Created By: Loquacia on April 23, 2012 Last Edited By: Loquacia on April 25, 2012

You're a Natural

A specific character is innately good at something, as commented by another character.

Name Space:
Page Type:
Do we already have this? Or need it?

In many works, it's a given that, when a character picks up a sword or gets in a car, he can fence or drive, respectively. In others, though, these Improbable Aiming Skills and Implausible Fencing Powers apply only to one or a handful of character(s), and it is remarked, by others, how good they are, especially for their first go. It's something of an informed difficulty, in the context of video games - the player must be able to accomplish the basic mechanics of the game, but if the character is The Chosen One, then an NPC must remark how other characters wouldn't be able to do it. The same is often true for other works. Can be a form of Shilling The Wesley. The point of the trope is not that the character is an Instant Expert - it's more about the other characters' reactions, in order to inform the audience that whatever skill is being displayed is remarkable.

  • When Harry Potter gets on his broomstick, he is so good that, despite breaking the rules, he is drafted into the Gryffindor Quidditch Team. It's remarked a million times that no First-Year ever makes the team, and Oliver Wood almost certainly tells him he's a natural.
    • Hermione seems to invoke this on herself in the first-year, regarding her own capacity for magic.
    • Lupin also pulls this trope on how amazing Harry is for producing any kind of patronus at all.
  • In the Pokemon games, when the player gets back from his first task and returns to that game's Professor, said Professor usually comments how extraordinarily quickly the player's Mon has got attached to the player - and obviously they should then go on an adventure.
  • In Final Fantasy X, when the Aurochs see Tidus perform the blitzball Sphere Shot on the beach, they accost him, because this is something awesome - and something that, being so awesome, demonstrates how good Tidus is, as well as how rubbish the Aurochs are in comparison. So far, the player has only seen awesome Rule of Cool Blitzball in the opening sequence, so we need Wakka to qualify just how good Tidus is.
  • In Torchwood, Jack seems to look out for people who naturally are the best for his team, through their courage and gumption - attributes that mark them apart from usual citizens in his eyes. Gwen was one, then he and Gwen together scouted out a new medic at the beginning of the Children of Earth miniseries.
    • The latter is subverted in that the medic is actually an agent, deliberately trying to demonstrate the skills that would get him inside Torchwood
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • April 23, 2012
    First of all, No New Stock Phrases.
  • April 24, 2012
    Natural Ability, Natural Aptitude or Natural Talent could all work.

    We have The Gift but it seems like this is different? The Gift sounds like a supernatural ability or something someone was born to do, whereas it sounds like you're referring to having a natural aptitude. There's certainly a difference between the two in real life, e.g. a successful athlete or artist probably has a certain talent towards their profession that most people don't, but that's not the same as being gifted.
  • April 24, 2012
    Probably related to In Love With Your Carnage.
  • April 24, 2012
    Firstly, you need to remove the brackets around your asterisks so that the page formatting will work properly and be legible. Secondly, yes, the title needs to be something that doesn't read primarily as a line of dialogue.

    • In Dragonheart, when Brother Gilbert takes up the bow to fight the king's army, he proves to be a natural at it, getting a bullseye on his first try.
  • April 24, 2012
    I'm not sure if it's a stock phrase or not. The trope itself refers to another character commenting how good another is, in essence. It's not Informed Ability, because the character is genuinely demonstrating their skills - but it's informing the audience that whatever talent the character has is rare. Edit: And, no, it has nothing to do with In Love With Your Carnage. And yeah, I knew as I wrote it something didn't feel right about my formatting, but I couldn't place it.
  • April 24, 2012
    This sounds a bit like Instant Expert and Hard Work Hardly Works.
  • April 24, 2012
    Northern Exposure: Chris gets flying lessons from Maggie, who says he's a natural. But he flunks the written portion of the test because he gets anxiety attacks when confronted with written tests.
  • April 25, 2012
    ^^^ @Loquacia/OP: The rule isn't just limited to Stock Phrases. Any title thet sounds like a line of dialog (i.e. something a person might say) is illegal, as stated in Naming A Trope:

    "No lines of dialog. Tropes should have names, not titles. We are naming a thing, not titling an article. A line of dialog is not a name. It's a line of dialog. We've been focusing on selecting names lately because we notice that all of the old items that got dialog-like titles got very little adoption off the wiki. Adoption off the wiki is key. Without it, it is just us talking to us."
  • April 25, 2012
    How about simply calling it A Natural (or The Natural, with the film article moved to appropriate namespace) and defining it as "A character succeeds in a particular occupation without any prior experience." I could have a couple of examples for that.
  • April 25, 2012
    I can't think of a better name for the minute, so I've left it as is. The point of the trope is not that the character is an Instant Expert - it's more about the other characters' reactions, in order to inform the audience that whatever skill is being displayed is remarkable. Sorry if my draft isn't very clear.