Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!

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"Some women are simply sexy forever. Helen Mirren is a woman like that. She's 64. As she enters her 70s, we'll begin to develop a fondness for sexy septuagenarians."

For most people, their looks fade somewhat as they get older, being only appreciated by their long-term loves.

However, there are exceptions to every rule. Sometimes, Grandma or Grandpa (despite the name, this trope applies to either gender) ages like wine. Cut off point is generally 50, but they do not actually have to have kids or grandkids.

Does not count for immortal or ageless characters.

Compare Hot Mom, Stacy's Mom and Silver Fox, with which this can overlap.

Contrast with I Was Quite a Looker. See also Christmas Cake, and Likes Older Women. When adding examples, avoid people who are Hollywood Old. They must be visibly old for the trope to be in effect. Do not confuse with Older Than They Look, or its extreme counterpart, Really Seven Hundred Years Old, unless they look old to a normal person despite being far older than that would imply on its own. See also Grande Dame. For elderly female characters who are more noted for concupiscence than attractiveness, see Dirty Old Woman.

No real life examples, please; we'd never reach an agreement! However, feel free to go to Creators' pages and add this trope there.

Examples of Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have! include:

Anime and Manga

  • Somewhat strangely, a subversion of this occurs in the Distant Finale of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Almost everyone who was older after the first timeskip looks like they aged rather badly, with Rossiu and Simon getting the worst of it, and apparently this happened to Yoko as well, so much so her face is probably not seen in this segment because like her figure (which seems to have taken the ravages of time less well then expected), it's gone downhill rather badly. The only ones who seem to have been immune to this were the ones who were still young after the first timeskip and Leeron (who is far too fabulous to age).
  • 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.
    • Shakky also counts here. She tells Luffy that she was chased by Garp in the past, but she gave up being a pirate forty years ago. Makes you wonder how old she is.
      • Shakky is also seen in a flashback, and over the years doesn't seem to have aged a day.
  • Dragonball Z has Bulma's mom, and eventually Chichi. Bulma herself too, if you count Dragonball GT.
  • Similar to |Sanae, Lindy of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha is actually fairly young, with estimates for her current age as of StrikerS being somewhere in her mid to late forties (her actual age is never given, but side materials mentioned that she was in her early to mid twenties when her husband died). However, as of the third season, she currently has up to five grandkids through both Chrono and Fate and she still looks as hot as she did before the Time Skip.
  • In Full Metal Panic!, Gauron (not so much in the anime, but in the "Sigma" manga) looks rather rugged and handsome, despite being at least 50.
    • Or, for those of us who don't like them Ax Crazy, there's also silver-haired Cool Old Guy Andrei Kalinin.
  • Joseph Joestar [dead link] in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, part 3. Preeow.

Joseph: That's a picture. Of me. Sitting on a couch. With my legs spread open. Naked. This picture was on the cover of GDILFs Magazine's 'Top Ten Sexiest, Most F*** able Grandpas'. I was number one. Beating both Monkey D. Garp from One Piece, and Uncle Iroh from Avatar.
D'Arby: that picture?
Joseph: VERY...very...recent.

    • And his grandson Jotaro as a father looks younger than he was as a high-school student, and looks good in snakeskin pants.
  • Fujimoto from Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. Even though his age isn't specified, he seems old enough to qualify.
  • Balalaika, the leader of Hotel Moscow from Black Lagoon, is one of the oldest characters in the regular cast (save possibly Sister Yolanda from the Church of Violence), but is still attractive, even with half of her face scarred all to hell.
  • While most of the adult women in Umineko no Naku Koro ni are quite attractive, Eva probably takes the cake. She's got to be at least 50 and she doesn't look a day over 30. Probably doesn't hurt that she's mastered numerous martial arts and kept her figure extremely fit. This is particularly notable in episode 19 of the anime during a scene that shows her and little Ange at a fancy dinner party, seen here. Oddly enough, only twelve years after the Rokkenjima incident we see that she's aged like a zombie, possibly due to the fact that she developed a heart condition that eventually kills her.
  • Hellsing has Walter who is a Stupid Sexy Flanders to many fans, despite being at least in his late 60s. Also Integra after the Time Skip; the narration even mentions it.
    • In universe, Alucard has a thing for older people, saying that people like the Queen and Integra become truly beautiful when they are elderly, and that Walter's body was "a trillion times more beautiful" before it was rejuvenated by vampirism. Although Alucard's feelings are at least partially based off of envy that humans can age and die naturally.
  • In Change 123, Motoko's grandmother doesn't look a day over 40.
  • Grandpa Rome from Axis Powers Hetalia, who looks only a few years older than the rest of the cast. Lampshaded in the English dub:

Narrator: "For a while, Italy spent his time drawing and singing with his unusually handsome grandfather."

    • It seems to be the anime only- In the manga, he appears to be an old man while he's with Chibitalia. Only when he dies, he's young again, such as when he's visiting Italy (and Germany) from heaven.
    • Grandmano from the Hetaween 2011 event. Subverted as Romano isn't really old, but is dressed as a grandmother. YMMV as to whether it's Grandma or Grandpa, however.
  • Tsunade from Naruto is of an age with Jiraiya (early 50s), but looks 30, by using a transformation jutsu. Also falls under the Vain Sorceress trope. She looks far older than she is when she's not using her transformation jutsu, and looks about 70.
  • Thorkell the Tall from Vinland Saga.
  • Sanae and Akio Furukawa from Clannad have a daughter who is already a Hot Mom but the two never ever seem to age. Apparently, there doesn't seem to be any magic or anything supernatural involved. Considering the type of show it is this makes a certain amount of sense, and the only people who ever age are the wise grandfatherly types.
  • Leesha, the Commander of the Saint exploration ship in Mahoromatic, looks rather youthful and and attractive, even though she is old enough to be Suguru's grandmother. In actual fact, she is his grandmother.
  • Yandere Kanojo has Manabu's grandfather, who is portrayed as absurdly charming. It's also implied that he still successful bar hops for women.

Comic Books

  • The Ultimate Marvel version of Aunt May.
  • Gold Digger has Julia Diggers, who's in her 50s but looks very good for her age due to constantly working out before getting an effective age downgrade. Then there's her mother, Brunhildigard, who if you like the buff types...
    • Her husband Theodore is in equally 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.
  • Old Bruce Wayne in The Dark Knight Returns certainly still holds the appeal he always had.
  • Jacob Kane, father of Kate Kane, the modern Batwoman, is in at least his 50s or 60s but is still pretty good looking. It probably helps that he's a career Army Colonel.


  • Mimi Rogers, in 2004's The Door in the Floor. This 50+ beauty appears alongside a still-got-it Kim Basinger - who was born in December 1953 (58 yo).
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Aunt May -- called simply "May" by Peter and the target of Happy Hogan's infatuation, played by Marisa Tomei.


  • The author introduction to The Worlds of Robert Heinlein predicts that future advances in cosmetics and plastic surgery will result in a society full of hot grandmas.
    • Not to mention many of Heinlein's later works where many aging characters undergo 'rejuvenation' to regain youthful bodies.
  • 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!
  • Belgarath in The Belgariad 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.
  • Kinsey Millhone definitely thinks her landlord Henry, who is around eighty, is very sexy.
  • In the 1632 series, Ruy Sanchez de Casador y Ortiz is somewhere in the vicinity of sixty, but with a better physique than many thirty-something athletes of the 20th century. His face isn't quite as handsome as Ricardo Montalban's. On top of the physical charms, he's brave, clever, and (intentionally) funny. It's not surprising anymore that an "uptime" woman who's literally young enough to be his daughter falls in love with him.

Live-Action TV

  • Agnes Moorehead's Endora in Bewitched. Creepy, yes; kooky, yes. But hot, nevertheless.
    • Ironic, too, because in her youth, Moorehead usually played very dowdy and matronly characters.
  • Paul Lassiter's mother in Spin City. Paul is baffled by all the attention she gets until the other guys point out her sexiness, causing Paul to give her the head to toe. "OH MY GOD! I just checked out my own mother!" "And?" "She's a FREAKING HOTTIE!"
  • 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".
  • Battlestar Galactica:
    • President Laura Roslin
    • Admiral Adama is a Foxy Grandpa. Mrrow.
  • Several from NCIS:
    • Gibbs.
    • Jenny Shepherd.
    • David McCallum. He's almost eighty and Fan Girls' hearts still flutter. Well, he is Illya Kuryakin, after all.
  • Honor Blackman in the ITV sitcom The Upper Hand (and also in Real Life).
  • The actresses in so many pharmaceutical commercials now.
  • Theodore 'T-Bag' Bagwell from Prison Break.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Both Captain Picard and Doctor Crusher. It helps that Patrick Stewart was named "Sexiest Man on Television" by TV Guide in 1992, and Dr. Crusher (played by Gates McFadden) started out the series as a Hot Mom (she was only 38 in the first season), but by the end of the movies she definitely fits this trope.
  • Gemma from Sons of Anarchy, enough to be checked out and commented on by the much younger Prospect, Half-Sack.
  • In Mystery Science Theater 3000, Crow T. Robot falls for Estelle Winwood hard in the episode with The Magic Sword. Tom makes fun of him for it, but Joel gives his blessing.
  • Blanche Deveraux in The Golden Girls. And boy, does she take advantage of it.
  • Wheel of Fortune co-host Vanna White.
  • The titular character of Reba.
  • Susan Mayer's mother Sophie in Desperate Housewives, played by Lesley Ann Warren.
    • In the same show, Bree van de Kamp is coming from the Hot Mom territory to this one. Reinforced and lampshaded, in both ways, when, in the same time, she begun her menopausis (the grandma side) and get involved with the handsome, well-build and 15 years younger Keith, played by former teen star Brian Austin Green (the hot side). The parents of said Keith, who are barely older than her, could also qualify.
  • In CSI: NY Mac Taylor definitely fits this trope.
  • The Old Guys has several attractive older women as recurring characters, particularly Sally and "Sexy Barbara" the Hot Librarian.
  • Mona from Who's The Boss?.
  • Kyra Sedgwick's Brenda Leigh Johnson on The Closer.
  • Resident sex-bomb Rose from Keeping Up Appearances is portrayed by fifty-something Mary Millar and her age-defying legs.
  • The Sarah Jane Adventures had the titular Sarah Jane, also of Doctor Who fame, who remained heartbreakingly lovely until the day Elisabeth Sladen passed away, in spite of her battle with the cancer that claimed her life.
  • MythBusters has Jamie Hyneman. He's in great shape for being over fifty.
  • In 1971, then 38-year old Eileen Fulton had a clause put in her contract that her As the World Turns character Lisa could not become a grandmother (a clause which would remain in effect for some fifteen years), as she was involved in a number of romantic, front-burner storylines, and feared that if Lisa became a grandmother, she would "be put in an apron, sent to the kitchen and forgotten". In the mid-80s, when Lisa's on-screen daughter-in-law suffered a miscarriage on the show, viewers assumed it was due to Fulton's "no grandmother" clause, and the actress was inundated with hate mail.
  • Law and Order featured Sam Waterston as Jack McCoy. At the series' end, Waterston was 70 years old, but certainly didn't look like it.
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit explored this in an episode where an elderly woman was killed with a man of similar age on top of her. After he was cleared, the search led to a somewhat "unconventional" individual who just so happened to have a rather... titillating senior in waiting. It turned out the actual killer was the dead woman's daughter, who just so happened to be 30Rock's Jenna Maroney.
  • The Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode "Mac Bangs Dennis's Mom". The title pretty much says it all.
  • Lesley Ann Warren as Jinx Shannon in In Plain Sight. In her sixties, two adult daughters, alcoholic for 30+ years, and can still work a leotard.
  • Diana Rigg as Mrs Bradley in The Mrs Bradley Mysteries.

Newspaper Comics

  • Peanuts had a G-rated example in one storyline where Charlie Brown's attempt to introduce himself to the Little Red Haired Girl actually got him as far as her front door, only to be shocked when her grandmother answered; "Even her grandmother has red hair!" he exclaimed in his thoughts. He was only able to squeak out, "You're a cute grandmother!" before leaving with his face red in embarrassment.

Tabletop Games

  • Natasha Kerensky of the BattleTech universe may just be the epitome of this trope. She looked like this around the age of 80, after over 60 years in combat!

Video Games

  • Several characters in Fire Emblem, the most notable being Sean Connery-double Duessel and Big Boss-lookalike Lorenz.
  • In Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Snake, due to accelerated aging, looks like he's in his 60s, and he's still a Stupid Sexy Flanders. From the same game, Big Mama a.k.a. EVA is possibly the only woman in her 80s to pull off Absolute Cleavage without setting off massive Squick alarms.
    • What about "The Boss", in the same vein as Big Mama. That's pretty damn good for a woman pushing past middle-age. With a child. Delivered by C-Section. During the Invasion of NORMANDY.
      • The Boss is more of a MILF. Canonically she was born in 1922, which makes her 42 in the game. Not a bad age to still be attractive at, but not quite at this level yet.
      • Let's not forget Big Boss shall we.
      • The Sorrow has a massive amount of fangirls, despite the fact that he looks like a 70-year-old man.
  • Mainly it's because of the art style in Castlevania Aria of Sorrow, but Julius Belmont looks pretty damn fine for a 55 year old. Unfortunately, he looked like a damn Dwarf in Dawn.
  • Janus Hassildor, Count of Skingrad, possibly qualifies, as he is over 200 years old. Mind you, he's a vampire...
  • City of Heroes has a few. Statesman (pictured center in the title bar) fought in World War I. And then there's Sister Psyche (to Statesman's right), who can "mind-ride," inhabiting another person's body and stopping her aging; technically, she's over eighty years old.
  • Auron. Going by appearance he looks 50. He's actually 35. It also states that he died at 25, so that's including the time that he's been an unsent. Nonetheless, he certainly looks worn and craggy enough to qualify.
  • In Resident Evil 5, Albert Wesker is 48 years old (ten years older than he was in the first game). And most people admit he's damn hot.
  • Wynne from Dragon Age: Origins. It doesn't help that she is something of a badass.
  • In Dragon Age II, Flemeth drops the ragged old lady look that Morrigan and the Warden know her by and instead wears figure-clinging armor, has white horned hair and a generally cleaned-up face.
    • Not to mention Leandra Hawke. She looks roughly fifty, but is still a looker and has a figure not far off from that of her daughter Bethany - who is 18 when the story starts.
    • Even Snarky!Hawke thinks that Meredith looks somewhat attractive for her age.
  • In Mass Effect, Doctor Chakwas—despite having lived a long life, as she put it—is still very shapely. She's easily in her fifties.
    • If you take her service history into account, you'll realise that she has to be around 70 years old.
      • Fridge Brilliance: Of course that in the future, where genetic fixing and splicing is the norm and medicine is so much more advanced, people would have longer lifespans and look younger!
    • Asari don't seem to age nearly as much as humans. Samara can still pull off that Absolute Cleavage outfit at nearly a thousand.
  • The Eld Witch in A Witch's Tale manages to be both this and Nightmare Fuel.
  • The Medic from Team Fortress 2 may be old enough to be your dad and then some, but admit it, you'd still do him. I don't care if you're a straight man, you'd hit that.
    • And Sniper. Even though he looks like he's in his 40's, he's still hot! Heck, most of the cast is at least nearing middle age, and they all appeal to someone's fetish- there's Demoman, Soldier, Spy, Engineer, and Heavy, all with their own devoted group of fangirls and fanboys.
  • Ansem the Wise, Even/Vexen (minus the stupid expressions they give him, he is rather handsome!) and Master Eraqus from the Kingdom Hearts series. Also Xigbar. He has partially grey hair but that's no issue (and just look at Braig...).
  • The third Sengoku Basara introduces the character of Kobayakawa Hideaki, Mouri Motonari's grandson... his teenage grandson. Given that Motonari looks like a Bishonen in his early twenties, we can only assume both he and his child have mysteriously managed to father offspring at about age five.
    • Capcom have mentioned adoption around the topic of Kobayakawa and his granddad. Which begs the question - where are Mouri's sons?
  • Completely averted in the game Banjo-Kazooie, where the evil witch Grunty is portrayed as being an ugly, old woman, but played straight when you get a Game Over.
  • By Memetic Mutation only, the "old hags" of Touhou: Yukari Yakumo, Yuyuko Saigyouji, Eirin Yagokoro, Kanako Yasaka, and Byakuren Hijiri. The last of whom is pretty much canonically Fetish Fuel Unleaded, favoring a bondage-tastic Elegant Gothic Lolita dress and spells that emphasize her physical traits and beauty. Worth noting that all youkai in Touhou are drastically Older Than They Look unless otherwise specified.
    • Suwako Moriya plays this trope literally, being the ancestor of Sanae Kochiya, older than Gensokyo, and looking like a little grade school girl.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time: Twinrova's combined form. Link's reaction mirrors that of many players. Especially notable given how withered-looking Koume and Kotake are separately.
  • By the time Assassin's Creed: Revelations rolls around, Ezio Auditore is 52 and still swimming in fangirls both in and out of universe. Other examples from the series include Leonardo da Vinci, along with both Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad and his wife Maria Thorpe.
  • No More Heroes: Naomi, if sources connected to the games are to be believed, is actually 60 plus years old. You would never think to look at her!
  • One of the routes in Hatoful Boyfriend suggests that Dr. Shuu is probably about the same age as Ryouta's parents... and in Ryouta's route, it's mentioned that old age is a factor in his mother's failing health. Of course, considering he's still a bird, Dr. Shuu might still be chronologically younger than the heroine.

Web Comics

Web Original

  • Aaliyah Soldari from the Welcome to Omega serial novel most certainly fits the bill. Two hundred years old and still beautiful enough to make men faint.
  • Headmistress Elizabeth Carson of the Super-Hero School Whateley Academy in the Whateley Universe. She's in her 70s, and looks early- to mid-30s. She'd look like a movie starlet, but she's too authoritative.
  • The "Mature" section of Literotica takes this interesting places.

Western Animation

Real Life

  • In general, advances in healthcare as well as a greater awareness of the benefits of physical fitness since 1970 (in the United States, at least) have resulted in an overall pushback of the age at which one is considered (and looks) "old", leading to far more examples of this trope and Silver Fox among the population in the early 21st century than there were fifty years earlier.

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