* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' loves this.
** The Internet culture... well, [[http://www.cracked.com/article/202_8-online-fads-you-didnt-know-were-invented-decades-ago/ 8 Online Fads You Didn't Know Were Invented Decades Ago]] summed things up better than we do.
** This is on top of all the articles about [[OlderThanTheyThink/{{Technology}} old technologies]] that ''Cracked'' has run.
** [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-forms-modern-depravity-way-older-than-your-grandpa/ 6 Forms of Modern Depravity (Way Older Than Your Grandpa)]] shows late medieval Scottish rap battles, Japanese Edo period celebrity culture associated with the Kardashians, the FurryFandom in ancient Rome, medieval Catholic acceptance of gay marriage, and late medieval treehuggers in India.
* The Nigerian Prince scam goes back at least as far as the 16th century. It was called the Spanish Prisoner scam back then and send out through regular mail, but everything else is exactly the same.
* In-universe (or possibly lampshaded) example. ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' did a review of ''Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'', he acted out all of it like he did in his review of the original ''Transformers'' LiveActionAdaptation. That first review was the basis for the later character of Chester A. Bum. At the end of the second review, Chester A. Bum leaned into frame and said, "Dude, did he just steal my act?"
** Possible actual example: during his ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' tribute, the Critic appears to attribute TheSmurfettePrinciple to WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick. TVTropes had an article on the topic ''long'' before she touched it, and we didn't invent it out of whole cloth either.
** The Critic didn't actually coin the phrase "You know, for kids!", which he says whenever something suggestive or disturbing happens in a kids' movie. It's a quote from ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy''.
* Possibly the example with the shortest amount of time, [[YuYuHakushoAbridged Lanipator]] had to put up a disclaimer that he did not steal the "Neighborhood Watch" joke from NarutoTheAbridgedSeries. In fact, he used it first, and Naruto Abridged used it as a homage to him. Which should be obvious, considering the neighborhood watch van is clearly from Yu Yu Hakusho (given its art and color style)
* Thuddingly literal example: almost any comedy video on Website/YouTube that references current pop culture will have comments added years later about how the reference is so dated or played out, in the delusion that all videos they haven't seen yet must be new. Direct parodies seem to suffer from this most heavily.
* Many people that hear the Microsoft Sam voice being used for anything instantly associate it with Master Chief of the Arby n' the Chief series.
* Long before the internet-famous [[{{Lolcats}} LongCat]], there was a similarly long Siamese cat in an episode of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' eating Killer Cars and normal buildings (would that make it a Tacgnol Esemais?).
* RuleThirtyFour was around before the internet. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tijuana_bibles By several decades, even.]]
* Some Website/YouTube commenters think that LetsPlay/DeceasedCrab was the first person to ever do a LetsPlay. While DC ''was'' one of the first to put video LP's on Website/YouTube, he wasn't the first LP-er by a long shot.
* Retro gaming video review show is nothing new when ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' debuted back in 2004. ''WebVideo/ClassicGameRoom'' has been doing so for 5 years! Yes, from 1999, back in the 20th century!
* YoutubePoop was preceded by some of the YTMND fads (for an example, You Forgot Poland) which featured random pictures, lots of SensoryAbuse and became more elaborate as the time went by.
** Interestingly, an UrExample of Youtube Poop can be found in ''DaffyDuck in Hollywood'', a [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1938]] short in which Daffy edits a film reel to produce [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWEpbYffbF8 this]].
* The Hamsterdance music was originally from Disney's ''Robin Hood'', laugh and all.
* The earliest confirmed use of the acronym "OMG" was in a 1917 letter by a British admiral, according to the Oxford dictionary.
* In ''WebVideo/EchoChamber'''s seventh episode, Dana comments that WalkAndTalk is "like ''Series/TheWestWing''", prompting Tom to reply that no, Kenneth Branagh did it first.
* While the trollface meme as we know it did indeed begin with the famous comic, the facial expression itself of the squinted eyes and the smile turned up at a corner is a trademark of ErnestPWorrell. It took off in the context of {{troll}}s from the movie ''ErnestScaredStupid'', in which Ernest makes the face while teasing an actual troll, but it isn't always used when he's trying to annoy someone, and it predates the comic.
* Shit Pickle and Super Ultra Mecha Death Christ 2000 first appeared in an animated short film by JamesRolfe called ''TheWizardOfOz 3: Dorothy Goes to Hell''. However, they're usually thought of as characters from ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'', where they made cameo appearances.
* If you say the word "trope" outside of TV Tropes, you may get attacked by TV Tropes' HateDumb or just assumed to be a troper.
** On the flip side, good trope names are often pre-existing terms, some of them ancient.
** RogerEbert made lists of tropes similar to TV Tropes, usually for snark purposes.
* The "at" symbol (@) has existed since at least the 1300s. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/@]]
* Sadly [[http://boards.4chan.org/b/res/411047287 this 4chan board]] or {{omegle}} did not create the line, "hi, welcome to stealth," that right goes to BadReligion with their song "Stealth" off of their album ''Recipe for Hate'' made in 1993.
* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP-173]] is a statue that moves when you aren't looking at it and tries to kill you. It's easy to assume that the Foundation found a [[DoctorWho Weeping Angel]]...but, as the FAQ points out, the entry was submitted a few months ''before'' that episode aired.
* Matt and Pat of ''TwoBestFriendsPlay'' turned the phrase "Do you know how many [object] I have to [verb]? More than you'd think, and less than you'd hope," (and its many, many variations) into a RunningGag. They first used it in their ''Soul Caliber V'' video, which they uploaded on February 26, 2012. In a July 2013 video of a ''Deadly Premonition'' playthrough, they noticed that one of the characters in the game says, "I know more than you'd think, but less than you'd hope." ''Deadly Premonition'' was released in 2010. Matt and Pat were flabbergasted to realize they'd been unwittingly copying ''DP'' that whole time.
* [[http://www.doomworld.com/ Doomworld]] is often claimed to be the oldest unofficial VideoGame/{{Doom}} news site. In fact, [[http://www.gamers.org/ DoomGate]] arrived in 1994, not long after the game itself, and is still running today, albeit no longer updated; Doomworld wasn't launched until 1998.
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