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 Dismiss her as washed-up and outdated and she will prove to you that a lifetime of experience can still beat the brashness of the young, and will not hesitate to give you a good whipping should you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.
open/close all folders
Anime and Manga
- Spider-Man's Aunt May and Superman's Ma Kent naturally.
- Many of the witches in Fables, but especially Frau Totenkinder.
- 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 likes to present herself as one of these, albeit one who is a bit of a Dirty Old Woman at times, in order to balance out her friend Granny Weatherwax's scary old woman image. It also makes Nanny a much more effective witch as people tend to trust the kindly old grandma, and makes the times she has to be stern and scary all the more effective for the contrast.
- 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 Im 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
- 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."
- The SCP Foundation has SCP-1911, a group of humanoid monsters resembling this trope. They attempt to force their way into the homes of single men and mother them in the traditional grandmotherly way, and will usually end up accidentally causing their charge's death. Luckily, they're still just as strong as normal elderly women and show no ill will to people who tell them off.
SCP-1911: Well, gramma forgot about the kettle, and… One thing led to another, and Roddy just went ahead and made me leave, and wouldn't you know it? His house caught fire. Oh, gramma felt so awful about that…
- Courage the Cowardly Dog's Muriel, a kindly old lady who takes in the titular abandoned pup...And has to be saved from the various horrors threatening her farm every episode.
- This is Mom's public persona on Futurama. Behind closed doors, she's a super-skinny bitter old crone.
- Granny from the Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird segments of Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies, who's also Never Mess with Granny when pushed.
- There was one on an episode of Jimmy Neutron named Grandma Taters, who had a Television show but was really an alien trying to take over Retroville through mass hypnosis. Also played straight with Granny Neuttron.
- June's Ah Mah from The Life and Times of Juniper Lee
- Grandma Squarepants in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Grandma's Kisses".
- Mother Nature and Nanny Smurf in The Smurfs.
- Granny Smith in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
- An episode of Doug had his maternal grandmother coming for a visit. Before she arrives he has an Imagine Spot which portrays her as your classic grandma, sitting in her rocker, knitting socks for everyone, but when she really arrives the first words out of her mouth are:
- His grandma on his dad's side plays this trope straight.