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3rd Feb '16 7:46:50 PM JMQwilleran
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* ''WesternAnimation/JakeAndTheNeverlandPirates''. They call themselves pirates, but they're just kids who want to have a good time. -->[[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BkapwJVIYAAuKj1.jpg:large "A good pirate never takes another person's property!"]]
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* ''WesternAnimation/JakeAndTheNeverlandPirates''. They call themselves pirates, but they're just kids who want to have a good time. \n-->[[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BkapwJVIYAAuKj1.jpg:large "A good pirate never takes another person's property!"]] However, while they may be the page image, this was heavily changed for the program's fourth season, ''Captain Jake and the Neverland Pirates'', which has a much greater focus on action-adventure, including elements such as Jake engaging in actual swordplay and facing off against real dangerous villains. The program's specials also tended to be much more action-adventure oriented, even before the revamp.
2nd Feb '16 12:32:57 PM YeOldeLuke
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* The shepherd in ''VideoGame/OedipusInMyInventory'' never does any actual shepherding, and seems to spend all his life being summoned by kings and queens to do things.
31st Jan '16 1:47:05 PM Temmere
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* In the Olympic Games, the old rules stating that competitors had to be "amateurs" led to some rather transparent ploys wherein full-time, state-sponsored athletes were listed as being students, soldiers, police officers, etc., despite them not really being engaged in those occupations.
5th Jan '16 12:31:08 PM Rhysdux
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** Despite the text telling us repeatedly that Ana is the most brilliant of commissioning editors who even worked on her honeymoon (something that never showed up in any of the honeymoon scenes) and that she had a knack for editing even when she was Jack Hyde's personal assistant (where the only things she did were filing and typing up one letter poorly), her "job" appears to consist of letting ''her'' personal assistant Hannah make plans and set up meetings for her, going to one meeting with her colleagues and bosses, talking about meeting in person with an author, and looking at the file of a manuscript for two seconds. At no point does she do anything that [[http://www.prospects.ac.uk/commissioning_editor_job_description.htm a commissioning editor would normally do]] in the course of business.
4th Jan '16 12:58:36 PM Psyclone
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* This is what UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton hoped to have when he become warden of the Royal Mint. Unfortunately it turned out to be a real aversion, with the great scientist having to modernize and rationalize the operation of the Mint, while developing a network of informants to bring up a criminal mastermind forger.
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* This is what When UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton hoped to have when he become warden was made Warden of the Royal Mint. Unfortunately it Mint, the position was a pure example of this trope, being a sinecure given to people in the good graces of the government like Newton (to the point that his appointment letter even explicitly said the position "has not too much business to require more attendance than [Newton] can spare"). Much to the surprise of everyone, Newton turned out to be a real aversion, with the great scientist having to modernize modernizing and rationalize rationalizing the operation of the Mint, while developing a network of informants to bring up down a criminal mastermind forger.
25th Dec '15 5:19:51 AM Smoko
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* As noted above, the Gordon Freeman of ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' is a prime example of this trope. However, the Gordon Freeman of ''FreemansMind'' manages to simultaneously justify this ''and'' avert it. Here, Gordon legitimately knows a great deal about physics, regularly including it as part of his mental dialogue. At the same time, this incarnation of Gordon is utterly bonkers and borderline psychopathic. He's not allowed to do anything related to theoretical physics because he just can't be trusted to do it!
21st Dec '15 10:39:32 AM Temmere
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** Colleges in Japan are difficult to get into (a fact well-known to any Western anime fan), but can be surprisingly difficult to get thrown ''out'' of, such that many Japanese see their college "student" years as a nice break between the stress of studying for entrance exams and later employment.
17th Dec '15 11:10:26 AM DKW001
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* The Akina Speed Stars of ''InitialD.'' Partly because they know that [[TheAce Takumi]] is the ''only'' person there who has any real driving skill and ''really'' didn't want to lose him, since if he leaves they can't defend their home turf from any decent racers. This was a big part of the first season, when Takumi didn't want to drive but his friends in the Akina Speed Stars convinced him. Koichiro is the only actual member who had any kind of race whatsoever...the first of which nearly wrecked his car, the second of which he got completely left in the dust.
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* The Akina Speed Stars of ''InitialD.'' Partly because they know that [[TheAce Takumi]] is the ''only'' person there who has any real driving skill and ''really'' didn't want to lose him, since if he leaves they can't defend their home turf from any decent racers. This was a big part of the first season, when Takumi didn't want to drive but his friends in the Akina Speed Stars convinced him. Koichiro is the only actual member who had any kind of race whatsoever...the whatsoever. The first of which nearly wrecked his car, the second of which and he got was completely left in the dust.dust in the second.
17th Dec '15 11:09:41 AM DKW001
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* The Akina Speed Stars of ''InitialD.'' Koichiro-- Partly because they know that [[TheAce Takumi]] is the ''only'' person there who has any real driving skill and ''really'' didn't want to lose him, since if he leaves they can't defend their home turf from any decent racers. This was a big part of the first season, when Takumi didn't want to drive but his friends in the Akina Speed Stars convinced him.
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* The Akina Speed Stars of ''InitialD.'' Koichiro-- Partly because they know that [[TheAce Takumi]] is the ''only'' person there who has any real driving skill and ''really'' didn't want to lose him, since if he leaves they can't defend their home turf from any decent racers. This was a big part of the first season, when Takumi didn't want to drive but his friends in the Akina Speed Stars convinced him. Koichiro is the only actual member who had any kind of race whatsoever...the first of which nearly wrecked his car, the second of which he got completely left in the dust.
13th Dec '15 5:24:22 PM nombretomado
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* Arcade from the ''Comibook/XMen'' is supposedly a badass ace assassin. The problem? ''He never manages to kill anyone''. ''Comicbook/AvengersArena'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this by establishing that Arcade is considered a complete joke by the rest of the supervillain community, largely because he completely fails to live up to his reputation.
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* Arcade from the ''Comibook/XMen'' ''Comicbook/XMen'' is supposedly a badass ace assassin. The problem? ''He never manages to kill anyone''. ''Comicbook/AvengersArena'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this by establishing that Arcade is considered a complete joke by the rest of the supervillain community, largely because he completely fails to live up to his reputation.

* XMen: Xavier School does remarkably little teaching and quite a bit of political sabotage and supervillain-fighting, and the only classes appear to be combat training. This is because initially the school really was just a cover. The movies did change this somewhat, and in modern times Xavier's does appear to be accredited.
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* XMen: ComicBook/XMen: Xavier School does remarkably little teaching and quite a bit of political sabotage and supervillain-fighting, and the only classes appear to be combat training. This is because initially the school really was just a cover. The movies did change this somewhat, and in modern times Xavier's does appear to be accredited.
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