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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 Years' 2000 came in with a bang, attitudes from TheNineties pretty much 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 kicked off somewhere between 2000 to 2002 with the continued rise of the internet, online music downloads, and reality shows. It ended somewhere around 2010 with the rising prominence of the smartphone and social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook becoming very popular, and 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 was around 2008-2012.

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 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=]. 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 [=SUV=]s of this decade were certainly heavy cars.

DarkerAndEdgier became the norm in music aimed at teens, as muic and culture took a turn for the gothic and macarbe 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 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 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 [[LadyGaga electronic]] [[KatyPerry pop]] and as a culture with the "scene" trend - basically emo with lots of '80s-inspired big hair, makeup, neon, and 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 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 {{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 against 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 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 two-thousands" or "The double-o's".

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:

* 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, ''{{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 - 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 it's 6.8 L V-10 engine, make for the ultimate gas guzzling [=SUV=], 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 still exists to some extent.
* Anticlimax: When people in the twentieth century imagined what the 2000's would be like, it would either involve futuristic technology, the apocalypse [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs or both]]. Come the TurnOfTheMillennium and we get... nothing much really.
* AutoTune: Existed before this decade with songs like ''Music/{{Cher}}'''s ''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.
* BoyBand: Boy bands like Music/{{NSYNC}} and the ''Music/BackstreetBoys'' remained a [[TheNineties 90's]] holdover, but generally faded away by 2002 or so.
* ButNotTooWhite: Despite increased awareness of skin cancer, tan 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: GeorgeWBush, Music/MichaelJackson before he died, and Music/BritneySpears.
* BlueOrangeContrast: began to spread like wildfire across the movie world with the advent of post-production digital coloring.
* CashCowFranchise: Every TV series or movie or video game that was successful during that decade.
* 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.
* 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
%%** MovieSuperheroesWearBlack
%%* DeconstructedTrope
* ColorWash: A grey 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 ''HarryPotter'' to imply a DarkerAndEdgier tone.
* DarkerAndEdgier: 2001, where the September 11th attacks occurred, and 2005, with incidents such as Hurricane Katrina.
* 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.
* DigitalDistribution: The "legitimisation" of downloadable music thanks to iTunes, the success of Valve's UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} platform for PC games and client/server shops on all the major consoles and the advent of On-Demand TV and film services have made this a reality.
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: [[DigitalPiracyIsOkay Or is it]]? But as with the aformentiond Digital Distribution this is when it became mainstream and super-easy.
* DigitalPiracyIsOkay: An unfortunately common opinion among people who didn't make their living in the arts.
* DorkAge: This is not exactly America's most fondly remembered decade for many reasons listed above.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the United States, the period between the November, 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.
* EmoMusic: The music movement had slowely building in popularity throughout the 90's thanks to bands like Weezer and Get Up Kids, but in the 2000's it really broke through into the mainstream after it cross pollinated 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}}
* 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, Creator/JessicaSimpson, Creator/JessicaAlba and Music/ChristinaAguilera being a few of the more famous ones.
* FountainOfMemes: Most children's media of this decade in TheNewTens (especially animated movies like Shrek), mostly out of combined Main/Irony and nostalgia.
%%* GagSeries
* GirlinessUpgrade: A decade saturated with pink, glitter, romantic comedies, pop stars, teen idols, socialites, boho clothing, lip smackers, and so on.
* 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.
* 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.
* HipHop: Became one of the most popular music genre after pop music during that decade
* HistoryRepeats: There were many similarities towards the 70's (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, the 80's (With more music genres and technology then ever before)
* HotterAndSexier: The music videos and advertising of the era saw new extremes of FanService, mainly to a male audience but occasionally to women.
* HummerDinger: Most of the giant [=SUVs=] sold during this decade.
* InstantHumiliationJustAddYouTube: YouTube itself first launched in 2005, followed by most forms of modern social media and, [[HumansAreBastards almost immediately after]], the potential to abuse it.
* KidCom: As the rivalry between kid cablers 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.
* MemeticMutation: Internet memes existed well before the '00s, but became a huge part of the series of tubes 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.
%%* MoodWhiplash
* MoralGuardians: Post-9/11, everything became more conservative. See the [[UsefulNotes/TheOughts Useful Notes]] page for more info.
* NetworkDecay: Started in TheNineties with {{MTV}}, now it's moved on to just about every cable network.
* 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
* NuMetal: Similar to the aforementioned BoyBand craze, it carried over from the [[TheNineties '90s]] with some of the biggest acts such as Music/LinkinPark and Music/{{Evanescence}} emerging from that decade. Also similar to the boy band craze, nu metal's place in the mainstream died after 2003.
* 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 worn out its welcome.
%%* PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie
* PrettyBoy: The dominant standard of male beauty in this decade. A reaction against this led to many Western men in the '10s growing out their beards.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Many, many subcultures in this decade focused on this look, as a continuation from {{goth}} and punk, and to go against the tanned, blonde look which was popular in the mainstream at the time. This is the reverse but quite similar to the Ganguro fashion in '90s Japan, in which focused on tanned skin and bleached hair to rebel against the traditional Japanese beauty standard of white skin, black hair and 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 focuses 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 2006 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
* 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''.
* ShakingTheRump: This was quite common in many hip hop music videos at that time.
%%* ShallowParody
* {{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
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Predicted. Multiple times. [[CaptainObvious It did not happen]]... ''yet''...
* TheEighties: The decade of choice for much of this decade's nostalgia.
* TheWarOnTerror: started around September 11, and had continued since.
* {{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.
* 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: The Great Northeast Blackout of 2003, the largest in North American history, left millions in the United States and 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 TheSixthGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames thanks to the popularity of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' and its sequels.
* WolverinePublicity: Most of the biggest celebrities in the 2000s like Paris Hilton.
* {{Uncanceled}}: Increased during this decade, especially after ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' was brought back thanks to DVD sales.
* {{Zeerust}}: All those science fiction movies taking place in 2000 look so old now.
!!Works that were made in this time period:

* TurnOfTheMillennium/AnimatedShows
* TurnOfTheMillennium/AnimeAndManga
* TurnOfTheMillennium/AsianAnimation
* TurnOfTheMillennium/ComicBooks
* TurnOfTheMillennium/EasternEuropeanAnimation
* TurnOfTheMillennium/FanFic
* For Film, see: FilmsOfThe2000s
* TurnOfTheMillennium/HangukManhwaAenimeisyeon
* For Literature, see LiteratureOfThe2000s
* TurnOfTheMillennium/LiveActionTV
* TurnOfTheMillennium/{{Music}}
* TurnOfTheMillennium/NewMedia
* TurnOfTheMillennium/NewspaperComics
* TurnOfTheMillennium/{{Pinball}}
* TurnOfTheMillennium/ProfessionalWrestling
* TurnOfTheMillennium/{{Radio}}
* TurnOfTheMillennium/TabletopGames
* TurnOfTheMillennium/{{Theatre}}
* TurnOfTheMillennium/ThemeParks
* TurnOfTheMillennium/{{Toys}}
* TurnOfTheMillennium/VideoGames
* TurnOfTheMillennium/WebAnimation
* TurnOfTheMillennium/WebComics
* TurnOfTheMillennium/WebOriginal
* TurnOfTheMillennium/WesternAnimation

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

[[folder: Anime ]]

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


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/AmericanSniper'': Most of the movie takes place in this decade during the [[UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror Third Iraq War]].
* ''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.
* ''Film/TheBigShort'' takes place in the time leading up to the 2008 Great Recession.
* ''Film/TheNightBefore'' flashbacks take place from 2001-2006.
* ''Film/EasyA'' flashbacks take place mostly around the middle of the 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 ]]

* ''Franchise/{{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 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/{{Supergirl 2015}}'': [[TheHero Kara]] landed on Earth in 2003. Two years later, 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/{{Daredevil 2015}}'' flashes back to 2009 during TheHero and his best friend's first meeting in college.
* The first season of ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' is set in 2006.
* ''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 (usually involving their first meeting with their TokenEvilTeammate), and even to both TheNineties (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.
* ''Franchise/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).