Playing With: Schizo Tech

Basic Trope: Characters make use of a varied and deliberately anachronistic mix of technologies.
  • Straight: Soldiers with AKA47s ride around on an antigravity sled with a catapult mounted on the back.
  • Exaggerated: Cavemen discover fire... by seeing what happens when they shoot their laser pistols at dry shrubs. Word of this discovery spreads through the Internet.
  • Downplayed: An interstellar spaceship's computer looks very 1990s, and the Space Marines prefer to fight with swords.
  • Justified:
    • A collision of cultures with different Technology Levels results in haphazard availability of advanced tech.
    • After the End, the survivors lead a primitive existence, augmented by treasured relics of advanced technology.
    • The setting is a Third World country with limited infrastructure, which isn't able to manufacture or import all the latest technology; they use whatever they can get their hands on or easily make themselves. Alternatively, it's a country where some technology is better suited to their needs than it might be in the First World.
    • The setting is a community with Amish-type beliefs, which is cautious about accepting new technology for religious reasons.
  • Inverted:
    • Everyone, everywhere has access to the same, very narrow level of technology across the board, from the most "primitive" backwater planet to the central galactic metropolis.
    • (Enforced Inversion!) Everything used by the characters is Product Placement and thus real-world up to date at the time of production.
  • Subverted: The "primitive" elements of the technology are actually very advanced counterparts—the swords are actually Laser Blades, for example.
  • Double Subverted: But they function no differently from their genuinely primitive forebears, and still ought to be thoroughly outclassed by cutting-edge weaponry.
  • Parodied: The deadly weapon that all Space Marines fear is... thrown rocks. They're treated as a credible threat when they supplement their laser guns with rocks of their own.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: The characters have a consistent level of technology in their gear, and they never encounter outside cultures that might be at a different level of development.
  • Enforced: A character has a 1940s refrigerator and 1980s car but due to Product Placement has the full suite of the latest Apple electronics.
  • Lampshaded: "Wait a minute... Where do I get this future tech?"
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  • Implied: In a high fantasy setting, messages are sent much faster than what should be possible for the setting, but we never see how.
  • Deconstructed: High tech weapons without the defenses or communication technology causes many bloody wars because of the ease of fighting.

And Sir Tropealot took up the Internet-enabled parchment, and touched the words "Schizo Tech", and was straightaway whisked back to the main article.