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We really should note the most common misconception that fiction tends to perpetuate about nanotechnology: That it only involves Nanomachines. It's actually a lot broader than that; for one, you don't need nanomachines to build nanomaterials or nanoelectronics, though it would certainly make it easier to do so.
Halt! Nothing about Nanobreaker? It basically is made of this trope.
Nanobots are ridiculously useful in science fiction.
I realise how old this conversation is, but I wanted to say something like that.
I think the point is that nanomachines are frequently used as the Phlebotinium Du Jour to give a hand-wave explanation to all kinds of improbable situations.
At the moment that's discussed in the description of this trope. I was wondering if anyone thought it would stand in its own right as a subtrope. Mainly because until I found out it was part of this trope I wanted to call it Deus Ex Nanomachina.
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How well does it match the trope?