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Anachronism Stew

"Spare me your space-age technobabble, Attila the Hun!"
Zapp Brannigan, Futurama

Stories often confuse two or more time periods. For example, Renaissance dress may appear with 12th-century crusaders in a story set in Charlemagne's empire. Imperial Roman troops might have guns. Cavemen might be fightings Dinosaurs to survive. This is not only a modern trope. Medieval artists, for example, routinely dressed Biblical figures in contemporary fashions, and the Greek myth of Theseus features similar confusion. Some critics think the very first writer to actually try to reconstruct past times as different from the current era was Sir Walter Scott.

This has a number of more-particular variations:


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Animal CompanionChivalric RomanceCrystal Dragon Jesus
Adventure-Friendly WorldSetting GimmicksBeautiful Void
Anachronic OrderOlder Than FeudalismAncestral Weapon
Alternate TimelineTime Travel TropesArchived Army
Alternate Landmark HistoryHollywood HistoryBlack Vikings
Alternative CalendarSettingsBig Fat Future
Against My ReligionImageSource/Newspaper ComicsAnnoying Patient

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