Granny Classic

The grandma figure as most of us picture it. She does not try to hide her age or act hipper than she is. On the other hand, she is someone one can always rely on, even against one's parents, who will feed you, bring you presents on birthdays, and be a secondary parental figure.

She enjoys baking and knitting, and has a fondness for cats. The stories she has to share from her youth will be real wisdom.

Of course, this does not mean that you should underestimate her. Dismiss her as washed-up and outdated and she will prove to you that a lifetime of experience can still beat the brashness of the young, and will not hesitate to give you a good whipping should you misbehave. Whether or not she can actually put up a fight varies. She may need saving, or is just as likely to unexpectedly bring out the big guns.

One does not need to be the main character's actual grandmother to fit this trope. Any elderly person who fits this image can count. Mrs. Claus is often portrayed this way.

Examples:

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     Anime and Manga  

     Comic Books  

  • Spider-Man's Aunt May and Superman's Ma Kent naturally.
  • Many of the witches in Fables, but especially Frau Totenkinder.
    • She's somewhat of a subversion, though, as she's one of the most powerful evil Fables (though evil doesn't mean "antagonistic" here; evil Fables have amnesty so she's pretty much the Token Evil Citizen). Being able to defeat Baba Yaga or a djinn goes a bit beyond Never Mess with Granny.
  • The Disney Ducks Comic Universe has Donald Duck's grandmother Elvira Duck (née Coot). Never heard of a Duck character by that name? She is far more well known as Grandma Duck.
  • Mrs. Wilson of Dennis the Menace (US) often acts this way. Word of God states that she deeply regrets that she and Mr. Wilson never had kids of their own, causing her to treat Dennis like he was her own grandson.

     Literature  

  • Nanny Ogg of Discworld presents this image, with a side order of Dirty Old Woman.
  • In E. D. Baker's The Wide-Awake Princess novel Unlocking the Spell, Granny Bentbone looks the part, which prevents Annie from recognizing her for a moment. She's the witch from Hansel and Gretel, but while staying at Mother Hubbard's, she is under the influence of Mother Hubbard's powerful magic that keeps everyone kind and peacable in her cottage. Annie hurried out before she breaks the spell.
  • In The Dresden Files, the two most powerful and ancient of The Fair Folk, Mother Summer and Mother Winter, take the form of old women and live together in an unassuming cottage deep in the Land of Faerie. Summer being the lighter and friendlier side of the faeries, Mother Summer is the very archetype of the wise and motherly granny. Mother Winter is the classic crone, tending more toward Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!, but scarier. As powerful as they are, though, these manifestations are steeped in symbolism and are certainly just A Form You Are Comfortable With.

     Live Action TV  

     Video Games  

  • Granny In Paradise is a small video game about such a lady, featuring various "old people" phrases as PC chatter.
  • Wynne from Dragon Age: Origins.
  • Link's Grandma in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. She takes care of Link and his sister, plays pranks on him and cooks Link's favorite food, a soup that doubles his strength.
  • Lavender's maternal grandmother, Grandma Lancaster, in Love And War fits this trope to a T, except for the cats.
  • The original kind of grandmas and the grandma's grandmas in Cookie Clicker
    "A nice grandma to bake more cookies."

     Web Comics  

     Western Animation