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JJ: Can you two make a device capable of tracking time trails?
Andy: How?
Casey: You make no sense.
JJ: OK, then can you make a "time-trail-track-O-mat"?
Andy: Totally!
Casey: We'll be done by lunch!

A common way for mad scientists to name machines, devices, and gadgets: take the thing's function and add -O-Matic or inator to the end. These tend to do exactly what they sound like they do. Usually, they won't give any explanation at all how they do what they do, and no matter how outlandish the science, or specific the purpose, they won't be able to do anything else.

See also Expo Label, Name-Tron, Advanced Tech 2000, Thing-O-Meter.

Related to iProduct and all those others by way of Zeerust (and also, of all things, Radio Flyer toy wagons which came along in the '20s); in the golden age of the B-Movie in The '50s one of the latest gee-whiz technologies was automatic transmissions in cars, hence naming related to that.

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    Comic Strips 


  • Need someone not just dead, but really really dead? Don't want to bother with another AKA47? Then just visit the world of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for a handy Kill-O-Zap gun! Not to be confused with a kilozap gun, I hope.
    • There's also the Nutrimatic Drinks Despenser and that invaluable hitching device the Sub-Etha Sens-O-Matic (or "Electronic Thumb").
    • Also the Bistromathic (sic!) Drive.
      • The spelling of the Bistromathic Drive is due to the fact that it works by the mathematical logic of Bistros.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Super Bass-O-Matic 76 from a Saturday Night Live skit.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer Xander wonders why the inventor of the Du Lac Cross gave it such a weak name, and suggests 'The Cross-O-Matic' instead.
  • In Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers almost every Monster of the Week from before Lord Zedd's debut came from a machine named "Monster-O-Matic".
  • Then there's the (in)famous prop comedian Gallagher, fond of ending his shows with a fake ad for SLEDGE! O! MATIC! Slight parody, since it's not really a complex device...
  • The gadgets in Odd Squad usually have names that end in "-inator".
  • Monty Python occasionally parodied the trope with mentions of "Rotiss-O-Mats" and other gadgets.
  • Jon Stewart coined the term "Conflict-inator"note  to refer to the 24-hour cycle and its tendency to exaggerate, exacerbate, or create petty conflicts in order to justify its own existance. He said in an interview that the "-inator" phrasing was inspired by watching Phineas and Ferb with his kids.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The card game Munchkin has an actual "O-Matic" card that improves whatever it's applied to. This can lead to devices like the Magnificent Hat-o-Matic, the Eleven Foot Pole-O-Matic, the Familiar-O-Matic, and the Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment-O-Matic.
    • Also in the game the original "Stab-O-Matic" which allows one to backstab other players. You can technically make a "Stab-O-Matic-O-Matic" because of this.

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    Western Animation 
  • Most every product offered by the Looney Tunes ACME Corporation.
  • On Phineas and Ferb, all of Dr. Doofenshmirtz's evil inventions end in the suffix '-inator' (to the point where they do a Lampshade Hanging on it by Doofenshmirtz giving his weapon a name not ending in -inator, giving Agent P the reason for his not doing so by saying that he has worn out the -inator name too much). His first ever invention was just The Inator and his second was the Even-Bigger-Inator.
    • He believed his second attempt to revert Earth's rotation would have a different result from the first one just because he added the suffix '-inator' to the invention's name.
    • When wanting to be able to move them all more easily, he created the Move-A-Bunch-Of-Inators-Inator.
    • In the Clip Show episode, Doof believed the suffix was the reason of his failures so he gave an invention a name that ended with "non-inator".
    • The other evil scientists of the show follow similar naming conventions. Aloyse von Roddenstein uses -inizors (-izors for short), Dr. Diminutive uses -erators, and Professor Poofenplotz uses -ificators. But the generally accepted catch-all term is -inator.
  • Rocko's Modern Life had the Suck-o-Matic vacuum cleaner. The word-O-word device was used commonly. It's not called O-Town for nothing, after all.
  • VeggieTales had the Forgive-O-Matic.
  • The Sphere-O-Boom from Futurama.
  • Clyde Cosgrove's "Meal-O-Matic" from Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers.
  • In an episode of ReBoot where Bob had to lead a team piloting a Humongous Mecha against a giant rampaging creature, Phong called for them to "Use the Matic!" The team was confused, however, leading Phong to explain that he created a Disrupt-O-Matic to disperse the Nulls making up the creature, only to realize it had been left behind in the hangar. Fortunately, AndrAIa was available to pilot it out to them.
  • In one episode of Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures, Lemon Meringue orders a Salon-o-matic. Blueberry Muffin orders a Clean-o-matic from the same catalog.
  • In Strawberry Shortcake: Berry in the Big City, antagonist duo Lime Tart and Lemon Tort unveil an invention called the “Bake-O-Matic” as their entry for an inventing competition.
  • In a non-canon episode of The Simpsons, Abraham Simpson's spirit enters Moe's love tester machine and he becomes the Love-Matic Grampa.
    • One of the comics also makes reference to the Baked Bean-O-Matic 3000 Electro-Flatulator.
  • One of Edd's failed inventions in Ed, Edd n Eddy was the Opera-Matic.
  • Many of the inventions in the Wallace & Gromit films, such as the Knit-O-Matic from A Close Shave.
  • In The Lorax (2012), Ted's family has an Oak-a-matic, the only tree with its own remote control. It has four settings: Summer, Fall, Winter, and Disco!
  • Combined with Advanced Tech 2000 in The Flamin' Thongs where all of Holden's inventions are named "the <something>-o-matic 2000".
  • Handy created a central heating unit for the Smurf Village called the Heatomatic in The Smurfs episode "It's A Smurfy Life".
  • Dastardly & Muttley in Their Flying Machines: in "Ceiling Zero Zero," as Klunk is finishing an invention:
    Dastardly: Don't tell me, let me guess. It's an atomic-powered, synchro-mesh, hydromatic popcorn popper.
    Klunk: Nope. It's a (locomotive sounds) weather machine.
    Dastardly: A weather machine?? Well, I was close.

    Real Life 
  • Ronco is the Trope Namer, known for their infomercials for products like the Veg-O-Matic.


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Alternative Title(s): Trope O Matic, Thinginator


Anne-sterminator opening

The episode begins with the Cloak-bot getting a message from Andrias that Anne is still alive and has until the self-destruct timer runs out to kill her otherwise it'll blow up itself.

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