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* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': In "Running With Scissors", Marco is stuck in another dimension where time flows much faster than on Earth. By the time Star retrieves him, 16 years have passed and he's now a tall, handsome, buff warrior riding a dragon/motorcycle. Sadly, when he returns to Earth, his body reverts to his 14 year old self, though he remembers everything.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', Jade becomes head of Section 13 who travels back in time to stop Drago.
1st Feb '17 7:02:57 PM BoyNinja
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** Another episode had Steve and his friends hold a party for "unincluded" people which had the future versions of him and Snot travel back in time and tell them how great their future is, though they warn them not to become cool with the unpopular kids as it will destroy their promising future. Steve falsely thinks Snot broke their promise and went to become cool, but he didn't, and Steve accidentally becomes the cool one of the party. However, while he ruined their friendship with Snot in the future and made said version of him fall from grace (becoming even worse as the episode went on), Steve's future version gets much better to the point he has daily sex and is ripped.
15th Jan '17 9:55:33 PM DustSnitch
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* Not that he wasn't a BadAss before, what with winning the SuperpowerLottery and having several powers brought up to the level of StoryBreakerPower, but Superman becomes this in DC One Million. This is due to studying, training, and gaining powers under the Source (AKA the Expy of Marvel's The One Above All), journeying the universe and beyond for 84,200 years, coming up with a deal with his descendants that adds the sum of the power levels of each and every single one of his descendants (including thousands, potentially even an unlimited number, of MastersOfAll, PhysicalGods, RealityWarpers, and at least a dozen BoringInvincibleHeroes) to his own power levelů oh, yes, and he's been soaking up the rays of TWO yellow suns for tens of thousands of years. And there's the fact that he has at least one Green Lantern Ring...

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* Not that he wasn't a BadAss badass before, what with winning the SuperpowerLottery and having several powers brought up to the level of StoryBreakerPower, but Superman becomes this in DC One Million. This is due to studying, training, and gaining powers under the Source (AKA the Expy of Marvel's The One Above All), journeying the universe and beyond for 84,200 years, coming up with a deal with his descendants that adds the sum of the power levels of each and every single one of his descendants (including thousands, potentially even an unlimited number, of MastersOfAll, PhysicalGods, RealityWarpers, and at least a dozen BoringInvincibleHeroes) to his own power levelů oh, yes, and he's been soaking up the rays of TWO yellow suns for tens of thousands of years. And there's the fact that he has at least one Green Lantern Ring...



** Future [[SignificantMonogram John Connor]] is referred to as a brilliant, BadAss military leader of the [[LaResistance human resistance]]. The [[Film/TheTerminator first film]] shows him in action, as part of Kyle's description of him to Sarah, then we see him as a child in the [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay second movie]] and TV show.
** Kyle Reese himself. Among other things, he makes pipe bombs out of mothballs and a few other sundry household items. BadAss. What makes it apply to this trope is that then ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' shows us him as a young child before the war.

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** Future [[SignificantMonogram John Connor]] is referred to as a brilliant, BadAss badass military leader of the [[LaResistance human resistance]]. The [[Film/TheTerminator first film]] shows him in action, as part of Kyle's description of him to Sarah, then we see him as a child in the [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay second movie]] and TV show.
** Kyle Reese himself. Among other things, he makes pipe bombs out of mothballs and a few other sundry household items. BadAss. What makes it apply to this trope is that then ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' shows us him as a young child before the war.



* Inverted in the DistantFinale of ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}''. We follow BadAss [[ActionSurvivor Action Survivors]] Zone and Mag through two episodes of apocalyptic madness, during which they survive all kinds of crazy madness, only to finally decide to part ways after their side has finally won. The two of them, having until then been too busy surviving to dwell on the past, decide to tell each other what they were doing before the end.

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* Inverted in the DistantFinale of ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}''. We follow BadAss badass [[ActionSurvivor Action Survivors]] Zone and Mag through two episodes of apocalyptic madness, during which they survive all kinds of crazy madness, only to finally decide to part ways after their side has finally won. The two of them, having until then been too busy surviving to dwell on the past, decide to tell each other what they were doing before the end.



* In Season 2 ''Series/{{Danger 5}}'' are stuck with ValleyGirl Holly as TheLoad. After time-traveling back to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, they return to TheEighties only to find history has changed and Hitler has taken over the world. Then they're rescued by Danger One, a BadAss Holly raised and trained by the Colonel to help them [[SeriesGoal kill Hitler]]. Right after she explains this, [[NegatedMomentOfAwesome the trope gets subverted when normal Holly blows her head off]] with her EvilHand that's being controlled by Hitler.

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* In Season 2 ''Series/{{Danger 5}}'' are stuck with ValleyGirl Holly as TheLoad. After time-traveling back to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, they return to TheEighties only to find history has changed and Hitler has taken over the world. Then they're rescued by Danger One, a BadAss badass Holly raised and trained by the Colonel to help them [[SeriesGoal kill Hitler]]. Right after she explains this, [[NegatedMomentOfAwesome the trope gets subverted when normal Holly blows her head off]] with her EvilHand that's being controlled by Hitler.



** Dave Strider, which is pretty impressive considering that his present self is ''already'' one of the most BadAss characters of the series. He's also a bit more emotional than his present counterpart (thanks to being stuck in an UnwinnableByMistake situation with two of your closest friends ''dead'' for months on end) and gets pissed off if you refer to him as "Other Dave".

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** Dave Strider, which is pretty impressive considering that his present self is ''already'' one of the most BadAss badass characters of the series. He's also a bit more emotional than his present counterpart (thanks to being stuck in an UnwinnableByMistake situation with two of your closest friends ''dead'' for months on end) and gets pissed off if you refer to him as "Other Dave".



* Interesting variation in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' series -- in the episode "How Long is Forever?" Starfire is pulled into a future where the Titans broke up after she vanished. While Cyborg is reduced to living in the ruins of Titan tower attached to a crude power generator, Beast Boy has locked himself into a cage at a freak show and Raven appears to have lost her mind, Robin on the other hand has become [[BadAss Nightwing]].
* Invoked in the MadeForTVMovie of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', ''Ego Trip'', wherein Dexter travels to the future for the primary purpose of seeing what kind of BadAss he is. In the dystopian future version of himself, he comes to resemble his hero Action Hank: big, brawny, and [[BadassBeard bearded]] (and unlike Hank, [[BaldOfAwesome he goes bald]]), and his MadScientist pseudo-Germanic accent is replaced by an Arnold impression.

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* Interesting variation in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' series -- in the episode "How Long is Forever?" Starfire is pulled into a future where the Titans broke up after she vanished. While Cyborg is reduced to living in the ruins of Titan tower attached to a crude power generator, Beast Boy has locked himself into a cage at a freak show and Raven appears to have lost her mind, Robin on the other hand has become [[BadAss Nightwing]].
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* Invoked in the MadeForTVMovie of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', ''Ego Trip'', wherein Dexter travels to the future for the primary purpose of seeing what kind of BadAss badass he is. In the dystopian future version of himself, he comes to resemble his hero Action Hank: big, brawny, and [[BadassBeard bearded]] (and unlike Hank, [[BaldOfAwesome he goes bald]]), and his MadScientist pseudo-Germanic accent is replaced by an Arnold impression.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' MadeForTVMovie, the beginning shows Timmy's geeky friends Chester and AJ as buff adults, fighting against a bunch of {{Mooks}}. Later, Timmy's BadAss future self also shows up.
* ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'' had part of H.E.A.T. travel to a BadFuture, meeting (among others) a BadAss Mendel and his war-N.I.G.E.L. in the episode "Future Shock".

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' MadeForTVMovie, the beginning shows Timmy's geeky friends Chester and AJ as buff adults, fighting against a bunch of {{Mooks}}. Later, Timmy's BadAss badass future self also shows up.
* ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'' had part of H.E.A.T. travel to a BadFuture, meeting (among others) a BadAss badass Mendel and his war-N.I.G.E.L. in the episode "Future Shock".
14th Jan '17 8:08:44 PM HarpieSiren
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' is an example of this, with emphasis on Link, Zelda, and the Sages.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' inverts this with Magus ([[spoiler:also known as Janus back in his own past]]). A full arc after crossing blades with the Fiendlord, you come upon a CreepyChild who informs you that one of your own ([[spoiler:Crono]]) will die. [[spoiler:It's after the Kingdom of Zeal crumbles that Magus lets them know of his past, and the party makes the connection at that point; a savvy player should see this much sooner.]]

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' is an example ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', the mysterious Sheik turns out to be the future badass self of this, with emphasis on Link, the princess Zelda, having disguised herself to evade Ganondorf and the Sages.
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* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' inverts this with Magus ([[spoiler:also known as Janus back in his own past]]). A full arc after crossing blades with the Fiendlord, you come upon a CreepyChild who informs you that one of your own ([[spoiler:Crono]]) will die. [[spoiler:It's after the Kingdom of Zeal crumbles that Magus lets them know of his past, and the party makes the connection at that point; a savvy player should see this much sooner.]]
12th Jan '17 4:49:03 PM Scorntex
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* Irey West, the daughter of the third Flash, Wally West. As a child, she had an incomplete connection to the Speed Force, and could only vibrate through objects. However, every future we see her in, she's the Flash and has her father's speed.

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* Irey West, the daughter of the third Flash, ''Franchise/{{Flash}}'', Wally West. As a child, she had an incomplete connection to the Speed Force, and could only vibrate through objects. However, every future we see her in, she's the Flash and has her father's speed.speed.
* ''ComicBook/TheAvengers:'' The ''Ultron: Forever'' storyline shows a future where Danielle Cage, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones' daughter, becomes Captain America. The conclusion of the storyline shows she's on a team with a future Teddy Altman, with the following [[ComicBook/NewAvengers2015 New Avengers]] claiming he's now "King of Space".
8th Jan '17 2:36:59 PM nombretomado
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* Three ''UltimateMarvel''-examples: In a X-Men/FF crossover, future Cyclops lost his powers, but is still badass enough to be the new, 616-esque Captain America. Future Shadowcat (still called Kitty though) develops the ability to become super-dense in addition to her intangibility, which allows her to bitch-slap [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Ben Grimm]] around; also, she has a copy of Spiderman's web-shooters. In another, earlier UXM-arc, future Wolverine lost his HealingFactor and an arm, no less, which forced him to become ''even more'' badass as a result--cue Ultimate ''Cable''.

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* Three ''UltimateMarvel''-examples: ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel''-examples: In a X-Men/FF crossover, future Cyclops lost his powers, but is still badass enough to be the new, 616-esque Captain America. Future Shadowcat (still called Kitty though) develops the ability to become super-dense in addition to her intangibility, which allows her to bitch-slap [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Ben Grimm]] around; also, she has a copy of Spiderman's web-shooters. In another, earlier UXM-arc, future Wolverine lost his HealingFactor and an arm, no less, which forced him to become ''even more'' badass as a result--cue Ultimate ''Cable''.
18th Nov '16 8:24:25 AM Morgenthaler
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It seems living under an [[PresidentEvil iron fisted despot]] is a great personal motivator to [[TookALevelInBadAss get buff]], and all those bombed out [=HotTopic=] stores are just ''begging'' to be used by actual punk freedom fighters. Effectively everyone's gotten a {{Badass}} [[EvilCostumeSwitch Makeover]] and turned into [[GoodScarsEvilScars fashionably scarred]], [[GoodHairEvilHair goatee-sporting]], [[BadassLongcoat longcoat-wearing]], {{Shell Shocked Veteran}}s and {{Genius Bruiser}}s. [[EyepatchAfterTimeSkip Eyepatches]] are popular too.

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It seems living under an [[PresidentEvil iron fisted despot]] is a great personal motivator to [[TookALevelInBadAss get buff]], and all those bombed out [=HotTopic=] stores are just ''begging'' to be used by actual punk freedom fighters. Effectively everyone's gotten a {{Badass}} badass [[EvilCostumeSwitch Makeover]] and turned into [[GoodScarsEvilScars fashionably scarred]], [[GoodHairEvilHair goatee-sporting]], [[BadassLongcoat longcoat-wearing]], {{Shell Shocked Veteran}}s and {{Genius Bruiser}}s. [[EyepatchAfterTimeSkip Eyepatches]] are popular too.



* ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'' has Aki Kisaragi, who for the first season serves as the supportive figure of Takaya aka D-Boy, and eventually his LoveInterest, who sometimes DO help him fight in piloting the not-quite-so-powerful ship. In the second season, after several years of TimeSkip, [[spoiler:she became a Tekkaman herself, and while lacking natural Tekkaman powers like flight or Voltekka, she still manages to be a {{Badass}} fighter on her own, and goes on tutoring Tekkamen blessed with natural Tekkaman powers.]]

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* ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'' has Aki Kisaragi, who for the first season serves as the supportive figure of Takaya aka D-Boy, and eventually his LoveInterest, who sometimes DO help him fight in piloting the not-quite-so-powerful ship. In the second season, after several years of TimeSkip, [[spoiler:she became a Tekkaman herself, and while lacking natural Tekkaman powers like flight or Voltekka, she still manages to be a {{Badass}} badass fighter on her own, and goes on tutoring Tekkamen blessed with natural Tekkaman powers.]]



* In the Star Fox fanfiction ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1287617/1/Star_Fox_Adventures_Krazoa_Legends Krazoa Legends]]'' by Wolf E. Urameshi, more than one character is an example of this: [[spoiler:Falco Lombardi's life is shown when he has to escape with his sister after his parents are killed. '''Both of them.''']] [[spoiler:Also, Wolf O'Donnell goes through the same thing, though his story is more [[MommasBoy mommy dearest]] fare. But the original character Janus is probably the most accurate example of this. I mean, the guy starts his life abandoned by his own father, General Scales because he was apparently not muscled enough in the non-literal sense. The events that followed traumatized him- plus Scales killed Janus's mom a year after the latter was born.]] [[spoiler:He was rescued by an obligatory [[TheSmartGuy smart guy]], turned into a [[TheSmartGuy genius]] {{Badass}} NiceGuy, and is even a [[HeroicBuild hot, muscled Sharpclaw]] with a [[SculptedPhysique toned bod]], avenges his family and guards ancient ruins with just a spear. He even scores. Yeah.]]

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* In the Star Fox fanfiction ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1287617/1/Star_Fox_Adventures_Krazoa_Legends Krazoa Legends]]'' by Wolf E. Urameshi, more than one character is an example of this: [[spoiler:Falco Lombardi's life is shown when he has to escape with his sister after his parents are killed. '''Both of them.''']] [[spoiler:Also, Wolf O'Donnell goes through the same thing, though his story is more [[MommasBoy mommy dearest]] fare. But the original character Janus is probably the most accurate example of this. I mean, the guy starts his life abandoned by his own father, General Scales because he was apparently not muscled enough in the non-literal sense. The events that followed traumatized him- plus Scales killed Janus's mom a year after the latter was born.]] [[spoiler:He was rescued by an obligatory [[TheSmartGuy smart guy]], turned into a [[TheSmartGuy genius]] {{Badass}} [[GeniusBruiser genius badass]] NiceGuy, and is even a [[HeroicBuild hot, muscled Sharpclaw]] with a [[SculptedPhysique toned bod]], avenges his family and guards ancient ruins with just a spear. He even scores. Yeah.]]



** [[http://fav.me/d4jjnqx Applejack]] is also a complete {{Badass}}

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** [[http://fav.me/d4jjnqx Applejack]] is also a complete {{Badass}}badass



** Matt Parkman goes from an unlucky police officer who Bennett is easily able to screw over into a {{Badass}} FBI Agent who takes out both Bennett and Future!Hiro.

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** Matt Parkman goes from an unlucky police officer who Bennett is easily able to screw over into a {{Badass}} badass FBI Agent who takes out both Bennett and Future!Hiro.



* In ''Franchise/FireEmblem: Genealogy of the Holy War'', a tragedy occurs in the first half of the game. Fast forward 17 years later, two former [[TagalongKid Tagalong Kids]] eventually evolve into two {{Badass}}es:

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* In ''Franchise/FireEmblem: Genealogy of the Holy War'', a tragedy occurs in the first half of the game. Fast forward 17 years later, two former [[TagalongKid Tagalong Kids]] eventually evolve into two {{Badass}}es:badasses:



* In ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', when Coop visits an alternate future he's become an evil overlord, lost his gut and become ripped, Kiva is his emotionless cybernetic [[TheDragon lieutenant]], and Jamie is a {{Badass}} leader of LaResistance.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', when Coop visits an alternate future he's become an evil overlord, lost his gut and become ripped, Kiva is his emotionless cybernetic [[TheDragon lieutenant]], and Jamie is a {{Badass}} badass leader of LaResistance.
6th Nov '16 10:12:12 AM nombretomado
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* This happened in ''Film/ItsAVeryMerryMuppetChristmasMovie''. During their ItsAWonderfulLife segment, ''Beaker'' -- normally Dr. Bunsen Honeydew's hapless assistant -- is a buffed bouncer. With a tattoo.

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* This happened in ''Film/ItsAVeryMerryMuppetChristmasMovie''. During their ItsAWonderfulLife ItsAWonderfulPlot segment, ''Beaker'' -- normally Dr. Bunsen Honeydew's hapless assistant -- is a buffed bouncer. With a tattoo.



* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' had this happen twice to Enzo. First in the episode where Dot is given a "ItsAWonderfulLife" vision of what the future would be like without her, and Enzo is a bitter, scarred, leather wearing teen badass, and then later in season 3 when the show went DarkerAndEdgier, they had Enzo develop into the fully grown, bitter, scarred, leather wearing badass Matrix.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' had this happen twice to Enzo. First in the episode where Dot is given a "ItsAWonderfulLife" "ItsAWonderfulPlot" vision of what the future would be like without her, and Enzo is a bitter, scarred, leather wearing teen badass, and then later in season 3 when the show went DarkerAndEdgier, they had Enzo develop into the fully grown, bitter, scarred, leather wearing badass Matrix.
28th Oct '16 2:38:12 PM ZimFan89
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** The Dark World ''Queen'' Cadence is probably the biggest example. While the modern Cadence is no push over by any stretch, her future self defeated Queen Chrysalis in a battle [[spoiler:and [[FusionDance regained the power and experience of the original Cadenza in the process]]]] to take over the Changelings, which she lead as LaResistance against Discord. She also, according to LooseCanon, managed to fight King Sombra (who was ''more'' powerful than his prime self due to all the fear and hatred he's absorbed) and ultimately managed to kill him. It says a lot that in the end, Discord is only able to finish her off by literally stabbing her in the back.\

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** The Dark World ''Queen'' Cadence is probably the biggest example. While the modern Cadence is no push over by any stretch, her future self defeated Queen Chrysalis in a battle [[spoiler:and [[FusionDance regained the power and experience of the original Cadenza in the process]]]] to take over the Changelings, which she lead as LaResistance against Discord. She also, according to LooseCanon, managed to fight King Sombra (who was ''more'' powerful than his prime self due to all the fear and hatred he's absorbed) and ultimately managed to kill him. It says a lot that in the end, Discord is only able to finish her off by literally stabbing her in the back.\


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* Later on in ''Fanfic/TheBridge'', we're introduced to [[spoiler: Empress Flurry Heart]], who has come back from a horrible BadFuture -- where [[OmnicidalManiac Bagan]] and [[GodOfEvil Grogar]] both escaped their [[SealedEvilInACan prisons]] and devastated both worlds, claiming countless lives (including [[spoiler: her parents]]) -- with the intention of [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong subtly manipulating events to prevent this from happening]]. Given the battle wounds they sport, and the fact that they survived said devastation, they clearly count for this trope.
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