Created By: AllWordsAreDust on February 25, 2012


Doormat turns into memetic badass.

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Sorry if this trope already exists, but you known when a nice guy, but downtrodden "lame" character suddenly becomes a memetic badass? Neville Longbottom (possible trope name?) comes to mind but I'm also thinking of characters like Rory Williams from DW.
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  • February 25, 2012
    Needs A Better Title. Unamed looks like a misspelling of "unaimed".

    In any event, I believe this may be Took A Level In Badass.

    Note: I'm not boldfacing the trope name above because the moderator Meta Four has said that doing so is not allowed.
  • February 25, 2012
    But so many things are on "Took A Level In Badass". I was thinking of something more specific. Ah Well, you have a point. Can't think of a good name anyway
  • February 25, 2012
    "Unlamed", perhaps?

    Anyway, is this supposed to be a trope about fan reactions, rather than about something that happens in canon? If so, I'm not really sure how this is different from vanilla Memetic Badass. It's a trope about the fandom exaggerating a character's badassery; I'm not sure if dividing it based on the character's canon badassery is possible, or a good idea.

    @Arrivne: Boldfacing trope names isn't, in itself, a problem. The problem is people who leave a boldfaced trope name as their entire reply.

    If your post had just said "Took A Level In Badass" and nothing else, that's not very helpful to the OP and could be construed as shouting. But writing "I believe this may be Took A Level In Badass," is helpful and less shouty.
  • February 26, 2012
    I think "unamed" was intended to indicate that the OP couldn't come up with a title. (And good God, we left behind trope names like "Neville Longbottom" ages ago.)
  • February 26, 2012
    I think Took A Level In Badass is exactly what you're trying to describe, but that trope may have too many spread out examples. When a supposedly weak character suddenly pulls out some trick or skill and helps save the heroes, that is Level in Badass. But if it's just one time, unless it's against the final boss or so, it really isn't taking a level, but maybe a Badass Moment. That might be a better way to split the trope, if that's what you were hoping for.
  • February 27, 2012
    Grew A Spine seems pertinent too.
  • February 27, 2012
    This is Lets Get Dangerous, I think.