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* A fair amount of the cast in Fanfic/Digimon02TheStoryWeNeverTold falls under this umbrella. The older Digidestined take a much more active role in the post-Digimon Emperor arcs. Sora avoided her [[{{Chickification}} chickification]]. [[spoiler: Ken built his own anti-Digimon weapons after the death of Wormmon. Kari mastered her powers over light. Dagomon is a threat equal to the Dark Masters. Sora and Matt's fathers (plus Izzy's parents) are revealed to have been the original Digidestined]] But the crown jewel goes to [[spoiler: Yukio Oikawa]]. [[spoiler: In canon, he was nothing more than a pawn of Myotismon. Here he's the BigBad, a former Digidestined, and comes very close to destroying, or rather merging, both worlds. He not only invented most of Ken's technology, but also proved capable of reprogramming the code of the Digital World, he created the D3s, D-Terminals, AND Veemon, Hawkmon, and Armadillomon. And to cap things off, he manipulated everyone from the Digidestined all the way up to the Digimon Sovereigns and Dagomon himself]]. FromNobodyToNightmare barely scratches the surface of the difference.

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* A fair amount of the cast in Fanfic/Digimon02TheStoryWeNeverTold ''Fanfic/Digimon02TheStoryWeNeverTold'' falls under this umbrella. The older Digidestined take a much more active role in the post-Digimon Emperor arcs. Sora avoided her [[{{Chickification}} chickification]]. [[spoiler: Ken built his own anti-Digimon weapons after the death of Wormmon. Kari mastered her powers over light. Dagomon is a threat equal to the Dark Masters. Sora and Matt's fathers (plus Izzy's parents) are revealed to have been the original Digidestined]] But the crown jewel goes to [[spoiler: Yukio Oikawa]]. [[spoiler: In canon, he was nothing more than a pawn of Myotismon. Here he's the BigBad, a former Digidestined, and comes very close to destroying, or rather merging, both worlds. He not only invented most of Ken's technology, but also proved capable of reprogramming the code of the Digital World, he created the D3s, D-Terminals, AND Veemon, Hawkmon, and Armadillomon. And to cap things off, he manipulated everyone from the Digidestined all the way up to the Digimon Sovereigns and Dagomon himself]]. FromNobodyToNightmare barely scratches the surface of the difference.difference.



* Everyone in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5390962/1/AU-A-Saiyan-Warrior AU: A Saiyan Warrior]]'' ends up stronger as a result of Bardock leaving a message in Kakarot's pod before he's sent to Earth. By the time Raditz arrives on Earth, Kakarot is roughly ten times as strong as Goku was in canon. Special mention goes to Krillin as he, not Kakarot, receives training under King Kai and thus becomes one of the Z Fighter's heavy hitters.

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* Everyone in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5390962/1/AU-A-Saiyan-Warrior AU: A Saiyan Warrior]]'' ends up stronger as a result of Bardock leaving a message in Kakarot's pod before he's sent to Earth. By the time Raditz arrives on Earth, Kakarot is roughly ten times as strong as Goku was in canon. Special mention goes to Krillin as he, not Kakarot, receives training under King Kai and thus becomes one of the Z Fighter's Fighters' heavy hitters.


* Laura Barton's maiden name in ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/16646174 Security]]'' is [[ComicBook/X23 Laura Howlett]]. While their powers aren't stated, her children with Clint are also mutants.

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* Laura Barton's maiden name in ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/16646174 Security]]'' is [[ComicBook/X23 [[ComicBook/{{X23}} Laura Howlett]]. While their powers aren't stated, her children with Clint are also mutants.



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* Laura Barton's maiden name in ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/16646174 Security]]'' is [[ComicBook/X23 Laura Howlett]]. While their powers aren't stated, her children with Clint are also mutants.

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* ''Fanfic/NewTamaran'':
** Scarecrow can normally be easily taken out by Batman, but here he goes toe-to-toe with an Amazon princess and an overpowered half-demon. Of course, he does fight both with magically enhanced fear toxin.
** Zig-zagged with Steve Trevor. While hes never been a weakling, he tends to be overshadowed by characters with god-like strength. Here, he leads an assault on an invading Tamaranean army, and even after he loses his plane, he still manages to take out several alien attackers before going face-to-face with Wildfire and punching him into the Washington Monument.


* The titular character of ''[[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/petunia-evans-tomb-raider-harry-potter-au-tomb-raider-crossover-complete.676576/ Petunia Evans, Tomb Raider]]''. A mere {{Muggle}} only known for being a shrew of an aunt in canon, here she is a fully-accredited AdventurerArchaeologist employed by Gringotts to work alongside their Curse-Breakers (here Squibs can see magic and are immune to Muggle-repelling charms). Her EstablishingCharacterMoment is [[FeedItABomb blowing up a Sand Drake]] with a ''[[{{BFG}} rocket launcher]]'', and she is integral in [[spoiler: Voldemort's final defeat]]. [[AdaptationalHeroism Oh, and she's good at raising Harry as a single aunt]].

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* The titular character of ''[[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/petunia-evans-tomb-raider-harry-potter-au-tomb-raider-crossover-complete.676576/ Petunia Evans, Tomb Raider]]''.''Fanfic/PetuniaEvansTombRaider''. A mere {{Muggle}} only known for being a shrew of an aunt in canon, here she is a fully-accredited AdventurerArchaeologist employed by Gringotts to work alongside their Curse-Breakers (here Squibs can see magic and are immune to Muggle-repelling charms). Her EstablishingCharacterMoment is [[FeedItABomb blowing up a Sand Drake]] with a ''[[{{BFG}} rocket launcher]]'', and she is integral in [[spoiler: Voldemort's final defeat]]. [[AdaptationalHeroism Oh, and she's good at raising Harry as a single aunt]].



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* ''Fanfic/LoudEdDrama'' Heather is still the [[BigBad main antagonist]] of the story, but she is more socially savvy than she was in canon, where she let herself be openly hated at all times.


* [[Anime/OnePiece Makino]] in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12696961/2/Stallion-of-the-Line Stallion of the Line]]'' joins Luffy/[[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma]] on his journey and due to training with both Luffy and Garp, knows Armament Haki.

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* [[Anime/OnePiece [[Franchise/OnePiece Makino]] in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12696961/2/Stallion-of-the-Line Stallion of the Line]]'' Line]]'', joins Luffy/[[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma]] on his journey and due to training with both Luffy and Garp, knows Armament Haki.



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** While we never actually see him in combat, Metal Knight is now S-Class Rank 2. He has an entire army of robots at his command and he is the sole protector of an entire city. Additionally, Dr Bofoi himself is a powerful cyborg, the only clue WordOfGod reveal of his true power? "[[VideoGame/MetalGearRising Nanomachines, son.]]"


* In {{Creator/madsthenerdygirl}}'s ''Fanfic/MCURewrites'', Sharon Carter is given more focus that shows her to be a competent fighter. ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/11652534 Captain America: Ghosts of HYDRA]]'' has her accompany Steve Rogers in his mission to help Bucky Barnes and take down what's left of HYDRA. She mows down numerous HYDRA agents, gets into a fight with Brock Rumlow/Crossbones, [[spoiler:and takes on [[SuperSoldier Winter Solder Josef]] and comes out on top by [[BoomHeadshot shooting him in the face]].]] In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/11652651 Avengers: Civil War]]'', [[spoiler:she helps Maria Hill bust Scott Lang, Clint Barton, and Sam Wilson out of the Raft Prison and blow it up.]]

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* In {{Creator/madsthenerdygirl}}'s ''Fanfic/MCURewrites'', [[ComicBook/Agent13 Sharon Carter Carter]] is given more focus that shows her to be a competent fighter. ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/11652534 Captain America: Ghosts of HYDRA]]'' has her accompany Steve Rogers in his mission to help Bucky Barnes and take down what's left of HYDRA. She mows down numerous HYDRA agents, gets into a fight with Brock Rumlow/Crossbones, [[spoiler:and takes on [[SuperSoldier Winter Solder Josef]] and comes out on top by [[BoomHeadshot shooting him in the face]].]] In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/11652651 Avengers: Civil War]]'', [[spoiler:she helps Maria Hill bust Scott Lang, Clint Barton, and Sam Wilson out of the Raft Prison and blow it up.]]


* {{Fanfic/Traveler}} does this pretty much across the board. Of note is Ash himself, who goes from headstrong and clueless in the anime to a more calm and collected battler who makes it all the way to the finals of his first Pokemon League, and shortly thereafter accepts a position as an Elite Four trainee.
** More than anyone though, the biggest jumps in badass come from the legendaries. Rather than OlympusMons that are powerful but can be beaten and even captured by the right strategy, or even just a strong enough opponent, in Traveler, the legendaries are just that, ''legends'': uncontrollable forces of nature that can impact whole nations by their mere presence, and whose full power can permanently change the shape of the world.


* From ''Fanfic/DuelingTriggerFinger'': [[Anime/YuGiOh Rex Raptor]] gets to show just how competent of a duelist he is while dueling [[VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}} Makoto]]. Even though Makoto wins, it was ''not'' easy.
** [[VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}} Celeste]] was already competent to start with in canon, but here she's a freaking treat. Not only is she one of the more skilled duelists in the story, but she is putting that gambling talent of hers to work given her collusion with [[ArcVillain Marik]].

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* From ''Fanfic/DuelingTriggerFinger'': [[Anime/YuGiOh Rex Raptor]] gets to show just how competent of a duelist he is while dueling [[VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}} [[VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc Makoto]]. Even though Makoto wins, it was ''not'' easy.
** [[VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}} [[VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc Celeste]] was already competent to start with in canon, but here she's a freaking treat. Not only is she one of the more skilled duelists in the story, but she is putting that gambling talent of hers to work given her collusion with [[ArcVillain Marik]].



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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3665921/1/Black-Flames-Dance-In-The-Wind-Rise-of-Naruto Black Flames Dance in the Winde: Rise of Naruto]]'', not only is Naruto S-Rank at graduation, but Anko, Zabuza, and a few others are all S-Ranked as well.


** In canon, Ash was an IdiotHero known to slack off his training and earning half his badges without beating the gym leaders. In ''Traveler'', is reasonably intelligent, spends most of his waking hours training his team, and wins every badge legitimately. After getting his eigth badge, Ash tours Kanto again and beats each gym leader's real team. Finally, Ash takes second place at the Indigo Conference and gets taken on as an Elite Four trainee.

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** In canon, Ash was an IdiotHero known to slack off his training and earning half his badges without beating the gym leaders.leaders at the beginning of his journey. In ''Traveler'', is reasonably intelligent, spends most of his waking hours training his team, and wins every badge legitimately. After getting his eigth eighth badge, Ash tours Kanto again and beats each gym leader's real team. Finally, Ash takes second place at the Indigo Conference and gets taken on as an Elite Four trainee.



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* ''Fanfic/{{Traveler}}'':
** In canon, Ash was an IdiotHero known to slack off his training and earning half his badges without beating the gym leaders. In ''Traveler'', is reasonably intelligent, spends most of his waking hours training his team, and wins every badge legitimately. After getting his eigth badge, Ash tours Kanto again and beats each gym leader's real team. Finally, Ash takes second place at the Indigo Conference and gets taken on as an Elite Four trainee.
** The Legendaries. Rather than OlympusMons that are powerful but can be beaten and even captured by the right strategy, or even just a strong enough opponent, in ''Traveler'', the Legendaries are {{physical god}}s whose mere presence empowers nearby Pokémon and create storms that threaten entire nations.
** Bruno is able to use aura to some degree as a fofm of CharlesAtlasSuperpower.
** Ace Trainers in the games are merely NPC trainers that are somewhat stronger than most. Here, they're ACE trainers and are essentially the Pokémon Trainer equivalent of special forces like Navy Seals, SAS, and KGB.
** All Elite Four and League Champions (including former ones like Steven) have access to [[SuperMode Mega Evolution]].



* ''FanFic/TheCommission'' takes the formidable, but still in training, girls of Team RWBY and makes them TheDreaded. They're the leaders of each of their groups, all acquired via hostile takeovers, and are engaged in their own [[TheConspiracy conspiracy]] with such ruthlessness and efficiency that scares the original show's vilains. Heck, those villains appear in this fic as the girls' subordinates.

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* ''FanFic/TheCommission'' takes the formidable, but still in training, girls of Team RWBY and makes them TheDreaded. They're the leaders of each of their groups, all acquired via hostile takeovers, and are engaged in their own [[TheConspiracy conspiracy]] with such ruthlessness and efficiency that scares the original show's vilains. Heck, those villains appear in this fic as the girls' subordinates.



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* Inverted in the AlternateUniverseFic, ''Fanfic/PointOfSuccession''. Light Yagami is BroughtDownToBadass-- there's no [[ArtifactOfDoom Death Note]], which means Kira doesn't exist in this universe, [[BroughtDownToBadass "reducing" Light]] to being simply a [[BadassBookworm genius]] [[TheProfiler criminal profiler]] and [[ImprobableAimingSkills a hell of a good shot]].

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