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I'm looking for a word (a noun) to describe a person who is really good at something but somehow underrated.

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    I've got to agree with @Kris that "underrated" is really the most obvious choice here. The two current answers (unsung hero and dark horse) don't mean the same thing. – Tom Fenech Jan 10 '17 at 14:51
  • What do you call someone who asks something despite having a question? – David K Jan 10 '17 at 15:11
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    Underrated isn't a noun. – barbecue Jan 10 '17 at 15:36
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    Please give an example of the situation where you would use this word, and describe the research you have done so far. An explanation of how to write a "single word request"-type question can be found on the tag information page. – sumelic Jan 10 '17 at 17:08
  • Vaguely, might Cassandra fit that bill, as in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassandra of Troy? Otherwise, I bet you have to look a very long way… Aren't such people 'somehow underrated' precisely because no-one interested in their area of expertise, is interested in them? – Robbie Goodwin Jan 23 '17 at 20:45
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I've always like the phrase Unsung hero for someone who's contribution is underrated/valued:

Unsung hero: a person who makes a substantive yet unrecognized contribution; a person whose bravery is unknown or unacknowledged

  • Obligatory link to the Unsung Hero badge. – Glorfindel Jan 10 '17 at 10:29
  • I think this answer is good, because it specifically implies the person has made important contributions. – barbecue Jan 10 '17 at 15:39
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It depends what you mean by "somehow" underrated, but I would refer to somebody like that as a dark horse

a person who keeps their interests and ideas secret, especially someone who has a surprising ability or skill:

Anna's such a dark horse - I had no idea she'd published a novel.

It's marked as British English, so may not be known in the US.

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    The phrase is used in the US with similar, but not quite the same meaning, and I’ve usually heard it in particular contexts relating to a competition of some sort (most especially a political race, wherein you might have a dark horse candidate). – KRyan Jan 10 '17 at 14:57

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