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9th Oct '17 2:09:01 PM Robbyn
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* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' goes crazy with this one. It's allegedly set in a fictional, Inca-like Peruvian empire, but it makes no attempt to stay true to this. At one point, the producers themselves even admitted, "What the heck -- we've broken every other historical rule; let's [[GreasySpoon throw in a truck stop]]."
* [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney movies]] do this a lot. Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' has Hercules action figures[[note]]In this case, RealityIsUnrealistic, as Historians have found action figures of gladiators at dig sites[[/note]] and soft drinks for sale, promoting the eponymous hero. Not to mention a credit card...
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' has the anachronisms more as [[RuleOfFunny one-off jokes]], but they are still there: One character laments in a song, "Boy, was I a fool in school for cutting gym!" The Absurdity is not that education would include gymnastics, but that a simple peasant turned soldier would've gone to school.[[note]]Then again, we don't know Ling ''was'' a peasant. ''Every'' family had to send a man, even the well-off ones, so he could be upper class. In fact he probably ''is'', since he certainly doesn't look like he's done much physical work.[[/note]]

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* [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney movies]] do this a lot:
** Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' has Hercules action figures[[note]]In this case, RealityIsUnrealistic, as Historians have found action figures of gladiators at dig sites[[/note]] and soft drinks for sale, promoting the eponymous hero. Not to mention a credit card...
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''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' goes crazy with this one. It's allegedly set in a fictional, Inca-like Peruvian empire, but it makes no attempt to stay true to this. At one point, the producers themselves even admitted, "What the heck -- we've broken every other historical rule; let's [[GreasySpoon throw in a truck stop]]."
* [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney movies]] do this a lot. Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' has Hercules action figures[[note]]In this case, RealityIsUnrealistic, as Historians have found action figures of gladiators at dig sites[[/note]] and soft drinks for sale, promoting the eponymous hero. Not to mention a credit card...
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** ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' has the anachronisms more as [[RuleOfFunny one-off jokes]], but they are still there: One character laments in a song, "Boy, was I a fool in school for cutting gym!" The Absurdity is not that education would include gymnastics, but that a simple peasant turned soldier would've gone to school.[[note]]Then again, we don't know Ling ''was'' a peasant. ''Every'' family had to send a man, even the well-off ones, so he could be upper class. In fact he probably ''is'', since he certainly doesn't look like he's done much physical work.[[/note]]
4th Jul '17 2:03:30 PM pinkdalek
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* The "Get Me Hennimore!" 70s {{Britcom}} pastiche sketches on ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' are mostly accurate to tropes of the era, but there is one gag about Hennimore being told to record his boss on his phone (which turns out to be a rotary phone with a 1970s camcorder in place of the handset).



* Most of the comedy in ''Podcast/ChapoTrapHouse'''s ''TabletopGames/CallOfCthulhu'' campaign is based around the absurdity of the 2016 US political situation being translated to the LovecraftCountry 1920s, poorly. This includes the protagonists running a far-right (as opposed to far-left) ''radio show'' called "Capone Speakeasy", one of the player characters being a '[[Music/Eminem white spoken-word jazz musician]]', references to [[{{Twitter}} telegram]] comedians, and the storyline being a WholePlotReference to the Pizzagate conspiracy theory.

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* Most of the comedy in ''Podcast/ChapoTrapHouse'''s ''TabletopGames/CallOfCthulhu'' campaign is based around the absurdity of the 2016 US political situation being translated to the LovecraftCountry 1920s, poorly. This includes the protagonists running a far-right (as opposed to far-left) ''radio show'' called "Capone Speakeasy", one of the player characters being a '[[Music/Eminem '[[Music/{{Eminem}} white spoken-word jazz musician]]', references to [[{{Twitter}} telegram]] comedians, and the storyline being a WholePlotReference to the Pizzagate conspiracy theory.
4th Jul '17 2:00:28 PM pinkdalek
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* Most of the comedy in ''Podcast/ChapoTrapHouse'''s ''TabletopGames/CallOfCthulhu'' campaign is based around the absurdity of the 2016 US political situation being translated to the LovecraftCountry 1920s, poorly. This includes the protagonists running a far-right (as opposed to far-left) ''radio show'' called "Capone Speakeasy", one of the player characters being a '[[Music/Eminem white spoken-word jazz musician]]', references to [[{{Twitter}} telegram]] comedians, and the storyline being a WholePlotReference to the Pizzagate conspiracy theory.
21st May '17 2:51:20 PM StFan
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->'''Diabetes''': Are we in ancient times?\\
'''Woman''': Can't you tell by what you're wearing?

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->'''Diabetes''': ->'''Diabetes:''' Are we in ancient times?\\
'''Woman''': '''Woman:''' Can't you tell by what you're wearing?






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-->"That Shinsengumi member was born in this prefecture, not the one you said."
-->"Thank you for pointing that out. I'll get to fixing it as soon as I figure out why there's aliens in the Meiji era."

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-->"That Shinsengumi member was born in this prefecture, not the one you said."
-->"Thank
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"Thank
you for pointing that out. I'll get to fixing it as soon as I figure out why there's aliens in the Meiji era."



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* {{Comicbook/Asterix}}. The series is less AnachronismStew than an Anachronism *Steak*. The comics largely use Roman-era cultures with modern day cultural stereotypes, characters have [[PunnyName names]] like Fulliautomatix (a blacksmith) and Timandahaf (a viking chieftain) and there are 1st-century equivalents of modern day things, including sports chariots and text-messenger pigeons. Oddly enough combined with ShownTheirWork, as the artists are usually making up a modern connection half the time and accurately depicting something modern that [[OlderThanTheyThink actually existed at the time]] for the other half.

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* {{Comicbook/Asterix}}.ComicBook/{{Asterix}}. The series is less AnachronismStew than an Anachronism *Steak*. The comics largely use Roman-era cultures with modern day cultural stereotypes, characters have [[PunnyName names]] like Fulliautomatix (a blacksmith) and Timandahaf (a viking chieftain) and there are 1st-century equivalents of modern day things, including sports chariots and text-messenger pigeons. Oddly enough combined with ShownTheirWork, as the artists are usually making up a modern connection half the time and accurately depicting something modern that [[OlderThanTheyThink actually existed at the time]] for the other half.



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* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' goes crazy with this one. It's allegedly set in a fictional, Inca-like Peruvian empire, but it makes no attempt to stay true to this. At one point, the producers themselves even admitted, "What the heck--we've broken every other historical rule; let's [[GreasySpoon throw in a truck stop]]."
* [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney movies]] do this a lot. Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' had Hercules action figures[[note]]In this case, RealityIsUnrealistic, as Historians have found action figures of gladiators at dig sites[[/note]] and soft drinks for sale, promoting the eponymous hero. Not to mention a credit card...
* ''{{Disney/Mulan}}'' had the anachronisms more as [[RuleOfFunny one-off jokes]], but they were still there: One character laments in a song, "Boy, was I a fool in school for cutting gym!" The Absurdity is not that education would include gymnastics, but that a simple peasant turned soldier would've gone to school.[[note]]Then again, we don't know Ling ''was'' a peasant. ''Every'' family had to send a man, even the well-off ones, so he could be upper class. In fact he probably ''is'', since he certainly doesn't look like he's done much physical work.[[/note]]
* The ''{{WesternAnimation/Shrek}}'' movies are set in a MedievalEuropeanFantasy setting, yet there is photography (the Duloc information booth), television broadcasts (seen through magic mirror, but still...), and modern day-style high schools complete with cheerleaders and pep rallies. Donkey sings '90s era pop tunes, and Shrek himself occasionally says anachronistic phrases like "Hold the phone," and "Oh, no you didn't!" It's all part of the whole DeconstructiveParody thing the series is known for.

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* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' goes crazy with this one. It's allegedly set in a fictional, Inca-like Peruvian empire, but it makes no attempt to stay true to this. At one point, In ''ComicStrip/BeauPeep, the producers themselves even admitted, "What the heck--we've broken every other historical rule; let's [[GreasySpoon throw in a truck stop]]."
* [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney movies]] do this a lot. Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' had Hercules action figures[[note]]In this case, RealityIsUnrealistic, as Historians have found action figures of gladiators at dig sites[[/note]] and soft drinks for sale, promoting the eponymous hero. Not to mention a credit card...
* ''{{Disney/Mulan}}'' had the anachronisms more as [[RuleOfFunny one-off jokes]], but they were still there: One character laments in a song, "Boy, was I a fool in school for cutting gym!" The Absurdity is not that education would include gymnastics, but that a simple peasant turned soldier would've gone to school.[[note]]Then again, we don't know Ling ''was'' a peasant. ''Every'' family had to send a man, even the well-off ones, so he could be upper class. In fact he probably ''is'', since he certainly doesn't look like he's done much physical work.[[/note]]
* The ''{{WesternAnimation/Shrek}}'' movies are set in a MedievalEuropeanFantasy setting, yet there is photography (the Duloc information booth), television broadcasts (seen through magic mirror, but still...), and modern day-style high schools complete with cheerleaders and pep rallies. Donkey sings '90s era pop tunes, and Shrek himself occasionally says anachronistic phrases like "Hold the phone," and "Oh, no you didn't!" It's all part
idea of the whole DeconstructiveParody thing Foreign Legion guarding forts in the series is known for.Sahara should put it in the first half of the 20th century. But apart from that, everything in the strip seems to be the present day.



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* ''Film/AKnightsTale''... set in the 14th century, but with ''1970s rock music''. WordOfGod claims that the music is a kind of audible TranslationConvention. Authentic 14th century music would just sound old to modern audiences, so updating the music to modern-day stuff allows the audience to understand what the music means to the characters. This decision makes a bit more sense when you realize that the "traditional" alternative, a classical soundtrack, is just as anachronistic as a rock one.

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* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' goes crazy with this one. It's allegedly set in a fictional, Inca-like Peruvian empire, but it makes no attempt to stay true to this. At one point, the producers themselves even admitted, "What the heck -- we've broken every other historical rule; let's [[GreasySpoon throw in a truck stop]]."
* [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney movies]] do this a lot. Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' has Hercules action figures[[note]]In this case, RealityIsUnrealistic, as Historians have found action figures of gladiators at dig sites[[/note]] and soft drinks for sale, promoting the eponymous hero. Not to mention a credit card...
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' has the anachronisms more as [[RuleOfFunny one-off jokes]], but they are still there: One character laments in a song, "Boy, was I a fool in school for cutting gym!" The Absurdity is not that education would include gymnastics, but that a simple peasant turned soldier would've gone to school.[[note]]Then again, we don't know Ling ''was'' a peasant. ''Every'' family had to send a man, even the well-off ones, so he could be upper class. In fact he probably ''is'', since he certainly doesn't look like he's done much physical work.[[/note]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movies are set in a MedievalEuropeanFantasy setting, yet there is photography (the Duloc information booth), television broadcasts (seen through magic mirror, but still...), and modern day-style high schools complete with cheerleaders and pep rallies. Donkey sings '90s era pop tunes, and Shrek himself occasionally says anachronistic phrases like "Hold the phone," and "Oh, no you didn't!" It's all part of the whole DeconstructiveParody thing the series is known for.
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* ''Film/AKnightsTale''... set in the 14th century, but with ''1970s rock music''. WordOfGod claims that the music is a kind of audible TranslationConvention. Authentic 14th century music would just sound old odd to modern audiences, so updating the music to modern-day stuff allows the audience to understand what the music means to the characters. This decision makes a bit more sense when you realize that the "traditional" alternative, a classical soundtrack, is just as anachronistic as a rock one.



* Giddily played with in Tom Stoppard's ''Film/ShakespeareInLove.'' Though the film is otherwise quite compliant about historical accuracy, there are little digs put in, such as a mug reading [[ShoutOut "Souvenir of Stratford-Upon-Avon"]] and an [[ThereAreNoTherapists Apothecary to whom Will relates all his... inspiration troubles.]]

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* Giddily played with in Tom Stoppard's ''Film/ShakespeareInLove.'' ''Film/ShakespeareInLove''. Though the film is otherwise quite compliant about historical accuracy, there are little digs put in, such as a mug reading [[ShoutOut "Souvenir of Stratford-Upon-Avon"]] and an [[ThereAreNoTherapists Apothecary to whom Will relates all his... inspiration troubles.]]



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* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' - When the gang cracks the liberty bell. "Don't worry, dude, we're gonna tar and feather the shit out of her later, bro." "Nayeth."

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* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' - ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'': When the gang cracks the liberty bell. "Don't worry, dude, we're gonna tar and feather the shit out of her later, bro." "Nayeth."



-->Dave I saw your tiny face around a leper's tit \\
Jesus walked right by you and you didn't give a shit \\
Andy killed an animal; he killed it with his hands \\
And gave it all to me because I was a woman then \\
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-->Dave -->''Dave I saw your tiny face around a leper's tit \\
tit\\
Jesus walked right by you and you didn't give a shit \\
shit\\
Andy killed an animal; he killed it with his hands \\
hands\\
And gave it all to me because I was a woman then \\
\\
then\\\



That he picked up in London in the 1470s \\

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That he picked up in London in the 1470s \\1470s\\



That he's the one who never could [[Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice extract that pound of flesh]]

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That he's the one who never could [[Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice extract that pound of flesh]]flesh]]''



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* In ''ComicStrip/BeauPeep, the idea of the Foreign Legion guarding forts in the Sahara should put it in the first half of the 20th century. But apart from that, everything in the strip seems to be the present day.
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* The ''[[{{TabletopGame/Forsooth}} Forsooth!]]'' says that no matter the setting, it will probably look a lot like Elizabethan England. See the Shakespeare examples below.

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* The ''[[{{TabletopGame/Forsooth}} Forsooth!]]'' ''TabletopGame/{{Forsooth}}'' says that no matter the setting, it will probably look a lot like Elizabethan England. See the Shakespeare examples below.



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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' likes this. The values and knowledge pool of the characters tend to match up with modern day including having the local WizardingSchool set up like a high school, all of this despite the comic being set in the "standard medieval fantasy setting" time-period.
** At one point Elan is trying to board an Airship (in the rather Steampunk cross-over town of Cliffport) but can't gain passage because he's a D&D style character and only Final Fantasy characters are allowed on board. So, while some higher level technologies EXIST in that world, there seem to be some strict segregation laws in place to try and maintain consistency based on the individual's own appropriate time period.

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' likes this. The values and knowledge pool of the characters tend to match up with modern day including having the local WizardingSchool set up like a high school, all of this despite the comic being set in the "standard medieval fantasy setting" time-period.
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time-period. At one point Elan is trying to board an Airship (in the rather Steampunk cross-over town of Cliffport) but can't gain passage because he's a D&D style ''D&D''-style character and only Final Fantasy ''Final Fantasy'' characters are allowed on board. So, while some higher level technologies EXIST in that world, there seem to be some strict segregation laws in place to try and maintain consistency based on the individual's own appropriate time period.



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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' may not have done it first, but they definitely did it most visibly. It had cavemen ''celebrating Christmas.'' They have to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ[[FlintstoneTheming rock]], of course.
** A mid-'90s TV movie ''[[YetAnotherChristmasCarol A Flintstones Christmas Carol]]'' shows the gang putting on a (rather faithful) adaption of [[Literature/AChristmasCarol the Dickens novel]] as a community play--or Charles ''Brickens'', in their case.
* WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries seems to take place in a strange mish-mash of eras. The cars and art-deco landscape of Gotham is out of the 20s/30s, TV is still in black and white but personal computers are common (and the Bat-computer itself has a large color screen). Most airplanes are prop-driven biplanes, but the Batwing is [[SchizoTech more or less a flying saucer]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'' is theoretically set in Europe in the Middle Ages. That doesn't stop the heroes from dropping by the local [[strike:mall]] ''Great Indoor Marketplace'', though, or making musicals about donuts.
** It was lampshaded once when Dave asked Candy where the (clothes) dryer is, and she responded that dryers ''haven't been invented yet''. Then she says to just use her hair-dryer, which of course is of a generic modern appearance and appears to have a power cable.
** There was also the time when Dave invented a megaphone out of a squirrel, rope, and... a megaphone.
** One episode has a comedian, while bombing on stage, tap the microphone and ask "Has this thing been invented yet?" instead of "Is this thing on?"

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' may not have done it first, but they definitely did it most visibly. It had cavemen ''celebrating Christmas.'' Christmas''. They have to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ[[FlintstoneTheming rock]], of course.
**
course. A mid-'90s TV movie ''[[YetAnotherChristmasCarol A Flintstones Christmas Carol]]'' shows the gang putting on a (rather faithful) adaption of [[Literature/AChristmasCarol the Dickens novel]] as a community play--or play -- or Charles ''Brickens'', in their case.
* WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' seems to take place in a strange mish-mash of eras. The cars and art-deco landscape of Gotham is out of the 20s/30s, TV is still in black and white but personal computers are common (and the Bat-computer itself has a large color screen). Most airplanes are prop-driven biplanes, but the Batwing is [[SchizoTech more or less a flying saucer]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'' is theoretically set in Europe in the Middle Ages. That doesn't stop the heroes from dropping by the local [[strike:mall]] ''Great Indoor Marketplace'', though, or making musicals about donuts.
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donuts. It was lampshaded once when Dave asked Candy where the (clothes) dryer is, and she responded that dryers ''haven't been invented yet''. Then she says to just use her hair-dryer, which of course is of a generic modern appearance and appears to have a power cable.
**
cable. There was also the time when Dave invented a megaphone out of a squirrel, rope, and... a megaphone.
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megaphone. One episode has a comedian, while bombing on stage, tap the microphone and ask "Has this thing been invented yet?" instead of "Is this thing on?"



* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' ostensibly takes place during modern times, with the internet and smart phones, but all the fashions are stuck in the 60s and the technology all looks like it's from the 90s.
** This excludes some of the futuristic tech coming from Destroido and [[spoiler: Quest Tech.]] Granted, given the unusual state of things due to the [[spoiler: Nibiru entity influencing time for many centuries]], this is understandable.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' ostensibly takes place during modern times, with the internet and smart phones, but all the fashions are stuck in the 60s '60s and the technology all looks like it's from the 90s.
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'90s. This excludes some of the futuristic tech coming from Destroido and [[spoiler: Quest [[spoiler:Quest Tech.]] Granted, given the unusual state of things due to the [[spoiler: Nibiru entity influencing time for many centuries]], this is understandable.



26th Mar '17 6:17:03 PM TheNicestGuy
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* ''Series/SamuraiGourmet'': The OncePerEpisode gimmick is that a Sengoku ronin will appear to demonstrate to Kasumi [[WhatWouldXDo how a samurai might respond]] to his current social dilemma. These sequences [[InvertedTrope invert the trope]] in a way, since all the characters besides Kasumi are replaced with Sengoku counterparts, but the surroundings are not. This leads to such things as a samurai teaching that you should not be ashamed to slurp your noodles, while sitting in a ''haute cuisine'' Italian restaurant.
25th Mar '17 12:16:45 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'': Yzma tries to figure out whether she wants to take over the world or buy a plasma screen TV with her money.


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* ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'': Yzma tries to figure out whether she wants to take over the world or buy a plasma screen TV with her money.
24th Mar '17 1:21:10 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* ''Manga/GinTama'' sometimes uses its AlternateUniverse Meiji setting as an excuse for this.

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* ''Manga/GinTama'' ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' sometimes uses its AlternateUniverse Meiji setting as an excuse for this.
17th Mar '17 11:58:02 AM erforce
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* This is arguably the point of the ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' series. While its very subdued in its prequel Koudelka, it gets worse and worse as the games come out, and by the time we reach From the New World, we have South American Ninja, aliens, a giant talking cat who is a gangster, and the main character dressed like a teenager from the 90s... in what is supposed to be the 1920s.

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* This is arguably the point of the ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' series. While its very subdued in its prequel Koudelka, ''VideoGame/{{Koudelka}}'', it gets worse and worse as the games come out, and by the time we reach From the New World, we have South American Ninja, aliens, a giant talking cat who is a gangster, and the main character dressed like a teenager from the 90s... in what is supposed to be the 1920s.
7th Jan '17 1:11:26 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Giddily played with in Tom Stoppard's ''Film/ShakespeareInLove.'' Though the film is otherwise quite compliant about historical accuracy, there are little digs put in, such as a mug reading [[ShoutOut "Souvenir of Stratford-Upon-Avon"]] and an [[ThereAreNoTherapists Apothecary to whom Will relates all his...]] [[FreudWasRight inspiration troubles.]]

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* Giddily played with in Tom Stoppard's ''Film/ShakespeareInLove.'' Though the film is otherwise quite compliant about historical accuracy, there are little digs put in, such as a mug reading [[ShoutOut "Souvenir of Stratford-Upon-Avon"]] and an [[ThereAreNoTherapists Apothecary to whom Will relates all his...]] [[FreudWasRight inspiration troubles.]]
8th Oct '16 3:55:25 AM erforce
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However, sometimes, telling a story (or being [[RuleOfFunny funny]]) is more important than being historically accurate. So while a story may theoretically be set in, say, [[Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove ancient Peru]], you'll find [[GreasySpoon truck stops]], [[HumiliationConga people slipping on over-waxed floors]], {{Lawyer Friendly|Cameo}} [[ScoutOut Boy Scouts]], and who knows what else. A bit like PresentDayPast, only applied to the whole of history-- liberally and without remorse for all those [[ArtisticLicenseHistory poor history majors.]] While an AnachronismStew can be pretty subtle if you don't pay attention in history class-- "Hey! They didn't [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean call it the Caribbean]] during the 1600s!"-- a Purely Aesthetic Era is ''blatant'' and intentional. It may be {{Hand Wave}}d with an AlternateHistory, but most folks don't even try to explain it.

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However, sometimes, telling a story (or being [[RuleOfFunny funny]]) is more important than being historically accurate. So while a story may theoretically be set in, say, [[Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove ancient Peru]], you'll find [[GreasySpoon truck stops]], [[HumiliationConga people slipping on over-waxed floors]], {{Lawyer Friendly|Cameo}} [[ScoutOut Boy Scouts]], and who knows what else. A bit like PresentDayPast, only applied to the whole of history-- liberally and without remorse for all those [[ArtisticLicenseHistory poor history majors.]] While an AnachronismStew can be pretty subtle if you don't pay attention in history class-- "Hey! They didn't [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean call it the Caribbean]] during the 1600s!"-- a Purely Aesthetic Era is ''blatant'' and intentional. It may be {{Hand Wave}}d with an AlternateHistory, but most folks don't even try to explain it.
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