The Newest Ones in the Book
As mentioned in The Oldest Ones in the Book
, those tropes cannot be any more recent than 1960, and even then, that cutoff only applies to tropes originating with Television
. Anything else has to be Older Than Television
, or around for more than 70 years.
But there are some tropes that are really young, that still have that "New Trope Smell" — sometimes as recent as the Turn of the Millennium
. Anything around no earlier than 1980 is one of The Newest Ones in the Book
Of course it's hard to tell just how old a trope is, and it may turn out some we thought were new were actually older
. Or some may turn out not to be that old
, so they belong here. Some may have a clear beginning past this point, likely due to the Trope Maker
being recent. Either way, it's a trope that simply didn't exist, at least in the way we know it, before Disco died
Use the discussion page to determine if one is older than this.
Compare Newer Than They Think
Contrast The Oldest Ones in the Book
, Older Than They Think
- '80s Hair: Because The '70s had its own hair looks.
- '90s Hair: The evolution of the former trope.
- The Abridged Series: Since the Trope Maker is just a few years old. And if you count The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), that show was created in 1981, so it still counts as a "newest one in the book".
- Alcubierre Drive: Professor Miguel Alcubierre proposed the drive in 1994, though the inspiration came from explanations given for Star Trek's warp drive in the technical manuals.
- Alien Autopsy: The FOX Network's TV special Alien Autopsy: Fact Or Fiction is the Trope Maker and first aired in 1995.
- Anal Probing: The earliest reference in any media to this activity between extraterrestrials and humans comes from Whitley Strieber's book Communion: A True Story, first published in 1987 (although note that Strieber didn't claim to know whether or not the beings he saw were extraterrestrials).
- Bullet Time: Originated with the obscure 1981 action film Kill and Kill Again, but now overwhelmingly associated with The Matrix films.
- Cell Phones Are Useless: Cell phones were not in general use until the early- to mid-1990s, although they begin to appear among the higher classes (see: Dallas) in the '80s.
- Character Blog
- Chupacabra: Although reports of farm animals drained of blood began in the 1970s, the term "Chupacabra" and the description of the creature as we know it originated in 1995, probably inspired by Species.
- Date My Avatar
- Digital Piracy Is Evil: Although there were plenty of efforts to strictly enforce copyright laws, it only became a media trope some time around 1980 with the "Home Taping is Killing Music" campaign.
- Environmental Narrative Game: LSD: Dream Emulator, released in 1998, might be a proto-example, but the genre as we now know it only really came into its own in the late 2000s.
- Fur and Loathing: It was just around since the early 1980s. There were people against fur before, but the effect on general media was just since that trope.
- Gun Fu: It was invented for the 1986 film A Better Tomorrow.
- Gun Kata: It was created for Equilibrium in 2002.
- Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!: YouTube was first founded in 2005.
- Mayan Doomsday: Predicted for 21 December 2012, so the panic kicked into full gear as that date approached — only for nothing out of the ordinary to happen that day.
- Microtransactions: Started in the 6th generation of video games.
- Arcade games could be considered a precursor of microtransactions, requiring a player to pay for each continue.
- Millennium Bug: These fears originated in The '90s as the Turn of the Millennium drew closer and closer. As with the Mayan Doomsday mentioned above, the mass hysteria was unfounded.
- Moe: is a phenomenon of the 21st century, although prototypical forms existed in the 1980s and 1990s.
- Pompous Political Pundit: Started around the same time as the neoconservative movement within the American Republican Party, sometime in The '80s or The '90s.
- Raiders of the Lost Parody: This one is just past the cutoff date — Raiders of the Lost Ark came out in 1981.
- Two Gamers on a Couch: Started about 1998 or so.
- Useless Without Cell Phones: As old as the touchscreen cell phone.
- The War on Terror: Started with the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.
- You Can't Handle the Parody: Originated from Rob Reiner's 1992 film A Few Good Men.