->''"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 how you would hear jokes about how The Professor in 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: Live Action Film ]]

* ''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]].
* ''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.


[[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 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 ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', the title characters. Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Agent P also have a touch of this.
* Egghead Jr., the small chicken in Foghorn Leghorn cartoons.
** In one episode, Foghorn was babysitting Egghead, so they're playing hid-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 ''RescueRangers''. 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.