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13th Jan '17 3:59:41 AM XDiakos
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** Likewise, Jonouchi from the original YuGiOh. He was about five seconds away from beating the BigBad of season 2, with no magical artifacts or one-of-a-kind super cards. Then in season 4 he gets The Claw of Hermos, letting him turn his monsters into equip spells woth basically any effect he wants.

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** Likewise, Jonouchi from the original YuGiOh. He was about five seconds away from beating the BigBad of season 2, with no magical artifacts or one-of-a-kind super cards. Then in season 4 he gets The Claw of Hermos, letting him turn his monsters into equip spells woth with basically any effect he wants.
9th Nov '16 12:33:41 PM StFan
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-> '''Rohtul''': Who are you?\\
'''Batman''': Your worst nightmare--a Batman with superpowers!

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-> '''Rohtul''': ->'''Rohtul:''' Who are you?\\
'''Batman''': '''Batman:''' Your worst nightmare--a nightmare -- a Batman with superpowers!



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* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'': Hibari Kyouya is already a very badass fighter with power level waay above the rest of the characters. He is still getting every single NextTierPowerUp along with everybody else, staying ahead of the curve.

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* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'': Hibari Kyouya is already a very badass fighter with power level waay way above the rest of the characters. He is still getting every single NextTierPowerUp along with everybody else, staying ahead of the curve.



** [[PintsizedPowerhouse Minako]] is an even better example. In the anime it's not really visible, even if her moments as a PluckyGirl hint to that. In the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], she can OneHitKO Makoto (done when Makoto had been brainwashed by the Dark Kingdom). In the live action, she provoked a collective OhCrap in a group of youma by kicking one in a column so hard to break concrete, ''without transforming!!'' Not to say she was a slouch in the anime. She leapt onto Usagi's balcony untransformed. She also outran a car after getting her Pure Heart Crystal taken out, even when every other senshi simply passed out from sheer pain and exhaustion.
* Akane Tendo from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has gotten this on occasion:
** The legendary [[PowerUpFood Super Strength Soba noodles]] confer herculean strength; after Akane mistakenly ate Happosai's, she was able to lift, toss, juggle, and ''split in half'' multi-ton, two-stories-tall iron bells. Unfortunately, they had the side-effect of sprouting whiskers on her face until she took the antidote.
** The [[PoweredArmor Battle Dougi]] from the late manga, a sentient suit that [[TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential unlocks the wearer's ultimate fighting potential]]. She was able to [[CurbStompBattle run rings around Ranma]] while wearing it.
** A magical swimsuit made from a jellyfish-like substance, which allows the user to swim like a dolphin --not only negating Akane's SuperDrowningSkills, but also giving her a speed and coordination that left Ranma wallowing in her wake.

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** [[PintsizedPowerhouse [[PintSizedPowerhouse Minako]] is an even better example. In the anime it's not really visible, even if her moments as a PluckyGirl hint to that. In the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], she can OneHitKO Makoto (done when Makoto had been brainwashed by the Dark Kingdom). In the live action, she provoked a collective OhCrap in a group of youma by kicking one in a column so hard to break concrete, ''without transforming!!'' Not to say she was a slouch in the anime. She leapt leaps onto Usagi's balcony untransformed. She also outran outruns a car after getting her Pure Heart Crystal taken out, even when every other senshi simply passed out from sheer pain and exhaustion.
* Akane Tendo Tendō from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has gotten this on occasion:
** The legendary [[PowerUpFood Super Strength Soba noodles]] confer herculean strength; after Akane mistakenly ate Happosai's, Happōsai's, she was able to lift, toss, juggle, and ''split in half'' multi-ton, two-stories-tall iron bells. Unfortunately, they had the side-effect of sprouting whiskers on her face until she took the antidote.
** The [[PoweredArmor Battle Dougi]] Dōgi]] from the late manga, a sentient suit that [[TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential unlocks the wearer's ultimate fighting potential]]. She was is able to [[CurbStompBattle run rings around Ranma]] while wearing it.
** A magical swimsuit made from a jellyfish-like substance, which allows the user to swim like a dolphin --not -- not only negating Akane's SuperDrowningSkills, but also giving her a speed and coordination that left leaves Ranma wallowing in her wake.



* In ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures, WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck is a BadassNormal in a world of aliens, cyborgs, robots, etc. However he gains psychic powers in issue 40 of the series only to lose them at the end of the issue.

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* In ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures, ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck is a BadassNormal in a world of aliens, cyborgs, robots, etc. However he gains psychic powers in issue 40 of the series only to lose them at the end of the issue.



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** Dark World Applejack also got this trope: her Element of Deceit (or by it's true name, Fantasy) gives her a form of LivingLieDetector powers (though different than her prime self's) and makes her a MasterOfIllusion, on top of giving her CompleteImmortality so long as it isn't forcibly removed. She also gains healing powers when she takes Fluttershy's place as Element of Kindness. [[spoiler:According to LooseCanon, she eventually unlocks the Element of Fantasy's true power, gaining a SuperMode.]]

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** Dark World Applejack also got this trope: her Element of Deceit (or by it's its true name, Fantasy) gives her a form of LivingLieDetector powers (though different than her prime self's) and makes her a MasterOfIllusion, on top of giving her CompleteImmortality so long as it isn't forcibly removed. She also gains healing powers when she takes Fluttershy's place as Element of Kindness. [[spoiler:According to LooseCanon, she eventually unlocks the Element of Fantasy's true power, gaining a SuperMode.]]






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* The [[AlternateSelf Humane Five]] of the ''MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' franchise originally start out no more powerful than one might expect of the average high school student (athletics, singing ability, etc.). By the events of ''Legend of Everfree'', they have power on par with what their [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria Prime]] counterparts have [[spoiler:including their counterparts' defining traits that manifest as controllable magic]], and have attained it over the course of about half a school year compared to the several years that have passed in Equestria.

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* The [[AlternateSelf Humane Five]] of the ''MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' franchise originally start out no more powerful than one might expect of the average high school student (athletics, singing ability, etc.). By the events of ''Legend of Everfree'', they have power on par with what their [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria Prime]] counterparts have [[spoiler:including their counterparts' defining traits that manifest as controllable magic]], and have attained it over the course of about half a school year compared to the several years that have passed in Equestria.



* ''Series/StargateSG1''
** Happened subtly, mostly the "TouchedByVorlons" variety. Jack O'Neill was already badass before the reveal that he had the gene necessary to use the technology of the Ancients. Same for Sam Carter and being used as a host by a Tok'ra. Daniel Jackson was an ActionSurvivor until he [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended to a higher plane of existence]] (twice). The difference between before and after is relatively minor in some cases, but it's definitely there.
** Used less subtly in the episode "Upgrades", when the three of them all wear [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum Atanik armbands]], granting them enhanced strength, plus SuperSpeed on a level even Franchise/TheFlash would find respectable. Unfortunately for them but fortunately for the continued drama of the series, the armbands impart their superpowers by injecting a virus...that the human body eventually develops an immunity to. This turns out to be why the Atanik civilization is extinct: they relied on the armbands exclusively for their defense, and once the entire population was immune, they were helpless.

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* ''Series/StargateSG1''
''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Happened subtly, mostly the "TouchedByVorlons" variety. Jack O'Neill was already badass before the reveal that he had has the gene necessary to use the technology of the Ancients. Same for Sam Carter and being used as a host by a Tok'ra. Daniel Jackson was an ActionSurvivor until he [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended to a higher plane of existence]] (twice). The difference between before and after is relatively minor in some cases, but it's definitely there.
** Used less subtly in the episode "Upgrades", when the three of them all wear [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum Atanik Atoniek armbands]], granting them enhanced strength, plus SuperSpeed on a level even Franchise/TheFlash would find respectable. Unfortunately for them but fortunately for the continued drama of the series, the armbands impart their superpowers by injecting a virus...nanotech virus... that the human body eventually develops an immunity to. This turns out to be why the Atanik Atoniek civilization is extinct: they relied on the armbands exclusively for their defense, and once the entire population was immune, they were helpless.



5th Nov '16 8:39:48 AM Freezer
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* Following his deal with [[spoiler:the Crippled God]], Kallor from ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' gains access to [[spoiler: the Warren of Chaos]], enabling him to feats of magic and giving him a position in the Deck of Dragons.
30th Oct '16 1:16:12 PM SimiOfDoom
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* Following his deal with [[spoiler:the Crippled God]], Kallor from ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' gains access to [[spoiler: the Warren of Chaos]], enabling him to feats of magic and giving him a position in the Deck of Dragons.
8th Oct '16 9:06:22 PM DustSnitch
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Your average BadassNormal can take on monsters, supervillains, and [[EldritchAbomination cosmic horrors]] with nothing but [[TrainingFromHell intense training]] and [[{{Determinator}} sheer determination]]. But that other guy can ''[[StuffBlowingUp blow things up]] [[PsychicPowers with his mind]]''. And so can the villains. How could that [[PunyEarthlings puny human]] possibly [[MugglePower compete with that]]? In short, despite his amazing capabilities, the Badass Normal just doesn't seem to be {{badass}} enough. Time for a convenient [[PowerUp power upgrade]].

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Your average BadassNormal can take on monsters, supervillains, and [[EldritchAbomination cosmic horrors]] with nothing but [[TrainingFromHell intense training]] and [[{{Determinator}} sheer determination]]. But that other guy can ''[[StuffBlowingUp blow things up]] [[PsychicPowers with his mind]]''. And so can the villains. How could that [[PunyEarthlings puny human]] possibly [[MugglePower compete with that]]? In short, despite his amazing capabilities, the Badass Normal just doesn't seem to be {{badass}} badass enough. Time for a convenient [[PowerUp power upgrade]].



* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' stars one. He was known as "[[RedBaron The Black]] [[{{Shinigami}} Reaper]]" even ''before'' he became a Contractor, and in one flashback he completely owned a Contractor in a straight-up fight using only a choke wire, throwing knives, and sheer BadAss ninja skills. He still has the aforementioned skills, but now he can also [[ShockAndAwe zap the crap out of people]]. Gets taken UpToEleven when it transpires that these same powers [[spoiler: make him a full-blown RealityWarper in the right circumstances]].

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* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' stars one. He was known as "[[RedBaron The Black]] [[{{Shinigami}} Reaper]]" even ''before'' he became a Contractor, and in one flashback he completely owned a Contractor in a straight-up fight using only a choke wire, throwing knives, and sheer BadAss badass ninja skills. He still has the aforementioned skills, but now he can also [[ShockAndAwe zap the crap out of people]]. Gets taken UpToEleven when it transpires that these same powers [[spoiler: make him a full-blown RealityWarper in the right circumstances]].



** 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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** This is at least partially true for the normal ComicBook/NickFury, who is BadAss 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.



* In ''[[Fanfic/RyuugisTheGamesWePlay The Games We Play]]'', Adam had already been making a name for himself as a {{Badass}} even before he had had his Aura and Semblance awakened.

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* In ''[[Fanfic/RyuugisTheGamesWePlay The Games We Play]]'', Adam had already been making a name for himself as a {{Badass}} badass even before he had had his Aura and Semblance awakened.



* Tavi of the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' is the [[TheCallPutMeOnHold one and only]] {{Muggle|s}} in a world where absolutely everything [[MagiTek runs on]] ElementalPowers. He can't even turn the lights on and off by himself. He is, however, so {{badass}} that he easily outmatches more than a few people who have SuperStrength or can throw waves of fire around, and often saves the day through sheer BadassNormal [[CrazyEnoughToWork awesomeness]]. But he also becomes less and less normal with time; his [[BondCreatures bond]] with Kitai increasingly sharpens his senses and improves his stamina, and at the end of ''Cursor's Fury'', [[spoiler:he finally starts to get over his mother stunting his magic and develops some rudimentary furycrafting ability. But since he's short about 15 years of practice, he's unable to utilize it properly until he gets some TrainingFromHell in ''First Lord's Fury'']].

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* Tavi of the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' is the [[TheCallPutMeOnHold one and only]] {{Muggle|s}} in a world where absolutely everything [[MagiTek runs on]] ElementalPowers. He can't even turn the lights on and off by himself. He is, however, so {{badass}} badass that he easily outmatches more than a few people who have SuperStrength or can throw waves of fire around, and often saves the day through sheer BadassNormal [[CrazyEnoughToWork awesomeness]]. But he also becomes less and less normal with time; his [[BondCreatures bond]] with Kitai increasingly sharpens his senses and improves his stamina, and at the end of ''Cursor's Fury'', [[spoiler:he finally starts to get over his mother stunting his magic and develops some rudimentary furycrafting ability. But since he's short about 15 years of practice, he's unable to utilize it properly until he gets some TrainingFromHell in ''First Lord's Fury'']].



** Happened subtly, mostly the "TouchedByVorlons" variety. Jack O'Neill was already BadAss before the reveal that he had the gene necessary to use the technology of the Ancients. Same for Sam Carter and being used as a host by a Tok'ra. Daniel Jackson was an ActionSurvivor until he [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended to a higher plane of existence]] (twice). The difference between before and after is relatively minor in some cases, but it's definitely there.

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** Happened subtly, mostly the "TouchedByVorlons" variety. Jack O'Neill was already BadAss badass before the reveal that he had the gene necessary to use the technology of the Ancients. Same for Sam Carter and being used as a host by a Tok'ra. Daniel Jackson was an ActionSurvivor until he [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended to a higher plane of existence]] (twice). The difference between before and after is relatively minor in some cases, but it's definitely there.



** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' reveals that Wesker [[spoiler:along with the other Wesker children, though he supposedly was the only survivor,]] was a subject of Project W, the first and greatest of Umbrella's experiments. He was indoctrinated with Oswell Spencer's beliefs and treated with the Progenitor Virus since early childhood. He was a {{Badass}} all along.

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** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' reveals that Wesker [[spoiler:along with the other Wesker children, though he supposedly was the only survivor,]] was a subject of Project W, the first and greatest of Umbrella's experiments. He was indoctrinated with Oswell Spencer's beliefs and treated with the Progenitor Virus since early childhood. He was a {{Badass}} badass all along.



** The Sentinels in ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}} 2'', a team of {{Badass}}es who all survived the infection through the [[TheVirus Chimeran Virus]] and thus have the same abilities as Hale.

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** The Sentinels in ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}} 2'', a team of {{Badass}}es badasses who all survived the infection through the [[TheVirus Chimeran Virus]] and thus have the same abilities as Hale.



** You can also do this in ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown''. True, a perfectly ordinary squaddie with a rifle can hold his/her own against the aliens, but later on you can turn them into truly {{Badass}} psionic {{Super Soldier}}s, MindRape enemies to death, conjure up psychic shields or take control of enemies. ''Enemy Within'' adds bio-enhancements which allow soldiers to heal miraculously from injuries, jump over buildings or ''turn invisible'', and cybernetic enhancements which allow the soldier to take control of a MiniMecha which laughs off firepower and is armed with weapons ranging from a flamethrower to a grenade launcher to a PowerFist.

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** You can also do this in ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown''. True, a perfectly ordinary squaddie with a rifle can hold his/her own against the aliens, but later on you can turn them into truly {{Badass}} dangerous psionic {{Super Soldier}}s, MindRape enemies to death, conjure up psychic shields or take control of enemies. ''Enemy Within'' adds bio-enhancements which allow soldiers to heal miraculously from injuries, jump over buildings or ''turn invisible'', and cybernetic enhancements which allow the soldier to take control of a MiniMecha which laughs off firepower and is armed with weapons ranging from a flamethrower to a grenade launcher to a PowerFist.



* At the start of ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', CHARNAME is just an ordinary teenager with 1 level in an adventuring class. By the end of the first game, he/she is a certified {{Badass}} after going toe to toe with Saeverok. By the middle of [[VideoGame/BaldursGateII the sequel]]? A godling capable of flattening armies and transforming into the Slayer. May or may not ascend to full godhood by the end of the game as the God of Murder.

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* At the start of ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', CHARNAME is just an ordinary teenager with 1 level in an adventuring class. By the end of the first game, he/she is a certified {{Badass}} badass after going toe to toe with Saeverok. By the middle of [[VideoGame/BaldursGateII the sequel]]? A godling capable of flattening armies and transforming into the Slayer. May or may not ascend to full godhood by the end of the game as the God of Murder.



* Wouldn't you believe it, but Ky Kiske from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' is revealed to be this in ''Xrd''. Any normal human who can keep up with the magically-augmented [[SuperSoldier Gear]] [[{{Badass}} Sol Badguy]] in a sword fight is a BadassNormal. However, [[spoiler:in ''Xrd'''s story mode, an assassin shoots Ky in the back, riddles him with bullets and goes over to deliver the CoupDeGrace. As he turns to walk away, Ky gets up and runs him through. His wounds have begun rapidly healing and his left eye is glowing red, the mark of a Gear..]].

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* Wouldn't you believe it, but Ky Kiske from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' is revealed to be this in ''Xrd''. Any normal human who can keep up with the magically-augmented [[SuperSoldier Gear]] [[{{Badass}} Sol Badguy]] Badguy in a sword fight is a BadassNormal. However, [[spoiler:in ''Xrd'''s story mode, an assassin shoots Ky in the back, riddles him with bullets and goes over to deliver the CoupDeGrace. As he turns to walk away, Ky gets up and runs him through. His wounds have begun rapidly healing and his left eye is glowing red, the mark of a Gear..]].
6th Oct '16 8:51:07 AM Prometheus117
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* The [[AlternateSelf Humane Five]] of ''MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' franchise originally start out no more powerful than one might expect of the average high school student (athletics, singing ability, etc.). By the events of ''Legend of Everfree'', they have power on par with what their [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria Prime]] counterparts have [[spoiler:including their counterparts' defining traits that manifest as controllable magic]], and have attained it over the course of about half a school year compared to the several years that have passed in Equestria.

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* The [[AlternateSelf Humane Five]] of the ''MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' franchise originally start out no more powerful than one might expect of the average high school student (athletics, singing ability, etc.). By the events of ''Legend of Everfree'', they have power on par with what their [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria Prime]] counterparts have [[spoiler:including their counterparts' defining traits that manifest as controllable magic]], and have attained it over the course of about half a school year compared to the several years that have passed in Equestria.
6th Oct '16 8:50:22 AM Prometheus117
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* The [[AlternateSelf Humane Five]] of ''MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' franchise originally start out no more powerful than one might expect of the average high school student (athletics, singing ability, etc.). By the events of ''Legend of Everfree'', they have power on par with what their [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria Prime]] counterparts have [[spoiler:including their counterparts' defining traits that manifest as controllable magic]], and have attained it over the course of about half a school year compared to the several years that have passed in Equestria.
28th Sep '16 2:10:40 PM ShorinBJ
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Warren becomes this when he gains the Orbs of Nezzla'Khan in Season 6.
27th Sep '16 8:26:55 AM Snowy66
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** After Equinox absorbs a lot of power, Batman and Dr. Fate resort to merging the powers of many superheroes into one person. Of course Batman gets chosen, due to his mind being able to handle the powers. He ends up becoming a gigantic being, dubbed Bat Monolith, with an [[ComboPlatterPowers arsenal of powers]], ranging from Dr. Fate's magic blasts to Green Lantern power ring energy.


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** When Batman gets bitten by a vampire, he gains vampiric powers: ranging from flight, hypnosis, shape shifting, becoming a living shadow, intangibility. Though it turns out to be AllJustADream from the results of vampire induced hallucination.
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** Likewise, Jonouchi from the original YuGiOh. He was about five seconds away from beating the BigBad of season 2, with no magical artifacts or one-of-a-kind super cards. Then in season 4 he gets The Claw of Hermos, letting him turn his monsters into equip spells woth basically any effect he wants.
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