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->''"We are the youth We'll take your Fascism away.\\
We are the youth apologise for another day.\\
We are the youth and politicians are so sure.\\
We are the youth and we are knocking on death's door.\\
Never knew we were living in a world with a mind that could be so sure.\\
Never knew we were living in a world with a mind that could be so small.\\
Never knew we were living in a world where the world is an open court.\\
Maybe we don't want to live in a world where innocence is sold short.\\
We'll make it up to you, in the year 2000."''
-->-- '''Music/{{Silverchair}}''', "Anthem for the Year 2000"
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''The Year 2000''. Flying cars, androids, faster-than-light space travel... oh wait, [[IWantMyJetpack we don't have any of that yet]]. On the plus side, [[MillenniumBug our computers didn't explode]], after all. While New Year's 2000 came in with a bang, attitudes from TheNineties lingered for the first year. For the United States (and arguably, to a lesser extent, the world), the decade politically started on September 11th, 2001 with the terrorist attacks on UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity and UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, which not only launched the United States into ''two'' wars, but continues to be a lingering specter in global politics. It is possible this decade may have ended politically in late 2008, which saw the start of the [[HistoryRepeats worst economic crisis]] since TheGreatDepression, followed two months later by the election of UsefulNotes/BarackObama as President. Culturally, the decade started kicking off somewhere around 1998-2002 with the continued rise of the internet, online music downloads, and reality shows, and ended somewhere around 2008-2010 with the rising prominence of the smartphone and social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook becoming very popular. Depending on who you ask, may have officially ended around 2012, when "memes" made their way to solid popular culture status. Either way, the transitional period in was about 1998-2003 and the transitional period out was around 2007-2011.

See TheWarOnTerror for the major wars of this decade. Note that, since TheWarOnTerror has defined American and NATO-sphere foreign policy for almost all of this time, this decade has marked the arrival of Middle Eastern civilizations as societies to know about. For example, the Persian Gulf city of UsefulNotes/{{Dubai}}, in the United Arab Emirates, went through its {{boom|Town}} during this decade.

To say that this decade was a hard one for the United States is an understatement, whose population suffered from, in quick succession: the dot com bubble burst which affected many online-focused businesses (including websites); a controversial presidential election where [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush the winner]] didn't win the popular vote, but did win in the electoral college; the worst terrorist attack in recorded history with a death toll of 2,977 (excluding the 19 perpetrators of the attack); the Patriot Act undermining civil liberties; two [[{{Understatement}} somewhat unpopular]] wars (one of which was started on what turned out to be BlatantLies); the [[WhoForgotTheLights worst electrical blackout]] in American history; the Space Shuttle ''Columbia'' disaster, the second in American history and the beginning of the end of the country's manned space program; another controversial presidential election; the catastrophic flooding of New Orleans thanks to Hurricane Katrina and the failure of the federal government to properly respond to said flooding; a surge in both aforementioned wars as it became very clear that things were not going as planned; the gradual transformation from the largest government budget surplus in American history, to the largest government budget deficit in American history; and the start of the [[HistoryRepeats worst economic crisis]] since TheGreatDepression, with millions of Americans unemployed and many more struggling at the decade's end. This resulted in the rise of Neo-Conservative interventionist politics, which led to those two [[{{Understatement}} somewhat unpopular]] foreign wars, and the strengthening of 'The Special Relationship' with Britain - where Clinton and British PM John Major had disliked each other, first Clinton, then Bush, got on very well with the charming Tony Blair, who despite being leader of the traditionally left wing Labour party, shared a similarly interventionist outlook, one only bolstered by a successful intervention in Sierra Leone in 1999.

There were also issues which stretched out for roughly the entire decade, such as the [[HistoryRepeats worst gas crisis]] since TheSeventies, with gas prices quadrupling from 2000 to 2008; skyrocketing income inequality; a crisis over the increasingly large wave of illegal immigrants crossing the border; a continued trend of worse education performances compared to much of the rest of the developed world; the dollar losing value compared to other currencies along with other signs of the US losing its global economic power; and widespread polarization over issues such as global warming, gay rights, religion, health and obesity, and other issues. This naturally lead to growing feelings of cynicism and insecurity, which is reflected in the growing trend towards DarkerAndEdgier entertainment.

Of course, on the other side of the coin, a lot of the decade's entertainment instead went in the direction of escapism. Much of the decade's culture can roughly be described as a [[HistoryRepeats retread]] of either TheEighties or TheFifties, depending on who you ask[[note]] It could technically be considered both, since TheEighties itself is often considered a retread of TheFifties[[/note]]. As if overcompensating for the insecurity they now felt, the American public took comfort in materialism and {{conspicuous consumption}}. The [[BigFancyHouse "McMansion"]] became the dominant paradigm for new homes, and [[HummerDinger enormous SUVs]], after getting their start in the late '90s, came to rule over the car market, despite oil concerns, and forget electric cars. [[AesopAmnesia Seriously, forget they ever existed]] and buy an SUV. [[OrwellianEditor In fact, the car companies were so eager to make the consumer forget about electric cars]] that those produced in TheNineties were not only canceled, they were repossessed by car companies and crushed, [[TallPoppySyndrome lest one get away to make the rest of their cars look bad]].[[note]] This was possible because nearly all were offered on a lease-only basis in the first place. Of the major manufacturers' PNGV-era electrics, only the Toyota Rav4 EV was truly offered for ''sale''. The Rav4 EV kind of had its cake and ate it too, by virtue of being a large [=SUV=] and electric. It remains sought-after on the used car market to this day. That the manufacturers would have had to supply parts for the cars for several years under US law was among the many alternative explanations offered, but this would not have been a problem had the manufacturers not wanted to eliminate electric cars in the first place: see how cancellation has been done for most other models of cars, even ones with unique components, that have been cancelled.[[/note]] It wasn't until 2011 and the debut of the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf that electric cars would return to the roads. The tax breaks that, under Clinton, would've gone to electrics, now under Bush went to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-SuYQ5bVKk the heaviest cars]], and the [=SUVs=] of this decade were certainly heavy cars.

DarkerAndEdgier became the norm in entertainment aimed at teens, as music and culture took a turn for the gothic and macabre with a shift from [[ContractualPurity squeaky-clean]] [[TeenIdol teen idols]] to {{Pop punk}}, [[EmoMusic emo]], and PostHardcore bands such as Music/GoodCharlotte, Music/SimplePlan and Music/JimmyEatWorld in the early part of the decade. This genre exploded in 2005 with the rise of Music/FallOutBoy, Music/MyChemicalRomance, Music/{{AFI}} and similar acts, all of whom shared a focus on lyrics about serious topics such as mental and physical illness, sexual infidelity, and America's unhealthy obsession with tabloid stars. The subculture associated with the genre, known as emo, took high schools by storm with its sideswept bangs, skinny jeans, and heavy eye makeup. Ultimately it became one of the defining alternative rock genres of the decade with literally everyone having memories of listening to those bands in middle and high school. However just as the genre was reaching the peak of its popularity in 2008, Fall Out Boy's ''Folie à Deux'' showed a drastic shift in the band's sound and was met with mediocre commercial success, which started a chain reaction. By 2009, pop-punk and emo began its fall from the mainstream thanks to several factors: bands either were drastically changing their sound, [[Music/MyChemicalRomance breaking up]], or [[Music/FallOutBoy going on hiatus]]; oversaturation by an endless string of one-hit wonders; creation and heavy promotion of manufactured bands like Music/TheJonasBrothers by Disney and Nickelodeon as [[TheMoralSubstitute wholesome substitutes]] for authentic emo bands (resulting in the genre as a whole being branded as immature tween fodder); and the replacement of "emo" as popular music with [[Music/LadyGaga electronic]] [[Music/KatyPerry pop]] and as a culture with the "scene" trend - basically emo with lots of '80s-inspired big hair, makeup, neon, and Franchise/HelloKitty accessories.

In terms of the mainstream fashions, the early years had elements of 90's fashion which began to be replaced in 2004 and 05' were transitioning years, with the 90's officially out of style musically and culturally with skinny jeans and tighter clothes ''rapidly'' displacing bagginess In contrast to the grungy look of 90's fashion, 2000's fashion was more aestheticised, with beards replaced by clean shaven looks and darker make up on everyone (including some guys due to the rising influence of emo and skate culture).

Media technology continued to evolve. CD gave way to MP3 in the music sphere. DVD put VHS out of business early in the decade, only to have UsefulNotes/BluRay and HD-DVD, in a [[HistoryRepeats re-enactment]] of TheEighties VHS vs Betamax debate, battle it out over who got to replace DVD at the end of the decade. Blu-Ray won, but instead of replacing DVD the two instead co-existed, perhaps due to the economic downturn.

UsefulNotes/TheBlockbusterAgeOfHollywood reached previously ''inconceivable'' heights - pretty much every year at least two movies would gross over $750 million and, by the end of the decade, at least one each year would surpass the billion dollar mark. In 2002, for the first time, [[Film/SpiderMan1 a movie]] made more than $100 million just on its opening weekend. Thanks to new computer technology, most of these were incredibly expensive, CGI-packed extravaganzas, with superhero movies (like ''Film/SpiderMan1'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnight'') and fantasy epics (such as the''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy, the ''Film/HarryPotter'' series and the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' series) being the dominant genres in terms of box office success. Much of the reason why studios began to concentrate so hard on these types of movies was to keep drawing in an audience despite the [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil advent of digital piracy]] during this decade; if there was so much stuff on screen, the experience would be lost if it wasn't seen on a big screen. Pretty similar to how studios in TheFifties tried to keep audiences away from television with 3-D and widescreen, really. Thanks to the size and scope of these films, smaller movies like comedies and romances lost their box office power, with some major figures in the movie world wondering if soon cinema would be entirely dominated by these colossal spectacles and people would lose interest in more down-to-earth movies. However, {{digital piracy|IsOkay}}, {{Creator/Netflix}}, and movie websites such as Website/RottenTomatoes have brought attention to indie movies and foreign films which many people wouldn't have previously discovered, even if this didn't help these movies make a profit in theaters. Well, with one major exception - the martial arts film ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'' became the first foreign-language movie to gross over $100 million in the United States.

[[RealityTV Reality took over TV]], with ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' and ''Series/AmericanIdol'' in the US and ''Series/BigBrother'' and ''Pop Idol''/''Series/TheXFactor'' in Britain launching hundreds of imitators across an ocean of reality TV subgenres, helped along by the explosion of cable and satellite television as a major outlet for original programming. Celebrity came to be defined not by an entertainer's accomplishments as a musician, actor, athlete, etc., but by the number of {{paparazzi}} following his or her every move and the amount of tabloid press that he or she had. It was something that could be achieved for seemingly nebulous reasons, as shown by the inexplicable rise to superstardom of such people as Creator/ParisHilton and Creator/KimKardashian, who built media empires on their status as {{socialite}}s and reality TV stars. The societal implications of this were not lost on the world, with Creator/CharlieBrooker in Britain, Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything in Australia, and ''Series/TheSoup'' and ''Series/TheDailyShow'' in the US leading a wave of shows and blogs that satirized and parodied the decade's culture.

Speaking of blogs, this was also the time in which the internet really became a part of society at large, instead of being limited to computer geeks and Usenet groups. Everyone got connected, with many people owning media storage devices, having access to the internet, etc. If you didn't have a computer with internet access, you were left behind. Technology was always getting better and less expensive via Moore's law, and you could walk into a department store and buy a computer which was at least a million times more powerful than the ones that put man on the moon. {{Video games}} finally started to gain mainstream recognition, especially near the end of the decade, with the release of the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}. Games became DarkerAndEdgier, with much more mature storylines and realistic plots, although how mature and realistic they are is subject to debate (some see it as a repeat of UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks). Meanwhile, the sports gaming industry was effectively monopolized by Creator/ElectronicArts.

Gaming's turn towards realism was reflected in speculative fiction. There was a great demand for more [[DarkerAndEdgier "realistic"]] depictions of what happens if we were to actually [[FirstContact meet aliens]] or [[RobotWar fight robots]]. If we are higher tech, there is a good chance that HumansAreTheRealMonsters, and when we have the inferior tech, don't expect to come out of the situation alive or overcoming bad odds. This shift is perhaps best exemplified by ''Series/{{Lost}}'' and ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', two of the defining sci-fi shows of the decade, which were both heavily focused on [[NoughtiesDramaSeries character-driven drama, philosophy, and gritty realism]] (the latter especially in ''BSG'''s case).

A lot of humor consisted of CrossingTheLineTwice, and things which would have caused the MoralGuardians to have strokes just a few years earlier were seen as just mildly offensive. As such, an obsession with Japan and awareness of East Asian affairs (especially with [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld China's rapid rise as a world power]]) became popular in the US once more. Movies tended to be more about adventure and self discovery than action and blowing things up. Of course, when you consider what started the decade off, [[UnfortunateImplications it's kind of understandable why]].

Conversely, the September 11 attacks served as a horrifically crippling blow to America's psyche, causing one of the longest (and most infamous) TooSoon periods. People had become highly sensitive to concepts such as pyrotechnical violence, the destruction of skyscrapers, and terrorism, leading to the censoring and/or banning of a lot of past media that [[FunnyAneurysmMoment fell in]] [[HarsherInHindsight bad taste]] in the wake of the attacks. The live action TV drama ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' can be credited with ending this period via a twist-ending season finale where one of the main characters winds up in a parallel universe, in which the White House was destroyed on 9/11 instead of the World Trade Center. September 11 still remains a sensitive subject in media today, with most references to it being for serious or dramatic purposes.

Note that this was only named as such because few can decide on what to call the 2000-2009 period. In Britain and Australia, this decade is often called the Noughties, as the word "nought" is another word for "zero" (which some Brits might sourly note was roughly how much of what UsefulNotes/TonyBlair said was true). However, the word "nought" has faded from American English, which means that, to American ears, the term "Noughties" sounds like the [[HehHehYouSaidX more snicker-inducing]] "Naughties." [[note]]Ironically enough, this term was coined by some Americans in the late 1990s, who did indeed use the "Naughties" spelling, as it symbolized both the aforementioned zeroes and the hope that this decade would be less inhibited than TheNineties.[[/note]] As a result, Americans are more likely to refer to this decade as "The early two-thousands" or "The double-o's", or more rarely, "The Aughts".

See Also: TheGayNineties, TheEdwardianEra, TheRoaringTwenties, TheGreatDepression, TheForties, TheFifties, TheSixties, TheEighties, TheNineties and TheNewTens.

Now has a [[UsefulNotes/TheOughts Useful Notes]] page.

!!Tropes associated with the time period:

* SeventiesHair: Redux. Long male hair made a significant comeback among the decade's youth, thanks in no small part to the booming skate culture and ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* TheEighties: The decade of choice for much of this decade's nostalgia.
* AllCGICartoon: Disney and other animation companies abandoned traditional animation during this decade, though towards the end of the decade there was some hope that the two might coexist. Of course, anime is stronger than ever before and still averts this trope for the most part. Furthermore, this form finally began to break down the AllAnimationIsDisney stereotype beginning with Creator/DreamworksAnimation hitting the big time with their 2001 smash hit CGI feature, ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', becoming the first real feature animation company to challenge Disney over the long term, although it would have a period of artistic decline until it came roaring back in 2008 with a new quality commitment in 2008 with ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''.
** Interestingly, Stop-Motion animation has also received a re-invigoration, as it's become apparent that some aesthetics are better suited to Stop-motion than CG (one of the best examples being ''Flushed Away'', which had the character designs of an [[/index]]Creator/AardmanAnimations[[index]] character, but were CG - audiences generally said the animation looked weird because of it. It also may have something to do with genre, as darker, spookier family movies are often stop-motion - Creator/TimBurton has had mainstream success with ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'', and 2008's ''{{WesternAnimation/Coraline}}'' was also stop-motion.
* TheAllegedCar: The SUV of this decade got this reputation for much the same reason as cars from TheSeventies did, because they were [[HummerDinger overweight gas guzzlers being sold during a Gas Crisis]]. One example that stands out is the Ford Excursion. The combination of its curb weight of 7230 lbs and its 6.8 L V-10 engine make for the ultimate gas guzzler, getting only 9.6 mpg.
* AmbiguousEnding: The decade's over, and yet many trends still persist through TheNewTens, like TheWarOnTerror.
* AnimationAgeGhetto: Became less powerful due to the success of adult-oriented animated TV shows like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', and a large wave of adult oriented anime, but the mentality still exists to some extent.
** While the early 2000s are often considered a fine continuation of the previous decade, animation is widely considered to have suffered around the late 2000s due to live-action tweencoms threatening to replace cartoons in popularity.
* AutoTune: Existed before this decade with songs like Music/{{Cher}}'s 1999 song "Believe", but grew in popularity around the mid-2000s thanks to rappers like Music/TPain, and soon spread to other artists like Music/{{Rihanna}} and Music/SnoopDogg, as well as genres like pop and R&B.
* BareYourMidriff: Continued on from the nineties in fashion and especially in pop music, with midriff-baring made even more extreme by the early-00s fashion for very low waistlines.
* BlueOrangeContrast: Began to spread like wildfire across the movie world with the advent of post-production digital coloring.
* BoyBand: Boy bands like Music/{{NSYNC}} and the Music/BackstreetBoys remained a [[TheNineties 90's]] holdover, but generally faded away by around 2002.
* ButNotTooWhite: Despite increased awareness of skin cancer, taned skin returned from the TheSeventies in full swing as a beauty standard in this decade, as demonstrated by the likes of Carmen Electra, Creator/JessicaAlba and Creator/ParisHilton, among others.
* ButtMonkey:
** George W. Bush was frequently mocked in the media.
** Michael Jackson was the butt of many jokes until his 2009 death. ''Series/MockTheWeek'' lampshaded this with one of the jokes...
--> "[Where were you when Michael Jackson died?] Texting a joke about Michael Jackson."
** Britney Spears and her public meltdown led to many jokes and parodies, prompting the famous "Leave Britney Alone!" video.
* CashCowFranchise: Every TV series or movie or video game that was successful during this decade.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: In 2003, American-French relations became frosty when France criticized America's decision to wage war in Iraq, leading to an American boycott of French products, the country of France becoming something of a ButtMonkey in popular media, and the renaming of French fries into "freedom fries".
* ChekhovsGunman: Creator/DonaldTrump, that rich guy from ''Series/TheApprentice'', ends up [[spoiler:becoming one of the most controversial Presidents in U.S. history]] in the following decade.
* {{Chickification}}:
** The ActionGirl was briefly enjoying popularity at the start of the decade, where shows like ''Buffy'' and ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' were still airing, and the likes of Creator/KateBeckinsale, Creator/MillaJovovich, Creator/JenniferGarner and Creator/AngelinaJolie were enjoying careers as action heroines in Hollywood. Then the failures of ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'' and ''Film/{{Elektra}}'' as well as non-action films like ''Film/TheInvasion'' and ''Film/TheBraveOne'' convinced studio execs that female-led films outside the GirlShowGhetto were non-viable. The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse started up in the later years of this decade and notably, Black Widow was the only Avenger to not debut in her own movie, but rather ''Film/IronMan2'', precisely for this reason. It wouldn't be until the successes of ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'', ''Film/TheHungerGames'' and ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'' that Hollywood began greenlighting female-led action films again. Likewise the ''Wonder Woman'' movie was in DevelopmentHell during this decade.
** In WWE the women's division was slowly gaining respect in the early 2000s. But around 2004, WWE introduced the concept of a Diva Search - where models without experience would compete for a WWE contract. This saw the division reduced to T&A and little else. While there would still be some women's wrestling around, the division did not regain the heights it had enjoyed until the mid 2010s.
* ChinaTakesOverTheWorld: Popular in fiction now that Japan doesn't have the cash to [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld take over the world]] anymore and [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp Russia]] is still a complete clusterfuck, even after 20 years.
* CerebusSyndrome: The year 2000 and the early part of 2001 was basically a continuation of the previous decade until the 9/11 attacks, which brought on an era of fear and paranoia for national safety, coupled in with the rapid rise of new technologies and the turn towards darker entertainment.
* ColorWash: A grey-blue filter, often DeliberatelyMonochrome, was often used in either serious science fiction films or young adult movies such as the first ''Twilight'' film and the later installments of the ''Harry Potter'' movies to imply a DarkerAndEdgier tone.
* ConspicuousConsumption: Until the 2007-08 recession, this was the decade of the SUV and the [=McMansion=].
* ConspiracyTheorist: Conspiracy websites began to get huge in this decade, and the 9/11 attacks brought about the "Truthers" who believed the attacks were a FalseFlagOperation.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to [[TheNineties the previous decade]], with fears of terrorism, war and security concerns hanging over the atmosphere, and this was reflected in much of the entertainment of this decade. Music took a turn for the gothic and macabre with a shift from [[ContractualPurity squeaky-clean]] [[TeenIdol teen idols]] to {{Pop punk}}, [[EmoMusic emo]], and PostHardcore bands such as Music/GoodCharlotte, Music/SimplePlan and Music/JimmyEatWorld in the early part of the decade. Movies, video games and TV shows followed suit, with a heavier emphasis on gritty and serious plotlines.
* DefectiveDetective: Started in 2000 with ''Series/{{Monk}},'' the {{trope namer}}, and spread with ''Series/{{Psych}},'' ''Series/{{Life}}'' and ''Series/BoredToDeath''. ''Series/TheGoodGuys'' and ''Series/{{Terriers}}'' seem to be continuing this trend.
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: [[DigitalPiracyIsOkay Or is it]]? But as with the aforementioned Digital Distribution, this decade is when piracy became mainstream and super-easy.
* DigitalPiracyIsOkay: Some artists in the later parts of this decade began softening their stances on digital piracy, finding ways to circumvent their losses by appealing to their fans with digitally distributed releases that were more easily affordable.
* DorkAge: Similar to TheSeventies, this is not exactly America's most fondly remembered decade for many reasons as listed above.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: In the late 90s and early 2000s, the Hispanic population of America had been campaigning for better representation on television - and for more outside the usual stereotypes of criminals and gang members. Put it this way - ''Series/TheBrothersGarcia'' was the first English-speaking sitcom to have a majority Hispanic cast, and it premiered in 2000. Another sitcom ''{{Series/Taina}}'' followed suit, and eventually ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'' in 2007. ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' also appeared in this decade (originally the family was planned to be Irish, but got changed to Hispanic when Creator/SelenaGomez gave the best audition as Alex).
* DumbIsGood: It was something of a fad in the 2000s to act dumb. People usually point to Music/JessicaSimpson and her infamous "is this chicken or fish I'm eating?" line from her reality show, Paris Hilton cultivating an entire public image for herself as a DumbBlonde through ObfuscatingStupidity, ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' has an episode where he turns off his brain to become happier, and Cady in ''Film/MeanGirls'' pretends to be bad at math so Aaron will tutor her. Overall, works in the 2000s perpetuated the belief that smart people were unhappy. The majority of examples of AcademicAlphaBitch come from the 2000s. There was a backlash against this, most notably Music/{{Pink}}'s 2006 song "Stupid Girls".
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Some 90s influences and holdovers lingered in pop culture until 2004 or 2006, giving the early part of the decade a distinct feel from the later part. In the United States particularly, the period between the 2000 elections and 9/11 was notable for how completely unremarkable it was compared to the tumultuous rest of the decade. There's a reason why, culturally, this era was said to have started with 9/11.
* EndOfAnAge: 9/11 was essentially a quick and hard stomp on everything that everyone had previously known, [[DawnOfAnEra bringing on a new reality]] (and not necessarily for the better).
* EmoMusic: The music movement had been slowly building in popularity throughout the 90s thanks to bands like Music/{{Weezer}} and Music/GetUpKids, but in the 2000s it really broke through into the mainstream after it mixed in with goth and metal music thanks to bands like Music/{{AFI}}, Music/{{Thursday}}, Music/MyChemicalRomance, and Music/TakingBackSunday. It then sustained its popularity through the end of the decade thanks to Emo-Pop bands like Music/FallOutBoy, Music/PanicAtTheDisco, and Music/{{Paramore}}. It evolved into the alternative rock genre of choice for most teens of the era along with Indie Pop and {{Nu Metal}}.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Predicted. Multiple times. [[CaptainObvious It did not happen]]... ''yet''...
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: For a while, yes, they really did. A disproportionately high number of sex symbols in the early-to-mid 2000s were blonde women, with Creator/ParisHilton, Music/JessicaSimpson, Creator/JessicaAlba (a natural brunette) and Music/ChristinaAguilera being a few of the more famous ones.
* EverythingIsAnIPodInTheFuture: The iPod came out in the middle of this decade, and with it, a simple and smooth aesthetic for our handheld devices.
* ForeignCultureFetish: Japanese pop culture, fashions and cuisine were all the rage with young Americans, and the anime boom really began to take hold in this decade, with [[{{Animesque}} western animated shows even taking artistic cues from anime]].
* FountainOfMemes: Most children's media of this decade in TheNewTens (especially animated movies like WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}), mostly out of combined {{Irony}} and nostalgia.
* GagSeries: A few examples such as ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' (which started in the 90s), ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' had their heydays in this decade.
* GirlGroup: Following the influence of the Music/SpiceGirls in the 90s, the Girl Group had their heyday in the early 2000s. Especially in Britain. Notably a few such as Music/AtomicKitten, {{Music/Sugababes}}, and Music/MisTeeq were formed in the 90s but had their success in the 2000s. Music/GirlsAloud and the Music/PussycatDolls were also formed during this decade. Music/TheSaturdays came along a little later (2007) after the craze had died down.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Homosexuality lost [[HideYourGays just enough taboo]] for pop culture to start shamelessly, abundantly mining this for {{fanservice}}. Especially on reality shows (as the first episode of reality TV parody ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' demonstrated). This is when the SweepsWeekLesbianKiss really took off.
* GirlinessUpgrade: After the previous decade was dressed in muted grunge, dark gangsta rap/hip-hop, hard punk, neon, snarky comedies, and androgynous/unisex looks, this decade became saturated with pink, glitter, romantic comedies, pop stars, teen idols, socialites, bohemian-chic clothing, lip smackers, and so on.
* GuyOnGuyIsHot: {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s first came to widespread public attention in this decade, leading to an increase in male FauxYay, especially within the emo subculture, and deliberate HomoeroticSubtext in fictional works aimed at a young female demographic.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Hard partying socialites became a hot fixture in celebrity culture.
* HipHop: Became one of the most popular music genres after pop music during this decade. Offshoots such as {{Crunk}}, snap and [[SouthernRap Dirty Southern]] dominated the earlier to middle parts of the decade, though crunk and snap would eventually wear out their welcome by the time the 10s rolled around.
* HistoryRepeats: There were many similarities between this decade and TheRoaringTwenties (rampant hedonism and consumerism), TheFifties (new media and entertainment from the Internet taking on the mainstream), TheSeventies (politically, especially in the late 2000s with the worst economic recession, the gas crisis, and the fact that [[ArsonMurderandJaywalking the cartoons had a very steep decline in quality, especially compared to the 1990s cartoons]]), and, in the entertainment industry, TheEighties (with more music genres and technology than ever before).
* HotterAndSexier: The music videos and advertising of the era saw new extremes of FanService, mainly to [[TestosteroneBrigade a male audience]] but occasionally [[EstrogenBrigade women got to indulge in the fun too]].
* HummerDinger: Most of the giant [=SUVs=] sold during this decade.
* InstantHumiliationJustAddYouTube: Website/YouTube itself first launched in 2005, followed by most forms of modern social media and, [[HumansAreBastards almost immediately after]], the potential to abuse it.
* JukeboxMusical: Codified in this decade. Both the stage version of ''Film/MammaMia'' and Music/SClub7's TV show premiered in 1999 but the popularity took off in the 2000s. The latter was a definite influence on the likes of ''{{Series/Glee}}'', which premiered just at the end of the decade.
* KidCom: As the rivalry between kid-aimed cable networks Disney Channel and Nickelodeon heated up, both networks shifted their strategies to focus on "Tweencoms" and building franchises around [[Music/MileyCyrus the]] [[Creator/MirandaCosgrove stars]] [[Music/SelenaGomez of]] [[Music/JonasBrothers their]] [[Music/DemiLovato shows.]]
* LiveActionAdaptation: ''Film/ScoobyDoo'', ''Film/{{Garfield}}'', ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'', ''Film/JosieAndThePussycats'', ''Film/{{Transformers}}'', ''Film/FatAlbert'', ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' and ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'', among many more.
* LongTitle: Everywhere in music in the middle of the decade, regardless of genre (but especially prominent with emo songs).
* MemeticMutation: Internet memes existed well before the '00s, but became a huge part of the series of tubes in this decade.
* MiddleEasternTerrorists: Thanks to 9/11, these became a go-to antagonist for many an action flick in this decade.
* {{Moe}}: This is the decade where {{anime}} execs really started mining this trope for big payoffs. This caused a ''lot'' of contention in the fanbase over the entire decade.
* MoneySong: Many songs like that in this decade especially from rappers but occasionally singers would make a song like this.
* MovieSuperheroesWearBlack: Superhero movies darkened the wardrobes of the characters not just for gritiness, but also for aesthetic and practical reasons in response to the campiness of superhero flicks of [[TheNineties the previous decade]]. [[TheNewTens The succeeding decade]] went [[TakeAThirdOption more in the middle]], with some more muted colors to contrast.
* MoodWhiplash: After the relative peace and prosperity of the previous decade and the early days of this one, it all came to a screeching halt with 9/11 and the paranoia that followed afterward.
* MoralGuardians: Post-9/11, everything became more conservative. See the [[UsefulNotes/TheOughts Useful Notes]] page for more info.
* NetworkDecay: Started in TheNineties with Creator/{{MTV}}, now it's moved on to many different networks (with some working and others not so). And then there was Cartoon Network's CN Real situation....
* NewMediaAreEvil: The old media's reaction to the Internet.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Hooray, Saddam's evil empire is dea--wait; what's this about them being a huge supplier of oil, and our economy being based on oil?!
** And all those violent groups who were [[EvilVersusEvil kept in check by Saddam]] but are more able to bomb the streets now that he's gone?
* NoughtiesDramaSeries: Named so after this decade's drama series, with shows such as ''Series/{{Lost}}'', ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' and the reimagined ''[[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 Battlestar Galactica]]'' popularizing themes such as big {{ensemble cast}}s, ongoing {{myth arc}}s, character studies, and strange cryptic mysteries in the background.
* NuMetal: Similar to the aforementioned BoyBand craze, it carried over from the [[TheNineties late '90s]] with some of the biggest acts such as Music/LinkinPark and Music/{{Evanescence}} emerging from that decade. Much like the boy band craze, nu metal's place in the mainstream died around the early-middle part of the decade.
* PostGrunge: Most of the mainstream rock music of this decade falls into this category. In fact, it was one of the few genres that wasn't Rap, Hip-Hop, R&B, or a derivative thereof that saw major airplay on mainstream radio (not counting oldies or classic rock stations of course). Though by TheNewTens, this genre had definitely worn out its welcome.
* PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie: ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin - These movies owe their existence to the September 11 attacks.
* PrettyBoy: The dominant standard of male beauty in this decade, with the term "{{metrosexual}}" entering the lexicons. A reaction against this led to many Western men in the '10s growing out their beards.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Many subcultures in this decade focused on this look, as a continuation from {{goth}} and punk, and to go against the DarkSkinnedBlonde look that was popular in the mainstream at the time. This is the reverse but quite similar to the Ganguro fashion trend in Japan in the '90s, in which focused on tanned skin and bleached hair to rebel against the traditional Japanese beauty standard of white skin, black hair and [[YamatoNadeshiko modest beauty]]. Ganguro died out in this decade because in Japan, pale skin became even ''more'' desired with the influence of its pop singers and the rise of alternative fashion that focused on [[{{Moe}} cuteness and innocence.]]
* RealityTV: Not invented in this period, but it exploded in popularity thanks to shows like ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', ''Series/AmericanIdol'', and ''Series/BigBrother''.
* RhythmGame: Spearheaded by the [[DuelingGames rivalry]] of ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' and ''VideoGame/RockBand'', music games had a massive burst of popularity from around 2005 through 2009 before suddenly dying off due to market stagnation, and the 2008 Recession souring interest in games with expensive peripherals. Most rhythm games have now reverted to their status pre-''Guitar Hero'', being smaller, more niche games revolving around using regular controls rather than emulating it with peripherals.
* RedAndWhiteComedyPoster: Used a lot for adult and romantic comedies during this decade. It was overused so much that using it these days indicates the film will probably be a GuiltyPleasure at best.
* ShakingTheRump: This was quite common in many hip hop music videos at that time.
* ShallowParody: Setzer and Friedberg had their parody films in their heyday at this time, and even then the criticisms of their shallowness was around.
* SpikyHair: This kind of style really became popular among males, particularly those in the PopPunk subculture. In TheNewTens, these got replaced by flatter styles.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Just about every female pop star was expected to do at least one video in a bikini's worth of clothing or even less, and street fashion in real life sometimes imitated this.
* StuffyOldSongsAboutTheButtocks: This was very common in many hip hop songs at that time.
* {{Tsundere}}: The concept existed before this point, of course, but really seemed to take off in this decade, becoming a prominent character type even in Western media.
* {{Uncanceled}}: Increased during this decade, especially after ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' was brought back thanks to strong DVD sales and solid ratings from re-runs on Adult Swim.
* TheWarOnTerror: Started around September 11 2001, and had continued since.
* WhamEpisode: Three words: [[TheWarOnTerror September 11, 2001]].
* WhenThePlanetsAlign: May 5, 2000 was the date of a rather famous planetary alignment which included from Mercury all the way through Saturn; naturally, this figured into many UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories. ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' even worked this alignment into the plot.
* WhoForgotTheLights: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeast_blackout_of_2003 The Great Northeast Blackout of 2003]], the largest in North American history, left millions in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and the Ontario providence of Canada without electricity for days, which happened during the US war with Iraq, and caused many to believe that America was under attack.
* WideOpenSandbox: Was one of the main genres of UsefulNotes/TheSixthGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames thanks to the popularity of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' and its sequels.
* WolverinePublicity: Most of the biggest celebrities in the 2000s like Paris Hilton, who was probably the greatest example of being "famous for being famous".
* YoungerAndHipper: Fantasy films with child protagonists became the norm, following the leader of ''Film/HarryPotter''. Thus came ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', ''Film/TheGoldenCompass'', ''Film/TheSpiderwickChronicles'', ''Literature/CityOfEmber'', ''{{Literature/Stormbreaker}}'' and many more. A lot of these didn't take, and the inverse happened with adaptations of YoungAdult literature featuring teen protagonists (''Twilight'', ''The Hunger Games'', ''Divergent'' etc).
* {{Zeerust}}: All those science fiction movies taking place in 2000 look so old now.
!!Works that were made in this time period:

* AnimationOfThe2000s
* AnimeAndMangaOfThe2000s
* ComicBooksOfThe2000s
* FanficsOfThe2000s
* FilmsOfThe2000s
** FilmsOfThe2000sFranchises
** FilmsOf20002004
** FilmsOf20052009
* HangukManhwaAenimeisyeonOfThe2000s
* LiteratureOfThe2000s
* MusicOfThe2000s
* NewspaperComicsOfThe2000s
* PinballOfThe2000s
* ProfessionalWrestlingOfThe2000s
* RadioOfThe2000s
* SeriesOfThe2000s
* TabletopGamesOfThe2000s
* TheatreOfThe2000s
* ThemeParksOfThe2000s
* ToysOfThe2000s
* VideoGamesOfThe2000s
* WebAnimationOfThe2000s
* WebcomicsOfThe2000s
* WebOriginalsOfThe2000s
* WesternAnimationOfThe2000s

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


[[folder: Anime ]]
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventureTri'': Set in 2005, three years after ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02''.

[[folder: Film ]]
* ''Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours'': Takes place in 2003.
* ''Film/SevenDaysInHell'': Takes place in the time leading up to the 2001 Wimbeldon.
* ''Film/TheAdjustmentBureau'': Takes place in 2006.
* ''Film/AmericanSniper'': Most of the movie takes place in this decade during the [[UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror Third Iraq War]].
* ''Film/BicentennialMan'': The film's prologue takes place in [[{{Zeerust}} a futuristic]] 2005.
* ''Film/TheBigShort'': Takes place in the time leading up to the 2008 Great Recession.
* ''Film/TheBourneLegacy'': Takes place in 2005, shortly after the events of ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy''.
* ''Film/{{Boyhood}}'': Most of the film takes place from 2002-2009.
* ''Film/{{Concussion}}'': Takes place in 2002.
* ''Film/TheDisasterArtist'': The film takes place in the time leading up to the premiere of ''Film/TheRoom'' in 2003.
* ''Film/EasyA'': Flashbacks take place mostly around the middle of the decade.
* ''Film/TheImpossible'': Takes place during the 2004 Tsunami in Thailand.
* ''Film/JackRyanShadowRecruit'': Takes place during the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
* ''Film/LoneSurvivor'': Takes place in 2005.
* ''Film/{{Mama}}'': The film's prologue takes place during the 2008 Great Recession.
* ''Film/{{Moneyball}}'': Takes place from 2001-2002.
* ''Film/TheNightBefore'': Flashbacks take place from 2001-2006 plus some in 2008.
* ''Film/{{Oculus}}'': Half of the film takes place in 2002.
* ''Literature/OneDay'': The third act takes place from 2001-2004.
* ''Film/RememberMe'': Most of the film takes place 2001, leading up to the September 11 attacks.
* ''Film/{{Spotlight}}'': Takes place in 2001.
* ''Film/{{Sully}}'': Dramatizes the US Airways Flight 1549 emergency in 2009 and its aftermath.
* ''Film/Truth2015'': Takes place during the 2004 U.S. elections.
* ''Film/TheWall'': Takes place in 2007.
* ''Film/WarDogs'': The film kicks off in 2005.
* ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty'': Largely all about the UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror, specifically the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Because of this, the film largely takes place during this decade.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''Literature/TheRedAndTheRest'' constantly calls attention to the technology and culture of the pre-9/11 noughties while hinting at the awful event to come.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/{{Arrowverse}}'': Majority of its characters' backstories and the most important flashbacks happened in this decade.
** From ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': [[TheHero Oliver]] was shipwrecked in 2007 and was forced to survive for the next five years doing things unimaginable after being marooned on an island, meeting people different people in the process who mostly will factor to his superhero career later on. Meanwhile, [[TheLancer Diggle]] and his wife were veterans during UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror, with the former serving the U.S. Army until 2008.
** From ''Series/TheFlash2014'': [[TheHero Barry]]'s mother was killed at the very beginning of the decade and his father was framed by the killer. Barry traveled back to this fateful night a few times using his TimeTravel capabilities. Speaking of the killer, he immediately searched for the man responsible for Barry gaining his SuperSpeed as he needs Barry's speed to return to the future so he [[KillAndReplace killed and replaced]] the man to accelerate Barry's SuperheroOrigin. Nine years later, the killer now impersonating the BigGood frees a certain KillerGorilla named Grodd in case he needs a contingency for his EvilPlan.
** From ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'': [[ActionGirl Sara]] was with Oliver during the shipwreck. Instead of being marooned like he was, she was recovered by a group of mercenaries before crossing paths with Oliver for a brief period of time the following year. After that, she was rescued and recruited by a world-renowned MurderInc. She also [[TimeTravel traveled back]] to that year months before her shipwreck as the VillainOfTheWeek wants to RetGone her.
** From ''Series/Supergirl2015'': [[TheHero Kara]] landed on Earth around late 2003 to early 2004. In 2005, her adoptive father was forced by a certain government official to participate in a manhunt mission for a certain alien refugee. Both men disappeared for months, until the alien refugee returns impersonating said government official to take over his life.
* The first season of ''Series/Daredevil2015'' flashes back to 2009 during TheHero and his best friend's first meeting in college.
* The [[Series/FargoSeasonOne first season]] of ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' is set in 2006, as well as 2007 after [[spoiler: the TimeSkip]].
* ''Series/TheFlash1990'' travels to a BadFuture set in the very beginning of the decade. Cue {{Zeerust}}.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is a weird case since the story is being told by TheHero from 2030. The first four and a half seasons are set from September 2005 to December 2009, though occasional flashbacks to the earlier parts of the decade happens on occasion (usually involving their first meeting with their TokenEvilTeammate), along with both TheNineties (TheHero and his and his TrueCompanions' high school and college years plus one of them's TeenIdol days) and TheEighties (their childhood).

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* The prologue to ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' takes place in 2004, complete with a pre-smartphone mobile phone.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'': ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' takes place in 2005, while ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' is set on both 2007 (prologue starring Solid Snake) and 2009 (main StoryArc starring Raiden).

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/ButterflySoup'' is set in 2008--specifically, the fall of 2008; the characters encounter [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Proposition_8_(2008) Prop 8]] rallies on their way to school, and later on in the game, Diya and Akarsha talk about UsefulNotes/BarackObama having been elected president the day before. Akarsha in particular is a [[FountainOfMemes fountain of mid-/late-2000s memes]].