History BadassNormal / ComicBooks

17th Jul '17 4:48:50 PM kome360
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** Batman One Million (a future superhero from the 853rd century) is a PlayedWith example. He is a BadassNormal... but by the standards of his time. After so many centuries, human evolution has taken some impressive leaps and thus what a normal human can achieve in that era is far beeyond what a normal human can achieve in the 21st century. He has physical abilities somewhere between ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age Superman]], low-level psychic powers and an IQ in excess of 200. Plus he has nanotechnology PowerArmour.

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** Batman One Million (a future superhero from the 853rd century) is a PlayedWith example. He is a BadassNormal... but by the standards of his time. After so many centuries, human evolution has taken some impressive leaps and thus what a normal human can achieve in that era is far beeyond beyond what a normal human can achieve in the 21st century. He has physical abilities somewhere between ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age Superman]], low-level psychic powers and an IQ in excess of 200. Plus he has nanotechnology PowerArmour.
31st May '17 6:29:28 PM nombretomado
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** Plus Hawkeye II (also known as Golden Archer, Wyatt [=McDonald=] of ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme'') and Hawkeye III (Kate Bishop, jokingly called "Hawkingbird"). The latter's first appearance in the ''YoungAvengers'', all either superpowered or having fantabulous armor, involves her saving the team's bacon during a botched hostage situation, later to become the official "Bad Ass" member of the team.

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** Plus Hawkeye II (also known as Golden Archer, Wyatt [=McDonald=] of ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme'') and Hawkeye III (Kate Bishop, jokingly called "Hawkingbird"). The latter's first appearance in the ''YoungAvengers'', ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'', all either superpowered or having fantabulous armor, involves her saving the team's bacon during a botched hostage situation, later to become the official "Bad Ass" member of the team.



* David Alleyne, AKA Prodigy of the NewXMen and YoungAvengers, is in a similar boat as Storm and Rictor: Used to be a mutant, but isn't any more. His power when he was a mutant though was to absorb the skills, talents, and experiences of people around him, and after he lost his powers he had all that absorbed knowledge returned to him. Now, he has the combined fighting prowess, intellect, [[MundaneUtility musical tastes]], and mastery of the entirety of the X-Men, including fields ranging from parkour and close-quarters-combat to magical incantations and stances (without the ability to actually ''perform'' said magic). Thanks to this also giving him the sexual experiences of both men and women allowing him to explore his sexuality without actually doing anything, he realized he was bi, so he's also now a BadassBisexual too.

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* David Alleyne, AKA Prodigy of the NewXMen ComicBook/NewXMen and YoungAvengers, ComicBook/YoungAvengers, is in a similar boat as Storm and Rictor: Used to be a mutant, but isn't any more. His power when he was a mutant though was to absorb the skills, talents, and experiences of people around him, and after he lost his powers he had all that absorbed knowledge returned to him. Now, he has the combined fighting prowess, intellect, [[MundaneUtility musical tastes]], and mastery of the entirety of the X-Men, including fields ranging from parkour and close-quarters-combat to magical incantations and stances (without the ability to actually ''perform'' said magic). Thanks to this also giving him the sexual experiences of both men and women allowing him to explore his sexuality without actually doing anything, he realized he was bi, so he's also now a BadassBisexual too.
30th May '17 10:11:35 AM Pichu-kun
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* The original Golden Age ComicBook/BlackCanary was this. Unlike her more well-known [[LegacyCharacter successor]] [[BattleFamily daughter]], Dinah Drake didn't have any superpowers to speak of. She simply used her fists and wits to fight. Her daughter, Dinah Lance (though, as of the ComicBooks/New52 they've been made into a CompositeCharacter known as "Dinah Drake"), spends most of her time using her normal strengh as well, but also has a supersonic screaming power. One issue had a middle-aged Dinah Drake forcibly come out of retirement due to mind-control, and even after having a 20+ year old daughter she's still perfectly fit to fight. Unsurprisingly, Dinah Drake was a member of the Justice Society of America.

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* The original Golden Age ComicBook/BlackCanary was this. Unlike her more well-known [[LegacyCharacter successor]] [[BattleFamily [[BadassFamily daughter]], Dinah Drake didn't have any superpowers to speak of. She simply used her fists and wits to fight. Her daughter, Dinah Lance (though, as of the ComicBooks/New52 they've been made into a CompositeCharacter known as "Dinah Drake"), spends most of her time using her normal strengh as well, but also has a supersonic screaming power. One issue had a middle-aged Dinah Drake forcibly come out of retirement due to mind-control, and even after having a 20+ year old daughter she's still perfectly fit to fight. Unsurprisingly, Dinah Drake was a member of the Justice Society of America.
30th May '17 10:10:33 AM Pichu-kun
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** ComicBook/HarleyQuinn is a capable fighter despite having no superpowers. She is simply very good at aerobics and using a mallet.



* The original Golden Age ComicBook/BlackCanary was this. Unlike her more well-known [[LegacyCharacter successor]] [[BattleFamily daughter]], Dinah Drake didn't have any superpowers to speak of. She simply used her fists and wits to fight. Her daughter, Dinah Lance (though, as of the ComicBooks/New52 they've been made into a CompositeCharacter known as "Dinah Drake"), spends most of her time using her normal strengh as well, but also has a supersonic screaming power. One issue had a middle-aged Dinah Drake forcibly come out of retirement due to mind-control, and even after having a 20+ year old daughter she's still perfectly fit to fight. Unsurprisingly, Dinah Drake was a member of the Justice Society of America.



2nd May '17 10:50:18 AM darkemyst
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* [[Comicbook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]], while being the most [[AudienceSurrogate relatable]] of the Robins before Stephanie's brief tenure, was a HyperCompetentSidekick to begin with as was needed to explain why Batman would take on another Robin after Jason Todd's death. When Dick considered his insistence Bruce was still alive after the JL told them he had been killed evidence of SanitySlippage and took the mantle of Robin from him Tim TookALevelInBadass as Comicbook/RedRobin.
20th Apr '17 12:33:52 AM rafi
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** In ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'', Batman manages to force Darkseid to let Supergirl go.
10th Apr '17 12:08:53 PM nombretomado
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* Mina Murray, from ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', is the team leader by dint of her sheer force of personality. In [[Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen the movie]], Mina gains vampire powers, and the Badass Normal team leader mantle is handed off to Allan Quatermain. Considering that he's played by SeanConnery, it's arguably one of the few changes that works.

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* Mina Murray, from ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', is the team leader by dint of her sheer force of personality. In [[Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen the movie]], Mina gains vampire powers, and the Badass Normal team leader mantle is handed off to Allan Quatermain. Considering that he's played by SeanConnery, Creator/SeanConnery, it's arguably one of the few changes that works.
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.''
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