->''"I don't play accurately--anyone can play accurately--but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for life."''
-->-- '''Algernon Moncrieff''', ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest''

A [[{{Foil}} contrast]] between a highly-skilled, perfectionist virtuoso and a less-skilled, but more inventive and original, artist. This is a plot common to stories that focus on the arts (usually music or theater), or sports that require mixing physical ability with creativity (such as dancing or skating).

Say two people have the same hobby. One is our heroine Alice, the other is TheRival, Betty. Betty has been dancing for years. She's highly thought of in her field, her mentors find her a dream to teach, and all the male students are desperate to be her partner. She's up at the crack of dawn, spending hours in front of the mirror going over every single move, ironing out every tiny imperfection. She's so devoted to her art that she has little time for anything else -- sometimes extending to issues with [[FreudianExcuse her family]], such as a [[StageMom domineering parent/coach who's trying to live vicariously through their child]]. Her dancing may be flawless but she may have a love-hate relationship with her art; secretly resenting the long hours of practice, for example, or angry that she had to give up a romantic interest because her teachers were worried that he'd distract her from dancing, or maybe [[ThePerfectionist she wants to be perfect]], but can't meet her own standards.

Alice isn't as capable. She sleeps in. Her daydreaming drives the teacher up the wall. No matter how hard she tries, there is always one move that she can never quite pull off. Nevertheless she loves to dance, and her passion comes out in every performance. Even if she lands flat on her tail, she leaves the audience smiling. Unlike Betty, she probably has a close group of friends, a solid family background, and an optimistic outlook on life. If her [[CavalierCompetitor pastime]] stops being fun, she'll stop doing it.

As long as they're competing for marks, Betty will win every time. Put the pair in front of an audience, however, and it's a different story.

The audience doesn't know what to make of Betty. They're pretty sure she's good, but she spent the whole performance with a face like a wet weekend. She may not even have her own personal style: [[PowerCopying instead, she mimics the technique of other more successful artists]]. Alice is much more interesting. She turned a pratfall into a quirky dance move, made faces at the kid in the front row and laughed her way through the final act. Betty will likely spend most of the next episode wondering what Alice did to get a standing ovation, while all she got was a polite smattering of applause.

Betty's "mistake" is usually that she dances for an impersonal ideal that others expect of her, while Alice dances for the sheer joy of the art. Some people watching won't realize exactly what a "perfect performance" is, but they know when the cast are enjoying themselves... and even those in the audience who ''do'' know what perfection is would rather see originality and entertainment.

RedOniBlueOni rivalries where the two are rivals in the same field often feature this with the blue oni as the Technician and the red as the Performer. Since blue types are often [[LonersAreFreaks loners or social misfits]] who put a lot of importance on their one extraordinary ability, having their red counterpart outperform them (even if only in the mind of the audience) [[RivalTurnedEvil can lead to some nasty results]] or [[FreakOut a breakdown]].

If they can reconcile, DefeatMeansFriendship will take hold, and the girls will each learn from each other: Betty will learn to loosen up and rediscover the joy of her art, and Alice will try and emulate Betty's dedication and practice.

Obviously, the form that Alice's "originality" manifests itself in will depend on the art/sport she's involved in. She might be an imaginative writer who can't spell, or a painter of simplistic, cheerful paintings in an art school full of students obsessed with complexity. She may be the ice skater who zooms around the ice happily, but can't quite pull off that tricky spin, or a musician that finds sheet music boring and likes to jazz them up with their own variations (with varying degrees of success). Whatever the scenario, the individuality that makes her "imperfect" is the same individuality that endears her to anyone watching.

Generally, the narrative will be in favour of the enthusiastic performer (who sometimes has TheGift, but not always) rather than the diligent technician. This can be seen as a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop, since it means undermining the hours of practice the technician has put in to get to that level. At its best, the trope sings the praises of enjoying yourself and [[BeYourself being unique]]; at its worst, it implies that superior skill hamstrings individuality.

Differs slightly from (but is related to) HardWorkHardlyWorks. In this trope, there is no denying that the Technician is usually ''better'' at what they do, but the Performer is more fun to watch, while HardWorkHardlyWorks adds insult to injury by giving a cheerful slacker superior ''skill'' than those around them who actually practice. Also similar to WeakButSkilled; similar in that there is a better trained performer against a stronger or more talented rival, but different in that the one with the best training wins, usually through cleverness and skill. If paired with SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining, then the FamilyUnfriendlyAesop can get worse as it implies not only is hard work foolish, but harmful.

Contrast the VillainyFreeVillain and OpposingSportsTeam. Could also be seen as a form of SnobsVsSlobs, with fastidious technicians who pay attention to detail as the {{foil}} for performers who believe in doing what comes naturally.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/BattleAngelAlita'': Discussed when Alita plays motorball; she's a skilled fighter and wins a lot of races, but (she is told) she doesn't belong with the true motorballers, who value causing spectacle and drawing in audiences above winning or even surviving.
* ''Manga/BattleRoyale'':
** This trope is brought up in the manga, when the character Toshinori Oda remembers the time that he and the protagonist, Shuya, performed music for the class; Oda's reserved violin recital received only polite applause, while Shuya's over-the-top guitar playing had the whole class cheering for him. Oda sees this as proof that his classmates are "uncultured"; Kazuo later thinks to himself (after killing Oda) that it was because Oda was too arrogant and "put himself between the listener and the music".
** Also when Kazuo fights against Hiroki. [[{{Determinator}} Hiroki]] is fighting with passion to save [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl a girl]], while [[EmptyShell Kazuo]] simply fights with pure skill with no motivation, or drive.
* Used beautifully in ''Anime/{{BECK}}'': In the "Grateful Sound" arc, the band breaks up thanks to internal tensions set off by Ryuske's Deal with the Devil. The rival band, Bell Ame, is set to totally eclipse BECK's set. Refusing to back down, Koyuki, followed by Saku on drums, grabs a acoustic and plays a stunning and spirited cover of [[strike:the Beatles's "I've Got a Feeling"]] in-universe band The Dying Breed's song "Fifty Cent Wisdom". The result? The factory-produced sugar-pop rival's set actually bleeds off its audience!
** Belle Ame aren't helped by the fact that their special guest, the {{bishounen}} [[SoapOpera soup star]] (and love rival of Kouyuki) they have performing with them can't actually sing.
* Inverted in ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'', Hyuga Koujirou is a Performer who uses raw power and hot blood as he plays, whereas Ohzora Tsubasa is a devoted Technician who focuses on his skills. They clash as a result, but later Hyuga finds himself landing in trouble when he plays abroad and sees that his Performer traits are a hindrance on his playing style...
** It could be argued that Hyuga is the technician and Tsubasa the performer in the sense that Hyuga only plays to be the best, to get noticed so to land a contract in a major club to provide his family with money, and spends countless hours in training from hell while Tsubasa plays mainly for fun, is enthusiastic and charismatic enough to have everyone behind him and seems innately gifted.
** Tsubasa as a performer (albeit a very talented one) pit against technicians happens on a regular basis. It starts with Wakabayashi in their first encounter (thus beating the best goal keeper of all Japan for whom soccer was serious business), Misugi, Hyuga and later Santana.
*** For example, we have Tsubasa and Carlos Santana in Brazil, with Tsubasa being the performer and Santana the technician. The latter is [[RedBaron called the "Soccer God's son" but also the "Soccer Cyborg"]], playing soccer at perfection but with no soul anymore [[spoiler: due to his TrainingFromHell involving a huge dose of BreakTheCutie]]. On the other hand there is Tsubasa, who always considered the soccer ball as his friend and is playing for fun. Even though Santana is clearly superior to Tsubasa, being able to even reproduce perfectly and actually improve on the way Tsubasa just scored a goal to try to humiliate him, in the end it's Tsubasa who wins the duel [[note]](matches in the show usually rely mainly on two men with the rest of the team being near to useless unless the plot requires it)[[/note]] through his creativity and "I'll never quit" attitude, because it is too much fun to give one's best 'til the end for him. When they meet again much later, [[DefrostingIceQueen Santana's]] [[CharacterDevelopment emotional damage has begun to mend]], and thus while he's still mostly a technician, he has dropped a part of his arrogance and plays both to enjoying himself ''and'' to win.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': In a way Vegeta is the Technician to Goku's performer. Vegeta trains and fights to be the strongest fighter in the universe, he also never spars, pushes himself waaaay too hard and his pride won't allow him to ask for help. Goku trains and fights because he loves it and is willing to learn from and train with others. In the end Goku is the better fighter because he is more open to learning from others.
** A better example may be Piccolo (post HeelFaceTurn anyway) and Goku... Or, frankly, anyone else in the series that isn't a normal little human. While preternaturally strong, he usually ends up registering about a 7 or 8 while others spike at 10-15. But he's just so damn ''good'' and knows so many techniques (when it doesn't just come down to a planet-busting BeamOWar) that he can hold his own with the best of them. [[TheWorfEffect Unless he's the one that gets picked on to prove "how much a threat" the new villain is.]]
** The best example, however, has to be Tien. Serious, introducing new and effective techniques every time he gets to fight, and, despite becoming unable to catch up in the arc following his introduction, he just doesn't stop training. When a mere human manages to hold Cell in place, or deflect one of Super Buu's attacks, you know his technique just doesn't compare.
* Briefly mentioned in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', where Winry and Cheska debate over whether cooking is a science or an art.
* ''Manga/GlassMask'' has heroine Maya Kitajima as a Performer who pours her soul and spirit when she acts, with her rival Ayumi Himekawa as a practically perfect Technician. Lampshaded when Maya says she envies Ayumi's technical skills and grace, but Ayumi thinks Maya can reach emotional depths that she simply ''never'' will equal.
* ''Manga/IronWokJan'' twists this trope with Kiriko Gobancho and Jan Akiyama. Jan, the JerkAss AntiHero, is an inverted Performer in that he cooks to deliberately earn the hatred and disgust of the audience -- to make the victory of his cuisine all the sweeter. And yet he admits that he cooks mostly because it's all that his grandfather [[TrainingFromHell taught him how to do]] before dying, and mostly seems to feel a professional pride about what he went through hell to learn. Kiriko's ideals are that "cooking is about heart"; although she's the HeirToTheDojo, she only became a cook because she wanted to, she taught herself most of what she knows, and she always tries to keep the customers and their desires in mind when she cooks. However, she is definitely a much more deliberate, no-nonsense chef than Jan. The two are both portrayed as equals in skill.
* ''Anime/KaleidoStar'': Sora is the Performer; Leon and May are mainly Technicians. Layla, however, has both traits despite her DefrostingIceQueen persona. Marion lampshades this when she comments on Sora's incompetence as part of the reason she's such a crowd pleaser: knowing that she might screw up keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. Unlike Leon (too racked with guilt and angst to enjoy what he does) and May (too intent on winning to care about the audience), Sora loves her job and plays to the crowd... and sometimes too hard.
** Heavily lampshaded later, when Katie chewed Leon and May out during the ''RomeoAndJuliet'' rehearsals. She basically tells them "A selfish Romeo who only cares about his own splendor? A cowardly Juliet who seems scared and diminished? Don't make me laugh you guys, you epically SUCK!"
** Of note: a good part of May's CharacterDevelopment comes from her training to become more of a Performer, dropping the flaws that her Technician side brings her. This offers parallels with her going from a self-absorbed JerkAss to a more selfless but still HotBlooded {{Tsundere}}.
** Don't forget Rosetta versus Sora early in season one. Rosetta starts as a stellar technician whose act looks like a "Diavolo machine". According to Kalos, she looks so cold and mechanical when performing, that the audience gets bored despite all the skill she develops; therefore, he teams her up with Sora so Rosetta can learn how to enjoy herself more so she'll win the audience's love. When she ''does'' becomes more of a performer thanks to Sora's help, he lampshades this by saying "Rosetta has finally become a performer".
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'' has Ryuko as the performer and Satsuki as the technician. Ryuko is accustomed to street fighting and has little experience with using her Scissor Blade, so she relies on [[IndyPloy quick thinking]] in conjunction with [[AdaptiveArmor Senketsu's ever-increasing arsenal of powers]] to win fights. Satsuki on the other hand has been training with a katana since childhood and doesn't have any abilities on Junketsu that are unique to it, [[WeakButSkilled relying on her insane skill to keep up with the power creep in later episodes]].
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and its sequel, ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': Koji Kabuto and Tetsuya Tsurugi have distinct ways to pilot their respective HumongousMecha. Kouji is the Technician, who uses his weapons in a normal way -such as Mazinger's Photon-powered EyeBeam as a long range weapon-, combining them with pure brute force and CombatPragmatism. Tetsuya is the performer who combines his own CombatPragmatism by using Great's wide arsenal of weapons in an unorthodox way -such as shooting Thunder Break with both weapons or using it to turning his swords into Lightning rods, his surprisingly weird way of handling swords, or covering Great with [[ChestBlaster Breast Burn]] heat energy (a movement which later would be adapted in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' and turned into ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}s'' Kaiser Nova).
* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia:''
** Izuku Midoriya and All Might
*** A teacher-and-student variation exists between the protagonist Izuku Midoriya and his mentor, the number one hero All Might, who trains him in the use of their shared quirk, One For All. All Might is a performer. From the day of his heroic debut, saving people while laughing in the face of disaster and proclaiming everything will be all right now because ''he'' is there, All Might has inspired confidence and admiration over his career. Izuku, meanwhile, is a technician. He's quiet, has taken notes on heroes since he could write and tends to impress people on a much more individual level. All Might's mentoring of Izuku is hampered by this fact, as All Might took to One For All much more naturally than Izuku has, yet fails to realize his student ''isn't'' as intuitive as he was. His teachings are less informative than they should be as a result.
*** The contrast is further shown in how All Might's teacher, Gran Torino, approaches them. He taught All Might by basically subjecting him to TrainingFromHell and beating the crap out of him to the point the number one hero trembles in fear of the old man years later. He deals with Izuku by giving him a few choice pieces of advice, letting the boy work out the answers on his own, ''then'' beating the crap out of him to give Izuku a chance to test what he's come up with. Izuku makes much more progress controlling One For All in a week with Gran Torino than he had in a significantly longer period with All Might.
** Izuku Midoriya and Katsuki Bakugo
*** Midoriya shares this contrast with his childhood friend and bully, Katsuki Bakugo. Midoriya is timid, thoughtful, and has to constantly put in the work to catch up to his peers in using his powers. Bakugo is a hothead driven to surpass his peers who prefers to rush in headfirst and is a more naturally gifted fighter. Where Midoriya sees being a hero as cool because they help people, Bakugo sees being a hero as cool because heroes always win. The differences between them are highlighted as early as the U.A. Entrance Exam. Bakugo passes the practical exam exclusively by destroying robot adversaries for points. Midoriya makes it through exclusively by passing the SecretTestOfCharacter, fighting a powerful foe worth zero points to save an student who trapped in its warpath.
*** In the Provisional License Exam, in which the students are tested for the right for licenses that let them act as heroes in limited situations, the second phase is a simulated rescue mission which involves a combination of fighting off villains and rescuing survivors. Bakugo's tunnel-vision on the surface-level, action oriented side of heroing bites him hard, as he's excessively rude to the people he's supposed to be saving even as he's making appropriate calls on whether to help them or send them to aid stations. Midoriya, despite some initial stumbling, is much more well-rounded and handles both the rescue side and a simulated villain attack much better. This results in Bakugo being one of only two members of the class ''not'' to pass the exam. Later, All Might tells both of them that a mix of Technician and Performer is ideal, and that Bakugo was held back by being too focused on the surface fame of being a hero, while Midoriya is too focused on the nuts and bolts and tends to be less driven and ambitious.
* ''Manga/NodameCantabile'' initially seems to set up this kind of conflict between uptight perfectionist Chiaki and quirky free spirit Nodame, particularly when their mentor Stresemann criticizes Chiaki's performance of Rachmanioff for lacking "sexiness." The conflict never materializes, however; Chiaki, despite his more technician-like approach to his art, regularly stuns audiences with the quality of his performances, and his technical skill is accompanied by a genuine love of and passion for music. Meanwhile, although Nodame also loves music and has a natural talent which Chiaki recognizes immediately, the fact that she takes it much less seriously and lacks Chiaki's drive proves to be a problem which hinders her performances.
** The trope is deconstructed in ''Nodame Cantabile'', in that neither pure technician nor pure performer is right or better for classical music. A classical musician should have the mix of both. It is also implied that there is no right mix either. Chiaki and Kuroki are more towards the technician part, while Nodame and Jean Donnadieu are more towards the performer part. All of them are celebrated, but just in different ways, and it's difficult to say who is better.
* Luffy and Zoro from ''Manga/OnePiece'' qualify. Luffy (the Performer) does next to no training for his techniques, and has an impressive fighting sense gained from training with his grandfather and [[spoiler: brothers]] at an early age. It's even stated in-series that his only trained move is his Gomu Gomu no Pistol, everything else he just creates on the spot. Zoro (the Technician) however is seen doing training most of the time he's at sea (when he's not sleeping or [[ButtMonkey being antagonized by Nami]]). His techniques weren't thought up as quickly, as he takes time to create them and polish them to make them stronger (though usually it's off screen when he does) and techniques like Oni Giri were made from his efforts, it also helps that he uses a fictional style that he made of his own volition. Comparatively, they are almost equal in terms of strength and combat ability with Luffy being slightly stronger than Zoro.
** Zoro's fight against [[ArcVillain Buggy's]] second mate, Cabaji The Acrobat, puts a notable emphasis on this. Cabaji, along with his swordsmanship skills, uses a variety of circus tricks against Zoro such as firebreathing and spinning tops as well as fighting Zoro while riding on top of a unicycle as opposed to Zoro who simply uses his skills as a swordsman against Cabaji. Zoro struggled with Cabaji's tricks at first, not helped with the wound he got when fighting Buggy prior, but when he managed to knock Cabaji off his unicycle and forced Cabaji to fight him without any tricks, Zoro defeats him with a single attack.
* Duck/Ahiru, in ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', is so inherently clumsy that not even her passion for ballet can land her a leading role, but her performance does inspire a melancholy yet brilliant ballerina to find her own style rather than mimicking others. Of course, her counterpart is Rue, who though technically skilled, finds that she is lacking something..
* Played in ''Manga/SkipBeat'' with Kyoko and Kanae. While in the beginning it seemed that both were going to develop a Performer/Technician rivalry, soon it's revealed that Kanae, while more of a Technician actress than Kyoko, is able to pull Performer-like stunts when needed... and for a while, is ''Kanae'' who loves more her selected career (Kyoko was there more for the fame-making potential she needed for her revenge, until she grows). Besides, ''both'' girls are in the Love Me team, a division for people who, while very talented, still lacks a certain quality who drives the public to likes them.
* The ''Manga/{{Swan}}'' manga takes a different approach to this - heroine Masumi's originality and enthusiasm take her a long way, true...but it doesn't always triumph against her rivals, who often have superior skill on ''top'' of originality.
* The [[LongRunner many many episodes of]] ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' did this a few times, once with two rival restaurants, owned by sisters, one where the chef was a Mr. Mime and the other where the chef was a Sneasel. The Mr. Mime cook put a lot of flash into his cooking, turning even the cooking itself into a performance of sorts with his psychic abilities, and the presentation of the meal could not have been nicer...[[LethalChef but the food itself was virtually inedible, as the flavor was nightmarish]]. The Sneasel, by comparison, was an unimpressive minimalist, cooking in the backroom and bringing out extremely ordinary-looking, even ugly-looking dishes...[[SupremeChef that turned out to be mouthgasmically delicious]]. While Ash and his friends helped out Mr. Mime by teaching which flavors work best and to take it a bit slower, ''Team Rocket'' helps out the Sneasel in being a bit more flashy with presentation. After a CookingDuel and stopping Team Rocket, the two sisters made up and combined their places intoone.
** This also happens a lot with Ash in Pokemon battles. Ash is a Performer whose Pokemon are strong because of the PowerOfLove, and often gets paired up with Technician opponents who go for type advantages and such and aren't as inspiring to their Pokemon.
*** Ash does have a certain amount of Technician, especially in Sinnoh (taking Dawn's Spin Dodge and Ice Aqua Jet ideas, meant for contests, and turning them into valid Battle techniques, for example), though how much strategy he'll get to use varies DependingOnTheWriter.
*** The dichotomy shows in Froakie & Hawlucha's Doubles match against Clemont's Bunnelby & Chespin. Froakie takes the match seriously, while Hawlucha wants to make it a performance. Neither thinks much of the other's method.
** One other episode features a Hitmontop trainer who relies too much on being a Performer and has to tone it down and balance it with being a Technician. [[IncrediblyLamePun Yes]], Hitmontop is one of several mons that ''can'' have Technician as an ability.
** Being a Co-ordinator requires a higher amount of Performer than being a regular Trainer, as points are lost if either your performance isn't flashy enough or your opponent's performance is flashier.
* The most powerful Inner Senshi of ''Manga/SailorMoon'', demonstrate this. Usagi refuses to take lives, while Minako accepts this as a painful reality of being a Senshi. Usagi is less well-trained, while Minako is thoroughly trained, and trains the other Inner Senshi. Usagi believes she can follow through on her dreams and enjoy life with her loved ones while being Sailor Moon, while Minako abandoned her dream of being an IdolSinger and [[spoiler:killed her one true love or watched as her crush fell in love with her CoolBigSis behind her back]], at which point she decided that her mission as a Senshi was the only thing that mattered, which leads to episodes of resentment-fueled depression. Usagi's compassion, cheerfulness, and idealism endear her to people and give her the strength to fight, while Minako's experience and leadership make her a great fighter, though they don't prevent her from being taken for granted.
* Lampshaded by Aster/Edo Phoenix (a professional duelist, the performer) in ''Manga/YuGiOhGX'' during his duel against Jaden/Judai; he states that everyone can win a duel, but he's a professional, and his task is to grasp victory while giving his audience a good show, cue to him feigning to have taken game-ending damage only to make a powerful comeback and winning just after that.
* Yusei Fudo and Jack Atlas of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' fit this trope perfectly, at first glance. Whilst Yusei is a master of gadgetry and engineering and calm and calculated as a result, Jack on the other hand appears to have no technical skill but is a hugely talented entertainer, preferring big and flashy plays to several smaller tactical ones like Yusei. Despite this, his only two loses capable of being chalked up to overconfidence in the first case and an obsessive desire to defeat Yusei by conquering the card combo he lost to in their last match during their rematch. What makes this more debatable, is that Jack sticks to tried and true methods, whereas Yusei will try new things and tends to be more creative.
* Is a major part of ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'', since Yuya is training specifically to be an entertainment duelist; a fictional branch of pro-duelists whose goal is to entertain the audience instead of winning. Lots of duels are between technicians and performers, with varying results. Becomes a crucial part of Yuya's character, since Yuya sometimes tries to be the performer in situations where it's completely inappropriate and [[spoiler: [[ItMakesSenseInContext has an emotional breakdown when he's repeatedly forced to duel as a technician instead of a performer]]]].
** During the MCS qualifying duels, this trope is how Yuya wins and [[WarriorTherapist gets through to]] Kyuuando and Michio; both are technicians who ''think'' they're performers, and Yuya's performance shows them how to become a real performer.
* ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'' has an interesting version of this, making the Technician(s) the protagonist, yet also putting both sides on equal ground. The main characters, Takagi and Mashiro, are clearly the technicians, being praised for their calculating intelligence and technical skill at writing manga together, yet get bogged when trying to write something mainstream because they can't come up with an exceptionally interesting premise. Their main rival, Niizuma Eiji is presented as a natural genius who simply draws whatever he feels like and cranks out hits, yet is also criticized for the lack of depth in his work. Then it turns out that the Performer is a totally fanboy of the Technicians' work, and later on both parties end up improving from the influence of the other.
** The trope is still mostly played straight, since Eiji's work (especially Crow) consistently outperforms every other named character's manga, including the main pair's. But they're much closer to Eiji's level than most instances of this trope.
*** Lately in manga Eiji also came closer to Technician side, especially with [[spoiler: his new series, "Zombie Gun"]], that is far more plotted than previous.
*** Possibly justified, as despite acting like a performer, Eiji had much more practice drawing manga than his peers by virtue of not having anything else to do as a child.
* One episode of ''Anime/FushigiBoshiNoFutagoHime'' illustrates this trope using Altezza, who practiced hard before each Princess Party, but had yet to win one, thanks to interference from the main characters' MagicalGirl powers. When the twins found out how hard she worked, they got depressed about their own laid-back, "just have fun" approach to the parties and being princesses in general. Bright, Altezza's older brother, tells the girls that they have something Altezza doesn't, but is cut off before he can tell them what it is.
* This is oddly inverted in ''Manga/TheCherryProject'', a pre-''Manga/SailorMoon'' Creator/NaokoTakeuchi manga. The protagonist and newcomer figure skater Chieri learns everything she knows by copying others' technical moves, but doesn't have the "artistic grace" that semi-pro Canty has.
* ''Manga/PianoNoMori'' exemplifies this trope in the relation between friends and competing pianists Shuhei (the technician) and Kai (the performer).
* Played with in ''Manga/HikaruNoGo'', with Hikaru (Performer) and Akira (Technician). The twist is that while Akira thinks Hikaru is good enough to play at his level from the start, that's actually not true, and it takes Hikaru years to reach a level where he can compete with him. Even then [[spoiler: Akira is always seen as the better Go player, and Hikaru never beats him, though he comes close.]]
* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' has Hayato Kazami (performer) and Naoki Shinjyo (technician). While Hayato races with the help of an AI computer, Shinjyo has been racing for years. In the latter half of the TV series, Randoll plays the technician to Hayato's performer. Asuka lampshades this when she has a conversation with him.
* In the TV series of ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'' Diana Cavendish and Akko Kagari are the Technician and Performer, respectively. Diana comes from a long, well known, powerful family. At a Festival in episode 13, she pulls off a powerful summoning, copying parts of the performance of Shiny Chariot, an entertainer witch from a decade ago. Her skill wows the crowd. But Akko, who has very little skill (she's only been using magc for maybe a couple months at this point) and can't do anything well, but wants magic to to be ''fun'', puts on a dazzling performance, using her inability to do things perfectly to instead make silly shapeshifts, eliciting laughs from everyone, even those who comment in just how bad her shapeshifting skill is, and wins the crowd. Diana's performance, while technically perfect, is sterile and cold in comparison.
* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'':
** ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' features a literal chart graphing the performances of test pilots Guld (the Technician) and Isamu (the Performer), with Isamu's wildly inconstant numbers nonetheless surpassing (most of) Guld's steady and even progression.
** ''Anime/MacrossDelta'' features Hayate as the performer and Mirage as the technician; their squadron's ace actually criticizes both of them for going too far on their respective ends of the spectrum, since his own piloting is a near-perfect mix of both styles.
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' features Mugen the performer, and Jin the technician. Mugen's style is entirely self-taught, and relies on creativity and unpredictability, while Jin's style is disciplined, relying on traditional moves. Played with a bit as Mugen and Jin both learn from each other. Most evident in their respective final fights.
** Mugen, after easily being defeated by Kariya for "relying on his instincts too much", logically works out how to beat Umanosuke's unique weapon, overcoming his weakness of never really thinking about how to fight an opponent.
** Likewise, Jin overcomes Kariya (who had, at this point, easily beaten Mugen and Jin in a 2-on-1 battle) by abandoning the orthodox style Kariya was better at, and using a highly unorthodox (suicidal) technique to fell him.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has the Negi and Kotaro. Negi is the technician, Kotaro is the performer. Several of Negi's teachers try to show him the value of being a performer.
* Barnaby and Kotetsu in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny.'' Barnaby is the Technician who calculates his actions to win him the most points and garner the most fame. Kotetsu is the Performer who just goes by his instincts and puts his all into being a [[{{superhero}} Hero]] because [[ChronicHeroSyndrome he wants to help people.]] [[spoiler:In the second half of the series, Barnaby admits that he admires Kotetsu's sincerity and dedication to the job, though he wouldn't necessarily adopt Kotetsu's methods as his own.]]
* The partnership between [[{{Keet}} Eiji Kikumaru]] and [[NiceGuy Shuuichiro Oishi]] in ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' is this through and through. Eiji is the Performer: crowd-pleasing, flashy, acrobatic, charismatic. Meanwhile, Oishi is the Technician: reliable, methodical, rational, with NervesOfSteel. Lampshaded in the manga where, in their first year, Eiji challenged Oishi to a duel since he thought he was a boring player... and was curb stomped ''thrice'', thus deciding to become his partner instead. It's also seen the Hyoutei matches: when Eiji has to team up with [[BoisterousBruiser Momoshirou]] due to Oishi being injured, he's [[HeroicBSOD in such an emotional turmoil]] since they've never played without each other that it takes him a while to recover his spirits and be able to synch better with Momoshirou.
** Actually, almost all partnerships have elements of this (though [[InSeriesnickname the Golden Pair]] is the most blatant example). [[{{Samurai}} Sanada]] and [[MagnificentBastard Atobe]] are good examples as well: Sanada is the Technician through and through, Atobe is both Performer ''and'' Technician, and it takes them a while to work well together.
* Discussed in ''Manga/CandyCandy'''s Hospital arc. Candy, Frannie and the other prospect nurses are discussing nursing techniques and behavior towards patients: Candy shows Performer traits as she believes that you gotta approach the patients and help them feel good, while Frannie goes Technician and points out that the most popular nurse isn't automatically the best one and that they must be pragmatic as well.
* Rei Ryugazaki from ''Anime/{{Free}}'' has the demeanor of a Technician, but has an appreciation for the aesthetic values of a Performer, which he wishes to incorporate into his style. He joins the swim club primarily because he sees just how much of the Performer is in them (especially Haruka), and hopes he can learn from them.
* As with many tropes of the SuperRobot genre, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' provides a {{Deconstruction}} of the usual use: Amuro (Performer) is incredibly talented but, [[FallingIntoTheCockpit having had to jump in the Gundam with the piloting manual and no prior training]], has little experience piloting a [[HumongousMecha mobile suit]], while the Zeon aces he has to face are ''all'' militarily trained and experienced war veterans who know their machines inside-out. As a result, Amuro survived Char's initial onslaught with a Zaku and defeated Ramba Ral's Gouf only thanks to the superior performance of the Gundam, and is only by learning the technique through hard training and battles that, by the time the Three Black Stars (less skilled than either Char or Ramba Ral) show up, he's a legitimately good pilot. After that, it [[ReconstructedTrope Reconstructs]] it: the Three Black Stars are ''still'' more skilled than Amuro, but aren't as versatile as him and last only two fights before being killed off, with one of them getting uncerimonously killed when Amuro dismantled their trademark maneuver.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' plays this trope both ways: as long as there's even a chance of a fight being anywhere close to even, neither natural strength nor self-taught ability NOR extensive skill training has a natural advantage. Some of the best examples of this are any time Naruto (the Performer) wins a fight through making up moves on the fly and [[TheDeterminator sheer hard-headedness]], or the victories Shikamaru (the Technician) accrues through strategy and his mastery of shadow-manipulation binding techniques. There are plenty of speeches about "ability versus technique" going in both directions, both with their merits. There are also plenty of instances where "unbeatable techniques" or "unstoppable raw power" both come to the forefront, especially as the Tailed Beasts come to the fore and need to be dealt with/are needed to deal with the problems at hand.
** Surprisingly enough, Naruto changes roles in ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]'', which comes to view in his final battle with [[BigBad Toneri Otsutsuki]]. Toneri's newly acquired Tenseigan gives him access to a lot of flashy and destructive jutsu, and is more or less evenly matched with Naruto in terms of raw power. On the other thand, while not lacking on the flashy himself, Naruto makes use of the skills he acquired from years of fighting experience along with his strength and determination, and Toneri's newly acquired abilities couldn't match up to the more battle-hardened Naruto. Case in point: Toneri's BFS lazer gets defeated by a fairly basic move [[ArmorPiercingAttack (a chakra imbued fist).]]
* An ongoing theme in ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma''. Interestingly, the manga doesn't come out on a specific side, instead stating that it's necessary to be able to do both. Individual characters are all over the spectrum, from Alice Nakiri who is so obsessed with incorporating cutting-edge techniques she loses sight of the task at hand, to Megumi Tadokoro who always cooks with great care and attention, but has trouble with execution due to lacking technical skills. A particularly vile version of the Technician is Mimasaka Subaru, who is an excellent cook, but only cares about winning cooking competitions. He doesn't care about cooking good food, about pleasing diners, about respecting the skills, privacy and propery of others, and his entire schtick is based around stealing his competitors' recipes and improving on them just enough to make sure he wins.
* The two main characters in ''Manga/YourLieInApril'' are this when it comes to music. Kousei is the technician, since his mother drilled into him that he must always stick to the score and memorize it inside and out, while Kaori is the performer whose wild and energetic playing greatly deviates from the sheet music.
** This also plays a major role in the series itself, as [[spoiler: the Performance side is the one always advocated for, as it has the greatest potential to reach others [[EmotionsvsStoicism on an emotional level]].]]
* Nagisa and Karma in ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom''. The two of them have been compared a few times and at least once by Karma himself. Karma, the Performer, is faster, stronger and more skilled than Nagisa but is too much of a showboat to be a proper assassin. Nagisa, the Technician, is quiet, looks harmless and is frequently mistaken for a girl but is capable of killing casually, is very level-headed and appears nonthreatening until he's already struck.
* In ''Manga/FullmoonOSagashite'' Madoka Wakamatsu is the Technician as a more experienced IdolSinger with skills that don't come from other sources, while Mitsuki/Fullmoon is the Performer as a prospect singer who has magical help and sings with her heart. [[spoiler: It becomes quite important later since Madoka is told that her songs are good but have no soul, causing her to almost quit music altogether.]]
* ''Anime/YuriOnIce'' explores this in several skaters -- overall, it takes the view that both elements are crucial in succeeding as a skater:
** Yuri Katsuki's ballet teacher, Minako, tells Victor that Yuri is no genius, and that his skill and success are down to constant practice and the luxury of having a nearby ice rink that was willing to let him practice alone. Yuri himself echoes this sentiment. This would seem to put Yuri firmly in Technician territory...but the narrative strongly suggests that Minako is simply ''wrong:'' Yuri ''does'' have natural talent and very strong Performer elements. Victor picks up on this immediately, telling Yuri that his ability to "make music with his body" is what immediately drew Victor to him (well, that and the [[spoiler:drunken pole-dancing antics]]). Yuri Plisetsky too, remembers Yuri K for his elegant step sequences. In fact, it's ''technical'' skills (especially the jumps) that are the bane of Yuri's life, while his ''performance'' elements boost his score.
** Victor, the in-universe star of the ice, is best know for being a Performer -- in and out of the rink. He's a showman, he flirts with the cameras, and his programs are clearly designed to tell a story. His priority is entertainment, and when he worries that he has nothing new to bring to his performances, he's ready to give it up. However, his speech about how skating consumed his life so that there was no room for anything else, added to the fact that you can't get as good as Victor is without putting the work in, suggest strong Technician skills too.
** Yuri "Yurio" Plisetsky is a Technician when being kept on a leash by Yakov and Lilia, but seems to be a more natural Performer. His coaches spend hours on technical elements and hammering out imperfections. However, the Agape program (choreographed and initially coached by Victor) had emotion rather than technical skill at its heart, and ''that'' is the routine he [[spoiler:sets a world record]] with. By contrast, his free skate is technically demanding to the point of being nightmarish, but doesn't inspire the same level of emotional intensity in Yurio. When he gets his own way in his self-choreographed exhibition skate, he's purely focused on putting on a show, although his technical skill is still present.
** Other skaters in the story are presented on a sliding scale between Technician and Performer; Phichit Chulanont's ultimate goal is to put on an ice show to show the world how fun skating is, and Yuri calls him "a born entertainer", while Seung-gil Lee is entirely fixated on the technical aspect of figure skating and is constantly calculating his score as he performs.

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* Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}}. The godlike alien with incredible inborn powers, and the normal man who trained his mind and body to the peak of human conditioning.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* This is the source of the conflict between Trixie and Twilight in ''FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse''. Twilight is the Technician ''par excellence'', having graduated with a perfect GPA from Luna's Academy Of Magic a year early and only having honed her understanding of magic since. Trixie, by contrast, couldn't care less about magical theory, despite being the Lunaverse's Element Of Magic. She learns spells not from books, but by watching other ponies cast them. Her specialty is illusion magic, and half her "magic" is actually sleight-of-hoof tricks. Twilight's refusal to accept that a mare who doesn't care a whit for arcane theory could possibly be the Element of Magic is what sets off the plot of ''Boast Busted''. In the later episode ''Magic Tutor'', Twilight and Trixie are forced to work together when trying to teach magic to the foals of Ponyville. Trixie's explanations are so vague that the foals have a hard time understanding them, while Twilight is so technical that the foals find it hard to pay attention.
* Ash and Red have this dynamic in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'': Ash is far better at coming up with off the wall strategies but lacks the power of Red, while Red is good with power and straight forward strategies but lacks Ash's adaptability. Scott notes that both of them have potential, though each has much to learn yet.
* Ash in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11803928/13/Challenger Challenger]]'' serves as a performer to the students' technicians when he fights the top ten students at a Pokemon prep school. Part of why Ash utterly destroys so many of them is because of his unusual battling style that clashes with their theory based training. [[TaughtByExperience The rest is because while they study theory and type match ups, Ash has actually gotten into dozens of battles and learned from each of them]].

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}'': Héctor has shades of this with Ernesto. Hector is the sincere, heart-felt Performer to Ernesto's polished and pristine but emotionally vacant Technician. It's especially apparent in how they both sing "Remember Me": [[spoiler: Ernesto turned it into a cheesy love ballad aimed at no one in particular, while Héctor originally wrote it as a lullaby for his beloved daughter.]] And then, [[spoiler:there's that Ernesto stole Héctor's songs to become famous because he knew he wasn't gifted enough to make it on his own artistic merit.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'', Mike is the Technician to Sulley's Performer. Mike is incredibly knowledgeable about scare tactics but doesn't have the appearance to be a good scarer. Sulley's natural abilities impress the teachers and others at first but he barely studies and lacks the technical aspects of scaring children. This ends up as a deconstruction: Mike knows what to make of every situation, he knows what scares to give to each child and how to milk information out of every profile, but his lack of practical ability ultimately makes it pointless for him to even try. Sully has a good technique, but he only has that single one technique, that does not work on every situation and could often result in him making a mistake, which comes from his lack of interest in even reading the profiles. They can't really do anything having only a single one of these capacities.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', this is the main conflict between [[spoiler:Finn and his father. Finn is an imaginative child who simply wants to have fun building [=LEGOs=] and making up stories while his father is a serious hobbyist who believes in building sets as stated by their instructions and keeping them as such.]] As such, the film's plot is focused on the conflict between the Master Builders who wish to build whatever they want as they please and Lord Business, a ControlFreak [[spoiler:based on Finn's dad. Eventually, Finn and his father come to a middle ground after the latter [[HeelRealization learns that his son made him a villain in his personal story]].]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Drumline}}'' has the protagonist as the performer butting up against the technical performance required by the drumline's captain to form a unified sound.
* ''Film/{{Center Stage}}'': Maureen is the technician, Jodie the performer. The movie also adds a third element with Eva, who has TheGift like Jodie but also the technical potential of Maureen, but is hampered by her rebellious attitude. [[spoiler: Eva is the only one of the three main girls to find success in the American Ballet Company--Maureen realizes she's destroying herself and quits, Jodie goes to a new company that values her performance skills over her ability to technically conform.]]
* This will often be part of the dynamic of a BuddyCop duo. One's uptight and [[ByTheBookCop goes by the rules]], skilled and knowledgeable. The other is passionate and vigorous, but either doesn't know the rules as well or [[CowboyCop just disregards the ones he considers stupid]]. Coming to a theater near you this July.
* ''Film/BladesOfGlory'' has rival figure skaters, Jon Heder's Technician and Will Ferrell's Performer, forced to skate together in the pairs event.
* If one extends this to teams, any movie with a RagtagBunchOfMisfits versus an OpposingSportsTeam with a DrillSergeantNasty coach qualifies.
* ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' has Ryan and Sharpay as the Technicians versus Troy and Gabriella as the Performers. Ryan and Sharpay have been singing for years, view star roles as status symbols and audition with professionally choreographed routines, expensive costumes and back up musicians. Troy and Gabriella just want to sing because it makes them happy, start by secretly singing to each other, and audition in their sports uniform and lab coat respectively, winning the crowds because of their commitment to the music. [[note]] Interestingly with their other interests (basketball and science), they come across as Technicians and are shown to train and study extremely hard. Singing is portrayed as an outlet for them and so allows them to be Performers in that situation. [[/note]]
* In ''Film/ThePrestige'', Angier is the showman in love with the audience and Borden is the technician in love with the gadgets needed to perform a trick. This is also apparent in their stage names: "The Great Danton" and "The Professor", respectively. Unique in that in this case, both the technician and the performer have their sympathetic moments. [[spoiler: The trope is later subverted in that Angier's illusion relies on technology but Borden's is pure performance.]]
* Inverted in ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', with Khan and his crew as Performer, and Kirk and his crew as Technician. While Khan is brilliant and ruthless (and [[RevengeBeforeReason crazy]]) and commands a crew of Augments, Kirk has him beat with superior training, experience, and familiarity with ship-to-ship combat. Khan manages to surprise Kirk (thanks to Kirk [[CowboyCop ignoring regulations]]) and draw first blood, but Kirk soon evens the odds and takes advantage of Khan's [[SpaceIsAnOcean two-dimensional thinking]] to cripple his ship.
* In ''Film/ChariotsOfFire'', Harold is more a technician and Eric more a performer.
* The film ''Film/StrictlyBallroom'' is all about the conflict between highly technical rulesy dancing and "crowd-pleasing" moves. Differs somewhat from the pure form of the trope in that it hints that the technical rules are don't really represent dancing skill but rather a conspiracy to keep the person who makes the rules in the money and also in that the main character is excellent at the technical style but choses to do "crowd pleasing" because he likes it.
* ''Film/StickIt'', about gymnastics, deals with the dichotomy of focusing on perfection and "sticking" everything versus going all out and "flooring it" and doing things that are more impressive even if you can't guarantee you'll nail the technical elements perfectly. The end message seems to be that it's not about what you know, but who you know, so if you don't know the right people you may as well say screw the rules and have fun with it.
* ''Film/SisterAct 2'' has Sister Mary Clarence's RagtagBunchOfMisfits (perfomer) against a choir that's won the championship for 3 years running (technician). To illustrate the effect, both choirs sing "Joyful Joyful". The other choir sings it with military precision, while the misfit class puts in raps and riffs on Janet Jackson. One guess as to which choir wins.
* In ''Film/TopGun'', Iceman and Maverick. Iceman takes the trophy at Top Gun, but when it comes down to the wire Maverick is the one who saves the day.
-->''(on Iceman)'' "It's the way he flies. Ice cold, no mistakes. He wears you out 'til you do something stupid, then he's got you."
-->''(on Maverick)'' "You are dangerous. I don't like you because every time you fly you're unsafe." ''(later)'' "You are still dangerous. ''({{Beat}})'' You can be my wingman anytime."
* ''Film/BlackSwan'' uses this trope to illustrate the differences in the dancing of the two main characters. Nina is technically flawless, but she's cold, controlled and distant, which makes her an excellent White Swan and a bad Black Swan. Meanwhile, Lily dances more instinctively, lacking the technical chops but letting her warm and sensuous personality come through. This makes her an excellent Black Swan but a sub-par White Swan. The ballet director is torn because he would prefer to cast one dancer as both roles. In this case the narrative favours Nina as the Technician - as Thomas tries to get her to learn to loosen up so she can play the Black Swan.
* Referenced and played out somewhat in ''Film/{{Inception}}'' while making the actual inception plan. Arthur is the technician and Eames is the performer.
* In ''Film/TheLegendOfBaggerVance'', the two rival golfers competing with the main character are portrayed as a technician and a performer.
* Bethany Hamilton is definitely a performer in ''Film/SoulSurfer''. Her rival's technician qualities are not made explicit, but she does carry that vibe.
* ''Film/CoolRunnings'' has the plucky, performer Jamaican team and the crypto-Nazi East German technicians.
* ''Film/{{Warrior}}'' shows both of its protagonist MMA fighters work their asses off in training, but still has a notable difference between the naturally talented Tommy who overwhelms his opponents with pure, devastating power and Brendan, his more patient and methodical brother who wins by enduring his opponent's punishment until he can implement his extensive knowledge of submission holds, which he knows because he spent much of his early life trying to teach himself to be as good as Tommy [[WellDoneSonGuy in order to impress their father.]] It is worth noting that before he started MMA fighting to support his family, [[TheSmartGuy Brendan was a physics teacher]], which is about as technical as you can get. The eventual victor of their confrontation is [[spoiler: Brendan, but only because he is enough of a {{Determinator}} to survive Tommy's initial onslaught, and because Tommy himself had been cracking up under the strain of his own conflicted feelings and had devolved from TranquilFury at the start of the tournament to a pure [[TheBerserker Berserker]] by the end.]]
* In ''Film/PitchPerfect'' you've got Aubrey vs. Beca. Aubrey is very uptight and inflexible, insisting on only singing traditional songs and is ThePerfectionist. Beca prefers to sing for fun and likes remixing songs.
* ''Film/MyWeekWithMarilyn'' portrays the TroubledProduction of Creator/LaurenceOlivier's ''Film/ThePrinceAndTheShowgirl'' and how his leading lady Creator/MarilynMonroe drove him utterly batshit over her flakiness and mental breakdowns during the shooting, only for him to acknowledge that when she worked she was the greatest thing that had ever been seen on a screen. Summed up with the quote:
-->He is the world's greatest actor who wants to become a movie star. You are the world's greatest movie star who wants to become an actor. And this movie isn't going to help either of you.
* In ''Film/{{Rush 2013}}'', this is combined with elements of AllWorkVsAllPlay. Niki Lauda is almost clinical in his approach to driving, a master at setting up a race car and one of the first drivers to put in long hours studying the tracks. James Hunt is instinctive, able to simply hop in a car and set blistering times. Unusually for this trope, both approaches work equally well.
* ''Itty Bitty Titty Committee Cheerleaders Vs. The Big Boob Squad'' (Yes, it's [[PornWithPlot an all-girl cheerleader-themed porno]]) has the PetitePride [[IAmNotShazam 69'ers]] having the better choreography and agility "because they're not weighed down" compared to the [[TheBully bullying]] [[BigBreastPride Beavers]] who rely solely on sex appeal and can only attempt [[IHaveBoobsYouMustObey seducing the judges to victory.]]
* In ''Film/TheColorOfMoney'', Eddie and Vincent are this trope in regards to both pool and hustling — Eddie is methodical and businesslike, while Vincent is flamboyant and seeks attention.
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'': the duel between Inigo and The Man in Black [[spoiler: aka Westley]]. Inigo, having spent twenty years of his life being formally trained by the best swordsmen in the world, is about evenly matched with the Man in Black, who spent the last five years learning to fight on-the-job as a pirate. It's a very close match and the two have nothing but respect for the other's methods. That being said, Inigo loses due to his formal training, as he allows the Man in Black to rest after his climb.
* ''Film/TroubleWithTheCurve'' has Gus and Philip. Gus, the grizzled veteran, goes to games and observes the players firsthand. Philip, much younger, relies on statistics via computer. While Gus is found to have superior results, it is pointed out that Philip is more repeatable in his results, is more productive, and doesn't cost as much.
* ''Apflikorna'' (''She Monkeys'') has newcomer Emma as the technician, who is the strongest and most controlled equestrian, but loses out against the super-glamourous Cassandra who turns everyone's head (but is actually just interested in Emma).
* In ''Film/SevenSamurai'', the most extreme examples are quiet, hard-working perfectionist [[TheStoic Kyuzo]] and dynamic natural talent [[LargeHam Kikuchiyo]] (who's not even a samurai anyway).
* In the film ''Film/FlorenceFosterJenkins'', this is ZigZagged. Florence is passionate about music, works hard at practicing, and loves to perform, but she is so GiftedlyBad that she just plain doesn't realize she has [[HollywoodToneDeaf absolutely no technical skill whatsoever]]. Ultimately she succeeds because people enjoy her performances as {{Camp}} and because she's so good natured that nobody has the heart to tell her she's terrible.
* ''Film/TheManWhoWasntThere'' The piano teacher declines to take Birdie as a student because she just plays the notes but has no passion, sighting that she would be an excellent typist but not a pianist.
* ''Film/{{Amadeus}}'': Salieri is shown to be quite deliberate about his compositions, carefully testing each note and chord before penning it in, with the occasional bit of prayer to help him through it. Mozart seems to make it up right off the top of his head "as if he were taking dictation", according to Salieri.
* In the BasedOnATrueStory movie ''Film/SearchingForBobbyFischer'', Josh's two chess teachers each reflect these traits. Bruce (the technician, played by Creator/BenKingsley) is a respected chess master who strictly adheres to traditional/orthodox chess theory and strategy. He encourages Josh to play chess "properly" and to always think carefully before every move. Vinnie (the performer, played by Creator/LaurenceFishburne), on the other hand is a street hustler who has a very fast and loose play style, moves by instinct without thinking much about it, ignores traditional chess strategy (for instance, he deploys his queen early in the game, which most players see as a mistake) and encourages Josh to "play from the gut". Bruce's training seems to take away the joy of the game for Josh, while Josh seems to be happier when playing with Vinnie. Josh eventually adopts elements of both styles of play into his own.

* In Piers Anthony's ''[[Literature/ApprenticeAdept Blue Adept]]'' this is played straight in Stile's harmonica duel with Clef where they will be judged by the Computer on their technical skills and the audience on their performance. Clef is by far superior on a technical basis, allowing him to easily win the Computer vote, while Stile wins the audience with a superior performance.
** As a tie-breaker the two play a duet to be judged by a panel of musicians. After a little coaching from Stile, Clef quickly picks up Stile's tricks and also begins drawing in the audience, resulting in him winning the vote of the Computer and audience... but Stile wins the panel's vote and thus the contest. Clef's improvement was solely thanks to Stile, which the panel saw as proof that Stile was the better musician. [[DefeatMeansFriendship The two become life-long friends]].
* ''Literature/BalletShoes'':
** Played with a bit, where it's mentioned at one point that Petrova the sister who hates dancing ends up being one of the most technically proficient dancers in the school ''because'' she hates dancing, so she ends up taking basic classes year after year and gets all the core moves completely ground into her mind. But her performer sisters are the ones who always get major roles in ballets and plays, while she's always (gladly) stuck in the background. Although in this case her sisters aren't ''bad'' at technique they just never learn it by rote the way she does (and when one of them does end up stuck in that same situation, her performer side comes out more strongly than it does at any other time in the book).
** Played very straight when it comes to Winifred - who is a Jill of all trades - versus Pauline - who is a good actress but merely competent at dancing and singing. Winifred loses the part of Alice to Pauline mainly because she's from a poor family and looks shabby at auditions, and also seems to lack Pauline's charisma.
** Dulcie (Technician) and Hilary (Performer) in ''Literature/DancingShoes'' play out the above description almost to the letter.
** In ''White Boots'' (known as ''Skating Shoes'' in the US), Lalla is the Performer, Harriet is the Technician. This is a slightly unusual example in that it's Harriet, the newcomer to ice skating, who's the more precise skater (usually, the Performer is the rookie) and that the book comes out on her side - Lalla is sympathetic and charming, but also a bit of a spoiled brat, while Harriet is modest and loyal.
* This comes up several times in Literature/{{Discworld}} books.
** In the stories involving the Witch Trials, Granny Weatherwax is the Technician and she always wins but Nanny Ogg is the Performer, and people buy her drinks and say "It was a good try". Both of them are happy with this. In "The Sea And Little Fishes", in response to someone commenting on Granny's "natural talent", Nanny notes she has much more "natural talent" than Granny Weatherwax, but the latter is the most respected and feared witch alive by dint of years of sheer, bloody-minded application of the little talent she does have. Nanny, however, has the ability to get along with anyone she meets instantly, which is one trick Granny has never picked up.
** Played with in ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', where Bucket, Salzella ''et al.'' argue that though Agnes is the technically superior singer who puts in all the work, Christine has superior stage presence and "star power" (read: she's thin, blonde and conventionally attractive). In truth, Agnes is both performer (she is naturally talented) and technician (she works to improve), while Christine cannot sing for peanuts.
** At the end of ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'', Lord Vetinari is a bit put-out to realize that, after decades of his own painstaking, methodical, brilliant and technically-elegant social engineering have brought Ankh-Morpork to a state of prosperity and eminence, a naive young goblin girl with a harp has drastically elevated the social standing of her people on an international scale with ''one song''. And with only a little help from a children's author and Lady Sybil's address book.
* In ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', both protagonist Elizabeth and her bookish younger sister Mary play the piano and sing. Mary is a technically accomplished musician (with a terrible singing voice) who practices hard and works for accomplishments. Elizabeth isn't as skilled technically in her playing, but her performances are cheerful and pleasing, and on the whole people much prefer to listen to her.
* ''Literature/{{Emma}}'': Emma Woodhouse plays the piano rather well, but she didn't practise enough as a child to reach true mastery. Jane Fairfax is as old as Emma, and just as talented in music as she is, but Jane has a deeper love for music and she has been a diligent student and plays perfectly. Emma is a skilled performer, but Jane is ''both'' a technician ''and'' a performer. Though some people do not see it...
-->'''Harriet:''' Oh! if I could but play as well as you and Miss Fairfax!
-->'''Emma:''' Don’t class us together, Harriet. My playing is no more like hers, than a lamp is like sunshine.
-->'''Harriet:''' Oh! dear — I think you play the best of the two. I think you play quite as well as she does. I am sure I had much rather hear you. Every body last night said how well you played.
-->'''Emma:''' Those who knew any thing about it, must have felt the difference. The truth is, Harriet, that my playing is just good enough to be praised, but Jane Fairfax’s is much beyond it.
-->'''Harriet:''' Well, I always shall think that you play quite as well as she does, or that if there is any difference nobody would ever find it out. Mr. Cole said how much taste you had; and Mr. Frank Churchill talked a great deal about your taste, and that he valued taste much more than execution.
-->'''Emma:''' Ah! but Jane Fairfax has them both, Harriet.
-->'''Harriet:''' Are you sure? I saw she had execution, but I did not know she had any taste. Nobody talked about it. And I hate Italian singing. There is no understanding a word of it. Besides, if she does play so very well, you know, it is no more than she is obliged to do, because she will have to teach.
* In ''Literature/ShadesOfMilkAndHoney'' and its sequels, Jane and her husband Vincent work together as illusionists. Jane is the technician, Vincent is the performer.
* Kristy and Abby in ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'', with sports. In Kristy's own words, she's a sportsperson, while Abby is a natural athlete.
* In ''Virtuosity'' by Jessica Martinez, Grammy-winning ChildProdigy violinist Carmen is the technician while her opponent in the Guarneri competition, Jeremy, is the performer. Jeremy does an act in his performances, whereas Carmen just plays. Carmen is envious of how comfortable he is, while she relies on drugs to keep from getting nervous before concerts. It's played with since Jeremy has his own problems.
* ''Literature/SongAtDawn:'' Maracuba is the Technican and Dragonetz is the Performer. The former has a rigid singing style and his ballads are sermons in lyrical form. Furthermore, Estela reluctantly admits he has greater skill than Dragonetz. On the other hand Dragonetz's goal is entertaining and he has a much wider range of pitches and actions. For instance, he'll sing a women's part in a duet using a falsetto tone and act out the role.
* Creator/BertoltBrecht wrote a short story about two Chinese guys who wanted to become actors. One of them went to the best teachers and trained until late at night, while the other one went to the market places where he would juggle, make fun of the bigwigs and other jokes. Then the day came where both of them had to show off what they had learned: The performer did his usual tricks and received some applause; the technician was struck by stage fear and immediately fainted. With a subversion: The people commented that he played it well, although the play was a bit short.
* In the backstory of ''Literature/WithoutBloodshed'', violinist Christabel is an almost-pure Technician, and a Prima Donna in the bargain. Guitarist Morgan and vocalist/keyboardist Naomi are performers with considerable technique and compositional of their own. Though the band Crowley's Thoth is named after Christabel Crowley, it's Morgan and Naomi who make the band work in the studio and on tour. Christabel resented her bandmates' popularity and tendency to constantly upstage her. Morgan and Naomi wish she'd loosen up, study some music theory, help write some songs, and be ready to perform when the show starts.
* In ''[[Literature/ThousandCultures A Million Open Doors]]'', the difference between performance and technique is discussed; For Giraut, as an Occitan, the way that one performs a piece of music is the crucial thing, but on Caledony, where "reason" trumps everything else, all performances are judged based on technique, because style is considered objective.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Robb Stark's leadership of the rebel forces against Tywin Lannister's leadership of the royalist forces, essentially. Lord Tywin is a good soldier and strategist due to hard and careful work, while Robb is a born conqueror. Ultimately, Tywin's exploitation of the strategic imbalance between the Iron Throne and the Stark kingdom, plus Robb's personal missteps, proves decisive in the Riverlands theater. Robb, on the other hand, bet the whole war on winning enough battles.
** In terms of her linguistic skills, Missandei and Dany have this dynamic. The latter, being naturally quite boastful and self-absorbed (albeit endearingly so to Missandei), is quite proud of her mastery of Dothraki, Valyrian, and Common Tongue, but Missandei has a better technical grasp of those languages (since it is after all her main skillset). As such she latches on to linguistic subtleties like the gender-neutral nature of Valyrian which Dany missed since she mostly uses the language to communicate without attention to grammatical exactitude.
* Tends to show up in ''Series/StrictlyComeDancing'' and similar series - some of the competitors will be technically skilled, but not really able to sell a dance and perform - they tend to sail through the early stages. Others will struggle on technical skill early on, but be able to perform really well - as their technical skill increases through practice, they start to provide serious challenges to the technical dancers, whose skill has plateaued, and who still can't act.
** Chris Hollins compared with Ali Bastian.
** John Sergeant in the 2008 series of ''Strictly'' was a Performer who eventually left the show because his popularity wasn't fair on the Technicians.
--->'''Sergeant''': There now exists a real possibility I might win. Even for me, that would be a joke too far.
** Subverted with Jason Donovan on Series 9, who certainly looked like a Performer on stage but put in the long hours of hard work of a Technician. This was because he had ''no natural talent whatsoever''; he had to put in that much work just to get his ability to "bluff your way through on charm" level.
* On ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', [=Rodney McKay=] describes the difference between himself and [[Series/StargateSG1 Samantha Carter]] as this, bemoaning the fact that his technical approach to things earns him second place to the less rigidly formal. Apparently this has affected him his whole life. He mentions that as a child he wanted to be a pianist, but his teacher told him to quit because, while he was a good technical player, he had no sense of the art.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' makes Vocal Adrenaline out to be the "technically-perfect team with no soul" whereas New Directions are the plucky underdogs who make up for their lack of polish with their bleeding hearts. [[spoiler: But the Regionals judges don't see it that way.]]
** [[spoiler: Neither did the Nationals judges a season later.]]
** Technician vs. Performer in some form kicks in within New Directions itself, particularly with regard to Rachel, who tends to be technically adept but an imitative and immature performer whose goal is winning approval and applause, and the rest of the girls (plus countertenor Kurt - they're in competition because they share equal ranges and song preferences), who sing with more originality, authenticity and emotion. However, it also applies in reverse to the boys. Finn, as by far the least accomplished of the male singers and dancers, looks like he should be an underdog Performer type - but he's resented for getting solos while other (far more accomplished and enthusiastic) singers such as Artie, Kurt and Puck, and dancer Mike, are undeservedly stuck in his shadow - largely because of Technician vs. Performer favoritism from Will Schuester.
* Briefly mentioned in an episode of ''{{Series/Alcatraz}}''. The episode's villain is a violin prodigy and SerialKiller who is able to pull out incredible performances either spontaneously or from memory, but has no formal training and can't read sheet music. When he auditions for a spot in an orchestra, at first he aces, but when he's asked to play from a sheet he's completely helpless and gets shown the door. The guy running the audition mentions that this is a real problem when finding musicians- often the only applicants are artists who can't or won't just play what's in the book.
* Often happens on ''Series/SoYouThinkYouCanDance'', especially with breakdancers. While technically wonderful dancers are often competent enough to stay on the show for a while even if their performance isn't too amazing, dancers like season 7's Jose sail through because they're fun to watch even if they don't dance very well.
** It also has a major part in deciding who wins- there's a reason the winner is '[Country's] ''Favourite'' Dancer'. People with bright personalities may well win over more technically gifted dancers.
* ''Series/TopChef'' is a strange case, since there's so many sides to it, but it qualifies. It's why people like Fabio and Carla were so well liked, since they more qualified as performers than technicians (while Carla was classically trained, her food was more soulful than anything else).
** Occasionally, competitions will play out where one side chooses to make food that isn't terribly suited for the occasion, but showcases some culinary skills, while the other makes food the audience will enjoy. The judges tend to prefer the former.
* Can happen on ''Series/ProjectRunway'', too; the people with the most skill at sewing or the most experience in the fashion business aren't always the ones with the most creativity and innovation. Again can go both ways; a creative person who can't sew at all will probably be [[EliminationCatchphrase auf'd]], but so will an impeccable seamstress whose designs are boring.
** The two frontrunners of Season 9, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Viktor Luna, are a textbook example of the trope. Anya is badly inexperienced at sewing but often turns out very striking outfits, while Viktor is an extremely skilled garment-maker most often criticized for lacking "the wow factor."
* The whole point of ''Series/{{Smash}}''. Ivy is the technician (generally, she is more able to "sex-up" the role of Marilyn Monroe than Karen and is a very good actor in her own right) having previous Broadway experience, and knowing how to the play the game to get the role. Karen, on the other hand, has no previous theater experience, and shows up to her audition not dressed as Marilyn or singing one of her songs, yet her audition for the role of Marilyn impresses the producers and directors so much they decide to put her in the chorus, and make her the understudy for Marilyn. [[spoiler: Ivy gets the role of Marilyn, then loses it to a famous movie actress (Rebecca), cast in an effort to attract more publicity. Then as Rebecca gets an allergic reaction, Karen gets the role, as she has "something" that Ivy does not.]]
* In ''Dancing With The Stars'' Len tends strongly to favor the technical side of things while Bruno and to a lesser extent Carrie Ann prefer the Performers.
* Sasha (Technician) and Boo (Performer) are a nuanced version of this in ''Series/{{Bunheads}}''. A more blatant contrast in one episode is Jordan (Technician) and Karl (Performer), perhaps because they are only minor characters. There are also hints of this with Fanny (Technician) and Michelle (Performer) in there roles as teachers and in their relationship with the girls (Fanny is stern and strict and the girls both worship and fear her while Michelle plays the CoolBigSister). The Ringer is so soulessly perfect that she makes technician Sasha look like a performer.
* Happens with some regularity in ''Series/SweetGenius''. Some chefs will have flawless technique but produce relatively unimaginative "safe" desserts, others will have fantastic ideas and less impressive technique. All other factors remaining equal, Chef Ron seems to favor the creative approach, though not by much. A Sweet Genius should have both technique ''and'' vision.
* In ''Series/AbbysUltimateDanceCompetition'', six-year-old Asia Ray stayed in the competition much longer than kids who were better than her technically, ultimately placing third, based largely on the fact that she was a fantastic performer.
* ''Series/DanceMoms'':
** For some time in the first and part of the second season, Maddie was portrayed as having the strongest technique thanks to interview clips from Abby and the moms constantly praising (or sometimes scorning) Maddie for her perfectionist tendencies. Conversely, early underdog Chloe was portrayed as an imperfect dancer with a few technical issues to work on, but one who had the "je ne sais quoi." Despite the portrayals of the trope, possibly designed to make more root for the sweet and shy Chloe, early on it was quite clear to those in the dance field that Chloe was actually the more technically sound dancer, with better lines and stronger turns, while Maddie's main strength was in her performance and facial expressions. This was, however, played straight around season 3, when Chloe began to take time away from competitive dance and Maddie made major technical progression.
** In ''Seires/DanceMoms'', despite the technician/performer dichotomy between Chloe and Maddie, who were both, at the end of the day, fairly technically sound dancers with fairly strong stage presence/performance (which one edged out the other seemed to vary from week to week early on), it could have been played straight with girls like Paige and Nia. Both were admonished for their weak technique early on despite being natural performers. The main problem was, unlike Chloe, Paige and Nia rarely had their own shining moments on stage. A notable exception was in Season 2, when Paige pulled out a rare overall win against both Chloe and Maddie in the junior category. Needless to say, it was a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for the kid.
* ''Series/RuPaulsDragRace'' used to appear that Ru preferred technicians to performers come the final elimination, that is until season 4 onward, when Ru will start asking for the Drag Race audience to give their online feedback on the queens, who usually show preference to the performer. Season 4's Chad Michaels (Technician, gives flawless presentations and performances), and Sharon Needles (Performer, spooky but lovable with a big heart and lots of creativity) are perfect examples of this dynamic in action.
* The ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' are hosted by the stolid, detail-oriented Technician Jamie and the goofy, improvising Performer Adam. This trope comes into play when they have build-offs where each has to offer their own take on a myth, and usually have to build some manner of wacky gadget in the process. Jamie generally has the better grasp of engineering and design theory, but Adam is usually the one coming up with all the weird, novel ideas. In this case, the Technician tends to win because his work usually agrees with the laws of physics. Their respective approaches are exemplified in the 2013 episode "Hypermiling/Crash Cushions": tasked with making two models out of foam for an upcoming test, Adam simply sketches a rough outline on the foam block and starts cutting, ending up surrounded by a mountain of foam scraps, while Jamie gets on a computer to design and print out a form that will allow him to proceed neatly and efficiently.
* Applies to cars rather than people, but ''Series/TopGear'' provides an example with the Corvette Zr1 vs. the Audi R8:
-->'''[[TheMeanBrit Jeremy Clarkson]]''': Be in no doubt that the Audi is the better car. It's better built, better looking, better to drive, easier to park and - in the real world - faster. You'd have to be ''bonkers'' to buy the Corvette. And that, is why you should.
** This is apparently the dynamic between British cars (Performer) and German cars (Technician). British cars aren't exactly the most reliable nor the most powerful, but they do tend to be really aesthetically pleasing, and ooze charm and style. German cars tend to be amazing feats of [[GermanicEfficiency precision engineering]], but are regarded as joyless and a bit boring to drive.
* ''Series/DanceAcademy'' explores and partially deconstructs this trope with Tara and Abigail's ongoing rivalry. Abigail--rival and sometimes antagonist--is the Technician: fantastic technical dancer, but is said to be "very cold". Tara--the heroine--is the Performer not nearly as technically proficient (even having to start her time at the Academy relearning the basics) but earnest and emotive. As a show about dance, ''Dance Academy'' also explores the topic of physical potential: Tara has an idea body type for ballet, and Abigail doesn't. Originally the Technician Vs Performer trope is played very straight, with the narrative being in Tara's favor--she's the protagonist. But as the show wears on, it explores the other side, developing Abigail's characters as a DefrostingIceQueen, showing her more sympathetically. The trope is eventually deconstructed, exploring the heartache Abigail experiences--she works ''so hard'', sometimes pushing herself past the point of what's healthy, all because she ''desperately'' wants it, but in contrast with naturals like Tara, that's only barely enough.
* A recurring motif in ''Series/SlingsAndArrows''. Usually (though not always) the Performer has the better of it.
** In season 1, Claire uses technical exercises to cover up the fact that she has no clue about the actual emotional dynamics of the character she's playing. Her understudy Kate jumps in at the last minute when Claire breaks her leg, and is a massive success despite being underrehearsed by virtue of her
** Season 2 looks like it's going to work similarly, with Henry the technician who knows the part of Macbeth cold, and Jerry his less-practiced understudy whose very uncertainty about the role makes his performance more vivid. [[spoiler: The difference is, Henry -- unlike Claire -- really is the better actor; the epiphany the director has upon seeing Jerry play the role is not "Jerry needs to keep playing this part" but "I need to find some way to knock Henry off-balance."]]
* ''Series/WorldsDumbest'' features a {{Subversion}} -- a boxer performs an elaborate pre-bout dance routine with his crew, and then takes a severe hit ten seconds in by an opponent who actually decided to focus on ''boxing''. ([[SarcasmMode Imagine that!]])
* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'':
** It features the rivalry between Amy Santiago and Jake Peralta, with the two of them even having a bet to see who can catch more criminals in a year. They both follow the two sections of this trope nearly perfectly, with Amy as the perfectionist ByTheBookCop technican who always tries to do things properly in contrast to Jake, who desperately wants to be a CowboyCop and is quite frequently a ManChild.
** Charles Boyle is the technician in contrast to Peralta and to a lesser extent Rosa Diaz. While he is not as smart as Amy, as clever as Jake, or as intimidating as Rosa; he works harder than everyone else and is more than capable of keeping up with them.
* ''Literature/TheWorstWitch'':
** The TV series plays this up more than the books with Ethel and Mildred. Ethel is an AcademicAlphaBitch who has a natural affinity for studying and becoming top of the class. Mildred however is very bad at the school environment but is a PluckyGirl with a great imagination - which pays off whenever the school faces threats from Wicked Witches. Mildred's imagination and quick thinking usually saves the day. Miss Cackle likewise gives a speech in the first episode about spellcasting that the right words aren't as important as the right feeling - meaning that witchcraft in this case favours the 'Performer' school.
** Also in regards to Witches vs Wizards in general. Witches are the Technicians - with magic being used more for practical purposes - and they cast spells entirely through their intelligence. Wizards are the Performers - they're far flashier and more flamboyant in how they cast magic - and they do so by use of a big impressive staff.
* ''{{Series/Charmed}}'' discusses this in an episode with a literal [[TheMuse Muse]]. When Paige feels annoyed that she can't get her paintings exactly perfect, the muse says "art isn't about perfection; it's about expression."
* In an episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'' Charles points out how he himself is an example of this when he has to convince a wounded pianist his career isn't over. Charles' greatest regret is that as much as he loves classical music, he will never be able to play it.
--> Don't you see? Your hand may be stilled, but your gift cannot be silenced if you refuse to let it be. The gift does not lie in your hands. I have hands, David. Hands that can make a scalpel sing. More than anything in my life I wanted to play, but I do not have the gift. I can play the notes, but I cannot make the music. You have performed Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Chopin. Even if you never do so again, you've already known a joy that I will never know as long as I live. Because the true gift is in your head and in your heart and in your soul. Now you can shut it off forever, or you can find new ways to share your gift with the world - through the baton, the classroom, or the pen. As to these works, they're for you, because you and the piano will always be as one.
* ''Series/TotalDivas'' being a wrestling reality show naturally plays up this contrast a lot:
** Newbies Eva Marie and [=JoJo=]. [=JoJo=] is the Technician, as a natural athlete who catches on very quickly to wrestling. However she doesn't get the same opportunities as Eva because she lacks her beauty and charisma.
** Wrestling/TheFunkadactyls when putting a routine together. Trinity the trained dancer wants to have some elaborate steps and moves. Ariane however wants more glamour and sex appeal.
** Nattie's rivalry with Summer Rae. Nattie is a veteran wrestler and widely respected in the locker room. Summer meanwhile is a dancing valet, and Nattie is afraid of being upstaged by her.
** The other Divas merge the tropes. The Bellas would have began as Performers - models hired for their looks and personality - but improved their wrestling to be considered Technicians. Paige is a veteran Technician who has been wrestling since she was thirteen - but became popular once she adopted her 'Anti-Diva' gimmick, thus having a lot of a Performer in her too. Alicia Fox too was previously a Performer but years of training gained her the technical ability too.
* On ''Series/{{Feud}}: Bette and Joan'', Bette Davis is the technician, carefully planning out every nuance of her role and trying to capture her character's internal life, while Joan Crawford is the performer, treating her role as a costume and assuming that what the audience wants to see is her presence.
* On ''Series/RobotWars'', several contestants built robots that apply as examples of either, though most enjoy being a Performer over a (in this case, a literal) Technician. One infamous example was between the biggest Performer Diotior against Technician Tornado. Diotoir was the crowd's favourite despite never succeeding, clad in fur that caught fire, had a big cheesy grin on the front and was quite slow. Tornado was built for speed, reached a semi final, built by a team motivated by winning at all costs and was usually described as a very fast "[[BorningButPractical box on wheels]]". You may think the Technician Tornado would win, but with some creative use of its flipper, Diotoir won by pitting Tornado.
* ''Series/TheGreatBritishBakeOff'': Part of the format, since the signature bake allows for and the showstopper requires elaborate decoration according to the baker's own tastes, whereas the technical challenge is all about uniformity and strict accordance to the recipe. There are however specific examples from the series:
** Brendan (Technician) versus James (Performer) in series 3.
** Lucy in series 4 made very plain breadsticks ("Grissini with Salt") in the Signature round in the hope that the judges would be impressed with the technical qualities, whilst everybody else was trying much more elaborate recipes. She did this because she knew bread was a weak spot and so concentrated on getting it technically right, rather than being showy -- unfortunately, she ''didn't'' get it right and, following a similar problem in the Showstopper round with a roasted tomato and garlic bread loaf, she was eliminated.
** And in the final of that series, Kimberley (Technician) vs Frances (Performer).
* ''Series/TheWonderYears'', episode "Coda": Older Kevin expresses his regret on giving up things in his life at the beginning of the episode. Young Kevin takes piano lessons and he's a rather reluctant about it because Ronald Hirschmuller (who is his age and plays before him) is so much better. However, Kevin's piano teacher tries to encourage him by pointing out he has talent (she even suggests that he has more talent than Ronald) and that he just needs to practise. Kevin dedicates his time to practising and realizes he likes playing. However, his confidence suffers a blow -- during a rehearsal before their recital, Kevin finds out that Ronald plays the very same piece and that he plays it perfectly. He keeps comparing their performances and then he unfortunately makes lots of mistakes during the recital. His teacher enrourages him that he will play better next time, but it's revealed that Kevin gave up piano entirely.
-->'''Older Kevin:''' And now, more than twenty years later, I still remember every note of the music that wandered out into the still night air. The only thing is... I can't remember how to play it anymore.

* Rap:
** Technical geniuses who dominate the underground but don't have the charisma to achieve superstar status are technicians. They include Talib Kweli, Music/{{Nas}}, Common, and Music/DeLaSoul.
** The loud, dumb, party rappers backed by incredible stage presence are performers. They include Music/FiftyCent, Flo Rida, Music/LilJon, basically all {{Crunk}}).
** Music/WuTangClan: Technicians like master producer RZA and stately story-teller GZA are contrasted with the more wildly-improvisational, jazzy, and audacious performances exemplified by Ol' Dirty Bastard (there's no father to his style).
** You could potentially break down the entire history of hip-hop by noting the prominent Performer/Technician dichotomies of the day, even the ones that didn't result in outright verbal sparring:
*** Bronze Age: Kool Moe Dee (Technician) vs. Busy Bee (Performer)
*** Iron Age: Kool Moe Dee (Technician) vs. LL Cool J (Performer) or KRS-1 (Technician) vs. MC Shan (Performer)
*** Golden Age: Rakim (Technician) vs. Big Daddy Kane (Performer with great technical ability)
*** Early/Mid 90's: Tupac (Performer with versatile lyricism) vs. The Notorious B.I.G (Technician with incredible charisma)
*** Late 90's/Early 2000's Jay-Z (Performer with great technical ability) vs. Nas (Technician with spurts of performer-like passion)
*** Mid 2000's: 50 Cent (Performer) vs. Kanye West (Lyrical Wordsmith, Motherfucking Genius)
*** Circa 2013, the two most significant young rappers of the day, Drake (Performer) and Kendrick Lamar (Technician) seem to be angling towards this kind of dichotomy.
* Amongst guitarists too, just look at the top 100 as ranked by Rolling Stone. The top 10 are mainly remembered as performers who played with a focus on soul and feeling. Whereas Technicians such as Eddie Van Halen are considerably lower on the list. The revised list written in 2011 is a bit better in this regard, with Van Halen now being in the top 10.
* Robbie Williams (performer) and Gary Barlow (technician) from Take That, and more notably their solo careers. Most people agreed Gary was the better song writer and singer but he was quiet and reserved with a fairly stable personality, where as Robbie was wild, charismatic and beset by personal demons. Interestingly this reversed once they got older, as Robbie started to look more and more like a wangsty man-child and Gary like a dignified if [[TheStoic stoic]] gentleman.
* ''Pyromania''- and ''Hysteria''-era Music/DefLeppard had co-lead guitarists Phil Collen (technician) and Steve Clark (performer). Collen has stated that, after Clark died, he almost wanted to quit the group over his frustration at the problems he was having with replicating Steve's guitar playing.
* Music/BritneySpears (Performer) Vs Music/ChristinaAguilera (Technician). In a TV documentary about Christina, a producer from the ''Mickey Mouse Club'' said that the talented vocalist Christina often had trouble competing with professional dancer and performer Britney. Their fans also support them for different reasons, Christina's fans are here for her powerful thunderous vocals, and Britney fans like her performance and expression of emotions and stage show. There are alternative theories that Britney has better technique (besides smoking) and spends months mastering her show's technique wise vs Christina is a screechy senseless performer who focuses on the show of her voice.
* Music/BackstreetBoys (Technician) and Music/{{NSYNC}} (Performer). The Backstreet Boys are more simplistic but solid in their live performances and rarely strayed from their Adult Contemporary brand of pop, while *NSYNC preferred technically elaborate live performances and experimenting with their musical palette.
* Music/VanHalen's singer debate: Music/DavidLeeRoth (performer) vs. Sammy Hagar (technician).
* Music/BlackSabbath's Music/OzzyOsbourne (performer) vs. Music/RonnieJamesDio (technician). When Ozzy went solo he took the same approach by hiring Randy Rhoads (technician), who stood in sharp contrast to Tony Iommi (performer).
* The Music/TheyMightBeGiants song "Music/{{XTC}} versus Adam Ant" asserts that the two bands represent "content versus form," ie technical performance versus style.
* An unusually common situation: An actor-who-sings tends to be much more successful than the reverse. Though both fields are demanding, singing is also [[CripplingOverspecialization extremely focused]]; singers (Technicians) often lack the physical presence needed to connect to the audience, while actors (Performers) may not be the best singers, but know how to get reactions from audiences. Underlining the differences, many actors already ''are'' decent singers--but they view it as a fun way to kill time, while singers view acting as SeriousBusiness.
* This trope is the main reason why it's generally [[InternetBackdraft not a good idea]] to try to discuss either GarageRock or ProgressiveRock with fans of the other. The divide between PunkRock and HeavyMetal isn't as strong, but they fit this trope too.
* Despite his clear technical skills, Music/JimiHendrix was closer to the Performer end of the spectrum. Had virtually no formal musical training, could barely even read music, but was blessed with natural talent and near-perfect pitch. Nobody taught Jimi how to play; HE JUST KNEW, man...
** This was never made more apparent than when Hendrix requested a jam session with Cream when he first arrived in London. This was at the peak of "Clapton is God" amongst English rock fans, and many were shocked that Hendrix even dared share the stage with EricClapton. As good as he is though, Clapton was more on the Technician side and had a very stoic stage presence. Hendrix, by contrast, tore ass through "Killing Floor" doing his usual tricks (playing behind his back, with his teeth, playing with feedback, laying into the whammy bar, etc). As Jack Bruce said later "Clapton was playing guitar. Hendrix was a force of nature."
* HeavyMetal bands with two guitarists run on this trope. Often the two guitarists will cultivate wildly different lead styles from each other and play off each other in elaborate and extended "duels". Notable twin-guitar teams fitting this mold include:
** Music/{{Accept}}: Wolf Hoffmann (Technician) vs. Herman Frank (Performer)
** Music/TheBlackDahliaMurder: Ryan Knight (Technician) vs. Brian Eschbach (Performer)
** Music/CannibalCorpse: Pat O'Brien (Technician) vs. Rob Barrett (Performer)
** Music/DeepPurple (guitar vs. organ): Ritchie Blackmore (Technician) vs. Jon Lord (Performer)
** Music/{{Dethklok}}: Skwisgaar Skwigelf (Technician) vs. Toki Wartooth (Performer)
** Music/DirEnGrey: Kaoru (Technician) vs. Die (Performer)
** Music/DreamTheater (guitar vs. keyboards in this case): John Petrucci (Technician) vs. Kevin Moore or Derek Sherinian (Performer). Now with Jordan Rudess it's Technician vs. Even Bigger Technician.
** Music/ExistTrace: Omi (Technician) vs. Miko (Performer)
** Music/{{Exhumed}}: Bud Burke (Technician) vs. Matt Harvey (Performer)
** Music/GammaRay: Henjo Richter (Technician) vs. Kai Hansen (Performer)
** Music/{{Helloween}}: Michael Weikath (Technician) vs. Kai Hansen (Performer)
** Music/HourOfPenance: Giulio Moschini (Technician) vs. Paolo Pieri (Performer)
** Music/IcedEarth: John Schaffer (Technician) vs. Randall Shawver (Performer)
** Music/{{Immolation}}: Bill Taylor (Technician) vs. Bob Vigna (Performer)
** Music/IronMaiden: Dave Murray and Janick Gers (Technician) vs. Adrian Smith (Performer)
** Music/JobForACowboy: Alan Glassman (Technician) vs. Tony Sannicandro (Performer)
** Music/JudasPriest: Glenn Tipton (Technician) vs. K.K. Downing (Performer)
** Music/{{Kreator}}: Sami Yli-Sirnio (Technician) vs. Mille Petrozza (Performer)
** Music/{{Megadeth}}: Chris Poland, Marty Friedman, or Chris Broderick (Technician) vs. Dave Mustaine (Performer)
** [[Music/KingDiamond Mercyful Fate]]: Hank Shermann (Technician) vs. Michael Denner (Performer)
** Music/{{Metallica}}: Kirk Hammett (Technician) vs. James Hetfield (Performer)
** Music/MiseryIndex: Darin Morris (Technician) vs. Mark Kloeppel (Performer)
** Music/ScarSymmetry: Per Nilsson (Technician) vs. Jonas Kjellgren (Performer)
** Music/{{Slayer}}: Jeff Hanneman (Technician) vs. Kerry King (Performer)
** Music/{{Suffocation}}: Terrance Hobbs (Technician) vs. Doug Cerrito or Guy Marchais (Performer)
** Music/{{Trivium}}: Corey Beaulieu (Technician) vs. Matt Heafy (Performer).
** Music/XJapan: Pata (Technician) vs. [=hide/Sugizo=] (Performer).
* TechnicalDeathMetal vs. many other types of Metal.
* Music/JohnLennon and Music/RingoStarr were more on the "performer" side, but Music/PaulMcCartney and Music/GeorgeHarrison were more technical in Music/TheBeatles (though all were self-taught). (In ''Music/MitchBenn is the 37th Beatle'', Mitch rather cruelly describes Harrison as someone who "realised that the way to become a rock star when you had no personality whatsoever was to become ''really good'' at all the complicated fiddly bits".)
* Roger Waters, Syd Barrett and Nick Mason (performer) vs. David Gilmour and Rick Wright (technician) in Music/PinkFloyd.
* Exemplified perfectly in Charlie Daniel's song, The Devil Went Down To Georgia, with Johnny as the Performer and the Devil as the Technician. While the Devil plays a far more complicated and difficult piece, it pales in comparison to the beauty of Johnny's song.
* From Music/{{Queen}}, Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor were performers, whereas Brian May and John Deacon were technicians (Deacon, literally, since he was an electrical engineer). For that matter, Brian May is an ''astrophysicist''.
* Electric Guitars (the band, not the instrument) is an interesting example. The band features two guitar players, Soren Andersen and Mika Vandborg. On any given song, whoever sings is the Technician, while the other is the Performer.
* Lorde (Technician) Vs Lana Del Rey (Performer). Lorde spends a lot of time collecting beats and rhythms and applying it to her music. Lana focuses more on performing the emotions and telling a story.
* {{Boy Band}}s and {{Girl Group}}s can have this. The Technician is usually the lead singer because they have the strongest voice in the group, but the Performer, often the other half of the VocalTagTeam, may have a more engaging presence that draws the audience and camera to them. The BreakupBreakout is almost always the Performer due to their ability to keep the audience engaged and while the Technician can also be more critically successful, they won't reach the commercial popularity of the Performer.
* Lead guitarists are often seen as performers rather than technicians, which has lead to the creation of many lead guitarist stereotypes. [[http://www.realitista.com/post/31868775053/sheet-music-and-lead-guitarists For example]].
* Music/MileyCyrus, Music/SelenaGomez, Creator/BellaThorne and Music/HilaryDuff (performer), vs. Music/DemiLovato, Creator/EmilyOsment, Music/BridgitMendler and [[Series/LizzieMcGuire Lalaine]] (technician).
* Music/EltonJohn (technician) often teamed up with Music/BillyJoel (performer) for shows since TheNineties. Both are classically trained, however.
* [[Music/TheRollingStones The seventies-era Stones]] were an odd example, particularly on stage. Music/MickJagger and Music/KeithRichards hewed strongly toward the Performer end of the spectrum while lead guitarist Music/MickTaylor was best known for his technical skill and staring at his guitar during performance. However, Taylor's improvisational ability also made him the most variable musically, and his ability to take the warhorses in odd directions is still missed in some circles compared to the steadier Ronnie Wood.
* Classical pianists: there are pianists like Maurizio Pollini who possess flawless technique, but are accused of emotionlessness, and pianists like György Cziffra or Arthur Rubinstein, who play with great passion and seamlessly ignore minor mistakes.
** Vladimir Horowitz was both, he could play with staggering intensity, but was notorious for reworking other composers material when he thought they weren't technically perfect.
** French-Swiss pianist Alfred Cortot is an interesting case. He was a highly educated scholar of the technical side of music, taught at the Paris Conservatoire, and published meticulously annotated print editions of musical scores. But in his playing he freely varied tempos for expression and was perfectly willing to include wrong notes or other technical slip-ups in his recordings as long as the performance was effective.
** Musical scores bow to this notion as well: legendary [[TheAce piano virtuoso]] Music/FranzLiszt often allowed the interpreters great freedom in interpretation while the BiggerIsBetter symphonic composer Creator/GustavMahler painstakingly [[ThePerfectionist noted every inch of his vision]].
* Jimmy Page, lead guitarist of Music/LedZeppelin was a rare example of both. On the album recordings his guitar playing was precise and technical. The live versions of the same songs onstage were more emotional and improvised.
* {{Blues}} (Performer) versus {{Jazz}} (Technician). Within blues music, artists like BB King and Albert King are often seen as technicians - whereas artists like Jimmy Reed are Howlin' Wolf are seen as performers.
* An interesting 50/50 of this is Prince. You see Prince on stage, doing splits and tearing through epic fluid guitar solos, you'd put him on the Performer side. But according to his old engineers and collaborators, Prince was a wiz in the studio. His first album was basically a polished demo he recorded himself playing 26 different instruments ranging from guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, wind chimes and wood blocks, and more. He programmed all his own beats using his beloved Linn drum machine, knew how all the computers and tape machines worked, and cut his own vocals alone with a simple boom mic hanging over the mixing console. Classic singles like "When Doves Cry" were all him performing solo. That said, they also confirmed Prince rarely second-guessed himself, which is why he was so prolific and released so many albums. Basically, he was a Technician trying to capture the passion of a Performer, and he very more often than not succeeded.
* ElectronicMusic duos pairing a producer (technician) with a DJ (performer). Examples include Bedrock (DJ John Digweed x producer Nick Muir) and Way Out West (DJ Nick Warren x producer Jody Wisternoff).
* An important feature of 80's Music/KingCrimson. Robert Fripp, the mastermind behind the band and the technician would sit there on stage not even smiling while Adrian Belew, the performer and the vocalist would ham it up David Byrne style
* Music/TheWho was all over the map. Pete Townshend's songwriting and guitar playing are mostly on the technical side, although he can still cut loose when playing live. Roger Daltrey is definitely a performer, continuing to draw crowds even after his once-mighty singing voice has weakened with age. John Entwistle was a technician through and through - in live shows he'd hardly even move, but his rock-solid bass playing was a reliable backbone the others could lean on. And whether Keith Moon was an exuberant-but-precise drummer or a crowd-pleasing rock animal depended on how many drugs he happened to be using at the time.

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* Lionel Richie's 'Ballerina Girl' is a perfect depiction of this trope.

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* There are countless wrestlers of each type, and just as many arguments about them. Some examples:
** Technicians: Wrestling/DeanMalenko, Wrestling/LanceStorm, Doug Furnas and Phil [=Lafon=]. Startling degree of talent, wide knowledge of moves and countermoves but usually never really catch on with the casual fans at-large.
** Performer: The ur-example here is probably Wrestling/HulkHogan. Never a solid performer, but he knew how to put on a show and the fans adored him, though [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct he did put real technical matches in Japan]], but no one was equating him to Wrestling/OwenHart or Wrestling/KenShamrock. More modern examples would be Wrestling/MickFoley, [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], Wrestling/TripleH (great psychology but his technical skill is a [[CharacterShilling much shilled]] {{informed ability}}), Wrestling/TheUndertaker (who can pull off some amazing stunts when it's called for) and Wrestling/JohnCena. Comedy wrestlers, like The Wrestling/HonkyTonkMan and Wrestling/SantinoMarella (amusingly enough, the guy has extensive [[UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts MMA]] training, and was a fighter in Japan), fit here also.
** There are the rare wrestlers who bridge the gap, and they are usually regarded among the elites: Wrestling/RicFlair, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Wrestling/ChrisJericho, Wrestling/KurtAngle, Wrestling/AJStyles and Wrestling/CMPunk come to mind immediately.
** [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "Stunning"/"Stone Cold" Steve Austin]] was both at different points of his career: As one-half of the Hollywood Blondes in Wrestling/{{WCW}}, he was known as a good technical wrestler and remained that way until he was injured by Owen Hart in 1997. Then he became a brawler.
** The Wrestling/BretHart vs. Shawn Michaels rivalry is arguably the quintessential example. You can practically rename this trope "Excellence of Execution vs The Showstopper".
** The more calm and calculated Wrestling/JerryLynn vs. the more intense and uncanny Wrestling/RobVanDam.
** Wrestling/MattHardy vs Wrestling/JeffHardy, though the two were mostly known for being a tag team, so they complimented each other more often than not.
** Wrestling/LowKi, Homicide and Wrestling/SamoaJoe as the technicians vs perfomers Special K in Wrestling/RingOfHonor, though Ki and Cide did have some flash associated with performers both were technically sound, well rounded athletes who worked in the ultra stiff promotions of Japan while K were rave kids who...[[SpotMonkey did a lot of flips]]. Hydro would later become Pure Division technician Wrestling/JayLethal, but always held onto some of his performer traits.
** Later, performers Wrestling/TheYoungBucks vs comparable technicians The Briscoes, and later still, the Bucks vs even more heavily contrasted technicians reDRagon. The Briscoes were twist your arm smash your mouth wrestlers, and although Mark did sometimes dabble into his flippy redneck kung fu it was tame compared to the heavy use of flips and super kicks the Bucks were known for. reDRagon's premise was Muy Thai fighter Bobby Fish complemented by the mixed martial arts of Kyle O'Reilly, making them as technical as it gets.
** [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] and Wrestling/TheMiz's feud over the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-us-h.html WWE United States Heavyweight Champion]] - Bryan widely considered the flat-out best in-ring technician in North America (winning ''Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter'''s Awards for "Best Technical Wrestler" five years in a row, "Most Outstanding Wrestler" four years in a row) pitted against The Miz, a charismatic {{Heel}} who got his start on reality shows.
* The oldest and longest continually operating wrestling promotion in the world, EMLL turned Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, has been the technician to all of its national rivals, most obviously Lucha Libre Internacional\Universal Wrestling Association and Wrestling/{{AAA}}. It's reluctance to feature GimmickMatches and {{blood|lesscarnage}}, adherence to a multiple weight classes as well as a tendency to push mat technique or athleticism first make it the technician to all but a few promotions in the world but LLI and AAA also tended to have far more outlandish angles, grandiose presentations and sometimes changed the very ring itself compliment more visually impressive styles.
* {{Zigzagged|trope}} with the two JWA breakaways Wrestling/{{All Japan|ProWrestling}} and Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling. All Japan tended to have a much more realistic, formal presentation with more grounded angles and gimmicks. New Japan had sillier happenings and more relaxed about things such as competitive division but tended to focus more on stiff striking, complex mat strategies and practical submission holds over the large power wrestlers that were All Japan's favorites. Played straight with two of their breakaways, Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH from All Japan and Wrestling/ProWrestlingZero1 from New Japan, as the latter's shows not only carried over the more relaxed atmosphere but were often [[WeirdJapaneseThing just bizarre]].
* Since its founding, the locker room of Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling was heavily divided between two factions, the "shooters" (most prominently, former boxer Rumi Kazama) and "entertainers" (most prominently Jackie Sato of The Beauty Pair fame), which split the company in two by 1992, the "shooters" going on to found Ladies Legend Pro Wrestling (which became LLPWX) and the "entertainers" continuing the brand legacy with JWP Project (which was then succeeded by JWP Joshi Puroresu, which was then succeeded by Pure J). Tellingly, LLPW's leadership went to judoka and mixed martial arts crossover star Shinobu Kandori while JWP's went to the body building NonIronicClown Command Bolshoi.
* In an interview, Wrestling/RickySteamboat favored his matches with Wrestling/RicFlair (with whom he could improvise for 20 minutes and tear down the house with) vs. his critically acclaimed match with Wrestling/RandySavage (who rehearsed his matches right down to the smallest detail).
* In the [[Characters/WWEDivas Divas division]], WWE is notorious for pushing performers (Wrestling/{{Sable}}, Miss Kitty, Wrestling/TrishStratus, Wrestling/{{Lita}}, Wrestling/StacyKeibler, Wrestling/TorrieWilson, Wrestling/KellyKelly) over technicians (Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}}, Wrestling/MollyHolly, [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore Jazz]], Wrestling/GailKim, Wrestling/BethPhoenix, [[Wrestling/NatalyaNeidheart Natalya]]). Wrestling/{{Ivory}}, Wrestling/MickieJames and [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Victoria]] are examples of ones who could go both ways.
* Similarly we had WCW (technician) vs. WWF (performer) rivalry, epitomized by the two companies' top stars, Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan respectively. Some even blame WWE's [[InsistentTerminology reluctance]] (from at least the mid 1990s) to use the phrase "ProfessionalWrestling" on this trope.
* During the brand extension era, the two main WWE shows -- Raw and Smackdown -- were based on this dichotomy, with Raw putting more emphasis on storyline and spectacle while Smackdown was seen as the "wrestling" show. Ironically for the women, it was the other way around. Raw was the wrestling show where the Women's title was defended and majority of wrestlers ended up. Smackdown meanwhile had less women, and those it did have were used for {{Fanservice}}. As of 2016, with the brand split re-instated, it has fallen back into the old divide of Smackdown being a wrestling show and Raw entertainment.
* Gateway Championship Wrestling had upstart technicians [[Wrestling/HunterJohnston Delirious]] and Wrestling/DaizeeHaze against veteran performers [[Wrestling/EvanBourne Matt Sydal]] and Wrestling/{{MsChif}}. Granted, these were relative cases. Delirious may have been an excellent mat technician with some brawling tendencies but he also wore a mask, constantly babbled and ran around erratically. He was merely the technician because Matt Sydal was [[CallingYourAttacks an intention announcing]] acrobatic high flier whose main reason for being a wrestler [[MerchandiseDriven was to sell shirts.]] [=MsChif=] was well versed in submission holds and counters. She was the performer because she was also a loud mouth prone to [[UnnecessaryRoughness excessive and often illegal maneuvers]] while Daizee Haze focused more on moves that ended matches.
* Veteran {{evil foreign|er}} technician [[Wrestling/SaraDelRey American Angel]] vs recently arrived FunnyForeigner performer Xstasis in LLF. {{Averted|Trope}} when the Dangerous Angels fought the Canadian Ninjas, where Nicole Matthew's often [[BewareTheSillyOnes forgotten]] mat technique contrasts Portia Perez's "[[BigBadWannabe power]]".
* After the fact that EVOLVE didn't have the Wrestling/DragonGate roster, this was the most noticeable difference between it and DG USA, in the beginning anyway. EVOLVE had much more strict rules and was more strict about enforcing them, a rigid ranking system as well as an emphasis on technical wrestling and contrasts of wrestling styles. DG USA was far more relaxed about who could face who, penalties for breaking rules and what even constituted breaking rules in the first place, which a stronger focus on fast paced action between multiple competitors and the faction wars associated with Dragon Gate in general. This largely came to an end as {{power stable}}s from FIP and DG USA (particularly the Premier Athlete Brand) increasingly made their presence felt on EVOLVE shows and were increasingly not punished for it.
* The dance-offs between Wrestling/SummerRae and Emma, with Summer (Wrestling/{{Fandango}}'s long-time dance partner) as the technician and Wrestling/{{Emma}} (a Cloud Cuckoolander) as the performer.
* The Four Horsewomen of NXT became notable partly because they were able to merge these two tropes. {{Wrestling/Charlotte}} and {{Wrestling/Bayley}} were more performers when they started - emphasis on their gimmicks - but worked hard to really improve their wrestling. Wrestling/SashaBanks and Wrestling/BeckyLynch meanwhile started out as technicians who were solid in the ring but lacked character - only to develop gimmicks of their own and connect with crowds.
* Behind the scenes, the Wrestling/BellaTwins commented on merging these two tropes when they were training with Wrestling/NatalyaNeidhart in developmental. Nattie was the Technician who helped them with their wrestling. They meanwhile were the Performers, who helped her do "the Diva thing".
* Subverted with the feuds between The Kingdom, Wrestling/BulletClub, Search & Destroy and The Rebellion. The latter two formed in response to the former two, Alex Shelley seeing [[TheAtoner if it wasn't possible to steer]] younger wrestlers back to the wrestling and {{code|ofhonor}} ROH had been established on while The Rebellion rose from a campaign that could be summarized as "No More Super Kick!". But not only were Kingdom and Bullet Club [[TheRival traditional enemies]], The Rebellion thought the younger wrestlers Search & Destroy was catering to were part of the problem, leading Shane Taylor to purposefully put Wrestling/LioRush and Donovan Dijak out of ROH. In turn Search & Destroy [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge dismantled The Rebellion with a passion]] they never brought against Kingdom or the Club.
* Wrestling/CelticChampionshipWrestling put [[Wrestling/DarrenBurns Xavier Burns]] - a tactical heel - versus Ricky Combat - a brawling babyface. Out of universe however it was the other way around - with Xavier having the over-the-top character and Ricky being an expert in WrestlingPsychology.

* In ''Radio/CabinPressure'', Douglas is TheAce, a naturally gifted pilot who instinctively knows when you can shave a couple of points off the regulations, and is more than happy to do something borderline dangerous if it'll give the passengers a show. Martin is a decidedly ungifted pilot who has worked as hard as possible to become a fairly decent one and has literally memorised ''all'' the regulations because he feels if he doesn't follow them to the letter anything could happen. As Carolyn puts it "I have a good pilot and a safe pilot. Martin won't let them get into trouble, and if they do, Douglas can get them out of it." Lampshaded in the penultimate episode, when Martin applies for Swiss Air; he gets an "Adequate" on the simulator, but scores 100% on the written exam, which is supposed to be ''impossible''. If Douglas had applied, he'd probably have got a high score on the simulator (assuming he didn't do anything ''too'' dramatic), but would barely have bothered thinking about the written questions at all.

* Contrast NFL defensive end Reggie White (performer) with Bruce Smith (technician). White is known for his larger-than-life persona, dominance and memorable plays. Smith is simply known for his high numbers and durability. White is easily the more memorable player and almost always ranks higher on lists than Smith.
* NBA basketball, where the top players can be directly contrasted against one another in one-on-one play, is ripe for this trope.
** Wilt Chamberlain (high-scoring performer) vs Bill Russell (defensive technician).
** Larry Bird (technician) vs. Magic Johnson (performer).
** Among point guards, the passionate, flashy Steve Nash was a relatively poor defender leading a fast-paced, high-scoring offense with creative passing and scoring; the reserved Jason Kidd wasn't a terrific scorer, but played excellent defense and distributed the ball beautifully.
** Karl Malone (Technician, no flash at all) vs. Charles Barkley (Performer, polarizing on and off the court)
** Blake Griffin (a dominant low-post bruiser known for high-flying dunks and histrionic reactions to getting fouled) vs. Kevin Love (a versatile, low-key player with limited post presence but textbook outside shooting and excellent passing).
** Shaquille O'Neal (performer) vs. Tim Duncan (technician). Despite having a much more fundamentally sound and complete game, Duncan was always considered boring while O'Neal always got the crowd cheering wildly.
*** Duncan also has this with the ferocious Kevin Garnett; really, between Duncan's steady, slow-paced game and [[GenreSavvy deliberately dispassionate on-court persona]], he makes ''anyone'' look like a Performer.
** Teammate example: Klay Thompson (a tall guard with textbook-perfect shooting mechanics and steady post moves, described by his teammates as acting the same whether he's made 10 shots or missed 10) vs. Stephen Curry (a smaller guard with [[http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/10703246/golden-state-warriors-stephen-curry-reinventing-shooting-espn-magazine an unorthodox but deadly shot,]] a broad repertoire of high-risk, no-look passes, and a habit of enthusiastic on-court celebrations).
** The 2017 MVP race pitted Russell Westbrook (a flashy on-court performer with a penchant for attempting high-risk plays and padding box score stats) against James Harden (who specialized in running an efficient offense) and Kawhi Leonard (an elite defensive stopper). Westbrook won the MVP despite leading his team to fewer wins, and losing quickly in the first round of the playoffs.
* Pittsburgh Steelers (technician) vs Dallas Cowboys (performer).
* In the past, [[UsefulNotes/{{Tennis}} tennis]] had Andre Agassi (performer) vs. Pete Sampras (technician), at least on the outside. Agassi loathed the game of tennis (at least according to his autobiography ''Open''), while Sampras was happy to sleep, eat and breathe the sport and merely lacked Agassi's natural charisma.
** There was also John [=McEnroe=] (performer) vs. Ivan Lendl (technician). Not everyone loved [=McEnroe=] due to his [[HairTriggerTemper abrasive personality]] but everyone could be counted on to have ''[[LoveToHate some]]'' kind of strong emotional reaction to him and he was the definite crowd favorite against Lendl, who had a more successful career overall than [=McEnroe=] with a positive head-to-head record against him and more Grand Slams and weeks at No. 1 to his name but was viewed by many as a personality-devoid "Czech robot" to such an extent that Sports Illustrated once described him as "The Champion No One Cares About". It's also arguably the main reason for [=McEnroe=] being typically ranked above Lendl in "greatest tennis players of all time" lists in spite of Lendl spending more time than him at the top of the game because his playing style and wins were considered to be more dynamic and exciting to watch than Lendl's BoringButPractical consistency.
** The fact that Johnny Mac was an American and Lendl wasn't helps too when deciding who the American public will cheer for.
** The passionate and fiery Jimmy Connors (performer) vs the "Ice-man" Bjorn Borg (technician).
* The artistic Barry Sanders (performer) vs. the consistent Emmitt Smith (technician).
* Calvin Johnson (performer) vs. Larry Fitzgerald (technician).
* Many quarterback examples. A few notable ones:
** Dan Marino (record-setting technician) vs. Joe Montana (UsefulNotes/SuperBowl-winning performer).
** Creator/PeytonManning (cerebral, record-setting technician) vs. Creator/TomBrady (performer with a winner's mentality). Interestingly, Brady has become more of a technician in the last few years.
** Eli Manning also has this dynamic with his older brother Peyton.
** Brett Favre (performer) vs. Aaron Rodgers (technician). Favre had an extremely strong throwing arm and would take risks for big plays. At times, he led the league in passing yards, touchdown passes and interceptions ''all at the same time.'' Rodgers, Favre's successor in the Packers, has a masterful command of the playbook and the positions of his receivers, and is the most ''accurate'' passer in the league, with the highest career passer rating and touchdown-to-interception ratio in NFL history. Both are considered among the greatest quarterbacks of their respective generations, and both have Super Bowl rings.
** From the 70s, Terry Bradshaw (performer) vs Roger Staubach (technician).
* While baseball's measured pace and tendency towards staid decorum tends to breed more technicians, there are some examples (particularly among pitchers, who get the most opportunity to put their personal stamp on games).
** Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay, probably the two best pitchers of the late 2000s-early teens. [[http://joeposnanski.com/joeblogs/halladay-and-lincecum/ This column from Joe Posnanski]] is essentially a discussion of this trope, and even their nicknames - the undorthodox, improvisational "Freak" vs. the stone-faced, surgically precise "Doc Halladay" - fit.
** The two best pitchers of the 90s also fit. Greg Maddux, who consistently defeated hitters despite a limited fastball with better command than any pitcher of the modern age and a [[http://deadspin.com/as-greg-maddux-stories-go-this-is-a-hard-on-to-top-1497594282 prenatural ability to analyze games]], was the technician; Pedro Martinez, who threw a dazzling array of pitches and was famously demonstrative and feisty on the mound, was the performer.[[note]]Interestingly, both were undervalued prospects, considered too small to ever really succeed as major-league pitchers.[[/note]]
** The Yankees and Red Sox teams of the 2000s were essentially very similar, but their respective superstars fit this - Derek Jeter (a defender with limited range but steady hands, who had one of the most textbook inside-out swings baseball has ever seen) vs Manny Ramirez (a theatrical, unpredictable fielder and a "mad genius" of hitting.)
* In UsefulNotes/FormulaOne, Ayrton Senna (performer) vs Alain Prost (technician). From an earlier era, James Hunt (performer) vs Niki Lauda (technician).
** Actually, given Senna's level of dedication to physical training and car testing, it's difficult to place him easily in either category. Nigel Mansell, who in testing would 'set a lap, then bugger off to the golf course', Jean Alesi, and Ronnie Peterson, who drove his team leader mad by being so completely able to instinctively adapt to a car's mangled setup and thus unable to provide any feedback, are more fitting examples of performers.
* In UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup, historically the South American teams are the Performers and the European ones the Technicians, with Brazil and Germany being the best examples of each respectively.
* Partially true in modern roller derby; while it is very much a sport, and if you can't keep up technically you will be cut from the team, rollergirls are also strongly encouraged to play to the crowd.
* In the English [[UsefulNotes/EquestrianSports equestrian world]]: Showjumpers (performers) versus Hunter-Jumpers (technicians). The rivalry is -- intense, as showjumpers yell that hunters are robotic and too focused on minutiae, while hunters wail that jumpers care more about leaping ridiculously high fences than they do about correct equitation. (From someone who has ridden both -- both sides have a point.)
* In Alpine Ski Racing, Bode Miller, despite having cleaned up his 'rockstar' behaviour from a couple of years ago, still skis with a far less pretty and orthodox technique compared to other giants such as Didier Cuche. But *my god* the man is fast...
* Boxing is a sport where technicians and performers can equally shine. Regardless of which type of fighter they are, everything else being equal, it will almost always be the fighter with the most varied and complete skills set that wins the fight, be they a performer or technician.
** Roy Jones Jr. (performer) vs. Bernard Hopkins (technician)
** Mike Tyson (performer) vs. Evander Holyfield (technician)
** Gerry Cooney (performer) vs. Larry Holmes (technician)
** Tommy Hearns (performer) vs. Marvin Hagler (technician)
** Arturo Gatti (performer) vs. Micky Ward (technician)
** Meldrick Taylor (performer) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez (technician)
** Aaron Pryor (performer) vs. Alexis Arguello (technician)
** Muhammad Ali (performer) vs. George Foreman (technician)
** Manny Pacquiao (performer) vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (technician).
* Ice hockey: Alexander Ovechkin (performer) vs. Sidney Crosby (technician)
** Mario Lemieux (performer) vs. Wayne Gretzky (technician) in the 1990s.
** Among old-timey goaltenders: Charlie Gardiner (performer) vs. George Hainsworth (technician)
* Football: Real Madrid (technician) vs. FC Barcelona (performer).
** Ironic, considering how Barcelona's performance value comes from their mastering the technical side. Barcelona's equivalents in the UK, Arsenal, are definitely considered the technicians (witness Arsene Wenger's nickname, "The Professor") to Manchester United's performers.
** Barcelona style of play (and it predecessor; the Dutch Total Football) on extreme technical skill on a personal level while the tactical flow of the team as a whole is more loose. What results is a team whose individual players are Technicians but the team as a whole is a Performer.
** One could roughly compare FC Barcelona and Real Madrid to Maverick and Iceman from Top Gun respectively: FC Barcelona plays a spectacular possession and attacking game, showing incredible talent and skills and always aiming to appeal the public, while Real Madrid plays a strategical counter attacking tactic that relies on a solid defense, then exploiting their opponents' flaws, what they do almost perfectly.
* Figure skating in general. The best can find a balance between crowd-pleasing performance and technical precision, but many struggle and veer too far one way or the other. In the worst cases, it either becomes just an entertaining show and not a sport, or it's technically perfect but emotionless and boring to watch.
** The 1992 Winter Olympics women's figure skating event was billed as "the artists (Kristi Yamaguchi and Nancy Kerrigan) vs. the athletes (Tonya Harding and Midori Ito). The first two women were remarkably elegant and graceful skaters, but they could not land a triple Axel jump, while the latter women could.
** By the 1994 games, it was Nancy Kerrigan in the "athlete" role, with Oksana Baiul as the "artist".
** 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, men's figure skating free skate: Ilia Kulik ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhPlfpz5fEQ technician]]) vs. Philippe Candeloro (performer-- [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_CE2mONanE and how!]])
** 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, the controversy over the men's singles figure skating gold medal. Charismatic performer Evgeni Plushenko who [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtY1CuAbLgs skated a higher risk program which is filled with small errors]], versus collected technician Evan Lysacek who [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmJgGHIoawU skated clean on a lower risk program]].
** The 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Champions, Nathan Chen v. most of the other contenders. Chen landed ''five quads'' in his free skate, but emotionally his programs have been criticized as boring and passionless; compare Jason Brown, who took the bronze, who could not even remotely match the amount of points Chen racked up but skated a fun, spin-filled program to music from ''Hamilton.''
* Gymnastics too. They've gone through at least three different scoring systems in the last twenty years to try and address this dichotomy; the current system, with its increased emphasis on a predetermined difficulty value, strongly favours technicians. The '13-'16 quad runaway superstar of women's gymnastics, Simone Biles, is totally dominant because she has both extremely high difficulty ''and'' does extremely clean gymnastics. Those who can keep up with her execution can't match her difficulty, and those who can match her difficulty lose to her on their execution; her mastery of both has made her a three-time all-around world champion who is all but a lock for Olympic gold.
* The Beijing vs London Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies have drawn this comparison, with Beijing painted as a spectacular but somehow soulless demonstration of state power (technician) and London as a less showy but more heartfelt show of the quirkiness of Britain (performer).
* Snooker: The 1985 world championship final between Steve Davis (technician) and Dennis Taylor (performer), the contrast highlighted by it also being a BackFromTheBrink win for the performer. Later on, the 90s rivalry between Stephen Hendry (technician) and Jimmy White (performer).
* This happened at 2013 Confederation Cup when Tahiti (Performer) competed against all other teams of its group, especially Spain (Technician). Sure, the Tahitians lost each matches, but it doesn't really bother them, since their goal is to enjoy the tournament, and as a bonus, they won the crowd too.
* In UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts:
** Randy Couture (BadassGrandpa who had to rely on guile and tactics to make up for his age) vs. Chuck Liddell (brawling knockout artist) are a prime example. Couture won the first fight, but the loss forced Liddell to bacome more technical himself, after which he managed to beat Couture twice.
** Two faces of the UFC in the early 2010s: Georges St. Pierre (technically impeccable wrestler) and Anderson Silva (counter striker with some showboating tendencies).
** Wrestling/KazushiSakuraba (performer) vs. the Gracie family (all technicians).
* Rugby union: England (Technician) vs. France (Performer) is known as "Le Crunch", and is one of the biggest matches between Northern Hemisphere teams. The French national rugby union team is renowned for its "French flair" where the players can score tries out of nowhere, compared to the other Northern Hemisphere teams who play a more pragmatic style (especially England). While the French haven't had as much success in the Six (formerly Five) Nations or Rugby World Cup as England have, and also have a losing record against England, they're still more successful than any other Six Nations side; they have more wins against New Zealand than every other Northern Hemisphere side put together, and have also reached as many World Cup finals as England have (although unlike England, they failed to win any). It's said that "you never know which France will turn up" for any given match. When French flair was abandoned under coach Phllipe Saint-Andre, it resulted in one of the worst eras of French rugby, picking up a wooden spoon in the 2013 Six Nations and suffering the heaviest ever World Cup knockout stage defeat (13-62) against New Zealand.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 3rd Edition Wizards (technicians) and Sorcerers (performers). Tends to be [[InvertedTrope inverted]] though, because wizards end up with much more versatility, learn spells sooner, and easier access to metamagic feats.
** Fifth edition retains the same flavor, but plays it much straighter in actual practice. Wizards know a lot more spells, but can only alter them in very static and consistent ways, while sorcerers know a smaller number of spells but possess a separate point system that allows them to alter them on the fly while casting them instead of having to learn a different version of the spell separately. The statistics of a typical sorcerer also make it much easier for them to alter the effective impact of their spells with bluffs or fast-talk at the target and to effectively use the most flexible spells like illusions.
** Other similarly built classes share the distinction such as Fighter (technician) vs Barbarian (performer), Bard (performer) vs Rogue (technician), Paladin (technician) vs Cleric (performer), and Druid (performer) vs Ranger (technician).
** From a more meta perspective, there's making a character to fit an interesting concept or theme with perhaps less-than-optimal performance (Performer) vs. making a character that mechanically is as powerful as possible with roleplaying and story taking a backseat (Technician).
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** PlayerArchetypes have the "Timmy" type as the performer and the "Spike" type as the technician. Timmies play to have fun and make "big things" happen, and Spikes play to win. The third archetype, Johnny, [[RedMage splits the difference]]; While Johnny plays to create new decks, interesting combos and never-before-seen card interactions, though not necessarily to win, ''some'' knowledge of the rules is required to ensure that those crazy ideas actually ''work''.
** Alternatively, one could consider it a spectrum. At the far end of the Technician scale, we have Spike, who bases his decks off of pure tactics, often using predetermined strategies or copying the best in the game in order to make a powerful deck. Next is Johnny, who still focuses on power, but tends to try and experiment to create new combos and new abilities as he does so. Third is Timmy, [[AwesomeButImpractical who doesn't care about technical power but just wants to make big stuff happen]].
** In-universe, the Blue vs. Red conflict is Technician vs. Performer. Blue tends to be coldly logical, focused on victory through precision, control, and superior information, usually whittling down an opponent's ability to fight back; Red is the colour of emotion and impulse, and tends to win with big spectacular displays like hails of thunderbolts, massive fireballs, swarms of goblins or the unleashing of a dragon.
** And finally when it comes to the cards themselves, we have the dichotomy between Vorthos (Performer) and Melvin (Technician). Vorthos is all about the "flavor", the story the cards are telling. Some Vorthos are far more interested in the artwork on the cards then they are in the game itself! Melvins, by contrast, are all about the rules and mechanics of the game. They might not even be aware of the story the cards are telling at all, and the artwork serves as little more than a visual reminder of which card is which. The difference can be best summed up with the go-to example cards for Vorthos and Melvin, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=form+of+the+dragon Form of the Dragon]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=126156 Mystic Speculation.]]
*** Two of the three abilities of Form of the Dragon are wildly out of flavor in Red on their own (attack denial and direct life total manipulation, respectively) until you step back and realize that when combined they ''actually turn the player into a flying, fire-breathing dragon''.
*** Mystic Speculation, meanwhile, has almost no flavor to speak of but from a rules standpoint accomplishes a fair bit of versatility in only two keywords, Scry and Buyback. Most other cards need ''at least'' three words, and even then the list of such cards is fairly short.
*** And just to put the cherry on it, [[RedOniBlueOni Form of the Dragon is Red while Mystic Speculation is Blue.]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' armies tend to lend themselves to one side other the other during gameplay. Armies with fewer but individually more capable units, such as the Space Marines, Eldar, Dark Eldar, and Chaos are more Performers; their versatility allows for wildly different forces from the same race to be equally as effective in the hands of a capable player. Armies with more but less unique units like the Imperial Guard, Orkz, Necrons, Tyrannids, and Tau generally win more often when they adhere to a strict set of tactics for each situation, and are more Technicians. Of course, the huge size of the setting allows for much internal variation, so it is possible to see one army or another slide towards one end or the other.
* In the world of hobby boardgaming, people often talk about a rough division between "Eurogames" and "Ameritrash." Eurogames tend to be on the Technician side of the equation, emphasizing play mechanics and balance over theme and production; notable games in this category include ''Caylus'', ''Agricola'', ''Le Havre'', and many abstract strategy games. Ameritrash games, which tend to focus on presentation, theme, and character ahead of mechanical concerns, are usually Performers. Think of games like ''Dungeonquest'', ''Talisman'', ''TabletopGame/CosmicEncounter''. The term Ameritrash originally arose to denigrate that style of gaming after the rise of the Eurogame; now it's often used as a general label and not a statement of quality, as many Ameritrash games are really well-made and fun. And, of course, there's a great deal of cross-over between the two categories.

* A big theme in Music/RichardWagner's ''Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg''. The established Meistersingers are all about proper technique, but the inexperienced singer hero wows them by being so darned passionate.
* In Creator/AndrewLloydWebber's ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', Carlotta is often played as the Technician to Christine's Performer.
* In ''Theatre/{{Amadeus}}'', the performer Mozart is the protagonist, and the technician Salieri is the DesignatedVillain. Salieri is shown to be quite deliberate about his compositions, carefully testing each note and chord before penning it in, with the occasional bit of prayer to help him through it. Mozart seems to make it up right off the top of his head "as if he were taking dictation", according to Salieri.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The music game ''VideoGame/GitarooMan'' features this in the final guitar battle with the hero U1 versus the villain Zowie, even in the first few bars. Zowie opens with a bunch of rapid fire notes, but it sounds harsh and atonal. U1 (and thus the player) responds with one crystal clear reverberating note, showing his intends to win the duel with melody versus skill.
* ''VideoGame/SentimentalGraffiti'': ElegantClassicalMusician Akira is a Technician, and romancing her involves practicing with her and helping her realize that she needs to be more of a Performer.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'': Ryu and Ken. To elaborate, Ryu is something of a BloodKnight-SpiritedCompetitor mixture whose main purpose in life is to perfect his fighting skill and have the perfect match. In that sense, his fighting style is in its purest form and therefore does more damage without the focus on flash. Ken, on the other hand, is a showy combatant with a focus on fast kicks and punches and only cares about winning and putting on a good show. In this sense, Ken is more combo oriented and therefore, while not as damaging as Ryu's, his moves do a lot of damage if comboed into. This is best showcased in the UDON comic, where Ryu and Ken are both studying the Dragon Punch: Ken, with his natural abilities, gets the basic gist of the move, pulls it off perfectly and then throws some fire on it and calls it a day; Ryu on the other hand, continues to practice that one basic attack over and over with no variance in form or routine. In the end, Ryu ends up with a stronger, harder-hitting Dragon Punch while Ken winds up with a weaker but flashier one supported by other unique attacks and combos.
* ''VideoGame/SakuraWars: [[VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove So Long, My Love]]'' plays it straight in the fifth act when protagonist Shinjiro has to take Subaru's place on stage after losing a contest to them. Subaru is the ultimate technician, while Shinjiro is the ultimate performer. Subaru also has a similar moment when she first tries to play Jazz music at a club. While she is technically proficient, it takes her a while to understand the performance aspect of the genre.
* ''VideoGame/FatalFury''[==]'s Kim Kaphwan and ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''[==]' Jhun Hoon. Kim is a very traditional Tae Kwon Do practitioner and his moves, while pretty flashy themselves, are fairly traditional and get the job done. Jhun Hoon, Kim's rival since childhood, is very much pure flash: he fights with [[ExtremityExtremist only his feet]] (Kim has two/three punches) and kicks out ki phoenix talons (someting Kim doesn't do). He also has a very flamboyant aura about himself and is obviously very showy with his moveset, while Kim shows off a little less in exchange for being more reliable.
** The Bogard brothers, too. Andy is a serious-minded and very focused individual who strives to be a well-rounded fighter while Terry has a more lax attitude, just looking for a good match and relying on his natural talents. Unfortunately this puts Andy into a HardWorkHardlyWorks situation because in addition to being the "performer" of their duo, Terry is also ''the better fighter''. Andy's efforts to become a great fighter are surpassed by Terry's pragmatic and naturalistic fighting style, which can leave him a bit down on himself despite his affection and respect for his older brother.
* Used in a subplot in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''. The Ramen Don's ordinary but very tasty and masterfully made Ramen is being ignored in favor of the mediocre, yet flashy and crowd pleasing Shadow Ramen, and Neku and Joshua work to reverse this by getting the celebrity supporter to try the "plain" Ramen and therefore support Ramen Don. Although in this case, Ramen Don is a guy who loves his Ramen, where as Shadow Ramen just views it in terms of cold hard cash, and this subplot is about integrity and doing whats right, not what looks good. It's also played straight with the characters of Shooter and Yammer. Yammer himself says he's more technical, but Shooter has more heart so he wins all the matches.
** Shooter and Yammer are parodies, they parody this trope along with other cliche'd {{Shonen}} SeriousBusiness tropes.
* ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'' (technician) vs any other fighting game (performer). ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'' is known for being DifficultButAwesome, while not being flashy like ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}},'' ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' or ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'', games that aren't as revered in terms of CompetitiveBalance.
** In general, Yu Suzuki has shown himself to be a technician as a game developer, which is especially evident with his most ambitious project ''{{VideoGame/Shenmue}}'', an extremely graphically detailed and expansive open world game. Suzuki's body of work can be compared to fellow SEGA game designer Toshihiro Nagoshi, the performer. Nagoshi has produced games like ''VideoGame/SuperMonkeyBall'' and ''VideoGame/DaytonaUSA'', remembered not only for their nostalgia values, but how engaging and fun they were. On top of that, he's also the producer of the acclaimed story-driven ''{{VideoGame/Yakuza}}'' series, which is seen as a {{Spiritual Successor}} to ''Shenmue'', but had a less strict development cycle overall.
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' vs ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''. ''Street Fighter'' is the 'technician' role, a game largely focused on trying to balance characters, but its very difficult to get into 'casually' vs Tekken, the performer, a fighter game which is easy to play but has fewer special moves. Though considering that the 'Technician' here has spectacular special attacks and characters shoot fireballs, while the performer is focused largely on hand to hand combat, the lines can be blurred. There's going to be a [[IntercontinuityCrossover two-game crossover series]] according to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, with one game built on each engine.
** Tekken is more realistic in terms of the way the characters fight. Although {{fireballs}} are present, they haven't been that common in recent years. Many people believe Street Fighter's retro appeal is the only reason it remains so popular, as it has not made use of technology like Tekken has. They did try with the Ex series, but it didn't work that well.
* For a game as wacky, stylized, and generally amusing as ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', the nine classes can usually be assigned into Technician and Performer categories. Classes such as the Soldier, Heavy, Sniper, Engineer, and Medic are typically Technician-style classes. They are slower, fairly straightforward classes that are consistent and play in largely the same fashion, with less variation in tactics and equipment. The Sniper, in particular, is far and away the most technical class, requiring exceptional, consistent precision to do well, especially when repeated several times over to the enemy's heads. The Pyro, Scout, Demoman, and Spy are Performers. They are faster and fun to watch, and often have unusual options available to them that can radically change their gameplay. Examples include the Demoknight loadouts and the Spy's variety of invisibility watches and knives with special effects.
* Yuri and Flynn's fighting styles in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' can be distinguished in this way, as discussed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixyiu7Qizds here]]. In story, the explanation is given that they were trained in the same style but while Flynn perfected his skills, Yuri chose to add his own flair, causing them to diverge. Gameplay-wise, this maifests as Flynn using many of the classic ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' sword artes with sharp, precise movements, while Yuri moves in a flashier, more fluid way and combines original artes with variations on the classics.
** This trope also applies to their cooking abilities: Flynn has skill, Yuri has talent. Though unlike in fighting, where their differing approaches are treated as equally valid, Yuri is very clearly the more competent one in the kitchen. Though this is because Flynn's skill cannot compensate for his CordonBleughChef status, especially with his idea of what tastes good. The result is usually over spiced ''at best''. Yuri does have a good sense of taste and applies it to how he cooks.
* In [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia another game from the series]], Kratos and Zelos have similar artes, but Kratos is the Technician to Zelos' Performer.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has this distinction between the [[PlayerVersusEnvironment PvE]] (technician) and [[PlayerVersusPlayer PvP]] (performer) crowds. PvE players often spend their time memorizing spell/ability rotations and managing buffs/debuffs over a fight while working a specific role (Tanking boss damage, dealing damage, or healing other party members), while the much more chaotic PvP depends more on the players essentially improvising. One PvE boss encounter back from the ''Wrath'' days re-created PvP conditions as you faced a squad of enemies from the opposing faction in battle. It benefitted from using PvP gear and mechanics, which caused a lot of consternation in the PvE community.
** The same may be said of [=MMORPGs=] in general, although how much the "Multiplayer" part of the acronym is enforced in PvE throughout any given game will greatly determine where any given player lies on this scale. Within PvE, a Technician may be the player who plays primarily in highly organized groups and [[BribingYourWayToVictory spends a fortune giving his/her character top-of-the-line gear]], and who has little to no tolerance for new players or anything that might interfere with dungeon-crawling or other in-game activities that require groups. The Performer, on the other hand, will know what to do when and have decent (but not supreme) gear for his/her character's level, but is generally much more tolerant of the PickUpGroup and will keep the "fun" factor in the dungeon- or event-run by methods including but not limited to [[PreAssKickingOneLiner taunting AI-controlled enemies in the group-chat channel]] in order to give the group a good laugh.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'': Sonic (Performer) and Knuckles (Technician). Sonic has greater agility and speed and always tries to be as much of a show off as possible when he engages his foes, fitting his laid-back and smarmy attitude. Knuckles is focused on his strength and power and is a skilled martial artist with various techniques at his disposal, being a descendant of a warrior race. Who's the better fighter is something of a debate between the two themselves, but they're generally considered equals.
* Dive (Technician) and Kick (Performer) from ''VideoGame/{{Divekick}}'' are unusual examples in that ''both'' of them neglect their divekick practice, but Kick has natural talent while Dive applies his [[MadMathematician math skills]] to his divekicking instead.
* An example from e-sports: in professional ''VideoGame/{{Dota2}}'' play, North American and European teams tend to lean towards being performers, while Asian teams tend to favor being technicians.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemEchoesShadowsOfValentia'', the siblings Luthier and Delthea fit in very well. Delthea is the performer who is naturally gifted with magic, but doesn't really care to refine herself since she's BrilliantButLazy and [[IJustWantToBeNormal just wants to have a normal life]]. Luthier, on the other hand, is the hardworking technician who is not particularly exceptional, but works very hard to get as good with magic as he is. [[spoiler: In the end Delthea seals her power away and is HappilyMarried to a high-ranked nobleman, while Luthier continues to travel and study magic.]]
* Creator/PlatinumGames, a performer-leaning game studio, ended up taking a more technician approach when it came to the development of ''VideoGame/NierAutomata.''
* In ''VideoGame/AHatInTime'', the dueling directors, a dancing penguin called DJ Grooves (Performer) and the train-loving "owl" known only as the Conductor (Technician) have different directing philosophies. DJ Grooves is all about whatever will make him popular, but [[AlwaysSecondBest always loses out]] to the more technical-minded Conductor, who loves making movies with action, thrills, and explosions. This is also reflected in the missions they give you: the Conductor's side focuses on traditional technical platforming, while DJ Grooves' side simply has Hat Kid try to attract as many fans as possible.
* Victoria vs. Max in ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange''. Victoria isn't a great photographer, but she's very skilled and knowledgeable. Max on the other hand takes great photographs almost without intending to.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/{{SC2VN}}'', Reva is the technician and Stunt is the performer.
* In ''VisualNovel/ShallWeDateWizardessHeart'', Klaus describes the difference between his younger brother Elias and inveterate troublemaker Luca in these terms. Although Elias is very skilled at magic, Klaus criticizes him for being too methodical and pushes him to be more imaginative and put more of his own personal style into his magic. Comparing Luca to Elias, Klaus says that Luca's magic has a creativity that Elias lacks, and in this way he considers Luca to be the superior wizard despite his recklessness.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' this trope is why the warriors Ruby and Weiss find it difficult to fight as a team. [[GenkiGirl Ruby]] is wild and impulsive, [[LeeroyJenkins frequently running into battle]] with no concern for where her team is in relation to her; [[LackOfEmpathy Weiss]] is patient and analytical, unwilling to move until she's planned out her actions. (This also shows their contrasting personalities.) The show depicts both of their approaches as equal, though [[JerkassHasAPoint Weiss]] is certainly less sympathetic as a character. If anything they're both shown to be flawed, with Weiss hesitant and lacking spark, and Ruby clumsy and reckless. The more developed fighters in the cast show clearer signs of unifying both approaches, though some lean more to one side than the other.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In [[http://nobodyscores.loosenutstudio.com/index.php?id=511 this]] ''Webcomic/NobodyScores'' strip, the exchange between Sara (technician) and Beans (performer) before a swordfight could be substituted for the trope description. [[spoiler:Unlike most instances of this trope, the technician ''owns'' the performer -- only to be defeated by the [[TheFool sheer madness]] of her following opponent]].
-->'''Sara:''' I have mastered the science of the blade. [...] [It] is like a game of chess. You must think first, before you move.\\
'''Beans:''' I overwhelm your science with PASSION!

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' has an unusual case where the Technician is actually teaching the Performer- Sensei Ito, who is teaching ki mutant Chaka. Ito is an old man who spent many hard years of work to master his ki, and is an amazing fighter. Chaka was a student of martial arts who manifested as a ki mutant, and can now do things that Ito could only dream of. She often lends her power to flashy tricks, like throwing needles at a board so they land in the shape of a C, and gets rebuked by Ito for wasting her power on tricks that are essentially pointless. It doesn't help that their personalities are complete opposites- Ito is calm, quiet, reserved and thoughtful, while Chaka is bouncy, vibrant, incredibly energetic and doesn't take many things seriously.
* There is a strange and malevolent variant of this in ''Podcast/KakosIndustries''. One of the central contrasts between the two main companies within the show is this, even applying to the executives that own them. Where in Kakos Industries is incredibly organized and abides to a multitude of rule books and traditions to uphold Evil, (Horrible Noise) is content with doing Evil for the sake of Evil and will take any opportunity they can to spread chaos since that counts as an accomplishment. The same applies to the owners Corin Deeth III and Melantha Murther as one gained their position due to family lineage and is always working to to fill the shoes of someone else while the other worked their way up independently and uses their power to sabotage the competition out of a need to be noticed and amused.
* Late in ''Roleplay/UnnaturalSelection'', Likol notes that Alison's original music has no basis in music theory, and that she simply plays by ear whatever sounds pleasant. He considers it another proof of her sapience, whereas a "dumb" AI would use ProceduralGeneration to produce music.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/Hero108'' episode "Camel Castle", [[spoiler:Lin Chung's drawing of Ape Trully turns out to impress the Camels by being considered unique]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Rainbow Dash (performer) vs. Applejack (technician). Dash loves to show off and create flashy moves, while Applejack simply relies on hard work and grit. Each one has her fans, both in real life and among the show's characters, and the writers seem careful not to favor one over the other.
** Similar parallels can be drawn between Pinkie Pie and Rarity. Both are charismatic people-persons [[note]]people-ponies?[[/note]] with Pinkie Pie being naturally cheerful, friendly, and full of a desire to make others smile (performer) and Rarity cultivating her image, deliberately networking to grow her social circle, and using her craft to make a name for herself (technician).
** Twilight and Fluttershy have similar parallels as well. Both have extensive knowledge of their respective fields, magic and animal husbandry, respectively. But while Twilight's knowledge comes from years of intense study and research (techincian), Fluttershy's comes from years of practical experience (performer).
** The most explicit Technician vs Performer argument in the series though would be [[MilesGloriosus The Great and Powerful Trixie]] (performer) vs [[BadassBookworm Twilight Sparkle]] (technician). Twilight has the natural talent and ability of the Performer, but with a slant of constantly learning new spells and being trained by [[PhysicalGod Celestia]]. Trixie has a natural affinity to magic as well, and is about as Performer as they come when it comes to desire and charisma, but while she has a more limited bag of tricks than Twilight, she seems to have them more adapt and flexible with her spell craft, getting through her complex spells about as fast as Twilight can go through a TK cantrip. While Twilight is a main character, and Trixie is a {{Jerkass}} FakeUltimateHero in her debut episode, the two have an interesting dynamic in fanon when all other things are equal. Their dynamics are ''inverted'' in the episode ''Magic Duel'', where Trixie gets a powerful artifact that augments her magic (while corrupting her) and Twilight is forced to play the role of Performer to outwit her.
** Another would be Twilight as technician and Starlight as performer. Starlight relies alot on her emotions to drive her magic and she has unique ideas, as shown during her original villainous presentations. However, she is pretty lacking in magical theory or the consequences of her actions, but she gets better over time. Furthermore, she's actually better on magical theory and knowledge than Trixie is and has been teaching Trixie to better use her magic.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' has the Baker vs Cook duality seen in the real life section; Endive is the Baker/Technician and Mung Daal is the Cook/Performer. Many episodes, however, show that they're both equally competent, just different in their style and temperaments.
* Robins I & III in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', with Dick as the Performer and Tim as the Technician. They're both very efficient, methodical crimefighters; the difference is that Dick enjoys the action and is a naturally charismatic leader, despite his distaste for the job, while Tim is quieter, more serious, and while modest, is a by-the-book leader who doesn't mind the responsibility. Tim doesn't really inject much of his personality into crimefighting, while Dick unequivocally states in the tie-in comics, "I love my job."
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' has Piggy and Skeeter trying to teach Scooter how to dance. Piggy (the technician) is a ballet dancer who thinks dance should be beautiful, while Skeeter (the performer) thinks dance should be fun. While the two fight over who's right, Scooter decides to TakeAThirdOption and performs a graceful Creator/FredAstaire-inspired tap routine, which proves that dance can be both beautiful and fun.
* In the ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'' short "Pixie Hollow Bake-Off", the Baker Fairies, who have been baking an identical perfect white cake every year for years, are the Technicians and Tink and her friends, who create their own brightly decorated cake, are the Performers. The queen congratulates the "Non-Baker Fairies" on the imagination they've shown, but RealityEnsues when their cake tastes terrible.
* Zuko and Azula in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' represent this with their different firbending styles, as befitting their SiblingYinYang[=/=]RedOniBlueOni personalities. Zuko uses showy fire attacks and a lot of jumping, kicks and flips, whereas Azula's fire and movements are tightly controlled, economical and directed. This is inverted come the series finale however. When Zuko temporarily loses his firebending, he and Aang go to rediscover a forgotten style powered by passion and liveliness (taught by a lost tribe of Firebenders) and it's flat-out stated that this is how Firebending actually is compared to the anger and hatred driven style it is now, thus allowing Zuko to become a much better bender. Azula suffers a VillainousBreakdown as a result of her only two friends betraying her and her father pretty much abandoning her, and quickly goes insane. Zuko manages to take advantage of this and very nearly beats Azula had she not tried a sneak attack against Katara, who was spectating at the time.
* There's something of this dynamic going on between Apple White and Raven Queen in ''Toys/EverAfterHigh'', made clearest in 'Way Too Wonderland' where Apple White is noted as being better at [[SmartPeoplePlayChess chess]], while Raven is better at dancing. Apple White is also president of the Student Council, a A+ student and the most popular girl in school, yet she's also rigid, inflexible and obsessed with tradition. Raven is absolutely none of those things, yet her creativity, imagination and ambition make her far more effective in a crisis.
* The rivalry between Bob Belcher and Jimmy Pesto in ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', with Bob as the performer and Jimmy as the technician. Bob may not be a good restauranteur, with his restaurant always on the verge of closing, but he is an amazing burger cook and frequently gets praise from professional chefs. Jimmy, on the other hand, is a great businessman who runs his pizzeria like a well-oiled machine, but he's a terrible chef as eating his own burger once drove him to tears by how bad it was. Episodes that [[ADayIntheLimelight focus on Gene]] often feature this too, because Gene is ''way'' over on the performer end of the scale, and often struggles with the discipline and attention span required to become a better musician.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Compare the [[MindScrew dense, cerebral,]] [[SouthernGothic and flowery writing style]] employed by Creator/WilliamFaulkner with the [[BeigeProse sparse, minimalistic]] writing style of Creator/ErnestHemingway. Both have a claim to the title of "greatest American author," however, Faulkner takes on the role of technician and Hemingway takes on the role of performer.
* Columnist John Derbyshire once said that the [[TabletopGame/{{Chess}} Deep Blue vs Kasparov ]] match was really between a "toolmaker" (technician) represented by the program, and a "virtuoso" (performer) represented by Gary Kasparov.
* Also on the subject of TabletopGame/{{Chess}}, two World Champions: Mikhail Tal (performer) and Tigran Petrosian (technician). Tal was known for wildly speculative sacrifices leading to incredibly active and complex positions; even if later analysis showed the sacrifices to be flawed, it was difficult for even the best opponents to refute them over the board. "Chess, first of all, is art," said Tal. Meanwhile Petrosian was known for setting up rock-solid defenses and waiting for the opponent to make the slightest of mistakes, and then systematically demolishing them. Responding to criticism of his style, Petrosian said "They say my games should be more 'interesting'. I could be more 'interesting'—and also lose." (In case you were wondering, Petrosian has the slight edge in his lifetime record against Tal, 22½—19½.)
* The traditional Mac/PC rivalry revolved around this, with Microsoft as the technician and Apple as the performer. In the last decade or so, however, the rivalry has cooled, and both now straddle the technician/performer divide.
* Browsers tend to emphasise either customizability and power ''or'' a streamlined user interface. The release of Google Chrome in 2008 set off a trend of smooth, lightweight browsers: compare, for example, Opera Presto and its vast array of built-in features (technician) with the newer Opera Chromium, which is much faster but has abandoned all but the most basic options (performer).
* Victor Davis Hanson described the Battle of Waterloo this way saying that Wellington was more like a technician and Napoleon was like a performer. As he was rooting for Wellington it was kind of an inversion.
* US Navy (Technician) vs Imperial Japanese Navy (Performer) in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Subverted in that the technicians won, largely because of better strategic intelligence and battle-action, even during the early years of the war when they were often outnumbered. Meanwhile, the Japanese's most audacious attacks, such as the attack on Pearl Harbor (which inflicted little lasting harm, while provoking an overwhelming response from the US) or the use of ''Kamikaze'' suicide missions (which sacrificed planes and experienced pilots at exactly the moment they were both in shortest supply), backfired.
* The El Alamein campaigns stands out: Rommel (performer) versus Montgomery (technician). Rommel was a tactical genius with a penchant for risky but brilliant maneuver warfare, conducted on a shoestring logistical line; Montgomery was excellent at organization and attention to detail, arranging for every shell to reach its destination. In a inversion, Montgomery won. Second El Alamein was not known for British maneuver genius but for meticulously-planned attacks that smashed through Rommel's depleted lines; Rommel had no fuel to maneuver with thanks to British air attacks, while Montgomery's staff had even forecast the length of the battle successfully. Basically, [[StrategyVersusTactics Rommel was at his best when other people were handling the operational level of war (confining him to tactics, something he was actually good at) and Montgomery was best at the operational level (having prevented his subordinates from exercising too much imagination in their tactics).]]
* The entire chain of political events which ended in UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo could be understood as the battle between the logic of a Technician and that of a Performer, while the former was the Soviet Union and the latter the community of Fascist states. If anything, the Communists were absolute maniacs of [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower discipline and gain by struggle]]: they won the Russian Civil War by the skin of their teeth, developed the heavy industry and military forces of the USSR by iron hand, oppression, death and poverty, won UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo [[ZergRush by the force of numbers]], imitated to the point that Soviet cars, trucks, buildings or fridges were [[{{Munchkin}} carbon copies of American designs]], only because [[WellIntentionedExtremist they were so determined to gain visible results]] that took the easier way by copying what worked, regardless of having understood the culture behind it or not. On the other side, the entire Fascist culture, from Benito Mussolini in [[RoaringTwenties the 1920s]] to the end, revolved around [[RuleOfCool coolness]], elaborate design, color, music, innovation, staging, up to the point of being a gigantic theatrical performance instead of true Machiavellian politics. They played straight the trope, as modern people are far more impressed by cool tanks, uniforms and heroic deeds of the losers instead of the anonymous labor and toil of the winners.
-->''From first to last, the Third Reich was spectacular, gripping theater. That is what it was intended to be'' -- '''Modris Eksteins'''
* The [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth central ethos of punk rock]] is that of the performer, bringing it to swift popularity in a musical landscape dominated by the prog rock technicians who dominated contemporary rock music.
* The trope SoldierVsWarrior incorporates the basic elements behind this trope. A soldier (Technician) trains to fight as part of a team, drilling and practicing to become part of an organised unit. A warrior (Performer), on the other hand, is a much better fighter individually, but is undisciplined and fights alone. The Roman Empire vs The Celts during the conquest of Britain is a good example of this; in open fields with plenty of space, the Romans fought as one and overwhelmed the Celts with superior equipment, training and discipline, but when they were forced to fight in the forests that covered Britain at the time, they were split up from each other and the Celts massacred them in one-on-one fights.
* Director-writer Franco Dragone, who handled most of Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's shows through 1998, arranged for extensive creative workshops with the gymnasts, acrobats, dancers, etc. hired for each show from ''Theatre/NouvelleExperience'' onward. He was confident in their technical skills, so in the workshops he focused on getting them in touch with their creative sides. From these, the quirky characters of the shows emerged -- performers who were nonetheless highly skilled. The first post-Dragone show, ''Theatre/{{Dralion}}'', would have used similar methods but they ran up against ValuesDissonance due to a predominantly Chinese cast that was not comfortable with Dragone's style; the creative team instead focused on getting the best work possible out of these technicians, which is why the show isn't as character/theme-focused.
* Karaoke singers tend to fall into one of these two extremes, and audiences tend to respond equally well to both the guy singing off-key and flubbing the lines while jumping wildly around the stage and the guy nailing the song flawlessly.
* Many people who audition for ''X Factor'' or ''Idol'' are either overconfident people with no singing ability, or people with good singing ability who are too nervous to sing well in front of people. People who pass their auditions are usually humble people with good singing ability who can take criticism. They are usually attractive as well, but this isn't always the case.
* At some culinary schools, this is described as Baker Versus Cook -- the former are generally considered to be much more precise in their directions and timing, while the latter improvise a considerable amount more (in part due to the comparative uniformity of baking ingredients versus the different shapes and quality cooking ingredients, a cup of sugar is a cup of sugar regardless, whereas cuts of meat and vegetables can vary widely in size, although neither side is without the other's concerns). The differing skillsets are why many larger upscale kitchens will have a dessert chef completely distinct from the executive chef handling appetizers and entrees.
* Many technicians work hard to get a performalist appearance. Dancers are a good example, but holds for musicians as well.
* The rivalry between skaters Robin Cousins and Jan Hoffman boiled down to could Hoffman win by more on the technical figure tracing than Cousins could on the free program.
* In Spain, at TheCavalierYears, Miguel de Cervantes was a technician, [[HardWorkHardlyWorks mediocre playwright and poet ]][[WideEyedIdealist that wanted to establish rules in playwriting so every author in Spain could publish without fear to be arrested and set a standard for quality in entertainment]]. Felix Lope de Vega, the performer, was a [[TheAce accomplished natural poet and incredible successful playwright]] who was convinced ViewersAreMorons and that the must create art with LowestCommonDenominator because [[MoneyDearBoy that is what the public wants]]. (He stated it in verse, it’s awesome). [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter Cervantes had serious disagreements with Lope de Vega that at the time seemed pure envy]]. Cervantes died in poverty and oblivion, while Lope de Vega was always popular and loved. Now Lope de Vega is recognized as one of Spain’s TheCavalierYears genius, while Cervantes has been VindicatedByHistory by an interesting experiment he did: the first modern novel, ''Literature/DonQuixote''.
* Beauty: Technician Dayanara Torres (may have won the beauty pageant) vs. Performer Jennifer Lopez (actually hailed as the world's most beautiful woman over and over again).
* Modeling: Technician Gisele Bundchen vs. Performer Heidi Klum.
* Creator/GeorgeLucas and Creator/StevenSpielberg. When making the original ''Franchise/StarWars'' films, it was clear to all involved that Lucas was more invested in getting the technical details right, and crafting an emotionally resonant story through editing in post-production more than from the actors' performances on set; his constant revisions of the original trilogy has born this out. Spielberg, while a gifted technician in his own right, is chiefly interested in pulling out all the stops to wrench the emotions of his audience. Their collaborations on ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' shows both their approaches at work.
** Also Creator/GeorgeLucas and mentor/friend Creator/FrancisFordCoppola, a more emotional director who (as opposed to Lucas) loved working with actors. After the box office failure of Lucas' first feature, the cold science ficton {{Dystopia}} film ''Film/THX1138'', Coppola challenged Lucas to do a warmer, more human movie, so Lucas made ''Film/AmericanGraffiti'' a semi-autobiographical ComingOfAge comedy to prove he could, and it became a hit.
** Lucas' ''Franchise/StarWars'' universe is closer to the performer end of the spectrum compared to the technician ''Franchise/StarTrek'' universe. The former has a gritty UsedFuture look and both the dark side and the light side of the Force favor instincts over reason, compared to the rational and utopian ''Star Trek''.
* Going off of the above example, Creator/StevenSpielberg has a performer ethos compared to the technician mindset of his friend and peer Creator/StanleyKubrick. Compare Kubrick's cerebral, visually dramatic, detached ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' to Spielberg's equally visually dramatic but warmer and more emotionally resonant ''Film/JurassicPark''. Both deal with similar themes regarding the potential consequences of modern science and technological innovation, but are handled totally differently.
* Automated Production (Technician) vs. Hand Craft (Performer). A robotic production line can make incredibly precise items rapidly and generally wins, however hand crafting has a "personal" and "unique" feel about it that lets someone think less about paying higher amounts for a (generally) lower quality item if it's man made. Even then, certain product benefit better from one method more than the other.
* Technician Creator/AlPacino compared to performer Creator/MarlonBrando. Al Pacino said that he would work his ass off in acting... only to come short of what Brando could do in his sleep. Brando was also famous for refusing to memorize lines and often had cue cards on set or just improvised.
* The UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s for 2013 see two front runners emerge: the moving story of ''Film/TwelveYearsASlave'', featuring excellent performances, heavily favoured by the actors and writers, and the technical masterpiece ''{{Film/Gravity}}'', boasting the [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome best visual effects and use of 3D seen to date]]. Important to note that ''12 Years'' features a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters large star-studded cast]], whereas ''Gravity'' merely has [[MinimalistCast 3 actors and 3 voices, with the majority of the work being done by the crew]]. ''Gravity'' won 7 awards (Best Director, Best Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects, Best Original Score and Sound Mixing), but ''12 Years'' took home Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay and the grand prize, Best Picture.
** 2010 had a similar race between ''Film/{{Inception}}'' and ''Film/TheKingsSpeech''. The former won the awards for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects and Cinematography. The latter won Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture.
* Chris Bliss tends to be belittled in the juggling world for only ever using three balls instead of a more technically demanding higher amount. As a result, the same people find his immense popularity puzzling. However, Bliss' performances are flexible and lively with how he keeps shifting his juggling patterns, while people juggling with more objects tend to repeat the same precise mechanical pattern.
* In the Asian competitive yo-yoing circuit, the team from Thailand is consistently the technicians while the team from Japan is most often the performers. The prevailing Thai strategy is to incorporate and mimic as flawlessly as possible past winning performances, whereas Japanese yo-yoers, inspired by the improvisational performers that made them an international force, are more inclined to make routines on the fly and create new tricks. The Thai usually get near perfect marks in technical skill whereas the Japanese usually do the same in creativity. (That being said, creativity is given more weight than technical skill, so between the two countries, only Japan has ever represented in world tournaments.)
* More downplayed than the other examples, but Western martial arts (boxing, German fencing, wrestling) leans towards Technician, while Eastern martial arts (karate, kung-fu, taekwondo), leans towards to Performer.
* In motorsport, while both Technicians and Performers are ''everywhere'', the general rule is that drifting is for Performers wanting to put on a smoky, high-octane show of car control, while grip driving is the realm of Technicians seeking the fastest, most efficient way around the track. That said, there are Technician drifters out to demonstrate superlative mastery of their vehicle, and Performer circuit drivers that engage in stunning battles for position.
* Elsewhere in the car enthusiast community, there is the distinction between the Technicians, people who love to tune their cars with performance modifications to extract the maximum power of it; and the Performers, who often just prefer racing and driving pleasure.
* Education. Ignoring the obvious of Mathematics and Physics versus Art and Music (and possibly English and History too), there's also the more general Everyone Gets A Trophy phenomenon and the promotion of vocational qualifications alongside more academic ones; the public backlash comes from the perception that schools ''should'' be about technical (academic) achievement, but they're increasingly seen as pandering to performalists.
** By contrast, with career choice after getting an education, this is nearly inverted. Those who pursue more practical jobs tend to be closer to technicians are they tend to find jobs that are in high demand and thus find job stability and a much higher salary. Academia, on the other hand, is less stable and generally only pursued out of passion and curiosity.
* Two of the great all-round card players (and close friends -- they were also skilled at {{backgammon}} and wrote a book about it together), Oswald Jacoby (technician) and John R. Crawford (performer).
* Robert Falcon Scott (performer) and Roald Amundsen (technician) in the race for South Pole. Scott was very much a GentlemanAdventurer, hoping to conduct a scientific expedition alongside the Pole march and willing to experiment with motor sledges and making unplanned changes to his crew. Amundsen was a CrazyPrepared utilitarian who focused solely on reaching the Pole using proven methods (sledge dogs and skiing). Ultimately, Amundsen won, but for a long time Scott and his tragic death on a return march were more remembered.
* Among ScienceFiction writers, those on the [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness harder side of the scale]] tend to be Technicians who are most interested in using their fiction to make a legitimate contribution to scientific theory. Those on the softer side tend to be Performers who just want to use the [[TropesAreTools tropes]] of ScienceFiction in interest of telling a well-crafted story. A fine example of the former is Creator/IsaacAsimov; of the latter, Creator/RayBradbury.
* Michael Cimino's ''Film/HeavensGate'' is a stern warning for any filmmaker who takes the Technician route too far. He was so obsessed over getting the period details right and perfecting the ([[SceneryPorn admittedly spectacular]]) cinematography, he neglected to notice that the actual story wasn't strong enough to justify the nearly ''six-hour'' running time.
* WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts vs. WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes: Creator/{{Disney}} had more principled, sweeping, and painstakingly crafted animation, while Creator/WarnerBros cartoons were more improvisational, snappy, and willing to step out of the pack. Interestingly, their audiences tend to be drawn for opposite reasons; [[GentleTouchVsFirmHand fans of Disney like their strong emotional feel, whereas fans of Looney Tunes like their down-to-earth wit.]]
* You might think that software developers would be all technicians, but the {{Playful Hacker}}s lean toward the "performer" end of the spectrum. One of the tenets of the "hacker ethic" is that code can be beautiful. These people tend to gravitate toward Linux and open source software. While they can create some amazing programs, they unfortunately tend to avoid things like documentation or "proper" coding style, which makes life difficult for the programmers who have to maintain their code after them.
* With VideoGames this is often the difference between LetsPlay or Streaming (performers) and ProfessionalGaming (technicians). While there are plenty of people who can do both personality is much more important for Let's Players/Steamers as the basis of their brand whereas for pro gamers skill is paramount.
** Hardcore gamers who play to win (technicians) versus softcore and casual gamers who play just to have fun (performers). An age-old rivalry.
* Keep this in mind next time you read or write a TopTenList: is it the Top 10 Best ____, or is it your Top 10 Favorite ____?
* With regards to filmmaking, the likes of OscarBait tend to be on the technician side -- out to please critics and win awards. Blockbusters meanwhile lean towards performer side -- emphasis on spectacle and pleasing audiences. CriticalDissonance exists for this reason -- blockbusters will usually have higher scores with audiences than critics, and vice versa.
* It's often argued that there are only two type of memoirs written by actors: One that focuses heavily on method and the interplay between costars (Technician: ''A Life in Parts'' by Creator/BryanCranston), and the other is what it's liked to be secured in a safety harness and dragged behind a car for 200 feet (Performer: ''If Chins Could Kill'' by Creator/BruceCampbell).
* In political campaigns, it often comes down to a charismatic candidate with a voice and a vision, against a more reserved individual who focuses on in the nitty-gritty of policies. Often as not, the candidate who cultivates a stronger gut reaction from voters will win the election. UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy vs UsefulNotes/RichardNixon is a fairly famous example.
** The 2016 Elections took this to its extreme with Hillary Clinton (Technician) and Donald Trump (Performer). Clinton was widely known for her attention to the nitty-gritty policies and issues, and her uptight approach in favouring preparation for facts and details while Trump filled up stadiums with his rallies by crafting a much more simpler message and vulgar theatrics. This race can also be viewed in terms of StrategyVersusTactics considering that while Clinton outperformed Trump in the debates; and was generally viewed as the more favourable candidate to win (even winning the popular vote); lost the election because of her weaker message.
* UsefulNotes/{{Television}} in TheFifties had two major players in comedy: [[Series/TheHoneymooners Jackie Gleason]] and [[Series/ILoveLucy Lucille Ball]]. While both were actors and thus performers to an extent, the differences were in their approach to their writing: Gleason was firmly in the "Technician" side, with every little bit of his writing planned out in advance, adjusted and revised down to the letter. Ball, on the other hand, had a more "Performer" writing style, providing information and lines to her co-stars and her improvising as she went.
* [[https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/01/29/carol-dweck-mindset/ The Fixed mindset vs. the Growth mindset:]] People with the Fixed mindset define themselves by their abilities, tend to put more effort in perfecting a single project, but are brought down more by failure. By contrast, those with the Growth mindset define themselves by effort, like to get experience in several subjects under their belts, and are more willing to break a few eggs to make their own omlette.
* [[LeParkour Parkour]] (which emphasizes efficiency) versus freerunning (which emphasizes aesthetics).
* In terms of illustrative painting, [[https://goddamnshinyrock.tumblr.com/post/161883217020/someone-in-the-notes-of-the-last-leyendecker-post look no further than J.C Leyendecker verses Norman Rockwell]]. Both highly respected painters who created cover illustrations for the Saturday evening post, Leyendecker was a Technician who'd do practice painting after practice painting to prep for the finished piece while the Performer Rockwell would copy photo compositions to achieve his pieces. In the end Leyendecker would come out with [[https://78.media.tumblr.com/778b553e2da01e36e85ea94480443a30/tumblr_inline_ormolhd5MY1qg36bn_500.jpg idealized paintings that established superior technical style but often felt less personable]]. Rockwell's by comparison used his artistic knowledge to craft [[https://78.media.tumblr.com/1b62c16dfcf55f509b0e70a27e5fef72/tumblr_inline_ormon3iIK51qg36bn_500.jpg intimate and human paintings at the expense of technical skill]]. In the end, the masses regard Rockwell more than Leyendecker for creating quintessential American Icons, while most studying the arts say the inverse with many an artist praising Leyendecker for his technical genius.