The Truth: Shoot? I'm a hippie! The only thing I've shot is acid. I heard a dude snorted it once. Thought his nose was a kangaroo and the moon was a dog! WOOH!
Hippies are often depicted in television and video games as pot-loving, tie-dyed shirt-wearing, stuck-in-the-'60s types who believe in sexual freedom, celebrating nature and railing against "The Man, man." While this was (and whoah, still is, you know, dude) true to some extent, it has been exaggerated (naturally) in fiction, dude.
This stereotype is a caricature of a series of art and political movements (plural) that started with the Beats, partly fueled and fused by LSD. Acid evangelists included Timothy Leary's League for Spiritual Discovery and Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters. There were also the Diggers, the Anonymous of the 1960s, who sought a realistic path to a totally free economynote , the Artists Liberation Front, and the San Francisco Mime Troupe street theater. Much more here about how these groups interacted and formed a new society. Word got out, attracting youthful runaways and seekers who flocked in the thousands to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district and to New York's Lower East Side during the "Summer of Love". These seeking young people were the ones most people think of as "hippies" today although the term is much older than that.
By the time the CBS News crews arrived to film The Hippie Temptation, the documentary that gave most Americans their first glimpse of The Grateful Dead, the Haight had been overrun with thousands of bewildered kids, most of the men rightfully apprehensive of the draft and being sent off to die in The Vietnam War, and looking for a better world than the artificial Stepford Suburbia.note The Diggers had repeatedly warned that the increased publicity of the Be-In and the "Summer of Love" was going to attract way too many people and crash the existing Haight Street economy, let alone the Diggers. Only a few of the newcomers caught onto what was really happening and pulled themselves into a good understanding. Most had come assuming the subculture was an already-existing Free-Love Future Utopianote instead of a work in progress. The key word being "work." note
Naturally, this growing mainstream attention, especially by hangers-on who came for the drugs and the sex, led to a different, more negative hippie stereotype emerging by The '70s, especially as incidents like the Altamont disaster and the Manson Family murders showed Americans a dark side to the hippie movement. These hippies, instead of free-love idealists who expanded their minds through psychoactive drugs, were portrayed as burnouts under the sway of drug pushers, gangsters, and cult leaders who wished to exploit them both financially and sexually. Oftentimes, they were seen as susceptible to extreme leftist political ideologies as well. While there was some Truth in Television to this, many "New Left" activists of that era actually shared the disdain that the "squares" held for the hippie movement, albeit for very different reasons: they saw the hippies not as dangerous radicals shredding public morals and the fabric of society, but as politically and socially apathetic and unwilling to actually face the problems in the world as opposed to withdrawing from it into their own communes and societies. Gil Scott-Heron, in his 1970 poem "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", famously castigated the hippies as drones engaging in a hollow rebellion who would likely try to sit on the sidelines when the real revolution came, similar to the mainstream society they rejected, and reworked the famous slogan used to define the hippie culture into "plug in, turn on, and cop out".
By The '80s, the hippie movement was mostly dead and seen as Snark Bait by conservative mainstream society, though it would persist in the counterculture for some time and enjoy periodic revivals, especially in The '90s when that decade's '60s nostalgia brought everything from jam bands to tie-dye shirts to Austin Powers. Most notably, key elements of hippiedom went on to become integral parts of modern society, including what you're reading this on. The ideals of the Haight-Ashbury counterculture heavily impacted the technology industry that arose in nearby Stanford and Silicon Valley, and with it the related hacker and computer cultures of the late 20th century, bringing to them a broadly anti-authoritarian culture, a belief in changing the world through technology, and the ideal that Information Wants to Be Free. Timothy Leary, the LSD guru who coined the hippie slogan "turn on, tune in, and drop out", even celebrated the personal computer as the new LSD late in his life, and came up with a new, Cyberpunk variation on his old saying: "turn on, boot up, jack in". Ironically, many of the original hippies scorned computers as tools of centralized controlnote , but the hackers saw them quite differently.
The earliest instances of this trope come only a few years after the first hippies, man. For a while, contemporary depictions either confused hippies with beatniks (see Shaggy from Scooby-Doo) or just portrayed them being, like, generically weird. It's like The New Rock & Roll, dude, except the hippie "messed-up" phase never ended.
Plenty of Truth in Television, here. Although a certain amount of Flanderization occurs in fiction as noted above, hippie clothing generally isn't exaggerated at all, because it doesn't need to be. As Like Is, Like, a Comma and Verbal Tic note, the use of "like" and a sentence-ending "man" are not uncommon in real life. Glossary here, if you want to dig more of the vibe, man.
Although generally considered Pacifist, the actual level varies; usually somewhere between martial and badass. If they're on the main team in an action show, they're almost always a Technical Pacifist. An Actual Pacifist is extremely rare, although they may claim this.
A subset of this character type is the Hippie Teacher, man, or like, Hippie Parents, you know? And whoah, dude: compare Granola Girl. See also Naked People Are Funny for the New Age Pants-free Retro Hippie, man. Horror Hippies are the trope's Evil Counterpart, but that's a total bummer. Hippies tend to have "out-there" names as well; see Hippie Name.
Former hippies who joined the establishment while retaining their countercultural values become a specific type, the Bourgeois Bohemian. When portrayed sympathetically, they are usually a Cool Old Guy or Cool Old Lady, while unsympathetic examples are more likely to be portrayed as Sell-Outs or Amazingly Embarrassing Parents. You may find the New Age Retro Hippie living on a Commune. Often Does Not Like Shoes, because shoes are, like, The Man for your feet, man.
Whoa, Far-out Examples, man:
- Momoko Asuka from Ojamajo Doremi has an Image Song called "Sekai wa Love and Peace," note and whenever she sings it In-Universe, she wears a hippie costume with it.
- In the anime version of Pokémon, Blaine has some shades of this, particularly when the gang first meets him. Note that this is largely absent from the games, where he's simply a Mad Scientist.
- ∀ Gundam has the Red Team, a family of Moonrace-descended Terrans who wear hippie clothing and spend a lot of time getting drunk, dancing, and singing songs about the Moon. The rest of the Moonrace treats them... well, kind of like real life hippies are treated. They're a subversion though: rather than countercultural peace-lovers, they are warriors absolutely loyal to the Lunar Queen, Dianna Soriel.
- Two unnamed hippies (a man and a woman, possibly a married couple) appeared several times in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, and were an essential element to the plot of one story.
- Nick "Bearclaw" in Names of Magic/Hunter:The Age of Magic is very much one of these, though he's actually one of the least messed-up people in the series. Being introduced to real magic doesn't do much to change him.
- Ted Richards' underground comic The Forty Year Old Hippie came out ca. 1979 - the title character looks about 70, and regales youngsters with stories about the old days. His catch phrases: "Over 200 trips and they've all been bummers - but I ain't givin' up!" and "I ain't been high since The Pot of '69!"
- Brother Power The Geek is very much this, being a clothing store mannequin brought to life by a lightning bolt and befriended by a group of Hippies who dress him in "hip threads" and teach him all about Love and Peace. Hilarity Ensues.
- The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers are all about this.
- The Rarity issue of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic micro-series has her going to a "wellness center" run by a number of hippie ponies that fit this trope perfectly, likely just squeaking under the censor line.
- Head from Rōnin is a rather dark variation. He represents the Ronin as a mercenary, comparing it to his work representing Jagger, McCartney and Dylan back in the sixties.
Head: Uncool scene. Incredibly uncool. Like violent. Well, my Ronin here - he's like the Elvis of violence.
- Angar the Screamer from Marvel comics is a villainous example who varies from bad satire to Fridge Horror Depending on the Writer. His costume looks like a stereotypical hippie outfit, but he's violent, materialistic and generally evil, and instead of using hallucinogens himself to tune in, turn on and drop out, his screams induce horrifying hallucinations in the people who hear them. In one case, he made a heroine's father hallucinate such horrifying things about her that he developed trauma-induced amnesia: he blocked out all memory of the part of his life during which his daughter existed. Like, bad trip, man.
- The Ultimates: Thor starts off looking like one. He even goes on tours, focuses on environmental missions, war protests, and writes self-help books in a classic new-age hippie fashion instead.
- Clearwater Commune in DC Nation fits this. Founded on Actual Pacifist principles, and implied to have devolved a bit into the Granola Girl trope. Led by Retired Badass "Brother" Joseph Cross, who is atoning for the atrocities he committed during the Vietnam War. The Titan Fauna was born and raised on the Commune, and remains as much of New-Age Retro Hippie as one can while still putting on kevlar and spandex.
- Fluttershy in the Reading Rainbowverse had a phase like this. She's very embarrassed about it and actually suffers from physical side effects of her drug abuse.
- The Big Lebowski: The Dude.
- The Freedom School in Billy Jack is run by a group of these, who are frequently accosted by the Untrusting Community that they reside in. The title character steps in to protect them.
- Cars: Filmore (named for this place. Since the cast is made up of cars, he's naturally a VW microbus.
- Easy Rider has the protagonists running into a commune of kids and teenagers out in the desert, with Pete Fonda's character gaining respect for them for trying to survive in such a harsh environment.
- Flirting with Disaster has Ben Stiller looking for his birth parents - they turn out to be old hippies (Alan Alda and Lily Tomlin) who passionately argue that taking LSD shouldn't be a felony (as well they would, as they're manufacturing it).
- Forrest Gump: A good half of this movie is centered around the hippies.
- Heartbreak Ridge: As opposed to that other Clint Eastwood movie, where he's informed that hippies no longer exist.
- The late '60s and early '70s featured a large number of low-budget "hipsploitation" films in which hippies and/or their ideals figured prominently, such as Psych Out (starring Susan Strasberg and Jack Nicholson) and Wild in the Streets.
- I Love You Alice B Toklas: Peter Sellers' character joins a hippie commune, and is quickly disenchanted with them.
- Kelly's Heroes: Sgt Oddball is as unadulterated a Summer Of Love-style hippie as a WWII tank commander could possibly be.
- Saul Silver from Pineapple Express is a stoner with long hair, a headband and long sleeve t-shirt, and has a very laid-back demeanor.
- The supernatural killer in Pledge Night is a hippie who accidentally died in a fraternity hazing gone wrong, and now comes back whenever there are brutal hazings.
- The Producers: Lorenzo St. Dubois, the actor who Max and Leo find to play Hitler in the original film.
- Revolution (1968): Hippies are the subject of this Documentary.
- San Francisco International Airport: William Sturtevant. Is falsely accused of starting a fight.
- Zootopia: Yax has long and messy hair, talks like a stereotypical hippie, is laid-back, "enlightened" and not the least bit prudish (walking around naked and all). And Tommy Chong voices him, to boot.
- 1632 series: At the start, Tom Stone's the last member of the Lothlorien Commune (a late-to-the-party "hippie homesteader" commune in West Viginia), living there with his three sons. After the town of Grantville (including the commune) is sent back into the Thirty Years' War, Stone first offers up his marijuana crop for use as a painkiller. Being a hippie, he insists on giving it away. Then, he uses the knowledge of industrial chemistry he originally accumulated to make LSD to produce waterproof dyes, so the old hippie is now one of the richest men in Europe, although the medicines he also produces are still sold at cost, not for profit. For giving it away, at least one village is petitioning for him to become a saint.
- Danny Goldberg's In Search of the Lost Chord, 1967 and the Hippie Idea provides an introduction, with many details, to the various aspects and movements that became what we think of as "hippies" and reactions to them from other important '60s movements such as Black Power and the New Left.
- Harry Harrison's "The Fourth Law of Robotics": When the main characters enter the McCutcheon warehouse, they find an old hippie. Jim calls him the last of his kind, but soon after he dies, a robot pops out from a trapdoor that uses the same type of speech and attitude, and has modifications that allow it to smoke marijuana joints. The old hippie used to be a computer hacker and chip designer, creating the new hardware for the Fourth Law robots.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Blithedale Romance: This stroy portrayed a proto-version of the trope as early as 1852 (albeit with Transcendentalists rather than hippies proper).
- Lee Kingman's The Peter Pan Bag, first published in 1971, concerns teens from super-wealthy families who go to Boston's hippie enclave to "find themselves" and end up either murdered, insane or slinking home having learned their lesson. The lead character is seventeen, a "totally innocent bird", who is shepherded through her one-week experience by the brother of a friend — a clinical psychology intern who secretly films, photographs and tapes her for his dissertation. (He ends up not using her because another super-rich teen — the one who gets murdered — provides juicier material.) This is one of several YA books from this period (the most famous being Go Ask Alice) intended to Scare 'Em Straight while laying on stereotypical detail good and thick. If you were 13 in the early 70s and living in some deathburb these and a few TV hippies are probably the only hippies you ever knew.
- Michelle Lehmann and James Lehmann's Relativity: Rufus Thorn was born too late to personally experience the 60s, but he loves the hippie lifestyle and totally embraces it. Except for the peace and love part. He's totally into bombs and killing people.
- Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia has Leslie's Hippie Parents and Jesse's Hippie Teacher (and Precocious Crush) Miss Edmunds. Jesse notes in the narration that Miss Edmunds is mocked by his rural mid-70s classmates "even though the Vietnam War was over and it was supposed to be OK again to like peace." This characterization in the 2007 Film of the Book stands out even more due to the early 2000s Setting Update.
- Jules Verne's Paris in the Twentieth Century, written in the 1860s, has as its 1960s protagonist a Love Freak and self-proclaimed poet who grows his hair long and detests corporations. He's not a drug addict, but the foundations of the trope can be seen. (This was probably working off the Transcendentalists, rather than the hippies of the 1960s.)
- Wild Cards: Mark Meadows, aka, Captain Trips, the hippie superhero. A believer in peace, love, equality, kindness, and mysticism, his name comes from an early nickname for Jerry Garcia.
- There was an early episode of All in the Family where a pair of hippie friends of Meathead's come to visit. For once, Gloria and Meathead come around to Archie's point of view about them. Mostly, because the guests believe in wife-swapping.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Jenny. Courtesy of Giles' Eye Take when he hears about her nude mud dance at Burning Man.
- Half the cast of Dharma & Greg, this being the premise of the show. Larry, Dharma's father, was the most egregious example, compared to his unmarried partner in a very Over and Under the Top way.
- One episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air features an old friend of Philip and Vivian's who hasn't changed a bit since the '60s paying them a visit, and her presence roils the kids up into buying into it and staging protests against their parents (in Ashley's case) or their school (Will). It later turns out she's on the run from the FBI.
- A religious cult of hippies who appear to worship trees to the extent of almost having sex with them appears in an episode of Jonathan Creek.
- The Late Show with David Letterman goes to San Fransico while Dave's in LA for a week, and Dave finds Manny the Hippie, an early 20s hippie that Dave takes a liking to. Manny ends up travelling across the country filing reports for the show - until his parole officer catches up with him.
- On My Name Is Earl, Earl recalls that he once robbed a stoner of all his possessions during a Heat Wave a few summers back. He tracks the guy down, and finds that he's living in a hippie Commune outside of Camden, and thus doesn't want his air-conditioner or other items back. He teaches Earl about climate change...but also that it's going to be small changes that help prevent an Apocalypse How.
- The last Quatermass somehow managed to combine this and The New Rock & Roll; the cities are decaying, and one symptom of this is a band of violent hippies — sorry, "Planet People" — who believe they've made contact with a peaceful race of aliens (who are actually conning the hippies, and plan to harvest them as a food source). According to The Other Wiki, the writer realized he shouldn't have gone with hippies (as it was 1979) and used punks instead, but that's another trope entirely.
- Buzz Sherwood from The Red Green Show, though a bit more energetic than most hippies.
- Naomi's mum Gina from Skins is this; she's turned their house into a commune populated by naked people, Jesus lookalikes, free love (one of the hippies notes of just-woken-up-naked-Naomi that "it's nothing he hasn't seen before", and she's "even got the same haircut her mum does" — he's not looking at her head), random transients and dopey women called Dopey who object to the heteronormative patriarchal symbolism of the humble banana. (No wonder Naomi struggled with Emily's possessiveness, when she had to become a sarcastic independent bitch just to avoid going insane in her own home.) Eventually Gina does grow up a bit though, boots the commune out and settles down with one man (Kieran) - they promptly head off to fulfil Gina's dream of "fucking on every beach in India".
- The Enterprise crew ran into a bunch of space hippies in Star Trek: The Original Series's "The Way to Eden."
- The aforementioned CBS News documentary The Hippie Temptation first aired August 22, 1967. Most real hippies had already left the Haight-Ashbury. Much of the focus was on the dangers of LSD and the piece never even got into as much depth as some of the articles in Time or Newsweek about the philosophies or the art/political movements behind the surface appearance that like formed the trope, man.
- Hippies were often portrayed, usually pretty badly, on Live-Action TV episodes of TV series in the late 60s and early 70s. The Richard Nixon Admin had a hand in ensuring that hippies and drug use were shown as detrimental, as Nixon attempted to discredit the Civil Rights Movement and war protesters.
- Leo on That '70s Show, albeit the role was played by Tommy Chong, who had, by the time of airing, long been known for his hippie persona.
- A character played by Joann Worley in an episode of Wizards of Waverly Place who is a friend of Alex.
- The Young Ones: Neil has long hair, has hippiesh tics, and is a vegetarian with a notorious lentil-and-seaweed casserole. He's also the series' Butt-Monkey. "Shut up, hippie."
- Vaughan from Community. Jeff wondered "He never wears a shirt or shoes - how does he not die from lack of service?" Written off the show when he transferred to another college on a hacky-sack scholarship.
- Misty Day from American Horror Story: Coven meditates, lives in the swamp, kills two alligator poachers ("Why would you kill God's innocent creatures?") using the alligators, listens to Stevie Nicks, etc.
- House of Anubis: Willow. She claims to be able to sense "vibes" (and, according to her, bad vibes can be removed by sprinkling citrus oil everywhere), and she meditates frequently and loudly, much to her roommate Mara's chagrin.
- Van Kooten En De Bie: Koos Koets and Robbie Kerkhof, two older hippies.
- In The Sentinel, Jim calls Blair a "neo-hippie witch-doctor punk"; Blair's mom, Naomi, is the last flower child not gone to seed.
- SCTV - John Candy played Dr. Braino, a hippie character who only appeared twice, and both times got really high, freaked out, and jumped out a window.
- The Kids in the Hall had a series of skits called "He's Hip. He's Cool. He's 45!"
- Crashing has Lief, a loser hippy who sleeps with Pete's wife but is so friendly and upbeat that Pete can't bring himself to hate him.
- 7 Yüz: Oşa of "Hayatın Musikisi" is a new age caricature who wears Indian-style tunics and draws on esoteric mysticism to help "cure" his clients of their ailments.
- In Parks And Rec the Eagleton manager Ron Dunne has elements of the spiritual hippie, being kind, soft spoken and in touch with nature.
- One of the characters in Ayreon's Into the Electric Castle seems to fit this - he's referred to only as "the Hippie" and for the first half of the album thinks that it's all an incredible drug trip. Not that you can blame him ...
- Ringo Starr really plays up this trope these days ("Peace and love!"), arguably as a tribute to John Lennon and/or a Call-Back to his days with The Beatles. George Harrison used to do this also. Paul McCartney's more of a Bourgeois Bohemian.
- The Bellamy Brothers had a charting single, "Old Hippie" about an aging hippie wondering whether he should give up his lifestyle in favor of the changed society he now lives in. They've released two sequels over the ensuing years to update the cultural references.
- Many musicians that are considered "classic rock", particularly those who were popular during the late '60s-early '70s peak of the hippie movement, fit this trope to some extent. Neil Young openly refers to himself as a hippie and wrote a song called "Mansion on the Hill" where "psychedelic music fills the air, and peace and love live there still." "Homegrown" celebrates marijuana. He has a song called "Peace and Love", and another called "Hippie Dream", which is also the subtitle of his recent book Waging Heavy Peace.
- These characters show up in a couple of Fountains of Wayne songs.
- "Peace and Love" is told from the perspective of a guy who's always thinking about peace and love, spacing out and jamming on his guitar, and driving around in a Hippie Van.
- "Supercollider" is a psychedelic rock pastiche that seems to be about the experience of doing psychedelic drugs and avoiding the cops.
- In Eric Bogle's song "The Dalai Lama's Candle", he explains that the eponymous candle "was a present from a friend/A long-haired follower of Zen/Who uses words like 'groovy', 'cool' and 'karma'". In his intro he further describes the friend as "an unreconstructed hippie. The seventies were the best time of his life, so he decided to stay there."
- Perennial WCW jobber-to-the-stars Brad Armstrong was briefly repackaged as Buzzkill, a hippie-ized expy of his more popular brother Brian James' "Road Dogg" gimmick.
- Mick Foley (Cactus Jack, Mankind) once used the "lovable hippie" gimmick when he wrestled under the name "Dude Love". Dude Love is probably the perfect example of this trope (if not necessarily the perfect example of a hippie.) He wears mirrored sunglasses, tye-dye shirts, does the Charleston, says "Woooo! Have Mercy!", and enters to disco music. According to Mick, though, his original conception for the gimmick was that of a better, cooler version of himself who'd be able to get the girls Mick couldn't get as himself.
- Perennial WCW midcarder Van Hammer used a hippie gimmick for several months after breaking up with Raven's Flock.
- Daizee Haze started out her career with this gimmick, and never really left it, always having clashing color bands that were self made, man but really revisited it in Wrestlicious. It was meant as a tribute to her late father, who had been a hippie.
- This is CJ Parker's new gimmick on WWE NXT. He used to be (and still is, in a few WWE websites) billed as from Joliet IL, but the new introduction has him coming from "the Moonchild Commune."
- He didn't really get over with this gimmick so he turned heel and is now more of a Granola Guy.
- Cheech and Chong are all about this, similar to the Freak Brothers.
- There's also That Gosh Darn Hippie Show, although it's somewhat subverted as the host only uses the stereotypical speaking patterns during the intro. During the show proper, she's more like a regular radio host. (She also doesn't do drugs.)
- For a game actually set in the hippie world, there's Richard Saunders' Co-Op. The natural grocery is behind on its taxes and the city's about to foreclose and build a giant fuck-you supermarket in its place. Players have to work together to improve the situation by increasing membership and offering new interesting merchandise. "Bizzies", more business-minded personnel, control the practical aspects while Hippies maintain the "vibes" to bolster morale and make sure the store doesn't sell out for the sake of success or lose its original spirit. As this review reveals, this game is Truth in Television with a vengeance for anyone who's ever been a member or director of a hippie co-op natural grocery (and yes, they very much still exist), or seen beloved locally owned businesses and farmers' markets go under.
- Done slightly better in Hunter: The Vigil, where the hippies don't have to talk incessantly in "whoa, dude." (Oh, and they have guns.) Unfortunately, they're rather drastically misreading the psychic sense some of them have (which spikes violently when supernatural creatures harvest power from the world's energy points), which leads them into conflicts with werewolves and mages on a regular basis. There's a movement within the group to try more "grassroots action" and less "club and shoot", if only for survival's sake.
- In Twilight Struggle, this is represented by the "Flower Power" card. This event depicts anti-militarist unrest and movements that indirectly weakened the ability of the US to resist the spread of communism. In game, this means that the USSR gains 2 VP each time the US plays a "war" card in any way except the Space Race. This is not the most serious penalty, but cards such as "Brush War" can no longer be played without risk. However, Ronald Reagan's "An Evil Empire" speech could undo this event and consolidate American society for the final phase of the Cold War.
- Post-Summer of Love, many hippies bought rural property, re-learning rural skills on single-family farms, collective farms or Communes. The trope of the "back to the land" country hippie who "mellowed out and raised potatoes" was so influential that it gave birth in 1974 to a set of Mattel dolls called the Sunshine Family and an array of wholesome, back-to-nature playsets. (Much more here and even more here.) Steve, Stephie and baby Sweets had a four-room farmhouse, a truck, a surrey cycle and a craft business with many supplementary kits. The "idea books" taught kids how to do things like — yep — raise potatoes and make useful things out of recycled or repurposed materials. Later it started to look like a Commune was forming◊ with a cat and dog and their play yard, a horse, cow and chicken, a barn and a farm produce stand, grandparents, an unnamed red-haired single-mother auntie with her daughter who "came to visit forever"note more babies, and neighbors called the Happy Family — Hal, Hattie and baby Hon — the first Afro-American doll friends who weren't just black versions of the main characters.
- Hasbro brought us The World of Love, "She's what's happening. She's today's American teenager and she's part of the World of Love". Love was joined by her friends Peace, Flower, Soul (who was black), Music (possibly Hispanic) and Adam, with the usual assortment of outfits, psychedelic carrying cases and accessories. Designed by Ted Menten, who gives you a little history of the Love line here.
- Less successful were Remco's Herbie Hippie◊ (squeeze his tummy and he winks) and Paris & Co's Happy Hippies◊ (1968). More successful were children's clothes and accessories imitating perceived hippie styles (fringe, moccasins, headbands) and various lines of posters, stationery, school supplies and jewelry. Pop beads reinvented themselves as "daisy snaps◊". Barbie and Ken◊ acquired clothing somewhere between "Mod" and hippie, and a somewhat psychedelic camper◊. England's Sindy and Paul◊ became hippies too. The iconic VW microbus looked like this◊ in its 1967 toy version.
- Animal Crossing features both Pascal, a laid-back sea otter who merely talks this way, maaaan (and lays down some "deep truths" on you when you give him items), and Harvey, a back-to-nature type who's explicitly designed this way (complete with Round Hippie Shades) and also tends to be...spacey, for some reason.
- Annie Frazier of Backyard Sports is a total New Age Retro Hippie, even though she's from the '90s.
- Baldur's Gate II introduced the character Cernd, a pure-classed Druid who is this. Rather unusual in that he's also a member of a druid kit that makes him a werewolf as well as a spellcaster, so he has all the usual Nature Power abilities, plus the ability to turn into a giant wolf and rip people apart with his bare hands. Despite this, he's considered one of the blandest characters, notable only for his Married to the Job attitude.
- Bulletstorm has Whit the medic, who somehow manages to combine this with Sociopathic Soldier. He does chew Grayson out at one point because "That was a major group decision you just made for all of us, man!" and when he expresses his misgivings concerning a certain mission, Rell dismisses him with "Skippy Granola's groovy dreamcatcher is picking up some bummer vibes."
- The Trope Namer is the New Age Retro Hippienote from EarthBound, who show up early in the game as a low-level enemy. Hippies appear in EarthBound Beginnings as well. They attack you with rulers and try to trick you into thinking your mom's calling for you by shouting through a bullhorn.
- In Grand Theft Auto: London, the recurring Hari Krishna enemies are replaced by hippies in blue. You get the same bonus for running them over, though (the game even congratulates you on "keeping London tidy".)
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas had The Truth, a tie-dye wearing, weed-growing, long-haired Conspiracy Theorist and hippie. At first he seems like a crackpot, but when Carl starts being shadowed by government spooks, those wild theories suddenly don't seem so far-fetched.
The Truth: Carl, do you know how many satellites the government has in space?
Carl: No. How many?
The Truth: Twenty-three. Do you know how many biblical artifacts the government is keeping at the Pentagon?
Carl Johnson: No.
The Truth: Twenty-three. Don't you see a pattern here?
Carl: Man I'm seeing patterns all over the place! Get that smoke out my face.
- Gustafa from Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life definitely fits the bill. He's a wandering songwriter who lives in a yurt and loves nature.
- Kingdom of Loathing features hippies rather prominently, especially in a late-game quest involving a large-scale war between a hippie enclave and a dorm of frat-orcs.
- The third boss in Lollipop Chainsaw, Mariska, is the Psychedelic Zombie, and thus modeled heavily after this trope. Physically, she resembles Janis Joplin, and her arena is basically a massive acid trip.
- The Elves of Overlord II are an entire race of this and are the closest thing to a Hero Antagonist this series has.
- Persona 4: Kunino-sagiri may not be a New-Age Retro Hippie in terms of beliefs, but he definitely fits in terms of dress and mannerisms. (like his use of the V-Sign)
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Spirit of Justice has the character Pees'lubn Andistan'dhin, a temple monk who Looks Like Jesus, plays mellow music, and even sings his testimony in court. He's also secretly a metalhead, and his voice deepens considerably when he gets serious.
- Salim the apothecary in Quest for Glory III somehow manages to be this hundreds of years before the sixties even happened.
- As of Quest for Glory V, he is a literal tree-hugger as well.
- Dr. Roméo in Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc, who wears dark glasses and a flower print beanie, has long hair, and talks like a stereotypical stoner, complete with Totally Radical slang. When he leaves, he makes reference to needing to water his plants.
- The Pkunk from Star Control have this as their hat.
- The Karmaramas of Startopia are an entire species of these. Their job is to sow seeds on the biodeck. Apparently, the drugged-out attitude is genetic at this point, due to past generations overindulging and messing up natural selection. Checking their details, you find they come from places like "Bong, a mellow planet in the Far Out System".
- In Urban Rivals this is the Roots clan's hat.
- Shinta Iwata, the owner of the Cosmic Corner shop in The World Ends with You. In modern day Shibuya, Japan; no less.
- Jagged Alliance: Thor Kaufman is another subversion. While he is described as a "healer" and lives in a commune, he has a good grasp of conventional medicine (especially for someone with no formal medical training) and is prodigiously strong and an excellent marksman with a knack for killing quickly and quietly.
- Victor von Hip from El Goonish Shive, a schoolboy who is like this. He also makes pamphlets for every occasion. Check out his pamphlet on his pamphlets.
- The Star family from The Fan appear to be this.
- Zebra Girl: Bloo was turned in the sixties while she was on drugs, so has been on a perpetual high she can't come down from for several decades.
- Splink from Zortic is this trope IN SPACE!
- On AlternateHistory.com, the (sadly unfinished) story Lysergacide has an alternate version of the hippie culture, known as the "dizzies", developing in The Roaring '20s as a result of LSD being discovered decades earlier. Jazz music and the work of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald become infused with psychedelia, while a number of occult and Islamic teachers (including Aleister Crowley and a Martin Luther King, Jr. who converted to Islam) gain prominence as spiritual leaders.
- "The Story of Floyd Crimson"  is a satirical piece/parody of hippies by Rubber Chicken Films.
- Mr. Small, the school guidance counselor in The Amazing World of Gumball is a classic example, wearing a rainbow shirt, talking about nature and owning a hippie van.
- One episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender features a Wacky Wayside Tribe composed of these guys. For bonus points, their leader Chong appears to be named after Real Life hippie Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong fame.
- Mr. Van Driessen from Beavis And Butthead.
- The Biker Mice from Mars episode "Diet of Worms" featured a Plutarkian named Gutama Gouda, who wore a pendant of the peace symbol around his neck and frequently droned on about achieving equilibrium. The Biker Mice even mock him by remarking that he has problems.
- Cooper and Beverly, the blueberry-and-secretly-also-marijuana farmers in the Bob's Burgers episode "Bob Fires the Kids."
- Mandark's parents in Dexter's Laboratory. They even named him Susan in a horribly misguided attempt at breaking the gender boundaries. Naturally, this caused Mandark to resent them even more.
- Dressy Killman from The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants, given her knowledge on the enviornment, as well as her interests such as yoga, singing, and dreamcatchers.
- In one of the original pilots for The Fairly OddParents, Timmy goes looking for Bigfoot. When he finds him, he discovers him living out of a van and acting very much this trope. When Cosmo, Wanda, and Timmy leave, they're all in typical hippie gear.
- Many members of the Waterfall family in Futurama are this taken to Too Dumb to Live extents.
- The Goode Family, Mike Judge's follow-up to King of the Hill, makes hippie/activist folks the main thrust of its comedy.
- Zoop, the resident Granola Girl from Iggy Arbuckle.
- King of the Hill has them feature in an episode where they have a nonprofit fruit and veg store. And they start panicking once Hank makes them more efficient and they start ... earning money!!
- Another episode has a giant gathering of hippies ruin Hank and Bobby's camping trip by cluttering the state park and stealing Hank's property, and the Park Ranger can't do anything about it because the hippies are exercising their 1st Amendment right to peaceably assemble. Since they don't have a Constitutional right to restroom facilities or clean water sources, Hank, Bobby and the Ranger team up to get rid of the hippies by having the park's services cut off so Hank can teach them all how to provide for themselves using good old hard work. The hippies are gone by sundown.
- The Unnamed store owner in The Mighty B! is a walking hippie archetype, complete with a beard you could get lost in.
- Tree Hugger from the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Make New Friends But Keep Discord" looks and talks like a archetypal hippie, and her speech is usually accompanied by the sound of a sitar. She also knew exactly what to do when the Smooze started to spread all over the Gala's hall, while everypony else was freaking out over it.
- Miss Grotke from Recess.
- Grandpa Lou's Adaptational Personality Change in Rugrats (2021) transforms him from a Grumpy Old Man to a hippie.
- The best friend/owner of Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, is the fully G-rated comic relief version of this trope, and has remained this way in every incarnation.
- Mona Simpson, Homer's estranged mother from The Simpsons. In one episode, Homer himself dabbled in the hippie lifestyle. Homer kept insisting on living The Theme Park Version of being a hippie, while the real hippies in the episode (one of whom was played by George Carlin) lived fairly normal, unassuming hippie lives.
Mr. Burns: And our hemp-smoking friend! Shine on, you crazy diamond.Hippie: Sounds like somebody's livin' in the past! Contemporize, man!
- Appropriately enough for The Simpsons, Mona's character has been Flanderized in each of her subsequent appearances. Originally, she was supposed to be more of a New Left radical than a hippie (which is why there was a massive police manhunt for her). Then again, in Real Life just about anyone who was "unconventional" in some way during the 1960s probably fell under the "hippie" umbrella.
- There's been a few other generic hippies in Springfield, such as the woman running the New Age shop with the sensory deprivation tanks, and the guy who runs the recycling stand:
- Cartman from South Park hates hippies with a passion, to the extent that he runs a hippie extermination business. While Cartman has issues, the hippie swarm is definitely the villain of this episode.
- These hippies seem to vary between traditional dirty party-hippies and upper-class Boulderite socialist-elitist hippies. To a modern Coloradoan, of course, the difference between the two is quite superficial.
- South Park also has the occasionally recurring character Aging Hippy Liberal Douche, who is... well... an aging hippy liberal douche. He's usually paired off with Pissed Off White Trash Racist Conservative so that the South Park writers can mock both sides of the political spectrum at the same time.
- Time Squad: In "Betsy Ross Flies Her Freak Flag", Time Squad finds that Betsy Ross has become a hippie, and convinced Washington's soldiers to join her commune.
- Shirley from Tiny Toon Adventures.
- She's more of a Valley Girl with a few New Age affectations.
- The Tofus starred a family with Hippie Parents of this kind, satirizing the granola lifestyle long before The Goode Family ever did.
- The titular Wander of Wander over Yonder probably was this on purpose, considering Craig McCracken's love for The '60s.
- He's easygoing, very much so, and just wants people to love each other and have fun, but he would never force them to do so. As his name implies, he has no true home - or rather, his home is wherever his favorite people are! He's perfectly happy eating and sleeping out in nature, not to mention a textbook Friend to All Living Things, and loves to improve the mood with a tune on his banjo. Sounds like a new-age galaxy-wandering space hippie, all right.
- Major Threat even more so, thanks to a HeelFace Turn from Wander. It helps that he's an expy of The Dude.
- The pro-space travel, protesting group in The Zeta Project called the Moonies are basically hippies, down to tie dye, speech patterns and peaceful rallies against the National Security Agency's increased police brutality. They aid the protagonists in one episode and are optimistic about mankind's destiny despite living in a crappy semi-cyberpunk universe.
- The Rainbow Family sincerely attempt to carry on the old ways.
- Explore the San Francisco Bay Area a bit and you're bound to find a few of these somewhere. Especially common in the city of Berkeley and the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco.
- One suspects that much of the scenery is really the result of market-savvy former hippies playing up the simplified stereotypes for all they're worth in order to amuse and pander to uninformed outsiders. The "multicolored tie-dyed clothing," for example, wasn't even that ubiquitous in the '60s. If you look at quite a few of the pictures of "flower children" from that era, you'll notice that they're often wearing fairly drab clothing (partly, of course, a sign of their aloofness from middle-class materialism, but also simply to keep warm — San Francisco can get plenty chilly!). Used/vintage clothing shops like Limbo also provided part of the hippie look. Most real hippies wore ordinary jeans and sweaters for every day and saved the colorful costumes for parades, dances and other special occasions. "Tie-dye" did not actually become stylish until 1969, especially as rock musician influencers like Janis Joplin and John Sebastian picked up on it, and didn't really hit the mainstream until 1970, three years after the Summer of Love. note The "tie-dyed hippie" shtick is probably either Flanderization of a minor fad or marketers commodifying the existing art form as fashion designers began using it based on its use by rock musicians.
- Months before the alleged "Summer of Love", so many predators — especially coke and meth dealers — had moved in on the district having heard of the coming influx of kids, that the real hippies were starting to leave. Many of them felt The Call to Agriculture and bought a few acres in rural areas, established single-family farms, collective farms or Communes, and practiced organic farming, starting the Back to the Land movement and founding Mother Earth News. This magazine, which still exists, gave us a kind of sub-Trope Namer for hippies as having "left the cities, moved to Oregon, mellowed out and raised potatoes." You can read about them in Carter Taylor Seaton's book Hippie Homesteaders about the many who made West Virginia their home, Michael Watts' West of Eden about northern California, and Margaret Grundstein's Naked in the Woods, narrating the unvarnished and messy reality of building a successful (or not) community in said environment. This article talks about the Vermont communes.
- The legacy of the Diggers is found at diggers.org and their oral history, including the contributions of women — which the mainstream media barely reported on at the time outside of the Lenore Kandel scandal — at Diggers Docs.
- Merry Prankster, community organizer and engineer Stewart Brand founded the Whole Earth Catalog and Co-Evolution Quarterly to give hippies access to tools for a better life. Many hippies (even Richard Brautigan) believed in the life-changing potential of personal computers before they even existed; Brand also co-founded The Well, one of the first online communities, in 1985, long before the Internet. Today, Brand is best known as the co-founder of Revive and Restore, which will use CRISPR technology to resurrect the passenger pigeon and other extinct species.
- As far as the "New Age" part, architect Stephen Hill dropped out to become a sound engineer who in 1973 created Music from the Hearts of Space featuring New Age, world music, jazz, progressive rock and more.
- Corey Allen, director of Star Trek: The Next Generation's premiere — at least, according to Wil Wheaton's colorful memoirs. ("PICARD CONTROLS THE SKY, MAN! HE CONTROLS THE SKY!")
- Most people who were hippies back then would now in their mid-60s to early-80s. Think of your curmudgeonly grandparents. They may have been hippies back then.
And woah, stick it to the man, dude!