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Straight: Jason, a black belt martial artist, gains the ability of superhuman strength, speed, and Shapeshifting.
Exaggerated: Jason can turn his body into any weapon, though he hardly ever needs to and even carries swords and knives of his own.
Downplayed: Jason, the kung fu master, gains the ability of flight.
Though Jason is already awesome, he was not yet in Badass Normal territory and needed the extra power to take down super powered foes.
The formula which gave him his powers requires peak physical fitness and absolute loyalty in the imbiber in order to work: He had to be badass to GET his powers.
Inverted: Jason has Super Strength, but no special combat skills.
Subverted: Jason was a badass soldier but the process that gave him powers also took his memory so he lost the skills he once had.
Double Subverted: He remembers them later.
Jason starts out as the Badass Normal, then gets a bunch of useless powers, like Meat Vision.
Jason is a Parody Sue who starts being the world's best martial artist, and then he gains ridiculous amounts of super powers!
Zig Zagged: Jason started out as a badass normal, and seems to go through empowerments and depowerments of various sorts at least once a week.
Averted: Jason never obtains any superpowers.
"Jason is awesome enough as he is, but we can make him even more awesome."
"Alright, Jason might be pretty badass for a muggle, but he's getting outshined by his super-powered partners. Time to give him an upgrade"
Lampshaded: "This guy was already a martial artist, but now he has superpowers?"
Invoked: Jason injects himself with The Virus in order to make himself more powerful.
Exploited: Jason 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.
Discussed: "Even with the powers, Jason can still kick the crap out of us."
Conversed: "Jason is my favorite character in this comic, not only is he a badass martial artist but now he has powers!"
Implied: Jason warns the Big Bad that he 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 Jason has no idea how to use or deal with.
Reconstructed: Possession Implies Mastery.
Played For Laughs: The Big Bad openly admits how cool it is that Jason had martial arts training before gaining powers and gets a little too excited before calming down.
Played For Drama: Jason was a seasoned war vet with years of experience. He tries to leave his violent life behind, only to be captured by a Mad Scientist and given powers, once again forcing him into violent conflicts.
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