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As The New '10s discussed concerning the 2010s in order to distinguish it from the 1910s, so will the current decade be considered as such in order to not confuse it with the 1920s.

Other events of this decade will become known over the course of time. For world events, current and projected, head over to the Useful Notes page here.

See Also: Turn of the Millennium, and The New '10s.

Tropes associated with the 2020s:

  • The Generation Gap: The previous decade's three-way gap between Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials becomes four-way as Centennials note  enter the fray. The oldest Centennials turn 20 at the start of this decade.
  • History Repeats:
    • Qassem Soleimani has frequently been compared to Franz Ferdinand, both being famous politicians who were assassinated as the result of increasing tensions between the two countries involved. Trump justifying the attacks with dubious claims of Soleimani posing a national security threat to the US has been frequently compared by skeptics to the similarly-dubious events such as the alleged torpedoing of the Maine, the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and the claims of WMDs in Iraq. Luckily enough, things have managed to deescalate for the time being, hopefully avoiding anything like what all these started...
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    • The '80s
      • Politics: A brewing conflict between the US and Iran leads to the accidental shootdown of a passenger flight, leading to the deaths of over a hundred mostly Iranian civilians. But unlike Iran Air 655, which was accidentally shot down by the US, Ukraine International Airlines 752 was shot down by Iran itself. Even more unsettling is that following Soleimani's assassination, Flight 655 was commonly mentioned by Iranian politicians as one of the main reasons not to trust the US.
    • The '90s
      • Politics: The 2020 Democratic primary has more than a few parallels with the 1996 Republican primary: The non-incumbent party achieves several decisive victories in the mid-term elections, using this success as a bedrock in their plan to recapture the White House (which they lost in the previous election). They acknowledge what they need to do to win (attract women, nonwhites, "the MTV Generation", and fence-straddling independents), but what they don't agree on is how to actually do it. Their candidates: A veteran senator who had lost his two previous bids for the nomination but now has serious "My Turn" potential due to his popularity with the party's senior leadership; a populist firebrand who strikes a chord with blue collar workers unhappy with the status quo; a scholarly academic with a bold tax plan that the opposing party is sure to hate; and a guy named Pete. The "My Turn" candidate achieves front runner status (and holds on to it longer than expected) by selling himself as a centrist who won't shake up the formula too much, despite concerns about his age and the viability of a candidate selling themselves as a "safe choice".
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    • The New '10s
      • Politics: The most heated race of the 2020 Democratic primary once again stars Bernie Sanders versus a famous member of the Obama administration who is liked by many for their political experience, but is criticized by others for seemingly bending the knee to corporations, with the winner of the primary also going up against Donald Trump.

Examples of Media set in this decade:

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  • Annihilation Earth is set in 2020.
  • The global conflict of Battlefield 4 is fought during 2020.
  • Code Name Phoenix is set in a peacefully unified world of 2020.
  • Crysis takes place in August 2020.
  • Cyberpunk 2020, as you can probably guess by the name, is set in the year of 2020.
  • Dark Angel: The second half of Season One and first half of Season Two are set in 2020.
  • The Doctor Who episodes "The Hungry Earth" and "Cold Blood" (that marked the return of the Silurians to the New Who series) are set in the small Welsh hamlet of Cwmtaff in 2020.
  • Endgame begins on August 2nd, 2020.
  • Future X Cops begins in 2080, but then its main characters time-travel back to 2020.
  • As the name says, Iron Man 2020 is set in this year, with Arno Stark taking Stark Industries and Iron Man's armor after the death of Tony Stark and becoming the new version of this superhero (set in Earth-8410).
    • This comic later got a successor of the same name set in the main Marvel universe in January 2020.
  • The opening of IS Defense tells us it is set in 2020.
  • The alien invasion of A Quiet Place overwhelms the world within the first three months of 2020, and the film is set immediately after.
  • Raid 2020 is set in the titular year.
  • The mecha boxing of Real Steel takes place in 2020.
  • Reign of Fire is set in the England of 2020, 20 years after the dragons' awakening.
  • Sealab 2020 is set in, well, 2020, and it focuses on the crew and their exploits around the said underwater research center.
  • Stranded 2001 follows the first human expedition to reach Mars, which occurs in 2020.
  • While Terminator: Dark Fate opens in 1998, the rest of the film occurs in 2020.
  • Time Commando is technically set in 2020, but your enemies come from every other time period due to time-distorting vortex.
  • To no-one's surprise, Titanic 2020 is set in the titular year.
  • 2002 Yesterday is set in 2020 on the Korean peninsula, which has been unified by then.
  • Knights Of God takes place in 2020 when the United Kingdom is ruled by a fascist religious order.

  • The society of Johnny Mnemonic is hooked on the virtual internet in 2021.
  • Sealab 2021 takes place one year after its predecessor, focusing instead on the hijinks of a crew full of crazies, idiots and Dr. Quinn.
  • In The Twilight Zone (1959) episode "On Thursday We Leave for Home", the rescue ship Galaxy 6 commanded by Colonel Sloane arrives on the planet V9-Gamma in order to bring its 187 inhabitants back to Earth. The settlement's leader Captain William Benteen decides to stay behind. It is also mentioned that Los Angeles is the biggest city in the world.
  • In The Outer Limits (1963) episode "The Invisible Enemy", the M-1 is sent to Mars to assess the feasibility of colonizing it in the future. However, its crew never returns to Earth as they are killed by a Sand-Beast. The final transmission received by Earth is one of astronauts screaming.









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Works made during the 2020s:

Asian Animation

  • Lamput (premiered in 2017, has a new season of episodes confirmed for early 2020)
  • Simple Samosa (premiered in 2018, has more episodes set to premiere in early 2020)

Comic Books

Fan Works

Film — Animated


  • The official start/reboot of the XFL, Vince McMahon's own football league, will start in 2020.
  • The Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo in 2020, Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028. This will be the first decade in which all the host cities had previously held the Games (Tokyo hosted the 1964 Games, Paris did it in 1900 and 1924, and L.A. held the 1932 and 1984 tournaments).
    • The Winter Olympics will take place in Beijing in 2022 and Milan / Cortina d'Ampezzo in 2026. This decade will mark the first a city will have hosted both Summer and Winter Olympics (Beijing having hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics).
  • The FIFA World Cup will be held in Qatar in 2022 and in the United States alongside a number of games in Canada and Mexico in 2026 (the U.S. hosted the 1994 Cup and Mexico held the 1970 and 1986 championships).

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  • Ward: First chapter published on September 11, 2017.


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