Somewhere between MythologyGag, DevelopmentGag, ContinuityNod and ProductionThrowback. This is when a work references stylistic changes since prior works in the same series.

When this is used to refer to events that happened at the time of the referenced style, it's a RetrauxFlashback. Compare NostalgiaLevel.



[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' marked its 25th anniversary with a StoryArc where 2003 Garfield meets 1978 Garfield.
* A ''ComicStrip/{{Luann}}'' [[ strip that ran several days before its 25th anniversary]] has the 2010 main characters commenting on their 1985 designs. "I'm glad WE [[{{Irony}} never looked that dumb...]]"
* In one "Ginger Meggs" strip, Ginger has a caricature done and says it looks nothing like him. The caricature is the original, when-your-grandparents-were-young artwork.
* There is an ''ComicStrip/AlleyOop'' story arc a few years ago where Alley's no-good cousin Early Oop shows up in Moo and makes trouble by impersonating Alley, despite Alley's insistence that they look nothing alike. Early is designed to look like Alley's original appearance.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* At one point in the original ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', there's a pot Mario can jump into. If he does, he comes back out as his sprite from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong''.
** There's a similar curtain that does this in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''.
** In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', There's a curtain in an area near the end of the game that does this to Mario ''and'' all of his partners.
** Mario's blue-clothes-red-overalls PaletteSwap in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' games is the color scheme he used in his first VideoGame appearance as the protagonist in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' which was also famously featured on the cover of the first issue of ''Nintendo Power''.
* The Timeless River in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' is one big one to black and white Creator/{{Disney}} shorts. Also in the same game, at the start as well as in the Timeless River Sora wears his outfit from the original game.
* The "1st gen ring" from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames''.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' is full of these, starting with flashbacks to the UsefulNotes/PlayStation-era graphics of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', up to and including [[spoiler:a fully playable flashback sequence with graphics and gameplay straight out of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'']].
* The final level in ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure'' is an abridged recreation of the original Kirby's Dream Land complete with the Game Boy's black and grey color pallet.
** The Kirby Fighters sub-game in ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'' features mostly retro inspired stages. However 3 in particular really stand out. First is Butter Building, which even retains its NES graphics for the stage itself and the enemies on it. Second is Coo's Forest, which emulates the coloring book style of ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3''. Finally the Fountain of Dreams takes on it's GBA visuals if played on the hardest difficulty.
* Many of the structures used throughout the original ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' were deliberate callbacks to equivalent buildings featured in the previous RTS games, and occasionally a zone will make a stab at depicting the old-school units as well. For instance, in [[ the Swamp of Sorrows]] a short quest chain stars the [=WC2=] armies with Footmen, Knights, and Mages stacked up against Grunts and Ogres (and [=WC1=] Warlocks subbing for Death Knights), while [[ the Krasarang Wilds]] have references to [=WC=] units, heroes, and even tactics and metagame terms.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In the WebAnimation/HomestarRunner cartoon [[ No Hands On Deck!]], Homestar undergoes a brief shift in art and voice when Bubs brings up "melonade".
-->'''Homestar Runner''': Yeah, melonade! We haven't talked about that much lately! Maybe we can eat some... (''his head turns into that of his design from 2000, and his voice changes to match'') marshmallows (''his head and voice turn back to normal'') too!

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* A LeaningOnTheFourthWall version appears in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': the flashbacks are all presented in sepia tones, making them appear to be old print comics that have faded and browned. Surprisingly effective at conveying the point though.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Homerazzi" there is one scene where Marge is taking a picture of Homer, Bart, and Lisa as they appeared on ''Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow''' under a banner saying "Happy 1987". After the picture is taken, they fix their hair to become the normal versions.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RunawayBrain'', after the mind swap Julius finds some photos in Mickey's wallet. One of them is of Mickey as he looked in ''WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie''.