Playing With / Ancient Astronauts

Basic Trope: Aliens are responsible for teaching early humans how to do things, and are thus responsible for civilization as we know it.
  • Straight: Meteora comes to Earth, and teaches a group of cavepeople how to make better tools, plant crops, make cave art, etc. In time, their small tribe becomes a flourishing civilization
  • Exaggerated:
    • An entire group of aliens creates a monument, and humans take credit for it.
    • The humans are aliens.
  • Downplayed: Meteora arrives to help humanity, but finds out that they don't need all that much help.
  • Justified: Meteora has been Reassigned to Antarctica, and decides to make the best of her situation.
  • Inverted: Humans go to another planet, and teach a race of aliens how to do stuff.
  • Subverted:
    • The humans have built monuments and produced artwork themselves, as well as learning for themselves how to do things like use fire and plant crops.
    • The credit goes to a race of supernatural beings, such as angels or The Fair Folk.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Their artwork pays heavy homage to aliens, or something that resembles an alien.
    • They learned by watching and imitating Meteora and her friends, even if it was unintentional.
    • In this setting, angels or faeries are basically aliens, or are at least eerily similar in concept.
  • Parodied: The humans are quite slow on the uptake, leading to Meteora becoming frustrated as she tries to teach them.
  • Zig Zagged: Some human civilizations are alien-taught, others self-taught, others angel-taught, and still others are taught by cultural exchange with any of those civilizations.
  • Averted:
    • Absent Aliens
    • Humans learned by accident, and by trial and error, how to do things.
  • Enforced: Humans Are Special
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Meteora lands on Earth, and sees early humans floundering about. She decides to help them, either as an experiment, or out of pity.
  • Exploited: The aliens want the humans to become indebted to them, and so teach them everything they know. When the time comes, they come to Earth to collect whatever favor(s) they think they're owed. (This could be Natural resources, a political or military alliance, sex, etc.)
  • Defied: Meteora ignores the humans.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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