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1st Feb '17 3:36:28 PM TheSinful
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* ''Fanfic/CommonSense'' features both Ash and Team Rocket repeatedly becoming better in order to keep up with each other. Notably, Ash wins each of his gym battles with skill rather than luck and [[CurbStompBattle utterly thrashes Lt. Surge's Raichu]]. On the other side, Team Rocket has more Pokemon such as Gyarados, Fearow, and Beedrill and aren't above [[CombatPragmatist ganging up on enemies, attacking both trainers and bystanders, and attacking enemy Pokemon themselves]].
2nd Jan '17 1:37:16 PM nombretomado
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* In the Portal2 fanfic FanFic/BlueSky Wheatley goes from a LovableCoward who can hardly even walk...to a LovableCoward who is willing to sacrifice his life to successfully take down GLaDOS, taking his flaw of bad ideas and ''weaponising'' it.

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* In the Portal2 fanfic FanFic/BlueSky Wheatley goes from a LovableCoward who can hardly even walk...to a LovableCoward who is willing to sacrifice his life to successfully take down GLaDOS, [=GLaDOS=], taking his flaw of bad ideas and ''weaponising'' it.
31st Dec '16 8:39:15 PM nombretomado
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* [[FruitsBasket Tohru Honda]]--No, really-- [[NiceGirl Tohru]] [[ExtremeDoormat Honda]] gets this treatment in the Western [=AU=] fic ''FanFic/{{The Swordsman and the Gunslinger}}''. On the surface, she appears to be a sweet but she can hold her own in a fight. Even a person who knows her very well is amazed that she can handle an enemy.

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* [[FruitsBasket Tohru Honda]]--No, Honda -- no, really-- [[NiceGirl Tohru]] [[ExtremeDoormat Honda]] gets this treatment in the Western [=AU=] fic ''FanFic/{{The Swordsman and the Gunslinger}}''. On the surface, she appears to be a sweet but she can hold her own in a fight. Even a person who knows her very well is amazed that she can handle an enemy.
30th Dec '16 8:16:18 PM nombretomado
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* DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns has given levels in badass to more than just the dwarven noble WisePrince protagonist, plus some antagonists (the Sloth Demon, Piotin Aeducan, the Fade Beast-[[spoiler:it becomes a rock wraith]], etc.)

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* DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns ''Fanfic/DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns'' has given levels in badass to more than just the dwarven noble WisePrince protagonist, plus some antagonists (the Sloth Demon, Piotin Aeducan, the Fade Beast-[[spoiler:it becomes a rock wraith]], etc.)
27th Dec '16 10:54:24 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** All of the kids take a level or several dozen in/by chapters 59 and 60. Harry is, by this point, capable of sending a moderately powerful Winter Fae running for its life, before blasting it out of the sky. Carol is capable of coming up with an on the fly plan which Uhtred comments would impress Sif. And then, after the temporary PlotRelevantAgeUp, [[spoiler: Harry's pummelling supersized werewolves to mush, burning holes in mountains, flying, punking Project Ultimatum, a proto Destroyer that flies from the Colorado Rockies to well East of Moscow and impressing Baron Zemo, who compliments him, Diana's tearing Project Ultimatum apart with her bare hands while Zemo is trying to use it to incinerate her, Jean-Paul's showing how deadly rocks thrown at mach speeds can be, Uhtred's treating a giant werewolf trying to eat him as an inconvenience - he's mainly annoyed that no one else is paying attention, Carol's shown such potential as a [[TheStrategist strategist]] that the fucking Winter Soldier notices, and his analytical Soldier personality suggests that she is the main threat, as she's holding the others together as a group, and must be eliminated. While the Bucky side of the Soldier objects, violently]] it's a real mark of how {{Badass}} you are that, on a battlefield with three {{PhysicalGod}}s, two of whom possess raw strength/power in the Thor range, one of which has a lot of combat training, the other of which has some and is excellent at [[IndyPloy improvising]], the third of which is the protégé of Sif herself with a very big axe, and a potentially very dangerous speedster, with only basic peak human[=/=]SuperSoldier abilities, you're considered the main threat by [[spoiler: the Winter Soldier himself]].

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** All of the kids take a level or several dozen in/by chapters 59 and 60. Harry is, by this point, capable of sending a moderately powerful Winter Fae running for its life, before blasting it out of the sky. Carol is capable of coming up with an on the fly plan which Uhtred comments would impress Sif. And then, after the temporary PlotRelevantAgeUp, [[spoiler: Harry's pummelling supersized werewolves to mush, burning holes in mountains, flying, punking Project Ultimatum, a proto Destroyer that flies from the Colorado Rockies to well East of Moscow and impressing Baron Zemo, who compliments him, Diana's tearing Project Ultimatum apart with her bare hands while Zemo is trying to use it to incinerate her, Jean-Paul's showing how deadly rocks thrown at mach speeds can be, Uhtred's treating a giant werewolf trying to eat him as an inconvenience - he's mainly annoyed that no one else is paying attention, Carol's shown such potential as a [[TheStrategist strategist]] that the fucking Winter Soldier notices, and his analytical Soldier personality suggests that she is the main threat, as she's holding the others together as a group, and must be eliminated. While the Bucky side of the Soldier objects, violently]] it's a real mark of how {{Badass}} badass you are that, on a battlefield with three {{PhysicalGod}}s, two of whom possess raw strength/power in the Thor range, one of which has a lot of combat training, the other of which has some and is excellent at [[IndyPloy improvising]], the third of which is the protégé of Sif herself with a very big axe, and a potentially very dangerous speedster, with only basic peak human[=/=]SuperSoldier abilities, you're considered the main threat by [[spoiler: the Winter Soldier himself]].



* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', due to YearInsideHourOutside training and applied phlebotinum, Kyon keeps taking level after level in {{Badass}}. It's nearing MemeticBadass status within the story itself.

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* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', due to YearInsideHourOutside training and applied phlebotinum, Kyon keeps taking level after level in {{Badass}}.badass. It's nearing MemeticBadass status within the story itself.



* While in ''Fanfic/TheWizardInTheShadows'', Harry has mostly done his levelling offscreen by the time the story starts, it is quite something to contrast the already BadAss Boy-Who-Lived to what he is after four years trapped in Middle Earth in the run up to the War of the Ring: an absurdly - by human standards - fast KnifeNut, an extremely powerful wizard who is more than willing to kill and capable of going toe to toe with the Nazgul - he actively hunts them, and TheDreaded for everything evil in Middle Earth for very good reason, whispered of as 'The Black Wizard'. As noted by the author, this is largely justified by the Kill or be Killed nature of late Third Age Middle-Earth.
** He takes further levels in BadAss, wielding [[spoiler: the Sword of Gryffindor]] in battle, fending off an army of Dementors (admittedly, he was possessed for that part) after singlehandedly holding an [[DisintegratorRay Entropy Ward]] over all of Helm's Deep for over two hours against continuous assaults from the Uruk-Hai, then destroys a fifth of them by taking command of the storm and raining down lightning. And he was only drawing on outside power to a great extent with the Dementor part. He later takes on [[spoiler: Wraith Voldemort, who is present as a balance to the Tenth Walker]] in a swordfight on the back of a fell beast. Among other acts of obscene badassery.

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* While in ''Fanfic/TheWizardInTheShadows'', Harry has mostly done his levelling offscreen by the time the story starts, it is quite something to contrast the already BadAss badass Boy-Who-Lived to what he is after four years trapped in Middle Earth in the run up to the War of the Ring: an absurdly - by human standards - fast KnifeNut, an extremely powerful wizard who is more than willing to kill and capable of going toe to toe with the Nazgul - he actively hunts them, and TheDreaded for everything evil in Middle Earth for very good reason, whispered of as 'The Black Wizard'. As noted by the author, this is largely justified by the Kill or be Killed nature of late Third Age Middle-Earth.
** He takes further levels in BadAss, badass, wielding [[spoiler: the Sword of Gryffindor]] in battle, fending off an army of Dementors (admittedly, he was possessed for that part) after singlehandedly holding an [[DisintegratorRay Entropy Ward]] over all of Helm's Deep for over two hours against continuous assaults from the Uruk-Hai, then destroys a fifth of them by taking command of the storm and raining down lightning. And he was only drawing on outside power to a great extent with the Dementor part. He later takes on [[spoiler: Wraith Voldemort, who is present as a balance to the Tenth Walker]] in a swordfight on the back of a fell beast. Among other acts of obscene badassery.



* [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Sam]] in the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries''. True, she was probably one of the most BadAss characters in the show, but here, she ups the ante.

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* [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Sam]] in the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries''. True, she was probably one of the most BadAss badass characters in the show, but here, she ups the ante.



* ''Fanfic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness'' is all about Neville Longbottom, and the DA, levelling up in Badass to the point where they're able to stand up to, and fight, Death Eaters on a nearly-equal-to-equal basis.

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* ''Fanfic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness'' is all about Neville Longbottom, and the DA, levelling up in Badass badass to the point where they're able to stand up to, and fight, Death Eaters on a nearly-equal-to-equal basis.



* In ''Fanfic/RiseOfTheGaleforces'', this happens to virtually '''ALL''' of the Supers who have been bought BackFromTheDead at some point or another. Stratogale, Splashdown, and Thunderhead, all of whom died thanks to the humble CapeSnag, return to the story's current timeframe in ways that are both epic and well-earned, with Apogee and later Macroburst and Phylange following soon after. And as for [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles the original]] SuperFamilyTeam, who are already a BadassFamily as is, a NoodleIncident or two before the beginning of the story has apparently made them even more BadAss.

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* In ''Fanfic/RiseOfTheGaleforces'', this happens to virtually '''ALL''' of the Supers who have been bought BackFromTheDead at some point or another. Stratogale, Splashdown, and Thunderhead, all of whom died thanks to the humble CapeSnag, return to the story's current timeframe in ways that are both epic and well-earned, with Apogee and later Macroburst and Phylange following soon after. And as for [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles the original]] SuperFamilyTeam, who are already a BadassFamily as is, a NoodleIncident or two before the beginning of the story has apparently made them even more BadAss.badass.



** Despite having had her AdrenalineMakeover already, [[BarrierWarrior Violet]] starts out in this fanfiction as a [[StoneWall primarily defensive]] DamselInDistress who gets in trouble quite often. [[spoiler:[[BalefulPolymorph Come the]] [[OneWingedAngel end of]] [[ScaledUp Episode]] [[TyrannosaurusRex Three,]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge however...]]]]

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** Despite having had her AdrenalineMakeover already, [[BarrierWarrior Violet]] starts out in this fanfiction as a [[StoneWall primarily defensive]] DamselInDistress who gets in trouble quite often. [[spoiler:[[BalefulPolymorph Come the]] [[OneWingedAngel [[spoiler:Come the end of]] [[ScaledUp Episode]] [[TyrannosaurusRex Three,]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge of Episode Three, however...]]]]
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* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', its easier to list the characters who ''don't'' do this. By the end of the Princess [[spoiler:Gaia]] Arc, the mane cast and [[SixthRanger Trixie]] are tough enough to fight a MadGod head on and hold their own. Derpy Hooves beats down the mooks of the BigBad to [[MamaBear protect her daughter]] and is an experienced Companion of the Doctor, Shining Armor is a trained military warrior who managed to fight out of a full on military ambush, Princess Cadence [[spoiler:[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu took out an Avatar of]] [[TopGod Havoc]] in the back story (though she can't remember) and]] is willing to put her life on the line to protect Shining, and the CMC managed to build a functioning time machine. Heck, even Celestia and Luna are complete {{Badass}}es in this continuity.

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* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', its easier to list the characters who ''don't'' do this. By the end of the Princess [[spoiler:Gaia]] Arc, the mane cast and [[SixthRanger Trixie]] are tough enough to fight a MadGod head on and hold their own. Derpy Hooves beats down the mooks of the BigBad to [[MamaBear protect her daughter]] and is an experienced Companion of the Doctor, Shining Armor is a trained military warrior who managed to fight out of a full on military ambush, Princess Cadence [[spoiler:[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu took out an Avatar of]] [[TopGod Havoc]] in the back story (though she can't remember) and]] is willing to put her life on the line to protect Shining, and the CMC managed to build a functioning time machine. Heck, even Celestia and Luna are complete {{Badass}}es badasses in this continuity.



** Beast Boy goes from the goofball with some utility to the Badass responsible for banishing Klarion from our dimension. The surest sign of this is when in the final battle, he becomes a dinosaur to fight Teekel on more even terms.

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** Beast Boy goes from the goofball with some utility to the Badass badass responsible for banishing Klarion from our dimension. The surest sign of this is when in the final battle, he becomes a dinosaur to fight Teekel on more even terms.



* Matthew Streika, once the living embodiment of the IdiotBall carrying WideEyedIdealist, now has taken some levels in badass. He threw himself in the way of TheBrute's attack, got some nifty magic, and kicked a lot of ass. Shuuji followed in Chapter 2, redeeming himself by making a HeelFaceTurn, and then reducing [[SmugSnake Medraut]] [[SingleStrokeBattle to a quivering wreck.]] Even little Alina, who in the first Canon was an annoying BrattyHalfPint, became so much more BadAss as a Biological Superpowered Magical Weapon. Alina's adoptive little sister, Alexandra "Lexie" Ivanov, starts out only able to summon little lizards and heal people...and she is a ShoutOut to ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'''s Summoner Class...wait, what's she summoning now, a bigger lizard? Nope, you're dead, Adrian. What's that sound? Its the world taking a fear shit: [[OhCrap She just summoned Dragon Emperor Andreclav]]

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* Matthew Streika, once the living embodiment of the IdiotBall carrying WideEyedIdealist, now has taken some levels in badass. He threw himself in the way of TheBrute's attack, got some nifty magic, and kicked a lot of ass. Shuuji followed in Chapter 2, redeeming himself by making a HeelFaceTurn, and then reducing [[SmugSnake Medraut]] [[SingleStrokeBattle to a quivering wreck.]] Even little Alina, who in the first Canon was an annoying BrattyHalfPint, became so much more BadAss badass as a Biological Superpowered Magical Weapon. Alina's adoptive little sister, Alexandra "Lexie" Ivanov, starts out only able to summon little lizards and heal people...and she is a ShoutOut to ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'''s Summoner Class...wait, what's she summoning now, a bigger lizard? Nope, you're dead, Adrian. What's that sound? Its the world taking a fear shit: [[OhCrap She just summoned Dragon Emperor Andreclav]]
11th Dec '16 12:17:51 AM iroanxi
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* ''FanFic/ThisBites'':
** In Chapter 19, when Tashigi asks Cross if there's any way to break Mr. 3's wax, he informs her that the only swordsmen capable of cutting anything are those capable of cutting nothing. A short while later, after Mr. 3 impales her, she manages to figure out what that means, cutting through Mr. 3 and his wax to defeat him.
** Vivi and Carue, after joining the Straw Hats full-time, have new weapons made for them by Usopp, a pair of crescent chain-scythes named Lion Cutters for Vivi, armor, wing and talon-blades for Carue.
** Luffy unlocks a prototype Gear Second (Gear 1.5) as far back as Skypiea.
*** And a prototype Gear Third (Gear 2.5) as far back as Navarone.
*** And ''[[spoiler: Armament Haki]]'' at the climax of Enies Lobby.
** Leo learns how to cut steel when Donny suggests that Mikey be the new leader of the TDWS.
** Nami gets her hands on Ohm's Eisen Whip full of Iron Clouds.
** All over during the Enies Lobby Arc:
*** Boss learns and develops his Full-Shell Style, [[spoiler: his version of the Six Powers. Even the Six King Gun]].
*** Usopp and Carue both learn how to [[FlashStep Shave]].
*** [[spoiler: Soundbite '''Awakens''' the Noise-Noise Fruit]].
*** Vivi [[spoiler: awakens a CompellingVoice that is thought to be a variation of ''Conqueror's Haki''.]]
8th Nov '16 2:38:25 PM TheSinful
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* After her suit is destroyed and she's gravely injured in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10578266/9/Silly-but-Killy Silly but Killy]]'', [[Franchise/MassEffect Tali]] is given Limm Goo and Fightin Juice to possibly save her life. As a result, she becomes part Ork.
13th Oct '16 1:36:58 PM TheSinful
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11568253/1/Supernova Supernova]]'', Luffy eats a Logia Fruit that turns him into a [[PowerOfTheSun Sun Man]] and learns Rokushiki from his grandfather. He also goes on to teach is crew Rokushiki. As a result, ''Nami'' beats Krieg and Zoro manages to use RazorWind by Arlong Park. By the time they reach Loguetown, all three have the highest bounties in the East Blue (50 million for Luffy, 30 for Zoro, and 20 for Nami).
21st Aug '16 2:30:57 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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In [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11668913/1/Redeemers-Assemble Redeemers Assemble]], multiple characters do this. [[spoiler: Ultron rips his old body in half with his new one to threaten Attuma, flies headfirst into an orbital strike, and almost dies to boot, Abomination lifts the city of New York to stop it from sinking, and Red Skull sends a wave through a portal '''INTO THE SUN''']]

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In *In [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11668913/1/Redeemers-Assemble Redeemers Assemble]], multiple characters do this. [[spoiler: Ultron rips his old body in half with his new one to threaten Attuma, flies headfirst into an orbital strike, and almost dies to boot, Abomination lifts the city of New York to stop it from sinking, and Red Skull sends a wave through a portal '''INTO THE SUN''']]
21st Jul '16 3:23:36 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** The G1 Mane Cast get this as well, the Rainbow of Light having made them TheAgeless. What do they do with it? Spend several thousand years kicking the flank of any monster who dares threaten Pony Kind. This includes [[spoiler:managing to ''beat Discord'' in a straight up fight (though unfortunately, he managed to escape)]] and beating back Grogar (who in this universe also counts as this trope, being a DangerouslyGenreSavvy EvilOverlord who can go toe to toe with ''[[RealityWarper Discord]]'') every 500 years. Of note are Mimic, who managed to fight Discord head on and ultimately break his tooth ''permanently'' in a DyingMomentOfAwesome, and Shady, who [[spoiler:[[FaceHeelTurn was Discord's]] TheDragon and ultimately redeemed herself by holding him in place for the Princesses to beat him.]]

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** The G1 Mane Cast get this as well, the Rainbow of Light having made them TheAgeless. What do they do with it? Spend several thousand years kicking the flank of any monster who dares threaten Pony Kind. This includes [[spoiler:managing to ''beat Discord'' in a straight up fight (though unfortunately, he managed to escape)]] and beating back Grogar (who in this universe also counts as this trope, being a DangerouslyGenreSavvy EvilOverlord who can go toe to toe with ''[[RealityWarper Discord]]'') every 500 years. Of note are Mimic, who managed to fight Discord head on and ultimately break his tooth ''permanently'' in a DyingMomentOfAwesome, and Shady, who [[spoiler:[[FaceHeelTurn was Discord's]] TheDragon and ultimately redeemed herself by holding him in place for the Princesses to beat him.]]



* ''FanFic/WhenAPonyCalls'' and ''FanFic/TheAlchemistHeart'': Over the course of the series, Soren/Silver Script has gone from an inexperienced teenage boy turned female pony, to holding his/her own against Twilight, to fighting monsters in the Everfree, to charging {{EldritchAbomination}}s with a shot gun in a BadFuture.

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* ''FanFic/WhenAPonyCalls'' and ''FanFic/TheAlchemistHeart'': Over the course of the series, Soren/Silver Script has gone from an inexperienced teenage boy turned female pony, to holding his/her own against Twilight, to fighting monsters in the Everfree, to charging {{EldritchAbomination}}s {{Eldritch Abomination}}s with a shot gun in a BadFuture.
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