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->''"Johnny groped through the pristine folds of his toga, wondering how Mankind could touch the stars yet fashion-wise be stuck in the days of Imperial Rome."''
-->-- '''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space''' by Odon

After passing the "[[RaygunGothic big, shiny and sciencey!]]" period, a highly developed civilization can enter a stage where technology continues to advance, but becomes a lot sleeker and subtler. At the same time, society gets epic. Jumpsuits will start being replaced by togas, robes and such garments, bustling [[MegaCity mega-cities]] by [[ShiningCity brilliant]] arcologies. There will be [[PowerCrystal crystals]]. Lots and ''lots'' of [[DataCrystal crystals]]. This world of tomorrow may end up looking much like Ancient Greece (the theme-park Cecil B. de Mille version at least) while still enjoying ultratech comforts.

It's kinda like the civilization-scale equivalent of crossing the BishonenLine.

Any society with Crystal Spires and Togas holds a high chance of being ruled by [[ThePhilosopherKing Philosopher Kings]], and populated with PerfectPacifistPeople (or aliens, as the case may be) and requires others (namely TheHero and his [[TheSquad squad)]] to [[SuicidalPacifism take up arms for them]]. Occasionally they [[TheAgeOfMyth occur in the past]], ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway, since decimated by some catastrophe with perhaps a single surviving AdvancedAncientAcropolis. [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Sufficiently Advanced Aliens]] are not the same thing, but as beings who can do anything with no apparent devices, they could be a logical outcome. [[HarmonyVersusDiscipline Thematically]] it may play [[DecadeDissonance opposite number]] to a society in MedievalStasis. A common subversion has this kind of atmosphere only for the rich and powerful, while everyone else lives in a UsedFuture.

The rare cases where a future society is genuinely not a BadFuture might look like this, but even some {{Bad Future}}s still do.

The same sense of style permeates other facets of society, not just clothing and architecture. Instead of a president or an assembly, the [[Series/BabylonFive Minbari]] are ruled by the Grey Council, the [[{{Futurama}} Nibblonians]] from the Hall of Forever (which also hosts the Feast of a Thousand Hams).

While there's a definite trend towards giant and architecturally impressive glass towers in the modern era, the trope hasn't quite made it to the status of TruthInTelevision yet -- aside from a conspicuous lack of togas, robes, or unisuits, these shiny new buildings aren't part of the sort of sweeping social movement this Trope describes but individual corporations jockeying to display their wealth[[note]]Of course, this trope WOULD apply if all the individual corporations and members of the population were sufficiently wealthy to live in a Crystal Spires and Togas world; for example in a post-scarcity civilization.[[/note]]. Utopian cities they are not; very real slums crowd their feet.

As Time Magazine put it, this is nearly the opposite of {{Steampunk}}, as Steampunk seeks to make technology more viewable, easier to connect with than the sleek shiny technology of this era. Compare CityOfGold. See also DataCrystal.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Olympus from ''{{Appleseed}}'' is a classic example. At least to the outside.
* {{Macross}} sort of shows this.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' had the Silver Millennium in the distant past and Crystal [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Tokyo]] in the distant future, though neither are shown with Togas. We mostly see the Royalty and Soldiers, which consist of a PimpedOutDress and Sailor Suits respectively for the women, and a Suit/Vaguely Medieval Armour and a vaguely military uniform, both apparently based on boy's school uniforms, for the men
** Though they don't appear anywhere else, the girls are shown wearing togas during the Silver Millennium in the footage that goes along with Tuxedo Mirage, the first ending theme of the [[Anime/SailorMoon first anime]]'s Super season.
* The space civilizations in the ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel'' games; the first is actually called EDEN.
* The aliens in ''FantasticChildren''.
* The world of gods in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' is this. While at first glance it resembles a stereotypical Olympian heaven, it turns out that it actually relies on massive amounts of AppliedPhlebotinum, its inhabitants hold regular jobs and there are even shopping malls (plus plenty of politicking and the occasional doomsday device)
* In the anime adaptation of ''{{Bokurano}}'', [[spoiler:it is implied that one of these is responsible for the robot combats that are destroying universes, gathering the energy gained from them or something-the anime isn't exactly as deep as the manga...]]
* The Guild in ''Anime/LastExile'' partly falls under this trope. Despite the rest of the world being steampunkish.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Many depictions of {{Superman}}'s home world of Krypton fit this trope. Post-crisis, though, Krypton was more dystopian despite all the crystal-toga trappings. When ''ComicBook/SupermanBirthright'' {{retcon}}ned Krypton's society back to something closer to the PreCrisis version(i.e. a more general super-advanced civilization without a specific, dominant theme), the togas changed back to SpaceClothes.
** For maximum effect, post Infinite Crisis reverts some of Birthright's changes to include some of the Byrne era Kryptonian aesthetics so that you have the crystal spires and the togas at the same time.
* The story "The Reformers" in ''WeirdScience'', 1953, had a perfect utopian place with ultratech elements but several flowing robes and stone arches. Also, it turned out to be Heaven.
* ''ElfQuest'' pretty much starts out this way, and much of the main storyline involves getting back to the TimeMachine (which has a similar atmosphere). Notably, the spires and togas are an invention by an advanced alien race, but become the future when everyone is sent back 20,000 years in time; the last stages of this are shown in the opening narration.
* When [[RobotWar Skynet]] is erased from history at the end of ''Comicbook/RoboCopVersusTheTerminator'', the new future heavily resembles this trope.
* In the first color ''ComicBook/{{Zot}}'' story arc, the future utopian version of Sirius seen through the Door at the Edge of the Universe includes togas and hi-tech faux-classical architecture.
* The milespires of ''MagnusRobotFighter'' are arguably a deconstruction of this trope. The upper class at the top of the spires are enlightened [[PsychicPowers psychics]] in togas who have become decadent and slothful, protected by a MasterComputer, while the radicals on the lower levels live in a UsedFuture.
* In the ''ComicBook/SilverSurfer'''s past, when he was still just Norrin Radd living on Zenn-La, his planet was very much like this. Their world was so nearly perfect, with beautiful and exotic architecture and clothing, that everyone was bored, and Norrin most of all.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', [[PhysicalGod Doctor Manhattan]] invokes this with his floating glass tower during his stay on Mars.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* This aesthetic is featured in the last sequence of ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal''.
* Atlantis in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'', with [[TotallyRadical totally excellent]] music to boot.
* The 1978 ''Film/{{Superman}}'' movie and its sequels invoke this trope with Krypton (and Argo City in the spinoff ''Film/{{Supergirl}}''). Krypton's spires are giant crystals. The walls are made of crystal. The canyons are lined with crystal. The clothes are made of some form of wearable, highly-reflective crystal. But, because so little of Kryptonian society is glimpsed, it is left up to the viewer's interpretation whether this is a utopia or a dystopia.
* Discussed and parodied in the narration of ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' with some accompanying images of a futuristic world showing bearded guys in togas among the crystal spires of their city. The camera pulls back to reveal that these images are all part of a mural at a carnival, in front of which a bunch of not-too-bright and decidedly non-futuristic-looking people are waiting in line to get into some kind of exhibition or maybe carnival ride.
* Subverted in ''Film/LogansRun''; while the post-apocalyptic society of the film is at first glance a utopia, its prosperity is maintained by a MasterComputer that ritually executes all citizens on their 30th birthday in order to conserve resources. Those who manage to escape this fate and flee the city [[spoiler:are invariably captured by a deranged robot who freeze-dries them in the belief that they are seafood]].
** And in [[Literature/LogansRun the book]], the age is 21. The book is a hysterical (in both senses of the word) ephebiphobic AuthorTract about the supposed evils of the 1960s (drugs, free love, uppity baby-boom youngsters etc.). They changed it to 30 for the film because they felt it would be too hard to cast, even with [[DawsonCasting a stretch]], if no one could look over 21. And a few characters ages are questionable at best. Particularly Peter Ustinov.
* In 1973's ''Film/GodzillaVsMegalon'', the inhabitants of Seatopia are an advanced undersea civilization (who are rather P.O.'d at the testing of nukes near them and send out their monster for revenge) where the toga seems the most commonly worn clothing.
* ''StarWars'', of course. The Jedi dress in long, hooded robes, and are fashioned after monks. The senators, politicians, and rich people in general wear long robes that are ornate and colorful. Everyday guys typically wear strange fashions as well, for example Han Solo dresses similar to a wild west gunslinger. Fighter pilots wore jumpsuits for practical reasons though. Most cities have the Crystal Spire part, especially Coruscant, but Naboo has it as well.
** That's just the upper levels of society, though. The middle class lives in a UsedFuture, and the lower class (including the poor, and, in TheEmpire, the non-humans) has {{dystopia}}. This is much more apparent in the StarWarsExpandedUniverse than in the movies, but hints can be seen on [[SingleBiomePlanet Tatooine]] and Coruscant.
** It's also used to demonstrate the changing times. As the prequels progress, technology, for example, shifts from the elegant starships of Naboo to less aesthetically pleasing but more practical designs as war breaks out, culminating in the UsedFuture of the original trilogy.
*** One of the best examples is Taris in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. The upper level is neat and clean and happy, the middle level is dim and ruled by warring gangs, and the bottom level is a tent city full of trash heaps and surrounded by fences to keep out the evil mutants.
* At the tram station in ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', most of the civilians in the background are wearing togas.
* The Creator/HGWells-written film ''Film/ThingsToCome'' is the TropeCodifier. The future technocrats literally live in crystal spires and wear togas. The preface to the published script gives the rationale for the costuming which "cries aloud for cloaks, the most dramatic of garments."
* In ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'', the Krell civilization is supposed to have been an example of this, with "cloud-piercing towers of glass and porcelain and adamantine steel".
* ''Film/KinDzaDza'', where the toga people specialize in turning dangerous alien invaders into cacti. The nasty part? A bunch of unarmed aliens arriving on their world needing help fits their definition of "alien invaders".
* Some of the upper-crust civilians in ''Film/DemolitionMan'' dress in long ornate robes, in reference to their attempts to re-engineer society to conform to this trope. As the film is set only TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, conventional clothing is also common, and architecture hasn't yet fallen prey to this aesthetic.
* Asgard in the 2011 ''Film/{{Thor}}'' film fits this trope as well.
* Although the [[Series/{{Firefly}} series]] played the trope a little more straight, it was consciously avoided with the design for the Alliance environments in ''Film/{{Serenity}}''. On the commentary, Joss Whedon says he wanted the central planet settlements to look 'genuinely Utopian rather than just tall'. Thus the design of the cities notably omit crystalline spires.
* ''Film/TheFifthElement'', along with other kinds of styles.
* ''AIArtificialIntelligence'' has, at the very end, extremely advanced robots who are long, skinny, and made up of glowing crystal.
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'': Though hardly the crystal-encrusted world shown in the previous films, Kyrpton is a "neo-medieval" society, with Jor-El, Zod and others wearing armor, capes and robes over their supersuit-esque bodysuits.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Probably a shipload of ancient pulp SciFi that we can't name. Heck, the good aliens wore togas in the 1930s ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series that started SpaceOpera!
** Note that all of the clothing that the good aliens (the Arisians) wore, in fact the bodies and cities and everything else about the Arisians, was a mental projection which was intended to fit whatever made the visitor to Arisia [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith most comfortable]]. This point was made explicitly in chapter 3 of "First Lensman", where all of the people saw different things: aliens in togas, male humans in uniform, professors at large universities, 7 foot tall women, disembodied intelligences, etc. There are references to it in the rest of the books when the fellow aliens (Tregonsee, Worsel, Nadreck, etc) briefly discuss their experience on Arisia. They even use the mental projection trick to fool Kim Kinnison into "seeing" one of the forms of the bad aliens, so when he beats one of them (Gharlane of Eddore) he thinks it was a rogue Arisian. The children of the Lens do realize that the Arisians have no physical form at all. The all-too-human Atlanteans, on the other hand...
* In Creator/PeterFHamilton's ''Literature/VoidTrilogy'', humans finally hit this stage around 1500 years into the future: most technology is sleek, hidden, implanted or only ''partially'' made of matter, and fashion is dominated by "toga-suits" made of smart nanomaterials that reflect and refract light in interesting patterns. [[PerfectPacifistPeople Peace]], on [[HumansAreWarriors the other hand]], is nowhere in sight...
** And from the same author, the Edenists in ''Literature/NightsDawn'' are a civilization of super-advanced genetically engineered telepathic superhumans who dress in antiquated clothes like robes, tunics, and togas and live in giant, sentient floating space stations. Heck, their entire lifestyle is based around clean, sentient or semi-sentient organic bio-tech and they believe themselves to be superior to the more traditional "Adamist" civilizations. Sort of a subversion, insofar as their society is clearly NOT perfect, and a pretty big portion of the books is about this. Hamilton LOVES subverting this trope, and does a really good job of it.
* Creator/WilliamGibson's short story "The Gernsback Continuum" is about a photographer who, while on commission to shoot some old Thirties-art-deco buildings (all magnificent examples of {{Zeerust}}), suddenly begins to see glimpses of an alternate reality that contains all the weird architecture, drapery clothing, and amazing technical advances predicted by the pulp-SF writers of the 1920s-1950s. Gibson actually specifies that the alternate-Earth dress code includes a toga. Gibson states in various places that it is meant as a deconstruction of this trope.
* Many of Creator/ArthurCClarke's short stories imagined this as the ideal civilization. One of his earliest (''Rescue Party'') supposed that the replacement of the car with the personal helicopter would eliminate the need for cities and "decentralize" civilization.
** The "helicopters decentralize civilization" idea popped up in several Clarke stories during that period. Clarke didn't foresee that flying a helicopter would be harder and more expensive than driving a car, to the point where not everyone can do it.
*** Come to that, not ''everyone'' can drive a car...The "civilization decentralized" idea also crops up in Alfred Bester's ''Literature/TheStarsMyDestination'' (aka ''Tiger! Tiger!''), where "jaunting" (teleporting without a teleporter, pretty much) means you can live anywhere on earth and still be able to get to work perfectly conveniently. It's not exactly an utopian future, though.
**** Cars or helicopters, there are still logistics considerations. As Creator/LarryNiven wrote about in e.g. ''Flash Crowd'' or ''the Final Days of the Permanent Floating Riot Club'', the most straightforward way to achieve societal decentralization is teleportation tech.
** In "Against the Fall of Night"/''The City and the Stars'', the city of Diaspar is a classic example of this trope.
** Creator/ArthurCClarke's "How We Went to Mars" (1938) plays this trope for humor.
* The Martians in Creator/RayBradbury's ''Literature/TheMartianChronicles''. Most of the elements seem like a fantastic version of Egypt, with books written in hieroglyphs that sing when you touch them, houses built of crystal pillars and traveling using flocks of birds, all in the middle of a great desert.
* Common for a Communist Utopia future in Soviet science fiction. Almost ''every'' Soviet book dealing with really distant future or a really developed society will have an Ancient Greece smell.
** True for Ivan Efremov's ''Andromeda Nebula''; our utopian future is to become athletical and pretencious much like Greek gods.
** Gennady Martynov's ''Callisto'' and ''Callistians'' features SufficientlyAdvancedAlien civilisation with distinctive Ancient Greek traits. And of course, it is Communist.
* Doubly subverted in arguably the most chilling scene of Creator/JamesBlish's very dark ''The Day After Judgement'' (a.k.a. the second half of ''The Devil's Day''). TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt has taken place. {{God}}, it turns out, really did die. {{Satan}} (who is [[SatanIsGood not so bad]]) shows a viewpoint character the Crystal Spires and Togas future which would have come about had he not destroyed everything and then reveals that compared to such a soul-less living death, the Apocalypse would seem preferable.
* The ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD'' novels mention a rare example of a post-Crystal Spires and Togas UsedFuture: the capital city, built out of crystal by the Vampires and then fallen into disrepair once they were driven out.
** Indeed, they were Crystal Spires and Togas with a goth twist. All the major vampire buildings resemble gigantic gothic cathedrals and gloomy castles straight out of Victorian horror novels, while the vampires themselves prefer to dress in elaborate evening suits and long flowing capes, which they enjoy twisting into bat's wings.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', the Pemalites and Iskoort are both examples of this trope, with their playful societies and fanciful architecture. The Andalites, too, have given up the habit of living in cities in favor of a natural lifestyle on the open plains, without losing any of their great technological skill.
** It should be noted that the Pemalites were designed by God, aka The Ellimist, to be that way. The Iskoort have architecture that's more like legos and they have spires because the ground is generally too marshy to build on. The Andalites had cities, but because they're basically herd animals, they hated them.
** The Kentrans were essentially like this as well, though the Ellimist only shows up in the toga-wearing appearance much much later. The crystal spires were floating in the air, powered by the flapping of the Ketrans.
* ''Literature/ATaleOfTimeCity'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones. Statues, glass domes, technology which looks like 'a pipe organ' and the caskets (which are actually some kind of advanced time-battery-thing), amongst others. The people wear jumpsuits most of the time, but robes are donned for official functions.
* The interex in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: [[HorusHeresy Horus Rising]]''.
* DJ [=MacHale's=] ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure'' has the "closer to nature" future version of Earth, Third Earth. [[spoiler: But of course it gets completely and utterly screwed over by our resident MagnificentBastard and becomes a CrapsackWorld.]]
* Subverted in Creator/HGWells's ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' in which the Eloi seem to live in this kind of future but are actually little more than sentient (barely) cattle for their underground dwelling Morlock masters.
** Actually invented by H. G. Wells in ''Men like Gods''.
* Creator/TanithLee's two-volume ''Literature/BitingTheSun'' series portrays this as a semi-dystopia.
* Most of [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks']] novels, especially those set in the fictional universe known as Literature/TheCulture.
* Played with/averted in Stephen King's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series, as [[SadClown jokester]]-qua-[[YoungGun gunslinger]] Eddie Dean abandons the last of his naiveté in realizing that that city of "wise ****ing elves" isn't going to magically appear to help [[FiveManBand the heroes]] on their [[TheQuest quest]].
* This is the stated goal of Alvin Maker in ''Literature/TheTalesOfAlvinMaker'' series by Orson Scott Card
* Deconstructed in ''[[{{Nightside}} Paths Not Taken]]'', in which Lilith's idealized vision of a city resembles this trope, but anyone who's actually ''lived'' in a city can see that she's failed to take logistics into account. It's big on the crystal spires, fountains, and other frills, but lacking in such necessary amenities as sewers.
* The Elderling civilization in ''RealmOfTheElderlings'' seems to have been like this before being destroyed by a natural disaster.
* Not much is known about the Eldren [[{{Precursors}} ancient civilization]] in the ''Literature/GentlemanBastard'' series, but they did build (among other things) crystal spires, who are now used as housing for the most powerful noble families.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', the few glimpses we have of the [[GoldenAge Age of Legends]] civilization show it to be very much like that. For example, one of their top universities had an annex designed to look like a huge pure white perfect sphere levitating a few hundred of meters above the campus, that could only be accessed through flying or teleportation.
* Creator/CordwainerSmith had a definite fondness for weird future settings jumbling all sorts of advanced technology -- much of it barely understood by the people using it, if that -- with baroque and sometimes archaic furniture and clothing.
* From what's left of their vanished civilization in Scott Lynch's ''The Lies of Locke Lamora'' the Elderen had a civilization like this. They certainly had the Crystal Spires. Whether they had the togas is unknown.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The Minbari in ''Series/BabylonFive'' have the crystal part down pat in their architecture, but their social development is stuck in thousand year MedievalStasis. The Utopian and Enlightened bit of this trope gets subverted in the 4th season, [[spoiler:when they fall into CivilWar]].
* The ''Series/MysterScienceTheater3000'' experiment ''Warrior of the Lost World'' featured a Dystopian world in which lived a group of toga-wearing "enlightened ones". They had [[HealingHands healing powers]] and lived in a [[AnotherDimension pocket dimension]] from which they battled an [[{{Dystopia}} oppressive totalitarian government]] that had [[TakeOverTheWorld taken over the world]].
* The Time Lords of ''Series/DoctorWho'' represented a civilization of this type; the trope was subverted in a couple of ways. Even their first appearance, which shows them highly advanced and almost utopian, establishes their civilization as so boring and pompous that the Doctor [[DefectorFromDecadence couldn't wait to run away from them]]. Later appearances [[DependingOnTheWriter often, though not always,]] revealed them as corrupt, petty and hypocritical. So it's probably not so bad that they [[DroppedABridgeOnHim had a cosmic bridge dropped on them]] in the new series.
** "Last of the Time Lords" has a flashback of a Time Lord in long robes standing on a hill, with the Citadel of the Time Lords behind him, a great city encased in a glass sphere.
* Subverted in the 2007 ''Series/FlashGordon'' series, where Mongo's capital, Nascent City, is all crystal spires and togas, while the rest of the planet is a [[AfterTheEnd post-environmental-catastrophe]] ScavengerWorld.
** This is a possible rip-off of "The Cloud Minders" from the third season of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', where the Startoses had artists and scholars living in a shiny clean floating city in the clouds, while the Troglytes did all the hard labor in the mines below.
** This in turn is a nod to the Eloi and Morlocks in H.G. Wells' ''TimeMachine'' (1895). Only in this case, the bestial Morlocks hunted and ate the childlike and pastoral Eloi, and the Morlocks had all the technology and weapons while the Eloi had degenerated into barely intelligent humanoids who knew no technology at all.
* The [[http://en.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/Beings_of_Light Beings of Light]] and their [[http://en.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/Ship_of_Lights Ships of Lights]] in the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'' have this feel to them.
** As did the original colonies. In the pilot, ''Saga of a Star World'', The Quorum of the Twelve on the ''Atlantia'' and its reconstitution afterwards featured togas. And crystalline pyramids are wrecked by the Cylon bombardment of Caprica.
*** This is largely averted in the [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined new series]], where the Colonies have buildings that are plausible to build today, but simply do not extend to our architectural styles (although looking at Caprica City for too long may sear your retinas, it's that shiny-future...) Same thing for people's appearance, with...well...normal clothes. An exception is the spectral forms of the Final Five Cylons, who appear as glowing robed figures before they're revealed to be [[spoiler:the most ridiculously human of the show's RidiculouslyHumanRobots]].
* The Ancient race in the ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'' television series, especially ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', are an example of a crystal spires and togas race which has "[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended]]" to a higher plane, leaving their crystal city (actually a metal-alloy spaceship the size of Manhattan) deserted.
** They are not the only one. Almost everyone, the Goa'uld (and the Tok'ra), the Tollans, the Asgard, later even the humans use crystal-based technology. For most civilizations, the crystals are only the guts. The outward appearance varies wildly. The Asgard and ancient stuff looks crystal spire-y, except when it looks paleolithic.
** In ''Film/StargateContinuum'' we see that following the downfall of the System Lords, the Tok'ra apparently stopped hiding and now have a city made of crystal skyscrapers. They are also fond of wearing toga-like clothing.
* The inner Alliance worlds of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' are Crystal Spires and [[GorgeousPeriodDress Costume Straight From The]] [[RegencyEngland British Regency]] for the rich, and a very UsedFuture below.
* In an episode of ''Series/RedDwarf'' where the lads got split up into a good and an evil part, the good version was portrayed like this.
* In the ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' special "Back and Forth," Blackadder visits a future world that matches this trope.
* The Australian kids' TV show ''TheGirlFromTomorrow'' featured a future like this.
* The Altrusian Civilization from the original ''Series/LandOfTheLost''.
* ''Series/WonderWoman'': All the immortal amazons from Paradise Island use multicolor vaporous dresses and use bows and arrows even if they live in an AdvancedAncientAcropolis.
* Atlantis in ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Crops up in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' in the form of the Tau and Eldar. The more "enlightened" humans tend towards Crystal Spires And PowerArmour. Also, in the Imperial Hive Cities, the aristocracy lives in total luxury and comfort - while everyone else gets the mind-crushing dystopia.
** Eldar especially play this completely straight, right down to crystal spires and toga-like clothing. They used to play it even straighter before the Fall.
** Prospero's capital Tizca, the pre-Heresy homeworld of the Thousand Sons fits the description practically to a T with its spires of glass and populace dressing in robes. The Sons are universally regarded as WarriorScholars and are shown with a collective penchant for the fine arts, Ahriman himself an aspiring vintner. Tizca's libraries are the greatest collective repository of knowledge outside of Terra within the Imperium, and the living standards the population enjoys one of the highest. And then came the Space Wolves...
* As usual, Atlantis in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' is often shown as a crystal spire city. They even swear its name means "The Dragon Spire".
* This is a well-established [[SignatureStyle Aesthetic]] known as 'Crystal Future' in ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', for [[MadScientist Geniuses]] who work towards this vision of the future. However, a lot of this use it sardonically these days, and it has a somewhat sinister reputation as it was popular with the [[BigBad Secret Masters]] of [[AncientConspiracy Lemuria]] before their demise.
* High-clearance citizens live like this in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}''. The other 90-odd percent live in squalor.
* The upper classes of the Third Imperium in ''{{Traveller}}''. Even more so the Vilani of the First Imperium in the volume ''Interstellar Wars''.
* In DungeonsAndDragons 4th edition, [[OurElvesAreBetter Eladrin]] cities in the [[{{Faerie}} Feywild]] have crystal spires.
* The High First Age [[{{Magitek}} magitech]]-based society of ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' perfectly fits this trope. There are even literal crystal spires in Chiaroscuro.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Metru Nui has shades of this in ''{{Bionicle}}''. (minus the togas, of course, as armoured cyborgs have no need for clothing). It's even lampshaded at one point, as a character walking through one of the districts notes how disturbingly clean everything is.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The planet Le Marie Glennecia (AKA, Mariglenn, AKA "Eden") from ''RogueGalaxy'' is almost literally this, featuring copious amounts of actual spires and togas, and to top it all off, possesses what is obviously ''extremely'' advanced technology. How advanced? Advanced enough to move their entire planet, intact, to a completely different galaxy, possibly a completely different universe, and surround it with a time stasis field. When they finally return to normal space, they spend ''10,000 years'' waiting for the return of the return of Kisala. And all of this is completely inapparent just from looking at their stone-paved city streets or the pretty, ancient Greece-style masonry buildings. If the spires were crystalline, it would be a flawless literal example of this trope.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'''s Spira is this in spades. At least it ''was'' before [[EldritchAbomination Sin]] destroyed almost every major settlement (periodically terrorizing the small remaining ones too). The only major city left, Bevelle, is mainly experienced by the player via a few cut-scene at one point in the game, but its appearance fits the trope perfectly.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' has Solaris, which fits this to a T in reference to any other land based civilization.
** Shevat fits this trope even better than Solaris. It is a FloatingContinent full of immortal people who use elegant and completely invisible [[nanotechnology]] for everything. Solaris is not necessarily less technologically advanced, but their tech is much more obvious and awkward.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' bleeds this in all three games. In this tropers OP, this series is the best example seen in any video game.
* And for the Takahashi hat-trick, ''Videogame/{{Xenoblade}}'' has this with the {{Floating Island}} {{Capital City}} Alcamoth.
* Neo Arcadia in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'', complete with Doric columns. Actually a [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch False Eden]], while the inevitable resistance is on a UsedFuture level.
* The City in MirrorsEdge is slowly being transformed into one. And it's rather unsettling. After crushing the intital opposition and resistance, the mayor created an environment that left everyone lethargic and complacent. If people had freedom, they wouldn't know what to do with it.
* ''GalacticCivilizations 2'', in the past. Only one character is shown, but he has a white robe and a staff.
* ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''. Space elevators, matter transmitters and the like are built in a standard scifi fashion, but telepathy is eventually done in shrines and [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascension to posthumanity]] apparently by monks.
** This might be a faction-related thing; the telepathy/planetmind techs are usually associated with the Gaians, who tend towards a nature-friendly version of aesthetic.
** Factions following the Purity affinity in ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'', the SpiritualSuccessor to ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', start to take on an Roman -inspired aesthetics [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfQyG885arY (take a look at about the 4:47 mark for an example)]].
* The Aeon Illuminate of ''VideoGame/SupremeCommander'' was founded by a group of human colonists who landed on a planet already inhabited by an alien race that embraced this trope. The aliens were annihilated by nuclear and biological warfare on the party of humanity, but the remaining colonists adopted the aliens' religion and technology as their own. The Aeon universally wear robes, are lead by a Princess, use all manner of advanced and esoteric weapons (ranging from sonic weapons on low-end units to massive 'oblivion cannons', death rays mounted on flying aircraft carriers, and giant robots with death rays for heads and tractor beams for arms), and have a universal design philosophy of sleek, shiny, and silver with their vehicles and buildings.
* Atlantis in the ''EccoTheDolphin: Defender of the Future'' fits this trope (especially the crystal part), existing in a civilization around the year 3500 in which humans and [[SapientCetaceans dolphins]] coexist in harmony.
* The nation of Esthar in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', which is actually a gigantic (and initially ''invisible'') city, is all crystal and glass tubes and antigravity technology. Even the people (save its president) wear ankle-length robes.
* While the entire nation of the D'ni in the ''{{Myst}}'' series was - probably - bereft of togas, their technology and archaeology almost definitely falls into this situation. Plus, they sowed the seeds of their own destruction, and whatnot.
* Subverted in ''EveOnline''. The [[http://www.eve-online.com/background/potw/10-03-06.asp Crystal Boulevard]] in Caille on Gallente Prime is a region near the nexus of the city where every structure, and even the ground itself, is made out of specially nanofabricated crystal. Its actual purpose? A nigh-invulnerable command bunker in case of orbital bombardment. The only way to disable the planetary government and military command would be to pulverise the entire city so thoroughly that it would constitute an unconscionable war crime and throw galactic opinion overwhelmingly against the attackers.
* Lemuria in ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSun Golden Sun II: The Lost Age]]''. Togas, Greek Temples, and the whole thing, all powered by magic...er...Psynergy. This lost civilization even discovered immortality, only to realize that life got really, really boring after a few hundred years.
* This is somewhat present in the elven architecture in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
** Night Elves have a lot of Greek-style columns and spires and their racial leader changed from a {{Stripperific}} warrior getup in ''VideoGame/WarCraftIII'' to a toga-ish dress.
** Meanwhile, Blood Elves have even taller spires and crystals everywhere (although the crystals tend to have creepy looking evil eyes staring out from them) with magical doodads all over the place.
** The Draenai seem to have embraced this as well, at least the crystal spires part, their buildings being crystalline inter-dimensional spaceships or something like that. They mostly dress like anyone else but their racial leader appears in a slightly toga-like robe.
** The highborne night elves were a (evil) textbook example of this at their time, excepting the lack of council. Queen Azshara palace even has a runway and a platform made purely of magic glass
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' has the Kingdom of Zeal, which is located on a FloatingContinent to boot. All its awesome crystalness and toganess is due to extracting energy from an [[EldritchAbomination otherworldly world-devourer.]]
** Well, by the time you visit it, anyway. Zeal was originally run on solar power, but they switched to Lavos power because [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen]] [[TheDragon Zeal]] told them they didn't need the Sun Stone anymore. In an optional sidequest, you can obtain the Sun Stone and use it to create Lucca's best weapon. Awesome power source, indeed!
* The ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' universe has the Chozo, an advanced race of terrestrial birds who eventually became so intelligent they developed telepathic abilities. After their technology reached its peak most of them chose to become space hippies, living in harmony with nature where they could seek greater spiritual enlightenment. Most of the ruins they left behind are made stone and what little advanced technology there is seems to be designed to blend in with the surroundings.
** Or in the case of Elysia, a [[SceneryPorn very pretty]] retro {{Steampunk}} design.
* In ''Videogame/{{Starcraft}}'', the Protoss appear to have a Crystal Spires and Togas society, [[strike:minus the togas]] right down to the togas, especially in the comics and parts of the manual. Of course, [[spoiler:it gets obliterated by the Zerg]].
* ''VideoGame/MetalArmsGlitchInTheSystem'', a game set on a planet where all the inhabitants are robots, has the equivalent with the underground-dwelling [[{{Precursors}} Morbots]]. The Droids and Mils on the surface seem to have conventional (if advanced) technology and architecture, with industrial and mechanical styling all built out of metal (duh), whereas the Morbot Region is all purple, white, and glowing, very sleek, and with bridges and doors that assemble or shift out of the way in little flying pieces, and TronLines everywhere.
* ''[[SoulSeries Soul Calibur IV]]'', When Siegfried defeats Nightmare, he sacrifices himself and using his [[BfS sword]], he plunges the world into a utopian society literally ''covered'' in crystal.
** It's implied however, that this 'utopia' is achieved through everyone on the planet dying to prevent war and suffering.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Illium looks like this, minus the togas; presumably, it's standard asari architecture. Of course, [[CrapsaccharineWorld the looks are deceiving]]; Illium is a [[SceneryPorn very well disguised]] WretchedHive where everything is legal if you've got the right paperwork, and being a CorruptCorporateExecutive is necessary if you want to get anywhere.
** The asari homeworld Thessia itself in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' fits the trope much better... [[spoiler:If it weren't in the process of being Reaped.]] In addition, Asari vessels and weaponry even follow this design ethos, being incredibly sleek and prominently featuring long sweeping curves.
** The Protheans also appeared to strongly favour this, with their ruins, weaponry and technology being tall and angular.
* The Lunar Capital in VideoGame/{{Touhou}} is a Japanese flavored version of this trope.
* Played literally with Hallifax in the MUD ''{{Lusternia}}'', a floating crystal city held aloft by [[WhateverMancy Aeromancy]]. Interesting in that the denizens are ''also'' made of crystal.
** Though as with the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' example above, it's misleading: Hallifax is a LawfulNeutral meritocracy, where [[ForScience scientists are revered]] and the proles are [[HappinessInSlavery content to serve their "betters"]].
* ''PhantasyStarII'' has elements of this in its mix of GhibliHills and tower architecture on Mota; it's stated [[AllThereInTheManual in the manual]] that Palm is a full-blown version at this point (but you never go there). In ''PhantasyStarIV'', [[spoiler: Rykros]] runs on this aesthetic.
* ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' has the High Heavens where the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent hooded angels]] are living. So [[SceneryPorn beautiful and awe inspiring]] [[spoiler: until [[BigBad D]][[{{Satan}} i]][[EldritchAbomination a]][[BigRedDevil b]][[TheCorrupter l]][[TheDreaded o]] came in and made it into a [[SceneryGorn nightmarish ground]]]].
* The Polaris from [[VideoGame/EscapeVelocity Escape Velocity: Nova]] fit this trope well. Their technology, which is head and shoulders above the rest of the galaxy, allows them to create serene, idyllic worlds to match their culture, even on planets specializing in industries like mining and manufacturing.
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* According to ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'', [[http://www.dresdencodak.com/cartoons/dc_015.htm this happened in Maralinga, in 1956]]
* In ''{{AGC}}'', how the inside of Joe's mind is represented.
* This seems to be the case in ''LasLindas'', due to the efficiency of nanotechnology, in the big cities at least. Most of the comic takes place on a rural farm that looks completely modern day. And most people's fashion sense doesn't quite qualify.
* In ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience'', the enlightened Martian civilization fits this trope to the T, making it stand out a lot from Earth's TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture state, and the UsedFuture of {{terraform}}ed Venus.
* Quellar in ''{{Starslip}}''.
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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' pokes fun at this at a history museum, where a shiny, utopian city is presented as an ''ancient'' Ireland before whiskey was invented.
* The Nibblonians in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' did use jumpsuits and conventional tech, but their leaders had impressive robes and monoliths.
** There is also humanity's more advanced descendants in the year 5 million, as opposed to their stupid, vicious counterparts that live underground.
** During the time slip while Fry is frozen in the first episode, we see New York being rebuilt as a more Classical-looking city after being destroyed. Then it is destroyed again.
* New Olympus in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has elements of this. The togas were justified though, since this was the island were all the Greek mythical creatures lived, apparently having borrowed the style of clothes from their neighbors the Romans.
** Ancient Greek clothing can be seen as the forerunners to the Roman styles. (The Romans 'borrowed a fair amount from Greece.) New Olympus can be seen as sporting the latest fashions that they knew of.
* The entire planet of Galaluna from ''SymBionicTitan'' is a medieval version of this.
* The Crystal Empire in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has this feel (minus the togas), since it has a partially Greco-Roman theming, and the city itself definitely has the crystalline buildings down pat.
** This is actually a [[FridgeBrilliance brilliant]] use of this trope, as Equestria as a whole seems to have a late 1800's type decor and level of technology, while the Crystal Empire has been sealed away for over a thousand years and hasn't changed since then.
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* UsefulNotes/{{Dubai}}.
** As a subversion, perhaps? Even then, a really obvious one.
** If it's being played straight, it's only like that because the entire world is pouring literally ''billions'' of dollars into it. Funny how, fifty years ago, it was a small fishing town. And then one day, someone there struck oil...
* As a whole, ludicrously rich Arab countries may exhibit this trope. They have lots of money and they keep their traditional values. They own bleeding edge military toys imported from their allies the Americans, and they still revere the virtues of their desert-faring merchant ancestors. They know things before anyone else due to their massive intelligence network, and yet they attribute successes to God.
** For things resembling actual togas, look at Mecca during the Hajj event. Participants wear the simplest of clothes, and yet very advanced technologies are deployed to keep everything running as scheduled.
* The actual Ancient Greeks and Romans who partially inspired these aesthetics were absurdly technologically superior to the rest of the world at the time (except perhaps the comparably advanced Chinese). The Romans had floor heating and swimming pools when a lot of their contemporaries were still living in bronze-age style longhouses.
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