- Greame: Any idea what these are?Sebastian: No, you?Greame: No.Maxwell: Well it's a good thing we brought the experts.Greame: Yeah it is a good thing, because this is like finding Moses' DVD collection..
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- Early on in Sgt. Frog, Keroro tries to both distract and butter up Fuyuki to go along with his plans by setting up stock Oop Arts like crystal skulls and the like. Fuyuki's interests in archaeology has him keeping an eye out for these throughout the series.
- Spriggan is set in the last years of the Cold War when major superpowers and other organization fight each other to secure them as major weapons in a future conflict.
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull deals with this as the driving plotline. What makes the crystal skull an oopart is that it's pointed out that it would've been impossible for ancient cultures to actually create them.
- Alien vs. Predator has an entire pyramid showing up in the middle of Mysterious Antarctica. As the quote above demonstrates, even the archaeological experts had no clue what any of it could be.
- Stargate has this as the way the heroes get to the alien planet that serves as the setting. It's an alien portal device found in an Egyptian ruin.
- Sphere starts off with the protagonists being asked to investigate a mysterious ship found at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, which is thought to be an alien spacecraft. As it turns out, it's a time travel machine from the U.S, carrying an even stranger artifact.
- Occasionally crops up in Clive Cussler's works, due to Dirk Pitt's status as an Adventurer Archaeologist. One example is Sahara, where Dirk chases down leads taking him to a Confederate ironclad in the middle of the Sahara Desert, though there is a perfectly good reason for it being there.
- The H.P. Lovecraft story At the Mountains of Madness has the protagonists discover a temple complex created by the Elder Things, a race of Starfish Alien Ancient Astronauts.
- The "Pieces of Eden" in the Assassin's Creed series are revealed in the first game to be remnants of Precursors who existed before Humans.
- The StreetPass Mii Plaza game Mii Trek deals with you findings OOP Arts and uncovering a mystery behind what destroyed an ancient civilization. Traveling through the jungles has you find parts of a crystal skull, which is pointed out couldn't have been created by the technology and crafting techniques available at the time. Traveling through the ruins results in finding Idol carvings made out of bronze, gold, and iron,the smithing techniques for all of which weren't discovered until after the the civilization itself was already destroyed.
- Referred to as OP3's in, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time. They become a minor plot point later, when the Vendeeni come to Elicoor II in search of Fayt, only to learn of the Sacred Orb (revealed to be an OP3) entombed in the Shrine of Kaddan. The Reveal that takes place later explains that they are developer tools from 4th Dimensional space, left inside the "video game" that the protagonists entire universe happens to be.
- Invoked in Twisted Metal 2 with Twister's ending. Twister manages to go so fast that it travels backward in time back to the Cretaceous period, where it gets stomped on by a random dinosaur. Out of that wreckage, only the driver's helmet is recovered and Calypso comments on how it confounded archaeologists that such a helmet could be so ancient.
- The Crystal Skulls. Claimed to have been discovered in a Mayan temple, and made out of pure quartz, one of the hardest minerals to cut and sculpt and way outside the technological capabilities of the Mayans. Most however, regard it as nothing more than a forgery.
- A more mundane example is the Tecaxic-Calixtlahuaca Head. It shares similarities to Roman sculpture, but was found in a Mexican archeological dig.
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