Playing With / Percussive Maintenance

Basic Trope: You can easily fix things by hitting them.
  • Straight: Bob's computer is on the fritz. He hits it, and it starts working.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Bob's computer is on the fritz. He hits it, and while it doesn't fix it, it makes it to where Bob can retrieve his files.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is a Technopath.
    • In real life, machines may malfunction because their internal parts get shifted out of place. A well placed hit might actually end up getting the components realigned.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob's computer doesn't miraculously start up after he hits it, but his carpel tunnel goes away.
    • Bob's computer disassembles immediately upon but a tiny tap of the fingernail.
  • Subverted: Bob hits his malfunctioning computer. It gets worse.
  • Double Subverted: But a second hit fixes everything.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob's doctor hits him, and his cold goes away.
    • Right before Bob hits his computer, the electronic device starts talking and begging him for mercy.
    Please! Don't hit me again! I'll be good, I promise!
    • OR: Right before Bob hits his computer, the computer grows a pair of fists and punches him in the face.
    How do you like that, bitch?!
  • Zig Zagged: Every subsequent whack fixes a previous problem, but creates a new one that needs to be fixed.
  • Averted: Hitting machines doesn't fix them.
  • Enforced:
    • The original script had Bob typing some commands on the keyboard to fix it, but the director thought that didn't look dramatic enough.
    • It's a fast-moving video game where the players need some way to repair things, but there's no reason to do it realistically; beating friendly tech with wrenches to repair it is an Acceptable Break from Reality.
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked: "You could try whacking it. That might get it started again."
  • Exploited:
    • Alice pulls a practical joke on Bob by putting glue on the side of his computer monitor and writing a program that makes the screen flicker.
    • A robot is deigned to operate under this principle, so it gets stronger every time it's shot at.
  • Defied: "You really think whacking it is going to make it work?"
  • Discussed: "Have you you ever tried whacking that thing to get get it working?"
  • Conversed: "Hey, I tried whacking that thing the other day and it started working."
  • Deconstructed: Bob is used to fix his computer with punching so much that one day he breaks it with a usual punch.
  • Reconstructed: When Bob finally gets his computer fixed at the workshop, he understands that punching certain areas of his computer won't do anything good. But punching other areas is still a good choice, since some parts of his computer tend to shift in their sockets.

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