History Main / SufficientlyAdvancedAlien

26th Apr '16 11:41:51 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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You know the type. Sooner or later one shows up on every SpaceOpera or WagonTrainToTheStars. They're the alien being that can do ''anything'' with the [[HandWave wave]] of a {{h|umanAliens}}and (or [[StarfishAliens tentacle]], or [[EnergyBeings tendril of energy]]). Sometimes they're hostile, sometimes they're benevolent, sometimes [[AboveGoodAndEvil above it all]] or just... [[BlueAndOrangeMorality different]], but regardless they can really cramp the style of a young, expanding race looking to make a name for itself on the galactic scene. Usually, though, they tend to just be omnipotent jackasses, looking for a cheap laugh. More often than not, they tend to be [[CantArgueWithElves egotistical and haughty, thinking little of]] [[PunyEarthlings humans and "lesser beings".]] Sometimes you can exploit their sense of honor or fair play, or their desire for solitude, to make them go away. Or maybe you just have to wait for their parents to come and take them home. Unfortunately, you can't always get rid of them -- just ask [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Jean-Luc Picard]] (and don't even get his colleague [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Capt. Janeway]] ''started'').

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You know the type. Sooner or later one shows up on every SpaceOpera or WagonTrainToTheStars. They're the alien being that can do ''anything'' with the [[HandWave wave]] of a {{h|umanAliens}}and (or [[StarfishAliens tentacle]], or [[EnergyBeings tendril [[PlantAliens tendril]] of [[EnergyBeing energy]]). Sometimes they're hostile, sometimes they're benevolent, sometimes [[AboveGoodAndEvil above it all]] or just... [[BlueAndOrangeMorality different]], but regardless they can really cramp the style of a young, expanding race looking to make a name for itself on the galactic scene. Usually, though, they tend to just be omnipotent jackasses, looking for a cheap laugh. More often than not, they tend to be [[CantArgueWithElves egotistical and haughty, thinking little of]] [[PunyEarthlings humans and "lesser beings".]] Sometimes you can exploit their sense of honor or fair play, or their desire for solitude, to make them go away. Or maybe you just have to wait for their parents to come and take them home. Unfortunately, you can't always get rid of them -- just ask [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Jean-Luc Picard]] (and don't even get his colleague [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Capt. Janeway]] ''started'').
26th Apr '16 11:40:19 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' has two, and manages to [[JustifiedTrope justify]] the AllPowerfulBystander aspect of this trope. [[MysteriousBacker The Ellimist]] seems to be good and aids the Animorphs at several points, but often refuses to explain why or help them as much as he could. Eventually he explains that he has an EvilCounterpart, [[CosmicHorror Crayak]], who [[OmnicidalManiac seeks to destroy all life]] just as the Ellimist wants to protect it. A direct fight between the two would destroy themselves and the universe, so they created a "game" where each tries to fulfill their goal within certain agreed-upon rules. So basically, it's the Cold War with god-aliens.

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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' has two, and manages to [[JustifiedTrope justify]] the AllPowerfulBystander aspect of this trope. [[MysteriousBacker The Ellimist]] seems to be good and aids the Animorphs at several points, but often refuses to explain why or help them as much as he could. Eventually he explains that he has an EvilCounterpart, [[CosmicHorror [[EldritchAbomination Crayak]], who [[OmnicidalManiac seeks to destroy all life]] just as the Ellimist wants to protect it. A direct fight between the two would destroy themselves and the universe, so they created a "game" where each tries to fulfill their goal within certain agreed-upon rules. So basically, it's the Cold War with god-aliens.



* ''VideoGame/MOTHER1'' has Giygas, who is a sufficiently advanced alien -- advanced enough to where the form of his attacks are incomprehensible, even to psychics. The sequel, ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', upgrades Giygas to CosmicHorror status.

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* ''VideoGame/MOTHER1'' has Giygas, who is a sufficiently advanced alien -- advanced enough to where the form of his attacks are incomprehensible, even to psychics. The sequel, ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', upgrades Giygas to CosmicHorror CosmicHorrorStory status.
26th Apr '16 11:38:52 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' takes the ideas about Creator/HPLovecraft (see Literature below) and runs with them, outright stating that the CthulhuMythos is based off of stories told to Lovecraft by aliens. By extension, the gods of the Mythos were inspired by members of alien races; the title character, Nyarko, is '''a''' Nyarlathotepian, but it's unclear if she's '''the''' Nyarlathotep or if it's just a nickname.

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* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' takes the ideas about Creator/HPLovecraft (see Literature below) and runs with them, outright stating that the CthulhuMythos is based off of stories told to Lovecraft by aliens. By extension, the gods of the Mythos were inspired by members of alien races; the title character, Nyarko, is '''a''' '''[[AKindOfOne a]]''' Nyarlathotepian, but it's unclear if she's '''the''' Nyarlathotep or if it's just a nickname.
26th Apr '16 11:37:51 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* {{Subverted|trope}} in ''Manga/DragonBall''. First "god" is revealed to be a [[GodJob job title]] rather that one only need qualify for when the position is open. Then god is revealed to be an alien by other aliens who came to use his stuff. However ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'' reveals that there really is a such a thing as 'godly energy' that is beyond the perception of mortals.

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* {{Subverted|trope}} in ''Manga/DragonBall''. First "god" is revealed to be a [[GodJob job title]] rather that one only need qualify for when the position is open. Then god is revealed to be an alien by other aliens who came to use his stuff. However ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'' reveals that there really is a such a thing as 'godly energy' that is beyond the perception of mortals.
18th Mar '16 8:06:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted in EarthFinalConflict; the Taelons view themselves as this out of arrogance, but, as EnergyBeings who can't replenish the energy they're made out of and burn, are actually an evolutionary dead end. Their technology appears wondrous, but it, too, dies from lack of sustenance without outside intervention.

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* Subverted in EarthFinalConflict; ''Series/EarthFinalConflict''; the Taelons view themselves as this out of arrogance, but, as EnergyBeings who can't replenish the energy they're made out of and burn, are actually an evolutionary dead end. Their technology appears wondrous, but it, too, dies from lack of sustenance without outside intervention.
10th Mar '16 3:04:39 AM erforce
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** Humans can be this to a sufficiently primitive race if first contact is sufficiently bungled as both Picard (in the TNG episode "Who Watches the Watchers?") and Kirk (in StarTrekIntoDarkness) discovered.

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** Humans can be this to a sufficiently primitive race if first contact is sufficiently bungled as both Picard (in the TNG episode "Who Watches the Watchers?") and Kirk (in StarTrekIntoDarkness) ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'') discovered.
1st Mar '16 9:13:56 AM Cuddles
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*** The Eldar still use projectile weapons, lasers, spaceships, and so on just like everyone else. Their toys may be a bit more shiny than most, but they're a very long way from being sufficiently advanced. The Necron are closer, since no-one understands how their technology is possible, especially their teleporting and FTL travel, but it's still clearly technology and not really in the sufficiently advanced realm.
1st Mar '16 8:58:43 AM Cuddles
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* The Spindle aliens in Creator Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/{{Strata}}'' had the technology (which we retroengineered from artifacts of their dead civilization) to create planets from scratch and extend life into the realm of centuries ([[WhoWantsToLiveForever although few humans go beyond the three century mark without directly or indirectly commiting suicide]]).

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* The Spindle aliens in Creator Terry Pratchett's Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Strata}}'' had the technology (which we retroengineered from artifacts of their dead civilization) to create planets from scratch and extend life into the realm of centuries ([[WhoWantsToLiveForever although few humans go beyond the three century mark without directly or indirectly commiting suicide]]).suicide]]).
** Subverted with the later discovery that [[spoiler:they never existed, and neither did their precursors, or the ones before that. All ancient aliens were discovered due to everyone who can engineer planets inevitably deciding at some point to put their signature on it somehow, with the human example tending to be things like hiding a boot in a coal seam. It turns out that all the evidence of ancient aliens is itself apparently a metaphorical boot hidden by the creators of the universe]].
24th Feb '16 9:15:17 AM erforce
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* In Creator/JimHenson's ''TheDarkCrystal'', there are the [[spoiler: the Urskeks]], in a rather interesting case of LiteralSplitPersonality, they split apart into [[spoiler: the Skeksis and the Uru/Mystics]]

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* In Creator/JimHenson's ''TheDarkCrystal'', ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'', there are the [[spoiler: the Urskeks]], in a rather interesting case of LiteralSplitPersonality, they split apart into [[spoiler: the Skeksis and the Uru/Mystics]]
17th Jan '16 10:22:06 PM M84
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*** The Dark Eldar even more so, since they didn't see fit to ditch or lock up their toys, unlike their Craftworld and Exodite cousins. This helps make up for their atrophied psychic powers.
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