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The Best Elderly Anime Characters of All Time

Updated March 27, 2020 57.9k votes 7.6k voters 43.6k views42 items

List RulesCharacters 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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  • Whitebeard1
    2,018
    691

    Whitebeard

    One Piece
  • Zeff2
    1,725
    663
  • Master Roshi3
    2,422
    794

    Master Roshi

    Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball: The Path to Power
  • Monkey D. Garp4
    1,370
    657

    Monkey D. Garp

    One Piece Film: Strong World
  • Hiruzen Sarutobi5
    2,467
    916
  • Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryūsai6
    2,116
    750
  • Makarov Dreyar7
    2,305
    871

    Makarov Dreyar

  • Netero8
    1,874
    616

    Netero

    Hunter X Hunter
  • Silver Fang9
    1,748
    563

    Silver Fang

  • Onoki10
    1,461
    641

    Onoki

    Naruto Shippuden
  • Chiyo11
    1,532
    674

    Chiyo

    Naruto Shippūden
  • Hagoromo Otsutsuki12
    1,033
    469

    Hagoromo Otsutsuki

  • Silvers Rayleigh13
    87
    17

    Silvers Rayleigh

    One Piece
  • Orochimaru14
    1,421
    704

    Orochimaru

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • Genkai15
    1,298
    610
  • King Bradley16
    807
    375

    King Bradley

    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  • Sophie Hatter17
    237
    116

    Sophie Hatter

    Howl's Moving Castle

    (When Cursed She Is 90)

  • Madara Uchiha18
    1,273
    693

    Madara Uchiha

    Naruto Shippūden
  • Zeniba19
    271
    143

    Zeniba

    Spiritied Away

    Yubaba's Kind Hearted Twin Sister.

  • Kaede20
    1,121
    555

    Kaede

    Inuyasha, Inuyasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time
  • Kami21
    978
    632

    Kami

    Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z
  • Porlyusica22
    948
    508
  • 23
    425
    254

    Recovery Girl

    My Hero Academia 

  • Joseph Joestar24
    497
    361

    Joseph Joestar

    JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
  • Yubaba25
    210
    143

    Yubaba

    Spirited Away

    Zeniba's Evil Twin Sister.