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Basic Trope: A character undergoes psychotically difficult training.

  • Straight: Alice seeks out the training of the mighty Men-Tor. His training involves attacking her while she's off-guard and having her work out in strenuous situations.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Men-Tor throws Alice at a mountain to make her stronger.
    • Alice really does go to Hell for a time to make her stronger.
  • Downplayed: The training course has some strenuous aspects but as a whole is not "hellish".
  • Justified:
    • Alice is going off to fight Emperor Evulz, who won't hesitate to kill her in battle. Therefore, her training needs to be just as hellish as the actual battle.
    • Normal training is very time-intensive, and time is at a premium, so Alice gets put through high-intensity training to get good enough fast enough.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Alice is expecting a tough training session from Men-Tor, but he just makes her do something inconsequential and simple.
  • Double Subverted: ...but that's just part one of the training. The second part is much more rough.
  • Parodied: At the outset of the training, Men-Tor forces Alice to fill out a last will and testament. "Why's that?" "...No reason. Just some legal issue."
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  • Zig Zagged: Alice's training is simpler than you'd think...but it's just part one of the training. Part two is much rougher, but it isn't as bad as part three.
  • Averted: The training is what you'd normally expect.
  • Enforced:
    • "We need to show that this Men-Tor character has a few screws loose! Let's have him make Alice undergo some serious training!"
    • "We need to show that what Alice is up against won't be easy, so she needs to train hard!"
  • Lampshaded: "Why is this training so hard?!"
  • Invoked: "Your enemies will not hesitate to kill you. If you don't find out during my training, you'll find out sometime."
  • Exploited:
    • The intensity of the training has given Alice psychical or psychological weaknesses, which Evilz abuses.
    • A murder is hidden in a training school. After all anyone would understand someone dying from that.
  • Defied: Alice refuses to train any more until she's shown more respect, and it turns out that the Secret Test of Character was being confident enough to tell Men-Tor what an asshole he is.
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  • Discussed: "Wow, Men-Tor. You don't do things by halves, do you?"
  • Conversed: Viewers complain that no one could even SURVIVE that training.
  • Deconstructed:
    • The hellish training doesn't make Alice any stronger. It does, however, injure her severely, potentially resulting in a Game-Breaking Injury that may or may not be permanent. As a result, Emperor Evulz succeeds in his plans to Take Over the World.
    • The severity of the training breaks Alice psychologically, and she starts using her new skills for evil.
  • Reconstructed:
    • The hellish training regimen serves to weed out those whose commitment is less than perfect. Sending in "heroes" with no real idea of what they're getting into is a good way to get a lot of the world's best and brightest killed. The real, less intensive training (relatively speaking) follows the brick wall entrance exam.
    • The course is designed with input from doctors and other experts in sports medicine, with a medic and a psychiatrist constantly on standby to evaluate the trainees and pull them aside if anything goes wrong.
    • Alice's training brought her to the brink of death, but after she recovers her pain tolerance and endurance has skyrocketed : which was the true purpose of the training.
    • A complete health exam is made before training, which includes complete psych exam: Those who do not pass are dropped out of the program, and those who stay learn much more (or much faster) than usual. Of course, there are still unfortunate accident, but the strict screening means even regular police or military training has more accidents than this place.
    • The training is difficult, but it doesn't start that way. Alice starts with basic military or police training, which continues to escalate as her performance improves. She doesn't start with running straight through brick walls until it's established that she can.

"As part of your Training from Hell, you must go back to that page, and edit the entry using only your tongue."

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