John Smith is a goodhearted farm boy from sometime in the past - but not earlier than the 13th century [[EternalEnglish (as modern English would be near-totally incomprehensible to a speaker of that time or earlier.)]] But then he foolishly plays with the [[OurTimeMachineIsDifferent 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 steamiest 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.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' has the Revivals, people who were put on ice to await cures for terminal illness or injury. They're easily revived in the comic's "present day" (the actual date is unknown, the future society has lost track of it). Unfortunately, society only sees the Revivals as an ancient obligation (the original cryogenic agreements) whom they revive and dump on the street to fend for themselves; there is no system in place to help them adjust. Even worse, the future is such a chaotic mess that most Revivals simply can't cope and become borderline catatonic upon their first exposure. Spider Jerusalem spends some time writing about their plight and is critical towards society for refusing to help them.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', Klara was brought from 1907 into the present, and had the misfortune of arriving in the middle of a [[ComicBook/SecretInvasion brutal Skrullish invasion]]. She was still adjusting to the concepts of sleeveless tops and same-sex relationships, so naturally, she didn't react well to seeing an army of aliens nearly kill her friends.
* Two ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' stories have Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian end up in 1970s New York City. In the original story he ends up there during a blackout and thus doesn't experience too much of modern society, and winds up in his own time again by the end, but in the second, he misses his chance, and is actually stranded in the modern day. Subsequently, he has to adjust himself to the modern world and ends up running his own gang after he learns modern English and customs.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* The ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' fanfic ''FanFic/{{Unfrozen}}'' dabbles in this. Though it is downplayed [[{{Adorkable}} Anna]] has a few amusing interactions with, among other things, a smartphone, a TV, and a car.
* ''Fanfic/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'' presents the ponies in the human world in this vein. Though it's strictly speaking not ''their'' future, much of humanity's magicless technology is completely foreign to ponies. Queen Chrysalis for one, spends her first encounter with a live television arguing with the newscaster and getting cross with singing televangelists.
--> '''Lauren Mephisto:''' "We may not comprehend the cutie mark, the magic artefacts and the cloud cities, but they don't comprehend the telephone, the lightbulb and the combustion engine."

* ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaExperiment'' and its sequel.
* ''Film/TimeAfterTime'' has Creator/HGWells and UsefulNotes/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 ''Film/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 UsefulNotes/EastGermany was in a sort of stasis) in ''Film/GoodbyeLenin'' -- after the Berlin Wall falls, the protagonist goes to see UsefulNotes/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. [[ However...]]
* The entire purpose of the Christian film ''Film/TimeChanger'' is to have its protagonist, a 19th-century theology professor, be shocked at how immoral the present day is.
* ''Forever Young'' has Creator/MelGibson's character traveling from 1939 to 1992 and dealing with a bit of this.
* Inverted in ''Film/{{Maxie}}'', in which a 1920s flapper possesses the body of a woman from the present day, i.e. 1985. The flapper finds the life of a 1980s housewife too sexually repressed for her taste.
* ''Film/{{Life|1999}}'': Forty years into his life sentence (which began in [[TheGreatDepression 1932]] [[DeepSouth Mississippi]]), Claude is accidentally released in a parking lot where he finds himself surrounded by [[TheSeventies black youths sporting Afros and listening to funky music]]. Coupled with seeing the reflection of his old self, he is so shocked that he decides to wait for the warden in the car instead of attempting to escape.

* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''[[Literature/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 featuring the main heroes (and Creator/MattDamon being merely a secondary character). Slightly subverted in that this is not our future (as far as we know) but that of an AlternateUniverse where human culture is influenced by that of the [[TheReptilians Race]].
* ''Literatue/TheManInTheHighCastle'' features a variation: In the midst of a nervous breakdown, Mr. Tagomi begins seeing visions of the San Francisco of our world, where the Axis Powers lost World War II, and is appalled at the sight of the Embarcadero Freeway, which doesn't exist in his world.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* 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 ''Film/{{Rentaghost}}'', delicate Victorian gentleman Hubert Davenport was forever being shocked by the morals and the clothing of late 20th century.
* ''Series/{{Primeval}}'': The [[KnightInShiningArmor Medieval knight Sir William de Moray]] wasn't exactly off to a good start when he travelled to the future, given that he thought the time warp was a gateway to Hell, but the future did little to cause a good impression by happening to have a Carnival parade in that very same day and placing a gang of [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels Satanic bikers]] almost immediately in Sir William's path.
* In ''Series/TheMinistryOfTime'', one of the first things Abraham Levi and his wife see when they leave 1491 is a female agent dressed in the most-exaggerated [[TheSixties sixties]] fashion imaginable.
* PlayedForLaughs in one episode of ''Series/SleepyHollow'', where Crane expresses disapproval of a gay couple's conduct. Abbie asks if he's really that bothered by gay couples, and he responds that he's bothered that they're wearing hats indoors.
* Played with in ''Series/{{Timeless}}''. Two past characters end up in 2018: a UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne soldier and a 17-year-old [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy JFK]]. The former adapts pretty quickly, although he still prints out the entirety of Wikipedia, as a tablet screen huts his eyes. The latter is both shocked and pleased. Shocked at all the technology and his own future, and pleased at all the social progress (he went to an all-white boys-only school) since 1934.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/D20Modern Urban Arcana'', elves, dwarves, halflings, and so on arrive in the modern world straight from the MedievalEuropeanFantasy setting that is ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Almost no one in this new land knows anything about the magic they brought up with them, but then again they don't know about modern tech either. At least, until they learn.
* In the RPG ''Shock: Social Science Fiction'', you imagine cultural and technological changes and roleplay their implications out till you're comfortable with them.


* When Tammy emerges after three hundred years in the Wickwold Forest ''{{Webcomic/Blindsprings}}'' (no older than when she went in thanks to YearOutsideHourInside) she is effectively a time traveler from the late Renaissance to the early 20th Century, which looks very much like a {{Dystopia}} in her eyes. She's horrified by the gray and gritty city that the once famously green Kirkhall has become; learning that her once aristocratic people are now an oppressed minority is just icing on the cake.


[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Retrothinker's character arc on ''[[Creator/BobChipman The Game Overthinker]]'' was built around this trope. The 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, the Retrothinker made himself a HumanPopsicle to awaken in 2025. However, when the Sharkcade was destroyed by the arsonist ninja Pyrothinker, the Retrothinker awoke early in 2012 and was horrified by the world. Social gaming, online gaming, EA Sports, Gamestop, {{waggle}} gimmicks, creative stagnation, ''VideoGame/BombermanActZero'', and ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' led to [[spoiler: his FaceHeelTurn into the Necrothinker, who summoned an army of undead retro video game characters to destroy modern gaming. The Overthinker managed 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).

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/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 ''WesternAnimation/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.
* Both played straight and inverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. Fry adjusts surprisingly quickly to the weirdness that the future has to offer. His old girlfriend froze herself so she could be with Fry, but she's scared and nervous over just about everything. She points out that Fry was able to adapt so well to the future ''because'' of how he didn't fit in back in the past.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Squidward [[ reacts poorly]] after awakening in the distant future.