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->''"Everyone starts with the best intentions. Then things start to get cramped. Then you notice your neighbour has more oil than you. Before long, war is waged, nukes are dropped, revolutions are fought and terrorists are doing your dirty work, before turning on you..."''
-->-- From the website for ''[[http://www.waronterrortheboardgame.com/ War on Terror: The Boardgame]]''.

The War on Terror is the current setting for a lot of PresentDay media, although how much it features in a given work of media varies considerably.

A cornerstone of the [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates USA]] central-government policy from [[TurnOfTheMillennium late September 2001]] 'till... well, now, [[PyrrhicVictory sort of.]] The 'War on Terror' is not a war in the conventional sense, but is the collective name given to the USA government's attempts -- with the help of various parties including UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} and the [[UsefulNotes/UnitedNations UN]] -- to prevent small groups of private individuals from killing its citizens. The 'war' has brought out the uglier side of the USA given its willingness to use morally dubious means -- chiefly the torture, indefinite imprisonment, and execution of (mostly foreign) suspects without trial -- and actively kill thousands of other countries' citizens to save her own. The USA has lost several thousand soldiers in its much-criticized military expeditions to UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} and UsefulNotes/{{Iraq}}, which when paired with its loss of 3,000 civilians in the attack on UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity's World Trade Center[[note]]A skyscraper complex on Wall Street[[/note]] on the 11th of September 2001, gives a total of over 10,000 US citizens dead.

Furthermore, some 300,000+ foreign civilians have died during the course of the war, though most of these were not killed by USA or NATO troops or fire-support (artillery bombardments and air-strikes) but rather in [[SuccessionCrisis the civil disorder which resulted after the Afghan and Iraqi regimes were toppled]]. The USA's handling of the situation in Iraq -which under UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein's right-wing dictatorship had been an old Cold-War Ally of the USA against Iran - was particularly poor by all accounts; the country essentially [[AnarchyIsChaos went totally ungoverned for several months]], and the delicate peace that had been maintained only by the brutality of Hussein's secular police state dissolved amidst violence[[note]] by rough factions opposed to each other on the basis of religious and ethnic differences[[/note]] that was not formal or organized enough to merit the term 'civil war'.

Given the nebulous nature of the 'war', it's hard to say when ([[ForeverWar if ever]]) it'll end. The death of [[UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden Osama, son of Laden]] -- in an illegal[[note]] Pakistani law, as in most countries, does not allow the government to kill its own citizens or foreign nationals within Pakistan (unless they are formally arrested by the police, charged with crimes punishable by death, found guilty at trial and sentenced to death). The Pakistani Constitution also does not allow Pakistani governments to give permission for foreign governments to kill people within Pakistan - though it can use the police to deport people from the country if so asked and the constitution does not force Pakistan to declare war against a power which does so. The first the Pakistani government heard of the assassination was when the police found a crashed U.S. helicopter in the middle of one of their cities. The USA apparently had reason to fear that senior Pakistani officials had known bin Laden's position for some time, meaning there was a possibility that they would tip him off if they knew the USA could kill him. Thus the USA decided to kill him without persuading/bribing Pakistan to keep quiet about the 'illegality' thing in advance. As it was the Pakistani government did draw public attention to the illegality of the act [[/note]] commando raid into the USA's old Cold War Ally-turned-distant-friend Pakistan in 2011, was seen by some as a sign of the war winding down. The 'Coalition of the Willing'[[note]] The USA was unable to get the authorization it wanted from the UN to topple Hussein's Iraqi regime -- it's speculated that it could have gotten one, if only the USA's president (G.W. Bush) had persevered a little longer. Thus, those who opposed the war claim the Coalition invaded the country in violation of the UN's laws regarding 'invading countries without the UN's approval' (which it says is bad/illegal). Some have said that this illegal war made a mockery of the U.N. as a tool for international diplomacy and peace-keeping, as well as making the USA look like a colossal hypocrite (as she usually opposed illegal wars instigated by anyone apart from herself). At the time the USA tried to justify their war by noting that Iraq had violated the agreements it had made with the U.N. after her defeat in the Gulf War of 1993. [[/note]] The USA, Britain, and Australia[[note]] as well as thirty-odd powers like Japan who sent a few dozen people to protect their aid-workers and a motley crew of small units sent by microstates like The Marshall Islands that are (economically and/or militarily) dependent upon the USA for their very survival[[/note]] withdrew its troops from Iraq several years ago, leaving behind a dysfunctional parliamentary democracy still marred by an unhealthy degree of civil violence and corruption. Most UN/NATO forces in Afghanistan will also be withdrawn in the next few years, and are set to leave the country in a similar condition[[note]] Interestingly, like Burma the country is still heavily reliant on the export of heroin (made from the opium poppy) and indeed produces something like 90+% of the world's Heroin; economic and educational aid hasn't been anywhere near enough for the country's services-sector take off, and Heroin-production was estimated to account for an extra 50% on top of the country's official GDP in 2006. Given this, the country's future will be decided by whoever can direct and profit from the flow of the trade -- be it warlords (as it was before the Taliban), a resurgent Taliban, or drug lords working in collusion with a weak (but hopefully strengthening) democratic government that serves their interests[[/note]].

Iraq's civil disorder took a turn for the worse in 2013-14, however, and became a full-blown Civil War between the Shiite south and the Sunni north, where the latter rebelled against the Shiite-dominated government put into place by the US occupation. The north also merged after a fashion with eastern Syria, also embroiled in its own Civil War. With the USA and a few choice allies broadly supporting the anti-Government forces in the Syrian Civil War and the (southern) Iraqi Government in the Iraqi Civil War with weapons and air-strikes, [[UsefulNotes/PoliticalIdeologies anti-humanist and anti-secular]] Shiite and Sunni (e.g. 'ISIS'[[note]] An English-language acronym, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [[/note]]) groups running northern Iraq and eastern Syria, the Iraqi front seems to have continued after all - much as [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar the US continued to fund and arm South Vietnam and use air-strikes on North Vietnamese cities and military forces even after her withdrawal of combat-troops]]. It remains to be seen whether the USA will make peace with her enemies in Iraq and accept the possibility that they will win their war and found a state that will attempt to kill their citizens (as in Vietnam), or whether The Levant will become another Latin America for the USA à la [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar her constant Cold War anti-communist interventions]].

Although its real end seems far-off, and its nominal end has come and gone, it's hard to say when exactly it started. Though the 2001 attacks were what caused the USA under President G.W. Bush to actively declare a 'War on Terror', attacks on the USA's citizens and public servants had actually been happening for a while by that point. In fact the 'Al Qaida' organization declared war on the USA as early as 1996, and some of the people who were later involved with that group were making unofficial attacks on the USA as early as 1993 and the (New York) World Trade Center bombing. However, very few people died in these and under UsefulNotes/BillClinton's Presidency efforts to curtail terrorist activity were largely successful. Other attacks included one on the U.S.S. ''Cole'' and various US embassies dotted about the Middle East.

Compare with DefconFive, which has more clearly defined, though ignorantly inverted readiness levels. Contrast with UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, for the USA's last experience of 'a-symmetric warfare', with a much more impressive death-toll (at some ten-plus times greater) to boot. Contrast also the much less bloody [[UsefulNotes/TheSecondBoerWar Boer War]] for another good example of an asymmetric war -- one that has since been called 'The British Empire's Vietnam'[[note]]The key difference, of course, being that the conventional power involved won that one[[/note]]. See also the [[http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/war-on-drugs-a-bust-commission-1.1086692 unsuccessful]] 'war' on [[DrugsAreBad drugs]].

If you're looking for the actual documentary called ''9/11'', [[Film/NineEleven it's here]].

!There are multiple levels:


[[folder:''Terror Alert Level '''Green''': It's not really there'']]

The situation isn't really mentioned at all. It's either not relevant (as in the SpeculativeFiction genre), or it's pretended it's not happening. This does not bar the show from making comments via metaphor though.

[[AC: Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', the Twin Towers can be seen in the New York City skyline, even though it's 2012. Also, there doesn't appear to be strict airport security.

[[AC:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{DMZ}}'': Manhattan island is the titular DMZ because in this AlternateUniverse the US adopted a more aggressive, reckless, and far-reaching response to 9/11 than it ever did under UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush. Groaning under the weight of "three different wars on as many continents" which required the deplyoment of the entire regular army and most of the national guard, large anti-government/secessionist militias sprang up... and the result was a second [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar American Civil War]] [[DividedStatesOfAmerica between the central government and the citizen-militias and guerillas of the 'Free States'.]]

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* The ''Franchise/StargateVerse''. They've got bigger problems to deal with, such as the [[AGodAmI Ori]] and the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Wraith]]. Occasionally a character will flashback to being in it though.
** ''Series/StargateSG1'':
*** In a RealitySubtext, there was a period during season seven when Samantha Carter temporarily changed weapons from the SGC's standard FN P90 to a kitbashed submachine gun dubbed the "Carter Special" in order to conserve P90 blanks. The show's armorer had run short because the factories had had to switch from making blanks for TV shows to making real bullets for fighting wars.
*** Cameron Mitchell has a SympatheticMurderBackstory where he bombed a refugee convoy which intel had thought was insurgents, with control telling him to hold fire seconds too late. It's not stated to be the Afghanistan War, but his age and the timing make it a reasonable assumption.
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': John Sheppard, the only main character who has been part of the US Armed Forces, has several references in the story about his time as an Air Force pilot in Afghanistan (he hadn't been let in on TheMasquerade yet, which is why he was bothering with the less important conflict in the first place). In "The Runner", Sheppard asks for clarification when Caldwell mentions "Code Orange and above", suggesting that even a veteran of The War on Terror can be confused by the terror alert color system.
* The new ''Series/DoctorWho''. See ''Stargate''. Maybe less so, ''Doctor Who'' being British. The public, in general, doesn't care for the War on Terror and has reached a point of indifference about it, unless a family member is involved, and would have more concern for the giant eye ready to incinerate the Earth, or a visit from the [[OmnicidalManiac Daleks]]. Spinoffs ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', having more limiting methods of TimeTravel, mention Iraq, but never higher than Alert Level Blue. ''Series/DoctorWho'', on the other hand, involves frequent use of time travel, on top of having had just nine out of 32 episodes substantially set on present-day Earth between 2009 and 2011 [[note]]"Planet of the Dead", "The End of Time" Parts One and Two, "The Eleventh Hour", "The Lodger", "The Big Bang", "The Impossible Astronaut", "Night Terrors" and "Closing Time", with a "2011" where every point in history happens at once in "The Wedding of River Song"[[/note]].
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' subverts the "Green" level, even lampshades it: Crichton's father mentions to John that it's a different world than the idealistic one they believed in when he left, what with the War on Terror going on. Crichton is obviously not impressed and is almost glad that's their biggest concern, in contrast with all the atrocities he's seen and felt "out there".
* ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'', which began principal photography a few months after 9/11, uses the slogan "united we roar". It's a fairly likely reference to the slogan "united we stand", which became a popular symbol of solidarity after the attacks.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Just about completely ignored in ''Literature/TheTaqwacores'', to the point where it gets a lampshading, because despite what certain news channels would tell you it's really completely irrelevant to the American Muslim's day-to-day life.

[[AC:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' had a grease fire and a trip to the firehouse in its first season premiere after 9/11.

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} and his friends all deal with emotional responses to a fire at their school. The attacks are alluded to with the episode title, "April 9th". Police cars and fire trucks show up at the school.

[[folder:''Terror Alert Level '''Blue''': It gets cursory mentions'']]

The thing is there in the background, it's acknowledged it's happening, it affects the plot somewhat, but ultimately doesn't directly affect the plot on a day to day basis.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/JackRyanShadowRecruit'', Ryan joins the Marines not too long after 9/11.
* Mentioned indirectly in ''Film/JurassicWorld'':
** Hoskins wonders how Owen Grady's raptors would have done better in Tora Bora. He is referring to the bombing of the Tora Bora caves in December 2001 in Afghanistan in which the United States dropped several bunker buster bombs on the cave system believed to be hiding Osama Bin Laden. Despite the amount of ordnance dropped, the coalition forces failed to kill/capture Osama Bin Laden.
** The ACU trooper beside Masrani states he served in Afghanistan before joining the ACU.

* ''Literature/TheJenniferMorgue'' mentions rather offhandedly that "Saddam's magical disappearing chemical weapons" were the result of a faulty prediction of the future by the Laundry's Predictive Branch.

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'' is the prime example of this. While the increased world tensions are mentioned, people get threatened with the Patriot Act and there's one trip to Afghanistan, the rest of the series is chock full of non-Islamist terrorists and there is never a direct "Al-Qaeda" plot during the entire show. A notable incident is a case in Series Two, where Sydney, as part of a disguise, is wearing a heavily metal-studded shirt. Her comment: "When I last went through JFK, they literally made me take off my shirt". [[MsFanservice Guess what ends up happening...]]
* Comedies like ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' like to dig joke material out of it, but that's as far as it goes.
** ''Series/{{Community}}'': 9/11 was pretty much the 9/11 of the falafel business.
* ''Series/CSINewYork'' has the main character's wife dead in 9/11, and it gets painfully reminded [[ViewersAreGoldfish every other episode]] like it was some new (to be fair, to the irregular watchers, it is new... until they stop being irregulars) heartbreaking thing that ''didn't happen soon-to-be over 10 years ago''. Milked for all it's got, but that's usually as far as it goes, except rare random terrorist involving plots.
* The War on Terror has tangential effects in ''Series/TheWire''. Mainly, the local Baltimore police discover that drug trafficking has fallen off the FBI's priority list and they can't get Bureau assistance in their anti-drug cases anymore. (Although in Season 3 sympathetic Agent Fitzhugh hooks them up with an expedited wiretap by [[spoiler:registering "Stringer" Bell as a homeland security threat named "Ahmed"]].)
** They do manage to crack one case with the help of equipment granted to the Baltimore PD by a Homeland Security grant. Hilariously, none of the cops knew what it was or how to use it, so it was buried on a back shelf for years.
** There's also one seen in the Western District squad room where a federal agent is trying to train the police officers in how to deal with terrorist threats only to have the police officers crack jokes about how Baltimore is already a war zone or how the city's drug gangs would scare off any potential terrorists.
** There's also the fact that due to all of the FBI's resources being aimed toward terrorism, a lot of cases where the Baltimore Police would get additional help and resources from the Feds now has to be handled by the local cops alone. Considering the apathy, incompetence, and lack of resources the Baltimore cops are plagued with, this makes life a lot harder for anyone trying to do something about the big cases.
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'' often mentions how traditional tactics used by crooks have had to change in a post 9/11 world.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has an episode featuring an Iraq veteran with the entire hospital siding in heated debates. Another episode has J.D. becoming a makeshift US flag due to a shortage of them in wartime.
* Dr Watson from ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' is, [[SettingUpdate as in the original]], a veteran who fought in Afghanistan. We see him having a flashback to it in the beginning of the "[[Recap/SherlockS01E01AStudyInPink A Study in Pink]]" episode and, as in the original, Sherlock comments upon it when they first meet, but that's about it.
* ''Series/TheSopranos'': The Feds lose interest in TheMafia after 9/11. It comes up a few times, notably in the final season when Chris debates whether to sell guns to two Arab men and Tony tries to offer information (violating his Omerta) on terrorists.
* David Kelley's shows mention it from time to time. Series/AllyMcBeal's therapist mentioned that after 9/11, casual sex has become more common because people just felt like they needed some connection they could turn to during that trying time and [[Series/BostonLegal Alan Shore]] dealt with the ramifications of the war on terror frequently, even butting heads occasionally with the extremely conservative Denny Crane.
* Dean and Sam in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' pretend to be [[Recap/SupernaturalS01E04PhantomTraveller Homeland Security]] agents. In addition, [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E21AllHellBreaksLoosePartOne Jake]] was fighting in Afghanistan before he woke up in Cold, Oak. Amelia was married to a man name [[Recap/SupernaturalS08E09CitizenFang Don Richardson]], who was thought to have been killed while in service in Afghanistan.
* In the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "[[Recap/FarscapeS04E13TerraFirma Terra Firma]]", Crichton's dad blames 9/11 for ruining the optimism he once felt about humanity and for why the world is so suspicious of Crichton's alien friends. (''Farscape'' premiered in March 1999, the episode aired in January 2003.)

* The second stanza of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4XTi1soIAo "Sith Lords"]] by Raleigh, NC {{nerdcore}} outfit Music/SithClan references Darth Kaedus having served in Afghanistan.

[[AC:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' gave plenty of {{Take That}}s against the Bush administration and their foreign policy, and revealed that Jazmine's [[ComicBookTime two-year]] [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome absence]] was due to [[{{Hikikomori}} hiding in her house out of fear of terrorism]].

[[AC:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar''[='=]s tagline was "The Future War on Terror". Other than that, it has next to nothing to do with the actual War on Terror, being set some 70 years in the future.

[[AC:Web Comics]]
* [[http://plusev.keenspot.com/d/20061027.html See how Phil Ivey helps to win the war on terror]] in ''Webcomic/PlusEV''!

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "A Date with the Health Inspector" made one hell of an allusion to the Iraq War in the form of a convenience store robbery. Ed Wuncler III and Gin Rummy ({{White Gang Banger|s}} [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed takes on George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld]]) take some beer called "Black Gold", and when the [[AsianStoreOwner Arab store clerk]] (UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein) tries to charge them, they accuse him of having a gun (WeaponsOfMassDestruction). A cop named Frank (UsefulNotes/{{France}}) shows up, and Ed III levels a gun to him, shouting "[[WithUsOrAgainstUs Whose side you on?!]]" The clerk's coworkers fight back, leading to a two-hour shootout with more allusions to the events around the War than can be listed here. It ends with the Arab store owners arrested and [[KarmaHoudini Ed III and Rummy hailed as heroes]].


[[folder:''Terror Alert Level '''Yellow''': It turns up in a few plots'']]

A common one for the CopShow that otherwise has to deal with its third SerialKiller of the season. This includes attacks on veterans, possible involvement of someone in Islamist terrorism and asylum seekers.

[[AC:Comic Books]]
* Frank Castle in ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' once has to deal with a situation in Afghanistan (though it's with Russians) and occasionally calls in favors to hitch a ride on a CIA flight (no questions asked, but avoid being allergic to Pakistani prisoners).
* Comicbook/TheBoys is an AlternateHistory where a superpowered attempt to prevent 9/11 ended up sending the planes into the Brooklyn Bridge. The main character is shocked to learn this, and the fact that the intended target was the World Trade Center.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse examples:
** ''Film/IronMan1'': Tony Stark is injured by terrorists while showcasing a M.I.R.V. to NATO brass in Afghanistan.
** ''Film/IronMan3'': The aforementioned terrorists [[spoiler: possibly]] make a return appearance in this film.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'': This is the [[{{BlatantLies}} "official" reason]] for Project Insight. [[spoiler:The actual reason is it's the final step in ComicBook/{{HYDRA}}'s decades-long plan to TakeOverTheWorld.]]

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/WithoutATrace'' is an example here. In one case, an Iraq veteran went missing, some of the team headed to Iraq[!]... then it turned out the guy was killed while doing an armed robbery and the war was nothing to do with it whatsoever. Also had a guy mistakenly shot dead because they thought he was a terrorist by virtue of the books in his library and the fact he looked like he had a gun.
* ''Series/TheBill'' is in this category. It's an interesting example. Despite being set in an area with a considerable number of Muslims, it has not yet done a straight Islamist terrorism story ("Moving Target" was a vendetta over Iraq artefacts).
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' has seen a couple of episodes come and go with both attacks on veterans and a (white) Islamic extremist murdering a women's rights activist.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has had several plots featuring Islamist terrorists, most notably Ari's attempt to use a target drone as a cruise missile to attack a crowd at a crew homecoming. When that plot failed [[spoiler: he killed Kate Todd]]. Later seasons have introduced more elements which connect to the Islamist terrorism, [[spoiler: and the ending of season 6 very strongly suggests it will be a major part of stories in season seven.]]
* Series/TheWestWing falls into this catagory due to the infrequent, but heavy-hitting episodes involving Islamic extremists and [[{{Qurac}} Qumar]]
* In ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'', Colby is an Afghanistan veteran, and there are a few terror-related episodes, but most of the episodes are close-to-home.
* In ''Series/TheAmazingMrsPritchard'', a plane comes down and extremists are suspected.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' has both major and minor references to the war on terror. At first glance, the war only seems to get a passing, satirical treatment. However, upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that the War on Terror is a central element in this show and that it is actually behind the premise of the series. Such references run the gamut from Maeby offhandedly mentioning that school let out early because an Arabic student parked too close to the gym to [[spoiler:Michael, Gob, and Buster actually going to Iraq to clear their father's name after he supposedly built houses for the Hussein regime]].
* ''Series/BlueBloods'' has several mentions: Frank and Henry were WTC first responders, along with many other cops, and Danny fought in Fallujah. In Season One, the NYPD's Intelligence Division has infiltrated a splinter cell and prevents a major terrorist attack.
* Series 8 of ''Series/DoctorWho'' uses the War in Afghanistan as a large part of Danny Pink's story arc.
* In ''Series/GoldenBoy'', Don Owen's ThatOneCase is a murder he was investigating the morning of 9/11 that went cold while NYPD was responding to the attacks. The last episode has a {{flashback}} to it: Owen is right under the path of United Airlines Flight 175 as it heads for the South Tower.
* ''Series/ThePunisher2017'':
** Frank Castle was part of an unsanctioned CIA black ops unit that was committing war crimes during the war in Afghanistan.
** In the second episode, we have a scene where Dinah Madani and Sam Stein converse about the War on Terror and its affect on people of Middle-Eastern descent, like Dinah herself. Even more importantly, they're having this conversation while walking around the reflecting pools at the 9/11 Memorial.
[[AC:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'': A few plots, such as “Anarchy in the Ether” from Tales from the Ether, are about the struggle against 19th century terrorists, mostly anarchists and Fenians. Late 19th century is sometimes considered the birth of revolutionary terrorism. Some of its methods, theories and ideologies come from this time: such as Bakunin’s ideas about “propaganda of the deed”. So it is sort of a prequel to the modern war on terrorism.

[[AC:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', the war [[LikeRealityUnlessNoted apparently still happened.]] Furthermore, [[spoiler: TheManBehindTheMan's plan is to restart it and drag Pakistan in this time.]]
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' plays with this trope, with a senator more-or-less declaring a War on Urban Terror and establishing a special military unit to deal with escalating gang violence.

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', being [[RippedFromTheHeadlines the topical show it is]], has done plenty of episodes on the war:
** The first, ''[[Recap/SouthParkS5E9OsamaBinLadenHasFartyPants Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants "Osama Bin Laden has Farty Pants"]]'', [[RippedFromTheHeadlines aired less than a month after 9/11]]. It exaggerated post 9/11 paranoia with everyone wearing gas masks, security checkpoints every ten minutes, and people camped out in their living room, utterly catatonic from all that's going on in the news. It also shows the negative effects of the war Afghan innocents, who are also shown to have stronger morals and values than most Americans. The climax had Cartman [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kill]] UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden WesternAnimation/BugsBunny [[KarmicTrickster style]]. (actually, a soldier delivered the final shot)
** The later episode "I'm a Little Bit Country..." sees the town divided between those who support the war and those against it. Cartman, to ease his way out of a school assignment on the FoundingFathers, [[InvokedTrope tries to]] {{flashback}} to 1776, and learns there was a divide between pro-war and anti-war sentiments then as well. Creator/BenjaminFranklin decides that the two opposing opinions both help America by giving it a MartialPacifist appearance; those against war show that America strives for peace, while those for it show America is willing to be strong and fight if need be. (Though being the show it is, they refer to it as "saying one thing and doing another" and "having your cake and eating it too".)
** "The Mystery of the Urinal Deuce" tackles the subject of 9/11 being a GovernmentConspiracy. As it turns out, 9/11 conspiracies are conspiracies in themselves, as "a bunch of pissed-off Muslims" crippling America the way it did doesn't reflect well on [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Ol' Dubya]].

[[folder:''Terror Alert Level '''Orange''': It turns up a lot'']]

Islamist terrorists turn up a lot, but there are other people as well.

[[AC:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/MarijuanaSimpson''. Lisa identifies 9/11 as the beginning of the Simpsons' woes, and Bart is drafted to fight in the Iraq War (a conflict which Homer eventually ends after smoking with George W. Bush).

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* ''{{Spooks}}'' (''[[{{MarketBasedTitle}} MI-5]]''), the first example of "terror TV"- a series explicitly set post-9/11.
* ''Series/{{Rubicon}}''
* Later seasons of ''Series/{{JAG}}'' had the War on Terror taking a central role in the story arcs. Very justified, as the show centers around career military officers. Notably, the show made a point of depicting at least a few of the Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters as being NotSoDifferent, with Bud managing to gain vital information from a prisoner while they bonded over a common interest in ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' has the events of 9/11 as the explicit inciting incident for the creation of the Machine, which drives the plot of the series, and several major characters have backstories relating to the War on Terror as well as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. More generally, the series is a pretty good representation of the technologic, post-9/11 surveillance state.
* A recurring element in ''Series/MadamSecretary'', a GovernmentProcedural set in the US State Department with the Secretary of State as its protagonist.
** The second episode, "Another Benghazi", has Liz dealing with nasty demonstrations against the US embassy in Yemen, as well as some PrivateMilitaryContractors whom she hires for added security after the Senate won't spring for Special Forces.
** "Collateral Damage" has Liz host the new Iraqi prime minister, then break up a sectarian political fight between Sunni and Shi'a members of the government by threatening to pull support altogether and back the Kurds for statehood. Also deals with the US use of torture during the 2000s.
** "Catch and Release" has an [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed American-born ISIS propaganda hero dubbed "Jihadi Judd"]] as the MonsterOfTheWeek. Also, Liz's brother is a Doctors Without Borders surgeon working in refugee camps around Syria.
* ''Series/TheBrave'' begins with a mission to rescue a Doctors Without Borders volunteer from the al-Nusra Front in Syria. Anti-terrorist missions are a core of the show, but several plotlines occur that have nothing to do with terrorism (mostly involving [[MakeTheBearAngryAgain Russia]]).
* ''Series/SEALTeam'' is [[DuelingWorks very similar to the above]], having many plotlines related to anti-terrorist efforts, but a good chunk of the missions in the show deal with other non-state outlaws such as [[TheMafiya the Eastern mafia]] and [[RuthlessModernPirates piracy.]]

[[AC:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ArmyOfTwo'' is mostly you vs. Al-Qaeda. However [[spoiler: You also get to fight the Chinese military and SSC.]]
* Though ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' encompasses a far greater scope than just the War On Terror, the initial part of the game involves fighting an Al-Qaeda {{Expy}} named Al-Samaad who [[spoiler: were supplied missiles by a US weapons contractor to touch off tensions allowing them to sell more weapons to everyone.]] Later on in the game, exploiting fears of terrorism is the entire point behind [[spoiler: Conrad Marbug's plan in Rome to bomb the city.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Postal}} 2'': Paradise, Arizona has an absurd number of Islamic terrorists living or at least operating in and around the town (to the point that the "Tora Bora" complex can be reached from an underground sewer complex within the city limits), but beyond them taking over the church on Tuesday and the National Guard taking out one of their training camps in the expansion, they're [[AcceptableTargets just another group of people for you to kill with reckless abandon]].
* ''[=WinSP:MBT=]'', a FanRemake of ''VideoGame/SteelPanthers II'', includes a number of scenarios set in this. The majority are based on actual events in Iraq and Afghanistan, but there's a few hypothetical scenarios as well, including a campaign where Al-Quaeda tries to run operations in the Netherlands and the player has to root them out.
* The ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' fan game ''Super Mario World Dark Horizon'' has a 'world' equivalent where Mario fights his way through the War on Terror singlehandedly. It's a mix of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (with both a nuclear weapons facility in the former and an area involving a fight with Osama Bin Laden in the latter), and features Mario blowing up militants left and right guns a blazing (as well as them being affiliated with Hitler and ThoseWackyNazis). [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0T9jMsVEcw a video of part of the level]]

[[folder:''Terror Alert Level '''Red:''' It's the entire point of the work'']]

See also PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' takes place during the War on Terror, lampooning both sides of the American political spectrum for it.
* ''Film/FourLions'', a BlackComedy about four Jihadi suicide bombers.
* This is the story of ''Film/{{United 93}}'' and ''Film/{{Flight 93}}'', After the collision of two planes against the World Trade Center and one against the Pentagon, the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 decide to struggle against the four terrorists to take back the control of the airplane.
* ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty'', about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.
* ''Film/TigerCruise'', a 2005 Disney channel live-action movie about a military family event taking place on a US aircraft carrier during the attacks. [[PatrioticFervour Ends with the unfurling of a giant American flag on deck]]; needless to say, it's...[[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement controversial]], and has fallen into obscurity nowadays.
* ''Literature/LoneSurvivor'', 2013 film about a SEAL team that attempts to capture a Taliban leader. The title makes it perfectly clear how many of them survive.
* ''Film/TheMessenger'' is about a casualty notification team during the war(s).
* ''Film/TheKingdom'', which is about a group of FBI agents investigating a terrorist attack on a softball game.
* ''Film/AmericanSniper'', all about Chris Kyle's numerous deployments to Iraq.
* ''Film/{{World Trade Center}}'', Two Port Authority police officers become trapped under the rubble of the World Trade Center.
* ''Film/VantagePoint'', which is about a terrorist bombing at a political summit told from the perspectives of different characters.
* ''Film/OlympusHasFallen'' and its sequel ''Film/LondonHasFallen'', both of which involve a Secret Service agent against an entire army of terrorists.
* ''Film/CollateralDamage'' is about a Los Angeles firefighter who travels to Colombia to seek revenge on a terrorist who killed his family in a bombing. This movie was actually affected by the 9/11 attacks.
* ''Film/WhiteHouseDown'' is another DieHardOnAnX movie set in the White House about another Secret Service agent fighting against WesternTerrorists, though it's a more [[LighterAndSofter lighthearted]] work compared to others on this list.
* ''Film/InTheLoop'' is a satirical comedy film about the build up to the Iraq war, and the shady politics behind it. Curiously, it's never actually mentioned by name.
* ''Film/{{Traitor}}'' is an unflinching portrayal of how far both terrorists and counter-terrorists will go to achieve their ends, as FBI agents try to figure out the plans of Sudanese-born ArmsDealer-turned-terrorist Samir for another terror attack on US soil. [[BlackAndGreyMorality Nobody escapes with a clean conscience]] [[BlackAndBlackMorality by a longshot]].
* ''Film/ThirteenHoursTheSecretSoldiersOfBenghazi'' is about the terrorist attack on the American consulate at Benghazi, Libya that ended up with 4 dead Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Notable for being a very hot potato topic given that the film was released in the heat of the 2016 presidential election, with the Benghazi incident being one of the major points of contention.
* ''Film/PatriotsDay'' is based on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, with Creator/MarkWahlberg playing a fictional police officer who sees the entire incident from beginning to end.

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' is usually cited when people use the term "terror TV" and Islamist terrorists feature in six of the eight seasons thus, while the third season has a BigBad annoyed over US foreign policy. However, the first season was conceived pre-9/11 and has the Kosovo War as its {{backstory}} (the S3 big bad is partly motivated by the fact he was left to be captured there). Season 2's second part involving "three Middle Eastern countries" now appears to be a rather heavy-handed, slightly inaccurate, but pretty prescient metaphor on what was then the approaching Iraq War (the BombersOnTheScreen use is great, though).
* ''The Grid'' was a MiniSeries on an Islamist plot to explode a gas tanker near Chicago.
* ''Series/{{Homeland}}'' is about a returned POW from the Iraqi War whom a CIA agent fears has been turned by an Islamist terrorist group.
* ''Series/{{Quantico}}'''s present-day storyline deals with a bombing of Grand Central Terminal in New York, openly described as "the worst terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11". Among other things it calls out the racism against Arabs and Central Asians that has cropped up since 9/11, with the half-Indian protagonist Alex Parrish, who was framed for the bombing, calling it the same old story: "They blame the brown girl."
* ''Series/{{Six}}'' is a RippedFromTheHeadlines military drama about a group of Nigerian schoolgirls who are kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group and a former Navy SEAL who is taken along with them, while the U.S. Navy and members of his old SEAL team try to rescue them.
* ''Series/{{Valor}}'' centers around a failed U.S. special forces mission to Somalia which ends with two U.S. Army soldiers captured by a local Somali jihadist group who are planning to hand them over to ISIS. The plot is divided between the stateside efforts to rescue them and the [=POWs'=] struggles to survive.

* Music/{{Sabaton}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdAzXbGE2Xk "In the Name of God"]] is a general TakeThat to religiously motivated terrorism.

[[AC:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/FullSpectrumWarrior'''s universe has a fictional continuation of it taking place in {{Qurac}} after Iraq and Afghanistan. The parallels are very obvious too.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'' is a three-way war involving the USA (after a SCUD missile was shot down over the Atlantic), the rebel-manipulating GLA and an expansionist China. What's interesting is that the real war was still more or less only on-paper when the game came out.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 4: VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' is more or less a fictional, slightly-future counterpart to the Afghanistan and Iraq invasions, though with some noticeable changes such as the Saddam/bin Laden analogue having access to a nuke with which he kills 30,000 American soldiers - not to mention that he gets caught the day after that, and ultranationalist Russians also playing a quickly-growing part in what happens afterwards.
* The 2010 version of ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' basically thrusts you into it, specifically [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Anaconda Operation Anaconda]] in early 2002.
* VideoGame/TargetTerror, which has received SoBadItsGood [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity infamy]] by making a goofy terrorist shooter directly riding off of the War on Terror, at a time where almost everybody else was hesitant to make any references to it at all.
* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' deals heavily with themes of American Interventionism in the Middle East and the lionization of the conflicts in that section of the world, alongside the effects it has had on the soldiers fighting it. [[spoiler: By the end it is a pretty damning condemnation of these types of themes, as nothing was saved, everyone dies or will die soon for nothing, and the main character went on a ProtagonistJourneyToVillain due to a self-aggrandizing power fantasy that he fell into head over heels due to a need to be "the hero."]]

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* Were it not for 9/11 and the War on Terror (and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' getting [[ScrewedByTheNetwork canceled]] [[WhatAnIdiot for the third time]]), we wouldn't have ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. Nowadays, the show is somewhere between Blue and Orange...
** "Which means something might go down somewhere in some way in some point in time, '''SO LOOK SHARP!'''"
** An additional bit of FridgeHorror: Creator/SethMacFarlane was almost a victim of the attacks himself. He was scheduled to board American Airlines Flight 11 and was saved by both a hangover and incorrect info from his travel agent that caused him to be late to the airport. To which he makes ''several'' 9/11 jokes. There was even a joke about UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden smuggling WeaponsOfMassDestruction on ''Family Guy'' [[FunnyAneurysmMoment around a year before 9/11 even happened]]!

! The full-scale conflicts


Quite a few TV and film examples, including a number of Afghan ones, the only one to break out so far is 2013's ''Film/LoneSurvivor'', which is notable for taking a highly patriotic view of war. ''Film/LionsForLambs'' went down badly with critics and the public alike, as well being criticized for the title being an apparent misquote of the UsefulNotes/WorldWarI expression "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lions_led_by_donkeys lions led by donkeys]]". ''Studio 60'' featured Tom's brother being kidnapped in Afghanistan in its closing five-parter, then ended in FairyTale style.

An ''Afghanistan D20'' role-playing board game has been published, doing a fairly serious job with describing the early stages of the post-9/11 war in Afghanistan. Times have changed however, and today (this is written in Kabul in the autumn of 2008) the war looks quite different.

"The Road to Guantanamo" is a 2006 docu-drama about the detention in Guantanamo of three British men picked up in Afghanistan in 2001. It won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature, and the Silver Bear for Best Director at 2006 Berlin Film Festival. Contains archive news footage from the period, and recounts the men's experiences from their travels into Afghanistan to their capture and imprisonment.

And then there's the new ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' video game that has you as both a soldier and a Tier 1 Operator fighting in Afghanistan. It semi-accurately depicts the war, centering on a fictionalized version of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Anaconda Operation Anaconda]], with, [[AmericaSavesTheDay in true]] ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' fashion, everyone who isn't American (Or in this case, Afghan) conveniently excised.

* ''Literature/OutlawPlatoon'', a non-fiction account of a young officer's sixteen-month deployment to Afghanistan.

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BombPatrolAfghanistan'': A US Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit sweeps the roads of bombs in Afghanistan at least once an episode.


Outside of Iraq itself, movies and TV (there's a few novels out there and a number of computer game mods on the conflict, the latter of which raises the moral issue of playing games involving an ongoing war) that directly deals with the conflict and is actually set in Iraq is few and far between. The first attempt at a TV series in the US, ''Over There'', was critically acclaimed, but ultimately cancelled (some speculate it was cancelled for "political reasons"). In contrast, the 2008 HBO miniseries ''Literature/GenerationKill'' is based on the 2004 book of the same name about an embedded reporter's experience with his unit of Marines and has at least one character played by his real-life counterpart (Sgt. Rudy Reyes as himself).

All the movies are pretty obscure and have effectively flopped at the box office, with some commentators arguing that "war movie fatigue" on the part of the public was responsible. On the other hand, some have argued that "''anti''-war movie fatigue" is responsible.

One exception would be ''Film/TheHurtLocker'', which won an Oscar for Best Picture. However, it should be noted that it is also the lowest grossing film to win that award. Then, in 2014, ''Film/AmericanSniper'' was released to both massive critical and financial success, and was nominated for half a dozen Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor. It wound up winning the Best Sound Editing award.

A good past example that may serve as a guide for the future (due to general perception, accurate or not, on the Iraq War) is UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar. It took four years after the fall of Saigon for the first widely-known (''Go Tell The Spartans'' isn't that well known) period and area set film to come out and that, ''Apocalypse Now'', is also ''Heart of Darkness'' in Vietnam. ''Full Metal Jacket'' wasn't until 1986. On the other hand, during previous American conflicts films were produced expressing a pro-war position (if not quite actual propaganda). During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Hollywood was essentially co-opted by the US war department to produce pro-war films and cartoons (although every country did the same thing, except, ironically, Germany, which mainly produced period films). During the Vietnam War films in support of the war like ''The Green Berets'' (with John Wayne) were made, and the vast majority of 80s action films were supportive of the Reagan administration's foreign policy. In contrast, the War on Terror hasn't produced many films or TV shows that expressly support it (with the possible exception of a PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie or two).

Appears as {{backstory}} quite a bit, especially in ''Series/BrothersAndSisters'', where BlondeRepublicanSexKitten Kitty, trying to prevent her brother going to Iraq, tries to bribe the Senator she later gets engaged to and performs on an on-camera volte-face. One can't help feel someone's going StrawmanPolitical on this one (supporting a war until it directly affects you). Justin eventually goes of his own free will anyway and is seriously wounded there.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/HomeOfTheBrave'', about four [[HomeGuard National Guardsmen]] who deal with various hardships after returning home from the war in Iraq.

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/TheUnit'', Jonas Blaine's daughter Betsy is kidnapped while serving in Iraq.

* Music/{{Sabaton}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayjVxUC2qDE "Panzer Battalion"]], [[NonIndicativeName despite the name]], is about the US invasion of Iraq (the "panzers" are American M1 Abrams tanks).



Strictly speaking, Iran is actually a separate issue from the true "war on terror" -- Iranians largely aren't Arabs but Persians, they don't speak Arabic but Farsi, and they're Shias not Sunni -- they're lumped in these days because of two main reasons. One: the apparent threat, real or otherwise, of the regime in Tehran. Two: they're seen as AmbiguouslyBrown and live in the same general direction (exactly between Afghanistan and Iraq, in fact): which is enough for [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement certain startlingly poorly educated people]] in high positions to overlook the differences.


[[folder:Smaller Scale Conflicts (Those that do not usually involve the US, at least not directly)]]

* Philippines
* The Mediterranean Sea
* Somalia, the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden (a continuation of the Somali Civil War)
* Saudi Arabia (ended around August 2008)
* Pakistan (though it's usually included with Afghanistan)
* Southern Thailand
* [[UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict Israel, Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories]]
* Nigeria
* Northern Caucasus (the period after the Second Caucasus War/South Ossetia War)
* Algeria and The Maghreb (The Northern Half of the former French West Africa)
* Yemen (seemed to have ended in 2008, but flared-up again starting 2014)
* The [[UsefulNotes/MiddleEastUprising2011 Arab Spring]].


!! The War On Terror, [[AC: [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]]]]

There are a couple of shows out there that use their settings and plots to make points, usually rather {{anvilicious}}, on the War On Terror:

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The second season of ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'' has the conflict surrounding cryptnosis, a program used by the British government to sentence most criminals. Cryptnosis effectively reprograms the brain to "reform" criminals. There are many people who question the morality of this method, including the protagonists, Sherlock and Beth Holmes. In the third episode, their case involves one group of anti-cryptnosis extremists who threaten to destroy entire cities if cryptnosis is not ended. In the next episode, the FramingDevice is a hearing in Parliament to discuss the issue.
* The ''Series/Daredevil2015'' fanfic ''Fanfic/WhatTheyWouldntDo'' has a scene where Matt Murdock and Sarah Corrigan talk about where they were during [[Film/TheAvengers2012 "The Incident"]]. It has all the feel of a "Where were you on 9/11?" conversation, and this is intentional on the author's behalf because, like 9/11, "The Incident" affected all New Yorkers in one way or another and caused a ton of destruction and loss of life while the rest of the nation/world watched.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/ThreeHundred'' sparked an enormous amount of controversy from all corners of politics on release because of its plot involving asymmetrical warfare, swarthy Mediterraneans, Freedom™, extremely stylized history, and even disagreement about its [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic real subject matter]] between co-creators. Not least of its problems is that some people are still very fussy about the historical figures it portrays, and Greece and Turkey are still going at it.
* On a related note, many movies about treacherous regimes and war, such as ''Film/HarryPotter'', and ''Film/VForVendetta'' couldn't help but [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical slip in allegory of varying subtlety (or lack thereof) about The War on Terror]].
* ''Film/NinthCompany'' is a strange example: The events in the film predate the War on Terror by nearly two decades, as it focuses on the Soviet Union's war in Afghanistan. That said, it was made in 2007 and there are numerous, subtle parallels to the current war. It is almost as if the director was saying "We went through that hellhole. Now it's your turn".
* ''Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' "If you're not with me, you're my enemy!" Whether that was meant as a reference to UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical or not]] is debated, though [[WordOfGod Lucas]] says it is unintentional. Or rather, that people are getting the wrong period: He says it was inspired by the Vietnam War (which was happening at the time the originals were envisioned), not the War on Terror.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** The cinematic reboot of ''Film/StarTrek'', where the Romulans were downgraded from Romans IN SPACE to swarthy, sword-bearing savages in dusty clothing. Although many would argue otherwise, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out which particular historical event the destruction of Vulcan might possibly be alluding to.
** ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' includes bombings in major population centers and other real world contemporary issues, such as sending the ''Enterprise'' into another government's territory to launch a bunch of missiles at a terrorist. [[spoiler:And, in true, grand Trek fashion, the proper message is that we ''cannot'' give in to our fears and devote ourselves to little more than war and militarization, even in the face of "threats". It's in the face of such things that we have to be ''even more'' noble, not less]].
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' draws a clear parallel between the League of Shadows and organized terror cells based in the Middle East. The film sidesteps mentioning ''which'' desert country Bane and his cronies hail from, as most of them are played by Anglos.

* In John Birmingham's ''Without Warning'' and ''After America'' the war on terror takes a bizarre turn in [[AlternateHistory 2003]] when an energy field of unknown origin and composition wipes out about three-quarters of the population of North America. An energized UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein takes the offensive against a demoralized US military just before they were going to invade and drives them out then allies with Iran[[note]]Yes, ''Saddam'' allies with '''Iran''' Consider this CriticalResearchFailure: The Novel.[[/note]] to declare a universal jihad against Israel. [[spoiler: This leads Israel to nuke all its Islamic neighbors except Lebanon (too close) in what becomes called the Second Holocaust]]. Other ripples from this include the French Intifada and the United Kingdom deporting or interning all of its Muslims while parts of Germany, especially Cologne become functionally converted to sharia.
* Flipped on its head in Matt Ruff's ''Mirage'' where [[ALternateHistory the United Arab States are threatened by Christian terrorists, especially after the Bagdad Twin Towers are destroyed on 11/9, 2001.]]
* A weird one: To present-day eyes, the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' novel ''Isard's Revenge'' (set immediately after ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'') looks based on the first leg of the Iraq War, with a politically motivated[[note]]Rather than being motivated by neoconservative ideology, meant to serve as a warning to any Imperial Remnant warlords who might think of attacking the New Republic while it recovers from Grand Admiral Thrawn's invasion.[[/note]] invasion of a villainous but neutral nation by the protagonists' nation, spurred on by fears of a bogus superweapon. [[LifeImitatesArt The novel was published in 1999.]]
* ''[[Literature/AngelInTheWhirlwind The Oncoming Storm]]'' by Christopher Nuttall seemingly has the Occupation of Cadiz as a counterpart to the Iraq War. The Commonwealth of Tyre annexed the Cadiz system for geopolitical reasons (it's unimportant but strategically located in the face of a coming confrontation with the {{Theocracy}}). At present the occupation is a clusterfuck of corporate interests, under-equipped troops, HeadInTheSandManagement, and [[LaResistance a bloody insurgency]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', which over the course of the series has dealt with themes such as military occupation, suicide bombing and whether it can be justified, an enemy that blends in with the public, the results of a nuclear holocaust, the cycle of revenge and escalation, and religious conflict (both violent and cultural).
* The 2015 ''Series/DoctorWho'' two-parter "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion The Zygon Invasion]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion The Zygon Inversion]]". With Zygons instead of ISIS.
* The 2006 ''Series/RobinHood'' in the first season actually has the Sheriff use the words "war on terror" in late ''12th century England'' and uses the Crusades as a (rather inaccurate) metaphor for the whole thing. It's toned down a lot for the second.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' with the Ori arc.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' deserves a mention. Though it was written and aired in the 1990s, it dealt with many issues that would [[ValuesResonance suddenly become very relevant]] in the post-9/11 era. The relationship between the Bajorans and Cardassians, for example, was based more on the Nazi occupation of Europe in World War II, but episodes dealt with the relative merits of terrorism, and Bajoran religious beliefs were used to parallel real-world religious extremism. The "Homefront"/"Paradise Lost" two-parter dealt directly with a security state ramping up in response to terrorist attacks and the dangers of becoming so worried about outside threats that you compromise your own freedom and turn on your neighbors.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''[='=]s third season drew heavily on current events. Earth is savagely attacked, apparently out of nowhere, and the NX-01 (bringing along a cohort of Army Guys) heads into a treacherous region of space to find the culprits. Many fans were afraid this storyline would be untrue to ''Trek''[='=]s philosophy, but they needn't have worried: the aliens aren't all bad, Archer's new hard-edged attitude isn't always endorsed, and there's enough ambiguity all round to keep it from being StrawmanPolitical in either direction. Prior to that, a couple of first-season episodes -- "Fortunate Son" and especially "Detained" -- examined elements of the war on terror. But contrary to a common assumption, the decision to name the first season's bad guys "Suliban" happened long before 9/11. They ''were'' named after the Taliban, but only because Rick Berman thought that name had the exotic sound he wanted; no one was expecting it to become a household name.


[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''[[http://www.waronterrortheboardgame.com/ War on Terror: The Boardgame]]'' is ... well, guess. It's also ''quite'' satirical. And the "Axis of Evil" is a spinner in the middle of the board.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** The series, debuting a few months after 9/11, has ScaryDogmaticAliens who are religious extremists going to war with the UNSC (humanity's united military, modeled after the United States Marines), though this aspect of the plot had already been shown in previews for [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved the first game]] ''before'' 9/11 happened. It was subtle in the first game, but was more obvious in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', where the War was on the developers' minds more; the aliens' religious motivation ceased to be an InformedAttribute. The allegory, if it was ever intentional, [[{{Metaphorgotten}} sort of falls apart]] when [[OurZombiesAreDifferent the Flood shows up]]. However the developers have also said that Literature/TheCulture was an influence. Seeing as how that series had ScaryDogmaticAliens in the first book it might just be coincidental.
** The UNSC were also in a revolution by "The Insurrection," which had turned to terrorism to fight for freedom. However, in many ways this is more reminiscent of UsefulNotes/TheTroubles than any more recent conflict.
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' is a rare example, since it came out before 9/11. The game deals with the issue of if terrorists are doing their actions because they are simply violent, or because they have been left with no other option. The issue of increasing security at the cost of personal freedoms comes up throughout the game, especially as the CrapsackWorld setting becomes more so.
** There is also the infamous HarsherInHindsight example of the missing World Trade Center Towers in the New York skyline. [[SerendipityWritesThePlot The real reason for it was due to memory limitations. The developers justified it by saying it was due to a terrorist attack sometime before the game.]][[note]]This is most likely alluding to the World Trade Center Bombing of 1993.[[/note]] ''The game was released in 2000.''
* ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'' had the tagline "The future War On Terror" since it came out in 2004 when it was fresh on people's minds.
* Again, ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2''. The basic plot for the American portion of the game is obviously influenced by the real War on Terror: a group of terrorists (Makarov's group) launches an attack on a country's famous landmark (Russia, airport named after a major character from the previous game), said country finds a link between the group and another country (the US -- [[spoiler:the player controls an undercover CIA agent going with the attack, who is killed by Makarov specifically for his corpse to link America with the attack]]) and invades them on this pretext. As noted above, though, even with a few missions both at the beginning and end explicitly taking place within Afghanistan, things aren't quite what they seem to be.
** ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'' makes a small CallForward to this in a flashback mission set during the UsefulNotes/SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan, with a side-order of HistoricalVillainUpgrade; the player fights alongside the Mujahideen to drive the Soviets off, only for them to ''immediately'' turn on the player once the threat has passed, claiming "you are, and always will be, our true enemy". It also makes a pair of small {{Call Back}}s in the regular missions set in [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2025]], once where Harper refers to the BigBad Raul Menendez as "the most dangerous terrorist since Osama bin Laden", and then again if the player fails to complete the Strike Force missions and secure an alliance with China before a specific mission, where General Petraeus and Admiral Briggs briefly discuss the last time America moved up to DEFCON 3 "almost 25 years ago".
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' has something of this with the True Way in the Cardassian story arc, TheRemnant of the pre-Dominion War old order who have now become terrorists, much like many al-Qa'ida in Iraq and ISIS leaders served in the pre-invasion Iraqi military. Unfortunately most of this flavor was removed in favor of a MirrorUniverse plot when the arc was revamped in 2015.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/DimensionalProphecyOfZoharRedux'': War on Terror politics against a species of ''EldritchAbomination''s.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Touched during the 2006 Halloween special, where Kang and Kodos decide to invade Earth. Incidentally, the scene originally ended with the line "This sure is a lot like Iraq will be", tossing an anvil straight through the FourthWall. This was wisely cut at some point down the line, but it still aired on some channels.
** Many other episodes, such as "Bart-Mangled Banner", have satirized post-9/11 America.
** The entire plot of "[=MyPods=] and Boomsticks" is about Homer's attempt to reveal that the family of Bart's newest friend are terrorists. [[spoiler: [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped It turns out they aren't terrorists]]; the husband is just a construction worker, the building he destroyed was with a construction team as a sanctioned demolition for a future building project (his wife's concern was because [[TruthInTelevision construction sites can be dangerous]]), and his talk of a better place referred to being promoted to a higher-paying position in his company]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Tarrlok's treatment of non-benders is similar to this, especially as of the most episode.

! Tropes appearing in media set in this period:

%%* ActivistFundamentalistAntics
%%* AnonymousRinger
%%* {{Anvilicious}}
%%* AtomicHate
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: This trope saw a resurgence in US media after France refused to send troops to Iraq,[[note]]Germany, New Zealand, Russia and China also voiced their doubts, but the trope was more often used where the French were concerned[[/note]] arguing that they needed to give diplomacy more time and that a war would just add to the instability in the Middle East. That being said, the French did have no little experience with messy counter-insurgencies (see Algeria and Indochina) and have since been at least partially VindicatedByHistory.
%%* ChildSoldiers
%%* TheFundamentalist
* KnightTemplar: Terrorists in pro-US portrayals, Western politicians and/or soldiers in anti-US portrayals.
* MisaimedFandom: There is always a substantial misaimed {{Hatedom}} who will interpret any popular or mainstream book or film about the War on Terror or U.S.-Middle east relations, no matter how critical it is of U.S. foreign policy, as pro-war propaganda. Conversely, there are those who will misinterpret critical satire of the war on terror and praise it for extolling the virtues of {{Eagleland}}.
* MissionFromGod: On both sides of the conflict. Along with the expected 'kill the infidels' rhetoric from the Taliban, there was a disturbing amount of reference to 'Crusades' on the part of certain American religious types.
%%* NoWomansLand: Islamic nations.
%%* OurPresidentsAreDifferent
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero or PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Movies about U.S. soldiers or spies set during this period show them using racial slurs intended towards Arabs, as well as showing politicians ramping up policies that seem to target Muslims. This is TruthInTelevision, as Muslims were subject to increased scrutiny after 9/11, including the presence of FBI and NYPD informants placed in several New York mosques. Needless to say, America's Muslim population didn't feel particularly safe. Racism against people of middle eastern descent also increased dramatically, and even Sikh Indians (who are obviously neither Arab nor Muslim) were occasionally subject to racially motivated violence. Things didn't dissipate over time, either, as Creator/DonaldTrump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States demonstrates.
** On the other hand, Islamic combatants such as the Taliban and Al-Qaeda are often criticized for [[NotSoDifferent antisemitic policies]], [[NoWomansLand sexism]], intolerance for any religion that [[TheFundamentalist isn't their specific branch of Islam]], and [[BuryYourGays homophobia]] themselves.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: The U.S. was and is often accused of this attitude on the War on Terror, including by many Americans themselves. Features in both pro-war and anti-war media, and is pretty much the entire theme of movies such as ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' (in which it is dealt with humorously) and Film/ZeroDarkThirty (in which it is dealt with seriously).
%%* PyrrhicVictory
%%* {{Qurac}}
* RenegadeRussian: Most often ex-Soviet men, businessmen or non-Communist political extremists.
%%* RippedFromTheHeadlines
%%* SuicideAttack
* StrawMisogynist: Muslims are often portrayed this way, and are often accused of this in RealLife.
%%* StrawmanPolitical
* TerroristsWithoutACause: Though, exceptions are sometimes made for religious organizations, those whose motivation is to get the US out of their country or those involved in the UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict.
%%* TooSoon
* WesternTerrorists: Occasionally, Slavic, Far Eastern and African terrorists.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: Especially in the early years, criticism of how the War on Terror was being handled was viewed as "treasonous", and Muslim communities as a whole are pressured into openly denouncing terrorism or being seen as abetting/approving of it.

[[AC:Pro-US Portrayals]]
* AmericaSavesTheDay: Portraying the US as a heroic and righteous defender of freedom and democracy was especially popular in the early years of the War on Terror.
* BigDamnHeroes: How the US military tends to be portrayed.
%%* ChronicHeroSyndrome
* DirtyCoward: Terrorists are usually portrayed this way, whether or not they're actually behaving like cowards.
%%* {{Eagleland}}: Type 1.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Anti-American insurgents and terrorists in general will claim to be liberating the people of their country, while killing them by the hundreds and backing extremely intolerant or cruel demagogues.
%%* PatrioticFervor
%%* TheRealHeroes
%%* SemperFi
%%* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Iraqi insurgents, Palestinians.

[[AC:Anti-US Portrayals]]
* AmericaSavesTheDay: America '''Will''' save the day, no matter if you wanted or not.
* ArmiesAreEvil
* BigBrotherIsWatching: The security measures of tin-pot tyrannies and the United States tend to be portrayed as Orwellian.
%%* ColdBloodedTorture
%%* CrapsackWorld
%%* DayOfTheJackboot
%%* {{Eagleland}}: Type 2.
%%* GovernmentConspiracy: 9/11 conspiracy theorists are especially fond of this.
%%* HeWhoFightsMonsters
* HistoryRepeats:
** Allusions are made to Vietnam, most commonly, though CIA activities in South America or the First Gulf War are also popular.
** The anti-Muslim and anti-Middle Easterner paranoia, especially in the early years (and again in recent years), has been likened to the anti-Japanese paranoia of World War II, or [[RedScare anti-Communist paranoia]] afterward.
* {{Hypocrite}}: The US will be portrayed as a self-righteous nation that claims to be spreader of democracy, even though it supports brutal dictatorships as long as it's convenient to do so, invades them when it's no longer convenient, and oppresses the people in the countries it invades.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: The more decent soldiers, USA or otherwise.
* MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting: When Americans themselves criticize the leader's choices, most especially the ones in this era.
* NoBloodForPhlebotinum: That the war "is all about oil" is a common motif.
%%* PatrioticFervor: Of the "hates other countries" variety.
%%* {{Realpolitik}}
* SociopathicSoldier: The less decent ones, particularly from states like Sudan, or sometimes of the United States.
%%* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: Iraqi insurgents, Palestinians.
%%* WarForFunAndProfit
%%* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters

See PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie for the subject of terrorism in some depth. Also see TurnOfTheMillennium. Not to be confused with the Australian comedy series ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'', though they've certainly touched on the matter on occasion.