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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).
11th Apr '16 7:24:16 AM ansi3l
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* in ''WesternAnimation/Supernoobs'' the 4 main characters receive Battleballs from two aliens to fight an intergalagtic virus threat

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* in ''WesternAnimation/Supernoobs'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Supernoobs}}'' the 4 main characters receive Battleballs from two aliens to fight an intergalagtic virus threat
11th Apr '16 7:20:57 AM ansi3l
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* in ''WesternAnimation/Supernoobs'' the 4 main characters receive Battleballs from two aliens to fight an intergalagtic virus threat


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7th Apr '16 7:03:32 AM DeisTheAlcano
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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 ->''"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."''



* DC's latest Comicbook/BlueBeetle is made of this...

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* DC's latest Comicbook/BlueBeetle is made third Comicbook/BlueBeetle, Jaime Reyes, gets his powers from an advanced piece of this...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]].
7th Apr '16 6:57:39 AM DeisTheAlcano
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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 -->''"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.''"''
30th Jan '16 7:49:35 PM Benthelame
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''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' Has this in the form of Wander's Hat. While this show takes place in outer space and the main characters are all aliens, "The Bad Hatter " reveals that Wander stole the hat from people who were misusing it. Ideally, it only gives you the things you need and if you don't take the time to understand why you get what you do out of it the results [[HilarityEnsues can be very funny.]] However, as an AnimateInanimateObject of sorts, it is susceptible to torture and being forced to give you what you want instead.This has a [[PowerIncontinence disastrous outcome.]] When the hat is inadvertently stolen by [[BigBad Lord]] [[LargeHam Hater]] Wander is stranded on the planet without his banjo or anything else. He even sums it up by saying "No hat, No Wander!" Demonstrating how handy it really is.
7th Jan '16 12:58:13 PM nombretomado
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* In ''StarBlazers''[=/=]''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'', Earth is undergoing radioactive bombardment. However, a friendly alien race gives Earth the ability to make Warp Drives. Japan puts this on the battleship Yamato. They also make a new addition, the WaveMotionGun, and sets out to Iscandar. They need to get there and back within a year for Earth to survive. So this drives the entire plot.

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* In ''StarBlazers''[=/=]''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'', ''Anime/StarBlazers''[=/=]''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'', Earth is undergoing radioactive bombardment. However, a friendly alien race gives Earth the ability to make Warp Drives. Japan puts this on the battleship Yamato. They also make a new addition, the WaveMotionGun, and sets out to Iscandar. They need to get there and back within a year for Earth to survive. So this drives the entire plot.
16th Dec '15 6:54:30 AM Berrenta
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* ''Film/{{District 9}}'' uses a variation of this trope. The alien "Prawns" have super weapons that evil MegaCorp MNU would love to figure out, but the weapons only work with alien DNA. When an accident causes [[spoiler:Wikus, the film's protagonist, to begin transforming into a prawn]], he becomes able to use the weapons -- which results in both MNU and Nigerian gangsters [[MacGuffinGirl chasing him]] so they can figure out how to access his power themselves.

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* ''Film/{{District 9}}'' uses a variation of this trope. The alien "Prawns" have super weapons that evil MegaCorp MNU would love to figure out, but the weapons only work with alien DNA. When an accident causes [[spoiler:Wikus, the film's protagonist, to begin transforming into a prawn]], he becomes able to use the weapons -- which results in both MNU and Nigerian gangsters [[MacGuffinGirl chasing him]] him so they can figure out how to access his power themselves.
15th Dec '15 7:52:56 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''VideoGame/XMercs'', you eventually encounter aliens who may be responsible for the arrival of [[GreenRocks advinite]] on Earth and get your hands on some of their tech, including DeflectorShields and {{Energy Weapon}}s. Notably, it takes a number of technological breakthroughs by your scientists to get shields working the way they should. For example, the first shields you get are single-use items instead of reusable generators. Those come much later.
15th Dec '15 7:40:42 AM ChronoLegion
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* The Hyperspace Gates in ''Literature/TheLostFleet'' were given to humanity by an enigmatic alien race. This proves to be a major plot point later because [[spoiler: the aliens retain remote control as well as the ability to detonate them]]. In a spin-off series, TheAlliance manages to get their hands on a Bear-Cow superbattleship.

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* The Hyperspace Gates in ''Literature/TheLostFleet'' were given to humanity by an enigmatic alien race. This proves to be a major plot point later because [[spoiler: the aliens retain remote control as well as the ability to detonate them]]. In a spin-off series, TheAlliance manages to get their hands on a Bear-Cow superbattleship.superbattleship, [[spoiler:although that ends up getting destroyed by the [[AIIsACrapshoot Dark Fleet]]]].
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