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->''"Let me tell you something, lady... there's no such thing as 'just human'."''
-->-- '''Math''', ''WebComic/GrrlPower''

In the land of fiction, training can literally give you superhuman powers! Intense exercise can let you [[SuperStrength split boulders]], [[InASingleBound jump three stories straight up]], [[BlindfoldedVision "see" while wearing a blindfold]], and make your skin [[SuperToughness bulletproof]]... somehow.

A lot of characters have out-and-out superhuman abilities, and the explanation for such powers is just "They [[TrainingFromHell trained really hard]] for several years. Train, and you, too, can bash mountains open [[UseYourHead with your head]]." Western comic book {{superhero}}es, often stated to "lack superpowers", nevertheless are clearly able to hold their own and defeat villains with superhuman strength many times their own simply [[IKnowKarate by knowing how to perform martial arts]]. "Non-superpowered" characters such as Franchise/{{Batman}} could beat almost anyone in a fight, dodge bullets and withstand ridiculous amounts of damage because they spent a few years living and training atop a mountain.

Although most of the western versions of this trope don't have explicitly supernatural abilities, they can do things that would be impossible for normal humans. Asian and Asian-based fiction is somewhat different, as such examples are generally grounded in Eastern mysticism, involving the development and focusing of ''[[KiManipulation chi]]'' (AKA ''qi'' or ''ki''). The superpower here is thus of a more traditional sort than in Western examples, though the training is still the significant factor; Average Joe can't harness his ''chi'' half as well as [[Manga/DragonBall Krillin]]. You might as well go ahead and apply your own mental Administrivia/JustifyingEdit to all such examples below, as this "explains" everything from ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' to ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''.

The standard line here is that "the average person only uses ten to fifteen percent of their potential strength." It's possible for the brain to use far more muscle power than the person would normally consider their limit, but usually only by shutting down most other major body processes- digestion, the immune system etc.- and flooding the body with adrenaline. Otherwise known as the "fight or flight" response. In other words, it's a DangerousForbiddenTechnique only ever used for BigDamnHeroes moments. It's common for a ProtoSuperhero to derive his or her extraordinary talents this way, as such characters pre-date most stock superpower-origin stories.

As a narrative device, this trope emphasizes that the character is extremely dedicated to their work. For instance, Batman's abilities fit nicely with his obsessive mindset: He couldn't have acquired this much skill if he wasn't truly dedicated. It can also make your character seem a little more realistic, since intensive training really can give you cool abilities in RealLife, just not to the extent that you often see in comics.

The {{Trope Namer|s}} is [[http://www.tomheroes.com/Comic%20Ads/classic%20ads/charles%20atlas.htm an early 20th-century bodybuilder]], who advertised a program which swore it could turn any 97-lb. weakling into a hulking, muscular giant who could punch out a bully that kicked sand in his face. This sort of idea was around long before and after Charles Atlas, however, as [[http://www.davidszondy.com/future/man/self-made.htm the ever-brilliant David S. Zondy explains]].

See also MadeOfIron and WeakButSkilled. The same idea applied to the mind would be NinetyPercentOfYourBrain. Contrast HardWorkHardlyWorks. God forbid that you give the character actual superpowers and make them an EmpoweredBadassNormal. May result because they SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining. Use of actual KiManipulation (e.g. PureEnergy blasts) blur the line between this and outright magic. [[LamarckWasRight May run in families.]]

The inverse to this trope is BoxingLessonsForSuperman, where an already-superpowered character trains in a mundane skill. Compare ArtMajorBiology, ThePowerOfActing, and SupernaturalMartialArts. Contrast EnlightenmentSuperpowers. When repetitive training grants a character powerful skills without their knowledge, that's WaxOnWaxOff. If it turns out the "mundane"-level power actually ''was'' a gift, that's RealLifeSuperPowers. If the character lost their powers but remains a legitimate threat, they are BroughtDownToBadass.

''Note this doesn't count for characters with strength from Supernatural, technological or Alien origin, but for characters who obtain this strength naturally. For example, while Superman has superstrength as one of his superpowers, he doesn't count for this trope.''



[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/SketDance'':
** Himeko (the "Onihime") is a [[ActionGirl beautiful bruiser]] who can take on an army of delinquents with nothing but her natural strength and a WOODEN hockeystick.
** Played for laughs with Koma-chan who scares away/injures her suitors with her freakish strength. She also breaks her cellphone's keypad because of it.
* In ''Manga/DGrayMan'' most of the superhuman abilities of the characters are granted by a phlebotinum (innocence or dark matter). However several exorcists have showed that they are able to perform super human feats like Super Jump or SuperStrength without the use of phlebotinum, namely Allen Walker (capable of holding his own against a level 3 akuma, a monster who would take several dozens of humans at once with his pure physical abilities), Howard Link (capable of smashing a level 3 into a wall with a kick) or Madarao (casually stopping a direct blow of a level 3 with one hand). The two latters are former Crows, an unity of expertly trained enforcers and the former is an exorcist (they are shown to train very hardly).
* The ''Mazinger'' series
** Kouji Kabuto was a physically average teenager in the original ''Anime/MazingerZ'', but in ''Manga/ShinMazingerZero'' he performs physical feats that should not be possible, possibly due to the constant time travel is somehow heightening his capabilities. He does not seem being initially aware of it, though. In the second timeline we see he destroys one robot with one single punch and he panics wondering if he is some kind of monster. In the third timeline he easily dodges the attacks of the [[RobotGirl Gamia sisters]] and takes down one of them despite of they are several times faster and more agiler than a human being (like an amazed Minerva notes).
** Duke Fleed from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''. In the first episode Kouji suspected he hid something. When he saw Duke leaping several meters upwards in one single bound he realized that guy was not human.
** Baron Ashura in ''Anime/ShinMazinger''. He/she can fight a HumongousMecha... on foot!
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': 99% of the cast. Of course, they cross the line between this trope and TrainingFromHell on many, ''many'' occasions. KiManipulation via training is common as well.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', even without the FunctionalMagic using [[{{Mana}} chakra]], ninja can [[InASingleBound jump dozens of meters]], hit targets with inhuman accuracy, punch down stone walls, beat two-story tall bears in sumo wrestling contest, and [[TheNoseKnows gain a sense of smell equal to or greater than that of a dog]] through nothing but physical training.
** Chakra is a fundamental part of the human anatomy in the series, so it is sort of {{justified|Trope}}. The entire premise is that everyone is a potential Charles Atlas.
** Rock Lee practically embodies this trope, even by ninja standards. Not having the ability to control chakra, he constantly trains with insane exercises like always wearing leg weights that appear to have the same mass as a small house. Each.
** On a similar note, the show, and in particular Rock Lee, seems to reference the unconscious inhibition that the mind places on the body via the Eight Gates. However, opening them to go into SuperMode will quickly lead to exhaustion, and [[UpToEleven opening all 8 gates]] leads to ''{{dea|dlyUpgrade}}th''. The purpose of the Gates is essentially to allow the user to go past the basic human limitations and use 100% of their full physical power.
** Lee's mentor Might Guy possesses physical power that makes his student look like a pillowcase in comparison. In Six Gates Mode, Gai punches so fast that his fists set on fire simply due to friction, and in Seven Gates Mode, [[spoiler:he punches the air so hard that it compresses into a giant exploding tiger head, the size of an island, by ''physical strength alone'']]. However, this has more to do with the gates than him specifically. His [[spoiler: father, the "Eternal Genin", used all eight gates at once, and curbstomped the seven strongest swordsmen in the world. All at once. With what we've seen on screen of it, the eighth gate allows the user to ''bend space'' with their speed, and break their own legs by kicking someone. Of course, that kick would probably turn a normal person into paste]].
** The Third Raikage has superhuman resilience from training alone. His lightning armor is its own brand of absolute defense, but with [[BlowYouAway wind abilities]] [[ElementalRockPaperScissors able to take it out]], he has trained himself to be so resilient that even the ''Rasen-shuriken'', the most powerful known [[BlowYouAway wind technique]] up to that point, [[NoSell does not affect him]]. He also has the endurance and strength to rival a tailed beast, unarmed and unarmoured, and he goes out by managing to take on ''10,000 soldiers for 3 days'' before dying of exhaustion.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' uses both Western and Eastern variants[[note]]the later happening after the introduction of [[KiManipulation Haki]][[/note]] on ''absolutely everyone''. Every power mentioned in the trope description-- most often ''literally the intentionally hyperbolic description given''-- is displayed by someone in the series. Luffy punches hard enough to knock a grown man through a wharf and leave a knuckle-shaped impression on his face[[note]]before developing a technique to use his Devil Fruit ability to give him actual SuperStrength[[/note]]. Zoro slices through rocks and steel like paper. Sanji's incredible kicks allow him topple giants and ''walk on air''. By the end of the Dressrosa Arc, the only Straw Hats who hadn't got in on the action are Chopper (whose Devil Fruit ability gives him actual SuperStrength) and Nami (who by that point had settled into a sort of SquishyWizard role). This is without getting into [=CP9's=] Rokushiki (six specific Charles Atlas Super Powers: [[FlashStep Soru]], [[MadeOfIron Tekkai]], [[DoubleJump Geppou]], [[NonchalantDodge Kami-E]], [[FingerPokeOfDoom Shigan]], and [[RazorWind Rankyaku]][[note]]Plus secret DangerousForbiddenTechnique Rokuougan[[/note]]) or Jozu's ability to ''pick up an iceberg''. If you want an exhaustive list of everyone in the series covered by this trope, go check out [[Characters/OnePiece the series character sheets]]. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters All 22 of them.]]
** Special mention goes to Vergo who unlike the rest of the Donflamingo family has no Devil Fruit power but still equaled and briefly overpowered Law, Sanji and Smoker in strength and can coat his whole body in [[KiManipulation Haki]].
* Taken to extreme levels in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' where all living things have ''ki'' as a sort of mystical lifeforce. Apparently with training you can make your ''ki'' pool larger and stronger and learn how to channel it into [[KiManipulation shooting energy beams]], flying, being bulletproof, telepathic, and have SuperStrength that'd make them outright near Franchise/{{Superman}} level. You'd still not really be much of a match for most androids and aliens, but still. Being an alien (Saiyan) seems to give you the highest ki "potential", but then the human members gain strength far surpassing what is possible (although they're still extremely weak in comparison to said aliens). Even [[FakeUltimateHero Mr. Satan]], who has no knowledge of ki and only does ordinary training, can pull 4 buses at once and FlashStep.
** It's best displayed during the Buu saga during the Tournament where the Z-Fighters use the punch machine while regular old humans can get up to 97 points but Krillin even with a love-tap gets up 192 points and of course Vegeta not holding back destroys the machine completely leading to Videl to justly question Gohan whether his friends are human or not.
* ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler'' shows some [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs absurd version of this]], up there with ''Dragon Ball'' and ''Fist of the North Star''. There are too many to count, but suffice to say that if you train hard enough you can punch through the [[MegatonPunch sound barrier]], do abdominal workouts with [[SuperStrength an airlifting helicopter]], and stop earthquakes with a single punch.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'':
** Whenever Hayate does something impossible (like pedaling a bicycle faster than a car or surviving a hit from HumongousMecha, the only comment he or some other CombatCommentator will make is "It's all right, ''he trains''." It might have something to do with [[spoiler:Athena unlocking his innate potential with magic]] when he was six. Then again, considering the massive spike in Hayate's strength between then and the start of the story, it may have been a MagicFeather and his nightly training had more to do with it.
** The other butlers get this as well since even {{Mook|s}} Butlers go through some pretty rigorous training and show some level of stronger-than-normal abilities. The named butlers tend to be at or near Hayate's level with the only real justification being "we're butlers, it's our duty to be this awesome". Seen less in the manga which really tapered off the appearance of butlers that aren't Hayate.
** Hayate's brother is even more ridiculous than him and doesn't even ''have'' an excuse. He can guess that he trained a lot as a kid but he's yet to mention it. Same goes for Hinagiku and Yukiji. Yukiji likely trained to beat up Yakuza [[spoiler: since she had to pay the debt their parents left them much like Hayate's parents did to him]] and can do even more insane feats of raw strength than Hayate but with much less skill and finesse. Hinagiku can match Hayate in combat and can slice boulders with wooden swords with her only training being that she's the KendoTeamCaptain and that she always tries her best at everything she does...considering the rest of the Kendo Club's members are still average humans this leaves more questions than it answers.
* Masaru from ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', over the course of a single day (the first episode), beat up over a dozen thugs, fought a strong Rookie-level Digimon for a least a few hours, and later punched out a 20-foot chicken while dodging its laser blasts. Just how he does things like this is never explained, but seems to be due in part to the Digisoul/Digimon Natural Ability. Or LamarckWasRight. At the end of that season he [[spoiler:[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punches the god of the Digital World into submission]]]], and in ''Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime'' he created a domino out of Digimons the size of a sky scraper.
* ''Manga/GetBackers'' has some characters with actual superpowers, but others are masters of obscure martial arts that allow one to make things such as a whip, strings, needles, etc. utterly rewrite the laws of physics.
* Parodied in ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' when Satou decides to test if he has gained powers like those characters have from training alone on a mountain from living alone in his apartment. He successfully karate-chops a beer bottle but cuts his hand.
* Walter C. Dornez, the BattleButler of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', [[spoiler:even before he gets turned into a vampire]]. At over seventy years old, he's capable of acrobatics, dodging a veritable storm of bullets, and wielding his weapons -- [[RazorFloss long, floating, razor-sharp, hair-thin garrote wires]] -- with enough strength and precision to cut apart an entire battalion of vampire soldiers. He was even more badass during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, when he was only fourteen years old. Case in point: he jumped out of an Allied spyplane, hundreds of feet above the ground, carrying a coffin that probably outweighed him, ''without a parachute'', and landed completely unharmed on the enemy leader's dining room table.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''/''Hokuto no Ken''. Everybody without a mohawk has a CAS. Everyone with a mohawk is just cannon fodder, as weak and defenseless as [[{{Mooks}} fanged bunnies]]. Ken mentions at one point that most humans ever use only a small fraction of what their bodies are capable of, and the Hokuto Shinken school teaches (in addition to the pressure points) how to apply your full potential.
-->'''Kenshiro''': Most people only use 30% of their natural strength. That's not much. The secret to Hokuto Shinken is controlling the other 70% as well.
* Guts from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' is a monster of a man who swings a {{BFS}} with frightening speed and has survived more than two years' worth of relentless demon attacks, many of which would have killed a normal man many times over. The justification is that he has spent literally his entire life on battlefields, meaning he's also spent most of it in battle. Wielding a sword most of the day for every day of your life will eventually add up, it seems. The manga states that surviving the [[{{Hellgate}} Eclipse]] left Guts on the boundary between the physical world and the SpiritWorld where [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve belief shapes reality]], allowing him to gradually turn himself into a literal superhuman through sheer willpower... but he was [[OneManArmy tough enough to fight and wipe out a 100-man unit]] even when he was a perfectly normal soldier.
** Even Guts's ''sword'', the Dragon Slayer, can be considered a version of this. Guts unknowingly gave it the power to harm {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le beings, simply by killing so many supernatural creatures with the weapon that their essence rubbed off on it and anchored it in a higher plane of existence.
*** Plenty of other characters apply to this trope as well such as Griffith when he was human (since he beat Guts twice) Casca, Pippin, Judeau, Azan and Serpico.
*** [[KidSideKick Isidro]] is getting there, though despite being trained by Guts, he is firmly told by his mentor that he won't reach Black Swordsmen's level by copying him as Guts had many brutal years to hone his blade while Isidro is still a child. However Guts also encourages the boy to develop his own style, which did help Isidro kill a troll-a creature much stronger than a regular human.
* Taken to extremes by just about every single character in ''[[Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi]]''.
* ''Manga/BlackCat'' is rife with this -- the setting includes an entire martial art dedicated to punching bullets -- but what's notable is that the beneficiaries of this trope are for the most part more powerful than characters with genuine supernatural abilities: when Belze fights Kyoko, he notes that she's using her Taoist abilities to enhance her speed... then promptly declares that, at said speed, it's ridiculous for her to even be trying to hit him. The extreme example, though, is Sephiria's ability to disintegrate people (literally nothing left) with her sword just by hitting them a lot, really hard. Even some of the more normal characters like Saya and Kevin still have some ridiculous skills.
* Gourry Gabrieve of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' is able to flick acorns with enough power to put serious holes in the bodies of trolls (Lina had cast a spell on them to reverse their usual regenerative skills, but being able to put those holes there was all Gourry).
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Kaede wields [[{{BFS}} shuriken that's taller than she is]], and in the [[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue epilogue]] has apparently learned to traverse space [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace without a suit or ship]].
** Ku Fei has taken down demons in fights.
** Mana is apparently strong enough to flick coins at people with enough force to knock them over. This, at least, ''could'' be a faint residual from the earlier time in her life when she received regular physical enhancement from her mage partner. She does have weak unrelated magical powers (as well as the contacts to purchase enchanted ammo). She's also a [[spoiler:half-demonfolk]].
** Makie, the only one who's not a trained fighter, did some rather absurd things in an early appearance just with her gymnastics training, including using her ribbon as a whip to snatch a book from a large monster and Indiana Jones over a pitfall. Later on, she uses the ribbon to ''pick up and throw'' Negi.
** Ayaka, despite [[CantCatchUp Not Being Able To Catch Up]], is currently the only [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Ordinary High School Girl]] to actually land any kind of hit on a member of the Ala Alba. Not even Makie or Yuna could pull that off.
** Later revelations show that Jack Rakan started out as a slave in a gladiatorial combat arena and became uber strong through 40 or so years of fighting in tournaments and wars. He is stated to be stronger than [[spoiler:[[BigBad Fate]]]], who could almost beat Negi in a stand up fight at the [[spoiler:very end of the series]]. He [[spoiler:breaks out]] of a dimension imprisoning him through willpower alone. He survives [[spoiler:his own unmaking, though only briefly,]] by focusing hard enough. He is... [[Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld well, you understand]]. He also used magic, of course, but in the world he lived in this was hardly a superpower.
* Every single Saint, Shogun, and Spectre in ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', where even the kindest and gentlest Saint had to endure horrific experiences that later endowed him with supernatural fighting skills. In the case of Spectres (and Phoenix Saint Ikki), they endured a very literal TrainingFromHell. Considering they all started their training as small boys under the age of ten, and their weakest moves were at the speed of sound by his 13th birthday...
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'':
** The protagonists manage to push open doors weighing several tons simply by going through the TrainingFromHell for a few months. Afterwards, the main character is shown projecting an obese strongman several dozen meters away simply by pushing him with a single hand. And that's before [[KiManipulation Nen]] is even involved. Of course, [[MusclesAreMeaningless there's no visible muscular increase.]]
** Killua (and indeed, his entire family) is not only immune to every single poison in the world because he has ingested them when he was an infant, but he is also immune to ''electricity'' because [[ArtisticLicenseBiology he received electrical shocks along with the poisons]]. He can still feel pain, though.
** Middle-aged Netero is shown [[spoiler:practicing ten thousand punches everyday, doing it faster and faster until he actually punched ''faster than the speed of sound''. Even after turning into a 110-year-old geezer, he still moves so fast that even the supreme specimens of a monstrously strong species of creatures have no idea what's going on]].
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
** Suzaku Kururugi is stronger and faster than normal humans. This is demonstrated rather memorably when he dodges fire from an automated ceiling-mounted machine gun, runs up a nearby wall, and destroys the turret with a HurricaneKick (and all of this '''before''' [[spoiler:he got geassed]]). The geass placed on Suzaku [[spoiler:was the command to live, removing all hesitation during combat and made him use his super human reflexes optimally, moving fast enough to beat even someone who could see the future]].
** Kallen performed a couple feats that could be said to be inhuman. In the first episode of the second season, [[spoiler:Kallen jumps over a chess table and takes out several guards with a spin-kick]]. She can also karate chop a bumblebee in half while it's in mid-flight, without even turning to look at it. This isn't nearly as impressive as Suzaku... except that she's never said to be trained in anything. She just has a lot of exercise gear in her room.
** Sayoko, who jumps her own height in a rather fabulous manner, and displays impressive combat skill. She's a maid. Well, a NinjaMaid. [[spoiler:She was also trained as a Japanese SP... or a ninja, but she denies that.]] Of course, she spent at least the last five years in a very low-impact lifestyle, caring for Nunnally, so any training she may have had should have long deteriorated unless she has a stellar self-exercise routine.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Ling Yao and his bodyguards are shown to be more than a match for the super human homunculi. All of them are able to survive jumps and falls that would kill a normal human. Ling himself duels King Bradley while carrying Lanfan.
** Wrath doesn't have the superhuman abilities of the other homunculi, "only" an Ultimate Eye that acts as CombatClairvoyance turned UpToEleven, but that doesn't stop him from being so strong and fast that the Xingese characters can't even touch him and he cuts bullets in half with a ''sword''. He also destroyed a tank with his sword and a single grenade.
** [[LargeHam THIS SUPER STRENGTH HAS BEEN PASSED THROUGH THE ARMSTRONG LINE FOR GENERATIONS!!!]] Said Armstrong in question could fight hand to hand with a homunculus that was ImmuneToBullets, tank fire, and could lift up tanks like they were cardboard, yet Armstrong's fists could hurt him.
* Thoma from ''Anime/FantasticChildren'', who can knock out even ''giant robots''.
* Goro Honda/Shigeno, the main character from the baseball anime/manga ''Major''. The guy can throw fastballs over 100 mph and he's not even using his natural dominant hand. Don't even get us started on his [[{{determinator}} tenacity]] and endurance.
* Hei of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' is an extremely agile martial artist with amazing reflexes who can jump from heights unscathed. These qualities are also true of his sort of EvilCounterpart, Wei. And they both have ''actual'' superpowers [[EmpoweredBadassNormal to boot]]. Notably, in fight between the two, BulletTime effects are somewhat implausibly used.
* [[ImplacableMan Roberta]] from ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. Most other badasses of the series have to make do with superhuman agility and shooting skills. She can do all that while [[NowThatsUsingYourTeeth catching and shattering a thrown sword... with her teeth]].
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'':
** Claire Stanfield is inhumanly agile thanks to his experience in [[CircusBrat the circus]], as his constant backflips and {{Wall Crawl}}s on the top of a moving train demonstrate. He also apparently has the jaw strength to nonchalantly bite people's fingers clean off, but that's neither here nor there. The author has said that the reason Claire doesn't get his own plotline is because he is the strongest character in the series.
** [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Chane]], who can [[ParryingBullets deflect bullets with knives]] (including ones fired from ''a shotgun'') or Graham, who can catch bullets ''with his wrench'' or disassemble entire cars ''midair in seconds''.
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' gives us the infamous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLaydxMhlw0 skyscraper-launching episode]]. And while [[TheHero Domon]] and [[BadassGrandpa Master Asia]] get all the attention, but almost every Gundam Fighter is an example by necessity. Throughout the series we get several demonstrations that the top-class fighters (including the FiveManBand and the Devil Gundam's Four Kings) are all perfectly capable of performing their {{Finishing Move}}s ''without'' their Gundams.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' after an initial battle against the Wing Gundam, Zechs orders a military analyst to figure out what kind of pilot is in there. The analyst's computer says that based on the Gundam's top speed, g-forces experienced while turning and reaction speed that the pilot isn't human. Zechs remarks that the pilot must have undergone special training to be able to handle the Gundam.
* Ryoma Nagare in ''Manga/GetterRobo''. Some examples of his martial arts prowess include: throwing a sword (by the blade) with enough force to sever a man's arm; jumping hundreds of feet from a helicopter onto a car and suffering only minor discomfort; climbing up the face of a rampaging Getter-2 to punch the pilot in the face; resisting an animal tranquilizer strong enough to kill most men even after nearly bleeding to death immediately beforehand; breaking a katana by flexing his chest muscles; and [[http://mangafox.com/manga/getter_robo_go/v06/c002/last.html punching dinosaurs to death]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** [[GentleGiant Chad]] gains actual powers early in the first arc, but before he does he's shown to be inhumanly strong. A steel beam falls on him from several stories up, and he takes it like it was a weak punch. Also, his first encounter with a hollow was before he was able to see them, so Rukia told him where to swing his bat. Or at least the telephone pole he uprooted and was using as a bat.
** Go Koga, an anime-only filler character, manages to beat up Ichigo using only his physical strength, which is odd at first because his race was established to rely exclusively on familiars to fight. He then explains that his strength is not the result of his Bount powers, but rather, it's the inherent strength of his human body.
** While Ichigo is BroughtDownToBadass during the TimeSkip, his physical body retains the strength and reflexes gained through months of fighting monsters and dragging a giant sword around. He can still wipe the floor with pretty much any normal human even before CantStayNormal kicks in.
* Almost ''everyone'' in ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' who isn't a comic relief character (and several who are.) Practice something enough, and you'll gain godlike skill in it, no matter what it is. Are you good at boxing? Keep up the training and soon you'll be able to ''destroy half a gymnasium with one punch.'' Adept at ranking people's talents? Eventually you'll get so good at it, you'll develop a superhuman ranking skill so intense that you'll NEGATE GRAVITY AROUND YOURSELF AS A SIDE EFFECT OF THINKING ABOUT IT. Oh, and also, a one-year-old infant can earn a PHD in advanced mathematics without giving up his day job as the world's most feared and respected mafia hitmen. Inspiring!
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'':
** In a fight Syaoran Li will kick damn near anything from a giant icicle blade, big muscular guy with superhuman strength granted by magic to a God Bird Thing.
** Kurogane can, not counting his sword skills, punch down a stone wall barehanded.
* Quite a bit of the cast from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', the protagonist being the most obvious. Of course, Kenshin did live through both a TrainingFromHell and a bloody conflict in which he served as an assassin. (The series itself does somewhat attempt to justify all of the Charles Atlas Superpowers: Soujirou spent his childhood carrying heavy objects and sealed away his emotions due to abuse; Aoshi is a {{ninja}} and thus an expert in stealth techniques; Usui's blindness subsequently enhanced the senses already sharpened by years of training; etcetera.) Of particular note is Sano's TrainingFromHell that lasted only a week and taught him to punch in a special way that would make things explode.
** The [[Film/RurouniKenshin movie]] has an unusual example: Jin-e, the villain, is apparently capable of making people's lungs seize up just by staring at them. He explicitly states that this is not magical in any way. (The manga "explains" this as a form of hypnotism.)
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'':
** Shizuo's SuperStrength is a result of taking both the "removing unconscious limiters" and "bones rebuild themselves with a higher density" explanations to their logical extremes. By the time he's in high school, he can shrug off getting hit by a truck and still find the energy to try and beat Izaya to death with a door (which he ripped off of its hinges, of course) in the same night.
** Similarly, Shizuo's archnemesis Izaya is faster and more agile than any supposedly "normal" human has a right to be, and that's before we get into his ability to routinely shrug off physical abuse from Shizuo that should have left him a bloody pulp.
** Simon is even more inexplicable: he's strong and tough enough to ''restrain Shizuo'', though he avoids combat whenever possible and most still count Shizuo as being the stronger of the two. Still, while there is an explanation for Shizuo, there is none for Simon.
* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' {{justifie|dTrope}}s this with Gourmet Cells.
* ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler,'' full stop. Martial artists can easily hold their own against various wild animals such as bears, tigers and wolves, and Yujiro once punched out an ''earthquake.'' And it's relatively realistic for martial-arts anime.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': It's understandable that Yusuke and Kurama can achieve this due to the fact that they're both human/demon hybrids in some way. But God damn it if Kuwabara isn't this trope, what with his ability to knock down trees with several punches.
* Post TimeSkip, Raki from ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' is implied to be the [[WorldsStrongestMan most powerful]] pure human alive, or at least on their continent.
* ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'':
** Genjuro can do absolutely insane things like blocking MagicalGirlWarrior attacks (once a {{BFS}}) with his fists or stomp the ground so hard it sends parts of the road flying because of his martial arts training. Martial arts training whose sole purpose seems to be copying the movesets of [[Franchise/StreetFighter Akuma]] and Creator/BruceLee.
-->'''[[spoiler: Chris]]:''' What happened?\\
'''Genjuro:''' I neutralized the explosion using a martial arts technique.
** Shinji Ogawa, Tsubasa's manager, can walk on water, seal people's movement by stitching their shadows has improbable aiming skills. Because according to WordOfGod, he is a ninja.
* ''Manga/AirMaster'' has several characters capable of this. [[ButtMonkey Tsukio]], due to being a construction worker can punch at the speed of a jackhammer, [[JerkAss Kinijro]] killed a bear with a single punch, [[StalkerWithACrush Julietta]] could fight with his legs broke and kick people into buildings and through concrete roofs, [[UnknownRival Sakiyama Kaori]] is almost as durable as Julitta and always yells herself back to shape, and Yuki's nails are sharp enough that they were almost like blades. [[HugeSchoolgirl Ma]][[MadeOfIron ki]], [[MaskedLuchador Lucha Master]], and [[DefeatMeansFriendship Kai]] however take the cake for being able to jump higher than humanly possible. However, considering it being a [[AffectionateParody of fighting genres]], this is a must.
* ''Manga/OnePunchMan'':
** Parodied with the main character, who through training becomes strong enough to defeat any opponent [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin with one punch]] (and he lives in a world where city-destroying monsters are quite common). And then it turns out that his training consisted of [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum nothing but an ordinary regimen of sit-ups, push-ups, and running which is well below that of professional athletes, let alone what will give you superpowers]]. Neither of the people he told this believe that's actually how he got so strong, guessing there must be some other reason Saitama himself doesn't understand.
** Several monsters indicate that they gained their powers and transformations by doing one thing obsessively, such as eating huge amounts of crab and turning into a crab monster. Interestingly, this is technically what Saitama did; obsessively strength training every single day without fail for three years straight turned him into the strongest man alive.
* ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'': In chapter 170, King somehow slices a beer bottle's neck off with his bare hands.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'': Ran is well acquainted with this trope. She's been studying karate for years, and over the course of the series, has casually bent and broken the poles of streetlights with her fist, kicked down doors, knocked out men ''far'' bigger than her, smashed through a glass window without being winded, jumped from her second-floor apartment's window to the street with no problem, [[spoiler:kicked the blade of a knife in half, and dodged a bullet]]. Oh, and she looks just like any other waif-ish high school girl.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** Sailor Jupiter is a high school girl who in her debut fight picked a MonsterOfTheWeek up over her head and tossed it, without transforming. She pulls of a similar stunt later in the same season when taking lessons from a figure skater. Between her [[HugeSchoolGirl height]] and muscles, he's unable to lift her properly. Makoto on the other hand can lift him up and hold him over her head for several seconds without any apparent strain.
** Minako. In the anime we 'only' see her routinely RoofHopping ''without'' transforming (something not even Makoto can) and outrun a car minutes after donating blood '''and''' with her Heart Crystal extracted (the latter being something that had ''instantly'' knocked out everyone else), but in the manga she once had to fight a BrainwashedAndCrazy Makoto and [[SingleStrokeBattle defeated her with one kick]]. And where Makoto is a natural, Minako is shown having trained ''hard'' for it.
* Sairaorg Bael in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' went through a rigorous TrainingFromHell to attain this trope because he couldn't obtain the same power of destruction his two cousins have. In fact, he has very little in the way of awesome devil powers like most of his peers, and this caused most of devil society to write him off as worthless. He defied all of them by simply building up his raw strength and endurance to the point that he can NoSell his opponents' attacks and win fights in a couple of ground-shattering punches.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has the characters regularly perform impressive feats, but most of them are within the limitations of what we know of the 3D Manoeuvre Gear. All bets are off with [[TheAce Mikasa]] and [[WorldsStrongestMan Levi]] however, who move so fast they can barely be seen and are so agile almost nothing has even the slightest chance of touching them, and that's just in their gear. At one point, this is lampshaded by a crook who points out that Mikasa (a girl who's barely twenty and doesn't pack much muscle mass) could single-handedly take down his entire gang of full-grown (and supposedly trained in hand-to-hand combat) men. [[spoiler:Later it's implied that this is rather due to the result of titan-related [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetic experiment]] done back in the far past that [[SuperpowerfulGenetics got passed down through generations]]]]
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' characters can get unreasonably strong, even without accounting for the magic anyone can learn in this setting. Chapter 7 treats us to a martial artist strong enough to wreck walls and floors with his giant frying pan. Natsu defeats him easily.
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', this is a necessary for [[HunterOfMonsters Ghoul Investigators]] since their opponents are superhuman beings that frequently have SuperStrength, SuperSpeed, and CombatTentacles. Amon in particular is shown to train religiously, with his apartment almost entirely focused around exercise equipment. When a pair of minor coworkers ask him about the training Investigators undergo at the Academy, he states that rules prohibit him from discussing the details with them. During the finale, it is even noted that Investigators are much stronger than normal, which makes them ideal for [[spoiler: use in risky experiments to create a HalfHumanHybrid SuperSoldier]].
* Tomoyo Sakagami from ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' is known to be incredibly strong and fast. An example of her abilities is when she takes down some Gang Members riding motorcycles using a spin-kick to take one down, and a Chun-Li style Lightning Kick to take down the others, while the motorcycle is torn to bits. Spectators only see her do these insane attacks within two seconds.
** [[ButtMonkey Sunohara]] can withstand unbelievable amounts of punishment while walking away with next to no issues once he wakes up. Examples include being kicked sky-high by [[KickChick Tomoyo]], being pushed out of a window, and tanking a kick from [[OnlySaneMan Okazaki]] to the ribs that's strong enough to send him flying back in the direction he came...so he could take another couple hundred kicks.
** Kyou Fujibayashi can throw a textbook so hard it can crack a wall.
* Seto Kaiba from ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' is probably the most egregious example. Put down stopping a gun from firing by throwing a playing card in front of the hammer to incredible reflexes, or him judo-throwing a thug to his martial arts training. But throwing his little brother onto a moving blimp several meters away while sprinting at full speed, and then leaping onto the top of the steps himself? And that's not even counting all the twenty-foot drops from helicopters he's performed without shattering his ankles.
* There are plenty of characters in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' who can use [[{{Cyborg}} Cyborg implants]], MagicEnhancement, or TrainingFromHell to give themselves SuperStrength. [[{{Muggles}} Suzuka]] doesn't have any of those things yet was able to do a CatchAndReturn on a dodgeball that Fate had thrown from fifty feet in the air. She does this with one hand and threw it so hard that Fate ''was knocked unconscious''.[[note]] This is probably a reference to the fact that Suzuka's sister was a vampire in ''VisualNovel/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever''.[[/note]]
* Meet Touma Kamijou of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex.'' Apart from his [[AntiMagic Imagine]] [[PowerNullifier Breaker]], he is just a regular human. However, [[MadeOfIron he can take]] ''[[MadeOfIron far]]'' [[MadeOfIron more punishment than any human should be able to]]. And despite his age and size, he can punch so hard [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom his enemies are sent flying]], and once punched away a gigantic metal cross that would've looked like it would weigh more than a few several pounds.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} recovered from [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} having his back snapped in half]] with no ill effects (albeit with the help of a friend with healing powers) and constantly goes toe to toe with superhuman foes and triumphs, just because he's trained that hard. In ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures'' #6, it was a plot point that Bruce Wayne is capable of an unassisted ten-foot vertical jump (the world record is ''four''). He would later move away from this, winning battles less because of training and more because of tactics. One could say that Batsy's power is AwesomenessByAnalysis to an amazing degree; he makes sure he can analyze any weakness as quickly as possible. Creator/GrantMorrison is largely responsible for switching Batman's primary ability to CrazyPrepared, but he still managed to, having tea with a monk, ''reflexively'' swap cups, assuming his was poisoned (it was), ''in the time it took the monk to blink''.
* His various pupils, like the Comicbook/{{Robin}}s, have their own variations on this. Dick Grayson (now Comicbook/{{Nightwing}}) is the child of circus acrobats and is thus incredibly agile. [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]], on the other hand, is more methodical and uses strategy instead of strength most of the time. Jason Todd is powered by RAGE to the point where he uses battle tactics to bring you into a world of pain, even defeating his 'brothers' in combat on several occasions.
* Cassandra Cain as ComicBook/{{Batgirl|2000}} is possibly one of the most over-the-top examples in Western comics. [[TykeBomb Being raised as an assassin from birth]] is used to explain how she can dodge bullets being fired directly at her head from less than a foot away, and even ones she can't hear or see being fired from, perhaps, miles away. Even when she is actually hit by a bullet, she can do so without flinching, because she was conditioned from when she was very young to ignore the pain. As a means of explanation that strains credulity, she was not taught to interpret speech or writing but instead taught human movement as a language (e.g. through recognition of tensing in specific arm and hand muscles, avoids gunfire by reacting first away from the direction of a pointed gun). She is shown on multiple occasions as basically having Spider-sense. It's implied that there might be something more to her abilities, given that her mother (who did not go through that training) has similar abilities, but it's never really explored, save for the brief mention by some government agents that her hormone levels are incredibly odd.
* In one story, Robin is amazed by the physical feats of ComicBook/{{Bane}} and, logically, assumes he's on [[SuperSerum venom]]. But guess what, he is not! Of course it's the training Bane had in prison, silly.
* Comicbook/GreenArrow manages to [[ImprobableAimingSkills shoot arrows in a physically impossible manner]] because he was stranded on an island for several years, where the only food he could find was the island's population of extremely agile animals. Coy hints have been dropped here and there that he might be a meta human. Red Arrow meanwhile has perfect aim, and is faster than Green Arrow, and does not appear to be a metahuman despite being related to ComicBook/VandalSavage.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Dragon Richard Dragon]] and Comicbook/LadyShiva, who both helped train Batman and Vic Sage's Question, also exhibit this. Lady Shiva has very close to the same abilities as her daughter, Cassandra Cain.
* ComicBook/{{Huntress}} has dead-eye aim with her crossbow and has unusually high endurance and fighting abilities, with her backstory establishing that she was trained to take vengeance on her family's killers. Also, she can perform acrobatics in [[CombatStilettos high heels]].
* Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'s superhuman senses can explain his increased reactions -- he notices tension, hints of movement, and so on before anyone else would -- but his endurance and strength are pure training. His archnemesis, Bullseye, has no superpowers, but both his ability to aim and his ability to throw projectiles to lethal effect basically serve the same purpose. The latter includes throwing incredibly un-aerodynamic things, such as [[DeathDealer playing cards]] and straightened paperclips; indeed, it's been said that [[ImprobableWeaponUser anything]] is a deadly weapon in his hands, to the point that his prison guards won't even give him a plastic spoon to eat with, and [[{{Squick}} his meals have stool softeners mixed in them]]. It's one thing to be a brilliant marksman with thrown weapons. It's quite another to make the objects you throw defy the laws of physics.
* ''Comicbook/ThePunisher'':
** In [[ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX MAX series]], Punisher is hardcore enough to take enough damage to kill a thousand men, but just keeps coming back. Sample InnerMonologue after being blasted at point-blank range with a shotgun: "That's a rib gone. Not broken. ''Gone''." His enemy, Barracuda, is essentially an evil version of the Punisher and just as hardy.
** In the original ''War Zone'' series, Punisher once went up against a mercenary named Roc, who was impervious to harm. The explanation given was that he was incredibly muscular and had no nerve endings. This doesn't explain how he was able to survive being shot at point blank range with a double-barreled shot gun, or how he shrugged off getting a large knife shoved between his shoulder blades.
** The first incarnation of the Russian is another good example. He's never stated to have any explicit superpowers, yet exhibits strength far exceeding the limit for a comic book peak human. The guy actually squeezes a mook to death with a one armed hug. [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength The real kicker is that he does this by accident; he was genuinely trying to be friendly!]]
* Franchise/SpiderMan, during the countless occasions that he, for one reason or another, [[BroughtDownToNormal temporarily loses his spider-powers]]. Subverted by a still-powered Spider-Man. In one arc, he underwent some "chi" training so he wouldn't always act on instinct. Later, when chased by homing bullets, he attempts to catch them out of the air. He does snag one, but the other drills straight through his palm and into his shoulder, at which point Pete passes out.
* ComicBook/TheKingpin is [[StoutStrength very, very strong]] thanks to [[KingpinInHisGym all that time in his gym]].
* [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''. His feats are mostly believable through most of the story, but in the final act, he ''catches a bullet.'' (It tears up his hand, and he doesn't quite believe it himself.) There's an interview he has at the end of the second-to-last comic where he firmly believes any normal human can be just as built as he is, you just need the will to see it through.
* Unsurprisingly, Creator/GrantMorrison drove this trope to the hilt in his run on ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' with Comicbook/FlexMentallo, a forgotten hero obviously modeled after old Charles Atlas ads (a bit too obviously, as a trademark lawsuit kept the comics from being reprinted for some years) with the ability to ''[[RealityWarper warp reality]]'' by flexing his muscles.
* Karate Kid of ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}''. The Legion's constitution requires every member to have an intrinsic superpower, and numerous Legionnaire hopefuls were denied membership because [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway their powers were not sufficiently impressive]]. However, Karate Kid does not have an actual superpower; his abilities are instead the result of intensive training in (fictionalized) martial arts, and the Legion as a whole tends to gloss over the subject of just what Karate Kid's superpower actually ''is'' - after he demonstrated that he could put the ridiculously powerful [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] ComicBook/{{Superboy}} in a headlock, he was in. Somewhere along his history, the ability to [[AwesomenessByAnalysis inherently determine the weaknesses of opponents]] became the official justification for why he was more than just a martial artist. Then there's the time when he [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu kicked]] PhysicalGod ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} [[http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/File:Karate_Kid_kicks_Darkseid_in_the_face.jpg in the face]].
* In the world of Creator/WarrenEllis's ''Comicbook/GlobalFrequency'', biofeedback not only allows you to unlock greater control of pain and strength, but ''accelerated healing'', raising the question of why Mother Nature would lock away normal humans' potential in the first place. In ''GF'' #10, two biofeedback nuts throw down against each other. They ignore blow after punishing blow, shrug off gunshot- and stab-wounds, and continue functioning despite bent-backwards joints and a plucked-out eye. The fight only ends when one ''rips the other's arm off with his bare hands''. It's worth noting what the backup plan if the good biofeedbacker lost was - destroy the entire building complex with an air strike.
* UsefulNotes/{{The Golden Age|OfComicBooks}} Franchise/WonderWoman got her super-powers from training in "Amazonian concentration" -- it was even a skill that Amazons could teach to normal human females. UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks retconned Wonder Woman as a [[ArtificialHuman clay statue brought to life]] with [[SemiDivine powers straight from the Gods]].
* [[Franchise/TheFlash Flash]] villain The Top's lifelong obsession with spinning tops led him to teach himself how to spin really fast -- fast enough to ''deflect bullets''. Also, years of spinning increased his intelligence and gave him ''immense psionic powers'' because apparently, all the spinning caused [[NinetyPercentOfYourBrain dormant brain cells]] to move to the outer areas of his brain. And, of course, he also has the {{Required Secondary Power|s}} of not getting dizzy. The sheer absurdity of this did eventually lead to him being explicitly given psionic powers.
* While most of Franchise/{{Marvel|Universe}}'s [[ComicBook/TheInhumans Inhumans]] get superpowers from ritualistic exposure to the mutagenic [[AppliedPhlebotinum Terrigen Mist]], Karnak forewent the ritual and instead spent his adolescence in a monastery, training in physical and mental discipline. This left him with super-calloused skin, complete conscious control over his body's autonomic functions, and the extrasensory ability to sense the structural weakness in anything or anyone, allowing him to beat stronger opponents and shatter objects as hard as steel with a single well-aimed blow. That said, it should be noted that a baseline Inhuman is considerably stronger than a baseline human, being naturally somewhere in the Captain America range.
* The Mandarin is known for his ability to beat the tar out of Comicbook/IronMan with his bare hands. It's explicitly stated at one stage that he has KiManipulation, and his ten [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum rings of power]] are sometimes claimed to reinforce his structural integrity.
* The ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Danny Rand, even when not harnessing magic dragon chi, can do things most normal humans can't, like survive a massive explosion meant to take out an entire city and cutting through the achilles tendon of a giant with a karate chop. A few of the other Immortal Weapons also qualify, such as Fat Cobra, who is as big as a sumo wrestler and fast as a ninja, and has expressed the belief that with the power of chi, an ant can wrestle an elephant into submission.
-->"The bigger they are, the harder they fall when you cut their Achilles tendon"
* ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'', the guy in the purple suit. Said to have trained by lifting a growing cow every day (no doubt taken from history via a Greek man named Milo, who is held by legend to be the strongest man who ever lived. Milo lifted a growing calf until it matured into a bull, thus giving Milo incredible strength).
* Ogun is such a great swordsman that it made him ''telepathic'', as in he can attack people with a sword and then they turn into martial arts masters.
* UsefulNotes/{{The Golden Age|OfComicBooks}} hero [[Comicbook/FreedomFighters Black Condor]] had the ability to fly. Nothing too out there for a superhero, right? Oh no, unlike other flying heroes like ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}, ComicBook/TheFalcon, or [[Comicbook/XMen Angel]] (who all either rely on [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman specialized flight suits]] or are {{Winged Humanoid}}s), Black Condor learned to fly from years of studying vultures. Yes, apparently watching birds long enough will allow you to defy gravity and basic laws of physics. When the character was incorporated into Franchise/TheDCU, [[RetCon retroactive continuity]] was invoked to credit the power to [[ILoveNuclearPower irradiation by meteor]].
* The ComicBook/{{Taskmaster}}, aside from his "[[AwesomenessByAnalysis photographic reflexes]]", has no superpowers at all. Yet he still can stand toe to toe with plenty of heroes or villains by virtue of the fact that he's incredibly fit, and those reflexes. He even can achieve a limited form of superspeed by watching recordings of himself in fast-forward.
** One of the Taskmaster's favorite trainees in ''[[ComicBook/AvengersTheInitiative Avengers: The Initiative]]'' is Melee, whose power is that she knows martial arts. ''All of them''.
** MVP was at Camp Hammond before the Taskmaster, but he's a pretty strong example himself. His incredible physical capabilities mirror those of Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, but are due to a severe, revolutionary diet and exercise regimen that he'd been put through since ''infancy''. Contrary to what was assumed when MVP was recruited, his great-grandfather being the inventor of Captain America's SuperSerum was more or less a coincidence. Former Nazi scientist Baron von Blitzschlag is stunned to hear this; he'd never have imagined such a perfect specimen would be the sole product of eating right and working out.
* Johnny Saturn I, aka John Underhall, appears somewhat superhuman, able to defeat whole teams of super-powered foes, or leap from a great distance and catch hold of a careening semi. It is soon found out that Underhall has paid a tremendous price for these 'abilities,' and that his body is worn out, he's broken every bone in his body including his spine, and he's a pain killer addict.
* John Doe of ''ComicBook/NthManTheUltimateNinja'' is, by all accounts, a non-powered ordinary man. Even so, he can dodge bullets with SuperReflexes, kill a roomful of men in several seconds, and alter the perceptions of everyone nearby with a chant. Justified in that he has been trained as a {{Ninja}} since the age of nine.
* ''ComicBook/SinCity'' has its fair share. Miho, Kevin, and Wallace all perform feats that should be impossible for normal humans, apparently due to their martial arts abilities. Miho kicked a man's head off his shoulders (granted, she sliced his neck first but that's still damned impressive), Wallace used a meditation technique to remember events after he was drugged and could catch a thrown knife in a dark forest despite not knowing he was being watched, and Kevin can apparently make people go numb with a quick jab. There was also the {{Elite Mook|s}} from ''Big Fat Kill'' who could cause intense pain just by touch. Also, characters such as Marv, Dwight, Manute, and even Hartigan display abilities that should be impossible even though they are technically normal people.
* ''ComicBook/{{Elektra}}'' as seen in her ''Comicbook/DarkReign'' crossover was dodging bullets. Mostly. Corrupt government agents were plinking at her. The commanding officer figures out the best BLAM! Don't go on about it too much and she can be hit.
* When ComicBook/{{Storm}} lost her powers, she just relied on her natural abilities. She could have taken on ComicBook/{{Galactus}} like that. Same thing when Wonder Woman lost her powers too. Most of the X-Men are capable of extraordinary feats unrelated to their powers. Somewhat attributed to the fact that, instead of gym, their students take ''[[TrainingFromHell Danger Room]]'' classes.
* Comicbook/MoonKnight is also a notable example, being basically an AxCrazy [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent Batman in white]]. After he was forced to [[SuperheroRegistrationAct register as a superhero]] and let in with the understanding that while he was borderline on the psych tests, at least he wasn't powerful enough to cause real harm, the Profile suggested that his insanity ''was'' his superpower.
* Shang-Chi, a Franchise/{{Marvel|Universe}} kung-fu artist with no supernatural powers, can dodge bullets, can block bullets, survive subzero temperatures half-naked, and hold his own against ''[[ComicBook/FantasticFour the Thing]]''!
* Pretty much the entire plot of ''ComicBook/TheStrangeTalentOfLutherStrode''. The titular character sends away for the "Hercules Method", a book modelled after the Charles Atlas program. With it's help, by the end of the first miniseries is transformed from scrawny weakling into a ripped, unstoppable killing machine, [[MadeOfPlasticine tearing apart his foes with his bare hands]].
* Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} is a borderline case: Technically, he doesn't have super-strength, but he has an Atlantean physique, built to withstand the ocean currents - Which means that he's stronger than an average surface dweller of the same build. In his [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness original]] Golden Age origin story, this was played straight. He was a normal guy who learned how to breathe underwater and do everything due to Atlantean training techniques.
* In ''ComicBook/KickAss'', Big Daddy and Hit-Girl (in particular) are capable of crazy stunts and incredible exploits by virtue of good ol' training and perseverance. Kick-Ass and Red Mist are certainly aware of the trope, but don't get anywhere near that.
* Kate Kane's training to become ComicBook/{{Batwoman}} involved a number of superhuman-like feats, such as fighting blindfolded, catching arrows in flight, learning to ignore pain, and building up resistance to drugs and other chemical agents. The results left her with [[MadeOfIron incredibly high pain tolerance and durability]] (best seen when she was stabbed in the heart and fully recovered) and strength well above that of an average human (such as being able to shatter a stone statue with a single punch).
* {{Franchise/Wolverine}}'s nominal superpowers are his HealingFactor and SuperSenses. However, he is also an incredibly skilled martial artist and regularly performs feats of strength beyond a normal human, just because he's trained that hard. The metal skeleton, century or so of experience and the aforementioned healing factor making him almost inexhaustible also helps.

[[folder: Fanfiction]]
* In the fanfic ''Fanfic/CoOpMode'', this is [[InvokedTrope invoked]] by the Gamer ability, as continued exercise can and would increase the physical stats of a person to inhuman levels. However, considering the difficulty of training a stat gets higher as the value of that stat grows, this can also be considered as a ZigZaggingTrope.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' fanfic ''{{FanFic/Gemini}},'' VillainProtagonist Captain June Harper’s superhuman speed, strength, and hand-eye coordination are described as her simply being from the 51st Century rather than from any kind of technological augmentation
* In ''FanFic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic'', to compensate for his lack of magical ability, the Grand Ruler trains Lightning Dawn intensively to be physically stronger and faster than the other characters. [[InformedAbility Somehow, he still finds himself tuckered out by carrying crates and baskets of vegetables.]]
* ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** In the [[BadFuture Dark World]] timeline, Discord cursed Derpy to walk laps around his castle indefinitely while Rarity carried a huge boulder on her back everywhere. After being freed, they both had super strength.
** [[TheDragon General Hercules]], Chrysalis' military leader, is the WorldsStrongestMan, at least for his race's standards. Most Changelings' specialty is stealth and shapeshifting, being the MasterOfNone in all other areas, meaning that they're no match at all in terms of pure strength in comparison to [[SuperStrength Earth Ponies.]] Hercules? He can hold his own in a test of strength with an Earth Pony ''black belt'' and is so durable that having a wall collapsed on his head doesn't do more than annoy him. While he's been genetically modified, that was to give him InstantArmor, his strength is all this trope.

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* Gaston from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' is shown to be able to lift a wooden bench with his three triplet girl admirers on it, coming to somewhere upward of 400 pounds, with ''one hand'' and with relative ease. Theoretically, one might be able to find an actor capable of doing this in RealLife for a live-action version, but he'd basically have to be an Olympic weightlifter. (This is one reason why Gaston doesn't boast so much about his "biceps to spare" in the [[Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017 live-action remake]].)
* Disney's ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' has most of the Chinese army partake in this trope. The "[[AwesomeMusic/{{Disney}} I'll Make A Man Out of You]]" montage even shows their training, which involves feats like breaking cement blocks with their faces. Shang is initially the only one able to do all of those things, but everyone, even [[SweetPollyOliver Mulan]], eventually starts managing.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' it is implied if not outright shown that the Furious Five can handle just about anything thrown at them in a kung fu fight, no matter whether that particular animal is truly that strong or resilient in real life. Mantis, somehow, is able to hold up a broken suspension bridge with five other people on it, including the very heavy Tai Lung and Tigress, while Crane, though spindly as hell, is able to carry Tigress out of the gorge. It is Shifu, Tai Lung, and Po who truly take the cake however, as between the two climactic fights they engage in, these three somehow manage to survive things no one possibly could, emerging only with mussed fur, bent whiskers, and the occasional dazed stagger.

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* Chiun in ''Film/RemoWilliamsTheAdventureBegins'' is a master of Sinanju, and by virtue of this ultimate martial art is able to dodge any attack, including bullets at any range, as well as run on water near the end of the film.
* A necessary part of live action movies that feature actors who are clearly not trained athletes. In the final scene of ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'', Creator/AngelinaJolie, who is athletic but not particularly buff, takes a series of punches and kicks that would break the bones of an offensive tackle, then picks her 110 lb. body up off the ground, beats the bad guy, and sprints away at top speed.
* ''Film/KillBill'', where the bride punches her way out of a coffin and the rest of the cast are no slouches, either.
* Pretty much every non-powered hero from ''Film/{{Watchmen}}''. The Comedian is able to punch through brick, survive getting his head slammed into a granite counter-top and jump from an aircraft that looks to be almost 3 men off the ground and not give a damn. Ozymandias is not only able to catch a bullet, but can jump nearly his entire height (almost six feet) from a sitting position. Rorschach is shown to practically run up a tower in one instance.
%%* ''Film/KickAss'': Hit-Girl
* Any ninja in ''Film/NinjaAssassin'' can do things like "shadow-blending" (where they can literally disappear ''in front of you''), moving at ridiculous speeds, and self-healing with sufficient training. Halfway through the film, they slice up a well-trained Europol squad but get the tables reversed on them at the end in a BigDamnHeroes moment. Can't really "shadow-blend" with floodlights in your face.
* Sam Sei in ''FullContact'' went from being a clumsy, abject coward to a [[TookALevelInBadass fully fledged badass]] after committing the ultimate act of cowardice by [[spoiler: agreeing to betray his best friend and work for his Bad Bad cousin in exchange for his life]]. In less than a year he is able to wield a gun like nobody's business and no longer fears death.
* In ''Film/CinderellaMan'', Jim Braddock explains that he developed an unusually strong left arm when he had to use it to haul fish for his day job after injuring his right.
* Deconstructed in ''Film/{{Hanna}}''. [[spoiler:The titular character is hunted constantly, every person she's close to gets killed, and to top it all off, she's part of the destroyed SuperSoldier project.]]
* Cinematic examples of the MaskedLuchador such as Wrestling/ElSanto often demonstrate this trope. Luchadors are shown performing extraordinary feats of strength and will power, but are not treated as "superhuman" in the ordinary sense of the word.
* Most of the Joes from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' are pretty impressive, but Snake Eyes takes the cake. He does more during the Paris chase scene than the rest of his team combined (including catching up to Baroness' Humvee on foot... faster than his teammates in PoweredArmor and a motorcycle.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/KungPowEnterTheFist'', where thanks to spending his life under constant attack the Chosen One can create wind by spinning a staff really fast, do several ''dozen'' somersaults in one jump, and do push-ups without using his hands. Master Pain/Betty is somehow even more ridiculous, given he can take four people whacking on him with sticks without flinching, including [[RunningGag repeated blows]] [[GroinAttack to the crotch]].
* Only a name drop in ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', when Dr. Frank N. Furter says of his newly-finished creation Rocky that "he carries the Charles Atlas seal of approval". Near the end of the movie, it does take quite a number of shots from Riff Raff's "anti-matter laser" to bring down Rocky. In the original musical, the song "I Can Make You A Man" and its reprise were both originally called "Charles Atlas".
* Almost any film starring Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger will have Arnold's character demonstrate this, unless the character actually is superpowered. Prominent examples include ''Film/{{Commando}}'' where Arnold's character is able to rip a phone-booth out of the ground and hoist both it (and the man currently using it) over his head, and ''Film/TheRunningMan'', where he is able to rip an entire weight-machine off the floor and hold both it (and the woman currently sitting in it) up one-handed without visible effort. There's also him punching through a car window in anger in ''Film/TrueLies''... except that actually happened, since Arnold missed the prop glass window he was supposed to break and ''actually punched through a car window''.
* In the Serbian film ''Film/{{Underground}}'', Blackie is an electrician by trade, which means he gets shocked all the time and has become completely immune. In an opening scene, he sticks live wires in his mouth without discomfort while fixing a ceiling fan. When Nazis attempt to torture him with a defibrillator, it seems to have no effect on him, even on the highest setting. Confused, a Nazi checks to see if the machine is working and is instantly electrocuted.
* In ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE2015'', CIA agent Napoleon Solo has the standard action-movie hero toughness and Franchise/JamesBond-esque spy skills, for instance he falls out of a speedboat and crashes an ATV without suffering any significant injuries, while KGB agent Illya Kuryakin is able to chase down a car on foot and rip off the trunk door, dodge bullets while sitting down, throw a motorcycle and knock a man unconscious by slapping him on the side of the head.
* In ''Film/UnderworldRiseOfTheLycans'', Raze was remarkably strong for a human. He was able to punch out a Werewolf and fight off the rest. When he is enslaved by the Vampires, he was able to knock one of them away and three were needed to restrain him. He was eventually bitten by a Lycan and turned, which naturally augmented his strength.
* In ''Film/DontMessWithTheZohan'', Zohan and his ArchEnemy Phantom have a full range of StockSuperpowers through what appears to simply be intense training.

* Raven of the ''Literature/HIVESeries'' is this, which she passes on to Wing, who attempts to pass it on to Shelby, although both Alphas are still working at it.
* Franchise/DocSavage, from pulp era novels, is a result of a rigorous TrainingFromHell routine from birth initiated by his father. "Doc Savage Magazine" discussed the training routine, in 23 articles published from July 1935 to May 1937.
* Likewise pulp sci-fi hero Literature/CaptainFuture. After the murder of his parents, he's raised and trained in isolation by the Futuremen. With sparring partners who are an ArtificialHuman and a seven-foot tall RobotBuddy, he's more than a match for any human opponent, and the Brain (a genius scientist who's now a BrainInAJar) has given Captain Future the education to turn him into an OmnidisciplinaryScientist who is more knowledgeable than the leading scientists in any given field.
* A convention from the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series is that survival is a learned skill - the longer you live, the longer you're able to keep living.
** Cohen the Barbarian is a lifelong adventurer who survived to become a very old man, making him for all intents and purposes unstoppable. ''Interesting Times'' mentions his "economy of movement", so that Cohen and the other oldsters of the Silver Horde, are simply always where they want to be, which is never where anyone's sword is. It also helps that Genghiz Cohen and his horde have become smart enough to recognize how Discworld works. Five or so noble men facing an evil army ''will'' enjoy some success.
** His daughter, Conina, is an even better example due to [[LamarckWasRight Discworld genetics]]. From her mother she got good looks and a voice that can make a porn star blush. From dear old dad she got "sinews you could moor a ship with, muscles solid as a plank and reflexes like a snake on a hot tin roof" plus (''ahem'') heroic instincts and an ability to use ''anything'' as a deadly weapon. This doesn't really help in her chosen profession of hairdressing. Being able to disembowel someone with a pair of shears and blind someone with a pair of bobby pins from 20 paces [[BlessedWithSuck doesn't really look good on her resumé]].
** Captain Carrot also has some degree of this. Raised from birth as an adoptive dwarf, and working in the mines from the moment he was able to hold a pickaxe, has left him nearly as broad across the shoulders as he is tall, able to knock out Detritus (a huge troll made of ''stone'') with a single punch, run a sword ''through a stone pillar'', and back all that up with incredible stamina and endurance. When the abovementioned Silver Horde was confronted by him, they wisely chose to give up. This is because GenreSavvy works both ways: yes, [[ConservationOfNinjutsu the small Silver Horde will defeat the big army any time]]. But guess what happens when a ''sole hero'' faces the ''Horde''?
** The History Monks are able to "slice" time and briefly move outside of it simply as a natural extension of their already astonishing martial arts mastery. Lu-Tze, their greatest agent and sole practitioner of ''Déjà Fu'', can even wipe the floor with the son [[spoiler:and, later, AnthropomorphicPersonification]] of Time itself.
* Literature/{{Tarzan}}'s abilities are mostly this; growing up under very harsh conditions and among apes much stronger than any normal human, he grew to be able to keep up. How strong is Tarzan, you ask? In one story, four burly sailors are struggling with Lord Greystoke's shipping trunk, so he casually picks it up and carries it himself! If the sailors can haul their own weight, a reasonable strength at the time, and weigh about 175 lbs., then he's casually shifting some 700 lbs. or more.
* The protagonist of Kristin Cashore's novel ''Literature/{{Graceling}}'' has this as a magical talent. In a setting where certain people are "Graced" with a magically-enhanced natural talent that can range from mind control to swimming to cooking, the heroine Katsa is Graced with superhuman survival skills that let her function perfectly without sleep or food for days, withstand blizzards, instinctively know how to live in the wilderness, see in the dark, navigate without a compass, defeat anyone in any kind of combat, and kill anything that she sees as a threat with her bare hands.
* Claw from the Creator/AndrewVachss Burke book ''Terminal'' trained himself to be able to crush steel, gaining his moniker through his vice-like grip.
** Also Ghost from ''Shella'', who can actually see instant-kill points on the human body and has such tight control over his muscles that he can apply precise pressure to a postal scale to within hundredths of an ounce.
* In ''Literature/TheDestroyer'' series of novels, knowing the {{Supernatural Martial Art|s}} of Sinanju allows you to: dodge (and ''catch'') bullets, expunge poison from your body, greatly expand one's lifespan (Chiun's master lived to see his 250's before being murdered), ''walk on water'', outrun a police car, pick up a police car with one hand, decapitate a grown man with your pinky-nail (ButWaitTheresMore), count the number of people in a room by ''measuring the temperature'', make a man's intestines fall out with a touch, [[TechnoPath hack security systems by touching a panel]], fall from any height without harm, dry your clothes by raising body temperature, blur your face by vibrating (fools security cameras!), [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking speed seduce women, ensure that you're the "10th caller" in a radio show, and not sweat.]]
* Yeoman from the ''Literature/WildCards'' series. His skills at concealment and archery verge on the superhuman, due to his being a highly-experienced Vietnam veteran who spent years using bows for silent efficiency on a great many jungle missions.
* Lief, Barda and Jasmine in ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'' thanks to routinely fighting monsters normal humans in the [[TournamentArc Rithmere Games]] aren't much of challenge. Barda and Lief being MasterSwordsmen and Jasmine thanks living in [[TheLostWoods Forest of Silence]] is extremely [[CuteBruiser skilled]], all three of them could hold their own against a Vraal (a creature created for combat) as well killing even bigger monsters.
*** Adin the first King of Deltora [[spoiler: Lief's ancestor]] could hold his own against a Jail Knight in sword fight and then Adin was taught skilled swordplay by said knight before continuing his journey and [[ArcherArchetype with bow]] he could kill a proto-Vraal with one arrow.
** Doom/[[spoiler: Jarred]] is probably the best human example, as when captured in the [[{{Mordor}} Shadow Lands]] he fought Vraals in the arena which gave him [[EasyAmnesia amnesia]] and tendency to fight like he has no reason to live. In the Rithmere games he defeats Barda with only little difficulty and despite losing to Jasmine [[spoiler: his daughter]] he states he [[ILetYouWin let her win]].
** The Jails are outright BloodKnight(s) and were said to be the only race to equal the Vraals in savagely, Glock one of the last members of their race killed a giant tentacle monster with a broken sword though [[HeroicSacrifice he died in effort]].
* Hari/Caine in ''Literature/TheActsOfCaine''. In ''Heroes Die'' he tries to vent his anger against a gel punching bag that hardens against force up to the strength of human bone before resetting. Well before he's gotten the rage out of his system, he's easily, repeatedly working it over.
* Rook in ''Literature/AstralCafe'' is considered the most dangerous bartender in the universe. He spent years training to be the ultimate warrior under the greatest masters alive and then five years honing his abilities in constant battle against alien monsters.
* Rangers in ''Literature/RangersApprentice'' gain their ImprobableAimingSkills through a LOT of practice. "An archer practices until he gets it right. A ranger practices until he never gets it wrong."
* One early Literature/NickCarter DimeNovel neatly summarizes Nick's training and abilities: "Giants were like children in his grasp. He could fell an ox with one blow of his small, compact fist. Old Sim Carter had made the physical development of his son one of the studies of his life. Only one of the studies, however. Young Nick's mind was stored with knowledge of a peculiar sort. His gray eyes had, like an Indian's, been trained to take in minutest details fresh for use. His rich, full voice could run the gamut of sounds, from an old woman's broken, querulous squack to the deep, hoarse notes of a burly ruffian. And his handsome face could, in an instant, be distorted into any one of a hundred types of unrecognizable ugliness. He was a master of disguise, and could so transform himself that even old Sim could not recognise him. And his intellect, naturally keen as a razor blade, had been incredibly sharpened by the judicious cultivation of the old man."
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "The Sensitive Man", the main character's abilities, which lead many to speculate that he's an alien, a mutant, or genetically engineered, prove to be this in the end. He explains how many are found in humans -- mostly psychotics -- and he's learned to draw on them. And since there are good reasons why normal humans can't normally do them, [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique he's about to have a nervous breakdown because of the prolonged usage.]]
* A slightly justified example in ''Literature/SuperPowereds'' with Chad. While Chad is a Super, his power is "total mind and body control". When another character hears this, he makes fun of Chad's power as being useless. Chad explains that, by itself, it is, but he has used to it and this trope to turn his body into a killing machine. Using his power, he can ingest massive (sometimes lethal) quantities of minerals and calcium and force his body to accept and process them, making his bones [[MadeOfIron nigh-indestructible]] and his muscles extremely strong. The "mind control" part of his power allows him to rewire his brain to be more efficient, which grants him SuperReflexes and a NoSell to PsychicPowers (not only can't psychics affect him, but they also can't sense him). It's little wonder that he's at the top of his class among the boys, easily besting all the other students with the more typical examples of SuperStrength.
* As far as is known, the Seguleh from the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' don't use magic in their training and just become supreme warriors through discipline and training alone. Mok and his brothers are among the very few non-Ascendants of the series who are able to fight an [[TheUndead undead]] [[LizardFolk K'ell Hunter]] and live to tell the tale.
* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' (second book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): While tending to a wounded Dalinar:
--> '''Surgeon:''' Storms! Highprince, you're all scars under here! How many times have you been wounded in the shoulder?\\
'''Dalinar:''' [[MadeOfIron Can't remember.]]\\
'''Surgeon:''' How can you still use your arm?\\
'''Dalinar:''' Training and practice.\\
'''Surgeon:''' [[LampshadeHanging That's not how it works!]]
** [[spoiler:Subverted]], Dalinar is [[spoiler:[[TheMagicComesBack a Radiant]], so he has a HealingFactor, he just doesn’t know about it]].
* Little Eepersip in Barbara Newhall Follett's ''The House Without Windows'' ran away from home, "[[NatureHero lives wild]]" in the forest, and spends a lot of time dancing, climbing trees and running around, which is said to make her much stronger and more agile than an average child. Closer to Robin than Batman, doing some pretty unlikely gymnastics when her father and his friends attempt to capture her.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'' usually subverted as the main heroes Slayers and Vampires have SuperStrength or Magic but other characters fit this trope well.
** Rupert Giles aka ''Ripper'' seems like a pushover bookworm but when serious he can beat the shit out of legendary vampire (Angelus) with a burning baseball bat, NeckLift a man and is MasterSwordsmen. Then he learns magic and gets even stronger and can equal Dark Willow in power.
** Xander reaches this level ''eventually'' as he could stake dozens of Vamps alongside Slayers, like Giles becomes skilled with a sword and kills demons and most notably used a wrecking ball to corner-shot a god through a brick wall. By the end of the series he becomes ComicBook/NickFury since he [[EyeScream lost his eye]].
** Cordelia got good at the bow at the end of Series 3 of ''Buffy'', but in Series 3 of ''Angel'' she gets trained by titular protagonist himself and can kill Vamps and demons with the rest of the gang. Then it's subverted as Cordy gets demon powers with defeats the purpose of this trope.
** Wesley is standout example, despite his previous combat encounters with Vampires at the Watchers Council were "under controlled circumstances" during his time in Angel, Wesley becomes ridiculously badass capable of rendering dozens of Vamps to dust, slicing demons clean in half and in his coolest moments going GunsAkimbo on The Beast and Skip (both Armour plated Super-Demons).
** Gunn holds claims to this trope as much as Wesley; he's been fighting Vampires since he was fourteen and later in the series took out six Asian warrior monk-types without getting hit once. Gunn and the street-gang members he used to lead also fought vampires with more success and less casualties using improvised melee weapons than the ''US government's secret black-ops demon-fighting organization''.
** Last but not least is Holtz considered the ''greatest non-supernatural vampire hunter in recorded history'' who hunted [[UnholyMatrimony Angelus and Darla]] across Europe and North Africa and came exceedingly close to killing them, then when awoken centuries later he butchers an entire military squad ''who had guns'' [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome off screen]]. If that wasn't enough Holtz survives [[{{Hell}} Quor'toth]], "darkest of the dark dimensions". If that doesn't label him as ultimate hardcore badass nothing does.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Gregor Clegane is capable of crushing a man's head with his bare hands, as seen with Oberyn Martell. Elia went the same way. In his zombified form, he's able to rip a man's head off with his bare hands.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'''s experienced hunters can resist compulsion, especially if they've had training.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'''s Jack Bauer has displayed an ability to shrug off injuries that would put an ordinary human being out of commission for weeks, from a broken rib to being rendered clinically dead for seven minutes, due to his sheer badassery. This is not to mention the fact that he never seems to need the toilet. It's enough for him to be used in tedious {{meme|ticMutation}}s that once focused on Chuck Norris.
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''. Just see the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xena#Warrior_Princess Wikipedia entry]]. Sometimes she does temporarily develop actual supernatural powers when the plot demands it, but most of her impossible abilities originate from the fact that she's Just That Good. It is strongly hinted, if never explicitly stated, that Ares is Xena's father.
* In ''[[Series/TheAvengers The New Avengers]]'', the BigBad of the episode "The Gladiators" was a martial arts expert who could punch through steel plate and swat aside automatic gunfire. His plan was to train an army of [[GiantMook heavyweights]] to [[EliteMooks do the same]].
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Locke tries to claim that the reason he survived a gunshot is that it hit meat that ''used'' to have an important but expendable organ; it wasn't there anymore. Other characters recognize that for the b.s. it is; a shot in the chest is nasty business no matter what.
* In ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', Iolaus was able to stay underwater for a long time. He explains that he picked up meditation techniques that slow down your breathing and heart rate.
* Somewhat unclear in ''Series/{{Psych}}'': Shawn Spencer's HyperAwareness and PhotographicMemory is described in a way that makes it seem like this trope -- the fact that he was schooled to notice and recall details from a very young age by his father is given as the sole explanation for his abilities (and the source of much tension between him and his father), but his talents seem to be far more advanced than anything that can be simply taught. On the other hand, since some people do ''naturally'' possess such abilities due to unusual brain structure, etc, a simple logical explanation is that Shawn possesses a double-whammy of natural abilities and extensive training, but this scenario is never discussed.
* The best-trained agents in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' are effectively one-(wo)man armies. May, Ward and Mockingbird can survive multiple bullet wounds, take beatings that would kill a normal person, wipe out rooms full of people without breaking a sweat and go toe-to-toe with superhumans and super-strong aliens on a pretty regular basis. Implicitly explained as the result of years of the highest level of training, but still far beyond what's realistic - Ward and May are described in-universe as being the equals (or near-equals) of Black Widow and Hawkeye, who fight alongside the superpowered Avengers.
* ''{{Series/Arrow}}'' takes this to ''il''logical degrees with Oliver Queen. He spent five years on the island of Lian Yu. [[spoiler:(not really)]] When he got home, he's able to do pretty much everything Batman has ever been shown to do. And then some. In the third season, he shrugs off [[spoiler: getting stabbed through the chest by Ras Al Gul and then falling off a mountain, without wearing any cold weather gear]]. He's up and kicking 7 kinds of ass in only a couple weeks.

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* The [[Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords Guinness Book of World Records]] list the greatest amount of weight lifted by a woman to be 3000 lbs, which was lifted Josie Wahlford, the first wrestler to ever be called a "world champion", in the form of 18 men on a platform attached to a special harness. But assisted by a harness or not, 3000 lbs is still a lot of weight.
* Wrestlers such as Willie Williams and Wrestling/{{Kamala}} made there names by wrestling {{bears|arebadnews}}. According to Kamala, Wrestling/AndreTheGiant was just as strong as any bear he wrestled.
* Wrestling/TheIronSheik was famous for his Persian clubs challenge, which few in the weight lifting business could be and ''no one'' in pro wrestling could, until Wrestling/MarkHenry.
* Wrestlers do this kind of thing in general. The likes of Wrestling/BobbyLashley, Wrestling/TheBigShow and Wrestling/BobSapp have all pulled or flipped automotive vehicles ranging from cars, to [=SUVs=], to buses, respectively. Wrestling/MarkHenry once pulled ''two'' semi trucks to promote a match and has lifted a hummer.
* An example that has less to do with strength than pain tolerance was [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]]'s infamous SpanishAnnouncersTable fall from the top of [[GimmickMatches Hell In A Cell]] at the hands of Wrestling/TheUndertaker, who was legitimately scared that he killed his opponent, the match to legitimately be called off only for Mankind to get up and climb back up the Hell In A Cell cage while Wrestling/JimRoss begged for the match to be stopped, which it wasn't until Mankind was then slammed ''through the roof'' of the cage and had a tooth knocked out from a chair falling on his face afterwards. Several things actually went wrong with, no one had planned for Mankind to take such a beating, but he showed remarkable pain tolerance and a willingness to continue.
* Ayako Hamada was once dropped off a balcony by Nanae Takahashi at a [[Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling Zenjo]] show but managed to get back up and keep fighting.
* Sick Nick Mondo had built up a superhero like reputation in Wrestling/{{CZW}}, as where most legendary damage sponges generally get their reputation from NeverLiveItDown incident or CrowningMomentOfAwesome, Mondo had ''many''. He's taken falls off trucks only five feet from the statistically 99% fatal height and then topped that with falls higher than the mark, one of which he and John Zandig messed up and by all means should have been fatal, ''and almost was'', yet Mondo continued to wrestle multiple {{garbage|wrestler}} matches [[MadeOfIron with ruptured arteries]]. He's come back to the ring after car accidents, been hit with legitimately on power tools(leading weed whackers to be officially banned from use in USA sporting events) and [[{{Determinator}} still came back for more]]...though somewhat downplayed [[DentedIron as Mondo ended up retiring]] at [[RealityEnsues a much earlier age]] than Mankind, Hamada and the like. As much as he loved the fans, he didn't enjoy almost dying.
* An example displaying neither strength nor fortitude but endurance was Wrestling/ChrisHero's "[[RunTheGauntlet Infinity Gauntlet]]" at SMASH's 2015 ALS benefit show where Hero vowed to wrestle 30 minutes for every 500 USD donated towards fighting the disease. The result was a three hour and ten minute match that saw Hero face a constant string of fresh challengers. He didn't win against them all, ending with a 12-4-1 record, but nonetheless the match didn't stop and Hero beat most of his fresher opponents.[[/folder]]

* ComicBook/{{Kaliman}}, the Mexican superhero who first appeared in a 1960s radio show before going on to appear in comic books and film, is a superb example of the trope. He demonstrates numerous superpowers including levitation, telepathy, remote viewing, telekinesis, astral projection, control of the involuntary functions of the body, hypnosis, and self-healing. Yet Kalimán makes it clear that ''anyone'' could learn to do the same things through study and hard work.
* Radio/TheShadow achieved his invisibility and mind-reading powers through intense training in India. (Where he also learned at least one handy wrestling hold.)

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' gives us many examples in the Imperial Guard:
** Literature/CiaphasCain can hold his own in a swordfight against a genetically engineered super soldier. Subverted somewhat in that Cain admits he wouldn't have the endurance for a long fight against a traitor marine; his fights are won by cunning and practice rather than an ability to punch through mountains.
** Cadian Kasrkin have in fluff been comparable to [[SuperSoldier Space Marines]].
** Literature/{{Eisenhorn}} has dueled and killed everything from a Chaos Space Marine to a [[OneManArmy Daemonhost]]. By the final book he's so injured he's practically falling apart, but it only slows him down ''slightly''.
** The Catachan guardsman Sly Marbo is a version of this and an in-story MemeticBadass; his reputation states that he has, among other things, killed an ork warboss, taken out a [[StealthExpert Tyranid lictor]], destroyed an entire enemy armored column by booby trapping a ravine, and captured an enemy command post singlehandedly to kill its commander and entire bodyguard. It's gotten to the point that the colonel who debriefs him can recite the commendation for the Star of Terra in a single breath, and has a box full of the awards that Marbo never keeps.
** A Heavy Bolter is an advanced weapon that fires .75 calibre explosive rockets. Normal humans can't use ''regular'' Bolters without breaking their arms, forcing the Imperial Guard to use Heavy Bolters as fixed emplacements, and the superhuman Space Marines may carry it around like a squad support weapon, but still struggle to handle the thing with sustained fire. This facet of 40k lore needs to be explained to Gunnery Sergeant Harker of the Catachan Jungle Fighters. He uses this beast of the weapon in the same way a lot of Guardsmen use their Lasguns, and he can move through terrain like a scout with it. It ''barely'' encumbers him at all. Not to mention his personal CrowningMomentOfAwesome; he was on an assignment when a Tyranid Ravener burst out of the ground beneath him and knocked his bolter away out of his hands, only for Harker to catch the thing in a headlock and ''crush it's neck with his biceps''. Seriously badass.
** The Catachans are this in general: their home planet, the original DeathWorld in 40K, is a possibly sentient HungryJungle with more horrible lifeforms than Australia. Surviving to be older than 10 is a feat in and of itself, which is why every Catachan soldier is, without exception, seven feet tall with bodybuilder muscles, specializing in [[Franchise/{{Rambo}} fighting i]][[Franchise/{{Predator}} n the jungle]] ([[Film/TheDeerHunter and red headbands are a popular accessory]]). [[{{Heavyworlder}} Their planet's gravity is said to be slightly higher than Terra's]] as a bit of an explanation.
* Given the speed at which a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' character gains experience, one can go from level 1 to level 20 in a bare six months -- and that's if you use the optional training rules which make it longer and costlier. Given how HitPoints work in ''D&D'', a normal person would have extreme difficulty killing a high-level character in his sleep by stabbing him in the throat with a two-handed sword.
** The special abilities many classes gain bear some mentioning. Rogues can hone their reflexes to the point where they can dodge a fireball--''while standing at the epicenter of its explosion'' (though a more technical read of the rules might indicate that they need at least a little cover or wiggle room to evade an explosion capable of leveling mountains unscathed), and Barbarians become so resistant to damage that an ordinary human with an ordinary knife could never hope to hurt them. Monks take this trope to a whole other level, training so hard that they ''literally'' no longer count as mortals and become Outsiders, stop aging, become immune to poisons, have fists that count as harder-than-steel magical weapons, and can heal wounds by meditating on them. And dodge fireballs like a rogue.
** Epic characters from 3rd and 4th edition break through the 20 LevelCap and here is where things really start to get interesting. Dodging a fireball? Pfft, please. An Epic Rogue could probably be able to deftly balance on a ''cloud'', or go unnoticed while standing in the centre of a room bathed ''in broad daylight'', or use a tumble to survive ''a fall from orbit''. An Epic Monk could behead a man with a single karate chop, and an Epic Barbarian could ''swim through lava'' and emerge unscathed. FYI, Epic magic users are even more impressive; Epic Druids are basically earthbound nature deities, and Epic Wizards can blow up planets and ''duel gods''. Oh, and before you get any ideas, the Epic Level Handbook explicitly makes it clear these are ''not'' supernatural. They're just ''that'' good.
** Martial adepts are explicitly based on wuxia films and anime, and consequently, they're all over this trope. Crusaders can regenerate anything short of instant death, cut through the armor plating of an iron golem with a normal sword, and issue commands so forceful they [[SuperSpeed break the action economy.]] Warblades can strike an opponent fourteen times in six seconds, ignore poison and disease by gritting their teeth, and wield a two-handed sword while grappled. Swordsages are the most infamous: they can produce flames with their bare hands, throw basically anything, and bend shadows to ''turn invisible, teleport, and fly.'' Unlike the monk, whose more outlandish powers are generally Supernatural and therefore magical to an extent, these abilities are all classified as Extraordinary - they work perfectly even when there's an antimagic field up.
** 4E averts this trope in regards to hit points, which no longer represent pure vitality and are more like "plot points" instead - minion monsters only have 1hp regardless of level, a character isn't really considered "hurt" until they've lost half their hp, and large quantities can be easily regained by inspiration as easily as by magic. This is actually returning to a concept originally invoked in the first edition's Dungeon Master's Guide, which justifies hit points by saying that they do not represent mere physical toughness, but all the things that can make a character hard to kill (toughness, divine favor, sheer dumb luck, etc). Conversely, this trope is alive and well in regards to character abilities, and is the official explanation for the martial power source. How can a rogue turn himself invisible, or a warlord rally an unconscious ally back to fighting form? Training and practice.
** Given how stats scale, 10 is the human average while 18 is considered to be within the realms of ordinary possibility but extraordinarily rare - a character who ''starts'' with 18 strength, for instance, might've grown up as some larger-than-life Wrestling/AndreTheGiant-esque character who even as a child was famed in the village for his ability to single-handedly right an upturned farm cart. Should you use the rolling method for determining stats at character creation, you can possibly get 18 for a stat at the first level, and everything up from there qualifies as this trope.
** Having 20 in a stat is implicitly suggested to be superhuman. You can easily train to 20 in two stats with [=ASI=]s, especially if you min-max.
** Proving that TropesAreNotBad, the thief-acrobat in 1st Edition averted this, with all their acrobatic stunts being well within the range of human achievement - a high-level one would be about on par with a gold-medal Olympic athlete. This is one of the more criticized elements of the class, as being able to do an eighteen-foot pole vault isn't very impressive when other characters in the party can ''fly.''
* This is explicitly the case in [[http://aarnblog.blogspot.com The World Of Aarn]]. In the setting, magic is a simple fact of life, often taking the role that electricity does in our world, and it's also present in every living thing. As a result, Mundanes, those who don't use straight out magic, end up having their intrinsic magic express itself physically, so they can hit much harder, take harder blows, jump 12 feet in the air, and resist magical attacks to a greater degree than mages can.
* Subverted in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'', where the monks of the Akashic Brotherhood gain tremendous powers through intense training, meditation and the practice of martial arts, but even the Brothers admit that they are breaking the laws of physics as the [[{{Muggles}} sleepers]] know them.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' you can perform incredible feats with charms, but even without enhancing your performance with them, an elder Exalt (with more than five dots in the attribute) can jump impossible distances and punch holes in steel.
* This is an option in ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'', which features the "Innate" power feat which can theoretically be added to any power. It means the power is essentially something the character can [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin innately]] do, so it can't be nullified via AntiMagic or the like. This allows for characters capable of doing things like shattering a tank with one blow, because they're just ''that damn good at kung-fu.''
* Creator/PalladiumBooks's Megaversal system allows characters to take physical training skills to increase their physical stats and Structural Damage Capacity (one form of HitPoints) to the point that a first level character can have immense physical abilities and can shrug off multiple gunshot wounds.

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* ''VideoGame/AlexKidd'' Sega's former mascot has trained in the "Shellcore" technique enabling him to alter the size and toughness of his fists through sheer willpower and enables him to shatter rocks with his bare fists.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'':
** Chris Redfield in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' is nothing more than a highly competent (supposedly unpowered) soldier... who can [[MemeticMutation punch a fucking boulder]] out of his way.
** Pfft, Chris may of become superhuman by the time of [=RE5=] but Leon S Kennedy upgraded from [[BadassNormal rookie cop]] in ''Videogame/ResidentEvil2'' to absolute Super Agent in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' ''very quickly''. Leon can suplex monsters, equal Chris in combat and kill multiple [[MonstrousHumanoid Tyrants]].
** Jill, Claire and Rebecca deserve a special mentions: Jill for killing the [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis Nemesis]] which is like a Tyrant x10, Claire a college student avoids helicopter fire point blank and takes out a swat team with one bullet and a propane tank in [[VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica Code Veronica]] and Rebecca for killing the Proto-Tyrant before Alpha Team even ''see'' a zombie in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil0''.
** Joe Baker of the ''End of Zoe'' DLC in ''Videogame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'' is capable of literally ripping the Molded apart with his bare hands. Unlike Chris, he's just an aging outdoorsman with a lot of experience hunting gators (though he is implied to be a veteran).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', all that is required to literally fight your way to Hell and back is to have trained at boot camp. The story goes that Doom Guy was apparently a fairly/very competent trooper, who got reassigned to Mars as a grunt after punching out a superior officer when given a direct order to fire on innocent civilians. Of course, shortly after he arrived, shit hit the fan. Figures, huh? In the first novel he gets the hell beat out of him a lot and has a lot of trouble going on. Thank goodness for the in-canon magical healing balls of creepy. And if you believe [[Comicbook/{{Doom}} the comic]], Doom Guy was quite unhinged and seemed likely to be the kind of guy who you'd expect to be able to survive a trip to hell and back just because of his sheer lack of a grip on reality. Whether or not this came before or as a result of the Hell invasion is open to interpretation, however.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' has plenty of heroes with explicitly magical nature and cool powers, some nonhumans, a few cyborgs... and then it's got the non-powered heroes who easily keep up with them:
** Starting from the very first ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'', we have the BareFistedMonk Black Belt class, fully capable of [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punching out]] an EldritchAbomination.
** Thanks to some slightly buggy code in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Sabin the martial artist achieved MemeticMutation by being able to suplex a SoulTrain. In the actual game, he also held up a giant collapsing mansion for several minutes by simply standing under the doorframe and posing heroically; in the ending cinematic, he also saves Edgar from an I-beam that, if Sabin were not in the party, takes three people to lift.
** Tifa of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' accomplishes similar feats despite being a slim (but [[BoobsOfSteel buxom]]) girl because of her years of martial arts training.
*** Technically Cloud only became super-powered when [[MadScientist Dr Hojo]] subjected him to [[SuperSerum Mako-energy]], so his feats prior to that event i.e stabbing [[BigBad Sephiroth]] straight though the chest and then throwing him down Mako Reactor ''while impaled'' are done when he was just [[BadassNormal a human]].
** Ironically averted in the case of Zell in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', whose extreme physical power comes from [[PowersAsPrograms junctioning Guardian Forces]] to boost his physical abilities. Well, except for that one limit break where he ''runs a lap around the entire goddamn planet'' and uses the inertia to damage the enemy.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' features Blitzball, an ''underwater, full-contact sport'' played by normal humans. Supplemental material states that [[AWizardDidIt the water is infused with pyreflies to allow players to breathe]], so [[WellThisIsNotThatTrope it's not this trope]]. ''VideoGame/WorldOfFinalFantasy'', however, forgoes this explanation to proclaim that SuperNotDrowningSkills are an acquired trait of Blitzball players.
* The Fighting type in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' would fit this trope for the most part. Most of them have some absurd combat abilities judging by the Pokédex data, such as Machamp's absurdly fast punches at a rate of 1,000 punches doled out per every two seconds. [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Fighting-Type moves]], usually consisting of punches and kicks, can bring down [[DishingOutDirt Rock]] and [[ChromeChampion Steel]] Pokemon in a single hit. They're weak to [[BlowYouAway Flying]] , {{Psychic|Powers}} and [[OurFairiesAreDifferent Fairy]] types though, and Fighting moves [[NoSell deal zero damage to]] [[SoulPower Ghost]] [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Types.]] Bruno, Chuck, Brawly, Maylene, Marshall and Korrina all specialize in Fighting-type Pokémon. And they themselves tend to be pretty buff too, but within human standards.
* ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'':
** Nero, discounting the demonic right forearm called the Devil Bringer, is supposedly human, yet he can jump several times his own height, reload superhumanly fast, fight in air-to-air, ''parry the thrust of a massive demon one-handed'', and do much of what half-devil series lead Dante can. [[spoiler:Subverted when it's revealed via WordOfGod that [[EmpoweredBadassNormal he's the son of Vergil, so he innately has ''some'' superhuman ability]].]]
** Lady is quite mortal ([[spoiler:albeit descended from an unnamed mortal priestess whose blood was used to seal Temen-Ni-Gru]]), yet is capable of incredible feats of agility, hauling around a squad's worth of firearms on her person, and takes a knife through the thigh and continues to stagger on out of sheer heroic determination. It's remarked upon in-game that she has no real exceptional strength of body -- it seems these kind of abilities are standard-issue in the ''Devil May Cry'' 'verse if you just believe hard enough.
* Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}:
** TheChurch has [[ChurchMilitant human members]] capable of [[GunKata predicting the intended firing paths of guns by watching muscle movements]], crushing internal organs with blows and [[DualWielding gripping thin swords between their fingers for effective combat.]] The manual also says that the only reason most vampires have superhuman abilities is because they've had hundreds of years to train their human abilities to superhuman levels.
** [[spoiler: Fake]] Assassin in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' created a [[RealityWarper technique that bends time and space]] to allow his blade to strike from three different directions in a single attack. And it was developed solely through training his swordsmanship: he has no supernatural powers whatsoever. He literally just practiced super-hard at it until the laws of physics gave up. Expanded materials and other works in the ''Fate'' universe show that for every Heroic Spirit with a legendary weapon or otherworldly power given to them by birth or their actions in life, there's another one who's just ''really'' good at being a sword fighter/gunfighter/spear-wielder/martial artist, etc.
** Kirei Kotomine from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is a former Church Executioner, and his hand-to-hand combat abilities are ''terrifyingly'' good. In addition to standard Church abilities mentioned above, in ''LightNovel/FateZero'', he shows the ability to block bullets from an automatic weapon, and matches a guy explicitly using magic to move at twice, and then three times normal speed without apparent effort ("So you're moving twice as fast? Then I just need to adjust my timing."). In the Visual Novel itself he doesn't get much chance to show off, but when he does... [[spoiler:he defeats a Servant. Granted, an Assassin-class Servant, who are among the weakest in combat, but still, ''he defeated a Servant!'' He also manages to hold his own against Shirou, who's using Archer's powers and fighting with the skill of a Servant, and is ''winning'' before he keels over due to [[LivingOnBorrowedTime running out on his remaining time before Shirou]].]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Crusader}}'' games both use and subvert this trope. In the first game, the opening cinematic shows a single mech killing two Silencers. The third (the eventual player character), not embroiled in their argument, managed to get out of its field of view and toss a grenade. The character then goes on to mow his way through hundreds of enemies in the game, shrugging off ''grenade'' blasts, and destroying a few dozen of the mechs that killed his compatriots. Then, in the second game, after sitting in a cramped lifepod for almost two days, he proceeds to kill two guards at range firing a burst from his assault rifle ''one-handed''. Finally, the second game seems to take roughly a week, with no noticeable breaks for rest, or even eating or drinking.
* In ''VideoGame/LostOdyssey'', main character Kaim Argonar is shown in the opening scene working as a mercenary for Uhra, in the midst of a heavy battle. While Kaim's allies are getting stomped (roughly 20 of them seem to die for every one enemy soldier they manage to kill), Kaim is busy tearing the enemy to shreds by the dozens, and even killing an enormous war engine equipped with flamethrowers with a single blow. The next CD has an [[ChildMage 8 year old]] [[WhiteMagicianGirl white mage]] with no combat experience or training who still [[StatisticallySpeaking by the numbers]] [[UnderratedAndOverleveled hits harder and can take more damage]] than Kalm could at the beginning of the game, even ignoring her primary [[WhiteMage healing magic]]. The entire Uhra military can [[IWasBeatenByAGirl be beaten up by a little girl]].
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'':
** The series is full of examples on or near the line between this and KiManipulation, but one that stands out as the latter is Blanka's power to discharge electricity, which he learned from electric eels.
** In the {{Manga}} backstory, during their final battle, Gouken and Akuma leveled a ''mountain range'' with a ''barrage'' of aerial Hadoken shots, even though firing a single one is already supposed to be extremely impressive.
** Parodied with [[CuteBruiser Sakura's]] backstory. After seeing her erstwhile teacher, [[JokeCharacter Dan]], perform a pathetic little Hadoken ''once'', she's able to toss a full-powered Hadoken with very little effort. What makes her scary is that she's a normal schoolgirl who had never trained before in her life, indicating she could potentially become the most powerful warrior in the franchise ''before her 16th birthday'' if she had half of Ryu's dedication to training. (And she does.)
** On the more physical level of this trope is [[Characters/StreetFighterAlpha Cody Travers]]. Born into an impoverished family in the slums of Metro City, Cody trained himself in literal street fighting in order to survive, and he uses that training to be frighteningly effective. How effective? WordOfGod has him as one of the most powerful characters in the franchise, ''above'' Akuma and on par with Gouken, Oro, and even Oni. Bear in mind that Oni could, without exaggeration, be called a minor god.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'':
** Solid Snake is a clone of a legendary soldier, and picks up some impressive gear of the course of his adventures, but is otherwise entirely normal. That doesn't stop him killing {{Mind Screw}}ing floating psychics and [[HumongousMecha giant nuclear-armed walking tanks]], and in ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'', he cuts through three war zones and two enemy bases while having ''the body of a seventy-year-old''. In ''Videogame/MetalGearSolid'', he destroys a tank using only ''grenades'' because he didn't have any anti-tank weapons. This is referenced to by Otacon in ''Guns of the Patriots'', in which Otacon calls him "the most hardcore badass on the planet" for managing it.
** His clone brother Liquid Snake is similarly impressive, shooting down F-16s with a Hind helicopter, which he's able to pilot in the middle of a ''blizzard''. Surviving the crash of said Hind, the destruction of Metal Gear REX with him aboard, falling 3 stores off REX's remains after a fistfight with Solid Snake, and being repeatedly shot with a machine gun. It takes [[spoiler:FOXDIE forcing his heart to stop beating]] to actually kill him.
** Their clone father Big Boss is no different. Just read his medical history at the end of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''.
** There's also Gray Fox who, even before he gained his cyborg exoskeleton, was capable of blocking machinegun fire with his sword. Gene from ''Portable Ops'' was also disturbingly fast. To the point of dodging rail gun fire at ''point blank range''.
** One of {{The Reveal}}s in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' is that [[spoiler: Jetstream Sam]]'s only augmentation is an arm. Apart from an exoskeleton which is inferior to cyborg tech, he's otherwise human. His ability to defeat Raiden the first time and still give him trouble after the MidSeasonUpgrade is otherwise due to pure, inhuman skill. It's even mentioned that feats he manages in the prologue, such as taking on a squad of rifle-armed soldiers with only his sword and killing them all without a scratch, are things he's been pulling off ''before'' he got that augmentation.
* Due to the game's mechanics, ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' and the spin-off ''City of Villains'' includes 'natural' characters who shield themselves with protective balls of fire, regenerate instantly from near-fatal wounds, phase out of normal existence, or ''fly''. Canonically, Malta's paramilitary forces have been quite capable of facing down evil interdimensional invaders assuming even numbers (who seldom took casualties when facing the American military), and can put up a hefty challenge to individual [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Heroes and Villains]]. Manticore's archery ability is similar to Green Arrows, in addition to being [[ImplacableMan nearly impossible to kill]]. Of particular note is the Ninjitsu power set; most of its powers are fairly reasonable (increased agility, better perception, etc.), but the final power in the set (Kuji-In Retsu) allows you to ''alter the way time and space affect you'', turning you into a nigh-untouchable blur of attacks.
* The titular hunters of ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'', while able to heft weapons nearly twice their size and weight, fall three to ten storeys without breaking a bone, receive attacks from ferocious behemoths that would otherwise shred a lesser person to ribbons and subsequently take down said behemoths with enough persistence, are otherwise ''regular, athletic human beings''.
* Partly averted in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series, where several of the characters introduced in that series have powers due to "Orochi blood", and the China team's powers come from being psychics (and Athena's partly because she's the reincarnation of a goddess). The rest of them, though, can throw fireballs just because they practiced.
* Every single crack VideoGame/XCom trooper/operative ever probably counts. They can go from complete losers who can't hit the side of the barn at point blank (and these guys are meant to be the cream of the crop from the world's Spec Ops, Military and Police forces!) to absolutely amazing marksmen who can run for several kilometers in powered armour that ''doesn't'' assist them whilst lugging giant guns that are bigger than ''grenade launchers''. Let's not forget the ammunition and other supplies either. They go through [[TrainingFromHell Field Training From Hell]] to get to that stage, though, and the mortality rate can be quite high... even if they get a good suit of armour.
* Pretty much the [[ExcusePlot entire point]] of ''VideoGame/{{Crackdown}}''. The agent you control is already enhanced by surgery and cybernetics, but you can drastically increase his already impressive strength and agility through sheer practice. The agent starts the game able to jog at 20 mph, leap 20 feet into air, and lift roughly 200 pounds. Simply by jumping across rooftops a lot and punching lots of criminals to death, you can increase these abilities to jogging 40mph, leaping 50 feet and carrying 10 tons. Training with explosives makes the same grenades you pick up off gang corpses explode bigger and harder. Even more ridiculously, you can also make your bullets hit harder and force cars to ''physically transform'' into better versions of themselves by training your firearms and driving skills, giving some cars powers like guns and jumping abilities.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}.'' [[JustifiedTrope Granted, this is a setting where Asian mysticism and chi focus is in full force,]] but when humans can take HumongousMecha apart with their bare hands, the game's strongest fighter is a TechnicalPacifist BadassBookworm.
** ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' does the same thing, if not to the same extent; most of the characters are cyborgs, synthezoid, or [[spoiler: some Biblical figure]], but [[AloofBigBrother Jin]] [[EverythingsBetterWithSamurai Uzuki]] ''slices through a '''mecha''' with a {{katana|sAreJustBetter}}.'' He's one of the few non-special-powered-people in the game, and while it could be argued that [[spoiler: sharing the same mom with Shion might make him special]], nothing is said to that end.
* Ryu Hayabusa from ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' proudly states that his "strength comes from training, not from some curse in my blood". It must really have been TrainingFromHell, as he performs undeniably superhuman feats. In the [=XBox=] version, he can launch armoured men with a single slash and keep them airborne while attacking, leap from wall to wall to continue a wallrun, block bullets with a ''wooden sword'', run and leap unhindered by a ''100-pound'' {{BFS}} on his back, and zoom with an ''unaugmented bow''. As in, naked eye. That doesn't even cover the full extent of his abilities. Subverted when [[spoiler: Doku's ability to awaken the Fiend blood in him suggests that his power comes from Fiend abilities]], but then double subverted when [[spoiler: this does absolutely nothing to affect Ryu's combat prowess, suggesting otherwise]].
* Lune Zoldark of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''. This MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter is sent away by daddy dearest to a space colony around Jupiter, where she trains endlessly. In the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' sub-series, Master Rishu Togo states this particular {{tomboy}} can dodge bullets...''while eating breakfast''. All that training around Jupiter's orbit must've really helped, because whenever she pilots her {{Ridiculously Human Robot|s}} Valsione, it can perform the machine skill "bunshin" (Mirror Image), which allows the machine to successfully dodge 50% of all enemy attacks. But here's the ''real'' kicker: the technology to perform Mirror Image isn't actually built ''into'' the Valsione, because Lune has just got that CRAZY REFLEXES to activate Mirror Image '''ON HER OWN'''. Talk about Charles Atlas Superpower...
* A strange example is found in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. Marisa Kirisame is the series' "ordinary magician" (and damn proud of it), a {{muggle|s}} who gained expressly magical powers through sheer training alone. While her co-main character is a {{miko}} who [[BrilliantButLazy never has to train because her natural magical power is just that good]], Marisa spends all her time practicing, copying spells from other characters, and looting spellbooks from the local librarian. Even after all that, she can only use her powers in the first place because she carries around a mini-Hakkero, essentially a magical battery (or before that, magic mushrooms). Despite this, Marisa can hold her own against {{youkai}}, demons, even deities, while keeping up with the growth of the few other humans in the series, all of whom have magical powers. Marisa's signature attack even seems to show this sort of clumsy mentality - [[KamehameHadoken Master Spark]] can be described as analogous to taking the magical equivalent of C4, placing it in a metal bowl to make an ad-hoc shaped charge, pointing it at the enemy, and detonating it without the [[LawOfInverseRecoil bone-snapping recoil]] that would entail.
** Another variation is Fujiwara no Mokou, a [[PlayingWithFire phoenix-themed pyromancer]] BonusBoss, which puts her at a pretty high SuperWeight even by Touhou's standards. Unlike most of them, she isn't of a Youkai super-race or blessed by triple 7's in the SuperpowerLottery - she just has CompleteImmortality and honed her skills to that level over time.
* Even the weakest people in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' can survive a direct hit at point blank range from a rocket, The Heavy hefts a minigun weighing more than some of his coworkers, and The Scout can [[DoubleJump propel himself through the air]] and trained himself to be so nimble to literally beat his brothers to the punch during their frequent fights. [[http://www.teamfortress.com/sniper_vs_spy/images/07_comic_large.jpg Charles Atlas has been parodied by the developers with a comic in the same vein as the original.]] Ironically, Saxton Hale, the one doing the parodying, doesn't quite count, as despite him training like hell and fighting yetis for fun, he also has {{A|ppliedPhlebotinum}}ustralium [[TestosteronePoisoning poisoning]], like all Australians. [[spoiler:Or so we thought. Once the Australium runs out, leaving all Australians powerless aside from some unusual resilience to {{Neck Snap}}s, he continued to be just as ridiculously strong, agile and generally badass as before, leading one to believe he ''does'' apply for the trope]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'': The only thing Heihachi Mishima seems incapable of doing is dying. While his father, son, and grandson all cheat death through [[SuperpoweredEvilSide demonic powerups]], he has nothing like that to keep him [[NotQuiteDead alive]] when he's [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beaten to almost an inch of his life]], [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat tossed off a cliff,]] supernaturally drained by a god of war, [[BrickBreak slammed through a wall made of three-foot-deep brick]], kneed about a foot into the ground, blasted with [[EyeBeams ethereal energy]], beaten down again, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill then trapped in an explosion that levels the building he's in]]. Hilariously, everyone just assumed he was dead while he was under all that rubble, but of course he wasn't.
* ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'' multiplayer allows you to do things like become immune to falling damage via the Commando Pro perk by killing enough people with your knife. Or carry extra ammo by Scavenging ammo from corpses enough times. Etc. etc.
* Ayla of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' may not be able to learn magic like most of the other playable characters, but what she ''can'' do is beat the shit out of bosses with her bare hands. Her sheer physical damage output outranks ''[[TheHero Crono's]]'' by the endgame, and has been hitting the damage cap with her critical attacks well before that point.
* ''VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours''. The extreme difficulty of killing Tony is remarked upon in game dialogue. One of your abilities is a LimitBreak that grants invincibility, BottomlessMagazines and LifeDrain, apparently through sheer Balls.
* ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}'':
** Adol Christin usually acquires at least some magical ability in his powers, but on at least one occasion, without any magic, he only failed to single-handedly kill a monster that normally takes an entire hunting party months to track down and kill due to it being ''physically impossible'' with the weapon he's wielding at the time, and ''does'' manage to fight it to a standstill and weaken it enough that it's easily dispatched by hunters carrying the proper armaments.
** Adol's friend and traveling companion Dogi has immense, 100% magic-free strength. Trapped in a dungeon cell? Don't worry, Dogi will punch a hole through the wall for you to escape through. Cave-in leave you stranded? Neverfear, Dogi will clear the rubble with his fist! A wall of solid bedrock separating you two? Dogi PUUUNCH!!! He doesn't call himself "Dogi the Wall Crusher" for nothing.
* [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]. [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong In his first appearance]], he was a normal human being with an above-average jumping height. Starting in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'', Mario displays the power to jump dozens of meters into the air, [[VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld lift castles off the ground and kick them away]], [[SuperSpeed dodge cannonballs]] and even [[PlayingWithFire shoot fireballs from his hands]]. His bio in ''VideoGame/MarioAndSonicAtTheOlympicGames'' states: "This persistent little plumber developed his skills chasing down a big ape."
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** This is the case for non-magical classes throughout the series. By using the skills and/or purchasing training for the skills, one can achieve superhuman abilities. These include (but certainly aren't limited to) being able to outrun deer and outswim fish, jump several stories into the air, kill people and creatures with a single punch, turn invisible simply by crouching, and repeatedly jump across the surface of the water.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''
*** This applies to the use of the [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um]], the draconic LanguageOfMagic. Anyone can learn to use it with enough training, though it often takes years to gain even the simplest understanding of it. The [[OldMaster Greybeards]] are a group of monks who have devoted their entire lives to learning to use the Thu'um, and most can no longer converse with normal people; their Thu'um is so powerful that even a whisper could be lethal. [[RebelLeader Ulfric Stormcloak]] trained in this fashion in order to learn to use it. What makes those who are [[TheChosenOne Dragonborn]], such as the PlayerCharacter, special is that, due to their [[DragonsAreDivine immortal draconic souls]], they possess an innate understanding of the language.
*** Various perks for the thief and warrior tree skills (which are non-magic) come very close to full blown superpowers. These include being able to slow time by concentrating while aiming a bow, vanish in plain view, steal people's clothes while wearing them and being able to resist magic simply by being good with a shield. All of these can be achieved through training or experience.
*** The SkeletonKey is an artifact of Nocturnal, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[TheSacredDarkness Darkness and the Night]] who is also associated with Thieves and Luck. It plays a major role in the ThievesGuild questline, where it is revealed that it can "unlock" ''anything''. This includes [[FullPotentialUpgrade the limits of human potential]], essentially allowing the one who possesses it to max out their natural abilities. [[spoiler:Mercer Frey uses it precisely for this]]. In the hands of the player, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation however]], it is merely an unbreakable lockpick.
* A staple in the later ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games as well, where, if trained for it, the playable character can cause [[BloodyHilarious raiders, mutants, and soldiers in power armour to explode into a pile of mutilated organs simply by punching them with their bare hands]]...[[LethalJokeCharacter and it is a viable, if not frustrating, method of going through the game]].
* The player-character in the ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'' Dreamcast game learns magic like a child learning algebra, so most of the time you must rely on physical attacks. At level 100 you can punch sandworms and 'lighter' golems to death, despite the fact he's supposedly just an average well-trained knight once you take off his magical armours and weaponry. (And one of those swords, the Hakuring, was the sword of an OGRE. Yes it is expectedly slow as molasses, but if he were so 'normal' it should be CRUSHING him! Cloud's cricket bat pales in comparison and isn't even double-sided like this is. The hilt alone is the size of your shortswords.)
* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol''. Through experience, Michael can learn to do things such as curve shots from behind cover and nail up to six targets at once while using pistols, turn invisible to electronics if such a device is about to almost detect him as well as invisibility from humans either as an active ability or a "panic button" when almost detected, and shrug off an otherwise fatal attack.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** While most classes have magic, pets, or various tricks, warriors only have up-front melee combat. And they still fight {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, {{Physical God}}s, TheLegionsOfHell, and undead armies as easily as anyone else. Not to mention, they're the only class that can [[DualWielding dual-wield]] [[OneHandedZweihander two-handed weapons]].
** Rogues are similar, having no supernatural abilities. Even their ability to disappear from sight in full view of surrounding enemies is solely due to their training.
** Monks can do things such as jump their own height to unleash a damaging kick or spin kick, even without weapons. Their magic? Just [[KiManipulation Chi]].
* Similarly, the Barbarian from ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' and ''[[VideoGame/DiabloIII III]]'' is described this way in a number of places. Most fitting is the natural resistance skill, which helps the barbarian resist several types of magic damage, and is said to come simply from surviving tough environments.
* In ''VideoGame/BattlestarGalacticaOnline'', the skills your avatar picks up enable your starships to do longer FTL jumps, fly faster, make your guns more accurate and a variety of other things.
* In the first two (platformer) ''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia'' games the Prince can climb up arbitrary number of levels vertically by jumping up, grabbing the ledge above him, then pulling himself up. He can also jump over a large gap, grab a ledge a level down, then pull himself up. The later games are designed with the very same concept. Starting with the ''Sands of Time'' series, the Prince's [[LeParkour parkour]] allow him to run almost twenty feet along a wall before falling. The [[VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008 2008 reboot]] takes this to an even greater extent, allowing the Prince to jump from one wall to another and keep running. There's even a ''ceiling run'' move.
* In the ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series, pretty much everyone has the potential to become this if you're lucky with levels. Depending on their stats, combined with other features like supports, units can do things like mowing down legion after legion single-handedly, have 100% chance to use critical attacks or take things like artillery and devastating magic to the face and not even flinch. Of special mention is the My Unit/Avatar from New Mystery of the Emblem. He/she was put through rigorous training by their grandfather since they were kids in order to become knights, and it has become but a pastime by the time they're adults. Because of this training, he/she is one of the most strong and broken units in the entire series (the high strength growth can even get in the way if you're playing as a magic unit), and their support conversation with the knight Draug involves lifting three people with a pinky.
* Solaire of Astora from ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' is simultaneously one of the tankiest and toughest things you can ever have on your side, and completely powered by hardcore training. He -intentionally- became Undead just so that he could set out on a quest to find his own inner salvation. Even the lightning spears he throws are a product of his insane willpower and training alone, not any natural gift.
* Lara Croft, the ''Franchise/TombRaider'', has the build of a cheerleader but is shown with the abilities of a super-athlete -- as well as being near-superhuman in strength and agility, often taking multiple hits from firearms and other weapons which can likewise be cured instantly with a simple first-aid kit; the only thing that can really harm her is fatal falls and death-traps.
* Garrett of ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'', thanks to Keeper training, can explicitly hide in plain sight, and effectively become invisible using any shadow.
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', you can train at the gym to increase your strength and stamina. While there is a limit to the improvement you can make each day, it still only takes a maximum of about a week to go from a complete wimp to being one of the strongest, fittest people ever.
* [[CanineCompanion Dog the Worthless Mutt]] in ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' is an ordinary dog (possibly a wolf-dog)... who can gnaw through save door or tear [[RockMonster an Ore Golem]] apart in mere seconds, at the cost of some minor damage to his teeth. Leading to a bit of FridgeLogic when one remembers Dog joins you after scaring off the (probably average) townsman who was nonetheless ''kicking him to death.''
* Myrmidons and Eternal Soldiers in ''[[VideoGame/NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' have no power source but their own badassery, and still manage to match or beat the competition in a universe otherwise filled with angels, demons and magic users.
* Rock Adams from the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries''. In his ending in ''III'', he returns home to the New World by ''swimming across the Atlantic''.
* Technique talents in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMajEyal'' are supposedly powered entirely by the user's body without any of the forms of supernatural power available. This is plausible for some things like an Archer's TrickArrow and sniping skills, or throwing off physical status effects with the Unflinching Resolve talent, but it also includes Berserker talents that let them shout so hard it inflicts physical damage or shrug off damage that should kill them, or a Brawler's ability to wrestle a dragon to death.
* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'', the titular character and his brother Mugman are no stronger than average civilians. At the end, after all their trials and tribulations acting as the Devil's hitmen, they become strong enough to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu beat the crap out of him]].
* The Boss in the ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' series is supposed to be a normal human, yet s/he is capable of some of the craziest stuff like ripping off a payphone out of the ground with his/her bare hands. Should you upgrade all available perks, they can run forever without running out of stamina, become virtually immune to damage including bullets, explosions and falling from great heights with only melee damage being the exception, but even then, the Boss can grab and throw people to a long distance just fine.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* From ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', the "Anime Style school of martial arts" originally seems to be this. [[spoiler:Turns out it is actually a form of magic.]] More accurately, [[spoiler:the martial arts school is using this trope to inadvertently cause their students to unlock their magic potential without a proper Awakening]].
* Maytag and Bernadette of ''Webcomic/{{Flipside}}'' regularly perform combat feats that are physically impossible outside of Wuxia films.
* Ken from ''Webcomic/NoNeedForBushido'' regularly shows superhuman strength that comes from nothing more than training and constant use of his {{BFS}}, which is about 5 times his size. Just look at [[http://nn4b.com/comic/327 this comic]], where Ken uses his sword to cut down a tree with a single swing, then casually kicks the felled tree right at a group of people chasing the main characters.
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'':
** Fighter has not only survived repeated stabs to the brain with only temporary ill effects (one of them actually ''made him smarter''), but also direct clashes with, among other things, a dark elf prince, a fire demon and an obscenely powerful Lich, successfully dueling the former two. However, while Fighter is called Vargus' best student, [[BrilliantButLazy he seemed to have spent most of Fighter Camp '86 watching TV]].
** Whereas Fighter is 'merely' able to wield four swords at once, Thief is able to regularly break enchantments and laws of physics by legal mumbo jumbo and just being that good and, amongst other things, he stole his class change from the future. To quote him, he's "stolen things that weren't even there."
** According to Thief his law ninjas are so well trained they are capable of being deployed and following people ''even though they are dead.''
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'':
** Bun-Bun can outrun a car, toss a grown man over his shoulder, claw his way out of an alien's stomach, skin a grizzly bear alive, and survive grenade explosions at point-blank range. Made all the more impressive considering that Bun-Bun is a small bunny. [[spoiler: It eventually turns out that he's actually an AmnesiacGod of Power and Strength from a proto-Egyptian civilization. Which both makes his accomplishments rather unsurprising, and means that he's not actually an example of this.]]
** Oasis and Kusari might count as well. It's currently unknown how much of their physical prowess is due to their training and how much is due to being Dr. Steve's lab rats.
** It's not yet determined how much of Oasis's ability is due to development or origin, but in her last storyline it was shown that she's at least learning how to become more impossible through training. And old man Feng, for all his history of martial arts training, didn't seem that surprised at what she could do. Maybe he's the Charles Atlas Supercoach?
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'':
** Frans Rayner was able to completely change his physiology, moving his pressure points to make himself a better ninja, just by training hard enough. But he couldn't make himself grow a mustache, which was ultimately his downfall.
** Gordito ''could'' grow a mustache by sheer force of will, though. This is made even more fantastic by the fact that he's ''twelve''.
** According to the comic, the greatest master of this was Bruce Lee, whose final act of body mastery was ''jumping to the moon''. He teaches the titular character how to jump back. (Which ''is'' six times easier.)
** There was an old friend of [=McNinja=] who did so much body building that his back muscles formed a ''biological jetpack''.
--->'''Bandito:''' Wouldn't he grow wings?\\
'''Doctor [=McNinja=]:''' No. Animals have wings, man has jetpacks.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** Othar Tryggvassen (''''Gentleman Adventurer!!''') really ''does'' run on this trope. We're talking about the man who survived being thrown out of an airship multiple times: ''[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040714 here]]'', and then shortly afterward [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040927 here]]. His adventurers in his Twitter feed are even more ludicrous.
** Also the Unstoppable Higgs seems to have this. Though it seems more and more likely that he actually has some superpowers.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'''s RPGMechanicsVerse produces this sometimes:
** O-Chul, exemplified [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0542.html here]]. Being dumped, hands tied, into a shark tank full of acid with a spiked bottom only briefly distracts him before he rushes the epic-level lich sorcerer BigBad with his bare hands.
** Lampshaded when a character tells the high-level protagonist Roy to put his "adventurer magic" to work on an airship.
--->'''Roy:''' Hey, I'm a fighter. I don't have any magic.\\
'''Belkar:''' You're as [[SuperStrength strong as a giant]] and you recently survived being {{impaled|WithExtremePrejudice}} by a triceratops.\\
'''Roy:''' OK, ''that'', but...
* Readers of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' would know that Dave's Bro is a strong and versatile fighter, but would be quite surprised when [[spoiler:he cleanly splits a giant meteor in half with his katana]]. Meanwhile, both Mom and Dad are able to defeat giant monsters bare-handed.
* Hannah Mets from ''Webcomic/{{Lightbringer}}'' was shown in one of her early appearances to be capable of lifting a table over her head without any sign of strain or effort despite her only mildly muscular frame. WordOfGod states she has no superpowers.
* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' gives us Math, a martial artist so incredible that even the most powerful super in the world notes that distinguishing between his abilities and actual superpowers is a futile exercise.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Cloudscratcher}}'', Ixia's super strength comes from her TrainingFromHell.
* A.P.M. from ''Webcomic/{{Wootlabs}}'' turned her gaming skills into actual enhanced reflexes and mental multitasking abilities.
* Sebastian from ''Webcomic/TrueVillains'' had to train like mad to keep a necromantic injury from draining his life force and killing him. When that injury was healed, all the extra energy that had been feeding the injury was added to his physical strength.
* ''Webcomic/SatinSteele'' has Satin, a professional female bodybuilder who does stuff like climbing up the spine of a giant dinosaur and fending off an alien monster with just her strength, gymnastics training and karate skills.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' features several: Hazard, Cold Comfort, Hip-Hop, Awesome X, Quarterback, Elite, and Action Man are all notable examples.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the blog-novel ''Literature/FlyoverCity!'', when the Hero / [[TheLoad Load]] decides to pursue a career in crimefighting after his beloved 1975 Vespa is stolen.
* The narrator, Gervas Klarenfeld in ''Literature/DeadWest'' is a fine example. He was a boxing champion at his university, and trained with guns to impress a countess before the story starts. He manages to defy aristocrats by Diamond, even if he himself is a commoner, and can take on the Porcelain Doctor or the Beast in a fight. When the latter is berserkering, he uses Gervas as a punching bag, and he survives. Having HeroicBuild and being a {{Determinator}} helps. Just like the exercise regimen of a knight of the [=MacArkills=].
* Journeyman of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse is a baseline but incredibly well trained in martial arts to the point that he can take on superpowered characters like Bladedancer, ki mistress Chaka, and PersonOfMassDestruction Tennyo. He once sparred with all three at the same time. And won.
* ''Blog/TextsFromSuperheroes'': Lampshaded by SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} who thought ComicBook/ThePunisher [[http://textsfromsuperheroes.com/post/35671854597 had super-mutant healing powers.]]

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* Brock Samson from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' is a prime ultimate example of lampshaded Charles Atlas; through a combination of training and testosterone, he is capable of surviving in a vacuum for some time with no permanent harm, killing armies, mummies, crocodiles, wereodiles, and other foes, surviving hits by bullets, taking multiple hits from tranquilizer-darts with no effect, and otherwise being virtually impervious to pain. He also carries [[TopHeavyGuy the trademark cartoon-characteristics of having an impossibly huge, gorilla-like upper body, but incredibly small and skinny stick-like legs]]. And can also tell if someone's in his car from an entire continent away.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** Robin routinely smacked around 20-foot-tall concrete giants with brute strength alone and shrugged off what should be near fatal [[MadeOfIron injuries]]. After all, he was trained by Franchise/{{Batman}}.
** Slade and Red X both also fall into this. While Red X ''does'' generally use the environment and [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman his suit's abilities]] to great effect to [[CurbStompBattle take down the Titans]], he also essentially shrugs off being slammed into a concrete wall by Starfire's eyebeams and then dropping at least seven feet onto a concrete floor. All three of them are capable of performing [[InASingleBound jumps]] that completely defy belief.
** Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' episode "Mouth Hole", where Robin trains at ''whistling'' to the point where he can use it as a GreenLanternRing.
* Robin in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' isn't that far behind either. In "Downtime", while working out at the gym, he punches a crater in a concrete wall.
* WesternAnimation/KimPossible is the female epitome of the trope. We're seriously supposed to believe that cheerleading did all that?
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', Jack trains wearing heavy boulders; when they are finally removed, he is able to [[InASingleBound "jump good."]] So good, in fact, that it's mistaken for flight. The guy who trained him is essentially a normal human being who after running away to live with primates, has trained long enough to leap to the moon and back. In another episode, "Jack in Space", Jack fights a giant robo-gun in space and reflects their energy blast with his sword, getting a good backwash of electricity himself. The explosion sends Jack plunging ''through the atmosphere to hit the ground like a meteorite.'' It takes him about half a second to shrug it off and get back up.
* ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'' subverts this one, with the main character's constant referral to his 'Hong Kong Book of Kong Foo', yet he is incompetent at it.
* Valerie of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' turned from [[RichBitch spoiled rich girl]] into ActionGirl. Despite being only fourteen, she has stated to be a ''ninth degree martial artist''. Her older alternate future self even survived a fall with minor injuries from ''hundreds'' of feet high!
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Suki was a borderline case until "Boiling Rock, Part II" when she ran up a thirty foot wall.
** Ty Lee has always fit this trope even more what with all the [[InASingleBound multi-story leaping.]]
** Ty Lee's teammate Mai is a slightly milder case; similar to Creator/MarvelComics villain Bullseye (mentioned above), her skill with throwing blades is basically superhuman.
** Master Piandao has these in WarriorPoet form, in that he can fight on par with incredibly powerful benders with just a sword and defeat ludicrous numbers of foes and so on, and {{Training Montage}}s some of 'em into Sokka.
** Zuko has ''actual'' superpowers in the form of martial arts [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinesis]], but given he's insecure about his bending and all he seems to have paid special attention to developing some of these. He's not much better than Suki, but he's pulling this stuff all the damn time. He's broken shackles with an ax kick, punched a person across a room, and has sufficient strength and stamina to have prolonged martial arts fights while wearing plate Armour and even smash rocks out of mid air.
** Most of Aang's speed and agility are shown to be from the use of his airbending, but he's also displayed feats of this trope that can't be attributed to it. He has done things like briefly BridalCarry Katara while jumping down a couple stories, and also once carry Zuko, despite both of them clearly being heavier than him and his thin build wouldn't hint he possessed that sort of strength but that's nothing compared to supporting an entire boulder on his back when training with Toph. He's also fallen a few stories out of a tree, and got back up seconds later with no lasting injuries.
** Iroh has displayed the strength to toss boulders, while out of shape.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** Korra herself, to a degree unusual even within her franchise. In addition to being able to wield the four elements and having a SuperMode that can expertly crack continental plates without mussing anyone's hair, her sheer brute strength allows her to effortlessly pick up and fling around grown men taller than her and lift boulders the size of a car. In the Book Three finale, she becomes so enraged that she [[spoiler:breaks apart unbendable platinum chains]] by nothing but raw strength.
** Similarly, the athletic-but-not-overly-buff Mako has casually tossed his bulky brother over his shoulder, thrown mooks away with a single hand, and doing {{neck lift}}s with no major exertion. And Bolin his younger brother is even buffer.
* In an episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', Wildcat becomes so frustrated with his lack of superpowers that he ''punches through a brick wall.''
* WesternAnimation/TheRippingFriends are superhumanly strong and tough. Their leader Crag once dragged the entire landmass of Quebec back to Canada with his bare hands and a rope. They got this way by ''[[TrainingFromHell training their asses off]]'' with their brutal mother. To them, having superpowers is cheating.
* Finn from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' is probably the [[TokenHuman only human in the show]], but he has demonstrated high acrobatic ability, more than enough strength to cut monsters in half, and has taken more damage than most adults could withstand, let alone a not-particularly-athletic 13 year old.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Although mostly PlayedForLaughs, [[TheStoic Big Macintosh]] is strong enough to throw an entire dog pile of ponies off of him, smash through walls, and drag an entire house behind him. While hopping like WesternAnimation/PepeLePew. His sister Applejack is no slouch either; the two of them are strong enough to dislodge apples from trees by kicking them. [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW The IDW comics]] take it a step further when Big Macintosh matches [[PhysicalGod Princess Celestia]], the LongLived {{God Emp|eror}}ress of their entire nation with enough power ''to raise the sun every morning'', at hoof-wrestling. The next panel she appears in, she has a bandage on her leg meaning he was strong enough to ''hurt her''.
** Earth ponies like the Apples are at least naturally stronger and more resilient than other ponies. Rainbow Dash however is the resident LightningBruiser despite being a pegasus, flying at speeds that are literally legendary and crashing into buildings and mountains with barely a scratch. When she finally took enough damage to break one of her wings, she was able to fly again (albeit not very well) in ''[[HollywoodHealing two days]]''.
** Pinkie Pie's sister Maud half-heartedly throws a boulder, sending it over the horizon, creating a massive shockwave in the process. Later, she smashes a giant rock to bits.
* Sky from ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama: Pahkitew Island]]'' is an aspiring Olympic athlete. One unintended (and in her mind, somewhat embarrassing) side effect of all her training is that the increased strength in her abs and diaphragm have given her a near superhuman [[{{Gasshole}} belching ability]].
* There's a scene in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' where Batman pulls off a judo throw so powerful that his opponent leaves a dent in an ''armored truck''.

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* Some unscrupulous martial arts "masters" claim to have achieved supernatural abilities through training. Websites like bullshido.net and badmartialarts.com are dedicated to debunking them. In spite of this, several martial artists and fighters have developed reputations for seemingly superhuman physical abilities.
** Creator/BruceLee was able to perform a number of spectacular physical feats that he put to good use in his acting career. His films made it seem that he could translate his physical abilities into nearly superhuman fighting ability, but his true skills were never thoroughly tested.
** Mas Oyama, the founder of Kyokushin style karate, was said to kill bulls by punching them in the face, before or after hacking their horns off with his bare hands. He was also said to crush rocks with his hands and fight one hundred people in a row with minimal breaks. The degree of truth to these stories is debatable. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MapyZq4YIo YouTube]] features a video of his bull exploits, though it only shows Oyama wrestling a harnessed bull to the ground and features a clearly faked portrayal of him hacking off a horn.
** A popular legend states that former boxing Lightweight champ Roberto Duran once knocked out a horse with one punch.
** After [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-top-eight-oh-shit-moments-in-mma/ Fedor Emelianenko]] was suplexed directly onto his head in a UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts match, he got up and went on to win the fight in less than a minute. When asked how he managed to recover so quickly from such a harsh throw, Fedor explained, "It didn't affect me. I train to fall great distances." In reality, with some training, flexibility, and luck, professional MMA fighters can avoid significant damage from attacks that appear to be quite serious.
* Many physical stunts appear to display superhuman abilities, but are not quite as impossible as they seem:
** Legendary illusionist Creator/HarryHoudini could famously absorb extremely heavy blows to his abdomen with little to no effect if he prepared properly. In reality, the abdomen is naturally resilient to damage while the abdominals are being flexed. [[DeathByIrony Ironically]], a sucker punch might have caused or hastened Houdini's death from peritonitis, though it also might have simply delayed him seeking treatment.
** Some martial arts and LeParkour stunts that seem impossible, such as punching through bricks and falling from great heights, really just take some training and some fearlessness. Others take advantage of artful performance and stagecraft to appear more difficult or impressive.
** In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', many of the CGI-assisted acrobatic stunts of Legolas were criticized as unrealistic[[labelnote:*]]A criticism which seems somewhat petty since Legolas [[OurElvesAreBetter is an elf]].[[/labelnote]], but some of his feats, such as mounting a horse at a gallop, are [[RealityIsUnrealistic preexisting stunts]] that could be performed live by the right kinds of gymnasts, circus performers, or classic vaudeville stuntmen.
** Even as [[HellHound fighting dogs and attack dogs are terrifying for most people]], enough to blame it on some genetic memory of being [[SavageWolves chased by wolves]] in the distant past, trained dog breeders can neutralize the attack of the beast by simply sticking a closed fist between its jaws to keep them open and unable to bite. It's [[DontTryThisAtHome too counter-intuitive to be performed at home if untrained]].
* History is filled with people who thought they could perform supernatural feats with enough training and other preparations, but were proven quite mistaken:
** In the Maji Maji rebellion in German East Africa during the colonial days, tribes thought something similar. Through training and washing in magical water blessed by local shamans, they thought they would become immune to machine gun fire.
** The Society of Right and Harmonious Fists (more commonly known as the Boxers of the famous Boxer Rebellion) believed that through training, diet, martial arts, and prayer, they could perform extraordinary feats and become immune to swords and bullets.
* Contrary to the InstantDeathBullet trope, sometimes people don't even realize they've been shot or otherwise don't realize how badly they're injured until the adrenaline wears off, resulting in people running around or moving with potentially fatal gunshot wounds, or not realizing what being shot feels like. Additionally, combat reflexes can be dependent on your culture to some extent; a culture which hasn't been exposed to firearms very much doesn't know that hitting the dirt in response to gunfire reduces your likelihood of getting hit, and thus may be more likely to remain standing while being shot at. This may look like incredible, inhuman bravery to people who are more familiar with firearms.
* This is also why ''grand mal'' seizures are so dangerous; such involuntary convulsive movements use all available muscle power, and a person experiencing one is not only at risk of biting through their tongue or breaking their own spine, but unnervingly difficult to restrain. [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle Which would be why you're not supposed to restrain people having seizures, but make sure to move breakable and hard objects out of the way and leave them alone.]]
* Similarly, a drowning person in a state of panic may exhibit much greater strength than normal for that individual, due to the rush of adrenaline. This is why lifeguards and others responsible for water safety are strictly cautioned to swim out to still-conscious drowning people only as an absolute last resort, when other methods of rescue such as poles, ring buoys and boats aren't available or feasible, due to the risk of becoming victims themselves.
* It has been found that one can increase bone strength through their density but this requires heavy physical training and does not aid much more than allowing for fewer broken bones later on. The easy way is to train in martial arts or other physical combats that create micro-fractures in the pores of the bone and allow them to heal and fill.
* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16449_7-people-from-around-world-with-real-mutant-superpowers.html Well-disciplined Buddhist monks can reduce their metabolism by 64% and raise the temperatures of their fingers and toes by 17°F (9.4°C), just by meditating]].
** It is possible for anyone to do a less extreme version of this using [[http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/biofeedback-000349.htm biofeedback]].
** The human body is always in a mild state of alertness while awake (it can remain in this state while asleep due to certain disorders), causing vitals to be consistently elevated above absolute baseline. By deliberately clearing the mind and shutting off outside stimulus, meditation can allow a person's physiological systems to settle down to a level comparable to deep sleep while arguably still conscious. This also explains the regenerative effects meditation seems to have as sleep also triggers healing and growth mechanisms.
* Tori Allen, a champion rock wall climber, got that way by climbing trees constantly from the age of four. By chasing after her pet monkey when her own limbs were maturing, she acquired phenomenal grip strength and a disproportionately-powerful bone structure. Now, she could give Spider-Man a vertical run for his money.
* Some blind people are able to learn to navigate through echolocation, just like bats do. All humans have the ability to a certain extent, but with training, it can be greatly improved.
* Although films like ''Film/JamesBond'' and ''Film/TheBourneSeries'' get panned for showing the titular protagonists doing unbelievable stunts, in reality most of the actions shown are actually possible. Various studies and TV specials, including two from Discovery and the Science Channel, show that there are people who can pull off those insane driving scenes, marksman who can hit a dozen targets at various ranges with a pistol, and fighters that can take on five men at once and curb stomp them. The biggest problem in the portrayal is that nobody can do ''all'' of this; it requires an enormous amount of training not just to learn these skills but to maintain them as well.
* There are plenty of stories of people who survived things that should kill them. For example, [[http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=4646774 this 7-year-old girl]] who took six bullets and not only survived, but is able to walk and talk like normal even after doctors predicted she'd be paralyzed and mute for life.
* Many elite-level athletes have physiological "quirks" that allow them to excel at their particular sport, such as swimmer Michael Phelps[[note]]his arms are longer than average for his height; a 6'7" wingspan for a 6'4" man[[/note]] and ultra-marathon runner Dean Karnazes[[note]]his body's production of lactic acid actually decreases the longer he exercises[[/note]]. They still need to train extensively to compete at the highest levels.
* Some attribute their extraordinary speed and endurance of Kenyan marathoners to simply training religiously in the high altitude of Western Kenya.
* Paramedics and Emergency Physicians are capable of saving people whose hearts aren't beating or who have taken bullets to the brain only through insane amounts of training and experience. However, the strain of this can [[DespairEventHorizon lead to depression and anxiety]] especially [[ThereAreNoTherapists without treatment]].
* Throwing a needle through glass is impossible, you say? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7JByZs2Kys Just watch.]]
* While it's nowhere near ''Franchise/DragonBall'' levels in real life, sufficiently-trained martial artists can break human bone with a single attack (note that bones are about as dense and hard as concrete), as well as other seemingly impossible feats (such as Creator/BruceLee's famous One-Inch Punch). Heck, sufficiently-training at the Shaolin Temple can allow you to harden your body against bladed weaponry.