* ''Webcomic/{{MAG ISA}}'' -- [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119183 Eman Cruz started off as a real wimp]]:
** 1st level: [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119487 After being trained by the Catholic Priest]].
** 2nd level: [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119633 After getting a chip implanted in his head]], he suddenly can kick ass better. In fact, he's suddenly [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119714 capable of dodging bullets]]
** 3rd level: [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119766 After Claudita possesses him]] (with his full consent and full knowledge).
* Done in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', where Elan takes a level in badass -- or, rather, in the Dashing Swordsman prestige class.
** Vaarsuvius also does this (albeit only temporarily through a [[spoiler:DealWithTheDevil]]) in order to [[spoiler: save [his|her] children from a really pissed off dragon]].
** And in a less literal sense, Elan has also become somewhat less incompetent at using his regular Bard abilities over time.
** Roy took a level too. In the beginning, he was just a snarky team leader. The only time he showed his inner awesome was rescuing Elan from a situation he wouldn't have been in if he hadn't abandoned him in the first place (and him taking down Xykon, but that was via deus ex machina). After his little trip to heaven, he suddenly becomes more serious, has a worldly air around him, beats on a half-dragon-half-ogre, most of a bar in a barfight, gets ranked top of the list after beating Belkar (whose awesome used to be far above him) and bopped Haley's uncle across the room. Aside from asking Belkar to find him a cartographer ("...this is a cart of gophers, isn't it?"), after being resurrected Roy has not made one bad descision or done anything that has come back to bite him.
** Belkar, but more like regained his level of badass. [[spoiler: He comes down with a curse caused by his mark of justice. Then when the curse is broken, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0611.html this]] happens. Complete with a kiss at the end!]]
** O'Chul is a minor supporting character until he falls prisoner to Xykon, and his subsequent survival and escape have led to a meme all of its own, namely: O'Chul does not have levels in badass - badass has levels in O'Chul.
** Redcloak took a literal level in badass in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0825.html this strip]] and the two following, showing off his newfound powers by soloing the entire Resistance and leveling its base.
* ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'': [[spoiler: Jack / Jack The Plaid. Complete with [[LampshadeHanging LoTR quote and the villain noting he]] [[PersonAsVerb 'pulled a Gandalf']].]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'', the character Seth was a pimple-faced girl-shy role-playing nerd. Then he got sent to hell, [[LikeABadassOutOfHell where he fought his way out]] after obtaining the [[{{BFS}} demonic axe Zürrr]] by defeating the devil queen Sh'zk'ra. And picked up a BadassLongcoat somewhere along the way.
** In a more plot important example, [[spoiler: Dave, the [[YouSuck nerdy, chain-smoking everyman]] grows more and more badass over the course of the series, finally ending in his becoming the most powerful Mad Scientist in the series, curb-stomping Helen, Mell, and Madblood with ease and coming pretty close to destroying the world.]]
* Torg of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' has always been a goofy CloudCuckooLander, but with the comic taking on [[CerebusSyndrome more serious themes]] in addition to the goofy ones, he's had to cope with more and more dramatic and dangerous situations. The real shift happens in "That Which Redeems", a story during which he's stuck for months on an alternative Earth fighting against invading demons -- he both learns how to fight for real and finds out that the fancy sword he'd picked up during time travel to the past is magical and can be PoweredByAForsakenChild to become powerful enough to cut like a lightsaber and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu literally kill a god]]. After that, he remains goofy, but is quite capable of [[LetsGetDangerous getting dangerous]] when needed.
--> '''Riff''': "''Dude!'' When did you learn to kick ass?"
--> '''Torg''': "I've been taking an internet college correspondence course in kickass."
--> '''Riff''': "You have not."
--> '''Torg''': "But I ''so'' want to teach one!"
* Agatha takes ''several'' levels of badass in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' as she evolves from from the hopeless klutz of Polygnostic University to a Spark at or above the level of any previous Heterodyne.
** Gil's evolution from a bored pupil constantly tested by his father for basic worth into a man capable of facing down his father, and an army of war clanks, is a clear example. See [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071121 here]] for evidence.
** More recently, Boris, the Baron's personal secretary, has suddenly shown his ability [[spoiler: to not only take down a Jaegermonster, but actually [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100820 beat him until he gives up classified information]]]]. This is actually a classic example, in that there was no on-screen intermediate development.
** Tarvek either TookALevelInBadass or been playing ObfuscatingStupidity, surprising even his cousin-cum-bodyguard Violetta with his competence. Likewise, it appears Wooster, Gil's "valet", was doing much the same thing, as was [[MagnificentBastard Zola]]. Never mind The Unstoppable Higgs. All the major and secondary characters in Webcomic/GirlGenius started as BadAss, TookALevelInBadass, or aren't very important characters...yet [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110425 this strip]] makes it pretty clear.
** Moloch while acting as Agatha's minion. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120402 Made clear to Sanaa here.]]
* [[spoiler:Steve]] from ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', in what doubles as an ''epic'' BigLippedAlligatorMoment... unless it's mentioned again.
** [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1406 Mentioned again.]] This is either a single continuity nod to the fans who insisted it was real, or will become the most epic [[ThirdLineSomeWaiting 3rd line]] ever.
* The character [[spoiler:Cale'Anon]] from the webcomic ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup''. He starts the series off [[spoiler:rather clueless and useless, and in the first comic gets blasted to cinders by Richard.]] By the third or fourth issue, he's [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/91 changed a little]] and very soon is pulling stunts like [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/96 this]] and [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/241 this]] .
* For some of the more unconventional crossovers in the ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' fancomic ''Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow'', the characters from that crossover have done this. The prime example is Madeline from the books of the same name: a sweet schoolgirl in the books, a regenerating vampire hunter in ''Shine''.
* Rumy from ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'', like everyone else, had already come a long way from the OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent with martial arts training by the end of the fifth book, but after the five-year TimeSkip she comes off as a battle-hardened LadyOfWar.
* John Egbert of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' initially has troubles even [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002293 lifting his hammer]], but once he starts levelling up, and gets some easier to use hammers, [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002779 he becomes quite the powerhouse]]. [[spoiler:He takes another level when he learns how to do "[[BlowYouAway the windy thing]]".]]
** Jack Noir does this too [[spoiler:when he kills the Glorious Monarch after he gets fed up with the ridiculous costumes that he's forced to wear and then takes her ring for himself]]
** Kanaya when [[spoiler:she comes back from the dead as a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Rainbow Drinker]], punts [[AxCrazy Gamzee]] off a cliff with a DynamicEntry [[GroinAttack to the balls]], sucker punches god-tier Vriska so hard she goes flying, and [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe cleaves Eridan in two]] with her [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]]]].
** The Parcel Mistress starts out as just a simple mailwoman who wouldn't hurt a fly. By the end of Act 5 [[spoiler: she's a space-warping OneManArmy on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, and one of the most powerful characters in the comic.]]
** And then there's Jade, who was a competent, if underpowered latecomer to the game, and her AlternateSelf [[spoiler:Jadesprite]] -- a depressed, completely ineffectual fussbudget. By the [o] intermission, Jade [[spoiler:is easily holding her own against the BigBad, partially because the spirit of her dead dog and surrogate parent won't let him fight her]], and [[spoiler: Jadesprite]] is in control of her emotions enough to deliver a tactically-critical piece of hardware to another character. In [[SeasonFinale [S] Cascade]], [[spoiler: Jade and Jadesprite ended up merging into a combination of a [[CameBackStrong God Tier]] [[RealityWarper Witch of Space]], a [[PhysicalGod First Guardian]], and a [[SpiritAdvisor Sprite]] -- making her the most powerful heroic character and '''''second only to [[TheManBehindTheMan Lord English]]''''' in absolute power]].
** Here's an easy rule to remember: is this Homestuck character a badass? If no, they will be. If yes, they will become even ''more'' of a badass. Dave is another great example - at the beginning, he's thoroughly [[CherryTapping Cherry Tapped]] by Bro (who, admittedly, is a pretty amazing badass in his own right). A little later, he denies that he's a hero, guessing that he'll become a hero when he becomes 'future Dave'. By Cascade, [[spoiler:he has already aided the other three kinds in innumerable ways, and in that flash he takes the final step to becoming God Tier.]]
** And Aradia: she was already pretty powerful, but [[spoiler:her ascent to God Tier]] made her powerful enough to ''stop [[DiscOneFinalBoss Bec Noir]] in time.''
* Criminy of ''Webcomic/SinFest'' has grown a massive pair in about a week's time. Went from meek nerd to telling the resident JerkAss HolierThanThou KnightTemplar Seymore off, digging his way into the maw of hell for Fuschia, then holding his own in a fight with a demonic pitch fork. Awesome.
* ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'' handled this very subtly. At first, they have [[AttackAttackRetreatRetreat trouble fighting]] anything other than Kreedor's [[TheGoomba rookies]]. Later, the pirates attack [[spoiler: Mary and Sue, AKA: The Sues]] in their sleep and ''still'' need to fight dirty and outnumber them. Then during the rematch at Kreedor's castle, the pirates are barely holding their own going one-on-one. Later still, [[spoiler: The Sues, [[SpearCounterpart Stus]], and Tiren [[EnemyMine team up]] against a dragon.]] The pirates' Tiren [[MadeOfIron holds out]] the longest.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Justin, after entire arcs of being one of the only main characters without using amazing superpowers or [[WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys wonderful toys]], knocks back a flame golem [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-09-27 with his bare fists]] then kicks it [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom over a hundred feet]] [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2010-10-08 into a river]].
** Further evidence: [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2011-05-12 Dragon]]
* Lily from ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell'' shows up to Dave and Mike's birthday party a full-fledged witch able to fly and summon ball lightning, swearing revenge for the death of her mother. Since [[DramaticIrony the audience knows Margaret to have done this and Roger to have already forgiven her]], and she hit it off with Diana at the party, her character arc is probably just getting started...
* Dies Horribly from ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' is a self proclaimed coward. Now that he's getting control of [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/04072006/ his arm that Klik restored]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/11182011/ Demon: I'm going to rip you apart. Dies: You already did that. It didn't work.]]
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/11222011/ And the next]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/11252011/ two pages]].
* While already {{Badass}} before their [[GenderBender sex changes]], the T-Girls of ''Webcomic/JetDream'' also received BioAugmentation and [[TrainingFromHell extensive training]] in Combat Femininity, making them into an AmazonBrigade and quite effective in their new feminized bodies and roles.
* Sebastian of ''Webcomic/TrueVillains'' was cursed by a spell that drains his life force. After the spell is lifted, well... [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2011-10-04~N-Mightier%20than%20the%20Sword-jpg.htm He can punch through swords.]]
* [[PlayingWithFire Carval]] [[BrattyHalfPint Jarvoc]] from ''Webcomic/HeartCore'' took quite a level in BadAss considering what happened to him in his first fight against the protagonist, [[BadAssPrincess Ame]] [[HornyDevils Lashiec]]. In his first battle against her, [[CurbStompBattle he got defeated and knocked down by one single projectile, not even managing to cause any significant damage against her]]. In their second fight, he nearly managed to kill her until he got thrown from the top of a skyscraper. [[SuperpoweredEvilSide And then he fused together with his even stronger father...]]
* Nin Wah, from ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'', spends her first two encounters with [[BigBad Zenith]]'s Tagged goons either [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/06/12/the-tagged/ scared stupid]] or [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2010/08/15/action-packed/ grabbed with ease]]. Third time's the charm, though when she [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2011/02/06/and-shes-all-out-of-bubblegum/ fights off]] [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2011/05/15/saved-by-the-bell/ an entire room full of 'em]] before finally passing out from exhaustion.
** Then there's [[BumblingSidekick Mittens]], a general ButtMonkey who would rather be [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/10/18/cliffhanger/ watching TV than]] [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/10/25/im-watching-you-butterball/ flying the ship]]. But after getting [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2010/12/19/mittens-found/ some words of encouragement and a spiffy outfit]], he becomes the most competent character in the comic, [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2011/01/16/mittens-has-another-cunning-plan/ even scaring the previous holder of the title, Ace]].
** DoubleSubverted with the Commander himself. After [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2011/11/19/birth-of-a-spacer/ losing a tooth in the climax]], he certainly ''thinks'' he's taken a level, [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2011/11/27/give-and-take/ only for Zenith's monster to beat the smut out of him again]]. But then when that's out of the way, [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2012/02/23/the-cat-with-the-plan/ he's the one hatching a plan to save the galaxy's digitized population]], and goes [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2012/03/18/cks-epiphaly/ to barking out orders for not only his own crew, but the Velvet Knight crew as well]].
* Liquid in ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'', right about [[http://www.doctorshrugs.com/foxhound/comic.php?id=104 here]]. Possibly multiple levels. Though it's more like regaining the levels he [[http://www.doctorshrugs.com/foxhound/comic.php?id=55 lost]] before the start of the comic.
* "Doc" Schweitzer in ''WebComic/FlintlockesGuideToAzeroth'' after he [[spoiler:single-handedly kills Cheri and the Shadow Priest with [[ChekhovsGun the "Murder" macro written by the Wuff]].]]
* Katherine Gilchrist, the spooky-eyed, introverted, generally strange fabrics expert at the museum where protagonist Monica Villareal works in ''WebComic/WapsiSquare'' has leveled up after her [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/lost-dolls/ Mesa Verde adventure]], to the point where [[spoiler:she seems to be perfectly willing to [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/lost-dolls/ scream at The Library]], which has the power to jerk Titans around]].
** Monica also [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/guard-dogs/ took a level or two]].
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': ''And how.'' A ton of characters in various universes have improved in both skill and power over their U18 counterparts. To form a list:
** U3 Bardock, who keeps the future sight, has gone Super Saiyan, and has become older and wiser, and even took the Saiyan throne from Vegeta.
** U4 Zen Buu, basically a Super Buu who managed to absorb ''everyone'' with a power in his universe.
** U6's Bojack Gang, who actually defeated the Z-Fighters. And, without said Z-Fighters to stop him in his inevitable second coming, they may have actually defeated ''Broly'' as well, though the fact that Broly hasn't slaughtered them may simply be a plot-hole.
** U7's Gast Carcolh... Who is basically ''the entire Namekian race'' fused with Nail, who defeated Freeza, Cell and Majin Buu in his universe.
** U8's King Cold. In U18, he begged for his life like a coward when Trunks turned up. This time, despite knowing that he's outmatched by many fighters, he goes up to his true form anyway, which, had U18's version used in his fight with Trunks, would've allowed him to defeat him ''and Goku.''
** ''Nearly everyone in U9''. Yamcha is an android, Tien easily defeats Sun Wukong, and Videl not only has the Z-Sword, she can use the Kaio-Ken and actually give King Cold a good fight in his intermediate form.
** U10 shows off what Nail would be capable of had he actually helped fight the Ginyu Force on Namek - let's put this into perspective, this Nail could've defeated Recoome, who Vegeta couldn't defeat back then. Yes, Nail has been listed twice, but he is pretty awesome.
** Future Trunks, from U12, actually managed to give his U18 father (who is a Super Saiyan 2, just to note) a good fight, despite not being quite up to his level in power.
** U13 Nappa and Raditz, the latter of whom has a technique allowing him to become an Oozaru at will without a full moon (fake or otherwise), and in such a form actually managed to put up quite a fight against the U3 version of his father. Same with Nappa, who, while he can't quite keep up with his Super Saiyan comrades either, [[TheGadfly manages to]] [[IShallTauntYou mock]] the hell out of Freeza.
** U16 has a couple - Vegito was ridiculously powerful in U18, sure, but here we see the ''true'' extent of his power against Broly, and it is ''awe-inspiring''. Bra, being his daughter, isn't the girly-girl like her U18 counterpart (which is lampshaded in a side-comic), and is ''ridiculously'' powerful in her own right, even if she does have some ''serious'' anger issues.
** U17 Cell, who defeated Gohan in their final clash, and slaughtered the Z-Fighters easily, and likely went on to kill the Bojack Gang and Majin Buu as well. And, much like U6's Bojack Gang, may have actually managed to kill Broly when the latter arrived on Earth (or this could simply be a plot-hole as well).
* Crest in ''Webcomic/{{Flipside}}'', after being DemotedToExtra for nine real-world years, makes a comeback by roughing up the gang he was terrified of the last time he was a main character.
* ''WebComic/GuildedAge'' has [[spoiler:Penk]], who starts out as a [[spoiler:drummer and herald]] with strong ideals but not much else, and then becomes an avatar of his god, gaining increased strength, resilience, and senses, and takes on leadership of the World's Rebellion's response to the Gastonian Peacemakers.