->''"I've built a TV out of paperclips, and reprogrammed a super-computer using dishwashing detergent and a toothpick. So look, fixing a propeller on a biplane? That's about as difficult as taking a nap."''
-->-- '''Miles "Tails" Prower''', ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld''

You know those jokes about how the Professor in ''Series/GilligansIsland'' could build ''anything'' out of coconut shells and sand? This is when you have a character (or group of characters) who can actually do stuff like that. It's PlayedForLaughs, but in-universe they aren't joking; the character or group really is that good.

Sometimes a characteristic of an OmnidisciplinaryScientist, EvilGenius, or TheSmartGuy. Might involve BambooTechnology. See also TheSparkOfGenius, MadScientist. Overlaps with ItRunsOnNonsensoleum if the parts or the principles involved are sufficiently ridiculous. If it's made clear that the character's invention only works because they're making it work with magic or superpowers, that's MagicPoweredPseudoscience.

Niece-trope of TheAce. While TheAce can accomplish any feat imaginable because he's Just That Awesome, these characters can [[BeyondTheImpossible do physically impossible feats of engineering and construction]] because they're Just That Smart. They may casually dismiss such feats as being (from their perspective) pathetically easy. See also TestosteronePoisoning, for characters who are Just That Manly. Compare TechnoWizard.




[[folder: Comic Books]]

* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', both IQ and IQ Squared are these. The former built doomsday weapons, the latter created a software empire worth billions.


[[folder: Film - Live Action]]

* ''Film/IronMan'' Tony Stark 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 could do such a thing.

[[folder: Literature ]]

* The Smarty-Pants from Gordon Korman's ''Nose Pickers From Outer Space'' books. The final exam for admission to their ranks includes memorizing the infinity times-table, and they've harnessed the power of the coleslaw molecule.
* [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Willy Wonka]] has harnessed [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum nonsensoleum]] to such ends as creating a television-based ''teleporter'' and a flying glass elevator that is kept aloft by "candy power" and/or "[[Literature/CharlieAndTheGreatGlassElevator skyhooks]]" and can function as a spacecraft if necessary.
* 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.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/MacGyver'', although his reputation "aren't you that guy that can build a time machine out of three paperclips?" was far less realistic than the actual character.
* 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]]. Kind of. He is a mad genius in his own specific ways and he is often stated (by other Gallifreyans) to be able to do impossible feats which defy logic and laugh at the Laws of the universe. His plans usually work because he doesn't think they wouldn't work.
* And that other Doctor from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Chakotay's mind has become detached from his body? The captain and the helmsmen have devolved into amphibians? Just another day in the life of an unappreciated Emergency Medical Hologram.
-->'''Torres:''' How did you manage to reintegrate his consciousness?
-->'''EMH:''' It involved three neural transceivers, two cortical stimulators and fifty gigaquads of computer memory. I would be happy to take you through the process, but it would take at least ten hours to explain it all to you. Needless to say, it was a remarkable procedure. I would consider writing a paper about it if there were a convenient forum in which to publish it.
* ''Series/MythBusters'' has tested a number of myths of this sort. In a number of cases they actually succeeded in accomplishing the seemingly unlikely in RealLife, for example, building a rope out of toilet paper, but usually only after days of work using large amounts of raw material.
* The resident genius character in any ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' series can veer into this territory. Billy's a TeenGenius who graduated high school ''one'' year early, but normally, when a MonsterOfTheWeek's magical effect isn't something that requires a quest for the necessary EyeOfNewt or exploitation of the CurseEscapeClause, the solution is, "Billy goes into his perfectly normal garage and whips up a device that can stop it." (This means Trini counts too; she was always his helper and understood what he was doing, even if she didn't go in for his TechnoBabble and SesquipedalianLoquaciousness.) But the biggest might be Cam from ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm.'' The Zords are losing? Well, he comes in to the rescue in his own helicopter TransformingMecha... and the two copies of it that he whipped up ''in only minutes.'' Somehow.


[[folder: Tabletop Games]]

* The Izzet League from the ''Ravnica'' setting of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' are portrayed like this. Niv-Mizzet himself takes it up another order of magnitude.
* ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'' has players take the role of {{Mad Scientist}}s who are capable of this at the cost of risking ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder.
* Anyone with Quick Gadgeteer advantage in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}''.
* 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.
* 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.

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* Molly from ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' combines this with being a RobotMaster. She once built a super-strong sentient robot, overnight, out of a farmer's milking machine (who has since become a regular character); and built two (nonsentient) steam-powered robots out of ''snow'' (they both melted quickly). It was her [[InnocentProdigy first time playing in the snow,]] and she wanted to have fun. One of the [[{{Snowlems}} snow robots]] could [[TransformingMecha transform]] into an [[SiegeEngines ice ballista.]]


[[folder: Web Original]]

* The Webcomic ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has Sparks, hyper-geniuses that regularly laugh in the faces of all laws, human or natural, with their wacky creations.
* ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'' can build anything that does anything, as long as you describe it as a "[main purpose or function]-o-mat". At one point, Quantum Cop asked for their aid and described what he wanted the device to do; they refused since the idea was impossible. They had no problem at all when he corrected himself and just asked for the appropriate -o-mat.
* Basically any mad genius in the Webcomic/{{Narbonic}} / Webcomic/{{SkinHorse}} universe. In one memorable instance, one makes a subspace teleporter out of all of the coat hangers in a walk in closet. It's powered by "Spring Power"


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': The main characters can build anything from roller coasters to time machines in under a day. Dr. Doofenshmirtz has this same ability, though he's too much of a DitzyGenius for it to be of much use.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': Egghead Jr., the small chicken in Foghorn Leghorn cartoons. In one episode, Foghorn was babysitting Egghead, so they're playing hide-and-go-seek. While Egghead is counting, Foghorn hides himself in a nearby trash can, chuckling that "he'll never find me in here". Egghead then pulls a pencil and some paper from {{Hammerspace}}, does some calculations, and proceeds to ''dig Foghorn out of the ground''. He is absolutely shocked, and rushes over to the trash can...and then decides against it, saying that he "just might be in there too".
* Gadget from ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''. She can build pretty much ''anything'' a situation calls for out of scraps and bits of garbage lying around, and ''on the spot'' at that! Like a rocket sled thrown together from a shovel, blowtorch and c-clamps ''in the middle of a chase scene''.
* 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.
* Rick from ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' once described his abilities and limitations as "can do anything, but only if I feel like it". His intellect has allowed him to, among other things, invent CasualInterstellarTravel, open a PortalDoor to AnotherDimension, [[PlayingGod create his own universe inhabited by sentient life]], and turn himself into a pickle and back. Notably, this stuff comes so naturally to him that constructing a sentient robot from bits of junk he had to hand just so he can ask it to pass him the butter is less effort for him than just getting up from his seat and fetching the butter himself.