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4th Feb '17 4:46:23 PM WoodyAlien3rd
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* Tsumugu in ''Anime/KillLaKill'' was a BadassNormal in his first appearance, being able to defeat and subdue the Life Fiber-empowered Ryuko mostly through strategy. In the following episodes he became more and more useless, not being able to defeat anybody even with the use of superior technology, until he barely had any screen time or lines in the final episodes.
21st Jan '17 10:08:58 AM immortalfrieza
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' X-ATM092 is a [[GoodThingYouCanHeal regenerating]] HopelessBossFight during it's first encounter that the party must run away from during the escape from Dollet, and difficult but possible to defeat in any other encounters during the escape but intended to be run away from before [[DeaderThanDead finally being taken down by Quisis with a heavy machine gun.]] Later, it's turned into a joke if the party returns to Dollet and challenges the Galbadian forces there, who call in several, all of which simply [[CutsceneIncompetence comically fall off the nearby cliff or flip over and block the party's path without even a fight]] in order to keep the player from being able to go back to the Dollet Communications Tower.
15th Jan '17 1:44:52 PM merotoker
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* In ''Anime/Danganronpa3'', a lot of people complain about this towards the BigBad of the franchise who was supposed to be portray as a ManipulativeBastard and a DarkMessiah. However, after it was revealed that [[spoiler: the Remnants of Despair fell into despair via brainwashing]], a lot of people went on to believe this. [[spoiler: She makes up for it slightly by talking Juzo down and leading Nanami and Class 77 - B into inescapable traps, but she still uses the brainwashing in the Class' case.]]

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* In ''Anime/Danganronpa3'', a lot of people complain about this towards the BigBad of the franchise who was supposed to be portray portrayed as a ManipulativeBastard and a DarkMessiah. However, after it was revealed that [[spoiler: the Remnants of Despair fell into despair via brainwashing]], a lot of people went on to believe this. [[spoiler: She makes up for it slightly by talking Juzo down and leading Nanami and Class 77 - B into inescapable traps, but she still uses the brainwashing in the Class' case.]]



* Superman during his transition from [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks the Golden Age]] to [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks the Silver Age]] may be the most outstanding example of this trope. From a noble vigilante who wasn't afraid of roughing it up with (non-superpowered) villains, to the nicest guy in the universe, who wouldn't kill a fly and only destroyed machines if no other choice was available. Unlike many of his Golden Age colleagues (e.g. Batman), many of his Silver Age trappings have stuck to this day, but please notice that TropesAreNotBad.

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* Superman during his transition from [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks the Golden Age]] to [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks the Silver Age]] may be the most outstanding example of this trope. From a noble vigilante who wasn't afraid of roughing it up with (non-superpowered) villains, to the nicest guy in the universe, who wouldn't kill a fly and only destroyed machines if no other choice was available. Unlike many of his Golden Age colleagues (e.g. Batman), many of his Silver Age trappings have stuck to this day, but please notice that TropesAreNotBad.[[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]].



* ''ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}'' is in a lot of crossover or having RogueGalleryTransplant partly for publicity but also his villains fell from grace a while ago. Notable during the Daniel Way run where Deadpool took care of almost all of them without healing factor with ridiculous ease (particularly Slayback and T-Ray, the former giving Deadpool a mental breakdown when he saw him and the latter being his nemesis for a long time, being blown up despite healing factors as good as Deadpool's).

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* ''ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}'' is in a lot of crossover or having RogueGalleryTransplant RoguesGalleryTransplant partly for publicity but also his villains fell from grace a while ago. Notable during the Daniel Way run where Deadpool took care of almost all of them without healing factor with ridiculous ease (particularly Slayback and T-Ray, the former giving Deadpool a mental breakdown when he saw him and the latter being his nemesis for a long time, being blown up despite healing factors as good as Deadpool's).



* Kisten from the ''Literature/TheHollows'' novels suffers from a classic example of this. First presented as the scion of the most powerful vampire in Cincinnati bent on dangerously seducing the main character he decays Spike-style over the series to becoming simply her romantic interest [[spoiler:and then he suffers RedemptionEqualsDeath]]

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* Kisten from the ''Literature/TheHollows'' novels suffers from a classic example of this. First presented as the scion of the most powerful vampire in Cincinnati bent on dangerously seducing the main character he decays Spike-style over the series to becoming simply her romantic interest [[spoiler:and then he suffers RedemptionEqualsDeath]]RedemptionEqualsDeath]].



* To an extent, [[Series/{{Chuck}} Shaw]]. He started off as a super spy - smart, tough, and skilled. All those skills were enhanced even further when he got the Intersect. However, after he lost the Intersect, Chuck managed to hold his own in a fight against him for a while. This could be partially attributed to Chuck's [[TookALevelInBadass increased skills]], but Shaw should have been able to do better.

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* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': To an extent, [[Series/{{Chuck}} Shaw]].Shaw. He started off as a super spy - smart, tough, and skilled. All those skills were enhanced even further when he got the Intersect. However, after he lost the Intersect, Chuck managed to hold his own in a fight against him for a while. This could be partially attributed to Chuck's [[TookALevelInBadass increased skills]], but Shaw should have been able to do better.



* In Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}, Madison Eagles slowly progressed from [[PaperTiger over sized jobber]] to [[TheDreaded towering madwoman who meticulously broke down challengers]] to straightforward [[TheAce 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. Her SHIMMER run didn't slow, though, making this overlap with the WorfEffect.

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* In Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}, Madison Eagles slowly progressed from [[PaperTiger over sized jobber]] to [[TheDreaded towering madwoman who meticulously broke down challengers]] to straightforward [[TheAce 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. Her SHIMMER run didn't slow, though, making this overlap with the WorfEffect.TheWorfEffect.
14th Jan '17 9:47:23 PM DustSnitch
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* Quite a few members of the ''Manga/IkkiTousen'' cast display this over the period of the third Great Guardians season. Most notably Kan'u Unchou suffers from {{Flanderization}} so badly that it cripples her BadAss status and she becomes mostly unrecognizable for the first few episodes. See also [[spoiler: Ryofu Housen]]'s display of this through LossOfIdentity. Thankfully they "get better" later in the season.

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* Quite a few members of the ''Manga/IkkiTousen'' cast display this over the period of the third Great Guardians season. Most notably Kan'u Unchou suffers from {{Flanderization}} so badly that it cripples her BadAss badass status and she becomes mostly unrecognizable for the first few episodes. See also [[spoiler: Ryofu Housen]]'s display of this through LossOfIdentity. Thankfully they "get better" later in the season.
14th Jan '17 9:46:40 PM DustSnitch
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has an in-universe example in Gecko Moria. When we first meet him, he's a member of the [[PsychoForHire Seven Warlords]], seven of the most badass pirates the World Government could convince to work for them, whose job is to keep other pirates in check. Unfortunately, due to a FreudianExcuse involving [[NoodleIncident a rather unpleasant defeat several years before the story started,]] Moria had become a FlunkyBoss, making him considerably rusty at one-on-one combat, which results in him getting flattened by rookie pirate Luffy, and later makes a fairly poor showing at the War at Marineford. Since, as mentioned above, BadAss is required to be on a Warlord's resume, the World Government decides to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness kick him out]]. [[spoiler: However, Moria manages to escape, hinting that he's going to [[TookALevelInBadass Take A Level In Badass]] over the TimeSkip.]]

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has an in-universe example in Gecko Moria. When we first meet him, he's a member of the [[PsychoForHire Seven Warlords]], seven of the most badass pirates the World Government could convince to work for them, whose job is to keep other pirates in check. Unfortunately, due to a FreudianExcuse involving [[NoodleIncident a rather unpleasant defeat several years before the story started,]] Moria had become a FlunkyBoss, making him considerably rusty at one-on-one combat, which results in him getting flattened by rookie pirate Luffy, and later makes a fairly poor showing at the War at Marineford. Since, as mentioned above, BadAss badass is required to be on a Warlord's resume, the World Government decides to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness kick him out]]. [[spoiler: However, Moria manages to escape, hinting that he's going to [[TookALevelInBadass Take A Level In Badass]] over the TimeSkip.]]
14th Jan '17 9:45:35 PM DustSnitch
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has an in-universe example in Gecko Moria. When we first meet him, he's a member of the [[PsychoForHire Seven Warlords]], seven of the most BadAss pirates the World Government could convince to work for them, whose job is to keep other pirates in check. Unfortunately, due to a FreudianExcuse involving [[NoodleIncident a rather unpleasant defeat several years before the story started,]] Moria had become a FlunkyBoss, making him considerably rusty at one-on-one combat, which results in him getting flattened by rookie pirate Luffy, and later makes a fairly poor showing at the War at Marineford. Since, as mentioned above, BadAss is required to be on a Warlord's resume, the World Government decides to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness kick him out]]. [[spoiler: However, Moria manages to escape, hinting that he's going to [[TookALevelInBadass Take A Level In Badass]] over the TimeSkip.]]

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has an in-universe example in Gecko Moria. When we first meet him, he's a member of the [[PsychoForHire Seven Warlords]], seven of the most BadAss badass pirates the World Government could convince to work for them, whose job is to keep other pirates in check. Unfortunately, due to a FreudianExcuse involving [[NoodleIncident a rather unpleasant defeat several years before the story started,]] Moria had become a FlunkyBoss, making him considerably rusty at one-on-one combat, which results in him getting flattened by rookie pirate Luffy, and later makes a fairly poor showing at the War at Marineford. Since, as mentioned above, BadAss is required to be on a Warlord's resume, the World Government decides to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness kick him out]]. [[spoiler: However, Moria manages to escape, hinting that he's going to [[TookALevelInBadass Take A Level In Badass]] over the TimeSkip.]]
29th Dec '16 9:58:36 AM SpinAttaxx
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** The [[PsychicPowers Psychic type]] has slowly been undergoing this over the years. In ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'', Psychic-types had high Special stats, allowing them to dish out Special damage as well as take it, were often fast, and had practically no weaknesses.[[labelnote:*]][[CastingAShadow Ghost]] and [[BigCreepyCrawlies Bug]] were ''supposed'' to be their weaknesses, but due to a coding error, Ghost-type moves were [[NoSell completely useless on Psychics]], and what few Bug moves did damage were very weak. Plus, most Bugs were also weak and part-[[PoisonousPerson Poison]], making them weak to Psychics.[[/labelnote]] That the strongest Pokémon in the game, Mewtwo, was a Psychic also helped. ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', however, not only split Special into two stats (elaborated on down below), but also introduced the [[CombatPragmatist Dark]] and [[ExtraOreDinary Steel]] types, both of which resist Psychic-types (the former being a weakness ''and'' being immune to them). The Physical/Special split of moves introduced in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' also cut their effectiveness, making once viable moves now useless on them. While Psychics are still good, they're nowhere near the GameBreaker they were in Gen I.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' split the Special stat into two stats - Special Attack and Special Defense. A Pokémon's old Special became one stat, while the other was brand new. For some, this cut their usefulness - Gyarados' Special Attack was reduced, Flareon couldn't use special moves to work around its poor physical movepool as effectively anymore, and many special {{Lightning Bruiser}}s (like the aforementioned Psychic-types) became {{Glass Cannon}}s.

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** The [[PsychicPowers Psychic type]] has slowly been undergoing this over the years. In ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'', Psychic-types had high Special stats, allowing them to dish out Special damage as well as take it, were often fast, and had practically no weaknesses.[[labelnote:*]][[CastingAShadow Ghost]] and [[BigCreepyCrawlies Bug]] were ''supposed'' to be their weaknesses, but due to a coding error, Ghost-type moves were [[NoSell completely useless on Psychics]], and what few Bug moves did damage were very weak. Plus, most Bugs were also weak and part-[[PoisonousPerson Poison]], making them weak to Psychics.[[/labelnote]] That the strongest Pokémon in the game, Mewtwo, was a Psychic also helped. ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', however, not only split Special into two stats (elaborated on down below), but also introduced the [[CombatPragmatist Dark]] and [[ExtraOreDinary Steel]] types, both of which resist Psychic-types (the former being a weakness ''and'' being immune to them). The Physical/Special split of moves introduced in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' also cut their effectiveness, making once viable moves now useless on them. Later generations added more and more powerful Ghost-, Dark- and Bug-type moves and Pokémon, giving them more threats to be wary of. While Psychics a few Psychic-types are still good, it's now mostly ''in spite of'' their type and not ''because'' of it, and they're nowhere near the GameBreaker {{Game Breaker}}s they were in Gen I.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' split the Special stat into two stats - -- Special Attack and Special Defense. A Pokémon's old Special became one stat, while the other was brand new. For some, this cut their usefulness - Gyarados' Special Attack was reduced, Flareon couldn't use special moves to work around its poor physical movepool as effectively anymore, and many special {{Lightning Bruiser}}s (like the aforementioned Psychic-types) became {{Glass Cannon}}s.


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** Dark Void was once a true nightmare to face, being an 80% accurate move which [[StandardStatusEffects puts all enemy Pokémon on the field to sleep]], and while normally only learnable by [[OlympusMons Darkrai]] (which can also inflict damage on sleeping Pokémon with its Ability, BadDreams), [[PowerCopying Smeargle]] can also learn it. ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' nerfed it hard by not only making it fail if used by anything that's not Darkrai (or a {{Ditto|Fighter}}), but also dropping its accuracy to 50%, making it significantly less reliable. While Darkrai still has high Speed and Special Attack stats to remain a threat, it can't use its Ability as effectively as it once could (suffice to say, Smeargle feels the nerf hardest).
25th Dec '16 2:43:05 AM Adept
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* This possibly happened to [[Manga/FlameOfRecca Tokiya Mikagami]], who was at first a completely ruthless man driven for revenge, and in the Ura Butou Satsujin, he manages to give out many great performances. Come to the latter arcs of the manga, however, although time by time, he did ''awesomely'', he also often became the recipient of DistressBall, turning into him into the DistressedDude TWICE.

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* ''Manga/FlameOfRecca:'' This possibly happened to [[Manga/FlameOfRecca Tokiya Mikagami]], Mikagami, who was at first a completely ruthless man driven for revenge, and in the Ura Butou Satsujin, he manages to give out many great performances. Come to the latter arcs of the manga, however, although time by time, he did ''awesomely'', he also often became the recipient of DistressBall, turning into him into the DistressedDude TWICE.
21st Dec '16 2:40:58 PM gb00393
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** The Kingsguard was once admired as the finest examples of chivalry and combat skill in the realm. Now they are mostly comprised of mediocre fighters and unchivalrous brutes.
** Jaime goes through this InUniverse as he is captured, out-fought, and finally crippled, losing ''all'' of his prodigious skill as a swordsman. By Season 4, even the majority of his family regard him as a has-been.
** Invoked by Littlefinger regarding the Lannisters; with Tywin and the sheer power of his will gone, all that remains is one-handed Jaime, weak-willed Tommen, and dowager queen Cersei.
16th Dec '16 1:49:54 PM Blazer
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* Probably the worst case of this in comics comes from Franchise/{{Batman}} baddie Killer Moth. When he was created, he was built up to be the "anti-Batman" and he was genuinely a credible threat to the Caped Crusader. However, his threat level fell apart when he became the target for ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}'s first appearance. After that, he was considered a joke and not even his transformation into Charaxas during ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed'' could help save him. About the closest Killer Moth had been in any media to being a credible threat was during ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', even if he was being hen-pecked by his spoiled daughter Kitten.
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