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24th Dec '16 11:37:55 AM nombretomado
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* That is the way most technology in {{Arcanum}} works. Half of the parts used in making technology items can be found in a garbage bin. Some others must be bought, though. And all of the recipes can be assembled in a complete wilderness without access to any thing like a workshop.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims 3'' addon "Ambitions" the new skill and career choice allows Sims to invent a time machine with nothing a single work table and some scrap metal.

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* That is the way most technology in {{Arcanum}} ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' works. Half of the parts used in making technology items can be found in a garbage bin. Some others must be bought, though. And all of the recipes can be assembled in a complete wilderness without access to any thing like a workshop.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims 3'' addon add-on "Ambitions" the new skill and career choice allows Sims to invent a time machine with nothing a single work table and some scrap metal.
21st Oct '16 10:22:11 AM Cintari
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* In ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'', Gru has to resort ot this to build his rocket after he fails to get funding from the Bank of Evil.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'', Gru has to resort ot to this to build his rocket after he fails to get funding from the Bank of Evil.
20th Sep '16 12:39:11 PM PrimeEvil
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** Depending on the incarnation, the Doctor has taken this to an art form, most notably the Third, Fourth, Seventh, Tenth, and Eleventh Doctors. Turned UpToEleven with the Ninth/Tenth Doctor's and the Eleventh Doctor's first console rooms.
24th Aug '16 2:40:54 PM Sharlee
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** In the short story "Word Processor of the Gods", also by King, a man inherits a bodged-together word processor with RealityWarper powers, which his nephew constructed from several mismatched brands of computer components, wires from Radio Shack, the motor from an Erector Set and an old model-train transformer.
13th Aug '16 10:03:27 PM manepony101
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** While perhaps not technically an invention, the ice maker Doc in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' makes while in the WildWest is probably a good example. He presumably already knew how to make such a thing, but it was [[RubeGoldbergDevice far larger and more convoluted than it needed to be]], due to some of the necessary parts not having been invented yet.

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** While perhaps not technically an invention, the ice maker Doc in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'' makes while in the WildWest is probably a good example. He presumably already knew how to make such a thing, but it was [[RubeGoldbergDevice far larger and more convoluted than it needed to be]], due to some of the necessary parts not having been invented yet.
7th Aug '16 6:35:43 PM nombretomado
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* The Quick Gadgeteer advantage in {{GURPS}} is all about this.

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* The Quick Gadgeteer advantage in {{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' is all about this.



* Junkers in ''{{Deadlands}}: [[AfterTheEnd HellOnEarth]]'' cheat by asking tech spirits to make their cobbled-together inventions work.
* Gnoblar scrappers in Warhammer tend to build things out of old rubbish and whatever they've scavenged, such as scraplauncher catapults. Ork Mekboyz in Warhammer 40,000 take this to truly extreme levels, cobbling together anything from a chainsword to a building-sized gargant out of scrap metal and interesting shiny things.

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* Junkers in ''{{Deadlands}}: ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}: [[AfterTheEnd HellOnEarth]]'' cheat by asking tech spirits to make their cobbled-together inventions work.
* Gnoblar scrappers in Warhammer ''Warhammer'' tend to build things out of old rubbish and whatever they've scavenged, such as scraplauncher catapults. Ork Mekboyz in Warhammer 40,000 ''Warhammer 40,000'' take this to truly extreme levels, cobbling together anything from a chainsword to a building-sized gargant out of scrap metal and interesting shiny things.
23rd Jul '16 2:52:15 PM nombretomado
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* In ''CaptainUnderpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman,'' the title villainess uses parts from common household appliances to builds robotic duplicates of the two elementary school-age protagonists. Not only can the robots [[MakeMyMonsterGrow expand to four times their original size]], they also have SuperStrength, can fly, have [[RocketPunch rocket-punching arms]], and wield [[ItMakesSenseInContext hidden starch sprayers.]]

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* In ''CaptainUnderpants ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman,'' the title villainess uses parts from common household appliances to builds robotic duplicates of the two elementary school-age protagonists. Not only can the robots [[MakeMyMonsterGrow expand to four times their original size]], they also have SuperStrength, can fly, have [[RocketPunch rocket-punching arms]], and wield [[ItMakesSenseInContext hidden starch sprayers.]]
13th Jul '16 9:06:29 AM Sharlee
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* ''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew The Haunted Carousel]]'' features Miles the Magnificent Memory Machine, a riddle-spouting robot built from an old oven, bicycle parts, and the trumpet off a gramophone.
25th Jun '16 11:14:53 AM nombretomado
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* Chief engineer Dave Howery is known for this in ''AHDotComTheSeries'', a character trait first introduced in "Hey Hey We're the Monkeys" which soon became a defining one. Mainly he builds excessively advanced (and [[AIIsACrapshoot psychotic]]) robots to do the most mundane functions due to being BrilliantButLazy.

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* Chief engineer Dave Howery is known for this in ''AHDotComTheSeries'', ''Script/AHDotComTheSeries'', a character trait first introduced in "Hey Hey We're the Monkeys" which soon became a defining one. Mainly he builds excessively advanced (and [[AIIsACrapshoot psychotic]]) robots to do the most mundane functions due to being BrilliantButLazy.
4th Jun '16 12:50:28 PM Generality
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%%* ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids''

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%%* ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids''* In ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'', Wayne invents a '''ShrinkRay''' in his basement. It takes massive providence to get it working, but still, shrink ray. Averted in the sequel, though: his achievement has gotten him work at a [[MegaCorp massive tech conglomerate]] and he continues to improve the device there.
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