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15th Mar '17 9:06:50 AM MyFinalEdits
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* The title character of ''Literature/ArtemisFowl''. Although thankfully this one has not yet fallen into {{wangst}}. Fowl has, however, kept what badassery he did have, and has yet to be as {{anvilicious}} as any of our heroes. The elves were parodies of other rather more anvilicious interpretations of the fairy folk. Possibly spoofed in the most recent book, in which he travels back in time to match wits with... well.... himself. One exchange later and he's left stranded on a telephone pole with nothing more than the line "I hate me."

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* The title character of ''Literature/ArtemisFowl''. Although thankfully this one has not yet fallen into {{wangst}}. Fowl has, however, kept what badassery he did have, and has yet to be as {{anvilicious}} as any of our heroes. The elves were parodies of other rather more anvilicious interpretations of the fairy folk. Possibly spoofed Spoofed in the most recent a later book, in which he travels back in time to match wits with... well.... himself. One exchange later and he's left stranded on a telephone pole with nothing more than the line "I hate me."



* [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampires as a whole are a victim of this.]] What were once seen as undead creatures who fed on the blood of the living have completely turned into {{wangst}}y, emasculated, [[DracoInLeatherPants leather pants wearing]] pretty-boys as the object of desire for [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys rebellious teenage girls]]. Most recent examples are ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'' and ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', both of which were pure MrFanservice.

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* [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampires as a whole are a victim of this.]] What were once seen as undead creatures who fed on the blood of the living have completely turned into {{wangst}}y, emasculated, [[DracoInLeatherPants leather pants wearing]] pretty-boys as the object of desire for [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys rebellious teenage girls]]. Most recent Other examples are ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'' and ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', both of which were pure MrFanservice.



* Music/RogerWaters was one of the major components of one of the greatest/scariest/craziest [[Music/PinkFloyd bands]] of all time. In the recent 12/12/12 concert, he spent the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mI2zEN7gbbA entire first song]] [[LargeHam clapping]] his hands over his head and playing for the audience. He also had a bunch of [[SnarkBait preppy]], ''[[TastesLikeDiabetes smiling]]'' girls singing the second verse of "Another Brick in the Wall: Part II," and they weren't even supposed to be ironic. The only thing more pathetic than how clearly he had sold out was how much his decrepit audience was loving it.

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* Music/RogerWaters was one of the major components of one of the greatest/scariest/craziest [[Music/PinkFloyd bands]] of all time. In the recent 12/12/12 concert, he spent the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mI2zEN7gbbA entire first song]] [[LargeHam clapping]] his hands over his head and playing for the audience. He also had a bunch of [[SnarkBait preppy]], ''[[TastesLikeDiabetes smiling]]'' girls singing the second verse of "Another Brick in the Wall: Part II," and they weren't even supposed to be ironic. The only thing more pathetic than how clearly he had sold out was how much his decrepit audience was loving it.



* Wrestling/ChrisJericho has undergone a lot of badass decay over the years. One may not notice nowadays with Jericho being pinned left and right by a number of younger generation superstars, but there used to be a time when Jericho was one of the most dominant wrestlers in the WWE who could take down any wrestler who stood in his path, only coming up short against the really big superstars such as The Rock, Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Kane, and Wrestling/TripleH. During the Attitude Era, he was known for his incredible mic skills and memorable feuds against Wrestling/TripleH, Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, The Rock, Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, and Wrestling/KurtAngle. His badass decay most likely began after Wrestling/TripleH defeated him and took the Undisputed Championship away from him. These days Jericho has been toned down incredibly by both the PG Era and restrictive ringwork by the injury-conscious WWE. Even wrestlers he could defeat with no problem in the past such as Wrestling/{{Edge}} or Wrestling/{{Christian}} are now pinning him cleanly and making him look like a chump. True he's won the world title a few more times in recent years but it just doesn't feel like it's as big of a deal now as opposed to if he had won them during the height of his career from 1999 to 2001.

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* Wrestling/ChrisJericho has undergone a lot of badass decay over the years. One may not notice nowadays with Jericho being pinned left and right by a number of younger generation superstars, but there used to be a time when Jericho was one of the most dominant wrestlers in the WWE who could take down any wrestler who stood in his path, only coming up short against the really big superstars such as The Rock, Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Kane, and Wrestling/TripleH. During the Attitude Era, he was known for his incredible mic skills and memorable feuds against Wrestling/TripleH, Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, The Rock, Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, and Wrestling/KurtAngle. His badass decay most likely began after Wrestling/TripleH defeated him and took the Undisputed Championship away from him. These days Jericho has been toned down incredibly by both the PG Era and restrictive ringwork by the injury-conscious WWE. Even wrestlers he could defeat with no problem in the past such as Wrestling/{{Edge}} or Wrestling/{{Christian}} are now pinning him cleanly and making him look like a chump. True he's won the world title a few more times in recent later years but it just doesn't feel like it's as big of a deal now as opposed to if he had won them during the height of his career from 1999 to 2001.



*** The Avatar of Khaine. A physical manifestation of the AxCrazy Eldar god of war. He used to be a nigh-unstoppable close-combat beatstick for the army, yet recent fluff has it constantly being beaten and overwhelmed to [[TheWorfEffect make another character look more badass]].

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*** ** The Avatar of Khaine. A physical manifestation of the AxCrazy Eldar god of war. He used to be a nigh-unstoppable close-combat beatstick for the army, yet recent later fluff has it constantly being beaten and overwhelmed to [[TheWorfEffect make another character look more badass]].



* Mannimarco from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' is a particularly tragic example. When you first meet him in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', he's a fierce and powerful lich lord of no small ability who commands armies of necromancers and is a strong political power, and [[spoiler:becomes [[AGodAmI godlike in the end]]]] and is still badass despite being an {{Expy}} of Kyuss from ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons World of Greyhawk]]''. Fast forward two games, and we arrive at ''Oblivion'', where Mannimarco returns as...a skinny, wrinkly old man who sits around in a cave in the middle of nowhere and doesn't look menacing at all. He may still be a worthy opponent, but anyone who goes from [[http://images.uesp.net/5/59/DF-King_of_Worms.png this]] to [[http://images.uesp.net/6/6e/OB-npc-Mannimarco.jpg this]] isn't going to be taken seriously any more.
** ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' wiki attempts to justify this by making mention of a TimeyWimeyBall that happened in ''Daggerfall''... apparently it split Mannimarco into two beings: the King of Worms from ''Oblivion'' and the [[spoiler: God of Worms, given representation in form of the Necromancer Moon]] from one of the endings of the previous game. The King of Worms leads the necromancer cult, worshipping the Necromancer Moon.

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* Mannimarco from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' is a particularly tragic example. When you first meet him in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', he's a fierce and powerful lich lord of no small ability who commands armies of necromancers and is a strong political power, and [[spoiler:becomes [[AGodAmI godlike in the end]]]] and is still badass despite being an {{Expy}} of Kyuss from ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons World of Greyhawk]]''. Fast forward two games, and we arrive at ''Oblivion'', where Mannimarco returns as...a skinny, wrinkly old man who sits around in a cave in the middle of nowhere and doesn't look menacing at all. He may still be a worthy opponent, but anyone who goes from [[http://images.uesp.net/5/59/DF-King_of_Worms.png this]] to [[http://images.uesp.net/6/6e/OB-npc-Mannimarco.jpg this]] isn't going to be taken seriously any more.
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more. ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' wiki attempts to justify this by making mention of a TimeyWimeyBall that happened in ''Daggerfall''... apparently it split Mannimarco into two beings: the King of Worms from ''Oblivion'' and the [[spoiler: God of Worms, given representation in form of the Necromancer Moon]] from one of the endings of the previous game. The King of Worms leads the necromancer cult, worshipping the Necromancer Moon.



* The ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series sort of accidentally did this in reverse to Rebecca Chambers, by giving her a badass upgrade in the ''prequel'', where she's a player character and therefore pretty competent. Some time between then and running into Chris in the original game, she apparently snapped from the sheer horror around her and lost all her zombie-killing skills. Not that you can really blame her, though.
** Played straight, however, in the most recent releases ''The Stage'' and ''[[Anime/ResidentEvilVendetta Vendetta]]'', where she goes from part of an elite team of cops to an university professor. In ''The Stage'', she is completely unable to shoot her former (now zombified) acquaintances, and is held hostage twice, with the villain [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] it to boot. In ''Vendetta'', the trailer even spoils she'll be held hostage again in a IHaveYouNowMyPretty way.

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* The ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series sort of accidentally did this in reverse to Rebecca Chambers, by giving her a badass upgrade in the ''prequel'', where she's a player character and therefore pretty competent. Some time between then and running into Chris in the original game, she apparently snapped from the sheer horror around her and lost all her zombie-killing skills. Not that you can really blame her, though.
** Played straight, however,
It's played straight in the most recent releases ''The Stage'' and ''[[Anime/ResidentEvilVendetta Vendetta]]'', where she goes from part of an elite team of cops to an university professor. In ''The Stage'', she is completely unable to shoot her former (now zombified) acquaintances, and is held hostage twice, with the villain [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] it to boot. In ''Vendetta'', the trailer even spoils she'll be held hostage again in a IHaveYouNowMyPretty way.



* The Borg and Species 8472 (here called the Undine) had a bouncing effect in terms of Decay in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline''. When they're first brought in, they're shown to be a much greater threat than before. However, a lack of appearance from the Undine neuter their Badassness while PowerCreep forces the Borg into this trope. Recently, however, the Undine have roared back in full force.

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* The Borg and Species 8472 (here called the Undine) had a bouncing effect in terms of Decay in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline''. When they're first brought in, they're shown to be a much greater threat than before. However, a lack of appearance from the Undine neuter their Badassness while PowerCreep forces the Borg into this trope. Recently, however, the The Undine have later roared back in full force.
13th Mar '17 10:23:53 AM AlinhoAlisson
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** Played straight, however, in the most recent releases ''The Stage'' and ''[[Anime/ResidentEvilVendetta Vendetta]]'', where she goes from part of an elite team of cops to an university professor. In ''The Stage'', she is completely unable to shoot her former (now zombified) acquaintances, and is held hostage twice, with the villain [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] it to boot. In ''Vendetta'', the trailer even spoils she'll be held hostage again in a IHaveYouNowMyPretty way.
12th Mar '17 4:38:41 PM gb00393
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** {{Invoked|Trope}} about the Night's Watch, which has fallen on hard times. Of the veritable army that once existed to safeguard the realm, only a token militia of less than a thousand men remains. They are also severely under-equipped and can only afford to keep ''three'' of their nineteen castles along the Wall manned and maintained.

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** {{Invoked|Trope}} about the Night's Watch, which has fallen on hard times. Of It was once a highly-regarded order on par with the Order of Maesters, attracting the best and most elite of Westeros. However, in recent centuries, of the veritable army that once existed to safeguard the realm, only a token militia of less than a thousand men remains.remains, who are mostly the bastard or unfit sons of Lords, along with various criminals, rapists, or those who fought on the wrong side in a war, who join in order to receive a full pardon. They are also severely under-equipped and can only afford to keep ''three'' of their nineteen castles along the Wall manned and maintained.
11th Mar '17 4:37:01 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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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 TheWorfEffect.

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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.as she couldn't even cheat effectively. Her SHIMMER run didn't slow, though, making this overlap with TheWorfEffect. It also helped that after show eleven or so SHINE and SHIMMER were no longer in continuity with each other.
10th Mar '17 9:47:57 AM gb00393
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** In-universe with the people from the Iron Islands. Once, they had been the most feared people in Westeros. They had basically conquered the entire Riverlands, which involved beating the shit out of the ''Stormlords''. Then they successfully defeated and drove back the Andals, eventually subsuming ''them'' into ''their'' society and not the other way around as in the rest of Westeros (even the North's been affected to a certain extent by Andal culture in a way the Iron Islands never have), and built the single strongest fortress in the continent that was only brought low because of fucking '''dragons'''! And according to legend one of their ancient kings slew a sea dragon. Things went downhill after Aegon the Conqueror burned Harrenhal and helped the river lords drive their ironborn overlords back into the sea. Balon Greyjoy tried to reverse this by seceding from the Seven Kingdoms, but this backfired spectacularly when the Baratheons and their allies beat them into submission.
10th Mar '17 6:14:48 AM Blazer
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** This is actually evident with most reformed villains in Shonen shows. Sticking with ''Manga/DragonBall'', Yamcha was once a feared bandit who rivaled Goku in martial arts prowess. He then spends the rest of the series doing absolutely nothing of importance.

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** This is actually evident with most reformed villains in Shonen shows. Sticking with ''Manga/DragonBall'', Yamcha was once a feared bandit who rivaled Goku in martial arts prowess. He then spends the rest of the series doing absolutely nothing of importance. Unlike the other heroes below, Yamcha actually ups and retires after getting a hole in his chest by Android #20/Dr. Gero. This is telling that, in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', he becomes a baseball player and is the only Z Fighter not to participate in the Universal Survival arc, replaced by Android #17.



** 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.]]

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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 neglecting 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.]]



** Master Roshi suffers from this in the original ''Dragon Ball'' anime. At the start of the series he is one of the strongest people on the planet, even stronger than the protagonist Goku. By the Piccolo Jr. arc he is little more than comic relief. Justified as he admitted his mentor role was over when the new generation surpassed him so he retired.

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** Master Roshi suffers from this in the original ''Dragon Ball'' anime. At the start of the series he is one of the strongest people on the planet, even stronger than the protagonist Goku. By the Piccolo Jr. arc he is little more than comic relief. Justified as he admitted his mentor role was over when the new generation surpassed him so he retired. He still gets his badass moments, such as taking on Frieza's army in ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' and its ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' adaptation
5th Mar '17 10:34:59 PM Yukianesa
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** By 4th Edition, some parts of the fluff were just [[ButtMonkey merciless]] and [[CurbStompBattle humiliating]] for the Eldar.

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** By 4th Edition, some parts of the fluff were just [[ButtMonkey merciless]] and [[CurbStompBattle humiliating]] for the Eldar. 7th Edition reversed a lot of the damage and made them top tier to boot.
5th Mar '17 12:12:16 PM StFan
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After his [[AndTheFandomRejoiced/ProfessionalWrestling remasking]] in late 2011, he completely got better. For a few months. He gave a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to Wrestling/ZackRyder on several occasions and got in brutal feuds with Cena and Orton, even defeating Orton cleanly at Wrestlemania. Then decay quickly set in again. A plot involving a crush on Wrestling/AJLee ensured that he lost any credibility that he had got back by remasking. He lost at No Way Out, failed to win at Money in the Bank, and was defeated by [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] at Summerslam. He was next used for comedy purposes, attending anger management.

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After his [[AndTheFandomRejoiced/ProfessionalWrestling [[AndTheFandomRejoiced/ProWrestling remasking]] in late 2011, he completely got better. For a few months. He gave a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to Wrestling/ZackRyder on several occasions and got in brutal feuds with Cena and Orton, even defeating Orton cleanly at Wrestlemania. Then decay quickly set in again. A plot involving a crush on Wrestling/AJLee ensured that he lost any credibility that he had got back by remasking. He lost at No Way Out, failed to win at Money in the Bank, and was defeated by [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] at Summerslam. He was next used for comedy purposes, attending anger management.
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.
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