Raven Baxter: [gasps] Grandma, are you psychic?Fictional works can happen to have a grandparent character. Nothing unusual in that. There is the regular grandparent, who spoils the kids, plays chess in parks (grandpa), knits (grandma) and sleeps 12-plus hours a day. Then there is the doting grandparent. S/he is a grandparent with attitude and a young spirit, as much or even more vitality than his/her grandchildren, a captivating nature that makes the children enjoy him/her as a friend, and is a counterpoint to the parents (While the parents are Serious Business the grandparents are all about fun). Played for laughs most of the time. Note that it does not have to do with "a grandparent who spoils the children" but with a grandparent who treats the children as equals and has their friendship. Truth in Television as it became more common seeing grandparents under 50. Compare with Doting Parent.
Grandma Vivian: Well, I don't know who this "Grandma" is, but Viv is.
Grandma Vivian: Well, I don't know who this "Grandma" is, but Viv is.
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Anime and Manga
- In Dragon Ball GT Goku is very close to his granddaughter Pan who is more mature than him, even before Goku was transformed into a child by Shenron. Indeed he subscribed her in the Martial arts tournament at the end of Dragon Ball Z when she was only 5 years old. That being said, she wanted to fight and he personally trained her. Aside from that, Goku clearly adores her and has been shown indulging in her whims. There is even a cute montage of them having fun together with tournament festivities.
- In Dragon Ball Super, beyond all expectations, Piccolo of all people is also seen being this to baby Pan, being not only her regular babysitter, but also being able to give extremely detailed instructions on her likes, dislikes, and how to care for her. He's seen secretly playing peek-a-boo with her, and lets it slip that he may even sing her to sleep.
- In Kotoura-san, Haruka has a very doting grandfather. Out of everyone in her family, he was the only one who cared about her even when her psychic abilities were discovered. He even took full custody when her mother abandoned her. However, he's also a Dirty Old Man who has fantasizes about his teenage granddaughter.
- Mari's grandmother from Inside Mari was one of these, however, Mari's mother didn't like her mother-in-law or how close she was to Mari. When she died Mari's mother went as far as to change Mari's name in order to disassociate Mari with her grandmother.
- Marnie from When Marnie Was There died when her granddaughter was very young but was a caring grandmother for the time they spent together. She had an estranged relationship with her own daughter due to her daughter believing she abandoned her. Marnie's love Anna is a focus of the film, though Marnie is presented as Anna's age until The Reveal at the end that she's Anna's grandmother. Due to a Relationship Writing Fumble their affections come off as romantic more than familial, which has awkward implications.
- Hungramps from Yo-kai Watch was one of these in life. He had a granddaughter who he adored however as she grew she started spending less time with him. He ended up becoming ill and died of his illness. His granddaughter had made it her aspiration to become a doctor and cure him, and even after his death, she continued her dream of becoming a doctor. Hungramps originally appeared haunting a convenience store because he was waiting to see his granddaughter again.
- Rinne adoptive grandfather from ViVid Strike! was shown to love her as if he was his own flesh and blood back when he was alive (even if he didn't get to spend much time with her due to illness confining him to his bed), and she still loves to the present day. In fact, her personality change was brought about due to a trio of bullies keeping her from seeing him when he died.
- The Boruto anime reveals that Hiashi Hyuga, who was a borderline Abusive Parent to his eldest daughter during the first part of Naruto, has mellowed out into a loving grandparent to said daughter's children.
- In Green Arrow, Oliver Queen was that to Lian Harper, daughter of his protegé Roy Harper, in the pre-New 52 continuity of the DC Universe.
- Dennis the Menace (US): Dennis' maternal grandfather Grampa Johnson is one of the few adults in his life who not only never gets angry with him but actually gets along well with him (the other being Mrs. Wilson, who is like a grandmother to him).
- In The Beano's (unrelated) Dennis the Menace (UK) strip Dennis's Grandma is the only adult who Dennis respects rather than his parents and is his best adult friend. An episode of the animated series even revealed she's something of a Generation Xerox to him.
- In Garfield, Jon Arbuckle's grandmother is a cute little old lady who listens to heavy metal, rides a motorcycle, and claims to do 100 sit-ups every morning. She also makes sure everyone has plenty to eat; needless to say, Garfield adores her. Probably best summed up in "Garfield's Thanksgiving," when Grandma is tasked with fixing Jon's Thanksgiving dinner:
Grandma: Garfield, you're looking a little thin. Hasn't that grandson of mine been feeding you?Garfield: Grandma, I love you. Never leave.
Film - Live Action
- Mori Takana from 3 Ninjas is the title characters' doting grandpa who teaches them the art of ninjitsu. He even gave them their ninja nicknames "Rocky", "Colt" and "Tum Tum".
- In A Brother's Price, Jerin mentions that while his mothers sometimes talk down to him, his grandfather Alannon didn't. The grandfather also gave Jerin a very valuable piece of jewelry before his death. Alannon was a prince, and the piece of jewellery plays a role in the plot as proof of Jerin's royal ancestry.
- From the Aunt Dimity series: Willis Sr. vis-à-vis Will and Rob. There are many references to this, including a jocular reference to the "law" that grandparents must spoil their grandchildren and, being an attorney, Willis Sr. is a stickler for obeying the law. He refurbishes the stables at Fairworth House not for his own use (he doesn't ride himself), but so that the twins will ride over for frequent visits.
- Heidi's grandfather after his hidden heart of gold is shown. He is forced to become Heidi's guardian after both her parents died and her aunt decides she wants to work and not care for a child. He's still a physically strong man and Heidi adores him. He also becomes a great grandfather figure to Klara, Ill Girl, and Lonely Rich Kid, Heidi's friend from the city.
- Klara's grandmother is absolutely awesome. She's respected by everybody and loves her granddaughter Klara deeply, and she really takes a strong liking to Heidi, Klara's playmate and companion. She convinces Heidi that reading is not that hard as she was lead to believe, and altogether, things are brighter for the girls when the grandmother is staying with them.
- Averted in Vorkosigan Saga. Several of the grandparents presented (like Piotr to Miles and Ezar to Gregor) just aren't the doting type, to say the least. Cordelia and Alys are definitely the type to dote on Miles's children and Ivan's upcoming child respectively. However, they haven't been shown doing too much doting as of yet.
Live Action TV
- Ed "Pop" Ward from Like Family is Bobby's doting grandpa who lives with his son Ed and dates 40-year-younger women. He is also a doting adopted grandpa to Keith and often helps him and Bobby to get out of trouble.
- Hattie Banks, a recurring character from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, is Will Smith's doting adopted grandma who cheats Will in the cards game, takes him to Disneyland and embarrasses Uncle Phil.
- Vivian (never call her Grandma) from That's So Raven is Raven's doting Vivian with who shares the psychic power of foresight and helps her to take away the angst of keeping this secret. She also always pranks Cory who fails to counter-prank her due to her power.
- Subverted with Ethil Philips from Dinosaurs. While crippled in a wheelchair she still has attitude enough to be a pain in his son-in-law Earl Sinclair's ass and is a doting grandma at least to Baby. She often reads stories to Baby and they even had a special episode with Ethil telling a fable to Baby.
- Averted in Two and a Half Men. Although not being a regular grandma (she has vitality enough to live by herself and be a pain in his son Alan's ass) Evelyn Harper is so self-centered that even her grandson Jake doesn't stand her.
- In Everybody Loves Raymond, Marie Barone often makes it unsubtly clear that Debra's greatest single function in married life to her son was to provide she, Marie, with grandchildren she can dote on and spoil rotten. Grandchildren, although she genuinely loves them, are just another weapon she uses to remind Debra of her subordinate position and failings as a home-maker. Meanwhile, Frank Barone is the opposite of this trope - as often as not the grandkids are another imposition designed to spoil his comfortable retirement. Contrast Marie to Debra's mousy and unassertive mother - she is barely there in their lives, even when staying with her daughter. Debra's mother doesn't have a clue as to how to be a grandmother.
- Rory's grandparents on Gilmore Girls, though they are really very young as Lorelai had Rory when she was sixteen. They dote on Rory because she's a smart and sweet girl, though they sometimes treat Lorelai as their Unfavourite. Lorelai and Rory are more like sisters, so Emily and Richard are Rory's parental figures. Emily can be pushy, but Richard is a Cool Old Guy who takes great pride in his granddaughter.
- Edna from Everwood used to be an Army nurse and still works, married her new love despite most people frown upon their mixed marriage and she rides a motorbike. She loves her two grandkids, Amy and Bright, and she's a cool female role model for Delia Brown who has lost her mother.
- Mae's late grandfather from Night in the Woods was this. What little we see of their relationship makes it clear he adored Mae, and he frequently indulged her love for gruesome horror stories, a love he shared. Mae obviously still misses him, though she prefers to dwell on the good parts of their relationship.
- Jasmine Lee aka Ah-Mah from The Life and Times of Juniper Lee is an old magical fighter who chose Juniper as her substitute and trains her in the role of Te Xuan Ze. She often sidekicks Juniper against magical villains. Juniper's parents don't suspect of their double life and think Jasmine is a regular grandma.
- The Simpsons:
- Abe Simpson is definitively a senile regular grandpa except in the episode "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in 'The Curse of the Flying Hellfish'" when Abe and Bart confront a rampaging Montgomery Burns and become close in the end. Unfortunately, this twist was forgotten in the next episodes and Abe was returned to his status quo of regular grandpa. Nevertheless, Abe treats his grandchildren better than he did with Homer.
- Played straight in the episode "Mother Simpson" that features the first appearance of Homer's mother Mona Simpson, a doting hippie grandma with who Lisa relates immediately and creates a deep bond.
- Homer himself becomes this to Bart's future children in "Holidays of Future Passed".
- Max Tennyson from Ben 10 is a retired intergalactic cop who sidekicks his grandson Ben Tennyson, the bearer of an alien weapon called Omnitrix, in his fight against alien villains who threaten the planet Earth. Ben's parents weren't aware of their double life until the sequel series Ben 10: Alien Force.
- In DuckTales (1987) Uncle Scrooge acts like this to the triplets Huey, Dewey, and Louie who are left to live with him by Donald Duck, who is serving the Navy. This trope applies once the triplets were abandoned by their mother (Donald's sister and Scrooge's niece) so Donald is the only parent they had.
- Beatrixo from Atomic Betty is a retired Galactic Guardian and often likes to bake treats for Betty whenever she visits, though they often don't turn out so good.
- Dracula becomes one in Hotel Transylvania 2 after his grandson, Dennis, is born. He likes to call him "Denisovich" despite his human grandparents' protest and he tries to help bring out Dennis's vampire powers.
- Cotton from King of the Hill is this to his grandson Bobby. "Even though he hates most things, he does love Bobby"