The Newest Ones in the Book
As mentioned in The Oldest Ones in the Book
, those tropes cannot be any more recent than 1980, and even then, that cutoff only applies to tropes originating with Television
. Anything else has to be Older Than Cable TV
, or around for more than 35 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 that has its origin after 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".
- The Ahnold: A parody of 1980s action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- 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.
- Cam Whore: Webcams originated in The '90s, and as usual, The Oldest Profession kept up with the newest technology.
- 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: The Mars Rovers have Live Journals from 2006.
- Chew Bubblegum: Comes from Roddy Piper's ad-libbed line in They Live.
- 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.
- Civvie Spandex: This was a trend started by Grant Morrison's run on Animal Man in 1988, and then popularized by Rogue in the 90s.
- Clickbait Gag: A parody of online writing tactics, the term "Clickbait" itself only goes back to 2006.
- 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.
- The Great Politics Mess-Up: The Soviet Union fell in 1991.
- Gun Fu: It was invented for the 1986 film A Better Tomorrow.
- Gun Kata: It was created for Equilibrium in 2002, though some earlier works, mostly anime, featured gun fights with similar elements.
- I'm Going to Disney World: The iconic ads started in the late 1980s.
- Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!: YouTube was first founded in 2005.
- iProduct: Started with Apple's iMac computers in 1998.
- King Koopa Copy: The Koopa King himself, Bowser of Super Mario Bros. fame, first appeared in 1985 as the Final Boss of the franchise's first installment.
- 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. Although doomsayers claimed inspiration from the Mayan calendar, the sensational apocalyptic interpretations are much Newer Than They Think, and ethnic Maya themselves (who are still very much around, mind you) found all the hullabaloo quite baffling.
- Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Parody: Based on the music video for Michael Jackson's "Thriller," released in 1983.
- Microtransactions: Started in the 6th generation of video games. Though, 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. ("You're welcome" — half the IT people working in the late 1990s.)
- Moe: "Moe" is a phenomenon of the 21st century, although prototypical forms existed in the 1980s and 1990s.
- My Little Phony: Based on the My Little Pony franchise, which started in 1981 and has continued to the present day.
- Parodies of Fire: The original Chariots of Fire came out in 1981.
- 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.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: Rei herself originated in the 1995-1996 anime Neon Genesis Evangelion.
- Sanity Meter: Another one that's just over the line, as the first edition of Call of Cthulhu came out in 1981.
- Shana Clone: Shakugan no Shana ran from 2005 to 2011.
- Shotoclone: Based on Ryu and Ken from the Street Fighter games, the first of which came out in 1987.
- Status Cell Phone: It began popping up in the 1980s and lasted well into the 2000s, however the widespread usage of cellphones has since caused a quick decline in the trope.
- Stock Light Novel Hero: Light novels became popular in the 2000s.
- Stock Shonen Hero: Is codified by Goku from Dragon Ball. The trope dates back to the 1980s.
- Stock Shoujo Heroine: This didn't become a stock character until the 1990s when series like Sailor Moon and Boys over Flowers made it popular.
- Teenage Mutant Samurai Wombats: Based of course on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who debuted in The '80s.
- Trenchcoat Brigade: John Constantine of Hellblazer fame is the Ur-Example here, and debuted in 1985.
- Tropes For Dummies: The first For Dummies book (DOS for Dummies) came out in 1991.
- 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.
- We Didn't Start the Billy Joel Parodies: Based on Billy Joel's 1989 song "We Didn't Start the Fire."
- You Can't Handle the Parody: Originated from a line by Jack Nicholson in Rob Reiner's 1992 film A Few Good Men.