First YKTTW proposal, ladies and gents, feel free to tear it to shreds.
A group (usually an entire society) that has extremely advanced machinery either continually on hand or built into their own body. The drawback being that when their technology is removed, they're not Brought Down to Normal
, but actually become cripplingly physically weak. Like Addictive Magic
or Phlebotinum Dependence
, only with the phlebotinum specifically serving the purpose of muscles and solid bones, and rather than requiring 'doses' to stay alive, they just need to keep their suit active in order to exert more force than a sickly child. Example being the entire human population of Wall-E, who were bound to hover chairs. The story even went in to how the artificial gravity of their ship had caused their skeleton to atrophy so they were pretty much fat, boneless blobs that could only flail around on the ground if deprived of their chair. (Heroic Willpower
on the part of the captain notwithstanding)
- Sligs in Oddworld, in their 'organic'◊ form, are weak bipedal creatures that can do little except crawl along the ground on their arms. When the Sligs allied with the Glukkons, the Sligs were given access to cybernetic technology called 'sligpants'◊ which not only increases their mobility vastly, but frees their arms for use handling heavy weaponry, allowing them to work for the Glukkons as security guards and hired thugs.
- Doctor Who has the Daleks, which at first appear to be completely mechanical, but actually inside their tank-like casing, their real body is a squid-like creature.