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25th Mar '17 5:14:05 PM nombretomado
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* ForrestGump. He knows that other people seem to be impressed by his exploits, but he really doesn't understand why.

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* ForrestGump.Film/ForrestGump. He knows that other people seem to be impressed by his exploits, but he really doesn't understand why.



* BruceWillis has said that he's always played [[Film/DieHard John McClane]] as "somebody who never really wants to do what he has to do."

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* BruceWillis Creator/BruceWillis has said that he's always played [[Film/DieHard John McClane]] as "somebody who never really wants to do what he has to do."
14th Jan '17 10:17:14 PM DustSnitch
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* Creator/JamieLeeCurtis' character in ''Film/TrueLies''. She has quite a few BadAss moments in the movie, especially the way she cleans out a dozen terrorists by '''[[ShurFineGuns dropping]]''' a MAC-10.

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* Creator/JamieLeeCurtis' character in ''Film/TrueLies''. She has quite a few BadAss badass moments in the movie, especially the way she cleans out a dozen terrorists by '''[[ShurFineGuns dropping]]''' a MAC-10.
14th Jan '17 10:16:51 PM DustSnitch
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What makes them particularly amazing is that they accomplish badassness by way of doing something particularly un-BadAss. No [[SpiderMan radioactive spider bit them]] and they don't possess a {{BFG}} or {{BFS}}. Think of the HouseWife whose home is invaded and beats the bad guys with a [[FryingPanOfDoom frying pan]]. Or a guy who works at a burger joint who uses his french-fry-making skills to foil a robbery.

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What makes them particularly amazing is that they accomplish badassness by way of doing something particularly un-BadAss.un-badass. No [[SpiderMan radioactive spider bit them]] and they don't possess a {{BFG}} or {{BFS}}. Think of the HouseWife whose home is invaded and beats the bad guys with a [[FryingPanOfDoom frying pan]]. Or a guy who works at a burger joint who uses his french-fry-making skills to foil a robbery.



* R2-D2 in the original ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy. He's waaaayyy more BadAss in the prequels (hopping on a rocket pack, seriously??)

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* R2-D2 in the original ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy. He's waaaayyy more BadAss badass in the prequels (hopping on a rocket pack, seriously??)



* ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' loves fighting zombies -- in video games. Or doing anything in video games. He's rather dim and unambitious, and it takes him a long time to recognize the ZombieApocalypse as a real threat, but he makes the transition to BadAss ActionHero surprisingly quickly once the chips are down.

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* ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' loves fighting zombies -- in video games. Or doing anything in video games. He's rather dim and unambitious, and it takes him a long time to recognize the ZombieApocalypse as a real threat, but he makes the transition to BadAss badass ActionHero surprisingly quickly once the chips are down.
14th Jan '17 10:15:49 PM DustSnitch
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* The entire cast of ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' (except Hightower. He's just a BadAss). Pick any installment, but especially the first one.

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* The entire cast of ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' (except Hightower. He's just a BadAss).badass). Pick any installment, but especially the first one.
5th Dec '16 9:52:04 AM Morgenthaler
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What makes them particularly amazing is that they accomplish {{badass}}ness by way of doing something particularly un-BadAss. No [[SpiderMan radioactive spider bit them]] and they don't possess a {{BFG}} or {{BFS}}. Think of the HouseWife whose home is invaded and beats the bad guys with a [[FryingPanOfDoom frying pan]]. Or a guy who works at a burger joint who uses his french-fry-making skills to foil a robbery.

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What makes them particularly amazing is that they accomplish {{badass}}ness badassness by way of doing something particularly un-BadAss. No [[SpiderMan radioactive spider bit them]] and they don't possess a {{BFG}} or {{BFS}}. Think of the HouseWife whose home is invaded and beats the bad guys with a [[FryingPanOfDoom frying pan]]. Or a guy who works at a burger joint who uses his french-fry-making skills to foil a robbery.



* In Naoki Urasawa's ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', before [[spoiler:shooting at Roberto and]] earning his status as a full-fledged {{Badass}}, a traumatized, paranoid Tenma jumps off a bridge to save himself and Anna from potential enemies.

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* In Naoki Urasawa's ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', before [[spoiler:shooting at Roberto and]] earning his status as a full-fledged {{Badass}}, badass, a traumatized, paranoid Tenma jumps off a bridge to save himself and Anna from potential enemies.



* Axl Low of ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''. In a wacky future Earth where magic exists and there's assassins, samurai, demons, giants, vampires, {{Humanoid Abomination}}s, little {{Pirate Girl}}s and all sorts of awesome magic-slinging {{Badass}}es all fighting each other, Axl is just a goofy British guy from the 20th Century who wound up being ripped away from his home and his girlfriend Megumi by a time-travelling ability he can't control nor predict. His time travel often drops him into dangerous situations, such as Nazi Germany, the Cretaceous period, and encounters with the previously listed. Despite the odds being against him, he almost always is skilled and savvy enough to get out of it unscathed.

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* Axl Low of ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''. In a wacky future Earth where magic exists and there's assassins, samurai, demons, giants, vampires, {{Humanoid Abomination}}s, little {{Pirate Girl}}s and all sorts of awesome magic-slinging {{Badass}}es badasses all fighting each other, Axl is just a goofy British guy from the 20th Century who wound up being ripped away from his home and his girlfriend Megumi by a time-travelling ability he can't control nor predict. His time travel often drops him into dangerous situations, such as Nazi Germany, the Cretaceous period, and encounters with the previously listed. Despite the odds being against him, he almost always is skilled and savvy enough to get out of it unscathed.
12th Oct '16 7:30:00 PM erforce
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* The protagonist of the ''HomeAlone'' movies.

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* %%* The protagonist of the ''HomeAlone'' ''Film/HomeAlone'' movies.



* Will and Elizabeth from ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' start out this way. Neither want much to do with pirates (Elizabeth's wish to meet one vanishes quite quickly when she's actually kidnapped by them). By the end of the first movie, Will has engaged in piracy, Elizabeth has successfully tricked and escaped a few times from Barbossa's crew, and both join Jack Sparrow in a fight against the pirates. They become full-on badasses in the sequels, though they never ''truly'' want to devote their lives to piracy [[spoiler:and they both end HappilyMarried and settled down.]]

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* Will and Elizabeth from ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' start out this way. Neither want much to do with pirates (Elizabeth's wish to meet one vanishes quite quickly when she's actually kidnapped by them). By the end of the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first movie, movie]], Will has engaged in piracy, Elizabeth has successfully tricked and escaped a few times from Barbossa's crew, and both join Jack Sparrow in a fight against the pirates. They become full-on badasses in the sequels, though they never ''truly'' want to devote their lives to piracy [[spoiler:and they both end HappilyMarried and settled down.]]
18th Sep '16 2:36:16 PM nombretomado
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* AlanWake is a lot like Harry Mason, except replace "daughter" with "wife". He's also on vacation at the time. Also, [[spoiler: he wrote the story he's participating in, and thanks to the magic around Cauldron Lake, which [[RewritingReality allows artists to rewrite reality]], he wrote a way ''out'' of said story as well.]]

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* AlanWake VideoGame/AlanWake is a lot like Harry Mason, except replace "daughter" with "wife". He's also on vacation at the time. Also, [[spoiler: he wrote the story he's participating in, and thanks to the magic around Cauldron Lake, which [[RewritingReality allows artists to rewrite reality]], he wrote a way ''out'' of said story as well.]]
27th Aug '16 11:32:54 PM azul120
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There are many methods to creating a BadassUnintentional. These include:

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There are many methods to creating a BadassUnintentional.Badass Unintentional. These include:



In order to qualify as a BadassUnintentional, they have to do something big. It's not enough for them to help or [[ActionSurvivor just live through it]], it must be a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome.

Needless to say, a BadassUnintentional will make great use of the IndyPloy, will ThrowItIn when necessary, and will often come up with a plan CrazyEnoughToWork.

Sometimes, after enough [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome highlight-reel moments]], a BadassUnintentional may decide to quit moping and just [[TookALevelInBadass upgrade to full Badass]].

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In order to qualify as a BadassUnintentional, Badass Unintentional, they have to do something big. It's not enough for them to help or [[ActionSurvivor just live through it]], it must be a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome.

Needless to say, a BadassUnintentional Badass Unintentional will make great use of the IndyPloy, will ThrowItIn when necessary, and will often come up with a plan CrazyEnoughToWork.

Sometimes, after enough [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome highlight-reel moments]], a BadassUnintentional Badass Unintentional may decide to quit moping and just [[TookALevelInBadass upgrade to full Badass]].



* The above paraphrase is from ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', a series about a true BadassUnintentional. Chuck actually can't wait for the government to rebuild its database so that he can go back to being just another wage-worker. However, he constantly foils numerous [[EvilPlan evil plots]] and often succeeds where his BadassNormal partners fail, precisely because he's a [[HollywoodNerd geek]]. In one episode he finds the codes to stopping a nuclear weapons satellite by defeating an old arcade game that only a fanboy would be able to recognize, let alone beat. Even after CharacterDevelopment sets in and [[spoiler:he decides to become a real hero and [[UpgradeArtifact download the new Intersect into his head]]]], he retains BadassUnintentional sensibilities.

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* The above paraphrase is from ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', a series about a true BadassUnintentional.Badass Unintentional. Chuck actually can't wait for the government to rebuild its database so that he can go back to being just another wage-worker. However, he constantly foils numerous [[EvilPlan evil plots]] and often succeeds where his BadassNormal partners fail, precisely because he's a [[HollywoodNerd geek]]. In one episode he finds the codes to stopping a nuclear weapons satellite by defeating an old arcade game that only a fanboy would be able to recognize, let alone beat. Even after CharacterDevelopment sets in and [[spoiler:he decides to become a real hero and [[UpgradeArtifact download the new Intersect into his head]]]], he retains BadassUnintentional Badass Unintentional sensibilities.



** Another notable incident occurred when she and Scarecrow were framed as traitors and on the run. He commented that she had done at least as well at evasion as anyone he'd ever seen. She downplayed it, saying that it was just her neighborhood and she knows where all the fences and mean dogs are. (This only reinforces the trope, however, since a BadassUnintentional is pretty much going to HAVE to use whatever advantages they do have, since they're usually up against someone rather more powerful, at least on paper.)

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** Another notable incident occurred when she and Scarecrow were framed as traitors and on the run. He commented that she had done at least as well at evasion as anyone he'd ever seen. She downplayed it, saying that it was just her neighborhood and she knows where all the fences and mean dogs are. (This only reinforces the trope, however, since a BadassUnintentional Badass Unintentional is pretty much going to HAVE to use whatever advantages they do have, since they're usually up against someone rather more powerful, at least on paper.)



** And also unintentionally [[spoiler: started a civil war between mages and the templars that guard them]]. Hey, being a BadassUnintentional doesn't mean everything works out for you.

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** And also unintentionally [[spoiler: started a civil war between mages and the templars that guard them]]. Hey, being a BadassUnintentional Badass Unintentional doesn't mean everything works out for you.
6th Aug '16 2:51:43 PM thatmadork
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* Axl Low of ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''. In a wacky future Earth where magic exists and there's assassins, samurai, demons, giants, vampires, {{Humanoid Abomination}}s, little {{Pirate Girl}}s and all sorts of awesome magic-slinging {{Badass}}es all fighting each other, Axl is just a goofy British guy from the 20th Century who wound up being ripped away from his home and his girlfriend Megumi by a time-travelling ability he can't control nor predict. His time travel often drops him into dangerous situations, such as Nazi Germany, the Cretaceous period, and encounters with the previously listed. Despite the odds being against him, he almost always is skilled and savvy enough to get out of it unscathed.
25th Jul '16 10:44:14 AM RedRoverRedRover
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** In the "Pandemic" two-parter, Craig is a ''very'' reluctant version. He doesn't want to get dragged along with the main boys' adventure and even gives them a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech about how no one else wants to hang out with them since they're always getting themselves into trouble. He is then revealed to be the only person who can save the world from the giant guinea pig invasion.

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** In the "Pandemic" two-parter, Craig is a ''very'' reluctant version. He doesn't want to get dragged along with the main boys' adventure and even gives them a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech about how no one else wants to hang out with them since they're always getting themselves into trouble. He is then revealed to be the only person who can save the world from the [[ItMakesSenseInContext giant guinea pig invasion.invasion]].
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