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17th Jul '17 5:02:21 PM kome360
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** Slave Knight Gael, the GrandFinale boss of the series, is just a regular knight who was given physical power by the Dark Soul. He is using a greatsword that is rusted and broken. He barely holds control over the burning humanity spirits augmenting his abilities. Yet he is the ultimate boss of the entire series.
** ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'': You aren't exactly normal anymore, what with all the augmentations your blood gives you, but any powers you obtain are purely due to items and not spellcraft. The blood enhances your existing abilities, which are fighting and shooting and understanding, and that is exactly what you do to kill monstrous beasts and hordes of insane hunters.
16th Jul '17 12:00:51 PM CalamityRaven26
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* In the ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' series some of the best units are from classes that are "grunts" (Soldiers and Mercenaries). In addition, Leaf in the 4th game doesn't get one of the game's GameBreaker legendary weapons, but is still one of the better characters in the game, although the fact that he promotes into a Master Knight (one of if not ''the'' most broken classes in the series) might void him from qualifying as a Badass Normal.
** Leaf definitely qualifies for this trope in ''Thracia 776''. He's exactly the same after promotion as he was before. Even story-wise, Leaf feels inadequate next to other resistance leaders, like Celice, Shanan, and Sety, who carry legendary weapons. Sety, Leaf's mentor, tells him his struggles are what makes him a Holy Warrior.
** Finn from the same game definitely qualifies. At the beggining of the game, he was just a fresh knight who has no Holy Blood whatsoever. Finn get his signature weapon early in part 1, and it, alongside his skillset make him quite a good unit, but he left the team before the end of part 1. And then part 2 rolls in and he took several level in badass, and now he is arguably one of the most badass character in the series, with nothing but skills, experience, and his signature Brave Lance. Notably he is the only character who appeared in all parts of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'' including ''Thracia 776'', and is considered High Tier amongst people with Holy Blood and Holy Weapons around, which is a massive acomplishment in and on itself.
** Ike, from the Radiance arc, may count. He first appears as nothing more than an honest, if blunt, young man who happens to be rather skilled with the sword. So skilled, actually, that not only does he grow into one of the best characters in ''both'' games, mobilize the [[RedshirtArmy Crimean Liberation Army]] to victory over BigBad Ashnard, and take command of one of the greatest mercenary companies in history, but eventually ends up [[spoiler:''slaying a goddess.'']] That's pretty badass for the first main ''Fire Emblem'' character to not be a royal.
** What about [[BoisterousBruiser Bo]][[NiceGuy yd]]? It's not a far stretch to call him the best Warrior the series' seen in years, boasting overall high HP and Strength, as well as great Speed and Skill, making him an all-around LightningBruiser. In the sequel to ''Path of Radiance'', Boyd has [[MightyGlacier more than one speed issue at the beginning.]] With careful training, however, he becomes even BETTER than last time, as in ''Path of Radiance'' his main downside was his low Defense. In Radiant Dawn, ''[[TookALevelInBadass that isn't even a problem for him.]]''
** [[GenkiGirl Mia]] and [[CountryMouse Nephenee]] deserve a good mention too, what with their overall badassery with no magic whatsoever.
** If we're talking about ''FireEmblem: Genealogy of the Holy War'', Jamuka can't be left out. He's one of the few main characters from the first part of the game who has no Holy Blood, but he's still a very solid unit with or without his Killer Bow.
** If we go for normal, it's hard to get any more normal amongst the main characters than Sothe in ''Radiant Dawn''. A number of endgame bosses expresses their surprise at seeing "a shabby little burglar" amongst the heroes.
--->[[spoiler:'''Sephiran:''']] Hello, child... I'm a little surprised to see an ordinary boy like you, fighting for the world. This day is full of surprises!\\
'''Sothe:''' No one's more surprised than me. I can't read people's feelings like Micaiah... I'm not invincible in battle like Ike... Between all these laguz kings and great beorc heroes, I don't really belong here.

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* In the ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' series some of the best units are from classes As a whole, virtually ''any'' unit that are "grunts" (Soldiers and Mercenaries). In addition, Leaf in the 4th game doesn't get one of the game's GameBreaker use magic, shapeshifting, legendary weapons, but is still one of the better characters in the game, although the fact that he promotes into a Master Knight (one of if not ''the'' most broken classes in the series) might void him from qualifying as a Badass Normal.
** Leaf definitely
weapons or any other supernatural powers qualifies for this trope in ''Thracia 776''. He's exactly the same after promotion as he was before. Even story-wise, Leaf feels inadequate next to other resistance leaders, like Celice, Shanan, and Sety, who carry legendary weapons. Sety, Leaf's mentor, tells him his struggles are what makes him ''Franchise/FireEmblem''. Usually, getting lucky with a Holy Warrior.
** Finn from the same game definitely qualifies. At the beggining of the game, he was just a fresh knight who has no Holy Blood whatsoever. Finn get his signature weapon early in part 1, and it, alongside his skillset make him quite a good unit, but he left the team before the end of part 1. And then part 2 rolls in and he took several
physical unit's level ups results in badass, and now he is arguably one of a MookHorrorShow at the most hands of a [[CoolSword sword]]/[[AnAxeToGrind axe]]/[[BladeOnAStick lance]]/[[ArcherArchetype bow]]/[[KnifeNut knife]] wielding badass character in the series, with nothing but skills, experience, and his signature Brave Lance. Notably he is the only character who appeared in all parts of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'' including ''Thracia 776'', and is considered High Tier amongst people with Holy Blood and Holy Weapons around, which is a massive acomplishment in and on itself.
** Ike, from the Radiance arc, may count. He first appears as nothing more than an honest, if blunt, young man who happens to be rather skilled with the sword. So skilled, actually, that not only does he grow into one of the best characters in ''both'' games, mobilize the [[RedshirtArmy Crimean Liberation Army]] to victory over BigBad Ashnard, and take command of one of the greatest mercenary companies in history, but eventually ends up [[spoiler:''slaying a goddess.'']] That's pretty badass for the first main ''Fire Emblem'' character to not be a royal.
** What about [[BoisterousBruiser Bo]][[NiceGuy yd]]? It's not a far stretch to call him the best Warrior the series' seen in years, boasting overall high HP and Strength, as well as great Speed and Skill, making him an all-around LightningBruiser. In the sequel to ''Path of Radiance'', Boyd has [[MightyGlacier more than one speed issue at the beginning.]] With careful training, however, he becomes even BETTER than last time, as in ''Path of Radiance'' his main downside was his low Defense. In Radiant Dawn, ''[[TookALevelInBadass that isn't even a problem for him.]]''
** [[GenkiGirl Mia]] and [[CountryMouse Nephenee]] deserve a good mention too, what with their overall badassery with
knows no magic whatsoever.
** If we're talking about ''FireEmblem: Genealogy of the Holy War'', Jamuka can't be left out. He's one of the few main characters from the first part of the game who has no Holy Blood, but he's still a very solid unit with
fear or without his Killer Bow.
** If we go for normal, it's hard to get any more normal amongst the main characters than Sothe in ''Radiant Dawn''. A number of endgame bosses expresses their surprise at seeing "a shabby little burglar" amongst the heroes.
--->[[spoiler:'''Sephiran:''']] Hello, child... I'm a little surprised to see an ordinary boy like you, fighting for the world. This day is full of surprises!\\
'''Sothe:''' No one's more surprised than me. I can't read people's feelings like Micaiah... I'm not invincible in battle like Ike... Between all these laguz kings and great beorc heroes, I don't really belong here.
mercy.
1st Jul '17 10:15:06 PM Lopiny
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* ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' has the Brigand Cannon boss, which is just an ordinary cannon for all intents and purposes. It's not an eldritch horror, it is not an evil spellcaster, or is it an undead monstrosity. It is simply a cannon led by a group of sociopathic bandits, that dangers the town of Hamlet and [[ThatOneBoss is just as formidable]] as any other given occult horror within the game.

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* ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' has the Brigand Cannon boss, which is just an ordinary cannon for all intents and purposes. It's not an eldritch horror, it is not an evil spellcaster, or is it an undead monstrosity. It is simply a cannon led by a group of sociopathic bandits, that dangers the town of Hamlet and [[ThatOneBoss is just as formidable]] as any other given occult horror within the game. The Vvulf, the leader of the aforementioned bandits, also counts, leading a brigand invasion that's just as difficult to face as the hardest dungeon in the game, and the man himself can easily take on your team with just some brigand support, a big shield and a barrel full of bombs. And finally, the DLC's Fanatic can take on heroes that have faced and stomped any of the other monstrosities of the Estate and crush them all by his lonesome, through plentiful armament, a stake to burn heretics with, and ''sheer, batshit insane zeal''. Parties that would wipe the floor with a writhing mass of demon-infested flesh or an entire crew of undead pirates with an enchanted anchor can get a TotalPartyKill against this single human.
17th Jun '17 12:57:35 PM NNinja
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* In ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami'', the protagonist is a literal case: Comes armed with nothing but a fancy mask, and murders hundreds of russian mobsters using whatever weapon happens to be nearby at the time.
** [[UpToEleven Taken up to eleven]] in the [[VideoGame/HotlineMiami2WrongNumber sequel]] where Evan, the writer, goes through his levels while trying to not kill anyone. He'll refuse to pick up knives and if you pick up a gun, he'll methodically unload it before throwing the pieces on the ground. Note that the player ''may'' force Evan to kill the mobsters by punching them repeatedly on the ground, which will cause him to enter an [[UnstoppableRage Unstoppable Rage]], effectively making the rest of the level easier, but preventing you from getting the "DON'T LET ANGER GET THE BEST OF YOU" achievement.

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* %%* In ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami'', the protagonist is a literal case: Comes armed with nothing but a fancy mask, and murders hundreds of russian mobsters using whatever weapon happens to be nearby at the time.
** %%** [[UpToEleven Taken up to eleven]] in the [[VideoGame/HotlineMiami2WrongNumber sequel]] where Evan, the writer, goes through his levels while trying to not kill anyone. He'll refuse to pick up knives and if you pick up a gun, he'll methodically unload it before throwing the pieces on the ground. Note that the player ''may'' force Evan to kill the mobsters by punching them repeatedly on the ground, which will cause him to enter an [[UnstoppableRage Unstoppable Rage]], effectively making the rest of the level easier, but preventing you from getting the "DON'T LET ANGER GET THE BEST OF YOU" achievement.
15th Jun '17 8:26:22 AM BeerBaron
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** Speaking of the [[HornyVikings Nords]], while they are some of the greatest individual warriors in Tamriel, they are so while also being the least magically inclined race. Their modern culture even has an [[DoesNotLikeMagic inherent dislike of magic and magic users]], with the sole exception being for Restoration magic (as they can always use more healers). Despite their lack of magical skill, the Nords (and their [[BarbarianHero Atmoran]] ancestors) are basically the reason why Mankind even exists on Tamriel. They drove Skyrim's native [[OurElvesAreBetter Falmer (Snow Elves)]] to [[FinalSolution near extinction]] and established a foothold for free Men in Tamriel (at a time when Tamriel's other races of men were subservient or outright slaves to Tamriel's Elves). They also established the first empire of Men in Tamriel, which spanned from High Rock in the West to Morrowind in the east, and was only torn apart due to a succession crisis.
9th Jun '17 8:57:35 PM Willbyr
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* A rival of ''MapleStory'' called ''VideoGame/WonderKing'' has the Gunner/Gunslinger class. In a game where even warriors and ninjas call upon magical powers, a Gunner's skills consist of acrobatic maneuvers and using a variety of different weapons. Examples include a [[GatlingGood Gatling gun]], a bazooka, and a [[MacrossMissileMassacre missile launcher]].

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* A rival of ''MapleStory'' ''VideoGame/MapleStory'' called ''VideoGame/WonderKing'' has the Gunner/Gunslinger class. In a game where even warriors and ninjas call upon magical powers, a Gunner's skills consist of acrobatic maneuvers and using a variety of different weapons. Examples include a [[GatlingGood Gatling gun]], a bazooka, and a [[MacrossMissileMassacre missile launcher]].
8th Jun '17 5:30:34 AM NNinja
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* Ayane isn't this trope in her ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' home front, but she turns into this in her {{Crossover}} to ''{{Franchise/FatalFrame}} V'', [[NoSell where her formidable ninja weapons and skills don't work on ghosts]] and her lack of [[MagicalCamera a Camera Obscura]] prevents her having a proper way to fight them off, forcing her [[StealthBasedMission to rely on her ninja skills to sneak around them]], [[PowerTattoo with enchanted tattoos]] [[ISeeDeadPeople to allow her to see the hostile spirits she must sneak by]] and [[StunGuns a Spirit Stone]] [[InfiniteFlashlight Flashlight]] to render the spirits she fights incapable for a short time while [[RunOrDie she runs away from them]].
6th Jun '17 12:31:08 PM BeerBaron
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** The Imperials of Cyrodiil combine this with BoringButPractical and HumansAreAverage. They aren't magical powerhouses like the [[OurElvesAreBetter Altmer]] or [[HalfHumanHybrid Bretons]], they aren't great individual warriors like the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Nords]] or the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]], and they're not great at stealth like the [[CatFolk Khajiit]] or [[LizardFolk Argonians]]. All they really have going for them is that they make for [[HumansAreLeaders cunning diplomats, competent statesmen]] and [[SoldierVersusWarrior disciplined infantry]]. Yet the forces of Cyrodiil forged no fewer than ''four'' empires conquering most or all of Tamriel.

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** The Imperials of Cyrodiil combine this with BoringButPractical and HumansAreAverage. They aren't magical powerhouses like the [[OurElvesAreBetter Altmer]] or [[HalfHumanHybrid Bretons]], they aren't great individual warriors like the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Nords]] or the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]], and they're not great at stealth like the [[CatFolk Khajiit]] or [[LizardFolk Argonians]]. All they really have going for them is that they make for [[HumansAreLeaders cunning diplomats, competent statesmen]] and [[SoldierVersusWarrior disciplined infantry]]. Yet the forces of Cyrodiil forged no fewer than ''four'' ''three'' empires conquering most or all of Tamriel.
28th May '17 3:00:21 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In a franchise where the ability to fly, copying enemies' powers, magic swords are pretty mcuh commonplace, Bandana Dee from ''Franchise/Kirby'' definitely counts. He's just a [[TheGoomba Waddle Dee]] armed with a spear. He just knows how to really use it.

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* In a franchise where the ability to fly, copying enemies' powers, magic swords are pretty mcuh commonplace, Bandana Dee from ''Franchise/Kirby'' ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' definitely counts. He's just a [[TheGoomba Waddle Dee]] armed with a spear. He just knows how to really use it.
28th May '17 2:59:38 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** And a very unexpected and unusual case appears at the end of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'''' with [[spoiler:Johnny. For most of the game he seems to be a huge failure of a super soldier enhanced by cybernetic augmentations and with quite a collection of gadgets of his own. However, he admits he successfully chickened out of having the augmentations done, making him about the only normal human in any combat unit anywhere. His performance still is lacking way behind, but the fact that he was able to almost keep up with an [[BadassArmy elite team of super soldiers]] and saved the others single-handedly on several occasions is treated as being damn impressive.]]

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** And a very unexpected and unusual case appears at the end of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'''' ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' with [[spoiler:Johnny. For most of the game he seems to be a huge failure of a super soldier enhanced by cybernetic augmentations and with quite a collection of gadgets of his own. However, he admits he successfully chickened out of having the augmentations done, making him about the only normal human in any combat unit anywhere. His performance still is lacking way behind, but the fact that he was able to almost keep up with an [[BadassArmy elite team of super soldiers]] and saved the others single-handedly on several occasions is treated as being damn impressive.]]
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