Anime Underground 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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Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Jiraiya Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

2
1,025 347
Hiruzen Sarutobi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time

3
881 343
Tsunade is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Tsunade Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

4
973 394
Makarov Dreyar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time

5
886 349
Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryūsai is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time

6
979 399
Master Roshi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Master Roshi Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball: The Path to Power, Dragonball Evolution

7
814 326
Edward Newgate is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Whitebeard One Piece

8
523 201
Silver Fang is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Silver Fang

9
547 217
Onoki is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Son Goku added Onoki Naruto Shippuden

10
638 273
Chiyo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Chiyo Naruto Shippūden

11
620 273
Netero is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
John Francis added Netero Hunter X Hunter

12
528 229
Kaede is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Son Goku added Kaede Inuyasha, Inuyasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

13
581 294
Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Orochimaru Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

14
576 306
Genkai is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time

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566 308
Monkey D. Garp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Monkey D. Garp One Piece Film: Strong World

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329 167
Zeff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
evy2526 added Zeff

17
402 234
Porlyusica is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Porlyusica

18
398 239
Hagoromo Otsutsuki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Hagoromo Otsutsuki

19
522 351
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

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470 374
Kami is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Son Goku added Kami Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone

21
439 354
Professor Oak / Professor Samu... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time

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143 75
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Shannibal23 added King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

23
351 296
Grandpa Gohan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Son Goku added Grandpa Gohan Dragonball Evolution, Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins, Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku

24
227 182
Daisuke Aramaki is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Daisuke Aramaki Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Ghost in the Shell

25
233 232
Rō Kaiōshin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Ahmed Maklad added Rō Kaiōshin Dragon Ball Z

26
279 293
Watari is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Watari Death Note, Death Note

27
230 235
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Ahmed Maklad added King Piccolo

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222 232
Yoshimura is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Yoshimura Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster

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235 283
Danzo Shimura is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Utkan Aktaş added Danzo Shimura Naruto Shippūden, Ninja World

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41 13
Walter C. Dornez is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
DanielWarren added Walter C. Dornez Hellsing Ultimate: Vol. 1, Hellsing

31
182 215
Hayato Fūrinji is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Hayato Fūrinji Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple

32
116 125
Elda Marker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Elda Marker

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187 234
Ox-King is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Son Goku added Ox-King Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks, Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!

34
197 265
Sugoroku Mutou is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Ahmed Maklad added Sugoroku Mutou Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!

35
162 218
Dr. Briefs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Son Goku added Dr. Briefs Dragon Ball Z, Plan to Destroy the Saiya-jin, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

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70 89
Recovery Girl is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
William Hakes added Recovery Girl My Hero Academia 

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116 167
Nurarihyon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Nurarihyon Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan

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126 191
Joseph Joestar is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Joseph Joestar JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

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111 166
Bookman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Bookman D.Gray-man

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111 171
Jinpachi Mishima is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Jinpachi Mishima Tekken Universe

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110 177
Master Asia is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Master Asia

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87 164
Cologne is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Cologne Ranma ½

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75 152
Tsuru is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time

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82 175
Pan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Son Goku added Pan Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT, Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy

45
71 159
Master Yupa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Master Yupa Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

46
62 143
Seijûrô Hiko is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Seijûrô Hiko Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal^! Director's Cut

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61 142
Sakae Jinnouchi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Sakae Jinnouchi Summer Wars

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64 157
Happosai is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
Happosai Ranma ½

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43 118
Master Shen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Master Shen Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure

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47 127
Lordgenome is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time