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A PunkPunk genre of SpeculativeFiction based on the [[TheRoaringTwenties 1920s]]
- 1950s period, spiced up with retro-futuristic innovations and
occult elements. The dieselpunk narrative is characterized by conflict vs the [[CrapsackWorld undefeatable]] ([[LostWorld nature]], [[CityNoir society]], [[CosmicHorrorStory cosmic]]), strong use of technology, and GreyAndGrayMorality. The protagonists are often HeroicNeutral and have low social status.

Generally, dieselpunk can take inspiration from [[TheRoaringTwenties 1920s]] [[GermanExpressionism German Expressionist films]], FilmNoir, [[TheGreatDepression 1930s]] [[PulpMagazine Pulp Magazines]] and [[RadioDrama Radio Dramas]], [[CrimeFiction Crime]] and [[MilitaryAndWarfareComics wartime comics]], period propaganda films and newsreels, wartime pinups, and other entertainment of the early [[TheTwentiethCentury 20th century]]. As this covers a broad spectrum, the precise sources of inspiration can vary greatly between dieselpunk works. Like SteamPunk, Dieselpunk is a genre dictated primarily by its aesthetics rather than by its thematic content. Both grime and glamour have their place in dieselpunk.

Dieselpunk overlaps with TwoFistedTales and RaygunGothic, but differs mostly in its PunkPunk theme. TwoFistedTales explore settings such as HeroicFantasy, SpaceOpera, etc that are not properly a part of Dieselpunk, and RaygunGothic tends to describe a period both chronologically and technologically later. Typically, Dieselpunk roots itself in urban and wartime settings of the 1920s to the late 1940s, both literally and figuratively 'down to earth'.

A common point of divergence from our timeline is that TheGreatDepression never happened, leading to further economic and technological growth and less of the warmongering typical of the inter-war era. UsefulNotes/WorldWarII may still happen in some Dieselpunk settings, see below.

The term Dieselpunk was popularized by Lewis Pollak and Dan Ross in 2001 as the genre for their RPG ''Children of the Sun''. Pollak stated that it was intended to be on the "darker, dirtier side of SteamPunk" and should be considered a "continuum between steampunk and CyberPunk."[[http://wikibin.org/articles/dieselpunk.html]]. (On the other hand, noted reviewer [[Creator/KennethHite Ken Hite]] described ''Children'' as "Not really diesel, and not really punk.")

[[UsefulNotes To be noted]]: unlike [[TurnOfTheMillennium the 2000s]], the Diesel-powered car in the 1930s was a rare curiosity, only a single model being put into small-scale production [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany in Germany]] during that age (and almost exclusively used as a taxi), but on the other side [[ValuesDissonance the vast majority of the population could not afford cars back then]]. The life of an ordinary citizen was far deeper influenced by the oil-burning [[CoolTrain locomotive]], bus, [[CoolBoat ocean liner]] or neighborhood power plant. Still, during this period steam engines ''were'' gradually being replaced by diesel engines in many areas.

!!Dieselpunk settings

!!!General

Vastness is key. This was the age of the [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} Zeppelin,]] the [[CoolBoat modern battleship]] and the [[CoolBoat ocean liner,]] the [[CoolPlane flying-boat airliner,]] and the skyscraper. It also saw the first multinational corporations, large-scale social engineering, and mass political movements. UsefulNotes/WorldWarI was still fresh in memory as the Great War, the most colossal conflict in the history of mankind. Man is dwarfed by his creations and things are subsumed into abstractions.

Period technology encompasses everything found in SteamPunk, but
internal combustion and electric power in combination with new materials
(better alloys, plastics, etc) makes machinery lighter, stronger, and more
versatile. The airliner is the prime example of this, but cars, trucks,
tractors, and diesel-powered electrical generators are even more important
in reshaping the world. [[TankGoodness Armored]] [[MilitaryMashupMachine vehicles]] and useable submarines are less
common but still important innovations. Wireless radio leads to the rise of
broadcasting as an information medium. Anachronistic super-advanced
technology, often of the AwesomeButImpractical variety, such as GiantFlyer,
SpiderTank, DisintegratorRay might occur. Such technology might be secret
super weapons of a villain, or HomemadeInventions by the hero or his friends.

Although the dieselpunk aesthetic can overlap with RaygunGothic, and though dieselpunk is known for featuring Tesla technology and Wunderwaffen-style super-weapons, dieselpunk typically does ''not'' include transistor-based technology, other electronics or atomic power. In fact, another PunkPunk genre, Atompunk, was coined to describe fiction in this mode. Atompunk (such as the VideoGame/{{Fallout}} series and the comic book Fear Agent) takes inspiration from 1950s-era aesthetics and fashions such as Googie architecture and Jetsons-style technology, which typically lie outside the bounds of dieselpunk. The analogue sci-fi of Metropolis and Things To Come are closer to the dieselpunk tradition as it stands.

Dieselpunk often focuses upon air travel and combat, including such ideas as literal "[[AirborneAircraftCarrier flying fortresses]]", [[SkyPirate air pirates]], [[CoolAirship dirigibles]], early [=UFO=]s, [[AcePilot hotshot flyboy pilots]], etc. Fascination for military hardware, weaponry and uniforms of the early 20th century is also often in evidence and a great amount of dieselpunk media is concerned with war, especially the Second World War and and fictional variations upon it. Owing to its pulp roots, dieselpunk is often very adventure-based, full of exotic locales such as
MysteriousAntarctica, TheShangriLa, HollowEarth etc. Some GeographicFlexibility is to be expected.

Dieselpunk fiction can encompass the supernatural as well. In dieselpunk adventure, occult practices are MaybeMagicMaybeMundane, and
maybe MagiciansAreWizards. The works of Creator/HPLovecraft, tales of Nazi occult research, contemporary expeditions to 'mystical' places such as Egypt, and early research into relativity and quantum physics have greatly contributed to the occult mystique that informs dieselpunk. This tends to contrast with the 19th-century [[GothicHorror Gothic]] themes and spiritualism that show up in SteamPunk.

As dieselpunk is a post-modern look at the past, it is not limited to the tropes and stereotypes that characterized fiction of the day -- instead, it can use these tropes to comment upon the past and reinvent it. Dieselpunk (along with steampunk) can encompass a range of authorial voices and themes. Female characters in dieselpunk tend to be strong, encompassing [[TheFlapper flappers]] to pin-up girls and much more, and can include [[WrenchWench Rosie the Riveter]]-type [[ActionGirl action heroines]], glamourous [[FemmeFatale femme fatales]], [[SuperheroTropes costumed crusaders]], [[AdventurerArchaeologist archaeologist badasses]], [[DragonLady dragon ladies]], [[IntrepidReporter tough-talking reporters]] and other types common to pulp fiction of the era. Both male and female characters are typically [[BadassNormal Badass Normals]] with [[UniversalDriversLicense universal drivers' licenses]].

Sub-subgenres are listed below as possible options of exploration, but as these categorizations may only describe one or two works, if any, they should be taken with a grain of salt.

!!!Diesel Deco/Deco Punk

Also called "Ottensian" Dieselpunk after Nick Ottens, some guy on the Internet, who postulated it. This is the most optimistic form of dieselpunk. Progress seems unstoppable
and the future is bright. Things are designed to be stylish and opulent, ornamental and
efficient at the same time. Think Bauhaus architecture and design, ArtDeco, Expressionism, the 1939 New York World Fair. A good setting for a ScienceHero.

!!!Diesel Noir

Similar to Diesel Deco, but generally DarkerAndEdgier. Emphasizes the
downside of economic and technological progress. Society is plagued by
crime and corruption, technology seems to be at its most effective in
producing increasingly effective weaponry. The occult basically amounts to
BlackMagic (including [[ReligionIsMagic exotic religions]]),
SealedEvilInACan might turn up in an archeological dig and subsequently
have to be stopped to avoid TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.

!!!Diesel Weird War

UsefulNotes/WorldWarII is being waged (or UsefulNotes/WorldWarI in some instances), but one or both sides are introducing [[StupidJetpackHitler superweapons]], [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum alien technology]] and/or [[{{Ghostapo}} occult forces]] into the mix, often with one or more [[MadScientist Mad Scientists]] behind it all. For a less extreme variant, something like the real-life exploits of the nascent Special Air Service in collaboration with the Long Range Desert Group (briefly, LawrenceOfArabia upgraded with blast-incendiary explosives and "gunship jeeps").

!!!Diesel Dystopia

Also called "Piecraftian" Diesel Punk, again named for some guy on the Internet. UsefulNotes/WorldWarII did start and may still be in progress; if it isn't, either some kind of UsefulNotes/ColdWar is being waged, or a OneWorldOrder has been established. Either way, TheGovernment is [[BigBrotherIsWatching intrusive]] and [[PoliceState ruthless]], ostensibly to protect the citizens. The political ideology might be any kind of totalitarianism, either one of the many real life examples of the period, a [[CommieNazis mashup]] of those, or a completely fictional [[ANaziByAnyOtherName analogue]].

!!!Diesel Desolation

UsefulNotes/WorldWarII did start and ended because there isn't anything left to fight
over, and very few resources left to fight with, or even to sustain
civilization. It's essentially a post-apocalyptic milieu, and certainly not a very common dieselpunk flavor.

See also the article [[http://people.howstuffworks.com/dieselpunk.htm How dieselpunk Works]].

!!Examples:

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[[folder:Period Works]]
Dieselpunk is a modern genre, but some of the films and books of the period fit well, in the same fashion that Creator/JulesVerne's books can be posed as SteamPunk.
[[index]]
* Pretty much any FilmNoir or crime film of the period
* The surreal dystopian writing of Creator/FranzKafka, e.g. ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis'' (1915)
* Some of the works of Karel Čapek
** ''Theatre/{{RUR}}'' (1921)
** ''Literature/WarWithTheNewts'' (1936)
* Most of TheSovietTwenties' sci-fi:
** ''The Hyperboloid of Engineer Garin'', a.k.a. ''The Garin Death Ray'', (1926-1927) by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksey_Nikolayevich_Tolstoy Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy]]. It falls between Diesel Noir and Diesel Weird War, as the author manages to poke some fun at TheRoaringTwenties and TheSovietTwenties between the lines and also to imagine a dystopian world where Capitalist and Socialist-Revolutionary forces fight each other with poison gas, airships and [[DeathRay Death Rays]].
** ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aelita_%28novel%29 Aelita]]'', by the same author, about heroic MadScientist and Russian Civil War veteran flying to Mars, sparking a proletarian revolution there, and engaging in InterSpeciesRomance. Notable for probably the first application of Relativity Theory in science fiction, use of AncientAstronauts trope, and Atlantis myth.
** Some works by Creator/MikhailBulgakov, all are united by GoneHorriblyWrong trope, satire on contemporary reality, and scepticism towards communism.
*** ''The Fatal Eggs'', about AttackOfThe50FootWhatever, through unfortunate application of ray icreasing growth and size of organisms.
*** ''Ivan Vasilyevich'' -- a TimeTravel story, with wacky adventures and BlackComedy.
*** ''HeartOfADog'' -- ArtificialHuman as failure of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Soviet_Man New Soviet Man]] idea.
** ''LossOfSensation'' -- where robots look not like humans, but like retro-{{Mecha}}, and are used to destroy capitalist system and free workers.[[note]]ties in somewhat with Theatre/{{RUR}} (the abbreviation "R.U.R" is used) but not based on that play[[/note]]
* By the director-writer couple Fritz Lang and Thea von Harbou:
** ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' (1927), also a novel
** ''Film/WomanInTheMoon'' (1929) features retro-space flight (strikingly realistic), TheFlapper as one of the protagonists, a conspiracy of capitalists (including one YellowPeril), a MadScientist (a benevolent version) and an atmosphere of pulp fiction of the epoch. Inspired several German rocket scientists, including Wernher von Braun, in their pioneer rocket work.
* Creator/HPLovecraft and his ''CthulhuMythos'' crop up frequently in dieselpunk.
** ''Literature/TheColourOutOfSpace'' (1927)
** ''Literature/TheDunwichHorror'' (1929)
** ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'' (February-April, 1936)
** ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth'' (April, 1936)
* ''Film/KingKong'' (1933 version) fits the spirit of [[PulpMagazine sensational tales from the period]].
* The earlier ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' (1929-1986) graphic novels
* The ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' comic (1931-).
* ''[[Film/{{Frankenstein1931}} Frankenstein]]'' (1931) and ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'' (1935)
* The ''Literature/{{Biggles}}'' (1932-1968) books
* ''Literature/TheShapeOfThingsToCome'' (1933) by Creator/HGWells and its 1936 film adaptation ''Film/ThingsToCome''
* The ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician comic (1934-).
* ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'' comic (1936-).
* ''Non-Stop New York'' (1937): Noir intrigue TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture on a [[{{Zeerust}} futuristic]] Streamline Moderne Flying Boat.
* The WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons (1941-1943) by MaxAndDaveFleischer. Also instrumental in solidifying the RaygunGothic aesthetic.
* ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' (1948) by Creator/GeorgeOrwell
* The [[http://www.luft46.com/ Luft '46]] and [[http://www.unrealaircraft.com/ UnrealAircraft]] websites offer some pretty stunning examples of the aviation technology innovations that inspired futurists of that time and dieselpunk authors of our time.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/TheAbominableDrPhibes'' (1971) is either very early Diesel Punk or very late Pulp Horror.
* ''Film/JMenForever'' (1979) by the Creator/TheFiresignTheatre parodies this style.
* The ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' films. In fact, if you want to explain dieselpunk to someone, the Indy films are [[TropeCodifier probably the best place to start]].
** ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' (1981)
** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' (1984)
** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' (1989)
** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' (2008)
* ''Film/TheElementOfCrime'' (1984) combines Diesel Noir and Diesel Desolation, for very grim results.
* ''Film/KingKong'' (2005 remake) re-interprets the 1933 version in an idealized version of TheThirties.
* Russian film ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0459929/ Pervye na Lune]]'' ("First on the Moon") is a {{Mockumentary}} about secret Soviet flight to the Moon in 1938 (sic!), which features many elements of style of early USSR -- parades of athletes, propaganda boasting about sports and industrial records, dreams about world revolution and building of communistic utopia, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and]] omnipresence of NKVD surveillance with following purgings of dissidents.
* ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' (1985)
* ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (1989) and the sequel ''Film/BatmanReturns'' (1992)
* ''Film/TheRocketeer'' (1991)
* ''Film/CastADeadlySpell'' (1991)
* ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy'' (1994).
* ''Film/TheShadow'' (1994)
* ''Film/TheCityOfLostChildren'' (1995) is heavily dieselpunkish in design, in a dark and ominous way. The same goes for the Playstation game based on it.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6_j3sgfaGg The 1995 film adaptation]] of ''Theatre/RichardIII'' by Creator/WilliamShakespeare. It is [[SettingUpdate set in 1930s Britain]] (coupling [[DayOfTheJackboot Diesel Dystopia]] with PuttingOnTheReich and numerous {{Shout Out}}s to ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'')
* ''Film/ThePhantom'' (1996)
* ''Film/DarkCity'' (1998)
* ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy''
** ''The Mummy'' (1999)
** ''The Mummy Returns'' (2001)
** ''The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor'' (2008)
* Similarly to the above ''Richard III'', 1999's ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120866/ Titus]]'' adapts the play Theatre/TitusAndronicus by Creator/WilliamShakespeare to a surreal version of UsefulNotes/FascistItaly, that seems trapped between dieselpunk and AncientRome.
* ''Film/{{Hellboy}}''
** ''Hellboy'' (2004)
** ''Hellboy II: The Golden Army'' (2008)
* ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow'' (2004) -- as a film, it's somewhat forgettable, but eminently suitable for a Diesel Punk-themed drinking game. Besides the Indiana Jones films, one of the best introductions to the genre.
* ''The Call of Cthulhu'' (2005)
* In ''Series/TinMan'' (2007), parts of the O.Z. (especially Central City) have a strongly dieselpunk aesthetic.
* The titular city in ''[[Literature/TheBooksOfEmber City of Ember]]'' (2008), at least in the film, is hinted to have significant dieselpunk influences in its heyday. Of course, it's all decaying now...
* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' (2009) -- the parts set in the 1930s and 1940s.
* ''Mutant Chronicles'' (2009)
* ''Film/YesterdayWasALie'' -- ''Film/DarkCity'' meets ''SinCity'' meets quantum physics and the nature of reality.
* ''Film/{{Daybreakers}}'' -- even though it's set in the future, it has substantial Diesel Punk aestethics.
* The film ''Film/SuckerPunch'' (2011) is heavy on the dieselpunk.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' (2011) It plays straight the trope in regards to technology used -- creations of the 1940s blown UpToEleven.
* The Polish film ''Hardkor 44'', currently in development, is heavily dieselpunk. Set in Warsaw in the summer of 1944, as the Soviet army bears down on Warsaw, it recounts the Warsaw Uprising by the Polish Resistance, to liberate the city before the Russians get there. Then things get weird. As in "[[StupidJetpackHitler The Nazis have cyborgs and mecha]]" weird.
* An upcoming Hungarian film starring Mark Hamill, ''Thelomeris'', is a mix of dieselpunk and {{clockpunk}}.
* The live-action adaptation of ''Casshern'' (2004) takes place in an effectively-portrayed Diesel Weird War/Diesel Desolation setting.
* ''Film/IronSky'' (2012) contrasts the dieselpunk of the Moon Nazis against the white plastic/metal iTechnology of TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture.
* ''Dimensions: a line, a loop, a tangle of threads'', an independent film about time travel, set in the 1930s.

'''Films not specifically dieselpunk, but which are related or inspirational to the genre:'''
* ''OBrotherWhereArtThou'' does to the interbellum/Depression period what other dieselpunk films do to the deco and war periods.
* ''SinCity'' doesn't actually include dieselpunk tech elements (although an incredibly high-tech medical science is at least hinted at), but as a revisionist neo-noir, it's definitely got a dieselpunk attitude.
* Elements of ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', especially the younger days of Carl and his hero, explorer Charles F. Muntz.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/RoyalSpaceForceTheWingsOfHonneamise'' (1987) shows an early UsefulNotes/ColdWar era version of this trope.[[/index]]
* Some of the Creator/StudioGhibli films take place in a mythical Diesel Deco-style Europe: [[index]]
** ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService'' (1989)
** ''Anime/PorcoRosso'' (1992) takes place in a fictionalized Mediterranean setting between WWI and WWII. Besides (possibly) fictional use of air pirates and the magical realist-style presentation of Porco's being a pig, ''PorcoRosso'' incorporates historically accurate cues that indicate Italy is about to come under BenitoMussolini's leadership.
** ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'' (2004)
* ''Anime/SuperAtragon'' (1995): The [[MilitaryMashupMachine undersea-battleship ''Ra'']] is a superbly rendered piece of dieselpunk technology and style, plowing the seas of the modern world.
* ''Anime/JinRohTheWolfBrigade'' (1999)
* ''Anime/TheBigO'' (1999-2000)
* ''Anime/{{Metropolis}}'' (2001), also the manga by OsamuTezuka.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' (2001-2010), a rare combination of dieselpunk and {{Magitek}}.
* ''Anime/LastExile'' (2003) combines dieselpunk with SteamPunk.
* ''Manga/BlackCat'' (2005-2006) has modern technology pop up, but the setting overall has a very Diesel Punk aesthetic and feel to it.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'' (2007), also the book.
* ''Anime/XamdLostMemories'' (2008-2009)
* ''Anime/TheSkyCrawlers'' (2008)
* ''Anime/{{REDLINE}}'' (2010) is a mix of SpaceOpera and a load of dieselpunk elements.
* ''Comicbook/{{Despera}}'', a project by Creator/YoshitoshiAbe seems to be taking place in a setting like this.
* ''{{Texhnolyze}}'' is a mixture of dieselpunk aesthetics and CyberPunk technology.
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[[folder:ComicBooks]]
* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' (1931-), even at the time of its creation, included sci-fi elements that made it influential on dieselpunk.
* Several comics by Dean Motter including:
** ''Mister X'' (1984-1990)
** ''Terminal City'' (1996-1998)
** ''Electropolis'' (2001-2002)
* ''SandmanMysteryTheatre'' (1993-1999) brought us a GrimDark pulp superhero fighting serial killers and bizarre menaces in a 1930s CityNoir.
* ''Comicbook/{{Hellboy}}'' (1993-) and its spinoffs such as ''LobsterJohnson''. And ''ComicBook/{{BPRD}}'' (2002-)
* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' (1995-2010)
* ''The Nevermen'' (2000, 2003) features mechanically enhanced '40s-era fighters keeping [[CityNoir the city]] safe from crazed supervillains.
* ''Iron and the Maiden'' (2007)
* ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'' (2007-) is a walking incarnation of this trope who's matured over the decades (he's been punching all kinds of strangeness in the face since the 30's) into an all-around ScienceHero.
* ''IgnitionCity'' (2009)
* ComicBook/FirstWaveDCU (2009-2010) is a cross between Diesel Noir and TwoFistedTales, with many of the PulpMagazine heroes crossing over with newspaper comics' ComicBook/TheSpirit and [[Franchise/{{Batman}} another guy from the Thirties]].
* ''Marvel Noir'':
** ''Iron Man Noir'' (2010), featuring Tony Stark's "repulsor pump" pacemaker, the Comicbook/IronMan armor itself, and Baron Stucker's lightning-hurling PowerFist -- not to mention background stuff like the sleek super zeppelins. It's unique among the ''Noir'' stories for not even trying to be realistic.
** ''X-Man Noir'' is the least fantastic of the ''Marvel Noir'' settings, but introduces one dieselpunk element in the story ''Mark of Cain'', the Office of National Emergency's [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld Dirigi]]-[[ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} Carrier]].
* ''ComicBook/CarbonGrey'' (2011-)
* ''Dust'' by Paolo Parente, the inspiration for the Dust series of TableTopGames below.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Arguably, ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' (1957) which seems to be taking place in an AlternateUniverse [[TheForties 1940s]] where WWII never happened, most of the world went Communist, and ''someone'' invented, then destroyed, a futuristic power generator that converts atmospheric static electricity into direct current. The setting qualifies, but the theme is D'Punk inside out, with typical protagonist/antagonist roles reversed.
* The planet Saraksh in ''Literature/PrisonersOfPower'' (1969), one of the NoonUniverse novels of the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers. There are several dieselpunk HumanAliens civilizations in the series. Practically all of them are FantasticAesop attempts at GettingCrapPastTheRadar about the state of Soviet society and the military during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar era. One particularly disturbing case was the ironically-codenamed planet "Hope", which suffered from a severely polluted environment for years and was struck one day by a mysterious DepopulationBomb. It's been a RuinsOfTheModernAge ScavengerWorld ever since.
* ''Literature/TheIronDream'' (1972) by Creator/NormanSpinrad
* IanMcDonald's ''Literature/DesolationRoad'' (1988) and ''Ares Express'' (2001) are a mix of this, DesertPunk and Cyberpunk with the non-city areas being Desert Punk and the cities being a mix of Diesel and Cyber.
* ''Literature/DocSidhe'' (1995, 2001) by Creator/AaronAllston mixes dieselpunk with UrbanFantasy
* Taylor Anderson's ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'' (2008-) series is this mixed with OceanPunk. Its titular heroes are the crew of a UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo destroyer that gets transported via a time-space rift to the Pacific Ocean of an Earth where [[AlternateHistory the dinosaur-killing asteroid never hit and evolution took a different course]].
* Jonathan L. Howard's ''Johannes Cabal'' series straddles this and Steam Punk.
** The first book, ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer'' (2009) is more Steam.
** The second book, ''JohannesCabalTheDetective'' (2010) is more Deco Diesel.
* Though ''Literature/{{Leviathan}}'' (2009) by ScottWesterfeld is definitely in the SteamPunk genre by how it's presented and what kind of story it is, the Clanker technology is more dieselpunk, as they frequently use gas, oil, kerosene, and diesel, not just steam. Also, the Darwist's "beasties" are a good example of BioPunk.
* The novel ''Literature/BitterSeeds'' (2010) by Ian Tregillis , which is set during a UsefulNotes/WW2 where psychic Nazi supers fight demon-summoning British blood-sorcerers. Quite [[DarkerAndEdgier GrimDark]].
* ''[[Literature/ClockworkCentury Dreadnought]]'' (2010) by Cherie Priest. Thanks to the Republic of Texas discovering oil fifty years early, the Confederates are quite proud of their '[[HumongousMecha walker]]' which runs on diesel as opposed to the steam-driven Union mecha. Coal-diesel engines are also used by paddlesteamers and the eponymous CoolTrain.
* ''Ghosts Of Manhattan'' (2010) by George Mann takes place in a world that is moving from SteamPunk (coal driven cars, airships) to this (biplanes with rocket boosters) with hints of RayGunGothic (holographic statues and videophones).
* ''Iskriget (The Ice War)'' (2011) by Swedish SF author Anders Blixt is an "antarctic" spy adventure taking place in an alternate 1940, in which German and Czech republicans rebel against the heavy-handed rule of the Habsburg emperor. It includes, among other genre attributes, diesel-electric Miyazaki-style cloudships and ice juggernauts.
* ''Empire State'' (2012) by Adam Christopher is this taking place across several dimensions and times and combines Noir with Weird War as the eponymous Empire State is in a neverending war with a mysterious Enemy.
* The flashback segments of Creator/NickHarkaway's ''Literature/{{Angelmaker}}'' have elements of this, particularly the train and submarine used by Edie's employers.
* The ''Literature/TalesOfTheKettyJay'' take place in a {{Magitek}} dieselpunk world of airships and jet fighters.
* Larry Correia's ''Literature/Grimnoir Chronicles'' combines this, magic wielding mutants called Actives and AlternateHistory.
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[[folder:LiveActionTV]]
* ''TalesOfTheGoldMonkey'' (1982-1983), a single-season series from TheEighties of the Deco and TwoFistedTales variety.
* In a ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' (2008-) episode, Brown Betty had a world straight out of the 1950s, yet everyone was using ({{Retraux}}) cell phones and computers. And Walter's lap took it UpToEleven.
* ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' (2010): The SyFy channel's ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' {{spinoff}} is a mix of dieselpunk and {{cyberpunk}}. The in-story virtual game "New Cap City", which plays an important role in the series is pure Diesel Punk of the Noir variety.
* In 2010, Toyota created an ad series for their Avalon series that were decidedly dieselpunk. The first, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7fgIQatJlo "Train"]], was set in an art deco train station (complete with a Twentieth Century Limited-inspired locomotive), where the characters are wearing 1940s-inspired clothes and a cover of Mr. Sandman by Music/{{Pomplamoose}} plays in the background. The second, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGn09UWkjyE "Plane"]], depicted men and women in 1940s-inspired aviation uniforms as a Douglas DC-3 flew in the background.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The emerging musical genre known as electro-swing captures the essence of dieselpunk through remixing vintage jazz-style music and swing with modern technology and house beats.
* The video for Music/MichaelJackson's ''Smooth Criminal'' was very dieselpunk, set in a speakeasy with flappers and gangsters, but with a lot of punk attitude and fantastic goings-on.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' (1981)
* ''TabletopGame/{{Daredevils}}'' (1982) by [=FGU=].
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' (1987), thanks to its SchizoTech setting, the machines and equipment of the Imperial forces can have a very dieselpunky feel to them. For example, the [[Characters/Warhammer40000ImperialGuard Imperial Guard]] [[http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/963/ryzalrtcomp.jpg Leman Russ battle tank]] and the Imperial Navy [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20101101065235/warhammer40k/images/d/dc/Imperial_Navy_Lightning.jpg Lightning]] fighter.
* ''[=GURPS=] Cliffhangers'' (1989) by Steve Jackson Games.
* ''TabletopGame/CrimsonSkies'' (1998)
* ''TabletopGame/GearKrieg'' (2000), basically the same premise as ''Weird WWII''
* ''TabletopGame/WeirdWars'' (2001), a little-known UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo equivalent of ''TabletopGames/{{Deadlands}}'' .
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children_of_the_Sun_%28role-playing_game%29 Children of the Sun]]'' (2002)
* ''[[TabletopGame/WeirdWarII GURPS WWII: Weird War II]]'' (2003), UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo with Mecha
* ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' (2004) has a MagiTek version.
* ''[[http://www.rollspel.com/ravspel/r6.htm Lemuria]]'' (2004) by Rävspel (written for ''d20 Modern'')
* ''TabletopGame/PulpHero'' (2005) by Hero Games.
* ''TabletopGame/HollowEarthExpedition'' (2006) by Exile Games Studio. TwoFistedTales meet ''The LostWorld''.
* ''TabletopGame/RocketshipEmpires1936'' (2008)
* ''TabletopGame/SecretsOfTheThirdReich'' (2008), a UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo wargame by Westwind Productions, which has, amongst other things, mecha, powered armour, and vampires. To say nothing of the werewolves.
* ''[[http://www.fallen.se/ Operation: Fallen Reich]]'' (2009) by Fallen Publishing.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Cosmopol}}'' (2010) ... and how.
* ''MutantChronicles'' which is set in a dystopian future where Earth is abandoned, and most of the solar system is colonized by mega corps who derive their style from old Earth cultures, from Feudal times to Cold War era society.
* ''TabletopGame/AT43'' the U.N.A., Red Blok, and the Karmans have this as part of their theme, while mixed with CyberPunk which the Therians use. The setting is a typical space dystopia, albeit some what [[CrapsaccharineWorld nicer]] that most.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Dust}}'', a series of wargames, based on Paolo Parente's comic and set in an alternate 1947 with walking tanks, energy weapons, superheroes, zombies and war-apes.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* LEGOAdventurers (1998-2003)
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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein}}'' games.
** ''VideoGame/CastleWolfenstein'' (1981)
** ''Beyond Castle Wolfenstein'' (1984)
** ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'' (1992)
** ''Spear of Destiny '' (1992)
** ''VideoGame/ReturnToCastleWolfenstein'' (2001)
** ''Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory'' (2003)
** ''VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein|2009}}'' (2009)
** ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'' (2013)
* ''VideoGame/PowerStrikeII'' (1993), a SegaMasterSystem VerticalScrollingShooter by {{Compile}}, released only in Europe and Australia (not to be confused with the GameGear title of the same name, also by Compile, which is a completely different, more conventional space shooter). The main character is a bounty hunter, whose job is to shoot down SkyPirates in an alternate 1930s setting.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'' (1996)
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' -- Usually classified as Atompunk, but takes place in a retrograde enough world to qualify (a world with atomic power but without the transistor[[note]]Effectively, at least. Transistors ''were'' invented, but only a couple of years before the atomic war, so the overwhelming majority of electronics uses vacuum tubes[[/note]]).
** ''[[VideoGame/{{Fallout1}} Fallout]]'' (1997)
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' (1998)
** ''VideoGame/FalloutTacticsBrotherhoodOfSteel'' (2001)
** ''VideoGame/FalloutVanBuren''. Cancelled before its release in 2003.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutBrotherhoodOfSteel'' (2004)
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' (2008)
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' (2010)
* ''GadgetPastAsFuture'' (1998)
* In Ross Smith's "Timeline" ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' mod trilogy (c. 1999-2002), rogue Black Mesa scientists adapt teleporter technology for time travel, specifically to help the Nazis complete their Sänger [=AmerikaBomber=] and heavy water projects and conquer the United States. Gordon Freeman must stop the Nazi invasion of time itself.
* ''VideoGame/{{Nocturne}}'' (1999) revolved around 1930s pulp heroes fighting off mad science and Lovecraftian monsters in a very dieselpunk mode.
* ''VideoGame/AirfixDogfighter'' (2000)
* ''VideoGame/CrimsonSkies'' (2000) all the way, to the point of being the TropeCodifier of this style in VideoGames. Emphasis on dieselpunk {{Sky Pirate}}s, {{Cool Plane}}s and {{Cool Airship}}s.
* ''VideoGame/IL2Sturmovik'' (2001) offers a more realistic than RuleOfCool take on the aesthetic, justified [[TruthInTelevision by bits of actual WWII history]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Progear}}'' (2001) has technology somewhere between UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne and UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo.
* ''VideoGame/IronStorm'' (2002) is set in 1964, in an AlternateHistory setting where UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne never ended. You'll see televisions and helicopters, while fighting in trenches and mud. Also, the weaponry is fictional but credible for alternate technology from the 1950-1960s.
* ''VideoGame/SilentStorm'' (2003) starts as a relatively realistic game focussed on managing a commando team during UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo (there are an Axis and an Allies campaign), then it [[GenreShift switches to]] a plot involving a Thor Hammer Organisation (THO), NebulousEvilOrganization supplying both sides with {{Energy Weapon}}s and {{Powered Armor}}s, in order to weaken them enough to be able to TakeOverTheWorld by themselves. Its first sequel, the expansion pack ''Silent Storm: Sentinels'', is set not long after the end of the war and features the eponymous Sentinels as a secret multinational (party members from both sides of the previous game are available) organisation struggling against THO, while the high technology is still there.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pathologic}}'' (2005)
* ''VideoGame/IronGrip'' (2006)
* ''VideoGame/IronBrigade'' (2011), best described as "World War I with Mecha -- against an invasion of television monsters."
* Outerlight Ltd.'s ''VideoGame/TheShipMurderParty'' (2006), a very warped tale set in an art deco cruise liner.
* The ''Franchise/BioShock'' series take place in a very distinctly dieselpunk world, complete with analogue vacuum-tube computers/robots and a jaw-dropping Art Deco setting. It does not entirely fit any of the types above, as it is set in an abandoned (well, by anything we could reasonably call inhabitants) underwater Gulch (a la Galt) and we do not know how different the surface is. However, the setting does apply. Often erroneously referred to as {{steampunk}}, possibly because the hacking minigame in the first game involves flowing water, leading to some people to think they're powered by steam.
** ''VideoGame/BioShock1'' (2007)
** ''VideoGame/BioShock2 ''(2010)
* The ''VideoGame/NaziZombies'' (2008, 2010) game mode of ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' has some elements of World War 2 dieselpunk, namely the Wunderwaffen and Teleporters developed by the Nazis.
* ''VideoGame/TurningPointFallOfLiberty'' (2008)
* ''VideoGame/TheSaboteur'' (2009)
* ''VideoGame/AkaiKatana'' (2010) takes place before or during UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo
* ''VideoGame/DinoDDay'' (2011): World War 2 meets ''[[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Jurassic Park]]''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' (2012) definitely draws on the dieselpunk aesthetic, although the makers prefer to call it Dark Deco.
* ''SteelBattalion: Heavy Armor'' (2012) [[ContinuityReboot shifts]] to a WWII Punk setting...in 2082. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that microprocessors are no longer in production due to silicon-eating microbes appearing as early as 2020, hence the technological regression.
* ''{{Dishonored}}'' (2012) has the rare InUniverse material [[JustifiedTrope Justifying]] the setting, a specially treated and processed "[[CallASmeerpARabbit whale]]" oil known as [[{{Unobtainium}} trans]]. The substance itself would be identical to diesel if it wasn't luminous blue or incredibly volatile.
* ''VideoGame/PennyArcadeAdventures: On the Rain-slick Precipice of Darkness'' is about an OccultDetective agency battling EldritchAbomination Gods in an AnachronismStew version of 1920s America overrun with oil-and-clockwork powered robots and mad cultists. It couldn't possibly be any ''more'' dieselpunk!
* ''VideoGame/MarchOfWar'': While atomic does appear in this MMOTBS, it is exclusively as a special superweapon project. The rest of the technology is entirely rooted in dieselpunk themes, albiet with... modifications for some of the factions.
* ''{{Machinarium}}''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'': The world of Elympios that you visit fairly late in the first game and where much of the sequel takes place is a decaying land where the dingy cities are full of skyscrapers, and the background music is heavy on jazzy saxophones. Its largest city (and only city in the first game), Trigleph, looks like it was pulled straight out of a FilmNoir hard-boiled detective movie.
* ''VideoGame/NaziZombies'' had ended its ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'' DLC line with Origins, a very much dieselpunk UsefulNotes/WorldWarI setting. {{Giant Mecha}}s, [[PowerArmor diesel-powered armor]], perk drinks, tanks, and weaponry. All of this makes the return of the original crew from earlier games so much more [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]]. And of course, the main appeal, [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies the antagonists]].
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* ''[[http://www.kopetkai.com/adventures/ Adventures of the 19XX]]'' -- A [[HeroesRUs secret society]] protecting the world from occult villains.
* ''[[http://athenavoltaire.blogspot.com/ Athena Voltaire]]'' -- A female Indiana Jones much cooler and better-dressed than Lara Croft.
* ''[[http://www.captainspectre.com/ Captain Spectre and the Lightning Legion]]'' A Rocketeer-style hero done in a retro serial style.
* ''[[http://www.femme-noir.com/ Femme Noir]]'' -- A sexy P.I. solves mysteries in a shady neo-noir fashion.
* ''[[http://strangeaeons.comicdish.com/ Even Death may Die]]'', formerly ''Strange Aeons'' -- Nazis, Lovecraft, noir and pulpy intrigue set in a crazy-ass Art Deco MegaCity.
* ''[[http://www.bombshelterzine.com/wordpress/ Warbirds of Mars]]'' -- Diesel-fied America at war with Nazis, alien invaders and (maybe?) Nazi aliens.
* Anathema, hosted on Slipshine.
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[[folder:WebOriginal]]
* ''[[http://www.ryannagata.com/films/1945a/ 1945A]]''
* ''TheChroniclesOfTaras'' combines this with BioPunk, featuring a [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack]] / [[CrapsaccharineWorld Crapsaccarine]] World of [[ImprovisedWeapon Improvised]] Diesel Punk tech, with ActionGirl and WrenchWench characters and more [[OrganicTechnology Engineered]] horrific creatures than can be listed.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/battlejitni The Danger Element]] (The Adventures of Battle Jitni)''
* ''[[http://www.decoderringtheatre.com Decoder Ring Theatre]] has [[Podcast/DecoderRingTheatre a whole tropes section to itself]].
* ''TheMercuryMen'', recently picked up by the SyFy channel.
* ''[[http://www.thegearheart.com/ The Gearheart]]'' is a GenreBusting series of interlocking downloadable audiobooks and shorts that combine pulp tropes, conspiracy theories, SpyFiction, fantasy and action with an Old Timey Jazz Age setting. Also contains SteamPunk and ClockPunk motifs.
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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* The Disney cartoon ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' (1990-1991) and its 1930s pulp adventure style was a high-flying, lighthearted brand of diesel.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' (1992-1995, 1997-1999). To a lesser extent ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' keeps some of Superman's timeless feel from the 30/40's.
* ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeShrinks'' (2000-2001) nails the look, and is about as punk as a kids show gets.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' (2003-2009). Though it's a little more leaning towards RaygunGothic than Diesel.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' (2012-), a sequel series to ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', is a FarEast UrbanFantasy variant of this, complete with [[MundaneUtility power plants being staffed by people with lighting powers]]. It's particularly apparent in Republic City, a CultureChopSuey of various [[TheRoaringTwenties 1920s-era]] metropolises with the Asian aesthetics accentuated. The soundtrack has been described as "1920s New Orleans jazz but if it were invented in China".
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[[folder:RealLife]]
* [[http://io9.com/5936231/how-britains-failed-attempt-to-develop-a-death-ray-changed-the-course-of-world-war-ii Britain's failed death ray]]
* Since Music/DoctorSteel was a SteamPunk musician who leaned on dieselpunk tropes as well, it isn't surprising to see a lot of dieselpunk fashion sense in the uniforms of the [[Website/ToySoldiersUnite Army of Toy Soldiers]].
* ThoseWackyNazis designed a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wunderwaffe series of "superweapons"]] termed ''Wunderwaffe'' (German for "wonder weapon") before and during World War II. Many of them were outlandish and never made it past the prototype stage, but in retrospect were heavily DieselPunk in their design. In fact, many DieselPunk aesthetics are inspired or pulled directly from ''Wunderwaffe'' designs, such as those featured in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''. Let's take a closer look at a few shall we?
** The [[TankGoodness humongous]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landkreuzer_P._1000_Ratte Landkreuzer P. 1000 Ratte]] was a proposed massive 1000-ton [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] [[MilitaryMashupMachine land battleship]] (er...''cruiser'') armed with [[{{BFG}} dual 280 mm naval cannons]] as well as [[MoreDakka various smaller caliber guns]] which might or might not have been mounted on smaller axillary turrets, all powered by no less than two engines derived from submarines. Allegedly, the main turret of this monster was completed before it was realized that Germany could ill afford to operate such an [[AwesomeButImpractical awesome weapon]] by its 1943 state, but it definitely deserves a mention by virtue of sheer scale.
** The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horten_Ho_229 Horten Ho 229]], a prototype German bomber built towards the end of World War II, certainly qualifies both in design and function: it's been called the world's first stealth bomber. It even makes a cameo appearance at the beginning of ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder''. Many a gamer can be forgiven for thinking it was just standard DieselPunk hijinks.
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