23rd Oct: It's time for the second TV Tropes Halloween Avatar Contest, theme: cute monsters! Details and voting here.
I dunno. Is asking the alien who just lawn-darted a starship for technical help unwise?
How advanced is an alien race that can't handle a little water balloon? I don't even feel good about winning this fight.
—Dib, Invader Zim
You have intergalactic starships, but you don't have Goddamned pants? How does a civilization's evolution just skip over that part?
Bart: Hey! That's just Pong. Get with the times man.
Homer: Marge and I played that old game before we were married.
Kang: Well, we did build this spaceship, you know.
Kodos: Anyone from a species that has mastered intergalactic travel raise your hand.
— The Simpsons, "Treehouse of Horror"
Ruth: "I asked if you thought it was odd that the aliens were so... backwards, I think. No plasma guns or force fields, only assault rifles and tanks."
Naomi: "Yeah, it is weird. You'd expect them to be superior to us. But you know what? I like the little fuckers better the way they are. We have enough of them already."
— Naomi Cohen and Ruth Meyer, former IDF conscripts fighting in Brazil while discussing the technology gap between Humans and The Race invaders in Worldwar: War of Equals.