Determinator / Manhwa

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