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Don't judge! If you worked with oily machines you'd look just the same!
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A character that likes to play around with machines and usually gets filthy doing so. A side effect of his grunginess is that he often turns out to be Mr. Fixit in some way, shape or form.

These characters usually work with mundane objects like cars or stereos or fuse boxes. If they show up in a fantastic setting, they'll often mistrust technology and favor elbow grease to solve a problem. Their way of speech will also make their spaceships sound like normal motor vehicles.

In other words, this is a mechanic, be he mundane or fantastic, with a lot of similar threads regardless of the type.

See Wrench Wench for the Distaff Counterpart to this trope.

Not to be confused with the name of the comic book by Tim Eldred or the Firefox app enabling custom scripting.


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Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Sparky from Speed Racer.
  • Keiichi from Ah! My Goddess!
  • Yusei from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. You try making motorcycles from scrap parts. THREE TIMES!
  • The father and son team in Cowboy Bebop who rebuild the Spaceshuttle Columbia. After the Columbia disaster some fans theory that they rebuilt it from the pieces making them even more awesome mechanics.
  • Duo from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing is the resident tinkerer on the team, working for a salvage organization called The Sweepers. Eventually, he runs his own junkyard with his girlfriend who eventually becomes his wife...and later his ex-wife, Hilde. Unlike most examples, Duo rarely gets dirty.

    Comic Books 
  • "Tank" Tinker, mechanic to pilot Hop Harrigan in The DCU. He also appeared in the Hop Harrigan radio show and movie serial.
  • Wrench from the Thunderiders in the Marvel Universe.
  • Slic, Chassis McBain's robotic mechanic from Chassis.
  • The titular character of Grease Monkey. Also a pun, since the character in question is a gorilla.
    • The pun is turned into a hurricane of them when the gorilla instructs his human buddy to use the word "monkey" as often as possible during a visit from a senior inspector. The human does so. Gorilla demands his toolkit-human hand him a monkey wrench. Gorilla sits down to do paperwork, human says he'd like to join in the monkey business. Gorilla polishes the brightwork, human remarks on how happy he looks when engaging in monkey shine. it's a setup. The inspector is the politically correct type, and chews the human out for engaging in racial slurs.
  • Johnny Storm, the Human Torch from the Fantastic Four, is an avid racer and tinkerer on cars. In his very first appearance, he says that flying around as the Torch is the only thing he loves more than cars.

    Film 
  • Han Solo and Chewbacca, although not because they like it but because they have no choice if they want to keep the Millennium Falcon running.
    Luke: [on first seeing the Millenium Falcon] What a piece of junk!
    Han Solo: She'll make point five past lightspeed. She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid. I've made a lot of special modifications myself.
    • From the Fan Fic Soft Wars:
      Mac Logo: It may not look like much, but she'll make point five past light speed. I've made some special modifications to her. See. (he points at the side of the ship.)
      Fluke Codewriter: What?
      Mac Logo: The stripe! It's red. Makes it go faster. Really. The Falcon will outrun anything the empire has.
    • Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace has Anakin as one of these. Oddly, he apparently gave up this hobby once he became a Jedi, and especially by the original trilogy.
  • Andy Micklin and Hutch from Black Sheep Squadron.
  • Alien: Parker, the Chief Engineer, and Brett, the Engineering Technician.
  • Machinist Johann (Erwin Leder) in Das Boot. He is in charge of the submarine's engines and spends most of his time in the engines room. He doesn't like to go outside and take fresh air, and the first thing he does when getting his head out of the sub is spitting in the sea, then going back in.
  • Ed and his fellow auto mechanics in IQ.
  • Chalky is the main mechanic who keeps the squadron flying in Sky Bandits. Fritz, the other mechanic of note, is closer to a Gadgeteer Genius.
  • In Assault on a Queen, Tony Moreno is an ex-Navy marine mechanic brought in to get the sub's engine's operational again. Eric describes him as a whiz with anything marine mechanics; able to fix anything from a yacht to a liner.
  • Drive a Crooked Road: As well as being a Badass Driver, Eddie is a master mechanic who personally strips down and rebuilds the getaway car for the robbery.
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    Live-Action TV 
  • Scotty and every engineer in Star Trek. Which kind of makes sense, since why else would you pick that job if you didn't like to play with machines?
    • Star Trek also has Tom Paris, who isn't an engineer in any shape or form ? except on the holodeck, where he loves to tinker around with antique (read: 20th-century) cars and actually calls his program Grease Monkey.
      • Actually, he did rebuild an entire shuttle with an obsessive girlfriend for an AI from scrap.
  • Rizzo from M*A*S*H.
  • Cooter Davenport from The Dukes of Hazzard.
  • Henry from Eureka is the (only) resident grease monkey. He's actually a literal rocket scientist; he just fixes cars for fun.
  • Kurt from Glee is implied to be a Grease Monkey despite his Camp Gay tendencies. He's the son of a mechanic and apparently has his own coveralls at the shop. One moment ended with him going to change out of his ridiculously expensive sweater for some father-son car fixin'.
  • Damon from Power Rangers Lost Galaxy
  • Kaylee from Firefly has strong elements of this. Simon even told her she's pretty, even when, no, especially when she's covered in engine grease.
  • In Supernatural, Dean can take on this role when his baby, the Impala, needs him.

    Radio 
  • Ichabod "Ikky" Mudd from the Captain Midnight radio show and its spinoff comics, comic strip and TV show. The TV show later changed its name to Jet Jackson, Flying Commando.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Systems Failure has a Grease Monkey O.C.C. that specializes in mechanics. They gets bonuses to scavenging and have jury-rigging as a special ability.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Ork mekboyz, and to a lesser extent grot riggers. The former are orks with genetic knowledge of physics and engineering dedicated to building vehicles, Humongous Mecha and starships that are bigger, faster and uglier than the last one (and by dedicated we mean "other orks think they aren't right in the head"), while the latter are sent to perform emergency repairs in the bowels of said vehicles, Humongous Mecha and starships with nothing but oilcans, wrenches, hammers, and dirty rags.
    • Averted for the most part with members of the Adeptus Mechanicus, who view science as a religion (although mention is sometimes made of Mechanicus lay brothers, who are presumably less interested in the theological aspect).

    Video Games 
  • Any character named "Cid" in a Final Fantasy game will be a technical wizard of some sort, but the one from Final Fantasy IV fits this trope the best. The dude even fights with a wrench in battle.
  • Dwarf Engineers from Warhammer Online. Complete with wrench to beat people with.
  • Andy carries around a giant wrench, dresses like this, his CO power is fixing things, and he has lines like "I haven't even cranked the engine yet!"
  • Scooter in Borderlands has the stereotypical accent and manners of a redneck but when it comes to vehicles and machines he's a savant, to the point where he could be considered a Mr. Fixit. This is due to him being a member of the Hodunk clan, who are all rednecks with a talent for mechanics.
  • Eva Navarro of Mercenaries 2: World In Flames. She'll build any number of custom PMC vehicles for you, for a price.
  • Sunny Gurlukovich/Emmerich in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance who's a capable and confident engineer who helped develop the fastest suborbital thruster the world has ever seennote  and is actively working on a spacecraft able to make the journey to Jupiter within her guardian's lifetime.
  • Fallout 3 has Moira Brown. You, yourself, qualify as well if you're the female version of the Lone Wanderer and spend up on Repair skill points.
  • In Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, Avril Mead is known to the prisoners of the 444th Squadron (a penal squadron that she is assigned to be the mechanic for) as the 'Scrap Queen', as she's an incredible mechanic who can, with enough airplane pieces from wrecked jets, assemble and improve jet fighters. With some help from her grandfather and his old war buddies, she even salvaged enough pieces from a scrap yard to assemble a working fighter jet that she took off in. (Unfortunately, she took off just as Erusea launched a drone-fighter surprise attack across Osea, one of which was being chased right by her when she was in the sky... and she had neglected to install an IFF that would identify her to the Osean pilots. She was shot down, but survived- and was thrown in jail for her trouble.)
  • Spacelords has Mika, who even has a mechanic outfit shown here.
  • Fortnite has Jules as a mechanic complete with gloves, a grease stained uniform and many tools!

    Visual Novels 
  • When the protagonist of Daughter for Dessert can’t make a repair to something mechanical in his diner, you know it’s a serious problem.

    Western Animation 
  • Monkey from Garfield in Paradise.
  • Clutch from G.I. Joe.
  • Coop from Megas XLR.
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks: In "Envoys", Ensign Sam Rutherford is covered in black stains after working on the EPS conduits. He enjoys completing arduous tasks that other people would find extremely unpleasant.
    Rutherford: Well, if you see an unaligned EPS conduit, don't call me. Mine are aligned as hell.
    Tendi: Wait, aren't there like a hundred of those? How long have you been in there?
    Rutherford: A solid week. Crawling through cramped ducts, prying open panels and adjusting red-hot power cables. Look, look, look, I've got blisters on my blisters.
    Tendi: Oh wow, you must be so relieved to be done.
    Rutherford: Oh, I'm not done. Now I get to recalibrate everything. That's another three, four days in the tubes!
  • Wildcat from TaleSpin

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