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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.
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.]]
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