Created By: ClassyMythsFebruary 11, 2012

From Zero to Hero

A character evolves from humble beginnings to the BigGood or the Hero.

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The opposite of From Nobody To Nightmare. Could this get a trope page, or is it to similar to Took A Level In Badass.
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  • February 11, 2012
    CaveCat
    Took A Level In Badass is when a character, either The Chick, The Fool, The Klutz, or the Butt Monkey does something as a Crowning Moment Of Awesome. I think this trope is when a character who tries to be a hero performs a grand feat that finally grants him as being a hero.

    • Hercules: The titular character is often treated as an outcast, but it's when he saves the people of Thebes from the Hydra that he's ultimately praised as a hero.

    EDIT: I recently checked the page for Hercules, the city that Hercules saves from the Hydra was Thebes, not Athens.
  • February 11, 2012
    ClassyMyths
    Yes, I thought that it was different. I just wanted to make sure. The way I saw it, it was when a muggle, Buttmonkey etc. just wants to be a hero, and works towards said goal.

    That Hercules example is good.

    • Naruto: The titular character starts out almost completely untalented and overconfident, but once he finds his friends, he realizes what it means to be a hero and fights to protect them.

    I suppose it could be a combination of Took A Level In Badass and Took A Level In Kindness?
  • February 11, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In Kick Ass (comic and film) Kick-Ass's first attempt at superheroics doesn't go well; he ends up in the hospital with life-threatening injuries. It's not until he gets videoed beating up some punks who were beating another man and it's posted to Youtube that he becomes successful. That and all the metal holding his bones together (from the suguries after the first time) give him an almost superhuman ability to take punishment.
  • February 12, 2012
    Koveras
    This is pretty much the purpose of The Heros Journey. And pretty much every RPG that ends happily involves a low-level character becoming a world-renowned hero (unless it also has an evil end, where it is From Nobody To Nightmare instead).
  • February 12, 2012
    CaveCat
  • February 12, 2012
    Bisected8
    Every game in The Elder Scrolls series has the Player Character become one of these in both the main story and faction quests (although since its a sandbox game you can go From Nobody To Nightmare as well), generally Because Destiny Says So (although how much each character's mentioned in the sequels vary).
    • Arena: You go from a random (but loyal) Imperial guardsman to the Emperor's saviour.
    • Daggerfall: You begin as an acquaintance of the Emperor and go on to decide who gains control of a Lost Superweapon.
    • Morrowind: You begin as some random Imperial prisoner the Emporer's sent in. You're the Neverine, the reincarnation of an ancient hero (although it's implied you might have taken on the role by being a hero rather than destined for it).
    • Oblivion: You start off as a common criminal in a cell. Then you meet the Emperor, witness his assassination and go on to become the Champion of Cyrodill.
    • Skyrim: You pick a bad time to cross the border into a wartorn Skyrim and come within a hair's breadth of being executed after being mistaken for an enemy. You turn out to be The Dragonborn and must prevent The End Of The World As We Know It, as well as decide the outcome of the civil war.
  • February 12, 2012
    dalek955
    You're going to have your work cut out for you, replacing all the instances of this that are already present but listed as From Nobody To Nightmare. I've used it that way myself sometimes.
  • February 12, 2012
    c0ry
    In the entry for the Disney movie about Hercules, please note that there is a song of that name (or close, at least).
  • February 13, 2012
    Tambov333
  • August 5, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    ^ Isn't Rags To Riches "from poor to wealthy", not "from ordinary person to hero"?
  • August 5, 2014
    DAN004
    Isn't this The Heros Journey?
  • August 6, 2014
    Snicka
    Isn't Disney's Hercules essentially the Trope Namer? While the phrase might have existed before it, the "Zero to Hero" song certainly popularized it.
  • August 6, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    ^ Yes, it's the Trope Namer, but the title could stand on its own.

    ^^ Hero's journey includes an unusual beginning. The point of this is that the hero is a normal person before becoming a hero. Right, guys?
  • August 6, 2014
    KingZeal
    The Heros Journey is a specific narrative structure for a work as a whole. Don't confuse it with a character trope or subplot trope.

    • Bethesda Softworks games, in addition to the Elder Scrolls series above, uses this trope extensively.
      • Most Fallout games utilizes this trope, with an average person ascending to savior/scourge/wildcard of their region of the Wasteland. The numbered series protagonists (the Vault Dweller, the Chosen One, and the Lone Wanderer) fit this trope absolutely to a tee. An exception is Fallout Tactics Brotherhood Of Steel, where you're already a trained Elite Mook before the game begins.
      • The trope is Played With in Fallout New Vegas, where you're a traveling Courier (who are generally known to be Badasses, to survive constant travel in the Wastes). Even the Courier, however, fits the spirit of this trope due to the Reputation mechanic of the game, where you go from being completely unknown and dismissed by every faction and tribe in the Mojave to the main entity that every side seeks to either recruit or destroy at all costs.
  • August 6, 2014
    MrL1193
    I find it very hard to believe that we don't already have such a basic and common trope. Also, this old draft is sporting a hat, which makes me wonder if a trope was, in fact, launched from it.

    Did you try asking on Lost And Found first?
  • August 6, 2014
    DAN004
    Compare Self Made Man
  • August 11, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    ^^ Has anyone tried the Lost And Found yet?
  • August 12, 2014
    DAN004
    Probably not.
  • August 12, 2014
    SpiderRider3
    Ben Tennyson is an ordinary boy until he finds the Omnitrix, turning him into a hero.

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