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"If you live like a villain all your life, sooner or later you will be 60 and still being shot at."
Roger Ebert, reviewing The Limey
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Next time Mr. Jenkins next door yells at you to get off his lawn, you might want to listen — he might be hiding a death laser under his rocking chair.

Some people grow old gracefully, and sit back to enjoy the last few years of their life. Others want to spend their final days as the supreme ruler of all humanity. Not all senior citizens can be kind, loving grandparents. Some are just as evil in their old age as they were in their youth, and still want to destroy everything, conquer the world, or generally be evil. They can, however, put a facade of a kind, loving old folk, usually to fool people.

To qualify for this trope, a character must be old (by their species' standards), and must also be visibly aged. Even if they're Really 700 Years Old, it doesn't count if they look like a ten-year-old child. Just being a cranky old man is not enough to qualify one as evil, either. World domination, death to humans, or anything else that could be pulled off by younger villains are all suitable goals to make one qualify as an Evil Old Folk. If they happen to be really old and remain young by stealing the youth of others, it can count so long as they occasionally look old.

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Due to their age and the fact that they are still committing evil, they are never likely to go face on the Sorting Algorithm of Face-Heel Turning chart.

See Liquid Assets for evil old folks who look young by stealing the youth of others. Compare Cool Old Guy, Dirty Old Man, Grumpy Old Man. See also Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids! and Jade-Colored Glasses. A Wicked Witch is likely (although not guaranteed) to be this, because Beauty = Goodness, and (physical) beauty is most commonly associated with youth and innocence, not age and experience or wisdom. For old folks who were evil when they were your age, try Retired Monster. If being evil itself has aged the character, that might be a form of Evil Makes You Ugly.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The Area 88 manga and OVA has Guiseppe Farina, an Italian mafia don and arms dealer who collaborates with Kanzaki and Asran's anti-government forces.
    • McCoy, the grandfatherly arms dealer who provides arms and provisions for Area 88, also qualifies. Despite having sympathetic moments, he's still an amoral arms dealer supporting a bloody civil war and acquiring weapons through dubious means.
  • Szilard Quates of Baccano!!. Evil deeds including but not limited to betraying a shipload of people who trusted him, enslaving a homunculus of his creation on pain of death, and "devouring" people's minds left and right to increase his own knowledge. Possibly lampshaded in that he once rationalizes some of his behavior by noting his distrust of young people. Quates' Battle Butler notes that he is quite likely the oldest person on earth (which means that he distrusts/will do badly by everyone else).
  • Piemon in the Japanese version of Digimon Adventure, who talks in a speech pattern distinctive of old people.
  • Dr. Gero from Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT.
    • In the earlier Dragon Ball, Piccolo Daimao originally looked ancient and wrinkled like an old prune. This didn't stop him from completely dominating Goku in their first encounter; when he got his youth back thanks to the Dragon Balls, well, it went From Bad to Worse.
  • Fairy Tail has Master Hades, the Big Bad of the Tenrou Island Arc. He's one of the most vile and formidable opponents Fairy Tail faces in the series, and he is even older - and far stronger - than Makarov is. Fairy Tail ONLY won because the secret to his power, the actual Grimoire Heart, was destroyed. Despite this, he has ways of subverting this trope sometimes.
  • Franken Fran had a functionally-immortal old woman who somehow derived sustenance from making her family miserable. And she's not alone...
  • The main antagonist from Fullmetal Alchemist. Father has the appearance of an imposing old man robed in white, and though he can be somewhat goofy at times, his evil is hardly a secret. He's behind nearly every tragedy in the series.
    • Two of Father's henchmen also count. King Bradley/Wrath is in his 60s, and the Gold-Toothed Doctor is even older. Both are very bad dudes.
    • Dante from the 2003 anime version is arguably a little more faithful to the trope. When she's first introduced, she seems like a genuinely nice old woman, and Alphonse in particular seems to take a liking to her. After all, an old bonnet-wearing pharmacist couldn't possibly be the leader of the homunculi, right?
  • Mikado of Hayate the Combat Butler. Nagi's grandfather, targetted the Power of the Gods prior to the story started, and messed with Hayate growing up as Santa! Perverted as well.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Enya Geil from Part 3 is a cunning, nasty old woman who tries to get revenge on the heroes for killing her depraved psychopath of a son.
    • Dario Brando, father of Dio Brando is also an example. He was a wife-beating self-centered drunk who tormented Dio as a child and was the largest contributing factor to Dio's personality. Perhaps everything could have been avoided had Dario just been a little nicer to his son...
    • A few minor Stand Users also fall in here. Professional murderer-thief Gray Fly, former cult leader Kenzo, Yoshikage Kira's father Yoshihiro...
  • Naruto:
    • Danzou (72), who's one of the Hidden Leaf Village's head elders and a ruthless war hawk who's willing to do things the rest of the village considers morally putrid. He overlaps with Well-Intentioned Extremist, as everything he does, he does with the intent of helping the Hidden Leaf Village. He does it through underhanded political manipulation, and lets revenge get the better of him, however, that he becomes pretty unsympathetic.
    • For that matter, Kakuzu (91) and Madara Uchiha (who was least in his 80s before his death and resurrection) are among two of the oldest humans in the entire world. Orochimaru would count too, being in his 50s, but he retains his youth by possessing new bodies.
  • Drosselmeyer from Princess Tutu, an evil old fucker if there ever was one. He torments the characters for no other reason than believing it makes for a better story.
  • In the actual Ranma ½ series, the (small) Old Master Happōsai is often described as the ultimate evil. Trying to think of a good deed for Christmas made him explode with pain, and, in the animated version, he was evil enough to made a suddenly Not So Harmless Evil Oni writhe in pure agony.
  • R.O.D the TV has a twist on this: the Evil Old Guy, "Mr. Gentleman," actually died of old age. The antagonists want to resurrect him into Junior's body so he can use his Reality Warper powers to complete their Assimilation Plot.
  • Vamp of Florsheim from Tentai Senshi Sunred looks and acts like a fuzzy old man and has the goal of World Domination, right after he crushes his Arch-Enemy Sunred. Fortunately for the world, he is a fuzzy old man and about as 'evil' as a boot; Sunred won't even fight him directly because he'd look like someone bullying the elderly if he did.
  • Tiger & Bunny's Big Bad is Albert Maverick, who seems so nice in the first half of the series...until we learn what he's really like. Eventually picks up the Villain Ball and runs with it.
  • Joejoe, Mokkoi, Chiyo, Zaus, and Kousairou in Toriko.
  • In The Tower of Druaga: The Sword of Uruk, we learn that King Gilgamesh is immortal, as his mortal self was sealed atop the tower. As he grows older, his heart grows colder, until he becomes a cold-blooded tyrant who slaughters his own citizens.
  • For the first three arcs of Umineko: When They Cry, Kinzo isn't portrayed quite so much as evil as he is crazy and desperate. Then comes the fourth arc, and he definitely crosses that boundary. By the end of the arc, though, it's subverted, since Kinzo was dead the entire time.
  • Emperor Dornkirk in The Vision of Escaflowne, even more so for being hooked up to a life-support machine.
  • Kagemaru from season 1 of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX is so old he has to live in a giant tube with robotic arms. That all changes once he draws life force from other cards thanks to the Sangenma.
  • Zatch Bell! has a Filler Villain named Dr. Ichiro (Dr. Hakase in the dub) who wants to use his demon to get his revenge on the scientific community for mocking his ideas. And from there? Take over the world.

    Comic Books 
  • In All Fall Down, IQ lives in a squalid retirement home and has not lost an inch of his hate for the good guys.
  • In Batman Adventures, "The Perfesser" is a gray-haired old academic who's seen it all a hundred times, and at least some of the time, honestly doesn't seem to really care if he succeeds or not.
  • Birthright: God-King Lore looks like an humanoid abomination, but that is merely his transformed state. His true form is that of an grey-bearded old man who tries to present himself in a pleasant grandfatherly manner to The Hero in order to gain his favor and manipulate him.
  • Black Moon Chronicles: Big Bad Haazheel Thorn, leader of the Black Moon and the forces of evil opposed to the Empire of Lynn, looks downright ancient.
  • Black Order: while we know next to nothing about his race, including their aging process, Ebony Maw certainly looks the part.* The Dark Horse imprint Conan the Barbarian had the Bone Woman, an evil magical crone who put her pupil through a truly abhorrent Training from Hell to turn her into the perfect weapon. Her goal was to unleash an Eldritch Abomination upon the earthly plane.
  • DC Comics villains Granny Goodness and DeSaad, New Gods and minions of Darkseid. Interestingly, both are actually younger than their master, who doesn't quite fit the trope himself; it may have something to do with his personal power being far greater than theirs. Also, they look vaguely human while he might have been carved out of granite.
  • The Disney Ducks Comic Universe has Blackheart Beagle The Beagle Boys' grandfather, founder and occasional leader who is about one hundred years.
  • Fables:
    • Frau Totenkinder. She may look like a frail old woman though she could easily undo her aging if she wished, but she is every unnamed witch in fairy tales; meaning she is one of the most powerful Fables alive. While she is firmly aligned with Fabletown, even a cursory glance into her past will reveal that she was(is?) not a good person. She even fought Baba Yaga at one point and, in a rather Eviler Than Thou manner, defeated her.
    • The series' original main villain, The Adversery a.k.a. Geppetto also qualifies. He's a genocidal conqueror who just handwaves away all the atrocities his troops have committed, and shows absolutely no remorse for any of it.
  • Howard the Duck had a foe called the Kidney Lady who was obsessed with the notion that there was some widespread conspiracy threatening people's kidneys. (Maybe illegal organ trafficking, maybe purposely marketing food that was high in cholesterol, anything that might involve them) and was also obsessed with the notion that Howard was involved in said conspiracy. It may have been easy to write her off as some nutty Conspiracy Theorist, but she wasn't harmless, being a witch of some sort who could teleport herself and animate objects, in one story creating a monster called the Chair-Thing.
  • Garth Ennis opened his run on The Punisher MAX by having Frank Castle take out a mob boss who had clocked at a hundred (he's basically a vegetable at this point but mobsters don’t get that old by being nice). His widow makes an appearance in one of the final arcs, and she's a real nasty piece of work as well.
    • The elderly leader of the human trafficking ring in the "Slavers" arc is a veteran of the Yugoslavian wars who carved a swathe of atrocities across Eastern Europe even before he went into human slavery as a business (unfortunately, he's better at atrocities than at business, causing a rift with his son).
    • Nesbitt, the elderly Irish gangster from the "Kitchen Irish" arc, is incredibly old and nasty, even for this trope. A Posthumous Character, he plays a significant role in the flashbacks, having been one of the original Irish gangsters that ran Hell’s Kitchen before the Italian mob took over. He still terrorized the neighborhood even as an old man, made life a living hell for the titular Kitchen Irish when they were kids, and apparently molested one of the girls. No one dared to retaliate because rumor had it he still had a lot of his connections from the old days. After Nesbitt finally died, he left a set of numbers to the leaders of each faction of the Kitchen Irish that led to a hidden stash of $10 million, knowing that they'd kill each other rather than work together and split the money. On the off-chance that they ever actually did put aside hostilities, which they did end up doing, the treasure was a trap; it's just a block of C-4 with his Catchphrase "CUNTS" carved into it, wired to a trigger mechanism.
  • Shazam: Captain Marvel, Jr. fought a villain named Greybeard a couple of times. Sentenced to 99 years in prison when he was a young man, Greybeard served his entire sentence. On his release, he became a supervillain, basing his crimes around the theme of age, to take revenge on a world that had passed him by.
    • Doctor Sivana, while not quite as extreme an example, also fit the bill, seemingly at least in his late fifties.
    • Aunt Minerva is another example, an elderly widow who became a criminal after the death of her husband. (Her Post-Crisis counterpart Lady M doesn't exactly fit the trope, since she's usually under a Latex Perfection beauty aid called Neoderm, and uses her regular elderly appearance as a Secret Identity.)
  • Sin City has the Roarke brothers who are powerful politicians who run crime in the city and harbor Serial Killers. Both of them are easily in their sixties or older. There is also the short story entitled Rats about a retired Nazi war criminal.
  • Spider-Man has several in his Rogues Gallery. The most famous is probably the Vulture, who briefly possessed the ability to steal the youth of others, but the webhead has also had trouble from The Tinkerer and elderly crimeboss Silvermane.
  • Star Wars Legacy: Darth Krayt is almost two hundred years old, looks visibly aged under his mask, and is suffering from a parasitic infection that is slowly killing him. He’s also the genocidal Emperor of the Galactic Empire and the Dark Lord of the Sith, so his advanced age and deteriorating health do not prevent him from trouncing the much younger Cade Skywalker in lightsaber combat.
  • The Transformers: Robots in Disguise has Galvatron, who takes over the Decepticons after Megatron's Heel–Face Turn in The Transformers: Dark Cybertron- in this continuity they're two completely separate characters instead of Galvatron being a more powerful upgraded version of Megatron. He's extremely old even by Cybertronian standards and his appearance is more outwardly savage and barbaric to fit with his ancient and uncivilized personality.
  • The Ultimates: Tyrone Cash is a withered, crippled dirty old man when he isn't hulked out, living large in a life of crime and indulgence that comes crashing down when Nick Fury comes knocking at his doorstep.
  • Issus in Warlord of Mars is the megalomaniacal tyrant that ruled as a living goddess over Barsoom for ages, instituting a oppressive system of slavery and rape among its people. While most Martians age very slowly and often are centuries old, Issus looks like a hag as a result being being hundreds of thousands of years.

    Fan Works 
  • In the canon of Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Grand Elder Guru is made to be this. Whilst a lot of what he does seems like simple jerkassery (declaring that he wishes to be known as Super Kami Guru, being callous and rude to virtually everyone in his presence, stopping his heart whilst Gohan, Krillin and Dende are using the Namekian Dragon Balls), what pushes him into this is The Reveal that he caused the Great Drought on Namek by drinking all the water, and blamed it on the albino Namekians, which were then all slaughtered per his orders. It is also revealed that he and Lord Slug split from the same being, and Guru is the evil half.
  • Megami no Hanabira: Father Archibald Phillips is an arthritic geezer in his 90's, the mastermind behind a demon outbreak that destroyed a city and killed hundreds of thousands, and a misanthropic, utterly self-centered sociopath who seeks to establish and then rule over an oppressive, theocratic One World Order. He gets even more evil during his Villainous Breakdown.
  • A running gag in Ranma ½: The Abridged Chronicles is the old folks living in the town who seek world domination. At first it was just Ranma's suspicions that one old lady was up to no good, but later several senior citizens gathered outside were plotting to "strike at midnight," and another attempted to kill Ryōga after he found her a good spot from which to plot world domination.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Brimstone: By the end the Reverend is an old, grey-haired man, but he's only become more psychotic over the years.
  • Judge Smails from Caddyshack.
  • Noah Cross in Chinatown.
  • The MacCreadys from the 1984 thriller Cloak & Dagger.
  • Feeding Frenzy: The main villain in this 2010 film is Mr. Plinkett, an old man in a wheelchair who served in the Vietnam War and whose wife died in 1975. That said, he's played by a man in his thirties, with minimal effort made to age him up.
  • Halloween (2018): Michael Myers, despite being 40 years removed from his initial killing spree in the original film, has lost none of his lethality or maliciousness.
  • In Hook, Captain Hook has become an old man while Peter grew up in the outside world. His trademark fear of ticking clocks isn't due to the crocodile (which he killed) anymore. He's afraid of time slipping away from him. His entire scheme is merely a means to have one final decisive fight with Peter Pan before time claims him.
  • Hot Fuzz: Every character past middle age, except, strangely, Bill Nighy — and the look he gives Angel after he says "Yes I can, I'm the Chief Inspector" looks like he's really enjoying transferring Angel out.
  • Iron Man: Obadiah Stane is relatively old, having been in charge of Stark Industries when Tony was a teenager, and is certainly not a nice guy. At least, if selling weapons to terrorists then attempting to kill Tony and go on a rampage with his own giant suit is any indication.
  • Henry Potter from It's a Wonderful Life.
  • The eponymous Bill, Pai Mai and Esteban Vihaio from Kill Bill.
  • Arthur, the elderly leader of Kingsman: The Secret Service, after he's swayed into Valentine's plan and proceeds to try to poison Eggsy.
  • Wilson, Terry Valentine, and Avery in The Limey.
  • Immortan Joe in Mad Max: Fury Road. His real age is unknown, but he is clearly not young. He is also probably the darkest villain in the entire series, holding women as cattle and Sex Slaves, and ruling his corner of the Wasteland with an iron fist.
  • Nothing but Trouble: The J.P. is friggin' ancient, being a 106-year old Hanging Judge. He's almost completely immobile and depends on his grandchildren for muscle.
  • Grandma Lois, as well as her fellow coven members from Paranormal Activity 3.
  • Prisoners: Countless children are abducted and murdered by Mr. and Mrs. Jones.
  • Most of the Satanists seen in Rosemary's Baby are old. For this reason, Rosemary holds a party for young adults only.
  • Saw: John "Jigsaw" Kramer.
  • Brick Top from Snatch..
  • Son of the Mask: Odin, Ruler of Asgard and Valhalla. His wrathful arrogance and his tyrannical all-mighty stature are physically dead giveaways. He's grown more impatient as his son Loki fails time and time again to find and recover the lost God-Mask.
  • Star Wars has several:
    • Emperor Palpatine, who in his first appearance in The Empire Strikes Back looks like a white raisin left too long in water. A raisin with sleep problems. It's revealed in Revenge of the Sith that his appearance isn't just because of his old age, but actually scarring from Mace Windu deflecting force lightning back into his face.
    • Jabba the Hutt, being 600 years old. He is an example, but not an extreme one. Hutts typically live ten times longer than humans.
    • Count Dooku from the prequels, who looks more like a dignified elderly statesman than a terrible Sith Lord. In fact, most of Christopher Lee's roles from the past few decades likely count.
  • Tatie Danielle is far away from your sweet old auntie, that's for sure. After her caretaker's death — for which she was pretty responsible — she gets to live with her grandnephew's family. Woe to them...
  • Momma from Throw Momma from the Train
    Larry Donner: She's not a woman— she's the Terminator!
  • The Duke brothers from Trading Places decide to completely upend the lives of two men for the sake of a dollar.
  • R.J. Fletcher from UHF.
  • Parodied with Old Man McGinty in Mystery Team. Despite being clearly comatose, the trio still suspects him of murder.
  • Both of the grandparents in The Visit both have something very deeply wrong with them. Grandpa gets... a little too intimate with his shotgun while he's cleaning it, and Grandma practically turns into a werewolf at night, scratching at the door frantically while stark naked. Turns out there's nothing supernatural going on. They're just crazy, in fact they're not even the kid's real grandparents; they're mental asylum inmates who escaped, murdered them and took their place.
  • Ichirō Yashida from The Wolverine. His old age and impending death is what makes him so desperate to gain Wolverine's power.

    Folklore 
  • Baba Yaga. A powerful and immortal old witch of Russian folklore. Sometimes an enemy, sometimes a guide—but always, always dangerous.
  • Also from Russian folklore, Koschei the Deathless.
  • Actually, many witches in fairy tales and folklore are old.

    Literature 
  • Kurt Dussander in Stephen King's Apt Pupil is at first a Retired Monster, but through Todd's forced recollections of Nazi atrocities, he gradually turns into this.
  • Ctuchik from The Belgariad is an Evil Sorcerer and Sinister Minister who serves as The Dragon to God of Evil Torak. Appearing as an ancient old man with a long, yellow, filthy Wizard Beard, and a face ravaged by centuries of depravity and excess, he's a Type A Elderly Immortal, and a Deceptive Disciple to his god, plotting to Take Over the World himself. His colleague and Co Dragon, Zedar, is another, far more sympathetic example, being a former good guy who was drafted into serving Torak.
  • While not evil per se, Shapoklyak in Cheburashka is a petty and nasty old lady who believes infamy is the shortest path to fame.
  • Fistandantilus of Dragonlance is so old that it's tough to find an artifact or ancient manuscript that can honestly be said to predate him- he uses a variety of unpleasant means to keep himself going. Because he always wears a Black Cloak with the hood up, the only part of him anyone ever sees are his hands, which are little more than withered, age-spotted talons. A few characters speculate as to what his face looks like, but come to the conclusion it's something best left unknown.
  • In The First Law, Bayaz seems to be just an old wizard and Eccentric Mentor at first, but he's actually a Manipulative Bastard who's behind most of the reasons why the world is so messed up. Granted, his enemy Khalul (another evil old person) isn't any better, but he is right about Bayaz. Black and Gray Morality is very much in play here.
  • Reigner One of Hexwood seems a kindly old man. He isn't.
  • In House of the Scorpion, El Patron is the ancient ruler of Opium, a nation built out of the US-Mexican border and based on enslaving illegal immigrants(from both sides) by turning them into what amounts to zombies, and the international drug trade. And he maintains his long life through harvesting the organs of clones.
  • Coriolanus Snow, President of Panem in The Hunger Games. Oppressive tyrant, murderer, pimp of Victors, grandfather.
  • Viv Ivins, the Evil Mentor of Marilena Carpathia in the Left Behind book series who convinced her to have her only son Nicolae and then had the mother disposed of so that she and her organization could raise him for the purpose of becoming the Antichrist. She also was the implementer of the Mark of the Beast loyalty system during the latter half of the Tribulation.
  • Played with in the last Nursery Crimes book by Eric Weiner, There Was An Old Woman, where a girl going to college in Manhattan learns that there've been a string of missing students from her school, and all of them lived in the same boarding house. When the evidence points to the perpetrator possibly being an older woman, the girl and her friends go on the lookout for a suspicious looking woman. They encounter at least two women who are frightening, until it's narrowed down to the owner of the house, the main character's psych professor, and her own mother.
  • Felix Jongleur in Tad Williams' Otherland is the oldest living human being by quite a few decades, and the Corrupt Corporate Executive of the local Mega-Corp. He keeps his crippled body clinging to life in a support capsule lined with machinery while he spends his time in the 'Net. All of his considerable resources are dedicated to one task: learning how to cheat the inevitable death of his body, and he's willing to go to any lengths to accomplish it.
  • The Gentleman fits this well in the Sinister Six Trilogy. Well into his nineties, he decides to spend his golden years on a plot to crash the world economy.
  • In the sequel to Those That Wake, the Old Man is centuries old and is barely able to move on his own.
  • A sweeping description of many of the villainous characters (Evil Matriarch, Dirty Old Man) in V. C. Andrews books.
  • Judge Fulgence, in Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand, by Fred Vargas, definitely qualified before his fake death. He stabbed nine people with a trident between 1949 and 1987 and three more between 1987 and 2003, always leaving a convenient culprit for the police to find (drunk or knocked-out people, preferably homeless, with the supposed crime weapon in their hands). One of those culprits was the protagonist's brother, who has spent more than thirty years not knowing whether or not he had really killed his girlfriend.
  • Welcome To Wonderland: Book one, "Home Sweet Motel", has Stanley and Sydney Sneemer. They're a pair of elderly jewel thieves who pulled off a heist in 1973, and went to jail for it. Now that they're out, they've returned to collect their loot.
  • Emperor Henrick in The Witchlands is going to some shady lengths to force Safi to marry him, and he's easily three times her age.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Angel Cyvus Vail is a demon sorcerer whose goals include ensuring the smooth progression of the apocalypse and seems like he's at risk of dropping dead any moment. Although he's not as frail as he acts.
  • Babylon 5: Justin, the "man in the middle" and human emissary of the Shadows, comes across as a fairly harmless and polite elderly gentleman while explaining the Shadow philosophy of strength through conflict and how some must be killed "for the dream". In the book ''The Shadow Within'' we see that he was the one on the Icarus who most readily embraced the Shadows when the crew "woke" them— even Morden only decided to serve them in return for a merciful ending for his loved ones trapped consciously in a bubble of hyperspace after a transport explosion a few years ago. Justin just seemed intrigued or intoxicated by the sheer power they possessed, regardless of the evils it would be put to use for.
  • The Colbert Report: In the January 21 2010 episode, lists "Old People" on the Threat Down, due to all the old folks who go on airplanes with swords and knives hidden in their canes.
  • Criminal Minds: A few UnSubs fall into this category, but Anita and Roger Roycewood from "Mosley Lane" stand out the most.
  • Cutey Honey The Live: The nice old lady who owns a fish shop is one of Panther Claw's highest ranking generals. Get in her way and she will bludgeon you to death, cut you up with frozen food, or just use the missile launchers built into her stomach. But however she kills you, she'll do it without losing her kind, motherly demeanor for a second.
  • Doctor Who:
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Craster has reached his elder years, and also rapes his daughters and sacrifices his sons.
    • Walder Frey is the second-oldest character seen in the show (after Aemon Targaryen - though possibly excepting Old Nan, while she was still alive), and certainly one of the most evil.
  • Goosebumps: In the "Haunted House Game", one of the spots the two kids land on takes them to a house where two old women are playing a game. They're supposed to ask them for something, which turns out to be an amulet that saps the life out of the girl's arm.
  • Heroes: Daniel Linderman and Arthur Petrelli, the Big Bads of Volumes One and Three, are both in their sixties. In fact, they were Army buddies during the Vietnam War before becoming Fallen Heroes.
  • The League of Gentlemen: Tubbs and Edward, who torture and sometimes kill any non-locals who intrude on their shop.
  • Leverage: Nate's dad Jimmy is an aging member of The Irish Mob who, having lost his former position of influence in the Boston underworld during a long prison term, is scheming to get it back.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus has the "Hell's Grannies" sketch, about a gang of old ladies who go around acting like Quincy punks and tormenting the youth.
  • Several villains are of elder age in Resurrection Ertugrul, including:
    • Grand Master Petruchio Manzini, who commands the Amanus Mountains Knights Templar in season 1 in spite of his inability to actively fight his enemies.
    • Kurdoglu Bey, younger sibling of Kayi chief Suleyman Shah and very much envious of the latter’s position, driving him to numerous ends to knock him out of the seat and claim it for himself.
    • Alpargu, one of the de-facto minions of Kurdoglu during his feat of conquest, also counts as this.
    • Afsin Bey veers into this territory after murdering Numan Efendi. The only way this could be even loosely justified is that the latter had intended on rebelling against Sultan Alaeddin’s orders.
    • Emir Sadettin Kopek is an even nastier example than the previously listed characters, first shown releasing Noyan from Kayi imprisonment in season 2 before going on to commit higher-stakes atrocities like getting another Emir framed for trying to kill Sultan Kayqubad and then poisoning his dinner peasant so he could take the sultan out of the picture and attain the throne, among numerous other activities.
    • Tekfur Kritos sends his son to work with Tekfur Ares to attack the Kayis, then decides to get personally involved after hearing about said son’s death, showing no compunction or sympathy for Ertugrul the whole way through.
  • Revolution: Tom Neville, despite his age never being stated, is older than a lot of characters, and he'll betray and murder people in cold blood to get what he wants. The actor playing the character, Giancarlo Esposito, is 55 years old.
  • Smallville: Granny Goodness combines this with Straight Edge Evil and Bitch in Sheep's Clothing for genuinely frightening results.
  • The Sopranos:
    • Possibly the most evil person the show (which, for the record, is about Mafiosi) is Livia Soprano, Tony's aged mother. Extraordinarily manipulative, and not above putting a hit on her own son if it gets her what she wants.
    • Uncle Junior, Tony's uncle, and of Livia's generation. In the first episode, he is plotting to kill a rival at his favorite restaurant. He becomes boss of the North Jersey Mob shortly thereafter, and conspires with Livia to kill Tony.
  • Succession: media baron Logan Roy, the patriarch of the show's central family, is well into his later years and really should have retired, but his malice seems to do a good job of keeping him alive and in the game.
  • Teen Wolf: Gerard Argent, patriarch of the Argent family and the Big Bad of Season 2. Initially plays up the persona of the doddering old grandpa until he takes control of the Kanima and reveals himself to be a sociopathic, manipulative monster willing to kill anybody and everybody to ensure his own survival, including his own family. Not to mention his contradictory hatred of werewolves when he was perfectly willing to become a werewolf himself to cure his cancer. After he told his son to help his wife commit suicide when she was turning into a werewolf to preserve the family's honor.
  • The Terror pops up in The Tick (2016), being by far the oldest and evilest of any of the villains. His exact age is unknown, but he's been active as a super villain (let alone alive) for decades. Unlike other incarnations of The Terror who basically exists as a Scatterbrained Senior parody of a villain, this guy is basically a parody of Emperor Palpatine and an incredibly dangerous and sadistic monster who's only motivation for evil is "because."
  • Todd and the Book of Pure Evil: It is revealed that virtually all of the residents of the Crowley Heights retirement home are Satanists. Considering they were keeping a man captive and drugged, it qualifies for this trope.

    Podcasts 
  • From The Magnus Archives:
    • The season 1 episode "Piecemeal" features Angela, who looks like a harmless little old lady but talks casually about having someone horribly killed. The narrator, himself a hardened, violent criminal, recognises in her eyes the look of someone extremely nasty.
    • Many of the stronger avatars of the Powers are old men, including Maxwell Rayner, Simon Fairchild, Peter Lukas, and Jonah Magnus.
    • Mary Keay, an old woman who collected Leitners and used them for nefarious purposes. She murdered her husband and abused her son for decades, before forcing him to kill her so that she could bind herself to a Leitner.

    Print Media 
  • This is the only way to describe T. Herman Zweibel, the "Editor" of The Onion since taking it from his father at the age of 20. According to this timeline he has opposed social change of any sorts (he went into a coma upon hearing of the Civil Rights Movement), is indirectly responsible for several historical acts such as the sinking of the Lusitania, the assassination of JFK and Archduke Franz Ferdinand (thus indirectly starting World War I) and has put a bounty on the heads of Upton Sinclair and Ring Lardner. Despite being diagnosed with countless diseases and suffering from (to put it generously) crippling senility is still somehow alive and still writing at the age of 140. (Specifically, writing uplifting prose such as his "Huzzah for the Death of a Child!" in which he gloats that a recently deceased eight-year-old was on the organ donor list and thanks to her grisly demise, Zweibel will be able to get drunk again for as much as three weeks before he kills his transplant liver, too...)

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Played with in Ring Warriors with Kevin Sullivan, who attacked grand champion Bruce Santee for no reason other than to prove he was still scary but on the other hand did give some pointers to La Rosa Negra when one of her managers, Rico Casanova, turned on her.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Mutants & Masterminds has Dr. Sin, an immortal Chinese criminal who appears to be in his seventies or eighties, and elder statesman of supervillainy August Tiberius Roman, who is in his nineties now and only semiretired. Roman in particular is a fixture of the Freedom City setting in some ways, having survived from its Golden Age through the Modern Age, transitioning from Mafia boss, to Diabolical Mastermind, becoming the "Emperor of Crime" of Freedom City, and after losing most of his empire, becoming the owner of an illegal underground series of Gladiator Games.
  • Warhammer 40K: Adsrubael Vect, the leader of Commorragh and the Dark Eldar, is one of the most ancient, cunning and vicious creatures in the galaxy, being one of the few who was around during the Fall of the Eldar some 10,000 Earth years prior.

    Theme Parks 
  • Two of the "Icons" from Universal's Halloween Horror Nights:
    • The Caretaker, who is a super Creepy Mortician and surgeon that kidnaps innocents and subjects to them to horrifically painful deaths, as a way of discovering more about how the average human reacts to pain and death. His age has never been explicitly stated, though with his long white hair and visibly wrinkled skin, he appears to at least be in his late '50s or '60s.
    • The Storyteller, an evil grandmother-like lady that is able to bring people into her own twisted books; along with having a tendency to rip out the tongues of her victims.

    Video Games 
  • Some of the Templars in Assassin's Creed II. The first game had Al-Mualim.
  • Father Comstock from Bioshock Infinite
    • Not that he's actually that old...
  • Dark Souls, its sequels and Bloodborne are all occasionally called by the nickname "Killing Old Folks to Sad Piano Music: The Game", as many boss battles (including quite a few final bosses) are set against old men who helped set the games' story into motion. Somewhat subverted in that many of these, such as Lord Gwyn, King Vendrick and Gherman have dubious morals, but aren't necessarily evil.
  • The Hag from Thief: Deadly Shadows: a centuries-old Serial Killer who skins and murders people including children to extend her own life.
  • Flemeth from Dragon Age: Origins: old and evil and very powerful, and only seemingly retired.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim:
    • Riften's Honorhall Orphanage is run by Grelod the Kind, who is anything but what her name would suggest. She is utterly horrible to the children of the orphanage in question, and disobeying her will earn the unfortunate kid an extra beating. In the start of the Dark Brotherhood storyline, you get to kill her, and unlike your other major targets, you won't receive any bounty for doing so. She is that hated.
    • The Dark Brotherhood has Festus Crex, an elderly sorcerer who loves to blow his enemies up point blank instead of relying on stealth like most assassins.
    • According to her biography "The Wolf Queen", Potema Septim the most dangerous necromancer to live during her lifetime, was in her seventies by the time of her death. By then, she had amassed a great undead army of draugrs, zombies and vampires and used them to wage war on her siblings in an attempt to take the Imperial throne for herself, or rather her son which she would manipulate.
  • ''Fallout:
    • Tenpenny from Fallout 3 is a wealthy, amiable old man who wants you to nuke a nearby village because it's an eyesore.
    • Fallout: New Vegas: The core game has Caesar, and arguably Mr. House. The Old World Blues DLC has the Think Tanks, who are former scientists who have outlived their bodies by transporting their brains into robots (though they're arguably more insane than truly evil). Finally, the Dead Money DLC has Father Elijah, who is very evil.
  • Franchise/ Final Fantasy:
    • Primarch Galenth Dysley from Final Fantasy XIII. He's really old too, being an immortal robot god.
    • Final Fantasy IX's visibly old Garland, who has an Evil Plan that basically intends to suck the life off of Gaia (the world the game takes place in).
  • Most Sinister Minister type villains in Fire Emblem are visibly ancient.
  • Sun Li the Glorious Tactician in Jade Empire.
  • Master Xehanort from Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep: the original incarnation of the franchise-long overall Big Bad, and the one who set most of the wheels in motion. While his impending mortality is a factor in his plans, age hasn't actually slowed him down much - he's more than a match for heroes decades younger than him.
  • Kreia from Knights of the Old Republic 2 is a morally ambiguous version of this since she sees herself Above Good and Evil .
  • There is a particularly suspicious one in MARDEK Chapter 3. He is defined as Chaotic Evil in the game helper and looks evil. He's the adviser of the king (who joins you) of the lizard village beneath the Sun Temple, leading to the Evil Black Temple, which gets you plot sooner or later.
  • The classic Evil Old Guy of video games would have to be Dr. Albert Wily, an elderly Mad Scientist bent on world domination, with an army of robots at his command.
  • Porky Minch in MOTHER 3. From a troubled boy to a 10,000 to 100,000 year old psychotic immature Evil Overlord hellbent on destroying the world and recreating it as his own playground just for the adrenaline rush and his amusement.
  • Black Hole commander Von Bolt in Advance Wars: Dual Strike keeps himself alive by stealing the energy of Omega Land via his wheelchair, turning it into a wasteland. He shows no regard for any other lifeform in the pursuit of this goal. Unlike some other Immortality Seekers, his appearance actually reflects his age: He is a fat, feeble old man who labors under each breath he draws.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Cutter from Ōkami. Even the weather above their house carries a foreboding feeling.
  • Charon from Pokémon Platinum. Doesn't help matters any that he's the oldest Galactic member by at least thirty years.
  • Ozwell Spencer of the Resident Evil series fulfills this trope when he finally makes an appearance in Resident Evil 5.
  • Riven, the sequel to Myst, replaces the earlier antagonists with their grandfather Gehn. A member of the D'ni race of worldbuilders, he became power-mad and was opposed by his son, who imprisoned him. Years of exile haven't helped Gehn's sanity any, and though he claims to be reformed, he'll gladly and promptly kill you and Atrus the moment he gets within sight of either.
  • Aunas' true form from Romancing SaGa 3.
  • "Kindly" Cheng (nickname very much ironic) and "Strangler" Bao (very much not) from Shadowrun Returns: Hong Kong. Both are in their fifties at the youngest (Kindly talking about living through the VITAS plague 45 years earlier) and are deep in with the Yellow Lotus Triad in Hong Kong. While they never really do much bad to you (being Kindly Cheng's employee), neither of them are Friendly Neighborhood Gangsters by any stretch of the imagination and gleefully indulge in torture, executions, drug dealing, arms smuggling, and stealing medical supplies from a relief effort among others.
  • Soul At Stake: Gran "The Witch", one of the "devil" characters.
  • Mr. James Wong of Stranglehold.
  • Super Mario Bros. also loves this trope:
  • TinkerQuarry has Stella. Aside from her pale, shriveled appearance, she also has some of the mannerisms of a Granny Classic, such as calling people "dearie". In reality, she's anything but sweet.
  • Calypso in Video Game/Twisted Metal.
  • Aloysius Dawson in Vampyr is a very old and corrupt businessman that has worked as an ally for the Ascalon Club in exchange for immortality. As Dawson nears the end of his life, the main protagonist Jonathan Reid is charged by the Club with turning him into a vampire to be welcomed into their group. Should Jonathan do just that, Dawson will become much, much worse than he was in life: He declares he will arrange his entire family's death so that no one inherits his fortune and that he will begin plotting for Britain to take over Europe and the USA, and then install a vampire king on the throne.
  • Warcraft has Archbishop Benedictus. Old man, looks weak and decrepit, is a non-fighting priest of the Holy Light. That doesn't sound evil at all, right? Well, in Cataclysm, he allies with the evil Aspect of Death, becomes the Twilight Prophet dedicated to wiping out all life, enslaves a blue dragon princess, creates a monster so awful that not even the four dragonflights can take it out without help from Thrall, and eventually faces down Thrall himself and the players to try and recapture the Dragon Soul for his master, Deathwing.
    • Warcraft also has Magatha Grimtotem. She is obviously evil from the very beginning and doesn't even TRY to hide it. By her race's standards, she's an old woman/cowlady. She's fairly harmless, until Cataclysm, where she kills tauren leader Cairne Bloodhoof in a rigged fight, threatens the players (who have fought gods and dragons and come out on top), and steals a Twilight's Hammer artifact.
    • Kil'jaeden, maybe. He's over 20,000 years old and is the leader of a race of evil monsters bent on bending the universe to their will and corrupting everything. I would say he doesn't qualify, due to his race being immortal, but his good counterpart, Velen, definitely looks old, so Kil'jaeden is probably still considered old by Eredar standards, but not Burning Legion standards.

    Visual Novels 
  • Fate/stay night has Zouken Matou, a twisted, vile piece of work hideous in both body and mind.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney:
    • Manfred Von Karma, the Amoral Attorney and a murderer, is around 60 years old.
    • Ambassador Quercus Alba from the same series is another very nasty example.
    • Damon Gant, murderer and blackmailer, is 65 years old, believe it or not.
    • Though he's probably not nearly as evil as the above three, Blaise Debeste corrupt chief prosecutor, murderer, and Abusive Dad also counts at around Von Karma's age. He was also the Chief Prosecutor who gave Von Karma his first and only penalty, not because he forged evidence but because he got caught. Were it not for a literal meddling kid, he probably would have escaped the law.
    • Aristotle Means from the fifth game, though Younger Than They Look (unless you consider 45 to be old), definitely at least looks the part. Means also combines this with Sadist Teacher when their true personality is revealed.
  • Umineko: When They Cry has Ushiromiya Kinzo, who apparently set a twisted ritual to sacrifice his family in order to revive his deceased lover, Beatrice. It is later revealed this was not his doing, but he's still responsible for a lot of fucked up stuff, like keeping his daughter Beatrice II isolated from the outside world in a secret mansion and making her believe she was a reincarnated witch, raping said daughter and getting her pregnant, and constantly abusing his other children to the point of traumatizing them for life.
  • The very existence of this trope in regards to the work is something of a spoiler, but Fleuret Blanc contains an example: The FOIL judges, who murder former members to collect their prized possessions.
  • The Big Bad of Zero Time Dilemma, Zero II/Brother/Q/Delta is 124 years old.

    Webcomics 
  • Sarda from 8-Bit Theater. Though in his case, it's not "Evil" as much as it is "Jackass".
  • Baron Klaus Wulfenbach of Girl Genius may have gray hair, but he rules his empire with an iron fist and isn't afraid to subject people to unethical experiments or lay waste to entire cities if he finds it necessary. He's only evil from a very superficial standpoint, though; he's more about efficiency and doing it right, and is, in fact, a Well-Intentioned Extremistnote . His ruling style (and official mission statement) is "Don't make me come over there", and the local lords and mad scientists are largely left alone provided they don't break any rules; he's also very supportive of the arts and the sciences, and sponsors many young geniuses from noble families (even if his sponsorship does double as the taking of a hostage to keep said families in line). So far, his plan seems to be working too, even providing the page quote for The Extremist Was Right.
  • Director Deena Daniels of B.E.N.T. from Hexenringe definitely fits the bill of an evil old person. Her design is based on Mama Fratelli from The Goonies.
  • In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! Fructose Riboflavin is an almost 2000-year old semi-humanoid moth creature, and he looks his age. He's also a revenge-crazed s.o.b.
  • Xykon from The Order of the Stick wasn't always a lich. Before he transformed, he was already 80 years old, yet he was still a strong enough sorcerer to wipe out a squad of paladins without any of them touching him.
  • Slightly Damned: Dakos is a fire demon war veteran and is probably one of the nastier demons thus far, he has no real sense of loyalty or camaraderie and blames Talus's death on Lazuli for not following orders, terrorizes a captive angel child in front of its helpless family for kicks and and throws Kieri off a wagon to distract the semi-berserk Buwaro not knowing he doesn't actually intend to kill her.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Fire Lord Azulon was canonically 95 years old when he ordered Ozai to kill Zuko. He never made it to 96.
    • Firelord Sozin died at the age of 102 after many years of prosecuting a war against the other nations. He was already this trope when he started said war.
    • Old Lady Hama is a Water Bender who was captured and imprisoned by the Fire Nation and, along with dozens of others, kept locked in terrible conditions and away from water. She escaped when she realised that blood is water and she could manipulate it at the peak of her powers during a full moon, allowing her to seize control of a living person's body, which she used on the guards to escape. But she was still stuck in the Fire Nation so she set up shop as a kindly old innkeeper... and at the full moon used her new technique, which she called Bloodbending, on the ordinary and innocent Fire Nation neighbours in revenge for her treatment.
  • Old Man Jenkinsbot from The Bagel and Becky Show is one of these as a robot.
  • Big Hero 6: The Series has the aged supervillains Baron Von Steamer and Supersonic Sue, from the Rogues Gallery of the Old Superhero Boss Awesome (a.k.a. Fred's dad).
  • Colonel H. Stinkmeaner from The Boondocks is well known for being a hateful and spiteful old man who, despite his age and blindness, keeps on going by The Power of Hate, living only for violence and generally making other people as miserable as humanly possible. He also employs the word 'nyukkah' in the same way most people might use the word 'you.' Stinkmeaner is so evil, in fact, that when Granddad Freeman accidentally kills him, he goes to hell and enjoys himself down there with the constant violence, blasphemy, and all things terrible. He goes so far as to call Satan a "bitch-ass nigga" to his face, which only impresses and pleases the embodiment of evil. He considers Hell substantially better than jail.
    • There's also the Hateocracy, a Terrible Trio of fellow evil old folks Stinkmeaner met in a retirement home. The four were eventually evicted and began wandering the Earth, spreading misery and pain wherever they went, just For the Evulz. Shortly after Stinkmeaners death, they tracked down the Freemans for revenge except not really. Being sociopaths, the Hateocracy didn't actually care about Stinkmeaners death at all, it just gave them a target for their violence
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • The Senior Citizen Squad, a trio of old people that from time to time fight the main group (one of them is Numbuh Two's grandmother).
    • There's also Grandfather and his senior citizombies in Operation: Z.E.R.O..
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: Eustace is usually the epitome of an excessively unpleasant Grumpy Old Man, but sometimes he can be even worse than a grumpy Jerkass and comes really close to this trope with his cruel treatment of Courage. This is especially notable in "Ball of Revenge" where he is flat-out evil.
  • Family Guy:
    • Carter Pewterschmidt. Despite being old, this has not stopped him from retiring or harassing Peter Griffin, and is often gleefully sadistic.
    • In one episode an old puppet maker Chris befriended turned out to be a Nazi Grandpa hiding in America under a fake name.
    • Recurring character Herbert the Pervert would qualify due to him being a pedophile, but he's Played for Laughs due to his affable personality and him being far too old and decrepit to be of any real danger.
  • Mom from Futurama is a prime example. Despite presenting herself as a loving, motherly figure, she hates everyone and everything, and has actually sent every robot in the world on a revolution against humans so that they could conquer the world for her.
  • Invader Zim: Ms. Bitters. True to her namesake, she's completely devoid of any compassionate emotion and possesses demonic hatred for all life on planet Earth. However, even SHE won't tell her students why Valentines gifts switched from cards and candy to meat products.
  • Señor Senior, Sr., of Kim Possible is not so much evil as he is bored, taking up supervillainy as a hobby to keep him occupied during his retired years, and to have something to piss away his practically infinite amount of money on. For this reason he employs Contractual Genre Blindness, and doesn't even care whether he wins or loses, since he's just doing it for the sport.
    • Nanny Nane.
  • An episode of The Powerpuff Girls involved "The Ministry of Pain", a supervillain team that used to terrorize Townsville but are now mostly harmless because they've become old and feeble. They're still as evil as ever, though, and Blossom tells her sisters that they won't fight them because they're old. The Girls are forced to recruit the two retired superheroes Captain Justice and Lefty who fought the Ministry back during WW2, with the entire group of old people ending up hospitalized from minor injuries because their elderly bodies couldnt handle the strain.
    • The prequel movie also had one of the monkeys exposed to Chemical X by Mojo Jojo being an elderly primate who introduces himself as Pappy Wappy while weakly attempting to slap a human senior citizen.
  • Ed Bighead from Rocko's Modern Life, In the Episode: "Zanzibar" Rocko and the populace of O-Town had the courage to convince Conglom-O to turn against Ed Bighead and the evil he's done to the environment.
  • Samurai Jack: Aku is hundreds or even thousands of years old, and is a being powerful enough to conquer the galaxy.
  • Mr. Burns from The Simpsons could qualify as the Trope Codifier for the comedic version. He's done every evil deed imaginable, from blotting out the sun to stealing candy from a baby, and that was just in one episode.
  • Grampa Marsh once rallied the elderly residents of South Park to conquer the town.
  • Mad Mod from Teen Titans.
  • The Terror from The Tick, a 100+ year old supervillain who used to be buddies with Joseph Stalin. Played for Laughs as he's, putting it mildly, gone a little bit senile with age (until his reappearance in the show, his last public appearance was in the 70's when he tried to get his revenge on his arch-enemy Theodore Roosevelt by punching out Mount Rushmore).
    Arthur: Oh, come on. The guy's got to be, what, a hundred and fifteen?
    The Tick: Evil, chum, is ever-green...
    • Tick turns out to be completely correct, as the Terror turns out to be old and decreipt, but just as evil as ever, and returned to menace the main characters several times.
  • Mumm-Ra of Thunder Cats and ThunderCats (2011) appears both elderly and undead when he's powered down.
  • Female example- Nerissa, Big Bad from season 2 of W.I.T.C.H. is very old and looks even older due to her hard life and the rigors of her magic, and she's also a Knight Templar out to take over the universe as she thinks it's the only way to end all war and suffering. In the last third of the season she manages to get her youth back and becomes more another trope.
  • Granny May from WordGirl is a devious thief and conwoman and on the very short list of WordGirl's genuinely competent enemies. She favors playing up her age and perceived helplessness as a way of gaining sympathy and manipulating others, going so far as to feign deafness to add to it.

 
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