History TookALevelInBadass / WesternAnimation

16th Feb '17 11:08:05 AM GeorgieEnkoom
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* Aelita from ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' spends the first two seasons as a DamselInDistress needing the protection of the HeroSecretService (and sometimes picking the DistressBall herself, to the point of being considered TheLoad by part of the fandom). Then by Season 3 she gains an attack power and no longer can be killed just by losing all her {{Hit Point}}s. Then she gains the abilty to sprout wings and fly. She also progressively gets more confident, turning into a full-fledged ActionGirl. She is still XANA's DesignatedVictim throughout Season 3 and 4 thanks to her MacGuffinSuperPerson status, but now she's certainly fighting back.

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* Aelita from ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' spends the first two seasons as a DamselInDistress needing the protection of the HeroSecretService (and sometimes picking the DistressBall herself, to the point of being considered TheLoad by part of the fandom). Then by Season 3 she gains an attack power and no longer can be killed just by losing all her {{Hit Point}}s. Then she gains the abilty to sprout wings and fly. She also progressively gets more confident, turning into a full-fledged ActionGirl. She is still XANA's DesignatedVictim throughout Season 3 and 4 thanks to her MacGuffinSuperPerson status, but now she's certainly fighting back. William from the same series went from [[DieForOurShip an annoying rival to Ulrich]] to a [[EvilIsCool badass villain]].
30th Dec '16 8:43:26 PM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Avatar Aang. When first met, he is a scared boy who, from his perspective, just learned he was to be the Savior of the World and must leave home from the only man he knew as a father. Now the world is in danger and so he shirks his responsibilities. Less than a year later, he is a fully competent Avatar, Master of All the Elements. Even without using the Avatar State, he can hold his own against a super-powered Phoenix King Ozai. When he finally activates the Avatar State, it is a no holds contest.
** Many people found Katara's sudden leap from being second to Aang in waterbending to being Aang's more skilled trainer rather jarring (the fact that her training was handled entirely [[SecondHandStorytelling offscreen]] and concluded with the use of AsYouKnow does little to rectify). It helps that they point out that Katara is [[{{Determinator}} driven to excel]], which enables her to get more out of quality training than her BrilliantButLazy beau.
** Sokka, who was previously just the PluckyComicRelief, took his level in badass when he [[spoiler: got his space sword, made actual plans for an ''army'' and wore that cool wolf armor]]. It helps that they show that he [[InstantExpert learns fairly fast]] given the opportunity and introduce him to lots of teachers. He and his sister ''did'' [[CountryMouse grow up in an isolated village]] without access to teachers.
** Zuko actually takes several levels in badass during the third season. As the first season went on, he could almost be seen as an IneffectualSympatheticVillain. Throughout the second season, he is constantly outmatched by his sister, Azula. During the third season however, he takes a HeelFaceTurn, stands up to his father, Ozai and [[Main/MomentOfAwesome tells him exactly]] [[CallingTheOldManOut what he thinks about him]] and that he is leaving to train Aang [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou so that he can defeat him]]. This hits Ozai's BerserkButton and he fires a lightning bolt at Zuko, which Zuko redirects to hit ''near'' him, saying it's the Avatar's duty to defeat him, not his own. After that, his fights against Azula were a lot more even, enabling him to hold her off long enough to aid in dramatic escapes. And once she began her VillainousBreakdown, she had to present Zuko with a SadisticChoice in order to even gain an advantage in their Agni-Kai duel. He was actually ''winning'', managing to knock her to the ground, whilst being calm and collected, until she pulled that move.
** Zuko's uncle Iroh, already pretty badass, works off the extra weight he'd gained in retirement and manages to burst out of a metal prison while the firebenders have lost their power due to the eclipse.
** Toph was already a Master Earthbender when the [=GAang=] found her. She could take on most any Earthbender, save Bumi, and win easily. How does she become even more badass? By developing Metalbending, something no one in the history of the world had done before.
** The first scene of Bumi was back when Aang hadn't vanished from the world. He was a scraggly kid with a weird face and a love of pranks. A century later and he is the strongest Earthbender in the series able to do several amazing feats of bending with his head exposed. He later freed his city in the span of 8 minutes when all the Firebenders were powerless.
** SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' subtly shows that Toph got even stronger in old age, to the point where two of her established weaknesses (Airbending and loose earth mucking with her Seismic Sense) are all non-issues now. She doesn't even need to use hand motions to Earthbend anymore, and with her connection to the swamp her Seismic Sense now spans ''continents''.
** On the subject of the sequel series, Korra herself steadily becomes much more competent throughout the series. Becoming the first avatar to Metalbend is the most prominent example.

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* The ''{{Franchise/Avatar|The Last Airbender}}'' universe:
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''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** *** Avatar Aang. When first met, he is a scared boy who, from his perspective, just learned he was to be the Savior of the World and must leave home from the only man he knew as a father. Now the world is in danger and so he shirks his responsibilities. Less than a year later, he is a fully competent Avatar, Master of All the Elements. Even without using the Avatar State, he can hold his own against a super-powered Phoenix King Ozai. When he finally activates the Avatar State, it is a no holds contest.
** *** Many people found Katara's sudden leap from being second to Aang in waterbending to being Aang's more skilled trainer rather jarring (the fact that her training was handled entirely [[SecondHandStorytelling offscreen]] and concluded with the use of AsYouKnow does little to rectify). It helps that they point out that Katara is [[{{Determinator}} driven to excel]], which enables her to get more out of quality training than her BrilliantButLazy beau.
** *** Sokka, who was previously just the PluckyComicRelief, took his level in badass when he [[spoiler: got his space sword, made actual plans for an ''army'' and wore that cool wolf armor]]. It helps that they show that he [[InstantExpert learns fairly fast]] given the opportunity and introduce him to lots of teachers. He and his sister ''did'' [[CountryMouse grow up in an isolated village]] without access to teachers.
** *** Zuko actually takes several levels in badass during the third season. As the first season went on, he could almost be seen as an IneffectualSympatheticVillain. Throughout the second season, he is constantly outmatched by his sister, Azula. During the third season however, he takes a HeelFaceTurn, stands up to his father, Ozai and [[Main/MomentOfAwesome tells him exactly]] [[CallingTheOldManOut what he thinks about him]] and that he is leaving to train Aang [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou so that he can defeat him]]. This hits Ozai's BerserkButton and he fires a lightning bolt at Zuko, which Zuko redirects to hit ''near'' him, saying it's the Avatar's duty to defeat him, not his own. After that, his fights against Azula were a lot more even, enabling him to hold her off long enough to aid in dramatic escapes. And once she began her VillainousBreakdown, she had to present Zuko with a SadisticChoice in order to even gain an advantage in their Agni-Kai duel. He was actually ''winning'', managing to knock her to the ground, whilst being calm and collected, until she pulled that move.
** *** Zuko's uncle Iroh, already pretty badass, works off the extra weight he'd gained in retirement and manages to burst out of a metal prison while the firebenders have lost their power due to the eclipse.
** *** Toph was already a Master Earthbender when the [=GAang=] found her. She could take on most any Earthbender, save Bumi, and win easily. How does she become even more badass? By developing Metalbending, something no one in the history of the world had done before.
** *** The first scene of Bumi was back when Aang hadn't vanished from the world. He was a scraggly kid with a weird face and a love of pranks. A century later and he is the strongest Earthbender in the series able to do several amazing feats of bending with his head exposed. He later freed his city in the span of 8 minutes when all the Firebenders were powerless.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
*** This
SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' subtly shows that Toph got even stronger in old age, to the point where two of her established weaknesses (Airbending and loose earth mucking with her Seismic Sense) are all non-issues now. She doesn't even need to use hand motions to Earthbend anymore, and with her connection to the swamp her Seismic Sense now spans ''continents''.
** On the subject of the sequel series, *** Korra herself steadily becomes much more competent throughout the series. Becoming the first avatar to Metalbend is the most prominent example.



* Amberley of ''TheDreamstone''. Similar to Rufus, Amberley was thoroughly useless in the second season, and even in the first had minimal moments of effectiveness, usually playing a DistressedDamsel. In the third and forth season, Amberley becomes more tactical, often forming team strategies, with her and Rufus being the most consistent reason the Urpneys are stopped.

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* Amberley of ''TheDreamstone''.''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'':
** Amberley.
Similar to Rufus, Amberley was thoroughly useless in the second season, and even in the first had minimal moments of effectiveness, usually playing a DistressedDamsel. In the third and forth season, Amberley becomes more tactical, often forming team strategies, with her and Rufus being the most consistent reason the Urpneys are stopped.
7th Nov '16 7:09:17 PM dlchen145
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*** Galvatron. As Megatron, "Decepticons, REEEETREEEEEEAT!" was practically his catchphrase, uttered about three times per episode. His high-pitched voice (second only to Starscream) didn't add {{Badass}} points, either. Then he gets upgraded into [[TheNthDoctor Leonard Nimoy]] temporarily. ''Then'' he goes ''mad, permanently'' and becomes a much more interesting villain and unpredictable threat. Unfortunately, crazy Galvatron was as likely to pound [[BadBoss his own minions]] as he was the Autobots. Other versions of Megatron get upgraded into Galvatron as well, but for the first Galvatron, it's about the personality change even more than the increase in power.

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*** Galvatron. As Megatron, "Decepticons, REEEETREEEEEEAT!" was practically his catchphrase, uttered about three times per episode. His high-pitched voice (second only to Starscream) didn't add {{Badass}} badass points, either. Then he gets upgraded into [[TheNthDoctor Leonard Nimoy]] temporarily. ''Then'' he goes ''mad, permanently'' and becomes a much more interesting villain and unpredictable threat. Unfortunately, crazy Galvatron was as likely to pound [[BadBoss his own minions]] as he was the Autobots. Other versions of Megatron get upgraded into Galvatron as well, but for the first Galvatron, it's about the personality change even more than the increase in power.



* Here's a fun game: take some buddies who are familiar with the ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' and show them either the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "The Enemy Below" or "The Terror Beyond". Once they're done, tell them that the crazy blonde {{badass}} dude with the hook for a hand is, in fact, the once [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway incredibly lame]] Aquaman. We would like pictures of their reactions.

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* Here's a fun game: take some buddies who are familiar with the ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' and show them either the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "The Enemy Below" or "The Terror Beyond". Once they're done, tell them that the crazy blonde {{badass}} badass dude with the hook for a hand is, in fact, the once [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway incredibly lame]] Aquaman. We would like pictures of their reactions.



** Also from the movie, future!Wade is a GentleGiant {{Badass}} commando.

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** Also from the movie, future!Wade is a GentleGiant {{Badass}} badass commando.
8th Sep '16 6:24:17 AM Wildstar93
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' has Badili, a [[CowardlyLion kindhearted and timid leopard]] who is afraid to stand up for himself against another bullying leopard. But thanks to training from the Lion Guard, Badili becomes fiercer, braver, stronger, faster, and more confident. He does briefly start cowering again at one point, but he quickly recovers and stands up against the bullying leopard, chasing him away with a loud roar.
20th Aug '16 4:12:23 AM LaTriezieme
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** On the subject of the sequel series, Korra herself steadily becomes much more competent throughout the series. Becoming the first avatar to Metalbend is the most prominent example.
27th Jul '16 9:35:45 AM Morgenthaler
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'''Future Swiper:''' [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy THAT]] doesn't work anymore! ''(steals his TimeTravel cape)''

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'''Future Swiper:''' [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy THAT]] THAT doesn't work anymore! ''(steals his TimeTravel cape)''
25th Jul '16 1:55:24 PM Eddy1215
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* "WesternAnimation/AdventureTime". Cinnamon Bun, the once bumbling and naive servant of Princess Bubblegum, earned himself a level. His time with Flame Princess made him into the new champion of Finn's former flame. He one ups Finn, fights of the mooks of the Fire King, taught his pet fire wolf to fly, and possibly started a relationship with Flame Princess.

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* "WesternAnimation/AdventureTime".''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. Cinnamon Bun, the once bumbling and naive servant of Princess Bubblegum, earned himself a level. His time with Flame Princess made him into the new champion of Finn's former flame. He one ups Finn, fights of the mooks of the Fire King, taught his pet fire wolf to fly, and possibly started a relationship with Flame Princess.
11th Jul '16 9:19:12 PM SpinAttaxx
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Steven gradually grows into his powers and gets used to the danger that comes with being a Crystal Gem (though he's still somewhere between an ActualPacifist and TechnicalPacifist whose "weapons" are impenetrable bubbles, a shield and healing saliva). Connie, after taking sword training lessons from Pearl, seems to be becoming a BadassNormal.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Steven gradually grows into his powers and gets used to the danger that comes with being a Crystal Gem (though he's still somewhere between an ActualPacifist and TechnicalPacifist whose "weapons" are impenetrable bubbles, a shield and healing saliva). Connie, after taking sword training lessons from Pearl, seems to be becoming a BadassNormal.BadassNormal.
* Ludo from ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' spends all of Season 1 as a HarmlessVillain who never fights Star directly, and in the finale [[HumiliationConga he gets kicked out by his own minions, has his castle and army blown up, and finally he's thrown into another dimension]]. Once Season 2 starts, though, he manages to survive in the wilderness and tame a giant spider and eagle several times larger than him all by himself... and then he finds the other half of Star's fragmented wand crystal, giving him his own wand.
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12th Mar '16 4:59:16 PM MorphinBrony
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** Hell, [[Franchise/MyLittlePony the whole franchise]] got this treatment around 2010. While [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials the 80s pilot specials]] and [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie the 1986 movie]] [[OlderThanTheyThink were no slouches in the badassery department]], the series got progressively more [[TastesLikeDiabetes diabetes-inducing]] after the movie. And then, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 after it got as non-threatening as you could get]], suddenly ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic this show]]'' comes onto the scene and takes the Internet by surprise just from how [[Awesome/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic awesome]] it could get. '''[[SerialEscalation And it shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.]]'''
27th Feb '16 12:39:27 PM StFan
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* Harold in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' was a lanky geek who was constantly abused by his teammates, particularly the local JerkAss Duncan. In the [[TotalDramaAction second season,]] he is much more helpful to his team, saves the entire cast from drowing, and eventually gets his revenge on Duncan (by [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome punching his lights out]]).

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* Harold in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Island'' was a lanky geek who was constantly abused by his teammates, particularly the local JerkAss Duncan. In the [[TotalDramaAction second season,]] season, he is much more helpful to his team, saves the entire cast from drowing, and eventually gets his revenge on Duncan (by [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome punching his lights out]]).
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