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14th May '17 3:40:31 PM nombretomado
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* In possibly one of the most hilariously random quests ever, ''[[SummonNight Summon Night: Swordcraft Story]]'' has your training under a great Craftlord involve running around collecting [[spoiler:food ingredients]], so that you can make [[spoiler:a ladle, with which to cook some curry for him.]] Of course, it turns out that this was the first training that he had under your father, so it's half-revenge, half-valuable lesson. [[MagikarpPower And the elemental version of the weapon is the best weapon you can have if you need to break an opponent's weapon]].

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* In possibly one of the most hilariously random quests ever, ''[[SummonNight ''[[VideoGame/SummonNight Summon Night: Swordcraft Story]]'' has your training under a great Craftlord involve running around collecting [[spoiler:food ingredients]], so that you can make [[spoiler:a ladle, with which to cook some curry for him.]] Of course, it turns out that this was the first training that he had under your father, so it's half-revenge, half-valuable lesson. [[MagikarpPower And the elemental version of the weapon is the best weapon you can have if you need to break an opponent's weapon]].
10th May '17 3:02:26 AM MJaxon
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* The phrase "Farm strength", where people from a farm who have never lifted weights are just as strong, if not stronger than people who regularly go to a weight room and work out. Turns out that loading 100 pound bales of hay for hours every single day for 9 months of the year makes for excellent strength training.
3rd May '17 8:53:41 AM CutePenguin123
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*[[VideoGame/GodHand "You can wax on wax off all you like, I'm still kicking your ass!"]]
29th Apr '17 10:49:18 AM nombretomado
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* ''ElTigre'': Trying to get out of doing chores, Manny tricked wannabe hero Albino Burrito into doing them thinking it was hero training. Then all he learned during the chores was indeed useful to defeat a rampaging robot built by Puma Loco.

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* ''ElTigre'': ''WesternAnimation/ElTigreTheAdventuresOfMannyRivera'': Trying to get out of doing chores, Manny tricked wannabe hero Albino Burrito into doing them thinking it was hero training. Then all he learned during the chores was indeed useful to defeat a rampaging robot built by Puma Loco.
14th Apr '17 3:45:46 AM nighttrainfm
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** Korin trained Goku by challenging him to climb his tower and snatch a drink of his sacred water. It doubled as a SecretTestOfCharacter when Goku had an opportunity to steal it from an apparently-sleeping Korin; Goku refused, and he passed that bit. When Goku finally got the water, he found that it was only ordinary tap water. And he still had to climb down the tower. When [[ProfessionalKiller Tao Pai Pai]] makes his way up the tower to claim its power, Korin quickly realizes he's a bad guy and just gives him the water; he also gives Tao a [[FlyingOnACloud flying cloud]] to ride back to Earth, so he won't get any stronger from the climb[[note]]And on top of that, Korin makes the cloud disappear near the bottom, injuring Tao a bit as well[[/note]].



** Korin trained Goku by challenging him to climb his tower and snatch a drink of his sacred water. It doubled as a SecretTestOfCharacter when Goku had an opportunity to steal it from an apparently-sleeping Korin; Goku refused, and he passed that bit. When Goku finally got the water, he found that it was only ordinary tap water. And he still had to climb down the tower. When [[ProfessionalKiller Tao Pai Pai]] makes his way up the tower to claim its power, Korin quickly realizes he's a bad guy and just gives him the water; he also gives Tao a [[FlyingOnACloud flying cloud]] to ride back to Earth, so he won't get any stronger from the climb[[note]]And on top of that, Korin makes the cloud disappear near the bottom, injuring Tao a bit as well[[/note]].
10th Apr '17 3:25:08 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' episode "Let's Play Tennis", Mr. Cat tells Kaeloo and Stumpy to do random things like tango dancing which have nothing to do with tennis in irder to make them better tennis players. The trope is subverted as they aren't actually able to do anything at the actual game, obviously.
6th Apr '17 9:34:18 PM nombretomado
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* Mage training with Mebbeth in ''PlanescapeTorment'' comes in the form of three chores. [[StatisticallySpeaking With a high enough intelligence or wisdom]], The Nameless One will even figure out the lessons all on his own. After it turns out that The Nameless One knows magic already from a previous life, Mebbeth comments wryly that he just shaved months off his training and that she'd been looking forward to having someone to foist her chores off on. Even funnier when you find out that [[spoiler: Mebbeth is really Ravel, the person who cast the spell on Nameless in the first place. So if anyone would know he had training as a mage, it was her.]]

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* Mage training with Mebbeth in ''PlanescapeTorment'' ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' comes in the form of three chores. [[StatisticallySpeaking With a high enough intelligence or wisdom]], The Nameless One will even figure out the lessons all on his own. After it turns out that The Nameless One knows magic already from a previous life, Mebbeth comments wryly that he just shaved months off his training and that she'd been looking forward to having someone to foist her chores off on. Even funnier when you find out that [[spoiler: Mebbeth is really Ravel, the person who cast the spell on Nameless in the first place. So if anyone would know he had training as a mage, it was her.]]
4th Apr '17 7:09:36 PM eroock
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Compare TrainingFromHell, TaughtByExperience, IKnowMortalKombat, ChekhovsSkill. May also double as a form of PhysicalFitnessPunishment. When the mundane task comes at the end of training, it's WhenYouSnatchThePebble, and often LookWhatICanDoNow. The teacher is often a MagicalAsian or an OldMaster. Compare to FencePainting and contrast with MoochingMaster, where the teacher is more concerned with getting free labor out of disciples rather than training them. An OldMaster who uses this tactic may ''pretend'' to be a MoochingMaster.

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Compare TrainingFromHell, TaughtByExperience, IKnowMortalKombat, ChekhovsSkill. May also double as a form of PhysicalFitnessPunishment. When the mundane task comes at the end of training, it's WhenYouSnatchThePebble, and often LookWhatICanDoNow. The teacher is often a MagicalAsian or an OldMaster. Compare to FencePainting and contrast with MoochingMaster, where the teacher is more concerned with getting free labor out of disciples rather than training them. An OldMaster who uses this tactic may ''pretend'' to be a MoochingMaster.
19th Mar '17 5:58:44 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'', when Tien, Chiaotzu, Yamcha, and Piccolo arrive on King Kai's planet, he sets Tien and Chiaotzu to the same training as Goku, lets Piccolo meditate, and tells Yamcha to wax his car. Yamcha assumes this trope is the case and launches into the task with gusto. Except Kai doesn't give a damn about [[ButtMonkey Yamcha]] and just wanted to give him some menial chore to keep him busy.

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* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'', ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', when Tien, Chiaotzu, Yamcha, and Piccolo arrive on King Kai's planet, he sets Tien and Chiaotzu to the same training as Goku, lets Piccolo meditate, and tells Yamcha to wax his car. Yamcha assumes this trope is the case and launches into the task with gusto. Except Kai doesn't give a damn about [[ButtMonkey Yamcha]] and just wanted to give him some menial chore to keep him busy.
4th Mar '17 10:28:19 PM LinTaylor
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** Korin trained Goku by challenging him to climb his tower and snatch a drink of his sacred water. It doubled as a SecretTestOfCharacter when Goku had an opportunity to steal it from an apparently-sleeping Korin; Goku refused, and he passed that bit. When Goku finally got the water, he found that it was only ordinary tap water. And he still had to climb down the tower. Interestingly, when Tao Pai Pai tried to do the same later, Korin found him unworthy of training, handed him the water without a fuss, and even insisted on giving him a ride back down the tower just to deny him anything to show for it.
** By ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', Goku is very used to this trope and assumes that he and Vegeta having to change the god Beerus' bedsheets while he's sleeping -- a surprisingly dangerous task -- is another example of the trope. Vegeta informs him otherwise; Whis is doing the actual training, and this is just ordinary housework.

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** Korin trained Goku by challenging him to climb his tower and snatch a drink of his sacred water. It doubled as a SecretTestOfCharacter when Goku had an opportunity to steal it from an apparently-sleeping Korin; Goku refused, and he passed that bit. When Goku finally got the water, he found that it was only ordinary tap water. And he still had to climb down the tower. Interestingly, when When [[ProfessionalKiller Tao Pai Pai tried to do Pai]] makes his way up the same later, tower to claim its power, Korin found him unworthy of training, handed quickly realizes he's a bad guy and just gives him the water without water; he also gives Tao a fuss, and even insisted on giving him a [[FlyingOnACloud flying cloud]] to ride back down to Earth, so he won't get any stronger from the tower just to deny him anything to show for it.
climb[[note]]And on top of that, Korin makes the cloud disappear near the bottom, injuring Tao a bit as well[[/note]].
** By ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', Goku is very used to this trope and assumes that he and Vegeta having to change the god God of Destruction Beerus' bedsheets while he's sleeping -- a surprisingly dangerous task -- is another example of the trope. Vegeta informs him otherwise; Whis is doing the actual training, and says no, this is just ordinary housework.housework that has nothing to do with their training.
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