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* With wars often involving previously unexplored jungles, this trope gets invoked quite often. Natives have been discovered worshiping weaponry, babbling into discarded radios and even making runways in the hopes of summoning the powers the Americans displayed to them.
** See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargo_cult Cargo Cult]] in Wiki/ThatOtherWiki

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* With wars often involving previously unexplored jungles, this trope gets invoked quite often. often as the armies come into contact with indigenous groups. Natives have been discovered worshiping foreign weaponry, babbling into talking to discarded radios after witnessing soldiers using them, and even making building runways and statues of pilots and their aircraft in the hopes of summoning the powers the Americans displayed to them.
** See These religions are often referred to as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargo_cult Cargo Cult]] Cults]]; see the page in Wiki/ThatOtherWikiWiki/ThatOtherWiki for more detail.


In a GodGuise or TimeTravel scenario, a modern person with some technological convenience uses it to try and impress the more primitive locals. Guns and cigarette lighters are common versions, with Polaroid cameras not far behind. Japanese fiction has [[CriticalResearchFailure a particularly ludicrous variant]], where [[MedievalEuropeanFantasy a medieval Europe analogue]] is introduced to such "unbelievable technologies" as [[KatanasAreJustBetter fold-forged sabers]] and [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseLanguage short-form writing systems]].

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In a GodGuise or TimeTravel scenario, a modern person with some technological convenience uses it to try and impress the more primitive locals. Guns and cigarette lighters are common versions, with Polaroid cameras not far behind. Japanese fiction has [[CriticalResearchFailure a particularly ludicrous variant]], where [[MedievalEuropeanFantasy a medieval Europe analogue]] is introduced to such "unbelievable technologies" as [[KatanasAreJustBetter fold-forged sabers]] and [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseLanguage short-form writing systems]].
systems]]. See also ConvenientEclipse for another way to impress the locals.


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* In ''Manga/DrStone'', Senku uses his knowledge of chemistry and modern technology to impress the people from Kohaku's village, but never pretends it's magic, and explains to anyone who will listen (mostly just Chrome) exactly how these things work. He coats Kinro's speartip with a gold compound, and wins over more villagers to his side with the food of the gods: ramen.


* An episode of ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' revolved around this: Nobita tried gathering a number of modern objects and using the time machine to travel back in time to the prehistoric age in order to invoke the trope and have the locals make him their king. However, being an idiot, the stuff he took either didn't work in that era (like a radio or a flashlight without batteries), or didn't cause any awe whatsoever (like a pack of playing cards). He ends up mistaken for a monkey and tied to a leash by some cave people [[IdenticalGrandson looking suspiciously like his friends]]. To humiliate him even further, Doraemon shows up, chases away a mammoth with his ray gun and the cave people make ''him'' their king.

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* An episode of ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' ''Manga/{{Doraemon}}'' revolved around this: Nobita tried gathering a number of modern objects and using the time machine to travel back in time to the prehistoric age in order to invoke the trope and have the locals make him their king. However, being an idiot, the stuff he took either didn't work in that era (like a radio or a flashlight without batteries), or didn't cause any awe whatsoever (like a pack of playing cards). He ends up mistaken for a monkey and tied to a leash by some cave people [[IdenticalGrandson looking suspiciously like his friends]]. To humiliate him even further, Doraemon shows up, chases away a mammoth with his ray gun and the cave people make ''him'' their king.


* [[http://partiallyclips.com/2002/01/13/king-and-queen/ This strip]] from ''Webcomic/PartiallyClips'' showcases a unique subversion of the concept.

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* %%* [[http://partiallyclips.com/2002/01/13/king-and-queen/ This strip]] from ''Webcomic/PartiallyClips'' showcases a unique subversion of the concept.


* In the ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' [[SwordAndSorcery]]] sourcebook ''Warriors and Warlocks'', the quote text for the Timelost Hero archetype is "Yeah, your big pointy stick is real impressive. Now watch what happens when I point this shiny baby at you and pull this itty-bitty piece of metal called a 'trigger'."

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* In the ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' [[SwordAndSorcery]]] SwordAndSorcery sourcebook ''Warriors and Warlocks'', the quote text for the Timelost Hero archetype is "Yeah, your big pointy stick is real impressive. Now watch what happens when I point this shiny baby at you and pull this itty-bitty piece of metal called a 'trigger'."


* An episode of ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' revolved around this: Nobita tried gathering a number of modern objects and using the time machine to travel back in time to the prehistoric age in order to invoke the trope and have the locals make him their king. However, being an idiot, the stuff he took either didn't work in that era (like a radio or a flashlight without batteries), or didn't cause any awe whatsoever (like a pack of playing cards). He ends up mistaken by a monkey and tied to a leash by some cave people [[IdenticalGrandson looking suspiciously like his friends]]. To humiliate him even further, Doraemon shows up, chases away a mammoth with his ray gun and the cave people make ''him'' their king.

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* An episode of ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' revolved around this: Nobita tried gathering a number of modern objects and using the time machine to travel back in time to the prehistoric age in order to invoke the trope and have the locals make him their king. However, being an idiot, the stuff he took either didn't work in that era (like a radio or a flashlight without batteries), or didn't cause any awe whatsoever (like a pack of playing cards). He ends up mistaken by for a monkey and tied to a leash by some cave people [[IdenticalGrandson looking suspiciously like his friends]]. To humiliate him even further, Doraemon shows up, chases away a mammoth with his ray gun and the cave people make ''him'' their king.


* After ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' are separated in a Medieval world, [[IronMan Tony Stark]] tries to scare off some enemies with a road flare. They are not impressed and beat him up.

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* After ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' are separated in a Medieval world, [[IronMan [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] tries to scare off some enemies with a road flare. They are not impressed and beat him up.


** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5TheGirlWhoDied "The Girl Who Died"]]: The Doctor tries (and fails) to [[GodGuise convince a Viking village that he's Odin]] by wowing them with his yo-yo skills. Made even less impressive when the Mire show up, who have already put on a much more convincing display (without yo-yo).

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5TheGirlWhoDied "The Girl Who Died"]]: The When the Doctor and Clara are threatened by Vikings, the Doctor attempts to impress them with his sonic sunglasses, only for them to casually snatch them from his face and break them in half. Later, the Doctor tries (and fails) to [[GodGuise convince a Viking village that he's Odin]] by wowing them with his yo-yo skills. Made even less impressive when the Mire show up, who have already put on a much more convincing display (without yo-yo).


-->'''Spa'am:''' We see you have boom boom sticks. Bye Bye!

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-->'''Spa'am:''' We see you have boom boom sticks. (''{{beat}}'') Bye Bye!bye!

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5TheGirlWhoDied "The Girl Who Died"]]: The Doctor tries (and fails) to [[GodGuise convince a Viking village that he's Odin]] by wowing them with his yo-yo skills. Made even less impressive when the Mire show up, who have already put on a much more convincing display (without yo-yo).


* Parodied in ''Film/BlackKnight''; Martin Lawrence, stranded in the Middle Ages, tries to impress the locals with his cigarette lighter, to which a bemused peasant merely responds "We ''have'' fire."

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* Parodied in ''Film/BlackKnight''; Martin Lawrence, Creator/MartinLawrence's character Jamal Walker, stranded in the Middle Ages, tries to impress the locals with his cigarette lighter, to which a bemused peasant merely responds "We ''have'' fire."


* Stuck on a backwater planet in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'', space cadet Claude unthinkingly uses his laser pistol to dispatch a monster threatening a local girl. Worse, it turns out the natives have a prophecy about a "hero from the skies" bearing a "Sword of Light". Eventually the gun's battery runs out, and he's forced to make do with an actual sword.

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* Stuck on a backwater planet in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'', space cadet Claude unthinkingly uses his laser pistol to dispatch a monster threatening a local girl. Worse, it turns out the natives have a prophecy about a "hero from the skies" bearing a "Sword of Light". Eventually the gun's battery runs out, and he's forced to make do with an actual sword. Comes back again if Opera is recruited as she comes equipped with a large beam rifle.


** And perhaps somewhat subverted in a much later episode when O'Neil's team delivers several crates filled with modern firearms to help supply a group of rebel Jaffa they're allied with. The Jaffa, more used to the flashy energy weapons they'd been trained with by the Goa'uld they'd previously served, are quite skeptical of the value of the Earth-made weapons. O'Neill has to convince them that they're worth using by having Carter (wielding a FN[Fabrique Nationale] P-90) do a side-by-side comparison with a Jaffa marksman wielding a staff weapon at the shooting range. The staff weapon blows a flaming chunk out of the target log (and misses two out of five shots), while the P-90 ''saws it in half'', before Carter finishes by firing a single shot to cut the rope the log is hanging from. O'Neill points out that staff weapons are designed to invoke this trope by being big, flashy, and terrifying, whereas a P-90 is designed to kill things very efficiently.

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** And perhaps somewhat subverted in a much later episode when O'Neil's team delivers several crates filled with modern firearms to help supply a group of rebel Jaffa they're allied with. The Jaffa, more used to the flashy energy weapons they'd been trained with by the Goa'uld they'd previously served, are quite skeptical of the value of the Earth-made weapons. O'Neill has to convince them that they're worth using by having Carter (wielding a FN[Fabrique Nationale] P-90) do a side-by-side comparison with a Jaffa marksman wielding a staff weapon at the shooting range. The staff weapon blows a flaming chunk out of the target log (and misses two out of five shots), while the P-90 ''saws it in half'', before Carter finishes by firing a single shot to cut the rope the log is hanging from. O'Neill points out that staff weapons are designed to invoke this trope by being [[WeaponForIntimidation big, flashy, and terrifying, terrifying]], whereas a P-90 is designed to [[BoringButPractical kill things very efficiently.efficiently]].


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* In the ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' PulpFantasy sourcebook ''Warriors and Warlocks'', the quote text for the Timelost Hero archetype is "Yeah, your big pointy stick is real impressive. Now watch what happens when I point this shiny baby at you and pull this itty-bitty piece of metal called a 'trigger'."

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* In the ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' PulpFantasy [[SwordAndSorcery]]] sourcebook ''Warriors and Warlocks'', the quote text for the Timelost Hero archetype is "Yeah, your big pointy stick is real impressive. Now watch what happens when I point this shiny baby at you and pull this itty-bitty piece of metal called a 'trigger'."

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