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23rd Aug '16 3:30:25 PM Nerrin
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** The generic elven pantheon (as opposed to setting-specific ones) is headed by Corellon Larethian, who could be reasonably considered the god of this trope. The other elven gods accept his leadership ''because'' he is good at a little of everything and so can better manage all their needs and talents (as well as being a creator god).

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** The generic elven pantheon (as opposed to setting-specific ones) is headed by Corellon Larethian, who could be reasonably considered the a god of this trope.trope (likely inspired by Lugh, above under Mythology). The other elven gods accept his leadership ''because'' he is good at a little of everything and so can better manage all their needs and talents (as well as being a creator god).
23rd Aug '16 3:25:26 PM Nerrin
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** The generic elven pantheon (as opposed to setting-specific ones) is headed by Corellon Larethian, who could be reasonably considered the god of this trope. The other elven gods accept his leadership ''because'' he is good at a little of everything and so can better manage all their needs and talents (as well as being a creator god).
** The Fated faction in ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' granted members double the number of Non-Weapon Proficiency slots (non-combat and non-spellcasting skills) and didn't have to pay extra for out-of-class proficiencies, allowing them to be very broadly competent. A multiclassed Fated character could mix in [[FighterMageThief combat, casting, and thievery]] on top of that to make someone who could do a little of everything very easily.
4th Aug '16 4:21:02 PM Doug86
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* Zuko from ''AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is one of these. His firebending initially can't compare to his sister's, but he's a skilled acrobat, swordsman, spy, saboteur, and tactician. He's also versed in a far wider array of Firebending techniques than anyone else shown on the show, save for his teacher Iroh, and can do things that would flat-out ''kill'' most Firebenders, such as endure extreme cold using a breathing technique apparently unknown to most of the Fire Nation. Thanks to his time hiding in the Earth Kingdom, he also has at least some passing knowledge of medicine, preparing food, and odd repair jobs.

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* Zuko from ''AvatarTheLastAirbender'' ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is one of these. His firebending initially can't compare to his sister's, but he's a skilled acrobat, swordsman, spy, saboteur, and tactician. He's also versed in a far wider array of Firebending techniques than anyone else shown on the show, save for his teacher Iroh, and can do things that would flat-out ''kill'' most Firebenders, such as endure extreme cold using a breathing technique apparently unknown to most of the Fire Nation. Thanks to his time hiding in the Earth Kingdom, he also has at least some passing knowledge of medicine, preparing food, and odd repair jobs.
11th Jul '16 5:16:50 PM ChaoticNovelist
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Specialization is a common trend in fiction. It allows the author to create an ensemble cast where every member of a team provides a specific function, and avoids role duplication.

Not always, however.

Perhaps a character is a loner, and needs to be able to do everything on his own. Perhaps everyone else is just so useless, he had to take over their jobs as well as his own. Perhaps he just has a wide variety of interests. May be a sign of a person with a checkered past, who has had to take on a lot of roles in his life, just to get by. Whatever the reason, this character has at least some skill in a wide variety of disciplines.

Sometimes the leader of a group may actually be a Jack-Of-All-Trades, with a good, basic grasp of the specialized skills possessed by the members of his team, allowing him to understand how to use each team member to their fullest potential.

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Specialization is a common trend in fiction. It allows the author to create an ensemble cast where every member of a team provides a specific function, and avoids role duplication.

Not always, however.

duplication. This character says "[[UsefulNotes/GeorgeSPatton specialization is for insects!]]"

Perhaps a character is a loner, and needs to be able to do everything on his own. Perhaps everyone else is just so useless, he had to take over their jobs as well as his own. Perhaps he just has a wide variety of interests. May be a sign of a person with a checkered past, who has had to take on a lot of roles in his life, just to get by. Whatever the reason, this character has at least some skill in a wide variety of disciplines.

Sometimes the leader TheLeader of a group {{team}} may actually be a Jack-Of-All-Trades, with a good, basic grasp of the specialized skills possessed by the members of his team, allowing him to understand how to use each team member to their fullest potential.



Supertrope of RenaissanceMan (where someone is exceptionally good at many things) and MasterOfNone (where someone is not very good at a lot of things). A related trope found in VideoGames and TabletopGames is the JackOfAllStats, who has well-balanced stats, not skills. See also TheRedMage, RenaissanceMan and PowerCopying. Compare the MasterOfAll, who is the best (or among the best) in practically everything. Contrast MinMaxing, TacticalRockPaperScissors, ElementalRockPaperScissors, CripplingOverspecialization, SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining.

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Supertrope of RenaissanceMan (where someone is exceptionally good at many things) and MasterOfNone (where someone is not very good does poorly at a lot of things). A related trope found in VideoGames and TabletopGames is the JackOfAllStats, who has well-balanced stats, not skills. See also TheRedMage, RenaissanceMan and PowerCopying. Compare the MasterOfAll, who is the best (or among the best) in practically everything. Contrast MinMaxing, TacticalRockPaperScissors, ElementalRockPaperScissors, CripplingOverspecialization, SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining.



* Usopp from ''OnePiece'' (before the time skip) seems to be this. He's not an especially good fighter, though he gets in on the action here and there and uses his cleverness when he can. He was doing his best to fix the ship, as the only one who had any skills in that area before they got a shipwright. He mostly did odd jobs on the ship for the crew, not having a specialization like all the others.
** Whilst his pure combat skills where sub-par compared to the other (admittedly super-human) characters, his aim was always extremely good (Which did in at least one occasion come to great help). Since the time-skip it simply seems he has gotten the combat power to use it effectively against more powerful enemies, along with a wide variety of bizarre plants to use as AbnormalAmmo.

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* Usopp from ''OnePiece'' (before the time skip) seems to be this. He's not an especially good fighter, though he gets in on the action here and there and uses his cleverness when he can. He was doing his best to fix the ship, as the only one who had any skills in that area before they got a genuine shipwright. He mostly did odd jobs on the ship for the crew, not having a specialization like all the others.
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others. Whilst his pure combat skills where sub-par compared to the other (admittedly super-human) characters, his aim was always extremely good (Which did in at least one occasion come to great help). Since the time-skip it simply seems he has gotten the combat power to use it effectively against more powerful enemies, along with a wide variety of bizarre plants to use as AbnormalAmmo.
3rd Jul '16 2:04:01 PM Morgenthaler
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** Another is [[TheObiWan Jiraiya]]. He is the most versatile character in the manga, only being a master of Ninjutsu to give him a wide pool of techniques. His taijutsu is near perfect, and so are his strength and speed as well, while his perfect stamina allows him to outlast his opponents. Then he becomes a proper Lightning Bruiser when he gets [[SuperMode Sage Mode]] active. And that's not even going into his [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever giant Toad allies]].

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** Another is [[TheObiWan Jiraiya]].Jiraiya. He is the most versatile character in the manga, only being a master of Ninjutsu to give him a wide pool of techniques. His taijutsu is near perfect, and so are his strength and speed as well, while his perfect stamina allows him to outlast his opponents. Then he becomes a proper Lightning Bruiser when he gets [[SuperMode Sage Mode]] active. And that's not even going into his [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever giant Toad allies]].
16th Jun '16 8:22:30 PM Bliumage
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* A nonfictional example: Mike Rowe from ''Series/DirtyJobs'' tries to be this, though he often ends up closer to MasterOfNone. This troper thinks Mike acts dumber than he is to give the experts a good chance to shine.

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* A nonfictional example: Mike Rowe from ''Series/DirtyJobs'' tries to be this, though he often ends up closer to MasterOfNone. This troper thinks Mike acts dumber than he is to give the experts a good chance to shine.
10th Jun '16 10:59:17 AM Doug86
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* Destroyers. What originally were simply expendable ships designed in the late XIX century to screen a task force from attacks by small, torpedo-equipped boats soon took also the role of torpedo boats. During the [[WorldWarI First World War]] they were adapted to fight submarines, and both in the inter-war period and in the [[WorldWarII Second World War]] not only their weaponry increased but also became multi-role ships that were used not only for those previous roles but also for [[AntiAir AA defense]] and radar pickets. All of this came accompanied of an increase in size and displacement, to the point a modern destroyer would dwarf in everything a first generation one.

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* Destroyers. What originally were simply expendable ships designed in the late XIX century to screen a task force from attacks by small, torpedo-equipped boats soon took also the role of torpedo boats. During the [[WorldWarI [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI First World War]] they were adapted to fight submarines, and both in the inter-war period and in the [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Second World War]] not only their weaponry increased but also became multi-role ships that were used not only for those previous roles but also for [[AntiAir AA defense]] and radar pickets. All of this came accompanied of an increase in size and displacement, to the point a modern destroyer would dwarf in everything a first generation one.
2nd Jun '16 4:32:16 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* Destroyers. What originally were simply expendable ships designed in the late XIX century to screen a task force from attacks by small, torpedo-equipped boats soon took also the role of torpedo boats. During the [[WorldWarI First World War]] they were adapted to fight submarines, and both in the inter-war period and in the [[WorldWarII Second World War]] not only their weaponry increased but also became multi-role ships that were used not only for those previous roles but also for [[AntiAir AA defense]] and radar pickets. All of this came accompanied of an increase in size and displacement, to the point a modern destroyer would dwarf in everything a first generation one.
7th May '16 6:30:00 AM rcmerod52
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* Karol of TalesOfVesperia could be described as a minor in-universe example of this. His hometown has countless guilds with a broad range of specializations, and he's been a member of every last one. He lacks confidence and often choked at the crucial moment, resulting in him getting kicked out of each guild he joined; however, despite never being in a guild long enough to master their specialties, he has still developed a surprising skill in each. This does not translate much to combat versatility, but within the plot he's shown definite capability in everything from hunting to cooking to lockpicking and theft.

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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyRecordKeeper'', protagonist Tyro can equip any and all equipment and abilities, making him an ideal party member in some situations.
* Karol of TalesOfVesperia ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' could be described as a minor in-universe example of this. His hometown has countless guilds with a broad range of specializations, and he's been a member of every last one. He lacks confidence and often choked at the crucial moment, resulting in him getting kicked out of each guild he joined; however, despite never being in a guild long enough to master their specialties, he has still developed a surprising skill in each. This does not translate much to combat versatility, but within the plot he's shown definite capability in everything from hunting to cooking to lockpicking and theft.
5th May '16 4:19:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* The aptly named Jack of ''TheEnchantedForestChronicles'', a freelance businessman who does "a little bit of everything", though he will assure you that he is ''not'' one of those giant-slaying Jacks.
* Michael from the ''KnightAndRogueSeries'' has a multitude of unusual skills ranging from carpenty to bar tending. This is mostly due to his knight errantry consisting of helping with odd jobs that need to be done as he's passing by.

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* The aptly named Jack of ''TheEnchantedForestChronicles'', ''Literature/TheEnchantedForestChronicles'', a freelance businessman who does "a little bit of everything", though he will assure you that he is ''not'' one of those giant-slaying Jacks.
* Michael from the ''KnightAndRogueSeries'' ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'' has a multitude of unusual skills ranging from carpenty to bar tending. This is mostly due to his knight errantry consisting of helping with odd jobs that need to be done as he's passing by.
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