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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.
16th Jan '16 5:53:34 PM TheNerevarine
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* The [[WizardsFromOuterSpace Therns]] from ''[[Film/JohnCarter]]'' are [[AdaptationalBadass upgraded]] from a race of cannibal mystics with [[AGodAmI godlike delusions]] to somewhere between this trope and HumanoidAbomination. They are [[TheAgeless ageless beings]] that wield [[MagicFromTechnology impressive magic power that is actually derived from their extremely advanced technology]]. They had used their power to manipulate the people of Barsoom for ages and change the course of their history to serve their own ends, and its implied they have done so to many other worlds in the past.
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* The [[WizardsFromOuterSpace Therns]] from ''[[Film/JohnCarter]]'' ''Film/JohnCarter'' are [[AdaptationalBadass upgraded]] from a race of cannibal mystics with [[AGodAmI godlike delusions]] to somewhere between this trope and HumanoidAbomination. They are [[TheAgeless ageless beings]] that wield [[MagicFromTechnology impressive magic power that is actually derived from their extremely advanced technology]]. They had used their power to manipulate the people of Barsoom for ages and change the course of their history to serve their own ends, and its implied they have done so to many other worlds in the past.
16th Jan '16 5:52:27 PM TheNerevarine
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* The [[WizardsFromOuterSpace Therns]] from ''[[Film/JohnCarter]]'' are [[AdaptationalBadass upgraded]] from a race of cannibal mystics with [[AGodAmI godlike delusions]] to somewhere between this trope and HumanoidAbomination. They are [[TheAgeless ageless beings]] that wield [[MagicFromTechnology impressive magic power that is actually derived from their extremely advanced technology]]. They had used their power to manipulate the people of Barsoom for ages and change the course of their history to serve their own ends, and its implied they have done so to many other worlds in the past.
4th Jan '16 12:14:25 AM RaisenRhaasen
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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 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 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'').
29th Dec '15 5:03:23 AM Anddrix
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[[caption-width-right:290:Now all it needs is some water[[note]]See that small figure with flaming hands? That's ''SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom!''[[/note]].]]
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[[caption-width-right:290:Now all it needs is some water[[note]]See that small figure with flaming hands? That's ''SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom!''[[/note]].''Doctor Doom!''[[/note]].]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'', SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom claims Dormammu (a demon in the original Marvel continuity) was an extra-dimensional alien. He goes so far as to claim his abilities and technology made him ''seem'' demonic, explaining why early humans believed him to be from Hell.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'', SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom Doctor Doom claims Dormammu (a demon in the original Marvel continuity) was an extra-dimensional alien. He goes so far as to claim his abilities and technology made him ''seem'' demonic, explaining why early humans believed him to be from Hell.
24th Dec '15 10:32:56 PM KingKravoka
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* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' [[spoiler: the surviving members of the First Civilization ''were'' the basis for the deities of most religions, both due to their technology and the fact that they ruled over humanity before humankind rebelled.]] The Pieces of Eden have effects considered explicitly to be "magic" by those who witness them, though Altair concludes that it is simply sufficiently advanced -- and supremely dangerous -- technology. Among the noted abilities of the Pieces of Eden are mind control and immense amounts of technical knowledge (the Apples); telekinesis and
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* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' [[spoiler: the surviving members of the First Civilization ''were'' the basis for the deities of most religions, both due to their technology and the fact that they ruled over humanity before humankind rebelled.]] The Pieces of Eden have effects considered explicitly to be "magic" by those who witness them, though Altair concludes that it is simply sufficiently advanced -- and supremely dangerous -- technology. Among the noted abilities of the Pieces of Eden are mind control and immense amounts of technical knowledge (the Apples); telekinesis andand mind control (the Staff); resurrection of the dead (the Ankh); healing severe wounds, disease, and genetic disorders (the Shroud); and telepathy (the Crystal Skulls). Some of the artifacts are capable of temporal distortion (the device responsible for the Philadelphia Event) or outright seeing into the future; [[spoiler: one of the "senses" of the First Civilization was "knowledge" which apparently allowed them to know things that would be impossible to understand otherwise, and this apparently included the ability to see the future]]. * In the ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series of games, the S'pht'Kr probably qualify, the Jjaro definitely do, and Durandal achieves it by the end of ''Marathon 2''. * ''AsurasWrath'' has the Shinkoku Trastrium civilization, which are actually super-powered human cyborgs descended from Genetically altered humans, have a lot in common with this trope, with a {{Hinduism}} and {{Buddhism}} twist. * ''VideoGame/GalacticCivilizations'' has the [[spoiler:Mithrilar, who existed long before any other sentient life and one of whom created the Precursors: Arnor and Dread Lords. One of them is also indirectly responsible for the Altarians being HumanAliens. What happened to them is not known.]] Two different Victory Conditions result in your species becoming Sufficiently Advanced: either by absorbing enough Ascension Crystal energy or by doing so much research that you learn the secrets of the universe and ascend naturally. [[/folder]] [[folder:Web Comics]] * The Prime Movers in ''ComicBook/{{Buck Godot|Zap Gun for Hire}}'' are Sufficiently Advanced Aliens, and are stated to be omnipotent (at least they're very good at bending the laws of physics and geometry). ** Lord Thezmothete is most likely one too. His abilities are never explicitly shown or mentioned, but he is mentioned to be a Class 1 Power (by comparison, an alien with the power to teleport entire planets around was classified as Class 8 and humanity -- collectively, mind -- is a Class 12 Power). He does possess some nifty technology at least, such as a waste disposal unit that creates miniature black holes and in his first appearance was able to make a battle fleet disappear without a trace. * ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': The Vargas, who organize the tournament. Also the guys from U19, who rely on technology to fight. * In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Galatea expresses profound disappointment that Fructose Riboflavin [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20091205.html isn't one of these.]] * ''Webcomic/TroopsOfDoom'' has the Legonians, masters of the nigh-magical, ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve-fueled [[BuiltWithLego Legotech]]. [[/folder]] [[folder:Web Original]] * Subverted in ''Literature/TheSalvationWar''. The demons and angel are very much insufficiently advanced to deal with modern weaponry. However played straight in that this is what they were when they first showed up in the Bronze Age. ** Inverted for a period of time as well. Once humanity organizes a counterstrike against the demons and absolutely slaughters them, some of the demons begin to believe that humans have figured out how to use impossibly powerful magic and cannot be defeated. * Some of the most advanced technology in OrionsArm is referred to as "clarktech" or "clarketech" in reference to this. Although it's not created by aliens, but by Sufficiently Advanced ''Terragens'' -- the Archai and the higher Transapients. * Inverted in Literature/LandGames. The humans seem this way towards the indigenous natives. Some even worship Jayle as a goddess. * The Kankiscree, a species of reptilian aliens in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', have had a space-faring, technological society for at least 70 million years. By the time the humans encounter them in 1985, their technology is firmly in the grasp of Clark's Law. * [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NULjA1b9Aq0 This video]] is rather [[DanBrowned interesting in its own right]], but one of the claims it makes is the believe in "stair step evolution." That is, aliens came along and gave humanity little hints to get its evolution back on track. They also apparently built the pyramids and other religious architecture, and planted it along ley lines in an effort to raise the spiritual energy of humanity to high-level consciousness. * In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler:one of these is the source of parahuman powers - in fact, said physics-breaking powers are vastly crippled versions of its own - and [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith Scion is its avatar]].]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Western Animation]] * ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' had the Lorwardians, a race of aliens who were not only giant, superstrong creatures, but they also possessed an arsenal of power world-destroying weapons. They were so advanced that it only took two of them to unleash an army of {{tripod|Terror}}s and conquer the earth 'in the time it takes to order a pizza. They were only brought down by Drakken's new mutant {{plant p|erson}}owers destroying the army of walkers while Ron used his Mystical Monkey Powers to take down the invaders. * Sul, the Avatar [[spoiler:Satis]] and Canaletto on ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers''. The Creators, on the other hand, may ''actually'' be gods. * ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' ** "Bem" has probably the only instance in the entire franchise of a powerful alien looking after a planet of primitives, who appears to be genuinely wise and benevolent enough that Kirk ''doesn't'' automatically object to the situation on principle. Bonus points because the alien was voiced by Nichelle Nichols (Uhura). ** Also the zookeeping [[StarfishAliens Lactrans]] in "The Eye of the Beholder,'' who aren't exactly godlike, but are still an order of magnitude beyond Federation tech. *** Ditto for the Vedala in "Jihad," described as the oldest known space-faring race. * Primus, and by extension his polar opposite Unicron, from ''{{Franchise/Transformers}}''. Primus ''created'' the Transformers, and his physical form is their homeworld, Cybertron. Unicron has altered a number of Transformers to his own liking, goes around [[PlanetEater eating planets]], and transforms into a planet himself. Whether or not they're actually gods is entirely dependent on what [[AlternateContinuity segment of the mythos]] you're in. ** ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' has the Vok, the mysterious, skull-shaped aliens who police the space-time continuum and may have created the Earth as an elaborate experiment (and then tried to blow it up with a moon-sized DeathRay). According to some WordOfGod (their origins are never explained and the writers never really made up their minds on it) they might actually be hyperevolved humans. *** Or they might be sentient robo-cancer post-CareBearStare. ** And that's to say nothing of the Transformers themselves? Come on, they're MechanicalLifeForms capable of altering their very bodily structure that occasionally come back from the dead. In one episode of [[Franchise/TransformersGenerationOne the G1 cartoon]], they were actually mistaken for gods by an alien race. *** Members of the First Thirteen, such as Vector Prime and the Fallen, have powers far beyond the abilities of other transformers. Vector Prime, for example, has the ability to manipulate time and space. * In ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'', SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom claims Dormammu (a demon in the original Marvel continuity) was an extra-dimensional alien. He goes so far as to claim his abilities and technology made him ''seem'' demonic, explaining why early humans believed him to be from Hell. * Gemkind in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' definitely fall under this; they're essentially living rocks, able to project a ShapeshifterDefaultForm made of HardLight, can regenerate said forms if wounded enough, can ''[[FusionDance combine]]'' their forms, have access to an interplanetary teleportation network, and live on a geological time scale. Even their millennia-old technology and abilities have yet to be even closely replicated by modern humanity. [[/folder]] [[folder:Religion]] * Mormonism teaches that God at one time existed in a mortal form similar to that of humans but was eventually "exalted" and now possesses a physical body similar to that of humans, but immortal and invulnerable to injury or disease. In the Book of Abraham, Kolob is described as a star that is "near unto [God]" and that has been set to govern all celestial bodies similar to Earth. (See [[http://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/abr/3.3?lang=eng#2 Abraham 3:3]]) God is the literal father of our spirits and of those on all the other worlds that he created, which are described as being "without number" ([[http://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/moses/1.33,35?lang=eng#32 Moses 1:33,35]]). After the second coming of Jesus Christ, everyone who has ever lived or died will be resurrected with perfect, immortal physical bodies similar to God's, but only those who have fulfilled all of the requirements of the Gospel and faithfully endured to the end will obtain "exaltation", entering into the highest degree of Celestial Glory (i.e., the kingdom of God, or "the glory of the sun") and in effect become "gods" themselves, possessing all of God's wisdom and power and becoming able to create their own worlds. ([[http://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/76.50-70?lang=eng#49 D&C 76:50-70]], [[http://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/76.92-96?lang=eng#49 92-96]]) This doctrine, known as "eternal progression", was summarized by former President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Mormon prophet Lorenzo Snow as: "As man is, God once was; and as God is, man may become." * The satirical Church Of The Sub Genius refers to Jehovah-1 as "An [[GodIsEvil evil]] Space God from some corporate Sin Galaxy", and has an entire hierarchy of more-or-less omnipotent species of aliens, but also claims to believe in the "[[EldritchAbomination Elder Gods]]", and "possibly the One True God, but He ain't talking". * [[ChurchOfHappyology That other religion you're thinking of that won't be mentioned here.]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Real Life]] * Physicist Frank J. Tipler advocates Omega Point theory, in which it is ''necessary'' that Sufficiently Advanced Aliens (or Sufficiently Advanced Humans) are not merely indistinguishable from gods, but become/create (it's complicated) God. ** The idea of "Omega Point" as the point of ultimate human perfection was originally conceived of by French Catholic priest and evolutionary biologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin! * Creator/ArthurCClarke stated that if we ever find intelligent alien life they would be "apes or angels, but not men." The reasoning being that humans spent the vast majority of their history in the stone age, but since the discovery of agriculture just 10,000 years ago technological advancement has accelerated at an almost exponential rate. So the statistical likelihood of contacting a technological species before they hit TheSingularity is virtually nil. [[/folder]] ----
18th Dec '15 11:02:46 PM nombretomado
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* The final boss of the first ''ShadowHearts'', Meta-God, is explicitly described as an alien so powerful humanity is on the level of ants compared to it. The purpose of TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon is to call it to Earth so that it will lay waste to the planet.
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* The final boss of the first ''ShadowHearts'', ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'', Meta-God, is explicitly described as an alien so powerful humanity is on the level of ants compared to it. The purpose of TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon is to call it to Earth so that it will lay waste to the planet.
17th Dec '15 6:45:23 PM nombretomado
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* MandrakeTheMagician runs into these, far more often than you'd expect a crimefighter whose speciality is stage tricks to do.
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* MandrakeTheMagician ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician runs into these, far more often than you'd expect a crimefighter whose speciality is stage tricks to do.

* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' [[spoiler: the surviving members of the First Civilization ''were'' the basis for the deities of most religions, both due to their technology and the fact that they ruled over humanity before humankind rebelled.]] The Pieces of Eden have effects considered explicitly to be "magic" by those who witness them, though Altair concludes that it is simply sufficiently advanced -- and supremely dangerous -- technology. Among the noted abilities of the Pieces of Eden are mind control and immense amounts of technical knowledge (the Apples); telekinesis and mind control (the Staff); resurrection of the dead (the Ankh); healing severe wounds, disease, and genetic disorders (the Shroud); and telepathy (the Crystal Skulls). Some of the artifacts are capable of temporal distortion (the device responsible for the Philadelphia Event) or outright seeing into the future; [[spoiler: one of the "senses" of the First Civilization was "knowledge" which apparently allowed them to know things that would be impossible to understand otherwise, and this apparently included the ability to see the future]]. * In the ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series of games, the S'pht'Kr probably qualify, the Jjaro definitely do, and Durandal achieves it by the end of ''Marathon 2''. * ''AsurasWrath'' has the Shinkoku Trastrium civilization, which are actually super-powered human cyborgs descended from Genetically altered humans, have a lot in common with this trope, with a {{Hinduism}} and {{Buddhism}} twist. * ''VideoGame/GalacticCivilizations'' has the [[spoiler:Mithrilar, who existed long before any other sentient life and one of whom created the Precursors: Arnor and Dread Lords. One of them is also indirectly responsible for the Altarians being HumanAliens. What happened to them is not known.]] Two different Victory Conditions result in your species becoming Sufficiently Advanced: either by absorbing enough Ascension Crystal energy or by doing so much research that you learn the secrets of the universe and ascend naturally. [[/folder]] [[folder:Web Comics]] * The Prime Movers in ''ComicBook/{{Buck Godot|Zap Gun for Hire}}'' are Sufficiently Advanced Aliens, and are stated to be omnipotent (at least they're very good at bending the laws of physics and geometry). ** Lord Thezmothete is most likely one too. His abilities are never explicitly shown or mentioned, but he is mentioned to be a Class 1 Power (by comparison, an alien with the power to teleport entire planets around was classified as Class 8 and humanity -- collectively, mind -- is a Class 12 Power). He does possess some nifty technology at least, such as a waste disposal unit that creates miniature black holes and in his first appearance was able to make a battle fleet disappear without a trace. * ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': The Vargas, who organize the tournament. Also the guys from U19, who rely on technology to fight. * In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Galatea expresses profound disappointment that Fructose Riboflavin [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20091205.html isn't one of these.]] * ''Webcomic/TroopsOfDoom'' has the Legonians, masters of the nigh-magical, ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve-fueled [[BuiltWithLego Legotech]]. [[/folder]] [[folder:Web Original]] * Subverted in ''Literature/TheSalvationWar''. The demons and angel are very much insufficiently advanced to deal with modern weaponry. However played straight in that this is what they were when they first showed up in the Bronze Age. ** Inverted for a period of time as well. Once humanity organizes a counterstrike against the demons and absolutely slaughters them, some of the demons begin to believe that humans have figured out how to use impossibly powerful magic and cannot be defeated. * Some of the most advanced technology in OrionsArm is referred to as "clarktech" or "clarketech" in reference to this. Although it's not created by aliens, but by Sufficiently Advanced ''Terragens'' -- the Archai and the higher Transapients. * Inverted in Literature/LandGames. The humans seem this way towards the indigenous natives. Some even worship Jayle as a goddess. * The Kankiscree, a species of reptilian aliens in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', have had a space-faring, technological society for at least 70 million years. By the time the humans encounter them in 1985, their technology is firmly in the grasp of Clark's Law. * [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NULjA1b9Aq0 This video]] is rather [[DanBrowned interesting in its own right]], but one of the claims it makes is the believe in "stair step evolution." That is, aliens came along and gave humanity little hints to get its evolution back on track. They also apparently built the pyramids and other religious architecture, and planted it along ley lines in an effort to raise the spiritual energy of humanity to high-level consciousness. * In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler:one of these is the source of parahuman powers - in fact, said physics-breaking powers are vastly crippled versions of its own - and [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith Scion is its avatar]].]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Western Animation]] * ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' had the Lorwardians, a race of aliens who were not only giant, superstrong creatures, but they also possessed an arsenal of power world-destroying weapons. They were so advanced that it only took two of them to unleash an army of {{tripod|Terror}}s and conquer the earth 'in the time it takes to order a pizza. They were only brought down by Drakken's new mutant {{plant p|erson}}owers destroying the army of walkers while Ron used his Mystical Monkey Powers to take down the invaders. * Sul, the Avatar [[spoiler:Satis]] and Canaletto on ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers''. The Creators, on the other hand, may ''actually'' be gods. * ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' ** "Bem" has probably the only instance in the entire franchise of a powerful alien looking after a planet of primitives, who appears to be genuinely wise and benevolent enough that Kirk ''doesn't'' automatically object to the situation on principle. Bonus points because the alien was voiced by Nichelle Nichols (Uhura). ** Also the zookeeping [[StarfishAliens Lactrans]] in "The Eye of the Beholder,'' who aren't exactly godlike, but are still an order of magnitude beyond Federation tech. *** Ditto for the Vedala in "Jihad," described as the oldest known space-faring race. * Primus, and by extension his polar opposite Unicron, from ''{{Franchise/Transformers}}''. Primus ''created'' the Transformers, and his physical form is their homeworld, Cybertron. Unicron has altered a number of Transformers to his own liking, goes around [[PlanetEater eating planets]], and transforms into a planet himself. Whether or not they're actually gods is entirely dependent on what [[AlternateContinuity segment of the mythos]] you're in. ** ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' has the Vok, the mysterious, skull-shaped aliens who police the space-time continuum and may have created the Earth as an elaborate experiment (and then tried to blow it up with a moon-sized DeathRay). According to some WordOfGod (their origins are never explained and the writers never really made up their minds on it) they might actually be hyperevolved humans. *** Or they might be sentient robo-cancer post-CareBearStare. ** And that's to say nothing of the Transformers themselves? Come on, they're MechanicalLifeForms capable of altering their very bodily structure that occasionally come back from the dead. In one episode of [[Franchise/TransformersGenerationOne the G1 cartoon]], they were actually mistaken for gods by an alien race. *** Members of the First Thirteen, such as Vector Prime and the Fallen, have powers far beyond the abilities of other transformers. Vector Prime, for example, has the ability to manipulate time and space. * In ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'', SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom claims Dormammu (a demon in the original Marvel continuity) was an extra-dimensional alien. He goes so far as to claim his abilities and technology made him ''seem'' demonic, explaining why early humans believed him to be from Hell. * Gemkind in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' definitely fall under this; they're essentially living rocks, able to project a ShapeshifterDefaultForm made of HardLight, can regenerate said forms if wounded enough, can ''[[FusionDance combine]]'' their forms, have access to an interplanetary teleportation network, and live on a geological time scale. Even their millennia-old technology and abilities have yet to be even closely replicated by modern humanity. [[/folder]] [[folder:Religion]] * Mormonism teaches that God at one time existed in a mortal form similar to that of humans but was eventually "exalted" and now possesses a physical body similar to that of humans, but immortal and invulnerable to injury or disease. In the Book of Abraham, Kolob is described as a star that is "near unto [God]" and that has been set to govern all celestial bodies similar to Earth. (See [[http://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/abr/3.3?lang=eng#2 Abraham 3:3]]) God is the literal father of our spirits and of those on all the other worlds that he created, which are described as being "without number" ([[http://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/moses/1.33,35?lang=eng#32 Moses 1:33,35]]). After the second coming of Jesus Christ, everyone who has ever lived or died will be resurrected with perfect, immortal physical bodies similar to God's, but only those who have fulfilled all of the requirements of the Gospel and faithfully endured to the end will obtain "exaltation", entering into the highest degree of Celestial Glory (i.e., the kingdom of God, or "the glory of the sun") and in effect become "gods" themselves, possessing all of God's wisdom and power and becoming able to create their own worlds. ([[http://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/76.50-70?lang=eng#49 D&C 76:50-70]], [[http://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/76.92-96?lang=eng#49 92-96]]) This doctrine, known as "eternal progression", was summarized by former President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Mormon prophet Lorenzo Snow as: "As man is, God once was; and as God is, man may become." * The satirical Church Of The Sub Genius refers to Jehovah-1 as "An [[GodIsEvil evil]] Space God from some corporate Sin Galaxy", and has an entire hierarchy of more-or-less omnipotent species of aliens, but also claims to believe in the "[[EldritchAbomination Elder Gods]]", and "possibly the One True God, but He ain't talking". * [[ChurchOfHappyology That other religion you're thinking of that won't be mentioned here.]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Real Life]] * Physicist Frank J. Tipler advocates Omega Point theory, in which it is ''necessary'' that Sufficiently Advanced Aliens (or Sufficiently Advanced Humans) are not merely indistinguishable from gods, but become/create (it's complicated) God. ** The idea of "Omega Point" as the point of ultimate human perfection was originally conceived of by French Catholic priest and evolutionary biologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin! * Creator/ArthurCClarke stated that if we ever find intelligent alien life they would be "apes or angels, but not men." The reasoning being that humans spent the vast majority of their history in the stone age, but since the discovery of agriculture just 10,000 years ago technological advancement has accelerated at an almost exponential rate. So the statistical likelihood of contacting a technological species before they hit TheSingularity is virtually nil. [[/folder]] ----
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* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' [[spoiler: the surviving members of the First Civilization ''were'' the basis for the deities of most religions, both due to their technology and the fact that they ruled over humanity before humankind rebelled.]] The Pieces of Eden have effects considered explicitly to be "magic" by those who witness them, though Altair concludes that it is simply sufficiently advanced -- and supremely dangerous -- technology. Among the noted abilities of the Pieces of Eden are mind control and immense amounts of technical knowledge (the Apples); telekinesis and mind control (the Staff); resurrection of the dead (the Ankh); healing severe wounds, disease, and genetic disorders (the Shroud); and telepathy (the Crystal Skulls). Some of the artifacts are capable of temporal distortion (the device responsible for the Philadelphia Event) or outright seeing into the future; [[spoiler: one of the "senses" of the First Civilization was "knowledge" which apparently allowed them to know things that would be impossible to understand otherwise, and this apparently included the ability to see the future]]. * In the ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series of games, the S'pht'Kr probably qualify, the Jjaro definitely do, and Durandal achieves it by the end of ''Marathon 2''. * ''AsurasWrath'' has the Shinkoku Trastrium civilization, which are actually super-powered human cyborgs descended from Genetically altered humans, have a lot in common with this trope, with a {{Hinduism}} and {{Buddhism}} twist. * ''VideoGame/GalacticCivilizations'' has the [[spoiler:Mithrilar, who existed long before any other sentient life and one of whom created the Precursors: Arnor and Dread Lords. One of them is also indirectly responsible for the Altarians being HumanAliens. What happened to them is not known.]] Two different Victory Conditions result in your species becoming Sufficiently Advanced: either by absorbing enough Ascension Crystal energy or by doing so much research that you learn the secrets of the universe and ascend naturally. [[/folder]] [[folder:Web Comics]] * The Prime Movers in ''ComicBook/{{Buck Godot|Zap Gun for Hire}}'' are Sufficiently Advanced Aliens, and are stated to be omnipotent (at least they're very good at bending the laws of physics and geometry). ** Lord Thezmothete is most likely one too. His abilities are never explicitly shown or mentioned, but he is mentioned to be a Class 1 Power (by comparison, an alien with the power to teleport entire planets around was classified as Class 8 and humanity -- collectively, mind -- is a Class 12 Power). He does possess some nifty technology at least, such as a waste disposal unit that creates miniature black holes and in his first appearance was able to make a battle fleet disappear without a trace. * ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': The Vargas, who organize the tournament. Also the guys from U19, who rely on technology to fight. * In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Galatea expresses profound disappointment that Fructose Riboflavin [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20091205.html isn't one of these.]] * ''Webcomic/TroopsOfDoom'' has the Legonians, masters of the nigh-magical, ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve-fueled [[BuiltWithLego Legotech]]. [[/folder]] [[folder:Web Original]] * Subverted in ''Literature/TheSalvationWar''. The demons and angel are very much insufficiently advanced to deal with modern weaponry. However played straight in that this is what they were when they first showed up in the Bronze Age. ** Inverted for a period of time as well. Once humanity organizes a counterstrike against the demons and absolutely slaughters them, some of the demons begin to believe that humans have figured out how to use impossibly powerful magic and cannot be defeated. * Some of the most advanced technology in OrionsArm is referred to as "clarktech" or "clarketech" in reference to this. Although it's not created by aliens, but by Sufficiently Advanced ''Terragens'' -- the Archai and the higher Transapients. * Inverted in Literature/LandGames. The humans seem this way towards the indigenous natives. Some even worship Jayle as a goddess. * The Kankiscree, a species of reptilian aliens in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', have had a space-faring, technological society for at least 70 million years. By the time the humans encounter them in 1985, their technology is firmly in the grasp of Clark's Law. * [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NULjA1b9Aq0 This video]] is rather [[DanBrowned interesting in its own right]], but one of the claims it makes is the believe in "stair step evolution." That is, aliens came along and gave humanity little hints to get its evolution back on track. They also apparently built the pyramids and other religious architecture, and planted it along ley lines in an effort to raise the spiritual energy of humanity to high-level consciousness. * In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler:one of these is the source of parahuman powers - in fact, said physics-breaking powers are vastly crippled versions of its own - and [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith Scion is its avatar]].]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Western Animation]] * ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' had the Lorwardians, a race of aliens who were not only giant, superstrong creatures, but they also possessed an arsenal of power world-destroying weapons. They were so advanced that it only took two of them to unleash an army of {{tripod|Terror}}s and conquer the earth 'in the time it takes to order a pizza. They were only brought down by Drakken's new mutant {{plant p|erson}}owers destroying the army of walkers while Ron used his Mystical Monkey Powers to take down the invaders. * Sul, the Avatar [[spoiler:Satis]] and Canaletto on ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers''. The Creators, on the other hand, may ''actually'' be gods. * ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' ** "Bem" has probably the only instance in the entire franchise of a powerful alien looking after a planet of primitives, who appears to be genuinely wise and benevolent enough that Kirk ''doesn't'' automatically object to the situation on principle. Bonus points because the alien was voiced by Nichelle Nichols (Uhura). ** Also the zookeeping [[StarfishAliens Lactrans]] in "The Eye of the Beholder,'' who aren't exactly godlike, but are still an order of magnitude beyond Federation tech. *** Ditto for the Vedala in "Jihad," described as the oldest known space-faring race. * Primus, and by extension his polar opposite Unicron, from ''{{Franchise/Transformers}}''. Primus ''created'' the Transformers, and his physical form is their homeworld, Cybertron. Unicron has altered a number of Transformers to his own liking, goes around [[PlanetEater eating planets]], and transforms into a planet himself. Whether or not they're actually gods is entirely dependent on what [[AlternateContinuity segment of the mythos]] you're in. ** ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' has the Vok, the mysterious, skull-shaped aliens who police the space-time continuum and may have created the Earth as an elaborate experiment (and then tried to blow it up with a moon-sized DeathRay). According to some WordOfGod (their origins are never explained and the writers never really made up their minds on it) they might actually be hyperevolved humans. *** Or they might be sentient robo-cancer post-CareBearStare. ** And that's to say nothing of the Transformers themselves? Come on, they're MechanicalLifeForms capable of altering their very bodily structure that occasionally come back from the dead. In one episode of [[Franchise/TransformersGenerationOne the G1 cartoon]], they were actually mistaken for gods by an alien race. *** Members of the First Thirteen, such as Vector Prime and the Fallen, have powers far beyond the abilities of other transformers. Vector Prime, for example, has the ability to manipulate time and space. * In ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'', SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom claims Dormammu (a demon in the original Marvel continuity) was an extra-dimensional alien. He goes so far as to claim his abilities and technology made him ''seem'' demonic, explaining why early humans believed him to be from Hell. * Gemkind in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' definitely fall under this; they're essentially living rocks, able to project a ShapeshifterDefaultForm made of HardLight, can regenerate said forms if wounded enough, can ''[[FusionDance combine]]'' their forms, have access to an interplanetary teleportation network, and live on a geological time scale. Even their millennia-old technology and abilities have yet to be even closely replicated by modern humanity. [[/folder]] [[folder:Religion]] * Mormonism teaches that God at one time existed in a mortal form similar to that of humans but was eventually "exalted" and now possesses a physical body similar to that of humans, but immortal and invulnerable to injury or disease. In the Book of Abraham, Kolob is described as a star that is "near unto [God]" and that has been set to govern all celestial bodies similar to Earth. (See [[http://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/abr/3.3?lang=eng#2 Abraham 3:3]]) God is the literal father of our spirits and of those on all the other worlds that he created, which are described as being "without number" ([[http://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/moses/1.33,35?lang=eng#32 Moses 1:33,35]]). After the second coming of Jesus Christ, everyone who has ever lived or died will be resurrected with perfect, immortal physical bodies similar to God's, but only those who have fulfilled all of the requirements of the Gospel and faithfully endured to the end will obtain "exaltation", entering into the highest degree of Celestial Glory (i.e., the kingdom of God, or "the glory of the sun") and in effect become "gods" themselves, possessing all of God's wisdom and power and becoming able to create their own worlds. ([[http://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/76.50-70?lang=eng#49 D&C 76:50-70]], [[http://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/76.92-96?lang=eng#49 92-96]]) This doctrine, known as "eternal progression", was summarized by former President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Mormon prophet Lorenzo Snow as: "As man is, God once was; and as God is, man may become." * The satirical Church Of The Sub Genius refers to Jehovah-1 as "An [[GodIsEvil evil]] Space God from some corporate Sin Galaxy", and has an entire hierarchy of more-or-less omnipotent species of aliens, but also claims to believe in the "[[EldritchAbomination Elder Gods]]", and "possibly the One True God, but He ain't talking". * [[ChurchOfHappyology That other religion you're thinking of that won't be mentioned here.]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Real Life]] * Physicist Frank J. Tipler advocates Omega Point theory, in which it is ''necessary'' that Sufficiently Advanced Aliens (or Sufficiently Advanced Humans) are not merely indistinguishable from gods, but become/create (it's complicated) God. ** The idea of "Omega Point" as the point of ultimate human perfection was originally conceived of by French Catholic priest and evolutionary biologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin! * Creator/ArthurCClarke stated that if we ever find intelligent alien life they would be "apes or angels, but not men." The reasoning being that humans spent the vast majority of their history in the stone age, but since the discovery of agriculture just 10,000 years ago technological advancement has accelerated at an almost exponential rate. So the statistical likelihood of contacting a technological species before they hit TheSingularity is virtually nil. [[/folder]] ----
15th Dec '15 8:11:42 AM LadyJaneGrey
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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. 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 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'' For when humans try - but fail - to deal 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. Sometimes you can exploit them and 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 frustratingly condescending attitudes, which can often be deadly, see CantArgueWithElves. When humans ''can'' get rid the better of them -- just ask [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Jean-Luc Picard]] (and don't even get his colleague [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Capt. Janeway]] ''started''). these beings, which is difficult, but not impossible, see ScrewYouElves.
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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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