History InformedAbility / LiveActionTV

13th Dec '16 10:39:27 AM TomSFox
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*** In a final bout of irony and humor, the original plan was for Morn to say the last line during the series finale. It was cut.
13th Nov '16 2:10:18 PM skybox
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** This becomes a plot point in later seasons--when Rachel graduates high school and gets into a prestigious college for the arts in New York City, she is clearly inferior to her classmates and is acknowledged as such in-universe. Her biggest story arc in the fourth season involves coming to terms with the fact that what qualified as "extremely talented" in Ohio translates to "amateurish" in New York.

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** *** This becomes a plot point in later seasons--when Rachel graduates high school and gets into a prestigious college for the arts in New York City, she is clearly inferior to her classmates and is acknowledged as such in-universe. Her biggest story arc in the fourth season involves coming to terms with the fact that what qualified as "extremely talented" in Ohio translates to "amateurish" in New York.
13th Nov '16 2:09:07 PM skybox
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** This becomes a plot point in later seasons--when Rachel graduates high school and gets into a prestigious college for the arts in New York City, she is clearly inferior to her classmates and is acknowledged as such in-universe. Her biggest story arc in the fourth season involves coming to terms with the fact that what qualified as "extremely talented" in Ohio translates to "amateurish" in New York.


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* ''Series/RaisingHope'' played this for laughs in an episode that centered around Jimmy's amazing singing ability. When we actually hear him sing, he's terrible, and the characters all realize that the only time they ever heard his supposed "amazing singing" was when they were drunk.
2nd Nov '16 12:03:20 PM lluewhyn
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***Probably intended to never actually be true, or otherwise Angel's secret would have been revealed sooner. She finds out that he's a vampire only seven episodes into the series and is immediately given a secretive demeanor so it's likely he was intended to be a vampire from the beginning.
18th Oct '16 3:54:12 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/OneLifeToLive'': SoapOpera example: Matthew was basically [[FreaksAndGeeks Sam Weir]] until he was paralyzed in a car accident in March 2009. Since then, his pre-disability athletic exploits have grown to the point where the yearbook shows him on the 9th grade interscholastic team in every fall and winter sport.

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* ''Series/OneLifeToLive'': SoapOpera example: Matthew was basically [[FreaksAndGeeks [[Series/FreaksAndGeeks Sam Weir]] until he was paralyzed in a car accident in March 2009. Since then, his pre-disability athletic exploits have grown to the point where the yearbook shows him on the 9th grade interscholastic team in every fall and winter sport.
27th Jul '16 8:09:19 PM SpocktorWho
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** Subverted in an episode of season nine. Castiel meets with Bartholomew, who goes on at length about what a great strategist Castiel is, but only references past events that all happened offscreen. Then Bartholomew shows Castiel his latest intelligence -- and Castiel makes a tactically sound suggestion that Bartholomew hadn't thought of.
27th Jul '16 1:53:08 PM AFallenPieceOfPaper
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** Rose becomes the centre of the universe without actually doing all that much, yet the Doctor and other characters go on and on about her being special. In fact, she only starts kicking arse and taking names ''after'' she's been separated from the Doctor. Even then she comes across as petty and selfish. And we barely see Martha using her doctoring skills, though to be fair she did use them a couple of times in her earliest stories, saving the Doctor twice. All the skills these characters were supposed to have had were mostly ignored in favour of {{Chickification}}.
1st Jul '16 11:10:12 AM Anddrix
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** The infamous Neelix. Fans are [[BaseBreaker divided]] on just how many of the skills he claims to have are examples of this trope and how many of them are just lies/exaggerations (something he admits to in the episode ''Fair Trade'') however he does potentially have a lot of them. He is an expert cook whose food makes people ill, a morale officer who deliberately starts fights, an intrepid adventurer who is scared of the dark, an expert climber who fell off and injured his team mate, a survival expert whose survival skills indirectly killed two people, a guide whose information is almost always incorrect or inaccurate... you get the point. This is only a taster of what could be a very substantial wall of text.

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** The infamous Neelix. Fans are [[BaseBreaker divided]] divided on just how many of the skills he claims to have are examples of this trope and how many of them are just lies/exaggerations (something he admits to in the episode ''Fair Trade'') however he does potentially have a lot of them. He is an expert cook whose food makes people ill, a morale officer who deliberately starts fights, an intrepid adventurer who is scared of the dark, an expert climber who fell off and injured his team mate, a survival expert whose survival skills indirectly killed two people, a guide whose information is almost always incorrect or inaccurate... you get the point. This is only a taster of what could be a very substantial wall of text.
19th Jun '16 12:21:59 PM TimBuckII
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*** To be fair, later episodes heavily imply they just really like screwing with people, and slowly sneaking up on them certainly qualifies as that.
16th Apr '16 9:09:15 AM Morgenthaler
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** It helps that the main one doing the informing is Pete, which implies that he's not so much a fearsome outlaw as one who is very skilled at building his own legend. Also, like Jango Fett, he's clearly good at hiring associates, which makes him look more competent by connection. He did successfully derail a train with a Road Runner-style painted wall, and came back from the dead at least once with no explanation.



* ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'' has a flashback (one of [[MultipleChoicePast five contradictory ones by the five different band members over the course of five episodes]]) in which Jimmy the Robot mentions that he joined The Aquabats! as a saxophone player. Whenever the show features him playing with the band, however, he's on keyboard.
** What makes this one really odd is [[Music/TheAquabats his actor/real-life counterpart]] ''does'' play sax (and keyboard) for the band.

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* ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'' has ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'':
** There's
a flashback (one of [[MultipleChoicePast five contradictory ones by the five different band members over the course of five episodes]]) in which Jimmy the Robot mentions that he joined The Aquabats! as a saxophone player. Whenever the show features him playing with the band, however, he's on keyboard.
** What makes this one really odd is [[Music/TheAquabats his actor/real-life counterpart]] ''does'' play sax (and keyboard) for the band.
keyboard.



* ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'':
** George is described several times as a genius and claims to have an IQ in the 150s. We never see him exhibit any high level of intelligence or knowledge. The smartest thing we see him do is teach basic English to ESL students. He mentions his ability to speak a number of languages, but never does so on camera. He admits to not knowing any Hebrew and can't remember all six words of the ''Shema'' prayer.

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* ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'':
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Human|UK}}'': George is described several times as a genius and claims to have an IQ in the 150s. We never see him exhibit any high level of intelligence or knowledge. The smartest thing we see him do is teach basic English to ESL students. He mentions his ability to speak a number of languages, but never does so on camera. He admits to not knowing any Hebrew and can't remember all six words of the ''Shema'' prayer.



*** Later media showed that certain Slayer abilities took a lot of practice to use effectively, or occasionally didn't show up at all. Far-future Slayer Fray discovers that she lacks the prophetic dreams that were a feature of early Buffy. Eventually she realises this is because she was a twin - her brother Harth received the dreams, which was a problem once he became a vampire...



** The Writers seemingly attempted to combine Alex and Casey into one character. It backfired spectacularly.



* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': Excalibur is described constantly as a powerful and dangerous sword that can '''only''' be wielded safely by Arthur. Yet not only is it used by both Uther and Merlin in two separate episodes with no drastic consequences, by the time Arthur ''finally'' gets his hands on it at the end of series four, nothing particularly exceptional is done with it. He can't even defeat [[TheBrute Helios]] without help. The sword lives up to its reputation of being able to kill the dead, but it's neither as awesome in the right hands ''or'' as dangerous in the wrong ones as its maker would have you believe.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'': Excalibur is described constantly as a powerful and dangerous sword that can '''only''' be wielded safely by Arthur. Yet not only is it used by both Uther and Merlin in two separate episodes with no drastic consequences, by the time Arthur ''finally'' gets his hands on it at the end of series four, nothing particularly exceptional is done with it. He can't even defeat [[TheBrute Helios]] without help. The sword lives up to its reputation of being able to kill the dead, but it's neither as awesome in the right hands ''or'' as dangerous in the wrong ones as its maker would have you believe.



* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': PlayedForLaughs is the KillerRobot from the ''Adventures of Captain Proton'' holodeck program. All the holodeck characters act like it's a terrifying menace, yet it's just a slow-moving, inept TinCanRobot with a [[RoboSpeak speech impediment]].

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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
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PlayedForLaughs is the KillerRobot from the ''Adventures of Captain Proton'' holodeck program. All the holodeck characters act like it's a terrifying menace, yet it's just a slow-moving, inept TinCanRobot with a [[RoboSpeak speech impediment]].



*** Actually something of an InvokedTrope: Their reputation is based more on the fact that they're still alive eleven seasons into a show where making it more than a year on-screen or off-screen is [[AnyoneCanDie pretty rare]] than anything else. They lampshade the fact that their survival is more a matter of luck and cheap shots than skill on a regular basis, and [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Crowley]]'s entire bit as a villain is understanding that it's not necessarily their _prowess_ that is to be feared.
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