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18th Oct '16 9:02:28 AM dmcreif
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* Similar to HYDRA, ''Series/LukeCage2016'' reveals that Hammer Industries used Chitauri metals to create the Judas, a bullet capable of puncturing materials like Luke Cage's durable skin.
16th Oct '16 6:01:39 PM comicwriter
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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.]]

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* A minor plot point in 'Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' ''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.]]
16th Oct '16 6:01:05 PM comicwriter
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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.]]
12th Oct '16 8:28:27 AM StFan
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* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' has a variation on this: The alien faction known as Inspectors gave humanity the Black Hole Engine to see if they were advanced enough to figure it out. If they could, it signaled that they likely had a good enough tech-base to justify invading and stealing it to hybridize with their own.\\
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Also, it is established that the technology to make HumongousMecha feasible was acquired from a trio of meteors that fell to Earth some time ago. These meteors ALSO contained further Phlebotinum, called Extra-Over Technology that allowed the creation of tremendous power sources that would be impossible without the Unobtanium.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' has a variation on this: The alien faction known as Inspectors gave humanity the Black Hole Engine to see if they were advanced enough to figure it out. If they could, it signaled that they likely had a good enough tech-base to justify invading and stealing it to hybridize with their own.\\
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Also, it is established that the technology to make HumongousMecha feasible was acquired from a trio of meteors that fell to Earth some time ago. These meteors ALSO contained further Phlebotinum, called Extra-Over Technology that allowed the creation of tremendous power sources that would be impossible without the Unobtanium.



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* In ''{{Literature/Armada}}'', all the technologies used by the EDA to fight back against the alien invasion are reverse engineered from crashed alien drones. [[spoiler:This was intentional, though, as the whole thing is a SecretTestOfCharacter that determines whether humanity will be allowed to join the galactic community or destroyed]].

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* In ''{{Literature/Armada}}'', ''Literature/{{Armada}}'', all the technologies used by the EDA to fight back against the alien invasion are reverse engineered from crashed alien drones. [[spoiler:This was intentional, though, as the whole thing is a SecretTestOfCharacter that determines whether humanity will be allowed to join the galactic community or destroyed]].



* The Escafil device from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''.
** Or any other technology more remarkable than you might find in a high school.
** Also broccoli.
*** For most readers confused about the above: in the Animorphs universe earth had actually been colonized millions of years ago by a pacifist race who brought with them the main staple crop of their society, yes broccoli. The reason there's no evidence of them is that the meteor that hit earth was aimed at earth by a race that hated the pacifistic one, they got a bull-eye strike right on the colony.
*** But... but... broccoli is just a cultivar of the same species as cabbage and kale and rapini...
*** [[RuleofFunny Details!]]
* Half of the technology of ''Literature/KnownSpace''. We got [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL]] from Outsiders, and everything else from {{starfish|Aliens}}.
** Except the life-extending drug Boosterspice, which we got from [[{{Precursors}} our extraplanetary ancestors]].
*** Also variable-swords, which we got from ''even older'' AbusivePrecursors.
** And we got indestructible GP hulls and teleportation booths from Puppeteers.
** And the unique [[SwissArmyWeapon Soft Weapon]], left over from the Slaver empire.

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* The Escafil device from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''.
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''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''. Or any other technology more remarkable than you might find in a high school.
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school. Also broccoli.
*** For most readers confused about the above: in
broccoli. In the Animorphs universe earth universe, Earth had actually been colonized millions of years ago by a pacifist race who brought with them the main staple crop of their society, yes broccoli. The reason there's no evidence of them is that the meteor that hit earth was aimed at earth by a race that hated the pacifistic one, they got a bull-eye strike right on the colony.
*** But... but... broccoli is just a cultivar of the same species as cabbage and kale and rapini...
*** [[RuleofFunny Details!]]
* Half of the technology of ''Literature/KnownSpace''. We got [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL]] from Outsiders, and everything else from {{starfish|Aliens}}.
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{{starfish|Aliens}}. Except the life-extending drug Boosterspice, which we got from [[{{Precursors}} our extraplanetary ancestors]].
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ancestors]]. Also variable-swords, which we got from ''even older'' AbusivePrecursors.
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AbusivePrecursors. And we got indestructible GP hulls and teleportation booths from Puppeteers.
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Puppeteers. And the unique [[SwissArmyWeapon Soft Weapon]], left over from the Slaver empire.



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* The [[Franchise/StargateVerse Stargates]] from ''Series/StargateSG1'' and ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. In those same shows, staff weapons, naquadah generators, zats, and the hybrid technology used by the SGC's intergalactic space ships. I mean, seriously, what could be cooler than the notion that by the year 2007, the US Air Force could build no less than ''five'' intergalactic space ships? (Ignoring the fact that one of them was destroyed, two if you count an alternate timeline.) Hell, they gave one to ''Russia'' and another to ''China'' for Pete's sake. ''Both'' of those were destroyed.
** 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 adapted a device to cloak and phase the entire planet, and lacking any ZPM or other phlebotinum power source, they ran it off the ordinary power grid of the entire United States. It worked.
** The show is notable in that the alien technology is often adapted slowly, with {{Continuity Nod}}s over several seasons showing its development. For example, Stargate Command's IAP-based SpaceFighter took ''almost six seasons'' to develop fully. It was based on two damaged Goa'uld fighters that were stolen at the end of ''Season 1.'' We got to see them being worked on in a secret facility in Season 2, a failed early prototype was the focus of an episode in Season 4, and the first successful prototype was used in Season 6, followed by the final production model a season later.
** One amusing aversion- they never got around to trying to replicate staff weapons. In ''Stargate'' KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter, so [[GenreSavvy why waste the resources]]? ([[StunGuns Zatts]] would have been useful, but they ''were'' kind of busy.)

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* Franchise/StargateVerse:
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The [[Franchise/StargateVerse Stargates]] Stargates from ''Series/StargateSG1'' and ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. In those same shows, staff ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' are the whole motivators of the shows.
** Staff
weapons, naquadah generators, zats, and the hybrid technology used by the SGC's intergalactic space ships. I mean, seriously, Seriously, what could be cooler than the notion that by the year 2007, the US Air Force could build no less than ''five'' intergalactic space ships? (Ignoring the fact that one of them was destroyed, two if you count an alternate timeline.) Hell, they gave one to ''Russia'' and another to ''China'' for Pete's sake. ''Both'' of those were destroyed.
** 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 adapted adapts a device to cloak and phase the entire planet, and lacking any ZPM or other phlebotinum power source, they ran run it off the ordinary power grid of the entire United States. It worked.
works.
** The show is notable in that the alien technology is often adapted slowly, with {{Continuity Nod}}s over several seasons showing its development. For example, Stargate Command's IAP-based SpaceFighter took ''almost six seasons'' to develop fully. It was based on two damaged Goa'uld fighters that were stolen at the end of ''Season 1.'' We got get to see them being worked on in a secret facility in Season 2, a failed early prototype was is the focus of an episode in Season 4, and the first successful prototype was is used in Season 6, followed by the final production model a season later.
** One amusing aversion- aversion -- they never got 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 ''were'' ''are'' kind of busy.)



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* The titular perfume in ''ErikasNewPerfume''.
* The interstellar transmitter which once sat in Bob's front yard in ''WebComic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''. It eventually got blown up by SpacePirates.
* In ''WebComic/ElGoonishShive'', the TransformationRay Gun was brought to a [[TeenGenius young Tedd]] by [[InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien aliens]] who needed someone to upgrade its programming so they could use it to blend in better on Earth. He ended up using it recreationally to engage in temporary GenderBending of himself and his friends. Through a chain of events, it ended up contributing to the creation of a bisexual female duplicate of Tedd's best friend and caused her to be endowed with the ability to emulate one of the its female transformation settings by shooting a beam from her hand.

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* The titular perfume in ''ErikasNewPerfume''.
''Erika's New Perfume''.
* The interstellar transmitter which once sat in Bob's front yard in ''WebComic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''.''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''. It eventually got blown up by SpacePirates.
* In ''WebComic/ElGoonishShive'', ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', the TransformationRay Gun was brought to a [[TeenGenius young Tedd]] by [[InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien aliens]] who needed someone to upgrade its programming so they could use it to blend in better on Earth. He ended up using it recreationally to engage in temporary GenderBending of himself and his friends. Through a chain of events, it ended up contributing to the creation of a bisexual female duplicate of Tedd's best friend and caused her to be endowed with the ability to emulate one of the its female transformation settings by shooting a beam from her hand.



* Forms almost the whole basis of ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'' and all it's series. The Omnitrix from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' fell to earth when Vilgax blew up the spaceship it was on in an attempt to seize it for himself. Given who wound up with it, it's a miracle the planet survived.

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* Forms almost the whole basis of ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'' ''Franchise/Ben10'' and all it's series. The Omnitrix from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'' fell to earth when Vilgax blew up the spaceship it was on in an attempt to seize it for himself. Given who wound up with it, it's a miracle the planet survived.



14th Sep '16 12:58:19 AM PaulA
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* ''Literature/EndersGame'' has instantaneous communication from the Buggers, along with artificial gravity and other technologies that were reverse-engineered from the Bugger starships. This is {{Ret Con}}ned in the prequels, and the gravity-related tech turns out to be purely human, including the Little Doctor (whose prototype "gravity lasers" are used back during the First Invasion).

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* ''Literature/EndersGame'' has instantaneous communication from the Buggers, along with artificial gravity and other technologies that were reverse-engineered from the Bugger starships. This is {{Ret Con}}ned in [[Literature/FormicWars the prequels, prequels]], and the gravity-related tech turns out to be purely human, including the Little Doctor (whose prototype "gravity lasers" are used back during the First Invasion).
8th Aug '16 6:37:54 PM Ripburger
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* Most research options in ''VideoGame/XCom: UFO Defense'' are opened up by acquiring artifacts from or interrogating aliens. If you want to build some of these artifacts yourself, you need to consume the phlebotinum.

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* Most research options in ''VideoGame/XCom: UFO Defense'' ''VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense'' are opened up by acquiring artifacts from or interrogating aliens. If you want to build some of these artifacts yourself, you need to consume the phlebotinum.
25th Jun '16 8:42:56 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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->''"I discovered recently that the Nobel Prize panel does not disqualify submissions if the scientific advances in question have been stolen from extraterrestrials rather than humans. I estimate that I am now owed at least six of them and would greatly appreciate if you would use these new [[PlasmaCannon plasma weapons]] to keep Stockholm safe until the end of the war."''

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->''"I discovered recently that the Nobel Prize panel does not disqualify submissions if the scientific advances in question have been stolen from extraterrestrials rather than humans. I estimate that I am now owed at least six of them and would greatly appreciate if you would use these new [[PlasmaCannon plasma weapons]] weapons to keep Stockholm safe until the end of the war."''
13th Jun '16 12:29:31 AM jormis29
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* ''VideoGame/{{Prey}}'' takes it to the next level. Aboard this massive bio-mechanical alien spaceship, you eventually find a gun that ''the aliens themselves cannot identify''. Imported Alien ''Alien'' Phlebotinium!

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* ''VideoGame/{{Prey}}'' ''VideoGame/Prey2006'' takes it to the next level. Aboard this massive bio-mechanical alien spaceship, you eventually find a gun that ''the aliens themselves cannot identify''. Imported Alien ''Alien'' Phlebotinium!
10th Jun '16 10:14:14 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The aliens wanting their phlebotinum (the SDF-1) back was the driving force for the first part of ''Manga/RoboTech''. Its parent series, ''Anime/{{Macross}}'', had some differences: the aliens were in hot pursuit of an ''enemy'' ship, and had planned to simply destroy it until they found out that the locals had salvaged it... which they had thought impossible (they were ignorant of how to make repairs to their own tech).

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* The aliens wanting their phlebotinum (the SDF-1) back was the driving force for the first part of ''Manga/RoboTech''. ''Anime/{{Robotech}}''. Its parent series, ''Anime/{{Macross}}'', ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', had some differences: the aliens were in hot pursuit of an ''enemy'' ship, and had planned to simply destroy it until they found out that the locals had salvaged it... which they had thought impossible (they were ignorant of how to make repairs to their own tech).
30th Apr '16 12:46:58 PM EDP
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* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', an unspecified but large amount of Earth's modern technology was reverse-engineered from various alien sources, either recovered by finding an abandoned piece of advanced technology (we actually see an attempt going wrong in the series), bought or gifted to them by various aliens (the first jump drives and other technologies were bought from the Centauri, the advanced beam weapons of the ''Omegas'' were originally bought from the Narn, the {{Wave Motion Gun}}s came from the Drazi, and ArtificialGravity was a gift from the Minbari to get them to join the Interstellar Alliance), or outright ''stolen'' (Earth's pulse weapons, for example, are based on Dilgar technology captured on the battlefield). It happened to multiple species (the Centauri themselves, for example, base most if not all their technology on reverse-engineering and then improving alien tech), with the Centauri ''weaponizing'' the trope: they sell ships and weapons to other species and use the stranglehold on the spare parts to slowly absorb them economically (Earth getting the advanced technologies was a failed attempt at doing this).

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* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', Happens often in ''Series/BabylonFive''
** The biggest example is Earth Alliance, with
an unspecified but large amount of Earth's their modern technology was being reverse-engineered from various alien sources, either recovered by finding an abandoned piece of advanced technology (we actually see an attempt going wrong in the series), series. A more successful one were the Interceptors), bought or gifted to them by various aliens (the first jump drives and other technologies were bought from the Centauri, the advanced beam weapons of the ''Omegas'' were originally bought from the Narn, the {{Wave Motion Gun}}s came from the Drazi, and understanding of ArtificialGravity was a gift from the Minbari to get them to join the Interstellar Alliance), or outright ''stolen'' (Earth's pulse weapons, for example, are based on Dilgar technology captured on the battlefield). It happened to multiple species (the battlefield, as most of Earth's job on ArtificialGravity).
** Large parts of
Centauri themselves, for example, base most if not all their technology on reverse-engineering originally came from alien sources that they reverse-engineered (best shown by the ''Kutai''-class gunship, originally a Garmak design they adopted after conquering them) to full understanding and then improving alien tech), with the improved. Centauri ''weaponizing'' being Centauri, they ''weaponized'' the trope: they sell ships and weapons to other species and use the stranglehold on the spare parts to slowly absorb make them economically dependant (Earth getting the advanced technologies was a failed attempt at doing this).this).
** The Narn and the other former Centauri subjects base their technology on whatever their former masters couldn't take with them as they left or was stolen by their resistance (most notably, the Deneth resistance managed to build their entire fleet ''in Centauri shipyards'' before striking), with their mastery of what they took varying between races (the Narn, for example, have an incomplete understanding of Centauri tech, while the Brakiri developed ArtificialGravity well beyond what the Centauri can do).
** The Abbai took advantage of this to entice various lesser races to join the [[TheAlliance League of Non-Aligned Worlds]], offering what was for them obsolete pieces of technology to anyone who would join. [[HigherTechSpecies As the Abbai are one of the most advanced races in the setting]] (most notably they're the only Younger Race with DeflectorShields. That they ''don't'' share), what is obsolete for them is often more advanced than the state-of-the-art of other races.
** In general, the Younger Races' hyperspace technology is directly or indirectly derived from study of the ancient jumpgates left around by the Vorlon, depending on wherever the various races found a Vorlon jumpgate in their system, received it by someone else who already had the technology, or, in at least one case, based it on a jumpgate built by a Younger Race (the Dilgar, who had an Abbai-built gate in their system).
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