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21st May '17 1:53:49 PM Jhonny
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* Many a RailroadEnthusiast considers the era of steam or the heyday of the old timey railroads this. Particularly in the US and England, in part attributable to the "Beeching Axe" in Britain, which cut roughly half the network overnight and the creation of UsefulNotes/{{Amtrak}} in the US, which while preserving passenger rail service at a time it might well have ended, gutted about half the routes then in existence and made names that still evoke nostalgia and trains of legendary repute forever disappear. In countries with bigger UsefulNotes/HighSpeedRail networks, such nostalgia is less widespread, but some critics of UsefulNotes/DeutscheBahn still long for the "good old days" of Deutsche Bundesbahn when trains were still called D-Zug and not ICE.
21st May '17 1:49:29 PM Jhonny
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*** Berlin certainly had its glory days during the Weimar Era. It was the third largest city by population (behind NYC and London) and the second largest by area (behind Los Angeles) in the world at just around four million and it was a world metropolis on equal footing with other major capitals, producing cultural and scientific advancements on a near-daily basis.
21st May '17 10:55:15 AM nombretomado
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** For socialists and left-wingers, the post-war era under Clement Atlee which led to the rise of the [=NHS=] and other social works organizations was the glorious period. On a cultural level, nearly all English people long for such triumphs as the age of Elizabeth I and the English Renaissance, the IndustrialRevolution and VictorianBritain, the Romantic movement and TheSixties.

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** For socialists and left-wingers, the post-war era under Clement Atlee which led to the rise of the [=NHS=] and other social works organizations was the glorious period. On a cultural level, nearly all English people long for such triumphs as the age of Elizabeth I and the English Renaissance, the IndustrialRevolution and VictorianBritain, UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain, the Romantic movement and TheSixties.
8th May '17 7:50:17 PM Doug86
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* Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'':

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* Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'':''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'':
22nd Apr '17 8:20:21 PM nombretomado
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* In ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', it's often argued that Version 1 was the glory days of the board, and that people preferred the old system. This was subverted in a thread on the board in which ''both'' V1 and V2 were criticised - V1 for being too spontaneous and for a lesser writing quality, and V2 for being overplanned. To quote the Admin of the site, "for the most part, V3's found a good mix of both planning and spontaneity". Read the thread [[http://z10.invisionfree.com/SOTF_V2/index.php?showtopic=2707 here]].
* The main theme of ''ThereWillBeBrawl''. Mario, Link, and a few other characters in particular seem to have taken it hard.

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* In ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', it's often argued that Version 1 was the glory days of the board, and that people preferred the old system. This was subverted in a thread on the board in which ''both'' V1 and V2 were criticised - V1 for being too spontaneous and for a lesser writing quality, and V2 for being overplanned. To quote the Admin of the site, "for the most part, V3's found a good mix of both planning and spontaneity". Read the thread [[http://z10.invisionfree.com/SOTF_V2/index.php?showtopic=2707 here]].
* The main theme of ''ThereWillBeBrawl''.''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl''. Mario, Link, and a few other characters in particular seem to have taken it hard.
6th Mar '17 6:50:58 PM Jhonny
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Many, many sports teams or cities have this trope, particularly in sports with promotion and relegation where messing up can well mean the team getting passed down to the third or fourth division with countless former champions never making it back. There is also a surprising number of washed up former pro sports stars in real life, many of them nursing the effects of one too many injuries and some broke because they never learned to handle money or never made as much as you'd think to begin with.
* Schalke 04 is a good team to this day (though they've had their slumps and even relegations) but they're still longing for the glory days of the ''Schalker Kreisel'' (basically 1930s tiki-taka) when they'd reach the final more often than not and could dominate their competition with ease. Their last championship dates to ''1958'' (before the ''Bundesliga'' was founded) and their last measurable success that wasn't "second place in..." was the 1997 win of the UEFA-Cup.
* The 1. FC Nürnberg used to dominate soccer in Germany in the 1920s, sometimes sending six players to the national squad with their arch-rival Fürth supplying the other five (there were no substitutions back then) but ever since they followed the 1968 championship with relegation the following year, fans have had to hold on to grainy black and white pictures of days long past and dream of names half-forgotten by others if they want to see a Nuremberg squad actually winning something. They did win the DFB-Pokal in 2007 but got relegated in 2008 - naturally.
* The Cleveland Browns started out as one of the hottest names in Football. Than they were merged into the NFL and still good. Then the AFL-NFL merger happened and they still were a power to be reckoned with in the playoffs (albeit with EveryYearTheyFizzleOut tendencies) then the Cleveland Browns relocation controversy happened and what has haunted the league since 1999 can only be described as a punchline for the saddest joke to ever torture the good citizens of Cleveland.
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22nd Feb '17 12:36:08 AM gewunomox
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* Deconstructed in BruceSpringsteen's "[[TropeNamer Glory Days]]". The song describes a group of high school classmates [[HighSchoolRocks who were really big deals at the time]], but have since gone nowhere in life, so they [[DrowningMySorrows get together, get drunk and reflect on their high school days to feel better about themselves]].

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* Deconstructed in BruceSpringsteen's Music/BruceSpringsteen's "[[TropeNamer Glory Days]]". The song describes a group of high school classmates [[HighSchoolRocks who were really big deals at the time]], but have since gone nowhere in life, so they [[DrowningMySorrows get together, get drunk and reflect on their high school days to feel better about themselves]].
29th Jan '17 6:01:19 PM KBABZ
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* Captain Qwark is implied to be this throughout the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series, particularly when his adventurous youth is shown in [[RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal the third game]] as backstory. After that he sided with the villains on several occasions and was even [[spoiler:the big bad for [[RatchetAndClankGoingCommando the second game]] to kickstart his big comeback]], and is generally much more cowardly. However while he is called out by the cognizant characters such as Ratchet and a disgruntled fan, the [[ViewersAreMorons general populace]] is generally forgiving of the captain, his tumultuous turn as galactic president aside.
28th Jan '17 9:03:56 PM mlsmithca
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* In ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'', Harry Greener is a former vaudeville performer who was never that talented to begin with, but with the decline of both vaudeville and his health, he has been forced to take a job as a door-to-door salesman just to have an outlet to keep performing his shtick in front of increasingly less interested "audiences".
28th Jan '17 10:04:06 AM ArtoriusRex
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*Many mythologies (and modern religions as well) espouse a belief in a glorious past age where humankind and the world existed in a kind of "perfect" state. The usual trend of this belief is that due to some kind of sin, both humanity and the world have "fallen"; the result is the present age, which is often seen as more corrupt and miserable. Most of said mythologies emphasize an attempted return to the "perfect" pre-fallen state, either figuratively or literally.
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