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22nd Dec '17 8:34:10 AM BeerBaron
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*** The Dragonborn of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' subverts the trope, as he/she is not actually "normal". The Dragonborn was born with the [[DragonsAreDivine immortal Aedric]] soul of a [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]], a blessing bestowed on [[TheChosenOne rare mortals]] by the Aedric TopGod, Akatosh, the God of Time and [[MonsterProgenitor "father" of dragons]]. However, this blessing doesn't mean much until [[RiseFromYourGrave the dragons begin to return]] at the start of the game. Additionally, the Dragonborn has some of the same means of empowerment mentioned above, including Vampirism (with additional boosts given in the ''Dawnguard'' DLC) and Lycanthropy, which for the first time in the series is a ''voluntary'' transformation, making it something of a SuperMode with the previous downsides heavily downplayed.
19th Dec '17 11:21:31 PM Xtifr
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* In ''Talyn'' by Holly Lisle, the main character of the same name begins with limited use of something called the Hagedwar, a tool which grants the user power restrained only by how well they know how to use said tool. However, as the heat gets turned up, Talyn conveniently learns how to do such extraordinary things with the Hagedwar that she essentially becomes a demigoddess.

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* In ''Talyn'' by Holly Lisle, Creator/HollyLisle, the main character of the same name begins with limited use of something called the Hagedwar, a tool which grants the user power restrained only by how well they know how to use said tool. However, as the heat gets turned up, Talyn conveniently learns how to do such extraordinary things with the Hagedwar that she essentially becomes a demigoddess.
2nd Dec '17 12:17:45 PM DRCEQ
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** He was also offered a Sinestro Corp's ring (yellow, based on fear) in canon 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.''

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** He was also offered a Sinestro Corp's ring (yellow, based on fear) in canon 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 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 [[{{Greed}} Orange Lantern Lantern]] ''Lex Luthor.''



* Comicbook/IronMan, who began as a simple man (not even badass) wearing a PoweredArmor, gave himself technology based super powers with the 'extremis' virus after deciding he wasn't fast enough to keep up. In addition to speeding up his ability to control his suits by mental link (even to summon its pieces and assemble into the full suit with his mind) it also allowed him to mentally link with other pieces of technology as well, often leading to 'I hacked it while standing here talking to you' asspulls. The new Bleeding Edge suit can do a lot of what the Extremis suit could do and a lot of what it ''can't''.

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* Comicbook/IronMan, who began as a simple man (not even badass) wearing a PoweredArmor, gave himself technology based super powers with the 'extremis' virus after deciding he wasn't fast enough to keep up. In addition to speeding up his ability to control his suits by mental link (even to summon its pieces and assemble into the full suit with his mind) it also allowed him to [[{{Technopath}} mentally link with other pieces of technology technology]] as well, often leading to 'I hacked it while standing here talking to you' asspulls. The new Bleeding Edge suit can do a lot of what the Extremis suit could do and a lot of what it ''can't''.
14th Nov '17 3:55:59 PM MT_Silver
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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 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 after going toe to toe with Saeverok.Sarevok. 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.
28th Oct '17 5:20:41 PM WillBGood
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** Wildcat - Got nine lives; legacy successors got cat related powers and could turn into a {{Werecat}}.

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** Wildcat - Got nine lives; legacy successors got cat related powers and could turn into a {{Werecat}}.werecat.
28th Oct '17 5:41:18 AM TheNerevarine
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* ComicBook/RedSonja is a ActionGirl on peak human condition that only needs common blades and weapons to take on evil magic-users and monsters. Yet, from time to time, she gained certain power-ups including but not limited to: gaining a RingOfPower that made her virtually immortal, being turned into a vampire, becoming a host to ComicBook/TheWitchblade and being transformed into the [[PhysicalGod avatar of a living goddess]]. These changes don't last because StatusQuoIsGod and she is always back at being a BadassNormal.

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* ComicBook/RedSonja is a ActionGirl on peak human condition that only needs common blades and weapons to take on evil magic-users and monsters. Yet, from time to time, she gained certain power-ups including but not limited to: gaining a RingOfPower that made her virtually immortal, being turned into a vampire, becoming a ComicBook/{{Witchblade}} host to ComicBook/TheWitchblade and being transformed into the [[PhysicalGod avatar of a living goddess]]. These changes don't last because StatusQuoIsGod and she is always back at being a BadassNormal.
27th Oct '17 6:22:39 PM TheNerevarine
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* ComicBook/RedSonja is a ActionGirl on peak human condition that only needs common blades and weapons to take on evil magic-users and monsters. Yet, from time to time, she gained certain power-ups including but not limited to: gaining a RingOfPower that made her virtually immortal, being turned into a vampire, becoming a host to ComicBook/TheWitchblade and being transformed into the [[PhysicalGod avatar of a living goddess]]. These changes don't last because StatusQuoIsGod and she is always back at being a BadassNormal.
7th Oct '17 8:40:44 PM jormis29
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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 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]].]]

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* ''[[Comicbook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Origins]] ''ComicBook/UltimateOrigins #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]].]]
3rd Oct '17 7:26:20 AM BeerBaron
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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. To note:
*** 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 Endurance. 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 {{Mad|God}}ness]]. 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...
18th Sep '17 6:06:46 PM DustSnitch
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', Star Butterfly was a BadassPrincess who started out regularly fighting bad guys and taming wild beasts with her bare hands. Then she inherits a magic wand... [[SubvertedTrope Which she has no idea how to use]], needing [[HowDoIShotWeb lots of time to practice with it]] and experiencing more than one unfortunate MagicMisfire in the process.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', Star Butterfly was a BadassPrincess hero who started out regularly fighting bad guys and taming wild beasts with her bare hands. Then she inherits a magic wand... [[SubvertedTrope Which she has no idea how to use]], needing [[HowDoIShotWeb lots of time to practice with it]] and experiencing more than one unfortunate MagicMisfire in the process.
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