History Main / ClarkesThirdLaw

12th Dec '16 10:50:56 AM Tron80
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1982}} In a classic issue]]'' ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' fights Kraken, a super-villain who claims to be a wizard. Kara deduces Kraken is not a wizard, because if his skills were magic-based, she would have been seriously hurt when his blows hit her. She scans his costume with her XRayVision and spots his gadgets.
-->'''Supergirl:''' So much for your magic or should I say super-science... technological marvels that only appear magical to someone not familiar with them!
1st Dec '16 2:46:19 AM jormis29
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** This is further reinforced in ''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 stick of destiny" resembles a HYDRA weapon.

to:

** This is further reinforced in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', when Thor fires a lightning bolt from Mjolnir {{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.
26th Nov '16 11:56:38 AM bwburke94
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** The new series uses this.

to:

** The In the new series uses this.series, the law makes a few appearances:



* 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:

to:

* Jack Harkness demonstrates and then discusses this trope in ''TorchwoodMiracleDay''.''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay''. In a flashback to depression-era New York City, Jack shows off his Future Tech and reassures his friend:
13th Oct '16 9:52:48 AM MageMasterMoon
Is there an issue? Send a Message


*In Angie Sage's Septimus Heap series, several spells have suspicious names, such as one called "flashlight".
**At the end of Fyre, the quote takes up the final page of the series.



* In Angie Sage's Septimus Heap series, several spells have suspicious names, such as one called "flashlight".
** At the end of Fyre, the quote takes up the final page of the series.

to:

* In Angie Sage's Septimus Heap series, several spells have suspicious names, such as one called "flashlight".
** At the end of Fyre, the quote takes up the final page of the series.
13th Oct '16 9:51:59 AM MageMasterMoon
Is there an issue? Send a Message



to:

*In Angie Sage's Septimus Heap series, several spells have suspicious names, such as one called "flashlight".
**At the end of Fyre, the quote takes up the final page of the series.
23rd Sep '16 7:20:37 PM merotoker
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Although Franchise/{{Superman}}'s enemy Mr. Mxyzptlk has vast powers traditionally attributed to magic, many interpretations of the character suggest it's due to his access to very advanced technology and the physical advantage that living on the fifth dimension confers over tridimensional beings like Superman. Franchise/{{Batman}}'s analogue to Mr. Mxyzptlk, Bat-Mite on the other hand runs on "5th dimensional technology" through and through, doing the same {{Reality Warp|er}}ing effects.

to:

* Although Franchise/{{Superman}}'s enemy Mr. Mxyzptlk has vast powers traditionally attributed to magic, many interpretations of the character suggest it's due to his access to very advanced technology and the physical advantage that living on in the fifth dimension confers over tridimensional beings like Superman. Franchise/{{Batman}}'s analogue to Mr. Mxyzptlk, Bat-Mite on the other hand runs on "5th dimensional technology" through and through, doing the same {{Reality Warp|er}}ing effects.



* In the science fiction universe of ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', it turns out this trope is why [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Jesus Christ]] was able to perform miracles in the Bible. He discovered a forgotten cache of [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens insanely advanced]] [[AncientAstronauts Angel technology]] in a desert cave, which he was able to use thanks to his mutated genetics.

to:

* In the science fiction universe of ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', it turns out this trope is why [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Jesus Christ]] was able to perform miracles in the Bible. He discovered a forgotten cache of [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien insanely advanced]] [[AncientAstronauts Angel technology]] in a desert cave, which he was able to use thanks to his mutated genetics.



* The aliens in ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'' are never called as such. They're most often called demons and the cast never thinks of them as being technologically advanced. [[spoiler:Ella, another alien, says that she came from beyond the stars, giving the impression of an angel]].

to:

* The aliens in ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'' are never called as such. They're most often called demons and the cast never thinks of them as being technologically advanced. [[spoiler:Ella, another alien, says that she came from beyond the stars, giving the impression of an angel]].angel.]]



* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' features [[spoiler:Those Who Came Before, {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s that created humanity then posed as gods. The technology that they left behind is the driving force behind the plot.]]

to:

* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' features [[spoiler:Those Who Came Before, {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s that created humanity then posed as gods. The technology that they left behind is the driving force behind the plot.]]plot]].



[[folder: Web Original]]
* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Literature/Prolecto Prolecto]] has this as a minor theme, contributing to the Science Fantasy feel. The demons and the angels all use technology that is explained in scientific terms.
* ''Machinima/FreemansMind'' points out that while advanced technology ''could'' appear to be magic, it doesn't ''rule out'' magic as an explanation.
* ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'': generally speaking, technology invented and used by a higher-singularity being may be understandable and even able to be replicated (at least in its most basic form and applications) by a very smart individual of a lower intelligence, but once you get beyond a two-singularity difference, the tech's complexity is simply beyond a person's mental ability to process. Post-singularity technologies that cannot be replicated by a human-level intelligence are called "[[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/4b0d5fc969b5f Clarketech]]" in reference to this law, and are pretty much indistinguishable from magic to everyone but their creators. Everyone is generally well-aware that it really is technology, but many argue that since its effects are indistinguishable from "magic", is there really any point differentiating it?
[[/folder]]



[[folder: Web Original]]
* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Literature/Prolecto Prolecto]] has this as a minor theme, contributing to the Science Fantasy feel. The demons and the angels all use technology that is explained in scientific terms.
* ''Machinima/FreemansMind'' points out that while advanced technology ''could'' appear to be magic, it doesn't ''rule out'' magic as an explanation.
* ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'': generally speaking, technology invented and used by a higher-singularity being may be understandable and even able to be replicated (at least in its most basic form and applications) by a very smart individual of a lower intelligence, but once you get beyond a two-singularity difference, the tech's complexity is simply beyond a person's mental ability to process. Post-singularity technologies that cannot be replicated by a human-level intelligence are called "[[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/4b0d5fc969b5f Clarketech]]" in reference to this law, and are pretty much indistinguishable from magic to everyone but their creators. Everyone is generally well-aware that it really is technology, but many argue that since its effects are indistinguishable from "magic", is there really any point differentiating it?
[[/folder]]
6th Sep '16 3:53:12 PM WanderingBrowser
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Invoked but defied with the Technocracy in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension''; the Technocrats truly believe with all their hearts and souls that this is the root to their "hyper-technology", but the reality is that what they're doing is actually MagicPowerdPseudoScience and they've been indoctrinated to think otherwise.

to:

* Invoked but defied with the Technocracy in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension''; the Technocrats truly believe with all their hearts and souls that this is the root to their "hyper-technology", but the reality is that what they're doing is actually MagicPowerdPseudoScience MagicPoweredPseudoScience and they've been indoctrinated to think otherwise.
6th Sep '16 3:37:33 PM WanderingBrowser
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* Invoked but defied with the Technocracy in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension''; the Technocrats truly believe with all their hearts and souls that this is the root to their "hyper-technology", but the reality is that what they're doing is actually MagicPowerdPseudoScience and they've been indoctrinated to think otherwise.
26th Aug '16 7:24:13 PM Owlivia
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Zig-zagged, in ''[[Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy Steelheart]]''. The Epics have magical powers, and there is technology based off of their powers. Prof, [[spoiler:who is secretly an Epic]], pretends [[spoiler:his powers are technology based on Epic powers]]. And he pretends.. [[spoiler:to pretend]]... to be an Epic. As far as his team is concerned, this is technology that imitates an Epic's powers, when in reality [[spoiler: it's an Epic's powers imitating technology based off of them.]]

to:

* Zig-zagged, in ''[[Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy Steelheart]]''. The Epics have magical powers, and there is Prof uses technology based off to imitate an Epic for Steelheart to fight. [[spoiler: Then we learn that he was really an Epic all along, and the most of their powers. Prof, [[spoiler:who is secretly an Epic]], pretends [[spoiler:his powers are the technology based on Epic powers]]. And he pretends.. [[spoiler:to pretend]]... to be an Epic. As far as his team is concerned, this is technology that imitates an Epic's powers, when in reality [[spoiler: it's an Epic's powers imitating technology based off of them.used was fake.]]
2nd Aug '16 2:14:11 PM Owlivia
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Zig-zagged, in ((''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy'' Steelheart)). The Epics have magical powers, and there is technology based off of their powers. Prof, [[spoiler:who is secretly an Epic]], pretends [[spoiler:his powers are technology based on Epic powers]]. And he pretends.. [[spoiler:to pretend]]... to be an Epic. As far as his team is concerned, this is technology that imitates an Epic's powers, when in reality [[spoiler: it's an Epic's powers imitating technology based off of them.]]

to:

* Zig-zagged, in ((''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy'' Steelheart)).''[[Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy Steelheart]]''. The Epics have magical powers, and there is technology based off of their powers. Prof, [[spoiler:who is secretly an Epic]], pretends [[spoiler:his powers are technology based on Epic powers]]. And he pretends.. [[spoiler:to pretend]]... to be an Epic. As far as his team is concerned, this is technology that imitates an Epic's powers, when in reality [[spoiler: it's an Epic's powers imitating technology based off of them.]]
This list shows the last 10 events of 240. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.ClarkesThirdLaw