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25th Jul '16 8:39:30 PM Tyrathius
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** In ''The Force Awakens'', Rey manages to hijack Kylo Ren's MindRape ability and turn it back on him, and later defeats him in a lightsaber duel, despite having no training whatsoever and only having known about her abilities for about a day. Kylo isn't a particularly powerful Force user, at least compared to what we saw in the original trilogy and the prequels, but he's still got at least a few years of training. Rey is just way stronger in the Force than he is.
18th Jul '16 4:50:45 AM jormis29
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* ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'' depicts several egregious uses of this trope, such as when Perseus has a pegasus show up for no apparent reason and ''literally finds a magic sword laying on the ground.'' The original ''{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}'' at least attempted a justification by showing the gods interfering in the course of events. While jarring to a modern audience, this kind of thing was actually very common in the original Greek myths. So common, in fact, that they served as the origin of the phrase, ''deus ex machina''.

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* ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'' depicts several egregious uses of this trope, such as when Perseus has a pegasus show up for no apparent reason and ''literally finds a magic sword laying on the ground.'' The original ''{{Clash ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}'' at least attempted a justification by showing the gods interfering in the course of events. While jarring to a modern audience, this kind of thing was actually very common in the original Greek myths. So common, in fact, that they served as the origin of the phrase, ''deus ex machina''.
18th Jul '16 1:01:27 AM PaulA
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* ''ClashOfTheTitans'' depicts several egregious uses of this trope, such as when Perseus has a pegasus show up for no apparent reason and ''literally finds a magic sword laying on the ground.'' The original ''Clash'' at least attempted a justification by showing the gods interfering in the course of events. While jarring to a modern audience, this kind of thing was actually very common in the original Greek myths. So common, in fact, that they served as the origin of the phrase, ''deus ex machinae.''

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* ''ClashOfTheTitans'' ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'' depicts several egregious uses of this trope, such as when Perseus has a pegasus show up for no apparent reason and ''literally finds a magic sword laying on the ground.'' The original ''Clash'' ''{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}'' at least attempted a justification by showing the gods interfering in the course of events. While jarring to a modern audience, this kind of thing was actually very common in the original Greek myths. So common, in fact, that they served as the origin of the phrase, ''deus ex machinae.''machina''.



* In ''HighSchoolMusical'', newcomers Troy and Gabriella get the lead roles in the school musical over veteran actors Sharpay and Ryan.

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* In ''HighSchoolMusical'', ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'', newcomers Troy and Gabriella get the lead roles in the school musical over veteran actors Sharpay and Ryan.
10th Jul '16 11:41:48 PM ritzoreo
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** In ''Return of the Jedi'', Luke is able to hold his own against Vader, but Vader was already wavering in his resolve to convert Luke, as evidenced by the regret in his voice during his earlier conversation with Luke in the lift. Luke, however, was dead set on killing Vader. But he still refuses to kill Vader, and the latter sacrifices himself to kill the Emperor so that Luke might live. So, if anything, it showed that Yoda was right, and that Luke was definitely not prepared to face either Vader or the Emperor, while Vader ended up being the one to defeat the Emperor and save the Galaxy.

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** In ''Return of the Jedi'', Luke is able to hold his own against Vader, but Vader was already wavering in his resolve to convert Luke, as evidenced by the regret in his voice during his earlier conversation with Luke in the lift. Luke, however, did get at least several months of more grueling training under Yoda and he was dead set on killing Vader.Vader after being pushed of the edge. But he still refuses to kill Vader, and the latter sacrifices himself to kill the Emperor so that Luke might live. So, if anything, it showed that Yoda was right, and that Luke was definitely not prepared to face either Vader or the Emperor, while Vader ended up being the one to defeat the Emperor and save the Galaxy.
9th Jul '16 10:48:12 PM BlackYakuzu94
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* Averted in Manga/ShokugekNoSoma, every single exceptionally skilled chef is constantly shown to be making improvements to their cooking styles and that even if they are "gifted", the moment when they stop trying to improve is when their skills begin to stagnate. [[TheHero Soma]] even points out in the beginning of the series that even if the other students have been studying fine cuisine since middle school, he's been cooking in the kitchen for ''twelve'' years and definitely outperforms a significant portion of the student body as a result. Despite being among the best students in the whole school, Soma is always finding ways to improve his recipes and continues to aim to overcome the handful students that are better than him.

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* Averted in Manga/ShokugekNoSoma, Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma, every single exceptionally skilled chef is constantly shown to be making improvements to their cooking styles and that even if they are "gifted", the moment when they stop trying to improve is when their skills begin to stagnate. [[TheHero Soma]] even points out in the beginning of the series that even if the other students have been studying fine cuisine since middle school, he's been cooking in the kitchen for ''twelve'' years and definitely outperforms a significant portion of the student body as a result. Despite being among the best students in the whole school, Soma is always finding ways to improve his recipes and continues to aim to overcome the handful students that are better than him.
9th Jul '16 10:43:19 PM BlackYakuzu94
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* {{Averted}} in the manga version of ''Manga/SailorMoon'': Makoto is the one who is supernaturally strong amd Minako merely trains a lot, and the one time they fought due Makoto being BrainwashedAndCrazy Minako [[OneHitKO knocked her out with a single vicious kick]].

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* {{Averted}} in the manga version of ''Manga/SailorMoon'': Makoto is the one who is supernaturally strong amd and Minako merely trains a lot, and the one time they fought due Makoto being BrainwashedAndCrazy Minako [[OneHitKO knocked her out with a single vicious kick]].


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* Averted in Manga/ShokugekNoSoma, every single exceptionally skilled chef is constantly shown to be making improvements to their cooking styles and that even if they are "gifted", the moment when they stop trying to improve is when their skills begin to stagnate. [[TheHero Soma]] even points out in the beginning of the series that even if the other students have been studying fine cuisine since middle school, he's been cooking in the kitchen for ''twelve'' years and definitely outperforms a significant portion of the student body as a result. Despite being among the best students in the whole school, Soma is always finding ways to improve his recipes and continues to aim to overcome the handful students that are better than him.
7th Jul '16 9:57:50 AM Willbyr
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* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is an extreme version. The title character literally did not train ''at all'', instead skipping right to fighting monsters for an hour or two after school each day. Within a week she's stronger than someone else around her age who had been training ''his entire life'', and by the end of the first season (at most a couple months) she's become A (elite) rank. When there are more seasons, much RankInflation ensues though there's at least a considerable TimeSkip between the second and third seasons.

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* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is an extreme version. The title character literally did not train ''at all'', instead skipping right to fighting monsters for an hour or two after school each day. Within a week she's stronger than someone else around her age who had been training ''his entire life'', and by the end of the first season (at most a couple months) she's become A (elite) rank. When there are more seasons, much RankInflation ensues though there's at least a considerable TimeSkip between the second and third seasons.



* In ''MuhyoAndRoji'', during Muhyo's days at the academy, [[spoiler:Enchu]] works hard to become an Executor while Yoichi and Muhyo slack off. However, Muhyo soon realizes his talent, and despite [[spoiler:Enchu]] pulling all-nighters when he and Muhyo are considered for Executor, Muhyo is chosen.

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* In ''MuhyoAndRoji'', ''Manga/MuhyoAndRoji'', during Muhyo's days at the academy, [[spoiler:Enchu]] works hard to become an Executor while Yoichi and Muhyo slack off. However, Muhyo soon realizes his talent, and despite [[spoiler:Enchu]] pulling all-nighters when he and Muhyo are considered for Executor, Muhyo is chosen.
22nd Jun '16 3:12:24 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': In chapter 9 Asuka complains that she worked hard for one decade to become the best pilot, and she was being beaten by a barely-trained rookie.
-->'''Asuka:''' Of course I'm upset! How would you feel, Shinji, if you devoted your whole life to something and it didn't pay off? I've been training to be an Eva pilot for ten years. Ten years, Shinji! I should be the best! I worked at it, damn it! I worked hard for it! But instead, you, who's been piloting for less than a year, can beat me! And you're not even trying! What the hell was I doing, if I can get beaten by some jerk they grabbed off the street?!
7th Jun '16 10:29:33 PM MyFinalEdits
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*** Of course, the series also averts this trope in a major way. Upon birth, Goku was considered low-class cannon fodder and shipped off to Earth as an "invasion baby", on the reasoning that even little Kakkarot with his Fighting Power of 1 could trash ''that'' InsignificantLittleBluePlanet in his [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Great Ape]] form. At the same time, Vegeta, a young child regarded as a fighting prodigy due to his royal bloodline, was already incredibly powerful[[note]]''Dragon Ball Cardass'' gives his power as 2900, meaning that if he'd shown up during the Vegeta Saga at that age, he ''still'' could have beaten all the human fighters without breaking a sweat[[/note]]. As we all know, Goku went on to become more powerful than Vegeta, something he himself observed in their first fight when he said "Even 'trash' can surpass an elite if he trains hard enough!"
*** However, Vegeta does succeed in one important regard. While Goku and Vegeta both become {{Physical God}}s, Vegeta does it '''entirely''' through training (both on his own and as a student of Whis, the most powerful person in the universe), while Goku needed to perform a special ritual where he borrowed power from five other Saiyans before he could achieve the same level of power. This is acknowledged in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', where Goku says that it proves Vegeta surpassed him, and confesses to being a little jealous.
** Averted with Goku and Gohan. Gohan has far greater inherent potential, but does not find fighting and martial arts fun, so he prefers having a normal life to constant practice. Goku, on the other hand, spends most of his life (and whatever parts of his afterlife we saw) undergoing ever more extreme TrainingFromHell and eventually outpaces Gohan.
*** Gohan in his mystic form ends up becoming the most powerful unfused character in the entire series due to his potential, only outpaced by Goku and Vegeta, who kept up their training while Gohan finally knuckled down and concentrated on studying.

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*** Of course, the series also averts this trope in a major way. Upon birth, Goku was considered low-class cannon fodder and shipped off to Earth as an "invasion baby", on the reasoning that even little Kakkarot with his Fighting Power of 1 could trash ''that'' InsignificantLittleBluePlanet in his [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Great Ape]] form. At the same time, Vegeta, a young child regarded as a fighting prodigy due to his royal bloodline, was already incredibly powerful[[note]]''Dragon Ball Cardass'' gives his power as 2900, meaning that if he'd shown up during the Vegeta Saga at that age, he ''still'' could have beaten all the human fighters without breaking a sweat[[/note]]. As we all know, Goku went on to become more powerful than Vegeta, something he himself observed in their first fight when he said "Even 'trash' can surpass an elite if he trains hard enough!"
*** However, Vegeta does succeed in one important regard. While Goku and Vegeta both become {{Physical God}}s, Vegeta does it '''entirely''' through training (both on his own and as a student of Whis, the most powerful person in the universe), while Goku needed to perform a special ritual where he borrowed power from five other Saiyans before he could achieve the same level of power. This is acknowledged in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', where Goku says that it proves Vegeta surpassed him, and confesses to being a little jealous.
** Averted with Goku and Gohan. Gohan has far greater inherent potential, but does not find fighting and martial arts fun, so he prefers having a normal life to constant practice. Goku, on the other hand, spends most of his life (and whatever parts of his afterlife we saw) undergoing ever more extreme TrainingFromHell and eventually outpaces Gohan.
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Gohan. Gohan in his mystic form ends up becoming the most powerful unfused character in the entire series due to his potential, only outpaced by Goku and Vegeta, who kept up their training while Gohan finally knuckled down and concentrated on studying.
7th Jun '16 8:00:48 PM LinTaylor
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**** However, Vegeta does succeed in one important regard. While Goku and Vegeta both become {{Physical God}}s, Vegeta does it '''entirely''' through training (both on his own and as a student of Whis, the most powerful person in the universe), while Goku needed to perform a special ritual where he borrowed power from five other Saiyans before he could achieve the same level of power. This is acknowledged in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', where Goku says that it proves Vegeta surpassed him, and confesses to being a little jealous.
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