Quotes / MacGyvering

I was standing on the Bridge when Sulu came to me
His eyes were full of tears, he said, "Captain, can't you see?
The ship is gonna blow! Do something, I beseech!"
I grabbed a tribble and some chewing gum
And stopped the warp core breach

"To improvise a weapon, you have to understand the basic principles behind whatever you're making. A gun, for example, is just a barrel and a firing pin, while a time-delay bomb can be as simple as a corrosive chemical, an oxidizing agent, and something to keep them from mixing together long enough to keep from blowing your hands off."
Michael Alan Westen, Burn Notice

"Think I don't know how to improvise an electromagnet? I was doing this when MacGyver was still trapped in his crib... And this was only one of 23 ways I could have escaped."

"TONY STARK was able to build this in a CAVE! with a BOX OF SCRAPS!"
Obadiah Stane, Iron Man

"Your Weapon: You will be using a hat filled with BBs because self-defense gadgets are what you get when you mix imagination and paranoia with karate."

Zeetha: Good grief! How did you construct something so complicated?
Agatha: Please. I always carry a Swiss Army knife and a coil of wire.

"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 bi-plane? That's about as difficult as a taking a nap."
Tails, Sonic Lost World

Carter: You built a stargate in my basement?
Ancient: Much of your technology can be re-purposed if you know what you're doing. By the way, you need a new toaster.

"It's a terrible thing to have your life depend on your half-assed handiwork."
Mark Watney, The Martian

Tenth Doctor: Need this? (waves sonic screwdriver)
Fifth Doctor: No I'm fine, thank you.
Tenth Doctor: Oh right, you mostly went hands-free, didn't you? Like "Hey, I'm the Doctor, I can save the universe with a kettle and some string! And look at me, I'm wearing a vegetable."
Doctor Who, "Time Crash"