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New-Age Retro Hippie

It's all about peace and love, man.

CJ: Can you shoot?
The Truth: Shoot? I'm a hippie! The only thing I've shot is acid. I heard a dude snorted it once. Thought his nose was a kangaroo and the moon was a dog! WOOH!

Hippies are often depicted in television and video games as pot-loving, tie-dyed shirt-wearing, stuck-in-the-'60s types who believe in sexual freedom, celebrating nature and railing against "the man, man." While this was (and whoah, still is, you know, dude) true to some extent, it has been exaggerated (naturally) in fiction, dude.

The earliest instances of this trope come only a few years after the first hippies, man. (Actual contemporary depictions either confused hippies with beatniks or just portrayed them being, like, generically weird.) It's like The New Rock & Roll, dude, except the hippie "messed-up" phase never ended. Whoah.

Plenty of Truth in Television, here. Although a certain amount of Flanderization occurs in fiction as noted above, hippie clothing generally isn't exaggerated at all, because it doesn't need to be. As Like Is, Like, a Comma and Verbal Tic note, the use of "like" and a sentence-ending "man" are not uncommon in real life.

Although generally considered Pacifist, the actual level varies; usually somewhere between martial and badass. If they're on the main team in an action show, they're almost always a Technical Pacifist. An Actual Pacifist is extremely rare, although they may claim this.

A subset of this character type is the Hippie Teacher, man, or like, Hippie Parents, you know? And whoah, dude: compare Granola Girl. See also Naked People Are Funny for the New Age Pants-free Retro Hippie, man.

Former hippies who joined the establishment while retaining their countercultural values become a specific type, the Bourgeois Bohemian. When portrayed sympathetically, they are usually a Cool Old Guy or Cool Old Lady. This character is also a common flavor of Amazingly Embarrassing Parents.


Whoah, Far-out Examples, man:

Anime
  • Momoko Asuka from Ojamajo Doremi has an Image Song called "Sekai wa Love and Peace" note , and whenever she sings it In-Universe, she wears a hippie costume with it.
  • In the anime version of Pokémon, Blaine has some shades of this, particularly when the gang first meets him. Note that this is largely absent from the games, where he's simply a Mad Scientist.
  • ∀ Gundam has the Red Team, a family of Moonrace-descended Terrans who wear hippie clothing and spend a lot of time getting drunk, dancing, and singing songs about the Moon. The rest of the Moonrace treats them... well, kind of like real life hippies are treated. They're a subversion though: rather than countercultural peace-lovers, they are warriors absolutely loyal to the Lunar Queen, Dianna Soriel.
  • Two unnamed hippies (a man and a woman, possibly a married couple) appeared several times in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, and were an essential element to the plot of one story.

Comic Books
  • Nick "Bearclaw" in Names of Magic/Hunter:The Age of Magic is very much one of these, though he's actually one of the least messed-up people in the series. Being introduced to real magic doesn't do much to change him.
  • Ted Richards' underground comic The Forty Year Old Hippie came out ca. 1979 - the title character looks about 70, and regales youngsters with stories about the old days. His catch phrases: "Over 200 trips and they've all been bummers - but I ain't givin' up!" and "I ain't been high since The Pot of '69!"
  • The Rarity issue of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic micro-series has her going to a "wellness center" run by a number of hippie ponies that fit this trope perfect, likely just squeaking under the censor line.

Fanfic

Film
  • The Big Lebowski: The Dude.
  • Cars: Filmore. Since the cast is made up of cars, he's naturally a VW microbus.
  • Flirting With Disaster has Ben Stiller looking for his birth parents - they turn out to be old hippies (Alan Alda and Lily Tomlin) who passionately argue that taking LSD shouldn't be a felony (as well they would, as they're manufacturing it).
  • Heartbreak Ridge: As opposed to that other Clint Eastwood movie, where he's informed that hippies no longer exist.
  • I Love You Alice B Toklas: Peter Sellers' character joins a hippie commune, and is quickly disenchanted with them.
  • Kelly's Heroes: Sgt Oddball is an unadulterated Summer Of Love-style hippie in a movie set in WWII. The only thing he's missing is the tie-dye.
  • The Producers: Lorenzo St. Dubois, the actor who Max and Leo find to play Hitler in the original film.
  • Revolution 1968: Hippies are the subject of this Documentary.
  • San Francisco International Airport: William Sturtevant. Is falsely accused of starting a fight.
  • "Forrest Gump": A good half of this movie is centered around the hippies.
  • Among films in which hippies or their ideals figured prominently such as Psych Out (starring Susan Strasberg and Jack Nicholson) or Wild in the Streets, there were a number of low budget "hipsploitation" movies and documentaries.

Literature
  • The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne portrayed a proto-version of the trope as early as 1852 (albeit with Transcendentalists rather than hippies proper.)
  • Starflower Creed from Love in a Nutshell.
  • Paris in the Twentieth Century, written in the 1860s, has as its 1960s protagonist a Love Freak and self-proclaimed poet who grows his hair long and detests corporations. He's not a drug addict, but the foundations of the trope can be seen. (Again, this was probably working off the Transcendentalists.)
  • Gloria Glyczwych (Witch Gliz) and her gay traveling companion John Mc_Fadden (Roy), and their friends in the New York commune, in James Leo Herlihy's forgotten 1971 classic The Season Of The Witch.
  • 1632 series: At the start, Tom Stone's the last member of the Lothlorien Commune, living there with his three sons. After the town of Grantville (including the commune) is sent back into the Thirty Years' War, Stone first offers up his marijuana crop for use as a painkiller. Being a hippie, he insists on giving it away. Then, he uses his knowledge of industrial chemistry to produce dyes, so the hippie is now one of the richest men in Europe, although the medicines he also produces are still sold at cost, not for profit. For giving it away, at least one village is petitioning for him to become a saint.

Live-Action TV
  • There was an early episode of All in the Family where a pair of hippie friends of Meathead's come to visit. For once, Gloria and Meathead come around to Archie's point of view about them. Mostly, because the guests believe in wife-swapping.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Jenny. Crowning Moment of Funny at Giles' Eye Take when he hears about her nude mud dance at Burning Man.
  • Half the cast of Dharma and Greg, this being the premise of the show. Larry, Dharma's father, was the most egregious example, compared to his unmarried partner in a very Over and Under the Top way.
  • A religious cult of hippies who appear to worship trees to the extent of almost having sex with them appears in an episode of Jonathan Creek.
  • On My Name Is Earl, Earl recalls that he once robbed a stoner of all his possessions during a Heat Wave a few summers back. He tracks the guy down, and finds that he's living in a hippie commune outside of Camden, and thus doesn't want his air-conditioner or other items back. He teaches Earl about climate change...but also that it's going to be small changes that help prevent an Apocalypse How.
  • The last Quatermass somehow managed to combine this and The New Rock & Roll; the cities are decaying, and one symptom of this is a band of violent hippies — sorry, "Planet People" — who believe they've made contact with a peaceful race of aliens (who are actually conning the hippies, and plan to harvest them as a food source). According to The Other Wiki, the writer realized he shouldn't have gone with hippies (as it was 1979) and used punks instead, but that's another trope entirely.
  • Buzz Sherwood from The Red Green Show, though a bit more energetic than most hippies.
  • Naomi's mum Gina from Skins is this; she's turned their house into a commune populated by naked people, Jesus lookalikes, free love (one of the hippies notes of just-woken-up-naked-Naomi that "it's nothing he hasn't seen before", and she's "even got the same haircut her mum does" — he's not looking at her head), random transients and dopey women called Dopey who object to the heteronormative patriarchal symbolism of the humble banana. (No wonder Naomi struggled with Emily's possessiveness, when she had to become a sarcastic independent bitch just to avoid going insane in her own home.) Eventually Gina does grow up a bit though, boots the commune out and settles down with one man (Kieran) - they promptly head off to fulfil Gina's dream of "fucking on every beach in India".
  • Chekhov ran into a bunch of spaces hippies in Star Trek: The Original Series's "The Way to Eden."
  • Leo on That '70s Show, albeit the role was played by Tommy Chong, so this may be an odd instance of Truth in Television.
    • The hippie persona of Tommy Chong is a character he played, not his real personality. Though he was indeed a hippie back in the day it wasn't to the extent you see in his comedy routines.
  • A character played by Joann Worley in an episode of Wizards of Waverly Place who is a friend of Alex.
  • The Young Ones: Shut up, hippie.
  • Vaughan from Community. Jeff wondered "He never wears a shirt or shoes - how does he not die from lack of service?" Written off the show when he transferred to another college on a hacky-sack scholarship.
  • Misty Day from "American Horror Story" meditates, lives in the swamp, kills two alligator poachers ("Why would you kill God's innocent creatures?") using the alligators, listens to Stevie Nicks, etc.
  • House of Anubis: Willow. She claims to be able to sense "vibes" (and, according to her, bad vibes can be removed by sprinkling citrus oil everywhere), and she meditates frequently and loudly, much to her roommate Mara's chagrin.

Music
  • One of the characters in Ayreon's Into the Electric Castle seems to fit this - he's referred to only as "the Hippie" and for the first half of the album thinks that it's all an incredible drug trip. Not that you can blame him ...
  • Ringo Starr really plays up this trope these days ("Peace and love!"), arguably as a tribute to John Lennon and/or a Call Back to his days with The Beatles. Paul McCartney's more of a Bourgeois Bohemian.
  • The Bellamy Brothers had charting single, "Old Hippie" about an aging hippie wondering whether he should give up his lifestyle in favor of the changed society he now lives in. They've released two sequels over the ensuing years to update the cultural references.
  • Most musicians that are considered "classic rock" fit this trope

Professional Wrestling
  • Perennial WCW jobber-to-the-stars Brad Armstrong was briefly repackaged as Buzzkill, a hippie-ized expy of his more popular brother Brian James' "Road Dogg" gimmick.
  • Mick Foley (Cactus Jack, Mankind) once used the "lovable hippie" gimmick when he wrestled under the name "Dude Love". Dude Love is probably the perfect example of this trope (if not necessarily the perfect example of a hippie.) He wears mirrored sunglasses, tye-dye shirts, does the Charleston, says "Woooo! Have Mercy!" and enters to disco music. According to Mick, though, his original conception for the gimmick was that of a better, cooler version of himself who'd be able to get the girls Mick couldn't get as himself.
  • This is CJ Parker's new gimmick on WWE NXT He used to be (and still is, in a few WWE websites) billed as from Joliet IL, but the new introduction has him coming from "the Moonchild Commune."
    • He didn't really get over with this gimmick so he turned heel and is now more of a Granola Girl.
  • Perennial WCW midcarder Van Hammer used a hippie gimmick for several months after breaking up with Raven's Flock.
  • Daizee Haze started out her career with this gimmick, revisiting it in Wrestlicious. It was meant as a tribute to her late father, who had been a hippie.

Tabletop Games
  • Done slightly better in Hunter: The Vigil, where the hippies don't have to talk incessantly in "whoa, dude." (Oh, and they have guns.) Unfortunately, they're rather drastically misreading the psychic sense some of them have (which spikes violently when supernatural creatures harvest power from the world's energy points), which leads them into conflicts with werewolves and mages on a regular basis. There's a movement within the group to try more "grassroots action" and less "club and shoot", if only for survival's sake.

Theatre

Video Games
  • Annie Frazier of Backyard Sports is a total New Age Retro Hippie, even though she's from the '90s.
  • Baldur's Gate 2 introduced the character Cernd, a pure-classed Druid who is this. Rather unusual in that he's also a member of a druid kit that makes him a werewolf as well as a spellcaster, so he has all the usual Nature Power abilities, plus the ability to turn into a giant wolf and rip people apart with his bare hands. Despite this, he's considered one of the blandest characters, notable only for his Married to the Job attitude.
  • Bulletstorm has Whit the medic, who somehow manages to combine this with Sociopathic Soldier. He does chew Grayson out at one point because "That was a major group decision you just made for all of us, man!" and when he expresses his misgivings concerning a certain mission, Rell dismisses him with "Skippy Granola's groovy dreamcatcher is picking up some bummer vibes."
  • The Trope Namer is the New Age Retro Hippie from EarthBound, who show up early in the game as a low-level enemy. Interestingly enough, the Hippie's fight music is a pastiche of '50s rock songs like specifically the instrumental for Run, Rudolph, Run/Little Queenie by Chuck Berry. It also counts as a Recurring Riff, having been in every Mother game that features the Hippie.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: London, the recurring Hari Krishna enemies are replaced by hippies in blue. You get the same bonus for running them over, though (the game even congratulates you on "keeping London tidy".)
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas had The Truth, a tie-dye wearing, weed-growing, long-haired Conspiracy Theorist and hippie. At first he seems like a crackpot, but when Carl starts being shadowed by government spooks, those wild theories suddenly don't seem so far-fetched.
    The Truth: Carl, do you know how many satellites the government has in space?
    Carl: No. How many?
    The Truth: Twenty-three. Do you know how many biblical artifacts the government is keeping at the Pentagon?
    Carl Johnson: No.
    The Truth: Twenty-three. Don't you see a pattern here?
    Carl: Man I'm seeing patterns all over the place! Get that smoke out my face.
  • Kingdom of Loathing features hippies rather prominently, especially in a late-game quest involving a large-scale war between a hippie enclave and a dorm of frat-orcs.
  • The third boss in Lollipop Chainsaw, Mariska, is the Psychedelic Zombie, and thus modeled heavily after this trope. Physically, she resembles Janis Joplin, and her arena is basically a massive acid trip.
  • The Elves of Overlord II are an entire race of this and are the closest thing to a Hero Antagonist this series has.
  • Persona 4: Kunino-sagiri may not be a New-Age Retro Hippie in terms of beliefs, but he definitely fits in terms of dress and mannerisms. (like his use of the V Sign)
  • Salim the apothecary in Quest for Glory III somehow manages to be this hundreds of years before the sixties even happened.
  • Dr. Roméo in Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc, who wears dark glasses and a flower print beanie, has long hair, and talks like a stereotypical stoner, complete with Totally Radical slang. When he leaves, he makes reference to needing to water his plants.
  • The Karmaramas of Startopia are an entire species of these. Their job is to sow seeds on the biodeck. Apparently, the drugged-out attitude is genetic at this point, due to past generations overindulging and messing up natural selection. Checking their details, you find they come from places like "Bong, a mellow planet in the Far Out System".
  • In Urban Rivals this is the Roots clans hat.
  • Shinta Iwata, the owner of the Cosmic Corner shop in The World Ends with You. In modern day Shibuya, Japan; no less.

Web Comics

Web Original

Western Animation
  • One episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender introduces the closest thing that the Avaverse has to hippies—a group of spacey, stoner-esque traveling singers and storytellers who wear colorful clothes and are constantly singing and preaching about the importance of love and happiness. It doesn't help that their leader is named Chong.
    • In the Sequel Series The Legend of Korra, Kya, who is Aang and Katara's daughter and oldest child, is said to be this, being a fan of the famous Secret Tunnels song for example.
  • Mr. Van Driessen from Beavis And Butthead.
  • Cooper and Beverly, the blueberry-and-secretly-also-marijuana farmers in the Bob's Burgers episode "Bob Fires the Kids."
  • Mandark's parents in Dexter's Laboratory. They even named him Susan in a horribly misguided attempt at breaking the gender boundaries. Naturally, this caused Mandark to resent them even more.
  • Many members of the Waterfall family in Futurama are this taken to Too Dumb to Live extents.
  • The Goode Family, Mike Judge's follow-up to King of the Hill, makes hippie/activist folks the main thrust of its comedy.
  • Zoop, the resident Granola Girl from Iggy Arbuckle.
  • King of the Hill has them feature in an episode where they have a nonprofit fruit and veg store. And they start panicking once Hank makes them more efficient and they start ... earning money!!
    • Another episode has a giant gathering of hippies ruin Hank and Bobby's camping trip by cluttering the state park and stealing Hank's property, and the Park Ranger can't do anything about it because the hippies are excercising their 1st Amendment right to peaceably assemble. Since they don't have a Constitutional right to restroom facilites or clean water sources, Hank, Bobby and the Ranger team up to get rid of the hippies by having the park's services cut off so Hank can teach them all how to provide for themselves using good old hard work. The hippies are gone by sundown.
  • The Unnamed store owner in The Mighty B! is a walking hippie archetype, complete with a beard you could get lost in.
  • Miss Grotke from Recess
  • The best friend/owner of Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, is the fully G-rated comic relief version of this trope, and has remained this way in every incarnation.
  • Mona Simpson, Homer's estranged mother from The Simpsons. In one episode, Homer himself dabbled in the hippie lifestyle. Homer kept insisting on living The Theme Park Version of being a hippie, while the real hippies in the episode (one of whom was played by George Carlin) lived fairly normal, unassuming hippie lives.
    • Appropriately enough for The Simpsons, Mona's character has been Flanderized in each of her subsequent appearances. Originally, she was supposed to be more of a New Left radical than a hippie (which is why there was a massive police manhunt for her). Then again, in Real Life just about anyone who was "unconventional" in some way during the 1960s probably fell under the "hippie" umbrella.
    • There's been a few other generic hippies in Springfield, such as the woman running the New Age shop with the sensory deprivation tanks, and the guy who runs the recycling stand:
    Mr. Burns: And our hemp-smoking friend! Shine on, you crazy diamond.
    Hippie: Sounds like somebody's livin' in the past! Contemporize, man!
  • Cartman from South Park hates hippies with a passion, to the extent that he runs a hippie extermination business. While Cartman has issues, the hippie swarm is definitely the villain of this episode.
    • These hippies seem to vary between traditional dirty party-hippies and upper-class Boulderite socialist-elitist hippies. To a modern Coloradoan, of course, the difference between the two is quite superficial.
      • The association of hippies with socialism has always been pretty ironic, since hippies were (and in many cases still are) as suspicious of centralized authority as any Tea Party conservative. And especially when you take into account what tended to happen to hippies in actual communist countries.
    • South Park also has the occasionally recurring character Aging Hippy Liberal Douche, who is... well... an aging hippy liberal douche. He's usually paired off with Pissed Off White Trash Racist Conservative so that the South Park writers can mock both sides of the political spectrum at the same time.
  • Shirley from Tiny Toon Adventures.
    • She's more of a Valley Girl with a few New Age affectations.
  • The titular Wander of Wander over Yonder might be this, considering Craig McCracken's love for The Sixties.
  • The pro-space travel, protesting group in The Zeta Project called the Moonies are basically hippies, down to tie dye, speech patterns and peaceful rallies against the National Security Agency's increased police brutality. They aid the protagonists in one episode and are optimistic about mankind's destiny despite living in a crappy semi-cyberpunk universe.

Truth in Television
  • The Rainbow People.
  • Explore the San Francisco Bay Area a bit and you're bound to find a few of these somewhere. Especially common in the city of Berkeley and the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco.


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