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5th Nov '16 10:14:36 PM BlackSunNocturne
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** The ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' series tends towards this. In a lot of cases they try to justify this via ElitesAreMorGlamorous (the first player character is in the Special Air Service), but then ''2'' ended up with you playing as an Army Ranger, Ramirez, who nevertheless still [[MemeticMutation did everything]].

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** The ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' series tends towards this. In a lot of cases they try to justify this via ElitesAreMorGlamorous ElitesAreMoreGlamorous (the first player character is in the Special Air Service), but then ''2'' ended up with you playing as an Army Ranger, Ramirez, who nevertheless still [[MemeticMutation did everything]].
21st Oct '16 2:02:54 PM Gitman
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* In ''Film/TheHurtLocker,'' Sanborn and James make a pretty good sniper/spotter team despite being EOD technicians. Both career fields require years of highly specialized training, and it's unlikely two soldiers in the same squad would be experts in both specialties. On the other hand, the film goes out of its way to avert this trope in other areas, making it obvious that James doesn't know what he's doing when he tries his hand at intelligence gathering or hunting for insurgents.
12th Sep '16 11:02:41 PM Kadorhal
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* In the Soviet campaign of the original ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'', you played as an infantryman, then at one point there was a tank mission justified with a blurb about lack of tank crews leading to your reassignment, and then back on foot for the finale. ''Call of Duty 2'' wisely avoided this by making it clear you played as a different character in the tank missions, then ''World at War'' did the same thing as the first, with even the ''rest'' of your tank's crew seemingly being comprised of other soldiers .

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* In the Soviet campaign of the original ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'', you played as an infantryman, then at one point there was a tank mission justified with a blurb about lack of tank crews leading to your reassignment, and then back on foot for the finale. ''Call of Duty 2'' wisely avoided this by making it clear you played as a different character in the tank missions, then ''World at War'' did the same thing as the first, with even the ''rest'' of your tank's crew seemingly being comprised of other soldiers .soldiers from the same squad as you.
12th Sep '16 3:30:57 PM Kadorhal
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* In the Soviet campaign of the original ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'', you played as an infantryman, then at one point there was a tank mission justified with a blurb about lack of tank crews leading to your reassignment, and then back on foot for the finale. ''Call of Duty 2'' wisely avoided this by making it clear you played as a different character in the tank missions, then ''World at War'' did the same thing as the first.
** [[VideoGame/ModernWarfare "RAMIREZ! ]][[MemeticMutation Do everything!'']]

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* In the Soviet campaign of the original ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'', you played as an infantryman, then at one point there was a tank mission justified with a blurb about lack of tank crews leading to your reassignment, and then back on foot for the finale. ''Call of Duty 2'' wisely avoided this by making it clear you played as a different character in the tank missions, then ''World at War'' did the same thing as the first.
first, with even the ''rest'' of your tank's crew seemingly being comprised of other soldiers .
** [[VideoGame/ModernWarfare "RAMIREZ! ]][[MemeticMutation Do everything!'']]The ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' series tends towards this. In a lot of cases they try to justify this via ElitesAreMorGlamorous (the first player character is in the Special Air Service), but then ''2'' ended up with you playing as an Army Ranger, Ramirez, who nevertheless still [[MemeticMutation did everything]].
1st Sep '16 12:38:55 PM Morgenthaler
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* A slightly different example from ''WorldInConflict'': [[NonEntityGeneral 2nd Lt. (later Lt. and Cpt.) Parker]] is originally an infantry commander, yet throughout the game, he is given command not only over infantry squads, but also armored units, AA batteries, heavy artillery batteries and even attack helicopters in one mission, and in much greater quantities than you would expect for such a junior officer. The ExpansionPack features a different PlayerCharacter but he also comes from the infantry corner, yet is on one occasion given control over ''artillery batteries''.

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* A slightly different example from ''WorldInConflict'': ''VideoGame/WorldInConflict'': [[NonEntityGeneral 2nd Lt. (later Lt. and Cpt.) Parker]] is originally an infantry commander, yet throughout the game, he is given command not only over infantry squads, but also armored units, AA batteries, heavy artillery batteries and even attack helicopters in one mission, and in much greater quantities than you would expect for such a junior officer. The ExpansionPack features a different PlayerCharacter but he also comes from the infantry corner, yet is on one occasion given control over ''artillery batteries''.
1st May '16 6:07:31 PM StarSword
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A form of EconomyCast. Often a special case of TheMainCharactersDoEverything. Usually requires the character to have a UniversalDriversLicense.

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A form of EconomyCast. Often a special case of TheMainCharactersDoEverything. Usually requires the character to have a UniversalDriversLicense.
UniversalDriversLicense. SisterTrope to OmnidisciplinaryScientist and OmnidisciplinaryLawyer.



* ''Literature/TheMakoSaga'': Precisely ''because'' it's meant to teach and require every possible skill a soldier could know, no one ''Mako Assault'' player '''can''' be an expert in everything so the game ''has'' to be played as a team. Similarly the Renegades do come out of their training as commandos who can also be {{Ace Pilot}}s, but they all have their own particular areas of expertise: Lee is by far the best pilot and the main strategist, Mac is the second-best pilot and the best hacker, Link is a sniper, Hamish is the demolitions guy, and Danny is an infantryman and martial artist. They're all ''competent'' in each other's skillsets, but they all lean on the others.



* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' suffers from this, notably in the later seasons. Justified, in that by that point they have too few people left to split the work, but the fact that the show has no Marine among the main cast really shows in how often the main characters have to go outside their specialization.

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** {{Lampshaded}} in one episode when the 58th complain about this; Colonel [=McQueen=] justifies it with the Marine creed that every Marine is a rifleman. (This is not accurate, even in the Marines. Despite the text of the creed, in real life sending naval aviators in as infantry ''on purpose'' is a stupid risk of very expensively trained officers.)
** {{Deconstructed}} in "Sugar Dirt". The 58th are ordered to land their planes and join in ground combat, which lets their fighters be destroyed on the ground when the Chigs spring their trap.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' suffers from this, notably in the later seasons. Justified, in that by that point they have too few people left to split the work, but the fact that the show has no Marine among the main cast really shows in how often the main characters have to go outside their specialization.



* Harm from ''Series/{{JAG}}'' who, despite being a lawyer, seems to be able to perform every single job in the US Navy; from flying a fighter jet to parachuting out of a helicopter with a squad of marines. He can also do every job in the Marine Corps, going undercover as a Force Recon Gunnery Sargent, later being complimented as a "credit to the uniform".

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* Harm from ''Series/{{JAG}}'' who, despite being a lawyer, seems to be able to perform every single job in the US Navy; from flying a fighter jet to parachuting out of a helicopter with a squad of marines. He can also do every job in the Marine Corps, going undercover as a Force Recon Gunnery Sargent, Sergeant, later being complimented as a "credit to the uniform".
23rd Mar '16 12:21:28 PM howdotheyriseup
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* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', TheEngineer and former soldier Moloch von Zinzer explains that being able to do more than one job was necessary in the army just to stay alive.
--> '''Von Zinzer:''' These days, machines are more important than soldiers. If you know how to ''fix'' machines it makes you more ''valuable''.
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4th Sep '15 9:43:26 AM StFan
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-->-- '''Mike Nelson''' regarding ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'', ''{{Podcast/Rifftrax}}''

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-->-- '''Mike Nelson''' regarding ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'', ''{{Podcast/Rifftrax}}''
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* In ''GIJoe'' it was typical to see characters doing things they shouldn't have been expected to, starting with General Hawk (the leader) doubling as the Surface-to-Air-Missile operator.
** Lady Jaye and the Baroness, both intelligence experts, both found themselves in the backseat of dogfighting jets at one point.

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* ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' does this often: In the side stories Reinhard's and Kircheis' first assignment after graduating from military school was driving a scout vehicle in the ground forces. Then an assignment as chief navigator (Reinhard) and security officer on a destroyer, a stint as military police investigators, and a cruiser captaincy for Reinhard with Kircheis tagging along as security officer again. Later, when Reinhard was a commodore commanding a flotilla of 100 vessels, he personally took to the field during a ground assault on an enemy base and captured their commander. In the main series, Reuentahl and Mittermeyer don powered armour and personally participate in the capture of Ovlesser and the station he commands, even though they were already admirals at the time.
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* In ''GIJoe'' ''Franchise/GIJoe'' it was typical to see characters doing things they shouldn't have been expected to, starting with General Hawk (the leader) doubling as the Surface-to-Air-Missile operator.
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operator. Lady Jaye and the Baroness, both intelligence experts, both found themselves in the backseat of dogfighting jets at one point.

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* The page quote is elicited in the ''{{Podcast/Rifftrax}}'' version of ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'' when John Connor simply starts flying an abandoned helicopter in the middle of a skirmish. This means that he has training as a chopper pilot... despite not being one of the Resistance's chopper pilots.
** Though, ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' mentions that Sarah shacked up with whoever she could to learn military stuff off for John. [[CrazyPrepared Flying a helicopter could easily have been one of the skills]].

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* The page quote is elicited in the ''{{Podcast/Rifftrax}}'' ''Podcast/{{Rifftrax}}'' version of ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'' when John Connor simply starts flying an abandoned helicopter in the middle of a skirmish. This means that he has training as a chopper pilot... despite not being one of the Resistance's chopper pilots.
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pilots. Though, ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' mentions that Sarah shacked up with whoever she could to learn military stuff off for John. [[CrazyPrepared Flying a helicopter could easily have been one of the skills]].




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* Specifically {{invoked|Trope}} in the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'', as Wedge Antilles wanted pilots who could double as commandos in a pinch. Therefore when re-forming Rogue Squadron in the eponymous book, if given the choice between two pilots of equal skill, he always picked the one with useful ground-based skills as well. Done the other way around in the Wraith Squadron books, where Wedge wanted commandos who could fly fighters as well.
* In ''[[GauntsGhosts Ghostmaker]]'', the Royal Volpone Bluebloods are an elite SuperSoldier force that practices regularly with every conceivable discipline of war they might be expected to use in addition to their standard shock trooper know-how. This allows them to, for instance, storm an enemy's fortified bunker and then seize and use the artillery guns on top with pinpoint accuracy. About the one thing they can't handle is stealth, which is fortunately the specialty of their rival regiment, the eponymous Ghosts -- near to every Tanith Ghost regardless of role is accomplished at stealth, tracking, and survival. When they team up in the novel's climax, they perform a next-to-impossible feat by pushing a force of about sixty into the enemy's line in the middle of a torrential storm, running roughshod over an entire army with their interlocking skills.

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* ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' featured space fighter pilots who also doubled as land troops for some reason.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' suffered from this notably in the later seasons. Justified, in that by that point they have too few people left to split the work, but the fact that the show has no Marine among the main cast really shows in how often the main characters have to go outside their specialization.
* In Creator/KenBurns' TVDocumentary ''[[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar The Civil War]]'' there were two soldiers - Elisha Hunt Rhodes on the North's side and Sam Watkins on the South - who seemed to be at every major battle of the war in a variety of duties. Rhodes went from Private to Colonel during the war. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] inasmuch as these were real people.
* Harm from ''Series/{{JAG}}'' who, despite being a lawyer, seems to be able to perform every single job in the US Navy; from flying a fighter jet to parachuting out of a helicopter with a squad of marines.
** He can also do every job in the Marine Corps, going undercover as a Force Recon Gunnery Sargent, later being complimented as a "credit to the uniform".
* Pollo and Vorenus on ''{{Series/Rome}}'' went from infantrymen to commanding a squad of German cavalry in between episodes. That was quite frankly the ''most'' believable part [[TheGump about their career]].

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* ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' does this often: In the side stories Reinhard's and Kircheis' first assignment after graduating from military school was driving a scout vehicle in the ground forces. Then an assignment as chief navigator (Reinhard) and security officer on a destroyer, a stint as military police investigators, and a cruiser captaincy for Reinhard with Kircheis tagging along as security officer again. Later, when Reinhard was a commodore commanding a flotilla of 100 vessels, he personally took to the field during a ground assault on an enemy base and captured their commander. In the main series, Reuentahl and Mittermeyer don powered armour and personally participate in the capture of Ovlesser and the station he commands, even though they were already admirals at the time.

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* Specifically {{invoked|Trope}} in the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'', ''Literature/XWingSeries'', as Wedge Antilles wanted pilots who could double as commandos in a pinch. Therefore when re-forming Rogue Squadron in the eponymous book, if given the choice between two pilots of equal skill, he always picked the one with useful ground-based skills as well. Done the other way around in the Wraith Squadron books, where Wedge wanted commandos who could fly fighters as well.
* In ''[[GauntsGhosts ''[[Literature/GauntsGhosts Ghostmaker]]'', the Royal Volpone Bluebloods are an elite SuperSoldier force that practices regularly with every conceivable discipline of war they might be expected to use in addition to their standard shock trooper know-how. This allows them to, for instance, storm an enemy's fortified bunker and then seize and use the artillery guns on top with pinpoint accuracy. About the one thing they can't handle is stealth, which is fortunately the specialty of their rival regiment, the eponymous Ghosts -- near to every Tanith Ghost regardless of role is accomplished at stealth, tracking, and survival. When they team up in the novel's climax, they perform a next-to-impossible feat by pushing a force of about sixty into the enemy's line in the middle of a torrential storm, running roughshod over an entire army with their interlocking skills.

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* ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' featured features space fighter pilots who also doubled double as land troops for some reason.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' suffered suffers from this this, notably in the later seasons. Justified, in that by that point they have too few people left to split the work, but the fact that the show has no Marine among the main cast really shows in how often the main characters have to go outside their specialization.
* In Creator/KenBurns' TVDocumentary ''[[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar The Civil War]]'' there were are two soldiers - -- Elisha Hunt Rhodes on the North's side and Sam Watkins on the South - -- who seemed seem to be at every major battle of the war in a variety of duties. Rhodes went goes from Private to Colonel during the war. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] {{Justified|Trope}} inasmuch as these were real people.
* Harm from ''Series/{{JAG}}'' who, despite being a lawyer, seems to be able to perform every single job in the US Navy; from flying a fighter jet to parachuting out of a helicopter with a squad of marines.
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marines. He can also do every job in the Marine Corps, going undercover as a Force Recon Gunnery Sargent, later being complimented as a "credit to the uniform".
* Pollo and Vorenus on ''{{Series/Rome}}'' went ''Series/{{Rome}}'' go from infantrymen to commanding a squad of German cavalry in between in-between episodes. That was is quite frankly the ''most'' believable part [[TheGump about their career]].

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* ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' does this often: In More or less the side stories Reinhard's and Kircheis' first assignment after graduating from military school was driving a scout vehicle in point of the ground forces. Then an assignment as chief navigator (Reinhard) and security officer on a destroyer, a stint as military police investigators, and a cruiser captaincy for Reinhard with Kircheis tagging along as security officer again. Later, when Reinhard was a commodore commanding a flotilla of 100 vessels, he personally took to the field during a ground assault on an enemy base and captured their commander. In the main series, Reuentahl and Mittermeyer don powered armour and personally participate Dawn Caste in the capture of Ovlesser ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', who -- given time and the station he commands, right Charms -- can be a tactical genius, Musashi-level swordsman, knife-thrower extraordinaire and kung fu master who can put an arrow through your eye from the [[WeirdMoon Silver Chair of Night]]. And that's just with their Caste abilities; when you consider their other abilities, they can also be guerrillas, ninjas, cavalrymen, sailors or even though they were already admirals at the time.

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* In VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}, as there are no character classes as such, every soldier can perform all combat roles. This is somewhat averted with the aliens, some of whom specialise in particular tasks (Harridans are snipers, Reapers are close combat specialists etc.).

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* More or less the point of the Dawn Caste in ''{{Exalted}}'', who - given time and the right Charms - can be a tactical genius, Musashi-level swordsman, knife-thrower extraordinaire and kung fu master who can put an arrow through your eye from the [[WeirdMoon Silver Chair of Night]]. And that's just with their Caste abilities; when you consider their other abilities, they can also be guerrillas, ninjas, cavalrymen, sailors or even sorcerers.

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* In VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}, ''VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}'', as there are no character classes as such, every soldier can perform all combat roles. This is somewhat averted with the aliens, some of whom specialise in particular tasks (Harridans are snipers, Reapers are close combat specialists etc.).

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* More or less the point of the Dawn Caste in ''{{Exalted}}'', who - given time and the right Charms - can be a tactical genius, Musashi-level swordsman, knife-thrower extraordinaire and kung fu master who can put an arrow through your eye from the [[WeirdMoon Silver Chair of Night]]. And that's just with their Caste abilities; when you consider their other abilities, they can also be guerrillas, ninjas, cavalrymen, sailors or even sorcerers.

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** [[ModernWarfare "RAMIREZ! ]][[MemeticMutation Do everything!'']]

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* ''LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' does this often: In the side stories Reinhard's and Kircheis' first assignment after graduating from military school was driving a scout vehicle in the ground forces. Then an assignment as chief navigator (Reinhard) and security officer on a destroyer, a stint as military police investigators, and a cruiser captaincy for Reinhard with Kircheis tagging along as security officer again. Later, when Reinhard was a commodore commanding a flotilla of 100 vessels, he personally took to the field during a ground assault on an enemy base and captured their commander. In the main series, Reuentahl and Mittermeyer don powered armour and personally participate in the capture of Ovlesser and the station he commands, even though they were already admirals at the time.

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* ''LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' does this often: In the side stories Reinhard's and Kircheis' first assignment after graduating from military school was driving a scout vehicle in the ground forces. Then an assignment as chief navigator (Reinhard) and security officer on a destroyer, a stint as military police investigators, and a cruiser captaincy for Reinhard with Kircheis tagging along as security officer again. Later, when Reinhard was a commodore commanding a flotilla of 100 vessels, he personally took to the field during a ground assault on an enemy base and captured their commander. In the main series, Reuentahl and Mittermeyer don powered armour and personally participate in the capture of Ovlesser and the station he commands, even though they were already admirals at the time.
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