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21st Sep '17 11:52:42 AM DarkHunter
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** There was one nifty aversion as well, though. The Zero Point Modules (Ancient power sources) are usually treated as {{MacGuffin}}s that are the only way of powering Ancient or other advanced technology. However in one AlternateUniverse episode, Carter adapts a device to cloak and phase the entire planet, and lacking any ZPM or other phlebotinum power source, they run it off the ordinary power grid of the entire United States. It works.

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** There was one nifty aversion as well, though. The Zero Point Modules (Ancient power sources) are usually treated as {{MacGuffin}}s that are the only way of powering Ancient or other advanced technology. However in one AlternateUniverse episode, Carter adapts a device to cloak and phase the entire planet, and lacking any ZPM or other phlebotinum power source, they run it off the ordinary power grid of the entire United States. It works.works (though it necessitates a blackout across 70% of the country because the device needed ''that much'' power).
7th Aug '17 11:34:58 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* A minor plot point in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' involves Comicbook/{{HYDRA}} using reverse-engineered Chitauri tech from the [[Film/TheAvengers2012 first movie]] to outfit its soldiers. [[spoiler: Comicbook/ScarletWitch and Comicbook/{{Quicksilver}} end up getting their powers from the Chitauri scepter Comicbook/{{Loki}} once wielded, and Comicbook/TheVision is later brought to life by the Mind Stone within the scepter.]]
* The Tinkerer in ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'' makes super-weapons out of scavenged tech leftover from supervillain fights, including the aforementioned Chitauri.

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A minor plot point in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' involves Comicbook/{{HYDRA}} using reverse-engineered Chitauri tech from the [[Film/TheAvengers2012 first movie]] first]] ''Avengers'' movie to outfit its soldiers. [[spoiler: Comicbook/ScarletWitch and Comicbook/{{Quicksilver}} end up getting their powers from the Chitauri scepter Comicbook/{{Loki}} once wielded, and Comicbook/TheVision is later brought to life by the Mind Stone within the scepter.]]
* The Tinkerer in ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'' makes super-weapons out ** In ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'', the entire modus operandi of scavenged tech leftover the Vulture's gang is to steal technology left over from supervillain the Avenger's various fights, including the aforementioned Chitauri. Chitauri tech, which their GadgeteerGenius Phineas "The Tinkerer" Mason uses to create various weapons and other gear to sell on the black market (as well as for the gang's own use, as seen with Vulture's exo-suit and Shocker's gauntlet). The incongruity of petty criminals armed with advanced alien superweapons is lampshaded by a prospective buyer, who accuses the gang of trying to upsell him and emphasizes that he's not trying to send someone back in time.
2nd Aug '17 2:52:34 PM Panzerkatzen
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** This trend continues in ''Videogame/XCOMEnemyWithin'', where XCOM's weakest technology is the pinnacle of small arms, aircraft, and missile tech, and everything else is reverse engineered from captured Alien technology and information gained from [[MindProbe interrogating]] captured aliens. Head scientist [[OmnidisciplinaryDoctor Dr. Vahlen]] comments that they don't have time to fully understand how the technology works, her team just makes sure it does and will figure out the specifics once the war ends.

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** This trend continues in ''Videogame/XCOMEnemyWithin'', where XCOM's weakest technology is the pinnacle of small arms, aircraft, and missile tech, and everything else is reverse engineered from captured Alien technology and information gained from [[MindProbe interrogating]] captured aliens. Head scientist [[OmnidisciplinaryDoctor [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist Dr. Vahlen]] comments that they don't have time to fully understand how the technology works, her team just makes sure it does and will figure out the specifics once the war ends.
2nd Aug '17 2:42:13 PM Panzerkatzen
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** This trend continues in ''Videogame/XCOMEnemyWithin'', where XCOM's weakest technology is the pinnacle of small arms, aircraft, and missile tech, and everything else is reverse engineered from captured Alien technology and information gained from [[MindProbe interrogating]] captured aliens. Head scientist [[OmnidisciplinaryDoctor Dr. Vahlen]] comments that they don't have time to fully understand how the technology works, her team just makes sure it does and will figure out the specifics once the war ends.
9th Jul '17 4:03:47 PM MarkLungo
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* DC's third Comicbook/BlueBeetle, Jaime Reyes, gets his powers from an advanced piece of technology that's pressumed in-universe to be magic related but the series slowly reveals that it was deliberately sent to Earth by an unknown alien species. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the Beetle was designed to infiltrate and slowly conquer Earth]].

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* DC's third Comicbook/BlueBeetle, Jaime Reyes, gets his powers from an advanced piece of technology that's pressumed pressmed in-universe to be magic related related, but the series slowly reveals that it was deliberately sent to Earth by an unknown alien species. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the Beetle was designed to infiltrate and slowly conquer Earth]].



* A major recurring plot point in IDW's ''{{ComicBook/Transformers}}'' series. The Tyrest Accords explicitly prohibit any alien races from using Cybertronian tech, and prohibit Cybertronians from attempting to export such tech to other races. This was agreed to very early on in the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons, and is one of the few points of agreement between the factions, because the consequences of widespread Cybertronian weaponry are too ugly to contemplate. [[spoiler: Optimus Prime recently declared ''Earth'' a colony of Cybertron, partially because Earth's governments had been scavenging Cybertronian tech and the Galatic Council would come down on them with extreme prejudice.]]
** Speaking of, scavenged Cybertronian tech is how IDW revived ''{{WesternAnimation/MASK}}''.

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* A major recurring plot point in IDW's ''{{ComicBook/Transformers}}'' Creator/IDWPublishing's ''ComicBook/{{Transformers}}'' series. The Tyrest Accords explicitly prohibit any alien races from using Cybertronian tech, and prohibit Cybertronians from attempting to export such tech to other races. This was agreed to very early on in the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons, and is one of the few points of agreement between the factions, because the consequences of widespread Cybertronian weaponry are too ugly to contemplate. [[spoiler: Optimus Prime recently declared ''Earth'' a colony of Cybertron, partially because Earth's governments had been scavenging Cybertronian tech and the Galatic Council would come down on them with extreme prejudice.]]
** Speaking of, scavenged Cybertronian tech is how IDW revived ''{{WesternAnimation/MASK}}''.''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}''.
9th Jul '17 3:35:49 PM Daedalis
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* The technology that makes the titular room of ''ComicBook/CleanRoom'' work was salvaged from disabled demon vessels.
21st Jun '17 9:08:06 AM DaveE
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* A major recurring plot point in IDW's ''ComicBook/Transformers'' series. The Tyrest Accords explicitly prohibit any alien races from using Cybertronian tech, and prohibit Cybertronians from attempting to export such tech to other races. This was agreed to very early on in the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons, and is one of the few points of agreement between the factions, because the consequences of widespread Cybertronian weaponry are too ugly to contemplate. [[spoiler: Optimus Prime recently declared ''Earth'' a colony of Cybertron, partially because Earth's governments had been scavenging Cybertronian tech and the Galatic Council would come down on them with extreme prejudice.]]

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* A major recurring plot point in IDW's ''ComicBook/Transformers'' ''{{ComicBook/Transformers}}'' series. The Tyrest Accords explicitly prohibit any alien races from using Cybertronian tech, and prohibit Cybertronians from attempting to export such tech to other races. This was agreed to very early on in the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons, and is one of the few points of agreement between the factions, because the consequences of widespread Cybertronian weaponry are too ugly to contemplate. [[spoiler: Optimus Prime recently declared ''Earth'' a colony of Cybertron, partially because Earth's governments had been scavenging Cybertronian tech and the Galatic Council would come down on them with extreme prejudice.]]
21st Jun '17 9:07:33 AM DaveE
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** Speaking of, scavenged Cybertronian tech is how IDW revived ''WesternAnimation/MASK''.

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** Speaking of, scavenged Cybertronian tech is how IDW revived ''WesternAnimation/MASK''.''{{WesternAnimation/MASK}}''.
21st Jun '17 9:06:48 AM DaveE
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* A major recurring plot point in IDW's ''ComicBook/Transformers'' series. The Tyrest Accords explicitly prohibit any alien races from using Cybertronian tech, and prohibit Cybertronians from attempting to export such tech to other races. This was agreed to very early on in the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons, and is one of the few points of agreement between the factions, because the consequences of widespread Cybertronian weaponry are too ugly to contemplate. [[spoiler: Optimus Prime recently declared ''Earth'' a colony of Cybertron, partially because Earth's governments had been scavenging Cybertronian tech and the Galatic Council would come down on them with extreme prejudice.]]
** Speaking of, scavenged Cybertronian tech is how IDW revived ''WesternAnimation/MASK''.
15th Jun '17 4:49:04 PM Anddrix
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** One amusing aversion -- they never get around to trying to replicate staff weapons. In ''Stargate'' KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter, so [[GenreSavvy why waste the resources]]? ([[StunGuns Zatts]] would have been useful, but they ''are'' kind of busy.)

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** One amusing aversion -- they never get around to trying to replicate staff weapons. In ''Stargate'' KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter, so [[GenreSavvy why waste the resources]]? resources? ([[StunGuns Zatts]] would have been useful, but they ''are'' kind of busy.)
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