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30th Apr '18 5:31:14 AM ChronoLegion
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* Played with in ''Series/{{Timeless}}''. Two past characters end up in 2018: a UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne soldier and a 17-year-old [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy JFK]]. The former adapts pretty quickly, although he still prints out the entirety of Wikipedia, as a tablet screen huts his eyes. The latter is both shocked and pleased. Shocked at all the technology and his own future, and pleased at all the social progress (he went to an all-white boys-only school) since 1934.
19th Apr '18 9:02:31 PM lakingsif
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* In ''Series/ElMinisterioDelTiempo'', one of the first things Abraham Levi and his wife see when they leave 1491 is a female agent dressed in the most-exaggerated [[TheSixties sixties]] fashion imaginable.

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* In ''Series/ElMinisterioDelTiempo'', ''Series/TheMinistryOfTime'', one of the first things Abraham Levi and his wife see when they leave 1491 is a female agent dressed in the most-exaggerated [[TheSixties sixties]] fashion imaginable.
25th Oct '17 8:11:02 AM RedScharlach
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* ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' has the Revivals, people who were put on ice to await cures for terminal illness or injury. They're easily revived in the comics "present day" (the actual date is unknown, the future society has lost track of it). Unfortunatly, society only sees the Revivals as an ancient obligation (the original cryogenic agreements) whom they revive and dump on the street to fend for themselves, there is no system in place to help them adjust. Even worse, the future is such a chaotic mess that most Reveals simply cant cope and become borderline catatonic upon their first exposure. Spider Jerusalem spends some time writing about their plight and is critical towards society for refusing to help them.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' has the Revivals, people who were put on ice to await cures for terminal illness or injury. They're easily revived in the comics comic's "present day" (the actual date is unknown, the future society has lost track of it). Unfortunatly, Unfortunately, society only sees the Revivals as an ancient obligation (the original cryogenic agreements) whom they revive and dump on the street to fend for themselves, themselves; there is no system in place to help them adjust. Even worse, the future is such a chaotic mess that most Reveals Revivals simply cant can't cope and become borderline catatonic upon their first exposure. Spider Jerusalem spends some time writing about their plight and is critical towards society for refusing to help them.



* Two ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' stories have Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian end up in 1970s New York City. In the original story he ends up there during a blackout and thus doesnt experience too much of modern society, and winds up in his own time again by the end, but in the second, he misses his chance, and is actually stranded in modern day. Subsequently, he has to adjust himself to the modern world and ends up running his own gang after he learns modern English and customs.

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* Two ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' stories have Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian end up in 1970s New York City. In the original story he ends up there during a blackout and thus doesnt doesn't experience too much of modern society, and winds up in his own time again by the end, but in the second, he misses his chance, and is actually stranded in the modern day. Subsequently, he has to adjust himself to the modern world and ends up running his own gang after he learns modern English and customs.



* The entire purpose of the Christian film ''Film/TimeChanger'' is to have its protagonist, a 19th century theology professor, be shocked at how immoral the present day is.

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* The entire purpose of the Christian film ''Film/TimeChanger'' is to have its protagonist, a 19th century 19th-century theology professor, be shocked at how immoral the present day is.



* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''[[Literature/WorldWar Homeward Bound]]'', the Yeagers return to Earth 30 years after leaving it (they left on a SleeperStarship and came back on a new FTL-capable ship) and spending a few decades as {{Human Popsicle}}s before that. They are shown the most popular game show on TV and are shocked (Karen Yeager especially) that Rita, the hot assistant, wears a Minoan-style dress that completely exposes her breasts. Moreover, most of the women in the audience as likewise topless, some with bodypaint covering their bodies, and some without. While going topless was a growing trend among the younger generation in their time, they didn't think it'd go ''that'' far (or be acceptable TV content). Jonathan and Karen go see a movie and are further shocked by an extremely graphic sex scene of the main heroes (and Creator/MattDamon being merely a secondary character). Slightly subverted in that this is not our future (as far as we know) but that of an AlternateUniverse where human culture is influenced by that of the [[TheReptilians Race]].

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* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''[[Literature/WorldWar Homeward Bound]]'', the Yeagers return to Earth 30 years after leaving it (they left on a SleeperStarship and came back on a new FTL-capable ship) and spending a few decades as {{Human Popsicle}}s before that. They are shown the most popular game show on TV and are shocked (Karen Yeager especially) that Rita, the hot assistant, wears a Minoan-style dress that completely exposes her breasts. Moreover, most of the women in the audience as likewise topless, some with bodypaint covering their bodies, and some without. While going topless was a growing trend among the younger generation in their time, they didn't think it'd go ''that'' far (or be acceptable TV content). Jonathan and Karen go see a movie and are further shocked by an extremely graphic sex scene of featuring the main heroes (and Creator/MattDamon being merely a secondary character). Slightly subverted in that this is not our future (as far as we know) but that of an AlternateUniverse where human culture is influenced by that of the [[TheReptilians Race]].
25th Aug '17 6:09:41 PM nombretomado
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* ''Fanfiction/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'' presents the ponies in the human world in this vein. Though it's strictly speaking not ''their'' future, much of humanity's magicless technology is completely foreign to ponies. Queen Chrysalis for one, spends her first encounter with a live television arguing with the newscaster and getting cross with singing televangelists.

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* ''Fanfiction/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'' ''Fanfic/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'' presents the ponies in the human world in this vein. Though it's strictly speaking not ''their'' future, much of humanity's magicless technology is completely foreign to ponies. Queen Chrysalis for one, spends her first encounter with a live television arguing with the newscaster and getting cross with singing televangelists.
23rd Jul '17 9:45:11 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* Retrothinker's character arc on ''[[Creator/BobChipman The Game Overthinker]]'' was built around this trope. Retrothinker was a 1980s version of the Game Overthinker who hosted a public access cable TV show about video games from the basement of the Sharkcade. Excited to see what the future of gaming would hold, Retrothinker made himself a HumanPopsicle to awaken in 2025. However, when the Sharkcade was destroyed by arsonist ninja Pyrothinker, Retrothinker awoke early and was horrified by the world. Social gaming, online gaming, EA Sports, Gamestop, gaming gimmicks, creative stagnation, VideoGame/BombermanActZero, and VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 led to [[spoiler: his FaceHeelTurn into Necrothinker who summoned an army of undead retro video game characters to destroy modern gaming. The Overthinker manages to defeat and heal him back to normal.]]

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* The Retrothinker's character arc on ''[[Creator/BobChipman The Game Overthinker]]'' was built around this trope. The Retrothinker was a 1980s version of the Game Overthinker who hosted a public access cable TV show about video games from the basement of the Sharkcade. Excited to see what the future of gaming would hold, the Retrothinker made himself a HumanPopsicle to awaken in 2025. However, when the Sharkcade was destroyed by the arsonist ninja Pyrothinker, the Retrothinker awoke early in 2012 and was horrified by the world. Social gaming, online gaming, EA Sports, Gamestop, gaming {{waggle}} gimmicks, creative stagnation, VideoGame/BombermanActZero, ''VideoGame/BombermanActZero'', and VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' led to [[spoiler: his FaceHeelTurn into Necrothinker the Necrothinker, who summoned an army of undead retro video game characters to destroy modern gaming. The Overthinker manages managed to defeat and heal him back to normal.]]
23rd Jul '17 9:41:32 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ''{{Moviebob}}'': Retrothinker's character arc was built around this trope. Retrothinker was a 1980s version of the Game Overthinker who hosted a public access cable TV show about video games from the basement of the Sharkcade. Excited to see what the future of gaming would hold, Retrothinker made himself a HumanPopsicle to awaken in 2025. However, when the Sharkcade was destroyed by arsonist ninja Pyrothinker, Retrothinker awoke early and was horrified by the world. Social gaming, online gaming, EA Sports, Gamestop, gaming gimmicks, creative stagnation, VideoGame/BombermanActZero, and VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 led to [[spoiler: his FaceHeelTurn into Necrothinker who summoned an army of undead retro video game characters to destroy modern gaming. The Overthinker manages to defeat and heal him back to normal.]]

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* ''{{Moviebob}}'': Retrothinker's character arc on ''[[Creator/BobChipman The Game Overthinker]]'' was built around this trope. Retrothinker was a 1980s version of the Game Overthinker who hosted a public access cable TV show about video games from the basement of the Sharkcade. Excited to see what the future of gaming would hold, Retrothinker made himself a HumanPopsicle to awaken in 2025. However, when the Sharkcade was destroyed by arsonist ninja Pyrothinker, Retrothinker awoke early and was horrified by the world. Social gaming, online gaming, EA Sports, Gamestop, gaming gimmicks, creative stagnation, VideoGame/BombermanActZero, and VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 led to [[spoiler: his FaceHeelTurn into Necrothinker who summoned an army of undead retro video game characters to destroy modern gaming. The Overthinker manages to defeat and heal him back to normal.]]
28th Dec '16 1:11:53 PM Doug86
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* Two ''WhatIf'' stories have ConanTheBarbarian end up in 1970's New York City. In the original story he ends up there during a blackout and thus doesnt experience too much of modenr society, and winds up in his own time again by the end, but in the second, he misses his chance, and is actually stranded in modern day. Subsequently, he has to adjust himself to the modern world and ends up running his own gang after he learns modern English and customs.

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* Two ''WhatIf'' ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' stories have ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian end up in 1970's 1970s New York City. In the original story he ends up there during a blackout and thus doesnt experience too much of modenr modern society, and winds up in his own time again by the end, but in the second, he misses his chance, and is actually stranded in modern day. Subsequently, he has to adjust himself to the modern world and ends up running his own gang after he learns modern English and customs.
12th Dec '16 11:36:48 PM SilentStranger
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* ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' has the Revivals, people who were put on ice to await cures for terminal illness or injury. They find the future as shocking as the reader often does; Spider Jerusalem is critical of society for not having a system in place to help them adjust.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' has the Revivals, people who were put on ice to await cures for terminal illness or injury. They find They're easily revived in the comics "present day" (the actual date is unknown, the future as shocking as the reader often does; Spider Jerusalem is critical of society has lost track of it). Unfortunatly, society only sees the Revivals as an ancient obligation (the original cryogenic agreements) whom they revive and dump on the street to fend for not having a themselves, there is no system in place to help them adjust.adjust. Even worse, the future is such a chaotic mess that most Reveals simply cant cope and become borderline catatonic upon their first exposure. Spider Jerusalem spends some time writing about their plight and is critical towards society for refusing to help them.


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* Two ''WhatIf'' stories have ConanTheBarbarian end up in 1970's New York City. In the original story he ends up there during a blackout and thus doesnt experience too much of modenr society, and winds up in his own time again by the end, but in the second, he misses his chance, and is actually stranded in modern day. Subsequently, he has to adjust himself to the modern world and ends up running his own gang after he learns modern English and customs.
24th Nov '16 3:29:37 PM jeez
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* ''Fanfiction/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'' presents the ponies in the human world in this vein. Though it's strictly speaking not ''their'' future, much of humanity's magicless technology is completely foreign to ponies. Queen Chrysalis for one, spends her first encounter with a live television arguing with the newscaster and getting cross with singing televangelists.
--> '''Lauren Mephisto:''' "We may not comprehend the cutie mark, the magic artefacts and the cloud cities, but they don't comprehend the telephone, the lightbulb and the combustion engine."
31st Oct '16 2:58:31 AM jormis29
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* ''Film/{{Life}}'': Forty years into his life sentence (which began in [[TheGreatDepression 1932]] [[DeepSouth Mississippi]]), Claude is accidentally released in a parking lot where he finds himself surrounded by [[TheSeventies black youths sporting Afros and listening to funky music]]. Coupled with seeing the reflection of his old self, he is so shocked that he decides to wait for the warden in the car instead of attempting to escape.

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* ''Film/{{Life}}'': ''Film/{{Life|1999}}'': Forty years into his life sentence (which began in [[TheGreatDepression 1932]] [[DeepSouth Mississippi]]), Claude is accidentally released in a parking lot where he finds himself surrounded by [[TheSeventies black youths sporting Afros and listening to funky music]]. Coupled with seeing the reflection of his old self, he is so shocked that he decides to wait for the warden in the car instead of attempting to escape.
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