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28th Jun '16 10:52:08 PM Morgenthaler
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* Much like the Dresden example above, Kvothe in the ''TheNameOfTheWind'' is badass and does some very impressive things but the legends are even more insane. By the second book, however, he's living up to the legends in truth.

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* Much like the Dresden example above, Kvothe in the ''TheNameOfTheWind'' ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'' is badass and does some very impressive things but the legends are even more insane. By the second book, however, he's living up to the legends in truth.
13th Jun '16 9:25:33 PM Doug86
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* Lancelot (yes, ''[[KingArthur that]]'' [[KingArthur Lancelot]]) from ''Literature/TheWarlordChronicles'' has a major case of this. According to the protagonist, Lancelot is a self-absorbed narcissist whose greatest skill is not showing up until the battle is nearly over, getting a cloak torn or putting a little mud on his face, then paying bards an inordinate amount to spread the tales of his heroics far and wide. This crosses over to full blown FakeUltimateHero by the second book, and then goes into [[spoiler:VillainWithGoodPublicity when he starts actively trying to overthrow Arthur.]] Keep in mind however that Lancelot is the narrator's [[TheRival hated rival]], and the narrator does admit to [[UnreliableNarrator bending the truth of the story on a few occasions]]...

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* Lancelot (yes, ''[[KingArthur ''[[Myth/KingArthur that]]'' [[KingArthur [[Myth/KingArthur Lancelot]]) from ''Literature/TheWarlordChronicles'' has a major case of this. According to the protagonist, Lancelot is a self-absorbed narcissist whose greatest skill is not showing up until the battle is nearly over, getting a cloak torn or putting a little mud on his face, then paying bards an inordinate amount to spread the tales of his heroics far and wide. This crosses over to full blown FakeUltimateHero by the second book, and then goes into [[spoiler:VillainWithGoodPublicity when he starts actively trying to overthrow Arthur.]] Keep in mind however that Lancelot is the narrator's [[TheRival hated rival]], and the narrator does admit to [[UnreliableNarrator bending the truth of the story on a few occasions]]...
12th Jun '16 8:27:33 PM DarkHunter
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* Taken all too literally in the case of Jaune Arc in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', whose desire to be a Hunter so that he can live up to his family's tradition of protecting people leads to him apply for Beacon Academy with ''forged'' credentials. In fact, he's never attended ''any'' of the basic Hunter prep schools, meaning he has no knowledge of anything about how to be a Hunter. Zigzagged in that he does have a surprising amount of potential and manages to start catching up with unusual speed. Even though he is unquestionably the weakest member of [[FunWithAcronyms Team JNPR]], he manages to be surprisingly badass as the series goes on.

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* Taken all too literally in the case of Jaune Arc in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', whose desire to be a Hunter Huntsman so that he can live up to his family's tradition of protecting people leads to him apply for Beacon Academy with ''forged'' credentials. In fact, he's never attended ''any'' of the basic Hunter Huntsman prep schools, meaning he has no knowledge of anything about how to be a Hunter. Huntsman. Zigzagged in that he does have a surprising amount of potential and and, with some special training from Pyrrha, manages to start catching up with unusual speed. Even though he is unquestionably the weakest member of [[FunWithAcronyms Team JNPR]], he manages to be surprisingly badass as the series goes on.
1st May '16 6:17:09 PM Lionheart0
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Compare with ExpectingSomeoneTaller in which the character is still badass but just doesn't fit the expected image and CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass where the character is mostly a moron but when the time is right unleash their inner badass.

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Compare with ExpectingSomeoneTaller in which the character is still badass but just doesn't fit the expected image and image, CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass where the character is mostly a moron but when the time is right unleash their inner badass.
badass, and CowardlyLion where a character is badass in spite of their otherwise cowardly and timid personality.
1st May '16 6:06:16 PM TheWanderer
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* Although the protagonist of ''Series/{{Galavant}}'' used to be a bona fide badass he's coasting on his reputation by the events of the pilot.

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* Although the protagonist of ''Series/{{Galavant}}'' used to be a bona fide badass badass, at the start of the show he's coasting spent more than a year in deep depression and DrowningMySorrows, which has left him out of shape and incapable of carrying out heroic deeds as he once did. The first few episodes have several occasions where he has to coast by on his reputation by the events of the pilot.old reputation, but after that point he is forced to start regaining his old form.
17th Apr '16 9:14:35 PM DarkHunter
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* For a lot of the series, ''Literature/HarryPotter'' views himself as one of these. The event that made him famous happened when he was a baby and when in Order of the Phoenix he gets asked to teach a defense against the dark arts club, he argues that all his other achievements have been either through luck or from getting a lot of help.
** In fact, one of the biggest reasons that the final book is such a WhamEpisode is because Harry has moved beyond simply stumbling blindly into Voldemort's traps and has the know-how to go on the offensive.

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* For a lot of the series, ''Literature/HarryPotter'' views himself as one of these. The event that made him famous happened when he was a baby and when in Order of the Phoenix he gets asked to teach a defense against the dark arts club, he argues that all his other achievements have been either through luck or from getting a lot of help.
** In fact,
help. He begins to grow out of this in the seventh book, as he is now the one of taking the biggest reasons that fight to Voldemort, and his previous experiences fighting against the final book is such a WhamEpisode is because Harry Dark Arts help him realize what has moved beyond simply stumbling blindly into Voldemort's traps and has the know-how to go on the offensive.be done.
16th Mar '16 9:28:19 AM ObsidianFire
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* Rincewind is the worst wizard the Literature/{{Discworld}} has ever known. His hat is the only thing about him that says "wizzard," and ''that's'' misspelled. With no magic talent to speak of and a survival instinct heightened by his GenreSavvy, his usual response to a situation is to run like hell, and he's gotten ''very'' good at running over the years. He's also [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu thrown down]] with [[EldritchAbomination eldritch horrors,]] challenged a [[EnfantTerrible childlike demigod]] with nothing but [[ImprobableWeaponUser a half-brick in a sock,]] and saved the entire Discworld. ''Several times.'' Arguably, he's gotten being the RightManInTheWrongPlace down to a ''science.''

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* Rincewind is the worst wizard the Literature/{{Discworld}} has ever known. His hat is the only thing about him that says "wizzard," and ''that's'' misspelled. With no magic talent to speak of and a survival instinct heightened by his GenreSavvy, smartness, his usual response to a situation is to run like hell, and he's gotten ''very'' good at running over the years. He's also [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu thrown down]] with [[EldritchAbomination eldritch horrors,]] challenged a [[EnfantTerrible childlike demigod]] with nothing but [[ImprobableWeaponUser a half-brick in a sock,]] and saved the entire Discworld. ''Several times.'' Arguably, he's gotten being the RightManInTheWrongPlace down to a ''science.''
5th Jan '16 2:12:33 PM thatmadork
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* {{Inverted|Trope}} by Sans from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''. His description says his attack only does 1 HP worth of damage and he's the weakest thing in the entire game. [[spoiler:What the description doesn't tell is this is 1HP ''per frame'' and his attacks negate your MercyInvincibility: that's [[DeathByAThousandCuts 40 HP damage per second]]. Sans is also a bona fide CombatPragmatist compared to the other monsters: he will interrupt his opening monologue to attack you out of the blue, attack you during ''your turn'', and actually ''dodge'' your attacks. Halfway through his fight, he'll offer you the chance to spare him, and if you take it, well, prepare to '''[[ISurrenderSuckers get]] [[OneHitKill dunked]] [[KarmicDeath on]]'''.]]
1st Dec '15 12:49:26 PM WanderingBrowser
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* Taken all too literally in the case of Jaune Arc in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', whose desire to be a Hunter so that he can live up to his family's tradition of protecting people leads to him apply for Beacon Academy with ''forged'' credentials. In fact, he's never attended ''any'' of the basic Hunter prep schools, meaning he has no knowledge of anything about how to be a Hunter. Zigzagged in that he does have a surprising amount of potential and manages to start catching up with unusual speed. Even though he is unquestionably the weakest member of [[FunWithAcronyms Team JNPR]], he manages to be surprisingly badass as the series goes on.
23rd Nov '15 2:15:54 PM Fourze99
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* Don Dogoier AKA Gokai Green from Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger. Someone who's cracked necks, uses wrestling moves untransformed professionally, and ran into battle while shooting a BFG doesn't usually run away from fights or hide behind whatever he can find.

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* Don Dogoier AKA Gokai Green from Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger. Someone who's [[NeckSnap cracked necks, necks]], [[WrestlerInAllOfUs uses wrestling moves untransformed professionally, professionally]], and ran into battle while shooting a BFG {{BFG}} doesn't usually [[LovableCoward run away from fights or hide behind whatever he can find.]]
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