Eurostile, its precursor Microgramma, and their close equivalent Bank Gothic, are sans-serif fonts used in many Science Fiction films to give a futuristic feel. In fact, they have been used so often that the presence of these fonts in the credits or set design now actually helps viewers to quickly understand the setting of the scene. They are most commonly used in their bold extended versions.
Common uses of Eurostile include signs on the inside (and outside) of spaceships; important text on computer display screens (especially those that need to be readable in long shots); dramatic film titles; and overlays on positioning shots to establish the location and / or chronology of the scene. A namesake blog keeps track of productions using typefaces like this.
Compare and contrast Foreign-Looking Font when used in an historical context.
- Albedo: Erma Felna EDF uses Eurostile as part of the logo of the comic book itself, but not in-universe.
- The user interface for HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey uses Eurostile Bold Extended, and is almost certainly the Trope Maker for this particular trope.
- In its sequel, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, all the Russian signage aboard the Leonov is set in Eurostile Bold Extended modified with Cyrillic letters. This wasn't done completely accurately: for example, an inverted V is used for the Cyrillic equivalent to L, making it look like the Greek Λ (used in Bulgarian, Macedonian and Serbian) instead of the more correct Russian Л.
- The title slide for Terminator Salvation is set in Eurostile Bold Extended. Eurostile is also used for on-screen computer interface designs throughout the film.
- Moon features Eurostile (and particularly Eurostile Bold Extended) throughout its set design and on-screen UI.
- Ever since Star Trek: The Motion Picture, exterior markings on all Federation spacecraft were set in Eurostile Bold Extended. In the alternate universe created in Star Trek (2009), Eurostile (Regular) Extended is used instead.
- A special font, Starfleet Bold Extended, was created for the forward-facing hull registry on the primary saucer, and was used on nearly every Starfleet vessel in a film or series set after The Motion Picture. Machine Extended, the font used in the original series, was used on Star Trek: Enterprise and on the Kelvin in the 2009 film.
- G-Force uses Eurostile Bold Extended in its title slide.
- District 9 uses Eurostile in its opening sequences.
- The original The Andromeda Strain film uses Eurostile Bold Extended for on-wall signage.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie uses Eurostile for the title and opening credits. This (along with the minor-key, instrumental remix of the show's theme music) is an extended joke: aping the opening of a serious sci-fi film, when this is anything but serious.
- The Hunt for Red October uses Eurostile Extended for its on-screen interstitials.
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire uses Bank Gothic extensively in its teaser trailer.
- Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa uses a metallic Eurostile Bold Extended text style for deliberate pseudo-dramatic effect in its teaser trailer.
- Elysium uses Eurostile Extended for its interstitial text overlays.
- Pacific Rim uses Eurostile Extended and Bold Extended for its feature end credit sequence, and Bank Gothic for its main end credits crawl. It also features a Eurostile Extended-like font throughout the film's computer displays.
- The Bourne Series uses a combination of Eurostile Bold and Eurostile Regular for its opening titles and closing credits animations / end credits crawl.
- Method Studios created a custom typeface for the credits of The Avengers that looks like a squared-off variant of Bank Gothic.
- Apollo 13 uses this font for the credits and on-screen messages such as THREE MONTHS PRIOR TO LAUNCH.
- Hackers uses Eurostile Bold Extended for much of the Gibson's on-screen text display.
- "All the Troubles of the World": The title is displayed in font designed for computer-reading characters, but the credits use a plainer typeset that are more universal.
- High-Rise used it in various contexts within its 1976 setting.
- The third Harry Palmer film Billion Dollar Brain (1967) used an unspecified MICR computer font for the opening titles.
- Beyond Time and Space: The cover of this 1986 book uses Westminster typeface beneath the title, with random lines of letters, numbers, and symbols to imply rapid and complex thinking by the face on the cover.
- Computer Crimes and Capers: The title of this 1983 book uses Westminster typeface on the spine, to emphasize the book's focus on computers.
- Mind to Mind: The 2009 cover of this Genre Anthology has the title in a font similar to the Westminster typeface, evoking a computery feel to a book devoted to Psychic Powers.
- Science Fiction Special: Special 1 uses a font imitative of Westminster typeface to emphasize its Science Fiction nature.
- Battlestar Galactica (2003) uses Bank Gothic in its main title sequence.
- The trailer for Episode 5 of Series 7 of Doctor Who uses Bank Gothic in its Regular and Bold Extended versions.
- Gerry Anderson made extensive use of Microgramma in his productions, starting with Thunderbirds. In particular, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons uses Microgramma Medium Extended in its opening credits.
- The Firefly episode "Ariel" uses a very similar font to Eurostile Extended for many of the communications screens and medical controls on the planet Ariel.
- Occasionally seen on Red Dwarf, most notably as the lettering on Starbug. Became more common in later seasons (earlier, signage was mostly in a "stencil" font, to give the feel of a Used Future).