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15th Oct '17 10:51:09 PM AgentS7
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* Cute swamp monster Theodora, from roleplaying podcast ''Podcast/DiceFunk'', goes from a bit character in the previous season to a main character in the next one...[[DealWithTheDevil a main character in Faustian service to a God of Abominations.]] By the time the other characters realize that she's NotSoHarmless and sweet, Dora has become the living avatar of a dark god and sacrificed everything she's cared about on that god's altar. [[spoiler:Worse yet, she accomplishes exactly what she'd set out to do, killing dozens and trapping thousands of innocent people in a FateWorseThanDeath inside of [[IronicHell ironic hells]] that they can no longer escape. Ever.]]
20th Sep '17 6:38:32 PM Troper67
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* In Fanfic/TheSagesDisciple, Crow is this to the rest of the 4th Holy Grail War participants as he literally appeared out of nowhere, leaving them with nothing to work with aside from what he lets them see. [[spoiler: He and his Servant Caster have really lived up to the nightmare part by disarming Gilgamesh of all of his weapons, a feat that left the King of Heroes catatonic for several hours.]]
5th Aug '17 3:26:48 PM NumberFortyFour
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* Heather Duke from ''Theatre/{{Heathers}}'' starts out as a BetaBitch consistently silenced by AlphaBitch Heather Chandler, and appeared rather meek compared to the person protagonist Veronica refers to as a "mythic bitch." When describing Heather Duke, Veronica even comments about how she seems to have no discernible personality in comparison to the other Heathers. [[spoiler: However, after Heather Chandler's death, Heather Duke takes over as the new BigBad of the school and is arguably even worse despite lacking the charisma to strike other students with the same feeling of fear that Heather Chandler did. She goes so far as to spread false rumors in order to completely smear Veronica's virtuous reputation, where as Heather Chandler had merely threatened her with social isolation.]]
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31st Jul '17 12:47:56 AM infernape612
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** In the grand scheme of things, this is also what happened with Discord. ''Twice'', actually [[spoiler: He was always a [[RealityWarper reality warping]] spirit, but of his entire race he was the weakest, and was slightly nicer than later in life. Then, in the Alicorn/Draconnequi war he both discovered his love of sadism and increased his power by ''eating his brother''. Then he was reborn on Equestria, with no memory of his past existence, and became an odd but ultimately kindhearted being. Then his original personality resurfaced, and he became the BigBad from canon.]]

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** In the grand scheme of things, this is also what happened with Discord. ''Twice'', actually actually! [[spoiler: He was always a [[RealityWarper reality warping]] spirit, but of his entire race he was the weakest, and was slightly nicer than later in life. Then, in the Alicorn/Draconnequi war he both discovered his love of sadism and increased his power by ''eating his brother''. Then he was reborn on Equestria, with no memory of his past existence, and became an odd but ultimately kindhearted being. Then his original personality resurfaced, and he became the BigBad from canon.]]
25th Jul '17 10:39:15 AM TheMagneticDragon
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* 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.

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* Wrstling/KennyOmega Wrestling/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. He then ascended even further up the ranks after Wrestling/AJStyles left at Wrestle Kingdom 10, now the new leader of the Bullet Club, he has become one of the strongest wrestlers in the world, being the first gaijin to win the G1 Climax and is now the US Champion of NJPW as well as gaining mass amounts of media coverage for his matches against Wrestling/KazuchikaOkada at Wrestle Kingdom 11 and Dominion 6.11.
11th Jun '17 9:56:19 AM GentlemensDame883
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* In ''Fanfic/AmbienceAFleetSymphony'', Franklin Roosevelt Kevinson, [[spoiler:the former admiral of the first-generation Shiratsuyu-class]], was originally just some two-bit lieutenant who got chosen to play the role he got. In chapter 293, [[spoiler:Sanford says that both he and Big]] made the mistake of thinking that Franklin would be just an indignant but ultimately powerless nobody once his part came to an end. Little did they expect that he would make his return as [[spoiler:a superhuman cyborg, admiral to the first American shipgirls and a major player in the coup against President Blackwood.]]
7th Jun '17 3:09:26 PM CountDorku
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* Some of the villains in ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'' are a drug dealer who mutated into a horrible rat monster (Plague Rat), a thief who turned into a serial killer, became superhuman after responding positively to SuperSerum and later made a DealWithTheDevil (Spite), and most notably, a goth teenager who found an evil mask (the Matriarch), who is most notable because she has a difficulty rating on par with ''Iron Legacy'', who is basically an evil Franchise/{{Superman}}.
29th Apr '17 11:05:57 PM TheTropper
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** The beginning of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' has Miles Edgeworth. He's known as the Demon Prosecutor who is said to do whatever it takes to get his guilty verdict, including forging evidence ([[spoiler:though Case 1-5 verifies that that particular rumor was untrue]]) and who ''never'' lost a case before going up against Phoenix. It's later revealed though that Edgeworth used to be a perfectly normal kid, albeit one very interested in being a famous defense attorney. CharacterDevelopment in later games makes him less of a nightmare, though.

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** The beginning of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' has Miles Edgeworth. He's known as the Demon Prosecutor who is said to do whatever it takes to get his guilty verdict, including forging evidence ([[spoiler:though Case 1-5 verifies that that particular rumor was untrue]]) and who ''never'' lost a case before going up against Phoenix. It's later revealed though that Edgeworth used to be a perfectly normal kid, albeit one very interested in being a famous defense attorney. CharacterDevelopment in later games makes him less of a nightmare, though.
31st Mar '17 3:14:08 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheQuestportChronicles'': The Fellowship never finds out who [[NoNameGiven the mage]] who [[spoiler:destroyed Questport]] is or where he came from. No one had heard of him until after the cataclysm.
* [[http://www.orionsarm.com/xcms.php?r=oa-story&story=dr_yes_jolonah The Queen of Pain]] from OrionsArm, an EldritchAbomination that was once a perfectly normal cat.

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* ''TheQuestportChronicles'': ''Literature/TheQuestportChronicles'': The Fellowship never finds out who [[NoNameGiven the mage]] who [[spoiler:destroyed Questport]] is or where he came from. No one had heard of him until after the cataclysm.
* [[http://www.orionsarm.com/xcms.php?r=oa-story&story=dr_yes_jolonah The Queen of Pain]] from OrionsArm, ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'', an EldritchAbomination that was once a perfectly normal cat.
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.
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