History Main / InformedAbility

17th Jul '16 8:54:34 PM AnotherGuy
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See also FauxActionGirl, where "competent fighter" becomes an InformedAbility. A NecessaryWeasel in VideoGames, where often you'll be playing someone supposedly very competent, but how well they actually perform is up to you, and often they'll go through tutorials teaching them the basics of their supposed area of expertise for the player's sake. Compare CharacterShilling and compare/contrast with CreatorsPet. Also see ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything, where the characters never even ''attempt'' to perform the tasks for which they are supposedly famous.

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See also FauxActionGirl, where "competent fighter" becomes an InformedAbility. A NecessaryWeasel in VideoGames, where often you'll be playing someone supposedly very competent, but how well they actually perform is up to you, and often they'll go through tutorials teaching them the basics of their supposed area of expertise for the player's sake. Compare CharacterShilling and compare/contrast with CreatorsPet. Also see ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything, where the characters never even ''attempt'' to perform the tasks for which they are supposedly famous.
famous. The InformedFlaw is the opposite, where someone is supposed to be terrible at something (ie. HollywoodHomely), but isn't.
14th Jul '16 9:26:38 AM PixelKnight
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** Theoretically, all players are supposed to have an ability that has to do with their legendary title (eg. Dave is the Knight of Time, and thus uses time travel in combat), however, not all characters reflect this: Karkat, Tavros, and Nepeta, for example, being the Blood, Breath, and Heart players respectively, have never been shown to have any overt special powers despite their titles.
4th Jul '16 1:18:45 AM BenOfHouston
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** Dilbert is supposed to be a brilliant engineer, thus explaining his constant frustration with his idiot-run workplace. While [[CharacterizationMarchesOn early strips did show him as a fairly talented (albeit eccentric) inventor]], this has been gradually phased out as the comic focused entirely on office humor, giving readers little evidence of his over-qualifications.

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** Dilbert is supposed to be a brilliant engineer, thus explaining his constant frustration with his idiot-run workplace. While [[CharacterizationMarchesOn early strips did show him as a fairly talented (albeit eccentric) inventor]], this has been gradually phased out as the comic focused entirely on office humor, giving readers little evidence of his over-qualifications. Averted greatly in the animated series, which routinely showed his mad-scientist level accomplishments.
25th May '16 4:22:42 PM Phrederic
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* Similarly, wrestlers are often verbally boosted even if they're higher up the rankings. TripleH is a wrestler who was rather good, but not exactly a technical mastermind (he kicked and punched a lot, and stuck to only some basic submissions or wear-down holds). And the extent of his planning was usually "lure opponent down to ringside, then hit with a sledgehammer". The announcers played him up as not only the best technical wrestler alive, but the "Cerebral Assassin", noted for his brilliant planning.

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* Similarly, wrestlers are often verbally boosted even if they're higher up the rankings. TripleH is a wrestler who was rather good, but not exactly a technical mastermind (he kicked and punched a lot, and stuck to only some basic submissions or wear-down holds). And the extent of his planning was usually "lure opponent down to ringside, then hit with a sledgehammer". The announcers played him up as not only the best technical wrestler alive, but the "Cerebral Assassin", noted for his brilliant planning. Of course, considering he's gotten 14 world titles off of it, maybe you credit his superior intellect to finding a BoringButPractical strategy and sticking with it, as opposed to riskier AwesomeButImpractical moves.
15th May '16 12:01:40 PM Silverblade2
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* Laura, as in ''FanFic/{{legolas by|Laura}}'', has apparently "got a power and she can distoy us all the bad guys". She never actually uses this power, even when she's imprisoned and tortured by the orcs, or during the big important final battle, and what the power is supposed to be or do is never actually described.

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* Laura, as in ''FanFic/{{legolas by|Laura}}'', has apparently "got a power and she can distoy us all the bad guys". She never actually uses this power, even when she's imprisoned and imprisoned, tortured and raped by the orcs, or during the big important final battle, and what the power is supposed to be or do is never actually described.
7th Feb '16 8:20:26 PM YamiVizziniX
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* One of the few recurring criticisms of ''Fanfic/RitesOfAscension'' is that [[BadassBookworm Twilight Sparkle]], despite having supposedly expanded her magical knowledge even beyond that from canon and in fact pushed the boundaries of magical theory, is only briefly shown as such in-story by her channeling magic through her hooves at the beginning (only possible because she has unknowingly become an alicorn) and developing a new method for producing solidified magic (which is suppressed by Celestia in order not to cause upheaval, thanks to unpleasant past experience). Otherwise she seems to mostly react to others' feats and knowledge, frequently being blindsided by the techniques of both antagonists and supporting characters. Even one of her most awesome feats ([[spoiler:entrapping a volatile portal and preventing worldwide damage]]) is dependent on a shield spell which [[spoiler:Shining Armor]] had shared with her. The author has stated an intent to correct this in later arcs.
6th Feb '16 7:05:33 PM drbreakfast
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** Volume 3 has finally exhibited the Grimm being an actual threat, and explained that they are drawn to negative emotions. Since the show begins at a time of unparalleled peace and prosperity, there's not much to agitate them, but if you make a large number of people angry or scared all at once, the Grimm *will* attack in numbers big enough to completely overrun an entire city and exponentially larger, most powerful specimens will arrive as the attack goes on.

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** Volume 3 has finally exhibited the Grimm being an actual threat, and explained that they are drawn to negative emotions. Since the show begins at a time of unparalleled peace and prosperity, there's not much to agitate them, but if you make a large number of people angry or scared all at once, the Grimm *will* ''will'' attack in numbers big enough to completely overrun an entire city and exponentially larger, most powerful specimens will arrive as the attack goes on.
6th Feb '16 7:04:42 PM drbreakfast
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** Volume 3 has finally exhibited the Grimm being an actual threat, and explained that they are drawn to negative emotions. Since the show begins at a time of unparalleled peace and prosperity, there's not much to agitate them, but if you make a large number of people angry or scared all at once, and the Grimm *will* attack in numbers big enough to completely overrun an entire city and exponentially larger, most powerful specimens will arrive as the attack goes on.

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** Volume 3 has finally exhibited the Grimm being an actual threat, and explained that they are drawn to negative emotions. Since the show begins at a time of unparalleled peace and prosperity, there's not much to agitate them, but if you make a large number of people angry or scared all at once, and the Grimm *will* attack in numbers big enough to completely overrun an entire city and exponentially larger, most powerful specimens will arrive as the attack goes on.
6th Feb '16 7:03:55 PM drbreakfast
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** Volume 3 has finally exhibited the Grimm being an actual threat, and explained that they are drawn to negative emotions. Since the show begins at a time of unparalleled peace and prosperity, there's not much to agitate them, but if you make a large number of people angry or scared all at once, and the Grimm *will* attack in numbers big enough to completely overrun an entire city and exponentially larger, most powerful specimens will arrive as the attack goes on.
27th Dec '15 9:40:22 AM iowaforever
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** Similarly, the [[HumongousMecha Atlesian Paladian]], stated to be the absolute top-of-the-line machine in Atlas's entire military arsenal, is brought down in its first appearance by four teenagers who hardly broke a sweat. In its next appearance, it's been downgraded to MechaMook, as several are taken out with just one shot each.

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** Similarly, the [[HumongousMecha Atlesian Paladian]], stated to be the absolute top-of-the-line machine in Atlas's entire military arsenal, is brought down in its first appearance by four teenagers who hardly broke a sweat. In its next appearance, it's been downgraded to MechaMook, as several are taken out with just one shot each. It's later handwaved that these were prototypes, and the main line is much more dangerous to a bunch of students.
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