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28th Jul '16 4:01:58 AM thatmadork
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** Arguably [[UpToEleven even more advanced than the Necrons]] are the Dark Eldar, who are very much space [[TheFairFolk Fair Folk]]. Craftworld Eldar have plenty of nice technology as-is, but they've turned themselves into SpaceAmish somewhat since the fall of their society; the Dark Eldar meanwhile have kept all their pre-fall toys and even expanded on some of them, and some of their ''really'' crazy stuff defies all scientific explanation. Dark Lances supposedly fire munitions gleaned from the inside of black holes, and they even have this really strange weapon which is like a mirror that when shattered [[LiterallyShatteredLives instantly does the same]] to whoever is reflected in it. They can even '''bring people BackFromTheDead'''.
3rd Jul '16 4:38:04 PM Discar
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* In ''Literature/SpaceMarineBattles'', ''Spirit of Integrity'' was built during the Golden Age of Technology and outclasses the Imperium so badly, it almost becomes and OutsideContextVillain. It can do variety of things that leave the techmarines with their heand spread out and saying "I don't know".

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* In ''Literature/SpaceMarineBattles'', ''Spirit of Integrity'' was built during the Golden Age of Technology and outclasses the Imperium so badly, it almost becomes and OutsideContextVillain. badly [[TechnologicallyAdvancedFoe they can't do a thing to stop it]]. It can do a variety of things that leave the techmarines with their heand hands spread out and saying "I don't know".
24th Jun '16 7:58:51 PM MrDeath
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* In ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'', the main character's laser blaster, used on a primitive world, gets him branded as a prophesied hero with a "Sword of Light."
24th Jun '16 2:41:58 PM StFan
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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has one arc where thousands of students are given magic to wield. Then they fight off baddies with it. The catch? They [[BlatantLies are told]] it's just highly advanced computerized effect technology and that it's just a game, in order to keep up the {{masquerade}}.
** Electricity can also be used to power magic, as the magic community is quite fine with {{Magitek}}. It's even appears to be pretty efficient at it. However, most mages don't seem to have the technical expertise to really take advantage of this, and obviously most people don't know enough about magic to work it from their side either. [[spoiler:[[TeenGenius Chao]] and [[MadScientist Hakase]] (and by extension [[RobotGirl Chachamaru]]) on the other hand...]]

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** There's
one arc where thousands of students are given magic to wield. Then they fight off baddies with it. The catch? They [[BlatantLies are told]] it's just highly advanced computerized effect technology and that it's just a game, in order to keep up the {{masquerade}}.
** Electricity can also be used to power magic, as the magic community is quite fine with {{Magitek}}. It's It even appears to be pretty efficient at it. However, most mages don't seem to have the technical expertise to really take advantage of this, and obviously most people don't know enough about magic to work it from their side either. [[spoiler:[[TeenGenius Chao]] and [[MadScientist Hakase]] (and by extension [[RobotGirl Chachamaru]]) on the other hand...]]



-->'''Kurz:''' If this was a regular battle, they'd be even. But that silver AS... it's got some kind of hidden trick going for it. It bounced my cannonball right back at me and toasted my M9! I wonder what magic he's using?
-->'''Kaname:''' Magic, huh? No, I'm afraid it isn't that. This guy isn't using magic but rather... technology... The enemy has it, and it's an integral part of his mecha's defenses.

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-->'''Kurz:''' If this was a regular battle, they'd be even. But that silver AS... it's got some kind of hidden trick going for it. It bounced my cannonball right back at me and toasted my M9! I wonder what magic he's using?
-->'''Kaname:'''
using?\\
'''Kaname:'''
Magic, huh? No, I'm afraid it isn't that. This guy isn't using magic but rather... technology... The enemy has it, and it's an integral part of his mecha's defenses.



* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' uses this to describe their technology. The title includes the word "magic", and everyone there in the anime is running on {{Magitek}}.

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* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' uses this to describe their technology. The title includes the word "magic", and everyone there in the anime is running on {{Magitek}}.



-->'''Iron Patriot''': Did you just call Doctor Strange a scientist?
-->'''Banner''': Pretty much.

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-->'''Iron Patriot''': Patriot:''' Did you just call Doctor Strange a scientist?
-->'''Banner''':
scientist?\\
'''Banner:'''
Pretty much.



* [[MickeyMouseComicUniverse Goofy]] once asked Eega Beeva to use his future technology to help Goofy perform some magic tricks for a group of stage magicians. Since the technology was so advanced, they got kicked out for doing real magic. Goofy himself thought that since Eega Beeva's tricks were indistinguishable from magic, that meant they were magic.

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* [[MickeyMouseComicUniverse Goofy]] ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse: Goofy once asked asks Eega Beeva to use his future technology to help Goofy perform some magic tricks for a group of stage magicians. Since the technology was is so advanced, they got get kicked out for doing real magic. Goofy himself thought that since Eega Beeva's tricks were indistinguishable from magic, that meant they were magic.



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** This is further reinforced in ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', when Thor fires a lightning bolt from Mjolnir at Iron Man. While the armor sustains some damage, most of the energy is absorbed by the ARC reactor and is fired by Tony straight back at Thor. Also, Captain America says Loki's 'glow stick of destiny' resembles a HYDRA weapon.

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** This is further reinforced in ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', when Thor fires a lightning bolt from Mjolnir at Iron Man. While the armor sustains some damage, most of the energy is absorbed by the ARC reactor and is fired by Tony straight back at Thor. Also, Captain America says Loki's 'glow "glow stick of destiny' destiny" resembles a HYDRA weapon.



--->'''Clint:''' "Whosoever, be he worthy, shall have the power," whatever, man! It's a trick! It's a circus sideshow, and that is it. And you know it.
*** Tony also jokes Mjolnir's "if he be worthy" clause just means it's coded to Thor's fingerprints, something Thor is amused by.
--->'''Tony:''' The handle's imprinted, right? Like a security code? "Whoever is carrying Thor's fingerprints" is, I think, the literal translation.\\
'''Thor:''' Yes, well, that's a very, very interesting theory. I have a simpler one: ''(lifts Mjölnir)'' You're all not worthy.

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--->'''Clint:''' ---->'''Clint:''' "Whosoever, be he worthy, shall have the power," whatever, man! It's a trick! It's a circus sideshow, and that is it. And you know it.
*** Tony also jokes Mjolnir's Mjölnir's "if he be worthy" clause just means it's coded to Thor's fingerprints, something Thor is amused by.
--->'''Tony:''' ---->'''Tony:''' The handle's imprinted, right? Like a security code? "Whoever is carrying Thor's fingerprints" is, I think, the literal translation.\\
'''Thor:''' Yes, well, that's a very, very interesting theory. I have a simpler one: ''(lifts Mjölnir)'' ''[lifts Mjölnir]'' You're all not worthy.



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* In ''Videogame/{{Rabi-Ribi}}'', Ciccini insists that her attacks, abilities, and tools (such as two-way radio) are non-magical technology, but to Ribbon, who has no experience with modern tech, it may as well be magic.

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* In ''Videogame/{{Rabi-Ribi}}'', ''Videogame/RabiRibi'', Ciccini insists that her attacks, abilities, and tools (such as two-way radio) are non-magical technology, but to Ribbon, who has no experience with modern tech, it may as well be magic.



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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has lots of this. In a Steampunk version of Victorian-era Europe, most of the technology seems to depend upon gears, rotors and basic electricity. This does not stop clockwork robots having extremely advanced artificial intelligence, or genetic engineering being so far advanced that full revival of a dead, and often otherwise obliterated human being is very much possible with an intact brain. This is thanks to 'The Spark', a powerful natural talent for all fields of science that some people are born with. Naturally, to non-Sparks, the amazing technologies that Sparks produce look nothing short of magical. An example explicitly naming 'magic' is [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081205 this little gem]], where Agatha [[TimTaylorTechnology pimps up]] a magic wand.

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has lots of this. In a Steampunk version of Victorian-era Europe, most of the technology seems to depend upon gears, rotors and basic electricity. This does not stop clockwork robots having extremely advanced artificial intelligence, or genetic engineering being so far advanced that full revival of a dead, and often otherwise obliterated human being is very much possible with an intact brain. This is thanks to 'The Spark', "The Spark", a powerful natural talent for all fields of science that some people are born with. Naturally, to non-Sparks, the amazing technologies that Sparks produce look nothing short of magical. An example explicitly naming 'magic' "magic" is [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081205 this little gem]], where Agatha [[TimTaylorTechnology pimps up]] a magic wand.
22nd May '16 11:13:25 AM VVK
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* The second Confessor of ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' uses technological methods to replicate (some of) the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent original's abiltiies.]]

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* The second Confessor of ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' uses technological methods to replicate (some of) the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent original's abiltiies.]]abilities.]]
* [[MickeyMouseComicUniverse Goofy]] once asked Eega Beeva to use his future technology to help Goofy perform some magic tricks for a group of stage magicians. Since the technology was so advanced, they got kicked out for doing real magic. Goofy himself thought that since Eega Beeva's tricks were indistinguishable from magic, that meant they were magic.
10th May '16 7:12:05 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* In ''Videogame/{{Rabi-Ribi}}'', Ciccini insists that her attacks, abilities, and tools (such as two-way radio) are non-magical technology, but to Ribbon, who has no experience with modern tech, it may as well be magic.
5th Apr '16 9:10:59 PM jerodast
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* Jack Harkness demonstrates and then discusses this trope in ''TorchwoodMiracleDay''. In a flashback to depression-era New York City, Jack shows off his Future Tech and reassures his friend:
-->"Itís not magic. Itís technology. Sometimes theyíre indistinguishable."
31st Mar '16 10:54:09 AM WillKeaton
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* Parodied in WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail143.html #143 technology]]:

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* Parodied in WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail143.html #143 technology]]:technology:]]
28th Mar '16 9:50:39 PM Dirtyblue929
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->'''Strong Bad:''' The word ''technology''... means... ''magic''. It's basically anything that's really cool that you don't know how it works. And if it breaks, you have to buy a new one.

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->'''Strong -->'''Strong Bad:''' The word ''technology''... means... ''magic''. It's basically anything that's really cool that you don't know how it works. And if it breaks, you have to buy a new one.
14th Mar '16 10:31:47 AM thatother1dude
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[[caption-width-right:320:Behold my propane-powered [[KillItWithFire pyro]][[WhateverMancy mancy!]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:320:Behold my propane-powered [[KillItWithFire [[PlayingWithFire pyro]][[WhateverMancy mancy!]]]]
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