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19th Sep '17 7:03:34 PM DustSnitch
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** Spider-Man writer Fred Van Lente has been doing this in general with a few F-list villains, taking them and making them into genuinely capable threats. The best example is the Spot, who is developed by Van Lente into a [[TheVoiceless mute killer]] who's been driven insane by his being trapped in an alternate dimension and who can now only communicate by writing in his own incomprehensible language of dots. We also see just how legitimately terrifying the powers of even the lowliest super-villains can be. More recently, Van Lente has been writing [[ADayInTheLimelight background stories]] featuring some of the classic Lee/Ditko/Romita villains in the new ''Web of Spider-Man'' series that began in late 2009.

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** Spider-Man writer Fred Van Lente has been doing this in general with a few F-list villains, taking them and making them into genuinely capable threats. The best example is the Spot, who is developed by Van Lente into a [[TheVoiceless mute killer]] killer who's been driven insane by his being trapped in an alternate dimension and who can now only communicate by writing in his own incomprehensible language of dots. We also see just how legitimately terrifying the powers of even the lowliest super-villains can be. More recently, Van Lente has been writing [[ADayInTheLimelight background stories]] featuring some of the classic Lee/Ditko/Romita villains in the new ''Web of Spider-Man'' series that began in late 2009.
22nd Aug '17 7:51:42 AM GrammarNavi
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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". It got so bad that a comic had them ''address the complaints in-universe.'' Her teammates decided that her true worth was... that having a pretty girl around makes them want to 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, "Sue pulls her own weight, even if you refuse to acknowledge her contribuitions contributions only because she doesn't fight aggressively enough for you". It got so bad that a comic had them ''address the complaints in-universe.'' Her teammates decided that her true worth was... that having a pretty girl around makes them want to 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.Creator/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.
24th Jun '17 4:30:44 AM Piterpicher
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* [[ComicBook/XMan Nate Grey]] began as pretty badass, with vast PsychicPowers thanks to his being created as a LivingWeapon in the ''ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse'' reality to destroy Apocalypse. When he hopped over to the mainstream reality, his powers were estimated as being equivalent to those of the Dark Phoenix and he lived in constant fear of accidentally [[RealityWarper rewriting reality in his sleep]]. As time went by, he got stronger and stronger, even though his powers were killing him and switching on and off at random, subconsciously resurrecting both Maddie Pryor and, briefly, AoA!Gwen Stacy and finally, himself through sheer force of will. Then, he finally got the genetic flaw fixed and becoming powerful enough to treat the Multiverse as his personal step-ladder, step outside of time and take on the Dark Avengers and Dark X-Men minus the Sentry (who had disappeared after Nate confronted him about their apparent past together, having apparently teamed up to fight Galactus) while politely lecturing them on why their powers wouldn't work on him before [[BatmanGambit apparently throwing the fight]]. Norman Osborn, a man known for underestimating his enemies if anything, considered him capable of going toe to toe with the Sentry.

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* [[ComicBook/XMan Nate Grey]] began as pretty badass, with vast PsychicPowers thanks to his being created as a LivingWeapon in the ''ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse'' reality to destroy Apocalypse. When he hopped over to the mainstream reality, his powers were estimated as being equivalent to those of the Dark Phoenix and he lived in constant fear of accidentally [[RealityWarper rewriting reality in his sleep]]. As time went by, he got stronger and stronger, even though his powers were killing him and switching on and off at random, subconsciously resurrecting both Maddie Pryor and, briefly, AoA!Gwen Music/AoA!Gwen Stacy and finally, himself through sheer force of will. Then, he finally got the genetic flaw fixed and becoming powerful enough to treat the Multiverse as his personal step-ladder, step outside of time and take on the Dark Avengers and Dark X-Men minus the Sentry (who had disappeared after Nate confronted him about their apparent past together, having apparently teamed up to fight Galactus) while politely lecturing them on why their powers wouldn't work on him before [[BatmanGambit apparently throwing the fight]]. Norman Osborn, a man known for underestimating his enemies if anything, considered him capable of going toe to toe with the Sentry.
5th Jun '17 12:43:12 AM PhantomRider
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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]].). 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". It got so bad that a comic had them ''address the complaints in-universe.'' Her teammates decided that her true worth was... that having a pretty girl around makes them want to 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.



* ''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 limited 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' ''Comicbook/RachelSummers'' 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'' 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 limited teles.telekinesis. 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' ''Comicbook/RachelSummers'' and Nate Grey, before dying (again) and becoming the White Phoenix of the Crown, capable of holding the entire universe in her hands.



** As UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age of comic|Books}}s started, the [[PowerPerversionPotential more unsavory uses]] of his power become kosher to mention, and he took a level in ''creepy'', as well. When BrianMichaelBendis created ComicBook/JessicaJones, her backstory was that she'd been a teenage superhero. Who naively confronted Killgrave and instantly got hit by his powers. And kidnapped for eight months. [[MindRape And forced to watch him having sex with other girls and being told to wish it was her in their place.]] [[FromBadToWorse Or being forced to beg him to have sex with her until she cried.]] Needless to say, this left her with...issues.

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** As UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age of comic|Books}}s started, the [[PowerPerversionPotential more unsavory uses]] of his power become kosher to mention, and he took a level in ''creepy'', as well. When BrianMichaelBendis created ComicBook/JessicaJones, her backstory was that she'd been a teenage superhero. Who naively confronted Killgrave and instantly got hit by his powers. And kidnapped for eight months. [[MindRape And forced to watch him having sex with other girls and being told to wish it was her in their place.]] [[FromBadToWorse Or being forced to beg him to have sex with her until she cried.]] Needless to say, this left her with... issues.



* 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 Voluminous 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. You could often find him after a battle bragging about how great a strategic move his [[DirtyCoward running away from the fight as usual]] ''really'' was. 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.
1st May '17 9:15:08 AM Eoppen
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* Although the process was aided by her [[spoiler:gaining vampiric powers]], Pearl Jones from ''ComicBook/AmericanVampire'' comes under this trope. After being victimized by a coven of "traditional" vampires, [[spoiler:and turned into a vampire by Skinner Sweet on a whim]], she goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against her tormentors, and becomes a ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend to her chosen man, who is a retired SemperFi/Marine and no pushover in his own right.
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.
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