->''"This comes as no surprise: It's a cliché that Superman's glasses are the most laughably ineffective costume ever, but who cares? Changing that part of the mythos would be like taking the stars off the American flag. So screw SuspensionOfDisbelief: Superman predates it. He's got a free pass to be wearing the same completely unbelievable disguise 70 years later."''
-->-- [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18617_the-9-stupidest-superhero-secret-identities_p2.html Cracked.com]] (on why Superman continues to get away with ClarkKenting)

A character uses a {{trope}} which may be {{cliche}}, {{discredited|Trope}} or even {{dead|HorseTrope}} at this point, but is allowed because it's tied into the character's legacy. Using the trope during the creation of any more ''recent'' character however, is noticeably avoided. If the character's use of the trope slowly starts to disappear, they may have {{outgrow|TheTrope}}n it.

It has a high chance of occurring with "classic" characters, but not necessarily their {{sidekick|GraduationsStick}}s. This usually happens with tropes that the character is tightly tied into, making it difficult to separate them from it, and where the basic idea of the trope isn't so stupid that the fans will be turned off by it. Attempting to take away one of these tropes may force the character into a DorkAge, or at least necessitate an AuthorsSavingThrow. Compare to TheArtifact, where it seems like the creators have misgivings about them. If an outdated trope or concept is met with disdain later in its life rather than allowance, then it's SeinfeldIsUnfunny.

No relation to the GrandfatherParadox.

See Wiki/TheOtherWiki article [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandfather_clause here]].



* In general, having a floppy disc as an icon for saving in video games or software applications, despite floppies no longer being in use. The symbol has endured for so long that it's become instantly recognizable even to people who've never used floppies in their lives.
* SerendipityWritesThePlot can mesh with this trope fairly often. Sure, if the same work were created more recently, the director probably would have taken advantage of better special effects technology or whatever. But the results of the old limitations frequently end up an inseparable part of the work anyway.
* TheCoconutEffect: It would be very easy to record real horses... but people are so used to the sound of coconut halves banged together that it wouldn't be recognized for what it was and would "[[RealityIsUnrealistic sound wrong]]." It's also believed that having Foley artists create every sound effect for each work it's used in is more efficient than having to maintain a massive library of pre-recorded effects.
* The lack of feathers on [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaurs]] (or at least the ones that would have feathers) in media is probably because of tradition and the fact that that is how most people think of dinosaurs in spite of later scientific evidence. Ditto the presence of cavemen alongside dinosaurs in fiction (most notably ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''), despite millions of years separating them. Or dinosaurs separated by millions of years coexisting. Humans and Tyrannosaurus rex are separated by 65 million years. Stegosaurus lived from 150-155 million years ago. In other words, it's less accurate to show T-rex battling steggy (85 million year gap) than T-rex chomping some humans (65 million year gap), and no one cares because of RuleOfCool.
* The StandardFantasySetting--elves, dwarves, wizards and/or orcs chilling in an [[MedievalStasis eternally medieval universe]]--has been parodied and deconstructed to Hell and back over the last few decades, to the point that ''no'' original works can get away with [[PlayedStraight playing it straight]] anymore. The only new works safe from mockery are adaptations of beloved classics (like ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' films), or the newest installments in long-running franchises (like ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' and ''Franchise/{{Warcraft}}'' games, and the various works carrying the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' name). If a work doesn't fall into either of those two categories, the writers better be willing to either subvert the formula or introduce some original concepts if they want to have ''any'' hope of being taken seriously.

* The usage of stereotypical black characters as advertising mascots, such as Uncle Ben's, Aunt Jemima and the "Y'a bon" guy for Banania (a French brand of powdered chocolate). Introducing such a mascot today would lead to a lot of controversy, but these companies still use their mascots today without much issue (although it does help that their current designs try to minimize their historical stereotypical aspects, such as Aunt Jemima looking more like an housewife than a maid and the Banania guy being depicted as a cartoon).
* Commercial jingles are also considered silly in modern times, except for products and services whose jingles are part of their legacy. Exceptions are also made for products that are ''supposed'' to be silly (soft drinks, for example) or that are almost exclusively aimed at children (like toys).
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJ92qqzutcE Get your skis shined up grab a stick of Juicy fruit the taste is gonna move you!]] [[HaveAGayOldTime Take a sniff, pull it out, the taste is gonna move you when you pop it in your mouth!]] Suffice to say [[AccidentalInnuendo that didn't sound nearly as bad in]] TheEighties as it does now. The fact that such a stale theme song was still in use was satirised in the [[TurnOfTheMillennium 2000s]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd-HIglTxxg with a series of ads where the guy playing the song is attacked, or has his guitar smashed everytime he played the song.]] As of the [[TheNewTens 2010s]] however, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7Js8FXOiKo new commercials play that use the song unironicly.]] Sometimes you just can't fight nostalgia.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Another example of ClarkKenting: most {{Magical Girl}}s can't get away without at least tinting their hair and parting it differently nowadays, but people actually ''complained'' that ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' made the girls look different when de-transformed, because the original ''Manga/SailorMoon'' didn't do it. Of course, this problem doesn't exist in series where {{magical girl}}s don't have secret identities to begin with. The original English dub of the anime did their best to HandWave by banking on the familiarity of the audience with {{superhero}} logic, explaining their civilians selves ([[TakeOurWordForIt look different]]) from their transformed selves. OlderThanTheyThink: The original manga has Sailor Moon and friends wear MASKS, albeit only when someone could see them.
* In an age where keeping the Japanese names is generally done for the sake of accuracy, a number of ''Franchise/DragonBall'' dubs keep the inaccurate names and terms that originated in the original syndicated Funimation/Ocean Group dub (Saiyan mispronounced as "say-an" instead of "Sai-an" or left as Saiya-jin, Special Beam Cannon instead of Mankankosappo, Destructo Disk instead of Kienzan, etc.), which have become the default English localizations of those names, while new characters retain their Japanese names. With ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', the series was being simulcast with subtitles, so name any dub changes would be known to much more of the audience.
** Creator/{{Funimation}}'s dub of ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' is a good example of this, as it reversed the majority of changes the old dub had included (such as Mankankosappo and Kienzan), but still kept many of the well known dub name changes (so Saiyan remains mispronounced, and Kaio still becomes 'King Kai').
** Totally averted with Funimation's DVD subtitles, which ([[AuthorsSavingThrow after fans complained about the first couple of discs]]) always use the original names. Viz's manga translation also uses the original names, (so long as they're not Mr Satan).

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ClarkKenting in its original use is a major example, and tends to remain an iron-clad disguise that fools everyone. Although it has been {{handwave}}d in various ways, most of us just accept it after 75 years of Franchise/{{Superman}}. Most superheroes created in the last twenty years have to maintain a more realistic disguise, especially since lately the chance of someone being a superhero seems much higher. It helps that most modern ongoing continuities go out of their way to have at least one incident where Clark Kent and Superman are seen together with the help of shapeshifting friends like Comicbook/MartianManhunter. Meanwhile, the ''Daily Planet'' and its way of running business becomes more and more antiquated as media evolve in the real world. Richard Donner, director of the first Superman movie, commented in an interview that in said film Clark Kent was originally going to work at a television news station like he did at the time in the comics, but they went with him as a newspaper reporter because it was much more a part of the public consciousness. This has been helped by many news companies going digital and various locations still selling newspapers.
* {{Domino Mask}}s are another paper-thin disguise that some heroes still use despite offering little with which to disguise themselves. Robin and Franchise/GreenLantern are probably the most well-known examples.
* Comicbook/{{Robin}} is the only straight-up KidSidekick left in Franchise/TheDCU. This is usually {{justified|Trope}} as balancing out Franchise/{{Batman}}'s inner darkness, although the fourth incarnation of Robin, Damian Wayne, may very well be darker than Batman. However, [[spoiler:the death of Damian (similar to the death of Jason Todd before him)]] has reintroduced the fundamental problem of the KidSidekick.
* This trope is probably the reason why Richard Grayson continues to be called "Dick" (instead of say, "Rich" or "Richie" or something) despite it being [[HaveAGayOldTime near-impossible to take that nickname seriously in the 21st Century]].
* [[UnderwearOfPower Underoos on the outside]] have fallen out of style for super heroes since the '60s. Franchise/TheDCU seems to have done away with them as of the ComicBook/{{New 52}}, though, as have most film adaptations.
* SuperheroesWearCapes: The oldest characters, despite some writers' attempts, have kept their capes because they've become iconic. Superman's [[DorkAge/TheDCU brief cape-less split into two energy beings]] was met with fan scorn. While some members of the Batman family are capeless, Batman himself uses his cape [[TerrorHero as an instrument of his intimidation as well as theatricality and defense.]] Newer characters are often cape-less, moreso in Marvel than DC.
* Franchise/{{Green Lantern}}s do not always have a weakness to yellow things, but Sinestro just wouldn't be Sinestro without a yellow ring that is strangely effective against them. This has since been justified with the {{retcon}}ned existence of a [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience spectrum of emotion]] (Red: Rage, Orange: Greed, Yellow: Fear, Green: Willpower, Blue: Hope, Indigo: Compassion, Violet: Love). He and the rest of the [[EvilCounterpart Sinestro Corps]] are literally using fear as a weapon. This leads to a lesser-known retcon. Green Lanterns used to be selected because they were men without fear. However, if current GL's didn't experience fear at some level, then Sinestro's ring would be useless against them unless there were others around whom Sinestro could manipulate.
* ''SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom'' just wouldn't be Doctor Doom if he didn't [[ThirdPersonPerson refer to himself]] as "{{Doom|yDoomsOfDoom}}" all the time. And besides, if your name was "[[AwesomeMcCoolname Dr Victor von Doom]]", wouldn't you do it too?
* Any character [[ILoveNuclearPower whose origin involves exposure to radiation]]. For new characters, GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke. Franchise/SpiderMan is the main exception, since "bitten by an unnatural spider" was the main point and whether the spider was radioactive or genetically modified (or [[Comicbook/JMSSpiderMan appointing him as the avatar of the spider totem]]) didn't really matter. Likewise, [[Film/{{Hulk}} the movie version of]] the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk averts this somewhat by combining radiation with several other factors -- the gamma rays only break down his cells, the {{Nanomachines}} try to repair them, and [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke his genes weren't really normal to begin with]]. Peter Parker's job as a freelance photographer for the Daily Bugle has also been under fire in the past decade, with the rise of cameras and video in phones as well as the decline in the print media industry. Recent adaptations feature this aspect of the character less and less and those that do are largely done so because of the legacy with a bit of lampshade hanging for fun.
* In the case of Creator/MarvelComics, the fact that most of the comics and stories are set in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. While this was once innovative and radical as a concept, as SocietyMarchesOn, it has raised its own problems.
** During TheSeventies to TheEighties, the era of TheBigRottenApple, it made sense to exaggerate New York into an urban decadent city ridden with crime, poverty and bad housing, suffering under the influence of ghetto crime and TheMafia. But with gentrification between TheNineties to TheNewTens, the depiction of New York as a city riven by crime became a comic book convention. The real-life Hell's Kitchen became gentrified making ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'s and ComicBook/ThePunisher's playgrounds into comic conventions.
** Likewise, the high rent and student loans made ComicBook/{{Spiderman}}, Normal and Ultimate, a little more unbelievable and the dilemma of constant city crime needing Spiderman's constant attention no longer quite corresponded to reality. In the latter case, the recent comics have amended the situation by making Spiderman into a licensed and paid inventor and scientist, and now that he's a businessman, his ability to afford rent in New York becomes far more believable in the climate of the current economy.
** The [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Netflix TV series set in Hell's Kitchen]] had to even come up with an explanation as to why the MCU Hell's Kitchen is a crime-ridden place (in essence the damage from alien invasions and superhero fights scared a lot of people and money off, letting crooks take over).
* The Comicbook/MartianManhunter in Creator/DCComics (and especially ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'') is a man from Mars. [[ScienceMarchesOn Advancing science]] discredited early 19th and 20th century ideas of Mars having canals and civilization (though microbial life looks probable), but the character's backstory remains largely unchanged. Some continuities attempt to address this issue by establishing that J'onn is from the distant past of Mars (before the planet became uninhabitable), but still give dates far too recent to make the idea scientifically plausible.
* Ming the Merciless in ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' is a YellowPeril character who could never be created nowadays, but while various adaptations have made him white or green, they never can completely hide his origins, if only because they can't get rid of his obviously Chinese name. Witness how the attempt by [[Series/FlashGordon2007 the Sci-Fi Channel series]] to "modernize" him backfired ridiculously. Something a bit similar applies to many other supervillains like Comicbook/IronMan's ''The Mandarin''. Now and then people try to make them more presentable, but usually they revert to type pretty soon.
* Some characters rely on using an IconicItem to be identified, like [[Series/DoctorWho the Fourth Doctor]]'s scarf, or Franchise/IndianaJones' hat; however, when said character has a LimitedWardrobe it becomes an OutdatedOutfit by 20 or so years after their debut, like Comicbook/JimmyOlsen's bow tie (Clark Kent did eventually ditch the fedora). Especially JustForFun/{{egregious}} if the series is set in the [[ComicBookTime "present day"]]. An especially bad case of this is the Swedish army-farce ''91:an Karlsson'', which started in 1932. The title character's blue uniform was outdated already at start (resembling the uniform the author wore when he served) and has been kept largely the same ever since, despite changes to camo since then. Especially JustForFun/{{egregious}} as all other characters have switched uniforms pretty much at the same pace as their counterparts IRL. The famous Jughead Jones of Franchise/ArchieComics still wears a stylized version of an old-time inverted fedora beanie as his trademark hat. This was actually a fashion among teens and mechanics of the 1940s (when the character debuted), but has since been something that just makes him a stand-out kook.
** Indiana's hat shows us another way to deal with this: it would not age well today except with a certain bohemian crowd that Indy would be a bad fit for, but Indy's adventures take place between the 1910's and 1950's, with his age usually realistically reflective of his fictional timeline. If you leave Indy safely in the pulp era, the hat doesn't matter.
* The Mexican comic character Memin Pinguin falls under blackface in modern times, but due to its popularity and impact in popular culture since being created in 1945, it is accepted there. Also do notice that even nowadays political correctness on racial issues isn't such a big deal in Mexico.
* The Marvel family's transformation phrase probably falls under this. Back when [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} the series]] was created, comics were [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks brightly coloured and silly and everyone had fun]]. Now that comics are a [[SeriousBusiness serious medium]] and [[DarkerAndEdgier not really appropriate for kids]], seeing modern characters yell 'Shazam' in huge dramatic letters might be narm if it weren't for this... and the fact that lightning bolts ''never'' stop being cool.
* It would be extremely difficult to make an unironic hyper-patriotic American character and present him as a paragon of virtue and heroism and be taken seriously today. Comicbook/CaptainAmerica pulls it off, though, because he has the weight of history on his side (in more ways than one). It helps that his patriotism has been tested and modified into his famous motto, "I am loyal to nothing... except the [American] Dream." Another point is that Captain America is not loyal to the American government; his patriotism isn't "MyCountryRightOrWrong". If America decided to sponsor an anti-democratic coup somewhere, he'd not help (and might hinder) its efforts, because democracy is considered an American value.
* For that matter, the "boy scout" hero in general is virtually extinct -- except when used as a joke -- aside from Captain America, Franchise/{{Superman}}, and [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], to the point where every hero is so messed up and their motivations so personal and complicated that the idea of heroes who are heroes just because they're decent people who don't want to waste their great power has become unique and thought-provoking ''in-universe''. ComicBook/{{Steel}} also gets a pass, but part of that is because he was made as a Superman substitute and specifically tailored to [[DefiedTrope reject]] the AntiHeroSubstitute trope.
* [[NotWearingTights Tights]] in general. Modern superheroes still tend to wear them, but outside of comic books and animation, most adaptations will attempt to get around them unless the outfit is so iconic that the character is drastically altered without it. For example, compare Spider-Man's outfit versus that of the villains in the first two ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'' films. While Spidey sports a colorful, comic-accurate design, the [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn Green Goblin]] has a suit of military body armor, and ComicBook/DoctorOctopus just wears a [[BadassLongcoat duster]]. Some characters, such as Batman, have their tights altered into a hardened suit of armor so that the character will continue to seem intimidating.
* Similar to tights: legless {{leotard|OfPower}}s on superheroines. Save for characters whose design are specifically intended as a call-back to traditional superhero outfits, vary rarely do new female superheroes wear leg-baring outfits due to how impractical and uncomfortable that actually would be, at the very least without some form of LampshadeHanging. However, older superheroines tend to keep the look since it's so iconic to them, with Franchise/WonderWoman being the most notable example. While some [=AUs=] give her pants, she generally keeps the bathing-suit look since it's so iconic.
* New female heroes hardly wear a MinidressOfPower, but [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Mary Marvel]] and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} keep wearing skirts because they made and codified the trope, respectively. Supergirl's skirt costume is iconic, and attempts to replace it with pants or a LeotardOfPower have been short-lived and seldom well-received.
* Ditto for UnderwearOfPower, as mentioned above. It still shows up in the comics on the more iconic characters, but you'll almost never see it used in films anymore. Look at the iconic designs for Batman, Superman, ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, and ComicBook/TheVision. Now compare them to their designs in ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'', ''Film/ManOfSteel'', the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'', and ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''. Even when the costumes are relatively close to the comics, there's absolutely no Underoos.
* In ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'', Spirou wore a ridiculous old-fashioned bellhop uniform for decades, even though it had been a long time since he actually worked as a bellhop. Modern version of the comic tend to {{avert|edTrope}}, {{justif|iedTrope}}y or {{lampshade|Hanging}} this, though: for example, in ''ComicBook/LePetitSpirou'' strip comic we find out that Spirou already wore a bellhop uniform when he was a small child, and his mom, dad, and grandpa wear it too, and even his teddy bear and ''fish'', though the reason for this family tradition is never really explained.
* One of the main jokes in Brazilian comic ''ComicBook/MonicasGang'' is the protagonist being pestered by her male friends... even though in recent years it would be considered bullying (though the reply is what you would expect [[BullyingADragon when bullying a]] PintsizedPowerhouse with a HairTriggerTemper). It possibly only remains without complaint from the MoralGuardians because [[LongRunners the comic has been running since the 1960s]].
* A superhero created today using a costume-themed vehicle and gadgets would come off as lame and ridiculous except for a parody. Franchise/{{Batman}}, however, is one of the few remaining superheroes that retains costume-themed vehicles and equipment due to him using them since near his beginning. There have been attempts to make the Batmoblies less gimmicky, such as the seventies' ones being Batman-colored stock muscle cars and the Tumbler from ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'', but even these retain some bat themes to them.
* AvertedTrope [[ItAmusedMe For The Lulz]] in the wardrobe of Spanish comic-book ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'': Sometimes complete strangers mock Filemón for wearing a bowtie, but he still uses it. Mortadelo's frock coat is part of the joke: Mortadelo, a veritable master of disguise, can wear whatever he wants - but his default choice is a ridiculously old-fashioned suit that emphasizes his physical defaults (baldness, lankiness). WordOfGod insists that Mortadelo's clothes were already obsolete in his first appearance -- so the effect they cause in modern audiences is exactly the intended effect they were to cause in 1950s audiences.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'' is one of the few works of fiction which is still published that gets away with playing MightyWhitey completely straight. The Phantom family have lived in sub-Saharan Africa for 21 generations, but all members of the family are still lily-white and there is no indication that any Phantom married a native woman (several Phantoms married South European, Middle-Eastern and Asian women, but there are no records of Phantoms marrying anyone from sub-Saharan Africa). Also, the Phantom is always smarter and tougher than anyone else, several traditional contests among the jungle tribes are to see which challenger comes in second behind the Phantom. That said, the portrayals of Africans has become a ''lot'' better since the early days of the comic.
* The ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' characters have worn the same solid olive green (sometime's Sarge's is tan) uniforms since the strip began in 1950, no matter what the situation. Just during war games they put on helmets instead of caps.
* Jon Arbuckle of ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' is still wearing his "powder-blue Oxford shirt" and modest 1978 sideburns most of the time (though this could be due to LimitedWardrobe or DiscoDan).

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* On the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanblog Blog/EquestriaDaily, fan fiction set in the fanon universe ''FanFic/FalloutEquestria'' frequently contains X-rated topics and thus violates their content submission guidelines, but are still allowed because of how iconic in the fandom some of them have become (and because they skip the pre-readers entirely).

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheHobbit'' (1977) movie would never had the gall to write a song so utterly morbid, violent, and orc-like as "15 Birds", if the words [[Literature/TheHobbit hadn't been written by Tolkien half a century earlier]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Not many film franchises go on long enough for this to kick in. Up until the later Creator/PierceBrosnan films, however, it was in full force for ''Film/JamesBond'' -- we knew the premises were ridiculous, the baddies were {{Card Carrying Villain}}s, the sexual politics were absurd and the {{Bond One Liner}}s were worthy of an enormous CollectiveGroan... that's the ''point''. It's ''James Bond'', as [[StrictlyFormula formulaic]] as it seems. Then the late 90s incarnations flipflopped between DarkerAndEdgier and tongue-in-cheek IndecisiveParody, ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' collapsed under the weight of its own ContinuityPorn, and the ContinuityReboot kicked the whole thing squarely into part [[FollowTheLeader post-]][[Film/TheBourneSeries Bourne]] part [[Literature/JamesBond novel Bond]] (though as of ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' and ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', the series is reinstating some of the old mainstays, including the slightly comedic tone).
* This trope is why the only people who get a pass for using an UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler [[GoodHairEvilHair mustache]] are Creator/CharlieChaplin and [[Creator/LaurelAndHardy Oliver Hardy]] (in fact, a case can be made that Chaplin wore it first and Hitler merely popularized it). Unless, of course, an actor is [[AdolfHitlarious deliberately parodying Hitler]], which has become a lot more tolerable in recent decades but is often still frowned upon. Though Barty Crouch in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' got away with it, mostly because it's described as a "toothbrush mustache" rather than a "Hitler mustache," so a lot of people probably didn't realize what his mustache looked like. As evidence of that, people were quick to make Hitler comparisons with the [[Film/HarryPotter movie version]] of the character.
* ''Franchise/JurassicPark'': In the years since the first ''Film/JurassicPark'' came out, new scientific discoveries have changed the accepted look of many dinosaurs, most notably with the fact that theropods such as ''T. rex'' and ''Velociraptor'' had feathers. However, ''Film/JurassicWorld'' hadn't changed the dinosaurs to fit these new discoveries in order to keep them in line with their looks in the previous films. This is even [[InvokedTrope invoked]] and justified in-universe, with Dr. Wu pointing out that the park's animals are genetic hybrids built from various creatures rather than 'real' dinosaurs, and that they were designed to be marketable crowd-pleasers that matched the public perception of dinosaurs rather than scientifically-accurate representations of the actual animals.
* ''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact'', the sequel to ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', may be the ''only'' movie to use Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra seriously since ''2001'' used it.

* The ''LARP/OtakonLARP'' has a rule that only Anime characters are allowed. Plus ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' characters. They were allowed when the LARP first opened, and while the rules have tightened up against any other video games, ''Final Fantasy'' is allowed on the strength of tradition.

* A number of old SciFi stories retain some energy in their now old and tired plot devices by presenting them with an [[UnbuiltTrope innocent earnestness]] from the time when they were new inventions. [[http://www.tkinter.smig.net/Outings/RosemountGhosts/Babylon.htm This one]], for instance.
* It would be hard to imagine someone less renowned than Creator/AgathaChristie getting a pass with modern readers when so many UnfortunateImplications are in her works. Christie toned it down later in life, but her personal prejudices clearly made it into her writing, and indeed sometimes [[GenteelInterbellumSetting become part of the charm]]. When reading her novels, watch for characters who aren't blueblooded but are trying to pass as high class; shortlist them.
* Gilgamesh of ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'' gets a free pass to use many of the most stereotypical and overused tropes and cliches all in one main character. Why? Because in many cases he is the UrExample (well Uruk example technically) of the tropes. No author today would get away with combining them all together in one character, but with him it just comes off as awesome.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Many aspects of ''Series/DoctorWho'' -- both new and old -- do this. From TimeyWimeyBall to SpaceIsMagic to PlanetOfHats to LimitedWardrobe...and the list just keeps going on. Nostalgia is one thing ''Doctor Who'' has [[LongRunners in abundance]], and they have no intention of giving it up. Most iconic must be the TARDIS exterior "disguise" as an old police telephone box of the sort which has long since become obsolete now the police use two-way radios or mobile phones to communicate, though it was at times justified by the "chameleon circuit" used to generate a disguise getting stuck. The box has now become more synonymous with the show than its original usage.
--> '''The Doctor:''' "Every time the TARDIS materializes in a new location, within the first nanosecond of landing it analyzes its surroundings, calculates a twelve-dimensional data map of everything within a thousand mile radius and determines which outer shell would blend in better with the environment... and then it disguises itself as a police telephone box from 1963."
** Jack Harkness' WWII-era IconicOutfit is an in-canon example of this -- though we do first meet up with Jack in the '40s, he's actually from the 51st century. Though he wears more modern clothing for the rest of series 1, after his return two years later and into his spinoff, ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' he keeps his braces and greatcoat. ("Period military is not the dress code of a straight man.") In a flashback to British India in 1909, he wears the uniform of a British Army captain of ''that'' era.
** ''Doctor Who'''s extreme and distracting YouLookFamiliar right from the very early days - such as having Peter Purves play both a WackyWaysideTribe {{Eagleland}}er and the new companion Steven Taylor in the same story for no reason, or by having a prison guard who shoots the Fifth Doctor go on to play the Sixth Doctor - allowed it to carry on doing this in the new show, even though the NoBudget that made this forgiveable in the Classic days has been expanded to a level that this casting would be considered laughable. For instance, since 2005, two companions so far (Martha and Amy) and [[Creator/PeterCapaldi the Twelfth Doctor]] himself have been played by actors who first showed up in one-shot roles.
** The trope of the male, middle-aged InsufferableGenius and his sexy CloserToEarth female sidekick (and their {{UST}}) was very fashionable in the 00s, but fell out of fashion in TheNewTens due to widespread criticism of the UnfortunateImplications. But ''Doctor Who'' ploughed on straight ahead with it, in part because the show has been doing this since the companion team was slimmed down into a single ParentService female sidekick in 1970.
* Today, by virtue of being a {{superhero}}, Franchise/TheLoneRanger is the only {{western}} hero who can get away with all the more outrageous Western cliches such as wearing a white hat, riding a white horse, or BlastingItOutOfTheirHands without irony.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Stargate Command eventually advanced its technology to the point when it would be possible to retire EngagingChevrons, but by that point it became a tradition (and in "Heroes", it was mentioned that the personnel liked Walter doing his job).
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', by virtue of being a new show, had a chance for a fresh start and didn't use it -- which was, of course, given a LampshadeHanging in the very first episode.
* Actual {{Sentai}} series, such as ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' or ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', are the only shows allowed to use the SuperSentaiStance with any attempt at seriousness. Any other work that tries to use the stance had better be {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing or making fun of it unless the producers want viewers to cry foul.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' gets far more leeway than almost any other non-parody sci-fi show with many of the tropes it popularized because they are seen as intrinsic to the show's history: PlanetOfHats, ProudWarriorRaceGuy, TechnoBabble, SpaceIsAnOcean, HumansAreSpecial, and all manners of [[AppliedPhlebotinum Phlebotinum Abuse]] to name just a few. It is almost easier to name the SpeculativeFictionTropes Trek ''can't'' get away with by claiming "that's the way it worked for Kirk."
** And then ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' came along and {{deconstruct|ion}}ed the hell out of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', which is the main reason behind its BrokenBase. That and its suspicious similarity to [[Series/BabylonFive another space-station-based series]].
** Outside of SpeculativeFictionTropes, there's Chekov's hideously bad Russian accent. In the [[Film/StarTrek 2009 film]], he's played by Russian-born actor Creator/AntonYelchin, who could have done a much better accent. But he didn't because it just wouldn't be Chekov if he didn't have a bad Russian accent.
*** Creator/WalterKoenig doesn't talk like that either, and he can do a very accurate Russian accent. Roddenberry told him to "ham up" the accent as much as he could, and it was more or less played for comedy. Koenig and Yelchin both thought the v/w mispronunciation was more typical of Polish accents than Russian ones. But Koenig says his father had a difficulty with v/w, and he based the accent on this (of course hammed up to 11).
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': Started off with virtually no budget, so they had to use cheap props. Though once it became a massive hit, they still kept the sets low budget looking for the sake of tradition.

* While many musicians eventually face criticism for [[ItsTheSameSoItSucks sounding the same with every album]], there are some long-runners that are able to get away with never seriously deviating from their style, because it remains so unique and innovative that any significant change just wouldn't "sound right." Two particularly famous examples are Music/{{ACDC}} and Music/{{Motorhead}}.
* Any song written before 1970 with the reference of gay meaning jolly, fun, etc. is perfectly acceptable [[HaveAGayOldTime because it meant something different at the time]]. These days however if somebody used it in the same context it would be hard to take them seriously and might suggest something about the singer or songwriter's sexuality.
* Similarly any song written before 1970 can get away a man calling a woman their "little girl" without complaint. However if a modern song tried that it would probably suggest unfortunate implications of pedophilia.
* Many acts with long discographies still use styles, gimmicks, and techniques which modern performers could not employ with a straight face. Being Music/{{KISS}} or Wayne Newton is a great way to have an extremely long career. Imitating them is a great way to be ridiculed.
** One of the most well-known aspects of the career of Music/EltonJohn, at least since 1972, especially onstage, was Elton's use of [[MakingASpectacleOfYourself crazy glasses]] and [[CostumePorn flamboyant costumes]], a gimmick he adopted at the peak of GlamRock and kept intact until [[TheEighties 1986]]. The peak of this tradition would have likely been the (in)famous WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck costume he wore at his free concert at Central Park (the one which later became a RunningGag on ''Series/TheLateLateShow'' with Creator/CraigFerguson). The tour of 1986 saw Elton sporting giant multicolored mohawk wigs, a CampGay "Ali Baba" costume, "Music/TinaTurner" wigs, and, for his orchestral concerts in Australia, a "Chopin" costume complete with white wig, heavy white powder and a fake birthmark. Though Elton was only 40 at the time, he (and the press) came to agree that he had carried it far past the point of retaining his dignity, and he auctioned most of the costumes and glasses off in 1988 (after using them for the cover of that year's ''Reg Strikes Back'' album) and toned down his image. He still incorporates a relatively flamboyant look, but rarely to the point he had since TheEighties.
** Unless you don't really care about it, and/or manage to be successful with being gimmicky. Music/LadyGaga is living proof. People did eventually get burned out with her, so Gaga had to tone down the gimmicks and reinvent herself with a more realistic persona.
** Imitating Kiss, and taking their gimmick to new levels, is what got acts like Music/{{Slipknot}}, Music/{{GWAR}} and Music/{{Lordi}} their success.
* It's not uncommon for artists that have switched genres (a singer switching from Country to Pop like Music/TaylorSwift or [=LeAnn=] Rimes is a common one) to continue to be listed as the genre they started as, as long as their sound doesn't become too alien.
* A singer or band (i.e. Music/TheBeatles) who started their career in [[IdolSinger teen pop music]] may, at least in a few years' time, change their sound, image, and/or lyrical or musical content as they grow older and they opt for a DarkerAndEdgier or HotterAndSexier approach. The trope may still apply when they still have to perform their teen pop hits onstage, or should a portion of their fandom or marketing still contain traces of their previous image, and may provide MoodWhiplash if a GreatestHitsAlbum is released.
** One interesting case in particular is in the case of Lesley Gore, who first became famous in 1963 at the age of 16, during the GirlGroup Era, with hits such as "It's My Party", "Judy's Turn To Cry", "You Don't Own Me" and "Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows". She re-emerged on occasion after her hit-making period as a singer-songwriter, sporadically releasing albums and playing oldies reviews and the supper club circuit until her death in 2015. The jazz-influenced singer's more recent shows, often accompanied by an intimate jazz combo, were often a mixture of her 1960s hits, her own songs and an eclectic mix of cover versions, often of jazz standards like "How Insensitive", "Fascinating Rhythm" and "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square". She still, maintained, in spite of her eclecticism, that it would not feel right for her to do a concert without singing "It's My Party" or her other teen pop hits.
* ''Music/ThePogues'' song "Fairytale of New York" plays on the radio, uncensored, every Christmas in the UK and Ireland despite containing the words "Slut", "Ass", and "Faggot". It's iconic enough that when BBC Radio 1 ''did'' censor it, they were hit with backlash and reversed it within the day.

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* ''Magazine/TakeABreak'' gets away with BrokenAesop, MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome and PurpleProse, plus other tropes that are classified as DiscreditedTrope and DeadHorseTrope, as it's what readers have come to expect of it, even though this wouldn't fly in other "[[PeripheryDemographic women's]]" magazines. It's a sort of magazine LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek, so to speak (and to quote a British football forum, which uses it as their ButtMonkey).

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Every last Brass Knuckle title and corresponding division in [[Wrestling/{{FMW}} Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling]]. The point of a Brass Knuckles title was to allow wrestlers to legally punch each other, sometimes to the point of actually discouraging grappling. But not only had disqualifications for punches become increasingly rare over the years (though Japan had more "Pure Wrestling" holdouts than most regions), FMW was the trope namer for GarbageWrestler, as disqualifications for anything up to and including live explosives almost never happened. The brass knuckle belts were there mainly because fans ''loved'' them for the prestige they had become associated with over the years.
* The Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance is run by a board of directors, excepting times when they give emergency powers to single "president". The board of directors are so iconic and such a convenient PlotDevice that most promotions who leave the NWA keep using them to resolve inconvenient angles, even if the newer boards don't actually have the final authority in these splinter companies(Wrestling/VinceMcMahon of the Wrestling/{{W|orldWrestlingFederation}}WF is a law unto himself with 90% of the vote, answering only to stockholders, but has still been overruled and in one infamous angle ''fired'' by his board of directors), or no such board truly even exists(Wrestling/{{TNA}} has no clear or consistent hierarchy beyond Dixie Carter being the boss lady but a nebulous board has still stepped in to "save" the company from her less enlightened decisions).
* The WWF had more or less abandoned the idea of outlandish gimmicks by 1996, but Wrestling/TheUndertaker has been "The Deadman" for over twenty years, and when they tried to change that, it was met with negative reaction.
* Certain finishing moves become mundane after a while; for instance, the basic DDT is used by many wrestlers, but generally no new guy is going to be able to use a simple DDT as a match ender. However, stars that used it as their finisher before it everyone started using (and kicking out of) it, such as Wrestling/TommyDreamer, Wrestling/{{Raven}}, and ''especially'' the move's inventor [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]], still used it as a finisher.
* Sometimes, a wrestler's theme music becomes so identified with the wrestler himself that changing it just wouldn't work. Wrestling/ShawnMichaels may have remained attractive, but "Sexy Boy" didn't really fit his gimmick in the last few years of his career. [[AwesomeMusic/ProfessionalWrestling Not that anyone complained]].
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker's Tombstone Piledriver managed to remain even after piledrivers were banned, partially because it was a SignatureMove, and partially because he's proven that he's skilled and experienced enough to use it relatively safely. The Tombstone Piledriver is also safer than a regular piledriver to begin with, though it's still just 'Taker (and his equally large and almost as experienced [[{{Kayfabe}} brother]] Wrestling/{{Kane}}) who gets to use it.
* Mass violation on the part of wrestlers, as well as ExecutiveMeddling forcing the bookers into corners led to the {{code|ofhonor}} in Wrestling/RingOfHonor being rendered all but useless and done away with. Despite having little purpose left, it was brought back because fans wanted it back.

* Although most radio stations wouldn't get away with it (due to ValuesDissonance rather than legality issues or Ofcom codes), Real and Smooth's RealRadio network got away with being a "best-of-both-worlds" mix of Heart and Capital[[note]]For non-UK readers, Heart is adult contemporary while Capital is contemporary hit radio[[/note]], yet it remained male-slanted, and had done since its launch in Wales in 2000 as Real Radio Wales, expanding to Yorkshire and Scotland in 2002, and then Northern England in 2008.
** It is widely considered to be better than Heart and Capital which are seen as crass, no-personality stations by the public - who often have [[DespairEventHorizon no other listening choices in many regions, like Cambridgeshire, Essex, Kent, and Sussex]]. So in a way, [[TropesAreTools the grandfather clause]] is ''good'' for British radio. Listeners ''prefer'' personality presenters and "local" radio (i.e. no syndication or very little), which is why the likes of Smooth Radio (Real and Smooth), Hallam FM (Bauer Media) and Stray FM (UKRD) remain widely popular (Global executives, take note of this, if you read it!)
** In the end, however, Real and Smooth were bought out by Heart and Capital's owner, and the Real network was merged into Heart's network.
* It's not uncommon for a station dedicated to a certain genre(s) to play music they wouldn't otherwise if it's performed by an artist that has/had a following in their usual genre.
* Until his death in 2009, most AM stations aired Radio/PaulHarvey without fail at 8:30am and noon and later on in the day "The Rest of the Story", even as the surrounding programming became coarse or partisan. A few chain stations canceled it earlier before his death by corporate edict, and found their ratings and standing immediately plunge among listeners for removing a longtime tradition.
* Most "active rock" stations don't play music from before the mid- to late-'80s, but a handful of pioneering hard rock and metal bands from the '70s still get rotation. Music/BlackSabbath is the band that most frequently gets grandfathered in, but Music/LedZeppelin, Music/{{ACDC}}, Music/JimiHendrix, and Music/{{Aerosmith}} might get a pass as well.
* In a similar case, alternative/modern rock radio generally doesn't play music from before TheNineties, but some bands considered highly influential to alternative rock can still get airplay. Music/TheRamones and Music/TheClash are the most likely to be grandfathered, but Music/ThePixies, Music/DavidBowie, Music/{{Blondie}}, Music/NewOrder, and (strangely) Music/BobMarley may get in as well.
* Alternative radio is meant to play alternative/indie music that isn't, well, mainstream. It's its own format with its own hits that largely remains there. However, if an alternative hit ends up becoming a mainstream pop crossover, such as Music/ImagineDragons' "Radioactive" and Music/{{Lorde}}'s "Royals", chances are it will still remain in rotation on alternative radio, despite the fact that it's not really "alternative" anymore.

More are available [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandfather_clause#Sports here]].
* Several Stadia (and parallels) often are beneficiaries of this sort of clause, likely because the leagues want to keep playing at iconic venues and the changes would require those venues to be either completely demolished or significantly altered.
** The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most dangerous races in UsefulNotes/FormulaOne history. Had it been proposed today, safety regulations would not allow it to be built. However, since it was one of the oldest grand prix in existence, it's still in the championship.
** Major League Baseball requires at least 325 feet of distance along each foul line to the nearest obstruction...except for fields that had shorter distances prior to 1958. Only two parks currently in use are that old: Boston's Fenway Park and Chicago's Wrigley Field. The shortest distance in the latter, however, is 353 feet, so this exception presently only applies to Fenway's two foul lines: the left field wall known as the "Green Monster" (310 feet at its shortest) and "Pesky's Pole" in right (302 feet).
** The Red Sox's rivals' old park was also grandfathered in: Old Yankee Stadium (built in 1923, demolished after 2008) had only 296 feet in right field. This was a point of contention with Charles O. Finley when he purchased the Kansas City Athletics in 1960. Finley wanted to bring the right field fence at Municipal Stadium in to 296 feet, but was vetoed by the American League, so he instead brought the fence in to the minimum 325 feet, had a line painted at 296 feet, and had his PA announcer declare that any fly balls landing in the zone between the line and the fence would've been home runs at Yankee Stadium. This practice would be ended rather quickly, once Finley realized that visiting teams were hitting far more to that area than the A's were.
** In 2007 the International Cricket Council ruled that the distance from boundary to boundary of an international ground must be at least 150 yards square of the wicket and 140 yards straight (measured from centre of pitch), that square boundaries must be at least 65 yards (which allows the pitch to be a little off centre, because a cricket ground has several parallel pitches to allow grass time to recover), and that no boundary can be more than 90 yards from the centre of the pitch. However, all grounds that were built before 2007 are allowed to have shorter boundaries. A few grounds, such as Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, fall well short of the minimum.
* For fans of UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball, and the UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague in particular, do you think Green Bay, Wisconsin has a guy who could pay for a franchise? Yet most Americans know of the city of Green Bay, and its Packers... who are publicly owned by stockholders. The stock has some pretty severe restrictions on it, and the team is operated as a not-for-profit company (legally, they are a for-profit company, but revenues that aren't being used to fund football operations are given to charity). The NFL doesn't allow teams to sell shares of NFL teams anymore--every team must have a fairly small group of owners (24 or fewer, with one principal owner holding at least 1/3rd of the franchise)--but the Packers are still allowed to do this[[note]]Although they do have to get NFL permission before issuing any new stock[[/note]], ensuring that the Green Bay Packers are unique in their league in regards to the ownership situation. Fans of other NFL teams whose ownership is deemed incompetent often lament the fact that they can't band together and buy the team in a Packers-style arrangement.
* [[UsefulNotes/BritainVersusTheUK British and Irish international sports teams present a unique situation]]: Virtually every sport works by the rule of one team per country, and when countries split (USSR, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia) or unite (Tanzania, Germany) the teams follow. But Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland have their own teams in almost all sports, even though the countries are the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, because they began most international competition. The divided loyalties of Northern Irish people (see UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland) complicate matters further.
** Football (and futsal) is a rarity, in that Ireland is split Republic/North (the NI team stubbornly styled themselves "Ireland" until 1950), but there are separate Scotland/Wales/England/NI teams. Great Britain teams went to the Olympics 1904-72, but when amateurs left the Olympics, so did Team GB. At the Olympics in London "Great Britain" qualified automatically to field a team in every sport, leading to 'temporary' mergers of the Scotland, England and Wales teams in many sports. However as many other European countries resent the UK's current set-up resulting in 4 times as many votes in governing body forums and 4 automatic spots on the board of FIFA (as the 4 oldest associations) Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all refused to agree to a combined team, fearing it would set a precedent and FIFA would force them to permanently merge into a team dominated by English players. The Olympic teams ended up fielding teams with only English and Welsh players in the men's team, and only English and (two) Scottish players in the women's team.
*** There was a separate NI cricket team at the 1998 Commonwealth Games (the Republic of Ireland is not part of the Commonwealth).
*** NI volleyball team play in the European Small Nations division.
** At the UsefulNotes/OlympicGames, there is "Great Britain" and "Ireland", and athletes from Northern Ireland can compete for either -- even some from a Unionist/Protestant background, who feel stronger allegiance for Britain, have competed for Ireland because Team GB wouldn't take them.
** In cricket, there is "England" (which represents England ''and'' Wales), Scotland and Ireland.
** Unsurprisingly, Gaelic games use a single Irish team, who play Scotland in compromise rules shinty-hurling, and Australia in international rules football (a clumsy fusion of Aussie Rules and Gaelic football).
** There is a single GB team in korfball, kabaddi, hockey, ice hockey, handball, volleyball, Aussie rules, but NI players are with Ireland.
** In basketball, there are separate "Great Britain" and "Ireland" teams -- the GB team was only formed in 2005, and England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland still play each other.
** In rugby, Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales have separate teams. Northern Irish unionists object to both the Irish tricolour flag and the Republic's anthem "Amhrán na bhFiann", so a special "Four Provinces" flag and a special composed anthem ("Ireland's Call") is played.[[note]] When Ireland plays in the Republic, almost always in UsefulNotes/{{Dublin}}, both anthems are played, with "Ireland's Call" being last. Outside of the Republic, including very rare home games in Northern Ireland, only "Ireland's Call" is used.[[/note]] Conversely, Irish players objected to the name "British Lions" for the four-team selection, so they're now the "British and Irish Lions".
** A rare non-British/Irish example is the West Indies cricket team, who represent 10 independent countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago), 3 Crown dependencies (Anguilla, Montserrat, British Virgin Islands), the US Virgin Islands and Sint Maarten (the Dutch half of St Martin) -- 15 Caribbean "countries" in all, competing internationally as a single team. In fairness, all of these save Guyana, the US Virgin Islands, and Sint Maarten were all part of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Indies_Federation West Indies Federation]], which was a single country 1958-1962.
** In 1999 Gibraltar, a tiny dependency of the UK on the edge of Spain, applied for membership of UEFA, the European football (soccer) governing body. Based on UEFA's membership rules at the time, there was nothing barring Gibraltar from joining. But Spain, which deeply resents British control over Gibraltar, threatened to withdraw from UEFA if Gibraltar were accepted. To keep Gibraltar out, UEFA altered its membership criteria in 2001 so that only independent states as recognised by the United Nations could become members, but granted an exemption to the five already-existing non-independent teams (the four British teams, plus the Faroe Islands). After a decade-long legal battle, the courts ruled that as Gibraltar had made their application before the rule change, UEFA had to allow them to join anyway, removing the original purpose behind the change. However, the new rules now act as a bar to places like Jersey, Guernsey and Greenland, who would probably have been allowed to join UEFA had they applied before the Gibraltar debacle.
* The [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]] mandated that new players wear helmets in August of 1979, but allowed players that were already playing without them to continue to play helmetless. Craig [=MacTavish=] was the last non-helmeted player to play in the NHL (he said it was "a comfort thing"). He retired in 1997. (A waiver provision was added in 1992, allowing younger players to go helmetless if they chose; as the only players that went helmetless after the provision was added were [=MacTavish=] and Brad Marsh, who also qualified under the 1979 grandfather clause, the provision was dropped in 1996.)
** In addition to eliminating the waiver provision, the 1996 update to the helmet rules mandated that incoming players must wear CSA-certified helmets. Veteran players were still permitted to retain their non-certified Jofa 235 helmets, largely because it was Wayne Gretzky's helmet of choice. Only four other players at the time (Marty [=McSorley=], Jari Kurri, Esa Tikkanen, and Igor Larionov) still wore the 235 at the time, and by 2001, they had either retired, or in Larionov's case, switched to a certified helmet.
** The NHL will do something similar for visors beginning with the 2013-14 season. Again, those in the league already playing without visors will be allowed to continue playing without them.
** Likewise, the single bar facemask was officially banned [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball by the NFL]] as of 2004, though it had been abandoned by every position except kickers and punters long before that. (QB Joe Theismann was the last non-kicker/punter to wear one when he retired in 1985.) Punter Scott Player was grandfathered and allowed to continue wearing just one bar until his retirement in 2008.
* Major League Baseball retired the number 42 in honor of UsefulNotes/JackieRobinson, the first black player to play in the major leagues, in 1997, but allowed players who were already wearing that number to continue using it. Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees, who retired after the 2013 season, was the last remaining active player to still wear that number.
** The grandfather clause was permitted even if the existing player wearing 42 was traded to, or signed with, another team, allowing a few players (Mo Vaughn, Jose Lima, and Mike Jackson) to wear 42 for multiple teams after 1997.
* Another MLB example: The spitball was banned in 1920, but pitchers who specialized in throwing spitballs were allowed to keep doing so for the rest of their careers. The last spitballer was Hall of Famer Burleigh "Ol' Stubblebeard" Grimes, who retired in 1934.
* Still another baseball example: The Hall of Fame and the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA), whose members vote on recently retired players, agreed that starting with the election for the class of 2015, players would be eligible for election on 10 annual ballots instead of 15.[[note]]For a player to be eligible for the Hall, he must (1) have played for at least 10 years in MLB, (2) not be on baseball's banned list, such as Pete Rose, and (3) either be retired for 5 years or dead for 6 months.[[/note]] The three players on the 2015 ballot who had already appeared on 10 or more ballots (Don Mattingly, Alan Trammell, Lee Smith) remained eligible for the full 15 years, should they get enough votes to stay on the ballot.[[note]]All three stayed on the ballot for the full 15 years, but failed to be elected. Mattingly's last shot was in 2015, Trammell's in 2016, and Smith's in 2017.[[/note]]

* More objectionable bits in ''Theatre/TheMikado'' are often {{bowdlerise}}d out (several references to "niggers" in lyrics are usually removed), but the basic premise of Caucasian actors in whiteface, kimonos, and black wigs in a gross mockery of Meiji's Japan remains intact despite how outrageously offensive the concept would be today. It should be noted that ''The Mikado'' is satire at its finest, using a patently absurd version of Japan to mock both general British culture and a faddish obsession with Japan that was sweeping through the country at the time.
** It is recorded that when Prince Fushimi Sadanaru of Japan (a relative of the Emperor and a confidant of Crown Prince Yoshihito, who became Emperor Taisho) made a state visit to Britain in 1907, all productions of ''The Mikado'' were shut down for fear of offending him. This proved to be a mistake, since the Crown Prince had looked forward to seeing it. ''The Mikado'' is still very popular in Japan; evidently, the fact that the society is obviously more British than Japanese makes it easier to get Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's point.
* The works of Creator/WilliamShakespeare may in many cases be saved due to this trope and his considered greatness as a playwright and influence on the English language and culture. For example, the ideal of submissiveness of women in ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'' or the fact that in ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', that the heroine is only thirteen and already being considered for marriage, whilst rare and a plot point intended for drama even back then, would be virtually unthinkable in a modern play given present-day age-of-consent laws and [[PaedoHunt attitudes/fears surrounding sex with the now-underage.]] In the former case, attempts are generally made to work around the awkwardness of such attitudes but in the latter, it often seems to go on with only the slightest of comment.

[[folder:TV Tropes Wiki]]
* Many tropes on this wiki keep their names because people are used to them, even though they do not meet various criteria for descriptive names; some were created and codified before those criteria were codified, (or even before TV Tropes existed), while others probably just flew under the radar and became widely linked and well-known before anyone thought to apply those rules, but in any case the name is too strongly associated with the trope to be changed even though it's "bad". Here are some of the more notable ones:
** If the {{Narm}} article were to have been created only recently, it would have been renamed very quickly. Same thing about a very old trope, GilliganCut. It's actually a pre-existing entertainment industry name, and one which is neither exclusive to ''Series/GilligansIsland'', nor the only cut used there.
** TheScrappy: Even though character-named tropes are heavily frowned upon since not everyone will get the reference, The Scrappy has held on since it's one of the most heavily-linked tropes on the site, and the name gives the sense of something being the "scrap" that you toss aside.
** XanatosGambit. Yes, we know that not everyone's heard of the original David Xanatos (from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''), but since XanatosGambit is a [[JustForFun/TropesOfLegend Trope of Legend]] and the term has percolated through the rest of the internet, it's not getting renamed.
** TheDragon: Not indicative of what that trope is at all, but it is one of the most linked tropes on the site. (Its usage in this context also predates the site.)
** OneWingedAngel: A Trope of Legend. The name is a reference to Sephiroth's theme song from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. [[note]]Despite the fact that he had seven wings in his original appearance.[[/note]] It's not obvious by the title it's about a villain transforming. It resisted a attempt to give it a more descriptive name largely because of its large number of {{Wick}}s and this trope.
** UndergroundMonkey: ''"It's a monkey, but it lives underground"'' is hardly a good way to imply ''"video game developers create a whole family of mooks by adding little modifications to a mook, hence getting a lot of enemy-variety cheaper"''. This trope stayed under the radar for too long, and since basically ALL video games use it, it's been linked by lots and lots of articles. Most tropers believe the abysmal amount of work required to change the name of this trope is just not worth it.
** RogerRabbitEffect: ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' is not [[UrExample the first movie]] to blend animation and live-action, but it's [[TropeCodifier one of the most well-known]], so its name remains.
** EpilepticTrees: This term probably won't make any sense at all for people who have never seen ''Series/{{Lost}}'', but it isn't likely to get a name change any time soon; besides, it fits the out-there nature of the WildMassGuessing it describes.
** HummerDinger: The {{Trope Namer|s}} Hummer brand that the HummerDinger trope satirises went under in 2010 as part of GM's infamous post-economic-collapse restructuring.
** TheStarscream: The trope is named after [[TheDragon Starscream]] from Franchise/{{Transformers}}. And like every other character-named tropes, not everyone has heard of Starscream's desire to usurp [[BigBad Megatron]] as leader of the Decepticons, and his movie incarnation didn't really have it. But the character from the original cartoon was so infamous for his countless attempts to overthrow Megatron ([[ExaggeratedTrope to the point that he declares himself leader after Megatron falls down from one blast]]) that his name has become synonymous with treachery. It also helps that there's not a single word that encompasses Starscream's power-hungry character (such as his open ambition, overly egoistic to a fault, seizing every opportunity to usurp his leader, and failing miserably).
* The self-demonstrating page for '''[[SelfDemonstrating/{{Ptitleijqobqvle9an}} BRIAN BLESSED]]''' is still in the old Ptitle format, as the new version has removed the ability to increase the font of text (and thus, any edit of the article would permanently lose the formatting), and since we're talking about '''[[LargeHam BRIAN BLESSED]]''' it'd be impossible to have him ''not'' have huge font, thus, he stays Ptitle, and as a result, has larger font. Similarly, Laconic.AllYourColorsCombined, Laconic.RainbowSpeak, Laconic.ClarkesLawForGirlsToys, and SelfDemonstrating.RedAlert are kept locked to retain colored text after the feature was disabled wiki-wide due to being abused too often.
* The name Wiki/TVTropes itself provides a simple example, as the main page explains: "The wiki is called "TV Tropes" because TV is where we started. Over the course of a few years, our scope has crept out to include other media." This is probably the least likely name on the site to ever change.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' is the only MascotWithAttitude allowed to play all of the facets of the trope straight, due to the fact that [[TropeCodifier he solidified most of them]]. In fact, there was considerable backlash against the plots of games where Sega tried to change him up (though it helps that said games [[PolygonCeiling weren't very good]]).
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** Most platformer heroes have stopped using the GoombaStomp (or at least downplayed it considerably), but jumping is so much a part of the franchise that Mario almost always has it as his primary ability in his games. Even when the games are {{RPG}}s. There's a reason the trope is called GoombaStomp.
** There's the plot, or one might say [[ExcusePlot there isn't the plot]]. While other veteran computer game series have been trying to make their plots deeper and more complex, the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series is still about the same Italian plumber [[SaveThePrincess rescuing the same princess]] from the same turtle-dinosaur creature. The {{RPG}}s, being games with a higher StoryToGameplayRatio but having essentially the same plot, make fun of this. Every Mario RPG so far, besides ''[[VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor The Thousand Year Door]]'', has started with Bowser kidnapping, trying to kidnap, or at least planning to kidnap, the princess. So far, only the original ''VideoGame/PaperMario64'' has had the main plot focus on this. And in ''Thousand Year Door'', he objects to someone else doing it because it's ''his'' gimmick (and his love, but that's beside the point). Even the main series has made fun of the gimmick of the princess being kidnapped; ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' hangs a lampshade with a news report saying that Princess Peach has been kidnapped... [[OhNoNotAgain AGAIN]] (emphasis theirs).
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'':
** Even in the most modern games, Samus' missiles always cap out at [[PowersOfTwoMinusOne 255]], despite that number only arising due to hardware limitations in [[VideoGame/{{Metroid1}} the original game]]. (Later ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]]'' games quickly did away with the 255 money {{Cap}}, for example) It's just always been a part of the series, and let's face it, any more would make 100% Completion even more insane than it already is...
** Samus' morph ball form also came about because of the hardware limitations making the developers unable to get Samus to crouch or crawl. Needless to say that these days, we have the technology, and yet the morph ball remains regardless.
* Even the latest games today often ask you to "Press Start", before dropping you into the game or bringing you to the main menu interface, whether or not pressing other buttons would do the same thing. It's averted more and more often these days, but it's still tremendously common. Indeed, it can feel pretty weird to get to the title screen of, say, ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', and be told "Press 2", or having ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'' say to "Touch [the touch screen] to Start" despite the fact that pressing start works just fine. Even the name "Start" for the button is a bygone relic, since it's main use now (and arguably even in the NES days) is actually to pause the game. The UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 does away with "Start" and "Select" entirely. While the [=GameCube=] tried to remedy this by renaming the button "Start/Pause", the Wii and Wii U ultimately ended up doing as the [=PS4=] would later and ditched the button, replacing it with + and -. Some browsers like Firefox have a "click to activate" security setting that requires the user to click on web-based applications before they will run, so many browser-based games begin with a "click to start" screen.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' is so well-known for its FullMotionVideo cutscenes that when ''Generals'' didn't include them, there was a backlash (granted, [[InNameOnly the lack of FMV wasn't the only difference between Generals and the old games]]). FMV are largely discredited these days, but ''[=C&C=]'' gets away with it because it's tied to the series' history. The later installments of the ''Tiberium'' and ''Red Alert'' franchises see all number of ally familiar actors engaging in as much HamToHamCombat as possible (Creator/JKSimmons, Creator/TimCurry, and Creator/GeorgeTakei as the leaders of the factions in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3''). Indeed, ''Red Alert 3'' has taught us that when your game has [[RefugeInAudacity amphibious man-cannons that shoot trained attack bears with parachutes]] you can get away with literally anything.
* ''Franchise/MegaMan''
** The [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic classic]] series exists on this trope. ''9'' and ''10'' feature all of the cliches that are featured in the rest of the series, including the eight robot masters, getting weapons from defeated enemies, moving on to Wily's fortress, [[HijackedByGanon Wily hijacking the plot]], and even the 8-bit graphics and sound. Somehow, it works.
** On a smaller note, ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' and its sequel having BottomlessPits and SpikesOfDoom, both of which lie in contention with their {{Metroidvania}}-style "explore everywhere" design philosophy but have been with the ''Mega Man'' games since the beginning.
** Current knowledge is that putting a BossRush in the main story is a poor design choice. The Mega Man games of all series can still get away with it, but since the ''Zero'' and ''Battle Network'' games the devs have liked to screw with the "classic" formula (although the trend to screw with the Boss Rush started in ''3'', where you fought the bosses from ''2'').
** The complete inability to crouch, compared to other games and franchises. While sometimes criticized, many players don't mind this, as it helps to maintain the quick pace of the platforming, with the slide ability usually compensating.
* The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series started as a ridiculous ActionHero game in the mid '80s. Starting with ''Metal Gear Solid'' in 1998, the series started to take itself seriously and both became a lot more grim and disillusioned as well as getting known for its highly complex plot and deep and well-written characters. Many of the mini bosses are so ridiculous they could be straight out of ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' and many of the sequences could be from cheap '80s action movies, but since those elements have been part of the series from the beginning, they were kept, similar to ''Film/JamesBond'' movies. Using a cardboard box to hide in -- and having it work so well -- is a part of the game's mythos from the very first game. It would be hard to imagine a newer stealth-action game playing the "moving cardboard box" bit straight.
* Every game in the entire ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series [[HeroicMime has the lead protagonist unvoiced or with barely any spoken dialogue]]. This is actually due to how the series was originally developed, where the games were driven from the player character's perspective and the original NES games were considered {{Dungeon Crawler}}s. Even with ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', which has every other character fully voiced [[VideoGameLongRunners some thirty years after the release of its ancestor of a game]], the lead protagonist is silent. Additionally, Shiva is always fused the same exact way: Barong and Rangda. Even with special fusions existing, it's the only way to get him.
* Some game players feel that games [[VideoGameLives that give you a set amount of "lives"]] invoke this trope, especially when they act alongside quicksaving with no penalties to SaveScumming.
* An even more outdated concept (still occasionally in use but becoming increasingly rare) is the level countdown timer, which had become pretty much obsolete by the mid-90s. Even games that are heavily grandfathered, such as the ''Mario'' series, have largely dropped the countdown timer, often for justifiable teams.
* The score counter, while not being used as much as it once was, occasionally continues to pop up in newer games (although not necessarily always in the traditional way). However, it has found another purpose by changing the points to money or 'experience', and then having the player spend it on upgrades, weapons, health and so forth.
** The score counter has actually found new life thanks to the introduction of leaderboards. While in the old games the purpose of the score was to either try to see if you can do better or compare with your friends, now you can compare your prowess against players from all over the world. Leaderboards are, more often than not, shown as a feature in a game's description.
* ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine'' gets away with the {{Undead Horse Trope}}s of RealIsBrown, ASpaceMarineIsYou, and a virtual ClicheStorm in part because the Warhammer 40,000 setting helped codify some of those tropes and was using others back when the NES was high tech. These tropes aren't quite {{dead|HorseTrope}} yet, but they're being mocked and derided openly. (Still, it's not like they could ''avoid'' ASpaceMarineIsYou[[note]]...sort of; the protagonist would be a mediocre fit for that trope; read more on that page.[[/note]].) Cory Rydell and Grey Carter of ''Webcomic/CriticalMiss'' explain fan reactions [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/comics/critical-miss/9123-Critical-Miss-Space-Marine here.]]
* Sometimes when patching a game to fix a GameBreaker or a GoodBadBug, the developers will let the players keep the old versions of equipment if it doesn't hurt other players. For example, when Gearbox nerfed The Bee in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', they didn't actually alter any of the shields already acquired - only new ones, that drop after the patch is implemented.
** In ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', if you have any +% Magic Find gear from the 1.X days, better hold onto it!
* The ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' games still have maps that are made up of 8-12 discrete areas, with fixed-duration loading screens whenever the player passes between them, even on current-gen consoles where a lack of DynamicLoading is considered a damning flaw. The developers have gone on record stating this is an intentional design choice: fleeing from one are to another is a tactic both players and monsters use to escape each other to recover (among other mechanics) and making the whole map one large field dramatically changes the flow of the game. It helps that recent titles actually take advantage of this setup, as only having to render a fixed amount of geography allows the UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo3DS}} to pack an exquisite amount of detail onto the armors and monsters.
* ''VideoGame/JustDance'' is the only game entirely dependent on motion controls that remains popular today. While once considered a revolution in gaming, they've fallen heavily out of favor due to the immense amount of shovelware it produced. Today, motion controls are seen as a cheap gimmick and most games avoid it or at least downplay its presence (there's huge complaints whenever it's there). ''Just Dance'' is the exception, however. It became a big franchise while motion controls were still popular, and has become a staple of house parties all over the world. If a game like ''Just Dance'' were released today, it'd probably be dismissed as shovelware.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' made its name with BlackComedy humor that [[CrossesTheLineTwice crosses line all the time]], it's why the series is so popular to begin with. Naturally, when ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'' was released, that kind of humor carried over in-full. The most noticeable is the four classes you can play as -- Fighter, Thief, Mage, and... Jew. Yes, there's a Jew class. It's been said that this is the only game that could get away with something like that.
* Across all ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, only Pokémon that are fully evolved/don't evolve are capable of learning the moves Hyper Beam and Giga Impact by TM, meaning a Ralts or Kirlia can't be taught those moves but their evolved form Gardevoir/Gallade can. The exception to this rule is Pokémon who have them in their level-up movepool (such as Larvitar) and Pokémon who were considered fully evolved in past generations but have since gained evolutions, as well as those which have them in their level-up movepools for whatever reason. Those Pokémon are still capable of learning Hyper Beam/Giga Impact despite technically not being fully evolved, just because they had always been able to.
** The Porygon family provides an extreme example, since Porygon itself was a stand-alone creature in Generation I. Generation II gave it an evolution, [=Porygon2=], meaning both it and Porygon could learn Hyper Beam just because Porygon was always able to. Finally, Generation IV introduced yet another evolution, Porygon-Z, meaning that the whole line could learn Hyper Beam just because all members have been able to do so. [[note]]Incidentally, Porygon-Z is considered basically the only viable user of the move in competitive play, since the raw power of the move on top of Porygon-Z's extremely high special attack stat and Adaptibility (which doubles the power of STAB moves) turns it into a nuke capable of making up for its usual drawback of the user having to go through a charge turn.[[/note]]
** Despite newer games introducing Pokémon with considerable differences between their male and female forms in terms of appearance, being able to evolve, and even stats and movepools (Meowstic being a very good example) , male and female Nidoran remain counted as two distinct species.
* Many modern stealth video games give the player some sort of infinite use throwing item that can be thrown to distract enemies. The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' franchise has long allowed players to distract guards by throwing empty ammunition magazines, but the player was limited by how many magazines had actually been emptied by firing guns. However, the unlimited distraction item paradigm was embraced in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidV''. While other games have players throwing some sort of item the player character could presumably scrounge from the environment, usually rocks, the player character in Metal Gear Solid V has an unlimited, free supply of empty magazines, regardless of how little sense that actually makes, because empty magazines is what the franchise has always used for that function.
* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' developer Mojang was bought by Microsoft in 2015. This means that a version of ''Minecraft'' on rival platforms is impossible -- or rather it ''would'' be, if it weren't already released there. As a result, the non-Xbox/PC versions of the game are still supported despite being owned by Microsoft, because they were already on them when Mojang was bought out.
* This can happen in FightingGames where some characters get different costumes, but others remain the same. A specific example of this happening in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'', where almost every returning character got a new costume except Ryu and Chun-Li. They deemed that their appearances were simply too iconic to alter, and as such they remain the same while everyone else looks different.
* Another such example happening was in ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive5''. The new graphics engine was hyped up before release, and to go with it were brand new costumes for almost every character. Except Kasumi, the lead heroine and icon of the franchise. Her costume remained almost exactly the same from previous games, primarily because her outfit was too iconic to the character to change or remove.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' is the only MascotFighter that gets taken seriously without any mockery whatsoever, since it [[TropeCodifier codified]] the sub-genre to begin with ([[OlderThanTheyThink but wasn't the first one ever made, contrary to popular belief]]).
** This trope is also likely the reason why some characters remain the same way (either game-play or aesthetic-wise) as when they first appeared in the game, even after their portrayal in other games (or even portrayal of other characters in ''Smash'') changes significantly. [[Franchise/FireEmblem Marth]] still speaks only in Japanese (despite having English [=VA=]s for a while), [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Ganondorf]] is still a semi-clone of [[VideoGame/FZero Captain Falcon]], Bowser still makes animalistic sounds (even though Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings retain their usual cartoon-y voices)....
* The UnmovingPlaid shirt of Stan the [[HonestJohnsDealership Salesman]] in the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' games. It was initially a limitation of the computer hardware (and, presumably, the patience of the animator) in ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland''. Later games appeared on computers that COULD handle moving plaid, but kept the look as an homage to the original, and even undertook the difficult task of incorporating it into the 3D games, since it was so iconic of Stan that it simply didn't look like Stan if it moved around.
* Thanks to [[DownloadableContent DLC]], [[AchievementSystem achievements]], and online multiplayer, {{cheat code}}s are effectively dead for consoles. However, for the desktop computer market, it's common practice to leave the developer's console accessible, in the interest of facilitating mod testing and provisional bug workarounds. Some [[VideoGameLongRunners long-running franchises]] that are known for their cheat codes, such as ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'', still use cheat codes for gamers to enjoy the heck out of them ([[NoFairCheating although they will block achievements when used]]).

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The long-running ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' got away with such SpriteComic cliches as an all-powerful AuthorAvatar and other characters that were [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/050314c mere recolors of existing sprites]], absolutely NoFourthWall, and comically one-dimensional characters (to be precise, one-dimensional versions of ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}}'' characters) because it either started or popularized almost all of these tropes for webcomics. This also unfortunately leads to a tendency of SeinfeldIsUnfunny.
* Likewise, ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' and other webcomics that started before 2000 can be excused for [[TwoGamersOnACouch using the tropes]] that they popularized in the first place.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation has 076 (Able) and 105 (Iris) -- submitted early in the site's history, the quickly-growing community treated them as iconic, to the point of writing fanfic about them. As the site was restructured and formalized, the community shifted strongly against Mary Sue traits, and formed a generally-accepted canon on how the Foundation treated its wards, both of which were at odds with the pair. Though their general MarySue-ness has been toned down over the years (Able is now a force of nature rather than an anti-hero, Iris's power is less CursedWithAwesome), their popularity (especially Iris's) has waned considerably over the years, and they would probably risk deletion if they were submitted today. However, they're considered too important to the site's history to let go. The creators of the site even created "the Able Line": Able is exactly as Sue-ish as any character is allowed to be, and can stay, but anything more has to go. Probably the biggest sign of Grandfathering, though, is the tendency for reports involving them to call them by their real names rather than their numbers: a supreme faux pas from anyone else, but Able and Iris are too established in those names to stop using them. In Able's case, at least, this has been explained in-universe by saying that the reason why [=SCPs=] are referred to by number is that it is important to dehumanize sentient [=SCPs=] to prevent people from interfering with their containment out of sympathy; since there's nothing remotely sympathetic about Able, it's OK to refer to him by name.
* The role-play ''Into the Black'' (from the creators of ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'') had a gritty cyberpunk setting with a focus on realistic science and technology. Its sequel, ''Racing the Storm'', had a new GM who introduced psionics and space ships and took an unpopular direction with the characters. When a [[ReBoot new sequel]] to ''Into the Black'' was planned, the [=GMs=] specified that psionics were not permitted under any circumstances. The only exceptions were Lily North and Flora, characters from the previous role-plays whose abilities are heavily tied into their appearance and backstories.
* The Metal Archives does not allow most bands that fall under AlternativeMetal and its various subgenres (such as NuMetal, FunkMetal, and RapMetal) on its website, as they don't consider them to be "metal" enough. However, bands that started out playing an "appropriate" genre but later shifted to one of those styles can still be listed. Two examples are Music/InFlames and Music/LacunaCoil. Additionally, bands like Music/DefLeppard are allowed on the site because they started out playing metal, which qualifies them, before moving to pop rock. The basic rule is that you have to have at least one full album that's considered metal to be listed, so as long as you have one album playing an accepted form of metal, you're eligible regardless of your other material.
* Linkara of ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' is one of the few individuals who can still wear his [[NiceHat signature fedora]] unironically because it's part of his IconicOutfit and taking it away wouldn't be right. That, and he started in 2008, at a time when the fedora was still considered retro and not commonly associated {{jerkass}}es, particularly misogynists -- both of which he's staunchly against. It would be difficult in this day and age for an internet reviewer to wear a fedora with complete seriousness.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Recent Disney TV shows based on ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' give it a SettingUpdate. ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' is vaguely set in the '80s, and ''My Friends Tigger And Pooh'' is definitely set in the 21st century. Honey, however, still comes in stoneware pots, rather than glass jars or squeezy bottles.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The show features a ''running'' gag where Homer strangles Bart. It's been played for laughs [[LongRunners since 1988]] - back when TV censors were more concerned with sex and graphic violence than (relatively) more subtle sociopolitical content. While a BumblingDad on [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDad rival]] [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy shows]] may get away with some disturbing emotional abuse of his children, physical child abuse as comedy wouldn't be likely to fly as a running joke for most new series. Even lampshaded in the episode "Behind The Laughter":
--> '''Homer:''' And that horrible act of child abuse became one of our most beloved running gags.

** In a way, ''The Simpsons'' has been the victim of its own success on that point. Back when "offensive" was the show's entire selling point, strangling a child was easy to shrug off as just a joke (albeit a sick one). But now that the show is beloved by viewers of all generations and even by some religious figures, they have to be at least a ''little'' family-friendly.
** It helps that ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is not only a cartoon, but gave up even the pretense of being a "realistic working-class sitcom" ages ago. Other things about the setup are also grandfathered; Creator/MattGroening admits that Marge being a stay-at-home mom doesn't really makes sense for their position in the economic climate of TheNewTens, but she isn't going to change.
** Many other details about the series have been grandfathered in from its 90s origins. For instance, ''Itchy and Scratchy'' airing on ''The Krusty the Clown Show'' would have been obvious analogies in their day to ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' airing on ''[[NonIronicClown Bozo's Circus]]'' - only ''WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow'' is absurdly gory instead of bloodless and cartoonish, and Krusty is an asshole instead of a lovable jester. These days, both Bozo and ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' are largely gone, leaving ''Itchy and Scratchy'' a quaint relic of the time before ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'', and Krusty inexplicably popular in the face of countless {{Monster Clown}}s. But the kids gotta be watching something, so...
** The level of technology in the show seemed to have stuck with the series' late 80s/early 90s origins for quite a few years. Vinyl albums were commonly seen in episodes well into the 90s, plus there's the Simpsons family's dial-tuner TV set with rabbit-ear antenna. Homer's car also looks like it dates from the 80s.
** Consider Bart's status as a "bad boy." In the show's early seasons, contemporaneous shows featured similar "bad boy" characters, and Bart fit right in. By TheNewTens, when ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is a {{Long Runner|s}}, shows have moved on and made Bart's worst behaviors seem almost quaint. Likewise, the police's Keystone Kops routine is quite old-fashioned, and the police force even has old revolvers, but in the late 1980's and early 90's it fit nicely with the show's comedic parody of old sitcoms. All that dated styling is now part of the show's milieu as The Simpsons has stopped being about parodying other shows and is now about parodying itself with bits of barbed satire thrown in. This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the "Cartoon Wars" story arc from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', where Cartman meets Bart Simpson himself. Bart brags about how much of a bad boy he supposedly is, citing the incident where he decapitated the statue of Springfield's founder. Cartman responds by calmly recounting the episode where [[DisproportionateRetribution he arranged the deaths of Scott Tennorman's parents, and then chopped up the corpses and fed them to the boy]].
** Many of the series' FunnyForeigner characters, such as Bumblebee Man, Groundskeeper Willie, Akira, Luigi, and especially Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, could arguably not be created in the more politically correct times that followed the show's debut. Though in later years, Apu has been the target of more and more complaints. Creator/HankAzaria has even admitted that he sees where the critics are coming from, and has said he would be unhappy if there was a popular show that got away with having a stereotypical Jewish character.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' continues to feature the color coded "Terror Alert" indicator on the family fridge, despite the fact that the [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama Obama Administration]] retired it. Perhaps as a satire of the changing attitudes of a new decade, the Terror Alert level was only on red, orange or yellow in episodes from the [[TurnOfTheMillennium 2000s]]. But in episodes from [[TheNewTens 2010]] and onwards it's either blue, green (two colors it never was lowered to in RealLife), or missing an arrow; they even had an episode where the color code changed to blue and everyone in the CIA acted like it was a major cause for celebration.
* The [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Scooby gang]] and their outfits, especially Fred. While he did lose the ascot for awhile, it's back as of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' and several of the recent movies, even though pretty much no one wears ascots anymore. But it's become such an IconicOutfit for them that Warner Brothers seems loathe to get rid of it completely. Likewise, the Mystery Machine. A green colored van covered with flowers sticks out like a sore thumb in today's modern society, but because it's so associated with Mystery Inc., they can get away with it. Shaggy's shapeless jeans and t-shirt are a stoner classic even today, but Daphne's and Velma's outfits were supposed to convey Daphne's fashionable persona and Velma's geekiness. Nowadays, both outfits would make their wearer look more like a hipster.

[[folder:Real Life]]
[[TropeNamers Named]] after the common phrase for laws that grant exceptions based on past history. It's even a verb: "To grandfather" something means to not enforce a new regulation on something that was already in existence at the time the regulation was enacted for entities in that category, while new entities in that category would be subject to the regulation.
* The phrase came from [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement Jim Crow]] laws requiring things like literacy tests to vote but granting an exception to anyone whose grandfather was eligible to vote. Since all whites had eligible grandfathers and few blacks did (UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar having been that recent), and the literacy tests were [[UnwinnableByDesign made very hard]] (and often rigged, one Alabama poll test question was literally: "How many bubbles are in a bar of soap?"), it effectively meant "whites can vote and blacks can't" [[LoopholeAbuse without outright saying so]]. This also had the "added benefit" of not allowing fresh immigrants to vote, another thing that the same type of people who created the Jim Crow laws were in favor of.
* A ''literal'' Grandfather Clause: Most people in the Western world younger than 70 years of age will be harshly reprimanded or at least mocked for ValuesDissonance, while those in the twilight of their lives are viewed with tolerance (or sometimes condescension) for holding identical attitudes because [[RacistGrandma "they don't know any better."]]
* It is very common in clubs and industries where membership/employment practices have changed. A club may decide to change membership requirements such that some of its long-standing members may no longer qualify, but they can be grandfathered in. For example, a fraternity may decide to only accept pledges who possess a certain GPA, but may retain members who were allowed in earlier. Likewise, a club whose membership is growing too quickly may decide to raise membership fees to raise revenue for the larger traffic and to reduce its applicants, but retain existing members at the cost they signed up for. Imagine a popular golf club which was growing too quickly, so members could not guarantee a tee time and the conditions on the course were wanting for a lack of maintenance. Likewise, a company offering a service in high demand may decide to raise prices, but may be legally required or find it prudent to grandfather existing clients in at their original rates, especially if they count on old clients to refer their new ones. This can also be used to keep key personnel during a transition. For example, a company providing emergency medical services may decide to hire only full paramedics in the future, but may grandfather in veteran EMT-Intermediates and Basics while they acquire the EMT-P credential. And as recently as the 1970s one of the most common paths to a career in journalism would be to leave High School and get a job in the office of a local newspaper, working your way up the chain and eventually being 'scouted' by bigger newspapers/tv stations etc. Today most tv stations and newspapers wouldn't consider hiring someone who hadn't graduated from a school of journalism, but many literal grandmothers and grandfathers remain on the payroll. However, what the oldies lack in formal schooling, they make up with experience.
** The US Military has many of these, due to constant regulation changes and manning cutbacks/additions. For instance, the minimum rank needed to retire (hit at least 20 years total active service) for enlisted members has gone up in most cases (the Navy used to be E5, and has been E6 since the mid-2000s; the Marine Corps recently raised it from E6 to E7). However, those that joined before a certain cut-off date are exempt. Various other programs for retention, force changing, etc., often use this clause for certain members.
* The prefix e- for computer-related things will get you ridiculed now. Only e-mail and perhaps ebooks can really get away with it. Perhaps this is because [[EverythingIsAnIPodInTheFuture i is the new e.]]
* Alcohol and tobacco are more physically damaging and addictive than several illegal drugs. In fact, it's often been said that if they were discovered today, they would be classed as Class A (highly illegal) drugs and banned in the UK. The reason they haven't been is because they've been around longer and are a big part of mainstream culture. Ironically enough, alcohol ''was'' outlawed in the United States during TheRoaringTwenties (it didn't stick, obviously; besides the fact that most drug prohibitions are ''extremely'' difficult to enforce, alcohol, unlike most other drugs, is made from ordinary foodstuffs like grains and fruit, so it's virtually impossible to prevent people from getting the basic ingredients) and tobacco is currently being denounced as a pariah at the same time that marijuana is ''gaining'' acceptance.
* Pets. There is a well-defined set of "normal" pet animals which have been part of human existence for years (if not millennia), and legislation and custom are always written around the assumption that people are entitled to buy and own these animals. Outside that well-defined set, just watch the people start to stare and the legal compliance issues start to mount. Case in point: [[WeaselMascot Ferrets]]. They're the 3rd most popular pet in the US, yet you seldom see them in the media and laws and regulations prohibiting their ownership abound. Some animals, such as raccoons, are considered wild animals (regardless of if they are born in captivity) and not possible to tame properly after a year or two, and as such, some states allow them as pets, and some don't. In Russia, however, there are no laws against it, so raccoons are surprisingly popular pets (as evidenced by all the Russian [=YouTube=] videos on them).
* An unusual one, in that cases before the cutoff date must follow ''stricter'' rules: Germans enjoy visa-free access to Israel... except those old enough to have been of legal age during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII (born before January 1, 1928). They have to get a visa and submit extra paperwork to prove that they weren't members of the Nazi Party and/or participants in Nazi atrocities.
* Examples from biology:
** The biological class of reptiles. Under modern cladistic criteria (a significant minority of scientists still use the old classification system), a taxon has to include all species deriving from a common ancestor. Reptiles don't because they lack the dinosaur-descended birds (together forming the sauropsides)[[note]]though some question whether dinosaurs were actually reptiles at all[[/note]] and the therapside-descended mammals (all together forming the hyperclass of the amniotes). There's also the fact that crocodilians are classified as reptiles despite being more closely related to birds than to other reptiles. After all, they're clearly not birds themselves and they have scales, so by default they're called reptiles. From a scientific point of view, reptiles as a class have been discredited, but reptiles are still taught as a biological class vis-à-vis to the other three among the tetrapodes.
** Similarly, there's fish. Basically, the closest we can get to a useful definition of fish is something like "anything that has a spine that isn't an amphibian, reptile, bird, mammal, or member of some extinct species that doesn't count because it has limbs or something".
* Vermont Maid brand pancake syrup has not been manufactured in Vermont or contained any real maple syrup from anywhere for decades. If it were a new product, its makers would face a lawsuit from the state Department of Agriculture.
* The Ford Galaxy and Volkswagen Sharan [=MPVs=] still survive, despite crossover [=SUVs=] being the replacement ''de facto'' for minivans. No rules prohibit minivans, only cultural trend.
* [[UsefulNotes/FootballPopMusicAndFlatCaps Salford]] City Council get away with using streetlights over 20-30 years old due to the fact they fit in with the 1960s - 70s housing scheme and "Acacia Avenue" look/vibe, even though new regulations would not allow them these days due to safety concerns - and [[http://www.ukastle.co.uk UKAstle.co.uk]] will probably mention this at some point. New Urbis Sapphires (which look sort of like alien eyes) ''have'' started being used in some part of Walkden, but they're not widely used due to various reasons.
* The Atholl Highlanders are the last feudal-style aristocrat's private army existing in Europe, under the personal command of the Duke of Atholl and not a part of the British Army in any capacity. They exist for reasons that more or less boil down to "Queen Victoria thought it was cool". Luckily the army only sees ceremonial guard duty as it would presumably cause havoc trying to fit it into modern international law.
* The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the United Negro College Fund both retain terms for black people in their names that [[HaveAGayOldTime were perfectly acceptable when they were founded]], but are considered racist today.
* The U.S. Constitution requires that the president be a natural-born citizen, OR was a citizen of the U.S. when the Constitution was adopted. The first nine U.S. presidents were born in American states when they were still British colonies. A few say the peculiar phrasing is due to UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton's presidential ambitions, since he was born in the British West Indies and had a strong influence on the final form of the Constitution; it's not clear how much credence to give this, and in any case he never even sought the presidency as he died in his mid to late forties in 1804. More likely to have been in the minds of the framers of the Constitution was that in 1787, the United States had only existed for 11 years and thus it was impossible for anybody to meet the age requirement for the presidency (at least 35 years old) and also be a natural-born citizen.
** The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, which set terms limits on the presidency, has a unique grandfather clause. It specifically exempts the sitting president UsefulNotes/HarryTruman from the term limit - in fact the exemption is described at greater length than the term limits themselves. However, Truman--who made some highly unpopular (but [[VindicatedByHistory historically well-regarded]]) decisions respecting UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar and other matters--was extremely unpopular going into the 1952 election cycle, and bowed out of the '52 race for the Democratic presidential nomination in favor of Illinois Governor Adlai E. Stevenson, rendering the whole matter moot.
* In 2005, when [[MarryThemAll polygamous marriages]] were banned in the French territory of Mayotte, any person born before 1987 (for men) or 1990 (for girls) were allowed to contract such marriages; this possibility was closed in 2011, when this island became the 101st ''[[UsefulNotes/DepartementalIssues département]]''.
* During the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, certain firearms made before the ban's enactment were legal to own. Automatic weapons that were manufactured and registered before the Firearm Owners Protection Act (enacted May 19, 1986) may legally be transferred to civilians (any automatic weapons manufactured after that date can only be transferred to government agencies, or to private businesses licensed to handle them). Similarly, and until the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts United States Supreme Court]] voided the law, handguns were totally banned in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, except for former cops and those holding these weapons since before 1977.
* In 2013, Tennessee enacted a law requiring that beverages labeled as "Tennessee whiskey" be made in the state, meet the legal definition of bourbon whiskey, and use the Lincoln County Process (in which the whiskey is filtered through, or steeped in, charcoal before being bottled for aging). The law specifically allows Benjamin Prichard's Tennessee Whiskey, which does meet the definition of bourbon but does not use the Lincoln County Process, to continue to be labeled as such.
* In 2014, Kentucky radically simplified its classification of cities, replacing a six-class system based mainly on population with a two-class system based on the type of government. Several hundred laws had been based on the old classification system, most notably affecting alcoholic beverage control, certain labor laws, revenue options, and in some cases the ability for a city to have its own school system.[[note]]As for the last item, Kentucky normally organizes its school districts along county lines, but decades ago allowed cities above a certain size limit to organize their own districts, also allowing clusters of cities that together met the limits to do so.[[/note]] The new system, taking effect in 2015, contained elaborate provisions to ensure that no city lost a privilege that it had under the old system.
* UsefulNotes/{{British Law|s}} (and by extension, Commonwealth law) takes this as the default position when dealing with the effects of a law repeal. This is justified, as these countries would routinely repeal old laws that no longer have any use except wasting space on their Statute Books and confusing lawyers. But to avoid [[ForWantOfANail unwanted consequences]] of these repeals, this trope is applied. Representative of their legalese for this is Article 16 of UK's Interpretation Act 1977:
-->[W]here an Act repeals an enactment, the repeal does not, unless the contrary intention appears, (a)revive anything not in force or existing at the time at which the repeal takes effect; (b)affect the previous operation of the enactment repealed or anything duly done or suffered under that enactment; (c)affect any right, privilege, obligation or liability acquired, accrued or incurred under that enactment; (d)affect any penalty, forfeiture or punishment incurred in respect of any offense committed against that enactment; (e)affect any investigation, legal proceeding or remedy in respect of any such right, privilege, obligation, liability, penalty, forfeiture or punishment; and any such investigation, legal proceeding or remedy may be instituted, continued or enforced, and any such penalty, forfeiture or punishment may be imposed, as if the repealing Act had not been passed.
* One example that gets a lot of public interest are transferable machine guns in the United States. Machine guns are considered illegal in the United States without a very special license[[note]]and then the intent is only to make purchasing machine guns easier for police departments, not so special people can have them as toys[[/note]], machine guns registered before 1986 are have been grandfathered in and can be bought and sold by anyone who passes a background check.
* Liverpool, UK was renaming several city locations like streets that were named after famous people who dealt in slavery. However, City Council eventually had a thorny problem with Penny Lane, which was named after James Penny, a wealthy slave ship owner. They decided that since Music/TheBeatles made it famous with the eponymous song, it would be better to keep it as is for the tourist traffic.
* There are a handful of paragraphs from the [[UsefulNotes/WeimarRepublic Weimar constitution of 1919]] still in force in the current constitution of TheBerlinRepublic. They are even introduced in the form, "The paragraphs (Numbers) are part of this Basic Law". They mostly concern the relationship between church and state. Similarly, several treaties entered into by Germany's constituent states and the German Reich prior to 1945 explicitly remain in force despite a general policy of non-continuity between pre-1945 Germany and post-1945 Germany.
* A town in Washington State called Bainbridge Island passed a law making it effectively impossible to open a drive-thru fast food restaurant within the city limits, which covers the whole island, in order to protect local businesses and maintain an artsy, backwater feel (the island is a minor tourist spot due to being on the other side of a scenic ferry from Seattle). A lone UsefulNotes/McDonalds which opened off the main road through town prior to the law passing was allowed to stay, but is not allowed to update its appearance like other [=McDonald's=] and is therefore exempt from this company rule.
** Another example of [=McDonald's=] exempt from this rule is the handful of restaurants whose original franchise agreements were with the [=McDonald=] brothers themselves (rather than Ray Kroc), such as the 4th location in Downey, California, currently [[LongRunners the oldest location still in operation worldwide]]. Their agreements did not have the mandatory updating clause and are allowed to stay as-is, with many stores qualifying for spots on the National Register of Historic Places.
* In the Canadian province of Ontario, all bottled wine must be sold either directly by the winery that makes it, or by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO). The sole exemption is given to the Wine Rack, which existed before the legislation was put in place.
* UsefulNotes/StephenHawking's famous near-monotone voice synthesizer. [[TechnologyMarchesOn Even though the technology has improved considerably since he first got it in the late 1970s]], he has turned down many offers to improve and humanise the voice, saying that it's become the voice that people expect him to have. And of course it is recognized the world over.