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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.
27th May '16 8:31:01 AM rafi
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* 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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* 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.badass.
* At the beginning of the ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' series, Paperinik finds that his usual kit of goofy weapons and tools are largely useless against an invading armada of inter-stellar aliens. When he stumbles on the [=151st=] floor of Ducklair Tower, he finds that the resident AI, One, is more than willing to supply him with the necessary weapons and gear necessary to combat not only aliens, but also rogue time-travelers, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt high-level space-time anomalies]], [[AIIsACrapshoot malevolent AIs]], suicide terrorists... in short, his competence level goes up significantly.
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14th May '16 3:16:00 AM Doug86
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* The ComicBook/{{New Mutants}}[=/=]ComicBook/{{X-Factor}}[=/=]ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}[=/=]ComicBook/{{X-Men}}[=/=]ComicBook/{{X-Factor}} (again)/Comicbook/XForce[=/=]ComicBook/{{X-Factor}} (for a third time) character Wolfsbane seems to have this intermittently, from [[spoiler: killing someone and beating up Feral in the original ''X-Factor'' series]] to [[spoiler: eating her father and clawing up Mortis' throat (with an accompanying SHRRIP! sound effect) in ''X-Force'']], and now she's [[spoiler: been given some Asgardian powers to help her survive the Asgardian wolf baby in her stomach]]. She tends to veer wildly between taking this trope to heart and being TheWoobie.

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* The ComicBook/{{New Mutants}}[=/=]ComicBook/{{X-Factor}}[=/=]ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}[=/=]ComicBook/{{X-Men}}[=/=]ComicBook/{{X-Factor}} (again)/Comicbook/XForce[=/=]ComicBook/{{X-Factor}} ComicBook/NewMutants[=/=]ComicBook/XFactor[=/=]ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}[=/=]ComicBook/XMen[=/=]ComicBook/XFactor (again)/Comicbook/XForce[=/=]ComicBook/XFactor (for a third time) character Wolfsbane seems to have this intermittently, from [[spoiler: killing someone and beating up Feral in the original ''X-Factor'' series]] to [[spoiler: eating her father and clawing up Mortis' throat (with an accompanying SHRRIP! sound effect) in ''X-Force'']], and now she's [[spoiler: been given some Asgardian powers to help her survive the Asgardian wolf baby in her stomach]]. She tends to veer wildly between taking this trope to heart and being TheWoobie.



** Before that, he was an AdaptationalBadass in ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'', as a VillainWithGoodPublicity (and good makeup to hide his purple skin) who was mind-controlling the X-Terminators as his personal army. Using his real name instead of ever calling himself "The Purple Man" helped a lot, too, when it came to being taken seriously. (When your ''real'' last name is ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Killgrave]],'' you don't ''need'' a villain handle!)

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** Before that, he was an AdaptationalBadass in ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'', ''WesternAnimation/XMen'', as a VillainWithGoodPublicity (and good makeup to hide his purple skin) who was mind-controlling the X-Terminators as his personal army. Using his real name instead of ever calling himself "The Purple Man" helped a lot, too, when it came to being taken seriously. (When your ''real'' last name is ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Killgrave]],'' you don't ''need'' a villain handle!)
4th May '16 1:44:26 AM rafi
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* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck took a level in badass back in the 60's in the Italian Disney comics, when he stumbled upon the suit and equipment of an old-time gentleman thief/vigilante, and used it to create his own secret identity of Paperinik. At first he just used it to get even with Uncle Scrooge and other people who crossed him, but pretty soon he started working as a superhero, keeping the streets of Duckburg safe at night. Then he took another level when he got his own series and was suddenly fighting alien invasions, mad scientists, and major disasters on a regular basis in ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures''.
21st Feb '16 10:05:05 AM Kirayoshi
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* 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.]]

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* 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.
23rd Jan '16 12:33:42 PM nombretomado
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* {{Storm}} from ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' is an interesting example; she started off as a fairly strong Claremont Woman, but a bit unsure of herself. After some time with the team and a radical makeover in Japan, however, she became less an African ProperLady and more of an ethnic ActionGirl. She still used SpockSpeak, however, and continues to do so to this day. Also, when it comes to her {{claustrophobia}}, finding herself in an enclosed space went from "instantly paralyzed by post-traumatic flashbacks to her parents' death" to "really uncomfortable, but the desire to get the hell out makes her all the more motivated to get the job done."

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* {{Storm}} ComicBook/{{Storm}} from ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' ''Comicbook/XMen'' is an interesting example; she started off as a fairly strong Claremont Woman, but a bit unsure of herself. After some time with the team and a radical makeover in Japan, however, she became less an African ProperLady and more of an ethnic ActionGirl. She still used SpockSpeak, however, and continues to do so to this day. Also, when it comes to her {{claustrophobia}}, finding herself in an enclosed space went from "instantly paralyzed by post-traumatic flashbacks to her parents' death" to "really uncomfortable, but the desire to get the hell out makes her all the more motivated to get the job done."
17th Jan '16 4:02:55 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Also, Spidey's one-time girlfriend Betty Brant. After the murder of her husband Ned Leeds, she went from one nervous breakdown to another, was brainwashed by a cult for a while, and in general, was a DamselInDistress. Eventually, after a long absence from the comic, she came back [[ActionGirl packing heat and knowing martial arts]], intent on finding answers to the reasons behind Ned's death. Even Spidey was shocked at the change she had underwent.
11th Jan '16 6:12:20 AM Onomateopoetic
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* 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.

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* 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.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.]]
2nd Jan '16 1:40:01 PM nombretomado
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* Happens Slower than usual in SonicTheComic, but brutally obvious if one re-reads the comic a bit. Amy is the most obvious example, with her transition from girly to outright dangerous AdaptationalBadass and second in command of the Freedom Fighters, however Johnny Lightfoot, Shorty the Squirrel and even, to a limited extent, Porker Lewis. Johnny, Shorty and Porker began as cute, clothes-less little Mobians, and eventually gained rather badass outfits in Shorty cause his Cybernik armour, and in Johnny and Amy's case, a combat staff and a repeating crossbow.

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* Happens Slower than usual in SonicTheComic, ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'', but brutally obvious if one re-reads the comic a bit. Amy is the most obvious example, with her transition from girly to outright dangerous AdaptationalBadass and second in command of the Freedom Fighters, however Johnny Lightfoot, Shorty the Squirrel and even, to a limited extent, Porker Lewis. Johnny, Shorty and Porker began as cute, clothes-less little Mobians, and eventually gained rather badass outfits in Shorty cause his Cybernik armour, and in Johnny and Amy's case, a combat staff and a repeating crossbow.
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