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* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** Nanoha was originally conceived as the TokenMiniMoe of ''VisualNovel/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'' whose only role was to be the cute and innocent little sister of main protagonist Kyouya. Even in the mini-scenario where she became a MagicalGirl, she was more adorable than threatening with her heart-shaped wand with little wings. Then when TheAnimeOfTheGame came, Nanoha's wand was replaced with a SwissArmyWeapon WaveMotionGun as she was re-imagined into a LittleMissBadass savior of TheMultiverse who have been called a "(White) Devil" by foes and fans alike due to her ferocity and destructive powers which she does not hesitate to use on even her friends. [[DefeatMeansFriendship Befriending]], you know? The movie adaptations make her even more badass! In her first movie battle, she obliterate three monsters down at once with one attack. (she didn't learn ''Divine Buster'' until episode 3). Her ''Starlight Breaker'' can nuke a city now and her ''A.C.S. Driver'' can smash Reinforce through several skyscraper sized rocks!
** ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable'' also does this. SquishyWizard Hayate, only capable of long-charging bombardment spells in the series proper, is an able close quarters combatant, while StoneWall BarrierWarrior Yuuno holds his own or closely loses to several opponents who by all rights should have him beat.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Boss was the ButtMonkey and PluckyComicRelief character in the original manga and anime series. In the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games he slowly got upgraded from JokeCharacter to midly useful to pretty good character.
* In the ''Manga/YuGiOhGX'' manga, Manjoume - the ButtMonkey and heavily subjected to TheWorfEffect - becomes a certified [[TheStoic Stoic]] {{Badass}}, beating InvincibleHero ''Judai'' in a tournament. Sure, he gets curbstomped by [[{{Badass}} Kaiser]] [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter Ryo]] in his next duel, but he certainly gets ''much'' more respect than his anime counterpart.
* In the Anime/YuGiOh anime, Kisara fights Akunadin with the Blue Eyes White Dragon and [[spoiler: dies protecting Seto. In the manga, she just gets attacked and dies.]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** In most of the video games, a Mewtwo is vastly superior to a Mew of the same Level in practically all areas; however, in ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'', Mew was powerful enough to fight Mewtwo to a standstill. Mewtwo is this trope in his own right, despite already being the ultimate badass [[{{Mons}} mon]] in the games to begin with. He gets upgraded from "merely" being really strong to being capable of [[ApocalypseHow wiping out all life on Earth outside of his island stronghold]]. And the heroes (with Mew's help) didn't ''stop'' Mewtwo, they just [[HeelFaceTurn persuaded him that it was wrong]].
** [[PoisonousPerson Roxie]] in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'': The second gym leader who isn't too hard to beat if you plan ahead. Roxie in the anime: The last Unova gym leader (well for Ash) who has Pokemon that are so strong, Ash has to use 6 Pokemon to defeat only 3 Pokemon.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', N, while still wanting to free Pokémon from their trainers, is a relatively tame person that releases the Pokémon he uses between battles with the player character. In ''Pokémon Best Wishes 2 Episode N'', N is a much more active character that manages to fight off Team Rocket without using any Pokémon, only summoning some to heal Ash's Pikachu after the ordeal in his introductory episode.
** Ash's Pikachu is extremely powerful, well beyond any average Pikachu (a fact that is pointed out early in the series). It can even knock out ground-type Pokémon when in the games ground-types are immune to electric attacks.
** The iconic red-and-white Pokeball. In the games they're only really used very early into the game as they have a low catch rate. They're mostly only useful for very low-level Pokemon and even then it's not unheard of an under level 10 Pokemon to break out the Pokeball if they're [=HP=] isn't down enough. In the anime however all the other Pokeballs (such as the Ultra Ball and Hyper Ball) [[DemotedToExtra are basically nonexistent]] and are little more than cameos most of the time. Basic pokeballs are used to catch any Pokemon, no matter how powerful. It's ''extremely'' rare to see Pokemon not being caught in a basic Pokeball.
* ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'':
** Most of the Gym Leaders. In the games and anime, their job is to, well, [[{{Jobber}} job]] to the main characters. In this manga, they're so strong that it's generally accepted that only an extreme BadAss can beat them all [[note]]In this 'verse, you don't need any badges to actually compete in the League, but having all 8 badges mean you can skip the preliminaries. This incentive guarantees plenty of challengers[[/note]]. Furthermore, being a Gym Leader also means that your side job is to protect your region from things such as, you know, various terrorist groups. So yeah, expect to see a lot more ass-whooping coming from these guys.
** In the games, Delibird is considered to be one of the weakest Pokémon as its overall stats are rather low, it cannot evolve and it only learns Present via Level Up. The BigBad of the Gold, Silver, and Crystal arc uses one as his main Pokémon, being so well trained it can hold it's own against a ''[[OlympusMons Ho-Oh]]''.
* In the Mitsuki Oosawa manga adaptation of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem Seisen no Keifu]]'', WhiteMagicianGirl Diadora moves closer to the Competence Zone. Especially when she [[spoiler: takes King Clement's castle with only back up from Lachesis and Aira, ''without killing anyone'' and relaying in trickery and magic than brute force]], and the expanded version of her confrontation with [[spoiler: Manfroy, in which she ''does'' get kidnapped to follow the melodramatic DownerEnding of the first generation but still attempts to fight him in self-defense and to protect little Shanan.]]
* Several characters who suffer from a bad case of WhatMeasureIsANonBadass in the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' manga finally get to catch a break in the anime. By far the most glaring example is Hinata, who got to learn a powerful technique the anime team just made up for her, defeat menacing {{Filler Villain}}s on her own and actually land a hit during what was in the manga a CurbStompBattle (in the process extrapolating what her [[FinishingMove Gentle Step Twin Lion Fists]] actually ''does'', since in the manga she was knocked out before getting a chance to do more than activate it).
* Analyser from ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato''. 3-foot-tall LoveableSexManiac in the anime, ''over 20-foot-tall HumongousMecha'' in the 2010 movie.
* Syaoran Li to an extent in the ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' anime. While still under the same inability to catch cards himself, stipulations allow him to earn several cards of his own, most of which he is rather apt with. This allows him to act as a far more effective rival for Sakura, even earning his own trial in the Final Judgement. Even after losing all his cards to Sakura his acts in assisting and protecting her often prove astonishing, with him suggested to still be at a similar or higher level of magical power than her by the closing movie (albeit partly due to lacking a plot point of the manga that rendered Sakura unmatchable in power).
* Envy from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. In the manga and ''Brotherhood'', Envy is TheBrute and UnskilledButStrong, relying on either its shapeshifting to trick an enemy into submission, or if it must fight, the raw power it can put behind each blow. This usually results in Envy going ClippedWingAngel and getting its ass handed to it. The Envy in the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist first anime adaptation]] (which went off in a very different direction after it OvertookTheManga) is a DanceBattler and HeroKiller who serves as TheDragon and manages to [[spoiler:kill Ed during their final confrontation]].
* In the original ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' series, Natsuko was mostly a DistressedDamsel and Honey's friend/potential lesbian lover. In the live-action movie and the ''RE Cutie Honey'' OVA series, she's a badass adult policewoman with a talent for using firearms.
* In ''Anime/MaiHime'' and ''Anime/MaiOtome'', a few characters' power levels vary based on which series and media they appear in.
** Shizuru typically has the superpowers associated with the series in all versions except the ''Manga/MaiHime'' manga.
** Haruka is a BadassNormal in the ''Mai-[=HiME=]'' anime who can't win any fights but [[spoiler:lives long enough after Yukino's child is killed to headbutt Shizuru and toss Yukino her armband]], but is a Hime in the manga. The opposite is true in ''Mai-Otome''; she is a powerful Otome in the anime, endowed with SuperStrength and second in her class after Shizuru, but an ordinary police officer in the manga.
** Both of Yukino's ''Mai-[=HiME=]'' incarnations are Himes, but play supporting roles (in the anime, she primarily uses her powers for surveillance, while in the manga, she uses hers to support Haruka). In ''Mai-Otome'', she has no powers, and is the president of Airies in the anime and a Windbloom police officer in the manga (albeit skilled enough with a sniper rifle to arguably be more effective in battle than her Hime incarnations)
* ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'' gives us Izanagi. In [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} the game]], Izanagi's just a cool-looking Persona with low-tier stat growth/elemental affinities/skills that most players will have gotten rid of by the second dungeon; but in the anime he comes off as the biggest badass of the entire bunch, regularly being the go to Persona when Yu needs to wipe out a particularly dangerous Shadow. Then again, it is possible to fuse a really badass Izanagi with skills like Primal Force, Angelic Grace, and Power Charge. ''Much'' later in the game, that is.
** Similarly, Beelzebub is a good, late-game Persona, but far from the best. In the anime, [[spoiler: Yu fuses him during the battle with Shadow Naoto, uses Megidolaon, and ''turns the entire dungeon into a smoking crater.'']]
** [[spoiler: Adachi]]. In the game he was kind of a pushover, however in the anime he manages to thrash Yu quite a bit, and is in control of ''three'' Reapers to kick the crap out of the rest of the protagonists (The Reaper being a fairly powerful optional Boss in the game).
** ''Anime/Persona4GoldenTheAnimation'' takes this to [[UpToEleven ridiculous levels]], with Izanagi going OneManArmy on ''thousands'' of shadows the first time it's summoned; using late game moves such as ''Null Physical'' and ''Maziodyne''. [[spoiler: Magatsu Izanagi]] is, likewise, much more powerful. [[spoiler: Adachi]] uses it to defeat every persona that Yu summons (all of them really powerful, late-game personas) before it's finally stopped with a Suicide Charge by Izanagi, forcing Yu [[CombatBreakdown to resort to his]] ''[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown bare hands]]'' to finish the fight. [[spoiler: and afterwards, under Yu's control, it takes out Ameno-Sagiri with one slice.]]
* The ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' franchise has Gotsumon. Several series, which are AU to each other, have the little guy as a {{Recurrer}} with the same or similar personality and voice portrayal. Each version tends to be badder than the last. ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''? A cute little guy who'd rather party than fight, his death (along with that of his partner, Pumpkinmon) was used to show how much of a BadBoss the arc's villain was. ''Anime/DigimonFrontier''? His tiny little pebble attack has grown into the ability to create ''giant boulders'' and he is able to hold off enemy enforcers who, according to their stats (type, level, element, etc.), should stomp him like a bug without even knowing they'd done so. He can now become Meteormon, a PaletteSwap who surprises everyone by being ultra-powerful. ''Anime/DigimonSavers''[=/=]''[[Anime/DigimonSavers Digimon Data Squad]]''? let's make him bad again, but ''good'' at it! He bedevils the team for the entirety of their first extended stay in the digital world, then becomes Meteormon. They laugh at his dramatic, LargeHam-moment-prefaced transformation into ''himself, but with lighter coloring'' for all of two seconds before he starts wiping the floor with them.
** Wargreymon began its life as a PowerupLetdown for Metalgreymon, and was widely reviled for being relatively weak for it's level, having the lowest possible lifespan and even having an abnormally high after battle injury rate. Overtime, as a result of animated adaptations, his flaws tend to be glossed over, lending him a needed air of competence.
* ''Anime/RuneSoldierLouie'': [[AmazonianBeauty Jeanie's]] fighting ability changes drastically between whether you're reading the manga, or watching the anime. In the manga version, Louie [[OneHitKO lays her out]] [[http://www.kivmanga.com/Rune_Soldier_Louie_-_Req_by_Valdimir/001.005/11/ with one punch]], when they first meet in chapter 1. Whereas in the anime, she's a much better fighter. When she and Louie fight in episode 12, not only does she outlast him, ''she'' knocks ''him'' out (seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh5Ex0SOf0E from 13:23-16:57).]]
* In the [[Anime/TheSnowQueen2005 2005 anime]] of ''Literature/TheSnowQueen'', the title character is a full LadyOfWar and she fights the Devil and prevails over him many times.
* Franchise/DragonBall:
** While [[ShowyInvincibleHero Vegito]] was already a StoryBreakerPower in the ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga, the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' anime [[UpToEleven made him even more so.]] In the manga, he immediately turn [[SuperMode Super Saiyan]] when fighting [[BigBad Majin Buu]], and flattens him. In the anime, he spends an episode fighting Buu without turning Super Saiyan, which as onesided as the fight after he transforms, he still dominates the fight to the point it's clear he didn't actually ''need'' to transform to overpower Buu, he just did to humiliate him.
** A Downplayed example, but Freeza put up a much better fight with Super Saiyan Goku in the anime compared to the manga. In the manga, although Freeza did decently, it was clear from the onsite that he never had a chance of winning and that was before his power started to fail him. In the anime, Freeza got several good hits in and gave Goku the fight of his life (although he still had no real chance of winning) before his stamina gave and was reduced to a non-threat by the end of the battle.
** Freeza's return as Mecha Freeza. In the manga Trunks takes Freeza out while he was distracted, not giving him the chance to power-up. It was hinted that Trunks was only as strong as Super Saiyan Goku on Namek. In the anime, Trunks took Freeza apart even when he dropped a Death Ball on Trunks' head, trying to destroy the planet.
** Yamcha, Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu got the chance to defeat the Ginyu Force in two filler episodes, Yamcha defeating Recoome, the one who just beat the crap out of Vegeta, Gohan and Krillin not long before. In another filler scene, [[TheChewToy Yamcha]] defeated Ulibu, a character who is probably stronger than Freeza. That's right, the MemeticLoser defeated a guy who is stronger than Freeza.
** In the manga, Dabura's skills and abilities are extremely lacking in comparison to his anime counterpart. He mostly uses sneak attacks and in fact he never once throws a single physical punch in the entire manga. He's unable to overpower a rusty SSJ Gohan and is quickly dealt with by Buu before he can even throw a single attack. The anime, however, amps him up, allowing him to hold his own against Gohan and even standing up to Buu for quite some time.
** While Goku is ''never'' a wimp in any media, ''Anime/ThePathToPower'' amps him up even more. Case in point: in the original manga and anime, his first attempt at the Kamehameha Wave only results in a small energy beam that's only strong enough to destroy Bulma's car, while in ''The Path to Power'', said first attempt results in a WaveMotionGun that completely obliterates a good chunk of the Red Ribbon Army's armada.
** Android 8 is quite powerful in the series proper (stronger than Goku at the point they met), but his strength is UpToEleven in the movie ''Path to Power''. He is able to fly, dash, and nearly kills Goku, who is also made stronger. He also fights a mecha that knocked Goku unconscious for several minutes and pushes it back.
** The [[PhysicalGod Super Saiyan God]] form gets this treatment in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. In ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', Super Saiyan God was the definition of AwesomeButImpractical: it gave Goku the power to battle Beerus on more or less equal grounds, but it only lasted for a few minutes short enough that Goku lost the transformation in the middle of the fight, and actually performed better fighting as a normal Super Saiyan, since he absorbed the power of godhood. Here, while the end result is pretty much the same, Super Saiyan God lasts much longer and overall has a better showing, including slowly destroying the universe just by fighting Beerus and, even if it was brief, proves able to stand up to Beerus' full power. In the movie, by comparison, [[spoiler: Beerus never used more than 70% of his power]]. It also seems to give Goku a type of HealingFactor, since he recovers from being impaled through the stomach.
** Gohan's BadFuture counterpart gets this treatment as well. In the manga story of Trunks' timeline, Gohan is killed by Android 17, who claimed to have not even used half of his full power to do so. In the anime adaptation of ''The History of Trunks,'' Gohan is actually stronger than both 17 and 18 individually, only losing because the two ganged up on him.
** Tagoma, one of Frieza's soldiers. In ''[[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF Resurrection 'F']]'', he's unceremoniously killed off by Frieza within the first few minutes of the film. In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', he's only knee-capped by Frieza and then becomes Frieza's training dummy for four months. As a result, he becomes the strongest member of Frieza's army, becoming just as strong as, if not stronger than Piccolo, though [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil his beatings at Frieza's hands cause him to become just as ruthless and brutal as Frieza himself]].
** Frieza himself also gets this treatment in ''Dragon Ball Super''. In the original ''[[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF Resurrection 'F']]'', Final Form Frieza is completely dominated by Base Goku and, as Golden Frieza, he runs out of energy too fast to really give the impression he could have beaten Goku. In ''Super'', Final Form Frieza matches Base Goku in terms of speed and power, and Golden Frieza beats SSGSS Goku around like a ragdoll, with Goku nearly losing consciousness as a result.
** Botamo in both the manga and anime versions of ''Super'' is such a StoneWall that not even Goku can harm him. However, in the manga, Goku's attacks could send him flying, while in the anime, Goku's attacks couldn't even budge him.
* The ''Anime/SonicX'' anime did this with Shadow the Hedgehog. He's already incredibly powerful in the video game series, but not terribly so. In the anime? He's practically TheJuggernaut in that very few characters are even capable of slowing him down, even Sonic himself. He also spends most of the third season as a OneManArmy against the mooks of that season's BigBad.

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