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* Soma Yukihira of ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'' lives and breathes this trope. Unlike many chefs of his generation, he doesn't have any extraordinary talents or specialties of his own, yet he has plenty of hands-on experience from working in a kitchen for over twelve years. Moreover, he's a quick learner and knows how to turn his mistakes to his advantage, and even take techniques he learns from cooking against or alongside his peers.


* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the Dragonborn's skills are treated this way in-universe - your skills increases when you get tutored in their use by a trainer or read a book regarding their use, but most of your leveling up is done by applying those skills to someone's face. Every time the Dragonborn swings a sword or casts a spell, they learn how to do it a little better.
** ''VideoGame/{{Enderal}}'' is more RPG-based, as your character needs to spend their ability points by reading skill books and visiting shrines. However, your character gains hundreds of experience points at once by defeating enemies, and a few dozen for tinkering with locks and crafting small trinkets. Your character's fast exp gain is justified as a side-effect of becoming a magically-augmented champion, as everyone else gains exp much, much slower.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the Dragonborn's skills are treated this way in-universe - your skills increases are honed when you get tutored in their use by train with a trainer mentor or read a book regarding their use, on the subject, but most of your leveling up is done by skill growth comes from applying those skills to someone's face. Every time the Dragonborn swings a sword or casts a spell, they learn how to do it a little better.
** ''VideoGame/{{Enderal}}'' is more RPG-based, as your character needs to spend their ability skill points by reading skill books with educational self-study, and visiting shrines. does not gain proficiency by repeatedly using the same skills. However, your character gains hundreds of experience points at once by defeating enemies, starts out as a stowaway with no trade skills or combat experience, and turns into a badass in mere days by killing a few dozen for tinkering with locks scrubs and crafting small trinkets. reading a few books. Your character's fast exp gain is lampshaded and justified as a side-effect of becoming a magically-augmented champion, as everyone else gains exp much, much slower.champion.

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** ''VideoGame/{{Enderal}}'' is more RPG-based, as your character needs to spend their ability points by reading skill books and visiting shrines. However, your character gains hundreds of experience points at once by defeating enemies, and a few dozen for tinkering with locks and crafting small trinkets. Your character's fast exp gain is justified as a side-effect of becoming a magically-augmented champion, as everyone else gains exp much, much slower.


See also the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil. Compare/contrast HardWorkHardlyWorks, TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn, SinkOrSwimMentor, BookDumb, and WaxOnWaxOff.

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See also the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil. Compare/contrast HardWorkHardlyWorks, TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn, NecessaryFail, SinkOrSwimMentor, BookDumb, and WaxOnWaxOff.


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* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''

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* In the backstory of ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2565609/156/Odd-Ideas Dungeons and Drow]]'' Literature/HarryPotter is one of several apprentice wizards sent off to fight in a war and the only one to return (the rest having died or fled). He easily kills the Guildmaster and the five wizards with him once he does return as all of them were rich and/or nobility so never went to war and learned all the dirty tricks and unusual spells wizards in the army learn. Of course, it helps that the Guildmaster apparently bought his position rather than earning it.

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* In the backstory of ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2565609/156/Odd-Ideas Dungeons and Drow]]'' Drow]]'', Literature/HarryPotter is one of several apprentice wizards sent off to fight in a war and the only one to return (the rest having died or fled). He easily kills the Guildmaster and the five wizards with him once he does return as all of them were rich and/or nobility so never went to war and learned all the dirty tricks and unusual spells wizards in the army learn. Of course, it helps that the Guildmaster apparently bought his position rather than earning it.



* In '"Literature/OfficerBuckleAndGloria", Officer Buckle seems to learn at least some of the safety tips he tells the students by suffering the consequences of doing various things.

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* In '"Literature/OfficerBuckleAndGloria", ''Literature/OfficerBuckleAndGloria'', Officer Buckle seems to learn at least some of the safety tips he tells the students by suffering the consequences of doing various things.



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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.

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* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has this throughout its entire run, but most notably in the first episode where J.D. is knowledgeable and has a good bedside manner, but is so inexperienced and panicked by the prospect of making a mistake that he can't even touch a patient, much less adequately treat someone. As an interesting contrast, his best friend and fellow med school graduate Turk jumps right into the "learn by doing" philosophy, but makes certain mistakes at the start and isn't always as good as he imagines himself to be. Dr. Cox has to (unwillingly) become his J.D.'s mentor and role model and trick/force him to work on patients before J.D. starts getting real experience and learning how to become a good doctor.

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* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has this throughout its entire run, but most notably in the first episode where J.D. is knowledgeable and has a good bedside manner, but is so inexperienced and panicked by the prospect of making a mistake that he can't even touch a patient, much less adequately treat someone. As an interesting contrast, his best friend and fellow med school graduate Turk jumps right into the "learn by doing" philosophy, but makes certain mistakes at the start and isn't always as good as he imagines himself to be. Dr. Cox has to (unwillingly) become his J.D.'s mentor and role model and trick/force him to work on patients before J.D. starts getting real experience and learning how to become a good doctor.



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* This seems to be a theme in Creator/ChristopherTitus's work.
-->[[DistinctionWithoutADifference "I don't fail. I succeed in finding what doesn't work."]]

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* This seems Jenna from ''Roleplay/DawnOfANewAgeOldportBlues'' learned how to be use her superpower because she had to: it turned her into a theme in Creator/ChristopherTitus's work.
-->[[DistinctionWithoutADifference "I don't fail. I succeed in finding what doesn't work."]]
[[TheWormThatWalks giant mass of insects]], forcing her to figure out how to control them so she could re-assemble herself into a humanoid shape.



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* This seems to be a theme in Creator/ChristopherTitus's work.
-->[[DistinctionWithoutADifference "I don't fail. I succeed in finding what doesn't work."]]
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* Continuum's skill system is explicitly built on this, with points accruing each time the skill is rolled if players don't decide to [[TimeTravel take a short cut]]

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* Continuum's ''Continuum'''s skill system is explicitly built on this, with points accruing each time the skill is rolled if players don't decide to [[TimeTravel take a short cut]]



* A case of a boss who does this in-game: Mr Freeze in VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity seems at first like a typical "impervious unless attacked in a certain way, but never learns to cover that weakness" sort of boss. Turns out he isn't; each sneaky trick Batman can use on him [[ItOnlyWorksOnce will only work once]] because he will alter his attack pattern to cover that particular weakness, forcing the player to do the same: [[CreepyMonotone "I can adapt my strategies, Batman. Can you?"]]

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* A case of a boss who does this in-game: Mr Freeze in VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' seems at first like a typical "impervious unless attacked in a certain way, but never learns to cover that weakness" sort of boss. Turns out he isn't; each sneaky trick Batman can use on him [[ItOnlyWorksOnce will only work once]] because he will alter his attack pattern to cover that particular weakness, forcing the player to do the same: [[CreepyMonotone "I can adapt my strategies, Batman. Can you?"]]



* Benjamin ''Muthafuckin'' King of the Franchise/SaintsRow series is this with his philosophy of knowing when to learn, when to watch and when to act; a philosophy that he learned from bringing up his gang from Sunnyvale Gardens. This is what makes him successful yet what puts him at odds with the inexperienced Warren Sharp.

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* Benjamin ''Muthafuckin'' King of the Franchise/SaintsRow ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' series is this with his philosophy of knowing when to learn, when to watch and when to act; a philosophy that he learned from bringing up his gang from Sunnyvale Gardens. This is what makes him successful yet what puts him at odds with the inexperienced Warren Sharp.



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*With enough experience on the battlefield, [[OldSoldier some soldiers]] learn to "smell" where a shell is going to land, identify ''very quiet'' man-made sounds, can spot [[BoobyTrap traps]], ambushes and [[LandMineGoesClick mines]] before anyone else, and just "knows" when and where the enemy will attack. Almost seems to be a mundane {{Defictionalization}} of CombatClairvoyance!

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* Mirio Togata of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' is a strong believer in the idea of learning from experiences, both good and bad, and credits this with the development of his own quirk. His experience and tutelage under the pro hero Sir Nighteye went a long way towards turning him from dead last among his peers to number one at U.A.

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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': Carbosilicate amorphs like Schlock are extremely rare and extremely hardy, so they don't spend any time in hospitals. Schlock's doctor, Bunni, therefore became the galaxy's leading expert on amorph treatment simply by being the only person who treats an amorph on a regular basis.


This is a staple of MacGyvering, the devices they make work because they ''have'' to. The CrazyPrepared person is either this way because of past experience, or because they want to avoid the bruises associated with it. And this is implied with a person who has SeenItAll -- they have experienced it personally.

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This is a staple of MacGyvering, the devices they make work because they ''have'' to. The CrazyPrepared person is either this way because of past experience, or because they want to avoid the bruises associated with it. And this is implied with a person who has SeenItAll -- they SeenItAll--they have experienced it personally.

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* Benjamin ''Muthafuckin'' King of the Franchise/SaintsRow series is this with his philosophy of knowing when to learn, when to watch and when to act; a philosophy that he learned from bringing up his gang from Sunnyvale Gardens. This is what makes him successful yet what puts him at odds with the inexperienced Warren Sharp.


** Darth Vader is also an egregious example of this. We see Anakin falling into a 'I have the high ground' trap by Obi-Wan, which led to insta LifeSupport and ArtificialLimbs UpToEleven. Come '' Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Luke uses this again to trap Vader and finish him quickly. A wiser Darth Vader simply destroys the platform, robbing Luke of his advantage.

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** Darth Vader is also an egregious example of this. We see Anakin falling into a 'I have the high ground' trap by Obi-Wan, which led to insta LifeSupport [[DarkLordOnLifeSupport Life Support]] and ArtificialLimbs UpToEleven. Come '' Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Luke uses this again to trap Vader and finish him quickly. A wiser Darth Vader simply destroys the platform, robbing Luke of his advantage.

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*** A malfunctioning parachute was a major aspect of his own escape from the F-22 Raptors in ''Film/IronMan1'', while [[spoiler:Rhodes breaks his spine and nearly dies from falling down]] when his suit's primary power source is shot out in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''. By ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'', Tony has added a parachute to the Spider-man suit he has designed.


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* ''Film/BatmanBegins'' uses this entirely as its main story. Bruce went through the training, and when he came to forming the mantle of "Batman", it was from picking up his mistakes. After getting a military combat suit, he found that he needed something to soften a fall, which leads to the glider-cape. After getting gassed by the Scarecrow, even though he was now inoculated against the effects, he was fully aware of what Crane was going to do. As Alfred used as a CallBack quote from Bruce's father, "Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up."

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''Film/BatmanBegins'' uses this entirely as its main story. Bruce went through the training, and when he came to forming the mantle of "Batman", it was from picking up his mistakes. After getting a military combat suit, he found that he needed something to soften a fall, which leads to the glider-cape. After getting gassed by the Scarecrow, even though he was now inoculated against the effects, he was fully aware of what Crane was going to do. As Alfred used as a CallBack quote from Bruce's father, "Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up."


* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Luke Skywalker's advancement in TheForce can be attributed to this. Without the classic training of the monk-like Jedi, he learned by improvisation and [[ArtificialLimbs sometimes hard lessons.]]

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Luke Skywalker's advancement in TheForce can be attributed to this. Without the classic training of the monk-like Jedi, he learned by improvisation and [[ArtificialLimbs sometimes hard lessons.]]

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