The AccidentalHero, except... they actually '''did''' something to earn their hero stripes. Or, look at them as a BadassNormal, who never wanted to be one.

These are heroes that actually prefer their [[IJustWantToBeNormal boring, uneventful lives]], and wish to remain nobodies. Or it could be that saving the day is just not high on their list of priorities. However, fate forces them to step up, and they do, even if they're bitching and moaning the whole time. After saving the village, town, or world, they go right back to being, well, themselves. [[PartTimeHero Until the next crisis]].

What makes them particularly amazing is that they accomplish {{badass}}ness by way of doing something particularly un-BadAss. No [[SpiderMan radioactive spider bit them]] and they don't possess a {{BFG}} or {{BFS}}. Think of the HouseWife whose home is invaded and beats the bad guys with a [[FryingPanOfDoom frying pan]]. Or a guy who works at a burger joint who uses his french-fry-making skills to foil a robbery.

There are many methods to creating a BadassUnintentional. These include:
# A BadassBookworm... who happens to be informed or quick-witted enough to know what to do in the current crisis.
# A SpannerInTheWorks or an UnwittingPawn who [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] for the duration of the plot. (A permanent badass who usually acts like an idiot falls under CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass.)
# A RightManInTheWrongPlace who saves the day through means other than gunplay or fisticuffs, probably because he/she is [[NonActionGuy no good at either]].
# A [[TheLancer Loyal Sidekick]] who must solve the crisis without TheHero (who is incapacitated, on vacation, kidnapped or whatever).
# A DistressedDamsel who realizes TheHero ain't coming any time soon and thus has to make do on her own.

In order to qualify as a BadassUnintentional, they have to do something big. It's not enough for them to help or [[ActionSurvivor just live through it]], it must be a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

Needless to say, a BadassUnintentional will make great use of the IndyPloy, will ThrowItIn when necessary, and will often come up with a plan CrazyEnoughToWork.

Sometimes, after enough [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome highlight-reel moments]], a BadassUnintentional may decide to quit moping and just [[TookALevelInBadass upgrade to full Badass]].

Compare TheDragAlong, HeroicNeutral.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Izumi refuses to acknowledge her badass status, despite occasionally being forced by circumstance into conflict to protect the ones she loves.
-->'''Greed''': Who are you?!
-->'''Izumi''': I'M A HOUSEWIFE!
* In Naoki Urasawa's ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', before [[spoiler:shooting at Roberto and]] earning his status as a full-fledged {{Badass}}, a traumatized, paranoid Tenma jumps off a bridge to save himself and Anna from potential enemies.
* From ''LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', Yang Wenli, also known as 'Miracle Yang' or 'Magician Yang', is quite possibly the most brilliant and widely feared military commanders in the entire universe, to the point where enemy forces will hesitate in their attack at the mention of his name. Despite his fearsome reputation, however, the man himself is mild-tempered, hates warfare, and really just wants to retire with a nice, fat pension and become a historian.
** Ironically, when his enemies finally push him to his snapping point, he delivers a curb-stomp of epic proportions.
* Sawada Tsunayoshi in ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' REALLY doesn't want to be a Mafia boss. He just wants to live his lazy, average life. [[spoiler:That is, until he learns how to beat up bad guys with flaming HANDS as well as flying with them and getting repeatedly gutted, shot, etc and then brushing it off. And only when his friends get hurt, see.]]
* While in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' one could argue Touma as this, Hamazura is more this trope. Just a level 0 thug made to work for the "darkness" of Academy City, he [[spoiler:defeats the #4 Level 5 by himself, ''twice'', fights off Russian and Academy City forces during World War 3, and storms a building taken hostage by a counter-intelligence unit via helicopter]] all to save the girl he loves.
* In ''[[OnePieceWanted Wanted]]'', one of the stories revolves around a samurai named Ryuuma who seeks to become a great swordsman and fight the 'King', who is considered the strongest warrior in the world. Thing is, Ryumma IS the 'King', unknowingly given the nickname by all the people he's saved in his [[ToBeAMaster quest to be the best]].
* Kanata Sorami of ''SoraNoWoto'' joined the Army to learn to play the trumpet. And what do you know, that's how she [[spoiler:prevented a war]].
* Issei Hyodou in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' really just wants to have a harem of his own and doesn't want to fight anybody at all, seeing as he loves peace. Unfortunately, he gets dragged to other people's problems and yet kicks ass so much he [[spoiler:gets promoted from being a low-class devil to a middle-class in ''just six months.'']]
** It's specifically [[LampshadeHanging noted in-uiverse]] that the [[spoiler: mid-class promotion is just a formality]], and that by the time that rolls around(and especially in the most recent novels) he already has the power of an upper tier High-Class devil, if not Ultimate-Class. Odds are good that he'll [[spoiler: be high-class]] before too much longer, for his [[OneManArmy obscene power]] if nothing else.
* [[LightNovel/{{Campione}} Godou Kusanagi]] plays this straight. He'd be perfectly fine with a normal life if it weren't for the fact that [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu he killed Verethragna]] [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt and therefore gained all of his powers]]. Which practically makes him the seventh Campione in the process.

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Ellen Baker in ''Comicbook/AnimalMan''. A supervillain breaks into her house to get at her superhero husband... and she beats the crap out of him.
* Similarly, Mary Jane from ''SpiderMan'' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome once beat up the Chameleon with a baseball bat]] and talked down a hostage-taker while wearing nothing but lingerie. Though really, wearing nothing but lingerie is probably how she got away with it in the first place.
** Proving that the Chameleon ''really'' shouldn't mess with the Parker women, Aunt May once saw through his disguise (he was being Peter). So she pretended nothing was wrong, gave him cookies, and had a nice chat... then revealed that the cookies had tranquilizers in it, she'd put in some almonds to make the Chameleon ''think'' she had dosed him with cyanide, and as he passed out, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Aunt May revealed that sampler she'd been knitting the entire time had "GOTCHA" sewn into it]].
* In the DonaldDuck tales of CarlBarks and Creator/DonRosa, this describes Donald himself. The thirty-cent-an-hour odd jobs that Uncle Scrooge throws him are the closest he gets to regular employment -- but frequently end up with him [[TheDragAlong dragged along]] in search of ancient treasures and lost cities. Rosa's final Donald story, "The Magnificent Seven (minus 4) Caballeros", draws a bright red line under this, as Donald's two old chums are repeatedly stunned by his casual, off-hand references to things like finding El Dorado or Lost Atlantis.
* JimmyOlsen is badass enough to survive ''anything'', no matter how insane or horrific, that [[WeirdnessMagnet he gets dragged into]], just by the sheer magnitude of his SeenItAll. Also, if he does get into an unsolvable situation, either he will [[SuperPowerSillyPutty gain whatever superpowers are necessary to escape]], or [[StuffBlowingUp everything will explode]] or degenerate into comparable chaos to allow his survival. Jimmy Olsen and the laws of reality have a weird relationship that way.

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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* This it the entire plot of ''Make A Wish'', which is about Harry traveling the world and accidentally killing Death Eaters, talking down the Mafia, and developing a reputation as the inventor of magic and origin of the Grim Reaper... through sheer coincidence and chance.
* ''Fanfic/AccidentalHeroOfTheGalaxy'' portrays [[Franchise/MassEffect Commander Shepard]] as one of these. His "heroism" during the Skyllian Blitz was really just the result of dumb luck and stupidity.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The 1992 movie ''[[Film/AccidentalHero Accidental Hero]]'' is about a guy who is the epitome of this trope: Bernard Laplante is the opposite of the muscled blonde man-god that everyone wants a hero to be like, but is extremely able and cool-headed in a crisis. He accidentally becomes the center of media attention after he rescues a female TV reporter along with other survivors of a plane crash, but it causes more trouble for him than it solves because of his criminal record, so he lets his good-for-nothing Vietnam veteran friend take the credit.
* The entire cast of ''PoliceAcademy'' (except Hightower. He's just a BadAss). Pick any installment, but especially the first one.
* Johnny Five in ''Film/ShortCircuit''. Just a wacky computer that realized he was "Alive!" The hero part just happened to come along.
* The Donkey in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}''.
* Dory in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo''. (Arguably Marlin as well. But he's more a case of the BerserkButton being pushed, namely, [[PapaWolf his son being kidnapped]]).
* The protagonist of the ''HomeAlone'' movies.
* Pretty much all the Hobbits in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. Frodo was the only one actually looking for an adventure [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor (though not one like this)]]. Hobbits view the desire for adventure as an extremely odd trait (even Bilbo had to be dragged out of his house for his first adventure) but always prove capable when the time comes, making them an entire race of this trope.
* R2-D2 in the original ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy. He's waaaayyy more BadAss in the prequels (hopping on a rocket pack, seriously??)
* Jeff Goldblum's character in ''Film/IndependenceDay''. His only concern the whole movie was getting his ex-wife back. But he still saved the world... with a Mac virus.
* ForrestGump. He knows that other people seem to be impressed by his exploits, but he really doesn't understand why.
* JamieLeeCurtis's character in ''Film/TrueLies''. She has quite a few BadAss moments in the movie, especially the way she cleans out a dozen terrorists by '''[[ShurFineGuns dropping]]''' a MAC-10.
* ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' loves fighting zombies -- in video games. Or doing anything in video games. He's rather dim and unambitious, and it takes him a long time to recognize the ZombieApocalypse as a real threat, but he makes the transition to BadAss ActionHero surprisingly quickly once the chips are down.
* Roger Murtaugh in the ''LethalWeapon'' movies. He really hates being dragged into all this crazy crap. Reluctant Badass might be a better term.
* Sam Witwicky of ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' has the Unintentional part down pat in the first movie. The Badass doesn't really kick in until the sequel.
* BruceWillis has said that he's always played [[Film/DieHard John McClane]] as "somebody who never really wants to do what he has to do."
* Will and Elizabeth from ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' start out this way. Neither want much to do with pirates (Elizabeth's wish to meet one vanishes quite quickly when she's actually kidnapped by them). By the end of the first movie, Will has engaged in piracy, Elizabeth has successfully tricked and escaped a few times from Barbossa's crew, and both join Jack Sparrow in a fight against the pirates. They become full-on badasses in the sequels, though they never ''truly'' want to devote their lives to piracy [[spoiler:and they both end HappilyMarried and settled down.]]
* Jason McCullough, played by JamesGarner, in ''SupportYourLocalSheriff'' is a badass gunfighter who actively avoids getting a reputation as it's a good way to get killed. Unfortunately, taking the Sheriff's job, ostensibly to earn enough money to get to Australia, leads to a succession of challengers. This annoys him more than anything else.
* Peter "Starlord" Quill and most of the rest of the protagonists in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy.'' Quill just wants to survive and get paid, at first, but he gets roped into needing to help save the galaxy - if only because, to paraphrase his words, he's one of the idiots who ''live'' there.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Rincewind, the "Wizzard" from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. Continually gets into (and survives through) adventures despite wanting nothing to do with adventure, being completely terrified of adventure, and actively trying to ''avoid'' adventure whenever possible. Is also the world's least accomplished wizard, having only ever known one spell (and that one having left him as soon as possible). His list of actual accomplishments, though, includes falling off the world, bringing several new worlds into existence, defeating a sourceror (who are essentially living fonts of magic), being instrumental in taking down a demon lord, and bringing down one of the most powerful armies of the planet.
** Most of the heroes from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fall into this category: Sam Vimes (City Watch) just wanted to be a copper, and ended up stopping wars, time traveling and changing history, and becoming (to his horror) a nobleman. Brutha from ''Small Gods'' was just a novice, but ended up becoming the eighth prophet of the Omnian Church. Susan Sto Helit just wanted to be normal and get on with her daily job, despite being [[TheGrimReaper Death's]] adopted granddaughter. Even Death just wanted to do his job, but ended up in conflict against the enemies of humanity several times.
** The witches of the Disc have this as their modus operandi, realizing that what people most often need isn't heroics or magic but just someone willing to take charge and do difficult, mundane work. To date, they've stopped several {{Eldritch Abomination}}s through little more than stubbornness, headology, and creative use of cookware.
* Like Rincewind, Literature/CiaphasCain '''[[FakeUltimateHero HERO OF THE]] [[TvTropesWikiDrinkingGame IMPERIUM!!!]]''' tries to avoid danger whenever he can, but he is often forced to confront his fears through a combination of wanting to keep up appearances and simple pragmatism (a MillionToOneChance of survival being reasoned as better than no chance at all).
** We are informed by the editor that despite his negative character traits, Cain is one of the best swordsmen in his corner of the galaxy. Given the types of horrors he seems to attract, all that practice time wasn't wasted at all.
* The remarkably GenreSavvy [[SirAproposOfNothing Apropos.]] Born crippled and suffering abuse from basically everyone but his mother and best friend, all he really wanted to do was (paraphrasing) "Live an excitement-free life and die of old age in my bed." Against his wishes, however, he ends up [[spoiler:becoming a knight, hijacking a phoenix from--and by default becoming--TheHero, saving his kingdom from siege, saving the world from an evil and amorous goddess, and basically leading a coup on an Expy of FeudalJapan (he blew it up.)]]
* Ender of Ender's Game is not only a Badass Unintentional, he's a Badass '''Counter'''intentional, often wishing explicitly that he wasn't such a badass.
* Literature/HarryPotter himself, although he has done some pretty badass things [[spoiler: facing Lord Voldemort several times and ultimately defeating him, thus saving the wizarding world]] it's stated several times throughout the series that Harry wished he never would have had to be in a place to do those things. As evidenced in book 1, in the mirror of Erised, all he wanted was a happy family [[spoiler: he got one in the end]].
** A majority of the people who fight in the seventh book's climax would count as well. Sure, a number of them were in the Order of the Phoenix or were Aurors, but just as many were regular students who didn't ''want'' to get involved in a battle, but did so anyway because they wanted to help. And by the end of the fight, it was just thrown out that ''everyone'' - friends and family of the students, the shopkeepers and people who lived in Hogesmeade, etc - showed up, presumably for the sole purpose of defending their loved ones and homes.
** Special mention goes to Neville Longbottom, who [[{{TakeUpMySword}} took up Harry's sword]] at the end of the seventh book, spent his seventh year fighting back against Voldemort's forces, and spent several years ''after'' school as an Auror to help finish cleaning up the mess his world had been left in...all because someone had to do it, and well, Harry wasn't around at first. After a few years of working as an Auror (presumably Neville continued to work until all the Death Eaters were rounded up), he went back to his plants and his greenhouses and became a teacher at Hogwarts.
* There are a few examples in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', but the most appropriate is Waldo Butters, who doesn't mind helping Harry, but ends up dragged into the world of the supernatural courtesy of the events in ''Dead Beat''. Thomas even predicts that Waldo will freak out and abandon Harry when he really needs him. [[spoiler:Waldo chooses to come rescue Harry instead, saving his life.]]
* Skeeter Jackson, of Literature/TimeScout, finds himself in medieval Mongolia. Imagine learning Mongolian, how to fight, how to ride a horse, how to use a bow, how to survive a harsh Mongolian winter, while under the strict scrutiny of the father of Genghis Khan. Now imagine doing that at the age of eight.
* ''FeverSeries'' has Mac trying to find her sisters killer to end up mixed in a would-make-or-break-the-world quest that gets her brutalized repeatedly, and still perseveres, each time rising tougher.
->I hate fate. I dont believe in her. Unfortunately, I think the bitch believes in me.
* In ''TheHungerGames'', all Katniss wanted was to keep providing for her family, never have herself or anyone she knew and loved get reaped, and hopefully make it to old age. Accidentally sparking a revolution against the totalitarian government was ''so'' not on her to-do-list.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The above paraphrase is from ''{{Chuck}}'', a series about a true BadassUnintentional. Chuck actually can't wait for the government to rebuild its database so that he can go back to being just another wage-worker. However, he constantly foils numerous [[EvilPlan evil plots]] and often succeeds where his BadassNormal partners fail, precisely because he's a [[HollywoodNerd geek]]. In one episode he finds the codes to stopping a nuclear weapons satellite by defeating an old arcade game that only a fanboy would be able to recognize, let alone beat. Even after CharacterDevelopment sets in and [[spoiler:he decides to become a real hero and [[UpgradeArtifact download the new Intersect into his head]]]], he retains BadassUnintentional sensibilities.
* The heroine of the series ''CoverUp'' started out like this, literally wandering into a very dangerous area of espionage because she was trying to find out why her husband was killed, and ended up being recruited as his replacement. In the job that killed him.
* Nearly every companion in ''Series/DoctorWho'' is a normal, unimpressive individual that when given the opportunity are capable of regularly thwarting the horrors of the universe and save lives and planets.
** Rory Williams especially. He just wanted to settle down with his wife, keep working as a nurse, maybe become a doctor, grow a pony-tail and raise a child. Now he's thwarting aliens every other day. Also, if he has need (like someone [[spoiler: kidnapping his wife and child]]) he will literally change, becoming the Last Centurion, and opening up 2,000 years of memories.
* Amanda King of ''Series/ScarecrowAndMrsKing'' is a good example of this. She's pretty much an ordinary housewife, but she can handle herself in a crisis, which is why she's chosen to partner Agent Scarecrow. She once evaded kidnappers using only the contents of her grocery bag (as I recall, a bottle of Cheez Wiz featured prominently).
** Another notable incident occurred when she and Scarecrow were framed as traitors and on the run. He commented that she had done at least as well at evasion as anyone he'd ever seen. She downplayed it, saying that it was just her neighborhood and she knows where all the fences and mean dogs are. (This only reinforces the trope, however, since a BadassUnintentional is pretty much going to HAVE to use whatever advantages they do have, since they're usually up against someone rather more powerful, at least on paper.)
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[[folder:Music]]
* The song "Falso Toureiro" ("Phony Bullfighter"), by Brazilian artist Jackson do Pandeiro (stage name), tells us a first-person story of a guy that went to a bullfight (there are none in Brazil, mind you) and, upon the bullfighter not being there, was shanghaied into being the replacement. He's none too happy about it, as shown in his last line: "Eu mato o cabra que disse que eu sou toureiro!" ("I'll kill the guy that said I'm a bullfighter!").
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* It's possible to do this with Player Characters in ''DontRestYourHead''.
* ''TabletopGame/FengShui'' does this with one of the character archetypes: The Everyman Hero. Actually, quite a few of the characters do this.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Jimmy in ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}''. He just shows up at school and just tries to get people to like him, and ends up being [[spoiler:"King of the School"]] because of it.
* Kurt from the MDK series of video games. He's just a janitor (not even an AlmightyJanitor) who just so happens to save the universe on many occasions.
* Harry Mason of ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'' just wanted to find his daughter, and on the way manages to kill plenty of [[OurMonstersAreWeird nasty, nasty things]] and even stop an EldritchAbomination. There is a reason most fans were pissed when [[spoiler:he was killed ''off-screen'' halfway through ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'']].
* AlanWake is a lot like Harry Mason, except replace "daughter" with "wife". He's also on vacation at the time. Also, [[spoiler: he wrote the story he's participating in, and thanks to the magic around Cauldron Lake, which [[RewritingReality allows artists to rewrite reality]], he wrote a way ''out'' of said story as well.]]
* Jun Kazama from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 2''. She is a wildlife protection officer and pacifist but she enters the tournament to stop Kazuya Mishima smuggling endangered animals. She is an unintentional badass because she will stop at nothing to protect the animals, including sleeping with Kazuya (resulting in their son, Jin). Her badass level has increased since she was PutOnABus, due to the Fanon that surrounds her disappearance and fans desperate for her to return.
* Haar from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]''. [[HeroicNeutral He just wants to take a nap...]]
** Ike, from the same game. In essence, he's out to right wrongs, but has no desire to deal with all the political baggage that righting these wrongs requires, and immediately returns to being a simple mercenary once Crimea is freed. He seems very confused at the end of the game, when people are singing his praises and treating him like a MessianicArchetype. After he had to save the world ''again'' in the sequel, Ike ''leaves the continent and is never seen again.'' This can easily be taken as him wanting to get away from all the strife and war.
* Hawke from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. He or she is just a penniless refugee who happens to have some talent as a warrior/mage trying to make a new peaceful life for his or her family in Kirkwall. Hawke's efforts to this end make him/her into a legend.
** And also unintentionally [[spoiler: started a civil war between mages and the templars that guard them]]. Hey, being a BadassUnintentional doesn't mean everything works out for you.
* Garret from the ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series would like nothing better than to be, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a simple thief]]. The world in danger [[BystanderSyndrome isn't his problem]]. Unfortunately for Garret, whatever peril The City finds itself in invariably becomes his problem, either because he's the only person in a position do stop the BigBad or because things become [[ItsPersonal personal]].
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', [[LongHairedPrettyBoy Yuri Lowell]] started as a [[KnightInSourArmor former Knight]] simply looking to live a quiet life and regain the stolen water blastia for the lower quarter. He had no idea that by the end of his adventure he would become TheHero to SaveTheWorld.
* Sort of a meta-example in the ''VideoGame/{{Soul|Series}}'' fighting games. There are some really cool but sadly rare moments where the randomly generated character taunts at the start of the fight match up. Here's some examples:
-->'''Raphael''': "Would you like a taste of [[OurVampiresAreDifferent my power]]?"
-->'''Mitsurugi''': "Let me give you a taste... [[{{Samurai}} of my steel]]."

-->'''Algol''': "[[BloodKnight Fighting is my all! It is my existence!]]"
-->'''Nightmare''': "[[EvilerThanThou Your existence is meaningless!]]"

-->'''Created Character''': "Why do you choose to fight?"
-->'''Siegfried''': "[[HurtingHero You could never understand.]]"

-->'''Female Voice 4''': "Effort and talent, [[HardWorkHardlyWorks they are meaningless]]."
-->'''Female Voice 2''': "[[SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers What would you call true strength?]]"
* The player character in ''VideoGame/DawnOfTheDragons'' was just an ordinary farmhand enjoying an ordinary day picking ordinary turnips. Then an army of kobolds attacked, he/she picked up a pitchfork in self-defense and slew their leader. By the end of the day, he/she freed and bonded with a newborn dragon, killed an ogre and pushed it off a rooftop, and becomes recognized as the town's savior. History repeats itself when the dragonrider and a few companions get lost on the other side of the continent. By picking up a random weapon from a tomb mostly because it resembled a [[WeaponOfChoice pitchfork]], the dragonrider is marked as the TheChosenOne destined to save another race from the monsters oppressing them.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''{{Goblins}}'' gives us Dies Horribly. He was named prophetically, and so lives in constant fear of his imminent horrible death. He's a LovableCoward who really would rather live a quiet, uneventful life away from anything sharp, but circumstances force him into an adventure, and he performs many feats of badassery, usually in the process of trying to run away.
* In ''Webcomic/OnePieceGrandLine3Point5'', when [[ChefOfIron Sanji]] makes his first appearance, he's intended to just be an NPC waiter. When a confrontation between a naval officer Fullbody starts, however, Fullbody gets the first round of attack and goes for Sanji. The GM [[CriticalFailure rolls a 1]], which allows Sanji an Attack of Opportunity. The GM then rolls ''three'' natural 20s in a row, giving "Baratie Waiter #3" an automatic win.
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic is by and large a FailureHero who can't do anything right. However, he can angrily blow up cities without meaning to, and [[AllLovingHero Optimus Prime]] thought he was worthy of bringing back to life.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': Butters is this, repeatedly. Most pronounced in his Season 15's episode "Last Of the Meheecans" where he inadvertently ends up leading a movement of Mexicans back to Mexico and being heralded by the entire nation. The episode ends with the mere raising of Butter's hands to cause a rallying cry from ''every'' Mexican in North America.
** In the "Pandemic" two-parter, Craig is a ''very'' reluctant version. He doesn't want to get dragged along with the main boys' adventure and even gives them a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech about how no one else wants to hang out with them since they're always getting themselves into trouble. He is then revealed to be the only person who can save the world from the giant guinea pig invasion.
* WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom is also one. He was turned half-ghost by accident.
* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Fluttershy]] pulls this on [[RealityWarper Discord]] of all characters ''twice'':
** In the Season 2 premiere, Discord's plan is to MindRape the entire cast one by one by playing on their weaknesses and insecurities. It works on all of them ''except'' Fluttershy, who is not only is fully aware of AND at peace with both, but it actually makes her love her friends even more because they look out for her and want her to be her best. [[spoiler:Too bad he just hypnotizes her by force instead]].
** The Season 3 episode "Keep Calm and Flutter On" has Fluttershy attempting to reform Discord, which she does simply by trying to be his friend. Of course he takes full advantage of that [[ForTheEvulz to be a dick]], until Fluttershy ''herself'' loses her patience and declares their friendship over. [[spoiler:Hearing this makes Discord realize he's just lost the only friend he's ever had, which makes him regret everything and fix what he's done. She literally reformed one of the most powerful villains in the show ''unintentionally by giving up and walking away''.]]
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington. He became a [[FourStarBadass Badass General]] and led troops in the American Revolution, but after the war ended he happily returned to life as a gentleman farmer. Then everybody hauled him out of that to make him president, which wasn't really what he wanted, but he did it anyway because he was who everyone agreed upon to lead the new infant country. As soon as his terms were up - he went back to being a farmer.
* The emperor Claudius of Rome. A stuttering, limping, "alleged" fool, he never wanted to lead Rome, and truly just wanted to write. In a wonderful turn of irony, he wound up becoming Emperor AND surviving to old age (most Emperors got killed) precisely because he seemed so harmless. He did a good job running the country too. Oh, and conquered Britain while he was at it.
* Similarly, the story of [[http://www.badassoftheweek.com/cincinnatus.html Cincinnatus]], who was given dictatorial powers in 458 BC during a war with the Aequians. He ''personally'' led the infantry (in a time when anyone of social standing was on horseback), defeated the Aequians in 16 days with minimal bloodshed, and [[{{Cincinnatus}} immediately gave up his powers]] [[CallToAgriculture to return to his humble farm]]. And then he did this again in 439 BC.
* Sam Cowley, the DeskJockey FBI man [[http://www.mormontimes.com/people_news/people_church/?id=11000 who killed Baby Face Nelson]].
* [[http://www.badassoftheweek.com/kuhnhausen.html Susan Kunhausen]], who returned to her house to find a hit man looking for her. The Hit Man was unfortunate.
* [[http://www.badassoftheweek.com/kauser.html Rukhsana Kauser]]. [[LadyOfWar She]] [[BrotherSisterTeam and her brother]], children of a [[DeterminedHomesteadersChildren local farm family]] personally chased away a pack of bandits who had come visiting their home in the Indian-Pakistani border.
* [[http://badassoftheweek.com/winters.html Major Richard Winters]], of BandOfBrothers fame. Major Winters led Easy Company through World War II, was hugely popular with the men, and was a natural military leader. He was also raised a Mennonite and didn't really want much more than to go home to Pennsylvania to his sweetheart and get himself a nice quiet farm somewhere.
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