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1[[quoteright:300:[[Webcomic/GirlGenius]]]]²[[caption-width-right:300:Don't drink it... unless you want [[PerfectionIsAddictive every drink after to be disappointing]].]]²²->''"He said: 'To hell with moisture detectors. I'm going to build a giant robot.' So we built a giant robot."''²-->-- ''Website/ThingsOfInterest''²²It doesn't matter if they're [[ChildProdigy 7 years old]] or [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld 700]], they're the greatest scientific genius in the universe and can prove it by building a 50,000-horsepower [[HumongousMecha battle robot]] out of [[HomemadeInventions tin cans and an old transistor radio]]. Overnight. Sometimes their creations [[ExplosiveInstrumentation fail]] with [[StuffBlowingUp entertaining explosions]], but they always work for at least a little while. In {{Anime}}, the Gadgeteer Genius is usually female, and often still in grade school. In Western depictions the gadgeteer is usually male and can be of any age. Either way, any morality applies, as sometimes does MacGyvering.²²They often live in a GadgeteersHouse.²²There can be a very fine line between Gadgeteer Genius and MadScientist (or BunglingInventor), when there is a line at all. As with TheEngineer (who may also be this), they are disproportionately likely to be a SouthernFriedGenius in American stories, while one from the UK and Commonwealth are more likely to be either a Scot or a New Zealander. ²²A WrenchWench is a slightly more realistic depiction. Expect her BattleCry to be "''ForScience''"²²When the Gadgeteer Genius's creations cannot be replicated by lesser minds, see TheSparkOfGenius. When the results are [[BeyondTheImpossible impossible according to internal logic]] and PlayedForLaughs, it's ImpossibleGenius.²²----²!!Examples:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime & Manga]]²* Skuld from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'': when she came into contact with an actual professor of robotics, he almost went mad at the sight of a little girl who could make functional battle robots when he was struggling to make a robot that could ''walk''. She's the goddess of the Future, so it's slightly excusable. [[spoiler:Turns out Skuld isn't one of these. [[DoingInTheScientist The only reason her inventions work is because she subconsciously infuses them with her goddess magic]].]]²* Hotaru of ''Manga/AliceAcademy''. Hers is the invention Alice.²* For a JidaiGeki series, ''Anime/AyakashiAyashi'' has one hell of an example -- Masurao, a member of the "People of the Craft", proves capable of whipping up devices in feudal Japan that would be considered revolutionary TODAY -- including a fully-functional handgun made from paper. His SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, however, comes when he is pursued by the heroes through a construction-site, grabs some random pieces of wood and some tools without slowing, and craft them into an attack-robot to sic on his pursuers. Without ever stopping.²* Nina Einstein from ''Anime/CodeGeass''. She invented a [[spoiler:NUCLEAR WEAPON]] in the last episode of the first season using the contents of a High School science lab! Granted, it was only semi-functional and broke down before [[spoiler:detonation]] but still impressive In the next season she ''did'' build a functioning [[spoiler:bomb]]... with disastrous results. By the end of S2 she builds an [[spoiler:anti-nuclear weapon]] ''In a month''. It works, both for Lelouch and [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap her fandom reputation]] (partially, in the latter's case).²* Rika Domeki from ''Anime/DaiGuard''.²* Dr. Agasa from ''Manga/DetectiveConan''.²* ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}'': Bulma will single-handedly perfect time-travel, launch the space exploration industry, and artificially produce energy comparable to a small celestial body if it will help [[RedOniBlueOni Goku or Vegeta]]. Gotta love that girl. Her son Trunks later inherits her skill with machines.²* In ''Anime/{{Endride}}'', Pascal and Joseph both have incredible inventing skills, having created everything from flashlights to flying vehicles (independentally of the other!) in a canon that otherwise has the technological advancement of your standard MedievalEuropeanFantasy setting.²* Rat from ''Manga/FreeCollarsKingdom''.²* Hozuki from ''Anime/GalileiDonna''. Built a fully armed and operational airship (shaped like a goldfish) in her basement, complete with holographic (goldfish-shaped) AI, among other things. And she did this when she was ''thirteen''.²* In ''Animation/GuardianFairyMichel'', both Dr. White and EvilGenius Meggi are capable of making astounding creations. Salome capitalized on this by hiring Meggi and stealing White's inventions.²* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''. Ikuyo Suzuki, head maid of the Technology department. Among her inventions are a WeatherControlMachine, an amphibious giant robot in the shape of a brontosaurus and a vehicle capable of {{Teleportation}}.²* Chie from ''Manga/{{Hyakko}}'' is still in high school, but is quickly advancing in the field of robotics. Her most notable achievement to date is [[RobotMe Mecha-Torako]].²* Asfi Al Andromeda from ''LightNovel/IsItWrongToTryToPickUpGirlsInADungeon'' is a magical version; she's already acclaimed as one of the five greatest Item makers alive, making her a combination Inventor/artisan.²* Spanner and the future Giannini from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''. They can do anything. Including building giant robots and motorcycles which are as quiet as mimes.²* Constanze Braunschbank Albrechtsburger from ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'' uses technology with her magic to create complex gadgets and machinery. ²* Kaolla Suu from ''Manga/LoveHina''.²* Shari of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', who by the age of 17, had already created the [[Comicbook/XMen Danger Room-like]] training grounds of Riot Force 6 and the [[EmpathicWeapon Intelligent Devices]] of the rookies.²* Toma is training to be a magical version of this in ''Manga/MagicalCircleGuruGuru''²* Satomi Hakase in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. Not to mention Chao Lingshen.²* Irina Woods, one of Arika's friends and roommates from ''Manga/MaiOtome'', has taken a great interest in engineering. She even tried to build a giant house-cleaning machine to assist Arika with her punishment duty (which broke down almost immediately, but at least she tried).²* Amuro Ray from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' is shown as being this, whether it's inventing Haro or designing the Nu Gundam in ''Char's Counterattack'' entirely from the ground up.²** His Expy Kira Yamato in GundamSeed is no slouch either, rewriting the entire faulty OS of the Strike Gundam ''in the middle of a fight.''²* Kazari Otogi of ''Manga/{{Nanbaka}}'', who despite threatening her husband Okina with a divorce still manages to whip up a room full of the most modern games (and it is implied from her skillset that she is the creator of their "daughter", [[{{Fembot}} Kagu 8]]).²* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Kana/Kanna]] from ''Manga/{{NEEDLESS}}'' have this as her superpower.²* Niea from ''Anime/NieaUnder7'' was shown to have built a functional UFO out of trash materials, and powered by a regular AC power outlet. Unfortunately, it [[EveryCarIsAPinto exploded]] once it was unplugged.²* ''Manga/OnePiece'':²** Franky, shipwright of the Straw Hat Pirates, is a top-notch shipwright with a hint of MadScientist; he modified his own body into a cola-powered cyborg, built battleships that could take down Sea Kings as a teenager, built cannons that could fire shockwaves also powered by cola, and as of the TimeSkip has actually managed to build a TransformingMecha.²** Usopp is no slouch either; he's nowhere near Franky's level, but he has that original flavor; before the TimeSkip, when he fell back on using FantasticFlora as his primary ammunition, he could create all kinds of projectiles for his slingshot, turning the childish toy into a lethal weapon. But his best example has to be the weapon he built for Nami, a WeatherControlMachine compressed into the form of a staff known as the Clima-Tact.²* B-Ko from the ''Anime/ProjectAKo'' series, who introduces a HumongousMecha, complete with heat-seeking missiles, laser weaponry and titanium armor, with the nonchalant disclaimer that "it did take me most of last night to build". She's not bluffing, either: until she eventually settles into a PoweredArmor suit, she spends about a week going through more and more elaborate new mechas on a daily basis.²* In ''LightNovel/ThePetGirlOfSakurasou'', [[{{Hikikomori}} Ryuunosuke]] develops most of Suiko's gadgets, including "Maid".²* Hayashida Heihachi in ''Anime/SamuraiSeven''.²* Rin-Rin from ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess'' can build custom laptop computers overnight for pocket change, complete with her own hand-written operating system. She's also built an [[RobotMe android duplicate of herself]], but the poor thing [[TheVoiceless can't speak]] and is still [[CuteClumsyGirl a bit klutzy]] at household chores.²* ''Anime/SonicX'': ²** Tails as usual.²** Chuck Thorndyke, often teaming up with Tails to build stuff.²** Chris Thorndyke's aged up and smarted up version pretty much fills this role.²* So does Noel from ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'', [[spoiler:except for biological WMD. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Were she without conscience]], she would have made an entry on MadScientist page]].²* Ursula Hartmann from ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' combines this with ImprobableAge. A 10-years old who is a rocketry expert.²* Washuu from ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''. In the original OVA she actually isn't much of a gadgeteer -- most of her time was spent in doing research so complex that the viewers were rarely let in what she was doing. The later TV-series increased her gadget-building role considerably.²* In ''Anime/TomicaHyperRescueDriveHeadKidouKyuukyuuKeisatsu'', Dr. Karigari is a MadScientist who can invent anything he may need for his revenge plots, ranging from weather control devices to giant robots. He treads the level of ImpossibleGenius when [[spoiler: he finds a way to sustain the lives of his two beheaded subordinates]].²* Nanoca Flanka from ''VideoGame/TristiaOfTheDeepBlueSea''.²* Mei Hatsume from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', with a dash of MadScientist to make things more interesting. A student in the Support Department at U.A., she has designed a plethora of gadgets ranging from grappling hooks to hover boots. And ''keeps'' designing them as well, as her supervisor Power Loader notes she works late into the night designing new "babies", such that one corner of the workshop is filled ceiling to floor with gadgets that Mei invented and then tossed aside to make something new.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Asian Animation]]²* In ''Animation/MotuPatlu'', Dr. Jhatka makes tons of unique scientific inventions for Motu and Patlu to use, though his inventions sometimes lead to trouble.²* ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf'':²** Slowy spends a lot of time in his room experimenting and making new inventions to help the goats.²** Wolffy often designs his own gadgets and items to try to catch the goats with. While he clearly has some level of scientific knowledge, his gadgets aren't perfect and the goats are still able to foil his plans.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²!!!DC²* Franchise/{{Batman}} is this to a certain degree. Though most of his larger contraptions (like a Satellite that monitors all meta human activity down to the slightest) are built by a subsidiary of his corporation, [=WayneTech=], making this overlap with CrimeFightingWithCash. That being said, most of his arsenal (including the Batsuit) is designed and built by himself.²* Ted Kord as the ComicBook/BlueBeetle is ''the'' defining example of a gadgeteer genius superhero. He invented all of his gear himself, a lot of which was reverse-engineered alien technology (you think HTML code is tough?), up to and including a ''beetle shaped flying ship.'' [[Franchise/GreenLantern Guy Gardner]] has even said that Ted was smarter than ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''.²* [[ComicBook/MisterTerrific Mr. Terrific]] (the second one) holds no fewer than ''fourteen'' earned doctorates, many (but not all) of them in scientific or engineering disciplines (whether or not he also holds an MD has not been definitively stated, but he definitely has medical training). Despite having no actual innate superpowers, he's a valued member of no less an organization than the ComicBook/JusticeLeague.²* Tim Drake ([[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin III]]/[[ComicBook/RedRobin Red Robin III]]) was the first member of the Batfamily to figure out how to get fully functional access to the Batcomputer while on the go in his suit, designed and built several of his own weapons and vehicles, figured out new gadgets to weaponize his suit, figured out how to alter his cape for gliding and was a huge fanboy of both Batman and Blue Beetle long before donning a mask himself.²* The original, pre-Crisis version of ComicBook/LexLuthor was the archetype of all comic book {{Mad Scientist}}s, but he most displayed his juryrigging skills with his trademark jailbreaks. For instance, a substitute prison warden was dumb enough to get him to fix a printing press and he turned it into a tank like escape vehicle to smash his way out. Sometimes he would smuggle tools inside with him when he was carted off to jail -- tiny tools hidden under a false patch of skin on his thumb for example -- but he was perfectly capable of building an escape device without them.²* From ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'', Brainiac 5. He's been described as a genius among a species of geniuses, the type of prodigy that comes along once in a millennium (which is how far the Legion is from the rest of Franchise/TheDCU). The solution and cause of a lot of the Legion's problems. Is currently working on rebuilding the economy of the United Planets and inventing a new way to break the speed of light.²* ComicBook/{{Steel}} and his niece, Natasha Irons.²* Most recently ComicBook/{{Static}} in the pages of ''ComicBook/TeenTitans''. Previously, Static was just a very bright kid, but in Lobdell's Teen Titans, he became a full blown TeenGenius: designing [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Red Robin's]] glider wings and creating a new costume from scratch for [[Franchise/TheFlash Kid Flash]] that prevents his powers from vibrating him to nothing.²* In ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'' Diana befriends H'Elgn, who is able to reverse engineer captured Sangtee tech to create holograms that can be projected across a star system, new weapons with more non-lethal applications, the ability to track Sangtee Empire ships and cloak ships from them and much more.²* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1942'': In the Golden Age many of the Amazons of Paradise Island were quite impressive inventors, coming up with such things as the healing purple ray, invisible planes and mental radio, but ComicBook/WonderWoman's go to one became her reformed and befriended former villain Paula von Gunther who created a number of gadgets including a shrink ray, teleporter and time machine for the princess. ²* Al Jabr in ''ComicBook/DemonKnights''. It's TheDarkAges and he has a telescope and an electrified whip.²²!!!Marvel²* Too many Creator/MarvelComics characters to list, really. [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]], [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]], [[ComicBook/AntMan Henry Pym]], [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]], and the ComicBook/BlackPanther are some of the most prominent heroes, while Doctor Doom, the Wizard, the Terrible Tinkerer, the Mad Thinker, and the Fixer are prominent villains.²* ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'' supporting cast member Madison Jeffries has the mutant power to physically alter machines, metals and related inorganic objects, which he initially used as a mechanic. (His brother Lionel had a similar power over living tissue, which had [[{{Squick}} gruesome results when he went insane.]]) Another more conventional genius was Roger Bochs, a paraplegic who used his tremendous scientific skills to build machines that overcame his disability - namely, the robot Box. When Madison took over Box, he used his powers to turn it into a TransformingMecha whose forms were only limited by his imagination, and whatever materials he had that could be added to it.²* ComicBook/IronMan, who in turn inspired a Gadgeteer Genius (aptly codenamed Gadget) to build a tech-suit in her garage. Probably [[MemeticMutation from a box of scraps]].²* ''Comicbook/XMen's'' Forge has the ability to intuitively determine how anything works, and by this point, after years of exposure to all manner of gadgetry, is able to whip up any manner of AppliedPhlebotinum you can possibly imagine. We're talking ''StarWars'' level.²** He is also a [[MagicalNativeAmerican shaman]]. This fact isn't brought up so much, because combining the two aptitudes leads to questions of why he has not whooped most of evil's ass by now.²*** Oh, but he has. He stopped the Adversary, an evil PhysicalGod and banished it from the world. ''Twice.'' It's probably going to [[spoiler:resurface soon now that Forge is dead]].²** The writers of ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' decided that wasn't badass enough and gave him the ability to transform his arms into any imaginable tool to help him make his creations. Considering the tendency of his creations to get away from him, it can be wondered if he's not as good as his comic and 1990s series counterpart or if [[DitzyGenius he's simply a lot less responsible]].²* Scalphunter, a member of the Marauders that regularly clash with the X-Men has these technical abilities too, being able to reform mechanical components into anything he can think of. Given that he's a murderous PsychoForHire, he generally tends to create [[BigFreakingGun shotguns, grenade launchers, high-powered automatic rifles, and other lovely toys.]]²* Tom Thumb and Master Menace from Marvel's ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme'' alternate universe.²* In Creator/WarrenEllis's ''newuniversal'' (based on ''ComicBook/TheNewUniverse''), this is the power provided by the Cipher PowerTattoo. Of the three known bearers, one was a prehistoric woman who invented electric lighting and energy weapons, but believed they were gifts from the gods; one was this world's version of [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]]; and the most recent is HumongousMecha designer Dr Jennifer Swan.²²!!!Other²* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'':²** Beautie's origin is revealed: [[spoiler:she was built by a girl Gadgeteer Genius, the still more brilliant daughter of another Gadgeteer Genius. (Her father's reaction leads to Bad Things for both Beautie and the daughter.)]]²** Not to mention the Junkman, who uses stuff that's been thrown out to create his devices (as he considers himself cast off by society because of his age). Despite the self-imposed handicap, he is one of the few villains in Astro City who [[spoiler:actually win]], as it is implied he [[spoiler:gets away from his trial]] with the recognition he craved and all the loot he stole.²** Then there's Jack-In-The-Box, who is the CEO and lead inventor at a toy company, and whose weapons are enhanced versions of his various products. He's also smart enough to cobble together a quick-freeze spray from leftover car parts in a junkyard.²** Demolitia, leader of the Unholy Alliance, once escaped from prison by building a jackhammer out of a toilet.²* The Engineer from ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''. Her "powers" are derived from the [[AppliedPhlebotinum "nine pints of liquid machinery"]] that was developed from a combination of her own research and that of another genius. It basically gives her NewPowersAsThePlotDemands because she can create virtually any device she can conceive of on the fly.²* ''ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics''²** From ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'', Gyro Gearloose can build literally anything. In one story he built a functional space rocket out of a couple of toasters and duct tape, overnight. In the ''Paperinik'' classic stories, he built the various super-gadgets for the Donald superhero alter-ego.²** The Phantom Blot, EvilGenius and Mickey Mouse's ArchEnemy, likes to use impossible technology to either commit ImpossibleTheft or, sometimes, as part of some grandiose TakeOverTheWorld scheme. He often builds it himself. One time, they let him fiddle with electronic gadgets in prison as a hobby, and he escaped by inventing a device that lets him turn into electricity.²* Comicbook/{{Hardware}}, the resident tech expert of the [[Creator/MilestoneComics Milestone universe]].²* Lewis, Mechanika's armourer in ''ComicBook/LadyMechanika''.²* Frank Einstein Jr. in ''ComicBook/MiniMonsters'', though his inventions have unwanted effects.²* ''ComicBook/PS238'':²** Angie combines the ability to make just about ''anything'' out of old cars and other junk with having the mindset of the cast of ''Pimp My Ride''. Bling-bling and ExplosiveOverclocking tends to riddle whatever she ends up building, which is just the way she likes it.²** The school also hosts Zodon and Herschel Clay, who both have significant gadget construction and tinkering skills in addition to (or due to) being prime examples of, respectively, the EvilGenius and the MrFixit.²* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' has Sir Charles Hedgehog, better known as Sonic's Uncle Chuck. He was the mechanical genius who invented the Roboticizer as a medical device. Too bad a certain rotund Overlander decided to sabotage it to TakeOverTheWorld...²* Fantasio of ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'' was a talented inventor in the earlier volumes. [[CharacterizationMarchesOn Later volumes ignored this attribute]] but his skills are alluded to in "Aventure en Australie", where he fixes a broken down train despite everyone in town insisting that it was beyond repair.²* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye:'' Brainstorm, as the ''Lost Light'''s resident MadScientist, had a habit of building ludicrous or impractical devices as a hobby, with his lifetime's goal being [[spoiler:making a time-machine contained inside a set of briefcases]].²* ''ComicStrip/TheWackyAdventuresOfPedro'''s eponymous burro creates several interesting inventions, such as a mirror that doubles as a time machine, and an outfit that can digitally change its appearance.²* ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'':²** Subverted, Bacterio's gadgets almost never work right and usually fail in some spectacular way. Once in a blue moon, they'll actually work correctly, and the failure will be due to the agents using it improperly. Or because there are other things about them that they haven't been told.²** Lampshaded in a feature about the first movie in a ''Top Comic'' album, where a brief allegedly written by the Superintendent states that Bacterio was hired as a lab intern while the T.I.A. searched for an actual scientist, and the reason he's still around is that the position remains vacant.²* ''ComicBook/WizardsOfMickey'': Goofy builds a bona fide HumongousMecha dragon for his team, in addition to modern inventions such a photographic camera, in an otherwise medieval setting.²* In ''ComicBook/{{Catstronauts}}'', Blanket is the tech expert of the team. He built Cat-Stro-Bot in book one.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Eastern Animation]]²* This is the premise of the Polish series ''Animation/PomyslowyDobromir''. The eponymous hero may not build giant robots or steampunk wonders, but he's still a kid who is apparently able to come up, from scratch, with the basic principles for a number of technological innovations (such as the spyglass or the gramophone) and build working prototypes from household materials, all within a matter of minutes. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Fan Works]]²* Calvin is [[CharacterExaggeration exaggerated]] into this in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''. Among his inventions include the [[DoAnythingRobot MTM]], [[IncredibleShrinkingMan Mega Shrinker]] [[AdvancedTech2000 5000]], [[TimeStandsStill Time Stopper]], [[TrappedInTVLand Movie Transporter]]...²* In ''Fanfic/NobodyDies'', Asuka is reimagined as this since she never trained to be an Eva pilot. Here she actually demonstrates that college degree she claims to have in the original series, enough that Yui Ikari takes her on as a research assistant.²* In ''Fanfic/ASparkofGenius'', Xander ends up becoming this after the Halloween incident. [[spoiler: Jonathan and Andrew]] also become this, but more of a Steampunk variety.²* In one arc of ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled'', Kyouko builds a HumongousMecha to help take Haruhi's powers from her. This is at odds with her characterization later on, which is TheDitz and TheFundamentalist ''par excellence''.²* ''FanFic/{{Hivefled}}'': Equius and Sollux manage to create Alternia's first ever [[spoiler:removable psionic helmsman rig]]. Nobody's ever bothered to even try before, and they hook one up out of junk they have on hand.²* ''FanFic/ChronomistressOutOfTime'': Minuette, Time Turner, and quite possibly all members of the Order of Timekeepers are very good at mechanics.²* In the ''Fanfic/TriptychContinuum'' series, there is the story of Ratchette, the owner of Ponyville's only magitech convenience and device repair shop. She is also known for being an engineer. Her cutie mark makes her qualified, her species doesn't. [[spoiler:most gadgeteers are Unicorns, she is a Pegasus.]]²* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' story ''Fanfic/TheIronHorseEverythingsBetterWithRobots'', the appropriately named young inventor Gadget has a knack with machines despite Equestria's dearth of them. Her most obvious invention is a set of four mechanical arms she wears to help her manipulate small machinery, as she doesn't have unicorn magic to do it reliably.²* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', there is Ruth Smith-Rhodes-Stibbons, third and youngest daughter of wizard Ponder Stibbons who has inherited her father's intellectual curiosity and her mother's practical streak. Ruth becomes a creator and a crafter of things; she is called a "girl genius" by appreciative people for whom she does minor repairs. [[note]]Naturally dark-haired and glasses-wearing like her father, Ruth is bothered she isn't red-haired like her mother and sisters. She discovers a long red wig that she wears in private, and a certain [[Webcomic/GirlGenius Agatha-ness]] takes over.[[/note]] Discover more in the works of Creator/AAPessimal. ²* ''[[ Princess Trinity]]'' has Inkie Pie as an ingenious inventor (her creations include artillery and a GiantMecha prototype), who nevertheless finds herself constantly stymied by her useless hooves. She dreams of inventing mechanical arms, but for the time being, she needs a two-armed minotaur assistant just to turn a wrench for her. ²* Sky Bolt from Fanfic/TheDuskGuardSaga. Her latest commercial design, ''The Alicorn'', had to be reverse-engineered, because nobody understood how it worked exactly, and so she would have been the only one able to maintain it. Her pet project is an improved steam engine with estimated 250% power increase over regular ones. She plans to use it in ''The Hummingbird'', a miniaturized airship.²* Like her anime counterpart, Viridian's Nurse Joy in ''FanFic/PokemonClefairyTales'' is a hobbyist; however, whereas the anime version contented herself with fixing fried bikes in her spare time, in this story she's practically an ''inventor''.²* [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Lord Shen]] is shown to be this in ''Fanfic/TheVow''. He has designed himself his modified [[BladeOnAStick Guan Dao]] and the Iron Claws protecting his feet. He also invents firework shooters to ensure safe launches. He later uses those designs to create his cannons. He's also the one who's hired to invent the restraint that keeps [[OneManArmy Tai Lung]] mobilized for twenty years.²* Theecat Stefnable in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'' is one of these. He describes himself as a “genius tinkerer and rogue for hire.” His creations include robot horses that can combine into a giant {{mecha}} and a tiny marble that can absorb one hostile spell aimed at the bearer [[spoiler: and then break apart to reveal a secret message.]]²* Applebloom is one in ''Fanfic/EquestriaDivided'', as are the [[CircusOfFear CultOfLaughter]] [[WickedToymaker Toymakers]]²* Theo from ''Fanfic/{{Atonement}}'' can build anything from robotic drones to Powered Armor to surveillance tech, all with little to no loss in quality.²* ''Fanfic/ABridgeOnceBroken'': Tony Stark's aptitude for machinery saves the universe (directly and indirectly) in part five.²* Brainiac from ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy'' is the galaxy's greatest genius, capable of building anything you can imagine, including tailor-made cells for {{Humanoid Abomination}}s.²* ''FanFic/ASparkOfIceAndFire'': Not just Agatha but Willas Tyrell. After studying Agatha's notes on aerodynamics, he manages to create a tiny but working airplane.²* ''FanFic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K'' has Kensuke Aida. He manufactured the first functional Boltguns all by himself.²* ''FanFic/TotalDramaBattleOfTheGenerations'': B. It especially comes in handy for him this time as he creates a singing device that allows him to not get disqualified without having to actually speak.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Animation]]²* Lewis from ''WesternAnimation/MeetTheRobinsons''.²* Dr. Cockroach from ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' manages to build a working computer out of a pizza box and paper clip, and that's after an experiment turned him into a humanoid cockroach. If he ever gets his hand on a box of LEGO bricks and some uranium, watch out! [[spoiler: And his [=PhD=] is in ''dance''.]]²* Flint Lockwood from ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs''.²* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''²** WordOfGod on the DVD commentary says that Edna Mode is a mix of this trope and a fashion designer. She directs her genius toward the superhero costumes she designs, including some phenominal materials she apparantly created.²** Syndrome. There seems to be no limit to what he can build; moving walls made of lava.²* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'', Professor Bomba has built gadgets that allow him to adjust to the "speed" of miniature creatures, allowing him to communicate with them.²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' has Charles Muntz, who has devised equipment that allows his dogs to talk [[spoiler:and fly planes]] and amplifies their intelligence, and, prior to leaving for Paradise Falls, he had devised several other inventions for his dogs including automatic doggy-baths and walkers. [[spoiler: Toward the end of the film it turns out he's not just a gadgeteer genius, but a sinister MadScientist.]]²* Méliès from ''WesternAnimation/JackAndTheCuckooClockHeart''. In the past, Méliès spent a lot of time inventing gadgets in order to impress a girl he loved. He still likes to tinker with things, inventing such things as a [[ImpossiblyCompactFolding performing stage that can fold up into something the size of a suitcase]].²* Eggs shares a knack for tinkering with his adoptive family, ''WesternAnimation/TheBoxtrolls''. [[spoiler: He seems to have inherited it from his biological father, Mr. Trubshaw.]]²* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'': Hiccup is an apprentice blacksmith who builds inventions to help Berk defend itself against dragon raids. (With little success and much disapproval from the other Vikings.) [[spoiler: He does better building a replacement tail wing for his dragon.]] ²* Oh from ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'', who made modifications to Tip's car to make it fly using various machines found in a convenience store, primarily a slushie machine.²* Flik from ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' is able to make some amazing inventions with nothing but sticks, leaves, pebbles and the like.²* Jojo [=McDodd=] from the 2008 adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/HortonHearsAWho'', as it turns out, had been doing much more than playing with his yo-yo, he had built incredible, giant mechanisms to create music.²* Oaken from ''Franchise/{{Frozen}}''. It is further mentioned in ''ComicBook/FrozenReunionRoad'' that he came from a family of inventors, with the golden paper clip he sold to Anna being an invention of his brother.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]²* Doc Brown, ''slightly'' crazy inventor and engineering genius from the three ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' movies. Built a time machine in the form of a Delorean car. Then in ''[[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII Part III]]'', a ''second'' even more stylish time machine which combined a 19th century steam locomotive with anti-gravity and cold fusion technology from the future.²** He turned a ''regular'' steam train into a ''time traveling'' steam train with nothing that didn't exist before the 1800s, except for a hover-board. And he only used ''that'' because the sudden bursts of acceleration made him lose his footing on the narrow running board.²** And his epically-impractical ice-making machine.²* The ''Film/BladeTrilogy'' movies (especially ''Film/BladeTrinity'') have several characters who build high-tech equipment for the vampire hunters. Seriously... ultraviolet light bullets??²* Q from the ''Film/JamesBond'' films. He's even the chief of an entire [=MI6=] sector of Gadgeteer Geniuses.²** In several of the novels by John Gardner, Q/Major Boothroyd's character is downplayed so Bond can flirt with his HotScientist assistant, Ann Reilly. Her nickname is "Q'ute," which explains a lot.²* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:²** Tony Stark has been ''the'' gadgeteer genius in the MCU since his introduction in 2008's ''Film/IronMan1''. He built the power suit prototype and his own {{Unobtainium}} artificial heart using nothing but spare parts provided for the construction of a Jericho missile. In his own lab, he creates even more impressive gadgets, including but not limited to, forty-two different Iron man suits, Spider-Man's suit, multiple AI systems, military weapons that were noted to be the most potent in the world, and an entirely new ''element''. He also revolutionized the arc reactor and turned it into a clean, near-infinite power source and, as of ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', is the only person to have successfully and efficiently incorporated nanotechnology into his armor without the use of vibranium. Not to mention the truckload of specialized weapons and systems he managed to build into each of his suits while still keeping them relatively form-fitting and phenomenally aerodynamic.²** Jane Foster in ''Film/{{Thor}}'', a scientist who built most of her research equipment herself.²** Despite being, well, a raccoon, Rocket Raccoon from ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' and its sequels can jury-rig planet-busting weaponry out of random junk.²** Peter Parker managed to develop his own web shooters and webs despite operating on a very, ''very'' minimal budget. ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'' shows that he uses his high school chemistry class and its limited stock of chemicals to produce more webbing — the sophistication of which impressed even ''Tony Stark.'' It's also noted that he enjoys building computers in his spare time (the parts for which he said he found in the ''dumpster''), seems to excel at physics and math in addition to his obvious aptitude for chemistry and engineering, and, after only moments of battling Falcon in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', he correctly deduced that Falcon's wings were constructed from carbon-fiber. And he is [[TeenGenius only fifteen.]]²** Also from ''Homecoming'', the Vulture's gang has Phineas Mason, who jury-rigs stolen alien and Avengers technology into weapons and gear to sell on the black market, as well as for the gang's own use (as seen with Shocker's gauntlets and the Vulture's exo-suit).²** Shuri from ''Film/{{Black Panther|2018}}'' rivals Tony Stark as the most brilliant gadgeteer in the MCU. With the world's vibranium supply at her fingertips, she's managed so far to revolutionize T'Challa's Black Panther suit, greatly enhance the process of harnessing vibranium's energy in general, and create a remote piloting system that can take control of vehicles anywhere in the world, in addition to her twin panther cannons. And she is [[TeenGenius only sixteen.]]²* Both Artemus Gordon and Dr. Loveless fill this part in ''Film/WildWildWest''. Artie creates the first bulletproof vest and a primitive airplane; the Dr. Loveless produces an [[GiantSpider enormous mechanical arachnid]].²** Subverted with Dr. Loveless; most of the work is done by the scientists he has captured. He doesn't even hide that fact, but he is smart enough to find a way of surviving after being blown in half (albeit by his own prototype tank).²* Gwen/Royal Pain from the super-teens comedy ''Film/SkyHigh2005'' calls herself a "technopath." She demonstrates the ability to magically repair electronics, as well as presumably designing and building her own armored super-suit.²* Anakin Skywalker of ''Franchise/StarWars'' fame built a [[RobotBuddy protocol droid]] and a pod racer before the age of ten.²* ''Film/TheSpecials'': Mr. Smart, smartest man in the world, inventor of such devices as a winged rocket-backpack and [[ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime a machine that amplifies his sense of smell 3,000 times]].²* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension'': Buckaroo Banzai invented the Jet Car, a surgical technique to implant a microphone in the human skull so people can give orders to their own brain, and (with Professor Hikita) the Oscillation Overthruster. And that's just what was mentioned in the movie - it's implied that he's done much more.²* Lucius Fox in ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' provides Batman/Bruce Wayne with every piece of equipment he wields against his foes, though the trope is played somewhat in that it is never stated that "he" invented them. He is just the head of the Applied Sciences Division, which presumably invented most of the toys.²* In ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', Quicksilver mods a {{VideoGame/Pong}} arcade cabinet to run significantly faster than normal.²* A. Heller (Music/TomWaits) in ''Film/MysteryMen'', is a genius inventor who specializes in [[BadassPacifist non-lethal]] weapons.²* The Grinch in ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' manages to build a VTOL jet sleigh with nothing but garbage in a few hours. He also has various other homemade gadgets in his lair, as well.²* ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow''. Dex works for Sky Captain. He is an expert on radios and HumongousMecha and creating and using advanced avionics and {{Disintegrator Ray}}s.²* Fritz in ''Film/SkyBandits''. Fellow GreaseMonkey Chalky notes that he is a mechanical genius, and he cobbles together [[ThoseMagnificentFlyingMachines bizarre flying contraptions]] out of wrecked planes and whatever other machines he can find: including an old car and what appears to be a tractor. Despite their ungainly designs, all of these 'specials' (as he dubs them) manage to fly.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* Harry [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden]] frequently works with Michael Carpenter, a sturdy, talented carpenter who also happens to be a [[ThePaladin Knight]] [[LightIsGood of]] [[GoodIsNotSoft the]] [[ReligionIsMagic Cross]]. Divine intervention is one of the perks of the job. ''But that man is not a GadgeteerGenius''. The man known as the miracle worker of the series is Mike, Harry's mechanic. He keeps [[TheAllegedCar The Blue Beetle]] running most of time, despite its proximity to angry wizards and angrier {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.²* Tinker in Creator/WenSpencer's ''Literature/{{Tinker}}'' novels.²* Feliks Polon and his father in ''Literature/FeliksNetAndNika''. Their house is full of more or less useful gadgets, multiple functions are performed by robots, and basement is stuffed with things that don't work. Mr Polon works in government top secret tech center where he programs rockets and Feliks built huge humanoid robot called Golem when he was 15.²* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':²** A recurring character is the befuddled genius inventor Leonard of Quirm (an obvious parody of real-world Renaissance Italian inventor and painter Leonardo da Vinci).²** In ''Literature/ThiefOfTime'', we encounter the gadgeteer Qu, an obvious parody of James Bond's Q.²** The late bungling inventor B.S. "Bloody Stupid" Johnson is a peculiar inversion of this trope, whose inventions frequently bend the fabric of space and time in order to ''not'' work correctly (to say nothing of [[EldritchLocation his architecture]]), and often turn out to be extraordinarily useful for purposes they were never intended to fill and insanely dangerous when used as intended. For example, ''Literature/{{Hogfather}}'' mentions an ingenious contraption of his used by the kitchen staff at Unseen University to automatically peel potatoes... which is labeled by Johnson as an "[[{{Fingore}} Improved Manicure Device]]".²* The ''Literature/WildCards'' series features quite a few gadgeteer characters, such as Jetman, but in a subversion, the gadgets they make don't actually work. Some of them actually have no means of operating. The gadgets are just tokens that serve as a crutch for their powers.²* Foaly from ''Literature/ArtemisFowl''. He is stated to be the reason the People are still ahead of humans.²* Ashley Stalworth from ''Literature/DragonsInOurMidst''.²* OlderThanTelevision: Literature/TomSwift is the ur-example.²* Even ''older'' example is Oscar Diggs, otherwise known as [[{{Literature/LandOfOz}} The Wizard of Oz]]. He had to rebuild ''all'' of his parlor tricks and theatrical illusions from scratch. In later books, he is shown to make all kinds of fantastic inventions, including a steampunk-era ''cell phone.''²* Soledad O'Rourke of ''[[Creator/JohnRidley Those Who Walk In Darkness]]'' is a specialist, only designing AbnormalAmmo. However, she deserves to be on this list after creating [[FunWithAcronyms BLAM]] bullets, which "lock in on molecular structures in a state of hyperkinetic motion," turning in midair to target foes who possess SuperSpeed.²* Creator/TomClancy's ''Literature/NetForce'' series, based on the name alone, would be expected to have a lot of these. And it does. But with one exception later destroyed, no one can best Jay Gridley.²* In the novelization of ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'', Rotwang is one of these mixed with MadScientist Classic. He was Joh Fredersen's right-hand man in building the titular city, and in only a few years designed all its major technical achievements: the workers' underground city, all the machines, the reservoir, the subway, the road system, and the New Tower of Babel. (Even the soundproofing in Fredersen's office is named for him.) Even in his [[CreatorBreakdown stagnant period]] following the loss of his wife Hel, he builds a [[ArtificialLimbs mechanical replacement arm]] and a [[RobotGirl robot companion]]. Fredersen essentially imprisons him in the city to act as emergency technical advisor.²* Brother Kornhoer from the second section of ''Literature/ACanticleForLeibowitz'' creates a working electrical generator and an arc lamp with wagon wheels, melted coinage, a bit of graphite, and some newly-recovered theoretical knowledge. The Isaac Newton-expy is floored to see it.²* In the ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' series (and the sequel series, ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''), all of Hephaestus' demigod children are this. Their cabin is MUCH bigger on the inside due to very clever (and probably impossible) design. Leo Valdez is probably the most notable example in the series.²* Abner Perry in ''Literature/AtTheEarthsCore'' by Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs.²** The same author has Jason Gridley (predominantly in the ''Pellucidar'' series, but at least casually mentioned in several others) and Ras Thavas, the eponymous ''Master Mind of Mars'' (his plot-relevant developments tend to be medical/biological, but he's something of a polymath). There's also a pair of villainous examples in Fal Sivas and Gar Nal.²* Violet Baudelaire in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''. This girl used a window shade and six roller skates to make an automatic rolling pin. When she was ''five''.²* The ''Literature/FreddyThePig'' series has Uncle Ben, who creates a MobileSuitHuman, a [[RetroRocket rocketship]], and a [[FlyingCar flying (well, gliding) car]], to name only a few examples. All with only early 20th century technology.²* Cogs in ''Literature/TheGrimnoirChronicles'' books are exactly this. Unlike most other examples though, Cogs tend to be specialized.²* The main character of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfProfessorJackBaling'' is able to build a disintegrator gun out of parts from his microwave, flatscreen TV, laser pointer, refrigerator, and his wife’s hair dryer that plugs into any standard wall socket.²* Evadne Stephens from ''Literature/TheExtraordinaires''.²* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'': Rufus is the brightest engineer in Drewghaven. A MiniMecha is only his latest project.²* The {{Literature/Lensmen}} series is full of people that might qualify, but [=LaVerne=] "Thorny" Thorndyke in particular is known in-universe for being this - and that really says something, when the universe in question is the trope namer for the LensmanArmsRace. He was the project leader for building at least three of the planet-destroying weapons in the series, among other things. Bergenholm early in the series doesn't really count, for ... reasons ([[spoiler: he's not really human, but secretly a member of an extremely advanced race who is making sure that the humans get the technology they need when they need it]]).²* The District 3 boy in the ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' and Beetee (also from District 3) in ''Catching Fire''. District 3 makes electronics and explosives, so, yeah...²* [[PlayingWithFire Aeshes]] in A.L. Phillips's ''Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned'' have as their secondary power Haesh's Trace, essentially a burst of SuperIntelligence taken UpToEleven. This means that a lot of them tend to be Gadgeteer Geniuses, especially the ones living undercover in the technologically advanced city of Tonzimmiel.²* Frankie in ''Literature/{{Angelmaker}}'', she creates many a complicated and intricate device, but most importantly the [[DoomsDayDevice Apprenhension Engine]] that defies all logic. She just happens to be working under the BigBad.²* [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Willy Wonka]] is a Candy Genius, which wouldn't normally qualify. However, considering he designed/built not only the Factory itself but such wonders as the Television Chocolate setup and the Great Glass Elevator, one suspects his skills go a bit beyond chocolate. And he has an army of Oompa-Loompas - some of which may have helped with or come up with the designs themselves.²* In ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'', this isn't uncommon, and most are also mad scientists. Cybermancer is one of the few that isn't a super genius, just highly above average.²* ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices'':²** Henry Branwell's defining character trait. ²** Axel Mortmain. [[spoiler:It was ''he'' who created the {{Ridiculously Human|Robots}} {{Clockwork Creature}}s.]]²* ''Literature/HeartOfSteel'' features one of these as the male romantic lead. He has spent the last ten years building everything he thinks he might need to take over the world in his lair within a remote island in the South Pacific. By the way, he's also a {{cyborg}} MadScientist.²* In Jeramey Kraatz's ''Literature/TheCloakSociety'', Gage. His father had been one too, endlessly striving to have his skills substitute for the superpowers he lacks, and died in a lab accident when his efforts led to his exhaustion.²* ''Literature/{{Manifestation}}'': One of the main characters, Tock, is an engineering student who [[spoiler: manifests the magical ability to create and repair arcane machines]].²* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': Shannon Foraker, who is pretty much the reason the Republic of Haven managed to stay within shouting distance of Manticore's technology. Unlike most Havenite tech-heads, she saw Manticore's technical superiority as a challenge.²** To a slightly lesser extent (as she has far better technology at her disposal to start with), her Manticoran counterpart Sonja Hemphill. [[spoiler:Tester only knows what they'll come up with now that they're working ''together...'']]²* Larry Niven loves this trope: ²** ''Literature/KnownSpace'' has the Pak Protectors: near immortal and superintelligent. One of them crashes on a primitive planet, he builds himself a hibernation pod, and comes out every generation until he manages to uplift the locals to the point where they can build him an interstellar spaceship. And they built the Ringworld.²** ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'' has an entire subrace of the Moties, the Engineers, with genetic technical ability, needed to rebuild and then improve tech invented in previous boom/bust cycles of their civilization. And their rat-sized but no less able pets the Watchmakers. When they get loose on a ship, it takes only days for them to take it over and make it nearly invincible.²* Orv from ''Literature/SecretAgentsFour'' definitely qualifies.²* In the ''Literature/ZacharyNixonJohnson'' series, Dr. Randy Pool creates the many useful gadgets used by Zach — and, occasionally, by Zach's enemies.²* ''Literature/ButlerParker'' builds all his gadgets himself, such as ball-point pens that shoot blowgun darts or contain a load of thermite, has retooled his taxi aso he can disable abductors, built a blowgun into his umbrella etc.²* In ''Literature/SuperPowereds'', Will is one. It works out for his twin sister Jill, who's a {{Technopath}}, so he tends to focus on building gear for her. It's stated that, until 7 years before the events of the first book, this ability wasn't classified as a superpower. Unfortunately, this was changed not through research and deliberation but because a villainous example killed a nigh-invincible Hero with one of his advanced weapons, bringing the ability to the public's attention. Besides building combat gadgets, he also builds [[MundaneUtility gadgets for everyday use]], such as a self-writing pen for taking class notes (obviously, he can't use them in classes with non-Supers).²* In ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'', Nikita has her housemate, Aleks, who works as a mechanic by day, and has fun by improving vehicles entrusted to him far beyond what the producer thought they'd be capable of.²* Tor from ''Literature/TheYoungAncients'' uses MagiTek, but otherwise plays this trope entirely straight. Within the first six months of story he has invented an instant dryer, nearly invulnerable personal shield, human flight, a color-changing aura as a party favor, heat/air-conditioning, personal temperature regulator, fire-starter, earth-mover, saved a city with a massive water filter (their sewers ruptured into the drinking water) and built a ''flying river'' to bring water to a drought-struck region. And all this is ''nothing'' compared to what happens when he really [[OneManIndustrialRevolution gets going.]]²* Char from ''Literature/{{Feral}}'' is his universes equivalent. He creates weapons and armor using both modern metalworking and blacksmithing techniques and his world's version of magic. Later he reveals a crude blunderbuss and a stink bomb he's created, as well as other tools.²* Daniel Doyce from Dickens' ''Literature/LittleDorrit.'' In the miniseries, he's more of a [[SteampunkGadgeteers steampunk genius]].²* Nova from ''Literature/{{Renegades}}'' has an almost uncanny talent for turning household items and trash into supervillain gadgets, which she uses to augment her own supernatural abilities.²* In ''Literature/ShadowOfTheConqueror,'' the biggest advantages of [[TheEmpire the Dawn Empire]] were the technological advances that [[EmperorScientist Dayless]] could bring to his forces by inventing new engines of war. Even in the present day, he remains the most skilled sunsmith who ever lived, creating things that other engineers regard as impossible wonders.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²* Fitz on ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' who can modify bits of airplane engine into gamma ray blasters and is said to be "like a ninja with this crap." Fitz-Simmons jointly could also count as this since together they can make some pretty impressive tech but Fitz, as the engineer, is the one who's usually cobbling together gadgets from bits of other things.²* Cisco in ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}''. He makes Barry's suit originally as a new turnout for firefighters, and by Season 4 has added a flotation mode, self destruct sequence and even Iron Man-like energy weapons in the gloves to name a few. Oh, and in Season 1 he makes a time machine for [[spoiler: Dr Wells/Eobard Thawne]].²* Seamus Zelazny Harper from the spaceship ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' is both an engineering genius (which by later seasons extends itself even to human cloning) and also a hyperactive archetypal MrFixit and tinkerer.²* Fred on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' fits this, especially with her improvised flying blade of beheading in season 3 "Fredless".²** So does [[RobotMaster Warren]] from ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}''.²* Magical Version: in ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'', TheScrappy Billie managed to "[[MacGyvering MacGyver up]]" a magical potion from the contents of a hostage's purse, despite the show always stating that [[MagicAIsMagicA potion ingredients are quite specific]].²* ''Series/DoctorWho''²** The Doctor can save the universe with a kettle and some string, though he usually does so off-camera. He also has a knack for taking diabolical inventions cobbled up for some nefarious purpose and subverting their intended purpose, usually with disastrous results for the villain of the day.²** In "The Day of the Doctor," Ten explains that he built the shape-shifter detector he's using himself. It also boils eggs at twenty meters and can download comics from the future.²--->'''The Doctor:''' I never know when to stop.²** This was clearly an adaptation of his [[TimeyWimeyBall Timey-Wimey Detector]] from ''Blink''. Which goes ding when there's stuff, and can boil an egg from 20 paces, whether you want it to or not. He's clearly added new functions since then.²---> '''The Doctor:''' I've learned to avoid chickens, it's not pretty when they blow.²** In ''The Lodger'', the Eleventh Doctor builds a Scanner using, among other things: an umbrella, a bicycle, a walker, a lamp, a broom, a canoe paddle, an ironing board, christmas lights, and a rotary clothesline.²** It dates back at least to the Third Doctor; in "The Time Monster", he builds a device to disrupt the Master's temporal experiments out of a Moroccan burgundy bottle, spoons, forks, corks, keyrings, tea leaves and a mug. (Apparently it's the shape and composition of the components that matters, not the function.)²** Drax, a fellow Time Lord in "The Armageddon Factor," builds an effective ShrinkRay out of a random pile of junk he has lying around. He also designed the intelligent battle computer that's been waging genocidal war for the last umpteen years.²** Also Professor Yana, [[spoiler: the Master in disguise]], who builds a rocket's computer system "out of food and string and staples."²** In "Under the Lake," the Doctor asks Clara why he doesn't have an alarm clock on the TARDIS. She reminds him that he disassembled it and used the parts to build a clockwork squirrel.²** In the Big Finish audio "[[BigFinishDoctorWhoTLSFDBE1TheFoeFromTheFuture The Foe from the Future]]", after the villain Jalnik has destroyed his own time machine (so thoroughly that the Doctor explicitly states he can't fix it in time) and left the Fourth Doctor stranded in a base that's under attack from giant monsters, the Doctor manages to create a new time machine using components from Jalnik's discarded prototypes. ²** Throughout Series 9, the Doctor has a pair of sonic sunglasses instead of his normal screwdriver. While he insists it's an upgrade, the amount of times the glasses break, prove useless against the monster of the week, or just plain don't work, it's implied that he just got bored one day and decided to make sonic sunglasses for no real reason.²--->'''Osgood:''' Why would you add a sonic function to sunglasses? Isn't that a bit like a visual hearing aid?\²'''The Doctor:''' I made an invisible watch once. Spot the design flaw.²** In "The Woman Who Fell to Earth," the Thirteenth Doctor makes a new sonic screwdriver in a very short time using remnants of an alien transit pod and components lying around a garage in Sheffield. Later, she uses the same components to make a mid-range teleporter.²* Just about everyone in the town of Eureka at some point, on the television show ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', except for Sheriff Carter.²* Supposedly, the Professor from ''Series/GilligansIsland'', though just how good he is remains something of a mystery as he can't patch a hole in a boat. Either he can't make a patch that will hold long enough out of local materials, or [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation he's just playing dumb]] with fixing the boat, [[EpilepticTrees knowing that he'd never get a better shot]] at Ginger and Maryanne once they got back to civilization.²* Micah from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' is a ten-year-old boy whose mastery of machines allowed him to make his own circuitry for his computer. This is later explained to be [[spoiler:[[{{Technopath}} his superpower]], control and knowledge]] of machines.²* Pixel and Robbie Rotten from ''Series/LazyTown''.²** Pixel is able to build almost anything, from hovering cameras, to a device that can transport people into storybooks, to a remote control which can control literally everything, including random electronic things he has in his room to ''people''. In ''Secret Agent Zero'', the 007 parody Episode, he played the role of Q. And he is 9 years old.²** Robbie Rotten can build anything out of anything he has in his lair. He even has a Microwave which creates the inventions for him.²* One of the most famous gadgeteers of TV was ''Series/MacGyver1985'', although he was more of a tinkerer. The series that spawned the term "MacGyvering." Usually worked alone, without a sidekick. Oddly enough, though, there was an episode of ''[=MacGyver=]'' where he teamed up with a classic Gadgeteer Genius girl -- an ultra-intelligent schoolgirl who could match him move-for-move.²* It doesn't come up much, but it's implied that Joel Robinson, of ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'', as well as a number of other characters on the show are this. In the theme, they even say that Joel used the "special parts for controlling where movies begin and end" to create the four seemingly-sentient robots, three of whom watch movies with him.²** The original premise of the show was that the Mads (mad scientists) stranded Joel in space specifically so that they could steal his inventions. In several episodes, during the Invention Exchange, Joel complains when the Mads steal his ideas. The Invention Exchange didn't really last long after Joel left, however... instead of inventing stuff, Mike would fill his time by either confusing the Mads (for example, by pretending to be a drive-though restaurant, or shilling them "bold" BBQ sauce), or attempting to escape (for example, challenging Pearl to a game of three-card Monty).²** Out-of-character, the Invention Exchange was an excuse for gadget-comedian Joel Hodgson to incorporate his self-designed wacky gizmos into the show.²* The crew of ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' should DEFINITELY count, especially Grant and Jamie.²* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has had several characters who could apparently create/repair HumongousMecha in a matter of hours. The most egregious example is the AssPull of ''two fully-functional copies'' of a mecha introduced out of the blue. Cam's just that good.²** Then there's the fact that Billy Cranston, the first Blue Ranger, invented a collection of wristwatches that could be used both as personal communicators, and could remotely activate an alien teleportation grid. Villains aren't the only ones who could CutLexLuthorACheck.²*** The most impressive part? He put the teleportation thing in by ''accident''. He was just trying to connect to the alien communications network. ''The day after meeting the aliens for the first time''.²** [[Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge Kendall Morgan]] gets points for managing to somehow merge ancient artifacts with modern technology seamlessly and often on a whim. ²* Red Green of ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'' aspires to this. Usually he doesn't make it and his inventions backfire horribly, but on rare occasions they actually work. A forklift built out of a K-car is truly a wonder to behold.²* Scholar Mek of ''{{Series/Spellbinder}}'' began the second series by designing and building a transdimensional boat... when he was supposed to be making a set of musical jewels for the [[RoyalBrat Dragon Lord.]]²* Basically ''every'' Chief Engineer from ''Franchise/StarTrek'' is an engineering genius: Scotty, Geordi La Forge, Miles O'Brien, B'Elanna Torres, "Trip" Tucker.²** Starfleet Engineers in general seem to have a reputation for this. In the ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' episode "Rocks and Shoals," a wounded Vorta says of a broken transmitter system, "It needs repair, but I'm willing to bet that you've brought one of those famed Starfleet engineers who can turn rocks into replicators." Further, in the ExpandedUniverse there's an entire novel series ''called'' "Starfleet Corps of Engineers."²** Presumably, the dry dock engineers are geniuses too, since they manage to survive and repair all the alien tech that all homecoming vessels seem to be infested with.²** Plain and simple, Garak was a man of many hidden talents. Give him toys to play with and he could come up with anything. It becomes a plot point in a couple of episodes, most notably in the double-episodes "In Purgatory's Shadow" and "By Inferno's Light"; where Enabran Tain used his own unique brand of GadgeteerGenius to alert ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' to the survival of various Alpha Quadrant prisoners in the Gamma Quadrant and then Garak had to finish what Tain had started [[spoiler: after Tain dies]] because he was the only one with the skill, expertise and creativity to convert a system into something it originally wasn't designed to do so that they could escape prison. [[spoiler: Oh, and he had to do it all while suffering chronic {{claustrophobia}}, too. Even the ''Klingons'' were impressed.]]²** Spock was also sometimes expected to be a Gadgeteer Genius, even with only primitive materials to work with. In "City on the Edge of Forever," he expresses his frustration at having to do this with 1930's technology: "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to create a mnemonic memory circuit, using stone knives... and bearskins."²*** On [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original series]], while Scotty did an impressive job MacGyvering and was a remarkably fast and thorough MrFixit, plot-resolving ''new'' technology usually required a teamup with Spock, who was otherwise fairly consistently presented as a theoretician and [=IT=] man.²** Justified with the ''Enterprises'' because, as capital ships, their officers are the ''best of the best'' from an organisation spanning hundreds of planets, or in the case of ''Enterprise'', at least the whole of Earth.²*** For ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'', Miles O'Brien was actually Chief Petty Officer on a Federation outpost, and they don't hand those positions out readily. For ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'', well, Maquis, being outlaws with secondhand gear, have to do a lot of MacGyvering, and apparently Torres was just the best at it.²*** Lampshaded in the 2009 movie: Scotty is just a little too smart for his own good, having beamed "Admiral Archer's prize beagle" across the galaxy for a bet. To allow him time to wait for it to arrive, he's sent to the Starfleet equivalent of a [[ReassignedToAntarctica remote Alaskan radar station]]. Apparently, Porthos was going to re-materialize at the very end of the film, but it was cut for time, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen alas]].²** In ''Time's Arrow'' Data proves his gadgeteer skills when he builds a functional temporal scanner using 19th century materials (and probably a few of his own circuits).²** Tuvok earns his Gadeteer Badge when he improvises several phasers from parts scavenged from sonic showers and food dispensers when the crew is imprisoned in a artificial environment aboard a giant space station in ''Displaced''.²* Becky from ''Series/{{Thunderstone}}'' is like this to an extent. She makes a device which can disable the Holocops that patrol North Col, is able to replicate her older brother’s time travelling feat just by reading his notebook, and can fix electronics that her own brother is having trouble with.²* In the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Fragments", it's revealed that Toshiko Sato once built a working sonic screwdriver from ''incorrect blueprints''.²** This is what got her hired, actually. [[BoxedCrook The alternative was life in prison]].²* Claudia Donovan from ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}''. H.G. Wells is a villainous version of the tropes.²* As noted above, Artemus Gordon on ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' cobbled together all sort of useful gadgets for his partner James West to use. And ''unlike'' the film, the series Dr. Loveless was this (See the widgets and blueprints around one of his early episode labs -- they include a blueprint for a turbofan engine. Another ep has a tagline from Artie mentioning some crazy invention to throw sound and pictures through the air...).²* Siroc from ''Series/YoungBlades'' is known for his ([[AnachronismStew frequently anachronistic]]) inventions, including a submarine, a machine gun, a metal detector, a bomb concealed in a hollowed-out watermelon, and a machine that generates static electricity by turning a wheel of artificial feet wearing socks so that they rub against a static-generating material.²* VictimOfTheWeek Lamont Franklin in the ''Series/ElleryQueen'' episode "The Adventure of the Eccentric Engineer".²* Riley of ''Series/JuliesGreenroom'' is the show's resident theater tech expert; they're not only in charge of every machine with a screen in the theater (save for people's phones), but are also capable of building a fog machine entirely from scratch and modifying a tiny hand fan to BlowYouAway levels.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Music]]²* The tinker in Music/{{Voltaire}}'s [[ "The Mechanical Girl"]]. "In a glen beyond the castle wall/ There was a tinker/ And he was a thinker/ The smartest man in all the world/ He made a mechanical girl." Especially when it turns out what the girl is capable of doing...²* ''Music/KidsPraise'': Psalty is an inventor as well as a praise leader, having invented a vehicle made of musical instruments, surveillance equipment that shows people in spiritual need, and even managing to invent a time machine ''[[AchievementsInIgnorance by accident!]]''²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Podcasts]]²* The {{Podcast}} ''Podcast/CriticalHit'' has two: the PC Randus du Thane, played by Brian, and the NPC Thony.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Print Media]]²* One of the {{Mascot}}s of ''Magazine/TopSecret'' is Prof. Dzemik [[note]](his name is a rather complicated pun on a Polish celebrity)[[/note]], who originally was facetiously created as an expert who responded to the readers' technological questions, and also starred in the magazine's comics where he was usually a plot device who invented the time machine or exposited on a dimensional transporter that was the basis of a story's plot.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Roleplay]]²* In ''Roleplay/DawnOfANewAgeOldportBlues'', Ivy's superpower grants her random and temporary moments of genius wherein she can create incredible inventions with whatever materials she has on hand. She has no control over what form her inspiration takes, which could lead to her making something niche or useless, but she can also make useful inventions like a miniature EMP from a mobile, or a drone from her computer.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Tabletop Games]]²* Urza and Mishra, the Brother Artificers of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', build enough weapons and doomsday devices in their lifetime to leave their world a nearly-blackened cinder by the end of their lives.²** Likewise, [[TimeMaster Venser]] and [[WeakButSkilled Tezzeret.]] Heck, there's even an entire creature type (Artificer) based around making insane gadgets.²** [[ Steamflogger Boss]]. He helps every other "Rigger" assemble twice as many "Contraptions"... [[SubvertedTrope except contraptions and assembling Riggers don't exist in this game.]] ²*** Well, not outside of ''Unhinged'', anyway...²** Then we have Kaladesh, which is basically a whole ''plane'' of these. When you've got clean-burning, mana-bases, diesel fuel seeping in from the Blind Eternities, you may as well use it to power robot foxes, giant freight trains, and lightning guns.²* From the first incarnation of the ''[[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]]'' RPG:²** The Sons of Ether/Society of Ether from ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' are {{Mad Scientist}}s in the purest sense, with oft-retro aesthetics ranging from RaygunGothic to Victorian-esque Steampunk. The Virtual Adepts are technomantic computer hackers with Urban rebel {{Cyberpunk}} flair, doing in the real world what Neo did in Film/TheMatrix. And of course there is the ''Technocracy'', which has lots of gadgeteer genius engineers of their own, especially among Iteration X; the difference being that the Technocracy encourage a mass-producible, utilitarian type of gadgeteering, while the Etherites use idiosyncratic gadgets that may or may not work for others, and the Adepts fall somewhere in between.²** One tribe of werewolves, the Glass Walkers, in ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' has adapted to modern times and learned to use their spirit magic to talk to the spirits of machinery and urban landscapes.²** The Nockers from ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'' are changelings whose fairy souls are drawn to technology, although their curse means every gadget they build will have ''some'' sort of hidden flaw, which sometimes results in explosions; the evil counterparts of the Nockers are called [[ Gremlins]], who in their Fairy self look nothing like the creatures in the movies of the same name but more like small pointy-eared people with green skin and sharp pointy teeth... and they grin a lot, especially when they've just planted a booby-trap somewhere or sabotaged a piece of technology.²*** Nockers are also capable of ''scaring'' a piece of machinery into working temporarily by ''cussing'' at it.²* In the second incarnation of [[TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness the World of Darkness]]:²** ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken'' has the Iron Masters, who tend to stay close to humanity and urban habitats. They have an affinity for Technology Gifts that, at the highest level, allow them to make a technological device out of the base materials (that is, a circuit-board out of plastic and sand).²** ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' has the Free Council, modernist mages whose studies lead them to explore magic through a humanistic lens, drawing on human art, culture, science and technology -- the last of which often results in '''''SCIENCE!!!'''''²** ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' has the Wizened, who were kept as caretakers, craftsmen, and busybodies for [[TheFairFolk the True Fae]]. They have an affinity with Contracts of Artifice that allow them to manipulate and construct (or deconstruct) machinery; the top level of one set allows them to make a hovercraft out of a go-kart and an inflatable raft. And due to the fact that ANY changeling can purchase Contracts of Artifice like the Wizened (it's just more difficult for others) virtually any changeling can be a Gadgeteer Genius as well.²** And then there's the fanline ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', where most of the player characters are these, capable of making inventions that bend the laws of physics to the breaking point. Powerful Geniuses are easily the most effective at gadgeteering; whipping up an entire fleet of spaceships is possible.²* The Mad Scientists in ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' are similar to the [[spoiler:Wild Cards]] series example above; the devices they make barely [[spoiler:work on their own, if at all]]. The power behind their science-breaking steampunkness is [[spoiler:evil spirits the characters are unwittingly channeling]]. Well, not Hellstromme, he knows exactly what he's doing.²* The Artificer base class from the ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' campaign setting of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is a magical version of the Gadgeteer Genius. It returns as a class in the 4th and 5th editions of the game.²* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has two levels of this. Gageteers can build things that break the laws of physics if they have lots of funding. Quick Gageteers can do the same thing in half the time with rubberbands and cheese.²* In ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'' the Skavens clan Skyre is a group of giant rats numbering hundreds of thousands if not millions of Gadgeteer Geniuses. The engineers of the empire follows this trope quite good as well. The dwarfs might at first appear like this but their constructions aren't that improbable and most are old engines based on experience and new inventions are rare.²* The Ork Mekboyz of ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' might as well be gods of this trope, being able to construct HumongousMecha out of a mound of scrap metal and a hot water heater. Not to mention every other piece of Ork technology from cars to guns to back scratchers are made in this way. Since this knowledge is bred into their DNA, and they aren't really that bright, they use latent psychic powers to cover up flaws.²** And make Da Red Ones Go Fasta! You see, while Mekboyz have an instinctive understanding of technology, it rarely goes beyond pointing out the [[BuffySpeak "gubbinz"]] and [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning "spinny bits"]] that make their contraptions work. A lot of the brilliance of Ork technology is really {{Justified|Trope}} by the Ork's latent psychic energy - [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve if a large number of Orks in close proximity believe something should work, it will work even if by all logic it shouldn't]]. Now, don't get the wrong idea, this won't allow a single Ork to defy the laws of physics and basic logic (say, picking up a lead pipe and shooting bullets out of it) but it will allow the Orks to "plug gaps" in their technology (say a mob of Orks are driving to the battle in a trukk and it comes grinding to a stop, the Mek says it's run out of fuel but the [[LargeAndInCharge Nob]] says " But Iz sur I filled it up to da brim before wez left!" and [[BadBoss gives the Mek a proppa smack for making a mistake]], the other Orks will believe him and hence the trukk will begin driving again even though it has no fuel in it's tank).²** The Jokaero are a race of exceedingly rare [[RecycledInSpace Space Orangutans]] that manage to put even the Mekboyz to shame. Despite being, to all external appearances, cyborg monkeys, the Jokaero are able to create technological marvels beyond that of any other race in the galaxy and there is no problem that they cannot solve by analysing it long enough. Unfortunately, they also act like monkeys as well, so there's no telling whether they will cobble together a ring that doubles as an anti-matter gun capable of levelling a city block, or a [[MundaneUtility nuclear-powered banana peeler]]. They also happen to be natural escape artists, which can lead to a somewhat comical situation should anyone try to imprison them as their Gadgeteer Genius nature conflicts with their desire for freedom - it's fairly common for a Jokaero to escape a prison cell, tinker with the cell to fix its technical shortcomings, then become trapped by their own improved prison.²* ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'': The Terran Confederation is this in ''Intersteller Wars''. When they first meet the Vilani they are thousands of years behind. However they surpass them in less than two hundred years.²* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh TCG'': [[ Dorothy/Farmgirl]] has restored the derelict [[ Kozmo Sliprider]] for her own use and built her own robotic companion, which is seen in her card artwork.²* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' Gadgeteer is a trait that allows characters to make just about anything.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Theater]]²* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Giovanni built [=MechaMew2=], a giant robot Mewtwo, all by himself.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Toys]]²* ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'': Nuparu, Avak, and Telluris²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* Bernard from the Maniac Mansion fangame ''VideoGame/ManiacMansionMania''. He even invented a wheel that never stops rolling. And it can be used as a power source!²* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':²** If a character in any ''Final Fantasy'' game is called Cid, two things are almost certain: 1. He's a Gadgeteer Genius and 2: His specialty will be [[CoolAirship Airships]], for example:²*** Never seen, but Cid of the Lufaine in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' (at least all its remakes) was the inventor of the first airship.²*** The very first Cid appears in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'', who offers taxi service with his airship to the heroes.²*** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' gives us Cid Haze, skilled enough to convert a CoolShip into a CoolAirship.²*** Cid Pollendina of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' was the first playable Cid, who refuses to let little things like [[RidingTheBomb riding a nuke into an enemy vessel]] and an Avalanche of millions of tons of rock and magma stop him from fixing up your airship. He's also a CoolOldGuy / BoisterousBruiser which would become recurring Cid traits.²*** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'''s Cid Previa builds airships, surprise surprise, and makes Crystal Power Enhancing... [[BuffySpeak Thingies.]] His grandson, Mid, might represent this trope even more.²*** Cid Del Norte Marquez from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' oddly enough doesn't work with Airships, but is no less of a Gadgeteer Genius seeing as he invented {{Magitek}} and designs PoweredArmor, weapons, and even pseudo-genetic engineering. However, if you go out of your way to visit the crashed Blackjack after Terra and Locke leave Vector on the way to the Crescent Island, you can find Cid on board offering to help Setzer repair it, claiming he has some prior experience with airships. Setzer politely turns him down.²*** Cid Highwind of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' fame is probably the most well known on this list. He does the same in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games, except he doesn't fight. [[NoSmoking or smoke]](he gets a toothpick). [[{{Bowdlerise}} Or swear.]]²*** Cid Kramer of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' put up part of the money used to rebuild the mass people mover that would eventually become Balamb Garden [[spoiler: (The rest comes from TheMafia, which causes problems later on)]], which functions as the party's primary mode of transportation early in the story, and negotiates with a city of engineers to help actually create it to his specifications.²*** Cid Fabool IX of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''. His proficiency at designing airships has led Lindblum to become Gaia's prominent air power. [[BalefulPolymorph He also spends some time as a frog after an argument with his wife.]]²*** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'''s Cid. He builds airships and he's loud and boisterous. He doesn't really bring anything new to the table.²*** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'''s Cid is, fittingly enough, the most prominent engineer and inventor in Vana'diel.²*** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'''s Cidolfus Demen Bunansa (Dr. Cid for short) is the first Cid to actually feature as a fully fledged villain, being the MadScientist responsible for most of the airships and weapons built for the [[TheEmpire Archadian Empire.]]²*** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'''s Cid Nan Garlond is a defector from the evil [[TheEmpire Garlean Empire]], who are incapable of using magic. His family were credited with making some of the first airships, and after coming to Eorzia Cid brings a wealth of Garlean technology and creates a technological boom in the fairly medieval-flavored game world, creating a Steampunk industrial revolution.²*** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'''s Cindy (Grandpa Cid retired). She's a hawt WrenchWench who works on the gang's car... which can equip a jet transformation mod.²** Edgar from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' designed many of the machines used and exported by his kingdom, including the weapons he uses in battle, most infamously his [[ChainsawGood giant chainsaw]]. His Job class is described as "Machinist" and, where everyone else is wielding swords, knives, or staffs, Edgar is the only one holding [[HandCannon a huge gun]].²** From ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', Cid's daughter [[GenkiGirl Rikku]] counts as well, with her "Mix" [[LimitBreak Overdrive]].²*** Shinra from [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 the sequel]] as well. To be fair, Cid, Rikku, and Shinra are Al Bhed, which are exceptionally technologically advanced, the rest of the game world having been Luddites until shortly before the game's beginning.²** The Machinist job in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' uses a [[TheGunslinger firearm]] in conjunction with a waist-mounted [[{{Magitek}} aetherotransformer]] which holds special ammunition, a wrench for Dismantle and Reassemble skills, a stash of grenades, and their foldable [[AttackDrone Attack Drones]].²** Nono the airship mechanic from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''. In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' Hurdy explained that Nono built his own airship called "Brilliante I."²* Jennifer from ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' created super-robot Thursday at the age of 5.²* [[DownloadableContent The Mechromancer]], Gaige, from ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'' created a giant killer robot when she was still in high school, a design that was stolen by her rival and sold to the police force on her home planet. [[CrazyAwesome She also made herself a robotic arm, after sawing off her old one.]]²** It's easily overlooked given who he is, but Scooter qualifies. To quote Angel: "He may be missing a few chromosomes, but he's a savant when it comes to vehicles." Ellie, Scooter's sister, also qualifies as well.²* Many of the Asura race from ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' qualify, but especially [[ Zojja]] from the 2nd game.²** The whole of the Engineer class focuses on the use of inventive gadgets to fit multiple situations- you quickly forget that you're limited to pistols, rifles and shields as conventional weapons when you start using flamethrowers, turrets, grenades bombs and wrenches as class-specific weapon kits.²* Billy Blaze, alias Commander Keen, from id Software's ''VideoGame/CommanderKeen'' series. Commander Keen built a spaceship in his garden, made from old soup cans, a joystick, a car battery, a vacuum cleaner and a bottle of Everclear.²* Andy, from ''VideoGame/HeartOfDarkness'', is pretty much a clone of Billy Blaze above.²* Lucca in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''. She resides in a kingdom with a mostly medieval aesthetic (though they do have refrigerators, at least), yet she is able to build a fully functioning ''teleporter'', and when the party comes across a robot from the year 2300 she has little trouble fixing him up.²* Little MadScientist girl Penny Crygor from ''VideoGame/WarioWare: Smooth Moves'' fits the trope to the letter. She's also [[TheCutie totally adorable]].²* Max from ''VideoGame/DarkCloud 2'' can make items out of pretty much anything he sees. He just needs to [[FirstPersonSnapshooter capture photos]] for inspiration.²* Lash from ''Videogame/AdvanceWars'', who combines this trope with being an EnfanteTerrible, much to the protagonists' dismay.²* The Vances from ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. Eli built a [[RobotBuddy robotic dog]] for his daughter, Alyx. Over the years, she upgraded Dog into a super-strong, semi-sentient LightningBruiser.²* Jeff Andonuts of ''Videogame/EarthBound''. He's capable of using laser guns, bombs and the like, and can turn various broken irons, antennas, harmonicas, and the like into powerful weapons and battle items overnight. And did we mention that he's only thirteen years old?²* Tron Bonne and Roll from ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends''.²** Ciel from ''Videogame/MegaManZero''. And the two above examples seem like amateurs compared to her. Her accomplishments? Creating a perfect replica of X (Cain certainly couldn't, partially why mavericks exist), she created an energy system to solve the energy crisis that is not only effective but just beautiful (take a look at the reactor of the Guardian airship from ZX!), and she made Biometals to match Master Albert's, but also added the dual Mega-Merge feature. And she created Copy-X when she was ''nine years old''. Don't believe me? Read the [[AllThereInTheManual MegaManZero Complete Works.]]²* Area from ''Videogame/StreetFighter'' ex2 plus. While they didn't give her much of a story, they did say that she was a greater inventor than her father.²* Miles "Tails" Prower and Dr. Eggman from the ''Videogame/SonicTheHedgehog'' games.²* Bentley from the ''VideoGame/SlyCooper'' series is a techno genius who even fitted his wheelchair with gadgets. His [[spoiler:ex-]]girlfriend Penelope is one as well, [[spoiler:albeit a villainous example]].²* The Engineer of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is capable of creating NASA-level sentry turrets and teleportation devices using nothing more than his wrench and scrap metal collected from weapons dropped by the recently dead.²** Don't forget his laws-of-thermodynamics-be-damned dispenser, and the fact that he can make one from scratch using the raw metal of a ''butterfly knife''. Which he invented. In the 60s. Then again, he does have [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist 11 PHDs]], so it's a little justified.²*** Butterfly knife be damned; that man can make a physics defying dispenser out of a wooden baseball bat.²*** Or an empty glass bottle!²*** Or a glass jar filled with urine!²** He also built himself a robotic hand to replace his missing right hand. [[MadScientist A hand that he cut off so he could replace it with a robotic hand.]]²* This trope is the defining characteristic of both Gnomes (Alliance) and Goblins (Horde) in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. Gnomish tinkerers are famous for inventing bizarre (if not reality warping) inventions including (but not limited to) helicopters, robot chickens, teleporters, mind control helmets and even world shrinkers. Goblins on the other hand tend love explosives of all kinds and are masters bombmakers, rocketeers, and sappers; but also make lumber harvesting robots, airships, and motorcycles. Players of any race can take the "Engineering" profession, which allows them to embody this trope, but Gnomes have a racial bonus to Engineering (Goblins have a racial bonus to Alchemy). The profession even allows the player to create MadScientist style goggles and to make unique modifcations to their armor such as parachute cloaks and rocket boots.²** Gnomes and Goblins, although generally on opposite factions, have a friendly rivalry and often cooperate on complex engineering tasks and love to compete in racing.²** Although true to Gnomish and Goblin tradition, player made inventions have a nasty tendency to backfire through explosions, accidental size modification, poultryfication, and teleporting you far above the ground. If it does not do any of this it is either a bomb, has a massive cooldown time, or is a robot or something that works once before breaking.²* Another gnome from a completely different universe/game (and a definite case of OurGnomesAreWeirder), Jan Jansen from ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGate Baldur's Gate 2]]'' starts the game with a crossbow (including bolts), gloves, boots, and goggles of his own design, most of which give him a big bonus to his thieving skills. Originally, he would have invented more gadgets as the game went on, but this was sadly [[DummiedOut scrapped due to lack of development time]].²* Grubb from ''VideoGame/SepterraCore''. He built several robots of different types out of rubbish thrown down from Terra 1.²* [[spoiler:Deus Diablo]] in ''VideoGame/TheNamelessMod''; he built an inanimate object with the powers of a board admin, something [[spoiler:Gamespy]] couldn't do, hence why he was [[spoiler:kidnapped]].²* Purge from ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5 Part 2''.²* Ethan from ''VideoGame/MonsterTale''. For bonus points, his theme tune is titled "gadgeteer".²* Momo from ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII''.²* Bill from ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'', who invented the storage system, as well as his colleagues who helped him. In ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', he also invented the Vs. Seeker.²** This trait also seems to be the hat of most [[ShockAndAwe electric type]] specialists. With the exception of [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Elesa]] due to being a model, [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Lt. Surge]], [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Watson]], [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Volkner]], and [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Clemont]] have had a huge hand in setting up the complex design mechanisms for their gyms for one reason or another, and [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Sophocles]] constructs a device that's integral to his Island Trial.²* Carl, your chief engineer in ''VideoGame/MechWarrior 4'' has a reputation as one. The saying goes "Give Carl a hundred tons of steel wool and he'll knit you an Atlas overnight."²* Professor E. Gadd from the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series. Also, Shy Guys, who count as Gadgeteer Genius {{Mooks}}. Luigi also becomes this as Mr. L.²** Wario is surprisingly this as well considering in one game, he was able to create a device that allows him to go in and out of the television at will. He is also shown to create other devices in the ''Franchise/WarioWare'' series as well.²* ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' allows players to be gadgeteer geniuses, eventually building such things as steam-powered robots, staffs that shoot lightning and a device that can revive the dead.²* The whole Bui bui species from ''VideoGame/LocoRoco'' series. To lesser extent, Mui mui too.²* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has Nitori and the Kappa race in general. In a setting that has a medieval level of technology, [[SchizoTech Nitori has managed to create things like]] [[InvisibilityCloak optical camo suits]].²** Rika fits this even better; She managed to build, arm, and pilot at least ''three'' separate [[TankGoodness tanks]] designs in a setting devoid of the industrial grade machinery usually required to construct one.²* The Gadgeteer is an actual class in ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}} 8'', and it's just as powerful as you'd expect. Thankfully the rarity of components means that you can't really have more than one in the party, which keeps the game from becoming unbalanced. The only gadgeteer in-game if you don't make one in your party is a trynnie named Madras, who calls himself a gadgeteer by name. ²* Gadgeteering exists as a power set in ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline''. One of the abilities being an 'Experimental Ray' which has a chance for various effects, including turning the target into a teddy bear.²* The Gadgeteer is also the name of a class in ''VideoGame/TwilightHeroes'' - they make many of the gadgets and devices that they use in combat.²* ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'': Funky Kong can make helicopters, watercraft, and guns out of BambooTechnology. All while being a SurferDude. In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble'', he'll use discarded items the Kongs pick up to create vehicles for them to travel around in, from a simple motorboat to a helicopter.²* Puck of ''VideoGame/VanguardBandits'' is capable of repairing the strongest and oldest [[AMechByAnyOtherName ATACs]] in record time and can keep them in working order with the smallest of resources. [[spoiler: Taken to extreme levels as he proves he is fully capable of making an [=ATAC=] even stronger than the one legends portrayed as strongest using only scrape parts of a broken machine and a weaker power source.]] Takes a dark twist at the end of the "Ruin" path when he improves [[spoiler:Zulwarn]]'s efficiency. [[spoiler:It only needs a few ''drops'' of blood instead of a mass human sacrifice to power it, though it still corrupts people.]]²* ''VideoGame/UnwrittenLegends'' has two classes based on gadgeteering, making the characters either this or at least the GeniusDitz²* Victoria Van Bathysphere from ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet 2''. The later portion of her level is an Eternal Engine and she made a robot army.²* ''VideoGame/EagleEyeMysteries'': WordOfGod says that Jennifer Eagle's character was created specifically for her to be this. In-game, she built the Eagle Eye Detective Agency's TRAVIS hand-held computer, and is rather picky about who gets to wield it (only Eagle Eye members have the privilege).²* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', [[PlayerCharacter The Courier]] can become one with the "Jury Rigging" perk. Repairing a chainsaw with a baseball bat? A PowerArmor helmet with a basebal cap? An anti-materiel rifle with a BB-gun? You can do it. As the perk's description says: "[[LampshadeHanging How does it work]]? [[ImpossibleGenius Nobody knows... except you]]." ²* The [[PlayerCharacter Sole Survivor]] in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' can strip everyday household items like alarm clocks, silverware, or board games for raw materials, which can then be used to make turrets, generators, computers, and modifications for weapons, armor, and even power armor. With the ''Automatron'' DLC, they can even use raw materials to build their own army of MechaMooks.²* ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'' has Merveille, who is credited with single-handedly raising the bar for Kurvasz MiniMecha design. [[spoiler:She's also quite skilled in biology, CreatingLife while barely old enough to be out of high school.]] The shopkeeper Suzette and Red's sister Chocolat are both {{Wrench Wench}}es.²* The Lombaxes from ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' are [[PlanetOfHats an entire race]] of Gadgeteer Geniuses. Ratchet himself was able to build a functioning space ship out of [[strike:[[MemeticMutation A BOX OF SCRAPS!]]]] spare parts [[strike:[[Film/IronMan IN A CAVE!]]]] on Veldin simply by following Gadgetron's voice prompts (not to mention the list of his wacky inventions that Clank rattled off), and the Lombax Secret is in fact [[spoiler:an inter-dimensional portal device.]] According to the Smuggler, Lombaxes can't leave ''any'' invention the way they found it and are forever tinkering.²* Captain Syrup in ''VideoGame/WarioLandII''. All the boss fights against her involve knocking her out of various hovering vehicles that sport various weapons, and one fight sees her remotely controlling a robotic Spear Man.²* Amanda Ripley of ''VideoGame/AlienIsolation'' at one point manages to repair a motion tracker unit using parts from a children's toy. She also crafts her own medkits, explosives and electronic decoys from random gubbins and scrap metal parts she finds lying around the station.²* The Combo Weapon mechanic in ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'' and ''[[VideoGame/DeadRising3 3]]'' turns the protagonists into this, being able to [[MacGyvering MacGyver]] weapons out of whatever random crap they can find, including boxing glove claws, water gun flamethrowers, crossbows armed with exploding firework rockets, and even a fully functional ''lightsaber''. Nick from 3 takes this even further by being able to build Combo Weapons on the spot without needing a workbench, and even build combo ''vehicles''.²* One of ''VideoGame/{{BattleCry|VideoGame}}'''s classes - called Gadgeteer, naturally enough - has this as their job. Jin, on the Han Republic team, is a particular example.²* In ''VideoGame/GemsOfWar'', Sparkgrinder is a gifted inventor, but not very good at [[KillerRobot controlling his inventions]].²* ''VideoGame/ScrapMechanic'' has every PlayerCharacter as a Gadgeteer Genius, capable of building marvellous machines out of nothing more than repurposed agricultural and logistical equipment. [[SurvivalSandbox And they're going to need it, too.]]²* Li Kohran from ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'', though the stuff she makes also has a tendency to randomly explode.²* Junkrat from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}''. He may be a twitchy criminal with a penchant for explosions, but the guy managed to craft up some impressive weaponry. His grenade launcher, remote concussive mine, and springtrap were all his creations, along with his incredibly powerful Riptire. There's even a good chance that his artificial hand and leg were hand crafted.²* [[RealityWarper Conduits]] in ''[[VideoGame/NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' are ''supernaturally'' good at crafting, tinkering and alchemy, to the point that (with the favor of the RandomNumberGod) it's entirely possible for a Conduit to craft something and find all of their materials still intact and unused on the workbench afterwards. People who think too hard about how impossible that is tend not to become Conduits.²* Phoebe from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' is a genius inventor who has created a variety of fantastical tech, a number of which have been inspired by Eldrid tech that seem almost [[MagicFromTechnology magical in nature]]. Among her inventions include phasegate tech which allows her to teleport around the battlefield; her high tech and fashionable BattleBallgown which aids her when fighting; and a cybernetic implant which allows her to telekinetically control four of her five rapiers. She's also a skilled roboticist, having been the brains behind her fellow Battleborn Kid Ultra's original design and purpose.²* Many operators in ''VideoGame/RainbowSixSiege'' have engineering degrees and develop their own specialized equipment. Examples include explosive traps, signal jammers, sensors that detect people or electronics through walls, a drone with a mounted taser, and a breaching device that can punch a hole in a wall and launch several grenades through it.²* ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'':²** Barik is a dwarf who is known by the title of Master Mechanic. He was one of the key engineers of the [[{{Magitek}} crystal-powered technology]] spreading through the Realm. Since then, his signature contributions have appeared in almost every field and vocation, from mechanized mining suits and rocket-powered wings to the crystalline weapons used by Magistrate and Resistance soldiers alike.²** Ruckus is a tiny goblin who fights in a MiniMecha that he repurposed from a mining mech. To increase his mech's power, he installed a crystal that was actually the mind-stone of a war golem. This mind-stone now uses the mech suit as his new body and is now partners with Ruckus under his new name, Bolt.²* Lucas Baker from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7'' is a truly evil example. He's able to make all different kinds of devices of torture for the sick games he plays with his victims, and he does it all under his family's nose.²* Marina from ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'' is quite an enthusiast regarding machines, as her stage intro dialogue shows. She even creates a new Shifty Station stage for each Splatfest, using advanced Octarian technology. [[spoiler: The ''Octo Expansion'' reveals that she was actually a top combat engineer for the Octarians before her HeelFaceTurn, having graduated from her elementary training at the age of ''nine''.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Visual Novels]]²* ''VisualNovel/CodeRealize'' depicts [[Literature/FromTheEarthToTheMoon Impey Barbicane]] as a self-declared "genius engineer" who frequently proclaims the wonders of science and intends to someday travel to the moon. His inventions have a high likelihood of exploding in massive clouds of steam or otherwise going humorously awry, except for when the cast really ''need'' them to function, at which times they always seem to come through. Among other things, he creates a fully-functional [[ThoseMagnificentFlyingMachines ornithopter]] and teaches Cardia to fly it.²* Chigara Ashada from ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}}''. Not only did she [[SmartPeopleBuildRobots build two]] HumongousMecha [[SmartPeopleBuildRobots by herself]], but in her introductory scene she replaces a damaged power converter that took a team of engineers a month to make with one she made the night before—in her sleep, no less. The new part works so well that it actually improves the overall power efficiency in that part of the ship by 20%. Unsurprisingly, [[TheCaptain Kayto Shields]] takes her on as the Sunrider’s Chief Engineer.²* In ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'', Miu Iruma's Ultimate talent is Ultimate Inventor, so naturally she's invented all kinds of amazing things, though some of them are a bit...[[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} strange.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Animation]]²* Sudoku from ''WebAnimation/BananananaNinja'' has built a TransformationRay and a SwissArmyWeapon (the Omni-Functional Kitchen Gadget, an '''all'''-purpose kitchen tool that can transform into a HumongousMecha).²* In ''WebAnimation/BarbieLifeInTheDreamhouse'', Ken tries to help Barbie by making such inventions as a MasterComputer to index all the clothes and accessories in her UnlimitedWardrobe, and a ShrinkRay to keep her countless trophies and awards from flooding the trophy room. Skipper also proves herself a competent inventor when she "Skipperizes" Barbie's boutique with new makeover machines.²* Sniffles from ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends''. He was able to build a functioning rocket ship out of the remains of a school bus and a TimeMachine out of a washer, for starters.²* ''WebAnimation/ADayWithBowserJr'': Iggy Koopa is a scientific genius, who is seen using multi-function hi-tech glasses and Koopa GPS devices.²* ''WebAnimation/GwainSaga'': Luna, the primary antagonist of the series, is practically a well-adjusted female Tony Stark, manufacturing purpose-built robots and advanced technology. She appears to be the owner of Moon Tech, the company that manufactures most of the world's technology.²* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Lizzie builds things like jetpacks, security systems, and mechanical arms.²* Clock from ''WebAnimation/ObjectOverload'' is pretty much this. He built the recovery center for the show and even made Toothy's alliance fall off (or die, whichever happened) with a robot butterfly bomb.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Comics]]²* [[ Agatha Heterodyne]] of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', and the other Sparks ([[MadScientist Mad Scientists]]). An example of SchizoTech because Sparks are able to screw with the laws of physics. Examples include electrical lightning moats, cloning pods, {{Death Ray}}s, giant airships, autonomous robots and Frankenstein monsters in a world that is otherwise at the tech-level of the 19th century.²* Kat from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' builds an antigravity generator out of a thermos and coat hangers for the school ScienceFair. She doesn't see this as anything special, and builds it simply to grow experimental protein crystals properly. Much to her chagrin, nobody cares very much about proteins, but are fascinated by her anti-grav machine.²-->'''Signs:''' Protein is Great!\²'''Student:''' Wow! Zero Gravity!\²'''Kat:''' ''No!'' Protein!²:: Later, she converts it into a personal aircraft.²* Tedd from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' is a male version of this trope. Grace, the squirrel-girl girlfriend of Tedd, has her moments as well.²* Scarlett from ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' is either this, or an [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Idiot Savant]]. Several strips indicate that she'd be an engineering genius were it not for her [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny crippling case of ADD]]. It later turned out she is actually one-fourth of a [[WetwareCPU biocomputer]] [[HiveMind gestalt]], she is a lot more competent when she's with her "sisters". Though they do have a disturbing tendency to make things that explode... including bug nets and self-motivated slinkies. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment That explode.]]²* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', Sean "Dark Smoke Puncher" [=McNinja=], the brother of Dr. [=McNinja=], is shown to be particularly technologically adept and his own brother noted that his own MechaMooks are more dangerous than normal.²* Molly from ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''. An artificially (or rather, accidentally) generated creature, she is less than a year old and has the common sense of a little girl, but is quite capable of building a giant robot [[ out of a milking machine]], and an interstellar transmitter out of [[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial an umbrella and a Speak n' Spell]].²** Her sister Galatea is [[ no slouch, either.]]²* Thomas the Cat from ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', as seen [[ here]] and [[ here]].²** Not to mention Annarchy, especially in the Rain Slick Precipice of Darkness games where she upgrades your weapons and builds a [[spoiler:HumongousMecha to defeat a PhysicalGod]]. Also meets the female and school-age requirements.²* Dust Puppy in ''Webcomic/UserFriendly'' wrote Erwin the Artificial Intelligence [[ overnight, in Cobol]], only [[ 53 days]] after Dust Puppy himself [[ was born]].²* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'''s Riff has built several robots, a device for opening gates to other dimensions, the Omnitaser Supreme, and a staple remover ''with a 100 feet range''.²* A more specific version, but ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'''s Largo can build a computer out of almost anything, including ''cereal boxes''.²* Sev'vil and Anira in ''Webcomic/{{Juathuur}}'' are the greatest scientific minds in the world.²* The titular pair from ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'' love inventing.²* ''Webcomic/DrNonami'' stars a young female scientist who invents a variety of machines to fight evil.²* Doc and Roger from ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'' tend towards this, triply so (at the very least) if alcohol is involved. Notable inventions include a fusion-powered paintball gun capable of firing through time, and a micro air compressor which runs on ''nitroglycerine'' as petrol isn't powerful enough.²* ''Webcomic/VoodooWalrus'' has a "house badger" by the name of Professor Kaboodles who has seemingly evolved in the background from being a simple pet badger to a full on goggle and lab coat wearing inventor. Though no one notices. Even when he's [[ shooting lasers at floating pygmy cows.]]²* Walter from ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'', regularly upgrades the ships he steals with complex MagiTek, and is the go-to-guy for TechnoBabble. His first on panel instance of this is in the shipwrecked arc, where he built a fully-furnished house in the course of an afternoon ''without'' tools. It was also a VisualGag about his [[WingedHumanoid animal instincts]].²* [[TheBigGuy Equius Zahaak]] from ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' uses his mechanical skills to build [[ArtificialLimbs new body parts]] for his wounded allies. He also builds robots for various personal uses.²* Light Bittencourt from ''Webcomic/{{Vinigortonio}}'' is a girl with a giant lab-house who makes inventions for a hobby.²* Felix from ''Webcomic/{{Cloudscratcher}}''.²* Tess, main mechanic of the Sisterhood in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' who, among other things built Xanthe's tricycle which flies and has a force field.²* Belt boy from ''Webcomic/TheHeroesOfCrash'' invented a HyperSpaceArsenal belt with built in A.I and robotic hand/ArmCannon for his friend²* ''WebComic/SkinHorse'': Dr. Virginia Lee's main claim to fame is that she is able to reproduce some of the products of MadScience in the context of 'sane' science. This does not, however, imply that ''she'' is sane, it just means that she's not breaking the laws of physics in doing so and her work is reproducible. The researchers at the Institute for The Sane Study of Mad Science have this as their aim as well, but unlike Dr. Lee, no one is buying it when they claim to be sane themselves.²** Sergio Mendoza, originally from the ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' spin-off ''Li'l Mell'', becomes one of these. Certainly, he's a RenaissanceMan in a trailer park, comes up with incredible inventions including a device which can travel across universes built out of [=IKEA=] parts[[note]]The device, not the universes[[/note]], and probably is the only person capable of keeping up with [[InsufferableGenius Artie]], but he's not and seemingly never ''will be'' Mad.²* ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'': Gnomes in general, coming up with a myriad of fantastical machines with a heavy ClockPunk influence.²* ''Webcomic/RecordWisdomBonusYield'' upgrades Ruby from a WrenchWench into this trope. Not only did she design a blueprint Crescent Rose in less than a week, she claims that she can build it, has been referred to as a roboticist, and is studying ''rocket science.''²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Original]]²* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':²** The various gadgeteers (follows the laws of physics) and devisors (considers them more of a guideline) have this as their mutant talent. Ironically, WordOfGod has canonically stated that even ''they'' can't actually make a giant robot that works. Not that this keeps the relevant perpetual school project nicknamed "Tiny Tim" from having its own SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome during the Halloween battle...²** Jobe Wilkins' father is a gadgeteer genius villain. He resents Jobe for being a bio-devisor instead of a gadgeteer like him.²* Makes-Things, Techno-Dann, in ''WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum''. Technically, anyone who works for the Department of Sufficiently Advanced Technology can qualify.²* The WebSerialNovel ''Literature/TheDescendants'' has a lot of these: Codex, Tink, and (at least in the backstory) Chaos all serve this role, as do many of the villains -- most notably Maven.²* A staple villain type in ''Literature/SuperStories'', usually with their own, restricted specialty. Veldron is a whiz at electronic circuitry, Clockwork is brilliant with medium-scale engineering such as, well, clockwork, and Devnull is a programming and hacking genius.²* There's also the ''Masks'' universe, where this is one of the mutant powers, besides for instance Bricks (really tough and strong) and Flyers.²* In the web novels ''Literature/TrintonChronicles'' there are two characters who fit this, one is Robert who took actual schooling on robotics and the other is Brandon who's super power actually allows him to understand machines.²* Essay (hero), Gimble (neutral) and Triton (villain) are notable examples in the ''WebOriginal/AcademyOfSuperheroes'' universe. Gimble is notable because she makes physics-violating tech that ''everyone'' can use -- even [[AntiMagic Anchors]].²* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'':²** Parahumans with the power to instinctively visualize and understand how to put together advanced technological devices are called Tinkers. It is unclear as to whether everything a Tinker makes follows the laws of physics or can be mass-produced by normal people, although some Tinker-made tech seems to be in widespread use. Some are more competent than others (Leet can build any type of device only once, and the closer an invention is to something he's made before, the more likely it is to misfire.) Other tinkers specialize in certain fields of technology (Bakuda makes various kinds of bombs, Bonesaw works with biological organisms). Dragon, who mainly builds suits of powered armor, has the reputation of being the most powerful and skilled tinker in Worm's universe, [[spoiler: though it actually turns out that she is an extremely advanced AI who was built by a now-deceased tinker, and is able to design things through her advanced intelligence.]] WordOfGod later clarifies that despite Dragon's nature she does have a parahuman ability, and although she's technically a [[SuperIntelligence Thinker]] rather than a [[GadgeteerGenius Tinker]], because her power is to understand Tinker-tech that makes her a Tinker herself in actual practice.²** It is revealed that Tinkers [[spoiler:are actually tapping into the knowledge of the entities that grant them their powers, and as those entities have visited- and destroyed- countless other planets in the past, they have access to advanced technologies devised by alien civilizations. In some cases, they also have a subconscious ability to scan their surroundings and determine how the recorded information can be applied to Earth-specific situations.]]²* The main character of ''Literature/LegionOfNothing'', Nick, is a Gadgeteer Genius with his own suit of PoweredArmour, with which he fights crime as a superhero called "The Rocket". He's helped by having access to the work of his deceased grandfather, who was also a GadgeteerGenius. While their work can be replicated by ordinary people, it's a lot more advanced than normal technology. It's unconfirmed whether this is an actual superpower or just natural intelligence.²* In ''Literature/{{Brennus}}'', this trope is the superpower of "Gadgeteers" such as the main character. While never impossible, Gadgeteer technology is decades or even centuries more advanced than normal technology, making it a very useful power to have.²* In ''Literature/CaelumLex'' Cyrus Soliveré and Adrasteia Atelier, both engineers from a young age, consistently override security protocols, wrangle together engine pieces and build any gadget needed for a specific mission.²* ''Website/{{Neopets}}'': Katie, the Genius Inventor of the Seekers (and niece of the faction leader), is presented this way.²* ''Literature/EnterTheFarside'': Artifex. Slightly averted; he can't actually invent anything, but he can take any existing piece of technology and simplify it to the point of being leagues ahead of what it was before. He's currently building a set of PoweredArmor as a side project.²* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[ SCP-2801 ("A Dress-Up Box")]]. One of the people affected by SCP-2801 temporarily gained the ability to create an anomalous device. It could emit a low-frequency sound that neutralized the hazardous effect of a deadly chemical.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Videos]]²* Penny in ''WebVideo/{{Caper}}'' built what is essentially the Iron Man suit. She then stole it from the Tony Stark expy, who had funded it.²* ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'' has Percy de Rolo, an exiled nobleman who, with a bit [[DemonicPossession supernatural help]], invented of the first gun -- along with [[{{Deconstruction}} everything]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero that entails]]. As Vox Machina's resident tinkerer and inventor, he's created a a grappling-hook arrow, a saddlebag bomb, an electrified gauntlet, several explosive arrows, a grenade, a prosthetic hand, and perhaps most impressive [[spoiler: a spring trap that was able to hold an ancient black dragon to the ground for several rounds of combat.]] His inventions are also notable in that Taliesin, Percy's player, must prove that each of them can be created with the materials and technology he would have at his disposal before he gets the go ahead from the DM.²* The eponymous protagonist of ''WebVideo/DrHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' probably qualifies, making a trans-matter ray (which ... sort of ... works), a working remote control for a van (which operates by a small device that magnetically adheres to the roof) and freeze ray (which stops time), a stun ray (never used) and a death ray (never shown actually working, for ... reasons).²%%* ''Theatre/TheLeagueOfSTEAM'' boasts several, especially Crackitus Potts.²* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', this apparently comes with being a [[TheEngineer neogician]] who puts plenty of work in his or her optional inventor job.²* ''WebVideo/GourmetMakes'': Discussed during the Pringles Episode²--> '''Delany:''' You know, Q, in James Bond, the one who has all the technology? You, you need a Q!²--> '''Claire:''' It's is kind of Brad, but first of all he's not here now and second of all is usually not that helpful....²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* Buckle from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', a former Disney Imagineer who became a mountain man. Just look at his haunted house:²-->'''Francine:''' ''[disturbed]'' I actually don't know how I got out. The front hallway spiraled into a black hole and the weather kept changing and ''I was a child again''.²* The Mechanist from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.²** Since Sokka is his protegee, count him in. He came up with the idea for a submarine!²** Varrick from SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' may be an EccentricMillionaire, but he's also a very capable scientist and engineer, and quite capable of building what he needs on the fly.²*** Asami Sato didn't just inherit her father's industrial company, she also inherited his engineering genius. She can build a sand glider out of ship scraps, come up with innovative infrastructure ideas to incorporate spirit wilds into the city, and design biomimetic flying mech suits, among other things.²* Comicbook/TheFalcon is characterized in this manner in ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'', even though [[AdaptationalIntelligence that's not how he's traditionally depicted in the comics]].²* Arthur in ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'' designs a bycicle-impulsed flying machine, two robots and a submarine, among other things.²* Rattrap in ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' was stripped of all weapons upon being reformatted, so compensated by developing all sorts of handy devices to stop the Vehicons.²* Mouse from ''WesternAnimation/BoyGirlDogCatMouseCheese'' builds robots and gadgets which serve various functions.²* [[GrumpyBear Grumpy]] from ''[[WesternAnimation/CareBearsAdventuresInCareALot Adventures in Care-a-Lot]]'' straddles the line between this and BunglingInventor. He apparently built an entire theme park at one point, not to mention a cloning device, among many others, but his inventions sometimes turn on him (i.e. the clone cloned itself and both clones kicked him out for not being "Grumpy" enough) or fail because of ([[UnwantedAssistance unwanted]]) help from Oopsy.²* In addition to commentary, Stone Cold Steve Austin provided this service in the original run of ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch''. His technological expertise yielded a fully-functional cloning machine (used to combine DNA from dead celebrites into fighting mutants) and a rickety time machine (used to bring to life such matches as The Three Tenors vs. The Three Stooges).²* [[MeaningfulName Gadget Hackwrench]] from ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''. The stuff she makes is particularly impressive because all she usually has to work with is [[MacGyvering discarded junk]] from the humans.²* Philly Phil from ''WesternAnimation/ClassOf3000''.²* Jérémie from ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''. His gadgeteering occurs more in the virtual world, however, as he is the primary programmer and the one who is most adept at using the Supercomputer. However, it is a confirmed fact that he can build robots, participating in a robot competition in Season 1. He also created an EMP bomb in episode "Ultimatum," which has efficiently stunned a [=XANAfied=] person at this occasion.²* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'':²** They make holographic projectors out of steam engines and lasers out of a flashlight, a piece of wood, and a bottle!²** If you're looking for a person example, Numbuh 2 would be the man. You just have to get past his [[IncrediblyLamePun Punny]] way of life.²* Jack and Maddie Fenton in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' seem to fit this trope, with their inventions being proven inoperable by a normal person, or even [[TheMenInBlack The Guys In White]], due to the quirks because of said "tin cans and an old transistor radio" method of construction.²* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' has a gadgeteer for its main character.²* ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'': Tinkerbell is one of these in her origin story movie. This actually comes from the original J. M. Barrie's ''Literature/PeterPan'': She mended pots and kettles, at least. The name really does come from her being a tinkerer.²* Edd from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''. He makes an industrial-grade excavator out of junk he found around his neighborhood.²%%* AJ from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents''.²* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/FlavioTheGoat'' wishes to be the next Creator/LeonardoDaVinci. He makes a lot of inventions in his spare time.²%%* William from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gawayn}}''.²%%* Kin Kujira from ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}''.²* The Old Gummies in ''WesternAnimation/GummiBears'' made such advance technology (inclunding a complex underground road system and a interoceanic communication devices in the Middle Ages) that they became a target for humans due to that.²* Froggo from ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' was always asking for things because, as he put it, "You've got your inventions, and I've got mine."²* Kai from ''WesternAnimation/TheHollow'' was able to get him and his team out of the desert by building an airplane using the Four Horseman's junkyard.²* Professor Von Slickstein of ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'', who even incorporated gadgets into the title character's body.²** The Inspector's niece and dog, Penny and Brain, are the more competent gadgeteers, though they are just as likely to become the DamselInDistress (both of them are subject) or WronglyAccused (Brain, while simultaneously being the Damsel sometimes) while Gadget plays the SpannerInTheWorks.²* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron'' is only a kid, but he has already surpassed any known scientist in capablity. Each episode focuses on one of his invention although his inventions usually fall prey to FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome.²* Ernest the Kiwi from ''WesternAnimation/TheJungleBunch'' is capable of building massive machines. Though these machines tend to become a danger to the jungle that The Jungle Bunch have to deal with.²* Mr. Cat from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}''. He builds random gadgets when necessary, such as a cloning machine, and is also able to fix things (including a damaged time machine).²** [[RobotMaster Olaf]] also counts, as he has his own robot slave and over the course of the show has built [[spoiler: an army of MechaMooks]], [[spoiler: a FreezeRay]] and [[spoiler: turned Stumpy into a {{cyborg}}]].²* Wade from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' is able to build more or less anything that the plot demands. And the Tweebs that were able to really pimp Kim's [[CoolCar car]]. The three of them are 10 years old...²** On the villainous side, Motor Ed is a mechanical genius. [[VerbalTic Seriously!]]²** In [[SuperpoweredEvilSide his "bad boy" mode]], Ron Stoppable is this. It's even latent in his "good" mode, when he builds a weapon (at Drakken's insistence) [[MacGyvering IN A LAIR, from A BOX OF SCRAPS]]!²* ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'': Tech E. Coyote manages to cobble together a model of the city in his spare time. This model comes complete with trains that actually run on time. When ''not'' in his spare time, he makes the heroes' arsenal.²** ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''' Wile E. Coyote tinkered on occasion, though mostly he used AcmeProducts.²*** Same with [[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures Calamity Coyote]].²* In the Ruby-Spears ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' show, Roll modified her Utility Arm herself. This included such appliances as a vacuum, a blender, a circular saw, and ''modifying a baking sensor to detect earthquakes''.²* Coop from ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' tuned up a HumongousMecha until it worked better than the original, even despite all the parts he keeps breaking on account of [[GeniusDitz not being all that bright besides.]]²* Tennie from ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}''. She even built the home she and her father live in. [[CoolOldGuy Jacob]] is this as well, having invented the Utility Bots. Also Dutch.²* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'': Ms. Wakeman. She built the protagonist herself.²* [[CloudCuckooLander Pinkie Pie]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', despite possibly being completely insane, built a [[Creator/LeonardoDaVinci DaVinci-ish]] flying machine, a "[[ItMakesSenseInContext Welcoming Machine]]", and her signature party cannon... which she (except for one occasion) successfully uses to ''literally'' decorate for parties.²** The Flim Flam Brothers have the titular Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 as well, which looks years more advanced than anything else that's ever popped up in Equestria.²* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':²** Phineas and Ferb.²** Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. Despite being a normally HarmlessVillain, he is capable of building -inators that are as impressive as the inventions of the title characters.²** Also, the Fireside Girls, led by Isabella. They're usually just helping the boys out, which is impressive in itself, but they ''can'' build a Time Machine.²* Strudel from [[Creator/TheHub The Hub's]] ''[[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010 Pound Puppies]]'' tends to make her inventions from discarded items and the occasional more sophisticated electronics she comes across.²* Dr. Skelley, Sydney's mom from ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo''. She knows all about robotics, engineering, and technology. She also holds a strong belief that robots are the future, and teaches the kids about the types of jobs robots have, like helping out at a grocery store, rescuing trapped animals during a flood, collecting comet dust samples, and exploring volcanoes on Mars. [[spoiler: She even rebuilds Jet's robot clone, Jet 2, at the end of the episode and makes him into a DoAnythingRobot.]] Now that is awesome.²* Gretchen Grundler from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''.²* The Geek from ''WesternAnimation/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' fits the original mold perfectly, as a young genius girl who built a gigantic robot Max in her underground lair.²* Velma Dinkley produces a number of remarkably sophisticated pieces of equipment in her spare time in ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' In the same series, Fred also makes [[SarcasmMode a few minor modifications]] to the Mystery Machine, such as equipping it to transform into a submarine at the press of a button.²* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretWorldOfSantaClaus'', Jordi always comes up with new toys and gadgets for Santa. They often malfunction, but they are also often a great help.²* Handy in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' is capable of making all sorts of advance machinery like harvesting machines, telephone lines, a fire pump and even a robot in the Middle Ages.²* Sandy Cheeks from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', especially in the later seasons.²* Crowbar from ''WesternAnimation/StarComTheUSSpaceForce'' is a whiz with machines, and some episodes having him cobble together devices to solve the problem of the week, such as jury-rigging a force field generator to protect [=StarCom=]'s vehicles from the effects of an EMP. ²* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''[[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS1E18MysteryOfAThousandMoons , "Mystery of a Thousand Monns"]]: Anakin and Obi-Wan meet a teenager named Jaybo Hood, who has reprogrammed a lot of abandoned battle droids to serve him.²* Gear from ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', who initially thought his power was [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway rather lame]]: "How am I supposed to fight supervillains, ''think'' them into submission? All I can be is your Mega-Mechanic." Which turns out to be a great way to fight supervillains.²* Pearl of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' once built a nearly fully functional spaceship out of a bunch of junk Greg had lying in storage. Later on, she manages to repair an escape pod five thousand years more advanced than anything she'd worked with before, and figured out how to use it to track Warp Pad usage.²** Peridot is also a major one, considering her [[FantasticCasteSystem role in Gem society]] is to be a technician/engineer.²* Ginger Snap from ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake''.²* Kani on ''WesternAnimation/SushiPack'' fits the bill, although others have tried to steal credit for her inventions on occasion.²* Razor from ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'' is the primary force behind the eponymous duo's technology (though T-Bone occasionally demonstrates that he's no slouch at least when it comes to engines), and thus they made military salvage into a working supersonic jet that's armed to the teeth with all kinds of unique missiles. His knowledge has limits, however, demonstrated in the last episode when he despaired over fixing a broken radar jammer.²* Donatello from ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''.²* Similar to Fred's modification of the Mystery Machine, Alan of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'' programmed the iconic Chan Van to be able to transform into just about anything. Even a dynamite truck.²* Tanya from ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' is introduced as "She was so smart, she actually knew how to program a timer on a VCR!" As well as building the team's machines and [[StuffBlowingUp blowing up those of the enemy]], she used a wrist mounted [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] in battle. She also had a stutter due to her brain going so fast (and trying to explain things in terms the others could understand).²* Professor Utonium from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' creates things like a supersuit or a giant robot or a car that can turn into a giant robot.²* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' has two. Adrian Toomes is the inventor of the Magnetic Air Transport System, a suit of {{flight}}-capable PoweredArmor that he uses as the {{Supervillain}} Vulture to antagonize Norman Osborn for stealing his designs. Chameleon's henchman Mason (aka, the Tinkerer) is responsible for developing all the ShoePhone technology the Chameleon needs for his work as a MasterOfDisguise.²%%* ''WesternAnimation/TraceyMcBean''²* Wheeljack, from ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''. He created the Aerialbots and the Dinobots, and while some of his inventions don't quite work out in the [[StuffBlowingUp explode-y sense]].. his fuel pump is in the right place. He also invented lots of useful things. Like the Immobilizer, which worked great until it blew up, and the Negavator, which worked great until ''it'' blew up, and that bomb, which was supposed to blow up, so it definitely worked great.²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'''s Nox, a brilliant (if unsuccessful) clockmaker, had a bit of this going on before he went utterly crazy. And then he went on to prove just how scary an ''[[EvilGenius evil]]'' [[MadScientist Gadgeteer Genius]] could be.²* Tobey from ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'' is a 10 year old kid who, in his spare time, builds giant robots to do his bidding.²* ''WesternAnimation/WowWowWubbzy'' had the pink {{Tomboy}} Widget, who tackles problems she (or at least one of her three friends) faces by building machines. They often backfire, but once in a while they actually work.²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jingaroo}}'' had Toot and Snoot Groote, a pair of marspial moles who are particularly adept at mechanical engineering.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Real Life]]²* [[ Sun Jifa]], a 51-year-old Chinese farmer, built himself a pair of working prosthetic arms out of nothing but scrap metal after losing his old ones while making a BOMB to go blast fishing with.²* The book ''The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind'' is about a real-life example of this. [[ William Kamkwamba]], a fourteen-year-old Malawian boy, was forced to drop out of school because his family could no longer afford the tuition. Using some books from a foreign-aid funded library and parts from a scrapyard, he constructed a fully functional windmill to run appliances in his family's home, largely creating the design from scratch.²* [[ Wolfgang von Kempelen]] was a real life example from the 18th century, known for creating, among other things, a speaking machine and a chess playing 'automaton'. The later required an operator sitting inside and controlling the puppet through an elaborate mechanism, and using several other mechanisms to conceal himself when the machine is opened up, creating the illusion that the whole structure is fully mechanical.²* [[ Wu Yulu]] is a 46-year old farmer from a rural area of China near Beijing. While he has very little in the way of formal education, he has over the past thirty years built over 26 robots to do everything from light cigarettes, to scale walls, to drive rickshaws, building them out of scrap metal. In true MadScientist tradition, he nearly drove his wife to divorce, plunged them both into tremendous debt, destroyed his home and scalded his face with acid. All ''ForScience''! Or at least his crazy hobby.²* UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla. [[ Some specific examples are in order.]] Please note that some of these "examples" are more wishful thinking/cult of personality based than actual fact; for example, Tesla never actually demonstrated a laser, but ''claimed'' to have invented a DeathRay (which he called the 'telefactor') that, based on some comments he made about how it ''didn't'' work, may have borne at least some superficial similarities to a laser (but probably wasn't, if in fact he had one at all). Scientists still are divided on whether Tesla was a genius, a crackpot, or a little of both. Majority opinion seems to incline towards the last of these, given that his first big claim to fame - the [[ polyphase AC induction motor]] - reputedly came to him in a dream, and he had so much trouble explaining how it worked that it took another eccentric genius of the era, [[ Charles Proteus Steinmetz]], to figure out all the details in an intelligible manner. At the same time, it would be pretty much impossible to dismiss him as ''just'' a crackpot given his the scope of his real-world achievements and enormous technical talent.²* Ladies and gentlemen, [[ Simone Giertz the "Queen of Shitty Robots"]] ([[SelfDeprecation her own words]]). Though it's largely PlayedForLaughs for how impractical they are and how spectacularly they fail, her machines all work wonders from a purely mechanical standpoint. It's very telling she was inspired to become an inventor by [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Gyro Gearloose]].²[[/folder]]²----


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