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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''.
7th Jan '16 10:55:57 AM nombretomado
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* Kanata Sorami of ''SoraNoWoto'' joined the Army to learn to play the trumpet. And what do you know, that's how she [[spoiler:prevented a war]].

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* Kanata Sorami of ''SoraNoWoto'' ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'' joined the Army to learn to play the trumpet. And what do you know, that's how she [[spoiler:prevented a war]].
8th Dec '15 12:38:22 PM erforce
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* Roger Murtaugh in the ''LethalWeapon'' movies. He really hates being dragged into all this crazy crap. Reluctant Badass might be a better term.

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* Roger Murtaugh in the ''LethalWeapon'' ''Film/LethalWeapon'' movies. He really hates being dragged into all this crazy crap. Reluctant Badass might be a better term.



* Will and Elizabeth from ''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 ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' ''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.]]
20th Oct '15 6:44:09 PM Jake
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* John Geary of ''Literature/TheLostFleet''. The "heroic" act he was lauded for a century ago was basically dying bravely on the first day of what turned out to be a [[ForeverWar century-long and appallingly bloody war]], but his nation needed all the heroes they could get. When Geary turns out to have spent a century drifting through space in [[HumanPopsicle cryosleep]] in a damaged escape pod, he awakes to discover that he's FamedInStory to near-Messianic levels despite having only seen combat once before in his entire life, and then his day just gets worse from there... [[spoiler: He ends up living up to his reputation and more or less single-handedly winning the war, also largely by accident while trying to extricate the titular Lost Fleet from BehindEnemyLines.]]
15th Oct '15 9:16:46 AM Willbyr
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-->'''Greed''': Who are you?!
-->'''Izumi''': I'M A HOUSEWIFE!

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-->'''Greed''': Who are you?!
-->'''Izumi''':
you?!\\
'''Izumi''':
I'M A HOUSEWIFE!



* In ''[[OnePieceWanted Wanted]]'', one of the stories revolves around a samurai named Ryuuma who seeks to become a great swordsman and fight the 'King', who is considered the strongest warrior in the world. Thing is, Ryumma IS the 'King', unknowingly given the nickname by all the people he's saved in his [[ToBeAMaster quest to be the best]].

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* In ''[[OnePieceWanted Wanted]]'', ''Manga/OnePieceWanted'', one of the stories revolves around a samurai named Ryuuma who seeks to become a great swordsman and fight the 'King', who is considered the strongest warrior in the world. Thing is, Ryumma IS the 'King', unknowingly given the nickname by all the people he's saved in his [[ToBeAMaster quest to be the best]].
7th Oct '15 4:24:57 AM Veanne
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* Zagłoba in ''Literature/SienkiewiczTrilogy'' manages to ''capture the enemy standard'' by complete accident. And boasts about it later, but that's his charm.
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