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** The aliens don't have DeliciousFruitPies. First Contact is salvaged by empty calories!

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** The aliens don't have DeliciousFruitPies.[[Advertising/HostessFruitPies delicious fruit pies]]. First Contact is salvaged by empty calories!


* '''Exaggerated''': The superintelligent Centaurians have somehow become a Kardashev Type IV civilization without ever discovering language.

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* '''Exaggerated''': '''Exaggerated''':
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The superintelligent Centaurians have somehow become a Kardashev Type IV civilization without ever discovering language.language.
** Centaurians are the race of [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien god-like beings,]] who never discovered fire and don't know the basics of mathemathics.

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** The Centaurian homeworld has a heavily rugged and mountainous terrain making invention of the wheel for transport impractical, so no-one thought to conceive of it.


* '''Averted''': TechnologyLevels are in full effect; every alien race's tech is across the board either better or worse than ours.

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* '''Averted''': '''Averted''':
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TechnologyLevels are in full effect; every alien race's tech is across the board either better or worse than ours.

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** The aliens, while advanced, also have simple things in place, such as wheels.

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** The aliens don't invent porn, so they have no problem seeing naked people doing stuff.

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** [[InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien The Centaurians are inferior to humanity]], except for one advanced piece of technology.


* '''Deconstructed''': While the Centaurians may have been missing some human inventions, over the centuries they'd achieved a utopian technological stasis, and the planet was at peace. This simple new introduction proves to be the straw to break the camel's back, and throws the whole world into war.

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* '''Deconstructed''': While the Centaurians may have been missing some human inventions, over the centuries they'd achieved a utopian technological stasis, and the planet was at peace. This simple new The introduction proves of a paradigm-shifting technology overnight has unintended consequences, which serve to be the straw to break the camel's back, and throws the whole world into war.show exactly why First Contact is so heavily regulated.



* '''Played For Drama''': The introduction of a paradigm-shifting technology overnight has unintended consequences, which serve to show exactly why First Contact is so heavily regulated.

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* '''Played For Drama''': The While the Centaurians may have been missing some human inventions, over the centuries they'd achieved a utopian technological stasis, and the planet was at peace. This simple new introduction of a paradigm-shifting technology overnight has unintended consequences, which serve proves to show exactly why First Contact is so heavily regulated.be the straw to break the camel's back, and throws the whole world into war.


* '''Deconstructed''': While the Centaurians may have been missing some human inventions, over the centuries they'd achieved a utopian technological stasis, and the planet was at peace. This simple new introduction proves to be the straw to break the camel's back, and throws the whole world into war.
* '''Reconstructed''': The introduction is revolutionary, as any new technology is, but it's shown to be no worse than any native breakthrough. While the human high command discipline the contact crew for breaking the rules, and the alien ruling elite are predicting the downfall of their civilization, the Centaurian on the street loves the wheel and is grateful to humanity for its introduction, seeing the elite as closed-minded traditionalists devoted to the GoodOldWays.



* '''Deconstructed''': While the Centaurians may have been missing some human inventions, over the centuries they'd achieved a utopian technological stasis, and the planet was at peace. This simple new introduction proves to be the straw to break the camel's back, and throws the whole world into war.
* '''Reconstructed''': The introduction is revolutionary, as any new technology is, but it's shown to be no worse than any native breakthrough. While the human high command discipline the contact crew for breaking the rules, and the alien ruling elite are predicting the downfall of their civilization, the Centaurian on the street loves the wheel and is grateful to humanity for its introduction, seeing the elite as closed-minded traditionalists devoted to the GoodOldWays.


** If they have never discovered fire, their planet's atmosphere contains no oxygen.

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** If they have never discovered fire, their planet's atmosphere contains little or no oxygen.



* '''Lampshaded''': "How have you advanced this far without wheels?"

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* '''Lampshaded''': '''Lampshaded''':
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"How have you advanced this far without wheels?"wheels?"
** "Just because we've never heard of a wheel - except from you - doesn't mean you're better, oxygen-breathers."



* '''Defied''':

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* '''Defied''':'''Defied''': The Centaurians want to be considered superior to all other races, so they spy on all other intelligent life that they are within reach of, and do their research to ensure that they have every invention in the universe including simple and unnecessary ones.
* '''Discussed''':
** "CaptainsLog: Am descending to the planet's surface to initiate First Contact. Who knows what our races will have to teach each other? They may even lack some of the things we take most for granted. I've got 500 credits on the wheel, Science Officer Smug has fire, and Ensign Mickey is [[BoldlyComing hoping they haven't established the link between sex and pregnancy.]]"



** The Centaurians want to be considered superior to all other races, so they spy on all other intelligent life that they are within reach of, and do their research to ensure that they have every invention in the universe including simple and unnecessary ones.
* '''Discussed''': "CaptainsLog: Am descending to the planet's surface to initiate First Contact. Who knows what our races will have to teach each other? They may even lack some of the things we take most for granted. I've got 500 credits on the wheel, Science Officer Smug has fire, and Ensign Mickey is [[BoldlyComing hoping they haven't established the link between sex and pregnancy.]]"



* '''Implied''': The Museum of Centaurian Inventions showcases the Centaurians' many technological wonders (including AntiGravity and intergalactic teleporters) but does not mention the wheel even once.

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* '''Implied''': The Museum of Centaurian Inventions showcases the Centaurians' many technological wonders (including AntiGravity and intergalactic teleporters) but does not makes no mention the wheel even once.of wheels or any wheeled vehicles.


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* '''Untwisted''': The Centaurians do not know what a wheel is. The human contact crew asks them about [[CallARabbitASmeerp "transportation discs"]], and the Centaurians still don't understand.


* '''Exaggerated''': The superintelligent Centaurians have somehow come this far without discovering language.
* '''Downplayed''': The Centaurians are more advanced than us but never discovered electricity; something else drives their machines.

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* '''Exaggerated''': The superintelligent Centaurians have somehow come this far become a Kardashev Type IV civilization without ever discovering language.
* '''Downplayed''': The Centaurians are more advanced than us in most ways, but have never discovered harnessed electricity; something else drives powers their machines.equivalents of our electrical appliances.



* '''Subverted''': A Centaurian archaeologist reveals that the Centaurians once had wheels, but they've advanced so far since then that nowadays the average citizen knows as much about them as we do about flint-knapping.
* '''Double Subverted''': He was lying, so that we [[CallAHumanAMeatbag "jumped-monkeys"]] wouldn't think we were superior to the Centaurian race in any way.

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* '''Subverted''': '''Subverted''':
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A Centaurian archaeologist reveals that the Centaurians once had wheels, but they've advanced so far since then that nowadays the average citizen knows as much about them as we do about flint-knapping.
** The Centaurians do not know what "wheels" are, and the humans assume that the Centaurians never invented the wheel. However, it turns out that the Centaurians have wheels but call them "circular mobility aids".
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He was lying, so that we [[CallAHumanAMeatbag "jumped-monkeys"]] wouldn't think we were superior to the Centaurian race in any way.way.
** But then it turns out they're missing something else.



** The aliens don't have DeliciousFruitPies. First contact is salvaged by empty calories!

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** The aliens don't have DeliciousFruitPies. First contact Contact is salvaged by empty calories!


* '''Exaggerated''':
** The superintelligent Centaurians have somehow come this far without discovering language.

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* '''Exaggerated''':
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'''Exaggerated''': The superintelligent Centaurians have somehow come this far without discovering language.


* '''Exaggerated''': The superintelligent Centaurians have somehow come this far without discovering language.

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* '''Exaggerated''': '''Exaggerated''':
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The superintelligent Centaurians have somehow come this far without discovering language.



** [[InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien The only high tech the Centaurians have is space travel; apart from that, they're entirely inferior to humanity.]]


* '''Exaggerated''':
** The superintelligent Centaurians have somehow come this far without discovering language.
** InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien: the ''only'' high tech the Centaurians have is space travel; apart from that they're entirely inferior to humanity.

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* '''Exaggerated''':
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'''Exaggerated''': The superintelligent Centaurians have somehow come this far without discovering language.
** InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien: the ''only'' high tech the Centaurians have is space travel; apart from that they're entirely inferior to humanity.
language.



* '''Inverted''':

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* '''Inverted''': '''Inverted''':
** [[InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien The only high tech the Centaurians have is space travel; apart from that, they're entirely inferior to humanity.]]



* '''Double Subverted''': He was lying, so we [[CallAHumanAMeatbag "jumped-monkeys"]] wouldn't think we were better than them in any way.

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* '''Double Subverted''': He was lying, so that we [[CallAHumanAMeatbag "jumped-monkeys"]] wouldn't think we were better than them superior to the Centaurian race in any way.



* '''Averted''': TechnologyLevels are in full effect; the aliens' tech is across the board either better or worse than ours.

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* '''Averted''': TechnologyLevels are in full effect; the aliens' every alien race's tech is across the board either better or worse than ours.



* '''Lampshaded''': "How have you advanced this far without wheels?
* '''Invoked''': Both civilisations were created and guided by aeons-old {{Precursors}} to settle a bet as to what's better - the wheel, or the leehw.

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* '''Lampshaded''': "How have you advanced this far without wheels?
wheels?"
* '''Invoked''': '''Invoked''':
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Both civilisations were created and guided by aeons-old {{Precursors}} to settle a bet as to what's better - the wheel, or the leehw.leehw.
** When the Centaurians invent hover-tech, they stop using wheels. They then decide to [[UnPerson erase all evidence that they ever had wheels]], just to screw with other civilizations.



* '''Defied''': "Why do you insist on trying to find the technologies we don't share? Face it, we're just ''[[SpaceElves better]]'' than you."

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* '''Defied''': '''Defied''':
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"Why do you insist on trying to find the technologies we don't share? Face it, we're just ''[[SpaceElves better]]'' than you.""
** The Centaurians want to be considered superior to all other races, so they spy on all other intelligent life that they are within reach of, and do their research to ensure that they have every invention in the universe including simple and unnecessary ones.



* '''Implied''': The Museum of Centaurian Inventions showcases the Centaurians' many technological wonders (including AntiGravity and intergalactic teleporters) but does not mention the wheel even once.



%%* '''Implied''': ???


** If they have never discovered fire, their planet's atmosphere contains no oxygen.



* '''Subverted''': An archaeologist reveals that the Centaurians once had wheels, but they've advanced so far since then that nowadays the average citizen knows as much about them as we do about flint-knapping.
* '''Double Subverted''': He was just showing off so we jumped-monkeys wouldn't think we were better than them in any way.

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* '''Subverted''': An A Centaurian archaeologist reveals that the Centaurians once had wheels, but they've advanced so far since then that nowadays the average citizen knows as much about them as we do about flint-knapping.
* '''Double Subverted''': He was just showing off lying, so we jumped-monkeys [[CallAHumanAMeatbag "jumped-monkeys"]] wouldn't think we were better than them in any way.

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