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11th Nov '17 12:49:31 PM Kezajaws
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* Resident Evil 7 has Ethan Winters. Unlike Leon or Chris or other protagonists, Ethan doesn't have any special training or gym time or anything that would help him survive the ordeal. He's a regular guy with a missing wife and an absolute refusal to die.
9th Nov '17 8:43:38 AM Gatordragon24
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* ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'' takes place in a ScienceFantasy where most [[PlayableCharacter champions]] either use magic, futuristic technology, or {{Magitek}}. On top of that, half of the champions aren't even human. This makes the champions Viktor and Tyra stand out by being humans who rely on ordinary firearms and their skills as an OldSoldier and a ScarilyCompetentTracker, respectively.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'' takes place in a ScienceFantasy DungeonPunk world where most [[PlayableCharacter champions]] either use magic, futuristic technology, magic or {{Magitek}}. On top of that, half of the champions aren't even human. This makes the champions Viktor and Tyra stand out by being humans who rely on ordinary firearms and their skills as an OldSoldier and a ScarilyCompetentTracker, respectively.
6th Nov '17 1:20:42 AM TheLearnedSoldier
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*** While it may or may not be accidental, there are several hints in-game (being able to see/understand Ajunta Pall, incredibly strange luck, uncanny intuition) that Carth might be a closet-case Force Sensitive.

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*** While it may or may not be accidental, there are several hints in-game (being able to see/understand Ajunta Pall, incredibly strange luck, uncanny intuition) that Carth might be a closet-case Force Sensitive. Plus, [[spoiler: his son joined the Sith Academy on Korriban--as a Sith. And the lore is pretty clear that the Force is typically heriditary.]]
3rd Nov '17 8:43:33 PM DustSnitch
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** The player can choose to [[EnforcedTrope enforce]] this in ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored 2}}'', where the character you play as (either [[BadassPrincess Emily]] or [[BroughtDownToNormal a recently depowered Corvo]]) meets the Outsider and can accept his Mark or refuse it outright, allowing the player to play through the game with no powers at all. Doing this will net you an [[CosmeticAward achievement/trophy]].

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** The player can choose to [[EnforcedTrope enforce]] this in ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored 2}}'', where the character you play as (either [[BadassPrincess Emily]] Emily or [[BroughtDownToNormal a recently depowered Corvo]]) meets the Outsider and can accept his Mark or refuse it outright, allowing the player to play through the game with no powers at all. Doing this will net you an [[CosmeticAward achievement/trophy]].



* Speak of the devil, the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'': Mitsurugi has no supernatural powers and no connection to either spirit sword, and the katana he uses is made of perfectly normal metal and has no otherwise remarkable features. However, he's so skilled that [[OneManArmy whole armies of normal men can't beat him]] even with ''firearms'', and he's considered a worthy adversary to blatantly supernatural fighters like Nightmare, Olcadan (who ''killed a god's messenger'') and Algol. In the time gap between ''IV'' and ''V'', Mitsurugi has hung up his trusty katana and become a farmer because absolutely ''nothing'' short of immortal god-kings challenges the guy any more. There's more than a few other characters who would count as well - [[BadassPrincess Hilde]], [[EnsembleDarkhorse Hwang]], [[WomanScorned Setsuka]], [[NatureHero Rock]] [[note]]([[CharlesAtlasSuperpower although with some of the things he does you do have to wonder just how "normal" he is]])[[/note]] - but when it comes to sheer badassery, nobody else even comes close.

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* Speak of the devil, the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'': Mitsurugi has no supernatural powers and no connection to either spirit sword, and the katana he uses is made of perfectly normal metal and has no otherwise remarkable features. However, he's so skilled that [[OneManArmy whole armies of normal men can't beat him]] even with ''firearms'', and he's considered a worthy adversary to blatantly supernatural fighters like Nightmare, Olcadan (who ''killed a god's messenger'') and Algol. In the time gap between ''IV'' and ''V'', Mitsurugi has hung up his trusty katana and become a farmer because absolutely ''nothing'' short of immortal god-kings challenges the guy any more. There's more than a few other characters who would count as well - [[BadassPrincess Hilde]], Hilde, [[EnsembleDarkhorse Hwang]], [[WomanScorned Setsuka]], [[NatureHero Rock]] [[note]]([[CharlesAtlasSuperpower although with some of the things he does you do have to wonder just how "normal" he is]])[[/note]] - but when it comes to sheer badassery, nobody else even comes close.



* ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle'' has Max, an otherwise ordinary boy who fights monsters with a wrench and a gun. Contrasted with his partner, Monica, who is a shapeshifting MagicKnight BadassPrincess.

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* ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle'' has Max, an otherwise ordinary boy who fights monsters with a wrench and a gun. Contrasted with his partner, Monica, who is a shapeshifting MagicKnight BadassPrincess.MagicKnight.
24th Oct '17 10:01:40 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}'''s Captain Falcon. [[PlayingWithFire Maybe]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}'''s ''VideoGame/FZero'''s Captain Falcon. [[PlayingWithFire Maybe]].
21st Oct '17 3:04:14 PM Sanokal
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** The man himself, Solid Snake. While he might have been cloned with desirable traits in mind, at the end of the day he has no special powers, yet consistently goes up against many of the examples on this list, including Big Boss, a ''tank'' with nothing but grenades, Ocelot, [[spoiler:Venom Snake, aka Big Boss in essence]], self-proclaimed world's most powerful psychic Psycho Mantis, the monstrous B&B Corps, and of course, Metal Gears, and ''wins''. He's not invincible of course, but it's still there.
21st Oct '17 1:57:50 AM Sanokal
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*** Buck from ODST was the quintessential example before becoming a Spartan-IV; he was practically said to be a Spartan if he was any better, and his Crowning Moment involved him [[spoiler:killing a Brute Chieftan by stabbing it in the throat]].
16th Oct '17 12:48:20 PM Shadoboy
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* ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'' is full of RubberHoseAnimation bosses who can use unusual weapons, strange magic, are assisted by powerful robots or can turn into hellish beasts... then there's Sally Stageplay. She fights you on a theatre stage, using nothing but props and a parasol and has the most mundane final form out of all the bosses. She's not as difficult as the other bosses at that point of the game, but [[NintendoHard that's not saying much...]]
8th Oct '17 2:57:59 PM NNinja
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' and the rest of the compilation, there's more than a few badasses with no powers. Tifa and Rude get by on martial arts training, Yuffie with ninja skills, Red XIII with natural prowess, Barret with a gun-arm, Cid with a spear and dynamite, Tseng and Elena with handguns, Cissnei with an oversized shuriken, and Reno with a big ol' stun baton.
3rd Oct '17 6:55:03 AM BeerBaron
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** A more specific example from ''V: Skyrim'', is the Old Orc who can be found wandering the roads and wilderness looking for a WorthyOpponent to kill him because he wants to fighting like a man rather than as a feeble and frail wretch in his bed. This BadassGrandpa Orc, clad in hides and leathers and wielding an ordinary, non-enchanted axe, will put up a challenging fight against your character who at this point is certainly a fabled dragonslayer and possibly also the chosen champion of the Orc god Malacath.

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** A more specific example from ''V: Skyrim'', ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', is the Old Orc who can be found wandering the roads and wilderness looking for a WorthyOpponent to kill him because he wants to fighting like a man rather than as a feeble and frail wretch in his bed. This BadassGrandpa Orc, clad in hides and leathers and wielding an ordinary, non-enchanted axe, will put up a challenging fight against your character who at this point is certainly a fabled dragonslayer and possibly also the chosen champion of the Orc god Malacath.Malacath.
** In the spin-off ActionAdventure game ''Redguard'', the hero is Cyrus, a simple [[MasterSwordsman Redguard]] pirate/swordsman. Despite this, during the course of the game, he slays a [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]], defeats a Sload {{Necromancer}}, and matches wits with a [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]]. Later games and stories indicate that Cyrus was [[GodInHumanForm an incarnation]] of [[SpellMyNameWithAThe the]] [=HoonDing=], the Redguard "[[OddJobGods Make Way]]" god who manifests whenever the Redguard people need a place to live. If true, Cyrus is a divinely EmpoweredBadassNormal instead.
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