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->''"Legend has it that man once washed his jeans in pure acid!"''
-->-- '''Creator/StephenColbert''', ''Series/TheColbertReport''
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The Excessive Eighties: a time where you [[Music/GeorgeMichael wake up before you]] [[Music/TheGoGos go-go]] when you want to [[Film/{{Footloose}} kick up your Sunday shoes]] as you [[Music/WasNotWas walk the dinosaur]] [[Music/TheBangles like an Egyptian]] for [[Music/TheProclaimers 500 miles]], [[Music/{{Prince}} hear doves cry]] or feel the [[Series/PunkyBrewster Punky power]] [[Music/{{Madonna}} like a virgin]] while you {{moonwalk|Dance}} [[MichaelJacksonsThrillerParody the Thriller]].

All the men were preppies who wore pastel suits with narrow ties, drove sports cars that Lee Iacocca personally stood behind and traded stocks on Wall Street - after all, as Creator/OscarWilde said, nothing says success like excess. (Unless they happened to be teenagers, in which case they were TotallyRadical or studied karate and learnt the meaning of "WaxOnWaxOff".) Everyone had [[EightiesHair huge hairdos]], [[UncannyValleyMakeup enough make-up]] to sink a ship and power suits with [[ShouldersOfDoom shoulderpads big enough]] to knock the [[CoolShades giant mirrored sunglasses]] off anyone who walked within a three foot radius of them. And those without them had flat-tops and wore gym clothes and break-danced on top of cardboard. Millenials (then known as [[{{Snowclone}} "Echo Boomers" and later "Generation Y"]]) started being born, one day to become the young adults of The TurnOfTheMillennium.

Computing technology first became a true cultural force in this decade, starting a trend that would keep on snowballing to this very day. The Eighties was the decade of cell phones literally sized and shaped like bricks, jokes about being unable to program [=VCRs=], the death of Betamax, and the beginnings of personal computers and gaming consoles beginning to proliferate inside homes, perhaps one of the trends from this decade with the largest of cultural implications. Cable television also took off big time, with Creator/{{MTV}}, Creator/{{TBS}}, {{Creator/HBO}}, and Creator/{{CNN}} becoming household acronyms, though the video itself was all grainy, low-definition analog.

Conversly, the eighties were also the high water mark of analog culture. CD players were a relatively new and exotic technology. Heck, ''Digital Watches'' were still a relatively new and exotic technology. Most people still got their music on LP or cassettes and their news from newspapers delivered in the predawn darkness by FreeRangeChildren. The Commodore 64 was the most common personal computer and an actual PC cost as much as a used car, especially if it was equipped with one of those new and exotic five or ten megabyte hard drives. The internet was still confined to academia, the World Wide Web was still just a pipe dream, and what little connectivity existed was through Electronic bulletin board services (BBS) accessed over analog phone lines using screeching 1200 or 2400 baud modems.

In the US, it was also the second[[note]]The first wave was ''Anime/AstroBoy'' up through ''Anime/SpeedRacer''[[/note]] wave of UsefulNotes/TheJapaneseInvasion, the inklings of which started in '78 with the dub of ''Anime/BattleOfThePlanets'', continuing on with ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'' ('79),'' Anime/{{Voltron}}'' ('84), [[TookALevelInBadass getting even more hardcore]] with ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' in '85, and hitting its apex by [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome cranking the quality]] UpToEleven with the nationwide release of ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' ('88).

On the homefront, the 1980s produced a rash of pop-cultural icons that today are looked upon, at worst, with AffectionateParody, and at best, as the national ideal. The conservative political culture of the era meant two rather contradictory things for the production of pop-culture; on the one hand, the surge of private enterprise together with new media technologies allowed corporations such as Hasbro an unprecedented ability to build [[MerchandiseDriven massive franchises]] around their products, typically with a TV show and accompanying toys, but on the other MoralGuardian complaints would challenge the ethics of making a show that was "essentially one large commercial." The result was the rather spoof-worthy AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle segment common to many mass franchise shows, shoving an {{Anvilicious}} moral into the action. Fortunately, these were conveniently located after the actual plot, so kids could just turn it off at that point and run down to buy the toys. Besides, the segments [[SoBadItsGood make]] [[MemeticMutation great]] [[WebAnimation/YouTubePoop joke]] fodder.

Politically, the first part of the decade, UsefulNotes/ColdWar tensions continued to escalate such as the US doing things like invading Grenada and the Strategic Defense Initiative. Some accuse this of being an [[BatmanGambit intentional move]] by the West to render the economically inept Soviet Union infeasible by drawing its resources away from things like infrastructure and feeding its people, which market economies could accomplish easily. While this is, essentially, what ended up happening (though more complicated than that in real life; in Eastern Europe the decade's real deathblow to communism was considered to have been all the new media technology), the fact that the other possible outcome of such a strategy was global thermonuclear annihilation had a profound impact on Western media tropes. Most obviously, dystopian SpeculativeFiction, particularly set AfterTheEnd TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, enjoyed a surge. On the other hand, ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' became a defiantly optimistic mainstream SciFi mainstay with the feature film series and its return to live action TV with ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.

The second part of the decade, however, couldn't be more different. UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev, spry for a CPSU leader at age 54 (this was the only time in the Cold War that the Soviet leader was substantially younger than the American), shook up the by-then sclerotic Soviet leadership upon taking power in 1985. Gorbachev restructured the economy (''perestroika'') for "accelerated" development (''uskoreniye''), encouraged openness (''glasnost''), made tentative moves towards democracy (''demokratizatsiya''), and [[GoKartingWithBowser went Karting with Reagan]]. For a hot second in 1988-89, it seemed like the USSR had reached a final ''rapprochement'' with the West. And then came TheGreatPoliticsMessUp.

Throughout this era, there came new problems like the spread of AIDS which created a public health panic that dealt first a body blow to the gay community with anti-gay people treating them as modern lepers (even though that community took the danger seriously far sooner than others). However, the epidemic paradoxically later proved a partial blessing in disguise for gay rights as stricken people like Creator/RockHudson were shoved out of the closet, forcing the public to realize that LGBTI people were all around them, much like themselves. The Eighties also had the highest murder rate in U.S. history, almost twice what it is today.

Politically speaking, the decade lasted roughly from the election of UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan on November 4, 1980 to the collapse of the Soviet Union on December 25, 1991, so almost 11 years. (Sometimes UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher becoming Prime Minister in 1979 is considered the start, especially in the UK.) Culturally, the decade lasted roughly from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night Disco Demolition Night]] on July 12, 1979 to the release of {{Music/Nirvana}}'s album ''Music/{{Nevermind}}'' on September 24, 1991.

Thanks to [[TwoDecadesBehind a common twenty- or thirty-year lag]], it's still The Eighties in much of Fictionland. Although TheSeventies and TheNineties are gradually returning.

See Also: TheRoaringTwenties, TheGreatDepression, TheForties, TheFifties, TheSixties, TheSeventies, TheNineties, TurnOfTheMillennium and TheNewTens.
!!Popular tropes from this time period include:
* TheAggressiveDrugDealer: Crack cocaine and heroin caught on big during this decade, along with their pushers, hence the establishment of this trope as part of the larger "Just Say No" movement.
* AmazonianBeauty: The beauty standard of the decade, owing to the consciousness of health and fitness during that era, with actors like Brooke Shields and models like Cindy Crawford showing their athletic, healthy tone.
* AnimatedAdaptation: Of practically everything, including films, TV shows, comic books, video games, action figures, dolls, plush toys, music videos, and real-life celebrities!
* {{Anime}}: Called "Japanimation" at the time, the medium started becoming somewhat popular in the US in the '80s (although it would take until the second half of the '90s until it truly exploded in mainstream popularity).
* BadassInANiceSuit: What could make a character be more badass than the concept of powerdressing emerging from this decade?
* BigOlEyebrows: Thanks to Brooke Shields, bushy, natural eyebrows were stylish for women. This would be followed by extreme plucking and tweezing and penciling to the skinniest brows in TheNineties. Then in TheNewTens, glamorous thick eyebrows [[PopularityPolynomial came back with a vengeance]], though the ideal is smoothed and angular.
* UsefulNotes/TheBlockbusterAgeOfHollywood: Heralded by the success of ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' (1975) and ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' (1977) and the box office disaster of ''Film/HeavensGate'' (1980), the UsefulNotes/NewHollywood was put aside in 1980 and the rest of the decade were dominated by family friendly or juvenile popcorn blockbuster movies, with ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' as the biggest box office success of all time, until ''Film/JurassicPark'' (1993) dethroned it.
* BoyishShortHair: Even though massive manes were definitely the mainstream, a lot more women and girls were sporting short (though still just as poofy and ridiculous) haircuts, especially compared to the early '70s and its love of RapunzelHair. Businesswomen wore PowerHair to match their power suits, and female New Wave and punk musicians often had the same spiky, dramatic haircuts as the men.
* CanadaDoesNotExist: A wave of low-budget cop and action-adventure dramas start being produced in Canada, but primarily for U.S. consumption. This leads to the weird phenomenon of shows which take place in a "nowhereland" that is neither fully the US nor completely Canada.
* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: Along with the RedScare, this was a big feature of this period, particularly in the early 1980s with the European Missiles Crisis, the Nicaraguan civil war and Libya. ''Especially'' Libya. The Cold War plots here can be divided squarely between before and after 8 December 1987, the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between the U.S. and USSR. It's generally straight RedScare before that. After, it's RenegadeRussian or MakeTheBearAngryAgain.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Thanks to the movie ''Film/WallStreet'', an enduring image of this time. Part of the economic climate of the time were UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan's reforms and the Black Monday crash of 1987.
* {{Cyberpunk}}: Kicked off by ''Film/BladeRunner'' and ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}''.
* DanceSensation: Music/MichaelJackson, anyone? Or Film/FlashDance? And Film/FootLoose? Film/DirtyDancing? Jazzcercise? Aerobics? HipHop?
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: Mini skirts returned with a vengeance, and it led to many variations from the cheerleader rah-rahs, to the 60s-inspired pop art prints, to the fluffy mini-crinoline, to the romantic bubble, and to the tight pencil.
* UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks: Began with ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' and ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' in 1985.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Even though this was a fun decade for many people, it also had many negative sides:
** Crack cocaine was created and many people became destructively addicted to it; to make matters worse, the turf wars between dealers and gangs decimated many black neighborhoods in big cities.
** The sexually-transmitted disease AIDS became an epidemic. The first two cases of patients dying from AIDS had taken place in 1959, but there are only a handful of known cases dating to the 1960s and 1970s. At least 121 AIDS-related deaths took place between 1980 and 1981. By the end of the 1980s, the disease had spread worldwide and there were over a million known patients. And in the U.S., the initial stigma of AIDS as a "gay disease" contributed to unfair ostracization of its victims and LGBT people in general.
** The beginning of the (currently ongoing) "war on drugs" resulted in skyrocketing incarceration rates, hundreds of thousands of people ending up behind bars for nonviolent offenses.
*** By contrast, everyone could get behind the big crackdown on the deadly DrunkDriver traffic menace, which finally got taken seriously in a DudeNotFunny way.
*** Likewise, smoking found itself marginalized still more with the health menace of second-hand smoke becoming common knowledge, causing a groundswell of efforts to discourage the habit and isolate smokers.
** An enormous crime wave hit America at this time: this is where [[TheBigRottenApple NYC got its image as a crime-ridden Hellhole of apathy and darkness]], and why so many action movies starring {{Cowboy Cop}}s were popular.
** More generally, the 1980s were the time when the American middle class began losing ground in terms of GDP share as more people became part of the upper class. Socio-economic inequalities more or less kept in check for a half-century started growing again, creating an increasing polarization between economic classes.
** The arrival of Creator/{{MTV}} had a downside as well. Music videos became so dominant that any artists who played instruments were now expected to create a music video for every hit single they released, because otherwise it would not receive airplay. For some serious artists this was a huge setback, because they were now expected to "act" and "look good" on camera to appeal to the record buying public. By the end of the 1980s many music fans couldn't imagine a music record existing without some kind of video attached to it. Thus several pop stars who looked attractive but couldn't sing or play a note on their instrument were launched to make quick bucks.
** In the first half of the 1980s, many people across the world felt frightened because President Reagan ordered more nuclear missiles to be placed in Europe to [[RedScare defend the US against the Soviet Union]]. He also endorsed a daft plan, "Star Wars", to protect the USA in space against a possible Soviet attack. Fear for a Third World War and nuclear testing lead to numerous protests and protest singles. Only when UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev became Soviet leader in 1985 tensions between the USA and USSR started to diminish.
** The UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} disaster (1986) also lead to a universal fear for nuclear power disasters, especially when a huge radioactive cloud flew over Europe, having disastrous effects on the local farming industry. Since then the place has become a GhostTown and a place where plants and animals have won back ground on humans.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: A common way of introducing romance subplots in '80s movies.
* DrugsAreBad: A growing awareness of the dangers of recreational drugs (especially the above-mentioned crack cocaine) led to government-sponsored programs designed to teach kids to "Just Say No", which led to this message becoming near-ubiquitous via the VerySpecialEpisode and PublicServiceAnnouncement.
* {{Dystopia}}: Dark, crime-ridden TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture or oppressive alternate universes were big in '80s films/TV shows.
* EarWorm: The pop songs from this decade (SynthPop in particular) were very catchy in general.
* EightiesHair: If you were in a (popular) metal band or were a female country singer you wore it one way and only one way, BIG! This was also the decade in which the mullet really went mainstream. (Though the actual ''name'' "mullet" was only coined and applied retrospectively in TheNineties).
* EroticFilm: As porn theaters started to close and moral guardians fought pornography, erotic movies went underground again. They did manage to make back their profit thanks to the success of video rentals and sales.
* ForeignCultureFetish:
** Despite the fears of [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld Japan overtaking the world economy]], everything made in Japan, like gadgets, cars, anime, video games, AND [[GratuitousNinja NINJAS!!!]], was like a gift from the gods. It's no coincidence that the trope's alternative name is TurningJapanese.
** Also in the decade, [[LandDownunder Australophilia]] came into the scene and spread like bushfire. Musicians like Creator/OliviaNewtonJohn and Music/KylieMinogue, bands like Music/{{ACDC}}, Music/{{INXS}}, Music/MenAtWork, and Music/AirSupply, and other stuff like ''Film/MadMax'', ''Film/CrocodileDundee'', Uluru, boomerangs and didgeridoos, and kangaroos and koalas.
** In America, all eyes turned to UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and UsefulNotes/{{Miami}} for their sunny beaches, neon lights, good vibes, and the thrill for action and adventure like the guys of ''Series/BeverlyHillsCop'' and ''Series/MiamiVice''.
** After experiencing [[TheSeventies a decade]] of sociopolitical turmoil, second-wave Italianophilia became prominent in this decade, with Milan as the cultural hotspot.
* FootballHooligans: For the UK at least. It became such a problem that UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher put together a cabinet just to tackle them. Measures put in place then led to [[TearJerker Hillsborough]]. These days the problem has been virtually eradicated, although the trope appears quite often in foreign films set in the UK where football is involved, and Hooligans continue to cause problems in places ''not'' the UK (mostly South America).
* FreezeFrameEnding: Extremely popular during the decade, especially with sitcoms. This would go on to be parodied in later decades.
* FurAndLoathing: When it started.
* TheGenerationGap: A new kind of generation gap was created, with left-wing hippie parents trying to understand their right-wing, materialistic yuppie children.
* HollywoodActionHero: The 1980s made iconic stars out of muscled RatedMForManly actors like Creator/SylvesterStallone, Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, Creator/ChuckNorris, Creator/DolphLundgren, Creator/StevenSeagal and Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme. The Franchise/IndianaJones franchise could be counted too, though less testosterone heavy. For a black example, Creator/MrT comes to mind.
* HotterAndSexier: Music/{{Madonna}}'s very sexualized imagery set a trend for many female pop singers in her wake.
* IWasQuiteAFashionVictim: Applying to works looking at this decade in hindsight, a survivor of the so-called "decade fashion disaster" might confess to this. The fashion statements were so overly radical, more extravagant and less flamboyant [[TheSeventies than the decade before]], it had to be toned down and grunged up a lot [[TheNineties a decade later]].
* JapanTakesOverTheWorld: A staple of the decade, particularly in {{Cyberpunk}} works. Often seems a little silly now. By the late 1990s this became a more realistic threat to Western investors as Japan's economy overshadowed the US and Europe in its financial success.
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to the more revolutionary and sociologically progressive 1960s and 1970s, the eighties were pretty tame. Virtually all products (film, music, toys, TV shows, etc) were heavily MerchandiseDriven and not subtle about it. As a result, most of it is very clean, safe, family friendly and didn't take many artistic risks.
* LimitedAnimation: Cartoons still suffered from being shoddily animated, thinly veiled toy commercials.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Despite being an age of mass conservative hysteria, the decade still gave rise lots of androgyny in the fashion and entertainment industry. Many fashion trends were unisex, and it was becoming accepted for women to wear suits, leather jackets, hairstyles like mullets and undercuts and of course, shoulder pads. Model Grace Jones is a good reference. Meanwhile, among the most influential male musicians of the 80s were Music/DavidBowie, Music/{{Prince}}, Boy George and Dead or Alive, all of whom put on flamboyant and effeminate clothes and acts, especially by the standards then.
* {{Meganekko}}: Corrective eyeglasses tended to look the size of dinner plates, showing off the eyes, [[https://www.google.com/search?q=80%27s+glasses&biw=1366&bih=634&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwjVtpvZp8DKAhWLHD4KHc8_BlUQsAQIGw#tbm=isch&q=80%27s+eyeglasses looking like this]]. Sizes shrunk in the '90s and '00s.
* MerchandiseDriven: Virtually [[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats every]] [[WesternAnimation/{{MASK}} original]] WesternAnimation/{{c|enturions}}artoon [[WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake made]] [[WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite in]] WesternAnimation/{{the|RealGhostbusters}} [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero eighties]] [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers seems]] [[Franchise/CareBears to]] [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 be]] [[WesternAnimation/JemAndTheHolograms this]] [[Franchise/MyLittlePony way]].
* MontageEndsTheVHS: It's when a commercial VHS tape has trailers, intros or just a compilation montage promoting a line of tapes at the end, after a movie or episode it contains is over.
* MoodWhiplash: See LighterAndSofter and DarkerAndEdgier. The perils of ConspicuousConsumption in a nutshell, for one.
* MoralGuardians: The Moral Majority was very strong in the USA and backed by the Reagan government. They attacked HeavyMetal, GothRock, pornography, video games and gay culture as threats to the youth. In the UK, the Thatcher government also forbade a series of gory horror movies called the VideoNasties for the same reasons. By the end of the decade, many moral guardians started to lose their power, as many televangelists in the US got caught up in sex and tax fraud scandals.
* MusicOfThe1980s: With the introduction of electronic instruments, the [[DeaderThanDisco death of Disco]], and with the rise of Creator/{{MTV}}, music got more expressive, and more excessive, in this decade, especially with HipHop coming to the scene. Genres include:
** AlternativeRock: A CollegeRadio staple that began a rise to prominence in the latter part of the decade and gained the favor of critics and listeners looking for an, ahem, alternative to HairMetal and the standard fare on album-oriented-rock stations. Music/{{REM}} and Music/TheCure were at the forefront, scoring major hit singles, and the former was the first of many notable major label transitions that heralded the genre's big breakout shortly into the next decade.
** BattleRapping: Became famous during this decade.
** BlackMetal: Got its start during this era.
** CharityMotivationSong: From late 1984 and 1985 on, when "Do They Know Its Christmas?" and "We Are the World" came out respectively.
** ConceptVideo: Though music videos already existed in the 1970s many were just a concert performance. The success of Music/MichaelJackson's ''Music/{{Thriller}}'' popularized music videos with interesting visuals and an actual storyline. All other music artists made music videos and by the end of the decade most young people couldn't even imagine a song existing without a cool video attached to it.
** ConsciousHipHop: Popularized by Music/GrandMasterFlashAndTheFuriousFive.
** DeathMetal: Got its start during this decade.
** DirtyRap: Popularized by Music/SchoollyD.
** {{Funk}}: Still popular in the early 1980s, with Music/{{Prince}} and Music/MichaelJackson as prime stars.
** UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHipHop: From the late 1970s, blossoming throughout the 1980s until the early 1990s.
** GothRock: Music/JoyDivision, Music/{{Bauhaus}}, and Music/TheCure popularized gloomy music.
** HairMetal: The most popular metal genre in the 1980s, one that dominated rock until the arrival of {{Grunge}} in the 1990s.
** HeavyMetal: Became targeted as the new [[YouCanPanicNow dangerous threat to the youth of America]], with supposed satanic messages hidden in the lyrics.
** HipHop: Broke to the mainstream during this decade, with Music/GrandMasterFlashAndTheFuriousFive, Music/RunDMC and Music/BeastieBoys as the frontrunners.
** HouseMusic: Near the late 1980s, club house music became more prominent, resulting in styles like {{Techno}} in the 1990s.
** IdolSinger: Music/{{Madonna}}, Music/CyndiLauper, Music/DebbieGibson, Music/{{Tiffany}}, Music/KylieMinogue, just to name a few...
** MusicVideo: For better or for worse, we have to credit Creator/{{MTV}} for bringing this. Creator/{{MuchMusic}} introduced them to Canadian audiences.
*** FanVid: These also started, often by manually syncing a song to crude edits on a pair of [=VCRs=]
** NewRomantic: Popular, and very controversial in Britain during the early half of the decade. Bands like Music/DuranDuran, Music/SpandauBallet and Music/AFlockOfSeagulls wearing outrageous {{Pirate}}-influenced costumes and donning heavy makeup.
** NewWaveMusic: With MTV, the genre got an even bigger wave of popularity.
** ProtestSong: Made a return with charity singles like "Do They Know It's Christmas?" and "We Are The World" trying to bring in money to help poor people in Africa. The Artists Against Apartheid and the Free Nelson Mandela movement fought against South Africa's apartheid system. Farm Aid helped farmers in the USA to overcome financial troubles. And many protest songs were written against the UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan and UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher administrations.
** SynthPop: The dominant music genre throughout the decade, making every track instantly recognizable as having an "80s sound".
** ThrashMetal: Debuted during this era.
** AWildRapperAppears: Rappers appearing during songs outside their genre became more popular, with "Walk This Way" by Music/{{Aerosmith}} and Music/RunDMC as perhaps the oldest and most famous example.
* NarmCharm: The decade ran on this. From excessive fashions, ridiculously catchy songs (SynthPop in particular) and much more.
* NostalgiaFilter:
** This decade had a lot of nostalgic getups during TheThirties, TheForties (pulpy adventures, {{dieselpunk}}y aesthetics, economic ups-and-downs, and exaggerated shoulder pads), TheFifties and TheSixties (emergence of early teen culture).
*** And the 80s itself is now the nostalgic decade of the TurnOfTheMillennium and TheNewTens.
** Many 1980s kids and teens remember their parents saying things like "[[WhatDidIDoLastNight If you remember the '60s, you weren't there]]."
* PrettyInMink: Works that weren't afraid to show fur tended to show even more than they would in TheSeventies.
* PimpedOutDress: As suits and powerdressing were standard by day, glamour and expression was reserved for evening wear. It was the decade where high-contrast satin, lycra, and a generous helping of sequins and glitter came to prominence with world-renowned {{Fashion Designer}}s like Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood, Christian Lacroix, Oscar De La Renta, Gianni Versace, Prada, and Issey Miyake playing their part in the catwalk.
* RichBitch: Featured in all sorts of {{soap opera}}s like ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'', ''Series/FalconCrest'', et. al.
* ShouldersOfDoom: The huge shoulder pads, bigger than the ones [[TheForties forty years earlier]]. For women wearing them, it was a status that they had [[DefiedTrope broke down]] the metaphorical [[NeverASelfMadeWoman glass ceiling]], as more women entered the corporate ladder, and not as secretaries or clerks, but as full-fledged businesspeople.
* SlasherMovie: Very popular during this decade, with ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'', ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' and ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' as the front runners.
* SleevesAreForWimps: Ripped off sleeves (with a mandatory matching mullet) was your standard rockstar or tough guy look.
* SweaterGirl: With or without shoulder pads. With or without a bra underneath.
* TropeMakers: And [[TropeCodifier Codifiers]]. With [[TheBlockbusterAgeOfHollywood blockbuster films coming on full force]], the wide introduction of computers and VideoGames, and with the rise of cable television with channels like Creator/{{MTV}}, Creator/{{HBO}}, Creator/{{CNN}}, {{Creator/Nickelodeon}}, et al., giving time and interest to watching more of it in a single channel than in a programming block, the tropes that came to the scene in this decade are:
** TheAhnold: After Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger became an icon with his roles in ''Film/{{Conan the Barbarian|1982}}'' and ''Film/TheTerminator'', imitating Arnie became a StockParody.
** AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: ''[[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero G. I. Joe]]'', et. al., in order to counteract accusations of being no more than "30-minute toy commercials".
** ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: Popularized by ''Film/TheTerminator''.
** DieHardOnAnX: This badass StockParody got its start by the eponymous ''Film/DieHard''.
** MyNameIsInigoMontoya. YouKilledMyFather. PrepareToDie: Thanks to ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.
** ImGoingToDisneyWorld: An advertisment that was very popular from the 1980s on.
** LukeIAmYourFather: StockParody popularized by a famous scene from ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
** MichaelJacksonsThrillerParody: Spoofing Music/MichaelJackson's music video for "Thriller" started in this decade.
** MoonWalkDance: Music/MichaelJackson popularized the moonwalk in 1983.
** PacManFever: "Pac-Man" became a global phenomenon.
** ParodiesOfFire: A StockParody popularized by ''Film/ChariotsOfFire''.
** RaidersOfTheLostParody: A StockParody popularized by ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
** RiskyBusinessDance: A StockParody popularized by ''Film/RiskyBusiness''.
** RogerRabbitEffect: This groundbreaking technique where animated characters interact with real people got popularized with Music/AHa's "Take on Me" and , of course, ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.
** TrainingMontage: Many 1980s martial arts or sports film had one of these, with inspirational music from Music/{{Survivor}}, John Farnham or some other classic rocker.
** VerySpecialEpisode: Just about every show had one or more of these, often due to ExecutiveMeddling but sometimes just plain {{Author Tract}}s. DrugsAreBad and TooSmartForStrangers were especially popular.
** WeDidntStartTheBillyJoelParodies: Created by the success of Music/BillyJoel's "We Didn't Start The Fire".
* UncannyValleyMakeup: That bronzed, au naturale glow of the '70s was ''out''. Heavy pale foundation, rainbow eyeshadow up to the brows, rims and rims of eyeliner, severe blush on the hollows of the cheeks up to the ears, and glossy red lipstick was in. Like in the '20s, mass consumerism encouraged women to pack it on.
* ValleyGirl: Like, ''totally''!
* VaporWear: Common in the first part of the decade (before Music/{{Madonna}}); off-the-shoulder tops and tops with bare backs were common.
* VideoGamesOfThe1980s: Despite the the [[SerendipityWritesThePlot technological limitations]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 a great fiasco early on in the decade]], video games as a whole was a promising media platform. And it all started [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem in]] [[UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows 1985]]. In this decade it made, named and codified:
** ActionAdventure: While the genre originated with ''VideoGame/{{Adventure}}'' in 1979, it took of the world by storm with ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' in 1986.
** AdventureGame: Although born in the latter part of the 1970s, in the 80s the Adventure Game (distinct from ActionAdventure by its focus on exploration, dialogue, and puzzle-solving) genre became ''the'' dominant genre in PC gaming, particularly the works of Creator/{{Sierra}} and Creator/LucasArts.
** BeatEmUp: Popularized by ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon''. And what could be a better excuse than two [[VideoGames/BadDudes bad dudes saving the president from ninjas]]?
** FallingBlocks: What more than VideoGame/{{Tetris}} in 1985?
** LightGunGame: While experiments on light guns had been around [[OlderThanTheNES as early as the 1930s]], ''VideoGame/DuckHunt'' always comes in mind when it comes to common knowledge.
** PlatformGame: The genre all started with [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong an]] [[VideoGame/MarioBros Italian]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros plumber]].
** RolePlayingGame: While [=RPG's=] had been around since the 1970s, it's video game format was kickstarted in 1981 by VideoGame/{{Wizardry}}.
*** EasternRPG: Popularized by the [[RunningGag hair-raisingly radical]] ''VideoGame/FinalFantasy'' in 1987.
*** {{Roguelike}}: Started by the eponymous ''VideoGame/{{Rogue}}'' in 1980.
*** WesternRPG: The non-linear games came to be in 1984 with ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}.
* VideoNasties: In 1984, certain gory horror movies were blacklisted by the British government and forbidden to be imported. Many of them were very forgettable, some not even that bloody violent, but they remained in the public consciousness just by the fact that they were put on that list.
!Many things were created or existed in the 1980s:


* LiteratureOfThe1980s
* MusicOfThe1980s
* SeriesOfThe1980s
* VideoGamesOfThe1980s
* WesternAnimationOfThe1980s
!!Works that are set/were made in this time period include:\\
(Note: [-many were also a part of the Nineties; usually those made in the later part of the decade, and are marked with a-] '*').

* For a more detailed list, see AnimeOfThe1980s
* ''Manga/{{Akira}}''
* ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis''
* ''LightNovel/DirtyPair''
* ''[[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Hokuto no Ken]]'' (1983; later translated in English as ''Fist of the North Star'')
* ''Anime/FuturePoliceUrashiman''
* ''Anime/GoShogun''
* ''Anime/GodMazinger''
** ''Manga/NewMazinger''
* ''Anime/GoLion'', used to make ''Anime/{{Voltron}} in 1984
* ''Anime/GunBuster''
* ''Anime/HeavyMetalLGaim''
* ''Anime/HiSpeedJecy''
* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure''
** ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventurePhantomBlood'' (1987)
** ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'' (1987-1989)
** ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders'' (began - and set - in 1989)
* ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad''
* ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku''
* ''Anime/MapleTown''
* ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold''
* ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind''
* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient''
* ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}''
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''
* ''Anime/RedPhotonZillion''
* ''[[Anime/RoninWarriors Yoroiden Samurai Troopers]]'' (1988; was brought to the US in 1995 as ''Anime/RoninWarriors'')
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya''
* ''Anime/SeiJuushiBismarck''
* ''Manga/{{SEX}}'' by Atsushi Kamijou ran from 1988 to 1992, and is set in Okinawa and Fussa in the eighties.
* ''Anime/SherlockHound''
* ''Anime/SpaceWarriorBaldios''
* ''Manga/StopHibarikun''
* ''Anime/{{Superbook}}''
* ''Anime/SuperDimensionCenturyOrguss''
* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' (1982; used to make the first part of ''{{Anime/Robotech}}'' in 1985)
* ''Manga/TekkenChinmi'' (The manga debuted in 1983. The anime adaptation was created in 1988)
* ''Manga/{{Touch}}''
* Franchise/{{Transformers}}
** ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters''
** ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce''
** ''Anime/TransformersVictory''
* ''Manga/TwoThousandOneNights''
* ''Anime/Ulysses31''
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'': The anime which started in 1981.
* ''Anime/{{Voltron}}''
* Franchise/WhenTheyCry
** ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' (franchise started in 2002, but set in 1983)
** ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' (franchise started in 2007, but set in 1986)
* ''Anime/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''
* ''Anime/{{Xabungle}}''

[[folder:Asian Animation]]
* ''Animation/BlackCatDetective''
* ''Animation/CalabashBrothers''
* ''Animation/{{Gandahar}}''

* Creator/MontyPython
** ''AudioPlay/MontyPythonsContractualObligationAlbum'' (1980)

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Creator/JimShooter era of Creator/MarvelComics mostly took place in this decade.
* Most long runners from previous decades persist here. UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks ends here.
* UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks began in this decade.
* Franchise/{{Tintin}}. Series started in 1929. (see ''Film/TheAdventuresOfTintin'')
** ''Recap/TintinTintinAndAlphArt'' (1986).
* ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio''. Series began in 1938.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''. Series began in 1938.
** ''ComicBook/WarWorld''. Storyline started in November, 1980.
** ''ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything''. Published in 1985.
** ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow''. Published in 1986.
** ''ComicBook/TheManOfSteel''. Published in 1986.
* ''ComicBook/TomPoes''. Series began in 1941, ended this decade, in 1986.
* ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske''. Series began in 1945.
* ''ComicStrip/PaulusDeBoskabouter''. Series began in 1946, ended this decade in 1984.
* ''ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer''. First appeared in September, 1946.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}''. Series began in 1947.
* ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke''. Series began in 1947.
* ''ComicBook/PietPienterEnBertBibber''. Series began in 1950.
* ''ComicBook/{{Jommeke}}''. Series began in 1955.
* ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}''. First appeared in 1959.
** ''ComicBook/Supergirl1982'': First appeared in November, 1982.
** Supergirl Matrix. First appeared in April, 1988.
* Franchise/SpiderMan. First appeared in 1962.
** ''ComicBook/KravensLastHunt''. Story began in October, 1987.
* ''ComicBook/JanJansEnDeKinderen''. Series began in 1970.
* ''ComicBook/DeGeneraal''. Series began in 1971.
* ''ComicBook/DouweDabbert''. Series began in 1975.
* ''ComicBook/DeKiekeboes''. Series started in February, 1977.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Started in [[TheSeventies 1977]], but many of the most significant stories, such as the Apocalypse War and The Judge Child appeared in this time period, as well as iconic antagonists The Dark Judges and P.J. Maybe. (see ''Film/JudgeDredd'')
* ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga. Storyline started in January, 1980.
* ComicBook/EmmaFrost. First appeared in January, 1980.
* ComicBook/KittyPryde. First appeared in January, 1980.
* ComicStrip/{{Bananaman}}. First appeared in February, 1980.
* ComicBook/{{Dazzler}}. First appeared in February, 1980.
* ComicBook/SheHulk. First appeared in February, 1980.
* ComicBook/{{Taskmaster}}. First appeared in May, 1980.
* ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}}. The character of Huntress/Barbara 'Bobbi' Morse received its new codename in July, 1980.
* ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock''. First appeared in July, 1980.
* ''ComicBook/AnselmeLanturlu''. Series started in September, 1980.
* ''ComicBook/{{Dreadstar}}''
** Vanth Dreadstar was introduced in September, 1980.
** His eponymous series in November, 1982.
* ''ComicBook/{{Starfire}}''. First appeared in October, 1980.
* ComicBook/TeenTitans. Relaunched with new cast members in November, 1980. (also see ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' and ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'')
* ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}}. First appeared in December, 1980.
* ''ComicBook/DaysOfFuturePast''. First written in January, 1981.
* ComicBook/{{Rogue}}. First appeard in November, 1981.
* ComicBook/{{Elektra}}. First appeared in January, 1981.
* ''ComicBook/MsTree''. First appeared in May, 1981.
* ''ComicBook/JusticeMachine''. First appeared in June, 1981.
* ComicBook/{{Vixen}}. Secondly appeared in July, 1981.
* ''ComicBook/RogueTrooper''. First appeared in September, 1981.
* ComicBook/MonicaRambeau. First appeared in 1982.
* ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}: Devil's Legacy''. First appeared in 1982.
* ''ComicBook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew''. Series started in March, 1982.
* ''ComicBook/CloakAndDagger''. First appeared in March, 1982. (see ''Film/CloakAndDagger'')
* ''ComicBook/VForVendetta''. Storyline started in March, 1982.
* ''ComicBook/ContestOfChampions''. Series started in June, 1982.
* ''ComicBook/GlobalGuardians''. Debuted in June, 1982.
* ''ComicBook/TheSavageDragon''. First appeared in June, 1982.
* ''ComicBook/FrankMillersWolverine''. First appeared in September, 1982
* Franchise/ArchieComics
** Cheryl Blossom. First appeared in October, 1982.
* ''ComicBook/{{Urbanus}}''. First appeared in November, 1982.
* ComicBook/AmbushBug. First appeared in December, 1982.
* ''ComicBook/Camelot3000''. First appeared in December, 1982.
* ComicBook/GillesDeGeus. First appeared in 1983.
* ''ComicBook/NewMutants''. First appeared in December, 1982. Received their own series in March, 1983.
* ''ComicBook/EdTheHappyClown''. First appeared in 1983.
* ''ComicBook/OfficialHandbookOfTheMarvelUniverse''. Series started in January, 1983.
* ''ComicBook/{{Robin}}''
** Jason Todd. First appeared in March, 1983. Became Robin in December, 1983.
** Damian Wayne. First appeared (as an infant) in 1987. He would grow up to become a Robin.
** Timothy "Tim" Drake. First appeared in August, 1989. Became Robin in December, 1989.
* ''ComicBook/AmethystPrincessOfGemworld''. First appeared in April-May, 1983.
* ''ComicBook/OmegaMen''. First appeared in April, 1983.
* ''ComicBook/DRAndQuinch''. First appeared in May, 1983.
* ''ComicBook/AlbedoErmaFelnaEDF''. Series started in Summer, 1983.
* ''ComicBook/JonSableFreelance''. First appeared in June, 1983.
* Lobo. First appeared in June, 1983.
* ''ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders''. Team debuted in July, 1983.
* ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight''. The team received its own series in August, 1983.
* ComicBook/{{Slaine}}. Character debuted in August, 1983.
* Characters/TheSandman (see ''Film/Spider-Man 3'')
** Silver Scarab/Hector Hall. First appeared in September, 1983.
** Silver Scarab/hector Hall assumed the Sandman identity in May, 1988.
** [[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]]/Morpheus/Dream of the Endless. First appeared in January, 1989.
* ''ComicBook/AmericanFlagg''. First appeared in October, 1983.
* ComicBook/BetaRayBill. First appeared in November, 1983.
* ComicBook/{{Normalman}}. First appeared in November, 1983.
* ComicBook/{{Magik}}. Series started in December 1983.
* ''ComicBook/{{Elementals}}''. The characters first appeared in a 1983 issue of ''ComicBook/JusticeMachine''. They got their own series in 1984.
* ''ComicBook/{{Zot}}!''. First appeared in April, 1984.
* The ''ComicBook/FlamingCarrot'' series started in May, 1984.
* ''ComicBook/SecretWars''. First appeared in May, 1984, starting the trend of crossovers.
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''
** ''ComicBook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}''. First appeared in May, 1984. (also see ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'')
** ''ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures''. Series started in March, 1989.
* ComicBook/{{Venom}}
** The eponymous symbiote first appeared in May, 1984.
** Eddie Brock first appeared in September, 1986.
** The combination of the two above first appeared in April-May, 1988.
* ''ComicBook/BlueDevil''. First appeared in June, 1984.
* ''ComicBook/TheBalladOfHaloJones''. Series started in July, 1984.
* ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}, a new persona for Robin/Richard Grayson. First appeared in July, 1984. (also see ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'')
* ''ComicBook/PowerPack''. First appeared in August, 1984.
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformers''. Series started in September, 1984.
* ComicBook/{{XIII}}. Series started in September, 1984.
* ComicBook/{{Steel}}/Henry "Hank" Heywood III. First appeared in October, 1984.
* ComicBook/SpiderWoman/Julia Carpenter. First appeared in October-November, 1984.
* ''ComicBook/{{Vibe}}''. First appeared in October, 1984.
* ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. First appeared in April, 1985.
* ''ComicBook/FishPolice''. First appeared in June 1985. (see ''WesternAnimation/FishPolice'')
* [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]]. First appeared in June, 1985.
* ComicBook/SilverSable. First appeared in June, 1985.
* ComicBook/SecretWarsII. Storyline started in July, 1985.
* ComicBook/SquadronSupreme. Limited series started in September, 1985.
* ComicBook/{{Hourman}}/Rick Tyler. First appeared in November, 1985.
* ComicBook/SuperboyPrime. First appeared in November, 1985, as part of ''Crisis On Infinite Earths''. He would come back with a Face-Heel Turn for 2005-2006's ''Infinite Crisis''.
* ''ComicBook/AngelLove''. First appeared in 1986.
* ''ComicBook/TheGreatPowerofChninkel''. First appeared in 1986.
* ''ComicBook/LastDaysOfTheJusticeSociety''. One-shot special published in 1986.
* ''ComicBook/PierreTombal''. First appeared in 1986.
* ''ComicBook/AdolescentRadioactiveBlackBeltHamsters''. First appeared in 1986.
* ''ComicBook/{{Maus}} I'' was published in 1986.
* Nathan Summers. First appeared (as a newborn) in January, 1986. He would become better known as ComicBook/{{Cable}}.
* ''ComicBook/BoosterGold''. First appeared in February, 1986.
* ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''. First appeared in February, 1986.
* ''ComicBook/XFactor''. First version. Debuted in February, 1986.
* ComicBook/{{Psylocke}}. First appeared in December 1986 for U.S..
* Kid Flash/Wallace "Wally" West assumed the mantle of Franchise/TheFlash in March, 1986.
* ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}}. First appeared in May, 1986.
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'': First appeared in September, 1986. Remember that it's an alternate form of the world we know. Fashions, technology, drugs, and politics are different. Except in [[Film/{{Watchmen}} the movie]].
* ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow''. Published in September, 1986.
* ''ComicBook/{{Longshot}}''. First appeared in September, 1986.
* ''ComicBook/DylanDog''. Fist published in October, 1986.
* ''ComicBook/TheManOfSteel''. Series started in October, 1986.
* ''ComicBook/TheNewUniverse''. Launched in October, 1986.
* ''ComicBook/DP7''. First appeared in November, 1986.
* ''ComicBook/StrikeforceMorituri''. First published in December, 1986.
* ''ComicBook/LePetitSpirou''. First appeared in 1987.
* ''ComicBook/NinjaHighSchool''. First appeared in 1987.
* ''ComicBook/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice''. First appeared in 1987. (see ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'', ''WesternAnimation/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' and ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxSeason1'')
* ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad''. The modern version of the team debuted in January, 1987.
* ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne''. Storyline started in February, 1987.
* ComicBook/CaptainAtom/Nathaniel Adam. First appeared in March, 1987.
* ComicBook/DeathsHead. The "freelance peacekeeping agent" version first appeared in May, 1987.
* ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational''. First appeared in May, 1987.
* [[ComicBook/GhostMarvelComics Ghost]]. First appeared in June, 1987.
* ''ComicBook/{{Zenith}}''. First appeared in August, 1987.
* ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol''. Relaunched with new members in October, 1987.
* ''ComicBook/TheDesertPeach''. First published in 1988.
* ''ComicBook/{{Checkmate}}''. First appeared in March, 1988.
* ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke''. First appeared in March, 1988.
* ''ComicBook/ThePitt''. First appeared in March, 1988.
* ''ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}''. First appeared in April, 1988.
* ''ComicBook/BatmanTheCult''. First appeared in August, 1988.
* ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse
** Duckworth. First adapted to the medium in October, 1988.
** Launchpad [=McQuack=]. First adapted to the medium in October, 1988. (see ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'')
** Mrs. Bentina Beakley. First adapted to the medium in November, 1988.
** Webbigail "Webby" Vanderquack. First adapted to the medium in February, 1989.
** Doofus Drake. First adapted to the medium in October, 1989.
* ''ComicBook/{{Inferno}}. Storyline started in October, 1988.
* ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse
** Arizona Goof. First appeared in December, 1988.
* ''ComicBook/TheMazeAgency''. First published in December, 1988.
* ''ComicBook/SensationalSheHulk''. First published in 1989.
* ComicBook/{{Huntress}}/Helena Bertinelli. First appeared in April, 1989.
* ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}. First appeared in April, 1989.
* ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers. First appeared in July, 1989.
* ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}
** The Post-Hawkworld version of Hawkman/Katar Hol. First appeared in August, 1989.
** The Post-Hawkworld version of Hawkwoman/Shayera Thal. First appeared in August, 1989.
* ''ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth''. Published in October, 1989.
* ComicBook/{{Anarky}}. First appeared in November, 1989.
* ComicBook/NewWarriors. First appeared in December, 1989. Received their own series in July, 1990.
* ComicBook/{{Rat-Man}}. First appeared in ''Spot 2'', as a supplement to ''L'Eternauta'' #86 of June, 1989.
* ComicBook/MarvelStarWars. Started in 1977, finished in 1987.
* ComicBook/{{Jubilee}}. First appeared in May, 1989.
* ComicBook/RachelSummers. First appeared in January, 1981.
* ComicBook/PaperGirls: Began in 2015, set in 1988.

[[folder:Eastern European Animation]]
* ''Animation/AboutSidorovVova''
* ''Animation/TheAdventuresOfVasiaKurolesov''
* ''Animation/ArmenFilmAnimatedShorts''
* ''Animation/CatCity''
* ''Animation/DavidAndTheMagicPearl''
* ''Animation/InvestigationHeldByKolobki''
* ''Animation/LastYearsSnowWasFalling''
* ''Animation/LittleFox''
* ''Animation/MotherForLittleMammoth''
* ''Animation/TheMysteryOfTheThirdPlanet''
* ''Animation/OnceUponADog''
* ''Animation/PlasticineCrow''
* ''Animation/PodrozeKapitanaKlipera''
* ''Animation/SuurToll''
* ''Animation/TimeMasters''
* ''Animation/TreasureOfSwampCastle''
* ''Animation/TheVanishedWorldOfGloves''
* ''Animation/VukTheLittleFox''
* ''Animation/WillyTheSparrow''

!!!For films released in this time period, see FilmsOfThe1980s
* ''Film/{{Adventureland}}'' (made in 2009, set in 1987)
* ''Film/AmericanPsycho'' (made in 2000, set in sort-of-1989, based on musical information from the protagonist)
* ''Film/AMostViolentYear'' (made in 2014, set in 1981)
* ''Film/BeyondTheBlackRainbow'' (made in 2010, set in 1983)
* ''Film/BillyElliot'' (made in 2000, set in 1984)
* ''Film/ColdInJuly'' (made in 2014, set in 1989)
* ''Film/DonnieDarko'' (made in 2001, set in 1988)
* ''Film/{{Fargo}}'' (made in 1996, set in 1987)
* ''Film/{{Foxcatcher}}'' (made in 2014, set from 1986 onwards)
* ''Film/GoldenEye'' (made in 1995, the prologue is set in 1986)
* ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'': The prologue is set in 1981.
* ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine'' (made in 2010, the protagonists travel back to 1986)
* ''Film/InAmerica'' (made in 2003, set in 1982)
* ''Film/TheInfiltrator'' (made in 2016, set in this decade)
* ''Film/KillerElite'' (made in 2011, set in 1980)
* ''Film/KillingBono'' (made in 2011, set mainly between '82 and '86)
* ''Film/TheLastDaysOfDisco'' (made in 1998, set in the early 1980s)
* ''Film/LoveAndBasketball'' (made in 2000, follows the protagonists from 1982-2000)
* ''Film/MidnightInTheGardenOfGoodAndEvil'' (made in 1997, set in the early 1980s)
* ''Film/{{Monster}}'' (made in 2003, story begins in the late 1980s)
* ''Theatre/TheNormalHeart'' (made in 2014, set in the early 1980s)
* ''Literature/NoCountryForOldMen'' (made in 2007, set in 1980)
* ''Literature/{{Precious}}'' (made in 2009, set in 1987)
* ''Film/ThePursuitOfHappyness'' (made in 2006, set in 1981)
* ''Theatre/RockOfAges'' (made in 2012, set in 1987)
* ''Film/RockStar''
* ''Film/SingStreet'' (released in 2016, set in 1985)
* ''Film/SonOfRambow'' (made in 2008, set in 1982)
* ''WesternAnimation/SongOfTheSea'' (made in 2014, set in 1987)
* ''Film/StarterForTen'' (made in 2006, set in 1985 and 1986)
* ''Sunny'' (made in 2011, has several flashbacks set somewhere in the 80s)
* ''Film/{{Submarine}}'' (made in 2010, set in 1986)
* ''Take Me Home Tonight'' (made in 2011, set in the late 1980s)
* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' (made in 2009, set in an alternate 1985)
* ''Film/TheWeddingSinger'' (made in 1998, set in 1985)
* ''Film/WetHotAmericanSummer'' (made in 2001, set in 1981)
* ''Film/WNUFHalloweenSpecial'' (made in 2013, set in 1987)
* ''Film/TheWood'' (made in 1999, with lots of flashbacks to 1986-89)
* ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' (made in 2009, the bulk of the movie takes place in 1985 or the very least 1986, but given the nature of what happened to Logan's memories, it is unsure when it took place. Wiki/TheOtherWiki states Stryker met Logan and Victor in 1975 placing the majority of the movie in 1981. Regardless, it certainly doesn't capture the look or the feel of the time.)
* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' (made in 2016, mostly set in 1983)

!!!For series released in this time period, see SeriesOfThe1980s
* ''Series/{{The Americans}}'' (made in 2013, the story begins in 1981)
* ''Series/TheCarrieDiaries'' (made in 2013, set in 1984)
* ''Series/DeadOfSummer'' (made in 2016, set in 1989)
* ''Series/Deutschland83''
* ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'' (made in 2005, the show is set between 1982 to 1987)
* ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' (made in 2000, set in 1980)
* ''Series/{{GLOW|2017}}'' (made in 2017, set in the mid-'80s)
* ''Series/TheGoldbergs''
* ''Series/HapAndLeonard''
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' (made in 2005, the show frequently flashes back to the main characters' childhood set in various points in this decade)
* ''Series/LandOfTheGiants''
* ''Series/{{Narcos}}''
* ''Series/StrangerThings''
* ''Series/That80sShow''
* ''Series/{{UFO}}''

[[folder:Han-guk Manhwa Aenimeisyeon]]
* ''Manhwa/DoolyTheLittleDinosaur''
* ''Animation/SpaceTransformers''

* ''Literature/{{Beloved}}''
* ''Literature/BimbosOfTheDeathSun''
* ''Literature/TheBroomOfTheSystem''
* ''Literature/TheChoir''
* ''Literature/DarkPlaces''
* ''Literature/GorkyPark''
* ''Literature/HamishMacbeth''
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'': The prologue is set in 1981.
* ''Literature/TheHotelNewHampshire''
* ''Literature/HilaryTamar''
* ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober''
* ''Literature/TheJoyLuckClub''
* ''Literature/KinseyMillhone''
* ''Literature/LessThanZero''
* ''Literature/TheMysteriesOfPittsburgh''
* ''Literature/TheManWhoBroughtTheDodgersBackToBrooklyn''
* ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' (made in 1949, set in the eponymous year)
* ''Literature/OneDay'' (made in 2009, story begins in 1988)
* ''Literature/APrayerForOwenMeany'' (The present day scenes at least)
* ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''

* ''Music/{{Communications}}'': Case Two takes place in 1987.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/BettyBoopAndFelix'': First appeared around 1984.
* ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'': First appeared in December, 1980.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Bizarro}}'': Series started in January, 1985.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': First appeared in November, 1985.
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'': Series started in April, 1988.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'': First appeared in April, 1989. (see ''WesternAnimation/Dilbert'')

* ''Pinball/{{Ali}}'' (1980)
* ''Pinball/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' (1980)
* ''Pinball/AsteroidAnnieAndTheAliens'' (1980)
* ''Pinball/BabyPacMan'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/BanzaiRun'' (1988)
* ''Pinball/{{Barracora}}'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/BigGuns'' (1987)
* ''Pinball/BlackHole'' (1981)
* ''Pinball/BlackKnight'' (1980)
** ''Black Knight 2000'' (1989)
* ''Pinball/BoneBusters'' (1989)
* ''Pinball/{{Caveman}}'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/{{Centaur}}'' (1981)
* ''Pinball/{{Comet}}'' (1986)
** ''Pinball/{{Cyclone}}'' (1988)
* ''Pinball/{{Defender}}'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/DevilsDare'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/DungeonsAndDragons'' (1987) (see ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'')
* ''Pinball/{{Earthshaker}}'' (1989)
* ''Pinball/EightBall Deluxe'' (1981)
** ''Eight Ball Champ'' (1985)
* ''Pinball/ElviraAndThePartyMonsters'' (1989)
* ''Pinball/{{Embryon}}'' (1981)
* ''Pinball/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' (1980)
* ''Pinball/F14Tomcat'' (1987)
* ''Pinball/{{Farfalla}}'' (1983)
* ''Pinball/{{Fathom}}'' (1980)
* ''Pinball/{{Fire}}!'' (1987)
* ''Pinball/{{Firepower}}'' (1980)
** ''Firepower II'' (1983)
* ''Pinball/FlashDragon'' (1986)
* ''Pinball/Flight2000'' (1980)
* ''Pinball/HauntedHouse'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/HighSpeed'' (1986)
* ''Pinball/HollywoodHeat'' (1986)
* ''Pinball/{{Hyperball}}'' (1981)
* ''Pinball/IronMaiden'' (1981)
* ''Pinball/JamesBond007'' (1980)
* ''Pinball/{{Joust}}'' (1983)
* ''Pinball/{{Krull}}'' (1981, unreleased)
* ''Pinball/LaserWar'' (1987)
* ''[[Pinball/LightsCameraAction Lights... Camera... Action!]]'' (1989)
* ''Pinball/MacAttack'' (1989)
* ''Pinball/MrAndMrsPacManPinball'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/Orbitor1'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/PinBot'' (1986)
* ''Pinball/PinkPanther'' (1981)
* ''Pinball/Playboy35thAnniversary'' (1989)
* ''Pinball/PoliceForce'' (1989)
* ''Pinball/QBertsQuest'' (1983)
* ''Pinball/{{Raven}}'' (1986)
* ''Pinball/RoboCop'' (1989)
* ''Pinball/{{Robot}}'' (1985)
* ''Pinball/{{Rocky}}'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/{{Seawitch}}'' (1980)
* ''Pinball/SecretService'' (1988)
* ''Pinball/SilverballMania'' (1980)
* ''Pinball/{{Sorcerer}}'' (1985)
* ''Pinball/SpaceShuttle'' (1984)
* ''Pinball/{{Spectrum}}'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/SpyHunter'' (1984) (see ''Film/SpyHunter'')
* ''Pinball/StarGazer'' (1980)
* ''Pinball/StrangeScience'' (1986)
* ''Pinball/{{Taxi}}'' (1988)
* ''Pinball/TimeFantasy'' (1983)
* ''Pinball/TimeMachineDataEast'' (1988)
* ''Pinball/TimeMachineZaccaria'' (1983)
* ''Pinball/TruckStop'' (1988)
* ''[[Pinball/TXSector TX-Sector]]'' (1988)
* ''Pinball/{{Varkon}}'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/{{Victory}}'' (1987)
* ''Pinball/{{Viper}}'' (1982)
* ''Pinball/{{Xenon}}'' (1980)

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/TooColdScorpio: Debuted in the mid-1980s.
* Wrestling/AbdullahTheButcher
* [[Wrestling/BrianAdams Brian Adams/Crush]]: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/ChrisAdams: Debuted in England in 1978, debuted in the U.S. in Los Angeles in 1981.
* Wrestling/GeneralSkandorAkbar
* Wrestling/CaptainLouAlbano
* Wrestling/GaryAlbright. Debuted in 1988.
* Wrestling/ArnAnderson: Debuted in 1982.
* Wrestling/AndreTheGiant: Became one of the, well, ''biggest'' icons in wrestling in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/LionessAsuka: Debuted in 1980.
* Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin: Debuted in 1989.
* Wrestling/TheBarbarian: Debuted in 1980.
* Wrestling/PaulBearer: Was a very successful manager in Texas and Florida as Percival Pringle III
* Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake
* Wrestling/ChrisBenoit: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/BigBossman: Debuted in 1985.
* Wrestling/BamBamBigelow: Debuted in 1985.
* Wrestling/EricBischoff: Debuted as an announcer in the AWA in 1987.
* Wrestling/SteveBlackman: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/FreddieBlassie
* Wrestling/BookerT: Debuted in 1989.
* Wrestling/BoboBrazil
* Wrestling/BruiserBrody
* Wrestling/KingKongBundy: Debuted in 1981.
* [[Wrestling/DonCallis Don "The Jackyl"/"Cyrus" Callis]]: Debuted in 1989 as Don Casablancas.
* [[Wrestling/AllenCoage Allen Coage/Bad News Allen/Bad News Brown]]
* Wrestling/JimCornette. Debuted in 1982.
* Wrestling/TheCrusher
* Wrestling/TedDiBiase: Debuted in the 70s, made his career with the "Million-Dollar Man" gimmick.
* Wrestling/DickTheBruiser
* Wrestling/ShaneDouglas: Debuted in 1982.
* Wrestling/HacksawJimDuggan: Debuted in 1977, competed in various territories before arriving in WWE in 1987.
* Wrestling/DynamiteKid
* [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sid Eudy/Sid Vicious/Sycho Sid]]: Debuted in 1987.
* Wrestling/TheFabulousMoolah: It was during this decade that she got involved in the Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection, and was marketed by the WWF as holding the record for being Women's Champion for 28 years.
* Wrestling/JackieFargo: Retired in 1984.
* [[Wrestling/EdFarhat Ed "The Sheik" Farhat]]: Continued competing into this decade.
* Wrestling/PamperoFirpo: Retired in 1986.
* Wrestling/RicFlair: Debuted in the 70s, but really made his legacy in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/MickFoley: Debuted as Cactus Jack in 1986.
* Wrestling/YoshiakiFujiwara: Gained mainstream fame in 1984
* Wrestling/TerryFunk
* [[Wrestling/GiantHaystacks Giant Haystacks[=/=]Loch Ness]]
* Wrestling/EddieGilbert: Debuted in 1979, became a big name in Memphis and other territories in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/{{Goldust}}: Debuted in 1988 as Dustin Rhodes.
* [[Wrestling/SuperstarBillyGraham "Superstar" Billy Graham]]
* Wrestling/EddieGuerrero. Debuted in 1987.
* Wrestling/BillyGunn. Debuted in 1989.
* Wrestling/ScottHall: Debuted in 1984.
* Wrestling/StanHansen
* Wrestling/BretHart: Debuted in 1978, found his first major success in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/JimmyHart
* Wrestling/OwenHart: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/ShinyaHashimoto: Debuted in 1984.
* [[Wrestling/DavidHeath David "Vampire Warrior"/"Gangrel" Heath]]. Debuted in 1988.
* Wrestling/BobbyHeenan
* Wrestling/CurtHennig: Debuted in 1980.
* Wrestling/PaulHeyman: Debuted in the 1980s as a manager.
* Wrestling/HillbillyJim: Earliest confirmed matches in Memphis in 1983.
* Wrestling/HulkHogan: Though he debuted in the '70s, he became ''the'' face of wrestling in the '80s.
* Wrestling/BobHolly: Debuted in 1987.
* Wrestling/HonkyTonkMan
* Wrestling/BarryHorowitz: Debuted in 1979, competed in many different territories before establishing himself in WWE in 1987.
* Wrestling/SirOliverHumperdink
* Wrestling/KingCurtisIaukea: His most prominent work was as the Chairman of the Board of Kevin Sullivan's Army of Darkness in Florida, and briefly as the Wizard in WWE in 1986-1987.
* Wrestling/TheIronSheik: Debuted in the 70s, became THE ForeignWrestlingHeel in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/{{Ivory}}: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}}: Debuted in 1988.
* Wrestling/JeffJarrett: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/JunkyardDog
* Wrestling/{{Kamala}}: Made his name in Memphis and Dallas in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/KillerKhan
* Wrestling/KentaKobashi: Debuted in 1988.
* Wrestling/IvanKoloff
* Wrestling/NikitaKoloff: Debuted in 1984.
* Wrestling/AjaKong: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/{{Konnan}}: Debuted in 1988.
* Wrestling/{{Kurrgan}}: Debuted in 1989.
* Wrestling/LaParka: Debuted in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/JerryLawler
* Wrestling/MarkLewin
* Wrestling/JushinThunderLiger: Debuted in 1984.
* Wrestling/SteveLombardi: Debuted in 1983.
* Wrestling/LexLuger: Debuted in 1985.
* Wrestling/JerryLynn: Debuted in 1988.
* Wrestling/{{Madusa}}: Debuted in 1988.
* Wrestling/DeanMalenko: Debuted in 1979, competed throughout Florida and Japan during the 1980s.
* Wrestling/RickMartel
* Wrestling/SherriMartel
* Wrestling/ChiefWahooMcDaniel
* Wrestling/AkiraMaeda: Turned a superstar in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/VinceMcMahon: Started in the 1970s, took Wrestling/{{WWE}} national and worldwide in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/{{Meng}}: Started in 1978, competed around the world before arriving in WWE in 1986.
* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels: Debuted in 1985.
* Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa: Debuted in 1981.
* Wrestling/MissElizabeth: Debuted in WWE in 1985.
* [[Wrestling/MissingLink The Missing Link]]: Debuted in the 1960s, started the gimmick in 1983.
* Wrestling/MrFuji
* Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon: Became the Voice of the then-WWF during this decade.
* Wrestling/PedroMorales
* Wrestling/DonMuraco
* Wrestling/BullNakano: Debuted in 1983.
* Wrestling/JohnNord: Debuted in 1984.
* Wrestling/ScottNorton: Debuted in 1989.
* Wrestling/TheOneManGang
* Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage: Debuted as a manager in 1987.
* Wrestling/KenPatera
* Wrestling/MaxxPayne: Debuted in 1987.
* Wrestling/BrianPillman: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/RoddyPiper: Very remembered and loved for his work in Wrestling/{{WWE}} in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/HarleyRace
* Wrestling/{{Raven}}: Debuted in 1988 as Scotty the Body.
* Wrestling/WilliamRegal: Debuted in 1983.
* Wrestling/DustyRhodes: Debuted in the 70s, became a major star in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/WendiRichter: Debuted in 1979, best remembered for her work in Wrestling/{{WWE}} in 1983-85.
* Wrestling/{{Rikishi}}: Debuted in Montreal in 1985 as Alofa the Polynesian Prince.
* Wrestling/RoadDogg: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/JakeRoberts
* Wrestling/PlayboyBuddyRose
* Wrestling/JimRoss
* [[Wrestling/MikeRotunda Mike Rotunda/Irwin R. Schyster]]: Debuted in 1981.
* Wrestling/RickRude: Debuted in 1982.
* Wrestling/{{Sabu}}: Debuted in the mid-1980s.
* Wrestling/TitoSantana: Debuted in 1977, best remembered as a top babyface of the 1980s.
* Wrestling/RandySavage: Debuted in 1973, best known for his work in Wrestling/{{WWE}} in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/BuzzSawyer: Debuted in 1978, competed in several territories throughout the 1980s.
* Wrestling/SatoruSayama: Started in the 1980s as Tiger Mask.
* Wrestling/TonySchiavone. Debuted in 1985
* Wrestling/KenShamrock: Debuted in 1989.
* Wrestling/LarrySharpe
* Wrestling/IronMikeSharpe: Debuted in 1977, arrived in WWE in 1983.
* Wrestling/RonSimmons: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/SgtSlaughter: Debuted in the 70s, the ''Franchise/GIJoe'' image really took off in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/NormanSmiley: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/DaveyBoySmith: Debuted in 1978, made his name in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/AlSnow: Debuted in 1982.
* Wrestling/JimmySnuka: The decade where he really made his name.
* Wrestling/GordonSolie
* Wrestling/DanSpivey: Debuted in 1984.
* Wrestling/RickySteamboat: Debuted in the 70s, but best remembered as a top babyface of the 1980s.
* Wrestling/GeorgeSteele
* Wrestling/ScottSteiner: Debuted in 1986, '''VERY''' different from what he is today.
* Wrestling/{{Sting}}: Debuted in 1985.
* Wrestling/ExoticAdrianStreet
* Wrestling/BigJohnStudd
* Wrestling/KevinSullivan: The decade where he really made his name.
* Wrestling/{{Tazz}}: Debuted in 1987.
* Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu: Debuted in 1976, became a major figure in Japan during the 1980s.
* Wrestling/JohnTenta: Best known as Earthquake, made his pro debut for Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling on May 1, 1987.
* Wrestling/ManamiToyota: Debuted in 1987.
* Wrestling/JumboTsuruta
* Wrestling/UltimateWarrior: Debuted in 1985.
* Wrestling/UltimoDragon: Debuted in 1987.
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker: Started in Dallas and Memphis in 1988.
* Wrestling/LunaVachon: Debuted in 1985.
* Wrestling/{{Vader}}: Debuted in 1985.
* Wrestling/GregValentine
* Wrestling/JesseVentura: Retired from competition due to health issues and became a top heel commentator for WWE.
* Wrestling/{{Virgil}}: Debuted in 1985.
* Wrestling/NikolaiVolkoff
* Wrestling/KokoBWare
* [[Wrestling/DelWilkes Del "The Trooper"/"The Patriot" Wilkes]]: Debuted in 1988.
* Wrestling/DrDeathSteveWilliams: Debuted in 1982.
* Wrestling/BarryWindham: Debuted in 1979.
* Wrestling/HarveyWippleman: Debuted in the 1980s as Downtown Bruno.
* Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}}: Started in the 1980s as Kokina.
[[AC:Tag Teams and Stables]]
* Wrestling/TheBlackjacks
* Wrestling/{{Demolition}}: Team debuted in 1987.
* Wrestling/TheFabulousKangaroos
* Wrestling/TheFabulousOnes: Team debuted in 1982.
* Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen: Debuted in 1985.
* Wrestling/TheMidnightExpress: Team formed in 1980.
* Wrestling/TheMoondogs: Debuted in 1981.
* Wrestling/TheNastyBoys: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors: Debuted in 1983.
* Wrestling/TheRockNRollExpress: Debuted in 1983.
* Wrestling/TheSheepherders
* Wrestling/VonErichFamily: Mike debuted in 1983, and, for a short time, they experienced their greatest success.
* Wrestling/{{FMW}}: Atsushi Onita's pioneering [[GarbageWrestler hardcore]] promotion debuted in 1989.
* Wrestling/{{GLOW}}: Debuted in 1986.
* Wrestling/UniversalWrestlingFederation: Debuted in 1984.
* Wrestling/{{WCW}}: The name debuted in 1989.
* ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'': The first one was on March 31, 1985.
* ''Wrestling/KingOfTheRing'': The first one was on July 8, 1985.
* ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries'': The first was on Thanksgiving Night, 1987.
* ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble'': The first was on January 24, 1988.
* ''Wrestling/SummerSlam'': The first was on August 29, 1988.

* ''Radio/SherlockHolmesBBCRadio'': Began in 1989.
* ''Radio/StarWarsRadioDramas'': ''Film/ANewHope'' (1981) and ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' (1983)

[[folder:Rides and Attractions]]
* ''Film/CaptainEO'': Opened in 1986.
* ''Ride/CraniumCommand'': Opened in 1989.
* ''Ride/TheGreatMovieRide'': Opened in 1989.
* ''Ride/{{Horizons}}'': Opened in 1983.
* ''Ride/JourneyIntoImagination'': Opened in 1983.
* ''Ride/StarTours'': Opened in 1987.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* TabletopGame/BattleTech (see ''VideoGame/BattleTech'')
* TabletopGame/CarWars
* Literature/{{Dragonlance}}
* TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms (see ''VideoGame/ForgottenRealms'')
* TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} (see ''VideoGame/Shadowrun'')
* TabletopGame/{{Talisman}}
* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}
* TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 (see ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000'')

* ''Theatre/{{Cats}}''
* ''Theatre/{{Dreamgirls}}'' (see ''Film/Dreamgirls'')
* ''Theatre/MerrilyWeRollAlong'' (TheMusical version)
* ''Theatre/{{Road}}''
* ''Theatre/SundayInTheParkWithGeorge''
* ''Theatre/{{Heathers}}''. (Made in 2014, but based on a [[{{Film/Heathers}} 1988 movie of the same name]] and set in 1989.)

* This was Ride/ActionPark's first full decade.
* [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]]'s [[/index]] Tomorrowland, specifically an [[{{Zeerust}} ideal futuristic 1986]], until the revamp in 1996.
* Disney-MGM Studios (later renamed Disney's Hollywood Studios) opened on May 1st, 1989.
* EPCOT Center (later renamed Epcot) opened on October 1st, 1982.
* Tokyo Disneyland opened on April 15th, 1983.
* Typhoon Lagoon opened on June 1st, 1989.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BeatCop'' (set in 1986)
* ''VideoGame/{{Firewatch}}'' (set in 1989)
* ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2'' ([[spoiler:The paycheck in the ending reveals it's set in 1987]])
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' (set in 1986)
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories'' (set in 1984)
* ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami'' (set in 1989)
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' (set in 1984)
* ''VideoGame/MotherRussiaBleeds'' (set in USSR in an alternative version of 1986)
* ''VideoGame/PapersPlease'' (set in late 1982)
* ''VideoGame/ThisIsThePolice'' (set in 1985)
* ''VideoGame/WorldInConflict'' (set in 1989)
* ''VideoGame/Yakuza0'' (set in December 1988, at the height of Japan's "Bubble Economy")

* ''TabletopGame/DinosaursAttack'', a collectible card series by Topps laden with LudicrousGibs.
* UsefulNotes/Commodore64: The most widely sold inexpensive multipurpose home computer of this decade.
* The art of ''Creator/PatrickNagel''.
* The UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh was launched on January 24th, 1984.
* The Literature/AmericanGirlsCollection began in 1986. (see ''Film/KitKittredgeAnAmericanGirl'')
* Franchise/GarbagePailKids began in 1985.
->'''Random Kid:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pele5vptVgc 'Cause now we know!]]\\
'''Random Joe:''' [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle And knowing is half the battle!]]\\
'''Chorus:''' [[Franchise/GIJoe G.I. JOOOOOOEEEEEEE!]]