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9th Apr '16 7:14:20 PM Freezer
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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Rock Lee has wanted to become a ninja since childhood, but it turned out he has almost no potential for ninjutsu (special techniques) or genjutsu (illusion techniques), with below average taijutsu (hand-to-hand combat abilities). He was ready to give up until he met Might Guy, one of the Leaf Village's strongest ninja who focuses almost entirely on taijutsu. Taking Guy as a role model, Lee compensated for his lack of natural ability by training at every opportunity he could until, through taijutsu alone, he was able to keep up with his classmates.



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26th Aug '15 7:04:41 PM mlsmithca
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* ''Series/RedDwarf'': Arnold Judas Rimmer is desperate to become an Officer in the Space Corps, and yet failed his Astronavigation exam [[strike: nine]] [[strike: ten]] [[strike: eleven]] thirteen times. All in an attempt to [[WellDoneSonGuy win his mother's approval]]. The novel describes it best:

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* ''Series/RedDwarf'': Arnold Judas Rimmer is desperate to become an Officer in the Space Corps, and yet failed his Astronavigation exam [[strike: nine]] [[strike: ten]] [[strike: eleven]] thirteen times. All in an attempt to [[WellDoneSonGuy win his mother's approval]]. The novel describes it best:



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21st Aug '15 11:06:09 PM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/EdWood--his [[Film/EdWood big-screen]] and RealLife versions--wanted to be a great movie director whose films would be remembered long after his death. [[SoBadItsGood Two out of three ain't bad, we suppose.]]
** ''Film/{{Birdemic}}'' director James Nguyen is one angora sweater away from following in Wood's exact footsteps. As is [[Film/TheRoom Tommy]] [[Literature/TheDisasterArtist Wiseau]].
* In ''Film/CitizenKane'', Susan Alexander, second wife of Charles Foster Kane, gets put out on a huge opera debut by her husband. While her voice may be pleasant for something singing in the shower, she is not cut out for opera in any way. Her vocal teacher loudly proclaims she is unteachable and more or less [[FacePalm facepalms]] every time she sings. [[SmallNameBigEgo Kane]] won't listen to Susan, the instructor, or every newspaper critic in America and insists she keeps going on stage.\\
Creator/OrsonWelles later regretted this part of the film, as people assumed she was based on screen actress and William Randolph Hearst's paramour Marion Davies, who Welles (and many others) felt was actually a fairly talented actress and a nice person. Marion Davies was well-suited to romantic comedies-- unfortunately, Hearst saw her as the second coming of Mary Pickford and kept putting her in lavish, sentimental dramas that didn't take advantage of her talents.

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* Creator/EdWood--his [[Film/EdWood big-screen]] and RealLife versions--wanted to be a great movie director whose films would be remembered long after his death. [[SoBadItsGood Two out of three ain't bad, we suppose.]]
** ''Film/{{Birdemic}}'' director James Nguyen is one angora sweater away from following in Wood's exact footsteps. As is [[Film/TheRoom Tommy]] [[Literature/TheDisasterArtist Wiseau]].
* In ''Film/CitizenKane'', Susan Alexander, second wife of Charles Foster Kane, gets put out on a huge opera debut by her husband. While her voice may be pleasant for something singing in the shower, she is not cut out for opera in any way. Her vocal teacher loudly proclaims she is unteachable and more or less [[FacePalm facepalms]] every time she sings. [[SmallNameBigEgo Kane]] won't listen to Susan, the instructor, or every newspaper critic in America and insists she keeps going on stage.\\
Creator/OrsonWelles later regretted this part of the film, as people assumed she was based on screen actress and William Randolph Hearst's paramour Marion Davies, who Welles (and many others) felt was actually a fairly talented actress and a nice person. Marion Davies was well-suited to romantic comedies-- unfortunately, Hearst saw her as the second coming of Mary Pickford and kept putting her in lavish, sentimental dramas that didn't take advantage of her talents.
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* Linguini of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' wants to be a great chef, even more so when he discovers [[spoiler:he's Auguste Gusteau's son]]. Unfortunately for him, he's a total LethalChef. While discovering he's a bad chef (especially without Remy), he turns out to be an ace maître d'.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}'': Rodney's father has a lifelong dream to play trumpet in a band. In the end he gets to live out his dream, and... he sucks. Well he ''did'' say he was a little rusty. He's been out of practice for at least twenty years.

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* Creator/EdWood--his [[Film/EdWood big-screen]] and RealLife versions--wanted to be a great movie director whose films would be remembered long after his death. [[SoBadItsGood Two out of three ain't bad, we suppose.]]
** ''Film/{{Birdemic}}'' director James Nguyen is one angora sweater away from following in Wood's exact footsteps. As is [[Film/TheRoom Tommy]] [[Literature/TheDisasterArtist Wiseau]].
* In ''Film/CitizenKane'', Susan Alexander, second wife of Charles Foster Kane, gets put out on a huge opera debut by her husband. While her voice may be pleasant for something singing in the shower, she is not cut out for opera in any way. Her vocal teacher loudly proclaims she is unteachable and more or less [[FacePalm facepalms]] every time she sings. [[SmallNameBigEgo Kane]] won't listen to Susan, the instructor, or every newspaper critic in America and insists she keeps going on stage.\\
Creator/OrsonWelles later regretted this part of the film, as people assumed she was based on screen actress and William Randolph Hearst's paramour Marion Davies, who Welles (and many others) felt was actually a fairly talented actress and a nice person. Marion Davies was well-suited to romantic comedies-- unfortunately, Hearst saw her as the second coming of Mary Pickford and kept putting her in lavish, sentimental dramas that didn't take advantage of her talents.



* Linguini of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' wants to be a great chef, even more so when he discovers [[spoiler:he's Auguste Gusteau's son]]. Unfortunately for him, he's a total LethalChef. While discovering he's a bad chef (especially without Remy), he turns out to be an ace maître d'.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}'': Rodney's father has a lifelong dream to play trumpet in a band. In the end he gets to live out his dream, and... he sucks. Well he ''did'' say he was a little rusty. He's been out of practice for at least twenty years.
26th Jul '15 5:32:46 PM rjung
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* [[Franchise/SpiderMan Peter Parker]] had to deal with an unwanted fangirl in the form of Sally Avril, who was inspired by Spider-Man to try and become a costumed heroine herself. Unfortunately, she simply didn't have the talent for it, and eventually got herself killed when she insisted on continuing despite Spidey's repeated attempts to talk her out of doing it.

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* [[Franchise/SpiderMan In ''ComicBook/UntoldTalesOfSpiderMan,'' Peter Parker]] Parker had to deal with an unwanted fangirl in the form of Sally Avril, who was inspired by Spider-Man to try and become a costumed heroine herself. Unfortunately, she simply didn't have the talent for it, and eventually got herself killed when she insisted on continuing despite Spidey's repeated attempts to talk her out of doing it.
8th Jul '15 7:10:12 PM Freezer
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* The TropeCodifier is Rincewind of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series. Rincewind does have many actual skills (he's something of an {{Omniglot}}, for starters; he can scream for mercy in nineteen languages, and just scream in another forty-four) and he seems to be a semi-competent librarian, but he dreams of being a real wizard. Unfortunately for him, he is [[ThisLoserIsYou "a natural wizard in the same way fish are natural mountaineers."]] He does have most of the traits of a wizard, including ones that are, well, magical (like seeing the Eighth Colour). The only ones he doesn't seem to have are the ability to ''do'' magic, and knowledge of when he is to die (and even ''Death'' doesn't know when Rincewind is to die, so that might not be a failure on his wizardiness per se). Usually wizards (and witches) learn when they're going to die a week or so in advance (barring accidents). But Rincewind ''assumes'' he's going to die on a daily basis, so the actual ''knowledge'' probably wouldn't register as anything different. Given that the main occupation of Discworld wizards is not doing magic, it could be argued that he's got too much talent.

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* The TropeCodifier is Rincewind of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series. Rincewind does have many actual skills (he's something of an {{Omniglot}}, for starters; he can scream for mercy in nineteen languages, and just scream in another forty-four) and he seems to be a semi-competent librarian, librarian (a job one would think would be ideal for someone as [[DirtyCoward risk-adverse]] as Rincewind), but he dreams of being a real wizard. Unfortunately for him, he is [[ThisLoserIsYou "a natural wizard in the same way fish are natural mountaineers."]] He does have most of the traits of a wizard, including ones that are, well, magical (like seeing the Eighth Colour). The only ones he doesn't seem to have are the ability to ''do'' magic, and knowledge of when he is to die (and even ''Death'' doesn't know when Rincewind is to die, so that might not be a failure on his wizardiness per se). Usually wizards (and witches) learn when they're going to die a week or so in advance (barring accidents). But Rincewind ''assumes'' he's going to die on a daily basis, so the actual ''knowledge'' probably wouldn't register as anything different. Given that the main occupation of Discworld wizards is not doing magic, it could be argued that he's got too much talent.
8th Jul '15 6:11:23 PM Lightblade
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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has a few examples:
** The [[PrestigiousPlayerTitle planeswalker]] Chandra Nalaar is the daughter of two renowned artificers on her home plane of [[SteamPunk Kaladesh]]. Chandra didn't have the patience for it. She eventually finds her talent in [[PlayingWithFire pyromancy]].
** The planeswalker Tibalt hails from the plane of [[GothicHorror Innistrad]], where he wanted to become a skabaren, a MadScientist specializing in [[FrankensteinsMonster stitching together zombies out of body parts]]. His failure in this field caused him to shift his focus to the pain of living beings.
3rd Jul '15 1:04:50 PM Arha
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* Waver Velvet in ''LightNovel/FateZero'' wants to be a great magus, but lacks the necessary heredity. You see, magical ability apart from a few freaks tends to be something gained over the generations and Waver is a nobody. He enters the Grail War as a sort of revenge against a teacher that snubbed his work and mocked him in front of a class by. Unfortunately, his paper stating hard work can make up for talent is both obvious and gibberish: Hard work will make you better at something, but with no aptitude from the start hard work can only get you so far, and it certainly won't grow you magical body parts that you weren't born with. However, it turns out that while he's rather bad at magic himself, he's quite good at educating others and helping them maximize their own potential. Which is something he has no interest in, even as it gives him a solid career and good social standing.
12th Mar '15 12:46:16 PM tropeminer
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** Real Life example, ''Film/{{Birdemic}}'' director James Nguyen is one angora sweater away from following in Wood's exact footsteps. As is [[Film/TheRoom Tommy]] [[Literature/TheDisasterArtist Wiseau]].

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** Real Life example, ''Film/{{Birdemic}}'' director James Nguyen is one angora sweater away from following in Wood's exact footsteps. As is [[Film/TheRoom Tommy]] [[Literature/TheDisasterArtist Wiseau]].
12th Mar '15 12:44:44 PM tropeminer
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** Real Life example, ''Film/{{Birdemic}}'' director James Nguyen is one angora sweater away from following in Wood's exact footsteps. As is [[Film/TheRoom Tommy]] [[Literature/TheDisasterArtist Wiseau]].



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* Many applicants who desire to be contestants on talent search competitions sadly.
* ''Film/{{Birdemic}}'' director James Nguyen is one angora sweater away from following in Wood's exact footsteps. As is [[Film/TheRoom Tommy]] [[Literature/TheDisasterArtist Wiseau]].
12th Mar '15 12:41:52 PM tropeminer
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* Many applicants who apply to be contestants on talent search competitions sadly.

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* Many applicants who apply desire to be contestants on talent search competitions sadly.
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