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4th Apr '18 9:03:41 AM IamTheCaligula
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* People with The Gift outside of martial arts include Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart who, when he was no more than fourteen-years-old, was taken to a performance of Allegri's ''Miserere'' and, upon returning to his lodgings, wrote down the entire piece from memory. And that was nine years after he wrote his first composition. I'll repeat that: Mozart wrote a Minuet and Trio in G major ''when he was five-years-old.''
* And while on the topic of classical music, we cannot leave out Music/LudwigVanBeethoven, who was, and still is, to this day, considered one of the greatest musical composers of all time. Just listen to his [[https://youtu.be/t3217H8JppI 9th Symphony]] and try to remember: He was ''[[DeafComposer stone deaf]]'' when he wrote that, and still he wrote ''everything,'' from the loudest, most bombastic brass segments, to the softest, most hushed flute segments; he wrote everything that each and every single separate instrument should play. While! Deaf!
15th Dec '17 6:13:18 PM Discar
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->''“You can’t coach it. That’s the ‘it’ thing that everybody talks about.”''

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->''“You can’t ->''"You can't coach it. That’s That's the ‘it’ 'it' thing that everybody talks about.”''"''
24th Nov '17 11:16:20 AM nombretomado
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* 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 fan base very well.

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* Ayrton Senna, the Brazilian race driver who's known as one of the top five best ''FormulaOne'' ''UsefulNotes/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 fan base very well.
13th Nov '17 8:04:51 PM PaulA
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For literal gifts, see ItWasAGift. Not to be confused with the GreaterInternetFuckwadTheory, the VideoGame "VideoGame/{{Gift}}", the FanFic "FanFic/TheGift", the book by Creator/JamesPatterson, the novel by Creator/VladimirNabokov, or the short story[=/=]jam by Music/VelvetUnderground.

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For literal gifts, see ItWasAGift. Not to be confused with the GreaterInternetFuckwadTheory, the VideoGame "VideoGame/{{Gift}}", the FanFic "FanFic/TheGift", [[Literature/WitchAndWizard the book by Creator/JamesPatterson, James Patterson]], the novel by Creator/VladimirNabokov, or the short story[=/=]jam by Music/VelvetUnderground.
6th Nov '17 12:18:22 PM Nyame
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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': It only took eight years for Oliver Queen to go from useless playboy to WorldsBestWarrior. Granted, a majority of those eight years were comprised of TrainingFromHell and multiple near-death experiences, but even then, that shouldn't have been enough to kill a man who had several ''centuries'' worth of experience over him. The only viable explanation is that Oliver was born to fight, and is a combat prodigy with talent only seen once in a lifetime.
24th Oct '17 11:07:00 AM Xtyran
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If the person with the gift is the protagonist, then it is a UniqueProtagonistAsset, and that person is often an example of HardWorkHardlyWork. Those with The Gift are frequently {{Born Winner}}s, especially if they have an amazing life. Though sometimes being better than everyone isn't so great: people might [[LonelyAtTheTop not like you]], or [[TallPoppySyndrome envious of you]]. In the end, life may become [[NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction too easy to be enjoyable]]. As they say, it's the journey not the destination.

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If the person with the gift is the protagonist, then it is a UniqueProtagonistAsset, and that person is often an example of HardWorkHardlyWork.HardWorkHardlyWorks. Those with The Gift are frequently {{Born Winner}}s, especially if they have an amazing life. Though sometimes being better than everyone isn't so great: people might [[LonelyAtTheTop not like you]], or [[TallPoppySyndrome envious of you]]. In the end, life may become [[NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction too easy to be enjoyable]]. As they say, it's the journey not the destination.
24th Oct '17 11:05:20 AM Xtyran
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If the person with the gift is the protagonist, then it is a UniqueProtagonistAsset, and that person is often an example of HardWorkHardlyWorks, though sometimes it also tends to be just as sucky (the underlying [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop message]] seems to be that [[TallPoppySyndrome it's best to be not noticeably average]]). Those with The Gift are frequently {{Born Winner}}s, especially if they have an amazing life. Though sometimes being better than everyone isn't so great: people might [[LonelyAtTheTop not like you]] or life becomes [[NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction too easy to be enjoyable]]. As they say, it's the journey not the destination.

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If the person with the gift is the protagonist, then it is a UniqueProtagonistAsset, and that person is often an example of HardWorkHardlyWorks, though sometimes it also tends to be just as sucky (the underlying [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop message]] seems to be that [[TallPoppySyndrome it's best to be not noticeably average]]). HardWorkHardlyWork. Those with The Gift are frequently {{Born Winner}}s, especially if they have an amazing life. Though sometimes being better than everyone isn't so great: people might [[LonelyAtTheTop not like you]] you]], or [[TallPoppySyndrome envious of you]]. In the end, life becomes may become [[NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction too easy to be enjoyable]]. As they say, it's the journey not the destination.
8th Oct '17 12:48:22 PM ThomasProofreader
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If the person with the gift is the protagonist, then it is a UniqueProtagonistAsset, and that person is often an example of HardWorkHardlyWorks, though 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 isn't so great: people might [[LonelyAtTheTop not like you]] or life becomes [[NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction too easy to be enjoyable]]. As they say, it's the journey not the destination.

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



* Yujiro Hanma from ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler'' is by far the most talented character in the series. He was born with so many gifts his birthday might as well be [[BornWinner Christmas]]. He has become increasingly bored in his later years since no one can offer him [[BloodKnight a decent fight]]. He became so desperate that he fathered a child and [[AbusiveParent put him through hell]] in the hopes he would offer a challenge. Yujiro even threatened his son Baki that if he doesn't live up to his expectations that he would repeat the whole process over with ''Baki's children''

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* Yujiro Hanma from ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler'' is by far the most talented character in the series. He was born with so many gifts his birthday might as well be [[BornWinner Christmas]]. He has become increasingly bored in his later years since no one can offer him [[BloodKnight a decent fight]]. He became so desperate that he fathered a child and [[AbusiveParent [[AbusiveParents put him through hell]] in the hopes he would offer a challenge. Yujiro even threatened his son Baki that if he doesn't live up to his expectations that he would repeat the whole process over with ''Baki's children''



* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Ichigo has an innate fighting talent that allows him to develop his combat abiilities at a truly phenomenal growth rate. He was able to become capable of fighting, and defeating, lieutenants and captains after just ten days training. He was able to achieve Bankai in two and a half days, and within the space of only a couple of months in total, he went from being a powerless person who could see ghosts to being capable of defeating a god-mode Aizen. All the various powers his mixed heritage has given him merely distract from the fact that his combat ability is completely innate. Various characters in the manga have lampshaded this, observing time and again that combat training doesn't work on him and that his ability to fight isn't evidence of heritage or training but of instinct. Even when he loses all his powers, his combat instinct makes him incredibly good at handling unsavoury humans such as thieves.
* ''Manga/{{Akagi}}'' won his first match in Mah Jong at the age of 13 after a ten-minute introduction to the rules. A few hours later he had defeated a professional rep player for some {{Yakuza}} who was cheating and backed up by the other two players. Things only got better from there. The manga repeatedly references just how unnaturally skilled Akagi is at gambling in general, and particularly in Mah Jong, to the degree he's almost killed once for failing to lose. In ''Manga/{{Ten}}'', where he has been a gambler for over thirty years, he is renowned for having never lost a game in his life.
* Mikasa Ackerman from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is described as a prodigy of unparalleled talent, with a natural mastery in all her subjects. She's still outshined by in-series WorldsStrongestMan Levi, though, although it's possible she may grow past him with combat experience. [[spoiler:They may actually be related too. Their 'gift' is apparently a unique trait of the Ackerman bloodline.]]

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Ichigo has an innate fighting talent that allows him to develop his combat abiilities abilities at a truly phenomenal growth rate. He was able to become capable of fighting, and defeating, lieutenants and captains after just ten days training. He was able to achieve Bankai in two and a half days, and within the space of only a couple of months in total, he went from being a powerless person who could see ghosts to being capable of defeating a god-mode Aizen. All the various powers his mixed heritage has given him merely distract from the fact that his combat ability is completely innate. Various characters in the manga have lampshaded this, observing time and again that combat training doesn't work on him and that his ability to fight isn't evidence of heritage or training but of instinct. Even when he loses all his powers, his combat instinct makes him incredibly good at handling unsavoury humans such as thieves.
* ''Manga/{{Akagi}}'' won his first match in Mah Jong mahjong at the age of 13 after a ten-minute introduction to the rules. A few hours later he had defeated a professional rep player for some {{Yakuza}} who was cheating and backed up by the other two players. Things only got better from there. The manga repeatedly references just how unnaturally skilled Akagi is at gambling in general, and particularly in Mah Jong, to the degree he's almost killed once for failing to lose. In ''Manga/{{Ten}}'', where he has been a gambler for over thirty years, he is renowned for having never lost a game in his life.
* Mikasa Ackerman from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is described as a prodigy of unparalleled talent, with a natural mastery in all her subjects. She's still outshined out-shined by in-series WorldsStrongestMan Levi, though, although it's possible she may grow past him with combat experience. [[spoiler:They may actually be related too. Their 'gift' is apparently a unique trait of the Ackerman bloodline.]]



* Twilight Sparkle in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is a unicorn whose unique magical talent ''is'' magic. Princess Celestia -- a 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.

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* Twilight Sparkle in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is a unicorn whose unique magical talent ''is'' magic. Princess Celestia -- a 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 this trope by showing that Twilight can't always control her vast magical power.



** Basically, ''every'' pony has TheGift at ''something.'' After closer to 30 than 20 years of the franchise's existence, those symbols on their flanks are explained: your 'cutie mark' represents your special talent and everyone has one. "Blank flanks" have not discovered their special talent yet. Those are typically quite young, and getting yours has been used as a puberty metaphor at least once.

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** Basically, ''every'' pony has TheGift this trope at ''something.'' After closer to 30 than 20 years of the franchise's existence, those symbols on their flanks are explained: your 'cutie mark' represents your special talent and everyone has one. "Blank flanks" have not discovered their special talent yet. Those are typically quite young, and getting yours has been used as a puberty metaphor at least once.



* 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.

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* 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 fan base very well.
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.
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