* ''Manhwa/TheBreaker'' has protagonist Shi Woon. He starts off as the weakest fighter in the series, but because of his {{Determinator}} nature he becomes one of the most powerful. It's what allowed him to succeed in his TrainingFromHell and hold his own against overpowered opponents.
* Tasha Godspell, protagonist of ''Manhwa/WitchHunter'' is fine example: he's defeated by far superior opponent, his beloved familiar is taken from him, his arm, holding healing artifact, is severed, and yet he manages to stand straight and insult his foe. [[spoiler:It helps, that such a stress unlocks his inner source of mana]].