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28th Apr '16 8:27:20 AM alnair20aug93
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* Male beauty standards change according to the zeitgeist of the era. It had been [[TheDandy dandy]] in the 1920s and 1930s; hard-boiled and strong in 1940s: ; [[AllAmericanBoy sporty]] and [[StandardFiftiesFather fatherly]] in the 1950s and early 1960s; {{Hunk}} in the 1970s and 80s; Metrosexual in TheNineties and the TurnOfTheMillennium, and {{Adorkable}} in TheNewTens.

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* Male beauty standards change according to the zeitgeist of the era. It had been [[TheDandy dandy]] in the 1920s and 1930s; hard-boiled and strong in 1940s: ; [[AllAmericanBoy [[TheAllAmericanBoy sporty]] and [[StandardFiftiesFather fatherly]] in the 1950s and early 1960s; {{Hunk}} in the 1970s and 80s; Metrosexual in TheNineties and the TurnOfTheMillennium, and {{Adorkable}} in TheNewTens.
28th Apr '16 8:26:38 AM alnair20aug93
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* Male beauty standards change according to the zeitgeist of the era. It had been [[TheDandy dandy]] in the 1920s and 1930s; hard-boiled and strong in 1940s: ; [[StandardFiftiesFather fatherly]] in the 1950s and early 1960s; {{Hunk}} in the 1970s and 80s; Metrosexual in TheNineties and the TurnOfTheMillennium, and {{Adorkable}} in TheNewTens.

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* Male beauty standards change according to the zeitgeist of the era. It had been [[TheDandy dandy]] in the 1920s and 1930s; hard-boiled and strong in 1940s: ; [[AllAmericanBoy sporty]] and [[StandardFiftiesFather fatherly]] in the 1950s and early 1960s; {{Hunk}} in the 1970s and 80s; Metrosexual in TheNineties and the TurnOfTheMillennium, and {{Adorkable}} in TheNewTens.
28th Apr '16 8:25:34 AM alnair20aug93
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* Male beauty standards change according to the zeitgeist of the era. It had been [[TheDandy dandy]] in the 1920s and 1930s; hard-boiled and strong in 1940s: ; [[StandardFiftiesFather fatherly]] in the 1950s and early 1960s; {{Hunk}} in the 1970s and 80s; Metrosexual in TheNineties and the TurnOfTheMillennium, and {{Adorkable}} in TheNewTens.
4th Mar '16 12:50:33 PM MsChibi
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* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream: Cycles between optimistic and pessimistic depending on the economy and general state of the union, as well as the [[DependingOnTheWriter racial and/or socioeconomic background of the writer]]. [[ValuesDissonance It also changes dramatically along with the middle-class aspirations of different eras]]: a modern suburban couple might well dismiss a 1950s suburban home as "too poor."

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* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream: Cycles between optimistic and pessimistic depending on the economy and general state of the union, as well as the [[DependingOnTheWriter racial and/or socioeconomic background of the writer]]. [[ValuesDissonance It also changes dramatically along with the middle-class aspirations of different eras]]: a modern suburban couple might well dismiss a 1950s suburban home as [[PotteryBarnPoor "too poor.""]]
4th Mar '16 12:49:54 PM MsChibi
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* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream: Cycles between optimistic and pessimistic depending on the economy and general state of the union. [[ValuesDissonance It also changes dramatically along with the middle-class aspirations of different eras]]: a modern suburban couple might well dismiss a 1950s suburban home as "too poor."

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* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream: Cycles between optimistic and pessimistic depending on the economy and general state of the union.union, as well as the [[DependingOnTheWriter racial and/or socioeconomic background of the writer]]. [[ValuesDissonance It also changes dramatically along with the middle-class aspirations of different eras]]: a modern suburban couple might well dismiss a 1950s suburban home as "too poor."
25th Feb '16 12:52:04 PM Josef5678
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* {{Deconstruction}} Deconstructing a genre, then [[{{Reconstruction}} deconstructing the deconstruction]]. The latter then sets the new baseline, which may itself be deconstructed again...
* TheFairFolk, as well as probably most cases of OurMonstersAreDifferent

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* {{Deconstruction}} {{Deconstruction}}: Deconstructing a genre, then [[{{Reconstruction}} deconstructing the deconstruction]]. The latter then sets the new baseline, which may itself be deconstructed again...
* TheFairFolk, as well as probably most cases of OurMonstersAreDifferentOurMonstersAreDifferent.



* MonochromeCasting: All-white or all-black casts were the norm in popular media until the end of segregation in the 1960s, when racially-integrated ensembles became common, specially throughout the 1970s. However, by the 1980s the pendulum swung back towards this trope, becomming prevalent until the very late 1990s when multicultural casts became the cool thing to do in Hollywood during the 2000s. The 2010s however have pretty much preferred to return to the trope.

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* MonochromeCasting: All-white or all-black casts were the norm in popular media until the end of segregation in the 1960s, when racially-integrated ensembles became common, specially especially throughout the 1970s. However, by the 1980s the pendulum swung back towards this trope, becomming prevalent until the very late 1990s when multicultural casts became the cool thing to do in Hollywood during the 2000s. The 2010s however have pretty much preferred to return to the trope.



* RomanticismVersusEnlightenment: The mother of all {{Cyclic Trope}}s -- at least, according to some. It is said that there are two trends in culture, coming in waves and supplanting one another: the orderly Apollonian, and chaotic Dionysian. Apollonian Enlightenment is followed by Dionysian Romanticism, which is followed by Apollonian Positivism or Realism... and so on.



* TheVamp: Cycles between [[BlondesAreEvil blonde]] and brunette.



* TheVamp: Cycles between [[BlondesAreEvil blonde]] and brunette.



* RomanticismVersusEnlightenment: The mother of all {{Cyclic Trope}}s -- at least, according to some. It is said that there are two trends in culture, coming in waves and supplanting one another: the orderly Apollonian, and chaotic Dionysian. Apollonian Enlightenment is followed by Dionysian Romanticism, which is followed by Apollonian Positivism or Realism... and so on.



* 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}}, VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim). 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}}).

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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) (''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'') use the CantArgueWithElves trope, human audiences get bored of being continually condescended by arrogant magical races, so ScrewYouElves becomes popular (VideoGame/{{Overlord}}, VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim). (''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}''). Many fantasy stories use the ScrewYouElves trope, and humans appear too arrogant and foolhardy, so CantArgueWithElves becomes popular again (Film/{{Avatar}}). (''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}}).(''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'').
1st Feb '16 8:36:13 AM Fighteer
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* ThreeDMovie: Started out as "the next big thing", then thrown aside and treated with disdain. Now, it's "the next big thing". This has already happened twice before (first in the [[TheFifties 1950s]] and then again in the [[TheEighties 1980s]]), as each time the TechnologyMarchesOn it's revived, gets a couple of years in the spotlight, and then everybody decides it's still not worth the trouble. It seems to have repeated again, with 3D technology becoming less frequent in movies (though the fact that very popular and non-gimmicky movies like ''{{Film/Avatar}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' have used it and drawn in more ticket sales as a result means that the trend probably won't disappear ''entirely'').
* Similar things have happened with 3D in gaming (Virtual Boy, [=3DS=], Oculus Rift), and the 3D trend has spread to TV, although 3D channels have mostly disappeared and "the next big thing" appears to be ultra-high definition.
8th Jan '16 7:51:35 PM RAraya
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* MonochromeCasting: All-white or all-black casts were the norm in popular media until the end of segregation in the 1960s, when racially-integrated ensembles became common, specially throughout the 1970s. However, by the 1980s the pendulum swung back towards this trope, becomming prevalent until the very late 1990s when multicultural casts became the cool thing to do in Hollywood during the 2000s. The 2010s however have pretty much preferred to return to the trope.
29th Dec '15 3:26:23 PM RAraya
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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, 80's and part of the 90's. 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 was until recently back in fashion. Since mid to late 2013, we seem to be back to tan and bleached.

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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, 80's and part of later the 90's.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 was until recently came back in fashion. Since mid to late 2013, we seem to be back to tan and bleached.fashion although lighter is favored nowadays.



* SexIsCool: First appeared in the 1970s at the peak of the "sexual revolution" to be annihilated by the following decade. Open sexuality returned with a bang in the 90s and 00s, but an overuse of the trope has led to another bust during the 2010s.



* 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 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.

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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 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.society, although the emergence of smokeless tobacco and the like has made smoking somewhat more acceptable.



* RomanticismVersusEnlightenment: The mother of all {{Cyclic Trope}}s -- at least, according to some. It is said that there are two trends in culture, coming in waves and supplanting one another: the orderly Apollinian, and chaotic Dionysian. Apollinian Enlightenment is followed by Dionysian Romanticism, which is followed by Apollinian Positivism or Realism... and so on.

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* RomanticismVersusEnlightenment: The mother of all {{Cyclic Trope}}s -- at least, according to some. It is said that there are two trends in culture, coming in waves and supplanting one another: the orderly Apollinian, Apollonian, and chaotic Dionysian. Apollinian Apollonian Enlightenment is followed by Dionysian Romanticism, which is followed by Apollinian Apollonian Positivism or Realism... and so on.
26th Dec '15 7:40:13 PM nombretomado
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* IdealHero[=/=]AntiHero: The two fashions tend to usurp each other in turn across various media, though the dividing line can change as values march on. If the Ideal Hero dominates, writers will introduce antiheroes as a reaction to that until it's impossible to take the Ideal Hero seriously, and then the antiheroes will become a cliche of their own and we'll see a {{Reconstruction}} of the Ideal Hero. For example, TheModernAgeOfComicBooks has generally reclaimed a lot of the idealism of [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks the Silver Age]] as a reaction to [[TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks the Dark Age]].

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* IdealHero[=/=]AntiHero: The two fashions tend to usurp each other in turn across various media, though the dividing line can change as values march on. If the Ideal Hero dominates, writers will introduce antiheroes as a reaction to that until it's impossible to take the Ideal Hero seriously, and then the antiheroes will become a cliche of their own and we'll see a {{Reconstruction}} of the Ideal Hero. For example, TheModernAgeOfComicBooks UsefulNotes/TheModernAgeOfComicBooks has generally reclaimed a lot of the idealism of [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks the Silver Age]] as a reaction to [[TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks the Dark Age]].
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