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2nd May '16 2:02:19 PM Willbyr
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* ''TransformersSuperGodmasterforce'' has one of these between the Autobots and Decepticons, as both sides develop more and more powerful upgrades for their commanders.

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* ''TransformersSuperGodmasterforce'' ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodmasterforce'' has one of these between the Autobots and Decepticons, as both sides develop more and more powerful upgrades for their commanders.



** And the race is re-started again in ''MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' with the Dividers able to render useless any magical weaponry showed at the time thus forcing the TSAB to take a risk by making weapons that convert magic into conventional energy to power up physical attacks, getting closer and closer to breaking their once stone settled ban on mass-based weaponry.
* ''Manga/GetterRobo'' starts off with a single HumongousMecha fighting monsters, to every nation on Earth having them and engaging in conflicts of World War proportions, to epic wars in space between galaxies. The action grows in scale and the mecha in size rapidly from there, and peaks at the point where [[spoiler: one of the mecha is ''larger than galaxies'' and can stand toe-to-toe with God]]. Overall, this series is something of a {{Deconstruction}} of the idea. The main characters are trapped in a Lensman Arms Race because the Getter Rays, the energy of [[EvolutionaryLevels evolution]], keeps pushing them forward regardless of the consequences for the universe. The antagonists are fighting them to prevent this, but by attacking humanity they only make them stronger. This results in a vicious cycle of increasingly escalating power that will eventually destroy the universe.
* In {{Claymore}} this trope turns out to be the real reason [[spoiler:Claymores and related demonic hybrid beings are developed. The nation is gearing up for a war with another nation that has successfully militarized ''dragons'' of all things.]]

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** And the race is re-started again in ''MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' with the Dividers able to render useless any magical weaponry showed at the time thus forcing the TSAB to take a risk by making weapons that convert magic into conventional energy to power up physical attacks, getting closer and closer to breaking their once stone settled ban on mass-based weaponry.
* ''Manga/GetterRobo'' starts off with a single HumongousMecha fighting monsters, to every nation on Earth having them and engaging in conflicts of World War proportions, to epic wars in space between galaxies. The action grows in scale and the mecha in size rapidly from there, and peaks at the point where [[spoiler: one of the mecha is ''larger than galaxies'' and can stand toe-to-toe with God]]. Overall, this series is something of a {{Deconstruction}} of the idea. The main characters are trapped in a Lensman Arms Race because the Getter Rays, the energy of [[EvolutionaryLevels evolution]], {{evolution|aryLevels}}, keeps pushing them forward regardless of the consequences for the universe. The antagonists are fighting them to prevent this, but by attacking humanity they only make them stronger. This results in a vicious cycle of increasingly escalating power that will eventually destroy the universe.
* In {{Claymore}} ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' this trope turns out to be the real reason [[spoiler:Claymores and related demonic hybrid beings are developed. The nation is gearing up for a war with another nation that has successfully militarized ''dragons'' of all things.]]
22nd Apr '16 2:51:49 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' franchise is a subdued version, by virtue of there not being an overarching bad guy for the heroes to have an arms race against. There was a big jump in the original series as mankind used salvaged alien technology to build giant spaceships and transforming HumongousMecha, but since then, not much has really changed in the sixty-or-so year time span of the franchise besides a shift to energy-based weapons and some more portable and advanced FasterThanLight drives, with the only big development being DME weaponry (a space-time warping weapon, which is really just a weaponized extension of the aformentioned FTL tech), which is capable, if built on a large enough scale, of an EarthShatteringKaboom.

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* The ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' franchise is a subdued version, by virtue of there not being an overarching bad guy for the heroes to have an arms race against. There was a big jump in the original series ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' as mankind used salvaged alien technology to build giant spaceships and transforming HumongousMecha, but since then, not much has really changed in the sixty-or-so year time span of the franchise besides a shift to energy-based weapons and weapons, some more portable and advanced FasterThanLight drives, and increased use of AI-controlled drones, with the only big development being DME weaponry (a space-time warping weapon, which is really just a weaponized extension of the aformentioned aforementioned FTL tech), which is capable, if built on a large enough scale, of an EarthShatteringKaboom.
11th Apr '16 1:49:11 AM KJMackley
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* This is going on in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. Humanity's gone from not being worth anyone's notice to rather shocking. When S.H.I.E.L.D. started using the Tesseract to produce weapons, that got the attention of {{Thanos}}, who bargained with Loki to retrieve it. When Earth drove off the Chitari in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', that only seemed to make him ''more'' interested in us.
** Advance trailers for ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' seem to imply Earth will be a battleground for control of the remaining Infinity Gems.
* In ''Film/IronMan2'', the US government wants to nationalize the Iron Man tech because they're afraid other nations will copy and mass-produce it before they can. Stark counters with evidence that enemy nations' attempts at this are failing hilariously, but nonetheless shows that they're trying. Then Ivan Vanko shows up and proves that Tony's not the only genius who can do amazing things WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS, adding fuel to the government's arguments.

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* This is going on in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. Humanity's gone from not being worth anyone's notice to rather shocking.
**
When S.H.I.E.L.D. started using the Tesseract is introduced in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' it was used to produce weapons, that got weapons by the attention of {{Thanos}}, who bargained with Loki to retrieve it. When Earth drove off Red Skull, and when put into the Chitari hands of the good guys for the next 70 years it was deemed too dangerous to experiment on. In response to the discovery of Asguardians in ''Film/{{Thor}}'', SHIELD started looking into tapping into the Tesseract again, which is where ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Avengers|2012}}'' starts off. Loki is tasked to retrieve the Tesseract and use it to return it to Thanos, bringing in the alien Chitauri army to Earth. Once fended off by the Avengers, ComicBook/{{Thanos}} is informed that Earth is much more dangerous than they expected and that only seemed to make him ''more'' interested in us.
** Advance trailers for
us. Later films in the MCU introduce more items like the Tesseract and identifies them as the Infinity Gems, which will reach a head in ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' seem to imply where Earth will be a battleground for control of the remaining Infinity Gems.
* In ''Film/IronMan2'', ** On a smaller scale, ''Film/IronMan2'' has the US government wants trying to nationalize take the Iron Man tech because they're afraid other nations will copy and mass-produce it before they can. Stark counters with evidence that enemy nations' attempts at this are failing hilariously, but nonetheless shows that they're trying. Then Ivan Vanko shows up and proves that Tony's not the only genius who can do amazing things WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS, make advanced powered armor tech, adding fuel to the government's arguments.arguments. By ''Film/IronMan3'' Tony is trying to leapfrog himself, building faulty armors, because of his fear of not being prepared for new threats.


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* The Film/DCExtendedUniverse has this happening almost instantly, using the dramatic events of ''Film/ManOfSteel'' as a springboard.
** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' shows that having a being as insanely powerful as Superman dramatically alters world politics but also inspires certain individuals to try and provide countermeasures to him. Batman and Lex ended up fighting for control of a large chunk of [[KryptoniteFactor Kryptonite]], the only thing that can harm Superman. By the end of the film it is speculated that [[GreaterScopeVillain something bad is on the horizon]], and they'll need to [[Film/JusticeLeague unite a team to face it]].
** ''Film/SuicideSquad'' suggests that this BoxedCrook team would be another factor in trying to ward off Superman in case he turns against the world. Before Superman the knowledge of metahumans was kept to a minimum, but ever since he showed up he's been a "beacon" to pull them out of the shadows.
28th Mar '16 7:11:25 AM ChronoLegion
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** In a similar vein, China purchased an old Soviet-era aircraft carrier, and is now attempting to build a naval air arm from scratch. It'll take 20 years to do so, but, the current stuff looks threatening on paper...

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** In a similar vein, China purchased an old Soviet-era aircraft carrier, carrier (of the same class that the current Russian flagship), and is now attempting to build a naval air arm from scratch. It'll take 20 years to do so, but, the current stuff looks threatening on paper...
26th Feb '16 5:03:59 PM LordOfTheSword
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This is what happens when (nation-)''states'' attempt to prove that MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours or build a BiggerStick.

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This is what happens when (nation-)''states'' (nation-)states attempt to prove that MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours or build a BiggerStick.
24th Feb '16 11:42:01 AM DarkHunter
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* The ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' franchise is a subdued version, by virtue of there not being an overarching bad guy for the heroes to have an arms race against. There was a big jump in the original series as mankind used salvaged alien technology to build giant spaceships and transforming HumongousMecha, but since then, not much has really changed in the sixty-or-so year time span of the franchise besides a shift to energy-based weapons and some more portable and advanced FasterThanLight drives, with the only big development being DME weaponry (a type of weaponized space-time warping device), which is capable, if built on a large enough scale, of an EarthShatteringKaboom.

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* The ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' franchise is a subdued version, by virtue of there not being an overarching bad guy for the heroes to have an arms race against. There was a big jump in the original series as mankind used salvaged alien technology to build giant spaceships and transforming HumongousMecha, but since then, not much has really changed in the sixty-or-so year time span of the franchise besides a shift to energy-based weapons and some more portable and advanced FasterThanLight drives, with the only big development being DME weaponry (a type of weaponized space-time warping device), weapon, which is really just a weaponized extension of the aformentioned FTL tech), which is capable, if built on a large enough scale, of an EarthShatteringKaboom.
24th Feb '16 11:39:51 AM DarkHunter
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* The ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' franchise appears to be heading in this direction; having ''begun'' with five-million-ship armadas that can easily devastate the surface of a planet in minutes, ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' introduces planet-disintegrating bombs and [[RespawningEnemies self-replicating]] [[OrganicTechnology organic]] [[AttackDrone remote controlled]] space fleets.
** To be fair, the Vajra are another species entirely, not some manufactured weapon. As far as actual Valkyrie designs go though, not much has really changed in the fifty-or-so year time span besides a shift to energy-based weapons and some miniaturized equipment.

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* The ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' franchise appears to be heading in this direction; having ''begun'' with five-million-ship armadas that can easily devastate is a subdued version, by virtue of there not being an overarching bad guy for the surface of heroes to have an arms race against. There was a planet big jump in minutes, ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' introduces planet-disintegrating bombs the original series as mankind used salvaged alien technology to build giant spaceships and [[RespawningEnemies self-replicating]] [[OrganicTechnology organic]] [[AttackDrone remote controlled]] space fleets.
** To be fair, the Vajra are another species entirely, not some manufactured weapon. As far as actual Valkyrie designs go though,
transforming HumongousMecha, but since then, not much has really changed in the fifty-or-so sixty-or-so year time span of the franchise besides a shift to energy-based weapons and some miniaturized equipment.more portable and advanced FasterThanLight drives, with the only big development being DME weaponry (a type of weaponized space-time warping device), which is capable, if built on a large enough scale, of an EarthShatteringKaboom.
21st Feb '16 11:29:26 AM nombretomado
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* This is going on in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. Humanity's gone from not being worth anyone's notice to rather shocking. When S.H.I.E.L.D. started using the Tesseract to produce weapons, that got the attention of {{Thanos}}, who bargained with Loki to retrieve it. When Earth drove off the Chitari in ''Film/TheAvengers'', that only seemed to make him ''more'' interested in us.

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* This is going on in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. Humanity's gone from not being worth anyone's notice to rather shocking. When S.H.I.E.L.D. started using the Tesseract to produce weapons, that got the attention of {{Thanos}}, who bargained with Loki to retrieve it. When Earth drove off the Chitari in ''Film/TheAvengers'', ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', that only seemed to make him ''more'' interested in us.
18th Feb '16 7:02:07 PM sgamer82
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*** The series, though nowhere near as over-the-top as ''Lensman''. [[note]]Much of the "new" tech is actually existing tech being used in new ways; the realism of this is hotly debated.[[/note]] The series started out as a RecycledInSpace retelling of English and French naval battles of the Napoleonic Wars, and the technology advances mirror actual advances in naval warfare. Smooth-bore cannons to rifled guns (multi-drive missiles). Armor ("bow and stern walls" energy shielding) to aircraft and aircraft carriers ([=LACs=] and [=CLACs=]) to radio (faster-than-light comms) to guided missiles (project Ghost Rider). Submarines are creeping in with [[spoiler:the Mesans' new "stealth" spider drive, and their single-shot laser missile that behaves suspiciously like a homing torpedo.]]

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*** The series, though nowhere near as over-the-top as ''Lensman''. ''Lensman'' [[note]]Much of the "new" tech is actually existing tech being used in new ways; the realism of this is hotly debated.[[/note]] The [[/note]], the series started out as a RecycledInSpace retelling of English and French naval battles of the Napoleonic Wars, and the technology advances mirror actual advances in naval warfare. Smooth-bore cannons to rifled guns (multi-drive missiles). Armor ("bow and stern walls" energy shielding) to aircraft and aircraft carriers ([=LACs=] and [=CLACs=]) to radio (faster-than-light comms) to guided missiles (project Ghost Rider). Submarines are creeping in with [[spoiler:the Mesans' new "stealth" spider drive, and their single-shot laser missile that behaves suspiciously like a homing torpedo.]]
18th Feb '16 7:00:20 PM sgamer82
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* The ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series by David Weber, though nowhere near as over-the-top as ''Lensman''. [[note]]Much of the "new" tech is actually existing tech being used in new ways; the realism of this is hotly debated.[[/note]] The series started out as a RecycledInSpace retelling of English and French naval battles of the Napoleonic Wars, and the technology advances mirror actual advances in naval warfare. Smooth-bore cannons to rifled guns (multi-drive missiles). Armor ("bow and stern walls" energy shielding) to aircraft and aircraft carriers ([=LACs=] and [=CLACs=]) to radio (faster-than-light comms) to guided missiles (project Ghost Rider). Submarines are creeping in with [[spoiler:the Mesans' new "stealth" spider drive, and their single-shot laser missile that behaves suspiciously like a homing torpedo.]]\\

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* Creator/DavidWeber:
** ''Literature/HonorHarrington''
***
The ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series by David Weber, series, though nowhere near as over-the-top as ''Lensman''. [[note]]Much of the "new" tech is actually existing tech being used in new ways; the realism of this is hotly debated.[[/note]] The series started out as a RecycledInSpace retelling of English and French naval battles of the Napoleonic Wars, and the technology advances mirror actual advances in naval warfare. Smooth-bore cannons to rifled guns (multi-drive missiles). Armor ("bow and stern walls" energy shielding) to aircraft and aircraft carriers ([=LACs=] and [=CLACs=]) to radio (faster-than-light comms) to guided missiles (project Ghost Rider). Submarines are creeping in with [[spoiler:the Mesans' new "stealth" spider drive, and their single-shot laser missile that behaves suspiciously like a homing torpedo.]]\\]]
*** As the series progresses the trope becomes stronger: [[spoiler:the Mesan Alignment]] reveal two new super-duper space drives, an entirely new biological "mind control" weapon, and that's just the first few things we've seen coming from their centuries-long supersecret R&D program.
***''Literature/HonorHarrington'' also shows what happens when said two sides team up to defeat a third group armed [[CurbStompBattle with equipment that's twenty years of constant warfare out of date]].
** Weber's ''Literature/{{Starfire}}'' series showcases realistically depicted arms races spurred on by the current conflict, with specific technologies and tactics being designed to counter the enemy's latest gimmick, while at the same time still managing to follow the respective races' (often) wildly divergent military doctrines.
** It also shows up in a TechnologyUplift set-up in the ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' books, and in his standalone novel ''Literature/TheExcaliburAlternative.'' ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' in particular is all about invoking this trope, as the main character, Merlin Athrawes, tries to bring the LostColony of Safehold out of its MedievalStasis by helping introduce innovations to one country to force the rest to try and catch up.
* See Creator/DrSeuss' ''Literature/TheButterBattleBook'' for a version of this trope in poem form as a [[SatireParodyPastiche satire]] of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar.
* Subverted in the ArthurCClarke short story ''Superiority'', where the side which tries out the new technology in battle (without adequate field tests) ''loses''. This was a clear allegory for WorldWarII and the German investment in "superweapons" and [[AwesomeButImpractical over-engineered supertanks]] as compared to the Allied investment in, for lack of a better term, [[ZergRush Mnogo Tanks]][[note]]And planes, and machine guns...[[/note]] (for both the US and USSR). Lesson: In industrial war, industrial capacity is more important than the quality of the weapons. Unless, of course, your weapon is The Bomb...
* ''Computer War'', by Mack Reynolds, is similar to ''Superiority''. For example, the advanced side uses alarms that can detect laser fire to help guard their buildings -- which are useless, as the saboteurs [[RockBeatsLaser use bows and arrows]] to kill the guards. Also, although this side has a massive conventional military advantage, the weaker side is winning by fighting guerrilla-style, and only in easily defensible terrain (mountains, swamps).
* Played with in Creator/PhilipKDick's ''The Zap Gun'', where a pair of weapons designers, one on each side of the Cold War, are continually coming up with what are ostensibly new weapons. In reality, though, everything they come up with is immediately repurposed into harmless knick-knacks. This helps keep the Cold War cold, but proves disastrous once aliens invade, and the world is defenseless. They end up getting the aliens to leave by [[spoiler:getting them addicted to a video game.]]
* In the German pulp SciFi series ''Literature/PerryRhodan'' (started in 1961 and still running), the story started with the title character, Perry Rhodan, being the first human to land on the moon. 10 issues in, he was commanding an interstellar cruiser, and in another ten issues in he achieved {{immortality}}.\\



As the series progresses the trope becomes stronger: [[spoiler:the Mesans have revealed two new super-duper space drives, an entirely new biological "mind control" weapon, and that's just the first few things we've seen so far coming from their centuries-long supersecret R&D program.]]
** ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' also shows what happens when said two sides team up to defeat a third group armed [[CurbStompBattle with equipment that's twenty years of constant warfare out of date]].
* Weber's ''Literature/{{Starfire}}'' series showcases realistically depicted arms races spurred on by the current conflict, with specific technologies and tactics being designed to counter the enemy's latest gimmick, while at the same time still managing to follow the respective races' (often) wildly divergent military doctrines. This seems to be AuthorAppeal for Weber; it also shows up in a GivingRadioToTheRomans set-up in the ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' books, and in his standalone novel ''Literature/TheExcaliburAlternative.''\\

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As the series progresses the trope becomes stronger: [[spoiler:the Mesans have revealed two new super-duper space drives, an entirely new biological "mind control" weapon, More than 2000 issues followed and that's just the first few things we've seen so far coming from their centuries-long supersecret R&D program.]]
** ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' also shows what happens when said two sides team up to defeat a third group armed [[CurbStompBattle with equipment that's twenty years
stuff grew grander and grander in scale: Cosmic Powers of constant warfare out of date]].
* Weber's ''Literature/{{Starfire}}'' series showcases realistically depicted arms races spurred on
[[OrderVersusChaos Order and Chaos]], called "Kosmokrats" and "Chaotarches" by the current conflict, with specific technologies less-advanced races, are forever fighting for supremacy, using mortal species and tactics being designed even [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended beings]] as [[UnwittingPawn chess pieces]] because they cannot interfere directly. The Chaotarchs try to counter literally [[OmnicidalManiac unmake the enemy's latest gimmick, laws of physics]] and return the [[TheMultiverse multiple universes]] to a state of ur-chaos where they can thrive, while at the same time still managing to follow Kosmokrats [[{{Precursors}} seed life and sentience]] throughout the respective races' (often) wildly divergent military doctrines. This seems galaxies and try to be AuthorAppeal for Weber; it also shows up in a GivingRadioToTheRomans set-up in defend the ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' books, and in his standalone novel ''Literature/TheExcaliburAlternative.''\\"cosmic code" from tampering.\\



''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' in particular is all about invoking this trope, as the main character Merlin Athrawes tries to bring the LostColony of Safehold out of its MedievalStasis by helping introduce innovations to one country and prompt the rest to try and catch up.
* See Creator/DrSeuss' ''Literature/TheButterBattleBook'' for a version of this trope in poem form as a [[SatireParodyPastiche satire]] of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar.
* Subverted in the ArthurCClarke short story ''Superiority'', where the side which tries out the new technology in battle (without adequate field tests) ''loses''. This was a clear allegory for WorldWarII and the German investment in "superweapons" and [[AwesomeButImpractical over-engineered supertanks]] as compared to the Allied investment in, for lack of a better term, [[ZergRush Mnogo Tanks]][[note]]And planes, and machine guns...[[/note]] (for both the US and USSR). Lesson: In industrial war, industrial capacity is more important than the quality of the weapons. Unless, of course, your weapon is The Bomb...
* ''Computer War'', by Mack Reynolds, is similar to ''Superiority''. For example, the advanced side uses alarms that can detect laser fire to help guard their buildings -- which are useless, as the saboteurs [[RockBeatsLaser use bows and arrows]] to kill the guards. Also, although this side has a massive conventional military advantage, the weaker side is winning by fighting guerrilla-style, and only in easily defensible terrain (mountains, swamps).
* Played with in Creator/PhilipKDick's ''The Zap Gun'', where a pair of weapons designers, one on each side of the Cold War, are continually coming up with what are ostensibly new weapons. In reality, though, everything they come up with is immediately repurposed into harmless knick-knacks. This helps keep the Cold War cold, but proves disastrous once aliens invade, and the world is defenseless. They end up getting the aliens to leave by [[spoiler:getting them addicted to a video game.]]
* In the German pulp SciFi series ''Literature/PerryRhodan'' (started in 1961 and still running), the story started with the title character, Perry Rhodan, being the first human to land on the moon. 10 issues in, he was commanding an interstellar cruiser, and in another ten issues in he achieved {{immortality}}.\\

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''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' in particular is all about invoking this trope, as While the main character Merlin Athrawes tries Kosmokrats appeared to bring be the LostColony of Safehold out of its MedievalStasis by helping introduce innovations to one country and prompt the rest to try and catch up.
* See Creator/DrSeuss' ''Literature/TheButterBattleBook'' for a version of this trope in poem form as a [[SatireParodyPastiche satire]] of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar.
* Subverted
Good Guys in the ArthurCClarke short story ''Superiority'', where the side which tries out the new technology in battle (without adequate field tests) ''loses''. This was a clear allegory for WorldWarII and the German investment in "superweapons" and [[AwesomeButImpractical over-engineered supertanks]] as compared beginning (sponsoring space-faring races, granting immortality to the Allied investment in, for lack of a better term, [[ZergRush Mnogo Tanks]][[note]]And planes, and machine guns...[[/note]] (for both the US and USSR). Lesson: In industrial war, industrial capacity is more important than the quality of the weapons. Unless, of course, your weapon is The Bomb...
* ''Computer War'', by Mack Reynolds, is similar
certain exceptional individuals to ''Superiority''. For example, the advanced side uses alarms that can detect laser fire to help guard further their buildings -- which are useless, as the saboteurs [[RockBeatsLaser use bows plans) it became more and arrows]] to kill the guards. Also, although this side has a massive conventional military advantage, the weaker side is winning by fighting guerrilla-style, and only in easily defensible terrain (mountains, swamps).
* Played with in Creator/PhilipKDick's ''The Zap Gun'', where a pair of weapons designers, one on each side of the Cold War, are continually coming up with what are ostensibly new weapons. In reality, though, everything
more apparent that they come up with is immediately repurposed into harmless knick-knacks. This helps keep behaved like the Cold War cold, but proves disastrous once aliens invade, Vorlons from [[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]] in that they treated "lesser" races like chess pawns, and the world is defenseless. They end up getting the aliens reacted badly to anyone trying to leave by [[spoiler:getting them addicted to their service. As they claimed, [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans they saw a video game.]]
* In the German pulp SciFi series ''Literature/PerryRhodan'' (started in 1961
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More than 2000 issues followed and stuff grew grander and grander in scale: Cosmic Powers of [[OrderVersusChaos Order and Chaos]], called "Kosmokrats" and "Chaotarches" by the less-advanced races, are forever fighting for supremacy, using mortal species and even [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended beings]] as [[UnwittingPawn chess pieces]] because they cannot interfere directly. The Chaotarchs try to literally [[OmnicidalManiac unmake the laws of physics]] and return the [[TheMultiverse multiple universes]] to a state of ur-chaos where they can thrive, while the Kosmokrats [[{{Precursors}} seed life and sentience]] throughout the galaxies and try to defend the "cosmic code" from tampering.\\
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While the Kosmokrats appeared to be the Good Guys in the beginning (sponsoring space-faring races, granting immortality to certain exceptional individuals to further their plans) it became more and more apparent that they behaved like the Vorlons from [[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]] in that they treated "lesser" races like chess pawns, and reacted badly to anyone trying to leave their service. As they claimed, [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans they saw a bigger picture]]. Existing outside time and space, these transcendent entities were [[AGodAmI no longer able to imagine or sympathize]] with the plight of mortal races, even though they had started out as whole races of mortal species eons ago.\\
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