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->''"You there! Give me your chair, I'm a hundred and seven!"''
-->-- '''Auntie Muriel,''' ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''

Many senior citizens in fiction believe that the rules of manners and society no longer apply to them once they reach a certain age. Essentially, "I can get away with anything, because I'm ''old!''" When racist or sexist statements are involved, this may be a case of a person experiencing temporal ValuesDissonance in his own lifetime. Or he's just a JerkAss who no longer feels obligated to play by society's standard rules.

Sadly, this too often is a case of TruthInTelevision, but it can also be a case of a young person interpreting the reaction to his or her own rudeness as a "rude old person being a jerk to me". Also, [[RealityIsUnrealistic senility is less common than one has come to expect]], so anyone with wrinkles and gray hair can use this as ObfuscatingInsanity. Often they enjoy it so much they do it all the time. WhenEldersAttack, you can never tell if it's a crazy one or a RetiredBadass telling you to get the hell off his lawn.

See also GrumpyOldMan and WhenIWasYourAge. May result in RacistGrandma. On the flip side, it can also be a trait of the CoolOldGuy, or its [[CoolOldLady female counterpart]].

When this goes too far, and moves from impoliteness to villainy, see EvilOldFolks. When a senior tries to be impolite but fails comically because they lag behind in the curseword fashion industry for half century or so, it is CurseOfTheAncients.



* ''Wendy's'' memetic ad campaign from the 1980s ([[{{Slogans}} "Where's the Beef?"]]).

[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Oryou Sonozaki from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. Being a {{Yakuza}} matron doesn't hurt much, either.
%%* Pinako Rockbell from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''
* Happosai of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. Then again, he's been screwing politeness his whole life (except around girls he's hitting on), so his seniority is really a secondary factor. And sadly as one of the most powerful martial artists in the world, nobody can really restrain him in any way (unless they bring panties).
** It should be noted though that while the females as well as his students act respectful around him when he is able to hear them, Ranma is rude, brutal and blunt towards Happosai (as long as he isn't female which will end with him/her being molested), making him pretty much the only one able to actually keep him from causing chaos.
-->'''Ranma:''' You dirty old freak!
%%* The "Scooter Lady" from ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest''.
* Occasionally, Genkai from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''
* The Third Tsuchikage of ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'' often acts this way, especially in the way he shows contempt for the much younger Gaara. It's implied through his own statements that he became stubborn with age.
* [[CoolOldLady Torogai]] from ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit'' has no time for your ignorance of the SpiritWorld, your UndyingLoyalty to the emperor, or any of that crap! Young people these days...
* The title character of Machiko Hasegawa's ''Ijiwaru Baa-san'' (AKA "Granny Mischief") is a [[GrumpyOldMan grumpy old woman]] who's always screwing around with her friends, family, and neighbors.
* In ''Anime/SaintSeiyaSoulOfGold'', Dohko tells Aldebaran he has to fight to clean his name from "an embarrassing defeat" during the first Asgard arc of the original anime.

* In the ''WesternAmination/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' crossover fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Kage}}'' (part of ''FanFic/ProjectDarkJade''), Kur, an elderly member of the former rebels, is ''not'' afraid to speak his mind.
* In ''FanFic/HotspringSouls'' Gehrman is this. Not only does he [[NoIndoorVoice scream at the top of his lungs every time he speaks]], he also has some particularly embarrassing behavior such as [[{{Squick}} dropping his dentures in the sukiyaki pot]]. Even Eileen and Djura, his fellow elderly hunters, are ashamed of him.

%%* Walt Kowalski (Creator/ClintEastwood) from ''Film/GranTorino''.
%%* Kevin [=McCarthy=] as R. J. Fletcher from ''Film/{{UHF}}''.
%%* Anne Ramsey as Momma from ''Film/ThrowMommaFromTheTrain''.
%%* Carl Fredricksen from ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''.
%%* Howard Beale from ''Film/{{Network}}''.
%%* Judge Smails from ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}''.
%%* Grandfather Disguisey, played by,Harold Gould, from ''Film/TheMasterOfDisguise''.
* The old bigoted lady in the German short film ''Film/{{Schwarzfahrer}}''.
%%* Creator/MichaelCaine and Robert Duvall in ''Film/SecondhandLions''.
%%* The old lady from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' films. Especially in the Christmas short.
* The little old lady from ''Film/TheRunningMan'', who unashamedly drops a PrecisionFStrike on [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments live national television]].
* ''Film/BubbaHoTep'': Elvis is allowed to be as rude as he likes because nobody takes him seriously anymore anyway.
-->'''Elvis:''' Shit! Get old, you can't even cuss someone and have it bother 'em. Everything you do is either worthless or sadly amusing.
* In ''Film/TheGoldenChild'' there's the unnamed elderly High Priest, who tends to cuss and pick his nose a lot. He does help the protagonist, though.
%%* Katharine Richelieu from ''Rumor Has It''...

* Mrs. Dubose from ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'' casts aspersions on the entire neighborhood, but Atticus tells his children to leave the poor, sick, old woman alone. Then again, that probably has more to do with his general decency than anything else. Well that and the fact that he had some admiration for her since [[spoiler: she was addicted to morphine and trying to quit before she died of the disease she had. Dying slowly and very painfully instead of easily without pain if she had just stayed on it. That takes guts]].
* The poem ''Warning - When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple'' by Jenny Joseph is about a middle-aged-or-so woman fantasizing about being eccentric when she is older and doing such things as learning to spit, swearing in the street, and picking flowers in other people's gardens. One line of the poem ("...I shall wear purple with a red hat...") inspired the whole the "Red Hat Society" thing. Many products for older women proudly display a funny red hat as a symbol of sisterly unity.
* The following verse by Lemuel F. Parton sounds a similar note:
-->''I have led a good life, full of peace and quiet\\
I shall have an old age full of rum and riot\\
I have been a good boy, wed to peace and study\\
I shall have an old age, ribald, coarse and bloody\\
I have never cut throats, even when I yearned to\\
Never sang the dirty songs that my fancy turned to\\
I have been a nice boy, and done what was expected\\
I shall die an old bum, loved but unrespected.''
* Similarly, Creator/DaveBarry has written about his wish to "age ''dis''-gracefully", hitting things with his cane, yelling at people, and generally being a bastard.
** Dave also writes about seeing a senior citizen holding up traffic in New York city by standing in front of a taxicab and whapping the hood with his umbrella, over and over again. The cheering crowd around him was clearly expressing the sentiment that the old guy was doing what they'd like to do but never could.
** A scene he saw at a party where an old lady innocently crept up next to some guy and speared his foot with her cane. When he tried to quietly pull free, she shifted her weight so that he was still stuck. "It made for fine entertainment and a younger person could never have pulled it off".
* ''The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman'' told the tale of an African-American woman who joined the Civil Rights Movement in 1962 at the age of 110. She used her extreme age ruthlessly (after all, what cop, no matter how redneck, wants to be known as the one who rousted or roughed up a 110-year-old woman?).
* "Gramps" (really great-great-grandpa) from Creator/KurtVonnegut's short story ''Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow''. He tortured his descendants by constantly changing his mind about who would receive his fortune. The root of the problem in the story is a medicine called anti-gerasone, which stops aging as long as it is used. This creates relative immortality; the user will live forever unless he or she stops taking it. People put off breaking their addiction to life further and further; the grandfather, for example, was 172, and was described as still in his prime.
* Muriel in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' gets away with insulting just about everybody, all while repeatedly informing them that she is one hundred and seven.
** Although it's implied that she's one of the wealthier members of the family, so that might also have something to do with it.
** Speaking of ''Literature/HarryPotter'', this trope is averted with Albus Dumbledore, who's over one hundred years old himself but always infallibly polite, even to [[BigBad Voldemort]].
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Mace Tyrell's mother Olenna, the "Queen of Thorns", is the only noble of a great house allowed to get away with complete and utter tactlessness - and as for the minor houses, rudeness doesn't ''begin'' to cover the ninety-year-old Lord Walder Frey. [[spoiler: Murder does, for both of them]].
-->'''Edmure Tully''': ''[regarding Walder Frey]'' A few barbed words and some unseemly gloating. From ''him'', that's courtesy. I half-expected the old weasel to piss in our wine and make us praise the vintage.
* In the ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' trilogy, the Starwife (the ancient queen of the squirrels) is short-tempered with everyone she meets. Anyone's first impression of her would be that she is a rude old battleaxe, but she does have good intentions.
-->''"I do have manners but it's so rare that I find anyone worth practising them on."''
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg are fully conscious of this trope and they exploit it everywhere. (At one point the narrator explains that they don't ''think'' of themselves as old, but they take every possible advantage of other people's perception of them as such.) Note that they have the advantage of being witches. Nanny Ogg is also the maternal ancestor to a sizable portion of Lancre.
** The locals might not be fooled by the witches. They certainly don't regard them as being any kind of infirm.
-->''"You wouldn't let a poor old lady go off to confront monsters on a night like this, would you?"\\
"Why should we care what happens to monsters?"\\
"Would ''you'' go out on a night like this?"\\
"Depends if I knew where Granny Weatherwax was."''
** The wizard Windle Poons from ''Discworld/MovingPictures''. "I'm an old man, and I'm hungry!" Hells, Wizards in general are like this. Most of the Faculty is past retirement age.
** Cohen the Barbarian, who has the advantage of being good enough at being a barbarian hero that he survived to old age, and he has a huge sword if people don't catch the hint.
** Topsy Lavish, "a Mark One Feisty Old Lady" in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', has "a forthright way of speaking which flirts with rudeness, and more importantly [[DirtyOldWoman flirts with flirting]]".
* Grandma Mazur in the ''Literature/StephaniePlum'' books by Janet Evanovich. It's hard to say how straight an example this is, as she certainly doesn't think of herself as old, often attempting to dress and act like a woman half a century younger than her. However, she's not afraid to use her age to her advantage, either.
* Elinor from ''Literature/{{Inkheart}}'', the old woman who is exceptionally rude and standoffish to most of the other characters. Her actions are generally accepted by the protagonists and either amuse or annoy the antagonists.
* In Creator/SandyMitchell's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''[[Literature/DarkHeresy Scourge the Heretic]]'', a teenaged Inquisition operative posing as a noblewoman over a century, intentionally invokes this, explaining her bluntness by saying that at her age, you realize it saves time.
* Literature/PhilipMarlowe's client, General Sternwood, in ''Literature/TheBigSleep'' by Creator/RaymondChandler. The wheelchair-bound general is very frank about his daughters' outlandish behaviours and reputations, "because my hold on life is too slight to include any Victorian hypocrisy."
* In the book version of ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones (not as much in the anime), shy, dutiful protagonist Sophie is cursed by being transformed into an old lady and immediately uses this as an excuse to be rude, obnoxious, and generally do whatever she wants. After all, the curse has ruined her life so she figures she might as well enjoy one of the few perks of old age.
* Literature/TheWarlordChronicles provides possibly the best example: Merlin. He's arguably even worse than Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax combined about this trope.
* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars The Chessmen of Mars]]'', I-Gos speaks openly and bluntly. Then, he is always deriding the rest of the city for having fallen from the GoodOldWays of courage.
-->''"What--has O-Tar seen an ulsio and fainted?" demanded I-Gos with broad sarcasm.\\
"Men have died for less than that, ancient one," E-Thas reminded him.\\
"I am safe," retorted I-Gos, "for I am not a brave and popular son of the jeddak of Manator."''
* From ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', Ebenezer Scrooge.
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's stories featuring the Howard Families, Lazarus Long gets away with a lot of rudeness and lack of tact because he's ''The'' [[TheOlderImmortal Senior]] -- literally the oldest member of the human race, over 2400 years old by the time of ''Literature/ToSailBeyondTheSunset'' [[note]]at least on one time scale. He spends enough time on other time axes or otherwise time-traveling that it can be hard to come up with an exact figure, so 2400 is a minimum, really[[/note]]. Of course, he's like this even at the relatively young age of 213 at the start of ''Literature/MethuselahsChildren''.
* This is the attitude most elders take in ''Literature/WarriorCats''. Sandstorm even says that once she becomes an elder it will be her life's ambition to be the crankiest elder who ever lived.
* In ''The Island of the Aunts'', Ursala the old mermaid does not make life for her daughter-in-law and grandchildren very pleasant. [[spoiler:She does become [[CoolOldLady very awesome]] when she lashes out at the sailors that kidnap herself and Queenie, screaming at them to "stop ogling my granddaughter, you plug-ugly!" and insisting that she doesn't care what they do to her because "[she's] already old!"]]
* In Creator/BillBryson's book "The Lost Continent" he mentions a woman that pushed him out of the way while looking at a display case who gave him a brief look that said "I am an old person. I can go where I want."
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Old Man Aaloon has no qualms being a mean cuss to anyone and everyone younger than him ([[TheOlderImmortal i.e. everyone in the world]]).
* Dr. Epstein of ''Literature/{{Jennie}}'' is one of the few people willing to talk openly and completely honestly about Jennie and her human family. He chalks a lot of his bluntness up to his age.
-->''"I am being facetious, of course. Don't print that. I'm eighty-five years old, and I have gotten into the habit of saying whatever I damn well please."''
* ''Literature/TheGodsOfGuilt'': David "Legal" Siegel, the elderly retired lawyer that protagonist Mickey Haller goes to for advice.. "As he had aged, Legal had lost most of the social filters normally employed in polite company."
* Lampshaded in ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People''. In [[InUniverse George and Harold's latest comic]], their grandparents say that what makes them cool is that they're old and don't care what anyone thinks, followed by them shoving people out of their way.

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%%* Sister Monica Joan in ''Series/CallTheMidwife'' has elements of this.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Olenna Tyrell. This is how she got her nickname, the Queen of Thorns. She always says ''exactly'' what she thinks. Or at least projects this image. A reputation for brutal honesty makes it all the more easy to get away with lying.
* In one episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', an old lady wants Reese to give up a changing room, although he was there first. Another episode has Malcolm working for an elderly neighbor who fits this trope. The family's grandmother, Ida is made of this trope, along with RacistGrandma. She's a borderline case of EvilOldFolks.
** The first one is an interesting case, because Reese refuses to give up the changing room and actually gets into a physical fight with the old lady (and Malcolm gets involved, too). She is portrayed as being totally in the wrong, blatantly trying to use her age as a tool of manipulation. It pretty much works: when others catch them fighting, the boys find themselves in a fairly indefensible position and are seen as being total monsters assaulting a poor old woman.
* Oscar Leroy in ''Series/CornerGas'' is stubborn, inconsiderate, prone to demanding the local police force arrest whoever annoys him, and browbeats every public official with, "My taxes pay your salary!" [[MoralMyopia Of course, in his point of view jackasses don't deserve respect.]]
** One of his {{Catch Phrase}}s is "I'm a senior!" At one point his son points out that, since he's 63 years old, he isn't ''technically'' a senior citizen yet[[note]]in {{Canada|Eh}}, where every second of the show takes place, 65 is that magic number, though the current government has suggested it should be raised to 67[[/note]], but Oscar completely ignores this.
* Frank Barone of ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond''.
* An elderly patient in ''Series/{{Becker}}'' treats Becker and Linda, whom are considered unlikeable people, very nicely, while treating Margaret like dirt. She even tells Margaret she simple dislikes her, and that due to her age she doesn't have to pretend to like anyone she doesn't anymore.
%%* Old Man on ''Series/PawnStars'' often fits this trope like a glove.
* In one episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', Peg takes Marcie out to play Bingo; one old woman there is ''incredibly'' rude. (Unfortunately, after Peg wins the big prize, the old woman becomes more polite, only for Marcie to be just as rude to ''her''.)
* Sophia on ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' gets away with utter tactlessness and sometimes downright mean behavior. In the first episode, this was explained by [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness saying Sophia's stroke had destroyed the part of her brain that censored her behavior]], but [[CharacterizationMarchesOn this explanation was never mentioned again,]] and [[{{Retcon}} later flashbacks showed Sophia was always like that]].
%%* Grandma Cora Hudson from ''Series/MorkAndMindy''.
* The BritCom ''Series/WaitingForGod'' is largely built on this trope, although Diana Trent -- the worst offender -- was like this for most of her life.
* Doctor Kelso from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', the DirtyOldMan DrJerk described by others as a product of his time, thinks nothing of being ruthlessly nepotistic towards his patients, has an apparently insatiable sexual appetite with boundaries that disturb his fellow workers (much to his amusement), and has no qualms about randomly bringing up very offensive topics during small talk, such as making extremely morbid jokes about dead patients that horrify everyone around him (much to his confusion) and casually asking others to accompany him to [[{{Squick}} Donkey Shows]].
** It's implied that he does this simply because this is how everyone perceives him and because it makes his job easier. One episode is centered on the one day he's completely nice and willing to do things for patients because it means nobody will bother him for the remainder of the year and another episode has him being best friends with another senior doctor (played by Creator/DickVanDyke) who is his complete opposite.
*** One episode shows that he purposely pisses everyone off in order to [[EnemyMine unite the hospital staff against a common enemy]]. When he doesn't do that, nobody can get any work done because they're too busy fighting and arguing with each other instead.
** In later episodes, after he retires, he actually admits to Dr. Cox that he likes him and they become friends. He's also a lot less mean, though he is still rather snarky and even gets away with getting free muffins every day and stealing a table and chairs from the hospital cafeteria.
** In a direct use of this trope, at one point Dr. Kelso says to Dr. Cox, "Let me make this clear, Perry- I'm old, and I don't care what people think of me." Then he farts, turns around to the patients waiting in the room and says, "That was me, folks."
* Lady Lavender from ''Series/YouRangMLord'', who throws food at the servants at least once an episode.
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' the Third: "I want to be young and wild, and then I want to be middle-aged and rich, and then I want to be old and annoy people by pretending that I'm deaf".
* Mrs. [=McClusky=] from ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' doesn't bother to edit herself anymore. As such, Lynette hated her for most of the first two seasons, then grew to tolerate her.
* Though not as impolite as most examples, Gus Witherspoon, the crotchety grandfather played by Creator/WilfordBrimley on the family drama ''Our House'' certainly qualifies. On one episode, he insisted the family prove they could survive without modern appliances for an entire weekend because he was annoyed at their dependence on newfangled gadgets. In another episode a group of teenage punks tries to intimidate him and he responds by telling them that at one point in WWII he actually "got fat" even though a Japanese machine gun nest overlooked the route from his usual post to the chow hall.
* JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf, the two old men in the balcony in ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', thrive on mocking the rest of the cast. They're among the most popular characters on the show. The episode with guest star Dizzy Gilespie introduces Astoria, Waldorf's elderly wife. She proves to be just as snarky as Statler (in fact, she looked just like Statler, but in a dress and NiceHat).
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'''s parents and Uncle Leo use this excuse to try and get away with shoplifting. But only batteries! They're ''expensive'', you know.
** Not to mention one of Jerry Seinfeld's many bits on old people. In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAt0u7r3g3k this one]] he comments on how it seems that, once people reach a certain age, they don't look when they back their cars out of driveways anymore. It's like "'Look out everybody! I'm old, and I'm ''backing out!''. I've survived, let's see if you can!'"
** It's difficult to tell whether George's parents are using this trope, or if they're just {{Jerkass}}es, but Jerry does seem surprised when his parents mention how horrible the Costanzas are because, "They're from your age group. I didn't know you could detect abnormal behavior among your own kind."
* Fred Sanford of ''Series/SanfordAndSon''. His constant threats of "the big one" (heart attack) and his "arthur-itis".
%%* And, of course, Albert Steptoe, in ''Series/SteptoeAndSon''.
* Red Forman from ''Series/That70sShow''. He may be younger than most of the seniors listed here, but he's there already.
* Nan Taylor from ''Series/TheCatherineTateShow'' manages to embarrass the hell out of her grandson in just about every skit.
%%* Miss Blankenship, Don Draper's secretary on the fourth season of ''Series/MadMen''.
%%* Bill Hader's reporter character, Herb Welch, on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''.
* Leonard and his elderly clique, the "Hipsters", so called because they all have replaced hips, from the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS2E05MessianicMythsAndAncientPeoples Messianic Myths And Ancient Peoples]]". It turns into a reversal of roles with Pierce acting childish and Jeff and Britta having to be the {{Team|Dad}} [[TeamMom Parents]].
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' invokes this trope in his own show repeatedly, despite not actually being a senior in this incarnation. Whenever he gets the chance to use his elderly magical disguise Emrys, he cheerfully insults everyone who gets in his way, especially Arthur and others who get on his nerves in his daily life. He also goes all out with his magic which he normally has to keep hidden, sometimes attacking enemies even when it's not strictly speaking necessary.
** One example is when he's surrounded by a bunch of Knights, all of whom are close friends, but often like winding him up. So he knocks them all out and uses them as a staircase to climb onto his horse.
* The cranky, sharp-tongued octogenarian Mother Dexter became the BreakoutCharacter of ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' SpinOff ''Phyllis''.
--> '''Jonathan''': Now, mother, you can forget that crotchety old lady routine.
--> '''Mother Dexter''': What routine? I ''am'' a crotchety old lady!
* The hidden camera prank show ''Betty White's Off Their Rockers'' plays with this by having senior citizens often acting in rude or unpredictable ways, the question being whether people will react negatively or just let it ride because they're seniors.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Doctor pulls this relatively often. His first incarnation, which was the oldest-looking of all, was particularly fond of the trope. Since his later incarnations tend to look younger, he doesn't get away with it as often anymore. Ten summarizes it pretty well:
--> I'm the Doctor. I'm a Time Lord. I'm from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous. I'm nine hundred and three years old. And I'm the man that's going to save your lives and all six billion people on the planet below. You got a problem with that?
** With his Twelfth incarnation, he once again looks like an old man and returns to form. For instance, when Danny Pink insisted that his name was not "P.E." and that he was a math teacher, the Doctor blamed a bad memory.
--> No, no, I can't retain that. It's just not going in.
* In ''Series/{{Matlock}}'' Ben has got this down to a fine art too.
* Dowager Countess Violet of ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' snarks constantly. As she herself remarks, "I am beyond propriety."
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS09E02DevilMayCare "Devil May Care" (S09, Ep02)]], it is the demon possessing an elderly woman who tells Abaddon off.
* ''Series/{{Longmire}}'': Lucian Connally (And how). The man gets kicked out of a retirement home for firing off a shotgun.
* On ''Series/SixtyMinutes'', Andy Rooney complained ''all the time''. That's why everyone loved him.
* ''{{Series/Amen}}'s Rolly Forbes was the epitome of this.
* A ''ColdOpen'' of ''[[Series/TwoBrokeGirls 2 Broke Girls]]'' features four old ladies who try this trope but [[DeadpanSnarker Max]] immediately shuts them down.
--> '''Max''': Hold up ladies, you don't get a bitch-pass just because you're old! ''[gasps from the ladies, [[CrowningMomentofAwesome a cheer from the studio audience]]'']'' Yes, that's right, I said it. You come in here with your gangster granny attitude, think you can get away with dumping all over the lowly gypsy waitress. No way. At this diner, we don't discriminate due to age. If you're gonna act like an ass, I'm gonna treat you like an ass. No matter how close that ass is riding to the floor.
* Jack Donaghy's mother Colleen in ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'' once provoked a Buddhist monk into throwing a battery at her. She was such an overbearing, nagging harridan that Jack delayed calling an ambulance when he discovered she'd had a stroke. Though the implication was that she had always been that way and had not mellowed with age.
* The "Old people conspiracy" sketch in the French satirical show ''Groland'' describes how old people pass the time by being as annoying as possible to youngsters (taking a lot of time in lines, occupying lifts, ...) in a very well organised way.
* ''Series/PoliticalAnimals'': Elaine's DeadpanSnarker mother rarely lets minor details like politeness curb her tongue, to the point that her favorite "endearment" for her grandsons seems to be "you little shit."
* The "Hell's Grannies" sketch from ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', in which gangs of little old ladies beat up burly young men.
* Averted with the ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' revival, as even in the original series, Roseanne was rude and willing to say what was on her mind, so the only thing that's changed is that now some of the issues she complains about are related to her age.

[[folder: Music Videos]]
* Creator/LeonardNimoy's character in the alternative video for Music/BrunoMars' "The Lazy Song."

[[folder: New Media]]
* The Website/{{Twitter}} account "[[http://www.twitter.com/shitmydadsays Shit My Dad Says]]" that led to the books and newspaper columns of the author's father's grumbling.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in a ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip. An elderly woman, told that she has too many items for the express lane in a store, says, "It doesn't matter. I'm old and therefore you must do what I say." She then does everything possible to eat up time before falling into her handbag and being devoured by wolves.
* A ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' comic has Calvin questioning why old people slow down and become more complacent as they get older. In the end, he resolves that when he is old he'll be "going like a maniac." Hobbes immediately states that the world can't possibly wait for such a day, his voice (most likely) dripping with sarcasm.
* Huey's and Riley's Granddad from ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' is an embodiment of this trope. Even more so in the [[WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks TV show]].

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* [[Characters/WWEDivas WWE female wrestlers The Fabulous Moolah and Mae Young]] - although, to be sure, they were pretty rude when they were young, too.
* [[Wrestling/FreddieBlassie Legendary manager "Classy" Freddie Blassie]] also qualifies, as he regularly employed CaneFu and called anyone who crossed him a "pencil neck geek."

* This is part of the reason why ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' is able to get away with such filthy humour, thanks to the advanced age of its regulars. The rest of the reason is careful ObfuscatingStupidity leading to InnocentInnuendo. In particular, Humphrey Littleton had a persona of a grumpy curmudgeon who would rather not be doing this rubbish, regarded the panel, the games and the audience as a nuisance and wasn't shy about saying so.

[[folder: Standup Comedy]]
* Creator/GeorgeCarlin's last special, ''It's Bad For Ya''. He revels in being 70.
-->'''George Carlin:''' The first one is, you never have to carry anything heavy ever again. Everybody wants to help an old fuck. If you've got a big suitcase, or something like that, you know, you just kind of go like this a little bit... And you say "Yeah, can you help me with this?" They say "Yeah, hey, how far are you going?" "Indianapolis." Another nice thing about getting old is you can leave any social event early just by saying you're tired. Works great with family members. Just turn to the person next to you and you say "Gee, I'm getting tired, you know." "Oh, you're tired? Come on, grandpa's tired, grandpa's going to bed." And someone else says "But it's seven thirty in the morning!" There's always one asshole in the family. But the best thing about getting old is you're not responsible for remembering things anymore. Even important things; "But it was your daughter's funeral!" "I forgot!" You can even make believe you have Alzheimer's Disease. That's a lot of fun. You look around the dining room table and you say "Who are you people and where is my horse?" Then you stare at your eldest son and say "Agnes! I haven't seen you since First Communion!" You can even shit in your pants! They expect it! I haven't tried that yet, but I don't rule it out.
* Creator/JeffFoxworthy set a life goal of being a burden to his children and scaring his grandchildren.
* Nick Swardson has a bit about him wanting to be old enough to shoplift and get away with it, along with speeding.
-->'''Nick:''' When I'm 90, I'm going to be ''going'' 90!
** His first "Creator/ComedyCentral Presents" act included a routine about this. He mentions how when he's an old man, he will steal things 24/7, and if caught by police, would only say "I'm old", and how he would always break the speed limit, and if the cops stopped him, would say "I'm dying". He also jokes how he would curse at his grandchildren, and listen to gangsta rap - before commenting on how ''odd'' it'll be when "Old People Music" includes the terms "bitch" and "ho".
-->'''Nick''': ''(Fondly)'' Ahhh, [[YourMom your grandmother]] was a ho!
* Ventriloquist Creator/JeffDunham has old man Walter. [[spoiler: "Dumbass."]] In one special, Walter even ponders getting a job at UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}} now that he has retired.
-->'''Walter:''' Welcome to Wal-Mart. Get your shit and get out! ''(pause)'' [[SarcasmMode Have a nice day!]]
* Creator/GeorgeBurns: "I was always told to respect my elders. Now I'm at the age where, I don't have to respect anybody."
* Used in one of Patton Oswalt's comedy bits about how old people should have one law a year no longer apply to them, but partially subverted due to caveats:
-->"When you turn one hundred...you can legally commit murder. You can murder anyone. You cannot shoot them, stab them, or poison them - anyone you can strangle, or pummel to death with your bare hands is fair game. ...How many of you would help if someone called, 'Help! A one-hundred-year-old woman is strangling me!'"
* Pat Cooper is in his 80s and refuses to hold back. He spent 22 years appearing on Creator/HowardStern and did not hesitate to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V_xjCVpD80 ''explode'']] on him when he felt slighted. On a subsequent [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtdmduuYw8Q appearance]] on Radio/OpieAndAnthony he spent an entire hour slagging on Stern and several other targets. The hosts noted that they are likely the last professional connection he hasn't alienated and that it will only be a matter of time before he blows up on them as well.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* The computer game ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''
** Jolee Bindo, a Jedi knight who is at least sixty years old and probably quite a bit older. When asked questions about his past, he will ''deliberately'' launch into long, semi-relevant monologues. One of his best lines is "I'm old, dammit! I'm entitled to be enigmatic when I want to be!"
** Kreia is a bitter old ZenSurvivor, callously ridicules everyone and everything, openly mocks the GFFA's concepts of morality, casually commits MindRape on your crew, and is completely open with the fact she's running ThePlan with your character as the central piece. She justifies it by saying, in effect, that she's seen it all, and hates it all. She is also a [[spoiler: Sith Lady]] so her lack of politeness is pretty understandable.
* Cranky Kong from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''. He's exactly as his name says in most of the games (aka always thinking of the good old days of the arcade), and actually sets off the events of ''Donkey Kong Land'' over a bet with King K Rool.
* Wendy Oldbag from ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' is just like this. She rambles on and on about insignificant points, and gets pissed when anyone asks her to keep on track, and often calls poor Nick a "whippersnapper".
* ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine'': Sidonus is notably less formal in speech compared to his battle brothers, bordering on DeadpanSnarker. Not many space marines speak like guardsmen for fear of being judged as heretics by their crazed Fundamentalist superiors, but he's been around too long and fought too many greater terrors to fear a little thing like that.
* ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'':
** [[NeverMessWithGranny Dame Julia Beatrix Tyburn]], on top of being a no-nonsense military commander with experience dating back to World War II, is also an extremely prickly presence with no interest in social niceties and will often insult you over the phone [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold even when she's complimenting you on your abilities]]. For good measure, any attempts at speaking to her outside missions will usually result in her snapping at you for attempts to fraternize.
** [[MagicalNativeAmerican Old Joe]] might be a fairly laid-back old-timer, but he's not above prodding you with his walking stick if he feels you're moving too slowly - usually while grumpily remarking "''some'' of us aren't getting any younger!"
** [[CrazyCatLady Eleanor Franklin]] is very free with her opinions, old age and several decades spent alone in a HauntedHouse having left her with little regard for social graces: among other things, she happily calls the admittedly slow-witted Deputy Andy "gormless", [[RacistGrandma remarks irritably on the "mumbo-jumbo" of the local Wabanaki tribe,]] snarks that it's too late for the local priest to save her soul, and quips that the parties she used to go to weren't actually orgies. For good measure, Sheriff Helen Bannerman's sole attempt to [[BerserkButton call her Ellie]] ended in Eleanor giving her a rant that began with "[[WhileYouWereInDiapers I remember when you were learning to walk...]]"
** [[BadassGrandpa Khalid]], the ancient hermit of the dunes, when he isn't being an aloof AllPowerfulBystander. To put things in perspective, most quest-givers will absently voice their mission briefings to no-one in particular without expecting you to actually do anything about it; Khalid is ''not'' one of them, and gets very irritable when you don't get his drift.
-->Get to it! ''Now!'' What, are you not used to being told what to do, child? Go! ''Go go go go!''
** [[EvilOldFolks Olga Dimir]] has no respect for anyone or anything, and may actually be mentally ill if her letter-writing habits are any evidence. Over the course of her scenes, she [[RacistGrandma loudly voices her]] [[FantasticRacism rabidly anti-supernatural views]] to complete strangers, [[AbusiveParents slaps her adult son around]] for making mistakes, and does everything possible to make you feel unwelcome short of actually spitting in your face.
** [[RetiredBadass Octavian the Eagle]], having been [[ElderlyImmortal seventy years old for the last two thousand years]], has stopped giving a shit about everything except sleeping and [[DrivenToSuicide waiting for the apocalypse to kill him]]. As such, any attempts to rouse him end with him very pointedly ignoring you; when you finally get his attention, he spends his first cutscene yelling at you to just leave him alone and issuing an extremely bitter ClusterFBomb to everyone trying to make him save the world.

* In ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'', Black Mage's brief career as a cobbler was haunted by an old woman who made inane demands because she was "old and quite possibly senile." Possibly one of the few murders of his the audience will see as justified, if only somewhat.
** Another one that could fall under this trope is the old man who lived in Radio Castle. He was rude and never stopped complaining about how things used to be better in the old days because you could be openly racist and there weren't any gays. The guy seriously never stopped complaining. Black Mage ended up pushing him out of an [[KickTheSonOfABitch airlock]].
%%* Dewey's grandma in ''Webcomic/{{Unshelved}}''.
* Fred [=MacIntire=] in ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive''. Stories about his earlier life show that he's always tended towards [[DeadpanSnarker sarcasm]] and {{brutal honesty}}, but in his retirement he's embracing the opportunity to be a {{grumpy old man}}.
** The author has admitted he can't wait to be this trope in real life when he becomes a senior.
* This [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=08082008 "hot-cuss granny"]] in ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}.''
* Deliberately invoked by Lord Shojo in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': he makes paladins clean out Mr. Scruffy's litter box, snarks back at KnightTemplar Miko, and is all around a CoolOldGuy who doesn't have much regard for authority or tradition. [[spoiler:Subverted - or maybe even played even straighter - when he reveals that his entire persona is a facade that keeps him from being assassinated: why would his noble rivals need to kill him if he's an old, senile, presumably easily manipulable ruler? Belkar, who had already liked him before this, promptly began idloizing Shojo]].
* Rando's grandfather (of [=RandoWis=] fame) seems to be made of this trope, as seen here: [[https://randowis.deviantart.com/art/Grandpa-568017575]]

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** Grampa Simpson basically has no filter. The most notable instance of this was when he visited Bart's class for Grandparents' Day. His actions ranged from interrupting all of the other speaking grandparents with his rude commentary, poking fun at Martin's weight, spitting on the floor, and bopping Mrs. Krabappel on the head while calling her "knothead".
** Agnes Skinner is outright hostile to anybody who crosses her path (her own son getting the worst of it).
** Mr. Burns might fall into this category [[EvilOldFolks when he's at his most affable]].
* Cotton Hill in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' takes this trope to sociopathic levels. Although, he was probably always a {{Jerkass}} regardless of age. He does use his age and his status as a veteran to attempt to get away with being a maniac, though. Whenever anybody attempts to call him out on acting like a psychopath, he usually responds with, "I'm old! I gots no shins!"
* Professor Hubert Farnsworth from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' even has a "crochety grandpa discount card" (which expired, despite being good for a lifetime), and once uttered the line "I don't have time for this! I have to go buy a single piece of fruit with a coupon and then return it, making everyone wait behind me while I complain!"
** In the card's defense, Farnsworth has been declared dead at least once.
---> '''Professor:''' You take one nap in a ditch in the park and they start declaring you this and that!
* Col. Stinkmeaner from ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' is explicitly stated as having been a {{Jerkass}} his entire life, but when we see him he is quite old.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', Jay's father Franklin acted insane almost constantly. His wife used the "He had a stroke" excuse. Once admitting immediately that he hadn't really and they just said that to explain it. This wasn't because Franklin was elderly, though; the man '''was''' insane. A brief glimpse into his mind revealed he drove like a maniacal {{Jerkass}} because he was ''dodging Donkey Kong's hurled barrels with the car horn as the jump button''.
* The old people in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "[[Recap/SouthParkS7E10GreyDawn Grey Dawn]]" who want to drive, despite being mentally slow and having no regard for the safety of anyone else on the road... or on the sidewalk... or in buildings... or... Well, you get the idea. This was inspired by a nasty RealLife [[http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/West/07/16/farmers.market.crash/ accident]].
* Ratchet from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. There was even a subplot of an episode dedicated to [[TeamPet Sari]] and [[KidAppealCharacter Bumblebee]] trying to teach him to be less abrasive. Needless to say, it failed miserably!
--> '''Sari''': What's the magic word?
--> '''Ratchet''': NOW!
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'': Grandpa Phil & Aunt Gertie at times.
* Grandpa Wolfe from ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'': He definitely hates Wallabies & Kangaroos and he acts hostilely towards Rocko[[note]]though he apparently thinks Rocko is a beaver[[/note]]. Even with Grandpa Wolfe's incredibly poor eyesight, Rocko still wasn't safe. Heffer's grandmother was apparently very nasty as well. It's revealed that she died and went to Hell, but wouldn't have it any other way.
-->''I like it here. It's warm!''
** This trope was surprisingly deconstructed in a later episode when Rocko and Heffer got stuck on a senior citizens' cruise with Grandpa. When Rocko complained about how Grandpa treated him, another senior reminded him that many seniors have to deal with a lot (aches and pains, losing a loved one, etc.), so they may not be as cheerful as a result. Rocko ends up going through this as well when they end up in the Bermuda Triangle and he and Heffer magically turn old as a result.
* On ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' Marceline the Vampire Queen tries to invoke this (singing "''I'm not mean, I'm a thousand years old, / And I just lost track of my moral code''"), but since she [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld doesn't look]] or [[ImmortalImmaturity act]] like an old person, no one really buys this excuse.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', Slappy Squirrel is sort of a G-rated version of this.
* Eustace Bagge from ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': [[TheLadette Toph]] has not changed a bit in old age, as seen in Season 4 where most of her screentime consists of copious amounts of snark and browbeating interwoven between her [[NeverMessWithGranny kicking Korra's ass]].
* On the ''WesternAnimation/NapoleonDynamite'' cartoon, Grandma says that because she's a senior, she can say any rotten thing she wants and people will just think she's a character. To demonstrate this, she sticks her head out the window and yells at the mailman that she'll shoot him if she gets one more wet catalogue. He laughs and calls her a character.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': Grunkle Stan occasionally invokes this, although it's more of an excuse than anything, as he's always been something of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* Aunt Miriam in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' [[Recap/RugratsS2E12AuntMiriamTheInsideStory episode of the same name]]. In her first visit to Tommy's house, she shows off her lumbago, [[AccidentalMisnaming doesn't remember Didi's name]], chides her niece-in-law for "not feeding Stu enough" and for [[StayInTheKitchen not being a stay-at-home-mom]], criticizes her cooking, and even [[YouAreFat remarked to the woman she certainly has been eating well]].
* Deconstructed in one of the Disney episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' as Doug and the rest of his class do volunteer work at a local nursing home. Doug is assigned to a woman named Mrs. Whackhammer, who initially refuses to talk, and then blows up on him. Later on, Doug realizes her hostility may be her trying to mask how lonely she really is. At the same time, Doug is supposed to do a history report on one of the town's mayors, and upon some research, finds out that Mrs. Whackhammer actually knew him. The two end up bonding when she sees him working on the report, and gives him some first-hand information that would have otherwise been left out.

* There's a joke floating around the Internet which invokes this. An old man is attempting to park his car, but is cut off by a smart-ass teenager, who then shouts, "Sorry, but that's what happens when you're young and fast." The old man, unfazed, simply backs up, hits the gas, and smashes his car into the back of the young man's. He then turns and says, "Sorry, that's what happens when you're old and insured." This exact scene occurs in the movie ''Literature/{{Fried Green Tomatoes|AtTheWhistleStopCafe}}''.
** The scene was also adapted into a Polish advertisement for an insurance company. An older couple tank their car at a gas station, when a jeep full of rowdy teenagers pulls up. After several aggressive and provocative gestures towards the elders, one of the teenagers shouts "Gotta have flair, gramps!" The old man then rams his car into the jeep, before telling the shocked kid "Gotta have flair and money, sonny boy."
* Creator/BettyWhite. Just watch a recent interview and you'll notice that she makes all sorts of snarky remarks and justify it by saying "I'm 88 years old. What do I care?" It's the main reason her younger fans love her!
%% * Creator/DonRickles.
* TRU TV's collection of video footage sent in by people in ''Most Daring: Senior Smackdown''.
* ''Invoked'' by a Website/NotAlwaysRight customer [[http://notalwaysright.com/have-age-will-complain/2189 here.]] And [[http://notalwaysright.com/retired-extremely-dangerous/7770 here.]]
* Certain forms of senile dementia, by causing the frontal and/or temporal lobes to go before the rest, result in this as the sufferer slowly loses their social skills. Then again, whether or not age is a factor, you eventually get to a point in your life where you '''''just no longer give a fuck about anything'''''.
* While Wanda Sykes is not a senior, the above mindset is exactly what she finds herself adopting the older she gets. Which apparently led to some problems at the grocery store when she responded as such to a bagger who was "sixty-three years old, and ''she'' didn't give a fuck either!"
* Old people can generally get away with {{racis|tGrandma}}m and blatant rudeness since few people are going to say or do much. In fact, in many cultures, it's considered inappropriate to say anything back since elders are supposed to be respected unconditionally. Japan's hierarchical culture requires junior members of a group to show deference and respect to their seniors, but there is no obligation on the seniors to show any respect to the people under them. Even in relationships where the senior isn't deliberately obnoxious to his/her subordinates, this can still be quite evident in conversation, with the senior's side conducted using casual language whilst the junior is expected to remain polite and formal. If the senior really is a jerk, then the junior has very little recourse as it's considered bad form to complain about being berated or abused by a senior. About the only thing the junior can do is arrange for him to do it in the hearing of someone even MORE senior (e.g., if Grandfather is being a jerk, let Great-Uncle, his elder brother, hear what a jerk he's being; Great-Uncle can rebuke Grandfather for his bad manners--you can't.)
* Every family has a slightly-senile great-uncle who gets away with saying outrageous things. Prince Phillip is this for the whole Commonwealth.
* China's even worse than Japan. It's a Confucian idea that goes back to respecting your superiors above all else (coupled with the part about "always save face unless you want to shame your entire family then, now, and forever").
* Korea is also a Confucian society. Elderly people will often push and even elbow their way through crowds with no complaints from the younger generation (at least not verbally). They are usually very shocked when they do the same thing to a Westerner, and the Westerner snaps at them or even pushes back (especially likely if said Westerner is American, due to Americans' love of personal space).
* Ask people working in grocery stores - or in most other areas of the service industry, for that matter.
%% * JoanRivers uses this on screen a lot.
* Various shirts and hats have been made with variations of the phrase "Senior Citizen, Gimme My Damn Discount" on them.
* There's a meme in Chile about the ''"Viejas Velociraptor"'' (Velociraptor Old Women), old and rude women who push, tackle, trample and step over everyone if that will let them grab a good seat in the Metro de Santiago (Santiago's subway network).
* Complain all you want... [[HypocriticalHumor you will probably do the exact same things when we get that age]], with the exception of those who make it a point to "Do unto others as you would have them do to you". There are elderly people who are kind enough and would frown upon this idea.
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