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8th Jul '17 11:25:32 PM ColossalTapir
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** Come fourth edition and this becomes a playable archetype. A Technomancer is someone born with a strange ability that essentially allows one to use the rules for Magic to replicate the abilities of a Hacker... or a Rigger. A Technomancer is able to control vehicles, drones and computers with their willpower, compile artificial intelligences called Sprites, and even go into strange, unimaginable Resonance Realms. A Technomancer Rigger can have a genuine and intense bond with their vehicle, their weapons, and any other piece of machinery that enables them to perform far beyond what they ought to be capable of.
25th May '17 10:40:06 AM CosmicFerret
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* Subverted in ''TheEmpireStrikesBack''; the Millenium Falcon's hyperdrive repeatedly fails despite Han Solo's insistence that it's fixed.

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* Subverted in ''TheEmpireStrikesBack''; ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''; the Millenium Millennium Falcon's hyperdrive repeatedly fails despite Han Solo's insistence that it's fixed.
24th Apr '17 8:23:18 AM IkusaGT
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* Souichi Sugano of ''Anime/ExDriver'' has a knack of understanding automobiles. When Lisa first drove her Stratos without fully understanding how to control it, Souichi straight up says the car was "crying" being pushed by Lisa's driving.
29th Mar '17 7:09:59 AM SebastianGray
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* Techpriests in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' can do this, by feeling the machine spirit's pain. It's theorized that Orks don't so much empathize with machines as just yell at them and beat them until they work.

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** In ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'', the Endrinmasters are the greatest members of the Kharadron Overlords' Endrineers Guild, able to find and fix a single broken element in an aether-endrin on intuition alone.
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Techpriests in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' can do this, by feeling the machine spirit's pain. It's theorized that Orks don't so much empathize with machines as just yell at them and beat them until they work.
2nd Feb '17 8:03:39 PM Amahn
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* James Rollins introduces a character in the ''Literature/SigmaForce'' series who gives himself an artificial machine sense. A super tech nerd and hacker, he surgically implants tiny magnets in his finger tips connected to his nerve endings, which allow him to "feel" the electromagnetic fields that surround electronics.[[note]]This is based off of a real life body mod which some people do. Its effects however are dubious at best.[[/note]]
7th May '16 9:53:21 PM nombretomado
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* An implied ability of [[HappyDays The Fonz]], who could start or stop almost any device with a [[FonzarelliFix well-placed smack]].

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* An implied ability of [[HappyDays [[Series/HappyDays The Fonz]], who could start or stop almost any device with a [[FonzarelliFix well-placed smack]].
15th Apr '16 3:36:12 AM ScroogeMacDuck
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MachineEmpathy is the trope where a character can diagnose the state of a machine [[DontThinkFeel just by its "feel"]], such as how it vibrates or the noises it makes. Comparisons between the machine and a living person are often invoked. Unlike the {{Technopath}}, no supernormal abilities are involved; a character develops MachineEmpathy simply from firsthand experience or knowledge of the hardware.

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MachineEmpathy Machine Empathy is the trope where a character can diagnose the state of a machine [[DontThinkFeel just by its "feel"]], such as how it vibrates or the noises it makes. Comparisons between the machine and a living person are often invoked. Unlike the {{Technopath}}, no supernormal abilities are involved; a character develops MachineEmpathy Machine Empathy simply from firsthand experience or knowledge of the hardware.
6th Apr '16 4:39:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* Forge from the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' sometimes exhibits this ability, depending on the writer.
* Characters in ''SinCity'' often determine the state of the cars they're in, including the engine types, just by starting them.

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* Forge from the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' ''ComicBook/XMen'' sometimes exhibits this ability, depending on the writer.
* Characters in ''SinCity'' ''ComicBook/SinCity'' often determine the state of the cars they're in, including the engine types, just by starting them.
8th Mar '16 9:11:59 AM Fallingwater
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* The same goes for [=PCs=] and just about any other reasonably complicated machine that can be customized by its owner (or simply needs repairing a lot).

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* The same goes for [=PCs=] and just about any [=PCs=]; experienced users can tell the strain the system is under simply by the pitch of the fans, leading to many nerds obsessing over finding issues in systems that most other reasonably complicated machine that people would see as working perfectly, if slightly noisily. Another telltale sound is when a hard drive emits the frantic sounds indicating the computer's run out of physical RAM and is using swap space. Not as frequent in these days of solid-state drives, but those have whines and hisses of their own - it takes a finer ear (and very quiet fans) to know when a SSD's working hard, but it can be customized by its owner (or simply needs repairing a lot).done with most models. Also, power bricks for laptops have different noises they make according to how loaded they are.


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* Summing up, just about any other reasonably complicated machine that can be customized by its owner (or simply needs repairing a lot) will have some form of this.
6th Feb '16 5:01:45 PM LentilSandEater
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* Implied with the Mechanic non-player character in the ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' second edition rulebook. She is described as someone who prefers the "company" of machines over humans because they don't talk back and she understands them. (Perhaps TruthInTelevision; in RealLife, many who incline to the technical and mechanical have been known to say the same.)

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* Implied with the Mechanic non-player character in the ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' second edition rulebook. She is described as someone who prefers the "company" of machines over humans because they don't talk back and she understands them. (Perhaps TruthInTelevision; in RealLife, many who incline to the technical and mechanical have been known to say the same.)
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