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26th Nov '17 8:14:13 PM Yuihime
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* During the "Player-Owned Ports" minigame of ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', the Exile decides that in order to stop a serial killer, she must overcome her pacifism and train with the martial adepts of the Eastern Lands. The adepts assign her mundane chores. After some time, the Exile becomes impatient and demands to know how this will help her battle-- at which point the adepts reveal that the true purpose of the chores was to demean her and piss her off, so that she would [[TeachHimAnger learn a warrior's mindset]].
18th Nov '17 8:23:38 AM Kazmahu
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* When the team go on a training camp early in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', Issei's training begins on the way there - carrying a large pack of supplies. Even when they do get there, [[TheLeader Rias]] assigns Issei all the most physically demanding jobs, on top of training. And the end of the camp this pays off, and Rias explains point-blank that right now, [[AmplifierArtifact Boosted Gear]] can give Issei all the power he needs - the trick is physically conditions himself so it doesn't [[HeroicRROD tear him apart]] in the process.

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* When the team go on a training camp early in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', Issei's training begins on the way there - carrying a large pack of supplies. Even when they do get there, [[TheLeader Rias]] assigns Issei all the most physically demanding jobs, on top of training. And the end of the camp this pays off, and Rias explains point-blank that right now, [[AmplifierArtifact Boosted Gear]] can give Issei all the power he needs - the trick is physically conditions conditioning himself so it doesn't [[HeroicRROD tear him apart]] in the process.
18th Nov '17 8:22:57 AM Kazmahu
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* When the team go on a training camp early in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', Issei's training begins on the way there - carrying a large pack of supplies. Even when they do get there, [[TheLeader Rias]] assigns Issei all the most physically demanding jobs, on top of training. And the end of the camp this pays off, and Rias explains point-blank that right now, [[AmplifierArtifact Boosted Gear]] can give Issei all the power he needs - the trick is physically conditions himself so it doesn't [[HeroicRROD tear him apart]] in the process.
16th Nov '17 12:54:03 AM Kalibre
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* In ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'', the eponymous has natural physical attributes that make him perfect for in-boxing; but just as important is how he's spent most of his life in the fishing business, where carrying tremendous weights and working on boats has honed his upper body strength and sense of balance, respectively. As the series progresses, Ippo finds other mundane ways outside of the gym to practice new techniques or train to avoid his upcoming opponent's moves.

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* In ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'', the eponymous hero has natural physical attributes that make him perfect for in-boxing; but just as important is how he's spent most of his life in the fishing business, where carrying tremendous weights and working on boats has honed his upper body strength and sense of balance, respectively. As the series progresses, Ippo finds other mundane ways outside of the gym to practice new techniques or train to avoid his upcoming opponent's moves.
16th Nov '17 12:53:31 AM Kalibre
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* In ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'', the eponymous has natural physical attributes that make him perfect for in-boxing; but just as important is how he's spent most of his life in the fishing business, where carrying tremendous weights and working on boats has honed his upper body strength and sense of balance, respectively. As the series progresses, Ippo finds other mundane ways outside of the gym to practice new techniques or train to avoid his upcoming opponent's moves.
16th Nov '17 12:48:00 AM Kalibre
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*** Before he shows up to train with Whis, Goku challenges Piccolo to a one-on-one contest- harvesting all his crops as quickly as possible. While initially irritated for being called to do field work and skeptical that it could ever be considered training, the Namekian very quickly realizes its effectiveness in keeping his arms and legs moving, while keeping his mind focused.
16th Oct '17 7:12:36 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/OneNightOfLove'': Mary is an aspiring opera singer who has moved in with Giulio the vocal coach to train. She spends weeks on end doing various exercises meant to strengthen her diaphragm and increase her lung capacity. Six weeks of calisthenics without singing a single note leads Mary to complain that she wants to be an opera singer, not a boxer.
19th Sep '17 1:09:40 PM Premonition45
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* In ''The Last Lecture'', Randy Pausch referred to this trope as a "head fake", saying "The best way to teach somebody something is to have them think they're learning something else."
31st Aug '17 6:32:33 AM TonyG
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* An specifically inverted example happens in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'': Po who eats when he's upset, is taught kung fu by Master Shifu via eating dumplings with chopsticks; largely because Shifu discovers, quite by accident, that when Po is thinking about food, he's capable of feats that, when he's thinking about kung fu, he's not even aware exist.

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* An specifically inverted example happens in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'': Po Po, who eats when he's upset, is taught kung fu by Master Shifu via eating dumplings with chopsticks; largely because Shifu discovers, quite by accident, that when Po is thinking about food, he's capable of feats that, when he's thinking about kung fu, he's not even aware exist.


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* Parodied on ''Series/TheGoldbergs'' episode "The Kara-te Kid", as part of a WholePlotReference. Adam and Barry think their uncle Marvin is teaching them as Mr. Miyagi did, but then Adam realizes they're just cleaning his apartment, and Marvin knows nothing about actual karate.
31st Jul '17 10:09:46 AM Gitman
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** ''Film/TheKarateKid1984'' is the trope namer. When Mr. Miyagi agrees to train Daniel, Daniel thinks he's going to get practical karate training from the get-go. Instead, Miyagi tells him to do various chores -- not just waxing cars, but also painting the house, painting the fence, and waxing the deck. Miyagi also showed Daniel the precise way he wanted everything done. Daniel nearly quits, thinking Miyagi is just a MoochingMaster, before Miyagi demonstrates that these chores were to build up the strength and muscle memory necessary for performing karate blocks (and was also a way to [[SecretTestOfCharacter test how much patience he had]]). ''Then'' Miyagi showed Daniel how to punch and kick. As a reward for persevering, Daniel even got one of the cars.

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** ''Film/TheKarateKid1984'' is the trope namer. When Mr. Miyagi agrees to train Daniel, Daniel thinks he's going to get practical karate training from the get-go. Instead, Miyagi tells him to do various chores -- not just waxing cars, but also painting the house, painting the fence, and waxing sanding the deck. Miyagi also showed Daniel the precise way he wanted everything done. Daniel nearly quits, thinking Miyagi is just a MoochingMaster, before Miyagi demonstrates that these chores were to build up the strength and muscle memory necessary for performing karate blocks (and was also a way to [[SecretTestOfCharacter test how much patience he had]]). ''Then'' Miyagi showed Daniel how to punch and kick. As a reward for persevering, Daniel even got one of the cars.
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