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20th Jul '17 8:42:23 PM Epicazeroth
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'', Supergirl finds herself in the future. Being from a similarly advanced civilization herself, she slips into technobabble (for our ears) at least once.
** In the first episode of the Thanagarian invasion ''Justice League Unlimited'', one of the Thanagarians suggests to the Martian Manhunter that he wouldn't understand the technology they are using. He replies with a burst of technobabble indicating a deeper understanding of what's going on that she obviously expected.
** Parodied in an earlier episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''.

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* Happens several times in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', usually courtesy of the League's resident aliens from hyper-advanced cvilizations.
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In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague ''Justice League Unlimited'', Supergirl finds herself in the future. Being from a similarly advanced civilization herself, she slips into technobabble (for our ears) at least once.
** In the first episode of the Thanagarian invasion ''Justice League Unlimited'', one of the Thanagarians suggests to the Martian Manhunter that he wouldn't understand the technology they are using. He Being from an advanced alien race himself, J'onn replies with a burst of technobabble indicating a deeper understanding of what's going on that she obviously expected.
** Parodied in an earlier episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. Doubles as {{foreshadowing}} for the example above, as it demonstrates that both J'onn and Shiara are from highly-advanced civilizations.
20th Jul '17 4:42:34 AM jouXIII
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** Rory identifies a device that was just used on them as a "miniaturization ray." Since he spent the last season reading scientific journals, Amy assumes that he's figured out how the machine works -- but nope, he's just going by the fact that [[spoiler: someone used a ray on them, and then they were miniaturized]].

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** Rory identifies a device that was just used on them as a "miniaturization "miniaturisation ray." Since he spent the last season reading scientific journals, Amy assumes that he's figured out how the machine works -- but nope, he's just going by the fact that [[spoiler: someone used a ray on them, and then they were miniaturized]].miniaturised]].
7th Jul '17 9:45:52 AM Piterpicher
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** ''ShinMazingerZero'':

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** ''ShinMazingerZero'':''Manga/ShinMazingerZero'':
6th Jul '17 8:31:34 AM Codefreak5
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** Freeman's doctoral thesis is titled ''Observation of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EPR_paradox Einstein-Podolvsky-Rosen]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_entanglement Entanglement]] on Supraquantum Structures by Induction Through [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonlinear_system Nonlinear]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transuranium_element Transuranic]] Crystal of Extremely Long Wavelength ([=ELW=]) Pulse from Mode-Locked Source Array''. Basically, shooting low-frequency electromagnetic waves through heavy element crystals to make things teleport.



* [[VideoGame/HalfLife Gordon Freeman]] has a Ph.D. in theoretical physics. His doctoral thesis is titled ''Observation of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EPR_paradox Einstein-Podolvsky-Rosen]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_entanglement Entanglement]] on Supraquantum Structures by Induction Through [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonlinear_system Nonlinear]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transuranium_element Transuranic]] Crystal of Extremely Long Wavelength ([=ELW=]) Pulse from Mode-Locked Source Array''. Basically, shooting low-frequency electromagnetic waves through heavy element crystals to make things teleport.
5th Jul '17 2:08:39 PM Wynauttica
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** In the UK, there was a TV advert making a big deal over "perborate" -- sounds advanced, but sodium perborate is such a common bleaching agent in detergents it's like making a fuss over caffeine in cola.

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** In the UK, there was a TV advert making a big deal over "perborate" -- sounds advanced, but sodium perborate is such a common bleaching agent in detergents it's detergents. It's like making a fuss over caffeine in cola.
11th Jun '17 2:19:22 PM Ccook1956
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* In the Franchise/StarTrek franchise, this trend was [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness nearly totally absent in early installments]] like ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Instead, every device in the series [[MagicAIsMagicA had straightforward and specific abilities]] which were never altered except by [[TimTaylorTechnology amplification]] or breakage, and any device used outside it's intended function had a logical reasons for being used in that way. (Such as taking the batteries of [[RayGun phaser pistols]] and MacGyvering a working alternative to a depleted [[PowerSource power supply]] in the episode, ''The Galileo Seven'') The technobabble truly started with ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and hasn't stopped since, with later installments in the franchise [[{{Flanderization}} making it progressively more and more common,]] as well as [[DenserAndWackier more absurd.]] Eventually, the various bits of jargon became standardized to the point of being [[StockPhrase repetitious,]] with such things as "Running a Level 3 Diagnostic", and "Realign the Phase Inverters" becoming stock phrases for the introduction of almost any new plot device. [[ReversePolarity Reversing the Polarity]]" was little more than an excuse for [[DeusExMachina arbitrarily fixing any device.]]

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* In the Franchise/StarTrek franchise, this trend was [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness nearly totally absent in early installments]] like ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Instead, every device in the series [[MagicAIsMagicA had straightforward and specific abilities]] which were never altered except by [[TimTaylorTechnology amplification]] or breakage, and any device used outside it's its intended function had a logical reasons for being used in that way. (Such as taking the batteries of [[RayGun phaser pistols]] and MacGyvering a working alternative to a depleted [[PowerSource power supply]] in the episode, ''The Galileo Seven'') The technobabble truly started with ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and hasn't stopped since, with later installments in the franchise [[{{Flanderization}} making it progressively more and more common,]] as well as [[DenserAndWackier more absurd.]] Eventually, the various bits of jargon became standardized to the point of being [[StockPhrase repetitious,]] with such things as "Running a Level 3 Diagnostic", and "Realign the Phase Inverters" becoming stock phrases for the introduction of almost any new plot device. [[ReversePolarity Reversing the Polarity]]" was little more than an excuse for [[DeusExMachina arbitrarily fixing any device.]]
28th May '17 5:37:08 PM unokkun
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'''Ritsuko:''' Irradiate the wave pattern from all directions... It won't work. The signals are trapped in Klein space.\\

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'''Ritsuko:''' Irradiate the wave pattern from all directions... It won't work. The signals are [[AlienGeometries trapped in Klein space.\\]]\\



'''Aoba:''' Destrudo reaction in old area! Pattern sepia!\\

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'''Aoba:''' Destrudo reaction in old area! Pattern sepia!\\sepia! [[labelnote:destrudo]]In ''Evangelion'', "libido" and "destrudo" seem to be two types of psychic energy which make up a soul. The terms come from [[AllPsychologyIsFreudian Freudian psychology]], being the will to live and die, respectively. Note that just before Instrumentality the BridgeBunnies say that Shinji's destrudo levels are unsustainable.[[/labelnote]]\\
29th Apr '17 4:19:19 AM Crino37
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Compare to AppliedPhlebotinum and GreenRocks. When technobabble contradicts itself, well, AWizardDidIt. See also BlahBlahBlah and TechnologyPorn. MagiBabble for the fantasy version of this trope. Often the source of an ExpoSpeakGag; may be SophisticatedAsHell. Particularly ridiculous technobabble may appear to someone with actual expertise as being a technical form of DelusionsOfEloquence. LaymansTerms is the opposite trope.

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Compare to AppliedPhlebotinum and GreenRocks. When technobabble contradicts itself, well, AWizardDidIt. See also BlahBlahBlah BlahBlahBlah, HollywoodHacking and TechnologyPorn. MagiBabble for the fantasy version of this trope. Often the source of an ExpoSpeakGag; may be SophisticatedAsHell. Particularly ridiculous technobabble may appear to someone with actual expertise as being a technical form of DelusionsOfEloquence. LaymansTerms is the opposite trope.
14th Apr '17 5:08:47 PM Kitsune1
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'''Shigeru:''' Trace completed! The hackers are in this building! It's under B-Wing...IN THE PRIBNOW BOX![[note]]"Pribnow Box" is a real thing in science, but it's not a place anyone could "be" ... it's a pattern in a DNA sequence that essentially tells enzymes "start here." Correction: actually, in-universe the "Pribnow Box" is the name given to where the Simulation Bodies are stored.[[/note]]

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'''Shigeru:''' Trace completed! The hackers are in this building! It's under B-Wing...IN THE PRIBNOW BOX![[note]]"Pribnow Box" is a real thing in science, but it's not a place anyone could "be" ... it's a pattern in a DNA sequence that essentially tells enzymes "start here." Correction: actually, in-universe the "Pribnow Box" is the name given to where the Simulation Bodies are stored.[[/note]]BOX!
12th Apr '17 1:56:47 PM Derkhan
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* In the novella ''Literature/ATasteOfHoney'', Adónane and Perfecta, upon meeting Femysade, immediately launch into what Aqib calls 'women's business' -- namely mathematical and physics technobabble, throwing around phrases like 'fatidic notation', 'models of earthbound singularities', 'quantum measurement' and 'telekinetic watcher'.
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