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[[folder: ''Literature/A Song Of Ice And Fire'' ]]

* In "Fanfic/TheNorthRemembers", Sansa Stark pretty much takes a level and then some. [[spoiler: She first kills Ser Shadrich with a knife when he attempts to rape her, then manages to enlist both the Brotherhood after convincing them not to kill Sandor, and the Burned Men by willingly getting her hand burnt, to help her overthrow Littlefinger. This finally culminates with them assaulting the Eyrie whilst Sansa is being tried for murdering Sweetrobin Arryn. The end result, Sansa beating Littlefinger at his own game (along with him getting a well-deserved beatdown courtesy of Lady Stoneheart).]]

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[[folder: ''Webcomic/Axis Powers Hetalia'' ]]

* In the alternate universe ''AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfiction, ''Every Generation'', Canada undergoes this to free himself and America from England's smothering rule. [[spoiler:It works. [[BreakTheCutie Kind of.]]]]

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

* The titular PEZ 6000 in ''Fanfic/ThePezDispenserAndTheReignOfTerror'' gets upgraded to ''6,000,000'' by the antagonist, adding more power levels and giving it the ability to shoot [[PlayingWithFire fire]] and [[AnIcePerson ice]].
* Akwardly, the entire main cast of CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries have all taken levels of badass to date with help of CharacterDevelopment:
** Calvin started out as the IdiotHero who was as immature and inexperienced as his comic strip counterpart. Come at least three seasons later, he is a [[TheChessmaster more cunning]], [[TookALevelInKindness kinder]], and is actually able to handle himself perfectly fine with handling extremely dangerous villains by himself by the Season 4 finale "Our Solemn Hour".
** Hobbes is a CowardlyLion who will [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere run at the mere mention of danger]] and will often [[DirtyCoward abandon his friends at their time of need]]. Thanks to Calvin's [[WhatTheHellHero well-needed]] [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech speech]] in "Thunderstorm" he has noticeably toughened up.
** A rare villain example is Doctor Frank Brainstorm, who ranges from BunglingInventor to LetsGetDangerous moments so rarely it throws the main characters off track.

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[[folder: ''Crossover'' ]]

* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic[=\=]Film/BackToTheFuture'' crossover fic [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/37775/back-to-equestria Back To Equestria]], [[spoiler: Marty learns magic.]]
* In the ChanceEncounter series, Paris, Helen and Briseis, the former becoming a skilled archer, the latter two being skilled swordswomen, and Balian takes a subtle one, picking up a bunch of new moves from the Fellowship and moving more smoothly in battle, going from ordinary BadassNormal levels to, while under mind control and what could be considered a SuperpoweredEvilSide, fighting ''Legolas'', who is considered to be the hallmark of badassery in the series, to a standstill.
* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', everyone seems to have taken one. Everyone is closer to comics power levels, Thor and Loki most noticeably, Clint only has the real life Legolas to compete with him for the title of best shot in the Nine Realms and Tony is stated to have [[CurbstompBattle curbstomped]] Volstagg in an offscreen sparring match (mitigating factor: Volstagg held back because he wasn't sure how tough Tony was in his armour) and Fury is stated to be the reason Lucius Malfoy walks with a limp and a walking stick.
** [[spoiler: the Winter Soldier]], already a badass, has become a terrifying OneManArmy who kills a Chimera (only Bellerephon ever succeeded in killing one) and a Nundu (takes a hundred wizards to subdue) without taking a scratch, or even slowing down. He justly earns both Loki's assessment as possibly the deadliest assassin in the Nine Realms and comparisons Jared 'The Hellhound' Kincaid.
** Malfoy is the reason Fury only has one eye, and is currently coordinating an alliance between HYDRA, a necromancer called Gravemoss and the Death Eaters, organising the theft of the Turin Shroud as a ''distraction'' from the theft of [[ArtifactOfDoom the]] [[TomeOfEldritchLore Darkhold]] from one of the highest security vaults on the planet, systematically [[spoiler: having MI6 and [=MI13=], the paranormal security service]] destroyed, and when one of these does not go according to plan, he reminds Baron Von Strucker who's boss, [[XanatosSpeedChess then leaves SHIELD and other security services to take out less competent Death Eaters, distracting their attention from him and granting him control of the finances of the deceased Death Eaters.]]
** Harry. Oh, Harry. From the start as a somewhat shell shocked thirteen year old, in a couple of months he's gained enough confidence to subtly assert himself as a Prince of Asgard, beat an Asgardian kid his age, a LightningBruiser about twice his size who's been trained by Sif herself, in a sparring duel without using magic (though Loki had enhanced him to the level of an Asgardian of his age and build for his own safety before going to Asgard) and by playing to his strengths (agility, speed and an insane disregard for personal safety), [[CallingTheOldManOut call Odin out very loudly indeed]], stand up and deliver a combined threat and BadassBoast to [[spoiler: [[TheDreaded the Disir]]]], [[ThePlan formulate a plan to get himself and his new friends ]], [[OriginalCharacter Uhtred]] and [[spoiler: Diana of Themyscira]] - [[GuileHero both of whom will prove to be powerful allies in the fullness of time - home safely after being abducted, a plan which plays to all their strengths,]] and befriend Huginn and Muninn. Oh, and he's learning how to fight from Clint and Natasha, among others.
* The Naruto/Justice League Crossover FanFic/ConnectingTheDots does this to most of the Konoha 11, but especially to Tenten. You remember Tenten? Trust me. Not this one.
* The Simpsons/Futurama crossover ''Fast Forward'' has pretty much ''all the main characters'' of either show take major levels in badass (with the exception of Leela, given she was pretty badass to begin with), due to Bender gaining a weaponry upgrade and the human characters ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Zoidberg]]) gaining a Farnsworth-made upgrade: their own customized, stylish, Transformers-style suit of PoweredArmour.
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', due to YearInsideHourOutside training and applied phlebotinum, Kyon keeps taking level after level in {{Badass}}. It's nearing MemeticBadass status within the story itself.
* In the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha and Harry Potter crossover Professor Takamachi, Nanoha manages to do this with a lot of Hogwarts students through a simple means. Physical training to increase physical and magical stamina, math to increase their ability to focus and multitask better, supervise the DA by putting things into practical terms, and then organizing groups to do magical sparring together as teams in simulated combat. This pays off when the Hogwarts students organize and decimate a Death Eater attack on Hogwarts. It is also hinted that Harry and his group put up a much better fight in the Department of Mysteries.
* While in ''Fanfic/TheWizardInTheShadows'', Harry has mostly done his levelling offscreen by the time the story starts, it is quite something to contrast the already BadAss Boy-Who-Lived to what he is after four years trapped in Middle Earth in the run up to the War of the Ring: an absurdly - by human standards - fast KnifeNut, an extremely powerful wizard who is more than willing to kill and capable of going toe to toe with the Nazgul - he actively hunts them, and TheDreaded for everything evil in Middle Earth for very good reason, whispered of as 'The Black Wizard'. As noted by the author, this is largely justified by the Kill or be Killed nature of late Third Age Middle-Earth.
** He takes further levels in BadAss, wielding [[spoiler: the Sword of Gryffindor]] in battle, fending off an army of Dementors (admittedly, he was possessed for that part) after singlehandedly holding an [[DisintegratorRay Entropy Ward]] over all of Helm's Deep for over two hours against continuous assaults from the Uruk-Hai, then destroys a fifth of them by taking command of the storm and raining down lightning. And he was only drawing on outside power to a great extent with the Dementor part. He later takes on [[spoiler: Wraith Voldemort, who is present as a balance to the Tenth Walker]] in a swordfight on the back of a fell beast. Among other acts of obscene badassery.
** Just about every character in the series: Boromir and Aragorn each singlehandedly take down one of Sauron's Olog-Hai (uber-trolls) without taking a scratch. [[spoiler: Ginny]] unleashes hell on the Morannon in the form of three firestorm tornadoes (with outside assistance). [[spoiler: Ron and Hermione]] develop into capable sword fighters. Emrys goes from PunchClockVillain {{Mook}} who, after a HeelFaceTurn (debatable since he wasn't at all personally evil in the first place) becomes a BadassNormal who kills a (distracted) troll solo, and eventually becomes - at the Black Gate - a [[spoiler: part Ainur EmpoweredBadassNormal who swats trolls like flies]]. By the sequel, it is vaguely hinted that he can fly, or at least defy gravity, and can move in SuperSpeed.


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[[folder: ''Western Animation/Danny Phantom'' ]]

* [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Sam]] in the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries''. True, she was probably one of the most BadAss characters in the show, but here, she ups the ante.

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[[folder: ''Demon King Daimao'' ]]

* Keena Soga, of course, in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8514012/2/Keena-the-Defendants-of-Constan-Magic-Academy Keena & the Defendants of Constan Magic Academy]]'', who now no longer is forced to stay out of the way in the battle, takes tons of hits, still gets back up and doesn't even need help to defeat her opponents, even if she hurts them in quite brutal ways.

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[[folder: ''Franchise/Digimon'' ]]

* After the events of ''[[FanFic/TamersForeverSeries Omni-Tamer]]'', Takato becomes the strongest Tamer by far. Unfortunately for him, the one person whose respect and praise he truly desires instead becomes aggressive and spiteful to him out of jealousy, forcing Takato to finally ''[[BerserkButton snap]]''.
** Jeri also grows from being TheCutie into a true ActionGirl.
** And if you thought TK TookALevelInBadass during Adventure 02, just look at him ''now''.

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[[folder: ''Franchise/Dragon Age'' ]]

* DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns has given levels in badass to more than just the dwarven noble WisePrince protagonist, plus some antagonists (the Sloth Demon, Piotin Aeducan, the Fade Beast-[[spoiler:it becomes a rock wraith]], etc.)
** Raonar Aeducan goes from CulturedWarrior / GuileHero to CulturedBadass / MagicKnight / BarrierWarrior;
** Faren Brosca, the dwarven commoner rises from LovableRogue / ActionSurvivor to straight-out ActionHero / BadassAdorable with almost complete hostile magic immunity.
** Kallian Tabris, the city elf, also a LovableRogue, finds herself forced to drink Avernus' alchemical potion, making her blood poisonous to darkspawn (and she can even read their attack intentions like some sort of battle precognition). LadyOfWar indeed.
** Alim started out as a OneManArmy blood mage but eventually learned shapeshifting and telepathy. He also seems to avoid the SquishyWizard trope altogether, though mostly through timely applications of forcefields. One can only wonder what will happen if he ever becomes an Arcane Warrior too.
** Alistair didn't get many special powers, but Raonar's tutoring did yield a much higher level of self-confidence, actually making him lose a level in suck. A MagicKnight in his own right.
** Theron Mahariel and Gwenith Cousland can still qualify as BadassNormal members, but it is unlikely that the story will end without them also getting some sort of powerup. One might say it is required, considering what happened in the latest chapters ([[spoiler:The Archdemon became smarter and more self-aware, possibly able and mentally coherent enough to use blood magic]]).
** Even [[spoiler:Trian Aeducan]] seems to have gone through this after his memorable BreakTheHaughty several months-long period of [[spoiler:being presumed dead after having his death faked against his will (and forced into being roomies with Gorim.]]

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[[folder: ''Final Fantasy'' ]]

* [[spoiler: Luso]] in FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire, after learning how to draw his aura and then again after being given the ability to [[spoiler: channel Mist]].

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[[folder: ''Fruits Basket'' ]]

* [[FruitsBasket Tohru Honda]]--No, really-- [[NiceGirl Tohru]] [[ExtremeDoormat Honda]] gets this treatment in the Western [=AU=] fic ''FanFic/{{The Swordsman and the Gunslinger}}''. On the surface, she appears to be a sweet but she can hold her own in a fight. Even a person who knows her very well is amazed that she can handle an enemy.

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[[folder: ''Literature/Harry Potter'' ]]

* ''Fanfic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness'' is all about Neville Longbottom, and the DA, levelling up in Badass to the point where they're able to stand up to, and fight, Death Eaters on a nearly-equal-to-equal basis.
* Another example is "In Cold Blood", wherein Harry is asked by Gringotts to work as a freelancer assassinating Death Eaters for them. The goblins have a magical method that allows them to transplant knowledge from prisoners, so that Harry can fight well beyond the level of his targets. The fic is rather vague about how much knowledge of what Harry gains: all it states is that the first donor is a skilled enough torturer to keep a man on the edge of death for six months, and that after Harry gains the torturer's skill a "seemingly endless" number of donors file in after him, with "everything Harry could possibly use" against his victims.
* In "Harry gets Motivated", Harry asks Professor Moody to mind control him into relentlessly forcing himself to study to exclusion of everything except whatever Harry has to do to stay mentally and physically healthy, and to protect himself from Voldemort. This fic ends with Harry [[spoiler: draining his bank account to further his studies, refilling it by attacking a giant vault in Malfoy Manor with his new skills, and eventually killing Voldemort so as to ensure he can study uninterrupted.]]

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[[folder: ''The Incredibles'' ]]

* In ''Fanfic/RiseOfTheGaleforces'', this happens to virtually '''ALL''' of the Supers who have been bought BackFromTheDead at some point or another. Stratogale, Splashdown, and Thunderhead, all of whom died thanks to the humble CapeSnag, return to the story's current timeframe in ways that are both epic and well-earned, with Apogee and later Macroburst and Phylange following soon after. And as for [[TheIncredibles the original]] SuperFamilyTeam, who are already a BadassFamily as is, a NoodleIncident or two before the beginning of the story has apparently made them even more BadAss.
** Terrordactyl counts as a meta example, at least where the geological time scale is concerned. According to him, ''[[GiantFlyer Pteranodons]]'' were in fact [[GentleGiant rather nice creatures]] who didn't want to partake in the Late Cretaceous warfare - [[spoiler:and were easily massacred at the claws of the [[ReligionOfEvil dictatorial]] ''[[StockDinosaurs Deinonychus]]'' [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal division.]]]] Cut to the present day, and a certain [[ItMakesSenseInContext genetically engineered]] PteroSoarer taking down entire [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal roving ravenous raptor regiments]] without breaking a sweat.
** Despite having had her AdrenalineMakeover already, [[BarrierWarrior Violet]] starts out in this fanfiction as a [[StoneWall primarily defensive]] DamselInDistress who gets in trouble quite often. [[spoiler:[[BalefulPolymorph Come the]] [[OneWingedAngel end of]] [[ScaledUp Episode]] [[TyrannosaurusRex Three,]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge however...]]]]

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

* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' fic ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'', Jade has done this, having gained increased strength in her new Shadowkhan body (and gaining a knowledge of shadow magic)]], and having put her genre savviness to good use against her former loved ones.
** Later in the fic she plans to take MORE levels by finding three [[TomeOfEldritchLore magic tablets]] she can use to increase her magical knowledge further.

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

* In ''FanFic/{{Horseshoes and Hand Grenades}}'', most of the minor characters in the show gets the chance to shine. For example, former Zodiarts Motoyama and Norio become Kamen Riders (Den-O: Sword and Den-O: Wing respectively), while ButtMonkey Chuta Ohsugi beocmes a BadassTeacher willing to take down Dustards, his former love interest and the ''BigBad'' with nothing more than sheer guts and determination. Likewise, comic relief characters like Yuki can now punch a Dustards' light out with a [[CallingYourAttacks "HAYABUSA PUNCH!"]]
** Likewise in the side-story ''Month of Sundays'' even minor characters have been shown using their skills to good use. [[HugeSchoolgirl Rumi Egawa]] uses what she knows best [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer running to a person with a vaulting pole in hand, stamp it on the ground, then kick people in the face]], while the Amanogawa Glee Club has its members be a sword wielder, a {{Ninja}} and a samurai.

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[[folder: ''Franchise/Mass Effect'' ]]

* AuthorAvatar Art of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' self-insert ''FanFic/MassVexations'' starts off as a ThisLoserIsYou character. By the time he gets to Virmire, though, he's taken several, culminating in leading a salarian STG unit into battle.

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[[folder: ''Western Animation/My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic'' ]]

* King Sombra in ''FanFic/TheGodEmpressOfPonykind'' duels and [[BreakingLecture lectures]] Luna into submission, taunts Celestia into killing him and then [[spoiler: [[NiceJobBreakingItHero uses his death to ascend and become a Daemon Prince before pulling the Crystal Kingdom into the Warp]]]].
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'': Pretty much ''all'' of the Mane Six over the course of the story, but the crowner has to go to ''[[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy]]'' of all ponies. During the FinalBattle, she [[spoiler: somehow taps into [[EvilMatriarch Terra's]] old power as "Princess of the Forest", becoming a {{Physical God}}dess with a flowing mane and something akin to the Royal Canterlot Voice who is able to cow ''the most powerful dragon alive'' into a HeelFaceTurn and serving as her mount in a BigDamnHeroes moment]]. Everyone else (both in and out of universe) is shocked at this, and even Rarity admits to being a little frightened of her
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', its easier to list the characters who ''don't'' do this. By the end of the Princess [[spoiler:Gaia]] Arc, the mane cast and [[SixthRanger Trixie]] are tough enough to fight a MadGod head on and hold their own. Derpy Hooves beats down the mooks of the BigBad to [[MamaBear protect her daughter]] and is an experienced Companion of the Doctor, Shining Armor is a trained military warrior who managed to fight out of a full on military ambush, Princess Cadence [[spoiler:[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu took out an Avatar of]] [[TopGod Havoc]] in the back story (though she can't remember) and]] is willing to put her life on the line to protect Shining, and the CMC managed to build a functioning time machine. Heck, even Celestia and Luna are complete {{Badass}}es in this continuity.
** The G1 Mane Cast get this as well, the Rainbow of Light having made them TheAgeless. What do they do with it? Spend several thousand years kicking the flank of any monster who dares threaten Pony Kind. This includes [[spoiler:managing to ''beat Discord'' in a straight up fight (though unfortunately, he managed to escape)]] and beating back Grogar (who in this universe also counts as this trope, being a DangerouslyGenreSavvy EvilOverlord who can go toe to toe with ''[[RealityWarper Discord]]'') every 500 years. Of note are Mimic, who managed to fight Discord head on and ultimately break his tooth ''permanently'' in a DyingMomentOfAwesome, and Shady, who [[spoiler:[[FaceHeelTurn was Discord's]] TheDragon and ultimately redeemed herself by holding him in place for the Princesses to beat him.]]
** Some of the G2 Mane cast get this, considering they end up having to survive AfterTheEnd when a Class 2 apocalypse hits. Sweetheart becomes a nurse who stops a supercharged version of TheBlackDeath and her husband Teddy goes PapaWolf and protects his family from corporate thugs and mutations spawned by the blast. Patch is the biggest, as she goes on a quest to rebuild the Rainbow of Light, becoming an ActionGirl who overthrows a number of ponies abusing the shards' power. She even manages to beat a ''dragon'' in a straight up fight and outwit and beat Grogar. Did we mention [[BadassNormal she has no special powers]] outside the Shards slowing down her aging?
** Minty Pie from [[BadFuture Dark World]]. When we first meet her? A normal everyday Earth Pony (though one who grew up in Discord's CrapsackWorld). Then she decides to go help the others in the fight with Discord. She falls into an underground cave and being hailed as TheChosenOne by a race of winter spirits. [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome By the time we meet her again]], she's defeated her own BigBad and became an experienced warrior with a CoolSword. By the time she reaches the FinalBattle with [[spoiler:Nightmare Paradox]], she dodges some fireballs with practiced grace, [[spoiler:throwing the time travel scroll that Paradox wanted to force Twilight into using into it in the process]] and manages to hold her own despite being the only BadassNormal in the group.

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[[folder: ''Naruto'' ]]

* In ''Blind'', due to one failed recon mission (that was '''VERY important''') Naruto, Gaara, Hinata and Shino take levels during the time skip. Naruto and Gaara had to due to being declared missing nin with ''kill on site'' orders in '''KUMO''' where they are hunted like dogs EVERYDAY so they had to toughen up or die. Hinata because of throwing herself in training due to heartbreak (Naruto didn't tell her about the mission and ends up as a missing nin so she takes it hard. Doubly so because they are [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage betrothed]]) to the point where she can take Neji down in a fair fight. Shino because of anger at his friends being traitors (Naruto and Gaara) and one giving in to depression (Hinata).
* [[spoiler: Future Sakura]] in ''Naruto Mysterious Power'', who manages to defeat over half of the main cast, went from being nothing but the main antagonist's sex slave to using the powers of eight tailed beasts and a cursed seal, along with sonic screams and various Chidori-Raikiri versions.
* Naruto again in ''Legacy of the Rasengan: Naruto''. Due to misunderstanding something Iruka said, (hearing "the 4th Hokage was a great shinobi '''WHO''' just so happened to create his own jutsus." as "The 4th was great '''BECAUSE''' he created his own jutsus.") Naruto decides to tell the {{Angst}} to fuck off and become a badass with his own collection of jutsu. The kicker being all his jutsu are simple and easy to use but '''WILL''' reach {{Gamebreaker}} status when he gets older. Examples of his jutsu:
** [[SmokeOut Enmaku no Jutsu]] : Naruto attemped the fireball jutsu and ended up coughing up smoke ([[FridgeBrilliance He has wind affinity so fire is his weakest element]]). Instead of abandoning this jutsu, he just ends up mastering it using it as a portable SmokeOut when needed. Noted to be just a rank below Zabuza's Kirigakure no Jutsu.
** [[BlowYouAway Kaze Tate no Jutsu]] : Creates a tornado around the user that works to deflect things thrown at him. More chakra = Raging Tornado defense. Can also be used for offense (Naruto used it to stop a Gatsuuga).
** [[RazorWind Kaze Kiwa no Jutsu]] : Creates a wind sword that Naruto upgrades to be near Rasengan levels. Since it contains nothing but wind and chakra, its tip causes MassiveDamage. Naruto used it to cut through Neji's Kaiten.

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

* A very interesting ''inversion'' of this trope comes from the ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' fanfic ''[[Fanfic/NobodyDies NGE: Nobody Dies]].'' Shinji Ikari [[Fanfic/ThousandShinji is no]] [[Fanfic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K stranger to]] [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Taking Levels]] [[RebuildOfEvangelion In Badass]], but ''Nobody Dies'' Shinji could be more accurately described as having Lost A Level In Suck; thanks to Yui surviving the backstory, Shinji has grown up into a well-adjusted and ''perfectly normal'' teenager, with none of the numerous neuroses that plagued him in canon but also none of the unGodly self-confidence or super-powers other fanfics tend to give him when doing this. It makes for a very interesting take on Shinji's character to see him stick up for [[ShrinkingViolet Asuka]] and trade verbal jabs with his classmates when he's not smiting Angels with an Eva-scale {{BFS}} or a WaveMotionGun. Then again, when you're the walking embodiment of ThisLoserIsYou, even becoming an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent is a big step in the right direction.
* ''[[FanFic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K Shinji & Warhammer40K]]'' ''tried'' to invert this trope in a manner similar to ''FanFic/NobodyDies'' but the author wound up overshooting the target and turned Shinji into a very straight (and very '''''EPIC''''') example of this trope instead (Case in point, there's nothing ordinary about an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent with his own gang and the universal respect and adoration of ''his entire hometown'').

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

* The PokeWars series takes this trope and dials it UpToEleven. Each and every ''surviving'' character becomes a badass fighter.
* ''FanFic/TheSunSoul'' takes this idea and turns it UpToEleven... for Pokemon. No really, the author manages to take something as innocent as Pokemon and upgrade it into a grim, gruesome, and nightmare-inducing retelling, without going overboard on the crazy. Each character is leaps and bounds ahead of their original counterparts in terms of sheer badassery and so far the story has consisted mostly of adventure, mixed with politics and romance, with plenty of action and AnyoneCanDie added in.
** Ash Ketchum certainly qualifies. Trainer abilities [[spoiler:and savant heritage]] aside, the lad is ''dangerous'' with a knife.

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

* In the Portal2 fanfic FanFic/BlueSky Wheatley goes from a LovableCoward who can hardly even walk...to a LovableCoward who is willing to sacrifice his life to successfully take down GLaDOS, taking his flaw of bad ideas and ''weaponising'' it.

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[[folder: ''Puella Magi Madoka Magica'' ]]

* '''''Everyone''''' did in {{Fanfic/Magica Madoka Veneficus Puella}}. All of the weapons can be spammed without hesitation. All the characters have enhanced strength and reinforced body structures. Oh, and [[spoiler:Homura's a potential goddess.]]

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

* ''Sailor Moon Millenials'' gave this treatment to ''[[BrattyHalfPint Chibi-Usa]]'' [[TheScrappy of all people]] by having her come back from the future as a ''[[SheIsAllGrownUp teenager]]'' and newly-christened Neo Sailor Moon. While not exactly a FutureBadass, she was at least as useful as the other Senshi on a consistent basis.
* In WhiteDevilOfTheMoon the Sailor Senshi are becoming this due to getting trained by Nanoha. Most relevant? Sailor Mercury kills Zoicite on her own without support. In the most recent chapter, each of the senshi are able to take on superior odds against their opponents with minimal or no support and ''win''.

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[[folder: ''Sonic The Hedge Hog'' ]]

* In the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' fic FanFic/{{Entropy}} has a few canon characters reach up a few levels, namely Amy who pwns a demoness early in the story while [[spoiler: naked]], but the one who takes the cake and eats all of it, is Agent Bazooka, also called Bazza who is [[TheReveal revealed]] to be [[spoiler: [[ProperLady Vanilla the Rabbit!]]]] of all people! [[ActionGirl One]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown example]] [[{{BFG}} isn't]] [[CrazyAwesome enough]] [[BewareOfTheNiceOnes to]] [[FreeFallFight describe]] [[MamaBear her.]]

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[[folder: ''Vocaloid'' ]]

* Wolfie in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6818097/1/Adventures_of_the_Writer Adventures of the writer]] mentions that he took 20 levels in writer, and [[LampshadeHanging one level in badass!]]
--> Also, in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7876825/1/Memories_of_the_Writer Memories]] he mentions this again.

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[[folder: ''Video Game/The World Ends With You'' ]]

* Eri in ''[[FanFic/ErisGame Eri's Game]]'', goes from fashion designer to butt-kicking activist.

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[[folder: Anime/Yu Gi Oh ]]

* ''FanFic/FallenKing'' has ''everyone'' to some degree, but especially Joey Wheeler, who becomes the hero of the story.

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[[folder: ''Other'' ]]

* Matthew Streika, once the living embodiment of the IdiotBall carrying WideEyedIdealist, now has taken some levels in badass. He threw himself in the way of TheBrute's attack, got some nifty magic, and kicked a lot of ass. Shuuji followed in Chapter 2, redeeming himself by making a HeelFaceTurn, and then reducing [[SmugSnake Medraut]] [[SingleStrokeBattle to a quivering wreck.]] Even little Alina, who in the first Canon was an annoying BrattyHalfPint, became so much more BadAss as a Biological Superpowered Magical Weapon. Alina's adoptive little sister, Alexandra "Lexie" Ivanov, starts out only able to summon little lizards and heal people...and she is a ShoutOut to FinalFantasy's Summoner Class...wait, what's she summoning now, a bigger lizard? Nope, you're dead, Adrian. What's that sound? Its the world taking a fear shit: [[OhCrap She just summoned Dragon Emperor Andreclav]]