History ChekhovsSkill / Literature

29th May '18 7:37:07 AM AutumnLeaves
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* In Jeffrey Archer's short story ''View of Auvers-sur-Oise'', it's mentioned in the beginning that the hero took a degree in [[spoiler:art history]] before becoming a policeman. In the climax of the story, as the policemen are frantically looking for any ground to arrest the local drug baron who happens to have lots of money and terribly skilled lawyers, the hero recognizes [[spoiler:an unsigned Cézanne, previously stolen from an exhibition,]] on the wall and [[spoiler:arrests the man for possession of stolen goods]].
29th May '18 5:42:20 AM FuzzyBoots
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* In ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsYouBelieveHer'', Penny is warned that failing to sleep while in her robot body will distance her from humanity and she's taught how to set her sleep cycle to a given value so that she can ensure a "normal" amount of downtime. This comes in handy when she's pursued by the Happy Fun Corporation, who have a remote signal that shuts down robots. By setting her sleep cycle to a fraction of a second, she's awake as soon as she's shut off.
21st Jan '18 2:34:11 PM Malady
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* ''PrinceRoger'': Invoked. In order to join The Empress' Own (the Imperial Bodyguard), one must be an extremely badass soldier, be able to keep a high level of spit and polish, and have at least one skillset with the potential to become a Chekhov's Skill. The ones shown in the series vary from the reasonable (gunsmithing, medicine, demolitions) to the implausible (linguistics, car theft) to the bizarre (animal wrangling, shipbuilding, comparative theology).

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* ''PrinceRoger'': ''Literature/PrinceRoger'': Invoked. In order to join The Empress' Own (the Imperial Bodyguard), one must be an extremely badass soldier, be able to keep a high level of spit and polish, and have at least one skillset with the potential to become a Chekhov's Skill. The ones shown in the series vary from the reasonable (gunsmithing, medicine, demolitions) to the implausible (linguistics, car theft) to the bizarre (animal wrangling, shipbuilding, comparative theology).
12th Oct '17 3:18:15 PM Videokid
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* In ''{{Literature/Wander}}'', Dagger shoves a handful of snow into Wander's face at close range during a snowball fight. [[spoiler:she uses this trick herself during her fight with Darwin.]]
** Subverted with Wander teaching Dagger to pick locks, since he never successfully puts his lessons into practise.
30th Sep '17 2:26:34 AM Eievie
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*''Literature/AlexAndTheIronicGentleman'': Mr. Underwood teaches his students fencing, and how to correctly use the pronouns "I" and "me". Both become important later.
24th Sep '17 11:35:08 AM nombretomado
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* Averted at one point in the {{Belgariad}}. Early on Silk demonstrates the ability to alter the appearance of his face through muscle movements. He uses this as a prank on his teammates, and it then never comes up again.

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* Averted at one point in the {{Belgariad}}.''Literature/TheBelgariad''. Early on Silk demonstrates the ability to alter the appearance of his face through muscle movements. He uses this as a prank on his teammates, and it then never comes up again.
31st May '17 7:12:46 PM PaulA
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** One particular example is the premise for the novel. In ''Have Spacesuit, Will Travel'', the main character wins the titular suit in a contest. He spends his free time from then on making it space-worthy, and gets it fully operational just in time for him to be the RightManInTheWrongPlace to [[spoiler: save all of humanity.]]

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** One particular example is the premise for the novel. In ''Have Spacesuit, Will Travel'', ''Literature/HaveSpaceSuitWillTravel'', the main character wins the titular suit in a contest. He spends his free time from then on making it space-worthy, and gets it fully operational just in time for him to be the RightManInTheWrongPlace to [[spoiler: save [[spoiler:save all of humanity.]]humanity]].
10th Apr '17 6:23:35 PM DustSnitch
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* In Zora Neale Hurston's ''Literature/MosesManOfTheMountain'', when Moses is learning magic from his tutor Jethro he is particularly skilled at summoning large amounts of vermin. Those familiar with [[Literature/TheBible a certain other work]] will realize this comes in handy later in convincing the pharaoh to free the Hebrews.

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* In Zora Neale Hurston's ''Literature/MosesManOfTheMountain'', when Moses is learning magic from his tutor Jethro he is particularly skilled at summoning large amounts of vermin. Those familiar with [[Literature/TheBible [[Literature/BookOfExodus a certain other work]] will realize this comes in handy later in convincing the pharaoh to free the Hebrews.
1st Apr '17 7:54:11 AM Kakai
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* Early on in ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'' it's established that Nikita enjoyes eating Chinese takeaways. Of all the skills she possesses, proficiency in using chopsticks turns out to be the most important when the strings of Fate have to be untangled using the divine knitting needles of the Norns.
5th Feb '17 1:51:23 PM starlight9
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* ''Literature/NightfallSeries'': Myra is introduced as an aspiring writer. [[spoiler: This is the reason Prince Vladimir keeps her alive.]]
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