Follow TV Tropes


Tropes of Tradition

Go To

Here are tropes pertaining to things, ideas or customs that are perceived as traditional, old-fashioned or outdated.


  • Appeal to Tradition: A flawed argument based on the premise that something is good as long as it's traditional.
  • Archaic Weapon for an Advanced Age: Weapons that should be obsoleted by the setting's technology prove not to be.
  • Evil Luddite: A villain who believes that new technology is evil.
  • Advertisement:
  • Evil Reactionary: A villain whose goal is to remodel the world based on their old-fashioned beliefs and/or interests.
  • Family-Values Villain: A villain who believes in traditional family values.
  • Fan of the Past: Characters in the future have a fondness for the things of the past.
  • Good Is Old-Fashioned: When cynical characters hold the attitude that codes of honor are outdated.
  • Good Old Ways: Good-hearted characters behave in old-fashioned ways.
  • Handmade Is Better: Items made traditionally by hand are treated as better than mass-produced, machine-made ones.
  • Ludd Was Right: Making things the old-fashioned way is the best way.
  • New Technology is Evil: When new technology is considered bad.
  • Nostalgia Filter: A character believes that the things from the past are automatically better than things from the present.
  • Advertisement:
  • Older Is Better: Things built in ages past are better than modern stuff.
  • Old Media Are Evil: Where "traditional" media is seen as untrustworthy.
  • Old-School Chivalry: A male character adheres to traditional expectations of how men should behave toward women.
  • Outdated Hero vs. Improved Society: A hero's ideals is considered outdated by a modern society.
  • Outdated Name: A name that was commonplace when a work premieres becomes less popular over time to the point where it seems anachronistic on the character.
  • Outdated Outfit: A character wears an outfit that is considered out-of-date.
  • Parents Are Wrong: Parents learn An Aesop that their traditional way of thinking is flawed.
  • Revive the Ancient Custom: A character brings back old laws and customs.
  • They Don't Make Them Like They Used To: A character prefers the more durable aspects of older designs over the more complex and fragile newer designs.
  • Advertisement:
  • When I Was Your Age...: A character of an older generation criticizes the modern generation for not having the standards they have.
  • Your Tradition Is Not Mine: The character is opposed to the traditions of their family, clan, or organization.