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15th Jan '17 11:07:32 AM DustSnitch
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* Chin-Kee from ''ComicBook/AmericanBornChinese'' is a pitch-perfect example. Superficially he appears to be a clueless FunnyForeigner, a deliberate EthnicScrappy encapsulating every negative Chinese stereotype available in broken [[JapaneseRanguage Engrish]]. [[spoiler:But when Danny attacks him for being an embarrassment, Chin-Kee turns into an unstoppable martial arts BadAss. Justified in that he's secretly the [[Literature/JourneyToTheWest Monkey King, Great Sage Equal of Heaven]].]]

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* Chin-Kee from ''ComicBook/AmericanBornChinese'' is a pitch-perfect example. Superficially he appears to be a clueless FunnyForeigner, a deliberate EthnicScrappy encapsulating every negative Chinese stereotype available in broken [[JapaneseRanguage Engrish]]. [[spoiler:But when Danny attacks him for being an embarrassment, Chin-Kee turns into an unstoppable martial arts BadAss.badass. Justified in that he's secretly the [[Literature/JourneyToTheWest Monkey King, Great Sage Equal of Heaven]].]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': Jack-Jack (not a moron, but a baby) demonstrates a startling array of powers (which, by most reckonings, are probably more BadAss than those of the rest of the cast) when threatened by the BigBad, Syndrome.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': Jack-Jack (not a moron, but a baby) demonstrates a startling array of powers (which, by most reckonings, are probably more BadAss badass than those of the rest of the cast) when threatened by the BigBad, Syndrome.



* Po from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''. While not inept, he's a bumbler and a daydreamer. After some focus and hardcore training, however, he not only managed to take down the BigBad, but [[spoiler: his idols are so impressed, they kneel before him]]. In the sequel, he is more consistently BadAss, having become a very skilled martial artist who can at least keep up with the Furious Five in battle and [[AcroFatic is quite good at using his weight and bulk to his advantage]], but he is still a [[BigEater big-eating]] goofball, his [[AscendedFanboy fanboyishness]] is still showing a lot, and he ''still'' can't handle stairs.

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* Po from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''. While not inept, he's a bumbler and a daydreamer. After some focus and hardcore training, however, he not only managed to take down the BigBad, but [[spoiler: his idols are so impressed, they kneel before him]]. In the sequel, he is more consistently BadAss, badass, having become a very skilled martial artist who can at least keep up with the Furious Five in battle and [[AcroFatic is quite good at using his weight and bulk to his advantage]], but he is still a [[BigEater big-eating]] goofball, his [[AscendedFanboy fanboyishness]] is still showing a lot, and he ''still'' can't handle stairs.



* ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'': [[InsistentTerminology Doctor]] Bartholomew Oobleck of Beacon Academy. His first appearance featured him [[FlashStep zipping]] around a classroom on a [[MustHaveCaffeine perpetual caffeine high]], [[MotorMouth talking a mile a minute]] about [[MrExposition the history of Remnant]]. [[GeekPhysiques Tall and thin]] with scruffy hair and messy clothes, he's hardly an intimidating figure. However, when push comes to shove, his coffee thermos unfolds into a [[CarryABigStick kanabo]] that hurls [[PlayingWithFire globs of flaming napalm]]. Combine this with his already impressive speed, and you have a Huntsman every bit as BadAss as the title implies

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* ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'': [[InsistentTerminology Doctor]] Bartholomew Oobleck of Beacon Academy. His first appearance featured him [[FlashStep zipping]] around a classroom on a [[MustHaveCaffeine perpetual caffeine high]], [[MotorMouth talking a mile a minute]] about [[MrExposition the history of Remnant]]. [[GeekPhysiques Tall and thin]] with scruffy hair and messy clothes, he's hardly an intimidating figure. However, when push comes to shove, his coffee thermos unfolds into a [[CarryABigStick kanabo]] that hurls [[PlayingWithFire globs of flaming napalm]]. Combine this with his already impressive speed, and you have a Huntsman every bit as BadAss badass as the title implies
10th Jan '17 6:39:20 PM nombretomado
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* Paul of ''LoadingReadyRun''. Ridiculously techy, he can make anything from time machines to nerf rocket launchers from the junk in his garage.

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* Paul of ''LoadingReadyRun''.''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun''. Ridiculously techy, he can make anything from time machines to nerf rocket launchers from the junk in his garage.
6th Jan '17 2:28:36 PM OddOneIn
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* Taiga in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is a silly SenseiChan who spends most of her time at the house of one of her students, begging for food. When a random girl shows up, apparently freeloading, Taiga demands they duel for Shirou, at which point it is revealed that she is a world-class kendo champion. [[spoiler: Subverted, since she's up against someone [[OvershadowedByAwesome literally superhuman]].

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* Taiga in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is a silly SenseiChan who spends most of her time at the house of one of her students, begging for food. When a random girl shows up, apparently freeloading, Taiga demands they duel for Shirou, at which point it is revealed that she is a world-class kendo champion. [[spoiler: Subverted, since she's up against someone [[OvershadowedByAwesome literally superhuman]].superhuman]]]].
1st Jan '17 1:49:21 PM nombretomado
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* Wheatley in the ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' fic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6953776/1/Test_Of_Humanity Test Of Humanity]]''. He's normally a dim-witted GentleGiant. But, push him too far, and he won't hesitate to punch you in the eye. [[spoiler:GLaDOS]] found this out the hard way.

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* Wheatley in the ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' fic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6953776/1/Test_Of_Humanity Test Of Humanity]]''. He's normally a dim-witted GentleGiant. But, push him too far, and he won't hesitate to punch you in the eye. [[spoiler:GLaDOS]] [[spoiler:[=GLaDOS=]]] found this out the hard way.
8th Dec '16 2:34:08 PM EdwardDavies
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* Subverted with Scuttle from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. He has a total misunderstanding of things from the surface world and is the comic relief for most of the film, but it seems like he will become one of these. In the end, however, he is nearly strangled by Ursula at the wedding.

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* Subverted with Scuttle from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. He has a total misunderstanding of things from the surface world and is the comic relief for most of the film, but it seems like he will become one of these. In the end, however, he is nearly strangled by Ursula at the wedding. Although it is [[DoubleSubversion double subverted]], as he did managed to stall the wedding and destroy Ursula's amulet, restoring Ariel's voice and breaking Eric from Ursula's spell, and therefore leading to Ursula's defeat.
8th Nov '16 6:40:24 AM Anddrix
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* The Mad Hatter in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' is a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} with a side order of TheWoobie. However, he doesn't hesitate to put himself in danger to save Alice, or the White Queen. [[spoiler: Not to mention fighting the Knave of Hearts, TheDragon of the Red Queen, and ''kicking his ass''.]]

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* The Mad Hatter in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'' is a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} with a side order of TheWoobie. However, he doesn't hesitate to put himself in danger to save Alice, or the White Queen. [[spoiler: Not to mention fighting the Knave of Hearts, TheDragon of the Red Queen, and ''kicking his ass''.]]
30th Oct '16 4:47:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* Inverted with Japanese singer {{Gackt}}. He often portrays himself on TV as a [[TheStoic stoic]] badass with few emotions and exceptional [[AllAsiansKnowMartialArts martial arts]] skills...until he answers a silly or private question, thus revealing himself as a [[OneOfUs hidden dork]] with a habit of saying goofy or embarrassing things.

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* Inverted with Japanese singer {{Gackt}}.Music/{{Gackt}}. He often portrays himself on TV as a [[TheStoic stoic]] badass with few emotions and exceptional [[AllAsiansKnowMartialArts martial arts]] skills...until he answers a silly or private question, thus revealing himself as a [[OneOfUs hidden dork]] with a habit of saying goofy or embarrassing things.




30th Oct '16 4:46:33 AM Morgenthaler
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It doesn't really matter what makes the character {{Badass}} when they switch gears. They may display enhanced speed, strength, and martial skills. They might demonstrate latent competence, leadership skills, and courage completely inconsistent with their normal personality. They may HulkOut, manifest PsychicPowers, {{MacGyver|ing}} together a plasma rifle out of a toaster and a tv remote, unleash an AngstNuke, or even become a OneWingedAngel.

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It doesn't really matter what makes the character {{Badass}} badass when they switch gears. They may display enhanced speed, strength, and martial skills. They might demonstrate latent competence, leadership skills, and courage completely inconsistent with their normal personality. They may HulkOut, manifest PsychicPowers, {{MacGyver|ing}} together a plasma rifle out of a toaster and a tv remote, unleash an AngstNuke, or even become a OneWingedAngel.



In other cases, things will go bad. The {{Badass}} powers are required too often, and they gradually take their toll on a previously cheerful individual. It might even turn out that the individual was once like their badass side all the time, but somehow 'sealed' that part of themselves away -- or it was sealed away by someone else -- to keep them under control. Usually results in an KnightInSourArmor or, in the case of females, an EmotionlessGirl or BrokenBird, and their friends wondering if SavingTheWorld was really worth the price. In the worst cases, this can end up as a full-blown SuperpoweredEvilSide or JekyllAndHyde scenario. The Japanese term for this is "dame elite" ("dame" meaning ''no good'').


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In other cases, things will go bad. The {{Badass}} badass powers are required too often, and they gradually take their toll on a previously cheerful individual. It might even turn out that the individual was once like their badass side all the time, but somehow 'sealed' that part of themselves away -- or it was sealed away by someone else -- to keep them under control. Usually results in an KnightInSourArmor or, in the case of females, an EmotionlessGirl or BrokenBird, and their friends wondering if SavingTheWorld was really worth the price. In the worst cases, this can end up as a full-blown SuperpoweredEvilSide or JekyllAndHyde scenario. The Japanese term for this is "dame elite" ("dame" meaning ''no good'').




* ''Creator/LaurelAndHardy'' were quite fond of this. Their characters may have been TooDumbToLive and (mostly) harmless VagabondBuddies, but they were certainly {{Badass}}.

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* ''Creator/LaurelAndHardy'' were quite fond of this. Their characters may have been TooDumbToLive and (mostly) harmless VagabondBuddies, but they were certainly {{Badass}}.badass.



** Then there's Jason Nesmith, the star of said cheesy space opera. When the film begins, he's an drunken egotistical {{Jerkass}} who is looked down by everyone as a NiceCharacterMeanActor. But when the gravity of the situation finally dawns on him, Nesmith ascends to become a {{Badass}} GuileHero, first by improvising an escape plan and rallying his colleagues into defeating an army of invaders, then navigating a DeathCourse through the bowels of the ship (that he was completely unfamiliar with), and culminating with calling the BigBad's bluff in the face of death and saving the day with an ''unarmed spaceship.''

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** Then there's Jason Nesmith, the star of said cheesy space opera. When the film begins, he's an drunken egotistical {{Jerkass}} who is looked down by everyone as a NiceCharacterMeanActor. But when the gravity of the situation finally dawns on him, Nesmith ascends to become a {{Badass}} badass GuileHero, first by improvising an escape plan and rallying his colleagues into defeating an army of invaders, then navigating a DeathCourse through the bowels of the ship (that he was completely unfamiliar with), and culminating with calling the BigBad's bluff in the face of death and saving the day with an ''unarmed spaceship.''



* Inverted with Japanese singer {{Gackt}}. He often portrays himself on TV as a [[TheStoic stoic]] {{badass}} with few emotions and exceptional [[AllAsiansKnowMartialArts martial arts]] skills...until he answers a silly or private question, thus revealing himself as a [[OneOfUs hidden dork]] with a habit of saying goofy or embarrassing things.

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* Inverted with Japanese singer {{Gackt}}. He often portrays himself on TV as a [[TheStoic stoic]] {{badass}} badass with few emotions and exceptional [[AllAsiansKnowMartialArts martial arts]] skills...until he answers a silly or private question, thus revealing himself as a [[OneOfUs hidden dork]] with a habit of saying goofy or embarrassing things.
30th Aug '16 7:07:52 PM nombretomado
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* DustinHoffman's character in ''Film/StrawDogs''.

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* DustinHoffman's %%* Creator/DustinHoffman's character in ''Film/StrawDogs''.''Film/StrawDogs1971''.
1st Aug '16 3:40:06 PM HighCrate
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** Unfortunately for Festus, several of his opponents (notably Wrestling/TheMiz and Wrestling/JohnMorrison) have shown themselves to be fairly GenreSavvy in using this against him.
*** Wrestling/DoinkTheClown (when he started out) was an evil version of this trope.
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