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23rd May '16 7:19:53 AM PaulA
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* A variation occurs in ''Waylander'' by Creator/DavidGemmell, when the title character uses a similar task to determine if another character is good enough to ''start'' training. He throws a pebble at her in the dark having told her that if she fails to catch it she has to leave and they'll never see each other again. The point to the exercise was to live completely in the moment and realise that no matter the stakes, the pebble was only just a pebble.

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* A variation occurs in ''Waylander'' ''Literature/{{Waylander}}'' by Creator/DavidGemmell, when the title character uses a similar task to determine if another character is good enough to ''start'' training. He throws a pebble at her in the dark having told her that if she fails to catch it she has to leave and they'll never see each other again. The point to the exercise was to live completely in the moment and realise that no matter the stakes, the pebble was only just a pebble.
8th May '16 5:46:34 PM nombretomado
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* To complete his ninja training in ''TransformersAnimated'', Prowl has to master the processor-over-matter technique and move objects with his mind (sort of) in order to complete his cyberninja training. He does, but [[spoiler: by that point his master's been dead for millions of years, so he technically never completes his training.]]
* A variant occurred in an episode of ''HeyArnold!''; part of Arnold's martial arts training was to catch a fly in his Grandma's hand. He eventually does so, but ends up crushing it in his hands because he was too fast. Cue {{Squick}} from master and student.

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* To complete his ninja training in ''TransformersAnimated'', ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', Prowl has to master the processor-over-matter technique and move objects with his mind (sort of) in order to complete his cyberninja training. He does, but [[spoiler: by that point his master's been dead for millions of years, so he technically never completes his training.]]
* A variant occurred in an episode of ''HeyArnold!''; ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold!''; part of Arnold's martial arts training was to catch a fly in his Grandma's hand. He eventually does so, but ends up crushing it in his hands because he was too fast. Cue {{Squick}} from master and student.
8th May '16 6:39:51 AM ANTMuddle
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The character undergoing a course of training is given some strange little test to prove that he/she has learned well and is ready to go forth into the world, face his/her destiny, etc.. Said test is often a lot harder than it seems. For instance, snatching a pebble out of the hands of the OldMaster requires incredible speed.

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The character undergoing a course of training is given some strange little test to prove that he/she has learned well and is ready to go forth into the world, face his/her destiny, etc.. Said test is often a lot harder than it seems. For instance, snatching a pebble out of the hands of the OldMaster requires incredible speed.
speed. This is almost always the final exam in the sensei's arsenal.
23rd Mar '16 9:47:51 PM Ramona122003
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* ''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.
** And also, Kamesennin and the big boulder. True to ''Dragon Ball'''s comedic nature before Z, when Goku and Krillin both prove themselves able to move it after going through Master Roshi's training, he told them that he hadn't expected them to be able to move it.

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* ''Manga/DragonBall'' has ''Manga/DragonBall''
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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.
** And also, Kamesennin Master Roshi and the big boulder. True to ''Dragon Ball'''s comedic nature before Z, ''Z'', when Goku and Krillin both prove themselves able to move it after going through Master Roshi's training, he told them that he hadn't expected them to be able to move it.
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.]]
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