Movies like Wall Street epitomize the excesses of the 80s. They wore expensive clothing and worked in plush offices with windows.
They were the first people to have cell phones. Big cell phones.
And sporty, ultra-expensive cars.
While it may have epitomized wealth and success in the 80s, when the stock market crashed in 1987, it took on an all new meaning. To put it in terms today's younger generations would understand, yuppie=douchebag.
Alex P. Keaton epitomized yuppies when they were cool. He went on to star in The Secret of My Success, which was essentially the end of "yuppie" having any positive connotation whatsoever.
It was okay, though, because he worked his way up from the mailroom to become a yuppie.
Do yuppies exist today? Of course they do. They're "young urban professionals," after all. It's a little more challenging to spot them, though, since they dress a little more casually.
And they work from home.
Or from Starbucks.
But we have to appreciate the yuppies of the 1980s. They had to go to nine-to-five jobs, sit in cubicles, and work on computers that looked like these:
Do you think yuppies still exist?