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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.
30th May '17 9:23:50 PM gadeel
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* In ''VideoGame/NierAutomata]], Adam tells you that the alien invaders that built the machine lifeforms were so stagnant they were akin to "plants" when compared to humanity, [[spoiler:which is why machines killed them and decided to copy human behavior instead. It's kind of telling when they were struggling against a race that was extinct before they even arrived]].

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* In ''VideoGame/NierAutomata]], ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'', Adam tells you that the alien invaders that built the machine lifeforms were so stagnant they were akin to "plants" when compared to humanity, [[spoiler:which is why machines killed them and decided to copy human behavior instead. It's kind of telling when they were struggling against a race that was extinct before they even arrived]].
30th May '17 9:23:35 PM gadeel
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* In ''VideoGame/NierAutomata]], Adam tells you that the alien invaders that built the machine lifeforms were so stagnant they were akin to "plants" when compared to humanity, [[spoiler:which is why machines killed them and decided to copy human behavior instead. It's kind of telling when they were struggling against a race that was extinct before they even arrived]].
22nd May '17 9:23:20 PM PaulA
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* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' [[ExpandedUniverse novel]] ''Ishmael'' by Creator/BarbaraHambly asserts that the Klingons were a primitive race who were conquered by starfarers called the Karsids. The Klingons, being Klingons, then defeated the Karsids and appropriated all their tech, [[LowCultureHighTech giving them advanced tech despite still being culturally barbaric,]] a perfect object lesson in the worth of the [[AlienNonInterferenceClause Prime Directive]]. Subverted, in that the Klingons did eventually figure out how to build and maintain this technology on their own to the point that they can manage a sizable stellar empire and stay at par with the Federation and the Romulans. However, they remain frozen culturally at their initial primitive level.

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* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' [[ExpandedUniverse novel]] ''Ishmael'' ''Literature/{{Ishmael|1985}}'' by Creator/BarbaraHambly asserts that the Klingons were a primitive race who were conquered by starfarers called the Karsids. The Klingons, being Klingons, then defeated the Karsids and appropriated all their tech, [[LowCultureHighTech giving them advanced tech despite still being culturally barbaric,]] a perfect object lesson in the worth of the [[AlienNonInterferenceClause Prime Directive]]. Subverted, in that the The Klingons did eventually figure out how to build and maintain this technology on their own to the point that they can manage a sizable stellar empire and stay at par with the Federation and the Romulans. However, Romulans, but they remain frozen culturally at their initial primitive level.
12th Apr '17 5:01:23 AM book
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** Considering that the Ferengi bought warp technology instead of developing it, they're possibly an example of this trope, especially if they also bought most of their other technological advances too. Most of them see nothing ''wrong'' with this path towards technological development, after all accumulating wealth and ''profit'' are far more important (technology being only a means towards that end). Even the one Ferengi scientist encountered on any of the shows admits he's only in it because he's not very good at finance, but great at physics; his best option is to invent and then ''sell'' some new technology.

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** Considering that the Ferengi bought warp technology instead of developing it, they're possibly an example of this trope, especially if they also bought most of their other technological advances too. Most of them see nothing ''wrong'' with this path towards technological development, after all accumulating wealth and ''profit'' are far more important (technology being only a means towards that end). Even the one Ferengi scientist encountered on any of the shows admits he's only in it because he's not very good at finance, but great at physics; his best option is to invent and then ''sell'' some new technology.
25th Feb '17 6:41:44 AM iowaforever
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* ''Literature/TheTommyknockers''. They have the ability to create wonders like antigravity, contained miniature stars, and teleportation. However, they don't have the common sense necessary to ''use'' these things (for example, they use up scads of batteries for their antigravity devices, because they need direct current and wall current is alternating. None of them ever thought about [[MundaneSolution buying an AC-DC converter]]), and their other racial trait is HairTriggerTemper. They keep killing each other over petty differences and have destroyed planets before because two of them got into an argument and used what turned out to be planet killers on each other.
22nd Feb '17 5:20:28 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ''Film/InvisibleInvaders'': The titular invaders get a HandWave that their technology (other than their spaceships, the titular capacity to be invisible, and their ability to take over the bodies of dead humans) is unable to work in our atmosphere, and thus they simply use human weapons for their campaign of world-wide sabotage. Even then, they do a pretty good job almost keeping their promise to annihilate all of humanity ''in just three days''.
20th Feb '17 3:09:36 PM Zaptech
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* The aliens in ''Film/IndependenceDay'' are sufficiently advanced to have interstellar capability and DeflectorShields, but in other respects their offensive capabilities are not particularly more advanced than ours. Their doomsday weapons are about as effective as nukes; their attack ships have about the same aerobatic capability as our own fighter jets; their {{Plasma Cannon}}s really aren't any more effective than bullets, and their computers are so jerry-built that a human with a laptop can hack them. In his review of the film, Creator/RogerEbert made a list of the things the aliens were arguably advanced enough to do but didn't, such as taking out everything from orbit, or knocking out our communications with an EMP, or of course, investing in proper virus protection.
19th Feb '17 2:54:03 PM Lopiny
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* The Doog in ''VideoGame/StarControl3'' show barely the intelligence to speak properly, and have probably received most if not all of their technology (whatever little they have) from their masters, the Ploxis.

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* The Doog in ''VideoGame/StarControl3'' show barely have the intelligence to speak properly, and have probably received most if not all of their technology (whatever little they have) from their masters, the Ploxis.Ploxis, while being little more than enslaved brutes otherwise. And yet they have a GameBreaker of a starship with homing projectiles and the best auto-repair system available in the galaxy.
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