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* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': Being GenreSavvy enough to realize their situation after "The Nigerian Job," Nate and his new team know they all need a grounding in each other's area of expertise. By the second season, they're all adept at a first strike (defending against non-specialized opponents, maintaining a short-term cover identity, lifting wallets, planning the ShortCon, and cracking lower-level codes). Later on, they're able to mix things up and even combine skills for new strategies. By the final season, they're all up at least one level across the board.

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* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': Being GenreSavvy enough to realize their situation after "The Nigerian Job," Nate and his new team know they all need a grounding in each other's area of expertise. By the second season, they're all adept at a first strike (defending against non-specialized opponents, maintaining a short-term cover identity, lifting wallets, planning the ShortCon, and cracking lower-level codes). Later on, especially after an on-the-fly SwappedRoles attempt, they're able to mix things up and even combine skills for unlock new strategies. By the final season, they're all up at least one level across the board.
25th Apr '17 4:52:03 PM gb00393
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** After Brienne starts training him, Pod's fighting skills improve.
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*** Bran discovers his warging and Greensight abilities after he is crippled and, over the course of the series, focuses on mastering them. By the end of season 6, Bran [[spoiler:succeeds the Three-eyed Raven, a powerful mystical force, when the Three-eyed Raven is defeated by the Night King and Bran becomes the new Three-eyed Raven]].

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*** Bran discovers his warging and Greensight abilities after he is crippled and, over the course of the series, focuses on mastering them. In "The Rains of Castamere", he learns how to warg at will, allowing him to use Summer to attack some Wildlings. And as of "The First of His Name", he uses Hodor to ''brutally'' kill Locke. That's right Arya is no longer the only Stark child with major confirmed kills. By the end of season 6, Bran [[spoiler:succeeds the Three-eyed Raven, a powerful mystical force, when the Three-eyed Raven is defeated by the Night King and Bran becomes the new Three-eyed Raven]].
11th Apr '17 9:19:38 AM gb00393
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*** Arya is leveling up as the series goes on. After she survives hiding from the Crown and being on the run, she manages to escape Westeros and undergoes her TrainingFromHell in Braavos, acquiring the skills of the Faceless Men -- the deadliest assassins in the world. Unfortunately, it comes at a terrible psychological cost.

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*** Arya is leveling up as the series goes on. After Much of her story arc is how incredibly badass she becomes with every passing second. While she survives hiding from the Crown and being on the run, she stands up to bigger bullies, travels with the Night's Watch recruits, survives encounters with the Mountain, orders around a super-assassin, stares down Tywin Lannister without flinching, attacks the Hound with a knife and has to be restrained, frequently stands up to the Hound, kills the Frey soldier who defiled her brother's corpse and murders the shit out of Lannister toadie Polliver, psychotic rapist Rorge, and Kingsguard Meryn Trant. Eventually, she manages to escape Westeros and undergoes her TrainingFromHell in Braavos, acquiring the skills of the Faceless Men -- the deadliest assassins in the world. Unfortunately, it comes at a terrible psychological cost.
8th Apr '17 1:20:20 PM cherrychels
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* In ''Series/AuctionKings'', Jon goes from being "The new picker" in season one, to being "My [Paul's] picker" in later seasons.

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* In ''Series/AuctionKings'', Jon goes from being "The "the new picker" in season one, to being "My "my [Paul's] picker" in later seasons.



** Buffy, while always a badass, gradually becomes much stronger and a more capable fighter as the show goes on. Compare Buffy [[CurbStompBattle getting her ass handed to her]] by [[{{Mooks}} vamps]] in Season One with her [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu wiping the floor with Glory]] at the end of Season Five.
** Angel's transformation as he moves from Buffy's season 3 into his own spinoff is particularly striking. From the very first episode, he's playing at the Badass [[{{Cap}} Level Cap]], drawing inspiration, according to director commentary, from the best moments of both Batman and John Wayne.
** Wesley is a long-term, visibly executed case, marked with actual CharacterDevelopment. It wasn't just the writers' decision to make him suddenly "cool" -- it was the ''character's'' decision to. When first seen on ''Buffy'', Wes was a weak, weaselly wimp. In ''Angel'', he enters on a motorcycle, dresses in badass chic, and presents himself as a "rogue demon hunter", but at first remains his old self. As seasons go by, he becomes the series' Jack Bauer in every regard, only overshadowed by Angel himself.
** Willow starts as a geek and bookworm, helpful only as research type. Her powers increase with time until by the end of Season 7, she is a super-powerful witch (and fully in control of her abilities).
** Giles first appears to be a reversal, when in Season 2 it turns out he used to rank among the darker characters before joining the Watchers' Council. Shortly he proves to be ready to unexpectedly beat the crap out of his old friends and be one of the few that can stand up to season 6's [[spoiler:Dark Willow]]. Another example from season 5, episode 19 "Tough Love":

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** Buffy, while always a badass, gradually becomes much stronger and a more capable fighter as the show goes on. Compare Buffy [[CurbStompBattle getting her ass handed to her]] by [[{{Mooks}} vamps]] in Season One with her [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu wiping the floor with the goddess Glory]] at the end of Season Five.
** Angel's transformation as he moves from Buffy's season 3 three of ''Buffy'' into his own spinoff ''Angel'' is particularly striking. From the very first episode, episode of his spinoff, he's playing at the Badass [[{{Cap}} Level Cap]], drawing inspiration, inspiration -- according to director commentary, commentary -- from the best moments of both Batman and John Wayne.
** Wesley is a long-term, visibly executed case, marked with actual CharacterDevelopment. It wasn't just the writers' decision to make him suddenly "cool" -- it was the ''character's'' decision to.too. When first seen on ''Buffy'', Wes was a weak, weaselly wimp. In ''Angel'', he enters makes his entrance on a motorcycle, dresses in badass chic, and presents himself as a "rogue demon hunter", but at first still (initially) remains his old self. As However, as seasons go by, he Wesley becomes the series' Jack Bauer in every regard, regard and is only overshadowed by Angel himself.
** Willow starts as a geek and bookworm, primarily helpful only as in the research type. area. Her powers increase with time until until, by the end of Season 7, she is a super-powerful witch (and fully in control of her abilities).
** Giles Giles' first appears to be a reversal, when reversal when, in Season 2 2, it turns out he used to rank among the darker characters before joining the Watchers' Council. Shortly after, he proves to be ready to unexpectedly beat the crap out of his old friends and be is one of the few that who can stand up to season 6's [[spoiler:Dark Willow]]. Another example from season 5, episode 19 "Tough Love":



** Dawn is a relatively mild example, apparently in her spare time picking up reasonably fluent Turkish and Sumerian, and eventually in [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E7ConversationsWithDeadPeople Conversations With Dead People]] proving capable in magic.

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** Dawn is a relatively mild example, apparently example. Apparently in her spare time picking up reasonably time, she becomes fluent in Turkish and Sumerian, and eventually in [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E7ConversationsWithDeadPeople Conversations With Dead People]] proving People]], she proves capable in magic.



** Xander goes from being rescued by Buffy in Season 1 to "Did you see that? I hit a guy!" to actually fighting off vampires for quite a long time in "School Hard", Season 2. He also changes from mocking how scared he is to standing up to Angelus. Angelus is SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in vampire form, in a scene where his balls drop a foot and triple in size Xander scares him off to protect a sick Buffy. Also in the season eight comics [[spoiler:Xander has become a high tech battle watcher for Slayer Inc. He also wants people to call him [[ComicBook/NickFury Sgt. Fury]]]].

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** Xander goes from being rescued by Buffy in Season 1 to "Did you see that? I hit a guy!" to actually fighting off vampires for quite a long time in Season 2's "School Hard", Season 2.Hard". He also changes from mocking how scared he is to standing up to Angelus. Angelus is SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in vampire form, in a scene where his balls drop a foot and triple in size Xander scares him off to protect a sick Buffy. Also in the season eight comics [[spoiler:Xander has become a high tech battle watcher for Slayer Inc. He also wants people to call him [[ComicBook/NickFury Sgt. Fury]]]].
8th Apr '17 1:12:40 PM cherrychels
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** The Scoobies seem to accumulate levels of badass over the course of the show, particularly over the summers of 1998 (between season 2 and 3) and 2001 (between season 5 and 6), to compensate for the Slayer's absence.

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** The Scoobies seem to accumulate levels of badass over the course of the show, particularly over the summers of 1998 (between during between season 2 and 3) 3 -- and 2001 (between between season 5 and 6), 6, to compensate for the Slayer's absence.



** Daenerys Targaryen progresses from a timid maid sold by her brother in exchange for an army to becoming an emancipating conqueror.

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** Daenerys Targaryen progresses from a timid maid sold by her {{JerkAss}} brother in exchange for an army army, to becoming an emancipating conqueror.



*** Jon, while he is loved by his family who he loves deeply, is initially an [[HeroicBastard outsider]] -- he was an outsider in general Westerosi society due to his status as an illegitimate son and was [[FishOutOfWater initially an outsider among the other recruits at Castle Black]] (before they became TrueCompanions) due to his highborn upbringing by his lord father in a castle. Over the course of the series, mainly through his term serving under Lord Commander Mormont and time spent among the Wildlings, Jon becomes a natural and charismatic leader and fighter among his fellows and by the end of season 6, the whole North and the wildlings are ready to follow him and he is [[spoiler:proclaimed [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning the second King in the North]] by the Northern lords]].
*** Sansa starts as a NaiveNewcomer and ButtMonkey in King's Landing. All the turmoil she goes through in Seasons 2 and 3 definitely hardens her and toughens her up, but it doesn't really start to show until Season 4. By late Season 4, she's become a SilkHidingSteel type of woman who develops political acumen great enough to impress Littlefinger himself. Though she has long ways to go, she definitely has the most political intrigue out of any of the Starks and is able to use deception and manipulation to her advantage. This leveling up is largely forgotten between Seasons 4 and 5, sadly, as she spends pretty much all of Season 5 being victimized worse than ever, her supposed desire for revenge never goes anywhere, and she ends up being rescued after her own attempt at calling for rescue fails completely, though she does break herself out of her room with the corkscrew. However, she levels up again in Season 6, telling Jon that she'll rally the North and oust Ramsay by herself if he's unwilling to help, which he agrees to do once they receive Ramsay's taunting letter. When they finally corner Ramsay in "Battle of the Bastards", Jon literally beats him into the ground before deferring final judgment to his sister. Sansa decides to feed him to his own dogs. And watches him die as he is devoured.

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*** Jon, while he is loved by his family who he loves deeply, is initially an [[HeroicBastard outsider]] -- he was an outsider in general Westerosi society due to his status as an illegitimate son and was [[FishOutOfWater initially an outsider among the other recruits at Castle Black]] (before they became TrueCompanions) due to his highborn upbringing by his lord father in a castle. Over the course of the series, mainly through his term serving under Lord Commander Mormont and time spent among the Wildlings, Jon becomes a natural and charismatic leader and fighter among his fellows and by fellows. By the end of season 6, the whole North and the wildlings are ready to follow him Jon and he is [[spoiler:proclaimed [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning the second King in the North]] by the Northern lords]].
*** Sansa starts as a NaiveNewcomer and ButtMonkey in King's Landing. All the turmoil she goes through in Seasons 2 and 3 definitely hardens her and toughens her up, but it doesn't really start to show until Season 4. By late Season 4, she's become a SilkHidingSteel type of woman who develops political acumen great enough to impress Littlefinger himself. Though she has long ways to go, she definitely has the most political intrigue out of any of the Starks and is able to use deception and manipulation to her advantage. This Sadly, this leveling up is largely forgotten between Seasons 4 and 5, sadly, 5 as she spends pretty much all of Season 5 being victimized worse than ever, her supposed desire for revenge never goes anywhere, and she ends up being rescued by Theon after her own attempt at calling for rescue fails completely, completely -- though she does break herself out of her room with the corkscrew. However, In Season 6, she does manage to finally reunite with a loving member of her family -- her older brother, Jon -- and afterward, she levels up again in Season 6, again, telling Jon him that she'll rally the North and oust Ramsay by herself if he's unwilling to help, which he Jon [[BigBrotherInstinct agrees to do do]] once they receive Ramsay's taunting threatening letter. When they finally corner Ramsay in "Battle of the Bastards", Jon literally beats him Ramsay into the ground before deferring final judgment to his sister. Sansa decides to feed him to his own dogs. And dogs -- and watches him die as he is devoured.



** After spending Volume Two wallowing in her own pain, Claire spent volume three [[CuteBruiser kicking ass and generally being much more proactive]] in dealing with life's hard knocks.

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** After spending Volume Two volume two wallowing in her own pain, Claire spent volume three [[CuteBruiser kicking ass and generally being much more proactive]] in dealing with life's hard knocks.



** [[spoiler:Micah apparently took one in volume three. In volume four, he's adopted the codename "Rebel" and is organizing a resistance effort against the government.]]
** Peter does this, twice. First, by actually getting a grasp on his powers after his training with Claude. Later, when his DEPOWERING followed by his new NERFED ability, he becomes one of the most strategically intelligent characters of the show.

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** [[spoiler:Micah apparently took one in volume three. In volume four, he's adopted the codename "Rebel" and is organizing a resistance effort against the government.government's round-up of evolved humans.]]
** Peter does this, this twice. First, by actually getting a grasp on his powers after his training with Claude. Later, when his DEPOWERING followed by his new NERFED ability, he becomes one of the most strategically intelligent characters of the show.
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*** Sansa goes from a NaiveNewcomer and ButtMonkey in King's Landing to a SilkHidingSteel type of woman who develops political acumen great enough to impress Littlefinger himself.

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*** Sansa goes from starts as a NaiveNewcomer and ButtMonkey in King's Landing Landing. All the turmoil she goes through in Seasons 2 and 3 definitely hardens her and toughens her up, but it doesn't really start to show until Season 4. By late Season 4, she's become a SilkHidingSteel type of woman who develops political acumen great enough to impress Littlefinger himself.himself. Though she has long ways to go, she definitely has the most political intrigue out of any of the Starks and is able to use deception and manipulation to her advantage. This leveling up is largely forgotten between Seasons 4 and 5, sadly, as she spends pretty much all of Season 5 being victimized worse than ever, her supposed desire for revenge never goes anywhere, and she ends up being rescued after her own attempt at calling for rescue fails completely, though she does break herself out of her room with the corkscrew. However, she levels up again in Season 6, telling Jon that she'll rally the North and oust Ramsay by herself if he's unwilling to help, which he agrees to do once they receive Ramsay's taunting letter. When they finally corner Ramsay in "Battle of the Bastards", Jon literally beats him into the ground before deferring final judgment to his sister. Sansa decides to feed him to his own dogs. And watches him die as he is devoured.
6th Apr '17 4:02:11 PM gb00393
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*** Jon, while he is loved by his family who he loves deeply, is initially an [[HeroicBastard outsider]] -- he was an outsider in general Westerosi society due to his status as an illegitimate son and was [[FishOutOfWater initially an outsider among the other recruits at Castle Black]] (before they became TrueCompanions) due to his highborn upbringing by his lord father in a castle. Over the course of the series, Jon becomes a natural and charismatic leader among his fellows and by the end of season 6, the whole North and the wildlings are ready to follow him and he is [[spoiler:proclaimed [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning the second King in the North]] by the Northern lords]].

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*** Jon, while he is loved by his family who he loves deeply, is initially an [[HeroicBastard outsider]] -- he was an outsider in general Westerosi society due to his status as an illegitimate son and was [[FishOutOfWater initially an outsider among the other recruits at Castle Black]] (before they became TrueCompanions) due to his highborn upbringing by his lord father in a castle. Over the course of the series, mainly through his term serving under Lord Commander Mormont and time spent among the Wildlings, Jon becomes a natural and charismatic leader and fighter among his fellows and by the end of season 6, the whole North and the wildlings are ready to follow him and he is [[spoiler:proclaimed [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning the second King in the North]] by the Northern lords]].
4th Apr '17 12:35:30 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Mickey Smith does this ''twice.'' Or maybe it took two stages. At first a cowering if sweet natured nerd, he moves up a level during the year he's falsely suspected of his girlfriend's murder. He becomes a lot braver, even willing to die to protect his girlfriend's mother, as well as developing some impressive hacking skills. He goes up another level offscreen after several years of fighting Cybermen in an alternate universe. Last time we saw him as a full badass complete with deeper voice and {{BFG}}.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In the classic series, we go from the small, scheming and perpetually nervous [[Creator/PatrickTroughton Second]] [[TheNthDoctor Doctor]] to the [[IKnowKungFu Venusian-aikido]]-using, [[CulturedBadass wine-drinking]], [[BadassGrandpa elderly]] [[Franchise/JamesBond James Bond]]-esque [[Creator/JonPertwee Third]] Doctor. The fact that Three was stranded on Earth working with [[RedshirtArmy UNIT]] adds to his perceived levels of badass-ness.
** Or going from the meek and gentlemanly Fifth Doctor to the maniacal and anti-heroic Sixth. The crowner has to be going from the sweet and ditzy [[NiceGuy Eighth Doctor]] to renouncing the very idea of being a "doctor" in the healing sense and becoming someone who ''could'' destroy both the Daleks and all of Gallefrey if it ended the Time War.
** The Doctor has the tendency to turn his companions into badasses. It could be argued that it's part of the reason why he takes companions in the first place. Davros, one of the Doctor's oldest enemies, accuses him of this specifically, saying that while he may have created the monstrous Dalek killing machines, the Doctor has transformed innumerable innocent normal people into weapons himself.
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Mickey Smith does this ''twice.'' Or maybe it took two stages. At first a cowering if sweet natured good-natured nerd, he moves up a level during the year he's falsely suspected of his girlfriend's murder. He becomes a lot braver, even willing to die to protect his girlfriend's mother, as well as developing some impressive hacking skills. He goes up another level offscreen after several years of fighting Cybermen in an alternate universe. Last time we saw him as a full badass complete with deeper voice and {{BFG}}.{{BFG}}.
** Captain Jack Harkness. He goes from a [[ChivalrousPervert charming coward]], albeit one who is willing to fight when he has to, to an immortal charming wisecracking badass.
** They're not the only ones to do it. Martha did this either when she protected "John Smith" from the Family of Blood or when she [[WalkingTheEarth Walked the Earth]] for an entire year.



** Captain Jack. OMG Captain Jack. He goes from [[ChivalrousPervert charming coward]], albeit one who is willing to fight when he has to, to immortal charming wisecracking badass.

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** Captain Jack. OMG Captain Jack. He goes from [[ChivalrousPervert charming coward]], albeit one We can't forget Rose's mum Jackie, who is willing got to fight when he has to, carry a [[spoiler:{{BFG}} and shoot a Dalek to immortal charming wisecracking badass.smithereens alongside Mickey]].



*** Rory's other half Amy Pond goes from a flirtatious FieryRedhead to a full on ActionGirl in her two series as companion. She even saved Rory from the Silence with two machine guns, and [[spoiler: kills Kovarian in cold blood]]!

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*** Rory's other half Amy Pond goes from a flirtatious FieryRedhead to a full on full-on ActionGirl in her two series as companion. She even saved Rory from the Silence with two machine guns, and [[spoiler: kills Kovarian in cold blood]]!



** We can't forget Rose's mum Jackie, who got to carry a [[spoiler:{{BFG}} and shoot a Dalek to smithereens alongside Mickey]].
** They're not the only ones to do it. Martha did this either when she protected "John Smith" from the Family of Blood or when she [[WalkingTheEarth Walked the Earth]] for an entire year.
** Anyone who watches ''Series/DoctorWho'' knows the Doctor has the tendency to turn his companions into badasses. It could be argued that it's part of the reason why he takes companions in the first place. Davros, one of the Doctor's oldest enemies, accuses him of this specifically, saying that while he may have created the monstrous Dalek killing machines, the Doctor has transformed innumerable innocent normal people into weapons himself.
** ''Nightmare in Silver:'' The Cybermen have apparently been spending their time off the show level grinding in both asskicking and cunning. The ''first one we see'' deactivates a self destruct device for the entire planet, and they only get tougher from there.
** In the classic series, we go from the small, scheming and perpetually nervous [[Creator/PatrickTroughton Second]] [[TheNthDoctor Doctor]] to the [[IKnowKungFu Venusian-aikido]]-using, [[CulturedBadass wine-drinking]], [[BadassGrandpa elderly]] [[Franchise/JamesBond James Bond]]-esque [[Creator/JonPertwee Third]] Doctor. The fact that Three was stranded on Earth working with [[RedshirtArmy UNIT]] adds to his perceived levels of badass-ness.
** Or going from the meek and gentlemanly Fifth Doctor to the maniacal and anti-heroic Sixth. The crowner has to be going from the sweet and ditzy [[NiceGuy Eighth Doctor]] to renouncing the very idea of being a "doctor" in the healing sense and becoming someone who ''could'' destroy both the Daleks and all of Gallefrey if it ended the Time War.

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** We can't forget Rose's mum Jackie, who got to carry a [[spoiler:{{BFG}} and shoot a Dalek to smithereens alongside Mickey]].
** They're not the only ones to do it. Martha did this either when she protected "John Smith" from the Family of Blood or when she [[WalkingTheEarth Walked the Earth]] for an entire year.
** Anyone who watches ''Series/DoctorWho'' knows the Doctor has the tendency to turn his companions into badasses. It could be argued that it's part of the reason why he takes companions
[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver "Nightmare in the first place. Davros, one of the Doctor's oldest enemies, accuses him of this specifically, saying that while he may have created the monstrous Dalek killing machines, the Doctor has transformed innumerable innocent normal people into weapons himself.
** ''Nightmare in Silver:''
Silver"]]: The Cybermen have apparently been spending their time off the show level grinding in both asskicking and cunning. The ''first one we see'' deactivates a self destruct device for the entire planet, and they only get tougher from there.
** In the classic series, we go from the small, scheming and perpetually nervous [[Creator/PatrickTroughton Second]] [[TheNthDoctor Doctor]] to the [[IKnowKungFu Venusian-aikido]]-using, [[CulturedBadass wine-drinking]], [[BadassGrandpa elderly]] [[Franchise/JamesBond James Bond]]-esque [[Creator/JonPertwee Third]] Doctor. The fact that Three was stranded on Earth working with [[RedshirtArmy UNIT]] adds to his perceived levels of badass-ness.
** Or going from the meek and gentlemanly Fifth Doctor to the maniacal and anti-heroic Sixth. The crowner has to be going from the sweet and ditzy [[NiceGuy Eighth Doctor]] to renouncing the very idea of being a "doctor" in the healing sense and becoming someone who ''could'' destroy both the Daleks and all of Gallefrey if it ended the Time War.
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26th Mar '17 6:38:30 AM cherrychels
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** The entire graduating class of 1999 gains a level in badass when they take off their graduation robes to reveal their arsenal of medieval weapons, prepared to fight back the AffablyEvil [[BigBad mayor of Sunnydale]] who turns into a giant snake demon during his Ascension.

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** The entire graduating class of 1999 gains a level in badass when they take off their graduation robes to reveal their arsenal of medieval weapons, prepared to fight back the AffablyEvil [[BigBad mayor of Sunnydale]] who turns into a giant snake demon during his Ascension.Ascension after he finishes his commencement speech at their graduation ceremony.
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