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26th Apr '16 3:49:09 PM TVRulezAgain
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* Parodied in an episode of ''{{Zoey 101}}'' when a character is taught how to [[DrivingStick drive a car with manual transmission]] in this fashion.

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* Parodied in an episode of ''{{Zoey ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}'' when a character is taught how to [[DrivingStick drive a car with manual transmission]] in this fashion.
24th Apr '16 1:00:27 PM Cronosonic
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** Averted comically in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. When Goku and Vegeta have finished changing Beerus' bedsheets while the god is sleeping, Goku ''assumes'' that these chores are part of the training - he's done this trope before many, many times, and changing the bedsheets alone was ''extremely dangerous''. Vegeta informs him that this is ''merely ordinary housework,'' and actually has ''nothing'' to do with training. Considering their teacher is ''Whis'', the actual training is... Somewhat different.
20th Mar '16 7:03:28 AM kennydarmawan13
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* Penny Proud from ''TheProudFamily'' goes through a spoof of the Karate Kid. Like painting the fences.

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* Penny Proud from ''TheProudFamily'' goes through a spoof of the Karate Kid. Like painting the fences. [[spoiler: The things she did alongside with the Chang triplets are actual training and despite the master being rather a lazy bum, is actually fluent in combat. The more "advanced" school she longs to follow only teaches how to be cool like a typical martial arts movie without properly teaching actual skills.]]
9th Mar '16 9:51:20 AM Hossmeister
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* Grandpa does it to Jake in ''AmericanDragonJakeLong'' and all of the chores he forces him to do turn out to have combat applications (except for doing his laundry).

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* Grandpa does it to Jake in ''AmericanDragonJakeLong'' ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' and all of the chores he forces him to do turn out to have combat applications (except for doing his laundry).
8th Feb '16 10:40:45 AM erforce
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* Mentioned (but not done) in the second ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' film. While cleaning April's apartment, Mikey, who's cleaning the counters, bids his brothers to watch him.

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* Mentioned (but not done) in the second ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' film.''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIITheSecretOfTheOoze''. While cleaning April's apartment, Mikey, who's cleaning the counters, bids his brothers to watch him.
20th Jan '16 7:37:21 AM Willbyr
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* In ''PokemonSpecial'', the Daycare Lady locks Gold into a cage full of dangerous looking Pokemon. Gold's Cyndaquil ends up evolving thanks to fighting them and Gold immediately shouts his thanks. Turns out the old lady was just too lazy to look after the Pokemon herself and was using Gold to give them some exercise.
* ''RosarioToVampire'' [[DoubleSubversion Double Subverts]] it, when Moka nabbed a magic-cancelling whip so Inner Moka could come out and play, and they she took Tsukune out on a shopping trip around town, which led to attacks from the rest of the {{Harem}}. Tsukune figures out how to remotely sense demonic energy as a matter of survival, which everyone concludes was her motive. No, it turns out she just wanted to do some shopping as her TrueSelf. A subversion of the usual subversion, as, despite the "task" not having been meant to teach him anything, it proved valuable ''anyway''.

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* In ''PokemonSpecial'', ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', the Daycare Lady locks Gold into a cage full of dangerous looking Pokemon. Gold's Cyndaquil ends up evolving thanks to fighting them and Gold immediately shouts his thanks. Turns out the old lady was just too lazy to look after the Pokemon herself and was using Gold to give them some exercise.
* ''RosarioToVampire'' ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' [[DoubleSubversion Double Subverts]] it, when Moka nabbed a magic-cancelling whip so Inner Moka could come out and play, and they she took Tsukune out on a shopping trip around town, which led to attacks from the rest of the {{Harem}}. Tsukune figures out how to remotely sense demonic energy as a matter of survival, which everyone concludes was her motive. No, it turns out she just wanted to do some shopping as her TrueSelf. A subversion of the usual subversion, as, despite the "task" not having been meant to teach him anything, it proved valuable ''anyway''.



* When the heroes of ''GetBackers'' want to learn to use Divine Design, they get a witch friend to help them learn the basics of magic. The first task? Stacking eggs.
* Takumi from ''InitialD'', or so he thinks, starts out driving at 4:00 AM as fast as possible while delivering his dad's tofu to the peak of Mount Akina and drifting to prevent the tofu from rolling around, in order to return home ASAP and catch a little snooze before going to school.

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* When the heroes of ''GetBackers'' ''Manga/GetBackers'' want to learn to use Divine Design, they get a witch friend to help them learn the basics of magic. The first task? Stacking eggs.
* Takumi from ''InitialD'', ''Manga/InitialD'', or so he thinks, starts out driving at 4:00 AM as fast as possible while delivering his dad's tofu to the peak of Mount Akina and drifting to prevent the tofu from rolling around, in order to return home ASAP and catch a little snooze before going to school.



* Subverted in ''{{Medabots}}'', which had a chapter in which Ikki and Metabee did Dr. Aki's housework, and while Metabee told Ikki that they were, Ikki thought they were doing a WaxOnWaxOff deal. Later on, when they fight... The good doctor tells them they were doing his chores and that it served no practical purpose.

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* Subverted in ''{{Medabots}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}'', which had a chapter in which Ikki and Metabee did Dr. Aki's housework, and while Metabee told Ikki that they were, Ikki thought they were doing a WaxOnWaxOff deal. Later on, when they fight... The good doctor tells them they were doing his chores and that it served no practical purpose.



* A filler episode of ''OnePiece'' uses a learn a craft variant. A young kid who had only worked as a dish washer on a Marine ship kitchen accidentally destroys the weekly (and almost legendary) curry lunch for the officers, and the head chef forces him to make a new batch on his own as punishment. With Sanji [[StealthMentor providing some subtle clues of his own]], the kid learns that the observations made as a simple dish washer have given him the fundamental skills to cook the meal.

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* A filler episode of ''OnePiece'' ''Manga/OnePiece'' uses a learn a craft variant. A young kid who had only worked as a dish washer on a Marine ship kitchen accidentally destroys the weekly (and almost legendary) curry lunch for the officers, and the head chef forces him to make a new batch on his own as punishment. With Sanji [[StealthMentor providing some subtle clues of his own]], the kid learns that the observations made as a simple dish washer have given him the fundamental skills to cook the meal.
12th Jan '16 3:25:03 PM RoseAndHeather
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** Other reasons include having the best talent, due to the unwavering efforts of men like Sam Gilbert to give cars, clothes, and money, and having the NCAA look the other way and go after schools that could threaten UCLA's dynasty.
19th Dec '15 5:59:58 PM nombretomado
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* This is used a few times in the ''{{Shenmue}}'' series. For example, the second game where Ryo has to clear his mind by catching leaves.

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* This is used a few times in the ''{{Shenmue}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Shenmue}}'' series. For example, the second game where Ryo has to clear his mind by catching leaves.
11th Dec '15 9:55:40 AM LadyJaneGrey
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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 your training, it's WhenYouSnatchThePebble. The teacher is often a MagicalAsian. Compare to FencePainting and contrast with MoochingMaster, where the teacher is more concerned with getting free labor out of disciples rather than training them.

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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 your training, it's WhenYouSnatchThePebble. WhenYouSnatchThePebble, and often LookWhatICanDoNow. The teacher is often a MagicalAsian.MagicalAsian and/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.
28th Nov '15 5:27:21 AM kchishol
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* In ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'': Usagi's training as a kitten had his old master Katusuichi, pretending to be a MoochingMaster, making Usagi do all manner of chores for over a year before he even let Usagi touch a bokken. Turns out he was actually testing Usagi's patience and resolve to become a swordsman.
** Katusuichi also started hitting Usagi with a bamboo stick at random times, day and night. Although the rabbit kitten feared his teacher had gone mad, he only later noticed that it helped develop the lifesaving habit of being [[HyperAwareness constantly alert for danger]].
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