->'''Kimiko''': Why a thousand?
->'''Master Fung''': It is really 962 years, but a thousand sounds more ominous.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''

This is when TheEmpire, or some other organization, is somehow estimated to last a certain amount of time. 1,000 years is common, but there are likely other time frames. '''The important thing is that this is about assuming the length beforehand, not how long it actually lasts.'''


[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', that is how long Commodus wants his incestuous line to last, when he thinks he's won completely.
* Referenced several times in the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII drama ''Film/{{Conspiracy}}'', which takes place at a time when the Nazis were absolutely convinced that they were moments away from victory.
-->'''Neumann:''' Neumann, director of the Four-Year-Plan. Whom may I be speaking to?
-->'''Klopfer:''' I speak for Martin Bormann, of the Thousand-Year-Plan.
* In StarWars ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' Palpatine references the thousand years of the Republic. In ''Film/ANewHope'' Obi-Wan refers to a thousand generations (aprox. 25,000 years).[[note]]This was reconciled in the ExpandedUniverse by stating that the Republic as a whole has existed and been protected by the Jedi for 25,000 years, but that 1,000 years before the films the Ruusan Reformation restructured the Republic and formed the government that lasted until it was replaced by the Empire.[[/note]]


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/TheCityOfEmber'' was designed to last exactly 200 years and no longer. Too bad the note meant to inform the populace of this got lost.
* In the ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' books, Hari Seldon determines that the fall of the Empire is inevitable, to be followed by 30,000 years of chaos before a new empire arises. He puts into place a plan that would rebuild the empire in ''only'' 1,000 years. In a curiously [[ThoseWackyNazis tasteless]] regional allusion, the German first edition was actually released under a title translating to "The thousand-year plan".
* According to the 19th century pre-millennial interpretation of Literature/TheBible, after Armageddon, UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} will reign over the Earth for this amount of time before dad Jehovah steps in.
* The above interpretation of The Bible takes place in ''Kingdom Come'' from the Literature/LeftBehind series, during which only "glorifieds" and "naturals" who have put their faith in Jesus Christ will be allowed to live to the end of the Millenium, while [[DeathsHourglass "naturals" who stay unbelievers by the time they reach 100 years of age will die and go to Hell.]] [[LaResistance The Other Light faction]] sees GodIsEvil because of this and has prepared for this contingency by passing down their teaching to the next generation of its converts so that the generation that gets to [[FinalBattle confront God and Jesus at the end of the Millennium]] will be "assured victory" when [[SealedEvilInACan Satan is released.]] [[CurbStompBattle Unfortunately for them,]] [[YouCantFightFate it didn't turn out as they hoped.]]
* The trope is mentioned in ''Literature/TheElenium'', where a reference is made to a historical figure creating an empire of a thousand years that barely outlived its founder.
* The [[AntiVillain Lord Ruler]] from ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' called his reign "[[TheEmpire The Final Empire]]", because he believed that the empire ([[{{Immortality}} and he himself]]) would last forever.
* The Literature/ChungKuo boast of their reign having lasted three thousand years. However the reader knows that history has been rewritten so that the Chung Kuo are an ancient Chinese empire that conquered Western Europe in the days ancient Rome, whereas it's actually just 200 years old.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The Lannisters in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' have this goal in mind. In Season 1 Lord Tywin discusses the war plans with his son Jaime, explaining that the events of the coming months will either cement a Lannister/Baratheon dynasty on the Iron Throne that could last a thousand years, or they could collapse into nothing like the Targaryens (who made it to 300 years themselves).
* In ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' episode "[[Recap/TheWildWildWestS1E11TheNightOfTheRedEyedMadmen The Night of the Red-Eyed Madmen]]", General Grimm is ANaziByAnyOtherName who wants to take over the American Southwest and [[DayOfTheJackboot place it under strict military rule]]. His [[TheDragon second-in-command]] predicts that his reign will last "a thousand years".


[[folder: Religion ]]
* The Book of Revelations says Christ will reign with the Saints for 1,000 years, during which time Satan is bound.

[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Millennial Kingdom, as per ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTensei''


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic: Nazi Science '' sneers'' at your pathetic notions of arithmetic!


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The "Woodland Critter Christmas" episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', where the TheAntichrist is supposed to "bring a thousand years of darkness to the forest".
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''. One episode revolves around them locking up their dragon Dojo for the day, because on that particular day he'll turn evil, grow two heads and devour all of the magical Shen Gong Wu items, leading to 1,000 years of darkness. The spoof comes from the quote above.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Harmonic Convergence is a supernatural event that occurs once every 10,000 years, in which the spirits of harmony and chaos, Raava and Vaatu, must battle to determine which force will reign until the next Harmonic Convergence.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' begins with Twilight Sparkle reading an old legend that states that the stars would aid in the escape of the Nightmare Moon on the longest day of the 1000th year of her banishment, when she would bring about nighttime eternal. Princess Celestia reigned as sole sovereign during this entire time.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* OlderThanFeudalism: 1,000 years was the prediction for how long UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire would reign made by Creator/{{Cicero}}, which is probably the TropeCodifier in the Western Hemisphere. (He wasn't entirely wrong. The Eastern Roman Empire lasted until 1453,[[note]]Which means, depending on what you choose as a "start date", Rome lasted as long as 2200 years (foundation as a kingdom), about 2000 (the Republic), or at a minimum, a hair under 1500 (The Empire),[[/note]] and the Ottoman Emperor claimed the title of "Kaysar-i-Rum" "Caesar of Rome" until 1922.)
* Ancient Chinese emperors tend to be greeted with "萬歲!" ("May you reign for 10,000 years") but most dynasties only last about 400 years or so.
** There is a careful delination with these acclamations, Empresses are acclaimed "A thousand years!" And sometimes, particularly powerful officials would be sarcastically greeted (not out loud, obviously) with "Nine thousand years!"
* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and ThoseWackyNazis invoked this trope by promising a [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany thousand-year Reich]]. Berlin would be the new world capital of a greatly expanded "Germania". [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII It lasted merely six.]]
* "Tenno heika banzai" the Japanese battle cry that gives the phrase "banzai charge" means literally "Ten thousand years! [ to the Emperor]" Since the Emperor was understood to have a normal human lifetime, this ''wasn't'' meant literally.
* The UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire was, at the time of founding, considered a continuation of UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire and the fourth and last "world monarchy" predicted by the Book of Daniel (after Babylon, Persia and Macedonia). It was believed that, since Rome was the last worldly empire, it would last literally until Judgement Day. (When it didn't, that's how the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_Monarchists Fifth Monarchists]] became a thing during the UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar.)
* In terms of a single Royal Family managing to pull off a Thousand Year Reign, one of the few examples is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capetian_dynasty Capetian Dynasty]]. The current, as of 2018, king of Spain is a direct male-line descendant of Hugh Capet, who was himself crowned King of the Franks in 987. For more than a thousand years, they have been kings of ''something'', with almost no interruptions.