"AHH! After ten thousand years, I'M FREE! It's time to CONQUER—EARTH!"Author sometimes try to make it sound like something is positively ancient by stating that it is ten thousand years old. One common example is the supposed sinking of Atlantis. Many cultures have a distinct word for 10,000 that is often used to refer to any indefinite large number. Currently, the development of agriculture is estimated as having occurred ten thousand years ago. And the earliest example of print is much younger than 8,000 BC. Compare Thousand Year Reign. May be a case of Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale.
— Rita Repulsa, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
- First Comics' Mars by Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel has the advance team of terraformers lose contact with Earth, and decide to let their robots reshape the planet Mars on automatic while they place themselves in stasis pods for ten thousand years in the hope that Mars will be habitable by then.
Genie: 10,000 years can give you such a crick in the neck!
- Genie states that he's been trapped in his lamp for 10,000 years. Who or what made the lamp 10,000 years ago is never explained.
Genie: 10,000 years in the Cave of Wonders ought to chill him out!
- Genie's first words upon his release are given a Meaningful Echo later on when Jafar is turned into a genie and trapped in his own lamp.
- Dune takes place in the year 10,191 AG, after the Spacing Guild was founded and the Imperium established.
- On Gor years are measured by locally significant events such as Year X of King Y's reign. For the sake of stability many locations also date their years in CA, "Contassa Ar" or "from the founding of Ar" (Gor's largest city-State). In the first book it's 10,119 CA.
- In Heinlein's Magic, Inc. Ditworth is sentenced to ten thousand years of imprisonment by Satan for being defeated with white magic. Fraser notes that it's like the demonic equivalent of six months in prison.
- In Stargate Atlantis the Earth-Atlantis Expedition returns to Atlantis and the Pegasus Galaxy 10,000 years after the Lanteans lost the Wraith war, sank Atlantis, and retreated back through the Stargate to Earth.
- In Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, Rita Repulsa was locked up for 10,000 years in a "Space Dumpster" on the moon, as she helpfully reminds viewers in the Opening Narration sequence before every season 1 episodenote . This currently serves as the page quote.
- Babylon 5: When Delenn explains the Shadows and the First Ones to Sheridan, she tells him the last time they made open war with each other was 10,000 years ago. The last war against the Shadows, on the other hand, was a mere 1,000 years ago.
- In Farscape the Peacekeepers have been around for even longer, they were established 27,000 cycles ago and have been acting on their own without their Eidelon masters for 12,000 cycles.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine gives two figures for the Dominion's age. One is this trope, the other is a 'mere' over two thousand years (given the context it's possible it simply took the Founders some eight millennia to get from planning the Dominion to actually implementing the Dominion).
- In the song "I Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago" the narrator claims to have been born 10,000 years ago, claiming to have witnessed much of the Bible's history.
I was born about 10,000 years agoThere ain't nothing in this world that I don't knowI saw Peter, Paul and MosesPlaying Ring Around the RosesAnd I'll lick the man who says it isn't so
- The more recent catastrophic events in Warhammer 40,000 happened around the thirtieth millennium, 10,000 years earlier (the Fall of the Eldar and the rise of Chaos). The people who were alive back then (Asdrubael Vect, Ezekyle Abaddon) are noted to be among the most dangerous people in the galaxy.
- Mindjammer takes place 10,000 years after Old Earth started sending out Sleeper Starships to colonize distant stars. And two centuries after Earth discovered 2-space drive and began recontacting those colonies.
- Warcraft: The first time the demonic Burning Legion invaded Azeroth was ten thousand years ago, during the War of the Ancients. This also became an important date for many related characters, including the entire night elven race (who were immortal and have been alive since then). Illidan Stormrage's time spent since the War of the Ancients was a little bit different and defines his character, as he had been imprisoned in a lightless prison since then. He tells us this himself during the cinematic:
Imprisoned for ten thousand years. Banished from my own homeland. And now, you dare enter my realm? You are not prepared.
- In Knights of the Old Republic, you encounter a droid on Dantooine that claims to be the remnant of an ancient empire. When you ask how long it's been there, its answer indicates at least 20,000 years, long before the Republic came into existence...
- Except the Republic was founded over twenty-one millennia before then. Somebody's mind slipped here, whether in-universe or out.
- Vanguard Princess: Lilith's victory quote is "You're ten thousand Years Too Early!"
- In Chrono Cross, you learn at Chronopolis that the El Nido triangle was created out of open sea by researchers 10,000 years ago.
- Orion's Arm currently covers up to 10,600 years of the future.
- XKCD. After Cueball issues a call for the sheeple to "wake up", his wish is granted literally in the form of sheep-headed men erupting from the ground:
- Avatar: The Last Airbender
- The number 10,000 is used in many different contexts as a stand-in for the infinite. For example, Wan Shi Tong, the guardian of the Spirit Library, describes himself as "he who knows ten thousand things" (which is, in fact, the translation of his name).
- In the sequel series, The Legend of Korra, Harmonic Convergence is an event that occurs once every 10,000 years. During this the spirit of light Raava and the spirit of darkness Vaatu battle to decide whether the next 10,000 years will be those of light or those of darkness.
- In The New Scooby-Doo Movies episode with Jeannie and Babu, the evil djinn had Jeannie trapped behind a glass wall. She told her friends that he intended to keep her there for 10,000 years.
- Many East Asian languages use the phrase "ten thousand years" to wish another person or thing a long life (the English versions is "Long live..."). The Japanese version of this is "Banzai!".
- The invention of agriculture is typically estimated at circa 8,000 BC, roughly ten thousand years ago.