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14th Aug '16 3:14:02 PM Xenerox
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* Implied in "In Her Memory". Zentashin rose from slavery to become a powerful Sith Lord, only to watch his lover die. It's implied that he wades through a lot of corpses to see her death avenged.
14th Aug '16 11:03:39 AM Theriocephalus
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* Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi, the heroes view Ami in this light. She's actually more of an [[OutsideContextProblem outside context]] [[GuileHero stealth hero]]. However, subtle foreshadowing indicates that TheCorruption might become a problem at some future point, and cause [[spoiler: Empress]] Mercury to play it straight.

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* Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi, In ''Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi'', the heroes view Ami in this light. She's actually more of an [[OutsideContextProblem outside context]] [[GuileHero stealth hero]]. However, subtle foreshadowing indicates that TheCorruption might become a problem at some future point, and cause [[spoiler: Empress]] Mercury to play it straight.



* [[Fanfic/PastSins Nyx]] is an intriguing variant... [[spoiler:She is forced to become [[BigBad Nightmare Moon]] in a physical sense, but doesn't really act evil at all, even though everypony expects her to.]]
* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' has [[spoiler:Princess Gaia, a RealityWarping {{Mad God}}dess who [[WellIntentionedExtremist seeks to make the world a utopia]] [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans by brainwashing everypony into a state of perpetual happiness]] and [[FountainOfYouth turning everypony into foals]] (because they are happier that way, of course!). Just who did this powerful enemy used to be? ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes Fluttershy!]]'' The shy, timid little mare who wouldn't hurt a flea and is ''literally'' terrified of her own shadow!]]

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* [[Fanfic/PastSins Nyx]] is an intriguing variant... [[spoiler:She [[spoiler:she is forced to become [[BigBad Nightmare Moon]] in a physical sense, but doesn't really act evil at all, even though everypony expects her to.]]
* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' has [[spoiler:Princess Gaia, a RealityWarping {{Mad God}}dess who [[WellIntentionedExtremist seeks to make the world a utopia]] [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans by brainwashing everypony into a state of perpetual happiness]] and [[FountainOfYouth turning everypony into foals]] (because they are happier that way, of course!). course!) Just who did this powerful enemy used use to be? ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes Fluttershy!]]'' The shy, timid little mare who wouldn't hurt a flea and is ''literally'' terrified of her own shadow!]]



** The Tau in the latter. When the mighty Imperium of Mankind first discovered them, they were no more than a simple plains-dwelling race that had barely mastered fire. Fast-forward six thousand years and they've assembled a multi-species empire capable of standing against the might of an Imperial crusade and defeating a Tyranid splinter fleet without a single lost vessel. However, they're still small-time on the galactic scale, controlling maybe a hundred worlds compared to the Imperiums one million. The main reason they've been able to survive is because they're located in the arse-end of the galaxy and generally not seen as a major threat to the Imperium (they managed to hold off a crusade for a time, but had the Imperium not been forced recall its forces to combat the Tyranids, they'd have been crushed eventually).

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** The Tau in the latter. When the mighty Imperium of Mankind first discovered them, they were no more than a simple plains-dwelling race that had barely mastered fire. Fast-forward six thousand years and they've assembled a multi-species empire capable of standing against the might of an Imperial crusade and defeating a Tyranid splinter fleet without a single lost vessel. However, they're still small-time on the galactic scale, controlling maybe a hundred worlds compared to the Imperiums Imperium's one million. The main reason they've been able to survive is because they're located in the arse-end of the galaxy and generally not seen as a major threat to the Imperium (they managed to hold off a crusade for a time, but had the Imperium not been forced recall its forces to combat the Tyranids, they'd have been crushed eventually).



** Asrubael Vect, the supreme overlord of Comorragh, started out as nothing more than a slave. He managed to escape slavery and became a gang leader, and then slowly amassed power until his forces were powerful enough to be noticed by the noble houses that ruled the Dark City (though he did make sure to not become powerful enough to be seen as a threat by them). Eventually he [[{{MagnificentBastard}} manipulated events to cause the death of the leaders of the three biggest houses]] and leave their forces depleted and confused, then used the opportunity to seize power for himself.
** Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka; now, the most feared and powerful Ork Warboss in the galaxy, an Ork who brought a Hive World to its knees. Nine years before the "present", he was just a random thug who suffered a head injury and started hearing the voices of the Ork gods.
** Every post-Heresy SpaceMarine and Chaos Marine. To become a SpaceMarine you need to be selected from the population of the Marine homeworld or a world it often recruits from. Every PowerArmor- clad, genetically engineered killing machine of the Imperium was once a teenage boy on one of any backwater planets, a lot of them DeathWorlds or Feral Worlds. These kids are badass, no doubt, but in the Imperium of a million worlds and trillions upon trillions of citizens, not so impressive.

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** Asrubael Asdrubael Vect, the supreme overlord of Comorragh, started out as nothing more than a slave. He managed to escape slavery and became a gang leader, and then slowly amassed power until his forces were powerful enough to be noticed by the noble houses that ruled the Dark City (though he did make sure to not become powerful enough to be seen as a threat by them). Eventually he [[{{MagnificentBastard}} manipulated events to cause the death of the leaders of the three biggest houses]] and leave their forces depleted and confused, then used the opportunity to seize power for himself.
** Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka; now, Thraka, now the most feared and powerful Ork Warboss in the galaxy, an Ork who brought a Hive World to its knees. Nine years before the "present", he was just a random thug who suffered a head injury and started hearing the voices of the Ork gods.
** Every post-Heresy SpaceMarine and Chaos Marine. To become a SpaceMarine you need to be selected from the population of the Marine homeworld or a world it often recruits from. Every PowerArmor- clad, PowerArmor-clad, genetically engineered killing machine of the Imperium was once a teenage boy on one of any backwater planets, a lot of them DeathWorlds {{Death World}}s or Feral Worlds. These kids are badass, no doubt, but in the Imperium of a million worlds and trillions upon trillions of citizens, not so impressive.
9th Aug '16 5:33:21 AM Gadjiltron
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** [[spoiler:Hajime Hinata takes the cake among the cast, starting off from someone with no talent being selected by Hope's Peak for an experiment. Said experiment erased his memories and personality to make him multi-talented for the sake of creating Ultimate Hope... but the aftereffects made him a prime target to become ''the'' Ultimate Despair, triggering TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]]
9th Jul '16 6:17:48 PM MyManHerc
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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1692 this]] is why the government puts so much effort into maintaining TheMasquerade that keeps regular people from realizing magic exists. Ordinary jerks with just a taste of magic can turn into [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1663 psychotic monsters]].

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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1692 this]] is why the government puts so much effort into maintaining TheMasquerade that keeps regular people from realizing magic exists.exists (and, more importantly, how ''easy'' it is). Ordinary jerks with just a taste of magic can turn into [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1663 psychotic monsters]].
6th Jul '16 10:45:24 PM Discar
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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 indicates that TheCorruption might become a problem at some future point, and cause [[spoiler: Empress]] Mercury to play it straight.

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* Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi, the heroes view Ami in this light. She's actually more of an [[OutsideContextVillain [[OutsideContextProblem outside context]] [[GuileHero stealth hero]]. However, subtle foreshadowing indicates that TheCorruption might become a problem at some future point, and cause [[spoiler: Empress]] Mercury to play it straight.
5th Jul '16 5:30:30 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganronpa2'': [[spoiler: The students of Hope's Peak Academy's 77th class (excluding Chiaki) were all fairly normal, if [[DarkAndTroubledPast somewhat messed up]], high school students before they became members of Ultimate Despair. Afterward, they were responsible for the murders of their families and friends, terrorism, coup d'etats, wars, the massacre of countless innocents, and even [[BodyHorror destroying their own bodies through self-inflicted mutilation]].]]
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.
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