History TookALevelInBadass / VideoGames

11th Feb '17 3:44:58 PM Yukianesa
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** Ragna takes one every game. In the first game, Ragna is a wannabe hero who throws his Azure Grimoire around and spends most of the game still getting his ass whooped, especially by Nu. By the third game, he's learned to rely on his own strength and skill without using the Grimoire, and [[spoiler:defeats Take-Mikazuchi, an EldritchAbomination which ''is the size of a satellite'', can nuke entire cities, and killed ''The Black Beast itself'' during the Dark War]], and he inflicts a CurbStompBattle on Nu this time. In the finale of the fourth and final game, Ragna effectively becomes a PhysicalGod, utterly wrecking the entire cast without effort and [[spoiler:kills Terumi for good, with a cool PreMortemOneLiner]].
11th Jan '17 11:28:11 AM EspyPsyche
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** Stormwind's Prince Anduin Wrynn. When the game started, he was just a kid who was watched over by Bolvar Fordragon until his father could be found and resume the throne. Just before ''Cataclysm'', he got some character development in the Expanded Universe in which he began to find his calling as a priest, rather than a warrior like his father. In the lead-up quests to the Twilight Highlands, he's helping you investigate incidents in Stormwind, backing you up with Power Words: Shield and healing. Finally, in ''Mists of Pandaria'', shipwrecked and alone in Pandaria, rather than sit and wait for rescue, he begins hunting down information on the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, avoids rescue by Mind Controlling one of his would-be rescuers into letting him go, helps you save the Temple of the Red Crane, convinces the August Celestias to open the Vale, and it all culminates in his going toe-to-toe with no less than Garrosh Hellscream. A battle which, while he loses, does stop Garrosh's plans and shows how tough he his by surviving having just about every bone in his body broken.

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** Stormwind's Prince Anduin Wrynn. When the game started, he was just a kid who was watched over by Bolvar Fordragon until his father could be found and resume the throne. Just before ''Cataclysm'', he got some character development in the Expanded Universe in which he began to find his calling as a priest, rather than a warrior like his father. In the lead-up quests to the Twilight Highlands, he's helping you investigate incidents in Stormwind, backing you up with Power Words: Shield and healing. Finally, in ''Mists of Pandaria'', shipwrecked and alone in Pandaria, rather than sit and wait for rescue, he begins hunting down information on the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, avoids rescue by Mind Controlling one of his would-be rescuers into letting him go, helps you save the Temple of the Red Crane, convinces the August Celestias to open the Vale, and it all culminates in his going toe-to-toe with no less than Garrosh Hellscream. A battle which, while he loses, does stop Garrosh's plans and shows how tough he his by surviving having just about every bone in his body broken. And in Legion? Now he's the king, with divine power at his fingertips on par with the greatest priests and paladins of all time.
24th Dec '16 12:34:10 PM NaraNumas
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* The entire race of the [[LizardFolk Argonians]] from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrolls'' franchise gradually took levels as the future went further and further. They used to be something of disrespected victims of FantasticRacism and were frequently enslaved from their homeland by the Dark Elves of the neighboring Morrowind. Then the sentient trees they worship known as the Hist sensed the Oblivion crisis and changed the sap to make the Argonians more powerful and much more aggressive, to the point that not only did they drive back the invasions in the Black Marsh, they ''forced the Dremora to close their own portals because they were launching counter-invasions''. As of the time period of ''Skyrim'', the Argonians have taken the southern half of Morrowind in payback for the centuries of slave ownership, and it's mentioned that their current empire is one of two (the other being Hammerfell) that could realistically drive off the Aldmeri Dominion, who have otherwise conquered the planet.

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* The entire race of the [[LizardFolk Argonians]] from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrolls'' franchise gradually took levels as the future went further and further. They used to be something of disrespected victims of FantasticRacism and were frequently enslaved from their homeland by the Dark Elves of the neighboring Morrowind. Then the sentient trees they worship known as the Hist sensed the Oblivion crisis and changed the sap to make the Argonians more powerful and much more aggressive, to the point that not only did they drive back the invasions in the Black Marsh, they ''forced the Dremora to close their own portals because they were launching counter-invasions''. As of the time period of ''Skyrim'', the Argonians have taken the southern half of Morrowind in payback for the centuries of slave ownership, and it's mentioned that their current empire is one of two (the other being Hammerfell) that could realistically drive off the Aldmeri Dominion, who have otherwise conquered the planet.Tamriel.
24th Dec '16 12:33:26 PM NaraNumas
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* The entire race of the [[LizardFolk Argonians]] from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrolls'' franchise gradually took levels as the future went further and further. They used to be something of disrespected victims of FantasticRacism and were frequently enslaved from their homeland by the Dark Elves of the neighboring Morrowind. Then the sentient trees they worship known as the Hist sensed the Oblivion crisis and changed the sap to make the Argonians more powerful and much more aggressive, to the point that not only did they drive back the invasions in the Black Marsh, they ''forced the Dremora to close their own portals because they were launching counter-invasions''. As of the time period of ''Skyrim'', the Argonians have taken the southern half of Morrowind in payback for the centuries of slave ownership, and it's mentioned that their current empire is one of two (the other being Hammerfell) that could realistically drive off the Aldmeri Dominion, who have otherwise conquered the planet.
21st Dec '16 2:58:32 AM redbrony
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* Of course, one of the most well known level ups in the Final Fantasy series takes place in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' with Yuna. While the first game rarely gave her lines that showed that she had some guts, X-2 gave her not only a gun and some rather interesting one liners (some made no real sense, though those were by design), but also allows her to deliver what could be one of the best lines in the entire game. Near the end of the game, where [[spoiler:Nooj tells of his plans to defeat Vengagun to the three protagonists (which involves him sacrificing his life in order to stop Vengagun and the man controlling it)]], Yuna objects with, "I don't like your plan. '''It sucks!'''" The line makes everyone in that current scene suddenly whip around to her (due to her never using such harsh language prior to that point) as she then delivers a moving speech of why she highly disapproves of the proposed plan.

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* Of course, one of the most well known level ups in the Final Fantasy series takes place in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' with Yuna. While the first game rarely gave her lines that showed that she had some guts, X-2 gave her not only a gun and some rather interesting one liners (some made no real sense, though those were by design), but also allows her to deliver what could be one of the best lines in the entire game. Near the end of the game, where [[spoiler:Nooj tells of his plans to defeat Vengagun Vegnagun to the three protagonists (which involves him sacrificing his life in order to stop Vengagun Vegnagun and the man controlling it)]], Yuna objects with, "I don't like your plan. '''It sucks!'''" The line makes everyone in that current scene suddenly whip around to her (due to her never using such harsh language prior to that point) as she then delivers a moving speech of why she highly disapproves of the proposed plan.
20th Dec '16 8:20:09 AM redbrony
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* Raiden in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' started life as a naive dork, albeit one with a nasty secret and a bit too much talent at chopping people up. In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', he's turned into a homicidal, husky-voiced, immortal cyborg ninja capable of killing things with antigravity kung-fu and his feet. WordOfGod says it was a backlash against him being TheScrappy, and that he wanted to make Raiden so cool player ''wanted'' to play as him. He also appears to have [[spoiler:taken a few levels in "Lightning Deity", since he was capable of killing soldiers with bolts of lighting from inside a properly grounded ship.]] The more important development is in how he reacts to the world outside of combat; in his debut game he was not a player but a piece, [[UnwittingPawn being used by every actual player in the game,]] but never being allowed to make a move of his own. By the end, even refusing to act would have advanced someone else's agenda. By ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', he's become a major player in his own right, one that the other factions must treat with respect and hide from, to the point that the game's BigBad considers Raiden by himself to be such a massive threat to his plans that he takes the field personally to first try to kill, then convert, and then to kill him again.

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* Raiden in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' started life as a naive dork, albeit one with a nasty secret and a bit too much talent at chopping people up. In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', he's turned into a homicidal, husky-voiced, immortal cyborg ninja capable of killing things with antigravity kung-fu and his feet. WordOfGod says it was a backlash against him being TheScrappy, and that he wanted to make Raiden so cool player ''wanted'' to play as him. He also appears to have [[spoiler:taken a few levels in "Lightning Deity", since he was capable of killing soldiers with bolts of lighting lightning from inside a properly grounded ship.]] The more important development is in how he reacts to the world outside of combat; in his debut game he was not a player but a piece, [[UnwittingPawn being used by every actual player in the game,]] but never being allowed to make a move of his own. By the end, even refusing to act would have advanced someone else's agenda. By ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', he's become a major player in his own right, one that the other factions must treat with respect and hide from, to the point that the game's BigBad considers Raiden by himself to be such a massive threat to his plans that he takes the field personally to first try to kill, then convert, and then to kill him again.
17th Dec '16 7:13:19 PM RAlexa21th
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** And then Apollo himself gets a similar badassery boost in ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', even going as far as to [[spoiler:take on his own boss and mentor so he can assure he finds the truth about his recently-murdered best friend]].

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** And then Apollo himself gets a similar badassery boost in ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', even going as far as to [[spoiler:take on his own boss and mentor so he can assure he finds the truth about his recently-murdered best friend]]. He takes another one in VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice where he [[spoiler: defeats Phoenix Wright, overthrows a queen, and help to revolutionize Kura'in's corrupt legal system]].
5th Dec '16 1:55:12 PM DustSnitch
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* Leo Stenbuck from ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'', who started out in that game as a (justifiably) [[TheEeyore depressed street kid]], apparently spent the four years between the plotlines of ''[=ZoE=] 1'' and ''[=ZoE=] 2'' frantically leveling up in {{Badass}} until he emerged in the second game almost as a wolf among lambs, capable of piloting his non-Unobtainium LEV against full-on [[AppliedPhlebotinum Orbital Frames]] and more than holding his own.

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* Leo Stenbuck from ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'', who started out in that game as a (justifiably) [[TheEeyore depressed street kid]], apparently spent the four years between the plotlines of ''[=ZoE=] 1'' and ''[=ZoE=] 2'' frantically leveling up in {{Badass}} badass until he emerged in the second game almost as a wolf among lambs, capable of piloting his non-Unobtainium LEV against full-on [[AppliedPhlebotinum Orbital Frames]] and more than holding his own.



** Link himself is an incarnation of this trope; he starts every game as an unarmed kid in a backwater town and ends up BadAss enough to believably take down the [[BigBad King of Evil]] himself. Of course, thanks to [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Demise]], [[DyingCurse it's not like he has any choice in the matter]].

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** Link himself is an incarnation of this trope; he starts every game as an unarmed kid in a backwater town and ends up BadAss badass enough to believably take down the [[BigBad King of Evil]] himself. Of course, thanks to [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Demise]], [[DyingCurse it's not like he has any choice in the matter]].



** And we're not done there. In his own tale, which takes place before that, we see Edward cross the desert twice and brave the Antlion Cave, ''by himself'', in order to save his assistant, who has taken ill with Desert Fever. And then he goes to Baron, has a conversation with [[spoiler:brainwashed!Cecil]], gives him a pot of flowers as a gift, and leaves with a present of his own from the guy he was speaking with. As he sails away, he explains two things. One: the flower was actually a cutting of [[spoiler:Whisperweed, the voice-throwing plant he saved Cecil with once before]], and two: the present he left with is, he suspects, [[spoiler:the aforementioned Carnelian Signet]]. The upshot of this is that Edward [[spoiler:planted a bug in Cecil's throne room ''right in front of him'', simply in order to find out if Cecil really had gone evil (if it really was Cecil, he'd know what Whisperweed is)]], and that, in the aforementioned encounter with [[spoiler:Dark Kain]], he went on a hunch. He went into that encounter almost ''blind.'' Add that to some seriously improved abilities[[note]]Bardsong includes healing effects, haste effects, and is much more accurate, Salve now takes one item (of your choice) for each party member and uses them at full strength, and Hide is much more useful when he can be the only one to survive a massive attack, only to come back with 5 Phoenix Downs at once. Plus, he's the fastest character and has some really powerful harps.[[/note]], and we've got one seriously {{Badass}} bard.

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** And we're not done there. In his own tale, which takes place before that, we see Edward cross the desert twice and brave the Antlion Cave, ''by himself'', in order to save his assistant, who has taken ill with Desert Fever. And then he goes to Baron, has a conversation with [[spoiler:brainwashed!Cecil]], gives him a pot of flowers as a gift, and leaves with a present of his own from the guy he was speaking with. As he sails away, he explains two things. One: the flower was actually a cutting of [[spoiler:Whisperweed, the voice-throwing plant he saved Cecil with once before]], and two: the present he left with is, he suspects, [[spoiler:the aforementioned Carnelian Signet]]. The upshot of this is that Edward [[spoiler:planted a bug in Cecil's throne room ''right in front of him'', simply in order to find out if Cecil really had gone evil (if it really was Cecil, he'd know what Whisperweed is)]], and that, in the aforementioned encounter with [[spoiler:Dark Kain]], he went on a hunch. He went into that encounter almost ''blind.'' Add that to some seriously improved abilities[[note]]Bardsong includes healing effects, haste effects, and is much more accurate, Salve now takes one item (of your choice) for each party member and uses them at full strength, and Hide is much more useful when he can be the only one to survive a massive attack, only to come back with 5 Phoenix Downs at once. Plus, he's the fastest character and has some really powerful harps.[[/note]], and we've got one seriously {{Badass}} badass bard.



** His opposite number Garland also ascends from being the first (and weakest) Final Fantasy boss in the series history to a true {{Badass}}. [[MemeticMutation He]] ''[[MemeticMutation will]]'' [[MemeticMutation knock you all down.]]

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** His opposite number Garland also ascends from being the first (and weakest) Final Fantasy boss in the series history to a true {{Badass}}.badass. [[MemeticMutation He]] ''[[MemeticMutation will]]'' [[MemeticMutation knock you all down.]]
3rd Dec '16 11:17:19 PM MonsieurThenardier
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** The whole squad, including Shepard, are at their most badass in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', from both a gameplay and story perspective, with their enemies being [[EliteMooks appropriately tough]] to compensate. What's particularly notable is that, if you import a save, Shepard will start out with the exact same skills and experience that he had at the end of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', right at the beginning of ''Mass Effect 3''... yet s/he's still not even halfway to the fully leveled point, leaving him/her several levels to take (literally and figuratively). By the end of the game, every squadmate, even the more squishy ones like Tali, can easily slaughter entire squads of soldiers far superior than Alliance marines, and take on N7-tier enemies like Phantoms in one on one combat and come out on top. Others, like Garrus, become genuine [[OneManArmy One Man Armies]] when leveled and equipped correctly.

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** If those descriptions aren't enough, [[https://www.reddit.com/r/masseffect/comments/5ao6wl/the_normandy_teams_kill_count_counted_and/ have some numbers.]] Each of the squad members listed above (barring the one who died on Virmire, and the possibility of the player deliberately avoid using a specific squadmate) will inevitably rack up ''[[OneManArmy hundreds]]'' of kills over the course of the series due to the sheer amount of battles they fight in. That's quite a long way to come when 3/5 of these people started as, respectively, an archaeologist, a detective, and an engineer.
** The whole squad, including Shepard, are at their most badass in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', from both a gameplay and story perspective, with their enemies being [[EliteMooks appropriately tough]] to compensate. It's even outright stated that compared to Cerberus troops (arguably the weakest enemy faction per man), normal soldiers like the ones Shepard and co fought for most of the last two games "may as well have been throwing rocks". What's particularly notable is that, if you import a save, Shepard will start out with the exact same skills and experience that he had at the end of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', right at the beginning of ''Mass Effect 3''... yet s/he's still not even halfway to the fully leveled point, leaving him/her several levels to take (literally and figuratively). By the end of the game, every squadmate, even the more squishy ones like Tali, can easily slaughter entire squads of soldiers far superior than Alliance marines, and take on N7-tier enemies like Phantoms in one on one combat and come out on top. Others, like Garrus, become genuine [[OneManArmy One Man Armies]] when leveled and equipped correctly.
23rd Nov '16 6:17:38 AM TheCuza
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** Link himself is an incarnation of this trope; he starts every game as an unarmed kid in a backwater and ends up BadAss enough to believably take down the BigBad, all the way up to the [[MagnificentBastard King of Evil]] himself. Differs from the standard RPG hero listed above by being more of an ActionAdventure character.

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** Link himself is an incarnation of this trope; he starts every game as an unarmed kid in a backwater town and ends up BadAss enough to believably take down the BigBad, all the way up to the [[MagnificentBastard [[BigBad King of Evil]] himself. Differs from Of course, thanks to [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Demise]], [[DyingCurse it's not like he has any choice in the standard RPG hero listed above by being more of an ActionAdventure character.matter]].
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