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6th Sep '17 8:01:20 AM LentilSandEater
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** Harry is notable for ''not'' having the gift, despite being the title character. He's a decent wizard, sure, but he pales in comparison to Hermione and, when he was the same age. Snape, He gets by on ingenuity, courage and some good broom flying skills

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** Harry is notable for ''not'' having the gift, despite being the title character. He's a decent wizard, sure, but he pales in comparison to Hermione and, when he was the same age. age, Snape, He gets by on ingenuity, courage and some good broom flying skills
6th Sep '17 8:00:30 AM LentilSandEater
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* Lord Voldemort of ''Literature/HarryPotter''. From a very young age, Tom Marvolo Riddle was treated as an amazing prodigy and given special preference and instruction. Dumbledore likewise. Voldy just chose a very different path than Albus.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series, some channelers require training and others have this, such as Nynaeve.
** Subverted in that wilders (as 'gifted' channelers are known) are no more likely to turn evil than any others, they just have a harder time accessing their power before they undergo special training to break their 'block' that's sealing the power away.

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* Lord Voldemort of ''Literature/HarryPotter''. ''Literature/HarryPotter'': A theme in the series is about what individuals with incredible gifts choose to do with them. And, why you don't necessarily need them to become great:
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From a very young age, Tom Marvolo Riddle was treated as an amazing prodigy and given special preference and instruction. Yet all he chose to do with his gift was pursue immortality, killing hundreds of people in the process. In the end he dies in his fifties, probably younger than he would if he'd lived a peaceful life.
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Dumbledore likewise. Voldy just chose had incredible abilities from an early age. Unlike Voldemort he mostly used them for good, except for a very different path than Albus.
period in his teenage years that haunted him for the rest of his life. He reflects while talking to Harry that he never trusted himself with power again.
** Harry is notable for ''not'' having the gift, despite being the title character. He's a decent wizard, sure, but he pales in comparison to Hermione and, when he was the same age. Snape, He gets by on ingenuity, courage and some good broom flying skills
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series, some channelers require training and others have this, such as Nynaeve.
** Subverted in that wilders
Nynaeve. Wilders (as 'gifted' channelers are known) are no more likely to turn evil than any others, they just have a harder time accessing their power before they undergo special training to break their 'block' that's sealing the power away.
15th Aug '17 2:53:00 AM Hoki
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* Kongo Agon of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' is another advanced example. He's described as a once-in-a-century football prodigy, capable of reacting in 0.1 second to any move the opposing team makes, as fast as physically possible. He never goes to practice and never exercises, at all, in sharp contrast to his brother Unsui, who trains tirelessly every day but can't keep up with him. Deimon managed to throw Agon a loop by sending in benchwarmer Manabu Yukimitsu, who managed to overtake Agon through sheer determination and tenacity. Oh, and he's practically the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the OpposingSportsTeam.

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* Kongo Agon of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' 21}}''
** Kongo Agon of the Shinryuuji Nagas
is another advanced example. He's described as a once-in-a-century football prodigy, capable of reacting in 0.1 second to any move the opposing team makes, as fast as physically possible. He never goes to practice and never exercises, at all, in sharp contrast to his brother Unsui, who trains tirelessly every day but can't keep up with him. Deimon managed to throw Agon a loop by sending in benchwarmer Manabu Yukimitsu, who managed to overtake Agon through sheer determination and tenacity. Oh, and he's practically the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the OpposingSportsTeam.OpposingSportsTeam.
** There's also Takeru Yamato, ''[[TheRealRemingtonSteele the real Eyeshield 21 from Notre Dame]]''. Gifted both physically and mentally, he's the star player of the Teikoku Alexanders, Japan's best high school football team. To give you an idea of how good he is, Kongo Agon challenged him to a one-on-one match, and lost.
** Finally, Donald "Mr. Don" Oberman of Team USA overshadows ''everyone'' in terms of being gifted. He's a giant of a man who possesses inhuman strength and speed, is very intelligent and fluent in multiple languages, is charismatic enough to win legions of fangirls, and is the son of the US president. His hobby seems to be putting lesser beings in their place, especially in the football field, where he casually curb-stomps opponents while lamenting of how futile it is to challenge "chosen ones" like himself.
13th Aug '17 5:12:17 PM nombretomado
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* Berserker of ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' poses the danger he does entirely because of this. Berserker is ''so'' naturally talented in martial arts that he can defeat the best of his peers despite not having had ''any'' formal training whatsoever. His defeat requires a massive aversion of HardWorkHardlyWorks, with Hermit claiming to have put in 10,000 times the normal effort. Unfortunately, a later chapter of the manga suggests he has since received that formal training.

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* Berserker of ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' poses the danger he does entirely because of this. Berserker is ''so'' naturally talented in martial arts that he can defeat the best of his peers despite not having had ''any'' formal training whatsoever. His defeat requires a massive aversion of HardWorkHardlyWorks, with Hermit claiming to have put in 10,000 times the normal effort. Unfortunately, a later chapter of the manga suggests he has since received that formal training.
13th Jul '17 9:54:27 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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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.

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** Naruto himself is a Subverted 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, However, his son, the eponymous protagonist of ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'', is a straight example; much like his grandfather, grandfather the Fourth Hokage, he was simply born a prodigy.
14th Jun '17 2:26:26 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Black Clover'', Aster's best friend and fellow orphan Juno has incredible magical potential. When the time came to receive a Grimoire, Juno was chosen by a Four-Leaf Clover Grimoire, the highest level Grimoire of them all. Aster on the other hand, [[{{Unsorcerer}} has absolutely no magical potential]]. Nonetheless, Juno still looks up to Aster for his courage and determination and considers him to be a worthy rival.

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* In ''Black Clover'', ''Manga/BlackClover'', Aster's best friend and fellow orphan Juno has incredible magical potential. When the time came to receive a Grimoire, Juno was chosen by a Four-Leaf Clover Grimoire, the highest level Grimoire of them all. Aster on the other hand, [[{{Unsorcerer}} has absolutely no magical potential]]. Nonetheless, Juno still looks up to Aster for his courage and determination and considers him to be a worthy rival.
28th May '17 9:14:10 AM PlasmaTalon
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* Averted in the sequel ''VideoGame/XCom2'', as any unpromoted recruit may be trained to become a Psi-Operative by spending several days in the Psi-Lab.
26th Feb '17 8:57:06 PM CLT009
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' puts a particularly dark spin on this. The titular character is noted early on to have vast potential as a MagicalGirl. [[spoiler: Too bad this means her eventual, inevitable transformation into her SuperpoweredEvilSide will destroy the world if she contracts and activates her powers]]. Despite the fact that she is a sweet, innocent, trusting person with a low opinion of herself, [[spoiler: her Gift has the potential to wreak more destruction on the Earth than that of most other examples]].

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' puts a particularly dark spin on this. The titular character is noted early on to have vast potential as a MagicalGirl. [[spoiler: Too bad this means her eventual, inevitable transformation into her SuperpoweredEvilSide will destroy the world if she contracts and activates her powers]]. Despite the fact that she is a sweet, innocent, trusting person with a low opinion of herself, [[spoiler: her Gift has the potential to wreak more destruction on the Earth than that of most other examples]]. The story also makes it absolutely clear that she wasn't even "special" in the ways that this trope often implies, [[spoiler: given that her status as the ChosenOne is an [[GoneHorriblyWrong unintended side-effect of another person's actions]], rather than even the standard "[[YouCantFightFate fate]]" or SuperpowerfulGenetics [[HandWaved Hand Wave]]]].
26th Feb '17 4:53:09 PM xneon
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* Aryton Senna, the Brazilian race driver who's known as one of the top five best ''FormulaOne'' racers in history. He is known for outperforming teammates and driving impossibly fast in any given car. Other than being naturally talented, he's also a very dedicated and sophisticated, if very aggressive, driver. His personality also responds to the fanbase very well.

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* Aryton Ayrton Senna, the Brazilian race driver who's known as one of the top five best ''FormulaOne'' racers in history. He is known for outperforming teammates and driving impossibly fast in any given car. Other than being naturally talented, he's also a very dedicated and sophisticated, if very aggressive, driver. His personality also responds to the fanbase very well.
20th Feb '17 2:18:11 PM margdean56
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* Aryton Senna, The Brazilian race driver who's known as one of the top five best ''FormulaOne'' racers in history. He is known for outperforming teammates and driving impossibly fast in any given car. Other than being naturally talent, he's also a very dedicated and sophisticated, if very aggressive, driver. His personality also responds to the fanbase very well.

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* Aryton Senna, The the Brazilian race driver who's known as one of the top five best ''FormulaOne'' racers in history. He is known for outperforming teammates and driving impossibly fast in any given car. Other than being naturally talent, talented, he's also a very dedicated and sophisticated, if very aggressive, driver. His personality also responds to the fanbase very well.
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