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* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' subverts this. It turns out that a classic video game console from Earth cannot just be plugged into a spaceship made of 10,000 year old alien tech. In a later episode, Pidge managed to daisy chain a whole bunch of connectors to make it work.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CaptureTheFlag'': DoubleSubverted: Marty wants to connect his smartphone with NASA's rather old computers to restore communication with Mike and Amy on the moon, but is told this can't be done due to the huge differences in technology. Being a GadgeteerGenius, Marty promptly creates an adapter that allows him to do it anyway.
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* In ''VideoGame/FTL'', players can pick up any ship component and it'll slide easily into their ship, no matter the source of the item or the ship itself (which can be from human or alien origin). This is from simple examples such as buying weapons from far-off shops in foreign systems or random events with civilians gifting parts to you, to extremes like lucking into Mantis Pheromones for an Engi ship (in very rare events). Most of the time this is justified as the universe ''was'' formerly part of TheFederation, but even isolationists like the Slugs and the Crystalmen have shops that happily sell gear to your ship, no matter the origin of the ship.

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* In ''VideoGame/FTL'', ''VideoGame/{{FTL}}'', players can pick up any ship component and it'll slide easily into their ship, no matter the source of the item or the ship itself (which can be from human or alien origin). This is from simple examples such as buying weapons from far-off shops in foreign systems or random events with civilians gifting parts to you, to extremes like lucking into Mantis Pheromones for an Engi ship (in very rare events). Most of the time this is justified as the universe ''was'' formerly part of TheFederation, but even isolationists like the Slugs and the Crystalmen have shops that happily sell gear to your ship, no matter the origin of the ship.

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* In ''VideoGame/FTL'', players can pick up any ship component and it'll slide easily into their ship, no matter the source of the item or the ship itself (which can be from human or alien origin). This is from simple examples such as buying weapons from far-off shops in foreign systems or random events with civilians gifting parts to you, to extremes like lucking into Mantis Pheromones for an Engi ship (in very rare events). Most of the time this is justified as the universe ''was'' formerly part of TheFederation, but even isolationists like the Slugs and the Crystalmen have shops that happily sell gear to your ship, no matter the origin of the ship.

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** Before this, he was able to play ALO in the first place because Nerve Gear can play games designed for the Amusphere. Not only that, he also accidentally stumbles into an OldSaveBonus because of that, with his ALO character having all his stas and skills from SAO. This is a hint that they're running on the same engine.


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[[caption-width-right:350:I guess when they called it Universal Serial Bus, they really did mean ''Universal'' Serial Bus.]]



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[[caption-width-right:350:I guess when they called it Universal Serial Bus, they really did mean ''Universal'' Serial Bus.]]


** Some DVD players can be "unlocked" into region 0 by entering a special code with the remote.

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** Some DVD players can be "unlocked" into region 0 by entering a special code with the remote. Doing so usually voids the warranty on the player, however.


* [[ProgrammingLanguage Interpreted and scripting languages]] source files, assuming that the interpreter or whatnot and libraries are available to run them, are essentially plug and play programs. You can reasonably expect the same exact source file will run exactly as you expect it from one platform to another.

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* [[ProgrammingLanguage [[UsefulNotes/ProgrammingLanguage Interpreted and scripting languages]] source files, assuming that the interpreter or whatnot and libraries are available to run them, are essentially plug and play programs. You can reasonably expect the same exact source file will run exactly as you expect it from one platform to another.


* Saab market their [[CoolPlane Gripen fighter aircraft]] by saying that the aircraft can interface with both UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} and WarsawPact weaponry, unlike other fighters of that generation. It's paid some dividends -- the Czech Republic and Hungary, both former WarsawPact members who are now in UsefulNotes/{{NATO}}, have bought the aircraft.
* Intel Macs can run both OS X and Windows (Not out-of-the-box, some work is required). The reverse (running a Mac OS on non-Mac hardware) is even trickier, requiring third-party software and drivers, copious troubleshooting, and a lot of luck, but it can be done.
** Technically, most if not all Intel machines (Linux, Windows, Mac etc) can run most modern OS's as they are built around the x86 architecture. The only reason you can't easily run Mac on a non-Mac x86_64 computer is because Mac ''[[NoBackwardsCompatibilityInTheFuture doesn't want to]]'': it checks for a hardware module only present on Mac computers that does nothing but verify that the computer is a Mac.
* Ironically [[TruthInTelevision played straight]] in '70s and '80s, when Soviet Union adopted PDP-11 compatibility as an industry-wide IT standard. It was done exactly for the reason stated above: the interoperability makes life so much ''easier'', and adoption of an already established standard gives you the access to all the software and hardware already developed for it.
* USB-based devices are supposedly this in theory. In practice, you need to install drivers for more complex devices (e.g. cameras, scanners, printers)

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* Saab market their [[CoolPlane Gripen fighter aircraft]] by saying that the aircraft can interface with both UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} and WarsawPact UsefulNotes/WarsawPact weaponry, unlike other fighters of that generation. It's paid some dividends -- the Czech Republic and Hungary, both former WarsawPact Warsaw Pact members who are now in UsefulNotes/{{NATO}}, NATO, have bought the aircraft.
* Intel Macs can run both OS X and Windows (Not (not out-of-the-box, some work is required). The reverse (running a Mac OS on non-Mac hardware) is even trickier, requiring third-party software and drivers, copious troubleshooting, and a lot of luck, but it can be done.
** Technically, most if not all Intel machines (Linux, Windows, Mac etc) can run most modern OS's [=OSes=] as they are built around the x86 architecture. The only reason you can't easily run Mac on a non-Mac x86_64 computer is because Mac ''[[NoBackwardsCompatibilityInTheFuture doesn't want to]]'': it checks for a hardware module only present on Mac computers that does nothing but verify that the computer is a Mac.
* Ironically [[TruthInTelevision played straight]] in '70s and '80s, when the Soviet Union adopted PDP-11 compatibility as an industry-wide IT standard. It was done exactly for the reason stated above: the interoperability makes life so much ''easier'', and adoption of an already established standard gives you the access to all the software and hardware already developed for it.
* USB-based devices are supposedly this in theory. In practice, you still need to install drivers for several more complex devices (e.g. cameras, scanners, printers)printers).



** Special mention goes to the Mass Storage Device and Human Input Device standards, used by flash drives, SD card readers, mice, and keyboards - The majority of software platforms that support at least USB 2.0 specs will support most or all of these.
* An interesting side-effect of the Compact Flash memory card's design is that it is actually compatible with the legacy IDE hard drive data connector on older desktops - This has resulted in some hobbyists coming up with [[http://lowendmac.com/2015/the-lowdown-on-using-compactflash-to-replace-an-ide-hard-drive/ ways of using CF cards as replacement hard drives]] for machines that are from the early age of desktops. It is possible to find such a CF-IDE adaptor on the third-party hobbyist market.

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** Special mention goes to the Mass Storage Device and Human Input Device standards, used by flash drives, SD card readers, mice, and keyboards - The the majority of software platforms that support at least USB 2.0 specs will support most or all of these.
* An interesting side-effect of the Compact Flash memory card's design is that it is actually compatible with the legacy IDE hard drive data connector on older desktops - desktops. This has resulted in some hobbyists coming up with [[http://lowendmac.com/2015/the-lowdown-on-using-compactflash-to-replace-an-ide-hard-drive/ ways of using CF cards as replacement hard drives]] for machines that are from the early age of desktops. It is possible to find such a CF-IDE adaptor on the third-party hobbyist market.



* On a related note to the USB standard, the [=FAT32=] and [=EXFAT=] file system standards are very nearly the ''lingua franca'' of file storage systems in a massive majority of modern computers and smartphone/tablet derivatives, as the extremely widespread USB flash drives and [=SD/SDHC=] cards ship preformatted for [=FAT32=] and are compatible with Windows (specifically from 95 [=OSR2=] onwards!), Apple (both modern OSX and iOS systems), 'nix, and Android platforms. [=EXFAT=], the file system that higher-capacity [=SDXC=] cards are preformatted in, will probably suceed [=FAT32=] in this arena of multiplatform support as support improves in future OS releases. In addition, all these SD cards will work perfectly fine with your digital cameras/camcorders, Smart TV sets, IP cameras, and other such embedded systems - photos captured by your programmed IP camera can be moved via SD card to an Android phone, then uploaded to Google Drive and accessed on your desktop, before being copied to another SD card and transferred to your Nintendo 3DS or UsefulNotes/WiiU.

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* On a related note to the USB standard, the [=FAT32=] and [=EXFAT=] EXFAT file system standards are very nearly the ''lingua franca'' of file storage systems in a massive majority of modern computers and smartphone/tablet derivatives, as the extremely widespread USB flash drives and [=SD/SDHC=] cards ship preformatted for [=FAT32=] and are compatible with Windows (specifically from 95 [=OSR2=] onwards!), onwards), Apple (both modern OSX and iOS systems), 'nix, and Android platforms. [=EXFAT=], EXFAT, the file system that higher-capacity [=SDXC=] SDXC cards are preformatted in, will probably suceed [=FAT32=] in this arena of multiplatform support as support improves in future OS releases. In addition, all these SD cards will work perfectly fine with your digital cameras/camcorders, Smart TV sets, IP cameras, and other such embedded systems - photos captured by your programmed IP camera can be moved via SD card to an Android phone, then uploaded to Google Drive and accessed on your desktop, before being copied to another SD card and transferred to your Nintendo 3DS or UsefulNotes/WiiU.

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** With more and more smartphones dropping the 3.5 jack, this might not be a case for long. Fortunately, some Android manufacturers are still building their phones with a jack.


* In the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series, Samus' PoweredArmor is "modular" and can add new gadgets on the fly. It's somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by both Samus' powersuit and most of the gadgets having at least the same creators (the Chozo), but she can also easily adapt [[TheFederation Federation]]-, Luminoth-, Bryyan- and SpacePirate technology. There are two [[AvertedTrope aversions]] however; in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2'' the suit can at first not analyze the Energy Transfer Module, and in ''VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission'' Samus' suit is incompatible with the Plasma Beam-, Space Jump- and Gravity upgrades.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', where [[spoiler:Mr. House had the Platinum Chip specially made so that only certain equipment (equipment he built) could read it.]]
** But also played straight, in that every single terminal and robot in the Mojave uses Robco code. The terminals even all use the same Robco Unified Operating System. Robco's coding is so ubiquitous that a quest in one of the add-ons is resolved when a sufficiently tech-savvy [[PlayerCharacter Courier]] realizes that the cyborg he's talking to can be understood despite his broken voice module by paying attention to the code fluctuations in his radio chatter.

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* In the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series, Samus' PoweredArmor is "modular" and can add new gadgets on the fly. It's somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by both Samus' powersuit and most of the gadgets having at least the same creators (the Chozo), but she can also easily adapt [[TheFederation Federation]]-, Luminoth-, Bryyan- Federation]], Luminoth, Bryyan and SpacePirate technology. There are two [[AvertedTrope aversions]] however; in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2'' ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'' the suit can at first not analyze the Energy Transfer Module, and in ''VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission'' Samus' original suit is incompatible with the Plasma Beam-, Beam, Space Jump- Jump and Gravity upgrades.
Suit upgrades, and she only gets them in the ExtendedGameplay after traversing a Chozo temple and acquiring a new powersuit.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', where [[spoiler:Mr. House had the Platinum Chip specially made so that only certain equipment (equipment (which he built) could read it.]]
** But also played straight, in that every single terminal and robot in the Mojave uses Robco code. The terminals even all use the same Robco Unified Operating System. Robco's coding is so ubiquitous that a quest in one of the add-ons is can be resolved when a sufficiently tech-savvy [[PlayerCharacter Courier]] realizes that the cyborg he's talking to can be understood despite his broken voice module by paying attention to the code fluctuations in his radio chatter.



* Any obtained weapon, shield, FTL drive, thrusters, or misc. system can be fitten on a specific slot on ''any'' ship in ''VideoGame/StrangeAdventuresInInfiniteSpace''. Some limitations are added in the sequel/remake ''Weird Worlds'', where fighters can only be fittedn with the most basic shields and short-range weapons. However, there's nothing preventing your [[PlanetTerra Terran]] ship (considering your people have never encountered aliens before) from finding and fitting a Hyperdrive (which works completely differently from a standard FTL drive) into the same slot in a matter of weeks. You must have some excellent engineers aboard the ship.

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* Any obtained weapon, shield, FTL drive, thrusters, or misc. system can be fitten on a specific slot on ''any'' ship in ''VideoGame/StrangeAdventuresInInfiniteSpace''. Some limitations are added in the sequel/remake ''Weird Worlds'', where fighters can only be fittedn fitted with the most basic shields and short-range weapons. However, there's nothing preventing your [[PlanetTerra Terran]] ship (considering your people have never encountered aliens before) from finding and fitting a Hyperdrive (which works completely differently from a standard FTL drive) into the same slot in a matter of weeks. You must have some excellent engineers aboard the ship.



* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/11/07 parodies]] the use of this trope in ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}''.

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* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/11/07 parodies]] the use of this trope in ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}''.''Franchise/{{Halo}}''.


* In the ''{{Metroid}}'' series, Samus' PoweredArmor is "modular" and can add new gadgets on the fly. It's somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by both Samus' powersuit and most of the gadgets having at least the same creators (the Chozo), but she can also easily adapt [[TheFederation Federation]]-, Luminoth-, Bryyan- and SpacePirate technology. There are two [[AvertedTrope aversions]] however; in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2'' the suit can at first not analyze the Energy Transfer Module, and in ''Metroid: Zero Mission'' Samus' suit is incompatible with the Plasma Beam-, Space Jump- and Gravity upgrades.

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* In the ''{{Metroid}}'' ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series, Samus' PoweredArmor is "modular" and can add new gadgets on the fly. It's somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by both Samus' powersuit and most of the gadgets having at least the same creators (the Chozo), but she can also easily adapt [[TheFederation Federation]]-, Luminoth-, Bryyan- and SpacePirate technology. There are two [[AvertedTrope aversions]] however; in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2'' ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2'' the suit can at first not analyze the Energy Transfer Module, and in ''Metroid: Zero Mission'' ''VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission'' Samus' suit is incompatible with the Plasma Beam-, Space Jump- and Gravity upgrades.


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** This one was given a TakeThat in ''Series/StargateSG1'', even though ''Stargate'' was itself guilty of this trope at times.
*** By the way, ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' was directed by Creator/RolandEmmerich, the same guy who directed ''Film/IndependenceDay''.
*** Incidentally, the TV show bore very little resemblance to the film and mocked it relentlessly! (There are two Jack O'Neills! One with only one L has no sense of humor!)



* The ''Film/MyFavoriteMartian'' movie shows Martin replacing his ship's "electron accelerator" with a car's alternator.
** Possibly more of an [[ExpospeakGag Expospeak Gag]]; Alterators/Generators do accelerate electrons.

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* The ''Film/MyFavoriteMartian'' movie shows Martin replacing his ship's "electron accelerator" with a car's alternator.
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alternator. Possibly more of an [[ExpospeakGag Expospeak Gag]]; Alterators/Generators do accelerate electrons.



* On at least one occasion in ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', Jérémie has had to borrow one of Odd's portable game systems for a quick memory boost to the Supercomputer. Despite, you know, the fact that the Supercomputer was built anywhere between the mid-1980s and 1994, and even modern computers not having any first-party components that can connect to a video game system or accessory.
** The portable game was connected to a laptop used as interface with the Supercomputer. That still leaves plenty of compatibility questions, though.
** [[FridgeBrilliance Actually,]] it could work as ''virtual'' memory if the game console had an onboard hard disk. A flash drive would have worked as well.

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On at least one occasion in ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', occasion, Jérémie has had to borrow one of Odd's portable game systems for a quick memory boost to the Supercomputer. Despite, you know, the fact that the Supercomputer was built anywhere between the mid-1980s and 1994, and even modern computers not having any first-party components that can connect to a video game system or accessory.
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accessory. The portable game was connected to a laptop used as interface with the Supercomputer. That still leaves plenty of compatibility questions, though.
** [[FridgeBrilliance Actually,]] it could work as ''virtual'' memory if the game console had an onboard hard disk. A flash drive would have worked as well.
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* One particular episode of "WesternAnimation/SouthPark" has Cartman buying a Trapper Keeper that can interface to anything, electronic or organic, prompting a Cyborg like the one in ''Film/TheTerminator'' to return and try to stop it from taking over the world. Rosie O'Donnell becomes involved, and, eventually, Cartman/Trapper Keeper end up an ''Manga/{{Akira}}''-[[ShoutOut like]] [[BodyHorror mountain of flesh]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', Tucker can often stop a technology-based ghost from a handheld PDA. When a future version comes back in time, he comments on how he can still hack him.

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* One particular episode of "WesternAnimation/SouthPark" ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has Cartman buying a Trapper Keeper that can interface to anything, electronic or organic, prompting a Cyborg like the one in ''Film/TheTerminator'' to return and try to stop it from taking over the world. Rosie O'Donnell becomes involved, and, eventually, Cartman/Trapper Keeper end up an ''Manga/{{Akira}}''-[[ShoutOut like]] [[BodyHorror mountain of flesh]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', Tucker can often stop a technology-based ghost from a handheld PDA. When a future version comes back in time, he comments on how he can still hack him. Justified (in this particular example) in that the ghost in question had integrated a copy of Tucker's PDA into his suit, and had to obey whatever data was programmed into the PDA. Tucker was able to program the PDA, which in turn "programmed" the ghost. Then again, played straight by the fact that a ghost could even integrate a teenager's PDA into a ghostly mechanical battle suit.



** Justified (in this particular example) in that the ghost in question had integrated a copy of Tucker's PDA into his suit, and had to obey whatever data was programmed into the PDA. Tucker was able to program the PDA, which in turn "programmed" the ghost. Then again, played straight by the fact that a ghost could even integrate a teenager's PDA into a ghostly mechanical battle suit.

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** It is also averted in the other way: many technological advances from the Voyager are fully integrated into the ship's main circuits, and can't work elsewhere. In the very first episode they clarified it to the Kazon: they have replicators that can make water out of thin air, and can give the resulting water, but they can't "give" the replicator itself. This becomes dramatically explicit when they found a Kazon ship where everybody had died in an atomic explosion: they had sneakily stolen a replicator, tried to plug it into their own ship, and things had GoneHorriblyWrong.

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* In ''[[ComicBook/UltimateGalactusTrilogy Ultimate Nightmare]]'', the Ultimates are trying to get into an abandoned Russian bunker. It has an 80s keypad stuck on a 60s computer system. According to Sam, the Russians did that stuff all the time. "Take two things that work and nail them toguether".
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