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10th Dec '17 4:59:38 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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28th Nov '17 10:25:55 AM hohocrush
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* [[Film/TheThirdMan Holly Martins]] is just a writer, and manages to survive several attempted murders due to the fact that he looked too much into the death of a close friend. In the end, he even manages to [[spoiler:work with [[CopsAndDetectives the police]] and chase a [[WouldHurtAChild child-killing]], [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] drug lord [[DownTheDrain into the sewers]] and kill him.]]
31st Oct '17 6:08:59 PM merotoker
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* Female versions: Suzu and Shoukei from ''Anime/TheTwelveKingdoms''. The first is a ShrinkingViolet who spends 100 years as the favorite ChewToy of a RichBitch, then gains her freedom, but later simply doesn't know what to ''actually'' do with it and thus switches allegiances several times until she acknowledges that she has to take a side and stick to it. The second goes from a RoyalBrat with zero knowledge of the outside world, and then a PrincessInRags without any real will to change her attitude, to a PluckyGirl who helps LaResistance as much as she can and realises that she should have wised up a long time ago.

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* Female versions: Suzu and Shoukei from ''Anime/TheTwelveKingdoms''. The first is a ShrinkingViolet who spends 100 years as the favorite ChewToy [[TheChewToy Chew Toy]] of a RichBitch, then gains her freedom, but later simply doesn't know what to ''actually'' do with it and thus switches allegiances several times until she acknowledges that she has to take a side and stick to it. The second goes from a RoyalBrat with zero knowledge of the outside world, and then a PrincessInRags without any real will to change her attitude, to a PluckyGirl who helps LaResistance as much as she can and realises that she should have wised up a long time ago.



** Jenna Harking is nothing but a simple servicemaid in the castle of Raylansfair. She herself suffers from a terrible lack of self-esteem and starts the story with no actual skill in anything related to action. She goes on to become one of the stories most prominent survivors, after managing to hold her own against [[SerialKiller Wolfius]] for a while and slowly becoming a more capable and active person. She ultimatly plays a key role in taking down [[SinisterMinister Septon Corbin]] and also provides a problem for [[ManipulativeBitch Sherryl]].

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** Jenna Harking is nothing but a simple servicemaid in the castle of Raylansfair. She herself suffers from a terrible lack of self-esteem and starts the story with no actual skill in anything related to action. She goes on to become one of the stories story's most prominent survivors, after managing to hold her own against [[SerialKiller Wolfius]] for a while and slowly becoming a more capable and active person. She ultimatly ultimately plays a key role in taking down [[SinisterMinister Septon Corbin]] and also provides a problem for [[ManipulativeBitch Sherryl]].



* ''Film/{{Cellular}}'' has this type of protagonist. He was aided during the shootouts by William Macy as an [[{{Retirony}} about-to-retire cop]] [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope who survives]]!]]

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* ''Film/{{Cellular}}'' has this type of protagonist. He was aided during the shootouts by William Macy as an [[{{Retirony}} about-to-retire cop]] [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope who survives]]!]]survives]]]]!



* Decumus Scotti, the protagonist of ''[[Literature/TheElderScrollsInUniverseBooks A Dance in Fire]]'' and ''[[Literature/TheElderScrollsInUniverseBooks The Argonian Account]]''. He's just a clerk from the Imperial City who find himself stuck in Valenwood during a war. Over the course of several weeks, he's nearly eaten by a giant tick, narrowly avoids being burned alive by Khajiit several times, is almost eaten by The Wild Hunt and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking is pestered by a poet]]. He comes out of the whole ordeal in surprisingly good shape.

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* Decumus Scotti, the protagonist of ''[[Literature/TheElderScrollsInUniverseBooks A Dance in Fire]]'' and ''[[Literature/TheElderScrollsInUniverseBooks The Argonian Account]]''. He's just a clerk from the Imperial City who find finds himself stuck in Valenwood during a war. Over the course of several weeks, he's nearly eaten by a giant tick, narrowly avoids being burned alive by Khajiit several times, is almost eaten by The Wild Hunt and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking is pestered by a poet]]. He comes out of the whole ordeal in surprisingly good shape.



* Dagger, from ''{{Literature/Wander}}''. At the start of the novel he's narrowly managed to escape a group of [[OurZombiesAreDifferent smilers]], and been separated from the rest of his group, when escape is seen as impossible for most people. By the end of the book he's a full-fledged BadassGay with numerous kills under his belt, [[spoiler:and one of only two people known to have escaped after being held prisoner by the smilers twice.]]

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* Dagger, from ''{{Literature/Wander}}''. At the start of the novel he's narrowly managed to escape a group of [[OurZombiesAreDifferent smilers]], and been separated from the rest of his group, when escape is seen as impossible for most people. By the end of the book he's a full-fledged BadassGay with numerous kills under his belt, [[spoiler:and one of only two people known to have escaped after being held prisoner by the smilers twice.]] twice]].



** Gilly's penchant for surviving calamity despite her non-action status is {{lampshaded}} by Dolorous Edd to comfort Sam after the attack on Mole's Town.

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** Gilly's penchant for surviving calamity despite her non-action status is {{lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Dolorous Edd to comfort Sam after the attack on Mole's Town.



* Juliette Silverton, D.V.M., in ''Series/{{Grimm}}''. Mild mannered veterinarian who threw a pot of boiling water in the face of an ogre, punched out a weredragoness, and beat the stuffing out of a friend's abusive husband using ordinary household objects. However this is no longer the case as of [[spoiler:her becoming a hexenbiest]]

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* Juliette Silverton, D.V.M., in ''Series/{{Grimm}}''. Mild mannered veterinarian who threw a pot of boiling water in the face of an ogre, punched out a weredragoness, and beat the stuffing out of a friend's abusive husband using ordinary household objects. However this is no longer the case as of [[spoiler:her becoming a hexenbiest]] hexenbiest]].



* Despite([[TheDevilIsALoser or perhaps because]]) of being presented as Satan himself, [[Wrestling/JamesMitchell Sinister Minister]] wasn't much in a fight. He [[SelfDeprecation made fun of his own lack of combat prowess]] in an effort to diffuse a confrontation with his "son" Abyss.

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* Despite([[TheDevilIsALoser Despite ([[TheDevilIsALoser or perhaps because]]) of being presented as Satan himself, [[Wrestling/JamesMitchell Sinister Minister]] wasn't much in a fight. He [[SelfDeprecation made fun of his own lack of combat prowess]] in an effort to diffuse a confrontation with his "son" Abyss.



21st Oct '17 2:43:19 PM darkemyst
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%%* Most of the Jurassic Park cast, especially Alan Grant.

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%%* Most of the Jurassic Park cast, especially Alan Grant.Grant who is a paleontologist.


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* Evy's brother Johnathan in ''Film/TheMummy1999''. When we first meet Jonathan in 1925, he does things like hop into a sarcophagus and muse out loud that he'd rather like to join the dead. When Rick is faced with an awful situation, he says "I've had worse odds", and Jonathan replies "So have I." His age, improbable aiming skills, and ability to think quickly on his feet even though he gets scared of firefights are all part of the reason he is able to survive. He's also the exact age to have fought in World War I, though this is never addressed in story.
15th Oct '17 11:49:00 PM PaulA
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* In Dean Ing's ''[[Literature/KnownSpace Man-Kzin]]'' stories "Cathouse" and "Briar Patch", Carroll Locklear is a skinny civilian ethologist captured by the Kzinti when they attack the ship he was traveling on; he toughens up fast. (Notably, by the end of the first story the only one of his original captors still living is the one who's come over to his side.)

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* In Dean Ing's ''[[Literature/KnownSpace Man-Kzin]]'' ''Literature/ManKzinWars'' stories "Cathouse" and "Briar Patch", Carroll Locklear is a skinny civilian ethologist captured by the Kzinti when they attack the ship he was traveling on; he toughens up fast. (Notably, by the end of the first story the only one of his original captors still living is the one who's come over to his side.)
9th Oct '17 12:22:41 AM iroanxi
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* ''Fanfic/ForumOfThrones'':
** Jenna Harking is nothing but a simple servicemaid in the castle of Raylansfair. She herself suffers from a terrible lack of self-esteem and starts the story with no actual skill in anything related to action. She goes on to become one of the stories most prominent survivors, after managing to hold her own against [[SerialKiller Wolfius]] for a while and slowly becoming a more capable and active person. She ultimatly plays a key role in taking down [[SinisterMinister Septon Corbin]] and also provides a problem for [[ManipulativeBitch Sherryl]].
** Ellena Terys, the youngest of the Point-of-View characters, is barely a teenager and accordingly not ActionGirl material. She goes through great hardships, being resourceful, cunning and sometimes plain lucky. All the while, her main goal is to actually find a peaceful place to stay and live at.
3rd Oct '17 8:58:39 AM 32_Footsteps
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* In ''Webcomic/{{PS238}}'', this is how Tyler Marlocke starts off. Because he's a MuggleBornOfMages at a SuperheroSchool, he doesn't have anything beyond his own wits to protect him from the various things that happen on-campus, and when you include the fact that his parents [[StageMom are all intent on making sure he becomes a prominent superhero whether he wants it or not]], things ''do'' happen in his vicinity regularly. He eventually gets so used to helping out despite his lack of powers that he starts heading towards danger, graduating into being a BadassNormal in training.
28th Sep '17 1:12:20 PM TheWanderer
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* Subverted in ''Film/AHistoryOfViolence''. At the start of the movie, Viggo Mortensen's character seems to be an ordinary man in the right place at the right time, but is he?

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* Subverted Early in ''Film/AHistoryOfViolence''. At ''Film/AHistoryOfViolence'', when Indiana restaurant owner Tom Stall manages to kill a pair of murderous robbers who were intent on robbing his restaurant and killing his staff and clientele, it appears that he's this. However, shorty afterward Philadelphia mobster Carl Foggerty comes to town and claims that Tom is actually Joey Cusack, a [[RetiredMonster former enforcer for the start of Irish mob]] who has been hiding from the movie, Viggo Mortensen's character seems to mob for years under an assumed identity. The film then questions whether anyone could be an ordinary man as effectively and lethally violent as Tom was in foiling the right place at the right time, but is he?robbers without having spent a lot of time learning and practicing how to do so.
19th Sep '17 5:21:24 PM thatmadork
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** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', if your character is female then they are this trope, as she is a law graduate with zero combat experience who nevertheless handles herself just as well as her war veteran husband.
10th Sep '17 9:27:53 AM GentlemensDame883
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* ''VideoGame/{{XCOM 2}}'': The [=VIPs=] in VIP Rescue missions may not be armed, but they're just as capable of climbing pipes and dropping off buildings as your troops, so you don't have to go out of your way and take a ground-only route to accommodate them.
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