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4th Feb '17 1:50:51 AM UltimateLazer
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* Comicbook/{{Deadshot}} is a man with no powers other than being an [[ImprobableAimingSkills inhumanly good marksman]], hence his name.
8th Jan '17 2:24:19 PM nombretomado
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* Most members of ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} tend to be this. Nick Fury has often played with this as, for the most part, he ''is'' an example, if not for the fact he doesn't age thanks to ingesting the Infinity Formula. His UltimateMarvel version, based on (and in the [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse films]], portrayed by) Creator/SamuelLJackson, was this ''at first'' until it was revealed he was the subject of a prison experiment that granted him mild superhuman abilities beyond not aging.

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* Most members of ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} tend to be this. Nick Fury has often played with this as, for the most part, he ''is'' an example, if not for the fact he doesn't age thanks to ingesting the Infinity Formula. His UltimateMarvel ComicBook/UltimateMarvel version, based on (and in the [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse films]], portrayed by) Creator/SamuelLJackson, was this ''at first'' until it was revealed he was the subject of a prison experiment that granted him mild superhuman abilities beyond not aging.
13th Dec '16 5:38:44 AM Tron80
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* Let's not forget the '''''original''''' Nightwing, who was Franchise/{{Superman}} BroughtDownToNormal. In fact, in every instance Supes has no powers (often from being under a red sun), he shows off his own badassery without needing his powers - one only needs to see the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Hereafter", in which a depowered Superman single-handedly takes over a dire wolf pack, with just a sword, then wears the wolfpack's leader's hide as a ''cloak''.

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* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'': Weakened, injured and underpowered, Superman defeats three armed thugs. He really likes the feeling of winning without resorting to super-powers.
--->'''Superman:''' I've had the taste of the glory of being normal! To win through determination... courage... to be no more than myself — and no less!
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Let's not forget the '''''original''''' Nightwing, who was Franchise/{{Superman}} BroughtDownToNormal. In fact, in every instance Supes has no powers (often from being under a red sun), he shows off his own badassery without needing his powers - one only needs to see the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Hereafter", in which a depowered Superman single-handedly takes over a dire wolf pack, with just a sword, then wears the wolfpack's leader's hide as a ''cloak''.''cloak''.
** Played with in the case of Clark Kent. Yeah, sure, he's actually Franchise/{{Superman}}, but to the world at large Clark Kent is just a mild mannered reporter who ''dares'' to muckrake around Lexcorp and Intergang. In the One Year Later arc, Clark actually loses his powers for a period of time and ''still'' manages to infiltrate Lex's operations, Intergang, and anywhere else you'd expect an intrepid investigative reporter to go. And, according to Perry White, is a BETTER reporter that year than he's ever been. Apparently Clark Kent is just plain badass.
** One issue of ''Superman'', pastiching UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, had a story where practically everyone in Metropolis gained superpowers identical to Superman's, going so far as to don capes and costumes (and Superman himself having to don a rather tacky costume while still masquerading as Clark Kent) and the mayor proposing the city name be changed to Superpolis. Then Metallo shows up and exposes everyone to his [[KryptoniteFactor kryptonite]], and they start dying from it like Superman would... until Detective Dan Turpin (who appeared earlier and disparaged Superman over how real crime fighters don't need superpowers), dressed in normal clothes, walks out of the crowd, unaffected, and arrests Metallo and saves everyone. It turns out the whole situation was set up by Mr. Mxyzptlk to give everyone superpowers - along with a kryptonite weakness - but since the detective wholeheartedly didn't want to get powers, he didn't get kryptonite vulnerability either. Then he gives Mxyzptlk a note to read, tricking him into banishing himself to the fifth dimension again. In other words, several dozen superpowered people lay around gasping for breath while a portly detective in a bowler hat outwitted two major villains.
** Dan "Terrible" Turpin is that badass in every adaptation, especially ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' where he stood toe-to-toe with '''[[BigBad Darkseid]]''' and didn't blink. [[spoiler:It cost him his life]], but he knew that going into it and ''still'' stood up to the Man. How badass is he? He's so badass [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/FinalCrisis Darkseid used him for his new body]].]] His original awesome moment, back in the original ''ComicBook/NewGods,'' was attacking Kalibak with nothing but a tommy gun and getting mauled within an inch of his life--all to keep Kalibak distracted until he could be fried with all the electrical power in Metropolis, ''knocking him out—'' so the son of Darkseid, god of evil, could be ''arrested.''



** {{ComicBook/Bane}} is considered an EmpoweredBadassNormal in most of the media he appears in due to the use of his Venom super-steroid, but is still this trope whenever he's not due to being a {{Determinator}}. Aside from being smart enough to get Batman in the position to [[{{ComicBook/Knightfall}} break his back]], the man weaned himself off his Venom addiction on his own, and shows that he's as much (if not more) of a badass ''off of it'' as he is when he's on it.
*** To put it into perspective how much of a BadassNormal he is, he was able to take multiple bricks to the face while still holding a conversation with his captor. ''Without his Venom!''
** ComicBook/TheJoker is essentially this. In most portrayals, he doesn't actually have any powers, but he's still fully capable of going toe-to-toe with any superhero in Franchise/TheDCU, including Franchise/{{Superman}} and WonderWoman, and often will come very close to beating them. Not to mention the fact that he has the single highest body count of any villain in the DC Universe (from single acts, not blowing up cities or planets).

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** {{ComicBook/Bane}} is considered an EmpoweredBadassNormal in most of the media he appears in due to the use of his Venom super-steroid, but is still this trope whenever he's not due to being a {{Determinator}}. Aside from being smart enough to get Batman in the position to [[{{ComicBook/Knightfall}} break his back]], the man weaned himself off his Venom addiction on his own, and shows that he's as much (if not more) of a badass ''off of it'' as he is when he's on it.
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it. To put it into perspective how much of a BadassNormal he is, he was able to take multiple bricks to the face while still holding a conversation with his captor. ''Without his Venom!''
** ComicBook/TheJoker is essentially this. In most portrayals, he doesn't actually have any powers, but he's still fully capable of going toe-to-toe with any superhero in Franchise/TheDCU, including Franchise/{{Superman}} and WonderWoman, and often will come very close to beating them. Not to mention the fact that he has the single highest body count of any villain in the DC Universe (from single acts, not blowing up cities or planets).
Venom!''



* Played with in the case of Clark Kent. Yeah, sure, he's actually Franchise/{{Superman}}, but to the world at large Clark Kent is just a mild mannered reporter who ''dares'' to muckrake around Lexcorp and Intergang. In the One Year Later arc, Clark actually loses his powers for a period of time and ''still'' manages to infiltrate Lex's operations, Intergang, and anywhere else you'd expect an intrepid investigative reporter to go. And, according to Perry White, is a BETTER reporter that year than he's ever been. Apparently Clark Kent is just plain badass.



* One issue of ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'', pastiching UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, had a story where practically everyone in Metropolis gained superpowers identical to Superman's, going so far as to don capes and costumes (and Superman himself having to don a rather tacky costume while still masquerading as Clark Kent) and the mayor proposing the city name be changed to Superpolis. Then Metallo shows up and exposes everyone to his [[KryptoniteFactor kryptonite]], and they start dying from it like Superman would... until Detective Dan Turpin (who appeared earlier and disparaged Superman over how real crime fighters don't need superpowers), dressed in normal clothes, walks out of the crowd, unaffected, and arrests Metallo and saves everyone. It turns out the whole situation was set up by Mr. Mxyzptlk to give everyone superpowers - along with a kryptonite weakness - but since the detective wholeheartedly didn't want to get powers, he didn't get kryptonite vulnerability either. Then he gives Mxyzptlk a note to read, tricking him into banishing himself to the fifth dimension again. In other words, several dozen superpowered people lay around gasping for breath while a portly detective in a bowler hat outwitted two major villains.
** Dan "Terrible" Turpin is that badass in every adaptation, especially ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' where he stood toe-to-toe with '''[[BigBad Darkseid]]''' and didn't blink. [[spoiler:It cost him his life]], but he knew that going into it and ''still'' stood up to the Man.
** How badass is he? He's so badass [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/FinalCrisis Darkseid used him for his new body]].]]
*** His original CrowningMomentOfAwesome, back in the original ''ComicBook/NewGods,'' was attacking Kalibak with nothing but a tommy gun and getting mauled within an inch of his life--all to keep Kalibak distracted until he could be fried with all the electrical power in Metropolis, ''knocking him out—'' so the son of Darkseid, god of evil, could be ''arrested.''
13th Dec '16 1:38:11 AM Tron80
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* The Franchise/{{Batman}} mythos tends to collect these. Most notably, of course, being [[TropeCodifier Batman]] himself. He fills this role when he's required to be in an ensemble. Despite having no inherent superpowers, he's earned a spot in the inner circle of the ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', fighting alongside the likes of Franchise/{{Superman}} courtesy of a [[TheSmartGuy steel-trap intellect]] combined with a bit of a mean streak that means he can consider plans other members can't, [[TheStrategist and consider them]] ''[[TheStrategist well]]''. Batman has the proven ability to develop the means to disable each of his fellow Leaguers -- proven when those plans were stolen by villains and used to great effect.
** Honestly, Batman's Badass Normal status is cemented by the fact that several high-profile beings (including the above mentioned Spectre and Superman) have such high regard for a "mere mortal". [[MysteriousWaif Harbinger]] once referred to him as "the Scourge of all Evil." He is likely [[TheDreaded the single most feared non-lethal superhero]] in the DC Universe, with even people who keep their cool around Superman [[OhCrap pissing themselves when The Bat shows up]].

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* The Franchise/{{Batman}} mythos tends to collect these. Most notably, of course, being [[TropeCodifier Batman]] himself. He fills this role when he's required to be in an ensemble. Despite having no inherent superpowers, he's earned a spot in the inner circle of the ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', fighting alongside the likes of Franchise/{{Superman}} courtesy of a [[TheSmartGuy steel-trap intellect]] combined with a bit of a mean streak that means he can consider plans other members can't, [[TheStrategist and consider them]] ''[[TheStrategist well]]''. them well.
** In ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'',
Batman has the proven ability manages to develop the means force Darkseid to disable each of his fellow Leaguers -- proven when those plans were stolen by villains and used to great effect.
let Supergirl go.
** Honestly, Batman's Badass Normal status is cemented by the fact that several high-profile beings (including the above mentioned Spectre and Superman) have such high regard for a "mere mortal". [[MysteriousWaif Harbinger]] once referred to him as "the Scourge of all Evil." He is likely [[TheDreaded the single most feared non-lethal superhero]] in the DC Universe, with even people who keep their cool around Superman [[OhCrap pissing themselves when The Bat shows up]]."
12th Dec '16 1:33:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Franchise/{{Batman}} mythos tends to collect these. Most notably, of course, being [[TropeCodifier Batman]] himself. He fills this role when he's required to be in an ensemble. Despite having no inherent superpowers, he's earned a spot in the inner circle of the ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', fighting alongside the likes of Franchise/{{Superman}} courtesy of a [[TheSmartGuy steel-trap intellect]] combined with a bit of a mean streak that means he can consider plans other members can't, [[TheStrategist and consider them]] ''[[TheStrategist well]]''. Batman has the proven ability to develop the means to disable each of his fellow Leaguers -- proven when those plans were stolen by villains and used to great effect.

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* The Franchise/{{Batman}} mythos tends to collect these. Most notably, of course, being [[TropeCodifier Batman]] himself. He fills this role when he's required to be in an ensemble. Despite having no inherent superpowers, he's earned a spot in the inner circle of the ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', fighting alongside the likes of Franchise/{{Superman}} courtesy of a [[TheSmartGuy steel-trap intellect]] combined with a bit of a mean streak that means he can consider plans other members can't, [[TheStrategist and consider them]] ''[[TheStrategist well]]''. Batman has the proven ability to develop the means to disable each of his fellow Leaguers -- proven when those plans were stolen by villains and used to great effect.
12th Dec '16 1:33:34 AM Morgenthaler
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** {{ComicBook/Bane}} is considered an EmpoweredBadassNormal in most of the media he appears in due to the use of his Venom super-steroid, but is still this trope whenever he's not due to being a {{Determinator}}. Aside from being smart enough to get Batman in the position to [[{{ComicBook/Knightfall}} break his back]], the man weaned himself off his Venom addiction on his own, and shows that he's as much (if not more) of a BadAss ''off of it'' as he is when he's on it.

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** {{ComicBook/Bane}} is considered an EmpoweredBadassNormal in most of the media he appears in due to the use of his Venom super-steroid, but is still this trope whenever he's not due to being a {{Determinator}}. Aside from being smart enough to get Batman in the position to [[{{ComicBook/Knightfall}} break his back]], the man weaned himself off his Venom addiction on his own, and shows that he's as much (if not more) of a BadAss badass ''off of it'' as he is when he's on it.
30th Oct '16 2:17:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/MagnusRobotFighter'': The title character was this [[Creator/GoldKeyComics originally:]] a martial artist so {{Badass}} he could [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin beat robots with his bare hands.]] The later Creator/ValiantComics version eventually retconned it so that he did have super-strength after all.

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* ''ComicBook/MagnusRobotFighter'': The title character was this [[Creator/GoldKeyComics originally:]] a martial artist so {{Badass}} badass he could [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin beat robots with his bare hands.]] The later Creator/ValiantComics version eventually retconned it so that he did have super-strength after all.
26th Oct '16 8:09:02 PM PaulA
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* Rictor, after losing his powers during House of M/Decimation, has turned into this. PeterDavid describes him as the "moody former mutant who believes he’s useless and yet keeps happening to save the day." He's saved Siryn from a kidnapper, beaten the Isolationist and Arcade, programmed Danger Room technology to create a very convincing illusion, and helped stop Quicksilver from blowing up any more former mutants.

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* Rictor, after losing his powers during House of M/Decimation, has turned into this. PeterDavid Creator/PeterDavid describes him as the "moody former mutant who believes he’s he's useless and yet keeps happening to save the day." He's saved Siryn from a kidnapper, beaten the Isolationist and Arcade, programmed Danger Room technology to create a very convincing illusion, and helped stop Quicksilver from blowing up any more former mutants.
10th Sep '16 3:15:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': Murata, unlike most of his allies, does not have any inherent magical powers (Wismerhill, Hellaynnea) or incredibly size and strength (Ghorghor). He's just a very well-trained human {{Samurai}}.
9th Sep '16 4:14:35 AM Tron80
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* The Franchise/{{Batman}} mythos tends to collect these. Most notably, of course, being [[TropeCodifier Batman]] himself. He fills this role when he's required to be in an ensemble. Despite having no inherent superpowers, he's earned a spot in the inner circle of the ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', fighting alongside the likes of {{Superman}} courtesy of a [[TheSmartGuy steel-trap intellect]] combined with a bit of a mean streak that means he can consider plans other members can't, [[TheStrategist and consider them]] ''[[TheStrategist well]]''. Batman has the proven ability to develop the means to disable each of his fellow Leaguers -- proven when those plans were stolen by villains and used to great effect.

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* The Franchise/{{Batman}} mythos tends to collect these. Most notably, of course, being [[TropeCodifier Batman]] himself. He fills this role when he's required to be in an ensemble. Despite having no inherent superpowers, he's earned a spot in the inner circle of the ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', fighting alongside the likes of {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} courtesy of a [[TheSmartGuy steel-trap intellect]] combined with a bit of a mean streak that means he can consider plans other members can't, [[TheStrategist and consider them]] ''[[TheStrategist well]]''. Batman has the proven ability to develop the means to disable each of his fellow Leaguers -- proven when those plans were stolen by villains and used to great effect.



* Let's not forget the '''''original''''' Nightwing, who was {{Superman}} BroughtDownToNormal. In fact, in every instance Supes has no powers (often from being under a red sun), he shows off his own badassery without needing his powers - one only needs to see the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Hereafter", in which a depowered Superman single-handedly takes over a dire wolf pack, with just a sword, then wears the wolfpack's leader's hide as a ''cloak''.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}'' Barbara Gordon is a baseline human. However she is a skilled fighter with an eidetic memory and one of the first Batman's protegees.
** In ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'', ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}'' -a non-powered human- manages to keep the Justice Society out of Gotham, and she even came up with a way to neutralize ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' without damaging her.
* Let's not forget the '''''original''''' Nightwing, who was {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} BroughtDownToNormal. In fact, in every instance Supes has no powers (often from being under a red sun), he shows off his own badassery without needing his powers - one only needs to see the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Hereafter", in which a depowered Superman single-handedly takes over a dire wolf pack, with just a sword, then wears the wolfpack's leader's hide as a ''cloak''.



* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' is usually a virtual PhysicalGod. However, when she is depowered, her enemies find out two facts about her: she practices some style of Kryptonian martial arts (Torquasm Rao and Torquasm Vo in the pre-Crisis universe; Klurkor in the post-Crisis continuity); and post-Crisis Kara was trained by both Batman ''and'' Wonder Woman.



** ComicBook/TheJoker is essentially this. In most portrayals, he doesn't actually have any powers, but he's still fully capable of going toe-to-toe with any superhero in Franchise/TheDCU, including {{Superman}} and WonderWoman, and often will come very close to beating them. Not to mention the fact that he has the single highest body count of any villain in the DC Universe (from single acts, not blowing up cities or planets).

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** ComicBook/TheJoker is essentially this. In most portrayals, he doesn't actually have any powers, but he's still fully capable of going toe-to-toe with any superhero in Franchise/TheDCU, including {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} and WonderWoman, and often will come very close to beating them. Not to mention the fact that he has the single highest body count of any villain in the DC Universe (from single acts, not blowing up cities or planets).



* Played with in the case of Clark Kent. Yeah, sure, he's actually {{Superman}}, but to the world at large Clark Kent is just a mild mannered reporter who ''dares'' to muckrake around Lexcorp and Intergang. In the One Year Later arc, Clark actually loses his powers for a period of time and ''still'' manages to infiltrate Lex's operations, Intergang, and anywhere else you'd expect an intrepid investigative reporter to go. And, according to Perry White, is a BETTER reporter that year than he's ever been. Apparently Clark Kent is just plain badass.

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* Played with in the case of Clark Kent. Yeah, sure, he's actually {{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Superman}}, but to the world at large Clark Kent is just a mild mannered reporter who ''dares'' to muckrake around Lexcorp and Intergang. In the One Year Later arc, Clark actually loses his powers for a period of time and ''still'' manages to infiltrate Lex's operations, Intergang, and anywhere else you'd expect an intrepid investigative reporter to go. And, according to Perry White, is a BETTER reporter that year than he's ever been. Apparently Clark Kent is just plain badass.
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