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 has a fondness for cats
. The stories she has to share from her youth will be real
Of course, this does not mean that you should underestimate her. Dismiss as washed-up and outdated and she will prove to you that a lifetime of experience can still beat the brashness of the young, and will not hesitate to give you a good whipping should you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.
Anime and Manga
- Spider-Man's Aunt May.
- 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.
- 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.