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->''"Anyway, I'm not a cliché,\\
I hardly own any ties.\\
I may be old but at least I'm not\\
like all those other old guys."''
-->-- '''Music/FiveIronFrenzy''', "At Least I'm Not Like All Those Other Old Guys"

The effectiveness of a cast member is often determined by his distance from [[CompetenceZone the median age of the cast]]. Deviations up or down will always be coupled with a lack of effectiveness. The Cool Old Guy is an exception to this. At some point, if one character is much older he swings the meter ''[[CrossesTheLineTwice back]]'' to 'totally awesome'. In a lot of anime and video games, this makes him somewhere around middle age and the only non-[[{{Bishonen}} clean shaven guy]]. Expect him to be greying, a loud voice, but in peak physical condition and unafraid of anything. For reasons that should be clear enough, this trope frequently overlaps with BaldOfAwesome.

He usually [[BadassNormal won't have any special powers]] but that's only to marginally keep him from intruding on the others' limelight. He usually either has a dated and dramatic but lovable personality or is a complete no-nonsense hardass, depending on how the other characters act.

In Japan, this trope is called the Oyaji, written 親父 or オヤジ, which means "daddy". Can often stray into EvenTheGuysWantHim or StupidSexyFlanders territory. WiseBeyondTheirYears is a younger version (usually no younger than late 20s at minimum) that has many of the same characteristics.

See also: OldMaster, OlderSidekick, EccentricMentor, TheMentor, DirtyOldMan, EvilOldFolks, TokenAdult. See CoolOldLady for the DistaffCounterpart. Contrast GrumpyOldMan.



* Uhm, Uncle Sam. You know, [[UncleSamWantsYou this guy.]]
* Fred the Baker from the Dunkin Donuts commercials, from 1981 to 1997. (As in [[CatchPhrase "Time to make the donuts!"]]) Originally portrayed as an atypical baker, a hard-working, average joe who always got up early so his product could be ready and fresh for his customers, Fred got progressively cooler as the years went on, doing such things as dressing up like a woman to investigate a supermarket bakery (to show their inferiority), waiting on modish 1980s customers while going into a black and white kitchen full of 1940s employees working to swing music (to show that quality has not changed throughout the years) or even creating his Halloween-themed mini donuts MadScientist-style.
* Colonel Sanders; [[TheDeadRiseToAdvertise whenever he appears in commercials]], he's ''much'' cooler than he was when he was alive. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnbNXlpWdh8 Some]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad6GqK5_4yU good ones]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad6GqK5_4yU here.]]
* Dave Thomas was one both in the Wendy's commercials and out of them, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksyT8nydUFI see for yourself.]]

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* No Fukumoto series is complete without one -- a lot of the time they're complete nutjobs too though. Just to name a few, Ichikawa in ''Akagi'', Ginji in ''Gin to Kin'' and Akagi in ''Ten''.
* Bear from ''Anime/DotHackSign'' was an older man comfortably pals with a teenage girl, Mimiru, through their shared love of virtual reality online gaming.
** Phyllo in ''Roots''. He sits on the bridge in Mac Anu all day, talking to anyone who's interested and becoming close with Haseo. In real life he's an old man, widowed and with two cats. As he tells Haseo, he's just there to kill time, and [[spoiler:dies of cancer at the end of the anime]].
* ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'' '''loves''' its Cool Old Guys. Since it starts its characters around ten and takes them up to a prematurely-aged forty-something, yeah. [[spoiler:Later-appearing Kenji is pretty good with this, especially considering his scruffy chin,]] but last-stage Shogun wins. A lot.
* Yukiatsu in ''Anime/AyakashiAyashi'' (''Ghost Slayers Ayashi''), a special case, since he's also the protagonist.
* The protagonist's grandfather in ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'' may be getting up there in age - but that's not gonna stop him from dancing on the tables in Vegas!
* ScaryBlackMan Dutch from ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. Given that he's a Vietnam vet, and [[PresentDay roughly contemporary setting of the show]], he must be at least in his fifties.
** [[spoiler:Apparently, he lied about being a Vietnam vet. Who knows how old he really is...]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': [[FanNickname Old Man Genocide]] Yamamoto is the OldMaster of the series and the kind of cool old guy that could [[ThePowerOfTheSun turn you]] into a [[PlayingWithFire charcoal biscuit]] if you disagreed.
* Master Tiellagory of ''Anime/LeChevalierDEon'' is one of the best fencers in France and possibly all of Europe, as well as having more experience with court parties and often wittier repartee than his younger companions.
* Jet from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' (although almost all of the main characters are hardened ultra-cool characters).
-->'''Jet:''' Wait a minute! First of all, I'm [[YoungerThanTheyLook not old enough to be your father]], all right? Why, if anything, I would be your boyfriend...[[note]]Jet's 36, and the girl he's having the current conversation with is around 16.[[/note]] No, wait, that would be bad, wouldn't it? [[FacePalm Open foot]], [[DiggingYourselfDeeper insert mouth]]. I mean, I'd be more like your older brother...
* Kanchou/Skipper from ''Manga/TheDaughterOfTwentyFaces'' certainly fits this trope to a t; [[spoiler:even his death is cool]]. An argument could also be made for Muta, even though he's more TheStoic.
* Watari, acting as L's assistant, proxy and BattleButler in ''Manga/DeathNote''.
* Early on in ''Manga/DragonBall'' Master Roshi filled this role, even defeating the main character Goku at the end of the series's first tournament arc, where he actually ''blew up the frickin' moon!'' Unfortunately, Roshi's power level remained fairly constant throughout the series, while the younger characters became vastly stronger every arc, to the point where, by the start of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' Roshi was relegated to being the comic relief. He eventually manages to double subvert it and bring himself back to this status for ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' and ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''.
* Axel Thurston, grandfather of Renton Thurston in ''Anime/EurekaSeven''. Robot mechanic extraordinaire and full of determination, even if a bit grumpy. Not to mention that he does a near-suicidal stunt to make possible for Renton to get an indispensable device ''and lives through it''.
* Alan Nichol in ''Anime/FreedomProject''. Alan is a retired astronaut who essentially plays [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Master Splinter]] to a group of societal dropouts, helps them supercharge their racing vehicles, and even gets them into space.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Lt General Grumman, Old Man Fu and Dr Knox.
** Fuhrer King Bradley [[spoiler:aka Wrath]], who despite being at least 60 and regularly complaining about feeling his age is one of the most badass characters in the Manga/FullmetalAlchemist universe.
* ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'' has Andrey Kalinin, who admittedly plays mostly a support role, but is still a tough old soldier who still has some fight in him, made especially obvious during the Behemoth arc.
** Gauron could be considered this. His AxCrazy, nutty ways and apparent [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat immortality]] have made certain parts of the fandom feel that he's completely awesome.
* ''Manga/{{Gangsta}}'' features Chad the police officer and Monroe the mafioso.
** Worick and Nic are in their 30's so technically they are too.
%%* The old guy from ''Manga/{{Gantz}}''.
* Chief Daisuke Aramaki, the Mission Control of the ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' franchise.
** His brother, from what little we see of him, would also count.
* [[spoiler:The Claw]] from ''Anime/GunXSword''.
** For a heroic example, every member of the El Dora V.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** Master Asia from ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''. Han the fisherman is pretty cool for a non-fighter.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' gave us Sergei Smirnov. Despite being not very bishounen (and obviously older) that most of bishounen/bishoujo protagonist cast, he has a crapton of fans for being a ColonelBadass ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
** Andrew Waltfeld from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED''; the show's director specifically referred to him as a Cool Old Guy, and [[spoiler:this fact, combined with the director's being friends with Andy's VoiceActor, are often credited with his NeverFoundTheBody return from the "dead" later in the series]].
** ''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam'' reveals that [[spoiler:[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Judau Ashta]] ]]grew up into this. Not to mention become one of the only UC protagonists to survive into old age.
* Walter C. Dornez, the butler of the ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''.
** Family is also a prime example.
%%* The Principal in ''Manga/HidamariSketch''.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' features 2 super-powered old men, [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Isaac Netero and Zeno Zoldyck.]] The former is the Chairman of the Hunter Association, where tough fights and Nen are needed JUST to qualify, and was WorldsStrongestMan [[spoiler:right until his death.]] The latter is the patriarch of one of the world's most dangerous assassins, where the kids are trained from birth itself to be able to cope with the Nen-infused world. He almost managed to [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome defeat the former]], not without great damage. And yes, both of them are friendly and amusing to their peerage.
* ''Anime/InitialD'' has three: dr. Toshiya "God Hand" Joushima, Kozo "God Foot" Hoshino, and Bunta Fujiwara himself. All three are top-tier racers, and nobody has ever beaten Bunta. ''Even when he's not serious''.
* Joseph Joestar by [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Part 3]] of ''Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. Not only does he fight vampires and telekinetic bad guys alongside the younger heroes, but he collects comic books and has a wickedly awesome sense of humor; the latter two are especially put into play in the finale chapter. [[spoiler:After being killed by [[BigBad Dio]] and having his blood drained, Joseph is brought back to life with a blood transfusion from Dio's remains. He pretends to be possessed by the vengeful spirit of Dio as a prank on Jotaro, and barely saves his skin from his angry grandson by stating his personal interests. Namely, that he collects comic books, that he knows Creator/BoDerek starred in ''Film/TarzanTheApeMan'', and that Music/WeirdAlYankovic sang "Eat It". Jotaro relents, because [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay "only he would know such stupid things"]]]].
%%* Silver Heart from ''Kaito Joker'' definitely qualifies as this.
%%* Dan'l Baboon from ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion''.
* Technically count, Shiba Hiroshi in the sequel ''Anime/KotetsushinJeeg''. While he is a cyborg and still looks like a normal adult, the sequel takes place 50 years after the original, and his girlfriend already has a grand-daughter as a reference of his age. His age doesnt affect his Badassery though.
* ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' has Fleet Admirals Merkatz and Bucock from the Empire and Alliance respectively.
* Max Jenius in ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}''. He might be 52, but he can still pretty much wipe the floor with ''everybody'' in the show, both in cockpit and with his bare hands, and he's the heroine's dad. Ah, BTW, he's also the fleet military commander.
** Max is another case of OlderThanTheyLook. WordOfGod says it's because age is a state of mind and his genius allowed him to conquer it.
* Gil Graham of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''. A kindly old English gent who also happens to be one of the most experienced and powerful mages under the [[TheFederation Space-Time Administration Bureau's]] employ. [[spoiler:Though he turned out to be a TreacherousAdvisor who [[SealedEvilInACan was very reluctantly planning to seal the Book of Darkness together with Hayate]] once the book turns OmnicidalManiac]], the cast didn't blame him too much for it considering the complicated circumstances.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** While about half of Nagi's group could potentially count, Takahata-sensei and Graf Wilhelm are likely two very good examples. Takahata counting as old mostly because almost 90% of the cast is between 9 and 17. While god knows how old Wilhelm actually is. Takahata's teacher Gatou likely is one too but we rarely see him do anything but smoke in flashbacks.
** Hell, almost ''every'' old guy in the series could qualify, especially the (currently middle-aged) members of the Ala Rubra. ''Especially'' [[BoisterousBruiser Jack]] [[CrazyAwesome Rakan]].
* Dr. Juzo Kabuto from ''Anime/MazingerZ''. When Dr. Hell sicced an army of HumongousMecha on him and his colleagues, he managed escaping alive. Afterwards he spent several years building the titular HumongousMecha, an eighteen-meter-tall OneManArmy robot. When one of the henchmnen of Hell blew up his mansion, he got half-buried under several metal rafts, but in spite of he was moribund and trapped in an underground basement, he managed surviving several hours until his grandsons showed up and he could hand Mazinger over to the eldest ([[TheHero Kouji Kabuto]]). Also, he [[spoiler:saved his son's life by turning him into a cyborg after he nearly got killed cause a lab experiment gone wrong]]. And in the manga and ''Anime/ShinMazinger'' he overlaps this with CrazyAwesome.
* In ''Anime/MonColleKnights'', Prince Eccentro's mentor Tanaka.
%%* Dr. Reichwein from ''Anime/{{Monster}}''.
* Zelik and Graham from ''Manga/MotherKeeper'', though they're only in their 50s.
* Professor Itsuki from ''Manga/{{Moyashimon}}''. He's rather laid back for a college professor, referring to nearly everyone [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics with the informal honorific "-kun"]]. Though he does get rather passionate about fermented foods and his research into bioremediation.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Third Hokage is a very kind, very awesome old man who cared for the people in his village. Just watch the scene where he visits the Academy class to talk to them about the village and the people he cares about. Watch [[spoiler:Naruto and his contemporaries' memories of him at the funeral. Everyone has a memory about something awesome he did for them]].
** The fact that Sarutobi Hiruzen was one in the ''real'' Uchiha massacre, even if he wasn't happy about it, has caused many fans to adopt a very cynical view of him, even though he is probably the single biggest reason Konoha isn't insane like Mist or as cruel as Sand. The fact that he runs a society of professional murderers who start before they hit puberty is kind of a reality check problem when compared to the actual events of the show. Except that he'd gone through great lengths to try and prevent the Uchiha massacre from happening, and even Itachi pleaded with him that he protects Sasuke. Also, ''every'' village has been running a society of mercenaries before they hit puberty, possibly since around the time of the First Hokage himself.
** Jiraiya when he's not acting pervy.
** It's implied the Tsuchikage was less harsh in the past since [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Gaara's question seems to perturb him]], and over the years he just grew more cynical with the shinobi world. With the world's constant militarization, and the fact that every major village had at least one tailed beast or dealings with Akatsuki by the beginning of Shippuden, he became cynical to match the times. What with the MagneticHero and Gaara, his protege, he's softening again.
** There's also the original Ino-Shika-Chou trio, aka the fathers of Team 10, although they're all in their forties.
* Zelretch from the ''Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}'' (''all'' of the works). [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld When he was younger]], he beat down and killed the "ultimate" being, Crimson Moon Brunestud (and in the process ''singlehandedly'' stopping the moon from falling into the Earth), ''only because of a [[RantInducingSlight minor dispute]] he had with it''. He's also one of only five "[[FunctionalMagic True Magic]]" users -- his magic? ''Operation of parallel worlds'', which lets him do pretty much anything involving {{alternate universe}}s. He pops into the [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight "main"]] [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} universe]] every now and then to take apprentices and [[TrainingFromHell screw with them]] until they're near useless from shock and trauma. Or until they become badasses. Whatever comes first.
* Lord Yupa from ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' has traveled widely, is one of the most knowledgeable members of the cast, and is universally recognized as the best swordsman around.
* Bang from ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'' is a quintessential Main/OldMaster of his martial art [[Main/FantasticFightingStyle Water Stream Rock Smashing Fist]], who runs his own dojo on top of his dedication to what he considers the duties of an S-Class hero.
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' has two: Ojii, the Rokkaku coach, and Banda Mikiya aka Banji from Yamabuki. Taro "Itte yosh" Sakaki of Hyoutei is still a bit young compared to them, but he's heading there.
* Just about any elderly person from ''Manga/RaveMaster'', but especially Shiba.
* Hiko Seijuuro from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is in his forties when the main series takes place, but the man is easily in superhuman condition with strength light years beyond anyone.
** Subverted because Seijuuro looks significantly younger than his actual age; when Yahiko and Misao learn that he's 43, they're shocked and conclude that "Hiten Mitsurugi is the secret to ''eternal'' youth!!"
** Ditto for Kenshin, who also looks significantly younger than his thirty, despite quite a turbulent life.
** Played somewhat straighter with Okina, who is old and LOOKS it. Upbeat and always ready with a bad joke, he's not afraid of chasin' some young skirts. He's also quite powerful in combat, being nearly a match for Aoshi...
* The highly skilled but aged and wearily bitter Shimada Kambei of ''Anime/SamuraiSeven''. Quite possibly the reason Kirara surprisingly fell for him. Alas, his hardass nature solidifies when he coldly rejects her feelings before she can even get them out.
* In ''Manga/SnowWhiteWithTheRedHair'', we have the heroine's father, who is [[spoiler:the leader of the vigilante-ish mercenary group, the Lions of the Mountains]].
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'': Katsuhito Masaki/Yosho is a [[BadassMustache mustached old man who can still kick ass.]] In the original OVA, he's actually physically younger than he appears, but in the Tenchi Universe and Tenchi in Tokyo series, he's genuinely old and a straighter example of the trope. Nobuyuki Masaki is this at times too.
* Old man Ichiryu from ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' definitely counts. It's been determined that he was the apprentice of the creator of the current age, which was over five hundred years ago and he still looks like he's in his late 30's. He might also cross into EccentricMentor territory at times, but he can still throw fully powered Toriko around like a pizza. To top it all off he has a BadassMustache that he can move at will.
* ''Manga/VinlandSaga'':
** Lief the Lucky might have only appeared during the flash back arc, but he still came off as a cool old sailor who liked to tell kids stories about his journeys amongst the skraelingar.
** Even more so than Lief, there's the [[EnsembleDarkHorse ever so popular]] MagnificentBastard Askeladd and AxCrazy Thorkell.
* [[spoiler:Oboe]] from ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'' manga is revealed to be this near the end. Whenever he decides to show his (really good-looking, despite the obvious signs of age) true form, an epic battle ensues.
* Grandpa Tanaka in ''Manga/YandereKanojo''. He [[SmokingIsCool smokes]], drinks, speaks informally, and it's implied he sleeps around with younger women (though not too young - when asked to charm a high school girl he was highly reluctant to do so). He's also good natured and friendly to just about everybody, and dispenses useful advice often. His grandson who lives with him, protagonist and [[TheStoic arch-stoic]] Manabu, has a huge inferiority complex about it though.
* Sugoroku Mutou in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' (Solomon Muto in the dub), Yugi's grandfather, especially during the Grand Prix arc where he was Jonouchi's opponent during the first round.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', there was Dr. Albert Zweinstein. (An {{expy}} of UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein, who would likely fit this Trope too.)
* Yanagi from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''. (But also a little loony.)
* Rokujuro Misawa in ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' (called simply Roku in the dub), the franchise's answer to the OldMaster Trope. Jinlon appeared to fit the Trope too, but as it turned out [[spoiler:he was actually the spirit of Number 46: Dragluon in human form, still cool, but not an old guy.]]
* Genkai from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', although she is female, follows this trope better than CoolOldLady. Oh, and also discounting the fact some of the teenage-appearing cast is ReallySevenHundredYearsOld.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, despite looking like a man in his mid-twenties, is a 90-year old [=WW2=] vet who can take on much younger heroes such as Black Panther and Daredevil and fight Franchise/{{Batman}} to a stand still.
* Marvel's short-lived ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'' revival features an elderly superhero called Centennial, a little old man in a sweater who came out of a coma thanks to ''extremely'' delayed [[PubertySuperpower Puberty Superpowers]] identical to Comicbook/{{Superman}}'s. He is played mostly for laughs, but when the team needs someone to give them a good kick in the pants for motivation, he is always ready to provide.
* Marvel also has Roger Aubrey (the Destroyer) and the Thin Man, and they did have Iron Cross, who was still active as a hero in the present day despite being old enough to have seen service in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, until he sacrificed himself to save the world.
* ''Comicbook/{{Asterix}}'': Getafix the Druid, maker of the magic potion, speaker of Gothic, one of the calmest and most sensible inhabitants of the village, and badass with MagnificentBastard tendencies. No wonder the Romans are after him.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred is pretty darn cool, a magnificent example of the ServileSnarker, and [[BattleButler dangerous when pushed]].
** Batman becomes this whenever the timeline allows for it (usually in Elseworlds). The most famous example being ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''. For an animated version, see ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' (and the Batman Beyond version of Old Bruce guest-stars in a time-travel episode of ''Justice League Unlimited''... and proves to still be a downright scary interrogator, even ''moreso'' than his younger self!)
* ''ComicBook/DouweDabbert'', a comic book series revolving entirely around a very old man.
* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' has a few examples.
** Likewise, after some initial misunderstandings have been cleared up, Lord Voll of the Gliders, who is even older, endears himself to the Wolfriders in much the same way. [[spoiler:Unfortunately the trolls kill him.]]
** Then there's Ekuar, the wizened old rock-shaper, who retains his charm and wit despite having survived centuries of mistreatment by the trolls.
* The ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' is more or less built around this trope, along with that of the LegacyCharacter. Alan Scott, Jay Garrick, and Wildcat are pretty much the coolest old guys in the entire Franchise/DCUniverse.
** In fact, Jay Garrick is so cool that he's the guy Nightwing (the original Robin) wants to grow up to be.
** While not the TropeNamer, Garrick is referred to as "One cool old man." By Jack Knight in JSA #2.
** Wildcat slept with WonderWoman's mom. That is all.
* ComicBook/NickFury, who's been standing up to supervillains since UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and whose only power is his longevity and is a badass in every sense of the word. He was born in ''1920''.
* [[Creator/CarlBarks Scrooge McDuck]] -- pick anywhere in the world, and he's been there. Pick any type of adventure, and he's done it.
* ''[[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog]]'': Uncle Chuck, who, despite being [[NiceJobBreakingItHero the one that built the roboticizer in the first place]], still serves as a viable and reliable role model to his nephew.
* Comicbook/ThePunisher, depending on the writer. Mainstream writers tend to downplay his age, but people who write the more hard-edged [[Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX MAX]] stories acknowledge that he's in his late fifties. He is still a bigger badass than anyone else he faces.
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformers'': Kup, as is franchise-standard. He manages to yell at Optimus Prime and get away with it, and is one of the few Autobots to survive the series' constant KillEmAll situations without so much as a scratch. He's also this in IDW's Transformers works (''ComicBook/TheTransformersMegaseries'', ''ComicBook/TheTransformersAllHailMegatron'', ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers''...). Prowl even notes this when [[spoiler:he has Kup turned into a ManchurianAgent, since it means Optimus Prime will listen to what Prowl has programmed Kup to say]].
* ''ComicBook/XMen'': Charles Francis Xavier.
** ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, whose healing factor slows down his aging immensely. He was born in the ''late 1800s'' but has looked like he's in his mid-to-late 30s since his introduction.
** ComicBook/{{Cable}} and ComicBook/{{Magneto}} also count, though DependingOnTheArtist means both are subject to suddenly being white-haired 20-year-olds.
*** Magneto is actually physically in his 40s or so, having been de-aged and re-aged by one of his many experiments. And seeing as Quicksilver was born white-haired, it might just be genetic.
* Marvel supervillain Grizzly. Despite being a veteran super-crook he's a pretty nice guy when you get to know him, possessing a surprisingly strong set of morals and always being willing to help/give advice to others. He's also a badass who's tangled with many superheroes, almost none of whom actively dislike him. Once he robbed a guy while desperate for cash and when he got back on his feet he tracked the man down and bought him a pizza in order to apologize.
* Paulie in ''ComicBook/{{Circles}}'' is kind and caring and treats those close to him like family.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Lezaford of ''FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire''. He has a [[CoolPet pet Thundrake]], is skilled in magic and provided a temporary place to stay for Clan Gully.
* Major-General Adiemus of the Holy Order of Juno, retired missionary and mercenary guild leader in ''Fanfic/WarriorsOfTheWorld: Soldiers of Fortune''. Over sixty and still going strong.
* Master White-Beard the Grey, {{Mentor}} to the Great and Powerful Trixie in Fanfic/AnExtendedPerformance. He's [[MentorOccupationalHazard gone]] now, but she reveres his memory, and he is one of the origins of Trixie's strange but very real code of honor.
* ''FanFic/KyoshiRising'' has Master Lau Dan, Kyoshi's Earthbending instructor [[spoiler:and member of the White Lotus]].
* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': Blazen Sun, the oldest of the captains (who, in chapter 11 of the sequel ''Picking Up the Pieces'', mentions having needed to stop and help one of his great-granddaughters that morning), and Mist Flight, a grizzled stallion who was lieutenant when Gentle Step began guard training, are both this.
* ''Fanfic/AllGuardsmenParty'': The feisty elderly adept from ''Heretic Purging,'' who (among other things) gets the team and their weapons through a checkpoint by trying to seduce the guards.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Preston Whitmore from ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.
* TheEmperor of China from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}''. Doesn't lose his cool even in the face of Shan Yu, and delivers a wonderful ArsonMurderAndLifesaving speech to Mulan. He also [[ShipperOnDeck ships Mulan and Shang]], all but telling Shang "Go after her, you ''idiot''," after the former leaves.
* 2 of ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}''. One hundred percent.
* Rafiki from ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
* Sheriff Woody from the ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' films. If he was made in the 1950's, then he's roughly 60 years old in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''.
* Carl Frederickson from ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' crosses into this territory near the end, even though he starts out in GrumpyOldMan territory.
* Both Old Fred and Lord Mayor from ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine''.
* Master Oogway in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' was quite old when he beat one of the most dangerous known martial artists. Master Shifu probably could have replicated the success 20 years later if not for his sentimental attachment to said artist.
* Vitruvius from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie''. He' an extremely talented Master Builder, and is able to take on a small army of Lord Business's minions with nothing but a makeshift walker/nunchucks. He's also voiced by Creator/MorganFreeman.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Many characters played by Creator/AnthonyQuinn in his last years.
* Virtually any character Creator/EdwardGRobinson played in his later years.
* Any character played by Creator/JackieChan in the later part of his career. The guy still does '''''all''''' his own stunts and appears exclusively in films with high kicking action sequences.
* Tim's dad from ''Film/AboutTime''.
* In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', the BadassBystander who stands up to Loki (who is only credited as "Old German") after Loki's [[KneelBeforeZod "born to be ruled" speech]].
-->'''Loki:''' In the end you will always kneel.\\
'''Old German:''' Not to men like you.\\
'''Loki:''' [[AGodAmI There are no men like me]].\\
'''Old German:''' [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler There are always men like you]].
* "Doc" Brown in the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' films. Especially his over-engineered gun in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII''. Admit it, ''you want one too''.
* Sarge in ''Film/TheBigRedOne''. Being played by Creator/LeeMarvin certainly helps.
** Like Creator/ClintEastwood, Creator/LeeMarvin is this in any movie.
* Shlomi's grandfather in ''Film/BonjourMonsieurShlomi''. He is the only person in the house who genuinely likes Shlomi. He also sabotages Doron's amp.
* Creator/RodneyDangerfield in ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}''.
* Lord Willoughby in ''Film/CaptainBlood''. He may be an old English windbag at first, but anyone with only a silver tongue and some good news as leverage who can turn a pirate crew who scoff at sailing for the King into loyal fighting sailors for the British Navy in ''five minutes'' is a force to be reckoned with.
* Walt Kowalski from ''Film/GranTorino''. "Get off my lawn" never sounded so badass.
** Creator/ClintEastwood in pretty much everything he has been in since about 1992. [[note]] He had actually bought up the rights to ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'' years earlier, but choose to chew on it until he was old enough to play the main part.[[/note]]
* From ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''
** Lucius Fox, Batman's [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] go-to guy for [[GadgeteerGenius gadgets]].
** Alfred Pennyworth, who like his comic book self is something of a BattleButler.
* Creator/DesmondLlewelyn's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRoIohXDz-c portrayal]] of [[GadgeteerGenius Q]] in the ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise.
* [[OldMaster Pai Mei]] from ''Film/KillBill Vol. 2''.
** On that note, Bill himself. Not to mention Hattori Hanzo from ''Vol. 1''.
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones'':
** Indiana Jones becomes a Cool Old Guy in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''.
** And his father was one in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''. (Where do you think Indy got it from?)
* John [=McClane=] becomes one by ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'', similarly to the [[TrilogyCreep trilogy creeps]] of ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' and ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' series.
* Raiden from the ''Film/MortalKombat'' movie.
* ''Film/MultipleSidosis'' is an amateur short film in which Sid Leverents, who was 62 at the time the film was screened, plays the song "Nola" for the camera. As he breaks out more and more instruments the film breaks out into more and more split screens, until there are 11 different Sids playing and singing. This was a factory worker, making a movie by himself. Pretty cool.
* [[Creator/MorganFreeman Malcolm Beech]] from ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'' is this. His first scene is him smoking a big cigar and [[LargeHam somewhat]] [[HamAndCheese hammily]] interrogating and [[MrExposition giving exposition]] to a captured Harper. He also mentions having fought on the war and having survived [[UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} the devastation of Chicago]]. His biggest desire is down there on Foreshadowing. [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice Jack]] [[TrojanPrisoner helps]] [[NukeEm him]] [[TakingYouWithMe fulfill]] [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu his]] [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu wish]]]].
* Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''
** Captain Teague. Not only is he the Keeper of the Code and Jack's Dad, he's also badass enough to shut a room full of brawling pirate captains (including ''Barbossa'') up by merely entering the room.
*** Granted, he shot one of them to punctuate his entrance. And when Jack asks if the Pirate Lords won't keep to the code, all it takes is a loud discordant guitar twang and a DeathGlare to get an entire room full of badass pirates to sit down and shut up.
*** Of course, being played by Music/KeithRichards doesn't hurt.
** Also Teague's crew in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd At Worlds End]]'', who all look to be [[RetiredBadass quite tough]].
** Barbossa himself is a bit of one.
** And [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides Blackbeard]], who is into his 70's.
* Roy from ''Film/{{RIPD}}'', which makes it funny that his alternate appearance is a hot young blonde woman.
%%* Sal Bandini in ''Film/ReadyToRumble''.
%%* ''Film/SecondhandLions'': Hub [=McCann=]. So, so much.
%%* {{Creator/Mako}}'s character Mr. Lee from ''Film/{{Sidekicks}}''.
%%* Arnold Joseph from ''Film/SmokeSignals''.
* [[spoiler:Spock Prime]]. from the most recent ''Film/StarTrek'' movie. Also Captain Pike.
* Practically all of the ''Enterprise'' crew in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry''.
* Obi Wan from ''Franchise/StarWars''. Make that all of the {{Mentor}}s. Yoda is more of the OldSoldier[=/=]OldMaster.
** Palpatine initially comes across as a Cool Old Guy to Anakin, even though we in the audience already know of [[BitchInSheepsClothing his]] [[BigBad true]] [[MagnificentBastard personality]].
** Count Dooku. He's evil, but he's ''awesome''. In Episode II, at least. Played by Creator/ChristopherLee, who was 85a ''and'' did around 80% of his own stunts. But not [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Wookieepedia:Quote_of_the_Day/Archive_II#Christopher_Lee running]].
--->"I couldn't do the running. I was eighty! I said to Creator/GeorgeLucas, I can do the swordfighting, but I can't run!"
** Han Solo has become this in ''Film/TheForceAwakens''.
* The Wiseman/[[spoiler:Bus Driver]] from ''Film/SuckerPunch''.
* Splinter, at the very end of the ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990'' movie, proves not to be such a stiff by making a [[strike:funny]] joke.
* Splinter in ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'', if his speech about how family is the strongest power of all is anything to go by. If not that, then going up against [[spoiler:the Shredder alone definitely makes him qualify, even if he does get beaten.]]
* ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'': Marko Ramius crushes his political officer's windpipe in one blow, falsifies his orders and burns the real ones, takes a nuclear ballistic missile sub to defect to the U.S., and evades detection by the entire Soviet Northern Fleet before blowing up a much more maneuverable Soviet Alfa-class attack submarine with its own torpedo and an American sub as a distraction. And he does all this successfully, ''[[MagnificentBastard without his own crew ever suspecting him]]''.
* Creator/RobertDeNiro impresses the younger generation in ''Film/TheIntern''
* Mr Miyagi from ''Film/TheKarateKid''
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWSvo0eMK7E Sam The Lion]] in ''Film/TheLastPictureShow''.
* Any character played by Creator/SeanConnery lately. 'Cause he's incapable of ever not being awesome, even when the movie itself isn't (''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'').
* Creator/AnthonyHopkins as Don Diego de la Vega in ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro''.
* Howard (Walter Huston) in ''Film/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre.'' He can identify fool's gold, talk Spanish to the Mexican natives, save a child whose life is in limbo after nearly drowning, shoot a gun just as good as any younger man (and at bandits, at that), has been on several gold hunting quests in his heyday, and of course, he guided them into the Sierra mountain range. Made even better in the fact that Huston was the father of Creator/JohnHuston (the director) and won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role, alongside his son, who won for Best Director. This role was young Huston's gift to his father, who had asked him to, "find a good role for his old man."
* Basil from ''Film/TheWorldsEnd''.
* In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', Odin.
* Virgil Earp, as portrayed by SamElliot in ''Film/{{Tombstone}}''.
* Jetfire from Film/{{Transformers}}.
-->'''Jetfire:''' My father was a wheel! The ''first'' wheel! Do you know what he transformed into?\\
'''Sam:''' ...no?\\
'''Jetfire:''' NOTHING! But he did it with DIGNITY!
** Sentinel Prime initially appears to be this to the other Autobots and their human allies, until he [[FaceHeelTurn shows his true colors]].
* Kevin Flynn in ''Film/TronLegacy'', who despite being an TechnicalPacifist, demonstrates that he's badass enough that all he needs to do is enter a room and he can shut down ''everything'' currently inside simply from his presence. Doesn't hurt that he's a PhysicalGod in this world... after all, he ''built'' it.
* In the first ''Film/{{Tron}}'' film, Walter Gibbs and his digital counterpart Dumont fall into this territory. Gibbs was the guy who founded Encom, but was more interested in [[ForScience scientific development]] than money. He ''invented'' the laser that got it all started. He was also the only person on-screen who dared to tear [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Dillinger]] a new one to his face over the way things were run. His counterpart, Dumont, was the one who allowed Tron to get in contact with Alan via his tower and download the upgrade that eventually destroyed Master Control. [[TheDragon Sark's]] forces eventually catch him, and he's remarkably snarky and sarcastic to them, even in the face of certain de-rez.
* Another Creator/SamElliot portrayal is Sgt. Maj. Plumbley from ''Film/WeWereSoldiers''. The character tells a large group of young ruperts: "If anyone of you sumbitches calls me gram-paw... I'll kill ya!"
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesProfessorCharlesXavier Professor Charles Xavier]] has an almost grandfatherly sort of relationship with his students during his older years.
** [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesWolverine Wolverine]]. While he looks forty, he's over 170 in [[Film/XMen1 the]] [[Film/X2XMenUnited original]] [[Film/XMenTheLastStand trilogy]].
** ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'': Beast is much older than Storm, Jean and Cyclops, but as destructive as Wolverine.
* Alexandre (Jean-Pierre Aumont) in ''Film/DayForNight''.
* The King from ''Film/{{Cinderella 2015}}''. He takes Ella running into him as she flees the palace in stride [[spoiler:and ultimately agrees to his son pursuing the mysterious maiden, since he's moved by her telling him that Kit is a wonderful man who loves his father]].
* Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in ''Film/BridgeOfSpies'' is portrayed as a surprisingly likable and sympathetic character who is just trying to serve his country. He's also unflappably calm in the face of impending death.
-->'''James Donovan''': Aren't you worried? \\
'''Rudolf Abel''': Would it help?
* Two different examples in ''Film/HussarBallad'':
** Field Marshal Kutuzov is old and fat, but he is a great leader, respected by absolutely everybody in the army, who, eventually, defeats invading Napoleon armies.
** Ivan, main character's batman. He is old, but strong, and a formidable fighter.
* Backup Deputy Sheriff Chicory in BoneTomahawk.
* Creator/LeeMarvin as Nick Devlin in ''Film/PrimeCut'' is the oldest hitman in the Irish mob.
* Film/WildWind has the old farmer Kosta join the partisans in defiance of his drunkard son's Nazi sympathies.

* ''Literature/DragonBones'' has Haverness, who is known for his loyalty and trustworthiness. He's also a very efficient fighter, men half his age are proud if he has to really work for his victory in a training fight against them. [[spoiler:He has sworn allegiance to the high king, and takes this very seriously, but when the high king refuses to send aid to his homeland, he starts a rebellion, reasoning that it was the high king who broke his oath first.]]
* Creator/PGWodehouse's novels have Uncle Fred and [[Literature/BlandingsCastle the Honourable Galahad]], who regularly helping their younger acquaintances out of trouble, often with rather impressive {{Zany Scheme}}s. Uncle Fred gets extra points for knocking the hat off the pompous barrister Sir Beefy Bastable with a slingshotted Brazil nut.
* ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'': Mr. Lorry. He is a 75 years old businessman, his business include being a banker, hostage negotiatior, and help refugees to flee the country.
* Fraa Jad in Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/{{Anathem}}''. This avout of the millenarians is a master of pithy one-liners, and has the ability to wander between parallel time tacks.
* Most of the disciples of Aldur in David Eddings' ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'' universe, but especially Belgarath and Beldin.
* ''Literature/BrotherCadfael''.
* Khlit of the Curved Sword (aka Khlit the Wolf) from the ''{{Cossack}}'' stories by HaroldLamb is already retirement age when he first appears in a story. He chooses not to accept mandatory retirement and goes on walkabout through Asia instead, having many exciting adventures. Along the way, Khlit becomes both Kha Khan of the Tatars and Koschevoi Ataman of the Cossacks (but not at the same time). He's often underestimated by people who don't realize how tough a Cossack had to be to reach an advanced age. Even when Khlit relinquishes the protagonist role to his (adoptive) grandson Kirdy because he's no longer able to wield his famous sword effectively, Khlit remains a cunning fox, and quite capable of licking twice his weight in {{mooks}}.
* Cohen and his Silver Horde, of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fame. Not one cool old guy, but seven (eventually six, but in their most recent story they pick up a CoolOldLady).
** Commander Samuel Vimes fits this in his most recent stories. After all, he's over 50! (When ''Night Watch'' threw him thirty years into the past, the version of himself he met there seemed to be only in his late teens, and he describes a 51 year old vampire as 'not a lot younger than him' in "Thud".)
** Vetinari. About as old as Vimes (if not older). Not only a political mastermind skilled at manipulating people to act in his favour but a former assassin of incredible skill.
** Ridcully, especially when he has a crossbow in his hand.
*** One of his predecessors, Galder Weatherwax, was almost as good, but lost it, after going against fate by trying to capture Rincewind.
** And, [[OldMaster Lu Tze]] the [[TheTrickster living embodiment]] of (if not inspiration for) Rule 1: "Do not act incautiously when confronting little bald wrinkly smiling men." The one and only master of Deja Fu, with a reputation that makes men who know of him wet their pants (literally in at least one case) if they learn they have crossed him, and he kicked the ass of the new anthropomorphic personification of Time itself.
** Also Reg Shoe, he's not much older than Vimes, but he's 30 years '''dead''' (dies at the end of Night Watch).
** Various other Zombies and Vampires would fit if 'cool' could be used to describe them.
*** The old Count Bella de-Magpyr in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' is, as is Lady Margalotta.
** Alberto Malich, the Wizard who started UU. 87 years old when he blew himself into Death's Domain, and it's been almost 2,000 years since.
** Dios from ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}''. Okay, maybe not actually cool, but ''old'' can't be used to describe him, he's a freaking 7000 year old stable time-loop.
* Abraham van Helsing from ''{{Dracula}}''.
* In Creator/AaronAllston's ''Galatea in 2D'', the protagonist's father C. J. teaches them all how to use guns. [[RealMenWearPink He also does all the cooking]].
* Albus Dumbledore in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. And after [[spoiler:he dies]], we get his brother, Aberforth, who is very nearly as cool as he is. Too bad their relationship was, well, rather troubled.
** There's Mad-Eye Moody, too. Leaving aside that much of the cool stuff we actually see him do is a Death Eater impersonating him rather well, he's annoying and insane but pretty cool.
* About ninety percent of persons in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series. Honor herself is ''65'' in the most recent stories. [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Yes prolong makes everyone seem younger.]] But prolong has been around only about 2 generations so there are few people over 120 yet.
* Mia's grandpa from ''Literature/IfIStay''. He drives her to auditions and talks to her when she's in a coma.
* Nestor from Homer's ''Iliad'' is one of these, he is the oldest man in the Greek army and was a young adventurer contemporary with the previous generation of heroes, including Hercules, Perseus, Theseus, and Achilles' father Peleus, he says that all of these previous heroes were stronger fighters than any of the Greeks attacking Troy, including Achilles. He is the frequent source of advice, counsel, and long monologues about the olden days. He is an old badass, because he is still gearing up and fighting with the young men on foot and on chariot -- and he is a better fighter than most of them! The fact that he survived to old age without being killed in Greek warrior society is taken as a testament to his great wisdom.
* The Mariner from the ''Literature/KeysToTheKingdom''. He has a magical harpoon so powerful it hurts others just to use it (he calls [[EmpathicWeapon his 'friend']]), and [[RuleOfCool a ship that can sail through suns]].
* Woodrow Lowe, age 108, from James Thayer's ''Man of the Century''.
* Popsy in the eponymous story ''Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes'' by Creator/StephenKing. [[spoiler:He is the little vampire boy's grandfather and kills Sheridan for even trying to do so]].
* Cristobal Junta from ''[[Creator/StrugatskyBrothers Monday Begins on Saturday]]''.
* In the ''Literature/{{Petaybee}}'' books, Whittaker Fiske is not only cool but far more progressive than his son- he's completely open to the idea that Petaybee might be sentient when few off-worlders are.
* ''Literature/RaptorRed'' brings us a Cool Old Dactyl in the form of... [[ADogNamedDog the white dactyl]]. Old even by dactyl standards, he has bowed out of the great play of reproduction and chick-rearing, choosing to instead spend his golden years dicking around with the other predators.
* Huang Zhong in ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', and ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' video game.
* Lord Varano from Samuel Shellabarger's ''Prince of Foxes'', a historical novel of the Italian Renaissance. This upright old knight teaches cynical GuileHero Andrea Orsini the meaning of honor. Lord Varano's CrowningMomentOfAwesome scene, in which the folk of Città Del Monte elect to fight for him despite believing they are doomed to defeat by Cesare Borgia, is among the classic examples of both tropes.
* Ruy Sanchez de Casador y Ortiz from ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'': Over sixty years old but still besting swordsmen half his age, and winning the heart of a twentieth century woman with wit and panache.
* Captain Flint from the ''Literature/SwallowsAndAmazons'' series is the only adult the protagonists seem to take entirely seriously.
* Zedd in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' saga.
** Though Nathan is even older and in most cases even cooler. Someone who can serve as estrogen brigade bait (in-universe, anyway) at nearly ''a thousand years old'', be one of the only existing prophets in the world, and be such a powerful wizard and (implied) swordsman to boot definitely deserves a mention here.
* Li Kao from BarryHughart's ''The Chronicles of Master Li'' series falls under this.
* Giles Corey from ''Theatre/TheCrucible''.
** And from real life. The part about his death was true.
* Roland Deschain of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series is not only is he several decades older than the rest of his ka-tet and the epitome of TheGunslinger, but he is also [[spoiler:possibly several hundred millennia old, due to his having repeated his life over countless times after reaching the Tower]]. He's totally unaware of that last fact, though.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Shiro from ''Literature/DeathMasks'' as a Japanese Knight of the Sword who, while looking like somebody's grandfather, manages to kick Denarian ass. Even Nicodemus, leader of the Denarians, is afraid of this guy. The RPG states that he has plot device levels of swordsmanship, which says it all really.
** Harry's mentor Ebenezer [=McCoy=] fits also, although he's a wizard and not a BadassNormal.
** The entire Senior Council. The Merlin held off an army of vampires and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s with a single ward, and is pretty much based on Christopher Lee. Listens to Wind is a nice old medic and shaman. He also once [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifted]] into a bear the size of a minibus to beat the crap out of an EldritchAbomination /PhysicalGod of fear. Simon Pietrovich had a death curse powerful enough to wipe out several Red Court nobility and their allies. Aside from Cristos, all other Senior council members qualify by default.
** Michael Carpenter by the time of "The Warrior". A half-crippled former knight takes on a much younger former Marine and beats the crap out of him.
* Professor Henry Armitage of Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/TheDunwichHorror''; a university scholar in his 70's who takes it upon himself (and a couple other professors) to get bitch-slap the earthborn spawn of Yog-Sothoth.
* Bodger the old bull terrier from ''Literature/TheIncredibleJourney''. He's a dogfighting veteran who spent his younger days terrorizing the local cats with his right-hand cat and best friend Tao the Siamese, and in his golden years is a loveable goof who simply wants and gets lots of love from humans.
* Gandalf of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. His impressiveness isn't just because he's a wizard, but because most of the hobbits he's friends with usually describe him in grandfatherly terms.
** Also deserves a mention for TheMovie, as he's played by Sir Creator/IanMcKellen. Old guys don't come much cooler than him. Except for Sir Creator/ChristopherLee, who played Saruman, and who was still badass despite being too old to walk up a flight of stairs smoothly.
** Most of the elves are pretty awesome, and some of them are older than the kingdom of Numenor. Legolas' age is never directly stated, but estimates range from 500 to about 3,000 years old. Book Legolas refers to ''the whole rest of the Fellowship,'' except possibly Gandalf because he was still dead when the remark was made, as 'children.' Movie Legolas is referred to as 'lad' by Gimli, which may be due to their relative ages compared to expected life-spans. The rest of the Fellowship are either young or middle-aged according to their race, though special mention goes to Gimli at 140 and Aragorn at 88.
* Santiago, the titular old man in Creator/ErnestHemingway's ''Literature/TheOldManAndTheSea''.
* ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'': Edward, Toby, Skarloey, Rheneas, Duke. All of them but Toby were built in the nineteenth century, and all are still in active service. Skarloey and Rheneas would currently be 146 years old. Also applies to Sir Topham Hatt I and Sir Topham Hatt II during certain parts of the series' timeline. Out-of-universe, applies to the original author, the late Rev. Wilbert Awdry, and his son Christopher Awdry who is the current author.
* Great-uncle Ebbitt from ''Literature/TheSeventhTower'' combines this with CrazyAwesome.
* Abraham Setrakian of ''Literature/TheStrain'', a holocaust survivor that teaches [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits two doctors, an exterminator, and a gaggle of gangsas]] how to slay some monstrous vampires.
* Many characters in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. Thom Merrilin, Rhuarc, Gareth Bryne, Furyk Karede, Noal Charin, and the male Forsaken at least.
* The short story "Literature/TheyLiveForever" has a subversion of this trope. The narrator becomes a Cool Old Guy at 25 when he is stranded on a planet where the natives have a life cycle of two years. He is proportionally so old by the end of the story that he realizes his age would be meaningless to them and claims to have forgotten. This mirrors the original immortal of the story who made the same claim about himself when questioned by the narrator.
* Papa Jan from ''Literature/ThisPerfectDay''.
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'', this applies not to Lazarus Long himself, two-thousand years old though he may be, but to ''his'' grandfather, Ira Johnson. At seventy he was heartbroken not to be able to enlist in the army to fight in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, played a mean game of chess, and could kick ass nine ways from Sunday. He also raised his daughter Maureen on the principles of EternalSexualFreedom, which had major repercussions on the future of the human race, including Lazarus himelf.
* Atticus Finch from ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird''. He's obviously also a MagnificentBastard, minus the Bastard part. Hell, one of his responses to an argument is something along the lines of stating "You think you're about to win?", which he only said when he knew he would win an argument, or had a back up plan for what they were about to say. He's the model of a father that every child wants.
* Noirtier from ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo''. When his granddaughter is facing an arranged marriage she doesn't want, he foils it by [[spoiler:confessing to the murder of the prospective groom's father]].
* Henry Bacon from [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]].
* Grandfather (not his actual name, but how he is known in history) from ''Literature/LandsOfIceAndMice'', who almost single-handedly brings about the first peaceful contact and cultural interchange between the Greenlander Norse and the Thule.
* ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' reveals that the ImpossibleGenius of confectionery Willy Wonka, who looks middle-aged, [[OlderThanTheyLook is actually this]] ("I'm an old man. I'm much older than you think."), a reason he turns out to be seeking an heir. He's ''definitely'' this in the 2013 West End stage musical, in which he has been a ReclusiveArtist for ''over 40 years'' and was making sweets back when Mathatma Gandhi was alive. Also, Charlie's Grandpa Joe is a downplayed example -- bedridden until Charlie finds his ticket, but always fun to be with -- in most versions, and ''definitely'' an example in the [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory 1971 film adaptation]] owing to his DeadpanSnarker tendencies ("If [Veruca Salt's] a lady then I'm a Vermicious Knid!").
* ''Literature/AHarvestOfWar'' gives us Raghnall Bors and Tadhg.
* Scholarly,eccentric, aristocratic Sixtus Claudius Julianus in ''Literature/SearchTheSevenHills'' is actually a retired Roman general and ex-governor of Antioch, one of the Empire's wretched hives of scum and villainy. He can even make Christians shut up with a stern look.
* In ''Literature/ArnTheKnightTemplar'', this role falls to brother Guilbert de Beaune, a disgraced Templar and Arn's teacher. In the final book, he is invited to participate in Arn's stag night, an event which involves a contest of arms consisting of seven events. In spite of being three times the age of the other participants, not having touched a weapon in decades, never having practiced one event (spear throwing) and ''never having seen'' another (axe throwing), he places second.
* Saeter from the ''Literature/TheIronTeeth'' free web serial is one of these. He is grey haired and noticeably older than all the other bandits and yet still by far the best tracker and a dangerous warrior. He is a somewhat grumpy hardass though.
* Miles Teg from ''Literature/HereticsOfDune'' . Past retirement age in a time that sees humans living greatly lengthened lives due to the Spice (which he himself eschews), he is called back to duty by the Bene Gesserit and spends the rest of the book demonstrating why the Sisterhood still thought him highly valuable.
* Father Gus Saenz of ''Literature/SmallerAndSmallerCircles'' might be a priest, but he's a priest who wears his hair long ("rock star hair" according to Jerome), listens to rock music, and dresses very informally compared to the quieter and more conservative Father Jerome.

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* GameShows:
** ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'': Bob Barker, who remained an icon to many before his retirement at age 83. College kids who were young enough to be his grandchildren pined at the chance to meet him and play a pricing game with the TV legend.
** ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'': Creator/AlexTrebek (b. 1940) fits the trope and is virtually synonymous with the show. (By comparison, original host Art Fleming was in his mid 50s when he hosted his final ''Jeopardy!'') Trebek gets bonus points for chasing down a burglar and helping catch her.
** ''Series/WheelOfFortune'': Pat Sajak (b. 1946) is still going strong, and a majority of today's contestants weren't even born when he took over for Chuck Woolery (also pretty cool in his old age, as ''Series/{{Lingo}}'' proved) in 1981.
* Creator/DickClark. He started hosting ''Series/AmericanBandstand'' in 1956 and continued for 33 years until 1989. He also enjoys ''Bloopers and Practical Jokes'', and held court every New Years' Eve on ABC almost until he died. He's known as "America's Oldest Teenager".
* ''Series/AsTimeGoesBy'': Rocky, Lionel's octogenarian father, who likes to "boogie" at the Hard Rock Cafe, frequently travels the world on adventures with his new wife Madge, and is constantly encouraging the gang to "Rock on!"
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'':
** Bill Adama, Saul Tigh ([[spoiler:2000 years old, as a matter of fact]]), and Dr. [[spoiler:Sherman]] Cottle
** Evil/Frakken' ''Sinister'' Old Guys: [[spoiler:John]] Cavil [[spoiler:a {{wangst}}y teen with mommy issues in an old man's body, which happens to be modeled on "mommy's" old man, and also slept with "mommy"]]; Tom Zarek [[spoiler:who was probably pretty bad ''before'' the Caprica-shattering-kaboom and dared to pull a mutiny on Galactica]].
* ''Series/BlueHeelers'': Tom Croydon has his moments, but special mention has to go to Superintendent Adamson. One episode has him on a raid to flush out a group of dangerous criminals. After the police hold their ground as their car speeds towards them as they are shot at with automatic handguns and rifles, one of the cops manages to disable the vehicle with a shotgun, before a number of police from both stations swarm in. What makes this cool is one of them resists and break away from the officers only to run into Adamson (and Inspector Fawlkner, also aged in his sixties). They both flatten him, making them not only {{Cool Old Guy}}s but the scene their CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Requisite Creator/MutantEnemy reference: Rupert Giles. He wasn't actually ''old'', being only in his mid-forties at the start of the series, but that's still more than twice the average age of the main characters (DawsonCasting notwithstanding). Plus, the fact that he started out as a geek and became progressively more badass over the course of the series means that he actually got cooler as he got older.
** The vampires don't get to apply, even if Spike is cool. He doesn't look or operate old.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': Captain Roy Montgomery, Beckett's boss. Driven home in "Kill the Messenger" when a big-name political family tries to interfere in their investigation and Montgomery very politely tells them to get stuffed. The guy [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections threatens to get the police commissioner involved]]. Montgomery's response?
--> '''Montgomery:''' Say hi to him for me. And tell him I could really use a raise. I think we're done here.\\
''(Blake Wellsley leaves)''\\
'''Castle:''' That was ''awesome!!''
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
** Special Agent David Rossi starts out looking like a GrumpyOldMan, but his coolness becomes apparent pretty early on, and he just gets cooler from there.
** Agent Gideon: he's a cool character, he's played by Creator/MandyPatinkin and he's [[Film/ThePrincessBride Inigo Montoya]].
* ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'': Larry David wears sneakers, is regarded as cool by his younger black friend Leon, had an attractive wife who was at least 20 years younger. He's regarded as not having grown up properly by most of the characters.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Doctor is [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld very very old]], even when he doesn't show it physically, so he's always this -- but when his age ''does'' show his coolness counts for that much more.
*** His first incarnation was created precisely with this trope in mind. William Hartnell doesn't take lip from anyone, young man! Hmmm hmmm! Some of the best examples of this are in ''The Space Museum'': He pretends to be unconscious after three Xerons grab him and then knocks out one of his captors when the other two leave the room ("It was like a whirlwind hit me!") and then hides in a Dalek casing in the museum.
*** The Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) has his many cool vehicles and frequent demonstrations of Venusian aikido.
*** The Twelfth Doctor (Creator/PeterCapaldi), a revival-era Doctor created as a throwback to old school incarnations (particularly the First), is a GrumpyOldMan who evolves into ([[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/DoctorWhoRevivalSeriesDoctorsElevenTwelveAndWar as his trope page puts it]]) "An acerbic, aging punk rocker-cum-street magician." His {{Iconic Item}}s end up being his Crombie coat(s), his CoolShades, and an electric guitar.
** Roger Delgado's Master is an evil Cool Old Guy.
** A''hem''. Wilfred Mott, anyone? Among many other feats of badassery, he took on a [[OmnicidalManiac Dalek]] with a ''paintball gun.'' Sure, it only worked temporarily, but mad points for style and ''cojones''. Also doesn't hurt that Creator/BernardCribbins is an amazing actor whose apparent mission in life is to [[TearJerker break our hearts]].
** When we meet Wilf for the first time, having no idea who he is (he's Donna's grandad, but she didn't mention him last Christmas, and won't return until the next episode), it's as the ''only person in town.'' We think the plot is about to revolve around what made London a ghost town at Christmas, but we learn from Wilf that everyone else has fled, having gotten GenreSavvy (the ChristmasSpecial is always blockbuster, so by season three, everyone clears out of London around the time, as history has proven that the shit is ''really'' going to hit the fan on the 25th.) However, Wilf refused to leave and stood his ground, never leaving the newsstand he runs.
*** Plus, he is a very cool-tempered Brit.
* Creator/{{ESPN}}'s football College [=GameDay=] has this in Lee Corso, who combines this with CrazyAwesome through his antics--most famously, his tradition of announcing his pick for the winner of the day's featured (8:00 Eastern Time) game by donning the headgear of the piked team's mascot. This has led to some fairly ridiculous situations, like the time he dressed himself as a tree and danced around the set to pick Stanford over USC (October 29, 2011). It also usually gets a big response from the people around him: the show is transmitted from the campus of the home team for that day's game, and there is usually a crowd of students and other fans behind the set, so they see his pick, and cheer or boo accordingly.[[note]]That one elicited boos from the USC home crowd, but at least he had the consolation of being right; the previous week, he had donned Wisconsin's badger head rather than home team Michigan State's Spartan helmet, only to see the Spartans win on a Hail Mary.[[/note]] Less absurdly, but just as amusingly, he calls everyone "sweetheart". Also, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCybt3eRnak this]]. (It's a bit exaggerated, but...).
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'':
** John Crichton becomes one of these in the alternate timeline featured in the episode "The Locket". According to Ben Browder on the DVD commentary for this episode, the Cool Old Guy effect carried over into real life when he found he could get away with a lot of things while dressed in the rather convincing aging makeup.
** Crichton's dad, Jack Crichton, played by Kent McCord of ''Adam-12'' fame, definitely fits the trope, even when he's being impersonated by an alien.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Shepherd Book. He's religious so he practices ThouShaltNotKill, but acknowledges that The Bible is "a mite fuzzier on kneecaps." He regularly relied upon for advice by the younger crew, is Jayne's only real friend among the crew and is seen as dependable in battle.
** Then ''Serenity'' happens, in which [[spoiler:he's forced to shoot down the Alliance ship destroying his colony before he dies from his injuries]].
*** That wasn't very Christian of him. But undeniably badass.
** Also Murphy from the ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' episode "Shindig." He expertly puts a RichBitch who's tormenting Kaylee in her place, then spends the entire evening talking about engines with the latter.
*** Speaking of ''Shindig'', ''Sir'' Warwick Harrow.
** The film ''Serenity'' implies that Mal is [[OlderThanTheyLook actually 50]].
* Martin from ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. He is really a wise person to look up to.
%%* Richard from ''Series/{{Friends}}''.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': There's quite a few.
** Rodrik Cassel, a loyal and affable OldRetainer to the Starks, who doesn't fear death.
** Lord Umber, boisterous ModestRoyalty and fiercely loyal to the Starks.
** Qyburn, something of a morally dubious MadDoctor who's nonetheless effective, respectful, and intent on wiping out diseases. Even Cersei, who hates most other characters, admits to being fond of him.
** Barristan Selmy is a chivalrous man, wise councilor, and just generally a pleasant and decent person in a CrapsackWorld. He's acknowledged as a {{Paragon}} by nearly every character who speaks of him. Just watch men half his age simply cower when he quits the Kingsguard.
** Maester Aemon. Quite likely the oldest man in the Seven Kingdoms, he is a kindly and learned man who advises younger men like Jon and Sam on emotional as well as practical matters.
** Luwin is a mildly snarky PapaWolf with a vast knowledge of the world around him.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'': Methos through his age and general coolness factor. In fact, general fandom often refers to him as the Really Old Guy. A SubvertedTrope exists in the fact that, as an immortal, he looks really young. Joe Dawson also qualifies.
* ''Series/{{Hustle}}'': Albert (Robert Vaughn).
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Admiral Chegwidden (John M. Jackson) and Admiral Boone (Creator/TerryOQuinn).
* While not having been so originally, Takeshi Hongo, the ''original Franchise/KamenRider'', is still an active participant in the battle against evil to this day, ''45 years later.'' Bonus points for his actor, Crrator/HiroshiFujioka, ''also'' still being active in his original role as the man onscreen.
* ''Series/KnightRider'': Devon Miles from the original show. Among his more awesome moments are escaping two prison camps in WWII and MacGayvering a bomb, kicking down a steel door and getting into a fist fight with a psychopath.
* ''Series/LasVegas'': "Big" Ed Deline is arguably cooler than the show's ''main character''.
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'': Lennie Briscoe. When a 60-something year old man is the most popular character in a cast full of [[FairCop Fair Cops]] and [[HelloAttorney Hello Attorneys]], you know he's doing something right.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': Both James Whittaker III on Hustle and Archie Leach, both played by Richard Chamberlain.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': John Locke. SubvertedTrope when we discover just how pathetic and needy the guy is, though he's definitely starting to [[CharacterDevelopment work]] back up to a traditional Cool Old Guy. DoubleSubverted. Turns out he ''is'' just a pathetic and needy loser.
* ''Series/LostGirl'': Trick [[spoiler:aka the Blood King]].
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': Col. Potter.
* ''Series/{{Merlin|1998}}'':
** In the 1998 series, the title wizard gradually becomes one of these as the film progresses, and can be seen telling his story to the younger generations in the present.
** Also of note is the Mountain King, an ancient TimeAbyss voiced by Creator/JamesEarlJones who casually talks about the dawn of time. "If I can remember ''that'', it means that I'm an ''old'' man!"
* ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'':
** The current (2008-2012) TV series also has one of these in the character of Gaius.
** Uther has a claim, too, despite technically being kind of the villain. Gaius is pretty morally compromised himself.
** Merlin ''himself'' in his disguise as the elderly sorcerer "[[TheMagnificent Dragoon, The Great!]]". [[spoiler:Later becomes on for real in the series epilogue, which reveals Merlin is ''still'' alive in the present day.]]
* ''Series/MortalKombatConquest'': Raiden. His characterization was based on that of the movie's Raiden, which explains a lot.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Gibbs, [[InTheBlood his father]], [[BadassIsraeli Eli]] [[AbusiveParent David]], Ducky, and Tony's father.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E5SoulTrain episode 5]]. He's the last surviving rebel of the group in his town. [[spoiler:SubvertedTrope, when he reveals that his rebel wife was killed by the Monroe militia and that he's so obsessed with RevengeBeforeReason that he is willing to blow up a train with Danny Matheson in it, and stab Nora Clayton in the gut when she tried to stop him]].
* ''Series/SamuraiGourmet'': The thesis is that protagonist Kasumi is ''not'' a Cool Old Guy at the start. He's only just retired, and he has to come to grips with the privilege of age granting him more leeway than he's used to. Gradually, he becomes more assertive, with the help of a badass samurai from his daydreams. However, there was one thing that was always cool about him: His ability to get [[MundaneMadeAwesome extreme pleasure out of simple things]].
* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'':
** Cyrus starts out as one, but the trope is actually deconstructed [[spoiler:as he proves himself to be Olivia's Arch-Enemy]].
** The madam in episode 2 is morally ambiguous, but proves herself by the end.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Jonathan Kent is pretty cool, as he's probably the OnlySaneMan in the cast a lot of the time, as well as a BadassNormal PapaWolf who goes out of his way to protect his son. And then there's a villainous example in [[ArchnemesisDad Lionel]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Luthor]]. Already [[EvilIsCool pretty darn cool]] as the LoveToHate TropeCodifier for MagnificentBastard, Lionel's eventual HeelFaceTurn let him establish {{Intergenerational Friendship}}s with the rest of the cast, mock his BigBad [[AntagonisticOffspring son Lex]], and go right on being cool.
* ''{{Series/Spellbinder}}'': Regent Correon. The oldest and toughest of the Spellbinders, over the course of the series he manages to survive a trip through the Wasteland, takes command of the fanatically anti-Spellbinder [[LaResistance Marauders]], and trumps [[BigBad Ashka's]] plans for world domination with just a video camera and some very loyal decoys.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** Doctor [[TheMcCoy McCoy]] had elements of this trope, even though he didn't really get to interact with many kids.
** In many ways, he was Kirk's father-figure, with Spock as the competing "cool uncle". Thus, while Spock could shame Kirk, only [=McCoy=] could outright scold him to his face. In one or two episodes, for medical reasons, [=McCoy=] did the equivalent of sending Kirk to his room!
** He's not exactly a [[ExpospeakGag domesticated red junglefowl of the growing season in most temperate climates]] in ''Encounter at Farpoint'', but has lost none of his coolness.*
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Jean-Luc Picard showed enough combat and survival skill in his 60s that he could easily have been a one-man commando unit.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** General Hammond could've been the trope namer. Col. Jack O'Neill aged into this trope during the 10 years of the series.
** Brought-out-of-retirement Jack in the [[Film/{{Stargate}} Stargate movie]] ''started out'' as this trope, especially to the kids of Abydos. As well as the DeathSeeker with some KnightTemplar and 'that military guy who always follows his orders even if they're wrong'...they got a new actor and changed his character a lot for the show. Apparently Daniel gave him an epiphany.
*** Yeah...jut look at season one or two Jack and go, "there's a guy who tried to commit suicide by nuke a couple years ago." Break your brain.
** Bra'tac, who's even older then those two.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Bobby manages to be the OnlySaneMan (although [[DysfunctionJunction not without his issues]]) and completely and utterly awesome at the same time.
** Even if he did have only one scene in season three, the fandom reaction to Rufus was so overwhelmingly positive that they brought him back for appearances in seasons five through seven.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'': Dr Deaton. He doesn't even flinch when an Alpha Peter Hale comes after him.
* ''Series/TheClass'': Yonk Allen.
* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': Jesse Duke, the Duke family patriarch, is a very no-nonsense old man, and everyone gives him proper respect. He was one of the best moonshine runners in his heyday, and he's no slouch when it comes to helping his kin get out of trouble. He's also one of the only people who can keep his nephews under control.
* ''Series/TheEqualizer'': Robert [=McCall=] may be ~50 years old, but he knows kung fu (or something) and can handle any gun.
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'': JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf from this show and its spin-offs, movies and specials could be considered this.
* ''Series/TheProfessionals'': Cowley.
* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'': TheBrigadier himself. That's ''Sir'' Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart to you.
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'':
** Hershel Greene. He's pushing seventy, but can still hold his own in a firefight. He just doesn't like to...
** Reg Monroe. He's around sixty and he's a lovable and charismatic guy with everyone. Accepted to teach Noah about architecture and stood for Rick after the latter's fight with Pete.
* ''Series/TheWestWing'': Jed Bartlet and Leo McGarry. [[BaldBlackLeaderGuy Admiral Percy Fitzwallace]], Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
* ''Series/TheWire'': Lester Freamon. One of the smartest characters in the entire show and probably the most effective cop. Cool Lester Smooth.
* ''Series/TheYoungIndianaJonesChronicles'': The group of old soldiers and hunters in Africa led by Frederick Selous (Paul Freeman) that Indy meets and help him blow up the "Phantom Train of Doom".
* ''Series/TopGear'': The presenters.
* ''Series/{{V|1983}}'': Abraham Bernstein is a Holocaust survivor who figures out ''exactly'' what the Visitors' real agenda is and does everything he can to fight them, including [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome teaching some kids the proper way to deface a Visitor propaganda poster]].
* ''Series/{{Vintergatan}}'': Peo Persson from this Swedish sci-fi children's comedy show. Began as a GrumpyOldMan, ended up a Cool Old Guy who could really rock a saxophone and smoked his pipe in big huffs.
* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'': Artie. "And that...is one of 23 ways that I could have escaped."
* ''Series/WheelOfFortune'': One current game show host who fits the mold is Pat Sajak (born in 1946).
* ''Series/TheGreatBritishBakeOff'': Norman, the Scottish ex-Merchant Navy officer of series 5. Kicked out relatively and inevitably early due to his resolute lack of sophistication (freely admitting he didn't even know how to ''spell'' 'tiramisu' was a highlight), but ended up becoming universally beloved by the viewership for [[http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/entertainment/news/a29346/great-british-bake-off-norman/ exactly that reason]]... well, that and showing Sue how to spell B-A-K-E in semaphore.

* Many musical artists from the 1960s and 1970s such as Music/FleetwoodMac; Music/{{Chicago}}; Music/CrosbyStillsNashAndYoung; Music/AliceCooper, Music/{{Aerosmith}}, and James Taylor are still going strong today. As are both of the surviving Beatles Music/PaulMcCartney and Music/RingoStarr. Music/ChuckBerry's music dates from the '50s and he's still going strong.
* Ditto for Music/StevieWonder; Music/EarthWindAndFire; and Music/LionelRichie.
* Music/FrankSinatra was like this in the second half of his career. (In fact, he was probably even cooler than he was when he was younger.)
* Same goes for countless country artists, with Music/GeorgeStrait being the most successful of the lot (currently, at least from a radio and album sales standpoint). Others are way too numerous to mention, although guys like Music/MerleHaggard, Music/WillieNelson, Music/DollyParton, Music/KennyRogers and Music/HankWilliamsJr immediately come to mind.
** Late in his life, Music/JohnnyCash very much fit this trope. So did Music/GeorgeJones.
** Thanks to his collaborations with Music/AlanJackson and the Music/ZacBrownBand, Music/JimmyBuffett (now in his mid-60s) can be considered cool in his elderly life.
* ''And'' for 1970s and early-1980s hard rock and metal musicians, who are past 50 (some of them even pushing 60) by now, like Music/{{ACDC}}, Music/BlackSabbath, Music/DeepPurple and the aforementioned Aerosmith.
* Music/TheRollingStones. Both Music/MickJagger and Music/KeithRichards are 70, and the band's been touring for more than 50 of those years. Do they seem like they're gonna stop any time soon? Very probably not.
* Jazz singer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Bennett Tony Bennett]]. After his career tanked in TheSixties, he's staged an amazing comeback, keeping light bouncy jazz alive and kickin' since 1994 (and has no intention of retiring, according to Wiki/TheOtherWiki).
* Little Jimmy Dickens continued to perform well into his 90s until he died in January 2015 at age 94, but that didn't stop him from making humorous cameos around Music/BradPaisley. At one time, he was brought out during an awards show to make a joke pertaining to Music/KanyeWest's interruption of Music/TaylorSwift.
* Music/LeonardBernstein introduced kids in TheFifties and TheSixties to ClassicalMusic through his TV specials, and also did a special on pop music in 1967.
* Nomeansno singer and bassist, Rob Wright, was pushing 30 when they put out their first album, which meant he was older than most punk musicians at the time and he turned middle aged shortly after they developed their cult following. In fact, the cover art to their compilation album, ''The People's Choice'', depicts graffiti on a restroom stall that reads, "How fucken [sic] old are Nomeansno? Give it up, granddads." Drummer John Wright added and signed his own graffiti beneath this: "That's 'great granddads' to you, fucker!"
* Ed Cassidy, drummer for 1960s LA rock group Spirit. The guy was about 20 years older that the others and was the stepfather of guitarist Randy California, yet managed to take a genuine liking to the band's music. Plus, he was no slouch when he came to drumming.
* Music/BrianMay and Roger Taylor of {{Music/Queen}}. Their dedication to their fans is legendary.
* Music/CarlosSantana, in his 60s, still plays guitar just as amazing as ever, creates some of the best rock albums in mainstream music, is dedicated to his beliefs and his fans, and still remains just as awesome as he did 40 years ago.
* Music/FrankZappa after age 50 was still recording, remastering and composing, despite suffering from cancer, which he died from at age 52.
* Music/JohnLeeHooker was still performing on stage in his eighties and released a best-selling album ''Music/TheHealer'' when he was about 82 years old.
* Music/BuenaVistaSocialClub: When they released their 1997 global best-selling album most musicians were veterans who were already in their seventies, eighties and nineties. The oldest was Compay Segundo (1907-2003), who was 89 at time of recording the album. Special notice goes out to Rubén González, who suffered from arthritis, yet still managed to give away amazing performances!
* French singer Henri Salvador, from the 1930s until his death in 2008 he was still performing and releasing new albums.
* Operette and cabaret singer Johannes Heesters (1903-2011) was over 100 years old and still sang and performed at the stage! Not only that but he only gave up smoking a half year before he died.
* Robert Pollard is 57, and he still puts out at least four albums every year.
* Jet Black, the drummer for Music/TheStranglers, was nearly 40 when the band came to fame, making him far older than most of his contemporaries (and the rest of the band). He's still playing with them at the age of 76, despite serious health issues which mean he can't play a full set any more or tour outside of the UK.
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic: He's been making parody songs since 1976 and shows no signs of slowing down.
* Music/TheSpecials' trombonist Rico Rodriguez was a good twenty years older than the rest of the band when they started out, and acted as a direct link to the Jamaican ska that they revived.
** Music/Devo have been together since the early 70's, only broke up in the early 90's then reformed in the mid-to-late-90's, and have tried their best to prevent signs of slowing down.
* Lonnie Lynn, the father of acclaimed rapper Common. In addition to his history as a basketball player, he regularly did guest raps[[note]]actually, spoken-word poetry rather than straight-up rapping[[/note]] at the end of Common's studio albums, dispensing not just wisdom and street knowledge but also praise for his family and for hip hop culture. His "raps" became one of the defining aspects of Common's studio recordings before his unfortunate passing in 2014.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* In ProfessionalWrestling, ''any'' wrestler in his late 40s and beyond who can still ''kick ass'' and take a beating definitely counts. The most recent examples: [[Wrestling/RickySteamboat Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat]], Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, and Wrestling/TheUndertaker at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} 25''. ''[[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments WOW]]''. Three men over 40 (and in Steamboat's case, almost '''60''' and had been retired since suffering a career-ending back injury in a match against [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "Stunning" Steve Austin"]]- from a bump on the apron, not from something Austin did- back in August 1994) showed up practically everyone under 40. And throw in Wrestling/JimmySnuka, still wrestling at the age of '''69''', and Mae Young, who was a Wrestling/{{WWE}} Diva practically until her death in 2014 at age 90, and was in '''''every decade of professional wrestling from the 1930s to the 2010s'''''.
* This is pretty much what [[Wrestling/RoddyPiper Rowdy Roddy Piper's]] last gimmick was all about. He was the awesome old-school guy who showed up every now and then when the young bucks got too big for their britches or forgot what wrestling was supposed to be about, and set them straight.

* Bob Kingsley, at age 74 and still going strong as host of ''Radio/BobKingsleysCountryTop40''. He is best known for his 27-year stint helming ''Radio/AmericanCountryCountdown''. Not counting the times he was substitute host of ''[=ACC=]'', Kingsley has been a fixture on country radio for 35 years, introducing the biggest hits from Music/GeorgeJones and TammyWynette (in 1978, the year he started) to Music/BlakeShelton and Music/TaylorSwift (today's top singers).
* Casey Kasem, host of ''Radio/AmericanTop40'' (and its spinoffs, ''American Top 10'' and ''American Top 20'') was a weekly presence on radio for 39 years from his late 30s through late 70s! His [[VocalEvolution voice]] had noticeably changed by the early 2000s, but it was still Casey, and it was cool to many to hear a 77-year-old radio host introduce artists such as Music/KatyPerry, Lifehouse, Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, Pink, Fergie and many other urban, contemporary pop and rock artists of the late 2000s decade. (And to think, many people half Kasem's age won't think of listening to any of the above listed artists' music. Kasem old enough to be some of these artists' ''great-grandfathers'', was still making their music cool.)
* Casey's rival Rick Dees, age 66, is still countin' 'em down internationally and over his website.
* Dick Clark, in addition to everything else he did, hosted countdowns such as ''The Dick Clark National Music Survey'', ''Countdown America'', and ''Dick Clark's U.S. Music Survey'' up until his stroke.
* The original panel of ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' all became this some time during the nineties. Special mention goes to the late host, Humphrey Lyttelton, who told some of the filthiest jokes on the radio well into his eighties.
* John Peel was this late in his 40 year radio career.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Elminster from the ''AD&D TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' universe. He loves jokes and riddles. He's an accomplished dancer who loves ice cream and sliding down banisters. He's possibly the game's most powerful character, probably the most powerful wizard. (Actually, Elminster is the type who's Really700YearsOld, but for all intents and purposes, he fits the Trope.)
** Similarly, King Boranel of Breland in ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}''. [[spoiler:Also, possibly, Kaius of Karrnath, but since he's a vampire, he may not count]].
*** If the spoilered example counts, Vol absolutely must get a mention here.
*** In a twist, Boranel is painfully aware of this trope -- his coolness and the situation the country was in when he rose to the throne has made Breland unusually dependent on him... which wouldn't be so much of a problem if he had a equally cool heir or wasn't pushing it in years.
* For different reasons, Archangel Michael and Archangel Yves in ''TabletopGame/InNomine''. Michael is the classic version of the trope, the Archangel of War who's older than every being but Yves and could kick the ass of anything in creation. Yves is the quieter one, the pleasant old man whom everyone loves (except Michael) who *looks* like a harmless old man but as Archangel of Destiny possesses the secret knowledge of the universe and is feared by most of Hell because they don't understand him.
* Sebastian Crenshaw from ''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles''. Pushing sixty in a world where average life expectancy is forty. One of the solar system's best swordsmen, martial artists and assassins, still highly active in his profession, and a stern but fair mentor and father figure to many young trainee assassins. He is also a good-looking, distinguished gentleman, the life of every party and quite the ladies' man. Oh, also he's implied to be Scottish.
* Although he's [[YoungerThanTheyLook 42]], [[http://pathfinder.wikia.com/wiki/Ezren Ezren]] from ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' is the oldest of the iconic player characters and a very cool guy.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': [[BoisterousBruiser Logan Grimnar]], Chapter Master of the Space Wolves.
** Any full-fledged space marine (they tend to take some decades training and proving themselves before they become a Devastator Marine and can later hope to graduate to Assault and then Tactical Marine, so any Tactical Marine is probably quite past a normal man's prime) Chaos Space Marine, Necron, Eldar, or Titan princeps. A '''''universe''''' of cool old guys.
*** [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Well, thats if you consider them "old"]].
** [[PunctuationShaker Aun'shi]] of the Tau. One of the few examples of this trope to be only about 38, due to [[WeAreAsMayflies the Tau getting shafted on life expectancy]].
** Given the fact that human life expectancy, depending on planet, social status and wealth, can be hundreds of years, it would seem that in 40k, it's a little harder to qualify as cool old guy. Most players will come up with someone from their own army who is cool and old. Abaddon, Vect and so on. Still, there is one cool old guy who every 40k player can admit to being the coolest old guy who ever cooled: Commissar Sebastian Yarrick - a man whose real glory got going ''after'' [[RetiredBadass he retired]], being a linchpin leader for the defense of the Second War for Armageddon. In the war, a fight with an Ork Warboss took his right arm and left eye; he proceeded to cut off the Ork's [[PowerFist Power Klaw-armed]] right arm in return, hold it over his head, and rallied his allies while the Orkz routed in terror. He's only gotten older since with his lifespan lengthened by rarely-available technology, but that does nothing to dismiss how he's nearly died repeatedly (and by all rights, [[MadeOfIron should have]] - an even more terrifying theory suggests ''[[DeadAllAlong he already has]]'' and only Ork belief that he's an unstoppable killing machine is what's keeping him walking), and is currently helping a [[KnightTemplar particular zealous]] chapter of space marines that apparently admit to themselves that this BadassNormal is their best chance for hunting down and killing an especially large Ork named Ghazghkull Thraka.
* Ladies and gentlemen, the legend of FanFic/OldManHenderson: a CrazyAwesome {{Munchkin}} [[TheLoonie Loonie]] LethalJokeCharacter created purely to derail an unbearable ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' campaign. Old Man Henderson is a fifty-something, shotgun-toting fake Vietnam veteran who pawned his garden gnomes, went home and got high, forgot about pawning his gnomes and wrongfully blamed the local cult for stealing them when he discovered the gnomes were missing in the morning. He is [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth almost completely immune to SAN loss against cosmic horrors]] because of his use of hallucinogenic drugs, dyslexia, schizophrenia and hatred of religion and books. After a long and epic session where Henderson singlehandedly slaughtered several cults, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu gunned down shoggoths]], saved a fair few characters' lives (and got other player characters killed as a consequence of his shenanigans), [[spoiler:Henderson went out in a blaze of glory by rigging an entire ice rin with explosives, summoning [[GodOfEvil Hastur]] into the middle of it, and then detonating the charges. Henderson didn't make it. [[KillTheGod Neither did Hastur]].]]


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* [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Epcot]] has had two over the years: Dreamfinder from ''Ride/JourneyIntoImagination'', who flew around in a CoolShip collecting thoughts and ideas to create all sorts of new things, and served as TheMentor to his creation Figment until the attraction was overhauled to remove him. Then there was the Sage of Time from the ''Tapestry of Nations'' parade, an aged immortal that tried promoting human unity through his Great Millennium Walk that involved lots of cool puppets and CrowningMusicOfAwesome.

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* ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars'': The old series had Sensei, who is rumored to be Yellow Comet's former legendary commander. ''Days of Ruin'' has Forsythe, another war hero returned from retirement.
** Sensei's coolness is slightly reduced by the fact that he grows weaker in each game. In ''Super Famicom Wars'', where he was still known as Yamamoto, his units were all nigh unbeatable by being a massive 40% more powerful than any normal unit. In ''Advance Wars 2'', his debut as Sensei, only his infantry and battle copters retained his original abilities - and even then only in offensive power, with defense being reduced to average - though he also gained some cool super powers, that still couldn't match his original strength. In ''Advance Wars: Dual Strike'', his infantry had also become total weaklings.
*** On the other hand, his CO power in ''Dual Strike'' [[ZergRush summons a hell of a lot of them]], making him arguably a GameBreaker on some maps. He is going just a little senile though...
** Also, Javier, a Don Quixote wannabe who can still kick ''plenty'' of ass and has [[LargeHam the best lines in the game]].
*** "Charge into the toothy maw! For now is the time for a glorious hindspanking!"
*** "This day shall be the greatest of days, unless tomorrow is even greater!"
* Odin and Tor Anderson in ''VideoGame/AlanWake'' might be crazy, but that's part of what makes them cool. The other part is that they're retired rock stars from the band Old Gods of Asgard. They still have a stage with working pyrotechnics at their farm, they have a ''Viking longboat'' in their barn, they changed their names to Odin and Tor, and they make their own moonshine.
** At one point, Odin comments on [[MindScrew the events]] in Bright Falls and their own craziness, saying "It takes crazy to know crazy!"
** Not crazy, but still cool is Pat Maine, the town's radio host and a retired cop, who calls out [[CowboyCop FBI agent Nightingale]] on his reckless pursuit of Alan - while on the air.
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'':
** Mario Auditore from ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII''. Ezio's uncle acts as TheMentor and is the one who teaches him how to be an assassin and helps him throughout the entire game.
** Ezio himself can count for this by end of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood''. He's 49, likely the most skilled assassin in Italy [[spoiler:and Grand Master of the Assassin Order in Rome]] in a time where the life expectancy was within the late 40s to early 50s. By the time of the sequel, ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'', he definitely counts as a cool old guy.
** ''Revelations'' also features Altair being the MemeticBadass we've come to know him as well into old age.
* Augus from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath''.
* ''Franchise/BaldursGate'''s Keldorn. Probably in his 50s at least, greying, a bit creaky, yet goes out and smites evil arse with a 2 handed sword and plate mail (his default equipment).
** It is hard to be lawful good and cool at the same time, but he manages it perfectly. The fact that he is the only NPC that can use the uber-paladin sword Carsomyr is just gravy.
** His interactions with [[TheScrappy Anomen]] (lawful neutral, thinks he's lawful good) frequently take the form of a TakeThat at [[KnightTemplar Knight-Templarism]] and/or LawfulStupid, the basic message being "if you're not ''awesome'', you're doing it wrong".
** Gorion, too. Admittedly he's dead for most of the time and as such mainly appears in various flashes of the past, and his big DeadManWriting is ruined when he's apparently {{retcon}}ned to have lied about the PC's mother. But the picture gathered from other characters is that he used to be an active adventurer who probably saw a lot during his life, and had even faced a dragon and lived to tell the tale, leaving it with a few scars. And apparently he used to tell Imoen and the PC stories about everything between heaven and earth, and would hang out with canon über-characters like Khelben Arunsun and Elminster Aumar. When we actually see him for a moment at the very beginning, he defends his foster child against the BigBad and his minions and ultimately sacrifices himself, unwaveringly telling them to step aside if they want to remain unhurt and then eliminating all the three minions in about one round each before facing off hopelessly against the BigBad himself until he's cut down.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' is a good example of this, featuring Rucks as a badass cowboy/former special ops, with a voice that can only be described as audio erotica.
* Master Naguri from ''VideoGame/{{Bujingai}}''. He's first introduced as he tosses a ''stone column'' at his student, Lau, to test his skills. He then proceeds to dodge all of Lau's attacks, calling them terrible. Keep in mind, Lao is capable of DualWielding {{Big Fancy Sword}}s, casting magic, and gliding through the air.
* The ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series has Julius Belmont, who is noticeably older than the cast of the rest of the cast of both ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Sorrow]]'' games. [[spoiler:Technically, Arikado/Alucard is [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld much older]].]] He {{lampshades}} this by commenting to Soma that "Growing old is a terrible thing," when he is too winded to fight after breaking a dark barrier. This still doesn't stop him from kicking ass in the bonus Julius Mode of both games.
** Better still, in [[spoiler:his fight in ''Aria of Sorrow'']], he can use the Grand Cross and it '''''makes parts of the castle crumble''''', and claims to have been holding back despite [[spoiler:being ThatOneBoss for some people, and this is only using subweapons after halfway into the fight]]. In Dawn, he is bested by Dario, some fire punk foe, but only because he can't seal his dark power. The badass part is that Julius has dealt with sealed enemies before, except he's just beaten the shit out of them before they can regenerate. That's how awesome he is.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', Duncan, the Warden-Commander of Ferelden.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'', if [[spoiler:Teryn Loghain]] was spared and forced to join the Wardens during ''Origins'', it seems he's mellowed out into one of these.
* ''Videogame/DeadByDaylight'' has Ace Visconti, a charming gambler with a slick tongue presumably in his 40s.
* From ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', Divayth Fyr. He's a [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld 4000 year-old]] badass old guy (level 65, the highest level of any NPC in the vanilla game) who has created four OppositeSexClone "daughters" while being a prominent member of Great House Telvanni, where MightMakesRight and KlingonPromotion are official means of advancement. He befriended [[spoiler:the [[LastOfHisKind last living]] [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]]]], became a [[TheCollectorOfTheStrange Collector of the Strange]] including Dwemer artifacts and items associated with the Imperial Battlespire event (which he freely encourages thieves to try to steal via his LockAndKeyPuzzle, risking death as they do), is a DimensionalTraveler who can freely travel between the realms of the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedra]], and started the "Corprusarium" so those suffering from the [[BodyHorror Corpus Disease]] would have a place where they could find peace and safety, while keeping them from harming others. It's in this last role that he meets [[PlayerCharacter the Nerevarine]] and [[spoiler:[[FindTheCure cures him/her]] of the negative effects of the Corprus Disease, leaving the positive ones (like being TheAgeless and having IdealIllnessImmunity) in-tact)]]. Fyr has essentially become an icon for ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' lore community because of all the different ways in which he is "cool".
* Garth from ''VideoGame/FableII''. The first time you see him, he's fighting against the ''frakking Commandant.'' And he's not doing too badly.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'':
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'' features Harold, a 90 year old mutated human known for his sense of humor and ability to survive. Harold makes appearances in ''Fallout 2'' and ''3'' as well.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' has John Cassidy, who is in his sixties at the earliest, [[CoveredWithScars has a heart condition, a metal plate implanted in his head, a missing eye, and is covered with scars and wrinkles.]] Nevertheless, he's an outstanding marksman and easily the strongest companion available to the player. His [[FieryRedhead daughter]], Rose of Sharon, can fight alongside the player in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'':
*** [[OldSoldier Elder Owyn Lyons]], [[KnightInShiningArmor Star Paladin Cross]], [[GeniusBruiser Fawkes]], and of course, [[HopeBringer your father, James]]. All four have dedicated themselves to helping humanity, though in different ways. There's also Desmond Lockheart in ''Point Lookout'', but it's really up to you if he qualifies as cool or is just a jerk.
*** Herbert 'Daring' Dashwood is one of the few people in Tenpenny Tower who isn't a jerk, and his terminal and radio show reveal he had quite a past. If you release the feral ghouls into the tower, he manages to take some down before being overwhelmed by numbers.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has a lot of {{WastelandElder}}s that can still kick ass:
*** The Remnants, a squad of Enclave veterans with high-tech gear and a shared shady past (of having been in the Enclave) who kick massive amounts of ass once reunited.
*** Our favorite old school ghoul Raul who can take up his guns are return to a life of wandering Vaquero, protecting the innocents and punishing the wicked.
*** [[VideoGame/Fallout2 Marcus]] is back, running a peaceful village for Super Mutants in a Pre-War ski resort, trying to help the Nightkin in healing their shattered minds.
*** Lily, a sweet old granny in the body of a hulking Nightkin who served as the spec-ops of the [[{{VideoGame/Fallout|1}} Master's]] army. Leo, the voice of her violent urges, makes her a fearsome berserker.
*** Chief Hanlon, grizzled NCR Ranger, and de facto leader of the NCR's Mojave forces and loves his rangers dearly [[spoiler:even if it means subterfuge to save them.]]
*** Corporal Sterling of the NCR 1st Recon, and former Ranger, served during the early years of the Mojave campaign and still served despite being tortured.
*** Joshua Graham, the Malpais Legate and Burned Man, former war chief of Caesar's Legion and now war chief of the Dead Horses tribe. He never lost his faith or his edge.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' have characters named Cid, both of him fall under this trope. The VII version is a complete {{jerkass}}, though.
** Cid from ''VII'' rolls more as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. He does have some redeeming qualities, after all.
** In a slight subversion, Cid from ''VII'' isn't even the oldest member of the main cast (he's 32, Barrett is 35, Red XIII is 48 [[note]]While Red XIII is 48 years old, he's not human, and is basically a teenager[[/note]]), but he ''acts'' more like an old man than the other two.
** Auron, of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' fame, fits this trope to a T. He is in near superhuman physical condition, unshaven, and a no-nonsense hardass. However, most of this is fairly unimportant compared to the fact that [[spoiler:he's [[DeadAllAlong already dead in the first place]]]].
*** He's also only in his 30's. [[spoiler:Or he was when he died, at least]].
** [[GameBreaker The most imbalanced playable character in the Final Fantasy history]]: Cidolfas Orlandu, [[RedBaron the Thunder God Cid]] is pretty cool and pretty old.
*** For those who haven't played ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' or haven't gotten far enough in to get Orlandu/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Orlandeau]], he has stat growth and damage numbers far beyond what most other classes will ever get in his initial class, begins with [[CoolSword a sword that Hastes him]], and [[AllYourPowersCombined comes with all of Agrias's, Gaffgarion's, and Meliadoul's sword skills]].
** Maat from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', the one NPC who '''''will''''' beat you into the ground when you first fight him. In Wings of The Goddess, you can see him hold off advancing Beastmen armies '''''by himself'''''.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Cyan]] demonstrates that not every RPG swordsman is a {{wangst}}y teenager, WordOfGod puts his age around 50-something. Strago could also count.
** Galuf from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' is a 60-year-old man who was one of the four Warriors of Dawn, who had sealed the BigBad prior to the game. Not only is he a strong warrior and a king, but he's not above making fun of his younger friends and spouting horrible, wonderful puns. Not to mention the fact that he may be the only game character ever to have been able to [[spoiler:continue fighting while at '''''0 freakin' HP''''', right before a Heroic Sacrifice]]!
** Sazh is the oldest of the playable cast of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' [[spoiler:excluding Vanille and Fang]] and happens to be the most stable and level-headed of the heroes.
* The resident Bad Ass Mayor of ''VideoGame/FinalFight'', Mike Haggar is the epitome of this trope. Pushing 60 and he is more than able to throw down with Pro Wrestlers, Super Villains, Evil Dictators and even [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 Galactus]]!!! When was the last time your mayor fought off the eater of worlds?
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}''
** Reinhardt, age 61, is a mountain of a man clad in PoweredArmor, armed with a [[RocketPoweredWeapon rocket-propelled]] [[DropTheHammer warhammer]], and who believes wholeheartedly in the ideals of peace and justice upon which Overwatch was founded. Even after being forced into retirement, he continues the good fight, and his age has done little to slow him down.
** Torbjörn, age 57, is a stout mechanical genius who helped to make the mechanical wonders of Overwatch possible. The younger members of Overwatch all look up to him as an inspiration, and he still knows how to kick all sorts of ass.
** Soldier 76, age uncertain, is an old soldier that serves in Overwatch during the Omnic Crisis and hasn't stopped fighting the good fight after the disbandment of Overwatch.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' games will always have a couple of Cool Old Guys. Often they'll be an OldRetainer to the protagonist or an Older Enemy General who eventually gets recruited to the protagonists cause.
** Athos the Archsage from ''VideoGame/FireEmblem 7''. More than 1000 years old and still quite the EccentricMentor, aside of being one [[EleventhHourSuperpower extremely]] ''[[EleventhHourSuperpower powerful]]'' [[EleventhHourSuperpower magic user]].
** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem 7]]'' Marcus (in his 40s) is not only thought of as one badass Cool Old Guy ingame, but he's also viewed as practically required for getting a high ranking in the games hard mode. Despite being a [[CrutchCharacter Jagen character]], Marcus also has high enough growths to remain serviceable throughout the game. In Fire Emblem 6, Marcus( now in his 60s) is more of a classic [[CrutchCharacter Jagen]] but is still needed to beat the games Hard Mode.
** Tauroneo tends to lean this way, despite his tendency to stay away from any conversations in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance]]''. However, he truly becomes part of this trope in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'', showing just how wise and awesome he is. He also tends to be one of the best endgame Generals/Marshals. That makes him a Badass, too, as he's shown to mow through enemies with relative ease throughout the games. Given his look, he is likely in his mid-50s.
** Basilio gets treated this way in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' by the army, even to the point of being nicknamed "Gramps". Yet, Basilio only looks like he's in his 30-40s at most. Gregor is a more accurate example, he's visibly middle aged, and is a worldly sellsword who spends most of his support conversations giving advice to other characters and joking around. In the English dub he also has a Russian accent and BluntMetaphorsTrauma that will trick a player into thinking he's dumber than he actually is at first.
* ''VideoGame/FrontMission'' has [[spoiler:Alder Weiss]], a good mercenary who's a little full of himself and yet a no-nonsense character.
* Malcolm Corley in the Creator/LucasArts AdventureGame ''VideoGame/FullThrottle'': Not only is he the owner of Corley Motors, the last remaining domestic motorcycle manufacturer, but he's spent a significant amount of his youth on the back of a motorcycle, and gets along particularly well with his customers, sharing anecdotes from the 'glory days'. [[spoiler:It's a shame to see him die at the hands of his greedy second-in-command about a third of the way through the game]].
* General Luft from the ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel'' gameverse.
* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'': Colonel Hoffman has only a VagueAge, but he's definitely aged. He still is capable of kicking ass like a boss.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'':
** Kraden isn't a combatant but a GentlemanAndAScholar who [[MotorMouth provides a great deal of]] [[ExpositionFairy plot exposition]], but is still ridiculously popular with the fandom, to the point of being worshipped as a deity by a fan forum called the Temple of Kraden, having a {{Fanon}} Christmas-equivalent holiday named for him, and being the subject of several [[UrbanLegendOfZelda hoax cheats to unlock him as a player character]].
** In ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]]'', not only has Kraden's aging been slowed to the point of {{Immortality}} (albeit the [[BlessedWithSuck rather unfortunate]] AgeWithoutYouth variety), but some of his MemeticBadass status has [[AscendedMeme leaked into the universe]], with multiple characters respecting him as a {{Determinator}} who will reach his destination regardless of the traps, monsters, and labyrinths in his way (and this is accurate; he travels ''through a war zone'' to join you!).
** King Hydros of Lemuria is also this in-universe, as Piers mentions to the party in ''The Lost Age'' that he is not feared but respected by his people for his tremendous age and wisdom (in a nation of ReallySevenHundredYearsOld people).
** And another in ''Dark Dawn''; over the last thirty years, Briggs went from a youngish pirate and new father to a gray-haired oldster. He has not grown any less badass. [[spoiler:[[TearJerker It doesn't last]]]].
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Growlanser}}'' series Hien and Dixon from ''Wayfarer of Time'' and Alfred Burns from ''Dual Darkness'' embody this trope.
* Jolee Bindo in ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. He is a very Cool Old Guy , who feigns deafness and senility but who is still a competent fighter and dispenser of sage advice.
** And he's voiced by Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson.
** Also, Masters Vrook and Vandar.
** And Sion (still can whip your ass with a lightsaber at around 1,000 with a barely functional body. Just imagine him in his prime).
** And three of the five lost Jedi Masters (Atris and Kavar don't look old enough).
** Canderous Ordo also counts. As of the first game, he'd been kicking ass for forty years. Second game, he's pushing 65, is the only humanoid in the party Exile can't cross-class (and doesn't NEED to), helps put the smack down on ''two'' Sith Lords, and is still kicking righteous ass as Mandalore the Preserver, setting the stage for his people to become Republic 'allies'' for the next century or two. All with a [[DeadpanSnarker bone-dry wit]], and [[WarriorPoet surprisingly poetic descriptions]] of his past battles.
* Bill from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'', an old Vietnam war vet who constantly has a cigarette hanging from his mouth and a witty remark ready for his younger, upstart fellow survivors. One of the lines you can hear him say as you [[ZombieApocalypse mow down zombie after zombie]] is ''"I'll see peace back on Earth if I have to kill every single one of these bastards with my bare GOD DAMN hands!"''
-->''"I was too old for this shit fifteen years ago."''
* ''Franchse/{{Lufia}}'':
** Randolph, bodyguard of Princess Melphis in ''VideoGame/LufiaTheLegendReturns''. He may be a [[GlassCannon feeble]] [[MightyGlacier old man]], but he's the party resident {{BFS}} wielder. [[EliteTweak Boost up his speed]] and he'll become the party's top LightningBruiser.
** Dekar, by the time of ''VideoGame/LufiaTheRuinsOfLore''. Twenty years after [[VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals his earlier adventures]], he's still out investigating threats to the world. Despite the others poking fun at his age and [[IdiotHero his wisdom]], he pulls his weight quite handily.
** Despite being DemotedToExtra, Lexis in ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'' gets a much larger role as the eccentric MadScientist helping out and guiding the party.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Wrex]] and [[MadScientist Mordin]] are both cool and deadly guys old by their species' standards. Wrex is somewhere between 1000 and 1500 when natural Krogan longevity is a spot over 1000. However, as the game gladly points out to you, [[BloodKnight very few krogan die of old age]]) and Wrex is not one to die from anything else. Mordin is over 40, which is rare for his species.
** [[PsychoForHire Zaeed Massani]] and [[BigGood Admiral Hackett]] are human examples, both having quite the lot of badassery under their belts and quite the facial scars to testify to it. Zaeed is somewhat younger than he looks though.
-->'''Jacob:''' If they make old guys any tougher than that, I'd like to see it.
* Solid Snake from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' is depicted as a badass graying elder, capable of kicking as much ass as he did in earlier games. Although he isn't actually that old, he has supposedly aged prematurely because of [[CloningBlues the primitive cloning method used to create him]].
** Then again, the games do have a very high concentration of cool old guys. Revolver Ocelot is in his sixties and the best gunslinger and [[ThePlan plan user]] in the world. An extreme example is The End, 'the father of modern sniping', who's over a hundred and looks it, but is still capable of leaving a man a third his age in his dust, while carrying a sniper rifle.
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' has a dojo in 3 areas, all run by the same guy, who goes by Onigiri Sensei. He barely looks like he's capable of anything at first, but then he pulls a 180 (rather literally) and becomes a kickass old instructor.
* Dallas from ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'' is the oldest robber of the crew, being in his mid forties. During his time, he managed to turn two mob groups against each other so he could profit from them and then managed to evade both groups for several years after they discovered they were tricked. Dallas also staged a heist on a freight liner containing weapons once he came out of hiding. Once he teamed up with the rest of the crew in the game, he can fend off waves of cops and SWAT units while robbing banks, jewelry stores, and a senator's apartment while not being slowed down by his smoker's lung.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'': Professor Oak. Wait, what? Well, in the ''[[Manga/PokemonSpecial Adventures/Special]]'' manga, at least - Oak actually competes in the Pokemon League, and beats Blue, and without his lab-coat, he looks surprisingly fit for someone his age. The games themselves note that Oak was a top-class trainer before switching professions, roughly around the level of the Elite Four, since he was friends with Agatha.
** With the use of a cheat device, or a branch of the Mew Glitch, you can unlock a DummiedOut battle with Professor Oak, where he has some of the most powerful Pokemon in the game, his strongest equaling Mewtwo and their levels on average being the same as the Champion's if not higher. His Pokemon? Tauros, Exeggutor, Arcanine, Gyarados, and the fully evolved starter that wasn't picked. All of them are amongst some of the most powerful Pokemon of the first generation. The guy's a straight-up badass.
** Also, several Gym leaders from the anime are cool old guys. Blaine/Katsura, Pryce/Yanagi (once he gets [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosted]] when [[spoiler:his long-lost Piloswine returns]]), Juan/Adan and Spenser/Ukon come to mind...
** ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' introduces a Trainer type called Fun Old Man. Eagun qualifes too (more so in the sequel).
* The kooky mystic in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando''.
** While we're on the subject, it would be criminal not to mention [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime Orvus and Azimuth]]. Both majorly cool characters, both capable of incredible things-- they are, respectively, [[spoiler:former]] Senior Caretaker of The Great Clock [[note]]"A marvel of science and sorcery located in the exact ''center of the universe!'' ...[[RunningGag Give or take fifty feet.]]"[[/note]] and a Four-Bolt Magistrate for the Lombax Praetorian Guard ''and'' an Elder Councilman for the Center for Advanced Lombax Research.
* Both male teachers from the ''VideoGame/RivalSchools'' series, Hideo Shimazu and Hayato Nekketsu, qualify for this by simply being {{Badass Teacher}}s.
* Zimos from ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird''. He is the oldest pimp in Steelport, has Autotune on his voice box, and even manages to get one of the [=DeWynter=] sisters in bed. And he maintains very high standards of working conditions for his girls to contrast the Syndicate's straight up SexSlavery. For an old guy, he sure has a lot of swag.
* The first two ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' games play this straight with Zhuzhen and Gepetto, who are eccentric but powerful mages, and provide invaluable information on the occult to Yuri and the NaiveNewcomer female leads. ''From the New World'' plays with it, by making its Cool Old Guy character a quite possibly insane [[McNinja ninja/US Secret Agent]] who, despite technically fitting the trope, isn't cool in any imaginable sense of the word.
** [[CrazyAwesome Yes he is]].
** Not to mention Roger Bacon and Albert Simon, though not playable, are still way cool.
* ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns''
** The ''Dragonfall'' campaign has Dietrich, the Kreuzbasar Crew's shaman and former punk rock frontman. He's been actively kicking ass since at least the Night of Rage, 15 years before time the game is set in. He's also following an idol that drives him to take on ever greater and more dangerous enemies. All that in the shadows of Berlin, where life tends to be nasty, brutish and short.
** The Director's Cut of ''Dragonfall'' adds Herr Hasenkamp, the accountant [[spoiler:and assassin]] of a local loan shark. Sent along on a run to keep an eye on the player [[spoiler:and kill them once the job is done]] he's a ''literal'' Badass Grandpa. Should the player manage to come to an agreement with him in the end, he'll mention being grateful that he'll get home just in time to read a bedtime story to his grandkids...
* ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur''
** Edge Master, Voldo, and Cervantes.
* ''VideoGame/{{Splinter Cell}}'''s Sam Fisher, an ex-Navy SEAL working as an international spy, acts as this. That is, despite starting the series as a fourty-seven year old [[RetiredBadass Navy vet]], he still has the capacity to prevent world wars:
-->'''Grim''': It looks like [[LaserHallway a laser grid]] just came online.\\
'''Fisher''': Lasers? Lasers are so--\\
'''Grim''': Nineties?\\
'''Fisher''': I was going to say Seventies. ''Can you please stop making me feel so old?''\\
'''Grim''': Got bad news for ya Sam: you ''are'' old.
** [[RunningGag And again five minutes later]]:
-->'''Grim''': Welcome to the wi-fi era.\\
'''Sam''': Remember: you're saying that to a guy from the era of ''hi-fi''.\\
'''Grim''': Hi-fi? ''As in, like, high in fiber?''\\
'''Sam''': Ugh... Don't put me in [[InsistentTerminology adult undergarments]] yet, kid.
* Gouken from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' has TONS of badass old guys (and women). Georg Prime grows to be a badass old man in ''VideoGame/SuikodenII''. For ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'', Geddoe's main party consists of mostly old badasses (himself, Joker and Ace). ''VideoGame/SuikodenIV'' has Elenor and Lino, while ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' has Galleon and Raja. And these consist of the generally self-proclaimed old. This game has a fruitful bounty of badass adults.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'':
** Lt. Colonel Daitetsu Minase from Original Generation, captain of the [[CoolShip Hagane]].
** Also Major [[DrillSergeantNasty Kai]] [[BadassNormal Kitamura]]. Kai isn't actually all that old, however.
** Rishu Togo definitely counts, being an old swordsman who designed the Type 0's sword, and trained both Zengar and Bullet, and also on at least one occasion '''''cut bullets out of the air'''''. You even get to use him as a pilot in one of the [=PS2=] OG games.
* A playable 20-40 throwing the 15-18 CompetenceZone out of balance is a staple of the ''[[VideoGame/TalesSeries Tales]]'' series.
** Klarth F. Lester, ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia Phantasia]]''
** Kongman Bruiser, ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny Destiny]]''
** Fog, ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfEternia Eternia]]''
** Loni and Harold, ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny Destiny 2]]''
** Regal and [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Kratos]], ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Symphonia]]''
** Eugene Gallardo, ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth Rebirth]]''
** Wil Raynard, ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia Legendia]]''
** Jade Curtiss, ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss Abyss]]''
*** Jade plays with this a bit. He's only 35, but likes to play up his age to try and get out of any heavy lifting.
** Ricardo Soldato, ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfInnocence Innocence]]''
** Raven, ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia Vesperia]]''
** Innes Lorenz, ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfHearts Hearts]]'', as well as ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Kunzite
** Malik Caesars in ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfGraces Graces]]''.
** Rowen J. Ilbert in ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfXillia Xillia]]'', who at 62 years old is the only one in the list that is ''actually'' old in the traditional way.
* Most of the characters from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', with the exception of [[BrattyHalfPint the Scout]] and possibly [[TheFaceless the Pyro]], appear to be in the late 40's, early 50's range, making them an entire cast of Cool Old Guys. It's lampshaded by Heavy in the Mann vs. Machine mode:
-->'''Heavy:''' I am getting too old and too giant for this.
* Heihachi from the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' games. By the fifth one, he's a grandpa who can punch Terminators in half and survive an explosion that hurls him several kilometers away. Without any medical attention, mind you.
** And he launches enemies into space on a '''''rocket'''''. Not only is the guy impossible to kill, he's got style.
** No mention of Wang? He's ''104'' in ''5'' and ''6'', and is in ''perfect'' fighting condition. He's also one of the good guys, unlike Heihachi. He even gets the respect of [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Feng]] with his skill.
* Saisyu Kusanagi in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters '98''. He has much of Kyo's overconfidence but greater knowledge of combat, so it's justified.
* Joel, the main protagonist of ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs''. His hair and beard may be starting to gray and he's a little past his prime, but he's still a tough-as-nails survivor who certainly knows how to bash teeth in, from [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters human]] and [[OurZombiesAreDifferent infected]] alike.
* Elder Keeper Artemus of the ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series. He's more of a NonActionGuy and TheMentor / [[ParentalSubstitute surrogate father figure]] to the [[PhantomThief protagonist]], but he's a BadassBookworm and master of stealth nonetheless.
** Specifically, Artemus is able to outsneak the protagonist, who is able to outsneak basically everyone in the organization that prides itself in never being seen.
* ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}''[='=]s Victor "[[{{Catchphrase}} Goddamn]]" Sullivan, or Sully for his friends. By the time of the third game he is sixty years old, and he can still run, climb, fight, shoot, and [[TheCasanova woo]] as well as a man half his age.
* ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfileCovenantOfThePlume'' has enough Cool Old Guys to make them a subject of an amusing scene in [[CloudCuckooLand Seraphic]] [[BonusDungeon Gate]].
* Dandy-J from ''VideoGame/WakuWaku7'' is a cross between Franchise/IndianaJones and [[Franchise/JojosBizarreAdventure Joseph Joestar]], how could he be anything but?
* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', the 25-year TimeSkip applies this Trope to Johnny Cage, Sub-Zero, Kenshi, and Jax. (Maybe Kano too.)
* Anduin Lothar from the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' franchise. Not only was he a badass OldSoldier who led TheAlliance in a world war, but he serves as a kind of BigBrotherMentor to Khadgar in ''Literature/WarcraftTheLastGuardian'', showing much more level-headedness and wisdom than his own King.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', Tirion Fordring. A retired man living in a hut until the player shakes him up, at which point he reforms an order of paladins, redeems an army of death knights, and leads an army to some [[GrimUpNorth godforsaken corner of the world]] to bring judgment to a PhysicalGod who threatens all life. Also, he carries a huge magical sword forged from the shard of a dead EnergyBeing angel with one hand.
** Drek'thar in the same game. He's so old he needs a wheelchair, he's blind, he has seizures...and he can STILL kick a raid group's ass. Even if you ignore the Alterac Valley version of him, he still predicted the Cataclysm and yelled at the people who ignored him.
** Cairne Bloodhoof. Despite [[spoiler:dying]] he still almost kicks the ass of the son of one of the most famous heroes of the Horde, and he arguably would have '''''won''''' if [[spoiler:Magatha hadn't poisoned Garrosh's weapon]].
** Archbishop Benedictus. Old man, looks weak and decrepit, is a non-fighting priest. That doesn't sound cool at all, right? Well, in Cataclysm, [[spoiler:he allies with the evil Aspect of Death, becomes the Twilight Prophet dedicated to wiping out all life, enslaves a blue dragon princess, creates a monster so awful that not even the four dragonflights can take it out without help from Thrall, and eventually faces down Thrall himself and the players to try and recapture the Dragon Soul for his master, Deathwing]].
* Dr. Raymond Shen, head engineer of ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown''. Not only is he responsible for building a lot of really cool stuff (the best of which, in his own opinion, is the [[CoolShip Firestorm]]), he's the voice of caution and reason in the FreudianTrio, sometimes coming across as the OnlySaneMan in the whole project. [[spoiler:And during the alien's attack on XCOM HQ, he is shown surviving a machine blowing up right next to him]].
** Shaojie "Chilong" Zhang from the ''Slingshot'' [[=DLC=] is a former member of the Chinese Triad who defected to join XCOM. In his first appearance, he one-shots a moving Sectoid with a pistol and then joins you as (probably) the highest-ranked soldier at that point. [[spoiler:He's also a good candidate for psychic potential due to his high Will, and hence may possibly even be the soldier who pulls a HeroicSacrifice at the end of the game]].
* Brother-Sergeant Sidonus of the ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine''. He's been an Ultramarine for 200 years, has seemingly SeenItAll and reacts with appropriate [[DeadpanSnarker dry humour]], lost his arm in battle against the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] and part of his face in battle against the [[OurElvesAreBetter Eldar]], and [[spoiler:slits a Bloodthirster's throat with his chainsword, though sadly he gets killed shortly afterwards]].

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Usami "Bear Sensei" Kyojin of ''[[VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai Majikoi]]'' is something of a parody. He's only 35 years old and yet is relentlessly mocked by his students for being an old man, and he himself frequently describes himself as middle aged. What makes this even more ridiculous is that a large chunk of the cast is actually ''older'' than him, making all of the talk about his age even more ridiculous.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The aged Shinto priest and BadassLongRobe Kamimura from ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'', who lost his family to the atomic bomb in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, making him at least twice as old as any of the other three protagonists.
* While WebAnimation/YouTubePoop is usually the domain of a younger generation (most poopers are in their teens or twenties), Creator/{{noisepuppet}} stands out as a Pooper who is in his 50s.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Mr. Bear from ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'', a sharp-witted old pub owner with a broad range of knowledge, who in one story arc [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=06082006 handily beat all the younger characters]] in a contest to see who was the most badass.
* In ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'', [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2010/12/19/mittens-found/ Morris edges into the "mentor" variant of this trope when he helps Mittens find his self-confidence.]] {{Subverted}} [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2011/01/23/told/ when he realizes that Mittens' newfound hyper-competence threatens to obviate every other single member of the cast]].
* ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'': Donovan Deegan isn't as old as some of the other guys on this page, but he probably qualifies, considering he's the father of 3 full-grown men. And he's certainly cool, always upbeat and sociable. Plus he's an awesome swordsman who's pulled some pretty badass stunts (such as slicing his initials into one {{Jerkass}}'s pant seat). And he can play an electric guitar (which is actually a normal guitar powered by lightning magic, which is all sorts of badass).
* Baron Klaus Wulfenbach from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''.
* Thaco from ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}''. He is literally old enough to be the other characters' father. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment He is the father of one of them]]. In his first introduction, he was sitting in the "retirement hut" with two other goblins -- one blind from cataracts and one who shakes so much he can't walk without two canes. Not to mention that his name is a reference to ''Advanced Dungeons Dragons'' Second Edition, which is apparently a good way in the past in the game world -- at least one generation ago -- and which he was apparently alive to see.
* Dr. Disaster from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. How many teachers' [[LargeHam dramatic entrances]] are greeted with cheers from the students? Bob Sutton the gardener, who chuckled at Renard's jab about Ysengrin's "terrifying skills of gardening". As we discover later, he's the one who regularly handles some consequences of this -- successfully. Also, he always shows good sense of humor and good sense in general.
* Sul, the main character in ''Webcomic/KissWood'', who doesn't let age get the better of him. He manages to break out of a huge prison complex and [[spoiler:walk across a desert whilst caring a child on his back - only to find out he can't save both of them and sacrifices himself]].
* ''Webcomic/MobTies'' has Papa-san, the head of one of the few decent Yakuza clans in Tokyo. He's friendly, intelligent, devoted to his daughter, and is the first person to truly realize just how badass [[spoiler:Sidney Burns]] truly is, and is the only person man enough to actually confront him about why he is so badass in the first place. Of course, given that Papa-san was quite the badass himself in his younger days, that last part is understandable.
* Both Tagons from ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' (the captain is well into his 40s, turning 49 in the Credomar plot-arc).
* ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'':
** The Eldest. He's the oldest Racconan alive and is a fun-loving chap who can not give a tinker's damn what anyone else thinks about anything by virtue of age. He gleefully gets into pie-eating contests and manages to tell old war stories to the youngsters in ways that keep them interested and clamoring for more. He is also one of the few people who is openly and vocally supportive of Quentyn.
** Quentyn's dad is also a prime candidate, even moreso than the Eldest. Pretty much his ''every appearance'' turns into either a CrowningMomentOfFunny or CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming. Add to that the fact that he can still match his son the professional warrior-mage on the training field in spite of being significantly older and a professional melon farmer and he has some pretty solid badass credentials too.
* Dan [=McNinja=], father of the titular character of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''.
* Mrs. Primrose from ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob!'' Seemingly a cute and chubby little old lady, she's an agent employed by an ancient civilization of dragons, and owns a suit of Bubblegum Crisis-style power armor with which she can fly into space.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Lord Shojo. Even Belkar think he is cool, though it is mostly because he orders paladins to clean his cat's litterbox.
** Julio Scoundrel is a hero who has successfully lived into his old age (old enough to have gray hair, at least) and is still able to hold his own in a [[spoiler:swordfight against Tarquin]], seduce women, and command his airship. He also teaches Elan the secrets of how to become a dashing swordsmen, and manages to fit the entire training in a 20 minute montage sequence to boot.
** O-Chul is probably old enough to count, too. Bad-ass enough to resist torture for months while gathering useful information, then escape armed only with a metal bar, he's another example of successfully being Lawful Good and awesome.
** General Tarquin, ruler of the Western Continent [[spoiler:and Elan's father]]. The rest of his party applies as well, as they are all extremely powerful and capable adventurers who are able to (briefly) hold their own in a fight against a larger party at least half their age (barring V, who is at least 100 years old).
** Generally anyone who's able to survive to old age, due to the nature of the world. As you age, you earn more levels, and as you earn more levels, you become more powerful - so the oldest people in the world (Xykon, for example) are generally the most powerful.
* Rocky's "Grampy" from ''[[http://tmi-comic.com/ Too Much Information]]''. He's got a black belt in 3 different martial arts, has fought in 2 different wars, has traveled the world as an adventurer-archeologist, and taught English in inner-city schools. While the rest of the cast are stuck working their way out of a LoveDodecahedron, he hits it off with CoolOldLady and borderline ManipulativeBastard Rosa Cartman -- who, other than being RIDICULOUSLY good-looking for her age, owns a multimillion-dollar corporation. While the young 'uns are still trying to figure their way out of DysfunctionJunction, he hooks up with her, gets laid (on their first date, no less), and elopes with her within weeks.
* Horse-Man from ''Webcomic/UnwindersTallComics'': He's twenty-something while the main cast are high-schoolers. He's also nice enough to treat Unwinder like an equal; Horse-Man is likewise the only person that Unwinder seems to respect.
* Mr. Fuji from ''Webcomic/DistortionNuzlocke''; he beats up the protagonist's abusive dad with a shovel.
* Jerry from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': In his first appearance. He's a very wise, jolly, and calm guy who takes some time out of his death ritual to offer some wisdom to three girls he's never met before. Upon learning of Susan's previous encounter with immortals, he even swears to try and pay off the debt that the immortals owe her (despite not being personally involved). As he puts it:
-->"Immortals owe you something. I'm here and have pointy ears. May as well be me."

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Pretty much every over-fifty on ''Website/GaiaOnline'' counts to some extent.
** Johnny K. Gambino, who started out in the plotline as a major villain and is pretty much just CrazyAwesome in general.
** Edmund, who is [=BFFs=] with Gambino, chock full of BattleButler charm, and suave enough to make perving on Vanessa look gentlemanly. Moonlights as a member of the superhero G-Team whenever the need arises.
** Old Man Logan, also a member of the G-Team and an obvious ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} expy.
** Uncle Kin in ''zOMG!'', [[GratuitousNinja second-in-command of a ninja clan]] and devoted relative to his {{Miko}} niece.
** And last, but definitely not least, the late Vladimir Von Helson, lord of Gaia's vampires, whose [[NarmCharm sparkly death scene]] was easily the best thing about MMVII (unfortunately, even sparklepires couldn't save [=MMVII=]).
* Magus from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is the most powerful wizard on Earth and the heroic defender of the planet from the sorts of supernatural threats usually faced by Creator/MarvelComics' Doctor Strange. He's 318 years old (though he only looks 70 or so), and acts like a CoolUncle to the rest of his teammates.
* Some ''Website/SomethingAwful'' Goons:
** [=GeneSplicer=], 43 as of 2009 (that's old when you're among high school/college students) high school forensics teacher ("Who brought the maggots for the students to 'play' with? Me!"), who even has an avatar of the creepy old man from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' with the legend "Forums Senior Citizen". Has a wedding ring made of meteorite iron and collects (fake) skulls. Has [[http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3241285 a bookshelf full of sci-fi props]], including one of those mind-eating bugs from ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan The Wrath of Khan]]'' in a tank. Makes [[http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3327364 sock monsters]] in his spare time, which he gives to his students as prizes. Mrs. [=GeneSplicer=] also counts, since she got him some of the skulls as a birthday present.
*** ''Possibly'' [[http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3241285 HellBastard]], since he mentioned a TV show that [=GeneSplicer=] also saw as a kid.
** 50-Foot-Ant (presumably around 50), excellent writer and author of about two dozen ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' manuals and claims to have witnessed the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramstein_airshow_disaster Ramstein air show disaster]] and to have a supremely annoying UsefulNotes/{{Otherkin}} relative.
** Someone who claimed to be a UsefulNotes/WorldWarII veteran who registered to praise Humper-Monkey (age unknown [[spoiler:and possibly 50-Foot-Ant's creation]]) during his tales of the haunted German US Army Base that was once used by Nazis where problem recruits are ditched.
** [[http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3377529 Tokaii]], who was a UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} cop for a few years during TheSixties. He wasn't a CorruptCop, but pretty much everyone else was which is why he left despite loving the job. He's also been on the some form of internet since ''1982''.
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', there are several cool old guys such as Harrad, Josiah and Waldheim.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''[='=]s grandfather. He might have been crazy, but he gets points for being the only family member who Critic has fond memories of.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':
** Sensei Ito at the [[SuperHeroSchool Whateley Academy]] is a CrazyPrepared BadassNormal who is a tiny old Japanese martial artist capable of taking down virtually every single superpowered student at Whateley. As he demonstrates at the start of every term, in aikido classes. He also has a bit of MagnificentBastard in him.
** Whateley Academy is rife with Cool Old Guy characters, from sixty-ish Gunny Bardue who runs the ranges, to Security Chief Franklin Delarose, to a number of older teachers who you just ''know'' used to be superheroes. Charles Xavier's school should be so lucky.
* Brennen in ''Podcast/TheOnceAndFutureNerd''. A man of more than fifty years of age who is loyal to a fault and strong enough to [[spoiler:beat two men to death using their own skulls as weapons by bashing their heads against each other until there is nothing left but red squishy stuff]].
* ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' is set in a {{MMORPG}}, so most of the cast seems to be in its twenties to early thirties and a recurring subject matter is the generational gap some players get into with their parents or other people of the older generations due to their prejudice about video games (an immature hobby at best, [[MurderSimulators an anti-social serial killer maker at worst]]). However, one of the players from the PlayerKilling-oriented guild is a sweet old man [[BewareTheNiceOnes who can pull his weight in battle]] in the comic and mentions he's not the only one playing in his retirement home in the webseries.
* John Winterton, aka A Nonny Moose, of the Simtropolis forum for ''VideoGame/SimCity''. A member since 2003, he became a core pillar of the forum's community and attained the forum's highest post count. Born in 1937, he died in October 2016. He will be missed.
* Episode 3 of ''Podcast/PastDivision'' introduces the astral plane's battle master, a level twenty fighter named Thorn, who is in his late fifties but is capable of shrugging off a crossbow bolt to the shoulder.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Iroh practically embodies this trope. (Though he's not a BadassNormal.) The best part about Uncle Iroh is that you just know that if someone went down the list, and played the "Who Would Win" game, ''nobody'' would win against Iroh, because [[spoiler:he'd offer them all tea, and they'd end up calmly drinking tea and discussing [[BuffySpeak old people stuff]].]] Iroh was trained up to conquer the world. Although he must have had mixed feelings, given the thing with the dragons happened relatively early in his life, he was doing pretty well at that until his son died. His father died the next day. He suspended all his badass and sank into sleep mode, doing nothing while his little brother usurped him and then following his traumatized nephew around the world being as annoying as possible. Then, OneManArmy.
** And his group, the White Lotus Society, is a whole gang of cool old guys. Plus all 30 or so of them reconquer Ba Sing Se, and at least one of them doesn't even bend!
** Monk Gyatso, Aang's Airbending instructor; in his first flashback appearance, he and Aang [[PieInTheFace pie a few of the other monks]] in order to improve Aang's accuracy, and [[spoiler:his skeleton is seen surrounding by dead Fire Nation soldiers (soldiers who had been supercharged by Sozin's Comet), which is even more impressive as Airbending is the least lethal of the Bending Arts.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Fire Lord Zuko, Iroh's nephew, is keeping the tradition alive. Despite being at least eighty years old, he's an incredibly powerful bender and shows no hesitation in hunting down the Red Lotus (season 3's villains), mostly by himself. Oh, and he rides a dragon.
* Bruce Wayne from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. Makes sense, considering he used to BE Batman.
* Wildcat in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' and in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited''. Both are BadassNormal to boot, and don't even have ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''[='=]s level of training or gadgets- [[GoodOldFisticuffs just boxing]].
* Grandpa Max from ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'', ''especially'' after he's revealed to be a former [[TheMenInBlack Man in Black]] who remembers quite a bit from his old job and still has access to his old gear. Generally of the "dated but loveable personality" type, but swings into "no nonsense" when the situation calls for it... In a nutshell, he's a textbook case. He's the same guy who bosses [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Snake]] around, making him even more awesome.
* Scrooge [=McDuck=] in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', serving as a faithful adaption to the comics' glory.
** Bentina Beakley and Emily Quackfaster have also become this in the [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017 2017 reboot]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth. For starters, he has a Thug Life tattoo on his back.
** [[OneSceneWonder Number One]], the head honcho of the Central Bureaucracy in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. Yeah, guy's an ObstructiveBureaucrat who encourages obstructive behavior, but he has ''a flying desk!'' How cool is that?
* Ol' Skool from ''WesternAnimation/GetEd'', who uses actual old school gear, but can keep up with the kids he mentors, their enemies, and with Mr. Bedlam as well, much of the time.
* Mosey from ''WesternAnimation/{{Horseland}}'' and to a somewhat lesser extent, Shep.
* Doc from ''WesternAnimation/InvasionAmerica'' fits the bill nicely, though that series was less plagued by CompetenceZone than most.
* Uncle from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', not only is he the OldMaster but he is seen kicking ass as it is needed and will bring pain to those who bring trouble, including the main protagonist.
* Like his RealLife counterpart, Creator/BenjaminFranklin of ''WesternAnimation/LibertysKids''.
* From ''WesternAnimation/NiHaoKaiLan'', Kai-lan's grandfather Ye-ye.
* Detective Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov from Stuart M. Kaminsky's series set in Russia. Over fifty when the series started in the '80s, he is lame from a WWII injury involving a tank, but is a champion weightlifter. He once defeated a thug just by holding him in the air, despite all the thug's attempts to get down. (Most of what Rostnikov does isn't brawn but brain, though.)
* ''Secret Millionaires Club'' has Warren Buffett [[InkSuitActor (voiced by himself)]] as one who's hip to the four students he mentors that form the Club. He also knew Jay-Z and Shaquille O'Neal, and set the Club up to [[InkSuitActor meet them]] and learn from their business abilities as well.
* The ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' always have Master Splinter to come to for advice and for back-up. The ''[[Westernanimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 TMNT 2012]]'' Splinter advocates CombatPragmatism and teaches his sons that HonorBeforeReason can get you killed. Being a good deal younger than his previous incarnations, this Splinter is much faster and more deadly than in previous series. He even incorporates his mutation into his fighting style, dropping to all fours and fighting like a rat against especially powerful opponents.
* Plato from ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleFlyingBears''.
* Cap'tain K'nuckles from ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack''. He beat 100 pirates alone, carried Bubby on his back and sailed in a storm during a fight against 8-Armed-Willy.
* Much like the books they are based on, the older engines such as Edward, Toby and Skarloey usually play this straight in ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', though the show's longer run has led to them having more flawed or vulnerable moments than in ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries''. Arguably Sir Topham Hatt (aka The Fat Controller) also counts.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011''
** CourtMage Jaga is the eldest of the titular [[{{Catfolk}} Cats]], but is fully capable of taking on a WalkingTank by his lonesome, mocking a MookLieutenant when held prisoner, and getting a few licks in against BigBad and SorcerousOverlord Mumm-Ra.
** Anet is the elder of a village of ForgetfulJones Elephant Monks. Wise and kind when focused, but constrained by a need to meditate on any decision, they seem largely useless when an invading army comes seeking a MacGuffin, until Anet leads his people in [[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant routing the army]] and defeating an enemy General ''barehanded.''
* In the original ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985'', Lynx-O is the resident CoolOldGuy.
* Ito San from ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Tokyo Mater]]'', who is an old Japanese car who helps [[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Mater]] race against the villain Kabuto after being rescued from a ditch and brought back to Japan.
* Jerry in ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' - on the rare occasion that he's personally called into action, he [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking consistently outclasses the Spies themselves]].
* [[OneSceneWonder He only appears briefly]], but there's a ''really'' Cool Old Guy in the old ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Porky the Fireman". WesternAnimation/PorkyPig, who is working as a -- [[CaptainObvious what else]] -- fireman climbs a ladder at a burning tenement to save an old guy yelling for help, but the guy tells him, "Never mind me, go save Grandpa" then jumps to safety on his own, ''using his beard as a parachute.''
* Most "old" characters in ''WesternAnimation/{{Transformers}}'' tend to be cool old guys. Since they don't age like humans, the most common cause of death is war-related and anyone who survives to be really really old probably did so by being really really badass.
** Ratchet in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' is definitely a badass, despite sporting a beer gut. He's also the team's medic, making comparisons to Bones [=McCoy=] even more impossible.
** Also Ultra Magnus, especially [[[DropTheHammer when he's got his hammer with him.]]
** Kup in ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' is definitely a cool old guy, like Animated Ratchet but much less grumpy. Also, in "All Hail Megatron" he gets a bitchin' robot cigar to chew on.
** Even Ratchet's G1 incarnation, who's not really intended to represent any extreme of age the way Kup is, tends to get a lot of this trope. His canon appearances as a competent medic and go-to guy paved the way for his interpretation by the fans. Fandom is especially fond of causing him to bludgeon insubordinate/uncooperative patients with wrenches and other tools, go all [[TheMcCoy Doc McCoy]] even on ''Optimus Prime's'' aft, and generally act in a lovably codger-y manner, even ascribing him Cool Old Guy traits such as extreme shrewdness and a wrathfully protective nature regarding his crewmates (the young twins Sunstreaker and Sideswipe tend to be at the receiving end of his lectures and fists, more often than not).
** G1 Ironhide was the franchise's original Cool Old Guy . His toy card specifically states how he's the oldest Autobot, the most likely to break down from outdated parts, but too stubborn and orny to give up and quit fighting. The show just made it better by giving him a Southern grandpa accent to match.
** Vector Prime in ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' is both cool and so old ''[[SteamPunk he's made of clockwork]]''.
** Scavenger in ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' was mentor to Optimus Prime.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa''. Anyone who rides a Giant Realistic Flying Tiger is automatically ten kinds of cool.
* Master Fung in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' started out a mentor-type, but with the introduction of Mala Mala Jeong, proved he still has plenty of awesome fighting skills in him.
* Greg, the father of the titular character of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. He's a really friendly, chilled-out and fun-loving bloke and a great father to Steven, plus he knows a lot about rock music, and he's a decent carpenter and mechanic too. Not afraid to get involved in battles if his son needs him either.
* Rick Sanchez from ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' is one-quarter part drunk, one-quarter part {{Jerkass}}, one-quarter part MadScientist and one-quarter part this trope.

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* UsefulNotes/JohnQuincyAdams was nicknamed "Old Man Eloquent" and served as a member of the House of Representatives and an antislavery advocate until his death at the age of 81. He actually died inside the Capitol Building after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage.
* Konrad Adenauer. He had been retired for years, hunted by [[ThoseWackyNazis the Nazis]], many times imprisoned, financially broke, and 73 years old when he got elected Chancellor of (West) Germany, supported by all large parties except Communists. Stood for 14 years, throughout the worst of the Cold War, rebuilt the state administration of Germany by himself, practically from scratch, initiated the reparations agreement between Germany and Israel, helped secure the release of the last German [=POWs=] from the USSR, and above all gained the entrance of Germany in the nuclear club during the 1950s. It takes [[TheChessmaster some diplomatic hype]] [[TricksterArchetype to ask the cooperation of former enemies]] in this matter barely 10 years after [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the War]].
* Kheyr ed-Din, a.k.a. "Barbarossa" (not to be confused with the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I), was a Barbary pirate who was still fighting sea-battles in his ''eighties'' - and kicking righteous ass, too.
* UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan was still commanding his armies at age 72. Considering the average human lifespan at the time, that's pretty impressive.
* King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX of Thailand. Until his death he simultaneously was the world's oldest, richest, and longest-reigning monarch, led his country to democracy in the 1990s, and was really the one stable constant in Thailand's notoriously shaky political system (the man has seen ''sixteen governments'' go by without a single change to his own office). He also was the only monarch in the world to hold a patent (on a water aerator and some rainmaking devices) and an accomplished saxophonist.
* Creator/FredAstaire took up skateboarding in his seventies and was awarded a life membership in the National Skateboard Society. At the age of 78, he broke his wrist while practicing in his driveway. His comment: "Creator/GeneKelly warned me not to be a damned fool, but I'd seen the things those kids got up to on television doing all sorts of tricks. What a routine I could have worked up for a film sequence if they had existed a few years ago."
* Tony Benn. An ever-present figure in British politics from his start in 1950 until his death in 2014. Even after retiring from Parliament in 2001, had a talk with Ali G once. Mourned throughout the political spectrum.
* Tom Bergeron, host of ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'', ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' and ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos''. He's known for being very laid back and "un-Hollywood" off camera.
%%* Music/ElmerBernstein.
* Norman Borlaug (19142009). [[https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_S9Op3GYRNpU/Ta4B6Do0kRI/AAAAAAAABG0/bPG5MG2-mvE/Norman%20Borlaug.png He was a pretty cool dude right to the end.]] He's responsible for saving the lives of billions of people through breeding of drought-resistant, disease-resistant crops to feed the world. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Borlaug Check out all his life work here]] [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} on the Other Wiki.]]
%%* Creator/MichaelCaine
%%* Creator/GeorgeCarlin, right to the end of his life.
%%* Creator/SonnyChiba
* Creator/DavidAttenborough is cool enough to go down a hundred feet in a submarine or climb a 100-foot tree while pushing 90, all while maintaining a dapper composure that few men half his age could muster.
* Creator/WilliamShatner and Creator/LeonardNimoy. [[TheKirk Kirk]] and [[TheSpock Spock]]. Also [[HeterosexualLifePartners best friends]] in real life (albeit starting long after their most famous roles--chiefly because Shatner had been a tremendous dick professionally in the series, but Nimoy helped him come to terms with that and make peace with the rest of the ''Star Trek'' cast). And despite being well into their eighties, both are still very active in the Franchise/StarTrek fandom and the media as a whole (that is, before Nimoy died in 2015).
* {{UsefulNotes/Winston Churchill}}: Because [[HonorBeforeReason He Never Surrenders]].
* Creator/DickClark. Until his stroke, he still looked so untouched by age that he epitomized his "World's Oldest Living Teenager" nickname.
%%* Creator/SeanConnery, no doubt.
%%* Creator/AnthonyHopkins
* Creator/JacquesCousteau, the great aquatic explorer who seemed like the Ancient Mariner himself in his documentaries.
* Creator/WalterCronkite, "The Most Trusted Man in America". Uncle Walter not only brought us "the way it is" night after night, but was a long-time race car driver and expert sailor.
%%* Creator/RobertDeNiro
* Creator/ClintEastwood is the ''personification'' of this trope. At 80-ish years old, he's still awesome, is a MemeticBadass, still makes some of the best movies in Hollywood (now more often as the director rather than an actor, with a distinctive visual style and a good reputation for finishing ahead of schedule and always within budget), and still has a great attitude. As a licensed pilot, he apparently still sometimes flies his own helicopter to the studio to avoid traffic. He's a veteran of the Korean War, and is a former lifeguard. He's also a FriendToAllLivingThings and has long been involved with animal rescue efforts in California, and he and his wife take care of several rescued animals that they've adopted on their ranch. He's also got a talent for music, and in particular is an aficionado of {{jazz}} (and his son Kyle is a renowned jazz musician in his own right), as well as CountryMusic. He's also been known to practice meditation every morning since the 1970's. [[MemeticBadass And he can still kick your ass easily.]]
* Creator/RogerEbert (RIP). Although he died at 70 in 2013, not all that old by today's standards, he battled cancer for the last decade of his life, and lost his voice to it... but still published movie reviews almost to the end. The fact that his reviews contained equal parts DeadpanSnarker and SophisticatedAsHell, and even [[OneOfUs coined a few tropes along the way]] certainly helped.
* [[Music/SteelyDan Donald Fagen and Walter Becker]]
* The Reverend Lionel Fanthorpe. Anglican priest, member of Mensa, former writer of {{Extruded Book Product}}s (which made him a figure of minor legend in the UK SF scene), dan-grade martial artist and weightlifter, biker, investigator of anomalous phenomena. All carried out with an enormous zest for life and a great sense of humour. Your only problem, if you're lucky enough to meet him, will be getting him to stop talking...
* [[Series/ProjectRunway Tim Gunn]]. To the point where Congress recently declared him a national treasure.
* Creator/BenjaminFranklin was this by the time of the Revolutionary War.
* Creator/MorganFreeman. Because, you know, [[Film/BruceAlmighty he's God.]]
* [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1259627/Man-golden-arm-James-Harrison-saves-2million-babies-half-century-donating-rare-blood.html James Harrison]], the "man with the golden arm." His unique blood donations have saved approximately 2 million babies' lives, and at 74 he's still donating a pint of blood as often as he can.
* Music/JerryGoldsmith.
* Creator/MarkHamill is an [[OneOfUs avid comic book fan since childhood]] and has voiced [[ComicBook/TheJoker everybody's]] [[LaughablyEvil favourite]] [[EvilIsCool clown psychopath]] [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries for]] [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker twenty-odd]] [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague years]] [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum no]][[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity w]].
* Creator/WernerHerzog. Among other achievements, his most recent documentary required him to climb around in a cave with his camera crew, someone once drove by and shot him with a BB gun and he just laughed it off.
* [[{{Acrofatic}} Sammo Hung]]. A legendary action superstar (and friends with Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao) in Hong Kong action cinema. What's even more impressive is that this former Peking Opera player turned actor doesn't seem to get any thinner, but could still go toe-to-toe with the likes of much younger action stars such as Donnie Yen and Wu Jing.
* Creator/SamuelLJackson.
* Creator/LloydKaufman, who's been making [[Creator/{{Troma}} truly independent films]] for about forty years, and, at 65, he definitely hasn't softened.
** Nicely demonstrated by his recent collaboration with WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd.
* A 63 year old man named Fred Kemp [[http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/63-year-old-holds-off-robber-with-rear-naked-cho?urn=mma-wp5794 protected himself and his wife from a robber by getting him in a rear-naked choke.]]
* Sir Creator/ChristopherLee: Just read the article; actor, commando, secret agent,[[note]] He's mentioned serving in both the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Range_Desert_Group Long Range Desert Group]] ''and'' the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Operations_Executive Special Operations Executive]]. When filming ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' he was able to tell Creator/PeterJackson the [[FridgeLogic exact sound]] a man made as they [[FridgeHorror died after being stabbed in the back]].[[/note]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlemagne:_By_the_Sword_and_the_Cross heavy-metal singer]]. That's right--heavy metal singer. At age 87. And it's epic metal about ''UsefulNotes/{{Charlemagne}}'', at that. And then, at age 90, he participated in another heavy metal album, this one [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gVzOve8T39w focusing on CHRISTMAS SONGS]]. You truly have not lived until you hear Dracula/Count Dooku/Saruman singing "Little Drummer Boy" to the sound of heavy metal. On top of that, he released [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlemagne:_The_Omens_of_Death ANOTHER heavy metal album]] on his [=91st=] birthday in 2013. He passed away in 2015, but remains an inspiration to many.
** Being Saruman the White AND Dracula.
** Did his own stunts in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels, used a stunt double only when he was supposed to run.
* Creator/StanLee, as the image on this page indicates. Now in his 90s, Lee, who created most of the Marvel Universe, hands down, not only continues to be involved in creating comic books, but it has become traditional for him to make cameo appearances in movies and TV shows based upon his works. In 20 years there have only been a couple of films and shows in which he failed to appear. He also continues to be a much in demand elder statesman at comic book conventions.
* Kurt Loder for Creator/{{MTV}} News. Granted he was only 42 when he began to work for MTV, but that was still twice as old as even the second oldest on-screen MTV personality. Despite this he's actually MTV's longest serving personality because of his trustworthiness and popularity with the young adult crowd.
* Most of the stalwart staff of ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' magazine is pretty well up there but still turning out some top-notch parody. Among them are writers Dick [=DeBartolo=] (born 1945), Duck Edwing (born 1934), Mort Drucker (born 1929) and Al Jaffee (born ''1921''). In particular, Jaffee was acknowledged by the ''Guinness Book of World Records'' as the longest continuously working cartoonist in 2016, having worked in the field since '''''1942'''''.
* Nelson Mandela, until his health finally failed in the last months of his life.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Marshal,_1st_Earl_of_Pembroke William Marshal]]. He had ''multiple'' chances to seize a throne for himself but his honor and loyalty were stronger than the temptation of power. He also suffered from terminal levels of badassery. His most dramatic moment was the battle of Lincoln, as he put down the rebellion against young Henry III (William was Regent). He led the charge against the rebels and fought in the streets until he captured the enemy commanders, with three dents in his quarter-inch-thick steel helm from the fighting. Not bad considering he was 73 at the time. Immediately after that he rode to Dover and stopped the invading French forces there and negotiated a peace.
* Michael [=McDonald=]. (02/12/1952 - present); 5-time Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter who has worked with Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers.
* Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto. It's hard to find a picture of him where he's ''not'' grinning his ass off with that youthful sparkle of creativity in his eye, and he's in his sixties.
* Creator/PaulNewman. Aside from being a beloved actor, philanthropist, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[RetiredBadass Pacific veteran]], and all-around great guy, he was still racing cars in his '''seventies'''.
%%* Creator/AlPacino
* Don Pardo. Kept rockin' the opening announcements for ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' until he died in 2014 at NINETY-FIVE.
%%* Ron Paul.
* Ron Graham- mathematician and former circus performer who managed to work out a number so big that if you tried to mentally envision it in its entirety [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTeJ64KD5cg your head would collapse into a black hole]]. Also still doing trampoline somersaults and juggling pins in his eighties.
* The late Creator/JohnPeel fit this trope when he got older. He never settled into a routine of playing his old favorites on another radio station; even up until the very end, he kept his Radio 1 gig of playing new, upcoming acts and making sure that if a demo tape/CD was good enough, it'd be played on his program, regardless of whether the artist was signed or unsigned.
* Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth's husband. Still grills at the age of 90, flew over 5,000 pilot hours by the time he turned 70.
%%* Creator/TerryPratchett
* Former US president UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan. After being shot, he was wheeled into the hospital...and was still calmly cracking jokes.
* Both UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter and UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush have cultivated this image in their post-presidency. Carter became an award-winning peace activist who started disease-eradication programs that saved countless lives and builds homes for the poor during his free time. Bush Sr. appears at public events with colorful ties and sock while also taking up the hobby of skydiving despite his old age. Ironically, both left office with dismal approval ratings yet are now highly revered by people of all political backgrounds.
* His Excellency, General and President UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington was a MemeticBadass within his own lifetime and has continued to be ever since. He survived near-death experiences on the battlefield and rallied the troops to keep fighting for independence. Later, the inability of the first Congress to pay the troops' long-overdue salaries in the aftermath of the war created a situation where angry troops wanted to overthrow Congress and many wanted to convince Washington to lead this coup and become a military dictator, which would have crushed American freedom in its infancy. George Washington refused, and successfully convinced his troops to relent. By doing so, Washington saved the early American republic (for the second time, considering the fact that his military leadership had preserved it during the Revolution), and became the {{Cincinnatus}}. Years later, he became the first President and set another important precedent by stepping down after two terms (becoming the {{Cincinnatus}} a second time), a precedent followed by all following Presidents except FDR. The early Americans were well aware of Washington's status as "the American Cincinnatus", and one of the first veterans' associations in the United States was named the Society of the Cincinnati in recognition of this fact. This is also where the name of Cincinnati, Ohio comes from. Even Washington's archnemesis, King George III of the United Kingdom readily admitted that by giving up power, Washington would deserve the title of greatest man then-currently alive. That's right, Washington was so badass that his own archnemesis couldn't deny it.
* Mr. Warmth, Creator/DonRickles. He died at age 90 and up until his passing he could still kick all those younger stand up comedians and insult comics around the curb.
%%** Ditto Pat Cooper, at 84.
* The late [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]], FriendToAllChildren and beloved by generations of television viewers.
** Rogers might well be an uber-example; make fun of him on a site like, say, 4chan - generally regarded as the cesspool of the Internet - and the only reason you will not be banned on the spot is because they will thoroughly trash you first. On 4chan. Can't get much cooler than that...
* The late Scatman John. Not only did he have to overcome his severe speech impediment (during the height of his success, journalists commented that interviews were difficult due to his constant stuttering), he achieved global success with his numerous dance singles. Did we mention that he was releasing dance songs at the age of ''54?'' While not by any means ancient, at the time dance mixes were something almost exclusively created by the younger generation. [[CursedWithAwesome Worth noting is said speech impediment invariably contributed to his success.]]
* Creator/{{Socrates}} became something of a youth idol in his time, despite being over forty when he began his "gadfly of Athens" phase, to the point that the main charge that led to his execution was "corrupting the youth[[note]]the unspoken subtext being that they blamed him for corrupting the ''[[ManipulativeBastard particular]]'' youth [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcibiades Alcibiades]], who had caused Athens a lot of pain during UsefulNotes/ThePeloponnesianWar (starting with his advocacy for the ill-fated Sicilian expedition and getting worse from there), but because of a general amnesty for events during the war they couldn't ''quite'' say it outright without ripping open wound that had not yet begun to truly heal.[[/note]]." (Athenian law was more... flexible.)
%%* Creator/ShigesatoItoi
%%* Music/RingoStarr
%%* Music/PaulMcCartney as well.
%%* Music/ChuckBerry
%%* Music/BobDylan
%%* To name a few, Music/KeithRichards, Music/LittleRichard, Robert Plant, [[Music/JohnLydon Johnny Rotten]].
* [[Music/TheRollingStones Charlie Watts]] deserves special mention for making a decades-long marriage, clean living and jazz drumming look cool for 50-plus years.
* Keeping to music, Music/DavidBowie was this since he marked his 50th birthday with an all-star concert at Madison Square Garden in 1997, but then he released ''The Next Day'' in 2013, which was his first album in nearly 10 years and an international success with critics and music buyers. He followed it up with his swan song album ''Blackstar'' in 2016, released two days before his death and recorded with the full knowledge of his impending death with the track and video to the song "Lazarus" being his final farewell to his fans.
* Jim Steranko. Instantly recognizable at any comic book convention in his double-breasted suits, tinted aviator glasses, and wave of silver hair, Steranko continues a lifetime of being a Cool Guy, having been an escape artist, early rock-n-roll musician, ground-breaking comics artist, and collaborator of [[Creator/StevenSpielberg Spielberg]], [[Creator/GeorgeLucas Lucas]], and [[Creator/FrancisFordCoppola Coppola]]. In a [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jul/21/jim-steranko-comics-jonathan-ross recent interview]], he revealed that he only sleeps two hours a day and only eats one meal of raw fruits and vegetables. Interviewer Jonathan Ross asked him, "You know how mad that makes you sound?" He replied, "Yeah, I don't give a damn." Ross concludes his article by expounding, "I believe it when he tells me he still runs miles every day, pumps iron, and fornicates blissfully like a man a third his age." He also lived every comic fans' dream of clapping Bob Kane in the face for screwing over Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson.
* Sir Creator/PatrickStewart, along with his good friend [[Creator/IanMcKellen Sir Ian McKellen]]. Although they were both Shakespearean actors with long careers, they really only got to know each other well in the 2000s (when they first played together, in the ''X-Men'' films)--and promptly found that they actually got along together rather well, much to the delight of their (mostly much-younger) fans. They've embraced technology and interesting roles, as well as keeping up their friendship and keeping the world posted on it via Internet.
%%* [[Series/TheEdSullivanShow Ed Sullivan]].
%%* Creator/GeorgeTakei. [[CatchPhrase Oh Myyyy!]]
%%* Creator/MrT, '''foo'!'''
* Tamerlane/Temur Lang/Timur Lenk, the fourteenth century conqueror. Absolutely brutal, but notable for ''surviving'' being a great, empire-building conqueror, outliving two and a half (the third son suffered crippling brain damage) of his four sons. When he was about '''seventy''', his favorite grandson stalled out invading India, so he rode out and gave the kid a hand, sacked Delhi, and went back to Qandahar. He died at seventy-four in the process of gearing up to invade China. And he probably would have won, too.
* Nobuo Uematsu. Singlehandedly wrote and composed ALL the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' songs from FFI to FFX. Is also [[AutobotsRockOut in a metal band]] called the Black Mages.
* Creator/NorioWakamoto definitely counts amongst the Seiyuu circles.
%%* Music/JohnWilliams.
* Many dub voice actors for anime are both old and beloved among their fans, including Creator/WendeeLee (54), Creator/JamiesonPrice (53), Creator/MichaelMcconnohie (63), and Creator/SteveBlum (54), who spearheaded the "#[=BringBack=]Creator/{{Toonami}}" movement.
** The same goes for many veteran voice actors for cartoons, including Creator/FrankWelker (71 as of June 2017), Creator/RobPaulsen (61), Creator/JimCummings (64) and Creator/PhilLamarr, who ''just'' turned 50 this year. Not only are they well-known and loved by fans and have built respectable careers out of doing what they love, but serve as mentors to their younger colleagues, as well.
* Music/TomWaits is over 60 years old, yet has lost none of his grizzled, husky-voiced charm.
* The one, the only Sir Radio/TerryWogan. For ages, the only reason many tuned into the Series/EurovisionSongContest, and his radio audience transcended age boundaries (which is why there's a "TYG/Terry's Young Geezers" counterpart to the "TOG/Terry's Old Geezers" fanbase). He too broke new artists on his Radio 2 program, from Katie Melua to the late Eva Cassidy to Jamie Cullum.
* Tsutomu Yamaguchi, a Japanese businessman who lived to be 93, having survived the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in 1945.
* All the astronauts from the US space program, as interviewed in the documentary ''In the Shadow of the Moon''.
** Buzz Aldrin in particular. One day, while walking with his daughter, he was confronted by a crazy conspiracy theorist who kept loudly and rudely claiming that the Moon landing had been faked, and called Aldrin "a coward, and a liar, and a thief." [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Aldrin promptly responded by punching the conspiracy theorist in the face... at the age of 72.]]
** Later, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing, Buzz teamed up with Music/SnoopDogg, Music/QuincyJones, Talib Kweli, and Soulja Boy to create the rap single and video, "Rocket Experience." Proceeds from video and song sales went to benefit Buzz's non-profit foundation, Share Space.
** Once introduced himself at a speaking event as [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Buzz Lightyear]], and also appeared AsHimself on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' in a role where he [[SelfDeprecation mercilessly mocked himself]].
--->'''NASA Scientist:''' ...and Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon!\\
'''Aldrin:''' Second comes right after first!\\
''[long pause as everyone save Aldrin looks around awkwardly]''
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loteki_Supernatural_Being Ch. Loteki Supernatural Being]], better known as Kirby, won Westminster when he was 8. That's old for a dog. This was the same year he won the canine Triple Crown. However his pure canine awesome didn't stop. When he was 14 he came out of retirement to win (for the fourth time) Papillon Club of America's National Speciality Show. This made him both the oldest dog to win this title and the dog with the most wins of said title. He died two years later at 16.
* [[http://a.abcnews.go.com/images/Entertainment/abc_wnn_elton_gaga_100201_wg.jpg Sir]] [[http://punchbowlblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/elton-john-and-eminem.jpg Elton]] [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/03/laser-cats-musical_n_844110.html Hercules]] [[Music/EltonJohn John]].
* Although he isn't exactly "old" quite yet, as of his 50th birthday, [[Music/BonJovi Jon Bon Jovi]] is on his way to becoming this trope. At 50, he's still very athletic (apparently, he still has abs), recently started up the JBJ Soul Foundation to help provide quality food and housing to poor people in his home state of New Jersey, and unlike some rockers, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments he's still married to his first wife]], who happens to be his [[HighSchoolSweethearts high school sweetheart]]. Oh, and he and his band (who are also on their way to becoming {{Cool Old Guy}}s) can still put on awesome concerts, and generally tickets for their tours get sold out extremely quickly.
* [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} Baseball's Yogi Berra]] is definitely this trope. During the 1940's, 50's, and 60's, he was one of the greatest players in the game. He later became a coach, serving as mentor to the new generation of players. Now 88 years old, he still attends the Yankees' Spring Training to dispense wisdom to the current players. He's known for being extremely friendly and gregarious, and lots of people in baseball think of him as a CoolUncle. Oh, and the many amusing malapropisms he's uttered over the years, known appropriately as Yogi-isms, always result in a CrowningMomentOfFunny. In short, Berra is a classy, funny veteran of the game and it can quite safely be stated that he's universally loved by fans and players alike. And he kept it up until he died in September 2015 at 90.
%%* The late Pope John Paul II ''definitely'' counts.
* Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington was still active in both politics and the military up until his death.
%%* Creator/JohnCleese.
* Lemmy from Music/{{Motorhead}}. Pretty much kept playing kick-ass metal music up until his death at the age of 70 - his final concert was just two weeks before his death and he had hoped to stave off terminal illness long enough to play a final series of farewell concerts in the UK, sadly it was not to be.
* Creator/WilliamSBurroughs died in 1997 at the age of 83... but not before becoming an alternative-subculture icon during the early 1990s.
* [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} The Cardinals' Stan "The Man" Musial]] is very similar to the Yogi Berra example above (until the last months of his life, attended all the events he could, still gave autographs and replies to fanmail; also univerally beloved) with one extra detail: at age 90, he was the center of a fan-led grassroots campaign in St. Louis to get him the Congressional Medal of Freedom (the highest honor a U.S. civilian can receive). He received it in January 2011. He's possibly one of the finest RealLife examples of a SacredCow. By the time of Musial's death in January 2013, he'd given so many autographs away that it is pretty much monetarily worthless. [[FridgeBrilliance Think about that]].
%%* Creator/ChristopherWalken.
* Music/RonnieJamesDio (R.I.P.) was definitely this.
%%* Bruce Willis
* Most males from the Dutch series ''Golden Oldies'' are this. They are in a choir that actually sings modern day rock music, despite being over 70-- some even being in their late 80s.
** Ditto for the aptly-named Young@Heart choir, who has an average age of 80 and were famously documented in [[Film/YoungAtHeart a film named after them]].
%%* Music/IggyPop
* The Man, the Myth, the Legend, Creator/ChuckNorris. 70+ and still going strong.
%%* Creator/BrianBlessed. Need any more be said?
%%* Music/OzzyOsbourne, despite the problems that poor choices have caused him.
* Brian Dewhurst's name is familiar to Creator/CirqueDuSoleil fans -- he originated key roles in two tours (''Theatre/NouvelleExperience'' and ''Theatre/{{Fascination}}''), has appeared in several of their film and television productions, and is currently playing the NonIronicClown and crowd favorite Brian Le Petit in ''Mystere''. That he's been working in circuses, cabaret, etc. since his teens is not surprising. That he was born in '''1932'''...that's [[http://www.lvrj.com/news/-mystere-performer-keeps-them-laughing-at-80-153470555.html another story]]!
* Creator/GeorgeBurns built a whole second entertainer career with this trope after the death of his wife, Gracie Allen, and kept it up until his death at 100.
* Creator/ErnestBorgnine lived to be 95 and was in full-on Borgnine mode right up to the end.
* UsefulNotes/JoeBiden combines several traits of your [[CloudCuckoolander favorite goofy uncle]] with a [[DeadpanSnarker sharp wit]], [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud occasional]] [[PrecisionFStrike verbal]] [[OpenMouthInsertFoot gaffes]] and considerable experience. No wonder one of the petitions on whitehouse.gov is to give him his own reality show.
%%* Creator/TommyLeeJones
* Creator/MaxVonSydow has been acting in films since 1947. He played Father Merrin in ''Film/TheExorcist'', among ''many'' other roles.
* [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope Francis]] is a very affable person who refuses to live in the papal apartments in the Vatican (which is one of the last modern examples that still look the part of the DecadentCourt), [[ThrowingOutTheScript throws out the script]] quite often when he makes speeches, [[FriendToAllChildren enjoys interacting with children]], and has gone out of his way to help the poor, including feeding the homeless while [[KingIncognito dressed as an ordinary priest]]. He's made some waves among people who are generally not big fans of the Catholic Church for being very supportive of environmental protection, very eager to try out new tech and even says that he was perfectly fine with homosexuals. He's also become the first Pope both to say that [[FriendToAllLivingThings animals go to heaven]] and to proclaim his willingness to baptise visiting aliens, if they wanted him too.
* [[http://miculek.com/ Jerry Miculek]] is a world-class shooter with over ninety titles to his name. He teaches shooting and hosts a series of videos demonstrating various firearms. You can tell that he's having as much fun as he can when he's showing off high-caliber weapons.
* Music/LouReed had ascended to this status by the time he died in 2013.
* Creator/ColinBaker. He became The Sixth Doctor on Series/DoctorWho in his forties in 1984... got slammed, fucked by the BBC, given shit scripts, treated like absolute shit, and to top it off, was outright sacked. This didn't stop him, however, from playing joining the cast of ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' in 1999 to play the Sixth Doctor AGAIN. Except this time people who knew how to write good stores and characters were hired, the stories themselves greatly better, Colin got to play the Doctor how he wanted instead of how the BBC forced him to. He even got to write his own scripts. And today, at age ''71'', he's STILL doing it!!! And regularly visiting conventions and meeting crazed fans.
* The late [[Manga/GeGeGeNoKitaro Shigeru Mizuki]], manga pioneer who lived to age 93. [[HandicappedBadass He lost]] [[AnArmAndALeg his dominant arm/hand]] in WorldWarTwo, so he learned to draw with his other hand. Then he went on popularizing {{Youkai}} manga, that even profoundly [[BigNameFan influenced]] Creator/OsamuTezuka.
* [[Manga/TheRowsOfCherryTrees Makoto "Macoto" Takahashi]] was born in 1934, is also a pioneer in the early manga world, and despite being in his 80's is still more or less active. [[http://en.rocketnews24.com/2015/11/18/beautiful-manga-style-festival-poster-is-drawn-by-the-person-you-would-least-expect/ He drew this lovely poster for the 2015 Sakura Jidai Festival in Tokyo]], without the help of a computer... ''at age 81/82''.
* Creator/EugeneLevy has been ''typecast'' as a Cool Old Guy. Turned 68 in 2014 and is currently starring in a critically praised sitcom called ''Schitt's Creek'' on the CBC with his son Dan and his fellow Series/{{SCTV}} alumnus/[[PlatonicLifePartners best friend]] (and Cool Old Gal) Creator/CatherineOHara.
%%* Creator/DannyTrejo
* The late Creator/HaroldRamis. Appeared as Egon Spengler in the Ghostbusters flicks at the ages of 40 and 45, appeared as Adam (yes, ''that'' Adam) in 2009's ''Year One'' at the age of 65, and in 2007, while filming ''Film/KnockedUp'' with Seth Rogen, Rogen confirmed he and Ramis shared a joint- and Ramis was 63 at the time. Prior to his untimely passing in 2014 Ramis was working on the third Ghostbusters movie with fellow Cool Old Guy Creator/DanAykroyd and only stopped making movies in 2009 because he fell seriously ill in 2010 and never quite recovered enough to get back to work. RIP, Egon.
* Longtime ''Series/{{Today}}'' anchors Gene Shalit (b.1926) and Willard Scott (b.1934) fit this. The former continued to rip into movies from 1969 until his retirement, still retaining his JerkWithAHeartOfGold status to this day, and the latter is ''still on the show'' as of February 2015 (he retired in December), doing the Smuckers 100th birthdays segment, and remains as [[TheCutie lovable and carefree]] as ever.
** Willard was also a good enough sport to appear as a commentator for Creator/VH1's 2005 ''[[ILoveTheExties I Love The Holidays]]'' special - at the age of 71. He was the oldest of all the people interviewed for the special.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Kozinski Alex Kozinski]], a Judge (later Chief Judge) of the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit]], is famous for his almost dangerously casual style and frequent and humorous pop-culture references (enabled in large part by the fact that the Ninth Circuit includes California, with all the entertainment industry's glorious litigiousness--in Judge Kozinski's own words, the Ninth is basically the "Court of Appeals of the {{Hollywood}} Circuit"). He first gained national prominence in 2002 with ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mattel,_Inc._v._MCA_Records,_Inc Mattel v. MCA Records]]'', involving the makers of Franchise/{{Barbie}} suing Music/{{Aqua}}'s record company for trademark infringement over "Barbie Girl", resulting in Kozinski (in an opinion issued the day after his 52nd birthday) that opened "If this were a sci-fi melodrama, it might be called Speech-Zilla meets Trademark Kong" and ended with the famous line "The parties are advised to chill." Since then, Kozinski hasn't let up.
%%* Creator/PeterWeller.
* Sam Waterston. Before his decade-and-a-half long tenure on ''Series/LawAndOrder'' and being on ''Series/TheNewsroom'', this versatile Shakespearean actor was seen in movies like the original film version of ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'' and ''Film/TheKillingFields'', the latter which earned him an Academy Award nomination.
* The late Jerry Orbach. Even though his character, [[Series/LawAndOrder Lenny Briscoe]], was a DeadpanSnarker, he on the other hand was a warm, friendly family man and gentleman who was so respected that real-life police officers would give him a ride to wherever he needed to go. Even moreso, given his [[EnsembleDarkhorse popularity]] in many of his roles like Briscoe and [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Lumiere]] gave him [[RuleOfSeanConnery a certain appeal]] that audiences still love.
* Bernie Sanders is this. It's not often that you get a presidential candidate whose campaign slogan is "Feel the Bern".
* Blues artist Musi/HowlinWolf. He was already in his forties during his prime.
* A number of Franchise/TheMuppets personnel, notably Jerry Nelson and Dave Goelz. The former recorded an album at 75, and while suffering from emphysema - the disease which would eventually take his life in August 2012 - to boot. The latter is pushing 70 as of 2015 and still works as Gonzo.
* Some old guys have enough sense of humor to take up {{cosplay}} and look awesome while at it:
** [[http://avatati.tumblr.com/post/78989419916/medinabigmom-64-year-old-cosplayer-im-not Tomoaki Koguchi]] aka the [[http://en.rocketnews24.com/2016/06/13/66-year-old-cosplayer-shows-youre-never-too-old-for-anything famous 60-something year old cosplay grandpa]]. Bonus for cosplaying as other {{cool old guy}}s like the Third Hokage, Roshi, etc.
** [[http://ohmygil.tumblr.com/post/56444694771 Captain Dad]]
** [[http://en.rocketnews24.com/2014/02/25/when-ladybeard-meets-sailor-suit-old-man-its-an-explosion-of-manly-cuteness%E3%80%90photos%E3%80%91/ Hideaki Kobayashi]] alias the "SailorFuku Grandpa"
* Creator/BillMurray because of his WanderingTheEarth stories, which can be seen here from this website [[http://www.billmurraystory.com/ here]].
* The late Fyvush Finkel. Usually considered the most popular (or at least the funniest) character [[Series/PicketFences whatever]] [[Series/BostonPublic he's involved]] [[Theatre/TheLittleShopOfHorrors in]], he was in the business for over ''85 years''.
* [[http://www.aol.com/article/2016/05/29/dr-heimlich-96-uses-maneuver-he-invented-to-save-choking-vict/21385634/ Dr. Henry Heimlich]], inventor of the maneuver named after him; 96 years old, and StillGotIt. He sadly died at the end of the year.
* That awkward moment when an 82-year-old retired Navy pilot and aerospace engineer goes on ''Series/AmericasGotTalent'' and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFKBN3MGUGI rocks out to Drowning Pool's "Bodies"]]. Did I say "awkward"? I mean "awesome".
* Tommy Chong of Creator/CheechAndChong fame, who became the oldest semifinalist on ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' on the strength of dances like [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x267a6y_dancing-with-the-stars-2014-season-19-week-1-tommy-chong-peta-cha-cha_tv this.]]
* Creator/RLeeErmey Having been a drill sarge in real life and in movies you'd believe it!
* Former UsefulNotes/FormulaOne driver Niki Lauda definitely counts. Not only was his rivalry with fellow racer James Hunt borderline legendary, but the man's attitude, personality, and determination makes him a legend in the community. The 2013 film ''{{Film/Rush|2013}}'' not only showcases why people love Lauda, but also his sheer tenacity that even after a deadly crash in Germany, he could still race.
* Creator/JohnCarpenter definitely counts. Not only did he make some amazing movies that are still influencing current popular culture, but he also wrote the music for most of them himself. At the age of 67, he released his first non-soundtrack album, and at 68, he released a second one ''and'' went on tour.
* Toronto city councillor (and for a while, acting mayor while the late Rob Ford was in rehab) Norm Kelly has reached memetic status in the circles of the internet. Politics aside, he's a fantastically hilarious and pop-cultured man at the age of 75, who weighed in on a feud between Music/{{Drake}} and Meek Mill, found the infamous raccoon memorial to be hilarious, and tweeted that the city was "looking into how to extract the salt from [his] haters and apply it to the roads this winter." Love him or hate him for his politics, you can't deny that Kelly is hilarious.
* Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the British Labour party. At the 2017 election, when he was 68 years old, opinion polls showed Labour had a 40 point lead over Conservatives among under 25s, while the positions were reversed with over 60s. A lot of young people said they had been personally inspired by him and severa pro Corbyn memes went viral in social media. All this led to Turnout from under 25s being much higher than in previous elections.
** [[https://youtu.be/i1zLoG6YeA4 OOOOOOOOOOH JEREMY CORBYN!!!]]
* Creator/PeterCapaldi is most definitely this, having been [[OneOfUs a fan of]] ''Series/DoctorWho'' since the very beginning, and incredibly gentlemanly and gracious towards other ''Doctor Who'' fans. He also plays the guitar, which he has gotten to [[TheCastShowOff show off]] while playing the Twelfth Doctor.
* Creator/MichaelRosen. A beloved children's author, and an Internet sensation due to his use in WebAnimation/YouTubePoop. He's supposedly [[ApprovalOfGod pretty cool with it too]].
* Creator/StephenKing is this now.
* Famous german conservative Ernst Jünger held LSD parties when he was a senior citizen and he also wrote a book about recreational drug use. Before that, he wrote science fiction novels and at the time, he was one of the oldest living science fiction writers in germany. (At times when the german conservative establishment openly despised science fiction.)
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Leslie_Smith Harry Leslie Smith]], a WorldWarII veteran and political activist well into his 90s, only started writing books about issues close to him in 2009 following the Great Recession, and has been highly active on Twitter since 2010.
* Creator/ChristopherPlummer. He's been acting for around sixty years now, is charming, witty, a massive [[OneOfUs Trekkie]], and a phenomenal actor. He is the oldest person to have been nominated for an acting Oscar, as well as the oldest person to ''win'' an acting Oscar. His last nomination was for ''Film/AllTheMoneyInTheWorld'', which he completed filming for in mere days after Creator/KevinSpacey was sacked when the latter's history as a sexual predator came to light. Plummer also watches ''Series/GameOfThrones'', and is showing no signs of stopping.