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12th Mar '17 8:44:36 PM BattleMaster
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* In the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' novel Measure of a Hero, the main character's ''Penetrator'' battlemech had been nearly destroyed in combat prior to the start of the story, but he'd been allowed to rebuild it with Clan weaponry, giving it a huge boost to its damage and range and making it much deadlier than it was originally (and the ''Penetrator'' is considered a very good mech).
22nd Nov '16 2:48:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* Downplayed in ''Flash Element 2''. If the self-healing critters are permitted to heal all the way, they end up with exactly one hit point more than the "maximum" they started with.

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* Downplayed in ''Flash Element 2''. If the self-healing critters are permitted to heal all the way, they end up with exactly one hit point more than the "maximum" they started with.

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* The villain [[WreckedWeapon shatters]] Roy's sword the first time they meet in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', in order to demonstrate that even with a temporary undead-killing enchantment on it the fight is still hopeless for Roy. This naturally leads to a SideQuest where Roy obtains [[ThunderboltIron a piece of star metal]] to reforge the broken blade into a proper undead-killing weapon (complete with [[TechnicolorFire green flame effect]] whenever it activates).

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* The villain [[WreckedWeapon shatters]] Roy's sword the first time they meet in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', in order to demonstrate that even with a temporary undead-killing enchantment on it the fight is still hopeless for Roy. This naturally leads to a SideQuest where Roy obtains [[ThunderboltIron a piece of star metal]] to reforge the broken blade into a proper undead-killing weapon (complete with [[TechnicolorFire green flame effect]] whenever it activates).activates).

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22nd Nov '16 1:16:39 AM Morgenthaler
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** In a few cases, TheHero may be made better than new by way of external medical or technological [[WeCanRebuildHim intervention]] involving AppliedPhlebotinum, ArtificialLimbs or an all-out EmergencyTransformation. Such ministrations may lead to our hero becoming a SuperSoldier or just a [[ScreamingWarrior louder]] more BadAss fighter.

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** In a few cases, TheHero may be made better than new by way of external medical or technological [[WeCanRebuildHim intervention]] involving AppliedPhlebotinum, ArtificialLimbs or an all-out EmergencyTransformation. Such ministrations may lead to our hero becoming a SuperSoldier or just a [[ScreamingWarrior louder]] more BadAss badass fighter.
18th Apr '16 10:17:54 PM MasoTey
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* Downplayed in ''Flash Element 2''. If the self-healing critters are permitted to heal all the way, they end up with exactly one hit point more than the "maximum" they started with.
25th Feb '16 10:26:29 PM Landis
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* In ''Literature/TheEmperorsSoul'', this practice is considered a vital part of a forger's arsenal. When you must leave a copy of something behind you, make the copy better than the original, so that there's less reason for the mark to reject it out of hand. Shai demonstrates it [[RuleOfThree thrice]] during the story: the first time with her desk (making it a better version of itself), the second time with the rest of her room (slowly redecorating and remodeling her cell until it's nicer than the emperor's quarters), and the third time with the titular soul itself.
27th Dec '15 1:54:31 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/TheBionicWoman'' -- Jaime's chute fails on a parachuting date with TheSixMillionDollarMan and she suffers catastrophic injuries. He convinces his boss to authorize bionic replacement surgery to restore Jaime's destroyed legs, right arm and right ear.

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* ''Series/TheBionicWoman'' -- Jaime's chute fails on a parachuting date with TheSixMillionDollarMan ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' and she suffers catastrophic injuries. He convinces his boss to authorize bionic replacement surgery to restore Jaime's destroyed legs, right arm and right ear.
20th Sep '15 6:47:17 PM Berrenta
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** In video games, BigBad may simply decide to [[TurnsRed Turn Red]], becoming BiggerBad, getting their own diabolical LevelUpFillUp and [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands new abilities]].

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** In video games, BigBad may simply decide to [[TurnsRed Turn Red]], becoming BiggerBad, the GreaterScopeVillain, getting their own diabolical LevelUpFillUp and [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands new abilities]].



* ''PimpMyRide'' -- Xzibit and the crew at West Coast Customs take in viewers' [[TheAllegedCar Alleged Cars]] and turn them into better than new [[CoolCar Cool Cars]], even though they often end up being AwesomeButImpractical. In similar fashion, Overhaulin' takes a similar approach, except that the mark is unaware their beater is being overhauled until they're reunited with their car during some contrived comedic setup.
* ''PowerRangers'' -- In several seasons, the existing [[HumongousMecha Zords]] were SoLastSeason, and so got defeated and/or blown up by BiggerBad and were then rebuilt into more powerful better than new versions.
* ''TheSixMillionDollarMan'' -- Seriously injured in a test flight, former astronaut Austin is given [[ArtificialLimbs bionic replacements]] for his legs, his [[FashionableAsymmetry right arm]], and [[ElectronicEyes one eye]], leaving him with superhuman speed and strength and telescopic vision. He can run more than 60 MPH, jump several stories, see objects from miles away and in the dark, and lift impossible weights ([[FridgeLogic the latter without the addition of a bionic spine]]).

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* ''PimpMyRide'' ''Series/PimpMyRide'' -- Xzibit and the crew at West Coast Customs take in viewers' [[TheAllegedCar Alleged Cars]] and turn them into better than new [[CoolCar Cool Cars]], even though they often end up being AwesomeButImpractical. In similar fashion, Overhaulin' takes a similar approach, except that the mark is unaware their beater is being overhauled until they're reunited with their car during some contrived comedic setup.
* ''PowerRangers'' -- In several seasons, the existing [[HumongousMecha Zords]] were SoLastSeason, and so got defeated and/or blown up by BiggerBad TheManBehindTheMan and were then rebuilt into more powerful better than new versions.
* ''TheSixMillionDollarMan'' ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' -- Seriously injured in a test flight, former astronaut Austin is given [[ArtificialLimbs bionic replacements]] for his legs, his [[FashionableAsymmetry right arm]], and [[ElectronicEyes one eye]], leaving him with superhuman speed and strength and telescopic vision. He can run more than 60 MPH, jump several stories, see objects from miles away and in the dark, and lift impossible weights ([[FridgeLogic the latter without the addition of a bionic spine]]).
12th Aug '15 11:47:29 AM Leid
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* In the Literature/{{Worm}} fanfic, FanFic/{{Intrepid}}, Bryce triggered as a result of his sister's death and his parents being useless, becoming a [[GadgeteerGenius Tinker]] who specializes in this. Everything he builds is better than before, scaling until he runs out of resources.
25th Jun '15 9:00:41 PM nombretomado
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* ''KungFuHustle'' -- TheHero gets fully healed (and becomes much more powerful than before) because [[spoiler: being beaten so bad by the BigBad turned out to awaken his [[LifeEnergy Chi]]]].

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* ''KungFuHustle'' ''Film/KungFuHustle'' -- TheHero gets fully healed (and becomes much more powerful than before) because [[spoiler: being beaten so bad by the BigBad turned out to awaken his [[LifeEnergy Chi]]]].
7th Apr '15 11:37:25 PM Sammettik
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** Occasionally, TheHero doesn't have to die of his wounds, but instead goes into a HeroicComa, often due to a bad case of HeroicRROD from overusing a DangerousForbiddenTechnique or SuperMode (especially after claiming "ICanStillFight!" when [[YouCanBarelyStand he can barely stand]]), a [[NonLethalKO serious life-threatening injury]], poison or an exotic disease, from which coma or bed rest he emerges some time later rejuvenated and often better than new (for example, throwing around those dangerous forbidden techniques like they were candy with no ill effect).

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** Occasionally, TheHero doesn't have to die of his wounds, but instead goes into suffers a HeroicComa, HeroicRROD, often due to a bad case of HeroicRROD from overusing a DangerousForbiddenTechnique or SuperMode (especially after claiming "ICanStillFight!" when [[YouCanBarelyStand he can barely stand]]), a [[NonLethalKO serious life-threatening injury]], poison or an exotic disease, from which coma or bed rest he emerges some time later rejuvenated and often better than new (for example, throwing around those dangerous forbidden techniques like they were candy with no ill effect).
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