History TookALevelInBadass / VideoGames

16th Aug '16 11:59:07 AM Denman
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** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Liara has gone from being an awkward archaeologist to [[spoiler:an information dealer. When you first walk into her office, you hear her threaten to ''flay someone alive''. [[Series/{{Firefly}} With her mind.]]]] At the beginning of the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC, she smacks elite soldiers around with her mind while shooting them to pieces with an automatic gun. At the end [[spoiler: she kills the arguably most powerful person in the galaxy, and assumes his identity. [[LegacyCharacter Just as he did with his predecessor]].]] In the third game it is revealed that she is also [[spoiler: One quarter Krogan.]]
** Also, in Mass Effect, Garrus starts out as a pretty badass but fairly unremarkable CowboyCop. Over the course of the game, like your other party members, he becomes an army-crushing terror, and, in ''Mass Effect 2'', he, [[spoiler: as Archangel]], takes an ''additional'' level in badass where he [[spoiler: holds off entire waves of mercenaries all out to kill him, while all he has is his sniper rifle.]] The only reason he isn't taking more levels is apparently because he's serving under Shepard, according to the Shadow Broker's data.
** In between the first and third game, Kaidan goes from a JackOfAllStats with no real offensive powers, to having a RankUp to Major, becomes the second human Spectre, learned how to use an assault rifle, and gains the ability to "Reave". Suffice to say, this time around Kaidan's [[TheGlovesComeOff decided to]] [[LetsGetDangerous get dangerous]].

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** This seems to be a side effect of spending extended amounts of time with [[MagneticHero Commander Shepard]], and the original squad from the first game showcases it best:
*** Kaidan and Ashley begin Mass Effect simply as somewhat notable soldiers with troubled histories. By the third game, [[spoiler:whichever of them survives Virmire]] has gained several promotional ranks, and eventually becomes [[spoiler:the second human to become a Spectre.]]
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In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Liara T'Soni has gone from being an awkward archaeologist who uses her Biotics to [[spoiler:an defend herself on remote digs, to [[spoiler:a powerful information dealer. When you first walk into her office, you hear her threaten to ''flay someone alive''. [[Series/{{Firefly}} With her mind.]]]] At the beginning of the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC, she smacks elite soldiers around with her mind while shooting them to pieces with an automatic gun. At the end [[spoiler: she kills the arguably most powerful person in the galaxy, and assumes his identity. [[LegacyCharacter Just as he did with his predecessor]].]] In the third game it is revealed that she is also [[spoiler: One quarter Krogan.]]
** Also, in Mass Effect, Garrus ***Garrus starts out as a pretty badass but fairly unremarkable CowboyCop. Over the course of the game, like your other party members, he becomes an army-crushing terror, and, in ''Mass Effect 2'', he, [[spoiler: as Archangel]], takes an ''additional'' level in badass where he [[spoiler: holds off entire waves of mercenaries all out to kill him, while all he has is his sniper rifle.]] The only reason he isn't taking more levels is apparently because he's serving under Shepard, according to the Shadow Broker's data.
** In between
data. Even still, by the first and third game, Kaidan goes from he's a JackOfAllStats with no real offensive powers, top advisor to having a RankUp the Turian Military, considering he's the closest thing to Major, becomes a Reaper Expert that the Turians have.
*** Wrex is a centuries-old badass Krogan mercenary in the first game, on top of being one of the wisest and most levelheaded Krogan you meet in the game (not that the bar is set very high). In
the second human Spectre, learned how to use an assault rifle, game, he's taken a page out of Shepard's book and gains is trying to unite his species. The best outcome for the ability third game has [[spoiler:Wrex as the leader of a newly revitalized Krogan race, making him one of the most powerful individuals in the galaxy. Good thing he's on our side.]]
*** Tali in the first game is a remarkable Quarian engineer and daughter of one of the Admiralty Board members, but she's still a young girl on her Pilgrammage trying
to "Reave". Suffice to say, this time around Kaidan's [[TheGlovesComeOff decided to]] [[LetsGetDangerous get dangerous]].learn the ways of the Galaxy. Through the series, she becomes a shotgun-wielding badass, a technological savant, and, if all goes well, [[spoiler:one of the youngest members of the Quarian Admiralty in history.]]
13th Aug '16 6:43:54 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[FinalFantasyDissidia Final Fantasy: Dissidia's]]'' Warrior of Light, based off of the backstory-less HeroicMime Fighter/Warrior from the very first [[FinalFantasyI Final Fantasy]] Warrior/Fighter. The Warrior of Light has been transformed into a righteous BadassCape and {{Determinator}}.

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* ''[[FinalFantasyDissidia Final Fantasy: Dissidia's]]'' ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'''s Warrior of Light, based off of the backstory-less HeroicMime Fighter/Warrior from the very first [[FinalFantasyI Final Fantasy]] Warrior/Fighter. The Warrior of Light has been transformed into a righteous BadassCape and {{Determinator}}.
11th Aug '16 11:54:36 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** Also the Hunters; in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' they were FakeUltimateMook[=s=] who were almost pathetic once you knew their weak point. They get tougher and tougher the more the series goes on, becoming DemonicSpiders in the later games, to the point where it's nearly impossible to beat them one-on-one in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' unless you have ''a lot'' of explosives and/or heavy weaponry.
** The UNSC has always been a BadassArmy, but in ''[[{{VideoGame/Halo4}} Halo 4]]'', humanity goes from nearly being exterminated to being able to fight toe-to-toe with the Covenant remnants. This is best illustrated in the first cutscene of Spartan Ops; In everything ''Halo'' up to this point, when the UNSC and the Covenant threw down the Covenant always had superior spaceships that usually gave them the win. Here, the UNSC builds a ship with Forerunner tech that not only ''dwarfs'' the Covenant ships, it rams them to space dust with no effort or damage taken.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'', the Promethean Knights were already fairly tough EliteMooks, but ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' turns them into all-out mini-bosses.

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** Also the Hunters; in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' they were FakeUltimateMook[=s=] {{Fake Ultimate Mook}}s who were almost pathetic once you knew their weak point. They get tougher and tougher the more the series goes on, becoming DemonicSpiders in the later games, to the point where it's nearly impossible to beat them one-on-one in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' unless you have ''a lot'' of explosives and/or heavy weaponry.
** The UNSC has always been a BadassArmy, but in ''[[{{VideoGame/Halo4}} Halo 4]]'', humanity goes from nearly being exterminated to being able to fight toe-to-toe with the Covenant remnants. This is best illustrated in the first cutscene of Spartan Ops; ''Spartan Ops''; In everything ''Halo'' up to this point, when whenever the UNSC and the Covenant threw down the Covenant always had superior spaceships that usually gave them the win. Here, the UNSC builds a ship with Forerunner tech that not only ''dwarfs'' the Covenant ships, it rams them to space dust with no effort or damage taken.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'', the Promethean Knights were already fairly infamously tough EliteMooks, but ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' turns them into all-out mini-bosses.
24th Jul '16 5:02:29 PM dasuberkaiser
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** Rebecca counts, big time. In the original game she was a DamselInDistress and TheScrappy with a couple of playable sections. The remake has her fair better. [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil0 Her own game]] has her the weaker of the two characters, but more skilled, a lot more guns to play with, and the chance to [[EliteMooks kill a Tyrant.]] ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheUmbrellaChronicles Umbrella Chronicles]]'' makes it canon that she faced more crap in three days than perhaps even [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis Jill]]. And ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 Mercenaries Reunion?]]'' She gets a machine gun, a shotgun and stacks of ammo for both, making her a very strong character indeed.

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** Rebecca counts, big time. In the original game she was a DamselInDistress and TheScrappy with a couple of playable sections. The remake has her fair better. [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil0 Her own game]] has her the weaker of the two characters, but more skilled, a lot more guns to play with, and the chance to kill a [[EliteMooks kill a Tyrant.]] ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheUmbrellaChronicles Umbrella Chronicles]]'' makes it canon that she faced more crap in three days than perhaps even [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis Jill]]. And ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 Mercenaries Reunion?]]'' She gets a machine gun, a shotgun and stacks of ammo for both, making her a very strong character indeed.
21st Jul '16 5:28:41 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The Grunts in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''. Suicidal Grunts, My God.
** Also the Hunters; in ''Halo'' they were FakeUltimateMook[=s=] who were almost pathetic once you knew their weak point. They get tougher and tougher the more the series goes on; becoming DemonicSpiders in the later games.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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The Grunts in from ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''. Suicidal 3}}'' onward. Suicide Grunts, My God.
my god.
** Also the Hunters; in ''Halo'' ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' they were FakeUltimateMook[=s=] who were almost pathetic once you knew their weak point. They get tougher and tougher the more the series goes on; on, becoming DemonicSpiders in the later games.games, to the point where it's nearly impossible to beat them one-on-one in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' unless you have ''a lot'' of explosives and/or heavy weaponry.


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** In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'', the Promethean Knights were already fairly tough EliteMooks, but ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' turns them into all-out mini-bosses.
20th Jul '16 8:41:15 AM awakeningcry
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* Episode 4 of ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' has Warren (who was previously headbutted and punched in the face by Nathan in Episode 1) turn the tables on Nathan. Depending on your choice, you can stop Warren after he headbutts Nathan and kicks him a couple of times, or you can let him go APE-SHIT on him.
16th Jul '16 3:56:30 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* In ''Videogame/BioshockInfinite'': While Booker starts as a seasoned badass Elizabeth starts out as rather naive [[DamselInDistress damsel in distress]], but shows early signs of potential when we see her lockpicking skills and we get glimpses of her special talents. While at first she is rather appalled by all the killing that ensues, she sees herself forced to kill someone to save a child which results in a [[HeroicBSOD Heroic BSOD]] with an [[ImportantHaircut important haircut]] signaling her first level up. In combination with a lengthy torture over months she now merely accepts Booker as a sidekick on her [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge roaring rampage of revenge]], after showing how much she now is able to weaponize her special powers. By the end of the game she pretty much wields god like powers and pretty casually kills of [[TheDreaded Songbird]] before [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong setting right what once went wrong]] at the cost of her own existence. Which is then ignored for the {{DLC}}s where in Burial at Sea Part II she takes the last level when she is [[BroughtDownToBadass brought down to normal]] and holds herself against an army of splicers with traditionell badassery, making one final [[HeroicSacrifice heroic sacrifice]].

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* In ''Videogame/BioshockInfinite'': While Booker starts as a seasoned badass Elizabeth starts out as rather naive [[DamselInDistress damsel in distress]], but shows early signs of potential when we see her lockpicking skills and we get glimpses of her special talents. While at first she is rather appalled by all the killing that ensues, she sees herself forced to kill someone to save a child which results in a [[HeroicBSOD Heroic BSOD]] with an [[ImportantHaircut important haircut]] signaling her first level up. In combination with a lengthy torture over months she now merely accepts Booker as a sidekick on her [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge roaring rampage of revenge]], after showing how much she now is able to weaponize her special powers. By the end of the game she pretty much wields god like powers and pretty casually kills of [[TheDreaded Songbird]] before [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong setting right what once went wrong]] at the cost of her own existence. Which is then ignored for the {{DLC}}s [[DownloadableContent DLCs]] where in Burial at Sea Part II she takes the last level when she is [[BroughtDownToBadass brought down to normal]] and holds herself against an army of splicers with traditionell traditional badassery, making one final [[HeroicSacrifice heroic sacrifice]].



* ''VideoGame/TombRaider2013'' begins with Lara are a fresh out of school passenger on the archeological ship Endurance, and the stuff she goes through to survive after the shipwreck makes one believe she channeled the spirits of [[Series/{{Arrow}} Oliver Queen,]] [[Franchise/{{Rambo}} John Rambo,]] [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy Summers,]] [[Franchise/MassEffect Jane Shepard,]] and that all her previous games were not only canon but downplayed and she single handedly tracked down and killed Bin Laden when she was bored.

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* ''VideoGame/TombRaider2013'' begins with Lara are a fresh out of school passenger on the archeological archaeological ship Endurance, and the stuff she goes through to survive after the shipwreck makes one believe she channeled the spirits of [[Series/{{Arrow}} Oliver Queen,]] [[Franchise/{{Rambo}} John Rambo,]] [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy Summers,]] [[Franchise/MassEffect Jane Shepard,]] and that all her previous games were not only canon but downplayed and she single handedly tracked down and killed Bin Laden when she was bored.


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* ''VideoGame/BrutalDoom'' and ''Project Brutality'' beefs up '''everyone''' in ''Doom 2''; the demons become stronger and smarter and have newer demons to aid in the fight against Doomguy. But Doomguy has become tougher as well having new power ups, his firepower upgraded and expanded, and and the good ol' Berserk Pack to '''RIP AND TEAR THEIR GUTS'''.
16th Jul '16 3:30:28 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* A big part of ''Videogame/{{Infamous}}''. Within the span of about a week you go from just being able to handle a handful of thugs to taking down a paramilitary organisation backed up with their own super powered soldiers. Each time you re-establish power in a section of the island your power jumps dramatically as you learn a new ability, often allowing you to collect even more blast shards making you EVEN stronger. Of course [[spoiler: this is all part of [[BigBad Kessler's plan]]]]

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* A big part of ''Videogame/{{Infamous}}''. Within the span of about a week you go from just being able to handle a handful of thugs to taking down a paramilitary organisation backed up with their own super powered soldiers. Each time you re-establish power in a section of the island your power jumps dramatically as you learn a new ability, often allowing you to collect even more blast shards making you EVEN stronger. Of course [[spoiler: this is all part of [[BigBad Kessler's plan]]]]plan]] to make Cole strong enough to face [[BiggerBad The Beast]] and win.]]



*** The extra stage of which pits her againse '''[[spoiler: Marisa]]'''. And she almost wins, too! And fairies are the weakest species in Gensokyo...

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*** The extra stage of which pits her againse against '''[[spoiler: Marisa]]'''. And she almost wins, too! And fairies are the weakest species in Gensokyo...
16th Jul '16 3:07:33 PM DastardlyDemolition
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** Every single one of your opponents in the Wii version Title Defense Mode. They all spend the time after Little Mac kicks their asses to learn new and more devastating tricks. Yes, even [[SurrenderMonkeys Glass Joe]]. Even, [[ThoseWackyNazis Von Kaiser]] and [[CampGay Disco Kid]] can give you a hard time. And yes, even the [[NintendoHard World Circuit]] bosses including [[ScaryBlackMan Mr.]] [[FinalBoss Sandman]] become the equivalent of the TrueFinalBoss!

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** Every single one of your opponents in the Wii version Title Defense Mode. They all spend the time after Little Mac kicks their asses to learn new and more devastating tricks. Yes, even [[SurrenderMonkeys [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys Glass Joe]]. Joe]], who gets boxing headgear for losing 100 matches leaving any blow to his head useless. Even, [[ThoseWackyNazis Von Kaiser]] and [[CampGay Disco [[DiscoDan Disco]] [[AmbiguouslyGay Kid]] can give you a hard time. And yes, even the [[NintendoHard World Circuit]] bosses including [[ScaryBlackMan Mr.]] [[FinalBoss Sandman]] become the equivalent of the TrueFinalBoss!
16th Jul '16 1:02:40 PM DastardlyDemolition
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** Heck, depending on your actions in the second game the Normandy SR2 may have taken a level in badass, with better armor than most ships, a superior type of shielding, and even a main gun that puts the Frigate on par with a Dreadnaught in firepower.

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** Heck, depending on your actions in the second game the Normandy SR2 [=SR-2=] may have taken a level in badass, with better armor than most ships, a superior type of shielding, and even a main gun that puts the Frigate on par with a Dreadnaught in firepower.
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