that he's significantly weaker, and more like that the monstrously strong old man was even more of a monster in the past. He even once stated "I may be a monster... but I'm not gonna be the strongest forever!"

Comic Books
  • In Before Watchmen: Minutemen, Hollis Mason starts to feel this way in the 1950s, having endured the murder of his close friend Silhouette, a HUAC investigation, and the "Friend of the Children" investigation, which resulted in Nite Owl killing Hooded Justice after being led to believe that he'd been kidnapping and murdering kids. After Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias start appearing, he decides that he's really not needed anymore.
  • Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns portrays Batman like this. He starts as a Retired Badass, but soon returns to crime-fighting. Throughout the story Batman keeps on lamenting how slow he's become, culminating in the fight between him and the leader of a mutant gang, who is, like Batman himself states, "in his physical prime". Batman loses, but only because he "tried to fight like a young man". Later he beats the mutant leader with some Combat Pragmatist moves.

Film
  • Lethal Weapon series. Murtaugh's Catch Phrase was "I'm getting too old for this", appropriate for an older family man who had to deal with a wild card younger partner in Riggs. Nevertheless he continued to say it through all the movies and it eventually came around to Riggs in 4, as he started to feel his age too.
  • Brought up in The Expendables 2, with the addition of a mid-20's team member Billy who has more enthusiasm and energy than the rest of the team combined. His older teammates are certainly not in bad shape themselves, but there is a distinct difference in their lumbering pace compared to Billy jogging up a hill.
  • Explicitly brought up in The Last Stand starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a sheriff of a small town having to deal with a dangerous group of outlaws heading his way. He's getting up in age and knows it, and the trailer highlights it.

Live-Action TV
  • It's a major part of Sam Axe's character in Burn Notice, highlighted in the prequel movie Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe. He is no less reliable but in comparison to the main character and much younger Michael Westen, Sam is noticeably wearier and has gained a few pounds since his prime.
  • The idea is name checked in How I Met Your Mother, actually called "The Murtaugh List." Ted puts together a list of things you can't do once you pass a certain age. Barney takes it as a challenge and ends up injuring himself. Ted is meanwhile challenged to do things he is too young to start doing, such as going to bed at 8:30. When he can't go to sleep that early he marathons the Lethal Weapon movies and realized that Murtaugh never let his age stop him, so he shouldn't either.
  • Scrubs
    • Dr. Cox was approaching middle aged in the early seasons, which came to a head when he threw out his back making a (successful) slam dunk to show up Turk. He later confessed to Carla that having a very young son at his age he was worried he was always going to be seen as an old man to his kids.
    • In the ninth season Dr. Kelso reached an older version of this, where he had to jump through some legal and medical hoops to keep his drivers license. He confessed to a med student that he hoped to never reach that point where he couldn't take care of himself like that.

Video Games
  • Lampshaded in Assassin's Creed: Revelations, where a much older Ezio Auditore from the previous two games nearly dies in the opening mission because his reactions are dulled with age and laments that "this used to be so easy".

Western Animation
  • The ultimate reason Bruce Wayne retired as Batman in Batman Beyond. His last battle against generic thugs almost cost him his life after suffering a stroke mid-way, forcing him to pull a gun on his attacker. His frustrations over his age form the primary dramatic thrust in "Out of the Past" when offered age reversal from Talia using the Lazarus pits. This makes for a memorable action scene that puts Bruce in proper fighting condition alongside Terry against a group of League of Shadow enemies.
Community Feedback Replies: 110
  • September 9, 2012
    KarjamP
    I think this entry needs a better title, as not only it seems to be cumbersome and perhaps a bit weak (I think it's stronger if the whole phrase is used [It can't, due to the No New Stock Phrases policy]).

    Therefore tagging with "Better Name".
  • September 10, 2012
    AnEditor
    Elliot Stabler said this in one of the later seasons of Law And Order SVU, on realizing that the door he was kicking to barge into an apartment didn't immediately fall down.
  • September 10, 2012
    nitrokitty
    • Averted with Cohen The Barbarian from Discworld. He's over 80, geriatric, and still kicking ass and taking names. Why? In as dangerous a profession as Barbarian Hero, he has lived to be very, very old. Get it?
  • September 11, 2012
    Koveras
    Too Old For Adventuring?

    • Lampshaded in Assassins Creed Revelations, where a much older Ezio Auditore from the previous two games nearly dies in the opening mission because his reactions are dulled with age and laments that "this used to be so easy".
  • September 11, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Perhaps a more iconic quote would be from Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade. Essentially the same words, but more memorable?

    Panama hat: (referring to an artifact) "This is the second time I've had to reclaim my property from you..."
    Indy: "That belongs in a museum!"
    Panama: "So do you!"
  • September 12, 2012
    Terabiel
    how about "Too Old for This"
  • September 12, 2012
    KJMackley
    ^^ That's more referring to Indiana's idealism than his age, thus isn't this trope.

    I really don't see anything wrong with the name, we could go with a variation like "Too Old for This" (which doesn't really convey the idea that they are feeling their age, just that they are old) but Getting Too Old For This is about as on-the-nose as you can get while minimizing confusion.

    Now that I think about it, the line was used almost verbatim by Obi-Wan in A New Hope, when asking Luke to join him he lamented that he was getting too old to go on these sort of adventures. A big part of his duel with Vader was being mocked that he was old and out of practice.
  • September 12, 2012
    nielas
    • In an episode of Justified an elderly criminal dying of emphysema decides to have a Last Dance and robs a bank. He then proceeds to double-cross his partners and almost makes his getaway in an airplane but is cornered at the airport by Deputy US Marshall Art Mullen. The criminal decides to make a run for it and ditches his oxygen tank to run faster. Art is getting on in years himself, has bad knees and as Da Chief he has not had to personally chase down criminals for quite some time. In addition Art is towing the oxygen tank behind him so he can return it to the criminal. What follows is a very slow chase where both men move at a snail's pace and the primary concern is that neither of the men have a heart attack mid-chase.
  • September 12, 2012
    Koveras
    @Terabiel: Too Old For This is still too dialogue-like, because "this" refers to something that can only be inferred from the rest of the scene/dialogue.
  • September 12, 2012
    Tallens
  • September 12, 2012
    AgProv
    Starting To Feel Their Age? Feeling Their Age?

    • Garth Brooks' song "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" is all about this trope - a cowboy starting to feel older and noting that his competition's getting younger.
      And the white line's getting longer and the saddle's getting cold
      I'm much too young to feel this damn old
      All my cards are on the table with no ace left in the hole
      I'm much too young to feel this damn old

  • September 14, 2012
    AgProv
    There's also the Blue Oyster Cult - Veteran of the Psychic Wars.

    You see me now a veteran, of a thousand psychic wars;
    My energy's spent at last, and my armour is destroyed;
    And I'm far too old to look at,
    And I'm far too young to see -
    Wounds are all I'm made of;
    And did I hear you say that this is victory?

  • September 14, 2012
    Koveras
  • November 5, 2012
    Exxolon
    Methos says "I'm too old for this" in the Highlander series episode "Deliverance" after Duncan throws him over a wall to land several feet below.
  • November 5, 2012
    MiinU

    Video games

    • Tales of Vesperia: Raven is a veteran of "The Great War" in which he died, but was revived by Alexei, using a bohdi blastia for his heart, which takes place ten years prior to the events of the game itself. Since he was 35, at that time, it'd make him 45 at present. As such, he often quips about his age, such as complaining about his back, or saying he's too old to keep up with Yuri and the others. None of which stops him from sniping enemies, or making time for the ladies.
  • November 5, 2012
    Stratadrake
    ^^ Something like that is precisely what we don't want; saying the phrase isn't enough. If the character really is getting too old for it, the example citation should focus on that, not the phrase used.

    As for names, while "Getting Too Old For This" isn't a bad name to me, "Too Old For Heroics" sounds like a winner too.
  • November 5, 2012
    Chabal2
    The Punisher can be this Depending On The Writer, as his Start Of Darkness was after returning from the Vietnam War.
  • November 5, 2012
    JonnyB
    How about just Aging Adventurer?

    This is the basic plot of The Incredibles.
  • November 5, 2012
    Tallens
    ^I think the basic plot was actually Glory Days.
  • November 5, 2012
    MiinU
    ^^^^@Stratadrake - The Vesperia example has been rewritten.
  • November 5, 2012
    ApplelightLimited
    Just throwing this out there, how about calling it Past Their Prime, or something to that effect?
  • November 5, 2012
    StarSword
    Film:
    • To hear Obi-wan tell it, this is part of the reason he wants to bring Luke along with him to Alderaan in A New Hope.
      Obi-wan: I'm getting too old for this sort of thing.
    • According to an article in Wired, during the development of The Avengers one of the previsualization guys suggested that Tony say something to this effect when his suit gets damaged during the big battle. Joss Whedon overheard and nixed the idea.
  • November 5, 2012
    Stratadrake
    @Miin: I wasn't referring to the Tales Of Vesperia citation, actually, I was referring to Exxolon's Highlander example, which as you can see boils straight down to "character says X" with no further explanatory context why.
  • November 6, 2012
    DRCEQ
    Hanging Up The Cape would work if this trope was about actual retirement.
  • November 7, 2012
    lexicon
    • In The Mask Of Zorro Zorro tells his horse the the horse is getting to old for this meaning putting on a mask and fighting injustice and so is Zorro himself.
  • November 7, 2012
    nielas
    • On Sons Of Anarchy this is a major issue for Piney and Clay who as founding members of the club are getting on in years. Piney is forced to carry an oxygen tank with him but can still ride a motorcycle so he is still considered a full member with voting rights. Clay has arthritis in his hands which makes riding a motorcycle difficult for him. If Clay can no longer ride a motorcycle, he will lose full member status and will not be eligible for his share of the profits from their criminal operations. While Piney is content to be a Retired Badass, Clay gets progressively more desperate and reckless as he tries to make enough money to afford retirement.
  • November 7, 2012
    surgoshan
    • Flint Fireforge is the oldest of the Heroes of the Lance, and spends the entire trilogy complaining about advancing age. Until he has a heart attack and dies. Of old age. Because he was old.
  • November 22, 2012
    Tallens
    • Occurs in The Guardian when Randall begins to realize he's becoming more of a liability than an asset on rescue missions, especially when compared to Jake who's fresh out of training.
  • November 23, 2012
    CaoCao
  • November 23, 2012
    m8e
    The highlander example might fit if done correctly. It's a joke/parody of this trope.
  • November 23, 2012
    MiinU
    ^^@CaoCao - Your example needs context.
  • November 23, 2012
    Koveras
    This one really could profit from some Rolling Updates and a title update (three tropers supported Too Old For Heroics thus far).
  • November 23, 2012
    m8e
    The title Too Old For Heroics might make people think that this trope is Exactly What It Says On The Tin. They are getting old but they aren't to old yet.
  • November 23, 2012
    Koveras
    Getting Too Old For Heroics, then. Feeling Their Age would work even better if not for "Their"...
  • November 24, 2012
    m8e
    There is an old YKTTW for this. But that one was only Stock Phrase and it has no examples.
  • November 24, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Right, and it has nothing of value to salvage.
  • November 24, 2012
    Pig_catapult
    I can get behind "Getting Too Old For Heroics"
  • November 24, 2012
    Kevlar
    I'm not sure what name I'd rather. "Getting Too Old For This" is definitely familiar, but I think I like "Getting Too Old For Heroics." No matter what I do think there needs to be more to an example than a statement. Also, to expand on the Assassin's Creed example above:

    • Ezio first starts feeling his age in Assassins Creed Brotherhood. After the siege of Monteriggioni Ezio is treated by a doctor in Rome who says something to the effect that men of his age should be more careful. Ezio scoffs at the notion, and then promptly suffers back pain.
  • November 25, 2012
    Koveras
    Getting Too Old For This sounds too much like a Stock Phrase, because "this" isn't further specified and derived only from context. "...For Heroics", on the other hand, is very descriptive.

    A related trope would be Perilous Old Fool, where the character refuses to acknowledge that he is getting too old for heroic deeds and usually suffers for it.
  • December 24, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In the short-lived TV series Zorro and Son Zorro gets too old for swashbuckling so he recruits his son into being his Generation Xerox.
  • December 25, 2012
    lexicon
    Makess sense. It's like the example I gave earlier.
    • In The Mask Of Zorro Zorro tells his horse that the horse is getting too old for this (meaning riding around fighting injustice) and so is Zorro himself.

    I think the OP has been gone for at least two months so I believe this is Up For Grabs.
  • December 25, 2012
    KJMackley
    If somebody wants to take charge I'm okay with it, but I'll just say one last time that Getting Too Old For This is my preferred name. The reason is that everything else sounds too specific and this trope is not specifically about a Badass Grandpa still trying to be heroic but just aging characters in general worrying about themselves. I would point to the Scrubs examples for how it is much broader than some think it is.
  • December 25, 2012
    JonnyB
    @Tallens: Yes it was largely that, but there was a healthy amount of this trope in the film at all. Especially noted in the scene where he's fighting the first robot. The out-of-shape huffing and puffing, his back going out, etc.
  • January 20, 2013
    Sachiko
    Feeling Their Age would allow for more than just heroic examples to be added. Examples like this one:

    • Remedy The Undead Lord from Exceed3rd: Jade Penetration staged the Cardinal Lord Contest in which protagonist Rayne Lindwurm gets drafted into because, after living for 5000 years, her body is about to reach the end of its lifespan, and her power is waning, meaning she's no longer fit to be a Cardinal Lord herself.
  • March 31, 2013
    1810072342
    Video Games:
    • Whenever Marshall Law performs a character sacrifice in Street Fighter X Tekken to use Pandora, before collapsing he says 'Man, I'm getting old...'
    • Ujiyasu, Warlord of Cragspur in Pokemon Conquest complains that he's getting too old for this kind of thing when defeated in a battle.
  • March 31, 2013
    Quag15
    I think Getting Too Old For This is just fine. It's easy to remember and it has a nice ring to it.
  • March 31, 2013
    MiinU
    ^^ @1810072342 - The trope isn't simply about characters saying they're getting old, the example should specifically explain what the character feels they're getting too old for.

    From the way you've written them, it makes it sound as if Law and Warlord are saying they're getting to old to be defeated.
  • March 31, 2013
    Koveras
    @Quag15: The problem with Getting Too Old For This is that it sounds like a stock phrase and naming tropes after lines of dialogue is strongly discouraged at the moment. If we launch this like that, it'll probably get cut and sent back to YKTTW in an instant, so we'd need a mod's approval first, before trying it.
  • April 2, 2013
    clankomatic
    Title: No Country For Old Heroes? Confession - I have not seen the movie "No Country for Old Men" so I have no idea if it fits the trope.
  • April 2, 2013
    clankomatic
    In the web comic Girl Genius, Airman Higgs is like, maybe over 100, and so far nothing will kill him, including a sword through the heart.
  • April 3, 2013
    lexicon
    No Country For Old Heroes would count as a snowclone and we're not supposed to use those.
  • April 3, 2013
    XFllo
    How about only Too Old For This? It was my first thought to drop "getting" and I see it has been already proposed. Or is it too ambiguous?
  • April 4, 2013
    KJMackley
    Here's a list of the more viable names and the arguments why they don't work:
    • Getting Too Old For This: Sounds like dialogue
    • Too Old For Heroics/Adventuring: Trope is broader than heroics or adventuring (ie partying, working)
    • Feeling Their Age: Doesn't indicate there is something they are getting too old for
  • April 4, 2013
    MrInitialMan
    Someone who denies this is a Perilous Old Fool
  • April 4, 2013
    JonnyB
    Said verbatim in Men In Black III, and then Played For Laughs.
    Agent J: I am getting too old for this. (Looks at Agent K) I can only imagine how you feel.
  • April 4, 2013
    JonnyB
    How about just "Getting Too Old", for a name?
  • April 4, 2013
    BanditF150
    Sounds like this would apply to Liev Schreiber's character Ross Rhea in "Goon": aging pro hockey bruiser with something to prove in his last days.

    How about something like "cresting the hill" for name? (As opposed to being "over the hill")
  • April 4, 2013
    XFllo
    I like Too Old For This and Getting Too Old. I'm not for Cresting The Hill, if only because some tropers take trope titles literally and add inaccurate examples. For instance, Cynicism Catalyst used to be Dead Little Sister. Guess thrice why it got renamed. [evilgrin]

  • April 4, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    In the movie Dragonslayer the sorcerer Ulrich realizes he is too old even to make the journey to Urland, yet alone hope to defeat a dragon. So he gets himself killed so he can make the journey as a bag of ashes, and then be magically reanimated just long enough to slay the dragon
  • May 16, 2013
    Tallens
    Bump
  • May 17, 2013
    Koveras
    As far as I can see, the only issue preventing a launch is the current title.
  • May 18, 2013
    ShutUpWesley
    Better quote for the title would be Obi-Wan Kenobi's "I'm getting to old for this sort of thing." from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
  • May 18, 2013
    ShutUpWesley
    Also, I vote we just remove the words "For This" and call it "Getting Too Old"
  • May 18, 2013
    Koveras
  • November 7, 2013
    XFllo
    Bump.
  • November 8, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    Too Old For Action? doesn't need to be heroics or adventure. seems applicable to villains as well.
  • November 8, 2013
    DAN004
  • November 8, 2013
    Lakija
    • Snake feels this way for the entirety of Metal Gear 4: Guns of the Patriots, although his age is due to accelerated aging. For example, when he crouches and walks for too long, his back suffers, which didn't used to happen in previous installments. It also helps to mention that his hair is gray in this game just to add to the fact.
  • November 8, 2013
    Sackett
    Lets just have a crowner and pick a name.
  • November 9, 2013
    somerandomdude
    I don't see why "Getting Too Old For This" is objectionable. Something doesn't "sound like dialogue" just because somebody somewhere might say it at some point.
  • November 9, 2013
    KarjamP
    How do you avoid having your trope name sound like a line of dialog? Here are some things to avoid:

    (emphasis added)

That's from No New Stockphrases.
  • November 10, 2013
    KJMackley
    I will admit I have come to find a lot of humor in that we have a trope with a decent, descriptive name but it has not been launched for over a year because of semantic arguments on policy. By that I mean we aren't arguing about the policy but whether or not the name falls under it (by the way, "Edit it Out" in the policy snippet is a perfectly sound declaratory phrase, there is no implied "you" that I can see, further showing how nonsensical discussions like this can get, you can add lots of things to a phrase to make it sound like like dialogue).

    I proposed the trope and gave it the name I feel is best for it. Alternatives have been offered but nothing has gained ground, in fact best I can tell from this discussion there is more support for the original name than any of the alternatives. Given the support of this trope and accuracy of examples in spite of the naming conflict I think the best thing to do is just launch the damn thing as is, cause the committee method is not working here.
  • November 10, 2013
    Koveras
    ^ If you do so, I'm afraid, the launch will be immediately undone by the mods (or even by the Fast Eddie himself) and the new page instantly cut and locked. Therefore, if you want to go through with this, your best course of action would be to check it with the mods first (e.g. on Ask The Tropers).
  • November 10, 2013
    KarjamP
    He's right, KJ Mackley.

    The mods and admin make sure that this rule's enforced, whenever you like it or not.
  • November 10, 2013
    FantasyLiver
    Doesn't Indy say these exact words in Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull?

    Also, if you play as Han Solo in Star Wars Battlefront, one of his catchphrases is "I'm getting too old for this."
  • November 10, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Coming in from Ask The Tropers.

    Hmm ... Character Aged With The Actor was once named "Getting Too Old For This" (check the Related To page - it still has some wicks) and it was (according to Renamed Tropes) renamed because of misuse for the Stock Phrase. That is a bad omen for any new page there.
  • November 10, 2013
    FastEddie
    Sure, launch it, but with a name that doesn't sound like dialog. That policy is something we've learned the hard way. There are no exceptions to it because the dialog-names never work.
  • November 10, 2013
    Koveras
    There you have your answer, OP. :) I would suggest that you collect all the alternative titles that have been posted here until now and make a title crowner out of them next. I've never made a crowner myself but I can help you if you want.
  • November 10, 2013
    KJMackley
    Then we're back where we started. I've never made a crowner but what name options do we really have that can't be interpreted as dialogue?
  • November 10, 2013
    Koveras
  • November 11, 2013
    DAN004
    Title crowner plz.
  • December 26, 2013
    redlion
    Dark Crystal: Ursu the Master.

    Ursu: You are in danger, Gelfling...(beat) ...and I must leave you.

    Jen: Leave me? Master, no.
  • December 26, 2013
    Koveras
  • December 26, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    name aside, there's also the unsorted examples.

    removed a hat.
  • December 26, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Namespaced and italicized the examples + sorted them by media.
  • December 27, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    corrected the Yu Yu Hakusho example.
  • December 27, 2013
    Ominae
    Near the end of Spriggan, ARCAM Japan Chairman Yamamoto remarks that he's getting old for getting involved in dangerous situations, which indicates that he was an ex-Spriggan agent before he got involved in the corporate world.
  • December 27, 2013
    Dalillama
    Literature
    • Sir Sparhawk, protagonist of The Elenium and companion series The Tamuli is middle-aged at the beginning of the first book, and several times it's noted that he hasn't got the speed or stamina he had as a younger man.
    • Fearful Symmetries, last book of The Moreau Series, brings back an aging Nohar Rajastan. He's only in his forties, but his engineered metabolism is fading fast, bringing arthritis and dimming vision.
    Live-Action TV
    • In one episode of Jeeves And Wooster, after a night of revelry and club-hopping with his two younger cousins, Bertie wakes up feeling more dreadful than usual, and remarks to Jeeves that he's too old to take that kind of thing anymore.
  • January 2, 2014
    Koveras
    The currently leading title on the crowner has 3 yeas and 1 nay, so I've updated the write-up to bump it...
  • January 2, 2014
    DAN004
    Compare Heroic Fatigue.
  • February 21, 2014
    Tallens
    Got a lot of examples still hanging here.
  • February 21, 2014
    Arivne
    Re-wrote the Lethal Weapon example to delete the Trope Namer references.
  • February 22, 2014
    DAN004
    Compare Jaded Washout
  • April 26, 2014
    Elfkaiser
    • Whitebeard from One Piece is renowned as The Strongest Man In The World prior to his death. He is an extremely Badass Grandpa with a ridiculously earthquake based Devil Fruit powers who has proved more than enough that he is worthy of his title in the Marineford arc. However the moment he starts coughing up blood in the middle of battle, it's made clear that the man is no longer in his prime and that old age hasn't been kind to him. Based on his remaining strength though, it's less that he's significantly weaker, and more like that the monstrously strong old man was even more of a monster in the past.
  • April 26, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ he even once stated "I may be a monster... but I'm not gonna be the strongest forever!"
  • April 26, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    Comics
    • In Before Watchmen: Minutemen, Hollis Mason starts to feel this way in the 1950s, having endured the murder of his close friend Silhouette, a HUAC investigation, and the "Friend of the Children" investigation, which resulted in Nite Owl killing Hooded Justice after being led to believe that he'd been kidnapping and murdering kids. After Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandius start appearing, he decides that he's really not needed anymore.
  • April 27, 2014
    Koveras
    OK, this has been slumbering in the depths of YKTTW long enough. I am launching this thing later today.
  • April 27, 2014
    lakingsif
    Not before there's five hats, and do we Already have something like this? Sure I've seen it.
  • April 27, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    ^ The closest I could find was Old Superhero, and that's more of a subtrope of this to me.

    EDIT: An example:

    Comic Books
    • Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns portrays Batman like this. He starts as a Retired Badass, but soon returns to crime-fighting. Throughout the story Batman keeps on lamenting how slow he's become, culminating in the fight between him and the leader of a mutant gang, who is, like Batman himself states, "in his physical prime". Batman loses, but only because he "tried to fight like a young man". Later he beats the mutant leader with some Combat Pragmatist moves.
  • April 27, 2014
    lakingsif
    For a new name, how about Too Old For This Stuff - this has the implied "they are", making it descriptive rather than dialogue. Comes from How I Met Your Mother where it was actually "he's too old for this sh- stuff", but just Too Old For This Stuff sounds more like a trope name.
  • April 27, 2014
    DAN004
    Current title's good already.
  • April 27, 2014
    m8e
    ^Check the crowner. This shouldn't be launched with the current title.
  • April 27, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ the word "starting" seems to be the key part of the trope.

    What I'll do is upping the title accordingly.
  • April 27, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    Namespaced an example.
  • April 28, 2014
    Koveras
    @lakingsif: This one had five hats before I bumped it. :) Now it's down three... Tool Old For This Stuff is currently in the crowner and it's not being popular. I am guessing that it sounds too much like a stock phrase, and we aren't allowed to pick trope titles that sound like dialogue anymore.

    @m8e: Again, before I bumped it, "Starting To Feel Their Age" was the highest-voted option on that crowner.
  • April 28, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ lakingsif was most likely the one who dehatted it.

    Anyways I'd argue that "starting" is the important word here. Simply "feeling their age" can be confused for regular occurence.
  • October 11, 2014
    justanotherrandomlurker
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    • In a promo for ALF's New HIT Talk Show on TV Land, the production staff is running over budget due to ALF requiring five stylists, though ALF insists that since he comes first in ALF's New HIT Talk Show, that they should find somewhere else to trim the budget. Cut to (sidekick) Ed MacMahon's dressing room, where a wardobe mistress is fitting him with a small and incredibly tacky suit.
      Wardrobe Mistress: I'm sorry, Mr. MacMahon, it's all we could afford.
      Ed MacMahon: (Staring at himself in the mirror) I'm getting too old for this crap...
  • October 11, 2014
    DAN004
    So... who's managing this?

    Compare Old Soldier.
  • November 4, 2014
    DAN004
    Bump
  • November 5, 2014
    NemuruMaeNi
    • For protagonist Child Soldiers in Strike Witches, old age starts somewhere around 20. With decline in magic power, Witches' shields stop doing their job of deflecting enemy attacks and debris. It's explored in the second season. Mio pushes herself to stay in action, against fellow high-ranking officer Minna's advice, ultimately receiving first a minor then a grave injury.
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