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->''"Most people think Marv is crazy. He just had the rotten luck of being born in the wrong century. He would've been right at home on some ancient battlefield, swinging an axe into somebody's face. Or in a Roman arena taking a sword to other gladiators like him. They'd have ''tossed'' him girls like Nancy back then."''
-->-- '''Dwight [=McCarthy=]''', ''Comicbook/SinCity'', "A Dame to Kill For"

There's a certain type of character who yearns for YeGoodeOldeDays, when things were more exciting, or simpler, or better in some other way. Or maybe they feel they'd fit in better in a time other than their own. Or maybe they're just history buffs and would like to have been around when all that history was happening. [[OldSchoolChivalry Maybe it's the romance they miss.]]

Or maybe the character is an inventor ahead of their time who just can't convince anyone that their crazy ideas could make a benefit for mankind, or a sci-fi buff who only wishes that all those stories about spaceships and flying cars were real, or a subculture waiting for the time when [[TheWorldIsNotReady the world will be ready]] for them.

No matter what the reason, though, this character feels that they were born in the wrong century.

Characters of this sort often find themselves involved in TimeTravel adventures -- maybe they jump at the chance to test out some new time travel technology; maybe they're selected because their knowledge of the era will be useful to their fellow time travelers; maybe they just want to travel through time so badly that the fabric of spacetime folds itself for them for no adequately explained reason. Sometimes, these characters learn that the time they wanted to live in [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor isn't so great after all]], but just as often they don't. If so, they may [[IChooseToStay choose to stay]].

Note that this trope usually involves characters who live in modern industrialized democracies where they have a great deal of freedom and luxuries, which can make their nostalgia hard to take seriously. Characters from [[CrapSackWorld a crapsack country]] ravaged by plague, famine, or an evil dictator, are probably justified in feeling this way, but are rarely depicted unless they live in a future dystopia. Alternatively, like in the page quote, these characters are people who would like to return to a time when physical violence was a good pathway to fame and fortune.

Meanwhile, outside of science fiction and fantasy, characters like this are just stuck in the present day. Sucks to be them.

Such people do exist in RealLife, by the way; the time travel part, on the other hand, is probably not TruthInTelevision. Compare with FanOfThePast and DiscoDan. See also NostalgiaAintLikeItUsedToBe for cases governed by NostalgiaFilter or TheThemeParkVersion of "YeGoodeOldeDays".

!!Examples With Time Travel

[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Nobita in ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' was pretty much a loser in his time where his only useful skill is his [[ImprobableAimingSkills super-accurate marksmanship]]. In the stories in which he {{Time Travel}}s to the WildWest, he often ended up becoming a hero due to said-marksmanship which drove away the bandits.
* Yuri, of ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'', is a more understated instance of this trope. While she enjoys life in her own time and country, she is spirited away to and grows to love Anatolia so much that [[spoiler:she gives up her last chance to go home, in favor of staying.]] She does use more modern discoveries while there, among them [[DeliberateValuesDissonance ideas like keeping the injured and sick in sanitary conditions]], but she also connects insanely to the land, the people, and the culture. Note that despite time travel being possible in this world, Kail himself is an example of the second form of this trope. While he's not able to travel to present times, a lot of his viewpoints (citizens being treated equally, being monogamous in marriage, etc.) are ones that would be perfectly normal in modern times but pretty unusual in his time.
* ''Manga/VinlandSaga'', set at the time of Vikings, briefly features a character that still lives as if the Roman Empire never ended.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Marquis de Sade in ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'': Locked up for obscenity in the 18th century, he finds himself embraced with open arms by the fetish club scene of present-day San Francisco.
* Not exactly time travel but close enough. Travis Morgan, ''Comicbook/TheWarlord'', was a lot happier in the savage LostWorld of Skartaris than he ever had been in the 20th Century.
* Working for Oracle, before the New 52, in ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey'' is Zinda Blake, better known as ComicBook/LadyBlackhawk, a fighter pilot and hero from the 1950s who found herself in the modern day after a time warp [[TimeTravel sends her forward several decades]]. Due to her highly liberal and controversial beliefs, such as her determination to become a fighter pilot, she finds herself much more comfortable in the modern day DC Universe than she did back in her own era. The only notable problems she seems to have is that her taste in music is a few decades behind the times, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny and she can hardly get anybody to honor her senior citizens discount]].
* In a Franchise/{{Batman}} and Comicbook/MartianManhunter team-up in ''Detective Comics'' in 1997, Wally Dalbert, a 27th century thief who commited his crimes by travelling backwards in time but had no way of travelling forwards, eventually settled to become a philanthropist in 19th century Gotham, where he had previously indicated he would feel more at home.
* Subverted by time-travelling foes of Franchise/TheFlash, Abra Kadabra and Professor Zoom, who travelled to the 20th century because they felt out of place in their own eras, and turned out not to fit in very well there either.
* Played with in the case of Klara Prast of the ComicBook/{{Runaways}}, who travelled forward in time from the early 20th century to the early 21st. On the one hand, she doesn't miss her old life of being married to (and exploited by) her abusive alcoholic husband at the age of ''eleven'', or the persecution she used to suffer because of her plant-controlling abilities. On the other hand, she finds many aspects of the modern world baffling (it doesn't help that her guide to the modern world is [[CloudCuckoolander Molly Hayes]], whose own understanding of the world is rather spotty.)

* Several characters in ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime''.
** The story takes [[Series/DoctorWho Sally Sparrow's]] attraction to old things and fleshes it out, to the point where she's a history major. Which is terribly convenient, [[spoiler:since she marries Dr. Watson and lives the rest of her life in the first half of the twentieth century.]]
** Beth Lestrade and her father, Michael, are big history buffs, especially regarding UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain. Justified in that they're descended from the original InspectorLestrade.
* In ''Fanfic/MementoVivere'', a VideoGame/FinalFantasyX fanfiction, Rikku feels this way initially, then [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor grows to regret it]] when she gets her wish.

* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', Doc Brown longed to be back in the days of the Wild West, which he manages to visit in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII''.
** The [[ComicBook/BackToTheFuture IDW comic book]] says the same of Doc's wife Clara, an intelligent, strong-willed woman who loves ScienceFiction but was born in the [=1800s=]. As shown in the movie, this ends up becoming the common bond that leads to their falling in love.
* This is the whole premise of ''Film/MidnightInParis''; the protagonist feels like he would have loved to live in 1920s Paris, only to find a way to visit that era. There, he falls in love with a woman who wants to live in the 1890s, and when the two visit that time they find out the people back then wanted to live in the Renaissance.
* The whole premise of ''Film/TheBradyBunchMovie'' is that the '70s incarnation of the family is transplanted into 1995 and comically unaware of the world around them being different than it was back then.
* Film/SomewhereInTime has the protagonist falling in love with a long-dead actress from the past.
* In ''The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet'', the eponymous narrator states that his own father is a perfect Cow-Boy, born a dozen decades too late.

* The protagonist of Jack Finney's ''Literature/TimeAndAgain'' wants to live in the 19th century, so he volunteers for a time-travel experiment. [[spoiler: And the follow-through: he ultimately decides to stay in 1882.]]
* For the protagonist of Caroline B. Cooney's ''Literature/TimeQuartet'', just briefly wishing that she lived a hundred years in the past seems to be enough to send her back in time. She winds up discovering that the Victorian era is not as great as she thought it was. A later book has an ahead-of-her-time Victorian girl travelling to the 1990s, with similar results -- the culture shock is just too great for her to feel comfortable staying there.
* The book ''Literature/TheSterkarmHandshake'' features a tramp on the streets of Edinburgh who is given a chance to travel back to 16th century Scotland, where he fits in a lot better.
* André Marek in ''Literature/{{Timeline}}'' is an interesting case -- he is deeply interested in medieval combat, language, and culture, but seems to hold few illusions about the morality that goes with them. When he is exposed to [[TheDungAges a past full of backstabbing, grime, and cruelty]], he [[spoiler:elects to stay behind, and marry the FemmeFatale]].
* Creator/AlfredBester's short story "Hobson's Choice" deconstructs the hell out of this trope. The main character lives in the aftermath of a nuclear apocalypse. He believes he lives in the worst time ever and dreams of escaping to the past. He discovers time travelers appearing from a small town and finds out that they are being sent there as a form of therapy because they believe that his time period is a Golden Age. The time travel technicians point out to him that in real life it would be nearly impossible for anyone to adapt adequately to live in a past time period. The time travelers are being sent back as a form of therapy to get them to readjust to life in their present, and most soon come back after finding they can't live in that time period. It is also pointed out that there is probably no point in time that someone, somewhere, and somewhen ''doesn't'' think is a golden age.
* Creator/HansChristianAndersen's "The Galoshes of Fortune" featured a man who always said that life in Medieval Denmark was much better... [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor until he got there himself.]]
* It isn't actually time travel, but the ''Literature/{{Darkover}}'' novel ''Two to Conquer'' gives the same effect with Paul Harrell -- quite explicitly described as being in the wrong century -- being transported from the Terran Empire to the feudal-era LostColony of Darkover.
* In Creator/TimPowers's ''Literature/TheAnubisGates'', Professor Brendan Doyle -- who studies 19th century poetry -- ends up stuck in London in the year 1810 after getting separated from his party of time travelers. (They were just popping in from 1983 in order to sit in on a lecture by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.)
* There are literally dozens if not hundreds of romance novels that use this trope, either by sending the heroine into the past to meet a dashing hero or having a dashing hero brought to the heroine's time to woo her as he plays the FishOutOfWater. When Status Quo is returned and everyone is back in their own time the heroine usually meets the hero's descendant and falls madly in love with him in the last few pages or paragraphs.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "Literature/TimePatrol", Everard wishes that people from his time who talked of the "noble Nordic" could see the Dark Ages peasants he is seeing.
* The main character in Edward Ormondroyd's ''Time at the Top'', a grade-school aspiring actress, wished that she could've lived back when women wore long dresses that went "swish." Fortunately for her, the ditsy old lady she'd helped with her potatoes and hat on a windy day granted her three trips back to the past via the elevator in her apartment building.
* The titular character in Nancy C. Swoboda's "Christopher Frame," who wished that he'd lived back in the days of real craftsmen, discovered that he could travel to the period when a photograph was taken if he put it on his dresser, set his developing timer and then went to sleep. He managed to stay in the past by asking a girl from the period to hold his hand and not let go when the timer was about to go off.
* In ''Literature/IslandInTheSeaOfTime'', Marian Alston goes from being a lonely, closeted Coast Guard officer to a beloved and respected war hero after the Event sends her ship back in time to the Bronze Age. The only thing she seems to miss about the 20th century are tampons. Similarly, [[BigBad William Walker]] rather likes the opportunities presented by a world in which "might makes right" is still a respected principle.
* In ''Literature/HeartOfSteel'', Alistair Mechanus is a modern-day MadScientist who talks, acts, and dresses like a character from a Creator/JulesVerne novel. Then again, he acknowledges that he's crazy, and this is what resulted after a HeroicBSOD in his past.
* ''Literature/{{Outlander}}'' features the protagonist, Claire, who is sent to the 1700's. She eventually fell in love with and married Jaime Fraser and stopped him from killing Jack Randall who is the ancestor of her 20th century husband, Frank. By the time she got back to her time, she's pregnant with Jaime's daughter and the animosity grew between her and Frank with Claire secretly asking Brianna's boyfriend, Roger, to research on Jaime's whereabouts and Frank, knowing that Brianna is not his daughter since he's sterile. After Frank died in a car accident, Claire went back to the 18th century and decided to stay there and used her 20th century medical ideas in helping others, particularly saving John Grey's nephew from a life-threatening bullet wound.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Oliver O'Toole, the main character of ''Series/SignedSealedDelivered,'' prefers quoting Shakespeare and writing letters to spending time on the internet.
* The original ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' episode "The City on the Edge of Forever" had Edith Keeler, a pacifist activist who was born in the wrong century. Her ideals matched the future Federation's exactly, but had her movement succeeded, [[GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel Hitler would have won World War II]]. She herself was not a Time Traveller.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'':
** "A Stop at Willboughby" is all about this.
** The episode with Buster Keaton involves a time traveler going to the late 19th Century and being frustrated by the lack of modern conveniences.
** The episode "No Time Like the Past" has the main character become this after realizing that YouCannotChangeTheFuture. He sees the error of his ways after arriving in the past and realizing that [[DeliberateValuesDissonance people in the past had some despicable viewpoints.]]
* Captain Jack Harkness, from ''Series/DoctorWho'' and ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', was born in the 51st century, but has a deep fondness for the 1940s, to the point where he impersonates (and/or enlists as) an American volunteer in World War II at least three times.
** The first time was just part of an elaborate con to sell an alien ambulance he was claiming was a warship. It was sitting on the exact spot a bomb was going to hit, and he planned to take off with the money.
*** There's also something of an inversion in Torchwood in that he sometimes seems to be ''living'' in the ''wrong'' century, considering 21st century social and relationship mores as being "quaint little categories". The current day attitude to relationships seems very different from in his time...
** A much darker example, as well as a slight subversion from the same [[TheVerse 'Verse]] is Professor Yana, an elderly genius scientist who just happened to live at the End of the Universe, when all the stars had long since burned out. When the Doctor encounters him and realizes that he built elaborate circuits out of ''food'', he remarks that Yana would've been revered all across the galaxies if he'd been born earlier. But those galaxies, as Yana puts it, "just had to go and collapse on us." Ironically, Yana turns out to be [[spoiler: TheMaster, the Doctor's former-best-friend-slash-archenemy, who had gone as far as to turn himself into a human and [[MemoryGambit erase all of his memories]] to escape the horrors of the Time War. When he finally regains his memories, he is able to steal the Doctor's time machine and fly to the present day -- but as his insanity had returned hand in hand with his memories, he no longer intends to use his genius for the greater good...]]
* Amanda Peet from ''Series/LostInAusten'' yearns for the manners of the early 19th century. [[spoiler: Luckily, she gets to stay there.]]
** Elizabeth Bennet, meanwhile, would rather live in Amanda's time.
* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' gives us [[SamusIsAGirl a female]] H. G. Wells, who after over a century of being suspended in bronze, shows little surprise at the wonders of the 21st Century, as she had already predicted most of it in her writing. At various points, it could even be argued that given the ingenuity she displays in evading Warehouse agents, as well as her century old gadgets still outclassing them, even the 21st Century may still be a century or two behind her.

* "Tribute To The Past" by Music/GammaRay.
--> Prepared to go where my heart belongs -- back to the past again
* The protagonist of the Music/TonyBanks song "Throwback":
-->''I walk the backstreets''
-->''Of every dirty city, searching for the route''
-->''That leads me back to where I belong''
-->''I don't know how, but I'm trapped in the wrong time''
-->''If you know someplace I can go''
-->''Then I ask you, lead me to the door!''
* It has been said that Nick Drake would have been better off in Elizabethan England rather than the 1960s-1970s. He was known for his love of the poet John Keats.

* Van Rijn from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' he died 200 years before the events of the story and, the exquisite craftsmanship and intricacy of his Muses remain unsurpassed by other clank designers. He was also able to make ''sentient clanks'', something that's considered widely to be impossible even 200 years later. Although there have been hints he got a leg up thanks to his conversations with [[spoiler:The Muse of Time]].
* Hatsune Rondo of ''Webcomic/MayonakaDensha'' pines for [[VictorianLondon 19th century London]] as she has become disenchanted with modern day Japan, and also wishes to escape from her unhappy home life. While she does get her wish and meets a dashing hero in typical romance novel fashion and meets her hero Franchise/SherlockHolmes when she gets there, living in VictorianLondon seems to be frequently costing her large chunks of her sanity. Hatsune is constantly exposed to dismembered corpses, attacked, tortured and almost violated by criminals and forced to confront traumas from her life back in the present day. And it turns out her dashing hero is just as lonely and insecure as she is. [[IChooseToStay Yet she still prefers it to her own time.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Fry of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' states at one point that he's much more comfortable in the future (i.e., the show's present) than he had been in the 20th century. This is displayed several times, particularly the episode with his "girlfriend"; indeed, one of the first things he does on realizing he's in the future is realize that everyone he ever knew is dead, and then cheer -- and while he later laments this fact, he quickly gets over it. This was actually a surprise to the creators; much of the humor planned for the show was going to be Fry failing to fit in with the world of the 31st century, but when they realized that Fry was adjusting so well they had to switch to other joke vectors quicker than anticipated.
* ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'': The two of the main characters share a fondness for another time; Buck Tuddrussel has a genuine interest for the days of when America was settling the Wild West in the 19th century, and gets teary eyed when able to experience it for himself. Otto is perfectly happy with living a million years into the future, as he had no real chance of a good life of his own in the 21st century. But even though he has a well rounded knowledge on history, he shows a very passionate interest in Colonial/Revolutionary War era America, with some of his heroes being George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.
* Used twice with Jebidiah Townhouse in ''WesternAnimation/{{Regular Show}}'', who was born during the early 1800's and always acted like he was in the 1980's the locals disapproved of this, so he decided to travel 200 years into the future, where his style is considered as old.

!!Examples Without Time Travel

[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* The motivation of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'''s BigBad, Kariya Kagetoki. Feeling that he was "born into the wrong era", he decided rather than try to live by the strength of his own sword, which he views as a futile though noble effort, he would simply use the corrupt lords to his own ends. While he extends this motivation to Jin as well in a NotSoDifferent moment, Jin [[ThePowerOfFriendship gets over it by finding people for whom he is willing to put his life in line]]. Best demonstrated in the following exchange:
--> '''Kariya Kagetoki''': Why are you here? Are you trying to throw away the life that you so narrowly managed to keep? As I recall, you once said there aren't any lords worth risking your life for.
--> '''Jin''': That's right. For my entire life, I have chosen to fight for no one but myself. My dedication...and my study for the sword were for no one but myself...[[DoNotGoGentle Until now. I swear I always get stuck with it]].
* Shishio Makoto and the Juppongatana in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' aren't too happy about the upcoming peaceful Meiji era, because it doesn't present them many opportunities for conquering Japan and rebuilding it as the nation where strength is the only thing that matters.
* Raoh and Toki from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' were both powerful practitioners of Hokuto Shinken, and would probably have become famous heroes of the style had they not had the misfortune of being born in the same generation, [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne and also sharing said generation with]] [[TheHero Kenshiro]]. Kenshiro went on to become the successor and the two brothers were forced into different roles, [[spoiler:which ended with Raoh and Toki dead alongside many other who fell afoul of Raoh's ambitions]].
* Crank Zent and Carta Issue of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' are [[StateSec Gjallarhorn]] officers who believed in honor, justice and valor, in a ''[[ComicallyMissingThePoint Post-Calamity War]]'' corrupt organization. When their opponent is a CombatPragmatist ChildSoldier, they urged for CombatByChampion when the later literally has no concept of honor.
* More like born in the wrong decade, but Misawa of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' is a BadassBookworm who gradually gets treated with less and less respect (by the characters and writers alike) as the series progresses--he's a highly intelligent and analytical duelist who ultimately comes up with a highly analytical and hypothetically effective control deck, but the show and the main characters use impractical combo decks and rely on NewPowersAsThePlotDemands to give them the cards they need under any circumstance. Contrast the next series ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', where every main character is some sort of genius that relies on careful strategy and setting up plays turns in advance. He'd have fit right in.
** Likewise Yuya, the protagonist of ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'', would have fit right in the GX era for the aforementoined reasons :while he actually has a practical deck, he still abuses NewPowersAsThePlotDemands and is extremely HotBlooded, but most people in Arc-V actually use dependable Meta-Decks.
* A SerialKiller in ''Manga/FrankenFran'' was noted as having attributes (intelligence, physical perfection, total lack of conscience) that would have made him a great king in the ancient world: they show a picture of him slouching on top of a mountain of naked women.
* [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Yami]] from ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''. They are bored with the peaceful times without war, as they believe their martial arts are rusting from it. So they decide to cause WorldWarThree.
* Exaggerated with Furuya in ''Manga/SeitokaiYakuindomo'', who, being Shino's predecessor, is at most two years older than her. Yet she uses Japanese slang from TheEighties unironically and is so bad with technology that she uses a pocket abacus instead of a calculator.
* Saeko Busujima exhibits qualities of this in ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead''. She's the HeirToTheDojo and a YamatoNadeshiko of the [[SilkHidingSteel dangerous variety]] with a thirst for blood and violence. In the 21st century a warrior of her caliber is an anachronism; she'd be much more at home on the battlefields of the Tokugawa era.
* Tsurezure from ''Manga/{{Ojojojo}}'' has been noted to act like he's from the 1950's in regards to his tastes in clothing, music, ect...
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' character Yoruichi is hedonistic, egalitarian, and emotionally expressive, although she was born in a highly regimented society akin to feudal Japan. She tries to live up to her aristocrat family's expectations (and succeeds for a while, because of her courage and martial skills) but didn't think twice about leaving when [[spoiler:Aizen's machinations forced her into exile]]. This is the main reason why Ichigo was surprised by TheReveal of Yoruichi's origins.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* SociopathicHero Marv from ''ComicBook/SinCity'' is described as such by Dwight in one story, and provides the TropeNamer.
* The Franchise/MarvelUniverse villain [[StevenUlyssesPerhero Turner D. Century]], who preferred the U.S. of the year 1900.
* Practically all the heroes of ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' wish they were living in a wild west film.
* ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'': General Zod is disgusted that Krypton stopped being a ProudWarriorRace.
* The characters in the ''Manga Shakespeare'' series. The series uses the original dialogue, so we have modern or even future characters speaking in Olde English.
* A constant implication about Cacofonix in Goscinny's run writing ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}''. Several scenes, interactions, aesthetic suggestions and lines suggest that Cacofonix may not be a truly DreadfulMusician at all, but TheRockStar, tragically living over 2000 years before anyone can appreciate his musical style or any musical instruments were made to exploit it. This is especially sad at the end of ''The Soothsayer'', where he is told that voices like his would be popular in the future (by a phony, but soothsayers denounced as phony by the narrator earlier in the story make [[ItWillNeverCatchOn photographic predictions of the modern world]]), and later daydreams of himself on a modern stage performing to an adoring audience. This AlternateCharacterInterpretation is mostly put to rest by Uderzo's stories, which make it unambiguous that he is just awful, [[FanonDiscontinuity depending on how canon you find it]].
* Charlene, the cowgirl in the Creator/{{Marvel}} ''[[Comicbook/TheTransformers Transformers]]'' comic, yearns for the [[WildWest Old West]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}'' has several characters like this. Victorian Dad seemingly believes he is in the Victorian period and his strict ways cause a lot of embarrassment to his children. Major Misunderstanding is a conservative war veteran who wishes for the good old days -- but is evidently senile, frequently mistaking something for something else which he then criticises for being too politically correct. Jack Black And His Dog Silver is similar to 1960s adventure comics, but the time period changes depending on the appearance -- the only real constant are the 3 lead characters and their conservative nature.
* Grandma Duck in Creator/CarlBarks' DonaldDuck stories, who still uses late 19th century technology on her farm.

* ''FanFic/TheGreatAlicornHunt'': The minor draconequus Malfunziona was most definitely this. Since he is a lesser being than a normal draconequus like Discord, his powers are more specific -- he can only grow in power by breaking complex machinery, and the power he gains is directly proportional to the complexity of the device. Since he was active in a pre-industrialized Equestria, where the most complex machinery were farming tools and the like, he was only a nuisance at best. Eventually, he invaded the workshop of a Leonardo di Vinci-expy, Bold Lion, to get ''something'' of a power-up (as an inventor's home would be the only place where he could find any machinery of significance), only to be sealed away. Cue several centuries later, in the modern day, where he's released. It took him only an ''hour'' to become as powerful as Discord and the Princesses (aided by the fact that he was released at a technology expo), and had he gotten out into the city he would've been nigh-unstoppable.
* ''FanFic/InFlight'' has Shirou musing that [[BloodKnight Karasuba]] would have been hailed as a hero and great warrior if she had been born an Amazon in Ancient Greece or a fighter in mythological Ireland. In the modern era, she only scares and unsettles people by her bloodlust.
* Terrence Higgs from ''FanFic/BlackSky'' has a very medieval, courtly relationship with Dorea Black. When he decides to forever swear himself to her as a loyal liege, she laments he ought to have been a resident of King Arthur's Camelot.

* In ''Film/KillBill'', Beatrix Kiddo, Oh-ren Ishii, Bill and several others are old-school martial arts killers.
* The main character of the independent film ''Film/ManOfTheCentury'' talks and acts like a newsman from a 1930s screwball comedy, despite living in a decidedly less-wacky mid-90s New York. Interestingly, he has no hangups about it, and simply lives his life in his own peculiar way, seemingly without even realizing the strangeness of it. (It does mean he sometimes has trouble interacting with people, but he pulls through without complaint, usually.) In fact, he seems to be a happier, more fulfilled person than most of the other characters. The "mother" character seems to date back all the way to the 1850s.
* General George Patton, in the movie ''Film/{{Patton}}'' is described several times by other characters as having been BornInTheWrongCentury. As there really was a General Patton, on whose life the movie was based, this is an example of TruthInTelevision.
* In the movie version of ''Literature/FromTheMixedUpFilesOfMrsBasilEFrankweiler'', Claudia decides she wants an old-fashioned four-poster bed for her birthday, and her older brother mocks her: "You don't want the bed. You want to actually ''live'' in the sixteenth century."
* In ''Film/QuigleyDownUnder'' the villain, an Australian cattle baron with a fascination for TheWildWest, says, "Some men are born in the wrong century. I think I was born on the wrong continent."
* Both the protagonist and many antagonists from ''Film/GhostDogTheWayOfTheSamurai'' lament the relative timidity of their 20th century lives compared to the death-centric past their cultural predecessors lived decades and even centuries before.
* The entire point of ''The Brady Bunch'' movie. The family lives like it's the '70s when it's actually the '90s.
* Tim Lockwood in ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' has no idea how to use a computer.
* In ''Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet'', Jonah Hill's character laments that he'd be considered [[{{Adorkable}} cool for his geekiness]] rather than just geeky in HighSchool if he'd been born ten years ''later''. By contrast his partner 'was' born at a time when his [[JerkJock attitude]] made him cool, and finds going back to school a decade later to be far less enjoyable.
* In ''Film/BroncoBilly'', Clint Eastwood's character, Billy, is the star of a traveling wild west show. However, he, and the rest of his group, seem stuck in this mentality that it is still the days of the wild west. Or at least that one can live as if it still was...
* In ''LightNovel/KamikazeGirls'', the main character insists that she should have been born in 18th Century Versailles, and to compensate lives as a "lifestyle [[ElegantGothicLolita lolita]]", practicing embroidery and eating only sweet food. However, in a twist of this trope as it normally applies to lolitas, it's made clear she doesn't romanticize the innocence of the era, but the hedonism -- and thus she is willing to connive and sell counterfeit merchandise in order to buy her frilly dresses, seeing this as part of Rococo France as well.
* In Creator/SergioLeone's westerns the main characters are usually tough guys who are used to the Wild West of the earlier days, but don't feel at ease in the more modern age.
* Similar to Leone's example, ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'' were Born In The Beginning Of The Wrong Century: The CentralTheme is seeing those two {{Lovable Rogue}}s' pathetic attempts to cope with the TwilightOfTheOldWest. If they would have been born just fifteen years earlier, they would have been {{The Ace}}s between the {{Outlaw}}s. If they would have born just fifteen years later, they would have been the NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters. Everyone loves them but know that [[YourDaysAreNumbered Their Days Are Numbered]] Even when they move to Bolivia they still are doomed.
* One of the defining elements of Maestro Villard in ''Film/ByTheSword''. Villard is the owner and master of a fencing school which was founded by his father, a famous fencing champion who nonetheless died in a duel with a student he found out was having an affair with his wife. Villard thus sees his father as [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut something of a highly touted failure]], since the father spent decades training his skills only to be killed the first time he was in a duel that actually mattered, and the younger Villard is desperate to know if his own skills and ruthless CombatPragmatist philosophy are any better or if he's just been wasting his life trying to master swordsmanship. As a result he eagerly yearns for the days when he might have fought another master at rapier's point. Eventually Villard learns that the truth about his father's duel is a little more complicated than he believed ''and'' has a chance to engage in a real sword fight, which seems to cure his longing to live in an earlier age.
* At the end of ''Film/TheGrandBudapestHotel'', the Author claims that Zero still keeps the titular hotel running as a last connection the world of Gustave. Zero retorts that Gustave was born far too late to actually be part of that world, but kept a nice illusion. Indeed, Gustave was clearly acting and working as if it was the Victorian era, not the interwar period he met Zero in.
* Sue Tenny in ''Film/SkyHigh2005'' was a {{Technopath}} who went to the titular SuperheroSchool in the [=80s=], when technology was less developed and pervasive, and was put in the [[{{Sidekick}} Hero Support]] track and bullied as a nerd by the heroes, leading to her becoming the supervillain Royal Pain. {{Lampshaded}} by Gwen Grayson, who in 2005 has the same powers and is a star student in the Hero track. {{Lampshaded}} even more when [[TheReveal it's revealed that]] [[spoiler:she's actually Sue turned in a toddler by the [[FountainOfYouth Pacifier]] and grown back to her teens]].
* Roland Tembo from ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' is a GreatWhiteHunter, both by trade and inclination, and very good at what he does. In UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain, he would have been a national hero. In modern day America, he is considered a living relic at best, and a merciless butcher at worst.

* Momoko from the novel (and movie) ''LightNovel/KamikazeGirls'' wishes she'd been born as a European aristocrat in the 18th century Rococo era.
* David Levin in ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'' doesn't get to travel in time, but he ''does'' get to go to another world where all the old pagan deities went after people stopped worshipping them. Which is close... sort of.
* The sentiment "to be born too late" is mocked in the satirical ballad [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miniver_Cheevy "Miniver Cheevy"]] (1910) by Edward Arlington Robinson.
** The poem spawned at least one parody, [[http://normanteigen.blogspot.com/2007/07/miniver-cheevy-jr.html "Miniver Cheevy, Jr."]], whose title character pines for a different era.
* In S. E. Hinton's ''Literature/RumbleFish'', it is said that the Motorcycle Boy would have been better suited being a knight in the middle ages.
* Many of Creator/HPLovecraft's characters (largely because Lovecraft himself seems to have felt that way -- see below).
* The protagonist of Creator/RobertEHoward's sword-and-planet tale ''Almuric'' is portrayed this way, more at home in a world not unlike the ones that Howard's {{Barbarian Hero}}es roamed than the world he was born in:
-->''Many men are born outside their century; Esau Cairn was born outside his epoch. Neither a moron nor a low-class primitive, possessing a mind well above the average, he was, nevertheless, distinctly out of place in the modern age. I never knew a man of intelligence so little fitted for adjustment in a machine-made civilization.''
* The above might be an allusion to the description of Literature/ProfessorChallenger in ''When the World Screamed'':
-->''He is a primitive cave-man in a lounge suit. I can see him with a club in one hand and a jagged bit of flint in the other. Some people are born out of their proper century, but he is born out of his millennium. He belongs to the early neolithic or thereabouts... It's the greatest brain in Europe, with a driving force behind it that can turn all his dreams into facts. They do all they can to hold him back for his colleagues hate him like poison, but a lot of trawlers might as well try to hold back the Berengaria. He simply ignores them and steams on his way.''
* Ignatius J. Reilly from ''Literature/AConfederacyOfDunces'' also yearns for the medieval years, but is [[{{Jerkass}} far more opinionated about it]].
* Mr Prosser, the council employee in charge of demolishing Arthur Dent's house in ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1'', is a direct male-line descendant of Genghis Khan. He doesn't ''know'' this, but has urges to move to a quiet cottage with axes over the door, and occasionally gets visions of lots of hairy horsemen shouting at him. He also wears a little fur hat.
** Since that was written we have [[http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2010/08/1-in-200-men-direct-descendants-of-genghis-khan/ discovered]] that direct male line descendants of Genghis Khan are actually quite common.
* Joe Mack, of Creator/LouisLAmour's ''Literature/LastOfTheBreed'', is a college-educated Native American Air Force Pilot who deep down wants to go back to the days of bows and arrows, and surviving off of the land. Getting dropped in Siberia during the Cold War was a bit of a blessing for him and partway through the book, he realizes that he's never going to be able to enjoy civilization again, and considers staying in Siberia forever.
* Literature/DonQuixote wants to live in TheThemeParkVersion of the past, in the world of Medieval romances, filled with knights errant, loyal squires, good and bad wizards, fierce giants, fabulous monsters, imaginary kingdoms, epic battles, lovesick princesses, funny dwarfs, squires made counts and a lot of outrageous adventures. At one point, Don Quixote, an [[ImpoverishedPatrician impoverished Hidalgo]] like his author Cervantes, deplores the time of the gunpowder and the artillery, two technological advances that means the end of the cavalry and the initiation of new strategies and organizational forms in the armies, as well as a redefinition of the role of nobility in a society where individual courage and skill are useless, and the organization of nameless masses of soldiers (infantry) becomes important. So Cervantes is saying that for him, and for all the [[BlueBlood nobility (rich or poor)]], they were born in the wrong century, and they must renovate or die. And then, four centuries later (the first part was published in 1605), we see the nobility reduced to a mere showcase of frivolous magazines.
* Anne Shirley in ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' complains that modern-day (early 1900s) Avonlea simply is not romantic enough to suit her. She pines for the medieval days.
* Not quite the wrong '''century''', but Henry Harrison, the title character of ''Literature/TheExtraMan'', would have fit in much better in [[TheRoaringTwenties the '20s]] than TheEighties.
* Villainous example in Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/WarOfTheDreaming'': Wentworth, a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corrupt Government Official]] hates his superiors, his job, his country, and wants nothing more than to be an (honored, trusted) [[DeadlyDecadentCourt courtier]]--and is willing to resurrect the GodOfEvil to get it.
* Guy Crouchback in ''Literature/SwordOfHonour'' by Creator/EvelynWaugh. Crouchback always tries to be a KnightInShiningArmor -- during World War II. Funny thing is, he actually is a rather effective soldier. But he always seems out of place.
* This is how Creator/GKChesterton characterised the historical [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_of_Austria John of Austria]], "the last knight of Europe", in his epic poem ''Lepanto''.
-->''The last and lingering troubadour to whom the bird has sung,\\
That once went singing southward when all the world was young.''
* Asimov's ''Literature/TheCavesOfSteel'' features an organization of "medievalists" who detest their living conditions of overpopulated Earth (entire cities made into gigantic {{Domed Hometown}}s) and yearn to return to living in outdoor cities and villages. Like all other inhabitants of the giant metropolises, however, they are all instinctively agoraphobic.
* A zig-zagged version in ''Literature/TheFullMatilda'' by David Haynes. The titular Matilda basically lives the lifestyle of TheEdwardianEra / early 1920s rich women. Even though she was born when that lifestyle would be possible, by the time she was a preteen that life was dying out (due to TheGreatDepression, people could not afford to have that lifestyle). Also, even if she could afford it, being black there was no way she would get to live that life during the time it was popular.
* The scouts and guides of Literature/TimeScout don't necessarily hate the present, but they love the past. Skeeter Jackson, with his special history, counts two different ways as being ''actually'' born in the wrong century.
* Tauran Union General Janier, in the ''Literature/CarrerasLegions'' series, believes himself to have been born centuries late, and that he really belonged in the 19th century serving with Napoleon. He even goes as far as to have a custom recreation of the uniform of a Marshal in Napoleon's army that he often wears.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels:
** In ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', newly appointed Low King Rhys Rhysson describes his primary political opponent as this, claiming he would have made a fine king two hundred years ago. Mind you, as a dwarf, said opponent was probably alive two hundred years ago, but probably not eligible for kingship at the time.
** In ''Discworld/TheTruth'', William de Worde notes that although Sacharissa is not especially attractive by modern standards, each of her features were considered the height of beauty in one time period or another, so from a sort of pan-historical perspective, she's one of the most beautiful women in the world.
** In ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', Agnes Nitt is said to have been born too late. While nowadays looks and a lack of good sense matter more in opera than actual talent, 20 years ago actual singing mattered more and all the greats shared her girth (if names like 'Expando' and 'Gigli' are anything to go on).
* Miles Hundredlives in the first book of the ''Literature/WaxAndWayne'' series, "Literature/TheAlloyOfLaw", seeks to overthrow what he believes to be an oppressive and evil government. Protagonist Waxillium Ladrian at one point muses that if Miles had been born [[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy a few centuries earlier, when the world really was ruled by an evil tyranny]], he would have been a hero. Now, sadly, he is only a petty crook and mass murderer.
* Creator/JulesVerne's character Literature/RoburTheConqueror evokes this trope at the end of the novel of the same name.
* The title character of ''AManCalledOve'' fits the trope to a T. He detests everything modern and doesn't comprehend why people can't live the same way they've always lived before.
* In ''Homchen'' by Creator/KurdLasswitz, the protagonist (a smarter than average mammal in the age of dinosaurs) is very sad about the fact that, while he is capable of thinking, he cannot make others follow him, and countless generations will pass before truly free and sentient creatures arise.
* ''Literature/GrettirsSaga'': Grettir tries to fashion his life after the model of the monster-slaying heroes of old, and he has the format for it; but his pride, his desire to test his strength, and his aversion to do productive civilian work make him a social misfit in his own time.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Nicodemus]] invokes this idea of John Marcone, the top crime boss of Chicago. Marcone took over and enforced the "organized" part of organized crime. He brought the drug trade under his tight reign and has few rules people won't cross, namely involving children in drugs, prostitution, or hurting them as retribution. Nicodemus comments a few centuries ago, a man like John Marcone could carve out a kingdom and rule it with the kind of stable, effective-if-ruthless government that people really would appreciate. But it's been a long time since that age of warrior kings. Marcone seems to be aware of it himself, if his choice of magical employees are any indication. Harry appears to take it to heart in ''Skin Game'', where Marcone [[spoiler:honors an ancient Norse-Germanic tradition of ''weregild'' and pays the crime boss for the henchman who died during the robbery to smooth things over. Marcone, after some deliberation, decides he likes the idea and accepts]].
* The five Lisbon sisters in ''Literature/TheVirginSuicides'' are off by one decade. Their empathy for others, concern for the plight of nature, and distaste for their prudish elders clearly mark them as children of TheSixties, but unfortunately they're growing up in an ultraconservative Detroit suburb in TheSeventies amidst economic chaos. [[spoiler: Tragically, none of them can take it, and every last one kills herself, as if "called to another place" as the narrator puts it]].

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* From the very start, ''Series/{{Justified}}'' has lampshaded how Raylan Givens would have been perfect for the U.S. Marshalls in the Old West but in the 21st century, his style has...issues. The opening scene of the show has Raylan giving a mobster in Miami 24 hours to get out of town or Raylan will shoot him. Naturally, the mobster thinks it's a bluff and is more amazed than afraid when Raylan shows up to do just that which earns a talking to from his boss.
-->'''Supervisor''': You realize that the U.S. Marshals don't just shoot people and haven't in oh, over a hundred and fifty years?
** This pushes Raylan back to his hometown in Kentucky which mixes an old-school style of crime fighting with modern times. The fact Raylan walks around in a cowboy hat and has little problems firing a gun if need be just shows he's a man out of time.
* Rimmer from ''Series/RedDwarf'' longs for the glory of colonial days, seeing himself (incorrectly) as a brilliant tactician who could have put Napoleon to shame, and thus wasted as a vending machine technician.
* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' had "Man Out of Time", a man who had chivalrous ideals, but ended up believing that the best way to fit would be to be the villain.
* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr'', Brisco ''is'' in a Western, but has modern day mannerisms and verbal expressions; his friends and enemies tend to look at him funny.
** Ironically, his arch-enemy William Bly [[spoiler:actually is a time traveler from the future, who returned to the past and lived as an outlaw to find the all-powerful Orb.]]
* Richie from ''Series/{{Bottom}}'' believes this. However...
-->'''Richie''': I was born at the wrong time, you see, I should have been [[AnachronismStew Elizabethan. 13th century, Shakespeare, the French Revolution.]] [[IdiotBall I'm just too intelligent, that's my problem... s%&$&@!! I didn't expect the kettle to be hot!]]
* The episode 'Wanted' in ''Series/WithoutATrace'' had a man as one of the suspects who actively lived like it was the the 40's. Dressing, speaking, and furnishing his home like that time period. Even reading archived newspapers from the library rather than new ones
* From the Goth Talk sketches on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': "Azrael Abyss, the Prince of Sorrow" had the plaintive, high pitched cry, "I wish I had been born in the fifteenth century!"
* From ''Series/FamilyTies'':
--> '''Alex''': I would've been more at home in TheFifties.\\
'''Stephen''': I think you would've been too conservative even for then.\\
'''Alex''': The ''Seventeen''-Fifties.\\
'''Stephen''': I think you still would've been too conservative.
* In the Whodunit episode of Series/LizzieMcGuire:
-->'''Veruca''': I just love these costumes. They're so dramatic! Do you ever wish you were born in a different century?
-->'''Tudgeman''': I always thought I should have lived in the Third Age in Middle Earth.
* Haley in ''Series/OneTreeHill'' expresses to Skills in the season 4 episode "Pictures of You" that she feels that she was born in the wrong time, and she wishes that her son will have a greater feeling of belonging.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': Marla [=McGivers=] in the episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]" wishes she lived in the more interesting times of the past, which is why she's enamored of Khan Noonien Singh.
* Tom Paris of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' is a real 20th century aficionado. Since this ''is'' the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' universe, this knowledge proves useful time and time again, whether it's actually time travel or just a holodeck misadventure.
** And Janeway is a big fan of her last century; she says about Kirk and co.:
--->'''Janeway''': It was a very different time, Mister Kim. Captain Sulu, [[TheKirk Captain Kirk]], [[TheMcCoy Doctor McCoy]]. They all belonged to a different breed of Starfleet officers. Imagine the era they lived in: the Alpha quadrant still largely unexplored... Humanity on verge of war with Klingons, Romulans hiding behind every nebula. Even the technology we take for granted was still in its early stages: no plasma weapons, no multi-phasic shields... Their ships were half as fast.
--->'''Kim''': No replicators. No holodecks. You know, ever since I took Starfleet history at the Academy, I've always wondered what it would be like to live in those days.
--->'''Janeway''': Space must have seemed a whole lot bigger back then. It's not surprising they had to bend the rules a little. They were a little slower to invoke the Prime Directive, and a little quicker to pull their phasers. Of course, the whole bunch of them would be booted out of Starfleet today. But I have to admit: I would have loved to ride shotgun at least once with a group of officers like that.
*** Interestingly, all of these comparisons were bases for complaints from fans.
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Julian Bashir likes to pretend to be a certain [[Film/JamesBond Cold War Spy]]. Jadzia of course really was born in that century and still longs for it sometimes.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Gibbs is clearly not at ease with contemporary technology. Cellulars? USB ports? If they fall into his hands, you may never see them again.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Max Brennan is described as better suited to be an ancient king or a warlord than a science teacher, especially after he [[spoiler: found the guys who destroyed his family and ''burned them to death'']]. Max himself is quite comfortable in the present; the present, however, is incredibly wary of him.
* In ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', the otherwise [[Main/ReasonableAuthorityFigure reasonable authority figure]] Mr Larritate would much rather be in the Wild West than be the principal of Tribeca Prep. A spell to make everything like it was in the old west (passed off as a dream of course) proves that he would have been an excellent sheriff.
* Peter Mannion in ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' is essentially an old-school Tory who's career has lasted long enough to see him almost, but not quite, completely left behind by the media savvy, image-conscious, management-speak-bullshit infused nonsense his party has evolved into. He's clung on just enough to not quite be entirely irrelevant, but he also makes no secret about the fact that he hates almost everything and everyone about the party he's a member of.
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': John Watson is described to be an adrenaline junkie, and it's implied he'd do a whole lot better in a dangerous situation than a normal plain one. Also, do to the fact he's loyal to Sherlock and was a solider plus the fact he took the doctor's oath he ''could'' be a KnightInShiningArmor, or, do to his capability to solve mysteries BY HIMSELF, and all, if you consider the fact HE IS, well, you know...the TropeNamer for... you guessed it TheWatson he could fit in the Creator/ArthurConanDoyle century (though we'd HAVE to include Sherlock, Mycroft, Mary, etc.) as well.
* ''Series/TheSopranos'': Tony and his friends are well aware that the mob's heyday is long over with, but they have a hard time coming to terms with it. Especially with the fact that modern technology and science continues to make running protection rackets and committing crimes without getting caught more and more difficult.

* Unsurprisingly, given that it's by [[HeavyMithril Ronnie James Dio]], the Music/BlackSabbath song "Falling Off the Edge of the World" seems to be about this:
-->I'm living well out of my time
-->I feel like I'm losing my mind
-->I should be at the table round
-->a servant of the crown
-->the keeper of the sign
-->to sparkle and to shine...
* "Born Too Late" by Saint Vitus.
* Sandi Thom's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEzd58SfOYg&feature=fvste2 "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)"]]. She pretty much wishes she was born a few decades earlier so she could have been a hippie and a punk rocker. Or both.
* While his voice was quite suitable for [[CarefulWithThatAxe what h]][[{{Grindcore}} e did,]] Pissy (best known as a member of Intestinal Disgorge) also showed at points that he was quite fit to sing HairMetal or Disco.
** The Howling Void, said band's frontman, occasionally displays his interest in Elizabethan-era writing. Prior to the release of "Dripping in Quiet Places," he began quoting passages from ''Literature/The120DaysOfSodom'' on the band's Facebook page.
* Music/JimmyBuffett's "A Pirate Looks At 40"
--> Yes I am a pirate, two hundred years too late
--> The cannons don't thunder, there's nothin' to plunder
--> I'm an over-forty victim of fate
--> Arriving too late, arriving too late
* Mentioned in the Music/VelvetUnderground song "Heroin"
--> I wish that I was born a thousand years ago
--> I wish that I'd sailed the darkened seas
--> On a great big clipper ship
--> Going from this land here to that
--> On a sailor's suit and cap

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Maakies}}'' author (or at least a stand-in for him) Tony Millionaire wishes he'd been born in the past. He perks up at what sounds like a horse-drawn carriage, but it's only [[spoiler: a dominatrix taking her be-hooved gimp for a walk]].
* Due to his dad's technophobia, [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Calvin]] remarked (in the 20th century) that he's "a 21st century kid in a 19th century family".
-->'''Calvin:''' Yesterday Dad went to buy a hardcover novel. He said he wanted to read something long, rich and thought-provoking for a change, and he wanted a cloth binding so his book could be carried around and reread later. Then he said he was going to buy the book with cash, so nobody could trace the purchase to him and exploit his interest for commercial purposes.
-->'''Hobbes:''' Your dad's going into the future kicking and screaming, isn't he?

* Sketch comedy show ''Radio/SonOfCliche'' used a wrong century gag about UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher.
-->Mrs Thatcher was elected on the strength of promises to take Britain back to the Fifties. It wasn't until she reintroduced the Black Death, feudalism, and burning at the stake, that people realised she actually meant the ''1450'''s.

* From Creator/WilliamShakespeare we get Prince Theatre/{{Hamlet}}, who famously said "the time is out of joint, o cursed spite, that ever I was born to set it right," which roughly translates to the trope name.
* Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's ''Theatre/TheMikado'' has the song "As someday it may happen" a.k.a. "I've got a little list" which mocks this: one of the types of people on the list is "the idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone, All centuries but this, and every country but his own..."

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Charles, from the game ''VideoGame/SpaceColony'', has the mannerisms, vocabulary, style, etc. of an officer in the British Royal Navy circa World War I. Yet he was actually born sometime in the 22nd century and currently lives on an experimental space colony. While he's a consummate gentleman and a skilled worker, his employers and fellow colonists are extremely perplexed by his personality.
* According to the opening cinematic of ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'', our hero Eddie Riggs apparently feels like this as he sadly watches the "nu-metal" band he's working with performing.
-->'''Eddie:''' Ever feel like you've been born in the wrong time, like you should have been born earlier? When the music was... ''Real''?\\
'''Roadie:''' ...Like, the seventies?\\
'''Eddie:''' Earlier... Like, the ''early'' seventies.
* VideoGame/AirForceDelta Strike has an old guy from World War II, Jamie Jones, who [[HypocriticalHumour brushes aside the age of jet engines entirely]] despite the fact they technically were invented then. To the point he takes flight with your unit...using such planes as a P51 Mustang or IL-2 Sturmovik in dogfights! Against modern aircraft, and even futuristic experimental craft! Amazingly enough, the AI Jamie will occasionally score kills since rockets deal the most damage, usually a one-shot kill for low-armoured planes. [[NintendoHard Probably more than you will in his place]] [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard since he seems to have a mobility boost]].
* Thanks to AnachronismStew, Franchise/ProfessorLayton can fall prey to this. Layton himself is surrounded by advanced technology, a seemingly modern-day London, rock music, and other combinations of technological shenanigans, but he and his apprentice Luke look like they belong in the early 1900s, especially since Layton wears a top hat. ''Mask of Miracle'' only increases the confusion, because it shows us the young Layton--and he has a ''FunnyAfro.''
** Though we also learn the top hat was a gift given to young Layton by his girlfriend at the time, symbolizing him become a proper gentleman in her eyes... [[spoiler: which has become a TragicKeepsake when we learn of her death... only that said death (due to being a time travel experiment gone wrong) sent her to the future and having to lose her ''again''breaks Layton's heart (and the audience's for that matter.)]]
* Jean Bison of ''VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves'' was born in the ''right'' century, but after getting frozen in ice in the mid 19th century and thawing out in the late 20th, his obsession with taming the west is no longer welcome. Sly even admits that in his own time period he'd be considered a heroic pioneer.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', Nick Valentine dresses, talks and acts like a HardboiledDetective straight from a dark 50's thriller... in a post-nuclear apocalypse Massachusetts circa 2287. [[spoiler:That's because he ''really was'' a cop, or at least, his personality and memories are based on one who lived before the war.]]
* Mattias Nilsson of ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}}'' belongs on a Viking longship circa 800AD instead of a modern day professional army. The dude is CrazyAwesome[=/=]borderline AxCrazy and it's very apparent from some of the stuff he says. Plus he's apparently a fan of Myth/NorseMythology.
* Reinhardt Wilhelm from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' considers himself a KnightInShiningArmor, and for the most part he's right. It just happens to be PoweredArmor, and he lives in an age of sapient robots. In one of the comics, he goes up against a biker gang called the Dragons, and [[MrImagination imagines them]] as LizardFolk on horseback, with their leader as a giant dragon.
* In ''VideoGame/DandyDungeon'', Masamune, the second son of the BigBad Amanokiji, dresses and acts like a {{samurai}} from Feudal Japan. He's in charge of the weapon branch of his father's MegaCorp. Appropriately, his dungeon is full of samurai-themed enemies.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'':
** [[DeanBitterman Dr. Crabblesnitch]] runs the school as if it were still the 1950's, wearing [[OutdatedOutfit clothing suitable for the era]] and taking a [[SchoolBullyingIsHarmless laissez-faire view on bullying]].
** [[BarbaricBully Russel Northrop]]'s idle chatter has him claim that he would be a "barbarian king" thousands of years ago.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Rin Tohsaka from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. Apparently being a magus means that you won't have any contact with technology, since she doesn't even know what a VCR is!
** Technophobia is trait common to most Association mages in the ''Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}''. The only mages shown to employ technology have been renegades of one kind or another, such as Shirou and Kiritsugu.
* The ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' character Peko has exactly the skills and mindset of a traditional samurai (in part because [[spoiler:she was raised to serve a yakuza organization]]), but was born in modern times. Her ruthlessness and [[SubmissiveBadass lack of self]] kinda freaks out the other teenagers. [[spoiler:Even her execution cutscene is animated in ink-lined, woodblock style.]]

* Patches in ''Webcomic/{{Catena}}'', the lovable [[TheDitz blonde]], remains in the dark that the '80s have ended. She happily flounces around in legwarmers and bangle bracelets, singing hits by Cyndi Lauper and the Bangles. The other characters seem to feel it's in everyone's best interest that they not tell her the truth.
* ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' give us a term for this, "[[http://www.qwantz.com/archive/001046.html protonostalgia.]]" Don't you miss being a pirate?
* In ''Webcomic/GhastlysGhastlyComic'' Bobby calls Smokey out on stereotyping gay men as effeminate, Broadway-loving drag queens, declaring that "this is the twenty-first century" and they should be past all that. Cue the entrance of his (tentacle monster -- it's a long story) boyfriend, swishing and singing show tunes. Embarrassed, Bobby admits that F'ga hasn't realized what century it is yet.
* In ''Webcomic/TheThrillingAdventuresOfLovelaceAndBabbage'' Lovelace discovers a gaping hole in her life when she attempts to Twitter and realises that her head of state is Queen Victoria, and the item she's carrying is actually a fan.
* ''Webcomic/TemplarArizona'' has the Pastimes, citizens who dress from other eras (and sometimes long for their preferred time). Flannery is appalled at being called a Pastime because of her love of '20's garb. She points out her ex-boyfriend (with his stupid powdered wig) repeatedly stated only land owners should have voting rights despite being a renter himself.
* Tigerlily Jones in ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' is a walking {{blaxploitation}} homage despite being a dot-commer who wasn't around in TheSeventies at all. At the Institute for the Sane Study of Mad Science, she's held in the "Temporally Confounded" section along with Debbi, who is similarly trapped in TheEighties, and Immogene Frog (who is ''actually'' from TheFifties, so has an excuse).
* Wil from ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' talks, dresses, and acts like a Victorian-era poet. Fortunately for his work life, there's a Victorian-themed pub in town, and arriving for his interview in GorgeousPeriodDress gets Wil hired on the spot.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Captain [[StrawFan Fanzone]] of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' frequently reminds us how much he hates machines and is once shown using a ''rotary cell phone'' the size of a 1980s "Brick phone", and the show is set at least a fifty years in the future.
** Considering the sheer amount of shout-outs in the show, this may be inspired by a World War II-era redesign of Soundwave that turned into a rotary-dial cell pone.
* Hank Hill of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''. He often laments about how everyone has forgotten the values he once believed in, like modesty, decency, and plain old common sense.
* WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons:
** Mr. Burns also falls into this trope. He still uses 19th century technology, customs, expressions, fashions,... and often refers to people and stuff that are no longer around in his own lifetime.
*** Maybe, but then again, he's also an example of VagueAge and lives in a setting with ComicBookTime, so it's hard to say what century he's actually from.
* Sev'ral Timez from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', which Dipper calls "The boy band that came a decade too late."
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesInAnAdventureWithScientists'' live like it's the AgeOfSail even though it's the early Victorian Era. Queen Victoria, in the final scene, explains to them that the reason for her hatred of pirates is this - they are a relic of another time.
* Wirt from ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall''. He's a sensitive, artistic boy who writes poetry, plays the clarinet, and is knowledgeable on classical architecture. [[spoiler: Despite the show being set nebulously in the Antebellum period of American history, Wirt and Greg are actually from, at the absolute earliest, the mid-1980s]].
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben102016'' gives us Steam Smythe, a villain who speaks like someone from the 19th century, and is fixated on reverting the world back to the way it was in the early 20th century (at the latest).
* Linda from ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' is a fan of the period drama "Winthorpe Manor" and says she was born in the wrong century. She changes her mind when she participates in a "Winthorpe Manor" LARP as a maid and sees how bad life was for most people.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* There is a British girl by the name of [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1191826/Girl-10-mystifies-doctors-dozens-allergies-leave-painful-blisters.html Molly Harrad]] who is allergic to almost all modern-day materials and has to live inside a bubble -- doctors say she wouldn't have a problem if she was living in last century.
* Interestingly there were a number of notable people in the forties that seemed like that. Some of them did quite well in the century they were in so they weren't too much out of place. But they seem to have the air of making a LastStand or setting themselves up for a BittersweetEnding . In [[UsefulNotes/PolesWithPoleaxes some]] [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire cases]], they actually were.
* Creator/HPLovecraft was quite fond of the 18th century England -- partly for the actual culture of the time and partly because he disapproved of the Revolutionary War -- and apparently would sometimes date his letters 200 years before the actual time of writing. He was said to have hated modernity despite being a man with strong scientific interests, [[ValuesDissonance namely the existence of cities, minorities with equal rights, homosexuals in greater public view and Jews no longer confined to ghettoes]]. [[invoked]]
* UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill. In a sense, the true-Victorian Churchill was ''born'' in the right century--the 19th. He just happened to be born at the wrong end of it. Funny thing is, he managed to convince Britain to want to be like him. Sort of goes with being a MagneticHero. Quotes from teleplay ''Churchill and the Generals'': "He's always the 4th Hussar, charging the guns at a gallop... I wouldn't put it past him to take over the 8th Army himself, on horseback, waving a sword". Others put it more critically,
-->''"The entire history of modern imperialism, so firm and self-confident when UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria of Great Britain died, [[NewerThanTheyThink had lasted no longer than a single lifetime]] -- say, that of Winston Churchill (1874-1965)."''
-->-- '''Eric Hobsbawm''', ''The Age of Extremes''
* For a rare future case, FM-2030, transhumanist philosopher. As if his name wasn't a good indicator, he had specifically stated as much: "I am a 21st century person who was accidentally launched in the 20th. I have a deep nostalgia for the future." His goal was to see his hundredth birthday in 2030, a time he believed "was" magical and utopian. One honestly wonders whether he was just seeing TheThemeParkVersion of things to come...
* An interesting case of the Austrians/Austro-Hungarians is how their Empire was both seen as both backward and progressive for its time. The multinational, multicultural nature of the pre-UsefulNotes/WorldWarI monarchy would have looked much more in place during the days of feudalism or the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth...just as it would fit very much in 21st Century Europe, where many countries have multicultural immigrant communities. Since the end of the monarchy, the Habsburg family has been in strong support of European peace, UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion, and [[UnitedEurope European integration]].[[note]]Otto von Habsburg, the heir apparent at the time the Empire fell (his father Charles having taken the throne in 1916), went to Bavaria and pushed the Christian Social Union to endorse Europe; he served as a Member of the European Parliament 1979-1999, where he repeatedly brought up his ancestors' Empire--or rather, his father's reformist vision for it--as a guidepost for integration of the whole continent. His son has done the same in Austria.[[/note]]
* The UsefulNotes/PolishLithuanianCommonwealth is also a mix of old and new, out of place in its time and era.
** It was [[GloryDays a major powerhouse in Eastern Europe]] which was an ElectiveMonarchy[[note]]Granted, those eligible for electing the King were mainly nobles, though still ''considerably'' larger compared to even England post-Magna Carta[[/note]] that ruled over a thriving multicultural, multiethnic society[[note]]In addition to the Poles and Lithuanians were various communities of Ukrainians, Germans, Magyars, Jews, and Muslim Tartars, the latter two even retaining their religion well into the present--although the region's later Russian overlords, followed by a certain [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler mustached German]], eventually left the Jewish community a shadow of its former self[[/note]] and served as an inspiration for the later [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Declaration of Independence]]. In fact, the Poles even take pride in calling themselves the "Republic of Poland" ''[[OlderThanTheyThink since 1358]].''
** On the other hand the Commonwealth, and Eastern Europe in general, rested on something that had already gone out of style in the rest of Western Europe: serfdom.[[note]]During [[UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance the early Modern Era]] serfdom and feudalism itself was weakening in the West in favour of strong centralized kingdoms in France, England and Spain that nurtured the rise of cities and the development of the middle-class. In the Commonwealth, where originally peasants were given rights to travel and work as they will, they had those rights taken away and were all refeudalized.[[/note]] The decentralized nature of the Commonwealth meant that any attempts at grand-scale reform to bring Poland up to snuff with its Western neighbors threatened one regional faction or the other, and these factions often allied with neighbouring Russia, Austria or Prussia to protect their interests over that of the Commonwealth. The limit of franchise exclusively to nobles, lack of cultivation of a middle class and at the same time the promotion of "noble equality" meant that Poland was [[NinjaPirateRobotZombie a medieval feudal republic]] in the age of [[UsefulNotes/TheEnlightenment enlightened monarchs and emerging mass movements]].
* 19th century emperor Ludwig II of Bavaria, who built a lot of medieval style castles. These were actually not really medieval since those castles were built for the purposes of withstanding a siege and holding a defense, while Ludwig's castles are essentially aesthetic and made for show, and where castle and cathedral construction in the Middle Ages actually did provide solid employment to local craftsmen and guilds, [[AwesomeButImpractical by the time of the 19th Century these were mostly expensive WhiteElephant built at state expense]].
* UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla invented the radio, wireless electricity, fluorescent lightbulbs, arc lights, alternating current, and [[BeamMeUpScotty (allegedly)]] the Tesla Coil -- a machine that could ''shoot lightning''. He even had plans for a proto-internet. He also claimed that electrically-powered airships would transport passengers from New York to London in three hours, traveling eight miles above the ground, and imagined that airships might draw their power from the very atmosphere, never needing to stop for refueling. Unfortunately, his rival Thomas Edison did all he could to discredit him. Tesla also had horrible business sense, and so couldn't afford to develop most of his ideas.
* Creator/LeonardoDaVinci was said by many to be at least 500 years ahead of his time in terms of his imagination. The irony being that if he was, many of the inventions we have today inspired from his works probably wouldn't exist. Leonardo's sense of being apart from his time was part of the reason that he was such a great celebrity for his age (and perhaps the first artist-as-celebrity in history), because the period and time he was in, saw itself as modern and on the cusp of great changes, not expecting the Reformation and Counter-Reformation would delay its plans for another 200 years or so.
* 16th century painter ElGreco, whose art was seen as far too eccentric in his lifetime, was forgotten until art historians rediscovered his work in the 20th century and were amazed how modern it looked.
* Creator/JulesVerne, whose futuristic stories were way ahead of their time.
* Japanese writer Yukio Mishima pined for the days of UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan, and actually tried to overthrow the government. When he saw that nobody else listened to his rallying speech, he succumbed to despair and committed {{Seppuku}}.
* Dutch author Godfried Bomans lived in the 20th century, but his interests and writing style showcased a strong love for the 19th century.
* Anton Pieck, a 20th century Dutch illustrator, was well known for his drawings and paintings of 19th century life. He was very old-fashioned and didn't even own modern technology. Many people assumed he'd already died decades ago, since his art always portrayed scenes taking place in the 19th century.
* Creator/CarlBarks also felt that humanity was its best in the 19th century and went downhill after that. He was born in 1901, by the way.
* French composer Music/ErikSatie lived near the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, but had a strong emotional connection to the Middle Ages.
* 20th century Belgian comic strip artist Willy Vandersteen (''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'') drew many stories taking place in different romanticized versions of the historical past. The only time period of his own century he considered to be interesting was UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and even that only happened in one album: ''De Briesende Bruid'' for a short scene.
* American comic strip artist Creator/RobertCrumb has a strong emotional connection to the 1920s and 1930s and owns a large collection of music records and other memorablia from this time period. He generally feels that society and culture went downhill after the 1940s. Despite being an icon of the 1960s he despises modern rock 'n' roll and pop music.
* Children's book author and illustrator Tasha Tudor believed she was supposed to be alive during the 1830s. She owned and used an extensive collection of clothing and artifacts from that time and even went so far as to have her son build her a house from that era (using old-time technology and materials), and said publicly that when she died she was going to reincarnate into the 1830s. She died in 2008 at age 92.
* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and many prominent Nazis longed for a revival of the glorious Germany from previous centuries. It comes as no surprise that they all enjoyed Music/RichardWagner, whose operas show a mythological Germany full with strong, admirable heroes. It should be noted that the "glorious" Germany [[NewerThanTheyThink they longed for was largely invented and dreamt up in the 19th Century]] by the likes of Wagner.
* UsefulNotes/FranciscoFranco also longed to revive the days of the old Spanish Empire. So much, in fact, that it was the reason he asked Hitler to grant him territories in North Africa (Morocco and the Western Sahara) and the only things allowed in Spain were Baroque architecture/art in general (because it was born in Spain), Catholicism, [[SeriousBusiness Heterosexuality]] (gay poets like Creator/FedericoGarciaLorca were banned) and women had to actually go to school to get a degree as housekeepers. With so much going on, it's no wonder why many people half-jokingly say Spain did not come out of the Middle Ages until after 1975 (Franco's death).
* Those who knew Music/NickDrake said he would have been better off in the 1600s or 1700s, evident from the way he dressed and the way his lyrics usually had to do with the seasons. He is said by some to be the reincarnation of Creator/JohnKeats.
* It has been said of two famous British Army officers, who achieved renown in the latter part of the twentieth century, that they were born in the wrong century. Both Colonel "H" Jones (who won a posthumous VC for suicidal bravery in the Falklands War in 1982) and Colonel Colin Mitchell (who restored British prestige in the Aden War in 1967 after half-hearted political leadership virtually ceded the colony to Soviet-backed rebels) were fated to fight their battles in a time of Imperial decline. It has been said of both that had they been born when the British Empire was in the ascendent, a lot more of the world would have been coloured pink on the map. The social attitudes of both would have been more suited to the high days of Empire in the 19th Century.
** It has been suspected that "Mad Mitch", as Mitchell was known, was prominent in the rumoured conspiracy to overthrow the Labour government of the 1970s in a military coup d'etat. Establishment disaffection with Britain's slide from superpower status, failing economic power and social liberalisation manifested in hostility to Harold Wilson's government and rumours persist of a plotted overthrowing by force of a democratically elected government. A charismatic soldier turned very-right-wing Tory MP known to be embittered with his political masters would have been a natural member of such a junta.
** Another 20th century British soldier, this one from World War II, might also be a throwback to an older era--Major Jack Churchill, a commando officer from World War II, often went into combat with a sword and a longbow--and he is the last British soldier known to have killed an enemy with a longbow.
* Historical re-enactment may or may not count towards this trope.
* The Taliban planned to turn Afghanistan back to the old Islamic Caliphate.
* The long-serving Austrian chancellor Klemens von Metternich hated revolutions but had to spend his whole life witnessing UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution and its aftermath. He expressed this exact feeling in one of his letters to Dorothea Lieven : "My life has coincided with a wretched epoch. I came into the world too soon or too late ; today I know I can do nothing. Earlier I should have enjoyed the pleasures of my age ; later I should have helped in reconstruction. Now I spend my life in propping up buildings mouldering in decay. I ought to have been born in 1900 and [[HarsherInHindsight to have had the twentieth century before me]]."
* Creator/AleksandrSolzhenitsyn: This author had strong romantic passion to UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia, a time period he never experienced personally (he was born in 1918, a year after the Russian Revolution).
* European monarchs at the start of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI still thought with the mindset of their ancestors in previous centuries. They imagined themselves as glorious despots to whom the ordinary people still looked up to. None of them realized that their glory days were on their way out. After the war many of them were forced to abdicate, as their countries became republics or dictatorships.
** Some Generals during World War One had the same problem, particularly within Austria-Hungary and Russia. [[DeconstructedTrope However, their problem was not so much that they clung to old tactical methods as that they abandoned all of them in their rush to implement new ones (without thinking through the implications/side-effects).]] The primary way in which this played out was the balance of power between infantry and artillery, which BornInTheWrongCentury generals initially believed to be equal. But 1914-15 they came to believe that modern artillery was so powerful that it could now win entire battles on its own ("Artillery Destruction" tactics), and that there was no point in giving the infantry new and more weapons (mortars, light machine guns, grenades) or training (infiltration, suppression fire). It took the battles of 1916-17 before the limitations of the artillery were fully appreciated, and "Artillery Suppression" tactics in partnership with a strengthened infantry arm won the war for the Entente Cordiale.
* This was often said of Creator/RichardBrautigan both by himself and others. He cultivated an [[https://frugaljnana.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/richard-brautigan-and-michaela-clark-legrand.jpg anachronistic look]], often playing up his resemblance to Mark Twain. [[note]]That's not Mrs. B in the picture, but Richard's friend Michaela Le Grand.[[/note]]
* At times, UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin has been characterized as a Bismarckian nationalist leader who would have been right at home in the nineteenth century, but instead his rule over Russia came in the twenty-first century.
* Creator/BenjaminFranklin: "Furnish’d as all Europe now is with Academies of Science, with nice Instruments and the Spirit of Experiment, the Progress of human Knowledge will be rapid, and Discoveries made of which we have at present no Conception. I begin to be almost sorry I was born so soon, since I cannot have the Happiness of knowing what will be known a hundred years hence."
* Music/TomWaits: He started recording in the 1970s and still releases new albums as of this day, but his music is more reminscent of old 1930s, 1940s, 1950s {{Jazz}}, {{Blues}}, FolkRock and CountryMusic than of music of this day. He uses a lot of traditional instruments and his lyrics refer more to topics from that era than late 20th and early 21st century imagery. Interestingly enough, it does make his work more timeless.
* Creator/JohnKricfalusi absolutely loves old stuff before 1970: cartoons, comic strips, toys, music, films,... He would probably be more at ease in that era than nowadays, where he basically feels everything modern sucks to a degree. He has also described himself as being "out of touch" with modern pop culture for the most part.
* The very ''existence'' of UsefulNotes/NorthKorea, in a nutshell. In addition to being an enduring, twisted legacy of the Cold War, its unbelievably bizarre and crass blend of extreme nationalism, militarism, xenophobia and Stalinism[[note]]despite having purged all references to Communism and Socialism[[/note]] wouldn't look out of place in the Second World War. Though it's unlikely that the DPRK would have found much allies ''had'' it existed back then.
* Steampunk, as a subculture, is mostly powered by this trope.
* Music/SelenaGomez is a big fan of 1940's fashion and even explicedtly tweeted she genuinely feel like she was born in the wrong decade.