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* In ''VideoGame/OxygenNotIncluded'', the Manual Generator is your starting Power building, and your main source of power for much of the early game. It's an over-sized hamster wheel that your Duplicants run on in order to charge your batteries and provide power to your space station's machinery. Eventually, you can tech up to coal, diesel, and hydrogen power plants, but since the hamsterwheels only need a duplicant with nothing better to do, it remains viable well into the late game.

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* In ''VideoGame/OxygenNotIncluded'', the Manual Generator is your starting Power building, and your main source of power for much of the early game. It's an over-sized hamster wheel that your Duplicants run on in order to charge your batteries and provide power to your space station's machinery. Eventually, you can tech up to coal, diesel, and hydrogen power plants, but since the hamsterwheels only need a duplicant with nothing better to do, produces no waste product, and produce very little heat, it remains viable well into the late game.


* In ''VideoGame/OxygenNotIncluded'', the Manual Generator is your starting Power building, and your main source of power for much of the early game. It's an over-sized hamster wheel that your Duplicants run on in order to charge your batteries and provide power to your space station's machinery.

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* In ''VideoGame/OxygenNotIncluded'', the Manual Generator is your starting Power building, and your main source of power for much of the early game. It's an over-sized hamster wheel that your Duplicants run on in order to charge your batteries and provide power to your space station's machinery. Eventually, you can tech up to coal, diesel, and hydrogen power plants, but since the hamsterwheels only need a duplicant with nothing better to do, it remains viable well into the late game.


* Zach Varmitech used a cheetah to power his cheating racer in ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts''


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* Zach Varmitech used a cheetah to power his cheating racer in ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts''

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* Jokingly suggested by Tom Paris in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Demon" when the ship is dangerously low on fuel.
--> '''Paris:''' We could set up a bicycle in the mess hall, attach a generator, pedal home.\\
'''Janeway:''' Now why didn't I think of that?

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* The Kakamora from ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' use one of these to deploy a giant drum on their floating fortress.


* Some RealLife exercise balls for pocket pets are enclosed in a framework that makes them look like racecars, emulating this trope.

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* Some RealLife exercise balls for pocket pets are enclosed in The English word "treadmill" comes from a framework device that makes them look like racecars, emulating this trope.was ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: a mill (usually in or associated with a debtor's prison) operated by people walking inside a very large wheel of treads.


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* Some RealLife exercise balls for pocket pets are enclosed in a framework that makes them look like racecars, emulating this trope.

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* There were plans after both world wars to power Europe handcarts with generators installed on them, given that that there was a surplus of men and rail lines.


* In ''VideoGame/20XX'', one of the bosses is the Rollster Beta, an oversized hamster-like creature inside a large, bladed wheel.

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* In ''VideoGame/20XX'', ''VideoGame/TwentyXX'', one of the bosses is the Rollster Beta, an oversized hamster-like creature inside a large, bladed wheel.


-->'''Iago:''' With all due respect, your rottenness, couldn't we just wait for ''real'' storm?!

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-->'''Iago:''' With all due respect, your rottenness, couldn't we just wait for a ''real'' storm?!


* Many powered devices used by the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' were hamster-driven.

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* Many powered devices used by the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' were hamster-driven. One episode centered on Numbuh 3 giving all their base's hamster a vacation, leaving undefended and nearly unarmed.


* ''Film/MortalEngines''. Tom Natsworthy has a hamster powering some of his Old Tech in his room in the Museum.

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* ''Film/MortalEngines''. In ''Film/MortalEngines'', Tom Natsworthy has a hamster powering some of his Old Tech in his room in the Museum.

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* ''Film/MortalEngines''. Tom Natsworthy has a hamster powering some of his Old Tech in his room in the Museum.


* In the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode, "the Ricks must be Crazy," when [[MadScientist Rick's]] car power supply fails, he takes Morty inside the battery. Rick explains that he created a "Microverse" and waited until a sentient life form evolved that he then gave gooble boxes, a device that generates electricity when used to exercise by walking in place. After Morty tires to explain that Rick essentially enslaved an entire planet, Rick responds that since the people of "Microverse" created a complex society where anyone who gets old and dies is replaced by someone younger, Morty replies "that's just slavery with extra steps," to which Rick just brushes off. When they encounter Zeep, basically an {{Expy}} of Rick, Zeep reveals that he's created a "Miniverse," waited until a sentient life form evolved, to which he gave flooble cranks, a lever based exercise devise that generates electricity, and thus render the gobble box obsolete. [[{{Hypocrite}} When Rick mentions that Zeep enslaved and entire planet,]] Zeep responds that since the people of the Miniverse created a complex society, they aren't slaves, Rick says [[IronicEcho "that's just slavery with extra steps,"]] which Zeep just brushes off. When they go into the "Miniverse," they encounter a scientist named Kyle who created a "Teenyverse," and when a sentient life form evolves, he'll give them a blooble yank, a pulley based exercise device that will render the flooble crank obsolete. When Zeep tries to explain that he's planning to enslave an entire planet, Kyle reposnds that since the people of the "Teenyverse" will live in a complex society, they won't be slaves. As Zeep mentions "that's slavery with extra steps" he attacks Rick, when he realizes why they are there. As they are arguing, Kyle realizes why he was born, clims into his ship, and crashes it starnding Rick, Morty, and Zeep in the Teenyverse. At the end, once they manage to exit the "Tenyverse," and after [[InferredHolocaust Rick destroys Zeep's "Minivers,"]] he and Rick enter the car, and when it starts, Morty asks how is that possible, to which Rick responds that he told the people of the Teenyverse to either keep their gooble boxes, or he [[DeadlyEuphemism "would have to toss a broken battery."]]

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode, "the Ricks must be Crazy," when [[MadScientist Rick's]] car power supply fails, he takes Morty inside the battery. battery, where Rick explains to Morty that he created a "Microverse" and waited until a sentient life form evolved that he then gave gooble boxes, a device that generates electricity when used to exercise by walking in place. After Morty tires tries to explain that Rick essentially enslaved an entire planet, Rick responds that since the people of "Microverse" created a complex society where anyone who gets old and dies is replaced by someone younger, [[SlaveRace Morty replies "that's just slavery with extra steps," steps,"]] to which Rick just brushes off. When they encounter Zeep, basically an {{Expy}} of Rick, Zeep reveals that he's to power his world, he created a "Miniverse," waited until a sentient life form evolved, to which he gave flooble cranks, a lever based exercise devise that generates electricity, and thus render the gobble box obsolete. [[{{Hypocrite}} When Rick mentions that Zeep enslaved and entire planet,]] Zeep responds that since the people of the Miniverse created a complex society, they aren't slaves, when Rick says [[IronicEcho "that's just slavery with extra steps,"]] which Zeep just brushes him off. When they go into the "Miniverse," they encounter a scientist named Kyle who created a "Teenyverse," and when a sentient life form evolves, he'll give them a blooble yank, a pulley based exercise device that will render the flooble crank obsolete. When Zeep tries to explain that he's planning to enslave an entire planet, Kyle reposnds responds that since the people of the "Teenyverse" will live in a complex society, they won't be slaves. As Zeep mentions "that's just slavery with extra steps" he attacks Rick, when he realizes why they are there. As they are arguing, Kyle realizes why he was born, clims climbs into his ship, and crashes it starnding it, stranding Rick, Morty, and Zeep in the Teenyverse. At the end, once they manage to exit the "Tenyverse," and after [[InferredHolocaust Rick destroys Zeep's "Minivers,"]] he and Rick "Miniverse,"]] they enter the car, and when it starts, Morty asks how is that possible, to which Rick responds that he told the people of the Teenyverse to either keep their gooble boxes, or he [[DeadlyEuphemism "would have to toss a broken battery."]]


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* Jokingly suggested as the secret power-source of the AlcubierreDrive in ''Fanfic/TheNextFrontier''. Plus the Kerbals did apparently look at hooking the treadmill in their first interstellar starship's fitness centre up to the power grid to cut their power consumption, but ultimately decided it wasn't worth it.


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* A few brands of exercise bike use the pedals to charge the batteries for their onboard electronics.
* On a related note, the ''Gilligan's Island'' example in Live-Action TV has some historical precedent: Military radio sets were powered this way in the field during the early years of the 20th century when compact petrol or diesel generators were unavailable.

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