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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.
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.
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