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8th Feb '16 2:20:28 PM DoctorCooper
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* Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger went from being an [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} awesome]] [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian action]] [[Film/TotalRecall1990 hero]] to a [[LoveItOrHateIt typically divisive]] politician, and became slightly out-of-shape in the process, at least at first. [[HumiliationConga It also didn't help when combining the two flaws to claim]] UsefulNotes/BarackObama was a [[Series/SaturdayNightLive "girly-man"]] under that shirt before the famous [[WalkingShirtlessScene beach shot]] when everybody still remembered [[FanDisservice Arnold's black speedo]] and the whole [[YourCheatingHeart knocking up the nanny scandal]] that ''killed'' the once-unshakeable loyalty Maria Shriver had in him, making ''her'' [[UpToEleven even more of American royalty]] and him [[UpToEleven more]] [[ButtMonkey talk show fodder.]]
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* Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger went from being an [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} awesome]] [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian action]] [[Film/TotalRecall1990 hero]] to a [[LoveItOrHateIt typically divisive]] politician, and became slightly out-of-shape in the process, at least at first. [[HumiliationConga It also didn't help when combining the two flaws to claim]] UsefulNotes/BarackObama was a [[Series/SaturdayNightLive "girly-man"]] under that shirt before the famous [[WalkingShirtlessScene [[ShirtlessScene beach shot]] when everybody still remembered [[FanDisservice Arnold's black speedo]] and the whole [[YourCheatingHeart knocking up the nanny scandal]] that ''killed'' the once-unshakeable loyalty Maria Shriver had in him, making ''her'' [[UpToEleven even more of American royalty]] and him [[UpToEleven more]] [[ButtMonkey more talk show fodder.]]
23rd Jan '16 9:31:18 AM Blazer
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** Even ''Gohan'' suffers this, although not in as direct a path as Vegeta. At the beginning of ''Dragon Ball Z'', he's implied to have great 'hidden power' and this is shown repeatedly throughout the Saiyan and Namek sagas, with him injuring or even fighting evenly with much more powerful opponents for short times. He fades from prominence in the Android and Cell sagas, but all the buildup eventually culminates in him becoming the most powerful character in the series in the Cell Games. By the time the Buu saga rolls around, however, he's a glorified punching bag, and though he eventually makes an attempted return to glory, it lasts about three episodes before he goes back to getting thoroughly destroyed. Kid just could not fill the old man's shoes. Possibly justified in Gohan's case in that he doesn't really ''want'' to be [[IAmNotMyFather like Goku]] and [[IJustWantToBeNormal really just wants to study and be a Salaryman]] like [[EducationMama Chi-Chi]] [[MommasBoy wanted.]] This is taken to its logical extreme come ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', when he cannot even hold a basic Super Saiyan form due to neglicting his training for so long.
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** Even ''Gohan'' suffers this, although not in as direct a path as Vegeta. At the beginning of ''Dragon Ball Z'', he's implied to have great 'hidden power' and this is shown repeatedly throughout the Saiyan and Namek sagas, with him injuring or even fighting evenly with much more powerful opponents for short times. He fades from prominence in the Android and Cell sagas, but all the buildup eventually culminates in him becoming the most powerful character in the series in the Cell Games. By the time the Buu saga rolls around, however, he's a glorified punching bag, and though he eventually makes an attempted return to glory, it lasts about three episodes before he goes back to getting thoroughly destroyed. Kid just could not fill the old man's shoes. Possibly justified in Gohan's case in that he doesn't really ''want'' to be [[IAmNotMyFather like Goku]] and [[IJustWantToBeNormal really just wants to study and be a Salaryman]] like [[EducationMama Chi-Chi]] [[MommasBoy wanted.]] This is taken to its logical extreme come ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', when he cannot even hold a basic Super Saiyan form due to neglicting his training for so long. [[spoiler:However, after the events of the ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' adaptation, which had Frieza kill Piccolo because of his stagnation forced the Namekian to save his life, Gohan has decided to get back into training, so it seems that this trope might be subverted for him.]]
21st Jan '16 7:00:51 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* While many had dismissed WWE's "Championships" already after the Great Khali's reign, 2011 was a particular bad year when ''The'' WWE Championship belt changed hands nine times in the span of seven months, also resulting in instant badass decay for Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr and Wrestling/CMPunk, who each enjoyed zero day reigns during this stretch. It almost halted all the momentum built up by duplicating the Summer Of Punk when drama over Wrestling/KevinNash and Wresting/TripleH text messages were deemed more important that the title picture. Thankfully, Punk would turn things around for himself and the belt, going on to have the longest reign of the modern era after decisively knocking Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio and all other distractions away. The reign was long enough to outlast the reputation flattening of Wrestling/{{Ryback}} and give the champion importance again.
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* While many had dismissed WWE's "Championships" already after the Great Khali's reign, 2011 was a particular bad year when ''The'' WWE Championship belt changed hands nine times in the span of seven months, also resulting in instant badass decay for Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr and Wrestling/CMPunk, who each enjoyed zero day reigns during this stretch. It almost halted all the momentum built up by duplicating the ROH Summer Of Punk angle when drama over Wrestling/KevinNash and Wresting/TripleH text messages were deemed more important that the title picture. Thankfully, Punk would turn things around for himself and the belt, going on to have the longest reign of the modern era after decisively knocking Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio and all other distractions away. The reign was [[ThreeMonthRule long enough enough]] to outlast [[VindicatedByHistory outlast]] the reputation flattening of Wrestling/{{Ryback}} and give the champion importance again.again. * In Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}, Madison Eagles slowly progressed from [[PaperTiger over sized jobber]] to [[towering madwoman who meticulously breaking down challengers to straightforward technician of overwhelming power. In SHINE, she came in with much fanfare but started to be taken a lot less seriously due to losing three times in a row, getting half of her victories through luck and several ineffective attempts to cheat.
4th Jan '16 11:26:36 PM MrInitialMan
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{{Chickification}} is a gender-specific variant. {{Wimpification}} is a YaoiGenre and {{Slash|Fic}} specific variant. Someone who undergoes ''physical'' Badass Decay may become a PerilousOldFool.
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{{Chickification}} is a gender-specific variant. {{Wimpification}} is a YaoiGenre and {{Slash|Fic}} specific variant. Someone who undergoes ''physical'' ''[[DentedIron physical]]'' Badass Decay may become a PerilousOldFool.
27th Dec '15 7:16:02 PM Blazer
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** Even ''Gohan'' suffers this, although not in as direct a path as Vegeta. At the beginning of ''Dragon Ball Z'', he's implied to have great 'hidden power' and this is shown repeatedly throughout the Saiyan and Namek sagas, with him injuring or even fighting evenly with much more powerful opponents for short times. He fades from prominence in the Android and Cell sagas, but all the buildup eventually culminates in him becoming the most powerful character in the series in the Cell Games. By the time the Buu saga rolls around, however, he's a glorified punching bag, and though he eventually makes an attempted return to glory, it lasts about three episodes before he goes back to getting thoroughly destroyed. Kid just could not fill the old man's shoes. Possibly justified in Gohan's case in that he doesn't really ''want'' to be [[IAmNotMyFather like Goku]] and [[IJustWantToBeNormal really just wants to study and be a Salaryman]] like [[EducationMama Chi-Chi]] [[MommasBoy wanted.]]
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** Even ''Gohan'' suffers this, although not in as direct a path as Vegeta. At the beginning of ''Dragon Ball Z'', he's implied to have great 'hidden power' and this is shown repeatedly throughout the Saiyan and Namek sagas, with him injuring or even fighting evenly with much more powerful opponents for short times. He fades from prominence in the Android and Cell sagas, but all the buildup eventually culminates in him becoming the most powerful character in the series in the Cell Games. By the time the Buu saga rolls around, however, he's a glorified punching bag, and though he eventually makes an attempted return to glory, it lasts about three episodes before he goes back to getting thoroughly destroyed. Kid just could not fill the old man's shoes. Possibly justified in Gohan's case in that he doesn't really ''want'' to be [[IAmNotMyFather like Goku]] and [[IJustWantToBeNormal really just wants to study and be a Salaryman]] like [[EducationMama Chi-Chi]] [[MommasBoy wanted.]] This is taken to its logical extreme come ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', when he cannot even hold a basic Super Saiyan form due to neglicting his training for so long.
26th Dec '15 7:06:14 PM Quanyails
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* Hoss Delgado and Grim from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' fit this trope. Grim's first appearance in the first episode shows him as a terrifying spirit that collects people when it's their time to die. Starting in his very next appearance, he obeys the every command of Billy and Mandy, and things only get worse from then on. Hoss is more or less a competent badass in his first appearance, but in the TV spin-off Underfist, he lives with his mom in a trailer, is forced to work with several monsters just because Mandy says so, and he also gets beaten up possibly more than any other character in the story. He even admits that he has been wetting his bed for the last thirty years and a marshmallow bunny is the reason he hates monsters so much. A far cry from what he once was.
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* Hoss Delgado and Grim from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' fit this trope. Grim's first appearance in the first episode shows him as a terrifying spirit that collects people when it's their time to die. Starting in his very next appearance, he obeys the every command of Billy and Mandy, and things only get worse from then on. Hoss is more or less a competent badass in his first appearance, but in the TV spin-off Underfist, ''Underfist'', he lives with his mom in a trailer, is forced to work with several monsters just because Mandy says so, and he also gets beaten up possibly more than any other character in the story. He even admits that he has been wetting his bed for the last thirty years and a marshmallow bunny is the reason he hates monsters so much. A far cry from what he once was.
26th Dec '15 6:47:05 PM Quanyails
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** Ontop of that however, Asylum of the Daleks has them [[spoiler: borrowing a page from the Cyberman's playbook (namely, converting a Human into a full Dalek as well as the Dalek Human Zombies).]], but the more prominent sign of Badass Decay would be [[spoiler: "The Daleks subtract love and add anger".]]
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** Ontop of that however, Asylum "Asylum of the Daleks Daleks" has them [[spoiler: borrowing a page from the Cyberman's playbook (namely, converting a Human into a full Dalek as well as the Dalek Human Zombies).]], but the more prominent sign of Badass Decay would be [[spoiler: "The Daleks subtract love and add anger".]]
26th Dec '15 2:18:52 PM Quanyails
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** In the original seven volumes of the manga, Jonouchi/Joey and Honda/Tristan being former gang members was a lot more obvious and only slightly less so later on, as they delivered quite a few beatings to kids their age and full-grown adults. For example, n the original manga, Jonouchi was an adept fighter, even though he wasn't a great gamer, due to living his early teen years as a gang member that had to fight to survive. He beats Bandit Keith up during Duelist Kingdom for trying to steal his cards. In the anime, Bandit Keith beats HIM up and he usually ends up looking like a wannabe thug. Also, the anime likes to put him in dog suits. Notably in the anime's version of Dungeon Dice Monsters, where Otogi/Duke has the chance to humiliate him in this way. Naturally, the manga's version of Yugi didn't let it get to that point. Dark Yugi himself was not someone to mess with, as he previously had a tendency to play Shadow Games with anyone who pissed him off, which usually ended with the loser insane, grievously hurt, or dead that lasted until the end of Duelist Kingdom. Even Anzu/Téa could throw an ArmorPiercingSlap once in a while, and not just for dramatic effect, either. Then the anime and real life card game rolled around, and suddenly Yugi and Jonouchi are settling all their problems with Duel Monsters, while Honda and Anzu are reduced to cheerleaders.
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** In the original seven volumes of the manga, Jonouchi/Joey and Honda/Tristan being former gang members was a lot more obvious and only slightly less so later on, as they delivered quite a few beatings to kids their age and full-grown adults. For example, n in the original manga, Jonouchi was an adept fighter, even though he wasn't a great gamer, due to living his early teen years as a gang member that had to fight to survive. He beats Bandit Keith up during Duelist Kingdom for trying to steal his cards. In the anime, Bandit Keith beats HIM up and he usually ends up looking like a wannabe thug. Also, the anime likes to put him in dog suits. Notably in the anime's version of Dungeon Dice Monsters, where Otogi/Duke has the chance to humiliate him in this way. Naturally, the manga's version of Yugi didn't let it get to that point. Dark Yugi himself was not someone to mess with, as he previously had a tendency to play Shadow Games with anyone who pissed him off, which usually ended with the loser insane, grievously hurt, or dead that lasted until the end of Duelist Kingdom. Even Anzu/Téa could throw an ArmorPiercingSlap once in a while, and not just for dramatic effect, either. Then the anime and real life card game rolled around, and suddenly Yugi and Jonouchi are settling all their problems with Duel Monsters, while Honda and Anzu are reduced to cheerleaders.
24th Nov '15 3:32:51 PM MajinAkuma
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** In the original seven volumes of the manga, Joey/Jonouchi and Tristan/Honda being former gang members was a lot more obvious and only slightly less so later on, as they delivered quite a few beatings to kids their age and full-grown adults. For example, n the original manga, Jonouchi was an adept fighter, even though he wasn't a great gamer, due to living his early teen years as a gang member that had to fight to survive. He beats Bandit Keith up during Duelist Kingdom for trying to steal his cards. In the anime, Bandit Keith beats HIM up and he usually ends up looking like a wannabe thug. Also, the anime likes to put him in dog suits. Notably in the anime's version of Dungeon Dice Monsters, where Otogi has the chance to humiliate him in this way. Naturally, the manga's version of Yugi didn't let it get to that point. Dark Yugi himself was not someone to mess with, as he previously had a tendency to play Shadow Games with anyone who pissed him off, which usually ended with the loser insane, grievously hurt, or dead that lasted until the end of Duelist Kingdom. Even Tea/Anzu could throw an ArmorPiercingSlap once in a while, and not just for dramatic effect, either. Then the anime and real life card game rolled around, and suddenly Yugi and Jonouchi are settling all their problems with Duel Monsters, while Honda and Anzu are reduced to cheerleaders.
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** In the original seven volumes of the manga, Joey/Jonouchi Jonouchi/Joey and Tristan/Honda Honda/Tristan being former gang members was a lot more obvious and only slightly less so later on, as they delivered quite a few beatings to kids their age and full-grown adults. For example, n the original manga, Jonouchi was an adept fighter, even though he wasn't a great gamer, due to living his early teen years as a gang member that had to fight to survive. He beats Bandit Keith up during Duelist Kingdom for trying to steal his cards. In the anime, Bandit Keith beats HIM up and he usually ends up looking like a wannabe thug. Also, the anime likes to put him in dog suits. Notably in the anime's version of Dungeon Dice Monsters, where Otogi Otogi/Duke has the chance to humiliate him in this way. Naturally, the manga's version of Yugi didn't let it get to that point. Dark Yugi himself was not someone to mess with, as he previously had a tendency to play Shadow Games with anyone who pissed him off, which usually ended with the loser insane, grievously hurt, or dead that lasted until the end of Duelist Kingdom. Even Tea/Anzu Anzu/Téa could throw an ArmorPiercingSlap once in a while, and not just for dramatic effect, either. Then the anime and real life card game rolled around, and suddenly Yugi and Jonouchi are settling all their problems with Duel Monsters, while Honda and Anzu are reduced to cheerleaders.

** Weevil Underwood and Rex Raptor were once lauded as regional champions, and to be feared. However, after their not one, but two defeats at the hands of the protagonists, they became nothing more than comic relief. That is, until they got the superpowered Seal...
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** Weevil Underwood Insector Haga (Weevil Underwood) and Rex Raptor Dinosaur Ryuzaki (Rex Raptor) were once lauded as regional champions, and to be feared. However, after their not one, but two defeats at the hands of the protagonists, they became nothing more than comic relief. That is, until they got the superpowered Seal...

** Jack Atlas, who started out the series as the serious [[TheRival Rival]] but deteriorated to the point in which he contributed little more to the series than to provide PluckyComicRelief with his incessant bickering with Crow and with his suddenly acquired love for cup ramen that he [[OutOfCharacterMoment cried over.]]
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** Jack Atlas, who started out the series as the serious [[TheRival Rival]] but deteriorated to the point in which he contributed little more to the series than to provide PluckyComicRelief with his incessant bickering with Crow and with his suddenly acquired love for cup ramen that he [[OutOfCharacterMoment cried over.]]over]]. However, he averts this trope since the WRGP finals and becomes even more badass as ever.
21st Nov '15 2:56:16 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Without a doubt, Wrestling/{{Kane}} from the WWE. From the very beginning, Kane made his debut in the then-WWF as an unstoppable monster who destroyed everyone in his path. His badass decay began in the early 2000s when the writers tried to lighten his character up a bit by having him do comical imitations of other wrestlers like Wrestling/HulkHogan and Wrestling/BookerT. His character became considerably lightened up when he tag-teamed with the likes of the [[Wrestling/GregoryHelms Hurricane]] and Wrestling/RobVanDam. Lightening up a wrestler in itself should not destroy their career but Kane's decline was more of a gradual process than something that happened overnight. He soon began jobbing to newly debuting monster heels like Wrestling/{{Batista}} and losing some of the menace that once made him a force to be reckoned with. Despite that, Kane still carried on as a high-ranking mid-card wrestler at worst, a powerful entity very few wrestlers could defeat without some sort of cheating tactic. Then the shit hit the fan when Triple H accused Kane of being a murderer and a necrophiliac, leading to an awkward and disgusting storyline involving Triple H in a Kane mask having sex with a mannequin corpse in a funeral home. Eventually, Kane was made to finally unmask on live-television in a second feud with Triple H and Wrestling/{{Evolution}}. It was downhill from there. Nowadays, Kane can be seen jobbing to various wrestlers that he would've demolished back in his masked Big Red Machine days (Wrestling/{{Edge}}, Wrestling/RandyOrton, Wrestling/MarkHenry, Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}}, etc.)\\
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* Without a doubt, Wrestling/{{Kane}} from the WWE.Wrestling/{{WWE}}. From the very beginning, Kane made his debut in the then-WWF as an unstoppable monster who destroyed everyone in his path. His badass decay began in the early 2000s when the writers tried to lighten his character up a bit by having him do comical imitations of other wrestlers like Wrestling/HulkHogan and Wrestling/BookerT. His character became considerably lightened up when he tag-teamed with the likes of the [[Wrestling/GregoryHelms Hurricane]] and Wrestling/RobVanDam. Lightening up a wrestler in itself should not destroy their career but Kane's decline was more of a gradual process than something that happened overnight. He soon began jobbing to newly debuting monster heels like Wrestling/{{Batista}} and losing some of the menace that once made him a force to be reckoned with. Despite that, Kane still carried on as a high-ranking mid-card wrestler at worst, a powerful entity very few wrestlers could defeat without some sort of cheating tactic. Then the shit hit the fan when Triple H accused Kane of being a murderer and a necrophiliac, leading to an awkward and disgusting storyline involving Triple H in a Kane mask having sex with a mannequin corpse in a funeral home. Eventually, Kane was made to finally unmask on live-television in a second feud with Triple H and Wrestling/{{Evolution}}. It was downhill from there. Nowadays, Kane can be seen jobbing to various wrestlers that he would've demolished back in his masked Big Red Machine days (Wrestling/{{Edge}}, Wrestling/RandyOrton, Wrestling/MarkHenry, Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}}, etc.)\\

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* Without a doubt, Wrestling/{{Kane}} from While many had dismissed WWE's "Championships" already after the WWE. From the very beginning, Kane made his debut Great Khali's reign, 2011 was a particular bad year when ''The'' WWE Championship belt changed hands nine times in the then-WWF as an unstoppable monster who destroyed everyone span of seven months, also resulting in his path. His instant badass decay began in for Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr and Wrestling/CMPunk, who each enjoyed zero day reigns during this stretch. It almost halted all the early 2000s momentum built up by duplicating the Summer Of Punk when drama over Wrestling/KevinNash and Wresting/TripleH text messages were deemed more important that the writers tried to lighten his character up a bit by having him do comical imitations of other wrestlers like Wrestling/HulkHogan title picture. Thankfully, Punk would turn things around for himself and Wrestling/BookerT. His character became considerably lightened up when he tag-teamed with the likes belt, going on to have the longest reign of the [[Wrestling/GregoryHelms Hurricane]] modern era after decisively knocking Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio and Wrestling/RobVanDam. Lightening up a wrestler in itself should not destroy their career but Kane's decline all other distractions away. The reign was more long enough to outlast the reputation flattening of a gradual process than something that happened overnight. He soon began jobbing to newly debuting monster heels like Wrestling/{{Batista}} Wrestling/{{Ryback}} and losing some of give the menace that once made him a force to be reckoned with. Despite that, Kane still carried on as a high-ranking mid-card wrestler at worst, a powerful entity very few wrestlers could defeat without some sort of cheating tactic. Then the shit hit the fan when Triple H accused Kane of being a murderer and a necrophiliac, leading to an awkward and disgusting storyline involving Triple H in a Kane mask having sex with a mannequin corpse in a funeral home. Eventually, Kane was made to finally unmask on live-television in a second feud with Triple H and Wrestling/{{Evolution}}. It was downhill from there. Nowadays, Kane can be seen jobbing to various wrestlers that he would've demolished back in his masked Big Red Machine days (Wrestling/{{Edge}}, Wrestling/RandyOrton, Wrestling/MarkHenry, Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}}, etc.)\\champion importance again.
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