And yet he still lacks beer. She has a gadget for everything! How can I ever beat her if I never know what insane gizmo she has up her sleeves? Whenever the robot runs into trouble, it has exactly the gadget it needs to get it out. No matter how strange or unlikely the situation, the robot simply has to retract an arm or open a panel, and out comes a gadget that seems to have been added for exactly that purpose.
It also probably carries an Everything Sensor , to spot the problem in the first place "Danger, danger, Will Robinson! Justified in the case of robots that have access to some kind of Shapeshifting or a usually internal Matter Replicator.
Not so justified when you are simply left to assume that the robot somehow has room for all those gadgets inside of them. This trope doesn't apply just to robots, but it is most common among them. Grendizer is both a space ship and a Humongous Mecha , is equipped with all kind of beams, missiles and bladed weapons and it can get attached to devices let it fight at all enviroments. Need to stop a nuke from harming anything, destroy a bunch of truly humongous mecha, save Earth from an extinction-level event and completely terraform Mars, all in mere minutes?
Shin Getter is your tool of choice! To be fair, it expended itself in the effort. Just the original one has three distinct forms with a variety of powerful weapons: Getter-1 has beam attacks, the axes, can fly and is the most maneuverable Saotome, the Getter Machines' inventor; Getter-2 is the fastest, has a drill which it can actually shoot out , a claw-hand that crushes like a pneumatic vice, can fly faster than 1, but less maneuverable and can burrow underground And Combattler V has more weapons than probably any other Humongous Mecha.
This was Doraemon 's gimmick, though because it was partly a commentary at the time on people relying too much on technology, nearly every gadget ended up causing more problems. In one episode of Voltron the Lion episodes , the team face off against a ro-beast that could become invisible and undetectable to seemingly any sensor.
Eventually, the situation becomes critical when Princess Allura's lion is caught and the ro-beast was making its getaway. The team chases it while the leader frantically goes through all the possible sensor modes again to find something that can allow the team to target the enemy. Eventually, he finds that his lion somehow has a clairvoyance sensor mode that may be slow to create a clear image, but it still allows them to pinpoint the exact target on the enemy and hit it hard enough to not only make it let its prisoner go, but also knock out its stealth mode long enough for the team to unite into Voltron and take it down.
Similarly, another episode had a robot that produced a sparkling light that hypnotized all the pilots, sending them into deep sleep. Princess Allura's helmet happened to have a visor that blocked that form of light, but let her see otherwise perfectly.
If there's one Humongous Mecha that adheres to this trope, it's Aquarion. As a mechanical angel , the things it does are literally a form of divine intervention. Often it seems like the pilots just make attacks up in order to win the day. Franky from One Piece is a do anything cyborg, with an absurd variety of weapons systems built into his body.
All powered by cola. In Gate Keepers , there's an episode where Reiko Asagiri, the gatekeeper whose powers are channeled through her music, uses the Gate Robo. There's a Hentai about a do-anything sex doll, able to shape-shift to suit whatever fetishes her owner happens to have, called "Cosplay Sex Machine" the owner of the particular doll the story follows is an Otaku. Nano , from Nichijou: A Rocket Punch and a rocket toe, which doubles as a USB drive , a machine gun loaded with beans , a digital clock in her wrist and a cuckoo clock in her head , food storage and food dispensers , a toaster and a giant wind-up key in her back "because it's cute!
The Professor keeps installing weird stuff into Nano, without her consent, mostly for the lulz. Nano is not amused. Deconstructed in the manga version of Excel Saga. Ropponmatsu I is a Do-Anything Robot , but the result of having so many gadgets stuffed into her is that she's extremely heavy while conversely, Ropponmatsu II is the weight of a normal human, but without all the versatility.
When their creator is urged to combine the two and create a Do-Anything Robot that weighs as much as a normal human, he blows off the idea as ridiculous. Comic Books Marvel superhero Aaron Stack, the Machine Man, was always sort of like this, but it was taken to its extreme and played for laughs in Nextwave. The page image is when, in the belly of the alien dragon Fin Fang Foom, Machine Man's chest opened up, causing improbably large swiss army knife components to pop out, including a giant corkscrew.
And a giant forceps. Amazo from DC Comics is an android that can copy any superpower of any superpowered being it comes in contact with, and thus becomes incredibly versatile and capable of doing just about anything. Considering Superman himself can do an inordinate amount of things with his array of superpowers, Amazo is a nightmare. Almost any highly-advanced comic book robot or character in Powered Armor can do this, given enough time.
A great example is the latest version of Blue Beetle. His alien armor can sprout energy weapons out of his forearms, or turn his entire arms from the elbows down into energy weapons if he needs something of a higher caliber.
Also saw blades, gripping claws, a giant drill , and smaller extra arms when he needs to grasp more than two things at a time. He can fly by wings, by a rocket mounted on his back, or, in a heavy storm, by a surfboard attached to his feet.
The Engineer is this Up to Eleven. Her blood is replaced by nanomachines that can become anything or scavenge material from the surrounding environment to build larger constructions, all controlled by mental commmands. The original X-O was an sentient alien power armor that responded to the desires and needs of its wearer and could adapt defenses and weapons in response to his needs. The second version was referred to as a multi-purpose omni-tool and was bonded to a scientific and engineering genius, capable of producing pretty much anything required by its partner.
The engine of the titular Clean Room is a featureless white orb. It powers the room's ability to interact with memories but is capable of creating a BFG, killer robot, prison cell, or any other physical construction on demand. The Series can fire lasers , blast fire , read books, play movies, and as of "An MTM Episode" speak, among other things. Just like the former incumbent, there's no such thing as uncrackable security with this character around— not even alien systems.
Given that the AI in question was specifically designed by the UNSC to infiltrate, manipulate, and subvert Covenant computers that were vastly different than their own, this makes a lot of sense even if some of it falls into Hollywood Hacking. Film R2-D2 of Star Wars is the epitome of this trope, as he apparently has every tool in existence except a voice synthesizer , and apparently can swim or fly at least in his early years as necessary.
Played with as early as Empire when 3PO tells R2 he can plug in to a computer to crack the Empire's security codes only for R2 to discover it's actually a power outlet. Apparently the Royal Engineers of Naboo were well known for doing this to their astromech droids. It's a subject of considerable debate among some Star Wars fans as to whether it's physically possible to fit all the gadgets Artoo has been seen using into his frame.
Given the lack of firm data on how much space is taken up by purely internal parts like his power source and "brain", it's hard to say, but it's widely presumed that over his lifetime some tools were swapped out to make room for other ones.
The spheres that serve as his "feet" have both antigravity and magnetic capabilities, and he's equipped with two lasers, four arms, a magnetic grappling line, a drill, and an oscilloscope on his chest. Jet Jaguar in Godzilla vs. Megalon , which was mocked by Mystery Science Theater for the line, "He's programming himself to grow bigger!
Judgment Day and the T-X from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines can do everything a human can and a lot more, although that 'more' differs. Johnny Five from Short Circuit contains a third arm multitool, a computer hacking radio, parachute, and in the sequel a tool box as well. Literature In the Culture novels by Iain M. Banks , drones have a variety of forcefields that they can fold into all manner of shapes in order to accomplish different tasks.
For example, they can make a field around themselves and others to operate as a protective shield, fold a field into a tube to channel liquid or produce an atom-thin shield that can be oscillated in order to cut through virtually any material like a knife through butter plus lasers and a variety of surveillance abilities.
They are so adaptable they can even perform emergency brain surgery in the field on short notice. Do not piss off a drone. His Swiss Army foot rarely worked right, like when he wanted a laser and it shot a condom out. The fasrad in the Philip K. Dick short story "Sales Pitch" is this. It even serves as its own salesman. And it absolutely will not stop. Until you buy it. Walter Curnow says this about them in But general-purpose tools—able to do anything they have to.
The one on the Moon was a signalling device—or a spy, if you like. The one that Bowman met—our original Zagadka—was some kind of transportation system. Now it's doing something else, though God knows what. And there may be others all over the Universe. Do you know what Zagadka really is? Just the cosmic equivalent of the good old Swiss Army knife!
Described as "a robot designed purely to clean lavatories," he nevertheless has a translation mode, an egg whisk, a vaccuum cleaner, radio reception, the ability to display videos, eyes with split-screen, zoom and quantel modes and, in a deleted scene, a cigarette lighter. Sadly, much of this is attached to his groinal socket. This is before we've got on to abilities he's picked up as a result of breaking his programming. And it's stated in a few episodes that he's pretty clunky.
Vicki from Small Wonder. Averted pretty hard by K-9 in Doctor Who , who had a do-anything scanner , a dinky blaster built into his nose and a printer output for a tongue, but other than that seemed pretty useless. Among his "features" were a keyboard on his back that nobody ever used, a screen on his side that never showed anything, let alone anything useful, and tiny, tiny wheels that required a perfectly smooth surface to work. Most of this was related to the cheapness and unreliability of the prop.
Played straight by the ubiquitous sonic screwdriver, though Although not a robot, Seven of Nine's nanoprobes or cyborg implants were often used to solve the crisis-of-the-week. Seven's predecessor Data was a Do-Anything Android. At one point he served as a flotation device.