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"We are dreamers, shapers, singers, and makers. We study the mysteries of laser and circuit, crystal and scanner, holographic demons and invocations of equations. These are the tools we employ, and we know many things."
Elric the Technomage, Babylon 5

The Techno Wizard is the guy or girl who can make a computer or electronic device do anything.

Among other things, they know all the Omniscient Databases; they know how to use the Enhance Button and the Facial Recognition Software for the best results; they can look at a wall covered with Billions of Buttons and immediately figure out which unlabeled one is the one that turns off the Self-Destruct Mechanism; they can jury-rig an iPod into an Everything Sensor.

They may or may not be a Mad Scientist as well, depending on how fantastic the show is. They will often have Machine Empathy, especially for devices they use regularly. Expect lots of Hollywood Hacking.

Compare the Gadgeteer Genius, who is more mechanically inclined than electronically inclined, and the Technopath, who is capable of magical control over technology. Not to be confused with Magic from Technology. When genuine magic is integrated with technology, see Magitek.

Despite their names, Techno Wizards may not be able to create a Robot Wizard (robots that can actually perform wizardry).

Doesn't necessarily have to do with the music genre Techno, though in that case, you might be looking for Magic Music.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • The title character from Battle Programmer Shirase. He can take on even the most skilled and well-equipped hacker with just a cellphone.
  • Although much of Section 9 from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex counts, the Laughing Man leads the pack: he can, in a matter of moments, subvert an entire crowd's cybernetic eyes and show them what he wants them to see.
  • Nina from Ultra Maniac literally is a Techno Wizard because she needs to use a PC to cast spells due to her lack of skill.

    Comic Books 
  • The DCU: Barbara Gordon is a wizard with a computer, and has acted as the Voice with an Internet Connection for teams across the DCU as Oracle, most notably the Birds of Prey. She builds her own computers, occasionally with a little help from Tim Drake, the most computer savvy of the Robins who has learned a lot from her. In her position as Oracle, she is often one of the, if not the most, powerful members of the superhero community without even leaving her carefully protected and booby-trapped clock tower.

    Fan Fiction 

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Downplayed with Caleb from Ex Machina. Nathan mentions that as a programmer, he's "okay" or "pretty good" — though that's from the perspective of the most groundbreakingly advanced programmer in the world. He does manage to access Nathan's computer system and reprogram the doors.

  • Ax was the Animorphs resident techno whiz, due to Andalite knowledge being highly advanced compared to our own.
  • Special mention ought to go to Ponder Stibbons from the Discworld series, a literal wizard, and one of the few who know how to work with the Unseen University's literal Magical Computer, Hex.
  • The Executioner: 'Gadgets' Schwartz of the Heroes "R" Us group Able Team (also nicknamed "The Wizard" on occasion by the other members of his Power Trio).
  • AEGIS from Exhuman is a girl locked in a dark room for dozens of years with nothing but a blank computer. Within days of it coming back online, she's written custom drivers to get an abandoned industrial factory up and running and is churning out blueprints for her own spy network and personal robot army. All while giving romantic advice to her superpowered roommate.
  • Yuki Nagato from Haruhi Suzumiya. She hacked a computer game while playing and disabled the cheating of its creators they were playing against. She played it from the motherfucking code. And she learned all those computer skills in a matter of days, as she types faster and faster every day. Making it even better, she told Kyon in no uncertain terms that she wasn't using her data interface abilities; "I am staying within the limits of the programming."
  • Considering the fact that Nanaki of the Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note series single-handedly turns the house he's cloistered in to run nearly completely in artificial intelligence (and an occasional driverless car), he falls into this.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Arrowverse: Felicity Smoak from Arrow is said the be the best computer wizard/hacker. Cisco Ramone from the companion show The Flash (2014) once performs a bit of difficult computering and shouts out, "Who's the best hacker?" The entire rest of Team Flash responds, "Felicity Smoak!"
  • Christopher Pelant from Bones takes this to ridiculous degrees. He can add/remove people from videos, infect computers by writing malware on bones, and basically do whatever he needs to escape punishment/torment the heroes with computers.
  • Chuck:
    • Orion a.k.a Chuck's father Stephen Bartowski is revered as a Techno God by pretty much every organisation in the show.
    • Chuck himself is quite adept, being able to bypass FULCRUM encryption in minutes, amongst other things. He uses these skills to great effect as a Badass Normal, in season five.
  • Alec Hardison from Leverage embodies this trope — he can hack anything (except a hick). Bonus points awarded for the fact that, like a real-life hacker, he uses social engineering almost as much as technical know-how to get what he wants... although he does have a tendency to take things a bit too far.
  • Nikita: Birkhoff, Division's chief computer expert. Bonus points for designing his own computer network (Shadownet) and making it look enough like a computer game that any of Division's recruits can easily learn how to use it.
  • Several Power Rangers characters qualify; usually if there's one person responsible for development and maintenance of the team's gear. This can be either The Smart Guy of the team or a separate Mission Control character. The list of these people includes but is not limited to Billy, Miss Fairweather, Trip, Cam, Hayley, Kat Manx, Dr. K, and Antonio.
  • Primeval's dorky genius Connor Temple. Among other magic, dude built the anomaly detector (and handheld versions) and the anomaly locker and figured out how to program a piece of future tech without ever having seen the equipment before. Now if he could just reverse-engineer Abby...
  • Cole in Tracker (2001) can do just about anything with human computers, including MacGyvering complex technologies from household items.

    Video Games 
  • Pascal from Tales of Graces, she's so technologically savvy, she fills all the plot holes. She's also a mage.
  • Aiden Pearce in Watch_Dogs. With one thumb and a smartphone, he makes all of Chicago his technological bitch. Marcus Holloway and the San Fransisco branch of DedSec go several steps beyond in Watch_Dogs 2.

  • Eventually revealed to be literal in Homestuck when Sollux Captor is revealed to be a Mage of Doom. Beforehand, his coding was proficient enough to write a virus that made computers explode as well as curse the victim and anyone they knew. Apparently there are entire OS themed around what's essentially and/or coding that's sympathetic to real-world conditions. Might have something to do with the world being an RPG Mechanics 'Verse. Combined with the implementation of an esoteric Item Crafting system that runs on punch card coding to recreate or combine any object and you can have him make you literally anything.
  • One of Remula's personalities in Jix named Lamerix is constantly creating weird devices that wreak havoc in the comic. Even before Lamerix surfaced, Remula reverse-engineered a device she had seen briefly.
  • In Life (2012), Madison can solve almost any problem with her programs. Take, for example, her approach to a calculus test.
  • In Sarilho, the augurs work as interpreters of the Word of God, and communicate with computers using some sort of psychic link, which apparently makes for a very personal and deep relationship with those machines and access to a lot of data.

    Web Originals 
  • The children in The Innocent. They are effectively able to hack into every computer.
  • Hafidha Gates of the Shadow Unit has a paranormal boost to her technical skills which she describes as "having perfect pitch for computers", with the practical result being that she can effortlessly hack into any computer connected to the Internet. Soon after the start of the series she also develops Technopathic powers, which lets her work her Techno Wizardry even faster.

    Western Animation 
  • Tucker from Danny Phantom, who seems to be able to hack just about anything from his PDA, or failing that, with any of the other half-a-dozen tech gadgets he's constantly carrying around.

    Real Life 
  • Given that the majority of computer users don't step far outside of video games, browsing the Internet, and email, pretty much anyone with an education in the subject beyond high school level can appear to be this. However, old-school hacker purists will always maintain that there is a clear and important difference between "hacking" (i.e. using an original, creative, and/or unconventional procedure to get a computer or system to do something useful) and "cracking" (achieving unauthorized access to a secure system, usually for nefarious ends but occasionally just to see what's there or prove that one can do it). Hackers in the original sense generally disdain and have no use for crackers, who are widely seen as inferior in terms of their knowledge and skill level (indeed they're more likely to trick the user into giving them access than force their way in) and who often use widely known exploits to do Bad Things. See Script Kiddie. Hollywood almost always ignores this distinction, to the extreme consternation of those that care about such minutiae.
  • Fabrice Bellard. In 1997 he discovered a new, faster formula to calculate single digits of pi in binary representation. Won the International Obfuscated C Code Contest twice (including one entry being a self-hosted C compiler). In 2004, he wrote the TinyCC Boot Loader, which can compile and boot a Linux kernel from source in less than 15 seconds. In 2005, he designed a system that could act as an Analog or DVB-T Digital TV transmitter by directly generating a VHF signal from a standard PC and VGA card. In 2011, he created a minimal PC emulator written in pure JavaScript. Broke the world record for calculations of pi using a desktop computer instead of a supercomputer. Has written both the QEMU emulator and FFmpeg (a widely used multimedia encoding, decoding, and editing library).

Alternative Title(s): Techno Wizards