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 Seventies had its own hair looks.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Moe: is a phenomenon of the 21st century, although prototypical forms existed in the 1980s and 1990s.
- New Media Tropes: Likewise, any trope with "internet" in the title emerged no earlier than the mid-1990s.
- Pompous Political Pundit: Started around the same time as the neoconservative movement within the American Republican Party, sometime in The Eighties or The Nineties.
- Post-9/11 Terrorism Movie: 9/11 happened in 2001.
- Two Gamers on a Couch: Started about 1998 or so.
- Videogame Tropes: Save for a handful that are Older Than the NES.
- Wiki Tropes