Age is all in the mind.
But then, there are those who get better as they age; the ones who still qualify for the 'desirable' tag, even when they're grandparents. These men and women have maintained their dashing good looks, class, and sex appeal despite — or because of — their greying hair.
They become a Silver Fox. Or, if they're female, a Silver Vixen.
A Silver Fox is an attractive, distinguished older (generally over 40) person, often noted for his or her sexy silver or white hair along with their good looks and charm. Note that this trope is only applicable to characters that look visibly old - characters who are Older Than They Look and resemble young people despite their age don't count.
- "The Most Interesting Man in the World" mascot for Dos Equis is a grey-haired old man who is always portrayed confidently flanked by beautiful young women when delivering his catchphrase.
- ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. has Chief Officer Grossular, likely above 40, going by his already high position in Acca 13 years prior to the story. And with long hair, at that.
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
- Joseph Joestar during the "Stardust Crusaders" arc, who despite being 67 still possesses a muscular physique due to the age-slowing effects of Ripple energy. This is set a few years after fathering Josuke, making his son younger than his grandson, Jotaro. However by Part 4 age has finally caught up with him, leaving him elderly and senile.
- Aside from Joseph, there's Esidisi from Part 2. Even compared to the Pillar Men, who can live for thousands of years, he's a senior. However, being a Pillar Man, he is a mighty senior who still gave Joseph a tough fight after his month long Training from Hell.
- Albert "004" Heinrich in Cyborg 009, specially in the 2001 series where aside of having been in his 30's when cyborgized, he spent decades in cryogenization.
- In Private Actress, the 50-something actor Masakazu Ogata (aka Shiho's father, who doesn't know about her until the second half of the story) is famous for three things. One, his genuine acting skills. Two, his womanizing. Three, how beautifully he has aged.
- Sebas Tian certainly looks the part as a charming elder gentleman with impeccable manners and hair apparently silvered with age. The subversion is that he is originally a computer game NPC and thus technically only three years old.
- The first episode of Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san has the title character interacting with a very handsome gray-haired man. Much awkwardness ensues when said man tries to buy a certain type of book which isn't available at the bookstore.
- Dragon Ball:
- Bulma is this in the end of Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT. Not technically a grandmother, but she has aged and still looks great. Also Future Bulma in Dragon Ball Z History Of Trunks and Dragon Ball Super. Although not played for fanservice in the least, Future Bulma exudes an aura of gentle dignity, warmth, compassion, love and kindness that makes her the most beautiful and adorable incarnation of her character to-date in spite being in her early 60's. Her still loud, immature and selfish "peaceful world" counterpart, in comparison, aged visibly and poorly, looking a good 20 years older than Future Bulma in spite of being 17 years younger.
- Chi-Chi still looks good after her granddaughter Pan is born. It's more obvious when she doesn't do her hair up in a bun.
- Doctor Kureha from One Piece is close to 140 years old, and though her face looks like someone in their 70s, her body is far more attractive. It helps that she dresses like a teenage girl.
- Yandere Kanojo has Manabu's grandfather, who is portrayed as absurdly charming. It's also implied that he still successfully bar hops for women.
- Depending on the art style, Commissioner Gordon from Batman can be quite the Silver Fox.
- Magneto. Not so much when he first appeared, as a typical crazy '60s villain, but in the '80s, once he'd been de-aged to a child then re-aged to adulthood, and gained a sense of composure and dignity about himself, very much so.
- Gold Digger
- has Julia Diggers is in her 50s but looks very good for her age due to constantly working out before getting an effective age downgrade.
- Theodore is in good shape, despite being older than Julia and not getting the same age-down. And that's only his physical body- in his Aura form, he looks like an Olympian god.
- The Savage Dragon brings us Superpatriot, whom the young and exceedingly hot Dart found sexy enough that she once sighed and commented "if only he were thirty years younger...". She later wound up in bed with his similar looking yet naive son, Justice.
- Since Judge Dredd's timeline progresses at a 1:1 rate with real time, Psi Judge Anderson has been a street judge for at least 35 years, placing her in her early 50's. As a Psi Judge, she doesn't take the age-slowing drugs available to regular Judges and is still consistently depicted as a very attractive woman who is frequently hit on by men half her age.
- Circles: Despite being over 50, some people find Paulie very attractive, especially Douglas who marries him.
- In A Brighter Dark, Yukimura is one of the oldest major characters on the Hoshidan side, but (a completely hungover) Corrin still finds him attractive enough to want to bed.
- Alison Carter in Child of the Storm is noted to be this - though she became a grandmother in her late forties, now being in her early sixties, and even now looks closer to her late forties than her actual age. And that's with the ageing make-up on. She's a Super Soldier, with either drastically slowed or a more or less non-existent ageing process, having hit her mid to late twenties and stayed there.
- Also Frigga, who's in the equivalent age category (she's about 3500 years old, which is the Asgardian equivalent of late 50s), is noted as being remarkably beautiful.
- In the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story "Empath's Wedding", Flowerbell the woodnymph still comments on Papa Smurf's looks like this.
- In Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, it's mentioned that Elite Four Drasna willingly posed for a swimsuit calendar along with other quite attractive trainers like Cynthia, Lorelei and Diantha.
- Violet Kincaid from Roman's Empire is a woman in her late fifties. She's also walking sex-appeal even in her old age. She's still attractive enough to get multiple young lovers. Even Roman has to admit that she's attractive. And even after the Time Skip when she's in her sixties, she's still a bombshell.
- King Arthur in Camelot remains good looking and adorable (with a childlike face) when he gets older, in spite of all the work he has. After his revival in Avalon, his hair returns to brown.
- Mrs. Peggy Hobbs in the 1962 film Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation. Brought up when a Swedish bombshell is trying to make some moves on the eponymous character, Roger, and he turns her down and then she sees the wife after learning they have 3 grandchildren.
Swedish Girl: That's a grandma?Roger Hobbs: 36-26-36 and still operating.
- When Akhor the Silver King of the Kantri becomes human, he has long silver hair. His age then is indeterminate, but his eyes show something of his thousand-year life. His Love Interest is all over him in this form, and he's all over her; otherwise people don't note if he's attractive... except that one human friend of his who gets hugged notes in the narration that she can't help but notice that he smells amazing.
- In Dragon Bones, Alizon, the king's bastard brother, is described as this. The ladies of the court apparently compare him to a wolf, not a fox, but the thought is the same.
- The protagonist of "A Relic of the Empire" had lost his fortune and become middle-aged before he recovered enough to afford boosterspice again and regain his physical youth. He realized that he'd actually had more success with the ladies with some grey in his hair, and started dyeing it back in.
- Walt Comeau, one of the antagonists of Empire Falls, tries to invoke this. He's also a Smug Snake and hiding numerous secrets, including his age (10 years older than he claims) and ramshackle personal finances.
- Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: Myra Rutledge and Countess Anne "Annie" Ryland de Silva. Both of them are in their 60s and heading on to 70s. Make no mistake, they are old enough to be your grandmother, and they are incredibly sexy! In fact, Weekend Warriors has Nikki Quinn and Barbara Rutledge commenting that Myra looks better at 60 plus years old than they do at 30 plus years old. Now that's hotness!
- The Belgariad:
- Belgarath is an Elderly Immortal who looks to be in his eighties or nineties. Right up until he takes off his shirt, demonstrating that while his face may be that of an old man, his body is not.
- His daughter Polgara takes it even further, as she stopped aging somewhere in her 20s - five thousand years ago. She hypothesizes that sorcerers stick to the age they find best suits them - Belgarath and the other male disciples can get away with looking old because it makes them seem wise and respectable, but she wouldn't get the same effect as an old crone.
- Kinsey Millhone definitely thinks her landlord Henry, who is around eighty, is very sexy.
- Lady Abigail Irene Garrett in Amsterdam is around 50 when we meet her, and is definitely still a sexually vibrant woman.
- In the Book of Genesis, Sarah is described as the World's Most Beautiful Woman well into her old age.
- In Harry Harrison's The Stainless Steel Rat series, the beautiful and lethal Angelina becomes a grandmother. And remains lethal.
- Several different older women are shown swooning in Dr. Lee Rosen's presence in the first season of Alphas.
- Gil Grissom, CSI. Even his future wife, Sara, drops a line about finding grey hair sexy, while he's in the room, no less. The silver fox look is even more evident in his 12th season cameo, where William Peterson wasn't coloring his hair quite as much and it was more natural looking.
- The Third Doctor from Doctor Who. True, One could be very charming when he wanted to be, but he still looked every day of his apparent age (One being deliberately played as older than William Hartnell, who was in his mid-50s). Patrick Troughton as Two was far from unappealing and had his charms, but hardly had a single strand of silver in his thick black mop. However, Jon Pertwee as Three managed to be an old guy with a very snappy sense of style (both in fashion and demeanour), looked and acted very fit for his age, and generally made being old look good. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he was one of the real life bases for James Bond.
- Roger Sterling from Mad Men, played by John Slattery. The name might be a Stealth Pun. He's definitely intended to be young for a man with pure white hair; he served in the Navy in World War II and was apparently a small child in the 1920s, so he's no older than 45ish when the series starts in 1960.
- Henry Francis, Betty's second me husband is at least 15 years older and has an already married daughter but still quite the catch.
- 30 Rock: The series makes reference to Helen Mirren in a bikini, prompting Liz to say "It's not possible, what is she, a wizard?" This refers to then-recent paparazzi images of 60-something Mirren looking incredible in a bikini someone half her age might be hesitant to wear.
- Gibbs from NCIS. Ziva is not convinced. "And it's not like you guys are going gray!" Gibbs is standing behind her. "Gray can be... really sexy."
Abby: I'm pregnant, McGee. Twins. Haven't told the father yet. It's Gibbs. I know it's wrong, but something about his silver hair gets me all tingly inside.
Tony: [walks in] Excuse me for a second, I think I'm going to vomit.
Abby: I'm joking, Tony. Except for that part about Gibbs's hair. That is really hot.
Abby: Correct as always, my silver-haired fox. ...I mean, Gibbs, sir, boss.
- Colonel, later General, Jack O'Neill on Stargate SG-1, who despite having gone grey by Season 3, never had any trouble getting female attention, In-Universe and out.
- DI Lestrade from Sherlock.
- Person of Interest: Reese is well on his way to being one. Lampshaded by Wendy the hairstylist in "Number Crunch. Also in the episode "4C".
"That salt and pepper thing's like catnip to soccer moms."
- Discussed in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Shattered" by the recurring villain Seska, who has a Villainous Crush on Commander Chakotay.
Seska: Men just get more distinguished as they get older. A few lines here, a little grey there, it adds character. Too bad their minds start to go.
- In Friends Phoebe refers to Ralph Lauren as a "silver fox". The bulk of her plot of that episode is her thinking she made out with him - but it was just the (much younger!) Kenny the copy guy.
- James May has apparently not lost any female followers as he moved from the Skunk Stripes he sported on Top Gear to becoming fully gray by The Grand Tour.
- The Great British Bake Off: Paul "The Silverback" Hollywood is a classic example. Exploited both by the show's producers—who insert long, lingering closeups of his piercing blue gaze at every possible opportunity—and, in slightly less reverent fashion, by the hosts.
Sue: Now this week's recipe is Paul's, and it's one that's very close to his heart.Mel: Yup, nestled right in under his chest hair.
- Adam from The Thick of It. Apparently he's aware of it, too; he says he entered politics "for the pussy." Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi, as mentioned above) in the later seasons counts too. Neither is very nice, but that doesn't seem to faze their following.
- Invoked in True Blood. Sam with his greying hair is almost certainly over 40; he begins dating 22-year-old Nicole and her mother quickly objects due to the age difference. She reminds Nicole of her age then turns to Sam and says disparagingly, "And how old are you, silver fox?" Even after they make amends (largely due to Nicole being pregnant), "Silver Fox" becomes the mother's Ironic Nickname for him.
- Patsy Stone from Absolutely Fabulous. Her age is north of 70 at the beginning of the show in the early 90s, yet she Really Gets Around, having no trouble finding much younger boyfriends. Another reason is having essentially been mummified since the early 70s as a result of massive drug abuse.
- Fiona Goode from American Horror Story: Coven is considered quite attractive and is stated to be quite beautiful in her first scene. However, she isn't satisfied with being this trope and tries desperately to become younger and immortal.
- Coronation Street - sexpot Liz McDonald became a grandmother in her early fifties, and was entered into a 'Glamorous Granny' competition (which she won).
- Bree van de Kamp from in Desperate Housewives is coming from the attractive mother territory to this one. Reinforced and Lampshaded, in both ways, when, at the same time, she begins her menopause (the grandma side) and gets involved with the handsome, well-build and 15 years younger Keith (the hot side).
- Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: Dorothy was an older and very attractive woman, estranged from her abusive husband and later widowed. She's courted by her brother-in-law Loren Bray and much younger man Jake Slicker, who initiated their MayDecember Romance. Dorothy's old age is marked when she thinks she's pregnant but she's in fact beginning menopause.
- One audition on Italy's Got Talent was a Japanese septuagenarian with a background in opera and theatre. For this performance, she chose something a little more modern... pole-dancing.
- Magnificent Century: Ayse Hafsa Sultan, the Valide Sultan, has been occasionally complimented for her beauty in her old age. At her deathbed, her daughter Hatice includes her beautiful face when admiring her traits, and even Hürrem tells her that her beauty was one of the traits of her that she admired before Hafsa became hostile to her.
- My Grandmother's Ravioli: due to the nature of the show, Mo Rocca finds himself meeting with a veritable full spectrum of grandmothers, ranging from the matronly to the lovely. But one particular episode stands out. It turns out that the grandmother in question started her family young, and her children did as well. Which makes her technically a grandmother at the age of 52, and still stunning at that.
- In the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode featuring The Magic Sword, Crow ends up dumping his infatuation towards Kim Catrall in favor of Estelle Winwood, grossing out Tom Servo when Crow creates a Love Song about her.
- Oz: The reaction of many inmates towards the 60-something Sister Peter Marie. A small group actually voted her the hottest woman in the prison.
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch introduces Aunt Irma in Season 6, played by Barbara Eden (who was in her 70s at the time) and with a very Hot Witch appearance. Season 7 confirms her age as being over 2000 years old. In one episode she asks Harvey to answer truthfully if she's an attractive woman. He responds "on the outside", as she's a bit of an Evil Matriarch.
- Scrubs: JD has sex with a new grandmother (her daughter was a patient, for the delivery), who easily fits the category in "My Best Moment".
- Gemma from Sons of Anarchy, enough to be checked out and commented on by the much younger Prospect, Half-Sack.
- Paul Lassiter's mother in Spin City. Paul is baffled by all the attention she gets until Carter gets him to take a real look at her:
Paul: Oh my god! OH MY GOD! I just checked out my mother!
Paul: She's a smoking hottie!
- Mona Robinson from Who's the Boss? is Angela's mother and the sexpot of the show (while it's not clear exactly how old Mona is supposed to be, the actress who played her was in her mid-50s when the show started and over 60 by the time it ended).
- Henry Rollins has become this in his later years.
- Mothers Of Invention woodwind player Bunk Gardner.
- Dmitri Hvorostovsky◊, a Russian operatic bass-baritone, was famous for his premature silver hair, and as he grew older, he definitely became this.
- While Stacy's Mom by Fountains of Wayne isn't this trope, Word of God says it was inspired by a childhood friend who felt this way about the author's grandmother.
- Kevin Nash, known as "Big Sexy" for over sixteen years and still, in his own words, "built like a god!", was once called "the Silver Fox" as an alternate Red Baron in TNA due to his grey hair.
- Although she wasn't a grandmother yet, Eric Bischoff had a little storyline where he seduced Linda McMahon and seemed genuinely attracted to her.
- For the 2017 Player's Weekend, Major League Baseball players got to choose nicknames for the backs of their jerseys. Chase Utley chose "Silver Fox" for his, at the suggestion of teammate Corey Seager.
- In the BattleTech universe, Natasha Kerensky was quickly established as a sphere-wide sex symbol when the Wolf's Dragoons arrived on the scene in 3004. She retained this status until her death in 3057 at the age of 84.
- The Metal Gear series has its fair share. Especially in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots where Solid Snake, despite having aged to the appearance of an elderly man, still has a fairly muscular body and an extremely prominent, well-sculpted ass. Likewise, Ocelot, who is in his 70s, also turns out to be fairly well built.
- Assassin's Creed: Ezio in Assassin's Creed: Revelations. He's 53 and still running around preforming rooftop acrobatics and charming his new love interest, who's almost 20 years younger than he is.
- Lee Chaolan of Tekken. Very much a white haired Bishōnen in his youth, he's now pushing 50 as of late and is still as Biseinen as they get, even giving younger pretty boys like Jin, Hwoarang, and Lars a run for their money. Lee's In-Series Nickname, fittingly enough, is the "Silver-Haired Demon/Devil."
- Dragon Age:
- Wynne from Dragon Age: Origins, Zevran doesn't hesitate to flirt with her and comment on her "magical bosom". Wynne, who's old enough to be his mother, is not amused. Oghren and even (in a DLC) Alistair flirt with her, too.
- First-Enchanter Orsino of Dragon Age II (though he's apparently a bit younger than he looks). The fighting chops he shows against the qunari don't hurt.
- Flemeth from Dragon Age II, having upgraded from plain burlap-sack clothes and a gaunt, haggard appearance in the first game to this◊ in the second.
- In Dragon Age: Inquisition, this gets dialed back a bit - she keeps the body, but her face is visibly older in appearance than it was in the second game.
- The Illusive Man, of Mass Effect 2 and 3, is intelligent, charming, and looks like he's in his mid-fifties in spite of being over seventy years old (justified, considering the long lifespans of humans in the game and Cerberus's emphasis on genetic modification). Bonus points for his concept art resembling Anderson Cooper.
- Dante himself certainly counts as of Devil May Cry 5, moreso after shaving that scraggly beard off.
- And we can add Vergil to the list too.
- Mortal Kombat X has Johnny Cage. Despite having some grey in his hair post the time skip, due to the improved animation and character modelling (for starters, the female faces are much better this time around), he arguably looks better than he did as a younger man in 9. An argumenteven breaks out between his daughter Cassie and her best friend Jacqui in a match intro because of the latter noticing this.
- Soldier 76, who is always seen with his mask on. While he was already quite the looker when he was the Strike-Commander of Overwatch◊, two of his Legendary skins, particularly Commando: 76, show that he's still pretty easy on the eyes despite aging.
- Reinhardt is the oldest playable character in Overwatch at 61, but he's still as muscular and handsome as he was in his youth. This is lampshaded by Ana, who's surprised by how well he's aged in an in-game conversation.
- Australian Task Force 29 director Jim Miller, of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, is in his late forties and graying at the sides but still has a rugged, handsome look to him and looks quite suave in his off-mission suit◊. It helps that, according to Word of God, his appearance was based off of Roy Batty from Blade Runner.
- Galzus from Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 is remarked as quite handasome despite being older than many.
- Although Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher cheats a bit by being Really 700 Years Old he does look in his early forties and his totally white hair absolutely makes him a Silver Fox, or White Wolf. That said, a few people might be put off his shirtless scenes by the fact his torso and arms are covered in savage looking scars from where he has been slashed and bitten. Monster slaying isn't all glamour.
- In Total War: Shogun 2, a Geisha or Shirabyoshi agent can still be seducing twenty-something enemy generals well into their fifties, sixties or even seventies, and will probably even be more effective at it than a much younger woman.
- General Tarquin from The Order of the Stick. Haley sees him as evidence that his son, Elan, is still going to be attractive in his middle age. Although, here, it is Informed Attractiveness, since it's a Stick-Figure Comic.
- Questionable Content:
- Dora squees upon meeting Marten's father (who looks almost exactly like a silver-haired version of his son), saying that Marten will look so hot when he goes gray.
- Jim the bakery owner is more salt-and-pepper than outright silver, but is still romantically active and repeatedly mentioned to be quite cute. He even dates Dora after her breakup with Marten, though they decide on the first date that they're better off friends.
- Niels by Humon brings us our favorite super secret soldier, Agent 250. He's in his mid-fifties, and the only real clue to his age are the slight wrinkles under his eyes and his hair, which is light gray at the roots and dark gray on top. Despite this, he's as buff and sprightly as a man half his age, and could easily pass as one if his hair weren't gray. Let's just say there's a reason he's in a relationship.
- Though she's not a main character of Zodiac, Cancer's grandmother Natalia Hain is in very good shape for her age.
- Maggie of Erfworld. Grey hair, grey skin, wrinkled — but can still work a miniskirt. The physical properties of Erfworld help: a person's physical appearance (or "signamancy") is in large part defined by their personality, view of themselves, and emotional state. Since Maggie met Parson, she found a new purpose in life (and possibly developed a crush on him), as a result her appearance has been growing more attractive and even a bit more youthful.
- King Urtica in Exiern, despite his white hair and beard, is revealed to still have a very well muscled and defined chest and six pack. Not to mention his "come to bed" eyes and smile.
- In The Nostalgia Critic's review of Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer he insists that he's not into old women, but if you took like, two wrinkles out of Grandma's face, change the hair and glasses, "She's kind of a bombshell!"
- In Twelve Hundred Ghosts Scrooge yelling at Bob Cratchit over stealing coal transitions into Bob thinking it was the hottest thing he'd ever seen.
- On Batman Beyond, Talia allows an aged Bruce to use one of her father's old Lazarus Pits, but specifically leaves some of his hair gray to look more distinguished. Ra's Al-Ghul himself went for the same look. Which makes sense, since Bruce is actually being groomed as his new body...
- Voltron: Legendary Defender: King Alfor's white hair seems to be a hereditary trait as opposed to being a sign of age (since he's had it since youth, as does his daughter Allura). Still, this doesn't stop him from being drawn fit and handsome even in older age.
- Gravity Falls has the "hunkles," Stan and Ford, with the latter in particular drawn more conventionally attractive than most of the other male characters. This is more a fan reaction than something noted in the show, but it's received some Fandom Nods in tie-in materials, such as the special edition of Gravity Falls: Journal 3, where Ford writes a note to "figure out what a 'Silver Fox' is and why everyone keeps calling me one."
- Only implied by Flowerbell about Papa Smurf in The Smurfs episode "Papa's Wedding Day" when she's trying to win his heart. As hinted in one of The Smurfs comic book one-page gags, strip away Papa Smurf's beard and he would look no different in appearance from an ordinary male Smurf.
- Archer: Season 7 introduces Veronica Deane, a 50-something movie star who's attractive enough that every man in the office comments on it, including Ray.
Ray: She almost makes me Q my G.explanation
- Mrs. Anna Twombly from Littlest Pet Shop (2012). Aside from her glasses and grayed hair, she looks no different than her younger self shown in "Lotsa Luck!". A few male characters have flirted with her.
- Sylvia Sundew from Amphibia is is in a good shape despite being an elderly frog, and both Hop Pop and Monroe find her very attractive. In "Family Fishing Trip", even Sprig gets distracted by her flowing hair.