We are the youth apologise for another day.
We are the youth and politicians are so sure.
We are the youth and we are knocking on death's door.
Never knew we were living in a world with a mind that could be so sure.
Never knew we were living in a world with a mind that could be so small.
Never knew we were living in a world where the world is an open court.
Maybe we don't want to live in a world where innocence is sold short.
We'll make it up to you, in the year 2000."
Tropes associated with the time period:
- All-CGI Cartoon: Disney and other animation companies abandoned traditional animation during this decade, though towards the end of the decade there was some hope that the two might coexist. Of course, anime is stronger than ever before and still averts this trope for the most part. Furthermore, this form finally began to break down the All Animation Is Disney stereotype beginning with Dreamworks Animation hitting the big time with their 2001 smash hit CGI feature, Shrek, becoming the first real feature animation company to challenge Disney over the long term, although it would have a period of artistic decline until it came roaring back in 2008 with a new quality commitment in 2008 with Kung Fu Panda.
- Interestingly, Stop-Motion animation has also received a re-invigoration, as it's become apparent that some aesthetics are better suited to Stop-motion than CG (one of the best examples being Flushed Away, which had the character designs of an Aardman Animations character, but were CG - audiences generally said the animation looked weird because of it. It also may have something to do with genre, as darker, spookier family movies are often stop-motion - Tim Burton has had mainstream success with The Corpse Bride, and 2008's Coraline was also stop-motion.
- The Alleged Car: The SUV of this decade got this reputation for much the same reason as cars from The Seventies did, because they were overweight gas guzzlers being sold during a Gas Crisis. One example that stands out is the Ford Excursion. The combination of its curb weight of 7230 lbs, and it's 6.8 L V-10 engine, make for the ultimate gas guzzling SUV, getting only 9.6 mpg.
- Animation Age Ghetto: Became less powerful due to the success of adult-oriented animated TV shows like South Park and Family Guy, and a large wave of adult oriented anime, but still exists to some extent.
- Anticlimax: When people in the twentieth century imagined what the 2000's would be like, it would either involve futuristic technology, the apocalypse or both. Come the Turn of the Millennium and we get... nothing much really.
- Auto-Tune: Existed before this decade with songs like Cher's Believe, but grew in popularity around the mid 2000s thanks to rappers like T-Pain, and soon spread to other artists like Rihanna and Snoop Dogg, as well as genres like pop and R&B.
- Boy Band: Boy bands like *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys remained a 90's holdover, but generally faded away by 2002 or so.
- But Not Too Black: Many of the Black Celebrities at that time, specifically the women like Beyonce and Rihanna and Alicia Keys.
- But Not Too White: Despite increased awareness of skin cancer, tan skin was still in full swing as a beauty standard in this decade, as demonstrated by the likes of Carmen Electra, Jessica Alba and Paris Hilton, among others.
- Blue Orange Contrast: began to spread like wildfire across the movie world with the advent of post-production digital coloring.
- Cash Cow Franchise: Every TV series or movie or video game that was successful during that decade.
- China Takes Over the World: Popular in fiction now that Japan doesn't have the cash to take over the world anymore and Russia is still a complete clusterfuck, even after 20 years.
- Defective Detective: Started in 2000 with Monk, the trope namer, and spread with Psych, Life and Bored to Death. The Good Guys and Terriers seem to be continuing this trend.
- Digital Distribution: The "legitimisation" of downloadable music thanks to iTunes, the success of Valve's Steam platform for PC games and client/server shops on all the major consoles and the advent of On-Demand TV and film services have made this a reality.
- Digital Piracy Is Evil: Or is it? But as with the aformentiond Digital Distribution this is when it became mainstream and super-easy.
- Digital Piracy Is Okay: The prevaling opinion among everyone who wasn't a multi-billionaire media tycoon.
- Emo: Though a rock movement originating in the 1980s, it became something of a subculture of its own in this decade.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: For a while, yes, they really did. A disproportionately high number of sex symbols in the early-to-mid 2000s were blonde women, with Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson, Jessica Alba and Christina Aguilera being a few of the more famous ones.
- Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: Yaoi Fangirls first came to widespread public attention in this decade, leading to an increase in male Faux Yay, especially within the emo subculture, and deliberate Homoerotic Subtext in fictional works aimed at a young female demographic.
- Hip Hop: Became one of the most popular music genre after pop music during that decade
- Hotter and Sexier: The music videos and advertising of the era saw new extremes of Fanservice, mainly to a male audience but occasionally to women.
- Hummer Dinger: Most of the giant SUVs sold during this decade.
- Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!: YouTube itself first launched in 2005, followed by most forms of modern social media and, almost immediately after, the potential to abuse it.
- Kid Com: Both Disney and Nickelodeon shifted the focus of their networks to focus on "Tweencoms" and building franchises around the stars of their shows.
- Live-Action Adaptation: Scooby-Doo, Garfield, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Josie and the Pussycats, Transformers, Fat Albert Movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and The Cat in the Hat, among many more.
- Long Title: Everywhere in music in the middle of the decade, regardless of genre.
- Memetic Mutation: Internet memes existed well before the '00s, but became a huge part of the series of tubes in this decade.
- Moe: This is the decade where anime execs really started mining this trope for big payoffs. This caused a lot of contention in the fanbase over the entire decade.
- Money Song: Many songs like that in this decade especially from rappers but occasionally singers would make and song like this.
- Moral Guardians: Post-9/11, everything became more conservative. See the Useful Notes page for more info.
- Network Decay: Started in The Nineties with MTV, now it's moved on to just about every cable network.
- New Media Are Evil: The old media's reaction to the Internet.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Hooray; Saddam's evil empire is dea—wait; what's this about them being a huge supplier of oil, and our economy being based on oil?!
- And all those violent groups who were kept in check by Saddam but are more able to bomb the streets now that he's gone?
- Nu Metal: Similar to the aforementioned Boy Band craze, it carried over from the '90s with some of the biggest acts such as Linkin Park and Evanescence emerging from that decade. Also similar to the boy band craze, nu metal's place in the mainstream died shortly after in 2004.
- Post-Grunge: Most of the mainstream rock music of this decade falls into this category. In fact, it was one of the few genres that wasn't Rap, Hip-Hop, R&B, or a derivative thereof that saw major airplay on mainstream radio. (Not counting oldies or classic rock stations of course). Though by The New Tens, this genre had worn out its welcome.
- Reality TV: Not invented in this period, but it exploded in popularity thanks to shows like Survivor, American Idol, and Big Brother.
- Rhythm Game: Spearheaded by the rivalry of Guitar Hero and Rock Band, music games had a massive burst of popularity from around 2006 through 2009 before suddenly dying off due to market stagnation, and the 2008 Recession souring interest in games with expensive peripherals. Most rhythm games have now reverted to their status pre-Guitar Hero, being smaller, more niche games revolving around using regular controls rather than emulating it with peripherals.
- '70s Hair: Redux. Long male hair made a significant comeback among the decade's youth, thanks in no small part to the booming skate culture and The Lord of the Rings.
- Shaking the Rump: This was quite common in many hip hop music videos at that time.
- Stripperiffic: Just about every female pop star was expected to do at least one video in a bikini's worth of clothing or even less, and street fashion in real life sometimes imitated this.
- The End of the World as We Know It: Predicted. Multiple times. It did not happen... yet...
- The Eighties: The decade of choice for much of this decade's nostalgia.
- Tsundere: The concept existed before this point, of course, but really seemed to take off in this decade, becoming a prominent character type even in Western media.
- When the Planets Align: May 5, 2000 was the date of a rather famous planetary alignment which included from Mercury all the way through Saturn; naturally, this figured into many Conspiracy Theories. Eternal Darkness even worked this alignment into the plot.
- Who Forgot the Lights?: The Great Northeast Blackout of 2003, the largest in North American history, left millions in the United States and Canada without electricity for days, which happened during the US war with Iraq, and caused many to believe that America was under attack.
- Wide Open Sandbox: Was one of the main genres of The Sixth Generation of Console Video Games thanks to the popularity of Grand Theft Auto III and its sequels.
- Wolverine Publicity: Most of the biggest celebrities in the 2000s like Paris Hilton.
- Uncanceled: Increased during this decade, especially after Family Guy was brought back thanks to DVD sales.
- Zeerust: All those science fiction movies taking place in 2000 look so old now.
Works that were made in this time period:
- Animated Shows
- Anime and Manga
- Comic Books
- Eastern European Animation
- Fan Fic
- For Film, see: Films of the 2000s
- Hanguk Manhwa Aenimeisyeon
- For Literature, see Literature of the 2000s
- Live-Action TV
- New Media
- Newspaper Comics
- Professional Wrestling
- Tabletop Games
- Video Games
- Web Animation
- Web Comics
- Web Original
- Western Animation