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4th Jul '16 2:00:40 AM Morgenthaler
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Cue TheProtagonist going to a trusted friend [[{{Badass}} who can]], and asking to be taught. They agree, but although the two are on friendly terms, the training is anything but easy. It's sometimes even TrainingFromHell but the protagonist [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] by the end of it. Cue LookWhatICanDoNow.

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Cue TheProtagonist going to a trusted friend [[{{Badass}} who can]], can, and asking to be taught. They agree, but although the two are on friendly terms, the training is anything but easy. It's sometimes even TrainingFromHell but the protagonist [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] by the end of it. Cue LookWhatICanDoNow.
4th Jul '16 2:00:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Sheridan asks [[TheObiWan Kosh]] to teach him how to fight "those things" ([[BigBad the Shadows]]) after first learning about them, and that they were connected to the fate of his wife on the doomed voyage of the ''Icarus'' ("In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum").

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Sheridan asks [[TheObiWan Kosh]] Kosh to teach him how to fight "those things" ([[BigBad the Shadows]]) after first learning about them, and that they were connected to the fate of his wife on the doomed voyage of the ''Icarus'' ("In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum").
25th Jun '16 10:29:43 PM JackG
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* Averted in ''Film/IndependenceDayResurgence''. Nerdy accountant Floyd Rosenberg asks Dikembe Umbutu to "teach him everything he knows" about using his machetes on aliens. Umbutu is unimpressed, and doesn't take up the offer.
11th Jun '16 4:24:11 PM nombretomado
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* Richard Cypher of the ''SwordOfTruth'' spends a good portion of the first book doing this, until he takes up the mantle of the Seeker and starts calling the shots. He's a woodsman who doesn't even let himself be ''angry'' because his mother was killed by a fire caused by an angry outburst. He knows questing, and killing, from nothing.

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* Richard Cypher of the ''SwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' spends a good portion of the first book doing this, until he takes up the mantle of the Seeker and starts calling the shots. He's a woodsman who doesn't even let himself be ''angry'' because his mother was killed by a fire caused by an angry outburst. He knows questing, and killing, from nothing.
1st May '16 8:45:38 PM JackG
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1st May '16 8:37:58 PM JackG
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* The Creator/SteveMcQueen movie ''Nevada Smith'' (1966). Max Sand seeks the men who murdered his parents, but can't read or write and doesn't even have a gun. He uses an [[BrandishmentBluff abandoned rusty pistol]] in an attempt to rob a travelling gunsmith, who says ItWorksBetterWithBullets. Fortunately the gunsmith takes pity on Sand and teaches him the skills for his RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
5th Feb '16 2:25:59 PM justanid
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** In fact, this is pretty much [[UniversalTrope universal]] in kung fu movies not starring Jet Li, Bruce Lee, or Chuck Norris. Taken to extremes when the "teacher" is so completely non-badass that the suspension of disbelief is completely broken, e.g. Billy Blanks, Pat Morita, Mako, etc.

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** In fact, this is pretty much [[UniversalTrope universal]] {{universal|Tropes}} in kung fu movies not starring Jet Li, Bruce Lee, or Chuck Norris. Taken to extremes when the "teacher" is so completely non-badass that the suspension of disbelief is completely broken, e.g. Billy Blanks, Pat Morita, Mako, etc.
30th Jan '16 8:34:58 PM nukirisame
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* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'''s first arc, Phantom Blood, Speedwagon requests Zeppeli to train him in hamon so he can be more useful in the fight against Dio. Zeppeli attempts to correct Speedwagon's breathing with a finger to the chest, but winds up missing and just knocking the wind out of him.
25th Sep '15 2:12:35 PM towercurator
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* Subverted in ''Literature/VoidDomain''. Both Juliana and Shalise ask another person to train them. Neither are all that helpful.
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24th Aug '15 10:07:57 AM Willbyr
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* ''{{Change 123}}'' uses this trope ''twice'', both times a ''boy'' asks a ''girl'' to teach him... well, not actually how to ''fight'', since both boys do indeed have some confidence and experience in fighting (one of them is a black belt in judo and another one a fearless street brawler), but rather how to take their fighting skills to a higher level.

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* ''{{Change ''Manga/{{Change 123}}'' uses this trope ''twice'', both times a ''boy'' asks a ''girl'' to teach him... well, not actually how to ''fight'', since both boys do indeed have some confidence and experience in fighting (one of them is a black belt in judo and another one a fearless street brawler), but rather how to take their fighting skills to a higher level.



* In the comic ''{{Superman}} vs. Muhammad Ali'', Ali teaches Superman to box. This is, of course, to create a non-superpowered "fair fight" between the two.

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* In the comic ''{{Superman}} ''Franchise/{{Superman}} vs. Muhammad Ali'', Ali teaches Superman to box. This is, of course, to create a non-superpowered "fair fight" between the two.
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