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7th Apr '17 9:29:06 AM Willbyr
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* In ''ShamanKing'', Bokuto no Ryu takes a few levels in Badass after being left behind at Yoh's house. He reappears as a shaman without losing a single preliminary fight.

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* In ''ShamanKing'', ''Manga/ShamanKing'', Bokuto no Ryu takes a few levels in Badass after being left behind at Yoh's house. He reappears as a shaman without losing a single preliminary fight.
12th Mar '17 7:56:32 AM secretfan14
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* In the ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' {{OAV}}, Wendy Earhart is just a goofy, [[{{Dojikko}} clumsy]] comic relief secretary. Then in the sequel ''R.O.D. the TV'', [[spoiler:she's a cold uber-assistant; assassinating non-combatant scientists and ordering TheMenInBlack to conquer countries]].

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* In the ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' {{OAV}}, Wendy Earhart is just a goofy, [[{{Dojikko}} [[CuteClumsyGirl clumsy]] comic relief secretary. Then in the sequel ''R.O.D. the TV'', [[spoiler:she's a cold uber-assistant; assassinating non-combatant scientists and ordering TheMenInBlack to conquer countries]].
12th Feb '17 9:43:26 AM Morgenthaler
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** In the sequel, [[spoiler: Nishiki Nishio]] has become a powerful and infamous Ghoul known for antagonizing [[TheHunter CCG]] and other Ghouls, alike. The methods or reason for his power-up haven't been revealed.

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** In the sequel, [[spoiler: Nishiki Nishio]] has become a powerful and infamous Ghoul known for antagonizing [[TheHunter [[HunterOfMonsters CCG]] and other Ghouls, alike. The methods or reason for his power-up haven't been revealed.
27th Dec '16 12:25:16 PM DustSnitch
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** Tsuna takes even '''MORE''' levels in BadAss once he [[spoiler: upgrades to the Vongola Gear and gets the Oath Flame in the Inheritance Ceremony Arc and unlocks the [[UpToEleven Ultimate]] [[TranquilFury Dying Will Mode]] in the The Curse of the Rainbow Arc]]. ''Good lord!''

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** Tsuna takes even '''MORE''' levels in BadAss badass once he [[spoiler: upgrades to the Vongola Gear and gets the Oath Flame in the Inheritance Ceremony Arc and unlocks the [[UpToEleven Ultimate]] [[TranquilFury Dying Will Mode]] in the The Curse of the Rainbow Arc]]. ''Good lord!''



* In ''Kami Kaze'', OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent [[AmnesiacGod Misao Mikogami]] was originally a helpless DamselInDistress, terrified and powerless when introduced to a world of demons, [[BloodKnight Blood Knights]], and [[OmnicidalManiac Omnicidal Maniacs]] whose [[ButForMeItWasTuesday idea of a fun evening is slaughtering all the occupants of a fairly well-populated high school]]. [[TimeSkip Skip to a couple of months later]] and she is a ''PhysicalGod'' who takes down some of the most BadAss [[SealedEvilInACan hell-spawn to ever be let out of their can]] - things that even the most seasoned veterans can't make a scratch on - with ''a literal flick of her wrist''. Not only that, she [[MagnificentBastard takes on the other deities at their own game]], [[ShutUpHannibal throws their rhetoric back in their faces]], and actually [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers becomes far more powerful and influential]] than the leading male BadAss swordsman of the series (and this is a {{Seinen}} series we're talking about here). The only downside? Apparently taking that many levels in awesome leaves you emotionally unstable. There is a good reason why ''everyone'' [[GodzillaThreshold runs for cover when she gets mildly irritated by something]]. And [[BerserkButton God help you if you tell her that her boyfriend might be dead]] ([[FateWorseThanDeath very bad things happened to the last guy who said that]]).

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* In ''Kami Kaze'', OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent [[AmnesiacGod Misao Mikogami]] was originally a helpless DamselInDistress, terrified and powerless when introduced to a world of demons, [[BloodKnight Blood Knights]], and [[OmnicidalManiac Omnicidal Maniacs]] whose [[ButForMeItWasTuesday idea of a fun evening is slaughtering all the occupants of a fairly well-populated high school]]. [[TimeSkip Skip to a couple of months later]] and she is a ''PhysicalGod'' who takes down some of the most BadAss badass [[SealedEvilInACan hell-spawn to ever be let out of their can]] - things that even the most seasoned veterans can't make a scratch on - with ''a literal flick of her wrist''. Not only that, she [[MagnificentBastard takes on the other deities at their own game]], [[ShutUpHannibal throws their rhetoric back in their faces]], and actually [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers becomes far more powerful and influential]] than the leading male BadAss badass swordsman of the series (and this is a {{Seinen}} series we're talking about here). The only downside? Apparently taking that many levels in awesome leaves you emotionally unstable. There is a good reason why ''everyone'' [[GodzillaThreshold runs for cover when she gets mildly irritated by something]]. And [[BerserkButton God help you if you tell her that her boyfriend might be dead]] ([[FateWorseThanDeath very bad things happened to the last guy who said that]]).
20th Dec '16 1:18:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* Akasaka in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' definitely did some LevelGrinding in BadAss between his first fight against the Yamainu mid-first season and [[BigDamnHeroes the rematch]] against them by the end of the second one.

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* Akasaka in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' definitely did some LevelGrinding in BadAss badass between his first fight against the Yamainu mid-first season and [[BigDamnHeroes the rematch]] against them by the end of the second one.



** Kurono is in interesting case since his natural survival instincts make him a serious badass right from the first time he puts on the suit- he debatably never "levels up" at least not with regards to his own skill. However his CharacterDevelopment into the Gantz team's leader turns the team from an assorted group of bewildered innocents who are mostly fodder into a hardcore combat unit who can cut their way through armies of enemies without losing a man. This makes him ''many times'' more BadAss.

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** Kurono is in interesting case since his natural survival instincts make him a serious badass right from the first time he puts on the suit- he debatably never "levels up" at least not with regards to his own skill. However his CharacterDevelopment into the Gantz team's leader turns the team from an assorted group of bewildered innocents who are mostly fodder into a hardcore combat unit who can cut their way through armies of enemies without losing a man. This makes him ''many times'' more BadAss.badass.
19th Dec '16 6:46:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* Akane Tsunemori from ''Anime/PsychoPass'' went from NaiveNewcomer to BadAssNormal after going through heaps of BreakTheCutie and a TraumaCongaLine. How BadAss did she get? She not only took out [[spoiler:BigBad {{Sociopath}} Makishima Shogo]], who had resident BadAss Kougami struggling against him, but also forces [[spoiler:the Sybil System]] to let her take the lead in recapturing him and makes it play by her terms.

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* Akane Tsunemori from ''Anime/PsychoPass'' went from NaiveNewcomer to BadAssNormal after going through heaps of BreakTheCutie and a TraumaCongaLine. How BadAss badass did she get? She not only took out [[spoiler:BigBad {{Sociopath}} Makishima Shogo]], who had resident BadAss badass Kougami struggling against him, but also forces [[spoiler:the Sybil System]] to let her take the lead in recapturing him and makes it play by her terms.



** Yahiko aside, ''Rurouni Kenshin'' has two other instances of levelling in BadAss:

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** Yahiko aside, ''Rurouni Kenshin'' has two other instances of levelling in BadAss:badass:
18th Dec '16 9:58:19 AM Morgenthaler
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** Only in the original game, unfortunately. In the Fate route Shirou still seems rather pathetic at the end of the series despite changing that attitude about halfway through the story. In Unlimited Blade Works and Heaven's Feel, on the other hand, he racks up a laundry list of [[MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]] and arguably becomes even more {{badass}} than Archer at his best thanks to his unstoppable {{Determinator}} status.
** Now that the Unlimited Blade Works was released we can see how Shirou becomes more {{badass}} especially in [[spoiler: his epic fight with the King of Heroes Gilgamesh.]]

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** Only in the original game, unfortunately. In the Fate route Shirou still seems rather pathetic at the end of the series despite changing that attitude about halfway through the story. In Unlimited Blade Works and Heaven's Feel, on the other hand, he racks up a laundry list of [[MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]] and arguably becomes even more {{badass}} badass than Archer at his best thanks to his unstoppable {{Determinator}} status.
** Now that the Unlimited Blade Works was released we can see how Shirou becomes more {{badass}} badass especially in [[spoiler: his epic fight with the King of Heroes Gilgamesh.]]



* Series ButtMonkey Keitaro spends the eleventh volume of the ''Manga/LoveHina'' manga off on an archeology dig with [[TheAce Seta]] and returns an omnicapable dreamboat that can face Motoko on near-equal terms and generally radiates awesome. This was foreshadowed when it was mentioned that Seta, Keitaro's {{Badass}} mentor, failed the exam for Tokyo University three times as well.

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* Series ButtMonkey Keitaro spends the eleventh volume of the ''Manga/LoveHina'' manga off on an archeology dig with [[TheAce Seta]] and returns an omnicapable dreamboat that can face Motoko on near-equal terms and generally radiates awesome. This was foreshadowed when it was mentioned that Seta, Keitaro's {{Badass}} badass mentor, failed the exam for Tokyo University three times as well.



* As ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' completed its [[GenreShift transformation]] into a fighting {{shounen}}, the ([[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters many]]) characters went and plundered the {{badass}} warehouse:

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* As ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' completed its [[GenreShift transformation]] into a fighting {{shounen}}, the ([[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters many]]) characters went and plundered the {{badass}} badass warehouse:



** Yellow is the poster girl for {{Badass}} [[LevelGrinding Grinding]], and you'd be hard pressed to argue otherwise. If one counts backstory, however, Sapphire's the runner-up. [[spoiler:Even though he was a hard badass back then - born and raised by Norman, who wouldn't be? - Ruby locked away his inner badass after [[{{Awesome/PokemonSpecial}} repulsing a Salamence with three unevolved Pokemon]] and frightening the poor docile girl to tears, eventually going in the [[TookALevelInJerkass opposite direction]] for the next five years. As a result of his demonstration of masterwork and bravery, coupled with her own shame over her reaction and the injury he sustained as a result, she disappeared into the wild, ground herself into an ActionGirl, developed CharlesAtlasSuperpower and never looked back.]]

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** Yellow is the poster girl for {{Badass}} badass [[LevelGrinding Grinding]], and you'd be hard pressed to argue otherwise. If one counts backstory, however, Sapphire's the runner-up. [[spoiler:Even though he was a hard badass back then - born and raised by Norman, who wouldn't be? - Ruby locked away his inner badass after [[{{Awesome/PokemonSpecial}} repulsing a Salamence with three unevolved Pokemon]] and frightening the poor docile girl to tears, eventually going in the [[TookALevelInJerkass opposite direction]] for the next five years. As a result of his demonstration of masterwork and bravery, coupled with her own shame over her reaction and the injury he sustained as a result, she disappeared into the wild, ground herself into an ActionGirl, developed CharlesAtlasSuperpower and never looked back.]]



* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'': The girls from Oarai High School start out as novices in the demanding sport of Tankery... and, thanks to [[AFatherToHisMen their team captain,]] ThePowerOfFriendship, and sheer grit, become {{Badass}} enough to pull off victories even against much more experienced, better-equipped teams.

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* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'': The girls from Oarai High School start out as novices in the demanding sport of Tankery... and, thanks to [[AFatherToHisMen their team captain,]] ThePowerOfFriendship, and sheer grit, become {{Badass}} badass enough to pull off victories even against much more experienced, better-equipped teams.
18th Nov '16 11:30:09 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Boss and his gang also recieve a level-up in ''Anime/ShinMazinger''. While most of the time they're there for the audience to have a laugh, he and his two lackies, Mucha and Nuke (who are revealed to know martial arts), rescue Kouji from Baron Ashura's clutches. In the final battle they help out in their mecha, Boss Borot, by catching a freaking ICBM, stopping Baron Ashura him/herself from flattening the heroes, and pulling Mazinger out of the rubble of the city, enabling Kouji to fight. Boss also becomes GenreSavvy by the end: "Don't worry about us, we're the comic-relief characters who get blown up but still live!"

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** Boss and his gang also recieve a level-up in ''Anime/ShinMazinger''. While most of the time they're there for the audience to have a laugh, he and his two lackies, Mucha and Nuke (who are revealed to know martial arts), rescue Kouji from Baron Ashura's clutches. In the final battle they help out in their mecha, Boss Borot, by catching a freaking ICBM, stopping Baron Ashura him/herself from flattening the heroes, and pulling Mazinger out of the rubble of the city, enabling Kouji to fight. Boss also becomes GenreSavvy savvy by the end: "Don't worry about us, we're the comic-relief characters who get blown up but still live!"
11th Nov '16 5:25:32 AM Yib
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** [[spoiler:His alternate universe counterpart,]] Johnny Joestar from part 7 gets hit with it even more - at the start of the story he is sad and pathetic shadow of his former self, bound to a wheelchair and [[ParentalNeglect abandoned by his father]]. Over the course of the story he grows from whiny spoiled brat to a badass, who can hld his own against tough opponents, gets [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower power to shoot his fingernails]], [[spoiler:which later evolves into creating portals into pocket dimension, and then - into spinning every cell in enemy's body until their body and soul is completely destroyed]], gets back his legs and even [[spoiler:gains his father's respect.]]

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** [[spoiler:His alternate universe counterpart,]] Johnny Joestar from part 7 gets hit with it even more - at the start of the story he is sad and pathetic shadow of his former self, bound to a wheelchair and [[ParentalNeglect abandoned by his father]]. Over the course of the story he grows from whiny spoiled brat to a badass, who can hld hold his own against tough opponents, gets [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower power to shoot his fingernails]], [[spoiler:which later evolves into creating portals into pocket dimension, and then - into spinning every cell in enemy's body until both their body and soul is completely destroyed]], gets back his legs to work again and even [[spoiler:gains his father's respect.]]
24th Sep '16 2:57:35 PM Yib
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** Over the course of part 4, Koichi was turned from [[TagalongKid random scared kid without any superpowers]] into a formidable opponent, that can defeat tough adversaries on his own. He tends to get more badass each time, [[spoiler:his stand evolves]].

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** Over At the course start of part 4, Koichi was turned from just a [[TagalongKid random scared meek fifteen year old kid without any superpowers]] into a formidable opponent, superpowers]]. In the narrative he himself states, that can defeat tough adversaries on readers don't need to remember his own. name, because he isn't important. However, this changes after he gets his stand. He tends to get more badass each keeps his timid personality most of the time, [[spoiler:his but whenever someone manages to really piss him off, [[LetsGetDangerous he goes full badass]] and proceeds to beat his opponent - and since it's part 4, he usually beats them both physically and [[DefeatMeansFriendship psychologically]]. On top of that,[[spoiler:his stand evolves]].evolves, each time becoming faster and gaining new abilities]].
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