History Main / GloryDays

16th Jun '16 5:49:45 PM bt8257
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You have a [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments Crowning Moment Of Awesome]] in your past. It haunts you. Either [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen your life went downhill]], or you continually fail to match or top that moment, or you try coasting on that glory for the rest of your life.

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You have a [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments Crowning Moment Of of Awesome]] in your past. It haunts you. Either [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen your life went downhill]], or you continually fail to match or top that moment, or you try coasting on that glory for the rest of your life.
4th Jun '16 6:42:35 PM gewunomox
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* Also deconstructed in {{U2}}'s "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of".

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* Also deconstructed in {{U2}}'s Music/{{U2}}'s "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of".
9th May '16 11:20:55 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', Simon and the rest of the Gurren Brigade find themselves bored out of their minds after the TimeSkip. Averted in the DistantFinale, [[spoiler:where Simon seems content WalkingTheEarth]].

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* In ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', Simon and the rest of the Gurren Brigade find themselves bored out of their minds after the TimeSkip. Averted in the DistantFinale, [[spoiler:where Simon seems content WalkingTheEarth]].
5th Apr '16 12:22:24 PM WillBGood
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* Losing the limelight and falling out of public acclaim can do terrible things to a former star, especially if they were psychologically fragile to begin with. The trauma of former England football star Paul Gascoigne, who slumped into alcoholism and psychosis when struggling to build a meaningful post-football life, is well documented. Frank Bruno, briefly a British world heavyweight boxing champion, also fell into mental illness after retiring. And it even happens to [[PageThreeStunna glamour girls]]: the decline and fall of Jane Warner is described on this page, and is not a pretty story.

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* Losing the limelight and falling out of public acclaim can do terrible things to a former star, especially if they were psychologically fragile to begin with. The trauma of former England football star Paul Gascoigne, who slumped into alcoholism and psychosis when struggling to build a meaningful post-football life, is well documented. Frank Bruno, briefly a British world heavyweight boxing champion, also fell into mental illness after retiring. And it even happens to [[PageThreeStunna glamour girls]]: the decline and fall of Jane Warner is described on [[http://www.nickdavies.net/1996/03/01/the-frustrated-dreams-of-ordinary-people/ this page, page,]] and is not a pretty story.
11th Mar '16 9:10:55 AM erforce
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* The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were going through this in ''[[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles TMNT]]'', which is odd, since there was no indication from the last movie that things would turn out this way.

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* The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles were going through this in ''[[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles TMNT]]'', ''WesternAnimation/{{TMNT}}'', which is odd, since there was no indication from the last movie that things would turn out this way.
8th Mar '16 9:36:20 AM MetaFour
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* Music/DanielAmos's "Memory Lane" (from ''Music/{{Doppelganger}}'') is a warning about spending too much time reminiscing over the past:
-->You have gotten much thinner \\
You're lookin' like a shadow\\
It's from dwelling on the might-have-beens \\
Living in a time-warp\\
To whom am I speaking? \\
Some ghost from the past? \\
While you think about old glories\\
You're fading real fast
1st Mar '16 1:16:58 PM MsChibi
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When a character had to leave a dangerous life for a more mundane one, and spends it longing for his glory days, he is in love with being InHarmsWay. If the character is using her children as a vector through which to either achieve what she never did or relive her glory days (instead of letting the kids be who they are), she may become an EducationMama or a StageMom.

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When a character had to leave a dangerous life for a more mundane one, and spends it longing for his glory days, he is in love with being InHarmsWay. If the character is using her children as a vector through which to either achieve what she never did or relive her glory days (instead of letting the kids be who they are), she may become an EducationMama or a StageMom. See also JockDadNerdSon.
29th Feb '16 6:12:27 PM MsChibi
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When a character had to leave a dangerous life for a more mundane one, and spends it longing for his glory days, he is in love with being InHarmsWay.

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When a character had to leave a dangerous life for a more mundane one, and spends it longing for his glory days, he is in love with being InHarmsWay.
InHarmsWay. If the character is using her children as a vector through which to either achieve what she never did or relive her glory days (instead of letting the kids be who they are), she may become an EducationMama or a StageMom.
29th Feb '16 6:09:41 PM MsChibi
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One of the classic examples is the stereotypical high school jock who won the big game, and spends the rest of his life in an unsatisfying job. Either he didn't make it in college, or he's treated as a rank-and-file drone in the business world. Later he may inform his miserable children that these are the BestYearsOfYourLife.

Compare ICouldaBeenAContender, NostalgiaFilter (when a character looks back on the past with rose-tinted glasses), ToughActToFollow, WhiteDwarfStarlet, JadedWashout (spends his time wishing he was still back there), and TradeYourPassionForGlory.

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One of the classic examples is the stereotypical high school jock who won the big game, and spends the rest of his life in an unsatisfying job. Either he didn't make it in college, or he's treated as a rank-and-file drone OfficeDrone in the business world. Later he may inform his miserable children that these are the BestYearsOfYourLife.

Compare ICouldaBeenAContender, NostalgiaFilter (when a character looks back on the past with rose-tinted glasses), ToughActToFollow, WhiteDwarfStarlet, JadedWashout (spends his time wishing he was still back there), LoserProtagonist, and TradeYourPassionForGlory.
19th Feb '16 4:56:33 AM JulianLapostat
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** Russians also invoke the GloryDays of Peter the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Catherine the Geat and the long 19th Century from Napoleon's Invasion to the Russian Japanese War mostly because it was the GoldenAge of Russian letters (Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov). This was also the era of the end of serfdom, the failed Decembrist uprising and early attempts at liberalism. There's also a lot of nostalgia for Russian Formalism and TheSovietTwenties, mostly because it was the GoldenAge for Soviet cinema.



** For socialists and left-wingers, the post-war era under UsefulNotes/ClementAtlee 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 Romantic movement and TheSixties.

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** For socialists and left-wingers, the post-war era under UsefulNotes/ClementAtlee 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.



* This sentiment was actually one of the motivations for Germans in the German Workers' Party following the country's defeat in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Hitler ended up becoming enamored with the groups belief, and after ascending the ranks, the [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Nazi Party]] would be formed.
** Most real-world fascist movements express this trope in their rhetoric, generally TheThemeParkVersion or with HistoricalHeroUpgrade / HistoricalVillainUpgrade.

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* This sentiment was actually one UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} is a little wary of the motivations national pride for understandable reasons but nonetheless some Germans do have a quiet and modest pride in their past:
** Consensually, such events as
the Protestant Reformation (which spread literacy and withered the power of the Catholic Church), [[UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker the Sturm-Und-Drang phase of the Enlightenment and Romantic era]] and the age of German Workers' Party classical music and opera is very much this. Likewise, UsefulNotes/TheWeimarRepublic is invoked for its progressive values, caberet culture, modernist literature and theatre, architecture and GermanExpressionism in film. Modern Germans celebrate the Economic Miracle of TheFifties, and the Reunification of Germany.
** The notion of GloryDays got soiled thanks to the selective interpretation of glory on the part of the NSDAP
following the country's defeat in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Hitler ended up becoming enamored with the groups belief, and after ascending the ranks, the [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Nazi Party]] would be formed.
** Most
formed. For them glory was a selective mishmash of Arminius victory over Augustus at the Teutoberg Forest, the era of UsefulNotes/FrederickTheGreat, Music/RichardWagner and UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck which has unfortunately tainted the fairly distinct and unrelated associations these events have with German culture. Then agian, most real-world fascist movements express this trope in their rhetoric, generally TheThemeParkVersion or with HistoricalHeroUpgrade / HistoricalVillainUpgrade.
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