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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.
21st May '16 4:23:04 PM erforce
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* Some of the equipment in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' is supposed to have this feel. The boys certainly didn't have much of an operating budget.

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* Some of the equipment in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' is supposed to have this feel. The boys certainly didn't have much of an operating budget.
13th Mar '16 2:48:49 PM Morgenthaler
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* Quinn Mallory, hero of the show ''{{Sliders}}'', built a cross-dimensional portal in his mother's basement.

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* Quinn Mallory, hero of the show ''{{Sliders}}'', ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', built a cross-dimensional portal in his mother's basement.



* ''Gilligan's Island,'' of course. As has often been remarked, the Professor can make a radio out of baling wire and coconuts but can't fix a two-foot hole in a boat.
* The Scifi Channel's series ''Eureka'' is about a whole ''town'' full of genius inventors, all busily cooking up amazing stuff (and amazing trouble) in their garages. One of the main characters even works out of an auto shop.

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* ''Gilligan's Island,'' ''Series/GilligansIsland,'' of course. As has often been remarked, the Professor can make a radio out of baling wire and coconuts but can't fix a two-foot hole in a boat.
* The Scifi Channel's series ''Eureka'' ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' is about a whole ''town'' full of genius inventors, all busily cooking up amazing stuff (and amazing trouble) in their garages. One of the main characters even works out of an auto shop.



* When Kirk and Spock are stuck in the 1930s without computer equipment because the Enterprise was erased from history, Spock builds a "mnemonic memory circuit" using "stone knives and bearskins". Naturally it works just long enough for them to determine what changed the timeline before exploding spectacularly.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': When Kirk and Spock are stuck in the 1930s without computer equipment because the Enterprise was erased from history, Spock builds a "mnemonic memory circuit" using "stone knives and bearskins". Naturally it works just long enough for them to determine what changed the timeline before exploding spectacularly.



* These were Joe's stock in trade on ''NewsRadio''. The gag with Joe was that he would build absolutely ''everything'' himself, even gadgets that could be easily and cheaply obtained from a store.
* Most of the modifications done to the cars on ''TopGear'' are done in a standard garage by the presenters (with a little help). Top marks have to be awarded when they attempted to create their own space-shuttle Reliant Robin, even if the task of assembling the rocket motors themselves had to be outsourced... to a tiny engineering firm that was only a small step up from HalfADozenGuysInABasement, and thus probably count as a straight example themselves.

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* These were Joe's stock in trade on ''NewsRadio''.''Series/NewsRadio''. The gag with Joe was that he would build absolutely ''everything'' himself, even gadgets that could be easily and cheaply obtained from a store.
* Most of the modifications done to the cars on ''TopGear'' ''Series/TopGear'' are done in a standard garage by the presenters (with a little help). Top marks have to be awarded when they attempted to create their own space-shuttle Reliant Robin, even if the task of assembling the rocket motors themselves had to be outsourced... to a tiny engineering firm that was only a small step up from HalfADozenGuysInABasement, and thus probably count as a straight example themselves.
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