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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.
22nd Jan '16 3:49:13 PM CountDorku
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** Rust monsters. Originally, a cheap toy that looked sort of vaguely lobster-like that Gary Gygax picked up once. After a few editions, the bane of player characters ''everywhere'' for their habit of eating all your ridiculously expensive magic weapons and armour.
14th Jan '16 4:17:01 PM Warsaw
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Note that being a villain is not necessarily a requirement for this trope, even though most who fit the trope are. Anyone who is feared or dreaded by someone (even if the "someone" in question is the cruel and tyrannical government that the heroes oppose) can qualify. In such a case, the inverse trope is VillainDecay.

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Note that being a villain is not necessarily a requirement for this trope, even though most who fit the trope are. Anyone who is feared or dreaded [[TheDreaded dreaded]] by someone (even if the "someone" in question is the cruel and tyrannical government that the heroes oppose) can qualify. In such a case, the inverse trope is VillainDecay.
2nd Jan '16 2:21:19 PM Koveras
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* A frequent factor in ''BetrayalAtHouseOnTheHill''. That cute little boy who collects bugs? Just discovered a nest of BigCreepyCrawlies and thinks they're so cool he's just ''gotta'' feed his new friends fresh meat. That sweet little girl with the teddy bear? Stumbled across a gateway to hell. The possibilities go on and on...

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* A frequent factor in ''BetrayalAtHouseOnTheHill''.''TabletopGame/BetrayalAtHouseOnTheHill''. That cute little boy who collects bugs? Just discovered a nest of BigCreepyCrawlies and thinks they're so cool he's just ''gotta'' feed his new friends fresh meat. That sweet little girl with the teddy bear? Stumbled across a gateway to hell. The possibilities go on and on...
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