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"...clearly I was a victim of the drug explosion - a natural street freak, just eating whatever came by."

" long as people are still having promiscuous sex with many anonymous partners without protection while at the same time experimenting with mind-expanding drugs in a consequence free environment, I'll be sound as a pound."

This index lists tropes about, or related to, the Hippie Movement from The '60s and 70's.

These Tropes are like, far out, man:

  • Blaming "The Man"
    The Man is the conservative ruling class of corporations and big government. The Man is the arch-nemesis of all Hippies, man.
  • Bourgeois Bohemian
    They may look like hippies, they may act and dress like hippies, but they certainly don't live like hippies. These upscale urban couples may eat goulash and homemade organic yogurt, but they live in posh condos with fancy kitchens.
  • Capitalism Is Bad
    The Hippie movement eschewed the trappings of modern rat-race business world in order to pursue peace, love, and harmony with nature. Some practiced small-scale capitalism by running small businesses, coming into serious conflict with groups like the Diggers who wanted to eliminate money entirely and establish a trade and barter system.
  • Commune
    Much of the younger generation would leave home and congregate on the land to grow their own food. There were both urban and rural communes, some more successful than others, some existing to this day.
  • Cult
    Some hippie communes took too many drugs and took a turn into the fanatical. Just ask The Manson Family and look up "acid fascism".
  • Dirty Communists
    Hippies' political views tended to lean decidedly to the progressive Left. Some visited communist countries.
  • Disco Dan
    The tie dye look (which is actually an early The '70s post-hippie style) is very dated, and keeping the colors after it goes out of fashion can make you a real square.
  • Does Not Like Shoes
    Hippies are likely to go barefoot, or at most wearing sandals, the better to commune with nature and feel the bare, warm earth under their feet.
  • Draft Dodging
    Hippies were famously anti-war, a lot of their protests being in active defiance against The Vietnam War and the draft board — a perceived death sentence at that time for young working- or middle-class men, especially if black or Hispanic.
  • Drinking the Kool-Aid
    A stock phrase for going all in on a movement, originating in Ken Kesey's use of Kool-Aid spiked with LSD to initiate people into the counterculture. Later acquired darker connotations due to Jim Jones' use of cyanide-laced FlavorAid in the mass murder-suicide of the Jonestown cult.
  • Everybody Must Get Stoned
    Hippie culture had a lot of overlap with drug culture. Many hippie gatherings were notorious for spiking the beverages with psychoactive substances, or finding some other way for everybody to imbibe pot or LSD.
  • Erudite Stoner
    An intellectual hippie who reads poetry and Eastern philosophy while smoking cannabis.
  • Folk Music
    Saw a resurgence of popularity thanks to the hippies, with the strong appeal of acoustic Three Chords and the Truth songs about protesting the war and the Man.
  • Free-Love Future
    Free Love with many partners was a big part of many hippies' utopian beliefs.
  • The Generation Gap
    Hippies vs. their square, rigid Parents, who typically work for big business and want to lock their offspring into the marriage-mortgage lifestyle in the suburbs.
  • Granola Girl
    All-natural, idealistic, free-spirited hippie chick.
  • G-Rated Stoner
    Showing hippies acting as though they're under the influence without showing any actual drug use.
  • Higher Understanding Through Drugs
    Hippies often indulge in mind-altering substances that give them expansive visions and insights.
  • Hippie Jesus
    Some would say that Jesus Christ would have been a hippie if he came in the 20th century. He has the long-haired, sandal-wearing look and the "peace and love" attitude of one.
  • Hippie Name
    Hippie names in fiction tend to be weird, hallucinogenic and esoteric.
  • Hippie Parents
    Some practitioners of free-love never moved on ftom the sandals and VW bus lifestyle after their love bore fruit.
  • Hippie Teacher
    This teacher is easy-going, soft-spoken and will most-likely teach drama or poetry and inspire their students to fight "the Man," often through nonviolent resistance.
  • Hippie Van
    All hippies have a psychedelic mural-emblazoned 1970s Volkswagen Bus for driving to festivals and 420 hangouts.
  • Horror Hippies
    When drug-addled Hippies who've lived in the woods alone too long are portrayed as Ax-Crazy and not to be trusted.
  • Junkie Prophet
    Hippies often conflate the mind-expanding effects of LSD with enlightenment and cosmic awareness. They think it keeps their minds limber.
  • Like Is, Like, a Comma
    Stereotypical hippie lingo is, like, totally far out, man.
  • Love Freak
    Make Love, Not War. Love is selfless. Love is free. Love is love love love love!
  • Mushroom Samba
    As mentioned, the hippie movement was known to be fond of psychedelic drugs.
  • Nature Lover
    Getting "back to nature" was a big theme of the Hippie / Flower Children movement. Many felt The Call to Agriculture, felt Ludd Was Right and Handmade Is Better, and established rural Communes, relearning rural skills hoping to create a new Arcadia, or at least a healthy place for Hippie Parents to raise the "children of the children".
  • New-Age Retro Hippie
    The Theme Park Version of Flower Children.
  • Psychedelic Rock
    A genre influenced by hippie culture.
  • Round Hippie Shades
    These shades are often worn by hippies.
  • Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll
    All the fixings for a non-parent approved party breakfast.
  • The Stoner
    Many of the stereotypes attributed to weed smokers can be traced back to the idea of the Hippie.
  • Stoners Are Funny
    The hippie stoner stereotype Played for Laughs.
  • Straw Vegetarian
    A lot of vegetarian stereotypes are often indistinguishable with hippie stereotypes.
  • Verbal Tic
    "Like", "man", "groovy" and "far out".
  • Watch It Stoned
    Hippies are the original stoner. Or at least the Trope Codifier.
  • Waving Signs Around
    Hippies are likely to get involved in social causes and protests, holding a sign in one hand and a joint in the other.
  • Wild Hair
    Hippies were noted for sporting long unkempt hair and beards.