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->'''The Doctor:''' Looks like a spatio-temporal hyperlink.\\
'''Mickey:''' What's that?\\
'''The Doctor:''' No idea, just made it up. Didn't want to say "magic door."
-->-- ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace "The Girl in the Fireplace"]]

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Any impressive- and [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness scientific-sounding]], but [[MeaninglessMeaningfulWords ultimately nonsensical]] utterance, full of buzzwords.

Most common in ScienceFiction (usually the [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness softer kind]]), but military, medical and PoliceProcedural themed shows can also use it when they want the underlying technology to sound impressive.

Dishonest technician characters sometimes resort to vague, senseless "technical" babble to make up "serious problems" in the inner workings of a machine and offer to "fix" them for a high price.

When technobabble is used to justify a plot development, it's a HandWave. When it is used to solve a problem, it is a [[ReversePolarity Polarity Reversal.]] When it is used to add to the genre feel, it is NarrativeFiligree. Due to its historical use and abuse by sci-fi writers, Technobabble is nowadays played more and more often for laughs or parodied in some way.

Compare to AppliedPhlebotinum and GreenRocks. When technobabble contradicts itself, well, AWizardDidIt. See also BlahBlahBlah, HollywoodHacking and TechnologyPorn. MagiBabble for the fantasy version of this trope. Often the source of an ExpoSpeakGag; may be SophisticatedAsHell. Particularly ridiculous technobabble may appear to someone with actual expertise as being a technical form of DelusionsOfEloquence, or just have a hysterical or horrifying meaning in the real world. LaymansTerms is the opposite trope.


* The latest commercials for Verizon [=FiOS=] TV/Internet service star a technician explaining the benefits of the service to a curious kid who spotted a weird light in his truck. The boy then ''repeats'' this technobabble to his dad (word for word!) to entice him to get the service.
* Detergents
** How many times did you see an ad for a laundry detergent with "intelligent molecules"?
** In the UK, there was a TV advert making a big deal over "perborate" -- sounds advanced, but sodium perborate is such a common bleaching agent in detergents. It's like making a fuss over caffeine in cola.
** Another UK detergent commercial showed a beaker of water with a drop of oil floating in the middle; a solution of the new detergent was dripped into it and ''ping!'' the oil drop went flying to the sides of the beaker. It looked quite impressive -- until a consumer show [[LampshadeHanging repeated the experiment with the established brands of detergent, with exactly the same result every time]]. That ad got laughed off the air as a result.
** There's a commercial on in Canada selling some kind of laundry detergent that boasts about its "acti-lift technology". So does one in Spain.
* Every commercial for shampoo, face creams, etc that make up any old scientific-sounding mumbo-jumbo to sound like they are terribly advanced and especially effective. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the shampoo commercial that points out "Here's the science bit."
** An old Chinese commercial for Rejoice shampoo mentions that it "locks moisturising factors into the hair". An UnreadableDisclaimer at the bottom of the screen explains that "[[CallARabbitASmeerp moisturising factor is water]]".
* Some bottled water ads have been boasting its high pH level. Which is great, until you realize that lye has a pH of 13. (Pure water's pH is 7.)
* For years, Certs advertised that they were the "only" breath mint with "Retsyn," as if this was some special ingredient that made their mints better or more effective than everyone elses. In fact, Retsyn was [[http://www.omg-facts.com/Other/Certs-Mints-Invented-An-Ingredient-Calle/53428#Y0LbP2VfVsI6crVh.99 "a combination of partially hydrogenated cottonseed, copper gluconate, and flavouring. Aka: oil, copper sugar, and a vague but unremarkable chemical."]] The only real purpose Retsyn had was to serve as a marketing gimmick - and it was a very successful one, at that.
* Energy drinks often brag about being a good source of electrolytes. Since salt is one naturally occurring electrolyte, it's safe to assume they just added salt.
** This particular one is a plot point in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}''. The simpleton citizens of the future have induced a dust bowl because they were watering their crops with the energy drink Brawndo, because "[[PhraseCatcher It has Electrolytes!]]", instead of water, which they use exclusively for toilets. They were literally [[SaltTheEarth Salting The Earth]], and were [[TooDumbToLive too stupid to realize it.]]
* A sweetener cslled [[http://www.sweetfreedom.co.uk/index.php/sweet-freedom-original Sweet Freedom]] is advertised as "[[AppealToNature 100% natural]]" (like deadly nightshade or lead) and "produced using a water process with no chemicals or enzymes used" (''water'' is a chemical).

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Played to death and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''.
-->'''Yuki Nagato:''' A localized, non-corrosive amalgamation of asynchronous space is independently occurring in restricted condition mode.\\
'''Kyon:''' It almost sounds like you're flipping through a dictionary, pulling out words at random.
* This trope is very prevalent in MechaShow series regardless they are SuperRobotGenre, RealRobotGenre or feature no HumongousMecha at all.
* ''Anime/CombattlerV'' had many blatant examples. In an episode, a court is judging Combattler is too dangerous to be controlled because it is made of super-alloy (chogokin) and powered with electro-magnetic energy.
* The ''[[Anime/MazingerZ Mazinger]]'' series have plenty of it:
** ''Anime/MazingerZ'':
*** Early on in the series it is explained that [[AppliedPhlebotinum Photon Atomic (Koushiryoku) power]] is obtained in the process to transform [[{{Unobtainium}} Japanium]] in Alloy Z.
*** In the manga version of the battle versus Jinray S1, [[TheProfessor Professor Yumi]] explains Jinray's electrical discharges generate an electro-magnetic field around Mazinger that disrupts the power feeding Mazinger and breaks down the Pilder's controls. He also warns that, should the electrical tension increase too much, Mazinger's mechanisms would melt.
*** In the episode in which Minerva-X appeared, Professor Yumi theorized that she was made of super-steel.
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': In an episode of the first season, [[AlienInvasion the Vegans]] plot attacking during an eclipse and luring Duke to fight in the eclipse's umbra because the lack of solar waves will disrupt the flow of the AppliedPhlebotinum that fuels Grendizer. Hence the HumongousMecha will run out of power and will be rendered defenseless.
** ''Manga/ShinMazingerZero'':
*** ''Mazinger'' is acronym for Multidimensional Automaton Zillion Infinity Neural Generative Exterminate Reverter
*** And in chapter 6:
-->'''Sayaka:''' Aphrodite A Immediate activation! number 1. Number 2. Number 3. Check! All Green! Retention bolt, begin release!
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' and its derivative works are known for inventing whole new quasiscientific areas (e.g. MinovskyPhysics) together with corresponding TechnoBabble. Example from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'':
-->'''Kira Yamato:''' Take the calibration and reset the zero moment point and the CPG. Connect the control module to quasi-cortex molecular ion pump. Rebuild neural linkage network. Update meta-motor cortex parameters. Restart feed-forward control. Transfer functions, correct for Coriolis deviation... Online!
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': "Super-electro-magnetic-shrapnel cannon, FIRE!!"
-->proceeds to shot out little exploding pellets that in no way affect Suzaku's oncoming Nightmare-frame.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is also infamous for its technobabble. It doesn't just feature babble about actual technology but about ''meta-physics'' as well, straight down to talking about things like "ego barriers."
** Episode 20 had the best one when Shinji's been absorbed by Unit 01 and they're trying to get him out. Problem is, he doesn't want to come back.
-->'''Maya:''' The ego border is frozen in a loop.\\
'''Ritsuko:''' Irradiate the wave pattern from all directions... It won't work. The signals are [[AlienGeometries trapped in Klein space.]]\\
'''Misato:''' What does that mean?\\
'''Ritsuko:''' It means we failed. Abort intervention, reverse tangent plug! Return additions to zero.\\
'''Aoba:''' Destrudo reaction in old area! Pattern sepia! [[labelnote:destrudo]]In ''Evangelion'', "libido" and "destrudo" seem to be two types of psychic energy which make up a soul. The terms come from [[AllPsychologyIsFreudian Freudian psychology]], being the will to live and die, respectively. Note that just before Instrumentality the BridgeBunnies say that Shinji's destrudo levels are unsustainable.[[/labelnote]]\\
'''Hyuga:''' A change is confirmed on the core pulse too! + 0.3 confirmed!\\
'''Ritsuko:''' [[StatusQuoIsGod Maintenance of the status quo is top priority]], prevent backflow!\\
'''Maya:''' + 0.5... 0.8... It's odd, I can't stop it!
** Fuyutsuki and Gendo Ikari were experts in "metaphysical biology" (You got philosophy in my science! You got science in my philosophy!) before going military. In other words, the Eva universe had a field of science devoted to things like the Angels even ''before'' the Second Impact.
** One of the most straightforward examples of this trope is in the fact that the MAGI must verify every Angel is "Blood Type BLUE" before the Evas can attack them. The fact that most Angels are several stories tall and shoot laser beams from their mouths isn't enough of a tip-off, apparently.
** Episode 13 is probably one of the best sources for this, as it focuses less on the pilots and more on the technicians, BridgeBunnies, and Ritsuko. During the Angel's first attack sequence, we hear all kinds of TechnoBabble, such as in this scene, just as the attack commences:
-->'''Shigeru Aoba:''' We've got an unidentified intruder! Someone's hacking the sub-computer! I'm tracing it!\\
'''Makoto Hyūga:''' Ah, not now, they're coming in C-Mode! We can't stop 'em!\\
'''Shigeru Aoba:''' We've got to unfreeze the barrier! Open a decoy entry!\\
'''Technician:''' Decoy entry has been avoided!\\
'''Shigeru:''' T minus 18 seconds 'til trace completed.\\
'''Technician 2:''' Spreading barrier.\\
'''Technician:''' Barrier has been penetrated!\\
'''Shigeru:''' Open a second false entry!\\
'''Technician:''' Opening another false entry!\\
'''Makoto:''' No human's capable of this!\\
'''Shigeru:''' Trace completed! The hackers are in this building! It's under B-Wing...IN THE PRIBNOW BOX!
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'': The infamous "Mihoshi's Fairy Tale" episode of the original {{OVA}}s,e in which Mihoshi claims the BigBad in her story was stealing "ultra energy matter" for [[EvilPlan nefarious purposes]]. Scientist Washū demands to know just what the hell "ultra energy matter" is, and Mihoshi nervously {{handwave}}s it away with a ShapedLikeItself explanation that leaves Washū fuming.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' gets some in the second half with the bio-computer. The only person who can understand a word of it is Leeron, and then only half. The show doesn't even try taking it seriously-generally, the ultra-dense technobabble spouted by the bio-computer is either ignored or boils down to "All this I'm saying doesn't really matter because [[BeyondTheImpossible you're just going to break physics anyway]], you jackasses."
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' is quite fond of this trope, as well as the sister trope {{Magibabble}}. Most of the espers have a somewhat plausible explanation for their powers, but a lot of times when you look too close, the science starts to fall apart. That being said, the fact that every esper is explicitly a RealityWarper with a very limited skillset helps gloss over the physics goofs. And since the method to create espers was literally invented by an evil wizard, [[AWizardDidIt there's another explanation if it's ever needed]].
* In ''Manga/LiarGame'', Akiyama uses this in the prelims to the fourth round to explain how he can tell who is "Infected" and who is "Normal". [[spoiler: He's actually faking the entire thing, but he does it convincingly enough that everyone believes him, allowing him to proceed with his plan.]]
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'': Even [[{{Tsundere}} Nagi]] is accused of doing this by Isumi:
-->'''Isumi:''' Nagi uses such complicated words. When she's trying to deceive someone.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' referred to Kaiba doing a "quantum analysis" of his and Yugi's first duel. Because subatomic particles are so relevant to the world of card advantage.
** Card games are ''very'' SeriousBusiness.
* ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'' uses a lot of biology-themed TechnoBabble, most of it misapplied or completely nonsensical (intron-RAM, anyone?).

[[folder:Audio Play]]
* On Creator/TheFiresignTheatre's comedy album, ''AudioPlay/IThinkWereAllBozosOnThisBus'', the "Wall of Science" ride at the Future Fair is full of very silly technobabble, parodying science documentaries. For example, we learn about "Fudd's First Law of Opposition: If you push something hard enough, it will fall over", which is then used for a babblicious explanation of how a power plant works.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* DoubleSubversion in ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo''. Dr Dinosaur is prone to talking at length about "timevolution" and the unlimited power of crystals. In a lot of comics, this would be business as usual, but here Robo usually yells at him about how what he's saying is complete pseudoscientific gibberish and will either do nothing or kill everyone present. ''Then it works anyway.'' This usually makes Robo a very sad robot indeed.
* The universe presented in ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' mini ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'' is an AffectionateParody of the Silver Age. It ''runs'' on mad pseudo-science.
-->'''Supergirl:'' I bet I just need to calculate the relative orbits of Argo and Earth. Then, if I can fly high enough to make it into orbit, I can probably use the gravitational forces of this planet to slingshot me back into quasi-space! It's foolproof!

* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Lampshaded by [[TheHero Shinji]] in chapter 3:
-->''Doctor Akagi was deep into some lecture about the Angel. Shinji tried to listen, hoping she'd offer something to give him hope, but the advanced mathematical diagrams and jargon-laden explanation went mostly past him. The Angel was three nanometers thick? Inverted AT-Field? Imaginary space? The floating sphere was its five-dimensional shadow? What the Hell was a 'Sea of Dirac'? He shook his head.''
* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'', Kaylee actually uses technobabble to scare off a group of suspicious federal marshals who are poking around the ship's engine room, by warning them that poking or moving anything will result in a horrific death via painful-sounding technobabble. They eventually back off and leave.
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Plentiful, as it was to be expected considering the source material is a SuperRobot series. Chapter 3 gave a good number of examples, featuring different activation tests.
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': Among the giant robot show elements and the sci-fi-oriented super-hero comic-book elements there is plenty of jargon around. And in the first chapter Rei very nearly calls the trope by name:
-->''She held her breath to dull the pain, and for the second day there was light, oh so much light, and she heard the technicians babbling their coded language of feedback loops and neural connections and the Eva went dark, overwhelmed.''
* Done occasionally in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', though at one point it is defied (overlapping with SesquipedalianLoquaciousness):
--> '''Sherman:''' OK, this chip has an automatic upgrading system. It will use an intergalactic...\\
'''Calvin:''' Yeah, yeah, yeah... big complicated words. They're all the same!
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', this is [[ExploitedTrope exploited]] by Slade Stevens, the head of S&S Munitions. He knows what he's saying is meaningless, but he ''also'' knows that nobody has the knowledge to contradict him, resulting in his being accepted as an expert.
* In ''Farce Contact'', a ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' ParodyFic, technobabble is created as a consequence of the [[TranslatorMicrobes Universal Translator]], as it's the only way anyone can remain incomprehensible.
* This exchange in ''Fanfic/RealityIsFluid'' between a Cardassian scientist and a slightly BookDumb[[labelnote:*]]originally a weapons officer, not a scientist[[/labelnote]] Starfleet captain.
--> '''Prof. Atani Dukat:''' By the way, Captain Kanril, can I compliment you on your science officer? Commander Riyannis really knows her astrophysics. I had a good time talking ''n''-dimensional subspace mechanics with her earlier.\\
'''Capt. Kanril Eleya:''' Ma’am, I have no idea what you just said but I’ll accept the compliment.
* In ''Fanfic/BeatTheDrumsOfWar'', an admiral from Starfleet Science starts to explain to Fleet Admiral Jorel Quinn her plan to [[spoiler:divert the invading Heralds into a black hole]], but he stops her in mid-sentence because he didn't understand her the first time she explained it, either.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2857962/22/Browncoat-Green-Eyes Browncoat, Green Eyes]]'':
-->'''Antonio:''' The tachyon accelerators rely on a delicate balance of fusion and fission-\\
'''Harry:''' Antonio! ''Please''. Speak English around me. Not science, and definitely not Chinese.

* ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' is full of this. Lots of technical-sounding terms and explanations are mixed in with the frequently-wooden dialogue. Some of these might even seem vaguely reasonable in the context of the story, especially if you don't think about it too hard, but much of it seems unnecessary (Morbius might have sought a less dramatic way of assuring Commander Adams that Robby was a [[ThreeLawsCompliant Three Laws Safe]] robot; talk about making a poor first impression).
* ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' went to town with this, especially with Grant and Sattler's biology jargon and Mr. Arnold's HollywoodHacking. A lot of this was a result of taking lines from the book, but not the paragraphs of explanation that surrounded them.
* ''{{Film/Primer}}'' elevated this to an art ([[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible it won the grand jury prize at Sundance]]). About 90% of the movie involved people having impenetrable conversations to each other.
** ''Primer'' is something of a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]]. The two leads talk in this technobabble that wouldn't be out of place in ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'', but they do so to avoid considering the important question: "[[ForScience Is what we're doing right?]]"
* Terrible 90's family film ''Invisible Dad'' features a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rdsAvwFqiA kid who spouts out techno-talk that is obviously inaccurate,]] in an example of this trope being used to disguise incompetence of the writer. Despite this, the kid also seems to think being able to plug things into the right slots is impressive.
* ''Film/EventHorizon'' gives us this memorable exchange:
-->'''Weir:''' Well, using LaymansTerms, you use an immensely powerful rotating magnetic field to focus a narrow beam of gravitons, which in turn fold-space time consistent with Weyl tensor dynamics until the space curvature becomes infinitely large and you produce a singularity. Now, the singularity...\\
'''Miller:''' ''(exasperated)'' "Layman's terms"?...\\
'''Cooper:''' Fuck "layman's terms", ''do you speak English?!''
** Weir then uses a convenient piece of (''very attractive'') paper to physically demonstrate folding two points of space together -- once again making us wonder why he didn't just start with that one.
*** It was nice to give Hermann Weyl a ShoutOut. Technobabble doesn't usually mention the name of a real mathematician. In fact, the Weyl tensor is a description of spacetime curvature used in general relativity, so its mention is entirely appropriate (even if what comes before and after it is impossible).
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the Bond film ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''. When Elliot Carver comes in to ask his tech guy, Henry Gupta about Bond, he stops him before he can go into a longwinded explanation. He even uses the trope name.
-->'''Elliot Carver''': What did you find?
-->'''Henry Gupta''': I hacked into the mainframe at the bank, they're using an SSL2 encryption, a hundred and tw-
-->'''Elliot Carver''': Spare me the {{technobabble}}, please.
* The infamous "flux capacitor" from ''Film/BackToTheFuture''. A capacitor is a circuit component that maintains a voltage through a charge differential: most simply, two plates of metal separated at a small distance by an electrical insulator. Flux is the integral of a vector field over a surface. Unless the doctor is making up terms and the name itself means nothing, no amount of FanWank could possibly reconcile the two concepts.[[note]]This could actually count as a GeniusBonus, as the ''Back to the Future'' movies often make use of oxymorons (e.g. the title of the films themselves and the name of the setting, Hill Valley), and the conjunctive use of contradictory terms like "flux" and "capacitor" in the name of this device would be an example.[[/note]]
* ''Sev Trek: Pus in Boots'' (an Australian CGI spoof of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''). Having found itself outgunned by an alien vessel, the crew of the Enterforaprize resort to their final option -- technobabble!
-->'''Lt. Regurge:''' If we manoeuvre around the Makular ship while firing simultaneous blasts of UV radiation and enhanced zeno-treknoan beams, we should take out the pustular emitters ''and'' disable their Disbelief Suspension field!
-->''[Captain Pinchhard beckons Commander Piker closer]''
-->'''Pinchhard:''' ''[quietly]'' I didn't understand a word of that.
-->'''Piker:''' ''[enthusiastically]'' Sounds good to me!
* ''Film/DesperateJourney'': Baumeister the Gestapo officer is trying to get RAF pilot Hammond (UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan!) to share classified info on how RAF engines work. Hammond unleashes some epic technobabble.
--> "There's three things you gotta understand. As I said before, the daligonitor is amfilated by the thermotrockle. It's made by its connection with the franicoupling of dernadyne. Even at cruising speed the kinutaspel hepulace is prenulated by the amsometer."
* ''Film/{{Airport}}'': Capt. Vernon Demerest, played by Dean Martin, stops a know-it-all kid from broadcasting the fact that the plane is turning around: "You have a young navigator here! Well, I'll tell you son... Due to a Cetcil wind, Dystor's vectored us into a 360-tarson of slow air traffic. Now we'll maintain this Borden hold until we get the Forta Magnus clearance from Melnics."
* ''Film/IRobot'' had Susan Calvin talk about how robotic brains work using a lot of this.
** Also deconstructed. When Spooner asks Calvin [[SarcasmMode if it was harder to simply explain her job in smaller words]], she answers "yes".
* The 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' movie, according to WordOfGod, deliberately tries to avoid the technobabble tendencies of its predecessors, in order to make it more accessible for newcomers. On the other hand, we have also learned that Scotty was often using technobabble to intentionally confuse Kirk, and Bones once used medical technobabble to bluff his way past a security guard.
--> "What'd you say she had?"
--> "Cramps."
** And Sulu gets confused when Captain Pike ''doesn't'' use technobabble:
--> '''Pike:''' Is the parking brake on?
--> '''Sulu:''' Uh, no... I'll figure it out, I'm just...
--> '''Spock:''' Have you disengaged the external inertial dampener?
* The ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' films have some of the best techno-babble ever.
** They lampshade it occasionally with the mayor remarking, "Does anybody here speak English?" in ''Film/GhostbustersII'' or with Venkman's "important safety tip" line in the [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} first movie]].
-->'''Stantz:''' Tell him about the Twinkie.
** Creator/DanAykroyd, who developed the concept, strove to keep the paranormal jargon accurate, as his father and grandfather were both heavily interested in the supernatural/paranormal.
* In ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', the Scarecrow does this after receiving his "TH.D" diploma near the movie's end. It appears he's attempting to say the Pythagorean Theorem, but it does not come out right.[[note]]The Pythagorean theorem refers to ''right'' triangles, not ''isosceles'' triangles.[[/note]]
* If the Technobabble of ''[[Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension Buckaroo Banzai]]'' wasn't ludicrous enough, it became moreso in context of the ludicrous non-technobabble dialog and character names.
* ''Film/AndYouThoughtYourParentsWereWeird'', about kids making a fully sentient robot, has a lot of technobabble.
* ''Film/TheWildWorldOfBatwoman'': "Free the others. Use your magnetic electron device." (Judging by what happened immediately afterward, "magnetic electron device" is Batwoman-speak for "hands".)
* The low-budget sci-fi movie ''Film/{{ROTOR}}'' is filled with this, and it's all worse than you can imagine. "Is there some [[Music/TheBeachBoys good vibration]] to its molecular tonality that you can utilize?" and "I can’t run a sequential circuitry test without the impulse feed chain." are just two examples.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies tend to mostly avoid this, in part because the franchise is already filled with a lot of [[CrypticBackgroundReference internal jargon]] regarding things like [[WorldBuilding Toshi Station, the Kessel Run, ray shields]], and as such a lot of the more technical stuff is left vague rather than load bearing the plot, like asking for a [[CowTools hydrospanner tool or describing a bad motivator]]. Some stuff is paired with a Layman explanation, like Han explaining that Hyperspace travel isn't like "dusting crops" and gives some technobabble about calculations and navi-computers.
** The sequel trilogy started to bleed more genuine technobabble into the story. ''Film/StarWarsTheForceAwakens'' has talk about stuff involving anti-matter and such during the big exposition on the Resistance Base concerning how the Starkiller weapon works. Han and Rey also get into a long conversation about the internal components and modifications of the Millennium Falcon. ''Film/ThelastJedi'' features talk about a new technology letting one track ships through hyperspace, and start leapfrogging into all the different tech they need to bypass in order to shut it down.
* ''Film/BladeRunner'': Roy Batty's meeting with his "father" Tyrell has them segueing into a back-and-forth of genetic theory babble and fatal rejective mutation counter-babble, which in the end boils down to one issue: Roy (desperate to live longer than the four years that are standard to his Replicant model) hopes that Tyrell can help him, and Tyrell tries (as kindly as he can, because he sees Roy as one of his "children") to explain to him that this is something that is beyond him.
* In ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', there's a scene where the titular team are discussing where Loki is keeping the Tesseract. When [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] joins the conversation, he and [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk Banner]] almost immediately fall into this.
--> '''[[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Rogers]]:''' Does Loki need any particular kind of power source?
--> '''Banner:''' He'd have to heat the cube to 120,000,000 Kelvin just to break through the Coulomb barrier.
--> '''Stark:''' Unless Selvig has figured out how to stabilize the quantum tunneling effect.
--> '''Banner:''' Well, if he could do that, he could achieve heavy-ion fusion at any reactor on the planet.
--> '''Stark:''' Finally! Someone who speaks English.
--> '''Rogers:''' [mumbling to himself] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Is that what just happened?]]
** Later, [[spoiler: after one of the Hellicarrier's engines is damaged, Tony and Steve have to repair, with Tony needed to push the turbine's blades to start it back up]]:
---> '''Rogers:''' But if that thing gets up to speed you'll get shredded!
---> '''Stark:''' That standard control unit can reverse the polarity long enough to disengage maglev, and that should—
---> '''Rogers:''' Speak ''English''!
---> '''Stark:''' [beat] [[LaymansTerms ...see that red lever?]]

* An old electrical engineering joke is a fictional device called the "Turboencabulator". Here's a portion of its description:
-->"The original machine had a base-plate of prefabulated amulite, surmounted by a malleable logarithmic casing in such a way that the two spurving bearings were in a direct line with the pentametric fan, the latter consisted simply of six hydrocoptic marzelvanes, so fitted to the ambifacient lunar vaneshaft that side fumbling was effectively prevented. The main winding was of the normal lotus-o-delta type placed in panendermic semi-boloid slots in the stator, every seventh conductor being connected by a nonreversible trem'e pipe to the differential girdlespring on the 'up' end of the grammeters."
** This was actually made into a video: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXJKdh1KZ0w The Retro Encabulator]]".
%% Dead link: *** [[http://www.break.com/index/understanding-the-turbo-encabulator.html Here's another one.]]
** ''WebVideo/SciShow'' took on it, as well: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwmdf5m9khg The Retro-Proto-Turbo-Encabulator]]". Seeing how Creator/HankGreen is an expert at ''actual'' technical jargon, the video sounds eerily like his usual ones.
** The French equivalent of this would be the sketch "[[http://pierredac.free.fr/schmil.htm Le Schmilblick]]" by humorist Pierre Dac.
* On Creator/SteveMartin's ''Let's Get Small'' album, he announces that he's written a joke for the plumbers in the audience:
-->"This lawn supervisor was out on a sprinkler maintenance job, and he started working on a Findlay sprinkler head with a Langstrom seven-inch gangly wrench. Just then this little apprentice leaned over and said, 'You can't work on a Findlay sprinkler head with a Langstrom seven-inch wrench.' Well, this infuriated the supervisor, so he went and got Volume 14 of the Kinsley manual, and he reads to him and says, 'The Langstrom seven-inch wrench can be used with the Findlay sprocket.' Just then the little apprentice leaned over and says, 'It says sprocket, not socket!'"
-->"Were the plumbers supposed to be here this show?"

* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''
** Played with in ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'': Ford murmurs portentously about detecting "eddies in the space-time continuum," and Arthur, not understanding at all, asks, "Who is Eddy then, exactly?"
** "And that's his sofa, is it?"
** Also played with in the first book and radio series:
-->'''Trillian:''' Zaphod, can we stabilise X zero zero five four seven by splitting our flight path tangentially across the summate vector of nine G X seven eight with a five degree inertial correction?\\
'''Zaphod:''' Where did you learn a stunt like that, Trillian?\\
'''Trillian:''' Going 'round Hyde Park Corner on a moped.
* Legitimate TechnoBabble makes a lot of Creator/CharlesStross' appeal.
* ''Literature/EncounterWithTiber'' has a [[ShownTheirWork multi-page bibliography.]] If the someone is babbling scientific words, its because they're reading the relevant Other Wiki page.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov's resubliminated Thiotimoline. Essentially, he wrote a short story which was one long piece of technobabble, as a parody of a paper as might be found in any peer-reviewed scientific journal.
** What makes it especially amusing is that it's actually a ''perfect'' imitation of a peer-reviewed science paper, since Asimov wrote it as a warm-up exercise for getting back into academics. The only thing about it that marks it as a parody is that it's about a chemical substance that behaves in a completely impossible manner (specifically, a type of carbon molecule that is so soluble that it begins to dissolve ''before'' you pour water on it because it's so dense that some of its bonds get crowded out of normal three-dimensional space and ''into the future'').
** He was working on his doctorate at the time and tried to publish it under a pseudonym to keep his science fiction career on the down-low (science fiction being a much less respectable field of literature at the time than it is now). However, through an oversight, the story was published under his real name. Towards the end of his doctoral defense, one of his committee members casually asked "So, Mr. Asimov, what can you tell us about thiotimoline?" Fortunately, his committee thought the whole thing was hilarious.
* Lampshaded in ''[[Literature/ThursdayNext Lost in a Good Book]]'':
-->'''Thursday:''' We're in the middle of an isolated high-coincidental localized entropic field decreasement.\\
'''Wilbur:''' We're in a ''what?''\\
'''Thursday:''' We're in a pseudoscientific technobabble.\\
'''Wilbur:''' Ah! One of ''those''.
** Further lampshaded in ''One Of Our Thursdays Is Missing'', which reveals that any technological object in the Bookworld more advanced than a toaster is built by TechnoBabble Industries.
* The Head of the Alchemists' Guild speaks like this in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', which is appropriate given the Alchemists are like early Discworld scientists.
** Also seen with the Smoking GNU in ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', who are to the mechanical telegraph system known as the "clacks" what RL hackers are to the Internet. When Moist listens to their explanation of ...''the Woodpecker'', about the only words he recognizes are things like "chain", "disengage", and "the".
* One of Creator/EEDocSmith's ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' books, ''Galactic Patrol'', includes a very amusing technobabble explanation for the unlikely properties of one of his favorite inventions, Duodecpylatimate, AKA Duodec, the ultimate chemical explosive, though you do have to understand scientific notation to figure out the joke. Duodecpylatimate is described as "the quintessence of atomic destruction," whose power is second only than a nuclear explosion and has few of the drawbacks of atomics. No radiation danger, easy to handle, simple to use, powerful and easy to detonate. "Duodec" is a solid chemical explosive composed of 324 atoms of heptavalent nitrogen combined in 12 linked molecules of 27 atoms each.
* Parodied in Alan Dean Foster's ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' series, where wizards incorporate technical terms from science and engineering into their arcane rituals. Lampshaded in that Jon-Tom immediately spots the connection, but turtle wizard Clothahump merely comments that the wizards in his (our) world must simply use comparable formulae for their spells.
* The titular ''Literature/BastardOperatorFromHell'' is a master of coming up with what an informed reader can tell is nonsense, but which the boss will consider to be very impressive.
** The BOFH also uses a technobabble overload to force lusers into Dummy Mode, where [[BavarianFireDrill they will do whatever he tells them]] without thinking about it.
* DanBrowned/DanBrown, in ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'', describes a battery charger that would make anyone with the slightest knowledge of electronics cringe; its over-elaborate design includes '''servo-coils''', the part of a disc drive which moves the heads. And this from a character who's supposed to be a physicist? Why didn't she use a simple constant-current source like everyone else?
** In the same book, the assassin apparently makes his cell-phone untraceable by splaying a ferret over it. Let's hope the local animal protection society never got to hear of that.
* In the classical novel by Alessandro Manzoni "The Betrothed" it is used by don Abbondio, a clergyman. He's just trying to find an excuse to convince the young Renzo to postpone his marriage (he has been threatened by the henchmen of a local noble to do that) and starts sprouting nonsense in Latin to impress him. Renzo, although, doesn't fall for it and just roars "Enough of your Latinorum!".
* Copious amounts can be found in ''Deep Storm'', although half the time it's simplified by Dr. Crane's [[ParrotExposition exposition parroting]].
* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse combines this with HoldYourHippogriffs. Constantly. A joke about lightbulbs becomes one about stormtroopers changing glowpanels. (And for the record, it just takes one blonde to change a glowpanel, but he doesn't even have to touch it.)
* Lampshaded by Q in the Star Trek book ''Literature/{{IQ}}''. Q is visiting the Q Continuum, which is in a state of utter chaos. He describes it in technobabble, true to the tradition of Star Trek. After his lengthy, jargon-ny description of what the heck's going on, he proceeds to hang the lampshade:
--> '''Q:''' This must sound like a lot of technobabble to you. In layman's terms: ''The shit had hit the fan.''
* ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'': Stephen Maturin invokes this trope, due to the highly technical nature of running large sailing ships: "Your mariner is a splendid fellow, none better, but he is sadly given to jargon."
* Destination: Void by Frank Herbert is largely filled with this.
* Creator/JohnScalzi's ''Literature/{{Redshirts}}'' mocks this (and numerous other ''Franchise/StarTrek'' tropes) viciously. The science lab is regularly required to work under impossible deadlines. But they have the Box: it looks a lot like a microwave, and you can put any sample to be analyzed into it. Let it run for a while, then hand the results off personally to the Spock {{Expy}} (no simply transmitting it by computer) while spouting a load of nonsense, and it magically works. It makes no sense and the lab's crew hate it because it insults their understanding of science, but they do it because that's how it works.
* In ''The Library at Mount Char'' by Scott Hawkins, Carolyn tries to do this, but Scott isn't buying it:
-->"Do you know what a gravity well is? It's kind of like that, except in reverse, and it only works on certain people."\\
"I have no idea what that's supposed to mean."\\
"Hmm. OK, think of it this way. Do you know how microwaves work?"\\
"It's based on microwaves."\\
"Oh, wait. I just remembered. I do know how microwaves work, and what you're saying is bullshit."
* ''Literature/SpaceBrat'': ''The Wrath Of Squat'' inverts and parodies this when the resident MadScientist explains his BodySwap machine. He ''starts'' in layman's terms, but only gets a FlatWhat. He then repeats himself in hilariously over-the-top Techno Babble; cue FreakOut.
* In the novella ''Literature/ATasteOfHoney'', Adónane and Perfecta, upon meeting Femysade, immediately launch into what Aqib calls 'women's business' -- namely mathematical and physics technobabble, throwing around phrases like 'fatidic notation', 'models of earthbound singularities', 'quantum measurement' and 'telekinetic watcher'.


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* In the Franchise/StarTrek franchise, this trend was [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness nearly totally absent in early installments]] like ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Instead, every device in the series [[MagicAIsMagicA had straightforward and specific abilities]] which were never altered except by [[TimTaylorTechnology amplification]] or breakage, and any device used outside its intended function had a logical reasons for being used in that way. (Such as taking the batteries of [[RayGun phaser pistols]] and MacGyvering a working alternative to a depleted [[PowerSource power supply]] in the episode, ''The Galileo Seven'') The technobabble truly started with ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and hasn't stopped since, with later installments in the franchise [[{{Flanderization}} making it progressively more and more common,]] as well as [[DenserAndWackier more absurd.]] Eventually, the various bits of jargon became standardized to the point of being [[StockPhrase repetitious,]] with such things as "Running a Level 3 Diagnostic", and "Realign the Phase Inverters" becoming stock phrases for the introduction of almost any new plot device. [[ReversePolarity Reversing the Polarity]]" was little more than an excuse for [[DeusExMachina arbitrarily fixing any device.]]
** {{Lampshaded}} in the following exchange from the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Battle Lines":
-->'''Dax:''' The magnetic deflection of a runabout's hull is extremely weak. The probes will never be able to detect it.\\
'''O'Brien:''' They will if I outfit them with a differential magnetomer.\\
'''Dax:''' A differential magnetomer?\\
'''O'Brien:''' Mm-hmm.\\
'''Dax:''' I've never heard of a differential magnetomer. How does it work?\\
'''O'Brien:''' I'll let you know as soon as I finish making one.
** Another ''Deep Space Nine'' episode, "Q-Less", plays it more blatantly. As they're busily attempting to solve the cause of repeating (and intensifying) power drains and graviton bursts, [[AGodAmI Q]] is harassing the crew, and pops in with the statement, "Picard and his lackeys would've solved all this technobabble hours ago!"
** Parodied on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' "Message in a Bottle".
--->''(Warning beeps)''\\
'''[=EMH2=]:''' Doctor, some... thing just went off line.\\
'''EMH:''' ... Specifically?\\
'''[=EMH2=]:''' The secondary gyrodyne relays in the propulsion field intermatrix have depolarised.\\
'''EMH:''' ''(rolling eyes)'' In English!\\
'''[=EMH2=]:''' I'm just reading what it says here!
*** For all its overuse of technobabble generally, ''Voyager'' did manage to have fun with this at times. From the season 3 finale:
-->'''B'elanna''':Perhaps I can [beam Chakotay, Tuvok and Kim] out if I get a skeletal lock on them...\\
'''Janeway''': A "skeletal lock"?\\
'''B'elanna''': You know, lock on to the mineral concentration in their bones.\\
'''Janeway''': ... I didn't know you could do that.\\
'''B'elanna''': I... came up with it just now.
*** That could just as easily have resulted in [[NightmareFuel their bones being yanked out of their bodies]], come to think of it...
** Lampshaded and parodied in all incarnations by the Trek-themed Voltaire filk "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2v6rXs5J9M U.S.S. Make Shit Up]]".
** ''TNG'' also loved to use the "inverse tachyon pulse" routed through the "main deflector dish" which managed to do completely contradictory things like work as a sensor and be an unstoppable death ray.
*** Oddly enough, since a tachyon is a theoretical particle that can only move faster then light, an inverse tachyon anything would just sit there...maybe...
*** Maybe they meant anti-tachyon, as in an antimatter tachyon. That could function as a sensor (interstellar FTL radar, if you just measured the tachyon's age and momemtum somehow), and anything involving antimatter could easily be an unstoppable death-thing.
** Humorously Lampshaded and subverted in the ''TNG'' episode "Clues", where Data, [[BewareTheHonestOnes trying to lie through his teeth for the safety of the ship]], tries to use technobabble to explain away why some moss growth proved [[YearInsideHourOutside the crew was out for far longer than the couple of seconds he claims they were]]. After he left, Picard asked Geordi if he believed the explanation; turns out, he didn't, and was even shocked that Data would try to bluff them like that.
** In its earlier seasons, TNG also avoided technobabble. It didn't turn into the quantum-phase-modulating-fest we all know and love until two things happened: (1) Gene Roddenberry died, and (2) the ''Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual'' was published, which contained more technobabble than you could shake a 9-Cochrane warp nacelle at.
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' actually averts this most of the time, using particles, materials and weapons that exist in "hard" sci-fi, with the exception of the Slipstream Drive and the Energy Beings in later episodes.
* [[TheSmartGuy Fred]] on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' is wonderful in her technobabble speak.
* Samantha Carter from ''Series/StargateSG1'' rarely gets to finish her technobabble, since she's cut off by her superior, Jack O'Neill, whenever he can.[[note]]Impressively, Creator/AmandaTapping actually broke down ''all'' of Carter's technobabble and put it into terms she could understand. ''She understands every word she's saying'' - well, as well as anyone who doesn't have a degree in astrophysics can, anyway.[[/note]]
** Daniel tends to do this as well, with Jack cutting in a second in to stop him. Which is good since he ''has'' been shown to rant.
** Lampshading of this has happened a few times, typically consisting of another character getting aroused and asking Carter to repeat what she just said for their own ends.
** As O'Neill once noted, "You want to be careful about using the word 'how' around her."
** Once O'Neill moves to Washington, Carter gets to ramble on a bit more than she's used to. The episode "Ripple Effect" has an impressive technobabble monologue that lasts at least 45 seconds during which a few characters glance at Daniel who just shakes his head as if to say "No, you aren't supposed to understand what she's saying, don't worry about it."
*** Inverted wonderfully with
-->'''Daniel:''' "Ok, let me put that a different way...."
-->'''Carter:''' "No, Daniel, you're right. You can't actually see it. Not the singularity itself. It's so massive not even light can escape it. But during the eclipse we should be able to see matter spiralling towards it."
-->'''O'Neill:''' "Actually, it's called the Accretion Disk."
-->'''Daniel:''' "Well, I guess it's easy to understand why the local population would be afraid of something like that...what did you just say?" (stunned)
-->'''O'Neill:''' "It's just an astronomical term."
-->'''Carter:''' "You didn't think the Colonel had a telescope on his roof just to look at the neighbors, did you?"
-->'''O'Neill''' (to Teal'c after the two had walked ahead): "Not initially."
** In the [[GroundhogDayLoop time loop episode]] "Window of Opportunity," after a few loops it is O'Neill's use of technobabble that helps convince Carter and Hammond that he knows what's going on.
-->'''Hammond:''' What do you make of all this?
-->'''Carter:''' Well sir, when was the last time you heard Colonel O'Neill use terms like "subspace field" and "geomagnetic storm?"
-->'''Hammond:''' Good point.
-->'''Carter:''' And he actually used them correctly...for the most part.
** And in "2001" O'Neill warns another character ''not'' to ask Carter a question starting with the word "how", as the answer will contain technobabble.
** In the episode 200, we get the following exchange.
-->'''Carter:''' We're running another diagnostic, but right now we're stumped. The power's getting through to the capacitors, but for some reason the charge isn't holding. That's causing the control crystal to send feedback into the interface and reset the programming code of the base computer's dialing protocol.
-->'''Martin Lloyd:''' Whoa! That was awesome! Say that again.
-->'''Carter *annoyed*:''' No!
-->'''Martin:''' Oh. Uh, ev-everybody, take five. I've got to get that down before I forget it. The power getting to the flux capacitor but feedback is not feeding back into the feedback face... This is gold!
* Parodied in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode 38 Minutes when Kavanagh states that they "Can't rule out a catastrophic feedback in the drive manifold!" Doctor Weir replies with "Without the technobabble please"
** And in "The Eye" Weir tells [=McKay=] to use technobabble to confuse their captors and stall for time.
-->'''Weir:''' Well, find another problem with it! I—tell him that the power-loop interface isn't jiving with your walkabout! Something!
-->'''[=McKay=]:''' ''(incredulous)'' Isn't ''jiving''?!
* Used in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', usually by Kaylee -- whose technobabble is more "mechanic's shop-talk" than "high-end physics" (her having almost no formal training). Mal tells her to put in "Captain dummy-talk".
** Also subverted in ''Ariel'' - Simon teaches Mal, Zoe and Jayne some scripted medical jargon (with difficulty) to [[BavarianFireDrill get them into a hospital]]. When it turns out they don't need it, Jayne decides to spout it anyway rather than let [[BookDumb his efforts go to waste]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' invented modern technobabble; to give every example would take years. In "The Girl in the Fireplace," the Doctor calls something a "spacio-temporal hyperlink". He then admits he made the term up because he didn't want to say "magic door".
** Inverted in a later episode, "Blink", of the famed TimeyWimeyBall line, by the same writer as "The Girl in the Fireplace". The Doctor names a machine he builds "the timey-wimey detector" and describes its operation as "goes 'ding' when there's stuff."
** Creator/StevenMoffat expressly hates technobabble, on the basis that only anoraks would enjoy watching it.
** Also subverted in several Fourth Doctor episodes, primarily focusing on the reason for the change in dimensions inside the TARDIS. Usually goes something like this:
--->"Why is the TARDIS bigger inside than outside?"\\
"Because it's dimensionally [[YouKeepUsingThatWord transcendental]]."\\
"What does that mean?"\\
"[[ShapedLikeItself It means that it's bigger inside than out.]]"
*** In typically sardonic fashion, Creator/TomBaker, who played the Fourth Doctor, said that sounding very sincere while babbling meaningless technical jargon was a part of the role that his former job - a Catholic monk - had strongly prepared him for.
** Jon Pertwee (Third Doctor) had trouble dealing with technical talk of any sort so eventually the writers threw in the towel and had everything come out "Reverse the polarity". [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E3TheSeaDevils Only one time did he include]] 'of the neutron flow' ... the Master was suitably shocked at the suggestion. Perhaps he had no idea what it was, either.
** In "The Doctor's Wife":
--->"Well actually, it's because the Time Lords discovered that if you take an eleventh-dimensional matrix and fold it into a mechanical then..." *Rory touches two wires together and they spark* "Yes, it's spacey-wacey!"
*** Also, an example that is crossbred with BuffySpeak:
--->"The TARDIS is uppy, downy stuff in a big blue box.”
** Rory identifies a device that was just used on them as a "miniaturisation ray." Since he spent the last season reading scientific journals, Amy assumes that he's figured out how the machine works -- but nope, he's just going by the fact that [[spoiler: someone used a ray on them, and then they were miniaturised]].
** Phillip Hinchcliffe called it ''bafflegab.''
** The trope was spoofed by comedian Lenny Henry [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60shMyabeMo in a skit where he becomes the latest Doctor]].
--->'''Doctor:''' Now, it looks like the proto-anodysing discorporators have short circuited the molecular quark overload.
--->'''Companion:''' Is that difficult to fix?
--->'''Doctor:''' No, but it's very difficult to say!
*** And then:
--->'''Doctor:''' No good. I'll have to use the dimorphic inertia system. ''(Companion hands over a car crank, which he accepts, while '''baffled that she knew what he was on about'''.)''
** The Twelfth Doctor continues Steven Moffat's general aversion to techno babble, such as in "Flatline" when he invents a gadget for dealing with a group of two-dimensional aliens that he names the "Two-dis" (a pun on TARDIS).
*** In "The Girl Who Died," he confirms a long-held fan suspicion by confirming that the phrase "reverse the polarity of the neutron flow" is indeed meaningless.
* "The scransoms above your head are now ready to flange. Please unfasten your safety belts and press the emergency photoscamps on the back of the seats behind you." John Cleese is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjvlOupm5m8 a great pilot.]]
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' subverts this in one episode where Col. Tigh disapproves, in so many words, of Dr. Baltar's "weaselly technobabble".
** Baltar had previously used reams of technobabble on Tigh to demonstrate his fake Amazing Cylon Detector. Lucky that his hapless victim turned out to be a real Cylon. Ironically, the equally-technobabbly but functional detector later built by Baltar is currently considered fake.
** Ronald D. Moore has gone on record several times saying that he hates using technobabble. In fact, the avoidance level is so high that it takes four seasons to show the Galactica's engine room. Most of the basic tech remains a BlackBox.
** ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''[='=]s attitude to technobabble can be summed up by one particular incident in the season two episode "The Captain's Hand": the battlestar ''Pegasus''' FTL is offline and engineer-turned-commander Barry Garner has to quickly fix it. Not by [[Series/DoctorWho reversing the polarity of the neutron flow]], but [[PercussiveMaintenance hitting a valve with a sledgehammer]].
** That said, some of BG's aversion to technobabble goes a little bit too far to the point where sometimes you just don't know how anything works, and it ends up becoming more AWizardDidIt. Especially when it comes to suddenly moving through vast reaches of space with no explanation (and no, I'm not talking about the FTL drive).
** It really came back to bite them when the writers actually came up with a real scientific explanation for why stem cells from the human/Cylon hybrid Hera would cure cancer. Moore was worried that it would just ''sound'' like gibberish, and the final episode largely glosses over why it works (something about some blood cells being square while others are hexagonal, as far as we can tell). And the end result was many viewers upset that such a huge game-changing moment was given no real explanation.
** The miniseries itself had a nice moment which established that the show would not rely on technobabble. After saving Colonial One, Apollo recounts how he used the hyperdrive to create an EMP that disabled the Cylon nukes while making it look like they detonated. The pilot of Colonial One is dumbfounded by this, and Laura Roslin replies "The lesson here is not to ask a follow-up question, but instead say 'Thank you, Captain Apollo, for saving our collective asses!'"
* Very common in ''Series/TwentyFour'', where most of Chloe O'Brien's lines involve nothing but meaningless technobabble, including incredible abuse of the word "subnet".
** An episode in the third season of the series involved Nina Myers transmitting a virus code via cell phone to the headquarters of CTU, and the rest of the episode is dedicated to fix it, by having Chloe O'Brien stating nonsensical technobabble. The creators (Joel Surnow and Howard Gordon) even admitted they made all the tech dialogue up on the spot when they shot the episode.
** In another episode, some (cod-) programming is done on the fly and the code appears on the screen. A screenshot is at http://www.technovelty.org/humor/24.html, where forum users note that the code almost makes sense but despite the emergency of the situation Edgar Stiles still found time to embed comments in it. That's dedication to good programming practice, that is.
** In fact, the technobabble is so complicated in 24 that numerous actors gave up trying to learn particularly tricky, technobabble-filled lines, and instead read off sticky notes that were pasted on their screen.
* The [[KoreanDrama Korean Medical Series]] ''Series/{{Sign}}'' theme is forensic scientists and medical examiners, so any reasonable Series/{{CSI}}-esque term is used.
* If technobabble is used in ''Series/RedDwarf'', it's a fair bet that it'll be subverted. If Holly uses it, (s)he's just making it up to hide the fact (s)he's no idea what's going on (Rimmer sometimes does this as well); if [[MrExposition Kryten or Kochanski]] use it, no-one will understand a word. Meanwhile, the Cat considers himself an expert on "[[SwirlyEnergyThingy Swirly Energy Thingies]]".
** Episode "Stasis Leak": The Cat asks "What is it?" when confronted with a doorway into the past. Rimmer and Lister both blurt out technobabble of varying thicknesses before The Cat simply replies, "Oh! A Magic Door! Why didn't you say so?"
** From ''Tikka To Ride'':
--> '''Rimmer''': Do you think it's because the subspace conduits have locked with the transponder calibrations and caused a major tachyon surge that has overloaded the time matrix?
--> '''Kryten''': Ah, no, sir. I've just been jabbing it too hard.
* Generous helpings of technobabble are prevalent in every episode of the Sci-Fi Channel series ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', where the down-to-earth Sheriff Carter often finds himself bewildered by the advanced thinking of virtually everyone else in the town of super-geniuses where he resides. This often leads to scenes in which other characters rattle off long, pseudo-scientific explanations of things [[ExpoSpeak before having to stop and translate everything into layman's terms]] for Carter. Carter often {{lampshades}} the situation by wondering aloud why no one ever starts with the explanation that makes sense.
** From ''Unpredictable''
--> '''Dr. Steven Whiticus:''' It's and extremely dangerous confluence of meteorological events.
--> '''Dr. Henry Deacon:''' *looks at Jack* Umm, A Perfect Storm.
--> '''Dr. Whiticus:''' It's a spinning vortex of instability.
--> '''Henry:''' Uh... Ice Funnel of Death
--> '''Sheriff Jack Carter:''' Got it! Why can't you people just '''say''' 'Ice Funnel of Death'?
** Jack loves to parody the technobabble with his own sometimes.
--> '''Sheriff Carter:''' What do we got? Black hole, time warp, random quantum
--> *Allison Blake glares at Jack*
--> '''Carter:''' *looks at General Mansfield* Uhh... not that that ever happens...
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' [[LampshadeHanging Hangs A Lampshade]] on it to the extent of even using the word:
-->'''Gwen:''' So what's that supposed to do?\\
'''Jack:''' I'm using satellite tracking data to determine the intra-trajectory of the meteorite.\\
'''Toshiko:''' He means he's trying to find out where it's come from.\\
'''Jack:''' Hey! Sometimes a little technobabble is good for the soul.
** In the first episode, Jack explains how the PerceptionFilter causes them and the elevator to be unnoticed by passersby.
-->'''Gwen:''' How does it work?
-->'''Jack:''' No idea. We know how to use it, but not how it happens. But if I had to guess, I would say there was once a dimensionally transcendental chameleon circuit placed right on this spot, with wielded it's perception properties to a spatio-temporal rift. But that sounds kind of ridiculous. "Invisible lift" has got more a ring to it, don't you think?
* Anytime Angela's doing her job on ''Series/{{Bones}}'', expect prolific amounts of this. And all of it will be made-up. Which is, itself, an inversion, as she's the artist in a cast of geeks.
** Invoked deliberately by Brennan in "Proof in the Pudding", bordering on a WallOfBlather in order to convince a [[TheMenInBlack Secret Service agent (?)]] to allow an [[WhoShotJfk "experiment"]] involving firearms.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Deliberately invoked by Barney who is pretending to be a future version of himself to get a girl.
-->"I have to get back to the reality accelerator before the vortex closes!"
* In ''Series/TheWeirdAlShow,'' The Hooded Avenger uses technobabble to explain why Hanson taking flash photography of giant Harvey will make him go back to his normal size.
-->'''The Hooded Avenger:''' No, no, stop! The flash effect from those cameras may displace neurons in Harvey's radioactive aura, damaging his neo-electrical field resulting in a complete and immediate growth reversal! ''(Harvey shrinks)'' See? Told ya.
* In ''Series/HardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'', there's a painful example in the episode ''Search for Atlantis''. The Hardys are introduced to university archeologists at a dig to find Atlantis. At one point, the site manager asks Frank and Joe how much they know about archeology. Frank starts off innocently enough with "Petrie's system of excavation", a reference to William Petrie, who was responsible for setting standards for archeological work in the 1900s, but did not invent any specific "excavation system". Then Frank babbles on about the lack of "pulse induction readings" and "flux gates", with the site manager commenting that the "volcanic activity" in the area has ruled them out. Considering that "pulse induction" is a metal detector and a "flux gate" is a magnetometer (used to measure magnetism on objects), nothing volcanic would rule out the use of that equipment; Frank further compounds the babble by using the terms as if they were techniques, not equipment. The site manager makes it even worse with a spiel about "plate activity" jumbling the readings...which wouldn't stop any decent archeological team, who would know how to read soil & rock levels despite ancient earthquake activity. About the only thing Frank gets right is a later reference to "Fiorelli's technique", used at Pompeii to make molds of corpses under the volcanic rock.
* Two characters in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' were devoted to TechnoBabble. Billy (the Blue Ranger and resident Genius who built a FlyingCar simply because he could) would rattle off big sounding words leaving the rest of the team to wait for him to finish speaking so they could turn Trini, the Yellow Ranger, who used nice bite sized words to explain everything.
** Billy stopped using technobabble in season 2. Apparently none of the new Rangers could understand him. But they still have TheSmartGuy use it regularly.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': PerkyGoth Abby frequently has to shoot out ten-syllable words without the slightest break in her speech. During an interview, Pauley Perrette said that just ''learning'' all the words is the hardest part about playing Abby. Then we have Timothy [=McGee=]...
** Frequently {{Lampshaded}} by Gibbs:
---> '''[=McGee=]:''' ''(technical talk)''\\
'''Gibbs:''' [=McGee=], less talk, more of the...computer chip doo-dah.\\
'''[=McGee=]:''' Making with the doo-dah, boss.\\
'''Fornell:''' "Doo-dah"?\\
'''Gibbs:''' Yeah, it's a technical term, Tobias.
** And lampshaded again with Tony's help:
---> '''[=McGee=]:''' I think I know what happened.\\
'''Tony:''' Twenty bucks says [=McGee=]'s about to say something nobody understands again!\\
'''[=McGee=]:''' ''(technical talk)''\\
'''Gibbs:''' I'm starting to think you can't help yourself, [=McGee=].
* Particularly bad one in ''Series/{{CSINY}}'': Lindsay talks about making a GUI interface in Visual Basic in order to find ''an IP address''. Exactly why you need to make a graphical user interface, which is basically a way to interact with a program using visuals rather than text commands, in order to track an IP address is anyone's guess. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkDD03yeLnU But it sounds fancy]].
* Subverted on ''Series/ThirtyRock'' when Liz and Pete make their presentation about taking the team to Miami -- Liz just says a few Buzz Words and nothing else while Pete holds up a sign that says "Miami = Synergy." Jack says it's the best presentation he's ever seen.
* The ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "Nerve" name-drops this trope.
-->'''Gilina Renaez:''' "This should bypass the grid, and hook us directly with main control."
-->'''Chiana:''' "Spare me the TechnoBabble, Gadget Girl, let's just get on with it."
** Like most other things in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' technobabble is not only lamp-shaded and name-dropped more than once, but is even deconstructed by GenreSavvy John Crichton.
* ''Series/{{Shake it Up}}'' gave us "Did you use open-source software to save time and the virus was hidden inside it?" Since this actually is meaningful, the Internet was not pleased.
* Parodied in ''Series/TrailerParkBoys'' while the title characters play around with a model rocket and [[{{Malaproper}} Ricky]] puts his own... unique spin on the concept.
-->"Breaker, breaker, this is rocket ship 27, come in Earth. Aliens fucked with the carbonator in engine four. I'm gunna try and refuckulate it and land on Juniper. Hope you got some space-weed. Over."
* Quoth Castle, in an episode of, well, ''Series/{{Castle}}'', "Tory found some unscrambled artifacts in the registry to a service-set identifier. [{{Beat}}] I don't know what that means either, but she got really excited about it." Amusingly, it actually ''almost'' makes sense if you think about it.
* ''Series/LookAroundYou'' spoofs the wealth of jargon found in the world of science by making up a host of new words, including fictitious chemicals ("bumcivilian", "segnomin"), laboratory equipment ("Besselheim plate", "gribbin"), units of measurement ("billigram", "quorums per second") and many more.

[[folder: Music]]
* Parodied in Music/{{Voltaire}}'s "The USS Make Shit Up".
* ''Music/KidsPraise'': The time machine in the seventh album inevitably brought this on, with Psalty talking about an "over-under-inside-out power drive" at one point.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip, the PointyHairedBoss asks Dilbert, "Did you know that twenty percent of all microfleems are subradiante?" He keeps telling Dilbert to consider the implications of this until Dilbert submits to his superior knowledge of technological facts. He doesn't actually know what a microfleem is.
** The ''Dilbert'' website used to contain a random mission statement generator, which bordered on this trope.
* Subverted in a ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' comic, where one scientist makes the mistake of uttering "The 'T' Word" in a lab. [[spoiler:"Hey, could you hand me the... the... the thingy?"]]

[[folder:Other Sites]]
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1417-j SCP-1417-J ("Passive-Aggressive Meteorite")]]. During Emergency Procedure 1634-Broadway the Foundation personnel use a torrent of scientific-sounding language.
-->"...we've got a runaway positronic acceleration...realigning the multimodal flux relay...gluonic resistance readout of 38!...stop the antipolar magnetic attractors from aligning...reboot the central lenticular magnetron...subatomic electro-vulcanizer...rejigger the anti-nucleonic force matrix..."

* The playfield for ''[[Pinball/TXSector TX-Sector]]'' is festooned with nonsense technobabble for the various targets, such as "Transphazers," an "Inter-Link Gate," "Nega Ports," and the "Infinity Zone".

* Parodied on ''Radio/{{Nebulous}}'':
-->'''[=McQuasar=]:''' No, Professor Nebulous, you're talking nonsense!\\
'''Nebulous:''' Honestly, [=McQuasar=], which part of anti-veritaneous actuality inversion don't you understand?

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' Tabletop {{RPG}} featured a table that allowed the GM to randomly generate damage to the players' ship. It had two columns, one for technobabble, and one for what this actually meant. They were rolled separately, and therefore one had no correlation to each other whatsoever.
** The technobabble column itself came in three parts: the part prefix (Primary/Hydraulic/etc), the part (Stabilizer/Vent/Feed/etc) and what happened to it (Cracked/Jammed/Exploded/etc) requiring three rolls to describe what went wrong when all anyone wants to know is the fourth, which is what it means.
* The Adeptus Mechanicus of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has Lingua Technis, a language devoted to TechnoBabble. It lets them maintain their monopoly on technical knowledge.
* ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'': Actually represented in the rules, and known as Jabir. A [[MadScientist Genius]] who tries to talk about any kind of science will find that they have suddenly stopped making sense.
** {{Deconstructed|Trope}}/PlayedForDrama in this case; Jabir is described as a disturbing thing to witness and suffer from.
* ''Tabletopgame/SpiritOfTheCentury'' allows players to make declarations about scientific facts their characters know which can help in whatever situation they find themselves in. Since ''TabletopGame/SpiritOfTheCentury'' runs on the rules of [[TwoFistedTales pulp narrative]], both players and {{Game Master}}s are encouraged to make such situations less about "realistic science" and more about "impressive sounding technobabble."
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' has a recommendation for the GM about this trope: talk fast. If any of the players ask for clarification, tell them that said information is beyond their security clearance. The ''Paranoia XP'' rulebook also had a table at the back to randomly generate technobabble-esque medication names
* The Fudge Factor Article Building A Better Space Ship states "Unless your players are more scientifically adept then usual, don't be afraid to simply take some cool sounding word and putting it in" on names. Their example is a Phased Ion Rifle.
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', a card from the Future Sight set modified how the player assembles contraptions. Contraptions don't exist. You can't assemble them. There are no rules pertaining to 'assembling' or 'contraptions' anywhere in the game... At least until ''Unstable'' which finally gave them rules and actual Contraption cards.
** This is actually a reference to a past card, Great Wall, which made it possible to block creatures with plainswalk even if you had a plains; at the time, only one creature with plainswalk existed, and even today, with [[OverNineThousand over a hundred thousand cards]], less than twenty have or grant plainswalk.
* According to ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' [[AllThereInTheManual Master Guide 4]], the advanced technology of the Mecha Phantom Beast archetype includes quantum-output machines. The decoys created by these machines are nearly indistinguishable from the original on radar and are said to be so efficient at drawing away fire, that as long as a single decoy has been deployed, the original machine cannot be shot down.

* In ''Theater/TheRainmaker'', Starbuck first tries to explain how he can bring rain in terms of TechnoBabble. Since Lizzie isn't buying it, he quickly changes his approach:
-->'''Starbuck''': Sodium chloride!--pitch it up high--right up to the clouds! Electrify the cold front! Neutralize the warm front! Barometricize the tropopause! Magnetize occlusions in the sky!\\
'''Lizzie''': In other words--bunk!\\
'''Starbuck''': Lady, you're right! You know why that sounds like bunk? Because it is bunk! Bunk and hokey pokey! And I tell you, I'd be ashamed to use any of those methods!
* OlderThanSteam. In Ben Jonson's ''Theatre/TheAlchemist'', a couple of con artists are trying to fool some rubes into thinking they're alchemists. Part of the show includes a long, babbling speech about the state of the Philosopher's Stone. Jonson was an obsessive researcher and much of the nonsense is based on contemporary alchemical jargon, but in a way to come across as nonsensical to even the contemporary audience:
-->Can you sublime and dulcify? calcine?
-->Know you the sapor pontic? sapor stiptic,
-->Or what is homogene, or heterogene?
* Another great example is Marlowe's ''Theatre/DoctorFaustus'', when Faustus quizzes his new demonic "servant" Mephistophilis about astronomy. Specifically, he wants to know why the planets move the way they do. Since Mephistophilis' job is to win souls for Hell, not to answer obscure scientific questions, he cops out with the Latin phrase "per inoequalem motum respect totes," which means "by unequal motion relative to the whole." This sounds like real astronomy, especially because of the old AltumVidetur thing, but it's so vague and general as to be this trope. It's so vague, it's not even false per se. It's as if you asked how a car worked and somebody told you "by virtue of lubricated mechanical linkages actuated by kinetic energy."


[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/AdventRising'': The descriptions for all the weapons are full of techno babble. Quark mind-drives, entropic energy waves, and grav-shielded singularity cores, just to name a few terms.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''
** Blast Processing. [[note]]In fact, it has been suggested that "Blast Processing" has an actual meaning: it refers to the Genesis' [[http://trixter.oldskool.org/2008/12/05/blast-processing-101/ rather powerful I/O processor]], which could offload some work for the CPU. Alternatively, it may simply refer to the system's design approach: it was built around a very powerful CPU, whereas the SNES had a slower CPU controlling more advanced video and sound subsystems. This is the reason why some early SNES games had slowdown issues (devs hadn't quite figured out this novel design), and why polygon-based games ran much better on the Genesis.[[/note]]
** Tails has been known to rattle off {{Technobabble}} ever since he was finally given a speaking role that revealed he was the team's resident science geek extraordinaire.
** ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' gets points off, though, for referring to a Bernal sphere (the ARK) as a "Bernoulli sphere."
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''
** A lot of the [[FanNickname Engineer Duo's]] talks are this. Lampshaded when Engineer Daniels yells at Donnelly for "boring the Commander with tech".
** Even more so would be [[DeadlyDoctor Mordin]] [[BadassBookworm Solus]], who combines this with being a MotorMouth and a TerseTalker.
* This is done ''once'' in the first ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'', when Dr. Moebius giddily explains what [[GreenRocks Tiberium]] is:
-->Molecularly, Tiberium is a non-carbon-based element, that appears to have strong ferrous qualities, with non-resonating reversible energy! Which has a tendency to disrupt carbon-based molecular structures, with inconsequential and unequal positrons orbiting on the first, second and ninth quadrings!
** For ''Command and Conquer 3'', EA took things up a notch and commissioned scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to "provide a white paper describing the biophysics of Tiberium, its atomic structure, its method of transmutation, the form of the radiation that it emits, and the way to harness it for powering machinery and weapons -- giving it the same treatment as would be suitable for a scientific journal article on a real substance." Actually, an [[http://pc.ign.com/articles/721/721138p1.html interesting read.]]
* Dr. Judith Mossman in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' has the tendency to speak in technobabble which your character is supposed to understand, and likely does. ''You'' however, are not, and likely don't.
** In ''[[FanficRecs/HalfLife Welcome To City 17]]'', he doesn't understand it either, because that is technobabble [[ScienceMarchesOn from twenty years in the future]] to him.
** Freeman's doctoral thesis is titled ''Observation of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EPR_paradox Einstein-Podolvsky-Rosen]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_entanglement Entanglement]] on Supraquantum Structures by Induction Through [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonlinear_system Nonlinear]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transuranium_element Transuranic]] Crystal of Extremely Long Wavelength ([=ELW=]) Pulse from Mode-Locked Source Array''. Basically, shooting low-frequency electromagnetic waves through heavy element crystals to make things teleport.
** [[LampshadeHanging "You can call it the 'Zero Point Energy Manipulator' if you really want to."]]
** Dr. Kleiner is practically a walking encyclopedia of technobabble when he's busy at work or making public announcements.
** Parodied in the ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' expansion ''Opposing Force'', when Shephard finds an [[spoiler:armed nuclear bomb]], with instructions for turning it on. (However, ''Shephard'' only needs to press a button to turn it off.)
--->1. Indispose the gravitronic rev limiter [[UpToEleven to 11]].\\
2. Rotate red knob to the on position.\\
3. Press button labeled B.
* This is an actual Skill in ''VideoGame/GuildWars'', which you earn from the technologically advanced civilization of the Asura. It damages and dazed your opponent.
* Similarly, in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', Orators have a skill called Mimic Daravon that puts enemies to sleep. Daravon is the person who explains the mechanics of the game in the optional tutorial.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' likes explaining the exact mechanics behind its magic system, and its explanations can turn into this. When you're discussing the game and it becomes necessary to explain that it wasn't obvious that a character's [[spoiler: fonon frequency was 3.14159]] because having the ability to channel a fonon through one's fon slots does not necessarily mean that one is isofonic to said fonon's aggregate sentience... yeah.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' has some to explain [[NiceJobBreakingItHero why something you did nearly destroys the world]], which makes so little sense that even if the was avoided the player would the events would probably still happen.
* Mocked by the blueprints of your ship in ''VideoGame/CosmicOsmo'', which point out the ''Aero-ether Quanto-particulate Detecto Rings'' and a ''triple-loop Polar Yagi Recepto-Wod,'' among other features.
* The presenter in High Voltage's tech demo for their [=Quantum3=] Engine spoke out so much technobabble, it made the E3 2004 tech demo of Unreal Engine 3 look tame in comparison. Terms include "Camera space RGB gloss maps", "tangent space gloss map", "standard tangent space bump maps", and roughly 20 seconds of showing a feature list of about 100+ features..
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'': The 1500 Megawatt Aperture Science Heavy Duty Supercolliding Super Button is, quite simply, a big red button that opens doors.
** also, the Aperture Science Material Emancipation Grill. It dissolves all unauthorized material, including, on semi-rare occasions, dental fillings, crowns, tooth enamel, and teeth.
** Let's not forget the Man Sized Ad Hoc Quantum Tunnels Through Physical Space With Possible Applications as Shower Curtains (portals).
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'': The Aerial Faith Plate (a catapult platform), the Excursion Funnel (a blue funnel that pulls you in the direction it's facing), and the Thermal Discouragement Beam (a laser). ''Faith, Excursion, and Discouragement are licensed trademarks of Aperture science.''
* ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'' mixes technobabble with a generous measure of GunPorn in most weapon and item descriptions, so even if bits of it go over your head, you can still be confident of the power it's packing.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' are madly, passionately in love with their technobabble. A lot of it's real, about evenly divided between advanced physics, neuroscience, and five or six kinds of Gnosticism (including Jungian psychology, which gets a lot of its terminology from [[HermeticMagic Hermetic alchemy]]). Admittedly not all of the physics would actually work like that—you can't use quantum entanglement, i.e. the EPR paradox, for a SubspaceAnsible, for example, and you probably couldn't use the [[MentalWorld Collective Unconscious]] as a [[SubspaceOrHyperspace hyperdrive]], either.
* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2'' actually has an amusing version near the end where the explanation actually makes perfect sense ([[spoiler: a character states that they can activate an orbital station's retro-rockets to prevent it from crashing into the planet below]]), but the other characters treat it as this trope because the general tech level of the setting is nowhere near far enough along for them to be able to understand. Also, [[spoiler: the explanation is still meaningless because the character in question made it up to get the rest of the cast out of the way while they perform a HeroicSacrifice.]]
* ''VideoGame/TerminalVelocity'' and its {{spiritual successor}}s ''VideoGame/{{Fury 3}}'' and ''Hellbender'' use quite a bit of technobabble, especially in the descriptions of your ship's weapons.
* Appears all over the place in the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series, frequently with [[TheSmartGuy Big Al]]. For example, when the eponymous duo encounter him in Marcadia's defense facility during the [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal third game]]:
-->'''Ratchet:''' How can you use the city's defense network to play a video game?!\\
'''Al:''' [[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder Simple]]. I bypass the security server with a 626 hex matrix adapter and reprogram the graphics sub-processor.\\
'''Ratchet:''' No, no, I mean- urgh! Clank, you speak, uh... "nerd".\\
'''Clank:''' It appears you have a feedback loop in the induction coils of your DB-3 signal processor.\\
'''Al:''' Impossible! I ran a recursive checksum on the signal matrix."
* VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} has you take the '''G'''eneralized '''O'''ccupational '''A'''ptitude '''T'''est as sort of a way to set up what kind of character you'll be playing with. The first question reads: ''You are approached by a frenzied Vault scientist, who yells, "I'm going to put my quantum harmonizer in your photonic resonation chamber!" What's your response?''
** One of your responses can be: ''"But doctor, wouldn't that cause a parabolic destabilization of the fission singularity?"''
** Or you can just say "Yeah? Up yours too, buddy!"
* ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame'' is even worse with the technobabble than the movies that inspired it. "Charged nucleon jackets" and "fermion absorption rings" are but two examples.
* This is one of the cruxes of the CoOpMultiplayer MobilePhoneGame ''Spaceteam.'' Each player has a [[ProceduralGeneration procedurally generated]] control panel for the fictional CoolSpaceship and a series of instructions, but the instructions cannot always be carried out on their panel; the intended result is for players to yell absurd jargon at each other: "Inflate Nanoflange!" "Set Triweaver to 2!" "Rotate Posidome!". For additional amusement, the tasks and panels sometimes involve [[MundaneMadeAwesome mundane]] tasks like "Rearrange Deckchairs," "Suspend Disbelief" and "Darn Socks."
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', Sora and his friends have a hard time understanding what [[{{BadassBookworm}} Tron]] is saying when they first meet him, because of this trope. As time goes on, Tron becomes easier to understand [[spoiler: as a result of gaining emotions due to his friendship with them. ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' implies that this could be the result of the program getting a heart]].
* In ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'', Hope's given explanation for Lightning's having to return to the Ark every day at 6 A.M. is that it's to "regulate the time distortion." It's never really explained just what this means.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' has numerous examples of this, mostly in mission briefings. An example is a mission from Patricia Tannis:
-->"Tannis needs more parts to ensure [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} the protection grid holds on her device’s ecto-containment unit, safeguarding against total protonic reversal, which would be extraordinarily bad]]."
* The in-game description for the flashlight in ''VideoGame/{{Doom 3}}'' delves into this, just to say that it's an InfiniteFlashlight.
--> "UAC Standard issue light source. This model utilizes a static transfer power supply, so battery replacement is unnecessary."

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Subverted completely with ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' and the sequel, ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward''. The abilities of espers and those who throw their consciousnesses through time could have easily been handwaved with vague explanations about telepathy and mental time travel. Instead, everything is explained in complete length, pulling from real world scientific theories and phenomena, such as morphegenetic field theory, Minkowski space, the many-worlds interpretation, and schrodinger's cat, to name a few. In the end, everything in the series seems to have gone out of its way to purposefully avoid using technobabble at pretty much any point, despite it being very sci-fi-like in nature.
** The anti-matter bombs in ''Virtue's Last Reward'' are specifically given an entire scene dedicated to explaining how they work, using real world science. This includes anti-matter is, what anti-matter annihilation entails (this part is justified in-universe as a needed explanation for Quark, since he's just a child), then how the bombs utilize this, and how you work out the joules of energy generated by a detonation by taking the amount of matter & anti-matter, and using [[UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein Eisten's]] E=MC^2.[[note]]The most amazing part of this, is how they manage to make what is basically a science lesson not only seem seamless and not like it's out of place, but also fairly entertaining. It's specifically the game's way of taking a spirited jab at one of [[FairPlayWhodunnit"Knox's 10 commandments"]], "no hitherto undiscovered poisons may be used, nor any appliance which will need a long scientific explanation", as referenced in the game's secret files.[[/note]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/KidRadd'', where the otherwise brilliant MadScientist has a huge blind spot for technobabble. "The sensors are picking up some '''stuff!'''"
* Parody: [[http://starslip.com/2005/05/25/starslip-number-3/ this]] ''Webcomic/{{Starslip}}'' strip.
* Parodied as well in [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/1503.html this]] ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' strip; see also the notes at the bottom.
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' features a technobabble dialogue in [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/09/25/episode-334-car-talk-and-retribution/ this strip]].
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=971008 here]].
* ''{{Webcomic/Intragalactic}}'' did a parody of technobabble in a footnote [[http://intragalacticcomic.com/2008/11/21/021-magic-2d-space-map/ here]]: "It wouldn't seem like you could chart space on a two-dimensional screen like this. Until you remember that at large distances space functions as a flat surface due to the exponentially increasing effects of gravity as we near the Planck time. Subspace anomaly nanoprobes wormhole."
** Also in ''Muertitos'' by the same author [[http://muertitos.comicgenesis.com/d/20080306.html here]]: "The trauma has rendered her catatonic, clinically vegetative, and medicine saline doctor viral!"
* Lampshaded, in a typically direct way, in [[http://antiheroforhire.com/d/20081103.html this]] ''Webcomic/AntiheroForHire'' strip.
* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' when Jean Poule tries to [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20071204.html explain the experiment which produced Molly.]]
** And again when Molly [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20100713.html tries to explain her newest invention.]]
* Lampshade firmly hung in ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' with the character of Nova, an Alchemical Exalt. Specifically, in her fight with Misho [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0148.html here]]. Misho's usually the go-to guy for MagiBabble about {{Magitek}}, but Nova's particularly bad about it, especially since her stuff is more "tek" than "magi."
* ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'', which featured such gems as [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/users/narbonic/narbonic/httpdocs/011702.jpg this]], [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/users/narbonic/091703uncounted.jpg this]], and [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/memberimages/092702.jpg this]].
** Note that the author insisted on making the technobabble the most scientifically accurate stuff in the entire comic.
** Then later somewhat explained after Dave [[spoiler: goes mad, he states that English doesn't have half the words he'd need to explain how mad science works. [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/wcn/memberimages/121306and_above_all.jpg So he made his own language]].]]
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'': [[LampshadeHanging "Jargon]] [[MagicalComputer computers]] [[MagicFromTechnology technical wizardry]] [[BlahBlahBlah babble]] [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=519 jargon."]]
* Lampshaded in [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20090303 this]] ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'' strip. "Ready to begin speaking in technobabble, sir." "Oh shut up, it's just us. Turn it on!"
* Shown in [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/index.php?date=041204 these]] [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/index.php?date=041205 two]] ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' comics.
** Keep reading -- a few comics later it culminates nicely with a character exploding due to technobabble overload.
** They already introduced the trope [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/010519c a couple of years before]], though.
* Lampshaded in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00164.htm this]] ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' strip, among many others. If it includes Florence there's a chance technobabble is going to appear sooner or later. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00166.htm She may be speaking Engineer again]] (though what she actually said there actually makes perfect sense if you are a nuclear engineer). However, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fv01363.htm this]] strip proves that the robots aren't above it either.
** Surprisingly, the third example is just Jargon, although it is mixing religion and quantum mechanics, which is always a [[ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime bad idea]].
* Lampshaded in [[http://wayofthemetagamer.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/32150 this]] ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer'' comic.
* Done hilariously in [[http://exterminatusnow.comicgenesis.com/d/20100613.html this]] ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow''. Even better, the ''multiple'' [[WallOfText walls of text]] can be summarized thus:
-->'''Scientist:''' [[NegativeSpaceWedgie Shiny]] [[HellGate void]] [[AnotherDimension rift]] [[JustForFun/XMeetsY plus]] [[KillSat big]] [[{{BFG}} space]] [[WaveMotionGun gun]] [[OhCrap make]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom world]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt go]] [[ApocalypseHow 'splody.]]
** And [[http://exterminatusnow.comicgenesis.com/d/20100926.html here]], where they use some of the more well known ones. Don't miss the labels on the other switches.
* ''Webcomic/FarOutThere'' does this [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1030261/page-111-show-your-work all]] [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1071120/page-211-and-its-not-just-because-its-angry the]] [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1071137/page-213-get-on-with-it/ freaking]] [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1080531/page-274-and-the-technobabble-flowed-forth time]], though there's usually at least a little [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1080537/page-279-just-let-them-play-with-their-toys lampshading]] going on.
* [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2010/10/28/0212-techno-babble/ Completely inverted]] by ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo''.
* Technobabble in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' tends to run afoul of the UnspokenPlanGuarantee; if any use of technology is described it will fail or be foiled, necessitating [[IndyPloy on-the-spot improvisation]] that involves PercussiveMaintenance, FrickinLaserBeams, or [[AWizardDidIt just science that happens to be weird]]. The entire three-way poison cure between Agatha, Gil and Tavrek is a good example, as it was full of babbling Sparks getting owned by FinaglesLaw.
* In ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck'', the ShowWithinAShow ''Rebel Cry'' features [[http://www.rhjunior.com/NT/00689.html it, lampshaded.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}''. Kin is prone to this, especially hilarious when talking to the dimwitted Minmax.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3069 Percy uses it to belittle Pooch's discovery.]] (Percy had earlier declared a shoe was an "awesome machine" for him.)
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': while most of the characters are more likely to use BuffySpeak for anything technical, the Sburb installation screen includes such interesting phrases as "Realigning Cartesian mandrills".[[note]]A direct parody of VideoGame/TheSims, which uses similarly meaningless phrases during its loading screens.[[/note]]
* Despite being an AffectionateParody of science fiction in general, it's surprisingly rare in ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty''. One of the more notable examples even had [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2012/11/25/up-your-nose/ the author going on to explain it in the side notes]].
* In ''Webcomic/SturgeonsLaw'', Jenn attempts to cover up her incompetence with [[http://sturgeonslaw.net/comic/serious-equipment/ Star-Trek-style technobabble]], with [[http://sturgeonslaw.net/comic/plan-benjamin/ mixed results]].
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Tedd [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=17 uses it]] to explain why drenching the Goo with water will destroy it.
* ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'' has this as a major plot element. Most characters encountered talk about "spiraling" and "sub-perceptual zones" with the same level of casualness most people would talk about dirty dishes and late night television. Slowly, the readers begin to (sort of) understand concepts like "layers" and "branchination", but the realms are just too massive to understand ''everything'', so we will probably never know what "gleaming" is or what "furlers" actually are.
* {{Parodied}} in the second page of ''Webcomic/LarpTrek'':
-->'''Geordi:''' I’m all out of ideas, sir. Holodeck is just plain busted, there’s not much I can–-\\
'''Picard:''' What about re-routing power from the secondary ion-field conduits?\\
'''Geordi:''' Captain?\\
'''Picard:''' Perhaps…yes, yes! We could parameterize the phase inversion coils and use that to remodulate the carrier frequency…\\
'''Geordi:''' Sir, you’re… you’re just randomly stringing together jargon that you’ve overheard in Engineering…

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' runs on Technobabble, since it's a universe of mutant superheroes and supervillains, with a CosmicHorrorStory backstory. All the major power classifications have their own Technobabble for how they work. There are even rival Technobabble factions: most Psi researchers think that "magic" is just a form of psionics; most magical adepts think that "psi" is just a form of magic; etc.
** One mutant power in particular ''literally'' runs on Technobabble: so-called "devisors" make up a Technobabble explanation on how the piece of wondertech they're building would work, and then impose new physical laws on the device so that it actually does work.
* Used copiously in animated sci-fi epic ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'', particularly by [[TheSmartGuy computer genius]] Raimi, which makes some of his stints as MrExposition difficult to follow. Sometimes various field-specific jargon is thrown in just so we know writer Brooke Burgess has [[ShownTheirWork done the research]].
* The writers at ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' put a lot of work into producing plausible technobabble, the effect of this is that determining what parts they made up is pretty hard.
* ''WebVideo/SailorMoonAbridged'', episode 31:
-->'''[[TheUnfavorite Amy]]''': These readings are all weird, because we seem to be stuck in the time-space Nerf Gun continuum, and the only way out is if we make a pyramid out of--\\
'''Artemis''': I think this bitch is just making shit up now.\\
'''Amy''': You guys never listen to me anyway!
* ''Website/SFDebris'' repeatedly calls these out in his ''Franchise/StarTrek'' reviews. He goes one step further in his review of the ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' episode "Prototype", where he explains the method by which Technobabble is created: take two unrelated, scientific-sounding terms, and stick them together. He proceeds to demonstrate it by creating some examples, with captions giving a possible explanation of what the complete term would mean, including:
** Volume Symbiosis: A biological link between two different shapes.
** Temporal Osmosis: The mechanism by which the movement of water controls the passage of time.
** Quantum Test Tube: A special kind of test tube whose contents can only be known by looking at it.
** Simian Beta-Decay: The mechanism by which an ape will break down into a number of smaller monkeys by emitting a high-speed electron.
** Orbital Mitosis: The act of a planet splitting and forming two smaller planets that share the same path around a sun.
** Schizophrenic Thermodynamics: The mechanisms behind energy-transfer found in the environment around batshit-crazy lunatics.
** Relativistic Gentrification: The economic phenomenon associated with the re-vitalization of inner city neighborhoods as those neighborhoods approach the speed of light.
** Another ''Voyager'' episode prompted a rant about this, culminating in Chuck demanding to know if Tom Paris has developed aphasia.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_F-Wsvj1t0 Explored]] in an episode of ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'' in a decidedly non-gaming-related episode. Daniel Floyd points out the issues inherent in justifying [[Franchise/StarWars The Force]] with midi-chlorian count.
-->What I'm saying is that you can't lend credibility to your story just by using science-words. Using '''real''' science, and allowing that to be the floor that helps you ground your universe in an internal logical constancy; that's why ScienceFiction works, not just because it ''sounds'' science-y. Once you've got that underpinning, you can explore all the interesting things that shake out of it, which is what makes science fiction so great, and on the flip-side the limitless freedom that technology provides [[ScienceFiction future]] {{fantasy}} is what allows it to deliver such compelling stories and explore such a wealth of ideas. Don't hamstring it by entangling it in a web of techo-jargon. So yes, that is why technobabble sucks.
* Kai, ''WebVideo/ChroniclesOfSyntax's'' resident TeenGenius, likes doing this.
* Parodied by the ''WebVideo/AngryVideoGameNerd'' while doing a mock advertisement of the game ''VideoGame/BigRigsOverTheRoadRacing''.
-->'''Trucker''': Engines equipped with quantum phasing molecular mechanics to pass through solid objects so as to not interrupt the racing experience! Nothing stands in your way! When you're '''BIG RIGS!''' Rear-spinning tires with warp-drive velocity for interdimensional exploring! Leave the game behind and exceed the boundaries of existence! '''BIG MOTHERFUCKIN' RIIIIIGS!!!'''
* Parodied in ''WebVideo/GiuocoTerapia'':
-->'''Miché''': You see, my game needs a lot of memory. We’re talking about preloading over 500 terabytes of data. Dumping it all on one server would leave traces in the tail domain, and render the code vulnerable, so I’ll log into the hotel net, but not the Wi–Fi net. Too risky. I’ll log into the circuit of the time cards. They’re punched every six hours with a deviation of five minutes and 16 seconds. This creates an ultradynamic IP. Even a hacker operating on a low level won’t see it in the net’s upper layers.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Excellently parodied in the "Where No Fan Has Gone Before" episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
-->'''Bender:''' I'm done reconfoobling the energymotron... or whatever.
** Also, from "Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch:"
-->'''UsefulNotes/AttilaTheHun:''' Stop! Don't shoot fire stick in space canoe! Cause explosive decompression!\\
'''Zap Brannigan:''' Spare me your space-age techno-babble, Attila the Hun!
** Or how about "The Honking:"
-->'''Farnsworth:''' Just as I suspected. These robots were buried in improperly-shielded coffins. Their programming leaked into the castles wiring through this old, abandoned modem allowing them to project themselves as holograms.\\
'''Hermes:''' Of course! It was so obvious!\\
'''Farnsworth:''' Yes, that sequence of words I said made perfect sense.
** Really, they use (and {{parody}}) this all the time, in a variety of different ways.
-->'''[[TheProfessor Professor Farnsworth]]:''' [[AsYouKnow I'm sure I don't need to explain]] that all dark matter in the universe is linked in the form of a single non-local meta-particle.
-->'''[[GeniusDitz Amy]]:''' ''[[FutureSlang Guh]]!'' Stop patronizing us.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' is also chock full of it. Suffice to say it's never a good idea to let Jérémie explain how his newest program works. Or let Aelita answer questions about simple mathematic concepts.
* One of the most famous examples is the line uttered by the Comic Book Guy in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' in the episode "Das Bus". Notable for being actually clear, logical, and transparent to a trained networking engineer: in layman terms, he has a dial-up modem, he wants broadband access, and in order to do that, he needs a router that can fit inside his private network. Here's the full quote:
-->'''Comic Book Guy:''' I'm interested in upgrading my 28.8 kbps internet connection to a 1.5 Mbps fiber-optic T-1 line. Will you be able to provide an IP router that's compatible with my token ring ethernet LAN configuration?
-->'''Homer:''' [has no idea what was just said] Can I have some money now?
* ''WesternAnimatiom/SamuraiJack'' can parody this excellently at times due to the fact that nine times out of ten, Jack, being the FishOutOfTemporalWater that he is, wouldn't understand the simplest terms being explained to him.
-->'''Shoe Salesman''': They just arrived. Utilizing the latest technologies. Air foam, transposit shock-absorbing double-wishbone 5.1 -digital-surround suspension- Well, whatever, dude! They're the newest, latest ones. Let's try them on!
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' has a running gag of having FutureBadass Kiva saying some sort of technobabble, only to have it shrugged off by lazy bum Coop.
-->'''Kiva:''' What's the big deal on drinking a Slushie anyway?\\
'''Coop:''' What do you drink in the future to freshen up?\\
'''Kiva:''' We drink a balanced electrolytic hydrating fluid.\\
'''Coop:''' ...That must be some grim future you have!
** She's [[ExpospeakGag describing Gatorade]].
* Alternately played straight and played with in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. You have five teenagers living/fighting crime together. Cyborg is a half-robot and thus knows a ''lot'' about computers and machines, despite not finishing high school; Raven grew up meditating and reading ancient magical scrolls; Starfire is an alien with substantial knowledge of science and her own world's culture but will ultimately be stumped if you ask her a question about ''Earth's'' history, culture, and language; Robin is a BadAssNormal raised by Franchise/{{Batman}} who [[WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys makes all of his own toys]]; and Beast Boy, as Raven so artfully put it, learned his history from a cereal box -- and the rest from TV. Get this group together and you're in for some pretty interesting conversations.
* Happens several times in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', usually courtesy of the League's resident aliens from hyper-advanced cvilizations.
** In one episode of ''Justice League Unlimited'', Supergirl finds herself in the future. Being from a similarly advanced civilization herself, she slips into technobabble (for our ears) at least once.
** In the first episode of the Thanagarian invasion ''Justice League Unlimited'', one of the Thanagarians suggests to the Martian Manhunter that he wouldn't understand the technology they are using. Being from an advanced alien race himself, J'onn replies with a burst of technobabble indicating a deeper understanding of what's going on that she obviously expected.
** Parodied in an earlier episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. Doubles as {{foreshadowing}} for the example above, as it demonstrates that both J'onn and Shiara are from highly-advanced civilizations.
-->'''Superman:''' How can we stop it?\\
'''J'onn J'onzz:''' There is one possibility. To halt the process, we would need to create an Einstein-Rosen bridge to drain off the infecting anti-fusion matter.\\
'''Flash:''' Create a what to do what?\\
'''Hawkgirl:''' [[LaymansTerms Make a wormhole to suck away the bad stuff.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'', this is parodied in an episode in which Dave suggests solving the problem with convenient technobabble. Candy responds that convenient technobabble levels are dangerously low.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'', it is lampshaded when Flash receives a trope fitting answer about the way they are going to get into the enemy base and says "Some of us don't speak Franchise/StarTrek".
* Can happen occasionally in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', particularly with the Section 13 engineer, Kepler.
-->'''Jade''': Hey Kepler. Whatcha workin' on?\\
'''Kepler''': Solid state particle beam driven high density hypnosis inducing phase shifter. Two speed.\\
'''Jade''': Uh, sounds complicated.\\
'''Kepler''': ''[laughs]'' Hardly.
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' makes a RunningGag of this. [[MadScientist Heloise]] will often give these explanations for her inventions to [[DumbBlonde Jimmy]] and [[FatIdiot Beezy]], receiving blank stares. She then deadpans an explanation you'd give a child.
* Also seen in one opening of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' where [[FatIdiot Peter]] is watching TV and a stand up comedian (Dennis Miller) comes on and delivers this line: "I don't want to go on a rant here, but America's foreign policy makes about as much sense as Literature/{{Beowulf}} having sex with Robert Fulton at [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar the first Battle of Antietam]]. I mean, when a neo-conservative defenestrates, it's like Raskolnikov filibustered deoxymonohydroxinate." Which in turn leaves Peter with the amazing comment "What the hell does "rant" mean?"
* A WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon featured this with Marvin's "illudium Q-35 explosive space modulator", to [[ApocalypseHow blow up the earth]] because it obstructs his view of Venus.
* Princess Bubblegum in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' uses this when describing her scientific work. In one episode, a romantic rival to Finn is just as conversant in TechnoBabble as she is.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' used this often, a famous example is in the very first episode where Dexter and Dee Dee are fighting over a device that turns people into animals.
-->'''Dexter''' Now, do you understand...?(device turns him into a pig) That by combining the positive and negative polarities in sucrose radium,... (turns into a yak) We can excrete the elements from any variety of zitgaforme! (turns into a gorilla)And unificate them with the superlative repercussions of the magnetic ospium! (turns into an ostrich) Thusly, this machine should not be USED by a... (turns into a hamster) ...person of lower intelligence, such as...! (Dee Dee, still in frog form, laughs with the device in hand) Dexter: You're not listening to me! (grabs the device and turns Dee Dee into a tiger) Now, pay attention!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' episode "Let's Play TV News", [[GadgeteerGenius Mr. Cat]] uses complex words to explain his latest invention to [[IdiotHero Kaeloo]] and [[TheDitz Stumpy]]. Of course, they don't understand, so he has to show them how it works.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Essentially every product or idea sold on the basis of the word "quantum." Products that predate quantum mechanics -- homeopathy, for example -- are offered with a lot of convincing-sounding, but nonsensical 'data' about superposition and parallel dimensions.
* Attempts to use technobabble to lend a veneer of plausibility to pseudoscience often have the opposite effect on people who actually know anything about the scientific disciplines being abused. [[http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2006/08/your_friday_dose_of_woo_just_what_your_w.php One example]] -- apparently the ills of the world are caused by the ''bond angle in water changing''; not only would this not happen without a change in the fundamental constants of the universe, but it's something everyone would notice because it would affect the freezing and boiling points of water. The same people then go on to talk about how boiling water drives off the electrons because its natural state is electrically charged, at which point anyone who has a basic knowledge of chemistry and physics would realize it's nonsense, and anyone who has a degree in either subject will be laughing, facepalming or both. Most people don't, which is why it's so popular to use.
** A telling sign is to try and find ''any'' New Age pseudoscience or product that actually explains how "energy" or "vibrations" help the person using the product in a way that can be verified or confirmed with science.
** The UK free newspaper ''Metro'' once published a letter from a reader lamenting that "processed foods have no energy", whatever that was supposed to mean. The following day they published another letter, pointing out that in fact processed foods contain altogether too much energy, and that's why there's an obesity crisis.
* Parodied by the [[http://www.dhmo.org/ Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division,]] who claim that a compound called "Dihydrogen Monoxide" is a dangerous chemical indirectly responsible for cancer, extremely addicting and deadly when accidentally inhaled among other things. Although all the terminology used is correct and none of the stated information is false, [[HalfTruth the possible dangers are greatly exaggerated or portrayed from an unusual point of view]]. Anyone with basic knowledge in chemistry quickly realizes that "Dihydrogen Monoxide" is actually [[spoiler:water]]. Although clearly a hoax, numerous people unfamiliar with chemistry -- including [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dhmo.gif no few elected officials]] -- have actually advocated a ban of the chemical.
** in fact, ''any'' common material can be made to sound dangerous if you know its IUPAC name. IUPAC nomenclature, the standard for naming chemical compounds, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast has a certain air of danger around it]], which of course was played up in the DHMO hoax.
** More than a few who advocated the banning of Dihydrogen Monoxide are well aware that it is a hoax and often use this advocacy to see if people are actually paying attention, [[CriticalResearchFailure doing their research]], and applying critical thinking about "hot issues" in general.
* It's quite common for scientific terms to be abused; for instance, sugar-free "energy" drinks don't contain any energy in the scientific sense ("stimulant drink" would be a more accurate name), and many products are claimed to "contain no chemicals", which on the face of it means that they're made of nothing but pure energy (salt, sugar, and water are all chemicals).
* The ICAO Accident Prevention Manual mentions an incident where a private pilot once wrote the authorities asking if he could save money by mixing kerosene with his aircraft fuel. They sent back a letter stating: ''Utilization of motor fuel involves major uncertainties/probabilities respecting shaft output and metal longevity where application pertains to aeronautical internal combustion power plants.'' Pilot's reply: "Thanks for the information. Will start using kerosene next week." Answering by cable this time, the authorities responded: ''Regrettably decision involves uncertainties. Kerosene utilization consequences questionable, with respect to metalloferrous components and power production.'' Cable reply from the pilot: "Thanks again. It will sure cut my fuel bill." Response by telex (a network that can reach both parked and flying planes directly) within the hour: DON'T USE KEROSENE. IT COULD KILL THE ENGINE, AND YOU TOO!
** A great example of why you should avoid [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness uselessly long words]]. (Regrettably decision involves uncertainties -> Actually, we're not sure about that decision.)
*** Also, at no time until the very last one was the answer "no", or was it even suggested that the effect on shaft horsepower might be "reduced to zero midflight" and that the effect on metal components may be "cause them to fail". This therefore also serves as a warning against SesquipedalianLoquaciousness and DelusionsOfEloquence.
** If the aircraft in question is turbine powered, such as a jet, its normal fuel is made up almost entirely of kerosene anyway.
** Aviation likes to use technobabble, and if you talk to a pilot about their daily flying routines, they will play this trope up to the hilt. For example, a pilot might tell you they need to check the OAT in order to find their Density Altitude in order to turn currently indicated KIAS into a KTAS value, on an [=E6B=], in order to accurately report their ETA to the nearest FIC in order to remain legal based upon guidelines set forth by the ICAO and detailed in the AIM and [=FARs/CARs=]. All they're doing is calculating their airspeed in order to see if they'll get to where they want to be in time.
* Many [[{{Troll}} troll posts]] found on various Internet forums have a good dose of this. One of the most famous is the legendary [=FLAC vs. MP3 copypasta=] from [[Website/FourChan /mu/]]:
-->[=Hearing the difference now isn't the reason to encode to FLAC. FLAC uses lossless compression, while MP3 is 'lossy'. What this means is that for each year the MP3 sits on your hard drive, it will lose roughly 12kbps, assuming you have SATA - it's about 15kbps on IDE, but only 7 kbps on SCSI, due to rotational velocidensity. You don't want to know how much worse it is on CD-ROM or other optical media.=]
-->[=I started collecting MP3s in about 2001, and if I try to play any of the tracks I downloaded back then, even the stuff I grabbed at 320kbps, they just sound like crap. The bass is terrible, the midrange...well don't get me started. Some of those albums have degraded down to 32 or even 16kbps. FLAC rips from the same period still sound great, even if they weren't stored correctly, in a cool, dry place. Seriously, stick to FLAC, you may not be able to hear the difference now, but in a year or two, you'll be glad you did.=]
* Physicist Alan Sokal wrote an article in the journal ''Social Text'' that was essentially this, emphasis on "babble". He did so to prove that the humanities division would accept anything.
** [[http://classic.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55756/ Some guys got a vanity academic journal to accept a paper made up entirely of technobabble generated by a computer, from a university that didn't exist.]] The only concern was how soon the submitters were going to pay their fee. [[http://classic.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55759/ The editor who had supposedly read the paper promptly quit, saying he had never seen the paper in question]] and the journal eventually shut down.
* A number of supplements talk about how wonderful it is that they contain DNA. As does every life form on Earth. Inversely, many "natural" foods are claimed to be better than genetically modified ones because [=GMOs=] contain DNA. Same problem.
* This tends to happen a lot with companies who have a large list of products and they tend to abbreviate everything. Usually happens with tech companies and military contractors. Some businesses will keep a database of "corporate lingo" for new hires.
** [[PointyHairedBoss Management]] and marketing will often come up with terms and use buzzwords to make themselves sound better.
* You can expect plenty of technobabble on sites related to the sketchier forms of online day-trading (binary options, forex, etc) in order to obscure the fact that it's basically gambling with a house edge that would make casino operators green with envy.
* "Organic" foods. "Organic" means "containing carbon"; name one foodstuff which doesn't ([[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder other than salt, that is]]).
** To be fair, "organic" can refer to quite a few different things. Just look at the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic disambiguation]] page for it on Wiki/TheOtherWiki.