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* If any present-day person is a contender for this title, it must be Elon Musk. He has, at a minimum, has a hand in making electric cars practical, tried to usher in a new era of reusable spacecraft, developed a completely new mode of high-speed transportation (the "hyperloop"), and helped the use of renewable energy sources gain widespread acceptance.


* ''Manga/DrStone'' has its protagonists wake up several millenia after [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the entire human race was turned into stone]] − needless to say, all the machines and facilities have long crumbled by then. One of those protagonists, [[ImprobablyHighIQ Senku]], is a walking encyclopedia and a scientific genius. He ends up in a primitive human village and introduces certain modern mechanics, food, and systems to their civilization much earlier than they would have done it themselves, to the point the villagers first call it "sorcery". Senku and co. are opposed to Tsukasa, a super strong guy who intends to rebuild a society [[ScienceIsBad freed of the evils of technology]] and thus sees Senku as his main enemy.

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* ''Manga/DrStone'' has its protagonists wake up several millenia after [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the entire human race was turned into stone]] − needless to say, all the machines and facilities have long crumbled by then. One of those protagonists, [[ImprobablyHighIQ Senku]], is a walking encyclopedia and a scientific genius. He ends up in a primitive human village and introduces certain modern mechanics, food, and systems to their civilization much earlier than they would have done it themselves, to the point the villagers first call it "sorcery". Senku and co. are opposed to Tsukasa, a super strong guy who intends to rebuild a society [[ScienceIsBad [[EvilLuddite freed of the evils of technology]] and thus sees Senku as his main enemy.


* In General, many TrappedInAnotherWorld mangas have the main character become this, and depending on the story it is either the main focus of the plot (ie: ''Literature/ReleaseThatWitch'') or being completely by accident (ie: ''LightNovel/TheEminenceInShadow''). This is usually due to them being sent to a fantasy-like setting that has technology no more advance than the middle age, and said main character just creating common items from today's age.

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* In General, many TrappedInAnotherWorld mangas have the main character become this, and depending on the story it is either the main focus of the plot (ie: ''Literature/ReleaseThatWitch'') or being completely by accident (ie: ''LightNovel/TheEminenceInShadow''). This is usually due to them being sent to a fantasy-like setting that has technology no more advance than the middle age, and said main character just creating items or using techniques common items from today's age.


* In General, many TrappedInAnotherWorld mangas have the main character become this, and depending story it is either the main focus of the plot (ie: ''Literature/ReleaseThatWitch'') or being completely by accident (ie: ''LightNovel/TheEminenceInShadow''). This is usually due to them being sent to a fantasy-like setting that has technology no more advance than the middle age, and said main character just creating common items from today's age.

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* In General, many TrappedInAnotherWorld mangas have the main character become this, and depending on the story it is either the main focus of the plot (ie: ''Literature/ReleaseThatWitch'') or being completely by accident (ie: ''LightNovel/TheEminenceInShadow''). This is usually due to them being sent to a fantasy-like setting that has technology no more advance than the middle age, and said main character just creating common items from today's age.


* In General, many TrappedInAnotherWorld mangas have the main character become this, and depending story it is either the main focus of the plot (ie: ''LightNovel/ReleaseThatWitch) or being completely by accident (ie: ''LightNovel/TheEminenceInShadow''). This is usually due to them being sent to a fantasy-like setting that has technology no more advance than the middle age, and said main character just creating common items from today's age.

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* In General, many TrappedInAnotherWorld mangas have the main character become this, and depending story it is either the main focus of the plot (ie: ''LightNovel/ReleaseThatWitch) ''Literature/ReleaseThatWitch'') or being completely by accident (ie: ''LightNovel/TheEminenceInShadow''). This is usually due to them being sent to a fantasy-like setting that has technology no more advance than the middle age, and said main character just creating common items from today's age.


* In General, many TrappedInAnotherWorld mangas have the main character become this, and depending story it is either the main focus of the plot or being completely by accident. This is usually due to them being sent to a fantasy-like setting that has technology no more advance than the middle age, and said main character just creating common items from today's age.

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* In General, many TrappedInAnotherWorld mangas have the main character become this, and depending story it is either the main focus of the plot (ie: ''LightNovel/ReleaseThatWitch) or being completely by accident.accident (ie: ''LightNovel/TheEminenceInShadow''). This is usually due to them being sent to a fantasy-like setting that has technology no more advance than the middle age, and said main character just creating common items from today's age.


* In General, many TrappedInAnotherWorld mangas have the main character become this. This is usually due to them being sent to a fantasy-like setting that has technology no more advance than the middle age, and said main character just creating common items from today's age.

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* In General, many TrappedInAnotherWorld mangas have the main character become this.this, and depending story it is either the main focus of the plot or being completely by accident. This is usually due to them being sent to a fantasy-like setting that has technology no more advance than the middle age, and said main character just creating common items from today's age.

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* In General, many TrappedInAnotherWorld mangas have the main character become this. This is usually due to them being sent to a fantasy-like setting that has technology no more advance than the middle age, and said main character just creating common items from today's age.


* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladies_Whose_Bright_Eyes Ladies Whose Bright Eyes]]'', written in 1911 had a mining engineer do the same, but finds he can change little.

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* A {{deconstruction}} is ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladies_Whose_Bright_Eyes Ladies Whose Bright Eyes]]'', written in 1911 had a 1911. A mining engineer do finds himself in the same, same position as Twain's hero, but finds he can change little.


* Creator/LeoFrankowski's ''The Cross Time Engineer'' series.

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* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladies_Whose_Bright_Eyes Ladies Whose Bright Eyes]]'', written in 1911 had a mining engineer do the same, but finds he can change little.
* Creator/PoulAnderson [[{{Deconstruction}} showed the problems]] with this in his short story ''The Man Who Came Early'', in which an American soldier stationed in Iceland is sent back to the Viking Era after being hit by lightning. Luckily the Icelandic language has not changed much since then. All his attempts to change history fall flat on their face. When he tries to show the Vikings how to make compasses, he has no idea where to find or mine magnetic ores. When he tries to show them how to build more modern sailing vessels, the Vikings point out that such vessels are too cumbersome to dock anywhere where there is not a ready built harbor, an obvious rarity in that time period, and so on. The story's main point is that introducing future inventions, while possible, is immensely difficult, because most advances are useless without an equally advanced societal infrastructure to support them or outright impossible to make without them.
* Creator/LeoFrankowski's ''The Cross Time Engineer'' series. However the protagonist gets a good deal of covert assistance from a future time-traveling relative.


* Noriko Null from ''Literature/BeyondTheImpossible''. She develops an incredibly cheap fusion reactor that is scheduled to completely phase out nuclear power and fossil fuels within a couple of years.



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* Noriko Null from ''Literature/BeyondTheImpossible''. She develops an incredibly cheap fusion reactor that is scheduled to completely phase out nuclear power and fossil fuels within a couple of years.
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* Mordred on the 'Astro-knights' island in ''{{VideoGame/Poptropica}}''.

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* Mordred on the 'Astro-knights' island Astro-Knights Island in ''{{VideoGame/Poptropica}}''.


* Subverted in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' with Leonard of Quirm, who could create massive technological change had the Patrician not had him placed in a large, airy room for which he has the only key, where his failure to consider the consequences of his inventions can't do any harm. This is a man who created [[ILoveNuclearPower something]] for use in the mining industry "for when they want to move the mountains out of the way".

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* Subverted in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' with Leonard of Quirm, who could create massive technological change had the Patrician not had him placed in a large, airy room for which he has the only key, where his failure to consider the consequences of his inventions can't do any harm. This is a man who created [[ILoveNuclearPower something]] for use in the mining industry "for when they want to move the mountains out of the way". Some of his designs do creep out, with the result Ankh-Morpork has a few ClockPunk devices like the ''Barbarian Invaders'' game, but not enough to revolutionise the Disc.


* On ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', [=McKay=] does this to/for a civilization he mistakes for a Sim game, bringing them from MedievalStasis to SteamPunk over the course of two years.
** Which doesn't sit well with his "game" opponent John Sheppard, whose country reflects his military mindset, and who constantly complains that [=McKay=] cheated by advancing them too fast.

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* On ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', [=McKay=] does this to/for a civilization he mistakes for a Sim game, bringing them from MedievalStasis to SteamPunk over the course of two years.
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years. This doesn't sit well with his "game" opponent John Sheppard, whose country reflects his military mindset, and who constantly complains that [=McKay=] cheated by advancing them too fast.


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* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': In "Final Appeal", the time traveler Dr. Theresa Givens discovered that advanced technology was banned in 2076 due to 80% of humanity being wiped out by nuclear weapons during the War of 2059. She then brought advanced technological devices from her own time, the 1990s, forward to 2076 in the hope of igniting a second Industrial Revolution. However, her efforts were unsuccessful as she was arrested, tried and convicted of breaking the anti-technology code.


* ComicBook/LexLuthor in ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'' is responsible for technology decades ahead of its time.
** In main DC continuity, the city of Metropolis was "upgraded" by Brainiac around New Year's Day 2000 to be centuries ahead of its time.

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ComicBook/LexLuthor in ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'' is responsible for technology decades ahead of its time.
** In main DC continuity, the city of Metropolis was "upgraded" by Brainiac ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} around New Year's Day 2000 to be centuries ahead of its time.



* With the help of an entity that makes it technically a crossover, [[Literature/LordOfTheRings Saruman]] in ''FanFic/SarumanOfManyDevices'' overturns the sword and bow warfare of the Third Age with the application of rifle-armed Uruk Dragoons.

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* With the help of an entity that makes it technically a crossover, [[Literature/LordOfTheRings [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Saruman]] in ''FanFic/SarumanOfManyDevices'' overturns the sword and bow warfare of the Third Age with the application of rifle-armed Uruk Dragoons.

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