10 MacGyver Inventions That Are As Insane As They Are Creative


There are very few people who are good at inventing things. It takes a lot of time, patience and materials to be able to build something worthwhile. That is almost always true, unless you are MacGyver.


No matter the materials, the situation, or the time frame, Angus MacGyver could figure out a solution to his problem by inventing some completely absurd thing and it would always work. Which of these ridiculous inventions do you remember seeing him make?

Rocket-powered harpoon gun/zip line


Episode: Season 1, Episode 9 'The Prodigal'

Materials Used: Cleaning fluid, telescope, moth balls, rope, pulley, handlebars

While trapped in an attic, MacGyver combines these items and launches them out of the window onto a nearby tree so they can zip line over the vicious dogs and get to safety.

Hang Glider


Episode: Season 1, Episode 17 'To Be a Man'

Materials Used: A broken satellite, parachute, duct tape

When you are stuck on a mountaintop you don't have a lot of resources, but MacGyver can honestly make anything work so it's all fine.

Lie Detector

Episode: Season 1, Episode 19 'Slow Death'

Materials Used: Blood pressure pump, alarm clock, stethoscope

Sometimes the best way to solve a mystery is just to start asking questions. If you want to prevent lies, you are going to need some backup!



Episode: Season 1, Episode 15 'The Enemy Within'

Materials Used: Candlesticks, microphone cord, rubber mat

When your friend gets a 'remote-triggered, heart attack causing device' implanted in their body, you need to be a little bit creative. MacGyver attaches a live wire to some metal candlesticks and wraps himself in a rubber mat so that he can start his friend's heart again.

Acid Launching Catapult


Episode: Season 7, Episode 5 'The Coltons'

Materials Used: A super well-behaved dog, bottle of sulfuric acid, yardstick, jar

Dogs are man's best friends so obviously they will help you get a bottle of sulfuric acid so you can get rid of the super dangerous bomb.

The inventions just keep getting more ridiculous...

Timed-Release Catapult

Episode: Season 2, Episode 7 'The Road Not Taken'

Materials Used: Branches, rocks, twine, rosary beads

Sometimes you need to use the power of religious items to help light your catapult. The sun went through the beads to burn the twine and send the catapult flying at exactly the right moment because obviously he timed it perfectly.

Hot Air Balloon


Episode: Season 3, Episode 6 'GX-1'

Materials Used: Homemade glue, nylon scraps, metal shed, gas canisters

Never get trapped in the Swiss Alps without an escape plan. MacGyver knew he was going to have to get out of there so he used a metal shed to create the base of his balloon. Using random scraps of material and some welding gases he is able to power a balloon so they can escape. Somehow none of the stray bullets coming at them manage to pierce the fabric though...



Episode: Season 1, Episode 6, 'Trumbo's World'

Materials Used: Jumper cables, generator, quaters

It is a pretty interesting concept, but the ability to safely attach together these components to make your own welder is not one that most people have...



Episode: Season 2, Episode 1 'Human Factor'

Materials Used: Magnifying Lens, newspaper, watch

He had to figure out how to see and I guess a magnifying glass wasn't going to cut it so by sticking it in the end of a newspaper it was able to get him that extra distance he needed.



Episode: Season 2, Episode 10 'Three for the Road'

Materials Used: Muffler, gear shift knob, seat cushion, cigarette lighter

All while in the process of a car chase, MacGyver manages to build a bazooka out of car parts and fires a gear shift knob into the radiator of the other car stopping them in their tracks.


None of us will ever be as good as MacGyver...Share if you remember this show!