Created By: ThatDonGuy on October 12, 2012 Last Edited By: bluerabbit78 on October 15, 2012
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They're Good At Everything

A group of people put together for a particular reason tend to be very good at a number of unrelated things

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A story centres around a group of people who are together for a particular reason - for example, a youth sports team, or a high school club (or honours class) of some sort. It could even be just a group of friends. However, over the course of time, they end up winning awards in things that have nothing to do with the reason they are together.

Examples:
  • "Head of the Class" is about an honours class in high school, but three of the students end up winning a citywide dancing competition.
  • "Glee" is about a high school show choir, but four of its members just happen to be the school's "quiz bowl" team - that makes it to the state finals.
  • "All Grown Up" (the nine-years-later sequel to "Rugrats") is about a group of friends since preschool, but they just happen to comprise a championship language-translating team as well (although this is more a case of one character carrying the team, it is clear that the others are polyglots to a certain degree as well).

Community Feedback Replies: 4
  • October 13, 2012
    Koveras
  • October 15, 2012
    ThatDonGuy
    Dream Team is how they are formed, but this is different as it involves being very good at something which has nothing to do with why the team was formed, and the talent usually isn't even mentioned until it is showcased.
  • October 15, 2012
    dsollen
    to clarify does this trope include a Dream Team? I can see a trope complaining about how a Dream Team is just too good at everything they do, even things outside of their chosen specialties. But the examples you gave seem to be focused towards a group of friends/acquaintances who *are not* part of a Dream Team but still, over the course of a series, show too many talents? I could see either being a trope, but I'm not sure which case this is suppose to reference; so I would say some clarification could help.

    If you want it to apply equally to Dream Teams that have too many secondary talents as well as to general group of friends that happen to show surprising talents then I would say the trope description should reference both situations, and specifically should specify how this trope varies from any competent dream team.
  • October 15, 2012
    IlVit
    If I'm not mistaken, we already have The Ace and Mary Sue as these tropes.
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