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* In ''FanFic/TheEndOfEnds'', we're only told of what Copy Cat could do, and outside of his namesake ability to change into anyone he touches, we never see them get used.
* ''FanFic/InnerDemons'': In the follow-up stories and sequels, the reader is told that Vale is exactly the same as Rarity in almost every aspect save her cutie mark. Rarity is a DramaQueen tailor who usually struggles between her greed and her desire to stand with her friends, and ultimately cares for the ponies around her. Vale is a stone-cold serious warrior-goddess who WouldHurtAChild, refuses to go against her "mission", and seems to think [[MurderIsTheBestSolution murder is the only solution]] to every damn problem she faces, regardless of whether it makes a situation worse or not.
* ''FanFic/ShowaAndVampire'': The main character's mother is supposed to be one of the greatest authors who ever lived (she writes erotica). She's incredibly famous for her output and most of the "good" characters are fans of her work, but none of her prose is ever actually shown.

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* In ''FanFic/TheEndOfEnds'', ''Fanfic/TheEndOfEnds'', we're only told of what Copy Cat could do, and outside of his namesake ability to change into anyone he touches, we never see them get used.
* ''FanFic/InnerDemons'': ''Fanfic/InnerDemons'': In the follow-up stories and sequels, the reader is told that Vale is exactly the same as Rarity in almost every aspect save her cutie mark. Rarity is a DramaQueen tailor who usually struggles between her greed and her desire to stand with her friends, and ultimately cares for the ponies around her. Vale is a stone-cold serious warrior-goddess who WouldHurtAChild, refuses to go against her "mission", and seems to think [[MurderIsTheBestSolution murder is the only solution]] to every damn problem she faces, regardless of whether it makes a situation worse or not.
* ''FanFic/ShowaAndVampire'': ''Fanfic/ShowaAndVampire'': The main character's mother is supposed to be one of the greatest authors who ever lived (she writes erotica). She's incredibly famous for her output and most of the "good" characters are fans of her work, but none of her prose is ever actually shown.



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* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'':
** According to his profile on the official website, Master Crane is the "mother hen" of the group and prefers to avoid conflict, neither of which was actually shown in the film. However, this was hinted in the first movie when Crane carried all his injured teammates away from a losing battle, even though most of them are heavier than him as deadweights, to ensure their safety.
** Apparently, Master Thundering Rhino is known for his good sense of humor. [[TheStoic Right...]]
* In the Miramax cut of ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'', when Princess [=YumYum=] is attempting to convince her father, King Nod, that she is the best candidate for venturing into the desert, she argues that she is, apparently, "smarter than any man in this city and faster than your clumsy henchman," when there has been no evidence of these claims up to this point; all she has done in the film is sing, as displayed in the IWantSong "More Than This" (along with her impressive ability to sway back and forth and spin a lot) and the DistantDuet "Am I Feeling Love?" This inconsistency is most likely due to the particularly lazy rehashing of the script.
* The *ahem* "[[TheMockbuster film]]" ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatoing}}'' spends the first five minutes telling us how great the main character's food is, over and over. Whenever we see it, it looks like brown sludge. His actual technique seems to be to "steal the freshest ingredients" (but only once a week, and he just leaves them on the table without preserving them in any way) and stir them together in a pot.
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* In ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'':

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* In ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'':



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* In the Bible, King Solomon was said to have been divinely granted the gift of immense wisdom in a dream. The text gives just [[JudgmentOfSolomon one specific demonstration]] of this wisdom. He also allegedly wrote three deeply philosophical books of the Bible. However, the aforementioned books allegedly contain loanwords from other languages, which according to many historians weren't known to the Israelites until centuries later. The Queen of Sheba also found his wisdom appealing enough to make a very lucrative business deal with him, but the text doesn't recount what exactly he told her. Moreover, in his old age he turned his back on God and imported some idols to worship (despite having personally conversed with God more than once), this being one of the gravest sins in the eyes of the ancient Hebrews and a sure way to lose divine favor. Oddly, in Ecclesiastes Solomon actually laments the futility of wisdom (and of [[HeroicBSOD everything else]]).
* Greek mythology often has gods that the writer of the particular piece don't like fall into the informed abilities category, most frequently Ares, who despite obligatory religious praise of his bravery and cunning often gets to play the fool and coward in stories written or conveyed through Athens, which had its own lower-profile war god patron to shill.
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* In the Bible, King Solomon was said to have been divinely granted the gift of immense wisdom in a dream. The text gives just [[JudgmentOfSolomon one specific demonstration]] of this wisdom. He also allegedly wrote three deeply philosophical books of the Bible. However, the aforementioned books allegedly contain loanwords from other languages, which according to many historians weren't known to the Israelites until centuries later. The Queen of Sheba also found his wisdom appealing enough to make a very lucrative business deal with him, but the text doesn't recount what exactly he told her. Moreover, in his old age he turned his back on God and imported some idols to worship (despite having personally conversed with God more than once), this being one of the gravest sins in the eyes of the ancient Hebrews and a sure way to lose divine favor. Oddly, in Ecclesiastes Solomon actually laments the futility of wisdom (and of [[HeroicBSOD everything else]]).
* Greek mythology often has gods that the writer of the particular piece don't like fall into the informed abilities category, most frequently Ares, who despite obligatory religious praise of his bravery and cunning often gets to play the fool and coward in stories written or conveyed through Athens, which had its own lower-profile war god patron to shill.
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* It is interesting to read the original AD&D ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' adventures and compare them with how the characters act in the novels. Raistlin, the epitome of the sickly SquishyWizard, is given a Constitution of 10 - perfectly average. He is also described as one of the greatest geniuses that ever lived, and engages in battles of wits with gods and near god-like beings....with his Intelligence of 17, which is quite high, but not nearly super-genius (at least, compared to the Intelligence scores frequently seen in the game). According to the ruleset at the time, he couldn't even cast the highest level of spells.

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* It is interesting to read the original AD&D ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' adventures and compare them with how the characters act in the novels. Raistlin, the epitome of the sickly SquishyWizard, is given a Constitution of 10 - perfectly average. He is also described as one of the greatest geniuses that ever lived, and engages in battles of wits with gods and near god-like beings....beings... with his Intelligence of 17, which is quite high, but not nearly super-genius (at least, compared to the Intelligence scores frequently seen in the game). According to the ruleset at the time, he couldn't even cast the highest level of spells.



* The 3rd Edition ''ForgottenRealms Campaign Setting'' was absolutely insane in this regard. Since it was made very early in that editions's life cycle, the designers plainly had no idea how to make characters competently. Many were inexpertly converted from their AD&D stats, and it really shows. The most famous examples would probably be Drizzt (CR 18 and supposedly the greatest swordsman of his generation, would probably get killed by a frost giant of half his level) and Elminister (CR 39 and supposedly nearly a god, he's got a whole load of {{Dead Level}}s that put him on par with a wizard ten behind). They're far from the worst offenders, though; check out Harper leader Storm Silverhand's [[MasterOfNone unmanageable mess of a build]] and Scyllua Darkhope, High Captain of Zhentil Keep, frequently outdamaged by her own mount.

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* The 3rd Edition ''ForgottenRealms ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Campaign Setting'' was is absolutely insane in this regard. Since it was made very early in that editions's life cycle, the designers plainly had no idea how to make characters competently. Many were inexpertly converted from their AD&D ''AD&D'' stats, and it really shows. The most famous examples would probably be Drizzt (CR 18 and supposedly the greatest swordsman of his generation, would probably get killed by a frost giant of half his level) and Elminister (CR 39 and supposedly nearly a god, he's got a whole load of {{Dead Level}}s that put him on par with a wizard ten behind). They're far from the worst offenders, though; check out Harper leader Storm Silverhand's [[MasterOfNone unmanageable mess of a build]] and Scyllua Darkhope, High Captain of Zhentil Keep, frequently outdamaged out-damaged by her own mount.



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* PlayedForLaughs with ''WebAnimation/DrTran''. The audience is constantly told about how he's a badass secret agent who has a [=PhD=] in kicking your ass and once killed his mother with a broken lawn chair. In reality, he's just a very confused Chinese boy who's constantly harassed by the narrator.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** This is something of an issue with the Creatures of Grimm, who are basically TheHeartless who attack humans for no apparent reason. The audience is told that the four Kingdoms are the only safe places on the planet, walled off from the Grimm that roam outside, and that while there are people who live outside the walls, they have a harsh life that involves constant conflict with the Grimm. Yet, whenever the Grimm come into contact with the protagonists, they're CannonFodder that get mowed down by the dozens while barely managing to inflict any damage whatsoever. None of the characters ever show any fear towards these creatures at all. While the main characters '''are''' [[TheHunter Huntresses and Huntsmen]] whose job is specifically to destroy Grimm, they're also only first-year students at the local [[AcademyOfAdventure Huntsmen academy]]. Even when we finally see the Grimm in an encounter with [[InnocentBystander hapless civilians]], they don't do much except growl menacingly. Many fans are left scratching their heads as to why the Grimm should be taken seriously as a threat.
** 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.
** There is an explanation that the Grimm grow stronger with age and the youngest ones are the most aggressive. Ones that survive for centuries are generally cautious and patient, so their attacks are opportunistic. It has been shown the larger ones can be in extremely large groups and, so the threat could be predominately a ZergRush.
** 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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-->'''Dave:''' She used your death ray, the conspiracy's teleporter... doesn't she invent anything of her own?
-->'''Dr. Narbon's clone:''' She made me.
-->'''Dave:''' ... Okay, she's a one trick pony.

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-->'''Dave:''' She used your death ray, the conspiracy's teleporter... doesn't she invent anything of her own?
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own?\\
'''Dr.
Narbon's clone:''' She made me.
-->'''Dave:''' ...
me.\\
'''Dave:''' ...
Okay, she's a one trick one-trick pony.



* In ''Literature/TalesOfMU'', Amaranth seems to border on having {{Informed Flaw}}s. WordOfGod is that if the author had wanted to write a MarySue, it would have been Amaranth without the flaws. The problem is that while Amaranth's perspective on some matters is clearly skewed, her actual effect on the storyline is always extremely positive. Even her informed flaws are that she's not ''quite'' perfect. She's not ''quite'' as genius-level smart as she thinks she is, she's not ''quite'' perfectly adjusted, and she's not ''quite'' as sensitive and empathetic as someone perfect would be. Saying Amaranth has flaws is like saying that an M&M is less chocolatey than a Hershey's Kiss.

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* In ''Literature/TalesOfMU'', ''Literature/TalesOfMU'':
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Amaranth seems to border on having {{Informed Flaw}}s. WordOfGod is that if the author had wanted to write a MarySue, it would have been Amaranth without the flaws. The problem is that while Amaranth's perspective on some matters is clearly skewed, her actual effect on the storyline is always extremely positive. Even her informed flaws are that she's not ''quite'' perfect. She's not ''quite'' as genius-level smart as she thinks she is, she's not ''quite'' perfectly adjusted, and she's not ''quite'' as sensitive and empathetic as someone perfect would be. Saying Amaranth has flaws is like saying that an M&M is less chocolatey than a Hershey's Kiss.



* In ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15'', the main characters have a strange tendency to panic whenever they see [[TheDragon Lucy]] show up. As a sunglasses-wearing Order operative, there ''is'' reason to consider her dangerous by default, but she is treated as if she were the single deadliest person that could be thrown at them. She gets nastily proactive toward the end of the series, but before that point, her greatest known feat was physically restraining a smallish teenage girl.
** The behind-the-scenes [=InsideLG15=] videos do include non-canon clips of Lucy shooting Danielbeast in the crotch and shooting P. Monkey in the head.
* Adonis Zorba of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' is played up as a awesome fighter, excelling in multiple fighting disciplines, however in his brief fight with plain-old boxer Bobby Jacks (admittedly a hulking ScaryBlackMan) Adonis came very close to getting his ass kicked. Notable also is that previously (in a pregame tournament) Bobby was defeated with relative ease by an opponent with far less 'fighting ability' than Adonis is touted to have.

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* In ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15'', the main characters have a strange tendency to panic whenever they see [[TheDragon Lucy]] show up. As a sunglasses-wearing Order operative, there ''is'' reason to consider her dangerous by default, but she is treated as if she were the single deadliest person that could be thrown at them. She gets nastily proactive toward the end of the series, but before that point, her greatest known feat was physically restraining a smallish teenage girl.
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girl. The behind-the-scenes [=InsideLG15=] videos do include non-canon clips of Lucy shooting Danielbeast in the crotch and shooting P. Monkey in the head.
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'':
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Adonis Zorba of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' is played up as a awesome fighter, excelling in multiple fighting disciplines, however in his brief fight with plain-old boxer Bobby Jacks (admittedly a hulking ScaryBlackMan) Adonis came very close to getting his ass kicked. Notable also is that previously (in a pregame tournament) Bobby was defeated with relative ease by an opponent with far less 'fighting ability' than Adonis is touted to have.



* PlayedForLaughs with ''WebAnimation/DrTran''. The audience is constantly told about how he's a badass secret agent who has a [=PhD=] in kicking your ass and once killed his mother with a broken lawn chair. In reality, he's just a very confused Chinese boy who's constantly harassed by the narrator.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': This is something of an issue with the Creatures of Grimm, who are basically TheHeartless who attack humans for no apparent reason. The audience is told that the four Kingdoms are the only safe places on the planet, walled off from the Grimm that roam outside, and that while there are people who live outside the walls, they have a harsh life that involves constant conflict with the Grimm. Yet, whenever the Grimm come into contact with the protagonists, they're CannonFodder that get mowed down by the dozens while barely managing to inflict any damage whatsoever. None of the characters ever show any fear towards these creatures at all. While the main characters '''are''' [[TheHunter Huntresses and Huntsmen]] whose job is specifically to destroy Grimm, they're also only first-year students at the local [[AcademyOfAdventure Huntsmen academy]]. Even when we finally see the Grimm in an encounter with [[InnocentBystander hapless civilians]], they don't do much except growl menacingly. Many fans are left scratching their heads as to why the Grimm should be taken seriously as a threat.
** 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.
** There is an explanation that the Grimm grow stronger with age and the youngest ones are the most aggressive. Ones that survive for centuries are generally cautious and patient, so their attacks are opportunistic. It has been shown the larger ones can be in extremely large groups and, so the threat could be predominately a ZergRush.
** 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.
11th Jan '17 5:43:05 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{lonelygirl15}}'', the main characters have a strange tendency to panic whenever they see [[TheDragon Lucy]] show up. As a sunglasses-wearing Order operative, there ''is'' reason to consider her dangerous by default, but she is treated as if she were the single deadliest person that could be thrown at them. She gets nastily proactive toward the end of the series, but before that point, her greatest known feat was physically restraining a smallish teenage girl.

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* In ''{{lonelygirl15}}'', ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15'', the main characters have a strange tendency to panic whenever they see [[TheDragon Lucy]] show up. As a sunglasses-wearing Order operative, there ''is'' reason to consider her dangerous by default, but she is treated as if she were the single deadliest person that could be thrown at them. She gets nastily proactive toward the end of the series, but before that point, her greatest known feat was physically restraining a smallish teenage girl.



* Adonis Zorba of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' is played up as a awesome fighter, excelling in multiple fighting disciplines, however in his brief fight with plain-old boxer Bobby Jacks (admittedly a hulking ScaryBlackMan) Adonis came very close to getting his ass kicked. Notable also is that previously (in a pregame tournament) Bobby was defeated with relative ease by an opponent with far less 'fighting ability' than Adonis is touted to have.

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* Adonis Zorba of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' is played up as a awesome fighter, excelling in multiple fighting disciplines, however in his brief fight with plain-old boxer Bobby Jacks (admittedly a hulking ScaryBlackMan) Adonis came very close to getting his ass kicked. Notable also is that previously (in a pregame tournament) Bobby was defeated with relative ease by an opponent with far less 'fighting ability' than Adonis is touted to have.
16th Nov '16 12:18:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* PlayedForLaughs with ''DrTran''. The audience is constantly told about how he's a badass secret agent who has a [=PhD=] in kicking your ass and once killed his mother with a broken lawn chair. In reality, he's just a very confused Chinese boy who's constantly harassed by the narrator.

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* PlayedForLaughs with ''DrTran''.''WebAnimation/DrTran''. The audience is constantly told about how he's a badass secret agent who has a [=PhD=] in kicking your ass and once killed his mother with a broken lawn chair. In reality, he's just a very confused Chinese boy who's constantly harassed by the narrator.
16th Nov '16 12:17:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* PlayedForLaughs with ''DrTran''. The audience is constantly told about how he's a badass secret agent who has a PhD in kicking your ass and once killed his mother with a broken lawn chair. In reality, he's just a very confused Chinese boy who's constantly harassed by the narrator.

to:

* PlayedForLaughs with ''DrTran''. The audience is constantly told about how he's a badass secret agent who has a PhD [=PhD=] in kicking your ass and once killed his mother with a broken lawn chair. In reality, he's just a very confused Chinese boy who's constantly harassed by the narrator.
16th Nov '16 12:17:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* PlayedForLaughs with ''DrTran''. The audience is constantly told about how he's a badass secret agent who [[{{Badass}} has a PhD in kicking your ass]] and once killed his mother with a broken lawn chair. In reality, he's just a very confused Chinese boy who's constantly harassed by the narrator.

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* PlayedForLaughs with ''DrTran''. The audience is constantly told about how he's a badass secret agent who [[{{Badass}} has a PhD in kicking your ass]] ass and once killed his mother with a broken lawn chair. In reality, he's just a very confused Chinese boy who's constantly harassed by the narrator.
8th Sep '16 6:07:31 PM jormis29
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* Misho, a Solar {{Exalt|ed}} from ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' supposedly has high awareness. The only way you'd know this is by the other characters reminding him he's [[LampshadeHanging supposed to have high awareness]] when [[FailedASpotCheck he misses important (and sometimes obvious) details]].

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* Misho, a Solar {{Exalt|ed}} TabletopGame/{{Exalt|ed}} from ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' supposedly has high awareness. The only way you'd know this is by the other characters reminding him he's [[LampshadeHanging supposed to have high awareness]] when [[FailedASpotCheck he misses important (and sometimes obvious) details]].
20th Aug '16 5:18:47 PM nombretomado
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* It is interesting to read the original AD&D {{Dragonlance}} adventures and compare them with how the characters act in the novels. Raistlin, the epitome of the sickly SquishyWizard, is given a Constitution of 10 - perfectly average. He is also described as one of the greatest geniuses that ever lived, and engages in battles of wits with gods and near god-like beings....with his Intelligence of 17, which is quite high, but not nearly super-genius (at least, compared to the Intelligence scores frequently seen in the game). According to the ruleset at the time, he couldn't even cast the highest level of spells.

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* It is interesting to read the original AD&D {{Dragonlance}} ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' adventures and compare them with how the characters act in the novels. Raistlin, the epitome of the sickly SquishyWizard, is given a Constitution of 10 - perfectly average. He is also described as one of the greatest geniuses that ever lived, and engages in battles of wits with gods and near god-like beings....with his Intelligence of 17, which is quite high, but not nearly super-genius (at least, compared to the Intelligence scores frequently seen in the game). According to the ruleset at the time, he couldn't even cast the highest level of spells.
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.
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