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27th Jan '16 5:00:15 PM nombretomado
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* A martial arts themed segment of the SuperMarioBrosSuperShow has a scene where, after undergoing "[[FooFu Plum Fu]]" training, Luigi successfully snatches a washer from the martial arts master's hand.
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* A martial arts themed segment of the SuperMarioBrosSuperShow ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' has a scene where, after undergoing "[[FooFu Plum Fu]]" training, Luigi successfully snatches a washer from the martial arts master's hand.
18th Oct '15 3:27:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Naruto}}'' plays this trope straight when Kakashi introduces himself to his students with a test that no-one has passed yet: to get a little bell from Kakashi's possession. However, there are three students, and Kakashi only brought two bells. (The secret is working together, putting the team's overall success ahead of your own, and breaking the rules when necessary.) It is suggested that this test, with some variation, has been handed down from the 3rd Hokage, to Jiraiya, to the 4th Hokage, to Kakashi, to Naruto.
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* ''{{Naruto}}'' ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' plays this trope straight when Kakashi introduces himself to his students with a test that no-one has passed yet: to get a little bell from Kakashi's possession. However, there are three students, and Kakashi only brought two bells. (The secret is working together, putting the team's overall success ahead of your own, and breaking the rules when necessary.) It is suggested that this test, with some variation, has been handed down from the 3rd Hokage, to Jiraiya, to the 4th Hokage, to Kakashi, to Naruto.

* ''DragonBall'' has Korin and the Divine Water. If Goku wanted a drink from it, he had to get it away from Korin first. Of course, getting the water WAS the training, the water was just normal old water.
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* ''DragonBall'' ''Manga/DragonBall'' has Korin and the Divine Water. If Goku wanted a drink from it, he had to get it away from Korin first. Of course, getting the water WAS the training, the water was just normal old water.

* The slightly regrettable movie ''{{Balls of Fury}}'' has a subversion. The old training master pulls out a cricket, and the brash student snatches the cricket out of his hand, killing it in the process. Cue the teacher getting angry over having his good-luck charm squashed.
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* The slightly regrettable movie ''{{Balls ''Film/{{Balls of Fury}}'' has a subversion. The old training master pulls out a cricket, and the brash student snatches the cricket out of his hand, killing it in the process. Cue the teacher getting angry over having his good-luck charm squashed.

* In ''[[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze]]'', aspiring Foot Clan members have to snatch as many jingle bells as they can from a mannequin, under a smokescreen, without jingling a single bell.
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* In ''[[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze]]'', ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIITheSecretOfTheOoze'', aspiring Foot Clan members have to snatch as many jingle bells as they can from a mannequin, under a smokescreen, without jingling a single bell.
20th Sep '15 8:28:20 PM Adept
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* In ''{{AIKI}}'', the first test Kunitoshi gives Kizuki is to catch an ayu fry with one hand - ''slowly'', not by just snatching it up. She spends an ''entire chapter'' trying to do this (it doesn't help that Metara and Hou Mei keep buying the wrong type of fish). * ''BattleAngelAlita'' has some fun with this trope. After [[spoiler:Don Fua reveals himself]] during the ZOTT finale, [[spoiler:he challenges Alita to one of these, saying that if she can lay a hand on him he'll concede victory to her and the Space Angels on behalf of the Space Karate Team. In a CrowningMomentOfFunny she (non-fatally) puts her fist through his face before he can even finish his sentence.]] He reacts by humorously chastising himself for underestimating her abilities like a fool.
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* In ''{{AIKI}}'', ''Manga/{{AIKI}}'', the first test Kunitoshi gives Kizuki is to catch an ayu fry with one hand - ''slowly'', not by just snatching it up. She spends an ''entire chapter'' trying to do this (it doesn't help that Metara and Hou Mei keep buying the wrong type of fish). * ''BattleAngelAlita'' ''Manga/BattleAngelAlita'' has some fun with this trope. After [[spoiler:Don Fua reveals himself]] during the ZOTT finale, [[spoiler:he challenges Alita to one of these, saying that if she can lay a hand on him he'll concede victory to her and the Space Angels on behalf of the Space Karate Team. In a CrowningMomentOfFunny she (non-fatally) puts her fist through his face before he can even finish his sentence.]] He reacts by humorously chastising himself for underestimating her abilities like a fool.
12th Sep '15 6:48:04 PM nombretomado
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* In WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd's review of NinjaGaiden, he ends up consulting an actual ninja to help him beat the game. One part of his training is to catch a falling Q-Tip with his thumbs, to increase their speed. The review makes this look difficult, but an outtake video reveals that he actually did it on the first try.
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* In WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd's review of NinjaGaiden, ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'', he ends up consulting an actual ninja to help him beat the game. One part of his training is to catch a falling Q-Tip with his thumbs, to increase their speed. The review makes this look difficult, but an outtake video reveals that he actually did it on the first try.
6th Sep '15 11:25:16 AM nombretomado
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* The trope gets a playful namecheck in an episode of ''{{NCIS}}'' courtesy of Tony, with an eraser in the place of the pebble. ActionGirl Ziva snatches it out of his hand before he's finished the sentence. * Subverted in ''{{The Office}}''. Ryan is easily able to take the seed from Dwight's hand. * Parodied on {{SCTV}}, during their version of KungFu. During the training flashback, the teacher the usual spiel and Cain immediately takes the pebble from him.
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* The trope gets a playful namecheck in an episode of ''{{NCIS}}'' ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' courtesy of Tony, with an eraser in the place of the pebble. ActionGirl Ziva snatches it out of his hand before he's finished the sentence. * Subverted in ''{{The Office}}''.''Series/{{The Office|US}}''. Ryan is easily able to take the seed from Dwight's hand. * Parodied on {{SCTV}}, ''Series/{{SCTV}}'', during their version of KungFu. During the training flashback, the teacher the usual spiel and Cain immediately takes the pebble from him.
26th Aug '15 12:43:42 PM Conradus
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* Similar example in ''Literature/AWizardOfEarthsea'': to graduate from the wizards' School on Roke, a student must find out what the Master Doorkeeper's name is. [[spoiler: While there may be a way to find out by magic, it's perfectly acceptable simply to ask him what it is.]]
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* Similar example in ''Literature/AWizardOfEarthsea'': to graduate from the wizards' School on Roke, a student must find out what the Master Doorkeeper's name is. [[spoiler: While there may be a way to find out by magic, it's perfectly acceptable simply to ask him what it is.is, and he will tell you.]]
4th Aug '15 2:48:54 PM TonyG
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}'', supervillain Scarlet Overkill offers the job of being her henchman to whoever can take the ruby from her hand. Various villains try, but she defeats them easily. However, Bob the minion ends up taking it accidentally while trying to get his teddy bear back.
15th Jul '15 1:01:51 AM donteatacowman3
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** Similarly, in a later arc, Gon imposes this on himself--he promises that he's going to repay Hisoka by punching him. Later he fights Hisoka and loses, but considers it a victory when he does manage to keep his word. (In this case, the punch does symbolize Gon having successfully completed the current stage in his training.)
16th Jun '15 12:37:57 PM Morgenthaler
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* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''Film/TheKarateKid''. Mr. Miyagi has been trying for years to catch a fly with chopsticks, but Daniel manages it the first time, before he's even begun his apprenticeship.
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* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''Film/TheKarateKid''.''Film/TheKarateKid1984''. Mr. Miyagi has been trying for years to catch a fly with chopsticks, but Daniel manages it the first time, before he's even begun his apprenticeship.
9th Jun '15 11:16:45 AM BattleMaster
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* Spoofed/Averted in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''. Rogers and his squad are told that the first man to retrieve a flag off a pole will get to ride in the jeep back to base while the rest of them march back. After the others tried and failed, Rogers, while being yelled at by the drill sergeant, calmly takes the pin holding the flag pole out, causing it to topple over. He then grabs the flag off the ground, and gives it to the drill sergeant as he wordlessly climbs into the back of the jeep.
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* Spoofed/Averted in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''. Rogers and his squad are told that the first man to retrieve a flag off a pole will get to ride in the jeep back to base while the rest of them march back. After the others tried and failed, Rogers, while being yelled at by the drill sergeant, [[CuttingTheKnot calmly takes the pin holding the flag pole out, out]], causing it to topple over. He then grabs the flag off the ground, and gives it to the drill sergeant as he wordlessly climbs into the back of the jeep.
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