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28th Jan '17 12:15:42 PM Mattonymy
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* The eponymous Po in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', 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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* The eponymous An specifically inverted example happens in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'': Po in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', 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.
2nd Dec '16 12:02:59 PM stuthehistoryguy
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** The US Air Force Academy carries this a step further, requiring cadets to fill out forms evaluating each meal. By filling out the same form every day, cadets learn to complete checklists quickly and efficiently.
19th Nov '16 9:02:44 AM FordPrefect
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* On ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Marshall succesfully convinces Barney that he could pick up any chick he wanted in less than five seconds by going up to a supposedly "random" woman (actually his fiancee), in a bar and kissing her passionately. While retelling this story:

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* On ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Marshall succesfully successfully convinces Barney that he could pick up any chick he wanted in less than five seconds by going up to a supposedly "random" woman (actually his fiancee), fiancee) in a bar and kissing her passionately. While retelling this story:



* A Soviet biopic ''Ivan Pavlov: Searching for Truth'' (yes, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pavlov%27s_dogs that Pavlov]]) has a bizarre example of what supposedly was common in 19th century Orthodox monaceries. A novice is ordered to plant cabbage ''with its leaves in the soil and roots in the air''. Later a monk explains: "The cabbage isn't dear to us, it's your obedience."

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* A Soviet biopic ''Ivan Pavlov: Searching for Truth'' (yes, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pavlov%27s_dogs that Pavlov]]) has a bizarre example of what supposedly was common in 19th century Orthodox monaceries.monasteries. A novice is ordered to plant cabbage ''with its leaves in the soil and roots in the air''. Later a monk explains: "The cabbage isn't dear to us, it's your obedience."
13th Nov '16 8:58:14 PM Redaka
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* Parodied on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', in which the menial tasks really are just menial tasks, but let Johnny win the match anyway. (Much to Master Hama's disappointment, as he'd bet against Johnny.)

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* Parodied on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', "The Clueless Kid" in which the menial tasks really are just menial tasks, but let Johnny win the match anyway. (Much to Master Hama's disappointment, as he'd bet against Johnny.)
29th Oct '16 1:06:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* In David Eddings' ''{{Belgariad}}'' universe, the arch-wizard Belgarath learned the FunctionalMagic of "The Will and The Word" from the reclusive PhysicalGod Aldur in this way. Aldur kept setting his young apprentice to various menial, pointless, and increasingly strenuous tasks, culminating in him ordering the young Belgarath to move a boulder out of his way, since he couldn't be bothered to step around it. Inspired by this, Belgarath did the same thing to Garion, who tried ''lifting'' the boulder. Newtonian physics still worked, apparently, and Garion found himself in a rather deep hole.

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* In David Eddings' ''{{Belgariad}}'' ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'' universe, the arch-wizard Belgarath learned the FunctionalMagic of "The Will and The Word" from the reclusive PhysicalGod Aldur in this way. Aldur kept setting his young apprentice to various menial, pointless, and increasingly strenuous tasks, culminating in him ordering the young Belgarath to move a boulder out of his way, since he couldn't be bothered to step around it. Inspired by this, Belgarath did the same thing to Garion, who tried ''lifting'' the boulder. Newtonian physics still worked, apparently, and Garion found himself in a rather deep hole.



* In ''[[ASongOfIceAndFire A Game of Thrones]]'', Syrio Forel trains Arya Stark for Braavosi-style fencing by having her do things like catch the stray cats roaming the castle at King's Landing (to increase her speed and reaction time) and walking around the castle on her hands (to increase her balance and awareness of the surfaces she's moving on). Subverted in that she understands the purpose of it all and appreciates it.

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* In ''[[ASongOfIceAndFire A Game of Thrones]]'', ''Literature/AGameOfThrones'', Syrio Forel trains Arya Stark for Braavosi-style fencing by having her do things like catch the stray cats roaming the castle at King's Landing (to increase her speed and reaction time) and walking around the castle on her hands (to increase her balance and awareness of the surfaces she's moving on). Subverted in that she understands the purpose of it all and appreciates it.



* In ''[[HeraldsOfValdemar By the Sword]]'', Kero's training with Tarma begins with a whole lot of chopping wood. She doesn't seem to resent it, but she does eventually get curious when Tarma starts having her chop wood that's been set up in oddly specific configurations, at which point Tarma finally gets around to explaining the specific purpose of the exercise: to develop the specific muscle groups that she'll be using to swing a sword.

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* In ''[[HeraldsOfValdemar ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar By the Sword]]'', Kero's training with Tarma begins with a whole lot of chopping wood. She doesn't seem to resent it, but she does eventually get curious when Tarma starts having her chop wood that's been set up in oddly specific configurations, at which point Tarma finally gets around to explaining the specific purpose of the exercise: to develop the specific muscle groups that she'll be using to swing a sword.
17th Oct '16 2:06:48 PM AnotherWanderingGhost
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* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' does this to [[spoiler: Avhienda in ''The Gathering Storm''. The Wise Ones load her up with useless chores and punishments for seemingly no reason at all. After a few weeks, Avhienda gets fed up and quits. This turns out to be the SecretTestOfCharacter, teaching her that at some point she has to stand up for herself.]]* In the ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' series, ambient mages have to study and learn ''everything'' about their affinity, including the tedious chores.

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* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' does this to [[spoiler: Avhienda in ''The Gathering Storm''. The Wise Ones load her up with useless chores and punishments for seemingly no reason at all. After a few weeks, Avhienda gets fed up and quits. This turns out to be the SecretTestOfCharacter, teaching her that at some point she has to stand up for herself.]]* ]]
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In the ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' series, ambient mages have to study and learn ''everything'' about their affinity, including the tedious chores.
28th Sep '16 6:27:05 AM Tightwire
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** Brock and Ash meet Bruno, a member of the Elite 4 who agrees to train them. He gets them to do a ton of chores. Brock assumes this all has a deeper meaning, but Bruno just wanted his chores done. His actual training could be summed up as "Be nice to Pokemon".

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** Brock and Ash meet Bruno, a member of the Elite 4 who agrees to train them. He gets them to do a ton of chores. Brock assumes this all has a deeper meaning, but Bruno just wanted his chores done. His actual training could be summed up as "Be nice to Pokemon". Or perhaps "You can't get something for nothing."
20th Aug '16 2:01:35 PM TommyTree
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* Bluepaw's training in ''Literature/WarriorCats''. Much of it focuses on boring tasks like gathering moss and cutting into smaller parts, to teach her patience, concentration and good control of her claws.
4th Aug '16 10:03:52 PM LadWatcher
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** In "Oh No! Yono!", Ron's showing Hana the "Flippie Dance" gives her the agility and acrobatic moves needed to beat Yono and Monkey Fist.

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** In "Oh No! Yono!", Ron's showing Hana the "Flippie Dance" gives her the agility and acrobatic moves needed to beat Yono and Monkey Fist. And little before that, Ron teaching Hana how to ''flip a page'' allowed her to deflect an incoming rock by using the same movement.
25th Jul '16 6:21:31 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* The Briscoes get their workout from being out on their farm twelve hours a day and detest gyms. They're not above giving pro wrestling specific training to wrestlers visiting the farm but you'd better get used to jumping on bulldozers after chugging Nattie Light.[[/folder]]

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* The Briscoes get their workout from being out on their farm twelve hours a day and detest gyms. They're not above giving pro wrestling specific training to wrestlers visiting the farm but you'd better get used to jumping on bulldozers after chugging Nattie Natty Light.[[/folder]]
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