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17th Jan '16 6:26:06 PM CockroachCharlie
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*** Though, to be fair, that IS more experience than anybody else has.
21st Dec '15 2:41:55 AM Adept
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* In ''FlightOfTheNavigator'', a little boy that had been TouchedByVorlons is recruited to pilot a UFO.
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* In ''FlightOfTheNavigator'', ''Film/FlightOfTheNavigator'', a little boy that had been TouchedByVorlons is recruited to pilot a UFO.
14th Dec '15 9:58:04 AM MachRider1985
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* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': Subverted. When Shinji gets into his giant robot, Gendo and everyone else believe he is piloting EVA for first time, with no previous knowledge or training. He is not, due to time-travel, but it is in his best interest making everyone believing that he has never met an Evangelion, and he successfully deceives them.
29th Nov '15 7:38:59 AM Harem-author
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* Zigzagged like crazy in ''Anime/BuddyComplex''. After being hurled into the future, the lead character finds himself inside the cockpit of an experimental mecha, during an armed attack. That particular mecha was designed to synchronize the two brain patterns of the designated pilot and the AcePilot. The entire series is spent training him how to both pilot the mecha and "couple" with the ace.
27th Nov '15 2:17:38 PM poi99
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That's not what Justified Trope means.
This is a JustifiedTrope if you make the right assumptions. Some military vehicles (helicopters, aircraft) will never be easy to pick up on the fly, but there's equipment out there that's specifically designed to be easy to operate. The Soviet Union particularly valued easily-learned equipment (and Russia has inherited that priority); the T-54/T-55 series of tanks (and engineering vehicles based on them) have basically the same controls as a large truck, except that they have steering levers instead of steering wheels. (To turn, pull the lever on the side you want to turn to, then release it once you've re-oriented.)
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This is a JustifiedTrope if you make the right assumptions.trope isn't necessarily as contrived or nonsensical as it might first appear. Some military vehicles (helicopters, aircraft) will never be easy to pick up on the fly, but there's equipment out there that's specifically designed to be easy to operate. The Soviet Union particularly valued easily-learned equipment (and Russia has inherited that priority); the T-54/T-55 series of tanks (and engineering vehicles based on them) have basically the same controls as a large truck, except that they have steering levers instead of steering wheels. (To turn, pull the lever on the side you want to turn to, then release it once you've re-oriented.)
23rd Nov '15 2:43:42 AM MachRider1985
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* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': When Matarael and its spawn came along and invaded the city Shinji was dragged along to the Evangelion Unit 01 and ordered to pilot it. Later he describes the episode to Asuka and she is flabbergasted -since he piloted an Eva without prior training- and horrified -since nobody informed him of the risks (most people die or go mad when they try to pilot one)-.
14th Nov '15 5:13:45 PM nombretomado
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* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' offers a deconstruction, as Hikaru Ichijo (a.k.a. Rick Hunter of ''{{Robotech}}''), a stunt-flying prodigy, ends up in the cockpit of a Transforming HumongousMecha/Fighter Jet just when the day needs saving. He proceeds to stumble around and cause a great deal of property damage, because while civilian display team flying is fairly applicable to flying a Jet Fighter, it has ''nothing'' to do with robot piloting skills. A crash course from a mentor keeps him from falling into buildings, but he only becomes competent after enlisting in the army and spending a reasonable amount of time in training.
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* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' offers a deconstruction, as Hikaru Ichijo (a.k.a. Rick Hunter of ''{{Robotech}}''), ''{{Anime/Robotech}}''), a stunt-flying prodigy, ends up in the cockpit of a Transforming HumongousMecha/Fighter Jet just when the day needs saving. He proceeds to stumble around and cause a great deal of property damage, because while civilian display team flying is fairly applicable to flying a Jet Fighter, it has ''nothing'' to do with robot piloting skills. A crash course from a mentor keeps him from falling into buildings, but he only becomes competent after enlisting in the army and spending a reasonable amount of time in training.
23rd Oct '15 1:26:56 AM pvsage
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** Really, most of the Power Rangers in general fall into this category. It IS a show that depends on HumongousMecha to win the day, after all...
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** Really, most of the Power Rangers in general fall into this category. It IS a show that depends on HumongousMecha to win the day, after all...all. ** In the premiere episode of the original ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' Trini and Billy [[LampshadeHanging comment]] on how piloting their Zords comes naturally to them.
11th Oct '15 3:48:32 AM erforce
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* In ''SnakesOnAPlane'', Troy is the one with the most experience to land the plane - [[IKnowMortalKombat through video games]].
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* In ''SnakesOnAPlane'', ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane'', Troy is the one with the most experience to land the plane - [[IKnowMortalKombat through video games]].

* In ''TheLastStarfighter'', Alex is EverybodysDeadDave coerced into piloting the last fighting starship in the peace-loving part of the universe.
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* In ''TheLastStarfighter'', ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'', Alex is EverybodysDeadDave coerced into piloting the last fighting starship in the peace-loving part of the universe.
9th Oct '15 10:26:38 PM ExOttoyuhr
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It may work in RealLife if lucky or desperate enough, since a lot of machines' operation is designed to be intuitive: controls of a tank (or engineering vehicle based on a tank) from the T-54/T-55 series, for example, are very similar to a truck (except for steering levers instead of a wheel, and even they are intuitive (pull the lever for the corresponding direction, leave other untouched)). The long and demanding training of a machine operator is not needed to drive the machine, but to drive it in a '''safe''' and economically viable manner. In a desperate last stand, [[TheLastDance safety is the last thing people would think about]].
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It may work in RealLife This is a JustifiedTrope if lucky or desperate enough, since a lot of machines' operation is you make the right assumptions. Some military vehicles (helicopters, aircraft) will never be easy to pick up on the fly, but there's equipment out there that's specifically designed to be intuitive: controls of a tank (or engineering vehicle based on a tank) from easy to operate. The Soviet Union particularly valued easily-learned equipment (and Russia has inherited that priority); the T-54/T-55 series, for example, are very similar to series of tanks (and engineering vehicles based on them) have basically the same controls as a truck (except for large truck, except that they have steering levers instead of a wheel, and even they are intuitive (pull steering wheels. (To turn, pull the lever for on the corresponding direction, leave other untouched)). The long side you want to turn to, then release it once you've re-oriented.) Also note that in all militaries, part of learning to handle equipment is learning to handle it safely. Many devices are easy to use in reckless fashions -- and demanding training of a machine operator is not needed to drive the machine, but to drive it in a '''safe''' and economically viable manner. In a desperate last stand, [[TheLastDance safety if things are desperate enough, using things recklessly is the last thing people would think about]]. fine]].
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