Played for laughs in this Mastercard commercial, which explains where MacGyver gets all his common household items. The 08th MS Team. His team uses highly limited production RX G Gundam Ground Types made from leftover high-spec parts of the namesake RX, so spare parts for repairs are limited. Unfortunately, his mobile suit gets turned into a heap of junk.
So, rather than use the spare parts which weren't enough anyway , he salvaged parts from normal military vehicles such as jeeps, helicopters, and tanks to rebuild his RX G into the Ez-8, which surprisingly performs better than the RX G. Shogetsu from Dazzle got a can of mackerel for lunch So, with a few tools he got from the school's kitchen and science lab and the graphite from a pencil, he made a welding torch in the hopes that it would open the can.
It did, but sadly, it also burned the mackerel. Oh, and Rahzel and Fay both had can openers. Anpanman In the second episode, after Baikinman defeated Anpanman with his cloud, three rabbit kids Pyonkichi, Usao, and Usako saw Anpanman on a tree and he needed a way to get back to Uncle Jam's bakery since his head got bumped.
They decided to take apart their unicycles to created a tricycle for him to get there. When They Cry , builds a homemade bomb by blocking the school's gutter with a base-ball, pouring gasoline in said gutter, and setting a cook-timer to ignite the explosive gas and blow up the school in which she has also poured a generous amount of gasoline. It's only thanks to Satoko that Keiichi can find the bomb and defuse it in time. Taichi Hiraga-Keaton in Master Keaton does stuff like stopping bulldozers with soapy water, defusing bombs with chocolate, and turning a lamp and oil paint into a bomb set off by a light switch.
Fantastic convinces the soldiers guarding the Frightful Four's cell that he's built a teleporter out of stuff lying around the cell and they promptly disappear.
Turns out Zombie Invisible Woman had just made them all invisible so that the guards would open the cell to investigate, whereupon they were eaten. Lex Luthor , on the other hand, has been known to build a teleporter out out of stuff lying around his cell.
During his appearance in the short-lived The Joker comic, he improvised a jetpack out of a couple of bottles of pop and some paint flakes. Spectacular jailbreaks based on his MacGyvering skills were a huge part of pre- Crisis Mad Scientist Luthor's character. One story has him consider that it has reached the point where his guards won't allow him to have anything other than a pad of paper and a pen. He knows perfectly well how to turn to the ink, metal, plastic, wood pulp, and glue into a high explosive to blast his way out MacGyver remarks the the room the bad guys have locked him in has nothing he can use to escape, to which the woman with him points out that the room is full of explosives.
He complains about the indignity of having to actually use explosives as explosives instead of improvising. Tintin tends to resort to this after being kidnapped by the villain-of-the-week. Interestingly, while they're still ingenious a lot of his inventions are surprisingly plausible. Batman has pulled this off several times, usually on those rare instances where he is without his utility belt. Likewise, the Joker has demonstrated enough chemistry skill to create assorted neurotoxins, explosives and slippery agents from the contents of a janitor's closet.
Quick takes this to parodic heights. Genetically re-constructing Spark-plug using only ingredients in toilet cleaner, aspirin and dad's hemorrhoid ointment is a longshot, but I have to try! While trapped in the Nightmare dungeon in the second story-arc of My Little Pony: Spider-Man 's enemy the Vulture once escaped Riker's Island by destroying the wall of his cell using a tractor beam made from a headset radio, using his expertise in the field of electromagnetics.
Then, as the alarms were going off, he flew from away with wings tinkered together from bedsheets, wooden rods, and duct tape; he knew they'd only last a few minutes, at most, but luckily for him the crooks he had hired to have a boat waiting were there.
In an early issue of the third Blue Beetle 's original run, the Peacemaker is able to make a knock-out gas using ordinary itens from a convenience store. You made nerve gas from common kitchen items? Also used anti-freeze and road salt.
Somewhat grounded in reality , believe it or not; the heat-exchanger from a fridge would be powerful enough to counteract a hell of a lot of overclocking. Common household items — such as a stress ball, a permanent marker, and a tissue box — in her hands make her capable of taking out the Wards, the Undersiders, Amy, and Glory girl all at once. In chapter 38 of The Great Alicorn Hunt , Applebloom manages to make a Bee Bee Gun as part of a plan to deal with a rampaging chaos being, out of random machine parts said chaos being broke.
Fridge Brilliance kicks in when you realise the 'Master Builders' are simply just the boy in the real world building whatever his mind thinks of for that particular part of the narrative he's telling.
Cockroach can build a super-computer out of a pizza box, two cans of hairspray, and a paperclip. On screen, he manages to build what appears to be a nuclear bomb out of Legos he asks Susan if she has uranium in his spare time, and a rocket-powered, wheel-steered tram car in less than ten minutes.
It Makes Sense in Context. Angelina Jolie 's rocket launcher in Salt , built from a swivel chair and cleaning chemicals. The Star Trek example below is satirized with so many other Star Trek tropes in Galaxy Quest ; with Tim Allen's Kirk-like character fighting a giant rock monster in a barren rocky valley.
You can make a weapon, look around you, can you construct some sort of rudimentary lathe? Get off the line, Guy! In Iron Man , Tony Stark creates a revolutionary way of generating huge amounts of power and a bulletproof power suit whilst captured by terrorists and only some scrap weapons parts at his disposal. As explained in one of the quotes on the quotes page. In Iron Man 2 , he reconfigures his house and uses it to create a new element even more powerful than the one he revolutionized in Iron Man.
In Iron Man 3 , he even manages to make several homemade non-lethal weapons out of products bought at a hardware store, which he then uses to storm into the villains' hideout with maximum efficiency. Veikko is chained to a rock, and frees himself with creative use of his minimal supplies.
Half Baked had some fun with this: The MacGyver Smoker is a very handy guy to have around, especially when it comes to reefer. Hey, man, we're out of papers. Then get me a toilet paper roll, a corkscrew and some tin foil. We don't have a corkscrew. Then get me an avocado, an ice pick and my snorkel. I've made bongs with less. Truth in Television , according to the man's autobiography: Also Truth in Television: Apollo 13 features a scene where a group of engineers have to figure out a way to make the command module's air filters fit into a port it's way too big for, using only the spare materials inside the lunar module.
We later see the stranded astronauts rigging up the devised solution, which includes a sock, a plastic baggie, and duct tape, among other things. Silent Bob is said to have a knack for this kind of thing.
He won the science fair in eighth grade by turning his mom's vibrator into a CD player usin' some chicken wire an' shit. No, motherfucker's better than MacGyver! This trope is invoked in Zack and Miri Make a Porno: In Cast Away , Chuck finds himself stranded on a remote island with several FedEx packages full of stuff that initially looks worthless in his current setting, like a taffeta party dress used for a fishing net , a pair of ice skates which make handy axeheads when tied to a stick and lots of videocassettes whose videotape innards can be woven into some handy rope.
There was also one package, the one he used to float to the island, that he never opened. According to one draft of the script, it contained two bottles of salsa verde and a note. In the FedEx commercial parodying it, it held a satellite phone, a GPS locator, fishing pole, water purifier, and seeds. In the Danish Olsen Banden The Olsen Gang films, the leader, Egon Olsen, always makes heist plans that can be done using careful timing and everyday household objects.
In the swashbuckler-spoof The Crimson Pirate, rebel townsfolk cobble together a hot-air balloon, cart-mounted cannons, a proto-gatling gun, and a flamethrower from old barrels, wagon wheels, wickerwork and some stolen long guns. In Revenge of the Nerds II, the nerds get dumped on a desert island and have to find their way off it using their brains.
In one of the most hilariously implausible scenes in the movie, one of them builds a metal detector out of coconuts, sand and seawater, leaving even his companions dumbfounded. Jason Bourne of The Bourne Series has a talent for this. The stand-out example is probably him blowing up a building through the use of a toaster and a newspaper. In Who Am I , Jackie Chan improvises a rear-wheel hub into a grindstone with the wheel off to make a tool to puncture a coconut to insert a tube to hydrate a snakebite victim with coconut milk.
In The People Under the Stairs , Fool does this to lure Daddy into a trap, embedding coins in the sides of lit candles so they'll drop as the wax burns away, making it sound like he's around the corner counting them.
Bimba, comes up with an elaborate contraption to burst the boulder that's blocking the road in The Wages of Fear. Franchise Hunter of Ever After High can be very resourceful, and rather quick about it. Literature In Dear Mr. Henshaw , Leigh does this to try to catch whoever's been swiping his lunch items.
He doesn't figure out who it is, but he does make a pretty cool, if incredibly loud and bulky, lunchbox burglar alarm. The character Violet uses her skills as an inventor to create gadgets off-the-cuff with available materials, often in dire situations.
And Klaus gets his turn in The Miserable Mill. The characters in most Cormac McCarthy novels. Could be considered Author Appeal. In Circumference of Darkness, the main character is locked in a barn along with some friends. Using a broken tractor, some copper tubing, and some other random items, he builds a fully functional giant tesla coil inside the barn. This also leads to a You Have Failed Me moment from the mooks responsible by their boss.
Ciaphas Cain is not only a Hero of the Imperium! Using AdMech-sanctioned cleaning fluids in a non-sanctioned way apparently learned from pulling pranks back at the schola , he constructs a firebomb in a truck to go off in the Orks' faces when they follow it, and another bomb to blow up any Orks who burst in the building's back door. The second one is powerful enough to drop the warehouse roof.
The Mysterious Island, where a few people build a civilization on a remote island with nothing but two watches and a metallic dog collar. Ragnar Benson has written multiple books on how to make deadly weapons from stuff lying around the house. These are encrusted with warnings that doing so before the Day of the Jackboot will land you in prison, hospital, or the morgue.
The Gathering novel Test of Metal , Tezzeret performs an impromptu heart surgery on himself in a bare cave with no tools. Not even a box of scraps! It takes him less than ten minutes.