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3rd Mar '17 10:00:41 AM Forenperser
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* Sue Storm/Invisible Woman. Originally the Invisible ''Girl'', she was very meek,[[note]]She practically ''lived'' in a classic feminine drawing-back-in-surprise pose. C'mon, you've seen it before. Leaned sorta backwards, hand raised just so, probably saying "Oh!!" in reaction to whatever it is. You'll find female ''victims'' doing it just before fainting at the sight of the bad thing the heroes are up against.[[/note]] and her power was only personal invisibility. She was ''so'' useless (not many [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_rLV-ZuNPwJ4/TDd0_9EvbII/AAAAAAAAHho/JTH1nqUrsAU/s1600/FF016_29.jpg opportunities]] [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_rLV-ZuNPwJ4/S37khyE7DZI/AAAAAAAAGv8/QimAq-rx6bg/s1600-h/FF012_28.jpg for stealth]] came along), the best her writers could say in response to ''constant'' fan outcry against TheLoad (even ''[[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_rLV-ZuNPwJ4/S1elnHzGnmI/AAAAAAAAGnc/a1LWSjvKx0M/s1600-h/FF011_12.jpg in-universe]]'') was, "Sue pulls her own weight, even if you refuse to acknowledge her contribuitions only because she doesn't fight aggressively enough for you". Her force field power was added (less than two years after her introduction), and she gradually became better and more versatile with it, especially under JohnByrne. More dramatic was the shift from her original meek personality to her current confident one, which her new choice of codename signifies. These days, Doctor Doom himself considers her the ''strongest'' of the Comicbook/FantasticFour. When she believes that the Super Skrull has abducted her child, The Thing has to remind her that it's the Fantastic Four and not the Fantastic One because she's already beating the tar out of the Super Skrull.

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* Sue Storm/Invisible Woman.Woman from ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' is the poster girl of this trope. (Literally-- [[TookALevelInBadass See the top level page]].). Originally the Invisible ''Girl'', she was very meek,[[note]]She practically ''lived'' in a classic feminine drawing-back-in-surprise pose. C'mon, you've seen it before. Leaned sorta backwards, hand raised just so, probably saying "Oh!!" in reaction to whatever it is. You'll find female ''victims'' doing it just before fainting at the sight of the bad thing the heroes are up against.[[/note]] and her power was only personal invisibility. She was ''so'' useless (not many [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_rLV-ZuNPwJ4/TDd0_9EvbII/AAAAAAAAHho/JTH1nqUrsAU/s1600/FF016_29.jpg opportunities]] [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_rLV-ZuNPwJ4/S37khyE7DZI/AAAAAAAAGv8/QimAq-rx6bg/s1600-h/FF012_28.jpg for stealth]] came along), the best her writers could say in response to ''constant'' fan outcry against TheLoad (even ''[[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_rLV-ZuNPwJ4/S1elnHzGnmI/AAAAAAAAGnc/a1LWSjvKx0M/s1600-h/FF011_12.jpg in-universe]]'') was, "Sue pulls her own weight, even if you refuse to acknowledge her contribuitions only because she doesn't fight aggressively enough for you". Her force field power was added (less than two years after her introduction), and she gradually became better and more versatile with it, especially under JohnByrne. More dramatic was the shift from her original meek personality to her current confident one, which her new choice of codename signifies. These days, Doctor Doom himself considers her the ''strongest'' of the Comicbook/FantasticFour. When she believes that the Super Skrull has abducted her child, The Thing has to remind her that it's the Fantastic Four and not the Fantastic One because she's already beating the tar out of the Super Skrull.
17th Feb '17 11:56:13 AM StFan
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* In ''[[ComicBook/{{Convergence}} Convergence Booster Gold #2]]'', Booster Gold was dying due to leaving pieces of himself through time and Rip Hunter had an idea. [[spoiler:He took Pre-ComicBook/ZeroHour Blue Beetle, Pre-ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}} Michelle Carter and ComicBook/{{New 52}} Booster Gold to Vanishing Point in an attempt to save the dying Booster. He had New 52 Booster take dying Booster into a secret room and leave him to be merged with the time stream. When he emerged he was the new Waverider. Booster, Waverider and Rip Hunter were then instrumental in saving and restoring the multiverse at the conclusion of Convergence]].
* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'', an early villain, Muller, falls to his apparent death in a crocodile filled death trap, loses both arms while fighting them off, and becomes the series' bigger bad after taking a level, becoming a near unstoppable menace.
* Scrooge Mcduck doesn't just gain ''one'' level during the course of his life in ''TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'' - he gains twelve. In fact, he gets so badass that people all over the globe have heard of him and his exploits; in fact, he scares away ''Wyatt Earp'', the legendary gunslinger, by simply standing beside him. Every Chapter has a third part in which the raw badassery of Scrooge shows just how he defeated his adversaries and became the richest duck in the world, including destroying an entire steamboat alone, unarmed, and ''while chained down''. [[BerserkButton Never mock Scrooge's family.]]
* Volstagg the Enormous from ''Comicbook/{{Thor}}'', one of the legendary Warriors Three, is an unusual case. Naturally just being a native of [[WorldOfBadass Asgard]] would make you badass by default, but Volstagg originally was the least badass Asgardian around. Despite his constant bragging of his prowess and his past exploits, he somehow managed to either avoid battle or get taken out by a mook in the first round. Essentially he became the Asgardian equivalent of [[Theater/HenryIVPart1 Falstaff]], more inclined to [[BigEater attack a leg of mutton]] than a foe of Asgard. This lasted until Walt Simonson's run of the book, in which Volstagg was able to prove that, even if he was hugely obese and past his prime, he was still more than capable of dispatching any number of foes, especially [[PapaWolf if his family were endangered]]. Subsequent writers have continued this trend, transforming him from a joke character to one of Asgard's staunchest and most capable defenders. In his youth he was known as the Lion of Asgard and recognized as a great warrior, so this may be more a case of ''regaining'' some levels of badass.

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* In ''[[ComicBook/{{Convergence}} Convergence Booster Gold #2]]'', Booster Gold was dying due to leaving pieces of himself through time and Rip Hunter had an idea. [[spoiler:He took Pre-ComicBook/ZeroHour Blue Beetle, Pre-ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}} Michelle Carter and ComicBook/{{New 52}} ComicBook/New52 Booster Gold to Vanishing Point in an attempt to save the dying Booster. He had New 52 Booster take dying Booster into a secret room and leave him to be merged with the time stream. When he emerged he was the new Waverider. Booster, Waverider and Rip Hunter were then instrumental in saving and restoring the multiverse at the conclusion of Convergence]].
* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Violine}}'', an early villain, Muller, falls to his apparent death in a crocodile filled death trap, loses both arms while fighting them off, and becomes the series' bigger bad after taking a level, becoming a near unstoppable menace.
* Scrooge Mcduck [=McDuck=] doesn't just gain ''one'' level during the course of his life in ''TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'' ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'' - he gains twelve. In fact, he gets so badass that people all over the globe have heard of him and his exploits; in fact, he scares away ''Wyatt Earp'', the legendary gunslinger, by simply standing beside him. Every Chapter has a third part in which the raw badassery of Scrooge shows just how he defeated his adversaries and became the richest duck in the world, including destroying an entire steamboat alone, unarmed, and ''while chained down''. [[BerserkButton Never mock Scrooge's family.]]
* Volstagg the Enormous from ''Comicbook/{{Thor}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Thor}}'', one of the legendary Warriors Three, is an unusual case. Naturally just being a native of [[WorldOfBadass Asgard]] would make you badass by default, but Volstagg originally was the least badass Asgardian around. Despite his constant bragging of his prowess and his past exploits, he somehow managed to either avoid battle or get taken out by a mook in the first round. Essentially he became the Asgardian equivalent of [[Theater/HenryIVPart1 Falstaff]], more inclined to [[BigEater attack a leg of mutton]] than a foe of Asgard. This lasted until Walt Simonson's run of the book, in which Volstagg was able to prove that, even if he was hugely obese and past his prime, he was still more than capable of dispatching any number of foes, especially [[PapaWolf if his family were endangered]]. Subsequent writers have continued this trend, transforming him from a joke character to one of Asgard's staunchest and most capable defenders. In his youth he was known as the Lion of Asgard and recognized as a great warrior, so this may be more a case of ''regaining'' some levels of badass.
11th Feb '17 10:01:13 AM kuchiki222
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* Sue Storm/Invisible Woman from ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' is the poster girl of this trope. (Literally-- [[TookALevelInBadass See the top level page]].) Originally the Invisible ''Girl'', she was very meek,[[note]]She practically ''lived'' in a classic feminine drawing-back-in-surprise pose. C'mon, you've seen it before. Leaned sorta backwards, hand raised just so, probably saying "Oh!!" in reaction to whatever it is. You'll find female ''victims'' doing it just before fainting at the sight of the bad thing the heroes are up against.[[/note]] and her power was only personal invisibility. She was ''so'' useless (not many [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_rLV-ZuNPwJ4/TDd0_9EvbII/AAAAAAAAHho/JTH1nqUrsAU/s1600/FF016_29.jpg opportunities]] [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_rLV-ZuNPwJ4/S37khyE7DZI/AAAAAAAAGv8/QimAq-rx6bg/s1600-h/FF012_28.jpg for stealth]] came along), the best her writers could say in response to ''constant'' fan outcry against TheLoad (even ''[[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_rLV-ZuNPwJ4/S1elnHzGnmI/AAAAAAAAGnc/a1LWSjvKx0M/s1600-h/FF011_12.jpg in-universe]]'') was, "Sue pulls her own weight, even if you refuse to acknowledge her contribuitions only because she doesn't fight aggressively enough for you". Her force field power was added (less than two years after her introduction), and she gradually became better and more versatile with it, especially under JohnByrne. More dramatic was the shift from her original meek personality to her current confident one, which her new choice of codename signifies. These days, Doctor Doom himself considers her the ''strongest'' of the Comicbook/FantasticFour. When she believes that the Super Skrull has abducted her child, The Thing has to remind her that it's the Fantastic Four and not the Fantastic One because she's already beating the tar out of the Super Skrull.

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* Sue Storm/Invisible Woman from ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' is the poster girl of this trope. (Literally-- [[TookALevelInBadass See the top level page]].) Woman. Originally the Invisible ''Girl'', she was very meek,[[note]]She practically ''lived'' in a classic feminine drawing-back-in-surprise pose. C'mon, you've seen it before. Leaned sorta backwards, hand raised just so, probably saying "Oh!!" in reaction to whatever it is. You'll find female ''victims'' doing it just before fainting at the sight of the bad thing the heroes are up against.[[/note]] and her power was only personal invisibility. She was ''so'' useless (not many [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_rLV-ZuNPwJ4/TDd0_9EvbII/AAAAAAAAHho/JTH1nqUrsAU/s1600/FF016_29.jpg opportunities]] [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_rLV-ZuNPwJ4/S37khyE7DZI/AAAAAAAAGv8/QimAq-rx6bg/s1600-h/FF012_28.jpg for stealth]] came along), the best her writers could say in response to ''constant'' fan outcry against TheLoad (even ''[[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_rLV-ZuNPwJ4/S1elnHzGnmI/AAAAAAAAGnc/a1LWSjvKx0M/s1600-h/FF011_12.jpg in-universe]]'') was, "Sue pulls her own weight, even if you refuse to acknowledge her contribuitions only because she doesn't fight aggressively enough for you". Her force field power was added (less than two years after her introduction), and she gradually became better and more versatile with it, especially under JohnByrne. More dramatic was the shift from her original meek personality to her current confident one, which her new choice of codename signifies. These days, Doctor Doom himself considers her the ''strongest'' of the Comicbook/FantasticFour. When she believes that the Super Skrull has abducted her child, The Thing has to remind her that it's the Fantastic Four and not the Fantastic One because she's already beating the tar out of the Super Skrull.
23rd Jan '17 8:24:07 AM rafi
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** In ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'', Wonder Woman takes Kara to Themyscira with the purpose of teaching her how to fight.
8th Jan '17 1:53:07 PM nombretomado
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* Valkyrie from UltimateMarvel. She started out as a delusional superhero wannabe. Then she kicks the crap out of Comicbook/{{Venom}} and nearly ''cuts him in half with a sword'' and gives a few A-list villains like ''ComicBook/{{Magneto}}'' a run for their money.

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* Valkyrie from UltimateMarvel.ComicBook/UltimateMarvel. She started out as a delusional superhero wannabe. Then she kicks the crap out of Comicbook/{{Venom}} and nearly ''cuts him in half with a sword'' and gives a few A-list villains like ''ComicBook/{{Magneto}}'' a run for their money.
1st Jan '17 11:52:33 PM Tron80
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** In ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'', Wonder Woman takes Kara to Themyscira with the purpose of teaching her how to fight.
22nd Dec '16 12:04:00 PM SilverSupernova
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* Marvel Comics villain The Orb. Originally a petty thief with a gigantic eyeball for a head and a Z-list joke even by that era's standards. Come ComicBook/OriginalSin, he ends up fusing with one of the Watcher's stolen eyes and with it, gains immeasurable power and knowledge. He shifts his agenda from petty theft to being a silent catalyst for chaos and anarchy, using his knowledge and powers to subliminally "nudge" people into performing their darker desires. He also becomes strong enough to take on both Dr. Strange (albeit a severely depowered Strange) and Baron Mordo (at full power) at the same time.
11th Dec '16 2:38:03 PM Morgenthaler
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* Snow White, in ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'', certainly qualifies. She started out as a helpless, hunted girl, [[spoiler: spent years as a sex slave for seven perverted dwarfs,]] and eventually became one of the most {{Badass}} people in a comic full of them. [[spoiler: The first indication that the times, they were a-changin' was when she learned swordplay from her husband...and went on a RoaringRampageofRevenge against the dwarfs, nearly setting off a human-dwarf war.]]

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* Snow White, in ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'', certainly qualifies. She started out as a helpless, hunted girl, [[spoiler: spent years as a sex slave for seven perverted dwarfs,]] and eventually became one of the most {{Badass}} badass people in a comic full of them. [[spoiler: The first indication that the times, they were a-changin' was when she learned swordplay from her husband...and went on a RoaringRampageofRevenge against the dwarfs, nearly setting off a human-dwarf war.]]
1st Aug '16 10:03:31 AM Tron80
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* Sue Storm/Invisible Woman from ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' is the poster girl of this trope. (Literally-- [[TookALevelInBadass See the top level page]].) Originally the Invisible ''Girl'', she was very meek,[[note]]She practically ''lived'' in a classic feminine drawing-back-in-surprise pose. C'mon, you've seen it before. Leaned sorta backwards, hand raised just so, probably saying "Oh!!" in reaction to whatever it is. You'll find female ''victims'' doing it just before fainting at the sight of the bad thing the heroes are up against.[[/note]] and her power was only personal invisibility. She was ''so'' useless (not many [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_rLV-ZuNPwJ4/TDd0_9EvbII/AAAAAAAAHho/JTH1nqUrsAU/s1600/FF016_29.jpg opportunities]] [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_rLV-ZuNPwJ4/S37khyE7DZI/AAAAAAAAGv8/QimAq-rx6bg/s1600-h/FF012_28.jpg for stealth]] came along), the best her writers could say in response to ''constant'' fan outcry against TheLoad (even ''[[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_rLV-ZuNPwJ4/S1elnHzGnmI/AAAAAAAAGnc/a1LWSjvKx0M/s1600-h/FF011_12.jpg in-universe]]'') was, "Having a pretty girl around makes the boys fight harder." Her force field power was added (less than two years after her introduction), and she gradually became better and more versatile with it, especially under JohnByrne. More dramatic was the shift from her original meek personality to her current confident one, which her new choice of codename signifies. These days, Doctor Doom himself considers her the ''strongest'' of the Comicbook/FantasticFour. When she believes that the Super Skrull has abducted her child, The Thing has to remind her that it's the Fantastic Four and not the Fantastic One because she's already beating the tar out of the Super Skrull.

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* Sue Storm/Invisible Woman from ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' is the poster girl of this trope. (Literally-- [[TookALevelInBadass See the top level page]].) Originally the Invisible ''Girl'', she was very meek,[[note]]She practically ''lived'' in a classic feminine drawing-back-in-surprise pose. C'mon, you've seen it before. Leaned sorta backwards, hand raised just so, probably saying "Oh!!" in reaction to whatever it is. You'll find female ''victims'' doing it just before fainting at the sight of the bad thing the heroes are up against.[[/note]] and her power was only personal invisibility. She was ''so'' useless (not many [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_rLV-ZuNPwJ4/TDd0_9EvbII/AAAAAAAAHho/JTH1nqUrsAU/s1600/FF016_29.jpg opportunities]] [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_rLV-ZuNPwJ4/S37khyE7DZI/AAAAAAAAGv8/QimAq-rx6bg/s1600-h/FF012_28.jpg for stealth]] came along), the best her writers could say in response to ''constant'' fan outcry against TheLoad (even ''[[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_rLV-ZuNPwJ4/S1elnHzGnmI/AAAAAAAAGnc/a1LWSjvKx0M/s1600-h/FF011_12.jpg in-universe]]'') was, "Having a pretty girl around makes the boys "Sue pulls her own weight, even if you refuse to acknowledge her contribuitions only because she doesn't fight harder." aggressively enough for you". Her force field power was added (less than two years after her introduction), and she gradually became better and more versatile with it, especially under JohnByrne. More dramatic was the shift from her original meek personality to her current confident one, which her new choice of codename signifies. These days, Doctor Doom himself considers her the ''strongest'' of the Comicbook/FantasticFour. When she believes that the Super Skrull has abducted her child, The Thing has to remind her that it's the Fantastic Four and not the Fantastic One because she's already beating the tar out of the Super Skrull.



* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** In several storylines -set before and after the ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''-, Supergirl was trained by Franchise/{{Superman}} or Franchise/WonderWoman and learnt some style of martial arts.
** Supergirl increased her badassery in the ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' storyline when she got a [[Franchise/GreenLantern Red Lantern Ring]]. Lantern Rings are the most powerful weapons in the universe, and Red Rings are fueled by their bearer's fury. And Supergirl is a headstrong, HotBlooded ''Kryptonian''.



* ComicBook/JeanGrey is arguably just as good a candidate as Susan and Nova, and probably isn't considered such because everyone's forgotten that she started out much the same way as Susan, with fairly useless powers - limited telekinesis and eye candy DamselInDistress. As time went by, her telekinesis got stronger, she developed telepathy and began to become more powerful. The Chris Claremont got his hands on her, ''ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga'' happened and even after her resurrection, Jean was an incredibly powerful psychic, only possibly exceeded by her 'children' Rachel Grey and Nate Grey, before dying and becoming the White Phoenix of the Crown, capable of holding the entire universe in her hands.

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* ComicBook/JeanGrey ''ComicBook/JeanGrey'' is arguably just as good a candidate as Susan and Nova, and probably isn't considered such because everyone's forgotten that she started out much the same way as Susan, with fairly useless powers - limited telekinesis and eye candy DamselInDistress.teles. As time went by, her telekinesis got stronger, she developed telepathy and began to become more powerful. The Chris Claremont got his hands on her, ''ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga'' happened and even after her resurrection, Jean was an incredibly powerful psychic, only possibly exceeded by her 'children' Rachel Grey ''Comicbook/RachelSummers'' and Nate Grey, before dying and becoming the White Phoenix of the Crown, capable of holding the entire universe in her hands.
19th Jun '16 8:15:20 PM nombretomado
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*** After a pretty successful stint as Comicbook/{{Venom}} (see ''{{Thunderbolts}}'' and ''ComicBook/DarkAvengers''), he is back as the Scorpion in an even MORE powerful scorpion suit. Spidey still bests him, but he certainly has the powers to be a threat these days.

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*** After a pretty successful stint as Comicbook/{{Venom}} (see ''{{Thunderbolts}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' and ''ComicBook/DarkAvengers''), he is back as the Scorpion in an even MORE powerful scorpion suit. Spidey still bests him, but he certainly has the powers to be a threat these days.
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