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12th May '18 12:39:54 PM IdumeanPatriot
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* * In [[Literature/{{Okuyyuki}} "Okuyyuki"]], protagonist Reilly takes on a whole tank platoon single-handedly--as in, not in a tank himself, but on his own with a ''[[KatanasAreJustBetter sword]]''--and makes a very creditable performance of it.
16th Apr '18 8:43:04 PM PaleHorse
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** In the Book of Judges, we hear of a man named Shamgar, who appears nowhere else in the Bible. His claim to fame? Using an ox-goad to single-handedly slaughter 600 Philistine warriors.
3rd Jan '18 5:19:35 PM nombretomado
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* In the last ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' book, ''The Last Olympian'', [[spoiler: Percy himself becomes this after taking a swim in the river Styx, giving him NighInvulnerability, and increasing his strength and reflexes, at the cost of making him tire out quicker, and making his emotional FatalFlaw even more harder to control]]. In this state, he takes on a two-hundred plus army of monsters. By himself. [[spoiler: And [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kills all but twenty, who flee, pretty much without breaking a sweat]]]]. Even after he loses it in the second book of the sequel series, TheHeroesOfOlympus, Percy still (mostly) single-handedly trounces [[spoiler: the First and Second Cohorts of the 12th Legion of the Roman Army]] ''in their own war games''.

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* In the last ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' book, ''The Last Olympian'', [[spoiler: Percy himself becomes this after taking a swim in the river Styx, giving him NighInvulnerability, and increasing his strength and reflexes, at the cost of making him tire out quicker, and making his emotional FatalFlaw even more harder to control]]. In this state, he takes on a two-hundred plus army of monsters. By himself. [[spoiler: And [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kills all but twenty, who flee, pretty much without breaking a sweat]]]]. Even after he loses it in the second book of the sequel series, TheHeroesOfOlympus, ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', Percy still (mostly) single-handedly trounces [[spoiler: the First and Second Cohorts of the 12th Legion of the Roman Army]] ''in their own war games''.
23rd Dec '17 4:21:45 PM nombretomado
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* Remo Williams - aka ''TheDestroyer'' (the overall title of the series of pulp thrillers in which he stars) - is a definite example. Trained in the mysterious martial art of Sinanju, he's capable of running across water, dodging bullets, and feats of effectively superhuman strength (achieved through concentration and energy-conduction of a UseTheForce-like kind rather than by bulging muscles). Most of these were carried over in a low-key way into the one film so far based on the series. Ultimately, he's revealed to have become an actual avatar of Shiva.

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* Remo Williams - aka ''TheDestroyer'' ''Literature/TheDestroyer'' (the overall title of the series of pulp thrillers in which he stars) - is a definite example. Trained in the mysterious martial art of Sinanju, he's capable of running across water, dodging bullets, and feats of effectively superhuman strength (achieved through concentration and energy-conduction of a UseTheForce-like kind rather than by bulging muscles). Most of these were carried over in a low-key way into the one film so far based on the series. Ultimately, he's revealed to have become an actual avatar of Shiva.
17th Dec '17 10:12:37 AM DustSnitch
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** Ser Barristan Selmy is another low-key version. Just ask the troop of hapless guards who were ordered to stop him leaving King's Landing. He was no longer wearing his high-quality Kingsguard bling and was armed only with a dagger and staff. He won; they got schooled: simple as... And, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday he can't even be bothered to make a fuss about it]], as the really memorable part of the day happened before that. Heck, ''[[StealthExpert Assassin's Creeding]]'' things is his thing; from rescuing the being-held-for-ransom King Aerys II from the heavily-defended Duskendale to later finding Aerys' own daughter, Daenarys Targaryen, in a besieged city on another continent... getting in and out of belligerent, armed camps that hold numerical superiority most would consider impossible to crack with minimal, but well-targetted, casualties is what this BadassGrandpa's ''good'' at.

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** Ser Barristan Selmy is another low-key version. Just ask the troop of hapless guards who were ordered to stop him leaving King's Landing. He was no longer wearing his high-quality Kingsguard bling and was armed only with a dagger and staff. He won; they got schooled: simple as... And, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday he can't even be bothered to make a fuss about it]], as the really memorable part of the day happened before that. Heck, ''[[StealthExpert Assassin's Creeding]]'' things is his thing; from rescuing the being-held-for-ransom King Aerys II from the heavily-defended Duskendale to later finding Aerys' own daughter, Daenarys Targaryen, in a besieged city on another continent... getting in and out of belligerent, armed camps that hold numerical superiority most would consider impossible to crack with minimal, but well-targetted, casualties is what this BadassGrandpa's old guy's ''good'' at.
5th Dec '17 7:16:23 PM nombretomado
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* Armies have been trying to take [[DeepgateCodex Carnival]] down for three thousand years. It has never worked because she's one of these; she even takes out most of [[ZombieApocalypse an undead horde]] before they finally get the better of her by force of numbers. And even that can't keep her down for long. [[spoiler:It helps that she's a demigod, though.]]

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* Armies have been trying to take [[DeepgateCodex [[Literature/DeepgateCodex Carnival]] down for three thousand years. It has never worked because she's one of these; she even takes out most of [[ZombieApocalypse an undead horde]] before they finally get the better of her by force of numbers. And even that can't keep her down for long. [[spoiler:It helps that she's a demigod, though.]]
30th Nov '17 2:13:14 PM Discar
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** The trope is discussed a bit more in the third book, ''Literature/{{Oathbringer}}'', with the Alethi combat truism "Shardbearers can't hold ground." No matter how powerful a Shardbearer or a Surgebinder, they're just one person. Sure they can cut through a city's walls and slaughter anyone who comes to fight them, but they can't conquer a city by themselves. What are they going to do, personally hunt down and kill every single person who disagrees with them? They need an army to control the area while they handle the more dangerous tasks that require their attention.
9th Sep '17 12:47:46 PM Gowan
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* In ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'', Tisala [[spoiler: escapes after being tortured]] and is not exactly in perfect health when she kills a group of bandits, only armed with a tiny knife. Not that Ward is any less badass, he just doesn't get to prove it.
13th Jul '17 1:52:36 PM MasterFuzzy
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** All of the above pale before Ajax. Diomedes defeated two gods in one day (Ares and Aphrodite), and Patroclus routed an army until he lost his armor, but both were defeated by Apollo. Ajax, however, was never beaten in the Illiad, even by the gods. In fact, when Zeus forbids the gods from helping the Greeks (but not from opposing them), all the Greek heroes are driven from the field, one by one, except Ajax, who is wounded by several gods, but never stops fighting. How many times can you put "the combined efforts of several gods, while he had none to help him, failed to stop this guy" on someone's resume? He racks up a mook body count roughly equal to Achilles, he defeats Hector in a fair fight ''within the first five chapters'' (yeah, that's right, if not for the gods intervening - by making his own allies throw themselves in the way - to keep Ajax from finishing Hector then and there, Ajax would have cut the Illiad down from an epic poem to a short story), and when he actually does die in later (now lost) poems? It's by suicide. That's right, the only thing badass enough to defeat Ajax is... Ajax. Wow.
*** Ajax never manage to defeat Hector in a fair fight. When the two actually fought each other without divine help on either side, and they were at stalemate and decided to call it a draw exchanging girdle and swords. Your actually confusing Ajax with Agemonnom, who was the one who did what you said abovem during the one incident Agemonenom went Berserk. In fact he was so fierce on the battlefield that Zeus ''basically told'' Hector straight up he will die if he fights him when he is in rage mode

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** All of the above pale before Ajax. Diomedes defeated two gods in one day (Ares and Aphrodite), and Patroclus routed an army until he lost his armor, but both were defeated by Apollo. Ajax, however, was never beaten in the Illiad, even by the gods. In fact, when Zeus forbids the gods from helping the Greeks (but not from opposing them), all the Greek heroes are driven from the field, one by one, except Ajax, who is wounded by several gods, but never stops fighting. How many times can you put "the combined efforts of several gods, while he had none to help him, failed to stop this guy" on someone's resume? He racks up a mook body count roughly equal to Achilles, he defeats fought Hector in a fair fight ''within the first five chapters'' (yeah, that's right, if not for the gods intervening - by making his own allies throw themselves in the way - to keep Ajax from finishing Hector then and there, Ajax would have cut the Illiad down from an epic poem to a short story), stalemate, and when he actually does die in later (now lost) poems? It's by suicide. That's right, the only thing badass enough to defeat Ajax is... Ajax. Wow.
*** Ajax never manage to defeat Hector in a fair fight. When the two actually fought each other without divine help on either side, and they were at stalemate and decided to call it a draw exchanging girdle and swords. Your actually confusing Ajax with Agemonnom, who was the one who did what you said abovem during the one incident Agemonenom went Berserk. In fact he was so fierce on the battlefield that Zeus ''basically told'' Hector straight up he will die if he fights him when he is in rage mode
Wow.



** "They don't call [[KnightInShiningArmor Michael]] [[ChurchMilitant the Fist of God for nothing."]]

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** "They don't call [[KnightInShiningArmor Michael]] [[ChurchMilitant the Fist of God for nothing."]]"]] In ''Skin Games,'' he beats ''Nicodemus'' in a straight-up sword fight. Despite [[spoiler: having been retired for the past few years.]]



** Harry himself is no slouch [[spoiler: especially not now that he's the Winter Knight]]. To whit: He has done everything from [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome summoning a zombie T-Rex]], to [[GravityMaster taking the force of gravity from a quater mile radius and condensing it all down into a range about 200m accross]], to [[PlayingWithFire setting an entire mansion on fire at once]], and so on and so forth. There is a reason that [[spoiler: now that Morgan's dead]] he is the most infamous warden in the world. [[spoiler: Now that he's the Winter Knight, it's even better. When he really cuts loose, he can jump 50m with a few step start, form ice claws sharper than steel and use them faster than Sidhe can react, and bench press in the realm of 400 Kilos.]]

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** Harry himself is no slouch [[spoiler: especially not now that he's the Winter Knight]]. To whit: He has done everything from [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome summoning a zombie T-Rex]], to [[GravityMaster taking the force of gravity from a quater mile radius and condensing it all down into a range about 200m accross]], to [[PlayingWithFire setting an entire mansion on fire at once]], and so on and so forth. There is a reason that [[spoiler: now that Morgan's dead]] he is the most infamous warden in the world. [[spoiler: Now that he's the Winter Knight, it's even better. When he really cuts loose, he can jump 50m with a few step start, form ice claws sharper than steel and use them faster than Sidhe can react, and bench press in the realm of 400 Kilos.]]]] He's also enough of a MemeticBadass that a group of Wardens, all of whom were more skilled and experienced than him, hesitate to take him on.



* In the last ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' book, ''The Last Olympian'', [[spoiler: Percy himself becomes this after taking a swim in the river Styx, giving him NighInvulnerability, and increasing his strength and reflexs, at the cost of making him tire out quicker, and making his emotional FatalFlaw even more harder to control]]. In this state, he takes on a two-hundred plus army of monsters. By himself. [[spoiler: And [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kills all but twenty, who flee, pretty much without breaking a sweat]]]]. Even after he loses it in the second book of the sequel series, TheHeroesOfOlympus, Percy still (mostly) single-handedly trounces [[spoiler: the First and Second Cohorts of the 12th Legion of the Roman Army]] ''in their own war games''.

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* In the last ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' book, ''The Last Olympian'', [[spoiler: Percy himself becomes this after taking a swim in the river Styx, giving him NighInvulnerability, and increasing his strength and reflexs, reflexes, at the cost of making him tire out quicker, and making his emotional FatalFlaw even more harder to control]]. In this state, he takes on a two-hundred plus army of monsters. By himself. [[spoiler: And [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kills all but twenty, who flee, pretty much without breaking a sweat]]]]. Even after he loses it in the second book of the sequel series, TheHeroesOfOlympus, Percy still (mostly) single-handedly trounces [[spoiler: the First and Second Cohorts of the 12th Legion of the Roman Army]] ''in their own war games''.


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* The Star Wars Expanded Universe gives us a few Jedi who count as this (mostly of the [[BadassFamily Solo/Skywalker clan)]], but special mention has to go to Grand Master [[MemeticBadass Luke Skywalker]], who has the Force potential of [[TheChosenOne his father]], the [[ImplacableMan stubbornness of his mother]], and combat skills roughly equivalent to those of Mace Windu.
28th Jun '17 1:06:35 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* The Primarchs of ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' were made to be this and do they ever deliver. Their kill count can climb in thousands and they can perform absurd feats of strength, from holding a foot of a HumongousMecha up with their bare hands to swinging heavy battle tanks out of their way with hammers. To give a more direct example, even when attacked by surprise in cramped, close quarters by twenty armoured, heavily armed and prepared soldiers, alone, unarmed and unarmoured himself, Roboute Guilliman wipes the floor with the Alphas in less than a minute.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': During ''Literature/AMagesPower'', Fairtheora guarded Ataidar's border with Latrot (half of the southern border) by himself. Kasile's father thought that anything more would be superfluous.

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* The Primarchs of ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' were made to be this and do they ever deliver. Their kill count can climb in into the thousands and they can perform absurd feats of strength, from holding a foot of a HumongousMecha up with their bare hands to swinging heavy battle tanks out of their way with hammers. To give a more direct example, even when attacked by surprise in cramped, close quarters by twenty armoured, heavily armed and prepared soldiers, alone, unarmed and unarmoured himself, Roboute Guilliman wipes the floor with the Alphas in less than a minute.
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During ''Literature/AMagesPower'', Fairtheora guarded Ataidar's border with Latrot (half of the southern border) by himself. Kasile's father thought that anything more would be superfluous.superfluous.
**Such is Dengel's spiritual and magical power that he can swat any number of soldiers like flies with a single gesture.
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