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[[caption-width-right:225:"[[YRulerOfTime Huh.]] [[CargoEnvy I never thought I could be jealous of a wrench.]]"]]

->"''I just said that you're pretty. Even when you're covered in... engine grease, you're... No, [[EspeciallyZoidberg especially]], ''[[FetishFuel especially]]'' when you're covered in engine grease.''"
-->-- '''Simon Tam''' to Kaylee, ''Series/{{Firefly}}''

Mechanical inclinations have, for various reasons, traditionally been forte of men. The Wrench Wench is a girl who sets out to change all that. This can sometimes extend to pure electronic devices, but a WrenchWench is more likely to be found with a blowtorch and ratchet set. She will always be confident about her own work, but because she's technically an enormous {{geek}} she sometimes has trouble with other things. She might also have MachineEmpathy and can diagnose problems just by listening to the motor. She has been known to be CuriousAsAMonkey in the presence of new and interesting machines -- or ConstantlyCurious, if inspection is impossible.

Usually too self confident to ever need a BeautifulAllAlong plot, but very likely to have at least one SheCleansUpNicely moment even though she's often an UnkemptBeauty anyway. Tick her off and a WrenchWhack may be in the offing.

Can be used as a contrast to show that she's not as feminine as she first appears. She's often a [[MrFixIt Ms Fix It]]. Can also be TheBlacksmith. When a WrenchWench's talents go above and beyond the practical or realistic, she's also a GadgeteerGenius. If it's computers and the Internet instead of mechanics, she's a {{Hackette}}. If her skills wax more technical than mechanical, chances are she's a HotScientist, though overlap can exist when dealing with things like mecha and androids which encompass both elements.

The HoodOrnamentHottie is a related trope, where the woman may be dressed or posed as if she was the mechanic, but actually is simply intended to be Eye-candy. A subtrope of TheEngineer.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Winry Rockbell of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' (pictured above). Winry made her first [[ArtificialLimbs automail]] when she was ''[[ChildProdigy eleven years old]]'', and her WeaponOfChoice is a [[WrenchWhack wrench]]. You never see her covered in grease tough, since automail construction is very fine work and actually more a medical profession.
** Her grandmother [[NeverMessWithGranny Pinako]] is also one of these.
* Ikuyo in ''HanaukyoMaidTai'' is the hand maid of the main character's MaidCorps and invents all sorts of inventions for the main character, which unfortunately have a tendency to explode or malfunction.
* Miyuki Kobayakawa of ''YoureUnderArrest'' practically ''built'' her mini patrol car from the ground up, and maintains Natsumi's motorcycles.
* Leyte in ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is the chief mechanic for team Dai-Gurren and is responsible for the majority of the upgrades to the mechs and the battleship.
* Kana in ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei'' is a tomboy who works in a clocktower and loves to work on machines.
* Parfet Balblair from ''{{Vandread}}'' is the chief engineer of her crew of all female SpacePirates.
* Fio from ''Anime/PorcoRosso'' - who turns out to be the heiress of ''four generations'' of female aircraft builders. (Her great-grandmother wields a mean tinsmithing hammer.) The entire workforce of Piccolo Aviation are women, since the men are all abroad looking for work.
* Alto of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' is a mechanic in addition to a helicopter pilot. ''Audioplay/StrikersSoundStageX'' reveals that she also spends her spare time restoring vintage cars.
* Leona Ozaki of ''DominionTankPolice''. Built her mini-tank, "Bonaparte" from the wreckage of the squad leader's AwesomeButImpractical super-tank.
* Rain Mikamura from ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' serves as the mechanic for the main character's HumongousMecha.
* Rally Vincent in ''GunsmithCats'' ''is'' a gunsmith after all, and she's shown teaching May in the manga. She's never shown working on her own cars though, though she does wank over its capabilities at times.
* Charlotte E. Yeager from ''StrikeWitches''. Before joining the witches she worked on motorcycles and airplanes, consequentially her striker unit is heavily modified. Even after joining the witches she spends her spare time in the machine shop and making further modifications to her striker unit.
* Nae Aki in ''[[VideoGame/{{Medabots}} Medarot Spirits]]''; she never was anything near fanservicey, but, in another hand, had Ikki slightly fawning over her. Justified by the fact that she's the granddaughter of Dr. Aki, the modern Medarot inventor. Thing is, if you [[FanonDiscontinuity considers the series' existence at all]].
* Miyuki Ayukawa from ''{{Basquash}}'' is mechanic of the {{humongous mecha}}s in the show.
* Hilde Schbeiker from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'', who has her own scrapyard and is quite proficient with computers.
* Bulma from ''DragonBall'' is this. She's handy with gadgets, and, along with her father, is usually responsible for creating spaceships, as well as Trunks' time machine.
* Rikako Ota from ''WanganMidnight'', the daughter of RGO shop owner Kazuo Ota. She could dismantle and rebuilt a whole engine by herself down to the crankshaft, and is in fact slated to inherit her father's shop..
* Miki Jounouchi from ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' is a tomboy and chief mechanic for her racing team. She once takes out the damaged turbine engine from Super Asurada AKF-11 ''while it is still hot'' and injures her hands for doing that.
* Chinatsu from ''{{Jormungand}}'' is a villainous example. When she's not gunning people down as part of her hitman duties, she apparently likes to build complex mechanical torture devices... including one designed to shoot a bound captive in the knee. In the same spot. ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill 27 times]]''.
* Nanvel Candlestick from ''[[BurnUp Burn Up W/Excess]]''. Quirky but genius inventor and still as busty as most of her squad.
* Presea from ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' is a skilled Master Smith.
* ''Manga/AirGear'' has a whole ''team'' of wrench wenches: the [[http://images.wikia.com/airgear/images/a/aa/AIR_GEAR_17_014-015.png Tool Toul To]].
* Hozuki from ''Anime/GalileiDonna'' actually carries wrenches around with her. And uses them to build some pretty crazy stuff, most notably an airship shaped like a goldfish.
* The Ooarai Girls High School Automotive Club in the anime ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' is made up of four highly skilled teen girl mechanics who not only work on cars but also maintain the school's motley collection of WWII tanks. In the later episodes they get to crew the notoriously cantankerous Porsche Tiger tank, doing as well as warriors as they did as wrench wenches.
* Jane Buxton, in ''Anime/SecretOfCeruleanSand'', attempts to follow her brother's tracks by building several flying machines [[spoiler:and succed in the end]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Betty Cooper, from Franchise/ArchieComics, is absurdly talented with auto repair and other forms of masculine expertise. This makes her either more or less attractive to the boys, depending on the story.
* "Ma" Hunkel, the original ComicBook/RedTornado from the GoldenAge of Franchise/TheDCU, worked as a riveter during WWII. All that heavy labor probably helped with her right hook.
* Maggie Chascarrillo, a.k.a. Maggie the Mechanic, from Jaime Hernandez's half of ''ComicBook/LoveAndRockets''.
* Sharri Barrnett from ''ComicBook/SteelgripStarkeyAndTheAllPurposePowerTool'' is the computer-programming version of this trope.
* ''ComicBook/{{Chassis}}'' was more of driver, but she certainly knew her way around the underside of a bonnet.
* Courtney "Cover Girl" Krieger from ''GIJoe'' was a former high-fashion model who enlisted and became a missile-tank driver. Who does the upkeep and repair work on her own tank.
* The ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' title "Rebels" has Chandra. One example: she and Scorch take apart part of a top-secret space engine -and put it back together within twenty minutes.[[note]]A military ramship is excellent motivation[[/note]]
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[[folder: Fan Fiction]]
* Tsuuma[[note]]The BitCharacter that appears in Viral's dream in the original[[/note]] is this in ''FanFic/TengenToppaGurrenSolvernia'', Viral's personal mechanic and [[DeadpanSnarker personal snarker]].
* Olga Romanoff, an Air Policewoman in Ankh-Morpork, is also a largely self-taught broomstick technomancer who stands apart from other witches in that she knows what makes one go and is prepared to roll up her sleeves and ''really'' work on souping up the standard model. She and her friend and fellow flight technomancer Irena Politek operate a hangar full of customised broomsticks in City Watch service. working with Dwarf brothers the Messers Schmidt and Zlobenian dwarf Mig Oyeff, they currently fly ME-109's and the MIG-21 broomsticks. The prototype ME Schmidt 262 is going to be ''revolutionary''. The girls appear in ''Fanfic/SlippingBetweenWorlds and other tales in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' ExpandedUniverse.
* Sky Bolt from Fanfic/TheDuskGuardSaga works as an engineer for an airship company. She is a compassionate tinkerer, working on improving deep water pumping in her spare time, among dozens of other projects. Her latest design, ''The Alicorn'', had to be reverse-engineered, because nobody understood how it worked exactly, and so she would have been the only one able to maintain it.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* As bizarre as it may sound, Disney seems to be taking [[Franchise/DisneyFairies Tinker Bell]], of all characters, in this direction with her CGI movie. The reasoning is actually fairly logical--why else would she be named ''Tinker'' Bell? Plus, the novel Peter Pan is based on states that Tinker Bell is a tinker who mends the pots and pans. It's not like Disney pulled this out of nowhere.
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius'': Jimmy Neutron's mother is seen working under the family car at one point. She also pointed out a flaw in one of Jimmy's inventions and explains it in full TechnoBabble. It turns out she was very right.
* Audrey from ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' is chief mechanic of a huge submarine despite being a teenager, and loves Machinery in general.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Mikaela (Creator/MeganFox) in the live-action ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' is extremely good with cars but hides it from her boyfriend and friends to remain popular.
-->'''Mikaela:''' Guys don't like it when you know more about cars than they do.
** Not that she ever gets dirty, or even works on cars all that much. It seems this was mostly an excuse for Bay to have her bend over a lot for the camera.
* Another Creator/RobertRodriguez example: In ''SinCity'', Nancy tells John Hartigan [[OnlyICanMakeItGo "Nobody but me can keep this heap running".]]
** From the other part of ''Film/GrindHouse'', [[Creator/QuentinTarantino Tarantino's]] ''Death Proof'', Zoe and Kim are that, since they are stuntwomen.
* Alex (Jennifer Beals), the main character from ''Film/{{Flashdance}}''. She works part time as a welder in a steel mill.
* Monique in ''Film/BetterOffDead'', who fixed Lane's Camaro that would otherwise keep catching rust.
* Lisa from ''Film/MyCousinVinny'', whose insane (or rather "dead-on-balls accurate") knowledge of cars [[spoiler:saves the defendants in the murder trial.]]
* Kate the [[TheBlacksmith blacksmith]] from ''AKnightsTale'' is the 14th-century version.
* June, a car refurbisher , in ''Film/KnightAndDay''.
* Kay and Hazel, the female leads in ''Film/SwingShift'', both become wrench wenches after joining a munitions facility during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* Mary in ''Film/TheMuppets'' is very good at working with cars and electricity.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The main character of C. E. Murphy's ''Urban Shaman'' trilogy is one of these, being a dedicated car enthusiast who restored a 1969 Mustang all by herself, and worked as a mechanic for the Seattle Police Dept. She even continues to use the idea of fixing a car to work her healing magics (fixing a broken windshield, replacing a flat tire, using windshield wipers to clear her vision, etc.).
* Nadia Chernyshevski of the ''Literature/RedMarsTrilogy'' was a nuclear engineer in Siberia before her job building mankind's first base on Mars. Her skills in solving technological problems earned her the nickname "Universal Solvent".
* Literature/MercyThompson, a.k.a. Mercedes the Volkswagen mechanic. She got started at 16 when she was sent to do community service fixing up cars, and now she owns and runs her own garage.
* Samella Connel from Douglas Hill's ''Literature/ColSecTrilogy'', although her particular talent seems to be mostly with computer hardware and programming.
* Ellie Linton, from ''Literature/TheTomorrowSeries'', is quite competent at fixing machinery, which, considering that she's a ranch-raised country girl, is TruthInTelevision.
* Linda Connor, from Swedish SF author Anders Blixt's dieselpunk spy adventure ''Iskriget (The Ice War)'', is a trained mechanic with a solid professional reputation in her home town. She "saves the day" with her skills at several occasions during the story. She usually wears workmen's clothes and has a male haircut, both for purely practical reasons.
* Although Alice has spent most of her life studying sorcery her real gift is with watches and mechanical things, including her creating ''[[TitleDrop The]] [[Literature/TheWitchWatch Witch Watch]]''.
* As both she and her father are highly ranked engineers, Laeshana from ''Literature/QuestOfTheUnaligned'' has traces of this.
* Second Lieutenant Cynthia Robbins of ''Literature/TheFlightEngineer'' trilogy. In addition to being second-in-command of ''Invincible's'' fighter maintenance crew she developed an advanced prosthetic hand for her boss, Commander Peter Raeder, that led to him being able to fly again.
* ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'':
** Leo's mom, Esperanza Valdez, was a mechanic and fell in love with the god of forges, Hephaestus. She received a college degree in mechanical engineering but never received a job in that field because because she was never taken seriously as a mechanic since she was a woman.
** Nyssa was a daughter of Hephaestus. She was leader of the cabin of Hephaestus' children. As a child of this god, she could manipulate machines, as well as being an expert mechanic and builder. She could also sense machines, mechanic or metal and identify machinery types by a touch.
* This is Lizzie's character in ''Literature/SpiderCircus'', technically she's called a 'wiredancer.'
* Fae is the head mechanic in {{Literature/The Osmerian Conflict}}, and is almost always found in either the hanger or the electronics room doing some form of maintenance or mechanical checks.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Kaylee of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' and ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', as quoted above. Kaylee actually joined the crew because the captain walked in on her having sex with the ship's mechanic [[MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces in the engine room]]. She diagnosed the engine's problem ''[[CoitusUninterruptus while in the act]]'', and fixed it on the spot when Mal showed up. He fired his mechanic and hired her as she was getting dressed.
** There are numerous hints (including dialog by the first ship's mechanic) that her major motivation in having sex with him there was to get up close and personal with the ship's engine room and grok it, she being a technophilic homebody / ground-pounder up to that point.
-->'''Bester:''' Engines make her hot, you know?
-->(''Later, after Kaylee fixes the engine in two seconds flat:'')
-->'''Bester:''' What'd you do?
-->'''Mal:''' She fixed it! Where'd you learn to do that, miss?
-->'''Kaylee:''' Just do it, is all. My daddy says I got natural talent.
-->'''Mal:''' You work for your daddy, do you?
-->'''Kaylee:''' You offering me a job?
-->'''Bester:''' What?
-->'''Mal:''' Believe I just did.
-->'''Bester:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Mal! Whaddya need two mechanics for?]]
-->'''Mal:''' [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness I really don't.]]
--> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA2P_EjR5rw
** In "Shindig" when Mal and Kaylee go to a ball she cleans up and gets to wear a fancy dress. She becomes an instant hit at the party when many of the men present find out that she works on engines and knows almost anything there is to know about them. Despite the fancy clothes it is still a frontier world and a technical whiz like her is highly respected, and the other female partygoers look to be socialites with little to offer but small talk.
** Turns into a CMOF when a young man asks her to dance and everyone else tells him to leave her alone, she's talking about engines!
* Gilina Renaez from ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' is a technical specialist for the private army she works for.
** Also Furlow, although she is far from beautiful, is AffablyEvil, runs an HonestJohnsDealership, and has ChronicBackstabbingDisorder
* B'Elanna Torres from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Although Star Trek engine rooms tend to be cleaner than a modern-day operating theatre, she does still manage to get covered in dirt and grease on a fairly regular basis.
* Theora Jones of ''Series/MaxHeadroom'' is of the high-tech variety rather than the grease-monkey variety.
* Heather from ''Series/{{Jericho}}''.
-->'''Heather:''' Mind if I pitch in?
-->'''Jake:''' Do you know how to strip wires?
-->'''Heather:''' Ever since junior high.
-->(Jake stares at her)
-->'''Heather:''' Yeah, I was ''that'' popular.
* In ''Series/{{CSI}}'', both Sara and Catherine have their moments doing experiments or processing a car. It actually became something of a RunningGag in TelevisionWithoutPity that Sara delighted in tearing vehicles apart.
* Abby Sciuto on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' falls into this category, especially when the team is investigating a vehicle-involved crime. Off with the white lab coat, on with the bright red mechanic's coveralls.
* Bella Banks in ''Series/YoungAmericans''. She is a high school student who works as a mechanic at her dad's auto repair shop.
* The series has had several {{Hot Scientist}}s down the years, but it wasn't until ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'''s Ronny that it got a WrenchWench to balance things out. Her tendency for [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar practically]] ''[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar fondling]]'' [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar new weaponry]] [[{{Nerdgasm}} with an awed smile on her face]] makes one wonder how the show stayed TV-Y7. Of course, she ''had'' to be the first to test out any new gadget. And apparently, being a race car driver who can work on her own cars has left her qualified to work on [[HumongousMecha giant robots]].
** One of the aforementioned Hot Scientists was Operation Overdrive's own Pink Ranger, providing the show with a double-dose of geek girls.
** Two seasons later, Gemma in ''[[Series/PowerRangersRPM RPM]]'' was introduced, and combined Wrench Wench with {{Hackette}} and [[MadBomber a fetish for explosions]].
* Ashley Hammond in the ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' episode "The Turn of the Wretched Wrench". Conversely, this was the day job of her Japanese counterpart, Natsumi Shinohara from ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'': she's good enough to dismount a ''moving bike''.
* ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'' has Ranru/[=AbareYellow=], who gave up a career as an IdolSinger to pursue her dream of becoming a mechanic.
* In the ''Series/That70sShow'' episode "Career Day", Jackie, who's a rich, spoiled ValleyGirl type teen shows unlikely skill in fixing cars.
* Barbara in ''Series/TheGoodLife'' who is at least as mechanically capable as her husband.
* Juliette Burke in the 5th season of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' (in Dharmaville) works as an auto mechanic.
* Lacy Rand in ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' turns out to be one of these, helping one of the other Soldiers of the One (who is apparently now her LoveInterest) fix a motorcycle engine.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' has Samantha Carter, who's not only the show's OmnidisciplinaryScientist but also builds Naquada reactors in her office/workshop in her spare time.
** One scene showed her working closely with a mechanical object very intently, as with her it's likely an alien device of some kind. The camera pulls back to reveal tuning up her [[BikerBabe bike.]]
* ''{{Sanctuary}}'' has Dr. Helen Magnus, also played by AmandaTapping, who again falls under this trope. Very obvious in episode 21, where they get stuck in an old oil rig and need to ''MacGyver'' their way out.
* While we didn't get to see much of it "on panel," DG from ''Series/TinMan'' seemed happiest either drawing or fixing stuff with her [[spoiler: robotic foster]] dad.
* In one episode of ''Series/HomeImprovement'', car enthusiast Tim gets a new mechanic who is one of these, which leads to him becoming slightly attracted to her. Of course, the fact that she's played by pre-crazy Jenny [=McCarthy=] doesn't hurt, either.
* In ''Series/{{Degrassi}} Goes Hollywood'' fashion model Mia, who tags along on the journey to L.A., later ends up helping fix the broken down bus with her expensive leggings, saying it was an old trick her mom taught her.
* The Audiobooks for ''TheSarahJaneAdventures'' make this into Sky's way to assist the team, in a much cuter and less fanservicey way. Her ability to sense and understand energy being part of it, but she just understands machinery.
* When the family starts fixing up a car for Matt in season 3 of ''SeventhHeaven'', it's boy-crazy Lucy who is shown to be an idiot savant when it comes to cars.
* The ''Series/ColdCase'' episode "Factory Girls" featured a troop of these building planes to be used in World War 2.
* All the girls on ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}''. The most famous, Kari Byron, is actually a lighter example than the other two, being an artist by training. Scottie Chapman from the earlier seasons is a much straighter example, being a welder and metal worker. Jessi Combs, who filled in for Kari when she was on maternity leave, is a metal fabricator.
* Given her heritage, Marti in ''Series/{{Slingers}}'' would be expected to be technically skilled, and so far she's demonstrated a definite affinity with spaceship power systems (and the disabling thereof).
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Gia Kelly in "The Seeds of Death" is the electronics-expert variant; she's the world's greatest expert on the planet-wide teleportation system, and also makes field repairs to an improvised DeathRay.
** Rachel "Ray" Defwydd in "Delta and the Bannermen" is a BikerBabe who habitually carries spanners, Allen keys and whatever else she needs to conduct running repairs.
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[[folder:Music]]
* In her music video to [[http://vimeo.com/11465235 "Why don't you love me"]], {{Beyonce}} is playing a woman fixing a car wearing a crop top and daisy dukes.
* In ''Music/TheProtomen'' (a rock opera based on the ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' series), Dr. Light's lover works in a factory. Keeping her safe from a dangerous job is part of his motivation for creating the robots central to the series. Of course, [[BigBad Dr. Wily]] has other plans.
* The entire first verse from Felt's "Dirty Girl" is about this. Lines include "''Standin' there holding that drippin' dipstick/With a firm grip, yet so delicate/And the way you took that orange oil rag and wiped it clean/Its guaranteed to get repeated in my dreams''" and "''Got so lost in your smile when you asked me what the mileage was''"
* The Beach Boys' "Car Crazy Cutie" is an ode to a woman who shares her beau's enthusiasm for automobiles:
--->Well, my steady little doll is a real live beauty
--->And everybody knows she's a car-crazy cutie
--->She's hip to everything, man, from customs to rails
--->And axle grease embedded 'neath her fingernails!
* The music video for Music/GirlsAloud's "Long Hot Summer" is set in a mechanic's shop with the girls sporting boiler suits and working on cars.
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[[folder:Roleplay]]
* Shannon Grimton of ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'' studied to be an [[TheEngineer engineer]] and used her knowledge to personally modify her wheelchair into a SuperWheelchair.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Lucca from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', a machine enthusiast who takes after her father, is one of the earliest video game examples.
* Roll Casket in the ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' series who a genius mechanic who's in charge of piloting and maintaining her family's airship .
** Also, Tron Bonne combines this with [[GadgeteerGenius a fancy for designing robots]], although generally she tends to design new electronics more often than fix old motors.
* Jessie from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', who also displays a fascination with explosives.
* Led Campbell from ''SepterraCore'' is a genius mechanic, her weapon is literally [[WrenchWhack an enormous wrench]], and she's so hot that total strangers will give her money or items..
* Tali'Zorah from ''Franchise/MassEffect'' who's part of an alien race called the quarians. Quarians are the whole race of incredibly skilled engineers. And even among the quarians, she is counted one of the best engineers and geth specialists.
** Like most character tropes involving the squad, Fem Shep can qualify for this one too - just make her an engineer.
** They are joined by Samantha Traynor in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', though she's more the communications officer and spends her time cracking code.
* Alyx from ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' is a WrenchWench and an ActionGirl combined in one. Not only is she a good mechanic, she's also a godly hacker.
* Keira from the ''JakAndDaxter'' series. Tess is one as well, only her specialty is weaponry, not vehicles.
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' has Isara Gunther. She's also the one to first appear at a gun fight with her father's [[TankGoodness customized heavy tank]]! Yes, a {{Moe}} tank opperator.
* Rikku from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' is good with machines, and comes with an ability that lets her OneHitKO a machine type enemy.
* Samanya in ''RedFaction: Guerrilla'' is the chief engineer of the Red faction organization and creator of all their weapons.
* Eva Navarro of ''{{Mercenaries}} 2: World In Flames''. She'll build any number of custom PMC vehicles for you, for a price.
* The original Ann from ''HarvestMoon'' and her Magical Melody incarnation love to tinker with machines and invent things.
* Penelope of the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' games specialises in remote-controlled vehicles, so the gang try to hire her on. [[spoiler: [[FaceHeelTurn She later betrays them]], however.]]
* Moira Brown from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''. You, yourself, qualify as well if you're the female version of the Lone Wanderer and spend up on Repair skill points.
* [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas Veronica]] has a bit of this going on as well. She can even function as a mobile Workbench that lets you craft items on the spot.
* Licca Kusunoki in ''GodsEaterBurst'' fits this to a tee, in charge of maintaining the Far East Branch's God Arcs. complete with oversized gloves and a tendency to hug the protagonist when they do something stupid.
* Wave the Swallow in SonicRiders, who is the one responsible for building the boards for the Babylon Rogues.
* When Starkiller first lays eyes on Juno Eclipse in ''StarWars: TheForceUnleashed'', she is working on his ship, The Rogue Shadow. The comics also show her working on other equipment.
* Robin from ''VideoGame/TheIconoclasts'' is a mechanic in a world where mechanical engineering is illegal.
* VideoGame/TouhouProject gives us Rika in it's 2nd installment, who builds tanks, and is rarely seen without her wrench in fanart.
** Kawashiro Nitori from Touhou 10 ''Mountain of Faith'', like most kappa in the series, is a Magitek engineer who dons [[InvisibilityCloak optical camouflage]], [[ExtendableArms extendible robots arms]], and [[MacrossMissileMassacre missiles]]. She's really fond of human technology that falls across the Great Hakurei Border and, according to common fanart, has her own lines of electronics.
* When Sunny Gurlukovich/[[spoiler:nee Emmerich]] first appeared in ''MetalGearSolid4'' she was a shy computer hacking expert with a NoSocialSkills and a [[SpeechImpediment slight stutter]], but by the time ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' rolls around, she's become a capable and confident engineer who helped develop the fastest suborbital thruster the world has ever seen[[note]]Capable of reaching speeds in ''excess'' of '''Mach 23'''[[/note]] and is actively working on a spacecraft able to make the journey to Jupiter within her guardian's lifetime.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' gives us an unusual example, Ellie. Although she is one of the most obese characters in the game, speaking to other characters and listening to audiologs reveals that there are some poeple on Pandora who like it that way.
* Pascal from ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces''. Despite being a DitzyGenius who frequently reverts to BuffySpeak, she's a mechanical genius who can fix almost anything.
* Krusche and Sasha from the ''VideoGame/ArTonelico'' series. Krusche is more focused on ships and weapons, while Sasha is skilled at creating satellites, reflecting plates, and other instruments.
* Maki Kagura from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' loved to fix her BikerBabe sister Chizuru's motorcycle as her hobby, as stated in her profile.
* Claret from ''Skyborn'' fixes airships and is all too ready to chew out anybody who mistreats their ship. She also built herself an [[{{TheUnintelligible}} R2-D2 type robot sidekick]].
* Switch from ''VideoGame/AVeryLongRopeToTheTopOfTheSky'' is one; her father Gunther is [[TheEngineer An Engineer]] in his own right as well.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Robyn, in ''Webcomic/NineteenSeventySevenTheComic''. She knows her engines and doesn't mind getting her hands dirty
* Pop's Autos from ''NipAndTuck''. The main drawing feature are the Pop's girls, all working on your car in daisy dukes.
* KK built and maintains her own steam copter amongst other toys [[http://www.freakangels.com FreakAngels]] oh and has wicked [[spoiler:PsychicPowers]].
* Kat, from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', almost fits this trope, although she's too young for the sex appeal part. Robots fancy her, though.
** Robots think she's a [[GodGuise freakin']] ''[[InvertedTrope angel]]''.
* Pella the dwarf, from ''LookingForGroup''. She fashions Rayd a replacement arm after the Black Dwarves dismember him while torturing. Rayd then uses it to "keep a promise" that he made them in a subsequent battle with the Black Dwarves.
* Faye from ''QuestionableContent'' recently entered these waters when she built a mini T-Rex that [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1644 poops espresso]], and was originally going for a ''two-ton'' T-rex with Hemi power.
** Dora, too, has managed to do similar, but from a more computer nerd end of the spectrum, like fixing Pintsize back together after an unfortunate cake mix incident.
** Marigold builds her [=PCs=], has taken over the Pintsize fixing, is a webmaster as her real job, and seems to be rather skilled at all things computer.
* Shelly from ''WapsiSquare'' worked at a garage earlier in the strip's run.
* ''Webcomic/EmergencyExit'' has one too, complete with WrenchWhack.
--> "Oh, I love the smell of oil on a sexy woman."
* Referenced in ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}'': [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page542.html "Maybe willingness to get your hands dirty is way sexier than it's given credit for."]]
* In ''ImpureBlood'' [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter007/ib040.html Mac comes running to]] [[GenkiGirl burble over the car]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Pulse}}'', before becoming an busty armored super-heroine, possible [[MrFixIt Ms Fix It]] Annie's previous job at her SuperheroSchool was repairing equipment. [[http://pulse.comicdish.com/index.php?pageID=89 She sometimes returns to that as therapy.]] She can be known to be CuriousAsAMonkey and have almost a compulsive urge to take thing apart.
* Yun-Feng from ''[[Webcomic/ClaudeAndMonet Claude & Monet]]''. Standard clothing is a pair of mechanic's overalls, and a complete [[PolarOppositeTwins polar opposite]] with her refined twin sister Yin-Feng.
* Angela in ''Webcomic/AtArmsLength'' works as an auto mechanic. Does this basically for fun since she's a nigh-immortal sorceress, and admits to her sister she does it because [[http://atarmslength.smackjeeves.com/comics/1467288/wild-at-heart-4/ she gets satisfaction accomplishing things without magic]].
* Agatha Heterodyne, from ''[[Webcomic/GirlGenius Girl Genius]]'' is a perfect example of this trope, and she has only become more so as the series has progressed. Before she discovered she was a Spark, she used to sleepwalk and construct massive mechanical devices while clad only in her underwear.
* Jade Harley from ''{{Homestuck}}'' qualifies as she built a freakin robot copy of herself that allows her to do stuff while asleep, useful for a narcoleptic
* Sasha in ''[[Webcomic/SluggyFreelance Sluggy Freelance]]'' is able to understand and often improve on Riff's inventions.
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* Katherine Blanco from ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' version three was the best mechanic in her school until she was killed by a hornet's sting on the island.
* Sharon from ''DarwinsSoldiers'' used to work in the magnetic materials research division at Pelvanida. After [[spoiler: she got fired]], she worked as an electrician and a mechanic in Southport.
* Tex, actually, of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. She's repaired Sheila at least twice, built a bomb out of spare parts (including some more ... personal items), and even upgraded her own armor ''while wearing it''. Apparently, this was part of her Freelancer training. It tends to be overshadowed by her [[BadAss repeatedly kicking everyones' asses]], though.
* There are quite a few female gadgeteers, devisers and general scientists in the ''WhateleyUniverse'', but special mention goes to Loophole, whose power is 'understanding rules'. ''Any and all'' rules.
* ''Website/GaiaOnline'' brings us Sam, the young lady who runs the automotive shop "Sam's Body and Parts".
* The SCPFoundation has Cassy, the [[ArtInitiatesLife living drawing]] who [[BecomeARealBoy wishes she could exist in the 3D world]]. Her hobby is a car she's building from drawn parts, and when photographed with the camera that shows what the subject wishes to be doing, the result - nearly everyone else's being NightmareFuel or TearJerker material, or a couple humorous exceptions - has her in the real world... doing exactly the same thing.
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* Gretchen Grundler and Ashley Spinelli in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''. Spinelli was taught by her older brother how to work on cars and helped fix a broken down bus in one episode. "Regular, or ratchet?"
* Sari from ''TransformersAnimated'', in a way. Pre-upgrade, she's the Allspark's deputized Angel of [[AppliedPhlebotinum Phlebotinum]], then post-upgrade she shows a real talent for Cyber-diagnostics.
* The second season of ''TransformersPrime'' involved finding ancient Cybertronian weapons created by Solus Prime, one of the 13 original Primes created by Primus, who was also the archetype for female Transformers to come. She preferred a [[DropTheHammer big hammer]] over any old wrench.
* Molly from ''ObanStarRacers'' is a competent mechanic. She even figured out the problem with a pod-racer when it had previously stumped a professional.
* Cover Girl from ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe'' (especially in her Devil's Due comic incarnation). After all, when your primary duty is as a missile tank driver, it pays to know how to keep your fighting vehicle in good condition.
* ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'': Ahsoka has apparently taken a level of this over the course of the series' sporadic timeline; by the time of the [[PhysicalGod Mortis]] [[GodsHandsAreTied trilogy]] of episodes, she's capable of fixing a badly crashed shuttle by herself and modifying it as needed.
* [[WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers Gadget Hackwrench]], proving that when it comes to ingenuity and mechanical marvels, size doesn't matter.
* Jenny 10 from ''WesternAnimation/DexHamiltonAlienEntomologist''. She maintains the insect's habitats and builds the weapons used by the team to capture new bugs.
* Scootaloo is shown doing mechanical work on a parade float in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "One Bad Apple." Later, in "Twilight Time," she's shown developing these skills further under Twilight Sparkle learning how to disassemble and reassemble unicycles and scooters.
* Luanne in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' was bad in beauty school and the community college, but she was good with a wrench. In early episodes, the men in the alley would move out of the way and let her fix cars.
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* Rosie the Riveter from the U.S. UsefulNotes/WorldWarII propaganda. And, obviously, all the female mechanics used in propaganda.
** Elizabeth Hawes' book about working in an aircraft plant during UsefulNotes/{{WWII}} is titled ''Why Women Cry; or Wenches With Wrenches''.
* Rosie's Canadian counterpart, Veronica Foster a.k.a [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/52/VeronicaFoster-RonnieBrenGunGirl-smoke.jpg Ronnie, the Bren Gun Girl]]. Makes you jealous of that Bren, [[SmokingHotSex hmmm?]]
* Back in the day, [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth]] (now Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II) was one. She was trained as an army mechanic during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII; she served as an ambulance driver, but British vehicles being [[TheAllegedCar what they are]], [[TakeThat she had to be trained as a mechanic too]].
* [[http://www.rosiesgirls.org/ Rosie's Girls]] is a day camp for preteen girls that teaches, among other things, welding, carpentry, wiring, engineering, and presumably advanced badassness.
* Photographer Dave Perry has made an entire career out of shooting [[HoodOrnamentHottie models working on hot rods]]. He admits in the introduction that his inspiration was a young woman working in a desert junkyard.
* Creator/MarilynMonroe was discovered working in a factory (during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII). ''[[PrecisionFStrike Marilyn Fucking Monroe]]''.
* Creator/HedyLamarr co-invented [[http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT2292387 US Patent 2,292,387]], which was used in the [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar blockade on Cuba]]. Her discoveries have also been used in cell phone technology. [[note]][[Film/BlazingSaddles That's "Hedley!"]][[/note]]
* Mike Holmes has made a point of supporting women going into construction trades on his shows ''HolmesOnHomes'' and its sequels. He hired Corin "Pinky" Ames on air after she completed an internship with him, and Kate Campbell and Mike's daughter Sherry are regular members of his crew.
* There are self-help bike repair shops in Germany (and possibly other places in Europe) where you have to repair your bike by yourself and only pay for the materials used. They are run by volunteers who help you if you're stuck, and many of these volunteers are girls who do this in their free time.
* If [[Series/{{Firefly}} Kaylee and Jayne]] had a daughter, it would be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61WKv720_Ow this girl]]. The best part is that she's [[IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn not even trying]]; it's all from her [[WhenSheSmiles eyes and smile]].
* Germany's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toSwY-Ob3QA Lina van de Mars]]. [[ComeForTheXStayForTheY Come for the cars, stay for the hot mechanic]].
* Deep under the Russian city of Norilsk is a mine called Mayak. The duty of supervising the fuel, and fueling the machines, falls to Irina Martinets, the "[[http://englishrussia.com/2011/04/02/queen-of-the-filling-station/ Queen of the Filling Station]]". [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong In some of the pictures, she is personally pushing some large vehicles and handling oil drums]].
* Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer. In the first half of the 19th century (she was LordByron's daughter). That's right: even before the first computer - she invented algorithms for Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, which is considered the "ancestor" of modern computers.
** Note that her mother directed her education towards maths (and music) since she thought the "poetic tendencies" from a typical woman's education of the day were "dangerous" (which is to say she thought poets were trouble; having married [[ByronicHero Lord Byron]], she was probably right)--a course of action with which Lord Byron totally agreed, since young Ada was excellent at maths. Lovelace was nevertheless as feminine as the age required, marrying a count and giving him three children.
* Pornstar Phoenix Marie is a lovely and feminine woman ...who rebuilds classic cars, rides and maintains Harleys and plays soccer and baseball in her spare time.
* Grace Hopper was this for software engineers. She found the original software bug ([[LiteralMetaphor it was literally a dead moth in the circuitry]]), wrote the first compiler, wrote what may have been the first case of open-source software, and was the main designer behind COBOL. This is a case of BreadEggsMilkSquick.
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