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"I can fix it!"
Fix-It Felix Jr., Wreck-It Ralph

You want to reverse the polarity on your particle defibrillator? Better get it to Mr. Fixit quickly.

It doesn't matter if Mr. Fixit has never seen it before, has never seen anything like it before, is unfamiliar with its working principles or doesn't even know the stuff the box is made out of; Mr. Fixit will be able to reverse engineer it in time for the big finale. He will often possess Machine Empathy, and can diagnose a broken gadget just by looking at it.

Overlaps with Mad Scientist, though not all Mr. Fixits are scientists or doctors; some are just avid tinkerers with a lot of free time. Compare Wrench Wench. Often overlaps with Gadgeteer Genius. Subtrope of The Engineer. Occasionally keep themselves in work by means of Tim Taylor Technology, which creates more things to fix.

Unrelated to the Incredible Hulk, who used the alias "Mr. Fixit" in the late 1980s. And no, this page does not center around the fox in Richard Scarry's Busytown, either (although he is an example of this trope).



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     Anime and Manga  

  • Bulma from Dragon Ball is a clear example. Able to build nearly anything with time and resources. She even took an alien scouter, and within a few hours or days, somehow changed its language from whatever alien space language it used, to Japanese (or English, or whatever language)!
    • It should be noted that the scouter did not display a language, only numbers, and deciphering a numbering system is actually very easy to figure out, relative to a language at least. Deciphering an operating system written in a different numbering system and converting it to display a new language... now that is impressive.
      • It's not as impressive now that we know more of her backstory — her family's fortune was built on reverse engineering alien technology that was in the same "community" as the scouter tech. More impressive was her ability to do repairs on the alien vehicle that they reverse engineered ... as a young girl.
    • It's In the Blood: Bulma's son, Trunks, also has a knack for figuring out alien tech. He was able to repair the alien Robot Buddy Giru with little issue.
  • Leeron from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann anyone? Theoretically, every device after the timeskip could be his invention, or a descendant of something invented. Yes, one man started his whole planet's industrial revolution.
  • Presea and in the anime, her Backup Twin Sierra from Magic Knight Rayearth can create and repair any type of weapon.
  • Yusei Fudo from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's grew up in the slums of Satellite, but that didn't stop him from teaching himself mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering to the point where he could build his own D-Wheel from the scrap and spare parts tossed away by the people of New Domino... Twice. ( Thrice if you've watched the Japanese version) He also made a Duel Board (a skateboard with D-wheel capabilities) just by hearing about it from Rua...'in one night'!
    • Understandable, since his parents were top scientists.
    • Also Bruno, who on his first appearance managed to increase the power of the guys' D-Wheels where Yusei couldn't.
  • Winry, from Fullmetal Alchemist, shows the ability to fix most mechanical gadgets and break open locks (sealed with alchemy!) in addition to being a master of fixing automail.
  • Speed Racer Lionel "Pops" Racer. He's the one who designed and built the Mach 5.
  • On Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Howard fixes Duo's Gundam, and makes a living selling scrap metal and refurbishing weapons and the like. Duo learned from him, and (despite his Fanon reputation as a klutz) is quite an accomplished tinkerer himself.
  • Girls und Panzer has the Automobile Club serve as this, with many an Offscreen Moment of Awesome as well.
    • First is fixing five abandoned Panzers overnight. Five Panzers, all of which were abandoned for 20 years and left in the most ungodly places imaginable. Only one of the Panzers was found in storage — the rest were scattered over the academy, with the prize going to the StuG III left in a pond and the Type 89 I-Go in a crevice, on a cliff, at a minimum of fifty feet from either the top and bottom of the cliff.
    • Second comes in restoring the Tiger (P) or Porsche Tiger, an infamously difficult beast, as well as maintaining it while driving it. To quote, (After the Panzer throws a track, stalls out, and catches fire in the space of a minute) "Aw, here we go again, eh? Hoshino! Hand me the fire extinguisher!"

     Comic Books  

  • In The DCU, the Justice League International often turned to Kilowog of the Green Lantern Corps for all their tech needs. The most extreme example was probably when he built the Club JLI resort on the island of KooeyKooeyKooey for Booster Gold and Blue Beetle in a matter of hours. In later incarnations of the team, this role was taken by Steel. Both characters were also Genius Bruisers.
  • Taken to the extreme in Marvel Comics's Forge, whose mutant ability helps him build machines by simply imagining what they should do, rather than working out the pesky details.
  • Alan Moore's Promethea has an unusual example — Stan of the Five Swell Guys is clearly the Mr. Fixit of the team, but Marv claims to be the team genius. This subversion of Superhero Speciation becomes a plot-point when it's revealed that Stan created the team's arch-nemesis, the Painted Doll, due to his resentment of Marv.
  • Death's Head's Sidekick Spratt is pretty competent with a toolbox, and rebuilt Death's Head after he was nearly destroyed by the Dragon's Claws.
  • Dino Manolis aka The Machinist of Stormwatch PHD excels at this. Too bad, he sucks at most everything else in life.
  • From the late '80s to early 2000s Batman had the mechanical genius Harold Allnut working for him on his various vehicles and the cave itself. He was killed off in Batman: Hush after betraying Batman to Hush in a way he figured Batman would be able to beat easily in return for surgery that allowed him to talk and stand upright.
  • Herschel Clay, a.k.a. "Mantium", from PS238. As the janitor for a school for metahumans, he's (obviously) a metahuman himself and has a love of tinkering. He's also implied to own Clay Industries, which sells most of the inventory, security doodads, and other components of the school and its security system. Exactly why the owner and main braintrust for a (presumably) multinational corporation works as a janitor at a school is anyone's guess.
  • Wonder Woman (1987): H'Elgn is able to fix up or direct the repairs and modification of a wide array of space vessels captured from the Sangtee Empire, whips up a bionic eye for one of the revolutionaries whose eyes were put out by the empire, and builds a long distance holographic device to further spread their message and trick empire agents.

     Film — Animation  

  • Fix-It Felix Jr. from Wreck-It Ralph, thanks to his magic golden hammer that can fix anything by just whacking it.
    • In a twist of irony, this actually comes back to bite him when he is imprisoned in King Candy's castle, because any attempts to break the bars on his cell only end up fixing them so that they're stronger than before.
  • One of the male toys in Marcella's nursery in Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure is Maxie Fixit, who can open his head and literally pull tools out of his brain.
  • Maru from Planes: Fire & Rescue. If he can't get the necessary piece, he'll make it from scratch. "It's not new, it's better than new."


     Film — Live-Action 
  • Lucky Star: After World War I renders him a paraplegic, Tim becomes this. As he explains it, "Never thought much about broken things, until I got smashed up myself. That gave me the idea."
  • My Name Is Khan: Rizwan Khan has the ability to repair almost anything. Eventually he uses that talent to earn some money.


  • Tinker Gnomes of Krynn. Of course it may not work as their non-gnome friends would hope.
    • The Device of Time Journeying in particular could be repaired by any gnome (even one who thinks it's a meat grinder) though it was not mechanical and the parts consisted of pieces of gold, a chain, and a couple thousand gemstones.
  • As noted above, Richard Scarry's Busytown books features a recurring character called Mr. Fixit, a fox repairman who can repair anything.
  • In Alien in a Small Town, Indira is an ex-engineer from a space station, where she was known as the "Fix-It Lady." Now living in a small town, she opens a repair shop called the Fix-It Shop.
  • In The Mote in God's Eye, the Motie Engineer caste (Browns), and the Motie Miniatures.

     Live Action TV  

  • In Auction Kings, Delfino can fix just about anything. Only once has he been forced to get outside help (The Calliope).
  • Chief Tyrol or Specialist Cally on Battlestar Galactica. Hell, even Starbuck gets into the tech mood now and then (see the Cylon Raider in the first season).
  • Warren from Buffy the Vampire Slayer might be an example of a villainous Mr. Fixit, while Willow was something of a Ms. Fixit.
  • The Doctor of Doctor Who has a tendency to be a Mr. Fixit, though he usually has seen, encountered, disassembled, built, and even created some of the items in question.
    • Not that that's a requirement. In one episode in new series 3 ("Utopia"), he fixes a rocket mere minutes after admitting he has no idea how it works. What's great is that he applies his own superior-in-normal-circumstances knowledge which gives him a "so obvious they overlooked it" answer (reverse the circuit).
  • Kaylee from Firefly is another Ms. Fixit, who demonstrated her prowess while having...relations...with her predecessor on Serenity.
    • Literally. She was on her back on the engine room floor and she saw what was wrong with the engine while the mechanic was preoccupied with being on top of her. It is implied that she made out with him specifically in order to get a chance to look at the engine of a real spaceship.
  • The Professor from Gilligan's Island made a freakin' car out of Bamboo Technology, which was actually spoofed in an episode of VeggieTales.
  • Heather from Jericho. The term "Miss Fixit," was actually used as an insult by some members of the fandom who didn't like her. It somewhat backfired when the fans who did like her decided they liked the nickname.
  • Referenced by name in an episode of Mash where the nurses wake up Hawkeye (strange in itself given that he's the chief surgeon and dangerously overworked) to fix the heater in their tent. Turns out he's better at fixing people than heaters.
  • Sam Carter from Stargate SG-1 is a Ms. Fixit, as well as a Hot Scientist and The Squadette.
  • Miles O'Brien from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. (being a character transplanted from Star Trek: The Next Generation, he only displays this same skillset on that show if something goes wrong with a transporter, and then only under Geordi La Forge's supervision).
    • Likewise, Rom is dimwitted about everything but technology. He's the only person who understands the mix of Cardassian, Federation, Bajoran and Ferengi parts (as well as several cooking utensils) that make up the electrical components of Quark's bar. His son Nog (also a promising engineer) claims that he could be the Chief Engineer of a starship with the right breaks.
  • Harry Kim of Star Trek: Voyager may be an Ensign fresh out of the Academy, but he's almost as much of a mechanical whiz as B'Elanna Torres. He often pitches in with the engineering duties on board the ship and is recognised as an expert on holo-technology. The main difference between Harry and B'Elanna is that while B'Elanna is great at working on her feet with limited resources, Harry is better at theory and design.
  • Steve, the director of the "Top Gear (UK) Technology Centre," who became something of an Ascended Extra after the Britcar 24-Hour Race.
  • MacGyver. The guy built a glider out of trash and junk in an attic. Tested on the Mythbusters.
  • Gibbs on NCIS with anything mechanical as showcased in Power Down. If it's got electricity running through it, you're pretty much screwed. Let's not even think about computers. But has the power gone out and do you need to make copies with a machine no one has used or heard of in hundred years? Gibbs's got your back.
    • That's okay though, if it does have electricity, odds are both McGee and Abbey are capable of fixing it.
  • Meg Austin in the first season of JAG, if it's got anything to do with fixing computers or computerized weapons systems.
  • Luis and Maria on Sesame Street. They run the local fix-it shop.
  • Red Green of The Red Green Show is something of a subversion. He fancies himself a practical Mr. Fixit, but his duct-tape reinforced Rube Goldberg inventions only work about half the time.
  • The "Chicken n' Fixits" spell from Just Add Magic can turn whoever it's used on into this. However, unless they finish the task they originally set out to do, they'll become obsessed with fixing anything and everything they see.


  • The Jason Mraz song "Frank D. Fixer", about his grandfather.
  • Subverted by Frank Zappa in his song Flakes from Sheik Yerbouti, where the repair men are incompetent beyond the term itself.

     Tabletop Games  

  • Nockers from Changeling: The Dreaming. They've go a knack for all things mechanical, and can fix broken machines by giving them a good hard thump or scowling and telling them off.
    • Some of the character types from other World of Darkness settings were also a dab hand at smash repairs, including Sons of Ether from Mage: The Ascension (who think they're doing Science rather than magic) and Glass Walkers from Werewolf: The Apocalypse (who could talk to the spirits of machines).
    • In Changeling: The Lost, the Wizened often take on this role. They have access to Contracts that allow them to make a hovercraft out of a lawnmower and an inner tube.
    • Menders from Princess: The Hopeful are a cross between this and the Medic; either way they fulfill their calling by fixing things (since healing can be redefined as "repairing living beings"). Some Restore charms can also be used to repair items, such as Jury Rigger which temporarily restores a broken machine to Durability 1. Princesses who are followers of the Queen of Diamonds or the Ambassador to the Machine can be this as well.
  • In Traveller, Sword Worlders have a great admiration for this. They make machines specifically to make them easy for a Determined Homesteader to tinker with.
  • The literal "Mister Fix-It" stunt from Spirit of the Century serves mainly to reduces repair times to about one-quarter normal; this doesn't directly provide any bonuses to the attempt, but does essentially allow the character to more easily take "extra time" as required.

     Video Games  

  • Anything at all break down in the Gears of War world for Delta Squad? Damon Baird's on it, with a growl, and a sarcastic comment about how much you guys suck at fixing things. Seriously, this guy basically repairs everything in the game. And then gives you lip about it. If he weren't so funny, (and your allies weren't immune to friendly fire) he'd probably have eaten a shotgun by now. note 
  • Bao-Dur in Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. The player character in both games can become one as well, if his/her "Repair" skill is high enough.
  • Eddie Riggs, as the ultimate roadie can make and fix any stage equipment given the time and resources.
  • Lucca in Chrono Trigger, as she single-handedly fixes a robot made with distant future technology the first time she sees it.
  • The Wing Commander games have a long series of Mr Fixits, in the form of the various crew chiefs that keep your fighter flying sometimes via the combined magics of Duct Tape and strong language. Nicknames for these folks include "Sparks" and "Pliers".
  • Jeff from EarthBound, all you needed was a place to sleep for the night and he could turn your Broken Iron into a Slime Generator.
  • Helnar of Granblue Fantasy. As shown in the event "A Slice of Summer" and the beginning of his 5★ upgrade Fate Episode, he is shown to know how to draw up blueprints and fix up his robot-bird friend with relative ease.
  • Homeworld is one of the worst offenders regarding this trope. Within minutes of encountering an enemy vessel you've never seen before, you are informed that your own research team is ready to build an identical ship. Even when the ship in question is a millions-year old Precursor machine that's been lost to time, your trusty Hiigaran scientists can quickly devise countermeasures to them and even reverse-engineer them to produce copies.
  • "Mr. Fixit" from Constructor is an inversion: he's a cowboy builder who the player can send to sabotage the opposition's houses by "repairing" the plumbing, electrics or gas.
  • In the intro to Brain Dead 13, Lance Galahad is adamant at fixing computers, and sees that the way to fix one computer is by using bubble gum for connection... or at least a snotty substitute. Unfortunately, all this is slowly and suddenly going to hell...
  • The Engineer in Team Fortress 2, although he's better at making weapons than actually fixing stuff.
  • Kazuichi "Super Higschool Level Mechanic" Souda from Super Danganronpa 2.
  • Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People has the world of video games and Homestar Runner merging, turning the Poopsmith into "Mista Fixit", who naturally can fix broken objects.
  • Patch from The Legend of Zelda: Oracles of Ages. He lives atop Restoration Wall and has the expertise to repair just about anything someone might bring him—provided they participate in his "trap, er... ceremony". Link is required to bring him a broken nut from Symmetry Village to repair it and restore its symmetry. Later, once Link obtains the Broken Sword at the end of a long Fetch Quest, he can bring it to Patch who will transform it into the Noble Sword (or the Master Sword, if the player already has the Noble Sword by means of a Linked Game).
  • Both Trevor and Static in Jagged Alliance start with the highest mechanical skill and can pretty much repair anything ingame.
  • A Courier with high Science and Repair skill in Fallout: New Vegas is exactly this. The unskilled can fix anything given spare parts, high Repair allows a courier to fix anything mechanical *without* spare parts, and high Science to fix anything electronical, here again *without* spare parts. Fuse boxes, solar panels, busted eyebot, faulty compass, faulty navigational computer, food processors, a Matter Replicator... Of course, such skills also allow for sabotage...
    • Jury-Rigging, a perk the Courier can take, is an even worse offender, allowing to fix a Power Fist with Red Boxing Gloves, an anti-material Sniper Rifle with a BB Gun, a Power Armor with a metal armor, a leather armor with a business suit, a light bulletproof vest with the previous two pieces of clothing... How does the courier do it? Only s/he knows.
  • The Quarians of Mass Effect are stated to be an entire race of master mechanics, as they live a space-bound existence on giant Generation Ships which also happen to be very old and pretty much constantly in a state of falling apart.
  • Ratchet from Ratchet & Clank is not only a One-Lombax Army, but also a qualified mechanic and inventor, and is capable of fixing pretty much anything. However, when it comes to repairs made by Ratchet, or any other Lombax, actual results may vary. Then there's the Plumber, appearing frequently since Ratchet & Clank (2002), and also capable of repairs on all sorts of wacky stuff; however, he does prefer to focus on actual plumbing.
  • In Scrap Mechanic, the Player Characters are, among other things, this. The game casts the players as Gadgeteer Geniuses who can have their own creations break down or malfunction, or - come the implementation of Survival Mode - encounter pre-existing broken machinery on their travels around the gameworld. Naturally, a lot of fixing, scavenging, and MacGyvering is bound to occur.
  • Yang from Harebrained Schemes' Battletech. By the standards of the setting, his ability to restore, rewire and remodel Battlemechs in a few days is nothing short of miraculous even before he gets access to The Argo, which was designed to carry entire colonies' worth of material and allows him near-infinite space for tinkering and storage. Depending on game rules and how much you upgrade his mechlab, Yang is able to weld together pieces of disparate 'mech wrecks back into fully operational machines complete with weapon loadouts, and remodel them with a speed and flexibility only beaten by OmniMechs in the lore. Speaking with him implies Yang could easily get a job in any Inner Sphere house, but he likes working with a small-time merc outfit because it gives him the freedom to tinker.

     Web Animation  

     Web Comics  

  • Check, Please!: The redhead Dex is a compsci major that usually fixes stuff around the Haus, particularly appliances as the oven and the washing machine.

     Web Original  

  • Sarge from Red vs. Blue. Lopez and Tex have good (if not better) mechanical skills too, but Sarge takes home the trophy for the way in which he goes about his repairs, such as somehow repairing a jeep without any tools or spare parts. Or better yet, rebuilding Simmons as a cyborg and using the leftover body parts to heal Grif after he was run over by a tank.
  • At the Super Hero School Whateley Academy in the Whateley Universe, there are dozens of such kids. The mutant powers 'gadgeteer' and 'deviser' basically give a person this kind of power. Some are better at building their own devises, and some are better at working on others' gadgets. The side character codenamed Belphegor is excellent at taking other gadgets and devises and adapting them to his needs. However, he tends to steal other people's stuff before doing the adaptation bit.
  • Caboose, despite being a flagrant dumbass, has shown considerable skill at maintaining and operating technology. While this was originally limited to getting along well with AI, this has developed into an ability to activate and repair highly rare robotics.

     Western Animation  

  • The Busy World of Richard Scarry has a town repair man (fox, actually) whose name is literally Mr. Fixit.
  • Rhinox from Beast Wars manages to create a device for "Extracting Metaphysical Essence from some alien probe." when Rattrap tells him to. Of course he isn't sure it'll work, but it does.
  • "Bob the Builder, can we fix it? Bob the Builder, yes we can!"
  • Subversion: Darkwing Duck. Drake Mallard repeatedly calls himself this in "Dry Hard," but there's little evidence to support it — until the ending sequence.
  • Fixit from Teen Titans. Not only can he fix anything, but he chose the name "Fixit" for himself.
  • Rocky from PAW Patrol assumes this role among the pups due to the extensive collection of usable materials he's collected and the equipment in his pack.
  • Skips from Regular Show. Except when it comes to computers.
  • Soos from Gravity Falls. At one point he managed to turn a broken golf cart into a functioning rocket car.
  • Mr. Cat from Kaeloo. In one episode, he somehow manages to fix a broken time machine.
  • Jet from Ready Jet Go!, who is nearly always building something, and is pretty handy with tools. It's worth mentioning, that he, a child, managed to fix a broken satellite by himself.
    • In One Small Step, Sydney was able to fix the super saucer with general ease, with the help of Jet 2, of course.
  • My Little Pony: Rainbow Roadtrip: Torque Wrench is a repairpony by profession and can fix anything brought to her shop, from broken signs and crashed balloons to thoroughly wrecked Magitek devices.

     Real Life  

  • Noah Antwiler of The Spoony Experiment fame got an Atari Jaguar to work by constructing a monstrous amalgamation of technology.
  • Fred Dibnah became this on British TV; he boasted that given enough time and greasy rags he could restore anything that worked with steam propulsion.

Alternative Title(s): Miss Fixit, Ms Fixit


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