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21st May '16 12:09:47 AM mariic
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* Subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', in which Aang and [[spoiler:Zuko]] explore the ruins of a long extinct culture. When they run into a series of booby traps, [[spoiler:Zuko]] wonders how the traps are still operational after all this time. [[spoiler:It is soon revealed that the race wasn't so extinct after all.]]

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* Subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', in which Aang and [[spoiler:Zuko]] explore the ruins of a long extinct culture. When they run into a series of booby traps, [[spoiler:Zuko]] [[LampshadeHanging wonders how the traps are still operational after all this time. time.]] [[spoiler:It is soon revealed that the race wasn't so extinct after all.]]
21st May '16 12:07:39 AM mariic
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-->'''Ford:''' I think they're going to have [[{{Understatement}} a very good try at applying to us]].

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-->'''Ford:''' -->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Ford]]:''' [[ThisIsGonnaSuck I think they're going to have have]] [[{{Understatement}} a very good try at applying to us]].
21st May '16 12:04:25 AM mariic
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** The primary purpose of those pits was to catch rainwater to prevent it from ruining the tombs, by the way. Catching graverobbers was just a side benefit.

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** [[MundaneUtility The primary purpose of those pits was to catch rainwater to prevent it from ruining the tombs, tombs,]] by the way. Catching graverobbers was just a side benefit.
5th Feb '16 8:51:50 AM eroock
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->''Your car needs a service at least every 3 years, but a temple built from ''stone'' with primitive tools over one thousand years ago can have a mechanism that runs smoother than a hot curry through a digestive system. Because of ''magic''.''

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->''Your ->''"Your car needs a service at least every 3 years, but a temple built from ''stone'' with primitive tools over one thousand years ago can have a mechanism that runs smoother than a hot curry through a digestive system. Because of ''magic''.''"''
5th Dec '15 11:26:42 AM nombretomado
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* In ''[[SeriousSam Serious Sam III: BFE]]'': You go inside a pyramid where everything is crumbling and yet there are still levers that activate falling ceilings. Could be justified in that there might be some Sirian technology behind the scenes holding everything together.

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* In ''[[SeriousSam ''[[VideoGame/SeriousSam Serious Sam III: BFE]]'': You go inside a pyramid where everything is crumbling and yet there are still levers that activate falling ceilings. Could be justified in that there might be some Sirian technology behind the scenes holding everything together.



* Pi'illodium in VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam. Keep in mind the entire Pi'illo Kingdom which it was supposed to guard the temple of had literally collapsed about two thousand years before the game starts. That still didn't stop this thing firing an infinite barrage of heat seeking missiles at Mario and Luigi, flying, making comments in RoboSpeak about how their deaths were imminent and setting off a thirty second self destruct timer when its health got low. Probable same deal with Earthwake in Dreamy Wakeport, assuming it was given the nightmare chunk to hold back when the BigBad was defeated the first time round. Two thousand years of no kingdom or civilisation didn't stop that HumongousMecha either.

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* Pi'illodium in VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam.''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam''. Keep in mind the entire Pi'illo Kingdom which it was supposed to guard the temple of had literally collapsed about two thousand years before the game starts. That still didn't stop this thing firing an infinite barrage of heat seeking missiles at Mario and Luigi, flying, making comments in RoboSpeak about how their deaths were imminent and setting off a thirty second self destruct timer when its health got low. Probable same deal with Earthwake in Dreamy Wakeport, assuming it was given the nightmare chunk to hold back when the BigBad was defeated the first time round. Two thousand years of no kingdom or civilisation didn't stop that HumongousMecha either.
12th Nov '15 1:01:05 PM tranz2deep
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*** Also, the Temple as a whole was a weight bound to the back of a Titan. There was no way the Olympians were going to let the setup fall to pieces. Heck, one of the teasers at the end of the game had the ruins of the Temple (still containing dire secrets, it's hinted) and the remains of the Titan discovered in modern times as whatever avoidance effects the Gods put onto his carcass finally faded.
6th Oct '15 12:57:53 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Fanfic/TheTwoSidesOfDaringDo'', AK Yearling once asked Princess Celestia why the ancient civilizations would bother designing elaborate traps to guard ancient artifacts instead of just burying them. Celestia suggested the ancients believed the artifacts could be of use to ponykind in the future, but the traps are a test to make sure only the most worthy could get to them.
15th Jun '15 9:56:56 AM nombretomado
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* ''TheJourneymanProject 2: Buried in Time'' graciously averts this. You visit Cichen Itza at 1050 AD, when the traps for the three underground trials have been recently built and are fully functional.

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* ''TheJourneymanProject ''VideoGame/TheJourneymanProject 2: Buried in Time'' graciously averts this. You visit Cichen Itza at 1050 AD, when the traps for the three underground trials have been recently built and are fully functional.
14th Jun '15 2:43:07 PM Epithumia
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** This is a double example, since the ''Enterprise'' is lured into the trap by its previous victim - a thousand year old ship which still has life support and gravity.
14th Jun '15 2:30:33 PM Epithumia
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* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', a Jaffa proverb recited by Teal'c states: [[SpockSpeak "They do not build them as they once did."]]
** Semi-justified though as a lot of the stuff the Ancients and other civilizations built are very durable, functional magic, and made out of Unobtainium.

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* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', a Jaffa proverb recited by Teal'c states: [[SpockSpeak "They do not build them as they once did."]]
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many relics of the Ancients are still functional and dangerous despite the Ancients living ''millions'' of years ago. Semi-justified though as a lot of the stuff the Ancients and other civilizations built are very durable, functional magic, and made out of Unobtainium.
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