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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.
13th Aug '17 1:52:43 AM NNinja
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** In most of the main series games, the PlayerCharacter is a BadassNormal (or at least as "normal" as one can be in a world where magic is ubiquitous and anyone can learn to use it if they choose) with several options to become "Empowered" throughout the game.
*** The Eternal Champion in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'' is an exception, in that you remain "normal" (if increasingly badass) throughout the game.
*** The Agent in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' has the options of Lycanthropy (werewolf and wereboar) and Vampirism. Both offer powerful buffs, at the cost of some ([[CursedWithAwesome ultimately minor]]) drawbacks.
*** The Nerevarine in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' also has the option of Vampirism (as well as Lycanthropy with the ''Bloodmoon'' expansion). The drawbacks are more significant than those in ''Daggerfall'', but the "Empowerment" is quite powerful in each case. In addition, [[spoiler: you'll contract the Corprus Disease]] during the main quest. On the positive side, it will make you TheAgeless, give you IdealIllnessImmunity, and permanently boost your Strength and 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...
*** The Dragonborn in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' is another exception. You're actually born with the abnormality of having the soul of an Aedric Dragon in a mortal body, giving you inherent mastery of the [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um]]. (Though the "empowerment" doesn't really matter until the dragons started to return...)
13th Aug '17 1:43:45 AM NNinja
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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 {{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 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]]''.
24th Jul '17 12:17:13 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 [[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 enough. Time for a convenient [[PowerUp power upgrade]].
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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 with basically any effect he wants.
* Reigen Arataka from ''Manga/MobPsycho100''. Despite being a self proclaimed world-renowned psychic and Mob's (an actual esper) master, he actually has no powers at all, but through smarts and extreme luck, he manages to usually end up conveniently looking like a badass. [[spoiler: And then, at the end of the first season of the anime, he inspires Mob so much his sheer admiration powers him up to a degree where his new adquired powers surpass even Mob's. He then proceeds to NoSell all the villains' attacks with ease and even give them a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech before this temporary boost runs out.]]
* Izuku Midoriya from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' starts the series as nothing more than a superhero {{Otaku}} with an incredibly sharp mind that lets him [[AwesomenessByAnalysis out-analyze]] and [[IndyPloy out-plan]] even people with powers, as well as having the heart of a hero ([[{{Muggle}} if not the powers]]). This catches the eye of the #1 hero All Might, who takes Izuku under his wing and puts him through an intense 10-month physical training regimen that practically turns the kid into a teenage ComicBook/{{Batman}}. After his training is complete, All Might bequeaths to Izuku his power, One For All, granting him the ability to briefly enhance his body.

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** Likewise, Jonouchi from the original YuGiOh.''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 with basically any effect he wants.
* Reigen Arataka from ''Manga/MobPsycho100''. Despite being a self proclaimed world-renowned psychic and Mob's (an actual esper) master, he actually has no powers at all, but through smarts and extreme luck, he manages to usually end up conveniently looking like a badass. [[spoiler: And then, at the end of the first season of the anime, he inspires Mob so much his sheer admiration powers him up to a degree where his new adquired acquired powers surpass even Mob's. He then proceeds to NoSell all the villains' attacks with ease and even give them a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech before this temporary boost runs out.]]
* Izuku Midoriya from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' starts the series as nothing more than a superhero {{Otaku}} with an incredibly sharp mind that lets him [[AwesomenessByAnalysis out-analyze]] and [[IndyPloy out-plan]] even people with powers, as well as having the heart of a hero ([[{{Muggle}} ([[{{Muggles}} if not the powers]]). This catches the eye of the #1 hero All Might, who takes Izuku under his wing and puts him through an intense 10-month physical training regimen that practically turns the kid into a teenage ComicBook/{{Batman}}. After his training is complete, All Might bequeaths to Izuku his power, One For All, granting him the ability to briefly enhance his body.



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

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** Batman was offered a Green Lantern Ring in the mainstream comics once. Surprisingly enough, he's not able to do much with it. Despite having incredible willpower, Batman's drive also came from his inabiity inability to let go of the past and only was able to conjure bats and an image of his parents. In fact, this is what ''every Green Lantern faces'' each time they wield the ring. As a result, Batman gained a much greater respect for Hal Jordan.



** The most famous example is ComicBook/BlackCanary. Before joining the [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]], Black Canary had no superpowers, but one issue immediately after joining the Justice League, Black Canary suddenly acquired the [[MakeMeWannaShout Canary Cry]], a sonic projection weapon emitted from her mouth. This conflicted so much with her traditional BadassNormal nature, that her solo series and the smaller scale ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' constantly use KryptoniteIsEverywhere to force her to solve problems without using superpowers.
*** Oh, it gets better. The Canary Cry is sometimes described as being ''so insanely powerful'' that any time she uses it, she's basically holding back so as not to ''completely and utterly eff up'' everything within earshot. It's put a hurt on characters who are considered to be ''much'' heavier hitters. Of course, this ironically lets the writers who are so inclined hold this back and let her use her 'fu as her primary weapon: The Canary Cry really ''is'' that powerful, and you use the conventional weapons before you NukeEm. Gangs of {{Mooks}} and non-Franchise/{{Superman}}-class superpowered thugs can easily be defeated by her martial prowess and should something much greater come up, she has a trump card.

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** The most famous example is ComicBook/BlackCanary. Before joining the [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]], Black Canary had no superpowers, but one issue immediately after joining the Justice League, Black Canary suddenly acquired the [[MakeMeWannaShout Canary Cry]], a sonic projection weapon emitted from her mouth. This conflicted so much with her traditional BadassNormal nature, that her solo series and the smaller scale ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' constantly use KryptoniteIsEverywhere to force her to solve problems without using superpowers.
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superpowers. Oh, it gets better. The Canary Cry is sometimes described as being ''so insanely powerful'' that any time she uses it, she's basically holding back so as not to ''completely and utterly eff up'' everything within earshot. It's put a hurt on characters who are considered to be ''much'' heavier hitters. Of course, this ironically lets the writers who are so inclined hold this back and [[FightsLikeANormal let her use her 'fu as her primary weapon: weapon]]: The Canary Cry really ''is'' that powerful, and you use the conventional weapons before you NukeEm. Gangs of {{Mooks}} and non-Franchise/{{Superman}}-class superpowered thugs can easily be defeated by her martial prowess and should something much greater come up, she has a trump card.



** ComicBook/RedTornado - Legacy successors could manipulate wind in the form of tornados (though the first was a middle-aged woman while her successor was an air elemental inhabitanting a robotic body).

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** ComicBook/RedTornado - Legacy successors could manipulate wind in the form of tornados (though the first was a middle-aged woman while her successor was an air elemental inhabitanting inhabiting a robotic body).



* PlayedWith in ''ComicBook/{{PS 238}}''--Tyler, a MuggleBornOfMages with a {{Robin}}-esque identity, never gets powers. [[spoiler:His clone, Toby, who has his memories, becomes a RealityWarper]]. In an interesting study of DivergentCharacterEvolution, Tyler remains effective and ShroudedInMyth among his peers, while the drawbacks of the others' powers makes him much less able.

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* PlayedWith in ''ComicBook/{{PS 238}}''--Tyler, a MuggleBornOfMages with a {{Robin}}-esque ComicBook/{{Robin}}-esque identity, never gets powers. [[spoiler:His clone, Toby, who has his memories, becomes a RealityWarper]]. In an interesting study of DivergentCharacterEvolution, Tyler remains effective and ShroudedInMyth among his peers, while the drawbacks of the others' powers makes him much less able.



* At one point, Chase Stein of the ComicBook/{{Runaways}} merged with Vision of the ComicBook/YoungAvengers. More recently, during ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'', [[spoiler:he has become the new Darkhawk]] (which is, of course, ironic, because his predecessor in that role was one of the Runaways' enemies back when they were still based out of the Hostel).

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* At one point, Chase Stein of the ComicBook/{{Runaways}} merged with Vision of the ComicBook/YoungAvengers. More recently, during During ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'', [[spoiler:he has become became the new Darkhawk]] (which is, of course, ironic, because his predecessor in that role was one of the Runaways' enemies back when they were still based out of the Hostel).



* 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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* 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}} ''{{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]].



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



* 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 Franchise/{{Batman}} a ComicBook/GreenLantern ring.
* Attelus Kaltos of the ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' fic ''Fanfic/SecretWar'' begins as exceptional BadassNormal. Although starting as an [[ProfessionalKiller assassin apprentice]] he is a MasterSwordsman and master martial artist. But once he is [[spoiler: bedridden, with almost every bone in his body shattered. His bone structure is rebuilt with wraithbone by an [[AWizardDidIt Eldar farseer]] Making even bolter rounds deflect off him and Enhancing his [[SuperSpeed speed]] [[SuperReflexes reflexes]] and [[HyperAwareness senses]] beyond normal humans allowing him to be able [[DodgeTheBullet dodge bullets]]. As well as have a slow but sure HealingFactor. But the enemy agents are similarly enhanced if not more so, especially their regeneration.]]

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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 Franchise/{{Batman}} a ComicBook/GreenLantern Franchise/GreenLantern ring.
* Attelus Kaltos of the ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' fic ''Fanfic/SecretWar'' begins as exceptional BadassNormal. Although starting as an [[ProfessionalKiller assassin apprentice]] he is a MasterSwordsman and master martial artist. But once he is [[spoiler: bedridden, with almost every bone in his body shattered. His bone structure is rebuilt with wraithbone by an [[AWizardDidIt Eldar farseer]] Making even bolter rounds deflect off him and Enhancing his [[SuperSpeed speed]] [[SuperReflexes reflexes]] and [[HyperAwareness senses]] beyond normal humans allowing him to be able [[DodgeTheBullet dodge bullets]]. As well as have a slow but sure HealingFactor. But the enemy agents are similarly enhanced if not more so, especially their regeneration.]]regeneration]].



* In ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' protagonist Bob Howard and his {{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]].

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* In ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' protagonist Bob Howard and his {{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]].



* In TabletopGame/ShadowRun you can build a heavily-chromed street samurai with no magical abilities whatsoever and the team mage can then increase all of your attributes even further (such as motion sense through walls). They can also provide you with preparations, small normal objects set to trigger to cast a specific spell when something specific happens (such as an apple casting a "Rot" spell when someone takes a bite). Additionally, a technomancer's sprite can run Diagnostics on a vehicle (increasing it's abilities beyond the normal) and potentially allow it to take additional actions. If you already had a killer rigger on the team in that vehicle...

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* In TabletopGame/ShadowRun ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' you can build a heavily-chromed street samurai with no magical abilities whatsoever and the team mage can then increase all of your attributes even further (such as motion sense through walls). They can also provide you with preparations, small normal objects set to trigger to cast a specific spell when something specific happens (such as an apple casting a "Rot" spell when someone takes a bite). Additionally, a technomancer's sprite can run Diagnostics on a vehicle (increasing it's abilities beyond the normal) and potentially allow it to take additional actions. If you already had a killer rigger on the team in that vehicle...



*** The Nerevarine in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' also has the option of Vampirism (as well as Lycanthropy with the ''Bloodmoon'' expansion). The drawbacks are more significant than those in ''Daggerfall'', but the "Empowerment" is quite powerful in each case. In addition, [[spoiler: you'll contract the Corprus Disease]] during the main quest. On the positive side, it will make you TheAgeless, give you IdealIllnessImmunity, and permanently boost your Strength and Endurace. However, the negatives include a severe case of BodyHorror and having your mental faculties decreased to animalistic levels. [[spoiler:As part of the main quest, the negatives are cured while the positives remain]].
*** The Champion of Cyrodiil in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' also has Vampirism as an option, with the downsides much less severe than in ''Morrowind''. By completing the ''Shivering Isles'' expansion, you'll also become [[spoiler:the new Sheogorath, Daedric Prince of [[MadGod Madness]].]] While the powers that come with such a station may not be apparent right away, they do manifest by the time of the next game...

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*** The Nerevarine in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' also has the option of Vampirism (as well as Lycanthropy with the ''Bloodmoon'' expansion). The drawbacks are more significant than those in ''Daggerfall'', but the "Empowerment" is quite powerful in each case. In addition, [[spoiler: you'll contract the Corprus Disease]] during the main quest. On the positive side, it will make you TheAgeless, give you IdealIllnessImmunity, and permanently boost your Strength and Endurace.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 [[MadGod Madness]].]] {{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...



** 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 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}} [[PlayerCharacter The Warden]] themselves.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Kraven and the Enforcers started out as {{Badass Normal}}s who, while not actually ''winning'' against Spider-Man, could put up a decent fight. To level the playing field, they got themselves powers: Kraven became a PettingZooPerson and the Enforcers got PoweredArmor.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Kraven and the Enforcers started out as {{Badass Normal}}s who, while not actually ''winning'' against Spider-Man, could put up a decent fight. To level the playing field, they got themselves powers: Kraven became a PettingZooPerson {{Petting Zoo Pe|ople}}rson and the Enforcers got PoweredArmor.



** The Pack 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 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.

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** The Pack 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, {{Petting Zoo Pe|ople}}rson, Hyena and Jackal get VERY extensive cybernetic enhancements, and Dingo gets a suit of 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.
22nd Jul '17 9:45:06 PM rjd1922
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* Subject Delta from ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' was a Big Daddy, with a massively powerful drill before getting access to Plasmids.
* Booker [=DeWitt=] in ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' was a Pinkerton Detective long before gaining powers from Vigors.
* Kyle Katarn from the VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga games spent the entire first game and first 3 levels of the second as just a BadassNormal (during which he bests Boba Fett and takes out at least one Kell Dragon with just his fists). He then learns about his Force Sensitivity and gets a lightsaber.

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* Subject Delta from ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' was a Big Daddy, with a massively powerful drill before getting access to Plasmids.
* Booker [=DeWitt=] in ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' was a Pinkerton Detective long before gaining powers from Vigors.
* Kyle Katarn from the VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga ''VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga'' games spent the entire first game and first 3 levels of the second as just a BadassNormal (during which he bests Boba Fett and takes out at least one Kell Dragon with just his fists). He then learns about his Force Sensitivity and gets a lightsaber.
11th Jul '17 11:42:45 AM LinTaylor
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* Izuku Midoriya from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' starts the series as nothing more than a superhero {{Otaku}} with an incredibly sharp mind that lets him [[AwesomenessByAnalysis out-analyze]] and [[IndyPlot out-plan]] even people with powers, as well as having the heart of a hero ([[{{Muggle}} if not the powers]]). This catches the eye of the #1 hero All Might, who takes Izuku under his wing and puts him through an intense 10-month physical training regimen that practically turns the kid into a teenage ComicBook/{{Batman}}. After his training is complete, All Might bequeaths to Izuku his power, One For All, granting him the ability to briefly enhance his body; however, he still holds it back because his body isn't adjusted to it and using the power tends to [[HeroicRROD break the limbs that he enhances]].

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* Izuku Midoriya from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' starts the series as nothing more than a superhero {{Otaku}} with an incredibly sharp mind that lets him [[AwesomenessByAnalysis out-analyze]] and [[IndyPlot [[IndyPloy out-plan]] even people with powers, as well as having the heart of a hero ([[{{Muggle}} if not the powers]]). This catches the eye of the #1 hero All Might, who takes Izuku under his wing and puts him through an intense 10-month physical training regimen that practically turns the kid into a teenage ComicBook/{{Batman}}. After his training is complete, All Might bequeaths to Izuku his power, One For All, granting him the ability to briefly enhance his body; however, body.
** However, there's an aspect of {{Deconstruction}} to this: Whenever Izuku uses One for All,
he still holds it back because his body isn't adjusted to it and using the power tends to [[HeroicRROD break the breaks whatever limbs that he enhances]].enhances]] and would have permanently crippled himself several times over if the school's nurse didn't having healing powers (and even she warns him that if he keeps it up no healing power in the world will help him). While training under All Might's mentor Gran Torino, Izuku finally realizes that he should view One for All as an extension of his own body rather than a special attack and develops "Full Cowl", where he distributes 5% of the power across his entire body rather than focusing all of it into a single limb.
4th Jul '17 3:32:44 PM Aardvark123
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* In ''Fanfic/{{FREAKINGENSOKYO}}'', Brad becomes this way after gaining a few levels, learning a few spells and beginning his long-awaited danmaku training.
15th Jun '17 10:29:40 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'': In most of the main series games, the PlayerCharacter is a BadassNormal (or at least as "normal" as one can be in a world where magic is ubiquitous and anyone can learn to use it if they choose) with several options to become "Empowered" throughout the game.
** The Eternal Champion in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'' is an exception, in that you remain "normal" (if increasingly badass) throughout the game.
** The Agent in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' has the options of Lycanthropy (werewolf and wereboar) and Vampirism. Both offer powerful buffs, at the cost of some ([[CursedWithAwesome ultimately minor]]) drawbacks.
** The Nerevarine in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' also has the option of Vampirism (as well as Lycanthropy with the ''Bloodmoon'' expansion). The drawbacks are more significant than those in ''Daggerfall'', but the "Empowerment" is quite powerful in each case. In addition, [[spoiler: you'll contract the Corprus Disease]] during the main quest. On the positive side, it will make you TheAgeless, give you IdealIllnessImmunity, and permanently boost your Strength and Endurace. However, the negatives include a severe case of BodyHorror and having your mental faculties decreased to animalistic levels. [[spoiler:As part of the main quest, the negatives are cured while the positives remain]].
** The Champion of Cyrodiil in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' also has Vampirism as an option, with the downsides much less severe than in ''Morrowind''. By completing the ''Shivering Isles'' expansion, you'll also become [[spoiler:the new Sheogorath, Daedric Prince of [[MadGod Madness]].]] While the powers that come with such a station may not be apparent right away, they do manifest by the time of the next game...
** The Dragonborn in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' is another exception. You're actually born with the abnormality of having the soul of an Aedric Dragon in a mortal body, giving you inherent mastery of the [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um]]. (Though the "empowerment" doesn't really matter until the dragons started to return...)

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** As a race, the Nords are the resident {{Badass Normal}}s of Tamriel. They are a ProudWarriorRace of HornyVikings who epitomize the idea of HumansAreWarriors, but they are least magically inclined race (and have a [[DoesNotLikeMagic strong dislike of magic and distrust of magic-users]] to boot). Despite this, their ancestors were able to carve out a foothold in Skyrim by nearly driving the [[OurElvesAreBetter Falmer (Snow Elves)]], who it is said were nearly as naturally magically inclined as the modern Altmer (High Elves), to [[FinalSolution extinction]]. The "empowerment" comes in when the Nords, facing the threat of the Dragons and their [[ReligionOfEvil Dragon Cults]], prayed for aid from the Divines and were granted it. They were taught how to use the [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um]], the LanguageOfMagic of the Dragons which allows users to "shout" [[RealityWarper elements into existence]] as well as some other [[UtilityMagic utilitarian]] effects. Led by the Tongues, masters of the Thu'um, the ancient Nord armies vanquished the Dragons and their Cults, then forged an Empire that covered nearly all of north Tamriel. A succession crisis would eventually tear it apart, and then the use of the Thu'um as a weapon of war dropped dramatically after their defeat at the Battle of Red Mountain, following which one of those Tongues (Jurgen Windcaller) founded the "Way of the Voice" to use the Thu'um only [[HeelFaithTurn honor the gods]].
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In most of the main series games, the PlayerCharacter is a BadassNormal (or at least as "normal" as one can be in a world where magic is ubiquitous and anyone can learn to use it if they choose) with several options to become "Empowered" throughout the game.
** *** The Eternal Champion in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'' is an exception, in that you remain "normal" (if increasingly badass) throughout the game.
** *** The Agent in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' has the options of Lycanthropy (werewolf and wereboar) and Vampirism. Both offer powerful buffs, at the cost of some ([[CursedWithAwesome ultimately minor]]) drawbacks.
** *** The Nerevarine in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' also has the option of Vampirism (as well as Lycanthropy with the ''Bloodmoon'' expansion). The drawbacks are more significant than those in ''Daggerfall'', but the "Empowerment" is quite powerful in each case. In addition, [[spoiler: you'll contract the Corprus Disease]] during the main quest. On the positive side, it will make you TheAgeless, give you IdealIllnessImmunity, and permanently boost your Strength and Endurace. However, the negatives include a severe case of BodyHorror and having your mental faculties decreased to animalistic levels. [[spoiler:As part of the main quest, the negatives are cured while the positives remain]].
** *** The Champion of Cyrodiil in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' also has Vampirism as an option, with the downsides much less severe than in ''Morrowind''. By completing the ''Shivering Isles'' expansion, you'll also become [[spoiler:the new Sheogorath, Daedric Prince of [[MadGod Madness]].]] While the powers that come with such a station may not be apparent right away, they do manifest by the time of the next game...
** *** The Dragonborn in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' is another exception. You're actually born with the abnormality of having the soul of an Aedric Dragon in a mortal body, giving you inherent mastery of the [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um]]. (Though the "empowerment" doesn't really matter until the dragons started to return...)
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* Izuku Midoriya from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' starts the series as nothing more than a superhero {{Otaku}} with an incredibly sharp mind that lets him [[AwesomenessByAnalysis out-analyze]] and [[IndyPlot out-plan]] even people with powers, as well as having the heart of a hero ([[{{Muggle}} if not the powers]]). This catches the eye of the #1 hero All Might, who takes Izuku under his wing and puts him through an intense 10-month physical training regimen that practically turns the kid into a teenage ComicBook/{{Batman}}. After his training is complete, All Might bequeaths to Izuku his power, One For All, granting him the ability to briefly enhance his body; however, he still holds it back because his body isn't adjusted to it and using the power tends to [[HeroicRROD break the limbs that he enhances]].
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** He was also offered a Sinestro Corp's ring (yellow, based on fear) in canon (well, canon Green Lantern Corps), which admittedly fits him remarkably well. However, he rejected it and it ended up in the hands of Scarecrow briefly before being taken by a deputized Orange Lantern Lex Luthor.

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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** ComicBook/RedTornado - Legacy successors could manipulate wind in the form of tornados.tornados (though the first was a middle-aged woman while her successor was an air elemental inhabitanting a robotic body).
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