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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', several races of [[OurElvesAreDifferent Mer (Elves)]] are known to have this aesthetic. The Altmer (High Elves) are perhaps the most advanced extant race (with the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens ultra advanced]] [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] extinct), with Tamriel owing much of its art, science, philosophy, language, and religion to the Altmer, who are also the most [[WitchSpecies magically-gifted]] of all races. Their buildings are frequently made of glass or crystal (said to refract light into a rainbow "insect wing" like appearance), with tall towers, vine-like buildings, and swirling walls. Gold tends to be the primary color in their weapons and armor. The ancient Falmer (Snow Elves) had a civilization that once rivaled the Altmer, but were driven underground by the invading [[HornyVikings Nords]], where they were [[EnslavedElves enslaved]] and [[WasOnceAMan mutated]] by the aforementioned Dwemer into blind, [[AlwaysChaoticEvil bestial]], [[FuturePrimitive barely-sapient creatures]] little better than goblins. Their former architecture had significant elements of platinum and massive jewels built into it.
30th Apr '17 8:52:34 AM JulianLapostat
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* The actual Ancient Greeks and Romans who partially inspired these aesthetics were absurdly technologically superior to the rest of the world at the time (except perhaps the comparably advanced Chinese). The Romans had floor heating and swimming pools when a lot of their contemporaries were still living in bronze-age style longhouses.

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* The actual Ancient Greeks and Romans who partially inspired these aesthetics were absurdly ''were'' technologically superior to the rest of the world at the time (except perhaps the comparably advanced Chinese).Western Europe. The Romans had floor heating and swimming pools when a lot of their contemporaries were still living in bronze-age style longhouses.
** Of course this was only a gradual process. Early Republican Rome was a lot more primitive than the rest of Italy, and the Romans mooched off the truly advanced {{Precursors}} of the Etruscans.
** It also must be noted that the Romans merely adopted and used pre-existing technology without bothering to understand its principles theoretically. As such there was no science or mathematics in the Roman Republic and Empire, and certainly no mind compared to Archimedes, Euclid, Pythagoras and other worthies.
25th Apr '17 9:26:12 PM SomberCaelifera
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* The first season of [[Star Trek: The Next Generation]] has civilians wearing togas and a future Paris with crystal spire like buildings. Very quickly this look was abandoned for the industrial look that the rest of the franchise has embraced.

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* The first season of [[Star Trek: The Next Generation]] ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has civilians wearing togas and a future Paris with crystal spire like buildings. Very quickly this look was abandoned for the industrial look that the rest of the franchise has embraced.
16th Apr '17 5:42:34 PM nombretomado
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* Quellar in ''{{Starslip}}''.

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* %%* Quellar in ''{{Starslip}}''.''Webcomic/{{Starslip}}''.
2nd Apr '17 4:05:10 PM nombretomado
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* ''PhantasyStarII'' has elements of this in its mix of GhibliHills and tower architecture on Mota; it's stated [[AllThereInTheManual in the manual]] that Palm is a full-blown version at this point (but you never go there). In ''PhantasyStarIV'', [[spoiler: Rykros]] runs on this aesthetic.

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* ''PhantasyStarII'' ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII'' has elements of this in its mix of GhibliHills and tower architecture on Mota; it's stated [[AllThereInTheManual in the manual]] that Palm is a full-blown version at this point (but you never go there). In ''PhantasyStarIV'', ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'', [[spoiler: Rykros]] runs on this aesthetic.
12th Mar '17 8:26:00 PM AthenaBlue
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* The world of gods in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' is this. While at first glance it resembles a stereotypical Olympian heaven, it turns out that it actually relies on massive amounts of AppliedPhlebotinum, its inhabitants hold regular jobs and there are even shopping malls (plus plenty of politicking and the occasional doomsday device).



* Anime/{{Macross}} sort of shows this.

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* In the anime adaptation of ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'', [[spoiler:it is implied that one of these is responsible for the robot combats that are destroying universes, gathering the energy gained from them or something-the anime isn't exactly as deep as the manga...]]
%%* The aliens in ''Anime/FantasticChildren''.
* The Guild in ''Anime/LastExile'' partly falls under this trope. Despite the rest of the world being steampunkish.
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Anime/{{Macross}} sort of shows this.



* The space civilizations in the ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel'' games; the first is actually called EDEN.
* The aliens in ''Anime/FantasticChildren''.
* The world of gods in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' is this. While at first glance it resembles a stereotypical Olympian heaven, it turns out that it actually relies on massive amounts of AppliedPhlebotinum, its inhabitants hold regular jobs and there are even shopping malls (plus plenty of politicking and the occasional doomsday device)
* In the anime adaptation of ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'', [[spoiler:it is implied that one of these is responsible for the robot combats that are destroying universes, gathering the energy gained from them or something-the anime isn't exactly as deep as the manga...]]
* The Guild in ''Anime/LastExile'' partly falls under this trope. Despite the rest of the world being steampunkish.



* Atlantis in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' combines crystals and stone architecture, though technologically these are remnants of [[AndManGrewProud a better time]] in Atlantean history, and the modern Atlanteans have [[LostTechnology forgotten how to read their own glyphs]].



* Atlantis in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' combines crystals and stone architecture, though technologically these are remnants of [[AndManGrewProud a better time]] in Atlantean history, and the modern Atlanteans have [[LostTechnology forgotten how to read their own glyphs]].



* The ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' experiment ''Warrior of the Lost World'' featured a Dystopian world in which lived a group of toga-wearing "enlightened ones". They had [[HealingHands healing powers]] and lived in a [[AnotherDimension pocket dimension]] from which they battled an [[{{Dystopia}} oppressive totalitarian government]] that had [[TakeOverTheWorld taken over the world]].
* The Time Lords of ''Series/DoctorWho'' represent a civilization of this type. Hobbies include creating MagicFromTechnology and AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit. The trope was subverted in a couple of ways. Even their first appearance, which shows them highly advanced and almost utopian, establishes their civilization as so boring and pompous that the Doctor [[DefectorFromDecadence couldn't wait to run away from them]]. Later appearances [[DependingOnTheWriter often, though not always,]] revealed them as corrupt, petty and hypocritical.
** "Last of the Time Lords" has a flashback of a Time Lord in long robes standing on a hill, with the Citadel of the Time Lords behind him, a great city encased in a glass sphere.
* Subverted in the 2007 ''Series/{{Flash Gordon|2007}}'' series, where Mongo's capital, Nascent City, is all crystal spires and togas, while the rest of the planet is a [[AfterTheEnd post-environmental-catastrophe]] ScavengerWorld.
* "The Cloud Minders" from the third season of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', where the Startoses had artists and scholars living in a shiny clean floating city in the clouds, while the Troglytes did all the hard labor in the mines below.



* The first season of [[Star Trek: The Next Generation]] has civilians wearing togas and a future Paris with crystal spire like buildings. Very quickly this look was abandoned for the industrial look that the rest of the franchise has embraced.
* The Ancient race in the ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'' television series, especially ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', are an example of a crystal spires and togas race which has "[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended]]" to a higher plane, leaving their crystal city (actually a metal-alloy spaceship the size of Manhattan) deserted.
** They are not the only one. Almost everyone, the Goa'uld (and the Tok'ra), the Tollans, the Asgard, later even the humans use crystal-based technology. For most civilizations, the crystals are only the guts. The outward appearance varies wildly. The Asgard and ancient stuff looks crystal spire-y, except when it looks paleolithic.
** In ''Film/StargateContinuum'' we see that following the downfall of the System Lords, the Tok'ra apparently stopped hiding and now have a city made of crystal skyscrapers. They are also fond of wearing toga-like clothing.

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* The first season of [[Star Trek: The Next Generation]] has civilians wearing togas In the ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' special "Back and Forth", Blackadder visits a future Paris with crystal spire like buildings. Very quickly world that matches this look trope.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Time Lords represent a civilization of this type. Hobbies include creating MagicFromTechnology and AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit. The trope
was abandoned for the industrial look subverted in a couple of ways. Even their first appearance, which shows them highly advanced and almost utopian, establishes their civilization as so boring and pompous that the rest Doctor [[DefectorFromDecadence couldn't wait to run away from them]]. Later appearances [[DependingOnTheWriter often, though not always,]] revealed them as corrupt, petty and hypocritical.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last
of the franchise Time Lords"]] has embraced.
* The Ancient race in the ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'' television series, especially ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', are an example
a flashback of a crystal spires and togas race which has "[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended]]" to Time Lord in long robes standing on a higher plane, leaving their crystal city (actually a metal-alloy spaceship hill, with the size of Manhattan) deserted.
** They are not the only one. Almost everyone, the Goa'uld (and the Tok'ra), the Tollans, the Asgard, later even the humans use crystal-based technology. For most civilizations, the crystals are only the guts. The outward appearance varies wildly. The Asgard and ancient stuff looks crystal spire-y, except when it looks paleolithic.
** In ''Film/StargateContinuum'' we see that following the downfall
Citadel of the System Lords, the Tok'ra apparently stopped hiding and now have Time Lords behind him, a great city made of crystal skyscrapers. They are also fond of wearing toga-like clothing.encased in a glass sphere.



* In an episode of ''Series/RedDwarf'' where the lads got split up into a good and an evil part, the good version was portrayed like this.
* In the ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' special "Back and Forth," Blackadder visits a future world that matches this trope.

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* In an episode of ''Series/RedDwarf'' Subverted in the 2007 ''Series/{{Flash Gordon|2007}}'' series, where Mongo's capital, Nascent City, is all crystal spires and togas, while the lads got split up into a good and an evil part, rest of the good version was portrayed like this.
* In the ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' special "Back and Forth," Blackadder visits
planet is a future world that matches this trope.[[AfterTheEnd post-environmental-catastrophe]] ScavengerWorld.



* Atlantis in ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''.



* ''Series/WonderWoman'': All the immortal amazons from Paradise Island use multicolor vaporous dresses and use bows and arrows even if they live in an AdvancedAncientAcropolis.
* Atlantis in ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''.

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* The ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' experiment ''Warrior of the Lost World'' featured a Dystopian world in which lived a group of toga-wearing "enlightened ones". They had [[HealingHands healing powers]] and lived in a [[AnotherDimension pocket dimension]] from which they battled an [[{{Dystopia}} oppressive totalitarian government]] that had [[TakeOverTheWorld taken over the world]].
* In an episode of ''Series/RedDwarf'' where the lads got split up into a good and an evil part, the good version was portrayed like this.
* The Ancient race in the ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'' television series, especially ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', are an example of a crystal spires and togas race which has "[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended]]" to a higher plane, leaving their crystal city (actually a metal-alloy spaceship the size of Manhattan) deserted.
** They are not the only one. Almost everyone, the Goa'uld (and the Tok'ra), the Tollans, the Asgard, later even the humans use crystal-based technology. For most civilizations, the crystals are only the guts. The outward appearance varies wildly. The Asgard and ancient stuff looks crystal spire-y, except when it looks paleolithic.
** In ''Film/StargateContinuum'' we see that following the downfall of the System Lords, the Tok'ra apparently stopped hiding and now have a city made of crystal skyscrapers. They are also fond of wearing toga-like clothing.
* "The Cloud Minders" from the third season of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', where the Startoses had artists and scholars living in a shiny clean floating city in the clouds, while the Troglytes did all the hard labor in the mines below.
* The first season of [[Star Trek: The Next Generation]] has civilians wearing togas and a future Paris with crystal spire like buildings. Very quickly this look was abandoned for the industrial look that the rest of the franchise has embraced.
* ''Series/WonderWoman'': All the immortal amazons Amazons from Paradise Island use wear multicolor vaporous dresses and use bows and arrows even if they live in an AdvancedAncientAcropolis.
* Atlantis in ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''.
AdvancedAncientAcropolis.


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* The space civilizations in the ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel'' games; the first is actually called EDEN.
27th Feb '17 3:36:25 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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The rare cases where a future society is genuinely not a BadFuture might look like this, but even some {{Bad Future}}s still do.

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The rare cases where a future society is genuinely not a BadFuture might look like this, but even some {{Bad Future}}s [[CrapsaccharineWorld still do.do]].
9th Feb '17 8:27:06 PM Ramidel
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* Atlantis in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.

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* Atlantis in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' combines crystals and stone architecture, though technologically these are remnants of [[AndManGrewProud a better time]] in Atlantean history, and the modern Atlanteans have [[LostTechnology forgotten how to read their own glyphs]].
20th Jan '17 10:57:06 PM Nemothepandaelf
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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', despite its [[CrapsackWorld history]] has two: [[Neo-Africa Numbani]] and [[ShiningCity Oasis]]. The former is described as the "City of Harmony" where humans and sentient robots called Omnics built and live in the city together in peace after the disastrous [[RobotWar Omnic Crisis]], and it shows in its organic, sleek, futuristic style married with West African aesthetics, as well as statues of figures in flowing robes reminiscent of togas. The latter, Oasis, is a city of learning lead by [[ThePhilosopherKing scientific rulers]] called the Ministries. Appearance-wise, it's Arabian Nights of the future with gardens, spires, and high-tech labs, and is one of the safest and most well-educated cities in the world.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', despite its [[CrapsackWorld history]] has two: [[Neo-Africa [[NeoAfrica Numbani]] and [[ShiningCity Oasis]]. The former is described as the "City of Harmony" where humans and sentient robots called Omnics built and live in the city together in peace after the disastrous [[RobotWar Omnic Crisis]], and it shows in its organic, sleek, futuristic style married with West African aesthetics, as well as statues of figures in flowing robes reminiscent of togas. The latter, Oasis, is a city of learning lead by [[ThePhilosopherKing scientific rulers]] called the Ministries. Appearance-wise, it's Arabian Nights of the future with gardens, spires, and high-tech labs, and is one of the safest and most well-educated cities in the world.
20th Jan '17 10:56:30 PM Nemothepandaelf
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* [[VideoGame/Overwatch]], despite its [[CrapsackWorld history]] has two: the utopian city-state of Numbani in Africa, and scientific city of Oasis in Iraq. The former is described as the "City of Harmony" where humans and sentient robots called Omnics built and live in the city together to find peace after the disastrous war between the two, and it shows in its organic, sleek, futuristic style married with West African aesthetics, as well as statues of figures in flowing robes reminiscent of togas. The latter, Oasis, is a city of learning lead by [[PhilosopherKings scientific rulers]] called the Ministries. Appearance-wise, it's Arabian Nights of the future with gardens, spires, and high-tech labs, and is one of the safest and most well-educated cities in the world.

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* [[VideoGame/Overwatch]], ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', despite its [[CrapsackWorld history]] has two: the utopian city-state of Numbani in Africa, [[Neo-Africa Numbani]] and scientific city of Oasis in Iraq. [[ShiningCity Oasis]]. The former is described as the "City of Harmony" where humans and sentient robots called Omnics built and live in the city together to find in peace after the disastrous war between the two, [[RobotWar Omnic Crisis]], and it shows in its organic, sleek, futuristic style married with West African aesthetics, as well as statues of figures in flowing robes reminiscent of togas. The latter, Oasis, is a city of learning lead by [[PhilosopherKings [[ThePhilosopherKing scientific rulers]] called the Ministries. Appearance-wise, it's Arabian Nights of the future with gardens, spires, and high-tech labs, and is one of the safest and most well-educated cities in the world.
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