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23rd Sep '16 7:20:37 PM merotoker
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* 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.

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* 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.

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* 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]].

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* 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.]]

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* ''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]].



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* [[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?
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* [[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?
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6th Sep '16 3:53:12 PM WanderingBrowser
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* 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.

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* 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
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* 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
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* 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.]]

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* 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
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* 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.]]

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* 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.]]
2nd Aug '16 2:06:27 PM Owlivia
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* Zig-zagged, in [[''Literature/TheReckoners'' 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.]]

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* Zig-zagged, in [[''Literature/TheReckoners'' 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.]]
2nd Aug '16 2:03:22 PM Owlivia
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* Zig-zagged, in [[''Literature/TheReckoners'' 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.]]
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."
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