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->''"I'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride,\\
And I'm wanted--dead or alive."''
-->-- '''Music/BonJovi''', "Wanted Dead or Alive"

TheWestern genre is a rich one, but has been decidedly played out over the years, to the point where it's hard to do a Western series without looking like you're ripping off a rip-off. The easiest way to revitalize the genre is to set it in the future, when man's expansion onto other planets has created a similar state of lawlessness and grit--hence the SpaceWestern.

A less popular choice is the New Old West, in which Western traditions and tropes are shifted forward a hundred or so years into the modern day. Now the bandits drive pick-up trucks or [[MyHorseIsAMotorbike ride motorcycles]], the outlaws hole up in motels and the great plains of America are surrounded on all sides by airports,
highways and cities.

Of course this means that it's harder to do stories about outlaws, because advances in technology mean that it's easier for law enforcement agents to pursue and convict criminals. As a result, many New Old West stories are about the perceived loss of freedom in America now that such days are gone.

There's an overlap with the TwilightOfTheOldWest trope if the New Old West story is set in the early part of the 20th century and is about elements of the WildWest fading away.

If there is a [[WeirdWest fantasy or supernatural element]] to the story, expect an actual cowboy--or some other person from the actual Old West--to somehow make an appearance.

Because of its proximity to Texas, the overwhelming power of TheCartel, and the numerous poor towns that any criminal can hide in, a good number of New Old West stories take place SouthOfTheBorder.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' has a fallout-covered nuclear WildWest.
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' ould be considered sort of a cross between this and Space Western--it's on an alien planet, but space travel has been lost and the tech is kind of [[SchizoTech schizy]]. The level of order is deplorably low, which is treated as kind of a problem because bandits and other abuses of the violent kinds, but the hero would be in big trouble if 'the Feds' could actually exert any authority, and the 'awesome' factor is milked for all it's worth.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' takes the whole thing so far it even features an unkillable cowboy and the "ghost" of Creator/JohnWayne.
* The ''ComicBook/{{Hitman}}'' annual is a modern-day Western, right down to the coffin full of money.
** Several other Creator/DCComics Annuals that year were modern westerns (the "theme" being pulp fiction genres). These included {{Superman}} as the Mysterious Stranger [[strike: riding]] flying into town; [[Comicbook/{{Flash}} Impulse]] teaming with the original Vigilante, now running a dude ranch; and Comicbook/{{Robin}} facing down the modern day Trigger Twins, alongside the modern day Pow-Wow Smith and Nighthawk.
* Franchise/TheDCU comic ''Cinnamon: El Ciclo'' was an updating of a female BountyHunter from the 1970s book ''Weird Western Tales'' to the present day, where she was a security operative for hire.
* Several other DC Western characters have [[LegacyCharacter modern day counterparts]], although how Western their stories are varies considerably.
* ''The Legend of Red Wolf'' by Enrique Villagran.
* ''ComicBook/WynonnaEarp'' is New Old West meets WeirdWest.
* The Creator/MarvelComics miniseries ''Six Guns'' features present day [[LegacyCharacter legacies]] of five Western characters: the Tarantula, the Two-Gun Kid, the Black Rider, Matt Slade: Gunfighter, and Tex Dawson.
* UsefulNotes/{{The Golden Age|of Comic Books}} Creator/DCComics characters Pow-Wow Smith (Native American sheriff) and Vigilante (singing cowboy) were 1940s Western characters, although sometimes DC forgot and put them in the real Old West. This was eventually explained as Pow-Wow having an [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Grandfather]] and Vigilante getting TrappedInThePast during an adventure with the ComicBook/SevenSoldiers.
* Parodied in a ''Lobo'' {{Elseworlds}} annual in which Lobo takes the role of various Western characters (Geroni-bo, The Main Man With No Name, Anne Bo-kley, etc). The final story is about "The Last Despera-bo" ... who promptly gets hit by a truck.
* The modern ''Amazing Fantasy'' anthology series was headlined for a few issues by Vegas, a shiftless luck-stealing bounty hunter on the trail of the old mutant gang he used to run with after they hospitalized his sister.
* The Cursed Earth from ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' is essentially an AfterTheEnd version of the Old West, with Dredd and his fellow Judges often taking the role of TheSheriff.
* The Rafael Sandoval version of Creator/DCComics' El Diablo, who had his own short-lived title in the early 90s, patrolled a modern day border town while confronting issues that face Mexican-Americans.
* ''ComicBook/{{Scalped}}''
* ''ComicBook/SherwoodTexas'' is a SettingUpdate of RobinHood which re-imagines Robin as the leader of otlaw biker gang on the Texas/Mexico border, battling the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham County and the rival Nobles biker gang.
* A frequent setting in ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse''. It's almost like TwilightOfTheOldWest never happened there... except that according to ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'', [[ContinuitySnarl it]] ''[[ContinuitySnarl did]]''.

* ''[[Film/SkyHigh1922 Sky High]]'' (1922) is set in the present day, but has all the trappings of TheWestern--a hero on horseback wearing a cowboy hat (Tom Mix), bad guys who conspire in a BadGuyBar, the desert, a climactic fight on the side of a cliff.
* ''The Lusty Men'' (1952) by Creator/NicholasRay is set in the late 40s and deals with Rodeo Performers in the Midwest, living nomadically in trailer parks. The sleazy Rodeo culture is seen as a NostalgiaFilter and TheThemeParkVersion of the Wild West with cowboys becoming little more than exploited performers who risk their lives riding wild broncos, all for little pay and no insurance.
* ''Film/BringMeTheHeadOfAlfredoGarcia''.
* ''Film/ParisTexas'' by Wim Wenders opens, and is shot on location in, Marfa Texas and also focuses on Houston while the main character, played by Creator/HarryDeanStanton is likened to be a cowboy in Modern America. The film shows the diversity of different landscapes in Texas, from scorching hot and rocky Marfa to ultra-modern Houston. Wim Wenders has generally stated many times that he considers the modern RoadMovie to be the true successor of TheWestern.
* ''Film/SixReasonsWhy'' takes the tropes of the old west and places them in an unknown time with modern technology.
* ''Film/NearDark'' is a film that follows a band of outlaw vampires on the backroads of Oklahoma.
* ''Film/WildAtHeart'' provided some of the inspiration for ''Preacher'' (see Comic Books, above).
* ''Film/TheThreeBurialsOfMelquiadesEstrada'' is a 2005 Mexican-American neo-western film set on the US-Mexican border.
* Happens in the ''Gun Crazy'' live action Japanese movies.
* The ''Film/MadMax'' films are essentially Westerns set AfterTheEnd [[LandDownUnder Down Under]].
* ''Film/DeadMansShoes'' is a rare British example, taking Western themes and setting them in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matlock%2C_Derbyshire Matlock.]]
* A setting much beloved by Creator/RobertRodriguez, whose forays include the ''Film/ElMariachi'' trilogy and ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn''.
* The Swedish film ''Baba's Cars'' depicts the battle between a used car salesman and his apprentice vs TheMafiya. It's set in the northern town of Kiruna, which is portrayed exactly like the Old West, with wide open plains, canyons, etc, only they're covered with snow and ice instead of sand.
* ''Film/BrokebackMountain'', though it's not a shoot 'em up.
* ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'' is a FilmNoir set in the New Old West.
* Parts of ''Film/KillBill''. Instead of a brothel, you've got a dingy titty bar; instead of a sinister mustachioed gunslinger, you've got a shotgun-wielding sadist who listens to Music/JohnnyCash...
* ''Film/GhostRider'' played up these elements, also tying in an older Western character by the same name (who existed in the comics but was unrelated to the modern character).
* ''Film/TheProfessionals'' is a classic 1966 Western set in 1917. A group of experts are hired to go into Mexico and rescue the wife of a rancher who has been kidnapped by Mexican revoloutinaries. Comments are made about the Great war raging in Europe and the heroes have to face the traditional dangers of the West combined with more modern threats such as machine guns and artllery pieces.
* ''Film/ExtremePrejudice'' (1987) used this trope as the background for an action movie where a Texas Ranger teams up with a high-tech black ops unit to take down a former friend-turned-Mexican druglord. Emphasis is placed on how the Old West ways are being destroyed by the easy money available from the drug trade, and the violence that accompanies it.
* ''Film/LoneWolfMcQuade'' (1983) David Carradine and Creator/ChuckNorris kick martial arts butt in the New West. Was the inspiration for ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger''.
* ''Film/StreetsOfFire'' emphasizes the trope with Tom's duster.
* The Korean ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' remake, ''Film/TheGoodTheBadTheWeird'', transplants the setting of the story from the UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar to 1940s Manchuria.
* ''Film/CrushProof'' plays like ''Film/TheWildBunch'' recast with a bunch of Dublin teenagers.
* Alex Cox's 1987 cult film ''Film/StraightToHell'' is a parody of spaghetti westerns set in modern times, with a cast of punk rockers and character actors.
* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' started out as a western before being moved to the present. It still retains some of the trappings, especially Jack Burton carrying a saddlebag around on his shoulder and riding off into the sunset.
* Creator/JohnCarpenter said that he chose to direct ''[[Film/JohnCarpentersVampires Vampires]]'' because he thought the script resembled a Western (and even described as a "Western disguised as a horror film"). The film itself is full of Western landscapes and ghost towns with a vintage feel.
** The same with his earlier film Film/AssaultOnPrecinct131976 as well it should be, considering it's a remake of Film/RioBravo.
* ''Film/HarleyDavidsonAndTheMarlboroMan'' is set in the New Old West. It features a gang of outlaws (with one of the lead outlaws, the Marlboro Man, being an actual cowboy), riding motorcycles rather than horses, robbing an armored car (instead of a train), to get money to save the cowboy bar (set near a modern airport and skyscrapers, representing the last bastion of the old way of life) they all love.
* ''Film/RedHill'', set in modern-day rural Australia (which works ''perfectly'').
* In ''Film/DayOfTheWolves'', a gang of outlaws [[TakingOverTheTown take over a small Western town]]. It would not take much of a rewrite to have the plot take place in 1871 instead of 1971.
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* ''Film/TheWildBunch'' takes place in 1913, basically showing the last hurrah of the wild west.
* The oft-overlooked ''Film/LonelyAreTheBrave'', set in 1962. The protagonist, Jack Burns (Creator/KirkDouglas), is an itinerant ranch hand who still rides everywhere on horseback and sleeps wherever he ends up in the evening; he refuses to join modern society, claiming that he resents its emphasis on telling people where they can or can't go and what they can or can't do. His Old West lifestyle, however, has been growing increasingly difficult to maintain.
* ''Film/TheElectricHorseman'' takes place in the contrasting worlds of the modern West: the glitzy UsefulNotes/LasVegas Strip and the unspoiled wilderness of Utah's Zion National Park.
* ''Film/LastManStanding'' brings the chain of adaptations begun by ''Literature/RedHarvest'' full circle, putting the familiar story of ''{{Film/Yojimbo}}'' and ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' back in a 1930s [[WretchedHive border town]].
* ''Film/{{Hud}}'' is set on a Texas cattle ranch during the early 1960s and involves the undermining of the Old West's traditional values by the amorality and ruthlessness of the modern West represented by the film's title character.
* ''Film/TheLastStand'' is about an [[BadassGrandpa aging]] [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger sheriff]] of a Arizona-Mexico border having his own ''Film/HighNoon''-like experience.
* ''No Man's Land'', set in the isolated deserts of Xinjiang, China.
* ''Film/BadDayAtBlackRock'' is set in a Western "cowboy" town that, for all its isolation, has by the 1940s managed to acquire such modern technologies as rental cars, telephones and streamlined trains. The pseudo-drifter protagonist served in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and the anti-Japanese racism of the era is an important theme.
* ''Film/{{Logan}}'' is described as a Western, with elements drawn not just from ''Comicbook/OldManLogan'' but James Mangold also cites the modern Western classic, ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'', as one of its inspirations.
* Replace town with bar and sheriff with bouncer and you have ''Film/RoadHouse''.

* ''Literature/TheDarkTower'' series by Creator/StephenKing has elements of this; much of the action takes place AfterTheEnd, but there are also parts in which Roland and his fellow "gunslingers" enter the modern world for a while. Most of these instances are grim (Eddie taking on the drug dealers he used to work for), but once or twice HilarityEnsues.
* There's also the short-lived PulpMagazine character Peter Rice, a sheriff who investigated murders in contemporary 1930's Arizona.
* Creator/LouisLamour set his novel ''The Broken Gun'' in the 1950's, with a reporter following up on century-old journal pages stuffed in a revolver.
%% Someone please give some context to the examples below (starting with when they are set, as this is NEW Old West; as they stand now, they're Administrivia/ZeroContextExamples
%%* ''Literature/AllThePrettyHorses'' by Creator/CormacMcCarthy, as well as the film adaptation by Billy Bob Thornton.
%%* Also [=McCarthy's=] ''Literature/NoCountryForOldMen'' (the basis for the film, which is also a good example).
* The JoannaBrady mysteries by JAJance. Joanna is sheriff of Cochise County in Arizona; the jurisdiction with happens to include Tombstone.
* The ''Rockabye County'' series by Creator/JTEdson.
* Several stories Creator/WaltCoburn, most likely a result of him having grown up in the TwilightOfTheOldWest.
** "BrokenWings" is set shortly after WWI and makes a point of throwing an airplane into a story about a gold mind and a Mexican coup.
* In the ''Literature/KateShugak'' novels, much is made of the frontier atmosphere of Alaska, and the fact that the beat of single trooper can cover 300 miles or more.
* Though ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' was originally written as Noir Detective/Urban Fantasy fusion set in the present, before diversifying into a far more complex world full of supernatural politics, it arguably owes most to this, particularly in the early books, with Dresden hunting down monsters that are beyond the reach of mortal police forces. He lampshades this in book 9, ''Literature/WhiteNight'', when he says that he's playing 'supernatural sheriff of Chicago' and should therefore get spurs and a ten gallon hat. He even rocks a leather duster (formerly a canvas duster), which is admittedly enchanted, that looks like it belongs on the set of ''El Dorado''. His signature weapon, a .44 Magnum Revolver (a Dirty Harry Special), which succeeded his .357 Chief's Special, sort of fits too.
* Literature/TheContinentalOp short story "Corkscrew", written in 1925, must be one of the earliest examples of this trope. The Op is appointed Deputy Sheriff of Corkscrew, Arizona, where cowboys keep getting killed.
* The Literature/JoePickett novels by C.W. Box are set in the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming. Joe is a game warden whose 'beat' covers thousands of acres. He is often far from any kind of back-up. Adding to the 'old west' feel is that many of the locals regard themselves as cowboys and prefer to take the law into their own hands.
* ''Literature/CthulhuArmageddon'' by Creator/CTPhipps is a post-apocalypse AfterTheEnd WeirdWest series set in the aftermath of the Great Old Ones rising. Humanity has been reduced to a ScavengerSociety where they scrape on the slow road to extinction.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/TheHighwayman'' -- 1988 TV series (ran for 9 episodes). Set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, chronicles the adventures of a U.S. Marshal and his cohorts in the lawless West of the near-future. Unexplained throwaway lines such as "re-colonizing the West" are common. Sometimes described as "''MadMax'' Meets ''Series/KnightRider.''"
* ''Series/{{Bearcats}}!'' -- 1971 TV series (13 episodes plus 2-hour pilot film ''Powderkeg''), a [[TheWestern Western]] set in the year 1914. The heroes were freelance adventurers who drove around in a [[http://www.carlustblog.com/2008/08/car-lust--stutz.html Stutz Bearcat]] sports car instead of riding horses. The 20th-century setting allowed the writers to add modern elements such as the aforementioned Bearcat, oil companies, [[{{Kaiserreich}} Imperial German]] spies and UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, [[SouthOfTheBorder Mexican]] revolutionaries, and [[MoreDakka belt-fed machine guns]]. Ended up as something of an AnachronismStew anyway because they often skimped on research -- one episode featured a Renault FT-18 tank (the tank was not invented until 1915), another a Curtiss JN-4 biplane (first flight 1915) in Mexican Air Force colors (Curtiss "Jennies" were exported only to Britain). [[NegativeContinuity The show's continuity was a little soft from week to week]], particularly with regard to those [[SouthOfTheBorder Mexican revolutionaries]]--one week, our heroes were working with the Mexican government against the rebels, the next week they were siding with the rebels. Despite all that, was quite fun to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkqtbWnxcvg watch.]]
* One [[CowboyEpisode episode]] of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' had the group slide into a world where all of America (and possibly the whole world) was wild-west-ey, including such things as the stock market being gambling, (stocks are traded in poker games), and lawyers are actually gunslingers (trials are a quick-draw duel). And California is part of Texas, because the results of the Alamo were different in that alternate universe..
* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' has many episodes set outside Dallas, especially those on the Indian reservations.
* The {{Toku}} show ''Series/KaiketsuZubat'' is a MixAndMatch of New Old West and {{Superhero}}es. Though it takes place in Japan in TheSeventies, with modern technology plainly visible, the characters all dress and act as if they were in TheWildWest.
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'' is set in the present day, the main character will never be seen without his cowboy hat, and the show features many quick-draw gunfights. However, it also draws attention to how weird this trope can look to bystanders, with its protagonist being given endless amounts of crap both for his hat and for his CowboyCop tendencies.
* ''Series/{{Longmire}}'' and the novels on which it's based.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' is New Old West meets WeirdWest.
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' is also both this with WeirdWest, being a modern western set in the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'', set in New Mexico, is a story of power and corruption featuring gunfights, stalemates, showdowns, deserts, Indian reservations, and even a ''train robbery''. The criminals in the show are essentially Western outlaws who use modern technology and make money through the modern-day drug trade.
** Even the show's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMt1ILTzCac theme music]] deliberately invokes this, with a twanging guitar riff that's pretty obviously meant to channel a classic {{Western}} theme.
* ''Series/{{Defiance}}'' is a Western set on a heavily terraformed Earth after a war between humanity and several alien races ended in a draw, leaving humanity and the aliens to work together (at least in the title city, built over the ruins of St. Louis).
* ''Series/TheATeam'' is essentially telling the classic story of hired guns protecting the good farmer from the evil rancher in most episodes.
* While it is ''infinitely'' [[SlidingScaleOfCynicismVsIdealism less cynical]] than most of the examples on this list, ''[[Creator/RoyRogers The Roy Rogers Show]]'' is indisputably a Western despite being set in the present day [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece (the 1950's).]] Really, the only indication that it ''is'' the present, a lot of the time, is the existence of Pat Brady's jeep, Nellybelle.
* The short-lived cult classic ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' is this trope played fairly straight and in spades. Although it's set approximately 500 years in the future, the most sci-fi elements are noticeably missing: there are no robots (at least until Serenity), laser weapons are very rare and ultimately not that useful, and the only alien in the series is revealed to be a mutated, upside down cow fetus in a jar. While the central planets are fairly modern and high-tech, any planet outside that generally consists mostly of desert, farmers, taverns, and small towns. ''Serenity'''s captain, Mal, wears a BadassLongcoat of the duster variety, and carries a revolver. The second episode features a train heist and bar fight that ends with Mal being thrown through a window, the fourth and fifth episode feature a [[RecycledInSpace Cattle Drive In Space]], and the thirteenth episode features a shootout centered in and around a brothel. It's even the trope namer for BigDamnHeroes, which is delivered by Mal in a fake cowboy accent. The title theme heightens this by heavily featuring western guitar/banjoes.
** Lampshaded in a Halloween episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' years later, when Castle (played by Creator/NathanFillion, who also played Mal in ''Firefly'') wears Mal's costume for Halloween. When his daughter asks what he's supposed to be, he responds, "I'm a [[RecycledInSpace space cowboy]]!"

* Bon Jovi's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRvCvsRp5ho "Wanted Dead or Alive,"]] featuring the quote for this page.
* MC Solaar's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n8kGW16RYs "Nouveau Western"]] depicts a sheriff/detective type (named [[Creator/ClintEastwood Harry]]) making his way through Paris's wild wild ''Gare de L'Est''.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]
* The ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'' arc "Butch Cassidy Rides Again" thoroughly embraces the tropes of TheWestern while maintaining a modern day setting.

[[folder: Radio ]]
* The old-time radio show ''Radio/TalesOfTheTexasRangers'' started in 1950 and chronicled relatively recent exploits of the famous Texas law enforcers.

[[folder: Roleplay]]
* A weird case in ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', in that ''this'' and the more traditional Wild West seem to be happening at the same time [[note]]If this sounds confusing, keep in mind this is one of the ''saner'' things that go on. This is a world where most of it is at a technology level more or less the same as the present day, but there's another spot where life still live as in the Middle Ages complete with castles and knights, [[APirate400YearsTooLate a cove which is still home to 18th century-style pirates]], and some people of the same species have developed intergalactic travel and made contact with extra-terrestrial civilizations[[/note]]. On the one hand, we have [[TheEngineer Engineer]] who has a clear Western vibe but is also quite skilled with handling modern technology. On the other hand, Clint Wayne and Angel Eyes are still ''very much'' the sort of old-fashioned gunslingers you'd see in a Creator/SergioLeone Western. The town of El Paso that we see also resembles the more classical Wild West, even going as far as to have the majority of the population being misogynistic bigots, drunkards, bandits, or otherwise unlikeable outside of those in the Dino Attack Team (though the primitive nature of the town ''could'' be justified by the fact that it was quickly built up after the main Western town was destroyed by [[ItMakesSenseInContext a mutant dinosaur apocalypse]]).

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* The "New West" in ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' is basically TheThemeParkVersion of the Old West in a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] Science-Fiction-meets-FantasyKitchenSink, with [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaurs and dino-like alien beasts]], Native Americans ({{magical|Native American}} or not) and {{fantasy counterpart|Culture}}s up the wazoo, {{Cool Horse}}s of every type you can think of, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Mexican vampires]], millions of buffalo, and scattered settlements and peoples enthusiastically embracing every western stereotype (and there's [[{{Troperiffic}} lots of other stuff besides]]); {{Justified|Trope}} due to 1- Earth becoming a dimensional nexus, and 2- the inhabitants of the place trying to recreate the culture from the few surviving pre-Rifts fragments of information, [[HollywoodHistory most of which are fictional movies, country/western songs, novels, and other romanticized media]] (save for the actual Native Americans and buffalo, who had a leg up thanks to [[Myth/NativeAmericanMythology their returning spirits and gods]], [[CrazyPrepared who'd prepared for this at least since the early 17th century]]).

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' has several aspects of this despite (or perhaps because of) being a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Especially the second game, in which the New California Republic was spreading it's influence north and east resulting in several "frontier towns" (although many did exist before the NCR). This would have been explored further in the cancelled ''[[VideoGame/FalloutVanBuren Van Buren]]'' version of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' which had a major sub-plot about the NCR establishing railways.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' (which uses many concept and crew members from the aforementioned ''Van Buren'' concept) clearly evokes this trope up and down. Two hundred and two years after the nuclear war, the American Southwest starts to look less like an irradiated wasteland and more like it has returned to late 19th century with heaps of {{schizotech}}. People finally start producing their own technology alongside with scavenging the ruins. As a result, laser pistols run side-by-side with .44 revolvers, while cowboy hats and dusters are worn next to PoweredArmor; the driving theme is no longer survival on the ruins of civilization but rather the reconquest of the frontier and the conflict between civilization and lawlessness. There's even a [[SkillScoresAndPerks Perk]] called "Cowboy" that grants extra damage for "old fashion" weapons like revolvers or lever-action longarms.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' counts as this, since it's a SpaceWestern in which you cannot escape the planet [[PlanetOfHats Pandora]]. No, not ''[[Film/{{Avatar}} that]]'' [[Film/{{Avatar}} Pandora]]. While Pandora is not a SingleBiomePlanet, the parts you can reach (those not fenced off by [[MegaCorp Atlas Corporation]]) are mostly desert and badlands. Oh, and Revolvers and Sniper Rifles are noticeably more effective than assault rifles and rocket launchers. Also, the few established towns are subject to frequent raids by local bandits. Guns by the Jakobs corporation (particularly in the [[VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}} second game]]) are specifically meant to invoke this as most of them are modeled after weapons of Westerns.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' has a much wider series of settings... including Lynchwood, a town specifically designed to evoke this. The missions in the area are distinctly western-themed, including standbys like a train robbery, robbing a bank, and having a gunfight with a corrupt Sheriff, who is also the girlfriend of the BigBad. Jakobs Revolvers and Sniper Rifles have also become some of the most popular weapons with the fanbase, as they retain their high damage and reliablity from the first game, along with a new attribute-they now fire as fast as you can click (for most guns) or have an enormous critical damage boost (for a sniper rifle).
* In ''Videogame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'', you can [[PromotedToPlayable play as Nisha, the Sheriff of Lynchwood]], and unsurprisingly, her kit is focused heavily on dual-wielding pistols, with her action skill giving her instant rapid-fire auto-aim and boosted damage.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarezTheCartel'' advertised itself as this, proclaiming "Welcome to the new WildWest." In practice, however, it's simply a shooter set in modern-day LA with no real elements of this trope save for character Ben [=McCall=]'s appearance and a few of the settings (an abandoned frontier town and a Mexican graveyard).
* ''VideoGame/RedSteel2'' is set in a futuristic wild west town. So you have tumble-weeds, a grumpy sheriff, six-shooters and a roaming band of bandits mixed up with samurai, cars, machine-guns and robots.
* ''VideoGame/{{Interstate 76}}'', where the main difference is that both vigilantes and outlaws mount their guns on [[WeaponizedCar classic muscle cars]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' is sort of a fantasy New Old West; it's about forging a new life in a hostile land after a cataclysm destroyed everything familiar, and the hero's journey is accompanied by a hard-bitten old-timer's narration.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' sets up ''Afghanistan,'' of all places, as this. It too is a rocky desert with a lot of violence, and Snake starts off by riding into it on a horse along with cowboy-wannabe Ocelot.
* In the interest of creating a WorldHalfFull, ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' apparently has this in the mid-west. Gangs roam the country-side on hover-bikes, bothering small communities, but also engage in weapon dealings and other, more modern criminal acts. One of the larger, more notorious gangs' member, [=McCree=], was captured and had a HeelFaceTurn, worked for Overwatch as a Black Ops soldier, and now roams the land as [[TheDrifter a drifter]]. In one comic, [=McCree=] prevents a train-hijacking like a classic Western hero... Only the train is a modern, luxurious bullet-train, and the bandits are [[EliteArmy Talon Operatives]] with automatic weapons and five helicopters of back-up. And [=McCree=] only has a revolver. [[TheAce He still wins]]. ''[[ImprobableAimingSkills Without missing a shot]].''

[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat'' started off as one, with the presence of a Sheriff, and Hank as a sociopathic MadeOfIron Gunslinger. After the Sheriff's death, and the Improbability Drive became a key feature, the series immediately shifted to a science fiction theme. However, the series is set in concrete buildings on top of a giant canyon, there's virtually no law and two characters prefer revolvers. Oh, and [[MonsterClown Tricky]] drives a train at one point.

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* Western cities that used to be more in the "Wild West" style are now the epitomes of this trope. Sure, there are still lots of ranches, farms, cattle, horses, and such in area like that of the [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex]], but those are now among skyscrapers, ten-lane highways, massive urban sprawl, bright lights, and metro lines. Telluride, Colorado, home of the famous Telluride Film Festival, is basically a permanently Old West town that happens to contain some modern technology.
* The [[OneRiotOneRanger Texas Rangers]] (the law-enforcement agency, [[IThoughtItMeant not the]] UsefulNotes/{{baseball}} [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams team]]) encourage their members to "wear clothing that is western in nature", essentially making this an EnforcedTrope. That does not mean they can't use customized, modern weapons or drive cars to get from place to place, however.
* And of course, in many backwater areas of third-world countries (Hell, even in first or second world ones if they suffered some kind of societal dysfunction causing civilization to recede), you may find a barren land where civilzation isn't advanced enough, people solve their problems with lead instead of words in a lawless town. Essentially, The Old West with new tech. One recent example was when an American film production company decided to make a Western-style movie about the 2011 shoot-out in Sagra, Yekaterinburg Oblast, Russia, where a local militia fended off a bandit attack. The residents of the town, however, refused to allow such a movie to be made, because they felt the events were too dramatic to turn them into a work of entertainment.