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| image = Richard_Dean_Anderson_as_Angus_MacGyver.jpg
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| fullname = Angus MacGyver
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| alias = Mac
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| origin = ''MacGyver'' (1985)
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| occupation = Governmental agent
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| skills = All gears, improvization
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| family = James MacGyver (father; deceased), unnamed mother (deceased),
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| friends = [[Jack Dalton]], Riley
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| type of hero = Orphan, Pacifist, Narrator
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}}'''​[[Wikipedia:Angus MacGyver|Angus MacGyver]]​''' (known as just '''MacGyver''', or '''Mac''') is a ​[[Wikipedia:title character|title character]]​ and the ​[[Wikipedia:protagonist|protagonist]]​ of the ​[[Wikipedia:American Broadcasting Company|ABC]]​ ​[[Wikipedia:television series|television series]]​ ''​[[Wikipedia:MacGyver (2016 TV series)|MacGyver]]​''. He is played by ​[[Wikipedia:Richard Dean Anderson|Richard Dean Anderson]]​. He prefers ​[[Wikipedia:non-violence|non-violent]]​ conflict resolution wherever possible and refuses to carry a gun but will sometimes use one (such as the AK47 rifle he used briefly in the pilot episode). MacGyver works as a problem solver for the fictional ''​[[Wikipedia:Phoenix Foundation (MacGyver)|Phoenix Foundation]]​'' in ​[[Wikipedia:Los Angeles|Los Angeles]]​. Educated as a ​[[Wikipedia:scientist|scientist]]​ and with a background from a fictional United States government agency, the Department of External Services (DXS), he is used as a resourceful ​[[Wikipedia:secret agent|secret agent]]​ able to solve a range of problems. In addition to his scientific knowledge and inventive use of common items, he always carries a ​[[Wikipedia:Swiss Army knife|Swiss Army knife]]​.
   
[[File:Richard_Dean_Anderson_as_Angus_MacGyver.jpg|thumb|Richard Dean Anderson as Angus MacGyver. (RDAnderson.com)]]'''Angus MacGyver''' (known as just '''MacGyver''', or '''Mac''') is a [[title character]] and the [[protagonist]] of the [[American Broadcasting Company|ABC]] [[television series]] ''[[MacGyver]]''. He is played by [[Richard Dean Anderson]]. He prefers [[non-violence|non-violent]] conflict resolution wherever possible and refuses to carry a gun but will sometimes use one (such as the AK47 rifle he used briefly in the pilot episode). MacGyver works as a problem solver for the fictional ''[[Phoenix Foundation (MacGyver)|Phoenix Foundation]]'' in [[Los Angeles]]. Educated as a [[scientist]] and with a background from a fictional United States government agency, the Department of External Services (DXS), he is used as a resourceful [[secret agent]] able to solve a range of problems. In addition to his scientific knowledge and inventive use of common items, he always carries a [[Swiss Army knife]].
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==First name==
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MacGyver's first name was at first intended to be Stacey, as seen in a press release from Paramount. However, it was never confirmed in any episode, and remained a mystery until the seventh season; whenever he is asked about it, he says he dislikes his first name and quickly changes the subject. His grandfather, Harry Jackson, calls him "Bud" or "Buddy". Most of his friends and colleagues call him by his last name or simply "Mac". His first name is finally canonically revealed in "Good Knight, MacGyver", in which he learns of a 7th-century man named ​[[Wikipedia:Angus (given name)|Angus]]​ Mac'Iver ("son of Ingmarr") and admits that they share their first name. This revelation is repeated in the series finale, which introduces MacGyver's son as having the middle name Angus, as well as on the packaging of the ''MacGyver'' DVD season sets.
   
== Personality ==
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==Biography==
The character is portrayed as an outspoken advocate of [[gun control]], {{citation needed|date=September 2013}} although the pilot episode shows MacGyver using a gun on a mission shown in the opening gambit, but only as a distraction by rigging it to fire into the ground. Even in cases where his improvised devices are used to attack hostile opponents, he is always doing so in [[self-defense]] and, if possible, subduing or disabling rather than killing. He is often suspicious of militaristic attitudes within the government; he sees his Phoenix Foundation employer as an alternative to the more conventional (and violent) means of law enforcement.{{Citation needed|date=April 2009}}
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He was born on March 23, 1951, and raised in Mission City, ​[[Wikipedia:Minnesota|Minnesota]]​. When MacGyver was a kid, he was in the ​[[Wikipedia:Cub Scouts|Cub Scouts]]​ and a Den Mother by the name of Mrs. Fryfogel taught him "backwoods common sense" and the motto "Be prepared." In 1961, when he was a ten-year-old, his grandmother and father (James MacGyver played by actor Martin Sam Milner of ADAM 12 fame) in the MacGyver episode entitled, "​[[Wikipedia:Passages (MacGyver)|Passages]]​", were killed in a ​[[Wikipedia:car accident|car accident]]​ in which they both drowned, and MacGyver grew up with his mother. In the episode "​[[Wikipedia:Runners (MacGyver episode)|Runners]]​"; however, MacGyver states he was 7 years old when the accident occurred. His grandfather, ​[[Wikipedia:Harry Jackson (MacGyver)|Harry Jackson]]​ (who calls him "Bud"), played by actor ​[[Wikipedia:John Anderson (actor)|John Anderson]]​, acted as his father, but moved away in 1967 when MacGyver was sixteen, worked for a period in ​[[Wikipedia:Alaska|Alaska]]​, sending money to MacGyver and his mother, and eventually settled down as a ​[[Wikipedia:farmer|farmer]]​ in Minnesota after MacGyver had left. When he was ten years old he got his first chemistry set. At about 12 years of age, MacGyver had a traumatic experience with the accidental death of friend Jesse by a bullet from a falling gun. Throughout his childhood, in his youth and in adult age, MacGyver is an active player of ​[[Wikipedia:ice hockey|ice hockey]]​, having played in his local hockey leagues and coached for a minor league team; he is also a supporter of the ​[[Wikipedia:Calgary Flames|Calgary Flames]]​. He feels that he could have made the ​[[Wikipedia:National Hockey League|National Hockey League]]​, but chose to give up before he was good enough. MacGyver also admitted to loving ​[[Wikipedia:museum|museum]]​s as a kid. In his childhood, he met ​[[Wikipedia:Jack Dalton (MacGyver)|Jack Dalton]]​. MacGyver's mother died of a stroke while he was in Afghanistan.
   
MacGyver is also passionate about social causes, having on several occasions volunteered to help the less-privileged. For example, he conducts hearing research at a school for deaf children,<ref>Season 2, Episode 9 - "[http://www.tv.com/macgyver/silent-world/episode/47234/summary.html Silent World]". Works with ''Phoenix Foundation'' research into sound and hearing technology.</ref> and helps out in a mountain excursion for delinquent youths.<ref>Season 2, Episode 5 - "[http://www.tv.com/macgyver/final-approach/episode/47230/summary.html Final Approach]".</ref>
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After high school MacGyver went to ''Western Tech'' where he graduated in 1973 with ​[[Wikipedia:bachelor's degree|bachelor's degree]]​s in ​[[Wikipedia:physics|physics]]​ and ​[[Wikipedia:chemistry|chemistry]]​, having studied under Julian Ryman, a man who also had an ability to fix things with everyday objects and was probably influential on MacGyver. After graduating from college he turns down an offer to work at the nearby ​[[Wikipedia:nuclear power plant|nuclear power plant]]​ and it is revealed that he had shortly served during the ​[[Wikipedia:Vietnam War|Vietnam War]]​ in a ​[[Wikipedia:bomb disposal|bomb defusing]]​ team. MacGyver has also been an enthusiastic ​[[Wikipedia:race car driver|race car driver]]​ and was quite successful before an accident put him out of the business. Eventually he moves to ​[[Wikipedia:Los Angeles|Los Angeles]]​ where he has a number of scatter jobs, including working as a ​[[Wikipedia:taxicab driver|taxi driver]]​ for Jack, until 1979, when he accidentally meets ​[[Wikipedia:Peter Thornton (MacGyver)|Peter Thornton]]​, an agent at the Department of External Services (DXS). When MacGyver conveniently saves Thornton's life using a ​[[Wikipedia:paper clip|paper clip]]​, a ​[[Wikipedia:wrench|wrench]]​ and ​[[Wikipedia:shoelaces|shoelaces]]​, MacGyver is also offered a job as a field agent at the DXS. He keeps this job until 1986 (season 2 pilot) when Pete is offered a job as ​[[Wikipedia:Chief operating officer|Director of Operations]]​ at the ​[[Wikipedia:Phoenix Foundation (MacGyver)|Phoenix Foundation]]​. MacGyver follows him and works in a similar role for the Foundation for the next six years, finally leaving in 1992.
   
MacGyver's persistence and the improvisational nature of his plans make him difficult to thwart, as his nemesis Murdoc pointed out, because not even MacGyver himself knows what he's going to do next. Unlike stereotypical "macho" or stoic action heroes, MacGyver exhibits open fear in perilous situations and shows pain after a fight.<ref>Season 5, Episode 14 "Log Jam"</ref> A sensitive character; Mac has a tendency of blaming himself for personal losses and tragedies - a trait that caused him to give up sport car racing after his involvement in a fatal crash, and a fatal climbing accident that sent him on a path of depression. However, overcoming challenges and successfully saving lives has given him redemption on several occasions.
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At the Foundation, MacGyver is hired as a "sort of troubleshooter," involved in a variety of tasks, usually field operations (conducting environmental surveys, testing security systems). In the fifth season, Harry dies of a heart attack, at which point MacGyver believes he has no remaining relatives. In the second last episode of the show, it turns out that MacGyver has a son, Sean "Sam" Angus Malloy. Sean's mother is the photojournalist Kate Malloy who MacGyver had met after college. Kate had been murdered in China several years prior to MacGyver meeting their son for the first time. After discovering and reuniting with Sean, MacGyver decides to resign from the Foundation, as he and his son have a lot of catching-up to do
He also appears to be susceptible to remote temporal retrograde amnesia, which he has experienced more than once after physical head trauma.
 
   
MacGyver is proficient to a greater or lesser extent in [[Russian language|Russian]], [[German language|German]], [[French language|French]], [[Italian language|Italian]], [[Spanish language|Spanish]],<ref>Season 2, Episode 15</ref> and [[American Sign Language]], and knows how to use [[International maritime signal flags]] and [[Morse code]].<ref>Season 3, Episode 8 - "[[The Widowmaker (MacGyver episode)|The Widowmaker]]"</ref> He's an avid outdoorsman with skills including snow skiing, and outdoor survivalism. And despite his acute fear of heights he's highly skilled at mountain / rock climbing, hand gliding, and parachuting - static line and ripcord / HALO. His other hobbies include ice hockey, racing, and has shown an interest in the arts of painting and guitar, as shown in the episode "The Negotiator". The guitar is an instrument he's played since he was a child, as stated in "The Madonna".
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It is unclear what MacGyver did for a living after leaving the Phoenix Foundation. However, he has clearly kept current with the world of action, as he appears in at least two more adventures. In the first one ("MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis"), MacGyver teams up with his former college ​[[Wikipedia:Archaeology|Archaeology]] instructor, Professor Atticus, to help him prove his theories about ancient Atlantis while dodging the bullets of genocidal Yugoslav troops, a Greek revolutionary and a ruthless treasure hunter. Soon thereafter (in "MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday"), he investigates the murder of a friend in Britain, and eventually traces it to an unscrupulous businessman who sells nuclear arms research for profit. Both adventures occurred in 1994. No mention is made of MacGyver's son, nor of Pete Thornton, Jack Dalton or any of the show's regulars.
   
His (iconic) haircut is that of a "[[Mullet (haircut)|mullet]]", in a clean-cut, lightly gelled variation on the classic hairstyle.
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==MacGyver's gear==
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MacGyver's most used item was his ​[[Wikipedia:Swiss Army Knife|Swiss Army Knife]]​. In addition to it, MacGyver often carried a roll of duct tape in his back pocket, flattened out to make it fit. Other items he often seemed to have on hand were: an ID card, a watch, strike-anywhere matches, a few paper clips, and a flashlight. It was shown that he also carried a toolbox in his ​[[Wikipedia:Jeep|Jeep]]​.
   
While never being in an actual relationship, he is always on good terms with his past acquaintances, of which there are many.
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MacGyver initially used a ​[[Wikipedia:Jeep Cherokee|Jeep Cherokee]]​ and then a ​[[Wikipedia:Jeep Wrangler|Jeep Wrangler]]​ beginning with Season 2. But in Season 5, Episode 3 ("The Black Corsage"), he began driving his grandfather Harry's "classic" 1946 ​[[Wikipedia:Chevrolet|Chevrolet]]​ pickup truck.
   
== First name ==
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==Personality==
MacGyver's first name was at first intended to be Stacey, as seen in a press release from Paramount.<ref>http://movies.stackexchange.com/questions/5723/why-was-macgyvers-first-name-kept-a-mystery</ref> However, it was never confirmed in any episode, and remained a mystery until the seventh season; whenever he is asked about it, he says he dislikes his first name and quickly changes the subject. His grandfather, Harry Jackson, calls him "Bud" or "Buddy". Most of his friends and colleagues call him by his last name or simply "Mac". His first name is finally canonically revealed in "Good Knight, MacGyver", in which he learns of a 7th-century man named [[Angus (given name)|Angus]] Mac'Iver ("son of Ingmarr") and admits that they share their first name. This revelation is repeated in the series finale, which introduces MacGyver's son as having the middle name Angus, as well as on the packaging of the ''MacGyver'' DVD season sets.
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The character is portrayed as an outspoken advocate of ​[[Wikipedia:gun control|gun control]]​, although the pilot episode shows MacGyver using a gun on a mission shown in the opening gambit, but only as a distraction by rigging it to fire into the ground. Even in cases where his improvised devices are used to attack hostile opponents, he is always doing so in [[Wikipedia:self-defense|self-defense]] and, if possible, subduing or disabling rather than killing. He is often suspicious of militaristic attitudes within the government; he sees his Phoenix Foundation employer as an alternative to the more conventional (and violent) means of law enforcement.
   
== Biography ==
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MacGyver is also passionate about social causes, having on several occasions volunteered to help the less-privileged. For example, he conducts hearing research at a school for deaf children, and helps out in a mountain excursion for delinquent youths.
He was born on March 23, 1951,<ref>January 23, 1951 per his [[passport]] in "[[Every Time She Smiles (MacGyver episode)|Every Time She Smiles]]", but working back from dates given in the episodes "[[Thin Ice (MacGyver episode)|Thin Ice]]", "[[Passages (MacGyver episode)|Passages]]", "[[Friends (MacGyver episode)|Friends]]", "[[Runners (MacGyver episode)|Runners]]" and "[[Phoenix Under Siege (MacGyver episode)|Phoenix Under Siege]]" March 23, 1951 is correct. Given the fact that MacGyver was on a [[covert mission]] in the episode "Every Time She Smiles", it is possible that the birthdate on his passport was purposely incorrect.</ref> and raised in Mission City, [[Minnesota]]. When MacGyver was a kid, he was in the [[Cub Scouts]] and a Den Mother by the name of Mrs. Fryfogel taught him "backwoods common sense" and the motto "Be prepared."<ref>"[[The Gauntlet (MacGyver episode)|The Gauntlet]]"</ref> In 1961, when he was a ten-year-old, his grandmother and father (James MacGyver played by actor Martin Sam Milner of ADAM 12 fame) in the MacGyver episode entitled, "[[Passages (MacGyver)|Passages]]", were killed in a [[car accident]] in which they both drowned, and MacGyver grew up with his mother. In the episode "[[Runners (MacGyver episode)|Runners]]"; however, MacGyver states he was 7 years old when the accident occurred. His grandfather, [[Harry Jackson (MacGyver)|Harry Jackson]] (who calls him "Bud"), played by actor [[John Anderson (actor)|John Anderson]], acted as his father, but moved away in 1967 when MacGyver was sixteen, worked for a period in [[Alaska]], sending money to MacGyver and his mother, and eventually settled down as a [[farmer]] in Minnesota after MacGyver had left.<ref>[[Phoenix Under Siege (MacGyver)|Phoenix Under Siege]], stated by MacGyver as "it's been six..seven...eighteen years"</ref> When he was ten years old he got his first chemistry set.<ref>"[[Phoenix Under Siege (MacGyver episode)|Phoenix Under Siege]]"</ref> At about 12 years of age, MacGyver had a traumatic experience with the accidental death of friend Jesse by a bullet from a falling gun.<ref>This was shown in episode two of Season 4 ([[Blood Brother (MacGyver episode)|Blood Brothers]]) when MacGyver goes back to his home town and meets two childhood friends and in flashbacks we see the accidental death of friend Jesse when MacGyver took his dad's revolver for the boys to play with. When their friend Neil attempted to shoot a bird, MacGyver knocked the cocked gun from his hands which resulted in it discharging once it struck the ground, planting a bullet in Jesse's chest. In the first episode "[[Pilot (MacGyver episode)|Pilot]]," MacGyver fires an [[AK-47]] at some Russian soldiers. This episode was before his dislike of firearms was established.</ref> Throughout his childhood, in his youth and in adult age, MacGyver is an active player of [[ice hockey]], having played in his local hockey leagues and coached for a minor league team; he is also a supporter of the [[Calgary Flames]].<ref>{{cite web|author=Posted by E. Blair |url=http://vivamacgyver.blogspot.com/2007/10/macgyver-hat-calgary-flames.html |title=: Macgyver Hat: Calgary Flames |publisher=Vivamacgyver.blogspot.com |date=2007-10-04 |accessdate=2009-03-28}}</ref> He feels that he could have made the [[National Hockey League]], but chose to give up before he was good enough.<ref>Season 3, Episode 13 - "[[Thin Ice (MacGyver episode)|Thin Ice]]". MacGyver has a discussion where he claims to have had that chance to join the NHL and was disappointed he did not take it.</ref> MacGyver also admitted to loving [[museum]]s as a kid.<ref>Season 2, Episode 4 - "[[The Wish Child (MacGyver episode)|The Wish Child]]".</ref> In his childhood, he met [[Jack Dalton (MacGyver)|Jack Dalton]]. MacGyver's mother died of a stroke while he was in Afghanistan.<ref>Season 4, Episode 13 - "[[Runners (MacGyver episode)|Runners]]". MacGyver shares about the death of his mother with that of a run away girl.</ref>
 
   
After high school MacGyver went to ''Western Tech'' where he graduated in 1973 with [[Bachelor's degree]]s in [[physics]] and [[chemistry]], having studied under Julian Ryman, a man who also had an ability to fix things with everyday objects and was probably influential on MacGyver.<ref>Season 3, Episode 9 - "[[Hell Week (MacGyver episode)|Hell Week]]". This was revealed as MacGyver returns to his college and ends up helping Ryman's son, David.</ref> After graduating from college he turns down an offer to work at the nearby [[nuclear power plant]] and it is revealed that he had shortly served during the [[Vietnam War]] in a [[bomb disposal|bomb defusing]] team.<ref>Season 1, Episode 14 - "[[Countdown (MacGyver episode)|Countdown]]". Talking with his old friend Charlie about the past and other references to Vietnam in the episode.</ref> MacGyver has also been an enthusiastic [[race car driver]] and was quite successful before an accident put him out of the business. Eventually he moves to [[Los Angeles]] where he has a number of scatter jobs, including working as a [[taxicab driver|taxi driver]] for Jack, until 1979, when he accidentally meets [[Peter Thornton (MacGyver)|Peter Thornton]], an agent at the Department of External Services (DXS). When MacGyver conveniently saves Thornton's life using a [[paper clip]], a [[wrench]] and [[shoelaces]], MacGyver is also offered a job as a field agent at the DXS.<ref>This is all revealed in Season 2 Episode 18 - "[[Partners (MacGyver episode)|Partners]]".</ref> He keeps this job until 1986 (season 2 pilot) when Pete is offered a job as [[Chief operating officer|Director of Operations]] at the [[Phoenix Foundation (MacGyver)|Phoenix Foundation]]. MacGyver follows him and works in a similar role for the Foundation for the next six years, finally leaving in 1992.
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MacGyver's persistence and the improvisational nature of his plans make him difficult to thwart, as his nemesis Murdoc pointed out, because not even MacGyver himself knows what he's going to do next. Unlike stereotypical "macho" or stoic action heroes, MacGyver exhibits open fear in perilous situations and shows pain after a fight. A sensitive character; Mac has a tendency of blaming himself for personal losses and tragedies - a trait that caused him to give up sport car racing after his involvement in a fatal crash, and a fatal climbing accident that sent him on a path of depression. However, overcoming challenges and successfully saving lives has given him redemption on several occasions.
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He also appears to be susceptible to remote temporal retrograde amnesia, which he has experienced more than once after physical head trauma.
   
At the Foundation, MacGyver is hired as a "sort of troubleshooter,"<ref>According to [[Peter Thornton (MacGyver)|Peter Thornton]] in several episodes throughout the series.</ref> involved in a variety of tasks, usually field operations (conducting environmental surveys, testing security systems). In the fifth season, Harry dies of a heart attack,<ref>Season 5, Episode 21 - "[[Passages (MacGyver episode)|Passages]]".</ref> at which point MacGyver believes he has no remaining relatives.<ref>Season 1, Episode 10 - "[[Target MacGyver (MacGyver episode)|Target MacGyver]]". MacGyver reveals that Harry is his only relative.</ref> In the second last episode of the show, it turns out that MacGyver has a son, Sean "Sam" Angus Malloy. Sean's mother is the photojournalist Kate Malloy who MacGyver had met after college. Kate had been murdered in China several years prior to MacGyver meeting their son for the first time. After discovering and reuniting with Sean, MacGyver decides to resign from the Foundation, as he and his son have a lot of catching-up to do.<ref>Season 7, Episode 13 - "[[The Stringer (MacGyver episode)|The Stringer]]". Sean is revealed as MacGyver's son.</ref>
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MacGyver is proficient to a greater or lesser extent in [[Wikipedia:Russian language|Russian]]​, ​[[Wikipedia:German language|German]]​, ​[[Wikipedia:French language|French]]​, ​[[Wikipedia:Italian language|Italian]]​, ​[[Wikipedia:Spanish language|Spanish]]​, and [[Wikipedia:American Sign Language|American Sign Language]]​, and knows how to use ​[[Wikipedia:international maritime signal flags|international maritime signal flags]]​ and [[Wikipedia:Morse code|Morse code]]. He's an avid outdoorsman with skills including snow skiing, and outdoor survivalism. And despite his acute fear of heights he's highly skilled at mountain / rock climbing, hand gliding, and parachuting - static line and ripcord / HALO. His other hobbies include ice hockey, racing, and has shown an interest in the arts of painting and guitar, as shown in the episode "The Negotiator". The guitar is an instrument he's played since he was a child, as stated in "The Madonna".
   
It is unclear what MacGyver did for a living after leaving the Phoenix Foundation. However, he has clearly kept current with the world of action, as he appears in at least two more adventures. In the first one ("MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis"), MacGyver teams up with his former college [[Archaeology]] instructor, Professor Atticus, to help him prove his theories about ancient Atlantis while dodging the bullets of genocidal Yugoslav troops, a Greek revolutionary and a ruthless treasure hunter. Soon thereafter (in "MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday"), he investigates the murder of a friend in Britain, and eventually traces it to an unscrupulous businessman who sells nuclear arms research for profit. Both adventures occurred in 1994. No mention is made of MacGyver's son, nor of Pete Thornton, Jack Dalton or any of the show's regulars.
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His (iconic) haircut is that of a "​[[Wikipedia:mullet (haircut)|mullet]]​", in a clean-cut, lightly gelled variation on the classic hairstyle.
   
== MacGyver's gear ==
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While never being in an actual relationship, he is always on good terms with his past acquaintances, of which there are many.
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MacGyver's most used item was his [[Swiss Army Knife]]. In addition to it, MacGyver often carried a roll of duct tape in his back pocket, flattened out to make it fit. Other items he often seemed to have on hand were: an ID card, a watch, strike-anywhere matches, a few paper clips, and a flashlight. It was shown that he also carried a toolbox in his [[Jeep]].<ref>Season 1, Episode 18 - "[[Ugly Duckling (MacGyver Episode)|Ugly Duckling]]"</ref>
 
 
MacGyver initially used a [[Jeep Cherokee]] and then a [[Jeep Wrangler]] beginning with Season 2. But in Season 5, Episode 3 ("The Black Corsage"), he began driving his grandfather Harry's "classic" 1946 [[Chevrolet]] pickup truck.
 
   
== Cultural impact ==
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==​[[Wikipedia:MacGyver in popular culture|Cultural impact]]​==
{{Main|MacGyver in popular culture}}
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The term "MacGyver" has now become part of the colloquial American English lexicon. When one "MacGyvers" a solution to a problem, one finds a simple yet elegant solution to something using existing resources. This is in contrast to a ​[[Wikipedia:kludge|kludge]]​, or a ​[[Wikipedia:Rube Goldberg|Rube Goldberg]]​, which is generally complicated and problematic.
The term "MacGyver" has now become part of the colloquial American English lexicon. When one "MacGyvers" a solution to a problem, one finds a simple yet elegant solution to something using existing resources.<ref name=britton>Britton, Wesley, ''Spy Television'', Praeger/Greenwood, ISBN 0-275-98163-0, p. 212.</ref><ref name=rich>Rich, John, 2006, ''Warm Up the Snake: A Hollywood Memoir'', ISBN 0-472-11578-2, p. 167.</ref> This is in contrast to a [[kludge]], or a [[Rube Goldberg]], which is generally complicated and problematic.
 
   
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Latest revision as of 18:17, May 27, 2020

Angus MacGyver (known as just MacGyver, or Mac) is a ​title character​ and the ​protagonist​ of the ​ABC​ ​television seriesMacGyver. He is played by ​Richard Dean Anderson​. He prefers ​non-violent​ conflict resolution wherever possible and refuses to carry a gun but will sometimes use one (such as the AK47 rifle he used briefly in the pilot episode). MacGyver works as a problem solver for the fictional Phoenix Foundation in ​Los Angeles​. Educated as a ​scientist​ and with a background from a fictional United States government agency, the Department of External Services (DXS), he is used as a resourceful ​secret agent​ able to solve a range of problems. In addition to his scientific knowledge and inventive use of common items, he always carries a ​Swiss Army knife​.

First nameEdit

MacGyver's first name was at first intended to be Stacey, as seen in a press release from Paramount. However, it was never confirmed in any episode, and remained a mystery until the seventh season; whenever he is asked about it, he says he dislikes his first name and quickly changes the subject. His grandfather, Harry Jackson, calls him "Bud" or "Buddy". Most of his friends and colleagues call him by his last name or simply "Mac". His first name is finally canonically revealed in "Good Knight, MacGyver", in which he learns of a 7th-century man named ​Angus​ Mac'Iver ("son of Ingmarr") and admits that they share their first name. This revelation is repeated in the series finale, which introduces MacGyver's son as having the middle name Angus, as well as on the packaging of the MacGyver DVD season sets.

BiographyEdit

He was born on March 23, 1951, and raised in Mission City, ​Minnesota​. When MacGyver was a kid, he was in the ​Cub Scouts​ and a Den Mother by the name of Mrs. Fryfogel taught him "backwoods common sense" and the motto "Be prepared." In 1961, when he was a ten-year-old, his grandmother and father (James MacGyver played by actor Martin Sam Milner of ADAM 12 fame) in the MacGyver episode entitled, "​Passages​", were killed in a ​car accident​ in which they both drowned, and MacGyver grew up with his mother. In the episode "​Runners​"; however, MacGyver states he was 7 years old when the accident occurred. His grandfather, ​Harry Jackson​ (who calls him "Bud"), played by actor ​John Anderson​, acted as his father, but moved away in 1967 when MacGyver was sixteen, worked for a period in ​Alaska​, sending money to MacGyver and his mother, and eventually settled down as a ​farmer​ in Minnesota after MacGyver had left. When he was ten years old he got his first chemistry set. At about 12 years of age, MacGyver had a traumatic experience with the accidental death of friend Jesse by a bullet from a falling gun. Throughout his childhood, in his youth and in adult age, MacGyver is an active player of ​ice hockey​, having played in his local hockey leagues and coached for a minor league team; he is also a supporter of the ​Calgary Flames​. He feels that he could have made the ​National Hockey League​, but chose to give up before he was good enough. MacGyver also admitted to loving ​museum​s as a kid. In his childhood, he met ​Jack Dalton​. MacGyver's mother died of a stroke while he was in Afghanistan.

After high school MacGyver went to Western Tech where he graduated in 1973 with ​bachelor's degree​s in ​physics​ and ​chemistry​, having studied under Julian Ryman, a man who also had an ability to fix things with everyday objects and was probably influential on MacGyver. After graduating from college he turns down an offer to work at the nearby ​nuclear power plant​ and it is revealed that he had shortly served during the ​Vietnam War​ in a ​bomb defusing​ team. MacGyver has also been an enthusiastic ​race car driver​ and was quite successful before an accident put him out of the business. Eventually he moves to ​Los Angeles​ where he has a number of scatter jobs, including working as a ​taxi driver​ for Jack, until 1979, when he accidentally meets ​Peter Thornton​, an agent at the Department of External Services (DXS). When MacGyver conveniently saves Thornton's life using a ​paper clip​, a ​wrench​ and ​shoelaces​, MacGyver is also offered a job as a field agent at the DXS. He keeps this job until 1986 (season 2 pilot) when Pete is offered a job as ​Director of Operations​ at the ​Phoenix Foundation​. MacGyver follows him and works in a similar role for the Foundation for the next six years, finally leaving in 1992.

At the Foundation, MacGyver is hired as a "sort of troubleshooter," involved in a variety of tasks, usually field operations (conducting environmental surveys, testing security systems). In the fifth season, Harry dies of a heart attack, at which point MacGyver believes he has no remaining relatives. In the second last episode of the show, it turns out that MacGyver has a son, Sean "Sam" Angus Malloy. Sean's mother is the photojournalist Kate Malloy who MacGyver had met after college. Kate had been murdered in China several years prior to MacGyver meeting their son for the first time. After discovering and reuniting with Sean, MacGyver decides to resign from the Foundation, as he and his son have a lot of catching-up to do

It is unclear what MacGyver did for a living after leaving the Phoenix Foundation. However, he has clearly kept current with the world of action, as he appears in at least two more adventures. In the first one ("MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis"), MacGyver teams up with his former college ​Archaeology​ instructor, Professor Atticus, to help him prove his theories about ancient Atlantis while dodging the bullets of genocidal Yugoslav troops, a Greek revolutionary and a ruthless treasure hunter. Soon thereafter (in "MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday"), he investigates the murder of a friend in Britain, and eventually traces it to an unscrupulous businessman who sells nuclear arms research for profit. Both adventures occurred in 1994. No mention is made of MacGyver's son, nor of Pete Thornton, Jack Dalton or any of the show's regulars.

MacGyver's gearEdit

MacGyver's most used item was his ​Swiss Army Knife​. In addition to it, MacGyver often carried a roll of duct tape in his back pocket, flattened out to make it fit. Other items he often seemed to have on hand were: an ID card, a watch, strike-anywhere matches, a few paper clips, and a flashlight. It was shown that he also carried a toolbox in his ​Jeep​.

MacGyver initially used a ​Jeep Cherokee​ and then a ​Jeep Wrangler​ beginning with Season 2. But in Season 5, Episode 3 ("The Black Corsage"), he began driving his grandfather Harry's "classic" 1946 ​Chevrolet​ pickup truck.

PersonalityEdit

The character is portrayed as an outspoken advocate of ​gun control​, although the pilot episode shows MacGyver using a gun on a mission shown in the opening gambit, but only as a distraction by rigging it to fire into the ground. Even in cases where his improvised devices are used to attack hostile opponents, he is always doing so in ​self-defense​ and, if possible, subduing or disabling rather than killing. He is often suspicious of militaristic attitudes within the government; he sees his Phoenix Foundation employer as an alternative to the more conventional (and violent) means of law enforcement.

MacGyver is also passionate about social causes, having on several occasions volunteered to help the less-privileged. For example, he conducts hearing research at a school for deaf children, and helps out in a mountain excursion for delinquent youths.

MacGyver's persistence and the improvisational nature of his plans make him difficult to thwart, as his nemesis Murdoc pointed out, because not even MacGyver himself knows what he's going to do next. Unlike stereotypical "macho" or stoic action heroes, MacGyver exhibits open fear in perilous situations and shows pain after a fight. A sensitive character; Mac has a tendency of blaming himself for personal losses and tragedies - a trait that caused him to give up sport car racing after his involvement in a fatal crash, and a fatal climbing accident that sent him on a path of depression. However, overcoming challenges and successfully saving lives has given him redemption on several occasions. He also appears to be susceptible to remote temporal retrograde amnesia, which he has experienced more than once after physical head trauma.

MacGyver is proficient to a greater or lesser extent in ​Russian​, ​German​, ​French​, ​Italian​, ​Spanish​, and ​American Sign Language​, and knows how to use ​international maritime signal flags​ and ​Morse code​. He's an avid outdoorsman with skills including snow skiing, and outdoor survivalism. And despite his acute fear of heights he's highly skilled at mountain / rock climbing, hand gliding, and parachuting - static line and ripcord / HALO. His other hobbies include ice hockey, racing, and has shown an interest in the arts of painting and guitar, as shown in the episode "The Negotiator". The guitar is an instrument he's played since he was a child, as stated in "The Madonna".

His (iconic) haircut is that of a "​mullet​", in a clean-cut, lightly gelled variation on the classic hairstyle.

While never being in an actual relationship, he is always on good terms with his past acquaintances, of which there are many.

Cultural impactEdit

The term "MacGyver" has now become part of the colloquial American English lexicon. When one "MacGyvers" a solution to a problem, one finds a simple yet elegant solution to something using existing resources. This is in contrast to a ​kludge​, or a ​Rube Goldberg​, which is generally complicated and problematic.

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