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-->-- '''A movie director''', ''Manga/AstroBoy'', "The Invisible Giant" [[note]] Apparently he has never seen ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'' or ''Film/TheSevenSamurai'', or read a history book. [[/note]]

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-->-- '''A movie director''', ''Manga/AstroBoy'', "The Invisible Giant" [[note]] Apparently he has never seen ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'' or ''Film/TheSevenSamurai'', or [[AluminumChristmasTrees read a history book.book]]. [[/note]]


* Comic books seem to be JustForFun/{{egregious}} examples of this. Franchise/{{Batman}}'s nemesis Mr. Freeze has invented a freeze-ray; Lex Luthor currently waltzes around in a battlesuit full of crazy power and can probably fly; Firestorm can synthesize any material in any quantity (I'm looking at you, lithium); Thanagarian N-th metal is apparently capable of bestowing flight; Black Lightning is capable of generating mounds and mounds of electrical current, and... well, you get the idea. And yet, citizens of Earth are still using ''gasoline-fuelled cars''. This is usually either justified with the technology either being created by super geniuses and [[MagicPoweredPseudoscience only working for them]], or being in the domain of only aliens, magic-wielders or the very, very rich/military. Or maybe they just don't trust regular people with these wonderful toys - after all, someone probably ''could'' mass-produce cars fueled by the Power Cosmic, but suppose someone back-engineers them into weapons?

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* Comic books seem to be JustForFun/{{egregious}} examples of this. Franchise/{{Batman}}'s nemesis Mr. Freeze has invented a freeze-ray; Lex Luthor currently waltzes around in a battlesuit full of crazy power and can probably fly; Firestorm can synthesize any material in any quantity (I'm looking at you, lithium); Thanagarian N-th metal is apparently capable of bestowing flight; Black Lightning is capable of generating mounds and mounds of electrical current, and... well, you get the idea. And yet, citizens of Earth are still using ''gasoline-fuelled cars''. This is usually either justified with the technology either being created by super geniuses and [[MagicPoweredPseudoscience only working for them]], or being in the domain of only aliens, magic-wielders or the very, very rich/military. Or maybe they just don't trust regular people with these wonderful toys - -- after all, someone probably ''could'' mass-produce cars fueled by the Power Cosmic, but suppose someone back-engineers them into weapons?



* Technology is all over the place in ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', depending on the planet and aliens involved. The Demons (minus Astorath and the Nephilim) and Angels are consistently portrayed as SufficientlyAdvancedAliens, but the Jewish forces range from [[FuturePrimitive flying pieces of welded scrap with machine guns]] to [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm secret tech so advanced that it cannot be physically understood]]. Some races that Sonic and his friends encounter have little to no technology at all, using old wooden sailing ships (the Zeko natives) or straight up satanic BlackMagic (the Marmolims).
** The Muslims may be the king of this trope, combining fanatical spearmen and suicide bombers with golden nuke-flinging battleships and BodyHorror-filled genetic engineering. It helps that its a totalitarian theocracy that considers many common pieces of technology to be ''haraam''.
* The Earth Alliance case (see the ''Series/BabylonFive'' entry below) is {{Lampshaded}} in ''Shielded Under the Raptor's Wings'', when a ground battle between [=EarthForce=] and the Minbari is shown and the list of human weapons include both 'primitive' but effective firearms and [[DeadlyGas mustard gas]] and more advanced [=PPGs=], [[FrickinLaserBeams laser cannons]] to shoot enemy aircrafts and artillery shells out of the sky, and railguns.

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* ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'': Technology is all over the place in ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', place, depending on the planet and aliens involved. The Demons (minus Astorath and the Nephilim) and Angels are consistently portrayed as SufficientlyAdvancedAliens, but the Jewish forces range from [[FuturePrimitive flying pieces of welded scrap with machine guns]] to [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm secret tech so advanced that it cannot be physically understood]]. Some races that Sonic and his friends encounter have little to no technology at all, using old wooden sailing ships (the Zeko natives) or straight up satanic BlackMagic (the Marmolims).
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Marmolims). The Muslims may be the king of this trope, combining fanatical spearmen and suicide bombers with golden nuke-flinging battleships and BodyHorror-filled genetic engineering. It helps that its a totalitarian theocracy that considers many common pieces of technology to be ''haraam''.
* ''FanFic/ShieldedUnderTheRaptorsWings'': [[Series/BabylonFive The Earth Alliance case (see the ''Series/BabylonFive'' entry below) Alliance's case]] is {{Lampshaded}} in ''Shielded Under the Raptor's Wings'', when a ground battle between [=EarthForce=] and the Minbari is shown and the list of human weapons include both 'primitive' but effective firearms and [[DeadlyGas mustard gas]] and more advanced [=PPGs=], [[FrickinLaserBeams laser cannons]] to shoot enemy aircrafts and artillery shells out of the sky, and railguns.



--> Pohatu: “Why use this when there are perfectly good rocks everywhere you look?”

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--> ---> Pohatu: “Why use this when there are perfectly good rocks everywhere you look?”



* It's mentioned in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' that, even though Remnant's level of technology is far beyond that of our world, they have never developed a space program because [[{{Unobtainium}} Dust]] doesn't work the moment it leaves the planet, and the people of Remnant have never bothered to look for an alternative fuel source. While they have an Internet on Remnant, it's not based on satellites and instead is based on four massive terrestrial communications towers. This eventually bites everyone in the ass: [[spoiler:when one of these towers is knocked out in the finale of Volume 3, the resulting communications blackout combined with the last images being relayed from Vale being those of Beacon's Huntresses inflicting grave harm on their fellows and Atlesian robots attacking innocent people, it's enough to discredit both Beacon and Atlas in one swoop and drive the Kingdoms to the brink of war. [[AllAccordingToPlan Just as Cinder planned]].]]

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': It's mentioned in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' that, even though Remnant's level of technology is far beyond that of our world, they have never developed a space program because [[{{Unobtainium}} Dust]] doesn't work the moment it leaves the planet, and the people of Remnant have never bothered to look for an alternative fuel source. While they have an Internet on Remnant, it's not based on satellites and instead is based on four massive terrestrial communications towers. This eventually bites everyone in the ass: [[spoiler:when one of these towers is knocked out in the finale of Volume 3, the resulting communications blackout combined with the last images being relayed from Vale being those of Beacon's Huntresses inflicting grave harm on their fellows and Atlesian robots attacking innocent people, it's enough to discredit both Beacon and Atlas in one swoop and drive the Kingdoms to the brink of war. [[AllAccordingToPlan Just as Cinder planned]].]]


* Happens in the ''Literature/ChaosTimeline'' (at least from our POV). Some of the sciences and technological advances are discovered or perfected more earlier than in our history, e.g. Novorossiya invents the telegraph and electrical devices nearly a century before it happened in our history; cryptography, basic computer science and astronomy are at least twenty to thirty years ahead of our's in the early 20th century, computers of 1990 level are already found in the 1950s etc.
* In ''Literature/NocteYin'', the world of Erisire has horses for transportation and swords for weaponry, yet the main characters all have laptops and cell phones.



* ''Toys/EverAfterHigh'' the setting is fantasy fairy tale world mixed with modern day elements. The school is huge castle/ high school, and uses magic mirrors as tv screens, and students use them as iPads or iPhones.
* In ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'', the scale of the conflict is so high at first that [[BreakOutTheMuseumPiece museum pieces (old aircraft and even tanks as well as other armoured gear)]] are brought back to service, meaning that modern planes as F-22s fight alongside [[TheEighties 80s]] F-16s or F-18s, [[TheSixties 60s]] F-4 Phantoms, as well as [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII WWII]]-vintage ones as B-25s. This is also justified in suddenly needing to fulfill tactical roles that haven't been called for in fifty years, such as large-scale carpet bombing.
* In ''Literature/MaleRising'' on Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom, the Kingdom of the Arabs uses its oil wealth to preserve traditional culture and heavily subsidize the traditional nomadic lifestyles, leading to Berber clans driving around in luxurious all-terrain vehicles that open into grand, portable pavilions.
* ''Literature/AmericasStepbrotherAmericasEnemyTwoPointZero'' is a speculative story where the United States is transported to the world of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' by a temporal anomaly. The Threeist states engage in this a lot, as their military doctrine is based around [[AwesomeButImpractical everything being as flashy and cumbersome as possible]] (the Threeist states don't fight wars to ''win'' - war is just meant to waste resources, generate propaganda and maintain the balance of power; the United States ''does'' fight to win). In an early skirmish, an F-22 Raptor pilot is left stunned by a flight of Threeist 16-engined bombers that dwarf any known modern or historical aircraft (like the Russian Tupolev Tu-95 or the America B-52), though this doesn't stop the squadron from decimating them. At one point the Oceanians attempt to launch nuclear strikes against the continental United States, using zeppelins which act as missile platforms for V-1 missiles with nuclear payloads. [[spoiler:And then there's the stasis pods.]]

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* ''Toys/EverAfterHigh'' the setting is fantasy fairy tale world mixed with modern day elements. The school is a huge castle/ castle / high school, and uses magic mirrors {{magic mirror}}s as tv TV screens, and students use them as iPads or iPhones.
* In ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'', the scale of the conflict is so high at first that [[BreakOutTheMuseumPiece museum pieces (old aircraft and even tanks as well as other armoured gear)]] are brought back to service, meaning that modern planes as F-22s fight alongside [[TheEighties 80s]] F-16s or F-18s, [[TheSixties 60s]] F-4 Phantoms, as well as [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII WWII]]-vintage ones as B-25s. This is also justified in suddenly needing to fulfill tactical roles that haven't been called for in fifty years, such as large-scale carpet bombing.
* In ''Literature/MaleRising'' on Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom, the Kingdom of the Arabs uses its oil wealth to preserve traditional culture and heavily subsidize the traditional nomadic lifestyles, leading to Berber clans driving around in luxurious all-terrain vehicles that open into grand, portable pavilions.
* ''Literature/AmericasStepbrotherAmericasEnemyTwoPointZero'' is a speculative story where the United States is transported to the world of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' by a temporal anomaly. The Threeist states engage in this a lot, as their military doctrine is based around [[AwesomeButImpractical everything being as flashy and cumbersome as possible]] (the Threeist states don't fight wars to ''win'' - war is just meant to waste resources, generate propaganda and maintain the balance of power; the United States ''does'' fight to win). In an early skirmish, an F-22 Raptor pilot is left stunned by a flight of Threeist 16-engined bombers that dwarf any known modern or historical aircraft (like the Russian Tupolev Tu-95 or the America B-52), though this doesn't stop the squadron from decimating them. At one point the Oceanians attempt to launch nuclear strikes against the continental United States, using zeppelins which act as missile platforms for V-1 missiles with nuclear payloads. [[spoiler:And then there's the stasis pods.]]
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* This is another feature that ''WebOriginal/SeparatedAtBirthAmericaAndDrakia'' and the original [[{{Literature/TheDraka}} Draka series]] by Stirling that it reimagines share. In ''Separated at Birth'', it's justified as being the result of an alternate, later Napoleonic Wars leading to accelerated technological development. As an example, the 1850s sees the the WWI-like proliferation of breechloading rifles, poison gas and primitive machine guns in most European armies, while by the 1870s, heavier than air aircraft have already been developed. Whether it will lead to genetically engineered human-baboon-wolf hybrids and space warfare in the 1960s as in the original series have yet to be revealed.


* The entire LEGO Universe, as depicted in ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG''. We have knights and pirates shooting crossbows and flintlock pistols alongside astronauts and cyborgs shooting lasers and sonic weapons as all sorts of technology levels coexist in this world.
** The Space Knights are a specific example, since their entire culture is based on MedievalStasis enhanced by futuristic technology.

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* ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'': The entire LEGO Universe, as depicted in ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG''. Universe. We have knights and pirates shooting crossbows and flintlock pistols alongside astronauts and cyborgs shooting lasers and sonic weapons as all sorts of technology levels coexist in this world.
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world. The Space Knights are a specific example, since their entire culture is based on MedievalStasis enhanced by futuristic technology.



* For the most part ''Webcomic/{{Tellurion}}'' takes place in something like an Iron-Age Caribbean adventurer's fantasy world. That is, ff you look past the fact that the [[AlienSky sun and moon are giant mechanical apparatuses]], and one of the Heroes is a [[RobotBuddy robot]].

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* For ''Webcomic/{{Tellurion}}'', for the most part ''Webcomic/{{Tellurion}}'' part, takes place in something like an Iron-Age Caribbean adventurer's fantasy world. That is, ff you look past the fact that the [[AlienSky sun and moon are giant mechanical apparatuses]], and one of the Heroes is a [[RobotBuddy robot]].



* While the setting of ''Webcomic/BladeOfToshubi'' is mainly feudal japanese, there have been instances of higher level technology, such as Reiko's training taking place in a chamber with ''nuclear waste barrels.''

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* ''Webcomic/BladeOfToshubi'': While the setting of ''Webcomic/BladeOfToshubi'' is mainly feudal japanese, there have been instances of higher level technology, such as Reiko's training taking place in a chamber with ''nuclear waste barrels.''



* The small mining settlement of Prosperity in ''Webcomic/CwynhildsLoom'' resembles a Wild West town in look and feel, however robots, aircraft, high-speed maglev trains and powered land vehicles are all seen.

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* ''Webcomic/CwynhildsLoom'': The small mining settlement of Prosperity in ''Webcomic/CwynhildsLoom'' resembles a Wild West town in look and feel, however robots, aircraft, high-speed maglev trains and powered land vehicles are all seen.



* The AfterTheEnd setting of ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'' has this. For starters, the five nations of the Known World have lost their infrastructure to different extents. Mechanical vehicles are still around, but have become very expensive to use and maintain compared to horse-drawn carriages, thus making their use mostly military. Those that ''do'' exist are however more advanced than in present times. An Icelandic genetics program intended to boost the country's immunity rate hints that they at the very least have sperm and ovum preservation, as well as artificial insemination equipment up and running. By contrast, a Swedish character, whose country is just getting around having public radio again and has a few trains built specifically to go through PlagueZombie territory, genuinely believed that Finland didn't have electricity at all (they do, "but not very much" according to an actual Finn).

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* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': The AfterTheEnd setting of ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'' has this. For starters, the five nations of the Known World have lost their infrastructure to different extents. Mechanical vehicles are still around, but have become very expensive to use and maintain compared to horse-drawn carriages, thus making their use mostly military. Those that ''do'' exist are however more advanced than in present times. An Icelandic genetics program intended to boost the country's immunity rate hints that they at the very least have sperm and ovum preservation, as well as artificial insemination equipment up and running. By contrast, a Swedish character, whose country is just getting around having public radio again and has a few trains built specifically to go through PlagueZombie territory, genuinely believed that Finland didn't have electricity at all (they do, "but not very much" according to an actual Finn).



* In the Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom timeline ''Literature/MaleRising'', the Kingdom of the Arabs uses its oil wealth to preserve traditional culture and heavily subsidize the traditional nomadic lifestyles, leading to Berber clans driving around in luxurious all-terrain vehicles that open into grand, portable pavilions.

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* In the Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom timeline ''Literature/MaleRising'', ''Literature/MaleRising'' on Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom, the Kingdom of the Arabs uses its oil wealth to preserve traditional culture and heavily subsidize the traditional nomadic lifestyles, leading to Berber clans driving around in luxurious all-terrain vehicles that open into grand, portable pavilions.


* ''Literature/AmericasStepbrotherAmericasEnemyTwoPointZero'' is a speculative story where the United States is transported to the world of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' by a temporal anomaly. The Threeist states engage in this a lot, as their military doctrine is based around [[AwesomeButImpractical everything being as flashy and cumbersome as possible]] (the Threeist states don't fight wars to ''win'' - war is just meant to waste resources, generate propaganda and maintain the balance of power; the United States ''does'' fight to win). In an early skirmish, an F-22 Raptor pilot is left stunned by a flight of Threeist propeller bombers that dwarf any known modern or historical aircraft (like the Russian Tupolev_Tu-95), though this doesn't stop the squadron from decimating them. At one point the Oceanians attempt to launch nuclear strikes against the continental United States, using zeppelins which act as missile platforms for V-1 missiles with nuclear payloads. [[spoiler:And then there's the stasis pods.]]

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* ''Literature/AmericasStepbrotherAmericasEnemyTwoPointZero'' is a speculative story where the United States is transported to the world of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' by a temporal anomaly. The Threeist states engage in this a lot, as their military doctrine is based around [[AwesomeButImpractical everything being as flashy and cumbersome as possible]] (the Threeist states don't fight wars to ''win'' - war is just meant to waste resources, generate propaganda and maintain the balance of power; the United States ''does'' fight to win). In an early skirmish, an F-22 Raptor pilot is left stunned by a flight of Threeist propeller 16-engined bombers that dwarf any known modern or historical aircraft (like the Russian Tupolev_Tu-95), Tupolev Tu-95 or the America B-52), though this doesn't stop the squadron from decimating them. At one point the Oceanians attempt to launch nuclear strikes against the continental United States, using zeppelins which act as missile platforms for V-1 missiles with nuclear payloads. [[spoiler:And then there's the stasis pods.]]


* * This is another feature that ''WebOriginal/SeparatedAtBirthAmericaAndDrakia'' and the original [[{{Literature/TheDraka}} Draka series]] by Stirling that it reimagines share. In ''Separated at Birth'', it's justified as being the result of an alternate, later Napoleonic Wars leading to accelerated technological development. As an example, the 1850s sees the the WWI-like proliferation of breechloading rifles, poison gas and primitive machine guns in most European armies, while by the 1870s, heavier than air aircraft have already been developed. Whether it will lead to genetically engineered human-baboon-wolf hybrids and space warfare in the 1960s as in the original series have yet to be revealed.

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* * This is another feature that ''WebOriginal/SeparatedAtBirthAmericaAndDrakia'' and the original [[{{Literature/TheDraka}} Draka series]] by Stirling that it reimagines share. In ''Separated at Birth'', it's justified as being the result of an alternate, later Napoleonic Wars leading to accelerated technological development. As an example, the 1850s sees the the WWI-like proliferation of breechloading rifles, poison gas and primitive machine guns in most European armies, while by the 1870s, heavier than air aircraft have already been developed. Whether it will lead to genetically engineered human-baboon-wolf hybrids and space warfare in the 1960s as in the original series have yet to be revealed.

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* * This is another feature that ''WebOriginal/SeparatedAtBirthAmericaAndDrakia'' and the original [[{{Literature/TheDraka}} Draka series]] by Stirling that it reimagines share. In ''Separated at Birth'', it's justified as being the result of an alternate, later Napoleonic Wars leading to accelerated technological development. As an example, the 1850s sees the the WWI-like proliferation of breechloading rifles, poison gas and primitive machine guns in most European armies, while by the 1870s, heavier than air aircraft have already been developed. Whether it will lead to genetically engineered human-baboon-wolf hybrids and space warfare in the 1960s as in the original series have yet to be revealed.


** Lampshaded somewhat in the first Superman/Batman comic. Alfred is guarding the [[AbsurdlySpaciousSewer sewer entrance]] to the Batcave with a shotgun. Franchise/{{Superman}} remarks on it, telling Batman "You didn't have an extra freeze ray gun you could've given him?"
** Lampshaded in Starman, when Jack Knight tells his father that when he invented an unlimited, clean source of power in the 1940s, he should have used it to make cosmic-powered cars instead of flying around fighting crime. Jack's father actually goes on to construct a cosmic power plant big enough to power the entire county, which hasn't been seen since in the DCU.
** Oracle (the former Batgirl crippled by the Joker and current organizer of the ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey) plays with this. In theory, she could have the use of her legs back instantly with the tech that the JLA and Batman have available. She refuses to use it, however, [[ReedRichardsIsUseless until it is available to everyone]].
** Like many things, ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' deconstructs this trope a bit: Dr. Manhattan and others actually invent a ton of things that change the world. Cars are now electric, eliminating the need for gasoline powered vehicles, and among other things Rorschach's constantly shifting mask is an invention of Dr. Manhattan's designed originally as just an ornate dress.
* Pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} [[{{Superman}} Krypton]] had all manner of advanced tech, with the single, sometimes-lampshaded exception of a ''space program.'' Krypton only started developing space flight within a single generation before its destruction, and largely abandoned it after a catastrophe destroyed one of their moons (oops! This is what got Jax-Ur exiled to the Phantom Zone). But the reason for this lack of space tech is simple: In Pre-Crisis days, Krypton was freaking ''huge,'' with monstrous gravity that any rocket would have to fight. The breakthrough that finally allowed them to have spaceflight at all was Jor-El's invention of ''antigravity.'' All this meant that Jor-El was never able to build the evacuation fleet he wanted, and only had one little home-made rocket for baby [[{{Superman}} Kal-El]].

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* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** Lampshaded somewhat in the first Superman/Batman comic. Alfred is guarding the [[AbsurdlySpaciousSewer sewer entrance]] to the Batcave with a shotgun. Franchise/{{Superman}} remarks on it, telling Batman "You didn't have an extra freeze ray gun you could've given him?"
** Lampshaded in Starman, ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} tried to justify it back when Jack Knight tells his father that when he invented an unlimited, clean source of power in she was the 1940s, he should have used it to make cosmic-powered cars instead of flying around fighting crime. Jack's father actually goes on to construct a cosmic power plant big enough to power the entire county, which hasn't been seen since in the DCU.
** Oracle (the former Batgirl
crippled by the Joker and current organizer of the ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey) plays with this.hero Oracle. In theory, she could have the use of her legs back instantly with the tech that the JLA and Batman have available. She refuses to use it, however, [[ReedRichardsIsUseless until it is available to everyone]].
** Like many things, ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' deconstructs this trope a bit: Dr. Manhattan and others actually invent a ton of things that change the world. Cars are now electric, eliminating the need for gasoline powered vehicles, and among other things Rorschach's constantly shifting mask is an invention of Dr. Manhattan's designed originally as just an ornate dress.
* Pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} [[{{Superman}} Krypton]] ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'': Pre-[[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Crisis]] Krypton had all manner of advanced tech, with the single, sometimes-lampshaded exception of a ''space program.'' Krypton only started developing space flight within a single generation before its destruction, and largely abandoned it after a catastrophe destroyed one of their moons (oops! This is what got Jax-Ur exiled to the Phantom Zone).PhantomZone). But the reason for this lack of space tech is simple: In Pre-Crisis days, Krypton was freaking ''huge,'' with monstrous gravity that any rocket would have to fight. The breakthrough that finally allowed them to have spaceflight at all was Jor-El's invention of ''antigravity.'' All this meant that Jor-El was never able to build the evacuation fleet he wanted, and only had one little home-made rocket for baby [[{{Superman}} Kal-El]].



** More modern stories often explain this as a cultural shift; Kryptonians did at some point attempt to develop space travel, and even had a short-lived intergalactic colonial empire, but abandoned it as the people became more xenophobic. The same was true of on of their colonies, Daxam. In both cases the influence of a device intended to preserve Kryptonian cultural purity messing with their genetics was used to provide an explanation. The reason Jor-El could conceive of a way to leave Krypton was because his house originally ''built'' said device and he knew how to undo its effects.
* In ''Comicbook/WonderWoman'', Paradise Island is an interesting case. In [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Pre-Crisis days]], despite a [[SufficientlyAdvancedBambooTechnology love of ancient Greek aesthetics]], the Amazons had both magic ''and'' advanced technology -- for instance, they built the [[CoolPlane Invisible Jet]]. Since they had a magic scrying device that let them observe developments on the outside world at will, and they were a scholarly culture with nothing but time on their hands to invent things, [[JustifiedTrope this actually makes perfect sense.]] However, Post-Crisis, this was [[ViewersAreMorons deemed confusing,]] and the Amazons were cast solidly back into the Bronze Age.

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** More modern Post-Crisis stories like ''ComicBook/TheThirdKryptonian'' often explain this as a cultural shift; Kryptonians did at some point attempt to develop space travel, and even had a short-lived intergalactic colonial empire, but abandoned it as the people became more xenophobic. The same was true of on of their colonies, Daxam. In both cases the influence of a device intended to preserve Kryptonian cultural purity messing with their genetics was used to provide an explanation. The reason Jor-El and Zor-El could conceive of a way to leave Krypton was because his their house originally ''built'' said device and he they knew how to undo its effects.
* Lampshaded in ComicBook/{{Starman}}, when Jack Knight tells his father that when he invented an unlimited, clean source of power in the 1940s, he should have used it to make cosmic-powered cars instead of flying around fighting crime. Jack's father actually goes on to construct a cosmic power plant big enough to power the entire county, which hasn't been seen since in the DCU.
*
In ''Comicbook/WonderWoman'', ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', Dr. Manhattan and others actually invent a ton of things that change the world. Cars are now electric, eliminating the need for gasoline powered vehicles, and among other things Rorschach's constantly shifting mask is an invention of Dr. Manhattan's designed originally as just an ornate dress.
* In ''Franchise/WonderWoman'',
Paradise Island is an interesting case. In [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Pre-Crisis days]], despite a [[SufficientlyAdvancedBambooTechnology love of ancient Greek aesthetics]], the Amazons had both magic ''and'' advanced technology -- for instance, they built the [[CoolPlane Invisible Jet]]. Since they had a magic scrying device that let them observe developments on the outside world at will, and they were a scholarly culture with nothing but time on their hands to invent things, [[JustifiedTrope this actually makes perfect sense.]] However, Post-Crisis, this was [[ViewersAreMorons deemed confusing,]] and the Amazons were cast solidly back into the Bronze Age.



** Wakanda, home of the Comics/BlackPanther, goes even beyond Latveria in some versions. Someone might stumble on what looks like a harmless and primitive--at best Bronze Age--African village on the edge of the country and mistake it for an easy target only to discover the apparently decorative stone statues are shooting plasma bolts, armed flying drones are being launched from a wooden hut, and the spears those loincloth-wearing warriors are tossing? Rocket-boosted self-guided smart missiles with high explosive armour-piercing warheads.

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** Wakanda, home of the Comics/BlackPanther, ComicBook/BlackPanther, goes even beyond Latveria in some versions. Someone might stumble on what looks like a harmless and primitive--at best Bronze Age--African village on the edge of the country and mistake it for an easy target only to discover the apparently decorative stone statues are shooting plasma bolts, armed flying drones are being launched from a wooden hut, and the spears those loincloth-wearing warriors are tossing? Rocket-boosted self-guided smart missiles with high explosive armour-piercing warheads.



* ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' joyously lives on this trope. [[PlanetaryRomance Mongo]] has swords and rayguns and riding beasts and rocket ships and [[RuleOfCool anything that would be cool]].
* Darkseid's world of Apokolips often is depicted as this, having space ships, teleportation technology, and many advanced weapons, while making the slaves use wooden pulleys, carts, and hand labor to build ''stone'' castles. Most likely, this is [[CrapsackWorld all intentional]].

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* ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' joyously lives on this trope. [[PlanetaryRomance Mongo]] has swords and rayguns and riding beasts and rocket ships and [[RuleOfCool anything that would be cool]].
* Darkseid's
ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}'s world of Apokolips often is depicted as this, having has space ships, teleportation technology, and many advanced weapons, while making the slaves use wooden pulleys, carts, and hand labor to build ''stone'' castles. Most likely, this is [[CrapsackWorld all intentional]].



* Though ''StarWars'' is already slightly Schizo Tech because of a monastic order of sword-wielding monks in a highly advanced futuristic society, many of the comic books in the Expanded Universe that detail events that take place thousands of years before the movie have people wielding conventional swords and spears and bows and arrows alongside blasters, starships, and laser weaponry, such as the ''Jedi vs Sith'' comics having the Battle of Ruusan being fought by Jedi that use lightsabers, blasters, and ships alongside spears, swords, shields, bows, and other medieval-era weapons, while the Sith do the same thing. One Sith [[{{Mooks}} Mook]] in the same comic even uses a ''slingshot.''

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* Though ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' is already slightly Schizo Tech because of a monastic order of sword-wielding monks in a highly advanced futuristic society, many of the comic books in the Expanded Universe that detail events that take place thousands of years before the movie have people wielding conventional swords and spears and bows and arrows alongside blasters, starships, and laser weaponry, such as the ''Jedi vs Sith'' comics having the Battle of Ruusan being fought by Jedi that use lightsabers, blasters, and ships alongside spears, swords, shields, bows, and other medieval-era weapons, while the Sith do the same thing. One Sith [[{{Mooks}} Mook]] in the same comic even uses a ''slingshot.''



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* ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' joyously lives on this trope. [[PlanetaryRomance Mongo]] has swords and rayguns and riding beasts and rocket ships and [[RuleOfCool anything that would be cool]].
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When evaluating a candidate for this trope, try not to confuse anachronisms with non-western-isms. For example, a kimono can be just as modern as a three-piece suit, if not more so. Likewise, do not confuse anachronism for cosmetic purposes with anachronism of technological capability. For example, though you will see lots of ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld at work in Schizo Tech, [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} Airships]] themselves are not more or less advanced than airplanes or helicopters, just suited to different situations--namely, ones that value endurance, payload and fuel efficiency over speed and maneuverability. Alternatively, a judge wearing an eighteenth century robe and wig while judging cybercrime cases is not schizo tech, but simply a remnant of the GoodOldWays. And again, [[TropesAreNotBad Tropes Are Still Not Bad]]. It's also worth noting that in the alternate history of a candidate, the culture and style may simply be different, so while their older architecture may seem to jar with their higher levels of technology, it may be that that style of architecture is just "in" at that time. In dealing with other cultures, also remember that the concept of TechnologyLevels is flawed, and that [[AliensNeverInventedTheWheel real societies are not obliged to all invent the same things in the same order, and may miss some inventions entirely.]]

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When evaluating a candidate for this trope, try not to confuse anachronisms with non-western-isms. For example, a kimono can be just as modern as a three-piece suit, if not more so. Likewise, do not confuse anachronism for cosmetic purposes with anachronism of technological capability. For example, though you will see lots of ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld at work in Schizo Tech, [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} Airships]] themselves are not more or less advanced than airplanes or helicopters, just suited to different situations--namely, ones that value endurance, payload and fuel efficiency over speed and maneuverability. Alternatively, a judge wearing an eighteenth century robe and wig while judging cybercrime cases is not schizo tech, but simply a remnant of the GoodOldWays. And again, [[TropesAreNotBad [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools Tropes Are Still Not Bad]]. It's also worth noting that in the alternate history of a candidate, the culture and style may simply be different, so while their older architecture may seem to jar with their higher levels of technology, it may be that that style of architecture is just "in" at that time. In dealing with other cultures, also remember that the concept of TechnologyLevels is flawed, and that [[AliensNeverInventedTheWheel real societies are not obliged to all invent the same things in the same order, and may miss some inventions entirely.]]


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* ''ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheRift'' infamously introduced entirely generic-looking modern forklifts that clash rather jarringly with the setting's otherwise SteamPunk aesthetic.


** The first movie has [[https://howtotrainyourdragon.fandom.com/wiki/Hiccup%27s_Bola_Launcher this]] - essentially a humongous shnapper [[labelnote]]Arbalet with barrel to shoot bullets instead of arrows[[/labelnote]] that shoots bolas.

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** The first movie has [[https://howtotrainyourdragon.fandom.com/wiki/Hiccup%27s_Bola_Launcher this]] - essentially a humongous shnapper [[labelnote]]Arbalet shnapper[[labelnote:note]]Arbalet with barrel to shoot bullets instead of arrows[[/labelnote]] that shoots bolas.


* WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon was set likely in TheLowMiddleAges, but during SerialEscalation there are more end more of advanced tech:
** The first movie has [[https://howtotrainyourdragon.fandom.com/wiki/Hiccup%27s_Bola_Launcher this]] - assentially a humongous shnapper [[labelnote]]Arbalet with barrel to shoot bullets instead of arrows[[/labelnote]] that shoots bolas.

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* WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon was set likely in TheLowMiddleAges, but during SerialEscalation there are more end and more of advanced tech:
** The first movie has [[https://howtotrainyourdragon.fandom.com/wiki/Hiccup%27s_Bola_Launcher this]] - assentially essentially a humongous shnapper [[labelnote]]Arbalet with barrel to shoot bullets instead of arrows[[/labelnote]] that shoots bolas.


** In WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk Hiccup creates [[https://howtotrainyourdragon.fandom.com/wiki/Hiccup%27s_Shield shield-bow-harpoon]], [[https://howtotrainyourdragon.fandom.com/wiki/Inferno flaming sword]], [[https://howtotrainyourdragon.fandom.com/wiki/Hiccup%27s_Flightsuit flight suit]] and some diving equipment including helmet. Also there are a lot of arbalets (while there are no even a simple bot in the movie) and Dagur's mooks wearing helmets that look like great helm.

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** In WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk Hiccup creates [[https://howtotrainyourdragon.fandom.com/wiki/Hiccup%27s_Shield shield-bow-harpoon]], [[https://howtotrainyourdragon.fandom.com/wiki/Inferno flaming sword]], [[https://howtotrainyourdragon.fandom.com/wiki/Hiccup%27s_Flightsuit flight suit]] and some diving equipment including helmet. Also there are a lot of arbalets (while there are was no even a simple bot bow in the movie) and Dagur's mooks wearing helmets that look like great helm.helm from TheHighMiddleAges.

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