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* During the 1996 U.S. presidential election between Bill Clinton and Bob Dole, Dole gave a campaign speech in the which he reminisced about what he viewed as the glory days days of the post-WWII decade of the 1950's, and criticizing baby boomers for as he claimed destroying what was good about that era. Many critics of his speech suggested he bungled it by reemphasizing his old age (he was 72, Clinton was 50 in '96) and by not sufficiently considering the fact for many minority groups, the 1950's was a time of rampant Racial Segregation, bigotry, and discrimination (he did mention the reality of racial of of the 50's, but seem downplay it's importance). This glory days speech was cited by some post-election as playing a key role in his loss to Bill Clinton, who easily won reelection.

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* During the 1996 U.S. presidential election between Bill Clinton and Bob Dole, Dole gave a campaign speech in the which he reminisced about what he viewed as the glory days days of the post-WWII decade of the 1950's, TheFifties, and criticizing baby boomers for as (as he claimed claimed) destroying what was good about that era. Many critics of his speech suggested he bungled it by reemphasizing his old age (he was 72, Clinton was 50 in '96) and by not sufficiently considering the fact for many minority groups, the 1950's was 1950s were a time of rampant Racial Segregation, racial segregation, bigotry, and discrimination (he did mention the reality of how bad racial of of relations were in the 50's, '50s, but seem seemed to downplay it's importance).the importance of desegregation). This glory days speech was cited by some post-election as playing a key role in his loss to Bill Clinton, who easily won reelection.


* Captain Qwark is implied to be this throughout the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series, particularly when his adventurous youth is shown in [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal the third game]] as backstory. After that he sided with the villains on several occasions and was even [[spoiler:the big bad for [[RatchetAndClankGoingCommando the second game]] to kickstart his big comeback]], and is generally much more cowardly. However while he is called out by the cognizant characters such as Ratchet and a disgruntled fan, the [[ViewersAreMorons general populace]] is generally forgiving of the captain, his tumultuous turn as galactic president aside.

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* Captain Qwark is implied to be this throughout the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series, particularly when his adventurous youth is shown in [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal the third game]] as backstory. After that he sided with the villains on several occasions and was even [[spoiler:the big bad for [[RatchetAndClankGoingCommando the second game]] to kickstart his big comeback]], and is generally much more cowardly. However However, while he is called out by the cognizant characters such as Ratchet and a disgruntled fan, the [[ViewersAreMorons general populace]] is generally forgiving of the captain, his tumultuous turn term as galactic president aside.aside.
* This is the crux of the Team Rocket subplot in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' - three years after [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue they were originally defeated and Giovanni disbanded the team]], the remnants that are still calling themselves Team Rocket are left in a rather sorry state, going from an open presence in the largest cities of Kanto to having to resort to small-scale Poké-napping and audio experimentation out in the sticks of Johto. Even when they manage to pull together enough people to storm the radio tower in Goldenrod City, the whole purpose turns out to be to broadcast a plea for Giovanni to come back, because they're totally lost without him.

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* ''Series/{{Burnistoun}}'' has recurring character Biscuity Boyle. As a young man he was a champion athlete and Burnistoun's most famous citizen, but now he's a sad, incontinent old man who's prone to physical comedy and can barely control his body.

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* In ''Theatre/TheClub'', Jock spends a lot of time reliving his time as a star player, and wants the club to be run the way it was in the old days. He also wants Laurie ousted as coach so that he can maintain the club record for most games coached.

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* In ''Film/TheHollow'', Ian's father Carl is the high school football coach who is determined that Ian will have exactly the same high school experience as him, including being a football hero. He ignores the fact that Ian is more interested in drama than athletics.

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* Hambledon Cricket Club was once the preeminent cricket club, and was responsible for defining and updating the Laws of Cricket. With the rise to prominence of the Marylebone Cricket Club it rapidly declined, and is now only a village club playing in the local league.
** Marylebone Cricket Club is no longer the institution it once was: it used to write the Laws of Cricket (now in the hands of the ICC), ran the English international team (now the England and Wales Cricket Board), and so on. However, it does retain a lot of prestige, both within the world of cricket and as a social institution.

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* During the 1996 U.S. presidential election between Bill Clinton and Bob Dole, Dole gave a campaign speech in the which he reminisced about what he viewed as the glory days days of the post-WWII decade of the 1950's, and criticizing baby boomers for as he claimed destroying what was good about that era. Many critics of his speech suggested he bungled it by reemphasizing his old age (he was 72, Clinton was 50 in '96) and by not sufficiently considering the fact for many minority groups, the 1950's was a time of rampant Racial Segregation, bigotry, and discrimination (he did mention the reality of racial of of the 50's, but seem downplay it's importance). This glory days speech was cited by some post-election as playing a key role in his loss to Bill Clinton, who easily won reelection.


* In ''HoozukiNoReitetsu'', {{Momotaro}} has become like this. His companions only go along with him because they like him but complain amongst themselves. Hoozuki fixes Momotaro up with a job caring for celestial peaches, and his animal companions find work punishing the spirits of those who were cruel to animals.

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* In ''HoozukiNoReitetsu'', {{Momotaro}} ''Manga/HoozukiNoReitetsu'', {{Literature/Momotaro}} has become like this. His companions only go along with him because they like him but complain amongst themselves. Hoozuki fixes Momotaro up with a job caring for celestial peaches, and his animal companions find work punishing the spirits of those who were cruel to animals.



* Captain Qwark is implied to be this throughout the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series, particularly when his adventurous youth is shown in [[RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal the third game]] as backstory. After that he sided with the villains on several occasions and was even [[spoiler:the big bad for [[RatchetAndClankGoingCommando the second game]] to kickstart his big comeback]], and is generally much more cowardly. However while he is called out by the cognizant characters such as Ratchet and a disgruntled fan, the [[ViewersAreMorons general populace]] is generally forgiving of the captain, his tumultuous turn as galactic president aside.

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* Captain Qwark is implied to be this throughout the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series, particularly when his adventurous youth is shown in [[RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal the third game]] as backstory. After that he sided with the villains on several occasions and was even [[spoiler:the big bad for [[RatchetAndClankGoingCommando the second game]] to kickstart his big comeback]], and is generally much more cowardly. However while he is called out by the cognizant characters such as Ratchet and a disgruntled fan, the [[ViewersAreMorons general populace]] is generally forgiving of the captain, his tumultuous turn as galactic president aside.


** In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Robert's reminiscing finally causes his brother Renly to snap at him that not everyone enjoyed the rebellion.


** Humanity themselves had the Dark Age of Technology, where mankind created anything that could have been created and rapidly colonized the known space. Then the Age of Strife happened, throwing everything to the crapper. Fortunately for the humanity, after the Age of Strife came the rise of The Emperor and The Imperium of Mankind, which led to the ''second'' GloryDays of the Great Crusade. With Space Marine ''Legions'' backed with mighty war machines fighting as the Imperium's [[{{Mooks}} basic troops,]] nothing could hope to stand in The Imperium's way. ''Then'' the Literature/HorusHeresy happened, and everything went to an even deeper crapper than before, and The Imperium has been repeatedly described as 'rotting' or 'decaying' ever since.

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** Humanity themselves had the Dark Age of Technology, where mankind created anything that could have been created and rapidly colonized the known space. Then the Age of Strife happened, throwing everything to the crapper. Fortunately for the humanity, after the Age of Strife came the rise of The Emperor and The Imperium of Mankind, which led to the ''second'' GloryDays glory days of the Great Crusade. With Space Marine ''Legions'' backed with mighty war machines fighting as the Imperium's [[{{Mooks}} basic troops,]] nothing could hope to stand in The Imperium's way. ''Then'' the Literature/HorusHeresy happened, and everything went to an even deeper crapper than before, and The Imperium has been repeatedly described as 'rotting' or 'decaying' ever since.



* The Renaissance saw UsefulNotes/AncientRome as the Glory Days of mankind, hence the popularity of the term "DarkAgeEurope" and "MedievalMorons". Petrarch even said "What else, then, is all history, but the praise of Rome?" In the Victorian and Romantic era, UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance was seen as Europe's true GloryDays with its achievements in exploration, science, philosophy and art seen as the DawnOfAnEra. Needless to say, Victorian, Romantic, Modernist and 60s Art movements are all seen and invoked the same way.

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* The Renaissance saw UsefulNotes/AncientRome as the Glory Days of mankind, hence the popularity of the term "DarkAgeEurope" and "MedievalMorons". Petrarch even said "What else, then, is all history, but the praise of Rome?" In the Victorian and Romantic era, UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance was seen as Europe's true GloryDays glory days with its achievements in exploration, science, philosophy and art seen as the DawnOfAnEra. Needless to say, Victorian, Romantic, Modernist and 60s Art movements are all seen and invoked the same way.



** Russians also invoke the GloryDays of Peter the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Catherine the Geat and the long 19th Century from Napoleon's Invasion to the Russian Japanese War mostly because it was the GoldenAge of Russian letters (Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov). This was also the era of the end of serfdom, the failed Decembrist uprising and early attempts at liberalism. There's also a lot of nostalgia for Russian Formalism and UsefulNotes/TheSovietTwenties, mostly because it was the GoldenAge for Soviet cinema.

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** Russians also invoke the GloryDays glory days of Peter the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Catherine the Geat and the long 19th Century from Napoleon's Invasion to the Russian Japanese War mostly because it was the GoldenAge of Russian letters (Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov). This was also the era of the end of serfdom, the failed Decembrist uprising and early attempts at liberalism. There's also a lot of nostalgia for Russian Formalism and UsefulNotes/TheSovietTwenties, mostly because it was the GoldenAge for Soviet cinema.



** The notion of GloryDays got soiled thanks to the selective interpretation of glory on the part of the NSDAP following the country's defeat in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Hitler ended up becoming enamored with the groups belief, and after ascending the ranks, the [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Nazi Party]] would be formed. For them glory was a selective mishmash of Arminius victory over Augustus at the Teutoberg Forest, the era of UsefulNotes/FrederickTheGreat, Music/RichardWagner and UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck which has unfortunately tainted the fairly distinct and unrelated associations these events have with German culture. Then agian, most real-world fascist movements express this trope in their rhetoric, generally TheThemeParkVersion or with HistoricalHeroUpgrade / HistoricalVillainUpgrade.

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** The notion of GloryDays glory days got soiled thanks to the selective interpretation of glory on the part of the NSDAP following the country's defeat in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Hitler ended up becoming enamored with the groups belief, and after ascending the ranks, the [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Nazi Party]] would be formed. For them glory was a selective mishmash of Arminius victory over Augustus at the Teutoberg Forest, the era of UsefulNotes/FrederickTheGreat, Music/RichardWagner and UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck which has unfortunately tainted the fairly distinct and unrelated associations these events have with German culture. Then agian, most real-world fascist movements express this trope in their rhetoric, generally TheThemeParkVersion or with HistoricalHeroUpgrade / HistoricalVillainUpgrade.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' opens with Bojack constantly watching episodes of his own show from the Nineties, due to being unable to move on from that era, though he still hates when the paparazzi recognize him and chase him down.

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* Invoked by Creator/JKRowling in ''Literature/QuidditchThroughTheAges'', where the Chudley Cannons (Ron's favorite team) were once a dominant power in the English Quidditch League, but their last league win was in 1892, and they finally changed their team's motto from "We Shall Conquer!" to "Let's all just keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best." in 1972 as their transformation into league ButtMonkey finally completed. Dumbledore even makes a comment about it in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''.
-->'''Dumbledore''': [[spoiler:Death is coming for me]] as surely as the Chudley Cannons will finish bottom of this year's league.


* The Cleveland Browns started out as one of the hottest names in Football. Than they were merged into the NFL and still good. Then the AFL-NFL merger happened and they still were a power to be reckoned with in the playoffs (albeit with EveryYearTheyFizzleOut tendencies) then the Cleveland Browns relocation controversy happened and what has haunted the league since 1999 can only be described as a punchline for the saddest joke to ever torture the good citizens of Cleveland.

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* The Cleveland Browns started out as one of the hottest names in Football. Than they football, winning the All-America Football Conference in all four seasons of its existence (1946-49). When the AAFC folded, the Browns were merged into the NFL, and won four more championships between 1950 and 1964. When the NFL and AFL merged in 1970, the Browns were still good. Then the AFL-NFL merger happened and they still were a power to be reckoned with in the playoffs (albeit with EveryYearTheyFizzleOut tendencies) then tendencies). Then the Cleveland Browns 1995 relocation controversy happened sent the original Browns to become the Baltimore Ravens, and what has haunted the league since the franchise was revived in 1999 can only be described as a punchline for the saddest joke to ever torture the good citizens of Cleveland.


* [[http://www.boingboing.net/2010/08/10/yakuza-3-review.html Actual yakuza]] said that Kiryu in the ''Videogame/{{Yakuza}}'' series embodies the kind of noble spirit that they no longer see in their members anymore.

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* [[http://www.boingboing.net/2010/08/10/yakuza-3-review.html Actual yakuza]] have said that Kiryu in the protagonist of the ''Videogame/{{Yakuza}}'' series series, Kazuma Kiryu, embodies the kind of noble spirit that they no longer see in their members anymore.

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