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2nd May '16 4:47:45 PM VutherA
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** The Catachans are this in general: their home planet, the original DeathWorld in 40K, is a possibly sentient HungryJungle with more horrible lifeforms than Australia. Surviving to be older than 10 is a feat in and of itself, which is why every Catachan soldier is, without exception, seven feet tall with bodybuilder muscles, specializing in [[Franchise/{{Rambo}} fighting i]][[Franchise/{{Predator}} n the jungle]] ([[Film/TheDeerHunter and red headbands are a popular accessory]]).

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** The Catachans are this in general: their home planet, the original DeathWorld in 40K, is a possibly sentient HungryJungle with more horrible lifeforms than Australia. Surviving to be older than 10 is a feat in and of itself, which is why every Catachan soldier is, without exception, seven feet tall with bodybuilder muscles, specializing in [[Franchise/{{Rambo}} fighting i]][[Franchise/{{Predator}} n the jungle]] ([[Film/TheDeerHunter and red headbands are a popular accessory]]). [[{{Heavyworlder}} Their planet's gravity is said to be slightly higher than Terra's]] as a bit of an explanation.
2nd May '16 9:12:44 AM ultimomant
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* Sairaorg Bael in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'' went through a rigorous TrainingFromHell to attain this trope because he couldn't obtain the same power of destruction his two cousins have. In fact, he has very little in the way of awesome devil powers like most of his peers, and this caused most of devil society to write him off as worthless. He defied all of them by simply building up his raw strength and endurance to the point that he can NoSell his opponents' attacks and win fights in a couple of ground-shattering punches.

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* Sairaorg Bael in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'' ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' went through a rigorous TrainingFromHell to attain this trope because he couldn't obtain the same power of destruction his two cousins have. In fact, he has very little in the way of awesome devil powers like most of his peers, and this caused most of devil society to write him off as worthless. He defied all of them by simply building up his raw strength and endurance to the point that he can NoSell his opponents' attacks and win fights in a couple of ground-shattering punches.
26th Apr '16 3:45:57 PM StClair
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', Jack trains wearing heavy boulders; when they are finally removed, he is able to [[InASingleBound "jump good."]] So good, in fact, that it's mistaken for flight. The guy who trained him is essentially a normal human being who after running away to live with primates, has trained long enough to leap to the moon and back. In another episode, "Jack in Space", Jack fights a giant robo-gun in space and reflects their energy blast with his sword, getting a good backwash of electricity himself. The explosion sends Jack plunging ''through the atmosphere to hit the ground like a meteorite.'' So how long does Jack spend recovering from that damage? About half a second.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', Jack trains wearing heavy boulders; when they are finally removed, he is able to [[InASingleBound "jump good."]] So good, in fact, that it's mistaken for flight. The guy who trained him is essentially a normal human being who after running away to live with primates, has trained long enough to leap to the moon and back. In another episode, "Jack in Space", Jack fights a giant robo-gun in space and reflects their energy blast with his sword, getting a good backwash of electricity himself. The explosion sends Jack plunging ''through the atmosphere to hit the ground like a meteorite.'' So how long does Jack spend recovering from that damage? About It takes him about half a second.second to shrug it off and get back up.
24th Apr '16 11:52:53 AM freefall4242
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* Seto Kaiba from YuGiOh is probably the most egregious example. Put down stopping a gun from firing by throwing a playing card in front of the hammer to incredible reflexes, or him judo throwing a thug to his martial arts training. But throwing his little brother onto a moving blimp several meters away while sprinting at full speed, and then leaping onto the top of the steps himself? And that's not even counting all the twenty-foot drops from helicopters he's performed without shattering his ankles.
1st Apr '16 9:31:32 AM ObsidianFire
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** Cohen the Barbarian is a lifelong adventurer who survived to become a very old man, making him for all intents and purposes unstoppable. ''Interesting Times'' mentions his "economy of movement", so that Cohen and the other oldsters of the Silver Horde, are simply always where they want to be, which is never where anyone's sword is. It also helps that Genghiz Cohen and his horde have become GenreSavvy enough to recognize how Discworld works. Five or so noble men facing an evil army ''will'' enjoy some success.

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** Cohen the Barbarian is a lifelong adventurer who survived to become a very old man, making him for all intents and purposes unstoppable. ''Interesting Times'' mentions his "economy of movement", so that Cohen and the other oldsters of the Silver Horde, are simply always where they want to be, which is never where anyone's sword is. It also helps that Genghiz Cohen and his horde have become GenreSavvy smart enough to recognize how Discworld works. Five or so noble men facing an evil army ''will'' enjoy some success.
21st Mar '16 11:21:20 AM caivu
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* Kate Kane's training to become ComicBook/{{Batwoman}} involved a number of superhuman-like feats, such as fighting blindfolded, catching arrows in flight, learning to ignore pain, and building up resistance to drugs and other chemical agents. The results left her with [[MadeOfIron incredibly high pain tolerance and durability]] (best seen when she was stabbed in the heart and fully recovered)and strength well above that of an average human (such as being able to shatter a stone statue with a single punch).

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* Kate Kane's training to become ComicBook/{{Batwoman}} involved a number of superhuman-like feats, such as fighting blindfolded, catching arrows in flight, learning to ignore pain, and building up resistance to drugs and other chemical agents. The results left her with [[MadeOfIron incredibly high pain tolerance and durability]] (best seen when she was stabbed in the heart and fully recovered)and recovered) and strength well above that of an average human (such as being able to shatter a stone statue with a single punch).
21st Mar '16 11:19:48 AM caivu
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* Pretty much the entire plot of ''ComicBook/TheStrangeTalentOfLutherStrode''. The titular character sends away for the "Hercules Method", a book modelled after the Charles Atlas program. With it's help, by the end of the first miniseries is transformed from scrawny weakling into a ripped unstoppable killing machine, [[MadeOfPlasticine tearing apart his foes with his bare hands]].

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* Pretty much the entire plot of ''ComicBook/TheStrangeTalentOfLutherStrode''. The titular character sends away for the "Hercules Method", a book modelled after the Charles Atlas program. With it's help, by the end of the first miniseries is transformed from scrawny weakling into a ripped ripped, unstoppable killing machine, [[MadeOfPlasticine tearing apart his foes with his bare hands]].


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* Kate Kane's training to become ComicBook/{{Batwoman}} involved a number of superhuman-like feats, such as fighting blindfolded, catching arrows in flight, learning to ignore pain, and building up resistance to drugs and other chemical agents. The results left her with [[MadeOfIron incredibly high pain tolerance and durability]] (best seen when she was stabbed in the heart and fully recovered)and strength well above that of an average human (such as being able to shatter a stone statue with a single punch).
18th Mar '16 10:56:57 PM Pilomotor
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* From ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', the "Anime Style school of martial arts" originally seems to be this. [[spoiler:Turns out it is actually a form of magic.]] More accurately, [[spoiler:the martial arts school is using this trope to inadvertently cause their students to develop magic powers. They train so much that they can just start using magic]].

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* From ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', the "Anime Style school of martial arts" originally seems to be this. [[spoiler:Turns out it is actually a form of magic.]] More accurately, [[spoiler:the martial arts school is using this trope to inadvertently cause their students to develop unlock their magic powers. They train so much that they can just start using magic]].potential without a proper Awakening.]]



** Fighter has not only survived repeated stabs to the brain with only temporary ill effects (one of them actually ''made him smarter''), but also direct clashes with, among other things, a dark elf prince, a fire demon and an obscenely powerful Lich, successfully duelling the former two. However, while Fighter is called Vargus' best student, [[BrilliantButLazy he seemed to have spent most of Fighter Camp '86 watching TV]].

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** Fighter has not only survived repeated stabs to the brain with only temporary ill effects (one of them actually ''made him smarter''), but also direct clashes with, among other things, a dark elf prince, a fire demon and an obscenely powerful Lich, successfully duelling dueling the former two. However, while Fighter is called Vargus' best student, [[BrilliantButLazy he seemed to have spent most of Fighter Camp '86 watching TV]].
17th Mar '16 3:36:16 PM SkyHavenPath13
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Although most of the western versions of this trope don't have explicitly supernatural abilities, they can do things that would be impossible for normal humans. Asian and Asian-based fiction is somewhat different, as such examples are generally grounded in Eastern mysticism, involving the development and focusing of ''[[KiManipilation chi]]'' (AKA ''qi'' or ''ki''). The superpower here is thus of a more traditional sort than in Western examples, though the training is still the significant factor; Average Joe can't harness his ''chi'' half as well as [[Manga/DragonBall Krillin]]. You might as well go ahead and apply your own mental JustifyingEdit to all such examples below, as this "explains" everything from ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' to ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren''.

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Although most of the western versions of this trope don't have explicitly supernatural abilities, they can do things that would be impossible for normal humans. Asian and Asian-based fiction is somewhat different, as such examples are generally grounded in Eastern mysticism, involving the development and focusing of ''[[KiManipilation ''[[KiAttacks chi]]'' (AKA ''qi'' or ''ki''). The superpower here is thus of a more traditional sort than in Western examples, though the training is still the significant factor; Average Joe can't harness his ''chi'' half as well as [[Manga/DragonBall Krillin]]. You might as well go ahead and apply your own mental JustifyingEdit to all such examples below, as this "explains" everything from ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' to ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren''.
11th Mar '16 8:20:18 PM Simpson17866
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* In DoctorWho fanfic ''{{FanFic/Gemini}},'' VillainProtagonist Captain June Harper’s superhuman speed, strength, and hand-eye coordination are described as her simply being from the 51st Century rather than from any kind of technological augmentation
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