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->''"Jack-of-all-trades, MasterOfNone,''\\
''Often better than a [[CripplingOverspecialization Master of one.]]"''
-->-- '''Traditional saying'''

Specialization is a common trend in fiction. It allows the author to create an ensemble cast where every member of a team provides a specific function, and avoids role duplication. This character says "[[UsefulNotes/GeorgeSPatton specialization is for insects!]]"

Perhaps a character is a loner, and needs to be able to do everything on his own. Perhaps everyone else is so useless, he had to take over their jobs as well as his own. Perhaps he just has a wide variety of interests. May be a sign of a person with a checkered past, who has had to take on a lot of roles in his life, just to get by. Whatever the reason, this character has at least some skill in a wide variety of disciplines.

Sometimes TheLeader of a {{team}} may be a Jack-Of-All-Trades, with a good, basic grasp of the specialized skills possessed by the members of his team, allowing him to understand how to use each team member to their fullest potential.

From an analysis standpoint it could be argued that being good at everything is a form of specialization. While a jack-of-all character might not stand out, they are usually well equipped to handle most situations and most opponents. It's their well-rounded nature that makes them so versatile allowing them to deal with almost anything or sub in for anyone at the last second. What if the opponent is really strong but not very fast? The jack of all can out pace them while being strong enough to do damage. What if the opponent is faster? Usually the jack-of-all is fast enough to defend against if not avoid their opponent's attacks and deal out more punishment in a war of attrition.

Supertrope of RenaissanceMan (where someone is exceptionally good at many things) and MasterOfNone (where someone does poorly at a lot of things). A related trope found in VideoGames and TabletopGames is the JackOfAllStats, who has well-balanced stats, not skills. See also TheRedMage, RenaissanceMan and PowerCopying. DoAnythingRobot may be a justification for this. Compare the MasterOfAll, who is the best (or among the best) in practically everything. Contrast MinMaxing, TacticalRockPaperScissors, ElementalRockPaperScissors, CripplingOverspecialization, SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Usopp from ''Manga/OnePiece'' (before the time skip) seems to be this. He's not an especially good fighter, though he gets in on the action here and there and uses his cleverness when he can. He was doing his best to fix the ship, as the only one who had any skills in that area before they got a genuine shipwright. He mostly did odd jobs on the ship for the crew, not having a specialization like all the others. Whilst his pure combat skills where sub-par compared to the other (admittedly super-human) characters, his aim was always extremely good (Which did in at least one occasion come to great help). Since the time-skip it simply seems he has gotten the combat power to use it effectively against more powerful enemies, along with a wide variety of bizarre plants to use as AbnormalAmmo.
* Asuma Sarutobi from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is this. He has near perfect ninjutsu and taijutsu, as well as near perfect speed and strength. This gives him many options in battle, from Katons that explode by blowing gunpowder ash onto a target, charging his trench knives with Futon, to his long ranged Futon. His taijutsu also allows him to last long against stronger opponents such as [[BloodKnight Kisame]] or [[ReligionOfEvil Hidan]] without being overwhelmed. And against weaker ninja, such as Sound Ninja, he can kill nine of them before his cigarette hits the ground.
** Another is Jiraiya. He is the most versatile character in the manga, only being a master of Ninjutsu to give him a wide pool of techniques. His taijutsu is near perfect, and so are his strength and speed as well, while his perfect stamina allows him to outlast his opponents. Then he becomes a proper Lightning Bruiser when he gets [[SuperMode Sage Mode]] active. And that's not even going into his [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever giant Toad allies]].
** Then there is Hiruzen Sarutobi, the Sandaime, who played a major role in both Asuma's and Jiraiya's development (being the former's father and the latter's sensei). He himself is such a good example, it's the primary reason for the in-universe mythos surrounding him as "The Professor". He had at least some chakra affinity for all five elements as well as both yin and yang, and as such could use ''all'' non-bloodline techniques. And was reputed to be proficient in every such jutsu known to Konoha.
*** Hizuken's personal [[SummonMagic summon]], Monkey King Enma, is also an example. Being human-sized rather than a {{Kaiju}} he can't cause sheer area-of-effect damage that other top-level summons can, but makes up for it by being more agile and a much smaller target. And compared to other summons of his own size, Enma is much stronger given his demonstrated ability to fight a pair of the strongest ninja of all time hand-to-hand, all by himself.
** Users of the [[MagicalEye Rinnegan]] are capable of using all elemental jutsu naturally, but Pain goes an extra mile: with his 6 {{remote bod|y}}ies, he can share the view of the bodies' eyes with each other, manipulate gravity in a wide scale, summon gigantic powerful creatures, go all blast-y, absorb any chakra attacks coming at him, read people's minds and take souls, and revive his bodies should any of them die.
* Erza from ''Manga/FairyTail'' is this. Her magic essentially allows her to carry a personal armory around wherever she goes. In turn, this allows her to utilize just about every kind of melee weapon and armor there is. While she prefers swordplay, she's also shown herself skilled in [[BladeOnAStick spear combat]], and even [[HammerTime hammer combat]] as well.
* In ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', the title butler is himself an excellent example. He can clean anything, cook like a gourmet with anything available, appear out of nowhere whenever and wherever he is needed, and has such a huge array of odd-job abilities that he is constantly getting roped into helping the other characters, whether it be helping Saki with her shop's finances, being a health manager for [[spoiler: the local IdolSinger]], helping Ashibashi-sensei finish his manga manuscript for the weekly deadline, work part-time in a cafe (as both waiter and cook), and even has shadier skills such as being an expert at cheating in Mahjong due to desperate need for money growing up. In combat he is shown to use damn near anything as a weapon, including being skilled in both various martial arts and even firearms, however he actually does have a specialty: he is [[spoiler: trained as a MasterSwordsman since childhood]].
** Hinagiku Katsura is this as well. She's just as hard-working as Hayate and has acquired a similarly expansive skill set that includes being highly skilled at household chores, an amazing cook that can even impress Hayate, having the best grades in the school, being good at every sport, almost always knowing whatever bit of knowledge other characters are asking for, excelling at the (surprisingly complex and important) paperwork for the academy's AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil, being the other go-to character for help in any situation, and even working part-time job at the same cafe as Hayate and fighting random demons/monsters in her spare time as an 'Ally of Justice passing through'. Unlike Hayate, she's actually completely specialized in combat as a kendo specialist, though it's hardly a problem since she can [[CallToHand summon]] [[CoolSword a magic sword]] at will so she is never unarmed. But don't doubt the awesome power of her unarmed punches when she's angry...
* [[Franchise/SailorMoon Mamoru Chiba [=/=]Tuxedo Mask]] has a number of skills and it is sometimes commented on that there is very little he ''can't'' do. It helps him be the resident BadassNormal and Franchise/{{Batman}} {{Expy}}.
* The Enforcers of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' must, by default, excel in a wide range of abilities that will let them handle situations when they work both investigative cases and actual criminal apprehension either by themselves or with a team. Out of the heroines, this distinction falls on Fate Testarossa. She has an arsenal of close, mid-range, and long-range spells and is also a competent close range fighter. Her balanced skillset contrasts that of ranged specialist Nanoha and [[PersonOfMassDestruction nuke-girl]] Hayate.
* Lucy Snow, the protagonist of ''Manga/HollowFields''. Being the newest student at the titular academy, she lacks the experience of the other students: Claude specializes in mechanics, Summer in genetic engineering, and Carmen in [[spoiler:{{golem}} construction]]. Most of Lucy's inventions have been [[BoringButPractical basic yet practical]], in contrast to the flashier projects of the other students. What she ''can'' do better than most students is [[IndyPloy act on the fly]]: she can construct [[ClockworkCreature clockwork robots]] in a matter of seconds, quickly find her way out of problems, and [[spoiler:use her pet Dino as a SwissArmyWeapon]].
* Judeau of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' describes himself as this. Part of the reason he joined the Band of the Hawk/[[SuddenNameChange Falcon]] is because, despite his many skills he lacks a specialty and therefore has no real direction of his own.
* ''Manga/NectarOfDharani'': Kai has worked at basically every job in Japan, from salesman to miner. Due to his habit of reading up on the background of every job he had, he knows enough about modern technology to teach the basics to the locals. For example, they already had nitroglycerine, but couldn't figure out how to stabilize it. He taught them how to turn it into dynamite.


* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5403795/15/Harry-Potter-and-the-Price-of-Being-Noble Harry Potter and the Price of Being Noble]]'' Remus admitted to having "a few skills here and there" after "so many odd jobs."
* The Office of Special Resources from ''Fanfic/TheUniversiad'' is more than just a combat and special operations formation. Apart from the logistics concerns they really do handle, senior OSR operatives are trained to bear a wide range of responsibilities, including but not limited to counterintelligence, equipment testing, espionage, law enforcement, security and training.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9048823/18/Harry-Potter-and-the-Four-Heirs Harry Potter and the Four Heirs]]'' Remus ended up with a wide variety of jobs due to the limited employment possibilities for werewolves.
-->He'd helped lay mundane roads, dug ditches, learned how to plaster a wall. He'd washed cars in France, car windscreens in Germany, and worked for a commercial herbologist in Spain. Whatever he could find to do, he did.
* In the {{Manga/Naruto}} fanfic ''Fanfic/SugarPlums'' one of the characters Benjiro is said to be so average that he ranks average skill in almost all ninja arts with the only tilting being that he's water natured. It's noted that in of itself is downright bizarre and contrasting considering all of the other characters are all incredibly specialized in one or two fields.
* ''FanFic/YetAgain'': Kakashi is a deconstruction. Unlike the Third Hokage, Kakashi is too spread out in his skills to make an effective combatant against the Akatsuki. Cumulatively, his abilities make him an S-Class shinobi, but in practice the only member of the group he can reliably take out on his own is Hidan, who is the weakest and least reputable of all of them. He decides to remedy this by specializing in and mastering his ninjutsu and increasing his chakra reserves, since the other option is to intensify his physical training regimen and turn into Gai.

* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's immortal character Lazarus Long is a firm advocate of learning a wide variety of skills to be prepared for change (a matter of some concern for an immortal, of course).
-->"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
* The aptly named Jack of ''Literature/TheEnchantedForestChronicles'', a freelance businessman who does "a little bit of everything", though he will assure you that he is ''not'' one of those giant-slaying Jacks.
* Michael from the ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'' has a multitude of unusual skills ranging from carpenty to bar tending. This is mostly due to his knight errantry consisting of helping with odd jobs that need to be done as he's passing by.
* In the Star Wars novel "[[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]" this is featured with Falynn. However [[MasterOfNone she fails to recognize the value of this type of character]] and considers herself AlwaysSecondBest to other members of the squadron, not realizing that she is second best to several different people. In the end, her desire to prove herself and do things that no one else has done causes her to take a lot of risks, and [[spoiler: eventually gets her killed.]]
* Ben from ''Literature/TheLeonardRegime'' has had extensive military and espionage training. He continuously demonstrates skills in a variety of different areas.
* In the ''Literature/SpiralArm'' series, Black Shuck is a Hound of the Ardry who is highly esteemed for his skill in a great many different areas. He is said to be best at nothing, but second-best at absolutely everything.

* In ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'', the Supreme is described as this. They are gifted with the seven most common gifts of magic - [[HealingHands Resurgence]], [[MindControl Concillium]], [[MindOverMatter Telekinesis]], [[PlayingWithFire Pyrokinesis]], [[{{Seer}} Divination]], [[TeleFrag Transmutation]], and [[IronicHell Descensum]], also known as the Seven Wonders. However, they are not nearly as adept at them as another witch specifically gifted with a talent in them, and often have only one or very few unique gifts of their own. For example, Zoe is able to communicate with the undead, cause DeathBySex, and has an affinity with spirits, among other things relating to them, such as their banishment or manipulation. Misty does not have many gifts, though she has been compared to Jesus, [[HealingHands for]] [[{{Immortality}} good]] [[AllLovingHero reason]], and can bring people back from the dead using [[MagicFeather mud]], and even then, it's not necessary.
* ''Series/RemingtonSteele'': he may be a fake detective, but Steele's previous life as a conman left him with a wide variety of useful skills.
* A nonfictional example: Mike Rowe from ''Series/DirtyJobs'' tries to be this, though he often ends up closer to MasterOfNone.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' has Methos, who, after 5000 years, has held just about every possible job and has picked up just about any practical skill imaginable. This makes him different from most other immortals who seem to pick a niche and stick with it.
* Henry of ''{{Series/Eureka}}'' has multiple jobs, including being the town mechanic, forensics expert, coroner, and skilled physicist. He even becomes the mayor.
* As ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' progressed, so did the CaperCrew's proficiency in each other's area of expertise, to the point where they could minor in each of them if they had to.


* In Myth/CelticMythology this was Lugh Lamfada's hat - he had the title Samildánach ("equally skilled in many arts"). When he first applied for entry into the court of the Tuatha de Danaan he was asked what he could do. he then listed a number of things he could do, warrior, smith, healer etc. When he was told there was already someone filling each position his answer was to ask if they had someone who could do ''all'' these things.


* Music/BruceSpringsteen has a song called "Jack of All Trades".
-->I'll mow your lawn\\
Clear the leaves out your drain\\
I'll mend your roof, to keep out the rain\\
I take the work that God provides\\
I'm a jack of all trades\\
Honey, we'll be all right.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/LouThesz: professional wrestler, promoter, manager, commentator, referee, wrestling trainer, combat trainer and a dog trainer.
* Wrestling/JerryLawler: professional wrestler, promoter, illustrator, color commentator and almost politician.
* Wrestling/BlackRose: swimmer, dancer, actress, personal trainer, certified yoga instructor and professional wrestler.
* Wrestling/BobbyLashley: professional wrestler, mixed martial artist, manager, fight promoter and health food salesman.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* A ''Series/SesameStreet'' Muppet sketch set in the Old West featured Adam T. Glaser, who had so many jobs that he had to be reminded what a dentist does.

* ''TabletopGame/{{Dominion}}: Hinterlands'' gives us the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Jack of All Trades]] card. It grants four common effects -- gaining a card, inspecting your deck, drawing cards, and the option to trash a card -- but is nowhere near the best at any of those.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** A five-color deck will have a less reliable mana base than a one- or two-color deck, but it'll have access to all the different tools that every color can offer.
** [[http://magiccards.info/cfx/en/140.html Obelisk of Alara.]] It gives you access to five different simple abilities with a wide range of uses, spanning all five colors.
* ''Murphy's World''. Sean Murphy (the man who discovered the title planet) spent a lot of time in crummy jobs, giving him a wide but shallow set of skills.
* Eando Kline of ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', as part of being a well-built sorcerer/rogue/bard.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' supplement ''Aztlan''. Shamans of the Jaguar totem prefer to acquire a minimum level of talent in a wide array of skills rather than specializing in a limited package of talents like most characters.
* Classic ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}''. The Jack of All Trades skill allowed a character to use any other skill at level 0, which meant that they would avoid penalties for lack of skill but not gain any bonuses either.
* ''TabletopGame/HollowEarthExpedition'' supplement ''Secrets of the Surface World''. The Jack of All Trades skill gives a broad familiarity with a variety of different tasks, without any formal training. The character may use any skill that they have no training in at no penalty (General Skill) or reduced penalty (Specialized Skill).
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The Factotum[[note]]Latin for "do everything!"[[/note]] class from the sourcebook "Dungeonscape" gets all skills as class skills, as well as limited spellcasting/turn undead/healing/sneak attack abilities and the ability to boost saving throws/attack rolls/damage rolls/trained skill checks by tapping into their pool of "Inspiration Points" (which represent their ability to spontaneously recall facts from the vast pool of knowledge they've accumulated). The end effect is that they are incredibly effective skill monkeys who can emulate any class for at least a short period of time.
** The [[MagicMusic Bard]] has above-average skill points (including a number of rare skills like Speak Language and Use Magic Device) and decent combat ability, can provide {{Status Buff}}s to those who see them perform, and has a diverse set of spells ranging from healing to illusions to [[MakeMeWannaShout sonic attacks]].
** The Chameleon, a [[HumansAreAverage human-only]] PrestigeClass from "Races of Destiny", can possess great skill at combat, stealth, arcane magic or divine magic, [[JobSystem but only one at a time]].
** In earlier editions the {{Ranger}} class could be considered this, being a warrior and skilled tracker who could attract monstrous companions and learn a smattering of two types of magic.
** The generic elven pantheon (as opposed to setting-specific ones) is headed by Corellon Larethian, who could be reasonably considered a god of this trope (likely inspired by Lugh, above under Mythology). The other elven gods accept his leadership ''because'' he is good at a little of everything and so can better manage all their needs and talents (as well as being a creator god).
** The Fated faction in ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' granted members double the number of Non-Weapon Proficiency slots (non-combat and non-spellcasting skills) and didn't have to pay extra for out-of-class proficiencies, allowing them to be very broadly competent. A multiclassed Fated character could mix in [[FighterMageThief combat, casting, and thievery]] on top of that to make someone who could do a little of everything very easily.
* ''{{TabletopGame/Numenera}}'' has a player class simply called the "jack".
* Inquisitors in the second edition of ''TabletopGames/DarkHeresy'' have access to a talent called Jack of All Trades which gives them basic training in all non-specialist skills.
* The Ultramarines of ''TabletopGames/Warhammer40000'' pride themselves on how well rounded and versatile they are. Lacking the specialization and talent of other chapters but making up for with their ability to employ any tactic. Their Primarch was known for this as well, being second best to his brothers in their chosen fields, but most competent overall.
* There are some fairly flexible characters in ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'', but one of the most versatile is Tempest. His deck has options for single-target mauling, multi-target suppression, team defense, ongoing/environment removal, card draw, trash recursion, and healing.

* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Cloud tells Aeris he does "a little bit of everything", and she describes him as a Jack of all trades. In the Japanese, it's more prominent, with Aeris flirtatiously nicknaming him "''nandemoya-san''" ("Mr. Everything") and calling him that throughout the game (usually [[{{Woolseyism}} localised as "bodyguard" in the English version]]). In gameplay he's a MasterOfAll; in the story he's an expert at fighting and magic, a [[MagneticHero charismatic]] leader, skilled with all kinds of vehicles from motorbikes to snowboards to submarines, [[MrExposition usually gets the job of explaining the plot to the player]] and can even read sheet music to boot. Played for laughs in at least one scene where the other party members volunteer him for an obnoxious task on the grounds that it would ''have'' to be Cloud who would do it, to Cloud's stated annoyance.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', all of your characters can eventually use any class, not just the three that they start with. However, classes developed outside of a character's main three are relatively underpowered and may not be suited to that character's strengths. (For example, Hope ''can'' become a [[StoneWall Sentinel]] but his very low HP makes him unsuited for the role.) The costs of developing these "outside" classes are also extremely prohibitive, with the first node requiring 3000 points while you're currently using less than 1000 for your normal skills.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', one character can do everything simply by changing weapons/crafting/gathering tools. The advanced Jobs mix powers from different Classes, so it's pretty much a requirement. But it still means one character can be equally as good making jewelry and wielding a giant war ax, healing with magic, using a bow, mine for rare minerals, craft leather gear...''everything''.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyRecordKeeper'', protagonist Tyro can equip any and all equipment and abilities, making him an ideal party member in some situations.
** Going with the game's GenreSavvy nature, ''VideoGame/MobiusFinalFantasy'' involves a sequence where Vox forces Wol to go through a series of trials to learn how to 'embrace contradictions' as crucial to his heroic journey, which allows him to start running dual-Jobs. Wol's as hypercompetent as Cloud above, but unlike Cloud, tends to be cagey about his skills (except his combat abilities, which he's visibly proud of) and avoid using them unless forced, which [[PinballProtagonist he usually is]].
* In ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'', there are playable characters who are an example of this very trope. In the series people can awaken a manifestation of their personality called a Persona, they usually only have 1, and they more commonly fall under the Major Arcana. The protagonists from ''VideoGame/Persona3'', ''VideoGame/Persona4'', and ''VideoGame/Persona5'' specifically are the exception to other Persona users in their respective games as their main Personas are of the Fool Arcana, it has been noted as being the "Jack of all trades" as it grants the users Persona the ability to inherit and learn any skill. The Fool is also the only Major Arcana that has been shown to normally obtain the power of the Wild Card, which allows the user to use many other Personas outside and inside of their Major Arcana (''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' and ''VideoGame/Persona2'' are exceptions as they allow all characters to switch out Personas in battle and ''VideoGame/PersonaQShadowOfTheLabyrinth'''s Wild Card functions differently than the mentioned Persona titles). This makes the protagonist extremely versatile while also being equally as weak, as they also inherit the weakness' or lack thereof of the selected Persona.
* Karol of ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' could be described as a minor in-universe example of this. His hometown has countless guilds with a broad range of specializations, and he's been a member of every last one. He lacks confidence and often choked at the crucial moment, resulting in him getting kicked out of each guild he joined; however, despite never being in a guild long enough to master their specialties, he has still developed a surprising skill in each. This does not translate much to combat versatility, but within the plot he's shown definite capability in everything from hunting to cooking to lockpicking and theft.
* Shamans and Druids in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' were nominally supposed to be viable at all four roles in a group: melee damage, ranged damage, tanking, and healing. However, it quickly became apparent that they were not Jacks of All Trades but [[MasterOfNone Masters Of None]], as the large groups necessary for endgame raid content all but guaranteed there would be a better class to fit that spot. Since then, their class development has shifted from versatility to specialization, and they have had a much better history since.
* In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu]]'', the Master Knight class is this. It can use any weapon of the game outside of Holy Weapons, A-Ranked Light Magic, and Dark Magic. It's a strong class able to perform well in anything it can do, even though it doesn't pack the immense power the Holy Weapon wielders have.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', Cordelia is this. Throughout her supports she demonstrates that her abilities include fighting, blacksmithing, counselling, harp-playing, management, stealth, and more. [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration This also extends to gameplay]], where she is the only first generation character (aside from [[PlayerCharacter the Avatar]]) who can use every kind of weapon in the game.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}}'' you can possibly create such a character by learning different abilities from different teachers. You could end up with a human swordsmaster who can also practice stealth, pickpocket, recognize plants, identify magical items, disarm traps and know of to seduce a lady. And you can do this with basically any character (however, some characters have natural disadvantages regarding certain skills).
* In ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', the PlayerCharacter is encouraged to become one of these. There's no class system; all players get to train every skill, and are rewarded for doing so. The Shattered Heart activity gives rewards in 15 different skills and has a bonus reward if you do all of them. The "Jack of Trades" aura (invoking the trope by name) gives an xp bonus if you work on lots of skills in a short time. There's lots of other ways that skills are subtly intertwined so that it's better to train them in tandem than it is to work on them separately, and of course, all the different skills are required for various quests, so anyone who wants to do all the quests will be forced to branch out.
** Can be Taken UpToEleven if you train everything, you end up being a LightningBruiser MagicKnight who [[GeniusBruiser knows something about everything, can fix anything and can kill anything that bleeds (and some things that don't)]].
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI'', thanks to the vocation system, characters can learn spells from every class and keep them even when changing vocation (which only affects stats).
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestI'', being the only game in the series that lacks party members, the hero can do everything an adventurer would need. Skill with swords, ability to wear heavy armor, ability to cast even the most powerful [[BlackMagic offensive]] and [[WhiteMagic healing magic]], he's good at everything. The rest of the series introduced more specialized heroes who were primarily well-armored swordsmen, but following the example of the original they usually have at least some magical skill.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'': Vocations are changed at the Alltrades Abbey, headed by Abbot Jack. Who suffers DemonicPossession early on and transforms into a giant demon, identifying himself as (sigh) JackOfAlltrades, Master of Nu'un ([[HurricaneOfPuns his brainstorming for other names included High Jack and Jackrilege]]).
* Steve?/Alex?, the player from ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', can be anything you want him/her to: a farmer, a miner, a mason, a potion-brewer, etc.
* In ''VideoGame/DevilsDare'', Axel is the most balanced of the four characters, and is similarly good at attack and defence.
* Fittingly, the character named Jack fulfills this role in ''VideoGame/HowToSurvive''.

* Quentyn Quinn, hero of ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'', failed every apprenticeship he applied for, leading him to think he's not good at anything. Once he become Questor, however, it becomes clear that while he's not good at anything, he's a ''little'' bit good at ''everything'', allowing him to combine his skills in unexpected ways.
* Afkinz of ''{{Webcomic/Zoophobia}}'' is known for possessing a myriad of hidden skills and abilities, none of which he is a master of.
* ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'''s Mordecai is this.
* [[http://heavensentgaming.com/glossary/amalia/ Amalia]], from Reverie, by ''Creator/HeavenSentGaming'' is a jack-of-all-trades.

* Unlike most [[VideoReviewShow internet reviewers]], WebVideo/TheNecroCritic openly claims no specialties for the topics of his episodes. He covers anime, movies, videogames, TV shows, [[http://necrocritic.webs.com/faq.htm "whatever strikes [his] fancy"]].

* Jim Morales from ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' had a ludicrous amount of jobs before settling down as the gym teacher of Kadic Academy. His skills come in useful from time to time, particularly in one episode wherein he and Jeremie had to survive alone in the wilderness.
* ''WesternAnimation/HuckleberryHound''. Each episode of Huck's show had him in different occupations--even in caveman and Medieval times.
* ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' appears to be a borderline example of this trope, as nearly every episode has him in a different activity, depending on the episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': Roger has [[UnderStatement many]] skills; it's been shown that he can quite forge armour and weapons with a high degree of skill, he has a Master's Degree in city planning, he's run restaurants, he has a bartender licence...the list goes on and on, to the point it's been lampshaded by Stan. Most of these are actually Roger's ''hobbies''; he says he does what he feels like doing. It's rarely ever explicitly said that he's '''amazing''' at what he does, just that he does a lot of things.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer has done so many things over the years, there's no way he '''can't''' be a Jack of All Trades.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** "The Last Roundup" played with this when Applejack became shamed and depressed that she didn't win even a single event in a big rodeo after confidently predicting doing well, convinced it made her a MasterOfNone. Meanwhile, everyone else was massively impressed that she placed highly in ''everything''. So it could be said that she was an ''[[IncrediblyLamePun Applejack-Of-All-Trades!]]''
** Alicorns are this on a species level, having flight, magic, and a connection with nature while the other kinds of ponies only get one.
** Fluttershy herself is a pegasus with Earth pony-like qualities and a magic-esque Stare, a la unicorns.
** Pinkie Pie is capable of pulling off things that ''should'' be impossible even in the [[MagicAIsMagicA settings established rules about magic]], including near-literal teleportation, flight by spinning her tail, climbing walls like Spiderman, and access to HammerSpace. Typically it's reserved for [[CartoonPhysics cartoonish gags]], but more than a few times she's done something that's not only advanced the plot, but also ''been noticed by the other characters'', and even done things that have weirded out ''Discord''. A common joke (though one often used with a hint of seriousness) is that she's another (albeit less powerful) spirit of chaos.
** Discord has a wider variety of spells than any other character in the series.
* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Franklin}}'' tends to be good at an assortment of different things- drawing, chess, fishing...
* Zuko from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is one of these. His firebending initially can't compare to his sister's, but he's a skilled acrobat, swordsman, spy, saboteur, and tactician. He's also versed in a far wider array of Firebending techniques than anyone else shown on the show, save for his teacher Iroh, and can do things that would flat-out ''kill'' most Firebenders, such as endure extreme cold using a breathing technique apparently unknown to most of the Fire Nation. Thanks to his time hiding in the Earth Kingdom, he also has at least some passing knowledge of medicine, preparing food, and odd repair jobs.
* Lance, in ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender''. He doesn't have a clear specialization like the rest of the team, who are usually supremely gifted in one particular area: Shiro is an impeccable leader, Keith is an AcePilot, Pidge is a GadgeteerGenius and Hunk is TheEngineer and SupremeChef. Whenever someone is asked what Lance is, they tend to respond with some variant of "the goofball." From the viewer's perspective, however, Lance is the only member of the team who can do just about anything to a decent standard -- he's just not ''exceptional'' in anything. His lion, Blue, also falls into this category, having neither the most speed, most heavy armor or most firepower, but being able to operate comfortably in all environments and situations.
** The [[spoiler:lion-swap]] further demonstrates Lance's adaptability even as it adds to his woes: [[spoiler:Lance is able to adequately pilot the temperamental Red, supposedly the polar opposite of laid-back Blue...but he loses Blue to Allura, who Lance suspects may be a MasterOfAll, pushing him further down the pecking order]].

* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eratosthenes Eratosthenes of Cyrene]] was a Greek mathametician, geographer, poet, astronomer, and music theorist from the 3rd century BC. Among other things, became the head of the Library of Alexandria, is credited with calculating the circumference of the earth and the angle of Earth's seasonal tilt, reinventing geography into the system we use today, as well as developing an algorithm for finding prime numbers (called the Sieve of Eratosthenes). Critics named him Beta, because he was great at many things and tried to get his hands on every bit of information, but never achieved the highest rank in anything, so much so that Strabo accounts Eratosthenes as a mathematician among geographers, and a geographer among mathematicians. His fans called him "Pentathlos" after the well-rounded athletes of Greece because he was knowledgeable in all areas of learning at the time.
* Most members of the military. Soldiers are trained with an "expect to fight" mentality, and everyone from clerks to medics to cooks are held to the same physical standard and trained to fight. While some organizations (notably the [[SemperFi United States Marine Corps]]) are very proud of placing special emphasis on this, any military worthy of the name will adhere to the basics of the concept.
* Astronauts are this to an even greater degree. If something goes wrong on a mission, any of them have to be able to take over. Even in normal operations, there are doctors who double as EVA specialists and engineers who double as dentists.
* [[CleverCrows Ravens and crows]] tend to be this. They have very general purpose beaks and are the most intelligent of all birds. They are highly adaptable and can eat many things.
* Like crows, the Portia Spider has a very generalized body type and is ''nightmarishly'' intelligent for a spider, using it's adaptable body to adopt behaviors to suit it's environment and choice of prey.
* Anyone can be this, just do and practice many different things in life.
* Destroyers. What originally were simply expendable ships designed in the late XIX century to screen a task force from attacks by small, torpedo-equipped boats soon took also the role of torpedo boats. During the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI First World War]] they were adapted to fight submarines, and both in the inter-war period and in the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Second World War]] not only their weaponry increased but also became multi-role ships that were used not only for those previous roles but also for [[AntiAir AA defense]] and radar pickets. All of this came accompanied of an increase in size and displacement, to the point a modern destroyer would dwarf in everything a first generation one.
* The F-35 was envisioned to be a super stealthplane that could find use in three different branches of the U.S. armed forces: a multi-role fighter for the Air Force, a longer-range carrier-based fighter for the Navy, and a VTOL aircraft for the Marines. Actually designing a plane that can fulfill all of these roles as well as or better than specialized aircraft in addition to having cutting edge stealth technology has proven to be quite a challenge. Even after decades of development and over a trillion dollars spent on funding, the F-35 still doesn't quite live up to expectations. [[MasterOfNone Specialist aircraft still outshine it in its intended roles.]]
* [[DuctTapeForEverything Duct tape]] has been described as this, specifically by [[Series/MythBusters Jamie Hyneman]]:
--> ''We've found that duct tape is not a ''perfect'' solution for anything. But with a little creativity, in a pinch, it's an ''adequate'' solution for just about everything.''
* SLR and similar cameras where the frontal element (lens) is interchangeable. Especially on the former you can find for them from ultra-wide angle ("fish eye") lenses to powerful telephoto lenses or those designed for close-up photography, as well as for less common usages. Modern bridge cameras with their powerful zooms, where you've from a (often quite so) wide angle to an also (often more than respectable) telephoto lens in a single, non-interchangeable lens, count too even if the latter are rather MasterOfNone as most of them are have small sensors[[note]]Otherwise those superzooms would be ''huge'' and far more expensive[[/note]], which introduce noise on the higher ISO sensitivies and said zooms, even if they're a marvel of engineering, give worse image quality than fixed, non-zoom, equivalent lenses.
* Filipino boxer Creator/MannyPacquiao gained a reputation for his Barbie-esque participation in various careers, namely basketball, business, acting, music recording, and politics to name a few. In fairness he did try his best, but most of his side ventures [[CripplingOverspecialization end up getting panned or ridiculed]].