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** The 2018-2019 St. Louis Blues took this to its logical extreme by going "worst to first" within the same season. At the beginning of 2019, with the season nearly halfway over, they were the worst team in the NHL. Six months later, they defeated the Boston Bruins in Game 7 to win the first Stanley Cup championship in the franchise's history.


* As with the cartoon series, so too with the toy line it's based on. When Transformers makes a new toy of an old character, the advances in manufacturing technology usually mean the toy itself is better. It is also often larger. Recent examples include Seaspray, once the Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} of the Autobots, who has a toy that is apparently both his [=G1 character=] and a character for the new line, going from an equivalent of Legends to Voyager (three size steps up; the original is three inches tall while the new one is over a foot.) This can even happen within a single line. In the ''RevengeOfTheFallen'' toy line, Bludgeon was originally a repaint of Wreckage, a decent mold from the first movie's line, but got his own unique mold which was a full size class larger, more in tune with his fan-favorite [=G1=] self, and dripping with flavor.

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* As with the cartoon series, so too with the toy line it's based on. When Transformers makes a new toy of an old character, the advances in manufacturing technology usually mean the toy itself is better. It is also often larger. Recent examples include Seaspray, once the Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} of the Autobots, who has a toy that is apparently both his [=G1 character=] and a character for the new line, going from an equivalent of Legends to Voyager (three size steps up; the original is three inches tall while the new one is over a foot.) This can even happen within a single line. In the ''RevengeOfTheFallen'' ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' toy line, Bludgeon was originally a repaint of Wreckage, a decent mold from the first movie's line, but got his own unique mold which was a full size class larger, more in tune with his fan-favorite [=G1=] self, and dripping with flavor.


* {{Music/Katy Perry}}'s ''Roar'' is about a girl who starts as a ShallowLoveInterest, but after breaking up with her boyfriend goes on to become a strong independent woman. The video goes one step further as Katy plays a city girl whose plane crashes in the jungle, and when her [[Franchise/IndianaJones Indiana-expy]] boyfriend is eaten, she levels up into a JunglePrincess.

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* {{Music/Katy Perry}}'s ''Roar'' is about a girl who starts as a ShallowLoveInterest, love interest to a boy, but after breaking up with her boyfriend goes on to become a strong independent woman. The video goes one step further as Katy plays a city girl whose plane crashes in the jungle, and when her [[Franchise/IndianaJones Indiana-expy]] boyfriend is eaten, she levels up into a JunglePrincess.


* Elefseus in {{Sound Horizon}}'s Moira. After his sister is killed, he turns into Amethystos, prince of taking down fate.
* Paul McCartney's ''Live and Let Die'' says that "you used to have a heart like an open book and say live and let live, but if this world in which we're living makes you cry...say live and LET DIE!!!" BreakTheCutie into Badass.

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* Elefseus in {{Sound Music/{{Sound Horizon}}'s Moira. After his sister is killed, he turns into Amethystos, prince of taking down fate.
* Paul McCartney's [=McCartney=]'s ''Live and Let Die'' says that "you used to have a heart like an open book and say live and let live, but if this world in which we're living makes you cry...say live and LET DIE!!!" BreakTheCutie into Badass.

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* "Chainsaw Earle" by Newfoundland folk/comedy band Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers tells of the eponymous Earle, a scrawny weakling who grew up in a town full of lumberjacks. Too weak to even lift up a chainsaw, he was despised and mistreated by everyone until [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere he got fed up and left town]]. He returns 16 years later as an enormously muscled giant carrying a {{BFS}}-sized chainsaw and pulls a BigDamnHeroes, saving the town from burning down in a raging forest fire. [[spoiler:He then burns it down ''himself'' by accident, because even though he got a lot bigger and stronger, he's still just as ''stupid'' as he was before.]]


* {{Music/Katy Perry}}'s Roar is about a girl who starts as a ShallowLoveInterest, but after breaking up with her boyfriend goes on to become a strong independent woman. The video goes one step further as Katy plays a city girl whose plane crashes in the jungle, and when her [[Franchise/IndianaJones Indiana-expy]] boyfriend is eaten, she levels up into a JunglePrincess.

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* {{Music/Katy Perry}}'s Roar ''Roar'' is about a girl who starts as a ShallowLoveInterest, but after breaking up with her boyfriend goes on to become a strong independent woman. The video goes one step further as Katy plays a city girl whose plane crashes in the jungle, and when her [[Franchise/IndianaJones Indiana-expy]] boyfriend is eaten, she levels up into a JunglePrincess.JunglePrincess.
* Perry again, in the ''Part of Me'' music video, starts as a heartbroken woman who just broke up with her cheating boyfriend. She joins the US Marine Corps and transforms into a badass soldier.


* It didn't matter whether they played in Buffalo (as the Braves), San Diego, or Los Angeles -- the Clippers were a running joke for most of their first four decades in the NBA. They had a penny-pinching, uncouth owner in Donald Sterling, an established reputation for losing, and an inability to hang on to top players, who would either be traded away in bad deals, or leave via free agency once their contracts expired. But when 2009 first-overall pick Blake Griffin debuted in the 2010-11 season (he missed what would have been rookie year due to injury), things began to turn around. And when the Clippers acquired Chris Paul via trade ahead of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, Lob City was born. As of 2016, the Clippers have finally become consistent winners, and become the top NBA team in L.A. after decades of playing a poor second fiddle to the Lakers.

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* It didn't matter whether they played in Buffalo (as the Braves), San Diego, or Los Angeles -- the Clippers were a running joke for most of their first four decades in the NBA. They had a penny-pinching, uncouth owner in Donald Sterling, an established reputation for losing, and an inability to hang on to top players, who would either be traded away in bad deals, or leave via free agency once their contracts expired. But when 2009 first-overall pick Blake Griffin debuted in the 2010-11 season (he missed what would have been his rookie year due to injury), things began to turn around. And when the Clippers acquired Chris Paul via trade ahead of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, Lob City was born. As of 2016, the Clippers have finally become consistent winners, and become the top NBA team in L.A. after decades of playing a poor second fiddle to the Lakers.


* As a player example, Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs basketball team. During the 2012-2013 postseason, he was widely known as the chubby guy sitting on the bench, [[TheHeart cheering his teammates on]] by enthusiastically waving a towel whenever they scored a basket. After his team lost the championship, he was determined to prove that he deserved time on the court, so he went on a strict diet, lost weight, and trained rigorously. Flash forward to the 2013-2014 season, and he's been absolutely killing it as the backup point guard, helping the Spurs to maintain their top-seed record by stepping in for the injured Tony Parker and going off for ''30 points or more'' in his best games -- a number that would be considered respectable for superstars like Kevin Durant and Lebron James.

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* As a player example, Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs basketball team. During the 2012-2013 postseason, he was widely known as the chubby guy sitting on the bench, [[TheHeart cheering his teammates on]] by enthusiastically waving a towel whenever they scored a basket. After his team lost the championship, he was determined to prove that he deserved time on the court, so he went on a strict diet, lost weight, and trained rigorously. Flash forward to the 2013-2014 season, and he's been absolutely killing it as the backup point guard, helping the Spurs to maintain their top-seed record by stepping in for the injured Tony Parker and going off for ''30 points or more'' in his best games -- a number that would be considered respectable for superstars like Kevin Durant and Lebron James.[=LeBron=] James.
* It didn't matter whether they played in Buffalo (as the Braves), San Diego, or Los Angeles -- the Clippers were a running joke for most of their first four decades in the NBA. They had a penny-pinching, uncouth owner in Donald Sterling, an established reputation for losing, and an inability to hang on to top players, who would either be traded away in bad deals, or leave via free agency once their contracts expired. But when 2009 first-overall pick Blake Griffin debuted in the 2010-11 season (he missed what would have been rookie year due to injury), things began to turn around. And when the Clippers acquired Chris Paul via trade ahead of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, Lob City was born. As of 2016, the Clippers have finally become consistent winners, and become the top NBA team in L.A. after decades of playing a poor second fiddle to the Lakers.


* Mata Nui from ''{{Bionicle}}'' seems to go down a few levels of badass at first, after which he explains that he never actually was that badass, just very powerful. Then he throws a HumongousMecha under a moon/fragment of the planet he's standing on, crushing the BigBad.

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* Mata Nui from ''{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' seems to go down a few levels of badass at first, after which he explains that he never actually was that badass, just very powerful. Then he throws a HumongousMecha under a moon/fragment of the planet he's standing on, crushing the BigBad.


* Parodied in ''[[TeamAmericaWorldPolice Team America: World Police]]'' with the "montage" song.

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* Parodied in ''[[TeamAmericaWorldPolice Team America: World Police]]'' ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' with the "montage" song.


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* ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'':
** In the fourth novel and Season 5 [[spoiler:Arthéon]] became this by getting promoted from mere PlayerCharacter to a player-controlled world boss whose stats are superior to all three UltimateGamer386 characters of the franchise taken together.
** The duel between [[spoiler:Omega Zell and Gaea]] shown in the webseries was preceded by showing that the trope applies to both parties: [[spoiler:Gaea broke out of the "coward" part of her usually DirtyCoward self merely by asking for the duel and keeping up with Omega Zell who's starting to reap the benefits of being in Justice guild]].
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* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' had Pat Patton, who was originally a BumblingSidekick for Tracy in the first few years. However, before the 1930s ended, Pat grew to be a hardheaded and reasonably efficient police detective who can find the important clues and save the day when called upon.
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* In the fourth novel and Season 5 of ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', [[spoiler:Arthéon]] became this by getting promoted from mere PlayerCharacter to a player-controlled world boss whose stats are superior to all three UltimateGamer386 characters of the franchise taken together. The duel between [[spoiler:Omega Zell and Gaea]] shown in the webseries was preceded by showing that the trope applies to both parties: [[spoiler:Gaea broke out of the "coward" part of her usually DirtyCoward self merely by asking for the duel and keeping up with Omega Zell who's starting to reap the benefits of being in Justice guild]].

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* ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'':
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In the fourth novel and Season 5 of ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', [[spoiler:Arthéon]] became this by getting promoted from mere PlayerCharacter to a player-controlled world boss whose stats are superior to all three UltimateGamer386 characters of the franchise taken together. together.
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The duel between [[spoiler:Omega Zell and Gaea]] shown in the webseries was preceded by showing that the trope applies to both parties: [[spoiler:Gaea broke out of the "coward" part of her usually DirtyCoward self merely by asking for the duel and keeping up with Omega Zell who's starting to reap the benefits of being in Justice guild]].


* In the fourth novel and Season 5 of ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', [[spoiler:Arthéon]] became this by getting promoted from mere player character to a character-controlled world boss whose stats are superior to all three UltimateGamer386 character of the franchise taken together. The duel between [[spoiler:Omega Zell and Gaea]] shown in the webseries was preceded by showing that the trope applies to both parties: [[spoiler:Gaea broke out of the "coward part" of her usually Dirty Coward self merely by asking for the duel and keeping up with Omega Zell who's starting to reap the benefits of being in Justice guild]].

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* In the fourth novel and Season 5 of ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', [[spoiler:Arthéon]] became this by getting promoted from mere player character PlayerCharacter to a character-controlled player-controlled world boss whose stats are superior to all three UltimateGamer386 character characters of the franchise taken together. The duel between [[spoiler:Omega Zell and Gaea]] shown in the webseries was preceded by showing that the trope applies to both parties: [[spoiler:Gaea broke out of the "coward part" "coward" part of her usually Dirty Coward DirtyCoward self merely by asking for the duel and keeping up with Omega Zell who's starting to reap the benefits of being in Justice guild]].


* As a player example, Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs basketball team. During the 2012-2013 postseason, he was widely known as the chubby guy sitting on the bench, [[TheHeart cheering his teammates on]] by enthusiastically waving a towel whenever they scored a basket. After his team lost the championship, he was determined to prove that he deserved time on the court, so he went on a strict diet, lost weight, and trained rigorously. Flash forward to the 2013-2014 season, and he's been absolutely killing it as the backup point guard, helping the Spurs to maintain their top-seed record by stepping in for the injured Tony Parker and going off for ''30 points or more'' in his best games -- a stat that would be considered respectable for players like Kevin Durant and Lebron James.

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* As a player example, Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs basketball team. During the 2012-2013 postseason, he was widely known as the chubby guy sitting on the bench, [[TheHeart cheering his teammates on]] by enthusiastically waving a towel whenever they scored a basket. After his team lost the championship, he was determined to prove that he deserved time on the court, so he went on a strict diet, lost weight, and trained rigorously. Flash forward to the 2013-2014 season, and he's been absolutely killing it as the backup point guard, helping the Spurs to maintain their top-seed record by stepping in for the injured Tony Parker and going off for ''30 points or more'' in his best games -- a stat number that would be considered respectable for players superstars like Kevin Durant and Lebron James.

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