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* The Elder Race of Man from the RockOpera ''Music/{{2112}}'' by ''Music/{{Rush}}''. A culture that valued creativity and the arts, the Elder Race was at some point thought destroyed and replaced by the Solar Federation. WordOfGod says the final track in the series is meant to represent the return of the Elder Race and the defeat of the culturally repressive Federation.

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* The Elder Race of Man from the RockOpera ''Music/{{2112}}'' ''Music/TwentyOneTwelve'' by ''Music/{{Rush}}''. A culture that valued creativity and the arts, the Elder Race was at some point thought destroyed and replaced by the Solar Federation. WordOfGod says the final track in the series is meant to represent the return of the Elder Race and the defeat of the culturally repressive Federation.


* The Elder Race of Man from the RockOpera 2112 by ''Music/{{Rush}}''. A culture that valued creativity and the arts, the Elder Race was at some point thought destroyed and replaced by the Solar Federation. WordOfGod says the final track in the series is meant to represent the return of the Elder Race and the defeat of the culturally repressive Federation.

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* The Elder Race of Man from the RockOpera 2112 ''Music/{{2112}}'' by ''Music/{{Rush}}''. A culture that valued creativity and the arts, the Elder Race was at some point thought destroyed and replaced by the Solar Federation. WordOfGod says the final track in the series is meant to represent the return of the Elder Race and the defeat of the culturally repressive Federation.


** TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse goes a step further, by claiming that the civilization Irem is so ancient it surpasses Atlantis in age.

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** TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse goes a step further, by claiming that the civilization Irem is so ancient it surpasses Atlantis in age. They were so advanced, their priests could even devise a ceremony to ascend to godhood. [[spoiler: It didn't work as well as they hoped, and their gods slapped them down.]]

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* Comes up multiple times in TabletopGame/ChroniclesOfDarkness:
** TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening uses this in conjunction with Atlantis to explain why mankind no longer has magic. The ancient sorcerer-kings of Atlantis ruled with wisdom and compassion until the Supernal War that tore Atlantis, and reality, asunder. Of course, this is the story told by the people [[UnreliableNarrator who have a soft spot for Atlantis.]]
** TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse goes a step further, by claiming that the civilization Irem is so ancient it surpasses Atlantis in age.


* The ancient history of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' speaks of an era called the Dark Age of Technology, when humanity was at its peak and had essentially conquered the galaxy. Then [[AndManGrewProud everything]] [[ApocalypseHow went]] [[SetTheWorldOnFire horribly]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt wrong]]. Over fifteen thousand years later, the [[TheEmpire Imperium of Man]] still uses what technology remains from the Dark Age, but ascribes its functions to machine spirits.

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* The ancient history of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' speaks of an era called the Dark Age of Technology, when humanity was at its peak and had essentially conquered the galaxy. Then [[AndManGrewProud everything]] [[ApocalypseHow went]] [[SetTheWorldOnFire horribly]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt wrong]]. Over fifteen thousand years later, the [[TheEmpire Imperium of Man]] still uses what technology remains from the Dark Age, but ascribes its functions to machine spirits. To give some perspective to just how advanced, Space Marines have nigh-invulnerable ([[GameplayAndStorySegregation fluff-wise]]) Terminator armor that's extremely difficult to produce, and at least one human spaceship is armed with an archeotech weapon that [[RealityWarper essentially uses the laws of reality as ammunition]], by creating small temporary black holes which also distort time so that even if they miss, the enemy is teleported nanoseconds back in time to occupy the same position as their past selves simultaneously, [[TeleFrag resulting in both versions being destroyed.]] The Terminator Armor was used as the template for dangerous mining and maintenance work, while the RealityWarper gun was used not to kill spaceships but [[BeyondTheImpossible merely damage them]]. It's all but stated that despite the scale and power of current era humanity, they're barely scratching the surface of what they could once use.


* In UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia and most other ex-USSR countries, people [[PlayedForLaughs half-jokingly]] [[WhyWereBummedCommunismFell refer to the Soviet Union era as this]], calling artifacts (especially architectural ones) left over from the Communist era [http://wikireality.ru/wiki/Остатки_древней_более_развитой_цивилизации "the remains of an ancient, more sophisticated civilization"].

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* In UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia and most other ex-USSR countries, people [[PlayedForLaughs half-jokingly]] [[WhyWereBummedCommunismFell refer to the Soviet Union era as this]], calling artifacts (especially architectural ones) left over from the Communist era [http://wikireality.[[http://wikireality.ru/wiki/Остатки_древней_более_развитой_цивилизации "the remains of an ancient, more sophisticated civilization"].civilization"]].

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* In UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia and most other ex-USSR countries, people [[PlayedForLaughs half-jokingly]] [[WhyWereBummedCommunismFell refer to the Soviet Union era as this]], calling artifacts (especially architectural ones) left over from the Communist era [http://wikireality.ru/wiki/Остатки_древней_более_развитой_цивилизации "the remains of an ancient, more sophisticated civilization"].


* The ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica run across four kings who are Advanced Ancient Humans in an issue of All-Star Comics. The four kings naturally try to take over the world.

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* The ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica run across In ''ComicBook/AllStarComics'' #52, the ComicBook/{{JSA}} encounter four kings who are Advanced Ancient Humans in an issue the last of All-Star Comics. a race of advanced humans that ruled the Earth 100,000 years ago. The four kings are SealedEvilInACan, but naturally try escape their prison and incapacitate the team before heading out to take over the world.world. In the end, they kill themselves when they're caught in a nuclear explosion of their own making.

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* ''VideoGame/AfterArmageddonGaiden'' has two ancient human civilizations with advanced technology, Atlantis and Mu. A series of events led to both civilizations being destroyed and sinking beneath the sea thousands of years ago, leaving behind many ruins.


** Interestingly, the advanced "humans" were actually a hugely diverse group of different HumanSubspecies with distinct cultures, but after the massive casualties taken in their wars and being confined to a single world by the Forerunners, all but ''Homo Sapiens'' eventually died off.

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** Interestingly, the advanced "humans" were actually a hugely diverse group of different HumanSubspecies with distinct cultures, cultures (and at least some [[ApesInSpace intelligent non-human ape species]] as well; despite being more biologically distant, they were apparently still considered "human" by the ancient human empire), but after the massive casualties taken in their wars and being confined to a single world by the Forerunners, all but ''Homo Sapiens'' eventually died off.

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* ''Fanfic/KaijuRevolution'': Several entries establish that roughly one million years before the present day, earth was ruled by a race of humans that had managed to achieve advanced technology such as self-sustaining nuclear reactors, high-tech weaponry and even space travel through the study of earth's kaiju. However, this society would eventually collapse from both attempting to control the kaiju and from waging war on each other using [[HumongousMecha ones]] [[BioweaponBeast they created]], the survivors were split apart and became different HumanSubspecies. The ones living on [[TurtleIsland Mu]] and around Mothra would become the [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Seatopians]] and [[OurFairiesAreDifferent Shobijin]] respectively after assimilating the ambient kaiju DNA of their homes, the ones living in the Tibetan region would become the [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Watchuka]], the ones living on [[DeathWorld Skull Island]] became [[TheSpeechless the]] [[ChameleonCamouflage Iwi]] and those that fled into space became the {{Morlocks}}. It's also mentioned that some survivors lost everything and were forced to restart from scratch, eventually becoming modern day humanity.

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** This is eventually confirmed in the second book and the results are given as why Asgard doesn't do more than offer protection. Short version: Atlantis (based on Marvel's Atlantis and ''Series/StargateSG1'') was uplifted by a group of well-meaning Asgardians who wanted to help out humanity c. 20,000 years ago. Earth was a DeathWorld and humans were near the bottom of the pile ([[HumansAreSurvivors but hanging on for grim death anyway]]), enslaved and occasionally eaten by the Deviant Empire of Lemuria. With Asgardian help, it advanced from 'Stone Age' to '{{Magitek}} Empire' within a few centuries and matched the Deviants, mastering the use of [[LegoGenetics genetic engineering]] [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke as a weapon]]. Unfortunately, to win the resulting ForeverWar, they ended up tapping into TheDarkArts of [[TomeOfEldritchLore the Darkhold]]. [[PyrrhicVictory Cue victory, and then a violent explosion that destroyed their island, their empire, and nearly all of reality]] c. 17,000 years ago, while the successor states followed shortly after.


* Ancient Zemurian Civilization in VideoGame/KisekiSeries who lives more than 1200 years prior to the game's timeline acts as this. The civilization is divided into seven factions, each of them given a powerful treasure from the Goddess called Sept-Terrion. As a result, they possess more advanced technologies than recent Zemurians, though how they are "advanced" is different among one another due to the treasures possessing different powers. As example, Aureole/Shining Ring, Sept-Terrion governing the power of space, is capable of granting wishes while Demiourge/Hollow Phantasm, Sept-Terrion governing the power of mirage, is capable of manipulating knowledge and perception, thus allowing to manipulate cause and effect extending into foreseeing future events around the world.

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* Ancient Zemurian Civilization in VideoGame/KisekiSeries VideoGame/TrailsSeries who lives more than 1200 years prior to the game's timeline acts as this. The civilization is divided into seven factions, each of them given a powerful treasure from the Goddess called Sept-Terrion. As a result, they possess more advanced technologies than recent Zemurians, though how they are "advanced" is different among one another due to the treasures possessing different powers. As example, Aureole/Shining Ring, Sept-Terrion governing the power of space, is capable of granting wishes while Demiourge/Hollow Phantasm, Sept-Terrion governing the power of mirage, is capable of manipulating knowledge and perception, thus allowing to manipulate cause and effect extending into foreseeing future events around the world.


* The ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica run across four kings who are AdvancedAncientHumans in an issue of All-Star Comics. The four kings naturally try to take over the world.

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* The ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica run across four kings who are AdvancedAncientHumans Advanced Ancient Humans in an issue of All-Star Comics. The four kings naturally try to take over the world.



** Uniquely, the Dark Age of Technology is ancient ''from the perspective of Warhammer 40,000'', which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin takes place sometime around the year 40,000CE]]. The AdvancedAncientHumans of 40k are, from our standpoint, Advanced Future Humans.

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** Uniquely, the Dark Age of Technology is ancient ''from the perspective of Warhammer 40,000'', which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin takes place sometime around the year 40,000CE]]. The AdvancedAncientHumans Advanced Ancient Humans of 40k are, from our standpoint, Advanced Future Humans.


* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Gilgamesh is disgusted with modern civilization for this reason. During his reign, humanity was a very powerful and advanced race that even had working fightercraft (his own flagship is one of the treasures inside the Gate of Babylon). Gilgamesh believes humanity has declined because there are so many humans now, and the intrinsic strength of humanity has become diluted in each human as a result. The reason he desires the Grail is because he wants to bring that golden age back [[spoiler:by using the Grail to kill most of humanity. He would then rebuild his kingdom with the worthy survivors]]. The disturbing part is that due to the way magic works, there's a good chance he's right.

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* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Gilgamesh is disgusted with modern civilization for this reason. During his reign, humanity was a very powerful and advanced race that even had working fightercraft (his own flagship is one of the treasures inside the Gate of Babylon).race. Gilgamesh believes humanity has declined because there are so many humans now, and the intrinsic strength of humanity has become diluted in each human as a result. The reason he desires the Grail is because he wants to bring that golden age back [[spoiler:by using the Grail to kill most of humanity. He would then rebuild his kingdom with the worthy survivors]]. The disturbing part is that due to the way magic works, there's a good chance he's right.

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