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[[folder: ''Manga/Ah My Goddess'' ]]

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[[folder: ''Video Game/Backyard Sports'' ]]

* Jorge Garcia in ''Fanfic/TheSecretLifeOfTheBackyardKids''. He outruns Pablo Sanchez on all fours, gets superpowers, and basically becomes Bricksfield's equivalent of Franchise/{{Zorro}}.

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[[folder: ''Batman'' ]]


* In the fanfic ''Macushla'', Stephanie Brown becomes one: after her father is killed for unknown reasons by the league of shadows, she's taken to serve under Talia al Ghul. She's a master assassin before she's 18 years old and becomes Damian Wayne's bodyguard/MoralityPet. (After [[spoiler: Talia fakes Stephanie's death and sends her away because she and Damian were too close, he leaves the League and asks to join Dick Grayson of his own will]]).

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[[folder: ''Franchise/Buffy The Vampire Slayer'' ]]

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%%* It would be easier to list the handful of ''Buffy'' stories on the net in which Xander Harris, previously the ButtMonkey / PluckyComicRelief of the series, ''doesn't'' [[TookALevelInBadass turn into an absolute Badass]] after the events of the series' finale than it would to list the stories in which he does.

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[[folder: ''Comic Strip/Calvin And Hobbes'' ]]

* Calvin was always a bit adventurous, but his CharacterDevelopment in ''Fanfic/TheCalvinverse'' furthers it, leading to him becoming a GadgeteerGenius and eventually a ManipulativeBastard.

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[[folder: Cross Over ]]

* Several background ponies get turned into much more effective fighters in ''Fanfic/AceCombatEquestriaChronicles''. Especially those flying in the [[AmazonBrigade Mirage squadron]].
* Remember how [[NonActionGuy Yuuno]] was in ''Manga/LyricalNanoha''? In ''Fanfic/BloodThatFlows'', he's easily as badass as any of the main characters and can hold his own against Gods and Demons just as well as any of the other characters in the story.
* In the stories written by Crossoverpairinglover on Fanfiction.net, virtually every character gets upgraded to a point they are badasses. Genuine Lockharts, super saiyan-like Sakuras, Apollos who create black holes, etc.
* The main Digimon characters from ''Fanfic/DigimonFusionKai'' are [[SuperFic given the ability]] to become beings that look like Super Saiyans.
* While in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Ayaka was a self-taught martial artist with her own personal form, she was only Asuna's equal up until CantCatchUp took effect. In ''Fanfic/EqualAndOppositeAttraction'', she becomes a front-line fighter who was trained by Setsuna.
* The Frozen/Pacific Rim crossover ''Fanfic/ArcticRim'' does this to both Anna and Elsa. Anna becoming a CrazyAwesome hilarious badass and Elsa becoming a bona fide BadassInCharge.
** The Precursors are a ''lot'' more proactive here than in ''Pacific Rim'', with one in particular (the story's BigBad) who borders on MagnificentBastard.
* ''[[Fanfic/RyuugisTheGamesWePlay The Games We Play]]'' turns Jaune from ButtMonkey to legitimate badass via the mechanics of ''Webcomic/TheGamer''. In canon, he's far, far behind any of the other main cast. Here, he's able to, among others, beat [[spoiler:Weiss]], turn a DelayingAction against [[spoiler:Penny]] into a win, and fight [[spoiler:Pyrrha]] to a draw. And he hasn't even gotten into Beacon yet!
* In ''Fanfic/Hottie3TheBestFanFicInTheWorld'', the FanSequel to the novel ''Literature/BurningAmbition'' by Jonathan Bernstein, [[TheHero Hottie]] co-pilots her own ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''-inspired Gunman. The other co-pilot is ComicBook/SquirrelGirl hersel. She later gains three {{Super Mode}}s, each more powerful than the last. The most powerful SuperMode, Super Hottie Goddess, makes her a PhysicalGod.
* ''FanFic/JustAnUnorthodoxThief'' takes Risei, an intelligent enough character in canon, and tuns him into Tokiomi's HypercompetentSidekick.
* In ''Fanfic/MagicalPonyLyricalTwilight'', [[spoiler:the Nachtwal]] received a massive power and skill boost, including changing its canonical ClippedWingAngel into a proper OneWingedAngel.
* ''Fanfic/MyLittleCastlevania'': In "VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow'', the [[TimeMaster Chronomage]] was just a quickly defeated obstacle. Here, he's an active villain, able to fight Aeon one-on-one repeatedly, and actually wins several times.
* In ''Fanfic/NoGodsOnlyGuns'', [[AssInAmbassador Ambassador Donnel Udina]] becomes a full-on GuileHero, humiliating the batarian ambassador in front of the Council, and also possessing an eyepatch and cybernetic hand. Also, Doctor Michel, usually a DistressedDamsel, takes a buzz-axe to the goons threatening her.
** Niftu Cal, a volus who claimed to be a biotic god while doped out on red sand, proves himself to be a very powerful biotic who can back up his claims.
* In ''Fanfic/NoHoper'', Light Yagami, a NonActionBigBad in canon, is now [[OurVampiresAreDifferent a vampire with powers over the elements]], a HunterOfHisOwnKind, and a MasterSwordsman.
* Both Shinji and Kaworu in ''Fanfic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K'' go from canon runty, troubled kids, to nigh-PhysicalGod {{Magnificent Bastard}}s who excel at XanatosSpeedChess.
* While [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Naruto Uzumaki]] has grown into a powerful badass in his own manga, ''Fanfic/ShinobiOfTheHighSeas'' turns him into a ShowyInvincibleHero that manages to go through the Grand Line and ultimately fight Akoji, one of the most powerful admirals in ''Manga/OnePiece'', to a standstill.
* ''Fanfic/TimeLordsAndTerror'', a ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship is Magic]]'' and ''Series/DoctorWho'' crossover, re-imagines the events of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie the G1 movie]] as a CosmicHorrorStory. Instead of kid-friendly villains, Hydia, Draggle and Reeka are now TheFairFolk-inspired aliens. [[spoiler: They now beat ponies bloody and harvest their life force to awaken the S'Muz (aka the Smooze) an OmnicidalManiac, [[ThePowerOfHate driven by hate]], EldritchAbomination that causes a wave of madness by its mere unsealing, that wants nothing more than destruction of all universes.]]
* In ''Fanfic/{{Unfamiliar}}'', almost every canon character from ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'' (but especially Princess Henrietta) gets a massive competence boost and a power upgrade. Considering that they're expected to cope with [[VideoGame/{{Prototype}} Alex]] [[OneManArmy Mercer]], this is perfectly understandable.
* In ''Fanfic/JusticeSocietyOfJapan'':
** While Mordred has a relationship to Morgaine Le Fey similar to how he was depicted in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', in this continuity, the preteen is now less of a RoyalBrat and more of a [[UndyingLoyalty Loyal]] ImplacableMan.
** Also, [[Anime/CodeGeass Shirley Fenette]] has been upgraded from a schoolgirl to one of the main heroes.
* The ''Fanfic/SuperwomenOfEva'' series does this to the whole female cast of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' ([[NonActionGuy Non-Action Girls]], [[NoExportForYou Japan-only media]] {{God Created Canon Foreigner}}s, and the canon {{Action Girl}}s) by means of [[SuperFic giving them all superpowers]]. Not ''new'' superpowers, either, ''[[FusionFic established powers]]'' from Creator/MarvelComics and Creator/DCComics.
* Many canon characters from ''Fanfic/YuYuGiDigiMoon'' have given power ups: such as the Digimon Tamers receiving beast powers base on the Four Chinese Symbols, and the Sailor Senshi receiving the mysterious Valkyrie forms.
* ''FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria'': ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} has always been a skilled fighter in TheDCU, but here he manages to get the drop on Rainbow Dash (this universe's equivalent to Franchise/{{Superman}}) in their first encounter, and then manages to almost defeat her again during their fight in Cloudsdale.
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' gives pretty much everyone levels in Badass. Some of the more notable examples are...
** [[spoiler: The Winter Soldier]], who progresses from street level nightmare and VaderClone to the terror of the entire Western World, an immortal wraith-like figure and OneManArmy who induces pants crapping levels of terror from just about anyone who hears of the possibility that he might be around. And he backs up the hype too: he's [[OneShotKill one shotted]] [[PhysicalGod a former Captain Britain]], for instance. In one of his rare on-screen appearances, he's killed [[spoiler: James Bond]] with minimal effort. And he killed Kennedy. The guy's a HeroKiller on levels that would make Sylar envious. Loki calls him possibly the most dangerous assassin in the Nine Realms, and it's kinda hard to argue with the guy.
** Harry himself. He packs more magical power than in canon, but he's growing into a fully fledged GuileHero who actually plans ahead to an extent, while remaining a master of the IndyPloy. He's also becoming one hell of a lot more confident, to the point where he's more than willing to stand up to gods and monsters alike with absolutely no fear. Indeed, he occasionally has to keep himself in check/be kept in check. He's charming (in a somewhat {{Adorkable}} fashion) and charismatic (also after a fashion), plus he's got [[spoiler: [[WindsOfDestinyChange Wanda's blessing]]]] at his back, which means that he's even more magnetic to potential hero types than before. And all of that aside, he's a Prince of Asgard whose powers are beginning to come through and he's attracted the interest of [[spoiler: the Phoenix herself]]. These are just some of a number of ''very'' good reasons that he's being noted as either the next [[TheHero Captain America]] or the next [[StartOfDarkness Magneto.]]
* On ''Fanfic/CoreLine'', this is the essential fate of anybody who enters the post-[[TheMultiverse multiversal]] RealityBleed WorldOfBadass of the setting. They all [[HadToBeSharp have to become sharp]], or risk dying (at worst). And as such, whenever any two characters of two differing fandoms clash (''any two''), it's up in the air who will win (if they are not cut down mid-fight by a BadassBystander who's had enough).
* ''FanFic/TheGoodTheBadAndTheDemon'' has it [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 April O'Neil]] and her best friend, [[VideoGame/SoulHackers Hitomi Tono]]. In the former's case, using more of her psychic abilities ever since [[spoiler:she found she's half-human, half-Kraang]], while the latter has learned to fight with April's help.


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[[folder: ''Manga/Death Note'' ]]

* Inverted in the AlternateUniverseFic, ''Fanfic/PointOfSuccession''. Light Yagami is BroughtDownToBadass-- there's no [[ArtifactOfDoom Death Note]], which means Kira doesn't exist in this universe, [[BroughtDownToBadass "reducing" Light]] to being simply a [[BadassBookworm genius]] [[TheProfiler criminal profiler]] and [[ImprobableAimingSkills a hell of a good shot]].

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[[folder: ''Website/That Guy With The Glasses'' ]]

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[[folder: ''Franchise/Harry Potter ]]
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* ''[[WorldOfBadass Everyone]]'' in ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' gets an upgrade from their canon roles:
** [[ProperlyParanoid Severus]] [[CrazyPrepared Snape]] has been spiking Lord Voldemort's father's grave with every dangerous drug and poison known to wizardkind (and LSD--because it ''might'' affect him), as well as every other grave in the cemetery on account of Voldemort might have moved the gravestone, ''and'' the graves of every other ancestor of Voldemort's that he and Dumbledore could track down, ''just in case''. [[OutGambitted Too bad]] [[MagnificentBastard Voldemort]] foresaw this contingency and, since he couldn't move his father's bones if he wants the resurrection spell to work, moved ''the entire rest of the cemetery'' to an entirely different location and memory-charmed the local Muggles.
** Harry Potter, in so many ways. Here's his following plan:
-->"Note to self: [[WellIntentionedExtremist overthrow government of Magical Britain at earliest convenience]]."
** Draco Malfoy went from TheBully to the following roles: ManipulativeBastard, TheStarscream to Harry, and scion of a long, proud line of [[TheManBehindTheMan Men Behind the Man]].
** Quirrell in canon is a simpering stutterer who's [[spoiler: a host to Voldemort]]. WordOfGod says this Quirrell is possessed by Voldemort, which now makes him the following: EvilMentor to Harry, a sixth-''dan'' in an unspecified martial art, and he horcruxed the pioneer probe! Oh, and then he went and tricked Harry into [[spoiler:breaking Bellatrix Lestrange out of Azkaban]].
** [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Blaise Zabini]] went from Draco's crony to a ''quin''tupple agent in a war with only three sides.

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[[folder: Western Animation/Jackie Chan Adventures ]]

* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'' has the Samurai Khan. While in canon they're {{Fake Ultimate Mook}}s, here they're just as strong as they look, serving more as EliteMooks.

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[[folder: ''Light Novel/Infinite Stratos'' ]]

%%* [[CluelessChickMagnet Ichika Orimura]] in ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos'' is TheScrappy, mostly due to being [[ObliviousToLove dense as brick]] and has [[UselessProtagonist a long]] list of InformedAbility. When fans start tampering with him, we get the following:
%%** ''Fanfic/InfiniteStratosSacredTwins'' Ichika that's
%%** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7597864/1/Infinite_Stratos_Resolve Infinite Stratos Resolve]'' actually smart
%%** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7405918/1/Second_Chance Second Chance]]'' Ichika fusing with
%%** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7505068/1/The_fusion The Fusion]]'' his I.S.
%%** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7522787/1/Soaring_of_the_Doukugan_Ryu_Orimura_Ichika Soaring of the Doukugan Ryu Orimura Ichika]]'' Ichika that clogging too much testosterone


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[[folder: ''Series/Kamen Rider Fourze'' ]]

* In ''Fanfic/{{Horseshoes and Hand Grenades}}'', nearly every single character who ever appeared in ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' have gone into fighting mode. This ranges from [[{{Otaku}} Yuki Jojima]] using her Hayabusa Plushie as a boxing glove, [[ButtMonkey Chuta Ohsugi]] fighting off his former love interest, Sarina Sonada and minor characters like the ones in the Amanogawa High Glee Club consist of a sword wielder, a samurai and a ninja.

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[[folder: ''Manga/Love Hina'' ]]

* ''FanFic/ContractLabor'': In direct contrast to the ExtremeDoormat he was in canon, Keitaro actually has some backbone and is far more willing to stand up to and for the Hinata's residents, even managing to defeat Motoko in an honor duel.

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[[folder: ''Franchise/Lyrical Nanoha'' ]]

* ''Fanfic/GameTheory'' does this for [[MonsterOfTheWeek the Jewel Seeds]].
-->'''Aleph:''' Nanoha showed us that the Monsters of the Week could be a backdrop to the real meat of the plot, the character interaction, but then Madoka came along and showed us that the Monsters can still be legitimately, vividly scary. And Game Theory is very much a post-Madoka story, with the harsher rules and the scarier monsters and so on.
** Also, pretty much all the characters over the age of about sixteen or so get a significant competence boost. Notably, they aren't any more powerful, but they use what they have ''much'' more effectively because they employ proper tactics. Especially Precia.
** The Wolkenritter in particular have received a major upgrade in skill. They aren't any more powerful, but they show the experience and tactical acumen that would be expected of centuries old combat constructs.

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[[folder: ''Anime/Mai Hime'' ]]

* Yukino in ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated''. In the original series, her Child was only good for surveillance, and left her easily defeated by Shizuru. In this fic, she realizes that while she's not the best in a straight-up fight, she can use her powers to tip the balance of power in her favor at crucial moments, such as when she [[spoiler:incapacitates Shiho, enabling Mai to win her battle without Yuuichi dying]], and when she, in the final battle, uses her Child's abilities to immobilize one of the last remaining [=SUEs=]' Child long enough for Natsuki to finish her off.

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[[folder: Franchise/Marvel Universe ]]

* This trope is a staple for the villains of ''FanFic/UltimateSleepwalker: The New Dreams'' and ''FanFic/UltimateSpiderWoman: Change With The Light''. Characters like 8-Ball, the Brothers Grimm, the Chain Gang and Jack O'Lantern were all C-lister villains, at best, in the original comics. In the Earth-2706 verse, though, they're exceptionally deadly threats, forming the focus of the Fics.

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[[folder: ''Franchise/My Little Pony'' ]]

* From the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** Mimic is said by Princess Luna to have been the first, and only, mortal pony to injure Discord, by ''kicking him in the face at supersonic speeds'' until she knocked his tooth out. He killed her afterwards, but still. [[spoiler:Starsong probably also counts, managing to fend off Discord's brother Anarchy for a considerable time.]]
** While Princess Cadence turned out to be pretty badass in canon, the version of her in this series was able to [[spoiler:take on an avatar of Discord's father [[EldritchAbomination Havoc]] and not only survive, but it's implied that she ''won''.]]
* ''Fanfic/RainboomsAndRoyalty'' has Zecora, while still being TheObiWan to the Mane Six like in canon, also proved personally fantastic repeatedly over the course of the series, with such highlights as [[spoiler:saving Rainbow Dash from the Shadowbolts, fighting Nightmare Moon one-on-one, and saving Dinky, Pipsqueak, and Alula from King Sombra's bushwoolie {{Mooks}}.]]
* ''Fanfic/{{Xenophilia}}'' turns [[RecurringExtra Lyra Heartstrings]] into a grandmaster of the Still Way, the only Unicorn-exclusive martial art. She's described by Rainbow Dash as "probably one of the five or six most dangerous ponies in Equestria, even counting the Princesses," and the only pony in town other than Twilight who could beat her in a serious fight. Chapter 9 reveals her to be [[spoiler:an auxiliary Royal Guard, and we also see her in action.]]
-->'''Lero''': Wow. I had no idea. She's always been really friendly to me.
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': (''giggling'') Yeah, Ive heard that about her. ''Total'' sweetheart, youd never guess that she could kill you in half a second from, like, three hundred bodylengths away.

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[[folder: ''Manga/Naruto'' ]]

* In many ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fanfics, the title character and his Academy teacher, Umino Iruka, tend to get an odd power-up. In the manga, Naruto [[RefugeInAudacity is painting on the monument in front of an assembled crowd of ninjas until Iruka calls him down]]. In the anime, Naruto manages to dodge two low-ranked Chunin in the first episode before his teacher appears behind him once he assumes the coast is clear. ''However'', in fanfics, he tends to outrun and outmaneuver Chunin, Jonin, Anbu and even occasionally the Hokage, for hours, with Iruka being the only person able to catch him, usually within ten minutes of setting out. How Iruka catches the boy who makes Houdini look like an amateur is rarely explained. In certain fanfics, the author explicitly labels Naruto in the description as "Smart", "Strong" and/or "[[PhysicalGod Godlike]].

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[[folder: ''Anime/Neon Genesis Evangelion'' ]]

* In ''Fanfic/StrategicCyborgEvangelion'', two characters get an upgrade:
** Kaworu Nagisa goes from male ApocalypseMaiden, to an UnskilledButStrong VigilanteMan who JumpedAtTheCall.
** Rei Ayanami. Canon version: TheStoic and near-[[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]] girl with a SugarAndIcePersonality. ''SCE'' version: ActionGirl in a BadassLongcoat, applying generous amounts of WaifFu and GunFu with a side order of PsychicPowers. And that's still not considering what she can do [[ImprobableAimingSkills in her]] [[RocketJump Evangelion]]. Admittedly though, she's still [[StoicWoobie quite]] [[BrokenBird fragile]] [[TroubledButCute emotionally]].
* In ''Fanfic/NobodyDies'' Kei Ayanami was originally just another one of [[QuirkyMiniBossSquad The Ree]] with BondVillainStupidity as her Quirk. And then [[ExpandedUniverse The Kei-Files]] came out, and she was changed into a [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative]] [[JerkassWoobie Woobiefied]] {{Badass}} girl with {{Adorkable}} and [[BrokenBird Fragile]] traits, making her one of the most [[EnsembleDarkHorse beloved]] original characters of the fic.

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[[folder: ''Light Novel/Ore No Imouto Ga Konna Ni Kawaii Wake Ga Nai'' ]]

* In canon, Kousaka Kyousuke is the type of person who lets [[{{Tsundere}} his sister]] walk all over him. Contrast this to the FixFic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7330418/1/My_Life_Cant_Lose_Its_Normality My Life Can't Lose Its Normality]]'' where he (as well as Ayase, Akagi, and Miura) are a team of martial-arts mastering, {{Yakuza}}-killing vigilantes who pull off stunts normally reserved for [[BadassCrew paramilitary organizations and special operatives]].

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[[folder: ''Franchise/Pokemon'' ]]

* In canon, Ash Ketchum is a rather bumbling, childish, and well...stupid, trainer. In ''FanFic/TheChosenOnesJourney'', all that is replaced with maturity, responsibility, discipline, and pure badass.

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[[folder: ''Web Animation/RWBY'' ]]

* ''FanFic/RWBYReckoning'' takes the normally bumbling Jaune Arc, a guy who is nothing like his legendary ancestors, and makes him able to build a functioning time bomb with approximately 18 flares, some duct tape, and some scraps. And it's powerful enough to shred the stomach of a very large Grimm.

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[[folder: ''Franchise/Sailor Moon'' ]]

* ''Fanfic/CosmicWarriors'' takes the normally cheesy Tuxedo Mask and has him [[CaneFu wielding his cane like a real weapon]] with [[SwordCane a hidden sword within]]. On top of that, his cane seems capable of more tricks, like shooting five rechargeable red thorn darts from the base. So far there haven't been any cheesy one-liners either.
* ''Fanfic/BeautifulDestroyerSailorMoon.'' Pick a main character, ''any main chracter.''

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[[folder: ''Franchise/Sonic The Hedgehog'' ]]

* ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' pretty much turns ''everyone'' - especially the scrappies and weak characters - into utter badasses.
** Tails goes from being a weak, shy GadgeteerGenius into a MagnificentBastard captain who gains a LovecraftianSuperpower [[spoiler: and ends up saving the entire universe from an EldritchAbomination at the cost of his own life]].
** Cream stays with Sonic and friends to the end, even after seeing things that would make most adults break down. In Episode 66, she and her chao Cheese [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome ends up beating Astorath the Prince of Darkness on her own]].
** Cosmo saves several planets before becoming acting captain of the Blue Typhoon, and she is also appointed leader of the Metarex during the final battle. And in the rewrite, when Astorath and Beelzebub land on her ship, ''she runs out onto the flight deck with Venus' demon scythe and rips them a new one.''
** Chris Thorndyke may be the king of them. He goes from being a whiny, dependent brat to a GeniusBruiser, pulls off a BigDamnHeroes and unleashes DeathFromAbove with the Typhoon in the rewrite of Episode 69, and later on fights Beelzebub and Astorath alongside Cosmo during the final battle.

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[[folder: ''Franchise/Super Mario Bros'' ]]

* ''Fanfic/ClashOfTheElements'': Cackletta wasn't really much of a threat in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'', being an unimpressive mage with an easy boss fight halfway through her game. In ''this'' story, on the other hand, she's a ManipulativeBastard of the highest degree, a [[spoiler: two-thousand year old remnant of the Dark King's forces who caused the legend of the [[PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor Shadow Queen]] just to extend her own life]] and she has also become a [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] who successfully managed to outwit {{Big Good}}s, such as [[spoiler: Alpha, the Star Spirits, and an omniscient trio of beings known as "the higher-ups"]]. Implications exist to suggest she has also been able to control [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts the Heartless]].

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[[folder: ''Anime/Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann'' ]]

* [[EmotionlessGirl Nia]] in ''Fanfic/TengenToppaGurrenSolvernia'', gets an upgrade through character development, since now it's she who's [[BigBrotherMentor mentored by Kamina]]. Simon, or rather, [[spoiler: Prince Simon Teppelin]] already starts as a badass, taking on a ganman with only a sword.

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[[folder: ''Video Game/Touhou'' ]]

* Rumia is lowest of the low in Gensokyo's hierarchy, weak and with [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway a useless power]]. It's widely speculated however that she possesses a SuperpoweredEvilSide, meaning most fan works featuring her give her an appropriate power boost, though the degree of the boost varies vastly.
** ''Fanfic/ImperfectMetamorphosis'', however, makes her into a much more important character because she's [[spoiler:a FallenAngel]].
** ''Webcomic/TouhouNekokayou'' subverts this trope, making her slightly more powerful, but ''still'' comic relief.
* ''Fanfic/ImperfectMetamorphosis'''s take on Kotohime, who was a generally ineffectual and totally delusional combatant in her original appearance. In this Fic, she's graduated to the rank of BeleagueredAssistant to Yukari herself, running Gensokyo's first police force, and at one poit, she delivers a beatdown to [[PersonOfMassDestruction Marisa Kirisame]] for disintegrating one of her officers ([[FromASingleCell she got better]]).
* Mokou is already an immortal powerhouse and [[BonusBoss EX-Boss]]. ''Fanfic/TouhouIbunshu'' has her possess the powers of a PhysicalGod, giving her the strength to go toe-to-toe with Yukari ''after'' creating an army of thousands of [[OurZombiesAreDifferent kashoyo]].
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[[folder: ''Literature/Worldwar'' ]]

* In ''FanFic/WorldwarWarOfEquals'', all of South America, Central America, and Eastern Europe put up much more of a fight than they did in the source material. Human tanks qualify as well. In the original novels, even the best Human tanks of the 1940s could easily be destroyed by a single [[TankGoodness Landcruiser]]. Thanks to tank technology advancing in the last couple of decades, our tanks are either equal to or superior to their Landcruisers.

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