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5th Feb '16 9:43:40 AM RubberyChicken
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* The Xel'Naga ({{Precursors}}) from ''{{Starcraft}}'' appear to have this. The few Xel'Naga artifacts encountered in the games are crystals and stone temples.
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* The Xel'Naga ({{Precursors}}) [[{{Precursors}} Xel'Naga]] from ''{{Starcraft}}'' appear to have this. The few Xel'Naga artifacts encountered in the games are crystals and stone temples.
26th Jan '16 10:11:49 PM Sarah-The-Pegasister
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* In ''DontStarve'', there are Touch Stones, which have tiny rocks in a circle surrounded by decapitated heads of [[PigMan Pig Men]], that when touched causes the stones to rise out of the ground and resurrect the player once should they die. However, most characters unaware of this fact comment on how primitive the technology is, or refer to it as a "useless ward."
23rd Jan '16 9:29:39 AM Pastykake
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SufficientlyAdvancedBambooTechnology, on the other hand, covers mechanisms with a Stone Age (or other ancient period, like Bronze Age, Iron Age, Medieval Period, etc...) appearance but a High Tech function that is beyond the achievements of Industrial or Modern Age technology: primitive-looking but highly advanced technology. Like the Stone Age equivalent of CrystalSpiresAndTogas, this is very often used to illustrate how ''advanced'' a culture's technology is by making it blend in almost seamlessly with their environment and/or architecture. AncientAstronauts and {{Precursors}} have the interesting habit of building their technology to look like primitive artifacts. This is distinguished from classic BambooTechnology in function but not in form. In this case, apparently primitive constructs are actually technologically advanced devices. A shield generator, ancient godlike computer, or powerful superweapon may resemble a monument, or idol, a small handheld artifact. Rock faces will hide glowing energy conduits. Crystals can do anything from teleporting of people and objects to enhancing latent psychic powers. Stone tablets with primitive carvings contain hidden machinery, or {{Nanotechnology}}, or some other AppliedPhlebotinum. Ancient control centers and consoles will resemble temples and altars. In many cases, the technology is designed to mimic the appearance of {{Magitek}}, but is actually AppliedPhlebotinum. Usually the aliens in this first variation are {{Precursors}}, AncientAstronauts, or both, and inhabit [[TechnologyLevels the higher end]] of the [[AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit Kardashev Scale]], but there are exceptions. Though being [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien "Sufficiently Advanced"]] is usually a characteristic of the makers of such technology, it's not required: HigherTechSpecies are known to adopt this style as well. Civilizations at the CrystalSpiresAndTogas level are very likely to use this kind of technology, often subtly blending it in with their surroundings or by making it appear decorative. The ArtifactOfDoom or the MacGuffin in a Sci-Fi setting, if of alien or other fantastic origin, is usually an example of this technology. Many a PowerCrystal and MineralMacGuffin are examples as well. The more ancient LostTechnology is, the more likely it will be an example of this trope. Often, you will know when this sort of technology is working because PowerGlows. Also note that many of the examples involve some form of psionic crystal, or are combined with psionic powers. Many an AdvancedAncientAcropolis is filled with such devices.
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SufficientlyAdvancedBambooTechnology, Sufficiently Advanced Bamboo Technology, on the other hand, covers mechanisms with a Stone Age (or other ancient period, like Bronze Age, Iron Age, Medieval Period, etc...) appearance but a High Tech function that is beyond the achievements of Industrial or Modern Age technology: primitive-looking but highly advanced technology. Like the Stone Age equivalent of CrystalSpiresAndTogas, Crystal Spires and Togas, this is very often used to illustrate how ''advanced'' a culture's technology is by making it blend in almost seamlessly with their environment and/or architecture. AncientAstronauts and {{Precursors}} have the interesting habit of building their technology to look like primitive artifacts. This is distinguished from classic BambooTechnology in function but not in form. In this case, apparently primitive constructs are actually technologically advanced devices. A shield generator, ancient godlike computer, or powerful superweapon may resemble a monument, or idol, a small handheld artifact. Rock faces will hide glowing energy conduits. Crystals can do anything from teleporting of people and objects to enhancing latent psychic powers. Stone tablets with primitive carvings contain hidden machinery, or {{Nanotechnology}}, or some other AppliedPhlebotinum. Ancient control centers and consoles will resemble temples and altars. In many cases, the technology is designed to mimic the appearance of {{Magitek}}, but is actually AppliedPhlebotinum. Applied Phlebotinum. Usually the aliens in this first variation are {{Precursors}}, AncientAstronauts, Precursors. Ancient Astronauts, or both, and inhabit [[TechnologyLevels the higher end]] of the [[AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit Kardashev Scale]], but there are exceptions. Though being [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien "Sufficiently Advanced"]] is usually a characteristic of the makers of such technology, it's not required: HigherTechSpecies Higher-Tech Species are known to adopt this style as well. Civilizations at the CrystalSpiresAndTogas Crystal Spires and Togas level are very likely to use this kind of technology, often subtly blending it in with their surroundings or by making it appear decorative. The ArtifactOfDoom or the MacGuffin in a Sci-Fi setting, if of alien or other fantastic origin, is usually an example of this technology. Many a PowerCrystal and MineralMacGuffin are examples as well. The more ancient LostTechnology is, the more likely it will be an example of this trope. Often, you will know when this sort of technology is working because PowerGlows. Also note that many of the examples involve some form of psionic crystal, or are combined with psionic powers. Many an AdvancedAncientAcropolis is are filled with such devices.

* The tiny alien humanoids of the worldship Rheton in the early 60's B-Movie ''Film/ThePhantomPlanet'' write on stone tablets and control their hollow asteroid worldship with [[UnusualUserInterface theremin-like pools of water in dishes]].
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* The tiny alien humanoids of the worldship Rheton in the early 60's '60s B-Movie ''Film/ThePhantomPlanet'' write on stone tablets and control their hollow asteroid worldship with [[UnusualUserInterface theremin-like pools of water in dishes]].
16th Jan '16 11:38:19 PM nombretomado
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* One of the many images in ''TheFarSide'' featuring cave men showed two of them inventing a "Time Log" which could also fly, and which they used to travel to the modern day to gawk at the future.
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* One of the many images in ''TheFarSide'' ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' featuring cave men showed two of them inventing a "Time Log" which could also fly, and which they used to travel to the modern day to gawk at the future.
30th Nov '15 7:40:13 AM johnsmithxxi
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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': The booby trapped temple in "Too Much of A Gold Thing". By opening all the doors to all three treasure vaults at once, Scrooge McDuck sets off a device that, in quick succession: causes the floor to collapse into a lake a molten gold, causes the temple to sink in the lake of molten gold, causes the entire valley to be engulfed in a lake of molten gold, and causes said lake of molten gold to explode in a volcanic eruption.
20th Nov '15 6:38:56 AM Prime32
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', most Lunarian technology seems to fall into this to at least some degree, since it [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic predates the human distinction between "technology" and "magic" and is apparently more complete than either]]. Their society outwardly resembles ancient China, and any device which resembles human technology is far more advanced than it looks, often relying on QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything. Case in point: their primary weapons appear to be 19th-century rifles... which fire sprays of energy bullets controlled by the user's thoughts.
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', most Lunarian technology seems to fall into this to at least some degree, since it [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic predates the human distinction between "technology" and "magic" and is apparently more complete than either]]. Their society outwardly resembles ancient China, and any device which resembles human technology is far more advanced than it looks, often relying on QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything. Case in point: their Their primary weapons appear to be 19th-century rifles... which fire sprays of energy bullets controlled by the user's thoughts. Likewise Toyohime possesses a DisintegratorRay in the form of a ''paper fan''.
20th Nov '15 6:35:45 AM Prime32
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', most Lunarian technology seems to fall into this to at least some degree, since it [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic predates the human distinction between "technology" and "magic" and is apparently more complete than either]]. Their society outwardly resembles ancient China, and any device which resembles human technology is far more advanced than it looks, often relying on QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything. Case in point: their primary weapons appear to be 19th-century rifles... which fire sprays of energy bullets controlled by the user's thoughts.
14th Nov '15 1:43:05 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** ''The Cage'' (Pilot) and ''The Menagerie'' ([=S1E15/16=]): The [[DyingRace Talosians]] use this sort of technology, including an elevator hidden in a rockface which leads to an advanced underground layer, and a viewscreen embedded in rock (probably an attempt to convey a flatscreen-like device) shows up in the episode as well. However, though their technology is impressive, the Talosians, who are all weakened survivors of an ancient nuclear war, have forgotten how to maintain it and now rely primarily on their psionic powers for survival. ** ''The City on the Edge of Forever'' ([=S1E28=]): The Guardian of Forever resembles a doughnut-shaped stone slab, but it is actually a powerful device capable of TimeTravel. It's also sentient, and claims to be extremely ancient, and neither a machine nor living being; and yet both. It (along with the rest of the planet) apparently exists outside of time, as anyone nearby will be unaffected by even the most radical alterations to the timeline. It also comes with an AdvancedAncientAcropolis in the background. ** ''The Apple'' ([=S2E09=]): An ancient supercomputer that controls a planet's primitive population is built to look like a serpent-headed giant stone idol. ** ''The Paradise Syndrome'' ([=S3E03=]): The [[{{Precursors}} Preservers]] built an obelisk on a planet inhabited by transplanted Native Americans. It turned out to be a voice-activated asteroid-deflector. ** ''Errand of Mercy'' The Organians appear to be technologically backward [[spoiler:but this is because they are actually incorporeal [[EnergyBeings energy beings]] and everything on the planet is just props to help them more easily interact with corporeal creatures]]
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** ''The Cage'' "The Cage" (Pilot) and ''The Menagerie'' ([=S1E15/16=]): The [[DyingRace Talosians]] use this sort of technology, including an elevator hidden in a rockface which leads to an advanced underground layer, and a viewscreen embedded in rock (probably an attempt to convey a flatscreen-like device) shows up in the episode as well. However, though their technology is impressive, the Talosians, who are all weakened survivors of an ancient nuclear war, have forgotten how to maintain it and now rely primarily on their psionic powers for survival. ** ''The "The City on the Edge of Forever'' Forever" ([=S1E28=]): The Guardian of Forever resembles a doughnut-shaped stone slab, but it is actually a powerful device capable of TimeTravel. It's also sentient, and claims to be extremely ancient, and neither a machine nor living being; and yet both. It (along with the rest of the planet) apparently exists outside of time, as anyone nearby will be unaffected by even the most radical alterations to the timeline. It also comes with an AdvancedAncientAcropolis in the background. ** ''The Apple'' "The Apple" ([=S2E09=]): An ancient supercomputer that controls a planet's primitive population is built to look like a serpent-headed giant stone idol. ** ''The "The Paradise Syndrome'' Syndrome" ([=S3E03=]): The [[{{Precursors}} Preservers]] built an obelisk on a planet inhabited by transplanted Native Americans. It turned out to be a voice-activated asteroid-deflector. ** ''Errand "Errand of Mercy'' Mercy" The Organians appear to be technologically backward [[spoiler:but this is because they are actually incorporeal [[EnergyBeings energy beings]] and everything on the planet is just props to help them more easily interact with corporeal creatures]]
14th Nov '15 1:42:02 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** ''Time's Orphan'' ([=S6E24=]): The ancient time portal on the planet Golana. * The Orbs of the Prophets, ancient crystalline devices given to the Bajorans by the advanced Wormhole Aliens.
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** ''Time's Orphan'' "Time's Orphan" ([=S6E24=]): The ancient time portal on the planet Golana. * ** The Orbs of the Prophets, ancient crystalline devices given to the Bajorans by the advanced Wormhole Aliens.

** ''The Q and the Grey'' The weapons used by the Q look like civil war era firearms but are in fact so powerful that the kickback alone can destroy entire star systems in neighboring dimensions *** Q was projecting the Continuum conflict in a manner that Janeway would understand, in this case, the American Civil War
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** ''The "The Q and the Grey'' Grey" The weapons used by the Q look like civil war era firearms but are in fact so powerful that the kickback alone can destroy entire star systems in neighboring dimensions *** Q was projecting the Continuum conflict in a manner that Janeway would understand, in this case, the American Civil Wardimensions
14th Nov '15 1:41:01 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/{{Stargate}}'': See LiveActionTelevision below.
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* ''Film/{{Stargate}}'': See LiveActionTelevision below.''Film/{{Stargate}}'' has alien technology with an ancient Egyptian aesthetic.

* Abused in the ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'' verse, mostly by the [[{{Precursors}} Ancients]].
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* Abused in the ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'' verse, mostly by the ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'': The [[{{Precursors}} Ancients]].Ancients]] are responsible for this trope.
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