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-> ''"I'm not the [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] anymore. [[PapaWolf Just his dad.]]"''
-->--- '''Bruce Banner''', accompanying [[PlanetHulk his son Skaar]]'s DynamicEntry during the ''[[ComicBook/DarkReign Marvel Dark Reign]]''

The world of superheroes has all types. Some gain their powers through TrainingFromHell and gain {{Charles Atlas Superpower}}s, while others get them from some form of AppliedPhlebotinum. Trouble is, most heroes with the latter form have an AchillesHeel of some kind, could be a {{Weaksauce Weakness}}, some KryptoniteFactor, or a PowerNullifier, that can rob them of their powers. When this happens, these heroes are left utterly useless, as their entire hero status rested on those powers. But sometimes, we will run across a hero who can ''still'' dish it out when their powers are gone. Basically, he's been BroughtDownToNormal, but he/she ''isn't'' useless or helpless.

These heroes (or villains) may be CrazyPrepared and [[BoxingLessonsForSuperman trained in non-powered fighting]] in case of just this occasion. Or, they may have gotten their powers ''[[EmpoweredBadassNormal after]]'' learning [[SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat five forms of martial arts]]. Or, maybe they just [[FightsLikeANormal plain didn't use their powers to kick ass anyway]]. Or, they're just that {{Badass}} that they don't need powers to kick you into next week.

To qualify for this trope, a character must have had powers at one point, had them taken away, and still kick butt. You'll find sometimes that because of their powers the character had to act rather conservatively or hold the IdiotBall to balance it out, but when normal and forced to improvise they find themselves not holding back and subsequently smarter for it.

The opposite of EmpoweredBadassNormal, though as mentioned above this can be a result of such a thing being reversed. See BadassNormal for those who never had powers to begin with.

Compare with GotTheCallOnSpeedDial or PowerLossMakesYouStrong.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In one chapter of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', protagonists Jotaro and Polnareff are attacked by a villain named Alessi who can de-age his victims into children with his [[PsychicPowers Stand]]. Polnareff keeps his Stand upon becoming a child since he was born with it. However, Jotaro loses his Stand, since he didn't develop it until he was a teenager. Alessi thinks he's got the fight in the bag once Jotaro de-ages down to 7 years old, but Jotaro still has his nasty temper and manages to pummel Alessi with nothing but his fists.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Blackbeard attacks Newgate with his darkness power, gloating about how it will nullify his earthquake ability... [[TooDumbToLive quite forgetting]] that he is facing the 18 foot tall WorldsStrongestMan with an even longer [[BladeOnAStick bisento]].
* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}''
** Uryuu sacrifices his power to defeat [[MadScientist Mayuri Kurotsuchi]] and is left as a normal human at the end of the Soul Society arc. He wasn't happy about the power drain but felt [[YouKilledMyFather compelled by honor]] to do whatever it took to win. Uryuu's strangely capable of fighting hollows ''even without'' his powers, but particularly potent captain-class hollows would have killed him if not for [[ParentExMachina his father's]] intervention. His father makes the decision to [[CantStayNormal restore his powers]] accordingly.
** Since Uryuu is Ichigo's {{Foil}}, this ends up {{Foreshadowing}} what happens to Ichigo at the end of the Deicide arc: he sacrifices his power in order to defeat Aizen, and spends the TimeSkip before the Fullbring Arc Brought Down To Badass, with only [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower physical strength and reflexes]] to rely on. He can ''still'' wipe the floor with pretty much any normal human, and he does get his powers back by the end of the arc.
** When Wonderweiss nullifies the power of Head Captain Yamamoto's [[EmpathicWeapon zanpakuto]], said to be the strongest to ever exist, Yamamoto quickly demonstrates that even without his sword, he still has [[BareFistedMonk two fists]]. They're [[YourHeadAsplode more than enough]].
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' (second season): Even after [[DePower losing]] his [[ShockAndAwe electricity-based]] superpowers, Hei still [[MookHorrorShow kicks serious ass]]. Which is hardly surprising, given the fact that he earned his [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast nickname]] "Black [[{{Shinigami}} Reaper]]" due to how good he was at killing contractors [[BadassNormal before he got his powers]].
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** Nagi Springfield, a powerful mage, rescues [[spoiler:queen Arika]] from a valley filled to the brim with monsters. Magic doesn't work in there, so he simply jumps in, evades hordes of critters, picks her up and jumps out... using the monsters as a ladder. It should be noted that it was said a single bite from these monsters [[OneHitKO kills]].
** Don't worry, [[SealedEvilInACan Evangeline]] is still sealed by the School Curse, she can't be a threat... barring the century of martial arts practice she's had and the ruthless effectiveness of her puppet strings.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': When Gourry Gabriev lost his super mega giga artifact magic sword, he initially went through a period of depression and powerlessness. But after this brief period of despair was over, he quite adapted to kicking ass with a regular steel sword.
* Wrath in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' always seemed to rely on his CharlesAtlasSuperpower more than his MagicalEye, so when he loses that and is badly wounded, he's still a terrifying threat to the protagonists- even the ones who have [[FunctionalMagic alchemy-related]] knowledge and abilities.
** In TheMovie for the 2003 anime (which takes place 2 years after the events of the show), Ed can no longer use Alchemy [[spoiler: due to being trapped in our world]]. He's hardly helpless however, as he's still an expert martial artist and good at [[CombatPragmatist thinking on his feet.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', Dlanor gets brought back to normal by a goat whose powers negate her Knox Commandments, and finds herself unable to fight back. Will, on the other hand, gets Brought Down To Badass as he proceeds to [[spoiler:HEADBUTT THE GOAT TO DEATH]] because he insulted the mystery genre. [[BerserkButton Do not. Insult. The mystery genre. In front of Will.]]
* Acqua of the Back from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' eventually loses his incredible powers, but he's still a walking tower of muscle and an experienced former soldier and mercenary.
** Accelerator is weakened early on so that he can only access his powers for a matter of minutes, leaving him an ordinary person most of the time. He doesn't seem to mind all that much, and even when he uses up his power, he continues to kick ass without it. Though he does get himself some firearms training so that he isn't defenseless without his powers.
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' [[spoiler: Kotetsu]]'s powers are fading away, yet [[spoiler: he]] still manages to do incredibly well in fights with superpowered opponents without them [[spoiler: and without his powered armor]]. [[spoiler:In the epilogue, he decides that he isn't going to let a lack of powers stop him from being a superhero until the day he dies.]]
* In the manga version of ''Manga/SailorMoon'' the Sailor Senshi are temporarily depowered. During this period, most of them are defenseless until they recover their powers... But Minako still gives a run for their money at the enemy, reminding the reader she was the one that, untransformed, defeated a brainwashed but still super-strong Makoto [[OneHitKO with a single kick]].
* In ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', despite losing her powers early on, Yuri's shown to still be a capable fighter, flinging around Snackies like they were nothing and being able to make last-minute saves during certain incidents.
* In ''Manga/RaveMaster'', an enemy disarms Haru of his magic sword and gloats. Haru ''punches right through his metal armor'' and says that all his constant fighting and carrying that heavy sword around have made him strong.
* Souichi from ''Manga/SnowWhiteAndSevenDwarfs'' lost his abilities before he even appears in the series, but not only is he a PintSizedPowerhouse who happens to be very skilled with a spear, he's one of ''the'' biggest OneManArmies in the series.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Creator/MarvelComics: [[ComicBook/{{Ant-Man}} Hank Pym]] and [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] have on various occasions throughout their careers gone from Ant-Man and Hulk (respectively) to "genius scientist" as their "superpower," making them even more dangerous. (In Pym's case, he was a "genius scientist with a BagOfHolding." Be very afraid.)
* ''UltimateFantasticFour'': The Skrulls gave everyone on Earth superpowers, but poisoned them as well. The only one who had not taken the "super pill" was Ben Grimm, who had just been returned to normal. He then proceeds to defeat the Skrull leader... [[GoodOldFisticuffs with his bare hands]].
* ComicBook/{{X-Men}}: {{Storm}} went through a long stretch without her weather powers, but ''with'' a Mohawk, a new [[HellBentForLeather leather wardrobe,]] and a take-no-crud attitude that made her just as dangerous as she had been when she was slinging lightning bolts or throwing tornadoes. Though her powers came back, she still possesses remarkable hand-to-hand prowess when she needs to use it.
** While not all being as badass as Storm, most if not all of the X-Men receive hand-to-hand combat training in preparation just in case they are robbed of their gifts/their gifts are rendered ineffective by their enemies, especially the females. Cyclops has beyond military-level training over years of conditioning, Jean Grey has demonstrated kung-fu skills (she aided Beast taking out armed attackers with psi-shielding at a period when her telekinesis was thought either dormant or transferred to Psylocke, who classifies as an ninja action girl with or without her powers). And every girl who becomes a follower of Wolverine becomes able to kick ass by default.
** Cyclops deserves particular mention: given that his [[BlessedWithSuck powers can be a major liability,]] he has trained himself to fight blind if he loses his visor/glasses.
** Prodigy of the ComicBook/YoungAvengers (formally the NewMutants) was one of the few people to stay at the academy after being depowered by the Decimation, and with good reason - he was given the gift of being able to remember everything he ever learnt from people using his powers, making him an expert in multiple fields. Having spent lots of time around fighters like Wolverine and Cyclops, this includes martial arts and tactician training.
* {{ComicBook/Captain America}}: Steve Rogers, most commonly known for his role as Captain America, in his own mini-series got exposed to vita-rays that deactivated his Super serum reducing him to a scrawny 100lb weakling. When half a dozen goons enhanced with the same serum came to execute him, he easily dealt with every one of them. The man fought in UsefulNotes/WW2 and is one of the best trained soldiers on the planet, muscles only account for so much...
** Not to mention that he's usually fighting opponents many times stronger than him anyway.
** During Creator/EdBrubaker's run, ComicBook/TheFalcon was captured and stripped of his wings by a group of [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic right wing extremists]]. Unfortunately for the terrorists, nobody informed them that the Falcon was an accomplished brawler long before he met Captain America, [[BadassNormal or that he spent several years fighting alongside Cap before even getting his flight harness]]. Cue epic ass-whupping...
* ''ComicBook/IronMan'': Tony Stark would like to remind you that even without his armor, he's a GadgeteerGenius capable of MacGyvering a solution to any pressing issue. And if push comes to shove, well - he's also been trained in hand-to-hand combat by ComicBook/CaptainAmerica.
* ComicBook/MsMarvel lost her powers briefly in one of her series, and continued to kick ass thanks to her years of training in the Air Force Special Ops...
* [[Franchise/GreenLantern Guy Gardner]] ''thinks'' he's this, as was seen in the 1980s ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational'' series. He took off his GreenLanternRing to have a ''mano-a-mano'' showdown with {{Franchise/Batman}} over leadership of the League. Batman knocked him out with one punch. (Guy's subsequent change of personalities came when he bumped his head while searching for his ring afterwards.)
** Batman (TM): so skilled that his punches ''cure'' brain damage.
** He also once goaded Hal Jordan into a no-rings-allowed fistfight. It didn't go ''quite'' as badly for him as the aforementioned encounter with Batman, but Hal was more than holding his own until the cops break them up.
* [[Franchise/TheDCU Catwoman vs Zatanna]]: After she found out Zee had brainwashed her into becoming a vigilante ([[ComicBook/IdentityCrisis long story]]), ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} duct-taped ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}'s mouth to prevent her from casting spells, but forgot that all Justice League heroines go to Amazonian fighting training Summer camps. During the ensuing fight, Catwoman also pointed out that as a stage performer, Zee likely followed a pretty intense workout regiment to begin with.
* ''{{Franchise/Superman}}'':
** The main superhero lost his powers and just intimidated criminals by, y'know, ''being Superman'' at them. This was in the same arc where he became Electric Blue Superman. By now, Superman has so much experience suddenly losing his powers in the comics that he hardly breaks stride, even when he's the only powerless person on a planet full of Kryptonians.
** In ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', he lost his powers again for just about exactly one year. He ''did'' retire from crime fighting, but instead spent the time pulling off IntrepidReporter tricks that even gave ''Lois herself'' gray hairs. For example: wanting to get an interview with Supernova, he jumped out of his office window, betting that Supernova would save him.
** In JLA Foreign Bodies, Superman demonstrated to supervillain Kobra that even without his powers and with his mind inside the villain's body, his fighting skills are more then enough to let him match and defeat him while Kobra is in Batman's body.
* ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'': LexLuthor steals Superman's powers, and Supes is BroughtDownToNormal. The result? Supes beats Luthor. [[SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome With his brains, no less.]]
* ''ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist'': Iron Fist has his link to his chi powers broken at one point, but the fact that he had to train to be a martial arts master and defeat a dragon to get those powers in the first place means he's still pretty damn strong.
* ''[[ComicBook/JLAActOfGod JLA: Act Of God]]'', an {{Elseworld}}s story, had the premise that every super-powered person on Earth one day lost their powers. Some members of the JusticeLeague retrained, re-equipped, and went back into action watched over by their new mentors: the BadassNormal heroes of Batman, Robin, Huntress, and Nightwing.
* For a while in the 70s, Franchise/WonderWoman had to give up her magical powers and learned kung fu to keep on fighting crime.
* At the end of ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'', when he '''really''' comes back, he has no powers, just his good ol' fists, and a bunch of automatic machineguns. He storms the Cyborg Superman's/Mongul's base just with that, keeping up with ''{{Steel}}'', a genius creator of some superweapons which had been being used by criminals, and who made himself a suit of PoweredArmor capable of keeping up with said superweapons. He does get his powers back at the end of the arc, of course ([[PowerIncontinence and more]]), but he '''was''' pretty badass in the meanwhile.
* [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] and [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]] of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse have both had their godhood stripped away at times. With Thor it was back in the late nineties. He proved to be just as capable a fighter as Captain America. Hercules burned out all of his godly powers at the end of ''ComicBook/ChaosWar'', leaving him without any SuperStrength at all and still fights super-villains and criminals. He has access to some magical weaponry and is highly skilled at using it, but even then can barely keep up. Yet he still kicks butt.
** Thor first did this in the late 60s-early 70s. Temporarily stripped of his powers by Odin, he still sought to fight for justice. At one point for some reason he had to go up against the Thing, who said "Even without yer powers, you ain't no pantywaist!" He replied that he was still himself, powers or no powers.
* Happens rather interestingly in a ''Superman'' Elseworlds story. When Earth faces destruction, scientists Jonathan and Martha Kent send their infant son Clark off in a rocket, which eventually lands on Krypton, where he is found and adopted by Jor-El and Lara. Clark has extreme difficulties surviving with Krypton's greater gravity and red sun that saps his strength, until he encounters a dying alien who entrusts him with a ring, making him the new Green Lantern. He is eventually sent to investigate activities on Earth, which wasn't actually destroyed completely, but has suffered a post-apocalyptic collapse of civilization. When he lands in Metropolis, he is captured by Lex Luthor, who takes his ring and throws him in a cell with Lois Lane. Clark complains that without the ring he is powerless, and lashes out at the wall... smashing a hole. Growing up on Krypton does a body good, apparently.
* ComicBook/{{Spider Man}} lost his powers once or twice, notably in the 70's; when tricked to drink a potion that nullified his spider-powers, he manages to burst out of several lengths of rope tying him up on a chair by flexing his muscles and getting pissed off - looks like playing super-hero daily helps building up upper body strength. On top of that, he remains a skilled chemist and physicist, good enough to show up the likes of Reed Richards, Doom and Tony Stark. He has, more than once, used his intellect to escape baddies while preserving his secret identity.
* ComicBook/BlackCanary went for a while without her [[MakeMeWannaShout Canary Cry]], instead relying on her hand-to-hand ability. Since the character only gained said power after a couple decades of being a BadassNormal, this was more of a Returned Down To Badass.
* [[Franchise/GreenLantern Kilowog]] is the combat instructor for the Green Lantern Corps, and one of the most powerful Lanterns ever to wear the ring. But take that ring away, and you're left with... well, a guy with the SuperStrength, training, and skills to ''fight Superman to a standstill.''
* ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'': After causing the death of her husband Karate Kid, Nemesis Kid smugly negates [[MasterOfIllusion Princess Projectra's]] powers and assumes she's helpless. She [[NeckSnap snaps his neck]] with her bare hands.
* ComicBook/{{Empowered}} is a self-inflicted on-and-off case of this. She gets her powers from her super-suit, but it tears easily, and she loses power the more ClothingDamage she incurs. However, when her suit is intact, she's usually trying to use its powers, which are flaky at best even when it's in perfect condition. Once it's damaged, however, she's usually forced to get creative... and she can be ''shockingly'' clever when she's backed into a corner, which, combined with the fact that nobody takes her seriously, can often leave the perpetually-unlucky superheroine just the opening she needs to pull through.
* ComicBook/DoctorStrange is a master of the mystic ''and martial'' arts. AntiMagic only gets rid of one of those.
* In one story arc, CaptainAtom lost his powers for a while. Which still leaves him as a former special ops commander with years of combat experience in Vietnam and the hand-to-hand skills to go toe-to-toe with Batman.
* Dracula loses his shape shifting powers and ressurective immortality in the season 8 ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' comics. Mock him about being an ordinary vampire now, and he'll remind you that it's the old man you should be afraid of. Violently.
* ''[[Series/{{Angel}} Angel: After the Fall]]'': After sending L.A. to Hell, the Senior Partners also turn Angel into a human as a means to deprive him of his vampire powers when he needs them the most. Thanks to a variety of spells and charms, he keeps in the game.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/FreddyVsJason''. Freddy Krueger loses his nigh-invulnerability and [[RealityWarper reality-warping powers]] when he's dragged into the Real World, but this doesn't mean he's going down without a fight. He's still MadeOfIron and strong enough to inflict lasting damage on Jason Voorhees (with assistance from improvised weaponry and Jason's own Machete).
* Another suitless Film/IronMan example: He would like to remind you that without the suit, he's still a [[Film/TheAvengers genius billionaire playboy philanthropist]].
** Taken even further in ''Film/IronMan3'', when Stark manages to juryrig a taser glove, a tranquilizer nailgun, and Christmas bauble flashbangs.
*** After being forced out of the Iron Patriot suit, [[Comicbook/WarMachine Rhodey]] shows himself still effective as a soldier.
-->'''Rhodes:''' No, no, no, don't open- Open? Ok, here we go...
--> ''Rhodes jumps out and punches one of them in the face.''
* ''Film/ResidentEvilAfterlife'' and ''Film/ResidentEvilRetribution'': In the beginning of the former, ActionGirl Alice is injected with a serum by BigBad Albert Wesker that removes the super powers she had previously gained from the [[TheVirus T-virus]]. Though she subsequently [[CurbStompBattle gets her ass handed to her]] in the ensuing fight, she remains enough of a BadassNormal to fight off [[ZombieApocalypse zombies]] and later defeats Wesker in a rematch. By the end of ''Retribution'', Wesker injects her with the T-virus again, restoring her powers.
* The titular character of ''{{Film/Thor}}'' may have been stripped of his powers and Mjolnir but that doesn't stop him from beating up SHIELD agents to get back Mjolnir. After all, even without his powers, he's still an extremely-skilled combatant whose body is just about 100% muscle.
--> '''Agent Coulson''':" It's not easy to do what you did. You made my men — some of the most highly trained professionals in the world — look like a bunch of minimum-wage mall cops."
* Logan's deteriorated HealingFactor is ''Film/TheWolverine'''s major plot point, but he's still got the adamantium skeleton, the claws, and an extremely high tolerance for pain that lets him shrug off wounds which would bring down a normal man. He eventually needs treatment but he lasts quite a while.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the first novel of Robert Asprin's ''Literature/MythAdventures'', there is a wizard named Aahz who loses the ability to cast magic. Despite this loss, he earns a fearsome reputation that continues to grow throughout the series, as he uses his strength and cleverness to aid his allies.
* In TimothyZahn's ''TheThrawnTrilogy'', there is a creature called an ysalamiri that "pushes back" [[SentientCosmicForce The Force]]. A Jedi's powers don't work within 4 meters of an ysalamiri, or anywhere at all in a forest crowded with enough of them. Luke Skywalker finds himself in such a forest, completely cut off from the Force, and yet he's still able to take down a base full of Imperial stormtroopers with nothing but a good blaster at his side[[note]]Which, as we all know, trumps both hokey religions ''and'' ancient weapons[[/note]] and a basic knowledge of structural engineering. Mara, thinking that if anyone has reason to be worried it's him, between being stripped of his powers, on a strange planet whose very name is unknown, and with her, the Imperials, and the vornskyr lining up for the privilege of killing him, is grudgingly impressed: he's quick-witted, observant, and [[DissonantSerenity maddeningly serene]]. This is only one of several examples in Zahn's novels of Luke's ''ingenuity'' getting him (and, often, his friends) through a situation, rather than having Luke [[CuttingTheKnot brute-Force]] his way through.
* In [[TheHeroesOfOlympus The Son of Neptune]], Percy loses the invulnerability he had previously gained in [[PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians The Last Olympian]] early on in the book...and then spends the rest of the story reminding you why he was badass before he went and bathed in the River Styx.
* ''{{Bionicle}}'': The Toa Nuva lost their elemental powers when the Bohrok-Kal stole the source of their elemental powers. Subverted in that they could still use their mask powers, but they did have to rely on their wits and skills to stop them.
* At various times in TheSwordOfTruth series, Richard is stripped of pretty much everything (his magic on more than one occasion, his friends, his freedom in several different ways, his love, and even his self-confidence), and invariably not only gets it back, but becomes more powerful as a result.
* ''Literature/{{Dexter}}'' has Chutsky, losing an arm and a leg, literally, and still kicking ass at [[spoiler:''Brian's'']] level. There's less than half of Sergeant Doakes and he still hounds Dexter, albeit not with the same stamina. Dexter unfortunately didn't fair so well when he was BroughtDownToNormal in the third book by losing his Passenger, but in the 5th, where he just shunned it, still showed skill, even if only in avoiding death.
* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] once found himself completely magically drained at an inopportune moment during a fight with a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent loup garou]]... so he shot it in the knee with his .38 instead. [[SubvertedTrope It almost worked.]]
* In ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia: TheMagiciansNephew'' [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Jadis]], a witch whose power once [[OmnicidalManiac killed every living thing in her home dimension]], is magically transported to London and finds herself deprived of her magic powers. Except she's still [[StatuesqueStunner seven feet tall]] and [[DarkActionGirl able to rip lamp posts apart]].
* In ''[[Literature/DoctrineOfLabyrinths Corambis]]'', a council of wizards binds Felix Harrowgate's powers. He fights off possession by a phantom, [[BigDamnHeroes saves]] a country from being destroyed by its SealedEvilInACan, and eventually gets his powers back, mostly through smarts and [[Determinator sheer force of will]].
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': It's been stated that Glory was considerably weakened upon being banished to Earth and trapped in human form, and she's ''still'' capable of curb-stomping Buffy and the Scoobies any day of the week.
* In a season premiere of ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor finds himself with neither his sonic screwdriver ''nor'' his TARDIS. He still manages to [[spoiler:save the world in 20 minutes with some creative Internet usage]].
** Way back during his third Regeneration, the Doctor was stripped of his knowledge of time travel and exiled to Earth by the Time Lords. He still managed to save the Earth and often the Universe every other episode even with those handicaps.
** The companion Rory Williams fits this, too. He spent [[spoiler: 2000 years as a Roman Centurion with the memories of a trained warrior, and furthermore, one made of plastic and with a gun in his hand.]] Even after being normal again, he still manages to kick ass and [[spoiler: punch Hitler.]]
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': He may have gotten the cool PowerWalk scene in Volume 2, but Peter Petrelli certainly turned up the heat on his awesomeness during his S3 BroughtDownToNormal phase, thinking situations through, teaming up with the Haitian to take down [[BigBad Arthur]], basically being a much better, smarter person than his [[IdiotHero V2 persona]]. Luckily, he retained these qualities [[spoiler: even after he regained powers, mainly because he was no longer a GodModeSue]].
* A fairly surreal version occurs in an episode of ''Series/LoisAndClark'', [[ItMakesSenseInContext on Lois and Clark's wedding night, H G Wells appears from the far future, with a device that lets people experience their prior reincarnations]]. He informs them that they are soulmates, destined to meet and fall in love in every life, but are also under a curse that will kill them on the first night they have, ahem, relations... he takes them through two of their past incarnations, [[{{Elseworld}} one in Medieval England and one in the Wild West]], in an attempt to remove the curse, and in each, Clark is a vigilante hero with a SecretIdentity, apparently also part of his destiny. However, since both these incarnations are human, Clark is a BadassNormal for the majority of the episode, easily capable of beating up multiple opponents without his powers.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': Tommy can still kick ass after losing the Green Ranger powers the second time because he's a fourth-degree black belt.
** Use of this trope in ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'' kept its footage from being used in the second season of MMPR, as the bulk of the series had unmorphed fights complete with unmorphed role calls.
** This happens too many times to list in the later ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' seasons. This was done partially because they became less reliant on dubbing over ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' footage as time went on.
* Although Castiel lost most of his Angel powers over the course of the fifth season of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', he still managed to kick a fair amount of ass via ingenuity and good old-fashioned nerve.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' has seen this happen to Kal-El more than once.
** Another Kryptonian, Jor-El's lab assistant, managed to survive for over ''50 years'' trapped in the [[TheAlcatraz Phantom Zone]], without her powers. One could argue this definitely qualifies her as one of the biggest badasses in the entire series.
* A lot of the past Sentai members in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' fit into this mold. The king of this is probably [[Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger Ryo of the Celestial Fire Star]], who can keep up with Gokai Silver and still do all of the insane Dairanger posing and martial arts in his forties.
* Series/{{Chuck}} gets his powers from a government supercomputer stored in his brain called the Intersect. The Intersect 2.0 allows the user to tap into [[IKnowKungFu fighting knowledge.]] Chuck lost the Intersect and his best friend Morgan got it. Morgan turned in to a {{Jerkass}} and made a FaceHeelTurn. Chuck fights him and is easily a match for Morgan.
** With the corrupted Intersect out of Morgan's head, ''nobody'' has ''any'' version of it now. It hasn't stopped the team from being quite {{Badass}}.
* In an episode of ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', Hera strips Zeus of his godhood and exiles him to Earth, assuming he will become miserable and quickly killed. While Zeus does get confused by life as a mortal (he had to ask Hercules what this unpleasant sensation he was feeling was: pain), he easily wins a BarBrawl.
** In another episode, Hercules loses his strength and still beats up the god Strife. Strife only turns the tables when Ares reminds him to use his powers. Zeus then returns Hercules' strength for round two.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Wesley was shot and nearly killed after having taken the first of his [[TookALevelInBadass multiple levels of badass]], temporarily confining him to a wheelchair and making him useless in hand to hand combat, the basis of most the show's action sequences. When faced with a demon in his weakened state, Wesley grabbed a shotgun and blew it away. He didn't forget about his handiness with guns after he recovered and occasionally used them thereafter.
** Angel robbed Jasmine of her magical influence over people, but she was still able to smack him around like a rag doll.
** Sahjahn actually considered it a favor when he was made corporeal, because although it made it possible to kill him, it also allowed him to deal death and destruction himself, his love of which was the reason he was made incorporeal in the first place.
** The gang stripped Illyria of some of her power, leaving her still Badass enough to be a useful ally (stronger than most other vampires and demons), but not enough to wipe out half the city if the mood struck her.
* At the end of ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' the Sailor Senshi lost their powers. In the Special Act, set a few years after the end of the series, a group of [[{{Mook}} low-level youma]] try and kidnap Minako, quickly subdue her bodyguards... And [[OhCrap back down in terror after Minako kicked one in a concrete pillar so hard to ''shatter the pillar's surface'']]. Youma and bodyguards alike understood why Minako complained of her bodyguards' weakness when the youma started defeating them...
** In the same Special Act we are shown that ''all'' the Sailor Soldiers are still badass: Rei attacked the BigBad of the episode while without her Senshi powers and survived, albeith needing to be hospitalized; Ami resorted to CarFu to beat up the low-level youma and escape one of the BigBad [[TheDragon Dragons]]; Makoto simply beated up an horde of [[{{Mook}} Mooks]]; and Mamoru and Usagi (who was implied to be ''pregnant'') quickly subdued a freakin' [[spoiler: fake]] Shitennou ''each'' to cover each other's running away, with Mamoru later temporarily incapacitating ''all'' of the [[spoiler: fake]] Shitennou.
* Morgana from BBC's ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. Once she loses her magic, she proceeds to kick multiple ass, with just a sword.
** Merlin gets depowered twice, and both times proves that does nothing to stop him from being his {{determinator}} self.
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* The whole story arc of [[StarcraftII]] through the first two parts of the trilogy involve bringing Kerrigan back from Zerg infestation. Come the beginning of ''Heart of the Swarm'', while she can still control Zerg, she is quite capable of kicking ass without their help, as she was one of the most powerful ghost troops prior to infestation. In the very first level she single-handedly destroys a HumongousMecha with her psionic abilities alone.
** Similarly, Raynor is able to go toe-to-toe with Tychus, while the latter was the only one wearing power armor.
* One of the major aspects of the returning character of Psycho in ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}} 3'' is his angst over being "skinned" and having his Nanosuit taken away. He sees it as being BroughtDownToNormal. Thing is, he still manages to kick nine kinds of ass even without it, despite being in his fifties. He ''was'' in the SAS and Delta Force, after all.
* In ''BlazBlue'', this trope applies to all members of The Six Heroes to some extent. Hakumen of The Six Heroes was once one of the world's most powerful beings, so much so that the only being implied to be around his level still said Hakumen was the sole reason as to why they managed to slay [[{{Orochi}} the Black Beast]]. After he was imprisoned in the Boundary for 90 years, the one who salvaged him could only get 20% of his existence out of there; however, 20% of Hakumen's former full power turns out to be several levels above what most characters can handle, as he is able to hand [[{{Badass}} Ragna´s]] ass to him with ease. Jin Kisaragi is also struck with a temporary form of this during ''Continuum Shift'' to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome reinforce his badassery]] and [[ThatOneLevel drive players nuts]]. Valkenhayn R. Hellsing and Jubei were both badasses extraordinaire in their prime when they fought the Black Beast, but you can't fight age and 90 additional years have left their bodies weakened. [[BadassGrandpa They can both tear the more youthful characters of the game a new one with ease, though.]] Trinity Glassfield hasn't been quite as lucky, though: After being manipulated, betrayed, shanked and thrown into a Cauldron by Terumi, she lost her body and her soul was sealed into the Nox Nyctores Muchourin. Right now her soul resides in the body of Platinum the Trinity, the resident TokenMiniMoe, Konoe "Nine" A. Mercury's fate is a bit more ambiguous. After getting caught up in Terumi's shaking of Trinity she's been presumed dead but [[spoiler: it is heavily implied that she's been turned into Terumi's cohort, Phantom]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{The King of Fighters}} XI'', VillainProtagonist Ash Crimson gets the jump on [[TheRival Iori Yagami]] after he succumbs to [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity The Riot of the Blood]] and becomes [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Orochi Iori]] (for those not in the loop, the {{seal|edEvilInACan}} on {{Orochi}} had been weakened in this [[StoryArc saga]]), trashing his teammates [[TheHero Kyo Kusanagi]] and [[TheHeart Shingo Yabuki]]. This leaves Iori without his trademark [[DeadlyUpgrade cursed]] [[PlayingWithFire purple fire]]. What does he decide to do? ''Slash the hell out of his foes with his [[WolverineClaws hands]]''. Unfortunately when this same thing happened to Chizuru Kagura in the previous game, she was hit ''hard'' by {{Chickification}}, being regulated to the sidelines and her confidence shaken. [[spoiler:Thanks to a CosmicRetcon due to a TemporalParadox-induced HeroicSacrifice by Ash in ''KOF XIII'', both Iori and Chizuru [[CantStayNormal regain their powers]].]]
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'': According to the [[CyberConnect2 developers]], Asura has lost most of his godly power of being sealed away for 12,000 years. Even without them, he slaughters mooks like they are nothing, can keep up and takes hits from Wyzen after growing over 60 meters tall, and when angry enough, stops Wyzen's Tennessee-sized finger in his planet sized state and punches it and Wyzen into oblivion. [[HolyShitQuotient God damn.]]
* Gig in SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters. Let's see, he was [[SealedEvilInACan sealed in a sword]] for millions of years, lost most of his godly power, lives as a formless spirit sealed in the body of a mortal and only gives the [[SilentProtagonist Main Character]] a very small share of what's left. They are still able to destroy pretty much anything on their path. Also still considered one of the Nippon-verse big three alongside Zetta and real Zenon.
* The PlayerCharacter in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX''. S/he starts out as a Celestrian (basically an angel), but is partly BroughtDownToNormal early in the game. By the end of the game, this trope comes into full effect, since by now the character is probably a very powerful character [[spoiler:but sacrifices his Celestrian abilities permanently to fight the BigBad]].
* Valvatorez in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|APromiseUnforgotten}}'' was originally titled the Tyrant due to his netherworld being absolutely terrifed of him. He may have been an equal to Baal. After no longer drinking blood, he was reduced to a Prinny Instructor who Zetta (official title: The Most Badass Frickin' Overlord in All the Cosmos) considers a WorthyOpponent.
* Jade Curtiss in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' gets hit with the temporary version. He joins the party very early at a game-breaking level 45, with access to many high-level fonic artes. And then he's hit with a PowerLimiter that brings him back down to level 1, and cuts you off from the majority of his spells. At around the same time, he briefly loses access to the [[CoolShip Tartarus]]. But he's still [[ColonelBadass Jade Curtiss]] the man so cool he doesn't even take his hand out of his pocket when casting spells, whose arm is magically fused with a spear, and who has to wear glasses just so his eyes don't ''make everything around him explode.'' Seriously.
* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'', Milla (the human incarnation of the Lord of Spirits, Maxwell) loses most of her insane summoning power when the four elemental spirits are kidnapped by the bad guys. But she's still a {{Determinator}} of unbelievably epic proportions, and after Alvin teaches her a thing or two, she's a fair hand with a sword and a good mage to boot.
* Subverted in ''{{Prototype}}''. During one point in the game, the main character temporarily loses his ability to generate [[ShapeshifterWeapon Shapeshifter weapons]], bringing him only slightly back to normal. But he still gets to keep his superhuman strength and agility, still allowing him to karate kick helicopters out of the sky.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarII'': In the first level of the game, Kratos attacks Rhodes as a giant, but Zeus, in the guise of an eagle, blasts him with lightning and shrinks him down to normal size. As the soldiers of Rhodes discover the hard way, just because Kratos is normal-sized now doesn't mean he's any less capable of going OneManArmy on them.
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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Nanase, even without her crazy powerful magic, is still a very experienced martial artist who can bench press 160 pounds[[note]]which is vastly above average for a 16 year old girl[[/note]]and (along with Ellen) was able to [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2013-04-30 recapture an escaped gorilla]].
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' {{Crossover}} event, ''Mission Marvel'', Thor, Iron Man, Spider-Man and the Hulk all lose their powers, but they ''still'' manage to kick some ''serious butt'' in the final battle of the episode!
* ''[[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar: The Last Airbender]]'': Azula, even when deprived of her firebending on the Day of Black Sun, still manages to keep Toph and Sokka busy long enough for the eclipse to get over with.
** The DVDCommentary mentions a funny story behind that: she decided [[BadassNormal Mai and Ty Lee]] would be her friends exactly because she'd be able to learn some of their abilities, and indeed the aforementioned scene does have her using some very [[SheFu Ty Lee-ish]] moves. Along with having a concealed bladed throwing weapon literally up her sleeve that could only be something she picked up from [[KnifeNut Mai.]]
** Same with Zuko--normally, he's an at-least decent firebender (he beat Zhao in an Agni Kai early on with just the basics, and his skill notably improves over the course of the series), while Ozai is [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking The Greatest Firebender In The World]]. But during the eclipse, Ozai is at his mercy because Zuko is a master swordsman. Also, when Zuko had to hide his powers while traveling in the Earth Kingdom and as the Blue Spirit, he was still able to take on several bandits, match [[BadassNormal Jet]] in a fight and break Aang out of a Fire Nation fortress.
** It runs in the family. His uncle Iroh is considered one of the only Firebenders capable of taking on Ozai. But, like the previous two, loses his powers on the Day of Black Sun. [[spoiler:That's when he breaks out of the prison he's in and is ''still'' considered a OneManArmy!]]
* From ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** In one episode, Superman ended up in a world with a red sun ([[spoiler:[[BadFuture Earth]]]]), robbing him of his power, and still manages to survive, kill the leader of a pack of wolf-like animals to become their leader, and [[spoiler:team up with Vandal Savage to take back a nuclear fusion device from a bunch of giant mutant insects]].
** In an episode where the League travels back in time to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, GreenLantern John Stewart's power ring runs out of juice in the middle of a battlefield. He quickly recalls his Marine training and goes native with a squad of US infantrymen.
* Pharaoh Man in the ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' cartoon. Mega Man steals the powers of a couple of Robot Masters, and they don't do much of anything. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7dSJN5LgsE Not Pharaoh Man.]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome DECISIVELY not Pharaoh Man.]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny HILARIOUSLY not Pharaoh Man.]]
* Hal Jordan and Kilowog in ''[[GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries Green Lantern: The Animated Series]]'' are both quite competent fighters even without their [[GreenLanternRing power rings]]. This comes in handy in "Razer's Edge," when they are trapped on an asteroid filled with yellow crystals ([[PowerNullifier which cancel out Green Lantern power rings]]) and ambushed by a troop of alien guards.
-->'''Hal Jordan''': I was kicking butt long before I got this ring!
* When [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Wuya]] of ''XiaolinShowdown'' gets back her body, she turns out to be a [[RealityWarper reality-warping]] {{Physical God}}dess who takes over the world in about a morning. She's defeated, turned back into a ghost and later resurrected a second time by [[TheCorrupter Chase Young]]. Unfortunately for her, he's GenreSavvy enough to revive her with minimal magical powers.
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