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29th Nov '16 9:33:04 AM ultimomant
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* On an episode of ''TheWestWing'', Michael O'Keefe guest stars as a reporter who has just returned from an extensive amount of time overseas, and considers being a member of the White House Press Corps a step down. At one point, he tells a story about how he used his lighter and PDA to convince a primitive South American tribe that he was a god.

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* On an episode of ''TheWestWing'', ''Series/TheWestWing'', Michael O'Keefe guest stars as a reporter who has just returned from an extensive amount of time overseas, and considers being a member of the White House Press Corps a step down. At one point, he tells a story about how he used his lighter and PDA to convince a primitive South American tribe that he was a god.


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* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'': In "Out of Time", Jax and Stein get stranded in the Middle Ages and pass themselves off as wizards with tricks like pretending a smartphone is a magic mirror. Eventually, the spoiled and petulant boy-king says he's bored with them and orders them executed until their friends show up to rescue them.
12th Nov '16 2:06:17 PM StFan
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* Played straight and almost verbatim with ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' when Rationalist!Harry [[spoiler: improvises a rocket-broomstick in order to break out of Azkaban with Professor Qurrell and Bellatrix Black]], he remembers the movie trailer and flies away, not before shouting the epic line:
-->''"All right, you primitive screwheads, listen up. See this? This...is my... BROOMSTICK!!!"''

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* Played straight Poked fun at in one strip of ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'', wherein two bears are looking at a rifle on the ground, and almost verbatim with ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' when Rationalist!Harry [[spoiler: improvises a rocket-broomstick in order one of them says to break out of Azkaban with Professor Qurrell and Bellatrix Black]], he remembers the movie trailer and flies away, not before shouting the epic line:
-->''"All right, you primitive screwheads, listen up. See this? This...
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-->'''Bear:'' "Thunderstick"? You actually said "Thunderstick"? ''That'', my friend,
is my... BROOMSTICK!!!"''
a Winchester 30.06.




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* Played straight and almost verbatim with ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' when rationalist Harry [[spoiler:improvises a rocket-broomstick in order to break out of Azkaban with Professor Qurrell and Bellatrix Black]], he remembers the movie trailer and flies away, not before shouting the epic line:
-->'''Harry:''' All right, you primitive screwheads, listen up. See this? This... is my... BROOMSTICK!!!
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* ''Film/TheManWhoWouldBeKing'' - rifles, masonic talismans and a lucky hit with an arrow convince the Kushians that Sean Connery is the reincarnation of the Demi-god Iskander (Alexander the Great)

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* ''Film/TheManWhoWouldBeKing'' - rifles, ''Film/TheManWhoWouldBeKing'': Rifles, masonic talismans and a lucky hit with an arrow convince the Kushians that Sean Connery Connery's character is the reincarnation of the Demi-god demigod Iskander (Alexander the Great)Great).



* Parodied/subverted by the movie version of ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'': Lyle Van de Groot, rich snob white guy, attempts to impress his native guides by offering them lighters and showing off his Poloroid camera... even though his guides are clearly familiar with such things. The guides play along for a bit, and then burst out laughing at him, whereupon their translator makes it clear they're not only unimpressed, they know more about cameras than ''he'' does.
-->'''Kwame''': He says that he likes your magic pictures...but he prefers the resolution of the Leica 35-millimeter transparencies. He also says that your lens is dirty, but he has the equipment to clean it for you.
** Going the other direction, Lyle later attempts to scare George off with a lighter shaped like a handgun. George, having never seen any kind of gun before, keeps charging. Then it turns out the gun is real (Lyle inadvertently grabbed a gun off a guide instead of his lighter, which shares the same shape and look as the gun.)
* In ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'', the villain is effectively able to scare off the natives who have come to the rescue with one single shot of his gun.
-->'''Spa'am:''' We see you have boom boom sticks. Bye Bye!

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* Parodied/subverted by the movie version of ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'': ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'':
** Parodied/subverted:
Lyle Van de Groot, rich snob white guy, attempts to impress his native guides by offering them lighters and showing off his Poloroid camera... even though his guides are clearly familiar with such things. The guides play along for a bit, and then burst out laughing at him, whereupon their translator makes it clear they're not only unimpressed, they know more about cameras than ''he'' does.
-->'''Kwame''': --->'''Kwame:''' He says that he likes your magic pictures...pictures... but he prefers the resolution of the Leica 35-millimeter transparencies. He also says that your lens is dirty, but he has the equipment to clean it for you.
** Going the other direction, Lyle later attempts to scare George off with a lighter shaped like a handgun. George, having never seen any kind of gun before, keeps charging. Then it turns out the gun is real (Lyle inadvertently grabbed a gun off a guide instead of his lighter, which shares the same shape and look as the gun.)
* In ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'', the villain is effectively able to scare off the natives who have come to the rescue with one single shot of his gun.
-->'''Spa'am:''' We see you have boom boom sticks. Bye Bye!
gun).



* One has to wonder what Picard was thinking in ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' when he continues to try and explain things like holograms to the Ba'ku even ''after'' they reveal they're just as knowledgeable and technologically capable as he is, if not more.
** They're able to fix Data's positronic brain, something almost no one in the Federation knows how to do, given that its creator is dead.

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* One has to wonder what Picard was thinking in ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' when he continues to try and explain things like holograms to the Ba'ku even ''after'' they reveal they're just as knowledgeable and technologically capable as he is, if not more.
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more. They're able to fix Data's positronic brain, something almost no one no-one in the Federation knows how to do, given that its creator is dead.



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* Poked fun at in one strip of ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'', wherein two bears are looking at a rifle on the ground, and one of them says to the other:
-->'''Bear:'' "Thunderstick"? You actually said "Thunderstick"? ''That'', my friend, is a Winchester 30.06.

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* Poked fun at in one strip of ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'', wherein two bears are looking at a rifle on In ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'', the ground, and one of them says villain is effectively able to scare off the natives who have come to the other:
-->'''Bear:'' "Thunderstick"? You actually said "Thunderstick"? ''That'', my friend, is a Winchester 30.06.
rescue with one single shot of his gun.
-->'''Spa'am:''' We see you have boom boom sticks. Bye Bye!



* The EasterEgg prizes for the armies that won the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' campaign ''Dark Shadows'' were a set of "Magic Items" supposedly found near the NegativeSpaceWedgie at the North Pole. They're fairly obviously mundane equipment from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', for example a PowerFist, a flamer and a Power Sword, that [[MagicFromTechnology seem like magic]] to the natives.

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* The EasterEgg prizes for the armies that won the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' campaign ''Dark Shadows'' were a set of "Magic Items" supposedly found near the NegativeSpaceWedgie at the North Pole. They're fairly obviously mundane equipment from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', for example a PowerFist, a flamer and a Power Sword, that [[MagicFromTechnology seem like magic]] to the natives.



* In the [=PS2=] game ''ShadowOfDestiny'' the main character is transported back to the middle ages and manages to scare away the locals with his lighter.
** Another option the main character is given is to threaten the locals with trapping them inside of his magic box - a cell phone with someone else's picture as the wallpaper.

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* In the [=PS2=] game ''ShadowOfDestiny'' ''VideoGame/ShadowOfDestiny'' the main character is transported back to the middle ages and manages to scare away the locals with his lighter.
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lighter. Another option the main character is given is to threaten the locals with trapping them inside of his magic box - -- a cell phone with someone else's picture as the wallpaper.



* In [[http://nobodyscores.loosenutstudio.com/index.php?id=233 this gem]] from ''NobodyScores'', we are reminded that cell phones are only a tiny node of a larger system.
** Forgot to set your phone to [[Series/DoctorWho Universal Roaming]], eh?
* [[http://partiallyclips.com/2002/01/13/king-and-queen/ This strip]] from ''PartiallyClips'' showcases a unique subversion of the concept.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Zoe is launched back in time and is imprisoned because she is thought to be spy. But she is given her "strange club" (shotgun) and saves the stupid king with it "She can call down the thunder to smite tie unrighteous!". Incidentally this plotline starts with a joke referring to evil dead.
** A nude magazine is also used to persuade the very very hard-to-persuade hermit.
* ''{{Webcomic/Erfworld}}'' is something of a subversion, as it features a strategy game geek who gets summoned into a game world. His knowledge of exploiting game mechanics to great effect might have changed the course of the war were it not for his superior, [[Main/PointyHairedBoss Lord Stanley]].
** [[spoiler: Parson did change the course of the war, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome by Uncroaking the volcano and roasting the entire invading army.]] Now things are going sorta kinda his way. Maybe.]]
* ''Adventures In Aaron's Room'' parodies the TropeNamer [[http://transformershomage.com/fanfics/Toys/Advent0411.jpg here.]] [[HilariousInHindsight Note the filename:]] comic 4 frame 11. ''411.''
* ''{{Webcomic/Zukahnaut}}'' plays this straight, unless you consider the fact that the natives have the technology and the creatures that came through some sort of dimensional portal don't an [[InvertedTrope inversion]]. At the true end of the conflict between the goat men and the monkey centaurs that's carried over from their shared native world, Darius, under threat by the groups he's been trying to talk down, breaks a primitive spear by putting a bullet through it. He then [[DiscussedTrope explains the situation completely]] to make it clear to the two sides. As Darius points out, the trope is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in so far as many individuals and groups are technologically behind (though they may have magic or other advantages).
** Before giving the speech he actually uses, Darius gives a ShoutOut to ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'', "Man I wish I knew the '''boom-stick speech''' by heart..."

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* In [[http://nobodyscores.loosenutstudio.com/index.php?id=233 this gem]] from ''NobodyScores'', ''Webcomic/NobodyScores'', we are reminded that cell phones are only a tiny node of a larger system.
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system. Forgot to set your phone to [[Series/DoctorWho Universal Roaming]], eh?
* [[http://partiallyclips.com/2002/01/13/king-and-queen/ This strip]] from ''PartiallyClips'' ''Webcomic/PartiallyClips'' showcases a unique subversion of the concept.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Zoe is launched back in time and is imprisoned because she is thought to be spy. But she is given her "strange club" (shotgun) and saves the stupid king with it "She can call down the thunder to smite tie unrighteous!". unrighteous!" Incidentally this plotline starts with a joke referring to evil dead.
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''Evil Dead''. A nude magazine is also used to persuade the very very hard-to-persuade hermit.
* ''{{Webcomic/Erfworld}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' is something of a subversion, as it features a strategy game geek who gets summoned into a game world. His knowledge of exploiting game mechanics to great effect might have changed the course of the war were it not for his superior, [[Main/PointyHairedBoss [[PointyHairedBoss Lord Stanley]].
** [[spoiler: Parson
Stanley]]. [[spoiler:Parson did change the course of the war, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome by Uncroaking the volcano and roasting the entire invading army.]] Now things are going sorta kinda his way. Maybe.]]
* ''Adventures In in Aaron's Room'' parodies the TropeNamer [[http://transformershomage.com/fanfics/Toys/Advent0411.jpg here.]] [[HilariousInHindsight Note the filename:]] comic 4 frame 11. ''411.''
* ''{{Webcomic/Zukahnaut}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Zukahnaut}}'' plays this straight, unless you consider the fact that the natives have the technology and the creatures that came through some sort of dimensional portal don't an [[InvertedTrope inversion]]. At the true end of the conflict between the goat men and the monkey centaurs that's carried over from their shared native world, Darius, under threat by the groups he's been trying to talk down, breaks a primitive spear by putting a bullet through it. He then [[DiscussedTrope explains the situation completely]] to make it clear to the two sides. As Darius points out, the trope is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in so far as many individuals and groups are technologically behind (though they may have magic or other advantages).
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advantages). Before giving the speech he actually uses, Darius gives a ShoutOut to ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'', "Man I wish I knew the '''boom-stick speech''' by heart..."



* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'': In "Ned Frischman: Man of Tomorrow" the nerdy Ned travels back in time to impress natives with the power of a garage door opener. However, since there are no garage doors to open it doesn't produce the effect he desired. Played straight later on when Ned brings back video games which everyone soon becomes addicted to.
** He also invents the sitcom. Though it is eventually made obsolete when the heroes invent reality programming.
* In a time-traveling episode of ''{{Transformers}} G1'', Starscream brews up some gunpowder to intimidate and conquer a medieval region when the robots run out of energy for their blasters. Played with in that a local alchemist who sides with the Autobots ''already knows'' how to make gunpowder, he just thinks of it as "dragon's bane".

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* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'': In "Ned Frischman: Man of Tomorrow" the nerdy Ned travels back in time to impress natives with the power of a garage door opener. However, since there are no garage doors to open it doesn't produce the effect he desired. Played straight later on when Ned brings back video games which everyone soon becomes addicted to.
**
to. He also invents the sitcom. Though it is eventually made obsolete when the heroes invent reality programming.
* In a time-traveling episode of ''{{Transformers}} G1'', ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', Starscream brews up some gunpowder to intimidate and conquer a medieval region when the robots run out of energy for their blasters. Played with in that a local alchemist who sides with the Autobots ''already knows'' how to make gunpowder, he just thinks of it as "dragon's bane".



4th Nov '16 9:13:15 PM Kid
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-->'''Bear:'' "Thunderstick"? You actually said "Thunderstick"? ''That'', my friend, is a Winchester Model 70.

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-->'''Bear:'' "Thunderstick"? You actually said "Thunderstick"? ''That'', my friend, is a Winchester Model 70.30.06.
11th Sep '16 10:24:22 PM Dingbot
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* A [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-3HEyR-c3M Dodge commercial]] shows a disheveled British soldier in the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution running back to his lines to warn them of an attack by the Americans. The soldiers line up in formation and prepare to fire upon the hidden forces, followed seconds later by three roaring [[CoolCar Challenger SRT8 muscle cars]] - one of which is driven by UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington - to coming screaming in over a hill followed by horses and soldiers. The redcoats panic and flee. Sadly, the car's weren't painted in [[AmericanRobot red, white and blue]].

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* A [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-3HEyR-c3M Dodge commercial]] shows a disheveled British soldier in the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution running back to his lines to warn them of an attack by the Americans. The soldiers line up in formation and prepare to fire upon the hidden forces, followed seconds later by three roaring [[CoolCar Challenger SRT8 muscle cars]] - one of which is driven by UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington - to coming screaming in over a hill followed by horses and soldiers. The redcoats panic and flee. Sadly, the car's cars weren't painted in [[AmericanRobot red, white white, and blue]].
9th Aug '16 5:16:08 AM ErikModi
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** In another episode, a human slaver who sells Unas has captured the team and develops a liking for firearms, as they inflict more pain to the Unas than staff weapons. He kills a slave Unas by emptying the entire clip and then says that the drawback of the weapon appears to be that it overheats quickly (obviously, he doesn't understand the concept of ammunition). After a beat, he produces the clips for the weapon and shows that he has figured out how to reload it.

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** In another episode, a human slaver who sells Unas has captured the team and develops a liking for firearms, as they inflict more pain to the Unas than staff weapons. He kills a slave Unas by emptying the entire clip and then says that the drawback of the weapon appears to be that it overheats quickly stops functioning after a time (obviously, he doesn't understand the concept of ammunition). After a beat, he produces the clips for the weapon and shows that he has figured guesses they have something to do with it (and indeed, doesn't take long to figure out how to reload it.reload).
9th Aug '16 5:14:30 AM ErikModi
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** And perhaps somewhat subverted in a much later episode when O'Neil's team delivers several crates filled with modern firearms to help supply a group of rebel Jaffa they're allied with. The Jaffa, more used to the flashy energy weapons they'd been trained with by the Goa'uld they'd previously served, are quite skeptical of the value of the Earth-made weapons. O'Neill has to convince them that they're worth using by having Carter (wielding a FN[Fabrique Nationale] P-90) do a side-by-side comparison with a Jaffa marksman wielding a staff weapon at the shooting range. The staff weapon blows a flaming chunk out of the target log, while the P-90 ''saws it in half''. O'Neill points out that staff weapons are designed to invoke this trope by being big, flashy, and terrifying, whereas a P-90 is designed to kill things very efficiently.

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** And perhaps somewhat subverted in a much later episode when O'Neil's team delivers several crates filled with modern firearms to help supply a group of rebel Jaffa they're allied with. The Jaffa, more used to the flashy energy weapons they'd been trained with by the Goa'uld they'd previously served, are quite skeptical of the value of the Earth-made weapons. O'Neill has to convince them that they're worth using by having Carter (wielding a FN[Fabrique Nationale] P-90) do a side-by-side comparison with a Jaffa marksman wielding a staff weapon at the shooting range. The staff weapon blows a flaming chunk out of the target log, log (and misses two out of five shots), while the P-90 ''saws it in half''.half'', before Carter finishes by firing a single shot to cut the rope the log is hanging from. O'Neill points out that staff weapons are designed to invoke this trope by being big, flashy, and terrifying, whereas a P-90 is designed to kill things very efficiently.
27th Jul '16 10:31:18 AM Kakai
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* In ''ComicBook/WhiteSand'', Baon introduces medievalesque Daysiders to firearms by blowing the head off a warrior-priest attacking his group. The friendly Daysider, Kenton, is suitably freaked out.
12th Jul '16 2:24:08 AM Chabal2
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* The EasterEgg prizes for the armies that won the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' campaign ''Dark Shadows'' were a set of "Magic Items" supposedly found near the NegativeSpaceWedgie at the North Pole. They're fairly obviously mundane equipment from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', for example a PowerFist and a Laser Sword, that [[MagicFromTechnology seem like magic]] to the natives.

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* The EasterEgg prizes for the armies that won the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' campaign ''Dark Shadows'' were a set of "Magic Items" supposedly found near the NegativeSpaceWedgie at the North Pole. They're fairly obviously mundane equipment from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', for example a PowerFist PowerFist, a flamer and a Laser Power Sword, that [[MagicFromTechnology seem like magic]] to the natives.
23rd Jun '16 8:35:13 PM nombretomado
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* The Time Traveler does this with matches in ''TheTimeMachine'' by H. G. Wells. He's somewhat disappointed because he's in the far future and had hoped the natives would be the ones doing the impressing.

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* The Time Traveler does this with matches in ''TheTimeMachine'' ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' by H. G. Wells. He's somewhat disappointed because he's in the far future and had hoped the natives would be the ones doing the impressing.
4th Jun '16 10:51:02 PM nombretomado
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* In the PS2 game ''ShadowOfDestiny'' the main character is transported back to the middle ages and manages to scare away the locals with his lighter.

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* In the PS2 [=PS2=] game ''ShadowOfDestiny'' the main character is transported back to the middle ages and manages to scare away the locals with his lighter.
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