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4th May '16 7:43:29 PM aye_amber
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* There are several ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' fics in which [[TeamNormal Asami Sato]] is granted airbending by Harmonic Convergence. Considering canon!Asami is a GadgeteerGenius [[GeniusBruiser martial artist]] who totes a [[StaticStunGun shock]] [[PowerFist glove]]—and considering the two known {{Badass Normal}}s to be canonically affected—this is approximately akin to giving {{Batman}} a GreenLantern ring.

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* There are several ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' fics in which [[TeamNormal Asami Sato]] is granted airbending by Harmonic Convergence. Considering canon!Asami is a GadgeteerGenius [[GeniusBruiser martial artist]] who totes a [[StaticStunGun shock]] [[PowerFist glove]]—and considering the two known {{Badass Normal}}s to be canonically affected—this is approximately akin to giving {{Batman}} Franchise/{{Batman}} a GreenLantern ComicBook/GreenLantern ring.
1st May '16 3:25:37 PM FarseerLolotea
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* There are several ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' fics in which [[TeamNormal Asami Sato]] is granted airbending by Harmonic Convergence. Considering canon!Asami is a GadgeteerGenius [[GeniusBruiser martial artist]] who totes a [[StaticStunGun shock]] [[PowerFist glove]]—and considering the two known BadassNormals to be canonically affected—this is approximately akin to giving {{Batman}} a GreenLantern ring.

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* There are several ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' fics in which [[TeamNormal Asami Sato]] is granted airbending by Harmonic Convergence. Considering canon!Asami is a GadgeteerGenius [[GeniusBruiser martial artist]] who totes a [[StaticStunGun shock]] [[PowerFist glove]]—and considering the two known BadassNormals {{Badass Normal}}s to be canonically affected—this is approximately akin to giving {{Batman}} a GreenLantern ring.
1st May '16 3:24:10 PM FarseerLolotea
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* There are several ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' fics in which [[TeamNormal Asami Sato]] is granted airbending by Harmonic Convergence. Considering canon!Asami is a GadgeteerGenius [[GeniusBruiser martial artist]] who totes a [[StaticStunGun shock]] [[PowerFist glove]]—and considering the two known BadassNormals to be canonically affected—this is approximately akin to giving {{Batman}} a GreenLantern ring.



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1st Mar '16 10:19:42 PM Chariset
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* Most of Exile's party in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' are this - they're already war veterans, trained fighters, spies, bounty hunters, etc. But most of them turn out to be Force Sensitive as well, leading the Exile to train them as Jedi. It's also a common fan theory that Carth Onasi from [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic the first game]] is an untrained Force Sentitive as well.

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* Most of Exile's party in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' are this - they're already war veterans, trained fighters, spies, bounty hunters, etc. But most of them turn out to be Force Sensitive as well, leading allowing the Exile to train them as Jedi. Jedi (or Sith). It's also a common fan theory that Carth Onasi from [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic the first game]] is an untrained Force Sentitive Sensitive as well.
8th Feb '16 3:42:23 AM Sabrewing
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* The ''Tome of VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' grants its holder access to powerful magicks and the memories of past (and [[FlashForward future]]) bearers.
7th Feb '16 9:19:10 PM Kurogane7
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** While there are some Batman villains that fall under this trope, {{ComicBook/Bane}} is a very prominent example whenever he's on Venom. Otherwise, he's a BadassNormal super-villain with a lot of [[{{Determinator}} willpower and discipline]] whenever he's not on it.
25th Jan '16 9:28:38 PM Godzillawolf
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* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', there are a few:
** Apple Pie, Applejack and Pinkie Pie's niece from the BadFuture in Dark World, was already part of a BadassFamily capable of thriving in the chaotic hellhole Discord made of the world. Then she awakens as an Element of Laughter, which gives her the power to LogicBomb things because she finds paradoxes hilarious (her special talent is literally paradoxes). This includes other people and ''zombies''.
** Applejack, already a BadassNormal, gains LivingLieDetector abilities upon exposure to the Truth that could MindRape somepony if she ''really'' wanted to. Being AJ, she doesn't very often. [[spoiler:During the final battle with [[BigBad Nyarlathotrot]], she gains healing powers thanks to her relation to Saint Sweetheart. Finally, during the same battle, Dark World Nightmare Mirror [[BequeathedPower gives her her power upon death]], transforming Applejack into an Alicorn. [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu She uses this power to kick Nyarlathotrot's flank.]]]]
** 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.]]
22nd Jan '16 12:52:05 PM Eagal
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*** FridgeBrilliance: Being chosen for the Sinestro Corps means that Batman is ''the scariest person on the planet.''
**** Or simply the one who understands fear the best which makes sense because it forms the basis of his identity and is one of his primary tools.
21st Jan '16 10:50:07 PM Jake
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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.

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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.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.
2nd Jan '16 1:02:08 PM merotoker
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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 [[WhatMeasureIsANonSuper 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 [[WhatMeasureIsANonSuper [[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]].



Keep in mind that to qualify for this trope, a character must spend a significant amount of screen time as a BadassNormal before gaining his upgrade. For example, Hal Jordan of the ''Comicbook/GreenLantern'' series starts off as a BadassNormal (he's an Air Force pilot) but gets his powers so early in the story that it defines his character. Likewise, fellow Green Lantern John Stewart used to be a member of [[SemperFi another Corps]], but that wasn't even brought up until decades after his introduction. If the power upgrade is a part of the character's origin story, then he doesn't count. If the character only uses his powers in extreme circumstances, he probably FightsLikeANormal.

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Keep in mind that to qualify for this trope, a character must spend a significant amount of screen time as a BadassNormal before gaining his upgrade. For example, Hal Jordan of the ''Comicbook/GreenLantern'' ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' series starts off as a BadassNormal (he's an Air Force pilot) but gets his powers so early in the story that it defines his character. Likewise, fellow Green Lantern John Stewart used to be a member of [[SemperFi another Corps]], but that wasn't even brought up until decades after his introduction. If the power upgrade is a part of the character's origin story, then he doesn't count. If the character only uses his powers in extreme circumstances, he probably FightsLikeANormal.



* Kino Makoto from ''Anime/SailorMoon'' was already an experienced brawler before she even entered the story, and marked her debut episode by punching out [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Zoicite]]. ''Then'' she got her Senshi powers...

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* * ''Anime/SailorMoon''
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Kino Makoto from ''Anime/SailorMoon'' was already an experienced brawler before she even entered the story, and marked her debut episode by punching out [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Zoicite]]. ''Then'' she got her Senshi powers...



* ''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]].
* MahouSenseiNegima does this for Ku Fei, who goes from "[[BadassNormal Martial Artist]]" to "Martial Artist that can shoot beams out of her hand and has a magic staff" as she gains the ability to use ki around the time the second major arc begins. This is actually noted in-universe by the MetaGuy as being more impressive to watch than the stronger full-on magic users, as she's "closer to being human" and thus you can understand exactly how good she is. It's hard to compare to someone who can blow up mountains, after all.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': [[spoiler: Ling Yao]] is originally a BadassNormal who can take on homunculi but [[spoiler:then he fused with the homunculus Greed and gets his SuperStrength and InstantArmor power.]]
** Scar started out as an Ishvalan warrior priest, who had the strength and skill to take on multiple Amestrian soldiers at once, but after being attacked by Kimblee, he received his brother's right arm, which enabled him to deconstruct anything. [[spoiler:And later, he acquires the power of reconstruction by tattooing his left arm with the designs his brother used to have, enabling him to do alchemical transmutations]].
* Creed Diskenth, TheBigBad of ''Manga/BlackCat'' was already a CharlesAtlasSuperpower abusing [[AxeCrazy lunatic]] back when he was just an assassin. As the series progresses he upgrades himself with Tao abilities that grant him a CoolSword, and then [[spoiler: nanomachines]] that grant him a [[spoiler: HealingFactor and make him to all intents and purposes {{Immortal}}]].

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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 ninja skills. He still has the aforementioned skills, but now he can also [[ShockAndAwe zap the crap out of people]].
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people]]. Gets taken UpToEleven when it transpires that these same powers [[spoiler: make him a full-blown RealityWarper in the right circumstances]].
* MahouSenseiNegima ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' does this for Ku Fei, who goes from "[[BadassNormal Martial Artist]]" to "Martial Artist that can shoot beams out of her hand and has a magic staff" as she gains the ability to use ki around the time the second major arc begins. This is actually noted in-universe by the MetaGuy as being more impressive to watch than the stronger full-on magic users, as she's "closer to being human" and thus you can understand exactly how good she is. It's hard to compare to someone who can blow up mountains, after all.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
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[[spoiler: Ling Yao]] is originally a BadassNormal who can take on homunculi but [[spoiler:then he fused with the homunculus Greed and gets his SuperStrength and InstantArmor power.]]
power]].
** Scar started out as an Ishvalan warrior priest, who had the strength and skill to take on multiple Amestrian soldiers at once, but after being attacked by Kimblee, he received his brother's right arm, which enabled him to deconstruct anything. [[spoiler:And later, he acquires the power of reconstruction by tattooing his left arm with the designs his brother used to have, enabling him to do alchemical transmutations]].
transmutations.]]
* Creed Diskenth, TheBigBad the BigBad of ''Manga/BlackCat'' was already a CharlesAtlasSuperpower abusing [[AxeCrazy [[AxCrazy lunatic]] back when he was just an assassin. As the series progresses he upgrades himself with Tao abilities that grant him a CoolSword, and then [[spoiler: nanomachines]] that grant him a [[spoiler: HealingFactor and make him to all intents and purposes {{Immortal}}]].{{immortal|ity}}]].



** Zoro and Sanji are two of the greatest warriors of the Straw Hat crew, aside from their captain, but unlike Luffy, they have no Devil Fruit powers or anything else beyond CharlesAtlasSuperpower. Then they learned [[KiAttacks Haki.]]

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** Zoro and Sanji are two of the greatest warriors of the Straw Hat crew, aside from their captain, but unlike Luffy, they have no Devil Fruit powers or anything else beyond CharlesAtlasSuperpower. Then they learned [[KiAttacks [[KiManipulation Haki.]]



** [[spoiler:Sabo]] was just as competent as Ace when he was a kid. Through only martial arts and [[KiAttacks Haki]] training he achieved second position in the Revolutionary Army, surpassing expert fighters like Jesus Burgess and Diamante in a tournament. A tournament that ends with him [[spoiler:eating the Flame Flame fruit of his late brother]].

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** [[spoiler:Sabo]] was just as competent as Ace when he was a kid. Through only martial arts and [[KiAttacks [[KiManipulation Haki]] training he achieved second position in the Revolutionary Army, surpassing expert fighters like Jesus Burgess and Diamante in a tournament. A tournament that ends with him [[spoiler:eating the Flame Flame fruit of his late brother]].



* Brandon Heat of {{Gungrave}} was a great Mafia sweeper who was a skilled hand to hand fighter and a great marksmen. Then, he was killed and become Necrolized. He became much stronger and could take a lot of damage.
* ''Manga/MedakaBox'': Male Lead Zenkichi was already a CrazyPrepared martial artist who could handle even abnormals in combat. After the battle with Kumagawa, he gained the [[spoiler: Parasite Seeing ability which allows him to see things from other people's perspective.]] Literally.
** Then he becomes even more abnormal, [[spoiler: gaining one more ability - Devil Style. Which removes all these coincidences that occur around your run-of-the-mill Main Character.]]
* Miyamoto Haiji from ''RosarioToVampire'', president of the school's karate club. Like almost all of the school's residents, he's some variety of monster, but he doesn't even bother using any monstrous abilities when he first makes a combat appearance. He just wipes the floor with other monsters using his martial arts; he still hasn't revealed what variety of monster he is.
** As it turns out, he's a tengu- a bird demon. And what we've seen for most of the series is his humanoid, weaker form.

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* Brandon Heat of {{Gungrave}} ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'' was a great Mafia sweeper who was a skilled hand to hand fighter and a great marksmen. Then, he was killed and become Necrolized. He became much stronger and could take a lot of damage.
* ''Manga/MedakaBox'': Male Lead Zenkichi was already a CrazyPrepared martial artist who could handle even abnormals in combat. After the battle with Kumagawa, he gained the [[spoiler: Parasite Seeing ability which allows him to see things from other people's perspective.]] Literally.
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perspective]]. Literally. Then he becomes even more abnormal, [[spoiler: gaining one more ability - Devil Style. Which removes all these coincidences that occur around your run-of-the-mill Main Character.]]
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Character]].
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire''
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Miyamoto Haiji from ''RosarioToVampire'', Haiji, president of the school's karate club. Like almost all of the school's residents, he's some variety of monster, but he doesn't even bother using any monstrous abilities when he first makes a combat appearance. He just wipes the floor with other monsters using his martial arts; he still hasn't revealed what variety of monster he is.
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arts. As it turns out, he's a tengu- a bird demon. And what we've seen for most of the series is his humanoid, weaker form.



* ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' Genki may seem to be BadassNormal at first but is often seen focusing energy in order to attack, as well as transferring it to others and putting it into his attacks. Later on it is shown he can [[spoiler:launch Spirit Bombs]] and, in the last two episodes [[spoiler:focus the energy of everyone they know, combining the bodies of several of his friends and reviving the Phoenix]].

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* ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' ''Anime/MonsterRancher'': Genki may seem to be BadassNormal at first but is often seen focusing energy in order to attack, as well as transferring it to others and putting it into his attacks. Later on it is shown he can [[spoiler:launch Spirit Bombs]] and, in the last two episodes [[spoiler:focus the energy of everyone they know, combining the bodies of several of his friends and reviving the Phoenix]].



* [[Anime/CodeGeass Suzaku Kururugi]] may count. Already a BadassNormal (he was a skilled Knightmare Frame Pilot and martial arts prodigy) for most of the first season, he slips into this near the end of the first season and into R2. His most obvious upgrade was having the "Live!" geass cast upon him by Lelouch, allowing him to survive situations that would normally have killed him and allowing him to become much stronger and faster than a normal human being in order to do so. However, it had been hinted throughout the series that Suzaku had some as-of-yet unidentified connection to geass... [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot that was never explained or elaborated upon]].

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* [[Anime/CodeGeass ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Suzaku Kururugi]] Kururugi may count. Already a BadassNormal (he was a skilled Knightmare Frame Pilot and martial arts prodigy) for most of the first season, he slips into this near the end of the first season and into R2. His most obvious upgrade was having the "Live!" geass cast upon him by Lelouch, allowing him to survive situations that would normally have killed him and allowing him to become much stronger and faster than a normal human being in order to do so. However, it had been hinted throughout the series that Suzaku had some as-of-yet unidentified connection to geass... [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot that was never explained or elaborated upon]].



* In ''AyashiNoCeres'', Yuuhi Aogiri starts as a competent martial artist ([[RealMenCook who can cook!]]) and manages to save [[{{TheHero}}ine Aya]] more than once with his own abilities alone. However, his sister-in-law Suzumi creates a bandana and two wristbands that lends him part of her power as the Celestial Maiden. That gives Yuuhi partial immunity to other Maidens' attacks (including Ceres) and extra strength while he fights (as shown during the GrandFinale when [[spoiler:he manages to severely wound [[BigBad Mikagi]] with one strike]]).
* The anime of SoulEater had Maka, the protagonist, a BadassBookworm who wields a giant red-and-black scythe who is actually her shape-shifting best friend. Her father also had this ability, but she inherited the powers of a Meister from her mother. [[spoiler: Until the final episode, when it turns out she has been a Weapon all along.]]

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* In ''AyashiNoCeres'', ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'', Yuuhi Aogiri starts as a competent martial artist ([[RealMenCook who can cook!]]) and manages to save [[{{TheHero}}ine Aya]] more than once with his own abilities alone. However, his sister-in-law Suzumi creates a bandana and two wristbands that lends him part of her power as the Celestial Maiden. That gives Yuuhi partial immunity to other Maidens' attacks (including Ceres) and extra strength while he fights (as shown during the GrandFinale when [[spoiler:he manages to severely wound [[BigBad Mikagi]] with one strike]]).
* The anime of SoulEater ''Manga/SoulEater'' had Maka, the protagonist, a BadassBookworm who wields a giant red-and-black scythe who is actually her shape-shifting best friend. Her father also had this ability, but she inherited the powers of a Meister from her mother. [[spoiler: Until the final episode, when it turns out she has been a Weapon all along.]]



* Leorio from ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' is the only member of the main cast without nen abilities. While the weakest of the four, he's still stronger than your average human, is a skilled doctor, and displays a large amount of StreetSmarts. Then after a LongBusTrip, he returns with a nen ability that allows him to transmit his punches through the floor, which he immediately uses to lay out legendary hunter and Gon's father Ging.

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* Leorio from ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' is the only member of the main cast without nen abilities. While the weakest of the four, he's still stronger than your average human, is a skilled doctor, and displays a large amount of StreetSmarts.street smarts. Then after a LongBusTrip, he returns with a nen ability that allows him to transmit his punches through the floor, which he immediately uses to lay out legendary hunter and Gon's father Ging.



* Crow from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' is introduced as a BadassNormal and is so until the end of the season, when [[spoiler:his willingness to fight alongside his Signer friends and help defeat [[BigBad Rex Goodwin]] causes the [[PhysicalGod Crimson Dragon]] to make him a Signer as well.]]

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* Crow from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' is introduced as a BadassNormal and is so until the end of the season, when [[spoiler:his willingness to fight alongside his Signer friends and help defeat [[BigBad Rex Goodwin]] causes the [[PhysicalGod Crimson Dragon]] to make him a Signer as well.]]well]].



** The ComicBook/AmalgamUniverse sees your Green Lantern Batman and raises you [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Claw Wolverine Batman]].

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** The ComicBook/AmalgamUniverse sees your Green Lantern Batman and raises you [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Claw [[http://batman.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Claw Wolverine Batman]].



** There are occasions where in Batman has his own PoweredArmor to beat superpowerful foes. He also appears to have a storage of more exotic technology and even supernatural items that he doesn't use in his normal crimefighting.

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** There are occasions where in Batman has his own PoweredArmor to beat superpowerful foes. He also appears to have a storage of more exotic technology and even supernatural items that he doesn't use in his normal crimefighting.



* Comicbook/IronMan, who began as a simple man (not even badass) wearing a PowerArmor, 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''.
* This used to come and go for ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, with him gaining and losing superhuman levels of strength depending on the writers, before it was finally decided that his iconic status in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse was partly founded on him being a [[BadassNormal slightly-above-pinnacle of human physical ability]] (being the [[CaptainPatriotic Living Symbol of America]] didn't hurt either). I guess that SuperSerum wasn't all ''that'' super, though given what Steve Rogers was [[HollywoodNerd before then]] it's still damn impressive. Steve Rogers' power was eventually set at a hair above normal (non-mutant) human maximum.
** This is not the case for the Franchise/UltimateMarvel version, however, who was clearly superhuman from the get go.

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* Comicbook/IronMan, who began as a simple man (not even badass) wearing a PowerArmor, 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.
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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''.
* This used to come and go for ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, with him gaining and losing superhuman levels of strength depending on the writers, before it was finally decided that his iconic status in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse was partly founded on him being a [[BadassNormal slightly-above-pinnacle of human physical ability]] (being the [[CaptainPatriotic Living Symbol of America]] didn't hurt either). I guess that SuperSerum wasn't all ''that'' super, though given what Steve Rogers was [[HollywoodNerd before then]] it's still damn impressive. Steve Rogers' power was eventually set at a hair above normal (non-mutant) human maximum.
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maximum. This is not the case for the Franchise/UltimateMarvel ComicBook/UltimateMarvel version, however, who was clearly superhuman from the get go.



* ''[[Franchise/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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* ''[[Franchise/UltimateMarvel ''[[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]].]]



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

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



** Wildcat - Got nine lives, legacy successors got cat related powers and could turn into a {{Werecat}}.

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** Wildcat - Got nine lives, lives; legacy successors got cat related powers and could turn into a {{Werecat}}.



* In ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' Natasha Irons, after a fallout with [[{{Steel}} her uncle]], enlists in the ComicBook/LexLuthor Everyman Project and gains actual superpowers, going from a human in PowerArmor to a human capable of ''crushing'' PowerArmor. John Henry is infected with a metagene against his will and transforms into a being composed of stainless steel, capable of deflecting bullets and hurling blobs of molten metal.

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* In ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' Natasha Irons, after a fallout with [[{{Steel}} [[ComicBook/{{Steel}} her uncle]], enlists in the ComicBook/LexLuthor Everyman Project and gains actual superpowers, going from a human in PowerArmor PoweredArmor to a human capable of ''crushing'' PowerArmor.PoweredArmor. John Henry is infected with a metagene against his will and transforms into a being composed of stainless steel, capable of deflecting bullets and hurling blobs of molten metal.



* There is a variety of this in ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}} - while Charybdis always had the powers, they were pretty weak. So when he got boosted to Plutonian's level, he has an advantage, because he actually knew how to fight.

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* There is a variety of this in ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}} ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'' - while Charybdis always had the powers, they were pretty weak. So when he got boosted to Plutonian's level, he has an advantage, because he actually knew how to fight.



** In a ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' story, the Comicbook/{{Venom}} symbiote joins with Frank Castle instead of Eddie Brock. Using his new powers, the Punisher's war on crime becomes more brutal than ever and he succeeds in killing several Marvel supervillains before a team of superheros manages to stun the symbiote, allowing Punisher to tame it by telling it that he'd commit suicide and destroy them both unless the symbiote gives him complete control over it. Punisher then tells the superheroes that he's in control now before escaping.

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** In a ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' story, the Comicbook/{{Venom}} symbiote joins with Frank Castle instead of Eddie Brock. Using his new powers, the Punisher's war on crime becomes more brutal than ever and he succeeds in killing several Marvel supervillains before a team of superheros superheroes manages to stun the symbiote, allowing Punisher to tame it by telling it that he'd commit suicide and destroy them both unless the symbiote gives him complete control over it. Punisher then tells the superheroes that he's in control now before escaping.



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

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



* In the JackieChanAdventures fic ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'', Jade gets significantly stronger and more durable (plus a healing factor), along with the normal powers of a Shadowkhan when her Queen persona returns.
* Deconstructed in ''FanFic/FalloutEquestria'' as part of the story's attempt to show [[BeingGoodSucks how much it would suck]] to be the main character in a {{VideoGame/Fallout}} game. Over the course of the story, Littlepip picks up several [[MadeOfIron beneficial]] [[HealingFactor mutations]] and [[HalfHumanHybrid alterations]], at the cost of sterility and a significantly reduced lifespan. By the story's end she's basically [[YourDaysAreNumbered on her last legs]], and being [[spoiler: [[HumanPopsicle sealed in the SPP's stasis chamber]] is probably the best thing that could have happened to her at that point.]]

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* In the JackieChanAdventures ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' fic ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'', Jade gets significantly stronger and more durable (plus a healing factor), along with the normal powers of a Shadowkhan when her Queen persona returns.
* Deconstructed in ''FanFic/FalloutEquestria'' as part of the story's attempt to show [[BeingGoodSucks how much it would suck]] to be the main character in a {{VideoGame/Fallout}} game. Over the course of the story, Littlepip picks up several [[MadeOfIron beneficial]] [[HealingFactor mutations]] and [[HalfHumanHybrid alterations]], at the cost of sterility and a significantly reduced lifespan. By the story's end she's basically [[YourDaysAreNumbered on her last legs]], and being [[spoiler: [[HumanPopsicle sealed in the SPP's stasis chamber]] is probably the best thing that could have happened to her at that point.]]point]].



* Subverted in ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-19569/Chilord+Echoes+of+the+Fallen.htm Echoes of the Fallen]]''. After [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander]] goes as ComicBook/{{Magneto}} for Halloween, he gains Magento's memories rather than his power. [[spoiler:[[DoubleSubversion At least until Buffy dies]].]]

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* Subverted in ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-19569/Chilord+Echoes+of+the+Fallen.htm Echoes of the Fallen]]''. After [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander]] goes as ComicBook/{{Magneto}} SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} for Halloween, he gains Magento's memories rather than his power. [[spoiler:[[DoubleSubversion At least until Buffy dies]].]]



* Joaquin from ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', ''is'' a skilled warrior, but the Medal of Everlasting Life makes him unbeatable. [[spoiler:Jorge has confirmed that, if the sequel happens, Joaquin will be able to 'see things' with his injured eye, specifically the dead in the Land of the Living and other things depending on the Land he's in]].

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* Joaquin from ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', ''is'' a skilled warrior, but the Medal of Everlasting Life makes him unbeatable. [[spoiler:Jorge has confirmed that, if the sequel happens, Joaquin will be able to 'see things' with his injured eye, specifically the dead in the Land of the Living and other things depending on the Land he's in]]. in.]]



* Vlad Dracula in ''Film/DraculaUntold'' is introduced as a skilled warrior with such fearsome reputation that made his foes cower and retreat with mere mention of his name. His very first feat as upon rising as a vampire is [[OneManArmy to put down an army of thousand Turks]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome by himself]].

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* Vlad Dracula in ''Film/DraculaUntold'' is introduced as a skilled warrior with such a fearsome reputation that it made his foes cower and retreat with mere mention of his name. His very first feat as upon rising as a vampire is [[OneManArmy to put down an army of a thousand Turks]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[Awesome/DraculaUntold by himself]].



** In ''Literature/SkinGame'', we find out that [[spoiler:Butters has become Batman of Chicago, combining his grasp of magical theory with Bob's power to create magical artifacts which allow him to, for example, create Mind Fog at will, and skate at almost 30 mph. Still, they're just toys compared to the odds he faces. It isn't until the end of the book, where he becomes the newest (Jedi) Knight of the Cross, that he [[IncrediblyLamePun crosses]] over into Empowered territory.]]

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** In ''Literature/SkinGame'', we find out that [[spoiler:Butters has become Batman of Chicago, combining his grasp of magical theory with Bob's power to create magical artifacts which allow him to, for example, create Mind Fog at will, and skate at almost 30 mph. Still, they're just toys compared to the odds he faces. It isn't until the end of the book, where he becomes the newest (Jedi) Knight of the Cross, that he [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} crosses]] over into Empowered territory.]]territory]].



* 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.
* Tavi of the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' is the [[TheCallPutMeOnHold one and only]] {{Muggle}} 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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* In Talyn ''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.
* Tavi of the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' is the [[TheCallPutMeOnHold one and only]] {{Muggle}} {{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''.]]Fury'']].



* Kaladin of Literature/TheStormlightArchive starts off solidly BadassNormal, managing to kill a Shardbearer, a feat considered nearly impossible for those without Shards of their own. Then [[spoiler: he starts developing Surgebinding abilities]].
** This is actually a question left intentionally open by the author, and a major source of angst for the character is that he may have had the powers forever but simply hadn't realized it and used them to protect his fellow soldiers. Many of his epic feats of martial skill and survival sort of read differently on a second read-through when you know in advance that [[spoiler: he can sustain himself on stormlight, heal any wound with a handful of spare change, and control his momentum and that of everything trying to hit him.]] Scenes where an opponent has trouble freeing a weapon from a shield or miss with a projectile weapon get an extra helping of "oh. huh."
** A close inspection of the chapter from the perspective of a new recruit in Kaladin's [[TrueCompanions squad]] mentions something that seems a little odd even on a first read(namely, [[spoiler: he seems to be surrounded by/trailing a mist while fighting]]), and when one knows about [[spoiler: his surgebinding]] it becomes blatantly obvious that he has been using it to help his fighting for a long while. He's clearly still a badass spearman in his own right though. This is proven in the second book, when [[spoiler: He kills a chasmfiend when temporarily BroughtDownToNormal.]]
* In ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'' it's revealed that due to the events of ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' [[spoiler: Sam Vimes can see in the dark, understand the language of goblins, and can ask the Summoning Dark to tell him anything that happened in darkness.]]

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* Kaladin of Literature/TheStormlightArchive ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' starts off solidly BadassNormal, managing to kill a Shardbearer, a feat considered nearly impossible for those without Shards of their own. Then [[spoiler: he starts developing Surgebinding abilities]].
** This is actually a question left intentionally open by the author, and a major source of angst for the character is that he may have had the powers forever but simply hadn't realized it and used them to protect his fellow soldiers. Many of his epic feats of martial skill and survival sort of read differently on a second read-through when you know in advance that [[spoiler: he can sustain himself on stormlight, heal any wound with a handful of spare change, and control his momentum and that of everything trying to hit him.]] him]]. Scenes where an opponent has trouble freeing a weapon from a shield or miss with a projectile weapon get an extra helping of "oh. huh."
** A close inspection of the chapter from the perspective of a new recruit in Kaladin's [[TrueCompanions squad]] mentions something that seems a little odd even on a first read(namely, [[spoiler: he seems to be surrounded by/trailing a mist while fighting]]), and when one knows about [[spoiler: his surgebinding]] it becomes blatantly obvious that he has been using it to help his fighting for a long while. He's clearly still a badass spearman in his own right though. This is proven in the second book, when [[spoiler: He he kills a chasmfiend when temporarily BroughtDownToNormal.]]
BroughtDownToNormal]].
* In ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'' it's revealed that due to the events of ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' [[spoiler: Sam Vimes can see in the dark, understand the language of goblins, and can ask the Summoning Dark to tell him anything that happened in darkness.]]darkness]].



* Remo Williams, in TheDestroyer series of books, has trained in the "sun source" martial art of Sinanju, which functions as a CharlesAtlasSuperpower to allow him amazing abilities.
* From ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', both Perrin and Mat. Both were fairly badass even ''before'' Perrin found his connection with the wolves, and before Mat had his little episodes with the dagger from Shadar Logoth and the Aelfinn and Eelfinn.

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* Remo Williams, in TheDestroyer ''Literature/TheDestroyer'' series of books, has trained in the "sun source" martial art of Sinanju, which functions as a CharlesAtlasSuperpower to allow him amazing abilities.
* From ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', both ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''
** Both
Perrin and Mat. Both Mat were fairly badass even ''before'' Perrin found his connection with the wolves, and before Mat had his little episodes with the dagger from Shadar Logoth and the Aelfinn and Eelfinn.



* Alaric in Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned was already a BadassNormal policeman [[spoiler: as seen in his killing a dragon with absolutely nothing but his sword and his wits]]. Then he discovered that he's the heir to the [[BenevolentMageRuler royal house of Caederan]], and then after that he[[spoiler: becomes the first orah to be created for centuries.]]
* In ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' protagonist Bob Howard and his LoveInterest Mo both start off as ordinary people, albeit knowing how to use FunctionalMagic (which in this series is a confluence of computer science, advanced math, and astrophysics). In book two Mo acquires an InstrumentOfMurder (a BrownNote-producing violin made from human bone with [[spoiler:a demonic intelligence attached to it]]), while in book three Bob gains TrueSight and the ability to [[YourSoulIsMine eat souls]].

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* Alaric in Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned ''Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned'' was already a BadassNormal policeman [[spoiler: as seen in his killing a dragon with absolutely nothing but his sword and his wits]]. Then he discovered that he's the heir to the [[BenevolentMageRuler royal house of Caederan]], and then after that he[[spoiler: becomes the first orah to be created for centuries.]]
centuries]].
* In ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' protagonist Bob Howard and his LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} Mo both start off as ordinary people, albeit knowing how to use FunctionalMagic (which in this series is a confluence of computer science, advanced math, and astrophysics). In book two Mo acquires an InstrumentOfMurder (a BrownNote-producing violin made from human bone with [[spoiler:a demonic intelligence attached to it]]), while in book three Bob gains TrueSight and the ability to [[YourSoulIsMine eat souls]].



* Happened subtly in ''Series/StargateSG1'', 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 AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence (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 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''
**
Happened subtly in ''Series/StargateSG1'', 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 AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence [[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 TheFlash 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.



** In Season 9, there's Dean after he gets [[spoiler:the Mark of Cain and the First Blade.]]

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** In Season 9, there's Dean after he gets [[spoiler:the Mark of Cain and the First Blade.]]Blade]].



* Nick Burkhardt in ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', is essentially an average human being with above average abilities in combat. The only supernatural ability he possesses is his ability to see Wesen in their true form.
** Fan speculation has gone back and forth on whether being a Grimm provided any abilities besides seeing the Wesen's true forms due to ambiguous portrayals of strength and durability. Starting in season 2, his powers provide a type of immune response that fights certain types of attacks and adapts to compensate or incorporates aspects and [[AdaptiveAbility resistance to further attacks]]. So far, he now has enhanced hearing that allows him to fight blind and hear better than the werewolf, and a zombie state that allows him superior stamina without raising his heart rate or getting fatigued and not needing to breath for an unknown amount of time.

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* Nick Burkhardt in ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', is essentially an average human being with above average abilities in combat. The only supernatural ability he possesses is his ability to see Wesen in their true form.
**
form. Fan speculation has gone back and forth on whether being a Grimm provided any abilities besides seeing the Wesen's true forms due to ambiguous portrayals of strength and durability. Starting in season 2, his powers provide a type of immune response that fights certain types of attacks and adapts to compensate or incorporates aspects and [[AdaptiveAbility resistance to further attacks]]. So far, he now has enhanced hearing that allows him to fight blind and hear better than the werewolf, and a zombie state that allows him superior stamina without raising his heart rate or getting fatigued and not needing to breath for an unknown amount of time.



* ''Series/{{Chuck}}:'' [[spoiler: Chuck himself.]]

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* %%* ''Series/{{Chuck}}:'' [[spoiler: Chuck himself.]]himself]].



* ''[[TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]]: Mirrors'' has the "Dark Hero" template, which (on top of a few inherent abilities such as a power stat and [[MadeOfIron greater durability]] and [[HealingFactor healing]]) allows one to utilise "Skill Masteries", specialized powers based in mundane Skills. The weakest of these constitute {{Charles Atlas Superpower}}s, while the greatest are positively superhuman.

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* ''[[TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]]: Mirrors'' has the "Dark Hero" template, which (on top of a few inherent abilities such as a power stat and [[MadeOfIron greater durability]] and [[HealingFactor healing]]) {{healing|Factor}}) allows one to utilise "Skill Masteries", specialized powers based in mundane Skills. The weakest of these constitute {{Charles Atlas Superpower}}s, while the greatest are positively superhuman.



** Hunters are this in HunterTheReckoning and HunterTheVigil, especially in the older Reckoning line, where it is strongly recommended your hunter is a thoroughly normal person before they gain their powers.

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** Hunters are this in HunterTheReckoning ''TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning'' and HunterTheVigil, ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'', especially in the older Reckoning line, where it is strongly recommended your hunter is a thoroughly normal person before they gain their powers.



* The Sisters of Battle of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are for all intents and purposes normal humans, albeit [[TrainingFromHell trained to elite levels]], and equipped with PowerArmor, and a [[{{BFG}} Boltgun]]. Their faith in the God-Emperor though is ''so'' strong that it gives them incredible powers on par with psionics (only explicitly ''not'' warp derived, therefore without possibility of invoking Perils of the Warp). These used to be so good that many players preferred to design their army ''specifically'' around Acts of Faith to make a competitive list, although the sixth edition codex has kicked the entire faction down to low-tier.

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* The Sisters of Battle of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are for all intents and purposes normal humans, albeit [[TrainingFromHell trained to elite levels]], and equipped with PowerArmor, PoweredArmor, and a [[{{BFG}} Boltgun]]. Their faith in the God-Emperor though is ''so'' strong that it gives them incredible powers on par with psionics (only explicitly ''not'' warp derived, therefore without possibility of invoking Perils of the Warp). These used to be so good that many players preferred to design their army ''specifically'' around Acts of Faith to make a competitive list, although the sixth edition codex has kicked the entire faction down to low-tier.



* From D20Modern: Take a Fast Hero 5/Gunslinger 10/Sniper 5, already a force to be reckoned with, despite having no magic/cybernetics/mutations.. Give him/her cybernetics implants (D20 Future), Mutations (D20 Future), and/or FX items/Magical inherent enhancements/both (Urban Arcana). Then hope you are not going to face him/her.

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* From D20Modern: ''TabletopGame/D20Modern'': Take a Fast Hero 5/Gunslinger 10/Sniper 5, already a force to be reckoned with, despite having no magic/cybernetics/mutations.. Give him/her cybernetics implants (D20 Future), Mutations (D20 Future), and/or FX items/Magical inherent enhancements/both (Urban Arcana). Then hope you are not going to face him/her.



* In the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games, you start as a plucky BadassNormal survivor relying on a [[CoolGun hunting]] [[BoringButPractical rifle]], [[CrazyPrepared your wits]] and [[CombatPragmatist tactics]] to take on a variety of [[NuclearNasty mutated animals and insects]], [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Ghouls]], [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Super]]-[[OurGiantsAreBigger Mutants]], [[AIIsACrapshoot military robots]], and SuperSoldiers. Over the course of the games, though, you can gain perks that grant you superhuman abilities and help level the playing field. They range from [[{{Cyborg}} cybernetic implants]], [[CursedWithAwesome beneficial mutations]], and quasi-supernatural abilities like [[OurVampiresAreDifferent the ability to gain health from drinking blood]]. You can also acquire special equipment like PowerArmor, [[InvisibilityCloak stealth devices]], and ludicrously powerful weapons that [[KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter fire conventional solid rounds]], [[FrickinLaserBeams directed]] [[RayGun energy]] weapons, [[StuffBlowingUp explosives]] and even ''[[NukeEm nukes]]''.

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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games, you start as a plucky BadassNormal survivor relying on a [[CoolGun hunting]] [[BoringButPractical rifle]], [[CrazyPrepared your wits]] and [[CombatPragmatist tactics]] to take on a variety of [[NuclearNasty mutated animals and insects]], [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Ghouls]], [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Super]]-[[OurGiantsAreBigger Mutants]], [[AIIsACrapshoot military robots]], and SuperSoldiers.{{Super Soldier}}s. Over the course of the games, though, you can gain perks that grant you superhuman abilities and help level the playing field. They range from [[{{Cyborg}} cybernetic implants]], [[CursedWithAwesome beneficial mutations]], and quasi-supernatural abilities like [[OurVampiresAreDifferent the ability to gain health from drinking blood]]. You can also acquire special equipment like PowerArmor, PoweredArmor, [[InvisibilityCloak stealth devices]], and ludicrously powerful weapons that [[KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter fire conventional solid rounds]], [[FrickinLaserBeams directed]] [[RayGun energy]] weapons, [[StuffBlowingUp explosives]] and even ''[[NukeEm nukes]]''.



* Most of Exile's party in the second KnightsOfTheOldRepublic are this - they're already war veterans, trained fighters, spies, bounty hunters, etc. But most of them turn out to be Force Sensitive as well, leading the Exile to train them as Jedi. It's also a common fan theory that Carth Onasi from the first game is an untrained Force Sentitive as well.

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* Most of Exile's party in the second KnightsOfTheOldRepublic ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' are this - they're already war veterans, trained fighters, spies, bounty hunters, etc. But most of them turn out to be Force Sensitive as well, leading the Exile to train them as Jedi. It's also a common fan theory that Carth Onasi from [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic the first game game]] is an untrained Force Sentitive as well.



** Wesker also makes [[spoiler:Jill Valentine]] one in RE5

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** Wesker also makes [[spoiler:Jill Valentine]] one in RE5''RE 5''.



* Ashley Winchester, the protagonist of ''VideoGame/WildArms2'' is this when he gets his SecondHourSuperpower a few hours into the game. Comes with a ThemeMusicPowerUp too.
* In the ''{{X-COM}}'' series, surviving soldiers with high psi strengh. They (mostly) start with poor stats, but will become BadassNormal. And when you unlock the Psi-Lab... [[GameBreaker May god]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge have mercy on their souls...]]]
** 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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* Ashley Winchester, the protagonist of ''VideoGame/WildArms2'' ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 2}}'' is this when he gets his SecondHourSuperpower a few hours into the game. Comes with a ThemeMusicPowerUp too.
* In the ''{{X-COM}}'' the ''VideoGame/XCom'' series, surviving soldiers with high psi strengh.strength. They (mostly) start with poor stats, but will become BadassNormal. And when you unlock the Psi-Lab... [[GameBreaker May god]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge have mercy on their souls...]]]
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** You can also do this in ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' .''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.



* At the start of 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 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 BaldursGate, 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? 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.



* Happens to Amy Rose of ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' during the [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure Dreamcast]] [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 era]] [[VideoGame/SonicHeroes games]] as a result of [[StalkerwithACrush chasing Sonic.]] In SonicCD Amy is pretty much a normal girl who who's running speed is slower than Sonic's walking speed. Then comes Sonic Adventure, and thanks to her Hammer, she becomes very acrobatic, nimble and is able to defend herself effectively once she gets used to fighting. Once Sonic Adventure 2 comes up, she's gotten a bit better, able to run faster and perform basic spindash techniques. However, when Sonic Heroes comes around, she's able to execute nearly every move Sonic can (if not in a weaker form), and is even able to go toe to toe with him when the situation calls for it. This also applies to Big the Cat, who went from being [[MightyGlacier a slow runner with a poor jump who can move cars and possesses impeccable fishing skill]] to a full-on Power type character, able to run at super speed and spindash just as easily as everyone else.

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* Happens to Amy Rose of ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' during the [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure Dreamcast]] [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 era]] [[VideoGame/SonicHeroes games]] as a result of [[StalkerwithACrush chasing Sonic.]] In SonicCD ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD Sonic CD]]'' Amy is pretty much a normal girl who who's running speed is slower than Sonic's walking speed. Then comes Sonic Adventure, ''Sonic Adventure'', and thanks to her Hammer, she becomes very acrobatic, nimble and is able to defend herself effectively once she gets used to fighting. Once Sonic ''Sonic Adventure 2 2'' comes up, she's gotten a bit better, able to run faster and perform basic spindash techniques. However, when Sonic Heroes comes around, she's able to execute nearly every move Sonic can (if not in a weaker form), and is even able to go toe to toe with him when the situation calls for it. This also applies to Big the Cat, who went from being [[MightyGlacier a slow runner with a poor jump who can move cars and possesses impeccable fishing skill]] to a full-on Power type character, able to run at super speed and spindash just as easily as everyone else.



* ''VideoGame/{{Quake 4}}'': Matthew Kane is a hardass SpaceMarine. But then he gets captured by the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Strogg]] and, in an [[NightmareFuel utterly harrowing]] sequence, [[BodyHorror subjected to the Stroggification process]]. However, he is saved at the last minute by his fellow marines, leaving him with a new Strogg-like physiology that proves invaluable to the eventual defeat of the Strogg.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Quake 4}}'': ''VideoGame/QuakeIV'': Matthew Kane is a hardass SpaceMarine. But then he gets captured by the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Strogg]] and, in an [[NightmareFuel utterly harrowing]] sequence, [[BodyHorror subjected to the Stroggification process]]. However, he is saved at the last minute by his fellow marines, leaving him with a new Strogg-like physiology that proves invaluable to the eventual defeat of the Strogg.



* 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]] 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...Gear..]].



** Non-mage members of the [[{{BadassArmy}} Grey Wardens]] also count, as the process of Joining gives them the ability to sense darkspawn, and arguably enhanced physical abilities as well (or at least stamina). The most prominent example being [[{{PlayerCharacter}} The Warden]] themselves.

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** Non-mage members of the [[{{BadassArmy}} [[BadassArmy Grey Wardens]] also count, as the process of Joining gives them the ability to sense darkspawn, and arguably enhanced physical abilities as well (or at least stamina). The most prominent example being [[{{PlayerCharacter}} The Warden]] themselves.



* Parodied in ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}!'', in which Batman has the ability to [[http://shortpacked.com/comic/book-1-brings-back-the-80s/01-just-a-toy-store/batman-can-breathe-in-space/ breathe in space]], based on art in his action packaging which appears to depict him fighting Darkseid in space.

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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}!'', ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'', in which Batman has the ability to [[http://shortpacked.com/comic/book-1-brings-back-the-80s/01-just-a-toy-store/batman-can-breathe-in-space/ breathe in space]], based on art in his action packaging which appears to depict him fighting Darkseid in space.



** Also the big revelation near the end of "Oceans Unmoving": [[spoiler: Captain Blacksoul is actually Bun-bun riding inside the head of a levitating robot with SuperStrength.]]

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** Also the big revelation near the end of "Oceans Unmoving": [[spoiler: Captain Blacksoul is actually Bun-bun riding inside the head of a levitating robot with SuperStrength.]]SuperStrength]].



* Tedd from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' starts out magically impaired, meaning that he can never have his own spells. His response to that can be summed up as "Screw you, I'll make my own magic", and he does just that, manufacturing various {{Magitek}} tools designed for everyday use. [[spoiler: Then an immortal gives him magic powers.]] And then we find out later that [[spoiler: he may have had an extra-normal ability all along - the ability to physically perceive magic and intuit its workings - and wrote it off as IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat.]]

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* Tedd from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' starts out magically impaired, meaning that he can never have his own spells. His response to that can be summed up as "Screw you, I'll make my own magic", and he does just that, manufacturing various {{Magitek}} tools designed for everyday use. [[spoiler: Then an immortal gives him magic powers.]] And then we find out later that [[spoiler: he may have had an extra-normal ability all along - the ability to physically perceive magic and intuit its workings - and wrote it off as IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat.]]IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat]].



* In ComicFuryWerewolf, analytical players tend to catch Werewolves a lot. Give them a role, and...

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* In ComicFuryWerewolf, Roleplay/ComicFuryWerewolf, analytical players tend to catch Werewolves a lot. Give them a role, and...



* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' has Batman borrowing Comicbook/GreenLantern's ring to fight Sinestro. It looked like Batman was going to hand Sinestro a fairly heavy beatdown, but then the ring ran out of power. He hands it back to GL, saying it isn't his style.
** People like giving Bats the Lantern ring. In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' he nearly puts it on for the sake of an even playing field, to the chagrin of Guy Gardner. Sinestro (before his inevitable FaceHeelTurn) half-heartedly agrees, citing regulation, but comes to a compromise by synthesizing a suit that functions as a Lantern's ring would: on willpower.
** A number of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' episodes give Batman superpowers. One time, he gained bat-themed superpowers from a magical artifact. Another episode caused a mishap by a villain's laser beam to give Batman ComicBook/PlasticMan's powers.
*** In yet another, he arrives on an alien planet whose atmosphere gives him Superman-like powers, to the chagrin of the local BadassNormal hero (who happens to also be a Batman). After a while he realizes that he's making the alien Batman feel useless, the way Superman sometimes makes him feel, and in the end he has the alien Batman remove his powers to also negate his [[KryptoniteFactor weakness to quartz]].
* Sari Sumdac of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. A BadassNormal in her initial [[spoiler: mostly human]] form, [[spoiler: once she gets an upgrade to seem more machine than human, she gets nifty hand blasters and a processing unit boosted even beyond the Cybertronian standard! Not to mention temporary weapon generation.]]

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' has Batman borrowing Comicbook/GreenLantern's Franchise/GreenLantern's ring to fight Sinestro. It looked like Batman was going to hand Sinestro a fairly heavy beatdown, but then the ring ran out of power. He hands it back to GL, saying it isn't his style.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''
** A number of episodes give Batman superpowers. One time, he gained bat-themed superpowers from a magical artifact. Another episode caused a mishap by a villain's laser beam to give Batman ComicBook/PlasticMan's powers.
** People like giving Bats the Lantern ring. In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' he He nearly puts it on for the sake of an even playing field, to the chagrin of Guy Gardner. Sinestro (before his inevitable FaceHeelTurn) half-heartedly agrees, citing regulation, but comes to a compromise by synthesizing a suit that functions as a Lantern's ring would: on willpower.
** A number of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' episodes give Batman superpowers. One time, he gained bat-themed superpowers from a magical artifact. Another episode caused a mishap by a villain's laser beam to give Batman ComicBook/PlasticMan's powers.
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In yet another, another episode, he arrives on an alien planet whose atmosphere gives him Superman-like powers, to the chagrin of the local BadassNormal hero (who happens to also be a Batman). After a while he realizes that he's making the alien Batman feel useless, the way Superman sometimes makes him feel, and in the end he has the alien Batman remove his powers to also negate his [[KryptoniteFactor weakness to quartz]].
* Sari Sumdac of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. A BadassNormal in her initial [[spoiler: mostly human]] form, [[spoiler: once she gets an upgrade to seem more machine than human, she gets nifty hand blasters and a processing unit boosted even beyond the Cybertronian standard! Not to mention temporary weapon generation.]]generation]].



* On ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark,'' Mysterion/[[spoiler:Kenny]] actually had powers from his first appearance, but his ability to [[spoiler:[[TheyKilledKenny come back from the dead]]]] wasn't revealed until the third of his four episode appearances as a superhero.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark,'' Mysterion/[[spoiler:Kenny]] actually had powers from his first appearance, but his ability to [[spoiler:[[TheyKilledKenny [[spoiler:[[TheyKilledKennyAgain come back from the dead]]]] wasn't revealed until the third of his four episode appearances as a superhero.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', while Slade serves as the BigBad for the first two seasons, he has no superpowers beyond being a BadassNormal and a good [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]]. After being killed at the end of the second season, he's resurrected as an undead servant of [[BiggerBad Trigon]], and gets a truckload of superpowers out of the deal: [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinetics]], {{Flight}}, [[TransportersAndTeleporters teleportation]], [[IntangibleMan phasing]], and [[NighInvulnerable nigh-invulnerability]]. He's eventually stripped of these powers, though it doesn't slow him down much.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', while Slade serves as the BigBad for the first two seasons, he has no superpowers beyond being a BadassNormal and a good [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]]. After being killed at the end of the second season, he's resurrected as an undead servant of [[BiggerBad [[GreaterScopeVillain Trigon]], and gets a truckload of superpowers out of the deal: [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinetics]], {{Flight}}, [[TransportersAndTeleporters {{flight}}, [[VillainTeleportation teleportation]], [[IntangibleMan [[{{Intangibility}} phasing]], and [[NighInvulnerable nigh-invulnerability]].NighInvulnerability. He's eventually stripped of these powers, though it doesn't slow him down much.



* The Pack from from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' are one big mess of these; they start out as a group of TV "heroes" who star in a schmaltzy action series (complete with them fighting the "EEEEEVIL NINJAS!") However, all their physicality is completely real, and when they find out about the Gargoyles they give the Clan a run for their money ''before'' getting upgrades. Then, Wolf becomes a PettingZooPerson, Hyena and Jackal get VERY extensive cybernetic enhancements, and Dingo gets a suit of PowerArmor. Only Fox chose to remain not only fully human but also serve out the rest of her jail sentence. Then went straight into the arms of David Xanatos, her future husband, [[XanatosGambit exactly as they planned.]] It wasn't until ''much'' later that it was [[TheReveal disclosed]] that Fox wasn't [[TheFairFolk completely normal herself]] to begin with.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''
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The Pack from from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' are one big mess of these; they start out as a group of TV "heroes" who star in a schmaltzy action series (complete with them fighting the "EEEEEVIL NINJAS!") However, all their physicality is completely real, and when they find out about the Gargoyles they give the Clan a run for their money ''before'' getting upgrades. Then, Wolf becomes a PettingZooPerson, Hyena and Jackal get VERY extensive cybernetic enhancements, and Dingo gets a suit of PowerArmor.PoweredArmor. Only Fox chose to remain not only fully human but also serve out the rest of her jail sentence. Then went straight into the arms of David Xanatos, her future husband, [[XanatosGambit exactly as they planned.]] It wasn't until ''much'' later that it was [[TheReveal disclosed]] that Fox wasn't [[TheFairFolk completely normal herself]] to begin with.



* Zaheer of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' 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.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''
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Zaheer of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' 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.
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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.]]whim]].



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