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It's not just flight, it's Flight 2000!

"It's a name, followed by a big number!"
Buford, Phineas and Ferb: Summer Belongs to You!

Want something to appear cool, edgy and cutting-edge? Why, just put "2000" on the end of it, or some other arbitrary multiple of one thousand.

A trope that rose to prominence in the lead-up to the new millennium. Since that was over a decade ago, suffice to say that this is a Dead Horse Trope. But don't be surprised if in a thousand years, we start seeing Trope 3000.

For a similar device, see Title: The Adaptation, Title 1, or Title by Number. Compare Super Title 64 Advance. May be coupled with Thing-O-Matic. For another area with arbitrary multiples of 1000, see Pinball Scoring.

If you're looking for the actual year 2000, that's Turn of the Millennium. See also NameTron, a more popular boilerplate suffix to apply to a robot's name (and is sometimes combined with this trope).


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    Anime and Manga 2000 
  • The original name of Tokyo Mew Mew's cute mascot was "R2000". His name was later finalized as "Masha".
  • Kaitou Kiramekiman was the first and only Time Bokan series to carry the Time Bokan 2000 label as a subtitle.

    Comic Book 2000 
  • British sci-fi comic 2000 AD (est 1977, but still going strong).
  • There was a "future Archie" set of comics, usually one-shots within the digests, called Archie 3000.
  • Camelot 3000.
  • The Simpsons comics featured the Destructo-Kat 3000 and the Baked Bean-O-Matic 3000 Electro-Flatulator.
  • Alien Pig Farm 3000
  • Marvel 2099

    Fan Fic 2000 
  • The titular object from The Pez Dispenser and the Reign of Terror is initially named the PEZ 6000. After it gets stolen by the villain and upgraded to deadly force, it's renamed the PEZ 6,000,000.
  • Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space is set in the year 2009, so it's noted that a rifle originally called the AR2000 has been marketed as the AR3000 for the past nine years.


    Film 2000 — Animated 

    Film 2000 — Live-Action 

    Literature 2000 
  • Captain Underpants: In-Universe, many of the gadgets created for this series are named with big round numbers for impressive effect, such as the Turbo Toilet 2000 and the Goosey-Grow 4000.
  • Goosebumps Series 2000 — which, ironically, ended publication near-immediately after the year 2000 finally rolled around.
  • Harry Potter: In-Universe example with the Nimbus 2000. Apparently previous models were numbered 1000, 1001, 1500 and 1700, so it is a mere coincidence. The next model is the 2001, possibly to make Malfoy getting one first all the more annoying.
  • Honor Harrington: In-Universe example with the Solarian League Navy having a program called "Fleet 2000"note , which is supposed to be a significant upgrade of combat capability. While there are improvements in the hardware, much of it is merely window dressing, modifying the outwardly visible aspects of the hardware like displays and such to be more photogenic.
  • Mondo 2000: The '90s gave us this Cyber Punk subculture magazine. According to the editors, the name was deliberately chosen to give the magazine an "expiration date", embracing the fact that this morning's "Cutting Edge" is tomorrow's Zeerust.

    Live Action TV 2000 
  • Beyond Tomorrow: This is an Australian science and invention documentary series based on The BBC's Tomorrow's World. Originally titled Towards 2000, the show got a make-over in 1985 and the producers decided 2000 was too close to be aiming "towards" any more. They changed it to Beyond 2000, but changed names again, to Beyond Tomorrow, since "beyond 2000" now also seems old-fashioned...
  • The Big Spin: In January 1999 this was briefly renamed Big Spin 2000.
  • Frasier:
    • In-Universe, Frasier throws a party that nobody comes to. It turns out that his neighbor (who lives in apartment number 2000) has lured all the guests to his own party, with a banner reading "Winston Party 2000". Frasier is determined to respond in kind, until it is pointed out that "Crane Party 1901" doesn't sound quite as edgy and 'party of the future'-like.
    • In-Universe, a vacuum cleaner appeared, called the Dirt Scourge 2000. When Daphne tries to clean Marty's chair, the vacuum breaks due to sheer amount of dirt. Frasier quips: "Dirt Scourge 2000, no match for the Dirt Pile 1957."
  • Full House: An In-Universe Subverted Trope when Jesse and Joey tried to sell their new hair spray shield the Spray Guard 2000—and one!
  • Home Improvement: The In-Universe "Binford 6100" line of products.
  • Knight Rider:
  • Late Night with Conan O'Brien: The recurring segment, "In the Year 2000", which continued well past the actual year.
  • Look Around You: A spoof 'retro' BBC series, which lovingly recreated the feel of a turn-of-the-'80s science & technology show in the vein of Tomorrow's World, had its "Music 2000" segment "predicting" what music would be like in the year 2000. In 2005.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 was originally going to be titled Mystery Science Theater 2000. Best Brains changed the title because the year 2000 was too soon in the future (though the 2000 was meant to be a version number, someone just thought it meant the year).
  • Mythbusters: In-Universe, the team tests whether one can find a needle in a haystack, so Adam Savage creates a needle-finding machine christened the Needlefinder 2000.
  • Nickelodeon's Double Dare: A short-lived remake of the classic game show titled Double Dare 2000 aired throughout the appropriate year.
  • Pee-wee's Playhouse: In-Universe, Conky the robot's full name is "Conky 2000".
  • That Peter Kay Thing: In-Universe, Marc Park — an arrogant pop star — releases a Christmas album called, "Christmas 2000", swearing that he's not doing it to cash in on the millennium craze. The interviewer points out that it's actually Christmas 1999.
  • Raggs: In-Universe, every single contraption made has a multiple of 100 or 1,000 slapped on the end of it.
  • Survivor: In-Universe during the first season, Dr Sean made a useless handcrafted fishing pole which he dubbed the "Superpole 2000".
  • Wheel of Fortune: A children's version spinoff is called Wheel 2000, despite airing in 1997.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?: In-Universe, Ryan Stiles has used the name "XK-5000" a couple of times for imaginary inventions.
  • Will & Grace: In-Universe, Jack has a one-man show called "Just Jack!" which he later updates to "Just Jack 2000!"

    Music And Sound Effects 2000 
  • 3030: The sci-fi concept rap album by Dan the Automator and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien (Deltron in the album), which takes place in the same year. The followup album, Event II, takes place in the year 3040, although it was actually released closer to fifteen real-world years after the first than ten.
  • Bazooka Girls had a Eurobeat track called "velfarre 2000", named after a popular nightclub that has since closed (but re-opened as Nicofarre, owned by Nico Nico Douga).
  • Daze: The Eurodance group had a single, "Sex 2000", in their 1999 album, They Came to Rule.
  • E-mu named the second generation of their Proteus sound module Proteus 2000. It was released in 1999.
  • Fatboy Slim's track "Acid 8000".
  • Flight of the Conchords: Most likely deliberately subverted in their song "The Humans are Dead", which starts "The distant future...The year 2000..." and goes on to poke fun at various science fiction concepts. (Unless they really did write it when they were very, very young.)
  • Glassjaw's song "Ape Dos Mil", a Spanish Bilingual Bonus, as the name means "Ape 2000".
  • Gorillaz' song "19-2000".
  • Hum's first album was Elektra 2000
  • Japanese synth manufacturers seemed to love four-digit numbers for their virtual-analog synths in the late '90s: Roland JP-8000 (updated version of the Jupiter-8) and Korg MS 2000 (updated version of the MS-20).
  • Jean-Michel Jarre's Sessions 2000: Released in 2002, it contained material recorded during something similar to electronic jam sessions in 2000.
  • The Kraftwerk single Expo 2000, filled with repeating soundbytes of different voices saying "the twenty-first century" throughout.
  • Kurzweil:
    • Makers of music workstations, they've had several models, which skip numbers to encourage the idea that these are much more advanced than previous models. They've released the models K150, K250, K1000, and K1200 during the late 20th century.
    • Shortly after having been sold to Young Chang, in 1991, they released a very powerful music workstation named K2000.
  • Music 2000, the sequel of Music, a composing, sequencing, and video making facility on the Playstation. They took it Up to Eleven with Music 3000, which was a significantly worse bit of Software.
  • Powerman 5000, an Alternative Metal band.
  • Pulp's 'Disco 2000' superficially plays this trope straight by using it in the song's name, but truthfully probably subverts it in being a more nostalgic, wistful song than the glitzy, futuristic title would suggest. It does lyrically look forward to the date: "Let's all meet up in the year 2000 / Won't it be strange when we're all fully grown". As sung by a 32-year-old in 1995.
  • OutKast member Andre 3000 (stage name for Andre Benjamin).
  • Sequential Circuits: Their first sampler is named the Prophet 2000, with 2000 definitely meaning nothing but hypermodern (because it was released in 1985).
  • Silverchair: One of the band's bigger hits was the single "Anthem for the year 2000", which seemed to be a bit of a hit out against governments that promised to fix things in the medium to long term future.

    Pinball 2000 

    Professional Wrestling 2000 
  • When The Legion of Doom made their WWE comeback in 1998, they were renamed "Legion Of Doom 2000". In reality, the only things that had been updated for the new millennium were their trademark shoulder pads, which now had new and improved Spikes of Villainy, and their manager, having swapped Precious Paul Ellering for Sunny.
  • WrestleMania 2000 actually did take place in 2000, but it was a significant departure from the usual naming scheme; if it had been named like previous and future events, it would have been WrestleMania XVI.
  • In WCW in 1999, Raven and Vampiro teamed up with [[Music/Insane Clown Posse The Insane Clown Posse]] to form Deadpool. Later, Raven got back with the clowns and joined Balls Mahoney to form Deadpool 2000 in ICP's Juggalo Championshxt Wrestling.
  • Ring of Honor's Jay and Mark at one time teamed as The Briscoes 2000 in reference to the year they debuted in, in order to distinguish themselves from the unrelated Briscos, a more established brother tag team.
  • The Spoiler 2000 was probably not the 2000th wrestler to wear the mask, but he did take it up in the year 2000.
  • The short-lived unsuccessful WWE tag team Tekno Team 2000. They had a futuristic gimmick and were billed as being ahead of their time, but only lasted little more than a year.
  • The Obscenely Expensive Jeritron 5000!
  • The last iteration of the nWo in WCW was referred to as nWo 2000.
  • CHIKARA's Xyberhawx 2000.

    Stand Up Comedy 2000 
  • Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner performed an updated version of their "2000 Year Old Man" routine, titled "The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000" (performed in 1997).

    Tabletop Game 2000 
  • Twilight: 2000, a game from the 1980s set in the war-torn future year 2000.
  • Warhammer 40,000 goes twenty times better than the standard, although the current timeline is in or near the 42nd millenium.

    Toy 2000 

    Video Game 2000 

    Web Animation 2000 

    Web Comic 2000 

    Web Original 2000 

    Western Animation 2000 
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: Episode L.I.Z.Z.I.E features a mind controlling helmet meant to brainwash the male sex. "The Yes Dear 5000? They SELL these things!?!"
  • South Park, for its 2000 season, suffixed the titles of the first four episodes with "2000" as a parody of this trope.
    • The second episode is called "Weight Gain 4000", which is the name of a bodybuilding supplement used in the episode.
    • Another episode had Cartman wearing the "Kidney Blocker 2000" (to prevent Stan from taking one of his kidneys).
  • Futurama's pilot episode was called "Space Pilot 3000", as the hero is cryonically frozen for just under one thousand years on the turn of the century.
    • One episode has a machine called the "Juicinator 4000", named so because it was already 3000.
  • The Simpsons: "Toga! Toga! Toga! 2000!" (Itself something of a casting/Landis-sequel reference to Blues Brothers 2000.)
    • Another episode featured the Ultrahouse 3000.
  • The cartoon Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! includes a character, Widget, who is always creating inventions with a '3000' slapped at the end.
  • Dilbert (the animated series): Many of the episodes involve something to do with the design, sale, production, etc. of the "Gruntmaster 6000", which was just a trimmed down version of the "Gruntmaster 9000". The name was created in the first episode, when Dilbert had to come up with a name for a new product, and Dilmom suggested the name. Later, after finding out that the VP wasn't going to like the name they came up with (due to a Noodle Incident in the VP's childhood, only it was promptly revealed), Dilbert suggested "The Gruntmaster". Possible Lampshade Hanging ensued immediately after, when the VP said something was missing, and Dogbert added the 6000 suffix. It is later revealed that the Gruntmaster ended up being a very strangely-designed exercise machine, and during product testing, a family of hillbillies broke a component that created a BLACK HOLE.
  • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters sometimes featured machines whose name included a multiple of a thousand. When asked why a machine is named "Thing Y000", the answer is always "Because Thing X999 failed".
  • On PB&J Otter, Ootsie and Bootsies' toys were often named in this manner and they would often say that they were "twice as good as (toy with number half that of the newer toy.)"
  • The Amazing World of Gumball has a electronics shop called "Ripley 2000".
    • Lampshaded in "The Refund" when Darwin asks "Why is it 2000 anyway? It's not like it's the future anymore."
  • In one episode of Phineas and Ferb, Dr. Doofenshmirtz's invention of the week was a Weather-Control Machine called the Gloominator 3000-inator. "Summer Belongs to You" has the Sun-Beater 3000, which inspires a bit of Lampshade Hanging from Buford.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000.
  • In Gravity Falls, Romance Academy 7 is made by "Year 2000 Electronics". Soos replies with "Man, I can't wait for the year 2000!" The episode was released in 2014, and the series takes place during Summer 2012.
  • Combined with Thing-O-Matic in The Flamin' Thongs where all of Holden's inventions are named "the <something>-o-matic 2000".
  • The synthesizer that Arnold wants to buy with the prize money in "Spelling Bee" is the Tone Master 2000.
  • Kaeloo: Subverted in the episode "Let's Play Magicians". Kaeloo buys a magic kit labeled "Magic 2000", but later reveals that the kit actually has 2000 pieces in it.
  • Subverted in Class of 3000. While the show does fellow a group of students at a creative arts school, it takes place in the present day (i.e. The Noughties). The title alludes to creator André "3000" Benjamin, who voices their teacher.
  • "Automania 2000" is a satirical 1963 cartoon about a future in which humanity is literally drowned in a flood of giant gas-guzzling cars.

    Real Life 2000 
  • Possibly the oldest example: the Reggiane Re.2000 fighter, which first flew in 1939.
    • The Re.2000 designation was a model number series assigned to Reggiane to avoid confusion with the C.200 model numbers assigned to Macchi and the G.50 model numbers assigned to Fiat.
  • The Mirage 2000.
  • The Eurofighter Typhoon was known as the EF 2000 for a while.
    • It started out as "Jäger 90" (Hunter 90, fighter [aircraft] 90) in Germany.
  • The Annals of Improbable Research kept a collection of these under the heading "Project AIRHead 2000".
  • For some horrible reason, number plates in the Australian state of New South Wales had "Towards 2000" as their state motto towards the end of the 90s. As they entered the year itself and the Sydney 2000 Olympics drew closer, a series of number plates celebrating the aforementioned year and event soon sprung up.
  • Windows 2000, named after its year of release. Although this was dropped in the desktop versions with XP and Vista, the server versions kept the year theme with Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, and 2016.
    • Averted with Windows ME, short for Millennium Edition. This was the last DOS-based Windows (2000 was NT-based, and XP merged the two lines).
    • Also played straight with its productivity suite counterpart, Office 2000 (which would stick to year naming afterwards).
  • This trend was once annoyingly common in Internet usernames, to the point where Yahoo! would offer this (and 2001) as an alternative to a taken name during registration.
  • Appliance manufacturers also seem fond of this: the TurboFry 2000, among others.
    • Montgomery Ward's store appliance brand was called Signature 2000. Ironically enough, 2000 ended up being the year Montgomery Ward declared bankruptcy.
  • Somewhat played straight: Xbox360. They couldn't just call it the Xbox 2 because that would put them a step behind Sony; no, they had to have 180 2s to beat Sony's 3. Of course, their other option was Xenon, so maybe it was for the best. It's because it's a revolution. Mind you, the Revolution was named the Wii. And as any number of Internet wags will tell you, turning 360 degrees leaves you right back where you started.
    • Inverted by the Xbox One, which uses a comically low number rather than a comically high one. The ubiquitous joke being that it's two big steps backward from the third Xbox, and three steps behind the PlayStation 4.
    • The marketing reason, if you want to believe them, is that the 360 is supposed to revolve around your entertainment, while the Xbox One is supposed to be the one device for all your entertainment needs (in addition to game playing, disc-watching and streaming, you can also hook it up to your cable/satellite/telco box and watch it through the One).
    • It also ties in with the other "One"-prefixed products of Microsoft's (OneDrive, OneNote, etc.), making it one of their equivalents to Apple's iThing, too.
  • Lever 2000. Yeah it's soap with 2000 on it. Who knew?
    • Hey, it's for all your 2000 parts. Now, count 'em!
  • The PC company "Gateway 2000" later changed their name to just "Gateway" in 1998. At that point, it probably didn't seem so cutting edge.
  • PC hardware companies tend to use high numbers for their models, though it's not just for marketing, it's more a Meaningful Name. For example, the sane ones use the largest digit as the generation number for that product, with the rest of the numbers indicating relative performance within each other.
  • Averted by car names, where a 2000 usually means that the engine has a displacement of (roughly) 2000cm³ (2 liters). Examples are the Alfa Romeo Spider 2000note  (other variants were the Spider 1300 and the Spider 1600). Or the BMW 2000note .
  • The Swedish tilting bullet train X2000.
  • The Swiss Federal Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) introduced their "Bahn 2000" (Railway 2000) concept in the late 1980s, complete with a new electric locomotive class, the Re 460 also known as "Lok 2000" (Locomotive 2000).
  • ABB Henschel's Eco2000 locomotive platform from the mid-1990s. All that came out of it were prototypes rebuilt from older locomotives before the ADtranz merger, the German class 101 express locomotive, and its derivative, the New Jersey Transit ALP46.
  • The Münch Mammut 2000 motorbike might be a case of Trope 2000, too. On the other hand, it could be named after its displacement of roughly 2,000ccm.
  • Hamburg's standard harbor ferry class of the 21st century, the "Fähre 2000" (Ferry 2000).
  • The MAN truck line F2000.
  • In The '80s, one school's chosen anti-drug curriculum had a goal of making society drug-free by the year 2000. It didn't work.
  • There are several firearms with a 2000 in their name, some of the more famous being:
    • The PP-2000 sub-machine gun
    • The FN F2000 assault rifle
    • The Walther WA 2000 sniper rifle
    • The CZ 2000 weapon system
  • The Thameslink Programme was originally called "Thameslink 2000". The name change might have something to do with the numerous schedule slips — at the time of writing, it's expected to be complete by 2018.
  • In the Philippines, the hardtop version of the 1980 Toyota Corona was marketed as the "Corona 2000" due to its 2000cc engine. That and its body style earned it the nickname "Macho Car".
  • In 1999, the Hostess company released Twinkies 2000 to the store shelves. They weren't alone; several processed foodstuffs had special millennium-branded releases that year.
  • The Northern German holiday resort Ostseebad Damp, built in the early 70s, used to be named Damp 2000 originally.
  • The Pontiac 6000: an average sedan made six thousand times more awesome.
  • Due to a common naming format, British legislation introduced in 2000 apes this format, including the Terrorism Act 2000..
  • A brand of shower gel called "Shower 2000," around since at least the mid-'90s (when shower gel still seemed a bit futuristic). Interestingly enough, it's still available.
  • As of 2013, public transportation in Western Germany offers a Ticket 2000, introduced in 1991.
  • The JPEG 2000 image standard. Though it was meant to be a improvement, created in the year 2000, on the original JPEG standard.
  • The Video 2000 standard, but even 2000 wasn't enough to beat VHS.
  • The Netherlands called the Terrestrial Trunked Radio network for police, fire and ambulance "C2000". This network, plagued by delays and various problems, was introduced in... 2004.
  • Some of Penzeys' spice blends follow this trope; e.g. Chili 3000 ("the chili of now") and Chili 9000 ("the chili of tomorrow").
  • A 1969 RCA television set called the Two Thousand [1]. Made in a limited run of 2,000, with a price of $2000, it had computer memory and such actual 21st-Century features as storing your favorite channels. It wasn't flat-screen, though, but it looked pretty sleek.

The Stinger 2000

Alternative Title(s): Name 2000, Noun 2000, Title 2000


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