Playing With / Empowered Badass Normal

Basic Trope: A Badass Normal gaining superpowers.
  • Straight: Alice, a black belt martial artist, gains the ability of superhuman strength, speed, and Shapeshifting.
  • Exaggerated: Alice can turn her body into any weapon, though she hardly ever needs to and even carries swords and knives of her own.
  • Downplayed: Alice, the kung fu master, gains the ability of flight.
  • Justified:
    • Though Alice is already awesome, she was not yet in Badass Normal territory and needed the extra power to take down super powered foes.
    • The formula which gave her powers requires peak physical fitness and absolute loyalty in the imbiber in order to work: she had to be badass to GET her powers.
    • The superpowers do not substitute her fight prowess, but give her non-combat ablities that widen her skillset.
    • her foes cannot be fought normally the way Alice is now and the powers even the playing field.
  • Inverted: Alice has Super Strength, but no special combat skills.
  • Subverted: Alice was a badass soldier but the process that gave her powers also took her memory so she lost the skills she once had.
  • Double Subverted: she remembers them later.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice starts out as the Badass Normal, then gets a bunch of useless powers, like Meat Vision.
    • Alice is a Parody Sue who starts being the world's best martial artist, and then she gains ridiculous amounts of super powers!
  • Zig Zagged: Alice started out as a Badass Normal, and seems to go through empowerments and depowerments of various sorts at least once a week.
  • Averted: Alice never obtains any superpowers.
  • Enforced:
    • "Alice is awesome enough as she is, but we can make her even more awesome."
    • "Alright, Alice might be pretty badass for a muggle, but she's getting outshined by her super-powered partners. Time to give her an upgrade"
  • Lampshaded: "This guy was already a martial artist, but now she has superpowers?"
  • Invoked: Alice injects herself with The Virus in order to make herself more powerful.
  • Exploited: Alice is part of a Super Soldier program created by the government. The idea is to take people who are already badass, highly-skilled soldiers and give them powers.
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: "Even with the powers, Alice can still kick the crap out of us."
  • Conversed: "Alice is my favorite character in this comic, not only is she a badass martial artist but now she has powers!"
  • Implied: Alice warns the Big Bad that she is not superpowered but spent years in the military before gaining said powers.
  • Deconstructed:
    • How Do I Shot Web? occurs as a result of new powers that Alice has no idea how to use or deal with.
    • Alice finds herself dealing with unexpected side effects of her powers and dealing with the reaction of others.
    • Alice is accused of relying on her powers over her skills the longer she has them.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Possession Implies Mastery.
    • Alice still Fights Like a Normal, only using her powers when neccessary. Alternately, her powers have alternate uses not necessarily for combat that still gives her an advantage (such as flight) or evens the playing field (Alice now has a MacGuffin capable of allowing her to hit intangible or made-of-energy foes.)
  • Played For Laughs: The Big Bad openly admits how cool it is that Alice had martial arts training before gaining powers and gets a little too excited before calming down.
  • Played For Drama: Alice was a seasoned war vet with years of experience. she tries to leave her violent life behind, only to be captured by a Mad Scientist and given powers, once again forcing her into violent conflicts.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: Alice handles namely equal forces on similar forces, but ends up coming across a one-in-a-lifetime event such as aliens or a supernatural foe, meaning she temporarily is augmented to fight on their level before the threat is finished and she no longers the power.

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