The Dragonborn: Surely there's more you can tell me.Commonly uttered phrase by powerful — often Sufficiently Advanced — beings when lesser lifeforms (like our heroes) ask for assistance or technical support. Oftentimes, the heroes get a hold of the information or gear for themselves, and the point is proven or refuted. (If the hero keeps insisting for an answer, they may get an Armor-Piercing Response, which may prove that they're indeed not ready.) In other situations, this can be a line uttered by either The Mentor or the Big Bad. In the former case, he is telling our young hero not to be brash and preparation is very important (though the hero will rarely listen). In the latter case, it is used as a rather hammy taunt. Compare to Figure It Out Yourself, The World Is Not Ready. Not to be said to Nintendo.
Master Arngeir: There is indeed much that we know that you do not. That does not mean that you are ready to understand it.
Master Arngeir: There is indeed much that we know that you do not. That does not mean that you are ready to understand it.
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- Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion say this to Keldeo in Pokémon: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice about it battling Kyurem. It tried anyway and got pummeled, then ran away when its mentors were frozen.
- In Dragon Ball, Master Roshi panics when Yamcha and Krillin first attempt the kamehameha wave, fearing that they'd die if they released that much energy at once. Subverted when both of them pull it off flawlessly.
Roshi: Rash child! The kamehameha wave is a dangerous weapon! You're not ready to use it!
- Ping Pong: A variation is uttered by Kong during his first match with Peco (albeit internally):
Kong: Nothing about you is good enough!
- In One Piece, when Luffy tries to go up against all three admirals at Marineford, he gets hit with this. Hard.
Admiral Akainu: If nothing else, I praise your tenacity.
Admiral Aokiji: But you're not ready for this stage yet.
Admiral Kizaru: There's no way you can beat us, you know?
- Luffy actually seems to listen to this and realized his crew is not strong enough to survive New World. So via a secret message orders them to train for the next two years.
- Upheld with the Watchers of the Marvel Universe who originally shared their scientific knowledge with a primitive alien race. The alien race advanced to interstellar levels only to be obliterated after challenging a much more advanced civilization race to war. These events traumatized the Watchers into being non-interventionists.
- Upheld in Grimjack where some space aliens who were trying to dissect and understand a time travel watch accidentally obliterated one-quarter of a galaxy in the process.
- In Soul Eater: Troubled Souls, the main part of Kid’s shadow’s argument is that it claims Kid is unfit to succeed his father’s place as guardian and ruler of the world as a Grim Reaper. Not everyone will agree with his beliefs, the shadow using Kid’s symmetry obsession as the basis, stating he is far too unique. It also claims he simply isn’t strong enough to combat any of the potential threats.
- In The Witch of the Everfree, Celestia repeatedly telling Sunset Shimmer that she wasn't ready was one of the things which initially drove them apart; it didn't stop Sunset from continuing to research the mirror and alicornhood on her own, but it did cause her to become increasingly resentful of Celestia, as well as leading her to incidentally read some books on dark magic in the process of her research.
- Sphere. A depressing thought to Norman.
Beth: What's the matter, Norman?Norman: It's a little hard to let go of. Something that could've been... this gift? The power to make your dreams come true. We're given the greatest gift in the history of mankind. We're given this magic ball. And it says "lmagine what you will and you can have it." That's an extraordinary gift, but we're so primitive we... we manifested the worst in us, because what we have inside us... is what we have inside of us, instead of the best of us. What does that say?Harry: We weren't ready, Norman.Normal: We have what's called an imagination. I mean, look what we're capable of. We can... (sighs) We're not ready.
- Uttered by the Old Master towards his pupil in almost every martial arts film ever.
- Usually in reference to some Dangerous Forbidden Technique.
- Star Wars:
- At the end of Gremlins, Mr. Wing shows up to claim Gizmo and berates the Peltzers for not following the rules of proper Mogwai care and states "You are not ready!" When he sees how much Gizmo has come to care for Billy, Mr. Wing decided Billy may be ready "one day".
- This is the attitude of the Autobots towards technology sharing with humans in the Transformers Film Series. They won't give us weapons to fight Decepticons with because they know we'll end up using them to kill each other, and they don't give us non-weapons technology because they know we'd find a way to weaponize it.
Optimus Prime: We've seen your human capacity for war... we believe it would only make things worse.
- In other words, exactly what the Autobots and Decepticons have been doing to each other for the last several million years? (Actually, this is sort of the point. Optimus likes humanity and does not want them ending up in a repeat performance of that).
- Optimus himself has admitted the above as when one Autobot says that we (Humans) are a violent race, Optimus points out the fact that they're Not So Different.
- In the sequels it turns out that the Autobots are sharing minor technologies and fighting techniques with the humans in order to combat the Decepticons, and the bureaucrats are complaining that they're not sharing enough. After the Decepticons are taken care of humanity turns their new weapons on the Autobots, just proving Optimus completely right.
- Mortal Kombat had Raiden tell Liu Kang he wasn't ready to face Shang Tsung. Which is quite weird, because he tells him he is ready, near the end, although we don't see anything changing in Liu Kang's character nor does he learn any new skills.
- It's implied that Liu not being ready was less about skills and more about being hung up on his brother's death.
- In Mystery Men the Sphinx tells the others they are not ready to confront the Big Bad because they need training (and Ice Cream Koans.)
- This trope may have originated (in Science Fiction, at least) with E. E. “Doc” Smith's Lensman series back in the late 1930s. In that series, the rise of humanity and most other intelligent life in the Milky Way galaxy is part of a master plan by the Arisians, who are about one step short of Energy Beings. The goal of the plan is the eventual overthrow of the (quite nasty) Eddorians. However, at almost every step in the process the Arisians keep the ultimate goal a secret from humanity and its allies, and avoid making their own immense power obvious to them, for fear of "creating an inferiority complex" among the species they have raised to deal with the problem. In other words, You Are Not Ready.
- The excuse used by all of Bruce Coville's aliens for why they don't swoop down and end all disease and strife on Earth. His last few books just had them as merchants who wanted stuff in return — they got peanut butter and ketchup.
- In Iain Banks' novella The State of the Art, a Culture Contact ship spends several months snooping about on Earth in 1977, before deciding not to contact us. Not so much because the Culture has any qualms about influencing the Earth — it is just that the Minds have decided to use Earth as a control group. note A passing reference in the appendix to Consider Phlebas does suggest that Earth has been Contacted by 2110 AD, at least. Humorously in Excession, when the Culture inadvertently becomes the victim of the trope, it is played completely straight.
- Used and Subverted in the Night's Dawn trilogy, The hyper advanced aliens, the Kiint, refuse to solve humanity's "reality dysfunction" crisis, saying that each race faces it, and must find their own solution. On the plus side, they are more than willing to use their advanced technology to give humanitarian aid to those that become affected.
- Inverted in Speaker for the Dead, where it's the humans telling the piggies that they are not ready for all the fancy human technology like spaceships and ansible communication — mostly just because the humans are afraid that the piggies will pose a threat to their superiority in space. This is a disputed policy and is one of the central conflict points of the novel.
- Quite a large part of the motivation for this is that humanity really screwed up interacting with the last alien race they came across, and don't want to do anything that may cause this lot harm.
- Not to mention that their entire race is a carrier of (and biologically dependent on for reproduction) a super-virus that kills humans in horrible ways. There are some very legitimate reasons to not want to let them get off-planet!
- In Vernor Vinge's novel A Deepness in the Sky, it's the humans hiding from the aliens while they wait for them to become Ready, and they are the ones who require technical assistance from the more primitive aliens.
- In The Mallorean, Belgarath tells Garion he needs 2,000 years of study before touching weather again. considering what Garion triggered, Belgarath is entirely right to demand this.
Live Action TV
- In Farscape, John is given information about wormholes. The catch? It's behind a mental lock, and the Sufficiently Advanced Aliens who gave it to him state that if he isn't capable of unlocking the information on his own, he's not smart enough to use it wisely.
- Babylon 5:
- In the first-season episode "Deathwalker". A notorious war criminal has created a serum that gives the user immortality. Despite the heinousness of her crimes, Earth's government pardons her in return for turning over the formula. As she leaves the station, she reveals to the characters that had reacted to her in disgust the evil twist involved: every dose of the formula required killing another person of the same species. She intended to give the formula to everyone, and watch as they all fell into self-destructive chaos as a result to prove her twisted reasoning right. However, as she's leaving, a Vorlon ship appears through the jump gate and destroys the ship with her on it. When questioned about it, Ambassador Kosh says simply, "You are not ready for immortality."
- Sebastian, the Inquisitor sent by Vorlons to test Delenn's resilience and spirit, replies with this to Sheridan's questions about Vorlons.
- After Vorlons leave the galaxy Lyta, who had been tightly involved with them, said that it would take humans more than a million years to get ready for a visit to the Vorlon homeworld.
- Basically the reason the Vulcans gave for not giving humans the technology to go to Warp 5 pre-Star Trek: Enterprise. The NX-01 is the humans' Warp 5 prototype, nearly 50 years and much enmity between humans and Vulcans later.
- Many instances in Star Trek media where the Prime Directive is invoked revolve around this trope; Starfleet crews are on occasion conflicted between moral pressure to help those in need and complying with the Federation's rules about "interfering" with less-advanced cultures.
- Humanity gets the shaft of this yet again when encountering an unknown life form on Velara III, which not only defies human understanding of what can constitute life, but is significantly more intelligent and advanced; they tell humanity to go away and come back in a few hundred years if they want to talk.
- The Tollan from Stargate SG-1 refused to share their technology with Earth because of a previous experience with a less advanced race that destroyed itself and the original Tollan homeworld. Flipped around a few seasons later, when this became the refrain of SG-1 when dealing with a less advanced society.
- The Asgard have this attitude toward Earth, but notably they subvert the trope and help humanity get ready, slowly introducing their technology with careful tutelage so humans can learn to use it wisely. In the final episode, they pass on the sum total of their collected knowledge before committing collective suicide.
- Used word for word in Smallville by Lex Luthor in Season 8
- In the first episode of Mahou Sentai Magiranger, youngest sibling Kai is denied the chance to become a Magiranger by his mother because he's too reckless. After being scared witless by Wolzard and working up the courage to stand up to him to defend his older siblings anyway, he is then deemed worthy, becoming MagiRed.
- Played with a bit in House of Anubis in season 1, as it is not the characters themselves who were not ready to build the cup, the cup could only be built and used during a certain time on a certain date, and by a a certain person.
- Duncan's mentor tells him this in Highlander in the flashback in 'Finale'. Duncan wants to fight Xavier St.Cloud, but Hamza tells him to flee into the desert because he isn't experienced enough to fight Xavier yet.
- An episode of Time Trax reveals the existence of a race of Human Aliens called Procardians. In Darien's native 22nd century, they have contacted Earth, and their diplomatic ship is on the way. Darien discovers that Procardians visited Earth in the late 20th century and found humans wanting (i.e. too primitive and violent). They decided to wait before coming back, only a female Procardian was accidentally left behind, prompting her mate to steal a ship and come looking for her (except he has no idea what she looks like to to the fact that their species ages in stages instead of gradually). Darien helps him find her and sends them to his own time to await the arrival of their ship.
- After Carly Colon loses the WWC Universal Title to Abdullah the Butcher, he says Eddie Colon, who was Puerto Rican Champion at the time and wanted to have a champion vs champion match with Abdullah, was not ready. Eddie beat Abdullah anyway, leading to chants approximate of "Take that Carly!" from the crowd in attendance.
- After winning a four way dance featuring three other tag teams by himself at Survival Of The Fittest, CM Punk demanded that Ring of Honor give him stiffer competition, at which point Hydro, one half of one of the tag teams Punk had just beaten who himself might have won the match if Punk hadn't broken up his pin fall attempt, challenged Punk to take him on in a one on one match. Unfortunately for Hydro, Punk not only gave him this response but went on to prove it. Fortunately for Hydro, Punk's rival Samoa Joe decided to give him the guidance he would need to be ready in the future.
- This was Paul Heyman's response to an invitation to work for TNA. He was right, because as long money mark Dixie Carter was running things, the promotion was gonna continue bringing in the wrong people — and at the rate things are going, it's highly doubtful TNA will ever be ready, let alone if it gets the chance to be ready at all.
- What Tasha Simone had to say in regards to MsChif, when she read MsChif was coming to the PGWA to avenge a student of hers that Simone had beat down, Rebecca Raze.
- After Kazuchika Okada had taken the pro wrestling world by surprise and New Japan by storm upon his return from his North American "excursion", Bullet Club recruited AJ Styles in 2014, who insisted that contrary to popular belief Okada was still the lost kid he met in the states, to deal with him. Styles and Bullet would have the advantage over Okada and Chaos for a year and even when Okada did decisively defeat and put Styles in his rear view mirror he was noticeably humbled by the experience.
- After losing the World Of Stardom title, Kairi Hojo offered a handshake to new champion Meiko Satomura, who slapped her hand away, saying Hojo would have to wait.
- Jay Lethal at first showed no respect towards Ring of Honor's newest contracted wrestler, Lio Rush, but after Rush's first match under contract, which ended up being against Lethal due to Tomohiro Ishii taking the Television Title to New Japan, Lethal said that Rush may one day become a better wrestler than him. Till then, Lethal maintained he was the best wrestler in the world and that ROH putting that year's top prospect against him proved they were out of ideas(ROH wasn't yet).
- It was implied Shayna Baszler had tried to tell Nicole Savoy this when the latter announced her intentions to enter a 2016 catch as can tournament. Savoy would admit she wasn't quite ready after being eliminated by Baszler.
- Warhammer 40,000 sees this as a very common sentiment from the Eldar to humanity. Humanity's usual response is a bolt shell to the face.
- As an additional perk, many of the pieces of Eldar tech would be rejected, because the Imperium includes a very strong belief in Any Technology We Don't Have Is Evil, Unless It Comes Out Of An STC.
- The title phrase was actually used as a slogan in ads for the original PlayStation - though in printed ads, it was written in the more cryptic form "U R NOT E", with the E being in red.
- Slight variation: In the opening cinematic for the World of Warcraft expansion The Burning Crusade the main villain (sort of) Illidan can be heard saying "You are not prepared!" at the beginning and end of the cinematic and during his pre-battle monologue (and if you are indeed not prepared, he will say it again and again...) Enough that eventually it became his memetic Catch Phrase.
- Kingdom Hearts: Creepy guy in brown cloak: "One who knows nothing, can understand nothing..." (referring to Sora)
- Subverted, as creepy guy is later shown to be greatly mistaken about his beliefs and knowledge. The sequel features another arrogant old man with a thing for vague statements about your ignorance, he turns out to be wrong about many things too. The Kingdom Hearts world isn't a good place to be an enigmatic mentor.
- The latter example, though, actually turns things around. In the end, he admits his own ignorance and uses the knowledge he gained from the experience to make the Big Bad's defeat possible.
- After the timeline in The Journeyman Project has been altered, the entirety of First Contact with the Cyrollans is revealed to have consisted of these four words before their ship departs.
- Mass Effect: Humanity is not ready for a human Spectre, or a seat on the Citadel Council. By the end of the game, they have both.
- When the Council tried to uplift the krogan before they were ready, they subsequently went on a galactic conquest, so they have their reasons. In the second game, Mordin argues that this trope is what should have happened with the krogan, allowing them to evolve culturally and technologically on their own instead of being shaped into a weapon and pointed at the rachni. "Like giving nuclear weapons to caveman."
- Rather early on in Phantasy Star IV, Rune tells Chaz that at this "stage of the game" he's not ready to take on the Big Bad. Chaz, who was as yet unaware that he's being swept up into things bigger than he can grasp, is nonplussed by the statement.
- Word for word one of Kung Lao's lines in Mortal Kombat X, in a match up against Kung Jin.
- Kung Lao: You provoke me?Kung Jin: Just want to test myself against you.Kung Lao: You are not ready.
- Mark Does Stuff: Mark Oshiro, completely spoiler-free, is not prepared as his fans constantly remind him. He wasn't prepared for the Twilight books, but there it took on a more somber tone. And he certainly hasn't been prepared for any of the other stuff he's been reviewing.
- The Star Wars example between Luke and Yoda was parodied in Family Guy Presents: Laugh It Up, Fuzzball.
Yoda/Carl: Y-You're not done with all your Force stuff, a-and besides, you can't fight Vader. Only an experienced Jedi could fight Vader.Luke/Chris: Well, why don't you go?Yoda/Carl: Yeah, you're probably ready to fight Vader.
- In Episode XXXII of Samurai Jack, after Jack fails to defeat The Guardian and gain access to the time portal, we see in a Flash Forward that Jack will eventually use the portal when he's ready.
The Guardian: You can't use it yet, Samurai Jack. Not yet. Not yet.
- In Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Azmuth considers Ben to be this regarding the new Omnitrix he is building (He changes his mind by the end of the series, though).
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Old Master Jeong Jeong says this to Aang about his wanting to learn firebending. Traditionally, the Avatar learns the elements in the order of the Avatar cycle (Air-Water-Earth-Fire), so Aang wouldn't be ready to learn firebending until he mastered water and earth. Though Jeong Jeong relents, it's proven that Aang wasn't ready, as his impetiousness results in Katara getting burned.
- In the Sequel Series The Legend of Korra, the Order of the White Lotus thinks of this for Korra, believing she wasn't ready to learn Airbending because of her lack of spirituality. But thanks to Katara approving of Korra learning it, they instantly agree with her.
- This is the justification behind teenage driver regulations. Even though the typical teenager might have had driver's education, s/he is still too inexperienced to be given the responsibility to drive unsupervised especially at night. Unrestricted privileges are usually granted only by the time the driver turns 21 and is generally considered more mature.
- This is also the reason most societies have age of consent laws. Even though humans are capable of sexual reproduction from the instant they hit puberty, all societies judge pubescent early to mid teens as not having the emotional maturity and intelligence to be handle the responsibility of sexual relationships and the burden of childcare.
- The nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was put in place with this exact justification - that nations which didn't already have nuclear weapons for decades at this point in time, won't have the cultural maturity and restraint to be able to use them wisely. Owing to the fact that the nations allowed to be exempt from this treaty were primarily European or European derived nations and China, this treaty is open to controversy.