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8th Dec '16 1:53:40 PM TropesForever
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* In ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', Lucy used this method to "fix" an [[InvisibleMainCharacter invisible Snoopy]] (he was doing the "[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Cheshire Beagle trick]]"), saying that it's the same principle that fixes the picture on a television.

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* In ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}:''
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Lucy used this method to "fix" an [[InvisibleMainCharacter invisible Snoopy]] (he was doing the "[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Cheshire Beagle trick]]"), saying that it's the same principle that fixes the picture on a television.



* An early ''{{Peanuts}}'' Sunday strip has a young Lucy walking down the sidewalk holding a teddy bear with a music box mechanism. When it stops playing, she shakes it a bit, then swings it against a fire hydrant with a loud "WHAP!". It starts back up and she walks on.

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* ** An early ''{{Peanuts}}'' Sunday strip has a young Lucy walking down the sidewalk holding a teddy bear with a music box mechanism. When it stops playing, she shakes it a bit, then swings it against a fire hydrant with a loud "WHAP!". It starts back up and she walks on.
2nd Dec '16 4:16:27 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'': The telescreen freezes, and Foaly goes to repair it. Julius hits it to make it go back on line, but that not only fails (with the narration making it clear that this almost never works) but he burns his hand because the screen gets hot after a time.

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* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'': The telescreen freezes, and Foaly goes to repair it. Julius hits it to make it go back on line, but that not only fails (with the narration making it clear that this almost never works) but he [[RealityEnsues burns his hand because the screen gets hot after a time.time]].
30th Nov '16 10:05:39 PM Stealth
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=insM7oUYNOE This video]] uses instances of percussive maintenance to provide actual percussion for the music. It also happens to contain clips from a number of the examples on this page.



** Another Soviet standard, the AK-47 and its clones and offspring are infamous for their simplicity and reliability. On the off chance anything ''does'' go wrong with one, though, there's more than a few incidences where the solution was "hit rifle with hammer." Debris causing stoppage? Hit the receiver with a hammer til the debris falls out. Firing pin eating chunks of the primers?Hit the firing pin with a hammer until it stops doing that. Handguard catch fire because you overheated it? Hit the furniture with a hammer until it's extinguished or the furniture falls off, whichever causes your rifle to stop being on fire first. Bolt is stuck due to a stovepiped or disintegrated brass? Pry the (remains of) brass off with pliers and whack the charging handle with a hammer until it moves again. Because of its simplicity --"an elegantly simple nine pound amalgamation of forged steel and plywood," as it was famously put in ''Film/LordOfWar''-- the AK can take this abuse in stride and keep working right through the fix.

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** Another Soviet standard, the AK-47 and its clones and offspring are infamous for their simplicity and reliability. On the off chance anything ''does'' go wrong with one, though, there's more than a few incidences where the solution was "hit rifle with hammer." Debris causing stoppage? Hit the receiver with a hammer til the debris falls out. Firing pin eating chunks of the primers?Hit primers? Hit the firing pin with a hammer until it stops doing that. Handguard catch fire because you overheated it? Hit the furniture with a hammer until it's extinguished or the furniture falls off, whichever causes your rifle to stop being on fire first. Bolt is stuck due to a stovepiped or disintegrated brass? Pry the (remains of) brass off with pliers and whack hit the charging handle with a hammer until it moves again. Because of its simplicity --"an elegantly simple nine pound amalgamation of forged steel and plywood," as it was famously put in ''Film/LordOfWar''-- the AK can take this abuse in stride and keep working right through the fix.
24th Nov '16 2:50:02 PM dmcreif
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* Early in season 1 of ''Series/Daredevil2015'', the office wi-fi at Nelson & Murdock is acting up, frustrating Matt and Foggy as they try to research case law. Karen slips out of the office to go pound on the router.
12th Nov '16 1:28:43 PM Schroeder1174
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** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in one episode where he hits the brick wall of a building to turn the exterior light off. Ron Howard's character is stunned near-speechless, to which the Fonz simply explains, "It's a gift."

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** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in one episode where he hits the brick wall of a building to turn the exterior light off. Ron Howard's character Richie Cunningham is stunned near-speechless, to which the Fonz simply explains, "It's a gift."
8th Nov '16 11:31:12 PM MAI742
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->''"...and then you ''smash it with a hammer!''"''
-->-- '''Creator/EddieIzzard'''

''Tapping the car with a hammer: $0.00. Knowing where to hit it: $5,000.00.''

''Bringing a malfunctioning piece of equipment back on-line by giving it a good bash: Priceless.''

''There are some things money can't buy; [[AdvertisingCampaigns for everything else, there's Mastercard]].''

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->''"...and then you ''smash it with a hammer!''"''
->''"This is how we fix things on the Russian--" ''(begins beating wrench against engine)'' "--Space Station!"''
-->-- '''Creator/EddieIzzard'''

''Tapping the car with a hammer: $0.00. Knowing where to hit it: $5,000.00.''

''Bringing a malfunctioning piece of equipment back on-line by giving it a good bash: Priceless.''

''There are some things money can't buy; [[AdvertisingCampaigns for everything else, there's Mastercard]].''
'''Lev''', ''Film/{{Armageddon}}''
6th Nov '16 9:39:39 AM wootzits
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* In the second season of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' the members of Celestial Being try to get the titular Gundam's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Twin Drive system]] to work, but never seem to get it to stable operation, even with the hypothesized 'best combination' of [[spoiler: 0 Gundam's and Exia]]'s GN Drives. Guess how [[spoiler:Setsuna]] gets it to work when the mothership gets attacked a few minutes later.
* Used by Tamama in an episode of ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'', where he fixes a machine with a rapid fire punch attack. It does take a few tries to find the attack that works, though.

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* In the second season of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' the members of Celestial Being try to get the titular Gundam's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Twin Drive system]] to work, but never seem to get it to stable operation, even with the hypothesized 'best combination' of [[spoiler: 0 [[spoiler:0 Gundam's and Exia]]'s GN Drives. Guess how [[spoiler:Setsuna]] gets it to work when the mothership gets attacked a few minutes later.
* Used by Tamama in an episode of ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'', ''Manga/SgtFrog'', where he fixes a machine with a rapid fire punch attack. It does take a few tries to find the attack that works, though.
26th Oct '16 7:37:40 PM Monolaf317
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* To quote Ran Kotobuki from one episode of ''Manga/SuperGals'':
-->''"Electronic goods can be fixed by banging on them!"''
30th Sep '16 4:37:37 PM StFan
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* A promo for a {{GSN}} programming block called "Sunday Night Buzz" featured a woman in an office panicking over a malfunctioning copier. "It keeps jamming, what are we going to do?!" Cue a sarcastic man who suggests "Kick it?! (''hits buzzer'') We'll kick it!"

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* A promo for a {{GSN}} programming block called "Sunday Night Buzz" featured a woman in an office panicking over a malfunctioning copier. "It keeps jamming, what are we going to do?!" Cue a sarcastic man who suggests "Kick it?! (''hits buzzer'') ''[hits buzzer]'' We'll kick it!"



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdVeK9zgdbE A broadband ad]] featuring [[{{WesternAnimation/InsideOut}} Riley and her emotions]] has Anger take control when the internet flakes as Riley's doing homework, prompting her to attempt this on her modem.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdVeK9zgdbE A broadband ad]] featuring [[{{WesternAnimation/InsideOut}} [[WesternAnimation/InsideOut Riley and her emotions]] has Anger take control when the internet flakes as Riley's doing homework, prompting her to attempt this on her modem.



* Felix in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' fixes everything -- brick walls, the bars of a prison cell, his face, [[spoiler:the shattered remnants of a go-cart made of cake and candy]]-- by whacking them with his gold hammer. Note that the hammer ''only'' fixes. [[spoiler:Felix was trying to ''break'' those prison bars, making them even stronger instead.]]

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* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'':
** Fix-It
Felix in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' Jr. fixes everything -- brick walls, the bars of a prison cell, his face, [[spoiler:the shattered remnants of a go-cart made of cake and candy]]-- candy]] -- by whacking them with his gold hammer. Note that the hammer ''only'' fixes. [[spoiler:Felix was is trying to ''break'' those prison bars, making them even stronger instead.]]]]
** Calhoun frequently shakes and hits the motion-detector she's using to track Cy-Bugs, as it has trouble functioning through all the sweets that constitues ''Sugar Rush'''s landscape. It doesn't do much good, though.



-->'''Capt. Colin Maud:''' (''walking up to a stalled vehicle'') My old grandmother used to say, "Anything mechanical? Give it a good bash."\\
(''hits hood with his swagger stick'')\\

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-->'''Capt. Colin Maud:''' (''walking ''[walking up to a stalled vehicle'') vehicle]'' My old grandmother used to say, "Anything mechanical? Give it a good bash."\\
(''hits ''[hits hood with his swagger stick'')\\stick]''\\



(''vehicle cranks'')\\

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(''vehicle cranks'')\\''[vehicle cranks]''\\



-->'''Matrix:''' Come on you piece of shit, fly or die! (''seaplane starts'') Works every time.

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-->'''Matrix:''' Come on you piece of shit, fly or die! (''seaplane starts'') ''[seaplane starts]'' Works every time.



** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay "State of Decay"]]

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay "State **"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay State of Decay"]]Decay]]"



-->'''Troy:''' I'm kinda tired of this song. (''smacks the jukebox, but nothing happens'') I would have expected sex, had that worked.\\

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-->'''Troy:''' I'm kinda tired of this song. (''smacks ''[smacks the jukebox, but nothing happens'') happens]'' I would have expected sex, had that worked.\\



* On ''Series/TheSopranos'', Paulie Walnuts deals with a recalcitrant DVD player with what his Army Signal Corps training referred to as a 'brogan adjustment'. It works about as well as you'd expect a Paulie Walnuts plan to work.

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* On ''Series/TheSopranos'', Paulie Walnuts deals with a recalcitrant DVD player with what his Army Signal Corps training referred to as a 'brogan adjustment'."brogan adjustment". It works about as well as you'd expect a Paulie Walnuts plan to work.



** Gibbs once gives a slap to Mr. Mass Spectrometer to stop it from growling. This time, it works. (Thankfully, he's doing this while Abby has her back turned.)



'''Kermit:''' (''turning the key'') Gee, uh... the motor won't start, Piggy.\\

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'''Kermit:''' (''turning ''[turning the key'') key]'' Gee, uh... the motor won't start, Piggy.\\



(''he keeps turning the key to no avail as the trains get closer'')\\
'''Piggy:''' (''reaches forward and karate chops the hood'') HI-YAH!\\
(''motor starts'')\\

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(''he ''[he keeps turning the key to no avail as the trains get closer'')\\
closer]''\\
'''Piggy:''' (''reaches ''[reaches forward and karate chops the hood'') hood]'' HI-YAH!\\
(''motor starts'')\\''[motor starts]''\\



-->'''Blob:''' (''proudly'') You lads is most probably not aware of my felicitations with engines. Of course I don't talk about it much, but it's there... it's there.\\

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-->'''Blob:''' (''proudly'') ''[proudly]'' You lads is most probably not aware of my felicitations with engines. Of course I don't talk about it much, but it's there... it's there.\\
29th Sep '16 2:41:39 PM MazeMaker
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* In ''Film/{{Gravity}}'', Creator/SandraBullock's character is in disbelieve of the readings, so she taps one of the instruments of the Russian space station to make it show the correct oxygen level.

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* In ''Film/{{Gravity}}'', Creator/SandraBullock's character is in disbelieve disbelief of the readings, so she taps one of the instruments of the Russian space station to make it show the correct oxygen level.
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