John Smith is a goodhearted farm boy from sometime in the past - bt not earlier than the 13th century (as modern English would be near-totally incomprehensible to a speaker of that time or earlier). But then he foolishly plays with the mystic Nazi time portal or there's a temporal equivalent of the TeleporterAccident, and ZAP!, he falls, screaming, into the PresentDay (whenever that happens to be).

Inevitably, within minutes of arriving in the bright, blinky, flishy-flashing future, he will be culture-shocked from his head to his toes. To drive home how much of a FishOutOfTemporalWater he is, the filmmakers will slap him in the face repeatedly with the seamiest parts of contemporary culture, whether or not it's even remotely realistic in context.

It doesn't matter if it's 10:00 in the morning or 10:00 at night. It doesn't matter if he's in a seafood night-market in Taipei, a busy sidewalk in Rio de Janeiro at the height of Mardi Gras, or a Turkish Cafe in New Delhi - somehow, somewhere there will be a TV playing porn. Usually hardcore, but maybe softcore at the Turkish Cafe.

Alternately or additionally, he may also stumble across:

* A working strip-bar, complete with pole dancers.
* A pimp beating one of his hookers while a crowd looks on indifferently.
* Someone playing [[UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000 a hyper-violent video game]].
* Someone texting (or looking at porn) on his smartphone who collides with him.
* An interracial and/or same-sex couple dramatically making out in public. One or both members of the couple will naturally get pissed at our hero for staring at them (shocking to ''him'', but not to ''us'', of course).
* A traffic accident between two screaming, foul-mouthed, ethnic cliché taxi drivers.

A more specific sub-trope of FishOutOfTemporalWater.

!!Examples:

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* ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'' has the Revivals, people who were put on ice to await cures for terminal illness or injury. They find the future as shocking as the reader often does; Spider Jerusalem is critical of society for not having a system in place to help them adjust.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''ThePhiladelphiaExperiment'' and its sequel.
* ''TimeAfterTime'' has HGWells and JackTheRipper taken to modern times. Jack changes the channels on a TV to show constant scenes of violence to claim that he belongs here and Wells doesn't.
* This happened in ''BlastFromThePast'', with the use of a nuclear bomb shelter. The character was so shocked by the difference that he assumed humanity had been heavily mutated by radiation.
* A variation occurs (no actual time travel, but EastGermany was in a sort of stasis) in ''GoodbyeLenin'' -- after the Berlin Wall falls, the protagonist goes to see WestGermany and instantly encounters a TV with porn on.
* Subverted in a DeletedScene from ''Film/BackToTheFuture''. 1955 Doc goes through 1985 Doc's luggage, finds a copy of ''{{Magazine/Playboy}}'', and pulls out the centerfold. He looks impressed and declares, [[CovertPervert "Suddenly the future's looking a whole lot better!"]] (Possibly a research goof. As of 1955, ''Playboy'' had been publishing pictures of naked women for two years.)
** Naked women, yes. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pubic_wars However...]]
* The entire purpose of the Christian film ''TimeChanger'' is to have its protagonist, a 19th century theology professor, be shocked at how immoral the present day is.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In HarryTurtledove's ''[[WorldWar Homeward Bound]]'', the Yeagers return to Earth 30 years after leaving it (they left on a SleeperStarship and came back on a new FTL-capable ship) and spending a few decades as {{Human Popsicle}}s before that. They are shown the most popular game show on TV and are shocked (Karen Yeager especially) that Rita, the hot assistant, wears a Minoan-style dress that completely exposes her breasts. Moreover, most of the women in the audience as likewise topless, some with bodypaint covering their bodies, and some without. While going topless was a growing trend among the younger generation in their time, they didn't think it'd go ''that'' far (or be acceptable TV content). Jonathan and Karen go see a movie and are further shocked by an extremely graphic sex scene of the main heroes (and MattDamon being merely a secondary character). Slightly subverted in that this is now our future (as far as we know) but that of an AlternateUniverse where human culture is influenced by that of the [[TheReptilians Race]].

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* ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred''.
* The porn aspect was PlayedForLaughs in a TV movie called ''The Return of Sherlock Holmes'' (circa 1987), with Margaret Colin as Jane Watson, a descendant of Dr. John Watson's who inherits a steampunk cryogenic contraption protecting Sherlock Holmes until there's a cure for the disease Moriarty gave him. Once cured, Holmes is the typical FishOutOfTemporalWater; at one point he sees an "adult book store" and wants to go in (saying, "I'm an adult.") despite Jane's warning. Predictably, Holmes is shocked when he comes out again.
* In ''Series/AdamAdamantLives'', one of the first things that happens to Edwardian adventurer Adam when he awakes in TheSixties is that he stumbles into the London Underground where he is confronted by billboards advertising lingerie.
* In ''{{Rentaghost}}'', delicate Victorian gentleman Hubert Davenport was forever being shocked by the morals and the clothing of late 20th century.

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* In the RPG ''Future Shock'', you imagine cultural and technological changes and roleplay their implications out till you're comfortable with them.

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* ''{{Moviebob}}'': Retrothinker's character arc was built around this trope. Retrothinker was a 1980s version of the Game Overthinker who hosted a public access cable TV show about video games from the basement of the Sharkcade. Excited to see what the future of gaming would hold, Retrothinker made himself a HumanPopsicle to awaken in 2025. However, when the Sharkcade was destroyed by arsonist ninja Pyrothinker, Retrothinker awoke early and was horrified by the world. Social gaming, online gaming, EA Sports, Gamestop, gaming gimmicks, creative stagnation, VideoGame/BombermanActZero, and VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 led to [[spoiler: his FaceHeelTurn into Necrothinker who summoned an army of undead retro video game characters to destroy modern gaming. The Overthinker manages to defeat and heal him back to normal.]]
* In the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' online SpinOff ''The Murdoch Effect'', in which Murdoch finds himself in 2012, he is shocked when he sees a prostitute in shorts, a basque and stockings. And even more so when he recognises her as "Jules" Ogden (who's an undercover cop in this setting).

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''SamuraiJack'', Jack is transported into a big city in the future and the first place he goes in is a nightclub with a rave going on inside. However, Jack is more disturbed by the fact there are aliens there than anything else, so it might not count.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ParaNorman'', the Puritan zombies are awakened in the modern day, and are shocked to see such things as a bar, sexy advertisements, and a TV window display broadcasting endless scenes of war, violence, and scantily-clad pop stars.
* In the ''CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode "Operation: C.A.K.E.D.-F.I.V.E." the unfrozen Numbuh 19th Century is perplexed by the notion of cake and ice cream going together.
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