History TookALevelInBadass / LiveActionTV

10th May '16 11:27:16 PM erforce
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* Brutus on ''{{Rome}}''. He starts out as a bit of a wuss and a coward and tries but fails to stand up to his mother. Even the murder of Caesar is unwilling on his part and he pretty much just succumbed to peer pressure, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone despairing once the deed is done]]. He hits a low point in season two but then he pulls himself together, mans up and ends up commanding an army.
* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'': John Connor takes a long-anticipated level of badass in the first episode of the second season when he [[spoiler: violently stops a rape attempt on his mother and in doing so throws his old standard of ThouShaltNotKill out the window]].
** And in "The Last Voyage of the Jimmy Carter", John shows he's continued leveling up in badass when he confronts Jesse and [[spoiler: tells her he figured out who and what Riley really was, casually takes her pistol from her, lays out why he is and will be the future leader of mankind, and tells her that her plan to make Cameron kill Riley never would have worked to break them apart.]] Thoroughly ''awesome.''
*** Well, he knows [[spoiler:she won't shoot humanity's only chance against the machines]].
** [[RobotGirl Cameron]] herself levels up in the second season, though more subtly. For most of the first season and the first half of the second, she at best can draw even with other Terminators; being smaller than other Terminators makes her lighter and less physically powerful. She makes up for it, however, by fighting ''smarter'' and apparently doing research into various martial arts and weapons, until she's able to regularly tackle other Terminators and take them apart single-handedly.
*** Up to a point where a DangerouslyGenreSavvy {{mook|s}} who knows about her weakness to electricity takes her down with a pool of water and a well-placed electrical cable. He then gets ready to cut open her skull while she's disabled, knowing precisely where her chip is and knowing he's got two minutes before she reboots....only to discover to his dismay that she's upgraded, right before his neck is pulverized.

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* Brutus on ''{{Rome}}''.''Series/{{Rome}}''. He starts out as a bit of a wuss and a coward and tries but fails to stand up to his mother. Even the murder of Caesar is unwilling on his part and he pretty much just succumbed to peer pressure, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone despairing once the deed is done]]. He hits a low point in season two but then he pulls himself together, mans up and ends up commanding an army.
* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'': John Connor takes a long-anticipated level of badass in the first episode of the second season when he [[spoiler: violently stops a rape attempt on his mother and in doing so throws his old standard of ThouShaltNotKill out the window]].
** And in "The Last Voyage of the Jimmy Carter", John shows he's continued leveling up in badass when he confronts Jesse and [[spoiler: tells her he figured out who and what Riley really was, casually takes her pistol from her, lays out why he is and will be the future leader of mankind, and tells her that her plan to make Cameron kill Riley never would have worked to break them apart.]] Thoroughly ''awesome.''
*** Well, he knows [[spoiler:she won't shoot humanity's only chance against the machines]].
** [[RobotGirl Cameron]] herself levels up in the second season, though more subtly. For most of the first season and the first half of the second, she at best can draw even with other Terminators; being smaller than other Terminators makes her lighter and less physically powerful. She makes up for it, however, by fighting ''smarter'' and apparently doing research into various martial arts and weapons, until she's able to regularly tackle other Terminators and take them apart single-handedly.
*** Up to a point where a DangerouslyGenreSavvy {{mook|s}} who knows about her weakness to electricity takes her down with a pool of water and a well-placed electrical cable. He then gets ready to cut open her skull while she's disabled, knowing precisely where her chip is and knowing he's got two minutes before she reboots....only to discover to his dismay that she's upgraded, right before his neck is pulverized.
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* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'': John Connor takes a long-anticipated level of badass in the first episode of the second season when he [[spoiler: violently stops a rape attempt on his mother and in doing so throws his old standard of ThouShaltNotKill out the window]].
** And in "The Last Voyage of the Jimmy Carter", John shows he's continued leveling up in badass when he confronts Jesse and [[spoiler: tells her he figured out who and what Riley really was, casually takes her pistol from her, lays out why he is and will be the future leader of mankind, and tells her that her plan to make Cameron kill Riley never would have worked to break them apart.]] Thoroughly ''awesome.''
*** Well, he knows [[spoiler:she won't shoot humanity's only chance against the machines]].
** [[RobotGirl Cameron]] herself levels up in the second season, though more subtly. For most of the first season and the first half of the second, she at best can draw even with other Terminators; being smaller than other Terminators makes her lighter and less physically powerful. She makes up for it, however, by fighting ''smarter'' and apparently doing research into various martial arts and weapons, until she's able to regularly tackle other Terminators and take them apart single-handedly.
*** Up to a point where a DangerouslyGenreSavvy {{mook|s}} who knows about her weakness to electricity takes her down with a pool of water and a well-placed electrical cable. He then gets ready to cut open her skull while she's disabled, knowing precisely where her chip is and knowing he's got two minutes before she reboots....only to discover to his dismay that she's upgraded, right before his neck is pulverized.
16th Feb '16 5:30:55 AM rafi
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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Peter Petrelli takes a level of badass from Season One to Season Two. Unfortunately, [[IdiotBall his intellect fails to keep up]].

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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Peter Petrelli takes a level of badass from Season One to Season Two. Unfortunately, [[IdiotBall his intellect fails to keep up]].



*** The season 3 premiere is full of characters taking a level: Suresh by injecting himself, and future Ando (yet to be explained). [[spoiler: And it never is.]]
**** Ando previously Took a Level in Badass when he challenged Sylar with nothing but a sword in the finale of season 1.
*** In all honesty, Hiro started taking several levels of BadAss from the first three episodes. He flirted with full BadAss status in the last episode of season 1.
** Matt Parkman and Mohinder Suresh have taken up several levels of BadAss in season 2. Micah Sanders has potential to do the same in season 3.
** In the dystopian future revealed in Season 3, Claire has clearly taken a level in badass.
** Apparently, all the villains Claire defeated over the course of volume 3 were enough XP for her to gain a level in Badass by the volume finale, culminating in her defeat of Sylar.

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*** The season 3 premiere is full of characters taking a level: Suresh by injecting himself, ** After spending Volume Two wallowing in her own pain, Claire spent Volume Three [[CuteBruiser kicking ass and future Ando (yet generally being much more proactive]] in dealing with life's hard knocks.
** Matt seems
to be explained). [[spoiler: And it never is.have taken at least half a level in Volume 4.
** [[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.
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**** Ando previously Took ** Peter does this, twice. First, by actually getting a Level in Badass grasp on his powers after his training with Claude. Later, when his DEPOWERING followed by his new NERFED ability, he challenged Sylar with nothing but a sword in becomes one of the finale most strategically intelligent characters of season 1.
*** In all honesty, Hiro started taking several levels of BadAss from
the first three episodes. He flirted with full BadAss status in the last episode of season 1.
** Matt Parkman and Mohinder Suresh have taken up several levels of BadAss in season 2. Micah Sanders has potential to do the same in season 3.
** In the dystopian future revealed in Season 3, Claire has clearly taken a level in badass.
** Apparently, all the villains Claire defeated over the course of volume 3 were enough XP for her to gain a level in Badass by the volume finale, culminating in her defeat of Sylar.
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26th Jan '16 3:19:02 PM Allronix
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** 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.
7th Jan '16 11:33:22 AM FordPrefect
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** ''Enterprise'' demonstrates that Starfleet, and humanity itself will level up considerably. At the show's beginning, the Earth has all of one ship capable of real deep space travel and anything approximating real weapons. We know from the previous series (chronologically later adventures) what kind of force Starfleet will become, but in one episode, Daniels brings Captain Archer to the future to witness the battle of Procyon Five, wherein Starfleet is now going toe-to-toe with transdimensional beings who posess the ability to alter physical space. And according the Daniels, they win.

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** ''Enterprise'' demonstrates that Starfleet, and humanity itself will level up considerably. At the show's beginning, the Earth has all of one ship capable of real deep space travel and anything approximating real weapons. We know from the previous series (chronologically later adventures) what kind of force Starfleet will become, but in one episode, Daniels brings Captain Archer to the future to witness the battle of Procyon Five, wherein Starfleet is now going toe-to-toe with transdimensional beings who posess the ability to alter physical space. And according the to Daniels, they win.
7th Jan '16 11:31:18 AM FordPrefect
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** Arguably ''the show itself.'' It went from being what many people described as "''Series/DawsonsCreek'' with superpowers" in Season One, to the ''first ever'' full-fledged Live Action DC Universe ever seen onscreen, complete with live action versions of even the most obscure characters from DC Comics, characters that one may never have expected to make it to live action. Nowadays, whenever anyone descries a live action show about superheroes, its ''Smallville'' they compare it to. Not ''Series/{{Batman}}'', not ''Series/LoisAndClark'', its ''Smallville''. Whatever its flaws, the show at least deserves credit for that.

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** Arguably ''the show itself.'' It went from being what many people described as "''Series/DawsonsCreek'' with superpowers" in Season One, to the ''first ever'' full-fledged Live Action DC Universe ever seen onscreen, complete with live action versions of even the most obscure characters from DC Comics, characters that one may never have expected to make it to live action. Nowadays, whenever anyone descries a live action show about superheroes, its it's ''Smallville'' they compare it to. Not ''Series/{{Batman}}'', not ''Series/LoisAndClark'', its it's ''Smallville''. Whatever its flaws, the show at least deserves credit for that.
7th Jan '16 11:29:20 AM FordPrefect
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* ''Series/RedDwarf'': One Arnold Judas Rimmer (you read that right), in the first six seasons of the series he's a pathetic cowardly {{Jerkass}} who's terrified of the idea of being on the receiving end of "any" kind of violence. However, [[MomentOfAwesome eventually he ends up saving the entire crew from their future selves]]. Then later taking up the mantle of the dimension hopping hero [[TheAce Ace Rimmer]]. Probably justified in that it wasn't an immediate change.

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* ''Series/RedDwarf'': One Arnold Judas Rimmer (you read that right), in right). In the first six seasons of the series series, he's a pathetic cowardly {{Jerkass}} who's terrified of the idea of being on the receiving end of "any" ''any'' kind of violence. However, [[MomentOfAwesome eventually he ends up saving the entire crew from their future selves]]. Then selves]], then later taking up the mantle of the dimension hopping hero [[TheAce Ace Rimmer]]. Probably justified in that it wasn't an immediate change.
7th Jan '16 11:28:30 AM FordPrefect
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* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Timothy "Probie" [=McGee=] began his NCIS career as a nervous, yes-man like team sidekick/chew toy who's primary contribution to the team was his tech savvy. While that is still his most prominent skill, he's developed his confidence and physical skills and has become a true team member--able to give as good as he gets as far as his [[VitriolicBestBuds partner]] [=DiNozzo=] is concerned, make impressive pitches to the head of the entire place without blinking, and being the most quietly unnerving man in interrogation.

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* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Timothy "Probie" [=McGee=] began his NCIS career as a nervous, yes-man like team sidekick/chew toy who's whose primary contribution to the team was his tech savvy. While that is still his most prominent skill, he's developed his confidence and physical skills and has become a true team member--able to give as good as he gets as far as his [[VitriolicBestBuds partner]] [=DiNozzo=] is concerned, make impressive pitches to the head of the entire place without blinking, and being the most quietly unnerving man in interrogation.
7th Jan '16 11:26:51 AM FordPrefect
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** 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 percieved levels of badass-ness.

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** 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 percieved perceived levels of badass-ness.
30th Dec '15 12:23:07 AM Anddrix
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** Perhaps just as importantly, the show's villains also take a level in badass as the show goes on. In Season One, almost all the villains were relatively low-powered mutants (created by the [[GreenRocks kryptonite meteor shower]] in the Pilot) whose only motivation was [[StalkerWithACrush their mutual obsession with Lana]], and who were only able to challenge Clark because he himself was still low-powered and final battles often took place near the chunk powering the MonsterOfTheWeek. Then in Season Two, the meteor mutants are still around, but Clark is gaining more power...and the show starts to have him come into conflict with Lex's father Lionel, ''[[TropeNamers the]]'' MagnificentBastard - the quote concerned UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel, but trope's named that 'cause it was Lionel's FanNickname. He takes over as the definitive BigBad of Season Three. Season Four introduces magic (one of Superman's only canonical weaknesses besides kryptonite) being used by Clark's opponents, and a conspiracy plot that would be brought back in Season Seven. Season Five features the introduction of enemies from Krypton, including [[spoiler: General Zod]] and ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}, and has SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor start to grow into his future role as a supervillain mastermind. Season Six features more supervillainy from Lex, and the introduction of a plethora of alien super-criminals from the Phantom Zone. Season Seven features more of these, as well as the reintroduction of the conspiracy plot from Season Four and the return of Brainiac. Finally, Seasons Eight, Nine, and Ten (during which the show could have quite reasonably been renamed "Metropolis") featured Clark going toe-to-toe almost entirely with canonical DC Comics supervillains, culminating with a season-long war against [[spoiler: Darkseid]], arguably the BigBad of the entire DC Universe.

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** Perhaps just as importantly, the show's villains also take a level in badass as the show goes on. In Season One, almost all the villains were relatively low-powered mutants (created by the [[GreenRocks kryptonite meteor shower]] in the Pilot) whose only motivation was [[StalkerWithACrush their mutual obsession with Lana]], and who were only able to challenge Clark because he himself was still low-powered and final battles often took place near the chunk powering the MonsterOfTheWeek. Then in Season Two, the meteor mutants are still around, but Clark is gaining more power...and the show starts to have him come into conflict with Lex's father Lionel, ''[[TropeNamers the]]'' MagnificentBastard - the quote concerned UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel, but trope's named that 'cause it was Lionel's FanNickname. He takes over as the definitive BigBad of Season Three. Season Four introduces magic (one of Superman's only canonical weaknesses besides kryptonite) being used by Clark's opponents, and a conspiracy plot that would be brought back in Season Seven. Season Five features the introduction of enemies from Krypton, including [[spoiler: General Zod]] and ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}, and has SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor ComicBook/LexLuthor start to grow into his future role as a supervillain mastermind. Season Six features more supervillainy from Lex, and the introduction of a plethora of alien super-criminals from the Phantom Zone. Season Seven features more of these, as well as the reintroduction of the conspiracy plot from Season Four and the return of Brainiac. Finally, Seasons Eight, Nine, and Ten (during which the show could have quite reasonably been renamed "Metropolis") featured Clark going toe-to-toe almost entirely with canonical DC Comics supervillains, culminating with a season-long war against [[spoiler: Darkseid]], arguably the BigBad of the entire DC Universe.
21st Oct '15 5:54:48 PM nombretomado
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** ''Definitely'' Justin. In TheMovie, he saves Alex and Harper (while taking a moment to give off a well-deserved SmugSnake vibe), kicks ass windsurfing, nails the SixthRanger of the plot with magical blasts without even trying, does some adventuring that (with his brains) slips him into AdventurerArchaeologist territory, and throws down during the family wizarding competition like a true {{Badass}} - a competition that later on, he's sure to win (having gone through a personal mix of CrazyPrepared and CharlesAtlasSuperpower in his training). One can only hope that they won't hit the ResetButton on him - but it is {{Disney}}, so StatusQuoIsGod.

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** ''Definitely'' Justin. In TheMovie, he saves Alex and Harper (while taking a moment to give off a well-deserved SmugSnake vibe), kicks ass windsurfing, nails the SixthRanger of the plot with magical blasts without even trying, does some adventuring that (with his brains) slips him into AdventurerArchaeologist territory, and throws down during the family wizarding competition like a true {{Badass}} - a competition that later on, he's sure to win (having gone through a personal mix of CrazyPrepared and CharlesAtlasSuperpower in his training). One can only hope that they won't hit the ResetButton on him - but it is {{Disney}}, Creator/{{Disney}}, so StatusQuoIsGod.
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