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23rd Mar '18 2:17:58 PM PiDa
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** The decision to make Tidus in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' a player of a futuristic sport about kicking a ball was made by the fact that the FIFA World Cup was to be held in South Korea and Japan in 2002; Tidus was intended to look Korean and also be a fantasy version of a football star player.
7th Mar '18 7:37:52 AM MBG159
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* The ComicBook/NewGods were very much written around the debates of the early 1970s - Mr. Miracle is a conscientious objector while his wife Big Barda oozes women's lib, the Black Racer's host is a paralyzed Vietnam veteran, the Forever People are pretty much space hippies, New Genesis and Apokolips have a very obvious environmentalist theme, and Darkseid is based heavily on Richard Nixon. This is a rare case where people generally take umbrage to attempts to ReimaginingTheArtifact, as they see the overall themes Kirby was working with as highly applicable, and taking them away results in a bunch of generic space deities.
7th Mar '18 7:22:41 AM MBG159
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The SlidingTimescale can have a particularly odd effect on these characters, since it often restricts their debut to only a few years before "now", suggesting that such characters [[BornInTheWrongCentury decided to base themselves on a 1960s theme in the late 2000s.]] Villains who are Fad Supers have a higher chance of being kept, since they are usually intended to be [[DiscoDan eccentric, out of place, and theme-based]].

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The SlidingTimescale can have a particularly odd effect on these characters, since it often restricts their debut to only a few years before "now", suggesting that such characters [[BornInTheWrongCentury decided to base themselves on on, say, a 1960s theme in the late 2000s.]] Villains who are Fad Supers have a higher chance of being kept, since they are usually intended to be [[DiscoDan eccentric, out of place, and theme-based]].
7th Mar '18 7:22:20 AM MBG159
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Villains who are Fad Supers have a higher chance of being kept, since they are usually intended to be [[DiscoDan eccentric, out of place, and theme-based]].

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The SlidingTimescale can have a particularly odd effect on these characters, since it often restricts their debut to only a few years before "now", suggesting that such characters [[BornInTheWrongCentury decided to base themselves on a 1960s theme in the late 2000s.]] Villains who are Fad Supers have a higher chance of being kept, since they are usually intended to be [[DiscoDan eccentric, out of place, and theme-based]].
12th Dec '17 8:07:16 AM kanedax
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** "Bad Wolf" (2005) has Nine, Rose, and Jack thrust into Dalek-controlled reality television programmes (Big Brother, Weakest Link, etc).
29th Nov '17 4:30:24 PM Gideoncrawle
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* ComicBook/GhostRider is actually a combination of two different fads at the time the character was created in the early 1970s: stunt cycling and characters with horror-themed origins, which were then popular at Creator/MarvelComics. Thankfully, his occult adventures and highly distinctive design fit in during the 1980s and '90s, especially with the influx of [[NinetiesAntiHero anti-heroes in the 1990s]]. His popularity has faded considerably in recent years, however.

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* ComicBook/GhostRider is actually a combination of two different fads at the time the character was created in the early 1970s: stunt cycling and characters with horror-themed origins, which were then popular at Creator/MarvelComics. Thankfully, Fortuitously for Marvel, his occult adventures and highly distinctive design fit in during the 1980s and '90s, especially with the influx of [[NinetiesAntiHero anti-heroes in the 1990s]]. His popularity has faded considerably in recent years, however.
14th Oct '17 9:02:42 PM GreyWriter
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* ''Literature/{{Wild Cards}}'', being full of nods to the history of comics, created these characters on purpose. Mark Meadows, a hopeless nerd who wants to be a hippie, gets various abilities from different strains of LSD he created, and has various secret identities named after songs from the 60s and 70s. It's inherent in his backstory; by the time he managed to fit into the hippie crowd, the fad was already pretty much dead. Fortunato's motif incorporates the mysticism and occultism fad of the 60s. He actually doesn't give a crap about any of that stuff; a prostitute he hired introduced him to the subject and convinced him to study it when he got his powers.

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* ''Literature/{{Wild Cards}}'', being full of nods to the history of comics, created these characters on purpose. Mark Meadows, a hopeless nerd who wants to be a hippie, gets various abilities from different strains of LSD he created, and has various secret identities named after songs from the 60s and 70s. It's inherent in his backstory; by the time he managed to fit into the hippie crowd, the fad was already pretty much dead. Fortunato's motif incorporates the mysticism and occultism fad of the 60s. He actually doesn't give a crap about any of that stuff; a prostitute he hired who worked for him (he was a very high-class pimp) introduced him to the subject and convinced him to study it when he got his powers.
13th Aug '17 9:35:37 PM PatPayne
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*** Though, in what may have been a deliberate TakeThat, the "disco" [[http://www.therealgentlemenofleisure.com/2011/10/x-amining-x-men-130.html Scott and Jean visit]] looks much more like [[https://www.pinterest.com/pin/412501647091774824 the Masque in Los Angeles]] than [[http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/view-of-clubgoers-amid-the-light-towers-on-the-dance-floor-news-photo/583737453?#view-of-clubgoers-amid-the-light-towers-on-the-dance-floor-at-studio-picture-id583737453 Studio 54]]...
4th Aug '17 12:10:46 AM GastonRabbit
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* Similarly, books like ''Comicbook/TheMovement'' and ''Comicbook/WeAreRobin'' were created in response to youth-heavy social movies of the 2010's, like Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street.
** ''The Movement'' also had a counterpart book, a relaunch of a failed 1970s concept of rich-kid adventurers called ''The Green Team''. The idea was that the Movement was "the 99 percent" while the Green Team was "the 1 percent".
* ''Comicbook/{{Superboy}}'' (TheNineties version, Kon-El/Connor Kent) was created to be a TotallyRadical reimagining of the "kid Superman" concept.
** In his debut, he had a buzzcut fade, a hoop earring, a leather jacket (which nearly every hero had at the time), sunglasses, and a costume that invoked TooManyBelts. He of course, used hip slang and made constant references to pop culture.
** His next costume kept the jacket, earring and shades (although with a new design and color scheme), but his hairstyle was radically changed since a fade had been way past dated by that point. His slang got slightly toned down as well, but was still in use.
** The third costume (which he kept up until the reboot of the ''Comicbook/{{New 52}}'') was an extensive overhaul. It ditched the jacket, skintight costume, earring, shades and TotallyRadical attitude (the CivvieSpandex look took a heavy turn toward "civvie", with a t-shirt and jeans). Instead, he became more dark, brooding, and angsty, which became popular following the late 2000s.

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* Similarly, books Books like ''Comicbook/TheMovement'' and ''Comicbook/WeAreRobin'' were created in response to youth-heavy social movies of the 2010's, like Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street.
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Street. ''The Movement'' also had a counterpart book, a relaunch of a failed 1970s concept of rich-kid adventurers called ''The Green Team''. The idea was that the Movement was "the 99 percent" while the Green Team was "the 1 percent".
* ''Comicbook/{{Superboy}}'' (TheNineties version, Kon-El/Connor Kent) was created to be a TotallyRadical reimagining of the "kid Superman" concept. \n** \\
In his debut, he had a buzzcut fade, a hoop earring, a leather jacket (which nearly every hero had at the time), sunglasses, and a costume that invoked TooManyBelts. He of course, used hip slang and made constant references to pop culture.
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culture.\\
His next costume kept the jacket, earring and shades (although with a new design and color scheme), but his hairstyle was radically changed since a fade had been way past dated by that point. His slang got slightly toned down as well, but was still in use.
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use.\\
The third costume (which he kept up until the reboot of the ''Comicbook/{{New 52}}'') was an extensive overhaul. It ditched the jacket, skintight costume, earring, shades and TotallyRadical attitude (the CivvieSpandex look took a heavy turn toward "civvie", with a t-shirt and jeans). Instead, he became more dark, brooding, and angsty, which became popular following the late 2000s.



** There's also Screwball, a [[LeParkour traceuse]] who likes recording her exploits and then uploading them to Website/YouTube and talking about them on Website/{{Twitter}}. Peter himself has apparently begun studying Parkour as well, as showcased by an issue where he's forced to operate in an area without high-rise buildings from which to web-swing.

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** There's also Screwball, Screwball is a [[LeParkour traceuse]] who likes recording her exploits and then uploading them to Website/YouTube and talking about them on Website/{{Twitter}}. Peter himself has apparently begun studying Parkour as well, as showcased by an issue where he's forced to operate in an area without high-rise buildings from which to web-swing.



* Night Thrasher, leader of the ComicBook/NewWarriors in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, was created in 1990 with a skateboard grafted onto his urbanized Franchise/{{Batman}} schtick to cash in on the rising popularity of the sport in the late '80s. As the '90s progressed, he used the board less and less and settled on a CoolBike early in the series, plus as any connection between skateboards and the term "thrashing" largely passed out of public awareness, his name [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast just sounds]] awfully nasty (although Spider-Man [[LampshadeHanging made a joke]] along this line in ''1991''.) He fought with twin eskrima sticks so the thrashing part of his name could easily be applied to his weapons of choice. An odd detail that downplayed it with time was that he's a ''black'' skateboarder. For the uninitiated - his heyday was long before there were any big-name black skaters. (The aforementioned Rocket Racer, Marvel's ''other'' black skateboarding superhero, has much the same problem at first.) The concept has become less baffling now, since there is a subculture of African-American skateboarders. Music/LupeFiasco's hit "Kick, Push" is credited with helping popularize the sport among black teenagers.
** And while a superhero on a skateboard is fodder for jokes, in-universe ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' noted how versatile Night Trasher's skateboard actually was: "I called it stupid? It's a shield, a weapon and transport. Maybe ''I'' should get one..."

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* Night Thrasher, leader of the ComicBook/NewWarriors in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, was created in 1990 with a skateboard grafted onto his urbanized Franchise/{{Batman}} schtick to cash in on the rising popularity of the sport in the late '80s. As the '90s progressed, he used the board less and less and settled on a CoolBike early in the series, plus as any connection between skateboards and the term "thrashing" largely passed out of public awareness, his name [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast just sounds]] awfully nasty (although Spider-Man [[LampshadeHanging made a joke]] along this line in ''1991''.) He fought with twin eskrima sticks so the thrashing part of his name could easily be applied to his weapons of choice. An odd detail that downplayed it with time was that he's a ''black'' skateboarder. For the uninitiated - his heyday was long before there were any big-name black skaters. (The aforementioned Rocket Racer, Marvel's ''other'' black skateboarding superhero, has much the same problem at first.) The concept has become less baffling now, since there is a subculture of African-American skateboarders. Music/LupeFiasco's hit "Kick, Push" is credited with helping popularize the sport among black teenagers.
** And while
teenagers. While a superhero on a skateboard is fodder for jokes, in-universe ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' noted how versatile Night Trasher's skateboard actually was: "I called it stupid? It's a shield, a weapon and transport. Maybe ''I'' should get one..."



* There were a lot of black superheroes created in the wake of the {{Blaxploitation}} trend. In addition to the aforementioned Luke Cage and Misty Knight, there was also ComicBook/BlackLightning, Black Goliath and Franchise/WonderWoman's black "sister" Nubia.
** Creator/DwayneMcDuffie ended up creating the ''ComicBook/{{Icon}}'' character Buck Wild as a parody of this trend.

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* There were a lot of black superheroes created in the wake of the {{Blaxploitation}} trend. In addition to the aforementioned Luke Cage and Misty Knight, there was also ComicBook/BlackLightning, Black Goliath and Franchise/WonderWoman's black "sister" Nubia.
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Nubia. Creator/DwayneMcDuffie ended up creating the ''ComicBook/{{Icon}}'' character Buck Wild as a parody of this trend.



* Naturally, any Soviet-themed comic character [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp that is now hopelessly dated]]. Granted, the USSR was around for more than seven decades, so it's a pretty long fad.
** Combining this with ComicBookTime gives nearly every one of these characters his or her own ContinuitySnarl.
*** The only aversions are Omega Red, an ''intentional'' throwback who, in his first appearance, was explicitly [[SealedEvilInACan kept in stasis]] since the Cold War until woken in the post-Soviet era, and "Cold Warrior", a similarly stored surplus-parts cyborg whose whole schtick is trying to bring back the People's Glory Days.
*** Ironically, Omega Red was created in 1992, early enough that stasis could not have been needed.

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* Naturally, any Soviet-themed comic character [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp that is now hopelessly dated]]. Granted, the USSR was around for more than seven decades, so it's a pretty long fad.
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fad. Combining this with ComicBookTime gives nearly every one of these characters his or her own ContinuitySnarl.
*** ** The only aversions are Omega Red, an ''intentional'' throwback who, in his first appearance, was explicitly [[SealedEvilInACan kept in stasis]] since the Cold War until woken in the post-Soviet era, and "Cold Warrior", a similarly stored surplus-parts cyborg whose whole schtick is trying to bring back the People's Glory Days.
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Days. Ironically, Omega Red was created in 1992, early enough that stasis could not have been needed.



* [[http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/s/skateman.htm Skateman]] was made at a time when ''all'' skates had side-by-side wheels.
** Skateman is interesting because the other two major facets of his life, being a karate blackbelt and a Vietnam vet, are also heavily tied to the early 1970s.
* Occasionally employed in a self-aware manner by ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' -- for instance, flashbacks to TheFifties might feature an appearance by a hero called "The Bouncing Beatnik".
** The Beatnik's an interesting case, since he changes identities to match social trends of the time -- ragtime, jazz, hippies, etc. (It helps he's not human, but a mystical entity.)
** The "Dark Ages" story arc references the kung fu fad of the '70s with the Jade Dragons, and the space race with the Apollo Eleven.
** Older stories have featured brief glimpses of [[ThePioneer the Frontiersman]], complete with coonskin cap. If you don't get it, there was a popular ''Davy Crockett'' TV show in the 1950s.

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* [[http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/s/skateman.htm Skateman]] was made at a time when ''all'' skates had side-by-side wheels.
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wheels. Skateman is interesting because the other two major facets of his life, being a karate blackbelt and a Vietnam vet, are also heavily tied to the early 1970s.
* Occasionally employed in a self-aware manner by ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' -- for instance, flashbacks to TheFifties might feature an appearance by a hero called "The Bouncing Beatnik".
**
Beatnik". The Beatnik's an interesting case, since he changes identities to match social trends of the time -- ragtime, jazz, hippies, etc. (It helps he's not human, but a mystical entity.)
**
) The "Dark Ages" story arc references the kung fu fad of the '70s with the Jade Dragons, and the space race with the Apollo Eleven.
**
Eleven.\\
Older stories have featured brief glimpses of [[ThePioneer the Frontiersman]], complete with coonskin cap. If you don't get it, there was a popular ''Davy Crockett'' TV show in the 1950s.



* ''Literature/{{Wild Cards}}'', being full of nods to the history of comics, created these characters on purpose.
** Mark Meadows, a hopeless nerd who wants to be a hippie, gets various abilities from different strains of LSD he created, and has various secret identities named after songs from the 60s and 70s. It's inherent in his backstory; by the time he managed to fit into the hippie crowd, the fad was already pretty much dead.
** Fortunato's motif incorporates the mysticism and occultism fad of the 60s. He actually doesn't give a crap about any of that stuff; a prostitute he hired introduced him to the subject and convinced him to study it when he got his powers.

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* ''Literature/{{Wild Cards}}'', being full of nods to the history of comics, created these characters on purpose. \n** Mark Meadows, a hopeless nerd who wants to be a hippie, gets various abilities from different strains of LSD he created, and has various secret identities named after songs from the 60s and 70s. It's inherent in his backstory; by the time he managed to fit into the hippie crowd, the fad was already pretty much dead. \n** Fortunato's motif incorporates the mysticism and occultism fad of the 60s. He actually doesn't give a crap about any of that stuff; a prostitute he hired introduced him to the subject and convinced him to study it when he got his powers.



** Similarly, ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' was made to cash in on ''Literature/HarryPotter'''s popularity, whereas its American counterpart ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' was remade in the style of ''Film/LordOfTheRings''.
** The producers of ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' justified its {{Pirate}} theme by literally arguing, "Well, ''Manga/OnePiece'' is popular, innit?" (Averted when it came time to adapt it for ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', though; you'd think they might attempt to piggyback on ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' but instead they tried to downplay the pirate theme as much as possible; ''[[Series/PowerRangersMegaforce Super Megaforce]]'' focuses on the [[MilestoneCelebration anniversary]] aspect instead.)
** Then there's the dance-based ''Series/BattleFeverJ'' (1979). And yes, one of the Rangers there danced disco (Miss America).
** ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger''/''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' seemed fit to muscle in on a piece of the ninja pie inspired by ''Naruto'', as did ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger''/''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury''.

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** Similarly, * ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' was made to cash in on ''Literature/HarryPotter'''s popularity, whereas its American counterpart ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' was remade in the style of ''Film/LordOfTheRings''.
** * The producers of ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' justified its {{Pirate}} theme by literally arguing, "Well, ''Manga/OnePiece'' is popular, innit?" (Averted when it came time to adapt it for ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', though; you'd think they might attempt to piggyback on ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' but instead they tried to downplay the pirate theme as much as possible; ''[[Series/PowerRangersMegaforce Super Megaforce]]'' focuses on the [[MilestoneCelebration anniversary]] aspect instead.)
** Then there's the * The dance-based ''Series/BattleFeverJ'' (1979). And yes, one of the Rangers there danced disco (Miss America).
** * ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger''/''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' seemed fit to muscle in on a piece of the ninja pie inspired by ''Naruto'', as did ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger''/''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury''.



** Some argue that Vicki (1965) is a [[ScooterRidingMod mod-themed]] companion, though it's mostly expressed with her fashion sense, which has generally stayed in style. In "The Space Museum", though, she arms the Xerons, who are portrayed as a load of young, coffee-drinking beatniks, and has them start a revolution over their middle-aged oppressors. Youth power!



** It can be argued that the retro theme of indie games could allow the 8-bit fad a reprieve.

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** It can be argued that the retro theme of indie games could allow the 8-bit fad a reprieve.
7th Jul '17 1:59:08 AM MadAnthony94
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** Fortunato's motif incorporates the mysticism and occultism fad of the 60s. He actually doesn't give a crap about any of that stuff; a prostitute he hired introduced him to the stuff and convinced him to study it when he got his powers.

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** Fortunato's motif incorporates the mysticism and occultism fad of the 60s. He actually doesn't give a crap about any of that stuff; a prostitute he hired introduced him to the stuff subject and convinced him to study it when he got his powers.
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