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21st Dec '16 2:41:20 AM Morgenthaler
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** Chuck's friend, Morgan Grimes, also gets to take a level of bad-assery during the course of the show, with his CrazyAwesome stunts impressing ''John Casey'', the Operation Bartowski team's resident BadAss. This comes to a head in Season 5. [[spoiler: As Morgan becomes the Intersect. It didn't stick, however.]]

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** Chuck's friend, Morgan Grimes, also gets to take a level of bad-assery during the course of the show, with his CrazyAwesome stunts impressing ''John Casey'', the Operation Bartowski team's resident BadAss.badass. This comes to a head in Season 5. [[spoiler: As Morgan becomes the Intersect. It didn't stick, however.]]



* ''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'': 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 badass complete with deeper voice and {{BFG}}.



* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': John Crichton takes multiple levels of badass over four seasons: he starts out as a clueless nerd, and by series end is so badass he manages to intimidate two entire galactic empires into leaving him the [[PardonMyKlingon frell]] alone by threatening to wipe out the universe. THE ENTIRE FREAKING UNIVERSE! And what makes it BadAss is ''he can pull it off''.

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': John Crichton takes multiple levels of badass over four seasons: he starts out as a clueless nerd, and by series end is so badass he manages to intimidate two entire galactic empires into leaving him the [[PardonMyKlingon frell]] alone by threatening to wipe out the universe. THE ENTIRE FREAKING UNIVERSE! And what makes it BadAss badass is ''he can pull it off''.



* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': To a certain extent, Jadzia Dax. She starts off as a reserved, quiet young woman, but (especially after her experience meeting an incarnation of her high-living former host Curzon) abruptly metamorphoses into a blood wine-chugging, ''bat'leth''-swinging, Samoan-fire-dancing, blood-oath-honouring, Worf-marrying-and-rough-Klingon-sex-having BadAss. Interestingly, Dax's next host Ezri went through an abbreviated version of this after she was introduced at the beginning of the seventh season, starting as a bewildered FishOutOfWater and going on to do such things as hunting a serial killer and confronting her gangster-involved family (particularly after Garak [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech reads her beads]] in "Afterimage").

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': To a certain extent, Jadzia Dax. She starts off as a reserved, quiet young woman, but (especially after her experience meeting an incarnation of her high-living former host Curzon) abruptly metamorphoses into a blood wine-chugging, ''bat'leth''-swinging, Samoan-fire-dancing, blood-oath-honouring, Worf-marrying-and-rough-Klingon-sex-having BadAss.badass. Interestingly, Dax's next host Ezri went through an abbreviated version of this after she was introduced at the beginning of the seventh season, starting as a bewildered FishOutOfWater and going on to do such things as hunting a serial killer and confronting her gangster-involved family (particularly after Garak [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech reads her beads]] in "Afterimage").
10th Dec '16 8:50:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'': Interestingly, the civilian characters of Ron Moore's show have been immune to this (with the exception of those revealed to be Cylons), although Laura Roslin becomes a political {{badass}}. Considering military officers like Adama and Cain, the badass market of ''Battlestar'' is cornered.

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* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'': Interestingly, the civilian characters of Ron Moore's show have been immune to this (with the exception of those revealed to be Cylons), although Laura Roslin becomes a political {{badass}}.badass. Considering military officers like Adama and Cain, the badass market of ''Battlestar'' is cornered.



** Season Four has her delivering multiple WhatTheHellHero moments to Michael, helping Sam blackmail a senator, searching a suspect's house, distracting a cemetery guard for Fiona, and pulling a CrowningMomentOfFunny / CrowningMomentOfAwesome StealthHiBye on ''Michael and Jesse''. Maddie has become a full-fledged {{Badass}}.

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** Season Four has her delivering multiple WhatTheHellHero moments to Michael, helping Sam blackmail a senator, searching a suspect's house, distracting a cemetery guard for Fiona, and pulling a CrowningMomentOfFunny / CrowningMomentOfAwesome StealthHiBye on ''Michael and Jesse''. Maddie has become a full-fledged {{Badass}}.badass.



** And of course Rory Williams becomes awesome [[spoiler:over the course of two thousand years protecting the Pandorica. Also his hand was briefly a gun.]] He even has a badass title: [[spoiler:The Last Centurion.]] He's considered one of ''the'' most {{Badass}} characters in the series, and there are even Website/ChuckNorrisFacts-like lists about him. When he started out, the idea was basically "the real Mickey is a badass so we need a new one." He was the {{Adorkable}} ButtMonkey boyfriend of the 'real' companion.

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** And of course Rory Williams becomes awesome [[spoiler:over the course of two thousand years protecting the Pandorica. Also his hand was briefly a gun.]] He even has a badass title: [[spoiler:The Last Centurion.]] He's considered one of ''the'' most {{Badass}} badass characters in the series, and there are even Website/ChuckNorrisFacts-like lists about him. When he started out, the idea was basically "the real Mickey is a badass so we need a new one." He was the {{Adorkable}} ButtMonkey boyfriend of the 'real' companion.



** In ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', Shotaro, despite already being quite a tough character normally, takes several levels in {{Badass}} after the Utopia Dopant attacks his friends. This results in him finally [[TakeUpMySword taking up his mentor's hat]], storming the Utopia Dopant's lair, outwitting and disabling one of the most powerful Dopants in the show, rescuing [[spoiler: Wakana]], and carrying her out of the base as it explodes, all without transforming. He also crosses over into EmpoweredBadassNormal when he becomes [[spoiler: Kamen Rider Joker]].

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** In ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', Shotaro, despite already being quite a tough character normally, takes several levels in {{Badass}} badass after the Utopia Dopant attacks his friends. This results in him finally [[TakeUpMySword taking up his mentor's hat]], storming the Utopia Dopant's lair, outwitting and disabling one of the most powerful Dopants in the show, rescuing [[spoiler: Wakana]], and carrying her out of the base as it explodes, all without transforming. He also crosses over into EmpoweredBadassNormal when he becomes [[spoiler: Kamen Rider Joker]].



** This is also a big level up from how he was in ''Film/{{Stargate}}''. Although even there, he went from the {{adorkable}} nerd to staff weapon-wielding {{badass}} by the end of the film.

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** This is also a big level up from how he was in ''Film/{{Stargate}}''. Although even there, he went from the {{adorkable}} nerd to staff weapon-wielding {{badass}} badass by the end of the film.



** ''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 Creator/{{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}} 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 Creator/{{Disney}}, so StatusQuoIsGod.
20th Nov '16 6:35:01 PM ANTMuddle
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* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': Being GenreSavvy enough to realize their situation, Nate knows his new team needs a grounding in each other's area of expertise. By the second season, they're all able to handle a first strike without a problem (defending against non-specialized opponents, maintaining a short-term cover identity, lifting wallets, planning the ShortCon, and the like). By the final season, and despite many an understandable snag, they're all up at least two levels across the board.

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* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': Being GenreSavvy enough to realize their situation, Nate knows and his new team needs know they all a grounding in each other's area of expertise. By the second season, they're all able to handle a first strike without a problem (defending against non-specialized opponents, maintaining a short-term cover identity, lifting wallets, planning the ShortCon, and the like). cracking small computer codes). By the final season, and despite many an understandable snag, they're all up at least two levels a level or more across the board.
22nd Oct '16 2:33:23 PM ANTMuddle
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* ''Series/TwentyFour'': This show is full of characters who have taken up multiple levels of Badass. These include Teri Bauer, Kim Bauer, Chloe O'Brien in season 4 (see also CrowningMomentOfAwesome), George Mason (see also HeroicSacrifice), Wayne Palmer, and Milo Pressman (total geek in season 1; to taking bullets in season 6). Some of the bad guys pull this off as well (Behrooz Araz and his trusty shovel in season 4 is the premier example)

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* ''Series/TwentyFour'': This show is full of characters who have taken up multiple levels of Badass. These include Teri Bauer, Kim Bauer, Chloe O'Brien in season 4 (see also CrowningMomentOfAwesome), George Mason (see also HeroicSacrifice), Wayne Palmer, and Milo Pressman (total geek in season 1; to taking bullets in season 6). Some of the bad guys pull this off as well (Behrooz Araz and his trusty shovel {{shovel|strike}} in season 4 is the premier example)
20th Oct '16 9:55:09 PM bwburke94
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** Cordelia has gained a very noticeable level in badass at the beginning of Season 2 of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', jumping into the fray during fights, and when she saves Gunn's friend's life in "First Impressions."

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** Cordelia has gained a very noticeable level in badass at the beginning of Season 2 of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', jumping into the fray during fights, and when she saves Gunn's friend's life in "First Impressions."



* ''Series{{House}} concludes with Chase becoming the brilliant diagnostician who gets the epiphanies and solves the cases, and he replaces House.

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* ''Series{{House}} ''Series/{{House}}'' concludes with Chase becoming the brilliant diagnostician who gets the epiphanies and solves the cases, and he replaces House.



* ''PowerRangers''

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* ''PowerRangers''''Franchise/PowerRangers''
20th Oct '16 1:33:57 PM ANTMuddle
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* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': Being GenreSavvy enough to realize their situation, Nate knows his new team needs a grounding in each other's area of expertise. By the second season, they're all able to handle a first strike without a problem (defending against non-specialized opponents, maintaining a short-term cover identity, lifting wallets, planning the ShortCon, and the like). By the final season, and despite many an understandable snag, they're all up at least two levels on each front.

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* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': Being GenreSavvy enough to realize their situation, Nate knows his new team needs a grounding in each other's area of expertise. By the second season, they're all able to handle a first strike without a problem (defending against non-specialized opponents, maintaining a short-term cover identity, lifting wallets, planning the ShortCon, and the like). By the final season, and despite many an understandable snag, they're all up at least two levels on each front.across the board.
20th Oct '16 1:22:59 PM ANTMuddle
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* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': Being GenreSavvy enough to realize their situation, Nate knows his new team needs a grounding in each other's area of expertise. By the second season, they're all able to handle a first strike without a problem (defending against non-specialized opponents, maintaining a short-term cover identity, lifting wallets, planning the ShortCon, and the like). By the final season, and despite many an understandable snag, they're all up at least two levels on each front.



* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Timothy "Probie" [=McGee=] began his NCIS career as a nervous, yes-man like team sidekick/chew toy 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.

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* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Timothy "Probie" [=McGee=] began his NCIS career as a nervous, yes-man like team sidekick/chew toy sidekick/{{chew toy}} 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 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 Oct '16 2:46:14 PM ShorinBJ
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* ''Series{{House}} concludes with Chase becoming the brilliant diagnostician who gets the epiphanies and solves the cases, and he replaces House.
30th Jul '16 12:44:01 PM Dano1163
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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 Glory]] at the end of Season Five.

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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 [[{{Mooks}} vamps]] in Season One with her [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu wiping the floor with Glory]] at the end of Season Five.
30th Jul '16 12:43:17 PM Dano1163
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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 Glory]] at the end of Season Five.
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