Created By: KZN02 on February 13, 2010
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When Elders Attack

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An elderly person attacks someone or something, from a teenager to a monster, with an object like a cane or a purse. Effectiveness of attack varies from annoying and harmless to actually taking down the target.

See Also: Badass Grandpa

Examples:

  • BIONICLE: in Mask of Light, Vakama whacks a Rahkshi on the head with his staff, which does nothing to faze it.
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • February 13, 2010
    SMARTALIENQT
    • [[Madagascar "BAD KITTY!"]]
  • February 13, 2010
    Fanra
  • February 14, 2010
    Camacan
    Film
    • Carl attacks a worker manhandling his mailbox with his cane at the start of Up. Unusually for the trope, he gets into serious trouble as a result.
  • February 14, 2010
    KnownUnknown
    Real Life: Andrew Jackson did this to a guy who tried to kill him, chasing him with his cane after both of the would-be assassin's pistols jammed.
  • February 14, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    • Ratatouille had the crazy old woman who tried to shoot the rats with a rifle, but completely and utterly failed to be Badass.

    I'm guessing that Hoodwinked used this at some point. Can anyone expand on that?
  • February 14, 2010
    BlackWolfe
    I'd call Hoodwinked a subversion, as Granny is established as a badass parody of XXX in her version of the day's events, so she doesn't use the (stereo)typical cane or purse.
  • February 15, 2010
    Stormtroper
  • February 16, 2010
    KZN02
    BUMP
  • February 16, 2010
    Unknown Troper
  • February 16, 2010
    KZN02
    ^Already mentioned under "See Also".
  • February 16, 2010
    GoatBoy
    In one bit, comedian Patton Oswalt says that, if you can live to be 100, you should be allowed to legally murder anyone you want, provided you kill them with your bare hands. He then says, "Would any of you come to the rescue if you heard, 'Help, a 100 year old woman is beating me to death!'?"
  • February 16, 2010
    TJ
    Also link to Improbable Weapon User.
  • February 17, 2010
    BlackDragon
    Rafiki, the wise old Baboon, pulls a Big Damn Heroes entry in The Lion King, smacking down a couple of Hyenas with his stick during the final battle. Perhaps not a straight example, though, since Rafiki had already been established to be a kung-fu master, and we ALL know those are dangerous no matter how old they are...
  • February 17, 2010
    KZN02
    Didn't Bruce Wayne in Batman Beyond take down a gang of Mooks using only his cane or something?
  • February 17, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Never Mess With Granny would be another connected (sub-)trope?
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