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16th Oct '16 1:48:51 PM nombretomado
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* In ''FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', [[spoiler:Adelle]] is one of "The Gifted", which grants her such boons as an extremely extended lifespan, unique abilities and near-instant mastery of (non-combat) skills. While she never falls into outright evil ([[spoiler:except for a brief moment when she is BrainwashedAndCrazy]]), The Gift causes her a large amount of angst towards the fact that it makes her "different".
* KnightsOfTheOldRepublic plays with the trope, but it still ends up used straight: the player character learns the ways of the Force very, very quickly, "learning in weeks what has taken others years". Later in the game, there turns out to be an explanation for that - but that explanation means that the player character is [[spoiler: Revan, who before that revelation had been described as a bit of a prodigy, and rather powerful.]]

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* In ''FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', [[spoiler:Adelle]] is one of "The Gifted", which grants her such boons as an extremely extended lifespan, unique abilities and near-instant mastery of (non-combat) skills. While she never falls into outright evil ([[spoiler:except for a brief moment when she is BrainwashedAndCrazy]]), The Gift causes her a large amount of angst towards the fact that it makes her "different".
* KnightsOfTheOldRepublic ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' plays with the trope, but it still ends up used straight: the player character learns the ways of the Force very, very quickly, "learning in weeks what has taken others years". Later in the game, there turns out to be an explanation for that - but that explanation means that the player character is [[spoiler: Revan, who before that revelation had been described as a bit of a prodigy, and rather powerful.]]
15th Oct '16 12:34:23 PM NESBoy
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* From {{LightNovel/Katanagatari}}, we have [[spoiler: Yasuri Nanami, the main character's IllGirl older sister]]. Let's count the ways: first, she's so naturally strong and talented that her father, the head of the most deadly swordsmanship school of the era, had literally no idea how he could possibly teach her. [[spoiler: This, and not her frail body or gender, is the only reason she isn't the head of Kyotouryuu.]] Her body absolutely refuses to let her die, [[spoiler: even though she herself would like nothing better]]. She can completely read the moveset and secrets of any martial art by seeing someone take a stance in it; and moreover instantly learns any technique by seeing it once, and masters it by seeing it twice (or performing it herself once) - even if that technique involves restructuring her own body on the fly. And finally, the ultimate goal of this utterly broken MegaManning is to [[spoiler: take her further away from using her own strength and skill so that Shichika can finally kill her, because otherwise he'd have no chance.]]

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* From {{LightNovel/Katanagatari}}, we have [[spoiler: Yasuri Nanami, the main character's IllGirl older sister]]. Let's count the ways: first, she's so naturally strong and talented that her father, the head of the most deadly swordsmanship school of the era, had literally no idea how he could possibly teach her. [[spoiler: This, and not her frail body or gender, is the only reason she isn't the head of Kyotouryuu.]] Her body absolutely refuses to let her die, [[spoiler: even though she herself would like nothing better]]. She can completely read the moveset and secrets of any martial art by seeing someone take a stance in it; and moreover instantly learns any technique by seeing it once, and masters it by seeing it twice (or performing it herself once) - even if that technique involves restructuring her own body on the fly. And finally, the ultimate goal of this utterly broken MegaManning PowerCopying is to [[spoiler: take her further away from using her own strength and skill so that Shichika can finally kill her, because otherwise he'd have no chance.]]
8th Jul '16 3:15:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* Sing, the eventual protagonist of ''Film/KungFuHustle'', had tremendous chi reserves in his body for his entire life, which he subtly sets up for the climactic fight scene by recovering from a serious stab wound, concussion and poisoning, in the span of about an hour, then casually mentioning that he's never had to go to a hospital in his life. Only after a near-death experience (that is to say, the BigBad delivered sufficient damage that the surprisingly powerful [[TheObiWan Obi Wans]] had to mummify him) was he able to use it consciously.

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* Sing, the eventual protagonist of ''Film/KungFuHustle'', had tremendous chi reserves in his body for his entire life, which he subtly sets up for the climactic fight scene by recovering from a serious stab wound, concussion and poisoning, in the span of about an hour, then casually mentioning that he's never had to go to a hospital in his life. Only after a near-death experience (that is to say, the BigBad delivered sufficient damage that the surprisingly powerful [[TheObiWan Obi Wans]] wise old men had to mummify him) was he able to use it consciously.
4th Jul '16 2:05:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* There are more than a few echoes of this in how [[TheObiWan Master Shifu]] treats [[WellDoneSonGuy Tai Lung]] in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''--and true to form, seeing only the snow leopard's incredible natural talent for kung fu (he was after all the only one to master all one thousand scrolls) the guy proudly pumps him up to be the Dragon Warrior, all without seeing the darkness that was growing in his son's heart. Though Tai Lung turned evil, he luckily didn't indulge in a great deal of {{Wangst}}. You can guarantee, though, that if he didn't die in the final battle, shows up in a sequel, and does a HeelFaceTurn, he will become either an IneffectualLoner (which he may well have been before his StartOfDarkness) or thanks to DefeatMeansFriendship, an AloofBigBrother to Po.

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* There are more than a few echoes of this in how [[TheObiWan Master Shifu]] Shifu treats [[WellDoneSonGuy Tai Lung]] in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''--and true to form, seeing only the snow leopard's incredible natural talent for kung fu (he was after all the only one to master all one thousand scrolls) the guy proudly pumps him up to be the Dragon Warrior, all without seeing the darkness that was growing in his son's heart. Though Tai Lung turned evil, he luckily didn't indulge in a great deal of {{Wangst}}. You can guarantee, though, that if he didn't die in the final battle, shows up in a sequel, and does a HeelFaceTurn, he will become either an IneffectualLoner (which he may well have been before his StartOfDarkness) or thanks to DefeatMeansFriendship, an AloofBigBrother to Po.
28th May '16 4:41:46 PM mhj0808
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** Naruto himself is a Subverted example. If you believe LamarckWasRight, then he technically always had great potential; however, most of his power is owed to being the host of the Nine Tails, who he of course was not naturally born with. His son Boruto, however, is a straight example; much like his grandfather, he was simply born a prodigy.
7th May '16 10:38:24 PM WillBGood
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* There are more than a few echoes of this in how [[TheObiWan Master Shifu]] treats [[WellDoneSonGuy Tai Lung]] in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''--and true to form, seeing only the snow leopard's incredible natural talent for kung fu (he was after all the only one to master all one thousand scrolls) the guy proudly pumps him up to be the Dragon Warrior, all without seeing the darkness that was growing in his son's heart. Though Tai Lung turned evil, he luckily didn't indulge in a great deal of {{Wangst}}. You can guarantee, though, that if he didn't die in the final battle, shows up in the sequel, and does a HeelFaceTurn, he will become either an IneffectualLoner (which he may well have been before his StartOfDarkness) or thanks to DefeatMeansFriendship, an AloofBigBrother to Po.

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* There are more than a few echoes of this in how [[TheObiWan Master Shifu]] treats [[WellDoneSonGuy Tai Lung]] in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''--and true to form, seeing only the snow leopard's incredible natural talent for kung fu (he was after all the only one to master all one thousand scrolls) the guy proudly pumps him up to be the Dragon Warrior, all without seeing the darkness that was growing in his son's heart. Though Tai Lung turned evil, he luckily didn't indulge in a great deal of {{Wangst}}. You can guarantee, though, that if he didn't die in the final battle, shows up in the a sequel, and does a HeelFaceTurn, he will become either an IneffectualLoner (which he may well have been before his StartOfDarkness) or thanks to DefeatMeansFriendship, an AloofBigBrother to Po.
6th Mar '16 12:23:48 PM Tyrantosaurus
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** Ryuuhei Sawamura arguably qualifies as well. He is a genius counter puncher, and unlike Miyata, who's counter punches leave him at risk of being clobbered if he messes up, Sawamura's are low risk, high reward counters. If Sawamura wasn't so sadistic about unnecessarily torturing his opponents, be could have easily become a champion long ago.



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3rd Feb '16 7:35:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* Morgana Pendragon from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' When she finally accepts her magical powers, sometime between seasons three and four, she becomes a High Priestess after one year of training. She eventually becomes a serious threat to Merlin, who is the most powerful Warlock in history. She is a skilled swordswoman and is always able to get her hands on an army.

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* Morgana Pendragon from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' When she finally accepts her magical powers, sometime between seasons three and four, she becomes a High Priestess after one year of training. She eventually becomes a serious threat to Merlin, who is the most powerful Warlock in history. She is a skilled swordswoman and is always able to get her hands on an army.



* ArsMagica has this at the center of its premise. Magical ability (referred to as the gift) instantly puts the primary player character class, magi, above the rest of the mundane world. This is reasonable enough; its setting, Mythic Europe, is a world of medieval beliefs after all. However, while the magi of the Order of Hermes swear an oath not to do anything that deprives another magus of his right to arcane power, or brings the ire of the mundane authority on the Order as a whole, any given mage is perfectly within his or her rights to abuse anyone who isn't a mage at their leisure, including their own apprentices. A particular list of legal cases includes the case of one mage who tortured several of his apprentices to death and was found to have committed no crime.

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* ArsMagica TabletopGame/ArsMagica has this at the center of its premise. Magical ability (referred to as the gift) instantly puts the primary player character class, magi, above the rest of the mundane world. This is reasonable enough; its setting, Mythic Europe, is a world of medieval beliefs after all. However, while the magi of the Order of Hermes swear an oath not to do anything that deprives another magus of his right to arcane power, or brings the ire of the mundane authority on the Order as a whole, any given mage is perfectly within his or her rights to abuse anyone who isn't a mage at their leisure, including their own apprentices. A particular list of legal cases includes the case of one mage who tortured several of his apprentices to death and was found to have committed no crime.



* The potential to tap the supernatural in ''AllFleshMustBeEaten'' is literally called "The Gift". What that gift encompasses - PsychicPowers, holy magic, SupernaturalMartialArts - is up to the user.
* The ability to use magic -just plain magic as well as summoning- is called "The Gift" in ''AnimaBeyondFantasy''
* The Planeswalker's Spark in ''MagicTheGathering'' is something that one either is born with, or isn't. It is possible to transfer a Spark from one being to another, however.

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* The potential to tap the supernatural in ''AllFleshMustBeEaten'' ''TabletopGame/AllFleshMustBeEaten'' is literally called "The Gift". What that gift encompasses - PsychicPowers, holy magic, SupernaturalMartialArts - is up to the user.
* The ability to use magic -just plain magic as well as summoning- is called "The Gift" in ''AnimaBeyondFantasy''
''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy''
* The Planeswalker's Spark in ''MagicTheGathering'' ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' is something that one either is born with, or isn't. It is possible to transfer a Spark from one being to another, however.
29th Jan '16 8:34:07 PM IamTheCaligula
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* Similarily, hailing from the other side of the Earth, we had Creator/BruceLee who was, according to his peers, pound-for-pound the strongest and fastest, not to mention best, martial artist in the world, standing at a level most humans are unable to achieve even with a lifetime of training.
16th Jan '16 1:18:24 AM Ramona122003
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* ''Manga/DragonBall'' Vegeta likes to think he was born with the Gift being a prince from a race of proud warriors who boast about being the strongest in the universe. It does not help that he was more or less called special by all those who knew him, even his {{Bad Boss}} Frieza. He is not too far off. He is extremely talented and reach levels that none in his race could comprehend. However, Goku has a greater gift for fighting, being able to outpace Vegeta no matter how hard he trains. During the Cell and Buu Sages he states that Goku has a gift, something he denied before by calling Goku low class trash. By the end of the series Vegeta had to fully admit to himself that Goku was the superior fighter. Even then, both Vegeta and Goku's gifts are outpaced by Gohan who can easily become the strongest in the universe if he desired it.

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Vegeta likes to think he was born with the Gift gift, being a prince from a race of proud warriors who boast about being the strongest in the universe. It does not help that he was more or less called special by all those who knew him, even his {{Bad Boss}} Frieza. He is not too far off. He is extremely talented and reach levels that none in his race could comprehend. However, Goku has a greater gift for fighting, being able to outpace Vegeta no matter how hard he trains. During the Cell and Buu Sages he states that Goku has a gift, something he denied before by calling Goku low class trash. By the end of the series Vegeta had to fully admit to himself that Goku was the superior fighter. Even then, both Vegeta and Goku's gifts are outpaced by Gohan who can easily become the strongest in the universe if he desired it.
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