[[caption-width-right:320:And we ''liked'' it that way!]]

->''"Lemme tell you somethin', you whiny little snot\\
There's somethin' wrong with all you kids today\\
You just don't appreciate all the things you got\\
We were hungry, broke, and miserable\\
And we liked it fine that way!"''
-->-- '''Music/WeirdAlYankovic''', "When I Was Your Age"

This is a StockPhrase speech by any character denigrating modern kids, modern conveniences, modern behavior, modern ''anything'', against the standards of the speaker's past. It doesn't matter how many conveniences or benefits are available now; the speaker of the When I Was Your Age rant will not waver in his view that TheyChangedItNowItSucks.

The most common version of this trope is for the speaker to criticize young people as having things easy compared to the hardships of the past; the When I Was Your Age rant almost always concludes that these advantages have made the young people of today soft, lazy, spoiled, or worse; the [[MiseryBuildsCharacter hardships gave people moral fiber]].

This is a perennial favorite of the GrumpyOldMan or RacistGrandma, and is often played for comedy -- expect to hear some variation of "I had to walk fifteen miles (because it's ''always'' fifteen miles, don't question it) to school in the snow! Barefoot! Uphill! ''Both ways''!"

When the point of the speech is how much ''better'' it used to be, you have a NostalgiaFilter in place. Might be part of a RamblingOldManMonologue.

[[TruthInTelevision This is not completely made up, though.]] This Trope is in fact OlderThanDirt, as it is at least 4,000 years old (and probably as old as mankind itself).

Compare ScrewPolitenessImASenior, WhileYouWereInDiapers, MiseryPoker, IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow.

* Spoofed in a series of AT&T U-verse commercials in which preteens lecture kids only a couple of years younger than them on how [[TechnologyMarchesOn back in their day]], they didn't have wireless TV and [[FelonyMisdemeanor had to wait a full SIXTY SECONDS to download a song from the Internet]].

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Manga/TentaiSenshiSunred'', when Vamp and his [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Evil Organization]] Florsheim get competition from the Evil Organization Devil Eye Army [[spoiler:and subsequently thrash the upstarts]]. Vamp, [[ContractualGenreBlindness who is a traditionalist in the Evil Organization]]-biz, starts complaining that Devil Eye Army's aesthetics is an eyesore to their community and that back in his day, [[HarmlessVillain monsters knew not to hang around looking shady and upsetting residents]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Benjamin J. Grimm of the ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' indulges in this from time to time, especially when comparing the undisciplined kids of today to the high-spirited teenagers of his youth. Ironically, due to ComicBookTime, the generation at the young, disliked end of that comparison is now the generation at the old and reminiscing end.
* In ''ComicBook/MonicasGang'', Jimmy Five's father once told Jimmy that, with Jimmy's allowances, he once bought stuff for home. Jimmy then asked how his parents did to live off ice cream and sweets.
* ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros'': While complaining about how low his nephew's grades were, José Carioca told said nephew his grades were different back in his day. When said nephew asked how they used to be, José told the boy [[HypocriticalHumor not to change the subject]].

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* Father Brainstorm of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' says this a lot.
-->"When I was your age, we didn't have all this fancy shiny techno-gear! Our servant rays were made out of straw and leather!"
** Calvin's dad also says this in the same episode.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'', Fowler would carp about his days at the Royal Air Force whenever he felt the chickens went out of line. [[spoiler:Then when they build an airplane to escape, they expect Fowler to pilot, but then he reveals that he was only a mascot at the RAF, and never actually flew a plane. Ginger gives him an inspiring speech about how "today ''is'' your day" to get him into the cockpit.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'', Lord Business's rant to Emmet is [[TakeThat pretty much a copy and paste of editorials complaining about Millennials.]] [[spoiler:"Well guess what. No one ever told me I was special! I never got a trophy just for showing up! I'm not some special little snowflake!"]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'', Max tries to tell his dad that he can't go on a fishing trip since he's going to a party with his crush, only for Goofy to interrupt him with this:
-->'''Goofy:''' Oh, you'll have plenty of time for parties when you're older, Maxie. Why, when I was your age, I'd never even been invited to a party. Look at me now!

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Done in ''Film/MyBigFatGreekWedding'':
-->'''Maria Portokalos:''' "Nicko! Don't play with the food! When I was your age, we didn't ''have'' food!"
* ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture''
** In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', Lorraine (Marty's mother) chastised Linda (Marty's sister) for thinking that it's okay for girls to call boys, saying "when I was your age I never chased a boy or called a boy or [[AutoErotica sat in a parked car with a boy]]." Then Marty goes back in time and discovers that [[FormerTeenRebel this was a great big lie]].
** 47-year-old Marty pulls this on his son in a deleted scene of ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', saying that when he was his age, when he wanted to watch two shows at once, he had to put two televisions next to each other.
* In ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', the grandfather tells the kid at the beginning, "When I was your age, television was called books," before reading him the story.
* ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'' has an interesting variation where the main character's father-in-law talks about how, back in his day, inventions were being made every day and laments the sterility of the times he lives in and how his son-in-law was born in the wrong era. The twist? The old man is from ''our'' age (possibly TheNewTens), and it is {{justified|Trope}} in that the world in the future is undergoing an agricultural apocalypse, and it has gotten so bad that the Moon Landings being faked is taught at schools to direct more people to working crops.
* In ''Film/{{Pixels}}'', Sam claims that games used to be harder in his times.
-->''Just look at this! There's no pattern! He's always coming from the left!''

* A man told his son he didn't have TV back in his day. The son then asked him what his Dad forbade him from doing as discipline.
* Another joke has a grandparent make a BaitAndSwitch comment that begins like a comment about inflation:
-->When I was your age, my mom sent me to the store with a quarter and I came back with a loaf of bread, a bottle of milk, and a newspaper. But you can't do that anymore because there's too many surveillance cameras.
* Plenty of jokes abound about how much of today's generation will be doing the same thing in the future. In the flip side, plenty of jokes also abound about people of generations past (best effective if set, at least, a century in the past) being lectured by people older than them.
* There are also jokes about older people complaining about how too much of the younger generation(s) hold views that are more ''conservative'' than what they ever held.
* A father tells his son: "When Abe Lincoln was your age he walked 9 miles to school and did homework by candlelight!" The son responds: "When Abe Lincoln was ''your'' age, he was the President!"

* In ''[[Literature/ForgottenRealms Cloak of Shadows]]'' Storm tried to inspire young Harpers complaining about having to rise early, then Elminster finished them off with a handful of tall tales:
-->'''Storm''': What sort of Knights and Harpers is Faerun breeding these days? Why, when I was your age...\\
'''Sharantyr''': I know, I know. [...] Then you had to run two miles to the river to bathe and draw enough water for all the horses to drink, run back with it, and get the axe to go out and chop firewood for the kitchen fires, before y--\\
'''Elminster''': When I was your age, axes hadn't been invented yet. Nor horses. We ''walked'' every­where to gather our firewood.
* [[CrowningMomentofFunny Played with hilariously]] by Creator/ShelSilverstein in his poem "When I Was Your Age".
-->''My uncle said, "How old are you?" \\
I said, "Nine and a half," and then \\
My uncle puffed out his chest and said, \\
"When I was your age, I was ten."''
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series, an elder does this at a Gathering in ''Forest of Secrets'', claiming that young cats nowadays don't know what hardship is.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** PlayedForLaughs in ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', where the complaining is done by an elderly mayfly, complaining to the young'uns how much more light you got back when he was a lad (i.e., several hours ago). We had a proper sun, right up in the sky, none of this red nonsense. As a contrast, there's also a forest of extremely long-lived pine trees with a particularly old one saying that they had proper glaciers back in the day.
** Granny Weatherwax often does it when dealing with younger witches. In ''Discworld/EqualRites'', when confronted with a crystal ball, she mutters "Never could get the hang of this damn silicon stuff. A bowl of water with a drop of ink was good enough when I was a girl." And in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' her reaction to Magrat's New Age fripperies is "When ''I'' was a gel we had a lump of wax and a couple of pins and we had to be content. We had to make our ''own'' enchantment in them days." And in ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', when she learns of a shortage of young girls who want to be witches, she blames it on "all this making your own entertainment. We never made our own entertainment when I was a girl. We never had time."
** In ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'' this is one of many ways the older wizards drive Ponder Stibbons mad. When unfocused time magic turns ''him'' into an old man, he's horrified to realise he wants to say "You should've seen the temporal disturbances we [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble will have been used to be going to get]] in ''my'' day."
* ''Literature/TheMartian'': Mark Watney realizes that being stuck on Mars gives him an amazing opportunity for this sort of thing.
-->'''Watney:''' I can't wait till I have grandchildren. "When I was younger, I had to walk to the rim of a crater. Uphill! In an EVA suit! On Mars, ya little shit! Ya hear me? Mars!"
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfThePeopleOfVatnsdal'': When Thorstein Ketilson is eighteen, his father (a former viking) chews him out for supposedly being a lazy coward for not going out and putting his life at risk for money and fame. Thorstein is so upset, he sets out at all alone on a forest road preyed on by bandits, and ends up killing the highwayman Jokul. As he returns victoriously, he meets Ketil and his family looking for him, and Ketil admits that he has been regretting his tirade already.
-->''"The behaviour of young men today is not what it was when I was young. In those days men hankered after deeds of derring-do, either by going raiding or by winning wealth and honour through exploits in which there was some element of danger. But nowadays young men want to be stay-at-homes, and sit by the fire, and stuff their stomachs with mead and ale; and so it is that manliness and bravery are on the wane."''

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In "Blue Goldfish", Miss Brooks is delegated to ask Mr. Conklin to raise the heat in the school. Mr. Conklin subjects Miss Brooks to a lecture about how soft people have gotten, unable to stand a little "fresh air." Mr. Conklin laments that Americans are no longer able to live up to the example set by George Washington at Valley Forge. [[spoiler: An example of HypocriticalHumor, the only reason ''Mr. Conklin'' is able to stand the cold is that he's sitting on a heating pad.]]
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'''s "Weekend Update" segments in the late 1980s would regularly feature Dana Carvey's "Grumpy Old Man" delivering one of these as a commentary. He'd always glamorize the past even as he described it in the most horrific terms.
-->"Everything today is improved and I don't like it. I hate it! In my day we didn't have hair dryers. If you wanted to blow dry your hair you stood outside during a hurricane. Your hair was dry but you had a sharp piece of wood driven clear through your skull and that's the way it was and you liked it! You loved it. Whoopee, I'm a human head-kabob! We didn't have Manoxidol and Hair Wings, in my day if your hair started falling out when you were 16, by 19 you were a bald freak. There was nothing you could do about it. Children would spit at you and nobody would mate with you so you couldn't pass on your disgusting baldness genes. You were a public menace, a chromedome by age 20 and that's the way it was and we liked it! We loved it! Hallelujiah look at me, I'm a bald freak, O happy day!"
** And about a decade later, Music/GarthBrooks played another such character on the fake game show ''Who's More Grizzled?'' ("When I was your age, we didn't call our elders by their Christian names.")
** Bobby Moynihan's Drunk Uncle character sometimes gets into this, or at least you figure that's where it would be headed [[RamblingOldManMonologue if he could form a coherent sentence.]]
* The "Four Yorkshiremen" skit, originally from ''Series/AtLastThe1948Show'' and later famous in the ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' rendition. Starts out plausible, but quickly turns into a one-upping contest, until...
-->"You were lucky to have a lake! There were 150 of us living in t' shoebox in t' middle o' road."\\
"And when we got home, our dad would kill us, and dance about on our graves, singing "Halleluja"!"\\
* Subverted in one episode of ''Series/MamasFamily'' where Bubba asks Mama for $15 to take a date to the movie. Mamma gets upset about the price, then starts to tell Bubba how her dates with her (deceased) husband were cheaper, then starts to explain one said date in detail... Then she remembers ''exactly'' what [[AutoErotica they did on that date]], and gives Bubba ''thirty'' dollars quickly, telling him to enjoy the movie.
* Mr. Noseworthy of ''Series/RadioActive'': "I remember when I was your age..." is pretty much his CatchPhrase.
* From ''{{Series/Dinosaurs}}'':
-->'''Earl:''' "When I was your age we didn't have lawn mowers, we didn't have scissors, we had to get down on all fours and graze like a cow."
* Happens briefly in [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-may-3-2005/colbert---sign-of-the-crimes this]] ''Series/TheDailyShow'' segment. Creator/StephenColbert tries to outdo an interviewee's impoverished upbringing with "[[AlienGeometries Did you have floors?]]"
* In the ''Film/TheHorrorOfPartyBeach'' episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', Mike and the Bots sing a 50s-style song to educate "the young people" about sodium (ItMakesSenseInContext). After it's over, Crow goes into a non-angry version of this ("...with your pierced I-don't-know what...")
* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' gives us an unusually awesome example: TheBrigadier gives one such lecture to a cheeky major who has the balls to suggest that they had it ''easier'' back in [[Series/DoctorWho the old days]].
* ''Series/MrsBrownsBoys'' gives us this subversion:
-->'''Mrs. Brown:''' When I was a kid, my mum would send me to the shop with 50p. I could get meat, eggs, milk, a comic and a pair of jeans. Can't do that nowadays. Feckin' CCTV!
* In one of the"Bridget and Eamonn" sketches on The Republic of Telly, Typical Irishman Eamonn has this to say about Christmas
-->'''Eamonn:''' [[FunetikAksent In my day, you wouldn't be fightin' over anything. D'ya know why? Cos ya got nottin. Ya got nottin.]]
* In ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'', Mrs. Slocombe will complain about a junior salesperson's behavior or attitude by stating, "When I was a junior ... ."
* In ''Series/BlueBloods'', Nicky manages to convince her mother Erin to let her stay out until 11 PM. Erin's grandfather points out that he was "out on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific at her age!"
* Variatoin in ''{{Series/CSI}}'' Brass and someone else are investigating a guy who died while playing video games. When they go to question people at a tournament, Brass, a Vietnam veteran, spots a kid playing a ShootEmUp type game.
-->'''Brass''': When I was their age, I was in a real jungle, using a real gun, fighting a real war.

* This is the subject of Music/WeirdAlYankovic's song, "When I Was Your Age".
-->''Every night for dinner, we had a big old chunk of dirt / If we were really good, we didn't get dessert! \\
... \\
Nobody ever drove me to school when it was 90 degrees below / Had to walk butt naked, through 40 miles of snow!''
* George Hrab's ''When I Was Your Age'' is a mild version, culminating in a NotSoDifferent view.
* Frank Hayes wrote ''When I Was A Boy'', which is When I Was Your Age for the IT industry. It Culminates with
-->''And we did all our coding in [[UsefulNotes/BinaryBitsAndBytes 1's and in 0's]], and sometimes we ran out of 1's!''

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* From ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'':
-->'''Programmer''': When I started programming we didn't have any of these sissy "icons" and "windows". All we had were [[ZeroesAndOnes zeros and ones]] -- and sometimes we didn't even have ones. I wrote an entire database program using only zeros.
-->'''Dilbert''': You had zeros? We had to use the letter "O".
* Inverted in a ''ComicStrip/{{Mafalda}}'' strip where she comments with Miguelito how it dawned on her that the twenty-something year olds of today who complain about the older generations nagging them, will be the ones to nag on her generation tomorrow. [[DisproportionateRetribution Hilarity ensues]].
* Spoofed in a ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip in which Calvin [[ImagineSpot imagines himself]] as Spaceman Spiff being hauled off to a torture chamber by disgusting aliens. Spiff is surprised to find himself in an exact replica of his parents' living room, and one of the aliens announces that Spiff will be subjected to "a calm discussion of wholesome principles." The next panel shows a BigNo from Calvin in the "real world" as his father spouts various StandardFiftiesFather cliches. ("Yes, life is tough and suffering builds character! Nothing worth having ever comes easy! Virtue is its own reward" - and then the TropeNamer.)
* A prehistoric installment of ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' has a [[GrumpyOldMan Grumpy Old Caveman]] grumbling: "Back in my day, we used every goldang ''part'' of a mammoth!"
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': When he had Jon's age, Jon's Dad was already married and had a kid. Jon's reply ("Yeh, me") prompted him to state it was a good argument but he still thought Jon should get married.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* This is played with in "A Beary Bear Christmas" from ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse''. When Jack overhears that the kids of the Big Blue House are having trouble thinking of a present for Bear, he tells them that when he was a pup, one had to walk miles and miles just to get to the store. "You did that?!" ask the kids, amazed, and he admits that no, he didn't. He and his friends made gifts for their parents and they loved them all the same.

* In ''Radio/LumAndAbner,'' any time Lum prepares to give a speech he invariably talks about being a "barefoot kid of a boy" having to walk several miles to school in the snow.
-->'''Cedric''': I like to hear Mr. Lum's speeches, so's I can hear how many miles and how many feet of snow it is this time.

[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Creator/BillCosby has a stand-up routine about grandparents where he talked about how grandfathers always talk about how much tougher they had it in their day, especially about how they had to walk to school in the snow. He mentions a friend whose grandfather spent his entire life in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and ''still'' claimed that he had to walk to school in the snow.
** From ''Bill Cosby - Himself:''
---> '''Bill Cosby''': My father walked to school. Four o'clock every morning. With no shoes on. Uphill. Both ways. In five feet of snow. And he was thankful! ''(pause)'' [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking I asked my father to give me a dollar for the school picnic, and he told me how he killed a grizzly bear with his loose-leaf notebook.]]
* One of ventriloquist Creator/JeffDunham's puppets, [[GrumpyOldMan Walter]], similar to Bill Cosby's father, uses this as part of an EscalatingPunchline:
--> '''Walter''': When I was young I had to walk five miles to get a condom! Uphill. In the snow. With a ''boner''.
* Apparently, Creator/LouieAnderson's father was always telling his kids how tough he had it. "When I was a kid, we didn't ''have'' [Christmas tree stands]! We had to take turns ''holdin''' that tree!" "When I was a kid, we didn't ''have'' schools! I had to find smart people and follow 'em around!" [[note]]"So you never found anyone, huh, Dad?"[[/note]] And Louie ponders: "What are we gonna tell our kids? 'I didn't get cable till I was 12!'"

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The [[SelfParody Unhinged Parody set]] of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=74235 Old Fogey]] and its accompanying flavor text.
--> These kids today with their collector numbers and their newfangled tap symbol. Twenty [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=600 Black Lotuses]] and 20 [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=3871 Plague Rats]]. Now that's real '''Magic'''.
* Dwarf Longbeards from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' are this trope incarnate. So much so that the in-universe litmus test for when something is really fucking bad is [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness when even THEY can't just acerbically dismiss it as inferior to the perils of their own time]]. Hilariously, this has only occurred a grand total of ''once'', with the dawn of the goddamned [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt End]] [[ApocalypseWow Times]]

* ''Theatre/WestSideStory'':
-->'''Doc''': Why, when I was your age--\\
'''Action''': When you was my age; when my old man was my age; when my brother was my age! ''You was never my age, none of you!'' The sooner you creeps get hip to that, the sooner you'll dig us.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Done by Cranky Kong in the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' series rather frequently.
-->'''Cranky:''' Look at all these buttons! Back in MY day, kids were ecstatic if we gave them two of 'em to press! And these colors! We only had [[UsefulNotes/GameBoy four shades of gray in a 2x2 character block]], and we were happy! And we never had any of this fancy 3-D stuff, either! No, we had to survive on what we had! And what little we did have, we were happy with! Well, I've never seen anything like it!
** PlayedForLaughs in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/comic/293-thenewgeneration/ this strip]] of ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily''.
-->'''Cranky:''' Oh, look who's come crawling back for advice, even though things are easier than ever! Why don't you ask your newfangled ''super guide'' for help? Back in my day, we had to play through the levels '''ourselves!''' And this controller-shaking thing? We didn't need fancy doodad-filled remotes... four buttons, that's all we had! Also, what's the big deal about playing simultaneously nowadays? When I was younger, we had to be ''tagged in'' to play...!\\
''{{Beat}} as Cranky tags in an ape just offscreen''\\
'''Elderly Diddy Kong:''' ...And by gum, Junior, we '''liked''' it!
* ''VideoGame/EverQuest'' added into the game an NPC "Old Man [=McKenzie=]". The official description of him is:
-->"Old Man [=McKenzie=], a frequent patron of the taverns in the Plane of Knowledge, thinks you adventurers have it too easy these days! Back in his day they didn't have all this fancy armor and magical weaponry, they relied on their wits and not a little luck to survive! Think you've got what it takes to survive in [=McKenzie=]'s Gold era?"
* In one level in ''VideoGame/Halo2'', [[LargeHam Sergeant]] [[SergeantRock Johnson]] gives this speech:
-->When I was in the corps, we didn't have any fancy-schmancy tanks. We had STICKS! Two sticks, and a rock for the whole platoon! And we had to ''share'' the rock! So buck up, 'cause you're one lucky Marine.
** The soundtrack of ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' includes the track "Uphill, both ways". Given the way the Halos are constructed, [[VisualPun it actually makes sense]].
* In the finale of the ''VideoGame/GuildWars Beyond: War In Kryta'' storyline, you can see a group of old men complaining about how the victory was hardly heroic by their standards, mocking actions taken by the developers in reducing difficulty and adding controllable "hero" characters.
-->'''Antwyn''': Hah? These young'ns call this a final battle? Back in my day, we didn't have these newfangled Asuran magics to protect us from Spectral Agony. We just had to tough it out. Kids these days don't know how good they've got it!\\
'''Jorith''': I remember the day you had to walk fifteen miles uphill in the Shiverpeaks, then kill a spectral abomination just to get one piece of armor infused! And we liked it that way!\\
'''Carden''': That's nothing! You wouldn't be sitting here if me and my two buddies hadn't killed the Lich Lord twice while he was on the bloodstone. And we did it without help from any fancy pants heroes.
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', Jigoro Hakamichi, Shizune's father, does this repeatedly, even when his complaints are false (claiming that Yamaku students don't have cleaning duty) or exceptionally petty (bringing up the ratio of desks to student council members, and claiming his student council met in less luxurious conditions).
* ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'': The Protoss Immortal has this to say [[StopPokingMe when clicked on enough]]: "Back in my day, I had to teleport to and from school in the snow, uphill, ''both'' dimensions!"
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', Faris needles Galuf about his reluctance to cross the [[ShiftingSandLand Desert of Shifting Sands]]. He responds "When I was your age, we crossed burning sand every day--and we liked it!"
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'' has Grandma Pendragon complain bitterly about how the [[WingedHumanoid Lefans]] are becoming overreliant on the [=BlissRock=], which keeps ideal levels of wind constantly circulating through Gorges. She insists that it's more important to mantain the Fane, and is proven right when [[spoiler:the wind stops entirely, stranding all the Lefans on their backs]].
* PlayedForLaughs in ''VideoGame/TheLostVikings''. If the player fails a level 16 times, the voice of Thor comes out and admonishes the titular trio of Vikings for their repeated failures. It degenerates when the heroes start poking holes in Thor's story.
* Each of the three Hag Sisters in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' has their own rambling rant to go on if you refuse to do a favor for them, of the "we respected our elders" variety. Hagnes's subverts this, however.
-->'''Hagnes:''' Eh?! You know, I heard that young'uns these days do not respect their elders... Hmph! Why, back in my day... Back in my day... Come to think of it, [[HypocrisyNod I gave my elders nothing but grief in my day]]! I guess we really do reap what we sow... Well, life kind of makes sense now.
* Taizo Hori (aka VideoGame/DigDug) rambles about this when he feels overshadowed by the popularity of his son Susumu (aka VideoGame/MrDriller).
-->''Susumu is all they ever talk about these days! I'M the first driller and the honorary chairman. I was about his age when I wrapped the Dig Dug incident all by myself! My drilling skills are second to none, and certainly not Susumu!''
* In the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' supplemental comics, the Demoman's mother criticizes him for being too lazy and discriminating with the jobs he takes (despite working ''three jobs'', making 5 million dollars in a single year, and living in a mansion); apparently his father, Tavish, had to work 26 jobs at once to make a living, still found time to teach his son the FamilyBusiness, and apparently once walked 15 miles through the rain to blow up the Queen of England... For a nickel.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', Soldier: 76 will occasionally comment when on the attack on a payload map, "Back in ''my'' day, we'd have this payload delivered already!"
* ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'' Sifu Kwok has strong opinions on the GoodOldWays of honour and piety vanishing, and young men just wanting to learn kung fu to join TheTriadsAndTheTongs. The game, contrary to expectations, invites the player to sympathise, rather than write it off as a {{Grumpy Old Man}}'s [[RamblingOldManMonologue ramblings.]]

* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' - Zeetha [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050502 complained]] about "novices today!".
* ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}'' parodies the "Uphill Both Ways" line in [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page533.html this comic.]] Turns out it ''is'' possible to walk to school and back uphill both ways, if you have a ridiculously tall house.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2009-10-13 Uncle Sam to Slick]] -- who asks him about the uphill both ways.
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', [[RetiredBadass General Karl Tagon]] [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2012-04-27 talks about the days before the]] [[CasualInterstellarTravel teraport]], which Kathryn immediately calls out as a cliche.
-->'''Kathryn''': Did you just play the "I walked uphill both ways to school" card?\\
'''General Tagon''': Bliss Hive's gravity generators were flaky, so they cycled 'em mid-shift. It actually ''was'' uphill both ways.\\
'''Kathryn''': Unless you walked in the snow, I don't care.
* ''Webcomic/KarateBears'' used to have to have [[http://www.karatebears.com/2012/05/back-when-i-was-kid.html to walk to school through all types of weather and 10 miles and there were even scorpions!]]
* Merlin does it in the bonus panel to [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/0355.htm this]] ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'' strip.
-->'''Merlin''': In my day, ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[TicketLineCampout line campers]] couldn't bring their computers with them!\\
'''Guenevere''': Uphill! Both ways!
* The dirt farmer's husband (who apparently used to be an adventurer) gives it a RPGMechanicsVerse twist in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0218.html this]] ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' strip.
-->Of course, you kids today with your crazy internally-consistent skills system. Back in my day we just had Nonweapon Proficiencies and we liked 'em! And we would walk uphill in the snow to OUR dungeons, both ways!
* ''Webcomic/MarioAndLuigiCleanupCrew'': The Toad Minister.
-->''When I served the royal family, we did without such silly things as "lunch breaks" or "steady pay". ''
* In a ''Webcomic/TheHeroOfThreeFaces'' strip, [[Franchise/StarWars Luke Skywalker]] claims that due to the tidal effects of a double sun on sand, the route from Uncle Owen's farm to his school really was uphill both ways - the dunes shifted during the day.
* Webcomic/SlightlyDamned: [[EvilOldFolks Dakos]] the fire demon complains that [[spoiler:Iratu's]] use of complex plans, working in groups and allying with [[spoiler:rogue angels]] are [[NoTrueScotsman unnatural]] for demons and even refers to the younger demons as a "[[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain generation of cripples]]"'

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* In ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', Grandpa Mutou is an expert at giving these, culminating in TheMovie with the following rant:
-->"This never would've happened when I was a boy! You kids these days and your Millennium Items and your CardGames and your loud music and your hula hoops and your hopscotch and your dungarees and your lollipops and your Sony UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation}}s and your voice-activated light switches and your leather pants and your [[BreadEggsMilkSquick artificial insemination]]..."
** It was even picked up again after the credits:
-->"...your Blu-Ray Discs and your pierced scrotums and your bull frogs and your telekinesis and your Creator/MarvelComics and your Website/YouTube.com and your nuclear physics and your ingrowing toenails and your ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' and your Creator/QuentinTarantino and your power steering and your elevators and your illegitimate offspring and your... Hey, why did it FadeToBlack? Am I dead?"
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_APoSfCYwU This]] ''WebVideo/SMBCTheater'' sketch.
* "If VideoGame/{{Quake}} was done today" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1ZtBCpo0eU video]] by Kai Moosmann (mocking hints for hopeless morons):
--> When I was your age, we {{rocket jump}}ed all the way to school uphill, both ways... [[color:red:IN BOILING LAVA]]
* Referenced by John Cheese in a ''Cracked'' article when he says that, when parents talk about not having video games or Internet and playing outside when they were young, he notes that they only played outside because they had nothing better to do (video games were too expensive and there was nothing good on TV).
** The entire point of this article: http://www.cracked.com/article_19109_6-things-our-kids-just-plain-wont-get.html where he outlines all of the things that modern kids and teenagers won't understand about technology and culture from only a few years ago. Unlike most examples, he actually seems happy that his kids won't grow up with all the frustrations he had to endure.
* PlayedForLaughs in {{LetsPlay/Proton Jon}}'s 4-player {{VideoGame/Battletoads}} race, where LetsPlay/{{PCULL44444}} gives us this gem, succumbing to YetAnotherStupidDeath shortly afterwards:
--> '''Pcull:''' Back in my day, we didn't have infinite lives [[SuddenlyShouting I FELL OFF!]]
* Josh Hadley will often go on this kind of rant on ''Podcast/{{Radiodrome}}''.
* Beautifully subverted by Website/TheOnion (naturally), which mocked baseball's tendency to glorify the past with [[http://www.theonion.com/blogpost/in-my-day-ballplayers-were-for-shit-10792 In My Day, Players Were For Shit.]] The elderly columnist waxes rhapsodic about such legendary players as "Walter 'Shitty Batter' Dugan. They called him that because he was a real shitty batter."
* Referenced in one of the old Angelfire webhost error messages, which read something along the lines of "when I was your age, the Internet had only four pages..." "Sure, Grandpa…" followed by the 4O4 message.
* In ''WebVideo/WalkingInCircles'' Krag's father Horace tries to claim they didn't have ''weapons'' when he was Krag's age. Krag then points out that the hammer he carries used to be Horace's.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Grandpa Simpson is fond of these.
** Another episode played with this, where Homer's friend Carl has a chat with him.
--> "Homer, When I was your age, that would be the future, because you're older than me."
** Homer puts a twist on it in "Marge Be Not Proud", when Bart is begging him and Marge to get him a new video game and they don't feel like spending the money:
-->"When I was your age, I wanted an electric football game more than anything in the world. And my parents bought it for me, and it was the happiest day of my life."
** This example from season two's "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish" encapsulates the spirit of early-era ''The Simpsons'':
--> '''Reporter:''' What's your name, son?
--> '''Bart:''' I'm Bart Simpson, who the hell are you?
--> '''Reporter:''' I'm Dave Shutton. I'm an investigative reporter who's on the road a lot and, uh, I must say that in my day, we didn't talk that way to our elders.
--> '''Bart:''' Well, this is my day, and we do, sir.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' had Grandpa Lou and his stories.
-->"In my day, we had plenty of fun just throwing rocks at each other."
** Which was then brilliantly countered by Grandpa Boris, of all people:
-->"Well, I have a tale for ''you'', Mr. Fifteen Years: 52 Pickup!"\\
''[flicks a deck of cards at him]''
** Another nice response, this time by Stu, in ''Reptar on Ice''
-->'''Lou:''' In my day dinosaurs didn't skate around with a bunch of ninnies in tights!\\
'''Stu:''' In his day the dinosaurs were ''REAL.''
* This was parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', it went something like this:
-->"Son, when I was your age, [[CaptainObvious I was twelve]]."
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Franklin}}'', when Franklin first went to school, he was told that his father, instead of taking a bus, had to walk two and half miles to school and back, even in the rain and the snow. His parents didn't go so far as "uphill both ways," though.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' had Lucius noting, that when he was Beezy's age, he was more productive...[[KickTheDog at spreading misery]].
* Timmy's paternal grandfather in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' is quite fond of the trope. His first non-flashback line was a rant about how he doesn't like things as how they're today when compared to what they used to be.
* ''WesternAnimation/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventures'' used this with Ted's father.
* ComicBook/TheJoker used this trope in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''.
* ''WesternAnimation/WheelSquad'': Jessica's mother berated her for her grades by claiming to have gotten better ones. Jessica then got her mother's old report cards to verify the claim.
* In an episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius Jimmy Neutron]]'', Jimmy, Carl and Sheen accidentally [[RapidAging turn themselves old]] and fall into this.
-->'''Sheen:''' When I was a kid the sky was bluer, and a quarter would get you groceries for a week.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheXs'': "You know, when I was your age, [[CaptainObvious I was younger]]."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'': During the "Stimpy's Breakfast Tips" bumper, Ren rants to Stimpy for opening a new cereal box before finishing the last one.
-->'''Ren:''' You know how lucky you are we even ''have'' cereal?! Why, when I was your age, we ate wood and rocks!
* A variation shows up in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', after Bruce shuts down the cave's high-tech systems to keep out [[AIIsACrapshoot a hostile AI]]:
-->'''Bruce:''' I had to shut down the computer when Vance's program tried to get in. If you want out of the cave, you're going to have to do it the old-fashioned way.\\
''(he points to a big steel door with a manual winch)''\\
'''Terry:''' You're kidding.\\
'''Bruce:''' None of the Robins ever complained.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** In "The Love God", after Grunkle Stan's crappy home-made hot air balloon crashes into the Woodstick festival and causes chaos, Stan remarks "What's everyone crying about? In my day, zeppelins fell from the sky like raindrops!"
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', Goslyn claimed that Darkwing once pulled that - right after he pointed out a building as his childhood school... and the house next door as his childhood home. Then again, over the course of the series, Darkwing clearly demonstrates MultipleChoicePast, at least one of which involved Drake obviously making stuff up on the spot.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* There are clay tablets from Sumeria, ca. '''2500 BC''' with similar sentiments about youth not respecting their elders.
** Believe it or not, old people have been complaining about young people for almost five millennia. If even half of them were right, civilization should have completely decayed by now.
** Of course they were ''taught'' to be polite, wait their turn and be respectful of their elders. Like every generation before and since, they didn't pay attention then, just as today's young don't pay attention now.
* Variant heard at [[MilitaryAcademy VMI]] from cadets who had previously been enlisted servicemembers: "when I was in Kuwait, we had to walk three times as far to get to the bathroom."
* When you find yourself saying this (or "Kids today!"), it is a sure sign that you yourself are officially middle-aged.
** Or at least act like it even if you're talking about kids only ten to twenty years younger than you...and yet [[YouKeepUsingThatWord use the word "generation" anyway]].
* Very common among people playing video games. Those who complain about how easy today's games are or make fun of younger players that can't handle a difficult game are very likely to be someone who grew up on NintendoHard games. While games becoming easier isn't far from the truth, people that grew up on video games from the early days simply got better over time.
Bah, you young'uns have it so easy now. Back in my day, we had to figure out when the examples list ended, ''[[HypocriticalHumor without]]'' your silly [[TheStinger stingers]]!

And we LIKED it that way!