History Main / LensmanArmsRace

12th May '18 4:09:41 PM DocWildNole
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** When the Tesseract is introduced in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' it was used to produce weapons by the Red Skull, and when put into the 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}}'', S.H.I.E.L.D. started looking into tapping into the Tesseract again, which is where ''Film/{{The 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. 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'' where Earth will be a battleground for control of the remaining Infinity Gems.

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** When the Tesseract is introduced in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' it was used to produce weapons by the Red Skull, and when put into the 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}}'', S.H.I.E.L.D. started looking into tapping into the Tesseract again, which is where ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' starts off. again. Asgardian Loki is tasked to retrieve the Tesseract and use it to return deliver it to Thanos, bringing in return taking over the planet; to accomplish this, he brings the alien Chitauri army to Earth. Once fended off by When this proved unsuccessful, thanks to the Avengers, first evocation of [[Film/{{The Avengers|2012}} the Avengers Initiative]], ComicBook/{{Thanos}} is informed that Earth is much more dangerous than they expected and that expected, which only seemed to make makes him ''more'' interested in us. Later films [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Later]] [[Film/DoctorStrange films]] in the MCU introduce more items like the Tesseract and identifies them as the Infinity Gems, which will reach reached a head in ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' where Earth will be a battleground for control of the remaining Infinity Gems.
29th Apr '18 1:26:55 PM nombretomado
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* The Film/DCExtendedUniverse has this happening almost instantly, using the dramatic events of ''Film/ManOfSteel'' as a springboard.

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* The Film/DCExtendedUniverse Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse has this happening almost instantly, using the dramatic events of ''Film/ManOfSteel'' as a springboard.
30th Mar '18 8:19:07 PM LifeofPi
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*** 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) to radar guided gunnery (Apollo). 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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*** though 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) to radar guided gunnery (Apollo). 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.]]
5th Mar '18 3:57:01 PM Onlythrice
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* One BadFuture in ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' had every single country on Earth racing to be the first with a functioning time machine, which eventually devolves into a hellish WorldWarIII that leaves 5.7 billion people dead.
24th Feb '18 2:34:36 PM nombretomado
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** A quintessential example: The Soviets caught wind the American XB-70 Valkyrie in the late 50s; it's a long-range, super-fast bomber intended to scream overhead and have landed before its bombs do. By 1970, they had created the [=MiG=]-25 "Foxbat" interceptor to catch it. The Foxbat is a brick with engines, and needs huge wings to keep it from falling from the sky, but UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks saw those huge wings and thought, "Oh-crap, an ultra-maneuverable superfighter!" They spent a fortune developing the F-14 (1974) and F-15 ('76) to beat it. ''This'' caused the RedsWithRockets to [[FollowTheLeader counter with the Su-27 ('84) and MiG-29 ('83)]], which caused ''America'' to field the F-22 Raptor (2005) and F-35 Lightning II (2015). The RussiansWithRustingRockets are scrambling to produce their own fifth-generation fighters, but they are hampered by budget constraints, and so America currently has the edge and can now safely operate the XB-70 Valkyrie. ...Or could, if it hadn't been cancelled. In 1961. [[ShaggyDogStory Before its first flight.]]

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** A quintessential example: The Soviets caught wind the American XB-70 Valkyrie in the late 50s; it's a long-range, super-fast bomber intended to scream overhead and have landed before its bombs do. By 1970, they had created the [=MiG=]-25 "Foxbat" interceptor to catch it. The Foxbat is a brick with engines, and needs huge wings to keep it from falling from the sky, but UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks saw those huge wings and thought, "Oh-crap, an ultra-maneuverable superfighter!" They spent a fortune developing the F-14 (1974) and F-15 ('76) to beat it. ''This'' caused the RedsWithRockets to [[FollowTheLeader counter with the Su-27 ('84) and MiG-29 ('83)]], which caused ''America'' to field the F-22 Raptor (2005) and F-35 Lightning II (2015). The RussiansWithRustingRockets UsefulNotes/RussiansWithRustingRockets are scrambling to produce their own fifth-generation fighters, but they are hampered by budget constraints, and so America currently has the edge and can now safely operate the XB-70 Valkyrie. ...Or could, if it hadn't been cancelled. In 1961. [[ShaggyDogStory Before its first flight.]]
19th Feb '18 10:41:49 AM FoxBluereaver
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* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', the Trainer and Ranger nations are grouped together in formal alliances, the T.A.T.O (Trainer-Aligned Treaty Organization), and the Ranger Union (known also as the Fall City Pact), and there's a lot of tension between them. A sidestory has Belmondo attempting to recruit Clemont for a think tank based on Lumiose University to develop weaponry to deploy against the Rangers, but Clemont's father Meyer refuses.
18th Feb '18 3:38:57 PM SoapheadChurch
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* The UsefulNotes/ColdWar, TropeCodifier of the Arms Race in Real Life, saw a constant stream of increasingly expensive military projects pursued by both the United States and the Soviet Union driven by limited or inaccurate intelligence about the other side's plans or AwesomeButImpractical stuff that didn't make it off the drawing board. Essentially, the UsefulNotes/ColdWar ended with piles of nuclear, mechanical, chemical, and electronic innovation until one side decided that it was fed up with the whole 'eternal arms race' thing and wanted more Coca-Cola and jeans and less corruption and oppression.

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* The UsefulNotes/ColdWar, TropeCodifier of the Arms Race in Real Life, saw a constant stream of increasingly expensive military projects pursued by both the United States and the Soviet Union driven by limited or inaccurate intelligence about the other side's plans or AwesomeButImpractical stuff that didn't make it off the drawing board. Essentially, the UsefulNotes/ColdWar ended with piles of nuclear, mechanical, chemical, and electronic innovation until one side decided that it was fed up with just sort of...stopped existing. [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp For reasons entirely unrelated to the whole 'eternal arms race' thing and wanted more Coca-Cola and jeans and less corruption and oppression.military might of the other side]].
6th Feb '18 1:21:33 AM LinTaylor
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** ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' features a more traditional use of this trope, thanks to its overall plot involving a [[BalkanizeMe divided Japan warring with itself]] and [[spoiler:both Kamen Riders and MonstersOfTheWeek being part of a secret government SuperSoldier project.]] The show starts with Build using his original Build Driver TransformationTrinket, getting an early upgrade to deal with stronger enemies, [[spoiler:building the more powerful ([[DeadlyUpgrade and deadly]]) Sclash Driver to counter an invasion, fighting ''another'' Rider who has a Sclash Driver made from stolen plans, and receiving the Hazard Trigger device that powers up the Build Driver but runs the risk of turning Build into TheBerserker.]] And all this before the show reaches the halfway mark!
2nd Feb '18 1:50:44 PM CouchAlmark
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* Heisei-era ''Franchise/KamenRider'' typically sees the main Rider gain somewhere between two and four progressively better enhancements to their main powers, each of which gets a turn to shine before the strength of the antagonists rises to match and eventually exceed it. The first Heisei Rider, ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'', can level city blocks with the ''second'' enhanced form he gets, and has two more beyond that each implied to be exponentially more powerful than the last, with Ultimate Kuuga allegedly being powerful enough to produce an EarthShatteringKaboom if misused. Later Riders rarely get to quite ''that'' level of raw destructive power, but a typical Rider will go from vanilla PoweredArmor to being metaphorically, or in some cases ''literally'', godlike.
24th Jan '18 11:12:23 AM Romagnadvoratrelundar
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* The war between content providers and pirates, at least outside of the legal realm of things, can be basically summed up as this, beginning with official videocassette releases which were way cheaper than pirated analog TV rips on 16mm film. As of 2017, now that the arms race has entered into the 4K Ultra HD stage, the content providers look to have the upper hand for now,
[[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment and that's all we care to say about that]].

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* The war between content providers and pirates, at least outside of the legal realm of things, can be basically summed up as this, beginning with official videocassette releases which were way cheaper than pirated analog TV rips on 16mm film. As of 2017, now that the arms race has entered into the 4K Ultra HD stage, the content providers look to have the upper hand for now,
now, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment and that's all we care to say about that]].
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