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The GadgeteerGenius is good at what he does, but he doesn't have a particularly profound effect on TheVerse, because ReedRichardsIsUseless. This guy, however, is almost singlehandedly responsible for ending the MedievalStasis: the one person responsible for all the high technology in a setting. Anyone GivingRadioToTheRomans is likely to be this. See also AlternateUniverseReedRichardsIsAwesome.

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The GadgeteerGenius is good at what he does, but he doesn't have a particularly profound effect on TheVerse, because ReedRichardsIsUseless. This guy, however, is almost singlehandedly responsible for ending the MedievalStasis: the one person responsible for all the high technology in a setting. Anyone GivingRadioToTheRomans is likely to be this.this; and if instead of one person it takes a whole group of people who by random chance just happen to have the right skills and knowledge to start the industrial revolution, it's StrandedWithEdison. See also AlternateUniverseReedRichardsIsAwesome.


* The ''Podcast/TwilightHistories'' episode “The Winged Victory” has you introducing steam engines, flintlock riffles, gas lamps, flamethrowers, and even rudimentary airplanes to Ancient Greece. This to to prepare them for the coming Roman invasion.

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* The ''Podcast/TwilightHistories'' episode “The Winged Victory” has you introducing steam engines, flintlock riffles, gas lamps, flamethrowers, and even rudimentary airplanes to Ancient Greece. This to is to prepare them for the coming Roman invasion.


* ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' gives us Gilbert Bates, who invented the verse's first steam engine, sparking an industrial revolution that transformed Tarant from a backwater hole into a world superpower. [[spoiler:And by 'invented', I mean 'blatantly copied off an abandoned dwarven prototype that he had been shown'.]]
** [[spoiler:Then again, Gilbert Bates did realize the potential of the device, which the dwarves did not. Given that Gilbert Bates is based on Bill Gates, this was probably intentional. That said -- funnily enough, a talk with a dwarven king implies the dwarves might or not have realized the potential, but Bates certainly didn't stop to think of side-effects.]]

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* ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' gives us Zigzagged with Gilbert Bates, who Bates from ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura''. Bates is universally credited invented the verse's first steam engine, sparking an industrial revolution that transformed Tarant from a backwater hole into a world superpower. [[spoiler:And by 'invented', I mean 'blatantly copied off an abandoned [[spoiler:As a matter of fact, Bates didn't ''invent'' the steam engine - he merely appropriated the old dwarven prototype that he had been shown'.]]
** [[spoiler:Then again, Gilbert Bates did realize the potential of the device,
prototype, which is something the dwarves did not. Given that Gilbert Bates is based on Bill Gates, this was probably intentional. That said -- funnily enough, a talk with a dwarven king implies the dwarves might or not have realized the potential, but Bates certainly didn't stop forgive him at all - but rather, he ''introduced'' it to think the rest of side-effects.]]Arcanum, using its full potential to accomplish the world's technological transformation]].

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* ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'' has a fairly extreme example: Cornelius Robinson has invented all the cool new stuff we see the future has, ''and'' it's managed to become widely adopted by the time he's still middle-aged!

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* ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'' ''WesternAnimation/MeetTheRobinsons'' has a fairly extreme example: Cornelius Robinson has invented all the cool new stuff we see the future has, ''and'' it's managed to become widely adopted by the time he's still middle-aged!

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* An ComicBook/IronMan story had Tony Stark getting thrown back in time to the King Arthur era, much like ''A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court''. Unable to return to his own time, he sets up shop and becomes a blacksmith, while using his knowledge to create as much modern technologies as possible.


* In Creator/MichaelSwanwick's ''Jack Faust'', German scholar Johannes Faust kickstarts a technological revolution that skyhooks Renaissance Europe into the early 20th century in the space of a century. Justifiable in this case, as the story is written more as a fable than a realist novel (at least, if the parts where Mephistopheles tells Faust how to create new technologies is anything to go on).

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* In Creator/MichaelSwanwick's ''Jack Faust'', German scholar Johannes Faust kickstarts a technological revolution that skyhooks Renaissance Europe into the early 20th century in the space of a century. Justifiable in this case, as the story is written more as a fable than a realist novel (at least, if the parts where Mephistopheles tells Faust how to create new technologies is anything to go on).on)
*In ''Creator/HarryHarrison'' ''Literature/Deathworld2'' ,set many years in the future, in spite of the main character being a professional gambler with no education in engineering or history, stranded on a backwards planet, he manages to reinvent everything up through the Industrial Revolution.



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* The ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' fanfic ''Fanfic/AThingOfVikings'' has Hiccup being basically this to the early Medieval Period. While canonically in the fic he doesn't invent steam power, he ''does'' create industrial tech that is literally centuries ahead of its time (sheet metal roller, drop press, etc). It is noted that part of the reason for this is that compared to other geniuses of the time or before him, Hiccup as the heir to a rapidly emerging power did not need to seek funding to build his inventions or spend time just trying to earn enough money to feed himself. This is lampshaded by one of the epigraphs, where it's stated that many modern students of history lament the fact that Hiccup "just missed" inventing the steam engine, seeing as how he had all the necessary components at hand. However, as the epigraph counters, he lacked the need for such inventions, since many of the things steam power could accomplish, ''dragon'' power could do just as well for the needs at the time.


* If any present-day person is a contender for this title, it must be Elon Musk. He has, at a minimum, has a hand in making electric cars practical, tried to usher in a new era of reusable spacecraft, developed a completely new mode of high-speed transportation (the "hyperloop"), and helped the use of renewable energy sources gain widespread acceptance.


* ''Manga/DrStone'' has its protagonists wake up several millenia after [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the entire human race was turned into stone]] − needless to say, all the machines and facilities have long crumbled by then. One of those protagonists, [[ImprobablyHighIQ Senku]], is a walking encyclopedia and a scientific genius. He ends up in a primitive human village and introduces certain modern mechanics, food, and systems to their civilization much earlier than they would have done it themselves, to the point the villagers first call it "sorcery". Senku and co. are opposed to Tsukasa, a super strong guy who intends to rebuild a society [[ScienceIsBad freed of the evils of technology]] and thus sees Senku as his main enemy.

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* ''Manga/DrStone'' has its protagonists wake up several millenia after [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the entire human race was turned into stone]] − needless to say, all the machines and facilities have long crumbled by then. One of those protagonists, [[ImprobablyHighIQ Senku]], is a walking encyclopedia and a scientific genius. He ends up in a primitive human village and introduces certain modern mechanics, food, and systems to their civilization much earlier than they would have done it themselves, to the point the villagers first call it "sorcery". Senku and co. are opposed to Tsukasa, a super strong guy who intends to rebuild a society [[ScienceIsBad [[EvilLuddite freed of the evils of technology]] and thus sees Senku as his main enemy.


* In General, many TrappedInAnotherWorld mangas have the main character become this, and depending on the story it is either the main focus of the plot (ie: ''Literature/ReleaseThatWitch'') or being completely by accident (ie: ''LightNovel/TheEminenceInShadow''). This is usually due to them being sent to a fantasy-like setting that has technology no more advance than the middle age, and said main character just creating common items from today's age.

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* In General, many TrappedInAnotherWorld mangas have the main character become this, and depending on the story it is either the main focus of the plot (ie: ''Literature/ReleaseThatWitch'') or being completely by accident (ie: ''LightNovel/TheEminenceInShadow''). This is usually due to them being sent to a fantasy-like setting that has technology no more advance than the middle age, and said main character just creating items or using techniques common items from today's age.


* In General, many TrappedInAnotherWorld mangas have the main character become this, and depending story it is either the main focus of the plot (ie: ''Literature/ReleaseThatWitch'') or being completely by accident (ie: ''LightNovel/TheEminenceInShadow''). This is usually due to them being sent to a fantasy-like setting that has technology no more advance than the middle age, and said main character just creating common items from today's age.

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* In General, many TrappedInAnotherWorld mangas have the main character become this, and depending on the story it is either the main focus of the plot (ie: ''Literature/ReleaseThatWitch'') or being completely by accident (ie: ''LightNovel/TheEminenceInShadow''). This is usually due to them being sent to a fantasy-like setting that has technology no more advance than the middle age, and said main character just creating common items from today's age.


* In General, many TrappedInAnotherWorld mangas have the main character become this, and depending story it is either the main focus of the plot (ie: ''LightNovel/ReleaseThatWitch) or being completely by accident (ie: ''LightNovel/TheEminenceInShadow''). This is usually due to them being sent to a fantasy-like setting that has technology no more advance than the middle age, and said main character just creating common items from today's age.

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* In General, many TrappedInAnotherWorld mangas have the main character become this, and depending story it is either the main focus of the plot (ie: ''LightNovel/ReleaseThatWitch) ''Literature/ReleaseThatWitch'') or being completely by accident (ie: ''LightNovel/TheEminenceInShadow''). This is usually due to them being sent to a fantasy-like setting that has technology no more advance than the middle age, and said main character just creating common items from today's age.


* In General, many TrappedInAnotherWorld mangas have the main character become this, and depending story it is either the main focus of the plot or being completely by accident. This is usually due to them being sent to a fantasy-like setting that has technology no more advance than the middle age, and said main character just creating common items from today's age.

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* In General, many TrappedInAnotherWorld mangas have the main character become this, and depending story it is either the main focus of the plot (ie: ''LightNovel/ReleaseThatWitch) or being completely by accident.accident (ie: ''LightNovel/TheEminenceInShadow''). This is usually due to them being sent to a fantasy-like setting that has technology no more advance than the middle age, and said main character just creating common items from today's age.


* In General, many TrappedInAnotherWorld mangas have the main character become this. This is usually due to them being sent to a fantasy-like setting that has technology no more advance than the middle age, and said main character just creating common items from today's age.

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* In General, many TrappedInAnotherWorld mangas have the main character become this.this, and depending story it is either the main focus of the plot or being completely by accident. This is usually due to them being sent to a fantasy-like setting that has technology no more advance than the middle age, and said main character just creating common items from today's age.

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