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->''"What's this? Attack of the old people? [[LampshadeHanging Oh, that's ridiculous]]."''
-->-- '''The Dream Lord''', ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E7AmysChoice "Amy's Choice"]]

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

See also: BadassGrandpa, NeverMessWithGranny, EvilOldFolks, OldMaster, ScrewPolitenessImASenior and ImprobableWeaponUser. Not to be confused with RacistGrandma, though it can overlap.

Also not to be confused with [[WhenTreesAttack When Alders Attack]]. ([[LamePunReaction Sorry.]])

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] often uses his [[CaneFu cane as a weapon]] (he certainly doesn't need it for walking).
* Kidney Lady, basically Comicbook/HowardTheDuck's only unbeatable enemy. Wields a mean cane against anyone who smokes or sends off harmful fast-food fumes. Clearly nuts, but can be tricky; will use magic in a pinch.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'': Nana, the [[OneSceneWonder little old lady]] from the first movie returned in the sequel, ''Escape 2 Africa'', through sheer PopularityPower. Not only did she beat up a full-grown lion (''three times!''), but she showed a lot of skill as a survivalist and delivered a RousingSpeech to her fellow [[BigApplesauce New Yorkers]] after the Penguins jacked their tour jeeps.
* Rafiki, the wise old Baboon, pulls a BigDamnHeroes entry in ''Disney/TheLionKing'', smacking down a couple of hyenas with his stick during the final battle.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' had the crazy old woman who tried to shoot the rats with a shotgun [[spoiler:then gas her house with poison gas]], but completely and utterly failed to be {{Badass}}.
* Carl attacks a worker manhandling his mailbox with his cane at the start of ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''. Unusually for the trope, he gets into serious trouble as a result.
** A more straight-forward example is found in the limited-animation short [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF5KWMX3u4Y Geroge and AJ]] has mobs of senior citizens taking off with their houses in more and more insane ways, completely tormenting the titular two guys from the retirement home.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Rabid Grannies'', a horror flick from Troma Entertainment, is a bit of a subversion, since the titular grannies ''are'' the monsters.
* The title character of the ''Madea'' series... especially in ''Film/MadeasFamilyReunion'' and ''Film/MadeaGoesToJail'' where a school bully in the former and the police in the latter found out.
* In ''Film/SpiderMan2'', although she is the DamselInDistress at that point, this doesn't stop Aunt May from helping Spider-Man in fighting Dr. Octopus by giving the mad scientist a good whack with her umbrella.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The elderly superheroes of Literature/{{Bigtime}}.
* In the ''{{Literature/Discworld}}'' novels, we have Cohen the Barbarian and his Silver Horde. Although they are, indeed, very old, they are very old barbarian heroes. As pointed out in ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', they have survived a very long time in a deadly profession. Suffice it to say, ''Badass'' is an understatement.
* ''{{Foundation}}'': Hari Seldon is forced to do this several times as conditions on Trantor deteriorate; he's blamed for the deterioration and is also a victim of gang violence caused by it. Because he was a martial artist in his youth, Seldon successfully defends himself at first, but eventually age and illness catch up with him.
* [[Literature/CaptainUnderpants Geezer Powers -- ACTIVATE!!]] Only within the ShowWithinAShow, though, [[spoiler:until the grandparents accidentally get superpowers.]]
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Shiro, a tiny ancient Japanese guy with poor eyesight beats the crap out of a Denarian in the shape of a 6 legged {{bear|sAreBadNews}} with a {{cane|Fu}}. On the other hand, this cane turns out to be the sheathe for Fidelacchius, one of the Swords of the Cross.
* In both ''Literature/AdrianMole'' and its TV adaptation, the thirteen-and-three-quarter year old Adrian confides in his beloved granny that he is being bullied at school. His tiny granny promptly goes out and CurbStomps the bully into a whining pleading-for-mercy pulp.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* FatherTed and the episode, "Attack Of The Nearly Dead". Grannies make for intense fan girls...
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ygy7UDADXDg Hell's Grannies]]"
* ''Series/MadMen'' provides a disturbing example when Layne Pryce's father Richard, who [[spoiler:hits his grown son upside the head with a cane and threatens to break his fingers--all because Layne doesn't want to go back to England and has started dating a black woman.]] The [[DeliberateValuesDissonance attitudes are right for the generation]], but even then, it comes off as pretty harsh. It's enough to make it somewhat surprising that Pryce turned out as as stable and sympathetic as he did given his upbringing, instead of totally screwed up, given the series' norms (on the other hand, [[StiffUpperLip perhaps not]]...).
* The 'Nanageddon' episode of ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'', unsurprisingly. Although little old ladies are considerably more dangerous with knitting needles when said little old ladies have been summoned from the pits of Hell.
* The example that provides the page quote in 'Amy's Choice' of ''Series/DoctorWho'', which is frankly hilarious, except when the old people turn out to be possessed by aliens that kill people with lethal bad breath. Amy has no compunction in running them over.
** Turns out in the end that [[spoiler: its all a dream created by the Doctor's evil side]]. He choose 'alien-possessed old people' as something the Doctor and his companions would believe, which probably tells you something about the common MonsterOfTheWeek tropes this show uses.
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E18BasicGenealogy Basic Genealogy]], Troy's grandmother attacks Britta with a switch.
* An example from a soap opera is Crane Tolliver, Lila Quartermaine's first husband on ''Series/GeneralHospital'', who shot Susan Moore (Jason "holy hitman" Morgan's mother) when she tried to double-cross him in a blackmail scheme.
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[[folder:Other]]
* In one bit, comedian PattonOswalt says that, if you can live to be 100, you should be allowed to legally murder anyone you want, provided you kill them with your bare hands. He then says, "Would any of you come to the rescue if you heard, 'Help, a 100 year old woman is beating me to death!'?"
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* In old-style British wrestling, a section of the audience with the power to ''terrify'' some of the largest, hardest, men to stalk the ring were.... the grannies. Little old ladies who let it all out on a Saturday afternoon at the wrestling. Special bile was reserved for whoever was playing the Evil Wrestler part. The old ladies were capable of seriously foul swearing, throwing things including handfuls of drawing pins or even nails. If anyone was unlucky enough to fall or be thrown out of the ring... ouch. Being belaboured with walking sticks was only the beginning of it. Some dedicated wrestler-baiters did things like sharpen the ferrule of an umbrella to a vicious point, and stab with it. Cigarettes would be stubbed out into bare flesh. Hatpins would be inserted where it hurt most. Imagine a ringside of wrestling grannies claiming vengeance on the baddie who'd just apparently beaten the golden boy to a pulp... the blows in the ring might still sting, but at least they were agreed and roughly scripted. In the ring the wrestler had an idea of what was coming. ''Outside'' the ring was a different matter.
* Wrestling/{{Chikara}}'s Melvin Snodgrass and Darkness Crabtree, the Senior Assault Team. They hold victories over the likes of the Wildcards (Wrestling/EddieKingston and Blackjack Marciano)
* Wrestling/RoddyPiper, Wrestling/JimmySnuka and Wrestling/RickySteamboat vs Wrestling/ChrisJericho at Wrestlemania, when they collectively become tired of Jericho's never ending rating about the fans because they cheer Wrestling/ShawnMichaels more than him.
* Just to hammer in how much Wrestling/{{TNA}} did not care for No Limit, it uncovered them from their shallow graves so they could be {{squash| match}}ed down to fit into deeper ones by the completely grey headed Wrestling/KevinNash.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* ''{{BIONICLE}}'': in ''Mask of Light'', Vakama whacks a Rahkshi on the head with his staff, which does nothing to faze it.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Tellah does this to Edward in a scripted ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' battle, hitting him with his cane and calling him a SpoonyBard. It barely even hurts him, and this is [[SpoonyBard Edward]] we are talking about.
* [[VideoGame/PaperMario ELDER]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny POWER ACTIVATE]]!! [[spoiler: The Puni Elder's [[CrackOhMyBack back acts up]] before it can even do anything]]
* One of the [[WeirdnessMagnet Wild Wasteland]] encounters of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has The Courier being ambushed by a trio of old biddies armed with rolling pins and knives, as a ShoutOut to the ''Hell's Grannies'' above. They're about as threatening as they sound, especially since the player character should be pretty well-armed by this point.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', the playable race the Forsaken, are fairly clearly modeled on the elderly. ''{{Undead}}'' elderly.
* In ''TheSims'' games, Mrs. Crumplebottom is an NPC who visits community lots. If two Sims kiss on the lot, she'll come over and hit one of them with her purse.
* [[DragonQuestVIII Yangus]]'s Golden Oldies attack summons the diminutive King Trode, which leads a ''horde'' of old men, running over whatever enemy it is aimed at.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode 'The Golden Years', Drakken's army of seniors attacks Kim.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode, an old lady does this from the roof of an episode to a Franchise/{{Godzilla}}-like monster, who promptly eats her.
** In another episode, Mojo Jojo gets body swapped with an old lady. It does not seem to affect his fighting prowess.
** One time the girls are called in to take down a group of senior citizens robbing a bank, but Blossom insists they leave them be since they have to respect their elders. Instead her idea is to bring a geriatric superhero out of retirement to take down the elderly bad guys.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', treat your elders with respect..... ''or else.'' Case in point: "Grey Dawn". In a parody of ''Film/RedDawn1984'', the town's seniors, organized by the American Association of Retired Persons, orchestrate a takeover of the town when the state of Colorado decides to revoke the driver's license of any person over 70. [[spoiler:They are thwarted when the boys lock the doors of the Country Kitchen Buffet (based on a real restaurant chain, the Old Country Buffet, and it gets a lot of business from seniors), where all the seniors had been eating, and thus cutting off their food supply.]]
** Another episode features Butters' grandma being even more abusive then his parents.
* Stinkmeaner and the Hateocracy from ''TheBoondocks''.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': the Senior Citizen Squad and TheHorde of Senior Citezombies lead by the borderline-EldritchAbomination [[UltimateEvil Grandfather]].
* Bruce Wayne fits this trope occasionally in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. Given that this is Batman as a senior citizen, he is much more effective than average.
* Shows up in the opening credits for the old cartoon ''WesternAnimation/{{Superchicken}}'' ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-3QAiVDL-A at :04 in]]).
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* AndrewJackson did this to a guy who tried to kill him, chasing him with his cane after both of the would-be assassin's pistols failed to fire. Jackson, 67 at the time and reportedly having respiratory problems, had to be pulled off his target by his aides after administering a highly justified beatdown.
* It has been proven that elderly victims of muggings and armed robbery are twice as likely to retaliate against an attacker, compared to younger victims. The reason basically being that a younger victim would believe he or she had more to lose.
* More than once a mugger has targeted an elderly man they thought would be an easy mark, only to discover said elderly man is an ex-special forces RetiredBadass.
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