Created By: RazorSmile on June 11, 2011 Last Edited By: Rosuav on June 30, 2011

Jack of All Trades, Master of All

Conan, who is best in life!

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Couldn't come up with a better name. Anyway, this is the guy in a superhero or fantasy setting whose power is excellence in every skill. The classic example would be Mister Terrific of the DCU. His superpower is explicitly that he's better than everyone at everything. The only other example that immediately comes to mind for me is Dan "Grind" Tracey of the ASH universe.


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  • Dan "Grind" Tracey, Academy of Super Heroes universe.

Western Animation
  • Gaston from Beauty and the Beast thinks he's this (as do all his yes-men).
Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • June 11, 2011
  • June 12, 2011
    Lug the Even-Handed/Long-Handed. He who can do anything other gods and goddesses can do, his claim to divine dominion is that only he can do them all.
  • June 15, 2011
    Kane from Karl Edward Wagner's books. He looks like your typical barbarian hero but he is old enough to have learned pretty much everything, including advanced magic.
  • June 16, 2011
    In the manga, Golden Boy, the main character is either peerlessly skilled in anything introduced to the series or learns it so fast he quickly out paces everyone he was learning it from.
  • June 16, 2011
    May also be a Mary Sue.
  • June 16, 2011
  • June 16, 2011
    Really, the title makes more sense to me as Master Of All Trades Jack Of None.
  • June 16, 2011
  • June 16, 2011
    Yeah, at first glance, this sounds a lot like God Mode Sue to me. How does this trope differ from that? Not saying it doesn't, just want to hear what the difference is.
  • June 17, 2011
    If I'm reading this correctly (and Razor Smile can correct me if I'm wrong), this is someone who (in a world with superpowers) has the ability to master any skill as their superpower.
  • June 17, 2011
    @Razor Smile: Is this trope:
    • As foxley said - someone who can quickly and easily gain mastery in any skill by study/practice?
    • The ability to have mastery of any needed skill without having previously studied/practiced it?

    Type 1:

    Comic Books
    • Marvel Universe. The villain Taskmaster can learn any physical skill (especially fighting styles) just from watching someone use it.

    Type 2

    Tabletop RPG
    • S. John Ross' article Beyond the Grip of Realism for GURPS. The "Up to the Challenge" advantage allows you to use any physical skill you need to, even if you've never used it before in your life.
  • June 17, 2011
    • The Majin units in the first Disgaea game.
  • June 17, 2011
    Jack Of All Trades Master Of All makes no sense. It should be Master Of All Trades or something.
  • June 17, 2011
    Mythology: Lugh of Irish mythology is known for his plethora of skills; as a young man, when he wanted to join the court of Nuada, they tried to turn him away because they already had a wright, a smith, a champion, a swordsman, a harpist, a hero, a poet and historian, a sorcerer, and a craftsman -- but they didn't have someone who was all these things simultaneously, so they had to let him in.
  • June 28, 2011
    How about Anything You Can Do? Alludes to the famous song.

    Or does it sound too much like an invitation for someone to help out in any way they can?
  • June 28, 2011
    ^We've already got Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better, to which I imagine this is related.

    I don't get the laconic. "Conan, who is best in life!"? What does that mean?
  • June 28, 2011
  • June 28, 2011
    Definitely related to Renaissance Man... but where Renaissance Man implies simply being capable of a lot of things, this trope is about being the best at a lot of things (practically everything).

    But it does suggest a good name for the trope. Renaissance Master.
  • June 29, 2011
    @randomsurfer: it's a reference to "Conan, what is best in life?!"
  • June 29, 2011
    ^ Still doesn't make sense for a laconic entry, though.
  • June 29, 2011
    ^^I have zero idea what that means. Is it a line from something? Is it about the barbarian or the brian?
  • June 30, 2011
    The laconic could definitely use work. I thought it was a reference to the detective, actually.