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6th Dec '16 3:47:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* Cyril, the bellringer mouse from the {{Redwall}} fic ''TheUrthbloodSaga'' has as his life's ambition to become a warrior someday, resenting his status as a lowly abbey novice and feeling as if his elders will [[AdultsAreUseless always treat him like a child]]. While he becomes somewhat less enthusastic about the idea and more accepting of his place after his younger brother Cyrus [[spoiler: just barely survives being wounded by a visiting soldier]], he still has it as his ultimate goal.

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* Cyril, the bellringer mouse from the {{Redwall}} Literature/{{Redwall}} fic ''TheUrthbloodSaga'' ''Fanfic/TheUrthbloodSaga'' has as his life's ambition to become a warrior someday, resenting his status as a lowly abbey novice and feeling as if his elders will [[AdultsAreUseless always treat him like a child]]. While he becomes somewhat less enthusastic about the idea and more accepting of his place after his younger brother Cyrus [[spoiler: just barely survives being wounded by a visiting soldier]], he still has it as his ultimate goal.
6th Dec '16 3:47:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* This is the basic idea of ''Comicbook/{{Wanted}}'', both the original comic and the movie adaptation. The protagonist is a loser guy who becomes a BadAss when he finds out he has a badass gene inherited from a father he never knew. The comic book (but not the movie) also [[spoiler:attempts to deconstruct this trope by scolding the reader for identifying with the main character, who's essentially a violent sociopath]]. Perhaps not coincidentally, ''Wanted'' was written by Creator/MarkMillar, the same guy who also wrote ''Kick-Ass''.

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* This is the basic idea of ''Comicbook/{{Wanted}}'', both the original comic and the movie adaptation. The protagonist is a loser guy who becomes a BadAss badass when he finds out he has a badass gene inherited from a father he never knew. The comic book (but not the movie) also [[spoiler:attempts to deconstruct this trope by scolding the reader for identifying with the main character, who's essentially a violent sociopath]]. Perhaps not coincidentally, ''Wanted'' was written by Creator/MarkMillar, the same guy who also wrote ''Kick-Ass''.
27th Nov '16 5:44:50 PM Hoki
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* Some people who take up sports have this trope in their mindset by proving to others how much of a badass they are through competition. This is especially prominent in sports like MMA or boxing, where one gets to prove their badass creds by defeating another in combat.
22nd Nov '16 2:33:51 PM Hoki
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** Most characters in the story, like Luffy, strive to become the next Pirate King. Others have entirely different goals that fit this trope. Zoro, for example, wants to be replace Mihawk as the world's strongest swordsman.
20th Nov '16 1:34:59 PM Gamermaster
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** Rinne from ''Anime/VividStrike'' is another deconstruction. Due to her history with being bullied, she has an almost pathological need to be the strongest there is to keep anything else from being taken from her. This ends up alienating her from everyone around her and [[WeUsedToBeFriends would ultimately cause her to drive away her childhood friend Fuka]]. And unlike most examples, she actually hates martial arts.
16th Nov '16 12:45:07 AM Morgenthaler
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In order to fulfill this wish of their audience, the creator of a work will usually create a viewpoint character and, over the course of the story, make said character {{Badass}}. This allows the audience to identify with the viewpoint character and as such experience badassery by proxy. Another way by which the author can fulfill this wish of the audience is to take a character that has already established his badassery and give said character a trait which the intended audience will identify with. Additionally, a writer can take a characterization with already-established {{Badass}} credentials and [[{{Flanderization}} remove non-badass elements from said characterization in order to highlight the badassery]].

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In order to fulfill this wish of their audience, the creator of a work will usually create a viewpoint character and, over the course of the story, make said character {{Badass}}.badass. This allows the audience to identify with the viewpoint character and as such experience badassery by proxy. Another way by which the author can fulfill this wish of the audience is to take a character that has already established his badassery and give said character a trait which the intended audience will identify with. Additionally, a writer can take a characterization with already-established {{Badass}} badass credentials and [[{{Flanderization}} remove non-badass elements from said characterization in order to highlight the badassery]].



This trope is very prone to being {{deconstruct|ion}}ed. A possible reason for this is that producers of media are usually not particularly {{Badass}} and as such may regard this particular wish of the audience as immature or naive. This, of course, is merely a speculation. However, whole industries are built on playing this trope straight and allowing the audience to fulfill its badassery fantasies by proxy.

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This trope is very prone to being {{deconstruct|ion}}ed. A possible reason for this is that producers of media are usually not particularly {{Badass}} badass and as such may regard this particular wish of the audience as immature or naive. This, of course, is merely a speculation. However, whole industries are built on playing this trope straight and allowing the audience to fulfill its badassery fantasies by proxy.



See also; WishFulfillment, IJustWantToHaveFriends, IJustWantToBeBeautiful, IJustWantToBeSpecial, IJustWantToBeNormal. Also heavily overlaps with IWantToBeARealMan given that the concepts of ''{{Badass}}'' and ''manly'' are frequently interconnected. Arguably the cause of the PowerFantasy.

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See also; WishFulfillment, IJustWantToHaveFriends, IJustWantToBeBeautiful, IJustWantToBeSpecial, IJustWantToBeNormal. Also heavily overlaps with IWantToBeARealMan given that the concepts of ''{{Badass}}'' ''badass'' and ''manly'' are frequently interconnected. Arguably the cause of the PowerFantasy.



* Impmon from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' does NOT enjoy being a HarmlessVillain. This eventually ends up being deconstructed, as [[spoiler:[[DealWithTheDevil the lengths he goes to]] to become {{Badass}} [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity drive him crazy with power]], causing him to become a REAL villain and go on a murderous rampage. [[EvenEvilHasStandards He's appropriately horrified]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone when he snaps out of it]]]].

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* Impmon from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' does NOT enjoy being a HarmlessVillain. This eventually ends up being deconstructed, as [[spoiler:[[DealWithTheDevil the lengths he goes to]] to become {{Badass}} badass [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity drive him crazy with power]], causing him to become a REAL villain and go on a murderous rampage. [[EvenEvilHasStandards He's appropriately horrified]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone when he snaps out of it]]]].



* [[Literature/{{Durarara}} Mikado]] definitely qualifies because he wants to change something. [[spoiler: It's what led him to create [[ImageBoard Dollars]]. Later on you actually see that he has been {{Badass}} all along.]]

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* [[Literature/{{Durarara}} Mikado]] definitely qualifies because he wants to change something. [[spoiler: It's what led him to create [[ImageBoard Dollars]]. Later on you actually see that he has been {{Badass}} badass all along.]]



* Nevere Burvelle, the protagonist of ''Literature/TheSoldierSon'' by Creator/RobinHobb, is this. He's raised to be an OfficerAndAGentleman, goes through TrainingFromHell... and in the end is [[spoiler:thwarted by magic that makes him grossly obese. He grows into something quite non-traditional, but clearly not the {{Badass}} he (and his dad) expected. Thus, Nevere is a subversion (or, if it's his Wanting To Be Badass that causes his being thwarted, he is a deconstruction) of the trope]].

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* Nevere Burvelle, the protagonist of ''Literature/TheSoldierSon'' by Creator/RobinHobb, is this. He's raised to be an OfficerAndAGentleman, goes through TrainingFromHell... and in the end is [[spoiler:thwarted by magic that makes him grossly obese. He grows into something quite non-traditional, but clearly not the {{Badass}} badass he (and his dad) expected. Thus, Nevere is a subversion (or, if it's his Wanting To Be Badass that causes his being thwarted, he is a deconstruction) of the trope]].



* Ross, Amelia, and Ewan from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' are three youngsters who join an army of {{Badass}}es with zero fighting experience themselves. All three of them begin ''very'' weak physically, and express a desire to better themselves. It's a rather known fact among the fandom that if you choose to train them, they become blessed with MagikarpPower and end up as freaking powerhouses. In short, Ross, Amelia, and Ewan are three cases of "I Just Want to Be Badass" who [[TookALevelInBadass more than get their wish]].

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* Ross, Amelia, and Ewan from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' are three youngsters who join an army of {{Badass}}es badasses with zero fighting experience themselves. All three of them begin ''very'' weak physically, and express a desire to better themselves. It's a rather known fact among the fandom that if you choose to train them, they become blessed with MagikarpPower and end up as freaking powerhouses. In short, Ross, Amelia, and Ewan are three cases of "I Just Want to Be Badass" who [[TookALevelInBadass more than get their wish]].



** Ironically, even though he isn't a great fighter, he still demonstrates a lot of tactical prowess - in Episode 8, he does a fantastic job of directing Pyrrha, Ren and Nora in their battle against the Deathstalker, taking advantage of their skills and personal strengths to methodically take the scorpion monster apart. This is in contrast to our plucky heroines on Team RWBY, who rely on one of Ruby's {{Indy Ploy}}s and a ''lot'' of TeethClenchedTeamwork. He's also a NiceGuy with a kind heart, who is willing to step up and protect not only his teammates but even horrible people who antagonise him. Jaune ''is'' a {{Badass}}, it's just he undervalues himself due to his lack of physical prowess.

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** Ironically, even though he isn't a great fighter, he still demonstrates a lot of tactical prowess - in Episode 8, he does a fantastic job of directing Pyrrha, Ren and Nora in their battle against the Deathstalker, taking advantage of their skills and personal strengths to methodically take the scorpion monster apart. This is in contrast to our plucky heroines on Team RWBY, who rely on one of Ruby's {{Indy Ploy}}s and a ''lot'' of TeethClenchedTeamwork. He's also a NiceGuy with a kind heart, who is willing to step up and protect not only his teammates but even horrible people who antagonise him. Jaune ''is'' a {{Badass}}, badass, it's just he undervalues himself due to his lack of physical prowess.
17th Oct '16 4:59:32 PM nombretomado
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* Ross, Amelia, and Ewan from ''FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' are three youngsters who join an army of {{Badass}}es with zero fighting experience themselves. All three of them begin ''very'' weak physically, and express a desire to better themselves. It's a rather known fact among the fandom that if you choose to train them, they become blessed with MagikarpPower and end up as freaking powerhouses. In short, Ross, Amelia, and Ewan are three cases of "I Just Want to Be Badass" who [[TookALevelInBadass more than get their wish]].

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* Ross, Amelia, and Ewan from ''FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' are three youngsters who join an army of {{Badass}}es with zero fighting experience themselves. All three of them begin ''very'' weak physically, and express a desire to better themselves. It's a rather known fact among the fandom that if you choose to train them, they become blessed with MagikarpPower and end up as freaking powerhouses. In short, Ross, Amelia, and Ewan are three cases of "I Just Want to Be Badass" who [[TookALevelInBadass more than get their wish]].
8th Oct '16 8:34:00 PM Mullon
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* [[Literature/{{Durarara}} Mikado]] definitely qualifies because he wants to change something. [[spoiler: It's what led him to create [[Website/ImageBoard Dollars]]. Later on you actually see that he has been {{Badass}} all along.]]

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* [[Literature/{{Durarara}} Mikado]] definitely qualifies because he wants to change something. [[spoiler: It's what led him to create [[Website/ImageBoard [[ImageBoard Dollars]]. Later on you actually see that he has been {{Badass}} all along.]]
8th Oct '16 6:02:35 PM Mullon
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* [[Literature/{{Durarara}} Mikado]] definitely qualifies because he wants to change something. [[spoiler: It's what led him to create [[ImageBoard Dollars]]. Later on you actually see that he has been {{Badass}} all along.]]

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* [[Literature/{{Durarara}} Mikado]] definitely qualifies because he wants to change something. [[spoiler: It's what led him to create [[ImageBoard [[Website/ImageBoard Dollars]]. Later on you actually see that he has been {{Badass}} all along.]]
13th Aug '16 10:15:09 PM REV6Pilot
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* {{Deconstruct|ion}}ed in ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine''. In a similar vein to the aforementioned Cloud Strife above, Capt. Martin Walker, the player character, is told by Col. John Konrad [[spoiler:who is actually personification of his own guilt over actions he's undertaken because of this need]] that trying to feed this desire through fiction is pathetic and delusional. Many of the relevant lines of dialog are implicitly aimed at the player as much as the character.

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* {{Deconstruct|ion}}ed in ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine''. In a similar vein to the aforementioned Cloud Strife above, Capt. Martin Walker, the player character, PlayerCharacter, is told by Col. John Konrad [[spoiler:who is actually personification of his own guilt over actions he's undertaken because of this need]] that trying to feed this desire through fiction is pathetic and delusional. Many of the relevant lines of dialog are implicitly [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou aimed at the player as much as the character.at Martin]].
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