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* [[Franchise/SpiderMan Peter Parker]] invented a fluid that can be used as a stretchy rope and that hardens into a unbreakable barrier, in ''high school''. There's been various explanations for this over the years. Some versions just have him as a budding super-genius on the same level as [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] or [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]], but some authors ignore this because it clashes with his "everyman" portrayal. One divisive explanation is that he gained instinctive knowledge of the composition of web fluid as part of his spider powers. Some continuities forgo this trope altogether and say that his father invented it.

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* [[Franchise/SpiderMan Peter Parker]] invented a fluid that can be used as a stretchy rope and that hardens into a unbreakable barrier, in ''high school''. There's been various explanations for this over the years. Some versions just have him as a budding super-genius on the same level as [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] or [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]], but some authors ignore this because it clashes with his "everyman" portrayal. One divisive explanation is that he gained instinctive knowledge of the composition of web fluid as part of his spider powers. Some continuities forgo this trope altogether and say that his father invented it.



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* The complicated robots [[Literature/RamaII Richard Wakefield] makes should take more than his free time, but he is not a roboticist by trade.

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* The complicated robots [[Literature/RamaII Richard Wakefield] Wakefield]] makes should take more than his free time, but he is not a roboticist by trade.


* The complicated robots [[RamaII Richard Wakefield] makes should take more than his free time, but he is not a roboticist by trade.

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* The complicated robots [[RamaII [[Literature/RamaII Richard Wakefield] makes should take more than his free time, but he is not a roboticist by trade.



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*The complicated robots [[RamaII Richard Wakefield] makes should take more than his free time, but he is not a roboticist by trade.



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* Lampshaded and derided in an episode of [[Series/{{Leverage}} Leverage]]. A CEO steals a valuable invention that an employee had created on his own over the course of years and years of working on it at home in every free moment he had. The CorruptCorporateExecutive mocks him that any claim he tries to make in a civil suit will sound like this trope (at least by the time the corporate lawyers are through with him).


* [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]] made himself a high speed skateboard after his dad sold his car, was the first Bat incorporate a separate computer in their costume instead of relying solely on the distant batcomputer, figured out how to run electricity through his cape to make it cling to whatever it was touching it and designed his TelescopingStaff to include an {{EMP}} emitter.

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* [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]] made himself a high speed skateboard after his dad sold his car, was the first Bat incorporate a separate computer in their costume instead of relying solely on the distant batcomputer, figured out how to run electricity through his cape to make it cling to whatever it was touching it and designed his TelescopingStaff to include an {{EMP}} emitter. \n While Tim is generally considered a TeenGenius he made several of these inventions in his bedroom at boarding school without attracting any attention.


* [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]] made himself a high speed skateboard after his dad sold his car, was the first Bat incorporate a fully functioning computer in their costume instead of relying solely on the distant batcomputer, figured out how to run electricity through his cape to make it cling to whatever it was touching it and designed his TelescopingStaff to include an {{EMP}} emitter.

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* [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]] made himself a high speed skateboard after his dad sold his car, was the first Bat incorporate a fully functioning separate computer in their costume instead of relying solely on the distant batcomputer, figured out how to run electricity through his cape to make it cling to whatever it was touching it and designed his TelescopingStaff to include an {{EMP}} emitter.



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* [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]] made himself a high speed skateboard after his dad sold his car, was the first Bat incorporate a fully functioning computer in their costume instead of relying solely on the distant batcomputer, figured out how to run electricity through his cape to make it cling to whatever it was touching it and designed his TelescopingStaff to include an {{EMP}} emitter.

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** The super glue one doesn't count as he just used a bunch of random ingredients which included a commercial super glue


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* In ''VideoGame/WarioMasterOfDisguise'', the [[VideoGame/{{Wario}} title character]] invents a helmet that allows him to [[IntrepidFictioneer warp into his television]] in his back room, and it takes him hardly any time to do so.



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** In one episode of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'', Comicbook/JimmyOlsen invented an Anti-Gravity solution. In another, Perry White discovers a way to extract Uranium from seawater.

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** In one episode of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'', ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' ("[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfSupermanS5E13WhateverGoesUp Whatever Goes Up]]"), Comicbook/JimmyOlsen invented an Anti-Gravity solution. In another, Perry White discovers a way to extract Uranium from seawater.


* Huey from ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks''.



* A significant proportion of the code in most OpenSource software is written by self-taught hobbyists working in their spare time.

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* A significant proportion of the code in most OpenSource open source software is written by self-taught hobbyists working in their spare time.


* WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb are Summer Inventors.

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* WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb are pre-teen Summer Inventors.



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* WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb are Summer Inventors.


** Maybe they're ''ante-Deluvian'' cavemen.

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