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5th Feb '16 10:48:58 PM intastiel
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* Inverted in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' by the inventor and architect B. S. Johnson, who was so transcendentally incompetent that reality itself wasn't safe from his bungling. Crowning achievements include Empirical Crescent, an EldritchLocation where any given door will probably open into the right room in the wrong building; a mail sorting machine built around a flywheel with a pi value of exactly 3, which brought down the post office by retrieving mail from random points in time; and cast-iron garden furniture that spontaneously melted on at least three occasions.
15th Nov '15 4:28:59 PM thatmadork
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->''"Niv-Mizzet is the smartest living thing on the plane of Ravnica. This does not mean his SAT score would be 1 higher than the second smartest being. This means that he is so smart that he could, using #2 lead of course, fill in his little ovals in such a pattern that, when scanned by the computer, would reprogram it, giving him a perfect score and everybody else a zero, then the computer would shut off its fans, overheat, and burst into flames. Oh, and he'd be able to do this in the time it takes the other testers to open their booklets."''
-->-- '''Matt Cavotta''', [[https://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtgcom/daily/mc21 describing]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=96952 this]] ''MagicTheGathering'' character.

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->''"Niv-Mizzet is the smartest living thing on the plane ->''"I've built a TV out of Ravnica. This does not mean his SAT score would be 1 higher than the second smartest being. This means that he is so smart that he could, paperclips, and reprogrammed a super-computer using #2 lead of course, fill in his little ovals in such a pattern that, when scanned by the computer, would reprogram it, giving him a perfect score dishwashing detergent and everybody else a zero, then the computer would shut off its fans, overheat, and burst into flames. Oh, and he'd be able to do this in the time it takes the other testers to open their booklets.toothpick. So look, fixing a propeller on a biplane? That's about as difficult as taking a nap."''
-->-- '''Matt Cavotta''', [[https://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtgcom/daily/mc21 describing]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=96952 this]] ''MagicTheGathering'' character.
'''Miles "Tails" Prower''', ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld''
4th Sep '15 11:33:23 PM intastiel
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* Magic items in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' are, well, magic. It takes a spellcaster to create them -- or a Master Craftsman, who can be a complete {{muggle|s}} but can coax magic out of ordinary materials by being just that good.
8th Jul '15 2:46:47 AM M84
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* Ork Mekboyz from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}''. They are able to take scrap metal from junkheaps and turn it into crude but effective PoweredArmor, assault vehicles, and HumongousMecha. It's part inherent engineering know how hardwired into them by their creators the Old Ones and part the reality warping Ork gestalt psychic field making their machines work better.
23rd May '15 3:07:58 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* [[IronMan "Tony Stark was able to build this in a CAVE! With a box of SCRAPS!"]]
** ''This'' being the power source for an entire weapons platform and armor system for those who haven't seen the movie. The trope is [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in this case, since the above quote was shouted at a man who had just said that it was impossible to make a reactor that small (while fully aware that Tony Stark had done this impossible feat). It's further invoked by his reply as to why he can't.
--> I'm not Tony Stark.

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* [[IronMan "Tony Stark was able to build this in a CAVE! With a box of SCRAPS!"]]
** ''This'' being the power source for an entire weapons platform and armor system for those who haven't seen the movie. The trope is [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in this case, since the above quote was shouted at a man who had just said that it was impossible to make a reactor that small (while fully aware that
''Film/IronMan'' Tony Stark had done this impossible feat). It's further invoked by his reply as to why he can't.
--> I'm not
builds an arc reactor in a crude workshop in a cave, using parts that are little more than a box of weapon scraps. Other engineers state that only Tony Stark.
Stark could do such a thing.
15th Feb '15 3:35:25 AM Hylarn
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30th Jan '15 10:00:39 PM ZombieAladdin
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* Og in ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'' only needs to be described a modern-day device in order to build a replica of that device using parts found around the tropical island where they live. In other words, he can build nearly anything out of the jungles and beaches around him with no effort--he just needs ideas to start from.
25th Jan '15 11:38:40 AM Divra
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** ''This'' being the power source for an entire weapons platform and armor system for those who haven't seen the movie. The trope is [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in this case, since the above quote was shouted at a man who had just said that it was impossible to make a reactor that small (while fully aware that Tony Stark had done this impossible feat).

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** ''This'' being the power source for an entire weapons platform and armor system for those who haven't seen the movie. The trope is [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in this case, since the above quote was shouted at a man who had just said that it was impossible to make a reactor that small (while fully aware that Tony Stark had done this impossible feat).
feat). It's further invoked by his reply as to why he can't.
--> I'm not Tony Stark.
16th Jan '15 11:16:59 AM M84
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* If there's an alien baddie threatening lives, you can be sure ''[[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]]'' will use his incredible scientific genius and [[ThePlan planning]] to stop it, and save the day.

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* If there's an alien baddie threatening lives, you can be sure ''[[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]]'' will use his incredible scientific genius and [[ThePlan planning]] to stop it, and save the day. That said, by the standards of his own race, [[NormalFishInATinyPond he's nothing special]].
18th Dec '14 3:42:46 PM hbi2k
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* Pretty much a staple of all shounen detective mangas.

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