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1[[quoteright:350:]]²[[caption-width-right:350:A Tactical Flintlock.]]²²->''"Those're guns! Whoever heard of guns in a samurai flick!!?"''²-->-- '''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]]. [[/note]]²²The setting and timeline may seem at first to be TheMiddleAges, [[UsefulNotes/TheThirteenAmericanColonies The Colonial Period]], or some FantasyCounterpartCulture thereof, but when you look closer, you find polyester, robots, or other high-tech toys in between the horse-drawn wagons and wattle-and-daub buildings. There's generally no rhyme or reason for ''which'' technologies are anachronistically present besides the RuleOfCool. Sometimes these may be leftovers from a [[LostTechnology lost technological civilization]], or perhaps it could be that science developed along a different path than ours, allowing for more advanced technology in one field, while stagnating in others, but most of the time there is no explanation whatsoever for the bizarre mix of medieval and futuristic.²²Schizo Tech is a key component of PunkPunk. It's also the foundation for FantasyGunControl. Compare DecadeDissonance for when one side has all the cool toys. When a story nominally set in a real-life historical period has this problem, you've got yourself some tasty AnachronismStew. It may be because an [[HigherTechSpecies isolated branch of mankind]] created an AdvancedAncientAcropolis. AfterTheEnd is normally a good justification of this; often resulting in ScavengerWorld, especially when you have a faction with LowCultureHighTech.²²When 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, [[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.]]²²Most comic book universes have this trope as a natural consequence: the wondrous science held by the [[ReedRIchardsIsUseless heroes]] and [[CutLexLuthorACheck villains]] would, if even partially distributed, violate the surprisingly mundane world that divides the superhero genre from outright SpeculativeFiction. Examples and subversions are noted below.²²This trope has frequently been TruthInTelevision depending on the circumstances, with historical works involving UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and other major events that were technological 'kitchen sink' like affairs (with cavalry charges co-existing with airplane bombing runs) one hundred percent qualifying. Beware: Many sci-fi settings that aren't [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness harder than diamond]] can become this ''constantly'' if you think about it too hard. ²²Compare AdventureFriendlyWorld, AnachronismStew, CultureChopSuey, and FantasyKitchenSink. TechnologyLevels is what this trope averts. As well as MedievalEuropeanFantasy, of course. If the old stuff proves as effective as the new stuff, you've also got an ArchaicWeaponForAnAdvancedAge. It may also be the byproduct of a RetroUniverse. Contrast DaysOfFuturePast. [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] tech used by schizophrenics.²²----²²!!Examples²[[index]]²* SchizoTech/AnimeAndManga²* [[SchizoTech/LiveActionFilms Film — Live-Action]]²* SchizoTech/{{Literature}}²* SchizoTech/LiveActionTV²* SchizoTech/TabletopGames²* SchizoTech/VideoGames²* SchizoTech/WesternAnimation²* SchizoTech/RealLife²[[/index]]²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Asian Animation]]²* ''Animation/HappyHeroes'': In Season 6, planet Guling is entirely prehistoric in nature, complete with a lack of modern technology... save for the presence of Sad S., Sick S., and Oversensitive S., who are all robots like the main characters.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* 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?²* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':²** Lampshaded 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?"²** ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} tried to justify it back when she was the crippled 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]].²* ''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 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]].²** This mostly just justifies why the Kryptonians didn't travel the galaxy as Supermen once they escaped the light of their red sun. In theory, if they had gotten far enough away, they could simply continue travelling without the need for spaceships.²** 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 their house originally ''built'' said device and they knew how to undo its effects.²* 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.²* In ''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.²* 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.²* Creator/MarvelComics is guilty of this as well. [[IronMan Stark Industries]] have technology that really should have revolutionized the world by now, SHIELD have jetpacks and spaceships (technically, SWORD has the spaceships, but whatever), [[Comicbook/XMen Charles Xavier]] has a global surveillance system (mutant only), Henry Pym has his shrinking particles, and of course, ReedRichardsIsUseless.²** This huge waste of world changing technology is noted as one of Pym's "sins" in Paradise X since Pym could have saved many more lives by adapting his technology to industry or health technology rather than using it to beat up criminals.²** Even before the ''ComicBook/CivilWar'', [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] tried letting the U.S. government use some low-powered suits of PoweredArmor a few times. Inevitably, the armor ended up getting used for purposes that were evil or stupid and Tony ended up regretting the decision. That said, the U.S. government has Mandroids, Sentinels, portable energy weapons and all kinds of other ridiculous tech -- none of which they even bother to keep secret! Bizarrely, the general public never seems to question any of this, not even when 50 foot tall killer robots are standing guard at the White House!²** Latveria is one of the most advanced nations on Earth, but most of the landscape ''looks'' quaint and medieval--because Doctor Doom ''likes'' the quaint medieval look.²** Wakanda, home of the 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.²** Minor villain/heroic ally Arkon and his city Polemachus would count. Arkon is loincloth-wearing, sword-wielding barbarian who rides giant lizards, but carries thunderbolt-shaped energy spears that can open dimensional portals and be hurled for powerful energy bursts. The city he rules, Polemachus, is something out of a Frank Frazetta/Roger Dean album cover with such weirdtech as mind-controlling machines, but they somehow never develop atomic power (Arkon had to kidnap and brainwash Earth scientists to get the secret of developing nukes. The SchizoTech elements get furthered as Arkon often goes raiding Earth and other dimensions for the opportunity to steal what technology Polemachus doesn't have, and his people have a highly developed use of sorcery and magic besides their own native science.²* ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'''s been going since TheFifties and the Korean War, so Beetle and his unit wear Korea-era uniforms, drive Jeeps, and use old-fashioned rifles. In more recent strips, there are computers, microphone headsets, modern-style golf, and other modern technology, but the 50s tech has never gone away.²* Nävis, the protagonist of the French comic series ''ComicBook/{{Sillage}}'', lives in a treehouse inside a sort of biosphere spaceship, presumably because she grew up in a jungle and likes her home feeling close to nature.²* ''ComicBook/TheTriganEmpire'' has supersonic planes and swords. Guns exist, but haven't made swords and spears obsolete, for some reason.²* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' strip ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock'', intergalactic spacecraft, HumongousMecha and swords and battle axes.²* ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}'s world of Apokolips 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]].²* Schizotech shows ups in the comic series Neozoic. The comic is set in a contemporary Earth of an alternate history where the extinction of the dinosaurs never happened. Humans use animal-drawn wagons and large sailboats for travel and trade purposes. They also make extensive use of swords, longbows and crossbows (a heavy rifle does appear, ONCE! And it jammed without firing a single shot too). However they have television and camcorders as well as other electronics. Stockades using electrified fencing have also been shown. The main character of the story also carries a unique wrist-mounted acid sprayer that she uses with devastating effect.²* Though ''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.''²* Tech level in ''ComicBook/WhiteSand'' is pretty hard to nail down. On one hand, Darksiders have flintlocks and dynamite, while Daysiders seem to be more on spears-and-swords level of technology - yet there's something akin to a radio or DVD player visible behind Kenton in one panel.²* In ''ComicBook/{{Lilith}}'' [[ButterflyOfDoom the alterations to the timeline caused by the protagonist's actions]] eventually start having this effect. Most notably, in the altered timeline Japanese small arms in 1783 were noted to have twice the range of their British equivalents, and a couple pages later it's shown they're breech-loading bolt action guns with rifled barrels, and their munitions are paper cartridges with spitzer bullets.²* ''ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheRift'' infamously introduced entirely generic-looking modern forklifts that clash rather jarringly with the setting's otherwise SteamPunk aesthetic.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Strips]]²* ''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]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Fan Works]]²* In ''FanFic/WorldwarWarOfEquals'', Humans are actually surprised that the aliens have tanks, aircraft, and technology that are somewhat weaker than theirs but yet they have starships and have cold sleep tech.²* ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'': Technology is all over the 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). 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''.²* ''FanFic/ShieldedUnderTheRaptorsWings'': [[Series/BabylonFive The Earth Alliance's case]] is {{Lampshaded}} 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.²* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', in the city of Ankh-Morpork as seen by the visiting Californians in crossover fic with ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', ''Fanfic/TheManyWorldsInterpretation''. It has a supercomputer (HEX) way in advance of anything on Earth but no electricity, TV, petrol engines... meanwhile visiting Discworlders in Pasadena/Los Angeles find technological sophistication - but no awareness of magic. The visiting Assassin realises how reliance on machinery to do the work has rendered the people largely less muscular and physically able than on her own world. ²* C'hou is loaded with this in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', as the G'heddi'onians use both magic and technology, and the outworlders have brought in a huge variety of stuff.²** The four immediately note the wide variety of styles and materials used in clothing stores, and how unlikely it would be for everything to be produced locally. When George asks a salesperson where all the stuff comes from, the woman handwaves it by saying that “The gods lined up various suppliers.” ²** Ringo notes that the civilians of the Guardians-run Central City are essentially peasants who sell heavy ordnance from what look like fruit stands and ox carts.²** The G'heddi'onians are divided into the urbanized “Urb Geddies” and the Luddite “Nat Geddies,” who eschew both technology and most magic. However, the Urb Geddies use both happily, though at least one (Lotisa) was very startled by John's [[TouchTelepathy touch-telepathy]] because she “grew up with tech.”²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Film — Animated]]²* ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' is largely set in an ancient Incan kingdom, although a floor waxer inexplicably appears for a one-shot gag.²* The animated movie ''WesternAnimation/DragonHill'' seems mostly set in a medieval setting, with a character trying to improve technological advance (such as the use of television); in the end, [[spoiler:it turns out dragons had developed a ''super computer''.]]²* Features rather heavily in both ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'' and ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal2000''.²* WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon was set likely in TheLowMiddleAges, but during SerialEscalation there are more and more of advanced tech:²** The first movie has [[ this]] - essentially a humongous shnapper[[labelnote:note]]Arbalet with barrel to shoot bullets instead of arrows[[/labelnote]] that shoots bolas.²** In WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk Hiccup creates [[ shield-bow-harpoon]], [[ flaming sword]], [[ flight suit]] and some diving equipment including helmet. Also there are a lot of arbalets (while there was no even a simple bow in the movie) and Dagur's mooks wearing helmets that look like great helm from TheHighMiddleAges.²** In WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2 there are also [[ very complicated traps]] and some things on Berk like giant metal gates of dragon stables. ²** WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragonTheHiddenWorld - as berkians' equipment becomes more and more advanced to the point of gas grenades, antagonists show [[ dragon-propelled quadrocopter]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Interactive Fiction]]²* VideoGame/{{Zork}} contains mostly World War 2ish-era technology that is augmented by magic, some of which uses devices that strike accord with pre-industrial paradigms.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Music Videos]]²* Music/{{Muse}}'s ''Music/KnightsOfCydonia''. [[ A thematic smorgasbord: a spaghetti western film with post-apocalyptic influence, livened with the occasional kung-fu cowboy or metal-clad maiden astride a unicorn.]]²* In Music/AdamAnt's video for "Stand and Delver", supposedly set in 18th century England one of the "dandy highwayman's" victims is listening to a Walkman.²* In Music/OfMonstersAndMen's music video for "King and Lionheart", the airships and war machines don't seem too out of place in the fantasy setting, but the stone temple [[spoiler:that launches into the air like a spacecraft]] comes as a surprise.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Pinball]]²* In ''Pinball/TheFlintstones,'' not only does Fred invent concrete several million years early, there's the Dictabird, the Bronto Crane, and a push mower with a giant lobster on the front.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]²* The L.O.U.I.S. Wrestling board communicated with partner enterprises like Wrestling/{{CZW}} and their own appointed officials like Sozio by telegraph. In 2012, when fax machines, email and cell phones were not only common place, but in most cases much cheaper. When the company itself relied on social networking services like Facebook and video streaming sites like Youtube to promote their product. This mostly went without comment but their first singles champion, Sienna Duvall, didn't even know what a telegraph was.[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Role-Playing Games]]²* ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'': The entire LEGO 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. The Space Knights are a specific example, since their entire culture is based on MedievalStasis enhanced by futuristic technology.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Toys]]²* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' has this in spades- to the point where villagers use PoweredArmor and robotic exoskeletons (and are themselves biomechanical) while living in huts and shacks on a tropical island.²** At one point, Jaller, who would be at least somewhat familiar with walking vehicles, is taken aback at the concept of ''wheels''. ²** Later on in the story, the Toa Nuva are utterly confused upon seeing a strange material none of them has ever seen before. What is that substance? ''Paper''. ²---> Pohatu: “Why use this when there are perfectly good rocks everywhere you look?”²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Animation]]²* ''WebAnimation/{{Audience}}'' They have a feudalistic monarchy complete with peasants and castles in one location and space traveling robot engineers in the next. Not to mention magic.²* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': It's mentioned 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]].]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Webcomics]]²* The world of ''Webcomic/BlondeSunrise'' is a downplayed example. Creston and its surrounding environs have a tech level mostly comparable to the modern day, but they appear to lack computers or the Internet, and melee weapons are used alongside modern firearms by hunters.²* ''Webcomic/BrunoTheBandit'' is set in a basic "middle ages" fantasy setting, but still has vacuum cleaners, television (complete with every TV trope in the book) and cellphones. The author Ian Mcdonald [[WordOfGod has said]] he originally intended the Schizo Tech to be the main source of humour in the comic, but soon realised it couldn't carry jokes by itself and it was left as TheArtifact. There are still occasional gags such as their version of Youtube being called "[[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe Thoutube]]".²* ''Webcomic/TheFourth'' is mostly a Zelda-esque fantasy world, but the authors are not afraid to throw in a Victorian-era haunted house, or phone when the plot beckons.²* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is set in a MedievalEuropeanFantasy setting much like a typical campaign setting for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. However, in various strips it has featured coffee machines, indoor plumbing, stethoscopes, bug zappers, cell phones, and even a desktop computer (the last one was admittedly owned by an angel). The TechnologyLevels appears to be [[RuleOfFunny whatever inspires the best jokes]].²** V [[LampshadeHanging calls the strip out on it]] once:²--->'''V:''' I'm simply saying that the architectural motifs here in Cliffport are inconsistent with the medieval time period... I grasp the premise that [[{{Magitek}} any sufficiently advanced--and in particular, reliable--magic would be indistinguishable from technology]], I merely find the implementation here haphazard, at best.\²'''Durkon:''' Meh. It could be worse, ye know.... [[TabletopGame/{{Eberron}} They could have magic trains]].²** In a later strip, Redcloak mentions that magical, lightning-powered trains actually do exist in the OOTS-verse (and complains that he's the one who has to [[RepressiveButEfficient make sure they run on time]]).²* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has numerous instances of technological disconnects, mainly because {{mad scientist}}s have specialized talents and are more inclined to fight each other than to build something profitable. They have autonomous robots with advanced AI but no computers. Airships the size of cities cruise the skies, but no fixed or rotary wing aircraft. Energy weapons abound but no radio or telephonic communications. Probably because lighter-than-air crafts rarely crash on their own. For that matter, instead of parachutes they have "lifegliders"--hang-gliders looking like a [[ bastard child of blimp and bat]].²** Prototypes are more advanced than mass-produced stuff, though. Gilgamesh Wulfenbach actually does invent a gas powered fixed-wing aircraft early in the comic archive (HilarityEnsues). The chapter is aptly called "[[ The Infamous Falling Machine!]]". There's a [[strike:jetpack]] [[ jetsuit]]--Mk II, ''of course'' ("dangerous, but amusing"). Castle Heterodyne has a holographic map updated in real time. The Master of Paris built a city-wide telepresence system, and keeps the Autonomous Library, based on a scribing engine made by Voltaire.²* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' is set in PresentDay western Massachusetts, but features sentient robots sold at retail, various Transformer-style mecha (Vespa-Bot FTW), and a major character spent her childhood on a space station. This seems to go forgotten for large stretches of time.²** [[WebcomicTime Also note that every indie pop and post-rock album since 2003 seems to have come out within a span of under two years]].²** And in early 2010, TheSingularity occured; apart from the existence of strong AI (which is only even commented on once), everything seems to be the same as it was before.²* ''Webcomic/{{Tellurion}}'', for the most 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]].²* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' appears to take place in a normal analog of the modern world. Except when the Tokyo PD breaks out the giant mecha.² ''Webcomic/BladeOfToshubi'': While the setting 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.''²* In ''Webcomic/{{Inhuman}}'', the technology level of the planet Hekshano is that of 1970s Earth - but with spaceships.²* ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer'' is set in the Medieval time period of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. There are skyscrapers in towns. With ''elevators''.²* ''[[Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures DMFA]]'' has everyone using swords yet guns also apparently exist. Modern appliances and things like video games exist but the only known transportation is gryphon drawn carts. Also Giant Robots. Granted most of the tech is credited to be invented by the same character and some, like the guns, aren't in the hands of the general public and magical versions seemed to be the standard until recently²** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by the world description, which states that it's not uncommon for 21st century cities to exist a short walk away from medieval villages in Furrae.²** With the world dominated by magic creatures with scrying orbs, telelportation, and pocket dimensions; it never occured to Dragon Lord Hizell that Cyra was [[spoiler:hiding on a '''space station'''.]]²* ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'', set in a medieval-type world of magic, has plenty of modern-day luxuries. Casting a lighting bolt onto a guitar will make it an "electric guitar", a voice-amplifying spell on a crystal turns it into a microphone ... yeah, they had a full-fledged rock concert. They also have newspapers. And comic-book superheroes.²* The [[ medical terminology]] in ''Webcomic/{{Vigil}}'' is a couple centuries more advanced than anything else they have. The flintlocks at least are explained by an [[FantasyGunControl international ban on all guns]].²* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' we see the warring kingdoms, who both have lots of crazy gadgets like flying warships, giant mechas, and high-tech facilities for genetic manipulation. However, right next to a squad of soldiers wielding assault rifles, we see soldiers wielding swords and ''bows''.²** [[TimeAbyss Doc Scratch]] uses a ''typewriter'' to communicate with the trolls' ''instant messenger client'' through a time gap of almost a thousand years.²** There is also ancient Alternia, which features sailing ships, swords, bows, cybernetics, and interstellar travel. Modern Alternia, meanwhile, has mastered robotics and biotechnology, but has yet to invent the airplane.²* In ''Webcomic/TheRifters'', modern combat fatigues and plate armor are worn by two different main characters, and no one thinks this odd. Then again, the other main characters are wearing modern clothes, a martial arts gi, or no shirt at all.²* In ''Webcomic/TwoKinds'', a character orders a pizza. This seemingly innocuous act soon becomes FridgeLogic when one realizes that the setting doesn't have the communications, rapid non-magical transport, or agricultural tech for food delivery, being just into Iron Age. Could just be [[RuleOfFunny a throwaway joke]] by way of anachronism.²* The Clan of the Hawk in ''Webcomic/TheWanderingOnes'' eschew most forms of technology, preferring to live as part of the land. However, their allies in the Alliance and the Yakama Nation are under no such restrictions, and [[TankGoodness embrace]] [[HoverTank more]] [[FrickinLaserBeams advanced]] [[InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha technology]].²* In ''Webcomic/TropeOverdosedTheWebcomic'', [[ Bob lives in a world where he uses a sword, axes, bows...]] [[LampshadeHanging and owns a jeep]].²* ''Webcomic/StarslipCrisis''' ShowWithinAShow ''Concrete Jungle'' (supposedly an [[FutureImperfect accurate portrayal]] of the early 21st century) has, well, [[ just look at it]].²* In ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'', [[ Rosie's Beauty Salon and Blacksmith]] is perhaps the clearest example of how this is a SwordAndSorcery United States of America.²* The Tieke from ''Webcomic/ProphecyOfTheCircle'' possess a number of hi-tech devices which were granted to them by a being known as Teyka, along with the means of replicating them. In all other aspects, their own technology is early iron age at best.²* ''Webcomic/CwynhildsLoom'': The small mining settlement of Prosperity resembles a Wild West town in look and feel, however robots, aircraft, high-speed maglev trains and powered land vehicles are all seen.²* ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'': [[WordOfGod "Well, the people of Dreamside have television, electric lighting and space travel, but they're still fighting with swords. I probably decided on this because I've always liked cartoons and comics that blend old-timey fantasy stuff with modern technology for the sake of humor or whimsy or whatever."]]²* ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'': Electric guitars and soda machines accompany your traditional fantasy fare.²* ''Webcomic/{{Gaia}}'': what starts out looking like a standard Renaissance-stasis swords-and-sorcery fantasy setting is soon revealed to have most of the trappings of a modern industrial society, like spiral-bound notebooks, electricity, and modern clothes and fabrics. We later see a HiddenElfVillage that displays a science-fiction level of {{MagiTek}}, which may explain why a society that can produce indoor plumbing, fountain pens, light bulbs, zippers and brassieres can't also make firearms, telephones or automobiles.²* ''Webcomic/DemonsMirror'' has swords, cyborgs, and carriages pulled by robots.²* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': The AfterTheEnd setting 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).²* ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'': When the Champions are attacked by the corrupting beast, several of the Peacemakers have just tracked it to them. They find themselves up on a cliff overlooking Penk and Magda's attempts to fight it. Sundar is all for leaving them for it, but everyone else insists on intervening. Even Frigg points out that no one deserves that fate.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Original]]²* Though mostly sticking to its mid 17th-century flavor, ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'' has the occasional [[KillItWithFire incendiary bullet]] (WWI), Minie-Ball (19th century), and swords coated with ''diamond'' (???) to make cutting easier. This of course, ''does not'' count the myriad of weird things left behind by the {{precursors}}.²* ''WebVideo/TheMercuryMen'''s story is set in the mid-[[TheSeventies Seventies]]. But the lighting - and the monsters - looks like ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'', Edward's and Grace's outfits look [[TheFifties Fifties]]-ish, and Jack's outfit evokes TheThirties. And it mixes {{Dieselpunk}}, RaygunGothic, Atomic Punk, horror and other genres seamlessly.²* ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo''²** Jonathan uses a laser blaster (Metal Silver Overdrive) during the 19th century²** Straizo uses a pineapple grenade as an attack.²** Kakyoin carries around a PSP and DS during the 1980s. They both break.²** Cursed Devo uses a clamshell phone during the 1980s.²* ''Website/{{Neopets}}'': The world of Neopia is based in a [[ "pre-industrial period"]], where this trope is dependent on region. There's sticks and stones in [[OneMillionBC Tyrannia]], the various {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s have the tech level you'd expect, Moltara is SteamPunk, while Neopia Central is closest to real life but has nothing like computers, cars, or any sort of electronic technology. And orbiting the planet, there's the Virtupets Space Station and moon colony on Kreludor, although they were created by an scientist from outer space.²* ''Toys/EverAfterHigh'' the setting is fantasy fairy tale world mixed with modern day elements. The school is a huge castle / high school, and uses {{magic mirror}}s as TV screens, and students use them as iPads or iPhones.²* In ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'', Linkara lives in a typical 21st century home. He also has a RobotBuddy, working tricorders, sonic screwdrivers, cybermats, and power morphers. He also has a spaceship so advanced that sometimes the government asks HIM to check things out. Most of the devices are actually replicas he's made work via magic, while the ship was taken from an interdimensional villain. His other tech is provided by a MadScientist version of himself from a AlternateUniverse.²* ''Script/C0DA'', written by former ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series writer/designer Creator/MichaelKirkbride, takes place in the far distant future of ''TES'' universe. To note some instances of the trope:²** Refugees from a HighFantasy world have traveled to and settled on a moon. A MechanicalAbomination HumongousMecha terrorizes them. They also have MechaMook "servitors" and there are significant SteamPunk[=/=]ClockPunk technologies. Despite this, armor made from bone and insect chitin is still in use, as are melee weapons like spears and swords.²** Pulse Plaza, a "Neo-Victorian" version of Times Square being invaded by The Intellective. [[MindScrew It's best just to let the text describe it]]:²--> ''"More than half of the people have TELEVISION SETS for heads, and these are chasing the others. The TELEVISION SET HEADS are only unified in their strange, replaced heads; otherwise, they are people from all walks of life: businessmer, construction workers, tourists of all stripes and races, vagrants. The speaking TELEVISION SET HEADS are spaced around the panel, each one chasing an uninfected CITIZEN. Their SPEECH BALLOONS are static-laden and jagged at the edges."''²[[/folder]]²----


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