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22nd Apr '17 4:33:03 AM erforce
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** In ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'', Garth Ennis makes his own supernatural upgrade part of Frank's backstory: During the battle of Valley Forge, an enigmatic voice gave him the choice to either die in battle or be its agent on Earth. This entity is implied to be Death Itself, and it apparently guides The Punisher's hand.

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** In ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'', Garth Ennis makes his own supernatural upgrade part of Frank's backstory: During the battle of Valley Forge, Forge (depicted in ''[[ComicBook/ThePunisherBorn Born]]'' miniseries), an enigmatic voice gave him the choice to either die in battle or be its agent on Earth. This entity is implied to be Death Itself, and it apparently guides The Punisher's hand.
18th Apr '17 5:35:43 PM avpfreak15
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** The above can happen with loyal Imperial soldiers, but they instead become [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Living Saints]].
17th Apr '17 1:41:27 PM Morgenthaler
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* This trope is the origin story of every character in ''{{Rift}}'', although the means of gaining powers depend on the faction. On the Guardians faction intro, the narration specifies that you were not chosen because of your faith, but because of your strength.

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* This trope is the origin story of every character in ''{{Rift}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}'', although the means of gaining powers depend on the faction. On the Guardians faction intro, the narration specifies that you were not chosen because of your faith, but because of your strength.
11th Apr '17 8:24:37 PM darkemyst
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* Victor of ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' is looking more like this, he thinks of himself as human, others [[http://www.charbythevampirate.com/comic/687/comic_archive don't]]

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* Victor of ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' is looking more like this, he thinks of himself as human, others [[http://www.charbythevampirate.com/comic/687/comic_archive com/archive/687 don't]]
29th Mar '17 10:03:58 AM BeerBaron
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* The protagonists of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' generally either will become abnormal, or at least can become abnormal (the exceptions are ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena'', where you remain normal, if increasingly badass, for the setting throughout the game, and ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', where your abnormality is something you were born with, even if it doesn't have much of an effect unless dragons are about).
** The [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Agent]] can become a werewolf, wereboar or vampire.
** The Nerevarine from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' eventually contracts Corprus during the Main Questline. Removing the negative symptoms of Corprus leaves the Nerevarine as TheAgeless along with being immune to all other diseases.
** The [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Champion of Cyrodiil]] starts off as a prisoner in a cell and ends up becoming the ''[[AGodAmI Madgod]]''.

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* The protagonists ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'': In most of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' generally either will become abnormal, or the main series games, the PlayerCharacter is a BadassNormal (or at least as "normal" as one can be in a world where magic is ubiquitous and anyone can learn to use it if they choose) with several options to become abnormal (the exceptions are ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena'', where you remain normal, if increasingly badass, for the setting "Empowered" throughout the game, and ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', where your abnormality is something you were born with, even if it doesn't have much of an effect unless dragons are about).
game.
** The [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Agent]] can become a werewolf, wereboar or vampire.
Eternal Champion in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'' is an exception, in that you remain "normal" (if increasingly badass) throughout the game.
** The Agent in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' has the options of Lycanthropy (werewolf and wereboar) and Vampirism. Both offer powerful buffs, at the cost of some ([[CursedWithAwesome ultimately minor]]) drawbacks.
** The Nerevarine from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' eventually contracts in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' also has the option of Vampirism (as well as Lycanthropy with the ''Bloodmoon'' expansion). The drawbacks are more significant than those in ''Daggerfall'', but the "Empowerment" is quite powerful in each case. In addition, [[spoiler: you'll contract the Corprus Disease]] during the Main Questline. Removing main quest. On the negative symptoms of Corprus leaves positive side, it will make you TheAgeless, give you IdealIllnessImmunity, and permanently boost your Strength and Endurace. However, the Nerevarine as TheAgeless along with being immune negatives include a severe case of BodyHorror and having your mental faculties decreased to all other diseases.
animalistic levels. [[spoiler:As part of the main quest, the negatives are cured while the positives remain]].
** The [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Champion of Cyrodiil]] starts off Cyrodiil in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' also has Vampirism as an option, with the downsides much less severe than in ''Morrowind''. By completing the ''Shivering Isles'' expansion, you'll also become [[spoiler:the new Sheogorath, Daedric Prince of [[MadGod Madness]].]] While the powers that come with such a prisoner station may not be apparent right away, they do manifest by the time of the next game...
** The Dragonborn in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' is another exception. You're actually born with the abnormality of having the soul of an Aedric Dragon
in a cell and ends up becoming mortal body, giving you inherent mastery of the ''[[AGodAmI Madgod]]''.[[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um]]. (Though the "empowerment" doesn't really matter until the dragons started to return...)
23rd Mar '17 11:30:52 AM Realityplusplus
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* In TabletopGame/ShadowRun you can build a heavily-chromed street samurai with no magical abilities whatsoever and the team mage can then increase all of your attributes even further (such as motion sense through walls). They can also provide you with preparations, small normal objects set to trigger to cast a specific spell when something specific happens (such as an apple casting a "Rot" spell when someone takes a bite). Additionally, a technomancer's sprite can run Diagnostics on a vehicle (increasing it's abilities beyond the normal) and potentially allow it to take additional actions. If you already had a killer rigger on the team in that vehicle...
22nd Mar '17 2:57:29 PM Frankencastle
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** In ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'', Garth Ennis makes his own supernatural upgrade part of Frank's backstory: During the battle of Valley Forge, an enigmatic voice gave him the choice to either die in battle or be its agent on Earth. This entity is implied to be Death Itself, and it apparently guides The Punisher's hand.
20th Mar '17 3:19:56 PM JoeMerl
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''
** Zaheer was originally a non-bender, and yet he was considered as dangerous as his teammates, all three of who have unheard of or almost unheard of powers. So dangerous that he was locked atop a mountain in a cell only elite metalbenders could open. When he got airbending, he just became all the deadlier. And then [[spoiler: he learned how to fly... a ten-thousand year-old airbending technique, acquired by the guy who uses the FridgeHorror aspects of airbending, on a whim]].
** Commander Bumi, a RetiredBadass got the same treatment.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''
In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'''s third season, a MassSuperEmpoweringEvent gives [[BlowYouAway Airbending]] to various non-benders around the world. We get two examples:
** Zaheer [[WellIntentionedExtremist Zaheer]], the season's BigBad, was originally a non-bender, and yet he was non-bender considered just as dangerous as the other members of [[BombThrowingAnarchist the Red Lotus]], each of whom had an unusually strong Bending ability. Unfortunately, he proves to be an InstantExpert and quickly breaks out of prison, since his teammates, all three cell wasn't designed for a bender and the guards were caught completely off-guard. By the end of who have unheard of or almost unheard of powers. So dangerous the season, [[spoiler:he's even gained a legendary Airbendering technique that he was locked atop allows him to fly]].
** The other, thankfully less sociopathic example is [[CoolUncle Bumi]],
a mountain [[RetiredBadass retired Commander]] in a cell only elite metalbenders could open. When he got airbending, he just became all the deadlier. And then [[spoiler: he learned how to fly... a ten-thousand year-old airbending technique, acquired by the guy who uses the FridgeHorror aspects of airbending, on a whim]].
** Commander Bumi, a RetiredBadass got the same treatment.
United Forces and former MuggleBornOfMages.
15th Mar '17 3:20:09 PM Doug86
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* Attelus Kaltos of the [[Warhammer40k 40k]] fic ''Fanfic/SecretWar'' begins as exceptional BadassNormal. Although starting as an [[ProfessionalKiller assassin apprentice]] he is a MasterSwordsman and master martial artist. But once he is [[spoiler: bedridden, with almost every bone in his body shattered. His bone structure is rebuilt with wraithbone by an [[AWizardDidIt Eldar farseer]] Making even bolter rounds deflect off him and Enhancing his [[SuperSpeed speed]] [[SuperReflexes reflexes]] and [[HyperAwareness senses]] beyond normal humans allowing him to be able [[DodgeTheBullet dodge bullets]]. As well as have a slow but sure HealingFactor. But the enemy agents are similarly enhanced if not more so, especially their regeneration.]]

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* Attelus Kaltos of the [[Warhammer40k 40k]] ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' fic ''Fanfic/SecretWar'' begins as exceptional BadassNormal. Although starting as an [[ProfessionalKiller assassin apprentice]] he is a MasterSwordsman and master martial artist. But once he is [[spoiler: bedridden, with almost every bone in his body shattered. His bone structure is rebuilt with wraithbone by an [[AWizardDidIt Eldar farseer]] Making even bolter rounds deflect off him and Enhancing his [[SuperSpeed speed]] [[SuperReflexes reflexes]] and [[HyperAwareness senses]] beyond normal humans allowing him to be able [[DodgeTheBullet dodge bullets]]. As well as have a slow but sure HealingFactor. But the enemy agents are similarly enhanced if not more so, especially their regeneration.]]
7th Mar '17 7:17:12 PM DVB
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** During the original run, he has two examples of this in "Jack vs the Ultra-Robots." Despite the superior power of his sword, the robots adamantium chassis meant that Jack couldn't cut them (due to a lack of raw strength.) Wanting to atone himself, Extor, the robots' creator, gave Jack a power gauntlet to augment Jack's strength to where he could cut through any metal like butter, including adamantium. He slayed 7 of the 8 robots, but the gauntlet ran out of power before the 8th one, a sword wielder, could be cut. Jack then calls [[DivineIntervention on the power of his ancestors to give him the strength needed to win.]] Cue a ray of light from the sky, empowering the sword and Jack slaying the last Ultra-Robot in a single slice.
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