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21st Sep '17 5:22:33 AM Koveras
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* This is one of the key character traits of Geralt, the eponymous protagonist of ''Literature/TheWitcher'' series. As ''Literature/TheLastWish'' opens, he is already a highly-trained monster hunter with an unspecified number of decades of both professional and life experience behind him, and we never actually get to see him at any time (outside of a few sketchy flashbacks) when he ''wasn't'' a grizzled, grumpy KnightInSourArmor.
18th Sep '17 8:24:10 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/DirkPittAdventures'' and it's spin-offs, the protagonists are already experts in their fields when we're introduced to them - Pitt himself has years of experience with diving and is a veteran of the Vietnam war, Juan Cabrillo is running his own, ''Anime/BlackLagoon''-esque mercenary company when he's introduced, Isaac Bell is a renowned investigator, Kurt Austin is a leader of a NUMA special tasks team, and the Fargoes are professional treasure hunters.
* In ''Literature/TheMachineriesOfEmpire'':
** Kel Cheris has the rank of a captain when she's introduced, although she's an ''infantry'' captain, which puts her in the position of a newcomer when she's tasked with leading a fleet.
** Shuos Jedao is a more straightforward example, having won countless battles for the Hexarchate by the time him and Cheris cross paths.
* ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'' and it's spin-offs:
** The eponymous protagonist of ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'' is already an accomplished police officer and an occassional problem-solver for her city's supernatural community at the start of the first book, so switching to being an OccultDetective comes easily to her.
** Nikita of ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'' has been a professional assassin for several years before the story starts.
** Like Dora, Witkacy of ''Literature/ShamanBlues'' is a veteran cop (he was even Dora's partner for years before she left the force), which is why he gets involved in the plot in the first place.
17th Sep '17 4:03:13 AM StarTropes
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* All of the captains in the Franchise/StarTrek series count. All of them had to rise up through the ranks and have exemplary records before being given their ship [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine or station]]. Kirk has multiple decorations for valor, Picard [[YouAreInCommandNow fell into command of the Stargazer]] and held onto it for quite some time, Sisko was XO of a ship and principle designer of the ''Defiant'' before commanding ''Deep Space 9'', Janeway was an accomplished science officer and Archer was a respected warp test pilot.

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* All of the captains in the Franchise/StarTrek series count. All of them had to rise up through the ranks and have exemplary records before being given their ship [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine or station]]. Kirk has multiple decorations for valor, Picard [[YouAreInCommandNow fell into command of the Stargazer]] and held onto it for quite some time, Sisko was XO of a ship and principle principal designer of the ''Defiant'' before commanding ''Deep Space 9'', Janeway was an accomplished science officer and Archer was a respected [[AcePilot warp test pilot.pilot]] (a 22nd century Chuck Yeager).
* Series/{{NCIS}} Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs has been with the service for over a decade as of the pilot, and before that was a [[SemperFi Marine Corps sniper]].
14th Sep '17 3:06:27 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Edward and Alphonse Elric are already experienced alchemists who have been working for the Amestris military for three years when the story begins. [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist2003 The 2003 anime adaptation]] in particular provides several episodes worth of flashbacks.

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Edward and Alphonse Elric are already experienced alchemists who have been working for the Amestris military for three years when the story begins. [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist2003 [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist The 2003 first anime adaptation]] in particular provides several episodes worth of flashbacks.
14th Sep '17 3:05:58 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Edward and Alphonse Elric are already experienced alchemists who have been working for the Amestris military for three years when the story begins. The anime provides several episodes worth of flashback.

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Edward and Alphonse Elric are already experienced alchemists who have been working for the Amestris military for three years when the story begins. [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist2003 The 2003 anime adaptation]] in particular provides several episodes worth of flashback.flashbacks.
13th Sep '17 6:14:08 AM GentlemensDame883
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* ''Fanfic/PanopticonQuest'': None of the party are outright rookies, but Jamelia is the most experienced of the lot, with decades of service as a NWO Operative already under her belt, being on personal speaking terms with the head of the entire NWO and plenty of renown or infamy in the eyes of the rest of the World of Darkness.
9th Sep '17 12:07:38 AM jtierney50
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** Likewise, Jack, the HeroicMime protagonist of ''VideoGame/BioShock'', is very familiar with guns and plasmids [[spoiler:as a result of having been a genetic experiment created and raised by the BigBadEnsemble to take down Andrew Ryan]].


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* A favorite of the ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' series. Corvo is already the Royal Protector of the Empress and easily fights off the first assassins sent to kill the Empress, despite their magical leg up. In the [=DLC=], Daud is already an ''extremely'' experienced assassin and user of the Outsider's powers. In [[VideoGame/{{Dishonored 2}} the sequel]], Corvo has years of Royal Protector/Outsider's Mark experience and has likewise been training his daughter Emily in the same way (sans powers). The third game, ''VideoGame/DishonoredDeathOfTheOutsider'', has Meagan Foster/[[spoiler:Billie Lurk, a powerful assassin and ex-protege of Daud]].
8th Sep '17 11:57:44 PM jtierney50
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* Jason Grace of ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' is already skilled with a sword and knows the (Roman) names for many of the Gods and monsters they encounter along the way, although [[LaserGuidedAmnesia he isn't sure why]]. It's eventually revealed that he's [[spoiler:not the son of Greek God Zeus, but his Roman counterpart Jupiter, and is from not Camp Half-Blood, but Camp Jupiter, the Roman camp on the West Coast]].
1st Sep '17 3:20:29 AM HalcyonDayz
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* All of the captains in the Franchise/StarTrek series count. All of them had to rise up through the ranks and have exemplary records before being given their ship [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine or station]]. Kirk has multiple decorations for valor, Picard [[YouAreInCommandNow fell into command of the Stargazer]] and held onto it for quite some time, Sisko was XO of a ship and principle designer of the ''Defiant'' before commanding DS9, Janeway was an accomplished science officer and Archer was a respected warp test pilot.

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* All of the captains in the Franchise/StarTrek series count. All of them had to rise up through the ranks and have exemplary records before being given their ship [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine or station]]. Kirk has multiple decorations for valor, Picard [[YouAreInCommandNow fell into command of the Stargazer]] and held onto it for quite some time, Sisko was XO of a ship and principle designer of the ''Defiant'' before commanding DS9, ''Deep Space 9'', Janeway was an accomplished science officer and Archer was a respected warp test pilot.
24th Aug '17 4:23:23 PM MsZephy7
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* Ye Xiu in ''Literature/TheKingsAvatar'' is a veteran in the Glory game (having played it since the game's conception ten years prior to the start of the series) and is a three-time consecutive championship winner for Excellent Era in the pro gaming scene.
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