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* Though there were always some details here and there that showed in what year the SherlockHolmes stories were set, there was always the question of how old Holmes was--whether he was in his 20s, 30s or 40s during A Study In Scarlet (his first appearance). It wasn't until His Last Bow (which was supposed to be the GrandFinale) that Conan Doyle decided to give Holmes an age of 60 during 1914, meaning that he was born in 1854 and was 27 years old during A Study in Scarlet (set in 1881).

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* Though there were always some details here and there that showed in what year the SherlockHolmes Literature/SherlockHolmes stories were set, there was always the question of how old Holmes was--whether he was in his 20s, 30s or 40s during A Study In Scarlet (his first appearance). It wasn't until His Last Bow (which was supposed to be the GrandFinale) that Conan Doyle decided to give Holmes an age of 60 during 1914, meaning that he was born in 1854 and was 27 years old during A Study in Scarlet (set in 1881).


* Invoked, but not used, in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. After grabbing the Green Goo from an armored train for The Truth, he claims "they will call this Year Zero". [[CrazyAwesome Sadly, nothing comes of it.]]

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* Invoked, but not used, in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. After grabbing the Green Goo from an armored train for The Truth, he claims "they will call this Year Zero". [[CrazyAwesome Sadly, nothing comes of it.]]

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* While ''Website/{{Neopets}}'' has its own in-universe calendar, it is tied to meta causes. The Neopian Year 0 is our 1998, when the initial concept for the site was being created before its launch in November 1999 (Year 1). 1997 is referred to as "Year 1 BN", and so on.
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* Invoked, but not used, in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. After grabbing the Green Goo from an armored train for The Truth, he claims "they will call this YearZero". [[CrazyAwesome Sadly, nothing comes of it.]]

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* Invoked, but not used, in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. After grabbing the Green Goo from an armored train for The Truth, he claims "they will call this YearZero".Year Zero". [[CrazyAwesome Sadly, nothing comes of it.]]


* Also from David Weber is ''Literature/{{Safehold}}''. As far as Safeholdians know, Year Zero is the day of Creation itself. Though following the Archangel Shan-wei's rebellion, a new calendar was established using the end of that war as the Year Zero.

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* Also from David Weber is ''Literature/{{Safehold}}''. As far as Safeholdians know, Year Zero is the day of Creation itself. Though following the Archangel Shan-wei's rebellion, a new calendar was established using the end of that war as the Year Zero. This becomes a fairly significant plot point in the later books, [[spoiler: since they learn from Paityr that the Archangels are prophesied to return after a thousand years. If that's a thousand years from Creation, the inner circle only has about twenty more years before their return, whereas if that's counting from Shan-Wei's murder they have close to a century.]]

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* A 12th century farmer's son named John is helping his father unload cabbages at the market, when suddenly he lets loose a fart so massive it causes heads to turn all the way down the end of the market. The boy drops his cabbage and runs until he's out of the market, then out of town, and keeps running. Years pass, during which he joins a mercenary band, gets kidnapped by pirates, gets shipwrecked, wins fights, makes fortunes, loses them, goes around the Mediterranean twice, until one day he realizes that his wanderings have brought him back to his hometown. As it's been decades since he last saw it, he goes in, and notices a magnificent cathedral. Seeing a small child nearby, he asks when it was built. The child answers:
-->It started three years, two months and twelve days, then finished twenty-three years, five months and three days after The Day John Farted.
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* In Frank Herbert's ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'', the imperial calendar starts at the creation of the Spacing Guild, which holds a monopoly over interstellar transportation. It is never explained why this event was chosen as the reference over, say, the coronation of the first emperor or the discovery of the spice.

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* In Frank Herbert's ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'', the imperial calendar starts at the creation of the Spacing Guild, which holds a monopoly over interstellar transportation. It is never explained why this event was chosen as the reference over, say, the The coronation of the first emperor or the Corrino Emperor and discovery of the spice.spice happened around the same time: the end of the Butlerian Jihad, the Great Revolt in which humanity destroyed the "Thinking Machines" that had enslaved most of them. The year at the beginning of the first novel is "10,191 AG". ''However'', the Appendix also states that "one hundred and ten centuries" (11,000 years) passed between discovery of space travel (in the 20th century) and the Butlerian Jihad. Thus the ''actual'' setting of the first novel is roughly ''twenty'' thousand years in the future, double the ten thousand it appears at a casual glance.
**Among its many failures, the 1984 David Lynch movie adaptation just plain overlooked this, and started by stating that it is "the year 10,191 ''AD''". This is all the more annoying, because the core text of the novel ''never'' gives the date, the only section using dates at all is the Appendix - the same section that explains they don't use the AD dating system! It's one short Appendix section and they still managed to get it wrong.


** The ''Star War''s BBY/ABY (Before/After Battle of Yavin) calendar differs from most real-life examples in that the zero year is expressed as both 0 BBY and 0 ABY. The transition between BBY and ABY happens at the exact moment that the Death Star was destroyed.

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** The ''Star War''s Wars'' BBY/ABY (Before/After Battle of Yavin) calendar differs from most real-life examples in that the zero year is expressed as both 0 BBY and 0 ABY. The transition between BBY and ABY happens at the exact moment that the Death Star was destroyed.



* The tile of ''[[TabletopGame/MutantYearZero Mutant: Year Zero]]'' is meant to represent the earliest date in the setting's history, seeing as how it is considered a soft prequel of ''TabletopGame/{{Mutant UA}}''.

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* The tile title of ''[[TabletopGame/MutantYearZero Mutant: Year Zero]]'' is meant to represent the earliest date in the setting's history, seeing as how it is considered a soft prequel of ''TabletopGame/{{Mutant UA}}''.


* ''[[TabletopGame/MutantYearZero Mutant: Year Zero]]'''s tile is meant to represent the earliest date in the setting's history, seeing as how it is considered a soft prequel of ''TabletopGame/{{Mutant UA}}'''s world.

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* The tile of ''[[TabletopGame/MutantYearZero Mutant: Year Zero]]'''s tile Zero]]'' is meant to represent the earliest date in the setting's history, seeing as how it is considered a soft prequel of ''TabletopGame/{{Mutant UA}}'''s world.UA}}''.


''[[TabletopGame/MutantYearZero Mutant: Year Zero]]'''s tile is meant to represent the earliest date in the setting's history, seeing as how it is considered a soft prequel of ''TabletopGame/{{Mutant UA}}'''s world.

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* ''[[TabletopGame/MutantYearZero Mutant: Year Zero]]'''s tile is meant to represent the earliest date in the setting's history, seeing as how it is considered a soft prequel of ''TabletopGame/{{Mutant UA}}'''s world.

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''[[TabletopGame/MutantYearZero Mutant: Year Zero]]'''s tile is meant to represent the earliest date in the setting's history, seeing as how it is considered a soft prequel of ''TabletopGame/{{Mutant UA}}'''s world.
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** The Star Wars BBY/ABY (Before/After Battle of Yavin) calendar differs from most real-life examples in that the zero year is expressed as both 0 BBY and 0 ABY. The transition between BBY and ABY happens at the exact moment that the Death Star was destroyed.

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** The Star Wars ''Star War''s BBY/ABY (Before/After Battle of Yavin) calendar differs from most real-life examples in that the zero year is expressed as both 0 BBY and 0 ABY. The transition between BBY and ABY happens at the exact moment that the Death Star was destroyed.



*** This victory is explored in ''Rebel Dawn'' and ''Dark Forces'', two different interpretations of the mission to steal the Death Star plans but not much on said victory in the ''Legends'' continuity. In the new continuity, it gets explored in ''Film/RogueOne'', where the victory is given alongside the explanation for how the plans were stolen; [[spoiler:The Rebel Alliance was about to surrender, believing there was no chance of fighting against the Empire when they have a superweapon that could easily kill any of them at any given time, but a group of rebels, the ''Rogue One'', [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight defied orders to stay put]] and conducted a surprise attack while stealing the plans, leading to the Rebel Alliance sending in the rest of their fleet and actually '''winning''' by stomping both Imperial forces at Scarif but also getting the plans, due the HeroicSacrifice of the ''Rogue One'' squad and numerous others.]]

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*** This victory is explored in ''Rebel Dawn'' and ''Dark Forces'', ''VideoGame/DarkForces'', two different interpretations of the mission to steal the Death Star plans but not much on said victory in the ''Legends'' ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' continuity. In the new continuity, it gets explored in ''Film/RogueOne'', where the victory is given alongside the explanation for how the plans were stolen; [[spoiler:The Rebel Alliance was about to surrender, believing there was no chance of fighting against the Empire when they have a superweapon that could easily kill any of them at any given time, but a group of rebels, the ''Rogue One'', [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight defied orders to stay put]] and conducted a surprise attack while stealing the plans, leading to the Rebel Alliance sending in the rest of their fleet and actually '''winning''' by stomping both Imperial forces at Scarif but also getting the plans, due the HeroicSacrifice of the ''Rogue One'' squad and numerous others.]]


* The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series frequently uses months and days for dates. But it usually refers to years only by reference (two years after a case, 5 years earlier, etc). However, a year is given for one particular event: the DL-6 incident happened in 2001 (December 28, to be exact). From this one fixed point, one can deduce the exact date of pretty much every case and event in the entire franchise.

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* The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series frequently uses months and days for dates. But dates, but it usually refers to years only by reference (two years after a case, 5 years earlier, etc). However, a year is given for one particular event: the DL-6 incident happened in 2001 (December 28, to be exact). From this one fixed point, one can deduce the exact date of pretty much every case and event in the entire franchise.


* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'' and it's sequel, ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'' did this a little differently. There is a year 0, but there are years ''before'' that are listed as negative. [[http://serenesforest.net/general/timeline10.html Year -155 is the earliest.]]

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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance'' and it's sequel, ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'' did this a little differently. There is a year 0, but there are years ''before'' that are listed as negative. [[http://serenesforest.net/general/timeline10.html Year -155 is the earliest.]]







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* {{Invoked|Trope}} by the Music/{{Ghost}} song "Year Zero", which uses the term to reference the time of Satan's conquering of the world.
-->Hell Satan, archangelo\\
Hell Satan, welcome year zero

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