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Basic Trope: The archetypal grandmother

  • Straight: Granny Smith lives in a small cottage with her two cats. She spends much of her time knitting, and baking delicious treats for her grandchildren when they come to visit (or when she visits them). She wears a shawl (which she knitted herself), and she wears her hair in a tight bun.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Granny Smith never leaves her rocking chair. She's always sitting in it and knitting all the time.
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    • Granny Smith never leaves her kitchen. She always cooks or bakes. If she has a break, it's for knitting.
  • Downplayed: Granny Smith is briefly seen and mentioned as being a very good cook, or having a passion for knitting, but no one really knows what she's like beyond that.
  • Justified: Granny Smith learned to cook and knit as many a girl did in her youth, and embraces those hobbies, especially as she is getting older and slowing down.
  • Inverted: Granny Smith dyes her hair a rich shade of blue, rides a motorcycle, and is always up for adventures. She can't cook to save her life, and does not knit or do any other textile work. Instead of a cat, she has a large dog.
  • Subverted:
    • Granny Smith looks like a cute elderly woman but she has a few... inappropriate stories of her wild youth, which she is not above sharing at Thanksgiving dinner after a few too many glasses of wine.
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    • Granny Smith looks like a nice grandma who adores her grandchildren, but it turns out she's like this only in her first appearance. At home, she's always grouchy and bitter.
  • Parodied: Grace Smith is a modern woman in her early forties, working in an office and having an active social life with lots of eating out, doing sports, travelling, seeing friends etc. The minute her son calls her and informs her she's a new grandma, Grace turns into Granny Smith. Her hair turns grey instantly, she wears a bun and a scarf. She starts sitting in a rocking chair and begins to knit clothes for the baby.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Granny Smith acts like a stereotypical granma: she knits, she cooks, she bakes sometimes, she does not.
  • Averted: There is no grandma in the story.
  • Exploited: A Con Artist takes advantage of Granny Smith's warm and trusting nature.
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  • Defied: Granny Smith decides she isn't going to let age slow her down, or partake of hobbies she isn't really interested in just because society says she is "supposed to."

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