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14th Mar '17 2:53:42 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* 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 the fan voted 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."]]



* 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."]]



* 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.

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* 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 Wrestling/KurtAngle 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.
16th Feb '17 12:22:11 PM Gaby007
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* ''Fanfic/TheDifferenceOneManCanMake'' shows us Harry Potter landing in Westeros - [[GrimUpNorth North of the Wall]] - equipped with his wand, the clothes on his back and a travel bag. Less than five years later, he managed to gain authority over tens of thousands of Free Folk, founded two cities, threw the bases for an entire civilization and is known as the Witch-King-Beyond-the-Wall in the Seven Kingdoms and Essos.
11th Feb '17 5:30:49 PM Dwoem
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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', at the start of the story, Taylor is a bulled high school student with the weak power of controlling bugs. A few months later, she's the uncontested ruler of Brockton Bay's underworld, has fought off every hero in the city multiple times, defeated [[ArtificialIntelligence Dragon]], and the heroes are terrified of facing her.
** In general this can happen a lot due to the mechanism of SuperEmpowering in the setting: A number of people who hit the DespairEventHorizon, not exactly a difficult task in this CrapsackWorld, undergo a TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening called a "Trigger" and start manifesting superpowers. Anyone could do so and none of the precognitives in the setting have been able to predict who will manifest or what they'll get despite decades of research of varying ethicality.
25th Jan '17 10:33:24 AM blackyoshi3000
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* In a Wander over Yonder fanfic, You Just Had to Destroy that Planet, Jōshō (a RealityWarper and main character) was just a married man living in said world making weapons for villains with his wife, Jihi. Said villains (except Lord Dominator) decide to raze his planet in search of a rumored ultimate weapon killing Jihi in the process. [[spoiler:Jōshō snapped and decided to actually bust out said weapon. With it, he slays the villains, breaks Wander with talking, and now traveling the multiverse as a villain who wants to see the world suffer. To add insult to injury, he gains Dominator as a girlfriend. And he's training her in his fighting style.]]
15th Jan '17 9:53:07 PM DustSnitch
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* In ''Webomic/TheresSomethingAboutTails'', [[VideoGames/SonicTheHedgehog Tails]] gets possessed by a soldier from another universe and turns into a BadAss.

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* In ''Webomic/TheresSomethingAboutTails'', [[VideoGames/SonicTheHedgehog Tails]] gets possessed by a soldier from another universe and turns into a BadAss.badass.
9th Jan '17 11:07:19 PM troodos
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* TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'s Ileosa Arabasti was always cruel, petty, and manipulative, but as a glorified trophy wife [[TheDitz with less smarts than the average peasant]], she was too weak and cowardly to actually do anything that bad. [[spoiler: Then she found [[ArtifactOfDoom the Fangs of Kazavon]], which gave her a significant boost to her abilities, and the courage to act on her ambitions, turning her into one of the Inner Sea's most brutal and depraved tyrants. Over the course of ''Curse of the Crimson Throne'', she goes from a low-level aristocrat to a 20th level, Devil-bound bard with enhanced ability scores and two incredibly powerful artifacts.]]
28th Dec '16 1:36:24 PM andre5913
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* Jack Noir of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' starts out as just an unwilling ObstructiveBureaucrat in the kingdom of Derse, but ends up becoming the comic's DiscOneFinalBoss after [[TheStarscream killing the Black Queen]] and takes the prototyping rings [[KillEmAll for his own use]].

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* Jack Noir of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' starts out as just an unwilling ObstructiveBureaucrat in the kingdom of Derse, but ends up becoming the comic's DiscOneFinalBoss after [[TheStarscream killing the Black Queen]] and takes the prototyping rings [[KillEmAll for his own use]].[[spoiler:Takes a whole another level when he successfully kills an entire universe]]



** [[spoiler:undyingUmbrage/Caliborn]] is, at first glance, a caricature of the {{Hatedom}}, a parody of bad fan-portrayals of Karkat, and yet another way to [[TrollingCreator troll the fanbase]]. His first appearance is mostly composed of him pestering Dirk into drawing Paradox Space's tamest [[{{Rule34}} porn]] for him and making weird ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' references, and he mostly comes across as a [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain misogynistic]] [[{{Jerkass}} douchebag]] who's too dumb to pose any real threat. [[spoiler:And then he reveals that he just had his sister assassinated. It is now all but stated that Caliborn is actually a young [[BiggerBad Lord English]]]].
** ...and now we have [[spoiler:Aranea Serket]], whose whiplash-inducing FaceHeelTurn is enough to break one's neck. Making it worse? The action that put her over the MoralEventHorizon was [[spoiler:"healing" Jake's emotional trauma, allowing him to use his powers against everyone else in the session on her behalf]]--against his will. And the fallout? Considering he's [[spoiler::a Page of Hope, explicitly stated on several occasions to be one of the most powerful classes]], not exactly pretty.

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** [[spoiler:undyingUmbrage/Caliborn]] is, at first glance, a caricature of the {{Hatedom}}, a parody of bad fan-portrayals of Karkat, and yet another way to [[TrollingCreator troll the fanbase]]. His first appearance is mostly composed of him pestering Dirk into drawing Paradox Space's tamest [[{{Rule34}} porn]] for him and making weird ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' references, and he mostly comes across as a [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain misogynistic]] [[{{Jerkass}} douchebag]] who's too dumb to pose any real threat. [[spoiler:And then he reveals that he just had his sister assassinated. It is now all but stated that Caliborn is actually a young [[BiggerBad Lord English]]]].
** ...and now we have [[spoiler:Aranea Serket]], whose whiplash-inducing FaceHeelTurn is enough to break one's neck. Making it worse? The action that put her over the MoralEventHorizon was [[spoiler:"healing" Jake's emotional trauma, allowing him to use his powers against everyone else in the session on her behalf]]--against his will. And the fallout? Considering he's [[spoiler::a Page of Hope, explicitly stated on several occasions to be one of the most powerful classes]], not exactly pretty.[[spoiler::Her actions end up causing the failure of the entire original timeline, needing a large scale multiversal retcon to fix.]]
** And finally, in an exceptionally spectacular example: [[spoiler:Caliborn. He]] was little more than a brat on trapped on a room, but ended up turning into the [[spoiler: ultimate omniversal terror, ruler of paradox space, and unquestionable master of time; the all mighty Lord English]]
19th Dec '16 2:41:16 AM Ximei
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* Fanfic/ShinraHighSOLDIER has Julia Nakahamou, who starts her life as the daughter of a very poor family and spends years of her teenagehood being completely terrified of her parents and allowing them to abuse her in spite of her tremendous powers. Once she is drafted into the Shinra army however, she almost immediately becomes its amoral and arrogant Commander, with genocide and arbitrary executions (through torture) as her favorite solutions to problems.
5th Dec '16 2:36:42 PM Morgenthaler
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A SisterTrope of StartOfDarkness that involves a ''non''-{{Badass}} normal taking numerous [[TookALevelInBadass levels in badass]], whether instantly or over the course of a story, thus becoming essentially nothing but a giant walking, talking bucket of NightmareFuel.

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A SisterTrope of StartOfDarkness that involves a ''non''-{{Badass}} ''non''-badass normal taking numerous [[TookALevelInBadass levels in badass]], whether instantly or over the course of a story, thus becoming essentially nothing but a giant walking, talking bucket of NightmareFuel.



* Several centuries before the start of ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', Hoaqin was originally just an ordinary Regular from the [[TheClan 10 Great Families]]. After [[FusionDance fusing with his siblings to become more powerful]] and taking on the guise of [[spoiler:White]], he climbed up the Tower, became a [[{{Badass}} Ranker]] and eventually became one of the most infamous and feared [[spoiler:[[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized FUG]] [[AGodAmI Slayers]]]] in the history of the Tower. His crimes and actions were so severe it took the efforts of the [[PraetorianGuard Zahard]] [[AmazonBrigade Princesses]] to put him down for good. [[NotQuiteDead Or so they thought...]]

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* Several centuries before the start of ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', Hoaqin was originally just an ordinary Regular from the [[TheClan 10 Great Families]]. After [[FusionDance fusing with his siblings to become more powerful]] and taking on the guise of [[spoiler:White]], he climbed up the Tower, became a [[{{Badass}} Ranker]] Ranker and eventually became one of the most infamous and feared [[spoiler:[[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized FUG]] [[AGodAmI Slayers]]]] in the history of the Tower. His crimes and actions were so severe it took the efforts of the [[PraetorianGuard Zahard]] [[AmazonBrigade Princesses]] to put him down for good. [[NotQuiteDead Or so they thought...]]
29th Oct '16 3:00:43 PM nombretomado
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* Frequently used in ''TheGunganCouncil'' for villains. Better examples would be characters that managed to fly under the radar for a year or two before everyone realized how nightmarishly involved they were in all of the galaxy's problems.

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* Frequently used in ''TheGunganCouncil'' ''Roleplay/TheGunganCouncil'' for villains. Better examples would be characters that managed to fly under the radar for a year or two before everyone realized how nightmarishly involved they were in all of the galaxy's problems.
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