Well Intentioned Replacement
Whether intentionally or accidentally something has been destroyed, or else it never arrived via delivery or whatever. Our hero feels the need to replace it, but budgetary and/or time constraints have forced him to make a few cutbacks. Like, actually having it be what it's supposed to. It is not uncommon for it to be a Shoddy Knockoff Product
This is a sister trope to Broken Treasure
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- In a Ranma ½ flashback it's revealed that Ranma accidentally ruins Ukyo's special sauce that requires ten years of aging. He frantically makes some sauce of his own out of whatever he can find. One imagines it was inedible to begin with, but after ten years of aging... yuck!
- Another time, Ranma accidentally broke the traditional doll that gave a very famous inn its name. He hastily reassembled it into something of a frog-shape, incurring the doll's (and Akane's) wrath.
- In FAKE, Bikky saved up money to buy some expensive jewelery for Carol and even bought it, but on the way out met a kid crying because he'd just been mugged and couldn't buy something for his mother. So of course Bikky goes back into the shop, returns the gift, and gives the kid the money. Carol winds up with sunflowers Bikky cut from his foster dad's window sill (and since she was following Bikky and saw the whole thing, she's just as happy with that).
- Kiki's Delivery Service has another subversion. Kiki has lost the stuffed cat she's supposed to deliver, so her cat Jiji (who happens to look identical) is called in to play mime while Kiki finds the toy. A more dramatic use of this trope occurs later when Kiki is forced to borrow a street sweeper's broom to fly to Tombo's rescue. She can make it fly... but not very well.
- This seriously happened in a Spider-Man comic book, soon after Dr. Kafka was fired as head of the Ravencroft Institute after her mistake allowed the Chameleon to escape. Despite government claims that Doc Sampson would take over, her first replacement was a guy who caused a bigger disaster on the first day. He actually thought that the abundance of high-tech security used to keep Carnage restrained was wasteful and unnecessary, and despite panicked warnings from veteran guards, he ordered the extra security removed. As soon as he turned even one of the devices off, Carnage broke free. (What happened to the guy after that wasn't revealed, but it is very unlikely that he survived.)
- Agent Cody Banks 2. The sidekick is pretending to be the chef, and he must come up with a dessert at the last minute. His solution-Chocolate Surprise! Basically candy in a chocolatey pudding.
- This is the whole point of the movie Be Kind Rewind.
- The Parent Trap. The original Hayley Mills one. The girls (with the assistance of Hickey and Verbina) have recreated the restaurant from their parent's first date. Everything is quite homemade and primitive, but it's touching, nonetheless.
- Averted in the remake, where apparently they try to one up the first movie by recreating the photograph from their wedding as closely as possible, down to a decorative life-buoy. It's mentioned that one of their grandparents paid for most of this.
- The robotic Santa of The Santa Clause 2.
- In Mister Roberts, after giving away a half bottle of whiskey as a bribe to secure a visit to a liberty port, the officers discover that Pulver had promised it to a nurse. The create a substitute out of medical alcohol, Coca-Cola, iodine and hair tonic. It is surprisingly effective.
- In Meet the Parents, Gaylord Focker accidentally sets the cat of his parents-in-law out of the house and the cat escapes. He then fakes 'finding' the lost cat by getting a similar looking cat at a shelter, then spraypainting its tail to completely the resemblance. Not only is he found out when a neighbor finds the real one, but the fake cat pees on the bride's wedding dress.
- In the Discworld novel Hogfather, Albert kicks this trope in the nuts. Hard. He talks about how he wanted a rocking horse as a kid, but his parents could never afford it, so his dad carved him a little wooden horse instead. When Death asks him if that was more important because of the effort the dad put in, Albert snorts and says that's how adults think. You're a greedy little bastard at 7-years-old.
- Even more prevalent is the fact that Death is acting as the missing Santa. It is constantly emphasized that he can only copy, not create or understand the underlying concepts of life and living, he only understands that Santa must be. While going about these duties, he has to be warned not to greet any more children with "Cower, brief mortals."
- The story Ben And Me has Amos, Ben Franklin's mouse companion, doing a few of these:
- Ben Franklin has set up his electrical equipment for a demonstration. To Amos it doesn't look like the diagrams, so he "fixes" it, dumping the extra stuff into a chair. A very prominent citizen later gets zapped.
- Amos has taken it upon himself to "fix" the latest edition of Poor Richard's Almanac by adjusting the lists of maxims and the tides table. This doesn't end well, but he was certainly was good-natured in his intentions.
- In Through the Looking Glass Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee are about to do battle (over a water-soaked rattle, LONG story...), but they don't have any real armor or weapons. Their strategy? Strap pots and pans to their bodies! Yeah, I'm sure that's the same...
- One of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books depict a heartrending version of this. The child wants a bicycle, but the parents don't have the time to find a proper one, so the dad makes a small bike model. The child is told that the model can be exchanged for a real one, but then the Tastes Like Diabetes moment comes. Cue the tears. The child would never trade the bike made for them by Daddy!
- Inverted in Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace", where an up-and-coming young petite bourgeoise wannabe socialite borrows a necklace from a rich friend to wear to a party, but loses it somehow. She and her husband decide to buy an identical necklace to return to her friend rather than admit it was lost, but it's so expensive they have to sell most of their possessions and become working class in order to pay for it. Cut to about ten years later, when they meet by chance on the street again, the woman now tough on the edges from years of manual domestic work and being a governess, the friend still as beautiful and young-looking as ten years prior even with a young child accompanying her. The woman finally admits to her friend that she had lost the original brooch and had worked so hard in order to replace it. Her friend tearfully reveals that the necklace was a fake, mere costume jewelry made of glass, worth perhaps a tenth of what the woman paid for its replacement.
- Not quite Good-Natured, but in Dilbert the gang has to bring a prototype to a tech show. It's a prototype for a holographic AI interface. They don't have anywhere near enough time or money to do this, so they gut a computer monitor, punch a hole in the bottom and the table, and have Wally stick his head up. He's supposed to pretend to be the interface. Too bad they are visited by the Dark Angel of Product Demos (Phil the Prince of Insufficient Light, his "hello, Wally" I'm sure would've been bonechilling if heard in animation).
- The Music Man has Harold Hill painting a mental picture of the forthcoming band in fancy perfect uniforms in order to get everybody to support the band. The ones that really come are basic red coats and white pants that just barely qualify. I suppose it's an Inversion, as it's a Knockoff, but not Good Natured by any definition.
- This was the entire setup for Day Of The Tentacle. Inverted, because they start with an inferior item breaking and have to replace it with something better. Mad Scientist Dr. Fred makes a time machine, using a giant cubic zirconium instead of a real diamond. It shatters, stranding one kid a century in the past, one kid a century in the future, and one kid doesn't go anywhere. The kid in the present has to find a way to get a real giant diamond to fix the time machine to get his buddies back.
- A running gag in Monkey Island games is that Guybrush has to use replacement items that are widely unsuited for the job like using a live monkey as a replacement for a monkey wrench. He also often uses subpar voodoo ingredients and the final product tends to backfire on him.
- A running gag in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is that the Kurain pot is never assembled the same way twice.
- VG Cats: Christmas 2010. Leo sees Aeris wanting the latest "Dungeon Guy" game, and gets several strange, Video Game related jobs to afford it. He gets her the previous year's game. She visibly becomes a bit disappointed in it, then realizes how hard he had to have worked to get it, and plays it happily. Heartwarming without the diabetes.
- In the Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas special Pooh lost the letter everyone sent to Santa, so he does his best to cobble together replacements from whatever he can find. A trunk tied around Eeyore instead of an umbrella to protect his house, a teapot full of mysterious powder instead of a flyswatter for Rabbit, etc.
- In one episode of the TV series, Pooh believes he has accidentally destroyed the "Wishing Star" by wishing for too much honey. So he sets about to grant all the wishes his friends had already made, and later fashions a star costume and suspends himself from a tree branch for when Christopher Robin comes out to make a wish again.
- The Simpsons:
- When Ned Flanders house is destroyed, the people of Springfield get together to rebuild his house. Only it sucks and Ned goes bonkers.
- Apu stands outside one room (one of the few human-sized doors in the house) and announces "This is the room with electricity, but there is too much electricity. So I don't know, you might want to wear a hat". Both his and Ned's hair reacts as you would imagine.
- When Homer is spending a lot of time away from the family as he tours the world with the Be Sharps, Marge makes a fake Homer for the children by stuffing his clothes with balloons and using a tape recorder for the voice. The result is grotesque enough before the head falls off and bursts his arm, scaring the kids.
- When the Powerpuff Girls decide to create a fourth sister, this trope fully comes into play. The creation of the Rowdyruff Boys is sort of an inversion of this, isn't it?
- In Liberty's Kids, James turns his mother's ring into a necklace for Sarah after she lost hers.
- In the Season 3 premiere of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic the cast hosts a festival for the Crystal Ponies based on information found in a history book. The book lists the centerpiece of the festival the "Crystal Heart", so Twilight carves one... only to find out later that that Crystal Heart is a magical artifact that's kinda important: it can protect the Crystal Empire from being enslaved by an evil unicorn, who's currently knocking on the door. A good chunk of the premiere from that point on consists of the cast trying to keep everyone away from the fake heart while Twilight and Spike try to get ahold of the real deal.
- In the season 4 episode "Rarity Takes Manehattan", Rarity is basing a new fashion line on a new fabric she designed, but she lends some of the spare fabric to her old friend and fellow designer Suri Polomare, who uses it in her own fashion line, so Rarity will look like she's copying Suri instead of the other way around. Realizing that she needs a new style immediately, Rarity scavenges her hotel room for material (curtains, carpets, lampshades, couches). Since she's Rarity, it works.