Badass Grandpa
For God's sake, get off his lawn.

"I'm Hub McCann. I've fought in two World Wars and countless smaller ones on three continents. I led thousands of men into battle with everything from horses and swords to artillery and tanks. I've seen the headwaters of the Nile, and tribes of natives no white man had ever seen before. I've won and lost a dozen fortunes, KILLED MANY MEN and loved only one woman with a passion a FLEA like you could never begin to understand. That's who I am. NOW, GO HOME, BOY!"
Hub McCann (to the teen he's currently choking), Secondhand Lions

Old men are weak, right?


When it comes to fiction, more often than not the oldest, apparently feeblest characters are the ones to be feared the most. They kick ass, take names, and can fend off armies single-handedly.

They can be the strongest character in the entire story. The reason for this is obvious: "Experience and treachery will beat youth and enthusiasm every time." Old men in a dangerous line of work have been doing it for a very long time, and only lived that long because they've been smarter and/or stronger than everyone they've faced. Additionally, in a Crapsack World, or when Earth Is a Battlefield, a man may well only live to be old if he is already very bad-ass to start with.

The defining characteristic of the Badass Grandpa is that, as the story begins, they already have several or max levels in Badass, and will almost always have more than anyone else, including, in many cases, the Big Bad; yet they generally opt for quiet and simple lives, sharing their wisdom with younger generations rather than directly involving themselves. After all, every generation of heroes has to grow up and fight on their own sometime, right?

Badass Grandpas hide their power level well... at least until it really matters. When the chips are down, and the heroes look like they're in need of assistance, it's time for the Badass Grandpa to step up and throw down, proving that age has done nothing to quell their ability to take down villains literally decades their juniors.

If he's not The Hero then there will be a reason why he can't do the hero's job for them:

A Badass Grandpa may be The Patriarch of a Badass Family. If there's a Papa Wolf in the family, you're looking at his Papa Wolf.

See also Retired Badass. Compare Cool Old Guy, Old Master, When Elders Attack, and Eccentric Mentor.

Is often The Mentor on steroids. Might overlap with Good Is Not Dumb. If it's an old woman who is the badass, it becomes Never Mess with Granny. Both of them may have grown Stronger with Age. May overlap with Badass Bystander. If it's an evil person that ruined countless lives and still survived, see Evil Old Folks.


  • God may be depicted as a wizened old man in the Sistine Chapel, but He's also got the muscle of a body builder and the strength to fly around from Earth to Heaven with visible energy. His apparent age also fails to impede Him in setting the sun in the sky, separating light from darkness, and most famously, breathing life into the first man.

Yes sir, getting off your lawn now, sir. Please don't hurt me.

Alternative Title(s): Badass Grandma, Get Off My Lawn