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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]].
14th Jul '16 9:45:20 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* Tavi from ''Literature/CodexAlera'' was always a BadassNormal (he needed to be to even keep up with the superpowered rest of the world), but he never wanted to command the First Aleran legion. He was a very minor officer (Third Subtribune Logistica), and he was only there in the first place as a spy. And then the Canim struck the officers' tent with lightning during a meeting (to which Tavi was late), killing or permanently crippling everyone higher in the chain of command. He gets an emergency promotion and ends up leading the legion to victory. [[spoiler: And he didn't intend to make himself immune to Canim sorcery; he just stole the bloodstone needed to do so when stealing bribe money from Lady Antillus.]]
13th May '16 3:02:56 AM Doug86
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* The entire cast of ''PoliceAcademy'' (except Hightower. He's just a BadAss). Pick any installment, but especially the first one.

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* The entire cast of ''PoliceAcademy'' ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' (except Hightower. He's just a BadAss). Pick any installment, but especially the first one.



->I hate fate. I dont believe in her. Unfortunately, I think the bitch believes in me.

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->I ->"I hate fate. I dont don't believe in her. Unfortunately, I think the bitch believes in me. "



* Not many people remember that the character of Dr. Abraham Van Helsing in Bram Stoker's ''{{Literature/Dracula}}'' was one of these. He wasn't a VampireHunter or even an adventurer but rather just some [[FunnyForeigner Dutch]] [[TheProfessor scholar]] who was [[BadassBookworm knowledgeable enough about the natural world to come up with a way to defeat Dracula]].

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* Not many people remember that the character of Dr. Abraham Van Helsing in Bram Stoker's ''{{Literature/Dracula}}'' ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' was one of these. He wasn't a VampireHunter or even an adventurer but rather just some [[FunnyForeigner Dutch]] [[TheProfessor scholar]] who was [[BadassBookworm knowledgeable enough about the natural world to come up with a way to defeat Dracula]].



* 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}}'', ''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.
25th Apr '16 6:06:05 PM Laevatein
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* ''TabletopGame/FengShui'' does this with one of the character archetypes: The Everyman Hero. Actually, quite a few of the characters do this.

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* ''TabletopGame/FengShui'' does this with one of the character archetypes: The Everyman Hero.Hero (in ''Feng Shui 2'', the archetype has an ability called "Accidental Awesome"). Actually, quite a few of the characters do this.
16th Mar '16 9:28:52 AM ObsidianFire
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* The remarkably GenreSavvy [[SirAproposOfNothing Apropos.]] Born crippled and suffering abuse from basically everyone but his mother and best friend, all he really wanted to do was (paraphrasing) "Live an excitement-free life and die of old age in my bed." Against his wishes, however, he ends up [[spoiler:becoming a knight, hijacking a phoenix from--and by default becoming--TheHero, saving his kingdom from siege, saving the world from an evil and amorous goddess, and basically leading a coup on an Expy of FeudalJapan (he blew it up.)]]

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* The remarkably GenreSavvy [[SirAproposOfNothing Apropos.]] Born crippled and suffering abuse from basically everyone but his mother and best friend, all he really wanted to do was (paraphrasing) "Live an excitement-free life and die of old age in my bed." Against his wishes, however, he ends up [[spoiler:becoming a knight, hijacking a phoenix from--and by default becoming--TheHero, saving his kingdom from siege, saving the world from an evil and amorous goddess, and basically leading a coup on an Expy of FeudalJapan (he blew it up.)]]
30th Jan '16 11:12:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* It's possible to do this with Player Characters in ''DontRestYourHead''.

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* It's possible to do this with Player Characters in ''DontRestYourHead''.''TabletopGame/DontRestYourHead''.
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