History CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass / Literature

31st Oct '16 3:55:57 PM CaptainSupermarket
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* Nick Moss of ''Literature/CityOfDevils'' is a nervous little man... who was a decorated paratrooper in WWII and survived eight years of monsters.

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* Nick Moss of ''Literature/CityOfDevils'' and [[Literature/FiftyFeetOfTrouble its sequel]] is a nervous little man... who was a decorated paratrooper in WWII and survived eight years of monsters.
27th Oct '16 11:11:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' doesn't lack for badasses. And it includes a dyed-in-the-wool one of these, too. Westeros doesn't have polite phrases for "intellectually challenged" or "educationally disadvantaged", but it's pretty clear that those are what most people immediately conclude when they come across [[TheSquire Podrick]] "[[TheQuietOne Pod]]" [[ChildSoldier Payne]]. And, frankly... he has issues that could well be quite dark in nature, for all most only seem to take amusement from his befuddlement. The guy barely speaks full sentences and has the self-confidence and social bearing of a particularly bemused starfish (although, Tyrion does try working on those -- with some results). But, give him a sword or knife and put him where the action is hottest and... wow -- you can't ''believe'' this is the same lad. He's ''a lot'' more eloquent with his actions than he'll ever be with his tongue.

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* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' doesn't lack for badasses. And it includes a dyed-in-the-wool one of these, too. Westeros doesn't have polite phrases for "intellectually challenged" or "educationally disadvantaged", but it's pretty clear that those are what most people immediately conclude when they come across [[TheSquire Podrick]] "[[TheQuietOne Pod]]" [[ChildSoldier Payne]]. And, frankly... he has issues that could well be quite dark in nature, for all most only seem to take amusement from his befuddlement. The guy barely speaks full sentences and has the self-confidence and social bearing of a particularly bemused starfish (although, Tyrion does try working on those -- with some results). But, give him a sword or knife and put him where the action is hottest and... wow -- you can't ''believe'' this is the same lad. He's ''a lot'' more eloquent with his actions than he'll ever be with his tongue.
23rd Oct '16 9:51:41 PM DastardlyDemolition
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** Tom Bombadil.

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** Tom Bombadil. Goofy, playful, and easy-going Tom presents very little of a threat, at first. He's called "Master of wood, water and hill" for a reason and commands great power and wisdom in his domain. It's implied that he is in fact the oldest person in all of Middle-Earth and the One Ring of Sauron has no effect on him; when Frodo wears the ring ''he can still see him'', the ring cannot corrupt him, and he can make it vanish and reappear on a whim. The only reason the council doesn't just give it to him is because they think that he'll just misplace it.
27th Apr '16 11:10:27 AM Dalillama
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* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' and ''Malloreon'' have several of these and several subversions. Played straight with Silk who normally plays the thief/rogue member of the cast, but in the ''Malloreon'' when [[spoiler:Bethra is murdered, he tortures the killer into revealing who hired him and then proceeds to assassinate half the family before being stopped by his companions. Later, when the Dagashi assassin Brill pisses him off at Rak Cthol, he beats the hell out of him and kicks him off the mountain. He then coolly informs Belgarath that Brill was learning how to fly, and not all that successfully.]] These were, of course, [[Awesome/{{Literature}} Crowning Moments of Awesome]]. Also in the same series, when Belgarath gets pissed he has been known to destroy entire mountains and also buries [[spoiler:Zedar, who betrayed him and his master, alive for AndIMustScream the horror here coming from the fact that Zedar is effectively immortal and no wizard can undo what another wizard has done, so Zedar will be entombed in solid stone for all eternity]]. He likes to let the world think he is a DirtyOldMan, and he likes to make remarks of his time with the fully female Dryad race and of the ''very'' open-minded Marag women. [[BerserkButton He also tends to become badass when his family is threatened]].

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* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' and ''Malloreon'' have several of these and several subversions. Played straight with Silk who normally plays the thief/rogue member of the cast, but in the ''Malloreon'' when [[spoiler:Bethra is murdered, he tortures the killer into revealing who hired him and then proceeds to assassinate half the family before being stopped by his companions. Later, when the Dagashi assassin Brill pisses him off at Rak Cthol, he beats the hell out of him and kicks him off the mountain. He then coolly informs Belgarath that Brill was learning how to fly, and not all that successfully.]] These were, of course, [[Awesome/{{Literature}} Crowning Moments of Awesome]]. Also in the same series, when Belgarath gets pissed he has been known to destroy entire mountains and also buries [[spoiler:Zedar, who betrayed him and his master, alive for AndIMustScream alive, [[AndIMustScream forever]] the horror here coming from the fact that Zedar is effectively immortal and no wizard can undo what another wizard has done, so Zedar will be entombed in solid stone for all eternity]]. He likes to let the world think he is a DirtyOldMan, and he likes to make remarks of his time with the fully female Dryad race and of the ''very'' open-minded Marag women. [[BerserkButton He also tends to become badass when his family is threatened]].
2nd Mar '16 12:33:45 PM Kakai
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* Vulture in ''Literature/ShamanBlues''. He looks like ThePigPen, acts like an idiot and his entire knowledge of the world comes from MTV, and either his magic knowledge is non-existent or he can't be bothered to talk. But in the afterlife, he's powerful enough to blow the door to the great beyond wide open and threaten the [[HumanoidAbomination Old Ones]] into retreating.
2nd Jan '16 2:57:34 AM WillBGood
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** [[spoiler:The inept thief Slippery John]]. Since the appearance of the Syndrome had taken all of the competent adventurers ([[spoiler:the "Syndrome" being the name assigned to characters who had been taken over by Mogworld players]]) he decided to act [[spoiler: as neurotic, creepy, and bad at thievery as possible to avoid catching it.]] Shows his true colors at Mount Murdercruel, where he is revealed to be [[Crazy-Prepared]] with the most bizarrely specific items for his character up to that point.

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** [[spoiler:The inept thief Slippery John]]. Since the appearance of the Syndrome had taken all of the competent adventurers ([[spoiler:the "Syndrome" being the name assigned to characters who had been taken over by Mogworld players]]) he decided to act [[spoiler: as neurotic, creepy, and bad at thievery as possible to avoid catching it.]] Shows his true colors at Mount Murdercruel, where he is revealed to be [[Crazy-Prepared]] CrazyPrepared with the most bizarrely specific items for his character up to that point.
14th Sep '15 12:58:12 PM bluemist9999
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** This is really brought home in a short story set after "Changes," where Karrin Murphy, Harry's long time close friend, describes him (paraphrased):
*** Harry looks like an awkward nerd, most of the time, taking extra care to avoid running into someone, speaking mildly to put people at ease. Then, he notices something, his quick eyes note it and he investigates. But, when things get dangerous, his voice becomes deeper, commanding. And he starts throwing fire and lightning around as if they were his personal playthings. Quirky nerd, gone. Terrifying icon, present. When you see this, you see the next evolutionary step, and it's scary. I had come to terms with this. Not many ever would.
9th Sep '15 12:37:56 AM NikoMoldova
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* From Yahtzee Croshaw's Mogworld.
** [[spoiler:The inept thief Slippery John]]. Since the appearance of the Syndrome had taken all of the competent adventurers ([[spoiler:the "Syndrome" being the name assigned to characters who had been taken over by Mogworld players]]) he decided to act [[spoiler: as neurotic, creepy, and bad at thievery as possible to avoid catching it.]] Shows his true colors at Mount Murdercruel, where he is revealed to be [[Crazy-Prepared]] with the most bizarrely specific items for his character up to that point.
** [[spoiler: Thaddeus the priest spends all his time dismissing his fellow undead as affronts to his LORD (he acts like a southern pastor, and LORD is always in all-caps), all the while claiming that he isn't a zombie but was brought back to life because of his piety. He's delusional like this to the end, where he fights Barry the Vicar, who has access to development tools. It turns out that, in life, he was the legendary high priest of his religion (Barry wrote his thesis on him) and an incredible powerful mage hidden under mountains of crazy and religious dogma.]]
22nd Apr '15 6:21:33 AM dagard
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** Butters, starting in "Literature/DeadBeat", and going UpToEleven by "Literature/SkinGame"
21st Apr '15 7:47:21 PM MattII
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** Meanwhile Cheeri turns out to be be surprisingly athletic in ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' taking a number of chips out of the king golem (which is more than most people could manage), although to no real effect.


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*** Ridcully in particular takes this a step further, for while most wizards are surprisingly fit despite their size, he takes it a step further, being quite capable of delivering a knockout blow, well grounded enough to save a man's life, and firm minded enough to invite Susan (while she's being Death's stand-in) to breakfast.
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