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12th Dec '17 6:47:46 AM Qrow
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* Sam and Dean of ''Series/Supernatural'' spent most of their childhood and adolescence learning to [[HunterOfMonsters hunt monsters]] from their father (somewhat unwillingly on Sam's part). Even in the Pilot they're pretty casual when discussing the MonsterOfTheWeek.

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* Sam and Dean of ''Series/Supernatural'' ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' spent most of their childhood and adolescence learning to [[HunterOfMonsters hunt monsters]] from their father (somewhat unwillingly on Sam's part). Even in the Pilot they're pretty casual when discussing the MonsterOfTheWeek.
12th Dec '17 6:47:00 AM Qrow
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* Sam and Dean of ''Series/Supernatural'' spent most of their childhood and adolescence learning to [[HunterOfMonsters hunt monsters]] from their father (somewhat unwillingly on Sam's part). Even in the Pilot they're pretty casual when discussing the MonsterOfTheWeek.
8th Dec '17 7:22:11 PM creader
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2nd Oct '17 4:50:35 PM FordPrefect
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* This is especially true for actions flicks that are vehicles for aging action stars. Creator/JohnWayne went through this in later years and ''Film/TheExpendables'' series revolves around this idea.
* Film/TooBigToFail is about a financial crisis, and the man who solves the crisis, isn't some low level banker or bureaucrat, but the US Treasury Secretary himself. Hank Paulson's previous job as CEO of a major investment bank is mentioned multiple times in this movie ... just in case you forgot that!!

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* This is especially true for actions action flicks that are vehicles for aging action stars. Creator/JohnWayne went through this in later years and ''Film/TheExpendables'' series revolves around this idea.
* Film/TooBigToFail is about a financial crisis, and the man who solves the crisis, crisis isn't some low level banker or bureaucrat, but the US Treasury Secretary himself. Hank Paulson's previous job as CEO of a major investment bank is mentioned multiple times in this movie ... just in case you forgot that!!
2nd Oct '17 4:49:34 PM FordPrefect
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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 - 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 - 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.
2nd Oct '17 4:48:43 PM FordPrefect
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This character's story only begins (specifically at the start of the FIRST work of a series) after they have finished their training, have attained most of their power, and made a name for themselves. They may even be a LivingLegend or be FamedInStory. The audience may only learn of their BackStory in a prequel, short flashback, or have it be mentioned orally, if they even learn of it at all. Usually the conflict they end up placed in is one specifically in their area of expertise or where their knowledge and training can be adapted to new uses. Some of their back stories are learned from AllThereInTheManual.

Because the protagonist is often also the AudienceSurrogate, they are often a newcomer to the setting and have to learn everything and develop their skills - whether for fighting or whatever else the story focuses on - from scratch. In such cases the AudienceSurrogate may be a supporting character or a {{Deuteragonist}}.

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This character's story only begins (specifically at the start of the FIRST first work of a series) after they have finished their training, have attained most of their power, and made a name for themselves. They may even be a LivingLegend or be FamedInStory. The audience may only learn of their BackStory in a prequel, short flashback, or have it be mentioned orally, if they even learn of it at all. Usually the conflict they end up placed in is one specifically in their area of expertise or where their knowledge and training can be adapted to new uses. Some of their back stories are learned from AllThereInTheManual.

Because the protagonist is often also the AudienceSurrogate, they are often a newcomer to the setting and have to learn everything and develop their skills - whether for fighting or whatever else the story focuses on - from scratch. In such cases When ExperiencedProtagonist is used instead, the AudienceSurrogate may be a supporting character or a {{Deuteragonist}}.
28th Sep '17 7:49:34 AM salvadorfranz
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel III'', Rean Schwarzer starts the game already a war veteran with at least 3 wars in his belt, compared to his previous self in the past two games where he was a newbie and who had to fight for his place.
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]].
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