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20th Jun '18 9:10:16 AM LexTheDragon
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'', Aperture Science developed several technologies that, with proper application, would have revolutionized the world. Just one, the portal gun, could have, in an instant, solved nearly every transportation and logistical problem on the planet, enabled CasualInterstellarTravel, and incidentally made the company trillions. They also developed BrainUploading, [[AIIsACrapshoot true AI]], HardLight, some really amazing hardware to prevent [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou injury from falling]], and a variety of other things. But they were so into testing all their MadScience inventions that they utterly failed to market them properly--or marketed them for entirely the wrong things. It also doesn't help that they ignored even the most basic of safety standards, to the point where their facilities would have given [[NoOSHACompliance OSHA inspectors]] a heart attack. Then they were all [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters killed by the AI]] that they put in charge of the facility, which happened around the same time as the [[VideoGame/HalfLife2 Combine invasion of Earth]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'', Aperture Science developed several technologies that, with proper application, would have revolutionized the world. Just one, the portal gun, could have, in an instant, solved nearly every transportation and logistical problem on the planet, enabled CasualInterstellarTravel, and incidentally made the company trillions. They also developed BrainUploading, [[AIIsACrapshoot true AI]], HardLight, some really amazing hardware to prevent [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou injury from falling]], and a variety of other things. But they were so into testing all their MadScience inventions that they utterly failed to market them properly--or never marketed them publicly, instead marketing and shipping them to ''themselves'' for entirely the wrong things.even '''more''' testing. It also doesn't help that they ignored even the most basic of safety standards, to the point where their facilities would have given [[NoOSHACompliance OSHA inspectors]] a heart attack. Then they were all [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters killed by the AI]] that they put in charge of the facility, which happened around the same time as the [[VideoGame/HalfLife2 Combine invasion of Earth]].
12th Jun '18 2:53:20 AM Anicomicgeek
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!!Creator/{{Wildstorm}} Universe:
* Deconstructed in ''ComicBook/{{Planetary}}''. The world is run by a secret cabal headed by a thinly veiled version of the Fantastic Four, and the Reed analog purposely keeps their discoveries and inventions from the world (and purposefully seek and confiscate/cover up the technology, magic and similar of others) for personal gain [[spoiler:and to keep humanity weak in preparation for a highly advanced alien race to take it over]]. Planetary itself was founded because this really pissed certain other beings, like the Fourth Man, off, and is dedicated to excavating as much weirdness, lost technology and similar as possible with the aim of sharing it with humanity.
* Creator/WarrenEllis and his successors examined the trope in ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'', which was Jenny Sparks' attempt to fill the shoes of both a disbanded ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}} and The High's group. At the end of the first story arc, after defeating a teleporting clone army of {{Flying Brick}}s from the island of Gamora, team leader Jenny Sparks states that the Authority is going to [[CutLexLuthorACheck present Gamora's captured tissue replication and teleportation devices to UN inspectors]]. She hopes this will pressure the inspectors to make the technology available to the public after 5-10 years of testing. Later, Creator/MarkMillar's "The Nativity" arc explicitly asks the question "Why do super-people never go after the real bastards?". The Authority, like the Stormwatch superhumans, did devote their time to solving the problems of humanity, The Engineer in particular. She developed a cure for a certain strain of leukemia and spent her spare time developing renewable energy. Jack Hawksmoor led his endorsements to companies who promised to pay their workers a decent wage. The Authority are also pretty thorough about addressing the crimes perpetrated by humans rather than superhumans, such as totalitarian regimes. However, this backfires: they are accused of presenting "unfair competition" for medical and industrial companies, and blamed for mass redundancies. Moreover, after the "Coup D'Etat" storyline The Authority become the unelected government of the USA. In the process, the Authority unintentionally causes mass civilian casualties in fighting the armed resistance. Furthermore, the Authority unsuccessfully tries to legalize hemp production and require all auto engines to run on bio-diesel by the end of the year. Amidst these failures, the Authority steps down as unelected rulers of the United States.
* Century child Gaia Rothstein of the 21st century was said to have the power to reverse global warming or make famine history, but had such attempts subverted by the apocalyptic destruction of World's End. As a result, Gaia sought refuge by bonding herself with the planet Earth.




!!Creator/{{Wildstorm}} Universe:
* Deconstructed in ''ComicBook/{{Planetary}}''. The world is run by a secret cabal headed by a thinly veiled version of the Fantastic Four, and the Reed analog purposely keeps their discoveries and inventions from the world (and purposefully seek and confiscate/cover up the technology, magic and similar of others) for personal gain [[spoiler:and to keep humanity weak in preparation for a highly advanced alien race to take it over]]. Planetary itself was founded because this really pissed certain other beings, like the Fourth Man, off, and is dedicated to excavating as much weirdness, lost technology and similar as possible with the aim of sharing it with humanity.
* Creator/WarrenEllis and his successors examined the trope in ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'', which was Jenny Sparks' attempt to fill the shoes of both a disbanded ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}} and The High's group. At the end of the first story arc, after defeating a teleporting clone army of {{Flying Brick}}s from the island of Gamora, team leader Jenny Sparks states that the Authority is going to [[CutLexLuthorACheck present Gamora's captured tissue replication and teleportation devices to UN inspectors]]. She hopes this will pressure the inspectors to make the technology available to the public after 5-10 years of testing. Later, Creator/MarkMillar's "The Nativity" arc explicitly asks the question "Why do super-people never go after the real bastards?". The Authority, like the Stormwatch superhumans, did devote their time to solving the problems of humanity, The Engineer in particular. She developed a cure for a certain strain of leukemia and spent her spare time developing renewable energy. Jack Hawksmoor led his endorsements to companies who promised to pay their workers a decent wage. The Authority are also pretty thorough about addressing the crimes perpetrated by humans rather than superhumans, such as totalitarian regimes. However, this backfires: they are accused of presenting "unfair competition" for medical and industrial companies, and blamed for mass redundancies. Moreover, after the "Coup D'Etat" storyline The Authority become the unelected government of the USA. In the process, the Authority unintentionally causes mass civilian casualties in fighting the armed resistance. Furthermore, the Authority unsuccessfully tries to legalize hemp production and require all auto engines to run on bio-diesel by the end of the year. Amidst these failures, the Authority steps down as unelected rulers of the United States.
* Century child Gaia Rothstein of the 21st century was said to have the power to reverse global warming or make famine history, but had such attempts subverted by the apocalyptic destruction of World's End. As a result, Gaia sought refuge by bonding herself with the planet Earth.
11th Jun '18 10:38:57 AM GoblinCipher
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** In-universe, most of Linkara's own technological inventions can't be shared because [[spoiler: they're not real inventions, just enchanted toys]]. The real technology he possesses is mostly SpoilsOfWar and he doesn't trust anyone else with it -- but he will deploy it on [[TheMovie missions for the government]] as long as the tech never leaves his hands.

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** In-universe, most of Linkara's own technological inventions can't be shared because [[spoiler: they're not real inventions, just enchanted toys]]. The real technology he possesses is mostly SpoilsOfWar [[{{Plunder}} spoils of war]] and he doesn't trust anyone else with it -- but he will deploy it on [[TheMovie missions for the government]] as long as the tech never leaves his hands.
11th Jun '18 10:37:37 AM GoblinCipher
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* On ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'', this is something of a pet peeve of Linkara's, as is chronicled in the comic book section. Regarding the Trope Namer, Linkara points out that Reed Richards seems too busy with inventing useless stuff like air signals that can change their own writing as opposed to something useful like curing cancer.

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* On ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'', this ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'':
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is something of a pet peeve of Linkara's, as is chronicled in the comic book section. Regarding the Trope Namer, Linkara points out that Reed Richards seems too busy with inventing useless stuff like air signals that can change their own writing as opposed to something useful like curing cancer.cancer.
** In-universe, most of Linkara's own technological inventions can't be shared because [[spoiler: they're not real inventions, just enchanted toys]]. The real technology he possesses is mostly SpoilsOfWar and he doesn't trust anyone else with it -- but he will deploy it on [[TheMovie missions for the government]] as long as the tech never leaves his hands.
9th Jun '18 9:39:07 AM MadAnthony94
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** Effectively averted in this particular continuity. Technology in this universe is more advanced than the real-life standard, with reverse engineering of alien technology immediately approved for study. Anything too dangerous is locked away in a lab for further study. For instance, ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' has Tony unveiling new hologram-based technology designed for therapeutic purposes.

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** Effectively averted in this particular continuity. Technology in this universe is more advanced than the real-life standard, with reverse engineering of alien technology immediately approved for study. Anything Sure, anything too dangerous is locked away in a lab for further study. For instance, study, but ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' has Tony unveiling new hologram-based technology designed for therapeutic purposes.
9th Jun '18 9:38:04 AM MadAnthony94
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** Effectively averted in this particular continuity. Technology in this universe is more advanced than the real-life standard, with reverse engineering of alien technology immediately approved for study. Anything too dangerous is locked away in a lab for further study.

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** Effectively averted in this particular continuity. Technology in this universe is more advanced than the real-life standard, with reverse engineering of alien technology immediately approved for study. Anything too dangerous is locked away in a lab for further study. For instance, ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' has Tony unveiling new hologram-based technology designed for therapeutic purposes.


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** ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' gives us a subversion in that Tony's desire not to be Useless leads him to mess with things he doesn't fully understand, resulting in the creation of a genocidal AI. [[note]] To complicate matters, the problem he was trying to fix was Earth's lack of defenses against alien invaders. That's a bit beyond the "everyday" problems this trope normally implies. Granted, if "alien invasion" ever became a likely scenario in real life, it would probably be a major priority for most [[/note]]
31st May '18 9:11:06 PM TheSaddleman
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' and its spin-offs repeatedly stress the idea that interfering in human history more than necessary will cause a lot more problems than it solves.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' and its spin-offs repeatedly stress the idea that interfering in human history more than necessary will cause a lot more problems than it solves. Although touched on in the original series (as noted in the below examples), in 2005 the revived series introduced the phrase "fixed point in time" to describe moments that the Doctor cannot tamper with. (So, for example, he cannot prevent Hitler from starting the Second World War (despite another person attempting this in "Let's Kill Hitler", or prevent 9/11.)
30th May '18 12:43:46 AM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': InvertedTrope. It's suggested throughout the series that Professor Membrane's genius is the only thing actually sustaining what is otherwise a civilization in severe decline because it's populated entirely by morons/jackasses. Unfortunately, he only seems to create things that happen to interest him, and the fact that he's probably the most powerful and wealthy man in the entire world seems to mean absolutely nothing to him. He once created ''perpetual energy'', then decided not to implement it after all (which was probably a good thing, considering what the rest of humanity could have done with it).

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* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': InvertedTrope.{{Inverted|Trope}}. It's suggested throughout the series that Professor Membrane's genius is the only thing actually sustaining what is otherwise a civilization in severe decline because it's populated entirely by morons/jackasses. Unfortunately, he only seems to create things that happen to interest him, and the fact that he's probably the most powerful and wealthy man in the entire world seems to mean absolutely nothing to him. He once created ''perpetual energy'', then decided not to implement it after all (which was probably a good thing, considering what the rest of humanity could have done with it).
24th May '18 8:23:48 PM Dravencour
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# The technology does exist but is being [[WithholdingTheCure actively kept out of the general public's hands]]. Reed Richards, for example, has developed countless mundane inventions that would shut down entire industries overnight, leaving countless people out of work. As a result, companies often pay him millions ''not'' to put his gadgets on the market. In addition, many super-scientists have a problem with having their life's work fall into the hands of the military or other people who they consider to want to use it for less than good purposes.

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# The technology does exist but is being [[WithholdingTheCure actively kept out of the general public's hands]]. Reed Richards, for example, has developed countless mundane inventions that would shut down entire industries overnight, leaving countless people out of work. As a result, companies often pay him millions ''not'' to put his gadgets on the market. In addition, many super-scientists have a problem with having their life's work fall into the hands of the military or other people who they consider to want to use it for have less than good purposes.uses for it.
24th May '18 8:16:27 PM Dravencour
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# The technology does exist but is being [[WithholdingTheCure actively kept out of the general public's hands]]. Reed Richards, for example, has developed countless mundane inventions that would shut down entire industries overnight, leaving countless people out of work. As a result, companies often pay him millions ''not'' to put his gadgets on the market.

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# The technology does exist but is being [[WithholdingTheCure actively kept out of the general public's hands]]. Reed Richards, for example, has developed countless mundane inventions that would shut down entire industries overnight, leaving countless people out of work. As a result, companies often pay him millions ''not'' to put his gadgets on the market. In addition, many super-scientists have a problem with having their life's work fall into the hands of the military or other people who they consider to want to use it for less than good purposes.
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