Los Angeles, CA.
Angus "Mac" MacGyver is a survival expert
and scientific prodigy. He is single, 6' 2",
180 lbs. with medium brown hair. Mac
graduated from Western Tech in Minnesota and
then worked for the Department of External
Services (ID: xc4479), and finally for the
Phoenix Foundation. He favors non-violent
solutions to get himself and others out of
555-4876 & 8990
Los Angeles, CA.
Angus "Mac" MacGyver
Born March 23, 1950 in Mission City, Minnesota
(pop. 4532), MacGyver lives on a
[until destroyed in 1991], follows a strict
vegetarian diet, loves old western movies,
ice-hockey, cycling, rock climbing but
surprisingly is afraid of heights. MacGyver's
answering machine message says" Hi, this is
MacGyver. We all know how these things work, so
when you hear the beep...go for it."
In essence, MacGyver is an American James Bond,
who like his British counterpart, is a
troubleshooter extraordinaire who takes on
special assignments - usually deemed impossible
- and always accomplishes his mission. But there
are some differences between the two.
While Agent 007 often uses a gun (a Walther PPK
7.65 mm) MacGyver abhors guns and refuses to
bring one on his missions; he, in turn, relies
on his ingenuity and bits and pieces of material
he finds at the scene of an encounter (or the
Swiss Army knife in his pocket) to solve his
(Hands him a
Pete, you know
how I feel about those things.
defenseless out here.
And whereas Mr. Bond, always had his hands on a
beautiful women, the mild-mannered, soft spoken
MacGyver is not as sexually prolific. But let's
not pigeon hole the guy, if romance comes his
way he is more than happy to go along for the
ride. For example, while defusing bombs in
Vietnam, Mac visited the French Quarter with his
friend, Charlie Robinson and they reportedly had
a very good time...nudge! nudge! wink! wink!
Note: Mac does have a problem with commitment.
Also like James Bond, MacGyver drives a special
vehicle. But while 007 cruises in a gadget-ladden
Aston Martin DB5 sedan, MacGyver prefers the
rugged, open-topped reliability of an
Jeep Wrangler (license plate:
IRJQ104] as well as a yellow (creme)
'46 Ford truck (license: 2IAB345) and powder blue
'57 Chevy Nomad station wagon (license: 2PEK-186)
willed to Mac by his late grandpa, Harry.
Angus "Mac" MacGyver & Peter Thornton
MacGyver's principal employer is the
Phoenix Foundation, a privately funded research
institute which sends him on assignments around
the globe. MacGyver reports to a bald, sometimes
sour supervisor named Peter Thornton, the
Director of Field Operations. Peter is Mac's
close friend and also a former DXS agent.
Peter's phone number is (
53 66 14. His birthday is 12/18/1933.
Mac, whatever you do...
I know, I know, Pete, stay out of trouble,
keep the expenses down and don't get killed.
Took the words right out of my mouth.
Another Phoenix Foundation operative who deals
with Mac is
Nicole Anne "Nikki" Carpenter, a
level 6 operative. She occasionally acts as
Mac's assistant. Her husband, Adam Carpenter was
killed in a Mafia car bombing (meant for her) in
W. Virginia on March 14, 1985. This made Nikki
commitment shy in the romance department. She
lives at 2723 Forest Lane. Her phone number was
( (818) 555-3082.
When trouble arose, MacGyver used his extensive
knowledge of chemistry, physics, and machinery
to solve his problems. Always cool-headed
MacGyver was extremely adaptive in the face of
danger. As he once said, "I found from past
experiences that the tighter your plan, the more
likely you are to run into
something...unpredictable." In one predicament,
a woman asked "I suppose you can make an
explosive out of chewing gum?" and MacGyver
replied "Why? Got some?"
"His name is MacGyver. He can fix anything.
He could fix a computer with a hairpin and a
piece of duct tape." -- Peter Thornton
Here are some examples of MacGyver's
improvisational skills (a.k.a. "MacGyver-isms"):
- MacGyver defuses a bomb using pastry tubes, oven
cleaner, neon tubes, and low-fat milk.
- Uses cabbage to distract motion detecting
- Uses a potato to power an alarm clock.
- Mixes acetic acid and ammonia to create smoke.
- Uses a paper clip to short-circuit a nuclear
- Stopped sulfuric acid leak with milk chocolate
- Made tear gas from alcohol and fire ash in
- Turned hose, metal pipe, gasoline into flame
- Made blow-dart, using reeds & anesthetic-type
- Used bicycle tire's inner tube as sling shot.
- A cannon from muffler, seat stuffing, gasoline,
& steering wheel knob
- Scraped Graphite from pencil to make
fingerprints show up.
- Created arc welder from car antenna, jump cable,
- Patched sea-plane gash with lifejacket material.
- Dressed mannequins in perfumed jackets to fool
- Made explosives from grenade detonator, copper
- Poured alcohol on pine nuts in stove to mimic
- Used generator, jumper cables to make a
- Reversed vacuum cleaner to shoot hot chili.
- Used compressed nitrogen to freeze, break rope.
- Made poison antidote with eggs and charcoal.
Mixed soda & vinegar in bag for a fire
Filled lock with butane, blew it out by smashing
light bulb into it.
Put egg whites in radiator to plug holes
Used rosary beads to focus sunlight and trigger
MacGyver used his
Swiss Army knife (Victorinox)
in a number of ways, including picking locks,
dropping a net on someone, hot wiring an
elevator, disarming a bomb, digging out grout
seal on a rock, using the corkscrew to pull
himself out of a pit, and starting an airplane.
And don't get me started on his Duct Tape.
When a gadget won't do, MacGyver is not averse
to talking (or bribing) his way out of
situation. Like the time he said to a guy "Oh,
I'm sorry, maybe you guys don't recognize me.
The name's Jackson, Andrew Jackson. You may have
seen my picture on the front of the 20 dollar
bill. You know what I'm, talkin' about?" When
asked "How can you be so sure you'll win.
MacGyver says "I'll cheat."
Unfortunately, MacGyver, we don't need you.
Oh, wait a minute. You guys are missing out on a
great deal if you kill me. I can help you
out. You see, I know a little bit about...most everything.
One recurring bad guy in Mac's life was an
Murdoc who worked for H.I.T.
(Homicide for International Trust). He liked to
send his employers, a photograph that depicted
his victim's moment of death. Try and try again,
though, he could never seem to carry out his
assignment to kill MacGyver. He once told Mac
"Yes, MacGyver, that's why you're so hard to
beat. Nobody knows what you're going to do next
- including you."
Murdoc supposedly died at the conclusion of each
of his failed attempts to kill MacGyver, but he
always came back even after falling off a
mountain; being electrocuted, drowning, blown up
with a grenade, hit by dozens boulders, and
felling into a elevator shaft). Murdoc met his
final demise when his car drove a Jeep off a
cliff (The End?)
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