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9th May '17 8:24:07 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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This trope can be used to pull [[{{Aesop}} Aesops]] in demonstrating how humanity wouldn't be human without love, music, sports etc. or, on the other hand, how humanity could do well without war, money, soap operas or what have you. In keeping with that, there are two ways of playing this trope: either the aliens are stumped by an Earth invention or the humans are surprised to find out that the the aliens don't have it. Sometimes the author might just be complaining about [[AuthorTract stuff he doesn't like or finds frivolous]] by showing HumansThroughAlienEyes. Other times, it's just a throw-away gag. And finally, just to be clear, this trope ''doesn't'' automatically make the aliens [[InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien weak]].

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This trope can be used to pull [[{{Aesop}} Aesops]] {{Aesop}}s in demonstrating how humanity wouldn't be human without love, music, sports etc. or, on the other hand, how humanity could do well without war, money, soap operas or what have you. In keeping with that, there are two ways of playing this trope: either the aliens are stumped by an Earth invention or the humans are surprised to find out that the the aliens don't have it. Sometimes the author might just be complaining about [[AuthorTract stuff he doesn't like or finds frivolous]] by showing HumansThroughAlienEyes. Other times, it's just a throw-away gag. And finally, just to be clear, this trope ''doesn't'' automatically make the aliens [[InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien weak]].



** The [[PuppeteerParasite Yeerks]] stole and modified {{Ray Gun}}s from more advanced species, and thus skipped over projectile weapons. When [[BigBad Visser Three]] scoffs at human guns, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Visser One]] reminds him that a single bullet can still kill a [[BigDumbBody Hork-Bajir]] quite effectively.

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** The [[PuppeteerParasite Yeerks]] stole and modified {{Ray Gun}}s from more advanced species, and thus skipped over projectile weapons. When [[BigBad Visser Three]] scoffs at human guns, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Visser One]] One reminds him that a single bullet can still kill a [[BigDumbBody Hork-Bajir]] quite effectively.
8th May '17 11:12:29 PM JoeMerl
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** The [[PuppeteerParasite Yeerks]] have also apparently never used projectile weapons, possibly because they stole most of their technology from species that were already far more advanced. Visser One has to remind the others that they can, in fact, be quite effective. ''The Hork-Bajir Chronicles'' show that this is indeed the case. The first Yeerks to leave their planet attack the Andalites with stone age weapons, plus one stolen Andalite [[RayGun shredder]]. They escaped with assorted Andalite technology and developed their own weapons and spacecraft from there.

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** The [[PuppeteerParasite Yeerks]] have also apparently never used stole and modified {{Ray Gun}}s from more advanced species, and thus skipped over projectile weapons, possibly because they stole most of their technology from species that were already far more advanced. weapons. When [[BigBad Visser One has to remind the others Three]] scoffs at human guns, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Visser One]] reminds him that they can, in fact, be a single bullet can still kill a [[BigDumbBody Hork-Bajir]] quite effective. ''The Hork-Bajir Chronicles'' show that this is indeed the case. The first Yeerks to leave their planet attack the Andalites with stone age weapons, plus one stolen Andalite [[RayGun shredder]]. They escaped with assorted Andalite technology and developed their own weapons and spacecraft from there.effectively.
29th Apr '17 10:57:28 AM nombretomado
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* Has an interesting twist in ''Literature/TheConquerorsTrilogy'' by TimothyZahn. The aliens have [[spoiler:nearly]] indestructible ceramic hulls and instant FTL communication. The humans have radio communications and can track FTL ships. So, it's more like "each race has unique strengths and weaknesses."

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* Has an interesting twist in ''Literature/TheConquerorsTrilogy'' by TimothyZahn.Creator/TimothyZahn. The aliens have [[spoiler:nearly]] indestructible ceramic hulls and instant FTL communication. The humans have radio communications and can track FTL ships. So, it's more like "each race has unique strengths and weaknesses."
26th Apr '17 5:30:17 PM BrendanRizzo
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* The humans in the ''Anime/CodeGeass'' universe, despite their immense technical accomplishments, do not have nukes of any kind. [[spoiler: Or at least, not until a character whose surname was Eistein made one with AppliedPhlebotinum.]] Much like the TechTree example above, this example is due to the fact that Sakuradite-assisted electrical propulsion systems were much more efficient than internal combustion engines. Thus, the effectiveness of electric-based systems extends to chemically propelled firearms as well; being replaced instead with MagneticWeapons.

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* The humans in the ''Anime/CodeGeass'' universe, despite their immense technical accomplishments, do not have nukes of any kind. [[spoiler: Or at least, not until a character whose surname was Eistein Einstein made one with AppliedPhlebotinum.]] Much like the TechTree example above, this example is due to the fact that Sakuradite-assisted electrical propulsion systems were much more efficient than internal combustion engines. Thus, the effectiveness of electric-based systems extends to chemically propelled firearms as well; being replaced instead with MagneticWeapons.
14th Apr '17 8:16:44 AM Chabal2
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* ''VideoGame/EmpireEarth'': Scientific and cultural advances affect only the type of unit they're attached to: Building upgrades increase the building's range, HP or resource gathering rates, while units types are upgraded individually when a new epoch is researched. It's entirely possible (if stupid) to explore the stars with a culture that has yet to discover a standard-issue handgun more powerful than an arquebus, aircraft that don't use propellers, or ''sandals'', and the ability to manufacture entirely automated battle robots despite never looking into this "scientific method" business. Averted in scenarios that don't start at the very first epoch, which start with all previous upgrades automatically researched.
13th Apr '17 7:34:18 AM Bosco13
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* The Transylvanians from ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' have mastered intergalactic travel but not colour television. More egregious in the [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShowLetsDoTheTimeWarpAgain remake]] where the screen picture is otherwise perfect despite being in black and white.
12th Apr '17 4:39:58 PM Nulono
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** Arthur Dent can never seem to find a cup of tea. At one point, a food synthesizer's computer is so stumped by the concept of tea that it effectively shuts down (although it eventually synthesizes some of the best tea Arthur had ever tasted [[spoiler: with the help of Zaphod's ancestor' ghost]]).

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** Arthur Dent can never seem to find a cup of tea. At one point, a food synthesizer's computer is so stumped by the concept of tea that it effectively shuts down (although it eventually synthesizes some of the best tea Arthur had ever tasted [[spoiler: with the help of Zaphod's ancestor' ancestor's ghost]]).
28th Feb '17 10:03:45 AM Discar
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* ''Series/{{Supergirl|2015}}'': In this show's universe, neither the Kryptonians nor any of their trading partners apparently ever invented popcorn or an equivalent.

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* ''Series/{{Supergirl|2015}}'': In this show's universe, neither the Kryptonians nor any of their trading partners apparently ever invented popcorn or an equivalent.equivalent, so Kara was terrified of the popcorn maker when she first came to Earth.
8th Feb '17 10:11:26 AM SparkyYoungUpstart
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* In the world of Kelanna, the setting of ''Literature/TheReader2016'', written language was never invented. The idea of reading words is totally alien to all but a few people, and the only way history survives is through oral tradition.
22nd Dec '16 10:08:06 PM RADIX
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* The NBC SitCom ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' pretty much ran on this concept. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b7Xi26Mkfw This]] is a particularly good example.

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* The NBC SitCom ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' pretty much ran on this concept. [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b7Xi26Mkfw com/watch?v=e3WHR6pqPRo This]] is a particularly good example.
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