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20th May '18 9:47:15 AM nombretomado
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* The three hosts of ''TopGear'', Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, probably hold a collective Universal Driver's License, since between the three of them they can operate anything from light aircraft to earthmoving equipment (see the note on Real Life, below)

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* The three hosts of ''TopGear'', ''Series/{{Top Gear|UK}}'', Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, probably hold a collective Universal Driver's License, since between the three of them they can operate anything from light aircraft to earthmoving equipment (see the note on Real Life, below)



** As shown in ''TopGear'''s episode where the three drive trucks. They are a bit puzzled by the half-gears, and uphill starts represent a significant problem, but by and large they manage to make the things go.

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** As shown in ''TopGear'''s ''Series/{{Top Gear|UK}}'''s episode where the three drive trucks. They are a bit puzzled by the half-gears, and uphill starts represent a significant problem, but by and large they manage to make the things go.



* In the early days of motoring, of course there were no drivers' licenses, but if there had been, there would have to have been a different one for each and every model of car: the reason being that there was no standardised set of controls. This was used hilariously in an episode of ''TopGear'' where Jeremy and James are in a 1910s French car with a [[BlindIdiotTranslation badly translated]] manual and can't figure out how to stop before they hit a busy road.

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* In the early days of motoring, of course there were no drivers' licenses, but if there had been, there would have to have been a different one for each and every model of car: the reason being that there was no standardised set of controls. This was used hilariously in an episode of ''TopGear'' ''Top Gear'' where Jeremy and James are in a 1910s French car with a [[BlindIdiotTranslation badly translated]] manual and can't figure out how to stop before they hit a busy road.



*** In the ''TopGear'' 1940s race Clarkson wasn't allowed to drive the A1 ''Tornado'' steam engine on the main line since a license is needed to do that. And Hammond's Vincent Black Shadow bike broke down because he left the reserve fuel tank tap open and clogged the carburetor.

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*** In the ''TopGear'' ''Series/{{Top Gear|UK}}'' 1940s race Clarkson wasn't allowed to drive the A1 ''Tornado'' steam engine on the main line since a license is needed to do that. And Hammond's Vincent Black Shadow bike broke down because he left the reserve fuel tank tap open and clogged the carburetor.
20th Apr '18 2:26:32 PM XenMon2
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-->'''Vinnie:''' [[PreMortemOneLiner "I'll read the freakin' manual!"]]

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-->'''Vinnie:''' [[PreMortemOneLiner [[LampshadeHanging "I'll read the freakin' manual!"]]
20th Apr '18 2:25:53 PM XenMon2
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* Alex Mercer in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' has to separately acquire the skills to pilot armored vehicles and helicopters. Played straight in that the armor skill gives him one-man proficiency with vehicles that require different crews to operate.
** Given we never actually get a good look at the cockpit of the helicopters whilst he's in them, and obviously can't see through tanks, it's entirely possible he makes some very... ''drastic'' changes to himself in order to be able to use all their 'features'.
*** To those unfamiliar with Alex Mercer's powers, he can manipulate the flesh in his body to impossible degrees. Thus, it is plausible that in order to crew vehicles requiring multiple individuals, he sprouts the necessary components (such as extra limbs or sensory organs).

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* Alex Mercer in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' has to separately acquire the skills to pilot armored vehicles and helicopters. Played straight in that the armor skill gives him one-man proficiency with vehicles that require different crews to operate.
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operate. Though given he's a shapeshifter and that we never actually get a good look at see the cockpit inside of the helicopters whilst cockpits he's in them, and obviously can't see through tanks, in, it's entirely possible he makes some very... ''drastic'' changes to himself in order to be able to use all their 'features'.
*** To those unfamiliar with Alex Mercer's powers,
not implausible that he can manipulate employ CombatTentacles or just fill the flesh in his body to impossible degrees. Thus, it is plausible that in order to crew vehicles requiring multiple individuals, he sprouts interior of the necessary components (such as extra limbs or sensory organs).vehicle and have all the controls and such in easy reach.


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* Averted as a plot point in ''VideoGame/GunsGoreAndCannoli'', where the mafia chief needs the otherwise unexceptional Frankie escorted safely to him, as Frankie's the only one capable of flying a blimp to escape the ZombieApocalypse. Later played straight when the NominalHero throws Frankie out of the blimp and is able to pilot it just fine.
-->'''Vinnie:''' [[PreMortemOneLiner "I'll read the freakin' manual!"]]
5th Apr '18 2:52:21 AM XenMon2
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** In ''VideoGame/Battlefield1'' players spawn into vehicles as specialized tanker (who also captains destroyers, oddly enough) or pilot classes with their own models and gear. Although any class can still operate (but not repair, unless they're a support with a wrench) them should the actual driver abandon it for whatever reason.
14th Mar '18 7:28:04 PM broncos187
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* Justified in ''Film/BlackPanther''. When [[spoiler:former Air Force pilot Everett Ross is tasked with using a Wakandan drone fighter to stop the other ships from taking off with Wakandan weaponry, Shuri makes the interface resemble an American fighter jet so that it will be familiar to him]].
8th Feb '18 1:14:39 AM BoukenDutch
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* ''WesternAnimation/PJMasks'': Despite being 6-years old, all 3 heroes have no trouble piloting their respective vehicles (a car, a plane and an amphibian vehicle respectively), or each others vehicles if the situation demands it. In "Take to the Skies, Owlette", Catboy and Gekko likewise had no trouble flying an old plane from the museum.
15th Dec '17 7:07:17 AM infernape612
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* Happens in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'' surprisingly enough. Archers can take control of Ballistae, steering it and shooting it with perfect accuracy. It's not like it's part of the job description, being a StrategyRPG all of your units are named characters with backstories, and your Archers are simply bow wielders and nothing more. Especially strange in that Ballistician was its own unit type in earlier games.
** The first time you encounter a Ballista in ''Blazing Sword'', the group decides a good plan is to create a diversion for the Ballista to focus on, and have another unit sneak up on it and kill the pilot. Then Lyn asks resident archer if he knows how to use one, and he replies that he can probably figure it out, since it's "just a big bow". Try GIANT BOW in a carriage on wheels. He uses it with no problem, provided the enemy unit inside the ballista didn't use up all the ammo.

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* Happens in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'' the GBA ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' games, surprisingly enough. Archers can take control of Ballistae, steering it and shooting it them with perfect accuracy. It's not like it's part of the job description, being a StrategyRPG all of your units are named characters with backstories, and your Archers are simply bow wielders and nothing more. Especially strange in that the Ballistician was its own unit type in earlier games.
** The first time you encounter a Ballista in ''Blazing Sword'', ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade The Blazing Blade]]'', the group decides a good plan is to create a diversion for the Ballista to focus on, and have another unit sneak up on it and kill the pilot. Then Lyn asks resident archer Will if he knows how to use one, and he replies that he can probably figure it out, since it's "just a big bow". Try GIANT BOW in a carriage on wheels. He uses it with no problem, provided the enemy unit inside the ballista didn't use up all the ammo.



* The player character in all of the ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' games from ''X-Tension'' and beyond are capable of piloting almost anything they come across, be it a tiny scout ship or a [[MileLongShip multi-kilometer capital ship]].

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* The player character in all of the ''[[Videogame/{{X}} ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' games from ''X-Tension'' and beyond are capable of piloting almost anything they come across, be it a tiny scout ship or a [[MileLongShip multi-kilometer capital ship]].
5th Dec '17 3:51:25 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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--> '''David:''' Yes yes yes. Yes, without the "oops". (points forward) ''That'' way.\\
:: The director's cut explicitly shows Steven learning to fly the craft, or at least sitting at its controls, long before he makes the offer to fly it; his confusion with the controls stems more from [[DamnYouMuscleMemory not being used to them]] than outright ignorance.

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--> '''David:''' Yes yes yes. Yes, without the "oops". (points forward) ''That'' way.\\
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The director's cut explicitly shows Steven learning to fly the craft, or at least sitting at its controls, long before he makes the offer to fly it; his confusion with the controls stems more from [[DamnYouMuscleMemory not being used to them]] than outright ignorance.
3rd Dec '17 11:21:33 AM thatother1dude
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* Oddly justified in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', even though it never actually happens. The "riding" skill possessed by both the Rider and Saber classes gives the hero who ends up in that class the intuitive knowledge necessary to ride anything, from horses to fighter jets. Well, technically it's given a rank, but everyone who actually has it has high enough rank to ride any vehicle.
** It used in the prequel ''Fate Zero''. Saber drives Iris' BMW with professional expertise. Berserker, as an incarnation of a knight, also gets this ability, and uses it to skyjack a fighter jet.
*** Oh, and Saber fights UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat [[RuleOfCool while Riding]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome a motorcycle.]]


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* The "riding" skill possessed by both the Rider and Saber classes of the ''Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}'' gives the hero who ends up in that class the intuitive knowledge necessary to ride anything, from horses to fighter jets. Well, technically it's given a rank, but everyone who actually has it has high enough rank to ride any vehicle. In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' this was an InformedAbility, but it sees actual use in later installments.
** In ''LightNovel/FateZero'', Saber drives Iris' BMW and [[MyHorseIsAMotorbike a motorcycle]] with professional expertise. Berserker, as an incarnation of a knight, also gets this ability, and uses it to skyjack a fighter jet.
** In ''LightNovel/FateApocrypha'', Kairi puts Mordred (the red team's Saber) behind the wheel of a car he stole to get to a battle faster. She gets there quick, [[DrivesLikeCrazy but not without putting a few dents in the fender]].
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8th Oct '17 5:16:07 PM icewater
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* In ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', Nelly says she just sat in an F1 car (also noting it was the slowest lap ever recorded). But just getting an F1 car going takes getting used to as the above-mentioned Richard Hammond out [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGUZJVY-sHo&t=5m25s found out]] and this was after Hammond was prepped in a Formula Renault car (which itself he had trouble launching).
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