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11th Aug '17 8:48:51 PM WaxingName
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TropesAreNotBad. Characters in [=RPG=] games, for instance, often learn their new weapon skill or super attack the instant they hit Level 43, and not a moment before. However, there will usually still be a semblance of progression - weak fireball at Level 10, medium fireball at Level 21, huge fireball at Level 45 -, thus still leaving a sense of improving the skill even if each stage comes in its own instant update. Evidently, skill is a quantum effect [[UsefulNotes/QuantumPhysics like particle energy]].

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TropesAreNotBad. In video games in particular, it would be far too resource-intensive and time-consuming to fully animate different levels of proficiency at different character levels. Characters in [=RPG=] games, for instance, often learn their new weapon skill or super attack the instant they hit Level 43, and not a moment before. However, there will usually still be a semblance of progression - weak fireball at Level 10, medium fireball at Level 21, huge fireball at Level 45 -, thus still leaving a sense of improving the skill even if each stage comes in its own instant update. Evidently, skill is a quantum effect [[UsefulNotes/QuantumPhysics like particle energy]].
10th Aug '17 4:28:06 PM Discar
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Clara gains super hacking powers instantly courtesy of BrainUploading shenanigans in ''The Bells of Saint John''.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** When Rory is [[spoiler:quasi-resurrected through a Nestene duplicate]] as a Roman soldier in the first century, he mentions that he just woke up one day in Rome, his head full of "Roman stuff." He spends the episode fitting in with the Romans without any difficulty at all, and displays the some weapons training that they do.
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Clara gains super hacking powers instantly courtesy of BrainUploading shenanigans in ''The Bells of Saint John''.
4th Aug '17 9:55:14 AM AidenCarter
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* The Marvel fancomic ''Webcomic/ProjectRiribirth'' shows what happens when an inexperienced superhero ''thinks'' she is this and charges into a fight against a powerful villain. It doesn't go well.
23rd Jul '17 11:25:18 AM Julia1984
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** The Cutie Pox, a disease that makes a pony an Instant Expert at anything they get a Cutie Mark of. [[CursedWithAwesome The problem is]] that they can't stop doing and are stuck doing multiple actions at once without break.

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** The Cutie Pox, a disease that makes a pony an Instant Expert at anything they get a Cutie Mark of. [[CursedWithAwesome [[BlessedWithSuck The problem is]] that they can't stop doing and are stuck doing multiple actions at once without break.
21st Jul '17 5:52:34 PM Kadorhal
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->''"That was'' ''not'' ''time-lapse magic! I kicked a chair across the room, and seconds later I knew Jarate!"''

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->''"That was'' ''not'' ''time-lapse ->''"Remember that part between panels four and five? That was not time-lapse magic! I kicked a chair across the room, and seconds later I knew Jarate!"''
19th Jul '17 3:01:04 PM Kadorhal
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* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' usually averts this, but [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Kamille Bidan]] strangely manages to have impressive piloting skills his first time in combat in contrast to Amuro, who couldn't do anything except be Char's punching bag. Although he won a junior MS competition, they use mini mobile suits for that, so it doesn't explain how he can pilot an experimental combat model without any training. Of course the fact he's a Newtype helps, but then again Amuro, had no idea what to do when he first climbed in a MS even with psychic powers.

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* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' usually averts this, but [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]''[='=]s Kamille Bidan]] Bidan strangely manages to have impressive piloting skills his first time in combat in contrast to Amuro, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam the original series']] Amuro Ray, who couldn't do anything except barely knew enough about piloting the Gundam to be Char's a mobile punching bag. bag for Char. Although he won a junior MS competition, they use mini mobile suits for that, so it doesn't explain how he can pilot an experimental experimental, full-sized combat model without any training. Of course the fact he's a Newtype helps, but then again Amuro, who is also a Newtype, had no idea what to do when he first climbed in a MS even with psychic powers.



** A more literal and weaponized example comes from the prequel ''LightNovel/FateZero''. The servant Berserker, the Black Knight, whose ability, Knight of Honor, can turn ''anything even remotely usable as a weapon'' as his [[WeaponOfChoice Noble Phantasm]] and use them to their fullest extent, even better than Shirou and his Projection magic. [[spoiler: This ability brings to mind one of the tales with the figure he's based on winning a duel armed with only a twig of wood.]] Combined with his "Eternal Arms Mastership" he turns out to be a serious combatant who only loses due to a sudden loss of mana supply -- ''and all this in spite of being insane the whole time''. Among other things, Berserker is shown picking up and kicking ass with a street sign, the mythical weapons of other legendary heroes, [[CoolPlane an F-15 fighter jet]], and ''[[MoreDakka the minigun from that same jet.]]''
* Both subverted and played straight in ''Anime/CodeGeass''. All the characters who are said to be exceptional pilots are either career soldiers or rebels with experience from the School of Hard Knocks. Especially noticeable is the main character who, despite using a HumongousMecha as a MundaneUtility annually, is actually one of the worst pilots among the main cast, a fact which the show's creators seem proud of. Made especially ironic in that his late mother was a nigh-legendary pilot back when the HumongousMecha were still new.

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** A more literal and weaponized example comes from the prequel ''LightNovel/FateZero''. The servant Berserker, the Black Knight, whose ability, Knight of Honor, can turn ''anything even remotely usable as a weapon'' as his [[WeaponOfChoice Noble Phantasm]] and use them to their fullest extent, even better than Shirou and his Projection magic. [[spoiler: This ability brings to mind one of the tales with the figure he's based on winning a duel armed with only a twig of wood.]] Combined with his "Eternal Arms Mastership" he turns out to be a serious combatant who only loses due to a sudden loss of mana supply -- ''and all this in spite of being insane the whole time''. Among other things, Berserker is shown picking up and kicking ass with a street sign, the mythical weapons of other legendary heroes, [[CoolPlane an F-15 fighter jet]], and ''[[MoreDakka the minigun gun from that same jet.]]''
* Both subverted and played straight in ''Anime/CodeGeass''. All the characters who are said to be exceptional pilots are either career soldiers or rebels with experience from the School of Hard Knocks. Especially noticeable is the main character who, despite using a HumongousMecha as a MundaneUtility annually, is actually one of the worst pilots among the main cast, a fact which the show's creators seem proud of. Made especially ironic in that his late mother was a nigh-legendary pilot back when the HumongousMecha mecha were still new.



* Averted for the most part in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, played straight in the games. The anime shows Pokémon actually practicing new attacks, complete with [[HilarityEnsues funny misfires]], while in the games, the [[{{mons}} mon]] becomes an InstantExpert with a move simply by [[TookALevelInBadass reaching the right level]].
** Let's not forget the [=TMs=] and [=HMs=], which are InstantExpert [[PowersAsPrograms on-a-disk]].

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* Averted for the most part in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, played straight in the games. The anime shows Pokémon actually practicing new attacks, complete with [[HilarityEnsues funny misfires]], while in the games, the [[{{mons}} mon]] becomes an InstantExpert instant expert with a move simply by [[TookALevelInBadass reaching the right level]].
** Let's not forget the [=TMs=] and [=HMs=], which are InstantExpert [[PowersAsPrograms instant-expert-[[PowersAsPrograms on-a-disk]].



* In ''Anime/ReCreators'' the fictional characters that come from fantasy/sci-fi universes into the real world are this. One of them is shown to be instantly able to drive a car, in the middle of the traffic no less. She justifies it by being a mecha pilot in her work of origin and saying that a car's controls are much less complex than a mecha's (which doesn't make a lot of sense, but still). They also get the hang of smartphones and video games surprisingly fast. Averted with the other fictional characters that come from fictional representations of the real world, since they're already supposed to know how stuff works.

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* In ''Anime/ReCreators'' the fictional characters that come from fantasy/sci-fi universes into the real world are this. One of them is shown to be instantly able to drive a car, in the middle of the traffic no less. She justifies it by being a mecha pilot in her work of origin and saying that a car's controls are much less complex than her mecha's; that said, while she takes to making a mecha's (which doesn't make car move surprisingly quickly, [[DrivesLikeCrazy her technique still needs a lot of sense, but still).work]], and it's rare that a car she gets behind the wheel of remains in working order by the time she's done with it. They also get the hang of smartphones and video games surprisingly fast. Averted with the other fictional characters that come from fictional representations of the real world, since they're already supposed to know how stuff works.



* The protagonists of ZombieApocalypse movies seem to become InstantExpert at any weapon they pick up. But that may just be adapting as a survival mechanism.

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* The protagonists of ZombieApocalypse movies seem to become InstantExpert instant experts at any weapon they pick up. But that may just be adapting as a survival mechanism.



* In all of the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' games the protagonist can learn how to use any weapon or vehicle from the moment they see it. The most ridiculous example is CJ from ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'', who can load and fire any weapon from an M1911 to an SA-7 Grail rocket missile launcher simply by picking it up, and goes through a few (videotaped) lessons to learn to fly any aircraft. The height of ridiculousness is "Vertical Bird", where he sneaks aboard an amphibious assault ship, eliminates about a dozen trained soldiers with either stealth or firepower, and hijacks a Harrier jumpjet to shoot down two other fighters and destroy several boats. Quite impressive for a two-bit gang member from the ghetto.
** [[TheSimpsons God bless the idiot proof Air Force.]]

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* In all of the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' games the protagonist can learn how to use any weapon or vehicle from the moment they see it. The most ridiculous example is CJ from ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'', who can load and fire any weapon from an M1911 to an SA-7 Grail rocket missile launcher simply by picking it up, and goes through a few (videotaped) lessons to learn to fly any aircraft. The height of ridiculousness is "Vertical Bird", where he sneaks aboard an amphibious assault ship, eliminates about a dozen trained soldiers with either stealth or firepower, and hijacks a Harrier jumpjet to shoot down two other fighters and destroy several boats. Quite impressive for a two-bit gang member from the ghetto.
** [[TheSimpsons
ghetto. [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons God bless the idiot proof Air Force.]]



* The [[http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/2568/ironmanarmoredadventures.html Highdefdigest review]] for ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'' likes how in the first episode Tony's still (realistically) getting the hang of the suit, but gripes about how by the second episode he's already an (almost-)InstantExpert at it: "It's unfortunate he's already a pro by the second episode, but it's still nice to have some bit of believability, if even brief."
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' when Bender temporarily becomes captain of the Planet Express, much to Fry's annoyance. When Fry lambastes him and accuses him of not knowing the first thing about being a captain, Bender instantly reads the entire manual and then uses the info to chastise Fry.
-->'''Fry''': Have you even ''read'' the captain's handbook?
-->'''Bender''': (flips through entire manual) I have now. And what's Peter Parrot's first rule of captaining?
-->'''Fry''': (defeated) Always respect the chain-o-command...captain.

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* The [[http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/2568/ironmanarmoredadventures.html Highdefdigest review]] for ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'' likes how in the first episode Tony's still (realistically) getting the hang of the suit, but gripes about how by the second episode he's already an (almost-)InstantExpert (almost-)instant expert at it: "It's unfortunate he's already a pro by the second episode, but it's still nice to have some bit of believability, if even brief."
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' when Bender temporarily becomes captain of the Planet Express, much to Fry's annoyance. When Fry lambastes him and accuses him of not knowing the first thing about being a captain, Bender instantly reads the entire manual and then uses the info to chastise Fry.
Fry. Justified in this case as Bender is a robot.
-->'''Fry''': Have you even ''read'' the captain's handbook?
-->'''Bender''': (flips
handbook?\\
'''Bender''': ''(flips
through entire manual) manual)'' I have now. And what's Peter Parrot's first rule of captaining?
-->'''Fry''': (defeated)
captaining?\\
'''Fry''': ''(defeated)''
Always respect the chain-o-command...captain.
16th Jul '17 5:06:22 PM Schol-R-LEA
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** Sahar's primary ability, aside from her ability to implant a SelfFulfillingProphecy of Doom into someone's mind, is the ability to learn another psychic's signature knacks just by getting close to them - [[PowerPerversionPotential ''really'']] [[PowerPerversionPotential close]]. During her first two years at Whateley, she [[DepravedBisexual seduced any other Esper with a useful talent she wanted to copy]] before dropping them like a live grenade and moving on to her next target. She only stopped when she actually fell in love with one of her marks, Zenith.

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** Sahar's primary ability, aside from her ability to implant a SelfFulfillingProphecy of Doom into someone's mind, is the ability to learn another psychic's signature knacks just by getting close to them - [[PowerPerversionPotential ''really'']] ''[[PowerPerversionPotential really]]'' [[PowerPerversionPotential close]]. During her first two years at Whateley, she [[DepravedBisexual seduced any other Esper with a useful talent she wanted to copy]] before dropping them like a live grenade and moving on to her next target. She only stopped when she actually fell in love with one of her marks, Zenith.
16th Jul '17 5:05:11 PM Schol-R-LEA
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** Sahar's primary ability, aside from her ability to implant a SelfFulfillingProphecy of Doom into someone's mind, is the ability to learn other psychic's signature knacks just by getting close to them - [[PowerPerversionPotential ''really'']] [[PowerPerversionPotential close]]. During her first two years at Whateley, she [[DepravedBisexual seduced any other Esper with a useful talent she wanted to copy]] before dropping them like a live grenade and moving on to her next target. She only stopped when she actually fell in love with one of her marks, Zenith.

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** Sahar's primary ability, aside from her ability to implant a SelfFulfillingProphecy of Doom into someone's mind, is the ability to learn other another psychic's signature knacks just by getting close to them - [[PowerPerversionPotential ''really'']] [[PowerPerversionPotential close]]. During her first two years at Whateley, she [[DepravedBisexual seduced any other Esper with a useful talent she wanted to copy]] before dropping them like a live grenade and moving on to her next target. She only stopped when she actually fell in love with one of her marks, Zenith.
16th Jul '17 5:03:45 PM Schol-R-LEA
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** Loophole is both a GadgeteerGenius and a {{Technopath}}, which among other things give her the ability to [[{{Psychometry}} sense a machine's past use]] (though only as general impressions) and understand how to use it intuitively. In her Fall 2006 combat final, she only needed to touch a motorcycle to learn how to drive it "like Creator/JasonStatham on crack".
** Sahar's primary ability, aside from her ability to implant a SelfFulfillingProphecy of Doom into someone's mind, is the ability to learn other psychic's signature knacks just by getting close to them - [[PowerPerversionPotential ''really'']] [[PowerPerversionPotential close]]. During her first two years at Whateley, she [[DepravedBisexual seduced any other Esper with a useful talent she wanted to copy]] before dropping them like a live grenade and moving on to her next target. She only stopped when she actually fell in love with one of her marks, Zenith.
16th Jun '17 7:00:11 PM themisterfree
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** In ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' / ''Series/KyuukyuSentaiGoGoV'' the heads-up display also tells them of their new tech and MissionControl tells them how to operate things as well. It was the first ''PR'' series (though not the first ''Sentai'') to have tech-tech instead of MagiTek and so such things were often turned on their heads.

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** In ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' / ''Series/KyuukyuSentaiGoGoV'' ''Series/KyukyuSentaiGoGoV'' the heads-up display also tells them of their new tech and MissionControl tells them how to operate things as well. It was the first ''PR'' series (though not the first ''Sentai'') to have tech-tech instead of MagiTek and so such things were often turned on their heads.
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