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->''"Yeah. All right, you primitive screwheads, listen up. See this? This...is my '''''BOOMSTICK!''''' It's a twelve gauge double barreled Remington, S-Mart's top-of-the-line. You can find this in the sporting goods department. That's right, this sweet baby was made in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Retails for about $109.95. It's got a walnut stock, cobalt blue steel and a hair trigger. That's right. Shop Smart. Shop S-Mart. YA GOT THAT!?"''
-->-- '''Ashley J. Williams''', ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness''

In a GodGuise or TimeTravel scenario, a modern person with some technological convenience uses it to try and impress the more primitive locals. Guns and cigarette lighters are common versions, with Polaroid cameras not far behind.

It's [[DeadHorseTrope almost never played straight anymore]]. If the time traveler ''gives'' modern technology to the locals, it's GivingRadioToTheRomans. If it's done with contemporary music, it's ALittleSomethingWeCallRockAndRoll. If the natives buy it, a CargoCult may spring up.

Named for a famous line in ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'', the third ''Franchise/EvilDead'' film, where the time-displaced zombie-fighting housewares stocker Ash is threatened by medieval peasants. He has a [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter shotgun]]. Violent HilarityEnsues.
Nothing to do with an actual BoomStick.



* A [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-3HEyR-c3M Dodge commercial]] shows a disheveled British soldier in the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution running back to his lines to warn them of an attack by the Americans. The soldiers line up in formation and prepare to fire upon the hidden forces, followed seconds later by three roaring [[CoolCar Challenger SRT8 muscle cars]] - one of which is driven by UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington - to coming screaming in over a hill followed by horses and soldiers. The redcoats panic and flee. Sadly, the cars weren't painted in [[AmericanRobot red, white, and blue]].

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* An episode of ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' revolved around this: Nobita tried gathering a number of modern objects and using the time machine to travel back in time to the prehistoric age in order to invoke the trope and have the locals make him their king. However, being an idiot, the stuff he took either didn't work in that era (like a radio or a flashlight without batteries), or didn't cause any awe whatsoever (like a pack of playing cards). He ends up mistaken by a monkey and tied to a leash by some cave people [[IdenticalGrandson looking suspiciously like his friends]]. To humiliate him even further, Doraemon shows up, chases away a mammoth with his ray gun and the cave people make ''him'' their king.
* The Staff of Destruction from ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' has elements of this, starting with its name. It's actually a rocket launcher, specifically the Vietnam-era M72 Light Anti-tank Weapon. Later, a fighter plane is mistaken for a dragon.
* In ''Manga/ThoseWhoHuntElves'', Ritsuko's tank and guns often get mistaken for sorcery by the inhabitants of the fantasy world.
* In ''Literature/{{Gate}}'', the JSDF's weapons and technology often get mistaken for sorcery by the inhabitants of the Special Region.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' "Max Bubba" story, Johnny and Bubba both use their blasters to impress the local Vikings. Johnny gets Wulf's village on his side by pointing out that if he wanted to kill them, he would have done so already.
* The ''[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Return of Bruce Wayne]]'' miniseries features an amnesiac Batman being mistaken for a sorcerer when he uses his utility belt gadgets against some cavemen while stranded in the neolithic past.
* After ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' are separated in a Medieval world, [[IronMan Tony Stark]] tries to scare off some enemies with a road flare. They are not impressed and beat him up.
* In ''ComicBook/WhiteSand'', Baon introduces medievalesque Daysiders to firearms by blowing the head off a warrior-priest attacking his group. The friendly Daysider, Kenton, is suitably freaked out.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Poked fun at in one strip of ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'', wherein two bears are looking at a rifle on the ground, and one of them says to the other:
-->'''Bear:''' "Thunderstick"? You actually said "Thunderstick"? ''That'', my friend, is a Winchester 30.06.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Played straight and almost verbatim with ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' when rationalist Harry [[spoiler:improvises a rocket-broomstick in order to break out of Azkaban with Professor Qurrell and Bellatrix Black]], he remembers the movie trailer and flies away, not before shouting the epic line:
-->'''Harry:''' All right, you primitive screwheads, listen up. See this? This... is my... BROOMSTICK!!!

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The TropeNamer, as mentioned above, is ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness''. Ash holds his own pretty well in the pit as a one-handed slave in chains, but as soon as he gets hold of his chainsaw and aforementioned boomstick, the village is his.
* ''Film/TheManWhoWouldBeKing'': Rifles, masonic talismans and a lucky hit with an arrow convince the Kushians that Sean Connery's character is the reincarnation of the demigod Iskander (Alexander the Great).
* Parodied in ''Film/BlackKnight''; Martin Lawrence, stranded in the Middle Ages, tries to impress the locals with his cigarette lighter, to which a bemused peasant merely responds "We ''have'' fire."
* ''Film/{{Outlander}}'' is about a soldier from a highly technologically advanced planet who finds himself among the Vikings after crashing on Earth, pursued by a dragon-like alien. After a while he loses his gun, which is the only weapon that can harm the creature - or so he thinks. He later gets the idea to [[spoiler: strip away pieces of his ship, [[ThunderboltIron made of a metal not found on Earth]], and use it to make swords.]]
* ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'':
** Parodied/subverted: Lyle Van de Groot, rich snob white guy, attempts to impress his native guides by offering them lighters and showing off his Polaroid camera... even though his guides are clearly familiar with such things. The guides play along for a bit, and then burst out laughing at him, whereupon their translator makes it clear they're not only unimpressed, they know more about cameras than ''he'' does.
--->'''Kwame:''' He says that he likes your magic pictures... but he prefers the resolution of the Leica 35-millimeter transparencies. He also says that your lens is dirty, but he has the equipment to clean it for you.
** Going the other direction, Lyle later attempts to scare George off with a lighter shaped like a handgun. George, having never seen any kind of gun before, keeps charging. Then it turns out the gun is real (as Lyle inadvertently grabbed a gun off a guide instead of his lighter, with both objects looking identical).
* Played straight in the original ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' when O'Neil(l) gives a native a cigarette lighter.
* One has to wonder what Picard was thinking in ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' when he continues to try and explain things like holograms to the Ba'ku even ''after'' they reveal they're just as knowledgeable and technologically capable as he is, if not more. They're able to fix Data's positronic brain, something almost no-one in the Federation knows how to do, given that its creator is dead.
* In the remake of ''Film/LandOfTheLost'', Will tries to scare off some ape-like beings with his lighter, only for them to casually snatch it from him.
* In ''Film/HocusPocus'' Max fools the Sanderson sisters by claiming to be a wizard, at which point he uses a lighter to set off the fire-sprinklers, calling down the "black rain of death." Being from the past, they are unfamiliar with 20th century technology. There is a lot of this played for laughs in this movie, including believing firemen are witch hunters (with axes to chop the wood to burn us), and riding a vacuum cleaner when one of their brooms is stolen.
** The witches eventually catch on. When they're lured into a furnace by a cassette tape player with a language lesson (they think the protagonists are talking) and almost burned alive, the head witch comes out, obviously annoyed, and starts quoting the tape.
* In ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'', Oscar uses his talent as a StageMagician and knowledge of gunpowder to convince everyone he has great power. Fitting since the film is directed by ''Army of Darkness'' director Creator/SamRaimi, [[WordOfGod who does not deny the similarities]].
* Creator/BusterKeaton does this by accident in ''Film/TheNavigator''. When he strolls up out of the water wearing his old-timey diving suit, the cannibals on the beach who are about to eat his girlfriend flee in terror.

* Lampshaded in a joke where a man is caught by a CannibalTribe, and says he can make a miracle. He takes out a lighter and produces a flame. The chief says "[[ComicallyMissingThePoint A miracle indeed. First time I ever saw a lighter igniting at first try]]."

* Played straight in all of Larry Niven's ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'' books. Justified in that the explorer's third millennium technology truly IS godlike by the standards of most of the subsistence level natives. Subverted in that at first they frequently trip over the EXISTING religious dogma / cargo cult of the previous owners.
* The fifth ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' novel, ''Mostly Harmless'', does a DoubleSubversion of this trope. Arthur Dent, stranded with a primitive tribe after an accident, thinks about using this trope and/or GivingRadioToTheRomans, but realizes that he really doesn't know enough to do anything that would impress them. Then he makes a sandwich. One FlashForward later, and the village has given him the sacred position of sandwich maker, complete with an eager apprentice.
** They weren't even all that primitive, considering how good and variable steel they made his work knives of.
*** Primitive is relative, Arthur had been hanging out with tech that's best described as borderline SufficientlyAdvancedAlien hybridised with RuleOfFunny.
* The novel ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'' involves [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a 19th century man sent back in time to King Arthur's court]]. He uses his modern knowledge to give Camelot new technology, debunk mystics and miracle workers, and become the most powerful man in the country.
* Played straight in Creator/HRiderHaggard's ''Literature/KingSolomonsMines'', where the heroes are nearly killed by tribesmen in DarkestAfrica before one of them demonstrates his magical ability to painlessly remove and replace his teeth.
** Haggard based the character, Captain Good, on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Thomson_(explorer) explorer Joseph Thomson]].
** Similar incidents happened during the US's "Indian Wars". So much so that one historian of the period, tongue not entirely in cheek, suggested that the US Government could have saved a lot of money and bloodshed by withdrawing the entire US Army out of the frontier, and sending a regiment of jugglers, conjurers, and contortionists in the Army's place.
* Played straight to the point of {{Deconstruction}} in Creator/HarryTurtledove's novel ''Literature/TheGunsOfTheSouth'', where a group of time travelers supply the Confederate army from the American Civil War with AK-47s. The novel deals with the social and economic results of this change in a surprisingly realistic fashion. What the time travellers didn't anticipate though, is the Army's interest in field rations and instant coffee.
** Also subverted in regards to dehydrated rations; the Confederates are familiar with desiccated (basically dried and then pressed into large blocks to remove the last moisture) vegetables which are reconstituted by boiling them in water. They quickly recognize the dehydrated [=MREs=] and instant coffee as being a more advanced version of the same thing. The narration specifically notes that the time-traveler seems a little miffed that they aren't impressed by it.
* The Time Traveler does this with matches in ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' by H. G. Wells. He's somewhat disappointed because he's in the far future and had hoped the natives would be the ones doing the impressing.
* In combining sci fi and fantasy, ''Literature/WarlockOfGramarye'' seems to play with this trope. The protagonist is from the future and encounters a "renaissance fairesque" planet some of whose residents have magical powers. Thus, he uses technology as magic, as is typical of the trope, but only because he is in a {{Magitek}} world.
* In [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireball_(novel) Fireball]], two teens travel to an AlternateUniverse where the Roman Empire hasn't collapsed, but hasn't evolved technologically either. One of them is able to convince a Christian priest that he's telling the truth via his digital watch. They later help overthrow the Romans by passing on the technology of longbows, which can be made and understood more easily than more advanced weapons.
* This trope sets up ''Your Mother was a Neanderthal'', part of the ''Literature/TimeWarpTrio'' series of children's books. The trio get it into their heads that if they travel as far back in time as possible and impress the natives with their modern equipment (including a Swiss Army knife, a thermometer, and a deck of cards), they will be worshipped as magical beings and have a much more comfortable adventure than their previous ones (in each of which they have come close to grisly death at least twice). Since time travel never goes well for these kids, they discover upon their arrival in the time of the cavemen that all of their modern possessions, even their clothes, have disappeared. This is never adequately explained; the idea is that the materials for these items did not exist at the time that they travelled to, but that still leaves the question of why their stuff didn't disappear when they travelled to King Arthur's court in the first book of the series.
* Deconstructed by Creator/PoulAnderson's story "The Man Who Came Early", in which an American soldier sent back in time to medieval Iceland, and, after finding out that all of his engineering knowledge impresses no one and is useless without infrastructure, gets in a blood feud and becomes an outlaw, finally dying after his gun runs out of bullets.
* At first, the [[TimeTravel time-transplanted]] West Virginians in the ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' novels hold a technological edge over their enemies due to having modern weaponry, modern vehicles, electrical power, and three hundred and sixty-eight years of scientific advances. However, since "less advanced technologically" does ''not'' mean stupid, as the series goes on their edge gets smaller and smaller and smaller, to the point that the Seventeenth Century French army is eventually able to field a ''better'' rifle than the Americans can regularly produce. One of their first concerns is how to "scale down" their production facilities for everything, since they realize that without modern infrastructure to support them, they can't keep them up.
* Part of the narrative of Gary Crew's 1991 novel ''Strange Objects'' is a fictitious diary discovered in the present day, written by a real life Dutchman named Jan Pelgrom, who became marooned on the west coast of Australia in 1629 with another man named Wouter Loos. In the diary, Pelgrom tells of hunting with Aborigines and his attempt to impress them with his blunderbuss. He misses his target, scaring the game away, after which one of the Aborigines grabs the gun and smashes it on a rock.
* A story in ''Asimov's Science Fiction Adventure Magazine'' featured a man named Taylor hunting in Scandinavia who got sent back in time. He finds a tribe before he freezes to death, but at first they don't trust him because they're fighting "giants" (who are only a bit over six feet tall), and Taylor is closer to the giants' height than he is to theirs. Eventually, he passes a test by using the butt of his pistol to crack open a nut (the tribesmen all carry hammers with them for the purpose; the giants just pick up a handy rock), and the tribesmen, who can't say his name properly and render it as something like "tay'or," accept him. At the climactic fight he uses his pistol to kill a bunch of the invaders, and is then drawn back to the present as he hears one of the tribesmen saying "His hammer smashed them! Killed them! And came back to his hand!". When he gets back to modern times, he has his pistol engraved: ''Mjollnir''.
* Gwyneth of ''Literature/TheRubyRedTrilogy'' decides to take her mobile to the past and tries to impress Lord Brompton and Rakoczy. They don't really believe that she is from the future, though they are shocked when she takes a picture.
* Creator/DavidLangford's "sub-Belloc verse" ''[[http://www.ansible.co.uk/writing/jungle.html A Tale of the Jungle]]'' parodies it, with an unfortunate explorer captured by a CannibalTribe, who first realises his matches are spoiled and then (with a footnoted acknowledgement of ''King Solomon's Mines'') thinks of the false teeth trick, before remembering he doesn't ''have'' false teeth.
* Used a lot in the Tennis Shoes Adventures series, usually with flashlights, matches, or CD players. Often, this prevents the characters from being killed outright and merely has them captured.
* Rain of ''Literature/SavageDivinity'' outfits his retinue with spring loaded versions of the trope, capable of shearing through steel plates at 300 yards.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In an episode of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'', several people get sent to the time of the cavemen. A mobster quickly gets the cavemen to obey him with his lighter and gun and sets them against the others. Superman puts a stop to it by demonstrating he is more powerful (making a bigger fire with his heat vision, punching through a boulder, etc).
* In ''Series/{{Blackadder}}: Back and Forth'': Thrown back in time and forced to either impress Queen Elizabeth or be executed, Blackadder pulls out his wallet, flashing a credit card and telling Elizabeth of a magical device that can allow you to purchase anything in the whole world. Elizabeth, unimpressed, says that they already have such things: they're called "markets". As he is accosted by palace guards, he drops a roll of breath mints. Elizabeth tastes a mint, and, declaring it "the tastiest thing in the history of the world", lets him go.
* In the [[{{Hatedom}} widely hated]] [[SeasonalRot episode]] "Beer Bad" of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Xander scares a quartet of arrogant college kids cum cavemen with his lighter. "Fire angry!"
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': several examples.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames "The War Games"]], the Second Doctor proves he's from the future by demonstrating the use of the Sonic Screwdriver (on actual screws, for once).
** River Song does it too. In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens "The Pandorica Opens"]] she vaporises a piece of furniture to gain the Tribune’s respect.
*** It's more in the nature of open intimidation than superstitious awe; in fact she explicitly compares herself to the Roman's superiority to primitive tribesmen.
* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'': In "Out of Time", Jax and Stein get stranded in the Middle Ages and pass themselves off as wizards with tricks like pretending a smartphone is a magic mirror. Eventually, the spoiled and petulant boy-king says he's bored with them and orders them executed until their friends show up to rescue them.
* ''Series/MacGyver1985'': In "Good Knight, [=MacGyver=]", Mac convinces KingArthur's court that he is a powerful wizard by lighting a match.
* Happens several times in ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld''. Though in one episode, Marguerite tries to scare off a man by pulling out her gun, but since he's never seen one before he keeps advancing. She has to actually demonstrate its power to get him to back off.
* In an early episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'', O'Neill manages to strike a deal with a Mongol[[strike:-like]]-descended tribe leader to trade a captured Carter for one of his handguns. They team leaves as the camp triumphantly cheers on their leader, [[FiringInTheAirALot shooting in the air]] with his new, potent weapon. O'Neill then nonchalantly quips that they should get a move on before the clip runs out.
** And perhaps somewhat subverted in a much later episode when O'Neil's team delivers several crates filled with modern firearms to help supply a group of rebel Jaffa they're allied with. The Jaffa, more used to the flashy energy weapons they'd been trained with by the Goa'uld they'd previously served, are quite skeptical of the value of the Earth-made weapons. O'Neill has to convince them that they're worth using by having Carter (wielding a FN[Fabrique Nationale] P-90) do a side-by-side comparison with a Jaffa marksman wielding a staff weapon at the shooting range. The staff weapon blows a flaming chunk out of the target log (and misses two out of five shots), while the P-90 ''saws it in half'', before Carter finishes by firing a single shot to cut the rope the log is hanging from. O'Neill points out that staff weapons are designed to invoke this trope by being big, flashy, and terrifying, whereas a P-90 is designed to kill things very efficiently.
** Played straight in the seventh season episode ''Enemy Mine'' when Daniel gives a lighter to the [[LizardFolk Unas]] leader as a thank you gift for not slaughtering the humans. Earlier in the same episode Daniel had given him a chocolate brownie.
** In another episode, a human slaver who sells Unas has captured the team and develops a liking for firearms, as they inflict more pain to the Unas than staff weapons. He kills a slave Unas by emptying the entire clip and then says that the drawback of the weapon appears to be that it stops functioning after a time (obviously, he doesn't understand the concept of ammunition). After a beat, he produces the clips for the weapon and guesses they have something to do with it (and indeed, doesn't take long to figure out how to reload).
* In the pilot episode of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', Sheppard shows two Athosian kids his night-vision goggles. They immediately ask if they can keep it.
** Subverted a short time later: Sheppard takes out his lighter to light a torch, only to have Teyla take out some sort of infrared laser and light the torch herself. An amused Teyla then comments "We mastered fire a long time ago..."
** Later, the team is introduced to a village of farmers called the Genii. Sheppard offers to trade with them for food. As payment, he offers to give them C4 to quickly get rid of trees to clear more areas for farming. The Genii are interested in C4... as detonators for their nuclear weapons in order to destroy Wraith hive-ships. As it turns out, they have vast underground bunkers with a 50's era society, with the farmers on the surface as a façade.
* Played straight in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' when an amnesiac Kirk is revered as a mystic due to using resuscitation techniques to revive a "dead" child.
* On an episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'', Michael O'Keefe guest stars as a reporter who has just returned from an extensive amount of time overseas, and considers being a member of the White House Press Corps a step down. At one point, he tells a story about how he used his lighter and PDA to convince a primitive South American tribe that he was a god.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* In ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'', the villain is effectively able to scare off the natives who have come to the rescue with one single shot of his gun.
-->'''Spa'am:''' We see you have boom boom sticks. Bye Bye!

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The EasterEgg prizes for the armies that won the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' campaign ''Dark Shadows'' were a set of "Magic Items" supposedly found near the NegativeSpaceWedgie at the North Pole. They're fairly obviously mundane equipment from ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', for example a PowerFist, a flamer and a Power Sword, that [[MagicFromTechnology seem like magic]] to the natives.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the [=PS2=] game ''VideoGame/ShadowOfDestiny'' the main character is transported back to the middle ages and manages to scare away the locals with his lighter. Another option the main character is given is to threaten the locals with trapping them inside of his magic box -- a cell phone with someone else's picture as the wallpaper.
* Stuck on a backwater planet in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'', space cadet Claude unthinkingly uses his laser pistol to dispatch a monster threatening a local girl. Worse, it turns out the natives have a prophecy about a "hero from the skies" bearing a "Sword of Light". Eventually the gun's battery runs out, and he's forced to make do with an actual sword.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In [[http://nobodyscores.loosenutstudio.com/index.php?id=233 this gem]] from ''Webcomic/NobodyScores'', we are reminded that cell phones are only a tiny node of a larger system. Forgot to set your phone to [[Series/DoctorWho Universal Roaming]], eh?
* [[http://partiallyclips.com/2002/01/13/king-and-queen/ This strip]] from ''Webcomic/PartiallyClips'' showcases a unique subversion of the concept.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Zoe is launched back in time and is imprisoned because she is thought to be spy. But she is given her "strange club" (shotgun) and saves the stupid king with it "She can call down the thunder to smite tie unrighteous!" Incidentally this plotline starts with a joke referring to ''Evil Dead''. A nude magazine is also used to persuade the very very hard-to-persuade hermit.
* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' is something of a subversion, as it features a strategy game geek who gets summoned into a game world. His knowledge of exploiting game mechanics to great effect might have changed the course of the war were it not for his superior, [[PointyHairedBoss Lord Stanley]]. [[spoiler:Parson did change the course of the war, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome by Uncroaking the volcano and roasting the entire invading army.]] Now things are going sorta kinda his way. Maybe.]]
* ''Adventures in Aaron's Room'' parodies the TropeNamer [[http://transformershomage.com/fanfics/Toys/Advent0411.jpg here.]] [[HilariousInHindsight Note the filename:]] comic 4 frame 11. ''411.''
* ''Webcomic/{{Zukahnaut}}'' plays this straight, unless you consider the fact that the natives have the technology and the creatures that came through some sort of dimensional portal don't an [[InvertedTrope inversion]]. At the true end of the conflict between the goat men and the monkey centaurs that's carried over from their shared native world, Darius, under threat by the groups he's been trying to talk down, breaks a primitive spear by putting a bullet through it. He then [[DiscussedTrope explains the situation completely]] to make it clear to the two sides. As Darius points out, the trope is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in so far as many individuals and groups are technologically behind (though they may have magic or other advantages). Before giving the speech he actually uses, Darius gives a ShoutOut to ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'', "Man I wish I knew the '''boom-stick speech''' by heart..."

[[folder:Web Original]]
* EJ Spurrell's ''Literature/EnginesOfCreation'' features many scenes in which modern conveniences are introduced to a medieval society.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Similar to, but earlier than, the ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' example below ... one episode features ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' being kidnapped by a primitive tribe of Bigfoots in present-day Washington (OK, the 'Pacific Northwest'). Darkwing and his daughter, once the truth of the situation (it involves volcanoes and people-sacrificing) is explained, try this. Honker tries a flashlight, but finds the effect ruined by the natives' Klieg lights. They try to invoke an eclipse via a rogue airship from earlier. The natives say they can't see the eclipse since the airship's in the way. In the end, they get away in their airplane... since the natives' own business jet suffers a breakdown on the runway.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'': In "Good Knight Johnny", Johnny wanders into a renaissance fair and believing he has traveled back in time attempts to impress the locals with future technology by scribbling on a piece of paper with a ball-point pen chanting "Worship Me!, Worship Me!" Needless to say no one is impressed.
* Spoofed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''. Brain tries to claim an island for his own by impressing the natives with a lighter ("I can make fire from a tiny box") and a mirror ("I can steal your soul, and put it in this piece of glass"). The fairly savvy natives are unimpressed ("So what?" "Big deal." "Let's eat 'em"). Pinky, on the other hand, could make bubbles with his spit, and the natives ''are'' impressed.
* Subverted on ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', with this exchange:
-->'''Dr. Venture (holding a flashlight and sitting on Brock's shoulders):''' Bow before me, you ignorant savages! I am your mighty four-armed god, and I make light from one of my slightly smaller hands!\\
'''Ignorant Savage:''' That's just a flashlight. Get 'em!
* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'': In "Ned Frischman: Man of Tomorrow" the nerdy Ned travels back in time to impress natives with the power of a garage door opener. However, since there are no garage doors to open it doesn't produce the effect he desired. Played straight later on when Ned brings back video games which everyone soon becomes addicted to. He also invents the sitcom. Though it is eventually made obsolete when the heroes invent reality programming.
* In a time-traveling episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', Starscream brews up some gunpowder to intimidate and conquer a medieval region when the robots run out of energy for their blasters. Played with in that a local alchemist who sides with the Autobots ''already knows'' how to make gunpowder, he just thinks of it as "dragon's bane".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'': In "Peel of Fortune", Daffy attempts to impress a group of cavemen with the miracle of toilet paper. It doesn't work.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'': In ''Danger in the Deep Freeze'', black marketeer Peter Bailey fools a tribe of Inuits into believing he's a great shaman with this trick, claiming his cellphone is a "magical black box" that lets him communicate with other shamans across the world. Jackie proves him a fraud by demonstrating his own cellphone and how it works, causing the Inuits to get very mad at Bailey.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* With wars often involving previously unexplored jungles, this trope gets invoked quite often. Natives have been discovered worshiping weaponry, babbling into discarded radios and even making runways in the hopes of summoning the powers the Americans displayed to them.
** See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargo_cult Cargo Cult]] in Wiki/ThatOtherWiki
* Aztec and Inca accounts of the Conquest describe the Spaniards as capable of summoning thunder.
** Not to mention those strange creatures they were riding, and the nigh-impenetrable (for their weapons) armor they wore.
* During European colonialism some soldiers used to carry simple gadgets or magic tricks in order to impress locals and secure their co-operation.
* Double-subversion in Papua New Guinea when the Australian government was able to get a number of small villages to stop making war on each other by setting up a police station with minimal staff and a machine gun. The villagers, who were all subsistence farmers, still had a few hundred people per village. However, they thought that going to war was a terrifying event (anthropologists noted that many of the older men in the villages showed signs of PTSD) and were happy to have a face-saving reason to avoid doing so.