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16th Nov '17 2:35:40 PM HighCrate
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* Arguably, the [[{{OurOrcsAreDifferent}} orcs]] of ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' could fall under this umbrella. The orcs were an Iron Age (at best) culture of hunter-gatherers with a ProudWarriorRaceGuy society from the planet of Draenor. They were visited by the [[{{OurDemonsAreDifferent}} demons]] of the Burning Legion, a coalition of advanced, magical, alien races hellbent on the destruction of another planet, Azeroth. The orcs were given weapons, magic, technology, and essentially fantasy steroids, while the demons instructed them on how to build a portal to Azeroth, whose dominant human culture was at the time in MedievalStasis. The orcs were comparatively technologically less advanced and had little knowledge of the portal that allowed them to reach Azeroth, owing most of their development to the influence of the Legion.
16th Nov '17 2:31:34 PM HighCrate
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** Lots of primitive tribes who'd lost their comprehension of their LostTechnology showed up on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.
16th Nov '17 2:24:47 PM HighCrate
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* ''Morons from Outer Space'' is pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.

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16th Nov '17 2:23:43 PM HighCrate
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* The Abductors from Jhonen Vasquez's ''ComicBook/{{Squee}}'' series. They later pop up in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''.

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16th Oct '17 8:57:49 PM PaulA
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** The Kzin, particularly during the ''Man-Kzin Wars'', who culturally resemble a hybrid of lions and Apache/Viking/Zulus more than they do a species with a thriving inter-stellar empire. Justified, as spacefaring Kzinti were a backward isolated stone-age tribe that got their technology from another species (herbivore traders who were hiring them to be their strong-arm army). The Kzinti then turned around and wiped out the more advanced members of their species, enslaved their benefactors, and started a religious crusade of galactic conquest. Big on ambitions, small on planning.

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** The Kzin, particularly during the ''Man-Kzin Wars'', ''Literature/ManKzinWars'', who culturally resemble a hybrid of lions and Apache/Viking/Zulus more than they do a species with a thriving inter-stellar empire. Justified, as spacefaring Kzinti were a backward isolated stone-age tribe that got their technology from another species (herbivore traders who were hiring them to be their strong-arm army). The Kzinti then turned around and wiped out the more advanced members of their species, enslaved their benefactors, and started a religious crusade of galactic conquest. Big on ambitions, small on planning.
26th Sep '17 8:30:53 AM AdamC
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** Another episode of Voyager had them discover a race of robots, who were dying out because their creators, the Pralor, had gone extent and the robots themselves lacked the ability to construct more of themselves. After the crew do some digging on the history involved, they discover that the robots are soldiers constructed to fight a ProxyWar with another alien race (who also fought via robots), and that their inability to replicate or improve themselves was an intentional design flaw to control their population. The robots wound up turning against and wiping out their creators (they were starting to consider a peace negotiation, which would've resulted in their robots being disassembled) and are now destroying themselves by fighting a war with no purpose and rapidly-dwindling resources.



** Another episode of Voyager had them discover a race of robots, who were dying out because their creators, the Pralor, had gone extent and the robots themselves lacked the ability to construct more of themselves. After the crew do some digging on the history involved, they discover that the robots are soldiers constructed to fight a ProxyWar with another alien race (who also fought via robots), and that their inability to replicate or improve themselves was an intentional design flaw to control their population. The robots wound up turning against and wiping out their creators (they were starting to consider a peace negotiation, which would've resulted in their robots being disassembled) and are now destroying themselves by fighting a war with no purpose and rapidly-dwindling resources.
26th Sep '17 8:30:06 AM AdamC
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** Another episode of Voyager had them discover a race of robots, who were dying out because their creators, the Pralor, had gone extent and the robots themselves lacked the ability to construct more of themselves. After the crew do some digging on the history involved, they discover that the robots are soldiers constructed to fight a ProxyWar with another alien race (who also fought via robots), and that their inability to replicate or improve themselves was an intentional design flaw to control their population. The robots wound up turning against and wiping out their creators (they were starting to consider a peace negotiation, which would've resulted in their robots being disassembled) and are now destroying themselves by fighting a war with no purpose and rapidly-dwindling resources.
17th Sep '17 11:34:51 AM BreadBull
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** Also from ''Next Generation'' are the Mintakans, an offshoot of Vulcans with a Bronze Age society, who believe Picard is a god after seeing his technology, despite him insisting he was not.
17th Jul '17 3:43:53 PM DarkHunter
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* In the ''Franchise/StargateVerse'':
** Humans are this, which is a major theme of the franchise.
** Another example would be the Genii on ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. Of course, the bar for entry to the cosmos is much lower in this franchise since the only requirement is often "find a gate and figure out or otherwise obtain valid gate addresses."

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* In the ''Franchise/StargateVerse'':
''Franchise/StargateVerse'', the ability to travel to other planets is facilitated mainly by the Stargates, which are very easy to figure out how to operate. As such, even primitive communities can travel across the stars if they have access to a gate:
** Humans Most humans are this, which is a major theme of the franchise.
franchise. The vast majority of humans across the galaxies are at Medieval levels of technology, kept there deliberately by the Goa'uld to discourage rebellions. Earth is more advanced, being at modern levels of technology (well, 90's technology, as that was when the show was made), but still far behind the major galactic powers.
** Another example would be the Genii on ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. Of course, ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', who are more advanced than the bar for entry to the cosmos is much lower in this franchise since the only requirement is often "find a gate and figure standard but still behind Earth, having just figured out or otherwise obtain valid gate addresses."nuclear fission.
5th Jun '17 9:06:14 AM Lopiny
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* The Florans and Avians of ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}'' skirt the trope. Florans are violent savages who find time better spent ssstabbing things than learning higher science, so they prefer to just scavenge technology from other races (usually after a good bout of ssstabbing), and what little self-developed technology they have is all in the hands of a single caste called the Greenfingers, who are apparently smart enough to compensate for their dumber brethren. Avians were granted advanced technology by unknown aliens, but the full understanding is solely in the hands of the Stargazers (their high priests), as is the only supply of the Avolite crystals said technology depends on, thus ensuring that the priesthood remains in power.

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* The Florans and Avians of ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}'' skirt the trope. ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}'':
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Florans are violent savages who find time better spent ssstabbing things than learning higher science, so they prefer to just scavenge technology from other races (usually after a good bout of ssstabbing), and what little self-developed technology they have is all in the hands of a single caste called the Greenfingers, who are apparently smart enough to compensate for their dumber brethren. That said, they ''can'' be taught better, and they're catching up.
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Avians were granted advanced technology by unknown aliens, but the full understanding is solely in the hands of the Stargazers (their high priests), as is the only supply of the Avolite crystals said technology depends on, thus ensuring that the priesthood remains in power.power.
** Novakids are an odd case, in that they have many traits of a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien, including the hyper-intelligence that usually defines them, but have a couple others that hold them back heavily, especially the terrible attention span and disregard for long-term thought. As a result, Novakid "civilization" constantly swings back and forth between archaic and advanced, as individual groups of wanderers figure out something cool like space travel and then simply don't think of passing it along to following generations. Their current SpaceWestern look seems to be a sort of cultural average for these wild swings in tech levels.
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