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17th Feb '17 5:42:24 PM VictorDamazio
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* Ford Pines from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. [[spoiler: This guy is a genius who's invented a light bulb that can last several thousand years, a mind control device, along with some other impressive stuff. Instead, he used his grant to study the unnatural rather than change the world. However, he does admit that he was rather foolish and somewhat naive back then, and he's gotten a bit wiser now.]]

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* Ford Pines from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. [[spoiler: This guy is a genius who's invented a light bulb that can last several thousand years, a mind control device, along with some other impressive stuff. Instead, he used his grant to study the unnatural rather than change the world. However, he does admit that he was rather foolish and somewhat naive back then, and he's gotten a bit wiser now.now, and he has the excuse that he was missing for 30 years, and also the excuse that he worked on the portal that made him disappear to improve mankind but he was being tricked by the BigBad.]]
17th Feb '17 5:35:14 PM VictorDamazio
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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' build interplanetary rockets, animal translation devices, and the like every morning. But by the time their mom gets home [[ResetButton everything is back to normal]]. Although in the future episode it's implied Phineas has won the Nobel Prize and Ferb is at Camp David, so they presumably grow up to tackle more "serious" concerns.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' build interplanetary rockets, animal translation devices, and the like every morning. But they only do it to enjoy summer vacation. And by the time their mom gets home [[ResetButton everything is back to normal]]. Although in the future episode it's implied Phineas has won the Nobel Prize and Ferb is at Camp David, so they presumably grow up to tackle more "serious" concerns.
15th Feb '17 12:23:50 PM kome360
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** Effectively averted in this particular continuity. Technology in this universe is more advanced than the real-life standard, with reverse engineering of alien technology immediately approved for study. Anything too dangerous is locked away in a lab for further study.
5th Feb '17 5:21:27 PM Blazer
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* In one ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' story, a group of Avengers enter a secret US Government facility in search for answers towards a mysterious contagion that started in Mount Rushmore. As they're looking through computers, Scott Lang finds out that only a few scientists knew the truth of what they were making, that the others thought they were making a cure for HIV and he sadly laments that, with so much money poured into it, they could have.
2nd Feb '17 7:02:05 PM trulymadmoves
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* In ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'', Mr. Whittaker has invented the Imagination Station, a VirtualReality device in all but name. In one episode, a throwaway line reveals that the machine has grown so sophisticated that the adventures no longer need to be programmed in: one merely needs to scan a book or even a painting to then experience its story in the Station. The Station's "death program" took Mr. Whittaker into a vision of Heaven so powerful that it nearly killed him, while causing the agnostic Eugene to experience an eternity of nothingness. What does he do with the Station? It sits at the back of his soda shop, where kids use it to experience Biblical and historical events. Even when people manage to steal the Imagination Station's technology--which people don't try to do nearly as often as you'd think--they repurpose it for such petty villainy as SubliminalAdvertising rather than taking advantage of its unbelievable potential.
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1st Feb '17 3:48:58 AM WillyFourEyes
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* Bennet the Sage points out in his [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/bt/the-sage/anime-abandon/39733-anime-abandon-8-man-after) review]] of the ''Anime/EighthMan After'' that it makes no sense why the scientist who created 8 Man (a robot-human hybrid), has been withholding drugs from the world that allows people to receive cybernetic limb implants without going insane.

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* Bennet the Sage WebVideo/BennettTheSage points out in his [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/bt/the-sage/anime-abandon/39733-anime-abandon-8-man-after) review]] of the ''Anime/EighthMan After'' that it makes no sense why the scientist who created 8 Man (a robot-human hybrid), has been withholding drugs from the world that allows people to receive cybernetic limb implants without going insane.
31st Jan '17 9:49:29 PM builderbobthe
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** Since it's not clear which meaning of "arrow to the knee" is meant, this may not be relevant. Since "taking an arrow to the knee" is a Norse euphemism for getting married, and this is never clarified in the game (in the land of the Nords)...
31st Jan '17 7:15:28 AM EspyPsyche
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** Since it's not clear which meaning of "arrow to the knee" is meant, this may not be relevant. Since "taking an arrow to the knee" is a Norse euphemism for getting married, and this is never clarified in the game (in the land of the Nords)...
23rd Jan '17 6:05:55 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Literature/SuperPowereds'', {{Gadgeteer Genius}}es have only recently been classified as Supers (after a criminal genius used a custom-made weapon to kill a Hero everyone thought invulnerable). While some try to use their skills to become Heroes or criminals, others opt to lead ordinary lives, trying to sell their inventions. The problem is that it isn't always easy to reverse-engineer them, so not all inventions end up being mass-produced by normal means.
* In ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'', Penny's father is a retired superhero with a brilliant mind. He spends a lot of his time trying to analyze inventions made by {{Mad Scientist}}s to see if they have applications elsewhere. Penny's inventions are one-offs. She has no idea how they function or even how to repair them. In fact, the latter is an issue for most {{Gadgeteer Genius}}es and {{Mad Scientist}}s. It's far easier for them to come up with a new invention than to try to fix one that's broken. Despite this, the level of science in this 'verse is noticeably higher than in RealLife, implying that this trope isn't entirely averted.
19th Jan '17 12:21:54 PM builderbobthe
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': Magical healing is commonplace enough that every player character starts with it by default. Every major holdfast has a court wizard who can teach the basics of it to anyone willing to pay a modest fee. For those too poor for that, any shrine of the Divines can heal virtually any injury or disease short of death itself, and most curses, perfectly and instantly for free, and there is, again, at least one shrine in every major holdfast and most minor ones. Despite this, [[MemeticMutation a simple arrow to the knee]] is all it takes to injure a promising young adventurer so badly that they give up on their dreams for good. There's a [[FridgeBrilliance explanation for it:]] [[spoiler: they got ''[[RealityEnsues married]].'']]

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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': Magical healing is commonplace enough that every player character starts with it by default. Every major holdfast has a court wizard who can teach the basics of it to anyone willing to pay a modest fee. For those too poor for that, any shrine of the Divines can heal virtually any injury or disease short of death itself, and most curses, perfectly and instantly for free, and there is, again, at least one shrine in every major holdfast and most minor ones. Despite this, [[MemeticMutation a simple arrow to the knee]] is all it takes to injure a promising young adventurer so badly that they give up on their dreams for good. There's a [[FridgeBrilliance explanation for it:]] [[spoiler: they got ''[[RealityEnsues married]].'']]
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