Remember back in the day, when there was that prevalent, cheaply made form of entertainment that was SoBadItsGood, or at least good but dated? Wouldn't you like to bring it back?

Well, if you're in Hollywood and you have a high enough profile, you can. And you can do it ''better'' with a brand-new franchise, better special effects, better actors, a better budget and (it is hoped) better writing. If the old form of entertainment has been [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]], then this work will probably feature a lot of {{Reconstruction}}.

If especially successful, this can result in a game of FollowTheLeader as everyone else begins mining the past (or, more frequently, ripping off the successful modern version) in the hope that lightning will strike twice. If these follow-ups are of poor quality, or if there's just too many of them (or both as is [[SturgeonsLaw often the case]]), then it can [[GenreKiller result in the genre being thrown right back in the trash]] until someone else decides it's worth reviving.

If done especially well, it can hide the fact that it ''is'' a throwback. It is only upon reviewing its similarity to past incarnations that the connection is made. Compare OlderThanTheyThink.

Note this should ''not'' cover instances of a specific ''franchise'' [[ContinuityReboot being brought back]], e.g., the later incarnations of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' or ''Series/DoctorWho'', or the ''Film/FlashGordon'' movie. This trope is much closer to a SpiritualSuccessor than an actual reboot.

Related: AffectionateParody. TwoFistedTales is a subtrope. And nothing to do with EvolutionaryLevels, we promise.

Compare {{Retraux}}, GenreDeconstruction.


* The hot dog based fast food chain, [[ Wienerschnitzel]], has been making a series of animated commercials that are this for animated ads of the 60's.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is this for pretty much the entire HumongousMecha genre -- {{super|RobotGenre}} and {{real|RobotGenre}} robot alike, but especially super. It's almost allegorical -- view the page for details. (Warning! Spoilers!)
* Creator/NaokiUrasawa:
** Most of the works of (''Manga/{{Monster}}'', ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'', et al...) hearken back to the suspense-thriller gekiga stories that first appeared in the '60s, particularily Creator/OsamuTezuka's attempts to get in on the act, such as ''{{MW}}'' & ''Adolf''.
** His ''Manga/YawaraAFashionableJudoGirl'' is largely a throwback to classic sports manga like ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' or ''KyojinNoHoshi''.
* ''CannonGodExaxxion'' (Early 70s SuperRobot anime, only with much more realistic politics between the humans & alien invaders.)
* ''[[OsamuTezukasMetropolis Metropolis]]'' (The works of OsamuTezuka and early anime in general. [[InNameOnly Not]] [[NamesTheSame related]] to Fritz Lang's [[Film/{{Metropolis}} movie]].)
* ''Anime/PrettyCure'' was this to the MagicalGirlWarrior genre after ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' took most of its tropes apart. With added PostModernism and DragonBall-styled fighting to have it stand out even then.

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* [[ Flying Frog Productions]] designs many of its games around throwbacks:
** ''Fortune And Glory:'' TwoFistedTales.
** ''Invasion from Outer Space'' and ''Conquest of Planet Earth:'' '50s and '60s AlienInvasion movies.
** ''A Touch of Evil:'' GothicHorror.

* ''Comicbook/{{Justice}}'' is ''SuperFriends'' with the {{Camp}} and TokenMinority EthnicScrappy characters removed.
* In that vein, Darwyn Cooke's ''ComicBook/DCTheNewFrontier'', set in the 40s, 50s and 60s amidst the climate of the Cold War, nuclear testing and the civil rights movement.
* Within GrantMorrisonsBatman, the post-''FinalCrisis''/''Batman [=RIP=]'' series ''Batman And Robin'' has quickly established itself as something of a throwback to the ''Batman'' TV series.
* Creator/AlanMoore ''loves'' these.
** ''[[NineteenSixtyThree 1963]]'', which is a sendup of early Marvel comics, especially those of StanLee (Moore was able to replicate Lee's PurpleProse and self-promotion abilities perfectly).
** ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' does this for several genres and periods, albeit with a darker edge.
** The first six issues of ''ComicBook/TomStrong'' each featured a flashback done as a pastiche of an earlier age of comics.
** In ''{{Supreme}}'' Moore not only recreates the Silver Age Superman atmosphere, but also brings back all the different decades and styles including 80s grim n gritty, Captain Marvel Family and EC comics stories just to name a few.
* In ''{{Planetary}}'', WarrenEllis throws in pastiches of comic book genres that were popular in the 1950s (sci-fi, pulp adventure, western, horror, etc.) before being almost completely eclipsed by the superhero genre in TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks.
* Matt Fraction's ''ComicBook/{{Casanova}}'' is this for the psychedelic spy comics of the sixties.
* Marvel had a whole small line dedicated to reinterpreting its properties including [[Comicbook/SpiderManNoir Spider-Man]] in CrimeNoir and [[TwoFistedTales Pulp]] settings.
* ''SinCity'' is a rare example of a cross-medium throwback. The series takes its cues from CrimeNoir books and films, as well as {{Exploitation Film}}s, despite being a comic book series. It was eventually made into a [[TheMovie movie]] where the homages were perhaps more apparent.
* ''ComicBook/MorningGlories:'' GenreSavvy teen-centered {{Horror}} from TheNineties.
* The 2013 ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' series was done in the style of 60's/70's Jack Kirby Silver Age comics, with plot points heavily connected to the Vietnam War, outlandish villains, and crazy technology.

* The works of GeorgeLucas (the former TropeNamer) include several well-known examples:
** The original three ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' adventures (''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom Temple of Doom]]'' and ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade The Last Crusade]]'') were based on 1930s pulp adventures, with ThoseWackyNazis or an [[ReligionOfEvil evil cult]] as the villains, and supernatural, often [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] forces. ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'', meanwhile, was rooted in '50s pulp sci-fi, with the atomic bomb and the UsefulNotes/ColdWar featuring prominently, [[DirtyCommunists the Soviets]] replacing the Nazis, and a plot based around aliens from AnotherDimension.
** ''Franchise/StarWars'': 1930s sci-fi serials among other sources, ''[[Film/FlashGordonSerial Flash Gordon]]'' in particular. (It originated as an attempt to actually revive ''Flash Gordon'', except that Lucas could not buy the rights.)
** ''Film/RedTails'': '40s and '50s war movies. It wasn't directed by Lucas, but he did produce and finance it, and it had been one of his dream projects for years.
** ''Radioland Murders'': 1930s {{screwball comed|y}}ies. Again, Lucas produced but didn't direct.
* Creator/QuentinTarantino is also heavily associated with this trope:
** ''Film/JackieBrown'': '70s {{blaxploitation}}.
** ''Film/KillBill'' is half NewOldWest and half '70s {{martial arts movie}}s.
** ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'', a co-production with Creator/RobertRodriguez, is a double-feature tribute to not only '70s exploitation flicks, but to the general experience of seeing them in a sleazy theater on the [[WrongSideOfTheTracks wrong side of town]], complete with trashy previews between flicks.
** ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' is an exploitation WorldWarII movie InTheStyleOf films like ''WhereEaglesDare''.
** ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' combines two old exploitation styles: blaxploitation and the SpaghettiWestern. Its plot is very loosely based on ''Film/{{Django}}'', a classic of the latter genre, and it even features a cameo by that film's star, Franco Nero.
* The films of Creator/EdWood, believe it or not. Many people think of his films as the definitive examples of cheap 1950s B-movies; in reality, his films were intended to be the ''anti-thesis'' of those types of films, and were created as throwbacks to science fiction and horror movies from the 1930s. This is even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/EdWood'', in a scene where Wood and Creator/BelaLugosi bemoan the fact that horror movies in the 1950s had basically degenerated into "giant insect" films.
* ''Film/{{Machete}}'': '70s {{blaxploitation}}, but with Mexicans (''Mex''ploitation?).
* ''Film/HoboWithAShotgun'': Low-budget '80s action movies, of the kind made by Cannon Films and Creator/{{Troma}}
* ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'': 1930s adventure serials.
* ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow'': 1930s sci-fi serials.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': Swashbuckling pirate films. The genre had previously been killed by ''Film/CutthroatIsland'', by virtue of it being ''the'' biggest BoxOfficeBomb in history.
* ''Film/TheMuppets'': Creator/JimHenson movies of the [[TheSeventies 1970s]] and [[TheEighties 1980s]], which themselves were genre throwbacks:
** ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'': the RoadMovie.
** ''TheGreatMuppetCaper'': TheCaper.
** ''Film/TheMuppetsTakeManhattan'': the Backstage Musical.
* ''Film/TheFifthElement'': [[FrancoBelgianComics French comics]] of the late 1970s/early 1980s.
* ''Film/DownWithLove'': [[RomanticComedy Romantic Comedies]] of the late 1950s/early 1960s.
* ''Max Neptune and the Menacing Squid'': 1930s sci-fi serials.
* ''Film/TheMist'': 1950s/1960s sci-fi horror.
* ''Film/{{Tremors}}'': again, 1950s/1960s sci-fi horror, only with a more comedic bent.
* ''Film/{{Alien}}'' is ''It! The Terror from Beyond Space'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Film/NightOfTheBloodBeast'', only it doesn't suck.
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' is a reimagining of 1940s ghost/haunted house comedies such as ''The Ghost Breakers'' and ''Spook Busters'', except it featured actual ghosts and [[LovecraftLite Lovecraftian]] overtones.
** Similarly, ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' was a ''Ghost Breakers'' homage, only with (slightly) better special effects and the fact that the ''ghosts'' [[PerspectiveFlip were the protagonists]].
* ''Film/{{Doomsday}}'': 1980s dystopian sci-fi.
* ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' and the ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' remake, along with the AffectionateParody ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'', went a long way towards reviving 1970s ZombieApocalypse movies.
* [[WordOfGod George Romero himself has said]] the original ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead'' film was inspired by the [[ECComics EC horror comics]] he enjoyed when he was younger.
* Romero collaborated with Creator/StephenKing on the movie ''Film/{{Creepshow}}'', which is also a direct throwback to EC horror comics.
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' took most of its inspiration from the classic [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney animated musicals]] of TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation. It was so successful, it wound up [[GenreTurningPoint resurrecting the entire genre]] and kicking off what came to be known as [[TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation the Disney Renaissance]].
** ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' did the exact same thing, including being animated in 2D instead of 3D. While Disney's return to 2D didn't stick, the film was enough of a success for the company to style more of its [[Disney/{{Tangled}} 3D]] [[Disney/{{Frozen}} films]] in the mold and spirit of its Renaissance fairy tale musicals.
** ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' was designed in a manner that mimicked Disney's original Pooh featurettes from the 1960s and 1970s, right down to copying the ([[ForgottenTrope no longer used]]) Xerox "sketchy" animation style.
* ''Film/TheRocketeer'': 1930s adventure serials.
* ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'': SwordAndSandal epics.
* ''Film/TheHost'': All those cheesy [[{{Kaiju}} Asian monster movies]] that followed ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}''.
* ''Film/IndependenceDay'': '50s AlienInvasion movies.
* ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom'': '60s kung fu films.
* ''Film/{{Scream|1996}}'': '70s and '80s {{Slasher Movie}}s, with [[IndecisiveDeconstruction a bit of]] DeconstructiveParody thrown in.
* ''Film/{{Moon}}'': 1970s sci-fi B-Movies with an undertone of intellectual thought experiment.
* ''Film/{{Slither}}'': 1980s creature features, particularly ''Film/NightOfTheCreeps'', with {{Shout Out}}s aplenty.
* ''Film/TheExpendables'': RatedMForManly action movies from the '80s and early '90s, starring many of the action heroes who made their careers on such films.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' all but announces its 1930s-adventure-serial-ness in the opening sequence.
* ''[[TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossTheEighthDimension Buckaroo Banzai]]'' is a ParodySue version of ''DocSavage''.
* ''Film/NinjaAssassin'': Cheesy {{ninja}} movies of the '80s.
* ''Film/{{Hatchet}}'': '80s {{slasher movie}}s.
* ''Film/TheHouseOfTheDevil'': '70s and early '80s [[ReligiousHorror Satanic horror]].
* ''Film/AllTheBoysLoveMandyLane'': '80s slashers, much like ''Hatchet'' (which came out the same year), albeit in [[SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror a less comedic manner]].
* ''Film/{{Super 8}}'': late '70s and early '80s Amblin films
* ''Film/HouseOf1000Corpses'' and its sequel, ''Film/TheDevilsRejects'': '70s [[HillbillyHorrors redneck-sploitation]] horror movies, like ''Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974'' and ''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes''.
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'': '90s {{Cyberspace}} or {{Cyberpunk}} movies, or the PlatonicCave idea in general.
* ''Film/{{Drive}}'': '80s crime films
* ''Film/{{Australia}}'': UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood sweeping romantic epics.
** It is also a throwback the '80 Outback westerns, such as ''TheManFromSnowyRiver''.
* ''Film/AttackTheBlock'': '80s monster movies and horror-comedies (with the required sides of social commentary), like ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' ''{{Tremors}}'' and ''Film/TheGoonies''
* [[Film/TheWomanInBlack The 2012 film adaptation]] of ''Literature/TheWomanInBlack'': '60s British GothicHorror. Seeing as how it's being made by the new incarnation of [[HammerHorror Hammer Film Productions]], which specialized in such films back in the day, [[FridgeBrilliance this makes perfect sense]].
* ''Film/DarkShadows'': '70s Gothic horror (including [[Series/DarkShadows the show it's based on]]) and '80s-'90s adult-aimed horror comedy.
* ''Film/{{Lockout}}'': 80s-early 90s sci-fi action flicks such as ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'', ''Film/TheRunningMan'' and ''Film/TotalRecall1990''.
* ''Welcome to the Jungle'', to the "cannibal boom" sparked by ''Film/CannibalHolocaust''.
** EliRoth’s upcoming horror film ''The Great Inferno'' will be even scarier and much more faithful to the CannibalFilm genre. Plus, it will pay homage to ''Film/TheNewWorld'', ''Film/TheMission'', and Film/AguirreTheWrathOfGod''.
* For [[{{Mondo}} shockumentaries]] such as ''Film/FacesOfDeath'', there's ''Murder Collection V.1''.
* ''Hit and Run'': '70s-'80s car chase action-comedies like ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit''.
* ''Film/ThePossession'': '70s and early '80s religious and adult-driven horror.
* ''Film/{{Silverado}}'' : Among the first attempt to revive the Western genre.
* ''Film/{{Dredd}}'': Minus it being a comic property, the action scenes seem to resemble the [[{{Gorn}} gory]] '80s action movies.
* ''Film/PsychoBeachParty'': '50s psychodramas, '60s beach movies, and '70s slasher movies.
* ''Film/TheManWithTheIronFists'': '70s {{martial arts movie}}s.
* ''Film/JackReacher'': '60s-'70s crime movies, such as ''Film/{{Bullitt}}''.
* ''Film/LarryCrowne'': basically a modern-day interpretation of the works of Creator/FrankCapra.
* ''Film/BeyondTheBlackRainbow'': MindScrew ScienceFiction movies of the '80s, like ''Film/AlteredStates.''
* Billy Ray's movies (''Film/ShatteredGlass'', ''Film/{{Breach}}''): 70s political thrillers, particularly ''Film/AllThePresidentsMen.''
* [[WordOfGod Joseph Kosinski's word]] is that ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'' is meant to evoke sci fi movies of TheSeventies. What we see wouldn't be (that much) out of place in a HeavyMetal or Moebius comic.
* ''Film/SupermanReturns'': Compared to the upcoming ''Film/ManOfSteel''. Would seem like a throwback to '70s/'80s Creator/RichardDonner ''Film/{{Superman}}'' films (and, according to WordOfGod, is a direct sequel to the first two).
* ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'' is a strange example, given its complicated production history. When it was a Creator/StanleyKubrick project, he envisioned the film as a throwback to classic Creator/StevenSpielberg[=/=]Amblin movies of the '80s. However, after it got stuck in DevelopmentHell, Spielberg himself took up the task of making the film, and he imagined it as a throwback to classic ''Kubrick'' films as a tribute to the late director (he died in 1999). The end result was a muddle of the two directors' visions and a LoveItOrHateIt finished product.
* From the Film/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'': '40s adventure films.
** ''Film/IronMan3'': Late 80's-Early 90's action films, directed by the guy who wrote ''Film/LethalWeapon''.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'': '70s paranoia-filled political thrillers. This is also the reason ''The Winter Soldier'' features Creator/RobertRedford, who starred in many of the most notable examples of such films.
** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': Late '70s and '80s SpaceOpera B-Movies, like ''Film/DarkStar'', ''Film/SpaceHunterAdventuresInTheForbiddenZone'', ''Film/BattleBeyondTheStars'', and ''Film/TheIcePirates''.
* ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' is a throwback to ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', ''Film/{{Alien}}'', ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'', ''Film/JurassicPark'' and many other sci-fi, horror and adventure films from TheSeventies, TheEighties, and TheNineties that used MonsterDelay, NothingIsScarier, and ObscuredSpecialEffects to build suspense and grandeur around their FX-heavy monsters. Creator/GarethEdwards says that this was done as a sort of rebuttal against later FX-heavy blockbusters of the TurnOfTheMillennium and TheNewTens that instead try to show off as many CGI-laden shots as possible without bothering to savor individual scenes.
* While ''Film/ThePurge'' was pretty much a straight [[ProtectThisHouse home invasion]] horror movie outside of its gimmick, its sequel, ''Film/ThePurgeAnarchy'', owes a lot more to the dystopian, satirical action films of TheEighties, such as ''Film/TheRunningMan'' and ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork''.
* ''Film/TheConjuring'', in addition to being a '70s PeriodPiece, also hearkens back to the ReligiousHorror and haunted-house movies of that era.
* ''Film/CrimsonPeak'': HammerHorror. The main character is even named [[Creator/PeterCushing Cushing]].
* ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'': The old TuxedoAndMartini spy flicks.

* ''Literature/SpaceVulture'' (cheesy 1950s Sci-Fi)
* ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'' - 'pre-[[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Zahn Star Wars books]]', specifically the distinct Han Solo singles, only this time with other Original Trilogy characters. Possibly also 1970s {{Marvel|Universe}}-made ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|Expanded Universe}}'' comics.
* KarlSchroeder's novels tend to mix this with [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness hard science fiction]].
** For example, both ''Ventus'' and ''Sun Of Suns'' are throwbacks to {{planetary romance}}s.
* Creator/MichaelMoorcock's ''Kane of Old Mars'' series is a throwback to the PlanetaryRomance pulps, specifically Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs' ''JohnCarterOfMars'' novels.
* Lin Carter's ''Zarkon, Lord of the Unknown'' series is an attempt to recreate ''DocSavage''-style pulp adventures.
* The novel ''Literature/GrandCentralArena'' by Creator/RykESpoor is a deliberate throwback to the Creator/EEDocSmith-style space operas, including referencing some of Smith's novels directly, and a setting that allows for classic ''Franchise/StarWars''-style dogfighting.
* ThomasPynchon's ''Against the Day'' and ''Inherent Vice''. The former mixes popular genres from around the turn of the 20th century, such as Westerns, spy novels, and early science fiction; the latter is based on early pulp Detective Fiction featuring the hard-boiled detective.
* All of John Irving's novels are throwbacks to 19th century literature, particularly Creator/CharlesDickens.
* Nathan Long's ''Jane Carver of Waar'' to PlanetaryRomance, especially JohnCarterOfMars.
* Michael J. Sullivan's ''Literature/TheRiyriaRevelations'' is a throwback to [[StandardFantasySetting classic fantasy]].
* Although less clear today Creator/HPLovecraft's works where throw backs to earlier stories written almost a century before his (complete with English spelling) like his big influence; Creator/EdgarAllanPoe.
* ''Literature/BattlefieldEarth'' was written to recapture the spirit of the GoldenAge of ScienceFiction.
* ''Literature/SheepsClothing'' deliberately hearkens back to the darker, Creator/BramStoker style vampires as a deliberate rejection of the romantic ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''-style vampires.
* John Fultz's ''Seven Princes'' (the first in the ''Books of the Shaper'' series) is written in the style of [[PurpleProse pulp-era]] HeroicFantasy.
* Literature/BrownsPineRidgeStories: This anthology is written to invoke works of the 1950s and 1960s prior to the UsefulNotes/TheRuralPurge. For bonus points, an episode of {{Bonanza}} is discussed in the fourth story.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''HumanTarget'' (Action shows from the '80s and '90s.)
** ''Series/BurnNotice'' (80s action shows about gadget-building heroes)
* ''[[LouisCK LuckyLouie]]'' ('80s domestic sitcoms.)
* ''Series/TheGoodGuys'' ({{Buddy cop show}}s from the '70s and '80s.)
* ''TalesOfTheGoldMonkey'' ('30s and '40s aviation adventure films, like ''Only Angels Have Wings'', along with a healthy dose of TwoFistedTales.)
* ''Series/{{Miranda}}'' (70s-style studio audience sitcoms)
* Many of the more self-aware [[Creator/SciFiChannel Syfy]] [[SyfyChannelOriginalMovie original movies]], when they're not being ''unintentionally'' bad, like to [[StylisticSuck hearken back]] to the [[SoBadItsGood cheesy]] sci-fi [[BMovie B-movies]] of the '50s. ''Film/{{Sharknado}}'' is only one of the more famous examples.

* The genre of Synthwave Electro (which includes such labels as Rosso Corsa Records and electro acts such as Kavinsky and Power Glove) is a genre throwback to synth-heavy '80s film soundtracks. The soundtracks to films such as ''Film/{{Drive}}'' and games such as ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami'' and ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon'' (which are themselves throwbacks to '80s action films) provide very good examples.
* She & Him (ZooeyDeschanel's [[FaceOfTheBand band]]) -- [[TheSixties '60s]] and [[TheSeventies '70s]] pop music.
* Mark Ronson is also doing his damnedest to revive Motown-era singles.
* Composer Erich Korngold was critically panned in Europe because his music was a throwback to the lush romantic era of classical music, while his contemporaries like Stravinksy were composing aggressive, challenging pieces like "TheRiteOfSpring". However, he found his place in Hollywood and with his film music, defined the lush sound of the movie soundtrack.
** In the same vein, JohnWilliams reintroduced the sweeping orchestral soundtrack to films with his ''Franchise/StarWars'' scores in the '70s.
* The 12-member big band-style group (they call themselves a "little orchestra" instead) PinkMartini, who play jazz, lounge music and old-fashioned pop.
* Kat Edmonson, whose music is very reminiscent of old-fashioned, Dusty Springfield-style country ballads.
* Also, singers such as Duffy and the late AmyWinehouse, who have thrived on their "old-fashioned" sound.
* Creator/JohnBarrowman's albums recall the days of Andy Williams and Dean Martin, with showtunes.
* Wolfmother for '70s stoner rock and HeavyMetal.
* Brian Setzer did one for rockabilly with TheStrayCats, and later one for swing music with the Brian Setzer Orchestra.
* CeeLoGreen's famous hit song [[ClusterFBomb "Fuck You!"]] is one towards '60s era Motown Soul music. (A throwback, not a [[TakeThat fuck-you]].)
* Sweden’s Änglagård play a pastiche of early 70s prog rock that is surprisingly convincing, thanks in part to an almost slavish use of vintage 1970s musical instruments.
* TheBlackKeys sound more at home in the late '70s than the early 21st century.
* Likewise, Music/TheDarkness is an '80s-style glam metal band that broke into the mainstream around 2003.
* Music/TheRecklessLove does much the same, its first album coming out a little later in 2010. The third album, Spirit, is as obvious a tribute to 80s glam as it gets.
* Music/BigStar: BritishInvasion-styled guitar pop at the height of ProgressiveRock.
* The whole 90s Swing Revival was an attempt to bring jump blues and BigBand swing of the 30s and 40s back to the mainstream by infusing them with modern pop elements. The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies were the big names in that scene, with the latter's "Zoot Suit Riot" being the biggest commercial hit. The movement fizzled out sometime in the new millennium, but several of the bands are still making music.
* The Neo-Soul genre was a throwback to smooth '70s soul.
* Speaking of Neo-Soul, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are a throwback to 60s/70s soul and funk.
* Music/{{Birdeatsbaby}}'s music video "Feast of Hammers" throws back to HammerHorror movies.
* Music/ArianaGrande's music (especially on her album ''Yours Truly'') is a throwback to '90s RAndB, of the likes of Music/MariahCarey.
* The HeavyMetal genres PowerMetal and MelodicDeathMetal are both throwbacks to the NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal of the [[TheSeventies late '70s]] and [[TheEighties early '80s]].
* Music/{{Eminem}}'s single "Berserk" is a throwback to old '90s rap -- primarily the Music/BeastieBoys, even using a rock-based sample, as the boys were wont to do (though the influences range from Music/PublicEnemy to Music/{{NWA}}).
* Music/BrunoMars' "Treasure" is a throwback to 70s funk and soul, especially Music/KoolAndTheGang, while "Locked Out Of Heaven", at least in its verses, recalls the late-[[TheSeventies 1970s]] sound of Music/ThePolice.
* The [[ "Confiteor"]] in J.S. Bach's ''Mass in B Minor'' was written to evoke Gregorian Chant, which was already ancient by Bach's time, and late into the movement a Gregorian Chant-style cantus firmus appears, accentuated above the rest of the voices.
* Music/DeadSara is a throwback to {{Grunge}} and 90s female-fronted AlternativeRock depending on the song.
* Music/BlackVeilBrides is a new millennium HairMetal band.
* The music video for "Sabotage" by the Music/BeastieBoys is a throwback homage to 70's television show intros, including spinning scenery shots, people jumping over the hood of cars and cheesy moustaches.
* Music/{{Issues}} is a throwback to 90s RAndB ''and'' NuMetal, while mixed with modern {{Metalcore}}.

* [=WhizBang=] Pinball's ''[[Pinball/WhoaNellieBigJuicyMelons Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons]]'' was made by cannibalizing parts from a 1957 electro-mechanical pinball, then using the components in an all-new playfield design with original art and modern imaging techniques. The result is a boutique pinball table that plays like it stepped out of TheFifties but with a modern look.
* Creator/DataEast's ''[[Pinball/TimeMachineDataEast Time Machine]]'' invokes this when the player reaches TheFifties -- the dot-matrix display shows the scoring reels of an electro-mechanical pinball while the game plays analog sounds from a chimebox.

* The current home park of Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, was built in 1992 as a throwback to stadiums built early in the 20th century, as opposed to more modernized stadiums of recent decades. The park was an instant hit, and sparked a trend in retro baseball stadiums for the next two decades.
* Baseball jerseys as of [[TheNewTens the 10s]] feature buttons and simple color patterns. These originated in [[TheEighties the 80s]] as throwbacks to earlier decades, and a deliberate contrast to baseball jerseys of that time.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''SeriousSam'' and ''{{Painkiller}}'' -- Early-to-mid 1990s [[FirstPersonShooter first-person shooters]].
* ''WolfensteinTheNewOrder'' also brings back elements of classic FPS games (such as a HyperspaceArsenal, health packs, and large maps), though it does still have some hints of modern FPS (health regenerates to at least 25%, and it has a cinematic flair about it).
* ''LostOdyssey'' -- Turn-based [=RPG=]s of the late 80s/early 90s. (helps that the main driving forces behind the game worked on the original ''VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy|I}}'' games)
* ''GodHand'' -- Arcade beat-em-ups.
* For a while, any time a new AdventureGame came out and got any press, people treated it like the sole hope for the resurgence of the genre (while ignoring excellent titles like ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'' and ''VideoGame/{{Syberia}}''). Right now, TelltaleGames is probably the most visible, putting out episodic adventures regularly.
** It helps that some of their titles are sequels to "classic" adventure games, such as ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' and ''SamAndMaxHitTheRoad''.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyThe4HeroesOfLight'' is an intentional throwback to mid-80s console [=RPG=]s, iffy gameplay mechanics and all. (Not so) coincidentally, it is made by the same developers of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII DS'' and ''VideoGame/{{Nostalgia}}''.
* From the same developer and publisher as ''The 4 Heroes of Light'' comes ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'' for the 3DS, a throwback to Final Fantasy games from the SNES and PS1 years. It uses the classic job system mechanic seen in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' and ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV V]]'', a visual style similar to that of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', towns rendered in a style resembling the pre-rendered graphics of the PS1 games, and a world map similar to the ones seen in all Final Fantasys prior to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''.
* ''VideoGame/LaMulana'' is a throwback to classic NintendoHard metroidvanias, most notably ''Maze Of Galious'' and ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania|I}}''.
* ''[[VideoGame/DoubleDragon Double Dragon Neon]]'' is a throwback to old-school {{Beat Em Up}}s, especially older Double Dragon games, as well as TheEighties themselves.
* The Wii version of ''ABoyAndHisBlob'' - 80s cartoons.
* ''VideoGame/LegendOfGrimrock'' - To FauxFirstPerson3D dungeon crawler [=RPG=]s like ''VideoGame/EyeOfTheBeholder''.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', is a throwback to ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'' is a throwback to ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' in particular and to 2D ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]]'' in general.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Emogame}}'' series is a throwback to old-school, 16-bit side-scrollers, while their final levels (especially in the second one) are throwbacks to {{Metroidvania}}-style games. The average SuperNES game probably wasn't chock full of BlackComedy and [[RefugeInAudacity audacious]], [[CrossesTheLineTwice twice-line-crossing]] humor, though, and certainly didn't allow you to kill the final boss by [[spoiler:[[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon skull-fucking him]]]].
* Fittingly for a game based on [[Film/ScottPilgrim a movie]] (and [[ComicBook/ScottPilgrim comic]]) that is itself based on old-school arcade and Nintendo games, the licensed game of ''ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' is a throwback to old-school {{Beat Em Up}}s.
* ''VideoGame/RallyTrophy'' is a heavily retro (60s and 70s) take on the [[DrivingGame rally racing sims genre]], with lots of PlayedForLaughs [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] and StylisticSuck.
* ''VideoGame/ObsCure'': [[PostModernism Post-modern]], GenreSavvy {{teen|Drama}} {{horror}} movies from the [[TheNineties mid-late '90s]], of the type made by [[Film/{{Scream 1996}} Kevin]] [[Film/TheFaculty Williamson]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' is a throwback to [[PulpMagazine pulp adventure stories]], and features (and updates) many of their tropes.
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' not only does this with TheWestern, but a case can be made for each part of the game being a throwback to a different type of Western. The first third of the game hearkens back to the old-school Creator/JohnFord[=/=]Creator/JohnWayne Westerns, where morality was more {{black and white|Morality}} and the focus was on [[ManifestDestiny America's westward expansion]], complete with {{cattle drive}}s, {{cowboy}}s and {{outlaw}}s. The middle part of the game, meanwhile, feels more like [[GenreDeconstruction revisionist]] "{{spaghetti Western}}s" like the Film/DollarsTrilogy and ''Film/{{Django}}''. where there were [[BlackAndGrayMorality no clear-cut heroes]] and the harsh reality of life in TheWildWest was emphasized. Finally, the last parts of the game, set in the comparatively "civilized" town of Blackwater and on the Great Plains, have very strong elements of the NewOldWest to them.
** Then you have the expansion pack, ''[[VideoGame/RedDeadRedemptionUndeadNightmare Undead Nightmare]]''. While the middle section of the main game was a throwback to spaghetti Westerns, ''Undead Nightmare'' throws back to another Italian ExploitationFilm genre -- the '70s zombie movie of Creator/LucioFulci et al.
* ''VideoGame/LANoire'', as the name suggests, is a throwback to FilmNoir from the '40s and '50s.
* The future in ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5'' reminds very much of 60s and 70s style future, if that makes sense.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is done very much in the style of mid-to-late-nineties [=RPGs=] based on ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons,'' and was envisioned as a SpiritualSuccessor to Creator/BioWare's own ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', one of the most noteworthy of said games.
** In terms of subject matter, ''Dragon Age: Origins'' is a throwback to [[TheEighties Eighties]] Epic High Fantasy like ''{{Film/Willow}}'', ''{{Film/Ladyhawke}}'', and the ''Conan'' movies. ''Videogame/DragonAgeII'', though, is more in the vein of HighCamp, LowFantasy [[TheNineties Mid-Late Nineties]] syndicated television series, like ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', and ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSinbad''.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' is in the style of 70s / 80s SpaceOpera, with ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' moving into a darker 90s-style area, and finally ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' brings in elements of modern sci-fi, complete with Creator/JJAbrams styled lens flare reminiscent of the Film/StarTrek reboot films from said director.
* ''VideoGame/{{Interstate 76}}'' and its SpiritualSuccessor, ''{{Vigilante 8}}'', throw back to a number of '70s genres and tropes.
* ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'', thanks to being a sequel with [[DevelopmentHistory/DukeNukemForever a 12-year development cycle]], manages to be an unintentional throwback to ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D''.
* ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' was intended to be a throwback to the Genesis games in terms of lighthearted presentation and surreal design.
** ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' takes this UpToEleven.
*** Also, VideoGame/SonicAdvance, VideoGame/SonicRush, and VideoGame/SonicRivals evoke the classics heavily (but gradually less and less).
** ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'' goes out of it's way to appear like it's 2D predecessors with familar badniks back and the graphics giving a cartoony bold style.
*** Not to mention that many people consider the game the closest gamers will ever get to playing the [[{{Vaporware}} infamous Sonic Xtreme]] (though that was apparently unintentional.)
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** The ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros'' games are a return to Mario's classic 2D platformers. ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand'' is intended to be a throwback to the structure of those classics without actually being in 2D, and this carries over to an extent in ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' (though not completely as 3D World's stages feature level designs more akin to ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'').
** The "Adventures of Captain Toad" levels of ''3D World'' are designed as throwbacks to the pre-''VideoGame/{{Super Mario Bros 1}}'' era of ''Mario'' games such as ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' and ''VideoGame/WreckingCrew'', where jumping was either de-emphasized or absent, the iconic GoombaStomp had yet to be introduced, and the focus was on dodging enemies on the way to the goal. This was heavily expanded on in ''VideoGame/CaptainToadTreasureTracker'', which even has a PowerfulPick that functions just like the hammer from ''Donkey Kong''.
* Daisuke Amaya, creator of ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', had intended to show his love of a certain genre of game - the 2D {{Metroidvania}} of old, with retro style graphics (drawn by hand by him) and music (in TurboGrafx16 style, composed by him).
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' is a throwback to the cold war era spy genre.
* ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'' - TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation.
* ''VideoGame/ZombiesAteMyNeighbors'' -- [[BMovie B-movies]].
* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series are an homage to [[BMovie '50s B-movie scifi flicks]] with a good dash of horror tossed in.
* While the games in the series beforehand had a very strong FilmNoir feel, ''[[{{VideoGame/Hitman}} Hitman Absolution]]'', with its cast of eccentric and oddly-dressed characters, had a distinct 1980s ExploitationFilm feel to it (but with a definite modern day setting).
* ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon'' is a reincarnation of 80s sci-fi action movies, stuffed to the brim with manliness, explosions, meta humor and one-liners. And neon, lots and lots of neon.
* Creator/ShinjiMikami, maker of the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games up to [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil4 the fourth one]], consciously designed ''VideoGame/TheEvilWithin'' as a throwback to the tropes of those games and '90s SurvivalHorror in general.
* Creator/JonathanBlow made ''VideoGame/TheWitness'' in part to bring back the AdventureGame genre with more refined modern game design sensibilities.
-->'''Blow:''' ''What I'm trying to do as a designer is take everything about adventure games I don't like -- 'cause I loved adventure games when I was a kid but, man, as a game designer now who has ideas about design I just look at them and I think they're all really bad and I just kind of solve them in a way that uses our modern understanding of game design as best as I can.''
* ''{{VideoGame/Knack}}'' is this to the cartoony platformers of the PS1 era, especially ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' and ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon''.
* ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'' is Vanillaware's love letter to all the classic HighFantasy games of the past, such as ''{{VideoGame/Wizardry}}'', ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', and ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe''.
* ''[[ '90s Arcade Racer]]'' is a throwback to, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin arcade racing games from the '90s]] like ''VideoGame/DaytonaUSA'', ''VideoGame/RidgeRacer'', and ''Sega Super GT''. The developers specifically tried to replicate and update the exaggerated, high-speed driving physics of the games, as well as their over-the-top, fantastical race tracks.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfElLobodestroyoVsLaLigaDeLosVillanos'' is this to late nineties / early noughties [[PlatformGame platfrom games]] by Creator/{{Rare}}, in the style of ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie''.
* ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami'' is a throwback to violent 80's action films (and could also be considered an homage to ''Film/{{Drive}}'', which in itself is a GenreThrowback to the same thing) and is covered in the garish neon colors of the era.
* ''[[VideoGame/TexMurphy Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure]]'' is a throwback to the era of FullMotionVideo games, with real actors against the in-game CGI backgrounds.
* ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet'' is not only a throwback to 2D ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' games but a throwback to the 90's era 16/32-bit Genesis/SNES/PS1/Saturn Platformers. Taking huge inspiration towards Creator/{{Treasure}}'s games and among others like ''Franchise/MegaMan'' and ''VideoGame/RocketKnight''.
* When your thinking about it, ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' and [[VideoGame/{{Bayonetta2}} it's sequel]] may seem like a throwback to ''Classic late-90's'' UsefulNotes/{{Dreamcast}} era Sega.
* The [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] ''70's Robot Anime Geppy-X'' is a ShootEmUp done in the style of...well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a 70's robot anime]], complete with a 70's art-style, MonsterOfTheWeek plot, [[LargeHam over-enthusiastic]] narrator and even commercials for [[MerchandiseDriven fake Geppy-X merchandise]] and an OP and ED at the beginning and end of each level.
* ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity'' is a throwback to Late '90s Black Isle Studios games like ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' and ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', even being developed by some of the same people who were at Black Isle.

* ''WeaponBrown'', when it's not being a [[DarkerAndEdgier grimdark]] parody of every Newspaper Comic ever made, is a throwback to the golden age of dystopian post-apocalyptic CyberPunk... or, as we call it around here, TheApunkalypse. Its art style is even a pretty good pastiche of ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock'' or classic ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Podcast/RedPandaAdventures'' -- TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks
* ''Podcast/BlackJackJustice'' -- FilmNoir
* ''[[ The Chronicles of Taras: Red Dementia]]'' is, by WordOfGod, a throwback to old Prison-Escape films.
* ''WebVideo/NinjaTheMissionForce'' -- GodfreyHoNinjaMovies
* ''WebVideo/TheCartoonMan'' -- Films and cartoons along the lines of ''WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', [[RogerRabbitEffect in which live action humans interact with 2-D "cartoon" elements.]]
* ''[[Creator/BradJones Shot on Shitteo]]'' -- NoBudget [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin shot on video]] [[AnthologyFilm horror anthologies]].
* The [[ "Yee"]] meme of 2014, based on a scene from ''Dinosaur Adventures'' by Creator/DingoPictures, has been characterized as a throwback to early ''WebAnimation/YouTubePoop'' fads that were popular around 2007 or so.
* ''WebAnimation/DimensionalProphecyOfZoharRedux'' -- to gory Anime OVAs of the 1980s and 1990s like Wicked City

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'' (1970s Saturday morning adventure cartoons)
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' is an animated throwback to the Silver Age incarnation of Batman, where instead of being a grim loner he's a somewhat cheery fellow with a [[DeadpanSnarker dry, ironic wit]], closely resembling the ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' incarnation. Notable is the fact that Bruce Wayne almost never appears, and in [[MoodWhiplash comparatively serious]] episode "Chill of the Night!", where we actually see Bruce Wayne, face and all, he looks like his [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries 1990s incarnation.]]
** The trope is lampshaded in the Batmite episode where the little imp reads a "prepared statement" in response to some 4th wall breaking humor, explaining that this incarnation of Batman is just as legitimate and true to source material as the "tortured dark avenger crying out for mommy and daddy".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' does a bit of this and a bit of parody with 1960s action shows like ''JonnyQuest'' and such, plus a hefty dose of increased badass. Instead of lame plots about random monsters, we get genuine nightmare fuel about a dead twin-brother still living inside his twin and eventually building a robot body for itself.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' takes a lot of inspiration from 70s buddy cop shows, not that any kids noticed.
** More specifically, those made by Quinn Martin Productions.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': The Warner Brothers ([[InsistentTerminology and the Warner Sister]]) can be taken as a throwback to TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation and other comedies of the time like those of the MarxBrothers, especially considering that their backstory is that they were created in the Thirties. Also they stole many, many jokes from them.
** ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' paid great tribute to ''Looney Tunes'' 4 years before that.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' was like a tortured, horrifying version of [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Golden Age cartoons]], complete with animation style and specific gags copied from ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' cartoon "Mickey And The Goat Man" was done in the style of [[{{Retraux}} early 30s black-and-white cartoons]].
** The theatrical short ''WesternAnimation/GetAHorse'' does the same.
* ''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones'': '70s/'80s vintage cartoons. Similar to the ones like ''WesternAnimation/SchoolHouseRock''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BlackDynamite'': Is an obvious {{homage}} to {{blaxploitation}} films from the '70s.
* Rob Zombie described ''The Haunted World of El Superbeasto'' as an attempt to make an R rated version of classic ''Looney Tunes''.