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16th May '16 11:25:40 AM Doug86
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* ConanTheBarbarian is like this. Even in "The Tower of the Elephant", where he is about 17, he's already had considerable experience although Howard described him in a letter as "more daring than adroit at thievery, and has yet to earn a reputation among other followers of his profession." "At the age of 15, he received his baptism of blood at the siege of the border city of Venarium, between Gunderland and Cimmeria."

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* ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian is like this. Even in "The Tower of the Elephant", "Literature/TheTowerOfTheElephant", where he is about 17, he's already had considerable experience although Howard described him in a letter as "more daring than adroit at thievery, and has yet to earn a reputation among other followers of his profession." "At the age of 15, he received his baptism of blood at the siege of the border city of Venarium, between Gunderland and Cimmeria."
15th May '16 11:54:52 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In contrast to most ''TalesSeries'' protagonists, Yuri Lowell has already joined, trained with, and left the Imperial Knights by the start of ''TalesOfVesperia''. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation Stat-wise, he still begins from scratch]], but he's at least established as a skilled fighter and got his [[{{Magitek}} Bodhi Blastia]] and [[HeroicDog Repede]] from the experience.

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* In contrast to most ''TalesSeries'' protagonists, Yuri Lowell has already joined, trained with, and left the Imperial Knights by the start of ''TalesOfVesperia''.''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation Stat-wise, he still begins from scratch]], but he's at least established as a skilled fighter and got his [[{{Magitek}} Bodhi Blastia]] and [[HeroicDog Repede]] from the experience.
5th May '16 9:57:56 PM BURGINABC
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* ''{{Disney/Zootopia}}'': Technically an Experienced {{Deuteragonist}}, but Nick Wilde knows pretty much everything there is to know about the city of Zootopia and its criminal underbelly, having lived there making a living as a small-time con artist for about 20 years. This is contrasted with main protagonist Judy Hopps, a rookie cop who has lived in the city for less than a week.

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* ''{{Disney/Zootopia}}'': Technically an Experienced {{Deuteragonist}}, but Nick Wilde knows pretty much everything there is to know about the city of Zootopia and its criminal underbelly, having lived there making a living as a small-time con artist for about 20 years. This is contrasted with main protagonist [[NaiveNewcomer Judy Hopps, Hopps]], a rookie cop who has lived in the city for less than a week.
5th May '16 9:54:47 PM BURGINABC
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* ''{{Disney/Zootopia}}'': Technically an Experienced {{Deuteragonist}}, but Nick Wilde knows pretty much everything there is to know about the city of Zootopia and its criminal underbelly, having lived there making a living as a small-time con artist for about 20 years. This is contrasted with main protagonist Judy Hopps, a rookie cop who has lived in the city for less than a week.
30th Apr '16 2:34:38 PM zarpaulus
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* In Literature/HonorHarrington's first novel, ''On Basilisk Station'', she has already commanded one vessel and is starting on her second. And has been out of the Academy for well over a decade.

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* In Literature/HonorHarrington's first novel, ''On Basilisk Station'', she has already commanded one vessel and is starting on her second. And has been out of the Academy for well over a decade. Still, her XO has some trouble taking orders from her as she [[OlderThanTheyLook looks like]] a teenager, despite being over forty.



* The titular character of ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'' often gives the impression that he's been a Ranger for a few decades, especially whenever he lectures his AI partner/cadet Omnibus. In sharp contrast to the [[IdenticalGrandson ancestor]] he shares a name with as portrayed in [[Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor his own comic]].

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* The titular character of ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'' often gives the impression that he's been a Ranger for a few decades, especially whenever he lectures his AI partner/cadet Omnibus. In sharp contrast to the [[IdenticalGrandson ancestor]] he shares a name with as portrayed in [[Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor his own comic]]. In one arc he discusses a mission he was on fifty years previous, though due to his species' long natural lifespan and longevity treatments he's still in his prime.
23rd Apr '16 9:27:28 AM Piando
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* Spike Spiegel and Jet Black from ''Manga/CowboyBebop'' are characters with skills and pasts from the very start. Spike was a head enforcer for a huge gang and Jet was a notorious police officer nicknamed "The Black Dog" for his tenacity.

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* Spike Spiegel and Jet Black from ''Manga/CowboyBebop'' ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' are characters with skills and pasts from the very start. Spike was a head enforcer for a huge gang and Jet was a notorious police officer nicknamed "The Black Dog" for his tenacity.
21st Apr '16 7:37:14 PM NanoMoose
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* In the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series, Naked Snake (aka Big Boss) and Solid Snake are experienced special forces operatives who were subsequently involved in FOXHOUND after being assigned to the unit from the Green Berets. PlayedWith in that Players Are Morons is in effect, so in every game the protagonist has a support crew talking to him through comms walking them through incredibly basic facts that they'd either know about already or should have been able to quickly deduce (it gets pretty meta in that this is even incorporated into the plot).

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* In the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series, Naked Snake (aka Big Boss) and Solid Snake are experienced special forces operatives who were subsequently involved in FOXHOUND after being assigned to the unit from the Green Berets. PlayedWith in that Players Are Morons is in effect, new players still have to be guided through things, so in every game the protagonist has a support crew talking to him through comms walking them through and explaining incredibly basic facts that they'd he'd either know about already or should have been able to quickly deduce (it gets pretty meta in that this is even incorporated into the plot).



* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' has an interesting use of the trope. On your first pkaythrough, Mike Thorton can have one of five backstories. Four of them, available from the start, all have Mike already experienced in some way, whether it be decorated in the armed forces (Soldier), having years in covert operations (Field Agent), demonstrating remarkable field work (Tech Specialist), or being a globetrotting Freelancer. This experience is reflected in a higher number of base skill points. The fifth class is Rookie, which unlocks new dialogue options and certain bonuses, but gives Mike fewer skill points to start with. Beating the game as a Rookie unlocks the Veteran background for a NewGamePlus, which has Mike already a member of a similar agency to the eponymous one prior to his seeking them out; he has more skills points and unlocks more dialogue options from the beginning.

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* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' has an interesting use of the trope. On your first pkaythrough, playthrough, Mike Thorton can have one of five backstories. Four of them, available from the start, all them have Mike already experienced in some way, whether it be decorated in the armed forces (Soldier), having years in covert operations (Field Agent), demonstrating remarkable field work (Tech Specialist), or being a globetrotting Freelancer. This experience is reflected in a higher number of base skill points. The fifth class is Rookie, which unlocks new dialogue options and certain bonuses, but gives Mike fewer skill points to start with. Beating Only beating the game as a Rookie unlocks the Veteran background for a NewGamePlus, which has Mike already a member of a similar agency to the eponymous one prior to his seeking them out; he has more skills skill points and unlocks more dialogue options from the beginning.



* ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'': Sam Fisher was already an experienced Navy SEAL before joining Third Echelon.

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* ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'': Sam Fisher was already an experienced Navy SEAL before joining Third Echelon.Echelon, and in the first game had been doing his job for some time before the plot.
21st Apr '16 7:31:39 PM NanoMoose
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* Both Kiritsugu Emiya and Saber in ''LightNovel/FateZero''. Kiritsugu is an expert magus killer who is returning to his old job after a ten-year hiatus. In Saber's case, already being an established, powerful warrior is a PREREQUISITE for being summoned as a Servant.

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* Both Kiritsugu Emiya and Saber in ''LightNovel/FateZero''. Kiritsugu is an expert magus killer who is returning to his old job after a ten-year hiatus. In Saber's case, already being an established, famous (or infamous) as a powerful warrior is a PREREQUISITE prerequisite for being summoned as a Servant.Heroic Spirit.



* Alucard from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' is an overpowered vampire, who was in battles for hundreds of years.

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* Alucard from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' is an overpowered vampire, insanely powerful vampire who was personally commanded armies and fought in battles for hundreds of years.even as a mortal. The centuries since then have only made him stronger. This makes him markedly different from the antagonist vampires he encounters, who tend to be "young" and unused to calling on their abilities in combat.



* The ''Film/JamesBond'' films, from ''Film/DrNo'' through Creator/PierceBrosnan's Bond character, had 007 established as an ace agent who could do incredible feats and was at the top of his savvy and game. It was only the three Creator/DanielCraig-as-Bond movies that showed a new 007 making rookie mistakes, paying a price, and learning from them. Even then, he is still demonstrates an impressive set of skills and level of physical fitness that he already possessed, which- if it follows the rough canon of the series- he got from being Cambridge educated and spending time in the Navy (possibly as a commando), amongst other misadventures.

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* The ''Film/JamesBond'' films, from ''Film/DrNo'' through Creator/PierceBrosnan's Bond character, had 007 established as an ace agent who could do incredible feats and was at the top of his savvy and game. It was only the three Creator/DanielCraig-as-Bond movies that showed a new 007 making rookie mistakes, paying a price, and learning from them. Even then, he is still demonstrates an impressive set of skills and level of physical fitness that he already possessed, which- which - if it follows the rough canon of the series- series - he got from being Cambridge educated and spending time in the Navy (possibly as a commando), amongst other misadventures.



* ''Film/VanHelsing'' has the titular character who is already an accomplished monster hunter whose reputation precedes him and he is known even in the distant and remote Transylvania.

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* ''Film/VanHelsing'' has the titular eponymous character who is already an accomplished monster hunter whose reputation precedes him and he is known even in the distant and remote Transylvania.



* Cordelia of the Literature/VorkosiganSaga is a bit over 30 and is TheCaptain over a ship in the Betan Astronomical Survey when we first meet her. Her experiences there (especially herding a bunch of scientists) help her when she is put into the high political circles of Barrayar.
* Cazaril in ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} The Curse of Chalion]]'' is about 35 and has experience as a courier, a castle warden, courtier, and captain (also beggar, galley slave, and other non-conforming jobs). However, he entirely lacks experience as a tutor for a princess (though he does find it's somewhat alike training an young officer), and even less as a saint.

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* Cordelia of the Literature/VorkosiganSaga is a bit over 30 and is TheCaptain over of a ship in the Betan Astronomical Survey when we first meet her. Betans have very high standards of education, so it's actually more impressive than it sounds. Her experiences there (especially herding a bunch of scientists) help her when she is put into the high political circles of Barrayar.
* Cazaril in ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} The Curse of Chalion]]'' is about 35 and has experience as a courier, a castle warden, courtier, and captain (also beggar, galley slave, and other non-conforming jobs). However, he entirely lacks experience as a tutor for a princess (though he does find it's somewhat alike training an a young officer), and even less as a saint.



* Most of the protagonists in the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series are this, coming from a military or law enforcement background (e.g. the first game's protagonist were S.T.A.R.S members). The main aversions being the ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilOutbreak'' spinoff series, (which focuses on the normal citizens of Raccoon City during the ZombieApocalypse of the first three games) and the second game (Leon being a rookie cop and Claire being a civilian[[note]]Albeit the sister of one of the S.T.A.R.S team from the first game[[/note]] - They've both become this trope in the later games, however). Jake Mueller is an experienced mercenary and Sherry is an experienced agent with the Division of Security Operations after years of being in custody of the American government before Resident Evil 6 begins. Piers was an ex-commando before he was recruited to be in the [=BSAA=] when the events of the tie-in manga "Biohazard: Marhawa Desire" start.

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* Most of the protagonists in the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series are this, coming from a military or law enforcement background (e.g. the first game's protagonist were S.T.A.R.S members). The main aversions being the ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilOutbreak'' spinoff series, (which focuses on the normal citizens of Raccoon City during the ZombieApocalypse of the first three games) and the second game (Leon being a rookie cop and Claire being a civilian[[note]]Albeit civilian, albeit the sister of one of the S.T.A.R.S team from the first game[[/note]] - They've both become this trope in the later games, however).game). Jake Mueller is an experienced mercenary and Sherry is an experienced agent with the Division of Security Operations after years of being in custody of the American government before Resident Evil 6 begins. Piers was an ex-commando before he was recruited to be in the [=BSAA=] when the events of the tie-in manga "Biohazard: Marhawa Desire" start.



* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' plays with this. Mike Thorton can have one of a [[MultipleChoicePast plethora of different backstories]]. One of them is Rookie, which unlocks new dialogue options, but gives Mike less skill points to start with. The other four classes available from the start all go this way and have Mike already experienced in some way, whether it be decorated in the armed forces (Soldier), having years in covert operations (Field Agent), demonstrating remarkable field work (Tech Specialist), or being a globetrotting Freelancer. This experience is reflected in a higher number of base skill points. Beating the game as a rookie unlocks the Veteran background for a NewGamePlus, which opens up even more in the game and has Mike already being a veteran member of a similar agency to the eponymous one prior to his seeking them out.

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* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' plays with this. has an interesting use of the trope. On your first pkaythrough, Mike Thorton can have one of a [[MultipleChoicePast plethora five backstories. Four of different backstories]]. One of them is Rookie, which unlocks new dialogue options, but gives Mike less skill points to start with. The other four classes them, available from the start start, all go this way and have Mike already experienced in some way, whether it be decorated in the armed forces (Soldier), having years in covert operations (Field Agent), demonstrating remarkable field work (Tech Specialist), or being a globetrotting Freelancer. This experience is reflected in a higher number of base skill points. The fifth class is Rookie, which unlocks new dialogue options and certain bonuses, but gives Mike fewer skill points to start with. Beating the game as a rookie Rookie unlocks the Veteran background for a NewGamePlus, which opens up even more in the game and has Mike already being a veteran member of a similar agency to the eponymous one prior to his seeking them out.out; he has more skills points and unlocks more dialogue options from the beginning.
15th Apr '16 12:40:38 PM sorako
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* The heroes from ''LightNovel/RokkaNoYuusha'', the chosen warriors must be among the best in the world.

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* The heroes from ''LightNovel/RokkaNoYuusha'', ''LightNovel/RokkaBravesOfTheSixFlowers'', the chosen warriors must be among the best in the world.
2nd Apr '16 8:05:28 AM erazor0707
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' starts with Mr. Incredible as a famous superhero. Much of the plot involves how he deals with being forced underground, then getting a chance to get back in the game.


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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' starts with Mr. Incredible as a famous superhero. Much of the plot involves how he deals with being forced underground, then getting a chance to get back in the game.
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