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16th May '16 3:46:47 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* This is how Taz ends up piloting a space shuttle to save earth from a meteor swarm in the ''TazMania'' episode "Astro-Taz". Of course, he thinks it's just a video game.

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* This is how Taz ends up piloting a space shuttle to save earth from a meteor swarm in the ''TazMania'' ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' episode "Astro-Taz". Of course, he thinks it's just a video game.
12th May '16 9:23:49 PM drac0blade
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-->-- ''Anime/CodeGeass:'' ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1w234z6Kvi8&feature=player_detailpage#t=127s The Abridged Series]]''

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-->-- ''Anime/CodeGeass:'' ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1w234z6Kvi8&feature=player_detailpage#t=127s ''Anime/CodeGeass: The Abridged Series]]''
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28th Apr '16 3:36:30 PM konekootome
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* Suzaku in ''FanFic/MyMirrorSwordAndShield'' becomes the Lancelotís pilot while trying to escape the Battle of Shinjuku due to the death of the original test pilot. While he was given a choice to leave, he decides to fight for Lelouch by returning to the Britannian army. Along with his natural talent, Suzaku had two things on his side: years of playing Knightmare simulators and being the future adoptive son of the Lancelotís creator.

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* Suzaku in ''FanFic/MyMirrorSwordAndShield'' becomes the Lancelotís pilot while trying to escape the Battle of Shinjuku due to the death of the original test pilot. While he was given a choice to leave, he decides to fight for Lelouch by returning to the Britannian army. Along with [[BeginnersLuck his natural talent, talent,]] Suzaku had two things on his side: [[IKnowMortalKombat years of playing Knightmare simulators and ]]and being [[KidFromTheFuture the future adoptive son of son]] or the Lancelotís creator.
28th Apr '16 3:26:54 PM konekootome
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* Suzaku in ''FanFic/MyMirrorSwordAndShield'' becomes the Lancelotís pilot while trying to escape the Battle of Shinjuku due to the death of the original test pilot. While he was given a choice to leave, he decides to fight for Lelouch by returning to the Britannian army. Along with his natural talent, Suzaku had two things on his side: years of playing Knightmare simulators and being the future adoptive son of the Lancelotís creator.
21st Apr '16 3:12:23 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** In ''Anime/MacrossDelta''[='s=] first battle, Hayate jumps into an abandoned VF-171 and proceeds to show off some fancy dance-like footwork while dodging enemy fire at close range, which is justified by the fact that he was already a fairly good civilian mecha pilot, with him explicitly noting that the 171's controls are set up similarly to the Destroid Work's. However, his complete lack of ''aircraft'' experience results in him getting almost instantly shot down after transforming his ride into fighter jet mode.

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** In ''Anime/MacrossDelta''[='s=] first battle, Hayate jumps into an abandoned VF-171 and proceeds to show off some fancy dance-like footwork while dodging enemy fire at close range, which is justified by the fact that he was already a fairly good civilian mecha pilot, with him explicitly noting that the 171's controls are set up similarly to the Destroid Work's. However, his complete lack of ''aircraft'' experience results in him getting almost instantly being quickly shot down after transforming his ride into fighter jet mode.
21st Apr '16 3:09:17 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** In ''Anime/MacrossDelta''[='s=] first battle, Hayate jumps into an abandoned VF-171 and proceeds to show off some fancy dance-like footwork while dodging enemy fire at close range, which is justified by the fact that he was already a fairly good civilian mecha pilot. However, his complete lack of ''aircraft'' experience results in him getting almost instantly shot down after transforming his ride into fighter jet mode.

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** In ''Anime/MacrossDelta''[='s=] first battle, Hayate jumps into an abandoned VF-171 and proceeds to show off some fancy dance-like footwork while dodging enemy fire at close range, which is justified by the fact that he was already a fairly good civilian mecha pilot.pilot, with him explicitly noting that the 171's controls are set up similarly to the Destroid Work's. However, his complete lack of ''aircraft'' experience results in him getting almost instantly shot down after transforming his ride into fighter jet mode.
21st Apr '16 2:59:16 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' offers a deconstruction, as Hikaru Ichijo (a.k.a. Rick Hunter of ''{{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.
* Alto, and later with considerably less success to Sheryl, in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier''. Apparently the fact that Alto (and later, Sheryl) was going to piloting school might have been supposed to justify this, but this is the same as someone who's only partially completed real life flight school Falling Into The Cockpit of the military's latest top-secret fighter! Sheryl's attempt has more realistic results. When Alto tries to get to fly it a second time Ozma punches him in the face for his insolence and has him thrown out. Its only afterwards that Ozma gives him a chance, but he has to go through the [[TrainingFromHell proper channels first.]]

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* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' plays with this in a number of different ways:
** ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross''
offers a deconstruction, as Hikaru Ichijo (a.k.a. Rick Hunter of ''{{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, 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.
* ** Alto, and later with considerably less success to Sheryl, in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier''. Apparently the fact that Alto (and later, Sheryl) was going to piloting school might have been supposed to justify this, but this is the same as someone who's only partially completed real life flight school Falling Into The Cockpit of the military's latest top-secret fighter! Sheryl's attempt has more realistic results. When Alto himself tries to get to fly it a second time Ozma punches him in the face for his insolence and has him thrown out. Its It's only afterwards that Ozma gives him a chance, but he has to go through the [[TrainingFromHell proper channels first.]]first]].
** In ''Anime/MacrossDelta''[='s=] first battle, Hayate jumps into an abandoned VF-171 and proceeds to show off some fancy dance-like footwork while dodging enemy fire at close range, which is justified by the fact that he was already a fairly good civilian mecha pilot. However, his complete lack of ''aircraft'' experience results in him getting almost instantly shot down after transforming his ride into fighter jet mode.
11th Apr '16 3:01:15 PM Willbyr
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* Seina Yamada of ''TenchiMuyoGXP'' is actually ''tossed'' into the cockpit, mostly because the people who did so realized the ''god'' (the machine he was tossed into) had chosen him. And mostly because he accidentally dragged a bunch of pirates in with him and they wanted him to get rid of them.

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* Seina Yamada of ''TenchiMuyoGXP'' ''Anime/TenchiMuyoGXP'' is actually ''tossed'' into the cockpit, mostly because the people who did so realized the ''god'' (the machine he was tossed into) had chosen him. And mostly because he accidentally dragged a bunch of pirates in with him and they wanted him to get rid of them.
8th Apr '16 9:13:06 AM psionycx
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** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Rey is able to pilot the ''Millennium Falcon'' to escape from two TIE fighters in a high-speed chase across the desert ScavengerWorld of Jakku. Admittedly, she does have some initial difficulty with handling the ship, and tends to scrape the ground a lot during maneuvers. But she quickly gets the hang of it.
7th Apr '16 3:27:32 AM Tron80
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* In ''Fanfic/PanzerWorldGalient'', when [[HomeBase White Valley]] is being attacked, [[TheHero Jordy]] gets in [[HumongousMecha Galient]] and fights, despite having no training. Justified, since he was being mind-controlled by someone who knew how piloting the mecha.

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* In ''Fanfic/PanzerWorldGalient'', ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'', when [[HomeBase White Valley]] is being attacked, [[TheHero Jordy]] gets in [[HumongousMecha Galient]] and fights, despite having no training. Justified, since he was being mind-controlled by someone who knew how piloting the mecha.
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