Created By: ShivaFangMay 29, 2011 Last Edited By: ShivaFangMay 30, 2011

Technophobe

Characters or groups with a fear, hatred, or aversion towards technology.

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Characters or groups who are afraid of technology and the evils that can arise from their use. Sometimes this arises from an event that happened in a person or nation's past, but often is just a result of fear of the unknown. Sometimes, these individuals or groups are concerned for the future if these advances go unchecked, leading Ludd was Right

This trope can also be brought on as a result of religious teachings (As is the case of Final Fantasy X's Yevonite religion or the real world Luddites), or as a result of a dichotomy such as magic vs technology (Darksword) or nature vs technology (Fern Gully or Avatar).

Evil Luddite is an extreme example of this trope. This trope is a lot milder, and often applies to some of the protagonists to create tension. Can be related to New Technology is Evil and Science Is Bad

This trope covers technology in general as the primary motivator. Aversion of a specific type of technology (such as {{Doesn't Like Guns}}) might be Sub Tropes.


Examples

Film
  • Calzone from Transformers Animated.
  • Cobra-La in G.I.JOE the movie. All their "technology" including weapons and vehicles are entirely organic and they consider the human civilization and technology an abomination.

Literature
  • Most of the characters in the Darksword series of novels.
  • The remaining human population in The Chrysalids.
  • In the Anita Blake series, it's mentioned by Anita that really old vampires can be technophobes. They just aren't used to, don't trust and don't understand new technology.

Live Action Television
  • In the American version of 'Being Human', some of the ancient vampires awake to pay a visit on the Chicago district. They are notably wary of all the technological advancements, and frequently make remarks about how the old ways were better.

Video Games
  • Cyan from Final Fantasy IV.
  • Wakka from Final Fantasy X (In fact, most of Spira, but this character in particular).
  • The Lord's Believers faction in {{Sid Meier's Alpha Centari}}. Strongly represented in their flavour text inserts, as well as their -2 research penalty.
  • The majority of the characters in Saga Frontier 2, except Gustav and his army, who use it and Iron Armour to make up for their lack of magic.
  • In the Age Of Wonders games, Technophobe is a negative trait that be attached to Wizards at creation. It lowers that Wizard's production points in all cities.
  • The Vierra of Ivalice (Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and Final Fantasy XII) choose to remain in their forests sheltered from the outside world, thereby shunning technological advances that could harm nature.

Real Life
  • Luddites.
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • May 29, 2011
    heyassbutt
    Does this trope still count if the fear is justiied, like in Stephen King's Cell where cell phones = zombification?
  • May 29, 2011
    ShivaFang
    Good question, and I'm divided on that. I'm leaning towards this covering technology in general rather than a specific application of it (as in Cell, where it's specifically cell phones)

    Otherwise, if the fear is justified then it fits.
  • May 29, 2011
    Fearmonger
  • May 29, 2011
    Koncur
    • In the Age Of Wonders games, Technophobe is a negative trait that be attached to Wizards at creation. It lowers that Wizard's production points in all cities.
  • May 29, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    If this isn't Ludd Was Right, it's certainly related.
  • May 29, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    • In the Anita Blake series, it's mentioned by Anita that really old vampires can be technophobes. They just aren't used to, don't trust and don't understand new technology.
  • May 29, 2011
    ShivaFang
    Good call on Ludd Was Right, definitely an example of what characters could be afraid of. The Anita Blake series gave me a reminder of a situation in the American Being Human
  • May 29, 2011
    Bisected8
  • May 29, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    Cobra-La in G.I.JOE the movie. All their "technology" including weapons and vehicles are entirely organic and they consider the human civilization and technology an abomination.
  • May 30, 2011
    ShivaFang
    Given we already have New Technology is Evil and Science is bad (How did I miss those when searching?) I'm thinking of adjusting this to be 'fear of machines'. Discuss.
  • May 30, 2011
    Bisected8
    I think that's tropable. May be a trait of the Obsolete Mentor.
  • May 30, 2011
    Fearmonger
  • May 30, 2011
    Bisected8
    "most tropes are named after an inside joke of some kind."

    No. No they're not. If it's not a widely known quote or reference, don't even think about it.

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