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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.
2nd Apr '16 4:33:19 PM eroock
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->''Jack-of-all-trades, MasterOfNone,''\\
''Often better than a Master of one.''

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->''Jack-of-all-trades, ->''"Jack-of-all-trades, MasterOfNone,''\\
''Often better than a Master of one.''"''
18th Mar '16 5:01:30 AM SSJMagus
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* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' VI: thanks to the vocation system, characters can learn spells from every class and keep them even when changing vocation (which only affects stats).

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' VI: ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI'', thanks to the vocation system, characters can learn spells from every class and keep them even when changing vocation (which only affects stats).stats).
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestI'', being the only game in the series that lacks party members, the hero can do everything an adventurer would need. Skill with swords, ability to wear heavy armor, ability to cast even the most powerful [[BlackMagic offensive]] and [[WhiteMagic healing magic]], he's good at everything. The rest of the series introduced more specialized heroes who were primarily well-armored swordsmen, but following the example of the original they usually have at least some magical skill.
31st Jan '16 4:31:43 PM BlackBaroness
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* Lucy Snow, the protagonist of ''Manga/HollowFields''. Being the newest student at the titular academy, she lacks the experience of the other students: Claude specializes in mechanics, Summer in genetic engineering, and Carmen in [[spoiler:{{golem}} construction]]. Most of Lucy's inventions have been [[BoringYetPractical basic yet practical]], in contrast to the flashier projects of the other students. What she ''can'' do better than most students is [[IndyPloy act on the fly]]: she can construct [[ClockworkCreature clockwork robots]] in a matter of seconds, quickly find her way out of problems, and [[spoiler:use her pet Dino as a SwissArmyWeapon]].

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* Lucy Snow, the protagonist of ''Manga/HollowFields''. Being the newest student at the titular academy, she lacks the experience of the other students: Claude specializes in mechanics, Summer in genetic engineering, and Carmen in [[spoiler:{{golem}} construction]]. Most of Lucy's inventions have been [[BoringYetPractical [[BoringButPractical basic yet practical]], in contrast to the flashier projects of the other students. What she ''can'' do better than most students is [[IndyPloy act on the fly]]: she can construct [[ClockworkCreature clockwork robots]] in a matter of seconds, quickly find her way out of problems, and [[spoiler:use her pet Dino as a SwissArmyWeapon]].
28th Jan '16 7:48:34 PM SSJMagus
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* Most members of the military. Soldiers are trained with an "expect to fight" mentality, and everyone from clerks to medics to cooks are held to the same physical standard and trained to fight.

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* Most members of the military. Soldiers are trained with an "expect to fight" mentality, and everyone from clerks to medics to cooks are held to the same physical standard and trained to fight. While some organizations (notably the [[SemperFi United States Marine Corps]]) are very proud of placing special emphasis on this, any military worthy of the name will adhere to the basics of the concept.
28th Jan '16 7:41:38 PM SSJMagus
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** Then there is Hiruzen, the Sandaime, who played a major role in both Asuma's and Jiraiya's development. He himself is such a good example, it's the primary reason for the in-universe mythos surrounding him as "The Professor".

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** Then there is Hiruzen, Hiruzen Sarutobi, the Sandaime, who played a major role in both Asuma's and Jiraiya's development.development (being the former's father and the latter's sensei). He himself is such a good example, it's the primary reason for the in-universe mythos surrounding him as "The Professor". He had at least some chakra affinity for all five elements as well as both yin and yang, and as such could use ''all'' non-bloodline techniques. And was reputed to be proficient in every such jutsu known to Konoha.
*** Hizuken's personal [[SummonMagic summon]], Monkey King Enma, is also an example. Being human-sized rather than a {{Kaiju}} he can't cause sheer area-of-effect damage that other top-level summons can, but makes up for it by being more agile and a much smaller target. And compared to other summons of his own size, Enma is much stronger given his demonstrated ability to fight a pair of the strongest ninja of all time hand-to-hand, all by himself.
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