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* Wrestling/HulkHogan was a [[https://youtu.be/mKJ5qQ19cvk?t=39s fat kid that would eat half a supermarket for attention]]


* Niki Lauda. Just being a driver in Formula One during the seventies required a fair amount of badassery given the dangers involved with the sport (an average of two drivers killed or badly wounded per season). Within the measures of the sport, however, he was less daring than most other drivers and relied heavily on preparation and optimizing his car to minimize the risks. In 1976 he [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1976_German_Grand_Prix crashed at the Nürburgring track]] (having previously tried to get the race cancelled because of the risks involved) and was caught in his burning car for over a minute, receiving severe burns and damages to his lungs due to inhaling toxic fumes. His injuries were so bad that his wife brought in a priest to administer Last Rites. Lauda was back on the tracks a mere ''six weeks'' after the crash, and with ''third-degree burns still fresh from the accident'', very nearly won the championship that year (having deferred the title to James Hunt as he felt that the inclement weather in the 1976 Japanese GP wasn't worth the risk of getting killed for, stating "my life is worth more than a title") and went on to win the following year. He went on to live for forty-three years since despite severe lung damage rivaling that of a cigarette smoker, only [[TearJerker passing away peacefully]] at the age of 70.

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* Niki Lauda.UsefulNotes/NikiLauda. Just being a driver in Formula One during the seventies required a fair amount of badassery given the dangers involved with the sport (an average of two drivers killed or badly wounded per season). Within the measures of the sport, however, he was less daring than most other drivers and relied heavily on preparation and optimizing his car to minimize the risks. In 1976 he [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1976_German_Grand_Prix crashed at the Nürburgring track]] (having previously tried to get the race cancelled because of the risks involved) and was caught in his burning car for over a minute, receiving severe burns and damages damage to his lungs due to inhaling toxic fumes. His injuries were so bad that his wife brought in a priest to administer Last Rites. Lauda was back on the tracks a mere ''six weeks'' after the crash, and with ''third-degree burns still fresh from the accident'', very nearly won the championship that year (having deferred the title to James Hunt as he felt that the inclement weather in the 1976 Japanese GP wasn't worth the risk of getting killed for, stating "my life is worth more than a title") and went on to win the following year. He went on to live for forty-three years since despite severe lung damage rivaling that of a cigarette smoker, only [[TearJerker passing away peacefully]] at the age of 70.


* Niki Lauda. Just being a driver in Formula One during the seventies required a fair amount of badassery given the dangers involved with the sport (an average of two drivers killed or badly wounded per season). Within the measures of the sport, however, he was less daring than most other drivers and relied heavily on preparation and optimizing his car to minimize the risks. In 1976 he [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1976_German_Grand_Prix crashed at the Nürburgring track]] (having previously tried to get the race cancelled because of the risks involved) and was caught in his burning car for over a minute, receiving severe burns and damages to his lungs due to inhaling toxic fumes. His injuries were so bad that his wife brought in a priest to administer Last Rites. Lauda was back on the tracks a mere ''six weeks'' after the crash, very nearly won the championship that year and went on to win the following year. The man is a living legend for a reason.

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* Niki Lauda. Just being a driver in Formula One during the seventies required a fair amount of badassery given the dangers involved with the sport (an average of two drivers killed or badly wounded per season). Within the measures of the sport, however, he was less daring than most other drivers and relied heavily on preparation and optimizing his car to minimize the risks. In 1976 he [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1976_German_Grand_Prix crashed at the Nürburgring track]] (having previously tried to get the race cancelled because of the risks involved) and was caught in his burning car for over a minute, receiving severe burns and damages to his lungs due to inhaling toxic fumes. His injuries were so bad that his wife brought in a priest to administer Last Rites. Lauda was back on the tracks a mere ''six weeks'' after the crash, and with ''third-degree burns still fresh from the accident'', very nearly won the championship that year (having deferred the title to James Hunt as he felt that the inclement weather in the 1976 Japanese GP wasn't worth the risk of getting killed for, stating "my life is worth more than a title") and went on to win the following year. The man is a living legend He went on to live for forty-three years since despite severe lung damage rivaling that of a reason.cigarette smoker, only [[TearJerker passing away peacefully]] at the age of 70.


* Creator/AudieMurphy, first when a German machine gun nest [[ISurrenderSuckers pretended to surrender]] then [[HeartbrokenBadass killed his friend]]. He killed them, captured the machine gun and several grenades and turned them on the Germans, destroying anything wearing the wrong uniform, [[HeroicBSOD then shut down completely]]. His biggest distinction was his Medal of Honour incident, where the tank destroyers supporting his company were almost completely wiped out, so when he ran out of ammunition in his M1 Carbine, he jumped on a ''burning'' tank destroyer and kept firing its turret mounted machine gun until it overheated and stopped working.

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* Creator/AudieMurphy, first when a German machine gun nest [[ISurrenderSuckers pretended to surrender]] then [[HeartbrokenBadass killed his friend]]. He killed them, captured the machine gun and several grenades and turned them on the Germans, destroying anything wearing the wrong uniform, [[HeroicBSOD then shut down completely]]. His biggest distinction was his Medal of Honour incident, where the tank destroyers supporting his company were almost completely wiped out, so when he ran out of ammunition in his M1 Carbine, he jumped on a ''burning'' tank destroyer and kept firing its turret mounted turret-mounted machine gun until it overheated and stopped working.



* UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan and the Mongols. He started off his "career" as a vassal to one of his father's friends, the tribes largely fractured and nomadic. By the end of his life he was the leader of a mighty, united Mongol Empire, becoming the scourge of the known world. His hordes carved out conquests that stretched from Siberia to Italy.

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* UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan and the Mongols. He started off his "career" as a vassal to one of his father's friends, the tribes largely fractured and nomadic. By the end of his life life, he was the leader of a mighty, united Mongol Empire, becoming the scourge of the known world. His hordes carved out conquests that stretched from Siberia to Italy.



* UsefulNotes/{{Can|ucksWithChinooks}}ada in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Before entering, Canada was just some British colony overseas that no one really knew about. Afterwards, by the end of the war, German soldiers knew that if there were Canadian soldiers placed, they better prepare for an offensive attack.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Can|ucksWithChinooks}}ada in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Before entering, Canada was just some British colony overseas that no one really knew about. Afterwards, Afterward, by the end of the war, German soldiers knew that if there were Canadian soldiers placed, they better prepare for an offensive attack.



* The British Isles, when they became an empire. Originally, they were notable for being the origin of some myths and stories, but were largely just a small country that posed no threat. Then they started stealing gold from the Spaniards to fund a fleet, and developed a Navy that would become unbeatable for years to come. They arose, formed colonies on America and became an empire, and when they severed from that, they formed UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire. At their peak, they were the single strongest superpower in the world. The sun never set on UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire, and for good reason. [[TheAtoner Then they gave it all back and became a relatively peaceful country, using their power to help its allies.]]
** [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Their army]] had one during the Great War. While its standing army was one of the most professional forces the isles have ever produced, it was miniscule. However, with a mass recruitment drive and a realization that the Royal Navy could not end the war quickly, the Army turned from a highly-drilled minnow to a juggernaut that equaled the French and German Armies - and, more than that, for all the talk of "lions led by donkeys", it was the British Army that most enthusiastically adopted the new technologies and concepts that WWI necessitated. By 1918, the tiny British Expeditionary Force had metastasized into the world's most mechanized army and the world's largest air force.

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* The British Isles, when they became an empire. Originally, they were notable for being the origin of some myths and stories, stories but were largely just a small country that posed no threat. Then they started stealing gold from the Spaniards to fund a fleet, fleet and developed a Navy that would become unbeatable for years to come. They arose, formed colonies on America and became an empire, and when they severed from that, they formed UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire. At their peak, they were the single strongest superpower in the world. The sun never set on UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire, and for good reason. [[TheAtoner Then they gave it all back and became a relatively peaceful country, using their power to help its allies.]]
** [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Their army]] had one during the Great War. While its standing army was one of the most professional forces the isles have ever produced, it was miniscule.minuscule. However, with a mass recruitment drive and a realization that the Royal Navy could not end the war quickly, the Army turned from a highly-drilled minnow to a juggernaut that equaled the French and German Armies - and, more than that, for all the talk of "lions led by donkeys", it was the British Army that most enthusiastically adopted the new technologies and concepts that WWI necessitated. By 1918, the tiny British Expeditionary Force had metastasized into the world's most mechanized army and the world's largest air force.



* Japan, 1850-2000: A fractious, feudal archipelago that had closed itself off from most of the world and known no war for 300 years, very likely to be merely the next target for colonialisation by the western superpowers; while known from some European sources from centuries prior for apparently having tons of gold, no one except their select few trading partners knew what really went on, and besides, for the longest time it had been overshadowed by its giant neighbor (and by that time, the newly designated-ChewToy-of-the-western-powers-of-the-week) China. Then Matthew Perry crashed in with his giant, towering black ships billowing smoke, and the little country, seeing how behind they were, and also the once grand China's downward spiral into chaos at the hands of western powers, it scoured the world, pretty much modernised everything it can, and became a great power, being able to treat on equal terms with the likes of the United Kingdom, the French Empire, the German Empire, and the United States. It also managed to send Russia into civil war by winning a war against it, and leveraged its power into an empire of its own in the Pacific and parts of mainland Asia, becoming a highly militaristic society, the resulting army notorious for its extreme brutality and ruthlessness, and when others criticized it for its expansionism, it decided to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere literally walk out of the League of Nations]]. Even after losing in WWII, Japan goes from an economy and country in shambles which had quite literally been burned to the ground to an industrial and technological power-house that dominated the computer and car-manufacturing industry. Also, for a long time, it was the one of the very few, if not the only, First World countries not predominantly Caucasian. And as of 2014, while going through a long period of recession, it is still the third biggest economic superpower; a far cry from the backward, isolated, and unknown archipelago it was a mere 150 years ago.

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* Japan, 1850-2000: A fractious, feudal archipelago that had closed itself off from most of the world and known no war for 300 years, very likely to be merely the next target for colonialisation by the western superpowers; while known from some European sources from centuries prior for apparently having tons of gold, no one except their select few trading partners knew what really went on, and besides, for the longest time it had been overshadowed by its giant neighbor (and by that time, the newly designated-ChewToy-of-the-western-powers-of-the-week) China. Then Matthew Perry crashed in with his giant, towering black ships billowing smoke, and the little country, seeing how behind they were, and also the once grand China's downward spiral into chaos at the hands of western powers, it scoured the world, pretty much modernised everything it can, and became a great power, being able to treat on equal terms with the likes of the United Kingdom, the French Empire, the German Empire, and the United States. It also managed to send Russia into civil war by winning a war against it, and leveraged its power into an empire of its own in the Pacific and parts of mainland Asia, becoming a highly militaristic society, the resulting army notorious for its extreme brutality and ruthlessness, and when others criticized it for its expansionism, it decided to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere literally walk out of the League of Nations]]. Even after losing in WWII, Japan goes from an economy and country in shambles which had quite literally been burned to the ground to an industrial and technological power-house that dominated the computer and car-manufacturing industry. Also, for a long time, it was the one of the very few, if not the only, First World countries not predominantly Caucasian. And as of 2014, while going through a long period of recession, it is still the third biggest economic superpower; a far cry from the backward, isolated, and unknown archipelago it was a mere 150 years ago.



* China, though this is more one preceded by a ''massive'' fall from grace. The country was prosperous for much of its history, as the local neighborhood boss of Eastern Asia and keeper of the hegemony, inventor of half the things in all of existence, admired by even far-off European countries, considering all around it mere barbarians compared to the majesty of the kingdom that stood at the center of all (hence "Middle Kingdom")... Then the British sold them boatloads of opium. [[TraumaCongaLine And from there everything]] ''[[TraumaCongaLine absolutely went to shit]]''. By the late 19th century, it was the ChewToy of the west, as well as previously friendly neighbor Japan, its population weak, traumatized, drugged, or all of the above, and by the early-mid 20th century it had become one big warzone as Japan continued on its warpath across the country, pillaging what was left of it. When Mao Tse-tung/[[UsefulNotes/WhyMaoChangedHisName Zedong]] took power with his take on Communism (after yet another 3 years of civil war that erupted almost ''immediately'' after Japan relinquished control) in the late 40's, it only served to [[FromBadToWorse somehow make things even worse]]. However, after the economic reforms under Deng Xiaoping, climbing out of a dark abyss of almost 150 years of chaos, invasions, exploitation, natural disasters, chaos, disease, famine, civil war, [[RuleOfThree and more chaos]] that would kill any normal country, in a mere 40 years or so it has once again become a global power that many believe even rivals, and may overtake, the USA. However, it's also thought that it pales in comparison to the glory that was Imperial China in some ways (i.e., Qing China used to make up a third of the world's GDP, now it's less than half that), and with its unstable economy, impending water crisis, exodus of millionaires and talent to other countries, and high amounts of corruption, it's unknown what awaits it in the long-term future.

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* China, though this is more one preceded by a ''massive'' fall from grace. The country was prosperous for much of its history, as the local neighborhood boss of Eastern Asia and keeper of the hegemony, inventor of half the things in all of existence, admired by even far-off European countries, considering all around it mere barbarians compared to the majesty of the kingdom that stood at the center of all (hence "Middle Kingdom")... Then the British sold them boatloads of opium. [[TraumaCongaLine And from there everything]] ''[[TraumaCongaLine absolutely went to shit]]''. By the late 19th century, it was the ChewToy of the west, as well as previously friendly neighbor Japan, its population weak, traumatized, drugged, or all of the above, and by the early-mid 20th century it had become one big warzone as Japan continued on its warpath across the country, pillaging what was left of it. When Mao Tse-tung/[[UsefulNotes/WhyMaoChangedHisName Zedong]] took power with his take on Communism (after yet another 3 years of civil war that erupted almost ''immediately'' after Japan relinquished control) in the late 40's, '40s, it only served to [[FromBadToWorse somehow make things even worse]]. However, after the economic reforms under Deng Xiaoping, climbing out of a dark abyss of almost 150 years of chaos, invasions, exploitation, natural disasters, chaos, disease, famine, civil war, [[RuleOfThree and more chaos]] that would kill any normal country, in a mere 40 years or so it has once again become a global power that many believe even rivals, and may overtake, the USA. However, it's also thought that it pales in comparison to the glory that was Imperial China in some ways (i.e., Qing China used to make up a third of the world's GDP, now it's less than half that), and with its unstable economy, impending water crisis, exodus of millionaires and talent to other countries, and high amounts of corruption, it's unknown what awaits it in the long-term future.



* Wild animals in general start out as tiny and very weak babies, only for them to grow up (if they survive long enough) and have things like venom, razor-sharp claws and teeth, horns, antlers, tusks, fast speed, huge strength etc. You could say the same about humanity, for that matter.
* [[ThreateningShark Sharks.]] For a long time in their history, sharks were the {{butt monkey}}s for all manner of nastier sea creatures. Sure, they were capable predators and numerous, but giant placoderms and mososaurs and [[AlwaysABiggerFish bigger fish]] made life for them hell. That all changed after the KT Extinction Event. Sharks filled in the gaps left behind by the now-extinct aquatic predators and exploded into numerous variant species, living in every possible environment in the ocean, and becoming its top predators in many of those environments. It was only after the evolution of large toothed whales and dolphins like the sperm whale and orca that sharks had real competitors.

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* Wild animals in general start out as tiny and very weak babies, only for them to grow up (if they survive long enough) and have things like venom, razor-sharp claws claws, and teeth, horns, antlers, tusks, fast speed, huge strength strength, etc. You could say the same about humanity, for that matter.
* [[ThreateningShark Sharks.]] For a long time in their history, sharks were the {{butt monkey}}s for all manner of nastier sea creatures. Sure, they were capable predators and numerous, but giant placoderms and mososaurs mosasaurs and [[AlwaysABiggerFish bigger fish]] made life for them hell. That all changed after the KT Extinction Event. Sharks filled in the gaps left behind by the now-extinct aquatic predators and exploded into numerous variant species, living in every possible environment in the ocean, and becoming its top predators in many of those environments. It was only after the evolution of large toothed whales and dolphins like the sperm whale and orca that sharks had real competitors.



** And speaking of dinosaurs, the T-Rex's bitter rival ([[ArtisticLicensePaleontology at least on-screen]]) ''Triceratops'' was the end product of a long line of ceratopsian evolution that had rather humble origins. The very first ceratopsians were quite small, mostly ranging from dog to pig-sized. [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Some of them were truly strange,]] such as the bipedal ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yinlong Yinlong]]'' and the possibly amphibious ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koreaceratops Koreaceratops]]'' (This is a relatively recent discovery, so this may [[ScienceMarchesOn subject to change]]). However, towards the end of the Cretaceous period, the more recognizable four-legged, multiple large horned dinosaurs such as ''Triceratops'', ''Torosaurus'' and ''Styracosaurus'' began to appear (though the bipedal line was still running around around the same time as their bigger, four-legged cousins). They and hadrosaurs had largely replaced the North American and Asian sauropod dinosaurs, much as the carnosaurs had largely been replaced by tyrannosaurs and dromaeosaurs in the same areas.

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** And speaking of dinosaurs, the T-Rex's bitter rival ([[ArtisticLicensePaleontology at least on-screen]]) ''Triceratops'' was the end product of a long line of ceratopsian evolution that had rather humble origins. The very first ceratopsians were quite small, mostly ranging from dog to pig-sized. [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Some of them were truly strange,]] such as the bipedal ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yinlong Yinlong]]'' and the possibly amphibious ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koreaceratops Koreaceratops]]'' (This is a relatively recent discovery, so this may [[ScienceMarchesOn subject to change]]). However, towards the end of the Cretaceous period, the more recognizable four-legged, multiple large horned dinosaurs such as ''Triceratops'', ''Torosaurus'' and ''Styracosaurus'' began to appear (though the bipedal line was still running around around the same time as their bigger, four-legged cousins). They and hadrosaurs had largely replaced the North American and Asian sauropod dinosaurs, much as the carnosaurs had largely been replaced by tyrannosaurs and dromaeosaurs in the same areas.



** Similarly, chocolate's badassery went up a notch. Twice in its history. Originally, it was just a bitter drink enjoyed only by the cultures of Mesoamerica. After the Spanish conquered that region, they exported it back to Spain, where it became a sensation in the royal court, from there becoming a popular beverage for the well-to-do. But chocolate as we know it today didn't arrive until the Industrial Revolution, where a series of innovations culminating with the invention of milk chocolate by Daniel Peter and Henri Nestle in 1875 made it the mass-market product we know and love today. Now, chocolate comes in hundreds of different packages and variations. From cakes to candy bars, cookies to fruit coating and drinks both warm and cold. It's used to express love for your significant other, a treat for your kids, a gift of friendship and holds a significance in almost every major Western holiday from Valentines Day to Christmas and a staple all over the world.
* The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and America's space program overall. Constantly lagging behind the Soviets in launching the first satellite, first mammal, first man, and first woman in space; it got so desperate President Kennedy brashly declared the United States would put a man on the moon first. The first official mission in this brash project, the Apollo program, saw the deaths of three astronauts on the launchpad. From such an abysmal low point, America succeeded in launching the first humans to actually enter deep space, rather than high orbit (Apollo 8), the first docking and undocking of space craft in lunar orbit (Apollos 9 & 10) and the fulfilled President Kennedy's declaration of putting a man on another celestial body (Apollo 11). Such was the badass of America's program that they even pulled off the successful return of astronauts after an explosion in space (Apollo 13).

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** Similarly, chocolate's badassery went up a notch. Twice in its history. Originally, it was just a bitter drink enjoyed only by the cultures of Mesoamerica. After the Spanish conquered that region, they exported it back to Spain, where it became a sensation in the royal court, from there becoming a popular beverage for the well-to-do. But chocolate chocolate, as we know it today today, didn't arrive until the Industrial Revolution, where a series of innovations culminating with the invention of milk chocolate by Daniel Peter and Henri Nestle in 1875 made it the mass-market product we know and love today. Now, chocolate comes in hundreds of different packages and variations. From cakes to candy bars, cookies to fruit coating and drinks both warm and cold. It's used to express love for your significant other, a treat for your kids, a gift of friendship and holds a significance in almost every major Western holiday from Valentines Day to Christmas and a staple all over the world.
* The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and America's space program overall. Constantly lagging behind the Soviets in launching the first satellite, first mammal, first man, and first woman in space; it got so desperate President Kennedy brashly declared the United States would put a man on the moon first. The first official mission in this brash project, the Apollo program, saw the deaths of three astronauts on the launchpad. From such an abysmal abysmally low point, America succeeded in launching the first humans to actually enter deep space, rather than high orbit (Apollo 8), the first docking and undocking of space craft spacecraft in lunar orbit (Apollos 9 & 10) and the fulfilled President Kennedy's declaration of putting a man on another celestial body (Apollo 11). Such was the badass of America's program that they even pulled off the successful return of astronauts after an explosion in space (Apollo 13).


* Aron Ralston, upon whom ''Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours'' is based. He spent three days with his arm trapped under a boulder, dying, [[spoiler:then chopped his own arm off and legged it]]. He survived, obviously.

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* Aron Ralston, upon whom ''Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours'' is based. He spent three days with his arm trapped under a boulder, dying, [[spoiler:then then chopped his own arm off and legged it]].it. He survived, obviously.


* Fred Ettish, a karate instructor, was totally and humiliatingly curb-stomped in 1994 in UFC 2. He returns to CFX-Gladiator Evolution, 15 years later, '''then 53 years old''', and proceeds to ''demolish'' his opponent, who was almost 30 years younger than him. This naturally makes him a BadassGrandpa.

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* Fred Ettish, a karate instructor, was totally and humiliatingly curb-stomped in 1994 in UFC 2. He returns to CFX-Gladiator Evolution, 15 years later, '''then 53 years old''', and proceeds to ''demolish'' his opponent, who was almost 30 years younger than him. This naturally makes him a BadassGrandpa.badass.


* This applies to mammals as well. In the Mesozoic Era, the best they could really do was prey on young dinosaurs and other reptiles, and most of them were tiny, harmless critters that adapted to being nocturnal because of the intense competition. Their ancestors, the Synapsids, were fairly successful during the Permian period, but after the massive extinction that happened at the end made them into what could be called "TheChewToy" of the animal kingdom. But, when the non-avian dinosaurs and other prehistoric reptiles kicked the bucket and ushered in the Cenozoic era, the mammals [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome outcompeted every other vertebrate and became the dominant clade in the entire freakin' world]].

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* This applies to mammals as well. In the Mesozoic Era, the best they could really do was prey on young dinosaurs and other reptiles, and most of them were tiny, harmless critters that adapted to being nocturnal because of the intense competition. Their ancestors, the Synapsids, were fairly successful during the Permian period, but after the massive extinction that happened at the end made them into what could be called "TheChewToy" of the animal kingdom. But, when the non-avian dinosaurs and other prehistoric reptiles kicked the bucket and ushered in the Cenozoic era, the mammals [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome outcompeted every other vertebrate and became the dominant clade in the entire freakin' world]].
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* Many of the most famous of war heroes come from rather humble beginnings. [[ColdSniper Simo Häyhä]] spent his life before the Winter War farming and hunting and started military service in a militia. [[AcePilot Eddie Rickenbacker]] was the son of Swiss immigrants who was only educated until the age of 13 and nearly died in several varied accidents. [[TankGoodness Michael Wittmann]] was the son of a farmer and began his military service as a private.

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* Many of the most famous of war heroes come from rather humble beginnings. [[ColdSniper Simo Häyhä]] UsefulNotes/SimoHayha spent his life before the Winter War farming and hunting and started military service in a militia. [[AcePilot Eddie Rickenbacker]] was the son of Swiss immigrants who was only educated until the age of 13 and nearly died in several varied accidents. [[TankGoodness Michael Wittmann]] was the son of a farmer and began his military service as a private.



* The [[RagtagBunchofMisfits Continental Army]] at Valley Forge. Marching in from a nasty defeat at Brandywine which cost the fledgling United States its capital, they wintered at Valley Forge, one of the geographically worst sites in the State of Pennsylvania to camp an army through the winter. There they trained under [[DrillSergeantNasty Von Steubin]], a Prussian veteran, who ensured that by spring they could face the British Redcoats on nearly equal terms.

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* The [[RagtagBunchofMisfits Continental Army]] at Valley Forge. Marching in from a nasty defeat at Brandywine which cost the fledgling United States its capital, they wintered at Valley Forge, one of the geographically worst sites in the State of Pennsylvania to camp an army through the winter. There they trained under [[DrillSergeantNasty Von Steubin]], Steuben]], a Prussian veteran, who ensured that by spring they could face the British Redcoats on nearly equal terms.



* China, though this is more one preceded by a ''massive'' fall from grace. The country was prosperous for much of its history, as the local neighborhood boss of Eastern Asia and keeper of the hegemony, inventor of half the things in all of existence, admired by even far-off European countries, considering all around it mere barbarians compared to the majesty of the kingdom that stood at the center of all (hence "Middle Kingdom")... Then the British sold them boatloads of opium. [[TraumaCongaLine And from there everything]] ''[[TraumaCongaLine absolutely went to shit]]''. By the late 19th century, it was the ChewToy of the west, as well as previously friendly neighbor Japan, its population weak, traumatized, drugged, or all of the above, and by the early-mid 20th century it had become one big warzone as Japan continued on its warpath across the country, pillaging what was left of it. When Mao Tse-tung/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Zedong]] took power with his take on Communism (after yet another 3 years of civil war that erupted almost ''immediately'' after Japan relinquished control) in the late 40's, it only served to [[FromBadToWorse somehow make things even worse]]. However, after the economic reforms by Mao's successor, climbing out of a dark abyss of almost 150 years of chaos, invasions, exploitation, natural disasters, chaos, disease, famine, civil war, [[RuleOfThree and more chaos]] that would kill any normal country, in a mere 40 years or so it has once again become a global power that many believe even rivals, and may overtake, the USA. However, it's also thought that it pales in comparison to the glory that was Imperial China in some ways (i.e., Qing China used to make up a third of the world's GDP, now its less than half that), and with its unstable economy, impending water crisis, exodus of millionaires and talent to other countries, and high amounts of corruption, it's unknown what awaits it in the long-term future.

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* China, though this is more one preceded by a ''massive'' fall from grace. The country was prosperous for much of its history, as the local neighborhood boss of Eastern Asia and keeper of the hegemony, inventor of half the things in all of existence, admired by even far-off European countries, considering all around it mere barbarians compared to the majesty of the kingdom that stood at the center of all (hence "Middle Kingdom")... Then the British sold them boatloads of opium. [[TraumaCongaLine And from there everything]] ''[[TraumaCongaLine absolutely went to shit]]''. By the late 19th century, it was the ChewToy of the west, as well as previously friendly neighbor Japan, its population weak, traumatized, drugged, or all of the above, and by the early-mid 20th century it had become one big warzone as Japan continued on its warpath across the country, pillaging what was left of it. When Mao Tse-tung/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Tse-tung/[[UsefulNotes/WhyMaoChangedHisName Zedong]] took power with his take on Communism (after yet another 3 years of civil war that erupted almost ''immediately'' after Japan relinquished control) in the late 40's, it only served to [[FromBadToWorse somehow make things even worse]]. However, after the economic reforms by Mao's successor, under Deng Xiaoping, climbing out of a dark abyss of almost 150 years of chaos, invasions, exploitation, natural disasters, chaos, disease, famine, civil war, [[RuleOfThree and more chaos]] that would kill any normal country, in a mere 40 years or so it has once again become a global power that many believe even rivals, and may overtake, the USA. However, it's also thought that it pales in comparison to the glory that was Imperial China in some ways (i.e., Qing China used to make up a third of the world's GDP, now its it's less than half that), and with its unstable economy, impending water crisis, exodus of millionaires and talent to other countries, and high amounts of corruption, it's unknown what awaits it in the long-term future.



* Wild animals in general start out as tiny and very weak babies, only for them to grow up (if they survive long enough) and have things like venom, razor sharp claws and teeth, horns, antlers, tusks, fast speed, huge strength etc. You could say the same about humanity, for that matter.
* [[ThreateningShark Sharks.]] For a long time in their history, sharks were the {{butt monkey}}s for all manner of nastier sea-creatures. Sure, they were capable predators and numerous, but giant placoderms and mososaurs and [[AlwaysABiggerFish bigger fish]] made life for them hell. That all changed after the KT Extinction Event. Sharks filled in the gaps left behind by the now-extinct aquatic predators and exploded into numerous variant species, living in every possible environment in the ocean, and becoming its top predators in many of those environments. It was only after the evolution of large toothed whales and dolphins like the sperm whale and orca that sharks had real competitors.

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* Wild animals in general start out as tiny and very weak babies, only for them to grow up (if they survive long enough) and have things like venom, razor sharp razor-sharp claws and teeth, horns, antlers, tusks, fast speed, huge strength etc. You could say the same about humanity, for that matter.
* [[ThreateningShark Sharks.]] For a long time in their history, sharks were the {{butt monkey}}s for all manner of nastier sea-creatures.sea creatures. Sure, they were capable predators and numerous, but giant placoderms and mososaurs and [[AlwaysABiggerFish bigger fish]] made life for them hell. That all changed after the KT Extinction Event. Sharks filled in the gaps left behind by the now-extinct aquatic predators and exploded into numerous variant species, living in every possible environment in the ocean, and becoming its top predators in many of those environments. It was only after the evolution of large toothed whales and dolphins like the sperm whale and orca that sharks had real competitors.



* Two plants in the nightshade family got this after the Spanish explorations of the New World; the tomato and the potato. Both species of plant were relatively geographically isolated. The potato did not exist outside of what would be Peru and Bolivia, and the tomato was a part of the Aztec diet in Mexico. When the Conquistadores found them, they brought them to Europe, where both plant's popularity exploded. Try to imagine a world without potato chips, french fries, tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, sundried tomatoes or potato cannons! The potato in particular was especially important to the industrializing Europe, as the crop's heartiness and relatively cheap price kept millions in Ireland from starving (and did starve millions when a fungus caused the Potato Famine), fed millions more throughout Europe and was among the first crops grown in Europe's African and American colonies. It [[JustForPun grew]] so popular that the potato became a subject of intense admiration. MarieAntoinette even wore a headdress made of potato flowers in appreciation of spuds everywhere. When the poster lady for the ErmineCapeEffect wears your reproductive organs as a hat, you know you've made it.

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* Two plants in the nightshade family got this after the Spanish explorations of the New World; the tomato and the potato. Both species of plant were relatively geographically isolated. The potato did not exist outside of what would be Peru and Bolivia, and the tomato was a part of the Aztec diet in Mexico. When the Conquistadores found them, they brought them to Europe, where both plant's plants' popularity exploded. Try to imagine a world without potato chips, french fries, tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, sundried sun-dried tomatoes or potato cannons! The potato in particular was especially important to the industrializing Europe, as the crop's heartiness and relatively cheap price kept millions in Ireland from starving (and did starve millions when a fungus caused the Potato Famine), fed millions more throughout Europe and was among the first crops grown in Europe's African and American colonies. It [[JustForPun grew]] so popular that the potato became a subject of intense admiration. MarieAntoinette UsefulNotes/MarieAntoinette even wore a headdress made of potato flowers in appreciation of spuds everywhere. When the poster lady for the ErmineCapeEffect wears your reproductive organs as a hat, you know you've made it.


* From an acting standpoint, anyone who goes from being a supporting actor to a leading man is considered to have taken a level in badass.

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* From an acting standpoint, anyone who goes from being a supporting actor to a leading man or lady is considered to have taken a level in badass.

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* From an acting standpoint, anyone who goes from being a supporting actor to a leading man is considered to have taken a level in badass.


* Japan, 1850-2000: A fractious, feudal archipelago that had closed itself off from most of the world and known no war for 300 years, very likely to be merely the next target to be colonised by the western superpowers; while known from some European sources from centuries prior for apparently having tons of gold, no one except their select few trading partners knew what really went on, and besides, for the longest time it had been overshadowed by its giant neighbor (and by that time, the newly designated-ChewToy-of-the-western-powers-of-the-week) China. Then Matthew Perry crashed in with his giant, towering black boats billowing smoke, and the little country, seeing how behind they were, and also the once grand China's downward spiral into chaos at the hands of western powers, pretty much modernised everything it can, and became a great power, being able to treat on equal terms with the likes of the United Kingdom, the German Empire, and the United States. It also managed to send Russia into civil war by winning a war against it, and leveraged its power into an empire of its own in the Pacific and parts of mainland Asia, becoming a highly militaristic society, the resulting army notorious for its extreme brutality and ruthlessness, and when others criticized it for its expansionism, it decided to literally [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere walk out of the League of Nations]]. Even after losing in WWII, Japan goes from an economy and country in shambles which had quite literally been burned to the ground to an industrial and technological power-house that dominated the computer and car-manufacturing industry. Also, for a long time, it was the one of the very few, if not the only, First World countries not predominantly Caucasian. And as of 2014, while going through a long period of recession, it is still the third biggest economic superpower; a far cry from the backward, isolated, and unknown archipelago it was a mere 150 years ago.
* South Korea. In its formation, it was a small weak nation that got stomped by its Northern brother, having previously been occupied and exploited by the aforementioned Japanese Empire; for a long time it was actually a backwater on par with many African countries, and a desolate landscape, torn by war and little in the form of stability. It was only thanks to the United States that it didn't get fully taken over by the North in the Korean War. But then, said Americans trained the Southern soldiers, and soon, they became absolute killing machines. By the time of the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar, its soldiers were admired by everyone; American, South Vietnamese, ANZAC, [[WorthyOpponent North Vietnamese, and Vietcong]] alike, for their ruthless efficiency and sheer badassery, having thought to have killed more than even the Americans, and their navy especially was TheDreaded for all the Vietcong and NVA, known for small units made up of [[OneManArmy One Man Armies]] capable to killing thousands with little casualties and literally chopping their enemies to death in melee combat ''with their bare hands''. While it was still a backwater. From this war and aid from the United States, it rapidly modernized, becoming one of the "Four Asian Tigers" by the early 80s. Also, through sheer persistence, common citizens [[{{Determinator}} continued to resist the onslaught of dictators that again and again to subdue them until they were finally given democracy in the late 80s]]. Today it's an economic powerhouse, with an advanced standing army (that all men of age are required to join, with a decent amount of [[ActionGirl women]] also there in recent years; dodging the draft will get you ostracized for the rest of your life) that outclasses the outdated and poorly equipped North Korean army.
* China, though this is more one followed by a ''massive'' fall from grace. The country was prosperous for much of its history, as the local neighborhood boss of Eastern Asia, keeper of the hegemony, inventor of half the things in all of existence and admired by even far-off European countries, considering all around it mere barbarians compared to the majesty of the kingdom that stood at the center of all (hence "Middle Kingdom")... Then the British sold them tons of opium. [[TraumaCongaLine And from there everything]] ''[[TraumaCongaLine absolutely went to shit]]''. By the late 19th century, it was the ChewToy of the west, as well as previous friendly neighbor Japan, its population weak, traumatized, drugged, or all of the above, and by the early to mid 20th century it had become one big warzone as Japan continued on its warpath across the country, pillaging what was left of it. When Mao Tse-tung/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Zedong]] took power with his take on Communism (after yet another 3 years of civil war that erupted almost ''immediately'' after Japan relinquished control) in the late 40's, it only served to [[FromBadToWorse somehow make things even worse]]. However, after the economic reforms by Mao's successor, climbing out of a dark abyss of almost 150 years of chaos, invasions, exploitation, natural disasters, chaos, disease, famine, civil war, and more chaos that would kill any normal country, in a mere 40 years or so it has once again become a global power that many believe even rivals, and may overtake, the USA. However, it's also thought that it pales in comparison to the glory that was Imperial China in some ways (i.e., Qing China used to make up a third of the world's GDP, now its less than half that), and with its unstable economy, impending water crisis, exodus of millionaires and talent to other countries, and high amounts of corruption, it's unknown what awaits it in the long-term future.

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* Japan, 1850-2000: A fractious, feudal archipelago that had closed itself off from most of the world and known no war for 300 years, very likely to be merely the next target to be colonised for colonialisation by the western superpowers; while known from some European sources from centuries prior for apparently having tons of gold, no one except their select few trading partners knew what really went on, and besides, for the longest time it had been overshadowed by its giant neighbor (and by that time, the newly designated-ChewToy-of-the-western-powers-of-the-week) China. Then Matthew Perry crashed in with his giant, towering black boats ships billowing smoke, and the little country, seeing how behind they were, and also the once grand China's downward spiral into chaos at the hands of western powers, it scoured the world, pretty much modernised everything it can, and became a great power, being able to treat on equal terms with the likes of the United Kingdom, the French Empire, the German Empire, and the United States. It also managed to send Russia into civil war by winning a war against it, and leveraged its power into an empire of its own in the Pacific and parts of mainland Asia, becoming a highly militaristic society, the resulting army notorious for its extreme brutality and ruthlessness, and when others criticized it for its expansionism, it decided to literally [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere literally walk out of the League of Nations]]. Even after losing in WWII, Japan goes from an economy and country in shambles which had quite literally been burned to the ground to an industrial and technological power-house that dominated the computer and car-manufacturing industry. Also, for a long time, it was the one of the very few, if not the only, First World countries not predominantly Caucasian. And as of 2014, while going through a long period of recession, it is still the third biggest economic superpower; a far cry from the backward, isolated, and unknown archipelago it was a mere 150 years ago.
* South Korea. In its formation, it was a small weak nation that got stomped by its Northern brother, having previously been occupied and exploited by the aforementioned Japanese Empire; for a long time it was actually a backwater on par with many African countries, and a desolate landscape, torn by war and little in the form of stability. It was only thanks to the United States that it didn't get fully taken over by the North in the Korean War. But then, said Americans trained the Southern soldiers, and soon, they became absolute killing machines. By the time of the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar, its soldiers were admired by everyone; everyone, American, South Vietnamese, ANZAC, [[WorthyOpponent North Vietnamese, and Vietcong]] alike, for their ruthless efficiency and sheer badassery, having thought to have killed more than even the much more numerous Americans, and their navy marines especially was were TheDreaded for all the Vietcong and NVA, known for small units made up of [[OneManArmy One Man Armies]] capable to killing thousands with little casualties and literally chopping their enemies to death in melee combat ''with their bare hands''. While it was still a backwater. From this war and aid from the United States, it rapidly modernized, becoming one of the "Four Asian Tigers" by the early 80s. Also, through sheer persistence, common citizens [[{{Determinator}} continued to resist the onslaught of dictators that again and again to subdue them until they were finally given democracy in the late 80s]]. Today it's an economic powerhouse, with an advanced standing army (that all men of age are required to join, with a decent amount of [[ActionGirl women]] also there in recent years; dodging the draft will get you ostracized for the rest of your life) that outclasses the outdated and poorly equipped North Korean army.
* China, though this is more one followed preceded by a ''massive'' fall from grace. The country was prosperous for much of its history, as the local neighborhood boss of Eastern Asia, Asia and keeper of the hegemony, inventor of half the things in all of existence and existence, admired by even far-off European countries, considering all around it mere barbarians compared to the majesty of the kingdom that stood at the center of all (hence "Middle Kingdom")... Then the British sold them tons boatloads of opium. [[TraumaCongaLine And from there everything]] ''[[TraumaCongaLine absolutely went to shit]]''. By the late 19th century, it was the ChewToy of the west, as well as previous previously friendly neighbor Japan, its population weak, traumatized, drugged, or all of the above, and by the early to mid early-mid 20th century it had become one big warzone as Japan continued on its warpath across the country, pillaging what was left of it. When Mao Tse-tung/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Zedong]] took power with his take on Communism (after yet another 3 years of civil war that erupted almost ''immediately'' after Japan relinquished control) in the late 40's, it only served to [[FromBadToWorse somehow make things even worse]]. However, after the economic reforms by Mao's successor, climbing out of a dark abyss of almost 150 years of chaos, invasions, exploitation, natural disasters, chaos, disease, famine, civil war, [[RuleOfThree and more chaos chaos]] that would kill any normal country, in a mere 40 years or so it has once again become a global power that many believe even rivals, and may overtake, the USA. However, it's also thought that it pales in comparison to the glory that was Imperial China in some ways (i.e., Qing China used to make up a third of the world's GDP, now its less than half that), and with its unstable economy, impending water crisis, exodus of millionaires and talent to other countries, and high amounts of corruption, it's unknown what awaits it in the long-term future.


* Japan, 1850-2000: A fractious, feudal archipelago that had known no war and had closed itself off from most of the world for 300 years, very likely to be merely the next target to be colonised by the western superpowers; while known from some European sources from centuries prior for apparently having tons of gold, no one except their select few trading partners knew what really went on, and besides, for the longest time it had been overshadowed by its giant neighbor (and by that time, the new designated-ChewToy-of-the-western-powers-of-the-week) China. Then Matthew Perry crashed in with his giant, towering black boats billowing smoke, and the little country, seeing how behind they were, and also the once grand China's downward spiral into chaos at the hands of western powers, pretty much modernised everything it can, and became a great power, being able to treat on equal terms with the likes of the United Kingdom, the German Empire, and the United States. It also leveraged its power into an empire of its own in the Pacific, becoming a highly militaristic society, the resulting army notorious for its extreme brutality and ruthlessness. Even after losing in WWII, Japan goes from an economy and country in shambles which had quite literally been burned to the ground to an industrial and technological power-house that dominated the computer and car-manufacturing industry. Also, for a long time, it was the one of the very few, if not the only, First World countries not predominantly Caucasian. And as of 2014, while going through a long period of recession, it is still the third biggest economic superpower; a far cry from the backward, isolated, and unknown archipelago it was a mere 150 years ago.

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* Japan, 1850-2000: A fractious, feudal archipelago that had known no war and had closed itself off from most of the world and known no war for 300 years, very likely to be merely the next target to be colonised by the western superpowers; while known from some European sources from centuries prior for apparently having tons of gold, no one except their select few trading partners knew what really went on, and besides, for the longest time it had been overshadowed by its giant neighbor (and by that time, the new newly designated-ChewToy-of-the-western-powers-of-the-week) China. Then Matthew Perry crashed in with his giant, towering black boats billowing smoke, and the little country, seeing how behind they were, and also the once grand China's downward spiral into chaos at the hands of western powers, pretty much modernised everything it can, and became a great power, being able to treat on equal terms with the likes of the United Kingdom, the German Empire, and the United States. It also managed to send Russia into civil war by winning a war against it, and leveraged its power into an empire of its own in the Pacific, Pacific and parts of mainland Asia, becoming a highly militaristic society, the resulting army notorious for its extreme brutality and ruthlessness.ruthlessness, and when others criticized it for its expansionism, it decided to literally [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere walk out of the League of Nations]]. Even after losing in WWII, Japan goes from an economy and country in shambles which had quite literally been burned to the ground to an industrial and technological power-house that dominated the computer and car-manufacturing industry. Also, for a long time, it was the one of the very few, if not the only, First World countries not predominantly Caucasian. And as of 2014, while going through a long period of recession, it is still the third biggest economic superpower; a far cry from the backward, isolated, and unknown archipelago it was a mere 150 years ago.


* South Korea. In its formation, it was a small weak nation that got stomped by its Northern brother, having previously been occupied and exploited by the aforementioned Japanese Empire; for a long time it was actually a backwater on par with many African countries, and a desolate landscape, torn by war and little in the form of stability. It was only thanks to the United States that it didn't get fully taken over by the North. But then, said Americans trained the Southern soldiers, and soon, they became absolute killing machines. By the time of the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar, its soldiers were admired by everyone; American, South Vietnamese, ANZAC, [[WorthyOpponent North Vietnamese, and Vietcong]] alike, for their ruthless efficiency and sheer badassery, having thought to have killed more than even the Americans, and their navy especially was TheDreaded for all the Vietcong and NVA, known for small units made up of [[OneManArmy One Man Armies]] capable to killing thousands with little casualties and literally chopping their enemies to death in melee combat ''with their bare hands''. While it was still a backwater. Also, through sheer persistence, the common citizens [[{{Determinator}} continued to resist the onslaught of dictators that again and again to subdue them until they were finally given democracy in the late 80s]]. Today it's an economic powerhouse, with an advanced standing army (that all men of age are required to join, with a decent amount of [[ActionGirl women]] also there in recent years; dodging the draft will get you ostracized for the rest of your life) that outclasses the outdated and poorly equipped North Korean army.
* China, though this is more one followed by a ''massive'' fall from grace. The country was prosperous for much of its history, as the local neighborhood boss of Eastern Asia, keeper of the hegemony, inventor of half the things in all of existence and admired by even far-off European countries, considering all around it mere barbarians compared to its majesty... Then the British sold them tons of opium. [[TraumaCongaLine And from there everything]] ''[[TraumaCongaLine absolutely went to shit]]''. By the late 19th century, it was the ChewToy of the west, as well as previous friendly neighbor Japan, its population traumatized, and by the early to mid 20th century it was one big warzone as Japan continued on its warpath across the country, pillaging what was left of it. When Mao Tse-tung/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Zedong]] took power with his take on Communism (after yet another 3 years of civil war that erupted almost ''immediately'' after Japan relinquished control) in the late 40's, it only served to [[FromBadToWorse somehow make things even worse]]. However, after the economic reforms by Mao's successor, climbing out of a dark abyss of almost 150 years of chaos, invasions, exploitation, natural disasters, chaos, disease, famine, civil war, and more chaos that would kill any normal country in a mere 40 years or so, it has once again become a global power that many believe even rivals, and may overtake, the USA. However, it's also thought that it pales in comparison to the glory that was Imperial China in some ways (i.e., Qing China used to make up a third of the world's GDP, now its less than half that), and with its unstable economy, impending water crisis, exodus of millionaires and talent to other countries, and high amounts of corruption, it's unknown what awaits it in the long-term future.

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* South Korea. In its formation, it was a small weak nation that got stomped by its Northern brother, having previously been occupied and exploited by the aforementioned Japanese Empire; for a long time it was actually a backwater on par with many African countries, and a desolate landscape, torn by war and little in the form of stability. It was only thanks to the United States that it didn't get fully taken over by the North.North in the Korean War. But then, said Americans trained the Southern soldiers, and soon, they became absolute killing machines. By the time of the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar, its soldiers were admired by everyone; American, South Vietnamese, ANZAC, [[WorthyOpponent North Vietnamese, and Vietcong]] alike, for their ruthless efficiency and sheer badassery, having thought to have killed more than even the Americans, and their navy especially was TheDreaded for all the Vietcong and NVA, known for small units made up of [[OneManArmy One Man Armies]] capable to killing thousands with little casualties and literally chopping their enemies to death in melee combat ''with their bare hands''. While it was still a backwater. From this war and aid from the United States, it rapidly modernized, becoming one of the "Four Asian Tigers" by the early 80s. Also, through sheer persistence, the common citizens [[{{Determinator}} continued to resist the onslaught of dictators that again and again to subdue them until they were finally given democracy in the late 80s]]. Today it's an economic powerhouse, with an advanced standing army (that all men of age are required to join, with a decent amount of [[ActionGirl women]] also there in recent years; dodging the draft will get you ostracized for the rest of your life) that outclasses the outdated and poorly equipped North Korean army.
* China, though this is more one followed by a ''massive'' fall from grace. The country was prosperous for much of its history, as the local neighborhood boss of Eastern Asia, keeper of the hegemony, inventor of half the things in all of existence and admired by even far-off European countries, considering all around it mere barbarians compared to its majesty...the majesty of the kingdom that stood at the center of all (hence "Middle Kingdom")... Then the British sold them tons of opium. [[TraumaCongaLine And from there everything]] ''[[TraumaCongaLine absolutely went to shit]]''. By the late 19th century, it was the ChewToy of the west, as well as previous friendly neighbor Japan, its population weak, traumatized, drugged, or all of the above, and by the early to mid 20th century it was had become one big warzone as Japan continued on its warpath across the country, pillaging what was left of it. When Mao Tse-tung/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Zedong]] took power with his take on Communism (after yet another 3 years of civil war that erupted almost ''immediately'' after Japan relinquished control) in the late 40's, it only served to [[FromBadToWorse somehow make things even worse]]. However, after the economic reforms by Mao's successor, climbing out of a dark abyss of almost 150 years of chaos, invasions, exploitation, natural disasters, chaos, disease, famine, civil war, and more chaos that would kill any normal country country, in a mere 40 years or so, so it has once again become a global power that many believe even rivals, and may overtake, the USA. However, it's also thought that it pales in comparison to the glory that was Imperial China in some ways (i.e., Qing China used to make up a third of the world's GDP, now its less than half that), and with its unstable economy, impending water crisis, exodus of millionaires and talent to other countries, and high amounts of corruption, it's unknown what awaits it in the long-term future.


* China, though this is more one followed by a ''massive'' fall from grace. The country was prosperous for much of its history, as the local neighborhood boss of Eastern Asia, keeper of the hegemony, inventor of half the things in all of existence and admired by even far-off European countries, considering all around it mere barbarians compared to its majesty... Then the British sold them tons of opium. [[TraumaCongaLine And from there everything]] ''[[TraumaCongaLine absolutely went to shit]]''. By the late 19th century, it was the ChewToy of the west, as well as previous friendly neighbor Japan, its population traumatized, and by the early to mid 20th century Japan continued on its warpath across the country, pillaging what was left of it. When Mao Tse-tung/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Zedong]] took power with his take on Communism (after yet another 3 years of civil war) in the late 40's, it only served to [[FromBadToWorse somehow make things even worse]]. However, after the economic reforms by Mao's successor, climbing out of a dark abyss of almost 150 years of chaos, invasions, exploitation, natural disasters, civil war, and more chaos in a mere 40 years or so, it has become a global power that many believe even rivals the USA. However, it's also thought that it pales in comparison to the glory that was Imperial China in some ways (i.e., Qing China used to make up a third of the world's GDP, now its less than half that), and with its unstable economy, impending water crisis, and high amounts of corruption, its long-term future is yet to be determined.

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* China, though this is more one followed by a ''massive'' fall from grace. The country was prosperous for much of its history, as the local neighborhood boss of Eastern Asia, keeper of the hegemony, inventor of half the things in all of existence and admired by even far-off European countries, considering all around it mere barbarians compared to its majesty... Then the British sold them tons of opium. [[TraumaCongaLine And from there everything]] ''[[TraumaCongaLine absolutely went to shit]]''. By the late 19th century, it was the ChewToy of the west, as well as previous friendly neighbor Japan, its population traumatized, and by the early to mid 20th century it was one big warzone as Japan continued on its warpath across the country, pillaging what was left of it. When Mao Tse-tung/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Zedong]] took power with his take on Communism (after yet another 3 years of civil war) war that erupted almost ''immediately'' after Japan relinquished control) in the late 40's, it only served to [[FromBadToWorse somehow make things even worse]]. However, after the economic reforms by Mao's successor, climbing out of a dark abyss of almost 150 years of chaos, invasions, exploitation, natural disasters, chaos, disease, famine, civil war, and more chaos that would kill any normal country in a mere 40 years or so, it has once again become a global power that many believe even rivals rivals, and may overtake, the USA. However, it's also thought that it pales in comparison to the glory that was Imperial China in some ways (i.e., Qing China used to make up a third of the world's GDP, now its less than half that), and with its unstable economy, impending water crisis, exodus of millionaires and talent to other countries, and high amounts of corruption, its it's unknown what awaits it in the long-term future is yet to be determined.
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* South Korea. In its formation, it was a small weak nation that got stomped by its Northern brother; for a long time it was actually a backwater on par with many African countries, and a desolate landscape. It was only thanks to the United States that it didn't get fully taken over by the North. But then, said Americans trained the Southern soldiers, and soon, they became absolute killing machines. By the time of the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar, its soldiers were admired by everyone; American, South Vietnamese, ANZAC, [[WorthyOpponent North Vietnamese, and Vietcong]] alike, for their ruthless efficiency, are thought to have killed more than even the Americans, and their navy especially was TheDreaded for all the Vietcong and NVA, known for small units made up of [[OneManArmy One Man Armies]] capable to killing thousands with little casualties and literally chopping their enemies to death in melee combat ''with their bare hands''. While it was still a backwater. Also, through sheer persistence, the citizens [[Determinator continued to resist the onslaught of dictators that again and again to subdue them until they were finally given democracy in the late 80s]]. Today it's an economic powerhouse, with an advanced standing army that outclasses the outdated and poorly equipped North Korean army.
* China. The country was arguably worse than Russia was through most of its existence. When Mao Tse-tung came along with his take on Communism in the late 40's, it only served to [[FromBadToWorse make things even worse]]. However, after the economic reforms by Mao's successor, in little over 60 years, it has become a global power that many believe even rivals the USA.

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* South Korea. In its formation, it was a small weak nation that got stomped by its Northern brother; brother, having previously been occupied and exploited by the aforementioned Japanese Empire; for a long time it was actually a backwater on par with many African countries, and a desolate landscape.landscape, torn by war and little in the form of stability. It was only thanks to the United States that it didn't get fully taken over by the North. But then, said Americans trained the Southern soldiers, and soon, they became absolute killing machines. By the time of the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar, its soldiers were admired by everyone; American, South Vietnamese, ANZAC, [[WorthyOpponent North Vietnamese, and Vietcong]] alike, for their ruthless efficiency, are efficiency and sheer badassery, having thought to have killed more than even the Americans, and their navy especially was TheDreaded for all the Vietcong and NVA, known for small units made up of [[OneManArmy One Man Armies]] capable to killing thousands with little casualties and literally chopping their enemies to death in melee combat ''with their bare hands''. While it was still a backwater. Also, through sheer persistence, the common citizens [[Determinator [[{{Determinator}} continued to resist the onslaught of dictators that again and again to subdue them until they were finally given democracy in the late 80s]]. Today it's an economic powerhouse, with an advanced standing army (that all men of age are required to join, with a decent amount of [[ActionGirl women]] also there in recent years; dodging the draft will get you ostracized for the rest of your life) that outclasses the outdated and poorly equipped North Korean army.
* China. China, though this is more one followed by a ''massive'' fall from grace. The country was arguably worse than Russia was through most prosperous for much of its existence. history, as the local neighborhood boss of Eastern Asia, keeper of the hegemony, inventor of half the things in all of existence and admired by even far-off European countries, considering all around it mere barbarians compared to its majesty... Then the British sold them tons of opium. [[TraumaCongaLine And from there everything]] ''[[TraumaCongaLine absolutely went to shit]]''. By the late 19th century, it was the ChewToy of the west, as well as previous friendly neighbor Japan, its population traumatized, and by the early to mid 20th century Japan continued on its warpath across the country, pillaging what was left of it. When Mao Tse-tung came along Tse-tung/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Zedong]] took power with his take on Communism (after yet another 3 years of civil war) in the late 40's, it only served to [[FromBadToWorse somehow make things even worse]]. However, after the economic reforms by Mao's successor, climbing out of a dark abyss of almost 150 years of chaos, invasions, exploitation, natural disasters, civil war, and more chaos in little over 60 years, a mere 40 years or so, it has become a global power that many believe even rivals the USA.
USA. However, it's also thought that it pales in comparison to the glory that was Imperial China in some ways (i.e., Qing China used to make up a third of the world's GDP, now its less than half that), and with its unstable economy, impending water crisis, and high amounts of corruption, its long-term future is yet to be determined.

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