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15th Apr '17 11:49:02 PM FekketCantenel
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* The title character in ''Literature/EdenGreen'' has no survival training, other than her self-taught, limited shotgun knowledge, and a painful needle symbiote she barely understands. When facing down alien needle monsters, she has to rely on ingenuity and luck.

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* The title character in ''Literature/EdenGreen'' has no survival training, other than her self-taught, limited shotgun knowledge, and a painful needle symbiote she barely understands. When facing down alien needle monsters, she has to rely on ingenuity and luck. Lucas in the sequel ''Literature/NewNight'' is a former cop with martial arts training, but other characters are forced to ad lib in dangerous situations.
8th Apr '17 3:02:51 PM gb00393
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** Though Arya received a few months of sword training and is good with a bow, she is still a child who is petite and not particularly strong. She becomes more of an ActionGirl in Seasons 3 and Season 4. She's also notable one of the only non-Lannister people to get away with defying Joffrey without getting herself killed or seriously injured for it. (Unfortunately, Mycah takes Arya's place). Even Tyrion suffers for slapping Joffrey around in the long run.

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** Though Arya received a few months of sword training and is good with a bow, she is still a child who is petite and not particularly strong. She becomes more of an ActionGirl in Seasons 3 and Season 4. She's also notable for being one of the only non-Lannister people to get away with defying Joffrey without getting herself killed or seriously injured for it. (Unfortunately, Mycah takes Arya's place). Even Tyrion suffers for slapping Joffrey around in the long run.
8th Apr '17 3:02:11 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' - 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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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' - ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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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.Town.
** Though Arya received a few months of sword training and is good with a bow, she is still a child who is petite and not particularly strong. She becomes more of an ActionGirl in Seasons 3 and Season 4. She's also notable one of the only non-Lannister people to get away with defying Joffrey without getting herself killed or seriously injured for it. (Unfortunately, Mycah takes Arya's place). Even Tyrion suffers for slapping Joffrey around in the long run.
6th Apr '17 7:26:35 PM PaulA
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* Professor Jerry Lukacs of ''[[Literature/KrimPyramid Pyramid Scheme]]'' isn't the only person to have gotten sucked into his particular adventure (stranded in a primitive world where ''all'' of Earth's myths are real) but other than that he's a pretty classic example of this trope.

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* Professor Jerry Lukacs of ''[[Literature/KrimPyramid Pyramid Scheme]]'' ''Literature/PyramidScheme'' isn't the only person to have gotten sucked into his particular adventure (stranded in a primitive world where ''all'' of Earth's myths are real) but other than that he's a pretty classic example of this trope.
4th Apr '17 4:59:09 PM merotoker
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* Simon starts as this in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. He eventually gets upgraded to ActionHero [[spoiler: after he gets over Kamina's death.]]

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* Simon starts as this in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. He eventually gets upgraded to ActionHero [[spoiler: after he gets over Kamina's death.]]death]].



* 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 aknowledges 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 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 aknowledges 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.



* Keiko Yukimura from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' has [[{{Muggles}} no supernatural powers]] to defend herself from demonic and powerful forces. She gets by by being {{plucky|Girl}} and resourceful, shown especially when she and Botan are up against zombies controlled by insects.

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* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''
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Keiko Yukimura from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' has [[{{Muggles}} no supernatural powers]] to defend herself from demonic and powerful forces. She gets by by being {{plucky|Girl}} and resourceful, shown especially when she and Botan are up against zombies controlled by insects.



* Saji Crossroad in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''

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* %%* Saji Crossroad in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''



* Wataru Takagi from ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' is a mix of your {{adorkable}} NiceGuy next door and archetypical HotBlooded cop, and as such he's managed to survive several times to life-threatening situation. In example, [[spoiler: when Takagi is in an ''horrible'' DeathTrap, he manages to keep his wits with him and does his best to keep himself alive until his co-workers and friends can rescue him.]]
* Kyrie from ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'' spends most of his time running from fights and trying not to end up a DistressedDude - which he often fails at. In the final episode, [[spoiler:his powers as the Destruct Code finally activate and he's able to deliver a CurbStompBattle to Aquilla Rex and his minions before Morte [[CooldownHug stops him from destroying the world, too]].]]
* Rickert from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. One of the younger and more naive members of the Band of the Hawk he survived 3 Apostles by sheer dumb luck and was rescued by the Skull Knight. While a decent swordsman in his own right he can't hold a candle to Guts and is woefully under-prepared to face the Apostles. When faced with the nightmarish monsters that have started appearing after reality gets bent he relies on his ingenuity and inventions to create weapons that can be used by the Everyman like him, including a [[GatlingGood rapid firing crossbow]] and fixing up a hose [[spoiler: that he later jury rigs into a [[KillItWithFire flame-thrower]].]]
* Almost all of {{Creator/Junji Ito}}'s protagonists are action survivors, since they're just normal people thrust into abnormal circumstaces by random chance. Of course, how long they survive can vary greatly from one story to another.

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* Wataru Takagi from ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' is a mix of your {{adorkable}} NiceGuy next door and archetypical HotBlooded cop, and as such he's managed to survive several times to life-threatening situation. In example, [[spoiler: when Takagi is in an ''horrible'' DeathTrap, he manages to keep his wits with him and does his best to keep himself alive until his co-workers and friends can rescue him.]]
him]].
* Kyrie from ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'' spends most of his time running from fights and trying not to end up a DistressedDude - which he often fails at. In the final episode, [[spoiler:his powers as the Destruct Code finally activate and he's able to deliver a CurbStompBattle to Aquilla Rex and his minions before Morte [[CooldownHug stops him from destroying the world, too]].]]
too]]]].
* Rickert from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. One of the younger and more naive members of the Band of the Hawk he survived 3 Apostles by sheer dumb luck and was rescued by the Skull Knight. While a decent swordsman in his own right he can't hold a candle to Guts and is woefully under-prepared to face the Apostles. When faced with the nightmarish monsters that have started appearing after reality gets bent he relies on his ingenuity and inventions to create weapons that can be used by the Everyman like him, including a [[GatlingGood rapid firing crossbow]] and fixing up a hose [[spoiler: that he later jury rigs into a [[KillItWithFire flame-thrower]].]]
flame-thrower]]]].
* Almost all of {{Creator/Junji Ito}}'s protagonists are action survivors, since they're just normal people thrust into abnormal circumstaces circumstances by random chance. Of course, how long they survive can vary greatly from one story to another.



** Fone Bone is by far the most notable example of this. He's very, very far from a being fighter (the most he ever does in combat is bean a couple of Rat Creatures on the head with rocks), but he can handle himself in dangerous situations, managed to survive in the wilderness throughout a ''really'' bad winter, and [[spoiler: is pretty much solely responsible for defeating the BigBad once and for all.]]

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** Fone Bone is by far the most notable example of this. He's very, very far from a being fighter (the most he ever does in combat is bean a couple of Rat Creatures on the head with rocks), but he can handle himself in dangerous situations, managed to survive in the wilderness throughout a ''really'' bad winter, and [[spoiler: is pretty much solely responsible for defeating the BigBad once and for all.]]all]].



* Yorick in ''Comicbook/YTheLastMan'' fits this to a Y. Sometimes he is a bit of a jerk.

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* %%* Yorick in ''Comicbook/YTheLastMan'' fits this to a Y. Sometimes he is a bit of a jerk.



* ''ComicBook/ScoobyApocalypse'': All of the main cast qualifies as they try to survive in a world where most of violant mutants.

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* ''ComicBook/ScoobyApocalypse'': All of the main cast qualifies as they try to survive in a world where most full of violant violent mutants.



* Danielle Lee in ''FanFic/SalveSalvageAndSalvation''.

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* %%* Danielle Lee in ''FanFic/SalveSalvageAndSalvation''.



* Sunny from ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' is an normal elf [[note]] Elves are about 3/5 the size of fairies who make up the rest of the cast in this universe.[[/note]] who is forced to break into [[EvilOverlord the Bog King's]] palace twice in the name of love. With some outside help and a good dose of the {{Power of Love}}, he pulls it off both times.

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* Sunny from ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' is an normal elf [[note]] Elves are about 3/5 the size of fairies who make up the rest of the cast in this universe.[[/note]] who is forced to break into [[EvilOverlord the Bog King's]] palace twice in the name of love. With some outside help and a good dose of the {{Power of Love}}, ThePowerOfLove, he pulls it off both times.



* The title character of ''Film/PaulBlartMallCop''.

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* %%* The title character of ''Film/PaulBlartMallCop''.



* The civilian survivors in ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater''.
* Most of the Jurassic Park cast, especially Alan Grant.

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* The civilian survivors of a ZombieApocalypse in ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater''.
* %%* Most of the Jurassic Park cast, especially Alan Grant.



* Jeanine Matthews from ‘’Film/{{Divergent}}’’ is this to an extent.
* Sam Witwicky in ''Film/{{Transformers}}'', and to a lesser degree [[HelloNurse Mikaela]].
* Stanley Goodspeed in ''Film/TheRock.''

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* %%* Jeanine Matthews from ‘’Film/{{Divergent}}’’ is this to an extent.
* %%* Sam Witwicky in ''Film/{{Transformers}}'', and to a lesser degree [[HelloNurse Mikaela]].
* %%* Stanley Goodspeed in ''Film/TheRock.''



* Wikus from ''Film/{{District 9}}'', who starts out as an office worker before [[spoiler:his ViralTransformation into an alien makes him a LivingMacGuffin.]]

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* Wikus from ''Film/{{District 9}}'', who starts out as an office worker before [[spoiler:his ViralTransformation into an alien makes him a LivingMacGuffin.]]LivingMacGuffin]].



* The titular character of ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead''. He works at an electronics store, enjoys getting drunk, listening to records loudly, and playing video games. His whole plan consisted of picking up his mother and girlfriend, and going to his favourite bar to enjoy a cold beer. In fact, [[spoiler:the only reason he survives is the timely arrival of the military.]]

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* The titular character of ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead''. He works at an electronics store, enjoys getting drunk, listening to records loudly, and playing video games. His whole plan consisted of picking up his mother and girlfriend, and going to his favourite bar to enjoy a cold beer. In fact, [[spoiler:the only reason he survives is the timely arrival of the military.]]military]].



* The eponymous ''Film/MysteryTeam''.

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* %%* The eponymous ''Film/MysteryTeam''.



* Lois in ''Film/ManOfSteel'', who with an unfamiliar weapon and the help of Jor-El's VirtualGhost, manages to fight her way off Zod's ship. She clearly has no fighting experience and visibly fumbles with the Kryptonian gun, but she is definitely no DistressedDamsel.

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* Lois in ''Film/ManOfSteel'', who with an unfamiliar weapon and the help of Jor-El's VirtualGhost, manages to fight her way off Zod's ship. She clearly has no fighting experience and visibly fumbles with the Kryptonian gun, but she is definitely no DistressedDamsel.DamselInDistress.



* ''Film/TheDescentPart2'': When Sarah sees Dan and Rios being stalked unawares by a Crawler, she doesn't attack the Crawler or try to shout out a warning. Rather, she [[spoiler:tackles Rios and keeps her from making a sound while the Crawler attacks and kills Dan, then stealthily grabs Greg's supplies off of his body while the Crawler drags his corpse away.]]

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* ''Film/TheDescentPart2'': When Sarah sees Dan and Rios being stalked unawares by a Crawler, she doesn't attack the Crawler or try to shout out a warning. Rather, she [[spoiler:tackles Rios and keeps her from making a sound while the Crawler attacks and kills Dan, then stealthily grabs Greg's supplies off of his body while the Crawler drags his corpse away.]]away]].



* Holtz in Literature/ReturnOfTheReaper. Almost killed while fleeing his DoomedHomeTown, he gets rescued and trained by one of the deadliest creatures in the world. This last until he [[spoiler:drinks Beast's blood, after which it's a case of TookALevelInBadass]]

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* Holtz in Literature/ReturnOfTheReaper.''Literature/ReturnOfTheReaper''. Almost killed while fleeing his DoomedHomeTown, he gets rescued and trained by one of the deadliest creatures in the world. This last lasts until he [[spoiler:drinks Beast's blood, after which it's a case of TookALevelInBadass]]



* Creator/JohnWyndham also uses this in ''Literature/TheDayOfTheTriffids'' and ''Literature/TheKrakenWakes''.
* Arthur Dent from ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''.

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* %%* Creator/JohnWyndham also uses this in ''Literature/TheDayOfTheTriffids'' and ''Literature/TheKrakenWakes''.
* %%* Arthur Dent from ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''.



* Mark Watney of ''Literature/TheMartian'', to some extent. Sure, getting through NASA's Astronaut Candidate Programme makes him far from ordinary, but he's got no particularly exceptional survival skills by the standards of the agency he works for and is the junior member of the Ares 3 team by some margin. And yet he manages to survive alone on Mars for over a year with nothing but [[ChekhovsSkill his Agricultural Science doctorate]], lots of [[MacGyvering ingenious jury-rigging]] and his apparently limitless reserves of [[TheDeterminator sheer bloody-minded willpower]] and [[DeadpanSnarker snark.]]

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* Mark Watney of ''Literature/TheMartian'', to some extent. Sure, getting through NASA's Astronaut Candidate Programme makes him far from ordinary, but he's got no particularly exceptional survival skills by the standards of the agency he works for and is the junior member of the Ares 3 team by some margin. And yet he manages to survive alone on Mars for over a year with nothing but [[ChekhovsSkill his Agricultural Science doctorate]], lots of [[MacGyvering ingenious jury-rigging]] and his apparently limitless reserves of [[TheDeterminator [[{{Determinator}} sheer bloody-minded willpower]] and [[DeadpanSnarker snark.]]



* Xander on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' walks the line between this trope and BadassNormal throughout the course of the series.
** As of Season 8 he's BadassNormal. Losing an eye will do that to you.

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* Xander on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' walks the line between this trope and BadassNormal throughout the course of the series.
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series. As of Season 8 he's BadassNormal. Losing an eye will do that to you.



* Sean and Leila of ''Series/TheEvent''.

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* %%* Sean and Leila of ''Series/TheEvent''.



* Dave of ''Series/HellsKitchen'', season 6. [[spoiler:In one episode, he performs extraordinarily well despite his situation]].
* ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'': Darien Fawkes.

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* Dave [[HandicappedBadass Dave]] of ''Series/HellsKitchen'', season 6. [[spoiler:In one episode, he performs extraordinarily well despite his situation]].
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''Series/TheInvisibleMan'': Darien Fawkes.



* Sam Oliver (and Sock, Ben and Andi) from ''Series/{{Reaper}}''.

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* %%* Sam Oliver (and Sock, Ben and Andi) from ''Series/{{Reaper}}''.



* Oliver and Kaz from ''Series/MightyMed''. They start the series as a pair of nobody comic book nerds, who accidentally discover Superheroes are real when they stumble upon a superhero hospital. Their it turns out due to years of reading, they both have memorised the best ways to treat the heroes of a variety of wounds, and hired to work there. As the series goes on, they manage to navigate the dangerous superhero world through wits, likewise as they do they both get noticeable [[TookALevelInBadass more competent and braver]] managing to stay alive and even fight back against genuine supervillains. The climaxes in the series finale when they both [[spoiler: receive their own super powers.]]
* ''Series/TheDailyShowWithTrevorNoah'' deconstructed the trope in reference to the spate of mass shooting and debate over concealed weapons laws. [[http://www.cc.com/video-clips/xqleli/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-jordan-klepper--good-guy-with-a-gun-pt--1 Jordan Klepper]] [[http://www.cc.com/video-clips/w2bq3a/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-jordan-klepper--good-guy-with-a-gun-pt--2 gets an open carry permit]] in order to test the NRA's assertion that "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." He finds that he has to spend only 8 hours training to qualify for the permit, and in a training scenario, Jordan accidentally "shoots" a teenaged bystander, [[EpicFail before being "shot" by both the active shooters]] ''[[EpicFail and]]'' [[EpicFail the policemen arriving at the scene]]. He decides that [[MundaneSolution it's just simpler to stop the "bad guy" from getting guns in the first place, instead of hoping that a "good guy" intervenes]].

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* Oliver and Kaz from ''Series/MightyMed''. They start the series as a pair of nobody comic book nerds, who accidentally discover Superheroes are real when they stumble upon a superhero hospital. Their it turns out due to years of reading, they both have memorised the best ways to treat the heroes of a variety of wounds, and hired to work there. As the series goes on, they manage to navigate the dangerous superhero world through wits, likewise as they do they both get noticeable [[TookALevelInBadass more competent and braver]] managing to stay alive and even fight back against genuine supervillains. The climaxes in the series finale when they both [[spoiler: receive their own super powers.]]
powers]].
* ''Series/TheDailyShowWithTrevorNoah'' deconstructed the trope in reference to [[UsefulNotes/AmericanGunPolitics the spate of mass shooting and debate over concealed weapons laws.laws]]. [[http://www.cc.com/video-clips/xqleli/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-jordan-klepper--good-guy-with-a-gun-pt--1 Jordan Klepper]] [[http://www.cc.com/video-clips/w2bq3a/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-jordan-klepper--good-guy-with-a-gun-pt--2 gets an open carry permit]] in order to test the NRA's assertion that "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." He finds that he has to spend only 8 hours training to qualify for the permit, and in a training scenario, Jordan accidentally "shoots" a teenaged bystander, [[EpicFail before being "shot" by both the active shooters]] ''[[EpicFail and]]'' [[EpicFail the policemen arriving at the scene]]. He decides that [[MundaneSolution it's just simpler to stop the "bad guy" from getting guns in the first place, instead of hoping that a "good guy" intervenes]].



* Young Wrestling/JimCornette, whose skill was running away from the wrestlers he mouthed off too in the event the Wrestling/MidNightExpress wasn't around to protect him. He could throw {{fireballs}} but even that wasn't enough when he was put in a steel cage with Ronnie Garvin. Of course it'd be hard to call Cornette an "innocent" bystander but the Express did turn face a few times.
* [[Wrestling/PaulHeyman Paul E Dangerously]], the other manager of The Midnight Express didn't even boast Cornette's speed of foot ([[MotorMouth much less lip]]), his strategy for survival basically being [[IFightForTheStrongestSide latch on to the biggest wrestler available.]] Like Cornette, he also wasn't much of an "innocent" but became a sort of face by default in [[Wrestling/{{ECW}} mutant territory]].

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* Young Wrestling/JimCornette, whose skill was running away from the wrestlers he mouthed off too in the event the Wrestling/MidNightExpress Wrestling/TheMidnightExpress wasn't around to protect him. He could throw {{fireballs}} but even that wasn't enough when he was put in a steel cage with Ronnie Garvin. Of course it'd be hard to call Cornette an "innocent" bystander but the Express did turn face a few times.
* [[Wrestling/PaulHeyman Paul E E. Dangerously]], the other manager of The Midnight Express didn't even boast Cornette's speed of foot ([[MotorMouth much less lip]]), his strategy for survival basically being [[IFightForTheStrongestSide latch on to the biggest wrestler available.]] Like Cornette, he also wasn't much of an "innocent" but became a sort of face by default in [[Wrestling/{{ECW}} mutant territory]].



* Gordon Freeman from ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}''. Over the course of the games, however, he has turned into an ActionHero, by the time of ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' he has become a leader of the Resistance. Breen even berates his troops for being unable to slow down, let alone stop, a theoretical physicist with a crowbar.

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* Gordon Freeman from ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}''. ''VideoGame/HalfLife''. Over the course of the games, however, he has turned into an ActionHero, by the time of ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' he has become a leader of the Resistance. Breen even berates his troops for being unable to slow down, let alone stop, a theoretical physicist with a crowbar.



* Ethan Mars from ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', without a doubt. He started out with the American Dream, [[spoiler: only to have it all stripped away when his first son dies, he goes into a coma for months, his wife leaves him, and his second son is kidnapped]] Despite his lack of experience (He even states he has no idea how to use a gun), he can still [[spoiler:save the life of his son from a serial killer.]]

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* Ethan Mars from ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', without a doubt. He started out with the American Dream, [[spoiler: only to have it all stripped away when his first son dies, he goes into a coma for months, his wife leaves him, and his second son is kidnapped]] Despite his lack of experience (He even states he has no idea how to use a gun), he can still [[spoiler:save the life of his son from a serial killer.]]killer]].



* April, in ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'' and Zoe in ''[[VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney Dreamfall]]''.

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* %%* April, in ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'' and Zoe in ''[[VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney Dreamfall]]''.



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Tidus prior to coming to Spira never wielded a sword in his life, [[InstantExpert but he picks up on it very quickly]] and is able to cultivate a highly effective fighting style based on the [[LightningBruiser high speed]] he has from his career of as a professional Blitzball player.
** It's inferred that he might have received training from his father beforehand since it was a 'gift from Jecht.'
* One of the backgrounds in ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' is "Recruit" - meaning Mike has essentially been recruited for the titular organization straight out of CIA training. As a result, he is entirely unprepared for the challenges that he ends up facing (up to and including [[spoiler: being betrayed and forced to go on the run]].) It actually makes the most sense as a background, [[spoiler: he was used due to the fact that he was expendable.]]

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Tidus prior to coming to Spira never wielded a sword in his life, [[InstantExpert but he picks up on it very quickly]] and is able to cultivate a highly effective fighting style based on the [[LightningBruiser high speed]] he has from his career of as a professional Blitzball player.
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player. It's inferred that he might have received training from his father beforehand since it was a 'gift from Jecht.'
* One of the backgrounds in ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' is "Recruit" - meaning Mike has essentially been recruited for the titular organization straight out of CIA training. As a result, he is entirely unprepared for the challenges that he ends up facing (up to and including [[spoiler: being betrayed and forced to go on the run]].) It actually makes the most sense as a background, [[spoiler: he was used due to the fact that he was expendable.]] expendable]].



* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' occasionally dips into this trope. The most obvious examples come from the ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilOutbreak Outbreak]]'' subseries, which star perfectly average citizens of Raccoon City. Claire Redfield during the events of ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil2 2]]'' counts, since she's merely a college student with some general self-defense training from her brother Chris at that point. Leon from the same game counts to a lesser extent, being a rookie cop with zero experience on the job, though his formal police training presumably makes him more qualified than Claire.
** Discussed in Anime/ResidentEvilDegeneration, where Leon comments that she is a rescuer rather than a fighter.

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* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' occasionally dips into this trope. The most obvious examples come from the ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilOutbreak Outbreak]]'' subseries, which star perfectly average citizens of Raccoon City. Claire Redfield during the events of ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil2 2]]'' counts, since she's merely a college student with some general self-defense training from her brother Chris at that point. Leon from the same game counts to a lesser extent, being a rookie cop with zero experience on the job, though his formal police training presumably makes him more qualified than Claire.
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Claire. Discussed in Anime/ResidentEvilDegeneration, ''Anime/ResidentEvilDegeneration'', where Leon comments that she is a rescuer rather than a fighter.



* The ''VideoGame/SecretFiles'' series has this in both of its protagonists. Neither [[WrenchWench Nina]] or [[AdventureArchaeologist Max]] are action heroes, and spend most of the game putting random tools together and [[BatmanGambit trying to outwit the bad guys.]] The only real subversion is that Max is pretty much MadeOfIron, but he gets [[DistressedDude put in situations where it usually doesn't do him a damn bit of good.]]

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* The ''VideoGame/SecretFiles'' series has this in both of its protagonists. Neither [[WrenchWench Nina]] or [[AdventureArchaeologist [[AdventurerArchaeologist Max]] are action heroes, and spend most of the game putting random tools together and [[BatmanGambit trying to outwit the bad guys.]] The only real subversion is that Max is pretty much MadeOfIron, but he gets [[DistressedDude put in situations where it usually doesn't do him a damn bit of good.]]



* In the 2013 ''[[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 Tomb Raider]]'' reboot, Lara Croft begins as a terrified twenty-something archaeology grad just trying to survive after being shipwrecked. She already has some wilderness survival training in her background, but is so green she ''apologizes'' to a deer she has to kill for food and has absolutely no combat experience or training. Her first human kill is a horribly traumatizing experience that leaves her in tears, and it's only because the world she finds herself in is kill-or-die that she's able to [[ItGetsEasier do it again]]. By the end of the game, she's [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished battered]], bloody, [[ClothingDamage torn up]] and probably suffering [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]], but she [[TheDeterminator just keeps on going]].

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* In the 2013 ''[[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 Tomb Raider]]'' reboot, Lara Croft begins as a terrified twenty-something archaeology grad just trying to survive after being shipwrecked. She already has some wilderness survival training in her background, but is so green she ''apologizes'' to a deer she has to kill for food and has absolutely no combat experience or training. Her first human kill is a horribly traumatizing experience that leaves her in tears, and it's only because the world she finds herself in is kill-or-die that she's able to [[ItGetsEasier do it again]]. By the end of the game, she's [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished battered]], bloody, [[ClothingDamage torn up]] and probably suffering [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]], but she [[TheDeterminator [[{{Determinator}} just keeps on going]].



* Eight of the twelve protagonists of ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' are, in the words of one reviewer, "one blonde college student, a peasant dancer, a puppy-dog messenger ... a [doctor] wearing a powdered wig, a monk with no weapons ... a fat architect, a nearsighted old guy, and an anemic photographer". All of them are very much capable of standing up to the brunt of the forces and powers the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s bent on invading our realm[[spoiler:, with the "anemic photographer" taking down a fearsome guardian second in power only to its Ancient and living a long life afterwards]]. Often, it takes effort from [[TheDragon Pious]] himself to dispose of them[[spoiler:, and even then, the mighty liche who could bind Mantorok fails to kill both Lindsey and Alex.]]
* The Dragonborn in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' starts as this, barely escaping the chopping block and the subsequent destruction of Helgen, before making their way to Whiterun and helping to defend the city against another Dragon attack. It's only after [[YourSoulIsMine asborbing the soul]] of the latter slain Dragon and demonstrating [[MakeMeWannaShout the Thu'um]] that that they [[AngelUnaware discover]] that they were a walking DivineIntervention all along.

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* Eight of the twelve protagonists of ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' are, in the words of one reviewer, "one blonde college student, a peasant dancer, a puppy-dog messenger ... a [doctor] wearing a powdered wig, a monk with no weapons ... a fat architect, a nearsighted old guy, and an anemic photographer". All of them are very much capable of standing up to the brunt of the forces and powers the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s bent on invading our realm[[spoiler:, with the "anemic photographer" taking down a fearsome guardian second in power only to its Ancient and living a long life afterwards]]. Often, it takes effort from [[TheDragon Pious]] himself to dispose of them[[spoiler:, and even then, the mighty liche who could bind Mantorok fails to kill both Lindsey and Alex.]]
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* The Dragonborn in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' starts as this, barely escaping the chopping block and the subsequent destruction of Helgen, before making their way to Whiterun and helping to defend the city against another Dragon attack. It's only after [[YourSoulIsMine asborbing absorbing the soul]] of the latter slain Dragon and demonstrating [[MakeMeWannaShout the Thu'um]] that that they [[AngelUnaware discover]] that they were a walking DivineIntervention all along.



* Possibly Fiona and definitely Rhys in VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands. The game takes place on Pandora, a [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack]] DeathWorld. Fiona is a ConArtist who at least was born and raised there. She HadToBeSharp and can certainly handle herself in a fight, but compared to the Vault Hunters she's no OneManArmy. [[spoiler:By the end of the game she becomes a proper Vault Hunter, even getting her own action skill.]] Rhys is an OfficeDrone who drops in on Pandora to do a deal to screw over his BadBoss, but ends up stuck there longer than planned when it goes seriously sour. Despite his cybernetic enhancements, he is woefully unprepared for the sheer insanity the planet throws on him. [[TooDumbToLive He also never thinks of using his superstrong robot arm to fight and only throws ineffective punches with his real arm]]. [[spoiler:He's the one who wipes out the last remaining traces of Handsome Jack, painfully ripping out his own cybernetics to do so.]]

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* ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands''.
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Possibly Fiona and definitely Rhys in VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands.Rhys. The game takes place on Pandora, a [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack]] DeathWorld. Fiona is a ConArtist who at least was born and raised there. She HadToBeSharp and can certainly handle herself in a fight, but compared to the Vault Hunters she's no OneManArmy. [[spoiler:By the end of the game she becomes a proper Vault Hunter, even getting her own action skill.]] Rhys is an OfficeDrone who drops in on Pandora to do a deal to screw over his BadBoss, but ends up stuck there longer than planned when it goes seriously sour. Despite his cybernetic enhancements, he is woefully unprepared for the sheer insanity the planet throws on him. [[TooDumbToLive He also never thinks of using his superstrong robot arm to fight and only throws ineffective punches with his real arm]]. [[spoiler:He's the one who wipes out the last remaining traces of Handsome Jack, painfully ripping out his own cybernetics to do so.]]



* This is a very good description of the title character of ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob.''
* ''Webcomic/WhatItTakes'' stars an Action Survivor, Colbey.

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* %%* This is a very good description of the title character of ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob.''
* %%* ''Webcomic/WhatItTakes'' stars an Action Survivor, Colbey.



* Noah from ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' is this.

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* %%* Noah from ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' is this.



* C-3PO in ''Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO'' blatantly dislikes danger, but he often resorts to duplicity to get things done and always emerges the better for it, contrasting somewhat with the more passive and bumbling character in the films. R2-D2, however, is much more of a dynamic Inspector Gadget-type.

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* C-3PO in ''Droids: ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Droids}} Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO'' C-3PO]]'' blatantly dislikes danger, but he often resorts to duplicity to get things done and always emerges the better for it, contrasting somewhat with the more passive and bumbling character in the films. R2-D2, however, is much more of a dynamic Inspector Gadget-type.



* Eileen from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' proves she's one in "Camping can be Cool".

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* %%* Eileen from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' proves she's one in "Camping can be Cool".



* One of ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20504_the-5-most-badass-ways-people-escaped-from-slavery_p2.html The 5 Most Badass Ways People Escaped from Slavery]] is how Eliza Harris carried several children across a river while jumping from one [[FloatingPlatforms moving ice platform]] to another as if it were a ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'' game. This is the true story ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'' was based on.

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* One of story on ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20504_the-5-most-badass-ways-people-escaped-from-slavery_p2.html The 5 Most Badass Ways People Escaped from Slavery]] is details how Eliza Harris carried several children across a river while jumping from one [[FloatingPlatforms moving ice platform]] to another as if it were a ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'' game. This is the true story ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'' was based on.
28th Mar '17 4:30:23 AM Doug86
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* Robin Goodfellow from the ''CalLeandros'' series. Though loyal to Cal and Niko, he would rather not go into battle if not required. And centuries of running from the angry fathers of his girlfriends... and boyfriends... has made him very fleet of foot.

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* Robin Goodfellow from the ''CalLeandros'' ''Literature/CalLeandros'' series. Though loyal to Cal and Niko, he would rather not go into battle if not required. And centuries of running from the angry fathers of his girlfriends... and boyfriends... has made him very fleet of foot.
16th Mar '17 4:35:26 PM GhostHouse
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* ''ComicBook/ScoobyApocalypse'': All of the main cast qualifies as they try to survive in a world where most of violant mutants.
28th Feb '17 8:00:26 PM DukePresley
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* Jeanine Matthews from ‘’Film/{{Divergent}}’’ is this to an extent.
27th Feb '17 12:51:49 PM Mortvana
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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.

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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]]
26th Feb '17 4:37:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* The title character of ''PaulBlartMallCop''.

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* The title character of ''PaulBlartMallCop''.''Film/PaulBlartMallCop''.
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