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Basic Trope: Someone whose Nostalgia Filter has been turned Up to Eleven.

  • Straight: Dan pretty much only listens to disco, even though it's not The '70s anymore, and disco has long left the building.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • Even though Dan is a very big fan of The '70s, he doesn't let it get in the way of his life.
    • Dan has about the average amount of Nostalgia Filter.
  • Justified:
    • Dan is a Fish out of Temporal Water; he was transported from The '70s to the present.
    • Dan is actively planning and working to restore his life/society in general back to the tastes and mores of the era he feels most comfortable with.
    • Dan is a Manchild who often forgets that life is not a nonstop cosplay session.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Dan listens to disco, but he listens to other music, too.
    • When we first meet Dan, he is dressed in 1970s disco gear ... because he's going to a fancy dress party and thought it would be fun. He subsequently shows no unusual amount of interest in disco culture.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Which he unfavorably compares to disco. And he wears the leisure suit when he goes out clubbing.
    • Dan displays no unusual interest in disco culture in public — in private, however, it's another story...
  • Parodied: Dan wears the leisure suit everywhere, and walks around to some disco beat à la the opening to Saturday Night Fever.
  • Zig-Zagged: Dan wears a disco costume to a Halloween party and plays up a disco persona entirely as a joke, but finds he likes it so much he decides to adopt that persona full time. Eventually, though, he tires of it and even starts making fun of his tastes himself without abandoning them.
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  • Averted: Dan is not blinded by a Nostalgia Filter and consequently has a range of interests and tastes from numerous different periods, some modern, some older.
  • Enforced: "We need a character who can be the laughingstock of Crappy Town."
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked: Dan is rummaging around the attic and finds his old leisure suit and disco records. He's inspired to try them out again for a bit of a laugh, but ends up taking it too far.
  • Exploited:
    • A local nightclub hosts disco night, knowing that Dan and others like him will be there.
    • A flier is handed to Dan telling him of a Disco night at the local roller derby, specifically to lure him there for other reasons.
  • Defied: Dan puts them back, shaking his head about his previous involvement with disco culture.
  • Discussed: "Is he seriously wearing a leisure suit to work?"
  • Conversed: "Poor Dan. Apparently, someone neglected to tell him that The '70s are over, and so is disco. That, or he knows and just doesn't care."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Dan will be missing out on a lot of things that may not be from his favorite decade, but are still good. He's also alienating himself from others and making himself the laughingstock of the town.
    • Dan also has nostalgia for more clearly negative aspects of '70s culture such as cults, which carries Unfortunate Implications.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Dan learns that other music and fashion are good too. He can relate to others better ... and they (usually) forgive his undying love for The Bee Gees.
    • Dan is blinded by nostalgia, but he's still pretty nice and easy-going about it; consequently, the people around him indulge his eccentricities and let him get on with it in good humour.
  • Played for Laughs: Dan only shows up when it's convenient for a joke, and anything dealing with how he manages the rest of the time is completely ignored to prevent Fridge Logic from kicking in.
  • Played for Drama:
    • Dan won't talk about or acknowledge anything that occurred after 1979. This keeps him from using computers, the Internet, and many other facets of modern technology. Dan only uses calendars from the 1970s, so he shows up for appointments on the wrong day. All the other characters are embarrassed to be around Dan in public and desperately try to get him to tone it down. Any attempts to question his dedication to this lead to violent and sometimes dangerous outbursts. Eventually, it's revealed that Dan underwent some trauma in the 1970s, and is psychologically unable to move on. The plot of the story is based around working through Dan's inner demons and helping him overcome his past.
    • Alternatively, it's not Dan who needs to learn something — his fascination with disco culture might be eccentric and taken to certain extremes, but is otherwise not harming him nor anyone else. It's actually the people around Dan who need to learn a lesson about not forcing Dan to conform with their own worldview just because they do not share his, and not being bullying Jerkasses just because someone else's taste in music and fashion is 'outdated' and different from their own.
  • Implied:
    • Dan is The Ghost, but Alice and Bob talk about him acting like it's still the 1970s.
    • Dan mainly talks about events that actually happened to him in the 1970s, always with a wistful look in his eyes.

Do the hustle back to Disco Dan, Baby!

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