The term polymath is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas.
Jean Cocteau: a French poet, novelist, artist, filmmaker, dramatist, designer, boxing manager, diarist, ballet scenarist, illustrator and playwright.
Woody Allen, according to Wikipedia is: "an award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian and playwright". And a philanthropist, and had sex with his (adopted) daughter.
According to the artist info for these cat headphones "Traci Medeiros-Bagan is an avid vegan feminist artist that believes in the power of reclaiming home crafts and mixing mediums to create unique handmade products that reject conformity and add to the Handmade/DIY Revolution!"
Benjamin Franklin. Founding Father of the United States of America... and inventor of the lightning rod, among many other crafts!
Maya Angelou: author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. She has over 50 honorary degrees, and Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Grammy, and a whole lot more.
The term "Renaissance Man" has also been used to describe polymaths, as some of the more famous Renaissance-era men tended to be polymaths. Leonardo da Vinci was both a painter and an inventor in a wide range of studies including medicine, architecture and even what we would now call robotics. Michelangelo was a painter, sculptor and architect. Galileo was an astronomer and worked on improving several astronomical charting devices such as telescopes and compasses. Nicolaus Copernicus may take the cake though. He was an astronomer, jurist, mathematician, artist, translator, governor, diplomat, economist, a scholar of the classics, physician and topped it off by speaking four languages.
Chinese armies in World War II. Due to the Nationalists receiving aid from USA, Britain, France, Soviet Union, and Nazi Germany (for fighting Communists) and with the Communists receiving aid from (again) USA, Britain, France, and the Soviet Union, their soldiers wore a kitbash of equipment. Therefore, it was possible to find a Nationalist soldier in a German Steel Helmet, wearing a British uniform, using an American submachine gun, and having a local Chinese made copy of a German pistol in some holster around him, receiving air support from Soviet made Tupolev bombers.
Chinese guerillas take it a bit further by using captured Japanese weapons.
To put that into perspective the Chinese used every small arm available in the Second World War.
Even the weapons themselves were mash-ups. One Chinese warlord had his soldiers use the German C96 as a sidearm, but had a surplus of .45 ACP for his copies of American Thompson SMG's. Thus he created the Shanxi Type 17, a C96 in the .45 caliber. A Chinese-made version of a German-made pistol firing an American-made pistol cartridge.
Mother Angelica, more commonly known on the internet as the pirate nun.
It's harmless, though. Don't let the spiky cape-tentacles fool you.
Interestingly, the vampire squid is considered neither a squid nor an octopus. It's the single surviving member of the order Vampyromorphida, though it shares physical similarities to both.
it is also not an hematophagous animal (that is it doesn't feed on blood) so it's not a vampire either, the "vampire" name comes from the fleshy spines on it's tentacles (which are soft and actually harmless).
Manny Pacquiao, the eight-division champion boxer/singer/actor/congressman/basketball player/coach/senator. We're not making this up, especially the senator part.
Real historical ninjas usually associated themselves with particular warlords. Now, those who were unlucky enough to service warlords on the losing side often ended up getting kicked out from their home villages and in general become outlaw and brigands. Some of them, especially those who specialized in water-based guerrilla warfare, ended up pursuing... piracy. That's right. Real, historical ninja-pirates.
Ninja-pirates almost certainly did exist in Japan during the 16th century, given the number of Wokou raids to Korea during that period.
Hattori Hanzo. This legendary ninja considered ninjutsu and ninja-ism a secondary profession, he's more of a front-line soldier in service of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Funny that his secondary profession is the one that gets infamous.
Modern penthatlon, which features fencing, swimming, horse riding, cross-country racing and shooting (the last two, in the same event since 2009) in the same day.
The British De Havilland Mosquito and its German rival, the Junkers Ju 88, were this. High-speed bombers, dive-bombers, high-altitude bombers, reconnaisance aircraft, bomber-destroying heavy fighters, radar-equipped night fighters...the sheer number of roles and variants these two World War Two stalwarts covered would fill a whole book. The Mosquito was an extremely fast airplane thanks to its powerful engines and a fuselage made of plywood and balsa, cranking this trope Up to Eleven.
The Lockheed AC-130 is originally a C-130 Hercules cargo/airlift plane. Then you add gatling guns, an autocannon, and a howitzer, turning it into a ground-attack plane. Then you add the Mother of All Bombs, because even a freakin' B-52 doesn't have a bomb bay that can fit it—but the cargo bay can! And if you don't carry too many giant bombs, you can still use it for minor airlift duties.
AC-130 was preceded by AC-47, the gunship version of the DC-3 cargo plane. It was not the first fighting variant of the type, as it was routinely modified to serve as bombers during World War II, while still carrying cargo.
Similarly, the Mi-24 "Hind" is a modified Mi-8 transport helicopter. Up-armored with hard-point wings attached to it, the Mi-24 is the only attack helicopter in the world that can not only shoot up vehicles and buildings and kill tanks, but carry troops and equipment, rescue downed helicopter crews, and relocate carrying its own spare parts. It may not be as efficient at individual tasks as specialized gunships and transports, but the sheer versatility of this metal monster has helped it in battle again and again.
The Gallowglass are what happened when Vikings landed in Scotland and started interbreeding with the local Celts, essentially making them Viking Highlanders, which is awesome enough by itself, but then they got hired by the famous Irish privateer, Grace O'Malley which made them Viking Highlander Pirates!
Destroyers were conceived in the late XIX century as small, expendable ships designed to protect larger ships of attacks by torpedo boatsnote Destroyer is a contraction of Torpedo-boat destroyer. By World War II, however, destroyers had become larger and less expendable multi-purpose vessels whose original escort role had been extended during World War One and the previous decades to deal with aircraft, submarines, and to attack with torpedoes enemy ships.