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Playing With: Empowered Badass Normal
Basic Trope: A Badass Normal gaining superpowers.
  • 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.
  • Justified:
    • 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.
  • Parodied:
    • 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.
  • Enforced:
    • "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.
  • Defied:
  • 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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