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6th Oct '17 10:55:56 PM frozen
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Of course, much of this assumes that casual viewers will actually ''notice'' the discrepancies. There will always be someone who does, but [[ViewersAreGeniuses assuming that every person watching will have an encyclopedic knowledge of every past era is a bit presumptuous]]. In fact, this trope probably exists precisely because authors usually make the opposite assumption. Similarly, this trope is very common in fanfiction -- there's no reason that a hobbyist writer should go over every detail and make sure it is timely if the series is still acceptably "modern-day." RealityIsUnrealistic might result if the trope is invoked unintentionally, simply because [[OlderThanTheyThink something that is presumed to be contemporary has actually been around for quite a while]].

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Of course, much of this assumes that casual viewers will actually ''notice'' the discrepancies. There will always be someone who does, but [[ViewersAreGeniuses assuming that every person watching will have an encyclopedic knowledge of every past era is a bit presumptuous]]. In fact, this trope probably exists precisely in part because authors usually make (at least in visual media) getting every detail right is hellaciously, often prohibitively expensive; a production may simply not have the opposite assumption. budget or time to assure the provenance of every single prop or to produce hundreds of meticulously researched, historically accurate costumes, especially when the local rental outfit can provide “good enough” for one-fiftieth the cost.

Similarly, this trope is very common in fanfiction -- there's no reason that a hobbyist writer should go over every detail and make sure it is timely if the series is still acceptably "modern-day." RealityIsUnrealistic might result if the trope is invoked unintentionally, simply because [[OlderThanTheyThink something that is presumed to be contemporary has actually been around for quite a while]].
12th Sep '17 4:01:57 PM Vilui
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* Film/SuckerPunch is ostensibly set in the 1960's. In an early scene, an asylum guard is seen wearing white iPod headphones. Disregarding the fantasy stuff that falls under RuleOfCool, some of the weaponry just wouldn't have been around in the 60's.

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* Film/SuckerPunch is ostensibly set in the 1960's.1960s. In an early scene, an asylum guard is seen wearing white iPod headphones. Disregarding the fantasy stuff that falls under RuleOfCool, some of the weaponry just wouldn't have been around in the 60's.60s.



** In the pilot episode, he's supposed to be in the 50's, but a modern vehicle can be seen in the background.

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** In the pilot episode, he's supposed to be in the 50's, 50s, but a modern vehicle can be seen in the background.



* ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs'' often uses patterns and colours in the clothing and sets that belong more in the late 60's and early 70's than Edwardian England. Particularly obvious examples appear in some of Lady Marjorie's dresses in the first season.

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* ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs'' often uses patterns and colours in the clothing and sets that belong more in the late 60's 60s and early 70's 70s than Edwardian England. Particularly obvious examples appear in some of Lady Marjorie's dresses in the first season.
4th Sep '17 5:21:35 AM Clare
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** In the William Hartnell-era story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase "The Chase"]], Ian is shown singing along to the chorus of Music/TheBeatles' "Ticket to Ride", showing he already knows the lyrics. His [[AlienAbduction abduction by the Doctor]] was in November 1963, and "Ticket to Ride" wasn't released until February 1965 (when "The Chase" was made).

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** In the William Hartnell-era story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase "The Chase"]], Ian is shown singing along to the chorus of Music/TheBeatles' "Ticket to Ride", showing he already knows the lyrics. His [[AlienAbduction abduction by the Doctor]] was in November 1963, and "Ticket to Ride" wasn't released until February 1965 (when "The Chase" was made). However, the time travel aspect of the series means the possibility that Ian may have heard the song somewhere down the line cannot be ruled out.
1st Sep '17 2:49:37 AM Tuomas
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* ''Film/DumbAndDumberer'' is a prequel set in 1986, with Lloyd Christmas dancing and rapping ''Music/VanillaIce'''s Ice Ice Baby track which was released in 1990, ''four years later''!
** It also featured the villain bribing a museum worker with a modern $5 bill.

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* ''Film/DumbAndDumberer'' is a prequel set in 1986, with Lloyd Christmas dancing and rapping ''Music/VanillaIce'''s Ice Ice Baby track which was released in 1990, ''four years later''!
** It also featured
but it features the villain bribing a museum worker with a modern $5 bill.
1st Sep '17 2:47:35 AM Tuomas
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* In the film ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'', one scene features Ron and his fellow male newscasters singing "Afternoon Delight" by the Starland Vocal Band. The film takes place in 1974, but "Afternoon Delight" was released, and became a hit in 1976.
10th Aug '17 11:39:23 AM N1KF
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A SubTrope of AnachronismStew. Often overlaps with HollywoodCostuming and TwentyMinutesIntoThePast. NextSundayAD sometimes involves [[InvertedTrope inversions]] of this, depending on how things turn out in the future (for example, it seems pretty safe to have people using YouTube two years from now, but who knows?).

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A SubTrope of AnachronismStew. Often overlaps with HollywoodCostuming and TwentyMinutesIntoThePast. NextSundayAD sometimes involves [[InvertedTrope inversions]] {{inverte|dTrope}}sions of this, depending on how things turn out in the future (for example, it seems pretty safe to have people using YouTube Website/YouTube two years from now, but who knows?).
21st Jun '17 6:39:05 AM JamesAustin
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* ''Film/TheRoaringTwenties'' starring James Cagney came out in the late 30s. They didn't even try. Literally, it was a conscious decision not to recreate the actual look of the actual 20s. The two female leads sport some fashion elements of the '20s, but overall still look like they're from the '30s.
* ''Film/SidAndNancy'', made in the mid-eighties, but set in the late-seventies ([[TheSexPistols of course]]), has some rather obvious 'eighties cars, including an '80-82 Cadillac limo in 1975, and an '84-'85 Honda Civic. Strangely the latter does have correctly lettered number plates for the year ('old' P-reg in British car parlance).

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* ''Film/TheRoaringTwenties'' ''Film/TheRoaringTwenties1939'' starring James Cagney came out in the late 30s. They didn't even try. Literally, it was a conscious decision not to recreate the actual look of the actual 20s. The two female leads sport some fashion elements of the '20s, but overall still look like they're from the '30s.
* ''Film/SidAndNancy'', made in the mid-eighties, but set in the late-seventies ([[TheSexPistols ([[Music/SexPistols of course]]), has some rather obvious 'eighties cars, including an '80-82 Cadillac limo in 1975, and an '84-'85 Honda Civic. Strangely the latter does have correctly lettered number plates for the year ('old' P-reg in British car parlance).
9th Jun '17 10:35:46 PM MeekGazelle
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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour "The Eleventh Hour"]]: At the beginning, as the out-of-control TARDIS is tumbling over London, the Millennium Dome and London Eye are clearly visible, in what is later revealed to be 1996.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour "The Eleventh Hour"]]: At the beginning, as the out-of-control TARDIS is tumbling over London, the Millennium Dome and London Eye are clearly visible, in what is later revealed to be 1996. It can still be assumed that the TARDIS crashes through the sky in 2005 (the year of the last scene in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime the previous episode]]), then time-travels to/crash-lands in 1996.
4th Jun '17 10:28:17 AM nombretomado
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** A notepad late in the game has a list of some Deus Ex tropes, despite TVTropes barely existing back then.

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** A notepad late in the game has a list of some Deus Ex tropes, despite TVTropes Wiki/TVTropes barely existing back then.
25th May '17 10:50:11 AM CosmicFerret
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* ''Film/{{Lymelife}}'' is a case where it's clear the director had more of a general period than specific time in mind. The film's mention of the Iranian hostage crisis clearly sets it in 1979, but it contains references to ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'' which wasn't released until 1980, and the Falklands War, which didn't occur until 1982.

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* ''Film/{{Lymelife}}'' is a case where it's clear the director had more of a general period than specific time in mind. The film's mention of the Iranian hostage crisis clearly sets it in 1979, but it contains references to ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'' ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' which wasn't released until 1980, and the Falklands War, which didn't occur until 1982.
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