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15th Dec '17 7:47:18 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'' has Ma'el, a Taelon scientist, who traveled to Earth thousands of years ago in order to determine if humans could be turned into soldiers to be used in the Taelon-Jaridian War. However, once here, Ma'el grew fond of humanity and changed his mind, sending a warning message to the other Taelons, telling them not to come. As revealed in the episode, where Liam and Augur end up in a parallel world, Ma'el also encouraged humans to urbanize, believing that it was the only way for humanity to develop the necessary industrial and scientific infrastructure necessary to resist his people, should they ignore his warning and come anyway. In a last-ditch effort, he befriended a Roman man and tasked him with acting as his scout through the ages, sleeping in the stasis pod aboard Ma'el's buried ship, periodically waking up in order to assess the state of humanity and look for any alien presence. Should the Taelons ever arrive and prove to be harmful to humanity, the Roman is to activate the ship's final protocol, causing it to lift off and accelerate on a [[RammingAlwaysWorks collision course]] with the Taelon mothership. In the above-mentioned parallel world, Ma'el never comes to Earth, and his previously-militant attitude ends up influencing the modern-day Taelons to outright invade Earth instead of attempting to subvert humanity covertly. Meanwhile, that world's humanity never urbanized and lives in scattered hamlets, although they have somehow managed to develop advanced weaponry due to the constant fighting between the settlements.

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Ma'el, a Taelon scientist, who traveled to Earth thousands of years ago in order to determine if humans could be turned into soldiers to be used in the Taelon-Jaridian War. However, once here, Ma'el grew fond of humanity and changed his mind, sending a warning message to the other Taelons, telling them not to come. As revealed in the episode, where Liam and Augur end up in a parallel world, Ma'el also encouraged humans to urbanize, believing that it was the only way for humanity to develop the necessary industrial and scientific infrastructure necessary to resist his people, should they ignore his warning and come anyway. In a last-ditch effort, he befriended a Roman man and tasked him with acting as his scout through the ages, sleeping in the stasis pod aboard Ma'el's buried ship, periodically waking up in order to assess the state of humanity and look for any alien presence. Should the Taelons ever arrive and prove to be harmful to humanity, the Roman is to activate the ship's final protocol, causing it to lift off and accelerate on a [[RammingAlwaysWorks collision course]] with the Taelon mothership. In the above-mentioned parallel world, Ma'el never comes to Earth, and his previously-militant attitude ends up influencing the modern-day Taelons to outright invade Earth instead of attempting to subvert humanity covertly. Meanwhile, that world's humanity never urbanized and lives in scattered hamlets, although they have somehow managed to develop advanced weaponry due to the constant fighting between the settlements.settlements.
** Season 5 also reveals that prehistoric humanity used to be enslaved and kept as food by the [[AbusivePrecursors Atavus]], the common ancestors of the Taelons and the Jaridians. It's speculated that their leader Howlyn was so impressed with Renee (when she used a time-traveling ID portal to end up in the past) that he used the dead body of a Medieval monk to enhance the DNA of primitive cavemen to speed up their evolution into ''Homo sapiens sapiens'' (i.e. modern humans). Then a meteor storm forced the Atavus into slumber, allowing humanity to rise.
15th Dec '17 7:42:28 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'' has Ma'el, a Taelon scientist, who traveled to Earth thousands of years ago in order to determine if humans could be turned into soldiers to be used in the Taelon-Jaridian War. However, once here, Ma'el grew fond of humanity and changed his mind, sending a warning message to the other Taelons, telling them not to come. As revealed in the episode, where Liam and Augur end up in a parallel world, Ma'el also encouraged humans to urbanize, believing that it was the only way for humanity to develop the necessary industrial and scientific infrastructure necessary to resist his people, should they ignore his warning and come anyway. In a last-ditch effort, he befriended a Roman man and tasked him with acting as his scout through the ages, sleeping in the stasis pod aboard Ma'el's buried ship, periodically waking up in order to assess the state of humanity and look for any alien presence. Should the Taelons ever arrive and prove to be harmful to humanity, the Roman is to activate the ship's final protocol, causing it to lift off and accelerate on a [[RammingAlwaysWorks collision course]] with the Taelon mothership. In the above-mentioned parallel world, Ma'el never comes to Earth, and his previously-militant attitude ends up influencing the modern-day Taelons to outright invade Earth instead of attempting to subvert humanity covertly. Meanwhile, that world's humanity never urbanized and lives in scattered hamlets, although they have somehow managed to develop advanced weaponry due to the constant fighting between the settlements.
24th Oct '17 10:49:05 PM Kazrak
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* In James P. Hogan's Giants series humanity was accidentally uplifted by aliens from Minerva (which was the fifth planet in the solar system before it was blown up).

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* In James P. Hogan's Giants series Literature/GiantsSeries humanity was accidentally uplifted by aliens from Minerva (which was the fifth planet in the solar system before it was blown up).
21st Oct '17 3:08:51 PM nombretomado
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* Inverted in ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath''. Despite looking like they would be an ancient civilization, the Shinkoku Trastrium Race the game centers on is actually a culture of Future made to look like Ancient Myth/HinduMythology and {{Buddhism}}.

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* Inverted in ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath''. Despite looking like they would be an ancient civilization, the Shinkoku Trastrium Race the game centers on is actually a culture of Future made to look like Ancient Myth/HinduMythology and {{Buddhism}}.{{UsefulNotes/Buddhism}}.
13th Oct '17 12:30:15 AM PaulA
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* The trope-savvy Game Masters of Literature/DreamPark used this as a premise for their [[ShowWithinAshow live-action adventure tournament]] in ''The California Voodoo Game''.

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* The trope-savvy Game Masters of Literature/DreamPark Dream Park used this as a premise for their [[ShowWithinAshow [[ShowWithinAShow live-action adventure tournament]] in ''The California Voodoo Game''.''Literature/TheCaliforniaVoodooGame''.
8th Oct '17 7:23:00 PM PaulA
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* David Gerrold and Larry Niven's novel ''The Flying Sorcerers'' neatly serves this trope, by having a human explorer be stranded on a distant planet through the actions of primitive aborigines that think he's a magician -- an ''invading'' magician. He is forced to enlist their help to get to a location on their planet where he can signal his orbiting mothership for aid -- and to do so, creates all sorts of legends in the process, as he is forced to teach the aborigines such principles as electricity and airtightness, to fashion a powered balloon to get him where he needs to go. He also "invents" interchangeable parts and money; if he'd only had the good sense to bring [[Literature/EarthsChildren Ayla]] with him, he'd have also been able to manage sex-toys, the steam engine, and double-entry book-keeping. It helps that the explorer just happens to be based on [[spoiler:Creator/IsaacAsimov]].
28th Sep '17 11:19:06 AM erforce
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* ''Series/TheXFiles'' novel ''Ruins'' has Agents Mulder and Scully venturing to a recently uncovered Mayan ruins in Mexico to search for a missing archeological team. Once they arrive there, Mulder discovers a spaceship underneath the structure, and comes to conclusion that it belongs to an alien who was stranded on Earth 1000 years ago, whose presence lead to the stories about the mythological [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kukulkan Kukulkan]].
4th Sep '17 8:29:04 PM PaulA
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** The Great Race of Yith is another example, and Cthulhu and the other Great Old Ones are alien (possibly extradimensional) beings that came to Earth eons ago. However, they aren't just worshiped as gods, they actually kind of ''are''. What else would you call an immortal, nigh-omnipotent being that can bring about the end of the world on whim?

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** The Great Race of Yith in "Literature/TheShadowOutOfTime" is another example, and Cthulhu [[Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu Cthulhu]] and the other Great Old Ones are alien (possibly extradimensional) beings that came to Earth eons ago. However, they aren't just worshiped as gods, they actually kind of ''are''. What else would you call an immortal, nigh-omnipotent being that can bring about the end of the world on whim?
26th Aug '17 6:42:57 PM nombretomado
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* ''Videogame/ArNosurge'' reveals [[spoiler: that the Teru Tribe on [[Videogame/ArTonelico Ar Ciel]] arrived a few thousand years ago as an advance party for the people escaping their dying home planet of Ra Ciela.]]

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* ''Videogame/ArNosurge'' ''VideoGame/ArNosurge'' reveals [[spoiler: that the Teru Tribe on [[Videogame/ArTonelico [[VideoGame/ExaPico Ar Ciel]] arrived a few thousand years ago as an advance party for the people escaping their dying home planet of Ra Ciela.]]
7th Aug '17 8:42:51 PM PaulA
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* Creator/WilliamHKeithJr (writing as Ian Douglas) uses this three times in his Heritage Trilogy and its sequels. First the cybernetic or mechanical Builders tinkered with the ancient human genome to create ''Homo erectus'' and then Ahn who used human slaves in ancient Mesopotamia and finally a third species who helped humans get back on their feet after the Ahn were wiped out. Some of the conflict on Earth arises from the so-called "Ancient Astronaut" cults, who claim that aliens were benevolent gods, who will eventually return and solve all of the world's problems.

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* Creator/WilliamHKeithJr (writing as Ian Douglas) uses In the ''Literature/GalacticMarines'' series by Creator/IanDouglas, this happened with three times in his Heritage Trilogy and its sequels. different alien species. First the cybernetic or mechanical Builders who tinkered with the ancient human genome to create ''Homo erectus'' and erectus'', then the Ahn who used human slaves in ancient Mesopotamia Mesopotamia, and finally a third species who helped humans get back on their feet after the Ahn were wiped out. Some of the conflict on Earth arises from the so-called "Ancient Astronaut" cults, who claim that aliens were benevolent gods, who will eventually return and solve all of the world's problems.
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