"History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new."
Any tropes that predate the election of John F. Kennedy
to the U.S. Presidency (November 1960), divided by period:
- Older Than Dirt - Predating the Greek alphabet (circa 800 BCE).
- Older Than Feudalism - First seen between the invention of the Greek alphabet (c. 800 BCE) and the fall of the Roman Empire (CE 476).
- Older Than Print - First seen between the end of the Western Roman Empire (476) and the invention of the printing press (1439).
- Older Than Steam - First seen between the invention of printing press (1439) and the steam engine (1698).
- Older Than Radio - First seen between the invention of the steam engine (1698) and the radio (1890).
- Older than Television - First seen between the invention of the radio (1890) and the start of mass television (1939).
- Classic TV - Tropes originating in TV itself, between 1940 and 1960, such as SpaceX
- Older Than the NES - Predating the introduction of the Nintendo Entertainment System in the U.S. (1985). A special cutoff date for video game tropes, since they're even more recent than television.
Contrast with The Newest Ones in the Book
Anal historical note: Several of the listed milestones in tropes existed well prior to the appended dates but either had minimal impact or were lost in later years. For example, movable type blocks existed in Greece around 300 BCE but did not have the same impact on history as the Gutenberg Press. Older Than Print
is simply short-hand for the more accurate trope name as Older Than The Widespread Adoption Of Movable Type To The Point That It Had A Widespread And Irreversible Severance From The World As It Was Before
is rather difficult to type.
See also The Oldest Tricks In The Book
, Older Than They Think