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->''"Legend has it that man once washed his jeans in pure acid!"''
-->-- '''Creator/StephenColbert''', ''Series/TheColbertReport''
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The Excessive Eighties: a time where you [[Music/TheGoGos go-go]] when you want to [[Film/{{Footloose}} kick up your Sunday shoes]] as you [[Music/TheBangles walk like an Egyptian]], [[Music/{{Prince}} hear doves cry]] or feel the [[Series/PunkyBrewster Punky power]] while you [[Music/MichaelJackson moonwalk the Thriller]].

All the men were preppies who wore pastel suits with narrow ties, drove sports cars that Lee Iacocca personally stood behind and traded stocks on Wall Street - after all, as Creator/OscarWilde said, nothing says success like excess. (Unless they happened to be teenagers, in which case they were TotallyRadical or studied karate and learnt the meaning of "WaxOnWaxOff".) Everyone had [[EightiesHair huge hairdos]], [[UncannyValleyMakeup enough make-up]] to sink a ship and power suits with shoulderpads [[ShouldersOfDoom big enough to knock the giant mirrored sunglasses off]] anyone who walked within a three foot radius of them. And those without them had flat-tops and wore gym clothes and break-danced on top of cardboard. Millenials (then known as [[{{Snowclone}} "Echo Boomers" and later "Generation Y"]]) started being born, one day to become, [[ManChild despite their best efforts]], the young adults of The TurnOfTheMillennium.

Computing technology first became a true cultural force in this decade, starting a trend that would keep on snowballing to this very day. The Eighties was the decade of cell phones literally sized and shaped like bricks, jokes about being unable to program [=VCRs=], the death of Betamax, and the beginnings of personal computers and gaming consoles beginning to proliferate inside homes, perhaps one of the trends from this decade with the largest of cultural implications. Cable television also took off big time, with Creator/{{MTV}}, {{TBS}}, {{HBO}}, and Creator/{{CNN}} becoming household acronyms.

In the US, it was also the first wave of the JapaneseInvasion, the inklings of which started in '78 with the dub of ''BattleOfThePlanets'', continuing on with ''StarBlazers'' ('79),'' Anime/{{Voltron}}'' ('84), [[TookALevelInBadass getting even more hardcore]] with ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' in '85, and hitting its apex by [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome cranking the quality]] UpToEleven with the nationwide release of ''{{Manga/Akira}}'' ('88).

On the homefront, the 1980s produced a rash of pop-cultural icons that today are looked upon, at worst, with AffectionateParody, and at best, as the national ideal. The conservative political culture of the era meant two rather contradictory things for the production of pop-culture; on the one hand, the surge of private enterprise together with new media technologies allowed corporations such as Hasbro an unprecedented ability to build [[MerchandiseDriven massive franchises]] around their products, typically with a TV show and accompanying toys, but on the other MoralGuardian complaints would challenge the ethics of making a show that was "essentially one large commercial." The result was the rather spoof-worthy AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle segment common to many mass franchise shows, shoving an {{Anvilicious}} moral into the action. Fortunately, these were conveniently located after the actual plot, so kids could just turn it off at that point and run down to buy the toys. Besides, the segments [[SoBadItsGood make]] [[MemeticMutation great]] [[YouTubePoop joke]] fodder.

Politically, the first part of the decade, UsefulNotes/ColdWar tensions continued to escalate such as the US doing things like invading Grenada and proposing ludicrously unfeasible military schemes like the Strategic Defense Initiative. Some accuse this of being an [[BatmanGambit intentional move]] by the West to render the economically inept Soviet Union infeasible by drawing its resources away from things like infrastructure and feeding its people, which market economies could accomplish easily. While this is, essentially, what ended up happening (though more complicated than that in real life; in Eastern Europe the decade's real deathblow to communism was considered to have been all the new media technology), the fact that the other possible outcome of such a strategy was global thermonuclear annihilation had a profound impact on Western media tropes. Most obviously, dystopian SpeculativeFiction, particularly set AfterTheEnd TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, enjoyed a surge. On the other hand, ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' became a defiantly optimistic mainstream SciFi mainstay with the feature film series and its return to live action TV with ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.

The second part of the decade, however, couldn't be more different. Gorbachev, spry for a CPSU leader at age 54 (this was the only time in the Cold War that the Soviet leader was substantially younger than the American), shook up the by-then sclerotic Soviet leadership upon taking power in 1985. Gorbachev restructured the economy (''perestroika'') for "accelerated" development (''uskoreniye''), encouraged openness (''glasnost''), made tentative moves towards democracy (''demokratizatsiya''), and [[GoKartingWithBowser went Karting with Reagan]]. For a hot second in 1988-89, it seemed like the USSR had reached a final ''rapprochement'' with the West. And then came TheGreatPoliticsMessUp.

Throughout this era, there came new problems like the spread of AIDS which created a public health panic that dealt first a body blow to the gay community as homophobes treating them as modern lepers (even though that community took the danger seriously far sooner than others). However, the epidemic paradoxically later proved a partial blessing in disguise for gay rights as stricken people like RockHudson were shoved out of the closet, forcing the public to realize that LGBTI people were all around them, much like themselves. The Eighties also had the highest murder rate in U.S. history, almost twice what it is today.

Politically speaking, the decade lasted roughly from the inauguration of RonaldReagan on January 20, 1981 to the collapse of the Soviet Union on December 25, 1991, so almost 11 years. (Sometimes MargaretThatcher becoming Prime Minister in 1979 is considered the start, especially in the UK.) Culturally, the decade lasted roughly from the death of Disco in 1979 to the release of {{Music/Nirvana}}'s album ''Nevermind'' in 1991.

Thanks to [[TwoDecadesBehind a common twenty- or thirty-year lag]], it's still The Eighties in much of Fictionland. Although TheSeventies and TheNineties are gradually returning.

See Also: TheRoaringTwenties, TheGreatDepression, TheForties, TheFifties, TheSixties, TheSeventies, TheNineties, TurnOfTheMillennium and TheNewTens.
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!!Popular tropes from this time period include:
* TheAggressiveDrugDealer: Crack cocaine and heroin caught on big during this decade, along with their pushers, hence the establishment of this trope as part of the larger "Just Say No" movement.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: ''[[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero G.I Joe]]'', et. al., in order to counteract accusations of being no more than "30-minute toy commercials".
* AnimatedAdaptation: Of practically everything, including films, TV shows, comic books, video games, action figures, dolls, plush toys, music videos, and real-life celebrities!
* {{Anime}}, called Japanimation at the time, started becoming somewhat popular in the US in the '80s (although it would take untill the second half of the 90's untill it truly exploded in mainstream popularity).
* CanadaDoesNotExist: A wave of low-budget cop and action-adventure dramas start being produced in Canada, but primarily for U.S. consumption. This leads to the weird phenomenon of shows which take place in a "nowhereland" that is neither fully the US nor completely Canada.
* UsefulNotes/ColdWar and RedScare: A big feature of this period, particularly in the early 1980s with the European Missiles Crisis, the Nicaraguan civil war and Libya. ''Especially'' Libya. The Cold War plots here can be divided squarely between before and after 8 December 1987, the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between the U.S. and USSR. It's generally straight RedScare before that. After, it's RenegadeRussian or MakeTheBearAngryAgain.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Thanks to the movie ''WallStreet'', an enduring image of this time. Part of the economic climate of the time were RonaldReagan's reforms and the Black Monday crash of 1987.
* {{Cyberpunk}}: kicked off by ''Film/BladeRunner'' and ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}''.
* UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks: Began with ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' and ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' in 1985.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Even though this was a fun decade for many people this decade had many negative sides to it:
** Crack cocaine was created and many people became destructively addicted to it; to make matters worse, the turf wars between dealers and gangs decimated many black neighborhoods in big cities.
** The sexually-transmitted disease AIDS became an epidemic. The first two cases of patients dying from AIDS had taken place in 1959, but there are only a handful of known cases dating to the 1960s and 1970s. At least 121 AIDS-related deaths took place between 1980 and 1981. By the end of the 1980s, the disease had spread worldwide and there were over a million known patients. And in the U.S., the initial stigma of AIDS as a "gay disease" contributed to unfair ostracization of its victims and LGBT people in general.
** The beginning of the (currently ongoing) "war on drugs" resulted in skyrocketing incarceration rates, hundreds of thousands of people ending up behind bars for nonviolent offenses.
** An enormous crime wave hit America at this time: this is where [[TheBigRottenApple NYC got its image as a crime-ridden Hellhole of apathy and darkness]], and why so many action movies starring {{Cowboy Cop}}s were popular.
** More generally, the 1980s were the time when the American middle class began losing ground in terms of GDP share as more people became part of the upper class.. Socio-economic inequalities more or less kept in check for a half-century started growing again, creating an increasing polarization between economic classes.
** Unemployment was a huge problem in many Western countries. Very conservative politicians like UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan in the USA and UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher in the UK endorsed the free market and privatisations. This was great for billionaires and yuppies, but meant sour times for middle and lower class citizens and the poor, who didn't receive as much help from the government as in previous decades.
** The arrival of MTV had a downside as well. Music videos became so dominant that authentic artists who played instruments were now expected to create a music video for every hit single they released, because otherwise it would not receive airplay. For some serious artists this was a huge setback, because they were now expected to "act" and "look good" on camera to appeal to the record buying public. By the end of the 1980s many music fans couldn't imagine a music record existing without some kind of video attached to it. Thus several pop stars who looked attractive but couldn't sing or play a note on their instrument were launched to make quick bucks.
** In the first half of the 1980s many people across the world felt frightened because President Reagan orderded more nuclear missiles to be placed in Europe to defend the US against the Soviet Union. He also endorsed a daft plan, "Star Wars", to protect the USA in space against a possible Soviet attack. Fear for a Third World War and nuclear testing lead to numerous protests and protest singles. Only when UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev became Soviet leader in 1985 tensions between the USA and USSR started to diminish.
** The UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} disaster (1986) also lead to a universal fear for nuclear power disasters, especially when a huge radioactive cloud flew over Europe, having disastrous effects on the local farming industry. Since then the place has become a GhostTown and a place where plants and animals have won back ground on humans.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: A common way of introducing romance subplots in '80s movies.
* {{Dystopia}}: Dark, crime-ridden TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture or oppressive alternate universes were big in '80s films/TV shows.
* EightiesHair: If you were in a (popular) metal band or were a female country singer you wore it one way and only one way, BIG! This was also the decade in which the mullet really went mainstream. (Though the actual ''name'' "mullet" was only coined and applied retrospectively in TheNineties).
* FootballHooligans: For the UK at least. It became such a problem that MargaretThatcher put together a cabinet just to tackle them. Measures put in place then led to [[TearJerker Hillsborough]]. These days the problem has been virtually eradicated, although the trope appears quite often in foreign films set in the UK where football is involved, and Hooligans continue to cause problems in places ''not'' the UK (mostly South America).
* FurAndLoathing: When it started.
* IWasQuiteAFashionVictim: Applying to works looking at this decade in hindsight, a survivor of the so-called "decade fashion disaster" might confess to this.
* JapanTakesOverTheWorld: A staple of the decade, particularly in {{Cyberpunk}} works. Often seems a little silly now.
* MerchandiseDriven: Virtually [[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats every]] [[WesternAnimation/{{MASK}} original]] WesternAnimation/{{c|enturions}}artoon [[StrawberryShortcake made]] [[WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite in]] WesternAnimation/{{the|RealGhostbusters}} [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero eighties]] [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers seems]] [[Franchise/CareBears to]] [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 be]] [[JemAndTheHolograms this]] [[Franchise/MyLittlePony way]].
* MontageEndsTheVHS: It's when a commercial VHS tape has trailers, intros or just a compilation montage promoting a line of tapes at the end, after a movie or episode it contains is over.
* NarmCharm: Oh yes.
* NostalgiaFilter / TwoDecadesBehind
** This decade had a lot of nostalgic getups during TheForties, TheFifties and TheSixties
*** And the decade itself is now the nostalgic decade of the TurnOfTheMillennium and TheNewTens.
* PacManFever
* PrettyInMink: Works that weren't afraid to show fur tended to show even more than they would in TheSeventies.
* RichBitch: ''Dynasty'', ''Falcon Crest'', et. al.
* ShouldersOfDoom: The huge shoulder pads, bigger than the ones [[TheForties forty years earlier]].
* SweaterGirl: With or without shoulder pads. With or without a bra underneath.
* ValleyGirl: Like, ''totally''!
* VaporWear: Common in the first part of the decade (before Music/{{Madonna}}); off-the-shoulder tops and tops with bare backs were common.
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!Many things were created or existed in the 1980s:

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[[index]]
* MusicOfThe1980s
* SeriesOfThe1980s
* VideoGamesOfThe1980s
* WesternAnimationOfThe1980s
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!!Works that are set/were made in this time period include:\\
(Note: [-many were also a part of the Nineties; usually those made in the later part of the decade, and are marked with a-] '*').
[[index]]

[[folder:Anime]]
* For a more detailed list, see AnimeOfThe1980s
* ''Manga/{{Akira}}''
* ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis''
* ''LightNovel/DirtyPair''
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' (the manga began in 1984, while the anime version began airing in 1986.)
** ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
* ''[[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Hokuto no Ken]]'' (1983; later translated in English as ''Fist of the North Star'')
* ''Anime/FuturePoliceUrashiman''
* ''Anime/GoShogun''
* ''Anime/GodMazinger''
** ''Manga/NewMazinger''
* ''Anime/GoLion'', used to make ''{{Voltron}} in 1984
* ''Anime/GunBuster''
* ''Anime/HeavyMetalLGaim''
* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure''
* ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad''
* ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku''
* ''Anime/MapleTown''
* ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold''
* ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind''
* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient''
* ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}''
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''
* ''Anime/RedPhotonZillion''
* ''[[Anime/RoninWarriors Yoroiden Samurai Troopers]]'' (1988; was brought to the US in 1995 as ''RoninWarriors'')
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya''
* ''Anime/SeiJuushiBismarck''
* ''Manga/{{SEX}}'' by Atsushi Kamijou ran from 1988 to 1992, and is set in Okinawa and Fussa in the eighties.
* ''Anime/SherlockHound''
* ''Anime/SpaceWarriorBaldios''
* ''Manga/StopHibarikun''
* ''Anime/{{Superbook}}''
* ''Anime/SuperDimensionCenturyOrguss''
* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' (1982; used to make the first part of ''{{Robotech}}'' in 1985)
* ''Manga/{{Touch}}''
* Franchise/{{Transformers}}
** ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters''
** ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce''
** ''Anime/TransformersVictory''
* ''Anime/{{Ulysses 31}}''
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'': The anime which started in 1981.
* ''Anime/{{Voltron}}''
* Franchise/WhenTheyCry
** ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' (franchise started in 2002, but set in 1983)
** ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' (franchise started in 2007, but set in 1986)
* ''Anime/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''
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[[folder:Asian Animation]]
* ''Animation/BlackCatDetective''
* ''Animation/CalabashBrothers''
* ''Animation/{{Gandahar}}''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Creator/JimShooter era of Creator/MarvelComics mostly took place in this decade.
* Most long runners from previous decades persist here. UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks ends here.
* UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks began in this decade.
* Franchise/{{Tintin}}. Series started in 1929.
** ''Recap/TintinTintinAndAlphArt'' (1986).
* ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio''. Series began in 1938.
* ''ComicBook/TomPoes''. Series began in 1941, ended this decade, in 1986.
* ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske''. Series began in 1945.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}''. Series began in 1947.
* ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke''. Series began in 1947.
* ''ComicStrip/PietPienterEnBertBibber''. Series began in 1950.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Jommeke}}''. Series began in 1955.
* ''ComicStrip/DeKiekeboes''. Series started in February, 1977.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Started in [[TheSeventies 1977]], but many of the most significant stories, such as the Apocalypse War and The Judge Child appeared in this time period, as well as iconic antagonists The Dark Judges and P.J. Maybe.
* ''Comicbook/DouweDabbert''. Series began in 1975.
* ''DeGeneraal''. Series began in 1971.
* ''ComicStrip/JanJansEnDeKinderen''. Series began in 1970.
* ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga. Storyline started in January, 1980.
* ComicStrip/{{Bananaman}}. First appeared in February, 1980.
* ComicBook/{{Dazzler}}. First appeared in February, 1980.
* Comicbook/SheHulk. First appeared in February, 1980.
* ComicBook/{{Taskmaster}}. First appeared in May, 1980.
* ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}}. The character of Huntress/Barbara 'Bobbi' Morse received its new codename in July, 1980.
* ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock''. First appeared in July, 1980.
* ''ComicBook/AnselmeLanturlu''. Series started in September, 1980.
* ''ComicBook/{{Dreadstar}}''
** Vanth Dreadstar was introduced in September, 1980.
** His eponymous series in November, 1982.
* ComicBook/TeenTitans. Relaunched with new cast members in November, 1980.
* ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}}. First appeared in December, 1980.
* ''ComicBook/DaysOfFuturePast''. First written in January 1981
* ComicBook/{{Elektra}}. First appeared in January, 1981.
* ''ComicBook/MsTree''. First appeared in May, 1981.
* ComicBook/{{Vixen}}. Secondly appeared in July, 1981.
* ''ComicBook/RogueTrooper''. First appeared in September, 1981.
* [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel/Monica Rambeau]]. First appeared in 1982.
* ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}: Devil's Legacy''. First appeared in 1982.
* ''ComicBook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew''. Series started in March, 1982.
* ''Comicbook/CloakAndDagger''. First appeared in March, 1982.
* ''ComicBook/VForVendetta''. Storyline started in March, 1982.
* ''Comicbook/ContestOfChampions''. Series started in June, 1982.
* ''ComicBook/GlobalGuardians''. Debuted in June, 1982.
* ''ComicBook/TheSavageDragon''. First appeared in June, 1982.
* ''ComicBook/FrankMillersWolverine''. First appeared in September, 1982
* Franchise/ArchieComics
** Cheryl Blossom. First appeared in October, 1982.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Urbanus}}''. First appeared in November, 1982.
* ComicBook/AmbushBug. First appeared in December, 1982.
* ''ComicBook/{{Camelot 3000}}''. First appeared in December, 1982.
* Comicbook/GillesDeGeus. First appeared in 1983.
* ''ComicBook/NewMutants''. First appeared in December, 1982. Received their own series in March, 1983.
* ''ComicBook/EdTheHappyClown''. First appeared in 1983.
* ''ComicBook/{{Robin}}''
** Jason Todd. First appeared in March, 1983. Became Robin in December, 1983.
** Damian Wayne. First appeared (as an infant) in 1987. He would grow up to become a Robin.
** Timothy "Tim" Drake. First appeared in August, 1989. Became Robin in December, 1989.
* ''ComicBook/AmethystPrincessOfGemworld''. First appeared in April-May, 1983.
* ''ComicBook/DRAndQuinch''. First appeared in May, 1983.
* ''ComicBook/AlbedoErmaFelnaEDF''. Series started in Summer, 1983.
* ''ComicBook/JonSableFreelance''. First appeared in June, 1983.
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}}. First appeared in June, 1983.
* ''BatmanAndTheOutsiders''. Team debuted in July, 1983.
* ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight''. The team received its own series in August, 1983.
* ComicBook/{{Slaine}}. Character debuted in August, 1983.
* Characters/TheSandman
** Silver Scarab/Hector Hall. First appeared in September, 1983.
** Silver Scarab/hector Hall assumed the Sandman identity in May, 1988.
** [[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]]/Morpheus/Dream of the Endless. First appeared in January, 1989.
* ''ComicBook/AmericanFlagg''. First appeared in October, 1983.
* ComicBook/BetaRayBill. First appeared in November, 1983.
* ComicBook/{{Normalman}}. First appeared in November, 1983.
* ComicBook/{{Magik}}. Series started in December 1983.
* ''ComicBook/{{Zot}}!''. First appeared in April, 1984.
* The ''FlamingCarrot'' series started in May, 1984.
* ''ComicBook/SecretWars''. First appeared in May, 1984, starting the trend of crossovers.
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''
** ''Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}''. First appeared in May, 1984.
** ''Comicbook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures''. Series started in March, 1989.
* ComicBook/{{Venom}}
** The eponymous symbiote first appeared in May, 1984.
** Eddie Brock first appeared in September, 1986.
** The combination of the two above first appeared in April-May, 1988.
* ''ComicBook/BlueDevil''. First appeared in June, 1984.
* ''ComicBook/TheBalladOfHaloJones''. Series started in July, 1984.
* ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}, a new persona for Robin/Richard Grayson. First appeared in July, 1984.
* ''ComicBook/PowerPack''. First appeared in August, 1984.
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformers''. Series started in September, 1984.
* ComicBook/{{XIII}}. Series started in September, 1984.
* ComicBook/{{Steel}}/Henry "Hank" Heywood III. First appeared in October, 1984.
* ComicBook/SpiderWoman/Julia Carpenter. First appeared in October-November, 1984.
* ''ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything''. Published in 1985.
* ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. First appeared in April, 1985.
* ''ComicBook/FishPolice''. First appeared in June 1985.
* [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]]. First appeared in June, 1985.
* ComicBook/SilverSable. First appeared in June, 1985.
* ComicBook/SecretWarsII. Storyline started in July, 1985.
* ComicBook/SquadronSupreme. Limited series started in September, 1985.
* ComicBook/{{Hourman}}/Rick Tyler. First appeared in November, 1985.
* ''ComicBook/AngelLove''. First appeared in 1986.
* ''ComicBook/TheGreatPowerofChninkel''. First appeared in 1986.
* ''ComicBook/AdolescentRadioactiveBlackBeltHamsters''. First appeared in 1986.
* ''ComicBook/{{Maus}} I'' was published in 1986.
* Nathan Summers. First appeared (as a newborn) in January, 1986. He would become better known as ComicBook/{{Cable}}.
* ''ComicBook/BoosterGold''. First appeared in February, 1986.
* ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''. First appeared in February, 1986.
* ''ComicBook/XFactor''. First version. Debuted in February, 1986.
* Kid Flash/Wallace "Wally" West assumed the mantle of Franchise/TheFlash in March, 1986.
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'': First appeared in September, 1986. Remember that it's an alternate form of the world we know. Fashions, technology, drugs, and politics are different. Except in [[Film/{{Watchmen}} the movie]].
* ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow''. Published in September, 1986.
* ''ComicBook/DylanDog''. Fist published in October, 1986.
* ''ComicBook/TheManOfSteel''. Series started in October, 1986.
* ''ComicBook/TheNewUniverse''. Launched in October, 1986.
* ''ComicBook/{{DP7}}''. First appeared in November, 1986.
* ''ComicBook/StrikeforceMorituri''. First published in December, 1986.
* ''ComicStrip/LePetitSpirou''. First appeared in 1987.
* ''ComicBook/NinjaHighSchool''. First appeared in 1987.
* ''ComicBook/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice''. First appeared in 1987.
* ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad''. The modern version of the team debuted in January, 1987.
* ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne''. Storyline started in February, 1987.
* Comicbook/CaptainAtom/Nathaniel Adam. First appeared in March, 1987.
* ComicBook/DeathsHead. The "freelance peacekeeping agent" version first appeared in May, 1987.
* ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational''. First appeared in May, 1987.
* [[ComicBook/GhostMarvelComics Ghost]]. First appeared in June, 1987.
* ''Comicbook/{{Zenith}}''. First appeared in August, 1987.
* ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol''. Relaunched with new members in October, 1987.
* ''ComicBook/TheDesertPeach''. First published in 1988.
* ''ComicBook/{{Checkmate}}''. First appeared in March, 1988.
* ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke''. First appeared in March, 1988.
* ''ComicBook/ThePitt''. First appeared in March, 1988.
* ''ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}''. First appeared in April, 1988.
* {{Supergirl}}/Matrix. First appeared in April, 1988.
* ''Comicbook/BatmanTheCult''. First appeared in August, 1988.
* ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse
** Duckworth. First adapted to the medium in October, 1988.
** Launchpad [=McQuack=]. First adapted to the medium in October, 1988.
** Mrs. Bentina Beakley. First adapted to the medium in November, 1988.
** Webbigail "Webby" Vanderquack. First adapted to the medium in February, 1989.
** Doofus Drake. First adapted to the medium in October, 1989.
* ''ComicBook/{{Inferno}}. Storyline started in October, 1988.
* ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse
** Arizona Goof. First appeared in December, 1988.
* ''ComicBook/TheMazeAgency''. First published in December, 1988.
* ComicBook/{{Huntress}}/Helena Bertinelli. First appeared in April, 1989.
* ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}. First appeared in April, 1989.
* ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers. First appeared in July, 1989.
* ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}
** The Post-Hawkworld version of Hawkman/Katar Hol. First appeared in August, 1989.
** The Post-Hawkworld version of Hawkwoman/Shayera Thal. First appeared in August, 1989.
* ''Comicbook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth''. Published in October, 1989.
* ComicBook/{{Anarky}}. First appeared in November, 1989.
* ComicBook/NewWarriors. First appeared in December, 1989. Received their own series in July, 1990.
* ComicBook/{{Rat-Man}}. First appeared in ''Spot 2'', as a supplement to ''L'Eternauta'' #86 of June, 1989.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Eastern European Animation]]
* ''Animation/AboutSidorovVova''
* ''Animation/ArmenFilmAnimatedShorts''
* ''Animation/CatCity''
* ''Animation/DavidAndTheMagicPearl''
* ''Animation/InvestigationHeldByKolobki''
* ''Animation/LastYearsSnowWasFalling''
* ''Animation/LittleFox''
* ''Animation/MotherForLittleMammoth''
* ''Animation/TheMysteryOfTheThirdPlanet''
* ''Animation/OnceUponADog''
* ''Animation/PlasticineCrow''
* ''Animation/PodrozeKapitanaKlipera''
* ''Animation/SuurToll''
* ''Animation/TimeMasters''
* ''Animation/TreasureOfSwampCastle''
* ''Animation/TheVanishedWorldOfGloves''
* ''Animation/VukTheLittleFox''
* ''Animation/WillyTheSparrow''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Film]]
!!!For films released in this time period, see FilmsOfThe1980s
[[index]]

* ''Film/{{Adventureland}}'' (made in 2009, set in 1987)
* ''Film/AmericanPsycho'' (made in 2000, set in sort-of-1989, based on musical information from the protagonist)
* ''Film/BeyondTheBlackRainbow'' (made in 2010, set in 1983)
* ''Film/DonnieDarko'' (made in 2001, set in 1988)
* ''Film/{{Fargo}}'' (made in 1996, set in 1987)
* ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine'' (made in 2010, the protagonists travel back to 1986)
* ''Film/KillingBono'' (made in 2011, set mainly between '82 and '86)
* ''Film/TheLastDaysOfDisco'' (made in 1998, set in the early 1980s)
* ''Film/LoveAndBasketball'' (made in 2000, follows the protagonists from 1982-2000)
* ''Film/MidnightInTheGardenOfGoodAndEvil'' (made in 1997, set in the early 1980s)
* ''Literature/NoCountryForOldMen'' (made in 2007, set in 1980)
* ''{{Precious}}'' (made in 2009, set in 1987)
* ''Film/ThePursuitOfHappyness'' (made in 2006, set in 1981)
* ''Theatre/RockOfAges'' (made in 2012, set in 1987)
* ''Film/RockStar''
* ''Film/SonOfRambow'' (made in 2008, set in 1982)
* ''WesternAnimation/SongOfTheSea'' (made in 2014, set in 1987)
* ''Sunny'' (made in 2011, has several flashbacks set somewhere in the 80s)
* ''Film/{{Submarine}}'' (made in 2010, set in 1986)
* ''Take Me Home Tonight'' (made in 2011, set in the late 1980s)
* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' (made in 2009, set in an alternate 1985)
* ''Film/TheWeddingSinger'' (made in 1998, set in 1985)
* ''Film/WetHotAmericanSummer'' (made in 2001, set in 1981)
* ''Film/WNUFHalloweenSpecial'' (made in 2013, set in 1987)
* ''Film/TheWood'' (made in 1999, with lots of flashbacks to 1986-89)
* ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' (made in 2009, the bulk of the movie takes place in 1985 or the very least 1986, but given the nature of what happened to Logan's memories, it is unsure when it took place. TheOtherWiki states Stryker met Logan and Victor in 1975 placing the majority of the movie in 1981. Regardless, it certainly doesn't capture the look or the feel of the time.)
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Han-guk Manhwa Aenimeisyeon]]
* ''Manhwa/DoolyTheLittleDinosaur''
* ''Animation/SpaceTransformers''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Literature]]
* For works from this time period, see LiteratureOfThe1980s

* Literature/{{Beloved}}
* Literature/BimbosOfTheDeathSun
* Literature/TheBroomOfTheSystem
* ''Literature/TheChoir''
* Literature/GorkyPark
* Literature/HamishMacbeth
* Literature/TheHotelNewHampshire
* HilaryTamar
* Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober
* Literature/TheJoyLuckClub
* Literature/KinseyMillhone
* Literature/LessThanZero
* Literature/TheMysteriesOfPittsburgh
* Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'': First appeared in December, 1980.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Bizarro}}'': Series started in January, 1985.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': First appeared in November, 1985.
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'': Series started in April, 1988
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'': First appeared in April, 1989.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pinball]]
* ''Pinball/{{Ali}}'' (1980)
* ''Pinball/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' (1980)
* ''Pinball/BabyPacMan'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/BanzaiRun'' (1988)
* ''Pinball/{{Barracora}}'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/BigGuns'' (1987)
* ''Pinball/BlackHole'' (1981)
* ''Pinball/BlackKnight'' (1980)
** ''Black Knight 2000'' (1989)
* ''Pinball/{{Caveman}}'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/{{Centaur}}'' (1981)
* ''Pinball/{{Comet}}'' (1986)
** ''Pinball/{{Cyclone}}'' (1988)
* ''Pinball/{{Defender}}'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/DevilsDare'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/DungeonsAndDragons'' (1987)
* ''Pinball/{{Earthshaker}}'' (1989)
* ''Pinball/EightBall Deluxe'' (1981)
** ''Eight Ball Champ'' (1985)
* ''Pinball/ElviraAndThePartyMonsters'' (1989)
* ''Pinball/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' (1980)
* ''Pinball/F14Tomcat'' (1987)
* ''Pinball/{{Farfalla}}'' (1983)
* ''Pinball/{{Firepower}}'' (1980)
** ''Firepower II'' (1983)
* ''Pinball/FlashDragon'' (1986)
* ''Pinball/{{Flight 2000}}'' (1980)
* ''Pinball/HauntedHouse'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/HighSpeed'' (1986)
* ''Pinball/HollywoodHeat'' (1986)
* ''Pinball/{{Hyperball}}'' (1981)
* ''Pinball/IronMaiden'' (1981)
* ''Pinball/JamesBond007'' (1980)
* ''Pinball/{{Joust}}'' (1983)
* ''Pinball/LaserWar'' (1987)
* ''Pinball/MacAttack'' (1989)
* ''Pinball/MrAndMrsPacManPinball'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/{{Orbitor 1}}'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/PinBot'' (1986)
* ''Pinball/PinkPanther'' (1981)
* ''Pinball/Playboy35thAnniversary'' (1989)
* ''Pinball/PoliceForce'' (1989)
* ''Pinball/QBertsQuest'' (1983)
* ''Pinball/{{Raven}}'' (1986)
* ''Pinball/RoboCop'' (1989)
* ''Pinball/{{Rocky}}'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/{{Seawitch}}'' (1980)
* ''Pinball/SecretService'' (1988)
* ''Pinball/SilverballMania'' (1980)
* ''Pinball/{{Sorcerer}}'' (1985)
* ''Pinball/SpaceShuttle'' (1984)
* ''Pinball/{{Spectrum}}'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/StarGazer'' (1980)
* ''Pinball/{{Taxi}}'' (1988)
* ''Pinball/TimeMachineDataEast'' (1988)
* ''Pinball/TimeMachineZaccaria'' (1983)
* ''Pinball/TruckStop'' (1988)
* ''Pinball/{{Varkon}}'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/{{Victory}}'' (1987)
* ''Pinball/{{Viper}}'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/{{Xenon}}'' (1980)
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/TooColdScorpio: Debuted in the mid-1980s.
* Wrestling/AbdullahTheButcher
* [[Wrestling/BrianAdams Brian Adams/Crush]]: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/ChrisAdams: Debuted in England in 1978, debuted in the U.S. in Los Angeles in 1981.
* Wrestling/GeneralSkandorAkbar
* Wrestling/CaptainLouAlbano
* Wrestling/ArnAnderson: Debuted in 1982.
* Wrestling/AndreTheGiant: Became one of the, well, ''biggest'' icons in wrestling in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/LionessAsuka: Debuted in 1980.
* Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin: Debuted in 1989.
* Wrestling/TheBarbarian: Debuted in 1980.
* Wrestling/PaulBearer: Was a very successful manager in Texas and Florida as Percival Pringle III
* Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake
* Wrestling/ChrisBenoit: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/BigBossman: Debuted in 1985.
* Wrestling/BamBamBigelow: Debuted in 1985.
* Wrestling/EricBischoff: Debuted as an announcer in the AWA in 1987.
* Wrestling/SteveBlackman: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/FreddieBlassie
* Wrestling/BookerT: Debuted in 1989.
* Wrestling/BoboBrazil
* Wrestling/BruiserBrody
* Wrestling/KingKongBundy: Debuted in 1981.
* [[Wrestling/DonCallis Don "The Jackyl"/"Cyrus" Callis]]: Debuted in 1989 as Don Casablancas.
* [[Wrestling/AllenCoage Allen Coage/Bad News Allen/Bad News Brown]]
* Wrestling/JimCornette. Debuted in 1982.
* Wrestling/TheCrusher
* Wrestling/TedDiBiase: Debuted in the 70s, made his career with the "Million-Dollar Man" gimmick.
* Wrestling/DickTheBruiser
* Wrestling/ShaneDouglas: Debuted in 1982.
* Wrestling/HacksawJimDuggan: Debuted in 1977, competed in various territories before arriving in WWE in 1987.
* Wrestling/DynamiteKid
* [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sid Eudy/Sid Vicious/Sycho Sid]]: Debuted in 1987.
* Wrestling/JackieFargo: Retired in 1984.
* [[Wrestling/EdFarhat Ed "The Sheik" Farhat]]: Continued competing into this decade.
* Wrestling/PamperoFirpo: Retired in 1986.
* Wrestling/RicFlair: Debuted in the 70s, but really made his legacy in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/MickFoley: Debuted as Cactus Jack in 1986.
* Wrestling/YoshiakiFujiwara: Gained mainstream fame in 1984
* Wrestling/TerryFunk
* [[Wrestling/GiantHaystacks Giant Haystacks[=/=]Loch Ness]]
* Wrestling/EddieGilbert: Debuted in 1979, became a big name in Memphis and other territories in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/{{Goldust}}: Debuted in 1988 as Dustin Rhodes.
* [[Wrestling/SuperstarBillyGraham "Superstar" Billy Graham]]
* Wrestling/EddieGuerrero. Debuted in 1987.
* Wrestling/ScottHall: Debuted in 1984.
* Wrestling/StanHansen
* Wrestling/BretHart: Debuted in 1978, found his first major success in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/JimmyHart
* Wrestling/OwenHart: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/ShinyaHashimoto: Debuted in 1984.
* [[Wrestling/DavidHeath David "Vampire Warrior"/"Gangrel" Heath]]. Debuted in 1988.
* Wrestling/BobbyHeenan
* Wrestling/CurtHennig: Debuted in 1980.
* Wrestling/PaulHeyman: Debuted in the 1980s as a manager.
* Wrestling/HillbillyJim: Earliest confirmed matches in Memphis in 1983.
* Wrestling/HulkHogan: Though he debuted in the 70's, he became ''the'' face of wrestling in the 80's.
* Wrestling/BobHolly: Debuted in 1987.
* Wrestling/HonkyTonkMan
* Wrestling/BarryHorowitz: Debuted in 1979, competed in many different territories before establishing himself in WWE in 1987.
* Wrestling/SirOliverHumperdink
* Wrestling/KingCurtisIaukea: His most prominent work was as the Chairman of the Board of Kevin Sullivan's Army of Darkness in Florida, and briefly as the Wizard in WWE in 1986-1987.
* Wrestling/TheIronSheik: Debuted in the 70s, became THE ForeignWrestlingHeel in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/{{Ivory}}: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}}: Debuted in 1988.
* Wrestling/JeffJarrett: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/JunkyardDog
* Wrestling/{{Kamala}}: Made his name in Memphis and Dallas in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/KillerKhan
* Wrestling/KentaKobashi: Debuted in 1988.
* Wrestling/IvanKoloff
* Wrestling/NikitaKoloff: Debuted in 1984.
* Wrestling/AjaKong: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/{{Konnan}}: Debuted in 1988.
* Wrestling/{{Kurrgan}}: Debuted in 1989.
* Wrestling/LaParka: Debuted in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/JerryLawler
* Wrestling/MarkLewin
* Wrestling/JushinThunderLiger: Debuted in 1984.
* Wrestling/SteveLombardi: Debuted in 1983.
* Wrestling/LexLuger: Debuted in 1985.
* Wrestling/JerryLynn: Debuted in 1988.
* Wrestling/{{Madusa}}: Debuted in 1988.
* Wrestling/DeanMalenko: Debuted in 1979, competed throughout Florida and Japan during the 1980s.
* Wrestling/RickMartel
* Wrestling/ChiefWahooMcDaniel
* Wrestling/AkiraMaeda: Turned a superstar in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/VinceMcMahon: Started in the 1970s, took Wrestling/{{WWE}} national and worldwide in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/{{Meng}}: Started in 1978, competed around the world before arriving in WWE in 1986.
* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels: Debuted in 1985.
* Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa: Debuted in 1981.
* Wrestling/MissElizabeth: Debuted in WWE in 1985.
* [[Wrestling/MissingLink The Missing Link]]: Debuted in the 1960s, started the gimmick in 1983.
* Wrestling/MrFuji
* Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon: Became the Voice of the then-WWF during this decade.
* Wrestling/PedroMorales
* Wrestling/DonMuraco
* Wrestling/JohnNord: Debuted in 1984.
* Wrestling/TheOneManGang
* Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage: Debuted as a manager in 1987.
* Wrestling/KenPatera
* Wrestling/MaxxPayne: Debuted in 1987.
* Wrestling/BrianPillman: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/RoddyPiper: Very remembered and loved for his work in Wrestling/{{WWE}} in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/HarleyRace
* Wrestling/{{Raven}}: Debuted in 1988 as Scotty the Body.
* Wrestling/WilliamRegal: Debuted in 1983.
* Wrestling/DustyRhodes: Debuted in the 70s, became a major star in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/{{Rikishi}}: Debuted in Montreal in 1985 as Alofa the Polynesian Prince.
* Wrestling/JakeRoberts
* [[Wrestling/PlayboyBuddyRose "Playboy" Buddy Rose]]
* Wrestling/JimRoss
* [[Wrestling/MikeRotunda Mike Rotunda/Irwin R. Schyster]]: Debuted in 1981.
* Wrestling/RickRude: Debuted in 1982.
* Wrestling/{{Sabu}}: Debuted in the mid-1980s.
* Wrestling/TitoSantana: Debuted in 1977, best remembered as a top babyface of the 1980s.
* Wrestling/RandySavage: Debuted in 1973, best known for his work in Wrestling/{{WWE}} in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/BuzzSawyer: Debuted in 1978, competed in several territories throughout the 1980s.
* Wrestling/SatoruSayama: Started in the 1980s as Tiger Mask.
* Wrestling/KenShamrock: Debuted in 1989.
* Wrestling/LarrySharpe
* Wrestling/IronMikeSharpe: Debuted in 1977, arrived in WWE in 1983.
* Wrestling/RonSimmons: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/SgtSlaughter: Debuted in the 70s, the ''Franchise/GIJoe'' image really took off in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/NormanSmiley: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/DaveyBoySmith: Debuted in 1978, made his name in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/AlSnow: Debuted in 1982.
* Wrestling/JimmySnuka: The decade where he really made his name.
* Wrestling/GordonSolie
* Wrestling/DanSpivey: Debuted in 1984.
* Wrestling/RickySteamboat: Debuted in the 70s, but best remembered as a top babyface of the 1980s.
* Wrestling/GeorgeSteele
* Wrestling/ScottSteiner: Debuted in 1986, '''VERY''' different from what he is today.
* Wrestling/{{Sting}}: Debuted in 1985.
* Wrestling/ExoticAdrianStreet
* Wrestling/BigJohnStudd
* Wrestling/KevinSullivan: The decade where he really made his name.
* Wrestling/{{Tazz}}: Debuted in 1987.
* Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu: Debuted in 1976, became a major figure in Japan during the 1980s.
* Wrestling/JohnTenta: Best known as Earthquake, made his pro debut for Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling on May 1, 1987.
* Wrestling/ManamiToyota: Debuted in 1987.
* Wrestling/JumboTsuruta
* Wrestling/UltimateWarrior: Debuted in 1985.
* Wrestling/UltimoDragon: Debuted in 1987.
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker: Started in Dallas and Memphis in 1988.
* Wrestling/LunaVachon: Debuted in 1985.
* Wrestling/{{Vader}}: Debuted in 1985.
* Wrestling/GregValentine
* Wrestling/JesseVentura: Retired from competition due to health issues and became a top heel commentator for WWE.
* Wrestling/{{Virgil}}: Debuted in 1985.
* Wrestling/NikolaiVolkoff
* Wrestling/KokoBWare
* [[Wrestling/DelWilkes Del "The Trooper"/"The Patriot" Wilkes]]: Debuted in 1988.
* Wrestling/DrDeathSteveWilliams: Debuted in 1982.
* Wrestling/BarryWindham: Debuted in 1979.
* Wrestling/HarveyWippleman: Debuted in the 1980s as Downtown Bruno.
* Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}}: Started in the 1980s as Kokina.
* Wrestling/TheBlackjacks
* Wrestling/{{Demolition}}: Team debuted in 1987.
* Wrestling/TheFabulousKangaroos
* Wrestling/TheFabulousOnes: Team debuted in 1982.
* Wrestling/TheMidnightExpress: Team formed in 1980.
* Wrestling/TheMoondogs: Debuted in 1981.
* Wrestling/TheNastyBoys: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors: Debuted in 1983.
* Wrestling/TheRockNRollExpress: Debuted in 1983.
* Wrestling/TheSheepherders
* Wrestling/VonErichFamily: Mike debuted in 1983, and, for a short time, they experienced their greatest success.
* Wrestling/{{FMW}}: Atsushi Onita's pioneering [[GarbageWrestler hardcore]] promotion debuted in 1989.
* Wrestling/{{GLOW}}: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/UniversalWrestlingFederation: Debuted in 1984.
* Wrestling/{{WCW}}: The name debuted in 1989.
* ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'': The first one was on March 31, 1985.
* ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries'': The first was on Thanksgiving Night, 1987.
* ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble'': The first was on January 24, 1988.
* ''Wrestling/SummerSlam'': The first was on August 29, 1988.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Radio]]
* ''Radio/StarWarsRadioDramas'': ''Film/ANewHope'' (1981) and ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' (1983)
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* TabletopGame/BattleTech
* CarWars
* Literature/{{Dragonlance}}
* TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms
* TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}
* TabletopGame/{{Talisman}}
* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}
* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}
[[/folder]]

[[folder:{{Theatre}}]]
* ''Theatre/{{Cats}}''
* ''Theatre/{{Dreamgirls}}''
* ''Theatre/SundayInTheParkWithGeorge''
* ''Theatre/{{Road}}''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:ThemeParks]]
* This was Ride/ActionPark's first full decade.
* [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]]'s [[/index]] Tomorrowland, specifically an [[{{Zeerust}} ideal futuristic 1986]], until the revamp in 1996.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Other]]
* ''DinosaursAttack'', a collectible card series by Topps laden with LudicrousGibs.
* {{Commodore 64}}: The most widely sold inexpensive multipurpose home computer of this decade.
* The art of ''PatrickNagel''.
* The UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh was launched on January 24th, 1984.
* The Franchise/AmericanGirlsCollection began in 1986.
* Franchise/GarbagePailKids began in 1985.
[[/index]]
[[/folder]]
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-->'''Random Joe:''' [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle And knowing is half the battle!]]
-->'''Chorus:''' [[Franchise/GIJoe G.I. JOOOOOOEEEEEEE!]]
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