History Main / Steampunk

20th Aug '17 4:34:28 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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The more Victorian branch of steampunk sometimes also incorporates vaguely [[EldritchAbomination Lovecraftian]] elements, as shown [[http://thetentacleparadox.com/blog/?p=46 here]]. Another good example of the Lovecraftian/antediluvian influence on steampunk would be the design of the ''Nautilus'', Captain Nemo's submarine, in the film adaptation of ''The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.'' Expect to also see a strong, visible Irish influence, in terms of such features as stained wood, brass, and American frontier-style blown glass oil lamps. You will occasionally encounter some minor overlap with the post-Victorian Art Deco movement as well, particularly in terms of typography. The [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} Zeppelin]] or rigid airship could also be considered one of the major icons of steampunk, due to the major public enthusiasm for the craft [[UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg pre-1937]]. This is despite them being much more commonplace in the DieselPunk era. To be fair, though, the first airship flew in 1852, predating both the Lincoln Administration and [[OlderThanRadio radio]]- and yes, it was powered by a steam engine.

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The more Victorian branch of steampunk sometimes also incorporates vaguely [[EldritchAbomination Lovecraftian]] elements, as shown [[http://thetentacleparadox.com/blog/?p=46 here]]. Another good example of the Lovecraftian/antediluvian influence on steampunk would be the design of the ''Nautilus'', Captain Nemo's submarine, in the [[Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen film adaptation adaptation]] of ''The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.'' Expect to also see a strong, visible Irish influence, in terms of such features as stained wood, brass, and American frontier-style blown glass oil lamps. You will occasionally encounter some minor overlap with the post-Victorian Art Deco movement as well, particularly in terms of typography. The [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} Zeppelin]] or rigid airship could also be considered one of the major icons of steampunk, due to the major public enthusiasm for the craft [[UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg pre-1937]]. This is despite them being much more commonplace in the DieselPunk era. To be fair, though, the first airship flew in 1852, predating both the Lincoln Administration and [[OlderThanRadio radio]]- and yes, it was powered by a steam engine.
2nd Aug '17 12:18:18 PM johnnyapplejuice
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* The trope of the [[SkyPirate Airship Pirate]] has become so overwhelmingly prevalent and predictable that a group of fans rebelled against it by forming the [[http://www.iapssteampunk.com/ Imperial Anti-Piracy Squadron]] or IAPS, a delightfully intimidating group who entertain and educate about developing costumes and personae whenever they're not showing off flashy uniforms and shouting in pseudo-Austrian accents.

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* The trope of the [[SkyPirate Airship Pirate]] has become so overwhelmingly prevalent and predictable that a group of fans rebelled against it by forming the [[http://www.iapssteampunk.com/ [[https://www.facebook.com/iapssteam/ Imperial Anti-Piracy Squadron]] or IAPS, a delightfully intimidating group who entertain and educate about developing costumes and personae whenever they're not showing off flashy uniforms and shouting in pseudo-Austrian accents.
22nd Jul '17 10:39:17 AM ScrewySqrl
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* ''Anime/PrincessPrincipal'': With Creator/HGEWells Cavorite anti-gravity tech, pollution-filled London filled with factories, dickensian poverty, and suave spy action, This is a Steampunk for TheNewTens.

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* ''Anime/PrincessPrincipal'': With Creator/HGEWells Creator/HGWells Cavorite anti-gravity tech, pollution-filled London filled with factories, dickensian poverty, and suave spy action, This is a Steampunk for TheNewTens.
21st Jul '17 9:55:40 PM ScrewySqrl
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* ''Anime/PrincessPrincipal'': With Creator/HGEWells Cavorite anti-gravity tech, pollution-filled London filled with factories, dickensian poverty, and suave spy action, This is a Steampunk for TheNewTens.
30th Jun '17 5:54:44 AM Franco-America2018
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** In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the Fire Nation boasts Industrial-Age innovations, such as trains and tanks powered by coal, steam, and firebending. Most of these were commissioned by extorting an expatriate Earth Kingdom inventor, the Mechanist, who dwells within a sanctuary maintained by steam-operated mechanisms and whose prize invention is a large, sophisticated steam-powered telescope. This is unsurprising, since Ghibli's works were one of the things that influenced ''Avatar'''s creators. The show got really steampunky in season two, where a colossal drilling machine was introduced. Then in the third there were ''jet skis'', and Fire Nation engineers invented ''zeppelins'' by reverse-engineering a previously introduced hot-air balloon. Indeed, the original concept set the series in a futuristic environment, but the idea was scrapped in favor of an ancient feel; nonetheless, some technology was preserved during the change in setting. What makes the Fire Nation's steampunk technology particularly notable is that, unlike the more {{Magitek}} technology of the other nations, much/most of it doesn't need any bending to operate.

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** In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the Fire Nation boasts Industrial-Age innovations, such as trains and tanks powered by coal, steam, and firebending. Most of these were commissioned by extorting an expatriate Earth Kingdom inventor, inventor and leader of refugee group in now converted Northern Air Temple, the Mechanist, who dwells within a sanctuary maintained by steam-operated mechanisms and whose prize invention is a large, sophisticated steam-powered telescope. This is unsurprising, since Ghibli's works were one of the things that influenced ''Avatar'''s creators. The show got really steampunky real quick in season two, where a colossal drilling machine was introduced. Then in the third there were ''jet skis'', and Fire Nation engineers invented ''zeppelins'' by reverse-engineering a previously introduced hot-air balloon.balloon created by Earth Kingdom inventor. Indeed, the original concept set the series in a futuristic environment, but the idea was scrapped in favor of an ancient feel; nonetheless, some technology was preserved during the change in setting. What makes the Fire Nation's steampunk technology particularly notable is that, unlike the more {{Magitek}} technology of the other nations, much/most of it doesn't need any bending to operate.
17th Jun '17 9:30:23 PM nombretomado
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There is also a steampunk genre of music (see Music, below), an element of cosplay, and the intersection with the Maker movement as described above (with designers such as Jake von Slatt receiving some mainstream attention). The [[{{Wikipedia}} Other Wiki]] also has an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/steampunk article]] about steampunk as well.

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There is also a steampunk genre of music (see Music, below), an element of cosplay, and the intersection with the Maker movement as described above (with designers such as Jake von Slatt receiving some mainstream attention). The [[{{Wikipedia}} Other Wiki]] Wiki/TheOtherWiki also has an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/steampunk article]] about steampunk as well.
13th Jun '17 9:30:11 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''Literature/ChaosTimeline'', Germany invents and deploys [[TankGoodness steam-driven tanks]] in this timeline's WorldWarOne. [[spoiler:And wins.]]

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* In the ''Literature/ChaosTimeline'', Germany invents and deploys [[TankGoodness steam-driven tanks]] in this timeline's WorldWarOne.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. [[spoiler:And wins.]]
1st Jun '17 8:11:01 PM ElSquibbonator
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* ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'' is easily the best known example in anime, being loosely inspired by [[JulesVerne Jules Verne's]] ''"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"''. Everything fom the setting (1889 France), characters and costume designs, to oceanic travel aboard [[AppliedPhlebotinum phlebotinum powered]] submarines, and ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld, adheres to a 'Golden Age' aesthetic.

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* ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'' is easily potentially the best known example in anime, being loosely inspired by [[JulesVerne Jules Verne's]] ''"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"''. Everything fom the setting (1889 France), characters and costume designs, to oceanic travel aboard [[AppliedPhlebotinum phlebotinum powered]] submarines, and ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld, adheres to a 'Golden Age' aesthetic.


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* A number of works by Creator/MohiroKitoh are steampunk, though with a [[DarkerAndEdgier greater emphasis on the "punk" aspect]]. These include the short story collection ''Manga/WingsOfVendemiaire'' and his currently-running series ''Manga/FutagoNoTeikoku''.
28th May '17 3:21:57 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the Fire Nation boasts Industrial-Age innovations, such as trains and tanks powered by coal, steam, and firebending. Most of these were commissioned by extorting an expatriate Earth Kingdom inventor, the Mechanist, who dwells within a sanctuary maintained by steam-operated mechanisms and whose prize invention is a large, sophisticated steam-powered telescope. This is unsurprising, since Ghibli's works were one of the things that influenced ''Avatar'''s creators. The show got really steampunky in season two, where a colossal drilling machine was introduced. Then in the third there were ''jet skis'', and Fire Nation engineers invented ''zeppelins'' by reverse-engineering a previously introduced hot-air balloon. Indeed, the original concept set the series in a futuristic environment, but the idea was scrapped in favor of an ancient feel; nonetheless, some technology was preserved during the change in setting. What makes the Fire Nation's steampunk technology particularly notable is that, unlike the more {{Magitek}} technology of the other nations, much/most of it doesn't need any bending to operate.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' (the SequelSeries to ''Avatar'') initially takes place in Republic City, described as a "steampunk metropolis" on the official website and set in its world's equivalent of TheRoaringTwenties. Technology seen includes more (and more advanced) zeppelins, cameras, cars, radios, and electronic speakers. However, aside from the zeppelins, most of the technology shown is actually not much different from the tech of the real-life 1920's, to the point where ''Korra'' actually slots better into the category of DieselPunk. That said, we do get steam(?)-powered battle mechs later in the series.

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* ''[[Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar]]'':
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In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the Fire Nation boasts Industrial-Age innovations, such as trains and tanks powered by coal, steam, and firebending. Most of these were commissioned by extorting an expatriate Earth Kingdom inventor, the Mechanist, who dwells within a sanctuary maintained by steam-operated mechanisms and whose prize invention is a large, sophisticated steam-powered telescope. This is unsurprising, since Ghibli's works were one of the things that influenced ''Avatar'''s creators. The show got really steampunky in season two, where a colossal drilling machine was introduced. Then in the third there were ''jet skis'', and Fire Nation engineers invented ''zeppelins'' by reverse-engineering a previously introduced hot-air balloon. Indeed, the original concept set the series in a futuristic environment, but the idea was scrapped in favor of an ancient feel; nonetheless, some technology was preserved during the change in setting. What makes the Fire Nation's steampunk technology particularly notable is that, unlike the more {{Magitek}} technology of the other nations, much/most of it doesn't need any bending to operate.
* ** SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' (the SequelSeries to ''Avatar'') initially takes place in Republic City, described as a "steampunk metropolis" on the official website and set in its world's equivalent of TheRoaringTwenties. Technology seen includes more (and more advanced) zeppelins, cameras, cars, radios, and electronic speakers. However, aside from the zeppelins, most of the technology shown is actually not much different from the tech of the real-life 1920's, to the point where ''Korra'' actually slots better into the category of DieselPunk. That said, we do get steam(?)-powered battle mechs later in the series.
21st May '17 11:22:16 AM nombretomado
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* ''Webcomic/TheThrillingAdventuresOfLovelaceAndBabbage'' is set in an alternate universe where RealLife programming pioneers Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage successfully created the computer in VictorianBritain. TheyFightCrime.

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* ''Webcomic/TheThrillingAdventuresOfLovelaceAndBabbage'' is set in an alternate universe where RealLife programming pioneers Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage successfully created the computer in VictorianBritain.UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain. TheyFightCrime.
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