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15th Jun '17 10:29:40 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'': In most of 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 "Empowered" throughout the game.
** The 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 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 quest. On the positive side, it will make you TheAgeless, give you IdealIllnessImmunity, and permanently boost your Strength and Endurace. However, the negatives include a severe case of BodyHorror and having your mental faculties decreased to animalistic levels. [[spoiler:As part of the main quest, the negatives are cured while the positives remain]].
** The Champion of 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 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 mortal body, giving you inherent mastery of the [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um]]. (Though the "empowerment" doesn't really matter until the dragons started to return...)

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** As a race, the Nords are the resident {{Badass Normal}}s of Tamriel. They are a ProudWarriorRace of HornyVikings who epitomize the idea of HumansAreWarriors, but they are least magically inclined race (and have a [[DoesNotLikeMagic strong dislike of magic and distrust of magic-users]] to boot). Despite this, their ancestors were able to carve out a foothold in Skyrim by nearly driving the [[OurElvesAreBetter Falmer (Snow Elves)]], who it is said were nearly as naturally magically inclined as the modern Altmer (High Elves), to [[FinalSolution extinction]]. The "empowerment" comes in when the Nords, facing the threat of the Dragons and their [[ReligionOfEvil Dragon Cults]], prayed for aid from the Divines and were granted it. They were taught how to use the [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um]], the LanguageOfMagic of the Dragons which allows users to "shout" [[RealityWarper elements into existence]] as well as some other [[UtilityMagic utilitarian]] effects. Led by the Tongues, masters of the Thu'um, the ancient Nord armies vanquished the Dragons and their Cults, then forged an Empire that covered nearly all of north Tamriel. A succession crisis would eventually tear it apart, and then the use of the Thu'um as a weapon of war dropped dramatically after their defeat at the Battle of Red Mountain, following which one of those Tongues (Jurgen Windcaller) founded the "Way of the Voice" to use the Thu'um only [[HeelFaithTurn honor the gods]].
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In most of 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 "Empowered" throughout the game.
** *** The 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 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 quest. On the positive side, it will make you TheAgeless, give you IdealIllnessImmunity, and permanently boost your Strength and Endurace. However, the negatives include a severe case of BodyHorror and having your mental faculties decreased to animalistic levels. [[spoiler:As part of the main quest, the negatives are cured while the positives remain]].
** *** The Champion of 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 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 mortal body, giving you inherent mastery of the [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um]]. (Though the "empowerment" doesn't really matter until the dragons started to return...)
28th May '17 8:17:34 PM LinTaylor
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* Izuku Midoriya from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' starts the series as nothing more than a superhero {{Otaku}} with an incredibly sharp mind that lets him [[AwesomenessByAnalysis out-analyze]] and [[IndyPlot out-plan]] even people with powers, as well as having the heart of a hero ([[{{Muggle}} if not the powers]]). This catches the eye of the #1 hero All Might, who takes Izuku under his wing and puts him through an intense 10-month physical training regimen that practically turns the kid into a teenage ComicBook/{{Batman}}. After his training is complete, All Might bequeaths to Izuku his power, One For All, granting him the ability to briefly enhance his body; however, he still holds it back because his body isn't adjusted to it and using the power tends to [[HeroicRROD break the limbs that he enhances]].
25th May '17 7:49:22 PM DVB
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** He was also offered a Sinestro Corp's ring (yellow, based on fear) in canon (well, canon Green Lantern Corps), which admittedly fits him remarkably well. However, he rejected it and it ended up in the hands of Scarecrow briefly before being taken by a deputized Orange Lantern Lex Luthor.

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** He was also offered a Sinestro Corp's ring (yellow, based on fear) in canon (well, canon Green Lantern Corps), during the Blackest Night saga which admittedly fits him remarkably well. However, he rejected it (whether due to what happened with the Green Ring and or because it's ''Sinestro'' isn't stated) and it ended up in the hands of Scarecrow briefly before being taken by a deputized Orange Lantern Lex Luthor. ''Lex Luthor.''



** Batman was offered a Green Lantern Ring in the mainstream comics once. It didn't work for him. Even though he had plenty of willpower, he was also too hung up on his past. All he could conjure were a flock of bats and an image of his parents.

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** Batman was offered a Green Lantern Ring in the mainstream comics once. It didn't work for him. Even though he had plenty of Surprisingly enough, he's not able to do much with it. Despite having incredible willpower, he was Batman's drive also too hung up on came from his past. All he could inabiity to let go of the past and only was able to conjure were a flock of bats and an image of his parents.parents. In fact, this is what ''every Green Lantern faces'' each time they wield the ring. As a result, Batman gained a much greater respect for Hal Jordan.



* ''[[Comicbook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Origins]] #1'' reveals that, apparently, [[spoiler:Nick Fury's incredible badass-ness comes from having been a successful test subject of the Super Soldier Serum. On the one hand, you'd think just being Creator/SamuelLJackson would be enough; on the other, this kinda makes it easier to swallow things like dodging automatic weapons fire in close quarters, or holding his own against ''Wolverine'' until Captain America dropped the mutant with a taunt and a grenade. And most of his awesome is [[TheChessmaster in his badass planning, anyway]].]]
** This is at least partially true for the normal ComicBook/NickFury, who is badass and... virtually immortal, thanks to an anti-aging formula he took so he wouldn't age out of useful service. That near-immortality applies only to natural causes of death, though; Nick's survival in combat is purely a result of his badassitude.

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* ''[[Comicbook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Origins]] #1'' reveals that, apparently, [[spoiler:Nick Fury's incredible badass-ness comes from having been a successful test subject of the Super Soldier Serum. On the one hand, you'd think just being Creator/SamuelLJackson would be enough; on the other, this kinda makes it easier to swallow things like dodging ''dodging automatic weapons fire in close quarters, '''close quarters''''', or holding his own against ''Wolverine'' until Captain America dropped the mutant with a taunt and a grenade. And most of his awesome is [[TheChessmaster in his badass planning, anyway]].]]
** This is at least partially true for the normal ComicBook/NickFury, who is badass and... virtually immortal, thanks to an anti-aging formula he took so he wouldn't age out of useful service. That near-immortality applies only to natural causes of death, though; Nick's survival in combat is purely a result of his badassitude. [[spoiler: Though it turns out that it's a lie. Nick Fury is actually pretty old, but still a badass TheChessmaster with robotic duplicates as revealed in Original Sin.]]



*** Oh, it gets better. The Canary Cry is sometimes described as being ''so insanely powerful'' that any time she uses it, she's basically holding back so as not to ''completely and utterly eff up'' everything within earshot. It's put a hurt on characters who are considered to be ''much'' heavier hitters. Of course, this ironically lets the writers who are so inclined hold this back and let her use her 'fu as her primary weapon: The Canary Cry really ''is'' that powerful, and you use the conventional weapons before you NukeEm. Gangs of {{Mooks}} and non-Franchise/{{Superman}}-class superpowered thugs just don't rate using it.

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*** Oh, it gets better. The Canary Cry is sometimes described as being ''so insanely powerful'' that any time she uses it, she's basically holding back so as not to ''completely and utterly eff up'' everything within earshot. It's put a hurt on characters who are considered to be ''much'' heavier hitters. Of course, this ironically lets the writers who are so inclined hold this back and let her use her 'fu as her primary weapon: The Canary Cry really ''is'' that powerful, and you use the conventional weapons before you NukeEm. Gangs of {{Mooks}} and non-Franchise/{{Superman}}-class superpowered thugs just don't rate using it.can easily be defeated by her martial prowess and should something much greater come up, she has a trump card.



** ComicBook/TheAtom - Originally just a short guy with a temper and a good punch, he later gained super strength, a radioactive punch, and radiation immunity. Later successors could change size.

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** ComicBook/TheAtom - Originally The first Atom was originally just a short guy with a temper and a good punch, he later gained super strength, a radioactive punch, and radiation immunity. Later His more famous successors could change size.gained the ability to shrink to subatomic levels.



** Liberty Belle - Acquired ability to project sonic vibrations from her hands.

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** Liberty Belle - Acquired ability to project sonic vibrations from her hands.hands along with enhanced speed, strength and agility (the second Liberty Belle, her daughter, did not gain the sonic vibrations, but did gained her enhanced attributes along with her father's, Johnny Quick, superspeed powers.)



** ComicBook/RedTornado - Legacy successors could manipulate wind in the form of tornados.

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** ComicBook/RedTornado - Legacy successors could manipulate wind in the form of tornados.tornados (though the first was a middle-aged woman while her successor was an air elemental inhabitanting a robotic body).
25th May '17 7:34:28 PM DVB
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** We can now add ''[[spoiler:Usopp]]'' to the list Haki users, as of the Dressrosa arc. Though at that point he displays only Observation Haki, as opposed to the Armament Haki used by most Haki-trained combatants.

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** We can now add ''[[spoiler:Usopp]]'' to the list Haki users, as of the Dressrosa arc. Though at that point he displays only Observation Haki, as opposed to the Armament Haki used by most Haki-trained combatants.combatants (though the former is arguably more useful since [[spoiler: he's a sniper]]) and the first usage ended up saving ''Luffy and Law's'' lives without them knowing.
22nd May '17 9:56:00 PM JoeMerl
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* Averted in ''ComicBook/{{PS 238}}'' with resident student BadassNormal Tyler Marlocke. [[spoiler: When his clone Toby gains incredible [[RealityWarper cosmic powers]] his lack of control coupled with no longer relying on ingenuity and determination to survive lowers his badass quotient to almost negligible levels, While Tyler's unpowered alter ego Moonshadow continues to aspire to even greater feats of badassery.]]

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* Averted PlayedWith in ''ComicBook/{{PS 238}}'' 238}}''--Tyler, a MuggleBornOfMages with resident student BadassNormal a {{Robin}}-esque identity, never gets powers. [[spoiler:His clone, Toby, who has his memories, becomes a RealityWarper]]. In an interesting study of DivergentCharacterEvolution, Tyler Marlocke. [[spoiler: When remains effective and ShroudedInMyth among his clone Toby gains incredible [[RealityWarper cosmic powers]] his lack peers, while the drawbacks of control coupled with no longer relying on ingenuity and determination to survive lowers his badass quotient to almost negligible levels, While Tyler's unpowered alter ego Moonshadow continues to aspire to even greater feats of badassery.]]the others' powers makes him much less able.
25th Apr '17 3:05:07 PM TheNerevarine
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', Jack started out as a badass who spent his whole life training with other great warriors to prepare himself for Aku. He is so skilled that Aku has to resort to opening a time portal to the future in the pilot. The season 5 pilot reveals that one of the side effects of the time travel is that Jack no longer ages. Fifty years after being sent to the future, he is ''still'' in his physical youthful prime.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', Jack started out as a badass who spent his whole life training with other great warriors to prepare himself for Aku. He is so skilled that Aku has to resort to opening a time portal to the future in the pilot. The season 5 pilot reveals that one of the side effects of the time travel is that Jack [[TheAgeless no longer ages.ages]]. Fifty years after being sent to the future, he is ''still'' in his physical youthful prime. With that said, he is not immortal, as he still requires to eat and can be injured and killed in combat like any mortal man would.
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.
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