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23rd Jan '16 9:39:28 AM nombretomado
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* In ''Joyland'' by StephenKing, references are made throughout the story of Annie's proficiency with a gun - her teenage years as a shooting champion (good enough to be considered for the Olympics), her ability to clean up at the fairground shooting range despite years of little or no practice, and how her otherwise troubled relationship with her father hinged on her marksmanship talents during their hunting trips together. This, and the fact that she still keeps a gun in her safe despite renouncing recreational use of them, later comes in handy when Dev ends up AloneWithThePsycho.
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* In ''Joyland'' ''Literature/{{Joyland}}'' by StephenKing, Creator/StephenKing, references are made throughout the story of Annie's proficiency with a gun - her teenage years as a shooting champion (good enough to be considered for the Olympics), her ability to clean up at the fairground shooting range despite years of little or no practice, and how her otherwise troubled relationship with her father hinged on her marksmanship talents during their hunting trips together. This, and the fact that she still keeps a gun in her safe despite renouncing recreational use of them, later comes in handy when Dev ends up AloneWithThePsycho.
18th Dec '15 11:32:02 AM hamza678
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* Used to good effect in ''DealingWithDragons'' by Patricia C. Wrede. The main character spends the first chapter learning skills her parents think are useless. She spends the rest of the book using those skills to [[spoiler:melt wizards with lemony dishwater.]] * In MatthewReilly's ''Hover Car Racer'', Jason's CrazyPrepared mentor teaches him what to do in any situation that might come up in a race, including how to do a manual pit stop if the power is cut off. This skill allows him to cut a 30 second lead in an important race.
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* Used to good effect in ''DealingWithDragons'' ''[[Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles Dealing With Dragons]]'' by Patricia C. Wrede. The main character spends the first chapter learning skills her parents think are useless. She spends the rest of the book using those skills to [[spoiler:melt wizards with lemony dishwater.]] * In MatthewReilly's Creator/MatthewReilly's ''Hover Car Racer'', Jason's CrazyPrepared mentor teaches him what to do in any situation that might come up in a race, including how to do a manual pit stop if the power is cut off. This skill allows him to cut a 30 second lead in an important race.
12th Dec '15 6:01:08 PM nombretomado
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* It's learned quite a while before the book, but in The ''XWingSeries'' Face, a former child actor, was stated to have lived on Lorrd for a while, a planet whose [[PlanetOfHats hat]] was body language and the reading of such. He uses what he picked up to SherlockScan how people walk. This does come up again.
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* It's learned quite a while before the book, but in The ''XWingSeries'' ''Literature/XWingSeries'' Face, a former child actor, was stated to have lived on Lorrd for a while, a planet whose [[PlanetOfHats hat]] was body language and the reading of such. He uses what he picked up to SherlockScan how people walk. This does come up again.
18th Nov '15 10:02:59 AM KeithM
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* [[HonorHarrington Honor Harrington's]] history as genetically-modified native of a heavy-gravity world who became an excellent martial artist and pistol shot, making her deadly in face-to-face situations due to her enhanced strength, speed, coordination and skill ''should'' be fairly irrelevant given her chosen career commanding warships in space, but they become plot-relevant fairly often. In one notable instance, it was revealed that a favorite uncle was a historical re-enactor (the period in question being the 20th Century) and had gifted her with a Model 1911 Colt semiauto that she enjoyed shooting. This comes in useful when she has to deal with pirates who scan her for the power sources used by weapons of the time and are thus oblivious to her carrying a 2000 year old antique design that doesn't need a battery.
2nd Oct '15 4:48:04 PM nombretomado
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* This shows up twice in ThePaleKing: Leonard's medical knowledge and Toni's ability to not blink for minutes at a time.
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* This shows up twice in ThePaleKing: ''Literature/ThePaleKing'': Leonard's medical knowledge and Toni's ability to not blink for minutes at a time.
4th Sep '15 9:37:47 PM Prfnoff
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* In the ''VattasWar'' saga, several characters either off-page has learned something, or in the books learns something that turns out to be useful. Examples: Grace Vatta being [[spoiler: the company spy]] and fruitcake maker extraordinaire, and Kylara Vatta having been trained in the military as well as [[spoiler: learning how to use fairly exotic weapons]], which all turn out to be useful.
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* In the ''VattasWar'' ''Literature/VattasWar'' saga, several characters either off-page has learned something, or in the books learns something that turns out to be useful. Examples: Grace Vatta being [[spoiler: the company spy]] and fruitcake maker extraordinaire, and Kylara Vatta having been trained in the military as well as [[spoiler: learning how to use fairly exotic weapons]], which all turn out to be useful.
6th Jul '15 7:26:05 AM LastChildOfGallifrey
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* Alexis Larkin in ''{{Literature/Armada}}'' shows off being able to hack into the [=QComms=] when she first meets the protagonist and teaches him how to do it too. It ends up coming in handy at the end when they have to find where the other characters are and contact them.
11th Apr '15 11:14:03 AM Fishbrain
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* Risa in ''{{Literature/Unwind}}'' is evicted from the State Home and consigned to unwinding because her piano skills aren't good enough. Coincidentally, her piano skills are also why she is spared from being unwound.
28th Mar '15 7:23:44 AM Kakai
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* In the beginning of ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries''' book four, Dora trains swordfight with Miron to pass time when in hiding. This comes in handy when she must fight a duel to death with Raphael in the finale, and then reappears again in book five, when she's cut off from her magic and bullets don't work on her enemies, forcing her to rely on sword once again. * Early in ''Literature/PresidentsVampire'' it's mentioned offhandedly that Zach was arrested for car thefts a few years back. It comes back when he has to steal a car to get himself and Cade to safety. When rigging the cables to start the vehicle, he even muses angrily that out of all skills he has ever acquired, he never expected this one to prove useful. * In ''Literature/ShamanOfTheUndead'', when Ida is learning her Shaman skills, she's taught how to exit and enter her body. She uses the latter when she's forcibly "kicked out", although it takes some time before she remembers the technique.
4th Mar '15 4:45:03 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* In ''Literature/RangersApprentice'', Gilan teaches Will how to use two knives to defend himself against a sword and has Horace practice with him. Horace later uses this skill to win his duel with [[spoiler: Lord Morgorath]] when his sword is sliced in half, leaving him with a "useless" sword and a dagger.
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* In ''Literature/RangersApprentice'', Gilan teaches Will how to use two knives to defend himself against a sword and has Horace practice with him. Horace later uses this skill to win his duel with [[spoiler: Lord Morgorath]] Morgarath]] when his sword is sliced in half, leaving him with a "useless" sword and a dagger.
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