(Note: The trope formerly called Zero Chops is now Wimp Fight. This YKTTW is proposed as per this TRS thread: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1328571340031703400&page=1) Some people are natural talents at a given skill. Some people get good through Training from Hell. And then we get the folks that, no matter what, are incredibly incompetent at the skill in question. We're not talking about simple mediocrity at the task in question. A character with Zero Competence will, at best, fail miserably at the task in question. Epic Fail is more likely as a regular result. Frequently, Hilarity Ensues, particularly as the story typically puts the character in a position to frequently demonstrate their lack of talent in this one area. This is an extremely broad trope, and several types of Zero Chops have become their own subtropes:
- Bungling Inventor - Zero Competence at invention
- Captain Crash - Zero Competence at landing.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef - Zero Competence at cooking without a recipe.
- Drives Like Crazy - Zero Competence at driving.
- The Illegible - Zero Competence at clean handwriting.
- Lethal Chef - Zero Competence at cooking.
- Terrible Artist - Zero Competence at visual arts.
- Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket - Zero Competence at everyday living tasks as demonstrated in commercials.
- Wimp Fight - Zero Competence at fighting.
- In Scrubs, Doug is completely incapable of keeping a patient alive. Which is problematic for him, seeing as he's a doctor.
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