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->"We're the MTV generation. We feel neither highs nor lows."\\
"Really? What's it like?"\\
"Eh."
-->--''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons, Homer's Triple Bypass''

The Nineteen Nineties: The decade when the world was just getting over the UsefulNotes/ColdWar and starting to fear [[MillenniumBug [=Y2K=]]]. All of the kids (of whom the older ones were of the cynical and disaffected Generation X) listened to {{grunge}} bands, wore [[TheOtherRainforest flannel]] or a Creator/JenniferAniston haircut while watching ''Series/{{Friends}}'', ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' and ''Series/TheXFiles''. Or they listened to GangstaRap, wore their baseball caps [[GangstaStyle sideways]] and routinely "capped" people who "dissed" them, or they were beaten up by police and taped. Everything was neon, colorful, and TotallyRadical. Cowabunga!

The world at this time was awash in radical changes and catastrophes on a global scale. The Soviet Union collapsed in a [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp Great Politics Mess-Up]] (resulting in more than a couple ethnic wars between the newly independent states), Nelson Mandela was finally freed from prison, [[UsefulNotes/GulfWar Iraq invaded Kuwait]], and UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher hung up her handbag.

[[UsefulNotes/TheYugoslavWars Yugoslavia]], [[RuthlessModernPirates Somalia]] and [[Film/HotelRwanda Rwanda]] exploded into savage sectarian genocide, while {{UsefulNotes/Liberia}} and UsefulNotes/SierraLeone faced a deadly civil war that was frustratingly difficult for other nations to stop, provided that they even cared. Radicals revolted against corporations in UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} at the beginning and end of the decade. UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} reunites after decades of post-WorldWarII division, Czechoslovakia splits up and UsefulNotes/{{Canada}} comes within a hairsbreadth of doing the same. Japan came to terms with the end of its economic bubble and settled in for the long, frustrating stagnation of the Lost Decade. "Made in Japan" was replaced by RedChina as the big outsourcing villain. HIV awareness grew, as its notorious pandemic spread among the heterosexual population of Africa finally killed the "Gay Plague" stereotype of the disease even as effective drug regimes finally were developed to fight the disease. There were riots in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and the OJ Simpson [[KangarooCourt chase/trial/circus]]. The younger tropers might have been born at this time -- possibly in the back of a white [=SUV=]. In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan pressured Mullah Omar's Afghanistan to extradite a dissolute Saudi nobleman, OsamaBinLaden, who was holed up in the newly radicalized Afghanistan. It was [[WarOnTerror almost as if he was planning something big...]]

The Reagan/Thatcher/Gorbachev era ended with a bang as "greed is good" got replaced by the 1987 Wall Street Crash and postwar recession ennui through the early 90s. In the U.S., Ross Perot led a political revolution of pissed-off independent voters; dissatisfaction with TheMan became the norm and ConspiracyTheorist talk radio became the rage. UsefulNotes/BillClinton got elected thanks to UsefulNotes/GulfWar Syndrome, then impeached. Seattle coffee culture was all the rage as a Starbucks opened up on every street corner, driving fear into the hearts of {{Hipster}}s everywhere, who sought solace in {{post-hardcore}}, {{postmodernism}}, and other things with "post-" and "-core".

Modern culture's obsession with electronics was born in TheEighties and became dominant in the TurnOfTheMillennium, but it really came of age in the last half of this decade as people switched out computer models every other year. Dolly the sheep was cloned. GPS became operational. Cell phones became smaller and more common. Home computers that were actually easy to use instead of requiring a degree in programming hit the market and everybody wanted one, and this, coupled with the invention of the World Wide Web [[note]]Invented by Sir Tim Berners-Lee[[/note]], inevitably led to the explosion of the Internet [[note]][[MemeticMutation Invented by]] AlGore[[/note]], which opened the floodgates. [[TheInternetIsForPorn Porn]], [[LolCats gifs of kittens]], [[{{Rule34}} porn]], jokes about the [[UsefulNotes/BillClinton Clinton]] sex scandal and [[EvilOverlordList evil overlords]], and [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment porn]] [[RuleThirtyFour involving Clinton]] were widely accessible for the first time. [[MessageBoard Bulletin Boards]] hooked up, moving from dial-in systems to the web. People began to band together to discuss their opinions of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and ''Franchise/StarWars'' on {{Usenet}}, the original "message board" system. [[EternalSeptember Soon, other people joined in]] to talk about other shows, too, and thus the seeds for the birth of [[Wiki/TVTropes this wiki]] were planted. So while in 1990 teenagers who "spent time on computer message boards" were nerds, by 1999 it was a social stigma among teenagers if you didn't have an e-mail address.

On the business side of the internet sensation came the Dotcom Bubble of the late 90s, powering the biggest economic boom of the 20th century, putting even the best years of TheRoaringTwenties, TheFifties, and TheEighties to shame, meaning people had more money than ever to spend on all the exciting new technology, while at the same time ironically having less cash in their pockets than ever thanks to another exciting new technology, digital banking. ATM machines appeared on every street corner and allowed people to withdraw as much money from their accounts as they needed anywhere at anytime 24/7 without having to deal with asshole bank employees. In store debit often eliminated the need for cash at all, and the credit card was never more widely used (partly because more places than ever were accepting them, and partly because people didn't quite grasp the long term consequences of their overuse and abuse yet). [[NoPaperFuture Some even predicted the end of paper money all together.]] As the Web Browser was invented, garage entrepreneurs sold [[VaporWare content-free websites]] for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Nineties also saw the largest government budget surplus in American history.

The Ford Explorer became the first SUV[[note]]unless you count the original Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Wagoneer, Chevy Suburban, Land Rover, Toyota Land Cruiser, Nissan Pathfinder, Suzuki Samurai and/or the Ford Bronco as [=SUV=]s[[/note]], and the GM EV-1 became the first electric car. The Explorer would be successful, while the EV-1 would not for the same reason as the Sega GameGear of the same decade, as indeed was a problem for many of the decade's portable devices, [[BatteriesNotIncluded the incredible new technology drained batteries too fast]], as [[ExecutiveMeddling GM insisted it be fitted with the same lead-acid batteries as all its cars]]. The Lithium batteries that would power the cars and electronics of future decades were still in their infancy, and still far too expensive and unproven for most manufacturers or consumers to bother with. The gas crisis of [[TurnOfTheMillennium the next decade]] had its origins in the short-sightedness of a decade when gasoline was much cheaper. Cars from this decade are easy to spot thanks to a [[EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture cartoonishly curvy]] look, moving beyond the unaerodynamic box-on-wheels design that dominated TheSeventies and TheEighties, thanks to computer-aided drafting and design, but still not quite like the more aerodynamic angular cut corners look that dominated in the TurnOfTheMillennium and TheNewTens.

Electronics under went a similar change in design from depresingly boxy to cartoonishly curvy, culminating in the first iMac, and from analog to digital for exactly the same reason. In terms of media technology, this was the decade of [[CableSatelliteMudslinging Cable TV and the first emerging direct-broadcast satellite TV services.]][[note]]The latter seems to have taken off much more in the UK than in the US...[[/note]] Movies ran on VHS or in Multiplex theaters with digital sound systems. DVD emerged at the end of the decade, but was in its infancy and ridiculously expensive. Music came on [=CDs=] or cassette tapes in the very early 90s, to a more CD dominated culture until the invention of Napster.

Internet dollars gentrified the inner city, turning what had been viewed as an [[Film/EscapeFromNewYork irredeemable wasteland]] into a [[FriendsRentControl playpen for the rich]]. Every building, sneaker, and coffee shop was painted in pastel colors with the black lights at the rave club making them all glow, along with that mustard stain you thought you got out weeks ago.

Everyone attended music festivals like Lollapallooza or Lilith Fair -- or at least, claimed to their friends that they did, as they were just as likely doing either "[[MatingDance Lambada]]" or "[[DanceSensation The Macarena]]". In the US {{Grunge}} dominated the [[SorryILeftTheBackgroundMusicOn real life soundtrack]] for five years, before collapsing into an [[ItsPopularNowItSucks identity]] crisis. Kurt Cobain continued chart-topping for two years [[DeadArtistsAreBetter after his death]], alongside AlanisMorissette and Music/AliceInChains, eventually replaced by pop music during the latter half of the decade. Across the pond, meanwhile, {{Britpop}} and the Cool Britannia movement soared; {{Oasis}} and Music/{{Blur}} had their famous chart war, while the Music/SpiceGirls became cultural icons. In academia, modernism was out and [[FromACertainPointOfView relativism]] was in; the magazine ''Social Text'' published a [[WordSaladPhilosophy word salad hoax]] by an angry physicist as the "Culture Wars" smoldered between scientists, anti-abortionists, and radical academicians. Raves and Ecstasy became huge, along with the PerishingAltRockVoice. {{Boy band}}s and [[RiotGrrrl girl groups]] began to dominate the market, and two major GangstaRap stars were killed within months of [[TupacShakur each]] [[TheNotoriousBIG other]] following a war of egos between the east and west coasts.

CGI completely changed what you could see on the silver screen. Blockbusters like ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' and ''{{Titanic}}'' made full use of cutting-edge VisualEffectsOfAwesome on their way to record-smashing box-offices. The first animated films created entirely in CGI also began their slow but steady takeover of the animated marketplace. On the other side of the spectrum, indie films became hot commodities as young, self-made filmmakers like Creator/QuentinTarantino, Creator/KevinSmith and Creator/RichardLinklater used the advances in filmmaking technology to create unique, edgy films on shoestring budgets. For a whole year, America lost its collective mind [[TheBlairWitchProject in the woods of Maryland]] over a film made on $20,000.

''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', after a shaky start in the '80s, shot to wild popularity. ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' redefined both animation and the family SitCom. RealityTelevision started. The millennial decade's comedy superstars were getting themselves known on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', including future senator Creator/AlFranken. ''MST3K'' [[GrowingTheBeard got really good]], then was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork canceled twice]]. After people got the answer as to [[TwinPeaks who killed Laura Palmer]], [[Series/TheXFiles Special Agents Mulder and Scully]] chased aliens, monsters, and other creepy creatures, [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy Summers]] chased vampires, demons, and vampire boyfriends, while [[HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Hercules]] and Xena fought the tyranny of the gods in ancient Greece. Surfing and going to the beach became even more popular thanks to ''Series/{{Baywatch}}''. This was also the heyday of modern-era ''Franchise/StarTrek'', with ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]'', ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]]'' and ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' all airing in the same decade. Furthermore, that franchise finally got real competition from ''Series/BabylonFive'' and ''Series/StargateSG1''.

{{Adventure Game}}s hit it big in the mid-1990s; [[{{RTS}} Strategy]] [[SimulationGame Sim]] games with orthographic landscapes were invented. People bought games in boxes with elaborate supplements and funky [[{{Chiptune}} midi music]]. Or pirated off their neighborhood [[MessageBoard BBS]], along with the {{copy protect|ion}} page. "The 3D revolution" meant vector graphics, which meant "[[{{Cyberspace}} virtual reality]]" and ''[[Wolfenstein3D Wolfenstein]]''. {{Superman}} [[DeathIsCheap came back]] (albeit with a [[VideoGame/{{Superman 64}} horrible game]]). ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', ''MortalKombat'', [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] ''{{Pokemon}}'' scared the MoralGuardians, with Doom as one of the perpetrators that triggered the Columbine High massacre.

Games like the ''Videogame/SuperMarioRPG'', ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', and the ''[[Videogame/DragonQuest Dragon Warrior]]'' and ''Videogame/FinalFantasy'' series introduced Western gamers to the concept of the JapaneseRolePlayingGame, and with the arrival of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' and ''Videogame/{{Pokemon}}'' in the latter part of the decade, the genre went mainstream: ''Videogame/{{Pokemon}}'' became a worldwide phenomenon of unprecedented scale; SquareSoft became a household name for any video game enthusiast, and their games came to exemplify the cutting edge of innovation in graphics, sound and storytelling in games for years to come.

Kids and adolescents played ''Videogame/StreetFighter'' in the arcade leading to a FightingGame boom led by Capcom, SNK, Sega and Namco. On the PC side of things, ''Doom'' helped make the FirstPersonShooter mainstream and ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' was starting to conquer Korea.

Oh yeah, and there was also this [[Videogame/SonicTheHedgehog one guy]] who came around who had [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue hair]], was kinda like Mario, except faster, and he went through loops and stuff. He kinda disappeared around '95 though, and wouldn't return for three years in this [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure one 3D game]] for this [[SegaDreamcast one system]] I can't remember, hmmmm...

[[{{Tamagotchi}} Digital pets]], [[AnyoneRememberPogs Pogs]], yo-yos, laser pointers and Beanie Babies were all the rage with kids. The Razor scooter and roller blades were invented and quickly considered two of the must have items, and the Discman began to replace the Walkman. In Japan, we saw a farewell to the DarkerAndEdgier ''Franchise/MetalHeroes'' and ''Franchise/KamenRider'' as well as ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' as they went through an ice age while ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' prospered and was beginning to be adapted for western audiences as ''Franchise/PowerRangers''.

Michael Jordan reigned, retired, and [[RightfulKingReturns returned]]. Mark [=McGwire=] and other beefy dudes beat out Roger Maris as home-run king, [[BlatantLies totally legitimately]]. The [[TheEvilEmpire New York Yankees]] "dream team" inspired Americans with good old-fashioned teamwork from 1997-2001. David Beckham became a star. [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague The NHL]] introduced a ridiculous new rule which they would abolish after it brought extreme controversy in the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals. FOXSports introduced a glowing puck for American audiences. This is also crashed and burned. The game's greatest player, WayneGretzky, retired at the close of the decade.

The DarkAge of comics was going strong, and RobLiefeld was at his peak of popularity, as comics became gradually DarkerAndEdgier, culminating in the death of {{Superman}}, before hitting the brick wall of [[UsefulNotes/TheGreatComicsCrashOf1996 the comics crash]], while the likes of ComicBook/KingdomCome killed the "Grim and Gritty" mid-decade.

''Manga/{{Akira}}'', originally released in Japan in 1988, became a surprise [[CultClassic cult hit]] on home video in the West, ushering in an entire generation of {{anime}} fandom and helping, along with ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', to mount a serious offensive against the AnimationAgeGhetto. Following in its footsteps, ''GhostInTheShell'', ''PrincessMononoke'', and ''Anime/PerfectBlue'' would go on to grab the attention of serious film critics the world over and signal the arrival of AdultAnimation as an artistic presence. Meanwhile, ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' redefined "CashCowFranchise" for millions of children (and [[PeripheryDemographic adults]]) around the world. ''Anime/SailorMoon'' gave girls [[GirlsNeedRoleModels strong female heroes to idolize]] besides WonderWoman;[[note]] while introducing many a young boy to ''*ahem*'' "mature" sensibilities. From Music/BarenakedLadies: "Gotta get in tune with Sailor Moon, 'Cause that cartoon has got the 'boom;' anime babes, that make me think the wrong things[[/note]]." on the flipside, ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' redefined "action cartoon", and would be responsible for more kids taking martial arts than anything since ''TheKarateKid'';[[labelnote:*]] while also introducing many a teenage girl to ''*ahem*'' "mature" [[HoYay sensibilities]]. [[MrFanservice Buff, handsome, sweaty men]] [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything slamming into each other]] [[FoeYay every episode]]... this series alone could be cited for the rise of {{Yaoi}} in the US.[[/labelnote]] ''RanmaOneHalf'' became the most famous and funniest show to [[NotSafeForWork never be able to be shown on US Television]].[[labelnote:*]] [[Creator/AdultSwim [adult swim] ]] once stated, when they said fans could request shows, "And before you ask... NO RANMA! THAT WILL NEVER BE SHOWN HERE! EVER!!!"[[/labelnote]] ''{{Slayers}}'' and ''RecordOfLodossWar'' showed the D&D community that Japan was [[OneOfUs just as nerdy as we are]]. ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' shook the anime world with its dark {{Deconstruction}} of the medium; its unexpected success ushered in a torrent of [[FollowTheLeader imitators]] attempting (with varying degrees of success) to copy its visceral mecha combat, [[MindScrew trippy]] [[KudzuPlot plot]], and [[FauxSymbolism unconventional]] use of Judeo-Christian symbolism. The Creator/{{Toonami}} Creator/CartoonNetwork block was launched, bringing {{Anime}} to the viewing options of The Nineties children en masse. Even though it took almost a decade for it to be widely accepted as "mainstream" media in the United States (it was already mainstream in UsefulNotes/LatinAmerica before that), [[{{Animesque}} and its influence should be obvious by now.]]

The Nineties politically started with [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the fall of the Eastern Bloc]] in 1989, and ended on [[TheWarOnTerror September 11, 2001]]. Pop-culturally, it started with the release of Music/{{Nirvana}}'s "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on September 10, 1991 and ended with the rise of internet video and {{friending network}}s in 2002-03, making this one of the longest cultural decades. To distinguish the era from the "TurnOfTheMillennium", look for the original World Trade Center (Twin Towers) in establishing shots or title sequences of TV shows and films set in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. Of course, this is also true for the 1970s, 1980s, and early 2000s.

Although [[DarthWiki/RuinedFOREVER one could argue]] it ended with the quashed [[AnarchyIsChaos Seattle rebellion]] of November 30, 1999; or the Great Internet Crash of March 11, 2000, which marked a jobless turning point for the new generation; or even the 2000 presidential election, which saw the victory of GeorgeWBush and eroded some Americans' confidence in their institutions. Some take it all the way to [[TooSoon September 11]], which left people so [[WhamEpisode stupefied]] that it functioned as something of a cultural reset button. Note that the word "Nineties" means [[TheNewRussia a very different thing]] in post-Soviet Russia, a thing much more cynical on the SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism.

Not to be confused with TheGayNineties, which were a century earlier. But these Nineties were probably [[HaveAGayOldTime just as gay]].

Because most media is TwoDecadesBehind, expect most of fictionland to start appearing to be set in this decade some time between now and 2020; at time of this writing, it appears to be the late '80s there still.

See Also: TheEdwardianEra, TheRoaringTwenties, TheGreatDepression, TheForties, TheFifties, TheSixties, TheSeventies, TheEighties, TurnOfTheMillennium and TheNewTens.

Now has a [[TotallyRadical totally fresh]] [[UsefulNotes/TheNineties Useful Notes page]]!

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!!Tropes associated with the 1990s:

Naturally, a lot of technology tropes due to the rapid pace of technology and the Internet:

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* {{Adventure Game}}s: All the rage prior to ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' and the triumph of the FirstPersonShooter.
* AllAnimationIsDisney: The reign of Creator/{{Disney}} was in full force as such, a lot of animated movies ended up getting this.
* AllCGICartoon: The earliest ones that are still remembered today were made during this decade.
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: developed in the '90s.
* ArchEnemy:
** UsefulNotes/BillClinton and Creator/NewtGingrich
** Creator/{{Nintendo}} and Creator/{{Sega}};
** Also when the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates' battle with its former arch-enemy (the [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]]) finally ended, at the very beginning of the decade.
* AwardBaitSong: Creator/{{Disney}} just loved this about this time...
* AxesAtSchool: This was the first time school shootings recieved national media coverage and was seen as an actual issue. While there had been school shootings in the United States every year since TheSixties, it wasn't until the tragedies at Paducah, Springfield, and especially Columbine, that it was considered a real issue by the public.
* BadassLongcoat: Became really popular towards the end of the decade and leading into the first few years of the 2000s.
* BareYourMidriff: During the 90s is when this started shifting to a shorthand for 'teen girl'
* UsefulNotes/BillClinton - President of the United States from 1993 to 2001, he was essentially the patriarch of Nineties America.
* BlaxploitationParody: It became acceptable in the Nineties to make fun of (and occasionally homage) the {{Blaxploitation}} films of the Seventies.
* CollectibleCardGame - started with TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering in 1993, and now ''everything'' has a CCG (no matter how short-lived).
* ConsoleWars: The battle between the SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem and SegaGenesis was SeriousBusiness. But then {{Sony}} came along mid-decade and handily won the next one with the PlayStation, ending Sega's days as a console manufacturer and relegating Nintendo to "second-string kiddie-game maker" for about ten years.
* CoveredInGunge: Showed up in kids shows and cartoons a lot in this era.
* CyberPunkIsTechno.
* [[TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation Disney Renaissance]]: Coincided almost precisely with this decade, starting with ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' in 1989 and finishing with ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' in 1999.
* EternalSeptember: the {{Usenet}} and online [[MessageBoard BBs]] reached the height of popularity thanks to AOL, before {{blog}}s and [[FriendingNetwork myspace]].
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: When ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' became a box office success and the huge popularity of ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'' in the early '90s, everything from toys and books to underwear and television shows featured dinosaurs.
** When the NBA expanded into Canada in 1995, one of the new teams was named the Toronto Raptors, for exactly this reason.
* EverythingIsOnline
* FiveTokenBand
* FromBadToWorse: Most of the communist countries did become way worse after the fall of communism. Somalia was the biggest victim.
* GangstaRap: The [[TheNewRockAndRoll new rock n' roll]] of the early nineties, causing quite a moral panic, most memorably when Creator/CharltonHeston protested "Cop Killer" at the Time Warner shareholders' meeting.
* UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush: President from 1989-1993.
* GirlGroup: Girl groups almost out numbered BoyBands in the 1990s to name a few TLC, SWV, Music/SpiceGirls, Envogue.
* TheGoldenAgeOfHipHop: Arguably started in 1988 but its biggest impact was the '90s overall. Multiple styles, different regions outside of the east coast started to emerge. Plus a large array of successful indie hip-hop labels. Not to mention the proliferation of countless highly regarded albums.
* {{Goth}}: Became mainstream in the '90s thanks to ''Franchise/TheCrow'', [[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor]], Creator/TimBurton, Music/MarilynManson, AnneRice, and ''Music/DeadCanDance''.
* {{Grunge}}: Exploded onto the scene in the early Nineties, then quickly collapsed onto itself and became {{Post-Grunge}} by the end of the decade. ''[[Music/{{Nirvana}} Nevermind]]'' was the biggest album of the decade.
* HateDumb: Most 80s kids hate this decade and think their childhood was way better. Most 90s kids have become like this to 2000s kids and soon 2000s kids will be this to 2010s kids.
* {{Hipster}}: [[TropeCodifier Trope codification]] of early-'90s geek-chic, emulating {{beatnik}}s and the [[TheOtherRainforest Seattle culture]]
* TheInternetIsForPorn: TheNineties may very well be the 2nd Sexual Revolution because of this!
* IntercourseWithYou:Many of the biggest hits of the 90s had sexual lyrics .
* ItsASmallNetAfterAll
* KidHero
* KidsWildernessEpic
* LighterAndSofter: Due to the lack of a UsefulNotes/ColdWar or a [[TheWarOnTerror War on Terror]] and the general affluence of the era, the Nineties is remembered as a stable and peaceful time in America, in contrast to the decades before and after it.
** Maybe in America, but in most other countries it was way worse.
* MascotWithAttitude: Every annoying video game character made was this. Some of the best remembered include Franchise/CrashBandicoot, VideoGame/JazzJackrabbit, Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog, and VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon
* MerchandiseDriven: Everything in TheEighties was nothing compared to Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'s severe amount of commercialization; the 90s were all about this at this point.
* MemeticMutation: Thanks to TheInternet, it could flourish.
* MillenniumBug, in which people considered New Years 1999-2000 a set date for TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt until it actually (failed to have) happened.
* TheNewRussia: After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, this pretty much happened. Yeltsin's administration in particular is often Flanderized into TheThemeParkVersion of this trope, which of course, ran the span of the '90s!
* NinetiesAntiHero: this era and many of its comics are the TropeNamer
* NinetiesHair
* TheOtherRainforest: Are you going to Seattle?
* PopUpVideoGames
* {{Postmodern|ism}} {{Irony}}: The '90s were when irony went from an [[TheEighties unheard-of]] artistic stance to become a DeadHorseTrope.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation: Creator/{{Disney}} in particular was having a string of major successes, but certainly wasn't the only animation studio to flourish during this era.
* RetroUniverse: This happened to former Eastern Bloc countries. Since they missed out on previous cultural decades, their Nineties were culturally an amalgamation from TheSixties to the contemporary times.
* RAndB:Most popular music genre from that decade .
* SaltAndPepper: Almost every 90s movie had this type of duo.
* {{Scatting}}: Always around, but it got a little boost in popularity.
* TheSeventies: Nothing says the 90s more than nostalgia for the 70s. Bellbottoms came back in style for a brief moment. ''Film/DazedAndConfused'', ''Film/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'', ''Series/That70sShow'', ''Film/TheBradyBunch'' movies, ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' jokes, etc.
** N-Trance basically built their career around sampling old Disco songs ([[DeaderThanDisco Now that America had gotten over the intense hatred of the genre that existed in]] TheEighties) and remixing them with HipHop and Electronic Dance.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Though the nineties were in no way too idealistic (especially in parts of the non-Western world, and MOST especially in the post-Soviet world), they were more so than both the periods that preceded them and the ones that followed.
* WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell: Since the USSR officially ended in late 1991.
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!Many things were created or existed in the 1990s:

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[[index]]
* AnimeOfThe1990s
* ComicsOfThe1990s
* FilmsOfThe1990s
* LiteratureOfThe1990s
* SeriesOfThe1990s
* MusicOfThe1990s
* VideoGamesOfThe1990s
* WesternAnimationOfThe1990s

[[folder:Eastern Animation]]
* ''Animation/CaptainPronin''
* ''Animation/HisWifeIsAHen''
* ''Animation/TheSeventhBrother''
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[[folder:Magazines]]
* ''Magazine/DisneyAdventures''. Launched in October, 1990.
* ''Magazine/TopSecret''
* ''Magazine/NickelodeonMagazine''
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[[folder:Manga]]
* ''Manga/HarlemBeat''
* ''Manga/SailorMoon''
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio''. Series began in 1938.
* ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske''. Series began in 1945.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}'' . Series began in 1947.
* ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke''. Series began in 1947.
* ''ComicStrip/PietPienterEnBertBibber''. Series began in 1951. Ended this decade, in 1995.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Jommeke}}''. Series began in 1955.
* ''ComicStrip/DeKiekeboes''. Series started in 1977.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Urbanus}}'' Series started in 1982.
* ''Comicbook/DouweDabbert''. Series began in 1975.
* ''DeGeneraal''. Series began in 1971.
* ''ComicStrip/JanJansEnDeKinderen''. Series began in 1970.
* ''Comicbook/GillesdeGeus''. Series began in 1983.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' (started in 1970) and ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' (started in 1979) both underwent CerebusSyndrome in this era, signaling the rise of depressing comic strips. Doonesbury even did a strip about the sobering end of the 1980s for New Year's day, 1990.
** ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' had a 1993 ComingOutStory for character Lawrence Poirier. Readers were upset enough to send hate mail and death threats to the creator.
* ''ComicStrip/ZippyThePinhead''. First appeared in 1971, went from 1980s UndergroundComics to become a mainstream comic strip in the 1990s, suitably enough.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' started in the 1985 and continued its run to 1995.
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''. Started in April, 1988. Continued its run through the decade.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strips seemed to be taped on every cubicle in Corporate America. Debuted in 1989 and continued throughout and beyond the 1990s.
* ''Outland'', the Sunday-only 1990s ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'''s {{Spinoff}}. Both it and the 1980s strip were created by Berkeley Breathed. Debuted in 1989 and lasted to 1995.
* [[ComicStrip/BabyBlues Baby Zoe]] was born Sunday, January 7, 1990.
* ''ComicStrip/OverTheHedge''. Started in June, 1995.
* ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks''. Started in April, 1999.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pinball]]
* ''Pinball/TheAddamsFamily'' (1992)
* ''Pinball/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkleAndFriends'' (1993)
* ''Pinball/{{Apollo 13}}'' (1993)
* ''Pinball/AttackFromMars'' (1995)
** ''Pinball/RevengeFromMars'' (1999)
* ''Pinball/BackToTheFuture'' (1990)
* ''[[Pinball/BatmanDataEast Batman (Data East)]]'' (1991)
* ''Pinball/BatmanForever'' (1995)
* ''Pinball/{{Baywatch}}'' (1995)
* ''Pinball/BlackRose'' (1992)
* ''Pinball/BramStokersDracula'' (1992)
* ''Pinball/{{Breakshot}}'' (1996)
* ''[[Pinball/BugsBunnysBirthdayBall Bugs Bunny's Birthday Ball]]'' (1991)
* ''Pinball/CactusCanyon'' (1998)
* ''Pinball/TheChampionPub'' (1998)
* ''Pinball/CirqusVoltaire'' (1997)
* ''Pinball/{{Corvette}}'' (1994)
* ''Pinball/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon'' (1992)
* ''Pinball/CueBallWizard'' (1992)
* ''Pinball/DemolitionMan'' (1994)
* ''Pinball/{{Diner}}'' (1990)
* ''Pinball/DoctorWho'' (1992)
* ''[[Pinball/DrDude Dr. Dude]]'' (1990)
* ''Pinball/FishTales'' (1992)
* ''Pinball/FlipperFootball'' (1996)
* ''[[Pinball/FunHouse FunHouse]]'' (1990)
* ''[[Pinball/GilligansIsland Gilligan's Island]]'' (1991)
* ''[[Pinball/HighSpeed The Getaway: High Speed 2]]'' (1992)
* ''Pinball/{{Gladiators}}'' (1993)
* ''Pinball/GoldenEye'' (1996)
* ''Pinball/GunsNRoses'' (1994)
* ''Pinball/{{Hook}}'' (1992)
* ''Pinball/{{Hurricane}}'' (1991)
* ''[[Pinball/IndianaJonesThePinballAdventure Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure]]'' (1993)
* ''Pinball/{{Indianapolis 500}}'' (1995)
* ''Pinball/JohnnyMnemonic'' (1995)
* ''Pinball/JudgeDredd'' (1993)
* ''Pinball/JunkYard'' (1997)
* ''Pinball/JurassicPark'' (1993)
** ''Pinball/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' (1997)
* ''Pinball/LethalWeapon3'' (1993)
* ''[[Pinball/TheMachineBrideOfPinbot The Machine: Bride of Pin*Bot]]'' (1991)
** ''Pinball/JackBot'' (1995)
* ''Pinball/MaryShelleysFrankenstein'' (1995)
* ''Pinball/MedievalMadness'' (1997)
* ''Pinball/MonsterBash'' (1998)
* ''Pinball/NoFearDangerousSports'' (1994)
* ''Pinball/NoGoodGofers'' (1997)
* ''[[Pinball/OperationThunder Operation: Thunder]]'' (1992)
* ''Pinball/ThePartyZone'' (1991)
* ''Pinball/PinballMagic'' (1995)
* ''Pinball/PopeyeSavesTheEarth'' (1994)
* ''[[Pinball/RedAndTedsRoadShow Red & Ted's Road Show]]'' (1994)
* ''Pinball/{{Rescue 911}}'' (1994)
* ''Pinball/{{Rollergames}}'' (1990)
* ''Pinball/SafeCracker'' (1996)
* ''Pinball/ScaredStiff'' (Sequel to ''Elvira and the Party Monsters'') (1996)
* ''Pinball/TheShadow'' (1994)
* ''Pinball/TheSimpsonsDataEast'' (1990)
* ''Pinball/SouthPark'' (1999)
* ''[[Pinball/StarTrekDataEast Star Trek (Data East)]]'' (1991)
* ''[[Pinball/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Star Trek: The Next Generation]]'' {1993)
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekPinball'' (1997)
* ''[[Pinball/StarWarsDataEast Star Wars (Data East)]]'' (1991)
* ''Pinball/StarWarsEpisodeI'' (1999)
* ''Pinball/StarWarsTrilogy'' (1997)
* ''Pinball/{{Stargate}}'' (1995)
* ''Pinball/StarshipTroopers'' (1997)
* ''Pinball/StreetFighterII'' (1993)
* ''[[Pinball/SuperMarioBros Super Mario Bros.]]'' (1992)
** ''[[Pinball/SuperMarioBrosMushroomWorld Super Mario Bros. Mushroom World]]'' (1992)
* ''Pinball/TalesFromTheCrypt'' (1993)
* ''Pinball/TalesOfTheArabianNights'' (1996)
* ''[[Pinball/TeedOff Tee'd Off]]'' (1993)
* ''Pinball/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' (1991)
* ''[[Pinball/Terminator2JudgmentDay Terminator 2: Judgment Day]]'' (1991)
* ''[[Pinball/TheatreOfMagic Theatre of Magic]]'' (1995)
* ''Pinball/TheTwilightZone'' (1992)
* ''Pinball/{{Whirlwind}}'' (1990)
* ''Pinball/WhiteWater'' (1993)
* ''[[Pinball/WHODunnit WHO dunnit]]'' (1995)
* ''[[Pinball/TheWhosTommy The Who's Tommy Pinball Wizard]]'' (1994)
* ''Pinball/WorldCupSoccer'' (1994)
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/TooColdScorpio 2 Cold Scorpio]]. Debuted in the 1980s, became one of the top high flyers in wrestling in the 1990s.
* Wrestling/AbdullahTheButcher
* [[Wrestling/BrianAdams Brian Adams/Crush]]. Debuted in 1986, arrived in WWE in 1990.
* Wrestling/ChrisAdams. Competed in various Texas promotions and had a small run in WCW.
* Wrestling/GeneralSkandorAkbar. Continued managing in Texas indies.
* Wrestling/ArnAnderson
* Wrestling/KurtAngle. Made his WWE TV debut at ''Survivor Series 99.''
* Wrestling/LionessAsuka
* [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "Stone Cold" Steve Austin]]
* Wrestling/MikeAwesome. Debuted in 1989, made his career in Japan in the 1990s.
* Wrestling/BobBacklund
* Wrestling/TheBarbarian.
* Wrestling/{{Batista}}. Started as "Kahn" in 1997.
* Wrestling/PaulBearer. The gimmick debuted in 1991.
* Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake.
* Wrestling/ChrisBenoit
* Wrestling/TheBigShow. Debuted as the Giant in Wrestling/{{WCW}} in 1995.
* Wrestling/BamBamBigelow. Debuted in the 1980s, competed throughout the 1990s.
* Wrestling/EricBischoff. Started in the [[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation AWA]] in the 80s, rose to power in Wrestling/{{WCW}} in 1993.
* Wrestling/SteveBlackman. Started as a jobber in the 1980s. Officially launched his career in WWE in 1997.
* Wrestling/TheBlueMeanie. Debuted in March 1994, the gimmick debuted in November 1995.
* Wrestling/BookerT
* Wrestling/MikeBucci. Debuted as Super Nova in 1992.
* Wrestling/KingKongBundy
* Wrestling/ColtCabana. Debuted in 1999.
* [[Wrestling/DonCallis Don "The Jackyl"[=/=]"Cyrus" Callis]]. Debuted in Canada in 1989, arrived in WWE in 1997.
* Wrestling/ChrisCandido. Started in the 1980s, first made his name in ECW and SMW in the 1990s.
* [[Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa Cheerleader Melissa/Raisha Saaed/Alissa Flash]]. Debuted in 1999.
* Wrestling/{{Christian}}. Debuted in 1995.
* Wrestling/{{Chyna}}. Debuted in 1995.
* [[Wrestling/BryanClarke Bryan "Adam Bomb"[=/=]"Wrath" Clarke]]. Debuted in 1990.
* [[Wrestling/AllenCoage Allen Coage[=/=]Bad News Allen[=/=]Bad News Brown]]. Continued competing in Japan and Canada and also worked as a TV announcer.
* Wrestling/MichaelCole. Debuted in 1997.
* Wrestling/JimCornette. Ran SMW from 1991 to 1995 and made his WWE debut in mid-1993.
* Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels. Debuted in 1993.
* [[Wrestling/NickDinsmore Nick Dinsmore[=/=]Eugene]]. Debuted in 1997.
* Wrestling/DoinkTheClown - Gimmick debuted in October 1992.
* Wrestling/ShaneDouglas
* Wrestling/TommyDreamer. Debuted in 1989, best known for his time in ECW in the 1990s.
* Wrestling/HacksawJimDuggan
* Wrestling/DynamiteKid. Finished out his career in Japan, with his final match taking place in 1996.
* Wrestling/{{Edge}}. Debuted in 1992.
* [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sid Eudy/Sid Vicious/Sycho Sid]]
* [[Wrestling/EdFarhat Ed "The Sheik" Farhat]].
* Wrestling/RicFlair
* Wrestling/MickFoley
* Wrestling/{{Francine}}. Debuted in 1995.
* Wrestling/JimFullington. Debuted in 1989, best known for his time in ECW in the 1990s as the Sandman.
* Wrestling/TerryFunk
* Wrestling/JustinGabriel. Debuted in his native South Africa in 1997 at the age of 16.
* [[Wrestling/GiantHaystacks Giant Haystacks[=/=]Loch Ness]]. Continued competing in Europe and had a 1-month run in WCW in 1996.
* Wrestling/EddieGilbert
* [[Wrestling/GlennGilbertti Glenn Gilbertti[=/=]Disco Inferno]]. Debuted in 1991, arrived in WCW in 1995.
* Wrestling/{{Glacier}}. Started in the late 1980s, gimmick debuted in 1996.
* Wrestling/TheGobbledyGooker. Debuted, and died out, at ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 1990''
* Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}. TV debut on September 22, 1997.
* Wrestling/{{Goldust}}. Started the gimmick in 1995.
* Wrestling/ChavoGuerreroJr. Debuted in 1994, arrived in WCW in 1996.
* Wrestling/EddieGuerrero. Started off his U.S. career in Wrestling/{{ECW}} in 1995.
* Wrestling/ScottHall. Started in 1984, made his career with the Razor Ramon gimmick in 1992.
* Wrestling/StanHansen.
* Wrestling/JeffHardy. Debuted in 1993.
* Wrestling/MattHardy. Debuted in 1992.
* Wrestling/BretHart
* Wrestling/JimmyHart
* Wrestling/OwenHart
* Wrestling/ShinyaHashimoto
* [[Wrestling/DavidHeath David "Vampire Warrior"[=/=]"Gangrel" Heath]]
* [[Wrestling/GregoryHelms Gregory Helms[=/=]Shane Helms[=/=]The Hurricane]]. Debuted in 1991.
* Wrestling/CurtHennig
* Wrestling/MarkHenry. Debuted in 1996.
* Wrestling/ChrisHero. Debuted in 1998.
* Wrestling/PaulHeyman
* Wrestling/HulkHogan
* Wrestling/BobHolly
* Wrestling/MollyHolly. Made her national TV debut on ''[[{{BShow}} Sunday Night Heat]]'' in 1998.
* Wrestling/BarryHorowitz
* Wrestling/{{Ivory}}
* Wrestling/JimmyJacobs. Debuted in 1999.
* Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}}
* Wrestling/MickieJames. Debuted in 1999.
* Wrestling/JeffJarrett
* Wrestling/ChrisJericho. Debuted in 1990.
* Wrestling/{{Kamala}}. Very active in Memphis, as well as Japan and in Wrestling/{{WCW}}.
* Wrestling/{{Kane}}. Debuted in 1992.
* Wrestling/{{Kanyon}} - debuted in 1992.
* Wrestling/StacyKeibler. Debuted in Wrestling/{{WCW}} in late 1999 as Nitro Girl Skye.
* Wrestling/BillyKidman. Debuted in 1994, arrived in WCW in 1996.
* Wrestling/RonKillings. Debuted in 1997.
* Wrestling/AjaKong
* Wrestling/{{Konnan}}. Helped establish Wrestling/{{AAA}}, later going on to Wrestling/{{ECW}} and Wrestling/{{WCW}}.
* Wrestling/{{Kurrgan}}. Debuted in 1989, competed a lot in Japan, Canada and elsewhere before arriving in Wrestling/{{WWE}} in 1997.
* Wrestling/LaParka
* Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis
* Wrestling/JerryLawler
* Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield. Debuted in 1992.
* Wrestling/JushinThunderLiger
* Wrestling/{{Lita}}. Debuted in 1999.
* Wrestling/SteveLombardi
* Wrestling/LowKi. Debuted in 1998.
* Wrestling/LexLuger
* Wrestling/JerryLynn
* Wrestling/{{Madusa}}
* Wrestling/BallsMahoney. Earliest confirmed matches were in 1992.
* Wrestling/DeanMalenko
* Wrestling/LittleGuidoMaritato. Debuted in 1991, arrived in ECW in 1996.
* Wrestling/RickMartel
* Wrestling/{{Beulah McGillicutty}}. Debuted at ''ECW Hostile City Showdown'' on April 15, 1995.
* Wrestling/{{Shane McMahon}}. Debuted as an on-screen character in 1999, though he had been an anonymous ref going back to 1990.
* Wrestling/{{Stephanie McMahon}}. Officially debuted as an on-screen character in 1999.
* Wrestling/{{Vince McMahon}}.
* Wrestling/{{Meng}}
* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels
* Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa
* Wrestling/MissElizabeth
* Wrestling/MrFuji
* [[Wrestling/JamesMitchell James "The Sinister Minister" Mitchell]]. Debuted in 1989, first break came in SMW.
* [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore Carlene "Jazz" Moore]]. Debuted in 1998.
* Wrestling/HughMorrus. Debuted in 1990.
* Wrestling/DonMuraco. He was a 2x NWA ECW Heavyweight Champion.
* Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr. Debuted in AAA in 1992, worked in ECW for about a year before beginning his WCW run from 1996 until the company's demise.
* Wrestling/KevinNash. Debuted as Master Blaster Steele in September 1990.
* Wrestling/NewJack. Debuted in 1992
* Wrestling/JohnNord
* Wrestling/TheOneManGang
* Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage. Started his in-ring career in 1991.
* Wrestling/MaxxPayne.
* Wrestling/BrianPillman
* Wrestling/RoddyPiper.
* [[Wrestling/TerriPoch Terri "Terri Power"[=/=]"Tori" Poch]]. Debuted as a valet in 1988, made her in-ring debut in 1990.
* [[Wrestling/AlPoling Al Poling/911]]. Debuted in ECW in 1994.
* Wrestling/{{Psicosis}}. Debuted in 1989, first made his name in [=AAA=].
* Wrestling/CMPunk. Debuted in 1999.
* Wrestling/MikeQuackenbush. Debuted in 1994.
* Wrestling/{{Raven}}. Started in the 1980s, gimmick debuted at the end of 1994.
* Wrestling/WilliamRegal. Made his US debut in WCW in 1993.
* [[Wrestling/RonReis Ron Reis[=/=]The Yeti[=/=]Reese]]. Debuted in 1994.
* [[Wrestling/{{Rhyno}} Rhyno[=/=]Rhino]]. Debuted in 1994.
* Wrestling/StevieRichards. Debuted in the first-ever ECW match on February 25, 1992.
* Wrestling/{{Rikishi}}
* Wrestling/JakeRoberts
* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]]. Debuted in 1996.
* [[Wrestling/PlayboyBuddyRose "Playboy" Buddy Rose]]
* Wrestling/JimRoss
* [[Wrestling/MikeRotunda Mike Rotunda/Irwin R. Schyster]]
* [[Wrestling/RickRude "Ravishing" Rick Rude]]
* Wrestling/VinceRusso. Started writing for Wrestling/{{WWE}} in 1997.
* Wrestling/{{Sable}}. Debuted in 1996.
* Wrestling/{{Sabu}}. Debuted in the 1980s, became an icon in Wrestling/{{ECW}} and Japan in the 1990s.
* Wrestling/TitoSantana.
* Wrestling/PerrySaturn. Debuted in 1990.
* Wrestling/RandySavage
* Wrestling/KenShamrock. Debuted in 1989, wrestled until he went to [=MMA=] in 1993, returned to wrestling in 1997.
* Wrestling/IronMikeSharpe
* Wrestling/RonSimmons
* Wrestling/SinCara. Debuted in 1998.
* Wrestling/SgtSlaughter
* Wrestling/NormanSmiley
* [[Wrestling/DaveyBoySmith "The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith]]
* Wrestling/AlSnow
* Wrestling/JimmySnuka
* Wrestling/DanSpivey. Debuted in the 1980s, was a regular in Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling and had a brief career revival in Wrestling/{{WWE}} in 1995 as Waylon Mercy.
* Wrestling/RickySteamboat
* Wrestling/ScottSteiner
* Wrestling/{{Sting}}
* Wrestling/DevonStorm. Debuted in 1992.
* Wrestling/LanceStorm. Debuted in 1990.
* Wrestling/AJStyles. Debuted in 1998.
* Wrestling/JoeyStyles. Debuted in 1993.
* Wrestling/KevinSullivan
* Wrestling/YoshihiroTajiri. Debuted in 1994.
* Wrestling/NobuhikoTakada. Got his fame peak in the 1990s.
* Wrestling/MasatoTanaka. Debuted in 1993.
* Wrestling/{{Tatanka}}. Started in the Carolina indies in the late 1980s, had his one significant run in WWE from 1992-1996.
* Wrestling/{{Tazz}}
* Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu
* Wrestling/JohnTenta
* Wrestling/{{Test}}. Debuted in 1994.
* Wrestling/SurvivalTobita. Debuted in the 1990s.
* Wrestling/ManamiToyota
* Wrestling/TripleH. Debuted in 1992.
* Wrestling/JumboTsuruta
* Wrestling/UltimateWarrior
* Wrestling/UltimoDragon
* Wrestling/{{Umaga}}. Debuted in 1995.
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker
* Wrestling/DaffneyUnger. Debuted in November 1999.
* Wrestling/LunaVachon
* Wrestling/{{Vader}}
* Wrestling/RobVanDam. Debuted in 1990.
* Wrestling/{{Virgil}}
* Wrestling/NikolaiVolkoff
* Wrestling/SeanWaltman. Debuted in 1992.
* Wrestling/KokoBWare
* Wrestling/MikeyWhipwreck. Debuted in 1994.
* [[Wrestling/DelWilkes Del "The Trooper"[=/=]"The Patriot" Wilkes]]
* Wrestling/DrDeathSteveWilliams
* Wrestling/TorrieWilson. Debuted in 1999.
* Wrestling/BarryWindham
* Wrestling/HarveyWippleman. Debuted in the 1980s, arrived in WWE in 1991.
* Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}}. Debuted in the 1980s, gimmick debuted in October 1992.
* Wrestling/GiantSilva. Debuted in the 1990s.
* Wrestling/MasakatsuFunaki: Debuted in the 1980s, gained his fame in the 1990s.
* Wrestling/TheCorporation. Debuted in 1998.
* [[Wrestling/DGenerationX DeGeneration-X]]. Debuted in 1997.
* Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys. Gimmick debuted in July 1995.
* Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom - Debuted in 1995.
* Wrestling/TheKliq. Formed in 1993-1994.
* Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness. Debuted on the January 11, 1999 ''Raw.''
* Wrestling/TheMoondogs. Were very successful in Memphis.
* Wrestling/TheNastyBoys. Debuted in the 80s, were very successful in mid-90s Wrestling/{{WCW}}.
* [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder The NWO]]. Debuted in 1996.
* [[Wrestling/{{TPE}} The Public Enemy]]. Team debuted on September 18, 1993.
* Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors
* Wrestling/TheRockNRollExpress
* Wrestling/TheSheepherders. As the Bushwhackers in WWE and various other promotions.
* Wrestling/{{AAA}}. Established in 1992.
* Wrestling/{{CZW}}. Established in 1999.
* Wrestling/DragonGate. Established as Toryumon in 1997.
* Wrestling/DramaticDreamTeam. Established in 1997.
* Wrestling/{{ECW}}. Established in 1992.
* Wrestling/{{FMW}}. Debuted in 1989, but made their biggest impact in the 1990s.
* Wrestling/JuggaloChampionshipWrestling. Debuted in 1999.
* Wrestling/KaijuBigBattel. Established in 1996.
* Wrestling/MichinokuProWrestling. Established in 1993.
* Wrestling/{{SMW}}. Established in 1991.
* Wrestling/AttitudeEra. Started in 1997, it was a period when the then-WWF began to go with a bolder and more mature direction with their content, causing a resurgence in ratings after WCW had beat them to the punch for years.
* Wrestling/MondayNightWars between Wrestling/{{WCW}} and Wrestling/{{WWE}}
** ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} WWF/E Monday Night Raw]]''. Debuted on January 11, 1993.
** ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro''. Debuted on September 4, 1995.
** The Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob. November 9, 1997.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Radio]]
* It was during this time that ''Radio/TheHowardSternShow'' started to become nationally syndicated and eventually became highest rated nationally syndicated morning radio show in most major radio markets the United States.
* Chris Evan's (in)famous BBC Radio One Breakfast Show from 1995 until 1997. Initially credited with "saving" the station (the hugely-popular national station had suffered a drop in listeners following a serious shake-up under Matthew Bannister starting in 1993 in his attempt to re-position Radio One as a "youth" network following two decades of it being a "housewife's favourite"; Evan's show co-incided with an upturn in listener numbers) he increasingly became egotistical, dismissive of BBC and general broadcasting guidelines and often took what many thought was a bullying attitude to his on-air colleagues. Things eventually came to a head when he and the rest of his staff refused to come in for a Friday morning show leading to someone else having to cover for him. Evans was subsequently sacked and his career took a long, very slow nosedive which culminated in several flopped attempts at TV "comebacks" in the 2000s. He has now reached middle age, has regained much (if not all) of his former popularity and hosts the Radio Two Breakfast Show. He apparently regrets many of his past mistakes and behaviour.
* During this time, Radio/RushLimbaugh became a nationally syndicated star of talk radio who gave the medium an ideological bent that was unchallenged until the middle of the next decade. (Limbaugh also was popular in the mainstream media for a period in this decade, including being given a television show that aired during President Clinton's first term.)
* This was the decade in which shock-jocker Radio/HowardStern became the "King Of All Media" from his radio base in New York; he set the way for many imitators. (The radio show was also broadcast on TV for a time; something which even Limbaugh could not claim.)
* Radio/NealBoortz began his show in 1993.
* The third installment of the ''Radio/StarWarsRadioDramas'', adapting ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', aired in 1996 after spending a decade in DevelopmentHell thanks to [[RonaldReagan Reagan-era]] cuts to Creator/{{NPR}}'s funding.
* ''Radio/SaysYou'' began in 1997.
* ''Radio/WaitWaitDontTellMe'' began in 1998.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Alternity}}''. Released in 1998.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''. Released in 1993.
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'': Redefined the RPG industry in the early and mid-'90s.
** ''TabletopGame/VampireTheEternalStruggle'': CollectibleCardGame based on the aforementioned RPG, released in 1994.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/{{Parade}}''. Opened 1998.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* Ride/ActionPark continued until 1996.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Toys]]
* Toys/BeanieBabies. Introduced in 1993.
* WesternAnimation/BitsyBears
* Toys/{{Furby}}, the scourge of the 1998 Holiday shopping season.
* Toys/LEGOSpace, the evolution of the ClassicLEGOSpace line, started on the tail end of the '80s but came into its own early in the new decade.
* MightyMax and PollyPocket miniature playsets.
* Franchise/LittlestPetShop. Introduced in 1992.
* Playmates' ''Franchise/StarTrek'' toyline. Notable for covering ALL of the franchise up to that point and for the sheer number (and detail) of the figures.
* VideoGame/{{Tamagotchi}} and related digital pets.
* Tickle Me Elmo, a cackling effigy of ''Series/SesameStreet'''s rising star, was to Christmas 1996 what Furby was to 1998.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends. Debuted in 24 December, 1999.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Webcomics]]
* {{Webcomics}} ''period'', as the Internet first saw widespread use in the middle of this decade.
* Webcomic/KevinAndKell. Started in September, 1995.
* Webcomic/SabrinaOnline. Started in September, 1996.
* Webcomic/{{Goats}}. Started in April, 1997.
* Webcomic/SluggyFreelance. Started in August, 1997.
* Webcomic/{{Newshounds}}. Started in November, 1997.
* Webcomic/UserFriendly. Started in November, 1997.
* Webcomic/CoyoteVille. Started in December, 1997.
* Webcomic/TheCyantianChronicles. The setting and original strip were created in 1998.
* Webcomic/TheClassMenagerie. Started in January, 1998.
* Webcomic/PokeyThePenguin. Started in February, 1998.
* Webcomic/{{Freefall}}. Started in March, 1998.
* Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures. Started in 1999.
* Main/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures. Started in 1999.
* Website/WomenInRefrigerators. Started in 1999.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/TheFundayPawpetShow''. Started in 1999.
* ''The Goddamn George Liquor Program'', a 1997 cartoon series created by Creator/JohnKricfalusi that was the ''very'' first cartoon made exclusively for the internet, and the very first to be made using AdobeFlash.
* ''WebAnimation/WeekendPussyHunt'', a 1999 AdobeFlash cartoon parody of the FilmNoir genre, created by Creator/JohnKricfalusi.
* The LegionOfNetHeroes, a superhero parody shared universe which is one of the oldest and longest-running online fiction projects.
** The LNH also led to the creation of the rec.arts.comics.creative newsgroup for superhero comics-inspired online fiction. It hosted several other shared worlds such as the Patrol, Omega and WebOriginal/AcademyOfSuperheroes. Other writing fora from this period include alt.cyberpunk.chatsubo and alt.pub.dragons-inn
* Franchise/{{Neopets}}. First discussed in 1997, launched on November 15th, 1999.
* Website/StarDestroyerDotNet. Launched in 1998.
[[/folder]]
[[/index]]

!!Works set, but not made in the decade:

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Literature/{{Another}}''
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon''
* ''BlueDrop'': Begins in 1999, manga started in 2004, anime aired in 2007.
* ''KoiKaze'': In one of the last episodes, a note on a 20-year-old says she was born in 1975. The technology in the show also doesn't appear to correspond to when the anime aired (2004).
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* [[Recap/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeriesS1TVM1CalvinsBatmanAdventure "Calvin's Batman Adventure"]], a MadeForTVMovie from ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', is set in a 1992 Batman comic, which Calvin deliberately picked due to his belief that [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks the series went downhill after Robin was replaced.]]
* ''FanFic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'': "It was the ninetys in America. Everyone was watching {{Friends}} and lissening to {{Nirvana}} and [[BackstreetBoys Backseat Boys]] on [[DecadeDissonance records]] and [[{{Grease}} driving motorbikes and wearing lever jackets everywhere and being all slick]] and watching flims like [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Goastbusters]] and LordOfTheRings! There was no thing as the internet yet so peeps had to download stuff from their TV instead."
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/BlackHawkDown'' (made in 2001, set in 1993) sets the mood with a Stone Temple Pilots song.
* ''Film/BloodDiamond'' (made in 2005, set in 1999)
* ''Film/TheDeal'', partially (made in 2003, set between 1983-1994)
* ''Film/TheDebt'', partially (made in 2007 [[ForeignRemake and 2010]], set in 1965 and 1997)
* ''Film/DefinitelyMaybe''
* ''The Diving Bell and the Butterfly'' (made in 2007, set in 1995-1997)
* ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'' (made in 1981, set in 1997)
* The Janjira incident in ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' takes place in 1999.
* ''Film/HotelRwanda'' (made in 2004, set in 1994)
* ''Film/TheFighter'' (made in 2010, set in 1993-2000)
* ''Film/TheInformant!'' (made in 2009, set in 1992-98 - although the ads made it look like it was set in TheEighties or even TheSeventies)
* ''IntoTheWild'' (made in 2007, set in 1990-1992)
* ''Film/{{Invictus}}'' (made in 2009, set in 1995)
* ''Film/LoveAndOtherDrugs''
* ''{{Jarhead}}'' (made in 2005, set during the UsefulNotes/GulfWar)
* ''Film/TheQueen'' (made in 2006, set in 1997)
* ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'', made in the 1920s and set in the year 1999. As could be expected, there's plenty of ZeeRust.
* ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut'' (made in 2000, released in 2001, and takes place in the summer of 1998)
** The DTV sequel, ''WesternAnimation/RecessTakingTheFifthGrade'' was released in 2003 and takes place in fall 1998.
** The DTV prequel, ''Recess: All Growed Down'' was also released in 2003 and takes place in 1997 or 1998 for the framing material and 1993 for the kindergarten flashback segment.
* ''Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet''
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books (set in 1991-1998). The epilogue is set NextSundayAD however.
* Large parts of ''Literature/SongOfSusannah'', and ''Literature/TheDarkTower'', the last two books of Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series, both released in 2004, are set in 1999.
* ''Literature/{{Ubik}}'' (made in 1969, set in 1992) A case of IWantMyJetpack.
* ''LightNovel/FateZero''
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/LostInSpace'', made from 1965-68, was set (apparently) in 1997.
* Several {{flashback}}s in ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episodes
* Several opening flashbacks in episodes of ''Series/{{Psych}}'', starting in Season 5 (2010).
* Mocked in ''Series/{{Portlandia}}'', which is set in the 2010s but is all about Portland living the dream of the 1990s.
* ''Series/{{Space1999}}''. Run from 1975 to 1977, set in 1999.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' represented the Nineties ''during the actual Nineties''. Even now, much of their aesthetics are still in the recent seasons of the show.
* ''Series/MyMadFatDiary'', made in 2013 and set (so far) in 1996
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/TheLieutenantOfInishmore'', published in 2001, set in [[TheTroubles 1993]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' (early nineties, made in 2004, set in 1992) and ''LibertyCityStories'' (late nineties, made in 2006, set in 1998).
* The survival horror game ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' is set in 1993.
* The exploration game ''VideoGame/GoneHome'' is set in 1995, but the story (told in retrospect) starts in 1994. There are so many references to the decade that it can almost be considered a PeriodPiece.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Superego}}'' is set sometime in 1995, possibly June 1st.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' parodies the "extreme" attitude that pervaded superhero comic books in the 90s through the character of "'90s Kid"
* ''Machinima/DiaryOfACamper''
* Website/StarDestroyerDotNet was launched in 1998 and grew out of a usenet group dedicated to an UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny between ''Franchise/StarWars'' and ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'': While the show is set in a ThemeParkVersion of the middle ages, Ned Frischman is from 1994.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "That '90s Show" (2008), despite being a huge ContinuitySnarl.
* Every ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' episode made from 2000 onward, which took place around 1997-1998 (Same goes with the 1999 episodes).
** Same with ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn''
* WordOfGod says ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' is in this decade, though there are [[AnachronismStew many inconsistencies]] and it's mostly for nostalgia purposes.
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