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27th May '16 4:03:02 AM Freezer
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** Earth as a whole is this to The Race. When they first scouted Earth, it was during TheMiddleAges. Given the rate of development of themselves and the two previous races they had conquered, they expected the "Tosevites" to just be getting around to the crossbow by the time they brought their invasion fleet. The fleet arrived during the latter part of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Thanks to Humanity's unexpected rate of advancement, bewildering (to the Race) ability to adapt to and counter any Lizard advantage (short of the [NukeEm "explosive metal bombs"] on their starships) and doubly-bewildering capacity for self-sacrifice (whether to destroy enemies or protect allies), they manage to force The Race into a stalemate.[[note]]And in the sequel series, surpass and subdue them in a matter of decades.[[/note]]

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** Earth as a whole is this to The Race. When they first scouted Earth, it was during TheMiddleAges. TheMiddleAges. Given the rate of development of themselves and the two previous races they had conquered, they expected the "Tosevites" to just be getting around to the crossbow by the time they brought their invasion fleet. fleet. The fleet arrived during the latter part of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Thanks to Humanity's unexpected rate of advancement, bewildering (to the Race) ability to adapt to and counter any Lizard advantage (short of the [NukeEm [[NukeEm "explosive metal bombs"] bombs"]] on their starships) and doubly-bewildering capacity for self-sacrifice (whether to destroy enemies or protect allies), they manage to force The Race into a stalemate.[[note]]And in the sequel series, surpass and subdue them in a matter of decades.[[/note]]
27th May '16 4:00:57 AM Freezer
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* Invoked In-Universe in ''Literature/EnchantressFromTheStars''. An advanced spacefaring civilization invades a world that is still in Middle Ages and intends to rout and enslave all locals. This is discovered by TheFederation, and even more advanced civilisation which, however, has an AlienNonInterferenceClause prohibiting them of overtly takoing position. So they plan to get the Empire to withdraw by convincing them that local people have supernatural powers like telekinesis.

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** Earth as a whole is this to The Race. When they first scouted Earth, it was during TheMiddleAges. Given the rate of development of themselves and the two previous races they had conquered, they expected the "Tosevites" to just be getting around to the crossbow by the time they brought their invasion fleet. The fleet arrived during the latter part of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Thanks to Humanity's unexpected rate of advancement, bewildering (to the Race) ability to adapt to and counter any Lizard advantage (short of the [NukeEm "explosive metal bombs"] on their starships) and doubly-bewildering capacity for self-sacrifice (whether to destroy enemies or protect allies), they manage to force The Race into a stalemate.[[note]]And in the sequel series, surpass and subdue them in a matter of decades.[[/note]]
* Invoked In-Universe in ''Literature/EnchantressFromTheStars''. An advanced spacefaring civilization invades a world that is still in Middle Ages and intends to rout and enslave all locals. This is discovered by TheFederation, and even more advanced civilisation civilization which, however, has an AlienNonInterferenceClause prohibiting them of overtly takoing position. So they plan to get the Empire to withdraw by convincing them that local people have supernatural powers like telekinesis.
15th May '16 3:18:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Metroid}}'' has the Chozo: peaceful bird-like people who lived in harmony with nature. Also were once ''the'' single most technologically-advanced race ''ever''. Vanished without a trace by the time the series continuity starts, but their remnant technology demonstrates this trope well. In particular, their statues, while decorative and ceremonial, also function as guardians of important places to the Chozo: Ridley, in ''[[MetroidPrime Prime]]'', blew up one of their temples trying to kill Samus, and got six giant lasers to the chest for doing so (''after'' Samus beat him into the ground). Samus is the [[OneManArmy only Chozo soldier present in the known universe]], and that's enough to give nightmares to the most ruthless race of the galaxy, (essentially [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorphs]] with a technological level approaching the [[Literature/TheCulture Culture]]'s)

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* ''{{Metroid}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' has the Chozo: peaceful bird-like people who lived in harmony with nature. Also were once ''the'' single most technologically-advanced race ''ever''. Vanished without a trace by the time the series continuity starts, but their remnant technology demonstrates this trope well. In particular, their statues, while decorative and ceremonial, also function as guardians of important places to the Chozo: Ridley, in ''[[MetroidPrime Prime]]'', blew up one of their temples trying to kill Samus, and got six giant lasers to the chest for doing so (''after'' Samus beat him into the ground). Samus is the [[OneManArmy only Chozo soldier present in the known universe]], and that's enough to give nightmares to the most ruthless race of the galaxy, (essentially [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorphs]] with a technological level approaching the [[Literature/TheCulture Culture]]'s)



* In ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', the Gaians--and, in the expansion, the Cult of Planet--seem like rather wimpy factions, what with being more concerned with environmentalism than proper defense training, a lucrative economy, or developing weapons technology. That is, until you find that their devotion to the environment also gives them an innate ability to take control of the extremely dangerous [[MindRape mindraping]], live-brain-devouring native fauna of Planet. Did we mention that said fauna is equally threatening to unarmored infantrymen carrying ancient guns and your best tanks armed with literal black hole generators and armored with space-time itself? You ''don't'' want to know what they can do once they figure out how to breed their own...

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* In ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', the Gaians--and, in the expansion, the Cult of Planet--seem like rather wimpy factions, what with being more concerned with environmentalism than proper defense training, a lucrative economy, or developing weapons technology. That is, until you find that their devotion to the environment also gives them an innate ability to take control of the extremely dangerous [[MindRape mindraping]], live-brain-devouring native fauna of Planet. Did we mention that said fauna is equally threatening to unarmored infantrymen carrying ancient guns and your best tanks armed with literal black hole generators and armored with space-time itself? You ''don't'' want to know what they can do once they figure out how to breed their own...



* The Liir from ''SwordOfTheStars'' are normally pacifistic and were targeted for enslavement by the "[[AbusivePrecursors Suul'Ka]]" for it. The enslavement led to two things: Firstly, that the Liir will turn directly from TheFettered into TheUnfettered when pushed too far and ''stay that way'', and two, that their innate skill with technology renders them really good at [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters making bio-weapons of 'extinction'-level virulence]] and turning their (now exterminated) captors' techology into a workable technological basis for making starfleets.

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* The Liir from ''SwordOfTheStars'' ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' are normally pacifistic and were targeted for enslavement by the "[[AbusivePrecursors Suul'Ka]]" for it. The enslavement led to two things: Firstly, that the Liir will turn directly from TheFettered into TheUnfettered when pushed too far and ''stay that way'', and two, that their innate skill with technology renders them really good at [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters making bio-weapons of 'extinction'-level virulence]] and turning their (now exterminated) captors' techology into a workable technological basis for making starfleets.



* The game ''ImmortalDefense'' has people ascended to pathspace to serve as the [[OneManArmy One Man Armies]] meant to destroy the oncoming invasion of the Bavakh. You are one such of these people. [[spoiler: You fail.]]

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* The game ''ImmortalDefense'' ''VideoGame/ImmortalDefense'' has people ascended to pathspace to serve as the [[OneManArmy One Man Armies]] meant to destroy the oncoming invasion of the Bavakh. You are one such of these people. [[spoiler: You fail.]]
26th Apr '16 11:40:30 AM Nargrakhan
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** They could probably pull it off in a literal sense too. While Japan constitutionally prohibits nuclear weapons, they have all the materials, expertise and industry to make one, possibly developing a fusion bomb inside a few ''months''. For comparison, the US took 12 years to develop a deployable fusion weapon, and China "only" took about six. [[http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-nuclear-plutonium-idUSKCN0WO0R5 Japan periodically ships weapons grade plutonium to the United States for destruction]], largely to keep China and Korea less grumbly about the Japanese stockpiling ''50 TONS'' of the stuff.

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** They could probably pull it off in a literal sense too. While Japan constitutionally prohibits nuclear weapons, they have all the materials, expertise and industry to make one, possibly developing a fusion bomb inside a few ''months''. For comparison, the US took 12 years to develop a deployable fusion weapon, and China "only" took about six. [[http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-nuclear-plutonium-idUSKCN0WO0R5 Japan periodically ships weapons grade plutonium to the United States for destruction]], largely to keep China and Korea less grumbly about the Japanese stockpiling ''50 TONS'' of the stuff.stuff (a byproduct from decades of nuclear power plant use).
26th Apr '16 11:37:58 AM Nargrakhan
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** They could probably pull it off in a literal sense too. While Japan constitutionally prohibits nuclear weapons, they have all the materials, expertise and industry to make one, possibly developing a fusion bomb inside a few ''months''. For comparison, the US took 12 years to develop a deployable fusion weapon, and China "only" took about six. However, after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, it is doubted.

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** They could probably pull it off in a literal sense too. While Japan constitutionally prohibits nuclear weapons, they have all the materials, expertise and industry to make one, possibly developing a fusion bomb inside a few ''months''. For comparison, the US took 12 years to develop a deployable fusion weapon, and China "only" took about six. However, after [[http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-nuclear-plutonium-idUSKCN0WO0R5 Japan periodically ships weapons grade plutonium to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, it is doubted.United States for destruction]], largely to keep China and Korea less grumbly about the Japanese stockpiling ''50 TONS'' of the stuff.
8th Apr '16 8:46:53 AM JOKER_G
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** They could probably pull it off in a literal sense too. While Japan constitutionally prohibits nuclear weapons, they have all the materials, expertise and industry to make one, possibly developing a fusion bomb inside a few ''months''. For comparison, the US took 12 years to develop a deployable fusion weapon, and China "only" took about six.

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** They could probably pull it off in a literal sense too. While Japan constitutionally prohibits nuclear weapons, they have all the materials, expertise and industry to make one, possibly developing a fusion bomb inside a few ''months''. For comparison, the US took 12 years to develop a deployable fusion weapon, and China "only" took about six. However, after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, it is doubted.
11th Mar '16 4:33:45 PM tk421SW
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' at Scotland's Castle Wyvern were dismissed by the Viking invaders as intimidating stauary and legends ... then came to life at sunset and drove off the attackers. Unfortunately it didn't last, because gargoyles sleep [[TakenForGranite petrified in stone]] by day, and the Vikings were able to shatter most of the clan two days later, ransack the castle and enslave all the humans inside. Which led to the survivors going after the Vikings to wreck bloody revenge, which led to the series premise.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' at Scotland's Castle Wyvern were dismissed by the Viking invaders as intimidating stauary and legends ... then came to life at sunset and drove off the attackers. Unfortunately it didn't last, because gargoyles sleep [[TakenForGranite petrified in stone]] by day, and the Vikings were able to shatter most of the clan two days later, ransack the castle and enslave all the humans inside. Which led to the survivors going after the Vikings to wreck wreak bloody revenge, which led to the series premise.
5th Mar '16 3:12:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Sergey Lukyanenko's sci-fi novels ''Literature/TheStarsAreColdToys'' and ''Star Shadow'', the Geometers are an advanced, altruistic civilization that has no weapons whatsoever, having supposedly outgrown warfare long ago. However, their many advanced tools ''can'' and frequently ''are'' used as weapons. They are a subversion inasmuch as they [[spoiler:use the "tools" aggressively without much provocation upon first encounter, the [[PlanetOfHats theme]] of that civilisation being UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans.]]

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* In Sergey Lukyanenko's sci-fi novels Creator/SergeyLukyanenko:
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''Literature/TheStarsAreColdToys'' and ''Star Shadow'', the Geometers are an advanced, altruistic civilization that has no weapons whatsoever, having supposedly outgrown warfare long ago. However, their many advanced tools ''can'' and frequently ''are'' used as weapons. They are a subversion inasmuch as they [[spoiler:use the "tools" aggressively without much provocation upon first encounter, the [[PlanetOfHats theme]] of that civilisation being UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans.]]



** In ''[[LineOfDelirium Shadows of Dreams]]'', a powerful alien battleship arrives to a small human colony at relativistic speeds, thinking that the [[GreatOffscreenWar Vague War]] is still on. The Psilons invade and quickly subdue the colonists, waving off their feeble attempts at resistance. The protagonist finds one of the four bunkers used for planetary defense (the other three were destroyed by the Psilons during the initial bombing run) and manages to kill several Psilons in PoweredArmor. Just as the rest of the colonists are about to be executed (the Psilons don't keep prisoners and only enslave those who have shown they can kill them), they offhandedly kill a member of the primitive indiginous race. Suddenly, a large number of the natives shows up and ''slices the battleship in half'' with a combined directed microwave attack. It was previously mentioned that anyone who slights a native can be fried to a crisp using their biological ability to emit directed microwaves. It's just that nobody thought that they could do that to a massive warship.

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** In ''[[LineOfDelirium ''[[Literature/LineOfDelirium Shadows of Dreams]]'', a powerful alien battleship arrives to a small human colony at relativistic speeds, thinking that the [[GreatOffscreenWar Vague War]] is still on. The Psilons invade and quickly subdue the colonists, waving off their feeble attempts at resistance. The protagonist finds one of the four bunkers used for planetary defense (the other three were destroyed by the Psilons during the initial bombing run) and manages to kill several Psilons in PoweredArmor. Just as the rest of the colonists are about to be executed (the Psilons don't keep prisoners and only enslave those who have shown they can kill them), they offhandedly kill a member of the primitive indiginous race. Suddenly, a large number of the natives shows up and ''slices the battleship in half'' with a combined directed microwave attack. It was previously mentioned that anyone who slights a native can be fried to a crisp using their biological ability to emit directed microwaves. It's just that nobody thought that they could do that to a massive warship.
17th Feb '16 3:43:41 PM DarkHunter
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* Any planet in the ''Franchise/StargateVerse'' under the Protected Planets Treaty. Come what may, an Asgard starship can probably put a pretty big dent in it. Until the fifth season of ''Series/StargateSG1'', at least.

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* Any planet in the ''Franchise/StargateVerse'' under the Protected Planets Treaty. Come what may, an The Goa'uld don't attack those (usually technologically primitive) planets because if they do, the Asgard starship can probably put a pretty big dent in it. Until will show up and kick their asses. O'Neill asks the fifth season obvious question: if the Asgard are capable of ''Series/StargateSG1'', at least.so easily outfighting the Goa'uld, why haven't they overthrown the System Lords? Answer: [[spoiler:the Asgard are way too busy fighting the Replicators in their own galaxy, and cannot spare more than a handful of ships for defending the Protected Planets. The Goa'uld don't know this, which is good, because if they really attacked in earnest, the Asgard don't have the forces to stop them.]]
15th Feb '16 1:56:19 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** Go ahead. Attack Costa Rica. [[RoyalWe WE]] DARE YOU.
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