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->''"We are dreamers, shapers, singers, and makers. We study the mysteries of laser and circuit, crystal and scanner, holographic demons and invocations of equations. These are the tools we employ, and we know many things."''
-->--'''Elric the Technomage''', ''LiveActionTV/BabylonFive''

The Techno Wizard is the guy or girl who can make a computer or electronic device do anything.

Among other things, they know all the {{Omniscient Database}}s; they know how to use the EnhanceButton and the FacialRecognitionSoftware for the best results; they can look at a wall covered with BillionsOfButtons and immediately figure out which unlabeled one is the one that turns off the SelfDestructMechanism; they can jury-rig an [=iPod=] into an EverythingSensor.

They may or may not be a MadScientist as well, depending on how [[SpeculativeFiction fantastic]] the show is. They will often have MachineEmpathy, especially for devices they use regularly. Expect lots of HollywoodHacking.

Compare the GadgeteerGenius, who is more mechanically inclined than electronically inclined, and the {{Technopath}}, who is capable of magical control over technology. Not to be confused with MagicFromTechnology. When genuine magic is integrated with technology, see {{Magitek}}.

Doesn't necessarily have to do with the music genre {{Techno}}, though in that case you might be looking for MagicMusic.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Washuu in ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'': Ami Mizuno (Sailor Mercury).
** And a very literal example with the Witches 5, who use a mix of magic and cobbled-together technology to fight.
* The heroes and villains of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' are a borderline example.
* Ed from ''Anime/CowboyBebop''.
* Hasegawa Chisame from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' became one after her pactio.
* The title character from ''Anime/BattleProgrammerShirase''. He can take on even the most skilled and well-equipped hacker with '''just a cellphone.'''
* Nina from ''Manga/UltraManiac'' literally [=*is*=] a Techno Wizard because she needs to use a PC to cast spells due to her lack of skill.
* Yuki Nagato from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''. She hacked a computer game ''while playing'' and disabled the cheating of it's creators they were playing against. She [[http://i44.tinypic.com/2nqce4z.gif played it]] from the motherfucking ''code''. And she learned all those computer skills [[InstantExpert in a matter of days]], as you can see her [[RapidFireTyping typing faster and faster]] every day. Making it even better [[spoiler: she told Kyon in no-uncertain terms that she wasn't using her data interface abilities; "I am staying within the limits of the programing."]]
* Although much of Section 9 from ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' counts, The Laughing Man leads the pack: he can, in a matter of moments, subvert an entire crowd's ''cybernetic eyes'' and show them what he wants them to see.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Wizard, enemy of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour''.
* By a similar token, the chief scientist of Franchise/TheDCU's OSS is codenamed "Sorcerer".
** Oracle (for the good guys) and Calculator (for the RoguesGallery). Savant (a ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' rogue) has a few shades of this.
** The Pied Piper/Hartley from ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' series.
* ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'': Brianna Diggers
* Forge from the various ''Franchise/XMen'' continuities.

* Otacon's techno-wizardry in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' fanfic ''FanFic/{{Stray}}'' is played up to the extent that he manages to build a homemade TimeMachine.

* Best-known film example: Q from the ''Film/JamesBond'' films.
* As well as his counterpart, Merlin, in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService''
* Jones in ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'' both as movie and [[Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober book]].
* Hackerman from ''Film/KungFury''. His knowledge of HollywoodHacking extends to the point that he can [[TimeTravel hack into time itself]].
* Downplayed with Caleb from ''Film/ExMachina''. Nathan mentions that as a programmer he's "okay" or "pretty good" -- though that's from the perspective of the most groundbreakingly advanced programmer in the world. He does manage to access Nathan's computer system and reprogram the doors.

* Special mention ought to go to Ponder Stibbons from the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series, a literal wizard, and one of the few who know how to work with the [[WizardingSchool Unseen University]]'s literal MagicalComputer, Hex.
* Charles Stross' ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'', which includes a Palm Treo being turned into a [[spoiler: petrification gun.]]
* Foaly the centaur from the ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' series.
** Artemis, as well. Even Foaly grudgingly admits the kid is good.
* Ax was the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' resident techno whiz, due to Andalite knowledge being highly advanced compared to our own.
* 'Gadgets' Schwartz of the HeroesRUs group ''Literature/AbleTeam'', (also nicknamed "The Wizard" on occasion by the other members of his PowerTrio).
* Considering the fact that Nanaki of the Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote series single-handedly turns the house he's cloistered in to run nearly completely in artificial intelligence (and an occasional driverless car), he falls into this.
* AEGIS from ''Literature/{{Exhuman}}'' is a girl locked in a dark room for dozens of years with nothing but a blank computer. Within days of it coming back online, she's written custom drivers to get an abandoned industrial factory up and running and is churning out blueprints for her own spy network and personal robot army. All while giving romantic advice to her superpowered roommate.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Auugie on ''Series/CovertAffairs'' is this. It's especially epic in his case because he's also ''blind.''
* Marshall on ''Series/{{Alias}}'' is the current top-dog Techno-Wiz.
* Both [=McGee=] and [[PerkyGoth Abby]] from ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' fill this role as the plot demands.
* Chloe Sullivan on ''Series/{{Smallville}}''
* The Technomages of ''Series/BabylonFive'' and ''Series/{{Crusade}}''
* Willow on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', as well as Jenny Calendar.
* Any lab tech from ''Series/{{CSI}}''.
* Adam on ''Series/{{CSI NY}}''
* Tosh in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.
* Mickey Smith and the Doctor on ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* Rodney and Sam from the ''Franchise/StargateVerse''.
* Alec Hardison from ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' embodies this trope -- he can hack ''anything'' (except a hick). Bonus points awarded for the fact that, like a real life hacker, he uses social engineering almost as much as technical know-how to get what he wants... although he does have a tendency to take things a bit too far.
* Mac in ''Series/VeronicaMars''.
* Penelope Garcia of ''Series/CriminalMinds''.
* Topher from ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''.
* Any chief engineer from any ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series: Montgomery Scott, Geordi [=LaForge=], Miles O'Brien, B'Elanna Torres, or Trip Tucker.
* ''Series/{{Primeval}}'''s {{adorkable}} genius Connor Temple. Among other magic, dude built the anomaly detector (and handheld versions) AND the anomaly locker AND figured out how to program a piece of future tech without ever having seen the equipment before. Now if he could just reverse-engineer Abby....
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'':
** Orion [[spoiler:a.k.a Chuck's father Stephen Bartowski]] is revered as a Techno God by pretty much every organisation in the show.
** Chuck himself is quite adept, being able to bypass FULCRUM-encryption in minutes, amongst other things. He uses these skills to great effect as a BadassNormal, in season five.
* ''Series/{{Nikita}}'': Birkhoff, [[GovernmentConspiracy Division's]] chief computer expert. Bonus points for designing his own computer network ([[AwesomeMcCoolname Shadownet]]) and making it look enough like a computer game that any of Division's recruits can easily learn how to use it.
* Cole on ''Series/{{Tracker}}'' could do just about anything with human computers, including MacGyvering complex technologies from household items.
* Several ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' characters qualify; usually if there's one person responsible for development and maintenance of the team's gear. This can be either the team's SmartGuy or a separate MissionControl character. The list of these people includes but is not limited to [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Billy]], [[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue Miss Fairweather]], [[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce Trip]], [[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Cam]], [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Hayley]], [[Series/PowerRangersSPD Kat Manx]], [[Series/PowerRangersRPM Dr. K]], and [[Series/PowerRangersSamurai Antonio]].
* Seamus Harper in ''Series/{{Andromeda}}''.
* Meg Austin in the first season of ''Series/{{JAG}}''.
* Christopher Pelant from ''Series/{{Bones}}'' takes this to ridiculous degrees. He can add/remove people from videos, infect computers by writing malware on bones, and basically do whatever he needs to to escape punishment/torment the heroes with computers.
* The duo of Fitz and Simmons (usually just referred to as Fitz-Simmons) fill this role in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''.
* Claudia in ''Series/Warehouse13'', who to Artie's horror is skilled at hacking the Warehouse's own SteamPunk[=/=]DieselPunk SchizoTech, in addition to more conventional PlayfulHacker skillz.
* Felicity Smoak in ''Series/{{Arrow}}''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Naomi from ''Franchise/MetalGear'' plays this role in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' (with some help from Mei Ling); Otacon in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2''.
* Li Kohran in ''VideoGame/SakuraWars''.
* Professor Elvin Gadd, ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'' series (specifically, ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'').
* Aiden Pearce in Ubisoft's ''VideoGame/WatchDogs''. With one thumb and a smartphone, he makes all of Chicago his technological bitch.
* Pascal from ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'', she's so technologically savvy, she fills all the plot holes. She's also a mage.

* One of Remula's personalities in ''WebComic/{{Jix}}'' named Lamerix is constantly creating weird devices that wreak havoc in the comic. Even before Lamerix surfaced, Remula reverse engineered a device she had seen briefly.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Life}}'', Madison can solve almost any problem with her programs. Take, for example, [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=61 her approach to a calculus test]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Bugs, Delta Spike, and just about all the other devisers and gadgeteers (there's a difference!) in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''.
* The Literature/BastardOperatorFromHell.
* The Wireless Wizard from ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad''.
* Dragon and Andrew Richter from ''Literature/{{Worm}}''. Also any tinker that specializes in computers.
* Hafidha Gates of the ''Literature/ShadowUnit'' has a paranormal boost to her technical skills which she describes as "having perfect pitch for computers", with the practical result being that she can effortlessly hack into any computer connected to the Internet. Soon after the start of the series she also develops {{Technopath}}ic powers, which lets her work her Techno Wizardry even faster.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': [[MissionControl Wade]] built Kim's high-tech gadgets and can hack into just about any computer. On the villainous side, Frugal Lucre [[DoNotAdjustYourSet took over the TV networks]] and created a computer virus that could be uploaded from an ordinary checkout scanner.
* Tucker from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', who seems to be able to hack just about anything from his PDA, or failing that, with any of the other half-a-dozen tech gadgets he's constantly carrying around.
* "Brains" from ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}''.
* [=TechRat=] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}''
* Walter "Doc" Hartford from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'' is a AI Psychiatrist.
* In ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', Donatello definitely fits the trope-- humorously, he's been referred to as a wizard on more than one occasion: the ''Back to the Sewers'' episode "Superquest", and constantly called "Mr. Wizard" by his dimensional counterpart in ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever''.
* Raf from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' is one, to a ridiculous degree. [[MadScientist Ratchet]] freaks out when Raf isn't there to help hack things.
* Corvax from ''WesternAnimation/MuzzyInGondoland'' can make exact copies of people and turn himself invisible using his computer.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Given that the majority of computer users don't step far outside of video games, browsing the Internet and email, pretty much anyone with an education in the subject beyond high school level can appear to be this. However, old school hacker purists will always maintain that there is a clear and important difference between "hacking" (i.e. using an original, creative, and/or unconventional procedure to get a computer or system to do something useful) and "cracking" (achieving unauthorized access to a secure system, usually for nefarious ends but occasionally just to see what's there or prove that one can do it). Hackers in the original sense generally disdain and have no use for crackers, who are widely seen as inferior in terms of their knowledge and skill level (indeed they're more likely to trick the user into giving them access than force their way in) and who often use widely known exploits to do Bad Things. See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Script_kiddie Script Kiddie]]. Hollywood almost always ignores this distinction, to the extreme consternation of those that care about such minutiae.
* [[http://www.bellard.org/ Fabrice Bellard]]. In 1997 he discovered a new, faster formula to calculate single digits of pi in binary representation. Won the International Obfuscated C Code Contest twice (including one entry being a self hosted C compiler). In 2004, he wrote the [=TinyCC=] Boot Loader, which can compile and boot a Linux kernel from source in less than 15 seconds. In 2005, he designed a system that could act as an Analog or DVB-T Digital TV transmitter by directly generating a VHF signal from a standard PC and VGA card. In 2011, he created a minimal PC emulator written in pure [=JavaScript=]. Broke the world record for calculations of pi using a desktop computer instead of a supercomputer. Has written both the QEMU emulator *and* [=FFmpeg=] (a widely used multimedia encoding, decoding and editing library).