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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.
20th Feb '17 2:16:37 PM margdean56
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* In the ''Literature/TortallUniverse'' books, there is a subversion on two levels. In the first, just about half the population has "The Gift", and it's actually called that. What it is is basically the ability to use magic - and that's it. [[SmugSuper Some of them ''do'' think they're better than everyone]] and two are the BigBad of their series, but most are decent and nice. The second subversion is closer to the trope idea are wild magic; a much rarer 'gift' which has specific abilities. The only characters to have this (Daine and Tobe) are TheHero and a different hero's SideKick.

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* In the ''Literature/TortallUniverse'' books, there is a subversion on two levels. In the first, just about half the population has "The Gift", and it's actually called that. What it is is basically the ability to use magic - -- and that's it. [[SmugSuper Some of them ''do'' think they're better than everyone]] and two are the BigBad of their series, but most are decent and nice. The second subversion is subversion, closer to the trope idea are idea, is wild magic; a much rarer 'gift' which has specific abilities. The only characters to have this (Daine and Tobe) are TheHero and a different hero's SideKick.
3rd Feb '17 8:48:36 AM erazor0707
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Having a gift but maintaining it through training, research, and working (or risk wasting it) makes you TalentedButTrained.
25th Jan '17 8:44:55 AM LadyNorbert
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' [[MagnificentBastard Azula]] and [[CuteBruiser Toph]] are both among the most naturally gifted/talented characters in the series. Azula was born as a child prodigy but Toph is blind and learned how to depend on other senses, which just made her an unnaturally good earth bender. The former is DaddysLittleVillain and the latter is a loner who requires an entire season to soften up to her TrueCompanions. [[TeamMom Katara]] is a subversion; she taught herself waterbending and became a master soon after finding a master to formally train her. [[TheChosenOne Aang]] is an ''inversion''. His gift means it's his job to save the world. [[TheExile Zuko]] is played with. He doesn't possess the gift, but that's ''precisely'' what makes him special since it made him [[TheDeterminator Who]] he is.
* Twilight Sparkle in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is a unicorn whose unique magical talent ''is'' magic. Princess Celestia -- a millenia old ''[[PhysicalGod Physical Goddess]]'' -- says that Twilight has the greatest magical potential she has ever seen in a unicorn. In the pilot Twilight does come off as slightly arrogant and dismisses the future members of her TrueCompanions as silly fillies who are getting in the way of her efforts to stop Nightmare Moon. Much of the series is devoted to Twilight coming out of her sheltered bookworm lifestyle. A few episodes also deconstruct TheGift by showing that Twilight can't always control her vast magical power.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' [[MagnificentBastard Azula]] and [[CuteBruiser Toph]] are both among the most naturally gifted/talented characters in the series. Azula was born as a child prodigy but Toph is blind and learned how to depend on other senses, which just made her an unnaturally good earth bender. The former is DaddysLittleVillain and the latter is a loner who requires an entire season to soften up to her TrueCompanions. [[TeamMom Katara]] is a subversion; she taught herself waterbending and became a master soon after finding a master to formally train her. [[TheChosenOne Aang]] is an ''inversion''. His gift means it's his job to save the world. [[TheExile Zuko]] is played with. He doesn't possess the gift, but that's ''precisely'' what makes him special since it made him [[TheDeterminator Who]] who]] he is.
* Twilight Sparkle in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is a unicorn whose unique magical talent ''is'' magic. Princess Celestia -- a millenia old thousand-year-old ''[[PhysicalGod Physical Goddess]]'' -- says that Twilight has the greatest magical potential she has ever seen in a unicorn. In the pilot Twilight does come off as slightly arrogant and dismisses the future members of her TrueCompanions as silly fillies who are getting in the way of her efforts to stop Nightmare Moon. Much of the series is devoted to Twilight coming out of her sheltered bookworm lifestyle. A few episodes also deconstruct TheGift by showing that Twilight can't always control her vast magical power.



* 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.
* Aryton Senna, The Brazillian 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.
* [[http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Education/2015/0522/Eleven-year-old-earns-three-degrees-one-year-after-finishing-high-school This kid]] passed college with three degrees.

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* Similarily, Similarly, 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.
* Aryton Senna, The Brazillian 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.
* [[http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Education/2015/0522/Eleven-year-old-earns-three-degrees-one-year-after-finishing-high-school This kid]] passed eleven-year-old]] graduated college with three degrees.degrees... in ''one year.''
4th Jan '17 5:40:03 AM flodoris
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* Most of the main characters in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', starting with the Uchihas (yes, all of them) and former BigBad Orochimaru and working from there. It's really more notable when characters considered "geniuses" ''don't'' turn evil than when they do. The most notable of which being [[spoiler: Itachi]], who it turns out was on the good side all along even though he is arguably the most gifted.

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* Most of the main characters in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', starting with the Uchihas (yes, all of them) and former BigBad Orochimaru and working from there. It's really more notable when characters considered "geniuses" ''don't'' turn evil than when they do. The most notable of which being [[spoiler: Itachi]], who it turns out was on the good side all along even though he is arguably the most gifted.
30th Dec '16 5:12:07 AM AlternativeCola
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Not to be confused with the 2015 film starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, and Joel Edgerton.

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Not to be confused with either the 2015 film starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, and Joel Edgerton.
Edgerton, the 2000 film starring Cate Blanchett and Keanu Reeves or the Portuguese alternative rock band.
17th Dec '16 6:07:27 AM WillBGood
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These characters are born with The Gift that just makes every character in the same field look ''bad'' by comparison. They were born with something special: this character could have an [[PowerCopying instinctual grasp]] of the techniques that take other characters years to master, maybe he or she is a natural LightningBruiser with little to no training at all. A character with The Gift need not be physically gifted. If the story revolves around science or school, expect a person with the Gift to be impossibly smart, to the point that his/her peers are struggling to make sense of the person's ''doodles.'' You think you're good? Well this guy is just innately ''[[AlwaysSomeoneBetter better]]''. Many times TheMentor of these characters will near worship The Gifted because of this talent, falling over themselves to teach these characters. The teacher may favor this character at the expense of other students. He or she may even be TheAce if the character in the story is just ''that'' much more talented than everyone else.

If the character is a good guy, expect them to be TheParagon that everyone looks up to. If the character's talent is intelligence they may be an InsufferableGenius since no one is near The Gift's level. However, if he lets it go to his head, he may turn into an [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Arrogant Kung Fu Guy]], SocialDarwinist, or SmugSuper. If they can't handle the pressure, expect them to become the BrokenAce or if looked up to by someone, the BrokenPedestal.

If the person with the gift is the protagonist, then it is a UniqueProtagonistAsset, and that person is often an example of HardWorkHardlyWorks, though somtimes it also tends to be just as sucky (the underlying [[WarpedAesop message]] seems to be that [[TallPoppySyndrome it's best to be unnoticeably average]]). Those with The Gift are frequently {{Born Winner}}s, especially if they have an amazing life. Though sometimes being better than everyone [[BrokenAce isn't so great]] and and people might [[LonelyAtTheTop not like you]] or life becomes [[NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction too easy to be enjoyable]]. As they say, its the journey not the destination.

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These characters are born with The Gift that just makes every character in the same field look ''bad'' by comparison. They were born with something special: this character could have an [[PowerCopying instinctual grasp]] of the techniques that take other characters years to master, maybe he or she is a natural LightningBruiser with little to no training at all. A character with The Gift need not be physically gifted. If the story revolves around science or school, expect a person with the Gift to be impossibly smart, to the point that his/her peers are struggling to make sense of the person's ''doodles.'' You think you're good? Well this guy is just innately ''[[AlwaysSomeoneBetter better]]''. Many times TheMentor of these characters will near worship The Gifted because of this talent, falling over themselves to teach these characters. The teacher may favor this character at the expense of other students. He or she The character may even be TheAce if the character in the story is they're just ''that'' much more talented than everyone else.

If the character is a good guy, expect them to be TheParagon that everyone looks up to. If the character's talent is intelligence they may be an InsufferableGenius since no one is near The Gift's level. However, if he lets they let it go to his their head, he they may turn into an [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Arrogant Kung Fu Guy]], SocialDarwinist, or SmugSuper. If they can't handle the pressure, expect them to become the BrokenAce BrokenAce, or if looked up to by someone, the BrokenPedestal.

If the person with the gift is the protagonist, then it is a UniqueProtagonistAsset, and that person is often an example of HardWorkHardlyWorks, though somtimes sometimes it also tends to be just as sucky (the underlying [[WarpedAesop message]] seems to be that [[TallPoppySyndrome it's best to be unnoticeably average]]). Those with The Gift are frequently {{Born Winner}}s, especially if they have an amazing life. Though sometimes being better than everyone [[BrokenAce isn't so great]] and and great: people might [[LonelyAtTheTop not like you]] or life becomes [[NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction too easy to be enjoyable]]. As they say, its it's the journey not the destination.
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.]]
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