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1%% Image and caption selected per Image Pickin' thread:²%% Please do not replace or remove either without starting a new thread.²%%²[[quoteright:350:[[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants]]]]²[[caption-width-right:350:Bikini Bottom's noblest, boldest, ''oldest'' superheroes.]]²²Often, in a show, they'll want to [[TheParody parody]] the 60s ''Series/{{Batman|1966}}''-style {{superhero}}. However, if they do, the vast majority of the time it'll be a SuperHero who ''was'' active back then... but now is old, decrepit, and retired.²²Usually, they'll still wear their old costume for no apparent reason, which will fit badly over their gone-to-seed bodies. If they had a {{sidekick}}, he (this character is almost universally male) will also be there, and still be called "[[SomethingPerson Something Boy]]" or "Something Lad" despite the fact that he's past middle age. Expect stories of the GloryDays.²²The first appearance of this character will usually involve the main characters trying to bring him back into action, either to defeat an also-returned villain or to bring him out of his post-retirement funk.²²This can also be applied to [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks WWII-era]] heroes; the character is nearly the same except for the type of outdated slang he uses.²²This character rarely shows up in actual SuperHero [[ComicBookTropes comics]]. Instead, ComicBookTime usually applies; heroes don't age unless the story calls for them to or unless they don't appear in a comic for a while. If one does age, they'll usually still able to hold their own, often having their powers or equipment make up the difference. The original (Jay Garrick) [[Franchise/TheFlash Flash]] and the (Alan Scott) Franchise/GreenLantern are major examples of this; they may be in their 90s but between their adventures that led to their physical ages being slowed and their powers, they are respected elders in the Franchise/TheDCU's superhero community. Others become still-active {{Cool Old Guy}}s -- just look at the ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica''.²²Prior to 2017, there was a significant chance that said character would be played by Creator/AdamWest, [[ActorAllusion in reference to]] his character on the ''Series/Batman1966'' series.²²If this is a recurring character, they're likely to play the role of a [[{{Mentors}} mentor]], although they can still [[OldMaster duke it out]] [[LetsGetDangerous with the best]] from [[RetiredBadass time to time]]. Although they may complain about their [[DentedIron backache and leg injuries once the battle's over.]]²²----²!!Examples:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Advertising]]²* [[ The commercial]] for the ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' video game features the League of Superheroes. The commissioner rushes to their headquarters and tells them that the city is under attack, only to find that every member of the League of Superheroes is too elderly to do anything heroic. The announcer then says, "It's time for some new heroes."²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Anime and Manga]]²* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' has [[Characters/DragonBallUniverse11 Toppo]], the leader of the Pride Troopers from Universe 11. He loves to make bombastic speeches and preaching about justice, but at the same time, is shown to be a good guy who is worried about the possible erasure of his universe. He is {{acrofatic}}, strong enough to fight against a Super Saiyan Blue Goku, and is considered a potential God of Destruction.²* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' had Gligarman, a Franchise/{{Batman}} parody who tried to ''continue'' the superheroing business, but was completely useless except in selling his own merchandise. At the end of the episode, he accepted that he was too old for heroics, and let his daughter succeed him as Gli-Girl (which she only did because she'd learned to understand her father's love for the role).²* ''Anime/GunXSword'' has the El Dora V, a CombiningMecha piloted by a FiveManBand (well, four- TheChick of the team is dead) of old guys who come out of retirement to protect their town. Their first opponent constantly complains that their methods are obsolete, but they manage to win in the end. The show takes the opportunity to homage all kinds of {{Super Robot|Genre}} shows from the '70s, '80s, and '90s, including Anime/CombattlerV and Anime/GaoGaiGar.²* Mr Legend from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. An unusual variation—rather than being a young, athletic hero who since retired and let himself go, Mr. Legend performed many of his heroics whilst an overweight middle-aged man... and was no less effective for it. [[spoiler: Until he lost his powers.]] Worse, the first time we see him - in a flashback to how a young Kotetsu was inspired to become a hero - Mr Legend bears a certain similarity to, say, [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Mr. Incredible]]. And then episode 16 comes around, and we find out just how badly [[spoiler: losing his powers]] affected Mr Legend. [[spoiler: Confronted with the reality of his fading powers and the fact that [=HeroTV=] stage arrests for him, Legend becomes an abusive alcoholic.]] Same Old Superhero, two ''very'' different sides.²* The short manga ''Manga/MeiCompany'' is an somewhat unique take on this trope. The characters are {{Magical Girl}}s whose powers start to disappear once they reach college age, so they are not technically "old" by normal standards. However, it is similar to other examples in that they have retired from fighting crime and often reminisce about their GloryDays.²* ''Manga/OnePunchMan'' has "Silverfang" Bang, the third-ranked S-Class Hero who's also the oldest at ''81 years old''. He can still keep up with those youngsters around him with his SupernaturalMartialArts and is still tough enough to shrug off getting smashed through a building and only complain about back and hip pain.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* Pretty much one of the things that defines the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica is the amount of Golden Age superheroes (appropriately aged) that comprise its roster. Even though they've had young heroes like ComicBook/{{Stargirl|DCComics}} and Damage, the first thing that comes to mind when talking about the JSA are the veterans: [[Franchise/TheFlash Jay Garrick]], [[Franchise/GreenLantern Alan Scott]], [[ComicBook/DoctorFate Kent Nelson]], [[ComicBook/{{Wildcat}} Ted Grant]] and so on, who founded the team during WWII. In a subversion, though, they still display the same degree of physical preparation and badassitude from the time they were created, and those who have lost an edge due to their age have found ways to make up for it. Out of all of them the most impressive has got to be the original ComicBook/RedTornado who was an old superhero [[UpToEleven in the 40's.]]²* ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' has an old superhero ''bar.'' The kicker is, the book is set in the future, so all the superheroes are (in the current continuity) young and active. It's also an old ''supervillain'' bar. And, this being a book about the badassery of Batman, if there's one thing that can spoil the mood, it's mentioning [[TheDreaded the Bat.]]²* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' plays this trope straight. They do '''not''' mention... Adam West.²* The comic book series ''ComicBook/WelcomeToTranquility'' is based on the idea of a whole town full of old superheroes (and supervillains), more or less retired.²* Carried to extremes in ''ComicBook/EarthX'', which was specifically about these aging heroes in a world that appeared to be passing them by. Particularly egregious cases: Spider-Man (who returned to action in a Halloween costume that could not conceal his spare tire), Mr. Fantastic (bearded, and living as "Dr. Doom" out of guilt), Captain America (still in good shape -- time doesn't affect the SuperSoldier Serum, it seems -- but bald, despondent, and wearing a tattered American flag as a costume), and Wolverine (a drunken slob married to a disgusted Jean Grey).²* The ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' comic books and cartoon have the Justice Force, a team of old superheroes called back into action when members of the team begin getting kidnapped.²* Back when the eponymous hero of ''ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}'' still lived in Bludhaven, his downstairs neighbor was a hero from the World War II era, the Tarantula. Even having grown up with superheroes, Nightwing was still fascinated by the man.²* ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''. In response to the eponymous team staging a bloodless coup, a BigBad brings back a stable of [=WW2=] superheroes [[note]]Thinly veiled expies of the Comicbook/FreedomFighters team from DC[[/note]] who are decrepit and senile in a retirement home. He reverses their aging and turns up their powers and sets them loose to start a revolution. Things go ''very'' wrong. Now the leader of the team impales cops on the American flag and anyone who freely chose the Authority religion gets slaughtered.²* Played straight in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''. Enough time has passed that Superman looks like he's in his 50s (greying about the temple, receeding hairline), while Batman is downright ''elderly'' looking, and uses an exosuit to get around. Notable in that many of the old characters are still badass and everyone has changed their costumes.²* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' is rife with examples of this trope, as it establishes a long history of generational superheroes, and the series' avoidance of ComicBookTime means characters age as new stories are published. Some (e.g. The Confessor, The Hanged Man) are extraordinarily long-lived, but some have retired and still make appearances in various capacities (many of them at former hero [[GoodGuyBar K.O. Carson's bar, Bruisers]]), and at least one passed away from presumably age related reasons after their initial appearances (Noah of the Crossbreed). The oldest we know of was Coyotl, who was (presumably significantly) pre-Colonial Native American. The oldest that we know is still alive is Iron Horse, a steam-powered automaton who's been active in some form since the 1860s.²** And then there's the story "Old Times", where the aged Supersonic is called out of retirement to deal with one last crisis. In the olden days, he'd come up with some clever way of taking down the seemingly-impossible enemy- probably a nonlethal way that gets it into somewhere safe to fight. Now, he just whales on it until it breaks, [[DestructiveSaviour destroying six blocks of residential buildings]] in the process. Sounds quite a bit like the shift into gritty realism that normal comics have gone through...²** One story arc shows Quarrel and Crackerjack, two non-powered heroes, in the middle of the process; they don't want to retire, but age is taking its toll. They are especially acute of the problem after the retirement of the Black Rapier.²* The Jesus League of America, one of the many things fought by ''ComicBook/MarshalLaw''. They're zombies.²* Rising Sun in Franchise/TheDCU, an over-the-hill hero out of Japan who spends most of his time nowadays criticizing the current super-generation, specifically the ComicBook/SuperYoungTeam. He's become a paunchy alcoholic, a pathetic imitation of the paragon he once was. He eventually gets [[spoiler:possessed by a Mr. Mind parasite and becomes the ultimate threat faced by the Super Young Team]].²* One ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comic featured a retirement home for supervillains, who sat around still dressed in their costumes reminiscing about their GloryDays. Mention must also be made of ''ComicBook/SupermanAtEarthsEnd'', which features an aging, bearded Superman . . . who battles twin clones of Adolf Hitler with a [[MoreDakka MASSIVE]] [[SuperheroPackingHeat gun]]. It is not as interesting as it sounds. ²* The Legionary, one of the Club of Heroes in ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: [[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman The Black Glove]]''. No older than the other heroes, but he has gotten fat and become a fame whore.²* A ''ComicBook/DarkwingDuck'' comic in ''Magazine/DisneyAdventures'' featured a villain who stole the masks of other heroes. Gosalyn got some retired heroes whose masks were taken to help out.²* ''ComicBook/{{Slingers}}'' had the Golden Age character Black Marvel act as a mentor to the team. However, it later turned out that he was just manipulating them into preparing the public for his return, which naturally went disastrously.²* The ''Destroyer MAX'' mini-series starred Keen Marlow, a WWII hero who aged into one of the more [[ badass]] versions of this trope.²* Franchise/ArchieComics' character ComicBook/TheWeb was a Golden Age hero in the forties, then settled down and got married. In the sixties, the character was revived--twenty-odd years older, a bit out of shape, and with a wife [[HenpeckedHusband who wasn't exactly thrilled]] with his return to superheroics. (Though she did eventually give in and took on her own superhero identity.)²* One issue of ComicBook/YoungJustice introduced "Old Justice", a team of down on their luck golden age sidekicks who were desperate not to be forgotten, and harbored a lot of resentment for the young heroes who they claimed lacked experience. They were led by [[ComicBook/{{TNT}} Dan the Dyna-Mite]] and featured [[Franchise/GreenLantern Doiby Dickles]], Merry the Gimmick Girl, [[ComicBook/RedTornado Dinky Jibbet and Sisty Hunkel-Jibbert]] and [[ComicBook/{{Hourman}} Second Sweep]].²* ''ComicBook/OldManLogan'' is set in a BadFuture where supervillains had united and taken over America. Very few of the old heroes are still around, much less the ones still active like Hawkeye: Wolverine has become a pacifist, Hawkeye is still fighting on despite [[HandicappedBadass becoming blind]] and the Hulk became [[FallenHero a corrupt, insane tyrant]] that governs his own territory in the East Coast with his family of [[CorruptHick Gamma-hybrid hillbillies]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Animated]]²* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': Mr. Incredible is not as old as most of the examples shown here, but fifteen years after his forced retirement he is noticeably out of shape, and is still holding on to his glory days, even doing superhero work in secret. The scene in which he gets back INTO shape is entertaining. When an ordinary middle-aged man gets in shape he goes to the gym. When a {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le middle-aged man with superhuman strength gets in shape... he hits the railroad yard. The sequel ''WesternAnimation/Incredibles2'' features an elderly super named Reflux, who can spew lava from his mouth. He holds up his own during the last third of the movie.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]²* The Alan Arkin movie ''Film/TheReturnOfCaptainInvincible'' is equal parts this trope and ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', attempting to play the whole mess for SoBadItsGood laughs. It vastly overshoots the mark.²* Chronically unappreciated All-American Boy in ''Film/SkyHigh2005'' is the past-his-prime sidekick without the retired superhero. His assigned mentor, The Commander, is still operating at his peak, while All-American Boy is now teaching "hero support" classes in the eponymous hero school. Downplayed as All-American Boy is all but decrepit, and is still able to help the heroes.²* ''Film/BigManJapan'''s senile grandfather counts, when he turns big again to "relive his glory days" but merely makes a mess.²* The first few scenes of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' shows Bruce Wayne several years on, including the toll his injuries have taken on his body. He's not old, but definitely feeling it, at the start. ²* In ''Film/AntMan'', Dr. Hank Pym was an active superhero and SHIELD agent from the 1960s until his retirement in 1987, making him the second oldest superhero in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse -- and unlike [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Captain America]], he took TheSlowPath to the present day. The film is about Pym, now too old to be the Ant-Man when he's needed, recruiting and training Scott Lang as his successor.²* ''{{Film/Logan}}'' is about an old and retired Franchise/{{Wolverine}}, who now serves as a guardian to Professor Xavier, who has grown senile after the X-Men disbanded and there is no one left to care for him. However, he comes out from his retirement to protect a little girl pursued by a sinister organization and bring her to safety, in what its supposed to be [[TheLastDance his last adventure]].²* At the end of ''Film/AvengersEndgame'' [[spoiler:Captain America decides to stay in the past after putting the Infinity Stones back. He reconnects with the rest of the Avengers in modern day as an old man.]]''²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* When George and Harold invent ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'', their first comic book issue starts off by saying that all the other superheroes in the world had become too old to fight crime. In a later book, George's great-grandmother and Harold's grandfather drink some [[SuperSerum super-empowering juice]] and become Boxer Boy and Great-Granny Girdle. ²* ''Literature/InHeroYearsImDead'' runs on this trope. The main character, Coyote is a retired superhero, and all the superheroes he knew from his glory day are retired as well.²* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has Genghiz Cohen the Barbarian and his Silver Horde, a group of barbarian adventurers (and one geography teacher), the youngest of whom is in his eighties (And the oldest is close to a hundred). Other characters assume that their advanced age has left them feeble and incapable, conveniently forgetting that these guys have lived to be octogenarians in a career that kills most people that go into it before they reach age twenty-five. They don't move as quickly as they once did, but [[KungFuClairvoyance they don't have to]]. Cohen and the Silver Horde are actually upset that they've reached old age since they would have preferred dying young and gloriously. The death of one of their members via choking on a cucumber in his salad drives them to go on one last adventure to get payback on the gods for denying them glory.²* ''[[ Going Through the Change]]'' has a twist on the usual PubertySuperpower trope--in this world, women get superpowers during menopause instead. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²* The extremely short-lived ''[[ Legends of the Superheroes]]'' had, as its second and final episode, a [[TheRoast Celebrity Roast]] for "Retired Man".²* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had a few sketches featuring Creator/MikeMyers as "Middle-Aged Man," whose superpower ''was'' that he was old and thus had more wisdom and experience than young people.²* The Green Termite from ''Series/TheAmazingExtraordinaryFriends''. The Green Termite was Ben's grandfather Harry who came out of retirement when Ben becomes Captain X. Harry dons his old costume in an attempt to show Ben the superhero ropes.²* The French series ''Series/HeroCorp'' takes place in a whole village of such retired superheroes. Most of them are not that old, however, but their powers have certainly decreased a lot from their prime.²* The Swedish Advent Calendar series ''Series/{{Superhjaltejul}}'' centres around retired superheroes Stålhenrik (Steel-Henrik) and Supersnällasilversara (Superkindsilversara), telling the story about their first adventure to their grandchildren Vega and Nova.'²* ''Franchise/TheFlash'':²** In ''Series/TheFlash1990'', Paul Winfield played a retired judge who moonlighted as a vigilante named Nightshade in the late '50s. He came out of retirement to join the Flash in fighting one of his old enemies who had emerged from [[HumanPopsicle cryogenic sleep]]. He returned to help deal with a young upstart who had taken on his persona, but called himself Deadly Nightshade as he killed criminals, which is something the original Nightshade would never do. ²** ''Series/TheFlash2014'' introduces DC's best known one, Jay Garrick, first as a younger man, but [[spoiler: he's actually the villainous Zoom posing as the real deal, who proves to be an alternate version of Barry's father, played by John Wesley Shipp, who played the 90's Barry]].²* Dr Ulshade from ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' is still a Ranger despite being in his late fifties, bad back and all. [[spoiler: His teenage granddaughter takes over the role soon after his first appearance, the bad back being what convinces him to retire.]]²** Ulshade's ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'' counterpart, Albert Smith, is even older [[spoiler: and he also doesn't keep the powers, though not due to age - he'd actually fabricated a lot of his exploits and was in truth a local do-gooder, more about getting cats out of trees than fighting supervillains, who'd never faced actual monsters before until he got on the BigBad's radar. He chooses to pass the powers on when he learns the situation]].²** The sentai franchise, and its sister series ''Franchise/KamenRider,'' have been around long enough that when the earlier members show up for {{Reunion Show}}s, they qualify as this. The heroes of the 70s are often approaching ''their'' 70s, and it won't stop 'em from kicking monster butt right alongside the new guys. Yes, they ''do'' still get unmorphed fight scenes, proving that the actors are tough in reality too, making it look as good as they ever did!²--->''"My name is [[Series/KamenRider Takeshi Hongo]]. [[BadassBoast I protect people's freedom to the best of my ability]]."'' [[note]]It's a BadassBoast to those who know what the best of ''his'' ability looks like.[[/note]]²²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Music Videos]]²* [[ The video]] for the song "Kryptonite" by Music/ThreeDoorsDown.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]²* Almost entirely averted in most wrestling promotions. It doesn't matter how old or flabby Wrestling/RicFlair, Wrestling/TerryFunk, or [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "the Snake" Roberts]] gets. They'll still be portrayed as just as vital and strong as when they debuted.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* A variant of this occurs in ''VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan 2'', where one stage revolves around an elderly version of the Japanese folk hero Momotaro being called out of retirement to once again drive away the ''oni'' from Onigashima. He goes and fights them, then for some reason convinces them to open a theme park. Seriously.²* Captain Blue in ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'' visually matches this trope, but can still fight with the best of them.²* Parodied in ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'' with the Puce Dynamo.²* Paco from ''VideoGame/{{Anachronox}}''. He's not old, he is a depressed drunkard, but still.²* In the 1992 game ''Captain Dynamo''[[labelnote:*]] [[ComicBook/{{Dynamo5}} No relation]][[/labelnote]] the title character is an octogenarian ex-superhero who must emerge from retirement when his similarly-superannuated nemesis, Austen Von Flyswatter, pulls off the world's biggest diamond heist.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Webcomics]]²* Are we forgetting ''Webcomic/EvilInc''? Captain Heroic and Evil Atom, for starters.²* What about ''Webcomic/TheHeroBusiness'' which likes playing this a number of ways.²** Bravado is a retired Hero who seems to be an Expy of Golden Age Superman-esque superheroes, we are informed he's been around almost that long. While his former Arch nemesis turned coworker Dr. Malefactor is clearly showing his age.²*** Throw some random continuity reboots that all the heroes notice, but almost nobody else seems to, and some random old timers reminiscing of the gold and silver ages of superheroes and you got one whacked out world that is just fun to visit²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Original]]²* Seemingly half the staff at SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. Earth Mother, the heavyset woman who used to be Flower Child back in the 60's, Dr. Yablonski the physics teacher who apparently had to retire when he lost an arm and a leg, and most importantly, the headmistress: Elizabeth Carson was the original Miss Champion back in the 1940's, and she is still superheroing. At least she has the 'ages at comic book rates' power too, so she currently looks like she is in her mid-thirties.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'''s Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy are shining examples of this trope. After the back-to-action episode, they become {{Recurr|ingCharacter}}ers, their plots usually involving some returned supervillain they used to fight.²* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had Captain Righteous and Lefty, who had split up quite some time ago over a relatively minor squabble. They only came back because the Mayor insisted they were the only ones who could defeat The Ministry Of Pain, their equally-ancient arch-nemeses, who the Girls only held back on because Blossom believed they should be "respectful to one's elders". The whole thing ultimately ends with a bunch of old men that need to be hospitalized, and the news programs blame the girls for not doing anything to stop it. To add insult to injury, the usual closing shot instead features Bubbles and Buttercup glaring angrily down at poor Blossom.²* Timothy North from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' used to be the Fearless Ferret, and decides to take Ron in and train him to become his successor. However, it ends up being a subversion when it's revealed that North was really an actor who ''played'' the Fearless Ferret on an old TV show, and just ''thinks'' he used to be a real superhero due to going senile in his old age. Naturally, [[AdamWesting he was voiced by Adam West]].²* Creator/AdamWest also appeared as a similar character in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', named... [[TheDanza Adam West]]. He had played "Catman".²* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' had a similar character, the Grey Ghost, except that he was a throwback to the pulpy '40s era rather than the '60s superheroes, and he was played as a straight homage rather than a parody. He was voiced by... you guessed it... Creator/AdamWest.²* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'':²** Bruce Wayne himself is the retired superhero who plays mentor to the new Batman, Terry. Bruce does occasionally join in with a well-timed use of the environment or jab with his cane, though.²** Batman's former sidekicks as well. Batgirl is retired, although she's gone on to become the commissioner of the Gotham police. Robin is revealed to have retired in TheMovie and works as an electrical engineer. Both of them are fairly dismissive of their previous superhero lives and bitter towards Bruce, and it is implied they got off lightly compared to Nightwing.²* Both the animated version of ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' visited superhero retirement homes.²** The Tick met Golden Age-type characters including Captain Decency (a Captain America type), The Visual Eye (who could shoot his eyes out of his head by shouting "Rockets from their sockets!"), Sufra-Jet (a play on 'suffragette', now an old lady in a jetpack), and The Living Doll ("I'm full of tinier men!"). Captain Decency had a few teenage sidekicks over the years, but they're all off on their own.²** ''The Tick'' also reversed the trope in an episode that featured "The Terror", a frail, partially senile 104-year-old supervillain (his first major crime was punching out [[UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt Teddy Roosevelt]] on the White House lawn) who comes out of retirement to conquer the world. His stable of minions include a multi-gendered alien, the Human Ton and Handy, a college student he believes to be Joseph Stalin (codename Stalingrad, since he graduated from a Stalin impersonation school) and the Man-Eating Cow. MEC was originally a hero, but [[ExecutiveMeddling the network]] forced the change.²* Soul Power, Sparky and their nemesis Professor Menace in ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock''.²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Hammerman}}'' (Yes, M.C. Hammer as a superhero) played the {{Mentors}} angle, with Hammerman's predecessor (Soulman) hanging around to show him the ropes.²* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', episode "Over the Hill Hero" has Captain Rescue.²* Captain Nemesis, Ben's superhero idol in the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' episode "Hero Time", is on the verge of becoming this -- something that deeply disturbs him. It really doesn't help that a younger hero like Ben effortlessly upstages him, culminating in his utterly humiliating defeat in a contest of superheroics. While the actress covering the event (who is clearly biased in Ben's favor) describes the setting, a scrapyard for traincars, she mentions that it's the resting place for "rusted out old hulks" -- the camera pans to Captain Nemesis at that point. Ouch. Nemesis loses the first event by an embarassingly wide margin. Even after he ''wins'' the second event (by cheating), he gets another dose of humiliation after Ben as Rath furiously pins him down and makes him scream in pain. The final event ends with Nemesis falling into a mudpit after losing a tug-of-war. [[spoiler: Nemesis has a FaceHeelTurn and becomes Overlord as a result -- he'd rather be a new villain than an obsolete hero.]]²* In the ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Loose Screw", the dotty old lady Wander and Sylvia are helping out, Stella Starbella, turns out to be a retired intergalactic heroine... who comes out of retirement to fight her equally-elderly old foe Mandrake the Malfeasant. ²* This was the basic premise of the ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'' short "[[WesternAnimation/CaptainSturdy Captain Sturdy: Back in Action]]". The short was about an elderly superhero coming out of retirement after learning that his pension was cancelled because of the retirement age for superheroes being changed. The Creator/AdultSwim follow-up ''Captain Sturdy: The Originals'' had Captain Sturdy band together with his retired teammates Elastic Man, Velocity Man, Commander Guts, and Chronos, Master of Time and Space to take on his old enemy Dr. Destructo.²* ''WesternAnimation/OKKOLetsBeHeroes'':²** A frequent reoccurring character is Crinkly Wrinkly, a crotchety were-fox hero who hangs around Lakewood Plaza Turbo, boring people with his tall tales of the old days.²** "Know Your Mom" has an old supervillains example. In it, KO discovers that his mother was a well-known superhero that [[RetiredBadass quit after he was born]]. He feels bad that his mother quit because of him and decides to call some of her old supervillains so that she can briefly relieve her glory days. Most of them are either very old or outright dead by now, however the plant-based villain Succulentus is up for a fight. He's since become an old, out-of-shape grandpa. Succulentus puts up a fight and delivers a VillainSong, but he becomes worn out quickly. He and Carol end up sorting things out over coffee instead.²* The ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons'' short "Youngstar 3" featured an elderly superhero named Old Man, who helped his grandson Youngstar fight crime alongside a {{Fembot}} named Shero.²* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' had a story arc featuring the team of superheroes who'd helped ComicBook/CaptainAmerica during World War 2 as old, retired people. Spider-Man had to recruit them to stop a scheme by the Red Skull and figure out ways for them to overcome their fading powers.²[[/folder]]²²----


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