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28th Jun '16 5:25:58 AM SolidSonicTH
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* The Miz. When he first appeared on television in the summer of 2006, it was merely as the obnoxious emcee for that year's Diva Search (which Wrestling/{{Layla}} El won, by the way). He eventually started wrestling, but almost everyone (except for Wrestling/MichaelCole, which Cole himself would [[LampshadeHanging Lampshade]] years later) thought of him as a joke who had only been offered a contract with WWE because he'd been on so many reality shows. (Outside of {{Kayfabe}}, of course, he'd been the second-place contestant on ''Tough Enough'', which did him no favors with the fans since fan voted the contest winner was unceremoniously booted from the WWE) He remained essentially a "curtain-jerker" for his entire first year on TV, even getting eliminated from his first Royal Rumble Match after only seven seconds! It was only after he was drafted to ''ECW on [=SciFi=]'' in the summer of 2007 and paired with Wrestling/JohnMorrison in a heel tag team that he started to emerge as something resembling a threat. Fast-forward three years and several titles later, and suddenly Miz is "Mister Money in the Bank" and eventually "the most must-see WWE Champion in history!" And, of course, [[MemeticMutation "Awesome."]]

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* The Miz.Wrestling/TheMiz. When he first appeared on television in the summer of 2006, it was merely as the obnoxious emcee for that year's Diva Search (which Wrestling/{{Layla}} El won, by the way). He eventually started wrestling, but almost everyone (except for Wrestling/MichaelCole, which Cole himself would [[LampshadeHanging Lampshade]] years later) thought of him as a joke who had only been offered a contract with WWE because he'd been on so many reality shows. (Outside of {{Kayfabe}}, of course, he'd been the second-place contestant on ''Tough Enough'', which did him no favors with the fans since fan voted the contest winner was unceremoniously booted from the WWE) He remained essentially a "curtain-jerker" for his entire first year on TV, even getting eliminated from his first Royal Rumble Match after only seven seconds! It was only after he was drafted to ''ECW on [=SciFi=]'' in the summer of 2007 and paired with Wrestling/JohnMorrison in a heel tag team that he started to emerge as something resembling a threat. Fast-forward three years and several titles later, and suddenly Miz is "Mister Money in the Bank" and eventually "the most must-see WWE Champion in history!" And, of course, [[MemeticMutation "Awesome."]]



* Kenny Omega was a FunPersonified kid best known for pretending to Hadoken people during matches. Then he joined the Wrestling/BulletClub and reemerged as "The Cleaner" a PsychoForHire brought in to take out all of the wrestlers in Wrestling/{{New Japan|ProWrestling}}'s junior heavyweight division.
* Wrestling/BrayWyatt. Originally Husky Harris, filler for CM Punk's iteration of the Nexus, he later on became "possessed", now the AxCrazy leader of a backwoods cult, who may or may not be the vessel for the devil himself.

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* Kenny Omega Wrstling/KennyOmega was a FunPersonified kid best known for pretending to Hadoken people during matches. Then he joined the Wrestling/BulletClub and reemerged as "The Cleaner" a PsychoForHire brought in to take out all of the wrestlers in Wrestling/{{New Japan|ProWrestling}}'s junior heavyweight division.
* Wrestling/BrayWyatt. Originally Husky Harris, filler for CM Punk's iteration of the Nexus, he later on became "possessed", now the AxCrazy leader of a backwoods cult, who may or may not be the vessel for the devil himself. himself.
* As an unusual heroic example (or straight example, depending on how you feel about his career), the big man himself, Wrestling/JohnCena. Cena's first appearance as a pro wrestler was on a Creator/DiscoveryChannel show called ''Inside Pro Wrestling School'', which caught on camera his first day as a wrestler-to-be. He eventually evolved a rather corny gimmick called "The Prototype" (basically a ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''-pastiche that derided everyone on their physique, building on Cena's past as a bodybuilder), which he kept up until he made his WWE main roster debut against Kurt Angle in 2002 (at which point he began using his real name). Anyone watching back then would have brushed this guy off as another face in the crowd, not expecting him to become the biggest thing the industry has ever seen since the days of Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin.
5th May '16 1:52:10 AM PaulA
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* Prior to [[FounderOfTheKingdom Kahless the Unforgettable]] being codified as a [[CrystalDragonJesus Warrior Messiah Jesus]] by ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', [[Creator/{{FASA}} FASA's]] ''Franchise/StarTrek'' TabletopRolePlayingGame released a supplement on the Klingons (it was heavily influenced by JohnMFord and his novel ''Literature/TheFinalReflection''). In it, Kahless was a ruthless warrior who, despite his talents, opted for a position in military research for the shaky coalition of generals that controlled Klinzhai following [[TheWarToEndAllWars the last great war of planetary unification]]. [[KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect This seemingly career-limiting choice of a dead-end position]] kept him from being a target in ongoing factional strife. More importantly, it let him create a research program on matter/antimatter reactions that gave him both an orbital DoomsdayDevice (which he used to force the coalition to name him Emperor) and the ability, via warp drive, to channel his people's ambitions toward the conquest of the stars. In the meantime, of course, anyone who he didn't trust (a rather large number) was mercilessly hunted down.

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* Prior to [[FounderOfTheKingdom Kahless the Unforgettable]] being codified as a [[CrystalDragonJesus Warrior Messiah Jesus]] by ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', [[Creator/{{FASA}} FASA's]] ''Franchise/StarTrek'' TabletopRolePlayingGame released a supplement on the Klingons (it was heavily influenced by JohnMFord Creator/JohnMFord and his novel ''Literature/TheFinalReflection''). In it, Kahless was a ruthless warrior who, despite his talents, opted for a position in military research for the shaky coalition of generals that controlled Klinzhai following [[TheWarToEndAllWars the last great war of planetary unification]]. [[KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect This seemingly career-limiting choice of a dead-end position]] kept him from being a target in ongoing factional strife. More importantly, it let him create a research program on matter/antimatter reactions that gave him both an orbital DoomsdayDevice (which he used to force the coalition to name him Emperor) and the ability, via warp drive, to channel his people's ambitions toward the conquest of the stars. In the meantime, of course, anyone who he didn't trust (a rather large number) was mercilessly hunted down.
3rd May '16 2:59:31 PM konekootome
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* Suzaku Kururugi of ''FanFic/MyMirrorSwordAndShield'' was a OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent HappilyAdopted by Britannian scientists,Cecile and Lloyd and accidentally {{Time Travel}}s too far back in his attempt to prevent his adoptive father's death and ends up in the War of Ascension.Suzaku ends [[HiredForTheirLooks being hired as eye candy]] for [[EvilOverlord Emperor Lelouch]] and ends up being Emperor Lelouch's [[UndyingLoyalty loyal]] and [[TheDreaded feared]] [[TheDragon Dragon]], the White Death who can take down the Black Knights and the Knights of Round single-handedly. All to in sure the [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight proper timeline]] and a peaceful future.

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* Suzaku Kururugi of ''FanFic/MyMirrorSwordAndShield'' was a OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent HappilyAdopted by Britannian scientists,Cecile scientists, Cecile and Lloyd and accidentally {{Time Travel}}s too far back in his attempt to prevent his adoptive father's death and ends up in the War of Ascension.Ascension. Suzaku ends [[HiredForTheirLooks being hired as eye candy]] for [[EvilOverlord Emperor Lelouch]] and ends up being Emperor Lelouch's [[UndyingLoyalty loyal]] and [[TheDreaded feared]] [[TheDragon Dragon]], the White Death who can take down the Black Knights and the Knights of Round single-handedly. single-handedly. All to in sure the [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight proper timeline]] and a peaceful future.
30th Apr '16 12:42:06 PM howdotheyriseup
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has Baron Wulfenbach. While not quite nobody, Baron ''is'' one of the lowest ranks possible in Europe, and his family historically ruled a single town without much invasion of anyone else. He disappeared for a few years, during which time attacks from [[BigBad the Other]] left Europe in ruins, and came back to a destroyed town and every ruler and MadScientist trying to kill or conquer each other. He dealt with this by conquering ''the entire continent'' in a matter of years.
21st Apr '16 2:50:45 PM konekootome
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* Suzaku Kururugi of ''FanFic/MyMirrorSwordAndShield'' was a OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent HappilyAdopted by Britannian scientists,Cecile and Lloyd and accidentally {{Time Travel}}s too far back in his attempt to prevent his adoptive father's death and ends up in the War of Ascension.Suzaku ends [[HiredForTheirLooks being hired as eye candy]] for [[EvilOverlord Emperor Lelouch]] and ends up being Emperor Lelouch's [[Undying loyalty loyal]] and [[TheDreaded feared]] [[TheDragon Dragon]], the White Death who can take down the Black Knights and the Knights of Round single-handedly. All to in sure the [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight proper timeline]] and a peaceful future.

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* Suzaku Kururugi of ''FanFic/MyMirrorSwordAndShield'' was a OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent HappilyAdopted by Britannian scientists,Cecile and Lloyd and accidentally {{Time Travel}}s too far back in his attempt to prevent his adoptive father's death and ends up in the War of Ascension.Suzaku ends [[HiredForTheirLooks being hired as eye candy]] for [[EvilOverlord Emperor Lelouch]] and ends up being Emperor Lelouch's [[Undying loyalty [[UndyingLoyalty loyal]] and [[TheDreaded feared]] [[TheDragon Dragon]], the White Death who can take down the Black Knights and the Knights of Round single-handedly. All to in sure the [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight proper timeline]] and a peaceful future.
21st Apr '16 2:49:07 PM konekootome
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* Suzaku Kururugi of ''FanFic/MyMirrorSwordAndShield'' was a OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent HappilyAdopted by Britannian scientists,Cecile and Lloyd and accidentally {{Time Travel}}s too far back in his attempt to prevent his adoptive father's death and ends up in the War of Ascension.Suzaku ends [[HiredForTheirLooks being hired as eye candy]] for [[EvilOverlord Emperor Lelouch]] and ends up being Emperor Lelouch's [[Undying loyalty loyal]] and [[TheDreaded feared]] [[TheDragon Dragon]], the White Death who can take down the Black Knights and the Knights of Round single-handedly. All to in sure the [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight proper timeline]] and a peaceful future.
18th Apr '16 4:32:06 AM AnotherEpicFail
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* Quite a few characters in the TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness crossover game ''Midnight Circus'' were noted for their inauspicious backgrounds prior to seizing power in the circus.
** [[RepulsiveRingmaster Ringmaster]] [[EvilSorcerer Devyn Cavendish]] got his start in life as a lowly street urchin in 15th century Florence, having been raised by his uncle after his father - [[DirtyOldMonk a priest]] - abandoned him to avoid a scandal. However, all that changed when he [[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension Awakened]] and the Celestial Chorus found him; for a while, he was a promising apprentice... and then he happened to get hold of [[TomeOfEldritchLore certain forbidden texts]] confiscated from [[OmnicidalManiac Nephandi mages]]. Seduced by their power, he left his chantry and went off in search of the author - and the rest was history.
** Being a thinly-veiled {{Expy}} of JosefStalin, Jerigif Sacha AKA [[MonsterClown Koba the Clown]] was also destined for seminary school before dropping out and starting a life of crime - as part of a subversive comedy group. Following a run-in with a [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse Silent Strider werewolf]], he found himself unexpectedly possessed by a Bane - but somehow retaining enough free will to use its powers for his own ends. Not long after, the once-lowly clown joined the Midnight Circus.
** Few Circus folk start off any lower than the [[FatBastard Cone of Flesh]]: beginning life as a random [[BlobMonster blob of fat]] gathering in the Seventh Generation's fomorach pits, it unexpectedly achieved sentience and began eating the fomori that were supposed to be emerging from the pit... then the scientists who went to investigate... and then the security team that went looking for them. Following its escape and recruitment by the Circus, the nine-foot-tall cone of rancid blubber has ascended from an exhibit at the Museum of Oddities, to the King of Freak City and the terror of all who dwell there.
28th Mar '16 10:08:55 PM Hoppy
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* Wrestling/TripleH started off in Wrestling/{{WCW}} as just another long-haired meathead([[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness who wasn't even that meaty]]) with a silly WrestlingDoesntPay gimmick during a time when these gimmicks were a dime a dozen. He got squashed by [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior The Ultimate Warrior]] during his first ''[=WrestleMania=]'' match, then the curtain call happened... But by 1997, he was randomly paired up with fellow long-haired [[Wrestling/TheKliq Kliq]] member Wrestling/ShawnMichaels to form Wrestling/DGenerationX, WWE's version of the Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldorder}}Wo. From there, he would go on to marry the boss's daughter both in storyline and in RealLife, win both world championships over a dozen times, and become one of ProfessionalWrestling's nastiest tyrants, earning himself monikers such as 'The King of Kings' and 'The Cerebral Assassin'.

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* Wrestling/TripleH started off in Wrestling/{{WCW}} as just another long-haired meathead([[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness who wasn't even that meaty]]) with a silly WrestlingDoesntPay gimmick during a time when these gimmicks were a dime a dozen. He got squashed by [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior The Ultimate Warrior]] during his first ''[=WrestleMania=]'' match, then the curtain call happened... But by 1997, he was randomly paired up with fellow long-haired [[Wrestling/TheKliq Kliq]] member Wrestling/ShawnMichaels to form Wrestling/DGenerationX, WWE's version of the Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldorder}}Wo.Wrestling/DGenerationX. From there, he would go on to marry the boss's daughter both in storyline and in RealLife, win both world championships over a dozen times, and become one of ProfessionalWrestling's nastiest tyrants, earning himself monikers such as 'The King of Kings' and 'The Cerebral Assassin'.
15th Feb '16 9:26:10 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Wrestling/TripleH started off in Wrestling/{{WCW}} as just another long-haired meathead([[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness who wasn't even that meaty]]) with a silly WrestlingDoesntPay gimmick during a time when these gimmicks were a dime a dozen. He got squashed by [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior The Ultimate Warrior]] during his first ''[=WrestleMania=]'' match, then the curtain call happened... But by 1997, he was randomly paired up with fellow long-haired [[Wrestling/TheKliq Kliq]] member Wrestling/ShawnMichaels to form Wrestling/DGenerationX, WWE's version of the nWo. From there, he would go on to marry the boss's daughter both in storyline and in RealLife, win both world championships over a dozen times, and become one of ProfessionalWrestling's nastiest tyrants, earning himself monikers such as 'The King of Kings' and 'The Cerebral Assassin'.

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* Wrestling/TripleH started off in Wrestling/{{WCW}} as just another long-haired meathead([[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness who wasn't even that meaty]]) with a silly WrestlingDoesntPay gimmick during a time when these gimmicks were a dime a dozen. He got squashed by [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior The Ultimate Warrior]] during his first ''[=WrestleMania=]'' match, then the curtain call happened... But by 1997, he was randomly paired up with fellow long-haired [[Wrestling/TheKliq Kliq]] member Wrestling/ShawnMichaels to form Wrestling/DGenerationX, WWE's version of the nWo.Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldorder}}Wo. From there, he would go on to marry the boss's daughter both in storyline and in RealLife, win both world championships over a dozen times, and become one of ProfessionalWrestling's nastiest tyrants, earning himself monikers such as 'The King of Kings' and 'The Cerebral Assassin'.
30th Jan '16 5:32:23 PM nombretomado
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* Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi, the heroes view Ami in this light. She's actually more of an [[OutsideContextVillain outside context]] [[GuileHero stealth hero]]. However, subtle foreshadowing indicateds that TheCorruption might become a problem at some future point, and cause [[spoiler: Empress]] Mercury to play it straight.
* This is pretty much the whole point of the {{Superfriends}} story ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4602078/1/Challenge_of_the_Super_Friends_The_End The End]]'', where the Legion of Doom become far, far more tormented, horrific and powerful beings than their previous laughably incompetent selves.

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* Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi, the heroes view Ami in this light. She's actually more of an [[OutsideContextVillain outside context]] [[GuileHero stealth hero]]. However, subtle foreshadowing indicateds indicates that TheCorruption might become a problem at some future point, and cause [[spoiler: Empress]] Mercury to play it straight.
* This is pretty much the whole point of the {{Superfriends}} {{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}} story ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4602078/1/Challenge_of_the_Super_Friends_The_End The End]]'', where the Legion of Doom become far, far more tormented, horrific and powerful beings than their previous laughably incompetent selves.
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