Created By: SmytheOrdo on July 16, 2013 Last Edited By: SmytheOrdo on July 21, 2013

The Hippie

A subculture first coming up in he 1960s noted for their love of peace and music.

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Describe the Hippie here.

Groovy man!

A Discredited Trope these days and never played straight in modern times, Hippies were a subculture that popped up in the 1960s as a youth response to the increased social activism of the time. Known for their liberal use of drugs, loud(for the time) music, and for usually being extremely pacifistic.

Examples:

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  • The Archie Comics gang went thru a period of this kind of thing(of course actual references to what was being reacted to were NOT allowed).

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  • The early 1970s Godzilla films featured them quite a bit, especially Godzilla vs. Hedorah which was outright inspired by Woodstock and the 1969 youth riots in Japan around the same time.

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Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • July 16, 2013
    alnair20aug93
    You might wanna look for New Age Retro Hippie
  • July 16, 2013
    SmytheOrdo
    Oh I see.
  • July 17, 2013
    SmytheOrdo
    But that TECHNICALLY is not what I want. I kinda wanted the archetype active in the 60s that disappeared over time, not the newer version.
  • July 17, 2013
    arbiter099
  • July 17, 2013
    lexicon
    What on the New Age Retro Hippie page is not how it was in the 60s? New age doesn't mean that it's the newer version. It just means that they've always believed in the new age spiritual movement.
  • July 18, 2013
    m8e
    Reading the description it looks like New Age Retro Hippie is about the stereotypical post-60s hippie.
  • July 18, 2013
    SmytheOrdo
    What M8 said.
  • July 19, 2013
    lexicon
    Please tell us what the difference is between the 60s hippie and what New Age Retro Hippie says.
  • July 21, 2013
    karstovich2
    The essence of the difference would be:

    The Hippie is the one actually in the 60s. There's an implication of wide-eyed idealism, an actual serious social movement (anti-Vietnam War), and...well...it was during the 60s.

    This last point is critical because of the "Retro" element in New Age Retro Hippie trope. That implies that either the character in question lived the 60s and never left them in spirit, or that the character was born long after and is pretending to be the real thing. There's an element of judgment on the "New Age Retro Hippie": it's not just that this person dresses funny and talks funny and drops acid and smokes a lot of weed, he/she is also...kinda phony. Either that or refuses to grow up.

    By contrast, an actual 60s hippie is seen (rightly or wrongly) as being more "genuine" or "authentic," to say nothing of more activist and serious about social change (whereas the post-60s NARH is a burnout/bum).
  • July 21, 2013
    lexicon
    I see what you're saying. In that case each of the examples should reference the "genuine" element of the characters. It was called the Counter Culture movement and Counterculture Activist does have an 'in the moment' sound to it. They were aware of current events (war, racism) and spoke out against them.
  • July 21, 2013
    m8e
    Would that hippie couple from the "1969" episode of Stargate SG 1 count? There's a while since I seen it, but they drove a "hippie painted" bus, was on their way to Woodstock and was planning to then go to Canada to avoid the war.
  • July 21, 2013
    SmytheOrdo
    Tried to elaborate a little.
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