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The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time  

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List Rules Characters that are both old and elderly in appearance. No young looking vampires or Van Hohenheim types.

You should always respect your elders, and in the world of anime that saying is no exception. The usual portrayal of old people in anime is that of the sagely, still powerful fighter who the antagonist learns all his skills from, especially in Shonen anime. Elderly anime characters like Master Roshi (DBZ), Jiraiya (Naruto), and Genkai (Yu-Yu-Hakusho) all exemplify this. Then there are the old anime characters that are still more powerful in their old age than most other characters in the show. This is best demonstrated by the great Whitebeard in One Piece, who at 72 years of age showed the world why he was the strongest man in the world.

Who is your favorite anime geezer? Let us know by voting up your favorites on the poll below. Anime grandpas and grandmas are fair game, as long as they are elderly looking.
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Sophie Hatter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
BrightEyesx added Howl's Moving Castle

(When Cursed She Is 90)

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Joseph Joestar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
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Walter C. Dornez is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
DanielWarren added Hellsing Ultimate: Vol. 1, Hellsing
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Yubaba is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
BrightEyesx added Spirited Away

Zeniba's Evil Twin Sister.

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King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Ahmed Maklad added
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Rō Kaiōshin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Ahmed Maklad added Dragon Ball Z
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Dr. Briefs is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Son Goku added Dragon Ball Z, Plan to Destroy the Saiya-jin, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan
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Hayato Fūrinji is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple
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Ox-King is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Son Goku added Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks, Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
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Danzo Shimura is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Utkan Aktaş added Naruto Shippūden, Ninja World
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Sugoroku Mutou is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Ahmed Maklad added Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!
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Happosai is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Ranma ½
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Seijûrô Hiko is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal, Director's Cut
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Pan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Son Goku added Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT, Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy
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Genji Kamogawa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Hajime no Ippo