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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.)
12th Dec '15 7:27:21 PM nombretomado
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** [[XWingSeries Wedge Antilles]] is very, very good at this, as well as possessing ImprobablePilotingSkills. These factors together make some people in-universe question the Normal part of his BadassNormal status. He can ''hear'' if his X-wing's engines have drifted out of alignment. (This may also have something to do with the Incom T-65's standard engines, which are mentioned in several EU sources as having a unique and almost musical sound -- this being the case, perhaps what Wedge is noticing is that the engines have ''literally'' gone out of tune.)

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** [[XWingSeries [[Literature/XWingSeries Wedge Antilles]] is very, very good at this, as well as possessing ImprobablePilotingSkills. These factors together make some people in-universe question the Normal part of his BadassNormal status. He can ''hear'' if his X-wing's engines have drifted out of alignment. (This may also have something to do with the Incom T-65's standard engines, which are mentioned in several EU sources as having a unique and almost musical sound -- this being the case, perhaps what Wedge is noticing is that the engines have ''literally'' gone out of tune.)
27th Oct '15 1:01:52 AM TomWalpertac2
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* ''Literature/ChakonaSpace'' gives us Chakat Goldfur, one of the Star Corps' best technicians. Hir Talent even gets [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] at different points.



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* ''Literature/ChakonaSpace'' gives us Chakat Goldfur, one of the Star Corps' best technicians. Hir Talent even gets [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] at different points.
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28th Sep '15 11:52:09 PM Adeon
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* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' short story ''Fanatic'' the [[TheEngineer Chief Engineer]] of a Superdreadnought is able to tell that the ship is underway by feeling a vibration in the wall from the machinery that generates the impeller wedge. It's noted however that the cabin they are in is very close to the impeller rooms and even then he didn't notice until someone else bought it up (at which point he used the vibrations to confirm it).
24th Sep '15 12:53:12 AM REV6Pilot
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** Whoever hasn't felt a surge of phantom pain when the car runs over a hard bump or a pothole, throw the first stone. Some people go as far as ''hissing and locking in place'' for half a second or so.
25th Jul '15 11:45:47 AM eroock
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-->--''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''

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30th Jun '15 10:44:44 AM nombretomado
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* William Adama has a very personal relationship with the ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', which goes beyond the relationship a captain has with his vessel. This is especially noticeable in the last episodes of season 4, when Adama [[spoiler: refuses to use Cylon tech to repair the ship]], not only because of the security risks involved, but also because it would turn the ship into something not entirely his -- and not entirely ''hers''; his comment on the matter is that "[s]he won't know what she is anymore."

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* William Adama has a very personal relationship with the ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', Galactica|2003}}'', which goes beyond the relationship a captain has with his vessel. This is especially noticeable in the last episodes of season 4, when Adama [[spoiler: refuses to use Cylon tech to repair the ship]], not only because of the security risks involved, but also because it would turn the ship into something not entirely his -- and not entirely ''hers''; his comment on the matter is that "[s]he won't know what she is anymore."
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