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26th Jan '17 12:29:07 PM lued123
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26th Jan '17 12:27:43 PM lued123
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* RavenHairIvorySkin: In [[OlderThanSteam older times]], pale skin was a sign of wealth and therefore highly attractive: most working-class people worked outside for long periods, developing tans, while affluent noble-types stayed indoors, staying fair-skinned. Then, as beach culture became more popular, pale was out and made way for the DarkSkinnedBlond during the 60's, 70's, and later the 90's and the '00s. But then the increasing awareness of skin cancer made tanning less popular - and the bottled "fake tans" that came out as a result looked, well, fake and made people who used them seem oblivious and trashy. Combine that with the rise in the Goth subculture and its embrace of the '50s pin-up girl image, and pale and dark-haired came back in fashion although lighter is favored nowadays.

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* RavenHairIvorySkin: In [[OlderThanSteam older times]], pale skin was a sign of wealth and therefore highly attractive: most working-class people worked outside for long periods, developing tans, while affluent noble-types stayed indoors, staying fair-skinned. Then, as beach culture became more popular, pale was out and made way for the DarkSkinnedBlond during the 60's, 70's, and later the 90's and the '00s. But then the increasing awareness of skin cancer made tanning less popular - and the bottled "fake tans" that came out as a result looked, well, fake and made people who used them seem oblivious and trashy. Combine that with the rise in the Goth subculture and its embrace of the '50s pin-up girl image, and pale and dark-haired came back in fashion although lighter is favored nowadays.in the 2010s.



* SeldomSeenSpecies: Some species are more seldom seen in the media of some cultures and in some time periods and than others.

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* SeldomSeenSpecies: Some species are more seldom seen in the media of some cultures and in some time periods and than others.



* SmokingIsCool: In the 1920s, when most Americans wouldn't even ''drink'', smoking a cigarette was thought to be rebellious - even countercultural - both by those who engaged in it and those who disapproved of it. As a result, it became "cool" to smoke [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority precisely because it offended so many people]]. A generation later, in the 1940s, [[EverybodySmokes smoking had become so commonplace]] that it was hard to believe it had ever been frowned upon - but [[TheManIsStickingItToTheMan the mass media still insisted on smoking being cool]]. Then, a generation after ''that'', in the 1960s, it was confirmed that tobacco use led to lung cancer, so smoking became socially unacceptable again. Finally, in the 1980s cigarettes became regarded as classy once again. And while this trend lost favor in the 1990s, smoking ''cigars'' enjoyed a revival of popularity among young hipsters, perhaps as a thumb to the eye of PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad. Since then, smoking in general has gradually regained popularity in media devoted to adults, as a way to indicate that a character is rebellious or carefree - although it's still viewed with suspicion and disdain in the larger society, although the emergence of smokeless tobacco and the like has made smoking somewhat more acceptable.

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* SmokingIsCool: In the 1920s, when most Americans wouldn't even ''drink'', smoking a cigarette was thought to be rebellious - even countercultural - both by those who engaged in it and those who disapproved of it. As a result, it became "cool" to smoke [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority precisely because it offended so many people]]. A generation later, in the 1940s, [[EverybodySmokes smoking had become so commonplace]] that it was hard to believe it had ever been frowned upon - but [[TheManIsStickingItToTheMan the mass media still insisted on smoking being cool]]. Then, a generation after ''that'', in the 1960s, it was confirmed that tobacco use led to lung cancer, so smoking became socially unacceptable again. Finally, in In the 1980s cigarettes became regarded as classy once again. And while this trend lost favor in the 1990s, smoking ''cigars'' enjoyed a revival of popularity among young hipsters, perhaps as a thumb to the eye of PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad. Since then, smoking in general has gradually regained popularity in media devoted to adults, as a way to indicate that a character is rebellious or carefree - although it's still viewed with suspicion and disdain in the larger society, although the emergence of smokeless tobacco and the like has made smoking somewhat more acceptable.
5th Dec '16 1:27:19 PM Morgenthaler
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* TheAllegedCar: Depending on the decade, economy/electric cars are either seen as the sign of a thoughtful, world-conscious protagonist or a slick street racing enthusiast, or effeminate crap made by Evil Foreigners out to destroy America, and worshipped by cash-strapped nerds. For larger cars, the driver will either be a nail-biting {{Badass}} or a thoughtless conservative who hates the enviroment almost as much as they hate themselves.

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* TheAllegedCar: Depending on the decade, economy/electric cars are either seen as the sign of a thoughtful, world-conscious protagonist or a slick street racing enthusiast, or effeminate crap made by Evil Foreigners out to destroy America, and worshipped by cash-strapped nerds. For larger cars, the driver will either be a nail-biting {{Badass}} badass or a thoughtless conservative who hates the enviroment almost as much as they hate themselves.
25th Nov '16 2:14:34 PM thecarolinabull01
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* RealWomenHaveCurves: The attitude that a woman is more "realistic" if she's heavier than the norm. Thanks to shifting ideals about body type, this one keeps coming and going.

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* RealWomenHaveCurves: The attitude that a woman is more "realistic" if she's heavier than the norm. Thanks to shifting ideals about body type, type (along with some people claiming that it encourages obesity), this one keeps coming and going.
10th Nov '16 10:33:49 AM rjd1922
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* SpaceOpera/: The SciFi genre cycles between favoring tongue in cheek seriocomic space adventures or more cerebral, serious, thought provoking stories. It really depends on which one the public tires of at the time. Serious science fiction of the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' style with social commentary and realistic science was popular until ''Franchise/StarWars'' came along. After the conclusion of that trilogy (along with its imitators), more introspective scifi became popular again, especially with ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Now SFX action romps are popular again now that technology has caught up. It is observed that whenever ''Star Trek'' style sci-fi is in vogue, it invariably goes unnoticed by the mainstream but neverthless enjoys a cult following among serious SF fans.

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* SpaceOpera/: SpaceOpera: The SciFi genre cycles between favoring tongue in cheek seriocomic space adventures or more cerebral, serious, thought provoking stories. It really depends on which one the public tires of at the time. Serious science fiction of the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' style with social commentary and realistic science was popular until ''Franchise/StarWars'' came along. After the conclusion of that trilogy (along with its imitators), more introspective scifi became popular again, especially with ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Now SFX action romps are popular again now that technology has caught up. It is observed that whenever ''Star Trek'' style sci-fi is in vogue, it invariably goes unnoticed by the mainstream but neverthless enjoys a cult following among serious SF fans.
21st Oct '16 12:56:07 PM ZombieAladdin
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* CantArgueWithElves / ScrewYouElves: As discussed in the [[Headscratchers/ScrewYouElves Headscratchers]] section for the latter, both tropes cycle with each other. For example: many fantasy stories (''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'') use the CantArgueWithElves trope, human audiences get bored of being continually condescended by arrogant magical races, so ScrewYouElves becomes popular (''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}''). Many fantasy stories use the ScrewYouElves trope, and humans appear too arrogant and foolhardy, so CantArgueWithElves becomes popular again (''Film/{{Avatar}}''). Eventually, we'll likely end up with a kind of {{reconstruction}} where fantasy elves combine a mixture of traits according to [[AuthorAppeal how the author feels about elves]] (''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'').



* RealIsBrown: In the FirstPersonShooter genre, there seems to be a constant cycle between grim and gritty realistic-looking tactical military shooters, and colorful cartoonish ones, which swings back and forth based on whichever the last big successful release was... eg. from cartoonish games early on when that was all the hardware could handle, to realistic ones as they became possible, to cartoonish ones following ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', to realistic ones following the success of the later ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' entries, back towards a more cartoonish look following the success of ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}''.



* TokenMinority: into TokenWhite

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* TokenMinority: into TokenWhiteStrawmanPolitical and StrawFeminist: While Strawmen Political has always been a part of the landscape of fiction, trends in what they represent will vary with the times depending on the social climate of whenever the work was made. The Straw Feminist is a specific case of this, with women's issues taking the forefront during certain decades but not others, causing there to be more Straw Feminists in the media of its time. In the United States, for instance, they popped up during the suffragist and temperance movements in the 30's and 40's, again during the Civil Rights Era of the 60's and 70's, and again in TheNewTens in conjunction to the decade's "alt-right" anti-feminism.



* TokenMinority: into TokenWhite



* CantArgueWithElves / ScrewYouElves: As discussed in the [[Headscratchers/ScrewYouElves Headscratchers]] section for the latter, both tropes cycle with each other. For example: many fantasy stories (''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'') use the CantArgueWithElves trope, human audiences get bored of being continually condescended by arrogant magical races, so ScrewYouElves becomes popular (''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}''). Many fantasy stories use the ScrewYouElves trope, and humans appear too arrogant and foolhardy, so CantArgueWithElves becomes popular again (''Film/{{Avatar}}''). Eventually, we'll likely end up with a kind of {{reconstruction}} where fantasy elves combine a mixture of traits according to [[AuthorAppeal how the author feels about elves]] (''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'').
* In the FirstPersonShooter genre, there seems to be a constant cycle between grim and gritty RealIsBrown realistic-looking tactical military shooters, and colorful cartoonish ones, which swings back and forth based on whichever the last big successful release was... eg. from cartoonish games early on when that was all the hardware could handle, to realistic ones as they became possible, to cartoonish ones following ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', to realistic ones following the success of the later ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' entries, back towards a more cartoonish look following the success of ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}''.
20th Jul '16 7:11:00 AM Josef5678
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* SpaceOpera/[[StarTrek Space Trek]]: The SciFi genre cycles between favoring tongue in cheek seriocomic space adventures or more cerebral, serious, thought provoking stories. It really depends on which one the public tires of at the time. Serious science fiction of the ''StarTrek'' style with social commentary and realistic science was popular until ''StarWars'' came along. After the conclusion of that trilogy (along with its imitators), more introspective scifi became popular again, especially with ''StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Now SFX action romps are popular again now that technology has caught up. It is observed that whenever ''StarTrek'' style sci-fi is in vogue, it invariably goes unnoticed by the mainstream but neverthless enjoys a cult following among serious SF fans.

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* SpaceOpera/[[StarTrek Space Trek]]: SpaceOpera/: The SciFi genre cycles between favoring tongue in cheek seriocomic space adventures or more cerebral, serious, thought provoking stories. It really depends on which one the public tires of at the time. Serious science fiction of the ''StarTrek'' ''Franchise/StarTrek'' style with social commentary and realistic science was popular until ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' came along. After the conclusion of that trilogy (along with its imitators), more introspective scifi became popular again, especially with ''StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Now SFX action romps are popular again now that technology has caught up. It is observed that whenever ''StarTrek'' ''Star Trek'' style sci-fi is in vogue, it invariably goes unnoticed by the mainstream but neverthless enjoys a cult following among serious SF fans.
20th Jul '16 6:09:35 AM avon
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* SpaceOpera/[[StarTrek Space Trek]]: The SciFi genre cycles between favoring tongue in cheek seriocomic space adventures or more cerebral, serious, thought provoking stories. It really depends on which one the public tires of at the time. Serious science fiction of the ''StarTrek'' style with social commentary and realistic science was popular until ''StarWars'' came along. After the conclusion of that trilogy (along with its imitators), more introspective scifi became popular again, especially with ''StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Now SFX action romps are popular again now that technology has caught up. It is observed that whenever ''StarTrek'' style sci-fi is in vogue, it invariably goes unnoticed by the mainstream but neverthless enjoys a cult following among serious SF fans.
2nd Jun '16 12:14:12 PM Josef5678
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* In the FirstPersonShooter genre, there seems to be a constant cycle between grim and gritty RealIsBrown realistic-looking tactical military shooters, and colorful cartoonish ones, which swings back and forth based on whichever the last big successful release was... eg. from cartoonish games early on when that was all the hardware could handle, to realistic ones as they became possible, to cartoonish ones following VideoGame/TeamFortress2, to realistic ones following the success of the later VideoGame/CallOfDuty entries, back towards a more cartoonish look following the success of VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}.

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* In the FirstPersonShooter genre, there seems to be a constant cycle between grim and gritty RealIsBrown realistic-looking tactical military shooters, and colorful cartoonish ones, which swings back and forth based on whichever the last big successful release was... eg. from cartoonish games early on when that was all the hardware could handle, to realistic ones as they became possible, to cartoonish ones following VideoGame/TeamFortress2, ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', to realistic ones following the success of the later VideoGame/CallOfDuty ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' entries, back towards a more cartoonish look following the success of VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}.''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}''.
2nd Jun '16 1:06:28 AM Aquillion
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* In the FirstPersonShooter genre, there seems to be a constant cycle between grim and gritty RealIsBrown realistic-looking tactical military shooters, and colorful cartoonish ones, which swings back and forth based on whichever the last big successful release was... eg. from cartoonish games early on when that was all the hardware could handle, to realistic ones as they became possible, to cartoonish ones following VideoGame/TeamFortress2, to realistic ones following the success of the later VideoGame/CallOfDuty entries, back towards a more cartoonish look following the success of VideoGame/Overwatch.

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* In the FirstPersonShooter genre, there seems to be a constant cycle between grim and gritty RealIsBrown realistic-looking tactical military shooters, and colorful cartoonish ones, which swings back and forth based on whichever the last big successful release was... eg. from cartoonish games early on when that was all the hardware could handle, to realistic ones as they became possible, to cartoonish ones following VideoGame/TeamFortress2, to realistic ones following the success of the later VideoGame/CallOfDuty entries, back towards a more cartoonish look following the success of VideoGame/Overwatch.VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}.
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