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22nd Apr '17 8:23:34 PM nombretomado
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* Played straight with annoying regularity in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest''. Many characters pick up their weapons and seem to immediately know everything about it, despite there being absolutely no (or only a tenuous) reason for their knowledge. Although [[AllThereInTheManual instructions are provided]] this still does not fully [[JustifiedTrope justify]] this trope's presence. On the other hand, there ''are'', admittedly, some characters who would have the knowhow due to prior experiences.

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* Played straight with annoying regularity in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest''.''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest''. Many characters pick up their weapons and seem to immediately know everything about it, despite there being absolutely no (or only a tenuous) reason for their knowledge. Although [[AllThereInTheManual instructions are provided]] this still does not fully [[JustifiedTrope justify]] this trope's presence. On the other hand, there ''are'', admittedly, some characters who would have the knowhow due to prior experiences.
8th Apr '17 3:48:40 PM nombretomado
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** Luke becomes a Jedi in the unspecified period of time it takes the Millennium Falcon to reach Bespin sans hyperdrive. It takes only a few minutes of screen time and no indication is given of extreme time passing. Although real Jedi apparently started training in early childhood, Luke is able to put up a good fight against Vader and use powers such as force jump by the time he leaves the planet. By ''ReturnOfTheJedi'', Luke, who's otherwise spent most of his time looking for Han rather than training, is now a full-blown Jedi, being able to employ mind tricks and numerous other Jedi powers with little effort. He's also a far better swordsman, able to defeat Vader this time.

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** Luke becomes a Jedi in the unspecified period of time it takes the Millennium Falcon to reach Bespin sans hyperdrive. It takes only a few minutes of screen time and no indication is given of extreme time passing. Although real Jedi apparently started training in early childhood, Luke is able to put up a good fight against Vader and use powers such as force jump by the time he leaves the planet. By ''ReturnOfTheJedi'', ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Luke, who's otherwise spent most of his time looking for Han rather than training, is now a full-blown Jedi, being able to employ mind tricks and numerous other Jedi powers with little effort. He's also a far better swordsman, able to defeat Vader this time.
1st Apr '17 4:11:57 AM Doug86
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* Kintaro Oe of ''GoldenBoy'' can master complex skills overnight, through nothing more than insane determination.

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* Kintaro Oe of ''GoldenBoy'' ''Manga/GoldenBoy'' can master complex skills overnight, through nothing more than insane determination.
16th Mar '17 10:55:55 AM Rhodes7
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* In ''Fanfic/ShinobiTheRPG'' Daisuke can instantly master skills by putting points into them when he levels, balanced slightly by regular training doing almost nothing for him. Also, having maxed out INT stat and chakra control from a young age lets him pretty much make up new jutsu on the spot.
10th Mar '17 1:02:07 PM ChaoticNovelist
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** Col. Rhodes from ''Film/IronMan2'' is immediately adept at piloting his stolen suit, which is in direct contrast to the slow, awkward process of mastering the controls Tony Stark went through in the first film - and he designed the damn thing.
** Not to mention, Obadiah Stane in the [[Film/IronMan1 first movie]] mastering his Iron Monger suit instantly.
** Then there's Tony himself, who makes every other inventor even in the Marvel universe look like morons in comparison. He seems to be able to know the ins and outs of any piece of tech he encounters and even fix problems in that tech that has eluded everybody else for years if not decades even if he's never seen it before or if it's not actually pure tech. One example in ''Film/IronMan3'' would be Extremus, a compound designed to cause regeneration in life forms including limbs with major issues that Tony fixes most of within five minutes of seeing it for the first time, despite the fact that he had no indications of knowing anything about biology up to that point.

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** Col. Rhodes from ''Film/IronMan2'' is immediately adept at piloting his stolen suit, which an aversion. He is in direct contrast to the slow, awkward process of mastering the controls Tony Stark went through in clearly wobbly the first film - time he uses the Mk.2 suit and he designed it is controlled to a large extent remotely in the damn thing.
** Not
climax. He is never shown to mention, have the same level of skill as Tony, the designer who worked out the kinks until much later.
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Obadiah Stane in the [[Film/IronMan1 first movie]] mastering relies on computer assistance to pilot his Iron Monger suit instantly.
** Then there's
Monger. When Tony himself, who rips out its wires, he can't shoot a missile at Tony even when his target is at close range.
** Tony himself is noted in-universe to be a RenaissanceMan ("the Da Vinci of our time") and because of this he
makes every other inventor even in the Marvel universe look like morons in comparison. He seems to be able to know the ins and outs of any piece of tech he encounters and even fix problems in that tech that has eluded everybody else for years if not decades even if he's never seen it before or if it's not actually pure tech. One example in ''Film/IronMan3'' would be Extremus, a compound designed to cause regeneration in life forms including limbs with major issues that Tony fixes most of within five minutes of seeing it for the first time, despite the fact that he had no indications of knowing anything about biology up to that point.



* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', so much. Jake goes running out the door as soon as he physically can, while Norm is still doing motor skill tests. And that's only the beginning: Jake learns to speak the native language, ride a direhouse, ride a GiantFlyer, archery ''on'' the Giant Flyer, and [[spoiler:rally the Na'vi people against Quaritch]] all inside 3 months. It's even pointed out before they first get in the pods that Norm has logged hundreds of hours in the simulator, while Jake has only read the manual. Not to mention the fact that Jake hasn't been able to walk for months (subjective time, since he spent years in cryo).

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* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', so much. ''Film/{{Avatar}}'': Jake goes running out the door as soon as he physically can, while Norm is still doing motor skill tests. And that's only the beginning: Jake learns to speak the native language, ride a direhouse, ride a GiantFlyer, archery ''on'' the Giant Flyer, and [[spoiler:rally the Na'vi people against Quaritch]] all inside 3 months. It's even pointed out before they first get in the pods that Norm has logged hundreds of hours in the simulator, while Jake has only read the manual. Not to mention the fact that Jake hasn't been able to walk for months (subjective time, since he spent years in cryo).



* ''Film/AntMan'' gives us Scott Lang, who learns how to effectively utilize the Ant-Man suit (both its size-changing mechanism and the device in the helmet that allows him to mentally control swarms of ants) in about a day, while also receiving a crash course in martial arts. It ''is'' established early on that he's a really smart guy who's already in great shape, but mastering three skills like that so quickly is a stretch.

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* ''Film/AntMan'' gives us Scott Lang, who learns how to effectively utilize the Ant-Man suit (both its size-changing mechanism and the device in the helmet that allows him to mentally control swarms of ants) in about a day, while also receiving a crash course in martial arts. It ''is'' established early on that he's a really smart guy who's already in great shape, but mastering learning three skills like that so quickly is a stretch.stretch.
*''AssassinsCreed2016'': The Bleeding Effect allows Cal to acquire his ancestor's martial skills insanely fast. It's implied that the Crane Style Animus accelerated the process by using augmented reality and {{Ancestral Weapon}}s.



* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': After becoming a vampire, Bella is [[MarySue instantly good at hunting, has no bloodlust, has perfect control, is almost as beautiful as Rose, is a perfect mother, and has all the same wonderful strengths of the other Cullens]]. She also learns how to perfectly control her mental shield within days despite basically everyone else with a power taking ''years'' to perfect their powers.
* Eragon in the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' goes from never having used a sword before to being skilled enough to hold his own after a month of practice. He similarly goes from totally illiterate to being able to read to a basic level in a month.
** He also manages to write a fourteen-page epic poem about his experiences up to the point where he's getting trained by the elves. In an hour and a half. In a language that a few months ago he only knew a couple of words of (although since then he had been learning every day while ''living among people who speak it as their main language'', which is TruthInTelevision as far as that effect goes for learning real languages).

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* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': After becoming a vampire, Bella is [[MarySue instantly good at hunting, has no bloodlust, has perfect control, is almost as beautiful as Rose, is a perfect mother, and has all the same wonderful strengths of as the other Cullens]]. She also learns how to perfectly control her mental shield within days despite basically everyone else with a power taking ''years'' to perfect their powers.
* Eragon in the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' goes from never having used a sword before to being skilled enough to hold his own after a month of practice. He similarly goes from totally illiterate to being able to read to a basic level in a month. \n** He also manages to write a fourteen-page epic poem about his experiences up to the point where he's getting trained by the elves. In elves ''in an hour and a half. In half''. This is a language that a few months ago he only knew a couple of words of (although since then he had been learning every day while ''living among people who speak it as their main language'', which is TruthInTelevision as far as that effect goes for learning real languages).



* This is actually part of the plot in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'': the main character (Desmond Miles) is put in a machine called the Animus to relive the [[GeneticMemory genetic memories]] of his assassin ancestor, Ezio, in the hopes that he'll gain Ezio's skills in a few days rather than years. Still used straight with Ezio himself, though: The various kinds of weapon-fighting ''might'' have been taught to him in the past, and the training under Paola and Mario is given the flavour of a TrainingMontage - made explicit in semi-novelisation ''Renaissance'' - but he takes to the Hidden Blade incredibly fast with no apparent reason for it.
** It's actually deconstructed with Desmond. The Animus and the Bleeding Effect allow him to pick up on lifetimes' worth of skills in a few days or weeks, but [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity at the cost]] of a [[SanitySlippage deteriorating mental state]] that is already causing hallucinations and may eventually leave Desmond [[MindHive entirely unable to differentiate himself from his ancestors]]. The strain (and the emotional trauma of [[spoiler:killing a friend]]) eventually causes him [[spoiler:to fall into a coma]].

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* This is actually part of the plot in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'': ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'':
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the main character (Desmond Miles) is put in a machine called the Animus to relive the [[GeneticMemory genetic memories]] of his assassin ancestor, Ezio, in the hopes that he'll gain Ezio's skills in a few days rather than years. Still used straight with Ezio himself, though: The various kinds of weapon-fighting ''might'' have been taught to him in the past, and the training under Paola and Mario is given the flavour of a TrainingMontage - made explicit in semi-novelisation ''Renaissance'' - but he takes to the Hidden Blade incredibly fast with no apparent reason for it.
** It's actually deconstructed with Desmond.
years. The Animus and the Bleeding Effect allow him to pick up on lifetimes' worth of skills in a few days or weeks, but [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity at the cost]] of a [[SanitySlippage deteriorating mental state]] that is already causing hallucinations and may eventually leave Desmond [[MindHive entirely unable to differentiate himself from his ancestors]]. The strain (and the emotional trauma of [[spoiler:killing a friend]]) eventually causes him [[spoiler:to fall into a coma]].coma]].
**With Ezio himself it is used straight. The various kinds of weapon-fighting ''might'' have been taught to him in the past, and the training under Paola and Mario is given the flavour of a TrainingMontage - made explicit in semi-novelisation ''Renaissance'' - but he takes to the Hidden Blade incredibly fast with no apparent reason for it.



* Katara from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' acquires a Waterbending scroll, and teaches herself from it, and in three weeks is able to hold her own against the recognized greatest Waterbender of the North Pole. It helps that Waterbending is a martial art that relies heavily on creative use of its element, which one wouldn't need formal training to get a knack for. (She also performs expert-level healing after a comparatively short training period.) On a lesser note, Aang progresses absurdly fast in all of the elements, but then again, [[TheChosenOne he's supposed to.]]
** Sokka also inexplicably learns to use the sword in a matter of a days. Not even TrainingFromHell would be able to give normal people any passable sword skills in that manner of time -- and Sokka seems to spend just as much time doing calligraphy and feng shui as actual sword practice during said days.
*** It should be noted that Sokka didn't become a master swordsman and had experience with other weapons and used some weapons similar to a sword, becoming a good fighter even before he had an actual teacher.
** Aang, much to Katara's jealousy, masters moves from a waterbending scroll she picked up. Justified in that it's LeakedExperience from all his previous lives as Avatar with Roku saying to one of his teachers that it's more like remembering a distant memory. It should also be noted that Aang picked it up faster because Katara was teaching him what she had to learn by experimentation, something Aang himself notes.
*** Also, while Aang could use them with great skill, Aang did not actually master the bending arts with the exception of air until after the main story takes place
* Averted by Korra in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. While she can bend multiple elements years long before she's supposed to be able to, it still takes her fourteen years of intense training to master three of them. That amounts to a little over four and a half years per element (assuming that she spent all that time learning). Once the series starts and she begins her [[BlowYouAway airbending training]], her progress is slow due to Air not being suited to her non-spiritual personality and confrontational attitude.
** She does pick up air bending quickly once she gains the ability to use it though.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
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Katara from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' acquires a Waterbending scroll, and teaches herself from it, and in three weeks is able to hold her own against the recognized greatest Waterbender of the North Pole. It helps that Waterbending is a martial art that relies heavily on creative use of its element, which one wouldn't need formal training to get a knack for. (She also performs expert-level healing after a comparatively short training period.) On a lesser note, Aang progresses absurdly fast in all of the elements, but then again, [[TheChosenOne he's supposed to.]]
)
** Sokka also inexplicably learns to use the sword in a matter of a days. Not even TrainingFromHell would be able to give normal people any passable sword skills in that manner of time -- and Sokka seems to spend just as much time doing calligraphy and feng shui as actual sword practice during said days.
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days. It should be noted that Sokka didn't become a master swordsman and had experience with other weapons and used some weapons similar to a sword, becoming a good fighter even before he had an actual teacher.
** Aang, much to Katara's jealousy, masters moves from a waterbending scroll she picked up. Justified in that it's LeakedExperience from all his previous lives as Avatar with Roku saying to one of his teachers that it's more like remembering a distant memory. It should also be noted that Aang picked it up faster because Katara was teaching him what she had to learn by experimentation, something Aang himself notes.
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notes. Also, while Aang could use them with great skill, Aang did not actually master the bending arts with the exception of air until after the main story takes place
* Averted by Korra in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. While she can bend multiple elements years long before she's supposed to be able to, it still takes her fourteen years of intense training to master three of them. That amounts to a little over four and a half years per element (assuming that she spent all that time learning). learning, which, since she was stuck in the White Lotus compound, is likely). Once the series starts and she begins her [[BlowYouAway airbending training]], her progress is slow due to Air not being suited to her non-spiritual personality and confrontational attitude.
** She does pick up air bending quickly once she gains the ability to use it though.
attitude.



** Zaheer, one of the villains of Book 3, Change, manages to airbend like a master despite only being able to do so for all of two weeks after [[MassEmpoweringEvent Harmonic Convergence]] (though it's partly due to his knowledge of the culture, and partly due to picking up firebending forms from his girlfriend P'Li). This actually backfires on him when he tries to infiltrate as a new airbending recruit and he inadvertently displays how good he is, which arouses suspicion. Deconstructed when he fights Tenzin, an airbending master, who easily beats him.

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** Zaheer, one of the villains of Book 3, Change, manages to airbend like a master despite only being able to do so for all of two weeks after [[MassEmpoweringEvent Harmonic Convergence]] (though it's partly due to his knowledge of the culture, and partly due to picking up firebending forms from his girlfriend P'Li). This actually backfires on him when he tries to infiltrate as a new airbending recruit and he inadvertently displays how good he is, which arouses suspicion. Deconstructed It is deconstructed when he fights Tenzin, an a real airbending master, who easily beats him.
1st Mar '17 11:49:41 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', anyone willing to devote themselves to a lifetime of training can learn to use the reality warping language of the Dragons, the Thu'um. But only a Dragonborn like the protagonist can master Dragon Shouts instantly after reading the words and absorbing dragon souls. This is because the Dragonborn is a mortal with the soul of a Dragon.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':
*** Downplayed in that you can equip any type of weapon or armor as soon as you find it, however, if you don't have the skills to use it properly, you'll find it difficult to actually hit enemies with said weapons and you'll receive far less protection from said armor.
*** Played straight with unlimited Training per level. As long as you have the gold to pay for the training, it is possible to be trained from a complete novice to matching your trainer's level of expertise in only a few in-game days. (Each training session takes two in-game hours. If you find a Master trainer who can train your skill to the max, you can go from the minimum skill level of 5 to 100 in 190 in-game hours.)
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In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', anyone willing to devote themselves to a lifetime of training can learn to use the reality warping language of the Dragons, the Thu'um. But only a Dragonborn like the protagonist can master Dragon Shouts instantly after reading the words and absorbing dragon souls. This is because the Dragonborn is a mortal with the soul of a Dragon.
25th Feb '17 11:20:13 AM nombretomado
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* In RealLife, changing from one aircraft type to another requires at least some cross-training. In ''AceCombat'', ''AirForceDelta'', ''Tom Clancy's HAWX'' and other flight sim-shooters, the player characters can jump between aircraft from any country in the world and have no problem [[strike:controlling it]] flying it to its maximum capability and leaving a trail of smoking aircraft wreckage. Of course, this is partly excusable by RuleOfFun; Anyone remember [[ThatOneLevel flying school]] from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]''?

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* In RealLife, changing from one aircraft type to another requires at least some cross-training. In ''AceCombat'', ''VideoGame/AceCombat'', ''AirForceDelta'', ''Tom Clancy's HAWX'' and other flight sim-shooters, the player characters can jump between aircraft from any country in the world and have no problem [[strike:controlling it]] flying it to its maximum capability and leaving a trail of smoking aircraft wreckage. Of course, this is partly excusable by RuleOfFun; Anyone remember [[ThatOneLevel flying school]] from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]''?
14th Feb '17 7:22:27 AM Guest_000
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* In ''Fanfic/StarWarsTheSithZero'' Louise has the Gandalfr Runes etched into her hand allowing her to master any weapon she touches as long as she is touching it. It also gives her some other perks such as increased speed, endurance and strength, however it takes a toll on her stamina when she 'powers down'.
3rd Feb '17 3:17:18 AM LadyJaneGrey
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** Also lampshaded a little in ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' where Tommy has to break out a manual (mid battle) to figure out a function of his Zord. (Note to beginning drivers, DontTryThisAtHome.)
23rd Jan '17 8:30:37 PM GrammarNavi
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* In ''High Wizardry'', the third book of the ''YoungWizards'' series, [[spoiler: Dairine has the entirety of magical knowledge downloaded into her mind, which, combined with the massive amount of raw power she has, allows her to single-handedly fight the [[BigBad Lone Power]] to a standstill. Then the BigBad pulls an AndYourLittleDogToo, giving her the motivation to instantly devise a massively complex spell which actually ''defeats'' the BigBad.]]

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* In ''High Wizardry'', the third book of the ''YoungWizards'' ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, [[spoiler: Dairine has the entirety of magical knowledge downloaded into her mind, which, combined with the massive amount of raw power she has, allows her to single-handedly fight the [[BigBad Lone Power]] to a standstill. Then the BigBad pulls an AndYourLittleDogToo, giving her the motivation to instantly devise a massively complex spell which actually ''defeats'' the BigBad.]]
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