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->''"Ted, dear, I think you'd better leave. I'm gonna tear this little fella apart from the inside out."''
-->-- '''Gran'ma Ben''' (shortly after Ted introduces her to [[{{Jerkass}} Phoney Bone]]), ''Comicbook/{{Bone}}''

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LittleOldLadyInvestigates. Little old lady is [[MuggingTheMonster attacked]]. [[BadassBystander Little old lady kicks ass]]. Moral of the story: Never Mess with Granny. If you think a MamaBear is bad, meet ''her'' Mama Bear. Maternal instinct [[AppliedMathematics to the power of two]]; you're pretty much screwed.

She's highly likely to be the matriarch of a BadassFamily. Commonly we hear her say that IWasQuiteALooker. She may also be a RetiredBadass. Older [[IronLady Iron Ladies]] will generally be this.

See also: WhenEldersAttack, MyGrandmaCanDoBetterThanYou!


* A commercial for Safe Auto Insurance has this: Three toughs cut in front of the little old lady. Big ScaryBlackMan sneers, "You got a problem?" and Granny answers him (and his buddies) by letting them TalkToTheFist! [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity]] and ass-kicking ensues as Granny gives them [[CurbStompBattle a full-blown assbeating]] before she kicks them out of the store.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Queen Elizard from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' plays the electric guitar, is a complete and total BunnyEarsLawyer and has a sword that makes her as powerful as ArchangelMichael within the borders of England.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' has a parody in Grandmano.
* [[BadassPreacher Sister Yolanda]] from ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. In the Greenback Jane arc she walks in to see her church being attacked... and what does she do? Calmly takes out a ''[[HandCannon gold-plated Desert Eagle]]'' and blows up a car in one shot. While holding the gun with one hand. ''Wow''.
* Megabaa of ''Anime/DennouCoil'' is the most capable hacker in the entire town of Daikoku, head of the Coil Detective Agency and more than capable of taking on any sort of digital anomaly single-handedly (at least, until her back gives out). Oh, and ''she shoots lasers''.
* Yohko's grandmother Madoka from ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko'' is a prime example of a Badass Grandma!
* The Russian assassin from ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' is over 80 years old, but like many other characters is really a brain in a [[MobileSuitHuman cybernetic body]] that doesn't look a day older than 30. And with 60 years of experience, she's extremely dangerous.
* Oryou Sonozaki of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' is shown to be a very, VERY scary old granny (whom is even called Oni-Baba [Demon Granny] by her granddaughters!). Not only does she sit in watch as her granddaughter has her fingernails ripped off, she encourages the punishment. At one point she even threatens to kill Keiichi Maebara with a katana and dump his body in the family well. She gets what is coming to her though, when she is killed during during an interrogation in Watanagashi-hen and Meakashi-hen.
** Apparently, "IWasQuiteALooker" can apply too, as seen in one of the anime-only omakes. And if you can make her like you, you've got one hell of an ally [[spoiler:as shown in the second-to-last arc when Keiichi manages to win her favor and get her and the entire village to help rescue Satoko from her uncle. And when the official at the DCF equivalent threatens to call in her son-in-law to kick everybody out...[[RightBehindMe let's just say he doesn't actually know the man.]] Too bad that wasn't the good world Rika and Hanyuu were looking for.]]
* Sophie isn't actually an old woman, but she spends the vast majority of ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'' as one, and even goes by Granny. As a ninety-ish-year-old woman, she flies an open-air plane, talks back to a powerful sorcerer, saves Howl's bacon, and much else. And even though she's got a big nose and wrinkles all over, she's still pretty and badass.
* Elda Marker from ''Manga/{{Karin}}''. Grandmother of the main character Karin, she is approximately a 250 year old vampire. Physically, she is still a young adult, possibly even an older teenager, despite the fact that she's had one kid before named Henry, the father of Karin. To make things even more awkward, she is a near identical twin of Karin, her own granddaughter (the difference being Karin inherited her mother's sizeable rack, which Elda comments on upon seeing her granddaughter for the first time as a teen). She has [[BoisterousBruiser an eagerness to fight and attitude befitting a teenager]], which is somewhat appropriate. Still this makes things weird with her son Henry, who looks far older then she does. She is a perfect badass, fighting with insane physical strength and skill even among vampires, she is even said to be the most powerful vampire in all of Japan. While indoors, she sometimes wears clothes befitting her matriarch status, but when she travels outside she sometimes wears a simple black shirt, shorts and sneakers, usually when she wants to kick someone's ass.
* Grandma Hina from ''Manga/LoveHina'' is known as the Demon of Hinata. No-one ever questions her orders. Not ActionGirl Motoko, not rebellious Kitsune, nor GenkiGirl Su -- no-one. Keitaro's place at the Inn is secured by her word alone, even when the She-Woman Man-Hater's Club early on can't stand him. Even at the end, when it is learned by [[spoiler:Naru and Keitaro]] that she may have majorly set them up, it is just accepted without even mental comment.
* BT's grandma, from ''Manga/MagicBoyBT''. What she lacks in physical shape (she doesn't leave the house often), she makes up in [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastardry]]. For example, she delibelately left around the pamphlet for a dinosaur exhibit in a mall, knowing that her own grandson will see it and go steal a dinosaur skull for his collection... and distract the guards, so that ''another'' thief can search for the proof of a smuggling ring.
* Fern Corrado, the superintendent of the Fourth Ground Forces Academy in the ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' manga prequel, looks like someone's doting grandmother (in uniform)... cue the flashback of her wiping the floor with both Nanoha and Fate (both [[RankInflation triple-A mages]] who previously duked it out with {{Eldritch Abomination}}s like nobody's business) in their first sparring. It is later revealed that before she was promoted, Corrado was an ace of the same elite training regiment that Nanoha worked hard to get into.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Chiyo is a tiny, wrinkled old woman likely in her early 70s who retired from active duty after serving in several wars. A specialist in poisons and combat puppets, she helped Sakura defeat her grandson, Sasori, and his ''army'' of super-powered puppets.
** Tsunade is in her mid-50s but due to her [[CastFromLifespan special healing ability]] is physically much older. The only reason she looks young is due to a special genjutsu that hides her age, but she's still acknowledged as the most physically powerful of the Kages. [[BerserkButton And please don't call her "grandma" unless you're Naruto, okay?]]
* ''OnePiece''
** Vice-Admiral Tsuru proves herself more than capable of dishing out punishment, despite her epithet being "Strategist".
** There's also Dr. Kureha who doesn't hesitate to further injure her patients if they don't listen to her treatment plans. 139 years old and still going strong.
*** Young. She is 139 years ''young''. Refer to any way she might be old and she will hurt you.
** Big Mom of the Four Emperors. She's OneBadMother who's LargeAndInCharge, has SoulPower, and prone to violent rampages. Not only is she powerful in her own right, but she's not afraid of sick her entire army on islands or even single individuals who upset her in some way.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''
** Cologne. A somewhat more antagonistic version; Ranma generally goes to her for advice on the strange and unusual, but he prefers to avoid her otherwise. Doubles as an OldMaster.
** Also Sentarô's grandma/the matriarch of the Daimonji Clan, grandmistress of [[MartialArtsAndCrafts Martial Arts Tea Ceremony]] and very handy with a napkin.
* Sakae Jinnouchi in ''Anime/SummerWars''. When [[AIIsACrapshoot Love Machine]] starts causing havoc across Japan, she uses the web of connections that she's formed over 90 years to rouse people's spirits. Adding on to that, according to other members of the Jinnouchi clan, she personally screened a lot of Natsuki's potential boyfriends, and up until Kenji, every one of them was frightened off. It gets better though. When she learns of the culprit behind Love Machine [[spoiler: and that he is stood right in front of her]], she snatches up a [[NaginatasAreFeminine naginata]] and aims it right at him! This is one tough old lady, alright. [[spoiler: Which deepens the impact of her death]].
* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}:''
** Setsuno can easily make YourHeadASplode, and has no trouble laying waste to tons of baddies ''even though she's over a hundred years old''. Heaven help you if you actually manage to piss her off.
** Chiyo's knife skills are so precise she will carve out your insides, leaving your shadow a skeleton ''even though you'll look fine otherwise''.
* Genkai from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. She wins half a round of the Dark Tournament pretty much single-handedly... ''after giving most of her power to Yusuke.''
** Later in the series, she takes under her wing ''six'' C-class fighters (Chuu, Rinku, Jin, Touya, Shishiwakamaru, and Suzuki) and in months, [[TrainingFromHell trains them]] into upper A-class fighters. To put into perspective, even Rinku, the youngest of the group, is magnitudes more powerful than Younger Toguro, an earlier BigBad. And her star pupil, Yusuke? [[spoiler: Her training pushed Yusuke to the power level required to resurrect himself as an S-class demon]]. Much like [[{{Dragonball}} Roshi]], Genkai breeds badass in spades.
* Dola from ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'', the AntiHero [[EvilMatriarch Matriach]] of her clan of pirates. Not only does she have her crew/sons firmly under her thumb, and serve as the brains to their mostly DumbMuscle, but when they're fleeing in panic from gunfire she outruns them all while smilingly anticipating the amazing treasure she's going to grab.
* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', Tsubome is an elderly woman who can turn into a turbocharged motorcycle. Also counts as a BadassDriver because she steers herself as a motorcycle.
* Enya the Hag from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders'' follows this trope. She manages to go toe-to-toe with [[MasterSwordsman Polnareff's]] [[ImplausibleFencingPowers Silver Chariot]] and [[TheGunslinger Hol Horse's]] [[ImprobableAimingSkills Emperor]] (albeit separately) wielding nothing but a pair of scissors. And those achievements, at first anyway, barely even see her using her Stand, Justice, which can invade even tiny scratches with strings made of fog to turn its victims into either swiss cheese, PeoplePuppets, or both, or the [[NightOfTheLivingMooks small army of walking corpses]] that Justice already controls.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/DeKiekeboes'': Moemoe, Kiekeboe's mother. She is pretty feisty for her age and always knows what she wants and how to get it. She has regularly beaten villains by sheer cunningness alone.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** May Parker is technical Peter Parker's aunt (the wife of his dad's oldest brother) and not his grandmother, but in most continuities, she's portrayed as being practically old enough to be his grandmother--and, on at least one occasion, has scared the bejeezus out of a villain who was after Petey.
** In her Ultimate incarnation, after Jameson fired Peter, she had a [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lvwljatvpp1qdcg0ho1_500.gif chat]] with him on the phone. Jameson's response to Peter was basically, "You can have your job back, and please never make me talk to your aunt again."
** She also [[http://cdn-i.dmdentertainment.com/cracked/wong/chameleon1.jpg drugged the Chameleon]] after seeing through his disguise of Peter, making that ''two'' women of the Parker [[http://girlsreadcomics.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/specspider-man24521.png family]] who've abused him.
** And in another storyline, when the Vulture broke into their house and threatened them with a gun, after Peter managed to disarm him of it (trying hard not to show his full strength and give his identity away) ''she'' picked the weapon up and pointed it at the criminal, and ordered him to leave.
** [[http://luna.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/11/26/usm128.jpg Behold]] - Aunt May vs. Eddie Brock!
** She's also [[http://www.comicvine.com/images/1300-1482005 taught]] ''Wolverine'', of all people to respect her. Then there is [[http://images.wikia.com/marveldatabase/images/3/33/May_Reilly_%28Earth-89122%29.jpg this...]]
*** In simple terms: mess with May's nephew, and you are in for a ''world'' of hurt.
** Spider-Man also has the mysterious Madame Web, a BlindSeer and gifted clairvoyant. Despite suffering from myasthenia gravis and thus being confined to a life-support system (designed to look like a spider's web), she's still an extremely powerful mutant whose psychic abilities are respected and admired by heroes and villains alike. Other incarnations make her even more powerful--in the 1994 animated series, Madame Web was a RealityWarper extraordinaire who proved to be one of the only people that Spider-Man couldn't [[TheSnarkKnight out-snark]]; she was voiced by real-life CoolOldLady Joan B. Lee (yes, Stan Lee's wife). Similarly, in ''VideoGame/SpiderManShatteredDimensions'', she is able to communicate across different realities, teach all of the Spider-Men about their respective powers, psychically restrain the symbiote bound to Ultimate Spider-Man, and, in the end, [[spoiler: summon the four Spider-Men to Mysterio's pocket dimension for the final battle]].
* One of the ''ComicBook/XMen'''s most dangerous foes, Cassandra Nova, a "little old lady" whose telepathic powers rival that of Charles Xavier himself but whose intentions and goals are far from honourable.
* Among the ranks of the ComicBook/NewGods, one Granny Goodness is not a woman to be trifled with. She may look like an old lady, but she's been training soldiers for Darkseid at her "[[OrphanageOfFear orphanages]]" for who knows how long, and is stronger, faster and tougher than any normal human. [[http://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrjdhgiZ4S1qzizmho1_1280.jpg At one point]] she blocked gun fire from ''an automatic weapon at point blank range'' by [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spinning her weapon]]. She is the Apokolips Goddess of Child Abuse, after all.
* Gran'ma Ben of ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}''. [[spoiler:Also a RetiredBadass.]]
-->"I fought th' rats in th' ''big'' war!"
* Madam Fatal (despite technically being a younger man) invokes this trope, [[WholesomeCrossdresser dressing up as an old lady]] to fight crime.
* There is a comic of ''ComicBook/TalesFromTheCrypt'' in which a con man romances a young woman who he believes is heiress to a fortune, only to find out she was trailer trash and dumps her. He discovers that he died in his sleep and the girl's grandmother had cursed him so that he remains alive after dying, but in a zombie-like state with all of post-death symptoms. So while he goes to find the grandmother to have the curse removed, the con man puts up with liver spots, loss of muscle control, loss of bladder control, rigor mortis, and flesh decomposition. When he reaches the grandmother's house, she catches him in a bear trap and reveals that she did all of it for revenge as her granddaughter committed suicide out of grief while pregnant. The story wraps up with the grandmother (and the rest of the family) forcing the con man to marry the girl, who is now a zombie herself.
* The title character from [[FrancoBelgianComics French comic book series]] ''[[http://bd-girls.mon-oueb.com/belles/soeur_marie_therese_des_batignolles/index.phtml Soeur Marie-Thérèse des Batignolles]]''.
* The title character's grandmother in ''ComicBook/{{Bamse}}''. She normally only stands in the sidelines, cooking up the thing that makes Bamse strong...but when he's otherwise incapacitated, she enters the fray herself. Awesomeness ''always'' ensues.
* From ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'', Ma Dalton can certainly be scarier than her four desperado sons. She was a fearsome bandit herself and still carries a loaded gun in her handbag.
** Luke even says after his duel that it was the ''only'' time he was ever afraid.
* ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'': Frau Totenkinder is a kindly old lady, always knitting and smiling. She's also one of the oldest and mightiest witches on earth, and has been ''sacrificing babies to grow her power'' since the Stone Age.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Promethea}}'', the protagonist's predecessor is somewhere between failing at this trope and failing at averting it. She never wanted to be a hero in the first place.
* ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' has Yan Lin. Yan Lin is the grandmother of one of the current Guardians, a Guardian herself, and tough enough to survive practicing Free Climbing in the void. Plus ''someone'' had to teach Hay Lin how to kick out a Capoeira practitioner much bigger than herself, and her parents don't look exactly like martial artists...
** erissa not only used to be a Guardian alongside Yan Lin before [[FallenHero going crazy]], but her getting free caused an immediate OhCrap in Kandrakar. ''Then'' she stole a copy of the Guardians' power and became really dangerous.
** Kadma, having been a Guardian alongside Nerissa and Yan Lin, is implied to be one, but never showed it.
* The old Italian comic ''Soldino'' had the titular character's grandmother Abelarda, a CoolOldLady whose favorite hobbies are [[SupremeChef baking cakes]], knitting and [[BreadMilkEggsSquick beating up criminals]].
* The late Agatha Harkness, who in her lifetime was the nanny of [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Franklin Richards]], with everything that came with taking care of the child of superheroes. It helped that she was a witch.
* Fruit Bat, a 104-year-old former vigilante introduced in the first issue of ''ComicBook/BatgirlRebirth'', quite easily kicks the ass of a considerably younger attacker.
* ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'': Middenface [=MacNulty=] is a [[ViolentGlaswegian Glaswegian hard-man]], former rebel and bounty hunter who has been on the run from the law since he was fourteen and is more than capable of taking down everything from {{Eldritch Abomination}}s to petty crooks with small arms and the occasional GlasgowKiss. The only thing Middenface is afraid of is his tiny Glaswegian grandmother.
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise:'' Arcee, who is established in her introduction to have been cruising around the universe for a good four million years looking for [[MadScientist Jhiaxus]] so she could get some payback, making her older than pretty much all the cast by default. Later revelations reveal she's actually upward of ''twelve million'' years old, and she's been killing things pretty much all that time.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/PiranhaClub'', Enos mother-in-law is a frail little old lady...who just happens to have superpowers such as invulnerability and superhuman strength along with a really mean personality. She swept the floor with Mike Tyson once.
* Dennis' Gran in the UK ''ComicStrip/{{Dennis the Menace|UK}}'' comic strip. She rides a motorbike, and causes at least as much trouble as her grandson (possibly more, since Dennis's Dad can't do anything about it). As seen in one comic:
-->'''Dennis:''' I'm off to help my nan.\\
'''Walter the softy:''' Oh, is she ill? The poor lady!\\
'''Dennis:''' Nah, she just needs a hand training the SAS today.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/FutariWaPrettyCureBlueMoon'' has a number of examples. The QuirkyMinibossSquad has [[EvilOldFolks Mireyes]], whose age and main ability (fortune telling) throw people's expectations off when she turns out to be very dangerous, her ability translating into CombatClairvoyance. Tachimany also has the ability to turn into [[MesACrowd three]] old women. On the good side of things, the Elder of the Garden of Days has done a lot more in the brief page-time she's gotten than her [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure ca]][[Anime/FreshPrettyCure non]] (and male) counterparts ever did.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' story, ''Fanfic/KeepersOfTheElements'', the [[AmazonBrigade Old Keepers]] are not to be messed with. They may have felt the need to [[PassingTheTorch step aside for successors]], but their ElementalPowers still make them formidable in a fight.
* ''FanFic/ThePowersOfHarmony'': Granny Smith was apparently quite the fighter in her younger years, and hasn't lost her touch, judging by the part she plays in the first fight with [[TheDragon Eclipse]].
* ''Fanfic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'' has Helena Midsummer, Trixie's grandmother. Hurting Trixie in front of her is [[MamaBear not a good idea]] as [[spoiler:Checker's chauffeurs found out the hard way, ending up hanging upside down from a tree tied up in their own harness]]. According to WordOfGod, she's also a MasterOfIllusion thanks to spending most of her life learning theater magic (her special talent).
* ''Fanfic/WanderingMoon'': Archmage Clover the Clever. Even when she’s well into her 80s the mare manages to go on field missions with only her daughter as backup. Her most memorable example was a raid against Xanthos’s Manehatten warhouse where she [[spoiler: takes on not only a brigade of guards but also an Ursa Major single hoofedly. Even though she died in the attempt she still sent it packing with its tail between its legs.]]
* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', Frigga is more implied to be this than anything else, being a lovely, motherly lady who nonetheless has a will of solid adamantium. She's also the one who taught Loki most of what he knows about magic, and is a match for her husband Odin in some areas.
** Alison Carter is a lovely grandma to Carol Danvers, happily cooing over [[spoiler: Tony's newborn daughter, Ada]]. She's also the former Deputy Director of SHIELD, the sister of Peggy Carter [[spoiler: actually daughter, of Peggy and Steve]], [[spoiler: a SuperSoldier]], and an extremely experienced [[TheSpymaster spy mistress]] who can break Alexander Pierce in less than five minutes.
* One of the related oneshots of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' mentions that one shot character Mabel is this: a league champion who won a league merely at the request of a grandchild. Other examples include Elite Fours Agatha and Drasna, as well as Hall Matron Argenta, who was a former Sinnoh Champion.
* ''FanFic/ThePalaververse'': Tyrant Fairy Floss of Ovarn is a diminutive, elderly ewe that fits every outward sign of the GrannyClassic down to the serene expression and pince-nez glasses. She’s also survived a lifetime of Ovarn’s cutthroat politics and can make hardened Archons quake in fear. As she herself says,
--> "Don't get cruel with an old lady who could assassinate you in seven different ways before the week was out, dear."
* ''Fanfic/GuardiansWizardsAndKungFuFighters'' has Archduchess Galiene Sebille. She's at least 70 years old, but is still the most dangerous MasterSwordsman in Meridian. In her [[EstablishingCharacterMoment first scene]], she singlehandedly fights five experienced Rebel soldiers -- all considerably younger than her -- and kills them all with very little effort on her part.
* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal, the current matriarch of the Smith-Rhodes family is [[MamaBear Agnetha Smith-Rhodes]]. Her [[PapaWolf husband]] defers to her in all things. At the last count, two daughters, a daughter-in-law and two grand-daughters are all qualified Assassins trained by the Guild in Ankh-Morpork. ''None'' of them would dare to disobey or argue with Agnetha. Her ttiles of ''Ouma'' (Granny) and ''Mevrou'' ([[DragonLady Madam, the Baas-Lady]]) are not just polite honorifics. And psychically gifted members of the family get to talk with the family founder, Johanna Livinia Smith-Rhodes. Who is deceased and has been for a century but still takes an interest in the family line she started. She is possibly ''the'' Ouma.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In the Disney version of ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', the fairy godmothers Flora, Fauna, and Merriweather, are very old and very round. But with their powers of flight and offensive spellcasting, they actually see more action than the [[DecoyProtagonist prince]].
* Nana, the old woman from ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}''. She only has a couple of scenes in the first movie, where she [[GroinAttack kicks Alex in the crotch]] while shouting "Bad kitty!" She [[AscendedExtra proved so popular]] that she gets a bigger part in the SpinOff short ''Christmas Caper'', and on the sequel ''Escape 2 Africa'' displays serious skills as a survivalist.
* Although she is short, old, and her hands shake, the nanny from ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' is probably the most formidable good guy in the movie. As seen by the part, left in most cuts, where she restrains the thief from stealing her golden-yellow bananas...with a pair of huge, muscular arms...and then beats him like an old carpet.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'': With all this [[Film/TheMatrix Matrix]] dancing, haz-mat fun and [[spoiler:"Granny wins by a landslide!"]], literally.
** [[spoiler:Granny is also a champion cage wrestler, amongst other things.]]
* They may not have grandkids, but ''WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville'' definitely get a place here. The main character, Madame Souza, ''is'' a grandmother, and earns Never Mess With Granny status by being a {{Determinator}} who takes on TheMafia (with the help of the eponymous triplets) to [[RoaringRampageOfRescue rescue her kidnapped grandson Champion]].
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Ratatouille}}'''s old lady. See rat, grab [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill shotgun]], shoot up own home in disastrous yet badass attempt to kill it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'': Although it's Littlefoot's grandpa that does most of the fighting in the main series, his grandma has proven herself capable as well...and we're talking about a 70-foot-long Brontosaurus here. As the trope description says, [[MamaBear Littlefoot's mother]] got it from somewhere. This is where.
* Sabor in ''{{Disney/Tarzan}}''. Leopards live for seventeen years on average, with the record holder dying at twenty-four years old. So considering the fact that Sabor was already an adult when Tarzan was a baby and Tarzan appeared to be in his early twenties when he fought her, Sabor was ''very'' elderly for a leopard and still nearly defeated both Tarzan and Kerchak.
* Mama Imelda in ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}''. As the protagonist's great-great-grandmother who died at an elderly age, she's extremely old at the beginning of the movie, but she proves to be both the biggest obstacle to Miguel reaching his goals and, later, after they reconcile, [[spoiler:she deals the most damage to the true villain, Ernesto de la Cruz]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Arthur}}''. Martha even stops an AxeCrazy Bert Johnson with just a slap.
-->'''Martha:''' Don't ''screw'' with ''me'', Bert.
* The old lady working as a guard to ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'''s facility carries an MP 40 and shoots at Bond's car.
* ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter''. Rachel Cooper faces off KnifeNut SinisterMinister Harry Powell, cradling a ''shotgun'' in her lap, singing "Lean on Jesus".
* Mable Simmons. Better known as '''[[Creator/TylerPerry Madea]]'''. If she reaches for her purse, ''RUNNING AWAY'' is the best (and smartest) thing to do.
* ''Film/TheMist'' has one of these, a little old schoolteacher who stops one of the crazy fundamentalist's rants by conking her on the head with a thrown can of peas (and asserting that there are plenty more where that came from), and not only goes along on the expedition out into the eponymous mist but kills one of the mist's monstrous bugs with [[AerosolFlamethrower a flamethrower improvised from a can of hair spray and a lighter]]. The character's pretty tough in the original Creator/StephenKing novella as well.
* Antonia in ''Film/AntoniasLine'' decides to deal with the man who raped her granddaughter her own way -- so she heads to the local tavern with a shotgun. When she gets there, she decides instead to put a curse on him instead of killing him ([[KarmicDeath which apparently works]]). Whether you think he got off easy or not it was definitely a badass grandma moment when she has him on his knees terrified.
* ''Film/MadMax'':
** The old lady with whom Max and Jess stay in the middle part of the [[Film/MadMax1 first movie]]. She threatens the Toecutter's biker gang with a pretty hefty gun (by real life standards, not MoreDakka), and they listen.
** ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' has the Vuvalini, a matriarchal tribe of motorcycle-riding, sharpshooting, gleefully dangerous older women, which combines this trope with AmazonBrigade. Becomes meta when you learn that all of their actresses, including 78-year old Melissa Jaffer, did their own stunts. Miss Giddy, the tutor of Immortan Joe's Five Wives, also covers their escape by holding Joe at gunpoint with a shotgun.
* ''Film/StopOrMyMomWillShoot'' featuring Sly Stallone as a cop who is troubled by his pistol-packing elderly mother. The film was universally reviled.
%%* Alice, the Ministry agent in ''Film/TheAvengers1998''.
* The Penguin from ''Film/TheBluesBrothers''. Maybe a little young, but she fits the badass by whipping the piss out of Jake and Elwood.
* ''Film/{{Zombieland}}''. Sister Cynthia Knickerbocker, winner of the Zombie Kill of the Week, who walks quietly away from a zombie [[spoiler:so she can ''drop a fucking piano on him!'']] This is her only appearance in the film and she has absolutely no connection to the rest of the plot or characters... but does she need to?
* ''Film/EveryWhichWayButLoose'': When the Black Widows motorcycle gang try leaning on Ma, she blows up their bikes with a shotgun, then walks off complaining about Creator/ClintEastwood leaving a helpless old lady alone with no-one to protect her.
* ''Film/FriedGreenTomatoes'':
** Evelyn (who, although not particularly old, is certainly middle-aged) is looking for a parking space and spots someone coming out. She waits for the space to be vacant, but as soon as it is, two {{Jerkass}} teenaged girls swoop in and steal it. They laugh at her, saying, "Face it, lady, we're younger and faster!" Evelyn retaliates by ramming their ''car'' with ''hers'', extensively damaging both of them (and it's clear that the car Evelyn is driving can take a lot more punishment). The girls freak out, and she laughs in their faces. "Face it, girls, I'm older and I have more insurance!"
** Sipsey won't let anyone take her beloved Ruth's kid. [[spoiler:Frank Bennet gets that lesson drummed into his head so hard he doesn't survive.]]
* While her exact age is somewhat ambiguous, BB from Takashi Miike's ''Film/SukiyakiWesternDjango'' is definitely a grandmother and past her prime when she picks up her guns again and [[ImprobableAimingSkills shoots a crossbow bolt]] out of the air!
* Lucy Bobby, mother of Ricky Bobby in ''Film/TalladegaNightsTheBalladOfRickyBobby'', tamed his sack-o-hell sons Walker and Texas Ranger.
* The ''Film/BigMommasHouse'' series embodies this trope. Sure, its a guy disguised as a elderly woman, but the real Big Momma showed herself to be one of these in her own right.
* In ''Film/{{The Birth of a Nation|1915}}'', we have an overweight elderly housekeeper leap into action and save her employer, knocking down at least one ruffian and two soldiers in the process. Interesting for a white supremacist racist work, the heroine is black and the man she's saving is white.
* Creator/HelenMirren's character in ''Film/{{Red}}''. She's a sweet British lady (although not quite that old) who's in the flowering business. She's also an ex-spy who keeps a submachinegun under the flowers and is a crackshot with a sniper rifle. Of course, the entire movie is about retired spies showing they can still outdo the younger generation.
* ''Film/{{Nemesis}}'': a little old lady is harassed by one of the cyborg assassins searching for the protagonist. When he walks away, she pulls out a large pistol out of her purse and shoots him in the back several times, and then shoots him half a dozen times more when he's down for good measure.
-->'''Old woman:''' Fucking cyborgs. Streets aren't safe anymore. Can't even go to the market without meeting some punk...
* In ''Film/TheReturner'' don't mess with [[TheHandler Shi]]... or she'll leave a bomb in your car.
%%* ''Film/{{Norbit}}'': "[[LetsGetDangerous BRING IT, BITCHES!]]"
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' by the little old lady who runs the antique shop which is a front for the Super Soldier development facility. When the Hydra spy runs out, she grabs a machine gun... and he promptly shoots her dead. Worth a try.
* Downplayed in Film/SpiderMan2. Doc Ock has taken Aunt May hostage, climbed onto the side of a building and is about to kill a catapulting Spidey via a sneak attack. After a whisper of "Shame on you." she smacks Dock Ock in the side of the head with her umbrella, breaking his glasses and messing up his attack, allowing Spider-Man to rescue her.
* Ruby Dee's character Mama Lucas is a subtle, serious example in ''Film/AmericanGangster.'' She spends most of the movie apparently unaware of her son Frank's rise in the drug trade, but toward the end of the film, she reveals that she knows full well where his wealth came from, and that he's planning on starting a gang war with the police. When Frank refuses to take her seriously, she slaps him across the face and tells him point-blank that if he allows his situation to get any worse, both she and his entire family (including his wife) will abandon him.
* ''Film/JurassicWorld'' reintroduces the original ''Tyrannosaurus'' that starred in ''Film/JurassicPark''. At least 22 years old, she's in her twilight years. Her hide's dulled, her walk's stiffened, her skin and hips are more exposed and she hasn't had to exert herself in close to a decade. [[spoiler:As a last ditch resort, our heroes try to set her on the psychopathic hybrid murder-beast that is the ''Indominus rex''. The old girl takes one look at the monstrosity and launches herself at it. She lives and wins.]]
%%* The old Asian lady in ''Film/JohnnyEnglishReborn''.

* In ''Literature/AlexAndTheIronicGentleman'', while the Daughters of the Founding Fathers’ Preservation Society may seem like vaguely nasty but overall harmless biddies, they are actually extremely dangerous – managing to track Alex halfway across the world and [[spoiler: even force evil pirates to do their bidding]].
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', the Whistlers meet a woman who is the eldest of a family of very old women. She complains that she can't hit her sisters as hard if they mess up as she could before. When Eldest Whistler comments that she's sure the old woman can still hit very hard, the woman replies that it's not her own strength, that's as good as ever, it's just that her sisters break so easily now, so she has to be more careful. Of course, the Whistler grandmothers, being ex-soldiers, are also grannies one doesn't want to mess with.
* In ''Literature/IslandOfTheAunts'', there's an old mermaid, who deliberately puts herself at danger to help her daughter-in-law. As she puts it: "I'm old, and I have nothing to lose."
* ''Literature/TortallUniverse'':
** Eda Bell, better known as the Shang Wildcat, from the ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' books. She teaches hand-to-hand combat to the pages.
--->'''Eda:''' Some grandchildren need more raising than others, and I provide it.
** ActionMom Alanna, who is reaching her forties in ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'' and still beats Kel, who is much younger than her, in a practice fight.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Neville's grandmother Augusta Longbottom in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. A couple of Death Eater-controlled Ministry thugs came to her house to take her hostage. Her grandson put it best: "Dawlish is still in St. Mungo's and Gran's on the run." And she still showed up for the final battle.
** [[BadassTeacher Professor]] Minerva [=McGonagall=], who Rowling describes as a "sprightly" 70-year-old. She holds her own against Death Eaters during the final battle, whether she's fighting them in person or bringing statues to life to attack them. She also lived through being hit with four Stunning Spells to the chest in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'', which is apparently quite a feat for someone in her seventies.
** [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Ministry Judge Amelia Bones]] was so formidable that it is revealed in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]'' [[BigBad Voldemort]] had to go and kill her himself instead of delegating like he usually did at that point in time.
* In ''Literature/AHarvestOfWar'' the protagonist kicks a lot of arse for a 58-year-old woman with adult children and a toddler. A younger character's mother is FamedInStory as [[TheAce undefeated]].
* In Daniel Pennac's novel ''La Fée Carabine'', a group of old ladies have been taught to use guns, which is somewhat unusual in Paris. And then there are the "accidents"...
* In the first of the ''Literature/StephaniePlum'' books, Grandma's response to being kidnapped (and having her own and her granddaughter's life threatened) involves bullets. Quite a few bullets. She doesn't actually shoot anyone (her aim isn't the greatest), but starts a fire that burns down the funeral home (she apparently didn't know that the crates stacked along the walls contained ammunition, explosives, etc., or if she knew, she didn't care). Granma Plum was based on a real person that author Janet Evanovich met while researching bounty hunters. She was still skip-tracing in her seventies.
* The Starwife, the magic-wielding ancient squirrel queen in the ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' trilogy, is someone you do ''not'' want to get on the wrong side of. Even her servants fear her fiery temper; she has been known to throw her stick at them when they annoy her.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Any witch that fits the [[TheHecateSisters Mother or... other one]] slot. Granny Weatherwax isn't a grandmother from the technical viewpoint of not having children of her own, but she's still the little old lady known as Granny by a good deal of the main characters, and you do ''not'' want to awaken her (easily awakened) wrath. Her name in Trollish -- that's the thumping great creatures made of rock -- is "She Who Must Be Avoided". Her name in Dwarfish -- as in short people who break rock all day and carry battle axes on principle -- is "Go Round the Other Side of the Mountain".
** Nanny Ogg is a grandmother, and has a face like an old apple and a pleasantly sunny personality, but also enough pure magical power to make anyone sit up and pay attention. Nanny Ogg is ''not'' afraid of Granny Weatherwax. That should be a hint.
** [[Discworld/{{Wintersmith}} Miss Treason]] isn't either. Granny is [[InsistentTerminology Mistress Weatherwax]] to other people and witches who have not earned the right to call her Granny yet. Miss Treason refers to her as "the girl Weatherwax". Possibly because she's 113 years old.
** [[MemeticBadass Mrs. Cake]]. Even the Post Office (who are only scared of the worst things) are scared of her.
*** In ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', Hughnon Ridcully, the Chief Priest of Blind Io, attempts to describe to his brother Mustrum what she represents to the clerical community in Wizardly terms:
---->'''Hughnon:''' You have ... ghastly Things from the Dungeon Dimensions and things, yes? Terrible hazards of your ungodly profession?\\
'''Ridcully:''' Yes.\\
'''Hughnon:''' We have someone called Mrs Cake.
*** Later in the same book, Mrs Cake goes for a walk to deliver information about the uncanny events going on to Mustrum. She occasionally pauses or inexplicably steps aside, and terrible things happen where she would have been had she not done so. (Think what that means for anyone who tries to lay an unwelcome hand on her.)
*** Near the end of the book, Death raids one of Offler's more remote temples to steal the largest diamond in existence. As he's about to break through the last defenses before the innermost shrine, the priests there scream in horror: '''"Mrs Cake!"'''
** And no-one wants to mess with the Agony Aunts, who protect the [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold seamstresses]] of Ankh-Morpork. They took ''Vimes'' down with absolutely no trouble, and he's fought werewolves with his bare hands.
** Granny Aching, despite [[PosthumousCharacter being dead]] before Tiffany's stories begin, was the best shepherd on the Chalk and had the respect of all her neighbors. And might have been the greatest witch ever in terms of keeping it low-key and getting others to solve their own problems. When Tiffany described her to the aforementioned Granny Weatherwax, the latter ''expressed admiration''.
** Vena the Raven-Haired in ''Discworld/TheLastHero'' is basically the DistaffCounterpart to Cohen the Barbarian and his BadassGrandpa gang. When a gang of brigands attack her without wondering ''why'' an old lady would be knitting on a dangerous mountain (and wearing leather armour), she dispatches all of them with the needles.
** Vimes also invokes this during ''Discworld/NightWatch''. Some of the soldiers sent to put down a rebellion in the middle of the city grew up in that neighborhood, so Vimes puts their grandmothers up on the barricades to scold them!
* Another Creator/TerryPratchett example is Granny Morkie from ''[[Literature/NomesTrilogy The Bromeliad]]''.
* ''Literature/RacingTomTurkey'' by ''Creator/BettyAdams'': That Patty Sanders's Grandmother is the embodiment of this trope is the main point of the story.
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'': The title inspiring Agnes Nutter from ''The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter'', who knew she was going to be [[BurnTheWitch burned at the stake]] and responded by ''[[TakingYouWithMe packing her skirts with gunpowder and roofing nails]]'' (and pretty much controlled the plot of the whole book from a few hundred years ago).
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has a few.
** [[TheFairFolk Mother Summer and Mother Winter]], one of whom casually makes an enchantment that can break any spell, and Harry notes they could both destroy him with a stray thought. They are estimated to be on par with an Archangel of the Lord, and one of them casually mentions he can destroy galaxies with his power.
** Mama Murphy, matriarch of the large and sprawling Murphy clan. She has yet to get any combat CrowningMomentOfAwesome, but this is the woman who raised [[BadassNormal Karrin Murphy]], and is content to let her daughter think that she is protecting her by not telling her about what SI is dealing with. She knows ''exactly'' what they deal with and what her daughter goes through every day, and is perfectly matter of fact about the issue of her husband committing suicide due to the stresses of his job.
** Charity Carpenter is getting into this age bracket about now, and is very badass.
** Ancient Mai. She scares the shit out of Harry and senior wardens carry her umbrella.
** Martha Liberty as well, as both are on the Senior council, the oldest and most powerful wizards. She even lives with the descendents of her original family.
** Anastasia Luccio, despite the fact that she (literally) currently has the body of a 25 year old and has lost most of her power, Harry, who has faced {{Fallen Angel}}s and {{Physical God}}s without hesitation, would not want to mess with her.
** Lartessa, the second most powerful of the Denarians, and over 2000 years old, and her second, Rosanna, who has even the Knights of the Cross semi fooled about her 'good girl in a bad situation' act. Harry is not fooled, but that's because he had Lasciel in his head for several years. Neither is a CoolOldLady.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
** Cadsuane Meladhrin is believed to be the oldest living Aes Sedai. Aes Sedai give non-channelers nightmares. Cadsuane gives other Aes Sedai nightmares.
** Not to mention Sorilea, an Aiel Wise One, who is even older and gives ''Cadsuane'' nightmares. With less channel;ing ability than most novices. ''That is how friggin' scary this woman is''. Her EstablishingCharacterMoment comes with this line: "In my day, girls jumped when a Wise One said jump, and continued jumping until they were told to stop. As I am still alive, it is still my day. Need I make myself clearer?"
** Being technically over three thousand years old, all of the female Forsaken definitely qualify. But Cadsuane still can turn a Forsaken over her knee and spank her. This is NotHyperbole.
* Granny Cane of ''Literature/{{Bigtime}}''.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' had an old lady in "The Diversion" who actually gets dubbed Granny-Controller. She keeps shooting at the group and flies a helicopter after them, finally crashing with it. Although in that case it wasn't really her but the Yeerk controlling her that was responsible.
* ''Literature/SuperGran'', which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin -- an old granny who just happens to be a crime-fighting FlyingBrick.
* Mother Superior Mary Francis in Creator/JamesByronHuggins' novel ''Cain''. Frail, aged nun vs. demon-possessed assassin/cyborg/vampire??
-->'''Cain:''' Holy water, Mother?\\
'''MSMF:''' No. Gasoline.
:: Somewhat later, she goes out with a literal bang, taking out an army of minions with a bandolier of grenades. (No, she's not the protagonist.)
* ''The Secret Diary of Literature/AdrianMole'':
** After Adrian's grandma learns he's being tormented by local bully Barry Kent, she goes out, returning a little while later with the money Barry took from Adrian, and assurances that he won't be bothering Adrian again. Next day, Adrian writes, "It is all over school that a seventy-six-year-old woman frightened Barry Kent and his dad into giving back my menaces money," although [[NoodleIncident precise details of what happened are never given]].
** Queenie is mentioned as deliberately invoking this by taking Sabre, the vicious Alsatian belonging to Bert with her whenever she went out. According to Adrian, no-one ever dared to hassle the sweet old lady accompanied by an enormous, snarling dog.
* Creator/DorothyGilman's Literature/MrsPollifax, wife of the late Virgil Pollifax. Prim, kind, innocuous, charming, genteel badass. And yes, she would manage to avoid any asterisks in that ''without'' violating the "prim and genteel" clause. Joined the CIA when she was already a grandmother because she felt that she had outlived her usefulness. Promptly proved herself astonishingly practical and resourceful. Incidentally she was unleashed upon the world in 1966.
* Grandma Dowdell from ''Long Way from Chicago'' and ''A Year Down Yonder''. She lives by herself in a sleepy Illinois town, always manages to have enough to eat during the Depression, and engages in a number of fantastic escapades that leave her grandchildren (who grew up in Chicago) stunned. She owns a Winchester rifle which once belonged to her husband and is not afraid to use it, keeps a large snake in her attic to eat mice, and once expressed a desire to see the alleged body of a Chicago mobster who was killed and put on display. And lord help any idiot who tries to get the best of her. When some brothers blow up her mailbox, she tricks them into breaking into her house then throws a cherry bomb at them and holds them down with the Winchester Rifle, finishing it off by getting their milkman father to beat them after pretending they put a dead mouse in her milk. When the principal's son tries to vandalize her house on Halloween, she waits in the shed and trips him with wire before throwing a pan of hot glue at his head. She then takes the knife that he dropped and uses it to cut him a slice of pie at the school's Halloween party, adding insult to injury (the kid was still pretty much bald from the glue attack). Upon learning what his son did, the principal just said "Boy, you picked the wrong house".
* Rosa Klebb, the head of SMERSH in the ''Literature/JamesBond'' novel ''Literature/FromRussiaWithLove'' is a late middle-aged BigBad who can dish out serious hurt and fights dirty.
* ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr''. Willig, a member of TheSquad in "A Season for Slaughter". She actually enjoys the war, as she's given more responsibility and respect than ever before.
-->''If you got between her and the result she was committed to, you'd discover the single most deadliest human being on the planet was a ninja grandmother.''
* In Kurt Saxon's non-fiction book ''Wheels of Rage'', the Iron Cross motorcycle gang decide to punish an initiate who's been using them as a cover for committing burglaries (without even sharing the proceeds). They decide to use a psychotic relative whose temper and ferocity is feared even by the outlaw bikers. They encourage him to burgle the business where she's working as a cleaning lady, "And if you see an old lady up there, just knock her out of the way." It ends with the police turning up to rescue the terrified burglar, whom she's beaten up and thrown down an elevator shaft.
* Mother Lenka demonstrates this in ''[[Literature/PaladinOfShadows Unto the Breach]]'', leading the women Keldara in a suicidal blitz of a group of Chechens blocking the way for their men to return home... and then [[spoiler:[[{{squick}} cuts out and eats the heart of one of the Chechens, while the guy was dying]]]].
* Evelyn from the ''Nadia Stafford'' books by Kelley Armstrong is a retired hitwoman, who entertains herself by mentoring new contract killers and brokering information. Her idea of testing a newcomer is to abandon her in a parking lot with the man trying to kill her. And then a mafioso takes a contract out on the little old lady, and she demonstrates that "retired" does not mean "unable to kill quickly and ruthlessly".
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** Lobelia Sackville-Baggins wasn't very successful against Sharkey's "ruffians", but in spite of her age she "showed more spirit than most."
** Technically, Galadriel qualifies, as she is Arwen's grandma. Also, not someone to be messed with. And [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld really]], ''[[TimeAbyss really]]'' old.
* ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'':
** Elderly groundskeeper Ruth Sorenson is strong, fierce, and rarely seen without a crossbow. She's even more badass than her husband Stan! When it comes to evil, you might even say she's...[[IncrediblyLamePun ruthless.]]
** The fifth and final book also reveals that [[spoiler:the heroes' supposedly dead maternal grandmother, Grandma Larsen, is ''also'' alive and ''also'' [[ChewBubblegum all out of gum.]]]]
* In Maggie Furey's ''Literature/{{Shadowleague}}'' trilogy, Toulac (a career soldier who was kicked out of the army when the Hierarch decided women [[StayInTheKitchen weren't fit to fight]]) is this.
* Technically, at this point in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, Leia is a grandmother. She doesn't officially know about it until ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'', but that hardly stops her from being very much involved in the continuous war that is the ''Franchise/StarWars EU''.
* ''Literature/AThreadOfGrace'': Lidia Leoni is not going to leave her home just because the Nazis say so. She not only manages to save a young child from stepping on an unexploded bomb, [[spoiler:but she also blows up a prison so that she could break out her son and the local rabbi who've been instrumental in taking care of the Jewish refugees]].
* Creator/StephenKing has done this trope a few times. Take a minor example from ''Literature/{{Cell}}'', where at one point the main character observes multiple [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]], most of them young, or big, or strong, fighting. The winner is a little gray haired woman who looks like she was a librarian before the world went to hell. The protagonist is unsurprised by this, and observes that those types of little old ladies are often as tough as leather.
* As Claire Fraser's grandson said of her in one of the later ''Literature/{{Outlander}}'' novels, "Grannie shot the bad man."
%%* Relda Grimm from ''Literature/TheSistersGrimm'' series.
* Scott Westerfeld's ''Literature/{{Midnighters}}'' trilogy features Madeleine, the elderly mindcaster who [[spoiler:sold out her fellow midnighters for popularity]], then hid in a crepuscular contortion for decades to stay away from the darklings and ''create a whole new generation of midnighters'' to back up natural-born Seer Rex. By manipulating the vulnerable minds of women in labour. And that's when she had relatively good intentions. [[MindRape You don't want to know what Madeleine will do to you if you get on her bad side]]. And let's not forget [[spoiler: When The Big Bad of the final season's minions comes to kill Jessie, Madeleine, and her grandson she makes Jessie take her grandson and run while she makes a distraction by lighting up a cigarette which she had given up to be a good influence on her grandson. And sitting on plastic explosives.]]
-->'''Madeline:''' This ones for my boys.
* ''[[Literature/GentlemanBastard The Lies of Locke Lamora]]'' has Dona Vorchenza, an elderly noblewoman with no heirs and a penchant as acting as a sort of "foster mother" for various other noblewomen, calling them up to midnight tea to discuss their issues. [[spoiler:She's also the Spider, head of Duke Nicovante's secret police force, who often uses these midnight teas as a way of both keeping up on noble doings and finding possible violators of the Secret Peace between the nobles and the criminal element.]]
* Pearl Bright in Jane Lindskold's ''Literature/BreakingTheWall'' trilogy. When your first on-page action in one of the books is beheading an attacker who took you completely by surprise, you are this trope.
* In Maria Semyonova's book series ''Literature/TheWolfhound'', we learn that it was an [[OldMaster old lady]] known as Mother Kendarat who has taught the protagonist ([[NobleSavage big, badass barbarian warrior]]) his martial arts prowess. A few years later the hero regularly beats seven kinds of shit out of his numerous opponents, and still Mother Kendarat can wipe the floor with him. This series also has an old Norse lady, grandmother of another prominent character, who had spent 20 years on a cold barren desert of an island ''alone'', then, when 70 [[ProudWarriorRace badass Vikings]] came to her island, she took leadership over them and sailed away to the other side of the world to find her lost grandson.
* Edie Bannister in the present day chapters of Creator/NickHarkaway's ''Literature/{{Angelmaker}}'' is basically Franchise/JamesBond if James Bond was an eighty year old chapstick lesbian, taking out three would be assassins with ease. Her martial arts teacher in the flashback chapters qualifies too.
* ''Literature/PaladinOfSouls'' has two:
** Joen of Jokona has an exceptionally powerful demon under her thumb, and through it controls a bunch of other demons via magical leashes.
** Dowager Royina Ista, on the other hand, [[spoiler:is a saint of the Bastard, and has the gift of being able to ''eat'' demons to send them back to the Bastard's Hell]].
* From ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' we have the formidable, CoolOldLady who deals in [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarkery]] and BrutalHonesty as often as others breathe: [[MagnificentBastard Lady Olenna Redwyne-Tyrell]] aka "''The Queen of Thorns''". Friendly warning: don't mess with her or members of her family... or even ''look'' as if you're about to mess with them, as she's distinctly unafraid to get her hands dirty pruning you down to size no matter your connections and apparent safety. [[spoiler: Isn't that right, ''King'' Joffrey?]]
** And during the Targaryens' conquests, Meria Martell, Princess of Dorne, faced off with the dragon-riding Queen sent to demand her surrender to the Targaryens, and tells her, politely, what she can do with her demands. At age eighty, fat, almost bald, and blind.
** During the Dance of the Dragons, a devastating war of succesion between the royal Targaryen family, one of the combatants was the Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, whose moniker was "''The Queen Who Never Was''". In a war that had primarily been fought by younger men, Rhaenys is remembered as being as being fierce and fearless in her 50s as she was in her 20s. Lord Staunton, a staunch supporter of Princess Rhaenyra's claim, had his holdfast, Rook's Rest, placed under siege by the opposing claimant, King Aegon II. He sent a plea for succor to Princess Rhaenyra which she ignored. Princess Rhaenys, in her mid 50s, responded by mounting her dragon, Meleys (the ''Red Queen''), and flying to his rescue. Upon her arrival, it is revealed that the siege was a trap and she was ambushed by her younger cousins, King Aegon II and Prince Aemond on their dragons Sunfyre and Vhagar, respectively. "''Princess Rhaenys made no attempt to flee. [[DyingMomentofAwesome With a glad cry and a crack of her whip, she turned Meleys toward the foe.]] Against Vhagar alone she might have had some chance, for the Red Queen was old and cunning, and no stranger to battle. Against Vhagar and Sunfyre together, doom was certain.''" While ''the Queen Who Never Was'' and her dragon were killed during the ensuing battle, she managed to inflict grevious wounds to the King and permanently disabled his mount, Sunfyre.
* In ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', a nun defends her entire Sunday classroom from zombies for nine days using a candlestick that is taller than her. She then joins the Army.
* ''Choose Your Own Nightmare'' had Mrs. Hadley from the very first entry, ''Night of the Werewolf''. She comes across as a batty old woman who provides exposition on the aforementioned werewolf, and one of the endings reveals she's actually a witch who destroys the werewolf when it comes to her house. That ending implies the reader and their family may have to deal with her now.
** In the video game adaption, Mrs. Hadley is less senile, and while she's not exactly a witch, she carries certain knowledge about herbs that later come in handy for the player character if they choose the right path. When she first appears on screen, she's got a shotgun with her for protection. While explaining about the identity of the werewolf, she recalls how twenty years ago she'd been attacked in the night and ''cut off'' the werewolf's hand. She even kept it in a jar on her mantle.
* In ''Literature/TheZombieKnight'', one can safely assume that any elderly member of a [[CameBackStrong servant]] dynasty is pretty badass, since servants grow StrongerWithAge. Special mention goes to Octavia "The Red Lady" Redwater, who's one of the four strongest Rainlords, [[OlderThanTheyLook chose to look her real age]], and once pulled out a [[InfinityPlusOneSword terrifyingly powerful sword]] that her grandson had given her after he tried to use it and nearly vaporized himself.
* The last couple ''Literature/OddThomas'' books feature Mrs. Edie Fischer: an 83-year old woman who drives a stretch limo at high speeds across the country helping folks in need and who turns out to be the leader of a large, wide-spread, and very effective resistance movement. She's also handy with a gun, is implied to have some supernatural powers, and at one point threatens to castrate one of the bad guys.
* Don't insult ''Literature/ButlerParker'''s employer, Lady Agatha Simpson. The 60+er will slap you around (with her muscles steeled by playing lots of golf and archery), kick you in the shins or even slap you with her pompadour -- which contains a brewery horse's shoe.
* If you think Granny Lucretia in ''Literature/AliceGirlFromTheFuture'' is a little, fussing, harmless, gullible old lady, think again. She is [[CoolOldLady a brilliant magician, a great veterinarian, an acrobat, an expert fencer, not to mention she knows much more of technology and chemistry than she pretends]], and may God have mercy on the souls of anyone who dare to try and harm her grandniece.

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* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': In "Angela's Wedding", petite Mrs. Davis beats up a hulking gym teacher when he [[DisproportionateRetribution criticizes the deviled eggs she prepared.]]
* [[http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/w/wondergran.htm "Wonder Gran"]] is a pair of skits from ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'', that was ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. She takes on [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Mr Hyde]] and {{Dracula}} (both played by Creator/BennyHill).
* Not to be confused with the UK children show ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtymNiYlSD4 Super Gran]]'', about a Scottish granny who gets superpowers from the bad guys mishandling a piece of AppliedPhlebotinum. The TitleThemeTune says it all:
-->''Stand back Franchise/{{Superman}}, Iceman, Franchise/SpiderMan. Franchise/{{Batman}} and Robin too.\\
Don't wanna cause a ruckus, but [[Series/TheATeam B.A. Baracus]], have I got a match for you.\\
She makes them look like a bunch of fairies.\\
She's got more bottle than United Dairies.\\
Hang about -- Look out! For Super Gran.''
* Granny Clampett of ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies''. None of them were wimps, but Granny was one of the toughest scrappers in the whole family. And you don't want her shooting at you, whether it's buckshot or [[EdibleAmmunition rock-salt and bacon rind]]. Mr. Milburn Drysdale the banker found out ''[[ShotInTheAss the hard way]]'' in England... pretending to be a [[BedsheetGhost ghost]]. Lucky for him, it was the [[ShotInTheAss rock-salt and bacon rind ammo]]!
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': Hell's Grannies. One of their favourite pastimes is beating up young ruffians.
* ''Series/ICarly''
** Spencer and Socko were taking Socko's grandmother on their camping trip because there might be bears.
** Sam and Carly once gave away a survival knife that used to belong to Sam's grandmother. Given Sam's known family except for her twin sister, are all fittingly badass, this seems extremely fitting.
* Mama Winslow in ''Series/FamilyMatters''; she even gets a Pool Shark episode.
** When her grandchildren express their surprise at how easily she takes out a criminal attacker, she flippantly tells them "you should've seen me when I had '''TWO''' good hips!"
* Penny Halliwell (Grams) from ''Series/{{Charmed}}''.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Admiral Kathryn Janeway is one bad [[FutureBadass future]] mo-fo.
* Edith Bunker from ''Series/AllInTheFamily''. One episode in particular: alone at home, she is about to be raped when smoke starts coming out of her kitchen. She gets away from the rapist to go take her baking out of the oven... and shoves the burning hot cake into the would-be rapists face (and the audience goes absolutely wild cheering her).
* Maddie "MamaBear" Westen in ''Series/BurnNotice''. She manages to successfully interrogate a terrorist into near-pants-wetting fear when Sam and Fi couldn't break him, hides weaponry in her house, and [[spoiler: successfully stalls and distracts a pair of government agents in order to help Michael escape, fully aware that they'll arrest her once they inevitably figure out she's protecting him.]] When the normal standard of badass is made by ex-spies and bounty hunters and you're still considered badass, you deserve to be on this page.
* Gemma in ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy''. She only recently became a grandmother but she definitely fits.
* ''Series/{{V 1983}}'': The old Jewish lady in a wheelchair... with an [[CoolGuns Ingram MAC-10]] under her blanket.
* T'Pau in the original ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' series, thanks to Celia Lovsky's amazing presence.
* ''Series/{{Caprica}}'': Grandma Ruth, Bill Adama's grandma. Initially she just appears as a Tauron traditionalist who wants her grandson to know the family roots and having a (somewhat justified) dislike towards Graystones. Then you see her Ha'la'tha tattoos just as she is talking about "blood for blood" and you just ''know'' that she killed people. She's also somewhat terrifying. She claims that the dead never truly rest until they're avenged, for example. There's a reason that Joseph initially believed her when she said "Tauron children play jacks with the fingerbones of children who lose at jacks." Made explicit in episode 17. Meat cleaver to the back, and she's a retired hitman.
* ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie''. A mugger attempts to steal an old lady's purse, but the old lady turns out to be a black belt in tae kwon do. A CurbStompBattle ensues that ends when the would-be mugger has his throat crushed via karate chop.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' has Mrs Winterbottom who when her home is invaded by mercenaries, fires her double-barrel shotgun at them and then proceeds to take a machine gun she has hidden in her coffee table and fire it from her living room window. When she is out of ammo, she "scuttles" her house using C4, a handgranade and her knitting supplies. Supreme Badass Casey is perfectly happy to just follow her lead and reload for her.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** In episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E18BasicGenealogy Basic Genealogy]] Britta learns the hard way not to get on Troy's grandmother's bad side. And she gets on grandma's bad side just by saying she must have been quite a looker. Troy hates and fears the woman and ''tried'' to warn Britta.
** [[Creator/BettyWhite Professor June Bauer]] in Anthropology 101 seems like a kindly old anthropology teacher -- until you give an answer she doesn't like for the first project. Then she shoots at you, knocks you down, and strangles you with a prehistoric superweapon, even if you're Joel [=McHale=] (two heads taller than her and ripped). She showed signs of this earlier, as well, when Starburns makes a sexist remark -- turns out the Starburns make great targets for a blowgun.
* Company Boss Jang Sook Ja, who basically kicks her daughter-in-law and grandchildren out into the real world, allowing only room, board, and $10 a day for them to live on in the KoreanDrama ''Series/ShiningInheritance''.
* In ''Series/MacGyver1985'' season five's Christmas episode, "The Madonna", an elderly bag lady whom Mac and Peter Thornton are helping turns out to be not only a fount of wisdom, but also turns around a troubled youth by hustling him at pool.
* ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'': Hetty Lange. Whole communities of intelligence agencies out there are both in awe of her and terrified of her -- and with reason, because she can OutGambit anyone she pleases and out-shoot them at the same time.
* On ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', Joann Fielding, Gibb's former mother-in-law, is one not to be trifled with. [[spoiler:When she could not locate the drug cartel leader who killed her daughter and granddaughter, she spent years looking for the next best person. She found the Navy captain who had been on the cartel payroll. She charmed him and set up his murder with the evidence implicating his protege and fellow dirty officer in the murder.]]
* One episode of ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' involved this. An elderly lady writes a novel under a pseudonym and pays an actress to be her public face. After years of success, she wants to reveal the truth. The actress won't have that, so she and three others form a conspiracy to murder the old lady. Unfortunately for them, she's a Gulag survivor, and all of them end up dead in self-defense.
* ''Series/QuantumLeap'' once has Sam leap into the body of Dr. Ruth and kick the ass of a man that was taking advantage of his employee. Even better since we get to see the ass kicking in a mirror's reflection we see it as Dr. Ruth performing a pile driver on the creep. Considering the real Dr. Ruth's history (look in the RealLife section below) we can see [[RetiredBadAss why they chose her.]]
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'': Ashley's grandma attacks a monster with a police car.
** ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'': Kelsey's grandmother performed a BigDamnHeroes moment with a forklift.
** ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'': Hunter and Blake's grandmother was stated to have put up one heck of a fight against her kidnappers before she was taken down.
* Red Riding Hood's Granny in ''Series/OnceUponATime''. Her EstablishingCharacterMoment in the Fairy-tale world? Keeping vigil at her door with a ''crossbow'' loaded and cocked. Then you find out the truth about the wolf [[spoiler: she [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent was the Big Bad Wolf]] at [[RetiredMonster one point]], and passed the lycanthropy to her daughter and granddaughter.]] She and Red also join Snow White in a daring raid on King George's castle to rescue PrinceCharming, and Granny takes down a few guards.
* Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham on ''Series/DowntonAbbey''.
* ''Series/RetroGameMaster'': As ''F-Zero'' doesn't show the pilots of the racing machines, Arino [[HeadCanon imagines]] that a reckless old lady is driving Samurai Goroh's Fire Stingray, [[TheRival constantly messing with him.]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The aforementioned Olenna Tyrell gets a lot more screentime than her book counterpart, which by all counts is a good thing since she's played by Diana Rigg. Apart from what she does in the books[[note]]including the legendary poisoning of King Joffrey Baratheon[[/note]], she's also shown to be one of the few who can claim to be an equal to [[CoolOldGuy Tywin]] [[EvilOldFolks Lannister]] and makes this quite clear to him to his face.
** Maege Mormont is one of the few females fighting alongside Northmen and leading a noble house.
* In ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'', most of the inmates of the medium-security facility are in for non-violent or less serious crimes... except some [[TheOldConvict older women]] who have been transferred out of maximum security to serve out the remainder of their life sentences. They are ''not'' to be fucked with.
-->How 'bout I kill the bitch?
* Mrs. S. from ''Series/OrphanBlack'' carries a double-barreled shotgun in case anyone lays a hand on her foster children or granddaughter. [[spoiler: She's also a brilliant [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] with ties to many cutthroat conspiracies.]]
* In ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents''[='=] episode "The Cheney Vase" there is the elderly Ms. Cheney. She might be wheelchair bound [[spoiler:and held prisoner in her own home by a man who wants to steal her heirloom, the titular vase,]] but her mind is still sharp and not to be underestimated. In the end, she gets her vengeance [[spoiler:after months of being held captive by showing her captor the vase and a dozen exact replicas. She feigns not knowing which is the true one and is no longer scared of his threats. So he cannot risk destroying any or selling the wrong one]].
* Police officer Catherine Cawood of ''Series/HappyValley'' is one grandmother who can hold her own against the series' kidnapper Tommy Lee Royce.
* Madeline Westen in Series/BurnNotice. Espescially when [[TookALevelInBadass she really shows off her badassery]]
* Kelly Kessler Burkhardt of Series/{{Grimm}} is a grandmother twice over by the time she gets beheaded.
* On ''Series/CornerGas'', Brent's mother Emma is shown to have immense physical strength. She's been compared to both [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk the Hulk]] and Creator/LouFerrigno (who ''played'' the Hulk in [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk the TV show]]). Her strength possibly comes from all of the gardening she does, carrying around heavy bags of fertilizer and such.
* Madame Gao from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, demonstrated in ''Series/TheDefenders2017'' when she's taking on both Jessica Jones and Luke Cage single-handedly .

* The Manau song "''Faut pas faire chier Mémé''" ("Do not piss Granny off"). Unusual in that Granny is not sympathetic; she goes on a killing rampage just because someone resisted her bullying.
* "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena"
* A snippet from Stan Freberg's "Tele-vee-shun" has Grandma accosting a burglar, and "she throw him on the floor although she's ninety years old." Turns out she picked some moves watching wrestling matches on TV.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* In Myth/NorseMythology, Thor once faced Elli, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Old Age, who was in the form of an elderly nursemaid, in a wrestling match. He puts up a good fight, but loses. Elli ''cannot'' be defeated because not even the Gods are immune to old age.
* In ''Myth/ClassicalMythology'', we have [[{{Seers}} the Fates]]; while they rarely manage to show it ([[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness they prefer to watch]]), they did manage to defeat two giants on their own during the Gigantomachy.

* The end-of-game match sequence for the ''Pinball/JudgeDredd'' pinball has a shotgun-welding granny firing back at a gang of drive-by shooters.
* This is also the premise of Bally's ''Granny and the Gators'', who apparently challenges alligators and hostile jungle natives for fun. The tagline for this machine is even, "Are you spunky enough to keep up with Granny!?!"

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* [[Characters/WWEDivas The Fabulous Moolah]] won her first Women's World Championship in 1959, which was recognized as the NWA Women's World Title in 1964. Her seventh, and final, Women's World Title reign, with the WWE, was in October of 1999, 40 years after her first championship, when she was 76 years old.
* [[Characters/WWEDivas Mae Young]], whose wrestling career began in the early 1940s, is actively involved in WWE as of 2008, having competed in several matches since reappearing in the WWE in 1999. Among her exploits, she was powerbombed off the stage through a table by [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys Buh Buh Ray Dudley]], appearing the next week on the program none the worse for wear.
** A funny note is that before the show, Bubba was hesitant to actually go through with the stunt, so Mae started smacking him around and demanding he put her through the table "like a man." You see that he went through with it...
*** Then gave Bubba's hand a quick squeeze to let him know she wasn't hurt.
* In the mid 2000's wrestler Shelton Benjamin was given an on screen mother simply named "Momma Benjamin", portrayed on screen by comedian and actress Thea Vidale. She would interfere and challenge other wrestlers on her son's behalf. The character was written out when Vidle had a medical condition and could not continue performing the role.
* During the late 1990's wrestling boom, a TV special "Exposing the secrets" of pro-wrestling was produced and shown on NBC networks. In the show, they explain how crowd plants work by showing a character they named "Stunt Granny", an older woman.
* Legend has it that in the heyday of British wrestling, this trope applied to some ''audience members'' when they got ticked off with some of the wrestlers.

* Peggy Woolley from BBC Radio 4's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Archers The Archers]] might count. She has a scene where, confronting her son, Brian Aldridge, over his extra-marital affair with Sioban, she tells him "I ought to have you horse-whipped". She's more of a quiet badass really, as the fact she looked after her Alzheimer's-ridden husband for many years, over the protests of her family that she wasn't capable.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Erin Tarn of the ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' role-playing series. She's in her 60s and is the Coalition State's Public Enemy #1, simply because she spreads knowledge. She's one of the few people in that world that is known around the world (and across dimensions) to be both respected and feared.
* Difficult, but possible in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', where being in the Venerable age category gives you -6 to all physical abilities and +3 to all mental abilities. This can be an attractive prospect to MinMaxing players of mentally-oriented characters, or there are workarounds that grant the bonuses but not the penalties. Never Mess with Granny if she's a Kobold, a [[OldMaster Monk]], a Druid, or any other form of [[LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards high-level spellcaster]].
** The crone statue in 4E's "TabletopGame/TombOfHorrors" qualifies.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has Morathi, the Hag Queen. She is over five thousand years old, maintains her attractiveness through regular blood sacrifices, seduced the first Phoenix King, masterminded her son's attempt on the Phoenix Throne that led to the great schism in the Elven people, and is a capable warrior and a powerful sorceress. Who beat up a ''Daemon Prince'' that shredded her entire bodyguard and tried to capture her because he was jealous of her beauty. Also MsFanservice, a wielder of BlackMagic, and one of the setting's foremost [[BigBad Big Bads]].
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': If a Sister of Battle survives long enough, she pretty much becomes this. Granted, they don't often have kids, but.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', in one of its comedy sets, has a card named [[http://magiccards.info/uh/en/99.html "Granny's Payback"]] whose art depicts an old lady slaughtering her way through a horde of people. The card's FlavorText:
-->'''R&D Comments'''\\
'''BB:''' [[FridgeLogic Why does a life-gaining card show an old lady killing people?]]\\
'''MR:''' [[FixItInPost We'll fix it in the flavor text]].
** The [[http://magiccards.info/arena/en/65.html Arena League Special version]] is similar.
** A more recent (and tournament legal!) example from the new ''Dark Ascension'' set is the kindly old [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Lambholt Elder]]. The flavor text says it all:
--> "''Be wary of the seemingly gentle souls. The weak here were slaughtered long ago."''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Malifaux}}'' has Abuela Ortega, matriarch to a BadassFamily of monster hunters. She's a tiny old lady who carries a shotgun so big it knocks her off her feet when she fires it. This shotgun has overseen more than one [[ShotgunWedding wedding]]. Her other in-game abilities include shutting down spellcasters ("Wash you mouth out!"), preventing enemies from engaging in combat ("Play nice!") and forcing enemies to obey her commands. These abilities are just as effective against monsters formed by nightmares as against normal humans.
* In the {{Parlor Game|s}} ''Mafia'', "Granny" is shorthand for a role that kills anyone who visits them for any reason. If this also prevents the action from working, it makes her [[NighInvulnerable impossible to nightkill]].

* ''Theatre/FuddyMeers'': For a stroke victim who's well into her sixties, Gertie can hold her own pretty well. She fights off two escaped convicts with ease, and even manages to non-fatally stab one of them. She also has what may be the foulest mouth of any of the characters, but her aphasia manages to censor out any actual swear words.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* in ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2TheFallOfMaxPayne'', the eponymous protagonist is assaulted in his tenement house. His elderly neighbour blasts one of the assassins through her front entrance with a shotgun, and then gladly gives Payne her ''other'' one. Plus some ammo.
* Big Mama, [[spoiler:also known as EVA,]] from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots''. In her seventies, and she's ''still'' doing things on a motorbike that people half her age wouldn't dare attempt without PlotArmor. [[spoiler:Look what it takes to KILL her!]]
* ''Franchise/MassEffect''
** [[KnightTemplar Samara]] of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is an [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Asari Matriarch]], [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld nearly a thousand years old]], and unquestionably badass.
** Fellow matriarch Aethyta is no commando, but she's had a thousand years to learn how to fight dirty. It's implied that when she was a bartender at ''Eternity'' she doubled as the bouncer, and in one of the Shadow Broker's video files she's seen headbutting a ''[[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Krogan]]''.
** Matriarch Benezia is no slouch herself. Said to be a powerful biotic even by asari standards, she is very much ThatOneBoss when Shepard has to fight her. This explains a lot about Benezia [[spoiler:and Aethyta's]] daughter.
** Aethyta's mother was also apparently an example. A [[RetiredBadass former commando]], she fought in the [[GreatOffscreenWar Krogan Rebellions]], and married a [[MadeOfIron krogan]] afterward. When she was a matriarch and he was pushing a thousand, he found out that they had fought on opposite sides of the Rebellions, and the two of them agreed to settle it with a duel. Said duel ended in a mutual kill.
** On the non-asari side of things, there's Helena Blake, who, while perhaps not being a grandmother herself, is a woman probably old enough to qualify - she gets Shepard to go after two crime bosses, former partners of hers, and, if Shepard tries to arrest her, chooses to fight to the death rather than go to prison. If she's not persuaded to give up her criminal enterprise, she eventually joins up under Aria's banner on Omega, becoming an underboss for the unofficial queen of Omega.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 4'', when two members of the Mafia try to beat up the old leader and take over, the screen goes dark, there are some sounds of fighting, and when the screen lights up again, the two Mafia members are K.O.'d.
** This was actually a parody and a shout-out to [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Akuma/Gouki's Shun Goku Satsu]] because when the screen goes dark the Ashura Warp sound effect plays, then when when it lights up again it plays the sound usually heard when you KO someone with the move in ''Franchise/StreetFighter''.
* Niime the Hermit from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Sword of Seals]]''.
* Oume, Otane, and Oshima Gouketsuji from the ''VideoGame/PowerInstinct'' series.
* Referenced in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'': A little old lady is part of a [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking list of scary tough guys]]. The game points out that any little old lady who's so calm in such a rough neighborhood is someone you ''really'' don't want to mess with.
* Speed Buster of ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'', is [[AllThereInTheManual 76 years old]], but still manages to be ranked 3rd by [[MurderInc the UAA]]. Her WeaponOfChoice is a shopping cart that turns into a WaveMotionGun. Though a slight subversion in that her WaveMotionGun is her ''only'' means of attack or defense; once you get past it, [[OneHitKill the fight's over]].
* In ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 Final Fantasy X-2]]'', you encounter a trio of old NPC women in Zanarkand who claim to be a Sphere Hunter team named the "Grannies". Regarding the monsters in Zanarkand, one of the Grannies quips "I've coughed up scarier things." Another says she was a [[RetiredBadass guardian]].
* ''Website/GaiaOnline'''s Agatha, while bereft of grandchildren, probably counts, considering the cutscene in ''zOMG!'' where she talks about [[EverythingTryingToKillYou the Animated]] as though they're more nuisance than they are danger to life and limb. Olivia, also not ''quite'' a granny yet, might count if only for the fact that she [[LethalChef eats her own cooking]].
* ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'' has a Granny who acts as the boss that unlocks Row IV classes. It's a 1 v. 1 fight, and she fights as the strong element to what you use (or same element if Light/Dark) and uses copies of your skills against you. And you have to fight a different version for each class.
* Occasionally the citizens that usually are only there [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential to be killed brutally]] in the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series retaliate against the protagonist. Ocassionally said citizen will just happen be a crippled old lady that will proceed to take you off her car and try to kick your ass.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'':
** Wynne is a very kind old lady who appoints herself the position of TeamMom to the party. She is also an extremely formidable mage who can be given the Arcane Warrior specialization later on, turning her into a devastating MagicKnight at the cost of her normal role of being the premiere healer. In the novel ''Asunder'', set seven years after the Blight, Wynne holds the honorary title of "archmage", which means that she is pretty much up there with the [[TheArchmage First Enchanters]] in terms of magical power (and it shows) but not interested in politics.
** On the Evil side: Flemeth is the legendary Witch of the Wilds and is more a mythical being than she is an old lady. [[spoiler:She can also transform herself into a Dragon in an Bonus Boss battle if the player chooses to help save Morrigan from being potentially [[BodySnatcher Body Snatched]] from her,]] and even then she'll survive that with hardly any problems.
** Flemeth not only survives it in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', she ends up [[ProgressivelyPrettier looking better than she did]] in the first game while baking some darkspawn cookies!
* The ''Super Granny'' franchise. Not only does Granny plonk her enemies with frying pans and run at super speed, she loves to sing Music/MichaelJackson's "Bad" as she does.
* Lokomo sage Anjean from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' happens to be this in a pure form. The lavender-haired, steam-powered Segway-riding old maiden releases the Spirit Train from its sleep at the least. [[spoiler:She also conjures the Lokomo Sword and a custom Phantom for Zelda, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome despite injuries sustained from fighting Byrne to a stalemate while you were out at the Fire Temple]]. Mock her now.]] She spends most of the game [[spoiler:holding the Spirit Tower together to keep Malladus from entering the world completely. And she did it ''by herself''.]]
* Kreia from ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II''. It doesn't exactly come as a shock to discover that under that [[spoiler:she used to be a Sith, and hasn't exactly "seen the error of her ways"...]]. That's putting it mildly -- she all but slaps the player-character upside the head if they ''didn't'' think [[spoiler:she was playing them all along]].
* Mrs. Crumplebottom from the first two ''[[VideoGame/TheSims Sims]]'' games. She is a mean old lady who does not approve of public displays of affection. Kissing in public will invoke the unpredictable wrath of her ginormous [[HandbagOfHurt handbag]], unless you have the foresight to distract her with [[FrothyMugsOfWater frothy mugs of fruit juice]], or take your date to a bowling alley.
* It's been suggested on a modder forum that made mods for the ''[[InNameOnly Pirates of the Caribbean]]'' game, that carrying cash should increase the chance that a player gets attacked on the streets, which in turn would lead to a big fight involving muggers, pirates, guards, and old ladies with broomsticks, who don't want to miss the fun. How serious this suggestion was, is anyone's guess.
* An odd one in ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDeadOverkill'', where the final boss [[spoiler:is Clement's elderly mother... after her brain had been transplanted into Varla Guns, and the mutagen overloaded her and made her giant.]]
* In the webgame ''[[http://www.epicmafia.com Epic Mafia]]'', one of the roles a player can get is "Granny". If anyone tries to visit Granny during the night phase, Granny shoots them instead.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''
** Lily Bowen was a kindly old grandmother before becoming a Nightkin. She's still like this somewhat when her AxCrazy "[[SplitPersonality friend]]" Leo isn't behind the wheel.
** And don't tick off Old Lady Gibson. Not only does she have a pack of dogs, she also carries a unique sawed-off shotgun.
** Daisy Whitman of Novac is probably the most combat-capable character in the town aside from former NCR EliteMooks. [[spoiler:As it turns out, she was a former Enclave pilot]].
** You, yourself, if you moved the age meter all the way to the right and gave yourself grey hair and be female, can play as a badass grandma. "I may not have kids, I may be 70+ years old, but I'm quite capable of taking a rocket launcher to your face."
* In every ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' game except the first you can turn yourself into an old woman through plastic surgery. It's... awkward if your guy was previously a bulky dude, but badass nevertheless.
** The Appointed Defender mission in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' has the judge of Johnny's trial, an old black woman, come after the player with a shotgun after the trial is broken up.
* There was a small Shockwave game called ''[=EggDrop=]'' that involved the player standing at the top of a tall building dropping things like eggs, water balloons, etc., on passersby. If a payload falls on a passing granny (who walks rather slowly), she gets enraged and calls the police, which ends the level immediately.
** The 3D sequel takes this to hilarious extremes, you're in a multi-floored office building and if you nail her she proceeds to '''cuss you out''' then go up to where you are, knock you out with one swing of her cane and cuss you out some more!
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** Grandma Wahl in the worgen starting zone initially seems a senile old lady who makes you fetch her favorite book, clothes, and cat before she'll comply with orders to evacuate. When you're attacked on retrieving the cat, Grandma Wahl proves she's a senile old ''worgen'' lady and helps take out the enemy with a yell of "You do not mess with my kitty, you son of a mongrel!"
** In ''Legion'', the Gilnean village of Bradenbrook in Val'Sharah has a quest given to you by Granny Marl. Her crops are being attacked by undead ravens. However, she doesn't want you to go and kill them for her. Instead, she wants you to go out and mark them with a flare gun so ''she'' can shoot them down despite her failing eyesight.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun''
** In ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'', the player follows the escaped pirate Briggs back to his homeland, where he's begging his grandma Obaba for protection from the player characters. She obliges by summoning a giant firebreathing salamander. Once she realizes the player characters are too tough for that, she lets them say their piece, and then she realizes they're telling the truth about Briggs's shenanigans and goes off on him for lying to her and endangering her baby great-grandson. She later [[TheBlacksmith helps reforge]] the pieces of an ancient trident that can be used to defeat the sea monster Poseidon.
** [[spoiler: Obaba returns in ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]]'' thirty years older and upset she's [[TearJerker outlived her grandson]], but willing to do ItemCrafting for you.]]
* Some of the ''VideoGame/FatalFrame'' ghosts fall into this trope. Here are some examples:
** ''VideoGame/FatalFrameIIITheTormented'':
*** The Stroller Grandma spirit. She goes down in about one or two shots, but she can also ''one-hit kill you!'' Thankfully, she can be avoided in the Story Mode.
*** Yashuu Kuze, the [[EvilMatriarch ruthless ruler of the Kuze household when she was alive]], is a tough, hostile ghost all playable characters must defeat to proceed.
** The [[VideoGame/FatalFrameVMaidenOfBlackWater fifth game]] has the Matchmaker and Tadasume ([[DubNameChange called Marriage Celebrant and Funeral Celebrant, respectively]]). As hostile spirits, they move fast and fire slow but homing projectiles at you, and the penultimate battle involves [[DualBoss fighting them both simultaneously]].
* Halak of ''VideoGame/VanguardBandits'', the little old lady with a [[StrangeSyntaxSpeaker case of Yoda-speak]] who's a [[GiantMecha giant mech]] pilot in order to be a bodyguard to her Princess Granddaughter. She willingly faces off against the strongest [[AMechByAnyOtherName ATACs]] to ensure her job is done.
* Both [[RivalScienceTeams Class I and Class M]] from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' are full of [[BadassGrandpa Badass Grandpas]]. They show this capability when Sheridan is attacked by the Oracle Knights, and Tamara, one of the two women on the teams, pulls out a fricking [[KillItWithFire flamethrower]] on the Knights. Commence asskicking. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, just before almost everyone on the teams pulls a HeroicSacrifice]].
* Raja from ''VideoGame/SuikodenV''. A former navy admiral who later defeated her [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil student who defected to the enemy Godwin faction]].
* Granny Rags from ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' certainly looks like she doesn't qualify but as The Outsider states, there's more to her than meets the eye. [[spoiler: She's actually immortal (not to mention immoral) and one of the most powerful enemies in the game.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Borderlands2}} Borderlands 2]]'': Mr. Torgue mentions that being ranked as the 50th greatest badass on [[DeathWorld Pandora]] puts you behind his grandma, but ahead of a guy she gummed to death over several hours. It's hard to say why she bothered, because it turns out [[StrongFamilyResemblance she's just as musclebound as he is]] and casually mentions wrestling a whale-squid named [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Blowhole the Apocalypse]].
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' has a secret [[FinishingMove stage brutality]] in one stage that entails tossing a little old lady at the opponent. Usually, this only does damage to the opponent and leaves granny bleeding on the floor, but with the right input, granny will pound the opponent's face into pudding.
* In the ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' mission "Capture the Flag", the Romulan flagship RRW ''Lleiset'' is [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs boarded by the Vaadwaur]] and you have to help repel the BoardingParty. When you go to sickbay to rescue the chief medical officer, an elderly Romulan woman named Rhian Cratak, you walk in on her insulting the Vaadwaur. When you attack, she pulls a gun from somewhere the moment they turn to fight you and starts gunning them down.
* The lead character of the ''Angry Gran'' series of mobile games.
* Anya's grandmother Olenka in ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder''. First she slaps the Nazi officer who killed her daughter and then later on she kills a Nazi soldier with a shotgun when he gets to close to the car.
* Ida Lennox in ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}''. She walks around in a MiniMecha and fights gigantic murder beasts, so she's definitely not someone to mess with.
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'''s first post-launch character, Ana Amari, a skilled sniper who saw combat well into her 50s. At the time the game takes place, she's 60 and still going strong.
* Griselma from ''VideoGame/{{Gigantic}}'' is a tiny old woman with big glasses and a funny-looking hat. She also commands a legion of hand-monsters from a parallel dimension she's more than happy to unleash upon you should you cross her.
* ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'': Mrs. Chu, Winston's mother, is about the only thing the Water Street Boys are afraid of, and she isn't afraid to take gruesome action against those who mess with her little boy (who is the leader of the Water Street Boys). The protagonist even advocates handing over a particularly slimy adversary to Mrs. Chu on the grounds that "If we [kill him], it'll be quick."
* Iva from ''VideoGame/{{Battlerite}}'' is the oldest human character. This does nothing to hinder her combat skills.
* In ''[[VideoGame/MysteryCaseFiles Mystery Case Files: Huntsville]]'', the Master Detective tries to put an end to a variety of crimes in the little town of Huntsville. It turns out [[spoiler:all the crimes were committed by a crime syndicate that is run that the sweet elderly town librarian, Gertrude Goodlittle. The syndicate's headquarters even has various knitting products among the truckload of weapons, and Granny Goodlittle is seen here knitting like a regular grandmother would]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Mrs. Abigail Primrose from ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' A lovable little roly-poly old woman who secretly works for [[OurDragonsAreDifferent alien dragons,]] swipes [[TimeAbyss ancient, primordial artifacts]] from the government, and owns her own suit of ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis''-style PoweredArmor. And likes to attend bake sales.
* Stella "tough-as-an-iron-battleship" Wincott from ''Webcomic/{{Thunderstruck}}'', found [[http://talesfromthevault.com/thunderstruck/index.html here]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'', there is Boneclaw Mother. "Frankly, I'm a lot more scared of Boneclaw Mother than the Gods. She-Is-Fiercer (the head of the hyenas' pantheon) isn't known for her left hook."
* Albeit more of a MamaBear, Miranda Deegan (mother of ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'') deserves a mention here. As an archmage, it [[LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards comes with the territory]]. She spends most of the series as just an ActionMom, but by the end of the series [[spoiler: Dominic has had children, finally making her a grandmother]].
* ''Webcomic/SanThreeKingdomsComic''. Lu Bu learns this the hard way: it doesn't matter if you're the MemeticBadass of the [[RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms Three Kingdoms]], [[http://san.paulguo.com/?id=49 you simply don't mess with Mother Dong.]]
* [[http://agirlandherfed.com/comic/?690 Rose]] from ''Webcomic/AGirlAndHerFed''. She's a little old grey-haired lady who walks with a cane. She's also the retired Federal agent who used to run "the post office", a black ops team. When she retired, she opened a daycare for the children of mercenaries and Special Forces members. It has snipers with live ammo watching to make sure no-one messes with the kids.
* ''Webcomic/{{Drive}}'': Captain Taneel of the ''[[CoolShip Machito]]'' hasn't even touched a weapon (yet), but managed to mouth off to the emperor and get away with it. The same emperor who [[KlingonPromotion killed his uncle]] for the position.
* Grandma Terebithia from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is the matriarch of one of the most notoriously [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder conniving and fratricidal]] families in Europa. Just ''living'' long enough for your children to have children is a level of badass by itself in this family, and she's still feared and respected. She may not be as spry as she used to be, but she's still as cunning as ever, still able to pick-pocket weapons off her highly-trained younger relations, and ''still scheming''.
* Nannasprite from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is a ghostly but kindly old lady in a clown suit who loves pranking and baking. She looks harmless, [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002392 but try stealing her cookies...]]
** Alpha Jade qualifies as this. She [[spoiler: died fighting Her Imperious Condescension.]]
* ''Manga/{{Hetaween 2011}}'': Grandmano.
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', the eponymous Doc is at stated to be about thirty-five. Mitzi McNinja, his mom, has to be in her mid-to-late fifties, and she can just about out-ninja him. Achievements include blowing up a pirate ship so precisely that the treasure landed in her family's hands on the shore, fighting Doc to a draw in the cave, and (in an alternate future) destroying the only Horrorsaurus.
* [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-09-09 This scene]] from ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''. Also counts as BewareTheNiceOnes.
* Gets referenced in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1656 when Sven Bianchi is annoyed with his sister.]]
-->'''Sven:''' I wonder whether you inherited all your Crazy Bitch from Mom or Dad's side. Aunt Hilde is pretty cantankerous, but I think Grandma Bianchi actually killed a man once.
* Nanma from ''Webcomic/{{Zukahnaut}}'' lives in a world where aliens of every description can appear out of thin air, with no warning. [[http://one-shots.zukahnaut.com/comic/036-fearless/ She's not afraid.]]
* In ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'', a photo from JustBeforeTheEnd shows a grandmother showing her grandson how to hold a rifle.
* The Order of Notaries Public in ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' are led by a little old lady who just so happens to be able to [[http://skin-horse.com/comic/todays-comic-765/ take down Unity with but a tap.]] It's a prized skill of the ancient order.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'': The episode "Piecemeal" features Angela, a friendly old lady whom even a violent gangster recognises as someone very nasty and who offers to kill someone for him. When he gets angry with her [[spoiler:and lunges at her, he loses a hand and ''can't remember how it happened'']].
* ''Podcast/DiceFunk'': Rinaldo tries to intimidate an old lady. He gets righteously beaten for his trouble.
* ''Literature/HereticalEdge'':
** [[BadassTeacher Baroness]] [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Gaia]] [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Sinclaire]] ''looks'' like a woman in her mid-thirties, but is actually several millennia old thanks to her Heretical powers granting her prolonged longevity. She's TheDreaded to hero and villain alike, and ''everyone'' is afraid of provoking her wrath. While it's worth noting that Gaia has no children of her own, she's the headmistress of Crossroads Academy and treats all the students as if they're her own family. [[MamaBear Screw with them at your own risk]].
** Professor Virginia Dare isn't quite as old or as powerful as Gaia (she's roughly 400 years old), but she's still a MasterSwordsman and MagicKnight who has fought [[{{Necromancer}} Fossor]] to a standstill on multiple occasions, which is no mean feat. In several arcs, the heroes' best solution to the problem at hand often boils down to holding out until Dare arrives.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2126 SCP-2126 ("Letter from Grandma")]] If Grandma tells you to cut your hair, you better comply, boi.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64oij5b-eG4 Grandma killing Zombies!!]] Need I say more?
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Q69ypo0JUw Neighbors.]]
* There's this gem from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCTUvvTR4zc BinkieMcFartnugget.]]
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. Mrs. Carson is in at least her 70s with grandchildren. She scares the crap out of the entire student population of Whateley Academy at one point. Students are seen wondering who had the balls to prank her. On Halloween, she beat the crap out of and nearly killed a nearly-invincible cyborg ''without help''. It helps that she is Lady Astarte, a big-name superheroine.
* At the age of 63, S_K is the oldest [[Really700YearsOld (human)]] character in ''Roleplay/{{AJCO}}''. She's out-gambitted not only Frances but A_J as well, using her age to manipulate the former and her history in the State to manipulate the latter. She's in charge of a faction with the potential to be the strongest of them all, she's ''physically'' strong as well as being highly intelligent and she's evaded capture and torture from the State for over half of her life. She's really not the kind of person you want as an enemy.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f-6ZgnNF90&feature=plcp&context=C3693db5UDOEgsToPDskJVnbZjq5zh7zMj9DP1hcLT EAT WELL: Grandma vs. Robber.]] The moral of the story is eat your vegetables.
* Titli Nahan of ''WebVideo/TitlisBusyKitchen'' may not be a young woman, but she can come across as terrifying if properly provoked. Her bouts of badass insanity include using a chainsaw to slice an egg and a hilarious EvilLaugh when wielding a caramelizing torch.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has the Ice King's GenderFlip counterpart the Ice Queen. [[spoiler: Justified in that she's a fanfiction character written by him]].
* The unnamed old lady in the original ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' cartoon. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BK5MzG4clB8#t=4m52s See for yourself.]] There's also Shredder's mother, who was an excellent martial artist and cunning enough to nearly defeat the Turtles.
* The ''WesternAnimation/PinkPanther'' episode "Pink Pistons" had the Pink Panther blow past an old woman at an intersection with his new sports car. Turns out that old lady was Granny Flash, senior citizens drag race champion. She proceeds to blow the doors off the Pink Panther.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'';
** Mom, in spades. Although she is by no means a CoolOldLady, being firmy in EvilMatriarch camp.
** Farnsworth refers to electromatter, which Yivo is made of, as being regular matter's "badass grandma".
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** In some cases, Granny from the cartoons and in the ''Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries'' series. She might as well be the TropeNamer. Attempt to hurt Tweety and you'll be in for an umbrella of hurt.
** Little Red Riding Hood's grandma in ''Red Riding Hoodwinked'' deals with both TheBigBadWolf ''and'' Sylvester the Cat at the end of the story when she knocks them off the bus she's driving.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': Slappy Squirrel. Which is arguably the ''point'': age has only ''perfected'' her slapstick skills.
* Willy's grandmother is a biker mama in ''WesternAnimation/MyDadTheRockStar''.
* Betty van Heusen from ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks''. She personally sent two veterans-turned-criminals running with the help of her shotgun (granted, they were [[StupidCrooks Ed Wuncler III and Gin Rummy]]), and even stated the cliched NRA {{catch phrase}}: "[I'll give you my gun] from my cold, dead hands!"
* Jon's grandma in ''WesternAnimation/{{Garfield}}'', who can punch the wind out of him in the Christmas special, and rides a motorcycle in the Thanksgiving special.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** Nana Possible. She's introduced as a well-meaning granny, then we are told that she knows Kung Fu. When her brainwash machine malfunctions, you wouldn't want to be in [[HarmlessVillain Drakken's]] shoes.
** First woman to complete the Navy's Underwater Demolitions Training? Richard Marcinko would be spitting chips.
%%* WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'s motorcycle-riding, sushi-eating grandma.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'':
** The elder princess pins down Demona with a laser gun. "Nobody messes with my eggs!" (Gargoyle eggs by the way, she isn't defending breakfast.)
** Heck, Demona herself when [[spoiler:we see her in flashbacks as an old gargoyle in ''City of Stone'', before she is granted immortality and eternal youth]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'':
** Ma Beagle is certainly the smartest and craftiest of her family of thieves, crooks and robbers. [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas No wonder they loved her so much.]]
** Glittering Goldie counts, too. Because if you don't count her, she'll come after you with a shotgun.
** Mrs. Beakley has her moments. Especially when in MamaBear mode. Winded up fully graduating into this in the 2017 reboot.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' opens with a gang of meta-humans sticking up a mall. One of them gets a faceful of pepper spray from a little old lady.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' Arnold's Grandma Gertie.
%%* Suga Mama of ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily''.
* Niko's [[TheMentor mentor]] Ariel from ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]''. You can definitely see where Niko developed her ActionGirl tendencies. The wicked sense of humor and her MomentOfAwesome versus the episode's CosmicHorror have made her a OneSceneWonder.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Even though she has no kids of her own, Hama definitely counts as someone who could kick your ass without even striking you. [[HeWhoFightsMonsters She's also one of the]] [[NightmareFuel scariest characters in the series.]] Note that she wouldn't kick your ass. As long as there's a full moon, [[PeoplePuppets she'd make you kick your own ass.]]
** By the time of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Katara has turned into this. We never ''see'' her in action, but given that she's Korra's waterbending mentor, it's assumed she's still as badass as ever.
** Toph as well; in Season 3 it's mentioned that she's been missing for several years, WalkingTheEarth in search of enlightenment despite being well into her eighties. [[spoiler: Korra stumbles across her home in the swamp in Season 4 and even in her old age she is no less proficient as an Earthbender. She spends an episode kicking Korra's ass [[ItAmusedMe for fun]] and points out that she'd have [[CurbstompBattle destroyed her]] if she was in her prime]].
** [[spoiler: RealityEnsues when she joins Opal, Bolin and Lin in trying to rescue Su and her family, with Toph pointing out that she and Katara are still ''old'', and just aren't up to fighting in a war like they were when they were kids, and uses Katara not fighting in Season 2's civil war as an example]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', Barbara Gordon is an old woman now, but as Terry can attest, she [[StillGotIt can still throw a mean Batarang.]]
* From the ''WesternAnimation/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' animated series, Sam's Granny Ruth, who works at a ''maximum security prison'' on [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Blood Island]]. The duo visit her on Christmas Eve just as the prisoners attempt a jailbreak. True to this trope, Granny kicks seventeen types of ass to get the rapscallions back into place.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. Mr. Krabs' mother may seem like a sweet old lady at first, but when she finds out that Plankton was just using her to get the Krabby Patty formula, she flexes her bicep, revealing it to be huge and accompanied by an image of battleship cannons going off inside it. Cue OhCrap from Plankton followed by him being [[MegatonPunch punched clean out of the Krusty Krab and back into the Chum Bucket]]. Never Mess With Granny indeed...
** Also in season 9 episode "Mall Girl Pearl" elderlyy store employee Beatrice gagged Pearl's mean friends after they keep bullying her for working in her store (but even before this,[[WithFriendsLikeThese Pearl needs better friends]]).
* It's revealed in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' that Ben and Gwen's grandmother is an extremely powerful EnergyBeing that was able to take them all on at once... and she was playing!
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' had one extremely short segment of a little old lady rolling down the street in a tank.
-->'''Granny:''' Come and get some!
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub''. Make Faragonda fight you all-out. I dare you!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' season 2 introduces Ruel's grandmother in one episode. Note that Ruel is already the CoolOldGuy and OldMaster of the heroes' group, so there's no telling how old exactly is his grandmother. When a group of [[SkyPirate air pirates]] attacks her ClockPunk [[CableCarActionSequence cable-car]], you get the feeling that she wouldn't even need the help of the heroes to drive them off... considering she welcomes them with a cannon. [[spoiler:And by [[FusionDance fusioning with her drheller]] {{familiar}} for a tougher combat form.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'': If you think Juniper Lee is badass, you ''don't'' want her grandmother to be angry at you.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': Mallory Archer mostly spends her time complaining about things, and being wasted, but as she demonstrated, she's still a dead shot with her 44. Magnum. [[spoiler:A fact she demonstrated on a mind-controlled Archer.]]
-->'''Mallory:''' All six shots, right in the 10 ring.
* The previous generation of Guardians in ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}''. Nerissa is the BigBad of Season 2 for a good reason: she's just that dangerous (and [[spoiler: [[TheManBehindTheMan the one who put Phobos into power in first place]]]]). Yan Lin and Halinor managed to give Nerissa a run for her money (and even forced her to run with their mere appearance on the battlefield in one occasion), and Yan Lin is actually the only Guardian who [[spoiler: resisted Nerissa's brainwashing]]. Kadma is a greatly powered up Cornelia, and when fooled by Nerissa [[LetsYouAndHimFight fought against the protagonists]] and ''won''. The only reason why Cassidy didn't make to the list is that she died young, and appears only as a ghost before [[spoiler: being revived and brainwashed by Nerissa]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'': Peter's Aunt May in this one is not only still gorgeous in her silver years, but also did not bat an eye at the Beetle kidnapping her, and "pretended" to have "accidentally" fried him a-la-Ripley with a jet engine to stop him from hurting Spidey and her date, Principal Coulson.
* Mrs. Twombly from ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'', kung-fu quilting champion. She hasn't performed any of it since 1969, but she is still agile enough to teach it. Mrs. Twombly is also very good at navigating the streets of her home city and can perform precise drifting maneuvers.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'': Wilma Flinstone's mother, Mrs. Slaghoople, is another one of the "beat you with her purse" types, and her purse is made of rock.
* Nanny Smurf of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' is one tough old Smurfette. So is Smurfwillow from ''WesternAnimation/SmurfsTheLostVillage'', when she singlehandedly deals with an invader and finds out that it's her SpearCounterpart Papa Smurf.
* Garage owner Gertie Growler in the "Tom Slick" cartoons on ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle''. A big goon rudely confronts her and she tells him "Young man, you should always be ''polite'' to an old lady... [flattens him] ...''especially'' an old lady who knows ''karate!''"
* Grammi Gummi of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears''. She's basically the den mother of the Glen, but isn't afraid to mix it up. Especially when she demonstrates that she is, in fact, a Gummi MamaBear.
%%* Z-Strap's grandmother from ''WesternAnimation/Zevo3'' takes this UpToEleven.
* ''WesternAnimation/ClassOfTheTitans'' has Gaea, grandmother of Zeus. Also known as easily one of, if not the, most powerful characters in the universe. She's also quite nice as long as you thank her within a few thousand years for helping you.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Just ask the Flim Flam Brothers about Granny Smith.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* ''Perhaps your own grandmother''. She may have participated in WWII either as a first line combatant (USSR, several LaResistance movements), a second line combatant (the Lotta Corps of Finland), auxiliary (like WASP Corps), medic or perhaps she has been the original [[WrenchWench Rosie The Riveter]], making B-17s. Or, if you're Jewish, it's likely that she lived through the Holocaust. [[TheDeterminator A very different sort of badass]], but badass nonetheless.
* A news story in the 1980s reported that an elderly British woman single-handedly beat up a much younger man who tried to steal her purse. She told the press that she'd survived [[UsefulNotes/TheHomeFront The Blitz]] and therefore wasn't going to put up with that sort of thing.
* Bernie Garcia, 83, fought off two muggers with a gas pump until help came.
* A 77-year-old woman used [[CarFu a car as a weapon]] to rescue a postal worker from an attacking dog.
* 77-year-old Avis Blakeslee was attacked by a rabid fox. She caught it and held it down until help arrived.
* An old Texas grandmother and her granddaughter were at home one night when a robber broke in. The granddaughter rushed to the phone and called 911. Granny pulled out a revolver and opened fire. When interviewed later on the news, she apologized... for swearing at the robber.
* An 88-year-old Oregon woman returned from picking up logs for her stove to find a nude intruder in her home. When he tried to push her face first into a chair, she reached back and [[GroinAttack yanked his testicles]]. He fled, injured, and was apprehended.
* A 72-year-old former sprinter [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/4602626/Teenage-handbag-thief-outpaced-by-72-year-old-ex-sprinter.html outpaced the teenager]] trying to steal her handbag.
* One episode of ''Series/AmericasMostWanted'' had a human interest story about a career criminal who tried holding up the elderly owner of a pawn shop (who also happened to be an actual grandmother) with a gun, only for the woman to end up beating him senseless with a baseball bat after he ''[[BerserkButton broke a picture of her grandchildren]]''.
* [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/7999960.stm 86-year-old pensioner beats a burglar into submission with her crutch.]] Then makes him sit in the naughty chair until the police arrive.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfeAsOiaOkk She warned]]. Should some poor sod mess with this granny, [[MemeticMutation she'll shoot him in his toodles]].
* [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7002829.stm Helen McAdam]] confronted an armed robber who was holding a security guard at gunpoint. She then proceeded to beat him with her handbag and he fled.
* Azrael at [[http://gaijinchronicles.com/ Gaijin Chronicles]] blogged frequently about the terror that is the obaasan (Japanese grandmother). School policies tended to be made with deference to them, and discipline couldn't be carried out for fear of facing their wrath; the obaasan were feared as much as yakuza parents. Az also describes a field trip in which he was driven from half-way up Mount Fuji by a typhoon, and on retreat was ''passed up'' by a group of marching obaasan who had already been to the top.
* The Sisters of Mercy might count as an entire sect of badass grandmas -- even though their vows prevent them from even becoming mothers. Fed up with the cloistered lifestyle that Catholic nuns were forced into, they browbeat their way into making the ''Pope himself'' agree to the formation of a non-cloistered order. These women also went into ''warzones'' on a regular basis to treat the wounded -- they braved ''artillery fire'' in the Crimean on more than one occasion!
* Australian Olympic gold medalist [[http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/blog/fourth_place_medal/post/Dawn-Fraser-71-year-old-Olympic-champ-fights-o?urn=oly,186159 Dawn Fraser, 71, grabs a would-be crook by the ear and kicks him in the groin]]. He threatens her, she's annoyed, grabs him again by the ear and his hair.
* Four grandmas in an Impala get hit by a young man at an intersection and the man is yelling at him like it's their fault even though it was him who ran the red light. One rolls down the window, gets the guy with pepper spray and the four old ladies proceed to get out of the car and beat the guy senseless with two umbrellas, a purse, and a black luggage bag until he gets so scared he runs back into his car and takes off. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj-6nJCQYdo Listen to it here]].
* An elderly couple were walking in the woods when the husband was attacked by a cougar. [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend His wife]] beat the hell out of this mountain lion with a branch about as big as she was and stabbed it in the eye with a pen, causing it to leave her husband alone and flee. Investigators later found the cougar's battered carcass.
* Mugger pulls a knife on a little old lady in a wheelchair. Little old lady reaches into her purse, pulls out gun, and shoots him. Turns out, little old lady was a highly competitive shooter, and was on her way home from the range. Unfortunately, she intentionally did not shoot to kill, and is now being sued by the mugger.
* Everyone on [[http://raginggrannies.org/ Raging Grannies]]. They invoke the trope by being over sixty, marching in protests, and singing mildly raunchy songs on street corners to call attention to government and corporate corruption.
* Sydney news: [[http://www.3news.co.nz/Grandmother-punches-off-shark/tabid/417/articleID/141899/Default.aspx grandmother punches]] shark.
* According to ''Albions Seed'' by David Hackett Fischer, a number of Scotch-Irish {{Apron Matron}}s were like this. They had intimidating personalities, were experts on all the traditions of TheClan, and would scare the fierce frontiersmen about them, especially if they were their [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas sons]]. And when was needed they could be [[MamaBear right handy with a gun]].
* A criminal, attempting to hide from the police, broke into a house he knew to be owned by an old widow, thinking he'd be safe. After he heard [[DramaticGunCock the distinctive sound of a pump-action shotgun]] and received a polite warning that he might have a better chance with the police, [[OhCrap he chose to surrender]].
* As mentioned before, an older IronLady will generally be some form of this.
** As an example, Nancy Pelosi once managed to intimidate [[MemeticBadass Rahm Emmanuel]]. She has seven grandkids.
** Wiki/TheOtherWiki calls Golda Meir the "strong-willed, straight-talking, grey-bunned grandmother of the Jewish people."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI_ai5evu1w Super Grandma Stops Robbery]]: A gang are robbing a shop in broad daylight. No-one tries to stop them; one person is taping it on their phone. Then, Super Grandma comes charging in from across the street to save the day, chasing off the robbers by ''beating them with her handbag''. And she doubles for a HandicappedBadass as it's said she suffers from leg arthritis!!
* The lady used as the first example [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-8-most-ridiculously-badass-protesters-ever-photographed/ here]].
* There's a story that supposedly a ''great''-grandmother hunted down two rapists and shot them both in the genitals to avenge the gang rape of her teenaged great-granddaughter. She's even picked up the nickname "Grambo." [[http://www.snopes.com/crime/justice/grambo.asp Sadly, the story appears to be just an urban legend.]]
* Asshole in a fancy car is rude to an old lady, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bBVJAFrN0U old lady sets off his airbag with her shopping bag]] and just keeps on walking.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Westheimer Ruth Westheimer]]. Yes, that Dr. Ruth. She was born in 1928. She fought as a ''sniper'' in the War of Israeli Independence. She is still very much active. She was born in 1928 in ''Germany'', and pretty much got out in the nick of time in 1939. Her parents didn't make it. She came by her quite noticeable limp the hard way, being badly wounded by shellfire during the Israeli War Of Independence in 1948. ANY of the things listed here on their own would qualify her as a Badass.
* [[http://www.galsh.com/img-23-60664-_Plaka_me_pushke_.html#top_display_media This old lady.]]
* [[http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2011%2F08%2F05%2FDD181KHUV0.DTL Sensei Keiko Fukuda]] just became the fourth person in history (and the first woman, and first person living outside Japan) to be made a 10th dan judoka. She was''98'' and was still teaching judo in San Francisco. It wouldn't have been wise to mess with her.
* Ernestine Shepherd is 81 years old, and is in the Guiness Book of Records as the world's oldest female bodybuilder. She runs 10 miles ''every morning'' and didn't even start working out regularly until she was 56.
* Julia Child was as OSS agent.
* In some Native American tribes, if you piss off Granny you will have all of the young men gunning for you. Some of the grannies cut out the middleman -- [[http://earthfirstjournal.org/newswire/2013/09/24/lakota-and-dakota-grandmothers-take-and-burn-nazi-flag/ these Lakota and Dakota women]] captured a Neo-Nazi flag, took selfies with it, and burned it. ''Hoka hey''.
* Every single old person [[http://mb.melmyfinger.com/post/6131047852 who willingly lined up to clean radiation in Japan]] qualify as a Badass Grandma or Grandpa for [[HeroicSacrifice exposing themselves to radiation so younger people won't have to]]. Not so surprising, considering Japanese culture. Still Badass.
* Annie Oakley. She was nearly seventy when she passed away; she'd been shooting with perfect accuracy right up until then.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUnhZGqNxCU Breaking into this woman's home is a bad idea, as one young punk found out the hard way.]]
* United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, currently 79, spent the 1960's and onward forcing her way through the "glass ceiling" and to this day is known for never backing down from her beliefs. She also suffered through both colon and pancreatic cancer, and did not miss a day on the bench through surgery, chemo and radiation therapy. As of 2012 she still has no plans to retire from her position as one of the nine most powerful people in the US Judiciary.
* [[http://digitaljournal.com/article/336794 A Russian grandma kills an attacking wolf with her axe.]] Notably, she kills the wolf with the axe because her first plan failed, which was to ''shove her fist into its mouth and punch it in the back of its throat''.
* [[http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=25155429&nid=1016&title=nun-83-convicted-of-defacing-nuclear-plant&fm=home_page&s_cid=queue-3 This nun]] broke into and defaced a nuclear facility. You don't find many better examples then that.
* Creator/CocoChanel, after a 15-year hiatus reopened her shop in 1954 after witnessing constrictive and ultrafeminine silhouettes worn after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and returned make innovated clothes until her death.
* [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2544725/Basketball-granny-China-does-150-push-ups-sit-ups-day-plays-basketball-against-local-youngsters.html Li Guochuan]], an 80-year-old Chinese woman who does 150 push-ups and 150 sit-ups a day and then plays basketball.
* Jeanne Calment, at 122 years old the oldest person ever, took up fencing at age 85.
* Hemet California resident Robyn Irvine (maybe not "elderly" per se, but old enough to be a grandmother): woke to find a burglar attempting to take her watch off. Turns out she's a [[http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/11/04/ax-wielding-woman-chases-thief-away-in-hemet/ competitive axe thrower]]. She reached for the axe that she keeps ''right by her bedside'', and the criminal took to his heels.
* UsefulNotes/EleanorOfAquitaine ruled England for her favorite son, [[UsefulNotes/RichardtheLionheart Richard I]] while he was on crusade. In other words, for most of his reign. She kept her younger son [[UsefulNotes/KingJohnOfEngland John]] from grabbing Angevin lands while Richard was away. Then, when Richard was captured by the Duke of Austria, Eleanor bailed him out by raising the ransom money. When John became king, Eleanor had to keep her grandson Arthur of Brittany in line.
* Mary Harris Jones A.K.A Mother Jones the 19th century labor organizer and activist. She lived to the age of 93, which was far more than the average for her generation.
* [[http://bearingarms.com/child-60s-grandmother-shoots-mugger-disses-obama/ Anonymous grandma in Manchester, NH]] is stalked and jumped by a mugger, who earns a .32-caliber bullet in the chest for his pains (which were no doubt agonizing).
* [[http://countercurrentnews.com/2015/11/venus-green-cop-basement/]] A lady from Baltimore locks a policeman in her basement when he tries to execute a warrantless search on her home; she then sues the city and wins. It gets even better: the lady managed this after being placed in handcuffs for resisting the warrantless search.
* [[http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/grandmother-perfume-swift-kick-rid-kidnapper-39894399 61-year-old grandmother]] is kidnapped by a man, forced to drive him in her car, then sprays him with perfume in the eyes, followed by literally kicking him out of the car.
* A man who kidnapped a grandmother in Aberdeen, Maryland to use her ATM card and her car. He initially was going to tape her eyes shut but she pleaded that she was claustrophobic so he tied a mask around her. He ended up letting her go without much fuss. Turns out the woman in question was Violet "Vi" Ripken, the mother of Cal "Iron Man" Ripken, a Baseball Hall of Famer who was a fan favorite for the local Orioles team for his entire career (very rare for Baseball players to remain on one team). Vi's account was that he was generally nice to her and didn't want to hurt her at all and most likely didn't know who she was. He remains at large as of time of writing (2017) with a $100,000 dollar reward for his arrest. Given that he would face the wrath of [[DeathWorld Baltimore City]], most locals would much prefer that the Ripkins keep their money and give them five minutes alone with the accused.
** About a year after the incident, Vi Ripkin was held up at gunpoint again. She used her car keys to set off her car alarm, spooking the criminal into running away. He was caught.
* [[https://inews.co.uk/inews-lifestyle/people/supergran-meet-eighty-year-old-foiled-moped-theft/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_campaign=Keywee-Traffic&kwp_0=694477&kwp_4=2461334&kwp_1=1040876 Rosemary Bodger]], an 80 year old ex-Women’s Royal Naval Service member (which are nicknamed the Wrens) bought cruical time by being the first to intervene in an attempted robbery by moped mounted theives in London by grabbing the handlebars of the scooter of there intended victim who they had been trying to push over (though other passers by did join her when they noticed the fight). When asked why she helped she said “I don’t run away. I was in the Wrens and I thought, ‘no way are they having that!'” She added: I saw this man being chased and thought, ‘Oh crumbs I’d better do something. I started shouting ‘police!’ as loud as I could. I wanted to stop them moving it – they would have had to run over me to get away.”
* [[http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/06/15/georgia-woman-strangles-kills-rabid-bobcat-after-it-attacks-her-it-came-for-my-face.html Grandmother strangles rabid bobcat to death]]