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29th Sep '17 10:15:38 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/{{Domina}}'': One of the many [[OurHomunculiAreDifferent Jefferies clones]] crawls into a damaged [[MiniMecha echo]] and uses it with a reasonable amount of skill. It's pointed out that since echoes are {{Mo Cap Mecha}}s, in theory piloting one is no different than fighting normally. It's just not enough when fighting [[BioAugmentation the Erlking]].
24th Sep '17 9:20:02 AM nombretomado
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* Generally soundly averted in ''{{TabletopGame/BattleTech}}'' in that it takes literally years to train somebody to be a good [=MechWarrior=] -- even just to cadet level. The [[BattleTechExpandedUniverse novel]] ''Hearts of Chaos'' sees super-scout and [=BattleMech=] hunter Cassie Suthorn invoke this trope twice (once via hijack, once borrowing a friend's ''Atlas''), and despite everything she knows about 'Mechs from the outside and having taken some lessons in between the two incidents she barely manages to get the machines to do anything useful at all.

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* Generally soundly averted in ''{{TabletopGame/BattleTech}}'' in that it takes literally years to train somebody to be a good [=MechWarrior=] -- even just to cadet level. The [[BattleTechExpandedUniverse [[Franchise/BattleTechExpandedUniverse novel]] ''Hearts of Chaos'' sees super-scout and [=BattleMech=] hunter Cassie Suthorn invoke this trope twice (once via hijack, once borrowing a friend's ''Atlas''), and despite everything she knows about 'Mechs from the outside and having taken some lessons in between the two incidents she barely manages to get the machines to do anything useful at all.
27th Aug '17 4:22:59 AM Doug86
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** Also, in the expanded universe, Maarek Stele (the player character of ''TIEFighter'') was originally a mechanic who was in a fighter (testing it), and happened to be in a position to save a high-ranking officer from attack.

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** Also, in the expanded universe, Maarek Stele (the player character of ''TIEFighter'') ''VideoGame/TIEFighter'') was originally a mechanic who was in a fighter (testing it), and happened to be in a position to save a high-ranking officer from attack.
29th Jul '17 9:22:50 AM nighttrainfm
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* Technically, most of your NPC crew in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. The game starts with Shepard bugging out as the Reapers invade Earth, with everyone aboard the Alliance-impounded Normandy forced to come along for the ride. They're all professionals in one field or another (Anderson was planning to use the ship as his mobile command center), so they make the best of it. Shuttle pilot Steve Cortez is officially your logistics guy, and shares armory duty with Vega - you're just lucky he's ''also'' a damn good pilot. Considering Vega's piloting skills include crashing into other shuttles - deliberately as a case of RammingAlwaysWorks and after Shepard furiously demands that someone take the enemy shuttle down, admittedly - you're lucky to have Cortez. Samantha Traynor, the CommunicationsOfficer, was actually working in R&D, but, like Cortez, she ended up being put into the job and was good at it.

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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'':
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Technically, most of your NPC crew in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''.crew. The game starts with Shepard bugging out as the Reapers invade Earth, with everyone aboard the Alliance-impounded Normandy forced to come along for the ride. They're all professionals in one field or another (Anderson was planning to use the ship as his mobile command center), so they make the best of it. Shuttle pilot Steve Cortez is officially your logistics guy, and shares armory duty with Vega - you're just lucky he's ''also'' a damn good pilot. Considering Vega's piloting skills include crashing into other shuttles - deliberately as a case of RammingAlwaysWorks and after Shepard furiously demands that someone take the enemy shuttle down, admittedly - you're lucky to have Cortez. Samantha Traynor, the CommunicationsOfficer, was actually working in R&D, but, like Cortez, she ended up being put into the job and was good at it.
16th Jul '17 2:24:04 PM Adbot
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** Subverted with the actual ship cockpit itself, as the two [=NPC=]s that do occupy that area are a fully trained and qualified pilot who has been flying the ''Normandy-SR2'' since it first launched (Joker) or the ship's computer in an android body ([=EDI=]).

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** Subverted with the actual ship cockpit itself, as the two [=NPC=]s that do occupy that area are a fully trained and qualified pilot who has been flying the ''Normandy-SR2'' ''Normandy-[=SR2=]'' since it first launched (Joker) or the ship's computer in an android body ([=EDI=]).
16th Jul '17 2:23:03 PM Adbot
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* Downplayed in ''VideoGame/Titanfall2'' While the player character was not an officially trained Titan pilot, by the time they end up with their own Titan they've received ''unofficial'' training from their mentor, Captain Lastimosa.

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* Downplayed in ''VideoGame/Titanfall2'' ''VideoGame/Titanfall2''. While the player character was not an officially trained Titan pilot, by the time they end up with their own Titan they've received ''unofficial'' training from their mentor, Captain Lastimosa.
16th Jul '17 2:20:29 PM Adbot
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** Subverted with the ''actual'' cockpit itself, as the two [=NPC=]s that do occupy that seat are a trained pilot and the ''only'' person in-series to [=EVER=] fly the ''Normandy'' (Joker) or ''the ship's computer itself'' ([=EDI=])

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** Subverted with the ''actual'' actual ship cockpit itself, as the two [=NPC=]s that do occupy that seat area are a fully trained and qualified pilot and who has been flying the ''only'' person in-series to [=EVER=] fly the ''Normandy'' ''Normandy-SR2'' since it first launched (Joker) or ''the the ship's computer itself'' ([=EDI=])in an android body ([=EDI=]).


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* Downplayed in ''VideoGame/Titanfall2'' While the player character was not an officially trained Titan pilot, by the time they end up with their own Titan they've received ''unofficial'' training from their mentor, Captain Lastimosa.
16th Jul '17 2:14:18 PM Adbot
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** Subverted with the ''actual'' cockpit itself, as the two [=NPC=]s that do occupy that seat are a trained pilot and the ''only'' person in-series to [=EVER=] fly the ''Normandy'' (Joker) or ''the ship's computer itself'' ([=EDI=])
6th Jul '17 6:39:51 AM Jake
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* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'' makes a point of averting this trope: Since Unit-00 didn't go berserk during the activation test and Rei was able to deal with the Third Angel, Shinji doesn't have to be thrown into battle with no training out of desperation and his first day in Tokyo-3 is taken up by getting some proper training. [[PeggySue Not that he really needs it]], but Misato doesn't know that. [[spoiler:At first.]]
18th Jun '17 8:32:21 PM nombretomado
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* Played for laughs in a ''Series/GilligansIsland'' episode where Gilligan attempts an escape from the island using a WorldWarTwo Japanese mini-sub. Although he has small-craft handling experience, Gilligan spends a good deal of time circling around the lagoon because the controls of the submarine were unfamiliar to him and labeled in Japanese. Specifically, he blames the compass, but [[FridgeLogic a compass will still point toward magnetic north no matter what language the card is printed in]].

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* Played for laughs in a ''Series/GilligansIsland'' episode where Gilligan attempts an escape from the island using a WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Japanese mini-sub. Although he has small-craft handling experience, Gilligan spends a good deal of time circling around the lagoon because the controls of the submarine were unfamiliar to him and labeled in Japanese. Specifically, he blames the compass, but [[FridgeLogic a compass will still point toward magnetic north no matter what language the card is printed in]].
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